Fear forges unlikely alliances

Ruth Pollard 11:21 AM   Rebel groups facing death by starvation or IS are joining the Islamic State.

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Swedish court rejects Assange appeal 

Diplomatic hideout ... Julian Assange has remained in Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012.

1:29 AM   A Swedish appeals court has rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to revoke a detention order issued by prosecutors in 2010 over allegations of sexual assault.

Christian aid worker held in China

Caught in crackdown: Peter Hahn, 73, an American born in North Korea, has built a network of aid projects along the China-North Korea border.

Philip Wen   Aid projects straddling the border between China and North Korea may be in jeopardy with the detention of naturalised US citizen Peter Hahn on Tuesday.

Obama plans immigration overhaul

Announcement: President Barack Obama plans to overhaul the United States' immigration enforcement system.

Michael Shear 4:44 PM   Up to 4 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years can apply for a program that protects them from deportation, US President Barack Obama will announce.

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Young Tunisian women turn to extremism, with deadly results

Henda Saidi.

Carlotta Gall 2:14 PM   Leila Mustapha Saidi returned home on a recent day to find her daughter Henda missing, along with her computer. Saidi, who had watched her daughter grow religious and "obsessed" with the conflict in Syria, said she feared she had run off to join Islamist fighters there.

Man shot dead after wounding three at Florida State University

Vigil: Students hold candles aloft during at vigil on campus after the shooting of three FSU students.

Bill Cotterell 1:07 PM   Police take out shooter within two minutes of attack on students in library.

Eight dead and more snow on the way for New York

Sydney, a six-year-old Golden retriever, makes her way through 5 feet (152cm) of snow from a driveway on Thursday in  Lakeview, Buffalo, New York.

Ellen Wulfhorst 1:02 PM   Snowbound residents of western New York awoke to as much as another foot (30 centimetres) of accumulation on Thursday with possibly another 30 inches 76 centimetres expected, meteorologists said.

Ebola: how did we get here

A health official wearing a protective suit waits to screen passengers in Lagos, Nigeria.

Conrad Walters and Inga Ting 12:59 PM   West Africa's Ebola outbreak remains "intense and widespread" in Sierra Leone, but how serious a threat is Ebola?

Man stabs seven hospital workers to death in China

 

Austin Ramzy 12:55 PM   An employee at a Chinese military hospital stabbed six nurses and a manager to death on Thursday.

Petrol bombs, clashes as thousands of Mexicans protest massacre

Detained: Riot police arrest a demonstrator near the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City.

12:49 PM   Thousands of demonstrators marched against President Enrique Pena Nieto's handling of the apparent slaying of 43 student protesters in September.

Assassin's Creed's take on Revolution causes French left to rebel again

'Propaganda': game portrays the French masses as bloodthirsty murderers, critic says.

Dan Bilefsky 12:44 PM   French leftists are really upset about the new Assassin's Creed game and its skeptical view of the French Revolution.

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Ugandan politicians draw up new anti-gay bill

United stand: Kenyan gays and lesbians  protest against Uganda's increasingly tough line on homosexuality.

12:29 PM   Ugandan politicians have drafted a new anti-gay bill that could be introduced for debate in the country's parliament before Christmas.

US to send Humvees to Ukraine

Aid or sorts: A US Army Humvee.

Warren Strobel, Patricia Zengerle 12:20 PM   The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, US officials said.

Men arrested over plot to kill Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman.

11:37 AM   Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service says security forces have caught a Hamas group in the West Bank planning to assassinate hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Heatwave or snowstorm: what to read into the weird weather

A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20.

Peter Hannam 6:23 AM   Blistering heat across Australia, frigid conditions across much of the continental US – what’s going on?

Swedish court rejects Assange appeal to revoke arrest warrant

Diplomatic hideout ... Julian Assange has remained in Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012.

1:29 AM   Stockholm: A Swedish appeals court rejected on Thursday an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to revoke a detention order issued by prosecutors in 2010 over allegations of sexual assault.

Gunman reported at Florida State University campus

Police cordon off the campus as they investigate the shooting.

11:27 PM   Three people were wounded, one critically, when a gunman opened fire at a Florida university library and was shot dead by police early on Thursday, officials said.

Fears North Korea is preparing new nuclear test

Standoff: A North Korean soldier looks at the South side at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War.

Giles Hewitt 8:45 PM   New satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be firing up a facility for processing weapons-grade plutonium, as Pyongyang threatened Thursday a fresh nuclear test in response to UN condemnation of its rights record.

NSA reform bill voted down in US Senate amid terror fears

National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade.

Ellen Nakashima and Ed O'Keefe 5:11 PM   Critic says the bill `takes us back to a pre-9/11 lack' of capacity to identify terrorists making telephone calls.

Secret Service arrests man outside White House

Arrest: Members of the Uniformed Division of the US Secret Service  on duty in front of the White House.

4:45 PM   The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man outside the White House on Wednesday who had a hunting rifle and ammunition in his car.

Obama immigration plan could shield 4 million people

Announcement: President Barack Obama plans to overhaul the United States' immigration enforcement system.

Michael Shear 4:44 PM   Up to 4 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years can apply for a program that protects them from deportation, US President Barack Obama will announce.

Fugitive guru arrested after stand-off with Indian police

Coming out: People leave the ashram of Baba Rampal on Wednesday.

Ellen Barry 4:25 PM   An Indian guru has been arrested after a tense week-long stand-off with the police, who had attempted to storm the heavily fortified compound where he was blockaded.

Amid rising tensions, Israel destroys home of Palestinian who used car to kill two

Bullet holes at Kehilat Bnei Torah, the synagogue that was the site of the attack

Jodi Rudoren 3:47 PM   As Israelis and Palestinians grappled with the new-old reality of spiralling violence, Israeli security forces revived a controversial anti-terrorism policy, demolishing the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian man who drove his car into pedestrians in October, killing a baby and a young woman.

Pakistani family sentenced to death over 'honour killing' outside court

Twice widowed: Pakistani Mohammad Iqbal   holds up an image of his wife Farzana Parveen.

Waqar Gillani   A Pakistani court has sentenced four men to death for the murder of Farzana Parveen, a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death in May for marrying the man of her choice.

Deadly western New York snowstorm to get second wind

Buried homes: The powerful snowstorm created snowdrifts as high as houses.

Laila Kearney   A fresh wave of snow is approaching the west of New York state which is recovering from a storm that buried houses in snowdrifts.