Australian tip-off sees online wildlife trafficking sting

Jewel Topsfield 6:06 PM   A tip-off from the AFP led to a sting that nabbed two Indonesians who had smuggled Papuan reptiles to Australia in an international online wildlife trafficking operation.

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Trump circus no longer a laughing matter

An attendee wears a victory campaign button for Donald Trump during a primary watch party in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Nick O'Malley 4:51 PM   The smile was wiped off the face of those who thought the Donald Trump campaign was a joke when he won the New Hampshire primary.

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Turkey won't open border to Syrian refugees

Displaced Syrians at a temporary refugee camp in northern Syria near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey.

Turkey has angrily rejected demands that it open its border to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees driven from their homes by relentless Russian airstrikes.

Gulf state creates ministry for happiness

The world's tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, sports the colours of the UAE flag.

At the centre of a region riven by conflict, an oil-rich Gulf state has decided that happiness and tolerance need portfolios.

Five years on, what to do with Fukushima?

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employee walks in front of  the tsunami-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant ...

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station looks much as it may have right after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that caused a triple meltdown almost five years ago.

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Australian tip-off leads to online wildlife trafficking sting in Indonesia

Most of the animals smuggled to Australia from Indonesia are reptiles – such as the green tree python (pictured) –which ...

Jewel Topsfield 6:06 PM   A tip-off from the Australian Federal Police led to a sting that nabbed two Indonesians who had smuggled Papuan reptiles to Australia in an international online wildlife trafficking operation.

FBI moving in on last four occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge

Cliven Bundy, on horseback at center, joins the funeral procession for Arizona rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum in Kanab, ...

4:36 PM   US Federal agents have moved in on the last four anti-government militants still holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon

Catholic bishops not compelled to report sex abuse: Vatican

Pope Francis has described child sex abuse as a scourge.

Rachel Browne 4:17 PM   A training manual for new Catholic bishops has advised that they are "not necessarily" required to report suspected clerical child abuse to the police.

Ex-priest arrested in 1960 killing of beauty queen

Herlinda de la Vina holds a portrait of her niece, Irene Garza, the 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen in ...

Yanan Wang 3:42 PM   Fifty-six years ago, a young schoolteacher went to church during the Holy Week and never came home.

Cambodian orphan crusader jailed for child sex abuse

Hang Vibol, former director of Our Home Orphanage in Phnom Penh.

Lindsay Murdoch 3:20 PM   A Cambodian orphanage director who crusaded for years against child sex abuse has been sentenced to three years jail for committing indecent acts on children in his care.

US Justice Department sues the City of Ferguson to force policing reform

Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington on Wednesday.

Mark Berman 1:52 PM   The Department of Justice filed a 56-page civil lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, Missouri, alleging that, 18 months after the police shooting of Michael Brown, the city's police and court system continue to violate black residents' civil rights.

Kennedy assassin denied parole - again

Sirhan Sirhan reacts during a parole hearing on Wednesday.

12:59 PM   Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, has been denied parole for the 15th time despite claims another shooter did it.

Indonesian Air Force jet fighter crashes in residential East Java

One of four light attack and tactical training A-29 Super Tucano aircraft delivered to Indonesia’s Air Force in 2012.

Jewel Topsfield and Karuni Rompies 12:15 PM   An Indonesian Air Force plane has crashed in East Java.

Russia, pressed to end Syria bombing, proposes March truce

A child plays around a temporary refugee camp for displaced Syrians in northern Syria.

Michelle Nichols, Tom Perry and Humeyra Pamuk 11:50 AM   Syria refuses to halt battle for Aleppo, which is supported by Russian warplanes, with minister saying he does not expect it to go on long.

Suicide bombers target refugee camp in Nigeria, killing dozens

Rescue workers transport a victim of a suicide bomb attack at a refugee for treatment at a hospital in Maiduguri, ...

11:42 AM   At least 60 people were killed when two suicide bombers detonated explosives in a camp for internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria, relief workers said on Wednesday.

South Korea to shut down most important symbol of inter-Korean goodwill

North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial ...

Choe San-hun 10:42 AM   The Pyongyang government took the bulk of the cash paid, with the North Korean workers getting just a small fraction of their wages in the local currency, officials said.

Republicans Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina drop White House bids

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Ginger Gibson 10:25 AM   New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business executive Carly Fiorina are ending their campaigns for the 2016 Republican nomination, narrowing the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump for the right to compete in the November 8 presidential election.

Zika: Catholic Church urged to rethink abortion stance

Health workers stand in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro to spray insecticide.

9:43 AM   Pope Francis asked to let Catholics use contraception or let women have abortions to avoid having children with defects linked to the Zika virus.

Donald Trump 'The Art of the Deal' spoof biopic stars Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp stars in Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie.

Brooks Barnes 9:13 AM   Playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is unlikely to have prepared star to play Donald Trump in spoof.

Poland to join fight v Islamic State in return for NATO help in east

Polish soldiers in Babylon, Iraq, in 2003. Polish troops are again on their way to the Middle East to join the fight ...

Wiktor Szary 7:36 AM   Pledge to join the fight against terror group linked to NATO response to Russia's assertiveness in eastern Europe.

South China Sea: US, India consider joint patrols, says US official

The USS Curtis Wilbur deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea.

Sanjeev Miglani 6:23 AM   The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a US defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing.

Who is John Kasich? Five things you should know

John Kasich, Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, greets voters in Concord, New Hampshire.

Amber Phillips 6:09 AM   Who is Ohio Governor John Kasich, runner-up in the New Hampshire primary? And how do you pronounce his name?

Teens rescued from sexual exploitation during Super Bowl, FBI says

'The sad reality is, this is a problem we see every day in communities across the country' ... FBI Special Agent in ...

Sarah Parvini 4:09 AM   Seven teenagers, some as young as 14 years old, were rescued from forced prostitution in the San Francisco Bay Area during Super Bowl week, authorities announced Tuesday.

Wild elephant rampage in Indian village caught on video

A wild elephant goes rampaging through the village of Ektiasal in West Bengal.

2:42 AM   A wild elephant went on a rampage in a village in India's eastern West Bengal state on Wednesday, damaging around 100 structures, villagers said.

Sanders supporters 'inflamed and aroused' by runaway New Hampshire win

A triumphant Bernie Sanders greets his supporters at Concord High School in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Nick O'Malley 1:29 AM   For Hillary Clinton, the South Carolina primary cannot come soon enough. For Republicans, the torment has no end in sight.

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More than 100 arrested in Sicilian anti-Mafia operation

Mafia: Italian police arrest (generic)

10:16 PM   More than 100 suspected members of a Mafia clan based in the Eastern Sicilian city of Catania were arrested on Wednesday on charges of running extortion rackets and drug trafficking, police said.