Are the Taliban becoming yesterday's men?

Paul McGeough   After Islamic State claimed a deadly bombing in Afghanistan this month, many wondered: where does this leave the Taliban and their reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar?

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Bali nine pair could be executed in three days

Time is running out for Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who  will be executed within days.

Jewel Topsfield 3:18 PM   Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could be executed in three days time after they were notified of their executions on Saturday.

Battle of the bottle in Bali

"Bali can sell beers, they can still relax by the beach and buy cool Bintang there." Kuta beach vendor Kadek Nova assures his customers. He's pictured with Gede Bayu (black T-shirt) and Kadek Lucky.

Jewel Topsfield   Foreigners are spooked as Indonesia's Islamic parties gain ground in their campaign to ban booze.

US seeks access to Philippine bases 

Philippine Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. listens during a forum with members of Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila September 2, 2014.      REUTERS/Erik De Castro   (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR44LRS Philippine Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. listens during a forum with members of Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

The US wants access to eight military bases in the Philippines to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia.

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'They wanted $130,000': explosive Bali nine bribe allegations

A file photo of ex-Bali nine lawyer Mohammad Rifan.

Tom Allard 4:45 AM   Former lawyer for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran claims he negotiated a 1 billion rupiah bribe for judges to give the Bali nine duo a prison term. Then they asked for more money, and it fell apart.

The world's deadliest earthquakes - a decade of devastation

A man walks through the rubble of what was once a temple in Kathmandu on Sunday.

Katharine Lackey 3:55 AM   Saturday's earthquake in Nepal is the latest in a string of deadly quakes around the world. Here's a look at some of the worst ones.

The last wishes: Bali nine men brace for execution on Tuesday

Myuran Sukumaran, left, and Andrew Chan.

Jewel Topsfield 3:32 AM   Myuran Sukumaran has painted what could be his last self portrait: a torso with a palm-sized black hole over the heart dripping with blood.

Australian among Everest avalanche dead, says tour company

Injured Sherpa guides being evacuated from Mount Everest Base Camp on Sunday.

2:43 AM   An Australian is reportedly among at least 19 people killed at Mount Everest's base camp in an earthquake-triggered avalanche.

Nepal hit by 6.7 magnitude aftershock

Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Georgina Mitchell 2:26 AM   A large aftershock has struck Nepal almost a day after a catastrophic 7.9 magnitude earthquake killed thousands of people and demolished monuments in Kathmandu.

Nepal earthquake: Growing number of Australians missing

Zachary Sheridan, left, with brother Hugh, is unaccounted for at Mt Everest.

Georgina Mitchell, Rachel Browne 1:55 AM   Dozens of Australians have been listed as missing in Nepal following the earthquake which has claimed more than 1800 lives.

Nepal always vulnerable to killer quakes

A collapsed building in Kathmandu following the earthquake.

Joel Achenbach 1:24 AM   Experts have warned that Nepal would face another earthquake – ever since the last major quake 80 years ago.

'Putin's Hells Angels' upset Germany by retracing Red Army's route to Berlin

Bikers gather near a flag showing a portrait of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin before a farewell ceremony to see off the riders.

Caroline Copley 10:31 PM   Germany will block some members of an ultra-nationalist Russian motorcycle club from entering the country, government sources said, a day after Poland also announced an entry ban for the group, which is blacklisted by the United States.

Two dead as Burundi erupts in violence

A riot police officer sprays teargas on protesters in Bujumbura.

9:49 PM   Two protesters have been shot dead during clashes with police in the capital of Burundi, witnesses said on Sunday.

Kathmandu now living "hell"

Volunteers work to remove debris at Dharahara Tower following the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25.

Peter Munro 7:51 PM   Fragile buildings still pose a threat in Kathmandu as aftershocks continue.

Police capture coyote in Manhattan

The captured coyote.

Michael Schwirtz 7:44 PM   Already on alert after several days of coyote sightings, police finally got a collar.

Barack Obama debuts 'anger translator' at correspondents' dinner

U.S. President Barack Obama and 'Luther', his anger translator.

Michael D. Shear 7:28 PM   Meet Luther, Obama's 'Anger Translator'.

Devastating Nepal earthquake witnessed firsthand

Angela Macdonald-Smith, in happier times in Nepal.

Angela Macdonald-Smith 7:20 PM   Fairfax Media journalist Angela Macdonald-Smith was visiting Nepal when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the capital, Kathmandu on Saturday, here she reflects on what she experienced.

Scattered violence as thousands march in Baltimore to protest death

A demonstrator confronts a policeman near Camden Yards in Baltimore as they protest the death in police custody of Freddie Gray.

Lacey Johnson 4:23 PM   Some violence and damage reported as thousands march to protest the latest death of an African-American man in an encounter with police.

Nepal earthquake: rescue efforts stepped up as quake toll rises

People try to lift the debris from a temple at Hanumandhoka Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu.

Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin 4:17 PM   ​Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

Hundreds of climbers trapped on Everest after Nepal quake

Google executive Dan Fredinburg is among the dead at Everest.

Rachel Browne 4:12 PM   Hundreds of climbers trapped in mountains; ten believed dead including Google executive Dan Fredinburg.

Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails

US President Barack Obama uses a Blackberry.

Michael Schmidt 3:58 PM   Some of US President Barack Obama's emails were swept up by Russian hackers last year, senior officials say.

More air strikes on Yemen capital as battles rage in Aden

A Saudi soldier fires a mortar at the Saudi border with Yemen.

Zaid al-Alayaa 3:15 PM   Los Angeles Times

Islamic State seizes dam, kills Iraqi general and 100 soldiers

A member of the Iraqi security forces aims his weapon at IS militants on al-Houz bridge on the Euphrates river in Ramadi, 115 kilometres west of Baghdad.

Aziz Alwan 2:56 PM   (Updates with second border attack starting in eighth paragraph.)

Chile volcano threatens air traffic with third eruption possible

Plumes of smoke and ash billow from Calbuco.

2:23 PM   PUERTO VARAS, April 25 AFP - Ash from Chile's spewing Calbuco volcano is threatening to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities.

Taliban deploys one-eyed chief to keep followers loyal

An "age-progressed" photo created by the FBI gives a possible present-day likeness for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Eltaf Najafizada 2:18 PM   A 5000-word biography of the notorious one-eyed cleric Mullah Omar is the latest salvo in the public relations war between the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State.

Toll climbs to 1200 in Nepal quake

A taxi is buried under debris from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Nepal that has claimed at least 1200 lives.

12:11 PM   massive earthquake has killed more than 1200 people as it tore through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche at Everest base camp.

7.8 earthquake shakes Nepal

An Injured person receives treatment outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Anto Antony 11:23 AM   The death toll from a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has risen to 1341, with authorities fearful it could climb much higher.