PM's former bodyguard recants allegations

Lindsay Murdoch   From detention at Villawood, Sirul Azhar Umar has long claimed he murdered a young Mongolian translator on the orders of "important people". Now his story has abruptly changed.

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Departing Obama looms over debate

Hillary Clinton invoked her role as secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Nick O'Malley 4:42 PM   Hillary Clinton has woken up to the fact that Bernie Sanders is a genuine challenger, but again struggled to counter him.

NATO pushes back along eastern frontier

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.

North Korea says South has 'declared war'

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

Philip Wen 2:03 PM   Pyongyang kicks out all South Koreans from the Kaesong industrial zone, calling Seoul move to suspend operations a "declaration of war".

PNG's food bowl is all but empty 

Weevil-damaged sweet potato in Simbu Province.

Mayeta Clark 9:12 PM   A drought exacerbated by El Nino has pushed already poor communities in Papua New Guinea's Highlands to the edge of starvation.

Faint hope for peace in Syria with 'deal'

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

The US, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on what Washington called a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria that in theory allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas.

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Indonesia cracks down on terrorists in prison

Iman Darmawan, also known as Rois.

Jewel Topsfield 7:27 PM   When the country's security minister went to Indonesia's Alcatraz, five X-ray machines were found to be out of order.

Stunning herding footage ewe have to see to believe

A new perspective on sheep farming.

6:59 PM   Captivating aerial footage of sheep being herded on a Hawke's Bay farm has attracted international attention.

Oregon stand-off: last four occupiers surrender

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

Jimmy Urquhart 6:23 PM   Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ends with final four occupiers to face charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers.

CSIRO chief Larry Marshall points his ship into a scientific storm

Nothing to see here: CSIRO plans to slash climate monitoring and modelling research.

Peter Hannam 4:32 PM   Scientists are calling for CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall to change his mind and not slash key climate researchers by half.

CSIRO climate cuts 'devastating', almost 3000 scientists tell Turnbull

Larry Marshall, CSIRO's chief executive, has resisted calls to reconsider deep cuts to climate and other programs.

Peter Hannam 4:13 PM   Almost 3000 scientists from nearly 60 nations have appealed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian leaders to halt CSIRO's plans to halve the number of researchers working on climate monitoring and modelling.

Venezuela: three dead from Zika complications

The Aedes aegyptii mosquito, vector for the Zika virus.

3:30 PM   Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.

South Sudan's Salva Kiir restores rival Riek Machar whose ouster sparked war

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka,  has been under intense diplomatic pressure to reach a ...

Rick Gladstone 12:37 PM   President's reappointment of political rival is aimed at ending disastrous civil war.

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.

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.

Both 94, Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in German 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.

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