Refugee trek falters as border closures loom

Nick Miller 12:15 AM   Desperate people escaping their troubled homelands face many hurdles as they continue to enter Europe via Greece.

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US Supreme Court Justice dead

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2005.

Joan Biskupic and Lawrence Hurley 10:47 AM   Conservative US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election.

Dangerous cold grips northeast US

A woman bundles up from the cold in New York.

4:14 AM   New York's mayor has ordered people to stay indoors as the city experiences its coldest night in 20 years.

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He didn't report to work for six years, but nobody noticed

A public servant's six-year absence was only spotted when he was nominated for a long-service award.

James Babcock 11:45 AM    A Spanish civil servant who failed to turn up for work for six years was only discovered when he was considered for an award for loyal service.

Antonin Scalia's death sets up battle that could reshape US politics

US Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

Nick O'Malley 11:34 AM   It is difficult to exaggerate the significance of the death of the longest serving and most conservative member of the United States Supreme Court, 79-year-old Justice Antonin Scalia.

Millennium after split, pope and Russian Orthodox patriarch meet in Cuba

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill kisses Pope Francis in Havana.

Daniel Trotta 2:03 AM   Pope Francis arrived in Havana on Friday to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church nearly 1000 years after Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome, marking the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.

Flower start-ups cut out red roses for Valentine's Day

With this kale I celebrate my love for you?

Hadley Malcolm 2:00 AM   A budding group of American flower-delivery start-ups filling orders for Valentine's Day this week were shunning the most popular way to say "I love you": red roses.

Somalia's al Shabaab say behind airline blast

The plane operated by Daallo Airlines sits on the runway in Mogadishu. A gaping hole in the commercial airliner forced ...

1:59 AM   Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents said on Saturday they were responsible for a blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane last week that the government said was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board.

More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus

David Henrique Ferreira, 5 months, who was born with microcephaly, is examined by a doctor in Brazil.

1:38 AM   More than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

Brazil reports explosion of dengue, a bad omen for spread of Zika virus

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, responsible for the spread of the dengue and Zika viruses, during testing at the Roosevelt ...

Dom Phillips 1:24 AM   A nearly 50 per cent jump in dengue fever in Brazil in January a sign battle against mosquito that spreads it and Zika is being lost.

Syrian army edges towards Islamic State bastion

Children in a partially destroyed home in Aleppo, Syria, this week.

Tom Perry, Paul Carrel 10:51 PM   Syrian government forces are poised to advance into the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province as allied Russian jets continue air strikes on rebel-held towns north of Aleppo, denying they have hit civilians.

'Build that wall' has taken on a life of its own at Trump rallies

Build that wall: Donald Trump.

Jenna Johnson 5:00 PM   The wall is so popular with his supporters that Trump gleefully realised at a recent rally that he could drown out a protester by suddenly changing subjects and mentioning it.

Indonesia asks messaging apps to remove same-sex emojis

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is a big fan of emojis.

Jewel Topsfield and Karuni Rompies 2:22 PM   The Indonesian government has asked instant message apps to remove same-sex emojis "that could potentially cause public unrest".

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UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

The attack on the UN base happened in the north-east of Mali.

Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra 12:48 PM   Five UN peacekeepers were killed when their base in northern Mali was hit by mortars, gunfire and a truck bomb on Friday, an attack that a local separatist group blamed on Islamist militants.

Rolf Harris faces more sex charges

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, 84, faces seven further counts of indecent assault against girls and women.

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven further counts of indecent assault against girls and women, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

Clooneys discuss refugee crisis with Angela Merkel

German Chancellor  Angela Merkel (second from left) meets with George and Amal Clooney.

Sarah Mills   George Clooney says the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States.

How a man solved the 30-year-old mystery of his own disappearance

The missing persons photo of Edgar Latulip, altered to represent his current appearance.

Lindsey Bever   For 30 years, Edgar Latulip didn't remember his own name or realise he was living 130 kilometres from home. Then a flashback changed everything.

US Congress passes tougher North Korea sanctions

A North Korean soldier stands in front of the Unha 3 rocket at a launching site at Tongchang-ri, in 2012.

Patricia Zengerle   Sanctions broadened to punish Pyongyang after it tested a nuclear device in January and launched a satellite last weekend.

Unwire to unwind in Old Havana

The bright lights of Havana's Hotel Inglaterra.

Hannah Francis   Cuba is a curious destination for a technology reporter.

Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland

Muntadher Tareef, centre, and Hosham Hassen, right, who want to return to Iraq after about five months in Finland, with ...

Tuomas Forsell   Young Iraqi men, disappointed with their life and prospects in the chilly Nordic country, cancel asylum applications to return home voluntarily.

Syria's Assad says to keep fighting as peace talks proceed: report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he would keep "fighting terrorism" while peace talks took place, according to one ...

Lisa Barrington   Bashar al-Assad pours cold water on the international community's hard-fought efforts to win a ceasefire in Syria, saying he intended to carry on fighting until he had returned the entire country to his control.

Teens die in US school shooting

Parents wait to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday ...

Mike McPhate   Two teenage girls have died in a shooting at a school in the US city of Phoenix.

Japanese lawmaker who sought paternity leave to quit over tryst

Japanese lawmaker Kensuke Miyazaki

Isabel Reynolds and Takashi Hirokawa   A Japanese ruling party lawmaker who drew attention for seeking to take paternity leave said Friday he would resign over an extramarital affair.

Syrian explosions silence moderate voices

A Syrian child on the outskirts of Kilis, south-eastern Turkey.

Paul McGeough   Washington's faith in a political solution seems misplaced as the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians hang in the balance.

Presses will fall silent as Britain's Independent newspaper goes online-only

The Independent iPad app in front of copies of the paper.

The Indy will disappear from British news stands as it becomes one of the first national newspapers in the world to buckle under pressure from the internet.

Malaysian PM's former bodyguard recants allegations

Malaysian PM Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur in January.

Lindsay Murdoch   From detention at Villawood, a former bodyguard for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has long claimed he committed murder on the orders of "important people". Now his story has abruptly changed.