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Best of the world: September 22, 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:21:17 GMT


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

Sea turtle populations bouncing back around the world

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:30:04 GMT


Scientists worry we're experiencing a sixth mass extinction, but sea turtles may be an exception, a new study says.

Terror in Indonesia: the threat posed by returning Islamic State fighters

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:53:08 GMT


Heru Kurnia hadn't seen the execution but saw a crowd gather at the clock tower in the Syrian city of Raqqa. What he saw next, he says, changed his life.

In dust of Mexico earthquake, rich and poor band together

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:04:05 GMT


"You can't do anything to stop it. You just do everything you can to help the people affected."

North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:37:04 GMT


At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, despite sanctions.

Man sets himself on fire outside NZ Parliament in Wellington

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:06:05 GMT


A man is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire outside New Zealand's Parliament in Wellington.

Spanish police raid Catalan government, arrest minister to halt referendum

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:12:05 GMT


Spanish police have arrested a Catalan junior minister while PM Rajoy tells Catalan leaders: "Don't go ahead" with a vote on independence.

New Zealand calls in navy to beat fuel shortage

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:39:09 GMT


A New Zealand navy vessel will ferry diesel fuel around the country as the government rushes to alleviate a days-long fuel shortage.

Earthquake with 5.7 magnitude strikes off Indonesia

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:10:02 GMT


An undersea earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude struck off the north coast of Java in Indonesia on Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

'Rogue newcomers to politics': Iranian president slams Trump after UN speech

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:16:05 GMT


Hassan Rouhani got a lot off his chest when he spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday

Morgan Freeman accuses Russia of declaring war on US

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:58:03 GMT


Footage of Mr Freeman's monologue sparked a media storm in Russia on Wednesday.

Kenya court says it nullified election over possible hacking

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:08:04 GMT


Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday said it had nullified last month's presidential election because the voting may have been hacked.

Amazon 'frequently bought together' tips may help users make bombs: report

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:49:03 GMT

(image) says it's reviewing its website after an investigation found that it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb.

The mystery of the illness at US embassy in Havana may spoil flowering diplomacy

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:27:07 GMT


It's the stuff of a diplomatic thriller, but its real – Washington is threatening to shutter the US embassy in Havana because diplomats are keeling over.

Trump-Russia: Robert Mueller seeks documents related to president's actions

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:32:04 GMT


The special counsel has asked the White House for documents about some of President Donald Trump's most scrutinised actions since taking office.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to kill eldest son if 'rumours' are true

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:55:03 GMT


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has ordered police to kill his eldest son if they can prove he is involved in smuggling or drug trafficking.

Mexico earthquake: 'Moles' search for survivors within rubble, students text for help

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:08:10 GMT


Rescue workers scrabbled through piles of rubble on Thursday morning in a harrowing search for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.

Three men arrested in Wales over London train bomb attack at Parsons Green

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:18:02 GMT


British police have arrested three men in south Wales in connection to last week's bombing of a busy commuter train in west London, meaning five people are now being questioned by detectives over the attack which injured 30 people.

The young nationalist helping to shape Trump's words and deeds

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 GMT


You might not have heard of Stephen Miller, but you have likely heard his words.

Australia-Indonesia free trade talks going round in circles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:04:02 GMT


The latest press conference on free trade deal negotiations between Australia and Indonesia felt a lot like Groundhog Day.

Chinese students question Australian education sending chills through industry

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:48:04 GMT


Beijing: The plight of a Chinese student whose parents sold their home to pay for an Australian university education but only found a job handing out product samples has sparked debate in China questioning the value of overseas education.

London's Tate Modern takes possession of iconic Australian art

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:07:10 GMT


Gordon Bennett's Possession Island is one of ten artworks jointly acquired by Tate and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Queensland woman killed in Bali scooter crash

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:54:02 GMT


A 27-year-old woman has been killed in Bali after falling off the back of a scooter.

Theresa May declines to rule out firing Boris Johnson over Brexit dispute

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:00:15 GMT


The British Prime Minister ducked the question when asked be her foreign secretary should be ousted for freelancing on Brexit.

Myanmar bars UN from investigating Rohingya atrocities in Rakhine

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:45:05 GMT


Myanmar has reiterated its ban despite Aung San Suu Kyi earlier declaring her country's readiness to be scrutinised.

Bystander narrowly escaped death as Russian helicopter fires rockets by accident

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:48:04 GMT


At least one bystander narrowly escaped death when a Russian military helicopter accidentally fired rockets into a parking lot.

Russia unveils huge monument to Kalashnikov, of AK-47 fame

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:12:07 GMT


Mikhail Kalashnikov looks into the distance, cradling one of his automatics in his arms "like a violin".

Full transcript of Donald Trump's speech to UN General Assembly

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:02:02 GMT


The full transcript of US President Donald Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly.

Donald Trump wheels jumble of contradictions onto world stage at UN

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:04 GMT


March into the United Nations, name-calling and threatening destruction, and the chances are there'll be push-back.

Malcolm Turnbull says North Korea will be 'wiped out' if regime attacks US

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:07:04 GMT


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed US President Donald Trump's fiery language on North Korea, saying "the whole country will be wiped out" and "many, many thousands of innocent people will die" if the regime attacks the United States or its allies.

Doubts over WikiLeaks' release of Russian surveillance system files

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:13:02 GMT


WikiLeaks has released documents that it claims offer details of how Moscow uses state surveillance to spy on Internet and mobile users.

Donald Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:30:04 GMT


US President Donald Trump is using money donated to his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe.

Islamic State propaganda: the five countries where it's most popular

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:26:04 GMT


Who looks at Islamist extremist content online?

Powerful Mexico earthquake kills scores on anniversary of 1985 quake

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:42:09 GMT


Hundreds of people are confirmed dead after a powerful earthquake hit central Mexico.

Trump says US may have to 'totally destroy' North Korea, mocks Kim Jong-un

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:01:02 GMT


President Donald Trump has said the United States will be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge.

Jakarta court orders Australia to go to mediation over jailed Indonesian juveniles

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:33:02 GMT


A Jakarta court has ordered the Australian government to enter mediation over a $103 million class action on behalf of 115 Indonesians who were jailed in adult prisons and detention centres while still juveniles.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi defends the indefensible

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:04:06 GMT


She defended the country's security forces which according to irrefutable evidence have committed atrocities against the Rohingya ethnic minority.

New Zealand's fuel shortage hits more flights and petrol stations

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:21:04 GMT


NZ's jet fuel shortage forced dozens flights to be cancelled on Tuesday, with concerns the fuel crisis may not be solved before Saturday's national election.

German elections: Angela Merkel finds support for refugee stance on final days of campaign

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:31:04 GMT


The forgiving attitude is a sign that Merkel's allies in Bavaria are lining up behind her just in time for Sunday's election.

Myanmar leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi fails to criticise army for violence against Rohingya

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:11:05 GMT


Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations on Tuesday and said anyone responsible for abuses in troubled Rakhine State would face the law.

Deadly Typhoon Talim lashes Japan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:04:04 GMT


At least two people were killed and three others were missing on Tuesday as Typhoon Talim ripped through Japan, local media reported.

China wrestles Panama's loyalty from Taiwan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:48:02 GMT


Panama has decided to ditch long-standing ties with self-ruled Taiwan and switch recognition to China, but its President says it had nothing to do with "chequebook diplomacy".

British paddler may be kidnap victim of Amazon pirates

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:05:03 GMT


A British adventurer who was canoeing alone in the Amazon may have been snatched by pirates, according to Brazilian police.

Drowned Melbourne woman was swimming between danger flags at Phuket beach

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:02:07 GMT


Police say Barbara Fistrovic was swimming between red flags which, in Thailand, indicate dangerous conditions.

Donald Trump adviser Paul Manafort was wiretapped under secret court orders: CNN

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:10:02 GMT


US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reported on Monday.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi urged to end violence against Rohingya Muslims

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:37:04 GMT


Australia, Britain, and France have urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims.

On United Nations' drift, Antonio Guterres beats Donald Trump to the punch

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:09:04 GMT


When it came Guterres' turn to speak, ahead of Tuesday's formal opening of the UN's annual General Assembly, he stole the US president's thunder.

The shameful embrace of Sean Spicer at the Emmys

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:57:05 GMT


Spicer's Emmy appearance was a ringing, stinging confirmation that fame truly is its own reward and celebrity really does trump everything.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis hints at military options on North Korea

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:30:04 GMT


Mattis hinted about military options to address the crisis in North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack.

Overseas property buyers: London struggles with 'ghost mansions' and 'zombie flats'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:17:05 GMT


London Mayor Sadiq Khan vowed to tax the empty apartments popping up all over the city.

I'm not a traitor: Chelsea Manning denies betraying the US

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:52:05 GMT


The question has dogged Chelsea Manning ever since she walked out of prison four months ago.

Extinction: a threat facing many creatures great and small, new research shows

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:00:00 GMT


Environmentalists and policymakers trying to avert the world's growing extinction crisis need to lower their sights from not trying to save the largest, often "charismatic" threatened species such as elephants and tigers, but also many of the smallest ones, a new research paper finds.

Trump lawyers spill beans after terrible choice of restaurant - next door to the New York Times

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:15:02 GMT


It is every Washington reporter's dream to sit down at a restaurant, overhear secret stuff, and get a scoop. It rarely happens.

'Make the United Nations great - not again': Donald Trump makes his first address to UN

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:40:07 GMT


President Donald Trump has opened his first visit to the United Nations since taking office with a speech saying the 72-year-old institution has become too bureaucratic and ineffective, and needs to reorient its approach.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall as a Category 5 hurricane following in Irma's path

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:08:09 GMT


Hurricane Maria has strengthened to a category 5 storm and is now 25 kilometres east-south-east of the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Fake news about communism in Indonesia blamed for triggering riot in Jakarta

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:48:05 GMT


Fake news about Indonesia's omnipresent bogeyman - communism - has been blamed for riots in Central Jakarta.

MPs demand Boris Johnson's head for stoking Brexit fires

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:03:06 GMT


UK lawmakers called for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be fired after he threw himself back into the Brexit debate

Sign language interpreter warned of 'pizza' and 'bear monster' at Irma briefing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:50:02 GMT


Marshall Greene immediately drew ire on social media as commenters expressed their disbelief.

Myanmar's military chief feted as Aung San Suu Kyi wears blame for Rohingya crisis

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:46:07 GMT


While Aung San Suu Kyi has been widely condemned for failing to stop the slaughter of Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar's military commander has been feted during official trips to Europe.

Tall tale but true: rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:35:03 GMT


A villager in Kenya was herding animals recently when he came upon a head-turning sight. A ghostly creature with a mighty long neck was grazing off in the distance.

St Louis protest of police acquittal turns violent

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:55:07 GMT


Hundreds of protesters gathered for the third night in a row in the Missouri city of almost 320,000 people.

US and Iran accuse each other of backpedalling on nuclear deal

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:25:05 GMT


Iran and the United States tore into each other's behaviour regarding the 2015 nuclear deal as America's top diplomat and Iran's supreme leader traded accusations of backsliding on agreed-to commitments.

Tillerson says US may close Cuba embassy over 'sonic' health attacks

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:51:04 GMT


Washington: The Trump administration is considering closing the recently reopened US Embassy in Havana after 21 Americans associated with the embassy experienced a host of unexplained health problems.

Donald Trump's retweets of outlandish memes a signal to his base

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:47:02 GMT


For Trump, these retweets probably equal an endorsement but the White House isn't saying, and it doesn't really matter.

Four US uni students suffer acid attack in France

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:35:02 GMT


Four American tourists were attacked with acid at a train station in the city of Marseille.

It may be time to hit Google and Facebook where it hurts

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:25:06 GMT


One theory about why today's dominant internet giants have struggled to get a grip on unsavoury parts of their networks, such as terrorist material, fake news and explicit pictures, is that it is simply not in their interest.

Donald Trump mocks Kim Jong-un as 'Rocket Man'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:29:04 GMT


US President Donald Trump has mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea as "Rocket Man".

Clashes in eastern Ethiopia kill 50, displace 50,000: officials

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:53:02 GMT


Clashes along the border of Ethiopia's Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday.

This is the week that Trump's 'fake news' attack lost its power

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:37:07 GMT


Given a choice of whom to believe, reliably pro-Trump commentators chose the media, Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi over the president.

Marawi priest, Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, rescued after fierce battle

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:10:04 GMT


A Catholic priest held hostage for almost four months in the besieged southern city of Marawi has been rescued hours after a deadly battle between Philippine soldiers and Islamic State-allied militants.

Security alert on a British Airways plane in Paris a false alarm

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:01:10 GMT


Security alert on a British Airways plane in Paris was a false alarm, police say.

Aid group warns of death among Rohingya in Bangladesh

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:43:08 GMT


Calls for humanitarian response to be scaled up amid fears that Rohingya refugees could die due to a lack of resources in Bangladesh.

Palestinian leader seeks two-state solution support from Trump

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:24:02 GMT


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will try to persuade US President Donald Trump when they meet next week to endorse a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and get more assertive about bringing both sides to the peace table, his envoy to Washington said.

St Louis acquittal protest turns violent

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:07:06 GMT


Clashes between demonstrators and riot-clad police mar protest rallies in St Louis with U2 and Ed Sheeran cancelling concerts due to security concerns.

Second man arrested in London over Parsons Green attack

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:19:05 GMT


London's Metropolitan police have arrested a second man over the London train attack on Friday. 

Hamas says it will hand over Gaza to Mahmoud Abbas consensus government

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:09:02 GMT


The Hamas movement has announced that it is ready to hand over the Gaza Strip to the consensus government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to accuse Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:11:06 GMT


Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled a visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week where Bangladesh says it will accuse her country's security forces of ethnic cleansing and call for international intervention in the Rohingya crisis.

California passes landmark 'sanctuary state' bill to expand protections for immigrants

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 02:10:05 GMT


California lawmakers on Saturday passed a "sanctuary state" bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the US, part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.

Location scout for Netflix show Narcos shot dead in Mexico

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:30:02 GMT


Mexican location scout Carlos Munoz Portal has been shot to death in a violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix's hit show Narcos.

Aung San Suu Kyi has one day to save her reputation

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:11:05 GMT


Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace has been dramatic - but has it been deserved?

Questions surround woman found dead in luxury hotel freezer

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:44:02 GMT


Police have released hotel surveillance video showing Kenneka Jenkins's last known footsteps through a Crowne Plaza outside Chicago last weekend, when the teen staggered in the early morning hours through empty halls and a deserted kitchen - toward the freezer she would be found dead inside nearly 24 hours later.

Hurricane Jose to lurk off US east coast, as storm Maria forms

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:16:03 GMT


Hurricane Jose is expected to pass east of the North Carolina coast on Monday and remain off the US East Coast.

Seven arrested after deadly school fire in Kuala Lumpur

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:10:02 GMT


Seven boys have been arrested in connection with a deadly fire that killed 23 people in the sleeping quarters of an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur, police chief Amar Singh confirmed.

Violent protests in St Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 04:28:03 GMT


Hundreds of protesters marched through St Louis near nightfall Saturday, as the city's Mayor Lyda Krewson appealed to residents for calm and normalcy going into the second night of protests following Friday's acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black suspect.

'This wasn't a political campaign': Ireland's same-sex marriage vote, and ours

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:15:17 GMT


Just two years ago, senator Jerry Buttimer was his party's only openly gay MP. He hopes that Australians "will have the generosity that we had".

UK police raid property in London train bomb investigation

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:42:09 GMT


Police have raided a property outside London in the hunt for the Parsons Green Tube bomber.

Teen arrested over London Underground blast

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:15:05 GMT


Police detained the 18-year-old man in the port area of Dover on Saturday morning.

Two arrested in connection to London train bomb

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:51:06 GMT


London awoke on Saturday to warnings that the attacker who planted a nail bomb on a rush-hour underground train was still at large, and may strike again.

Australian tourism may suffer from Chinese investment restrictions

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:54:06 GMT


A Chinese government ban on "irrational" overseas investment could hit Australia's tourism and hotel sector, Treasurer Scott Morrison said.

Vegan hip-hop dadaist? German voters have options

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:39:04 GMT


Want to shrink the German economy? Hold an independence referendum in Bavaria? Give break-dancing a boost? Germans can't complain about a lack of options in next week's national election.

Australian expats shaken by latest London terror attack

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:36:07 GMT


Australian expats in London have been left horrifed by the most recent terrorist attack to strike the city

Iceland government collapses after paedophile scandal

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:26:05 GMT


Iceland will face its second snap election in about a year after the government collapsed over a scandal involving a letter by the Prime Minister's father.

Greek oil spill spreads to Athens Riviera

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:45:04 GMT


Greek authorities have insisted they are doing everything they can to clean up pollution following the sinking of an oil tanker.

Donald Trump to 'slap' foes, embrace friends in first UN speech

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 02:10:02 GMT


Donald Trump will pummel foes and embrace friends, according to Nikki Haley

North Korea crisis: Kim Jong-un wants military 'equilibrium' with US

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:44:05 GMT


"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option."

The country where the pursuit of happiness is a national, economic goal

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:20:06 GMT


Given levels of dissatisfaction with the performance of politicians in western democracies, what can we learn from a country that assesses its government policies based on the happiness of its people?

'Why Parsons Green?' Family suburb ponders London's latest terror target

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:06:02 GMT


It's a sad truth that Londoners have become used to terror attacks, and they expect them on the Tube.

Denied the crown of British politics, George Osborne happy to wield the knife

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:15:00 GMT


George Osborne says there is an explanation for the power vacuum in British politics.

Photos of the week: September 16, 2017

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:01:55 GMT


A week in photos from award-winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.

Canberra records Cassini's last signal as 13-year Saturn mission ends

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:18:06 GMT


NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on Friday, ending its groundbreaking 13-year Saturn mission.