'Democracy has died': ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra

Lindsay Murdoch   Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has declared that democracy is dead in her country after a military-stacked parliament voted to ban her from politics and prosecutors announced criminal charges that could see her jailed.

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US curtails counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen

An armed member of the Shi'ite Houthi movement shouts during a demonstration to support the movement's uprising in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

The United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, US officials said on Friday.

Killer algae making Hong Kong's water glow

Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or 'red tide', are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong.

Along a seashore in Hong Kong yesterday, a vibrant blue glow was seen emanating from the water. 

Could this man tackle Boko Haram?

A poster of leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari in Lagos.

A former Nigerian military ruler has strong support in the Muslin north, where supporters say he is the man to tackle Boko Haram.

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Hunt for terror suspect leaves 30 Filipino police dead

2:05 AM   A Philippine town mayor says more than 30 police commandos have been killed in a clash with Muslim rebels while hunting a top terror suspect in the south.

US-India relations renewed as Obama and Modi break nuclear deadlock

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Barack Obama and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi.

Jerome Cartillier 1:52 AM   US President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed a new era of friendship as they broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact.

Mother tries to sell baby in China


12:08 AM   A Chinese mother has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly conspiring with a doctor to sell her baby boy for more than $A8000, media have reported, the latest case highlighting the country's lucrative child market.

Australia accused of 'surreal hypocrisy' over Bali Nine executions

Facing execution: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield 11:16 PM   Australia has been accused of a "surreal form of hypocrisy" in criticising the execution of the Bali Nine while "slowly disposing" of asylum seekers through "inhumane detention centres".

Search for Earhart plane on remote island

Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

9:26 PM   A search is underway on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands aimed at solving the mysterious disappearance of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Obama gets down to business with Modi in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets President Barack Obama.

Roberta Rampton and Douglas Busvine 9:08 PM   US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked on a series of bilateral agreements at a summit on Sunday that both sides hope will establish an enduring strategic partnership.

Australian stars and public figures plead for mercy for Bali nine

Asher Keddie

Rania Spooner 7:28 PM   Asher Keddie, Germaine Greer and Alan Jones are among those who have thrown their support behind two Australians facing the death penalty in Indonesia, in a powerful star-filled video calling for mercy.

Senior Labor figure leaves Australia to fight against Islamic State: report

Matthew Gardiner, a senior figure in the Northern Territory branch of the Labor party, has reportedly gone to fight in Syria.

Georgina Mitchell 6:11 PM   The head of the Northern Territory branch of the Labor party has reportedly flown overseas to fight in Syria against terror group Islamic State.

The late Saudi King's 'jailed' princesses

Sahar and Jawaher: They claim they are being held captive.

Ishaan Tharoor 4:15 PM   The late Saudi King Abdullah has been lionised by politicians around the world. Four of his daughters might see things differently.

British nurse makes full recovery from Ebola

Pauline Cafferkey is airlifted from Scotland to London in a quarantine tent aboard a Hercules transport plane on December 30 after being diagnosed with Ebola.

3:36 PM   A British nurse who had been critically ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from a London hospital after making a full recovery.

Republican right begin their search for a champion in Iowa

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she was "interested" in a 2016 run.

Steve Holland 2:39 PM   For Republicans, the long road to the 2016 presidential election began in earnest on Saturday in Iowa, when a group of potential candidates jockeyed for support among conservatives.

New demands, familiar horror from Islamic State

The attention has been diverted onto Sajida al-Rishawi, pictured here wearing a suicide vest after a failed attempt to blow herself up in an Amman hotel in 2005.

Richard Spencer 1:51 PM   The United States wasted no time offering support to Japan over the fates of Haruna Yukawa, the latest hostage whose beheading has been claimed by Islamic State, and Kenji Goto, the journalist forced to confirm his murder.

Defence jets scramble after Twitter bomb threats are made against two US flights

Bomb threats were made via Twitter against two planes in the US on Saturday.

Jonathan Kaminsky 1:08 PM   Bomb threats made against two US airline flights via Twitter prompted air defence fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta early Sunday morning Australian time.

Australian executions 'not in Bali please', says former head of Indonesia's narcotics agency

On death row: Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Gabrielle Dunlevy 12:27 PM   Bali's pro-death penalty governor doesn't want Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran executed on his island, believing it may spoil the harmonious climate.

Obama renews attempt to close Guantanamo

A guard tower at Guantanamo Bay.

Carol Williams 4:07 PM   US President Barack Obama has recharged his campaign for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison with a strategy legal experts say holds out new hope of achieving that objective.

UN sidelined again as Ukraine claims 30 dead in rebel attack on port

A man stands beside the covered body of a man killed in the shelling of Mariupol on Saturday.

Alessandra Prentice 2:00 PM   Russia blocks UN condemnation of Ukrainian rebel leader after shelling of Mariupol sends relations with the West to a new low.

Young girl in $6m diamond necklace heist


8:33 AM   Hong Kong police are hunting a girl aged between 12 and 14 years old over the theft of a diamond necklace worth more than $HK36 million ($5.7 million) from a luxury jewellery store.

World leaders in Saudi after king's death

Britain's Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive in Saudi Arabia to offer their condolences.

Ian Timberlake 8:21 AM   World leaders have converged on Saudi Arabia to offer condolences following the death of King Abdullah, with US President Barack Obama cutting short a trip to India to pay respects.

Video purports to show hostage beheaded

A screenshot released by the so-called Islamic State's al-Furqan media arm shows Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa.

7:05 AM   Japan is scrambling to verify a video posted online claiming that one of two men held hostage by Islamic State jihadists has been executed, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the militant's "intolerable violence".

Rockets kill 15 after rebels reject Ukraine truce

Burned cars in a residential area in Mariupol, Ukraine after a crowded open-air market came under rocket fire on Saturday morning.

2:41 AM   At least 15 people were killed on Saturday when rockets hit a market in a vital Ukrainian port linking rebel territory with Russian-occupied Crimea after the pro-Moscow insurgents vowed to grab more land.

Gunmen kill policeman guarding UN building in Libya's capital

United Nations flag

Gunmen opened fire on Libyan police guarding a UN building in the capital Tripoli, killing one officer, state media and the UN said on Saturday.

Boko Haram kills 15 villagers in Nigeria's northeast

Cameroonian soldiers on patrol in Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 kilometre from Nigeria.

Bukar HUSSAIN   Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the city which is the epicentre of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency and where President Goodluck Jonathan is to launch his re-election campaign on Saturday.

Effort to float AirAsia fuselage fails

Indonesian rescue personnel unload a coffin bearing a body recovered from the underwater wreckage of ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 from a military plane on arrival at Surabaya.

Indonesian salvage teams have failed to raise the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the sea bed, but recovered four more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed jet.

You could not kill them, if you met them: Bali Nine families' plea to Indonesia

Devastated: (from left) Michael Chan, Raji Sukamaran and her children Brintha and Chinthu in Sydney on Saturday.

Tom Allard   Families of the two Australians facing imminent execution in Indonesia have urged the country's president to visit Kerobokan prison, saying no-one could allow their killing if they saw the remarkable work the duo have done inside the penitentiary.

Search team to float AirAsia fuselage

Part of AirAsia flight QL8501 recovered by search teams.

Salvage teams have begun an operation to raise the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the sea bed.