Bombing in Aleppo louder than voices for peace

Paul McGeough 4:11 AM   Washington's faith in a political solution seems misplaced as the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians hang in the balance.

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PM's former bodyguard recants allegations

Malaysian PM Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur in January.

Lindsay Murdoch   From detention at Villawood, Sirul Azhar Umar has long claimed he murdered a young Mongolian translator on the orders of "important people". Now his story has abruptly changed.

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Departing Obama looms over debate

Hillary Clinton invoked her role as secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Nick O'Malley 4:42 PM   Hillary Clinton has woken up to the fact that Bernie Sanders is a genuine challenger, but again struggled to counter him.

NATO pushes back along eastern frontier

Soldiers take positions with their army vehicles during the NATO Noble Jump exercise on a training range near Swietoszow ...

Helen Womack 1:40 AM   Beefed-up troops, war "headquarters" and a readiness to respond to Russia has experts on both sides fearing an accident, leading to a war nobody intended.

North Korea says South has 'declared war'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expelled South Korean workers at the Kaesong industrial zone as tension continues to ...

Philip Wen 2:03 PM   Pyongyang kicks out all South Koreans from the Kaesong industrial zone, calling Seoul move to suspend operations a "declaration of war".

PNG's food bowl is all but empty 

Weevil-damaged sweet potato in Simbu Province.

Mayeta Clark 1:37 AM   A drought exacerbated by El Nino has pushed already poor communities in Papua New Guinea's Highlands to the edge of starvation.

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US Congress passes tougher North Korea sanctions

A North Korean soldier stands in front of the Unha 3 rocket at a launching site at Tongchang-ri, in 2012.

Patricia Zengerle 9:51 AM   Sanctions broadened to punish Pyongyang after it tested a nuclear device in January and launched a satellite last weekend.

Unwire to unwind in Old Havana

The bright lights of Havana's Hotel Inglaterra.

Hannah Francis 9:41 AM   Cuba is a curious destination for a technology reporter.

Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland

Muntadher Tareef, centre, and Hosham Hassen, right, who want to return to Iraq after about five months in Finland, with ...

Tuomas Forsell 9:28 AM   Young Iraqi men, disappointed with their life and prospects in the chilly Nordic country, cancel asylum applications to return home voluntarily.

Syria's Assad says to keep fighting as peace talks proceed: report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he would keep "fighting terrorism" while peace talks took place, according to one ...

Lisa Barrington 9:18 AM   Bashar al-Assad pours cold water on the international community's hard-fought efforts to win a ceasefire in Syria, saying he intended to carry on fighting until he had returned the entire country to his control.

Millennium after split, pope and Russian Orthodox patriarch meet in Cuba

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill kisses Pope Francis as they meet at the Jose Marti aiport in ...

Daniel Trotta 7:24 AM   Pope Francis arrived in Havana on Friday to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church nearly 1000 years after Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome, marking the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.

Teens die in US school shooting

Parents wait to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday ...

Mike McPhate 6:56 AM   Two teenage girls have died in a shooting at a school in the US city of Phoenix.

Japanese lawmaker who sought paternity leave to quit over tryst

Japanese lawmaker Kensuke Miyazaki

Isabel Reynolds and Takashi Hirokawa 6:43 AM   A Japanese ruling party lawmaker who drew attention for seeking to take paternity leave said Friday he would resign over an extramarital affair.

Rolf Harris faces more sex charges

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, 84, faces seven further counts of indecent assault against girls and women.

6:15 AM   Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven further counts of indecent assault against girls and women, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

Syrian explosions silence moderate voices

A Syrian child on the outskirts of Kilis, south-eastern Turkey.

Paul McGeough 4:11 AM   Washington's faith in a political solution seems misplaced as the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians hang in the balance.

Presses will fall silent as Britain's Independent newspaper goes online-only

The Independent iPad app in front of copies of the paper.

3:40 AM   The Indy will disappear from British news stands as it becomes one of the first national newspapers in the world to buckle under pressure from the internet.

Hope for peace in Syria with new deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a news conference after the ...

Karen DeYoung 1:39 AM   The US, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war that allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John Kerry has announced.

Comet lander Philae bid farewell

An artist's impression of the Philae lander.

Maria Sheahan 10:12 PM   European scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae, which successfully landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation only to lose power because its solar-driven batteries were in the shade.

Several dead as suspected Islamist militants attack United Nations base in Mali

United Nations

9:50 PM   Suspected Islamist militants attacked a UN peacekeepers' base in the northern Mali town of Kidal on Friday, killing several people and wounding others.

Indonesia cracks down on terrorists in prison

Iman Darmawan, also known as Rois.

Jewel Topsfield 7:27 PM   When the country's security minister went to Indonesia's Alcatraz, five X-ray machines were found to be out of order.

Stunning herding footage ewe have to see to believe

A new perspective on sheep farming.

6:59 PM   Captivating aerial footage of sheep being herded on a Hawke's Bay farm has attracted international attention.

Oregon stand-off: last four occupiers surrender

Authorities wait at the Narrows roadblock near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday.

Jimmy Urquhart 6:23 PM   Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ends with final four occupiers to face charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers.

CSIRO chief Larry Marshall points his ship into a scientific storm

Nothing to see here: CSIRO plans to slash climate monitoring and modelling research.

Peter Hannam 4:32 PM   Scientists are calling for CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall to change his mind and not slash key climate researchers by half.

CSIRO climate cuts 'devastating', almost 3000 scientists tell Turnbull

Larry Marshall, CSIRO's chief executive, has resisted calls to reconsider deep cuts to climate and other programs.

Peter Hannam 4:13 PM   Almost 3000 scientists from nearly 60 nations have appealed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian leaders to halt CSIRO's plans to halve the number of researchers working on climate monitoring and modelling.

Venezuela: three dead from Zika complications

The Aedes aegyptii mosquito, vector for the Zika virus.

3:30 PM   Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.

South Sudan's Salva Kiir restores rival Riek Machar whose ouster sparked war

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka,  has been under intense diplomatic pressure to reach a ...

Rick Gladstone 12:37 PM   President's reappointment of political rival is aimed at ending disastrous civil war.

Russia warns of 'world war', continues bombing Aleppo to support Assad

An aerial image shows a Russian air strike on a militant base in the province of Latakia, Syria.

John Irish 11:18 AM   Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warns ground operations by US and Arab forces could throw Syria into an permanent state of war.