'Tell the president to kill all poor people'

Paul McGeough 6:24 PM   We've all shut down on Afghanistan, moved on. But we need to hear what aid workers like Mahboba Rawi are telling us.

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'What is the European Union actually for?'

 A family walks the final few kilometers through fields towards the Macedonian border to have their papers processed before crossing in Idomeni Greece.

Nick Miller 1:47 PM   Pressure is building for an effective long-term solution to the devastating crisis.

Tackle Libya to tackle the Syria crisis

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement in Downing Street after the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in London April 8, 2013. Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who dominated British politics for two decades, died on Monday following a stroke, a spokesman for her family said. She was 87. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor  (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS OBITUARY)

Maher Mughrabi 2:30 PM   The West and its bickering allies must prove themselves capable of sorting out the mess they helped create in Tripoli.

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My sons 'slipped from my hands' 

"My children slipped from my hands": Abdullah Kurdi tried to find his children as his wife held onto the capsized boat.

Somewhere between Turkey and Greece, the boat carrying Abdullah Kurdi and his family was filling with water. Their life vests were not enough.

Donald Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge

 "I have signed the pledge," Donald Trump says during a news conference at the Trump Tower in New York.

Nick O'Malley 8:18 AM   The Donald had resisted committing to back the winner of the Republican primaries, but seems to now believe he will win.

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'Tell the president to kill all poor people'

Portrait of Mahboba Rawi at her home in North Ryde. Mahboba started the charity called Mahboba s Promise that assists orphans and widows in Afghanistan. 4th September 2008  SMH NEWS/Mahboba Rawi  Photograph by Dallas Kilponen/dak. SPECIALX 91442

Paul McGeough 6:24 PM   We've all shut down on Afghanistan, moved on. But we need to hear what aid workers like Mahboba Rawi are telling us.

Britain to take more refugees

David Cameron is considering taking more refugees from camps along the Syrian border.

Peter Dominiczak 4:56 PM   Britain will accept thousands more Syrian asylum seekers in response to the migration crisis engulfing Europe.

That buzzing in your pocket? It's a politician wanting your vote

Caught on smartphone: former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack introduces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Lindsay Wise 4:38 PM   Compared to the cost of airing a traditional television commercial, digital ads are a relatively inexpensive way to harass voters.

Refugee crisis: Migrants lie on railway tracks in Hungary

A woman lies on the track with a baby as she is detained in the Hungarian town of Bicske.

Marton Dunai 3:48 PM   Migrants threw themselves onto train tracks and fled from police trying to take them to a reception centre in Hungary on Thursday as authorities sought to end a standoff that has become symbolic of a European asylum system brought to breaking point.

Syria's despair: why the US-led military campaign is failing

A Syrian refugee woman tends to her daughter while cooking inside her tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, in August 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Tom Allard 6:00 PM   As Australia prepares to enter the bombing campaign in Syria to combat Islamic State, the moderate Sunni fighters essential for success are being routed or won't support the US-led coalition.

Whisky will need its own glass in space

A rendering of the pieces of Ballantine's space whisky glass, including a gold mouthpiece from which a space traveller would sip.

Kenneth Chang 1:58 PM   What better way to celebrate your first space flight than with a dram of Scotland's finest?

Benjamin Netanyahu vows to continue fight against Iran nuclear deal

Breakdown in relationship ... US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are at odds over the nuclear deal with Iran.

Joel Greenberg 12:23 PM   President Barack Obama's enlistment of sufficient support in Congress to push forward the nuclear deal with Iran has dealt a final blow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign in Washington against the accord.

One dead, two injured in shooting at Sacramento City College

A police officer stands guard at Sacramento City College.

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Someone has placed an anonymous, heartfelt notice for little Aylan

Aylan Kurdi, left, with his brother Galip. Both drowned in their family's attempt to reach Greece.

James Robertson 11:56 AM   Tributes have poured in from around the world to Aylan Kurdi, the toddler whose lifeless body on a Turkish beach focused the world's attention on an escalating global refugee crisis.

Girls urged to ditch dolls for Lego

STEM skills are undervalued by society as a whole.

11:54 AM   Girls are not encouraged to pursue careers in science and engineering, starting from their early childhood.

Minecraft prepares kids for economy, says candidate Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio has touted his economic credentials.

11:14 AM   Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is citing the popular Minecraft video game as an example of how to prepare young people for the new economy.

Migrants killed as boat capsizes off Malaysian coast

KUTA BINJE, INDONESIA - MAY 20: A boat which carried Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants sits abandoned on May 20, 2015 in Kuta Binje, Aceh Province, Indonesia. Hundreds of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention. Thousands more are believed to still be stranded at sea reportedly. Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community have long been persecuted and marginalized by Myanmar's mostly Buddhist population. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Lindsay Murdoch 10:32 AM   A boat carrying dozens of migrants has sunk in rough seas in the Malacca Strait off Malaysia, killing at least 14 people, according to Malaysian rescuers.

China's DF-21 'carrier killer' missile could alter balance of power in Pacific

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, drive past Tiananmen Gate on Thursday.

Neil Connor 10:32 AM   Display of new weapons shows China wants its rivals to see it as a global power, analysts say.

How you can help refugees in Europe and at home

Elderly Syrian refugee Halima Ali holds her granddaughter Amal, 4, while sitting outside their tent at an informal settlement near the Syrian border.

Marissa Calligeros 9:56 AM   ¬†Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Here are some of the ways you can help at home.

Bizarre 'alien corpse' discovered in Russia has experts stumped

The "alien corpse" discovered in Russia.

Kate Aubusson 9:25 AM   A tiny alien creature that washed up on the banks of a river in western Russia has locals and experts stumped.

Swarm of wasps sting great-grandfather to death

Clive Southall, who was stung to death by a swarm of wasps while staying at a holiday park in Wales.

Lexi Finnigan 8:59 AM   A great-grandfather was stung to death by a swarm of wasps after he accidentally disturbed a nest near his holiday home.

NZ woman suspected of living with dead husband's body

A body was found in this Titahi Bay state home on Sunday.

Talia Shadwell 8:49 AM   A woman is suspected of having lived alongside the body of her dead husband for week.

Clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences for gay couples

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis weeps as she is cheered by supporters in Kentucky in recent weeks.

Steve Bittenbender 7:42 AM   A county clerk in Kentucky was held in contempt of court and jailed on Thursday for failing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of the US Supreme Court.

Father describes how he tried to save his Syrian boys from drowning

Mr Kurdi said his family paid smugglers more than $2800 for a voyage to a Greek island in a 4.5-metre boat.

Karam Shoumali 6:39 AM   The father of the young boys whose drowning touched a global nerve speaks about their ordeal at sea.

Migrant crisis: how the EU's Schengen agreement adds to border confusion

Soldiers from Hungary, which is in the Schengen zone, put up a sign warning in six languages that property damage is a criminal offence on a fence on the border with Serbia, which is not in the zone.

Adam Taylor 6:34 AM   The Schengen agreement may not sound exciting, what it resulted in was virtually unprecedented in its ambition.

From spare rooms to sofas, EU citizens rally on social media to house refugees

A young Syrian boy cries as his father carries him up a steep hill as they walk to a border crossing on the Greek and Macedonian border.

Kieran Guilbert 5:52 AM   Frustrated by the European Union's response to a deepening migration crisis yet inspired by a groundswell of support from citizens across Europe, British professor Michael Stewart set up a Facebook group for people to share their homes with refugees.