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Anger in West as Russian aid convoy enters Ukraine

Sergei Venyavsky in Izvaryne, Ukraine The West has rebuked Russia for sending scores of trucks from a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Luhansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion."

US considers targeting Islamic State in Syria

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holds a Kurdistan flag during an operation against militants of the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Peter Baker and Michael Shear in Washington The Obama administration is debating a more robust intervention in Syria, including possible US airstrikes, in a significant escalation of its military assault on the Islamic extremist group that has...

US spy plane in close encounter with Chinese fighter jet

Helene Cooper in Washington A Chinese fighter jet flew within 10 metres of a Navy surveillance and reconnaissance plane this week in international airspace just off the Chinese coast, the Pentagon says.

Hamas executes 18 as Israeli boy killed

Sakher Abu El Oun in Gaza City Hamas has executed 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza City as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed harsh retribution for the killing of a four-year-old boy by Palestinian mortar fire.

Two new Ebola cases in Nigeria

A team from the Liberian Ministry of Health unloads the bodies of Ebola victims onto a funeral pyre on Friday.

Adam Nossiter and Donald McNeil in Freetown, Sierra Leone Two new cases of Ebola were reported in Nigeria on Friday, both in spouses of health workers who had cared for the Liberian-American who brought the disease to Africa’s most populous country...

Thailand vows leniency in surrogacy cases

Surrogate babies that Thai police suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who has fled from Thailand are shown on a screen during a news conference in Bangkok.

Thailand's junta has pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it looks to toughen rules in the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of scandals.

National Guard begins pulling out of Ferguson as police officer disciplined over video

A memorial for Michael Brown near the spot where he was shot by police.

Nick Carey and Edward McAllister Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, were muted for a third straight evening on Friday as the National Guard began withdrawing from the St Louis suburb racked by racial turmoil after a white police...

Israel frees jailed US boy, places him under house arrest

Tariq Abu Khedair, with his mother, after his release from jail.

An Israeli judge has released from jail and placed under house arrest a 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by Israeli police has drawn US concern.

Bacteria attack on ancient olive groves threatens Italy's oil industry

Tom Kington The ancient olive groves of southern Italy, which provide much of the oil the country exports, are being destroyed by a deadly insect-borne bacterium that has already infected nearly half a million...

Joko Widodo promises to focus on West Papua

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo (left) and his running mate Jusuf Kalla wave to the media at a press briefing in Jakarta.

Michael Bachelard Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo has promised to build a presidential palace on the shores of West Papua's picturesque Lake Sentani as a sign he will pay more attention to the resource-rich but...

Russia places region near Sochi on counter-terrorism alert as six found dead in cars

A Russian Cossack lights a candle near a photo of Russian police sergeant who was killed in a suicide bomb blast at the city's main railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on January 4.

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Russia began a counter-terrorism operation in a southern province that borders the Krasnodar region, where the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi in less than a month, after...

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Searching for refuge in a land where there are no safe places

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard AS THE night-time temperature in Syria drops closer to freezing and the rains begin, it is difficult to imagine how those who have barely survived without electricity, water or enough food this year...

Did James Foley volunteer to die to save other hostages?

James Foley: may have volunteered to die to save other hostages.

Gordon Rayner and Alastair Beach in London James Foley may have volunteered to be put to death to spare the lives of fellow hostages, his family said yesterday (Friday), as it emerged that the reporter's kidnappers told his parents in an...

Elegant tribute places twin towers victims together side by side

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Jon Swaine Around a reflecting pool, a unique September 11 memorial unites families, friends and colleagues.

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.

We looked in the wrong places, says Pakistan

Asif Ali Zardari.

Ben Doherty, Khudayar Khan In Islamabad PAKISTAN has said it was an ''intelligence failure'' it had no idea Osama bin Laden was living on its soil, but few in international intelligence believe no one in the government and military...

Mother places girl in front of oncoming train

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A woman's bid to avoid paying a train fare nearly cost her the life of her daughter in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

70 Islamic State jihadists killed in Syria clashes: monitor

70 Islamic State militants have been killed in clashes with government troops near Raqa in northern Syria. This image is made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news.

Beirut: At least 70 Islamic State jihadist fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army troops in the northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group said Friday.

World Health Organisation warns of 'shadow zones', hidden cases in Ebola outbreak

A West Point slum resident looks from behind closed gates on the second day of the government's Ebola quarantine on their neighbourhood.

Stephanie Nebehay The scale of the world's worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of "shadow zones" that medics cannot enter, the World Health...

West Africa Ebola deaths reach 1427, World Health Organisation says

Nearly 1,500 people have died from the Ebola epidemic.

The number of deaths from Ebola has risen to 1427 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.