Good morning, here's your news snapshot from across regional Australia and beyond.
Peter Hannam The world's major meteorological agencies have declared 2016 to the hottest year on record - making it three new highs in as many years - as increases in greenhouse gases drove global warming.
Craig Butt, Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks Securing a spot at university has become more difficult, with students needing a higher ATAR to get into most courses.
Press Council: article about Senator Richard Di Natale breached standards
Nick Miller Assange has in the past promised much more than he delivered to journalists.
Michael Koziol, Political reporter "Never said we were invited, just that we had 'invitations' and 'were gifted tickets'," Malcolm Roberts said. "'Received' an invite and 'invited' are very different things."
Paul McGeough Struggling to get the usual A-list performers, Trump's inauguration planners are resorting to un-Trumplike expectations.
Heath Aston Police officers from the NSW fraud squad have attended the Sydney headquarters of the RSL as the leadership crisis at the venerated organisation descended to a new low, with RSL chief executive Glenn Kolomeitz saying he did not know whether he still had a job.
Michael Koziol, Heath Aston Turnbull government frontbencher Greg Hunt will take on the key cabinet portfolio of health in a limited reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday.
Matthew Knott The last time Greg Hunt saw his mother before she died, she was in a mental health institution.