Russian opposition leader shot dead in Moscow

Carol J. Williams 2:00 PM   Former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said.

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Massive doctor scandal in India

In the report, doctors talk of ordering CT scans and MRIs that are not required, and of doctors referring patients to a clinic for electrocardiograms purely for the sake of a commission.

Amrit Dhillon 2:33 PM   For years, Indians suspected their doctors operate unnecessarily, order unwarranted tests and take kickbacks for referring patients. 

Jeb Bush receives wary welcome

Defending his dynasty: former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Nick O'Malley 11:56 AM   US presidential hopeful Jeb Bush appears to win over some sceptics at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Leonard Nimoy dies aged 83

Leonard Nimoy won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock on <i>Star Trek</i>.

Michael Idato 10:16 AM   Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles.

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Grim news for Bali nine duo – plans for execution all but complete

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Tom Allard and Jewel Topsfield 5:26 PM   Preparations for the transfer of the Bali nine duo to "execution island" is all but complete.

House funds US Homeland Security...for a week

A Transportation Security Administration officer at a security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

Ashley Parker 3:34 PM   Republicans failed a fundamental test late on Friday, when House leaders managed to narrowly pass only a seven-day funding extension to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security just hours before money was to run out.

Indonesian president at odds with Abbott: no review of Bali nine executions

'No clemency' for Bali Nine, says Joko Widodo

Tom Allard 2:37 PM   Tony Abbott said Jokowi was "carefully considering" his position on Chan and Sukumaran, the Indonesian leader disagrees and says he will not bow to foreign pressure.

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow in December 2011.

Carol J. Williams 2:00 PM   The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news agency.

Cameron defends British security services over 'Jihadi John'

Stephen Castle 2:00 PM   After disclosures that the man who posed in videos of the murder of Western hostages was known to British intelligence, Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday defended the security services, saying they faced tough decisions and had prevented deadly attacks. "All of the time, they are havi...

Hey, big spender: Pell suffers Vatican ire

George Pell presides over Easter Mass at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral in 2012.

Tom Kington 1:38 PM   A former Sydney archbishop tasked with cleaning up the Vatican's finances has been accused of living it up at the Holy See's expense.

US Homeland Security funding impasse down to wire

A Transportation Security Administration officer's shoulder at a security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

David Lawder and Richard Cowan 1:21 PM   The Senate on Friday approved a one-week stopgap funding bill to avert a partial shutdown at midnight of the US domestic security agency, leaving it up to the House of Representatives to either approve the bill or let the shutdown go ahead.

Bali nine executions: Gospel singer who jams with prison guards on death row with Bali nine duo

Okwudili Ayotanze (second from left) is on death row with Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield 1:09 PM   A charismatic gospel singer who jams with prison guards is among those on death row with Bali nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Mexico captures most wanted drug lord, 'La Tuta'

Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, gives an interview in 2013 as masked and armed men watch in an unknown location in Mexico's Michoacan state.

Dave Graham and Elinor Comlay 1:05 PM   Mexico has captured the most wanted drug lord in the country, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, police said on Friday, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence.

New footage of Andrew Chan in Kerobokan

Andrew Chan

Tom Allard 1:01 PM   New footage has emerged of death row inmate Andrew Chan inside Kerobokan prison as Indonesian authorities await orders from Jakarta about when to transfer Chan and fellow Bali nine smuggler Myuran Sukumaran to the place of their execution.

US-China tech trade tensions grow

An internet cafe in Huamingzhen, Tianjin, China. With the United States and China suspicious of the other's digital espionage, American tech companies are caught in the middle.

Jane Perlez and Paul Mozur 12:11 PM   US technology companies trying to ease rules Beijing is imposing on them in China market are reluctantly seeking Washington's help.

Spacewalk to go ahead despite helmet leak

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11:59 AM   Two US astronauts will go ahead with a spacewalk this weekend despite a flaw in one of the spacesuits that allowed water to seep into the helmet.

Eight dead after murder rampage in small Missouri town

Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes in Tyrone, Missouri. Authorities say multiple people were shot to death and one was wounded in attacks in the small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead.

Abby Phillip 11:18 AM   Eight people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri, in which the suspected gunman took his own life.

Stolen baby found after 17 years in South Africa

Celeste Nurse, right,  the mother of a girl that was kidnapped as a baby 17 years ago, leaves the court after attending the appearance of a woman suspected of the kidnapping in Cape Town, South Africa.

11:00 AM   A baby stolen from her sleeping mother's arms shortly after birth has been found by the family through an astonishing coincidence 17 years later, South African police say.

Spain arrests eight suspected of fighting for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists roll across Ukraine.

10:53 AM   Spaniards are the first Western European citizens arrested for travelling to Ukraine to fight on the side of pro-Russian separatists.

China suspends ivory carving imports, but some blame domestic trade for poaching

 A Chinese man looks at an ivory Buddha carving at a shop in Beijing in 2013. Beijing on Thursday imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings.

Simon Denyer 9:47 AM   A import ban on African ivory products has been imposed in China before a visit by Prince William, who campaigns to save elephants.

Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

A majority of Americans in a poll see combating climate change as a moral duty.

8:17 AM   A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them - and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.

Switzerland first to submit climate plan for Paris UN treaty

Swiss offer kicks off haggling for this year's carbon treaty.

8:05 AM   The Swiss government offer to cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030, with at least 30 per cent of the curbs at home and the rest by investing in carbon-cutting projects abroad.

Teacher denies influencing Canadian teens headed to Syria

Adil Charkaoui listens to a question from the media during a press conference at the Centre St-Pierre in Montreal, Quebec.

Andrew Soong 7:29 AM   A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had had only brief contact with one of the six students.

Families of slain Islamic State hostages react to outing of ‘Jihadi John’

This masked, black-clad militant has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi.

Griff Witte and Daniela Deane 6:30 AM   London: The widow of a man killed by the masked Islamic State militant previously known as "Jihadi John" said Friday she wanted him caught alive, insisting he does not deserve an "honorable death."

Tom Schweich tragedy: Days before apparent suicide, potential Missouri governor agonised over alleged anti-Semitic remarks

Died at home ... Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich shows off some of the movie-star photos in his collection of autographed memorabilia from the golden age of Hollywood during at his home in Clayton, Missouri.

Lindsey Bever 4:33 AM   For days, Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich had been growing outwardly agitated, those close to him noted, over remarks that were made about his religion.

The unlikely life of Afghanistan's first female taxi driver

Sara Bahayi has had her taxi license for two years. The $10 to $20 she earns each day is enough to provide for her 15 relatives, including her ailing mother.

Sudarsan Raghavan 4:21 AM   'If you don't feel shame, I feel shame for you,' a man told her when she went for her licence. She passed. He didn't.

Germany backs an extension to Greece bailout but dissent stirs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing some dissent from her own party on the Greek bailout.

Stephen Brown 4:02 AM   Finance Minister promise not to let Greece 'blackmail' its euro zone partners as 542 vote 'yes' in the Bundestag.