Rescued at sea, searching for a safe haven

Ruth Pollard 9:50 PM   On board the MY Phoenix rescue ship, Fairfax Media met some of those who risked drowning while trying to find a safer, better life in Europe.

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Chinese reporter's stock market 'confession' 

Wang Xiaolu, Chinese journalist.

Philip Wen 4:10 PM   Televised "confessions" have become the preferred propaganda tool of Chinese state television, but this journalist's testimony was particularly jarring.

Backing media freedom - from a distance

Alan Morison, Australian editor of the website Phuketwan and his colleague Chutima Sidasathian on Tuesday.

Lindsay Murdoch 1:11 PM   Reuters won a Pulitzer, the world's top journalistic award, for its coverage of Rohingya boat people from Myanmar with the help of Thai journalist Chutima Sidasathian.

Dozens of virgins killed on way to dance

King Mswati III (centre, second row) arrives with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace, following the accident that killed dozens of would-be dance participants.

Dozens of girls and young women have been killed on the way to a traditional festival where the King of Swaziland is known to pick a new bride.

People smugglers dodging roadblocks

Migrants getting past barbed wire barricades between Serbia and Hungary.

Alison Smale 4:59 PM   People smugglers appear to have caught wind of possible traps on the Austria-Hungary border and have resorted to steering clear of potential road-blocks.

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Boko Haram kills 68 Nigerians in remote Borno state

Imam Abubakar Shekau has led radical Islamist sect Boko Haram to massacre thousands of Nigerians. The militants have killed 68 more civilians in Borno, Nigeria.

1:57 AM   The governor of Borno in northeast Nigeria says Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed 68 villagers in a remote area of his state.

Thai police chief rewards officers after mysterious bomb suspect nabbed

Thai National Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang praised detectives for their  investigation of the country's deadliest bombing.

Aukkapon Niyomyat 1:42 AM   Thailand's police chief praised officers investigating the country's deadliest bombing and promised on Monday to hand out $US83,000 ($116,840) among them as a reward for catching a suspect they have yet to tie directly to the attack.

Petition to stop rape of Indian sisters as 'punishment' gets 175,000 signatures

A protest after the gang rape of two teenage girls in New Delhi in 2014.

Nita Bhalla 12:53 AM   A village council allegedly threatened the sisters with rape because their brother eloped with a woman from a higher caste.

'You are too late, she is no more'

The murder trial of Jiwan Ram is underway at the High Court at Auckland. Ram, pictured, is accused of killing Bimla Wati.

Kelly Dennett 11:23 PM   An Auckland man who stabbed his partner to death told the dead woman's niece "you are too late, she is no more", a court has heard

Refugee crisis: rescued at sea, searching for a safe haven

Alex, 21, from Kumasi in Ghana on board the MY Phoenix.

Ruth Pollard 9:50 PM   After they were rescued by the MY Phoenix, Fairfax Media met some of those who made that journey into the unknown, trying to find a safer, better life in Europe .

Indonesian police deny buck's night bribe claim

 Kuta Police chief Deddy Juniartha responds to the allegations.

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 9:25 PM   Kuta's police chief has denied police received a $25,000 bribe to secure the release of a group of Australian men apprehended after they hired strippers at a buck's night in Bali.

Five people per square metre: how the 71 truck migrants met their end

Some of the bodies in the truck found in Hungary had started to decompose, investigators said.

Karin Strohecker 5:04 PM   The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration lorry in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square metre, police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated.

Michelle Carter researched 'best way' for Conrad Roy to die: court

Michelle Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter of Conrad Roy.

4:50 PM   A teenager who is on trial in the US for allegedly coaxing her boyfriend in a series of text messages to kill himself has been accused of helping him to research the best method to do so, according to court documents.

Spy agencies mining adultery website data

Ashley Madison's Korean web site in June this year. on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea.

Ben Farmer 2:49 PM   Intelligence agencies are trawling leaked data from the hacked Ashley Madison adultery website to glean personal information and even use it as a possible blackmail tool, sources have said.

Huge protest in Tokyo as Japanese citizens refuse war

Thousands protested in Tokyo on Sunday against a new push to expand the role of the Japanese military.

Kiyoshi Takenaka 1:45 PM   Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building on Sunday to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, the latest sign of public mistrust in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security policy.

More Nazi gold may lie hidden in Polish hills: experts

A man walks through a tunnel, which is part of the Nazi Germany Riese construction project, under the Ksiaz castle in an area where a Nazi train is believed to be.

Gregory Walton, Matthew Day 1:17 PM   The apparent discovery in Poland of a Nazi train thought to be packed with looted treasures could be the first of many, experts have said, suggesting that just a fraction of Hitler's vast tunnel complex in the country has so far been discovered.

Malaysia's Mahathir calls for "people power" movement to topple PM

A supporter of pro-democracy group Bersih carries a child on his shoulders during Sunday's protest in Kuala Lumpur.

Trinna Leong 12:16 PM   Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad called for a "people's power" movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.

French journalists charged with royal blackmail

Moroccan King Mohammed VI (centre) beside his son Crown Prince Moulay Hassan III (left) and his brother Moulay Rachid, in Rabat in 2012.

David Chazan 12:06 PM   Two French journalists have been charged with blackmail as a recording emerged of an alleged demand for money in exchange for scrapping a "compromising" book about the King of Morocco.

US working on cyber sanctions for China

Cyber warriors

Ellen Nakashima 11:12 AM   The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government's cyber theft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.

New artificial islands give China's military a strategic victory

China's reclamation efforts in the Spratly Islands, South China Sea in March.

John Garnaut 10:47 AM   China has won the first round of its contest for control in the South China Sea by completing construction of an archipelago of artificial islands which will enable it to further project its military power.

North America's tallest mountain changes its name to Denali

A woman gazes at North America's tallest mountain, soon to be renamed Denali.

Roberta Rampton 10:23 AM   US President Barack Obama will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain on Monday, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year name battle.

Islamic State's destruction of Palmyra temple confirmed by satellite photo

Combination picture shows the site of the Baal Shamin Temple in Palmyra, Syria, on June 26, 2015 (L) and on August 27, 2015 (R) in handout satellite image by the U.S. Department of State (L) and Airbus Defense and Space (R) made available August 29, 2015. Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Roman-era temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after the hardline Islamic State group claimed responsibility for blowing up the structure a week ago. Islamic State detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple on August 25, an act that cultural agency UNESCO has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria's diverse cultural heritage. REUTERS/U.S. Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit, NextView License (DigitalGlobe), Satellite Imagery Analysis by UNITAR-UNOSAT; Airbus Defense and Space Satellite Imagery Analysis by UNITAR-UNOSAT/Handout via ReutersATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Pol O Gradaigh 10:22 AM   Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after the hardline Islamic State group claimed responsibility for blowing up the structure a week ago.

Deadly fire at Saudi oil workers' gated compound

Firefighters go for a rest after putting out a blaze at a residential compound for Saudi Aramco workers.

Reem Shamseddine 8:46 AM   Fire swept through an oil workers' gated residential compound in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, killing 10 people and injuring more than 80.

Video of Palestinian woman, Israel soldier scuffling goes viral

Palestinian women and youth scuffle with an Israeli soldier trying to arrest a 12-year-old boy during a protest near the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh.

6:58 AM   A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian women and youth at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory.

Egyptian elections called in an effort to bring back democracy

Clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in 2013.

Ahmed Aboulenein 5:27 AM   Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election – the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by widespread repression.

Mega gas discovery off Egyptian coast

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, third left, and his delegation meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, centre, and an Egyptian delegation, in Cairo, Egypt. The Italian energy company announced it has discovered a 'supergiant' natural gas field off the Egyptian coast.

Crispian Balmer and Stephen Jewkes 5:09 AM   Italian energy group Eni said it had discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast, predicting the find could help meet Egypt's gas needs for decades to come.