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'Fat shaming' does not help people lose weight, experts say

Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess kilograms, researchers found.

Bullet trains help China tighten its grip on Xinjiang province's people and resources

On edge: An Uighur woman rests near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen in Urumqi.

Simon Denyer President Xi Jinping says the long-term stability of Xinjiang is vital to the country's unity and security, but to the Uighur people it's looking rather one-sided.

Fight against Islamic State puts independence on backburner for Kurdish militants

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Erbil.

Ruth Pollard 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...

US Congress approves Obama's plan for arming Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama speaking after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels.

Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder 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...

Multiple fatalities, including children, in Florida shooting

Officials walk along NW 29th Terrace near the scene of a shooting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Bell, Fla. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)

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.

Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

Tom Perry Kurdish fighters issue call to arms and plea for world's help as Islamic State advances on key crossing between Syria and Turkey.

US Secretary of State John Kerry lauds Australia's foiling of 'extravaganza of brutality'

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on

Nick O’Malley Terrorist sympathisers in Australia were foiled plotting "an extravaganza of brutality" the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has told Congress as he gave testimony in support of the President's...

US 'communicating' with Iran over Islamic State but being rebuffed

Paul McGeough Washington has been "communicating" with its arch-enemy Tehran, but so far its advances have been spurned.

Is Ebola outbreak hysteria drawing attention away from diseases that kill more people?

Abby Phillip It's undoubtedly an epidemic of global proportions, but some are calling Ebola the 'Kardashian of diseases'.

Bomb attack in Santiago injures at least seven people

A protester clashes with riot police as activists take part in a demonstration in Santiago.

Javiera Quiroga A bomb attack in a metro station in the Chilean capital, Santiago, injured at least seven people, said government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde.

Tempers flare as mass flood evacuations begin in Kashmir after 450 people killed

A Kashmiri man wades through a flooded street as he moves towards higher ground in Srinagar September 10, 2014.

Rupam Jain Nair Floods that have killed 450 people in India and Pakistan began to recede on Wednesday giving rescue teams a chance to evacuate thousands of villagers stranded by the heaviest rainfall in 50 years in...

Book extract: Confessions of a People-Smuggler, Dawood Amiri

Dawood Amiri.

Dawood Amiri In his new book, Dawood Amiri, a persecuted Afghan refugee stranded in Indonesia, tells how he became a people smuggler out of desperation.

Italian journalist Simone Camilli among six people killed defusing missile in Gaza

Palestinian onlookers pause to inspect an unexploded shell from the Israeli military lying on the main road in Deir el-Balah in Central Gaza.

Israeli ordnance exploded in Gaza Wednesday, killing six people including a foreign journalist, as bomb experts tried to disable a missile on the last day of a 72-hour truce.

Ferguson riots: 'It’s like a switch is flipped' during night protests after 47 people arrested: police chief

A policeman charges into the media work area with automatic rifle at ready as  officers try to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Carol D. Leonnig, Krissah Thompson and Wesley Lowery Ferguson, Missouri: As darkness fell Tuesday, police and protesters braced for a repeat of late-night confrontations 11 days after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager.

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Mik Grigg and Amy Cooper From launch parties to scouting for bachelors, here is a rundown of last week's events in and around Sydney and Melbourne.

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Laura Csortan, Nova's red room with Tinie Tempah.

Mik Grigg & Jo Casamento From luncheons to opening nights, here's a rundown of last week's events in and around Sydney and Melbourne.

Nine out of 10 people in Edward Snowden's NSA intercepts were not targets

Provided conversations: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani Ordinary internet users far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the NSA from US digital networks.

Victorious Jokowi hailed as hero of the people

Joko Widodo, popularly known as

Michael Bachelard The victor has promised to attack corruption and cronyism, improve health, education and infrastructure, and focus on delivering services.

Air Algerie plane wreckage found, 116 people feared dead

Adam Nossiter and Nicola Clark An Air Algérie jetliner with 116 people on board crashed early Thursday in a remote area of Mali near the borders with Burkina Faso and Niger, officials said.