Chinese boat disaster: most passengers still missing

Philip Wen 12:50 AM   The vast majority of 458 people on board a cruise ship on China's Yangtze River remained unaccounted for more than 18 hours after it capsized in torrential weather.

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Cambodia arrival of refugees imminent

Asylum seekers on their first day in the compound at Nauru after their long voyages on the Tampa, Aceng and Manoora.

Lindsay Murdoch 3:29 PM    Four refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru are set to arrive in Cambodia as part of a controversial agreement that has so far cost Australian taxpayers $55.5 million.

Executed men's lawyer to be interviewed 

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The Indonesian judicial commission investigating explosive claims the Bali nine judges were corrupt says it will meet with one of the executed men's former lawyers, Peter Johnson, in Bali this week.

Pell critic Saunders spoke 'only for himself'

Former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell at a thanksgiving for his service.

Desmond O'Grady 3:04 PM   The Vatican has distanced itself from comments made by abuse survivor and Vatican reformer Peter Saunders.

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Clinton polling wobbles ahead of campaign launch

Poll setback: Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Nick O'Malley 6:25 AM   A day after Hillary Clinton announced that she would, finally, formally announce her candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination later this month, a new poll shows her favourability rating has slumped to its lowest level in seven years.

Barack Obama to deliver eulogy for Joseph Biden's son

US Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with his son, US Army Captain Beau Biden, in 2009.

5:43 AM   US President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy at the burial of Vice President Biden's son Beau, who died of cancer aged 46.

What's the link between global warming and extreme weather?

An Indian drinks water from a bottle in Allahabad, India.

Chris Mooney 5:15 AM   There is still a lot of pushback whenever anyone dares to link climate change to extreme weather events, but we don't have to be afraid to talk about this relationship.

MH17 plane was shot down by a Buk missile, Russian weapons manufacturer says

Almaz-Antey chief engineer Mikhail Malisevskiy says the missile was out of production in Russia but the Ukraine army had 991 at the time of the attack.

Nick Miller 5:13 AM   The claim confounds previous Kremlin claims that the flight was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet.

Julie Bishop says Iraqi PM did not ask for more help to fight Islamic State

Julie Bishop was in Paris for a top-level meeting of the 22-nation coalition to counter Islamic State.

Nick Miller 4:53 AM   Australia's Foreign Minister says Australia would consider any request for further military help, but the Iraqi PM did not asked for it in their meeting.

US touts military ties with Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions

The US and Vietnam national flag flutter on masts during the welcoming ceremony of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (not pictured) at the Ministry of Defense in Hanoi on June 1, 2015. Carter is on an Asian trip to Singapore, Vietnam and India in his second tour of the region since taking over at the Pentagon in February. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HOANG DINH Nam

David J. Lynch 12:58 AM   The US defence secretary and his Vietnamese counterpart sign a joint vision statement.

Egypt arrests two Brotherhood leaders ahead of Morsi ruling

Policemen take their positions during the trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

Stephen Kalin 12:52 AM   Egyptian security services arrested two Muslim Brotherhood leaders late on Monday, a day before a court is expected to give a final ruling on a death sentence recommendation against Mohamed Mursi.

Chinese boat disaster: most passengers still missing

A Chinese rescue boat  alongside a capsized passenger ship carrying more than 450 people which sank in the Yangtze River on Monday night.

Philip Wen 12:50 AM   The vast majority of 458 people on board a cruise ship on China's Yangtze River remained unaccounted for more than 18 hours after it capsized in torrential weather.

Helicopter on earthquake relief mission crashes in Nepal

Crash site: Smoke rises from the wreckage of the helicopter.

12:02 AM   A small helicopter on an earthquake relief mission crashed in high mountains in north-east Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least four people, the army said.

Former British Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy dies

Charles Kennedy in September last year.

9:49 PM   Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, one of the most colourful characters in Britain's parliament and an opponent of the Iraq War, has died suddenly aged 55.

French police clear migrant camps in Paris and Calais

African migrants board a bus after being evicted by French police from a camp under a bridge in northern Paris.

Claire Gallen 9:17 PM   French authorities have cleared hundreds of migrants from two camps, one under a subway bridge in Paris and the other in the northern port of Calais.

Seven endangered sawfish conceived by having a 'virgin birth'

Immaculate conception: A smalltooth sawfish.

Jenny Staletovich 8:42 PM   Scientists never knew whether this kind of immaculate conception happened in the wild - until now.

Australian teacher deported from China after drug raid

Xinhua wire service have identified the man as 34-year-old Australian David Robert Ancel Green.

Kate Aubusson 7:50 PM   An Australian teacher has been deported from China after a drug raid on his apartment uncovered commercial quantities of marijuana

Myanmar navy escorting boat with 727 people on board to a 'safe' location

A boat packed with 727 migrants was intercepted off Myanmar's south coast on Friday.

Tim McLaughlin 7:00 PM   Myanmar's navy is escorting 727 migrants stranded in the Andaman Sea to a "safe" location where it will verify their identities, the country's information minister said on Tuesday, correcting an earlier comment that they were headed for Bangladesh waters.

Australia to seek clarification on fall of Ramadi in anti-IS meeting

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will use a top-level meeting in Paris and surrounding bilaterals in an attempt to include Iran at the highest level in the coalition against IS.

Nick Miller 6:50 PM   The "will to fight" of the Iraqi army, critical to the battle against the Islamic State, was to be a major topic of discussion at top-level talks including Australia in Paris overnight.

Timing gives Abbott no excuse to avoid Paris climate talks

Tony Abbott at the last CHOGM meeting in November 2013 in Sri Lanka.

Peter Hannam 4:26 PM   Pressure on the Prime Minister to attend the crucial Paris Climate Summit is likely to rise if he opts to attend the CHOGM gathering that will be held just prior to the French event.

Chinese ferry sinks carrying 458 aboard

Rescue workers carry a boat to conduct a search after a ship sank at the Jianli section of Yangtze River.

4:01 PM   A passenger ship carrying 458 people, many elderly Chinese tourists, sank in the Yangtze River on Monday night during a storm and only 12 people had been rescued so far, state media said, in what could be one of China's worst disasters for years.

Australia turned back 65 people on boat, including a pregnant woman, police chief says

Generic picture of an asylum seeker boat.

Jewel Topsfield 2:39 PM   'They looked exhausted,' the Indonesian police chief said of the 65 people, who reportedly claimed to be asylum seekers.

Rand Paul on high ground as Patriot Act domestic spying expires

US Senator Rand Paul has made ending US intelligence agencies collection of US citizens' telephone metadata a key plank of his presidential run.

Nick O'Malley 1:42 PM   The US government's bulk collection of its citizens' telephone call data has been suspended after key provisions of the Patriot Act introduced after the September 11 attacks expired before Congress managed to vote on a replacement.

Cancelling fatal hike would have been 'too much paperwork'

The parents of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts say it didn't occur to them to be concerned about their son during his training.

Rozina Sabur 9:06 AM   An army officer told a grieving family it would have been "too much paperwork" to cancel a Special Forces selection test which led to the deaths of three SAS hopefuls, a coroner has heard.

American killed by lion in South Africa game park

A lioness approached the passenger side of the vehicle as the woman took photos and then lunged, said Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park.

8:30 AM   A lion has leapt through an open car window and mauled an American tourist to death at a privately-run game park just outside Johannesburg.

France suggests world leaders at start, not end, of climate summit

French President Francois Hollande and Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal.

7:55 AM   ​France suggests world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed.