For families of Lebanon's missing the war never ends

Ruth Pollard 6:23 PM   Beirut: For each family there is a date. A moment when time stood still and a loved one disappeared -  a son snatched from the streets, a husband arrested at home, a brother taken at a checkpoint.

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Frenchman off Bali nine execution list

(FILES) In this March 25, 2008 Serge Atlaoui (R), Frenchman on death row, is seen with wife Sabine Atlaoui (L) during a visit at Nusakambangan prison island.  Sabine Atlaoui said she refuses to believe she has seen him for the last time, after visiting him this week as fears grow he will soon be executed with a group of foreigners. Serge Atlaoui has been detained on Indonesia's notorious Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java since he was sentenced to death in 2007 on drugs charges.  AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO

Jewel Topsfield 5:07 PM   A French man on death row in Indonesia has won a temporary reprieve from the firing squad but any hope for the Bali nine organisers and seven other prisoners is disappearing.

Arctic players ruffled by Ukraine tensions

Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi listens to proceedings during the opening of the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting Friday, April 24, 2015, in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Ministers from the eight Arctic nations and the leaders of northern indigenous groups form the Council. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)   MANDATORY CREDIT

US and Russian representatives at the Arctic Council have pledged to keep geopolitics out of talks, but an official's tweet that the Arctic is "Russia's Mecca" has ruffled some feathers.

US seeks access to Philippine bases 

Philippine Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. listens during a forum with members of Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila September 2, 2014.      REUTERS/Erik De Castro   (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR44LRS Philippine Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. listens during a forum with members of Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

The US wants access to eight military bases in the Philippines to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia.

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Europe's migrant crisis knocks on the door of Germany's small towns

Reverend Bjorn Schukat at his church in Vorra, with refugees shelter that suffered an arson attack in the background.

Alison Smale 4:37 PM   Even as European officials struggle with an unrelenting tide of migrants trying to enter the Continent, tranquil villages in a picture-book valleys are coping with the legions who have already arrived.

Echo from a far coast as fallen remembered in London

The Anzac dawn service in London at Wellington Arch.

Nick Miller 4:32 PM   As two minutes' silence descended on Hyde Park Corner, the usually-roaring hub of the old Empire preternaturally quiet, a seagull squawked mournfully overhead.

Italian judge orders migrant boat accused to remain in custody

Mohammed Ali Malek (R) speaks with his lawyer Massimo Ferrante at Catania's tribunal on April 24.

James Mackenzie 4:31 PM   Mohammed Ali Malek denies being in command of overloaded boat, as judge orders he an co-accused to remain in custody.

Green Grass for California (No Watering)

A worker installs a new irrigation system as turf is removed to be replaced with new drought-friendly landscaping on the golf course at North Ranch Country Club in California,

Emma Fitzsimmons 3:38 PM   As Californians are being told to cut back significantly on water usage, many homeowners are rolling out artificial grass.

'Pick a loner to behead': Boy, 14, faces UK court

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2:44 PM   A 14-year-old boy has been refused bail in a British court after appearing on charges of inciting a terror attack at a Melbourne Anzac Day parade.

Envisioning a border wall that keeps violence out

A man inspects camels for sale at the livestock market in Mandera, Kenya. A proposal to build an enormous barrier along the border with Somalia has caused intense debate in the town.

ISMA'IL KUSHKUSH 1:44 PM   Persistent attacks by al-Shabab, the extremist Somali group that has killed hundreds of people in Kenya in the past two years, have given rise to an ambitious national proposal.

Ancient virus traces may be immunising us: scientists

A human embryo with DNA stained blue. A new study suggests that endogenous retroviruses may assist in human development by defending young cells from infections by other viruses.

Carl Zimmer 11:47 AM   Our genomes are riddled with the detritus of ancient viruses. They infected our hominid ancestors tens of millions of years ago, inserted their genes into our DNA potentially reinforcing our immune system.

Hawaii poised to be first US state to raise smoking age to 21


10:11 AM   A bill that would make Hawaii the first US state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 has cleared the state's Legislature and is headed to the governor.

Diggers graveyard vandalised in London

Vandals damaged a plaque and flagpole at St Mary's Church Harefield cemetery in Middlesex, London, where Anzacs are buried.

Deborah Gough 8:42 AM   Vandals have attacked a small London cemetery where 112 Australian World War I diggers and a nurse were buried on the eve of the Gallipoli centenary.

Japan to lift target for emissions cuts to about 25 per cent by 2030: media

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 has made it harder for Japan to cut carbon emissions..

7:39 AM   Japan is considering cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by around 25 percent by 2030, up from an earlier target of about 20 percent, as its contribution to a global summit in Paris on climate change later this year, media reports said on Friday.

At least 14 migrants killed in Macedonia train horror

A shoe lays by the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles near the site where 14 migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks.

Katarina Subasic 6:38 AM   At least 14 migrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train, officials said on Friday.

Statue of Liberty evacuated, suspicious package reported

A coast guard boat patrols the waters surrounding the Statue of Liberty after a bomb threat lead to the evacuation of tourists from the site.

Laila Kearney and Ellen Wulfhorst 6:04 AM   New York: The Statue of Liberty was deemed safe on Friday after a bomb threat lead to a security sweep and the evacuation of hundreds of tourists from Liberty Island in New York Harbor, NBC's local television affiliate reported, citing law enforcement sources.

Prince Charles and Prince Harry lead Anzac Day centenary vigil ceremony at Gallipoli

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Tim Barlass 5:26 AM   Seddulbahir, Turkey: Prince Charles and Prince Harry made their appearance at an eve of Anzac Day centenary ceremony on Friday afternoon at Cape Helles on the southwestern-most tip of Gallipoli peninsular in Turkey.

Suspected al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

Italian police said on Friday they were staging a 'vast anti-terrorism' operation against an armed organisation inspired by al-Qaeda whose members were ready to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Philip Pullella 3:04 AM   Rome: Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al-Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican.

UK boy, 14, charged after allegedly encouraging beheading of Australian on Anzac Day

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in the lead up to Anzac Day.

Nick Miller 1:53 AM   A British teenager has been charged with inciting terrorism after allegedly encouraging another person to behead an Australian.

Bali nine duo could be executed within days: lawyer

Andrew Chan (right) and Myuran Sukumaran talk with their Australian barrister, Julian McMahon, in 2010.

Jewel Topsfield 12:10 AM   The Bali nine duo are expected to be executed within days with the Australian Embassy summoned to Nusakambangan - the island where the executions will take place - on Saturday.

Bali nine prisoner left 'speechless' over imminent executions

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Jewel Topsfield, Tom Allard 12:09 AM   One of the Bali nine sentenced to life imprisonment over the foiled attempt to smuggle heroin into Australia says he is "speechless" about the imminent deaths of co-conspirators Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Bali nine pair executions days away with final legal hurdle cleared Monday

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed within days, according to lawyers.

Jewel Topsfield 12:09 AM   The last legal hurdle preventing the death of Bali nine organisers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan and eight other drug felons will be resolved on Monday.

Armenians mark 100 years since massacre

President Francois Hollande of France arrives for a commemoration ceremony at the Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.

9:31 PM   Armenians worldwide are marking the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people, as tensions over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point.

Ex-general, CIA chief David Petraeus admits mishandling top-secret materials, avoids prison

Former CIA director David Petraeus leaves the federal courthouse in North Carolina after pleading guilty to sharing top government secrets with his biographer.

Colleen Jenkins 8:20 PM   Former US military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 ($128,000) fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

Tunisian accused in migrant boat disaster appears in Italian court

Mohammed Ali Malek (right) speaks with his lawyer, Massimo Ferrante, at Catania's tribunal.

James Mackenzie 8:03 PM   The presumed captain of a migrant boat that sank off Libya with the loss of more than 700 lives appeared before an Italian judge on Friday after prosecutors asked that he be charged with homicide and people-trafficking.

Europe swamped by refugee flood

A rescuer cradles a child in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early on Monday. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross.

Nick Miller 12:15 AM   On Thursday, under a temporary marquee on a helipad in Malta, green uniformed soldiers carried 24 simple wooden coffins into the shade.