Clinton polling wobbles ahead of campaign launch

Nick O'Malley 6:25 AM   A day after Hillary Clinton announced that she would, finally, formally announce her candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination, her polling has dipped.

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MH17 downed by Buk missile: weapons maker

Almaz-Antey chief engineer Mikhail Malisevskiy says the missile was out of production in Russia but the Ukraine army had 991 at the time of the attack.

Nick Miller 9:01 AM   The claim confounds previous Kremlin claims that the flight was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet.

US domestic spy program limits pass Congress

Edward Snowden opened up in an interview with John Oliver.

The US Senate passed a bill reforming a government domestic spying program that swept up millions of Americans' telephone records, sending the bill to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Blatter to resign as FIFA president

Mr Blatter says Friday's election "does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football."

Sam Borden 9:01 AM   Sepp Blatter quits in the wake of a widening corruption inquiry, in an extraordinary turn just four days after he was re-elected.

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Texas passes bill allowing guns at colleges, universities

Cho Seung-hui, the alleged shooter in the 16 April massacre at Virginia Tech University.

Manny Fernandez and Dave Montgomery 12:03 PM   The so-called campus-carry bill is expected to be signed into law by the Republican governor, Greg Abbott. It would take effect in August 2016 at universities.

How the US would likely prosecute resigned FIFA boss Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation.

Nick O'Malley 11:34 AM   When Ron Fischetti, one of New York's best-known trial lawyers, read the New York Times story about the FBI's FIFA investigation, he knew at once what was going on.

Four badly hurt in UK roller coaster crash

The Alton Towers rollercoaster.

11:10 AM   Four teenagers have been seriously injured after two carriages on a roller coaster collided at a theme park in central England.

Tank crushes learner driver's car in Germany

The learner driver of the car was unhurt.

10:48 AM   A learner driver escaped unharmed after she inadvertently turned into the path of a convoy of British tanks - but her car wasn't so lucky.

El Niño's perverse effect on sea levels

Look closely and you may see changes under way at your local beach as the El Nino gets going.

Peter Hannam 10:41 AM   El Niños are well known for unleashing droughts, hotter-than-usual weather and paradoxically worse frosts but they also drive remarkable changes to global sea levels.

'It looks like we have run into big trouble': one man's tale of survival

An aerial view shows rescue workers searching on the sunken ship.

Simon Denyer 9:21 AM   As wind and rain lashed the Eastern Star cruise ship Monday night and lightning illuminated the sky, 43-year-old tour guide Zhang Hui was making his way back to his cabin.

Barack Obama says Israel risks losing credibility

8:49 AM   US President Barack Obama says Israel risks losing "credibility" over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stance on a Palestinian state.

Clinton polling wobbles ahead of campaign launch

Poll setback: Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Nick O'Malley 6:25 AM   A day after Hillary Clinton announced that she would, finally, formally announce her candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination later this month, a new poll shows her favourability rating has slumped to its lowest level in seven years.

Barack Obama to deliver eulogy for Joseph Biden's son

US Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with his son, US Army Captain Beau Biden, in 2009.

5:43 AM   US President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy at the burial of Vice President Biden's son Beau, who died of cancer aged 46.

What's the link between global warming and extreme weather?

An Indian drinks water from a bottle in Allahabad, India.

Chris Mooney 5:15 AM   There is still a lot of pushback whenever anyone dares to link climate change to extreme weather events, but we don't have to be afraid to talk about this relationship.

Julie Bishop says Iraqi PM did not ask for more help to fight Islamic State

Julie Bishop was in Paris for a top-level meeting of the 22-nation coalition to counter Islamic State.

Nick Miller 4:53 AM   Australia's Foreign Minister says Australia would consider any request for further military help, but the Iraqi PM did not asked for it in their meeting.

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 12:58 AM   The US defence secretary and his Vietnamese counterpart sign a joint vision statement.

Egypt arrests two Brotherhood leaders ahead of Morsi ruling

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

Stephen Kalin 12:52 AM   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 12:50 AM   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.

Helicopter on earthquake relief mission crashes in Nepal

Crash site: Smoke rises from the wreckage of the helicopter.

12:02 AM   A small helicopter on an earthquake relief mission crashed in high mountains in north-east Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least four people, the army said.

Former British Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy dies

Charles Kennedy in September last year.

9:49 PM   Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, one of the most colourful characters in Britain's parliament and an opponent of the Iraq War, has died suddenly aged 55.

French police clear migrant camps in Paris and Calais

African migrants board a bus after being evicted by French police from a camp under a bridge in northern Paris.

Claire Gallen 9:17 PM   French authorities have cleared hundreds of migrants from two camps, one under a subway bridge in Paris and the other in the northern port of Calais.

Seven endangered sawfish conceived by having a 'virgin birth'

Immaculate conception: A smalltooth sawfish.

Jenny Staletovich 8:42 PM   Scientists never knew whether this kind of immaculate conception happened in the wild - until now.

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.

Executed men's lawyer to be interviewed over judge bribery claim

Explosive claims: Muhammad Rifan.

Jewel Topsfield, Karuni Rompies, Tom Allard 5:42 PM   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.

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.