Islamic State selling sex slaves, claims UN official

Islamic State is circulating a slave price list for captured women and children, a senior UN official says.

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Search for Sicilian mafia boss of bosses

An Italian Carabinieri paramilitary police officer and a police officer stand next to mug shots of 11 men suspected of helping Matteo Messina Denaro during a press conference in Palermo, Italy, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Italian investigators say they've discovered how the No. 1 Cosa Nostra fugitive communicates with henchmen using written messages buried in dirt or hidden under boulders on Sicilian sheep ranches: in pre-dawn raids Monday in western Sicily, police arrested 11 men suspected of helping Matteo Messina Denaro stay in command despite being on the run since 1993. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)

Mob boss Messina Denaro has been on the run since 1993 and Italian police say his fellow mobsters used handwritten coded notes to help him stay free.

Kosovo votes for new war crimes court

Kosovo's Prime Minister Isa Mustafa (R) sits next to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci (L) during a parliament session in Pristina, Kosovo August 3, 2015. Kosovo's parliament voted to change the constitution on Monday and create a war crimes court, which the West wants to try ethnic Albanian former guerrillas for alleged war crimes including organ harvesting. The constitutional changes were endorsed by 82 deputies in the 120-seat parliament. REUTERS/Hazir Reka

Kosovo's parliament has voted to institue a war crimes court, which the West wants to try former guerrillas for alleged war crimes including organ harvesting.

Brazil's police arrest Lula minister in scandal

Jose Dirceu (C), chief of staff during the government of Brazil's former President Inacio Lula da Silva, gestures to supporters as he turns himself in to federal police after an arrest warrant was issued for him to begin a jail sentence for corruption, in Sao Paulo in this November 15, 2013 file photo. Brazilian police on August 3, 2015 arrested former government minister Jose Dirceu, one of the most senior members of the ruling Workers' Party to be detained so far in a corruption scandal engulfing state-run oil company Petrobras. Dirceu, popular former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's chief of staff between 2003 and 2005, was already under house arrest for running a vote-buying scheme. His involvement in an even larger scandal threatens to bring the investigation closer to Lula and his prot??g?? and successor President Dilma Rousseff.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce/Files

Federal prosecutor vows no one is exempt from investigation, as the scandal moves one step closer to president's office.

Jimmy Carter has surgery on his liver

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks at the opening of a new exhibit, "Countdown to Zero, Defeating Disease" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in this January 12, 2015 file photo. Carter underwent an elective surgery at Emory University Hospital and his prognosis is "excellent" for a full recovery, The Carter Center said in a statement on August 3, 2015. Carter, the 39th U.S. president, had an operation to remove a small mass in his liver, the center said. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent an operation Monday "to remove a small mass in his liver," the Carter Centre has announced.

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How did Putin's aide afford an $843,000 watch?

Dmitry Peskov and wife Tatiana Navka.

Andrew Roth 3:59 PM   It was the wedding of the summer. An Olympic gold medallist in ice dancing. A moustached aide to President Vladimir Putin. Pop stars and politicians gathered in Sochi, Russia's Olympic dream city on the sea.

Photojournalist, four women found murdered in latest journalist slaying in Mexico

A shovel full of dirt is readied to be thrown over the casket of murdered photojournalist Ruben Espinosa.

3:28 PM   The tortured bodies of a photojournalist and four women were found in an apartment in a middle class neighbourhood in Mexico City, in the latest of a long string of mysteries.

Accused Taliban leader said he was doing 'God's work': testimony

Jalaluddin Haqqani,, the Taliban's minister for tribal affairs, right, with his son Naziruddin in Islamabad in 2001.

Gary Robertson 2:23 PM   A former American soldier testifying in the trial of Irek Hamidullin has said the accused Russian Taliban leader was compliant when captured, and said he was doing "God's work".

India orders clampdown on internet porn, sparks censorship debate

Internet

Amrit Dhillon 12:01 PM   India has blocked hundreds of adult websites, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world's largest democracy.

Baseball team to honour bat boy Kaiser Carlile, 9, killed in on-field accident

Kaiser Carlile gets ready for a National Baseball Congress World Series baseball game on August 1.

Joanna Chadwick and Roy Wenzl 11:16 AM   It took a mere two months of summer baseball with the Liberal Bee Jays for 9-year-old Kaiser Carlile to wiggle his way deep into the hearts of the players and coaching staff.

Islamic State selling sex slaves, the younger the better, claims UN official

Zainab Bangura, the United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict.

Sangwon Yoon 10:44 AM   Girls are peddled like barrels of petrol, senior UN official says.

China doesn't want to talk about South China Sea

A woman waits to greet delegates of the 48th ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Lindsay Murdoch 10:31 AM   China has objected to bitterly contested territorial disputes in the South Chian Sea being discussed at high-level Asian security talks.

The motorbike Robbie Maddison used to ride Teahupoo

Robbie Maddison, Teahupoo

Derek Rielly 10:27 AM   Last night, the Australian stuntman revealed the customised bike he used to stun the world.

Mum's heartfelt thanks goes viral after missing toddler found

When Leon Rooney went missing, his parents turned to football fans to help find him.

Rachel Browne 10:18 AM   It was every parent's worst nightmare. A day out at the football took a terrifying turn for the Rooney family when they lost youngest son Leon, 3, in the large crowd.

Malaysian anti-corruption body points to $US700m in PM Najib Razak's accounts

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Lindsay Murdoch 10:02 AM   A political storm around Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has taken a new twist.

Moroccan man dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

In May, an eight-year-old boy was seen curled up inside a suitcase on the displays of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa.

9:46 AM   A Moroccan man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase stowed in the boot of a car, the Spanish government said on Monday.

Florida mother accused of kidnapping girl to avoid vaccination is caught and jailed

Arrested: Megan Everett has been caught after more than a year on the run with her young daughter.

Paula McMahon 9:41 AM   A Florida woman who disappeared with her two-year-old daughter in May 2014, reportedly to avoid having the girl vaccinated, was caught Monday and arrested on a federal parental kidnapping charge, authorities said Monday afternoon.

MH370 search: Reunion Island beachcombers keep up the hunt for debris

Beachcomber Gisele on the shore of Reunion Island.

Colin Cosier 9:15 AM   Police enlisted in search for debris that may have come from missing plane.

Abbot of kung fu monks faces sex-with-nuns claims

Shaolin Abbot Shi
Yongxin presents a bank cheque to Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash for
$4,162,723.99 to finalise the mortgage payments for his $380m NSW complex.

Philip Sherwell in Bangkok 8:09 AM   China is investigating allegations of financial and sexual misdeeds by the abbot of the Shaolin temple, the birthplace of kung fu and inspiration for Bruce Lee's films.

Dutch crane collapse demolishes houses, injuring at least 20

The first crane collapses onto houses after overbalancing.

8:01 AM   Some 20 people were reported injured when two cranes collapsed onto housing in a western Dutch town on Monday as they attempted to hoist a large section of a bridge into place across a waterway, the Dutch public broadcaster said.

Barack Obama unveils ambitious climate plan

US President Barack Obama speaks about the Clean Power Plan at the White House.

Nick O'Malley 7:40 AM   Republicans immediately declare their opposition, with some state governors expected to challenge plan in the courts.

Giant inflatable Minion causes traffic chaos

Minion

Rachel Browne 7:27 AM   Could this be proof the Minions really are intent on world domination?

Amy Schumer calls for tighter gun control

Amy Schumer held back tears as as she voiced support for tighter gun control regulations.

Nick O'Malley 7:19 AM   Holding back tears, Amy Schumer has joined her cousin, the Democratic senator from New York and noted gun control advocate, Chuck Schumer, in calling for universal background checks for people seeking to buy guns in America.

Obama's Climate push sets up battle reminiscent of Obamacare

President Barack Obama wants the US to lead on climate change action.

Mark Drajem and Angela Greiling Keane 6:56 AM   ​President Barack Obama unveiled a landmark set of regulations to combat climate change in a plan that requires US states to cut emissions from power plants, setting up a red-state, blue-state battle reminiscent of Obamacare.

Barnacles on piece of plane's wing could help unravel MH370 mystery

There is hope the barnacles on the flaperon will answer some questions

Swati Pandey 6:30 AM   'Barnacle shells ... can tell us valuable information about the water conditions under which they were formed.'

MH370 search: Reunion Island beachcombers keep up the hunt for debris

Beachcomber Gisele on the shore of Reunion Island.

Colin Cosier 6:21 AM   Police enlisted in search for debris that may have come from missing plane.