The gyrocopter, the postman and the message

The 61-year-old Florida mailman who exposed security gaps at federal buildings when he landed a one-man aircraft at the US Capitol thinks everyone is getting too hung up on how he did it and not why.

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IS video shows killing of Ethiopian Christians

Image from an Islamic State video.

Cairo: A new Islamic State video distributed on social media apparently shows the shootings and beheadings of two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

NRA gun fans hold sway over US elections

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Nick O'Malley   There was a school-camp mood in the shuttle bus taking delegates to the National Rifle Association's national convention from a hotel on the outskirts of Nashville last weekend. 

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Women not 'hard-wired' for chess: grandmaster Nigel Short

Nigel Short has come under fire for his comments on women playing chess.

Leon Watson 9:04 AM   Nigel Short, the British grandmaster, has angered female players by claiming that they are not 'hard-wired' for the game.

Oklahoma City victims remembered 20 years after bombing

Former US President Bill Clinton addresses the crowd during a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Heide Brandes 7:26 AM   Hundreds of people have gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people at a downtown federal building.

Gyrocopter pilot says campaign reform more critical than security breach

Doug Hughes puts address labels on half of the 535 letters to Congress that he later tried to deliver via gyrocopter to Congress.

Marisol Bello 6:11 AM   The 61-year-old Florida mailman who exposed security gaps at federal buildings when he entered restricted airspace and landed a one-man aircraft at the US Capitol thinks everyone is getting too hung up on how he did it and not why, he told the Associated Press on Sunday.

Switzerland to test drone postal service

A drone in action.

5:52 AM   Switzerland's postal service is to start testing deliveries by drone, a spokesman for Swiss Post says.

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

An officer looks at a monitor showing ships navigating the area where a boat believed to be crowded with perhaps as many as 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya.

James Mackenzie 5:50 AM   As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in one of the worst disasters seen in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday.

Germany marks 70 years since the liberation of Sachsenhausen concentration camp

People arrive at the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp north of Berlin on Sunday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

1:42 AM   Germany's foreign minister has warned against racism and xenophobia, at a ceremony marking 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen near Berlin.

Germanwings crash families could seek damages in the US, lawyer says

Family members of the pilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 react as they pay their respects at the memorial for the victims, in the village of Le Vernet, France.

Kirsti Knolle 1:21 AM   Families of the victims of the Germanwings crash are considering filing a claim for damages in the United States if they cannot reach agreement with parent airline Lufthansa in Germany, a lawyer representing the families said on Sunday.

Rampaging cow injures five in Germany

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10:49 PM   A German police officer has spoken of his relief after his bullet-proof vest prevented him from being seriously injured when he was charged by a rampaging cow.

India's enigmatic Rahul Gandhi fires up opposition at farmers rally

India's Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi gestures during an address at a farmers' rally at Ramlila.

10:45 PM   India's Rahul Gandhi led a large farmers rally on Sunday that focused rural anger toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies, in the first public appearance in months for the elusive scion of the country's most famous political family.

Kim Jong-un climbs North Korea's highest mountain

Leader climbs 2750m mountain: Kim Jong-un.

10:22 PM   North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has scaled the country's highest mountain.

Pesticides blamed for mystery deaths in Nigerian town

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10:12 PM   Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a Nigerian town last week, the World Health Organisation said on Sunday.

Islamic State executes Ethiopian Christians in Libya

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10:03 PM   The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday released a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya.

Mentally ill Brazilian fit to execute: Indonesia

Mentally ill Rodrigo Gularte is due to be executed with Chan and Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield 8:11 PM   A Brazilian man whom the Attorney-General has proclaimed fit to execute with the Bali nine organisers was first diagnosed with a mental illness in 1982, according to medical documents obtained by his legal team.

China lines up golf in crack down on corruption

China's President Xi Jinping is on an anti-corruption course that has golf firmly in his sights.

Austin Ramzy 3:45 PM   President Xi Jinping's sweeping crackdown on vice and corruption in China has gone after drugs, gambling, prostitution, ill-gotten wealth and overflowing banquet tables. Now, it has targeted golf.

IS claims deadly Afghan suicide attack: President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday the Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack which killed 33.

Samoon Miakhil 2:57 PM   The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others.

Titanic deckchair fetches 100,000 pounds sterling

A 3D replica of the luxury liner, the Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.

2:50 PM   A deckchair from the Titanic has sold at auction in the UK for just over £100,000 - $191,351. The Nantucket wooden chair was on the first class promenade deck when the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.

Israel will send much-needed funds to Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday.

Isabel Kershner 1:35 PM   Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached an agreement to resolve a months-long dispute over the transfer of tax revenue Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians, according to officials.

'I wish my teacher knew': Teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online

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Keith Coffman 12:57 PM   A teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew says the assignment had been a revelation for her.

Casualties in the battle of Bangladesh's 'two ladies'

Mohammad Nazmul Mollah, who was injured in an attack by a protester, in the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka earlier this month.

Ellen Barry 12:39 PM   Violence in Bangladesh can be traced to nationwide elections in January 2014, which set off a battle of wills between two women: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia.

'Everybody's been stung': 14 million bees released after highway crash

Beekeepers monitor attempts to control the mass of bees.

Evan Bush   Usually scenes like this don't create much of a buzz: Early Friday morning, a Peterbilt tractor-trailer merged onto Interstate 5, tipping over, but leaving the 36-year-old driver unhurt.

UN drivers killed in Mali convoy attack

Soldiers from the UN. peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Two drivers have been shot dead in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, authorities say, the second deadly assault on the United Nations in three days.

Officers shoot and kill man with knife in St Louis, police say

A handgun recovered following the fatal shooting of Antonio Martin by a police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, in December.

A 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb and spoke of a "black revolution" was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife, authorities said on Saturday.