US targets overseas hackers with sanctions program

President Barack Obama launched a program aimed at individuals and groups outside the US that use "malicious" cyber attacks to threaten US foreign policy, national security or economic stability.

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Meet the anti-Jihadi John 

Fighting extremism with laughter ... 'Guys, we can take over! Sharia law coming soon!' Humza Arshad cries gleefully at audience. 'Allahu akbar!'

Humza Arshad is an internet sensation and perhaps the most potent new weapon in Britain's battle to counter Islamist extremism.

Super Typhoon Maysak slams into Micronesia 

Another image of Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station on Tuesday. The storm was upgraded on Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 260 kilometres per hour.

7:56 AM   An emergency has been declared in the Micronesian state of Chuuk as Super Typhoon Maysak cuts a destructive path across the central Pacific.

Iran nuke talks struggle to reach a deal 

US Secretary of State John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Negotiations over Iran?s nuclear program resumed Wednesday but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreeing to press on. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

Negotiators said that several 'key issues' remain unresolved, casting doubt on earlier, more optimistic predictions.

Aussie helps amputees build lives in Gaza

Mohamed al-Sillak tries out his new leg.

Ruth Pollard 8:25 PM   Melbourne prosthetist Greg Halford says building limbs for amputees helps them to imagine a better future.

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Noose found outside student centre at Duke University

Noose found outside student centre at Duke University in North Carolina.

Jane Stancill 8:50 AM   A noose was found hanging outside the main student centre at Duke University early Wednesday, prompting an investigation by university officials.

Indiana woman who said she had a miscarriage convicted of feticide

Twenty years in prison: Purvi Patel is taken into custody.

Su-Lin Tan 8:42 AM   A woman in Indiana in the US has been sentenced up to 20 years in prison on charges of feticide and neglect of a dependent after she said she suffered a miscarriage.

Renewable energy investment revs up worldwide

Tararua, New Zealand, described as the largest windfarm in the southern hemisphere

Samantha Masunaga 8:23 AM   Global investment in renewable power and fuels reached $US270.2 billion ($355 billion) last year, nearly 17 per cent higher than in 2013, according to a new study on renewable energy investment from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Oceans might take thousands of years to recover from climate change, study suggests

Changing acidity in the oceans won't be easy to reverse, study finds.

Geoffrey Mohan 8:06 AM   Naturally occurring climate change lowered oxygen levels in the deep ocean, decimating a broad spectrum of seafloor life that took some 1,000 years to recover, according to a study that offers a potential window into the effects of modern warming.

Underground fire causes chaos in London

A fireman watches as flames come out of a manhole cover in the road.

7:58 AM   An underground blaze in central London has caused mass evacuations and forced several West End shows to cancel performances as fire fighters tackled the blaze which sent out a pall of thick smoke.

Banksy Gaza mural sold for under $200 by man who wants it back

An empty frame doorway is seen on the rubble of a destroyed building that was damaged in the Israel-Hamas war.

7:15 AM   A Gaza man says he was duped into selling the work by Banksy on his door for less than $200 - and he wants it back.

World's oldest person dies at 117 in Japan

Misao Okawa at her 117th birthday celebrations with Takehiro Ogura, mayor of Osaka's Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward, at an elder care facility in Osaka.

6:25 AM   The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, has died a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.

Cyber war: US targets overseas hackers, groups with new sanctions program

US President Barack Obama has put the focus on cyber security.

Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal 5:20 AM   President Barack Obama launched a new sanctions program on Wednesday to target individuals and groups outside the United States that use "malicious" cyber attacks to threaten US foreign policy, national security or economic stability.

Andrew Getty, grandson of billionaire US oil baron, found dead in Los Angeles home

Andrew Getty has been found dead in his LA home.

5:11 AM   Los Angeles: Authorities investigating the death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, said a preliminary investigation suggests foul play was not involved.

Sweden is about to add a gender-neutral pronoun to its official dictionary

A bunch of hen celebrate Sweden's national day in Stockholm.

Rick Noack 4:03 AM   Welcome to the land where are no male or female students. Just hen.

Islamic State seizes most of south Damascus refugee camp: witnesses

Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen celebrate as they hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured in Tikrit.

Mariam Karouny 3:47 AM   The hardline Islamic State group took control of large parts of a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus on Wednesday, witnesses and a monitoring group said.

Iraqi Prime Minister claims victory against Islamic State in Tikrit

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tours the city of Tikrit after it was retaken by the security forces  in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds. (AP Photo)

Loveday Morris 3:05 AM   Baghdad: Iraqi forces claimed to have seized the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants on Tuesday after U.S.-led airstrikes cleared the way for ground operations, an advance that would mark the government's most significant victory over the extremists since their summer blitz.

Julianne Moore ad campaign axed by Turkish tourism officials due to her 'poor acting'

Julianne Moore accepts the Oscar for Best Leading Actress for her role in 'Still Alice' earlier this year. Turkish tourism officials were reportedly less impressed with her acting chops than the Academy.

1:08 AM   Los Angeles: Julianne Moore's acting skills are apparently not good enough for Turkish tourism officials.

'Ivan the Not So Bad' gets a facelift

An exhibition displaying work from the M.B. Grekov studio of military artists in Moscow.

Neil MacFarquar 1:05 AM   Russian history, including such inaccurately labelled figures as Czar Ivan (the Terrible), is getting a makeover in Remember, a wildly popular exhibition being mounted near the Kremlin.

Germanwings plane crash: passenger video 'found'

Rescue helicopters from the French Gendarmerie and the Air Force are seen in front of the French Alps.

12:32 AM   A video of the last moments on the doomed Germanwings plane has been found on a mobile phone memory card at the crash site in the French Alps, according to reports.

Iran nuclear talks miss deadline as Russia, Iran talk up possibilities

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday. He later returned to the Iran talks and now hopes for a draft plan by the end of June.

Jonathan Tirone, Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Henry Meyer 12:31 AM   Negotiators have reached consensus on the main points of a nuclear accord with Iran, the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran said early Wednesday, and expect to start drafting a framework accord later in the day.

Malaysia escalates crackdown on civil liberties

Nurul Izzah, daughter of imprisoned Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Lindsay Murdoch 12:29 AM   Weeks after jailing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s government has escalated a crackdown on civil liberties and freedom of speech.

Buhari wins Nigerian presidency in first power shift since 1999

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.

Adam Nossiter 12:28 AM   Muhammadu Buhari was elected president of Nigeria, defeating the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and setting the stage for the first transfer of power from the People's Democratic Party since the end of military rule 16 years ago.

Prosecutors push again to investigate Argentine leader in bombing case

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina.

Hugh Bronstein 12:27 AM   Argentinian prosecutors have pushed for another conspiracy investigation against President Cristina Kirchner, in the second appeal of a court decision that cleared her of trying to derail the investigation into a deadly 1994 bombing.

Thai PM Prayuth hits back at dictatorship innuendo

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha listens to a question from a reporter  in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:25 AM   Thailand’s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has hit back at criticism he will misuse a “dictator law”, saying he is not a “ruthless person”.

Storm Niklas kills at least nine in Europe

Pedestrians fall after a gust of wind from Storm Niklas strikes in Munich on Tuesday.

9:46 PM   At least nine people have been killed in a storm that has lashed Germany and Austria.

One of the world's most beautiful cities under attack

Sana'a girl, Yemen, 2013.

Luke Malpass 8:27 PM   Inhabited continuously for more than 2500 years, and connected to the civilisations of the Bible and Koran, the old city of Sana'a in Yemen is an architectural and cultural jewel.