Senator McCain calls Kissinger protesters 'scum'

12:06 PM   US Senator John McCain had a blunt message for demonstrators interrupting former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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Family's fume after MH370 called 'accident'

A family member of a passenger onboard the MH370 cries at a temple in Beijing in September, 2014.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:00 PM   Family members of the 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have vented their anger over the handling of the aviation mystery.

AirAsia disaster: pilots disabled computers 

Wreckage from AirAsia flight 8501.

The pilots of AirAsia flight 8501 cut power to a critical computer system shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea.

Sirul Azhar Umar rules out voluntary return

Sirul Azhar Umar.

Lindsay Murdoch 1:30 PM   A police commando at the centre of a case involving allegations of high-level corruption in Kuala Lumpur has declared he will not voluntarily return to Malaysia to be hanged.

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Venezuela confirms shooting down small plane near Aruba

UP AND AWAY: A Sounds Air plane.

11:39 AM   Venezuela says a civilian plane its military jets shot down for ignoring orders was off its coast and not in international airspace.

New Greek nationalist defence minister prompts Turkey to scramble jets

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos drops a wreath in the sea off the islets of Imia, where three Greek servicemen died in 1996 during a confrontation with Turkey.

11:21 AM   The new Greek defence minister, from the small right-wing party in coalition with the leftist Syriza, has revived tensions with Turkey.

Bali Nine pair lodge handwritten appeals

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Gabrielle Dunlevy 11:11 AM   Two Australian drug smugglers have written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, asking for a review of their death sentences.

Greece says will not co-operate with troika or seek aid extension

Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, talks to Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis after their meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens.

11:02 AM   No resolution is in sight to the gaps between the anti-austerity policies of the new Greek government and demands of its European partners.

Islamic State kills Kurdish commander in surprise attack on Kirkuk

Smoke billows in the background as Kurdish peshmerga fighters take positions on the side of a road in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

Kareem Fahim 10:34 AM   Islamic State fighters attack Kurdish forces in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, in one of the jihadists' most aggressive assaults in months.

Kerry fined $US50 for failing to shovel snow at Boston home

No time for snow shovelling: Secretary of State John Kerry, right, greets new Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Tom Moroney 9:39 AM   US Secretary of State John Kerry has been fined for not having snow cleared from the footpath beside his home while he was abroad.

US on edge as measles outbreak spreads


Julie Turkewitz and Damien Cave 9:28 AM   The White House urges parents to get their children vaccinated as a trend away from vaccination shows signs of reversing.

Germany houses refugees in Holocaust-era concentration camps

The entrance gate of the former concentration camp in Dachau, Germany.

Rick Noack 9:16 AM   German local governments are using the sites of former Nazi concentration camps to house a flood of asylum seekers.

On Ukraine battlefield, one act of mercy becomes an internet sensation

Ukrainian First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered.

Lucian Kim 7:53 AM   Ukrainian First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban, 50, has become an internet hit since the weekend, when he posted an open letter to the mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he had spared during a skirmish last week.

Dozens of worshippers killed in bomb attack at Pakistani Shiite mosque

Pakistani relatives help an injured blast victim at a hospital following a bomb explosion in a Shiite Muslim mosque in Shikarpur in Sindh province, some 470 kilometres north of Karachi.

Fida Hussain 5:44 AM   A powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday, killing more than 60 people in the country's deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years

Taking the pizza? Couple's 2253-kilometre Super Bowl delivery

Pizza Hut's new Mitey Stuffed Crust Pizza.

5:21 AM   Montreal: A Canadian couple are going to extreme lengths as they prepare to watch Sunday's Super Bowl by placing a pizza delivery order from their favorite restaurant - more than 2253 kilometres away.

Mitt Romney won't run in 2016 Presidential Election

Over and out ... former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has decided not to run again.

Jonathan Martin and Michael Barbaro 4:17 AM   Mitt Romney said on Friday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, 90, becomes African Union chairman

Mugabe: "Friends we shall have, yes, but imperialists and colonialists no more."

Edmund Blair 1:49 AM   Western nations "not thrilled" at appointment as Zimbabwe president denounces "imperialists, colonialists".

Notorious rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight interviewed by police over fatal hit and run

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has spoken to police over the incident.

11:21 PM   Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight has turned himself into authorities after his lawyer said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man.

French tourists arrested for nude photos at Angkor Wat

Cambodia's Angkor Wat basks in evening sunlight in this  2003 file photo.

10:01 PM   Three French tourists have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the country‚Äôs famed Angkor temple complex.

'You just have to keep your cool': pilot lands plane on highway, merges with traffic

A Cessna 150..

Patrick McGeehan 9:26 PM   A small airplane was cruising about 3,500 feet over the northwest corner of New Jersey on Thursday afternoon when its single engine sputtered out, rendering it powerless as it descended several kilometres from a landing strip.

Judicial review into Bali Nine pair 'would not stop executions'

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield 9:20 PM   A judicial review into the condemned Bali Nine members filed on Friday would not stop executions proceeding, according to a spokesman for Indonesian Attorney-General H.M Prasetyo.

South Africa grants parole to 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer Eugene de Kock

Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, left, appearing before the Truth And Reconciliation Commission with his lawyer in 1999.

Ed Stoddard 9:02 PM   Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed ''Prime Evil'' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison.

Bombings of security facilities in Sinai kill at least 26

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a trip to Ethiopia on news of the attacks.

David Kirkpatrick and Merna Thomas 8:05 PM   A series of simultaneous bombings targeting security facilities in the Sinai killed at least 26 people on Thursday, prompting fears that the Egyptian government's campaign of home demolitions, curfews and sweeping arrests has failed.

Saudi Arabia King gives citizens an extra two months salary

King Salman attends a ceremony with world leaders after the death of his predecessor King Abdullah.

Tom Decent 7:37 PM   Less than a week after assuming the throne, Saudi Arabia's new king has given all state employees a bonus two months salary and reshuffled top government jobs while firing two sons of the late Addullah in the process.

Humans of New York raises $1m plus for students

Brandon Stanton: The man behind Humans of New York.

Melanie Eversley 7:07 PM   What started out as a fail for blogger/photographer Brandon Stanton has turned into a major success for him and a group of Brooklyn, New York, schoolchildren.

Border Chinese fear marauding North Koreans

Li Chunfeng and his wife Yuzi, who along with their son, Xianghu, were killed by a North Korean who stole across the Chinese border in 2014.

Jane Perlez 4:45 PM   Over the past decade, many North Koreans have slipped into China to steal food, and even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made it more difficult with increased security on his side of the border, they continue to come.

North Korea cracks down on soap opera smuggling

Jang Se-yul, who defected from North Korea after watching South Korean soap operas, sends DVDs of the shows back to the North.

Choe Sang-Hun 4:39 PM   Hugely popular South Korean soap operas are forbidden fruit in the North where they are considered to promote the "poisonous elements of capitalism".

Hezbollah, Israel signal to each other that they want to end fighting

Friends of Staff Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini, killed by Hezbollah shelling, grieve during his funeral in the southern Israeli town of Shtulim.

Joel Greenberg 4:34 PM   Israel and Hezbollah have stepped back from further confrontation after a flare-up of fighting across the Lebanese border.

Lawyers battle to save Bali Nine lives

'No clemency' for Bali Nine, says Joko Widodo

Jewel Topsfield 4:23 PM   Lawyers are battling to try to save the lives of the condemned Bali Nine ringleaders despite Indonesian president Joko Widodo vowing to show no mercy and uncertainty over whether a second review of their case will be allowed by the courts.