Kurds' brave fight puts them in the crosshairs 

Paul McGeough 12:33 AM   Turkey's entrance into the war on Islamic State has made the Kurds stateless victims of deals between states.

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Kevin Rudd's debut as a CNN host

Kevin Rudd discussed concerns over China's economy and the challenges of climate change on his first show as guest host on CNN.

Michael Idato 11:31 AM   With the bouncing-in-his-seat earnestness, and carefully measured hand gestures, Kevin Rudd made his debut as an international TV host.

Colorado cinema gunman gets 3318 years

Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes (2nd R) leaves court for the last time before beginning his life sentence with no chance of parole after a hearing in Centennial, Colorado, August 26, 2015. The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial will condemn Holmes to 12 life sentences and potentially thousands more years in prison on Wednesday, and is expected to address Holmes directly as the proceedings conclude. Holmes was found guilty in July of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 when he opened fire inside a packed midnight screening of a Batman film at a multiplex in the Denver suburb of Aurora.  REUTERS/RJ Sangosti/PoolTPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

'Get the defendant out of my courtroom,' the judge said as the emotional court drama of the Colorado Batman massacre came to an end.

'It was a boat of death': 200 feared dead

In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, the body of a drowned migrant is lies on a dock in Zuwara, Libya. It was not clear how many migrants had drowned. Dozens of boats are launched from lawless Libya each week, with Italy and Greece bearing the brunt of the surge. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

Dozens of bodies wash ashore as more are retrieved from one sunken ship's flooded hold in yet another tragedy off the Libyan coast.

Ashley Madison CEO quits after data hack

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman poses during an interview in Hong Kong in this August 28, 2013 file photo. Emails sent by the founder of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com  appear to have been exposed in a second, larger release of data stolen from its parent company, Vice Media's online technology site Motherboard reported August 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

The boss of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients.

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What's really going on in the Chinese economy

A Chinese day trader rests at a Beijing  brokerage house after a dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets around the world, driving indexes lower and erasing trillions of dollars in value.

Philip Wen 9:14 AM   The world has watched agape as $US5 trillion ($7 trillion) has been melted off China's crumpling sharemarket since mid-June, the equivalent of more than three times Australia's annual economic output.

US confirms Islamic State computer expert killed in air strike

A US Air Force drone has killed Islamic State recruiter Junaid Hussain of England in Raqqa, Syria this week, CNN reported on Friday.

Mark Hosenball and Andrea Shalal 7:45 AM   The US military confirmed on Friday that a British hacker who was one of the Islamic State movement's top computer experts and who was active in encouraging people abroad to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks has been killed in Syria by a US air strike.

Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie cleared of rape

Relief: Attorney J.W. Carney puts his arm around Owen Labrie, as he weeps in court.

7:37 AM   A former student of an elite New Hampshire prep school was found not guilty on Friday of raping a 15-year-old girl days before graduation last year in a case that cast a harsh spotlight on the school's culture.

Virginia TV shooting survivor tried to dodge bullets, husband says

Survivor ... Vicki Gardner tried to dodge bullets fired by Vester Lee Flanagan during her interview with WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker.

Katie Rogers 7:04 AM   After watching Vester Lee Flanagan II fire the shots that killed a reporter, Alison Parker, and a cameraman, Adam Ward, Vicki Gardner flinched and moved away from Flanagan before he fired a gun pointed directly at her face, Gardner's husband, Tim Gardner, said.

Sewage surfing and other weird news from around the world

Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach is likely to be closed because of a flood of 2 million litres of sewage. That didn't stop some surfers.

6:45 AM   Just in case you missed some of the oddest yarns doing the rounds, here's a recap of some weird and wonderful stories from around the world this week.

Kim Jong-un: It our 'military muscle', not negotiation, that avoided war

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: "We protected the dignity and sovereignty of the country."

Anna Fifield 3:56 AM   Querulous North Korean leader says the recent standoff with South Korea was resolved not through negotiation but 'thanks to the tremendous military muscle' of the country's nuclear weapons.

Lava flows from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano and lava flow on the island of Hawaii. File photo.

Victoria Cavaliere 3:55 AM   A thick stream of lava erupted from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday and had crept into the surrounding forest, the US Geological Survey said, but it did not pose a threat to surrounding communities.

Tropical Storm Erika lashes Caribbean islands and heads for Florida

A boat sits in shallow water as Tropical Storm Erika passes through New Town, Dominica.

David Adams 3:12 AM   Tropical Storm Erika threatened Haiti and the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean and geared up for a run at South Florida, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Kurds' brave fight puts them in the crosshairs as Turkey goes to war

Paul McGeough 12:33 AM   Turkey's entrance into the war on Islamic State has put the Kurds in a familiar position: stateless victims of deals between states.

The infamous Whitehall nudge unit

David Halpern, chief executive of Behavioural Insights, in Sydney.

Nick Miller 12:08 AM   London's Behavioural Insights is working with state agencies to find ways of influencing people to do things "right".

Cross-border firing kills nine on India-Pakistan war anniversary

The daughter of Indian civilian Banso Devi, who was killed in alleged firing from the Pakistan side into a residential area, at Sai village, in Ranbir Singh Pura, near the India-Pakistan international border.

Reuters 9:54 PM   Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two south Asian nations.

Archbishop accused of child sex abuse by Vatican dies before trial

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Reuters 9:34 PM   A Catholic former archbishop accused of child sex offences was found dead on Friday, the Vatican said, a month after he was hospitalised on the eve of his trial.

Robb slams unions for 'economic sabotage' on China FTA

Andrew Robb

Philip Wen 8:52 PM   Andrew Robb has described the trade union movement's opposition to Australia's free trade agreement with China as "nothing short of economic sabotage".

Cargo of corpses latest horror of Europe's migrant crisis

A migrant is lifted on board the Italian Navy ship Orione, after he and another migrant were spotted clinging to a barrel in the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and Italy.

Karin Strohecker 8:05 PM   As dozens of corpses were found in a parked truck in Austria on Thursday, and another migrant boat sank off Libya, the crisis that is overwhelming Europe deepened and threw up new tragedies.

Why the Trump circus has everyone stumped

Donald Trump, perennially controversial real estate baron and Republican presidential front-runner.

Nick O'Malley 7:00 PM   Political strategists have been blindsided by the surging grassroots support for outsider candidates, writes Nick O'Malley.

Bali police questioned over alleged buck's night bribe

Mark Ipaviz, right, with his fiancee.

Jewel Topsfield 6:11 PM   Eight Bali police officers and the Kuta police chief are being questioned over allegations Australians were pistol-whipped and tasered after a bucks' night went horribly wrong.

Judicial crackdown in China's troubled Xinjiang province

Armed police patrol the streets in Urumqi, Xinjiang, last year.

Chris Buckley 4:06 PM   Courts across Xinjiang, the volatile region in western China, home to Muslim Uighurs, have sentenced 45 people to prison in recent days after convicting them of supporting organisations accused of terror attacks or of helping others flee abroad.

Kazakhstan to host world's first nuclear fuel bank

Warren Buffett is helping to finance the nuclear fuel bank.

Raushan Nurshayeva 3:35 PM   The world's first bank of low-enriched uranium will be built in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for nuclear power stations and encourage nuclear non-proliferation.

Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors in border crisis

All manner of household items have been ferried across the Tachira River border crossing in recent days.

Julia Symmes Cobb 2:18 PM   Venezuela and Colombia have each recalled their ambassadors to the other country amid a diplomatic crisis sparked when socialist-run Venezuela closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand Colombians.

Clinton says Republicans are like 'terrorist groups' on women's issues

Hillary Clinton, who appears to be stagnating in the polls, speaks in Ohio on Wednesday.

Anne Gearan 1:34 PM   Republican candidates' policies on women "dead wrong for 21st century America", leading Democratic presidential candidate says.

Australian Ron Schneider killed in Indonesia surfing accident

Ron Schneider surfing in the over 50 section of the Australian Surf Festival at Port Macquarie in 2012

Jewel Topsfield and Kate Aubusson 1:06 PM   Australian Ron Schneider has reportedly been killed in a surfing accident in the Mentawi islands in Indonesia.

Bid to fly Palestinian flag at the UN

A Palestinian flag.

Louis Charbonneau 12:15 PM   United States and Israel, which do not recognise Palestinian statehood, likely be irked by move, diplomat say.

'You Stink': Lebanon's smelly politics of rubbish

Residents cover their noses as they walk past rubbish piled up along a street in Beirut this week.

Anne Barnard 12:03 PM   Beirut's mounting rubbish piles are one indignity too far, the ultimate physical manifestation of a failed political system that has left the state unable to perform even the most basic functions - so goes the central complaint of the demonstrators, who call their movement "You Stink".