Indonesian president Joko Widodo's halo is slipping

Jewel Topsfield 11:20 AM   Six months after the president's inauguration, many Indonesians are concerned.

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Man found fit to execute with Bali nine pair

Rodrigo Gularte

Jewel Topsfield 8:11 PM   A Brazilian man whom the Attorney-General has proclaimed fit to execute with the Bali nine organisers was diagnosed with mental illness in 1982.

China cracks down on corrupt golfers

Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping's sweeping crackdown on vice and corruption in China has gone after drugs, gambling, and prostitution. Now it has targeted golf.

Bangladesh's battle of 'two ladies'

Mohammad Nazmul Mollah, who was injured in an attack by a protester, in the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 1, 2015. The battle of ???the two ladies,??? Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, has led to over 100 deaths and hurt the crucial garment industry. (Allison Joyce/The New York Times)

A battle of wills between two women: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, has seen a surge of violence in Bangladesh.

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Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya


James Mackenzie 7:25 PM   As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in one of the worst disasters seen in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday.

IS claims deadly Afghan suicide attack: President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday the Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack which killed 33.

Samoon Miakhil 2:57 PM   The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others.

Titanic deckchair fetches 100,000 pounds sterling

A 3D replica of the luxury liner, the Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.

2:50 PM   A deckchair from the Titanic has sold at auction in the UK for just over £100,000 - $191,351. The Nantucket wooden chair was on the first class promenade deck when the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.

Israel will send much-needed funds to Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday.

Isabel Kershner 1:35 PM   Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached an agreement to resolve a months-long dispute over the transfer of tax revenue Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians, according to officials.

'I wish my teacher knew': Teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online

I wish my teacher knew...

Keith Coffman 12:57 PM   A teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew says the assignment had been a revelation for her.

After just six months on the job, Indonesian president Joko Widodo's halo is slipping

Indonesian President Joko Widodo: after six months of his presidency, many Indonesians are concerned he is not living up to his early billing.

Jewel Topsfield 11:20 AM   "A New Hope". The Time magazine cover with the portrait of Indonesia's new president Joko Widodo in October last year said it all. Six months later, Joko is still making international headlines but now it's for all the wrong reasons.

'Everybody's been stung': 14 million bees released after highway crash

Beekeepers monitor attempts to control the mass of bees.

Evan Bush 8:17 AM   Usually scenes like this don't create much of a buzz: Early Friday morning, a Peterbilt tractor-trailer merged onto Interstate 5, tipping over, but leaving the 36-year-old driver unhurt.

UN drivers killed in Mali convoy attack

Soldiers from the UN. peacekeeping mission in Mali.

3:01 AM   Two drivers have been shot dead in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, authorities say, the second deadly assault on the United Nations in three days.

Officers shoot and kill man with knife in St Louis, police say

A handgun recovered following the fatal shooting of Antonio Martin by a police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, in December.

2:09 AM   A 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb and spoke of a "black revolution" was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife, authorities said on Saturday.

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrives at space station

SpaceX Dragon-6 resupply capsule holds at the grapple point, 10 metres from the International Space Station.

Kerry Sheridan 1:36 AM   SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Friday at the International Space Station, carrying nearly 2000 kilograms of food and supplies for the astronauts living in orbit.

Denver TSA agents targetted 'attractive' male passengers for pat downs

A TSA agent waits for passengers to pass through a magnetometer at Los Angeles International Airport.

James Queally and Ryan Parker 1:34 AM   The plot involved a male TSA agent signalling a female counterpart when he noticed a male passenger he wanted to touch, according to a Denver police report released on Tuesday.

Xi's submarine sale raises risk of Indian Ocean nuclear clash

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

David Tweed 1:32 AM   Hong Kong:  China is likely to conclude a sale of eight conventional submarines during President Xi Jinping's visit to Islamabad on April 20, more than doubling Pakistan's fleet. Analysts say it may be the first step in helping Pakistan gain the ability to fire nuclear weapons at sea, keeping pace with rival India.

France announces plan to fight racism

French Muslims upset by attack on mosque in Le Mans.

Alissa J Rubin 1:30 AM   Deadly attacks on Jews and a sharp spike in anti-Muslim acts have prompted the French government to elevate the fight against racism.

Turkish prime minister calls European stance on Armenians 'racism'

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu makes a speech during a meeting to present his AK Party Istanbul candidates for the upcoming general elections in Istanbul on Friday.

Ceylan Yeginsu 1:28 AM   European Parliament had called on his government to recognise the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey in 1915 as genocide.

Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to work with the US

"We have a common agenda": Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks about the US.

11:20 PM   Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a television interview.

Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a new Kabul Bank in Jalalabad.

11:09 PM   A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad has killed 33 people, including children, and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries.

Chris Lane murder: closure but little relief after Chancey Luna found guilty

Donna Lane, left, mother of victim  Chris Lane, speaks as she leaves the courtroom. Looking on are Lane's American girlfriend, Sarah Harper, second from left, Lane's sister, Erin Lane, centre, and Lane's father, Peter Lane, right.

Nick O'Malley   After a five-day trial it took only an hour for a jury in the town of Duncan, Oklahoma, to convict 17-year-old Chancey Luna of the murder of Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old Australian who had been studying in America on a baseball scholarship.

The end of the wild child

Josephine Tovey dinkus

Josephine Tovey 12:15 AM   Most of us rejoice in our own memories of childhood freedoms - so why are we denying our own children the same experiences?

The simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions

A man in a wheelchair makes his way to the homeless shelter in Salt Lake City as a major storm blows into Utah.

Terrence McCoy   One American social researcher came up with a radical way to help street people. Give homes to the homeless.

Race motive seen in US attorney-general vote delay

Attorney-General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Sari Horwitz   African-American and other civil rights leaders infuriated over the stalled confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to be nominated for attorney general, are casting the delay as an issue with racial overtones.

Japanese -mericans halt auction of internment camp artefacts

Barbara Takei, of Sacramento, Californa, shows her mother's cigarette holder made from string and her mum's military ID from the internment camp she was held in.

Catherine Saillant   The US detained 120,000 Japanese-Americans, two-thirds of whom were US citizens, in 10 camps after Japan attacked Pearl Harbour.

China police shoot dead two 'terrorists' on Vietnam border

Chinese soldiers

Chinese police have shot dead two suspected "terrorists" on the border with Vietnam, part of a group of people trying to sneak out of the country, state media said on Friday.