Severed feet still washing up in US, Canada

Yanan Wang 6:22 AM   Scientists reject speculation that the feet originate from natural disasters, drug dealers, serial killers or human traffickers.

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North Korea accuses Seoul of 'war declaration'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expelled South Korean workers at the Kaesong industrial zone as tension continues to ...

Philip Wen 4:16 AM   North Korea said it was kicking out all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone on Thursday, calling the South's move to suspend operations, a "declaration of war".

NATO to patrol sea for people smugglers

Safe for now: Pelen Hussein is rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard.

10:34 PM   NATO has agreed to start a mission in the Aegean Sea to help slow refugee flows and to stop people smugglers, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.

Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in court

94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp Reinhold Hanning waits for the start of his trial in Detmold, ...

Elke Ahlswede 5:54 AM   A 94-year-old survivor of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp gave his testimony in court on Thursday, face to face with a former guard, who is charged with helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

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PNG's food bowl is all but empty as drought affects 2 million people

Weevil-damaged sweet potato in Simbu Province.

A drought exacerbated by El Nino has pushed already poor communities in Papua New Guinea's Highlands to the edge of starvation.

Hope for peace in Syria with new deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a news conference after the ...

Karen DeYoung 12:09 PM   The US, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war that allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John Kerry has announced.

NATO moves to squeeze Russia out, as tension cranks up in Eastern Europe

Soldiers take positions with their army vehicles during the NATO Noble Jump exercise on a training range near Swietoszow ...

Helen Womack 12:06 PM   Beefed-up troops, war "headquarters" and a readiness to respond to Russia has experts on both sides fearing an accident, leading to a war nobody intended.

Russia warns of 'world war', continues bombing Aleppo to support Assad

An aerial image shows a Russian air strike on a militant base in the province of Latakia, Syria.

John Irish 11:18 AM   Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warns ground operations by US and Arab forces could throw Syria into an permanent state of war.

Captive who wouldn't leave Guantanamo has change of heart at door of Europe-bound plane

A protester wearing an orange jumpsuit depicting a Guantanamo Bay detainee, participates in a rally outside the White ...

Carol Rosenberg 10:55 AM   Yemeni detained by US military for 15 years without charge appears to have been institutionalised and feared move to unfamiliar nation.

Death toll from war in Syria nearly half a million

Syrian children wait to return to their country this week at the Turkish border crossing with Syria in the outskirts of ...

Anne Barnard 10:40 AM   Five years of war in Syria has been even more devastating than previously thought, with one group estimating nearly half a million Syrians so far have been killed or died because of the war.

Groundswell of US uni students motivated to protest

More to come: Protests in 2015 led to the announcement that University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe would resign.

Susan Svrluga 10:26 AM   Researchers at UCLA are predicting a continued rise in campus demonstrations.

Oregon stand-off: last four occupiers surrender

Authorities wait at the Narrows roadblock near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday.

Jimmy Urquhart 10:24 AM   Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ends with final four occupiers to face charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers.

Hollande adds Green party politicians in cabinet reshuffle

French President Francois Hollande, left, prepares to speak with journalist Gilles Bouleau, right, on French TV on Thursday.

Aurelien Breeden 10:08 AM   Cabinet shuffle seen as attempt to broaden appeal to boost President's chances to qualify for presidential election run-offs next year.

#ImNotKiddingMaddi trends after Hillary Clinton's desperate email

The mocked Hillary Clinton email.

Helena Horton 8:48 AM   A woman named Maddi has caused nationwide mirth in the US after posting an email she says she received from Hillary Clinton online.

Severed feet – still inside shoes – keep mysteriously washing up in US, Canada

The Pacific Northwest shoreline.

Yanan Wang 6:22 AM   Scientists reject speculation that the feet originate from natural disasters, drug dealers, serial killers or human traffickers.

Fifty-two inmates dead in cartel prison battle in north-east Mexico

Inmates shout from a barred window at the Topo Chico prison.

5:43 AM   A battle between rival drug gangs at a prison killed 52 people in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north.

Attacker shoots six dead at education department offices in Saudi Arabia

Ambulances and police vehicles are seen outside of the Ministry of Education office, located in Al-Dayer, Jazan region, ...

2:42 AM   An attacker opened fire at local education department offices in southern Saudi Arabia on Thursday, killing six employees in what authorities are treating as a criminal attack, a senior Saudi official said.

Leopard scare closes 130 Indian schools in Bangalore

Leopard in tree.

Kate Aubusson 1:56 AM   NEW DELHI, Feb 11 EFE - Around 130 schools have remained closed in the city of Bangalore in southern India after a leopard entered a school and injured three people, including a forest department employee.

US Justice Department sues the City of Ferguson to force policing reform

Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington on Wednesday.

Mark Berman 12:43 AM   The Department of Justice filed a 56-page civil lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, Missouri, alleging that, 18 months after the police shooting of Michael Brown, the city's police and court system continue to violate black residents' civil rights.

FBI moving in on last four occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge

Cliven Bundy, on horseback at centre, joins the funeral procession for Arizona rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum in Kanab, ...

12:39 AM   US Federal agents have moved in on the last four anti-government militants still holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon

Cambodian orphan crusader jailed for child sex abuse

Hang Vibol, former director of Our Home Orphanage in Phnom Penh.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:33 AM   A Cambodian orphanage director who crusaded for years against child sex abuse has been sentenced to three years jail for committing indecent acts on children in his care.

As oil prices plummet, Gulf state creates ministry for happiness

The world's tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, sports the colours of the UAE flag.

Ben Hubbard 10:04 PM   At the centre of a region riven by conflict, one oil-rich Gulf state has decided that happiness and tolerance need portfolios. Not everyone is convinced.

Catholic bishops not compelled to report sex abuse: Vatican

Pope Francis has described child sex abuse as a scourge.

Rachel Browne 8:29 PM   A training manual for new Catholic bishops has advised that they are "not necessarily" required to report suspected clerical child abuse to the police.

Turkey won't open border to Syrian refugees

Displaced Syrians at a temporary refugee camp in northern Syria near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey.

Liz Sly 6:23 PM   Turkey has angrily rejected demands that it open its border to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees driven from their homes by relentless Russian airstrikes, saying that to do so would amount to complicity in the Russian-backed offensive to drive rebels out of the province of Aleppo.

Australian tip-off leads to online wildlife trafficking sting in Indonesia

Most of the animals smuggled to Australia from Indonesia are reptiles – such as the green tree python (pictured) –which ...

Jewel Topsfield 6:06 PM   A tip-off from the Australian Federal Police led to a sting that nabbed two Indonesians who had smuggled Papuan reptiles to Australia in an international online wildlife trafficking operation.

Five years after nuclear meltdown, no one knows what to do with Fukushima

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employee walks in front of  the tsunami-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant ...

Anna Fifield 4:53 PM   Seen from the road below, the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station looks much as it may have right after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that caused a triple meltdown here almost five years ago.