Fiorina, Carson will stand for US president

Nick O'Malley 10:45 AM   For the Republicans, the candidates just keep coming.

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'Shoot to kill' orders put civilians in firing line

An Israeli soldier stands on top of an armoured personnel carrier near the Israel-Gaza Strip border during Operation Protective Edge in July 2014.

Ruth Pollard 7:01 PM   Israel's decision to use indiscriminate fire in residential neighbourhoods caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in last year's Gaza war, an investigation has found.

New Zealand flag debate begins

NZ Flag

1:04 PM   A kiwi, a koru or a silver fern? Debate around what should adorn a new New Zealand flag is set to spark up.

Russia's new Armata tank makes debut

The new Russian T-14 Armata tank makes its way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow.

7:17 AM   New war machine has increased crew protection and more efficient weapons that may put it ahead of Western tanks.

Australian tweet encouraged Texas attack

An aerial view shows the car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police.

Nick O'Malley 12:26 PM   A Twitter account held by an Australian was one of several used on social media to call for an attack on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

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Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman snubs Netanyahu coalition invite

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pauses while speaking at a ceremony marking Memorial Day in Jerusalem April 21, 2015. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which begins at sundown Tuesday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ofira Koopmans 1:19 PM   Leader of ultra-nationalist Beiteinu party accuses Prime Minister of having no intention of uprooting Hamas from the Gaza Strip.

Earthquake of magnitude 7.4 hits Papua New Guinea

PGN Earthquake

Matt Siege 1:17 PM   A magnitude 7.4 earthquake has struck the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said, setting off a tsunami warning within 300 km of the epicentre.

LSD as a human right? Some in 'nanny-state' Norway think so

LSD seized in Melbourne in 2006.

Andrew Higgins 12:57 PM   In a country so wary of drug abuse that it limits the sale of aspirin, Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, is pushing what would seem a doomed cause: the rehabilitation of LSD.

Nepal earthquake: Australian Tyronne White last seen in village swallowed by mud

Missing: Tyronne White was last seen in Langtang village

Megan Levy 12:27 PM   Nestled in a valley to the north of Kathmandu, the quiet village of Langtang was known as one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas.

$21m cocaine stash found in Aldi bananas

Aldi locations in Berlin have for the second time in two years received cocaine in banana crates from Colombia.

11:38 AM   More than $21 million worth of cocaine has turned up in boxes of bananas delivered to Aldi supermarkets in and around Berlin.

'Mummy's dying': boy's haunting words to his daycare teacher

'Mummy's dying': Isaiah Manton's words to his daycare teacher has sparked an appeal from his mother about help getting access to correct information.

Tara Shaskey 11:33 AM   Elise Manton had come to terms with the fact that she could not survive her breast cancer. Her three-year-old son did not understand what was happening to his mum.

Republican candidates for 2016 presidential race – so far

Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire last month.

Nick O'Malley 11:04 AM   A list of confirmed and unconfirmed Republican candidates.

Fiorina and Carson will stand for US president, with Huckabee not far behind

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina suggested she is the perfect antidote to Hillary Clinton.

Nick O'Malley 10:45 AM   For the US Republican Party, the presidential candidates keep on coming.

'It's crazy': two degrees warming a 'prescription for disaster' says former NASA scientist

Wollongong Harbour copped a battering during last month's east coast low.

Peter Hannam 9:53 AM   The world faces a climate 'emergency' and aiming to limit global temperatures to two degrees won't stop massive sea-level rises within decades, the former NASA scientist says.

Taliban and senior Afghans hold ceasefire talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Saturday.

Amena Bakr 8:00 AM   Al-Khor:  Taliban representatives met Afghan political figures for a second day in Qatar on Sunday, and one participant said the two sides discussed a possible ceasefire but ultimately disagreed over the continued presence of US troops in the country.

Sweden warns of Cold War cat-and-mouse game with Russia

Saab JAS 39C Gripen fighter jets from F17 Wing of the Swedish Air Force demonstrate a mid-air interception over Sweden.

Tim Hepher 6:28 AM   A daily game of Cold War cat-and-mouse is ratcheting up tensions in the Baltic and drawing the biggest military presence into the region for over 20 years, Swedish military officials say.

Royal baby: Kate Middleton and Prince William name child Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

All in a day's work: Kate Middleton and Prince William with Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Nick Miller 6:04 AM   The new Princess of Cambridge has been given a name that is a nod to history and to the 'people's princess'.

Magazine printed using ink infused with HIV-positive blood

"By holding the issue, readers are immediately breaking the taboo": The magazine, printed in HIV-positive blood.

3:37 AM   'By holding the issue, readers are immediately breaking the taboo.'

'We want to heal our city' – Baltimore's mayor lifts curfew

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces the lifting of the curfew.

Scott Malone and Ian Simpson 1:25 AM   The mayor of Baltimore has lifted a night curfew imposed on the city after the looting that followed the funeral of a black man who died from injuries suffered in the police custody.

Ed Miliband, once a longshot, now favoured to become Britain's prime minister

Could Ed be PM? Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a BBC Question Time program with the three main party leaders at Leeds Town Hall.

Griff Witte 1:22 AM   Even before the election campaign began, the verdict was in on Ed Miliband: He was too weak and too weird to be Britain's prime minister.

Could this 17-year-old fan swing the UK election for Ed Miliband?

Abby, 17, is the leader of the "Milifandom" social media movement.

Michael Koziol 12:12 AM   Rupert Murdoch is often touted as the kingmaker in British politics, but in the dying days of the general election campaign, his mantle is under direct challenge from a 17-year-old girl.

Bill Clinton says nothing 'sinister' in foreign donations to foundation

Nothing "sinister": Former US president Bill Clinton in Kenya.

Steve Holland, Susan Heavey 11:46 PM   Former US president Bill Clinton has defended his charitable foundation's acceptance of large foreign donations, thrusting himself into a controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of his wife, Hillary Clinton.

Two gunmen shot dead at anti-Islam art show in Texas

Dutch politician Geert Wilders with some of the police who responded to the attack.

Jared Christopher 9:32 PM   US police have shot dead two gunmen outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest featuring Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders.

Ed Miliband poses with policy 'tombstone'

Be careful what you pose for: Ed Miliband with the 'tombstone' of pledges.

Michael Koziol 4:46 PM   It's one of the cardinal rules of politics - be careful what you're photographed with. Ed Miliband broke it spectacularly.

Bali nine: AFP 'know they did wrong': Lawyer

A youthful Scott Rush soon after being arrested for drug trafficking in Bali in 2005.

Kristian Silva 4:16 PM   The Brisbane lawyer who asked the Australian Federal Police to stop Bali Nine member Scott Rush travelling to Indonesia has dismissed a police explanation that the drug smugglers could not be intercepted by local authorities.

Thousands of illegal migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Illegal migrants on Sunday, after their boat was dragged back by Libyan navy to the coastal city of Misrata

Fanny Carrier 2:32 PM   The tide of people risking their lives to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East has not been slowed by recent tragedies.