Aung San Suu Kyi's Rohingya silence

Lindsay Murdoch 2:22 PM   Nobel laureate has said she will not speak out "because whoever's side I stand on there will be more blood".

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A royal pleasure: Palace garden party

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Nick Miller's guide to what to wear, how to point and how to behave if you ever score an invitation to a Buckingham Palace's summer garden party.

Palmyra civilians at risk after IS takeover

Islamic State fighter aims his weapon during a battle against the Syrian government forces.

Ruth Pollard 5:37 PM   There is nowhere to left run for the civilians of Palmyra – the latest Syrian city to fall to the extremist Islamic State group.

Russia could block Google and Twitter

OUT IN FORCE: People carry Russian national flags with attached black ribbons during a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night, near St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow.

Kremlin critics see the internet laws as part of a crackdown on freedom of speech.

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Myanmar rescues more than 200 Bangladeshis from boat offshore

An ethnic Rohingya Muslim woman holding a baby at a camp set up outside the city of Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Tim McLaughlin and Aung Hla Tun 8:00 PM   Myanmar's navy found two boats, one carrying more than 200 Bangladeshis, the government said on Friday, after the military chief said some migrants landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims so they can get United Nations aid.

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

Carmelite sisters leave a polling station in Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland.

Conor Barrins 7:41 PM   Ireland has gone to the polls to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation.

Suitcase boy given temporary permission to remain in Spain

An X-ray image, provided by the Spanish Guardia Civil in Ceuta,  shows eight-year-old Adou Ouattara hidden in a suitcase.

6:01 PM   An African boy found hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spain has been granted temporary permission to stay.

Why Indonesian President Joko Widodo has little regard for Australia

Joko Widodo is a foreign policy neophyte and populist nationalist.

Tom Allard 3:57 PM   Abbott's "nope, nope, nope" refusal to resettle Rohingya asylum seekers has caused more tension in the already strained relationship of Australia and Indonesia, and reinforced the hostile view of its president, writes Tom Allard

Court frees Korean 'nut rage' executive

Former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-ah leaves the Seoul High Court on Friday.

3:28 PM   A South Korean appeals court has freed the former Korean Air executive who was jailed for a year for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts.

'It will not be easy': David Cameron faces EU, immigration tussle

Immigration enforcement officers gather for a briefing prior to raiding a house in Southall.

Alex Morales 3:22 PM   Prime Minister David Cameron is preparing for disagreements with his fellow European leaders as he sets about renegotiating the UK's relationship with the European Union before holding a vote on Britain's membership.

Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea

Migrants in Sicily on Thursday.

Steve Scherer 2:39 PM   More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said.

Scientists track a girl's travels 3400 years after her death

The Egtved Girl was dressed in a striking cord skirt typical of the Bronze Age: it went down to her knees and wound twice around her waist.

Eryn Brown 2:27 PM   Researchers in Denmark have published amazing details of the life story of pre-historic Egtved Girl.

'Hedging her bets': Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi criticised for silence on Rohingya

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Lindsay Murdoch 2:22 PM   Nobel laureate has said she will not speak out "because whoever's side I stand on there will be more blood".

Adolescents who killed six-year-old: Mexican outcry at lenient treatment

Christopher Raymundo Marquez Mora.

Randal Archibold 2:10 PM   A six-year-old boy in northern Mexico has been murdered and a group of five adolescents, who the authorities said were playing a game of "kidnap", have been apprehended for the crime.

Woman kept in wooden box by ex-boyfriend is killed after fleeing

Sandra Sutton and her teenage son were shot dead, just weeks after she escaped captivity.

Kevin Murphy 1:27 PM   A Missouri woman who escaped captivity from a wooden box three weeks ago was found dead in a home on Thursday, along with her teenage son, and police are searching for the man suspected both of locking her up and killing her.

South China Sea news updates

Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's destroyers Harusame (DD-102) and Amagiri (DD-154 behind Harusame) sail near Philippine warship BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16) as they make a formation during their joint naval drill in the South China Sea, in this handout photo taken May 12, 2015 and released by the Maritime Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan on May 13, 2015. The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on Tuesday, while Japan's coastguard works with Vietnam this week, as Tokyo boosts maritime ties with two nations at odds with Beijing over the disputed waterway. Picture taken May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Maritime Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan/Handout via Reuters  


11:33 AM   Rolling coverage of the South China Sea dispute.

France to ban food waste in supermarkets

Supermarkets like Carrefour will have to sign contracts with charities for the collection of unsold food products so they don't go to waste.

11:29 AM   In a rare show of unity France's parliament has voted unanimously to ban food waste in big supermarkets, notably by outlawing the destruction of unsold food products.

Boy Scouts' president calls for end to gay leaders ban

Former Defence Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennesee last year.

Erik Eckholm 11:11 AM   Robert Gates, the group's president and the former US secretary of defence, said the Scouts "must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be".

Myanmar finally agrees to attend migrant crisis summit

An Indonesian paramedic assists a recently-arrived Rohingya migrant mother on Thursday.

Joe Cochrane 10:37 AM   Myanmar has finally agreed to send representatives to a meeting in Bangkok aimed at resolving the continuing humanitarian crisis of migrants stranded at sea.

Grand jury indicts Baltimore police in death of Freddie Gray

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announces the indictments of six Baltimore Police officers on various charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

Ian Simpson 9:12 AM   A grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody.

Husband gets life for arranging for girlfriend to kill wife in New Jersey

Nazish Noorani, 27, was killed as she walked with her husband and their 2-year-old son in Boonton, New Jersey.

9:01 AM   A man convicted of conspiring to have his wife murdered as the couple walked along a suburban New Jersey street with their toddler in a stroller was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Chinese warnings to US plane hint at rising stakes

In this photo taken on February 25, 2014 by surveillance planes and released Thursday, May 15, 2014, by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, a Chinese vessel, top center, is used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, at the Spratly Islands at South China Sea, Philippines. The Philippines has protested China's reclamation of land in the disputed reef in the South China Sea that can be used to build an airstrip or an offshore military base in the increasingly volatile region, the country's top diplomat and other officials said Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  The white arrow was added by the source. (AP Photo/Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs)

Simon Denyer 7:17 AM   Several recent warnings to military aircraft suggest China is trying to exclude foreign military planes from areas it claims.

Barack Obama tweet sparks torrent of racist replies

US President Barack Obama the target of hate on Twitter.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis 6:17 AM   When President Barack Obama sent his inaugural Twitter post from the Oval Office on Monday, the White House heralded the event with fanfare, posting a photograph of him perched on his desk tapping out his message on an iPhone. The @POTUS account - named for the in-house acronym derived f...

Lotsa twerking in new slang-friendly Scrabble dictionary

Twerk it out ... A wide selection of slang and tech terms has been included in the latest Scrabble dictionary. It won't stop all the arguments though.

Catherine Wylie 5:53 AM   A host of slang words used on social media, in texts and on the street are now available to fans of the traditional word game seeking to outplay their opponents.

My Enemy, My Brother: One Iranian soldier's decision to spare the life of a wounded Iraqi is repaid decades later

Zahed Haftlang

Ann Shin 4:46 AM   After a deadly battle, Zahed Haftlang found an enemy Iraqi soldier critically injured in a bunker and committed an astonishing act of mercy. It would change the path of both their lives for decades to come.

Barack Obama says climate change poses an "immediate risk" to US

US President Barack Obama at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS 1:45 AM   ​President Barack Obama used a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, saying that the warming of the planet poses an "immediate risk" to the United States.