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Hear the story behind the headlines. In under ten minutes each episode, we’ll help you make sense of the news stories that matter to you from Australia and the world, with reports and interviews from the SBS News team.


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Hear the story behind the headlines. In under ten minutes each episode, we’ll help you make sense of the news stories that matter to you from Australia and the world, with reports and interviews from the SBS News team.




Inquiry hears Russia tortured some Ukrainians to death

A United Nations led inquiry has found Russian forces tortured Ukrainians so brutally that some of their victims died. It also says the Russians forced families to listen as they raped women in adjacent rooms.


National bushfire summit helping emergency services brace for a risky summer

Agencies from across the country are meeting in Canberra this week for the National Disaster Preparedness Summit. They're looking to learn from the past, ahead of what's forecast to be a dangerous bushfire season.


Dividend payouts peak this week, but where to now?

Almost $22bn in dividends will be paid out this week as some of Australia's largest companies reward shareholders. But with an economic slowdown, what's the future of dividends? SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Craig James from CommSec for more, plus Alex Pikoulas, CFA from Harper Bernays on the day on the markets including a new challenge for Qantas.


'Why did the dams burst?': Anger builds over Derna's disaster

Emergency workers in Libya have recovered a further 23 bodies in Derna, bringing the total documented cases to 3,868 following the devastating floods triggered by heavy rains. Two teams have been formed to expedite the documentation of missing individuals, with one focusing on bodies recovered from the sea and the other on those buried haphazardly during the crisis.


NASA brings asteroid samples to Earth

A NASA space capsule carrying the largest soil sample ever scooped up from the surface of an asteroid has streaked through Earth's atmosphere and parachuted into the Utah desert, delivering the celestial specimen to scientists. The final descent and landing, shown on a NASA livestream, capped a six-year joint mission between the US space agency and the University of Arizona.


Study stress concerns as final year 12 exams approach

With final exams just weeks away, concerns are being raised about the impact stress is having on high school students across Australia. New research reveals stress is impacting the sleep and wellbeing of year 12 students, and the issue appears to be getting worse.


Community solar project shining a light on Australia's renewable energy transition

As Australia prepares to transition to renewable energy, some residents are banding together to create their own energy infrastructure. The community of Bannister is hoping these projects can educate others about renewable energy.


How to stay social while living with dementia? Grace and Bob visit a local café

More than 400,000 people are living with dementia in Australia and it remains the second highest cause of death. Even so, a diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of a healthy social life. Dementia cafes are springing up across the country, offering a safe space for people to meet and share experiences.


What happens after Indigenous Voice result is in?

In less than a month, voters will deliver their verdict on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. To succeed, the referendum needs what's called a double majority. That's a majority of the population and a majority of the states voting Yes. Here's a look at what happens next, once we know if the vote has succeeded or failed.


Much smaller turnout for unofficial No rallies a week after tens of thousands march in support of Voice

Unofficial No rallies have taken place around the country, as the prime minister seeks to shore up support for the referendum on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.


'It doesn't stop him': Born deaf, Indigenous ranger James Tucker inspires colleagues

Australians have been encouraged to spread awareness about deaf communities and recognise their achievements, following the National Week of Deaf People. In Western Australia, Aboriginal ranger turned firefighter James Tucker has discovered an innovative way of working - despite his disability.


Race is on for the world to reach net zero emissions

Global efforts to mitigate climate change are coming into focus ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference - or COP28 - in November. Many countries have shifted their targets since the Paris Agreement, which aims to avoid catastrophic temperature rises by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees. So where does Australia stand on its net zero targets in comparison to the rest of the world?


Indigenous leader says a Yes vote would be an 'amazing result'

A prominent Indigenous leader says it would be amazing if the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum is successful. Gunditjmara woman Aunty Jill Gallagher is the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. She told NITV Radio's Bertrand Tungandame why a Yes vote is crucial.


Back in black: federal budget returns to surplus for first time in 15 years

The Labor government has broken its earlier forecasts for a budget surplus. But the Treasurer says deficits are expected in coming years.


ASX has worst week in more than a year & Rupert Murdoch steps down

The Australian sharemarket had its worst week of the year so SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Marcus Bogdan from Blackmore Capital to find out more & UBS Analyst Evan Karatzas explains why food prices will remain high.


Threats to AEC increase as preparations are completed for Voice referendum

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) says it has been battling an increase in misinformation and threats ahead of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum on October 14. But the AEC says enrolment numbers are strong, with the highest number of voters ever to take part.


Lachlan Murdoch takes the reins at Fox as Rupert retires

Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as chairman of both Fox and News Corp. He will hand over to his son, but remain involved as an emeritus chairman. Many believe the move may change the face of media and politics around parts of the world.


AEC representative talks Voice referendum vote conspiracies and when to expect a result

SBS Chief Political Correspondent Anna Henderson puts your questions about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum to Pat Callanan from the Australian Electoral Commission. More than 17.6 million Australians had become eligible to vote by the time enrolment closed on 18 September, meaning the highest enrolment level - 97.7 per cent - in the nation's history. That includes an unprecedented level of Indigenous enrolment, at 94.1 per cent.


Fight against honeybee mite sours for Australian scientists

Once Varroa mite-free, Australia has now surrendered its fight against the deadly honeybee parasite. The parasitic mites continue to endanger honeybee populations, threatening pollination and potentially whole colonies.


India stops issuing visas to Canadian citizens as diplomatic rift widens

India has stopped issuing visas to Canadian citizens amid an escalating row over the killing of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on India to cooperate with the investigation on the circumstances of Nijjar's death.