Obama, Netanyahu relationship turns poisonous

Nick O'Malley 3:23 PM   The relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama, the leader of his nation’s most crucial ally, is now frankly, transparently, poisonous.

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Tribunal charges ex-Khmer Rouge boss

Former Khmer Rouge navy commander Meas Muth in 2006.

Lindsay Murdoch 1:01 PM   Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal has charged one of the murderous regime's commanders with crimes against humanity.


What Bibi doesn't understand about US, Iran

Same speech, different venue: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the US Congress.

Paul McGeough 3:53 PM   We knew before Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the US Congress, that he would have nothing new to say.

Hopes for Russian democracy 'buried'

Lit candles are placed on the ground as people gather to attend a memorial service before the funeral of Russian leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

Helen Womack 2:04 PM   Russia’s beleaguered opposition queued with flowers in the frost to pay their respects to slain liberal politician Boris Nemtsov.

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Microsoft's Paul Allen says he's found sunken Japanese battleship Musashi

The Japanese battleship Musashi which sank in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines after coming under blistering US air raids.

Mari Yamaguchi 6:02 AM   Microsoft Corporation cofounder Paul Allen said on Twitter on Tuesday he has "found Musashi," the former Imperial Japanese Navy's battleship that was sunk in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines in October 1944 during World War II, and posted photos of what he says is part of the battleship.

Why you shouldn't freak out about those mysterious Siberian craters

However, it all really depends on how much methane is venting – and, so far, it's not clear that it's very much.

Chris Mooney 5:51 AM   The Arctic is changing very rapidly indeed, but that doesn't mean that a methane catastrophe is coming anytime soon.

Rebels detonate bomb under Syrian government intelligence building, killing dozens

The Syrian city of Aleppo.

5:40 AM   Insurgents attacked a Syrian government security building in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, setting off a bomb and then launching a ground assault, and a monitoring group said dozens were killed on both sides.

Indonesian president says Bali nine executions will not be this week

Myuran Sukumaran handcuffed arriving at Cilacap airport.

Jewel Topsfield 5:29 AM   Indonesian president Joko Widodo says the executions of 10 drug felons, including Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, will not be this week but will be soon.

UKIP's Nigel Farage says Britain should adopt Australian-style immigration policy

Nigel Farage: It's wrong to characterise UKIP as a "narrow, small-minded, nasty group of people".

Julian Drape 4:34 AM   British populist politician says Australia is on the right track when it comes to controlling who does - and doesn't - enter the country.

Bali nine duo 'stoic' during heart-wrenching last moments in Kerobokan

Myuran Sukumaran boards a plane bound for Nusakambangan on Wednesday morning.

Tom Allard 2:18 AM   Andrew Chan was "fine". Myuran Sukraman "pale" and in a daze. The last moments of the Bali nine duo in Kerobokan prison.

Another Westerner killed by Islamic State days after Australian Ashley Johnston slain in Syria

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli.

Heath Aston 2:11 AM   A second Westerner has died in battle against Islamic State, just days after Australian Ashley Kent Johnston was killed fighting alongside Kurdish comrades in Syria.

Bali nine execution: Julie Bishop says 'clock cannot be turned back'

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop arrives for question time on Wednesday.

Leanne Nicholson 2:01 AM   Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has vowed to fight to the end to save the lives of Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan who were transported to Kerobokan prison to taken to Nusakambangan island, where they are to be executed by firing squad.

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Petraeus negotiates plea deal over classified material

David Petraeus in 2012, when he was the director of the CIA.

Michael Schmidt 1:36 AM   David Petraeus will plead guilty to one count of unauthorised removal and retention of classified material, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Chinese 'birth tourism' operations raided in California

Federal agents raid the apartment complex in Orange County, California, where authorities say a birth tourism business charging pregnant women $US50,000 for lodging, food and transportation was operating.

Victoria Kim and Frank Shyong 1:35 AM   Federal agents raided about 20 locations in three Southern California counties early on Tuesday as part of an investigation targeting "birth tourism" schemes in which pregnant Chinese women travel to the United States on fraudulent visas so that their children will be born US citizens.

Kenya burns ivory to deter elephant poachers

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, centre, looks on as 15 tonnes of ivory confiscated from smugglers and poachers is burnt in Nairobi National Park.

David Malingha Doya 1:34 AM   Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has set a three-metre-high pile of elephant tusks and horns on fire at Nairobi National Park in an effort to deter elephant poachers.

Slovenia allows same-sex couples to marry and adopt children

A gay pride parade in Ljubljana in 2009.

12:37 AM   'This will be a step towards a truly patient and inclusive society with which Slovenia enters the 21st century.'

Quirky revolt against arranged marriage inspires other Indian women

Indian woman Indhuja Pillai has rejected the traditional Indian route to marriage via advertisements.

Dean Nelson 10:08 PM   Indhuja Pillai, a 24-year-old who works at a Bangalore technology site, has been hailed as a symbol of hope after her quirky matrimonial advertisement rejected expected stereotypes and staked her claim to a life of adventure on her own terms.

Bali nine executions could be this weekend

Myuran Sukumaran arrives at Cilacap airport.

Jewel Topsfield 9:45 PM   Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are waiting to die on Nusakambangan island, with the Indonesian Attorney-General expected to announce they will be killed as early as this weekend.

Ukraine coalmine blast in Donetsk kills dozens

Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in the Zasyadko coal mine.

9:34 PM   At least 32 miners have died in a blast at a coalmine in a rebel-held area of east Ukraine, the president of Ukraine's parliament says.

Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in Kathmandu, Nepal

Passengers walk away from a Turkish Airlines plane after it skidded off the runway.

9:22 PM   A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 224 passengers had to be evacuated after it missed the runway on landing at Kathmandu airport and skidded on to nearby grassland. "We could feel the tyres skid.... I could see an air hostess from my seat, she had tears in her eyes."

Two Malaysians identified in IS beheading video from Syria

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak.

9:22 PM   Malaysian authorities have identified two Malaysians in a video by the Islamic State of a beheading that is believed to have taken place in Syria.

French police to hunt operators of mystery drones over Paris

Illustration of a drone flying near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Febuary 27.

8:59 PM   French police will track down and arrest the operators of drone aircraft seen flying illegally on several nights over sensitive sites in Paris and above nuclear power plants, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

China's aid splurge in the Pacific

Daniel Flitton 8:39 PM   China's influence is growing in Australia's backyard, with new research showing Beijing has almost matched the US, Japan and New Zealand as an aid donor to tiny Pacific island nations.

WWII Japanese ship Musashi said to be found in Philippines

Metal that looks like a catapult used to launch float planes from the World War II battleship Musashi.

8:24 PM   Excited historians have likened the discovery of WWII Japanese battleship Musashi, if verified, to finding the Titanic.

After Benjamin Netanyahu warnings, US and Iran resume nuclear talks

John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif (centre) arrive to resume nuclear negotiations in Montreux.

8:11 PM   The US and Iranian foreign ministers began a third day of talks over Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that the deal being negotiated was a serious mistake.

Chan and girlfriend shared faith and a devotion to help the wretched and luckless

Andrew Chan's girlfriend Febyanti Herewila and Michael Chan, brother of Bali nine heroin smuggler, as they leave Kerobokan Prison after being refused one final visit before the transfer by prison authorities.

Tom Allard 6:57 PM   Andrew Chan and his girlfriend Febyanti Herewila shared faith and a devotion to helping the wretched and luckless, and over the past year this blossomed into a relationship.

Queen Elizabeth strips entertainer Rolf Harris of CBE honour over child sex conviction

Jailed pedophile Rolf Harris has been stripped of the CBE the Queen awarded him nearly a decade ago.

Michael Holden 6:48 PM   London: Britain's Queen Elizabeth has stripped veteran entertainer Rolf Harris of an honour she bestowed on him in 2006, basing the move on his conviction for child sex crimes last year, an official notice on Tuesday revealed.

Chan and Sukumaran: the 'nice criminals' facing the firing squad

Bali nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Michael Bachelard 5:51 PM   A few weeks before the devastating news that his clemency bid had been rejected by the Indonesian president, Myuran Sukumaran made contact with this reporter through back channels with a request: could Fairfax Media please stop using a particular photograph of him and fellow death row convict Andrew Chan.