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Book extract: Confessions of a People-Smuggler, 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.

United States authorities investigate suspected threat against Barack Obama

There are reports of a threat made against Barack Obama

Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President Barack Obama, local media reported.

Britain's terror risk level raised to 'severe' as country faces 'greatest threat'

Tom Whitehead and Steven Swinford Britain faces the "greatest and deepest" terror threat in the country's history, David Cameron warned as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.

Number of Syrian refugees passes 3 million, almost half the population

A child reacts after what activists claim was shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo.

Stephanie Nebehay 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...

Putin hails Ukraine separatists; Kiev raises prospect of joining NATO

Encouraging Ukrainian separatists ... Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the youth forum 'Seliger-2014' at Seliger lake, northern Russia.

Karoun Demirjian and William Branigin 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...

Matt Damon dumps toilet water over head for ALS and water.org

Matt Damon dumps icy toilet water on himself for the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of ALS and water.org.

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.

US colleges will screen some students for Ebola to calm nerves of parents

A girls suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus has her temperature checked at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Abby Ohlheiser For many US college students arriving from West Africa, this year’s “back to school” routine will include a screening for Ebola.

The ‘facekini’: From the beaches of China to pages of a fashion magazine

A facekini as featured in a fashion magazine

Nick Kirkpatrick 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.

Britain raises its terrorism threat level to 'severe' over Syria and Iraq

British PM David Cameron says the UK will take passports of those planning to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight.

Michael Holden 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.

Drugged and targeted for sex in Rotherham: they were the lucky ones

1400 children were abused and raped in the northern English town.

Joe Shute 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...

Ebola cure hope as drug passes trial

Sarah Knapton 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.

Nicaraguan workers trapped after goldmine collapses

Near the town of Bonanza: Relatives, friends and fellow miners wait as rescuers try to reach the workers.

Rescue teams in Nicaragua have been scrambling frantically to reach at least 20 workers trapped deep underground since Thursday after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine.

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.

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.

Ebola outbreak: why people are worried

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

Ishaan Tharoor The worst Ebola outbreak in history has put a number of countries in West Africa in lockdown, led to the deaths of nearly 700 people since February and brought new reports of doctors, including...

India employs 40 people to ape menacing monkeys

A rhesus macaque monkey.

Dean Nelson The Indian government is hiring men to pose as menacing langur monkeys to scare off the hundreds of macaques terrorising MPs and staff around its parliament and government buildings.

Party people

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.

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.

Half a million people flee Iraq city of Mosul as ISIL militants tighten grip

Refugees flee Mosul.

Half a million people were estimated Wednesday to have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul, as Islamist militants tightened their grip after overrunning it and a swathe of other territory.

Afghanistan's Abdullah calls preliminary results a 'coup' against the people

Supporters of Ashraf Ghani dance in the street after the announcement of preliminary results.

Mirwais Harooni Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah's camp rejected preliminary results of the country's election on Monday as a "coup" against the people.