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5:42pm Militants fighting the Syrian army have seized 43 UN peacekeepers in a demilitarised section of the Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region.
PAUL MCGEOUGH 4:35pm Ukraine just got uglier. The problem is that for all its huffing and puffing, the West is not quite sure about how to respond.
NICK MILLER When the full extent of child abuse in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham was revealed this week, a sigh of recognition was quickly followed by a sharp gasp of horror.
Once called 'the most wanted woman in the world', IS would have traded James Foley, Bowe Bergdahl and more for her. So who is Aafia Siddiqui?
Shannon Gillies East Timor's former president Jose Ramos-Horta warns that there are no short cuts to peace, to nation-building and state-building in a country that is struggling to build independence on its own terms.
As the tally of deaths from the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus continued its seemingly inexorable rise, the WHO said the epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people.
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2:04pm The board of the International Monetary Fund has reiterated its support for managing director Christine Lagarde after a French court placed her under formal investigation in a graft scandal.
Chuck Lindell 12:47pm A federal judge has banned Texas from enforcing an abortion regulation that would have shut down 19 licensed clinics, leaving large parts of the state without an abortion provider.
1:35pm UN officials have received assurances that 44 peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights are safe and in good health, a UN spokesman says.
Tom Parfitt and Colin Freeman 2:22pm Vladimir Putin raised the spectre of nuclear war with the West on Friday as he defied international condemnation over his decision to send thousands of Russian troops and heavy armour into eastern Ukraine.
Andrew Kramer and Andrew Roth 11:17am Backed by Russian troops and weaponry, hundreds of Ukrainian rebel militiamen have mobilised in the south-eastern town of Novoazovsk and begun to push toward the strategic seaport of Mariupol.
Tom Whitehead and Steven Swinford 11:02am Britain faces the "greatest and deepest" terror threat in the country's history, David Cameron warned as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.
Chloe Coupeau 10:47am Fears increase by the hour for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, taken from a British hospital by his parents, who have fled with their family to France.
2:47pm Rescuers in Nicaragua have started pulling out miners trapped deep underground for more than 24 hours after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine.
10:45am Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President Barack Obama, local media reported.
Sarah Knapton 11:16am A treatment for the Ebola virus may have been found, as scientists reported that a drug cured 100 per cent of monkeys with the disease.
Joe Shute 10:27am Vicky counts herself as one of the lucky ones. Stalked from the age of 15, plied with drink and slipped drugs until she became estranged from her despairing parents; ferried at night by strangers twice her age to unknown male-only parties; on one occasion locked in a house, her only escape through a window.
Abby Ohlheiser 6:15am For many US college students arriving from West Africa, this year’s “back to school” routine will include a screening for Ebola.
5:42am Matt Damon has once again proved his nice-guy reputation, by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and throwing toilet water over his head to support not one, but two issues.
Karoun Demirjian and William Branigin 4:24am Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine as "insurgents" battling an army that he likened to Nazi invaders during World War II, and the Ukrainian government raised the prospect of joining NATO as it seeks help in repelling what it calls an outright Russian military invasion of its territory.
Chloe Coupeau 3:27am Cherbourg, France: Interpol issued a global alert Friday for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour snatched from hospital by his family, as authorities said only hours remained to save his life.
Stephanie Nebehay 3:14am Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said.
Michael Holden 2:18am Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of 'severe' in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq.
Nick Kirkpatrick 6:02am This bizarre face mask has been dubbed the "facekini." Though it's nothing new, it's now made its way from the beaches of China to the pages of a reputable fashion magazine.
Dawood Amiri 12:15am In his new book, Dawood Amiri, a persecuted Afghan refugee stranded in Indonesia, tells how he became a people smuggler out of desperation. In June 2012, he helped organise a boat to Christmas Island – with fatal consequences.
Jacob Stone 12:15am Israel seems a very different place today compared with the sunny idealism of the kibbutz movement of the '70s.
TONY WRIGHT 12:15am Since 1948, the world's superpower and allies including Australia have never intervened to prevent the worst examples of what has been declared, again and again, the greatest of all crimes: genocide.
Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent 12:15am The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.
JASON STEGER 12:15am Masha Gessen's account of the rise to power of Russian president Vladimir Putin characterises him as a bully and a thug.
Nick O'Malley and David Wroe 12:15am Before gathering and unleashing the military might of an international coalition against Islamic State fighters in Iraq, the White House is seeking to thread a formidably fine political needle in a region fraught with tribal enmity and mistrust.
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10:28pm NATO has accused Russian forces of a blatant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
8:03pm Iceland has issued a red alert and banned air traffic near its largest volcano after it erupted, threatening a replay of the global travel chaos four years ago when another peak blew.
PATRICK BEGLEY 3:45am This is what happened when a man from Perth decided to rescue a group of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.
5:13pm Japan's defence ministry has made its biggest ever budget request as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China's expanding naval reach.