American killed by lion in South Africa game park

8:30 AM   A lion has leapt through an open car window and mauled an American tourist to death at a privately-run game park just outside Johannesburg.

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Russian film infuriates Czechs and Slovaks

Hammer and sickle - Soviet / Russian flag. Pic by Robert Banks

A Russian film about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia has incensed the Czech and Slovak governments, who said it distorts history by justifying the armed crackdown.

Australia turned 65 people away: police

Generic picture of an asylum seeker boat.

Jewel Topsfield 2:39 PM   'They looked exhausted,' the Indonesian police chief said of the 65 people, who reportedly claimed to be asylum seekers.

General barred amid human trafficking claims

An Asian migrant.

Viparat Jantraprap 5:58 AM   Thailand's military has suspended a three-star general on suspicion of human trafficking as pressure mounts on Bangkok to block the illicit trade.

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Australian teacher deported from China after drug raid

Xinhua wire service have identified the man as 34-year-old Australian man David Robert Ancel Green.

Kate Aubusson 5:30 PM   An Australian teacher has been deported from China after a drug raid on his apartment uncovered commercial quantities of marijuana

Timing gives Abbott no excuse to avoid Paris climate talks

Tony Abbott at the last CHOGM meeting in November 2013 in Sri Lanka.

Peter Hannam 4:26 PM   Pressure on the Prime Minister to attend the crucial Paris Climate Summit is likely to rise if he opts to attend the CHOGM gathering that will be held just prior to the French event.

Chinese ferry sinks carrying 458 aboard

Rescue workers carry a boat to conduct a search after a ship sank at the Jianli section of Yangtze River.

4:01 PM   A passenger ship carrying 458 people, many elderly Chinese tourists, sank in the Yangtze River on Monday night during a storm and only 12 people had been rescued so far, state media said, in what could be one of China's worst disasters for years.

Cambodia arrival of the first Australia's unwanted refugees imminent

Asylum seekers on their first day in the compound at Nauru after their long voyages on the Tampa, Aceng and Manoora.

Lindsay Murdoch 3:29 PM    Four refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru are set to arrive in Cambodia as part of a controversial agreement that has so far cost Australian taxpayers $55.5 million.

George Pell critic Peter Saunders spoke only for himself, says Vatican spokesman

Former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell at a thanksgiving for his service.

Desmond O'Grady 3:04 PM   The Vatican has distance itself from comments made by abuse survivor and Vatican reformer Peter Saunders when he called on Pope Francis to fire Cardinal Pell over allegations the cleric helped cover up paedophile activity in Australia.

Rand Paul on high ground as Patriot Act domestic spying expires

US Senator Rand Paul has made ending US intelligence agencies collection of US citizens' telephone metadata a key plank of his presidential run.

Nick O'Malley 1:42 PM   The US government's bulk collection of its citizens' telephone call data has been suspended after key provisions of the Patriot Act introduced after the September 11 attacks expired before Congress managed to vote on a replacement.

US touts military ties with Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions

The US and Vietnam national flag flutter on masts during the welcoming ceremony of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (not pictured) at the Ministry of Defense in Hanoi on June 1, 2015. Carter is on an Asian trip to Singapore, Vietnam and India in his second tour of the region since taking over at the Pentagon in February. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HOANG DINH Nam

David J. Lynch 10:03 AM   The US defence secretary and his Vietnamese counterpart sign a joint vision statement.

Cancelling fatal hike would have been 'too much paperwork'

The parents of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts say it didn't occur to them to be concerned about their son during his training.

Rozina Sabur 9:06 AM   An army officer told a grieving family it would have been "too much paperwork" to cancel a Special Forces selection test which led to the deaths of three SAS hopefuls, a coroner has heard.

American killed by lion in South Africa game park

A lioness approached the passenger side of the vehicle as the woman took photos and then lunged, said Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park.

8:30 AM   A lion has leapt through an open car window and mauled an American tourist to death at a privately-run game park just outside Johannesburg.

France suggests world leaders at start, not end, of climate summit

French President Francois Hollande and Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal.

7:55 AM   ​France suggests world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed.

Europe's oil giants jointly call for carbon pricing

Over a barrel: climate action needs a price on carbon, big oil firms say.

7:49 AM   ​Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to work on a UN deal to fight climate change.

British woman jailed for having loud sex

British woman jailed for having loud sex

6:11 AM   A British woman who kept her neighbours awake by engaging in enthusiastic love-making has been sentenced to two weeks in prison after a neighbour complained about her "screaming and shouting".

German business lobby groups call for Russia's inclusion in G7

German flag

5:47 AM   Two German business leaders say Russia should be invited to rejoin a summit of the Group of Seven industrial powers next weekend.

Indonesia says Australian navy turns back asylum-seeker boat

Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh last month.

10:19 PM   Scores of asylum-seekers have come ashore in eastern Indonesia after their boat was intercepted by the Australian navy and pushed into Indonesian waters, police say.

Muslim passenger refused Diet Coke 'weapon' on US flight

Muslim woman Tahera Ahmad claims she was subjected to discrimination on a US flight.

Chris Zappone 9:03 PM   A Muslim chaplain has claimed she was the victim of discrimination aboard a US flight after being refused an unopened can of soda by a flight attendant who told her it could be used "as a weapon".

French officials start removing 1 million 'love locks' from Paris bridges

A couple place their padlock on the Pont des Arts in Paris last Friday.

9:01 PM   Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, on Monday began removing tens of thousands of "love locks", padlocks chained to the city's bridges by lovestruck couples.

Beijing bans indoor smoking

People dance to popularise anti-smoking measures at the national stadium, better known as "the Bird's Nest", in Beijing.

6:37 PM   The toughest anti-smoking legislation in China's history has been introduced in Beijing.

Sadly, 'San Andreas' is unlikely to spur quake preparedness

Dwayne Johnson in a helicopter scene from <i>San Andreas</i>.

Cathleen Decker 6:19 PM   Why the publicity surrounding San Andreas won't help Californians get ready for the real Big One.

Man burnt alive sparks outcry among Iraq's Sunnis

Iraqi Shiite militia in the southern city of Basra. Their actions on the front line are under scrutiny as they fight Islamic State.

Zaid Sabah 5:38 PM   Iraq's Sunni Muslim officials and religious leaders accused Shiite militias of burning a Sunni man alive in an incident captured on video.

Mystery as 120,000 endangered antelopes die in Kazakhstan

Saiga antelopes drink from a lake outside Almaty in this undated file picture. The sudden deaths of tens of thousands in Kazakhstan over the past two weeks has left scientists scrambling for answers.

Lauren Raab   More than 120,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes have died in Kazakhstan since mid-May, and the cause of the "catastrophic collapse" is unclear.

Islamic State threatens to seize Syrian border town from other rebels

A member of al-Qaeda's Nusra Front raises the movement's flag  in the north-western city of Ariha.

Patrick McDonnell   Islamic State militants are reported to be closing in on a strategic border town near Syria's Turkish frontier after routing rival rebel groups.