Masked gunmen storm Kenya university

Drazen Jorgic 7:16 PM   Heavy gunfire has been reported as masked gunmen attacked a Kenya university on Thursday morning. Four people have been reported dead so far, and as many as 40 wounded, at least four critically.

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McDonald's gives employees raise

A McDonald's restaurant in Ohio.

Nick O'Malley 10:13 AM   McDonald’s has announced it will raise the wages of some of employees by about 10 per cent as issue gathers pace.

Boko Haram uses kids as human bombs: UN

A girl drinks water as women queue for blankets and food given out by Nigerien soldiers in Damasak March 24, 2015. Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad, residents said on Tuesday. Nigerian, Chadian and Niger forces have driven militants out of a string of towns in simultaneous offensives over the past month.   REUTERS/Joe Penney

Boko Haram Islamist militants in northern Nigeria are using commiting 'heinous crimes', including sexual slavery, the UN human rights chief said.

State may have to give back millions in pot tax

A commemorative t-shirt is displayed for sale at the Botana Care marijuana store.

A year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, anti-spending laws may force the state to hand the money back to growers.

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Masked gunmen storm Kenya university

Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard and the stand-off was ongoing at the Garissa University College, in Kenya.

Drazen Jorgic 7:16 PM   Heavy gunfire has been reported as masked gunmen attacked a Kenya university on Thursday morning. Four people have been reported dead so far, and as many as 40 wounded, at least four critically.

Suspected Islamist militants storm Kenya university

Drazen Jorgic 7:05 PM   Nairobi:  Masked gunmen stormed a Kenyan college campus in the north-eastern town of Garissa in the early hours of Thursday morning, taking students and teachers hostage, setting off explosions and exchanging gunfire with security services for several hours, Kenyan media and the Red Cross said.

Bali bomber dead, FBI confirms

7:00 PM   The FBI has confirmed the death of Bali bomber Marwan, a senior Malaysian militant with a $US5 million ($A6.58 million) reward on his head, in a January raid in the Philippine that also left 44 police commandos dead.

Australian faces maximum prison sentence for smoking a joint in Bali

6:35 PM   Bali prosecutors want an Australian man allegedly caught smoking a joint on the beach to serve up to 12 years in jail.

Julianne Moore ad campaign axed by Turkish tourism officials due to her 'poor acting'

Julianne Moore accepts the Oscar for Best Leading Actress for her role in 'Still Alice' earlier this year. Turkish tourism officials were reportedly less impressed with her acting chops than the Academy.

5:53 PM   Los Angeles: Julianne Moore's acting skills are apparently not good enough for Turkish tourism officials.

China gets tough on faked air quality data

A hazy day in Beijing last week.

Sui-Lee Wee 4:58 PM   China's vice minister for environmental protection has announced a two-year inspection campaign to root out fake air quality data.

Tiny songbird can fly the Atlantic

Superbird: The blackpoll warbler.

3:06 PM   A songbird weighing the equivalent of three teaspoons of sugar can fly over the north Atlantic, scientists say.

Africa's list of good losers gets longer

Nigerians in Kaduna celebrate Muhammadu Buhari's victory in the presidential election.

Tim Cocks 2:30 PM   When Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan magnanimously conceded defeat in the weekend election, he joined an elite group of African national leaders who step down graciously.

$600,00 Ferrari written off by parking attendant

Instead of gently guiding the bright red Ferrari 599 GTO towards the Hotel Exedra, a mortified Roberto Cinti careered into a shop, trashing the car completely and badly damaging the shop front.

2:09 PM   A garage attendant in Italy accidentally rammed a £300,000 (A$580,000) Ferrari into a shop front after mistaking the brake for the accelerator.

At least 43 dead after Russian trawler sinks in ocean

A trawler with more than 130 people on board has sunk off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

Lisa Shumaker 1:56 PM   At least 43 people have died and 26 are missing after a trawler sank in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Yemeni rebels gain ground in vital port city of Aden

A Houthi Shiite rebel in Sanaa on Wednesday.

Ali al-Mujahed 1:39 PM   Shiite rebel forces pushed deeper into Yemen's second-largest city as Saudi-led air strikes attempted to cut their supply lines.

Duke campus rallies against racism after noose found

Kendall Baker, 6, sits with her mother and Duke University staff member Dana Creighton during a university-wide forum outside the Duke Chapel on campus.

Jane Stancill 1:18 PM   A noose found outside the main student center at Duke University thrust the campus into turmoil Wednesday, prompting an investigation, a student march and a forum that drew hundreds to the steps of Duke Chapel.

Germanwings passengers may have made mobile calls

French prosecutor of Marseille, Brice Robin, confirmed several mobiles had been found at the crash site but "none have yet been examined" for useful data.

Henry Samuel and Rory Mulholland 12:08 PM   Passengers may have made phone calls from the stricken Germanwings airliner that crashed in the Alps, it was claimed on Wednesday, as a dispute erupted over the existence of mobile film footage showing the final seconds of chaos in the cabin.

Australian Bengali Sherrif given death sentence in China

Police have seized ice allegedly destined for the bikie gang trade.

12:08 PM   One of the several Australians facing serious drug charges in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has been handed a suspended death sentence, it has been reported.

Gary Dahl, inventor of the Pet Rock, dies at 78

The man who invented the pet rock, Gary Dahl, has died.

Margalit Fox 12:03 PM   It was a craze to rival the Hula-Hoop, and even less explicable. For a mere $US3.95, a consumer could buy ... a rock - a plain, ordinary, egg-shaped rock of the kind one could dig up in almost any backyard.

Germanwings plane crash: French officials refute claims of plane crash video recording

A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash.

Jessica Camille Aguirre and Sebastian Kunigkeit 11:39 AM   French prosecutors said they did not possess a mobile phone video recording of the final moments of Germanwings flight 4U9525 on Wednesday, telling the German press agency DPA that remnants of mobile phones found at the crash site were likely too damaged to yield footage.

Germanwings plane crash: passenger video 'found'

Rescue helicopters from the French Gendarmerie and the Air Force are seen in front of the French Alps.

11:36 AM   A video of the last moments on the doomed Germanwings plane has been found on a mobile phone memory card at the crash site in the French Alps, according to reports.

Iran nuclear talks extended another day with Kerry remaining in Switzerland

US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Paul Richter 11:18 AM   Negotiators failed to reach an accord over Iran's disputed nuclear program again Wednesday, a day after they missed a self-imposed deadline, but extended the wearying talks for another day.

Indiana woman who said she had a miscarriage convicted of feticide

Twenty years in prison: Purvi Patel is taken into custody.

Su-Lin Tan 10:58 AM   A woman in Indiana in the US has been sentenced up to 20 years in prison on charges of feticide and neglect of a dependent after she claimed she had suffered a miscarriage.

Obama still keeps 4 seconds of a Nixon-era tape secret

US President Richard Nixon in 1973.

Tony Capaccio 10:06 AM   The redacted segment may be linked to a bid by Nixon's presidential campaign to derail 1968 talks on ending the Vietnam War.

British sex offender who fled to Australia recaptured and deported after boasting about new life on Facebook

Deported: Steven Allison.

Megan Levy 9:44 AM   A British sex offender who fled to Australia to escape serving any jail time has been recaptured after boasting about his new life on Facebook.

Cyber war: US targets overseas hackers, groups with new sanctions program

US President Barack Obama has put the focus on cyber security.

Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal 9:43 AM   President Barack Obama launched a new sanctions program on Wednesday to target individuals and groups outside the United States that use "malicious" cyber attacks to threaten US foreign policy, national security or economic stability.