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Ash Maher 26 (right) dances on Bondi beach at the 'Dawn Disco' she and her friend started 3 months ago. They dance on Bondi beach every Wednesday morning from 6:30am till 7am and welcome anyone who wants to dance. Bondi Beach, Sydney. 27th May, 2015. Photo: Kate Geraghty

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Best of the world - June 3, 2015

A lion yawns at the zoo in Erfurt, eastern Germany, on June 1, 2015.       AFP PHOTO / DPA / MARTIN SCHUTT   +++   GERMANY OUT

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.

What's the future of crowdfunding?

Many hands: Medved says there is science behind the wisdom of the crowd.

Claire Dunn 10:55am A new approach to purchasing equity in a business could change the world of innovation finance.

Salzburg, Austria: How one of Europe’s most incredible cities was built with… salt.

Built on salt: Salzburg, Austria.

DAVID WHITLEY 2:49pm There was no gold, no silver, no major port. But a simple mineral turned this into one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

Adventure

Spectacular swimming spots: The world's 10 most amazing places to take a dip

A woman in Devil's Pool hangs over the edge of Victoria Falls.

UTE JUNKER 12:42pm From floating underground to splashing around at the top of a precipice, are you ready to take on these dips with a difference?

Europe

Hotel Altstadt, Vienna review: Art hotel features Europe's most erotic rooms

The Hotel Altstadt (and the Felix suite in particular) is a popular spot for fashion shoots, such as this swimsuit  shoot for Hinterland swimwear.

CRAIG PLATT 5:04pm A bath designed to put your body on show and a ''love box'' of sex aids feature in this unusual boutique hotel's suite.

Oil reverses direction, falling most in seven months

Mark Shenk 5:27am Oil fell the most in seven months, paring the biggest three-day rally in 25 years as speculation faded that OPEC might coordinate with other nations to curb supply.

Japanese porn star Yui Hatano lands on Tawain's metro swipe cards

Two special edition swipe cards for Taiwan's mass transit are seen on display featuring Japanese porn star Yui Hatano.

Sudarsan Raghavan 5:26am She's Japanese. She's 27. And she's a porn star. She's also at the centre of the biggest controversy Taiwan has experienced in weeks, if not months.

Bailey not retired, wants to play T20 WC

Joe Barton 5:15am George Bailey says he wants to play in the World Twenty20 tournament in India next year, rubbishing talk of his retirement from the format.

Souths' Turner learns life lessons

James MacSmith 5:13am Rabbitohs back-rower Kyle Turner says he has learned a number of life lessons from the challenges he has faced this NRL season.

Moa keen to fill JWH's big shoes

James MacSmith 5:08am Fellow Kiwi international Sam Moa has emerged as the player to fill the void at Sydney Roosters left by the injury to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Sharks circle top four finish

Steve Zemek 5:07am Cronulla are on the verge of claiming an NRL top four spot and one of the most dramatic form reversals in recent history.

Socceroo Leckie craves more goals

Justin Chadwick 5:06am The Socceroos will be aiming to score lots of goals in Thursday night's World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Perth.

49ers coach denies Hayne roster report

Peter Mitchell 5:19am San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula has denied reports Jarryd Hayne has already been assured of a place on of the final 53-man roster.

Tomljanovic out of US Open

Darren Walton 4:38am Ajla Tomljanovic has continued Australia's slow start to the US Open with a three-set first-round loss at Flushing Meadows.

Manchester United complete $77-million deal for French teenager Anthony Martial

World's most expensive teenager ... Anthony Martial,19, of France is moving from Monaco to Manchester United for a cool $77 million.

Toby Davis 4:38am Manchester United have completed the signing of French 19-year-old Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Siege inquest to examine Monis gun

Peter Trute 3:38am The inquest into the Sydney siege will hear from firearms experts about the shotgun used by Lindt Cafe killer Man Haron Monis.

Unions a chance to unseat Heydon: expert

3:38am Unions continue to weigh up their chances of appealing over Dyson Heydon's ruling against their application for him to resign from the royal commission.

Tough new laws for Vic sex offenders

3:36am The murder of Melbourne teenager Masa Vukotic has led the Victorian government to toughen laws dealing with sex offenders living in the community.

Canberra forum to tackle IED threat

3:36am Representatives from Interpol, Defence and the Australian Federal Police are gathering in Canberra to discuss the threat of improvised explosive devices.

GDP to mar govt's 'jobs and growth' slogan

3:35am Economists expect that the economy grew at around 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, nearly half the pace of the previous three months.

Economic growth to soften

3:35am Economic growth figures out on Wednesday are expected to show a deterioration.

Police resume 2002 murder case search

3:35am Police will return to a property on Sydney's northern fringe for a second day as part of investigations into a 2002 murder case.

Former Geelong students to give evidence

Megan Neil 3:35am Several former students of Geelong Grammar School will give evidence to a royal commission about the abuse they suffered at the prestigious school.

NSW mother granted bail over road tragedy

3:35am A NSW mother has been granted bail after being charged over a car crash that killed her two-year-old daughter and injured her 11-month-old son.

ICC suspends Sharma and Chandimal

2:44am India bowler Ishant Sharma and Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal have been given one-match suspensions by the ICC.

President Obama using Alaska to add urgency to his climate change warnings

President Barack Obama participates in a roundtable with Alaska natives in Anchorage.

Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin 3:14am Anchorage: As stage sets go, Alaska is a spectacular one: craggy mountain ranges, picturesque coastlines and iconic glaciers. President Obama arrived here Monday to use that backdrop for his message that climate change is not just a thing of the future but something well underway in the nation's largest state.

Olympic logo scrapped after plagiarism row

Mari Yamaguchi 2:28am Officials for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have scrapped the logo for the Games following an embarrassing plagiarism row,

Poland to dispatch army explosives unit in hunt for legendary Nazi gold train

An area close to where a Nazi gold train is believed to be hidden underground, near the city of Walbrzych, Poland.

Piotr Skolimowski 2:16am Poland is set to send military explosives experts to inspect the area of a possible buried German Nazi train that local legend says is laden with gold, other loot and potentially booby traps.

Murder trial begins for alleged ‘pill mill’ doctor after string of patients overdose

Lisa Tseng during her arraignment in a Los Angeles court in 2012.

Michael E. Miller 1:42am Joey Rovero was just five months from graduation. It was December of 2009 and the healthy, handsome, athletic Arizona State University senior had finished his second-to-last semester. It was time to blow off some steam.