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Nick O’Malley 8:36am Terrorist sympathisers in Australia were foiled plotting "an extravaganza of brutality" the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has told Congress.
4:24am Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault.
3:29am Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha apologised on Thursday for comments that sparked an international outcry following the murder of two Britons there this week.
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PETER HANNAM 12:15am Naomi Klein's provocative new book takes on global capitalism's role in hastening climate change and argues the model needs replacing - fast.
9:56pm French jets have launched their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq, destroying their target, President Francois Hollande says.
9:48pm Pronouncing foreign leaders' names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but it has proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president's name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him "Eleven Jinping" on air.
NICK MILLER 6:47pm The United Kingdom faces its biggest political revolution in centuries as David Cameron announces constitutional shake-up in wake of Scots rejecting independence.
Neil Irwin 4:59pm When you get past the details of the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday, there is a broader story, also playing out in other advanced nations. It is a crisis of the elites.
STEVEN ERLANGER and ALAN COWELL 3:56pm Voters in Scotland rejected independence from Britain with 55.4 per cent against.
LINDSAY MURDOCH 4:24pm The killers of two British tourists are likely to have fled a Thai resort island amid false police leads, a contaminated crime scene and the distraction of veiled criticism of one of the bikini-wearing victims by Thailand's military ruler.
Sabrina Tavernise 3:36pm The Obama administration has announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, a public health crisis that takes at least 23,000 lives a year in the US.
Steve Holland 3:27pm Military aid will not include lethal weaponary but will assist Ukraine in demining and mortar fire detection.
Kelly Gilblom 3:27pm Sierra Leone has ordered its six million people to stay in their homes for three days while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.
Veronica Rocha 3:04pm A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the massive King fire in Northern California that exploded in size overnight and now threatens thousands of homes.
2:44pm Ivan Schneider had given up on finding his luxury Jaguar stolen in 1968, until it was recovered on a cargo ship destined for Holland.
3:06pm Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video singing along to the American pop song Happy were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for obscene behaviour, a news website quoted their lawyer as saying.
Chris De Benedetti 2:39pm A teacher whose Twitter messages expressed violent thoughts about students will not be charged with a crime, police said.
Julia Fioretti 2:06pm European regulators have agreed on criteria for judging appeals for the "right to be forgotten", taking into account public profiles or crime for example, when search engines such as Google turn down requests to have information deleted from search results.
Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder 2:27pm The US Senate has approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.
John Bingham 1:56pm London: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists.
Tom Perry 1:19pm Kurdish fighters issue call to arms and plea for world's help as Islamic State advances on key crossing between Syria and Turkey.
RUTH POLLARD 2:17pm As militants closed in around the Kurdish capital last month, prompting panicked families to flee and exposing just how stretched the region's Peshmerga forces were, it was clear the dream of an independent Kurdistan would be put on hold once more.
PAUL MCGEOUGH 12:26pm Washington has been "communicating" with its arch-enemy Tehran, but so far its advances have been spurned.
2:36pm A man has shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren in the small north Florida town of Bell, in what authorities have called a murder-suicide, according to media reports.
NICK MILLER 2:09pm One man is in Scotland to see the kind of referendum he wants for West Papua. "This campaign is about my life," he tells Nick Miller.
Chris Zappone, Lisa Visentin, Sophia Phan 3:43pm Scotland is holding a referendum on whether it should exit the United Kingdom. Follow all the news as it develops.
Umaru Fofana 2:54am Sierra Leone's government says extreme measures are needed to try to contain the world's worst outbreak of Ebola on record but many fear it will bring more hardship to a nation that is already one of the poorest on earth.
Joseph Serna 2:06am California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.
1:09am A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisation's supporters online.