China intensifies carbon cuts, reaffirms 2030 target

Philip Wen 4:36 AM   China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has submitted a new carbon intensity reduction target to the UN while reaffirming its goal to curb carbon emissions by 2030, or 'even earlier'.

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Chris Christie enters US presidential race

Republican US presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as his children (L-R) Sarah, Bridget and Andrew look on.

Nick O'Malley 7:11 AM   New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is either a tell-it-like-it-is straight talker or a brash and abrasive bully.

Tunisia gunman trained in Libya, says Tunis

The Tunisian gunman, Seifeddine Rezgui, allegedly killed 39 people in the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse on Friday.

The Tunisian gunman who carried out a deadly attack on a hotel last Friday trained in a jihadist camp in Libya last year, Tunisia's government said on Tuesday.

Greece defaults on debt: IMF

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, June 5, 2015, Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras checks his notes during an emergency Parliament session in Athens.  Supposed strict deadlines have come and gone throughout the protracted bailout discussions. On this day, Greece was meant to pay the first of a series of payments due to the IMF this month. Instead, under a rarely used provision, the government decided to bundle its four payments to the IMF in June into one that would be due at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, FILE)

The IMF has confirmed the debt due by Greece has not been paid so Greece is now officially in arrears. Hours earlier, Greece tried for a fresh two-year rescue deal.

IS beheads female civilians for first time

Peshmerga Kurdish soldier Hujam Surchi is beheaded by Islamic State jihadists in a Mosul street in February 2015. IS fighters have beheaded two couples for allegedly using 'sorcery'.

The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.

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How Egypt's 'Generation Protest' became 'Generation Jail'

A woman holds up a portrait of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat at his funeral on Tuesday.

Louisa Loveluck 11:06 AM   The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has declared he will intensify a police offensive against dissent after militants murdered the country's prosecutor general.

Woman who gave birth in California forest started wildfire

Amber Panghorn gave birth alone in a California forest and started a fire there before being rescued.

10:42 AM   Desperate and out of petrol and low on food, new mother lit fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Dry run for New York prison breakout

Richard Matt, left, and David Sweat

William Rashbaum 10:30 AM   The two convicted killers who escaped in early June from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, setting off a three-week manhunt, conducted a dry run of the breakout the night before they fled.

Earliest cyclone confirmed in Queensland zone

Cyclone Raquel makes history.

Peter Hannam 10:20 AM   Tropical Cyclone Raquel has formed in the south-west Pacific near the Solomon Islands, triggering the earliest cyclone warning issued on record for the Queensland zone.

US boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

Romechia Simms with her son, Ji'Aire Donnell Lee.

Julie Zauzmer and DeNeen L. Brown 9:42 AM   The story was chilling and heartbreaking: A 3-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

'Abortion drone' delivers pregnancy-terminating drugs by air

The drone used in in Saturday's flight between Germany and Poland.

Josephine Tovey 8:53 AM   A European women's activist group used a drone to deliver pregnancy-terminating drugs from one country to another this week, in a move designed to raise awareness about restrictive abortion laws and test the possibilities of emerging techonology.

China's climate plan: how ambitious and what does it mean for Australia?

China has announced to the UN its plans to tackle carbon dioxide emissions from 2020

Tom Arup 8:30 AM   After a few false dawns China has submitted its plans for tackling climate change from 2020 to the United Nations climate negotiations. What does it mean?

China, Brazil move climate talks into fast lane with pledges

The year-end climate summit gathers some more momentum.

Alex Nussbaum 7:13 AM   The push for a global deal on climate change picks up speed from Latin America to Asia, with the world's biggest greenhouse-gas emitter and the steward of its largest rainforest pledging new measures to curb warming.

The 2016 Republican presidential candidates

Jeb Bush has the best name recognition and fundraising resources of the Republican presidential candidates.

Nick O'Malley 6:50 AM   The Republican candidates are mostly former or current senators or governors, with one African American and one woman in the race.

Klan plans pro-Confederate flag rally

The Civil War-era Confederate flag has emerged as a flashpoint after a gunman shot and killed nine people  at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

5:59 AM   The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the South Carolina Capitol, where a man was arrested on Monday night in a confrontation with anti-flag protesters over a symbol associated with slavery.

Second Australian reportedly killed in Syria fighting IS with Kurdish forces

Gold Coast man Reece Harding, 23, was reportedly killed after he stood on a land mine while fighting IS with Kurdish forces in Syria.

Ruth Pollard 5:15 AM   A second Australian man has reportedly died fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria, less than two months after he joined the battle against the Islamic State group.

China intensifies carbon reduction and reaffirms 2030 emissions target

'China's carbon dioxide emissions will peak by around 2030' ... Chinese Premier Premier Li Keqiang, right, stands with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Paris.

Philip Wen 4:36 AM   China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has submitted a new carbon intensity reduction target to the United Nations while reaffirming its goal to curb carbon emissions by 2030, or 'even earlier'.

Greece asks for another bailout before defaulting, but Merkel says no

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "Before a referendum, as planned, is carried out, we won't negotiate on anything new at all."

Kim Hjelmgaard 3:35 AM   German chancellor leaves virtually no hope left to avert a midnight default despite a plea from Athens for a last-minute bailout extension.

Dozens killed after Indonesian Air Force transport plane crashes in city of Medan

A member of the Indonesian Air Force looks over the wreckage of a military transport plane which crashed into a building on June 30, 2015 in Medan.

Nilufar Rizki and Kanupriya Kapoor 2:24 AM   Dozens of people are feared dead after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a hotel and residential area in the northern Sumatra city of Medan.

'Slip slop slap' gone too far

Hat and sunscreen are the minimum protection measures against the risk of skin cancer.

12:38 AM   New Zealand may rethink its cancer preventing "slip slop slap" message if it's to beat a revival of the Victorian-era bone disease rickets.

Greece will not pay IMF debt on Tuesday, says finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's finance minister, speaks to the media following an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Euro-area finance chiefs poured scorn on the Greek government's decision to call a referendum on the terms of the country's bailout and said the door was closing to any further discussion on resolving a standoff over aid. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Yanis Varoufakis

10:47 PM   Greece will not pay a 1.6 billion euro debt installment to the International Monetary Fund due on Tuesday, but Athens still holds out hope of a last-minute deal with creditors on an aid package, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said.

Solidarity keeps tourists in Tunisia after terrorist attack

DonnaMarie Douglas from Glasgow (right) and a friend lay flowers at the makeshift memorial on the beach in front of the Hotel Imperial Marhaba.

Ruth Pollard 9:12 PM   The hotel is now a crime scene, its gates from the beach padlocked, but a handful of guests who have chosen to continue their stay remain inside.

Native Hawaiians and astronomers battle over sublime mountain top

An artist rendering of the proposed Thirty Metre Telescope, planned to be built atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Sarah Kaplan 8:40 PM   On Mauna Kea, the world’s most advanced telescope project faces a cultural revolt.

'Duped' Kiwi drug mule sentenced to 15 years in Bali jail

Antony Glen de Malmanche claimed he did not know what was in his luggage.

Gabrielle Dunlevy & Shane Cowlishaw 8:13 PM   Kiwi man Antony de Malmanche has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into Bali.

Washington firestorm scorches 3000 acres, burns 24 homes

US Forest Service firefighters cut brush near houses in northern Wenatchee, Washington.

Erik Lacitis, Christine Clarridge and Mike Carter 7:26 PM   Wildfire is one of several burning in tinderbox conditions in Washington state, US.

Paris, France, another hurdle Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics

Paris, Rome, Budapest, Boston and Hamburg want to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Leesha McKenny 5:25 PM   Germany's second-largest city is working hard to become another Atlanta or Salt Lake City.