'We are in the logic of 1914 ... We've gone too far'

Nick Miller 6:09 PM   In his new book, a British historian insists the West must reassess its language and strategy towards Russia – before it's too late.

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Li hints at Beijing's battle for social media

Li Keqiang, China's Premier.

Philip Wen 2:33 AM   In a government work report which ran to 34 pages and took Premier Li Keqiang almost two hours to recite, there was one phrase that stood out.

Fight for Tikrit draws Tehran and US closer

A volunteer Shiite fighter prepares to join the battle against IS for control of the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

Paul McGeough 10:06 PM   In the midst of fraught nuclear talks, the US and Iran are quietly working together against the forces of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

India bans film featuring infamous rapist 

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a press conference on her documentary film  "India's Daughter" in New Delhi on Tuesday, March 3.

Jason Koutsoukis 2:35 AM   India's government and women's rights groups have condemned the airing of a film that features an interview with one of the notorious Delhi gang rapists.

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This koala hugged Vladimir Putin. Now Russia wonders whether Australia killed it.

Cuddling koalas, not shirt-fronting ... Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Russia's President Vladimir Putin cuddle koalas before the start of the first G20 meeting on November 15, 2014 in Brisbane.

Ishaan Tharoor 4:48 AM   On its Facebook page, the Russian embassy in Canberra posted this tongue-in-cheek comment, expressing its mock concern for the creature held aloft by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Military leader of al-Qaeda group killed in Syria: reports

The rubble of a house which activists say belonged to al-Nusra Front after an air strike.

Maya Gebeily 4:46 AM   Military chief and several top commanders reported killed where the jihadist militia has been making major gains in recent months.

Edward Snowden: I would love to return to Geneva

Edward Snowden: "Some of my favourite memories are from Geneva."

Stephanie Nebehay 4:25 AM   The fugitive whistleblower says he has appealed to 21 countries for asylum, 'Unfortunately no country said yes'.

Two men lynched over alleged sex assaults in separate mob attacks in India

Stoned and beaten to death ... Members of a mob pull a man, centre with blooded face, accused of rape, out of the Central Jail where he was held in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland.

3:49 AM   New Delhi: Indian police were on Friday investigating two separate lynchings in which men were beaten to death by frenzied crowds in anger over alleged assaults on young women. WARNING: Images of graphic violence.

Vladimir Putin takes a 10 per cent salary cut

Taking a haircut: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

3:47 AM   The Russian president and several top officials will take a pay cut as the country's economy reels from the collapse of the rouble.

North Korea reopens borders in time for marathon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Edward Wong 2:37 AM   Foreigners wanting to compete in the Pyongyang marathon next month can now sign up since North Korea reopened its borders this week after a four-month closure over Ebola fears.

British royals will mark Gallipoli centenary on Anzac Day

Two Princes: Princes Charles and Harry will attend both the dawn service at Anzac Cove and the ceremony at Lone Pine on April 25.

Nick Miller 2:15 AM   Prince Charles and his son Harry will be at Gallipoli for Anzac Day, and the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in London.

Indonesia can't be sure Bali nine exections will be this month as other drug felons appeal

Australian lawyer Julian McMahon and Australian embassy official Majell Hind.

Jewel Topsfield 12:33 AM   Indonesian A-G says he couldn't be sure the executions would be this month as the government waits on the outcome of court cases for a Filipino woman and French man.

Ringling Brothers circus elephants to retire

Elephants from the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus parade in Washington in 2010.

Richard Perez-Pena 9:50 PM   After decades of pressure by animal rights activists who say that the giant creatures are treated cruelly, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey announced on Thursday that its three circus companies that still tour the US, performing 1,000 shows a year, would phase out elephant acts, retiring all of the animals by 2018.

Wilkinson takes Pyne to task over Bali Nine duo's treatment

Lisa Wilkinson grilled Christopher Pyne over his explanations of the Indonesian government's behaviour towards the Bali nine ringleaders.

Rose Powell 9:45 PM   Lisa Wilkinson has accused Christopher Pyne of defending the Indonesian government's highly militarised treatment of two Australians facing the death penalty.

Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city

Destroyed: An ancient statue of a winged bull with a human face in Nimrud.

Dominic Evans, Saif Hameed 9:08 PM   Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government says, in their latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural treasures.

Palestinian driver wounds Israelis in Jerusalem attack

Attack: Israeli police inspect the car used in the ramming in Jerusalem.

8:58 PM   A Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people standing near a Jerusalem tram stop on Friday, injuring at least five, including four security officials, Israeli police said.

Families blocked from seeing Bali nine pair

Barrister Julian McMahon negotiates a visit to his clients, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, on Nusakambangan island from Wijaya Pura port in Cilacap.

Jewel Topsfield and Tom Allard 7:56 PM   ...

Questions raised over Fox reporter Emily Miller's 'home invasion' story

Fox reporter Emily Miller.

6:28 PM   The way Fox reporter Emily Miller tells the story, she had been out walking the dog in suburban Washington DC when she returned home to find a thief in the house.

British lawmakers say China eroding HK freedoms

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at the National People's Congress in Beijing.

William James 6:09 PM   A report by the British parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee highlighted what it called a "troubling pattern" of limitations imposed by Beijing.

'We are in the logic of 1914, we are in an escalatory logic ... We've gone too far'

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a cabinet meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, March 4.

Nick Miller 6:09 PM   In his new book, a British historian insists the West must reassess its language and strategy towards Russia – before it's too late.

The fate of MH370 is still a mystery, but search has discovered many underwater secrets

A 3D model of a section of seafloor in the MH370 search area.

Nicky Phillips 5:49 PM   A search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared on March 8 last year, has revealed a lot about the Indian Ocean.

El Nino declared but scientists are baffled

Heating up: 2015 could be another very warm year, climate scientists believe.

Peter Hannam 5:41 PM   Scientists differ over the definition of an El Nino event but the ambiguity doesn't end there.

Knife attack wounds nine at Chinese train station, suspect shot dead

Police outside the railway station where the attack took place.

3:55 PM   Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants

A Clinton candidacy is weakened by string of revelations

Hillary Clinton may face sharper criticism about how she'd campaign and govern. Or who has her ear.

David Lightman 3:22 PM   The furore over foreign money and secret emails means Hillary Clinton is now more vulnerable to a party challenger.

'It was at that time when I basically saw my son alive, barely, for the last time'

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  is depicted between his defence attorneys.

Scott Malone 3:15 PM   Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial have heard poignant testimony about the final moments of the three people killed in the attacks at the race's finish line in 2013.

MH370: 'Rogue pilot' emerges as the main theory in loss of Malaysian plane

Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 - the rogue pilot explanation remains the most plausible in the search for the missing plane.

Michael Forsythe and Keith Bradsher 2:56 PM   The retired chief pilot of Malaysia Airlines is torn between logic and loyalty to an old friend. Nik Huzlan, 56, was one of the first captains to fly the 12-year-old Boeing 777 that disappeared over the Indian Ocean a year ago this Sunday.