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Iranian mother saves son's killer from hanging with a slap

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

Putin says Russia may invade Ukraine to protect locals

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sergei Loiko President Vladimir Putin reserves the right to move troops into Ukraine on behalf of pro-Russian residents as three separatists are killed during attack.

United Nations warns Australia about asylum seeker boat push-backs

Asylum seeker boat

The UN refugee agency has warned that Australia could be breaking international law, amid reports that it pushed back to Indonesia boats carrying asylum-seekers.

Obama tells United Nations General Assembly he will pursue diplomacy on Iran and Syria

US President Barack Obama

Mark Landler President Obama said on Tuesday that Iran’s diplomatic overture in recent weeks could provide a foundation for an agreement on its nuclear program, but he warned that “conciliatory words will have to...

Main points of United Nations Syria resolution agreed, diplomats say

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The world’s major powers have agreed on the main points of a UN Security Council resolution on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons.

United States, Russia agree on United Nations-Syria chemical arms measure

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Ending weeks of diplomatic deadlock, the United States and Russia agreed on Thursday on a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that would demand Syria give up its chemical arms, but does...

Italy migrant boat disaster due to crackdown, says United Nations official

Migrant boat

The boat disaster that left 300 people feared dead off the Italian coast is the result of a repressive policy toward irregular immigrants, a United Nations official says.

Australian journalist Alan Morison spends time in Thai prison in fight for media freedom

Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian

Lindsay Murdoch An Australian journalist taking a stand against attempts to silence the media in Thailand has spent five hours in a small prison cell crowded with 90 prisoners, including a man who admitted killing...

Nigerian schoolgirls taken to Islamist stronghold, say parents

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (centre) arrives at the site of a bus attack in Abuja.

Lanre Ola The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents say, as the military confirmed 129 students had been abducted.

Rescue effort launched for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said, as security forces pressed on with a search to find the hostages.

Ukraine asks UN for help as pro-Russian militias defy deadline to seize more ground

A Pro-Russian activist stands during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka.

Andrew Kramer and Andrew Higgins As Pro-Russian militias seize more ground, Ukraine gets desperate and the West threatens sanctions and accuses Moscow of being behind the unrest.

Australian faces jail for coverage of same story that won Reuters a Pulitzer prize

Australian journalist Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian, both charged with defamation, will face court on Thursday in Thailand.

Lindsay Murdoch Reuters' international news agency has a won Pulitzer prize for exposing the violent persecution of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority while an Australian journalist and his Thai colleague face jail...

Ukraine sends troops and helicopters east as Russia warns civil war is descending

An Ukrainian soldier aims his weapon at pro-Russia protesters.

Anthony Faiola, Isabel Gorst and Will Englund Ukrainian government launches 'special operation' to try to reclaim control of the troubled east.

Moscow threatens talks pullout as Kiev strikes back

Sergei Loiko Vladimir Putin has demanded UN condemnation as Ukraine's interim government moved against militants in the country's east.

Ukraine crisis: Kiev pledges 'full-scale anti-terrorist operation' against pro-Russia rebels

An armed man stands next to a barricade in front of the police headquarters in Slaviansk.

Conor Humphries Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with...

Bomb explosion at busy Nigerian bus station kills at least 71

Shock ... A bystander reacts as victims of a bomb blast arrive at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja. At least 71 commuters were killed with many more injured.

Police say an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124.

Ukraine crisis: Russia calls military operation a "criminal order"

Time running out: Armed Pro-Russian supporters carry an Eastern Orthodox icon of Mary Magdalene outside the secret service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 13, 2014.

Conor Humphries and Louis Charbonneau Towns in eastern Ukraine brace for military action from government forces after Kiev's deadline for pro-Russian separatists to disarm passes.

Flight MH370: who will get custody of black boxes?

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

Lindsay Murdoch Malaysian authorities are uncertain what to do with the black boxes from Flight 370 if they are located and brought to the surface from the Indian Ocean north-west of Perth.

Huge bomb explosion at busy Nigerian bus station kills at least 71

Shock ... A bystander reacts as victims of a bomb blast arrive at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja. At least 71 commuters were killed with many more injured.

Abuja, Nigeria: Police say an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124.

Pope Francis asks for forgiveness over church child sex abuses

Tom Kington Pope Francis has made his first public plea for forgiveness for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children.