US dentist killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

9:21 AM   Wildlife officials have accused an American tourist of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and best known lions in Zimbabwe, after paying $US50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.

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Obama tells African leaders to go if term is up

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 28, 2015. Obama told Ethiopia's leaders on Monday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions out of a poverty once rooted in recurring famine. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Obama has drawn roars of approval from an audience at the African Union when he mocked the continent's leaders who refuse to stand down.

Bishop appeals at UN for MH17 tribunal

Pushing for a tribunal to prosecute the people who shot down MH17: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop speaks to members of the Security Council during a UN meeting last year.

James Massola 1:31 AM   Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will make a last ditch appeal for Russia to abstain, rather than veto, a United Nations plan for an MH17 tribunal.

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to be paroled

FILE - This May 15, 1998, file photo shows Jonathan Pollard speaking during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Pollard could be released from federal prison within months. Pollard becomes eligible for parole in November 2015, on the 30th anniversary of his arrest on charges of selling classified information to Israel. U.S. officials say they're unlikely to oppose his parole.(AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)

Jonathan J. Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing classified documents to the Israeli government, will be released on parole by the US in November.

Britain's House of Lords: the past scandals

LON12:BRITAIN:LONDON,14MAY97 - Members of the House of Lords read a newspaper article about Labour women MPs' fashion sense before the Queen delivered her speech at the State opening of Parliament May 14.  Prime Minister Tony Blair committed his new Labour Government to a major programme of constitutional reform aimed at making a decisive break with 18 years of Conservative rule in Britain.         jb/Photo by Ian Waldie           REUTERS

Nick Miller 7:33 AM   Despite the House of Lords' pomp and ceremony many of its members have behaved dishonourably.

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Edward Snowden pardon petition rejected by US

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 31:  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden during a meeting with German Green Party MP Hans-Christian Stroebele (not pictured) regarding being a witness for a possible investigation into NSA spying in Germany, on October 31, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. There has been calls in Germany for an investigation into alledged US spying in Germany, which reportedly could include the tapping of German chancellor Angela Merkel???s phone. (Photo by Sunshinepress/Getty Images)

Gardiner Harris 11:18 AM   Petition called whistleblower a national hero and said he should be immediately issued a full, free and absolute pardon.

Afghanistan and Taliban peace talks to proceed

An Afghanistan National Army soldier stands guard in a trench in district of Baraki Barak in Logar province earlier this month.

Ismail Khan 11:07 AM   Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives are set to meet again for a second round of peace talks on Friday, according to two Pakistani government officials.

San Francisco tests pee-repellent paint to ward off public urinators

City officials hope they can make downtown San Francisco smell better.

Joseph Serna 10:33 AM   When it comes to odorous annoyances, San Francisco officials hope a fresh coat of paint will succeed where manners and bladders have failed.

Mother saves son before being swallowed by escalator

A closed-circuit TV image showing Xiang Liujuan and her son as a panel at the top of the escalator gave way.

Javier C. Hernandez 10:26 AM   A mother in China fell through a trap door at the top of an escalator, pushing her 2-year-old son to safety before the machinery swallowed her. The resulting online furore about safety says a lot about power in China today.

'I don't have 20 minutes': emergency landing as plane runs dangerously low on fuel

Allegiant Air emergency landing.

Mary Schlangenstein 9:36 AM   An Allegiant Air flight ran dangerously low on fuel last week as it circled an airport in North Dakota, USA, that was actually closed so the Navy's Blue Angels could practice for a forthcoming air show.

Maddy, 8, missing in Santa Cruz is found dead in a dumpster

The body of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, 8, was found in a dumpster close to her Santa Cruz home.

Michael E Miller and Sarah Larimer 9:35 AM   When Madyson Middleton went missing, it seemed like all of Santa Cruz came out to search for her.

Cecil the lion's 'purist' killer says it was all legal

Hunter Walter James Palmer, left, with another lion he killed.

Catherine Armitage 9:23 AM   It was a point of pride for Minnesotan dentist and biog game hunter Walter Palmer to shoot his prey with a bow and arrow and not carry firearms as a backup.

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American accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion

Hunter Walter James Palmer, left, with another lion he killed.

9:21 AM   Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American tourist of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.

Peabody flags Australian mine cuts amid coal crash

Coal mining loses its sparkle.

Tim Loh 8:28 AM   Peabody Energy, the largest US coal producer, reduced its forecast for coal sales, suspended its quarterly dividend and raised the prospect of a 1-for-20 reverse stock split amid a sustained slump in coal prices.

Coal not good for reducing poverty, Oxfam report says

Newcastle Coal Terminal, one of the largest export sites in the world.

8:03 AM   ​Renewable energy is an easier, quicker and cheaper method than burning coal to help lift people out of poverty through access to power, a new report says.

Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif to death

Saif al-Islam after his capture in November 2011.

7:51 AM   A Libyan court has sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, to death for war crimes and acts to crush peaceful protests during the country's 2011 revolution.

Jon Stewart secretly met Obama at White House

Comedian Jon Stewart poses backstage after winning for outstanding variety, music, or comedy series for "The Daily Show"  at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 21, 2008.  REUTERS/Mike Blake   (UNITED STATES) squiz

Michael D. Shear 6:41 AM   President's team considered contact with The Daily Show host would help get their messages to young voters.

Florida man charged in alleged backpack bomb plot: US Department of Justice

The US Department of Justice, headed by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, has charged Florida man Harlem Suarez with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Lindsay Dunsmuir 5:53 AM   A Florida resident has been charged in an alleged backpack bomb plot he planned to carry out in the United States, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

Cocaine-and-prostitutes scandal leads to calls to reform House of Lords

Resigned following cocaine-and-prostitutes scandal ... The former deputy speaker of the House of Lords John Sewel.

Nick Miller 3:13 AM   The cocaine-and-prostitutes scandal that led to the resignation on Tuesday of Lord Sewel from the House of Lords has stirred up new calls for reform of the UK's upper house.

Stinking garbage piles seen as symbol of Lebanese government incompetence

A Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly blocked by piles of garbage in Beirut on Monday.

Ben Hubbard 12:41 AM   Lebanon is suffering from a crisis that has left huge mounds of garbage piling up across Beirut and elsewhere. Many Lebanese see it as a new, more pungent manifestation of the country's often impotent politics.

Turkish help for Uighur refugees looms over president's China trip

Uighur refugee boys read the Koran in Kayseri, Turkey, earlier this year.

Humeyra Pamuk 12:39 AM   The folded piece of paper with a photo of a four-month-old Uighur baby tells a story that will follow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when he visits Beijing this week.

Meet Hope Hicks: the woman behind Donald Trump's presidential campaign

Family snap: Hope Hicks (second from right) with her father Paul Hicks, her sister Mary Grace Hicks (right) and mother Caye Hicks.

Elise Viebeck 12:35 AM   She probably has the hardest job in US politics - keeping Donald Trump on-message.

Malaysian PM sacks deputy after graft scandal remarks

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) axed his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin share a lighter moment in 2009.

11:41 PM   Prime Minister Najib Razak has dumped his deputy and attorney-general amid the fallout from a graft scandal at state investment fund 1MDB.

Cavorting, snorting British peer quits House of Lords

Senior British lord John Buttifant Sewel in video obtained by UK newspaper The Sun on Sunday.

Michael Holden 9:52 PM   A senior British peer said on Tuesday he was leaving the House of Lords after a newspaper published a video which it said showed him using cocaine and cavorting with prostitutes.

Donald Trump emerges unscathed after lawyer's rape gaffe

Donald Trump

Kate Aubusson 7:48 PM   Donald Trump's lawyer has responded to allegations the Republican presidential front runner raped his wife by claiming, by law, 'you cannot rape your spouse'

Islamic State's propaganda machine must be destroyed

This masked black-clad figure known as "Jihadi Jake" has become one of the images of Is;amic State.

Graeme Lamb 6:49 PM   Islamic State's propaganda machine must be destroyed. We must exploit the growing outrage in the Muslim world against the Islamists' heinous exploits.