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Iraqi theatre more dicey than ever for Australia

PAUL MCGEOUGH 4:02pm Abbott is right when he says that Australia’s involvement in the Iraq conflict is nothing like 2003.

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Beijing rules out open Hong Kong elections

Protesters take part in the rally for the beginning of Occupy Central movement outside government offices in Hong Kong.

PHILIP WEN 4:46pm Underlining the potential for escalating confrontation, Hong Kong pro-democracy groups have vowed to ensure the city enters an “era of civil disobedience.”

Suicide bomb claims 37 lives in Iraq

The wreckage of a Humvee belonging to Islamic State militants lies along a road after it was targeted by pro-Iraqi forces in the town of Sulaiman Pek in Salahuddin province.

4:05am Thirty seven people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed Humvee military vehicle into a construction site used by the army and police.

Fijian UN peacekeepers held in Syria

UN peacekeepers leave their main headquarters next to the Quneitra crossing, the only border crossing between Israel and Syria, in the Golan Heights.

8:39am The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for capturing 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers in southern Syria.

Parents of brain tumour boy to face judge

Ashya King, 5. the British boy who is suffering with a severe brain tumour.

6:14am The parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent and found in Spain are set to appear before a Spanish judge.

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Israel shoots down drone, Fijians still missing on Golan Heights

Israeli soldiers watch as UNDOF vehicles cross into Syria from the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights.

Amy Teibel 3:44pm Israel said it had shot down an unmanned aircraft over the Golan Heights as uncertainty over the Syrian-Israeli frontier and the fate of 44 Fijian peacekeepers mounted.

Amid criticism, US strategy on Islamic State showing results

President Barack Obama speaking about the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

NICK O'MALLEY 2:39pm In the face of criticism even from close political allies that the White House has been too slow in its military response to the Islamic State threat, the White House is still signaling it will not ramp up its efforts until it believes it has viable support.

New Zealand shooter kills two, remains at large

A gunman is on the loose in Ashburton, New Zealand, after a fatal shooting.

Sarah Robson and Dave Williams 2:23pm A balaclava-clad gunman who walked into a New Zealand unemployment office and shot dead two women is on the loose.

Philippine troops in 'greatest escape' from Syrian rebels in Golan Heights

Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang speaking after peacekeepers' escape.

Jim Gomez and Ryan Lucas 12:57pm Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said on Sunday.

Libyan armed faction takes over US Embassy annex in Tripoli

A view of an annex of the US embassy in Tripoli.

Mark Hosenball and Matt Spetalnick 11:37am Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the US Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, US officials say.

Israel claims land in West Bank

Israeli women walk in a Jewish settlement known as Gvaot, in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem.

Isabel Kershner 5:20pm Israel laid claim on Sunday to nearly 400 hectares of West Bank land in a Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem - a step that could herald significant Israeli construction in the area - defying Palestinian demands for a halt in settlement expansion and challenging world opinion.

Ebola claims 1552 lives, infects 3062

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare for the disposal of an abandoned dead Ebola victim in Monrovia.

10:59am Nigeria has confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in West Africa hit by the epidemic.

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Microsoft refuses warrant to hand over customer's emails

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Jonathan Stempel 9:47am A US judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to US prosecutors, but the software company said it won't.

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US launches new air strikes on Islamic State rebels

The wreckage of a Humvee used by the Islamic State militants.

10:15am The US military has launched new strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq near the Mosul Dam and the town of Amerli.

British Speaker to front MPs over controversial recommendation of Australian Carol Mills as clerk of the House

Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary Carol Mills has been recommended to take up a post in Britain as clerk of its lower House.

7:47am British parliamentary Speaker John Bercow will face MPs on Monday for the first time since a row erupted over his recommended candidate for the post of clerk of the House.

Vladimir Putin talks 'statehood' for south-eastern Ukraine as Kiev's ships attacked

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a globe presented him as a gift during his meeting with participants in the youth educational forum near Lake Seliger in Russia.

Kateryna Choursina, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Ewa Krukowska 2:31pm Pro-Russian rebels attacked two Ukrainian coastal guard vessels for the first time, just hours after European Union governments agreed to impose new sanctions on Russia if the conflict worsens.

Volcano threat eases as Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange

Steam and smoke rise over a 1km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of the Bardarbunga volcano system.

Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson 4:24am Iceland has cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red early, saying a fresh fissure eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash.

Truck overturns, spilling bags of cash

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5:47am US police say an armoured truck has overturned on a Rhode Island highway, spilling bags of money that quickly drew passers-by.

Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns, says World Bank envoy

For low-lying island states such as Tuvalu, sea-level rise is a serious threat.

PETER HANNAM 8:08am Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing ''extreme effects'' from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a ''moral responsibility'' to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.

Ukrainians flee eastern port city amid fears of 'Russian-led' attack

A barrel of a T-72 tank with a flag of the Donetsk People's Republic in the southern coastal town of Novoazovsk.

Aleksandar Vasovic 1:47am Ukrainian forces and residents in Ukraine's eastern port of Mariupol braced for attack yesterday from advancing pro-Russian rebels who Kiev says are backed by a Russian armoured column.

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Spanish bullfighter Alejandro Talavante performs during a bullfight in San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. In August hundreds of villages around Spain celebrate their patron saints, with bullfights, music and parties on the streets.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Doubts over India'€™s ability to handle nuclear power expansion

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JASON KOUTSOUKIS 10:00pm With an agreement to allow the sale of Australian uranium to India expected this week, Indian scientists are questioning India's ability to manage a rapid expansion of its nuclear power industry.

Russia President Vladimir Putin wants east Ukraine 'statehood' talks

A Ukrainian fighter stands guard on a hill on the outskirts of Mariupol.

9:33pm President Vladimir Putin has dramatically raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

New fissure eruption at Iceland volcano prompts highest aviation warning

Magma flows from a kilometre-long fissure in part of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system.

7:55pm A new fissure eruption in an ice-free area of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise their warning level for the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level of red on Sunday.

Demonstrations expected as Beijing keeps firm control of Hong Kong elections

A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier stands guard at the entrance to the Hong Kong Garrison.

PHILIP WEN 7:05pm China's legislature has formally rejected the public nomination of candidates for Hong Kong's chief executive election in 2017, a decision sure to ignite citywide protests by democracy advocates.

Japan develops robot wheelchairs to read minds

Hiromichi Takeuchi helps his 93-year-old mother Iyo. Japan is to look at robotics to assist look after its ageing population.

Japan will start a project to develop "robot wheelchairs", which detect the user's intentions from their brain waves and automatically move in line with the user's will.

Jimmy Carter's grandson runs for Georgia governor

All smiles: Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia.

Peter Foster More 40 years after Jimmy Carter embarked on the course that took him to the White House, his Democrat grandson is creating a stir as he takes his first steps in what supporters hope will be the same direction.

UN peacekeepers on Golan Heights rescued

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force wave as they drive their armoured vehicle near the Quneitra crossing.

Avi Ohayon All the Philippine UN peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights have been freed and moved to a secure place, the United Nations and the Philippines said. However, 44 Fijian soldiers remain in the hands of the al-Qaeda aligned militia.

One dead, 400 injured in Pakistan as protester marches on PM's home

A supporter of Sufi cleric Tahir ul-Qadri prays while wearing a gas mask, for protection from tear gas released by the police.

One person has died and more than 400 have been wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad as demonstrators call for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Australian dead in Bolivian bus crash

An Australian is among nine tourists killed in a bus crash in Bolivia.

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