Pope's decree will cement or unhinge Pell

Paola Totaro 1:05 PM   When Pope Francis gives the stamp of approval for his much anticipated reforms of the Vatican's finances, it will also dramatically re-shape the roll call of power behind the tiny city's ancient walls.

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Mayor apologises over Tamir Rice case

Killed: 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Nick O'Malley 12:30 PM   The video of death of 12-year-old in Cleveland, though silent and impersonal, remains chilling.

Skid Row, a place like nowhere else

Ceola Waddell, 58, a homeless man who says he witnessed the police shooting on Sunday, stands by a memorial for the victim in downtown Los Angeles.

Josephine Tovey 10:43 AM   The neighbourhood where an unarmed homeless man was shot dead by police on Sunday is unlike any other in the US, says Reverend Andy Bales.

Prosecutor 'hopeful' duo will be moved

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Tom Allard 2:07 PM   Indonesian officials are in a meeting to determine the date that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be transferred to the site of their execution, with Bali's chief prosecutor saying it will "hopefully" happen in the next 48 hours.

Why space matters again

A sense of urgency: astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station in preparation for the arrival in July of the international docking port for the Boeing and Space-X commercial crew vehicles.

Chris Zappone 9:10 AM   Much of a modern economy relies on the peaceful, almost routine nature of the business of satellite launches and communication. What happens if space becomes contested?

Iraq launches major offensive in Tikrit

Members of the Iraqi security forces head towards al-Dawr, south of Tikrit.

Ruth Pollard 1:56 PM   In a fresh test of the Iraqi Army's ability as a fighting force, Iraq has launched a high-risk attack on the city of Tikrit in an attempt to take it back from Islamic State extremists.

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Pakistan police arrest parents refusing to vaccinate children

A health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

2:00 PM   Police in north-west Pakistan have arrested more than 450 parents for refusing to vaccinate their children against polio.

Bali nine executions: spiritual advisers ready for final hours

Hasan Makarim, companion to death row inmates

Jewel Topsfield 1:49 PM   Any moment the death row prisoners could learn they have just 72 hours to live. Muslim cleric Hasan Makarim is ready to share their final days.

Family kicked off Cathay Pacific flight

On board the Cathay Pacific flight

1:08 PM   An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Pope's decree will cement or unhinge Pell's rising star

Internal tensions are mounting at the Vatican over Cardinal George Pell's proposed reforms.

Paola Totaro 1:05 PM   When Pope Francis gives the stamp of approval for his much anticipated reforms of the Vatican's finances, it will also dramatically re-shape the roll call of power behind the tiny city's ancient walls.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey threatened by Islamic State

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

John Bacon 12:16 PM   The Islamic State has declared a new target in its war on the West -- a co-founder of Twitter.

Australians fine-tuned for success, writes Campbell

Australia has a "winning' mindset", says Alastair Campbell.

Nick Miller 12:00 PM   There’s something in the Australian psyche that fine tunes us for success, “seemingly in every walk of life”, but don't count Tony Abbott in that group, says Alastair Campbell.

Boris Nemtsov murder witness says she is blocked from leaving Russia

Slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's companion Anna Duritskaya tells a Russian TV station she is being held against her will by Russian investigators.

Andrew Kramer 10:56 AM   Though she was less than half his age, Anna Duritskaya, a Ukrainian model, was often with Boris Nemtsov, a beleaguered Russian opposition leader, including on Friday evening, when a gunman carried out the highest-profile political assassination in Russia during the tenure of President Vladimir V. Putin.

'His death is my fault': US teen charged with pressuring boyfriend to commit suicide

Tragedy ... Michelle Carter and her now deceased boyfriend Conrad Roy. Photos: Facebook

Abby Phillip 10:29 AM   A high school senior faces involuntary manslaughter charges in Massachusetts for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide, according to police.

Blogger Lacey Spears found guilty of killing son with salt

Guilty: Lacey Spears blogged about her son's health issues.

10:09 AM   A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted on Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube.

Toronto tunnel mystery solved - it's a man cave built for fun

Mystery solved: a ladder leading to a 10-metre-long tunnel found in Toronto.

9:56 AM   Two young men who built a mysterious tunnel in Toronto had no criminal intent, police said Monday. They just wanted a man cave.

'That's my son!': Jihadi John's mother screams watching Islamic State video

Unmasked: Jihadi John has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi.

Robert Tait 9:17 AM   The mother of Mohammed Emwazi knew he was Jihadi John and screamed "that's my son" when he first appeared in an Isil video - but it is believed she failed to tip off the authorities.

Stem-cell therapy for MS 'miraculous'

Stem-cell research.

Sarah Knapton 8:45 AM   A new stem-cell treatment that reboots the entire immune system is enabling multiple sclerosis sufferers to walk, run and even dance again, in results branded "miraculous" by doctors.

Benjamin Netanyahu tiptoes through diplomatic minefield in Washington ahead of speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives his speech in Washington on Monday.

Nick O'Malley 8:42 AM   Having provoked a diplomatic row with the Obama administration, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told an audience of thousands in Washington, DC, that the relationship between the two nations would grow and strengthen.

Film renews focus on Chinese pollution ahead of annual congress

Heavy air pollution in Wuhan city in China in February.

Bloomberg News 8:04 AM   A documentary investigating the fallout of China's poor air quality drew millions of viewers last weekend, putting a renewed spotlight on pollution as the nation's lawmakers prepare for their annual gathering in Beijing.

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry, study finds

Monsoons are critical for many farmers in South Asia.

7:50 AM   Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say.

Los Angeles police shoot man dead on video

Ceola Waddell, 58, left, a homeless man who says he witnessed the police shooting on Skid Row on Sunday, stands by a street side memorial for the victim in downtown Los Angeles.

Andrew Dalton 6:29 AM   Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online.

US astronauts speed through spacewalk at orbiting lab

Terry Virts outside the International Space Station.

6:00 AM   Two US astronauts on Sunday made speedy work to get the International Space Station ready for the arrival of more commercial spacecraft.

Vatican on alert for Islamist attack, but no plot: security chief

Outspoken opponent of Islamic State ... Pope Francis waves to the faithful from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

Philip Pullella 5:51 AM   Rome: The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview.

Philippine army seizes Muslim rebel bomb factory as peace plan flounders

Residents evacuate after the Philippine military intensified their offensive against the rebels.

3:31 AM   Philippine soldiers have seized a Muslim rebel base and bomb factory as a shaky peace process presents President Benigno Aquino with his toughest political test.

Solar plane set for landmark round-the-world flight

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 flies over the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi during its third successful test flight in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Wissam Keyrouz 1:11 AM   Abu Dhabi: A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight powered only by the sun's energy, organisers said.