Zimbabwean charged over killing of Cecil the lion

7:28 AM   A Zimbabwean court has charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion.

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Anxious wait for Al Jazeera verdict 

FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt. The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt?s channel which has been at the center of tense relations between the governments of Egypt?s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Qatar. (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File) EGYPT OUT

Ruth Pollard 6:56 AM   With his career on the line and his colleagues facing the prospect of further jail time, Australian journalist Peter Greste is awaiting the verdict in their retrial on terrorism charges.

Trump would welcome Sarah Palin

'She's tough and smart and just a great woman' ... Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin plus Donald Trump? That's a story everyone can get excited about - even when the Donald just offers generic praise and Palin isn't even there.

Americans kill hundreds of lions each year

Hunter Walter James Palmer, left, with another lion he killed.

The internet is outraged by the killing of a Zimbabwean lion. Walter Palmer allegedly lured Cecil out of a national park by dragging a dead animal behind a car.

Plane wreckage sparks MH370 speculation

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

10:04 AM   Debris that appears to be from a large plane has reportedly been found off the east coast of Africa, raising the possibility it could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

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Debris on Reunion Island from MH370, US officials say

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

10:31 AM   Debris that appears to be from a large plane has reportedly been found off the east coast of Africa, raising the possibility it could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

Hundreds of migrants attempt dangerous Channel crossing

French gendarmes block migrants along a road to prevent them gaining access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel on Wednesday.

Stephen Castle 10:25 AM   For two successive nights, migrants trying to travel illegally to Britain have made more than a thousand attempts to gain entry to the terminal in France used by trains to make the 35-minute crossing under the English Channel.

Cecil's death unleashes calls for ban on trophy hunting

In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Kevin Crowley 10:20 AM   The push is on for African countries to stop trophy hunting after 13-year-old Cecil was killed.

'Deal with it yourself': 911 dispatcher hangs up on panicked caller with dying friend

Jaydon Chavez-Silver died after a 911 dispatcher hung up on his friend.

Abby Ohlheiser 9:58 AM   When 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot at a party in Albuquerque last month, one of his friends did what anyone would do under those horrible circumstances: She called 911.

Cecil the lion: Mia Farrow tweets address of US dentist Walter Palmer

Mia Farrow deleted a tweet that identified the business address of Walter Palmer.

Megan Levy 9:54 AM   US actress Mia Farrow was so enraged over the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe that she joined the online chorus of social media users venting their anger online at the man who killed the animal.

Grand plans for world's first paediatric double hand transplant recipient

Double-hand transplant recipient Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference.

Marie McCullough 8:12 AM   Sitting on his hospital bed, the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant talked about his big plans. Zion Harvey wants to climb the monkey bars.

US officer who killed man during routine traffic stop charged with murder

Former University of Cincinnati police office Ray Tensing is seen in an undated booking photo from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio.  Tensing has been charged with murder in connection with the July 19 shooting death of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday.    REUTERS/Hamilton County Sheriff's Office/Handout  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Wesley Lowery 7:56 AM   A University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month.

Russia kills hopes of MH17 criminal tribunal

MH17 wreckage: 298 people, including 39 Australians, were killed in the tragedy.

James Massola 7:29 AM   Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has launched a blistering attack on Russia after it killed off a UN push for an international criminal tribunal to prosecute those who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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Cecil the lion: Zimbabwean charged over killing

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7:28 AM   A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion, in a case that has triggered widespread revulsion at trophy hunting.

Taliban leader has been dead for more than two years, Afghanistan says

Mullah Omar has been dead for more than two years, according to the Afghan government.

Pamela Constable 7:26 AM   Taliban's reclusive founder and spiritual leader died in a Pakistani hospital in 2013, intelligence service announces.

Cheap power or clean energy? Modi's $275 billion Indian dilemma

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ambitious plans to lift renewable energy's share.

Rajesh Kumar Singh and Anindya Upadhyay 5:41 AM   A weak link lurks in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push for an unprecedented $US200 billion ($275 billion) expansion of clean energy: cash-starved state electricity distributors.

Sweltering Iraq declares four-day weekend from Thursday

A heat wave warning has been issued in Iraq.

5:28 AM   A searing heat wave forecast to sweep through Iraq prompted the government to declare a four-day holiday starting on Thursday and order regular power cuts at state institutions.

Florida man charged in alleged backpack bomb plot: US Department of Justice

A Florida man was charged in an alleged backpack bomb plot he planned to carry out on a public beach in Key West, Florida.

Lindsay Dunsmuir 1:03 AM   A Florida resident has been charged in an alleged backpack bomb plot he planned to carry out in the United States, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

New evidence should free 'Happy Birthday' from copyright: lawyers

<i>Happy Birthday</i>, the song, still earns its owner, Warner Music, a nice income.

Peter Vincent 1:01 AM   Lawyers for a filmmaker in New York said they had discovered "smoking-gun" evidence that the song Happy Birthday to You should no longer be subject to copyright restrictions.

Prison seamstress pleads guilty to helping escapees

Joyce Mitchell in court in Plattsburgh, New York, on Tuesday.

Jesse McKinley 12:20 AM   A former prison employee has pleaded guilty to charges that she helped two convicted killers stage a dramatic escape from a maximum-security prison in June in northern New York, closing one chapter of a case that involved hundreds of law enforcement officers and spread fear across parts of the state.

Cecil the lion's killer lands in the middle of online hate storm

Shot dead: Cecil the lion

Catherine Armitage 12:02 AM   Until two days ago, Walter Palmer was a "very private" man living with his family. He practised dentistry and hunted animals with a bow and arrow. Now the dentist's old life has ended.

Uighur tensions hang over Turkish president's visit to China

A Uighur refugee in Turkey earlier this year.

Philip Wen 11:50 PM   Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday eager to highlight trade but his visit risks being overshadowed by growing tensions over China's ethnic Uighurs.

Greek PM may have to call early election

"If I don't have a parliamentary majority, we will be forced to go to elections": Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

11:31 PM   Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday he may have to call an early election to bolster a parliamentary majority strained by bailout reforms.

Migrant dies in Channel Tunnel as British security body meets over crisis

A high-speed Eurostar train exits the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, near Calais.

9:05 PM   A migrant died trying to cross to Britain from France early on Wednesday, French police said, adding to a number of recent deaths in the Channel Tunnel as British ministers and security chiefs were to meet over the crisis in Calais.

Australian journalist Peter Greste awaits Egyptian terror-retrial verdict

Peter Greste

2:42 PM   An Egyptian court will decide on Thursday if Australian journalist Peter Greste will again be convicted of terrorism-related charges.

Taliban's small steps toward peace

An Afghanistan National Army soldier stands guard in a trench in district of Baraki Barak in Logar province earlier this month.

Ismail Khan 2:16 PM   Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives are set to meet again for a second round of peace talks on Friday, according to two Pakistani government officials.