Nuclear smugglers pitching arsenal to terrorists

The smuggler made his pitch to a client: €2.5 million ($3.94 million) for a job lot of radioactive caesium.

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Carson's massacre comments under fire

Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon, said even seeing patients who had been shot had not swayed his views on the right to own guns.

Alan Rappeport 6:10 AM   Candidate suggests victims should have had the courage to attack their killer.

Howard's anti-immigration speech echoed

British Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote speech to delegates during the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday.

Nick Miller 5:09 PM   A senior British government minister has echoed John Howard in a controversial speech declaring need "to control who comes to our country".

Taiwan's ruling party candidate stays defiant

Taiwan's presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu said she will run for presidency despite her unpopularity with voters.

Philip Wen 2:57 PM   The embattled presidential candidate for Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, Hung Hsiu-chu, has defied calls to step down, despite facing a likely landslide defeat in the forthcoming January election.

US to release 6000 inmates

An inmate at Baltimore City Jail.

US prisons are about to get a lot less overcrowded, as the first of potentially 50,000 inmates are released.

England's plastic bag battles: green win

Ban the bag?: A shopper with plastic bags from a Miranda supermarket. Picture: John Veage

Some critics predicted chaos, confusion and "bag rage". This week's introduction of a 5 pence charge for plastic shopping bags in England has had a mixed reception.

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His name is Cayden: Racist Facebook post goes viral

This selfie of Gerard Roth with his co-worker's son Cayden Jace sparked a flurry of racist comments on Facebook.

Ernie Suggs 3:49 AM   When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments. Now his mother, their employer, and her supporters on social media, have hit back.

Scientists win chemistry Nobel for mapping how cells repair damaged DNA

Aziz Sancar, far right, watching a World Cup game in 2014.

Rachel Feltman 3:01 AM   Three scientists were honoured for their work, which could lead to therapies for everything from cancer to old age.

Model says she woke to find Bill Cosby 'biting her toes'

Chloe Goins in Los Angeles in January.

Richard Winton 1:50 AM   Just when you thought Bill Cosby couldn't be in any more trouble, a woman has sued him, alleging the legendary comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

Kickstarter using crowdfunding to aid Syrian refugees

US President Barack Obama has called on Americans, including Silicon Valley, to do their part for Syrian refugees.

Michael D. Shear 1:45 AM   As Syrian refugees continue to flee the violence at home, President Barack Obama is turning to the modern tools of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship as a supplement to the more traditional means of humanitarian relief.

Russia fires missiles 1500km as Syrian troops start new ground offensive

Image from video provided by Syrian activists shows smoke rising after a Russian airstrike in eastern Syria.

Erin Cunningham 1:44 AM   Russian warships fire salvos across the Caspian Sea - and Iran and Iraq - in an escalation of the Syrian conflict.

New Zealand dairy worker handed down longest-ever prison sentence for animal cruelty

Michael James Whitelock was sentenced to four and half years jail for animal cruelty.

1:16 AM   A dairy worker has been handed what is believed to be New Zealand's longest-ever prison sentence for animal cruelty, after cows were beaten, had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps on a farm he managed.

Iran's Supreme Leader bans negotiations with the US

"Through negotiations Americans seek to influence Iran": Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

12:46 AM   Iran's Supreme Leader has banned any further negotiations with the US, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation.

Australian woman investigated in Bali over illegal adoption

The children believed to have been adopted illegally by an Australian woman in Indonesia.

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 12:42 AM   A 66-year-old Australian woman is being investigated by Bali police over the possible illegal adoption of three Indonesian children.

Barnaby Joyce signs agreement with Indonesia to combat illegal fishing

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce at Jakarta Cathedral during his visit.

Jewel Topsfield 12:40 AM   Agriculture minister does a deal with an Indonesian minister famous for her policy of blowing up illegal fishing boats.

'Muslim Merkel' controversy as migrant relocations due to begin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel portrayed as a Muslim by the ARD television channel.

Lia Timson 11:41 PM   A German television network has been accused of racism after broadcasting a photoshopped image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a chador.

Russian warplanes in Syria destroy US-trained rebels' weapons depots: commander

A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter

9:22 PM   Russian air strikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of a US-trained rebel group in Syria, their commander said on Wednesday, in an expansion of Russian attacks on insurgents backed by foreign enemies of President Bashar al-Assad.

It's the end of the world as we know it ... apparently

Christian groups predicted the world would end late in September with the appearance of a  blood moon.

Alana Schetzer 6:09 PM   If you woke up today, October 7, than you should consider yourself lucky – you survived a would-be apocalypse.

Nuclear smugglers shopping arsenal around to terrorists

This Feb. 19, 2015 image made from video provided by the Moldova General Police Inspectorate shows Euro banknotes laid out on the passenger seat of Valentin Grossu's car following his arrest during a cesium smuggling sting operation in Chisinau, Moldova. During negotiations for the sale, Grossu warned that his cesium supplier was a retired Russian FSB officer with a reputation for brutality. If there was any trouble, "They will put all of us against the wall and shoot us," said Grossu, according to former Moldova Police investigator Constantin Malic. (Moldova Police via AP)

Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda 5:45 PM   Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: €2.5 million ($3.94 million) for enough radioactive caesium to contaminate several city blocks.

Harvard debate team lose to prison inmates

Harvard's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

3:54 PM   Months after winning a national title, Harvard's debate team became the latest scalp for inmates of a maximum-security jail.

Fatalities from South Carolina's historic flooding on the rise

Lucy Mahan and Curtis Player work to secure a friend's belongings on Tuesday after their home was flooded in South Carolina.

Colleen Jenkins 3:10 PM   South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 15 and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near swollen waterways and dams across the state in the south of the US.

Paraplegic jockey sues over fall

Tye Angland is accused of doing "the most dangerous single manoeuvre on a race course" in a race which left another jockey paralysed.

Lloyd Jones 2:17 PM   An English jockey who became a paraplegic after a race fall in NSW was the victim of "the most dangerous single manoeuvre on a race course", a court has heard.

BBC casts doubt on British paedophile ring claims

The late Jimmy Savile in 2006.

Katrin Bennhold 12:27 PM   Britain has been consumed for three years by a growing list of investigations into alleged pedophile rings, but now there are growing doubts about the credibility of someone the police regarded as a major witness in one of the most explosive of these cases.

China's new glass-bottom walkway cracks

The image posted to Weibo apparently showing the glass cracking.

11:53 AM   A group of Chinese tourists were left terrified after a glass pane on a new transparent walkway shattered suddenly.

World famous 'Harperman' public servant pulls the pin

Tony Turner, a public servant at Environment Canada, who wrote and sang the protest song Harperman.

Noel Towell 10:28 AM   But former Canadian public servant has 'no regrets' about protest song.

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Russia strikes Palmyra as Turkey warns it's losing patience

The site of an air strike in Al-Bab on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.

Robin Emmott and Laila Bassam 9:00 AM   Accidental incursion by Russian warplane into Turkish airspace is being used for NATO propaganda, Russian envoy says.