For families of Lebanon's missing the war never ends

Ruth Pollard 6:23 PM   Beirut: For each family there is a date. A moment when time stood still and a loved one disappeared -  a son snatched from the streets, a husband arrested at home, a brother taken at a checkpoint.

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Armenians mark 100 years since massacre

President Francois Hollande of France arrives for a commemoration ceremony at the Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.

9:31 PM   Armenians worldwide are marking the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people, as tensions over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point.

Statue of Liberty evacuated

A coast guard boat patrols the waters surrounding the Statue of Liberty after a bomb threat lead to the evacuation of tourists for the site.

Monument deemed safe on Friday after a bomb threat lead to a security sweep and the evacuation of hundreds of tourists from Liberty Island in New York Harbour.

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'Pick a loner to behead': Boy, 14, faces UK court

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Nick Miller 2:44 PM   A 14-year-old boy has been refused bail in a British court after appearing on charges of inciting a terror attack at a Melbourne Anzac Day parade.

Envisioning a border wall that keeps violence out

A man inspects camels for sale at the livestock market in Mandera, Kenya. A proposal to build an enormous barrier along the border with Somalia has caused intense debate in the town.

ISMA'IL KUSHKUSH 1:44 PM   Persistent attacks by al-Shabab, the extremist Somali group that has killed hundreds of people in Kenya in the past two years, have given rise to an ambitious national proposal.

Arctic consensus ruffled by Russia-Ukraine tensions

Sentiment: Russia's environmental minister Sergei Donskoi alluded to the need to rise above tensions over Ukraine.

Carol Morello 1:36 PM   US and Russian representatives at the Arctic Council have pledged to keep geopolitics separate from discussions about climate change, but a Russian deputy prime minister's tweet that the Arctic was "Russia's Mecca" ruffled some diplomatic feathers.

UK boy, 14, charged after allegedly encouraging beheading of Australian on Anzac Day

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in the lead up to Anzac Day.

Nick Miller 1:25 AM   A British teenager has been charged with inciting terrorism after allegedly encouraging another person to behead an Australian.

Bali nine duo could be executed within days: lawyer

Andrew Chan (right) and Myuran Sukumaran talk with their Australian barrister, Julian McMahon, in 2010.

Jewel Topsfield 12:10 AM   The Bali nine duo are expected to be executed within days with the Australian Embassy summoned to Nusakambangan - the island where the executions will take place - on Saturday.

Bali nine prisoner left 'speechless' over imminent executions

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Jewel Topsfield, Tom Allard 12:09 AM   One of the Bali nine sentenced to life imprisonment over the foiled attempt to smuggle heroin into Australia says he is "speechless" about the imminent deaths of co-conspirators Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Bali nine pair executions days away with final legal hurdle cleared Monday

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed within days, according to lawyers.

Jewel Topsfield 12:09 AM   The last legal hurdle preventing the death of Bali nine organisers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan and eight other drug felons will be resolved on Monday.

Armenians mark 100 years since massacre

President Francois Hollande of France arrives for a commemoration ceremony at the Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.

9:31 PM   Armenians worldwide are marking the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people, as tensions over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point.

Ex-general, CIA chief David Petraeus admits mishandling top-secret materials, avoids prison

Former CIA director David Petraeus leaves the federal courthouse in North Carolina after pleading guilty to sharing top government secrets with his biographer.

Colleen Jenkins 8:20 PM   Former US military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 ($128,000) fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

Tunisian accused in migrant boat disaster appears in Italian court

Mohammed Ali Malek (right) speaks with his lawyer, Massimo Ferrante, at Catania's tribunal.

James Mackenzie 8:03 PM   The presumed captain of a migrant boat that sank off Libya with the loss of more than 700 lives appeared before an Italian judge on Friday after prosecutors asked that he be charged with homicide and people-trafficking.

Europe swamped by refugee flood

A rescuer cradles a child in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early on Monday. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross.

Nick Miller 12:15 AM   On Thursday, under a temporary marquee on a helipad in Malta, green uniformed soldiers carried 24 simple wooden coffins into the shade.

Tokyo children's park closed over radiation

Workers of Tokyo's Toshima ward office carry away a container after it was dug up from the ground near playground equipment at a park in Toshima ward, Tokyo.

AFP 7:30 PM   Extremely high levels of radiation have been discovered in a playground in Tokyo, officials said Friday, fanning fears for the health of children in the area.

Police boost security for Anzac Day commemorations in New Zealand after jihadist video

Kiwi jihadi Mark Taylor posing with a knife in Syria.

Tracy Watkins 6:39 PM   Police have taken "further security measures" after a Kiwi jihadist urged Islamic State followers in New Zealand to launch attacks on Anzac Day.

Families of Lebanon's missing trapped in a war that never ends

Samia Abdullah holds a card she wears on a lanyard that reads: "Until when!! Lebanese detainees in Syria's jails."

Ruth Pollard 6:23 PM   For each family there is a date. A moment when time stood still and a loved one disappeared.

Chinese scientists conducted feared experiment, editing genes of human embryos

An undated handout image of a human embryo with DNA stained blue.

Gina Kolata 4:49 PM   The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated. Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit genes with a technique that would permanently alter the DNA of every cell so that any changes would be passed on from generation to generation.

Being burnt alive won't scare migrants from South Africa

Displaced foreigners  behind razor wire surrounding a tented refugee centre in Primrose near Johannesburg.

Brian Latham 3:53 PM   Angry mobs that have burnt foreigners alive and ransacked their businesses aren't enough to deter the tide of immigrants flocking to South Africa.

Foreign NGOs may soon be allowed to open branches in China

Less suspicion: China's re-drafted law would permit NGOs opening branch offices in the country if approved by State Council.

The Chinese legislature has re-drafted a law to give foreign non-governmental organisations special permission to set up branches in China, after an earlier draft sparked concerns of a crackdown.