'This is a signpost on climate change'

Roberta Rampton 5:53 PM   Standing in front of a glacier in Alaska, the US President had a message for Americans and the world.

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Icelandic homes open to Syrian refugees

A Greek police officer gives orders to Syrians as they wait to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia on the weekend.

Around 13,000 people from Iceland's population of little over 300,000 joined a Facebook page asking the government to take in more Syrian refugees.

Malaysian police to question Mahathir

Malaysia former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, waves to activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) on his arrival during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully. (AP Photo)

Former premier Mahathir Mohamad will be questioned about his statements at an anti-government rally on the weekend.  

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.

Bali police confess to extorting Australians

Kuta Police chief  Deddy Januartha responding to the allegations.

Jewel Topsfield 12:20 PM   Investigation confirms police received a bribe from a group of Australians apprehended after hiring strippers at a buck's night in Seminyak.

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President stripped of immunity in Guatemala

A couple celebrates in front of the Guatemalan Congress building  after the unanimous vote to end the president's immunity.

Elisabeth Malkin 11:22 PM   Guatemala's congress votes unanimously to include president in customs fraud probe.

Bali police are interested in one thing: cash

Australia is among 47 countries that will be granted visa-free entry into Bali.

Michael Bachelard 10:17 PM   To corrupt police, foreigners are "fantastic, low risk targets".

Somali Islamists warn against 'immoral culture' at hotels, beaches

Al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises south of Mogadishu in 2011.

Feisal Omar 10:00 PM   Islamist militants al-Shabab issued a warning against Somalis who frequent hotels, beaches and nightclubs in the capital Mogadishu, saying it will target men and women who engage in "immoral culture".

Doubts over Indonesia's plans to scrap tourist visa for Australians

Indonesia is hoping to boost foreign tourism numbers to 20 million a year by 2019.

Jewel Topsfield and Karuni Rompies 6:25 PM   A plan to scrap the $US35 visa Australian visitors must obtain on arrival in Indonesia is in doubt with the Indonesian government making contradictory statements.

Obama: Shrinking Exit Glacier a powerful sign of warming climate

US President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska.

Roberta Rampton 5:53 PM   Standing in front of a glacier in Alaska, the US President had a message for Americans and the world.

Trouble in paradise: buck's night leads to bashing and bribes

Mark Ipaviz and fiancee: Ipavez and friends visited Bali in February for the buck's weekend.

Jewel Topsfield, Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 5:48 PM   Seven Balinese police officers will face trial over extortion allegations, after 16 Melbourne men attending a buck's weekend in Seminyak were allegedly forced to pay a bribe of about $25,000 to avoid trumped up charges and threats of a 10-year prison sentence.

Fighters scrambled when model threatens to bring down plane over cat

Czech model Zaneta Hucikova, detained on Condor Airlines flight on August 27, 2015 in Denver

4:47 PM   Fighter jets were scrambled and an airliner diverted after a passenger who snuck a cat on board the flight became unruly.

Canadian bureaucrat may lose job after his cheesy song went viral

Tony Turner, a public servant at Environment Canada, who wrote and sang the protest song Harperman.

Markus Mannheim 2:08 PM   Protest tune sparks national debate about public servants' freedom of speech.

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Typhane or hurricoon? The storm that changed its title

Kilo on the date line

Peter Hannam 1:49 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.

Pope Francis to allow all 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.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein 1:01 PM   The Vatican said on Tuesday that 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 Catholic Church practice.

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

A protester at Rowan County Courthouse on Saturday.

Steve Bittenbender 1:00 PM   "This … is about marriage and God's word. It is a matter of religious liberty," clerk says.

Murder rates sharply rising in US cities

Milwaukee police chief Edward Flynn: trying to cope with a precipitous rise the murder rate this year.

Monica Davey 12:47 PM   Cities across the US are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as precipitous as Milwaukee.

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.

'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.

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.

'Please let us go': Hundreds of migrants protest as Budapest train station shuts

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

Krisztina Than 6:16 AM   'We are thousands here, where should we go?' asks a woman who bought tickets to Germany but was not allowed on the train.