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With a largely deadlocked Congress, US President Barack Obama sought to use the State of the Union address to speak directly to voters.

AUSTRALIANS could be singing a different national anthem had the country's athletes been more successful at the 1976 Olympics, according to an analysis by Melbourne historian Dr Tony Ward.

Learn how a 'swag' of gold medals at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics could have helped make Waltzing Matilda Australia's national anthem.

Australians might soon be expected to tip as frequently and generously as Americans, new research warns.

Distinguished Australian historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey will be awarded the University of Melbourne's inaugural Tucker Medal, in recognition of his substantial contributions to the University, the Faculty of Arts and to public life.

Professor Marcia Langton says while Native Title agreements have created wealth for Aboriginal communities, government restrictions on trust-funds are holding back Aboriginal business enterprise and the associated long-term benefits for communities.

Dr David Malet says it's possible that the attack in Kenya is a sign of weakness, showing that al-Shabaab is unable to fight for control in Somalia. However, he says it could also mean that the group is gaining more strength.

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