'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 10:05 PM   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," about the Dec. 16, 2012 gang rape in a moving bus, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Mukesh Singh, one of the men convicted of raping and killing a woman in the brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus said in a TV documentary that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed. The film will be shown on March 8, International Women's Day, in India, Britain, Denmark, Sweden and several other countries. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Jason Koutsoukis 4:12 PM   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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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.

Palestine says security co-ordination with Israel will end

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must make the official decision to sever security ties with Israel.

Ali Sawafta 2:50 PM   Ramallah: Palestinian leaders in the West Bank said they would halt the security co-ordination with Israel which is widely credited with keeping order in the territory and preventing attacks in Israel.

North Korea reopens borders in time for marathon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Edward Wong 2:47 PM   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.

Liberia's last Ebola patient discharged

Ebola patient Beatrice Yardolo, center, surrounded by Chinese military health workers, as she leaves the Chinese Ebola treatment center were she was treated for the Ebola virus infection  outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. 'I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,' Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her release. She kept thanking God and the health workers at the center.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Norimitsu Onishi 12:00 PM   No more cases of Ebola are known in Liberia but the country won't be officially declared Ebola-free before April 4.

Taps stolen from new German spy HQ

The new German Intelligence service building in Berlin.

Justin Huggler 11:47 AM   Germany's intelligence service has suffered one of the most embarrassing leaks in its history after someone broke into its new Berlin headquarters and stole the taps, partially flooding the building.

Bali nine executions: Prisoner swap 'unthinkable' says Indonesian Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo

The executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been delayed.

Jewel Topsfield 11:04 AM   A prisoner swap suggested by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a last ditch bid to spare the lives of the Bali nine ringleaders is "unthinkable", according to Indonesia's Attorney General.

Execution calls for Melbourne man accused of depraved acts in the Philippines

Australian Peter Gerard Scully after his arrest on charges of running a depraved paedophile ring.

Lindsay Murdoch and Tammy Mills 10:54 AM   There a calls for the execution of a Melbourne man accused of killing a child and orchestrating an international paedophile ring in the Philippines.

Republicans want more Hillary Clinton emails

An investigative committee in the US Congress will subpoena former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's personal emails about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Josh Rogin and Eli Lake 10:44 AM   A Congress inquiry into attacks in Libya in 2012 has been extended and threatens to mar Hillary Clinton's campaign to be president.

World Press Photo award withdrawn in authenticity row

A photograph that was part of a winning package at the World Press Photo awards. The image, of an intimate scene in Charleroi, Belgium, came under scrutiny over whether it broke contest rules.

10:16 AM   Organisers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after the entry, which purportedly portrayed the gritty Belgian industrial town of Charleroi, was accused of being staged.

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