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Thais to pay tribute by candlelight

Gabrielle Dunlevy, AAP Southeast Asia Correspondent A candlelight ceremony will take place in a small Thai town where 4000 lives were lost to the Boxing Day tsunami, including those of three Australians.

Loombands pose risks for children: report

Aine Fox Loom bands, the popular child accessory, could pose a serious risk of suffocation, a medical journal reports after four children are treated in hospital.

Digital platform release for The Interview

Sony says The Interview will be available for rent on digital platforms as well as opening in about 200 theatres.

IS shoots down warplane over Syria

Jordan says the Islamic State extremist group and those that support it will be responsible for the safety of the pilot of a downed coalition warplane.

Police shoot dead black teen in Missouri

US police have shot a black teenager at a petrol station in Missouri, just a few kilometres away from where another teenager was shot in August.

Japan parliament re-elects Abe as PM

Shinzo Abe has been re-elected as Japan's prime minister, winning 328 votes of 470 cast by MPs in a special session of parliament.

World to witness Aceh tsunami recovery

Foreign dignitaries are pouring into Aceh, where the tsunami alarms will sound on Boxing Day as a reminder of the 170,000 lives lost 10 years ago.

US approves weight loss drug

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a diabetes medication as a weight-loss drug.

World News Update, what you need to know

World News Update, what you need to know

Australian victims of the 2004 tsunami

Australian victims of the 2004 tsunami.

No utopia but Aceh builds back better

Gabrielle Dunlevy, AAP Southeast Asia Correspondent An Australian-based researcher has studied why Aceh communities that received the same level of tsunami assistance got different outcomes.

How the 2004 Asian tsunami began

How the 2004 Asian tsunami began.

Ten injured in van attack in France

The third attack in three days by individuals against civilians or security forces in France has sparked fears of possible copycat action.

Cuba open to all of Obama's detente

Cuban President Raul Castro has welcomed all of US President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations between the two countries.

Glasgow mourns six killed by runaway truck

Flags are flown at half mast after six pedestrians are killed when an out-of-control rubbish truck ploughs into Christmas shoppers in the heart of Glasgow.

NY mayor calls for end to protests

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio says it's time for the troubled city to unite and mourn two murdered police officers.

Tsunami survivor clings to soccer dream

Gabrielle Dunlevy, AAP Southeast Asia Correspondent He survived for 20 days on puddle water and dried noodles, an Indonesian survivor of the 2004 tsunami now dreams of becoming a professional soccer player.

NY cop gunman told bystanders to watch

Ismaaiyl Brinsley urged bystanders "watch what I'm going to do" before he shot two New York policemen in the head.

NKorea threatens strikes on US

North Korea has warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the US.

Arrests made over Pakistan school shooting

Zarar Khan Pakistan officials say they have made several arrests relating to the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in Peshawar.

Man to pay $1.6m for credit card fraud

Dave Kolpack A Canadian man has been ordered to pay back about $1.6 million after being convicted of a complex credit card fraud scheme.

Police officer shot and killed in Florida

A man has shot and killed a Florida police officer, before fleeing the scene.

Sea Shepherd may contest contempt finding

Paul Elias Activist group Sea Shepherd is considering an appeal over a contempt of court finding that could see it ordered to pay compensation to Japanese whalers.

Many more MH17 fragments to be identified

Julian Drape The sister of British student Ben Pocock says grieving for her brother who died on MH17 has been "very strange" because he was meant to be in Australia.

Sydney mum facing death in Malaysia

Gabrielle Dunlevy, AAP Southeast Asia Correspondent Sydney mum Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 51, has been provisionally charged with drug offences that carry the death penalty in Kuala Lumpur.

Ukraine in 'punitive' war against rebels

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has ratcheted up his anti-Western rhetoric, accusing them of treating other countries like their underlings.

Sydney mum to front KL court

Gabrielle Dunlevy, AAP Southeast Asia Correspondent Sydney mum Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto will appear in a Kuala Lumpur court on Friday where she will be charged with trafficking 1.5kg of crystal meth.

Finance News Update, what you need to know

Finance News Update, what you need to know

Cuba welcomes US agreement

Havana residents have welcomed a historic deal that will see relations normalised between the US and Cuba.

US Fed Reserve stays patient

The US Federal Reserve has left its key interest rate, the federal funds rate, at the 0-0.25 per cent level, where it has been for six years.