PM's former bodyguard recants allegations

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.

Faint hope for peace in Syria with 'deal'

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

The US, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on what Washington called a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria that in theory allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas.

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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.

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 4:01 AM   Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he would keep "fighting terrorism" while peace talks took place and saw a risk of Saudi and Turkish intervention in the Syrian conflict, according to an interview with news agency AFP published on Friday.

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.

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.

Captive who wouldn't leave Guantanamo has change of heart at door of Europe-bound plane

A protester wearing an orange jumpsuit depicting a Guantanamo Bay detainee, participates in a rally outside the White ...

Carol Rosenberg 10:55 AM   Yemeni detained by US military for 15 years without charge appears to have been institutionalised and feared move to unfamiliar nation.

Death toll from war in Syria nearly half a million

Syrian children wait to return to their country this week at the Turkish border crossing with Syria in the outskirts of ...

Anne Barnard 10:40 AM   Five years of war in Syria has been even more devastating than previously thought, with one group estimating nearly half a million Syrians so far have been killed or died because of the war.

Groundswell of US uni students motivated to protest

More to come: Protests in 2015 led to the announcement that University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe would resign.

Susan Svrluga 10:26 AM   Researchers at UCLA are predicting a continued rise in campus demonstrations.