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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.




Diplomat, politician and Nobel winner Henry Kissinger has died

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has passed away at age 100. The original 'shuttle diplomat', Mr Kissinger was involved in many events throughout the world during the 1960s and 1970s and remained active in politics even until his 90s. He was known as one of the most polarising figures in the political world.


SBS On the Money: World's most expensive cities plus withdrawing minimum super

Australia's biggest cities have fallen in the rankings of the world's most expensive. SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Barsali Bhattacharyya from the Economist Intelligence: EIU Unit to find out why; Gerard Brody from Super Consumers Australia's explains why a significant number of retirees are withdrawing just the minimum amount from their super; and Jody Fitzgerald from Morningstar on whether we'll see a Santa Rally this year.


Government optimistic about progress on climate change - despite falling behind

Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen has warned 'hostile actors' could target Australia's energy networks during extreme weather events, caused by global warming. Mr Bowen delivered the government's annual climate change statement, which showed emissions increased in the 12 months to June this year, conceding more work needs to be done.


Baltic States skip OSCE meeting over Russia's presence

World leaders have gathered for a major security meeting in North Macedonia, while others have boycotted the event due to Russia's presence. Meanwhile, foreign ministers have also gathered in Brussels for a NATO meeting - where the war in Ukraine has been front and centre.


Talks underway to extend the current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

Negotiators are seeking to extend a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Further Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners have been released under the deal, as reports emerge of two Palestinian boys being shot during an Israeli military raid.


Australia set to enforce strict laws against hate crimes

New laws are set to be passed in federal parliament to ban any person from performing the Nazi salute in public, as well as the public display of a flag that represents a proscribed terror group. The move is aimed at quashing antisemitism in Australia, as an uptick in discrimination and threatening behaviour has triggered Jewish and Muslim community fears in the wake of October 7.


Parthenon Marbles Showdown: UK Prime Minister snubs Greek counterpart

The long-running dispute between Greece and Britain over the Parthenon Marbles has seen a bitter escalation after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled a meeting with his counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis. A series of 2,500-year-old friezes and statues housed in the British Museum were taken from Athens in the early 19th Century. Athens has long-demanded the sculptures' return - but to no avail.


On the Money: Inflation continues to ease so does that spell the end for rate rises?

The CPI Indicator eased to 4.9% annually in October, reducing the chance of a December interest rate rise. SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Katrina Ell from Moody's Analytics to see if it tells the real story about consumer prices; plus the market reaction with Niv Dagan from PEAK Asset Management.


What did COVID cost Australia's health service?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has just released a comprehensive report revealing how much money Australia spent on the health system response to COVID-19 from 2019-20 to 2021-22. This comes as Australia faces a COVID Christmas driven by the Omicron subvariant BA.2.75, also known as Centaurus.


Thalidomide was 'one of the darkest chapters in Australia's medical history': Albanese

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has delivered a formal apology to thalidomide victims in parliament. The drug thalidomide was only on the market for a few years, but killed and caused birth defects in thousands of babies around the world in the 1950s and 60s. Mr Albanese has called the tragedy one of the darkest chapters in Australia's medical history.


Hostages and prisoners released but Israel recommits to an offensive

An extended six-day truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has entered its final day after another exchange of Israeli hostages and Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons. With a final round of exchanges expected, Israel says its forces are ready to recommit to an offensive, although mediators Qatar [[Cutter]] say they hope to extend the truce through more releases. The U-N's annual debate on the question of a Palestinian state has coincided with the pause in fighting, as U-S officials walk a tightrope ahead of another visit by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to the region.


Rescued tunnelling workers celebrate as investigations begin

Dozens of low-wage workers from India have been rescued from inside a collapsed tunnel in the Himalayas which caved in on the 12th of November. The families of the 41 men are celebrating, while authorities investigate the incident.


The legacy of Charles Darwin - saving the golden lion tamarin

Dozens of young people have planted a green corridor that will be a future safe passageway for Rio de Janeiro’s most emblematic and endangered species, the golden lion tamarin. It's all part of a project called Darwin200, that's retracing the sailboat expedition taken by Charles Darwin nearly 200 years ago that led to his theory of evolution.


Minister pledges to safeguard the nation from network nightmares

More has been revealed about the federal government's formal review into Optus' recent outage. It aims to answer questions, but it also raises many.


Why is the health of young Australians on the decline?

A new national framework tracking the health and wellbeing of young people across Australia has been launched in hopes of encouraging significant improvements before 2030. The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth have joined forces, warning that the health and wellbeing of Australia's youth is on the decline.


SBS On the Money: Are shoppers holding back for sales?

Retail sales in the month of October fell 0.2% so did shoppers just hold back to spend up big at the recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Stephen Wu from the Commonwealth Bank to find out; plus the day on the markets with Angus Geddes from Fat Prophets including details on the recent strength in the Australian dollar.


Government accused of bungling after indefinite immigration detention ruled unlawful

The High Court has published its reasonings for ruling indefinite immigration detention unlawful amid continuing criticism over the government's handling of the release and monitoring of detainees. Labor Senator and Yarawu Elder Patrick Dodson announces his retirement. And Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy defends Labor's defence track-record in an address to the National Press Club.


48 hour truce extension announced in the Gaza strip

A truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been extended for two days, with a further 11 hostages released to Israel in exchange for 33 Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons. The international community has welcomed the extension, although concerns remain about the state on the ground in Gaza as the threat of a return to fighting looms. As the pause continues after seven weeks of warfare, discussions have turned to the political future of the region and the global impact of the conflict.


The barriers to employment faced by skilled migrants

New research out of RMIT university shows highly-skilled migrants are often faced with barriers to employment that leave them doing low-skilled work while skill shortages continue throughout the economy. The study looked at the experiences of 50 Vietnamese skilled migrants who were often subject to discrimination throughout the recruitment process.


Coming soon: Living loss

Everyone, at some point or another, will lose someone or something they love. Loss, grief, and healing. Living Loss is a new series by SBS News, exploring grief across different cultural contexts.