Americans are finally eating a little less

After decades of worsening diets and increases in obesity, Americans' eating habits have turned the corner.

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Ebola vaccine success brings hope

A health worker, right, cleans a man's arm before injecting him with a Ebola vaccine in Conakry, Guinea. The trial of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine has been 100 per cent effective, according to WHO.

The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the WHO said as a trial found a vaccine was 100 per cent effective.

Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil's killer

US dentist Dr Walter Palmer has gone silent in the wake of the global outcry over the hunt.

The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a 'foreign poacher' who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, said Zimbabwe's environment minister.

Britain flip-flops and gives Ai Weiwei full visa

Ai Weiwei talks to the media in Munich on Thursday.

British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei a full six-month British visa.

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WikiLeaks says US spied on another ally: Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Anna Fifield 4:54 PM   bc-japan-wikileaks 07-31 613 ATTN: Foreign editors //WikiLeaks says US spied on another ally: Japan// By Anna Fifield (c) 2015, The Washington Post.

Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin ordered spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko at the High Court in central London on Friday.

Michael Holden 4:48 PM   Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

Why have the TPP talks broken down?

Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the TPP deal is close to being signed.

John Garnaut 4:34 PM   It is the old agenda of dairy, sugar and cars that has all-but-killed a trade deal that was billed as the biggest the world has seen in 20 years.

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, professional wrestling villain, dies at 61

Dead at 61: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper.

Liam Stack 3:44 PM   "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a professional wrestler whose athleticism and antics in the ring helped raise the profile of World Wrestling Entertainment in the 1980s, has died, his agent said on Friday. Piper was 61.

Clintons not so "broke" any more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday calls on Congress to end the trade embargo the US has imposed against Cuba since 1962e Cardenas)

Maggie Haberman 3:09 PM   US presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has released her most recent eight years of tax returns, showing that she and former President Bill Clinton earned $US139 million ($190 million) in adjusted gross income between 2007 and 2014.

Coast Guard ends search for teen boaters missing off Florida

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing for more than week.

Linda Trischitta and Adam Sacasa 1:57 PM   The massive search by rescuers and military personnel from two nations for two teenagers lost at sea ended at sunset Friday, eight days after the boys' ill-fated fishing trip began at Jupiter Inlet.

Founder of Haqqani network long dead: aide

Jalaluddin Haqqani,, the Taliban's minister for tribal affairs, right, with his son Naziruddin in Islamabad in 2001.

Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud 1:36 PM   The founder of the Haqqani network, considered to be one of the most violently effective factions of the Taliban, has been dead for nearly a year, a senior member of the group has said, days after it emerged that the Afghan insurgency's overall leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, died more than two years ago.

Bin Laden private jet crashes, killing four

Four people died and 20 cars were destroyed when the jet overshot the runway.

12:53 PM   A private jet belonging to an aviation company owned by Osama Bin Laden's family has crashed in the UK killing four people.

Wreckage puts Reunion Island at the centre of the world

Reunion Island's Le Journal newspaper carries the headline "Reunion at centre of world" on Friday frontcover. Photo: Colin Cosier. Date: 31 July 2015, Reunion Island, France.

Colin Cosier 12:20 PM   The washed-up wing flap from missing plane MH370 has departed Reunion Island for forensic testing, leaving in its wake a remote community stunned by sudden global fame.

Facebook: an increasingly sharp political campaign tool

A poster encouraging voters at the Facebook headquarters in Washington DC earlier this month.

Ashley Parker 11:10 AM   With 189 million monthly users in the US, Facebook has pitched its tools and services to every presidential campaign in the 2016 race as candidates seek to reach new supporters and potential donors. Some estimate that 2016 will usher in roughly $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) in online political advertising, and Facebook says it is on track to increase its revenue from previous cycles.

Debris looks set to be confirmed as from MH370

MH370

Lindsay Murdoch 11:01 AM   Confirmation that plane debris washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island is from missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 appears imminent, representing the first breakthrough in one of the world's most baffling aviation mysteries.

Americans are finally eating a little less

A scene from the documentary "Fed Up" about the food industry's role in writing dietary guidelines.

Margot Sanger-Katz 10:21 AM   After decades of worsening diets and sharp increases in obesity, Americans' eating habits have finally begun changing for the better.

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in doubt

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Peter Martin 8:49 AM   The giant Trans-Pacific trade talks were in danger of breaking up without agreement as the United States withdrew an offer it had previously made to Australia on dairy access and gave no ground on sugar.

MH370: Part number 'confirms' debris from Boeing 777

The large object that washed up Wednesday on the shore of Reunion came from a Boeing 777.

Lindsay Murdoch 6:11 AM   A part number on a piece of aircraft wreckage found in the Indian Ocean confirms the object is from a Boeing 777.

Guo Boxiong expelled from Chinese Communist Party

Then Chinese Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong attends a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing in 2005.

Philip Wen 1:11 AM   The Communist Party has expelled one of its most senior retired military leaders from its ranks for alleged corruption, as President Xi Jinping deepens a campaign to clean up and modernise China's armed forces.

Taliban leadership meeting walkout raises spectre of split

A man cries as he offers funeral prayers for the late Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Jibran Ahmad 12:38 AM   A dramatic walkout during a leadership meeting underlines a rift at the heart of the Taliban.

Nusra Front attacks Western-backed rebels in northern Syria

Residents rest on the ground near rubble in a damaged neighbourhood in Aleppo, Syria.

10:49 PM   The al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front attacked Western-backed rebels in northern Syria on Friday, escalating tension between rival insurgents near the Turkish border.

Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola

Researchers raced to test potential vaccines while the virus was still circulating.

10:26 PM   The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as data from a trial in Guinea showed a vaccine was 100 per cent effective.

Buzz Aldrin filed expense claim for Apollo 11 trip to the moon

Buzz Aldrin during the lunar landing mission on July 20, 1969.

Tom Cowie 9:07 PM   It might cost $5000 for Bronwyn Bishop to make a short hop to Geelong, but Buzz Aldrin somehow managed to get to the moon for $33.31.

Beijing wins 2022 Winter Olympics

And the winner is ... President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach opens the envelope in Kuala Lumpur.

Philip Wen 8:48 PM   Beijing was chosen Friday to host the 2022 Winter Games despite one big hurdle to its candidacy: little natural snow.

The blogger who beat the British political pollsters

Matt Singh from Number Cruncher Politics as he appears on his Twitter page.

Robert Hutton 6:18 PM   The night before Britain's general election a 33-year-old former trader set himself up as a political blogger.

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected Israeli attack: police

A pair of slippers outside the Dawabshe family home in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Jodi Rudoren 6:13 PM   A house fire suspected to have been set by Jewish Israeli extremists has killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child and injured several people in the occupied West Bank.