Study: some mass killings appear to be contagious

Every mass killing or school shooting leads to a debate over whether publicising the tragedies influences violent crime. A new statistical study has found that such events do, in fact, seem to be contagious.

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Greek banks running out of cash

Newly-appointed Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (right) and outgoing Yannis Varoufakis address a news conference during a handover ceremony in Athens, Greece.

Nick Miller 6:00 AM   As their government scrambled to pull together a new package of proposals to take to Brussels, Greeks have been hit with more bad news: the banks are running out of cash.

UK bank staff sacked for beheading prank

HSBC fired employees after staging a mock Islamic State beheading.

3:15 PM   Six British bank staff members have been sacked after filming themselves staging a mock Islamic State-style execution during a team-building day out.

Pope Francis to meet 'Mr Nobody'

Francisco Cortes Garcia, affectionately known as "Father Paquito," will meet with Pope Francis, a friend since the 1980's.

A Spaniard by birth, the Reverend Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong weakness for cigars.

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US Air Force F-16 collides midair with Cesna over South Carolina

A US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon similar to the one that collided with a Cessna over South Carolina.

Mark Berman 4:03 AM   Federal authorities areĀ investigating a midair collision over South Carolina involving an Air Force fighter jet and a small civilian plane.

Greece fails to offer a new bailout plan at emergency meeting

"It's not a matter of weeks any more," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "It's a matter of days."

Michael Birnbaum 3:05 AM   After an emergency meeting in Brussels, European leaders express disappointment at the lack of progress.

Prosecutors seek jail for Nazi bookkeeper

Defendant and former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz', sits in the courtroom prior to the continuation of his trial in Lueneburg, Germany.

3:00 AM   German prosecutors are seeking three and a half years' jail for a former SS officer known as the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz'.

Three Saudi Arabian brothers arrested over Kuwait mosque bombing

The coffins of victims of the bombing at the Imam Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City.

Noah Browning 2:39 AM   The attack during Friday prayers, which killed 27 people, appeared aimed at stoking sectarian hatred in the energy-rich Gulf.

Bomb blasts across northern Nigerian cities kill at least 26

Women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Boko Haram jihadists in the Sambisa Forest arrive at a camp in Yola, Nigeria in May.

Ibrahim Agaju Madugba, Yinka Ibukun and Mustapha Muhammad 2:08 AM   Bombings killed at least 26 people across northern Nigerian cities since late Monday, the latest attacks in the worst spate of violence since President Muhammadu Buhari took office.

10 climate actions to curb global warming, lift GDP

Fighting climate change doesn't have to cost the earth.

9:35 PM   More efficient energy use and investments in greener cities are among 10 measures that can help the world to slow global warming while also spurring economic growth, an international report said on Tuesday.

Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson lay wreaths during a ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings in Hyde Park.

Michael Holden 9:07 PM   Prime Minister David Cameron led sombre tributes on Tuesday as Britain commemorated the 10th anniversary of attacks that killed 56 people in London, the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in western Europe.

Iraqi forces fighting to regain IS-held city of Fallujah

A man carries an injured child away from the scener of the New Baghdad bombing.

Louisa Loveluck 5:53 PM   Iraqi armed forces and allied militia are locked in the first major attempt to recapture a city in Iraq's Anbar province since most of it fell to Islamic State militants last year.

El Nino tracks path of most intense event

The El Nino remains on course to be particularly strong this year.

Peter Hannam 5:43 PM   The El Nino climate pattern taking hold in the Pacific remains on track to be one of the strongest on record - a trend that may be lost on many Australians in the coming couple of weeks as a cool spell arrives.

Singers appeal for money to save crisis-hit Italian opera houses

Jessica Pratt in I Puritani

Alice Philipson 5:16 PM   A group of singers has set up an online fundraising campaign to save Italy's debt-stricken opera houses.

Greek debt crisis: Europe splitting at seams ahead of crucial meeting

Euclid Tsakalotos, Greece's new finance minister has a new proposal to put to lenders.

Nick Miller 5:14 PM   Europe is splitting at the seams over the Greek crisis, with growing evidence of a rift over Tuesday night's crucial meeting in Brussels on a new bailout deal.

South Carolina Senate advances bill to remove Confederate flag

The Confederate flag flying in the South Carolina state house grounds.

Harriet McLeod 4:49 PM   South Carolina takes a major step toward passing legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia.

Kenyan leaders warn Obama on gay rights

The White House illuminated in rainbow colours after the Supreme Court's ruling legalised gay marriage across the nation in June.

Aislinn Laing 4:45 PM   Barack Obama has been warned by senior Kenyan politicians not to raise the issue of homosexuality when he visits his ancestral homeland later this month.

Historic flyby of Pluto on track despite probe glitch, NASA says

This combination of images from July 1 to July 3 provided by NASA shows Pluto at different distances from the New Horizons spacecraft.

Irene Klotz 4:19 PM   NASA said it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service on Tuesday after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.

Six killed in shootout on border as Trump slams Mexican government

Seized drugs are shown in a smuggling tunnel  between the US and Mexico.

Joshua Partlow 4:06 PM   Mexican navy personnel in a Black Hawk helicopter kill six people in a reported shootout near the US border, as Donald Trump again weighs in.

Doctor who lied to patients about cancer faces 175 years in jail

Ellen Piligian speaks about her father, a former patient of Dr. Farid Fata, outside federal court, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Detroit. Patients of Fata received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Fergus Hunter 3:38 PM   One man was told he had a rare form of blood cancer and was subjected to painful bouts of chemotherapy. A woman was diagnosed with a severe group of diseases in her bone marrow, told she was terminal and then denied the opportunity for a transplant.

ECB toughens up on Greece

ECB president Mario Draghi met with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras overnight to discuss the Greek banking systems ongoing liquidity crunch, in which the ECB plays a key role.

Rose Powell 10:11 AM   The European Central Bank has fired a warning shot at Greece by refusing to raise the cap on loans available for the struggling nation after its people shunned the latest bailout agreement through a historic referendum.

Sexist tweet shows how far women's soccer has to go

Soccer ball

Ishaan Tharoor 9:35 AM   You would hope American soccer authorities would never tweet what the official account of the English national team did.

Study: Why some mass killings and school shootings seem to be contagious

Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 26 people were killed in December 2012. The United States has about one school shooting a month.

Robert Gebelhoff 6:40 AM   Every mass killing or school shooting leads to a debate over whether publicising the tragedies influences violent crime. A new statistical study has found that such events do, in fact, seem to be contagious.

Iraqi jet mistakenly bombs Baghdad district, five killed

A man carries an injured child found in the rubble after an Iraqi jet accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad.

6:24 AM   An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighbourhood, police and residents said, killing at least five people and destroying several houses.

Greece's new finance minister is a change of style, not substance

Tsakalotos looks on during his swearing in ceremony with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Lefteris Karagiannopoulos   If European officials expect Athens' new finance chief to take a softer approach, they can think again.

Islamic State uses Palmyra's Roman ruins to stage a mass execution

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra.

Ruth Sherlock   A new IS video shows teenage executioners using the UNESCO heritage site as a theatre for death.