China intensifies carbon reduction 

Philip Wen   The world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has submitted a new carbon intensity reduction target to the UN while reaffirming its goal to curb carbon emissions by 2030, or 'even earlier'.

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Teenager dies of Ebola in 'clear' Liberia

Health workers take a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in a area were a 17-year old boy died from the virus in Liberia.

Aislinn Laing 2:09 AM   A 17-year-old boy has died from Ebola in Liberia: the first confirmed case in the country since it was declared free of the virus seven weeks ago.

KKK plans rally as black churches burn

A sign warning the building is unsafe hangs outside the charred remains of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church.

The Ku Klux Klan plans to rally in South Carolina, even as black churches have been warned to take "necessary precautions" as authorities in southern states investigate several church fires over the last week.

Obama, Rousseff turn page on spy spat

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks as President Barack Obama listens during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The president and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as "natural partners" collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional diplomacy, glossing over recent tensions over spying that have strained relations between the U.S. and Brazil. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used a White House visit to turn the page on a spying scandal that had damaged bilateral relations

Chris Christie enters US presidential race

Republican US presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as his children (L-R) Sarah, Bridget and Andrew look on.

Nick O'Malley 7:11 AM   New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is either a tell-it-like-it-is straight talker or a brash and abrasive bully.

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Islamic State claim responsibility for Egypt's North Sinai attacks, scores killed

Smoke rises in Egypt's North Sinai.

Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan 4:49 AM   Militants launch a wave of attacks that kills more than 100 people, one of the biggest militant strikes in Egypt's modern history.

Australian government experts received secret draft of official MH17 crash report

Malaysian Airlines planes parked on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Nick Miller 4:24 AM   A top secret draft of the official report into the cause of the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine was handed to the Australian government experts almost one month ago, it has emerged.

Oregon crowds count down to legalisation of marijuana - then light up

Midnight toke: A man smokes a joint as it becomes legal in Oregon.

Shelby Sebens 4:20 AM   Joints lit up at midnight on the streets of Portland as marijuana became legal in the fourth western US state.

Greek PM sticks with referendum and urges his country to vote no

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has signalled he's ready to accept the bailout terms.

Michael Birnbaum 4:09 AM   After offering to accept an earlier bailout, and being turned down by Merkel, Tsipras stands by his previous plan.

US restores diplomatic ties with Cuba after 54 years

President Barack Obama announces the historic move at the White House with Vice President Joe Biden.

Daniel Trotta 2:39 AM   A US flag could fly over a Havana embassy as soon as July 20, as Obama announces another major achievement.

Punishment is the only reason for EU to force Greece to exit the euro

A woman passes a banner supporting the No vote to the upcoming referendum in Athens.

Clive Crook 12:34 AM   In my more than 30 years writing about politics, I have never before witnessed such sustained, self-righteous, ruinous and dissembling incompetence - and I'm not talking about Alexis Tsipras and Syriza.

Dead teen's family claim driver who moved body's punishment isn't harsh enough

Norman John Harris killed Cheyenne Ihaka, 16, in a car crash, then moved his body to divert the blame.

Jono Galuzka 10:14 PM   The family of a Tararua teenager who was killed in a car crash, then moved into the driver's seat to take the blame, say the driver's punishment is too weak.

Great Barrier Reef UNESCO verdict confirmed but future status remains murky

The World Heritage status of the Great Barrier has been confirmed - for now.

Peter Hannam 9:52 PM   The status of the Great Barrier Reef has avoided being downgraded by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee but the future of the ecological treasure remains uncertain.

Woman gives birth, fights off bees, starts wildfire in Northern California

Amber Panghorn (KCRA.com)

Joseph Serna and Veronica Rocha 9:25 PM   A woman fought off bees, started a fire and survived on apples -- all after giving birth in a lonely stretch of Northern California forest, she told a Bay Area TV station.

I'll need a hair and makeup touch-up: Clinton

Hillary Clinton's emails with her staff and contacts are mostly humdrum, occasionally funny.

Anne Gearan and Colby Itkowitz 4:59 PM   State Department releases first batch of Clinton's 2009 work-related emails.

Greece defaults on debt: IMF

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

12:59 PM   The IMF has confirmed the debt due by Greece has not been paid so Greece is officially in arrears. Greece made an eleventh hour appeal for a fresh two-year rescue deal with the European Union, just hours before its current bailout expired and it missed the critical IMF payment.

Two huge planes plough into one street: ten years apart

A member of the Indonesian Air Force looks over the wreckage of a military transport plane which crashed into a building on June 30, 2015 in Medan.

Nilufar Rizki 12:42 PM   More than 100 people are feared dead after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a hotel and residential area in the northern Sumatra city of Medan.

US boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

Romechia Simms with her son, Ji'Aire Donnell Lee.

Julie Zauzmer and DeNeen L. Brown 12:24 PM   The story was chilling and heartbreaking: A 3-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

China's climate plan: how ambitious and what does it mean for Australia?

China has announced to the UN its plans to tackle carbon dioxide emissions from 2020

Tom Arup 12:07 PM   After a few false dawns China has submitted its plans for tackling climate change from 2020 to the United Nations climate negotiations. What does it mean?

How Egypt's 'Generation Protest' became 'Generation Jail'

A woman holds up a portrait of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat at his funeral on Tuesday.

Louisa Loveluck 11:06 AM   The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has declared he will intensify a police offensive against dissent after militants murdered the country's prosecutor general.

Woman who gave birth in California forest started wildfire

Amber Pangborn gave birth alone in a California forest and started a fire there before being rescued.

10:42 AM   Desperate and out of petrol and low on food, new mother lit fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Dry run for New York prison breakout

Richard Matt, left, and David Sweat.

William Rashbaum 10:30 AM   The two convicted killers who escaped in early June from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, setting off a three-week manhunt, conducted a dry run of the breakout the night before they fled.

Earliest cyclone confirmed in Queensland zone

Cyclone Raquel makes history.

Peter Hannam 10:20 AM   Tropical Cyclone Raquel has formed in the south-west Pacific near the Solomon Islands, triggering the earliest cyclone warning issued on record for the Queensland zone.

'Abortion drone' delivers pregnancy-terminating drugs by air

The drone used in in Saturday's flight between Germany and Poland.

Josephine Tovey 8:53 AM   A European women's activist groupĀ used a drone to deliver pregnancy-terminating drugs from one country to another this week, in a move designed to raise awareness about restrictive abortion laws and test the possibilities of emerging techonology.

China, Brazil move climate talks into fast lane with pledges

The year-end climate summit gathers some more momentum.

Alex Nussbaum 7:13 AM   The push for a global deal on climate change picks up speed from Latin America to Asia, with the world's biggest greenhouse-gas emitter and the steward of its largest rainforest pledging new measures to curb warming.

IS beheads female civilians for sorcery in Syria: monitor

A member to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa.

Sylvia Westall 6:51 AM   The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.