Ruth Pollard 6:12 PM Of the first 90 Assyrians kidnapped by Islamic State this week, many were members of Atur Aisak's family. Ruth Pollard reports from the war zone.
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8:17 AM A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them - and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.
Dave Graham and Elinor Comlay 8:10 AM Mexico has captured the most wanted drug lord in the country, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, police said on Friday, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence.
8:05 AM The Swiss government offer to cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030, with at least 30 per cent of the curbs at home and the rest by investing in carbon-cutting projects abroad.
Andrew Soong 7:29 AM A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had had only brief contact with one of the six students.
Griff Witte and Daniela Deane 6:30 AM London: The widow of a man killed by the masked Islamic State militant previously known as "Jihadi John" said Friday she wanted him caught alive, insisting he does not deserve an "honorable death."
Tom Schweich tragedy: Days before apparent suicide, potential Missouri governor agonised over alleged anti-Semitic remarks
Lindsey Bever 4:33 AM For days, Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich had been growing outwardly agitated, those close to him noted, over remarks that were made about his religion.
Sudarsan Raghavan 4:21 AM 'If you don't feel shame, I feel shame for you,' a man told her when she went for her licence. She passed. He didn't.
Stephen Brown 4:02 AM Finance Minister promise not to let Greece 'blackmail' its euro zone partners as 542 vote 'yes' in the Bundestag.
Raphael Minder 3:48 AM Spaniards are the first Western European citizens arrested for travelling to Ukraine to fight on the side of pro-Russian separatists.
Richard Pérez-Peña and John Eligon 3:33 AM Nine people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri, in which the suspected gunman took his own life.
2:57 AM Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.
Pak Yiu 2:55 AM Former Hong Kong beautician Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned when she was found guilty of 18 of 20 abuse charges and sentenced to six years in prison and fined HK$15,000 ($2480).
2:52 AM A baby stolen from her sleeping mother's arms shortly after birth has been found by the family through an astonishing coincidence 17 years later, South African police say.
2:51 AM Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
Tom Allard and Jewel Topsfield 2:40 AM Indonesia's elite paramilitary police have held a training drill simulating the transfer of the two Bali nine death-row inmates, revealing it plans to use a team of 10 heavily armed officers for each prisoner.
Jewel Topsfield 10:37 PM Bali nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran has been awarded an Associate Degree in Fine Art from Curtin University in Perth just days before he is expected to die.
10:17 PM Japanese police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggest was inspired by Islamist extremist executions.
10:07 PM Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly four years have been released, local officials say.
Brian Latham 9:44 PM Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said he's still in charge of the southern African nation and that his wife Grace isn't the "power behind the throne," the Chronicle newspaper reported.
Pallavi Singhal 9:24 PM Llamas rose up to claim the limelight today in what appeared to be a coordinated campaign by the little-discussed animals. Two llamas on the loose in Sun City, Arizona were rounded up by police, only for two other llamas to take to the streets in Vancouver, Washington a few hours later.
Luke Malpass 11:45 PM As the Australian Jewish News celebrated its 120th anniversary, and in the wake of recent terror attacks around the world, community leaders say that the biggest concern for Australian Jews is safety.
Ruth Pollard 6:12 PM On the front line in the war against Islamic State, Kurds, Assyrians and Arabs fear for their loved ones but are determined to stay and fight.