Zimbabwean charged over killing of Cecil the lion

7:28 AM   A Zimbabwean court has charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion.

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Anxious wait for Al Jazeera verdict 

FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt. The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt?s channel which has been at the center of tense relations between the governments of Egypt?s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Qatar. (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File) EGYPT OUT

Ruth Pollard 6:56 AM   With his career on the line and his colleagues facing the prospect of further jail time, Australian journalist Peter Greste is awaiting the verdict in their retrial on terrorism charges.

Hundreds try dangerous Channel crossing

French gendarmes block migrants along a road to prevent them access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais, France, July 29, 2015. A migrant died trying to cross to Britain from France early on Wednesday, French police said, adding to a number of recent deaths in the Channel Tunnel as British ministers and security chiefs were to meet over the crisis in Calais. There were about 1,500 attempts by migrants to access the tunnel on Tuesday night, a Eurotunnel spokesman said, after 2,000 attempts the previous night. Picture taken july 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Migrants trying to travel illegally to Britain have made more than a thousand attempts over two nights to get to the French train terminal used by Channel Tunnel trains.

Indian NBA pick makes village stand tall

Some of Satnam Singh Bhamara's family, including, from left: his sister, Sarabjot Kaur; mother, Sukhwinder Kaur; father, Balbir Singh Bamrah, who is seven feet tall; and brother, Beant Singh, at their house in Ballo Ke, India, July 8, 2015. On the night of June 25, 2015 in New York, some 7,000 miles away from Ballo Ke, the Dallas Mavericks selected Satnam Singh Bhamara in the second and final round, making him the first Indian-born player ever to be drafted by an NBA team. (Kuni Takahashi/The New York Times)

Local politicians in a sleepy Punjabi hamlet said the 19-year-old picked in the NBA draft, five centimetres taller than his 2.05-metre-tall father, had "honoured the village".

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Cecil's death unleashes calls for ban on trophy hunting

In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Kevin Crowley 1:10 PM   The push is on for African countries to stop trophy hunting after 13-year-old Cecil was killed.

MH370: what the latest discovery could tell us about the search for the missing airliner

Possible MH370 debris. American investigators have concluded that a large object that washed up Wednesday 29/07/15 on the shore of Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, came from a Boeing 777, making it likely that it was debris from Flight 370, the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared in March 2014. Photo: Video still from Reuters.

Angus Holland 1:07 PM   Questions surround the discovery of a piece of aircraft on Reunion Island, now widely believed to have come from the missing Malaysian airliner MH370. Here's what we know so far:

Debris on Reunion Island likely from MH370, US officials say

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

1:07 PM   Debris that appears to be from a large plane has reportedly been found off the east coast of Africa, raising the possibility it could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

US State Department official admits secretly recording women

Daniel Rosen, seen here delivering a speech, has admitted guilt.

Justin Jouvenal 1:05 PM   He was a high-powered counter-terrorism official by day, but by night he pursued other targets.

Russia kills hopes of MH17 criminal tribunal

MH17 wreckage: 298 people, including 39 Australians, were killed in the tragedy.

James Massola 1:02 PM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have launched a blistering attack on Russia after it killed off a UN push for an international criminal tribunal to prosecute those who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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Man freed after being wrongly imprisoned for 17 years is fatally shot in Chicago

Alprentiss Nash, pictured here walking free from jail in 2012.

Lolly Bowean 12:53 PM   On the day he was finally released from prison after murder charges were dropped, Alprentiss Nash vowed he would use his freedom studying to become a chef, learning about antique cars and travelling.

Number BB670 on Reunion debris is key to unlocking MH370 mystery

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

Catherine Armitage 12:13 PM   A number found on the aircraft part washed up on the shore of Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean should be the vital clue that will allow authorities to quickly confirm whether it is part of the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

India set to become world's most populous country

Varanasi, the ancient Hindu holy city suffers from poor sanitation and chronic traffic congestion.

Emma Batha 12:07 PM   China will be overtaken faster than previously thought.

Taliban leader has been dead for more than two years, Afghanistan says

Mullah Omar - seen here in an "age-progressed" image supplied by the FBI - has been dead for more than two years, according to the Afghan government.

Pamela Constable 11:49 AM   Taliban's reclusive founder and spiritual leader died in a Pakistani hospital in 2013, intelligence service announces.

Cecil the lion: dentist Walter Palmer apologises to patients

Hunter Walter James Palmer, left, with another lion he killed.

Megan Levy 10:55 AM   Walter Palmer, the US dentist and big game hunter who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, has written a letter to his patients apologising for the disruption to their treatment while the international furore continues over his actions.

Mysterious plane wreckage found on Reunion Island sparks MH370 speculation

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

10:04 AM   Debris that appears to be from a large plane has reportedly been found off the east coast of Africa, raising the possibility it could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

'Deal with it yourself': 911 dispatcher hangs up on panicked caller with dying friend

Jaydon Chavez-Silver died after a 911 dispatcher hung up on his friend.

Abby Ohlheiser 9:58 AM   When 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot at a party in Albuquerque last month, one of his friends did what anyone would do under those horrible circumstances: She called 911.

Cecil the lion: Mia Farrow tweets address of US dentist Walter Palmer

Mia Farrow deleted a tweet that identified the business address of Walter Palmer.

Megan Levy 9:54 AM   US actress Mia Farrow was so enraged over the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe that she joined the online chorus of social media users venting their anger online at the man who killed the animal.

Rich American tourists kill hundreds of lions each year, and it’s all legal

Hunter Walter James Palmer, left, with another lion he killed.

Christopher Ingraham 9:53 AM   The internet is in an uproar this week over the recent killing of a well-known lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, allegedly baited Cecile the lion out of a national park by dragging a dead animal behind a car at night.

Grand plans for world's first paediatric double hand transplant recipient

Double-hand transplant recipient Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference.

Marie McCullough 8:12 AM   Sitting on his hospital bed, the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant talked about his big plans. Zion Harvey wants to climb the monkey bars.

US officer who killed man during routine traffic stop charged with murder

Former University of Cincinnati police office Ray Tensing is seen in an undated booking photo from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio.  Tensing has been charged with murder in connection with the July 19 shooting death of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday.    REUTERS/Hamilton County Sheriff's Office/Handout  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Wesley Lowery 7:56 AM   A University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month.

Cecil the lion: Zimbabwean charged over killing

Theo Bronkhorst.

7:28 AM   A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion, in a case that has triggered widespread revulsion at trophy hunting.

Cheap power or clean energy? Modi's $275 billion Indian dilemma

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ambitious plans to lift renewable energy's share.

Rajesh Kumar Singh and Anindya Upadhyay 5:41 AM   A weak link lurks in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push for an unprecedented $US200 billion ($275 billion) expansion of clean energy: cash-starved state electricity distributors.

Sweltering Iraq declares four-day weekend from Thursday

A heat wave warning has been issued in Iraq.

5:28 AM   A searing heat wave forecast to sweep through Iraq prompted the government to declare a four-day holiday starting on Thursday and order regular power cuts at state institutions.

Florida man charged in alleged backpack bomb plot: US Department of Justice

A Florida man was charged in an alleged backpack bomb plot he planned to carry out on a public beach in Key West, Florida.

Lindsay Dunsmuir 1:03 AM   A Florida resident has been charged in an alleged backpack bomb plot he planned to carry out in the United States, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

New evidence should free 'Happy Birthday' from copyright: lawyers

<i>Happy Birthday</i>, the song, still earns its owner, Warner Music, a nice income.

Peter Vincent 1:01 AM   Lawyers for a filmmaker in New York said they had discovered "smoking-gun" evidence that the song Happy Birthday to You should no longer be subject to copyright restrictions.