Taiwan struck by earthquake: skyscrapers toppled

Philip Wen 3:47 AM   A powerful earthquake has hit the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least three and leaving dozens more feared trapped under a collapsed apartment building.

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AFP may assist with Indonesian murder

Jessica Kumala Wongso is accused of murdering friend Wayan Mirna Salihin in Indonesia.

Jewel Topsfield 10:29 PM   Justice Minister Michael Keenan would have to personally sign off on the AFP assisting an Indonesian police investigation into a woman who could face the death penalty.

Iraqi refugees heading back to the warzone

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

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.

Pope to meet Patriarch: 1000 year first

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, who are to meet in Cuba.

Pope Francis will make a surprise trip to Cuba for a historic meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first meeting between a pope and the Russian patriarch for nearly 1000 years.

Airbnb slammed for settlements' rentals

Eliana Passentin with her children Yael (bottom) and Eitan (top) in the living room of her bed and breakfast 'Warm Home ...

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

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Austrian avalanche kills up to five

An avalanche in Austria has killed up to five people.

3:52 AM   Five people have been killed in an avalanche that buried 17 people from the Czech Republic in Austria's skiing region of Tyrol, police said.

Taiwan struck by earthquake: skyscrapers accordioned

An injured woman is rescued from a collapsed building.

A powerful earthquake has hit the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 13 and leaving hundreds trapped under collapsed buildings.

Why Norway gave its police guns. And then took them away again

Armed police stand guard at the central railway station in Oslo after of a possible terrorist threat in July 2014.

Adam Taylor 2:33 AM   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.

Boy, 11, jailed for murdering girl after she refused to show him puppies

Shooting victim: McKayla Dyer, 8, was killed by her 11-year-old neighbour.

A boy, who shot dead his neighbour, 8, when she refused to let him see her puppies, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and jailed.

Explosion kills eight, injures dozens in Pakistan city of Quetta

Pakistani police and rescue workers examine the site of suicide bombing that killed at least 15 in Quetta, Pakistan, ...

1:20 AM   At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor.

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 10:44 PM   ​Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.

Spectacular scenes as Japanese volcano erupts

Lightning and lava as Sakurajima erupts on Friday evening.

Osamu Tsukimori and Kiyoshi Takenaka 10:39 PM   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.

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 10:37 PM   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.

Inside the Peshmerga: the Kurdish fighting forces battling Islamic State

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier passes by tires set on fire in Sinjar, Iraq, days before by Islamic militants late last year.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff 10:37 PM   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.

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

North Korea say this month's rocket launch will help develop its space program.

Jack Kim and Tim Kelly 9:56 PM   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.

Australian woman Jocelyn Elliott to be released by al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott.

4:58 PM   A militant group says it will release an Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso in January.

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan

Rescue workers carry a baby swaddled in a cloth from the rubble of a toppled building.

1:50 PM   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.

Italian actor dies after hanging scene goes wrong

Raphael Schumacher died after an incident during an experimental play in Pisa.

Justin Wm. Moyer 12:26 PM   In the courtyard of Teatro Lux, a theatre in Pisa, the performance of an experimental production has ended in disaster.

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.

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.

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


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.

Brazil finds Zika in saliva, urine; expert warns against kissing

Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes which can carry the Zika virus

Pedro Fonseca 7:50 AM   Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, a top Brazilian biomedical research institution said on Friday, prompting its president to urge pregnant women not to kiss strangers just as local carnival celebrations begin.

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.

Julian Assange requests Australian government help after UN ruling

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

Nick Miller   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.