Surfers' girlfriends en route to Mexico

6:17 AM   The families of two missing Australian surfers in Mexico are hoping dental records and cuttings of dreadlocks from the pair will help determine if two charred bodies found inside a burnt-out van are their remains.

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Turkey shot down jet to protect oil: Putin

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

Turkish President calls Russian accusation "slander" and has said Turkey will not apologise for shooting down Russian warplane.

Author hits Abbott, Harper on climate record

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

Chris Zappone 9:47 AM   Canadian sci-fi author, commentator says a crucial decade lost thanks to climate denial in Australia, Canada. 

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Woman tried 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 toys 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.

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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.

How inequality is fuelling the rise of Islamic State

Thomas Piketty.

Jim Tankersley 10:58 AM   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.

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.

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.

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 6:44 AM   "I feel the outcome is not going to be good," sheriff says.

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.

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 9:40 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.

Security tight as Paris climate conference to begin

Policemen fight with activists during a protest at the place de la Republique, in Paris ahead of the climate conference.

Kim Hjelmgaard 7:10 PM   France has implemented exceptional security measures as nearly 150 world leaders gathered for a climate change summit barely two weeks after the multiple terrorist attacks that struck the French capital.

Mexican state of Sinaloa: bountiful in soybeans, drugs, violence

Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, from Golden Bay in Perth, were surfing in Mexico.

Michael Koziol 5:58 PM   When Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman ventured into the Mexican state of Sinaloa, they must have known they were entering one of the world's most dangerous territories.

Surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman 'drove through Mexico drug cartel area'

Adam Coleman and his girlfriend Andrea Gomez.

Megan Levy 5:36 PM   On the night of November 20, two men matching the descriptions of Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman were seen entering an all-night convenience store in the coastal Mexican city of Los Michos.

Palestinian refugees vulnerable in Syrian turmoil: top UN official

Students attend an opening ceremony for the 2015-2016 school year at the UNRWA primary school in Gaza City on August 31.

Daniel Flitton 5:22 PM   The United Nations agency responsible for educating half a million Palestinian children was almost forced to postpone the school year because of sharp funding shortfalls from international aid donors.

Intruder dies in California chimney after homeowner lights fire

A man died after becoming stuck in a chimney, and the homeowner lit a fire.

5:14 PM   A suspected burglar who attempted to enter a California home through the chimney died on Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire without realising the intruder was inside, police said.

Chinese climate change report paints a grim picture

Mountain peaks are seen near  the 7,556 m ft) Mount Gongga, known in Tibetan as Minya Konka on November 13, 2015 in Hailuogou, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province.

Chris Buckley 4:02 PM   Rising seas besieging China's economically vital coastal zones. Mighty feats of infrastructure, like the Three Gorges Dam and railway in Tibet, strained by turbulent rainfall and the melting of frozen earth.

Mystery of lost queen and King Tut's tomb

The gold mask of King Tutankhamun in its glass case in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Colin Freeman 4:01 PM    Experts believe a sealed chamber behind Tutankhamun's tomb may turn out to be the final resting place of his stepmother Nefertiti.

Turkey to get $4.4 billion and possible EU membership as part of migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on arrival at the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels.

Francesco Guarascio 3:50 PM   Leaders of the European Union and Turkey have agreed a deal offering Ankara cash and closer ties in return for help to halt the flow of migrants to Europe.

Colorado governor calls for abortion debate to be 'toned down'

Dennis Apuan holds a sign during a vigil at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Keith Coffman 3:39 PM   The attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was 'a form of terrorism' that suggested the abortion debate in the United States needed to be 'toned down', says the state's governor.

Fathers' rights protesters scale roof on Buckingham Palace grounds

Fathers Justice at an earlier event.

3:17 PM   British police say two men have scaled Buckingham Palace in an apparent protest over fathers' rights.

Islamic State's Mediterranean stronghold in Libya

A convoy of vehicles carrying families fleeing Sirte waits for permission to pass at a checkpoint on the road to Misrata, near Sirte, in 2011.

David Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard and Eric Schmitt 3:04 PM   When the Libyan arm of the Islamic State first raised the group's black flag over the coastal city of Sirt almost a year ago, it was just a bunch of local militants trying to look tough. Now it's an actively managed colony.

Plane windscreen shatters mid-flight

Flight AA199 landing at Heathrow Airport.

Michael Koziol 2:56 PM   An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at the weekend when its front windscreen shattered en route from Milan to New York.