American Airlines captain dies after falling ill during flight

10:32 AM   An American Airlines Group Inc. captain died after falling ill during a Phoenix-to-Boston flight, forcing the first officer to divert the plane to Syracuse, New York.

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Russian jet flies into Turkish airspace

A Russian Sukhoi SU-30 fighter. In recent weeks, Russia has deployed more than two dozen fighter aircraft, attack helicopters and surface-to-air missile defence systems to a base in Syria, according to US officials.

Ruth Pollard 9:54 AM   NATO calls on Russia to immediately end air strikes on the "Syrian opposition and civilians" as Russian fighter jets end a sixth day of attacks across the war-ravaged country.

Pacific countries agree to TPP trade pact

Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Nick O'Malley 6:39 AM   Pacific trade ministers reach a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalisation pact in a generation.

Joyce searches for new deal on cattle

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Jewel Topsfield 5:39 PM   Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will push for an annual permit system for the live cattle trade during a four-day visit to Jakarta this week.  

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American Airlines captain dies after falling ill during flight

An American Airlines captain died after falling ill during a flight from Phoenix to Boston. The co-pilot safely landed the plane in Syracuse, New York.

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10:32 AM   An American Airlines Group Inc. captain died after falling ill during a Phoenix-to-Boston flight, forcing the first officer to divert the plane to Syracuse, New York.

US gun violence: boy, 11, charged in shooting death of 8-year-old girl

The latest shooting victim: McKayla Dyer, 8.

Nick O'Malley 10:10 AM   Boy killed daughter because she would not let him see her puppy, mother says.

Toughen climate action every five years, Paris summit draft suggests

Emissions will come under regular reviews, according to a draft of the Paris summit accord being discussed.

9:21 AM   All nations should agree to toughen curbs on greenhouse gas emissions every five years under a UN accord to combat global warming due in December, according to a first suggested text of a UN agreement on Monday.

Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson to request Australian sanctions on Madrid judges

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, wife of actor George Clooney, is part of an international legal team seeking to release former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed after he was was jailed for 13 years.

Nick Miller 9:18 AM   A team of human rights lawyers including Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson will ask the Australian government to impose targeted sanctions and travel bans on Maldives judges and other officials, over the illegal imprisonment of the country's ex-president Mohamed Nasheed.

Citigroup, citing climate change, will cut financing for coal

Coal industry loses a big backer.

Alex Nussbaum 9:02 AM   ​Citigroup Inc., the third-biggest US bank, said it will cut back on financing for coal mining projects, in the latest blow to the industry that's viewed as a key contributor to global warming.

Four California students arrested, suspected of plotting mass killings in high school

A yellow police tape and a police cruiser block off the street leading to the house of Andrew Getty, the grandson of Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty, in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California March 31, 2015. The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty, Andrew Getty, was found dead at age 47 on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Liam Stack 8:39 AM   Four Northern California high school students have been arrested in connection with what law enforcement officials called a highly detailed plan to shoot and kill fellow students and teachers, just days after a mass shooting on a community college campus in rural Oregon.

US cargo ship El Faro, carrying 32 crew members, believed to have sunk in hurricane

US cargo ship El Faro is believed to have sunk after being caught in a Category 4 hurricane. The US Coast Guard has so far found debris and one body, and continues to search for survivors.

Zachary Fagenson 7:58 AM   Missing cargo ship El Faro, hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, is believed to have sunk off the Bahamas and one presumed crew member is confirmed dead, the US Coast Guard said on Monday.

Toddler found in field after going missing for two days in rural US

Lost and found ... Two-year-old Rainn Peterson has been rescued after two days in rural Ohio.

7:39 AM   A two-year-old girl who disappeared on Friday night from her great-grandparents' home in rural Ohio was found alive Sunday evening in a nearby field.

US general says Afghans called in air strike that hit Kunduz hospital

The MSF hospital in Kunduz was badly damaged during the attack at the weekend.

Alissa J. Rubin 7:12 AM   US commander's comments contradict Doctors Without Borders' claim there had been no fighting around the hospital.

Russia hints 'volunteer' ground forces will soon be fighting in Syria

Attack from a Russian fighter jet in Syria.

Andrew E. Kramer 5:04 AM   As NATO protests a Russian warplane incursion into Turkey, the Kremlin signals a deepening involvement in the Syria war.

South Carolina hit by mass flooding

A car is partially submerged in floodwaters in Florence, South Carolina on Sunday.

Harriet McLeod 3:38 AM   Torrential rainfall that South Carolina's governor called a once-in-a-millennium downpour triggered flooding in the southeastern US state on Sunday, causing at least nine deaths in the Carolinas.

Company with Australian link investigated over Indonesian fires

A student wears a face mask as she walks to school in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Jewel Topsfield 11:27 PM   A company with Australian links is reportedly being investigated by Indonesian police over a fire on a palm oil plantation in Borneo as the republic tries to crack down on companies responsible for the haze choking the region.

Former Hong Kong leader charged with misconduct in public office

Donald Tsang.

10:02 PM   Hong Kong's former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the Asian financial hub.

Islamic State blows up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

This undated photo shows one of two mausoleums blowing up by the Islamic State militants in the historic central town of Palmyra, Syria.

Kinda Makieh 9:47 PM   Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said.

Nobel prize for medicine awarded for work on parasitic diseases

Nobel Prize medal

9:15 PM   William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine for their work against parasitic diseases, the award-giving body said on Monday.

Miracle needed to find ship lost in eye of a hurricane

Mary Shevory Wright, talks about her daughter Maryette Wright's love of the sea in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday. Wright was a crew member of the missing cargo ship El Faro.

Susan Cooper Eastman 4:46 PM   Search-and-rescue teams have located debris appearing to belong to the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin with 33 mostly American crew members aboard more than three days ago.

Patrols to block expected 1.5 million refugees flooding across Europe

Abdullah al-Salman, from Syria, straightens his tie as he dresses in his best suit moments after arriving by rubber dinghy with about 45 other refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan at the Greek island of Lesvos  after a three-hour journey from Turkey.

Michelle Martin 3:11 PM   The European Commission and Turkey have agreed on a plan to stem the flow of refugees to Europe by patrolling Turkey's frontier with Greece and setting up new camps, a newspaper cited sources in the commission and the German government as saying on Sunday.

Priest phoned by frantic migrants is a Nobel favourite

Father Mussie Zerai, a 40-year-old Catholic priest of Eritrean descent.

Andrea Vogt 3:02 PM    A little-known priest is competing with Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize this week - and he has even been given the pontiff's blessing.

Deaths after 'medicane' storm hits Cannes ahead of Mipcom TV event

Rain pours in Nice as the French League One soccer match between Nice and Nantes is stopped on Saturday.

Michael Idato 2:29 PM   Flash floods on the French Riviera killed 16 people and five others were reported missing on Sunday, prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region.

US accused of war crime after hospital air attacked

Flames can be seen inside the MSF hospital in Kunduz.

Ali M. Latifi and W. J. Hennigan 12:08 PM   The medical charity Doctors Without Borders closed its hospital in the Afghan province of Kunduz on Sunday, and charged that a suspected US air strike that killed 22 people there appeared to have been a war crime.

Pope: marriage is between men and women

Pope Francis at the opening Mass of the Synod of bishops, in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

Andrea Vogt 11:32 AM   Pope Francis has defended marriage as "an indissoluble bond between a man and a woman" as he opened a landmark Catholic synod on the family.

Don't crucify Shiite protester, urges Cameron

Ali al-Nimr, who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia after taking part in protests in 2012.

William James 11:30 AM   The British Prime Minister has told ally Saudi Arabia to rethink the grisly execution of Ali al-Nimr.