IS replaced by rubber ducks, courtesy of 4Chan

Mark Molloy 2:41 PM   Islamic State terror is on course to get a lot less serious thanks to 4chan users.

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Iran revealing deaths of fighters in Syria

Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, has played a key role in organising military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Hugh Naylor 2:09 PM   A flurry of reports in Iran's official and semi-official news outlets about deaths in Syria– including funerals and even a eulogy to a fallen general by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – have surprised analysts who monitor the country's tightly controlled media.

Francis appears on new album 'Wake Up!'

Pope Francis has released an album.

Elysa Gardner 3:29 PM   Pope Francis has released his first album, which features many of the Pontiff's addresses laid over rap, pop-rock and Latin rhythms.

'Now the river is dead' – BHP's mud disaster

People watch the sea on the coast of Espirito Santo, Brazil, last week after mud from the tailings dam arrived 600 kilometres downstream at the Atlantic Ocean.

Lia Timson and Peter Ker 12:15 AM   A torrent of mining waste was this month unleashed from an iron ore mine causing Brazil's worst environmental disaster and putting the spotlight on BHP. Why?

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Gunmen fire rockets at Mali UN base 

The remains of people slain by gunmen during recent attacks in Mali's capital are laid out during a funeral in Bamako.

3:04 PM   Two UN peacekeepers and a civilian were killed after unknown assailants fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali early on Saturday, a UN spokesman said.

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140 world leaders gather for change summit

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.

Adam Morton 6:05 PM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is coming from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta, where he lobbied other Commonwealth leaders and criticised Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's uncosted pledge on greenhouse gas emissions.

Modi's moment to shine

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a central figure at climate talks due to begin in Paris.

Natalie Obiko Pearson 4:35 PM   India's leader wants to be seen as a problem solver, so will he help tackle global warming or derail a deal?

Brazilian police hunt Santa Claus who stole Sao Paulo helicopter

Ho! Ho! Hold up! One Santa in Brazil has gone rogue.

2:41 PM   Brazilian police are hunting for a Sao Paulo Santa Claus who kicked off the Christmas shopping season by stealing a helicopter.

Internet users fight IS terror with rubber duck humour

The 4chan duck attack has also made liberal use of toilet brushes.

Mark Molloy 2:41 PM   Islamic State terror is on course to get a lot less serious thanks to 4chan users.

Attacks prompt strict border controls as France rejects 1000 people

A French police officer watches the border between France and Belgium.

2:23 PM   Under a three-month state of emergency in France, public demonstrations have been banned and police have greater powers of search and surveillance while border checks have been boosted.

Angry migrants stranded at Macedonia's border

Migrants hurl stones at Macedonian policemen during clashes at the Greek-Macedonian border,.

Yannis Behrakis 2:02 PM   Police in Macedonia fired tear gas and stun grenades at desperate migrants stranded for days at the Greek border and who are demanding passage to western Europe, as soldiers began erecting a metal fence to keep them out.

Momentum for climate deal grows as Obama joins Xi at UN talks in Paris

President Barack Obama said Turkey had the right to defend its borders and air space. He encouraged Russia to focus its attacks on Islamic State to reduce the likelihood of future clashes.

Alex Morales, Bloomberg 12:33 PM   More than 140 world leaders including US President Barack Obama and Xi Jinping of China are gathering in Paris for France's biggest diplomatic event since 1948, striving to reach the first truly global deal to curb greenhouse gases.

Obama says US has to "do something" about guns after Colorado shooting

President Barack Obama.

10:48 AM   President Barack Obama said the United States needs to "do something" to make it harder for criminals to get guns after a shooting in Colorado killed three people and injured nine.

Pro-Kurdish lawyer killed in Turkey's Diyarbakir

Riot police use teargas to push back pro-Kurdish politicians as security forces clash with Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Constantine Courcoulas 9:02 AM   The head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association was shot dead in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir in the clearest sign of a deteriorating security situation in the country's southeast since elections this month.

Three killed, 9 injured in attack on Colorado abortion clinic

Emergency personnel transport an officer to an ambulance after reports of a shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

Keith Coffman 3:53 AM   Police arrested a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire with a rifle, killing three.

Suicide car bomb kills five in northern Iraq

Mourners and militiamen chant slogans against the Islamic State group as they carry the flag-draped coffins of two members of the Peace Brigades, a Shiite militia group.

2:03 AM   At least five people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in a northern Iraqi town which has recently witnessed deadly clashes between Kurdish and Shi'ite paramilitary forces, the mayor and security sources said on Saturday.

Police officers shot at abortion clinic

Emergency personnel transport an officer to an ambulance after reports of a shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

Debborah Gough   The death toll from the Colorado Springs abortion clinic siege has risen to three people killed, including a police officer.

Silicon Valley brains take LSD to boost productivity

Microdosing on LSD, above, is said to improve concentration levels.

Daisy Dumas   Coffee may be your mind-sharpening tool of choice, but some of Silicon Valley's brightest brains are relying on something substantially stronger for their morning pick-me-up.

New women's political party demands faster equality in Britain

Sandi Toksvig, from the Women's Equality Party, speaking at an event in London.

Saphora Smith   The Women's Equality Party has set up more than 65 branches and says it has more than 45,000 members and supporters.

The one-time Guantanamo detainee now fighting with the US in Afghanistan

Hajji Ghalib, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is now a district governor in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, in Kabul earlier this month.

Joseph Goldstein   Hajji Ghalib did just what the US military feared he would after his release from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp: he returned to the Afghan battlefield. To fight the Taliban and the Islamic State.

Pope in Kenya denounces 'new colonialism'

Pope Francis meets children during his visit to Kangemi, one of the 11 slums dotting Nairobi.

Jeffrey Gettleman   Pope Francis delivered his sharpest remarks yet on his first trip to Africa.

Meet Micah. Is he a climate change refugee?

Micah Puia at Lord Howe Settlement in Honiara. Is he a climate change refugee?

Adam Morton and Tom Arup, in Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Marshall Islands 12:15 AM   Micah Puia lives in a shanty town on a dirty beach in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. He is 11-years-old, and has lived here all his life. According to some here, Micah has spent his whole life as a climate change refugee. And he will soon be forced to move.

Smithsonian to get Nola's body and horns

Nola, a northern white rhinoceros, in 2014.

Tony Perry   The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers.

Heat is on Bollywood's Muslims

Aamir  Khan in Melbourne in 2010.

Amrit Dhillon   Angry young men have been staging protests outside the home of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan this week, furious because he has voiced concern about the growing mood of intolerance in India.

Name by name, France commemorates the victims of terror attack on Paris

French flags hang along a building near where a memorial ceremony took place at the Les Invalides in Paris on Friday.

Alexandra Zavis   Mourners bowed their heads and stood in sombre tribute as the names of the dead were read aloud at a ceremony to commemorate victims of the bombing and shooting rampage in Paris two weeks ago.