Senator McCain calls Kissinger protesters 'scum'

12:06 PM   US Senator John McCain had a blunt message for demonstrators interrupting former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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Family's fume after MH370 called 'accident'

A family member of a passenger onboard the MH370 cries at a temple in Beijing in September, 2014.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:00 PM   Family members of the 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have vented their anger over the handling of the aviation mystery.

AirAsia disaster: pilots disabled computers 

Wreckage from AirAsia flight 8501.

The pilots of AirAsia flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea.

Sirul Azhar Umar rules out voluntary return

Sirul Azhar Umar.

Lindsay Murdoch 1:30 PM   A police commando at the centre of a case involving allegations of high-level corruption in Kuala Lumpur has declared he will not voluntarily return to Malaysia to be hanged.

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'You just have to keep your cool': pilot lands plane on highway, merges with traffic

A Cessna 150..

Patrick McGeehan 8:08 PM   A small airplane was cruising about 3,500 feet over the northwest corner of New Jersey on Thursday afternoon when its single engine sputtered out, rendering it powerless as it descended several kilometres from a landing strip.

Bombings of security facilities in Sinai kill at least 26

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a trip to Ethiopia on news of the attacks.

David Kirkpatrick and Merna Thomas 8:05 PM   A series of simultaneous bombings targeting security facilities in the Sinai killed at least 26 people on Thursday, prompting fears that the Egyptian government's campaign of home demolitions, curfews and sweeping arrests has failed.

Suge Knight suspected of running over two men with his truck in Compton

Marion "Suge" Knight is wanted by police over an alleged hit and run.

Ryan Parker and Angel Jennings 7:52 PM   Notorious former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is suspected of running two men over in his truck Thursday afternoon local time after an argument on a film set in Compton.

Saudi Arabia King gives citizens an extra two months salary

King Salman attends a ceremony with world leaders after the death of his predecessor King Abdullah

Tom Decent 7:37 PM   Less than a week after assuming the throne, Saudi Arabia's new king has given all state employees a bonus two months salary and reshuffled top government jobs while firing two sons of the late Addullah in the process.

Oldest children are more responsible but younger siblings are funnier

Jessica Sier 7:17 PM   New research has found first-borns consider themselves more successful and organised, while youngest siblings think they're funnier and more relaxed.

Humans of New York raises $1m plus for students

Brandon Stanton: The man behind Humans of New York.

Melanie Eversley 7:07 PM   What started out as a fail for blogger/photographer Brandon Stanton has turned into a major success for him and a group of Brooklyn, New York, schoolchildren.

Border Chinese fear marauding North Koreans

In an undated handout photo, Li Chunfeng and his wife, Yuzi, who along with their son, Xianghu, were killed by a North Korean who stole across the Chinese border in 2014.

Jane Perlez 4:45 PM   Over the past decade, many North Koreans have slipped into China to steal food, and even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made it more difficult with increased security on his side of the border, they continue to come.

North Korea cracks down on soap opera smuggling

Jang Se-yul, who defected from North Korea after watching South Korean soap operas, sends DVDs of the shows back to the North.

Choe Sang-Hun 4:39 PM   Hugely popular South Korean soap operas are forbidden fruit in the North where they are considered to promote the "poisonous elements of capitalism".

Hezbollah, Israel signal to each other that they want to end fighting

Friends of Staff Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini, killed by Hezbollah shelling, grieve during his funeral in the southern Israeli town of Shtulim.

Joel Greenberg 4:34 PM   Israel and Hezbollah have stepped back from further confrontation after a flare-up of fighting across the Lebanese border.

Lawyers battle to save Bali Nine lives

'No clemency' for Bali Nine, says Joko Widodo

Jewel Topsfield 4:23 PM   Lawyers are battling to try to save the lives of the condemned Bali Nine ringleaders despite Indonesian president Joko Widodo vowing to show no mercy and uncertainty over whether a second review of their case will be allowed by the courts.

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadliest attacks in months

Protesters hold a poster of Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim with the words "Wanted: the killer of Shaima al-Sabbagh"  in Cairo. Police have denied responsibility for her shooting.

Yusri Mohamed 3:58 PM   The Egyptian wing of the so-called Islamic State has claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday.

The Nisman case: key questions

Alberto Nisman

3:58 PM   The death of Alberto Nisman has riveted Argentina, and now people are demanding justice. Here some questions about the case have been answered.

'Why did the Australian government refuse to listen to us?'

Hemantha Kuruppu, 41, in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he has been granted refugee status by the United Nations. Last year he was refused entry to Australia and repatriated to Sri Lanka.

Jason Koutsoukis 3:10 PM   Nine Sri Lankans repatriated by Australian authorities last year after their boat was intercepted off Christmas Island have been recognised as refugees by the United Nations in Nepal.

Fury at wake for Argentine prosecutor

Alberto Nisman

Joshua Partlow 2:46 PM   "Assassin! Assassin!" people chanted as government drivers tried to wedge their sedans through the throng outside the funeral home where prosecutor Alberto Nisman lay.

North Korean regime nudged towards resumption of talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to a crowd in this state-supplied photo.

Sam Kim 2:17 PM   North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un squeezed by both his main ally China and the US in a renewed bid to prod him to the negotiating table.

Man with fake gun invades Dutch TV station

Service interrupted: The incident interrupted NOS's newscast, with a message on screen telling viewers no broadcast was "available at this time".

2:03 PM   A 19-year-old man armed with a fake gun disrupted Dutch television when he forced his way into the building of public broadcaster NOS and demanded air-time before being overpowered by police.

Chinese netizens squirm as party tightens grip on internet

China's president Xi Jinping.

Simon Denyer 1:42 PM   Brick by brick, China is building its Great Firewall steadily higher, experts say. It infuriates netizens, exasperates foreign business executives, and appears to contradict China's pretensions to be a global superpower.

California eases chronic prison overcrowding

California governor Jerry Brown did not immediately comment on the population change.

Sharon Bernstein 12:57 PM   With new laws reclassifying crimes, California's prisoner numbers are falling, reducing chronic overcrowding in the state's mammoth jail system.

Senator McCain calls Kissinger protesters 'scum'

Senator John McCain

12:06 PM   US Senator John McCain had a blunt message for demonstrators interrupting former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a Senate hearing: "Get out of here, you low-life scum".

Shinzo Abe disputes US textbook's portrayal of 'comfort women'

Japanese Shinzo Abe 'shocked' by a American textbook's depiction of World War II 'comfort women'.

Martin Fackler 10:51 AM   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on Thursday criticised a US textbook that he said inaccurately depicted Japan's actions during World War II, opening a new front in a battle to sway US views of the country's wartime history.

Storms like US blizzard may get stronger but less frequent, study finds

 Students lay out in their bathing suits on the Quad, on the campus of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston

7:20 AM   Large storms like the blizzard that battered New England this week may become more severe but less frequent as the Earth's climate changes, scientists said on Thursday.

Families plead for release of Islamic State hostages as deadline passes

Islamic State hostages: Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holds what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Moaz Kasasbeh in a still photo from video posted on YouTube on Tuesday. The Arab subtitle reads, "I only have 24 hours left to live".

Nabih Bulos and Patrick McDonnell 6:44 AM   As another reported deadline passed Thursday, Jordanian authorities said they were seeking proof that a captive air force pilot was alive before releasing a female militant as part of a proposed prisoner swap.