The Afghanistan Papers, the future of Australia's public education system and the unfortunately named 'penis fish'. These are some of the stories that caught our attention this week.
ABC News / David Mark
This visual story analyses the different running styles of journalist Ruby Cornish and elite runner Jenny Blundell.
The Australian Financial Review / Max Mason
The AFR spoke to 21 Australian media executives and discussed their businesses, the shifts in the media landscape and their thoughts on what we can expect in 2020.
Test cricket has returned to Pakistan for the first time since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team's bus in Lahore.
The Guardian / Kate Lyons
Almost 98 per cent of people voted for independence, paving the way for the creation of the world's newest nation.
The Guardian's Pacific project is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas.
Hong Kong Free Press / Holmes Chan and Jennifer Creery
“At one point, I was breathing in so much tear gas I nearly suffocated. I inhaled tear gas with every breath, and I could feel it in my lungs. It was so painful I felt I was dying.”
New York Post / Nadine DeNinno
Thousand of unfortunately shaped fat innkeeper worms washed up on a California beach.
The New York Times / Keren Blankfeld
David Wisnia and Helen Spitzer were Jewish inmates at Auschwitz. When they reunited in New York City, 72 years later, Mr Wisnia's had to ask: had Ms Spitzer saved his life?
The New York Times / Matt Apuzzo and Selam Gebrekidan
“The powerful people who have land and the powerful people in government work together. They both benefit from the program, and most people don’t know how it works.”
Nikkei Asian Review / Pallavi Aiyar
India has built more than 100 million toilets in the past four years in an effort to stop open defecation. There's still a lot of work to be done, with 90 per cent of surface water in India contaminated with human waste.
The Saturday Paper / Vivienne Pearson and Margaret Paton
"Facing funding shortfalls, public schools have turned to fundraising and parental contributions, prompting debate about whether our education system remains free."
This reporting was funded by the Walkley Public Fund and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas through a Walkley Grant for Freelance Journalism.
See also: Walking our Walkley path — How freelancers Vivienne Pearson and Margaret Paton teamed up for the project.
South China Morning Post / Melissa Twigg
"Unlike domestic students ... most of whom have a paltry allowance that sees them head to Primark rather than Prada, Chinese youngsters studying abroad often have a disposable income of which most adults can only dream."
The Sydney Morning Herald / James Massola
The Herald's south-east Asia correspondent planned a quiet weekend trip to Kuala Lumpur with his young family. What could possibly go wrong?
The Washington Post / Craig Whitlock
The Afghanistan Papers — hundreds of internal documents obtained by the Post under FOI — reveal high-ranking US officials' made "rosy pronouncements they knew to be false" and hid "unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable."