Sleaze lord, house of sleaze – back to business 

Nick Miller 3:00 PM   This was proper old-school, cliche Westminster sleaze. Cocaine, tick. Prostitutes from whose breasts to snort cocaine, tick. A dash of racism and political backstabbing, tick.

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The blogger who beat the British  pollsters

Matt Singh from NumbrCrunchrPolitics as he appears on his Twitter page.

Robert Hutton 4:35 PM   The night before Britain's general election a 33-year-old former trader set himself up as a political blogger.

Six stabbed at Israel gay pride parade 

People detain after disarming an Orthodox Jewish assailant, after he stabbed and injured six participants of an annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, police and witnesses said July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man recently released from prison strikes again.

Britain refuses Ai Weiwei longer visa

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 30:  Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei upon his arrival at Munich Airport on July 30, 2015 in Munich, Germany. This is his first trip abroad since Chinese authorities put him under house arrest in 2011 and confiscated his passport without charging him with any crime. They recently returned his passport, enabling Ai Weiwei to travel to see his son, who lives in Berlin. His UK visa application, however, has been rejected because the artist failed to mention any convictions.  (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

Chinese artist  denied a normal six-month business visa by the British government, which said he had lied on his application.

Taiwanese students storm education ministry

A student sleeps on the ground during a protest at the entrance to the Ministry of Education in Taipei on Friday.

2:29 PM   Hundreds of students have occupied the country's education ministry building over textbooks they say promote a message Beijing wants to spread.

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Palestinian toddler killed in suspected Jewish extremist attack: police

A pair of slippers are seen outside a house that had been torched in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists, killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injuring a four-year-old brother and both their parents at Kafr Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus July 31, 2015. The house fire in the occupied West Bank suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists on Friday, Israeli security officials said. A neighbouring house was also badly damaged but it had been empty and there were no casualties there. The three injured people from the first house were taken to Israeli hospitals, officials said. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Allyn Fisher-Ilan 3:40 PM   A house fire suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists has killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child and injured several people in the occupied West Bank.

Taliban pulls out of peace talks

Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster issued by the FBI.

Ali Latifi 2:30 PM   The Taliban has confirmed the death of their long-missing leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and said they were pulling out of peace talks with the Afghan government.

Activists on Oregon bridge block Shell's Arctic drilling quest

People cheer as kayakers try to stop the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica as it heads up the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Shelby Sebens 2:02 PM   Protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic, as a US judge ordered the group to pay daily fines starting at $US2500 per hour ($3400).

Cecil the lion's killer Dr Walter Palmer has gone on the run

Dr Walter Palmer has gone silent in the wake of the global outcry over the hunt.

Paul Walsh 1:57 PM   US wildlife authorities announced an investigation Thursday into the killing of Cecil, a prized lion in Zimbabwe, and also revealed that they have been unable to contact Dr Walter Palmer, the Minnesota big-game hunter and dentist who participated in the fatal hunt.

Chilean man survives 17-storey balcony fall

Sebastian Reyes gives an interview a few days after his feat.

1:03 PM   Sebastian Reyes is lucky to be alive. The 23-year-old fell 17 storeys - around 40 meters - after losing his balance on an apartment balcony and toppling over the rail.

Sleaze lord, house of sleaze – back to business as usual

Members of the House of Lords read a newspaper article about Labour women MPs' fashion sense before the Queen delivers her speech in 1997.

Nick Miller 3:00 PM   This was proper old-school, cliche Westminster sleaze. Cocaine, tick. Prostitutes from whose breasts to snort cocaine, tick. A dash of racism and political backstabbing, tick.

Lawyer's effort to free lab chimps dealt setback by judge's ruling

To appeal: Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project.

Susannah Bryan 12:00 PM   A US lawyer's landmark legal battle to free two lab chimpanzees being used in research at a New York university has been dealt a blow.

Peter Greste verdict

Journalist Peter Greste in Canberra in March.

Ruth Pollard 11:53 AM   Ruth Pollard is in Cairo for the retrial of Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues on terrorism charges. Follow her live tweets here.

International action follows the killing of Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Katie Rogers 11:47 AM   Citing what it called alarming trends in illicit hunting and poaching of animals, and following hard on the heels of the killing of Cecil the lion by a US dentist, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that supporters say would be the start of a global effort to tackle illegal poaching and trafficking of wildlife.

MH370 flight: tsunami debris shows why plane part may not solve mystery

The debris which may be from MH370 that washed up on Reunion Island.

Chris Jasper 11:27 AM   Location of plane wreckage gives only a vague idea of where it came from.

South China Sea: Beijing blames US military for tensions in region

A US Navy E-2 Hawkeye prepares to land on the runway of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington, during a tour of the ship in the South China Sea.

Javier C Hernandez 11:23 AM   A top Chinese official said on Thursday that US military drills and surveillance flights in the South China Sea were threatening regional stability, a harsh assessment that seemed likely to heighten tensions between the two countries before several crucial meetings.

Officer who shot black driver dead denies murder

Photos of Samuel DuBose hang on a pole at a memorial near where he was shot and killed.

Peter Foster 11:08 AM   A white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a black motorist after stopping him over a missing number plate has pleaded not guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Indian Ocean wreckage almost certainly from a Boeing 777: Malaysia

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

Joe Brock 10:33 AM   Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

MH370: La Reunion beachcomber Johnny Begue makes the find of his life

Johnny Begue, 46, who found the piece of aircraft debris.

Catherine Armitage 10:06 AM   He was looking for a stone to crush chillies with. Instead he found a piece of a plane, and world fame.

Hunter wanted to kill an elephant after shooting Cecil the lion

Zimbabwean safari operator Honest Ndlovu, right, and fellow countryman and hunter Theo Bronkhorst waiting to appear in Hwange magistrates court.

Peta Thornycroft, Harriet Alexander 8:58 AM   The man who shot Cecil the lion wanted to bag a giant elephant after killing the protected big cat - but was unable to find one large enough for his liking, his guide has disclosed.

Suitcase reportedly found on island close to where plane debris recovered

The found suitcase.

Kate Aubusson 8:43 AM   Remnants of a badly damaged suitcase have reportedly been found close to where plane debris, suspected to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, has been recovered on Reunion Island.

Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills dozens

A family member cries after a dead body is recovered from the landslide at Lumle village in Kaski district, close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit.

Gopal Sharma 7:51 AM   Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit.

Drought-hit forests store less carbon dioxide than thought, study finds

Droughts take their toll on forests.

7:42 AM   ​The world's forests are taking longer than expected to recover from increasingly frequent droughts, meaning their ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide is smaller than previously thought, Utah University researchers said on Thursday.

US teen Tiona Rodriguez 'went shopping after killing son'

Tiona Rodriguez

Jennifer Peltz 7:31 AM   A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag then going on a trip to a Victoria's Secret store the next day, prosecutors have said as she was charged with murder.

Guo Boxiong expelled from Chinese Communist Party

Then Chinese Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong attends a meeting with at the Diaoyutai State Guest House, in Beijing, in 2005.

Philip Wen 6:58 AM   The Communist Party has expelled one of its most senior retired military leaders from its ranks for alleged corruption, as President Xi Jinping deepens a campaign to clean up and modernise China's armed forces.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabs six at Gay Pride march in Jerusalem

Security forces reach for a knife-wielding ultra-Orthodox Jewish man at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem.

Allyn Fisher-Ilan 6:47 AM   'We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground.'