US 'mistakenly struck' MSF hospital in Afghanistan

Matthew Rosenberg 6:41 AM   The US commander in Afghanistan told the Senate the decision to strike was "a US decision made within the US chain of command".

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'Muslim Merkel' controversy creates outrage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel portrayed as a Muslim by the ARD television channel.

Lia Timson 11:54 AM   A German television network has been accused of racism after broadcasting a photoshopped image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a chador.

Howard's anti-immigration speech echoed

British Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote speech to delegates during the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday.

Nick Miller 9:19 AM   A senior British government minister has echoed John Howard in a controversial speech declaring need "to control who comes to our country".

US to release 6000 inmates

An inmate at Baltimore City Jail.

Michael S. Schmidt 7:46 AM   US prisons are about to get a lot less overcrowded, as the first of potentially 50,000 inmates are released.

The rise of Hong Kong's McRefugees

An Instagram user posted this photo of a McDonald's restaurant where they said up to 15 people were spending the night.

Yanang Wang 7:19 AM   As she neared her final breath, people around her were contemplating ham n' cheese burgers and hotcakes.

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BBC casts doubt on British paedophile ring claims

The late Jimmy Savile in 2006.

Katrin Bennhold 12:27 PM   Britain has been consumed for three years by a growing list of investigations into alleged pedophile rings, but now there are growing doubts about the credibility of someone the police regarded as a major witness in one of the most explosive of these cases.

China's new glass-bottom walkway cracks

The image posted to Weibo apparently showing the glass cracking.

11:53 AM   A group of Chinese tourists were left terrified after a glass pane on a new transparent walkway shattered suddenly.

Model says she woke to find Bill Cosby 'biting her toes'

Chloe Goins in Los Angeles in January.

Richard Winton 11:19 AM   Just when you thought Bill Cosby couldn't be in any more trouble, a woman has sued him, alleging the legendary comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

England's plastic bag battles: score one for the green lobby

Ban the bag?: A shopper with plastic bags from a Miranda supermarket.

Dan Bilefsky 10:50 AM   Some critics predicted chaos, confusion and "bag rage". But while this week's introduction of a 5 pence charge for plastic shopping bags in England did not lead to a nationwide mutiny, as some had warned, it did prove polarising.

World famous 'Harperman' public servant pulls the pin

Tony Turner, a public servant at Environment Canada, who wrote and sang the protest song Harperman.

Noel Towell 10:28 AM   But former Canadian public servant has 'no regrets' about protest song.

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Taiwan's ruling party candidate defiant despite disastrous polls

Taiwan's presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu said she will run for presidency despite her unpopularity with voters.

Philip Wen 9:30 AM   The embattled presidential candidate for Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, Hung Hsiu-chu, has refuted calls to step down, despite facing a likely landslide defeat in the forthcoming January election.

Russia strikes Palmyra as Turkey warns it's losing patience

The site of an air strike in Al-Bab on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.

Robin Emmott and Laila Bassam 9:00 AM   Accidental incursion by Russian warplane into Turkish airspace is being used for NATO propaganda, Russian envoy says.

'The plain packaging fiasco for climate change'

"It means governments won't be bold and ambitious as they should be."

Peter Hannam 8:36 AM   The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens to undermine environment protection and could limit governments' ability to ramp up necessary action on climate change, green groups say.

US 'mistakenly struck' Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Afghanistan

General John Campbell pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan.

Matthew Rosenberg 6:41 AM   The US commander in Afghanistan told the Senate the decision to strike was "a US decision made within the US chain of command".

The mysterious death of 13-year-old YouTube star Caleb Bratayley

The family planned to celebrate the teenager's life during a broadcast on Periscope and Facebook.

6:22 AM   A clan that thrust itself into the public eye with video blogging that documented every minute detail of their life has been struck by tragedy.

Rocket attacks kill 15 Yemeni and coalition troops in Aden

Smoke rises following an explosion that hit Hotel al-Qasr where Cabinet members and other government officials are staying, in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen.

Mohammed Hatem 2:11 AM   Rockets struck a hotel housing Yemen's prime minister and other targets in the southern port city of Aden, killing 15 Yemeni and coalition troops in the first major attack on their bases since the city was recaptured from Houthi rebels in July.

US cargo ship El Faro, carrying 32 crew members, believed to have sunk in hurricane

US cargo ship El Faro is believed to have sunk after being caught in a Category 4 hurricane. The US Coast Guard has so far found debris and one body, and continues to search for survivors.

Zachary Fagenson 1:34 AM   Missing cargo ship El Faro, hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, is believed to have sunk off the Bahamas and one presumed crew member is confirmed dead, the US Coast Guard said on Monday.

Flashback 1975: A shooting gallery called America

Demonstrators, some with rifles, gather for a pro-gun rally at the Alamo in San Antonio in October 2013.

Don Riseborough 11:29 PM   In 1975, US correspondent Don Riseborough reported on the "blind narrow-mindedness" of Americans on the subject of gun control.

NATO doubts Russia on Turkish airspace, says ground troops in Syria

Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria.

Robin Emmott 9:52 PM   NATO's secretary-general says he doubts Moscow's explanation for violations of Turkish air space amid signs of a troop-build-up in the region.

Before the eruption: Scientists discover how Pompeii's victims lived

Casts of the victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in site of Pompeii, Italy. Scientists are scanning the casts to learn what the contents can reveal about daily life before the eruption.

Elisabetta Povoledo 9:45 PM   Pompeii's victims may be frozen in time by volcanic ash, but our understanding of them is being changed by a team of scientists armed with a CT scanner.

'Bittersweet moment': California passes euthanasia bill

Elizabeth Wallner, who is dying of colon cancer, is hugged by Dan Diaz, after she spoke at a rally last month calling for the right-to-die legislation to be passed.

Ian Lovett 8:48 PM   California will become the fifth US state to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, after Governor Jerry Brown signed the measure into law on Monday.

Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson to request Australian sanctions on Maldives judges

Amal Clooney, wife of actor George Clooney, is part of an international legal team seeking to release the former Maldivian president.

Nick Miller 8:37 PM   A team of human rights lawyers including Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson will ask the Australian government to impose targeted sanctions and travel bans on Maldives judges and other officials, over the illegal imprisonment of the country's ex-president Mohamed Nasheed.

New Delhi given 3 days to come up with plan to fight pollution

The view of west of Delhi.

Aditya Kalra 6:42 PM   India's Supreme Court has given New Delhi three days to come up with a plan to clean up the air in a city ranked by the World Health Organisation as the most polluted in the world.

Fall in China's coal use here to stay, leading expert says

Professor Qi Ye, one of the world's leading experts on Chinese environmental policy, is in Melbourne this week speaking at a climate investors' conference.

Tom Arup 5:06 PM   The historic fall in China's coal use is a clear and consistent trend and should be factored in by Australian business, one of the world's leading experts on China's environment policy says.

Former Hong Kong leader charged with misconduct in public office

Donald Tsang, Hong Kong's former chief executive, center, leaves the Eastern Magistrates' Court in Hong Kong on Monday.

4:45 PM   Hong Kong's former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the Asian financial hub.

Hillary Clinton stares down US gun lobby, vows to push for background checks

Ammunition for sale at a Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Nick O'Malley 4:43 PM   Presidential candidate's stance popular with Democrats, but supporting gun rights an issue of identification for most Republicans.