Fears of flooding as temperatures tipped to rise

Mark Blinch 2:47 PM   Emergency workers in New York are braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to 2 metres of snow.

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Not a boy, but a black male with a gun

Shot: An undated photo of Tamir Rice, who was killed by police.

Nick O'Malley 3:29 PM   The problem in America is not between young black men and white police, but young black men and police in general.

Iran nuclear negotiators may get extension

Sideline meeting: US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, former European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discuss negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

Michael R. Gordon 4:20 PM   On the eve of the deadline for an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, American officials finally acknowledged the two sides would not reach a deal by Monday's deadline.

Israel's cabinet backs nationality bill

State debate: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at his weekly cabinet meeting amid the nationality law moves.

Isabel Kershner 4:20 PM   The promotion of a nationality law has long stirred debate, where opponents fear that any legislation that gives pre-eminence to Israel's Jewishness could lead to an internal rift.

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Iraqi forces retake ground from Islamic State

A peshmerga fighter in action against Islamic State militants in Jalawla, Diyala province.

2:19 PM   Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters have retaken areas near the Iranian border held by Islamic State.

US senator calls for war declaration against IS

Senator Rand Paul wants Congress to declare war on Islamic State.

Jeremy W. Peters 2:04 PM   Congress could declare war for the first time since World War II.

Italy's first female astronaut blasts off to International Space Station

In orbit: Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy, waves after donning her space suit.

1:34 PM   A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has blasted off to begin its journey to the International Space Station.

Iran nuclear deal: the key issues at stake

US Secretary of State  John Kerry arrives for nuclear talks with Iran at the Palais Coburg in Vienna.

David Blair 3:58 PM   The key issues at stake in reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

Envoy called in over president's 'failed state' comment

12:17 PM   Mexico said on Sunday it was summoning Uruguay's ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a failed state.

US troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year

A US military jet flies over Vilnius during an Lithuanian-NATO air force exercise.

11:59 AM   Forces will remain in Lithuania, as well as Estonia and Latvia and Poland for as long as is required to deter Russian aggression, a senior US commander says.

US police shoot dead 12-year-old boy waving fake gun

Toy gun allegedly held by Tamir E. Rice.

10:05 AM   Police in the US city of Cleveland have shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was in a playground waving around what turned out to be a replica gun, officials say.

Woman jailed in Iran over sport protest freed on bail

On bail: Iranian-British woman Ghoncheh Ghavami has been released from jail.

8:00 AM   Ghoncheh Ghavami, an Iranian-British woman jailed in Tehran earlier this month for taking part in a protest against a ban on women attending some men's sporting events, has been released on bail, Britain's Foreign's Office said on Sunday.

Global warming threatens to strip the identity of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana

Michael Wines 7:45 AM   A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive.

Prospects rise for a 2015 UN climate deal, but likely to be weak

US President Barack Obama speaks at the UN Climate Summit in New York in September.

7:33 AM   A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures.

Suicide attack kills 50 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

Kay Johnson 5:33 AM   About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through large crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials say.

MH17 wreckage recovery operation now complete, say Dutch

Investigators watch as a piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is recovered near the village of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

4:04 AM   Dutch experts have completed the recovery of wreckage from the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and have sent it to a government-controlled city en route to the Netherlands.

Oscar Pistorius birthday visit may have broken prison rules: report

Oscar Pistorius training in 2011, before his fall from grace.

9:42 PM   Oscar Pistorius, serving a five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, received a long visit from his brother and sister for his 28th birthday that may have bent the rules of his incarceration, a South African newspaper reported on Sunday.

Iran says nuclear deal "impossible" by Monday's deadline: report

The Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran.

8:26 PM   Iran says it will not be possible by Monday's deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Sunday.

Scandal-plagued Washington 'mayor for life' dies

Washington council member Marion Barry making spirited remarks during a news conference in 2010.

8:07 PM   Marion Barry went to prison over a drug bust, but swept back into the city's top post.

North Korea warns of 'catastrophe' over UN rights ruling

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 991.

North Korea is warning of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of the latest United Nations censure on its human rights record.

Iraqi forces repel Islamic State attack on Ramadi

Battleground; An Islamic State fighter loads a mortar shell during clashes with Iraqi security forces in Ramadi.

Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell   A new offensive has been described as the militants' most ambitious effort to seize the central city, west of Baghdad.

US, Turkey discuss boosting Syrian opposition

Stating case: Turkish women in Ankara march against violence, discrimination and the Islamic State militants active in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

Roy Gutman   United States Vice-President Joe Biden has told Turkey the US would strengthen Syrian rebels and ensure a political transition away from the Assad regime.

New York braces for flooding after epic snowstorm

A massive snowstorm hit Cowlesville, New York, last week.

Javier Panzar   After a week of epic snowfall dumped 2 metres of snow on western New York, temperatures were climbing and state officials told residents on Saturday to prepare for flooding.

Gordon Brown tipped to quit as British MP

Key figure: Gordon Brown played a key role in the pro-union campaign before the Scottish independence referendum.

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown is tipped to announce soon he will stand down as an MP at the general election in May.

Russia says West is seeking regime change

New approach: Sergei Lavrov says Russia's dealings with Europe will no longer be business as usual.

The West is seeking to force a regime change in Moscow through sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.