Why space matters again

Chris Zappone 7:09 AM   Much of a modern economy relies on the peaceful, almost routine nature of the business of satellite launches and communication. What happens if space becomes contested?

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Iraq launches major offensive in Tikrit

Members of the Iraqi security forces from the city of Samarra north of Baghdad flash the sign for victory as they head towards al-Dawr area, south of Tikrit, to launch an assault against the Islamic State group (IS).

Ruth Pollard 4:37 AM   In a fresh test of the Iraqi Army's ability as a fighting force, Iraq has launched a high-risk attack on the city of Tikrit in an attempt to take it back from Islamic State extremists.

Netanyahu's US speech slammed in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set off for Washington, a group of 180 retired Israeli generals and former top security officials warned his address to Congress on Iran's nuclear program will cause more harm than good.

Murder witness 'blocked' from leaving Russia

In police custody ... Model Anna Duritskaya, 23, was the one witness of the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down not far from the Kremlin on Friday.

The chief witness to the murder of Russian protest leader Boris Nemtsov, a Ukrainian model by his side when he was shot dead, complained Monday of being kept under guard in Moscow.

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Why space matters again

A sense of urgency: astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station in preparation for the arrival in July of the international docking port for the Boeing and Space-X commercial crew vehicles.

Chris Zappone 7:09 AM   Much of a modern economy relies on the peaceful, almost routine nature of the business of satellite launches and communication. What happens if space becomes contested?

Benjamin Netanyahu tiptoes through diplomatic minefield in Washington ahead of speech

In campaign mode ... Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference inb Washington, DC.

Nick O'Malley 7:02 AM   Having provoked a diplomatic row with the Obama administration, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told an audience of thousands in Washington, DC, that the relationship between the two nations would grow and strengthen.

Los Angeles police shoot man dead on video

Ceola Waddell, 58, left, a homeless man who says he witnessed the police shooting on Skid Row on Sunday, stands by a street side memorial for the victim in downtown Los Angeles.

Andrew Dalton 6:29 AM   Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online.

US astronauts speed through spacewalk at orbiting lab

Terry Virts outside the International Space Station.

6:00 AM   Two US astronauts on Sunday made speedy work to get the International Space Station ready for the arrival of more commercial spacecraft.

Vatican on alert for Islamist attack, but no plot: security chief

Outspoken opponent of Islamic State ... Pope Francis waves to the faithful from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

Philip Pullella 5:51 AM   Rome: The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview.

'His death is my fault': US teen charged with pressuring boyfriend to commit suicide

Tragedy ... Michelle Carter and her now deceased boyfriend Conrad Roy. Photos: Facebook

Abby Phillip 5:01 AM   A high school senior faces involuntary manslaughter charges in Massachusetts for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide, according to police.

Philippine army seizes Muslim rebel bomb factory as peace plan flounders

Residents evacuate after the Philippine military intensified their offensive against the rebels.

3:31 AM   Philippine soldiers have seized a Muslim rebel base and bomb factory as a shaky peace process presents President Benigno Aquino with his toughest political test.

Solar plane set for landmark round-the-world flight

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 flies over the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi during its third successful test flight in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Wissam Keyrouz 1:11 AM   Abu Dhabi: A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight powered only by the sun's energy, organisers said.

Indonesia says legal appeals irrelevant as Bali nine transfer date to be decided Tuesday

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Tom Allard 10:36 PM   Transfer to "execution island" looms as more influential Indonesians express their concerns about Indonesian president's hardline stance

China probing 14 senior military officers

Xi Jinping heads the Central Military Commission, which controls the 2.3 million strong armed forces.

9:48 PM   China is investigating 14 of its senior military officers, including the son of one of its former top generals, for suspected corruption, state media said on Monday, the latest wave of Beijing's intensifying anti-graft campaign in the army.

Prince William visits Forbidden City in first official visit by senior royal in a generation

Prince William, left, is guided by Matthew Hu, China representative of the Prince's School of Traditional Arts while he visits the Shijia Hutong in Beijing on Monday.

Louise Watt 9:19 PM   Prince William has visited a museum nestled in a Beijing alleyway as part of the first official visit to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation.

Convicted Malaysian commando's mother pleads with Australia for asylum

Sirul's mother, 74-year-old Piah Samat arrives in Sydney with his sister and Islamic Party of Malaysia MP, Dato Mahfuz Omar

Eryk Bagshaw and Lindsay Murdoch 8:53 PM   The mother of a Malaysian police commando who has been sentenced to hang in Kuala Lumpur has arrived in Sydney to plead with the Australian government to grant her son asylum.

Deadly police shooting of homeless man caught on video

Police tape

Gale Holland 8:15 PM   In a dramatic confrontation caught on video, Los Angeles police have shot and killed a homeless man.

North Korean missile launch a 'saber-rattling provocation'

Scud missile

Choe Sang-Hun 7:14 PM   North Korea flouted United Nations resolutions by launching two Scud-type ballistic missiles toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, as the United States and South Korea started their annual joint military drills.

Bali nine executions: Andrew Robb shelves trade delegation to Indonesia

Indonesian police commandos carry out a rehearsal of a prisoner transfer in Denpasar.

Jewel Topsfield 6:35 PM   An Australian business delegation to Indonesia led by Trade Minister Andrew Robb planned for this month has been quietly shelved.

Anchor's pollution doco goes viral in an anxious China

Smog blankets Tiananmen Square in Beijing last year.

Philip Wen 4:35 PM   As a famed news anchor, Chai Jing regularly reported on China's environment woes. But when she found her daughter had grown a tumour in her womb, things became personal.

Ellen Pao case puts Silicon Valley boys' club on trial

Ellen Pao walks to the courtroom before the start of her trial at San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco, California.

Josie Ensor 4:05 PM   Reddit CEO is suing former employer, an influential venture capital firm, for US$16 million in back pay and future earnings.

Russians march in memory of Boris Nemtsov

Following the killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, tens of thousands turned out for a march in Moscow.

Andrew Kramer 4:04 PM   Tens of thousands of people from a wide range of political parties and movements turned out in central Moscow to honour Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday near Red Square.

Documentary shines light on smog in China

A man rides a bicycle on a 'bad air' day in Beijing last year.

Chris Buckley 3:42 PM   A documentary on pollution has captured the attention of millions of Chinese as parents fear for the health of their children.

Egyptian court's ruling puts brakes on parliamentary poll

A special forces officer outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo.

Ahmed Tolba 3:32 PM   Egypt's parliamentary poll looks set to be delayed after a court ruled part of an election law was unconstitutional and the main election committee said it was working on a new timetable for the long-awaited vote.

Syrian rebels reject Aleppo peace plan

A boy walks amid debris left by bombings in Aleppo last month.

Rita Daou 3:03 PM   Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo on Sunday rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts.