RIchard Spencer 11:23am Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to comment on reports that hostages had been exchanged for three top-level prisoners.
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6:30am NASA's Maven spacecraft is on track to reach Mars following a journey spanning 10 months and 711 million kilometres.
Mohammed Ghobari 8:27am Yemen's Shiite Muslim rebels have signed an agreement with other political parties to form a more inclusive government and end days of fighting in the capital.
1:46am Thousands of Russians have marched through Moscow to protest the Kremlin's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April.
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Tim Craig 12:05pm Pakistan is expanding its nuclear capabilities, according to analysts.
Keith Bradsher, Paul Mozur 11:25am As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business.
11:59am New Zealand could have a referendum on whether to change the flag next year if Prime Minister-elect John Key has his way.
Ruth Eglash 11:54am Israel has some new neighbours. Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have, for the first time, established a permanent presence on the Syrian frontier.
Thomas Erdbrink and Chris Buckley 11:27am Two Chinese warships have docked at Iran's principal naval port for the first time in history, Iranian admirals told state television on Sunday, adding that both countries would conduct four days of joint naval exercises.
Judiciary gives one-year-old government a month to ban services which carry "immoral and un-Islamic" content, such as WhatsApp, Viber and Tango.
Robert Burns 12:05pm US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey has pointed out that wider Arab participation is a prerequisite for President Barack Obama's approval of a military campaign plan in Iraq.
8:38am Survivors of German victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 downed over Ukraine plan to sue the country and its president for manslaughter by negligence in 298 cases, the lawyer representing them said on Sunday.
8:52am About a million people have visited Oktoberfest, the world's largest festival, on its first weekend despite bad weather.
ROD NORDLAND 5:13am Afghanistan's election commission on Sunday pronounced Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the winner of the country's presidential election.
3:55am Activists have mobilised in cities across the globe for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of people are expected.
Bulent Kilic In Suruc, Turkey Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have flooded into Turkey, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State group (also known as ISIL) that prompted an appeal for international intervention.
Mark Mazzetti In Washington As the US begins what could be a lengthy military campaign against Islamic State, intelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure once among Osama bin Laden's inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe.
2:47am At least two policemen are dead after a bomb exploded near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in Cairo.
2:16am Bomb and mortar attacks have killed six people in Shi'ite Baghdad, with Iraqi security forces claiming to have broken a siege on soldiers surrounded by Islamic State militants west of the capital.
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10:04pm Japanese parents have watched with glee as sumo wrestlers tried to reduce their babies to tears, in a centuries-old ritual.
9:58pm The zoo burned about 60 kilograms of horns to highlight the plight of a species being driven towards extinction.
Umaru Fofana 4:36pm Sierra Leone's nationwide shutdown has entered its final day, as criticism grew that the extreme action aimed at containing the Ebola virus was no more than a publicity stunt.
Rod Nordland 3:47pm The two candidates for president of Afghanistan have agreed on a power-sharing deal that will give the losing candidate substantial influence in the next government.
James Massola, Gareth Hutchens 2:56pm US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has predicted Russian President Vladimir Putin will face an icy reception at the G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane in November if hostilities with neighbouring Ukraine do not ease.
Glenda Cooper 2:36pm After decades of speculation, Britain's National Archives finally reveal the identity of a notorious World War II agent known as "Fifi".
Morag MacKinnon 2:28pm Frank Bainimarama, the former naval officer who has twice seized power in Fiji via military coups, on Sunday claimed victory in the Pacific island nation's first election following eight years of military rule.
2:16pm Indirect talks between Israeli and Palestinian delegations on the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip will resume on Wednesday in Cairo, Palestinian and Egyptian officials say.
Mark Mazzetti 2:07pm US intelligence chief says they may be as much of a threat to the US as Islamic State. But who are Khorasan?
1:56pm The US Secret Service has launched a review of White House security procedures after an intruder scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and gained entry to the presidential residence.