Rubio: face of the future or shifty opportunist?

Nick O'Malley 9:35 AM   The Florida senator has presented himself as a Republican bright young hope but his background is of a party insider.

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Brazil finds Zika in saliva, urine

Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes which can carry the Zika virus

Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, prompting an expert to urge pregnant women not to kiss strangers.

Australian to be released by al-Qaeda

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott.

9:29 AM   A militant group says it will release an Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso in January.

Italian actor dies from hanging scene

Italian actor Raphael Schumacher.

In the courtyard of Teatro Lux, a theatre in Pisa, the performance of an experimental production has ended in disaster.

Why Norway took guns away from its police

Unlike their Australian counterparts, Norway's police officers no longer carry guns.

After just over a year of arming its officers, Norway has orders its police to keep their firearms locked in their cars. Here's why.

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Reverse migration: Iraqis heading home from Europe

Muntadher Tareef, left, and Hosham Hassen, who want to return to Iraq after about five months in Finland.

Tim Arango 12:00 PM   Night after night, Mohammed al-Jabiry tossed and turned in his bed at a refugee centre in Finland, comparing life in Europe with life in Baghdad. After many sleepless nights, he decided to come home to Iraq.

Twitter suspends more than 125,000 accounts for 'promoting terrorist acts'

Twitter has shut down more than 125,000 accounts linked to radicalised Islam.

Yasmeen Abutaleb 11:59 AM   ​Twitter Inc has reduced its response time monitoring reported accounts by hiring more staff.

US preparing for possible air drops of humanitarian supplies over Syria

Syrians walk towards the Turkish border crossing, after fleeing the bombing in Aleppo.

Karen DeYoung 11:56 AM   The Obama administration is preparing for possible air drops of humanitarian relief over besieged areas of Syria, where hundreds of thousands of people have been cut off for months.

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan

A photo posted on Twitter showing damage caused by the earthquake that struck Taiwan on Saturday.

11:52 AM   A powerful quake struck southern Taiwan before dawn on Saturday near the city of Tainan, toppling a 17-story apartment building where more than 100 people are feared trapped.

Airbnb slammed for offering rooms with a view in Jewish settlements


Airbnb slammed for offering rooms with a view in Jewish settlements
Palestinians say these vacation rentals are ...

William Booth 11:38 AM   The Airbnb host said that once his guests see the view, "nobody wants to talk politics". The guest reviews call it awesome - but according to Palestinians, it is also very wrong.

A monkey's life in China

A macaque monkey with knives in China.

BIG PIC: A macaque monkey catches knives as it works with a trainer at the Qilingang Monkey Farm this week in Baowan village, Xinye county, Henan province, China. The area boasts a centuries-long and lucrative history of raising and training monkeys for performance.

Wife crashes her own funeral, surprising husband who had paid to have her killed

Noela Rukundo surprised her husband at her own funeral after he ordered hit men kill her.

Sarah Kaplan 11:26 AM   ​Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.

Inside the Peshmerga: the Kurdish fighting forces battling Islamic State

Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi special forces deploy their troops outside of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2014.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff 10:55 AM   For Khamad and his men - Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga - the US and coalition aircraft have taken on a mythic status, talismans that announce themselves with a low rumble at 4500 metres.

Woman to go on trial in Italy for being a bad housewife

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Nick Squires 9:40 AM   An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Rubio: face of the future or shape-shifting opportunist?

Marco Rubio waits to speak at a caucus site in Clive, Iowa, on Monday.

The Florida senator has presented himself as a Republican bright young hope but his background is of a party insider.

Teen tourist banned for life after scaling pyramid

Andrej Ciesielski at the top of the pyramid.

A teenage tourist who illegally scaled an ancient pyramid to take death-defying selfies has been banned from the country for life.

One dead as crane collapses on New York street

Firefighters work at the scene of a crane collapse in lower Manhattan.

Kevin McCoy and Doug Stanglin 5:51 AM   One person sitting in a parked car was killed and three people were injured Friday when a huge construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan as workers tried to lower and secure it against rising winds, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

China calls for calm as US prepares to track North Korean rocket

North Korea say this month's rocket launch will be to help develop its space programme.

Jack Kim and Tim Kelly 5:22 AM   The United States has deployed missile defence systems that will work with the Japanese and South Korean militaries to track a rocket North Korea says it will launch in the next 18 days.

Julian Assange requests Australian government help after UN ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses the media   via video link on Friday.

Nick Miller 4:20 AM   WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden to let leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained.

Spectacular scenes as Japanese volcano erupts

Lightning and lava as Sakurajima erupts on Friday evening.

Osamu Tsukimori and Kiyoshi Takenaka 2:48 AM   A Japanese volcano about 50 kilometres from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly two kilometres into the night sky and spewing fountains of lava.

The mystery of the dying whales: 29 sperm whales wash up on beaches

Three of the eight sperm whales to have washed up on the mud flats near Dithmarschen, Germany.

Sarah Young 1:39 AM   A sixth sperm whale has died on a British beach, the latest of nearly 30 to have become stranded in shallow waters of the North Sea over the past month.

German raids over 'Islamic State attack'

The tourist attraction Checkpoint Charlie, a former crossing point between East and West Berlin, that German media say ...

Oliver Ellrodt and Caroline Copley 1:28 AM   Two people suspected of links to Islamic State militants preparing an attack on Berlin have been arrested.

IKEA loses right to use its own name in Indonesia

The Swedish furniture giant has lost a trademark dispute in Indonesia's highest court.

1:02 AM   Swedish furniture giant IKEA has lost the right to use its own brand name in Indonesia after a legal battle with a local company that claimed the trademark.

Assad's Syria battlefield breakthrough threatens new wave of refugees

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in December.

Selcan Hacaoglu, Gregory Viscusi and Patrick Donahue 11:16 PM   Syrian government troops and supporters close to cutting off rebel forces' supply lines to Turkey.

Australian man arrested in Bali for alleged fraud over land and villa purchase

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the Australian man.

An Australian man has been arrested in Bali for alleged fraud and embezzlement over the purchase of a land and villa development.

Britain and Sweden should compensate Julian Assange, UN panel says

Julian Assange speaks at a press conference via a video link from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on February 5, 2016.

The United Nations panel examining the case of Julian Assange has called for Sweden and Britain to compensate the Wikileaks founder after it found he had been "arbitrarily detained" by both countries.