Author: Ashley Jessen
Despite the US Markets being closed for Martin Luther King day, the Asian session was quite active with the Nikkei Index breaking out of a recent range and the Aussie 200 Index managing to hold on to current support levels and remain flat for the session after being down around 25 points from Monday’s close. Chinese GDP figures came in at 7.3 per cent versus the expected 7.2 per cent but the Aussie Dollar was unable to benefit from that news, falling to 0.8182.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Islamic State militants have released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a US$200 million ransom within 72 hours.

 Author: Staff Reporter
The Australian Federal Police has elevated the terrorism threat level to high.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Fifteen-year-old Ben Pasternak, who became a tech sensation last year after making a chart-topping iPhone game in a few hours, is now courted by tech giants such as Facebook and Google.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Little did the general public know that the United States’ National Security Agency was already tracking North Korea's hackers long before Sony Pictures was attacked; according to a top secret document provided to Der Spiegel by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the story line behind the attack dates back to 2010.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Parents tell their children not to stay too long in the sun and always bathe them in sunscreen before going out because they know that sunlight is responsible for skin cancer that might appear later in their kids’ lives.

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Friday’s market action saw a bevy of bullish market action with Germany’s Dax index hitting all-time record highs as speculation around the ECB’s stimulus plans continue to get thrown around. US Markets fought back from their previous day’s lows as well, posting excellent gains, but the Aussie 200 Index was unable to hold on to early intraday momentum, after jumping over 70 points, to end the day up 9.9 points. Gold has been the recent outperformer, rising from lows at 1167 per ounce at the start of the year to gain $109 per ounce, sitting at $1276 per ounce, fuelled by all the uncertainty around the Euro and Swiss Franc.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Sydney siege survivors have reportedly signed deals with Channel 7 and Channel 9 to share their traumatic experiences with the public.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Sydney stockbroker Charlie Aitken takes a positive view on the country’s major banks, saying the high dividends of the sector transform it into a favourable choice in a context of record-low yields.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Moody’s Investors Service has shifted its outlook on the global airline industry from ‘stable’ to ‘positive’ as the sharp drop in fuel costs will improve financial performance.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Xiaomi, the Chinese company which recently dethroned Uber and became the most valuable start-up in the world launched its latest phone in Beijing in mid-January. What makes analysts compare it to Apple is not only the smartphone’s looks, but also the uncanny resemblance between Xiaomi’s CEO and Apple’s late Steve Jobs.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Pharmaceutical pain medications are effective and useful at times, but they can also be dangerous. From techniques that leverage the brain’s healing powers to herbs which attack inflammation, nature offers numerous treatments for a wide array of conditions.

 Author: Sanjana Ray
So here's a list of things your future spouse should honestly be able to tell you, without beads of nervous sweat and the hand-wringing giving them away.

 Author: Gaby Lim
When it comes to rules, it seems that some of us just like the thought of breaking them. We usually equate rules with the limitation of our freedom, especially when we are young. But if you think hard about it, some rules are in place to help us become our best selves. Here are some rules that are tempting and popular to break but which actually have their merits.