NICK O'MALLEY 12:52pm Most Americans did not even know that the Khorasan Group existed, let alone of its alleged plans to blow up Western passenger aircraft with explosive clothes, before a volley of US Navy Tomahawk missiles hit the group in Syria on Tuesday night.
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5:58am Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released on Tuesday.
JOHN SILVESTER 1:56pm Police suspect the 18-year-old man shot dead outside the Endeavour Hills police stationed planned to behead officers and post the images online.
10:55am The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organisation.
2:29am The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opens at the United Nations on Tuesday amid calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming.
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2:40pm A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been placed under house arrest in what may be the first stage of criminal proceedings by the Holy See in a case of sexual abuse of children.
Bibhudatta Pradhan and Shobhana Chandra 1:35pm A decade ago, the United States saw Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an international pariah. Next week he'll address a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden and stroll down the red carpet at the White House.
Benjamin Weiser 12:27pm A Kuwaiti-born cleric who sat with Osama bin Laden in an Afghan cave hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and later became a fiery spokesman for the al-Qaeda leader, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a US federal judge in Manhattan.
11:53am BRUSSELS, Sept 23 AFP - Tired of delivery trucks rumbling near its mythic canals, Belgium's medieval town of Bruges has approved the construction of a beer pipeline to link a five-century-old brewery to a bottling factory nearby.
Terry Atlas 11:27am Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas readied a new diplomatic confrontation with Israel and the US with a plan to ask the United Nations to set a timetable for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Peter Dominiczak 2:21pm David Cameron is to apologise to the Queen for an extraordinary breach of protocol after he was heard saying that she "purred" down the line after he told her Scotland had voted against independence.
Terrence McCoy 9:14am The mission of the Khorasan, led by longtime al-Qaeda leader Muhsin al-Fadhli, appears to be different than other militant groups operating in Syria.
NICK O'MALLEY 10:20am Three waves of bombers, missiles and drones were launched by the United States and its Arab allies against targets in three regions of Syria over four hours on Monday night as world leaders gathered for a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
Lindsey Bever 5:07am It may have looked like any other food truck — shiny silver with “tacos,” “tortas” and “burritos” splashed across the front — but until recently, it’s where customers in Denver armed with code phrases such as “six pack” or “yellow cups” could order methamphetamine with their meal, authorities said.
Elizabeth Wasserman and Tony Capaccio 5:18am Airstrikes against the militant Khorasan Group in Syria were prompted by plans for an "imminent" terror attack on US soil, the Pentagon said.
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Abdelaziz Boumzar and John Irish 10:42pm Algerian military and police set up checkpoints and sent troops into mountains east of Algiers on Tuesday to look for a Frenchman kidnapped by militants who threatened to execute him over France's intervention in Iraq.
10:58pm Israel has downed a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights in the first such incident in three decades, and warns it will respond "forcefully" if its security is threatened.
8:53pm Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has used his farewell speech to take a parting shot at the US, accusing Washington of waging a war against Taliban insurgents for its own ends.
PAUL MCGEOUGH 1:19am In a daring escalation, that time will reveal as brilliant or reckless, American and Arab fighter aircraft have launched their first air strikes on Syria.
Philip Wen and Sanghee Liu 4:48pm China has sentenced prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti to life in jail on charges of separatism in a prosecution condemned by foreign governments and human rights groups.
Megha Rajagopalan 3:55pm BEIJING, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture", from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
Tom Parfitt 3:54pm The Russian-backed territory of "Novorossiya" in Ukraine has moved closer to de facto independence after Ukrainian troops and rebel militias began to retreat from the conflict's frontline.
Bruce Horovitz 3:44pm All Starbucks coffee shops sell coffee. Some sell beer. But only a precious few sell coffee that many people out in social media land insist tastes a lot like beer.
NICK O'MALLEY The contrast could not be more stark. Even as he goes about building a coalition for war at this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry has thrown his weight behind Tuesday’s Climate Summit. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott won't arrive in time for the New York meeting.
Robert Tuttle and Jonathan Ferziger Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal ruled out Israel's demand that the militant Islamist group disarm in comments ahead of indirect talks with Israel in Cairo to extend last month's ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt The US and partner nations have carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, agencies have reported.
Loveday Morris The army base in Iraq's western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviours had arrived.
Tom Whitehead A bank worker in Canary Wharf tried to kill her "manipulative and controlling" magistrate mother with a deadly poison bought over the internet, in a plot inspired by Breaking Bad, the hit television thriller, a London court heard on Monday.
Rosa Prince An American teenager with special needs was raped after being used as "bait" by her teachers to entrap a schoolboy sex predator.