EU citizens rally on social media to house refugees

Frustrated by the EU's response, British professor Michael Stewart set up a Facebook group for people to share their homes with refugees.

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France: Reunion Island find from MH370

The debris that washed up on Reunion Island was a flaperon from one of MH370s wings. Despite this, should Australia continue to fund the search?

A technician from Airbus Defence and Space, which had made the part for Boeing, had formally identified one of three numbers found on the flaperon as being the serial number of the MH370 Boeing 777.

10 dead in twin blasts in northern Cameroon

A Cameroonian soldier guards at an observation post on a hill in the Mandara Mountain chain in Mabass overlooking Nigeria, northern Cameroon, February 16, 2015. Boko Haram militants kidnapped some 80 people from the village on January 18, according to the Cameroon army. Picture taken February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Bate Felix Tabi Tabe (CAMEROON - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS)

One bomb went off near an army camp in northern Cameroon where soldiers are battling Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria, army and police sources said.

Father describes how he tried to save his sons

Mr Kurdi said his family paid smugglers more than $2800 for a voyage to a Greek island in a 4.5-metre boat.

Karam Shoumali 6:39 AM   The father of the young boys whose drowning touched a global nerve speaks about their ordeal at sea.

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How you can help refugees in Europe and at home

Elderly Syrian refugee Halima Ali holds her granddaughter Amal, 4, while sitting outside their tent at an informal settlement near the Syrian border.

Marissa Calligeros 9:56 AM   ¬†Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Here are some of the ways you can help at home.

Bizarre 'alien corpse' discovered in Russia has experts stumped

The "alien corpse" discovered in Russia.

Kate Aubusson 9:25 AM   A tiny alien creature that washed up on the banks of a river in western Russia has locals and experts stumped.

Swarm of wasps sting great-grandfather to death

Clive Southall, who was stung to death by a swarm of wasps while staying at a holiday park in Wales.

Lexi Finnigan 8:59 AM   A great-grandfather was stung to death by a swarm of wasps after he accidentally disturbed a nest near his holiday home.

China's DF-21 'carrier killer' missile could alter balance of power in Pacific

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, drive past Tiananmen Gate on Thursday.

Neil Connor 8:49 AM   Display of new weapons shows China wants its rivals to see it as a global power, analysts say.

NZ woman suspected of living next to dead husband's body

A body was found in this Titahi Bay state home on Sunday.

Talia Shadwell 8:49 AM   A woman is suspected of having lived alongside the body of her dead husband for week.

Donald Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge

 "I have signed the pledge," Donald Trump says during a news conference at the Trump Tower in New York.

Nick O'Malley 8:18 AM   The Donald had resisted committing to back the winner of the Republican primaries, but seems to now believe he will win.

Clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences for gay couples

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis weeps as she is cheered by supporters in Kentucky in recent weeks.

Steve Bittenbender 7:42 AM   A county clerk in Kentucky was held in contempt of court and jailed on Thursday for failing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of the US Supreme Court.

Refugee crisis: Migrants lie on railway tracks in Hungary

A woman lies on the track with a baby as she is detained in the Hungarian town of Bicske.

Marton Dunai 7:36 AM   Migrants threw themselves onto train tracks and fled from police trying to take them to a reception centre in Hungary on Thursday as authorities sought to end a standoff that has become symbolic of a European asylum system brought to breaking point.

Migrant crisis: how the EU's Schengen agreement adds to border confusion

Soldiers from Hungary, which is in the Schengen zone, put up a sign warning in six languages that property damage is a criminal offence on a fence on the border with Serbia, which is not in the zone.

Adam Taylor 6:34 AM   The Schengen agreement may not sound exciting, what it resulted in was virtually unprecedented in its ambition.

From spare rooms to sofas, EU citizens rally on social media to house refugees

A young Syrian boy cries as his father carries him up a steep hill as they walk to a border crossing on the Greek and Macedonian border near Idomeni, Greece.

Kieran Guilbert 5:52 AM   Frustrated by the European Union's response to a deepening migration crisis yet inspired by a groundswell of support from citizens across Europe, British professor Michael Stewart set up a Facebook group for people to share their homes with refugees.

Tony Abbott's asylum seeker policies are 'inhumane', writes The New York Times

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are transported to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar.

4:59 AM   Some European officials may be tempted to adopt the hard-line approach Australia has used to stem a similar tide of migrants. That would be unconscionable.

Hungary's prime minister calls migrant crisis 'Germany's problem'

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban: 'Nobody would like to stay in Hungary, neither in Slovakia, nor Poland, nor Estonia. All of them would like to go to Germany.'

Jean-Baptiste Piggin 4:08 AM   Germany's generous policy on refugees triggered sniping on Thursday as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the migrant crisis was Berlin's problem, not Europe's.

Migrants killed as boat capsizes off Malaysian coast

KUTA BINJE, INDONESIA - MAY 20: A boat which carried Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants sits abandoned on May 20, 2015 in Kuta Binje, Aceh Province, Indonesia. Hundreds of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention. Thousands more are believed to still be stranded at sea reportedly. Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community have long been persecuted and marginalized by Myanmar's mostly Buddhist population. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Lindsay Murdoch 2:22 AM   A boat carrying dozens of migrants has sunk in rough seas in the Malacca Strait off Malaysia, killing at least 14 people, according to Malaysian rescuers.

MH370 investigators 'looking in wrong place'

French police inspect a large piece of plane debris that was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on Reunion Island, in July.

Justin Huggler 2:10 AM   German oceanographers publish new research claiming MH370 may have crashed 3200 kilometres north of search area

Seattle school shooter Jaylen Fryberg planned attack and outlined his funeral wishes

The Shooter: Jaylen Fryberg, 15, was homecoming prince. He shot four of his classmates in his school canteen before killing himself.

Christine Clarridge and Jennifer Sullivan 1:29 AM   After 10 months investigating the mass shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a multi-agency team of more than 30 police detectives could not determine a definitive reason why Jaylen Fryberg killed four of his friends and himself.

Texan kills himself while taking selfie

Deleon Alonso Smith, who accidentally shot himself dead while taking selfies with a gun.

1:27 AM   A 19-year-old Texas man is dead after he accidentally shot himself while posing for a selfie with a gun.

Guatemala's president quits, faces charges in graft scandal

Denies any wrongdoing ... Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina has been forced to resign amid a corruption scandal and faces charges of illicit association, taking bribes and customs fraud.

Alexandra Alper and Sofia Menchu 1:27 AM   Guatemalan President Otto Perez has resigned amid a corruption scandal that gutted his government and plunged Guatemala into chaos days before a national election, and turned himself into a court on Thursday to face charges.

Liberia declared Ebola-free for second time

Ebola survivor and nurse's aid Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl with Ebola symptoms in Liberia earlier this year.

11:34 PM   Liberia was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for a second time on Thursday, the World Health Organisation said.

Australian tourist drowns off Indonesia

Adam Dube, Australian surfer who drowned off Mentawai islands, Indonesia, on Wednesday.

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 6:29 PM   An Australian has drowned in the Mentawai islands in Indonesia a week after surfer Ron Schneider was killed in a surfing accident at a nearby beach.

China puts on huge show of force at parade

Chinese soldiers march into position ahead of a military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate.

Philip Wen 5:56 PM   China put on its biggest display of military might on Thursday in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War II, an event shunned by most Western leaders but which underscored Beijing's growing confidence in its armed forces.

The tragic picture that moved the world: why it took Aylan to make us take notice

The lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi lies on a Turkish beach.

Rick Feneley 5:53 PM   In the past day, millions of people around the world have looked at this picture of a drowned little boy. If you cannot bear to look, or if you cannot bring yourself to confront it one more time, turn the page.

Defiant clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue gay marriage licences

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer.

Sarah Kaplan, James Higdon 4:28 PM   The job of Rowan County clerk is not one you take seeking celebrity. It mostly involves shuffling paper: maintaining voter registration rolls, overseeing elections, issuing licence plates, filing reports on the goings-on in the small north-eastern Kentucky county of roughly 23,000.