Islamic State made $1 million a day, says US official

Karen DeYoung Before US air strikes began, Islamic State militants were selling $US1 million of oil each day, a US Treasury official says.

New restrictions on US arrivals as Ebola nurse's condition improves

US Coast Guard and Customs officials conduct pre-screening measures on a passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Molly Hennessy-Fiske Texas nurse's condition upgraded to "good" from "fair" as airline passengers from three countries told they will have to fly into one of five designated US airports for screening.

Travellers from Ebola countries restricted to five US airports

Evaluating: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said additional precautions could be necessary.

Brian Bennett Passengers flying to the US from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have to arrive in one of five designated airports for additional screening.

Nazi dumping: US paid millions in social security pensions to expelled war crime suspects

Portrait: A photo of Jakob Denzinger is embedded in a tombstone in Croatia.

Millions of dollars in social security benefits have been paid to suspected Nazi war criminals forced to leave the United States.

US woman rescued after becoming trapped in chimney

Chimney rescue

US firefighters have rescued a woman from a chimney after she became stuck while allegedly breaking into the home of a man she met online.

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobane as US drops arms to defenders

An explosion rocks the Syrian city of Kobane during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State group on a People's Protection Unit (YPG) position.

Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobane, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders...

US drops weapons to Kurdish fighters in Kobane in battle against Islamic State

A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies above the Syrian town of Kobane on Saturday.

Arshad Mohammed Three US C-130 cargo aircraft have carried out multiple airdrops of arms and supplies to bolster the Kurd attack in Kobane.

Cruise ship forced to return to Texas, US passenger negative for Ebola

The Carnival cruise ship Carnival Magic is seen in port in Galveston, Texas, on October 19, 2014. It was forced to return to shore after fears a passenger, a lab worker, had contracted Ebola.

A cruise ship carrying a lab worker suspected of contact with Ebola has returned to Texas, as US media reported the woman had tested negative for the deadly disease.

Tasmanian devil dies after head crushed at US zoo

A Tasmanian devil, like this one,  was killed in a US zoo.

 Staff at Healesville Sanctuary are saddened and shocked to hear one of its Tasmanian devils has been killed at a US zoo, its skull crushed by a block of asphalt.

British PM David Cameron furious over surprise $3b EU bill

Alastair Macdonald British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise €2.1 billion ($3 billion) bill as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used.

Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli forces at West Bank protest

Wednesday: An Israeli police officer fires a tear gas canister during a confrontation with Palestinians in Issawiya.

The US State Department has called for a quick and transparent investigation.

WHO plans Ebola vaccine trials for Africa in December 2014

Deployment: An ambulance team in Liberia, where movement towards field tests is most advanced.

Ebola vaccine trials could start in West Africa in December, the World Health Organisation says.

Kurds reject Turkey's report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid Kobane

Humeyra Pamuk A senior Syrian Kurdish official has rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobane to help them push back...

Washington state high school on lockdown after shooting


Police have responded to reports of a shooting at a high school north of the US city of Seattle.

School district allows students to pose with guns

SCHOOL PORTRAIT: Dustin Langenberg of Bertrand, Nebraska, poses with a gun and a truck.

Michael Daly Rural US district inundated with calls after allowing seniors to "tastefully" tote guns in yearbook photos.

Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; Texas nurse is virus-free

Dedicated MD ... Dr Craig Spencer worked with Ebola patients in West Africa before testing positive for the virus himself.

Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo Authorities retraced the steps of an American doctor with Ebola, who was listed Friday in stable condition at a New York hospital's isolation unit, while seeking to reassure a jittery public that the...

'We did not start this': Putin accuses United States of damaging world order

Scathing of the US ... Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a 40-minute diatribe against the West during a speech in Sochi.

Alexei Anishchuk Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis...

Madeleine Albright puts Conan O’Brien in his place during Twitter fight

Helena Andrews The next time you decide to tweet a seasonal (and teeny bit sexiest) punchline at a former secretary of state, just … don't.

US, Russia vow intel-sharing on Islamic State

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, France.

Bradley Klapper The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to renew co-operation on a broad array of global security matters - including intelligence sharing on Islamic State militants.

Nina Pham identified as latest US Ebola patient

Nina Pham has been described by her friends as a compassionate nurse.

Eva-Marie Ayala A 26-year-old Dallas woman, who had extensive contact in hospital with a Liberian man who died, has been infected with the deadly virus.