Don't be 'emotional': parents of slain reporters told

Nick O'Malley 9:18 AM   A prominent National Rifle Association advocate's 10-minute video suggests the parents of the reporters killed on air not be "emotional" in calling for gun control.

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Another explosion at chemical plant in China

A photo of the blast as posted by <i>The People's Daily</i>.

An explosion shook a chemical plant in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, state media said on Tuesday, with the country still on edge after blasts killed more than 145 people last month.

'I can go to jail': Michelle Carter's text to friend

Michelle Carter listens as defence attorney Joseph Cataldo argues for the involuntary manslaughter charge against her to be dismissed.

Michelle Carter knew that if anyone found her text messages to her boyfriend Conrad Roy III, she might go to jail.

Migrant trains reach Vienna

Austrian police officers inspect a truck for migrants at the Austrian-Hungarian border in Nickelsdorf, Austria.

A train carrying hundreds of migrants headed to Vienna on Monday after being held for hours at Austria's border with Hungary amid a security clampdown on trafficking gangs.

Police deny buck's night bribe claim

 Kuta Police chief Deddy Juniartha responds to the allegations.

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 9:25 PM   Kuta's police chief has denied police received a $25,000 bribe to secure the release of a group of Australian men apprehended after a buck's night in Bali.

Officers rewarded after bomb suspect nabbed

Thai National Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang praised detectives for their  investigation of the country's deadliest bombing.

Thailand's police chief promised his officers $116,840 as a reward for catching a suspect in the Bangkok bombing case.

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Final four New Zealand flags revealed

New Zealanders will rank the four options at a referendum in November. The winner will be pitted against the current flag at a vote next year.

Michael Koziol 10:43 AM   New Zealand has edged closer to choosing a new national flag, with the final four options revealed on Tuesday morning at a ceremony in Wellington.

Final four new NZ flag options revealed

Melbourne-based architect Kyle Lockwood with one of the final four designs for the New Zealand flag.

10:36 AM   The final four alternative designs have been revealed as New Zealand considers changing its national flag.

Flurry of tropical cyclones give super El Nino another boost

Hurricane Jimena is moving over warm waters in the eastern Pacific and gathering strength.

Peter Hannam 9:36 AM   The hyperactive hurricane season in the Pacific has jumped up another gear, spawning a record trio of category 4 strength tropical storms that will give the powerful El Nino event yet another boost.

Grieving parents of slain reporters told not to be 'emotional'

Collins Idehen, known as Colion Noir, in the video.

Nick O'Malley 9:18 AM   A prominent National Rifle Association advocate's 10-minute video suggests the parents of the reporters killed on air not be "emotional" in calling for gun control.

Self-help guru Wayne Dyer dies at 75

Dr Wayne Dyer

9:15 AM   Dr Wayne W. Dyer, the best-selling self-help guru and author of 30 books, including 'Your Erroneous Zones, has died at the age of 75.

Ukraine's pro-Russian bill sparks deadly clashes outside Kiev parliament

Ukrainian protesters, right, clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to eastern regions of Ukraine.

Carol J. Williams 9:03 AM   Granting autonomy to rebel-held regions would be "a road to realisation of Putin's plan for destroying Ukraine", critic says.

Vice News reporters charged with terrorism links

Charged : Jake Hanrahan.

9:00 AM   A Turkish court on Monday formally charged three employees of Vice News with having links to a terrorist organisation, the online news channel said, days after they were detained while reporting from the mainly Kurdish southeast.

"My life's work": Alison Parker's dad vows to fight for gun control

Distraught but determined to take on US gun lobby ... Alison Parker's father Andy talks to CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Andy Parker 8:27 AM   Andy Parker plans to devote all his strength and resources to see good come from the evil of his daughter's murder.

Husband arrested after top pianist beaten to death

John Martin, right, has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of his wife Natalia Strelchenko.

Victoria Ward in London 8:10 AM   Husband, mother and her teenage son had performed together in musical trio.

Boko Haram kills 68 Nigerians in remote Borno state

Imam Abubakar Shekau has led radical Islamist sect Boko Haram to massacre thousands of Nigerians. The militants have killed 68 more civilians in Borno, Nigeria.

1:57 AM   The governor of Borno in northeast Nigeria says Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed 68 villagers in a remote area of his state.

Petition to stop rape of Indian sisters as 'punishment' gets 175,000 signatures

A protest after the gang rape of two teenage girls in New Delhi in 2014.

Nita Bhalla 12:53 AM   A village council allegedly threatened the sisters with rape because their brother eloped with a woman from a higher caste.

'You are too late, she is no more'

The murder trial of Jiwan Ram is underway at the High Court at Auckland. Ram, pictured, is accused of killing Bimla Wati.

Kelly Dennett 11:23 PM   An Auckland man who stabbed his partner to death told the dead woman's niece "you are too late, she is no more", a court has heard

Refugee crisis: rescued at sea, searching for a safe haven

Alex, 21, from Kumasi in Ghana on board the MY Phoenix.

Ruth Pollard 9:50 PM   After they were rescued by the MY Phoenix, Fairfax Media met some of those who made that journey into the unknown, trying to find a safer, better life in Europe .

Five people per square metre: how the 71 truck migrants met their end

Some of the bodies in the truck found in Hungary had started to decompose, investigators said.

Karin Strohecker 5:04 PM   The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration lorry in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square metre, police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated.

People smugglers change tactics to dodge border traps

Migrants getting past barbed wire barricades between Serbia and Hungary.

Alison Smale 4:59 PM   People-smugglers appear to have caught wind of possible traps on the Austria-Hungary border and have resorted to steering clear of potential road-blocks.

Michelle Carter researched 'best way' for Conrad Roy to die: court

Michelle Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter of Conrad Roy.

4:50 PM   A teenager who is on trial in the US for allegedly coaxing her boyfriend in a series of text messages to kill himself has been accused of helping him to research the best method to do so, according to court documents.

Reporter's stock market 'confession' a stark warning to Chinese media

Wang Xiaolu makes his confession on Chinese state TV.

Philip Wen 4:10 PM   Televised "confessions" have become the preferred propaganda tool of Chinese state television, but this journalist's testimony was particularly jarring.

Dozens of virgins killed on the way to king's dance

King Mswati III (centre, second row) arrives with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace, following the accident that killed dozens of would-be dance participants.

Stuart Graham 3:58 PM   Dozens of girls and young women have been killed as they travelled to a traditional festival where the King of Swaziland is known to pick a new bride from thousands of topless virgins.

Spy agencies mining adultery website data

Ashley Madison's Korean website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea.

Ben Farmer 2:49 PM   Intelligence agencies are trawling leaked data from the hacked Ashley Madison adultery website to glean personal information and even use it as a possible blackmail tool, sources have said.

Huge protest in Tokyo as Japanese citizens refuse war

Thousands protested in Tokyo on Sunday against a new push to expand the role of the Japanese military.

Kiyoshi Takenaka 1:45 PM   Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building on Sunday to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, the latest sign of public mistrust in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security policy.