No offence meant: Sweden's feminist foreign policy

Liam Tung 7:32 PM   Australia's first female foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has said feminism isn't in her "lexicon". Sweden's foreign minister has an opposing view.

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Greeks ready to just say 'No'

Lucky to be a two-job family: Katerina Bomou with her son Jason, 16.

Nick Miller 12:58 AM   You want to know why near-bankrupt Greece may this Sunday vote a defiant, (some say) suicidal "No" in a national referendum on Europe's proffered financial lifeline?

France rejects Assange's request for asylum

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Ecuador's Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.

French President Francois Hollande turned down a request from WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, saying he is in no immediate danger.

Rape victim told to marry, be 'respectable'

Asha* and her daughter in the garden in southern India. She is determined not to give in.

Amrit Dhillon 12:00 PM   Three words no woman who has been raped ever wants to hear have thrown a young woman in a remote part of south India into turmoil.

Supreme left push by disciplined liberals


US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Adam Liptak   The series of liberal decisions delivered by the Supreme Court this term was the product of discipline on the left side of the court and disarray on the right.

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Tonga: King Tupou VI crowned as new king

King Tupou VI leaves the coronation.

Peter Munro 3:26 PM   His brother's golden throne was 2.5-metres high, but for his coronation King Tupou VI sat on a straight-back black wood chair, with a white cushion seat.

US presidential battle starts with hot dogs, sleepovers and lakeside chats

US presidential hopeful and former Texas governor Rick Perry.

Nick O'Malley 3:14 PM   Sleepovers, hot dogs, small home gatherings. Yep. It's the 4th of July long weekend and the US presidential battle is in full swing.

North Korea tests germ warfare on disabled, defector says

North Korean soldiers stand guard outside their post along the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong in March.

Julian Ryall 2:24 PM   A North Korean scientist involved in the regime's biological and chemical weapons programs has defected, apparently with evidence of tests on human subjects.

Madagascan prime minister's ouster rejected

Madagascar's Tsarabanjina island.

Lovasoa Rabary 1:24 PM   Regulators have rejected a bid to sack the Madagascar's prime minister and cabinet, averting further turmoil in a country still recovering from a 2009 coup.

Iran foreign minister: 'We have never been closer to a lasting outcome'

An Iranian security guard stands as US Secretary of State John Kerry (second from right) meets with the Iranian delegation including Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna.

Carol Morello and Karen DeYoung 12:39 PM   As another round of nuclear talks were finally nearing an end, Iran's foreign minister released a video message saying an agreement was at hand.

Citigroup, HSBC among banks named in Brazil currency probe

People pass an HSBC branch in Rio de Janeiro last month. Before the probe, HSBC announced a plan to sell its operations in Brazil and Turkey.

Francisco Marcelino 11:54 AM   Accusations of wrongdoing are similar to those in cases brought against many of the same banks by US and European authorities.

Police may charge Charleston suspect's acquaintances

Dylann Roof outside the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, a day after the shooting.

Michael S. Schmidt 11:38 AM   Accused killer had been in contact with white supremacists online before nine black people were shot in church.

Scientists convinced European heat waves boosted by climate change

Hadley Eames covers Gemma Cousins with stones as they sunbathe on a hot Summer day at Brighton beach in Britain

11:34 AM   As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe.

Solar-powered plane makes it to Hawaii, pilot sets non-stop record

Solar Impulse 2 as it approached Hawaii after record-smashing flight.

10:33 AM   A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Dealing with Greece's financial crisis four years on

A demonstrator rises his hand reading the word ''No'' during a rally organised by supporters of the No vote in Athens on Friday.

Nick Miller 9:24 AM   Greek family who are ready to go hungry rather than be slaves will vote against austerity in Sunday's referendum.

How the CIA ran a ‘billion-dollar spy’ in Moscow

An identity card created by the CIA in an attempt to replicate Adolf Tolkachev's building pass to facilitate removing secret documents from his Soviet military institute.

David Hoffman 7:53 AM   He was the most successful and valued agent the United States had run inside the Soviet Union in two decades. His documents and drawings had unlocked the secrets of Soviet radars and weapons research years into the future.

Obama to host head of Vietnam's Communist Party at White House

The US and Vietnam national flag flutter on masts during the welcoming ceremony of US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter at the Ministry of Defence in Hanoi in June, 2015.

7:41 AM   The head of Vietnam's Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations.

'I can't excuse my actions': Faulkner charged with drink-driving in UK

'I can't excuse my actions' ... James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving in the UK. The 25-year-old allrounder has been playing for English club Lancashire.

Chris Barrett 7:12 AM   James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving, having returned a reading of almost three times the UK's legal limit.

Solar Impulse 2 touches down in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

A record-breaking five-day flight ... Bertrand Piccard (left) celebrates with Andre Borschberg after the Solar Impulse 2 airplane touched down in Hawaii.

Katharine Lackey 5:06 AM   The record-setting flight of the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii on Friday after the longest, most dangerous leg of its around-the-world journey.

Greek court clears way for referendum that could shape country’s future

A demonstrator with the word "No" written on the palm of his hand during an anti-austerity rally in Athens.

Griff Witte 4:36 AM   Confusion reigns on the final day of a blink-and-you-miss-it campaign that has sown bitter divisions over how to vote, and even what question people are being asked.

Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Australia and New Zealand

Prince Charles and Camilla are headed to Australia for their second joint visit.

Kate Aubusson 10:06 PM   Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall are set to visit Australia and New Zealand in November for the first time since the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Britain falls silent to remember 30 killed in Tunisian gun attack

A Union flag flies at half-mast on Buckingham Palace in London, to mark an official day of mourning a week since the deadly Tunisia beach attack.

Michael Holden 9:59 PM   Millions of people across Britain held a minute's silence on Friday on an official day of mourning to pay tribute to 30 Britons killed a week ago by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia, the country's worst loss of life in a militant attack in a decade.

'Heavy casualties' as Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo

Residents in Aleppo's al-Sukkari neighbourhood after an attack by what they said were forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this year.

Tom Perry 7:42 PM   Syrian government forces mounted heavy air strikes against rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, the day after a major Islamist-led offensive on areas of the city controlled by President Bashar al-Assad.

Intellectually-disabled Australian could face death penalty in China

pics of Ibrahim Jalloh and his family at Guangzhou Intermediate Court. Pic by Sanghee Liu taken on July 3, 2015 at Guangzhou People's Intermediate Court, Guangdong Province, China. 
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man in black suit and white shirt are from Australian Consulate in Guangzhou
man in blue strip shirt is the community elder of Jalloh's family in Australia
man in yellow T-shirt is Ibrahim Jalloh
all women are estimated Jalloh's family

Philip Wen 6:03 PM   An intellectually-disabled Australian man detained in China for more than a year could face the death penalty after being charged with smuggling more than two kilograms of the drug crystal methamphetamine.

Bond may push surrogacy in India beyond reach

Indian "baby factories" have become a growing multi-billion dollar industry.

Amrit Dhillon 4:59 PM   Foreign couples planning to go to India for a surrogate baby will have to pay a bond before they can contact a surrogate mother, under a new law being prepared by the Indian government.

Burundi elections neither free nor fair: UN

Police search a citizen trying to vote this week in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Michelle Nichols 4:42 PM   Burundi's parliamentary elections this week were neither fair nor free and human rights were violated, the United Nations said, while the US has suspended security assistance programs.

Murder-accused 'just too big' to save drowning wife

Peter Beckett and Laura Letts-Beckett.

3:56 PM   At more than two metres tall and weighing 180kg, a former New Zealand councillor charged with murder was just too big to save his drowning wife, he says.