25 years after German unity, refugee crisis looms

President Joachim Gauck said Europe's refugee crisis poses a greater challenge to the country than the welding together of western Germany and the former communist East.

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Palestinian teen kills ultra-Orthodox Jews

An injured Israeli border policeman reacts during a confrontation with Palestinians outside the Old City in Jerusalem on Friday.

Two people are dead after the second fatal attack on an Israeli family in three days.

Only 5 % of Russia's Syria strikes hit IS: UK

Footage from the Russian Defence Ministry website on Friday shows an attack from a fighter jet in Syria.

Russia has announced it will increase air strikes in Syria as it faced accusations it had lied about targeting violent Islamic State jihadists.

US admits it may have bombed hospital

The Doctors Without Borders trauma centre burns  after an explosion near its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz.

After a crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz came under attack on Saturday, the US military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 people there.

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EU and Turkey have struck plan to stem flow of migrants: newspaper

Abdullah al-Salman, from Syria, straightens his tie as he dresses in his best suit moments after arriving by rubber dinghy with about 45 other refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan at the Greek island of Lesvos  after a three-hour journey from Turkey.

6:32 AM   The European Commission and Turkey have agreed on a plan to stem the flow of refugees to Europe by patrolling Turkey's frontier with Greece and setting up new camps, a newspaper cited sources in the commission and the German government as saying on Sunday.

Deaths after 'medicane' storm hits Cannes ahead of Mipcom TV event

Rain pours in Nice as the French League One soccer match between Nice and Nantes is stopped on Saturday.

Michael Idato 6:25 AM   Flash floods on the French Riviera killed 16 people and five others were reported missing on Sunday, prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region.

Donald Trump says mental illness to blame for mass shootings

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens during a news conference after speaking at the TD Convention Center, Thursday, Aug.  27, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Ali Elkin 3:41 AM   Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has blamed mass shootings on mental illness, saying stricter gun laws would not eliminate the problem.

Oregon college shooter's death ruled a suicide

Suicide: Chris Harper Mercer, the gunman in the Oregon shootings, killed himself after his rampage.

Trevor Hughes 1:55 AM   The cause of death for the young man responsible for shooting several people at Umpqua Community College this week was ruled a suicide by the Oregon state medical examiner's office, authorities announced Saturday.

Boko Haram suicide attacks in Niger kill at least four

Boko Haram terrorist network video, shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera.

1:18 AM   Suspected Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram group killed at least four people on Sunday in suicide attacks across the border in Niger, security sources said.

Don't crucify Shiite protester, urges Cameron

Ali al-Nimr, who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia after taking part in protests in 2012.

William James 9:56 PM   The British Prime Minister has told ally Saudi Arabia to rethink the grisly execution of Ali al-Nimr.

Hillary Clinton pokes fun at herself in Saturday Night Live appearance

Hillary Clinton has made fun of herself on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>.

8:59 PM   Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dropped in at the late night comedy show Saturday Night Live on Saturday, appearing in a sketch as a bartender alongside comedian Kate McKinnon, who played the former United States senator and secretary of state.

Australians face threat as IS targets more foreigners in Bangladesh

Investigators work at the site in northern Bangladesh where Kunio Hoshi, 50, was killed by two masked men.

Lindsay Murdoch 3:14 PM   Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs has obtained "reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian and Western interests in Bangladesh".

Oregon shooting: fundraising for hero Chris Mintz nears $US700,000

Tried to stop the shooter ... US Army veteran Chris Mintz.

Courtney Sherwood 2:37 PM   An online campaign to pay for the treatment and recovery of an Iraq war veteran hailed as a hero during the Oregon college massacre raised almost $US700,000 ($992,000) in just one day, the website showed on Saturday.

TPP talks deadlocked over medicines

Japanese minister Akira Amari has agreed to remain at the TPP talks for an extra day, but says the US must find a way to break an impasse over new medicines.

9:00 PM   Hopes were fading late on Sunday that the latest round of pan-Pacific free-trade talks would reach agreement amid deep splits over key pharmaceutical and agricultural access deals.

Marking 25 years of German unity, president says refugee crisis even bigger challenge

A Turkish wedding party makes a stop to play music and dance briefly near the Reichstag on the 25th anniversary of German reunification on October 3  in Berlin.

Michelle Martin 11:52 AM   As Germany celebrated 25 years since reunification this weekend, President Joachim Gauck said Europe's refugee crisis posed a greater challenge to the country than the welding together of western Germany and the former communist East.

Time runs out in desperate dig for survivors in Guatemala landslide

Welsar Nazario carries the coffin of his five-month-old nephew, landslide victim Alezandro Macario, to the Santa Catarina Pinula cemetery on the outskirts of Guatemala City on Saturday.

Sofia Menchu 11:46 AM   Diggers have ploughed into the mounds of earth that have destroyed homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the south-east flank of Guatemala City, searching for about 350 people who remain unaccounted for after Thursday night's disaster.

Medecins Sans Frontieres staff killed in air strike on Afghan hospital

Injured Medicins Sans Frontieres staff after the explosion in Kunduz.

Hamid Shalizi, Andrew MacAskill 9:51 AM   An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible "collateral damage" in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents.

Vatican sacks gay priest after he announces he has a partner

Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa during a press conference in Rome.

Philip Pullella 8:14 AM   The Vatican has sacked a gay priest after he came out as gay on the eve of a major meeting of bishops where the Church's stance on homosexuality is expected to be discussed.

Islamic State claims responsibility for second attack in Bangladesh

The site where Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh on Saturday.

Serajul Quadir   Islamic State has used its official Twitter account to claim responsibility for the shooting death of a Japanese man in Bangladesh on Saturday.

Allies demand Russia halt Syria strikes outside IS areas

Not listening: Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to hear a reporter's question as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.

Tom Perry and Lidia Kelly   The US-led coalition that is waging its own air war against Islamic State called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than Islamic State.

Scioli on track for first-round Argentina vote win

Governor of the Buenos Aires province and Argentina presidential candidate Daniel Scioli and his wife Karina Rabolini.

Richard Lough   Ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli may be able to win Argentina's presidential election in the first round, after an opinion poll published on Friday showed he had widened his lead over his closest rival.

Titanic's last lunch menu sells for thousands at auction

The Titanic's last lunch menu, saved by a passenger who escaped on the so-called "Money Boat" before the ocean liner went down, was sold at auction.

Jill Serjeant   A menu for the last luncheon served to the first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic has sold for $124,000 at an online auction.

Mammoth discovery under a farmer’s field

University of Michigan professor Dan Fisher, top left, leads a team of students and volunteers as they excavate woolly mammoth bones on a farm near Chelsea on Thursday.

Nicholas St Fleur   A team of paleontologists have unearthed the remains of a woolly mammoth near Chelsea, Michigan, after a farmer's big discovery in his soy field.

Body of missing US teenager Joshua Maddux found stuck in chimney

Joshua Maddux's family has been hunting for answers for years.

The remains of a missing 18-year-old have been found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin in the US - bringing a grim end to a seven-year-old cold case.

Online extremists harnessing anger of youth for lone wolf attacks

Police block off Charles Street in Parramatta where two people have been shot dead.

Amy Corderoy and Nick Miller   At just 15 years old Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad from Parramatta is part of a growing trend worldwide – that of teenagers radicalised at decreasing ages.

Migrants break into Channel Tunnel

A migrant crawls under a fence in an attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Calais in August.

About 200 migrants tried to get into the Channel Tunnel overnight, clashing with staff and police and forcing a temporary suspension of rail services.