Obama in Saudi Arabia to pay respects to late king's

Katie Zezima 2:44 PM   US President Barack Obama cut short his visit to India to pay his respects to the late Saudi monarch King Abdullah, underscoring the importance of Washington's ties with Saudi Arabia.

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Survivors return to Auschwitz

Courageous ... Survivor Roman Kent makes a speech at a ceremony on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim, Poland.

Nick Miller 12:27 PM   Choking with tears, standing before the ''death gate'' of Birkenau, Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent forced himself to speak. 'We survivors do not want our past to be our children's future.''

Murdoch's knives out for Mitt Romney in 2016

Rupert Murdoch: no fan of Mitt Romney for president.

The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk.

PM questions plans for more EU sanctions

Greece's New Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

Greece's new Syriza-led government questioned moves to impose more sanctions on Russia, adding a foreign-policy angle to its challenge to the status quo in Europe.

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Indonesian Attorney-General deals blow to Bali Nine's Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Andrew Chan, left, and Myuran Sukumaran together in 2011.

Jewel Topsfield 8:15 PM   The condemned Bali Nine members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could be executed as early as next month after the Indonesian Attorney-General said there could not be a second judicial review of their case.

'Black flag of illegality' over Israel's 2014 Gaza offensive

Islam al-Masri sorts through the rubble of her destroyed home in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun in August of last year.

Ruth Pollard 5:32 PM   A new report accuses Israel's political and military leaders of violating international law in their 50-day bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip last year.

IS-aligned group claims Tripoli hotel attack

Security forces surround the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli.

Suliman Ali Zway 5:26 PM   An armed attack on a luxury Tripoli hotel that left eight people dead is the bloodiest of several recent attacks by Libyans pledging loyalty to the so-called Islamic State.

Couple brave US blizzard to get to hospital after woman goes into labour at home

Sarah and Andrew Browning welcomed their son during the US blizzard.

4:46 PM   Sarah and Andrew Browning were not expecting to have their baby until Valentine's Day, so when Mrs Browning began having contractions on Monday, while a blizzard outside her door made world headlines, she assumed it was false labour.

Australian man caught smoking joint in Bali

Smoking and generic.

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa 4:36 PM   An Australian man has been apprehended by Indonesian police for allegedly smoking a joint on a Balinese beach.

HIV outbreak in Cambodian village

Em Mom prepares anti-retroviral medication for her mother, Chhay Yao, in Roka, Cambodia.

Thomas Fuller 4:10 PM   An unlicensed doctor who reused syringes probably spread HIV in a Cambodian farming village where more than 220 people have now tested positive for the disease.

Hunt for AirAsia crash victims to resume

A crew member of an Indonesian Air Force Super Puma helicopter looks out a window  during a search operation for the crashed AirAsia Flight 8501 over the Java Sea.

Jewel Topsfield 3:54 PM   The hunt for the remaining 92 victims of the AirAsia crash will resume on Saturday despite the Indonesian military withdrawing from the search.

US aims to exploit IS defeat in Kobane to deter foreign fighters

Kurdish celebrations in Suruc, near the Turkish-Syrian border, on Tuesday, following the defeat of IS in Kobane.

Karen DeYoung 3:26 PM   The US hopes to capitalise on the defeat of Islamic State in Kobane to boost its effort to counter the group's appeal to foreign fighters.

US executes mentally disabled man

Warren Lee Hill

Alan Blinder 3:23 PM   Warren Lee Hill had "the emotional and cognitive functioning of an 11-year-old boy", according to one of his lawyers, but he was put to death by the state of Georgia.

Spelling error that destroyed a business and cost UK $17m

Look it up: Pouring over a French-English dictionary might increase your white brain cells.

3:10 PM   It was a 124-year-old Welsh family business which took five generations to build up, yet a blunder over a single letter was all that was needed to cause its collapse, leaving the government with a £9 million ($A17m) legal bill, UK’s Daily Telegraph reports.

Obama in Saudi Arabia to pay respects to late king's family

President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Riyadh airport.

Katie Zezima 2:44 PM   US President Barack Obama cut short his visit to India to pay his respects to the late Saudi monarch King Abdullah, underscoring the importance of Washington's ties with Saudi Arabia.

Meteorologist sorry for 'big forecast miss' as New York City dodges blizzard

A man shovels snow from his driveway in the Long Island suburb of Dix Hills, New York.

1:40 PM   A meteorologist has apologised for a "big forecast miss" after a predicted record-setting blizzard never materialised in New York City.

Former Vanderbilt football players Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg convicted of raping student

Brandon Vandenburg listens as his attorney Fletcher Long argues for acquittal during his trial on Monday,

12:56 PM   A jury has convicted two former Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

White House drone crash linked to drunk intelligence worker

The drone that landed on the White House lawn has reignited security concerns.

Michael S. Schmidt and Michael D. Shear 11:45 AM   It was 5 degrees, lightly raining and pitch black near the White House when a drunk, off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to test-fly his friend's quadcopter drone that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists.

'Serious mistakes' in Bali Nine case, says lawyer

Andrew Chan

Jewel Topsfield 10:13 AM   The Indonesian lawyer for the Bali Nine members on death row said he believed there had been "serious mistakes" made by the judges who conducted the first judicial review into their case in 2010.

Chinese officers caught feasting on an endangered salamander

In China, eating salamander meat is thought to improve one's skin.

William Wan and Gu Jinglu 8:04 AM   China is in the throes of the harshest crackdown on corruption in decades, but officials in Shenzhen apparently didn't get the memo.

Amazon offices raided in child pornography investigation

'We take this seriously': Amazon says it is cooperating with the  police investigation.

Paul Mozur, Mark Scott 11:02 AM   Japanese police have raided Amazon's Tokyo headquarters, a distribution centre and the offices of an affiliate as part of an investigation into the online sale of child pornography, according to a report by the Japanese news agency Kyodo.

President Obama, the world's worst air just took 6 hours off your life

Pollution in New Delhi: not very welcoming.

Natalie Obiko Pearson 6:08 AM   US President Barack Obama could lose roughly six hours from his expected lifespan after spending three days in India's capital inhaling the world's most toxic air

Hackers announce threats to airline flights

Hackers tweeted threats to airlines in the US.

Melanie Eversley 5:35 AM   Several hacker-type accounts on Twitter announced threats to several flights on Monday, leading JetBlue to pull one flight back to the gate due to the safety of passengers, the airline said in a statement.

Ex-KGB spy said Putin personally ordered his death

Alexander Litvinenko in hospital after being poisoned.

Michael Holden 5:06 AM   Before dying from radioactive tea, the spy told UK police there was only one person who could order his killing. 'That person is the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin,' he said.

'Dr Doom' Yanis Varoufakis is Greece's new finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis

8:08 AM   Dual Greek-Australian handed the potentially explosive role in Greece's new anti-austerity government.