Heat is on Bollywood's Muslims

Amrit Dhillon 11:17 AM   Angry young men have been staging protests outside the home of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan: who has spoken of his concern about India's growing mood of intolerance.

Top world stories

France commemorates the victims

French flags hang along a building near where a memorial ceremony took place at the Les Invalides monument for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Nov. 27, 2015. About a thousand people attended the service at the former military hospital in central Paris that houses Napoleon???s tomb and a military museum. (Pierre Terdjman/The New York Times)

Mourners bowed their heads and stood in sombre tribute as the names of the dead were read aloud at a ceremony to commemorate victims of the bombing and shooting rampage in Paris two weeks ago.

Syrians crushed by clashing titans

Footage supplied by the Free Syrian Army's Fursan al-Haq Brigade shows US-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles striking Syrian government tanks in the country's north near the Turkish border.

Ruth Pollard 4:36 PM   Turkey's decision to down a Russian warplane is just the latest in a series of decisions that put its national interests ahead of fighting Islamic State's menace.

Mystery asylum-seeker boat found

Asylum seekers whose boat was pushed back to sea by the Australian Navy have been found stranded in Indonesia.

Jewel Topsfield, Karuni Rompies and Amilia Rosa 5:08 PM   Sixteen asylum-seekers whose boat was pushed back to sea by the Australian Navy last week have been found stranded near West Timor in Indonesia.

China plans a military base in Djibouti

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting of the second Understanding China Conference in Beijing earlier this month.

Philip Wen 3:01 PM   China has declared that it plans to establish a military facility in Djibouti, which would apparently be the first permanent presence overseas for China's military and a sign of the growing reach of its navy.

Latest world news

Pope in Kenya denounces 'new colonialism'

Pope Francis meets children during his visit to Kangemi, one of the 11 slums dotting Nairobi.

Jeffrey Gettleman 12:13 PM   Pope Francis delivered his sharpest remarks yet on his first trip to Africa.

Police officers shot at abortion clinic

Emergency personnel transport an officer to an ambulance after reports of a shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

Deborah Gough 11:49 AM   Police have taken a person into custody after a five-hour gun siege at an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs.

Smithsonian to get Nola's body and horns

Nola, a northern white rhinoceros, in 2014.

Tony Perry 11:33 AM   The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers.

Heat is on Bollywood's Muslims

Aamir  Khan in Melbourne in 2010.

Amrit Dhillon 11:17 AM   Angry young men have been staging protests outside the home of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan this week, furious because he has voiced concern about the growing mood of intolerance in India.

France awash in tricolours during national day of mourning

A French flag printed in the Nice Matin newspaper on Friday for the national day of mourning.

Alexandra Zavis 6:31 AM   Mourners bowed their heads and stood in sombre tribute as the names of the dead were read out on Friday at a ceremony to commemorate victims of the bombing and shooting rampage in Paris two weeks ago.

Suicide bomber attacks Shiite procession in Nigeria

Security officers stand guard at the scene of an  explosion at a mobile phone market in Kano, Nigeria. Wednesday Nov. 18, 2015. The suicide bomber exploded as truckers were tucking into dinner at the bustling marketplace where vendors urged them to buy sugar cane. At least 34 people were killed and another 80 wounded in Yola, a town packed with refugees from Nigeria's Islamic uprising, emergency officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)

Nnekule Ikemfuna and Ardo Abdallah 5:12 AM   A suicide bomber hit a procession of Shiite Muslims in Nigeria's Kano state on Friday as they walked to the city of Zaria to pay homage to their founder in the country.

'It's time for Coca-Cola to pack up and leave'

Indian villagers have accused Coca-Cola of exploiting scarce local water supplies.

Nita Bhalla 4:11 AM   Village councils in northern India are demanding a local Coca-Cola bottling plant be banned from extracting water from the ground, claiming its over-use has led to water scarcity.

Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

The standoff between Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia continues.

2:38 AM   Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire", but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

Maid faces being stoned to death in Saudi Arabia in adultery case

Saudi Arabia's hard-line stance on executions hasn't damaged its international relations – the country is still seen as a friend of the West. US President Barack Obama met King Salman in the Oval Office in September.

Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal 2:01 AM   Sri Lanka has called on Saudi Arabia to pardon a domestic worker sentenced to death by stoning after she admitted committing adultery while working in the Arab nation.

Life returns to normal in Brussels as the terror threat level is cut

A Belgian soldier patrols a deserted Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert in Brussels.

Ian Wishart and John Martens 1:29 AM   Authorities have downgraded the terror threat level that has kept Brussels on edge since last weekend, but police raids across Belgium continue in search of terror suspects.

Trump says he didn't mock journalist with disability and demands an apology

Donald Trump now denies remembering the reporter at all — "despite having one of the all-time great memories".

Jose A. DelReal 1:15 AM   The Republican presidential candidate accuses the reporter of 'using his disability to grandstand'.

Alcohol prohibition for 100 million people

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets supporters after victory in the Bihar state elections earlier this month.

Andrew Marszal 1:09 AM   Alcohol is to be banned in India's third most populous state, a policy affecting nearly 100 million people, in an attempt to stop violence against women and a rise in crime.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket debris found off the coast of England

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket shortly before exploding.

1:05 AM   Debris from a US rocket, most likely the doomed SpaceX Falcon 9, has been recovered near the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of south-west England.

France fights back after Paris attacks

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right National Front (FN).

Nick Miller 1:01 AM   French citizens kept their sangfroid after the Paris attacks, but for it to last security at home and efforts to defeat Islamic State abroad are key.

The price of press freedom in Turkey? A jail cell

Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, speaks to the media. The paper's Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gul, is pictured to his left. The two men face jail for reporting on Turkish politics and security issues.

Isobel Finkel 12:45 AM   It's never been more useful to monitor Turkey's south-eastern border: refugees cross in, Islamic State fighters cross out, Russian jets being shot down.

Child sex abuse inquiry to probe British VIPs, churches and schools

Rolf Harris is one of dozens of high-profile people involved in UK sex abuse scandals.

Stephen Holden 12:12 AM   A major British inquiry into decades of child sex abuse will investigate allegations involving "people of prominence" and politicians as well as the churches, councils and schools.

What Yanis Varoufakis did next

Varoufakis' interest in Europe's currency union goes back to his days as an academic at Sydney University.

Matt Wade 5:43 PM   For 161 turbulent days former Sydneysider Yanis Varoufakis was a central player in a crisis that cast a menacing shadow over the world economy.

Opposition activist's murder shakes Venezuela before election

A man arranges opposition flyers allegedly burnt by government supporters in the Catia neighbourhood, Caracas. A battle was fought in a busy street there on Tuesday, after a group of alleged government supporters, some armed and on motorbikes, attacked opposition supporters as they hung election posters.

Andrew Cawthorne 5:32 PM   Venezuela has launched an investigation into the murder of a local opposition leader days before a legislative election, stirring fears of renewed political violence in the volatile nation.

Indonesia protests boat push-back policy

The male asylum seekers, who are from India, Nepal and Bangladesh, at Nusa Tenggara Timur police station.

Jewel Topsfield 5:01 PM   Tensions have once again flared between Indonesia and Australia over asylum seeker policy after a boat that was pushed back from Christmas Island by the Royal Australian Navy ran out of fuel off Indonesia.

Chinese-born beauty queen blocked by Beijing

Anastasia Lin

Philip Wen 4:56 PM   Canada's Miss World contestant has been denied entry into China in an apparent retaliation against her outspoken advocacy for human rights in the country.

Germany shifts position, will add might to military campaign against IS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris on Wednesday.

Noah Barkin and Sabine Siebold 4:09 PM   Germany had resisted sending military personnel and hardware to join coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria.

Independence champion who began USSR's demise denied freedom honour

National hero or an antiquated idealist? Lithuanian politician Vytautas Landsbergis became head of state after declaring Lithuania's independence and thus unleashing the demise of the USSR.

Julien Oeuillet 3:40 PM   The Lithuanian politician who tipped over the first domino in the collapse of the USSR by declaring his country's independence has been denied recognition by the nation's parliament.