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Alan Rappeport 12:55 AM The Republican presidential candidate argued that the right to bear arms was more sacred than spilled blood and suggested that the victims should have had the courage to attack their killer.
Philip Wen 2:57 PM The embattled presidential candidate for Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, Hung Hsiu-chu, has defied calls to step down, despite facing a likely landslide defeat in the forthcoming January election.
US prisons are about to get a lot less overcrowded, as the first of potentially 50,000 inmates are released.
Some critics predicted chaos, confusion and "bag rage". This week's introduction of a 5 pence charge for plastic shopping bags in England has had a mixed reception.
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Rachel Feltman 3:01 AM Three scientists were honoured for their work, which could lead to therapies for everything from cancer to old age.
Richard Winton 1:50 AM Just when you thought Bill Cosby couldn't be in any more trouble, a woman has sued him, alleging the legendary comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.
Michael D. Shear 1:45 AM As Syrian refugees continue to flee the violence at home, President Barack Obama is turning to the modern tools of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship as a supplement to the more traditional means of humanitarian relief.
Erin Cunningham 1:44 AM The first naval salvos in Russia's intervention appeared to be in coordination with a major push by Syrian ground forces.
1:16 AM A dairy worker has been handed what is believed to be New Zealand's longest-ever prison sentence for animal cruelty, after cows were beaten, had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps on a farm he managed.
12:46 AM Iran's Supreme Leader has banned any further negotiations with the US, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation.
Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 12:42 AM A 66-year-old Australian woman is being investigated by Bali police over the possible illegal adoption of three Indonesian children.
Jewel Topsfield 12:40 AM Agriculture minister does a deal with an Indonesian minister famous for her policy of blowing up illegal fishing boats.
Lia Timson 11:41 PM A German television network has been accused of racism after broadcasting a photoshopped image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a chador.
9:22 PM Russian air strikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of a US-trained rebel group in Syria, their commander said on Wednesday, in an expansion of Russian attacks on insurgents backed by foreign enemies of President Bashar al-Assad.
Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda 5:45 PM Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: €2.5 million ($3.94 million) for enough radioactive caesium to contaminate several city blocks.
3:54 PM Months after winning a national title, Harvard's debate team became the latest scalp for inmates of a maximum-security jail.
Colleen Jenkins 3:10 PM South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 15 and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near swollen waterways and dams across the state in the south of the US.
Lloyd Jones 2:17 PM An English jockey who became a paraplegic after a race fall in NSW was the victim of "the most dangerous single manoeuvre on a race course", a court has heard.
Katrin Bennhold 12:27 PM Britain has been consumed for three years by a growing list of investigations into alleged pedophile rings, but now there are growing doubts about the credibility of someone the police regarded as a major witness in one of the most explosive of these cases.
11:53 AM A group of Chinese tourists were left terrified after a glass pane on a new transparent walkway shattered suddenly.
Noel Towell 10:28 AM But former Canadian public servant has 'no regrets' about protest song.
Robin Emmott and Laila Bassam 9:00 AM Accidental incursion by Russian warplane into Turkish airspace is being used for NATO propaganda, Russian envoy says.
Yanang Wang 7:19 AM As she neared her final breath, people around her were contemplating ham n' cheese burgers and hotcakes.