Australian nurse saves lives on ship off Libya

Ruth Pollard 7:25 PM    A voice crackles over the radio: "There are at least 30 deceased below deck".

Top world stories

Three child refugees found alive in a truck

Some of the bodies in the truck found in Hungary had started to decompose, investigators said.

11:44 AM   Three young children were found critically ill due to dehydration after being found in a lorry in Austria, which contained 26 refugees.

Police arrest suspect over Bangkok bombing

Left, a police drawing of a key suspect who left a backpack filled with explosives and ball bearings at the shrine, and right, the man arrested on Saturday.

Lindsay Murdoch 9:21 AM   Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Turkish man in relation to the Bangkok shrine bombing.

Two Indian sisters to be raped as 'punishment'

Protest after the gang rape of two teenage girls in New Delhi in 2014.

Two Indian sisters 'sentenced' to be raped and then paraded naked around the streets with their faces blackened.

Latest world news

After four refugees, Cambodia calls time on plan to resettle more from Nauru

Refugees at Kuala Lumpur airport on their way to Cambodia from Nauru.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:28 PM   Australia's $55 million operation to resettle hundreds of refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia appears to have collapsed in a diplomatic embarrassment for the Abbott Government.

Thousands rally to pile pressure on Malaysia's PM

A shopkeeper wearing a pro-democracy group Bersih mask tends a stall at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:12 PM   Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's hold on to power has been weakened further after tens of thousands of protesters took to Kuala Lumpur's streets at the weekend to demand his resignation.

Killer fired 17 shots during attack that took lives of TV reporters in Virginia

Disturbed: Virginia gunman Vester Lee Flanagan.

Justin Jouvenal 11:39 AM   Vester Lee Flanagan fired 17 shots during what authorities called a "well planned and pre-meditated" attack that took the lives of two television journalists in Virginia during a live broadcast.

Bangkok bombing: Who are the Turkish terrorist group the Grey Wolves?

Mehmet Ali Agca in 1983: a Grey Wolves collaborator.

Lindsay Murdoch 11:15 AM   The Grey Wolve's death squads have stalked Turkey since the 1960s, murdering left-wing and liberal activists, university students and journalists and engaging in street battles and attacks.

Texas officer gunned down from behind while pumping gas

Deputy Darren Goforth was shot at point blank range while putting petrol in his patrol car in Houston.

10:45 AM   A Texas sheriff's deputy has been gunned down from behind while stopping to refuel his patrol car.

Peter Greste and Al-Jazeera colleagues sentenced to three years jail by Egyptian court

Journalist Peter Greste in Canberra
The Canberra Times  
Date:  25 March 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Esther Han 10:35 AM   Peter Greste "shocked, outraged, angry" at the three-year jail sentence handed down by an Egyptian court on him and his two Al Jazeera colleagues.

Greste found guilty by Cairo court

Australian journalist Peter Greste.

Tim Elliott 11:39 PM   Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been sentenced to three years in prison by an Cairo court.

Libya arrests three suspected smugglers over migrant boat disaster

Humanitarian workers carry the body of a dead migrant to a nearby truck at the waterfront in Zuwara, about 105 kilometers west of Tripoli, Libya.

11:40 PM   Three people have been arrested in Libya on suspicion of involvement in launching a boat packed with migrants that sank off the country's Mediterranean coast, killing up to 200 people, a security official said on Saturday.

Amal Clooney says Al Jazeera, Peter Greste guilty verdict 'sends a dangerous message'

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo.

Esther Han 10:55 PM   Amal Clooney has slammed the three-year prison sentences handed down by an Egyptian court to three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australia's Peter Greste.

Australian nurse saves lives on refugee rescue ship off Libya

"By the time we get them it is nearly two days since they have had something proper to eat and drink," says Carol Nagy of the refugees the ship's crew rescues.

Ruth Pollard 7:25 PM    A voice crackles over the radio: "There are at least 30 deceased below deck."

Police closing in on gang connected to Austrian people-smuggling tragedy

Chief of the Burgenland police  Hans Peter Doskozil on Thursday in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Karin Strohecker 5:42 PM   Police in Europe have detained at least three people, including Bulgarians and an Afghan, in connection with the people-smuggling tragedy in which at least 70 people were found dead in a truck in Austria on Thursday, and officers were closing in on the people-smuggling gang-leaders, an Austrian police chief said.

Iraqi PM orders easier access to Baghdad's Green Zone as protests surge

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi earlier this month.

Stephen Kalin 4:54 PM   During the biggest protest of the summer Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone and main streets looking to help Iraqis.

First-ever ministerial posts for Kurds in Turkish government

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan  with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara on Friday.

Ceylan Yeginsu 4:29 PM   Turkey's short-term interim government, approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has allowed pro-Kurdish party lawmakers to take up ministerial posts for the first time in the country's history.

Words for a new age: says the Oxford dictionary

Two volumes of the twenty one volume Oxford English Dictionary
SMH RADAR Photo by Domino Postiglione

3:28 PM   The Oxford online dictionary has added a range of new words that have a flavour of the modern world.

Syriza on track to win Greek election: polls

Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras before his resignation earlier this month.

Angeliki Koutantou 2:21 PM   Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was hoping for, the first opinion polls since he resigned last week have shown.

Kurds' brave fight puts them in the crosshairs as Turkey goes to war

Kurds occupied various tracts of open land close to the Turkish/Syrian border today, both to watch the ongoing clashes between ISIS militants and Kurdish YPG fighters and to protest Turkey's lack of response to the plight of the Kurdish residents of Kobani, across the border in Syria. Estimates of 200,000 people have fled Kobani and its surrounding villages in the past two to three weeks as ISIS advanced. Yesterday it appeared that ISIS was rampaging into the city and that Kobani might fall any day. This afternoon, however, U.S.- led coalition airstrikes struck ISIS positions repeatedly and may have stemmed their momentum. On several occasions today, the Kurdish civilians - some watching, some protesting - were dispersed by heavy-handed Turkish forces who used tear gas and water canons. 7 October, 2014. Andrew Quilty / Oculi for The Sydney Morning Herald.?


Paul McGeough 1:30 PM   Turkey's entrance into the war on Islamic State has put the Kurds in a familiar position: stateless victims of deals between states.

Airbus over the domes of Russia

An Airbus A350 XWB aircraft flies over the domes of an Orthodox church during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

1:22 PM   BIG PICTURE: An Airbus A350 XWB aircraft flies over the domes of an Orthodox church during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

The profits and perils of European people-smuggling

Syrian migrants wriggle under barbed wire to get into Hungary on Thursday.

Nick Miller 12:49 PM   The discovery of up to 70 decomposing bodies of smuggled migrants in an abandoned truck on the outskirts of Vienna is truly shocking and the latest, most extreme example of something that is happening all over Europe.

The girl with the pearl necklace

As the monarchs of The Netherlands and Belgium abdicated, the Queen continued her round of public appearances, here this year at Ascot. Photo: Reuters

Nick Miller 12:47 PM   About to become the longest-reigning monarch of Britain, Queen Elizabeth II has gradually brought the institution into the 21st century.

What's really going on in the Chinese economy

A Chinese day trader rests at a Beijing  brokerage house after a dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets around the world, driving indexes lower and erasing trillions of dollars in value.

Philip Wen   The world has watched agape as $US5 trillion ($7 trillion) has been melted off China's crumpling sharemarket since mid-June, the equivalent of more than three times Australia's annual economic output.

US confirms Islamic State computer expert killed in air strike

A US Air Force drone has killed Islamic State recruiter Junaid Hussain of England in Raqqa, Syria this week, CNN reported on Friday.

Mark Hosenball and Andrea Shalal   The US military confirmed on Friday that a British hacker who was one of the Islamic State movement's top computer experts and who was active in encouraging people abroad to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks has been killed in Syria by a US air strike.

Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie cleared of rape

Relief: Attorney J.W. Carney puts his arm around Owen Labrie, as he weeps in court.

A former student of an elite New Hampshire prep school was found not guilty on Friday of raping a 15-year-old girl days before graduation last year in a case that cast a harsh spotlight on the school's culture.