Chinese boat disaster: most passengers still missing

Philip Wen 4:43 PM   The vast majority of 458 people on board a cruise ship on China's Yangtze River remained unaccounted for more than 18 hours after it capsized in torrential weather.

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Cambodia arrival of refugees imminent

Asylum seekers on their first day in the compound at Nauru after their long voyages on the Tampa, Aceng and Manoora.

Lindsay Murdoch 3:29 PM    Four refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru are set to arrive in Cambodia as part of a controversial agreement that has so far cost Australian taxpayers $55.5 million.

Executed men's lawyer to be interviewed 

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The Indonesian judicial commission investigating explosive claims the Bali nine judges were corrupt says it will meet with one of the executed men's former lawyers, Peter Johnson, in Bali this week.

Pell critic Saunders spoke 'only for himself'

Former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell at a thanksgiving for his service.

Desmond O'Grady 3:04 PM   The Vatican has distanced itself from comments made by abuse survivor and Vatican reformer Peter Saunders.

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Australian teacher deported from China after drug raid

Xinhua wire service have identified the man as 34-year-old Australian David Robert Ancel Green.

Kate Aubusson 7:50 PM   An Australian teacher has been deported from China after a drug raid on his apartment uncovered commercial quantities of marijuana

Myanmar navy escorting boat with 727 people on board to a 'safe' location

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

Tim McLaughlin 7:00 PM   Myanmar's navy is escorting 727 migrants stranded in the Andaman Sea to a "safe" location where it will verify their identities, the country's information minister said on Tuesday, correcting an earlier comment that they were headed for Bangladesh waters.

Australia to seek clarification on fall of Ramadi in anti-IS meeting

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will use a top-level meeting in Paris and surrounding bilaterals in an attempt to include Iran at the highest level in the coalition against IS.

Nick Miller 6:50 PM   The "will to fight" of the Iraqi army, critical to the battle against the Islamic State, was to be a major topic of discussion at top-level talks including Australia in Paris overnight.

Egypt arrests two Brotherhood leaders ahead of Morsi ruling

Policemen take their positions during the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Stephen Kalin 6:48 PM   Egyptian security services arrested two Muslim Brotherhood leaders late on Monday, a day before a court is expected to give a final ruling on a death sentence recommendation against Mohamed Mursi.

Chinese boat disaster: most passengers still missing

A Chinese rescue boat  alongside a capsized passenger ship carrying more than 450 people which sank in the Yangtze River on Monday night.

Philip Wen 4:43 PM   The vast majority of 458 people on board a cruise ship on China's Yangtze River remained unaccounted for more than 18 hours after it capsized in torrential weather.

Timing gives Abbott no excuse to avoid Paris climate talks

Tony Abbott at the last CHOGM meeting in November 2013 in Sri Lanka.

Peter Hannam 4:26 PM   Pressure on the Prime Minister to attend the crucial Paris Climate Summit is likely to rise if he opts to attend the CHOGM gathering that will be held just prior to the French event.

Chinese ferry sinks carrying 458 aboard

Rescue workers carry a boat to conduct a search after a ship sank at the Jianli section of Yangtze River.

4:01 PM   A passenger ship carrying 458 people, many elderly Chinese tourists, sank in the Yangtze River on Monday night during a storm and only 12 people had been rescued so far, state media said, in what could be one of China's worst disasters for years.

Australia turned back 65 people on boat, including a pregnant woman, police chief says

Generic picture of an asylum seeker boat.

Jewel Topsfield 2:39 PM   'They looked exhausted,' the Indonesian police chief said of the 65 people, who reportedly claimed to be asylum seekers.

Rand Paul on high ground as Patriot Act domestic spying expires

US Senator Rand Paul has made ending US intelligence agencies collection of US citizens' telephone metadata a key plank of his presidential run.

Nick O'Malley 1:42 PM   The US government's bulk collection of its citizens' telephone call data has been suspended after key provisions of the Patriot Act introduced after the September 11 attacks expired before Congress managed to vote on a replacement.

US touts military ties with Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions

The US and Vietnam national flag flutter on masts during the welcoming ceremony of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (not pictured) at the Ministry of Defense in Hanoi on June 1, 2015. Carter is on an Asian trip to Singapore, Vietnam and India in his second tour of the region since taking over at the Pentagon in February. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HOANG DINH Nam

David J. Lynch 10:03 AM   The US defence secretary and his Vietnamese counterpart sign a joint vision statement.

Cancelling fatal hike would have been 'too much paperwork'

The parents of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts say it didn't occur to them to be concerned about their son during his training.

Rozina Sabur 9:06 AM   An army officer told a grieving family it would have been "too much paperwork" to cancel a Special Forces selection test which led to the deaths of three SAS hopefuls, a coroner has heard.

American killed by lion in South Africa game park

A lioness approached the passenger side of the vehicle as the woman took photos and then lunged, said Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park.

8:30 AM   A lion has leapt through an open car window and mauled an American tourist to death at a privately-run game park just outside Johannesburg.

France suggests world leaders at start, not end, of climate summit

French President Francois Hollande and Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal.

7:55 AM   ​France suggests world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed.

Europe's oil giants jointly call for carbon pricing

Over a barrel: climate action needs a price on carbon, big oil firms say.

7:49 AM   ​Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to work on a UN deal to fight climate change.

Russian film infuriates Czechs and Slovaks

The hammer and sickle of the Soviet flag.

Ladka Bauerova and Lenka Ponikelska 6:25 AM   A Russian film about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia has incensed the Czech and Slovak governments, who said it distorts history by justifying the armed crackdown on the democratic "Prague Spring" movement.

British woman jailed for having loud sex

British woman jailed for having loud sex

6:11 AM   A British woman who kept her neighbours awake by engaging in enthusiastic love-making has been sentenced to two weeks in prison after a neighbour complained about her "screaming and shouting".

Thai general suspended amid human trafficking claims

An Asian migrant.

Viparat Jantraprap 5:58 AM   Thailand's military has suspended a three-star general on suspicion of human trafficking as pressure mounts on Bangkok to block the illicit trade.

German business lobby groups call for Russia's inclusion in G7

German flag

5:47 AM   Two German business leaders say Russia should be invited to rejoin a summit of the Group of Seven industrial powers next weekend.

Indonesia says Australian navy turns back asylum-seeker boat

Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh last month.

10:19 PM   Scores of asylum-seekers have come ashore in eastern Indonesia after their boat was intercepted by the Australian navy and pushed into Indonesian waters, police say.

Muslim passenger refused Diet Coke 'weapon' on US flight

Muslim woman Tahera Ahmad claims she was subjected to discrimination on a US flight.

Chris Zappone 9:03 PM   A Muslim chaplain has claimed she was the victim of discrimination aboard a US flight after being refused an unopened can of soda by a flight attendant who told her it could be used "as a weapon".

French officials start removing 1 million 'love locks' from Paris bridges

A couple place their padlock on the Pont des Arts in Paris last Friday.

9:01 PM   Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, on Monday began removing tens of thousands of "love locks", padlocks chained to the city's bridges by lovestruck couples.

Beijing bans indoor smoking

People dance to popularise anti-smoking measures at the national stadium, better known as "the Bird's Nest", in Beijing.

The toughest anti-smoking legislation in China's history has been introduced in Beijing.