The fascinating mystery to our north

Michael Bachelard 12:15 AM   Fairfax's recently returned Indonesia correspondent makes a plea for a deeper understanding of our near neighbour.

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Massive doctor scandal in India

In the report, doctors talk of ordering CT scans and MRIs that are not required, and of doctors referring patients to a clinic for electrocardiograms purely for the sake of a commission.

Amrit Dhillon   For years, Indians suspected their doctors operate unnecessarily, order unwarranted tests and take kickbacks for referring patients. 

Jeb Bush receives wary welcome

Defending his dynasty: former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Nick O'Malley   US presidential hopeful Jeb Bush appears to win over some sceptics at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Leonard Nimoy dies aged 83

Leonard Nimoy won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock on <i>Star Trek</i>.

Michael Idato   Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles.

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Grim news for Bali nine duo – plans for execution all but complete

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Tom Allard and Jewel Topsfield 2:28 PM   Preparations for the transfer of the Bali nine duo to "execution island" is all but complete.

Nemtsov killing follows other slayings of critics of Kremlin

Russian human rights advocate, journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya was fatally shot in October 2006.

1:56 PM   The assassination of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is the most recent of many critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Reunions and ransoms: a day online in Myanmar's Rohingya camps

Rohimar, a 30-year-old Rohingya, reacts as she talks to her brother Abdul Rahman, 25, who left Myanmar eight months ago and is currently in Malaysia, from an internet hut.

Andrew R. C. Marshall 1:12 PM   In huts with bamboo walls, thatched roofs and, most importantly, dusty laptop computers, Rohingya tearfully re-establish contact with relatives who have left on boats for Thailand and Malaysia.

Rand Paul firms as Republican presidential pick

Potential presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference.

12:58 PM   US conservatives have backed Rand Paul to vie for the presidency.

Robert Mugabe throws himself a $1.3m birthday party at Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is flanked by his daughter Bona and wife Grace during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls on Saturday.

Philimon Bulawayo 12:58 PM   Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish party by the spectacular Victoria Falls on Saturday.

Fear descends on Russia's opposition after assassination of Putin critic

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks at a protest rally in Moscow in 2012

Andrew Kramer 12:47 PM   Boris Nemtsov planned to publish his latest research into what he called the dissembling and misdeeds in the Kremlin.

Bali nine executions: Governor of Jakarta urges president to reconsider death penalty

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield 11:35 AM   Opposition to capital punishment within Indonesia is mounting, with the Governor of Jakarta now urging President Joko Widodo to commute the death sentences of reformed drug felons to life imprisonment.

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow in December 2011.

Carol J. Williams 9:18 AM   The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news agency.

Bali Nine: Joko Widodo 'open to views on executions,' says Jakarta's governor

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, seen  here on a visit to a Jakarta bird market on Saturday, is said to be reconsidering his views on the death penalty.

Gabrielle Dunlevy 5:31 AM   Jakarta's governor says Indonesia's President Joko Widodo is 'considering different views' on the death penalty, including advice that it should be removed from Indonesia's laws.

Hey, big spender: Pell suffers Vatican ire

George Pell presides over Easter Mass at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral in 2012.

Tom Kington 1:55 AM   A former Sydney archbishop tasked with cleaning up the Vatican's finances has been accused of living it up at the Holy See's expense.

Russian opposition mourns murdered leader Nemtsov

Killed: Boris Nemtsov.

12:12 AM   Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin.

Cameron defends British security services over 'Jihadi John'

Prime Minister defends British security services: David Cameron.

Stephen Castle 9:04 PM   After disclosures that the man who posed in videos of the murder of Western hostages was known to British intelligence, Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday defended the security services, saying they faced tough decisions and had prevented deadly attacks. "All of the time, they are havi...

Stolen Picasso seized in New York mail

Art-craft: 1911 painting "La Coiffeuse" or "The Hairdresser," by Pablo Picasso.

Stephanie Clifford 7:57 PM   A Picasso painting missing from Paris for more than a decade resurfaced in the United States, where it had been shipped under false pretenses as a $37 holiday-themed "art craft."

House funds US Homeland Security...for a week

A Transportation Security Administration officer at a security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

Ashley Parker 3:34 PM   Republicans failed a fundamental test late on Friday, when House leaders managed to narrowly pass only a seven-day funding extension to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security just hours before money was to run out.

Indonesian president at odds with Abbott: no review of Bali nine executions

'No clemency' for Bali Nine, says Joko Widodo

Tom Allard   Tony Abbott said Jokowi was "carefully considering" his position on Chan and Sukumaran, the Indonesian leader disagrees and says he will not bow to foreign pressure.

US Homeland Security funding impasse down to wire

A Transportation Security Administration officer's shoulder at a security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

David Lawder and Richard Cowan   The Senate on Friday approved a one-week stopgap funding bill to avert a partial shutdown at midnight of the US domestic security agency, leaving it up to the House of Representatives to either approve the bill or let the shutdown go ahead.

Bali nine executions: Gospel singer who jams with prison guards on death row with Bali nine duo

Okwudili Ayotanze (second from left) is on death row with Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield   A charismatic gospel singer who jams with prison guards is among those on death row with Bali nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Mexico captures most wanted drug lord, 'La Tuta'

Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, gives an interview in 2013 as masked and armed men watch in an unknown location in Mexico's Michoacan state.

Dave Graham and Elinor Comlay   Mexico has captured the most wanted drug lord in the country, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, police said on Friday, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence.

New footage of Andrew Chan in Kerobokan

Andrew Chan

Tom Allard   New footage has emerged of death row inmate Andrew Chan inside Kerobokan prison as Indonesian authorities await orders from Jakarta about when to transfer Chan and fellow Bali nine smuggler Myuran Sukumaran to the place of their execution.

US-China tech trade tensions grow

An internet cafe in Huamingzhen, Tianjin, China. With the United States and China suspicious of the other's digital espionage, American tech companies are caught in the middle.

Jane Perlez and Paul Mozur   US technology companies trying to ease rules Beijing is imposing on them in China market are reluctantly seeking Washington's help.

Spacewalk to go ahead despite helmet leak


Two US astronauts will go ahead with a spacewalk this weekend despite a flaw in one of the spacesuits that allowed water to seep into the helmet.

Eight dead after murder rampage in small Missouri town

Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes in Tyrone, Missouri. Authorities say multiple people were shot to death and one was wounded in attacks in the small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead.

Abby Phillip   Eight people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri, in which the suspected gunman took his own life.

Stolen baby found after 17 years in South Africa

Celeste Nurse, right,  the mother of a girl that was kidnapped as a baby 17 years ago, leaves the court after attending the appearance of a woman suspected of the kidnapping in Cape Town, South Africa.

A baby stolen from her sleeping mother's arms shortly after birth has been found by the family through an astonishing coincidence 17 years later, South African police say.