Aftershocks rattle Christchurch after earthquake

6:40 AM   Aftershocks have rattled Christchurch in the wake of a 5.7-magnitude quake that shook the city almost five years on from the devastating tremor that killed 185 people and caused widespread destruction.

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Mystery illness strikes US university

Many students at Ursinus College in the US have fallen ill over the past week.

6:33 AM   Officials say about 200 students at a Pennsylvania college have now reported symptoms of a stomach illness, but the source of the ailment remains a mystery.

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Clinton needs to get women on board

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as former secretary of state Madeleine Albright says, "there's ...

Anne Taylor Fleming 6:22 AM   Feminists who rebuke young women for not supporting Hillary Clinton are not doing the presidential contender any favours.

Obama to Putin: stop bombing 'moderates'

President Barack Obama has appealed to Russia to cease bombing moderate Syrian rebels.

Tom Perry and Jeff Mason 4:33 AM   US President Barack Obama urged Russia on Sunday to stop bombing "moderate" rebels in Syria in support of its ally Bashar al-Assad.

'The war in Iraq was a big fat mistake'

Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump.

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush launched into a bitter and at times deeply personal volley of insults at the Republican presidential debate.

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Church of England defends pray tweet for atheist Richard Dawkins

Professor Richard Dawkins has suffered a stroke.

Daisy Dumas 10:44 AM   The Church of England has defended tweeting a prayer for outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins after it was accused of trolling him.

'Gunmen loose' at university a video project

Authorities search for a gunman at an incident in the US in late 2015.

10:22 AM   Arkansas State University in the city of Jonesboro is locked down after armed men were reportedly seen on campus.

Mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold breaks her silence

Sue Klebold in an itnerview with American ABC News's Diane Sawyer this month.

Karen Heller 10:06 AM   "The terror and total disbelief are overwhelming. The sorrow of losing my son, the shame of what he has done, the fear of the world's hate. There is no respite from the agony."

How well do you know the Presidential primaries?

New Hampshire.

Stephen Samuelson 9:08 AM   The path to the White House is not a simple one.

Christchurch quake a reminder of the danger that lies beneath

Nick Smith was out on a Jetski tour when the earthquake hit near Christchurch.

Vicki Anderson 7:39 AM   Valentine's Day and I'm hunched in a doorway, face to jowl with my elderly cat as the house sways from side-to-side like an insignificant dinghy on rough seas.

Aftershocks rattle Christchurch after earthquake on Sunday

Dust clouds rise in Sumner following the collapse of a cliff during Sunday's large earthquake.

6:40 AM   Aftershocks have rattled Christchurch in the wake of a 5.7-magnitude quake that shook the city almost five years on from the devastating tremor that killed 185 people and caused widespread destruction.

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Christchurch, New Zealand

The earthquake hit central New Zealand, rattling Christchurch.

4:19 AM   There were harrowing near misses but Christchurch has emerged from a magnitude 5.7 quake with no deaths and little damage and must wait to see what happens next.

A record 11,000 civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2015: UN

The ongoing war in Afghanistan means that many Afghans are among the hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in ...

Josh Smith 3:39 AM   Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across the country in the wake of the withdrawal of most international troops.

Turkey fires on Kurdish forces in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of local administrators at his palace in Ankara, Turkey, on ...

Michelle Jamrisko and Zaid Sabah 3:12 AM   The US Defense Department is urging Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria to quit firing at each other as reports of fresh violence between the two parties threaten their efforts to counter Islamic State.

Pope presses Mexican President on corruption and drugs

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, her image is displayed behind him, in Mexico City.

Philip Pullella and Gabriel Stargardter 2:38 PM   Pope Francis called on Mexico's government on Saturday to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country - the Virgin of Guadalupe.

After Japanese sanctions, North Korea halts abductions inquiry

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se (right) shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after a ...

CHOE SANG-HUN 2:29 PM   North Korea has announced a halt to an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens said to have been abducted by its agents decades ago, retaliating for sanctions Japan imposed this week after the North's latest rocket launching.

Former PM joins move to oust Malaysian leader Najib Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Lindsay Murdoch 2:09 PM   Members of Malaysia's long ruling party are plotting to oust embattled prime minister Najib Razak as he attends a summit in the United States hosted by president Barack Obama.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2005.

Joan Biskupic and Lawrence Hurley 1:47 PM   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.

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

US Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

Nick O'Malley 1:38 PM   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.

Zika threat may be overstated: new analysis

David Henrique Ferreira, aged 5 months, was born with microcephaly.

Rachel Browne 12:31 PM   The threat of the Zika virus may be overstated according to new reports.

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.

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Dangerous cold grips northeast US, could break Valentine's Day records

A woman bundles up from the cold in New York.

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

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   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   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 ...

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.

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.