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On Mars surface, NASA satellite spots remains of ESA's Schiaparelli lander

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:56:31 GMT


A NASA satellite in orbit around Mars appears to have spotted the remains of a European probe that crash-landed on the Red Planet on Wednesday.

Massive disruptions hit PayPal, Twitter, spread from US to Europe, Asia

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:58:05 GMT


People in many parts of the US as well as some areas in Europe and Asia are having difficulty accessing sites that rely on Dyn's Domain Name System service.

Turkey, Iraq agree cooperation deal as battle for Mosul intensifies

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:39:10 GMT


Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State

US sends a warship to flex its muscles in the South China Sea

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:19:03 GMT


A US navy warship sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation.

Man arrested under terror laws after package found on London tube train

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:56:04 GMT


British police said on Friday they had arrested a teenager under terrorism laws following the discovery of a "suspicious item" on a London underground train.

Why the US media turned on Donald Trump, according to CNN anchor Hala Gorani

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


Did the US media really turn on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump midway through the election campaign?

Russia makes show of naval strength in the English Channel in the way to Syria

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:45:52 GMT


Russia's show of naval strength in the English Channel may have backfired, with black smoke belching from the country's recently-refitted aircraft carrier hinting at engine troubles, a military analyst says.

Islamic State retaliates as Iraq forces push on Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:09:04 GMT


Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul.

World of Photos: October 22, 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:40:48 GMT


The best photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by Fairfax picture editors

Thai junta fines former PM Yingluck, orders assets seized over failed rice scheme

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:47:14 GMT


Thailand's ousted PM says the junta has fined her $1.3 billion over a rice subsidy scheme critics say haemorrhaged billions of dollars.

Britain will posthumously pardon thousands of gay men once considered criminals

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:48:02 GMT


Decades after homosexuality was decriminalised in Britain, the government announced that it would posthumously pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of having or seeking gay sex.

'Three of us against the world': Duterte announces 'separation' from the US

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:37:36 GMT


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte insulted and mocked Americans during a strongly anti-US speech in China's Great Hall of the People. 

Bring them back alive: Jakarta offers bounty to citizens who catch rats

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:59:05 GMT


The infamous Jakarta rat now has a hefty price on its head, as the city outsources its vermin eradication program to the populace.

Deadly typhoon Haima displaces thousands in the Philippines

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:44:26 GMT


The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has killed at least eight people with more than 90,000 evacuated.

Postcard from Budapest's Memento Park, where Communist statues are exiled

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:45:03 GMT


Janos Boris was 12 when he witnessed the 12 days of Hungarian revolt and Hungarian Communist-Soviet reprisals that were both exciting and frightening for a boy his age.

BHP-Vale Samarco dam: 21 employees, including Australian, charged over deaths

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:27:27 GMT


An Australian is among 22 people charged by Brazilian prosecutors over their roles in the collapse of a tailings dam at the Samarco that killed 19 people.

Australian coach kidnapped in Yemen appears in video

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:49:11 GMT


A soccer coach kidnapped in Yemen has appeared in a video recording saying his captors demand the Australian government pay a ransom for his release

European council president Donald Tusk gloomy on new free trade agreements

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:54:41 GMT


The call is a big blow to Australia, which is about to start trying to negotiate a free trade agreement.

On Syrian border, rebel focus on Aleppo not shared by Turkish backers

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:48:09 GMT


The young rebels who drove Islamic State back with Turkish help may find their backers aren't so keen on their next objective.

'It's time to say goodbye': Rodrigo Duterte dismisses US to embrace China

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:19:05 GMT


The president of the Philippines dismisses the South China Sea ruling in his country's favour, in a move sure to delight his hosts in Beijing.

Berlin talks: Germany and France tell Vladimir Putin short Aleppo ceasefire is not enough

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:56:21 GMT


'We agree that terrorism must be combated, but not at the price that 300,000 people there must lose their lives', Angela Merkel said.

Daily World Dispatch - The third US debate, the third day of the battle for Mosul

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:08:48 GMT


The third and final US Presidential debate is underway.

Typhoon Haima smashes into Philippines

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:36:02 GMT


Philippine forecasters say a super typhoon has slammed into the country's northeastern coast amid fears it may bring widespread damage similar to that wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

'Decorum cops' remove mural of Pope as graffiti-artist

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:56:26 GMT


A larger-than-life mural showing Pope Francis as a sneaky graffiti artist painting peace signs on a wall near the Vatican has been taken down by Rome's "decorum cops" just hours after it went up.

A record high: 60 per cent of Americans back legal pot

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:37:13 GMT


The majority of American adults support the legalisation of marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll.

Road to Mosul: Abandoned villages rigged with tunnels and bombs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:48:06 GMT


Some civilians from Mosul area fleeing towards Syria

Brexit beer: UK is counting on Australia's love of beer to boost trade

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:47:50 GMT


The British government is planning an ad blitz for beer and cider to whet our appetites.

Best of the world - October 20, 2016

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:18:02 GMT


The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.

Police van drives into anti-American protesters at US embassy in Manila

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:27:05 GMT


Anti-American protests turned violent in Manila on Wednesday as a Philippine police van rammed into protesters, injuring about 10.

Germany shootings: Four police officers shot by 'far-right extremist'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:29:04 GMT


Four police officers have been injured, some seriously, after they were shot in a raid on a home in southern Germany.

Details of Chinese high rollers now in the hands of China's mainland authorities

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:56:57 GMT


Communications documenting the movement of millions of dollars offshore by Chinese high rollers are now in the hands of mainland authorities following the police seizure of computers, laptops and mobile phones belonging to Crown Resorts' 18 detained employees.

Australian rugby player paedophile a meth addict, US court hears

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:55:56 GMT


Melbourne rugby player Michael Quinn's methamphetamine addiction was no excuse for deciding he would try to rape a six-year-old boy at what he thought was a Los Angeles sex party organised by paedophiles, prosecutors have told a US judge.

Chinese astronauts enter space station

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:47:55 GMT


Chinese astronauts have entered the country's orbiting space station for a month-long stay as part of China's sixth and longest crewed mission.

South China Sea dispute: China may give Filipino fishermen access to Scarborough

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:09:18 GMT


China will consider giving Filipino fishermen conditional access to disputed waters in the South China Sea after their presidents meet.

Thai police say they have foiled Bangkok bomb plot

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:07:37 GMT


Thai authorities say they have uncovered a plot to explode bombs in the Thai capital as millions mourn the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Daily world dispatch - Clinton rising, inside Mosul, Koran trouble in Jakarta

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:08:53 GMT


Ecuador says it doesn't want Julian Assange meddling in the US election. Thanks to Donald Trump, the point may be moot.

Hitler building in Austria may be remodelled, not torn down

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:15:05 GMT


The building where Adolf Hitler was born may be spared demolition, but emerge heavily disguised.

Battle for Mosul: Retaken towns show Islamic State driven underground, living like rabbits

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:46:27 GMT


The farming village of Badana, east of Mosul, was turned into a bunker during more than two years of Islamic State rule.

Your face can determine your future, so what's wrong with 'Resting Hillary Face'?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:05:11 GMT


Perhaps there's a kernel of truth in the idea that someone's face can shape their destiny.

Saudi Arabia executes Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir for murder: official media

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:46:28 GMT


A Saudi prince was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi.

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi faces more lashes: supporters

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:22:07 GMT


Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose public flogging in the kingdom in 2015 generated global outcry, now risks a new round of lashes, a co-founder of a Canadian foundation advocating for his release said on Tuesday.

Accused Australian paedophile Robert Ellis says he doesn't deserve jail

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:17:50 GMT


Accused Australian paedophile Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis has insisted he does not deserve jail for allegedly molesting Balinese children, saying "it was not a serious thing" and he "paid them generously".

Jakarta governor Ahok investigated over alleged Islam insult as elections loom

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:17:18 GMT


Maverick Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, as he is known, has never had a filter.

Malaysia on alert as Mosul offensive stokes fears of militants' homecoming

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:56:13 GMT


Malaysia has stepped up security at its borders in case militants try to flee the Iraqi government's Mosul offensive.

Would-be leader of UKIP quits, saying party in a 'death spiral'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:07:42 GMT


He was once favourite to lead the UK Independence Party. Now he has quit, declaring UKIP is on its deathbed.

'Historical mistreatment': US chief of police chiefs apologises for treatment of racial minorities

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:46:08 GMT


The head of the largest American police organisation formally has apologised for the "historical mistreatment" of racial minorities by police.

Daily World Dispatch - The Battle for Mosul and for eyeballs

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:14:50 GMT


We're verging on a new stage in our experience of war, where it is almost a live spectacle.

Battle for Mosul has barely begun but the civilian death toll is already rising

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:08:44 GMT


Aid groups expect more than 200,000 people to flee Mosul in the early stages of the battle.

Decision made: Hitler's birth house will be demolished

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:54:08 GMT


A decision has been made on the house where Adolf Hitler was born.

Pro-Russia media-savvy militant Arsen 'Motorola' Pavlov killed

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:25:27 GMT


Arsen Pavlov first became known for strapping a GoPro camera to his helmet and then passing the footage to pro-Kremlin media outlets.

Bank's decision to cut RT's funding a shock to network and to free speech

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:47:14 GMT


Imagine if the reverse had happened, if a Western media organisation had its bank accounts suspended, without explanation, in Russia, by a bank part-owned by the government.

Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT loses its British banking services

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:35:33 GMT


State-funded Russian broadcaster RT complained on Monday that NatWest had withdrawn its banking services in Britain without explanation, questioning how the move squared with the right to freedom of speech.

Wikileaks boss Julian Assange claims internet connection cut 'by state party'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:07:12 GMT


Julian Assange claims his internet connection was intentionally cut "by a state party", at the end of a weekend in which he was visited by Pamela Anderson and published a series of cryptic, coded tweets.

Cops find performance enhancing drugs, knuckledusters and tasers sent from China

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:49:02 GMT


A 37-year-old Kenwick man will be charged with multiple counts of importation and possession of performance and image enhancing drugs.

Sara Connor tells prosecutors she is innocent ahead of Kerobokan jail transfer

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:24:31 GMT


A "nervous" Sara Connor told prosecutors she was innocent before being transferred to Bali's infamous Kerobokan jail.

'It will be a bloodbath': Inside the Kansas militia plot to ignite a religious war

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:46:36 GMT


The "Crusaders" knew they wanted to kill Muslims - and, with luck, to use the "bloodbath" to ignite a religious war - but for months they couldn't settle on a plan.

Sign warning of Bali bridge danger erected days before collapse killed eight

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:25:43 GMT


A sign warning cables had snapped on the rickety suspension bridge was erected four days before it collapsed on Sunday night.

Truck falls from sky crushing four at US motorcycle festival

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:57:20 GMT


Four people attending a motorcycle festival were crushed to death and nine were injured after a pick-up truck plummeted 18 metres from a bridge in San Diego, California.

Daily world dispatch

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:02:22 GMT


Over at Team Trump, it seems as if something is coming to an end. But elsewhere, uncertain times are just beginning.

Iraqi forces move in to attack Mosul, country's last stronghold of Islamic State

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:25:02 GMT


Tension high in Iraq's second-largest city as government gives orders for assault to retake it from the forces of Islamic State.

Rise of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman shatters decades of royal tradition

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:10:37 GMT


He has slashed the state budget and frozen government contracts as his father's kingdom is buffeted by low oil prices. But then he saw a yacht.

Apocalypse? No. Syrian rebels seize Dabiq, Islamic State's 'doomsday' town

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:07:48 GMT


Islamic State had earlier promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West in the town.

Lift off! China sends two astronauts to space station

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:17:18 GMT


China plans to launch two astronauts into space on Monday morning, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay shot dead

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:07:50 GMT


Authorities say the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay has been fatally shot in Kentucky.

Bridge collapse kills at least eight people off the coast of Bali

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:09:17 GMT


An iconic yellow suspension bridge linking two islands off the coast of Bali has collapsed killing eight people and injuring 42 others.

Typhoon Sarika causes death and destruction in Philippines, Vietnam

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:49:04 GMT


Typhoon Sarika made landfall in eastern Philippines on Sunday after leaving at least two people dead a day earlier, thousands of villagers displaced and hundreds of planes grounded.

Priests, martyrs and mystic nun proclaimed new Catholic saints

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:58:08 GMT


Pope Francis declared two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun saints of the Catholic church on Sunday, saying they all had a "generous and steadfast heart".

Syrian rebels seize village Dabiq where Islamic State promised final battle

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:06:24 GMT


Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.

US warship targeted in failed missile attack from Yemen

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:12:05 GMT


The latest attack could provoke further retaliation by the US military, which launched cruise missiles on Thursday against three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen.

Coronation of Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn delayed more than a year

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:53:06 GMT


The coronation of Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be delayed more than a year as Thais mourn the death of their long-reigning king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Chilli challenge burns 2.5cm hole in man’s oesophagus

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:49:02 GMT


An American man took on one of the world's hottest chillis, the notorious ghost pepper, in a recent eating competition but the outcome was far from a win.

Two dozen killed in stampede in India

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:07:05 GMT


At least 24 people were killed and 20 others injured in a stampede in northern India as people tried to cross a crowded bridge to reach the venue of a Hindu religious ceremony.

Saudi-led coalition admits error in Yemen funeral attack

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:24:11 GMT


The statement was a rare acknowledgment by the Saudi-led coalition that it had struck a civilian site.

Failed North Korean missile test detected

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:59:02 GMT


The US military has detected a failed North Korean test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile near the northwestern city of Kusong, the Pentagon says.

Air passengers caught with Samsung Note 7 phones face fines

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:08:09 GMT


Airline passengers who try to carry SamsungNote 7 smartphones on flights will have them confiscated and may face fines under an emergency US order.

Syrian bomb suspect spoke to IS contact about attack plans, reports

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:26:08 GMT


A Syrian refugee arrested on suspicion of planning a major attack in Berlin spoke to a member of Islamic State in Syria by telephone about a possible target a day before police discovered explosives in his apartment, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Floods kill 11 people in central Vietnam, storm worsening

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:19:02 GMT


Floods in Vietnam's four central provinces have killed at least 11 people and displaced thousands, with a storm in the South China Sea approaching the central coast.

China turns off tourism tap in Taiwan

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


As China grows more powerful, Beijing expects Taiwan will have no choice but to return to the motherland. But the Taiwanese have other ideas.

Pushing the boundaries, one stroke at a time

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:42:07 GMT


It's dawn on the English Channel and Chloe McCardel is swimming along a glittering, swelling path towards the sun, and a new Australian record.

Britain pays compensation to victims of sex attacks by Libyan cadets

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:45:00 GMT


Britain has paid compensation to two people who suffered sex attacks by Libyan cadets who were being trained at a British army barracks in 2014.

'Half a degree avoided': Breakthrough in talks to limit global warming

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:24:13 GMT


Nearly 200 nations hammered out a legally binding deal to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners

Thailand looks to likely future king Maha Vajiralongkorn with apprehension

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:25:03 GMT


Maha Vajiralongkorn’s lavish European lifestyle and tastes for aeroplanes, fast cars, women and the high life have caused anxiety about the likely future king of Thailand.

Crown Resorts employees detained in China

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:13:07 GMT


Several employees from casino giant Crown are believed to have been arrested and detained in China by local authorities.

Thailand names a temporary regent while nation mourns

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:09:05 GMT


A 96-year-old retired military officer and former prime minister has been named Thailand's temporary Regent.

Islamic State crushes rebellion plot in Mosul as Iraqi army closes in

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:32:05 GMT


Group executes dozens suspected of taking part in plot organised by commander who switched sides.

How Zimbabwe made the Zimbabwean flag illegal

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 02:52:06 GMT


Zimbabwe's flag has become a symbol of protest since pastor Evan Mawarire accidentally founded the #ThisFlag movement.

Alberto Cairo, the man who has helped 100,000 people walk again

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


It is unclear what physiotherapist and humanitarian Alberto Cairo expected when, as a young man, he began working for a fancy Italian law firm.

Joy as families of 21 Chibok girls wait to be reunited after Boko Haram release

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:20:31 GMT


Relatives of one of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls freed by Islamist militant group Boko Haram after two-and-a-half years in captivity in north-east Nigeria said on Friday they could not wait to be reunited.

Public grief as the body of Thailand's King Bhumibol is taken to the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:16:58 GMT


A royal convoy has carried the body of Thailand's King Bhumibol past thousands of weeping Thais to his riverside Grand Palace in Bangkok.

France scraps involuntary sterilisation for transgender people

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:07:55 GMT


Rights activists are celebrating a major victory in France after the country passed legislation allowing transgender people to legally change their gender without undergoing sterilisation.

Hurricane Nicole hits Bermuda; Carolinas to see high surf

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:07:48 GMT


Howling winds, pounding surf and drenching rain slammed Bermuda on Thursday.

Virtual reality tells Indigenous story in London as bones set to return to Australia

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:18:08 GMT


As old, stolen bodies return to Australia, Britain is being repaid in virtual reality.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in sights of the International Criminal Court

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:08:26 GMT


The International Criminal Court has bluntly warned Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte that he could face prosecution over extrajudicial killings.

Australians told to behave in Thailand after death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:08:13 GMT


Australians have been told to "dress and behave" appropriately in Thailand and to expect disruptions at entertainment and tourist venues after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Postcard from Beijing where the odds are for a loss each time

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:08:25 GMT


It has been a perennial paradox, a despondent exercise in national soul-searching for long-suffering Chinese soccer fans.

Gorilla escapes from London Zoo enclosure

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:03:06 GMT


A potentially dangerous incident involving an escaped gorilla has ``concluded'' at the London Zoo, police say.

Can Theresa May trigger Brexit without an act of parliament? Case launched to find out

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:15:59 GMT


Legal experts say it is one of the most significant – and consequential – tests of Britain's constitution in decades.

United Nations appoints Portugal's Antonio Guterres as next UN Secretary-General

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:12:14 GMT


Mr Guterres, 67, will replace Ban Ki-moon, 72, of South Korea, who will step down at the end of 2016 after serving two terms.

Boko Haram frees 21 kidnapped Chibok girls, says Nigerian government

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:38:02 GMT


Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok by the jihadist group in 2014.

Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize in literature

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:57:08 GMT


Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," the Swedish Academy said on Thursday in awarding the 8 million Swedish crown prize.