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'You Stink': Lebanon's smelly rubbish politics

Residents cover their noses as they walk past garbage piled up along a street in Beirut, Lebanon August 26, 2015. The powerful Shi'ite party Hezbollah and its Christian allies walked out of an emergency Lebanese cabinet meeting on Tuesday in protest at a proposed solution to a garbage disposal crisis that has ignited violent protests in Beirut. Public anger that has come to a head over the trash crisis turned violent at the weekend, with scores of protesters and security forces injured. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Beirut's mounting rubbish piles are one indignity too far - so goes the central complaint of the demonstrators, who call their movement "You Stink".

Why the US is No. 1 in mass shootings: study

Attendees look over hand guns in the Smith & Wesson booth on the exhibition floor of the 144th National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Top Republican contenders for their party's 2016 presidential nomination are lining up to speak at the annual NRA event, except New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who were snubbed by the country's largest and most powerful gun lobby. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

With an ownership rate of 88.8 firearms per 100 people, the US has nearly twice as many guns as the next country: Yemen.

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Joe Biden in 2016? Some voters say 'yes'

Vice-President Joe Biden speaking in the White House.

9:54 AM   Vice-President is seen as an honest and forthright political veteran free of scandal, survey shows.

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Clinton says Republicans are like 'terrorist groups' on women's issues

Hillary Clinton, who appears to be stagnating in the polls, speaks in Ohio on Wednesday.

Anne Gearan 1:34 PM   Republican candidates' policies on women "dead wrong for 21st century America", leading Democratic presidential candidate says.

Australian Ron Schneider killed in Indonesia surfing accident

Ron Schneider surfing in the over 50 section of the Australian Surf Festival at Port Macquarie in 2012

Jewel Topsfield and Kate Aubusson 1:06 PM   Australian Ron Schneider has reportedly been killed in a surfing accident in the Mentawi islands in Indonesia.

Bid to fly Palestinian flag at the UN

A Palestinian flag.

Louis Charbonneau 12:15 PM   United States and Israel, which do not recognise Palestinian statehood, likely be irked by move, diplomat say.

More power for sharing economy workers

The ride-sharing company Uber may be forced to recognise drivers as employees and provide them with appropriate conditions and protections.

Lydia DePillis 10:54 AM   The decision by the US labour board could affect internet-driven businesses such as Uber and Lyft that rely on independent contractors.

Seven killed in Turkey in clashes with militants

Turkish police officers conduct a security operation in Diyarbakir, south-eastern Turkey, on Saturday last week.

10:34 AM   Violence threatens to mar new Turkish election after June poll failed to produce a single-party government.

TV anchor Kimberly McBroom stunned in seconds after Virginia on-air shooting

Shocked: Kimberly McBroom

Megan Levy 8:49 AM   The stunned expression on the face of news anchor Kimberly McBroom summed up the sheer confusion and disbelief about what appeared to have just played out on live breakfast television.

Virginia shooting proves a political issue - but for Democrats only

A logo appears on a revolver on display in the Smith & Wesson booth on the exhibition floor of the 144th National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Top Republican contenders for their party's 2016 presidential nomination are lining up to speak at the annual NRA event, except New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who were snubbed by the country's largest and most powerful gun lobby. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Nick O'Malley 8:35 AM   In the wake of yet another high profile shooting – this one aired on live television– some American politicians have again called for action on gun regulation.

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

Distraught but determined to take on US gun lobby ... Alison Parker's father Andy talks to CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Ian Simpson 8:33 AM   The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states.

Up to 50 migrants found dead inside abandoned truck on Austrian highway

Forensic police officers inspect the truck parked on an Austrian highway.

7:26 AM   'We are all shaken by this terrible news,' Angela Merkel says after the partly decomposing bodies were found in an abandoned truck on a highway east of Vienna.

Sinkhole in Harbin, China swallows five people

A child falls in a sinkhole in China.

7:24 AM   A sinkhole in a northeastern Chinese city swallowed five people in a dramatic scene that was captured on security video and shared widely on Chinese social media.

Sea levels will rise, NASA experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop'

Icebergs float in the Jacobshavn Bay on August 24, 2007 near the town of Ilulissat, Greenland.  Recent scientific reports have documented apparently accelerating ice loss from Greenland.

Chris Mooney 7:08 AM   NASA is undertaking an "intensive research effort" into the problem of rising seas brought on by global warming, the agency announced Wednesday. And it will include satellite mounted tools so accurate that "if they were mounted on a commercial jetliner, flying at 12,192 metres, they could detect the bump caused by a dime lying flat on the ground," as agency earth science director Mike Freilich put it Wednesday.

Judge Vassiliki Thanou sworn in as Greece's first female prime minister

Greece's top Supreme Court judge Vassiliki Thanou attends a swearing-in ceremony as the country's caretaker prime minister at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Thursday.

Alexandra Zavis 6:58 AM   Supreme court president will lead country until elections.

China detains 12 people over huge Tianjin explosion

An anti-chemical soldier sprays debris.

Javier Hernandez 4:04 AM   Those being investigated include the chief of the transportation department in Tianjin.

Yanis Varoufakis says he will not take part in Greece's 'sad elections'

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: "I'm not going to take part in these sad elections."

Renee Maltezou 12:44 AM   Former Greek finance minister will instead focus on setting up a new movement to 'restore democracy' across Europe.

Malaysia's Prime Minister dodging anti-corruption spotlight

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Lindsay Murdoch 12:20 AM   Planned speech in Kuala Lumpur to international conference on fighting corruption cancelled.

ABBA piano seen raising money, money, money at auction

ABBA's piano at Sotheby's auction house.

12:05 AM   The piano used to play the glissando that kicks off ABBA's disco hit "Dancing Queen" will be one of the star attractions at a rock and pop auction at Sotheby's next month where it is expected to sell for up to 800,000 pounds ($1.24 million).

Fifty migrants found dead in the hold of a boat off Libyan coast

Migrants wait to disembark from a vessel in Sicily on Monday. Italy's coast guard says smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.

11:53 PM   Some 50 migrants have been found dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya during a rescue operation which saved 430 other people, the Italian coast guard said.

Revealed: Sacked killer's turbulent work history

Flanagan was sacked by WDBJ-TV.

Alan Blinder 11:39 PM   Documents filed in a civil court case show that soon after Flanagan's arrival at WDBJ, station executives and employees were deeply concerned about his conduct.

More than 3000 saved from drowning as multitudes flee Libya

A refugee after being rescued by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station and receiving care from Medecines Sans Frontieres.

Ruth Pollard 11:36 PM   Islamic State is persecuting Africans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, refugees say, as 50 people died and 3000 were saved in the latest rescue operation in the Med.

Australian Ron Schneider killed in Indonesia surfing accident

Ron Schneider has died in a surfing accident in Indonesia.

Jewel Topsfield and Kate Aubusson 11:12 PM   Australian Ron Schneider has reportedly been killed in a surfing accident in the Mentawai islands in Indonesia.

Mayor says no gay pride parade in Venice as feud with Elton John escalates

Things are getting ugly in one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Michael E Miller 9:54 PM   In one of the world's most beautiful cities, things are suddenly getting very ugly.

Relatives of MH17 victims invited to hear official cause of crash first

Making sense of the pieces: Plane debris in eastern Ukraine, July, 2014.

Nick Miller 9:27 PM   Dutch Safety Board will tell families the result of their report first - but cannot help overseas relatives travel to the meeting.