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Khorasan hit by US before the public knew of them

NICK O'MALLEY 12:52pm Most Americans did not even know that the Khorasan Group existed, let alone of its alleged plans to blow up Western passenger aircraft with explosive clothes, before a volley of US Navy Tomahawk missiles hit the group in Syria on Tuesday night.

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Ebola cases could hit 1.4m: CDC

A woman suspected of being infected with Ebola is assisted by health workers to an ambulance for treatment in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

5:58am Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released on Tuesday.

Melbourne man planned to behead police

Numan Haider

JOHN SILVESTER 1:56pm Police suspect the 18-year-old man shot dead outside the Endeavour Hills police stationed planned to behead officers and post the images online.

New jihadist threat makes policing harder

A paratrooper patrols under the Eiffel Tower: Islamic States on Muslims to kill citizens of countries taking part in the US-led coalition against the jihadists.

10:55am The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organisation.

Leaders urged to change course on climate

A woman takes part in a march against climate change in New York on Sunday.

2:29am The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opens at the United Nations on Tuesday amid calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming.

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Vatican arrests former ambassador

Polish former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski.

2:40pm A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been placed under house arrest in what may be the first stage of criminal proceedings by the Holy See in a case of sexual abuse of children.

Once-banned Modi embraced by US as interests align on China

Modi may be one of two world leaders missing from UN climate summit.

Bibhudatta Pradhan and Shobhana Chandra 1:35pm A decade ago, the United States saw Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an international pariah. Next week he'll address a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden and stroll down the red carpet at the White House.

Bin Laden adviser Sulaiman Abu Ghaith threatens US as he is jailed

Benjamin Weiser 12:27pm A Kuwaiti-born cleric who sat with Osama bin Laden in an Afghan cave hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and later became a fiery spokesman for the al-Qaeda leader, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a US federal judge in Manhattan.

Beer pipeline to carry booze under Bruges


11:53am BRUSSELS, Sept 23 AFP - Tired of delivery trucks rumbling near its mythic canals, Belgium's medieval town of Bruges has approved the construction of a beer pipeline to link a five-century-old brewery to a bottling factory nearby.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prepares diplomatic clash at UN with Israel, US

John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas.

Terry Atlas 11:27am Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas readied a new diplomatic confrontation with Israel and the US with a plan to ask the United Nations to set a timetable for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

David Cameron to apologise for gaffe over Queen's reaction to Scotland vote

Queen Elizabeth is unlikely to be amused by the British Prime Minister's recent comments.

Peter Dominiczak 2:21pm David Cameron is to apologise to the Queen for an extraordinary breach of protocol after he was heard saying that she "purred" down the line after he told her Scotland had voted against independence.

Khorasan and leader Muhsin al-Fadhli: who are they?

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has described Khorasan as a threat.

Terrence McCoy 9:14am The mission of the Khorasan, led by longtime al-Qaeda leader Muhsin al-Fadhli, appears to be different than other militant groups operating in Syria.

Islamic State strikes: Khorasan network targeted by cruise missiles amid terror threat

Muhsin al-Fadhli, who has a $US7 million price on his head, was a possible target for the air strikes on the Khorasan Group in Syria.

NICK O'MALLEY 10:20am Three waves of bombers, missiles and drones were launched by the United States and its Arab allies against targets in three regions of Syria over four hours on Monday night as world leaders gathered for a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

17 charged in Colorado after food truck sold tacos with ‘a side of meth’

Taco truck.

Lindsey Bever 5:07am It may have looked like any other food truck — shiny silver with “tacos,” “tortas” and “burritos” splashed across the front — but until recently, it’s where customers in Denver armed with code phrases such as “six pack” or “yellow cups” could order methamphetamine with their meal, authorities said.

'Imminent attack' in US prompted air strikes on Khorasan group in Syria

Muhsin al-Fadhli, who has a $US7 million price on his head, was a possible target for the air strikes on the Khorasan Group in Syria.

Elizabeth Wasserman and Tony Capaccio 5:18am Airstrikes against the militant Khorasan Group in Syria were prompted by plans for an "imminent" terror attack on US soil, the Pentagon said.

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Algeria hunts for kidnapped Frenchman, Paris says no deals

Abducted:  Herve Gourdel appeared in a video with two masked gunmen.

Abdelaziz Boumzar and John Irish 10:42pm Algerian military and police set up checkpoints and sent troops into mountains east of Algiers on Tuesday to look for a Frenchman kidnapped by militants who threatened to execute him over France's intervention in Iraq.

Israel shoots down Syrian warplane

The Syrian fighter jet in flames after it was hit by the Israeli military.

10:58pm Israel has downed a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights in the first such incident in three decades, and warns it will respond "forcefully" if its security is threatened.

Karzai says goodbye with final gibe at US

Last word: Afghanistan's outgoing President Hamid Karzai.

8:53pm Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has used his farewell speech to take a parting shot at the US, accusing Washington of waging a war against Taliban insurgents for its own ends.


Brilliant or reckless? US and Arab nations launch air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria

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PAUL MCGEOUGH 1:19am In a daring escalation, that time will reveal as brilliant or reckless, American and Arab fighter aircraft have launched their first air strikes on Syria.

Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti sentenced to life in jail by Chinese court

Ilham Tohti.

Philip Wen and Sanghee Liu 4:48pm China has sentenced prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti to life in jail on charges of separatism in a prosecution condemned by foreign governments and human rights groups.

China increasingly producing 'tools of torture' for export - Amnesty

Chinese weighted leg cuffs.

Megha Rajagopalan 3:55pm BEIJING, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture", from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Ukraine retreats from front line in 'New Russia'

Withdrawing: Ukrainian servicemen man their position at a checkpoint near Slavyanoserbsk.

Tom Parfitt 3:54pm The Russian-backed territory of "Novorossiya" in Ukraine has moved closer to de facto independence after Ukrainian troops and rebel militias began to retreat from the conflict's frontline.

Starbucks tests coffee with beer taste

Starbucks Coffee sign.

Bruce Horovitz 3:44pm All Starbucks coffee shops sell coffee. Some sell beer. But only a precious few sell coffee that many people out in social media land insist tastes a lot like beer.

Australia conspicuous by its absence in climate debate

Modest climate targets: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at UN headquarters in New York.

NICK O'MALLEY The contrast could not be more stark. Even as he goes about building a coalition for war at this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry has thrown his weight behind Tuesday’s Climate Summit. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott won't arrive in time for the New York meeting.

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Hamas rejects Israeli demand to disarm ahead of truce talks

Israeli soldiers on a training exercise near the Israel-Gaza border.

Robert Tuttle and Jonathan Ferziger Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal ruled out Israel's demand that the militant Islamist group disarm in comments ahead of indirect talks with Israel in Cairo to extend last month's ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Islamic State: US and partners begin airstrikes in Syria

The crew of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet

Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt The US and partner nations have carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, agencies have reported.

Islamic State suicide bombers drive right into Iraqi army base

Military convoy: Iraqi security force vehicles are seen on a road during clashes with Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Loveday Morris The army base in Iraq's western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviours had arrived.

Bank worker Kuntal Patel used Breaking Bad ricin plot to poison 'meddling' mother

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

Tom Whitehead A bank worker in Canary Wharf tried to kill her "manipulative and controlling" magistrate mother with a deadly poison bought over the internet, in a plot inspired by Breaking Bad, the hit television thriller, a London court heard on Monday.

Girl, 14, was raped in school after being used as 'bait'

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Rosa Prince An American teenager with special needs was raped after being used as "bait" by her teachers to entrap a schoolboy sex predator.

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