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Domino's customer orders chicken wings, gets $6500 in cash

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:07:58 GMT


A Domino's customer was left stunned when, instead of her order, she received a box of cash.

'Worse than a slaughterhouse': Russian-backed warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:32:06 GMT


Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault the UN said had made the city worse than a slaughterhouse.

9/11 legislation: Barack Obama overruled by US Congress and Senate, families can sue Saudi Arabia

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:27:59 GMT


In remarkable votes in the Senate and the House – 97-1 and 348-77 respectively – on Wednesday, Obama's veto was overridden.

Townville shooting: Teenager killed father before opening fire at South Carolina primary school

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:54:04 GMT


A teenager allegedly shot and wounded two children and a teacher at an elementary school in South Carolina

How it happened: Flight MH17, the weapon, the launch and the aftermath

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:24:21 GMT


In July 2014, a Buk ground-to-air launcher, armed with four missiles and sat on a low trailer, crossed the Russian border into eastern Ukraine.

Two hospitals bombed in rebel-held Aleppo amid government assault

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:04:57 GMT


The closure of the hospitals will deepen the already profound misery of those being injured in the bombardments.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down from pro-Russian rebel controlled territory, investigation finds

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:55:17 GMT


Flight MH17 was shot down from pro-Russian rebel controlled territory, with a missile that had recently been transported from Russia, a criminal investigation has found.

At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants: EU says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:08:09 GMT


Cybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday.

'Peace is not perfect': Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres' words of wisdom

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:55:03 GMT


Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres' political career spanned six decades and included working with no fewer than 10 American presidents.

Daily World Dispatch - Shimon Peres, MI5 and US elections

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:18:08 GMT


Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has passed away at age 93.

Labour party conference 2016: a long road to regaining voter trust

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:58:08 GMT


The Labour party needs to better understand where the UK public are on key issues.

She should've been his spy partner, but sexism locked out MI5's Mrs Garbo

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:07:07 GMT


One of history's greatest double agents, code-name Garbo, played out a convoluted, cold-blooded game of deception against his own wife.

Elves cop blame for mudslides and flooding in Iceland

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:57:04 GMT


Icelandic elves are thought to be "the Icelanders' version of karma".

Shimon Peres, former Israeli president, dies

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:19:04 GMT


Close relatives of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres have rushed to his hospital bedside amid media reports that his condition had deteriorated and he was close to death.

World first baby born with DNA from three parents

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:07:17 GMT


Experts praise world-first event but ethical questions remain.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has prisons overflowing

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:08:08 GMT


Surely there can be few places as miserable as the jail in metropolitan Manila's most populous city as president Rodrigo Duterte wages his deadly war on drugs across the Philippines.

Cyanide coffee murder: Alleged killer Jessica Wongso had Australian restraining order, court told

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:29:02 GMT


A NSW police officer has testified at the trial of Australian resident Jessica Wongso.

Belgian spies urge 'extreme caution' on China citing Australia's Ausgrid decision

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:58:03 GMT


A top-secret memo sensationally leaked by a Belgian energy minister cites Australia's decision to block China from buying into the NSW power grid.

Typhoon Megi hits Taiwan, injuring dozens

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:27:33 GMT


Strong wind and rain lashed Taiwan on Tuesday as the third typhoon to hit the island this month made landfall, injuring more than 30 people, ripping signs off buildings and knocking down trees.

92% of the world live with dangerous pollution: World Health Organisation

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:18:02 GMT


The World Health Organisation says 92 per cent of the world's population live in places where the pollution levels exceeded WHO limits.

ICC convicts Malian rebel over Timbuktu tomb attacks

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:24:05 GMT


An international court has found a Muslim radical guilty of committing a war crime by overseeing the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu.

Khamenei tells Ahmadinejad: 'It's not in the country's best interests' that he be Iran's next president

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:37:01 GMT


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei advised former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to seek a return to the post in next year's election.

Daily World Dispatch - debates, war and peace

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:56:50 GMT


You may be forgiven for thinking there is only one story on today, dear reader.

Colombia and FARC Marxist rebels sign accord ending 52-year war

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:17:31 GMT


Now FARC fighters must hand over their weapons to the United Nations within 180 days, before the guerrilla movement becomes a political party.

Chen Guangbiao, China's self-proclaimed 'most influential person', accused of fake charity donations

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:28:05 GMT


His business card says it all. But the man sold canned air and once tried to buy the New York Times has been accused of faking charity donations.

Charleston church massacre: Dylann Roof jury selection underway in federal death penalty case

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:06:07 GMT


The first of some 3000 potential jurors in the Dylan Roof death penalty trial began reporting Monday to the courthouse in downtown Charleston.

War in Syria: Russia angered by war crimes suggestion, while Aleppo runs out of doctors to treat the injured

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:15:35 GMT


Russia has reacted angrily to "unacceptable" British and American suggestions that it is committing war crimes in Syria's bloody civil conflict.

Houston shooting: Nine people injured and gunman shot dead

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:17:13 GMT


A Houston lawyer whose business was struggling opened fire on morning commuters on Monday.

Migrant crisis: French President Hollande confirms Calais 'Jungle' camp to close

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:07:31 GMT


President Francois Hollande says France will completely shut down "the Jungle" migrant camp in Calais.

89-year-old vendor has no plans for GoFundMe windfall, just glad to retire

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:14:03 GMT


While some people fantasise about what they'd do if they ever won the lottery, Fidencio Sanchez hasn't given it much thought.

Greeks lash out over plan to let migrant children attend school

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:36:21 GMT


A Greek government plan to let migrant children attend school has drawn intense opposition.

Suspect in Washington mall shooting described as 'socially awkward' in high school

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:28:06 GMT


The 20-year-old Oak Harbor man being held on suspicion of shooting five people to death at the Cascade Mall was socially awkward and troubled in high school.

Sara Connor's boyfriend apologises to family of dead Bali police officer

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:47:05 GMT


The boyfriend of Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has "come up with the courage" to apologise to the family of a police officer found dead on Kuta beach.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton set for an extraordinary clash in first debate

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:32:02 GMT


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are spoiling for an extraordinary clash over race and gender.

Identical twin Karl confesses to murder that put his brother Kevin behind bars

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:29:05 GMT


The Washington Post

Young Prince George shuns high-five, low-five from Canada's Trudeau

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:16:25 GMT


Blame it on jet lag or maybe a precocious knowledge that his great-grandmother is Canada's head of state but Britain's 3-year-old Prince George just wasn't going to be charmed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

China's FAST telescope begins hunt for scientific glory, and aliens

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:27:54 GMT


World's largest single-dish radio telescope, in a majestic but impoverished part of china, looks deep into the universe.

Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar facing charge of 'insulting Islam' shot dead by assassin

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:49:05 GMT


Deborah Acosta contributed reporting.

Duterte's drug crackdown hits home as man shot dead in front of his pregnant wife, family

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:38:13 GMT


Manila woman says police assassinated her husband in case of mistaken identity.

African elephant population tumbles but some countries want to lift the ivory ban

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:45:28 GMT


* Ivory poaching seen as main cause of decline

UK accuses Russia of 'war crimes' as UN envoy says ending Syria war 'almost impossible'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:57:04 GMT


UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria, as the UK joined four other world powers in warning that patience with Moscow is wearing thin.

Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar shot dead outside court before trial over cartoon

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:07:30 GMT


A gunman has shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, witnesses and state media said.

MH370 wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson says he won't give up the search

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:18:04 GMT


Amateur sleuth Blaine Gibson was the first person to find any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Washington state mall shooting suspect Arcan Cetin 'zombie-like' when arrested

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:54:42 GMT


The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like'' when he was arrested nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, police say.

Philippines to host US war games after hardman Rodrigo Duterte softens stance

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:36:15 GMT


Amid confusing signals from the Philippines president, US announces wargames in the South-East Asian nation.

Suspect Arcan Cetin in custody in Washington state Cascade Mall killings: police

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:38:44 GMT


A manhunt is under way for a gunman who the police say fatally shot five people at a mall north of Seattle on Friday night.

Syrian government troops advance in Aleppo ahead of UN Security Council emergency meeting

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:36:27 GMT


Syrian troops tighten their siege on Aleppo in what residents say is the heaviest air bombardment of the five-year civil war.

Charlotte police release video of deadly shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:17:08 GMT


The Washington Post

Pippa Middleton's iCloud hacked, 3000 photos stolen

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:37:01 GMT


The iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, has allegedly been hacked and 3000 photographs stolen.

New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:06:49 GMT


The New York Times endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for the White House on Saturday, saying she was more qualified than Republican presidential rival Donald Trump to handle the challenges facing the United States.

Aussie entrepreneurs' biotech company gets demolished in China by local mayor dubbed 'Demolition Geng'

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:15:14 GMT


It seemed an unbeatable investment: a biomedical company in a rustbelt province in China where the government was backing high-tech enterprises enthusiastically.

Jeremy Corbyn re-elected as leader of Britain's Labour Party

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:56:55 GMT


Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party on Saturday, ending a "coup" attempt by more moderate lawmakers.

Canberrans pay tribute to shot art gallery owner Kevin Reid

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:16:38 GMT


Relatives and friends have described Canberra born and raised man Kevin Reid, who was shot dead by masked robbers in the United States, as a kind-hearted, well-loved community member.

Company buys land near disputed North Dakota pipeline route: report

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:28:05 GMT


The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline has bought more than 6000 acres of land adjacent to the line's route in North Dakota, parcels the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says contain historical artifacts.

Police hunting gunman behind Cascade Mall shooting massacre in Washington

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:17:12 GMT


A manhunt is under way for a gunman who the police say fatally shot five people at a mall north of Seattle on Friday night.

Making gay history: Britain recognises six sites of significance to LGBT

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:59:12 GMT


The former homes of the writer Oscar Wilde and the composer Benjamin Britten are among six sites that were recognised for their significance in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Biblical Scroll

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:15:00 GMT


Nearly half a century ago, archaeologists found a charred ancient scroll in the ark of a synagogue on the western shore of the Dead Sea.

'Doomsday in Aleppo': Syrian and Russian governments step up bombing

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:09:07 GMT


Repeated airstrikes that destroyed buildings and killed about 100 people comes with the threat of a ground invasion.

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits off Philippines, another hits Romania

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:58:30 GMT


A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck off the Philippine's Mindanao island, the US Geological Survey says.

Wife of shot Australian art gallery owner Kevin Reid says he was a hero

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:15:28 GMT


Australian art gallery owner Kevin Reid has been praised as a hero by his wife after he moved her out of danger moments before masked robbers fatally shot him dead on a US street.

'Don't shoot him': Wife's video from fatal Charlotte police shooting of Keith Scott released

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:17:43 GMT


A mobile phone camera video made by the wife of Keith Scott, who was fatally shot by police on Tuesday, sparking violent protests, shows the moments before and after the incident.

Syrian airstrikes hammer Aleppo amid expanding offensive against rebels

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:46:24 GMT


"This means welcome to hell," said a teacher who lives in rebel-held Aleppo. "We expect extermination."

After Brexit – taking back control

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:09:07 GMT


It is now three months since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and the experts have had plenty of time to dig into opinion polls, slice the demographics, test hypotheses. The consensus is scary.

Don't count on Australia-UK free trade deal post Brexit, says European politician

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:15:16 GMT


Australia shouldn't count on the UK government following through with its promise of a free trade deal after Brexit

Notorious Indonesian people smuggler 'Captain Bram' arrested in Jakarta

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:15:09 GMT


A notorious Indonesian people smuggler, who allegedly helped organise the failed asylum seeker journey to New Zealand at the heart of last year's cash for boat turn-back scandal, has been arrested in Jakarta.

Best of the world: September 24, 2016

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:18:17 GMT


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

Chinese teen starves mother to death in fury at brutal internet addiction boot camp

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:32:03 GMT


A 16-year-old Chinese girl starved her mother to death after tying her to a chair for a week, in fury at being sent to an Internet addiction treatment center where she was beaten and mistreated, Chinese media reported.

Australia among top 10 healthiest countries in the world, Global Burden of Disease Study shows

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:55:31 GMT


Taking out 10th place among 188 countries, Australia was just four points behind top-ranked Iceland.

Third Australian expert questions cyanide death in alleged coffee murder

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:36:21 GMT


A third Australian expert has testified there is no evidence to suggest the death of a woman allegedly murdered by an Australian permanent resident was caused by cyanide poisoning.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accuses US of non-compliance on nuclear deal

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:14:05 GMT


Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has accused the United States of not complying with the landmark nuclear agreement that took effect in January.

Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:54:38 GMT


Lindsay Murdoch reports from the war that will not end until every drug suspect surrenders, is caught or killed.

Daily World Dispatch - a smorgasbord of original journalism

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:05:01 GMT


It has been a very busy morning ont he Fairfax Foreign desk today with many terrific exclusive stories from our correspondents to give you plenty to read this weekend.

Postcard from abroad: Philip Wen

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:30:00 GMT


The ancient Buddhas of the Yungang Grottoes, carved from stone and smiling serenely in the direction of Datong's coalmines, have been witnessing more change now than its previous 1600 years.

'Outrageous, irresponsible': Facebook slammed in US terrorism law suit

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:56:17 GMT


Is the social media giant doing enough to deter terrorists from using its platform? A US judge has lashed out at Facebook for failing in its moral obligation to combat terrorism.

'I can go to Russia': Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says foreigners can leave if they don't like him

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:58:05 GMT


In his latest outburst Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has told foreign investors they can leave his country.

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby charged in fatal shooting of black driver Terence Crutcher

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:39:04 GMT


A Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer has been charged over last week's fatal shooting of an unarmed black driver.

After violent protests, Charlotte police chief vows not to make shooting video public

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:29:07 GMT


Police chief has no intention of releasing video footage of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, whose death sparked two nights of unrest.

Hackers post purported image of Michelle Obama's passport in latest email dump

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:05:09 GMT


An image purported to be a scanned copy of US first lady Michelle Obama's passport was leaked online alongside personal emails said to belong to a White House staffer.

Signs of panic and rebellion in the heart of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:35:29 GMT


The spray-painted letter 'm' on a wall near a Mosul mosque was a small but symbolic act.

Dating the 'wrong man' can mean death in India

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:15:00 GMT


Dating for a young Indian woman is like Russian Roulette. If they show an interest in the "wrong man", stalking, abuse, violence and death may be in store.

Nigeria would 'welcome' UN help in negotiating kidnapped schoolgirls' release

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:52:05 GMT


Nigeria's president said on Thursday he would be open to UN bodies coming in to act as intermediaries in any talks with Boko Haram Islamist militants on the release of about 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

Man allegedly smuggles gold from Canadian mint by putting it in his buttocks

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:15:28 GMT


Prosecutors say it was an inside job - in more ways than one.

China sentences Ai Weiwei's activist lawyer to 12 years

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:02 GMT


A Beijing lawyer whose clients included artist Ai Weiwei joined the swelling population of Chinese rights advocates in prison Thursday, when a court sentenced him to 12 years after convicting him on fraud charges.

Bitterness set aside: Obama and Netanyahu meet as leaders one last time

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:24:17 GMT


After years of strained meetings, angry phone calls and bitter recriminations, on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what's likely to be their last time as leaders of their nations.

Daily world dispatch - Trump enlists Don King and more migrant deaths at sea

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 03:19:01 GMT


Racial tensions have flared up again in the US, where the killing by police of another black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, saw protests lead to riots overnight.

Charlotte riot: One person shot during protest over police shootings

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:26:08 GMT


A second night of protests sparked by the police killing of a black man spiralled into chaos and violence after nightfall Wednesday when a demonstration was interrupted by gunfire that gravely wounded a man in the crowd.

How scientists read an ancient and fragile biblical scroll without unrolling it

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:35:22 GMT


When it was discovered in Israel in 1970, the En-Gedi scroll was clearly in no shape to be read. Now, 40 years alter, researchers

Mustard agent test after rocket attack near American Iraq base

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:25:14 GMT


The US military is testing to confirm if a chemical agent was used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Islamic State that came within hundreds of metres of US forces.

Taiwan wants Google to blur out new South China Sea facilities

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:12:11 GMT


Revelation of new military-related construction could raise tensions in the contested waterway, where China's building of airstrips and other facilities has worried other claimants and the United States.

UN pledges to fight drug-resistant superbugs as 73 billion doses of antibiotics dispensed every year

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:44:11 GMT


It is only the fourth time countries have united to fight a health related issue.

Australian Serb Dragan Vasiljkovic pleads not guilty to war crimes

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:57:05 GMT


An Australian former golf instructor has denied being guilty of war crimes while a paramilitary commander during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

North Korea accidentally reveals it has just 28 websites

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:23:07 GMT


Amazingly low number begs the question, who is their target audience?

John Kerry calls out Russia in bid to salvage Syria ceasefire deal

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:12:05 GMT


Wagging his finger at the Russian foreign minister, the US secretary of state urged Russia to ensure Syria's compliance with the ceasefire.

Indian woman stabbed more than 20 times in broad daylight. Video shows passersby doing nothing

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:37:21 GMT


The man who allegedly killed Karuna Kumar had stalked her for the previous year and a half after she rejected his marriage proposal, India media reported.

Best of the world - September 22, 2016

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:46:36 GMT


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

Knife-wielding man shot outside Israeli embassy in Turkey

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:26:58 GMT


The man was shot in the leg after ignoring a warning from police.

Stunt plane pilot Thom Richard narrowly escapes serious injury in US air show crash

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:07:03 GMT


A stunt plane pilot has narrowly escaped serious injury after his plane was hit by another one at an air show in the United States.

Protests erupt in Charlotte after police kill a black man

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:17:23 GMT


Demonstrators clashed with police officers in riot gear late Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the police shot and killed a black man while trying to serve a warrant on another person at an apartment complex.

Deaf teen killed by gunman after he and friends explain in a text, 'We can't hear you'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:07:09 GMT


The family of a deaf teen says he was killed Friday night when a gunman approached him and his deaf friends in Moreno Valley, asked them questions and began shooting as they tried to explain that they couldn't hear him.

US blames Russia for aid convoy attack

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:15:07 GMT


Russia was probably responsible for the deadly bombing of a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy in Syria, US officials said Tuesday.