Sukumaran could have fled but chose to stay

Jewel Topsfield, Tom Allard 7:25 PM   Myuran Sukumaran was tipped off about the arrest of four Bali nine mules and could have fled the country, according to information never previously revealed.

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Tories' cautionary tale for US Republicans

British Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader David Cameron at the Neasden Hindu temple in London on Saturday.

There are some important differences between the uS Republican Party and Britain's Conservative Party. But the long-term prognosis for both is similar.

Funds site for Baltimore police shut down

West Baltimore residents  demonstrate against police brutality on Saturday.

Crowd-funding website GoFundMe has shut down a campaign raising money for the six Baltimore police officers charged in death of Freddie Gray.

India's new norm of semi-arranged marriages

Matrimonial websites are helping urban Indians find a match online.

Urban Indians shifting to semi-arranged marriages say the change was pushed by the growth of matrimonial websites and the proliferation of cellphones.

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Myuran Sukumaran could have fled Indonesia but chose to try to save others

Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen

Jewel Topsfield, Tom Allard 7:25 PM   Myuran Sukumaran was tipped off about the arrest of the four Bali nine mules and could have fled the country, according to information never previously revealed.

The 30-year fight for chimps' rights

Lifelong campaign: Nonhuman Rights Project president Steven Wise talks during the 2015  Animal Law Lecture Series.

Steve Jacobs 4:26 PM   In America in the 1700s, human beings could be slaves, treated as "things" in the eyes of the law. 

Afghan officials to meet Taliban in Qatar

Then aliban ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef in  2001.

1:13 PM   An Afghan delegation has left for Qatar where they will hold two days of "open discussion" with Taliban representatives aimed at ending Afghanistan's long war, according to an official.

Scotland a winner in UK's deadlocked election

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Alice Ritchie 12:53 PM   With a week to go until the British general election, experts are trawling through opinion poll data for some clues to a race that remains stubbornly deadlocked, and the result wide open.

By the numbers: Nepal earthquake, one week on

People mourn as a family member is prepared for cremation.

10:59 AM   One week after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake tore Nepal art, the death toll continues to rise, residents sleep in the streets and Australians remain missing.

Nepal earthquake aid held up at customs as death toll climbs

Banked up: Victims of Nepal's earthquake queue to receive food and goods.

Frank Jack Daniel, Andrew R.C. Marshall 10:58 AM   Relief for survivors of Nepal's earthquake is being held up at customs, says the UN, as the death toll passes 6600.

'Airportman' made nearly $30,000 a month preying on sympathetic travellers

Sydney airport

Robert Mendick 10:46 AM   Dressed in a smart suit and tie, a flustered Andrew Gradon pleaded for help to get home.

300 Yazidi executed by Islamic State: reports

Yazidis released by Islamic State in April.

10:37 AM   Islamic State militants have executed captured members of Iraq's minority Yazidi community, Yazidi and Iraqi groups say, amid conflicting reports about the exact number of the victims.

Duchess of Cambridge leaves hospital with William and new daughter

All in a day's work: Kate Middleton and Prince William with their baby girl.

9:56 AM   The Duchess and Prince William presented their new baby daughter to the world, with the trio posing for photographers as they left St Mary's hospital in London on Saturday.

Kate Middleton gives birth to baby girl

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn daughter at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. The Duchess was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:34am this morning, weighing 8lbs 3 oz who will be fourth in line to the throne.

Jenna Clarke 9:13 AM   The #GreatKateWait is over, the new royal baby here.

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to baby girl

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing with their newborn daughter.

Nick Miller 9:12 AM   The princess whom everyone was hoping for has been born in London.

The life of a $2 billion princess

Meet the princess: The eyes of the world will constantly be on the new royal.

Robert Mendick 9:11 AM   She is to the glamour born. The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child marks the beginning of a new era of girl power for the Royal family.

Joy for the world as the great Kate Wait is over

All in a day's work: Kate Middleton and Prince William with their baby girl.

Gordon Rayner 9:11 AM   The great Kate Wait had lasted for 237 days, but when it finally ended on Saturday, it was a masterpiece of stage-management.

Thai mass grave held bodies of 26 suspected trafficking victims

Uncovered...Thai police find the bodies of 26 victims of a suspected human trafficking operation.

3:03 AM   Dozens of police and volunteers have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle, police said on Saturday.

Wounded Baghdadi may have to give up control of Islamic State

Future in doubt: The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was reportedly paralysed by a US air strike in Iraq on March 18.

Louisa Loveluck 2:16 AM   The leader of the so-called Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been so badly wounded by a US air strike in Iraq that he may never resume control of the group he masterminded to power.

Strait of Hormuz again at centre of US-Iran strife

A plane flies over the mountains south of the Strait of Hormuz in 2012.

Rick Gladstone 2:14 AM   The Strait of Hormuz, the slender waterway that connects the Persian Gulf to the rest of the world and is a critical conduit in the global oil supply chain, has again become a flash point for Iran and the United States - just as they are trying to reach a nuclear accord. Responding to Iran's seizur...

Police fire tear gas and water cannons at Istanbul protesters

Turkish riot police officers hold their positions during clashes with demonstrators in Istanbul on Friday.

Ceylan Yeginsu 2:13 AM   Taksim Square has been under tight police control since 2013, when it became the centre of sweeping anti-government protests.

Maldives police arrest nearly 200 protesters, opposition leaders

Maldives police detain an opposition supporter during a protest demanding Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom resign and jailed ex-president Mohamed Nasheed be freed.

2:09 AM   Maldives police arrested 193 people including three opposition leaders after clashes broke out on Friday during protests over the jailing of former president Mohamed Nasheed, whose trial was condemned by foreign governments as having been deeply flawed.

Writer Ruth Rendell dies aged 85

Crime writer Ruth Rendell has died aged 85.

12:29 AM   British crime writer Ruth Rendell, best known as the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Wexford, died in hospital on Saturday at the age of 85, her publisher said.

Ex-Chris Christie ally pleads guilty to closing bridge lanes to punish local mayor

David Wildstein exits the court in Newark. His lawyer says "there is a lot more that will come out".

David Voreacos 10:10 PM   Lawyer for former high school classmate of the possible US presidential candidate says 'Mr Christie knew of the lane closings while they were occurring, and evidence exists to establish that'.

Freddie Gray case: Six Baltimore police officers charged in death of black man

A protester watches soldiers pass as curfew approaches on Friday.

Nick O'Malley 10:05 PM   Six Baltimore police officers will face criminal charges, including second-degree murder and manslaughter, in the death of a black man who was arrested and suffered fatal injuries while riding in a moving police van, the city's chief prosecutor said during an unexpected announcement on on Friday.

Dozens of Syrian civilians killed by US-led air strikes

Residents walk among debris at a site damaged by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad.

9:36 PM   US-led air strikes targeting Islamic State have killed at least 52 civilians in a village in northern Syria.