Police closing in on truck people-smugglers

Police in Europe have detained at least three people in connection with the people-smuggling truck tragedy

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Kevin Rudd's debut as a CNN host

Kevin Rudd discussed concerns over China's economy and the challenges of climate change on his first show as guest host on CNN.

Michael Idato 11:34 AM   With the bouncing-in-his-seat earnestness, and carefully measured hand gestures, Kevin Rudd made his debut as an international TV host.

Profits of European people-smuggling

Syrian migrants wriggle under barbed wire to get into Hungary on Thursday.

Nick Miller 12:49 PM   The discovery of up to 70 decomposing bodies of smuggled migrants in a truck outside Vienna is the latest, most extreme example of something that is happening all over Europe.

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Kurds in the crosshairs as Turkey goes to war

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in July.

Paul McGeough 1:30 PM   Turkey's entrance into the war on Islamic State has put the Kurds in a familiar position: stateless victims of deals between states.

Queen Elizabeth's quiet revolution

As the monarchs of The Netherlands and Belgium abdicated, the Queen continued her round of public appearances, here this year at Ascot. Photo: Reuters

Nick Miller 12:47 PM   About to become the longest-reigning monarch of Britain, Queen Elizabeth II has gradually brought the institution into the 21st century.

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Airbus over the domes of Russia

An Airbus A350 XWB aircraft flies over the domes of an Orthodox church during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

1:22 PM   BIG PICTURE: An Airbus A350 XWB aircraft flies over the domes of an Orthodox church during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

Words for a new age: says the Oxford dictionary

Two volumes of the twenty one volume Oxford English Dictionary
SMH RADAR Photo by Domino Postiglione

1:00 PM   The Oxford online dictionary has added a range of new words that have a flavour of the modern world.

Police closing in on gang connected to Austrian people-smuggling tragedy

Chief of the Burgenland police  Hans Peter Doskozil on Thursday in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Karin Strohecker 11:36 AM   Police in Europe have detained at least three people, including Bulgarians and an Afghan, in connection with the people-smuggling tragedy in which at least 70 people were found dead in a truck in Austria on Thursday, and officers were closing in on the people-smuggling gang-leaders, an Austrian police chief said.

What's really going on in the Chinese economy

A Chinese day trader rests at a Beijing  brokerage house after a dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets around the world, driving indexes lower and erasing trillions of dollars in value.

Philip Wen 9:14 AM   The world has watched agape as $US5 trillion ($7 trillion) has been melted off China's crumpling sharemarket since mid-June, the equivalent of more than three times Australia's annual economic output.

US confirms Islamic State computer expert killed in air strike

A US Air Force drone has killed Islamic State recruiter Junaid Hussain of England in Raqqa, Syria this week, CNN reported on Friday.

Mark Hosenball and Andrea Shalal 7:45 AM   The US military confirmed on Friday that a British hacker who was one of the Islamic State movement's top computer experts and who was active in encouraging people abroad to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks has been killed in Syria by a US air strike.

Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie cleared of rape

Relief: Attorney J.W. Carney puts his arm around Owen Labrie, as he weeps in court.

7:37 AM   A former student of an elite New Hampshire prep school was found not guilty on Friday of raping a 15-year-old girl days before graduation last year in a case that cast a harsh spotlight on the school's culture.

Virginia TV shooting survivor tried to dodge bullets, husband says

Survivor ... Vicki Gardner tried to dodge bullets fired by Vester Lee Flanagan during her interview with WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker.

Katie Rogers 7:04 AM   After watching Vester Lee Flanagan II fire the shots that killed a reporter, Alison Parker, and a cameraman, Adam Ward, Vicki Gardner flinched and moved away from Flanagan before he fired a gun pointed directly at her face, Gardner's husband, Tim Gardner, said.

Sewage surfing and other weird news from around the world

Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach is likely to be closed because of a flood of 2 million litres of sewage. That didn't stop some surfers.

6:45 AM   Just in case you missed some of the oddest yarns doing the rounds, here's a recap of some weird and wonderful stories from around the world this week.

Colorado cinema gunman gets 12 life sentences and 3318 years in prison

James Holmes leaves court to begin his 12 life sentences in jail.

Julie Turkewitz 4:41 AM   'Get the defendant out of my courtroom,' the judge said as the emotional court drama came to an end.

Kim Jong-un: It our 'military muscle', not negotiation, that avoided war

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: "We protected the dignity and sovereignty of the country."

Anna Fifield 3:56 AM   Querulous North Korean leader says the recent standoff with South Korea was resolved not through negotiation but 'thanks to the tremendous military muscle' of the country's nuclear weapons.

Lava flows from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano and lava flow on the island of Hawaii. File photo.

Victoria Cavaliere 3:55 AM   A thick stream of lava erupted from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday and had crept into the surrounding forest, the US Geological Survey said, but it did not pose a threat to surrounding communities.

'It was a boat of death': 200 feared dead after another migrant boat sinks

Drowned in darkness: The body of a migrant lies on a dock, in Zuwara, Libya.

Laura King 3:41 AM   Dozens of bodies wash ashore as more are retrieved from one sunken ship's flooded hold in yet another tragedy off the Libyan coast.

Tropical Storm Erika lashes Caribbean islands and heads for Florida

A boat sits in shallow water as Tropical Storm Erika passes through New Town, Dominica.

David Adams 3:12 AM   Tropical Storm Erika threatened Haiti and the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean and geared up for a run at South Florida, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

The infamous Whitehall nudge unit

David Halpern, chief executive of Behavioural Insights, in Sydney.

Nick Miller 12:08 AM   London's Behavioural Insights is working with state agencies to find ways of influencing people to do things "right".

Cross-border firing kills nine on India-Pakistan war anniversary

The daughter of Indian civilian Banso Devi, who was killed in alleged firing from the Pakistan side into a residential area, at Sai village, in Ranbir Singh Pura, near the India-Pakistan international border.

Reuters 9:54 PM   Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two south Asian nations.

Archbishop accused of child sex abuse by Vatican dies before trial

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Reuters 9:34 PM   A Catholic former archbishop accused of child sex offences was found dead on Friday, the Vatican said, a month after he was hospitalised on the eve of his trial.

Robb slams unions for 'economic sabotage' on China FTA

Andrew Robb

Philip Wen 8:52 PM   Andrew Robb has described the trade union movement's opposition to Australia's free trade agreement with China as "nothing short of economic sabotage".

Cargo of corpses latest horror of Europe's migrant crisis

A migrant is lifted on board the Italian Navy ship Orione, after he and another migrant were spotted clinging to a barrel in the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and Italy.

Karin Strohecker 8:05 PM   As dozens of corpses were found in a parked truck in Austria on Thursday, and another migrant boat sank off Libya, the crisis that is overwhelming Europe deepened and threw up new tragedies.

Why the Trump circus has everyone stumped

Donald Trump, perennially controversial real estate baron and Republican presidential front-runner.

Nick O'Malley 7:00 PM   Political strategists have been blindsided by the surging grassroots support for outsider candidates, writes Nick O'Malley.

Bali police questioned over alleged buck's night bribe

Mark Ipaviz, right, with his fiancee.

Jewel Topsfield 6:11 PM   Eight Bali police officers and the Kuta police chief are being questioned over allegations Australians were pistol-whipped and tasered after a bucks' night went horribly wrong.

Judicial crackdown in China's troubled Xinjiang province

Armed police patrol the streets in Urumqi, Xinjiang, last year.

Chris Buckley 4:06 PM   Courts across Xinjiang, the volatile region in western China, home to Muslim Uighurs, have sentenced 45 people to prison in recent days after convicting them of supporting organisations accused of terror attacks or of helping others flee abroad.

Kazakhstan to host world's first nuclear fuel bank

Warren Buffett is helping to finance the nuclear fuel bank.

Raushan Nurshayeva 3:35 PM   The world's first bank of low-enriched uranium will be built in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for nuclear power stations and encourage nuclear non-proliferation.