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Gunmen kill dozens in attack on police academy in Pakistani city of Quetta

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:29:05 GMT


At least 59 people are killed and 117 wounded when gunmen storm a police academy in a city long associated with the Afghan Taliban.

Daily world dispatch - what happens next?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:06:37 GMT


In Thailand, China, the US and Brazil, we see that shocking events can shed light on deeper trends.

US robots defeat Australia in soccer RoboCup Challenge

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:47:40 GMT


An American team of robots defeated an Australian rival in soccer on Monday to win the RoboCup Challenge as technical problems plagued the Australian side.

Climate scientist Gordon Hamilton dies after driving into crevasse in Antarctica

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:57:06 GMT


Hamilton was driving a snow machine when he hit a crevasse and fell 30 metres into the ice.

Bomb in Thailand's south kills one, injures 19

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:27:06 GMT


At least one person has died and 19 others are wounded after an explosion at a night market in southern Thailand, where Muslim separatists have been waging an insurgency for more than a decade.

Brazilian farmers face charges over shooting of Kaiowa people, private militias

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:16:52 GMT


Five Brazilian farmers have been arrested in connection with a land dispute that is killing the Guarani-Kaiowa people.

Explosion in Chinese town of Xinmin leaves more than 100 people dead or injured

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:46:36 GMT


A powerful blast at a house in north-west China has killed at least seven people and injured almost 100.

Malta air crash: Five dead after military aircraft crashes after take-off

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:09:02 GMT


A light aircraft crashed after taking off from Malta's main airport early on Monday, killing all five people on board, officials there said, in the island nation's worst peacetime air accident.

'Milestone': Global greenhouse gas levels accelerate past key marker

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:11 GMT


Carbon dioxide concentrations are rising at a record rate,

Simon Crean to hold talks in Jakarta amid concerns over new cattle breeding rule

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:17:25 GMT


Australian live cattle representatives have flown to Jakarta for talks amid fears a proposed new trade rule could threaten the viability of the industry.

China's expanding deserts on a collision course with its cities

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:57:11 GMT


Three deserts in northern China are expanding to form a vast sea of sand that could become uninhabitable.

Daily world dispatch - of human (and political) captivity

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:07:58 GMT


A man who was detained at an airport for a year now lives among us. The struggle, it would seem, is to keep moving.

Artificial intelligence computer 'judge' predicts court findings

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:08:02 GMT


A computer "judge" using artificial intelligence has correctly predicted verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights with 79 per cent accuracy.

While the world watches Syria, Russia is creeping closer to Georgia

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:44:47 GMT


It is a frontier only Russia and three other states regard as a border. But it is on the move - and another sign of the Kremlin's ambitions.

Somali pirates free two dozen sailors held for four years

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:23:27 GMT


Somali pirates have freed more than two dozen Asian sailors after more than four years of captivity in a small fishing village.

Islamic State storms strategic town of Rutbah in Iraq counterattack

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:17:40 GMT


Islamic State captured northern districts of the town of Rutbah, and local government offices in its centre.

'Like something out of a horror movie': Flesh-eating bacteria infection kills man in four days

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:17:41 GMT


Tens of thousands of people get some form of vibriosis every year. Michael Funk was one of the unlucky ones.

China's Xi Jinping expected to 'bend the rules' in seeking further five-year term

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:48:05 GMT


Some Chinese observers suspect Xi is seeking to become the first leader since Deng Xiaoping to remain in power beyond the 10-year period of office.

13 dead: bus crash one of the worst in California's history

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:17:27 GMT


The bus was travelling west on Interstate 10 when the crash occurred near Palm Springs, a city about 160 km)east of Los Angeles.

Hezbollah sees door 'wide open' for Michel Aoun to become president of Lebanon

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:36:25 GMT


The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday the door to electing a president was "wide open".

Guard dies in Haiti prison break as 174 inmates flee, firearms stolen

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:27:45 GMT


Most of the inmates from a Haitian prison have escaped after killing a guard and stealing firearms and authorities have launched a manhunt for the 174 fugitives with support from UN peacekeepers.

Lithuania goes to polls with centre-right opposition set to win power

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:56:48 GMT


Lithuanians began voting on Sunday in an election run-off in the European Union member state with the centre-right opposition likely to oust the current coalition which has failed to rejuvenate the country's sluggish economy.

Digital guru and satirist Leslie Nassar killed in Idaho hit-and-run crash

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:29:07 GMT


Leslie Nassar, a prolific Australian humorist, digital innovator and father of three, has been killed in a hit-run crash in the United States.

Explosions in Japanese park kill one

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:58:19 GMT


A 72 year-old retired soldier blew himself up in a park in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, killing himself and injuring three other people in an apparent suicide, state broadcaster NHK reported.

Prince Albert buys childhood home of Grace Kelly

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:24:04 GMT


The house where Grace Kelly grew up and accepted Prince Rainier's marriage proposal is now in the hands of Monaco's royal family.

Mohamed Morsi's 20-year prison sentence upheld by Egyptian court

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:02:07 GMT


An Egyptian court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against former president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday.

Clashes break out in Aleppo after ceasefire ends without civilian evacuations

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:36:53 GMT


Clashes and exchanges of artillery fire broke out in Aleppo on Saturday, a monitoring group said, shortly after a Russian-announced cease-fire ended.

Russian helicopter crash kills 19 in northwest Siberia

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:18:28 GMT


\A helicopter crashed in northwest Siberia on Friday, killing 19 people on board, Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency said on Saturday.

Indonesian villages rewarded for not burning to tackle annual haze crisis

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:36:54 GMT


After years of toxic haze from fires in Borneo and Sumatra affecting people across South-east Asia, an Australian firefighter is pioneering a new approach.

Crocodile meat and piles of cash: China's lifestyles of the rich and disgraced

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:04:47 GMT


A Chinese TV series about corruption is meant to underline that President Xi Jinping is serious about wiping out graft.

Donald Trump's new justification for attacking the Clintons

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:58:46 GMT


Donald Trump has offered a new justification for attacking Bill Clinton's indiscretions and Hillary Clinton's handling of them: Michelle Obama did it first.

South Africa says it will quit the International Criminal Court

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:19:05 GMT


Decision is a major blow to an institution that has struggled to fulfil its role as an effective global seat of judgment for war crimes and other atrocities.

Islamic State, under fire in Mosul, hits back

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:39:05 GMT


With an Iraqi government-led offensive underway to oust Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, militants Friday staged an attack in the oil hub of Kirkuk designed to divert forces from the frontlines, officials said.

So who broke the internet?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:58:02 GMT


Criminal hackers have found a way to use web-enabled devices like digital recorders and webcams as coordinated launching pads, or botnets, in this attack.

Rodrigo Duterte: I didn't mean the Philippines would cut ties with the US

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:47:40 GMT


The explanation comes after he told an audience in China he was cutting off ties with the US.

Wonder Woman named honorary UN ambassador; not everyone is happy about it

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:56:32 GMT


The Washington Post

Faith, blind faith and Donald Trump

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:35:32 GMT


When Dr Tony Beam sits down before the microphone at 7am to begin his breakfast radio shift in rural South Carolina, he wears a pin in his lapel for the North Greenville University, the Christian college at which he is vice-president for student services, and a semi-automatic pistol on his hip.

WikiLeaks claims its supporters are behind the massive DDoS cyber attack

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:37:22 GMT


The massive cyber attack that knocked offline Amazon, Reddit and Netflix, has been linked to Wikileaks.

High Court rules out $US125 million lawsuit against Jakarta international school

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:35:50 GMT


The mother of one of the children sued the school after claiming that both the cleaners and educators sexually assaulted her son.

Shun The Sun: Brits hit Twitter to urge boycott of Murdoch newspaper

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:17:28 GMT


One of Rupert Murdoch's UK tabloid newspapers has come under fire, with the British taking to Twitter and urging people not to shun The Sun newspaper over its controversial coverage of child refugees.

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.

'People are going to snap': Sweet-toothed Egypt endures a sugar crisis

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:17:09 GMT


A weeks-long sugar shortage has plunged Egyptians into a panic, stoking anger against President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's rule.

'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.