Are the Taliban becoming yesterday's men?

Paul McGeough 4:52 PM   After Islamic State claimed a deadly bombing in Afghanistan this month, many wondered: where does this leave the Taliban and their reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar?

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7.9 earthquake shakes Nepal

People wait at a school after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal, the US Geological Survey said, and a diplomat has said there are possibly 'hundreds dead'.

Bali nine pair could be executed in three days

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed within days, according to lawyers.

Jewel Topsfield 1:34 AM   Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could be executed in three days time after they were notified of their executions on Saturday.

US seeks access to Philippine bases 

Philippine Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. listens during a forum with members of Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila September 2, 2014.      REUTERS/Erik De Castro   (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR44LRS Philippine Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. listens during a forum with members of Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

The US wants access to eight military bases in the Philippines to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia.

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Fears for Australian volunteer believed to be missing in Nepal after earthquake

Australian Ballantyne Forder may be missing in Nepal.

Georgina Mitchell 6:48 AM   A Perth woman is among three Australians missing after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 1000 people.

Devastating Nepal earthquake witnessed firsthand

Angela Macdonald-Smith, in happier times in Nepal.

Angela Macdonald-Smith 6:23 AM   Fairfax Media journalist Angela Macdonald-Smith was visiting Nepal when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the capital, Kathmandu on Saturday, here she reflects on what she experienced.

US to send disaster team, initial $1 million to Nepal -development agency

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed after an earthquake  in Kathmandu, Nepal.

2:27 AM   The United States will send a disaster response team to Nepal and has authorised an initial $1 million in aid after a major earthquake killed more than 1000 people, US aid officials said on Saturday.

Yemen clashes, raids kill more than 90

The sky over Sanaa is illuminated by anti-aircraft fire during a Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen.

1:34 AM   At least 92 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and fighting between supporters of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his opponents in southern Yemen.

Are the Taliban and their leader becoming yesterday's men?

This image, first run in the Pakistani media, offers a computerised impression of what Mullah Mohammad Omar may look like if he was alive today.

Paul McGeough 4:52 PM   After Islamic State claimed a deadly bombing in Afghanistan this month, many wondered: where does this leave the Taliban and their reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar?

Europe's migrant crisis knocks on the door of Germany's small towns

Reverend Bjorn Schukat at his church in Vorra, with refugees shelter that suffered an arson attack in the background.

Alison Smale 4:37 PM   Even as European officials struggle with an unrelenting tide of migrants trying to enter the Continent, tranquil villages in a picture-book valleys are coping with the legions who have already arrived.

Echo from a far coast as fallen remembered in London

The Anzac dawn service in London at Wellington Arch.

Nick Miller 4:32 PM   As two minutes' silence descended on Hyde Park Corner, the usually-roaring hub of the old Empire preternaturally quiet, a seagull squawked mournfully overhead.

Italian judge orders migrant boat accused to remain in custody

Mohammed Ali Malek (R) speaks with his lawyer Massimo Ferrante at Catania's tribunal on April 24.

James Mackenzie 4:31 PM   Mohammed Ali Malek denies being in command of overloaded boat, as judge orders he an co-accused to remain in custody.

Green Grass for California (No Watering)

A worker installs a new irrigation system as turf is removed to be replaced with new drought-friendly landscaping on the golf course at North Ranch Country Club in California,

Emma Fitzsimmons 3:38 PM   As Californians are being told to cut back significantly on water usage, many homeowners are rolling out artificial grass.

Solar's longest journey – the first round-the-globe PV-powered flight

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, flies over Abu Dhabi during preparations for its round-the-world flight.

Peter Hannam 12:15 AM   As joy flights go, few would beat the first round-the-world journey by a solar-powered plane, the Solar Impulse 2.

Envisioning a border wall that keeps violence out

A man inspects camels for sale at the livestock market in Mandera, Kenya. A proposal to build an enormous barrier along the border with Somalia has caused intense debate in the town.

ISMA'IL KUSHKUSH 1:44 PM   Persistent attacks by al-Shabab, the extremist Somali group that has killed hundreds of people in Kenya in the past two years, have given rise to an ambitious national proposal.

Arctic consensus ruffled by Russia-Ukraine tensions

Sentiment: Russia's environmental minister Sergei Donskoi alluded to the need to rise above tensions over Ukraine.

Carol Morello 1:36 PM   US and Russian representatives at the Arctic Council have pledged to keep geopolitics separate from discussions about climate change, but a Russian deputy prime minister's tweet that the Arctic was "Russia's Mecca" ruffled some diplomatic feathers.

Ancient virus traces may be immunising us: scientists

A human embryo with DNA stained blue. A new study suggests that endogenous retroviruses may assist in human development by defending young cells from infections by other viruses.

Carl Zimmer 11:47 AM   Our genomes are riddled with the detritus of ancient viruses. They infected our hominid ancestors tens of millions of years ago, inserted their genes into our DNA potentially reinforcing our immune system.

Hawaii poised to be first US state to raise smoking age to 21


10:11 AM   A bill that would make Hawaii the first US state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 has cleared the state's Legislature and is headed to the governor.

Battle of the bottle in Bali

"Bali can sell beers, they can still relax by the beach and buy cool Bintang there." Kuta beach vendor Kadek Nova assures his customers. He's pictured with Gede Bayu (black T-shirt) and Kadek Lucky.

Jewel Topsfield 12:15 AM   Foreigners are spooked as Indonesia's Muslim parties gain ground in their campaign to ban booze.

Diggers graveyard vandalised in London

Vandals damaged a plaque and flagpole at St Mary's Church Harefield cemetery in Middlesex, London, where Anzacs are buried.

Deborah Gough 8:42 AM   Vandals have attacked a small London cemetery where 112 Australian World War I diggers and a nurse were buried on the eve of the Gallipoli centenary.

Japan to lift target for emissions cuts to about 25 per cent by 2030: media

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 has made it harder for Japan to cut carbon emissions..

7:39 AM   Japan is considering cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by around 25 percent by 2030, up from an earlier target of about 20 percent, as its contribution to a global summit in Paris on climate change later this year, media reports said on Friday.

At least 14 migrants killed in Macedonia train horror

A shoe lays by the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles near the site where 14 migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks.

Katarina Subasic   At least 14 migrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train, officials said on Friday.

Statue of Liberty evacuated, suspicious package reported

A coast guard boat patrols the waters surrounding the Statue of Liberty after a bomb threat lead to the evacuation of tourists from the site.

Laila Kearney and Ellen Wulfhorst   New York: The Statue of Liberty was deemed safe on Friday after a bomb threat lead to a security sweep and the evacuation of hundreds of tourists from Liberty Island in New York Harbor, NBC's local television affiliate reported, citing law enforcement sources.

Prince Charles and Prince Harry lead Anzac Day centenary vigil ceremony at Gallipoli

Prince Charles

Tim Barlass   Seddulbahir, Turkey: Prince Charles and Prince Harry made their appearance at an eve of Anzac Day centenary ceremony on Friday afternoon at Cape Helles on the southwestern-most tip of Gallipoli peninsular in Turkey.

Suspected al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

Italian police said on Friday they were staging a 'vast anti-terrorism' operation against an armed organisation inspired by al-Qaeda whose members were ready to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Philip Pullella   Rome: Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al-Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican.

UK boy, 14, charged after allegedly encouraging beheading of Australian on Anzac Day

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in the lead up to Anzac Day.

Nick Miller   A British teenager has been charged with inciting terrorism after allegedly encouraging another person to behead an Australian.