How inequality is fuelling the rise of Islamic State

A year after his 700-page opus Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument: that inequality is a major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism.

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Australian taken from his home in Thailand

Hells Angel member Wayne Rodney Schneider outside Central Local Court, Sydney, in 2008.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:10 PM   A former Australian Hells Angels motorcycle gang member has been beaten unconscious and kidnapped at gunpoint from his home in Thailand.

World's oldest-known wild and banded bird

Wisdom, the Laysan albatross, is the world's oldest known, banded, wild bird.

The oldest known bird to lay an egg and raise a chick landed last week at the Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, apparently to do it again, at age 64.

Venezuela arrests three for killing of candidate

In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 photo, a pedestrian walks past a mural depicting the eyes of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and an election poster promoting his cousin Asdrubal Chavez, a United Socialist Party of Venezuela congressional candidate, in Sabaneta, Venezuela. For the first time, conjuring the image of the founder of Venezuela?s socialist revolution may not be enough for a person surnamed Chavez to win elected office in this plains state where the late leader and his brothers were raised. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Authorities have arrested three people suspected in the murder of an opposition leader that shook Venezuela and drew international condemnation in the run-up to this weekend's election.

Merkel loses public support over refugees

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the Carbon Price conference at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Almost half of German voters do not want Angela Merkel to serve another term as chancellor, according to a new poll.

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The eerie disappearance of an elderly woman, her son and an 11 kilo bar of gold

A gold bar was reportedly found in Beverly Giannonatti's house before she disappeared.

Yanan Wang 3:00 PM   The sheriff was right when he said he didn't think the the outcome was "not going to be good".

New technology driving the international scramble for shipwreck treasure

Dan Porter, a Florida captain who led the expedition to find the galleon San Jose in the Gulf of Panama, surveying a site off the coast of South Carolina, earlier this month.

Frances Robles 2:59 PM   Commercial treasure hunters, financed in part by an adventure entrepreneur who runs tours to the Titanic, have spent over $US2 million ($2.75 million) and 10 years recovering portions of the treasure, only to see their permits questioned and bounty confiscated.

A path beyond the Paris climate change conference

The investments potentially at risk are huge.

JUSTIN GILLIS 2:32 PM   The pledges countries have signalled they will make in Paris over the next two weeks to cut emissions will inevitably fall short of what is needed to solve the problem of climate change.

World's worst emitter seeks funds to halt peat forest fires

A woman walks trough haze as a forest fire burns in Siak Regency, Riau Province, Indonesia. The fires on Sumatra have caused record smog in Malaysia and Singapore.

Rieka Rahadiana 2:26 PM   (Bloomberg) -- President Joko Widodo is using a meeting of leaders in Paris on climate change to seek funds to restore Indonesia's forests, after fires turned the country into the world's worst polluter in recent months.

Four charged in Minneapolis protesters shooting

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announces the charges against the four defendants in the shooting of five people near Minneapolis.

Matt Furber and Richard Perez-Pena 2:03 PM   No hate-crime charges laid after five black men taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest were injured by gunshots.

Cory Doctorow: we've lost key decade in climate fight, thanks to Abbott, Harper

Tech-minded author and critic Cory Doctorow is hugely frustrated by political failure to address global warming.

Chris Zappone 2:01 PM   Could solutions to serious problems facing the world come from the imaginations of science-fiction authors?

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Neo-Nazi shocks pool visitors with offensive concentration camp tattoo

A member of Germany's extreme right-wing party shocks water park visitors with tasteless tattoo.

Staff writer 1:51 PM   A man with an extremely offensive tattoo of a concentration camp has been kicked out of a water park in the east German town of Oranienburg on Sunday.

Three Israelis found guilty of Palestinian teen's murder

Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair at his funeral in July 2014.

Dan Williams 12:57 PM   Prosecutors said the three confessed to abducting, bludgeoning, strangling and burning 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair in revenge for the killing of three Israeli youths.

How Obama learned from 'a mess' of a climate deal to forge a new agreement in Paris

Barack Obama tells the Paris climate conference the US embraces "our responsibility to do something about" climate change.

Michael A. Memoli 12:52 PM   Barack Obama learned from the setback of the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009, and applied those lessons towards flight climate change. They may bear fruit in Paris.

How inequality is fuelling the rise of Islamic State

Thomas Piketty.

Jim Tankersley 12:42 PM   A year after his 700-page opus Capital in the Twenty-First Century stormed to the top of America's best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument: that inequality is a major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism, including the Islamic State attacks on Paris in November - and Western nations have themselves largely to blame.

Exchange of spies with China is positive sign, Taiwan says

Historic meeting: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou (left) and China's President Xi Jinping in Singapore last month.

Austin Ramzy 12:29 PM   October spy swap preceded historic meeting between neighbours' leaders last month.

Islamic State wrings money from masses

The money game: Islamic State militants have even claimed to mint their own money.

Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Kulish And Steven Lee Myers 11:47 AM   The terror organisation's revenues come largely from territories it controls, and they can be cut off only by capturing those areas.

Xi heads for Paris as Beijing and China labour under a cloud of smog

View from Fairfax China correspondent Philip Wen's office in Beijing on November 30, 2015, an "orange alert" day.

Philip Wen 11:27 AM   Air quality index readings surged beyond 500, more than 20 times levels considered safe by the World Health Organisation, prompting local authorities to issue an "orange alert".

Two leaders. Two honeymoons. But a very different day at the Paris climate talks.

Canadia's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australia's Malcolm Turnbull at the Paris climate summit.

Tom Arup and Peter Hannam 11:11 AM   The new and - as it has become mandatory to point out, startlingly good looking - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in a triumphant mood.

Obama tells Putin to avoid impeding progress toward a Syria solution

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama shake hands at the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

Jeff Mason 10:23 AM   US President Barack Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Turkey and Russia need to "avoid steps that risk further difficulties between the two countries, and frankly, further impediments to the type of progress that we need to make together to resolve the situation in Syria".

US Embassy warns of imminent attack in Kabul

A girl stands as a farmer rakes drying raisins in a field near the Deh Sabz district of Kabul Province, Afghanistan last month.

10:10 AM   US says it has received credible reports of a threat within the next two days, but it has no other details.

Turkey shot down jet to protect oil: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

Denis Dyomkin 8:03 AM   Turkish President calls Russian accusation "slander" and has said Turkey will not apologise for shooting down Russian warplane.

Torched van in Mexico belonged to Australian surfers Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas

Dean Lucas was about to propose to his grilfriend, Josie Cox.

Megan Levy 7:58 AM   A burnt-out van that was discovered in an area of Mexico renowned for its violent drug wars has been confirmed as belonging to one of two Australian men who vanished while on a surfing holiday in the country.

Woman pleads guilty in S. African court to trying to sell baby online


7:24 AM   A mother pleaded guilty in a South African court on Monday to having tried to sell her baby on the Internet for 5,000 rand ($477), the online news service News24 said.

Kids' data at risk as toymakers' tracking information is hacked

VTech's Preschool Learning Tote and Go Laptop.

Andrea Peterson 6:32 AM   As toys go high-tech, hackers are zeroing in on a particularly vulnerable target – children.

Freed Papua activist vows to reinvigorate movement for independence from Indonesia

Filep Karma gives away his daughter last year while on day release.

Randy Fabi and Agustinus Beo Da Costa 3:41 AM   Released after more than a decade behind bars, Filep Karma says he is prepared to go back to prison if necessary.