North Korea: attack on US ambassador 'just'

The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, is recovering from surgery after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media.

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Plane slides off runway at LaGuardia Airport 

Delta Air Lines flight 1086 after it slid off the runway at LaGuardia on Thursday.

6:55 AM   A Delta Air Lines plane with 125 passengers aboard slid off the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday during a snowstorm and crashed into a fence.

Nemtsov was planning report on Ukraine

Flowers and a portrait are laid at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Putin on Wednesday called the slaying of his top critic a "disgrace" to Russia, while the opposition promised to complete Nemtsov's work on a report documenting evidence of Russian troops' involvement in fighting in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A note purported to be in the assassinated opposition leader's hurried scrawl says 17 Russian paratroopers were killed in fighting in Ukraine.

Islamic State torches oil field east of Tikrit

Smoke rises from oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit in the Salahuddin province, March 4, 2015. Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit to try to hinder aerial attacks aimed at driving them from the oilfield, a witness and military source said. Black smoke could be seen rising from oil field since Wednesday afternoon, said the witness, who accompanied Iraqi militia and soldiers as they advanced on Tikrit from the east. Picture taken March 4, 2015.   REUTERS/ Mahmoud Raouf (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY ENERGY)

Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells north-east of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militia fighters and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the area.

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Two Germans sentenced to prison, caning

German nationals

Su-Lin Tan 6:54 AM   The world was reminded once again of Singapore's tough stance on crime when two German men were sentenced on Thursday to nine months' jail and caning for vandalism.

Hundreds of skiers rescued from crippled Italian cable cars

A rescue underway of skiers in a cable car in northern Italy.

6:40 AM   Around 200 holiday skiers in the Italian Dolomites have been winched to safety after getting stranded in cable car cabins buffeted by 130km/h winds.

Indonesian leader Joko Widodo to visit White House

Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

6:17 AM   The chief of staff of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says the Indonesian leader is expected to visit the White House in early June to forge closer ties with the US.

Execution as spectacle: Bali's military muscle plays to nationalist fervour

Tom Allard dinkus Dinkus

Tom Allard 6:14 AM   The absurd display during the transfer of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to the site of their execution is part of a trend.

Weak El Nino forms in Pacific with impact seen as minor

Sunset viewed in Valparaiso, Chile.

Brian K. Sullivan 6:12 AM   An El Nino developed in the Pacific Ocean in February, and it's probably too weak to have much global impact, the US Climate Prediction Centre said.

North Korea: attack on US envoy Mark Lippert 'just punishment'

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert with a wound on his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul.

By Jung Ha-won 5:59 AM   The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, is recovering from surgery after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media.

Saudi Arabia king gives prize to Islamic scholar who says 9/11 was an 'inside job'

Saudi King Salman presentis Zakir Naik with the 2015 King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam.

Ishaan Tharoor 4:22 AM   The award came before the king's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Missing Canadian pastor is being held by North Korea, church says

Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim at an agricultural project in North Korea.

Andrea Hopkins 4:08 AM   Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim was last heard from on January 31 after North Korea has clamped down on Christian groups.

Baby smiles at rescuers after being thrown 7 metres from a car crash

Lucky survivor... 15-month-old Madison Goldsmith was found smiling following a car accident in Ohio.

Abby Phillip 4:04 AM   A 7-month-old baby is unharmed after being thrown 25 feet from a van during a serious roadway accident that involved a van, a car and a semi-trailer.

Cardinal George Pell gets green light from Pope Francis for historic Vatican reform

Pope Francis has endorsed reform proposals overseen by Cardinal George Pell.

Paola Totaro 2:22 AM   Pope Francis has given the green light for an historic reform of the Holy See’s finances, vesting Cardinal George Pell with sweeping new financial oversight powers but stopping short of delivering him control over Vatican real estate.

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 1:39 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.

US documents from Edward Snowden detail Australia-NZ spying on Indonesia communications

Document obtained from  whistleblower: Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Philip Dorling 1:27 AM   Australian spies are targeting Indonesia’s largest mobile phone network as well as the telecommunications systems of Australia’s small Pacific Island neighbours, according to documents obtained from the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Homeless man stole an identity to chase Hollywood dream

Charley Saturmin Robinet, pictured here in 2000, went to extreme lengths to chase the Hollywood dream.

Harriet Alexander and Nick Allen 1:03 AM   When a black homeless man was shot dead by police in Los Angeles, it was seen as another example of white American officers being too quick to reach for their guns. But the real story is far more complex, involving dreams of Hollywood stardom and a foiled bank robbery.

Russia accuses US of plot to oust Putin via opposition aid

Russia's Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

Evgenia Pismennaya and Henry Meyer 1:01 AM   Russia's Security Council has accused the United States of plotting to oust President Vladimir Putin by financing the opposition and encouraging mass demonstrations.

Ferguson, Missouri police menaced African-American citizens for revenue, US federal investigation concludes

A man is handcuffed and led away by a Missouri State Trooper during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

Nick O'Malley 12:59 AM   In the City of Ferguson on the outskirts of St Louis in Missouri, police did not protect and serve, rather they menaced African American citizens for revenue, encouraged by city officials and enabled by local courts, a federal investigation has found.

China flags slowest growth in 15 years

Red flags fly in front of the Chinese national flag, right, at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing ahead of China's annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

Philip Wen 12:57 AM   China has cut its growth target to the lowest level in 15 years, as its leaders seek to curb the side effects of a generation of heady economic development which include official corruption, polluted skies and severe imbalances in the economy.

US ambassador slashed in Seoul attack

Injured: US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.

Jung Ha-won 8:59 PM   The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, has been slashed on his face and arm by a lone, blade-wielding activist opposed to ongoing US-Korean military drills.

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

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield 8:33 PM   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.

Bali nine executions: Why Indonesians and Australians have different views on the death penalty for drug dealers

The armoured vehicle and military presence at the transfer of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran would have seemed over the top to many Australians.

Jewel Topsfield 5:40 PM   For many Indonesians, drug smuggling is a crime of mass murder that merits the death penalty.

Lucky escape for passengers and crew as Turkish Airlines jet skids off runway

A Turkish Airlines plane lies on the field after it overshot the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu March 4, 2015.

Lisa Visentin 4:32 PM   All passengers and crew on a Turkish Airlines flight have escaped with their lives after their plane skidded off the runway as it attempted to land in dense fog in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Police chief's 'happy snap' with Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Denpasar police chief Senior Commissioner Djoko Hari Utomo with Andrew Chan.

Jewel Topsfield 4:26 PM   Bizarre photographs have emerged on Indonesian news websites of the Denpasar police chief posing with Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on their last flight before execution.

Syrian opposition to post thousands of photos of dead prisoners

Syrians battle to survive in the crushed districts of Damascus on Thursday.

Michael Gordon 3:34 PM   Nearly 27,000 photos of Syrian detainees have been turned over to the FBI for analysis but the Syrian opposition has taken the unusual step of publishing those in which the victims' facial features have not been blurred or otherwise disguised, as they have been in the past because of privacy concerns.