Boko Haram kidnap 185 women, children in Nigeria

Boko Haram gunmen are believed to have kidnapped 185 women and children in a raid on a remote north-east Nigerian village.

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Paedophile victim lived at Australian embassy

Martin Allen disappeared in 1979 at the age of 15 and his body has never been found.

Nick Miller 7:26 AM   The son of a former Australian High Commissioner's chauffeur may have been murdered by a VIP pedophile ring in London more than three decades ago, according to shocking claims being investigated by UK police.

Putin blasts West in talk on Russia's woes

Vladimir Putin

Matthew Schofield 10:25 AM   Russia's economic crisis in which oil prices have sunk and the rouble has nearly halved in value will pass, President Vladimir Putin says.

Drone strikes counterproductive: CIA report

Drone

Philip Dorling 12:15 AM   Drone strikes and other "targeted killings" of terrorist and insurgent leaders favoured by the US and supported by Australia can strengthen extremist groups and be counterproductive, according to a secret CIA report published by WikiLeaks.

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Russia's news confusion 

The nature of Russian news has changed. Pictured: workers stand on scaffolding erected around the top of the Spasskaya tower (Saviour Tower) of the Kremlin as it undergoes repair, in Moscow this month.

Chris Zappone 6:42 AM   As Russia's propaganda machine jolts back to life, flooding the Western world with curated hoo-hah, a popular notion in Russia is that these days everything is PR.

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US won't back Palestinian UN resolution

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shows a picture of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein as he is grabbed by an Israeli border policeman.

10:28 AM   The United States won't back a Palestinian draft resolution to the United Nations that sets conditions for a peace deal with Israel.

Jailed: Emma Czornobaj.

10:21 AM   A Canadian woman who stopped her car on a highway to rescue ducklings, a decision that caused the deaths of two people, has been sentenced to three months' jail.

Sony cyberattack: North Korea confrontation possible as US mulls response

Pointing the finger: The US is privately blaming North Korea for launching cyber attacks on Sony Pictures over <i>The Interview</i>.

Peter Baker 10:20 AM   The United States is weighing up how it should react to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, an official says.

US executions continue to decline: report

Controversial: The Oklahoma State Penitentiary where prisoners were executed in 2014.

Kevin Johnson 10:13 AM   The number of people executed in the United States this year was the lowest in 20 years, a report says.

Homeless man 'overwhelmed' after student raises thousands for him

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, who has raised $56,000 to help a homeless good Samaritan.

Nicola Harley 8:53 AM   A homeless man who offered a woman his last pennies to get home when she lost her purse is "overwhelmed" after she raised more than £29,000 ($56,000) to help him.

Judge rules that 14-year-old black boy shouldn't have been executed in South Carolina in 1944

Wrongly executed ... George Stinney Jr appears in an undated police booking photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Jeffrey Collins 5:10 AM   More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

Denmark stakes its claim in the war for the North Pole

Resource rich area ... A congressional delegation and the Secretary of the Navy walk around the Seawolf class submarine USS Connecticut after the boat surfaced through through Arctic sea ice in 2011.

Rick Noack 4:32 AM   In time for Christmas, Denmark has claimed Santa Claus's home - the North Pole. Although it might seem like a joke, Denmark's wish to expand its influence in the Arctic is part of a serious geopolitical struggle: Canada and Russia also claim the spot.

Parents outraged after Kansas City school replaces blind boy's cane with pool noodle

Blind since birth ... Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger.

3:36 AM   Kansas City, Missouri: A Missouri school district has apologised to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly misbehaved on the bus.

'Impossible' for Saudi to reduce oil output: minister

Oil supply continues ... A worker waits to connect a drill bit on the Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas.

Ian Timberlake 1:50 AM   Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, cannot reduce its output because of competitive pressure despite plunging prices, the kingdom's oil minister said on Thursday.

North Korea was 'centrally involved' in Sony Hacking, US says

Hacked: Sony Pictures Entertainment.

David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth 1:24 AM   US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was "centrally involved" in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures' computers,

Vladimir Putin promises economic recovery but downturn 'can last two years'

Vladimir Putin

Maria Antonova 10:34 PM   President Vladimir Putin has attempted to assuage fears of economic collapse and promised rapid recovery as he faced hundreds of journalists during the worst financial crisis of his rule.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo hardens line on drug offenders on death row

Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Gabrielle Dunlevy 10:08 PM   Indonesia's President has entrenched his hard line against mercy for drug offenders on death row, stressing he "will never" grant them clemency.

Obama's critics will seize on CIA revelations

Judgments divided: US President Barack Obama.

Daniel Flitton 12:15 AM   What is extraordinary about this brutal CIA report into assassination operations is how the spy agency failed to anticipate the devastating cost to US prestige from extrajudicial killing.

Video shows American Airlines flight rocked by turbulence

Inside the flight as turbulence hit.

7:51 PM   A video of a US-bound flight rocked by severe turbulence might be just what you needed to see to ensure you keep that seatbelt fastened on your next flight.

EU backs compromise resolution on Palestinian state

Palestine flag.

5:06 PM   The European Parliament has adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle, in a compromise motion that did not follow some European national legislatures in backing immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.

Pakistan PM vows to crush Taliban insurgents

A mother with her son, who was injured in the attack.

Jason Koutsoukis 5:05 PM   As funerals began for the 148 victims of the Pakistani Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to crush the insurgents and lifted a moratorium on the death penalty.

Russia's billionaires panic-buy property as Putin pledges support for rouble

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Andrew Roth 4:22 PM   The plunging rouble has led to feverish attempts to dodge the wealth erosion, with expatriate Russian oligarchs looking to stabilise their fortunes with British property buys.

Barack Obama mistaken for waiter at black-tie gala: interview

"Irritations or indignities'': Barack Obama has revealed his experiences with racism.

1:54 PM   US President Barack Obama has revealed his experiences of racism as protesters condemn the killings of unarmed black men by police.

Activists say more than 230 Syrian corpses in mass grave are a message from Islamic State

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

1:48 PM   Beheaded corpses found in a mass grave are a message from Islamic State militants according to a moderate Syrian group.

Pakistani Taliban threatens further violence following school killings

Pakistan president Nawaz Sharif

Tom Hussain 1:10 PM   Pakistan's Taliban says it was "forced" to target the army school in Peshawar in an assault that left at least 144 dead, and it has threatened more violence.