US man accused of killing Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

8:30 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.

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US man charged in IS backpack bomb plot

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces a federal civil rights investigation into the legality of the Baltimore's police department's use of force and whether there are 'systemic violations' as well as any pattern of discriminatory policing, at the US Justice Department in Washington.

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.

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.

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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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 8:45 AM   When Madyson Middleton went missing, it seemed like all of Santa Cruz came out to search for her.

American accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion

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

8:30 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.

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.

Indonesia to outlaw Islamic State members and sympathisers

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron  (left)  with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta on Monday. The two discussed tackling Islamist militancy.

Tom Allard 6:39 PM   As more Indonesians travel to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State and critics complain of woefully inadequate laws to stop them, Indonesia is cracking down on the terrorist group

Islamic State-free safe zone on the cards but only just

A Turkish Air Force AS-532AL Cougar helicopter takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey on Monday.

Ruth Pollard 5:18 PM   A joint US-Turkey plan to create an Islamic State-free strip of Syrian territory looks set to go ahead, but details remain sketchy.

Frustrated Obama intervenes in South Sudan conflict

Displaced people walk in a UN compound home to thousands of people displaced by fighting, in Juba, South Sudan in 2013.

Peter Baker and Marc Santora 4:02 PM   Four years after South Sudan became independent, a ruthless ethnic conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced more than 2 million others.

US softens view of Malaysia, Cuba in human trafficking report

United States Secretary of State John Kerry releases the <i>Trafficking in Persons Report </i> in Washington on Monday.

Jason Szep and David Brunnstrom 3:15 PM   The US has taken both countries off the worst-offenders list, removing a significant hurdle for economic transactions.

El Salvador bus drivers strike as gang violence surges

Riding in the back of a pick up truck during a suspension of public transport services in San Salvador on Monday.

Nelson Renteria 2:57 PM   El Salvador's bus drivers went on strike on Monday, demanding better security in the wake of escalating gang attacks and leaving thousands of commuters stranded on the streets of the Central American capital.

Tragedy of 'golden' daughter's fall resonates with Asian immigrant children

Jennifer Pan was found guilty of murdering her mother and  attempting to murder her father. The 28-year-old will serve a life sentence after a jury found her and her three co-accused guilty of first degree murder and attempted murder after a nine-month trial.

Yanan Wang 2:17 PM   For a while, Jennifer Pan's parents regarded her as their "golden" child, a scholarship winner and university graduate. But that perfection was an elaborate lie.

Hacker says Cosby cover wasn't why he took down New York magazine's website

The <i>New York</i> magazine cover.

Katie Rogers 1:55 PM   'I have not even seen the cover, LOL,' the hacker says as the website - and a major article on Cosby - went offline.

6 million people facing starvation in Yemen: charity

A Houthi militant walks in front of a government compound, destroyed by recent Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen.

KAREEM FAHIM 1:40 PM   Half of Yemen's population is struggling to find food as the Saudi-led war rages on, a quarter could starve.