Survivors return to Auschwitz to mark anniversary

Nick Miller 6:03 AM   Choking with tears, standing before the 'death gate' of Birkenau, Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent forced himself to speak. 'We survivors do not want our past to be our children's future.'

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Putin personally ordered ex-KGB spy's hit

Alexander Litvinenko in hospital after being poisoned.

Before dying from radioactive tea, the spy told UK police there was only one person who could order his killing. 'That person is the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin,' he said.

IS message threatens Japan, Jordan hostages

Deadline looms ... An Islamic State militant with the two Japanese hostages, journalist Kenji Goto, left, and military contractor Haruna Yukawa, who has already been murdered.

An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned on Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live."

Fidel Castro: I don't trust the US

Fidel Castro.

The Cuban revolutionary leader breaks his silence over his country's steps to mend ties with the US.

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Chinese officers caught feasting on an endangered salamander

In China, eating salamander meat is thought to improve one's skin.

William Wan and Gu Jinglu 8:04 AM   China is in the throes of the harshest crackdown on corruption in decades, but officials in Shenzhen apparently didn't get the memo.

New Greek government questions plans for more EU sanctions of Russia

Greece's New Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

James G. Neuger and Nikos Chrysoloras 6:43 AM   Greece's new Syriza-led government questioned moves to impose more sanctions on Russia, adding a foreign-policy angle to its challenge to the status quo in Europe.

President Obama, the world's worst air just took 6 hours off your life

Pollution in New Delhi: not very welcoming.

Natalie Obiko Pearson 6:08 AM   US President Barack Obama could lose roughly six hours from his expected lifespan after spending three days in India's capital inhaling the world's most toxic air

Survivors return to Auschwitz to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Nazi death camp

Courageous ... Survivor Roman Kent makes a speech at a ceremony on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim, Poland.

Nick Miller 6:03 AM   Choking with tears, standing before the 'death gate' of Birkenau, Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent forced himself to speak. 'We survivors do not want our past to be our children's future.'

Hackers announce threats to airline flights

Hackers tweeted threats to airlines in the US.

Melanie Eversley 5:35 AM   Several hacker-type accounts on Twitter announced threats to several flights on Monday, leading JetBlue to pull one flight back to the gate due to the safety of passengers, the airline said in a statement.

'Dr Doom' Yanis Varoufakis is Greece's new finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis

8:08 AM   Dual Greek-Australian handed the potentially explosive role in Greece's new anti-austerity government.

Massive asteroid that flew past Earth brought a surprise: its own moon

The Asteroid 2004 BL86 and its moon.

Terrence McCoy 2:38 AM   Roughly the size of a mountain, this asteroid came with a friend, NASA says.

At least eight dead as gunmen storm Libyan hotel: official

Libyan security forces surround the Corinthia Hotel during the attack by gunmen linked to Islamic State.

Ahmed Elumami 1:50 AM   Militants from the Islamic State group in Libya have claimed an assault on a Tripoli hotel popular with foreigners.

'Serious mistakes' in Bali Nine case, says lawyer

Andrew Chan

Jewel Topsfield 12:11 AM   The Indonesian lawyer for the Bali Nine members on death row said he believed there had been "serious mistakes" made by the judges who conducted the first judicial review into their case in 2010.

Millions stay home as 'life-threatening' blizzard shuts down US north-east

A snow plough drives through Times Square.

Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg 9:57 PM   A life-threatening blizzard swept into the US north-east, affecting up to 20 per cent of Americans as it kept workers and students housebound, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains.

AirAsia probe looks at possible computer glitch, crew response

Wreckage from AirAsia flight

Siva Govindasamy and Tim Hepher 9:19 PM   Investigators probing the crash of an AirAsia jetliner are examining maintenance records of a key part of its automated control systems, and how the pilots may have handled the plane if it failed, two people familiar with the matter said.

Indonesia military pulls out of recovery effort for crashed AirAsia jet

Foreign investigators examine the tail of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Kumai on Monday after debris from the crash was retrieved from the Java sea.

Djohan Widjaya and Kanupriya Kapoor 9:19 PM   Indonesia's military on Tuesday withdrew from search and recovery efforts a month after an AirAsia passenger jet crashed into the sea killing all 162 people on board, navy officials said.

Australian man caught smoking joint in Bali

Smoking and generic.

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 8:37 PM   An Australian man has been apprehended by Indonesian police for allegedly smoking a joint on a Balinese beach.

Three charged in alleged Russian spy ring in US

A court sketch shows defence attorney Sabrina Shroff speaking as Evgeny Buryakov looks on.

Kevin Johnson 8:30 PM   Federal authorities announced charges Monday against three Russian nationals, accused of spying on behalf of their government and attempting to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources in the USA.

Australian man found dead in Bali hotel

In demand: the granting of Australian citizenship is at a six-year high according to a migration figures released this week.

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 8:28 PM   A 42-year-old Australian man has been found dead in a hotel room in the popular tourist precinct of Seminyak in Bali.

Airlines suspend Baghdad flights as shots fired at plane

A flydubai flight landed safely after shots were fired at it as it landed on Monday.

7:48 PM   Airlines have suspended flights to Baghdad after a low-cost carrier had shots fired at it as it came in to land on Monday.

Alexis Tsipras sworn in as Greek prime minister

Greece's newly-appointed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 40, poses before taking a secular oath at the Presidential Palace.

3:55 PM   Alexis Tsipras, the 40-year-old leader of anti-austerity party Syriza, has been sworn in as Greek prime minister, the youngest in 150 years.

Journalist who reported on Argentinian prosecutor's death flees to Israel

Flight to safety. Damian Pachter, a journalist with the <i>Buenos Aires Herald</i>, on arrival in Tel Aviv.

Isabel Kershner 3:08 PM   Damian Pachter, the first journalist to report the suspicious death of an Argentinian prosecutor, has fled to Israel, saying that he feared for his life in Argentina.

Snowmageddon: New York's bewitching calm before 'storm of the century'

Walloping: Residents have been advised to stock up and stay in.

Josephine Tovey 2:28 PM   Australia Day in New York began with a picturesque dusting of snow but it is drawing to a close with the "storm of the century", a potentially historic blizzard, bearing down on the city.

US urges Thailand's military rulers to restore civil rights, democracy

Blunt words: US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel, left, shakes hands with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn.

Lindsay Murdoch 1:48 PM   The United States has bluntly told Thailand’s military rulers to move quickly to restore civil rights and democracy despite strong indications the South-East Asia country has moved closer to China.

Former Lord's Resistance Army commander in court

Dominic Ongwen in court in The Hague.

Rick Gladstone 1:05 PM   Once regarded as one of the most notorious fugitives in Africa, Dominic Ongwen of the Lord's Resistance Army is now facing the International Criminal Court.