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Jokowi's new chapter for Indonesia's democracy

MICHAEL BACHELARD 3:39pm Jakarta: The day after Indonesian voters produced a tight and heavily contested presidential election result, two distinct views emerged about what would happen next.

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Israel bans ad listing dead children's names

A Palestinian child, wounded in the Israeli strike on a UN school in Gaza.

RUTH POLLARD 3:21pm It is the radio advertisement Israeli authorities do not want their citizens to hear. In a quiet voice, a woman reads the names and ages of just a few of the more than 190 Palestinian children killed in Gaza.

MH17 conspiracy theories run riot in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Helen Womack 1:53pm News, like nature, abhors a vacuum and in the absence of much public comment from Vladimir Putin, the Russian media churned out its anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

Drugs, Murdoch and the fake sheikh

Former <i>X Factor</i> judge Tulisa Contostavlos at Southwark Crown Court in London. The case against her for cocaine supply collapsed on Monday.

Damien Murphy 12:00am Journalism Rupert Murdoch-style is once again under scrutiny in England after a judge ruled a veteran ‘‘undercover reporter’’ had probably lied about talking to a witness about changing his evidence.

Dutch take charge of MH17 crash site search

Air Algerie plane wreckage found, 116 people feared dead

African megacities look to cable cars as traffic solution

Germany to spy on Britain and US

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Air Algerie disaster: Bad weather seen as probable cause as French soldiers secure AH5017 crash site

A part of the the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 at the crash site, in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday

Chine Labbé and Tiemoko Diallo 5:09am Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

Lost Algerian plane adds to year's air crash toll

An Air Algerie plane prepares to land at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport.

LUCY CORMACK The crash of an Algerian passenger plane is the third fatal airline incident in a week, meaning 2014 could be the worst year for air crash deaths in almost a decade.

Tony Abbott urged to attend Joko Widodo's inauguration

President-elect Joko Widodo of Indonesia.

MICHAEL BACHELARD 12:15am Prime Minister Tony Abbott should travel to Jakarta to attend the inauguration of the new Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, in an attempt to forge a strong personal relationship to shore up fragile bilateral ties, one analyst has said.

'Reality of war' laid bare in publication of graphic images of MH17, Gaza dead

How the story was reported in The New York Times on Saturday, July 19.

TIM ELLIOTT 12:15am Readers of The New York Times were greeted last Saturday by an unusual sight – a dead body, on page one. The photo, by Reuters' Maxim Zmeyev, was of a victim of the MH17 plane disaster, and showed a pair of legs underneath a sheet of plastic, on top of which had been placed a red flower.

MH17 and its aftermath will forever torment

A piece of the wreckage is seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Petropavlivka.

PAUL MCGEOUGH 12:15am Finding answers: 'How long did it take to get justice in the Lockerbie case?'

Ukraine PM quits, complicating MH17 probe

Dario Thurburn and Hui Min Neo 6:11pm DONETSK, Ukraine

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove pays his respect to MH17 victims at floral shrine

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove lay a wreath at the memorial for the MH17 victims.

DANIEL HATCH 5:53pm Australia's Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, added a wreath of eucalyptus to the thousands of flowers left at the entrance to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in memory of the MH17 victims.

Rival Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, Benghazi

Fighting between rival factions around Tripoli's airport continued.

4:40pm Heavy black smoke rose over southern Tripoli after rival militias exchanged artillery and rocket fire in a battle over the Libyan capital's airport.

Iraq elects Kurdish president as UN chief urges unity to save nation

Iraq's newly elected president Fouad Masoum.

Isra' al-Rubei'i 1:25pm Iraq's parliament has elected a senior Kurdish lawmaker president, a significant step in a delayed process to create a government capable of uniting the country and countering insurgents threatening to march on Baghdad.

Japan's atonement for war not enough, says former minister Yohei Kono

Former Japanese foreign minister Yohei Kono, in 2000.

Maiko Takahashi 12:48pm Japan has failed to atone sufficiently for its actions in World War II, said a former foreign minister who wrote an apology over the use of wartime "comfort women".

Social media users 'feel jealous': survey

Miley Cyrus went as Lil Kim.

Martyn Landi 12:43pm Nearly two thirds of social media users are left feeling inadequate about their own lives and achievements by sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to a British survey.


Twitter admits to diversity problem

Twitter's diversity report is out.

12:19pm Twitter says it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.


This picture shows you why China's healthcare system is broken

Riot gear provided to hospitals included helmets, batons and body armour.

LUCY CORMACK 3:08pm Chinese authorities are forced to take drastic action to deal with mounting public anger over the parlous state of healthcare.

'Pushed back to the Stone Age': massive solar storm missed Earth by just one week

The solar storm was the most powerful detected in more than 150 years.

PETER HANNAM 11:55am Modern civilisation came within a week of being “pushed back to the Stone Age” after eruptions in the sun two years ago sent massive clouds of magnetised plasma through the Earth’s orbital path.

'Scum' tweet amid Israel-Gaza conflict costs journalist her post

Israelis sit on a sofa on a hill at the Israeli town of Sderot, overlooking the Gaza Strip, as they watch smoke rising following Israeli strikes on Gaza.

Paul Farhi 11:47pm Among its many virtues and drawbacks, social media may be one of the most effective tools ever invented to assist journalists in harming their careers.

The six labours of Jokowi

President-elect Joko Widodo during an interview in Jakarta.

MICHAEL BACHELARD 1:27pm President-elect Joko Widodo has a Herculean task ahead of him to stamp his authority on Indonesia.

Wild monkeys suffer low blood cell counts near Fukushima power plant

The legacy of the Fukushima disaster has stoked debate in Japan. Anti-nuclear demonstrators stage a rally in Tokyo in July.

Monte Morin 1:05pm Wild Japanese monkeys near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than similar monkeys about 300 kilometres away, according to biologists.

2014 could be worst year for plane crash deaths in almost a decade

Part of the wreckage of  MH17 at the crash site.

LUCY CORMACK 2:42pm The crash of an Algerian passenger plane is the third fatal airline incident in a week, meaning 2014 could be the worst year for aircrash passenger fatalities in almost a decade.

MH17: Five-nation 'coalition of the grieving' set to supply forces to secure crash site

MH17 fuselage section discovered by OSCE-led an Australian and Malaysian team at the crash site.

Peter Hartcher, New York and James Massola 9:04am A five-nation "coalition of the grieving" is expected to supply the forces to secure the 50-square-kilometre crash site of Malaysian Airlines' downed MH17.

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Japan lifts bar for green car aid with $30,000 off Toyotas

A Toyota hydrogen concept car.

Yuki Hagiwara and Craig Trudell 8:01am Japan is about to raise the bar for governments subsidizing zero-emission cars, as it pledges incentives that may exceed $30,000 a vehicle for Toyota Motor Corp.'s first hydrogen-powered sedan

Fears Islamic State militants ordering female genital mutilation in Iraq

A member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - the forerunner to the Islamic State - waves an ISIL flag.

10:47am The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation.

Obese kids in denial about their weight, US says

Karen Kaplan 10:51am New government data suggest a non-medical cause of America's childhood obesity crisis: denial.

Pope Francis meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican.

6:16am Pope Francis met privately on Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.