Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigerian presidency 

Muhammadu Buhari defeats  incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and sets stage for the first transfer of power from the People's Democratic Party in 16 years.

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Thai PM rejects dictatorship innuendo

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha listens to a question from a reporter  in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Lindsay Murdoch 7:13 AM   Thailand’s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has hit back at criticism he will misuse a “dictator law”, saying he is not a “ruthless person”.

Lufthansa cancels 60th celebrations

Rescue helicopters from the French Gendarmerie and the Air Force are seen in front of the French Alps during a rescue operation next to the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015. An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline, en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday and all 150 on board were feared dead.    REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Airline cancelled next week's celebrations and will instead broadcast a memorial service for victims of the its worst-ever crash.

German businessmen to rescue refugees

White knights ... German businessmen Mattias Kuhnt (centre) and Harold Hoppner (right) with their boat.

Rick Noack 6:22 AM   Harald Höppner and Matthias Kuhnt could have spent their savings on houses or cars. Instead, they decided to rescue refugees.

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Bali suitcase murder: prosecutors seek 15 years

Heather Mack of the US waits inside a holding cell before a trial hearing in March.SONNY TUMBELAKA

8:35 AM   Prosecutors in the case of a US couple accused of murder on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Tuesday called for the pair to be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz admitted depression

Andreas Lubitz is suspected of locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing Germanwings Flight 4U9525.

8:32 AM   The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane in the French Alps had informed his employer that he had undergone a "previous episode of severe depression".

Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigerian presidency in first power shift since 1999

President elect ... General Muhammadu Buhari holds his ballot paper in the air before casting his vote in his home town of Daura, northern Nigeria on Saturday.

Pauline Bax, Emele Onu and Yinka Ibukun 8:30 AM   Muhammadu Buhari was elected president of Nigeria, defeating the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and setting the stage for the first transfer of power from the People's Democratic Party since the end of military rule 16 years ago.

Admiral sounds the alarm of China's intentions

It's artificial islands, like this one planned by China, that are causing alarm around the South China Sea.

John Garnaut 8:13 AM   A powerful American general has fired a warning at China for rapidly building “a Great Wall” of artificial islands across hotly-contested waters.

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Obama pledges emissions cuts in bid to boost UN climate talks

President Barack Obama has made climate change action a priority of his second term.

Alex Nussbaum 7:58 AM   Facing Republican resistance at home and delays abroad, the Obama administration Tuesday pledged its most ambitious target yet for cutting global warming pollution.

Murder accused Donna Vasyli blows kisses to supporters in court

Stabbed to death: Phillip Vasyli.

7:37 AM   The jailed Australian wife of murdered millionaire podiatrist Phillip Vasyli has blown kisses and told supporters "I'll be out" during a court appearance in The Bahamas.

Russia to return to Iran nuclear deal talks in Lausanne

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, leaves the hotel during a break of the new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Lausanne on Monday.

6:36 AM   Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday he was planning to return to marathon talks aimed at curtailing Iran's nuclear program, saying chances of a deal were significant.

‘I just froze’: Victim in US HIV case on learning man was infected

Daniel Cleaves pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment in March. (Montgomery County Police Department)

Dan Morse 6:35 AM   She was at work when the third round of blood test results came in. Why else would her doctor's office be calling? But she couldn't answer right then and would call back in two hours during her lunch break.

Peru PM, government to resign after censure vote

German President Joachim Gauck (L) and Peru President Ollanta Humala smile during a ceremony at the government palace in Lima last month.

Marco Aquino 5:52 AM   Peru's prime minister will resign after losing a confidence vote in Congress following allegations of spying on her opponents.

Istanbul prosecutor held hostage by gunmen from far-left group in courthouse office

An image of one of the gunmen, from far-left group DHKP-C, holding Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage in his office in a courthouse in Istanbul.

Osman Orsal and Humeyra Pamuk 3:46 AM   Istanbul: A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building.

One dead, two hurt as pair tried to ram US spy agency gates

A Maryland State Police car sits at a blocked southbound entrance on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that accesses the National Security Agency, after two people tried to ram the gates.

Mark Hosenball 1:13 AM   Two people tried to ram their vehicle into the National Security Agency's entrance gates near Washington before guards shot one of them dead.

Bizarre case of $486m emerald may proceed despite Brazil's efforts, US judge rules

The 180,000-carat, 362-kilo Bahia Emerald has been the subject of a contentious court battle among a colourful crowd of gem traders, miners and a real estate tycoon all vying for the prized jewel.

Stephen Ceasar 1:12 AM   A trial to determine ownership of the prized Bahia Emerald will continue in Los Angeles despite on-going efforts by the government of Brazil to return the gem to its country of origin.

Singapore arrests teenager over video critical of Lee Kuan Yew

Amos Yee in a screengrab of his YouTube video 'Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead!'

Austin Ramzy 1:11 AM   A 16-year-old who appeared in a video that criticised modern Singapore's founding father was arrested because of comments that disparaged Christianity.

Chinese high-ranking graft suspect had six mistresses: reports

The National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Edward Wong 1:09 AM   Chinese corruption investigators looking into a top security and intelligence official have found that he had six mistresses and two sons by them, as well as possibly six villas in Beijing, according to reports published in China.

One-year-old boy locked in Manhattan restroom with mother later dies

Investigators at 5 Boro Burger in Manhattan, where the police said a woman locked herself and her son in a restroom; he died.

Al Baker and Ashley Southall 1:01 AM   A one-year-old boy whose mother locked herself in a restroom with him at a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan on Monday was declared dead at Bellevue Hospital Centre, where he was taken after workers who unlocked the door found him unconscious and foaming at the mouth, the police said.

Rhodes Trust expanding scholarships into China

Rhodes scholar Tony Abbott in 1980.

David Barboza 12:47 AM   Rhodes scholarships will soon expand to the developing world, and aspiring students from China will be joining the likes of famous one-time Rhodes scholars Tony Abbott and Bill Clinton.

Dozens killed as Yemen's Houthis shell Aden, Saudi jets bomb airport

Fighting continues: A man stands by the wreckage of a van hit by an air strike in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.

11:39 PM   Yemen's Houthi militiamen and allied army units have shelled Aden while Saudi-led coalition jets bombed their positions near the airport, killing at least 36 people, officials and witnesses said.

Man dies when relative's headstone falls on top of him in US


10:43 PM   WASHINGTON, March 31 AFP - An American man decorating his mother's grave for Easter has died when the headstone fell and crushed him.

MRSA superbug could be killed by a 1100-year-old home remedy, researchers say

MRSA is resistant to conventional antibiotics because of their overuse.

Justin Moyer 9:57 PM   Study shows the superbug is vulnerable to a remedy found in a manuscript written in Old English from the 10th century called 'Bald’s Leechbook'.

Terrorist attack investigated as power cut stops Turkey in its tracks

People line up for fuel at a petrol station in Istanbul during a major power outage.

9:53 PM   A massive power cut has caused chaos across Turkey, shutting down the metro networks in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, with the government saying an outside attack on the system was not ruled out.

Iran nuclear talks enter deadline day with 'high' hopes of a deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Simon Sturdee and Jo Biddle 9:33 PM   Marathon talks aimed at stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons have gone into a final nail-biting day, with Russia saying the chances were "high" of reaching a historic framework deal by midnight.

Boy crashes parents' car near Auckland

The scene of the crash after an 11-year-old boy took his parents' car and hit a truck.

Shaun Eade 8:11 PM   An 11-year-old boy who crashed his parents' car after a police chase through a town near Auckland had been seen driving erratically earlier in the day.