US man charged with murder in beheading of co-worker

Timothy Williams and Michael S. Schmidt An Oklahoma man was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker, but federal officials said they had found no links that tie the man to terrorist organisations.

Hannah Graham case: Suspect's arrest provides lead in 2009 death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington

The man suspected in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student Hannah Graham (right) has been linked by forensic evidence to the death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, who disappeared in October 2009.

T. Rees Shapiro, Mary Pat Flaherty and Justin Jouvenal Virginia State Police investigators said Monday that the arrest of Jesse L. "LJ" Matthew Jr., who allegedly abducted missing U-Va.

How the US government underestimated the threat of Islamic State in Iraq

Peter Baker and Eric Scmitt The question of how officials failed to anticipate the rise of the Islamic State resonates inside and outside the Obama administration.

Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations

Could be stripped of their rights: A family at a Rohingya internally displaced persons camp outside of Sittwe last year.

Jared Ferrie Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalising a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights...

Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss of complete societal breakdown, experts warn

Marc Bastian With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

Egyptian military raids human rights organisations


Mohannad Sabry, Jonathan Landay CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have raided the offices of 17 domestic and international human rights and democracy organisations, in a sharp intensification of the military's crackdown that recalled the...

Hitting terrorist organisations in the wallet

Louise Hall NITSANA DARSHAN-LEITNER has dedicated her life to fighting terrorism her way: using courts around the world to bankrupt terrorist organisations and disrupt the flow of funds from rogue states.

World has lost half its animals in 40 years, says WWF

Sarah Knapton Half of the world's wild animals have been lost in the past 40 years because of habitat destruction, hunting and deforestation, according to a report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Dorothy Lee Barnett pleads not guilty to 20-year-old kidnapping

A digitally aged photo of Dorothy Lee Barnett released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children during the search for the alleged kidnapper.

Harriet McLeod Australian resident Dorothy Lee Barnett has pleaded not guilty in a US court to charges of parental kidnapping and falsifying passports 20 years ago.

UN lukewarm on Abbott's Cambodia solution

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison recently signed a deal with Cambodia to resettle refugees there.

Lindsay Murdoch The UN has no plans to boost its presence in Cambodia despite the Abbott government's claim it is working "closely" with the agency in a controversial plan to resettle refugees there.

US underestimated Islamic State in Syria, says Barack Obama


David Lerman and Phil Mattingly President Barack Obama said US intelligence officials failed to appreciate the gains made by Islamic State extremists in Syria during the last few years of that country's civil war.

New Aceh law punishes gay and extramarital sex with 100 lashes

Police officers check a female motorcyclist wearing pants at a checkpoint in Aceh.

Michael Bachelard Gay sex and sex outside marriage in the Indonesian province of Aceh will be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane under new laws passed by the local parliament.

Mining the legacy of Genghis Khan

Dave Tacon Mongolia was once a land of nomads but a cache of lucrative minerals lies beneath its steppes. Dave Tacon reports on a nation in flux.

Asylum seeker beaten and robbed after confronting people smugglers

Asylum seeker Haneef Hussein was beaten when tried to get his money back from people smugglers.

Michael Bachelard People smugglers have cheated many asylum seekers of their money in these tough times for refugees, but Haneef Hussein is one of the few who has tried to get his money back.

Israeli withdrawal from Palestine urged by Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbass addresses the UN General Assembly.

Zachary R. Dowdy Israel must withdraw from Palestinian lands, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has exhorted at the UN General Assembly.

Grim life awaits refugees in Cambodia

Srey Kuoch, a sex worker and drug user, hugs her young son, Chan Vutha, in Wat Phnom Park, opposite the residence of the Australian ambassador.

Lindsay Murdoch A coalition of 21 organisations working to promote human rights in Cambodia described Australia's refugee deal as a cynical attempt to place refugees who had already suffered persecution in their...

Oklahoma man beheads co-worker after being fired from food processing plant

Employees and friends wait for word of loved ones as police investigate at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma.

The man was stabbing another worker when he was shot by the company's chief operating officer.

China battles homegrown terror fears and rise of Islamic State

Children leave school under armed guard in Urumqi.

Philip Wen “They don’t have this where you’re from do they?” a school supervisor says wryly. “It’s as though its wartime.”

US remains vague on Khorasan terrorist group

Khorasan leader Muhsin al-Fadhli.

Paul McGeough US aircraft dropped their loads on the little known Khorasan terrorist group on Tuesday and officials are `still assessing' the impact.

Ebola epidemic worsening, Sierra Leone increases quarantine restrictions

A burial team prepares to remove a body from a home.

ADAM NOSSITER Acknowledging that the Ebola epidemic sweeping Sierra Leone is worsening, local officials put hundreds of thousands more citizens under quarantine on Thursday, sealing off more than a quarter of the...