'Shoot to kill' orders put civilians in firing line

Ruth Pollard 7:01 PM   Israel's decision to use indiscriminate fire in residential neighbourhoods caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in last year's Gaza war, an investigation has found.

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Australian tweet encouraged Texas attack

An aerial view shows the car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police.

Nick O'Malley 9:08 AM   A Twitter account held by an Australian was one of several used on social media to call for an attack on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

Cold War cat-and-mouse game unfolds

Saab JAS 39C Gripen fighter jets from F17 Wing of the Swedish Air Force demonstrate a mid-air interception over Sweden.

Tim Hepher 6:28 AM   A daily game of Cold War cat-and-mouse is ratcheting up tensions in the Baltic and drawing the biggest military presence into the region for over 20 years.

Royal baby named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

All in a day's work: Kate Middleton and Prince William with Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Nick Miller 6:04 AM   The new Princess of Cambridge has been given a name that is a nod to history and to the "people's princess".

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Fiorina and Carson will stand for US president, with Huckabee not far behind

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina suggested she is the perfect antidote to Hillary Clinton.

Nick O'Malley 10:25 AM   For the US Republican Party, the presidential candidates keep on coming.

'It's crazy': two degrees warming a 'prescription for disaster' says former NASA scientist

Wollongong Harbour copped a battering during last month's east coast low.

Peter Hannam 9:53 AM   The world faces a climate 'emergency' and aiming to limit global temperatures to two degrees won't stop massive sea-level rises within decades, the former NASA scientist says.

Taliban and senior Afghans hold ceasefire talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Saturday.

Amena Bakr 8:00 AM   Al-Khor:  Taliban representatives met Afghan political figures for a second day in Qatar on Sunday, and one participant said the two sides discussed a possible ceasefire but ultimately disagreed over the continued presence of US troops in the country.

Russia's new Armata tank makes debut

The new Russian T-14 Armata tank makes its way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow.

7:17 AM   New war machine has increased crew protection and more efficient weapons that may put it ahead of Western tanks.

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman snubs Netanyahu coalition invite

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pauses while speaking at a ceremony marking Memorial Day in Jerusalem April 21, 2015. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which begins at sundown Tuesday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ofira Koopmans 7:11 AM   Leader of ultra-nationalist Beiteinu party accuses Prime Minister of having no intention of uprooting Hamas from the Gaza Strip.

$21m cocaine stash found in Aldi bananas

Aldi locations in Berlin have for the second time in two years received cocaine in banana crates from Colombia.

6:11 AM   More than 15 million euros ($A21 million) worth of cocaine has turned up in boxes of bananas delivered to Aldi supermarkets in and around Berlin, police say.

Magazine printed using ink infused with HIV-positive blood

"By holding the issue, readers are immediately breaking the taboo": The magazine, printed in HIV-positive blood.

3:37 AM   'By holding the issue, readers are immediately breaking the taboo.'

'We want to heal our city' – Baltimore's mayor lifts curfew

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces the lifting of the curfew.

Scott Malone and Ian Simpson 1:25 AM   The mayor of Baltimore has lifted a night curfew imposed on the city after the looting that followed the funeral of a black man who died from injuries suffered in the police custody.

Ed Miliband, once a longshot, now favoured to become Britain's prime minister

Could Ed be PM? Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a BBC Question Time program with the three main party leaders at Leeds Town Hall.

Griff Witte 1:22 AM   Even before the election campaign began, the verdict was in on Ed Miliband: He was too weak and too weird to be Britain's prime minister.

Could this 17-year-old fan swing the UK election for Ed Miliband?

Abby, 17, is the leader of the "Milifandom" social media movement.

Michael Koziol 12:12 AM   Rupert Murdoch is often touted as the kingmaker in British politics, but in the dying days of the general election campaign, his mantle is under direct challenge from a 17-year-old girl.

Bill Clinton says nothing 'sinister' in foreign donations to foundation

Nothing "sinister": Former US president Bill Clinton in Kenya.

Steve Holland, Susan Heavey 11:46 PM   Former US president Bill Clinton has defended his charitable foundation's acceptance of large foreign donations, thrusting himself into a controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of his wife, Hillary Clinton.

Two gunmen shot dead at anti-Islam art show in Texas

Dutch politician Geert Wilders with some of the police who responded to the attack.

Jared Christopher 9:32 PM   US police have shot dead two gunmen outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest featuring Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders.

Israeli soldiers say 'shoot to kill' orders put civilians in firing line

An Israeli soldier stands on top of an armoured personnel carrier near the Israel-Gaza Strip border during Operation Protective Edge in July 2014.

Ruth Pollard 7:01 PM   Israel's decision to use indiscriminate fire in residential neighbourhoods caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in last year's Gaza war, an investigation has found.

Ed Miliband poses with policy 'tombstone'

Be careful what you pose for: Ed Miliband with the 'tombstone' of pledges.

Michael Koziol 4:46 PM   It's one of the cardinal rules of politics - be careful what you're photographed with. Ed Miliband broke it spectacularly.

Bali nine: AFP 'know they did wrong': Lawyer

A youthful Scott Rush soon after being arrested for drug trafficking in Bali in 2005.

Kristian Silva 4:16 PM   The Brisbane lawyer who asked the Australian Federal Police to stop Bali Nine member Scott Rush travelling to Indonesia has dismissed a police explanation that the drug smugglers could not be intercepted by local authorities.

Thousands of illegal migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Illegal migrants on Sunday, after their boat was dragged back by Libyan navy to the coastal city of Misrata

Fanny Carrier 2:32 PM   The tide of people risking their lives to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East has not been slowed by recent tragedies.

UK election 2015: What you need to know

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband on the campaign trail.

Chris Zappone 1:38 PM   Britain's May 7 election is on course to be historic, but historic in a confusing and unpredictable way that may not yield a clear winner.

Nepal earthquake: NSW man Tyronne White still missing

Missing: NSW man Tyronne White has not been seen since the earthquake struck Nepal.

Megan Levy 12:58 PM   An Australian man who remains missing in Nepal nine days after a catastrophic earthquake rocked the Himalayan nation was seen trekking into an area that is now known to have been partially obliterated by a quake-triggered avalanche.

Ethiopian Israeli protests turn violent in Tel Aviv

An Israeli Jew of Ethiopian origin is treated for an injury incurred during a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Batsheva Sobelman 12:44 PM   Violence erupted on the streets of Tel Aviv as a demonstration by Ethiopian Israelis protesting what they said was police brutality against their community spiralled out of control.

Afghan forces suffer heavy toll in first solo battles with Taliban

An Afghan soldier aims at Taliban insurgents in Kunduz province on Sunday.

David Lynch 11:33 AM   The number of killed and wounded so far this year in Afghanistan is about 70 per cent higher than during the same period last year.

Recalled ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, returns to Australia

Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson has returned to Australia.

Jewel Topsfield   Australia's ambassador to Indonesia flew out of Jakarta on Sunday night after he was recalled by the Federal government to express its anger over the Bali nine executions.+

Carbon pledges to fall short of warming goal, Stern warns

China's emissions may peak earlier than expected.

Peter Hannam   The Paris climate summit planned for the end of the year is unlikely to result in carbon emissions cuts deep enough to avoid dangerous warming, a study by Lord Nicholas Stern argues.