Parents say police officer 'wanted to kill someone'

Raf Sanchez 1:27 PM   The parents of Michael Brown have lashed out at the white police officer who shot dead their son, saying that he "wanted to kill someone" on the day he shot the unarmed black teen.

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Lights out by 10pm: Life inside a terror camp

Brothers Mohommod Nawaz and Hamza Nawaz were convicted  after returning from a Syrian training camp.

Tom Whitehead 11:51 AM   A rare insight into life in a terrorist training camp has been made public after two brothers became the first Britons to be jailed for offences related to the war in Syria.

Step closer to Ebola vaccine, researchers say

12:39 PM   Researchers say they are one step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a trial showing promising results. However, it will be months before any vaccine can be used in the field.

Egypt jails 78 teenagers for protesting

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Mursi.

1:14 PM   Since the army ousted president Mohammed Mursi, the government has launched a bloody crackdown against his supporters.

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Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro

Accused: Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado.

Brian Ellsworth 1:45 PM   Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro.

Black residents guard white-owned store in Ferguson

Out of operation: The remains of a business set on fire after the announcement of the grand jury verdict.

Emily Flitter 1:45 PM   Since riots and looting first erupted, nearly all the businesses in a 5-square-kilometre area of Ferguson have had to board up. This petrol station is the sole exception.

Man caught after fatal Auckland stabbing

A police manhunt was under way after a fatal stabbing.

9:26 AM   A man has been captured after a police hunt following a fatal stabbing.

Police manhunt under way after fatal stabbing attack in Auckland

A police manhunt was under way after a fatal stabbing.

9:23 AM   Several schools in Auckland are in lockdown and a manhunt is underway after a fatal stabbing.

Hong Kong police officers arrested over beating of protester

Violence filmed: Civic Party member Ken Tsang being taken away before being beaten by police in October.

Michael Forsythe 8:21 AM   Seven Hong Kong police officers accused of beating a pro-democracy protester last month have been arrested.

Google pushed to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule worldwide

Google dominates internet searches in Europe.

Julia Fioretti 7:27 AM   European privacy regulators want internet search engines such as Google and Bing! to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.

Passengers push frozen Siberian plane

Passengers pitched in when their plane needed a helping hand.

7:11 AM   Siberia air passengers have had to get out and push their plane in temperatures of minus 52 degrees after its chassis froze, Russian prosecutors say.

Hiker photographed bear before it killed him

The photo from Darsh Patel's phone shows the bear approaching.

6:32 AM   A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his mobile phone before it mauled him to death.

Eviction threat for Australians who put life savings into Thai dream homes

Melbourne retiree Daryl Davies outside the Chom Tawan residential development on Phuket's west coast. He and other buyers face eviction.

Lindsay Murdoch 6:13 AM   Australian families buying homes in Phuket have discovered that all may not be as it seems with their properties.

Eurpean Union calls for 5000 doctors to fight Ebola: source

An ambulance transporting a potential Ebola virus carrier arrives at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid on November 21.

4:54 AM   The European Commission called on Wednesday for 5000 doctors to be sent from European Union states to combat west Africa's Ebola epidemic, a European source with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

Nepal village is set to make world's largest animal sacrifice

A man slaughters a buffalo in an offering to the goddess Gadhimai in 2009.

Annie Gowen 4:19 AM   The last time the festival was held, sword-wielding men killed an estimated 250,000 buffalo, sheep, goats and chickens to honour the Hindu goddess Gadhimai.

Russia vows to support Syria's Bashar al-Assad to combat 'terrorism'

Russian President Vladimir Putin, greets Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Sochi.

Denis Dyomkin and Gabriela Baczynska 4:08 AM   Russia has been the key international ally of Assad in the conflict, which is in its fourth year.

Sabah, legendary Lebanese 'songbird', dies aged 87

A Lebanese legend: Sabah in Beirut in 1987.

3:21 AM   The singer and actress will remembered almost as much for her tumultuous lovelife, as she is believed to have been married at least nine times.

NATO concerned by Russian forces in Crimea

'We are very concerned with the militarisation of Crimea' ... US General Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, speaks during a news conference in Kiev.

2:23 AM   NATO's top military commander has warned that Russia's 'militarisation' of the annexed Crimea region could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region.

'I kept on screaming, begging for help': gunmen target polio vaccinators in Pakistan, killing four

A Pakistani polio worker receives treatment as she talks on a phone at a local hospital in Quetta, Pakistan.

Maaz Khan 12:54 AM   Gunmen killed four members of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive south-west on Wednesday, and one survivor recounted screaming at police and dozens of passers-by for help before it finally arrived.

Two FBI agents shot at house near Ferguson unrest

Demonstrators block a street near a police station in Ferguson. The FBI have deployed an extra 100 personnel to deal with the unrest in Ferguson.

12:18 AM   Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was "not directly related" to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said.

Ferguson verdict: Protesters block busy New York streets

A demonstrator burns an American flag during a protest in New York City.

Emma G Fitzsimmons 9:31 PM   Thousands of protesters marched in New York City for the second night Tuesday, chanting loudly and blocking traffic on some of Manhattan's busiest streets to express outrage over the decision not to indict a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in the death of an unarmed black man.

Maker of smartphone surveillance app gets $587,000 fine

Hammad Akbar admitted he broke the law, albeit unknowingly, with his surveillance app StealthGenie.

Matt Zapotosky 9:41 PM   The maker of a smartphone app once marketed to help catch cheating lovers by listening in on phone calls and tracking locations was ordered Tuesday to pay a $US500,000 ($A587,000) fine - a win for federal prosecutors that might spur more legal action against producers of so-called stalker apps.

Opposing Japan's whaling program is 'eco-imperialism'

Tension: Japan has come under fire for its whaling program in the past.

Elaine Lies 7:26 PM   Opposition to Japan's whaling programme is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science - much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan's top whaling official said on Wednesday.

Mistrust fills the air as National Guard and protesters face off in Ferguson

National Guard soldiers stand in formation outside Ferguson's police department.

Nick O'Malley 5:05 PM   As protests spread around the United States on Wednesday night, reinforced National Guard and police engaged in a tense stand-off in Ferguson, sparing the township much of the violence that tore through its streets on Monday.

India's coal rush threatens to make global warming irreversible

Heavy load: coal in India.

Gardiner Harris   Decades of strip mining have left the heart of India's coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents.