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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Human rights concerns as France pushes to enshrine emergency powers

A protester holds a banner reading "Stop the state of emergency" in Paris.

France's National Assembly has begun debating changes to the country's Constitution that would further expand powers of arrest, censorship and surveillance granted by the current state of emergency.

Mystery of Najib Razak's $990m donor deepens in Malaysia

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has returned almost all the money given to him by a Saudi prince, according to his ...

Mystery has deepened over the circumstances in which almost $990 million was secretly deposited in the personal bank account of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from sex abuse commission

Peter Saunders in Rome on Saturday.

Philip Pullella 2:58 PM   A prominent and outspoken British member of a papal advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy has refused to step down, saying only Pope Francis can dismiss him.

Defiant North Korea launches 'space rocket'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wearing a pin with portraits of his father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung, the ...

North Korea has defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket, according to South Korean officials.

Mother and four children trapped in Christchurch Gondola

It was a fun adventure for Smith siblings - Lotte, 7, Madi, 8, and Finn, 4 - on the Christchurch Gondola, until minutes ...

Tash Smith was stuck in a swinging, hot gondola for nearly two hours with four screaming children.

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.

Perth man deported from India after IS propaganda found on laptop

The Perth man was found to have IS propoganda on his laptop.

The Indian Express reported the "Malay-origin Australian youth" had jihadi literature and Islamic State propaganda on his laptop including photos of him posing bare-chested with a rifle.

Jocelyn Elliott freed, efforts intensify to secure husband's release

Jocelyn Elliott has been freed but husband Ken is still in the hands of kidnappers.

Kim Arlington 12:45 PM   Jocelyn Elliott's family welcomes her release after three weeks but her husband is still being held.

North Korea fires long-range rocket, say South Korean officials

A North Korean soldier stands in front of the Unha 3 rocket at a launching site at Tongchang-ri, in 2012.

North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.

Bridge champion forced to sign gambling confession in Thailand

Avon Wilsmore, the Sydney bridge champion who was pressured to sign a false declaration that he was gambling in ...

An Australian bridge champion was one of 31 Westerners pressured to sign what they say were false declarations that they had been gambling in Thailand.

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.

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.

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.