US airdrops ammunition to Syria rebels

Flight to Kurdish militia-controlled zone is part of a revamped US strategy to help rebels in Syria battling Islamic State.

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Thai junta plan to seize $30m from ousted PM 

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets back to reporters upon her arrival for a meeting with Election Commissioners at the Army Club Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Yingluck met Tuesday with the country's polling body to discuss the possibility of postponing a general election set for this weekend, even as protesters tried to disrupt the talks and a shooting took place nearby. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Lindsay Murdoch 3:34 PM   Thailand's military government has issued an order to seize US$16 million ($30 million) in assets from Yingluck Shinawatra over a failed rice subsidy scheme for farmers.

Clinton has a lot invested in Dems debate

Hillary Rodham Clinton visits a rally hosted by the Culinary Workers Union outside the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Clinton's polling has suffered after a summer of Republican attacks.

Nick O'Malley 2:44 PM   For a candidate with such a commanding led in the polls, Hillary Clinton has a staggering amount riding on the upcoming Democratic presidential debate.

Thailand prosecutes journalist for vest, helmet

Hong Kong photojournalist Hok Chun Anthony Kwan with dual Hong Kong-Canadian citizenship speaks on the phone in Thailand in August after he was released on bail.

Lindsay Murdoch 11:38 AM   A photo-journalist detained for carrying a bullet-proof jacket and helmet faces up to five years jail on weapons possession charges in Thailand.

What if IS's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed?

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has previously been reported killed, only for it to emerge he was alive.

Ruth Pollard 8:44 AM   Islamic State's revenue in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor comes from confiscations and sales of oil, gas and antiquities, report says.

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down by Buk missile, investigation finds

The reconstructed cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane at the presentation of the Dutch Safety Board's final report into the tragedy.

Nick Miller 12:32 AM   Ukraine has been strongly criticised for not closing the airspace over a region where scores of military aircraft had been shot down in the previous few months.

Black councillor is Tasered by Texas police in city where Sandra Bland was arrested

Neal Blair, of Augusta, Georgia, wears a hoodie which reads, "Black Lives Matter" as he stands on the lawn of the Capitol building during a rally to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington on Saturday.

Molly Hennessy-Fiske 12:03 AM   Weapon that uses electric shocks to temporarily paralyse people was used even though victim was on his knees, witnesses say.

Europe migrant, refugee arrivals top 700,000

An Afghan woman holds her child as she boards a bus taking migrants from an Athens park to a centre for the displaced.

10:54 PM   Some 170,000 irregular migrants and refugees entered the EU in September, taking the total for the year so far to 710,000.

Australian man charged in Tokyo for allegedly shaking baby to death: Japanese media


Lucy Cormack 10:10 PM   A 36-year-old Australian man has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly shaking his 14-month old daughter to death.

Palestinian 'Day of Rage' attacks kill three: Israeli police

Medics attend the scene of a stabbing attack on Tuesday in Jerusalem.

9:50 PM   Jerusalem: Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said, on a ''Day of Rage" declared by Palestinian groups.

Stephen Long escapes conviction after shooting son Samuel on hunting trip in New Zealand

Stephen Long shot his son Samuel on a hunting trip.

9:22 PM   A man who accidentally shot dead his son during a hunting trip to Stewart Island in New Zealand was discharged without conviction during an emotion-charged sentencing on Tuesday.

Melbourne University astronomer speaks out against sexual harasser Geoff Marcy

Geoff Marcy speaks at a press conference hosted by Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking.

Rachel Feltman 4:21 PM   Last week many thought he could have held the greatest award in physics - a Nobel prize - but instead, Professor Geoff Marcy is being shunned by colleagues and stands condemned of being a serial sexual harasser. 

US airdrops ammunition to Syria rebels

A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster in flight. Planes like this one dropped ammunition to Syrian rebels.

John Davison and Phil Stewart 3:23 PM   Flight to Kurdish militia-controlled zone is part of a revamped US strategy to help rebels in Syria battling Islamic State.

Islamic State prime suspect in Ankara attack: PM

Family members of Korkmaz Tedik, a victim of Saturday's bomb blasts, mourn at his funeral in Ankara on Sunday.

Raziye Akkoc 2:57 PM   Islamic State is the prime suspect in Turkey's worst terror attack as investigators are close to identifying one of the suicide bombers, the prime minister has said.

'The terrorist was shot and killed; that is the right response.'

Palestinian mourners cry at the family house upon the arrival of the body of Amjad Jundi, 19, who was killed after stabbing a soldier on a bus in southern Israel.

Ruth Pollard 12:53 PM   As stabbing attacks by Palestinians mount, human rights activists and journalists are warning of a new danger: extra-judicial killings by Israeli security forces.

Breaking Bad in China: former school worker caught making and selling meth

The incident was compared to American TV series Breaking Bad, featuring Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston.

Jonathan Kaiman 11:29 AM   He was a former middle school employee in a small city near China's border with Vietnam. Police say he was also making and selling methamphetamine.

Plane wreck in Philippines 'containing skeleton' not MH370, authorities say

Malaysia Airlines  flight test. Airbus A330-300.

11:04 AM   Authorities in the Philippines have ruled out claims that plane wreckage reportedly found on an island in the south of the country was of missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370.

'We're hipsters not terrorists'

The Swedish chapter of the Bearded Villians. The police were called to their meeting because their black and white flag has a passing resemblance to that of ISIS.

Paul Bibby 10:54 AM   The young Swedish hipsters could have been forgiven for bristling when the local constabulary crashed their party.

South Korea to rewrite school history books

South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye meeting her German counterpart Joachim Gauck at the presidential house in Seoul on Monday.

Choe Sang-Hun 10:36 AM   Beginning in 2017, South Korea's middle and high school students will be taught history only from government-issued textbooks, according to much-criticised government plans.

Chinese men smoking one-third of all the world's cigarettes

A study has found that one-third of all young men smoke cigarettes in China.

Donald G McNeil Jr 9:34 AM   ​Chinese men now smoke one-third of all the world's cigarettes, and a third of all young men in China are doomed to eventually die from the habit, scientists in China and Britain have concluded.

London ends 24-hour Assange guards at Ecuador embassy

London police will no longer maintain a 24-hour-a-day guard at the embassy where Julian Assange, pictured in 2012, has taken refuge.

Jeremy Hodges 9:17 AM   London police say the round-the-clock guard around the embassy where the Wikileaks founder has taken refuge is "no longer proportionate".

Families of crash victims release video of their final moments

Killed: Kyle Careford died alongside his friend in the crash.

Paul Bibby and Wires 8:52 AM   The two young men laugh and joke as their car careers through the darkened streets of the East Sussex countryside - high on adrenaline and drugs.

Solar and wind power surge in US

Wind and solar energy continues to fall in cost.

Sean Cockerham 8:34 AM   ​While the production of fossil fuels drops in the United States, solar and wind power is skyrocketing as technology and cheaper financing drive down the costs.

Orphaned Korean sisters reunited by chance in Florida after 40 years

"I knew she was out there," Holly Hoyle O'Brien said of long-lost sister Meagan Hughes.

David Adams 8:28 AM   Two orphaned South Korean sisters were recently reunited by chance in Florida after they were hired by the same hospital 40 years after their adoptions by different sets of American parents, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

Global climate pledges point to 3 degrees of warming, Europe says

Carbon emissions are being reined-in, but not fast enough.

8:09 AM   National pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even if fully implemented, would cap global warming at 3 degrees Celsius rather than the 2 degrees targeted to avoid dangerous consequences, the European Commission said.

US briefs Asian allies on plans for naval patrols in South China Sea

Mischief on the reef, South China Sea, China's reclamation efforts on Mischief reef in the Spratly Islands. March 16 2015 . Photo: Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and DigitalGlobe

Jane Perlez and Javier C. Hernandez 7:14 AM   The US has kept its distance from Chinese-occupied reefs since 2012, but says sovereign rights limited for artificial islands.