Lawyers for Tsarnaev admit he carried out killings

Lawyers for the Muslim student on trial for the Boston Marathon bombings admitted he carried out the bloody assault, as gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims were recounted to jurors.

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Ferguson police 'racist', US probe concludes

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington.

Nick O'Malley 10:02 AM   In the City of Ferguson on the outskirts of St Louis in Missouri, police did not protect and serve, rather they menaced African American citizens.

Pell gets green light from Francis for reform

Pope Francis has endorsed reform proposals overseen by Cardinal George Pell.

Paola Totaro 9:25 AM   Pope Francis has given the green light for an historic reform of the Holy See’s finances, vesting Cardinal George Pell with sweeping new financial oversight powers.

Sunken Japanese battleship Musashi 'found'

The Japanese battleship Musashi which sank in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines after coming under blistering US air raids.

Microsoft Corporation cofounder Paul Allen said he has "found Musashi," the former Imperial Japanese Navy's battleship that was sunk in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines in October 1944.

Ukraine coalmine blast in Donetsk kills dozens

Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in the Zasyadko coal mine.

7:21 AM   At least 32 miners have died in a blast at a coalmine in a rebel-held area of east Ukraine, the president of Ukraine's parliament says.

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Lucky escape for passengers and crew as Turkish Airlines jet skids off runway

A Turkish Airlines plane lies on the field after it overshot the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu March 4, 2015.

Lisa Visentin 11:29 AM   All passengers and crew on a Turkish Airlines flight have escaped with their lives after their plane skidded off the runway as it attempted to land in dense fog in Kathmandu, Nepal.

US ambassador in Seoul Mark Lippert wounded in attack

US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in central Seoul.

11:21 AM   The US ambassador in Seoul has been wounded in an attack by an armed assailant, reports say.

In case of zombie apocalypse, head for the hills, report says

In case of zombies, head for the hills.

11:08 AM   Americans living in the Rockies stand a better chance of dodging a zombie apocalypse than their urban counterparts.

Eurozone prices continue slide fueling deflation worries

Job cuts: A protest in Spain against the government's austerity measures.

David Jolly 10:52 AM   Europe is worried about possible deflation after a third straight month of falling prices - but a slight easing of the jobless rate offers a glimmer of hope.

Russia accuses US of plot to oust Putin via opposition aid

Russia's Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

Evgenia Pismennaya and Henry Meyer 10:35 AM   Russia's Security Council has accused the United States of plotting to oust President Vladimir Putin by financing the opposition and encouraging mass demonstrations.

Homeless man stole an identity to chase Hollywood dream

Charley Saturmin Robinet, pictured here in 2000, went to extreme lengths to chase the Hollywood dream.

Harriet Alexander and Nick Allen 9:31 AM   When a black homeless man was shot dead by police in Los Angeles, it was seen as another example of white American officers being too quick to reach for their guns. But the real story is far more complex, involving dreams of Hollywood stardom and a foiled bank robbery.

US documents from Edward Snowden detail Australia-NZ spying on Indonesia communications

mobile phone tower

Philip Dorling 9:01 AM   Australian spies are targeting Indonesia’s largest mobile phone network as well as the telecommunications systems of Australia’s small Pacific Island neighbours, according to documents obtained from the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Indonesian president says Bali nine executions will not be this week

Myuran Sukumaran handcuffed arriving at Cilacap airport.

Jewel Topsfield 8:26 AM   Indonesian president Joko Widodo says the executions of 10 drug felons, including Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, will not be this week but will be soon.

Republicans fail to override Obama veto of Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline

US President Barack Obama's veto against a tar sands pipeline survives a Senate vote.

Jim Snyder and Kathleen Hunter 6:58 AM   The US Senate failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a setback for Republicans who've made building the $US8 billion U.S.-Canada oil link a legislative priority.

Lawyers for Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admit he carried out killings

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Jennie Matthew 6:56 AM   Lawyers for the Muslim student on trial for the Boston Marathon bombings admitted he carried out the bloody assault, as gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims were recounted to jurors.

Why you shouldn't freak out about those mysterious Siberian craters

However, it all really depends on how much methane is venting – and, so far, it's not clear that it's very much.

Chris Mooney 5:51 AM   The Arctic is changing very rapidly indeed, but that doesn't mean that a methane catastrophe is coming anytime soon.

Rebels detonate bomb under Syrian government intelligence building, killing dozens

The Syrian city of Aleppo.

5:40 AM   Insurgents attacked a Syrian government security building in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, setting off a bomb and then launching a ground assault, and a monitoring group said dozens were killed on both sides.

UKIP's Nigel Farage says Britain should adopt Australian-style immigration policy

Nigel Farage: It's wrong to characterise UKIP as a "narrow, small-minded, nasty group of people".

Julian Drape 4:34 AM   British populist politician says Australia is on the right track when it comes to controlling who does - and doesn't - enter the country.

Bali nine duo 'stoic' during heart-wrenching last moments in Kerobokan

Myuran Sukumaran boards a plane bound for Nusakambangan on Wednesday morning.

Tom Allard 2:18 AM   Andrew Chan was "fine". Myuran Sukraman "pale" and in a daze. The last moments of the Bali nine duo in Kerobokan prison.

Another Westerner killed by Islamic State days after Australian Ashley Johnston slain in Syria

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli.

Heath Aston 2:11 AM   A second Westerner has died in battle against Islamic State, just days after Australian Ashley Kent Johnston was killed fighting alongside Kurdish comrades in Syria.

Bali nine execution: Julie Bishop says 'clock cannot be turned back'

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop arrives for question time on Wednesday.

Leanne Nicholson 2:01 AM   Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has vowed to fight to the end to save the lives of Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan who were transported to Kerobokan prison to taken to Nusakambangan island, where they are to be executed by firing squad.

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Petraeus negotiates plea deal over classified material

David Petraeus in 2012, when he was the director of the CIA.

Michael Schmidt 1:36 AM   David Petraeus will plead guilty to one count of unauthorised removal and retention of classified material, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Chinese 'birth tourism' operations raided in California

Federal agents raid the apartment complex in Orange County, California, where authorities say a birth tourism business charging pregnant women $US50,000 for lodging, food and transportation was operating.

Victoria Kim and Frank Shyong 1:35 AM   Federal agents raided about 20 locations in three Southern California counties early on Tuesday as part of an investigation targeting "birth tourism" schemes in which pregnant Chinese women travel to the United States on fraudulent visas so that their children will be born US citizens.

Kenya burns ivory to deter elephant poachers

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, centre, looks on as 15 tonnes of ivory confiscated from smugglers and poachers is burnt in Nairobi National Park.

David Malingha Doya 1:34 AM   Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has set a three-metre-high pile of elephant tusks and horns on fire at Nairobi National Park in an effort to deter elephant poachers.

Slovenia allows same-sex couples to marry and adopt children

A gay pride parade in Ljubljana in 2009.

12:37 AM   'This will be a step towards a truly patient and inclusive society with which Slovenia enters the 21st century.'

Quirky revolt against arranged marriage inspires other Indian women

Indian woman Indhuja Pillai has rejected the traditional Indian route to marriage via advertisements.

Dean Nelson 10:08 PM   Indhuja Pillai, a 24-year-old who works at a Bangalore technology site, has been hailed as a symbol of hope after her quirky matrimonial advertisement rejected expected stereotypes and staked her claim to a life of adventure on her own terms.