Police closing in on truck people-smugglers

Police in Europe have detained at least three people in connection with the people-smuggling truck tragedy

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Syriza on track to win Greek election: polls

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves his office at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, August 20, 2015. Tsipras is due to meet senior advisers shortly to discuss whether to call early elections to quell a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party, a government official said on Thursday.   REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was hoping for, polls say.

Profits of European people-smuggling

Syrian migrants wriggle under barbed wire to get into Hungary on Thursday.

Nick Miller 12:49 PM   The discovery of up to 70 decomposing bodies of smuggled migrants in a truck outside Vienna is the latest, most extreme example of something that is happening all over Europe.

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Kurds in the crosshairs as Turkey goes to war

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in July.

Paul McGeough 1:30 PM   Turkey's entrance into the war on Islamic State has put the Kurds in a familiar position: stateless victims of deals between states.

Queen Elizabeth's quiet revolution

As the monarchs of The Netherlands and Belgium abdicated, the Queen continued her round of public appearances, here this year at Ascot. Photo: Reuters

Nick Miller 12:47 PM   About to become the longest-reigning monarch of Britain, Queen Elizabeth II has gradually brought the institution into the 21st century.

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First-ever ministerial posts for Kurds in Turkish government

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan  with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara on Friday.

Ceylan Yeginsu 4:29 PM   Turkey's short-term interim government, approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has allowed pro-Kurdish party lawmakers to take up ministerial posts for the first time in the country's history.

Australian nurse saves lives on refugee rescue ship off Libya

Carol Nagy with Fatma, 4, Mohamed, 6, and their mother Nasma, on-board the MY Phoenix.

Ruth Pollard 3:54 PM    A voice crackles over the radio: "There are at least 30 deceased below deck."

Words for a new age: says the Oxford dictionary

Two volumes of the twenty one volume Oxford English Dictionary
SMH RADAR Photo by Domino Postiglione

3:28 PM   The Oxford online dictionary has added a range of new words that have a flavour of the modern world.

Greste 'not optimistic' as Cairo retrial verdict nears

Australian journalist Peter Greste.

Tim Elliott 3:12 PM   Australian journalist Peter Greste could become a convicted terrorist tonight, with a court in Egypt due to deliver a verdict on his controversial case on Saturday.

Iraqi PM orders easier access to Baghdad's Green Zone as protests surge

Iraqi security forces close a bridge leading to the heavily guarded Green Zone on Friday.

Stephen Kalin 3:09 PM   During the biggest protest of the summer Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone and main streets looking to help Iraqis.

Airbus over the domes of Russia

An Airbus A350 XWB aircraft flies over the domes of an Orthodox church during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

1:22 PM   BIG PICTURE: An Airbus A350 XWB aircraft flies over the domes of an Orthodox church during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

Police closing in on gang connected to Austrian people-smuggling tragedy

Chief of the Burgenland police  Hans Peter Doskozil on Thursday in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Karin Strohecker 11:36 AM   Police in Europe have detained at least three people, including Bulgarians and an Afghan, in connection with the people-smuggling tragedy in which at least 70 people were found dead in a truck in Austria on Thursday, and officers were closing in on the people-smuggling gang-leaders, an Austrian police chief said.

What's really going on in the Chinese economy

A Chinese day trader rests at a Beijing  brokerage house after a dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets around the world, driving indexes lower and erasing trillions of dollars in value.

Philip Wen 9:14 AM   The world has watched agape as $US5 trillion ($7 trillion) has been melted off China's crumpling sharemarket since mid-June, the equivalent of more than three times Australia's annual economic output.

US confirms Islamic State computer expert killed in air strike

A US Air Force drone has killed Islamic State recruiter Junaid Hussain of England in Raqqa, Syria this week, CNN reported on Friday.

Mark Hosenball and Andrea Shalal 7:45 AM   The US military confirmed on Friday that a British hacker who was one of the Islamic State movement's top computer experts and who was active in encouraging people abroad to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks has been killed in Syria by a US air strike.

Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie cleared of rape

Relief: Attorney J.W. Carney puts his arm around Owen Labrie, as he weeps in court.

7:37 AM   A former student of an elite New Hampshire prep school was found not guilty on Friday of raping a 15-year-old girl days before graduation last year in a case that cast a harsh spotlight on the school's culture.

Virginia TV shooting survivor tried to dodge bullets, husband says

Survivor ... Vicki Gardner tried to dodge bullets fired by Vester Lee Flanagan during her interview with WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker.

Katie Rogers 7:04 AM   After watching Vester Lee Flanagan II fire the shots that killed a reporter, Alison Parker, and a cameraman, Adam Ward, Vicki Gardner flinched and moved away from Flanagan before he fired a gun pointed directly at her face, Gardner's husband, Tim Gardner, said.

Sewage surfing and other weird news from around the world

Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach is likely to be closed because of a flood of 2 million litres of sewage. That didn't stop some surfers.

6:45 AM   Just in case you missed some of the oddest yarns doing the rounds, here's a recap of some weird and wonderful stories from around the world this week.

Colorado cinema gunman gets 12 life sentences and 3318 years in prison

James Holmes leaves court to begin his 12 life sentences in jail.

Julie Turkewitz 4:41 AM   'Get the defendant out of my courtroom,' the judge said as the emotional court drama came to an end.

Kim Jong-un: It our 'military muscle', not negotiation, that avoided war

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: "We protected the dignity and sovereignty of the country."

Anna Fifield 3:56 AM   Querulous North Korean leader says the recent standoff with South Korea was resolved not through negotiation but 'thanks to the tremendous military muscle' of the country's nuclear weapons.

Lava flows from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano and lava flow on the island of Hawaii. File photo.

Victoria Cavaliere 3:55 AM   A thick stream of lava erupted from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday and had crept into the surrounding forest, the US Geological Survey said, but it did not pose a threat to surrounding communities.

'It was a boat of death': 200 feared dead after another migrant boat sinks

Drowned in darkness: The body of a migrant lies on a dock, in Zuwara, Libya.

Laura King 3:41 AM   Dozens of bodies wash ashore as more are retrieved from one sunken ship's flooded hold in yet another tragedy off the Libyan coast.

Tropical Storm Erika lashes Caribbean islands and heads for Florida

A boat sits in shallow water as Tropical Storm Erika passes through New Town, Dominica.

David Adams 3:12 AM   Tropical Storm Erika threatened Haiti and the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean and geared up for a run at South Florida, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

The infamous Whitehall nudge unit

David Halpern, chief executive of Behavioural Insights, in Sydney.

Nick Miller 12:08 AM   London's Behavioural Insights is working with state agencies to find ways of influencing people to do things "right".

Cross-border firing kills nine on India-Pakistan war anniversary

The daughter of Indian civilian Banso Devi, who was killed in alleged firing from the Pakistan side into a residential area, at Sai village, in Ranbir Singh Pura, near the India-Pakistan international border.

Reuters 9:54 PM   Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two south Asian nations.

Archbishop accused of child sex abuse by Vatican dies before trial

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Reuters 9:34 PM   A Catholic former archbishop accused of child sex offences was found dead on Friday, the Vatican said, a month after he was hospitalised on the eve of his trial.

Robb slams unions for 'economic sabotage' on China FTA

Andrew Robb

Philip Wen 8:52 PM   Andrew Robb has described the trade union movement's opposition to Australia's free trade agreement with China as "nothing short of economic sabotage".