Frantic search for dozens missing beneath tower

More than 100 people remain unaccounted for in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan after a powerful earthquake caused an apartment building to collapse.

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Defiant North Korea launches 'space rocket'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wearing a pin with portraits of his father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung, the ...

Global condemnation and calls for sanctions as Kim Jong-un defies international opinion to launch rocket widely viewed as a missile test.

Mystery of Najib's $990m 'donation' deepens

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has returned almost all the money given to him by a Saudi prince, according to his ...

Mystery has deepened over the circumstances in which almost $990 million was secretly deposited in the personal bank account of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Bridge champion forced to sign 'confession'

Avon Wilsmore, the Sydney bridge champion who was pressured to sign a false declaration that he was gambling in ...

An Australian bridge champion was one of 31 Westerners pressured to sign what they say were false declarations that they had been gambling in Thailand.

AFP may assist with Indonesian murder

Jessica Kumala Wongso is accused of murdering friend Wayan Mirna Salihin in Indonesia.

Jewel Topsfield   Justice Minister Michael Keenan would have to personally sign off on the AFP assisting an Indonesian police investigation into a woman who could face the death penalty.

Trump booed, Rubio roughed up by rivals

Donald Trump was booed after trying to cut off Jeb Bush's attack. He responded by claiming the audience represented ...

Michael Bender 1:40 AM   Donald Trump bet again on his forceful personality as he battled a combative audience in New Hampshire.

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UN Security Council holds emergency session on North Korea

People in Seoul, South Korea watch news of North Korea's long-range rocket launch.

Louis Charbonneau 4:18 AM   The United Nations Security Council began an emergency meeting on North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday, with diplomats expected to condemn Pyongyang following rocket launch.

London bus explodes on Lambeth Bridge (for a film)

A London bus explodes on Lambeth Bridge during the filming of the new Jackie Chan film, The Foreigner.

3:25 AM   A bus has exploded in central London, scaring onlookers who said it brought back memories of the London terror attacks.

The four things that make Marco Rubio sound like a broken record

Marco Rubio makes his point – again – during Saturday's Republican debate.

During Saturday's Republican debate, Senator Marco Rubio sounded more like a broken record than a rising presidential front-runner. Here's why.

Severity of brain defects in Brazilian Zika babies baffles experts

Daniele da Silva, who is seven months pregnant, is photographed in Recife, Brazil. Ms Da Silva had Chikungunya a few ...

Bill Berkrot and Anthony Boadle 2:45 AM   Experts on microcephaly say they are struck by the severity of a small number of Zika cases they have reviewed from Brazil.

Republican debate: 'I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,' says Donald Trump

"I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding," Donald Trump said during Saturday night's Republican debate.

Ginger Gibson 1:24 AM   Seven years after the United States banned waterboarding as an interrogation tactic, two Republican presidential candidates say they would revive its use.

Haiti leaders agree to interim government amid protests

A human skull and bones are placed on the ground in a voodoo ceremony before the start of a protest to demand the ...

Joseph Guyler Delva 10:06 PM   Haitian leaders have agreed to install a caretaker government to take over from President Michel Martelly when he leaves power this weekend without an elected successor, a move that failed to calm protesters who clashed with police again on Saturday.

Jocelyn Elliott freed, efforts intensify to secure husband's release

Jocelyn Elliott has been freed but husband Ken is still in the hands of kidnappers.

Kim Arlington 7:11 PM   Jocelyn Elliott's family welcomes her release after three weeks but her husband is still being held.

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Awkward start to GOP debate as candidates fail to respond to name call

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz at a Republican candidates debate in January.

The latest Republican debate was a train wreck before it had even begun.

Taiwan quake: Frantic search for dozens missing beneath tower

A girl is rescued from the Wei Guan building.

More than 100 people remain unaccounted for in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan after a powerful earthquake caused an apartment building to collapse.

Human rights concerns as France pushes to enshrine emergency powers

A protester holds a banner reading "Stop the state of emergency" in Paris.

France's National Assembly has begun debating changes to the country's Constitution that would further expand powers of arrest, censorship and surveillance granted by the current state of emergency.

Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from sex abuse commission

Peter Saunders in Rome on Saturday.

Philip Pullella 2:58 PM   A prominent and outspoken British member of a papal advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy has refused to step down, saying only Pope Francis can dismiss him.

Mother and four children trapped in Christchurch Gondola

It was a fun adventure for Smith siblings - Lotte, 7, Madi, 8, and Finn, 4 - on the Christchurch Gondola, until minutes ...

Tash Smith was stuck in a swinging, hot gondola for nearly two hours with four screaming children.

Boy, 11, jailed for murdering girl after she refused to show him puppies

Shooting victim: McKayla Dyer, 8, was killed by her 11-year-old neighbour.

A boy, who shot dead his neighbour, 8, when she refused to let him see her puppies, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and jailed.

Perth man deported from India after IS propaganda found on laptop

The Perth man was found to have IS propoganda on his laptop.

The Indian Express reported the "Malay-origin Australian youth" had jihadi literature and Islamic State propaganda on his laptop including photos of him posing bare-chested with a rifle.

North Korea fires long-range rocket, say South Korean officials

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

North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.

Austrian avalanche kills up to five

An avalanche in Austria has killed up to five people.

Five people have been killed in an avalanche that buried 17 people from the Czech Republic in Austria's skiing region of Tyrol, police said.

Taiwan struck by earthquake: skyscrapers accordioned

An injured woman is rescued from a collapsed building.

A powerful earthquake has hit the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 13 and leaving hundreds trapped under collapsed buildings.

Why Norway gave its police guns. And then took them away again

Armed police stand guard at the central railway station in Oslo after of a possible terrorist threat in July 2014.

Adam Taylor   After just over a year of arming its officers, Norway has orders its police to keep their firearms locked in their cars. Here's why.

Explosion kills eight, injures dozens in Pakistan city of Quetta

Pakistani police and rescue workers examine the site of suicide bombing that killed at least 15 in Quetta, Pakistan, ...

At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor.

Wife crashes her own funeral, surprising husband who had paid to have her killed

Noela Rukundo surprised her husband at her own funeral after he ordered hit men kill her.

Sarah Kaplan   ​Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.

Spectacular scenes as Japanese volcano erupts

Lightning and lava as Sakurajima erupts on Friday evening.

Osamu Tsukimori and Kiyoshi Takenaka   A Japanese volcano about 50 kilometres from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly two kilometres into the night sky and spewing fountains of lava.