IS may find home in south-east Asia: Singapore PM

Lindsay Murdoch and Philip Wen 11:13 PM   Singapore has warned that south-east Asia has emerged as a key recruitment centre for Islamic extremists and raised the prospect of them establishing a base in the region.

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Clinton star power came with $US500K price

Former US president Bill Clinton and Petra Nemcova attend the Happy Hearts Fund Gala in New York last year.

Deborah Sontag 12:49 PM   The donation from a charity to the former president's foundation was almost a quarter of the net proceeds of a fundraiser evening.

IS creates online 'help desk' for new jihadists

 A mobile phone

Ruth Sherlock 12:08 PM   Islamic State and al-Qaeda have formed internet "help desks" to teach jihadists how to avoid being monitored online, a study by the US-based Counter Terrorism Centre has found.

Texas to allow open carrying of handguns

A gun-rights advocate carries a rifle on his back and a cardboard cutout of a pistol on his waist as a group protests outside the Texas Capitol, in Austin, Texas.

2:22 PM   Carrying concealed handguns has been lawful for 20 years.

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Nigeria rocked by twin attacks in Maiduguri city

Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc across Nigeria. A local man is pictured here after an attack in the north-eastern town of Gubio last week that left 37 people dead and more than 400 buildings destroyed by fire.

Lanre Ola 2:44 AM   A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Nigeria's Maiduguri city on Saturday afternoon, killing 10 people.

Russia scrambles jets to confront US destroyer in the Black Sea

The US Navy during military exercises. Russia has accused the US of "acting aggressively" in the Black Sea.

2:21 AM   Russia has scrambled military aircraft to head off a US warship it claims was "acting aggressively" in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday.

Serious flaws found in defence system US would use against North Korea

A US government report highlights flaws in the system the US would use to defend itself against an attack launched by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

David Willman 1:55 AM   Serious technical flaws have been identified in the ground-launched anti-missile interceptors that the US would rely on to defend itself against a nuclear attack.

Napoleon's life in Lego for Waterloo anniversary

A Lego picture of Napoleon is part of an exhibition in Waterloo, Belgium,  to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

1:05 AM   More than one million Lego blocks went into an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Tokyo shaken by 7.8-magnitude quake

Japanese soccer fans react to a strong earthquake as they watch a J-League match in Hiratsuka, south-west of Tokyo.

11:53 PM   A strong earthquake has shaken buildings in Tokyo, setting off car alarms as it rattled the Japanese capital.

Singapore's Lee warns IS may find home in south-east Asia

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Lindsay Murdoch and Philip Wen 11:13 PM   Singapore has warned that south-east Asia has emerged as a key recruitment centre for Islamic extremists and raised the prospect of them establishing a base in the region.

Syrian air raids kill dozens of civilians

Air strike in al-Bab, Syria.

11:04 PM   A Syrian air force raid killed at least 59 civilians at a market in a town held by Islamic State militants in northern Syria on Saturday.

More than 4200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Migrants disembark from the British Naval ship HMS Bulwark at Taranto harbour on Saturday.

Gavin Jones 10:45 PM   More than 4200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean since Friday, the Italian coastguard says.

A British Comedian Takes On Jihadis

Fighting Islamic State one joke at a time... British comedian Humza Arshad makes fun of Islamic extremists.

Katrin Bennhold 8:32 PM   Humza Arshad pokes fun at Pakistani accents and emotional soccer fans. He jokes about his weight, his voice and his own mother. But mostly, he laughs at jihadis.

At least 22 killed in Pakistan bus attack

Relatives carry a boy who survived the attack into a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan.

Gul Yousufzai 5:08 PM   Gunmen have stormed two passenger coaches in south-west Pakistan, killing at least 22 people.

Myanmar finds boat with 727 migrants off coast

A boat packed with 727 migrants was intercepted off Myanmar's south coast on Friday.

Hnin Yadana Zaw, Antoni Slodkowski 2:30 PM   Myanmar's navy seized a boat packed with 727 people off the country's southern coast on Friday, the government said.

Super typhoons to strengthen with climate change, study finds

Super Typhoon Haiyan as it approached the Philippines in November 2013.

Peter Hannam 12:59 PM   A warming planet is already stoking the intensity of tropical cyclones in the north-west Pacific and their ferocity will continue to increase even with moderate climate change over this century, an international research team has found.

Ex-Speaker paid out hush money: report

Then-US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert in Washington in 2006.

Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt 12:43 PM   Two people briefed on an FBI investigation of former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert said the payments were hush money to conceal misconduct during his years as a teacher.

Pope Francis' focus on poor revives liberation theology

A man cleans a mural of Salvadorean Archbishop Oscar Romero in Panchimalco, 20 kilometres south of San Salvador.

Jim Yardley and Simon Romero 12:10 PM   Spurned by conservative Catholics during the Cold War for being too like communism, liberation theology is finding new support.

India seizes pigeon over spying fears

India's in a flap over a pigeon.



27 Jan 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

12:04 PM   Indian police have detained a pigeon that flew into a village near the heavily militarised border with Pakistan on suspicion it was being used for espionage.

Sugar dusted on Bulgarian roads to ward off crashes

Sugar

11:57 AM   A Bulgarian mayor this week ordered the sprinkling of sugar on roads to ward off "evil omens" and fight a recent increase in crashes.

Silk Road mastermind jailed for life

Ross Ulbricht, 31, who has been sentenced to life in prison.

11:41 AM   Ross Ulbricht displayed no emotion on as he stood in dark prison scrubs to hear his fate.

Islamic State claims blast at Saudi mosque

Second attack in a week: Smoke rises outside the Shiite mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Maha El Dahan, Sami Aboudi 9:59 AM   Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people at a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, the second attack claimed by the Sunni militant group in a week in the world's top oil-exporting country.

Muhammadu Buhari faces Islamist rebellion after being sworn in as Nigerian President

A vendor sells wrist watches with portraits of Nigerian President  Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Dulue Mbachu and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo 8:58 AM   Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President of Nigeria on Friday at a ceremony in the capital attended by numerous African heads of state and foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The body in the Bali rice field: Why Peter and John Ellis can't forgive their mother Noor, accused of the murder of their father Robert

Murdered Australian businessman Robert Ellis with his wife, Noor.

Jewel Topsfield   On Wednesday, an Indonesian court will decide if Noor Ellis is guilty of masterminding the gruesome death of her husband of 25 years. For her sons, the decision is made.

Alleged Nazi war criminal charged with genocide dies in Canada

Vladimir Katriuk stands at his honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec, in April 2012.

Vladimir Katriuk, the man who held the No.2 spot on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's list of most wanted Nazi war criminals, has died. He was 93.

Sepp Blatter the Bond villain of American imagining

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent   Soccer gets its comeuppance in the United States.