PAUL MCGEOUGH The Shiite militias fighting to protect Baghdad from Islamic State take their orders from a convicted terrorist who targeted US embassies.
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Spencer Hsu 5:13am Seven years after US security contractors fired machine guns and grenades into a panicked, fleeing crowd in Baghdad, a jury has convicted four guards of murder and manslaughter.
MICHAEL BACHELARD 3:39pm The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the Australian embassy in Jakarta is in contact with Indonesian authorities over an alleged airspace violation in the region.
2:28pm The Sergeant-at-Arms of Canada's Parliament is being hailed as a hero after shooting dead a gunman who burst into the parliament building during a spree that claimed the life of a Canadian soldier.
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4:33pm Dressed in black and with a scarf covering his face, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is the man believed to have killed a soldier point blank and then opened fire in a parliamentary building in Canada's capital city.
Makiko Kitamura 2:48pm Amie Subah spends her days feeding Ebola patients, giving them medicine and changing children's diapers at a treatment centre in Liberia.
Roland Oliphant 2:22pm Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have launched a song contest to find a national anthem for their breakaway state.
Kimberly Kindy 2:04pm More than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided grand jury testimony that supports officer Darren Wilson's account of events on August 9.
Choe Sang-Hun 1:45pm A 43-year-old Christmas tower tipped with a cross on South Korea's border with North Korea has been dismantled.
Lauren Raab 1:23pm Ebola is now undetectable in Texas nurse Amber Vinson's body, and she has been approved to leave isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, her family announced on Wednesday.
Rod Mac Johnson 1:37pm Researchers around the world are scrambling to beat the tropical fever as Havana sends more nurses and doctors to Liberia and Guinea to join the fight to stop the deadly virus.
Jeff Mason 11:43am A man has jumped the White House fence and was attacked by Secret Service dogs, a Secret Service spokesman said.
Nia Williams and Alastair Sharp 11:22am Canadian cities and towns have increased security around government buildings, schools and mass transit systems after an attack in Ottawa.
Steve Lillebuen 1:23pm A fatal shooting in the heart of Canada's normally quiet capital has raised serious questions about why the country could be a target for extremists, shaking a long-held national image of security and safety.
DAVID WROE 10:08am Australia's Defence Chief Mark Binskin says international forces may have to undertake a longer-term role training Iraqi forces beyond the immediate job of stopping the Islamic State.
1:52pm Canadian police are investigating a man identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings on Wednesday around parliament in Ottawa, a source familiar with the matter said.
Calum MacLeod 11:17am Announcements expected on Thursday at the end of the closed-door session that began Monday should reveal how much legal reform is acceptable to the party leadership under President Xi Jinping.
MEGAN LEVY 12:10pm Just three days ago, Corporal Nathan Cirillo posted a photograph on social media of himself dressed in military regalia smiling beside a fellow soldier.
Randall Palmer 8:58am Security in Canada's capital has come under criticism after a gunman was able to run through the unlocked front door of the main parliament building.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 8:12am The annual migration of the monarchs, one of the most inspiring natural phenomena on the planet, may be coming to an end.
Alex Morales 7:59am The US and European Union are pushing for a stronger explanation about the dangers of climate change and the consequences of failing to stem fossil-fuel emissions in the UN's most extensive report on global warming.
6:30am Sweden and Denmark have reacted swiftly to another Russian incursion, this time into NATO airspace.
Rick Noack 8:13am It is cheap and looks like marijuana, but it can have a lethal impact.
4:30am Thirty-five bodies have been pulled from the snow since last Tuesday, but eight remaining bodies still not found.
Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh 4:12am Group loyal to al-Qaeda say they killed the 18-year-old man and will give the woman a two-year-old heifer - the price of a dowry payment.
NICKY PHILLIPS 4:00am He lived about 45,000 years ago and died on the banks of a river in Siberia and now scientists have decoded his DNA to narrow the time when humans and Neanderthals first got a little bit frisky.
Washington Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans imprisoned by North Korea, has been released and is on his way home after six months of captivity, the White House said on Tuesday.
11:56am Canada's Parliament was locked down after a soldier was shot at the nation's war memorial in Ottawa. Eye-witnesses said they heard four shots. It couldn't be immediately confirmed if the soldier survived the shooting.
1:51am The mother of Oscar Pistorius's slain girlfriend insists she does not want "revenge", the day after the disgraced South African athlete was handed a five-year jail term for shooting her daughter dead.
Gabrielle Dunlevy 8:21pm The sons of an Australian man whose slashed body was found in a Bali rice field in a killing allegedly ordered by their mother say they are "completely devastated".
Molly Hennessy-Fiske Texas nurse's condition upgraded to "good" from "fair" as airline passengers from three countries told they will have to fly into one of five designated US airports for screening.