Sydney's heaviest rains in about 14 weeks have triggered traffic snarls with some roads flooded, book-ending a soggy start to the school year for many students and their parents.
Daniel Flitton Australia will decide on its future military presence in Afghanistan, beyond a planned withdrawal in 2016, after negotiations later this year with Western allies.
Judith Ireland The national peak body for victims of domestic violence is calling on the Abbott government to establish a royal commission into domestic violence, arguing a national inquiry is needed to focus on prevention measures.
Esther Han Some power companies are failing to promptly identify and offer help to struggling customers who, in a growing number of cases, have amassed debts worth thousands of dollars, the energy regulator says.
Gareth Hutchens Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says he is much more concerned about the state of the global economy after his trip to the World Economic Forum.
Noel Towell Australian Customs and Border Protection officers will be forced to give up some of their lucrative allowances in return for any pay rise offer this year.
Deborah Snow and Rachel Olding A leading member of Sydney's Lebanese community warns that Islamic State is winning the propaganda war and that a cohort of cyber-savvy " keyboard warriors" may be needed to push back against IS's slick online recruitment campaigns.
Lisa Wachsmuth A massive air and ground search initiated on Tuesday night will resume at first light on Wednesday amid fears that a small aircraft has crashed in bushland north of Wollongong.
Nick Toscano Papua New Guinea's government believes most asylum seekers being held on Manus Island are economic opportunists whose protection claims will be rejected.
Latika Bourke Liberal backbenchers are considering calling a meeting to discuss the "direction of the team", with speculation rife about Prime Minsiter Tony Abbott's leadership.