Plan to eject WikiLeak's Julian Assange revealed

Vexed by Australian's behaviour, staff of Ecuador's embassy in London devised plans to get rid of him.

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Migrants protest as Budapest station shuts

Migrants show their tickets at Budapest station, demanding to be let on a train to Germany.

'We are thousands here, where should we go?' asks a woman who bought tickets to Germany but was not allowed on the train.

Priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

Invitation to reconciliation ... Pope Francis waves as arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on August 26.

The Vatican said Pope Francis will expand access to confession for abortion, but it was not immediately clear if the pope's comments were symbolic or a change in practice.

'Fire selfies' after a jealous rage lead to arrest

Alleged fire starter Justin Clum.

A Maryland man got mad after learning of his girlfriend's claim of a sexual encounter with someone else, set a house on fire and returned to take — yes, a selfie in front of the burned ruins.

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Typhane or hurricoon? The storm that changed its title

Kilo on the date line

Peter Hannam 12:28 PM   One of four huge tropical storms spinning in the north Pacific has caused a stir among meteorologists by crossing the International Date Line near Hawaii and requiring a title change.

Viral photograph changes the world for refugee dad and family

The photo that transformed their lives: Palestinian-Syrian refugee Abdul Halim Attar selling pens on the streets of Beirut with his daughter Reem.

Inga Ting 12:21 PM   This photograph and the kindness of strangers have changed the world for one refugee father and his two young children after sparking a campaign that has raised $US170,000 in less than a week.

Seven Balinese police confess to extorting Australian buck's night partygoers

Kuta Police chief  Deddy Januartha responding to the allegations.

Jewel Topsfield 12:20 PM   Seven Balinese police officers will go on trial for extortion after an investigation confirmed they received a bribe from a group of Australians apprehended after hiring strippers at a buck's night in Seminyak.

'The worst horrific scene': US teen accused of slaughtering family in front of six kids

Robert Seth Denton, in a photo provided by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Sarah Kaplan 12:11 PM   Armed with 100 rounds of ammunition, the 19-year-old armed walked into his family's home and allegedly shot his mother, stepfather and grandmother. Then his grandfather shot him.

Northern Ireland murder-linked government crisis worst in a decade

Martin McGuinness in 2005.

Padraic Halpin 11:31 AM   Rump of IRA, which was formally disbanded in 2005, may have been involved in a recent killing, police say.

Murder trial begins for alleged ‘pill mill’ doctor in US after string of patients overdose on painkillers

Lisa Tseng during her arraignment in a Los Angeles court in 2012.

Michael E. Miller 11:10 AM   Joey Rovero was just five months from graduation. It was December of 2009 and the healthy, handsome, athletic Arizona State University senior had finished his second-to-last semester. It was time to blow off some steam.

What is China's 'peace disease'?

A rising power: People's Liberation Army soldiers practise in Hong Kong in July. China's army hasn't seen real combat in decades.

Philip Wen 11:07 AM   China to flex its military muscles with parade of tanks, missiles and goose-stepping soldiers on Thursday.

Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees

Reykjavik, Iceland.

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir 10:31 AM   Around 12,000 people from Iceland's population of little over 300,000 joined a Facebook page asking the government to take in more Syrian refugees.

Gay marriage: citing God's authority, clerk defies US top court

A protester at Rowan County Courthouse on Saturday.

Steve Bittenbender 10:13 AM   "This … is about marriage and God's word. It is a matter of religious liberty," clerk says.

Man wraps himself around engine in bid for new life

A migrant from Guinea is found hiding in a car engine in a bid to enter Spain from Morocco.

10:03 AM   In scenes reminiscent of Cold War East Berlin, refugees have taken to smuggling themselves into Europe even in car engines, in the latest episode of the continent's growing immigration crisis.

Plan to eject WikiLeaks' Julian Assange in fancy dress, rooftop dash revealed

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

David Barrett 8:42 AM   Vexed by Australian resident's behaviour, staff of Ecuadorian embassy in London devised plans to get rid of him.

Mongolia in for double whammy: drought now, "dzud" next

Hard times on the steppe: drought and prospects of a tough winter ahead.

7:44 AM   The drought has wiped out up to 80 per cent of its wheat crop and up next could be the worst winter in six years.

What the migrants are carrying with them to Europe

Wafaa Bukai, 25, a student from Damascus, Syria, holds a photograph as she waits for her brother to cross the border from Horgos, Serbia to Hungary.

Shawn Pogatchnik 6:35 AM   To survive days on end of walking and improvised camping in harsh weather, they must concentrate on essentials: pain medicine, foot powder and first aid, food and personal hygiene items.

Hot ticket to Taiwan's metro

Two special edition swipe cards for Taiwan's mass transit system feature Japanese porn star Yui Hatano, who is said to be keen to rebuild her image.

Sudarsan Raghavan 6:06 AM   She's Japanese. She's 27. And she's a porn star. She's also at the centre of the biggest controversy Taiwan has experienced in weeks, if not months.

Obama using Alaska to add urgency to his climate change warnings

President Barack Obama participates in a roundtable with Alaska natives in Anchorage.

Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin 3:12 AM   Anchorage: As stage sets go, Alaska is a spectacular one: craggy mountain ranges, picturesque coastlines and iconic glaciers. President Obama arrived here Monday to use that backdrop for his message that climate change is not just a thing of the future but something well underway in the nation's largest state.

Poland to dispatch army explosives unit in hunt for Nazi gold train

An area close to where a Nazi gold train is believed to be hidden underground, near the city of Walbrzych, Poland.

Piotr Skolimowski 2:16 AM   Poland is set to send military explosives experts to inspect the area of a possible buried German Nazi train that local legend says is laden with gold, other loot and potentially booby traps.

Vice News reporters charged with terrorism links

Charged: Jake Hanrahan.

12:49 AM   A Turkish court on Monday formally charged three employees of Vice News with having links to a terrorist organisation, the online news channel said, days after they were detained while reporting from the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Husband arrested after top pianist beaten to death

John Martin, right, has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of his wife Natalia Strelchenko.

Victoria Ward 12:48 AM   Husband, mother and her teenage son had performed together in musical trio.

Big guns in east Ukraine fall silent

Police officers give aid to a colleague after a grenade blast during protests in Kiev.

12:42 AM   A fragile truce between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to hold on Tuesday as two more guardsman died from wounds sustained in violent protests.

Ukraine's pro-Russian bill sparks deadly clashes outside Kiev parliament

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the nation in Kiev on Monday.

Carol Williams 12:22 AM   Granting autonomy to rebel-held regions would be "a road to realisation of Putin's plan for destroying Ukraine", critic says.

Journalist Alan Morison and colleague acquitted of defaming Thai navy

Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian with Chutima's mother after their acquittal in Phuket.

Lindsay Murdoch 11:41 PM   Australian journalist Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian are acquitted on charges of defaming the Royal Thai Navy.

Thai authorities arrest second suspect in deadly Bangkok bombing

Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters on Tuesday that the man was arrested near the Cambodian border, east of Bangkok.

Aukkarapon Niyomyat, Pracha and Hariraksapitak 7:36 PM   Thai authorities arrested a foreign man near the border with Cambodia, the second suspect detained in connection with a deadly bomb attack in central Bangkok two weeks ago.