Shots fired in Hong Kong as violence flares

Philip Wen 11:00 PM   Hong Kong police fired "warning shots" in a bid to contain hundreds of surging rioters as Lunar New Year celebrations descended into a night of chaos.

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Indonesians jailed over Islamic State roles

Meatball seller Ahmad Junaedi was sentenced to three years' jail for taking part in military training with Islamic State.

Jewel Topsfield 11:01 PM   A group of young Indonesians are jailed for their involvement with Islamic State, while an old face of radicalism pleads for leniency.

More survivors rescued from Taiwan rubble

Eight-year-old Lin Su-Chin rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan.

Philip Wen 3:36 PM   Four trapped survivors - including an eight-year-old girl and a woman found under the dead body of her husband - have been rescued alive, but the prospect of finding more survivors is diminishing.

Bernie Sanders on fire in New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop at the Palace Theatre in ...

Nick O'Malley 12:19 PM   Vermont senator who advocates a political revolution well ahead of Hillary Clinton on eve of primary vote.

Merkel outraged over Russian air strikes

Outraged: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is appalled by the suffering of tens of thousands of Syrians through bomb ...

Russian air strikes in Syria amount to an ethnic massacre, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says.

Islamic State: Is Australia too worried?

The flag of Islamic State in an area west of Kirkuk in September.

Do Australians worry too much about the threat of Islamic State? One Israeli political scientist thinks so.

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What is Ash Wednesday?

The symbol of Ash Wednesday.

4:54 AM   Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is literally marked on the forehead of observant Christians.

UN renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa talks to Buddhist monks at a function organised last week to sign a ...

Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal 4:21 AM   The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency.

Guns, drugs and cars: Why Americans die younger

The push to control gun sales is being fiercely resisted in the US, where the right to bear arms is entrenched in the ...

John Tozzi 4:00 AM   The average American will die as many as two years sooner than if they lived in Western Europe or Japan, according to a new study.

Taiwan developer in custody after tower collapses in earthquake

Emergency crews work through the night in search of survivors.

J.R. Wu 3:12 AM   A local court in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan has ordered into custody the developer of a building which collapsed during an earthquake that killed at least 39 people.

What the fall of Aleppo would mean for the world

Syrian refugees wait to cross the border into Turkey.

Ishaan Tharoor 2:33 AM   What happens to Aleppo over the next few weeks may have ramifications for the Syrian conflict and for the rest of the world. Here's why.

North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

A South Korean man watches a TV news report on North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station.

Eric Talmadge 1:57 AM   Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

Woman wins payout after doctors started caesarean without anaesthetic

A London hospital has admitted starting a caesarean without giving a pregnant woman adequate pain relief.

Jane Kirby 1:56 AM   A woman has been awarded $55,000 after a London hospital started a caesarean without giving her adequate pain relief.

Syrian government is 'exterminating' its population: UN

Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, fronts the media to talk about the UN ...

Stephanie Nebehay 1:47 AM   Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale, amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, United Nations investigators say.

Nine killed, 100 injured in train collision in southern Germany

Rescue workers retrieve a body at the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany on Tuesday.

Joern Poeltz 1:26 AM   Nine people were killed and more than 100 were injured when two passenger trains collided head-on 60 kilometres south-east of Munich on Tuesday.

Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and the Caddyshack connection

Has money, will offend: Rodney Dangerfield as Al Czervik in <em>Caddyshack</em>.

Nick O'Malley 11:23 PM   The 1980s comedy tells us something about the relationship between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush.

Shots fired in Hong Kong as violence flares

A rioter is taken away by police on a street in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong.

Philip Wen 11:00 PM   Hong Kong police fired "warning shots" in a bid to contain hundreds of surging rioters as Lunar New Year celebrations descended into a night of chaos.

It's a 'crisis' in environmental science, scientists say

Environmental science at CSIRO is under attack, one scientist facing the axe says.

Peter Hannam 9:27 PM   CSIRO scientists say deep staffing cuts facing key divisions constitute "a real crisis for all environmental science" in the organisation, amid mounting international criticism.

Indian soldier survives six days buried in snow after avalanche

Naik Hanumanthappa was found alive after an avalanche buried him for six days.

Fayaz Bukhari 8:51 PM   An Indian soldier declared dead has been found alive under eight metres of snow, six days after he was buried by an avalanche that hit his military post in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

4000-passenger cruise ship inexplicably sails into Atlantic mega-storm

Anthem of the Seas.

Angela Fritz 3:37 PM   At the height of the storm, waves were breaking over the tops of the life boats and the whole ship was listing to almost 45 degrees.

Rogue intelligence officer directing elephant poachers in Tanzania

An elephant roaming near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Willy Lowry 2:06 PM   An investigation into the death of a British helicopter pilot who was looking for poachers near Serengeti National Park has uncovered a criminal poaching ring led by a rogue intelligence officer, the Tanzanian authorities have said.

How a huge Chinese 'Ponzi scheme' lured investors

Ding Ning, owner of Ezubao, speaks during an interrogation in an unknown location in an image taken from CCTV footage.

Emily Rauhala 1:37 PM   Ezubao advertised on China's government-built bullet trains, and its executives schmoozed with state media big shots and Communist Party cadres. But it was the spot on CCTV's sober nightly newscast that sold one investor. "The government is behind it," she thought.

What is Shrove Tuesday?

A last day of indulgence before Lent.

11:48 AM   Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting before Christians traditionally move into a period of fasting in the lead up to Easter.

Russian firepower helps Syrian forces push towards Turkey border

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in December.

Humeyra Pamuk 11:33 AM   The Syrian army has advanced towards the Turkish border in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.

What is Lent, when is it held and how long does it go for?

Lent is a time of self-reflection before Easter.

11:17 AM   In the Christian calendar, Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter which is characterised by prayer, fasting and abstinence.

Nepal ethnic minorities call off trading blockade

Local residents of Nepal and India cross a bridge at Birgunj on Friday. Vehicles have passed through the main border ...

Gopal Sharma 9:55 AM   Nepal's ethnic minority groups have lifted a four-month-old blockade along a major trading point with India, saying it didn't want ordinary people to suffer anymore, but vowed to carry on with its campaign against the new constitution.