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Putin ordered spy's murder, inquiry told

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko at the High Court in central London on Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

Founder of Haqqani network long dead: aide

Jalaluddin Haqqani,, the Taliban's minister for tribal affairs, right, with his son Naziruddin in Islamabad in 2001.

The founder of the violent Haqqani network faction of the Taliban, has been dead for nearly a year, a senior member of the group has said, days after it was revealed Taliban leader Mullah Omar was dead.

Clintons not so 'broke' any more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday calls on Congress to end the trade embargo the US has imposed against Cuba since 1962e Cardenas)

US presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has released her most recent eight years of tax returns, showing that she and former President Bill Clinton earned $US139 million ($190 million) in seven years.

Wrestler villain'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies at 61

Dead at 61: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a professional wrestler whose athleticism and antics in the ring helped raise the profile of World Wrestling Entertainment in the 1980s, has died. Piper was 61.

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MH370 search: 'Plane seat' washed up on Reunion Island in May

The suspected MH370 debris found on Reunion island last week.

Harriet Alexander 1:10 PM   Nicolas Ferrier barely gave the blue seat a second glance. As he carried out his daily patrol of the wild shores of Reunion, picking up debris from the jet black sands and giant boulders, it seemed to him like just another piece of rubbish – a bus seat, perhaps, or a hang glider's chair.

Debris looks set to be confirmed as from MH370

MH370

Lindsay Murdoch 9:32 AM   Confirmation that plane debris washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island is from missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 appears imminent, representing the first breakthrough in one of the world's most baffling aviation mysteries.

MH370: Reunion Island debris arrives in France

The suspected MH370 debris found on Reunion island last week.

8:30 AM   Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to a vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin.

Cecil the lion's brother shot and killed by hunter in Zimbabwe, park source

Shot dead: Cecil the lion

5:44 AM   The brother of beloved Cecil the lion was shot and killed on Saturday by a hunter, a conservation group claimed.

Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped in Italy airport with $422,000 in cash

Rapper Snoop Dogg was stopped by police in Italy with $422,000 cash seized.

5:05 AM   Italian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with $US422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, according to reports.

Bin Laden private jet crashes, killing four

Four people died and 20 cars were destroyed when the jet overshot the runway.

4:36 AM   Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were killed when a private plane crashed in Britain, police and the Saudi embassy said on Saturday.

Syrian Kurdish forces claim 'provocative' Turkey is targeting them

With a mosque's minaret in the foreground, a US Air Force cargo plane takes off from the Incirlik Air Base, southern Turkey.

10:45 PM   A Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria has accused Turkey of targeting it at least four times in the past week and called on US-led forces to "clarify" their approach towards Ankara.

Myanmar battered by deadly floods as disaster zones declared

A boy rides inner tube as he swims in a flooded road in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Aug 1, 2015. Myanmar's president has declared several regions of the country to be disaster zones, as forecasts of heavy rain for the next few days have heightened fears that already dire flooding in many parts of the country will get worse. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Hnin Yadana Zaw 10:20 PM   Myanmar's President heads to devastated rural regions after deadly monsoon rains displaced tens of thousands of people, flooded swathes of rice paddy and prompted fears of dams collapsing.

Why have the TPP talks broken down?

Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the TPP deal is close to being signed.

John Garnaut 9:01 PM   It is the old agenda of dairy, sugar and cars that has all-but-killed a trade deal that was billed as the biggest the world has seen in 20 years.

Beijing wins 2022 Winter Olympics

And the winner is ... President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach opens the envelope in Kuala Lumpur.

Philip Wen 8:18 PM   Beijing was chosen Friday to host the 2022 Winter Games despite one big hurdle to its candidacy: little natural snow.

Britain flip-flops and gives Chinese artist Ai Weiwei full UK visa

Ai Weiwei talks to the media in Munich on Thursday.

Steven Erlanger 6:51 PM   British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday.

WikiLeaks says US spied on another ally: Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Anna Fifield 4:54 PM   The US has for years been intercepting phone calls between Japanese officials on sensitive issues including trade, climate change and bilateral relations, according to WikiLeaks cables.

China detains teen bound for Melbourne

PHOTO Bao Zhuoxuan was a bundle of nerves and excitement as he and his father prepared to board their flight en route to Australia from Beijing.
It was the beginning of a new adventure in a new country: the 16-year-old was due to start Year 10 as an international student at Strathmore Secondary College, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. IMAGE SUPPLIED by Philip Wen.

Philip Wen 12:15 AM   Bao Zhuoxuan was a bundle of nerves and excitement as he and his father prepared to board their flight en route to Australia from Beijing.

Coast Guard ends search for teen boaters missing off Florida

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing for more than week.

Linda Trischitta and Adam Sacasa 1:57 PM   The massive search by rescuers and military personnel from two nations for two teenagers lost at sea ended at sunset Friday, eight days after the boys' ill-fated fishing trip began at Jupiter Inlet.

Wreckage puts Reunion Island at the centre of the world

Reunion Island's Le Journal newspaper carries the headline "Reunion at centre of world" on Friday frontcover. Photo: Colin Cosier. Date: 31 July 2015, Reunion Island, France.

Colin Cosier   The washed-up wing flap from missing plane MH370 has departed Reunion Island for forensic testing, leaving in its wake a remote community stunned by sudden global fame.

Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

US dentist Dr Walter Palmer has gone silent in the wake of the global outcry over the hunt.

MacDonald Dzirutwe   The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a 'foreign poacher' who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday.

Facebook: an increasingly sharp political campaign tool

A poster encouraging voters at the Facebook headquarters in Washington DC earlier this month.

Ashley Parker   With 189 million monthly users in the US, Facebook has pitched its tools and services to every presidential campaign in the 2016 race as candidates seek to reach new supporters and potential donors. Some estimate that 2016 will usher in roughly $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) in online political advertising, and Facebook says it is on track to increase its revenue from previous cycles.

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in doubt

Milk

Peter Martin   The giant Trans-Pacific trade talks were in danger of breaking up without agreement as the United States withdrew an offer it had previously made to Australia on dairy access and gave no ground on sugar.

Ebola vaccine success brings hope for end to deadly scourge

A health worker, right, cleans a man's arm before injecting him with a Ebola vaccine in Conakry, Guinea. The trial of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine has been 100 per cent effective, according to WHO.

Kate Kelland and Tom Miles   The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 per cent effective.

MH370: Part number 'confirms' debris from Boeing 777

The large object that washed up Wednesday on the shore of Reunion came from a Boeing 777.

Lindsay Murdoch   A part number on a piece of aircraft wreckage found in the Indian Ocean confirms the object is from a Boeing 777.