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Taken hostage in Iraq by Saddam Hussein, I hadn't returned - until now

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:15:00 GMT


It sounds like a Hollywood script, but this is exactly what happened to me.

Charge Rodrigo Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells the Hague

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:21:04 GMT


A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court to charge Duterte with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of people over three decades.

Donald Trump says he hopes humans set foot on Mars 'during my second term'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:55:05 GMT


To the long list of ambitious goals he has set, no matter how far-fetched they might seem, President Donald Trump added a new one.

French election: Francois Hollande says French unity is at stake with Le Pen in presidential runoff vote

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:37:04 GMT


"What is at stake is France's make-up, its unity, its membership of Europe and its place in the world."

North Korea: In phone call, Xi warns Trump not to go beyond UN resolutions

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:01:06 GMT


Chinese President warns US counterpart against any action on North Korea that goes against UN resolutions.

France election: Marine Le Pen goes from fringe right-winger to major contender

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:32:04 GMT


The crusading French politician Marine Le Pen hates being called a far-right leader. She says if most French voters endorse her harsh anti-immigration plans, that means she is a centrist.

Donald Trump voters don't have buyer's remorse, but some Hillary Clinton voters do

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:23:04 GMT


Polls show that Trump supporters say they aren't disillusioned with the President's performance.

French election results a political earthquake that could affirm status quo

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:46:04 GMT


A triumph for the far right, that will probably expose them as still fundamentally unelectable.

North Korea crisis: Donald Trump to speak with Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe on Sunday

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:51:06 GMT


US President Donald Trump will speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

French election results: who are Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:45:04 GMT


According to the latest exit polls, the two increasingly likely to make it to the second round are Le Pen and Macron.

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota alleges Fox News ex-CEO Roger Ailes also harassed her

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:38:03 GMT


Television journalist Alisyn Camerota said on Sunday she was a target of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes when she worked at Fox News.

Macron's victory shows 'deep malaise' in French society

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:47:02 GMT


The elimination of the two mainstream French parties from the first round of presidential elections on Sunday showed the deep malaise of French society, a member of centrist Emmanuel Macron's campaign said on Sunday.

French election results: Emmanuel Macron wins first-round vote

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:11:08 GMT


Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former banker, has won the country's first-round vote.

North Korea detains third US citizen

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:31:02 GMT


North Korea detained a US citizen on Friday as he attempted to leave the country, bringing the total number of Americans held by the isolated country to three.

Donald Trump's approval at record low in first 100 days, latest poll shows

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:49:08 GMT


President Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times.

War graves serve as a reminder of the cost of conflict

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:21:06 GMT


War is full of unsung heroes, but few can claim to have transformed the way we think of, and commemorate war.

Somme visitors down in lead up to Anzac Day

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT


At this time of year the Somme should be crawling with tour buses but pragmatism may be outweighing remembrance.

Anzac Day 2017: Mystery of lost Digger's identity solved by military sleuth

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:36:06 GMT


The mystery of one digger who lay in an unmarked grave for more than a century has been solved.

Tony Blair 'almost motivated' to make political comeback

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:41:02 GMT


Tony Blair has expressed his increased desire for a return to frontline politics as Britain is being "hijacked" by Brexit backers.

Germany's anti-immigrant party announces September election line-up

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:43:04 GMT


The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday voted for 76-year-old publicist Alexander Gauland and 38-year-old economist Alice Weidel to jointly lead its campaign for the country's September national election.

Three Iraqi policemen killed in suicide attack south of Mosul

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:05:04 GMT


Three policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Islamic State is fighting off a US-backed offensive, security sources said.

FBI boss James Comey arrives in New Zealand

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:37:01 GMT


FBI director James Comey has arrived in New Zealand ahead of a conference, although officials were cagey as to the exact nature of his visit.

Shortage of coffins after Taliban's deadliest rampage against Afghan soldiers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:14:05 GMT


They looked like Afghan army soldiers returning from the front lines, carrying the bodies of wounded comrades as part of the ruse.

Paul Ryan tells Congress colleagues that US government shutdown will be avoided

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:48:06 GMT


Ryan insisted a budget bill will be finalised before government funding dries up after April 28. But Trump wants money for his Mexico wall to be included.

Media blackout ahead of unpredictable French election with four front-runners

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:02:24 GMT


Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour timeout ahead of the polls' closure on Sunday.

'Nerds' take to the streets across US with a science lesson for Donald Trump

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:38:09 GMT


Thousands of scientists and their supporters gathered on Saturday in Washington and across the US for the March for Science.

Six years on, Fukushima exclusion zone has some of its children back

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:13:06 GMT


Six years after the Fukushima disaster, 105 students turned up at a school in the exclusion zone for the beginning of the Japanese school year.

German anti-immigrant party set to go further right after leader suffers defeat

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:20:05 GMT


The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany looks set to turn further right after its co-leader suffered a defeat over racism at its party congress.

The 20 people Donald Trump turns to outside the White House

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:20:07 GMT


Relationships have always been President Donald Trump's currency and comfort, helping him talk his way into real estate deals over three decades in New York.

Man arrested at Paris train station after threatening police with knife

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:53:03 GMT


A knife-wielding man threatened police at Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Saturday, causing panic before he was arrested, a spokesman for French rail operator SNCF said.

American Airlines flight attendant suspended after video shows mum in tears

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:03:04 GMT


American Airlines has apologised to a female passenger and suspended a flight attendant after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarassment for a US carrier over how it treated a customer.

North Korea warns Australia of nuclear strike over Julie Bishop's comments

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:58:02 GMT


North Korea's foreign ministry has lashed out at Julie Bishop and warned Australia was "coming within the range of the nuclear strike".

Why are some mice (and people) monogamous? A study points to genes

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:12 GMT


The oldfield mouse does not seem extraordinary. With soulful black eyes and tiny teacup ears, the rodent lives a humdrum life scurrying about meadows and beaches in the south-eastern United States.

This doctor will see you now (if you're a star with a pimple)

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT


Dr Peter Kopelson belongs to a small group of medical professionals responsible for keeping the most recognisable faces on the planet looking young and pimple free.

Muslim women preachers enlisted in Egypt's fight against extremism

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT


Preaching in Egypt is a profession mostly reserved for men. But a woman's touch and social media are changing that.

Who are US Vice-President Mike Pence's daughters, Charlotte and Audrey?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:34:05 GMT


US Vice-President Mike Pence has arrived in Sydney, with his wife Karen and two daughters Audrey and Charlotte in tow, for his first official visit to Australia.

Afghan attack: toll rises in deadliest assault on military base

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:22:04 GMT


At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed on Friday by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms.

Social media a big hit for Queen's 91st celebrations

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:03:04 GMT


Royal birthday celebrated with a coordinated, and very modern, social media campaign.

Sally Yates among top US names to testify in Trump-Russia probe reboot

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:02:06 GMT


James Comey, Admiral Mike Rogers, John Brennan, James Clapper and Sally Yates to appear at a public hearing to be scheduled after May 2.

Israeli teen linked to 500 bomb threats to schools, Jewish centres

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:27:06 GMT


Michael Ron David Kadar, 18, who lives in Israel, made at least 245 threatening telephone calls this year and is linked to 240 others including to Australia.

Rosa Parks House seeks refuge in Berlin

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:53:09 GMT


Rosa Parks may have refused to move from her seat on a bus in 1955, but the house where she took refuge has now made a move to Berlin.

Thai police arrest man suspected of smuggling semen for surrogacy across Laos border

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:55:04 GMT


Several times customs officials noticed a man carrying a strange-looking case across crossing the border from north-eastern Thailand to Laos, a known smuggling route.

Toorak man John Scully killed in motorbike crash in New Mexico

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:59:04 GMT


Police in the US state of New Mexico are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that left a 76-year-old Australian man dead.

North Korea crisis: China maintains 'combat readiness' ahead of military anniversary

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:09:05 GMT


There are renewed fears that North Korea could conduct a nuclear test on April 25, the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military.

A village in the demilitarised zone, growing rice under war's shadow

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:13:05 GMT


Taesung, South Korea: All day long, and all through the night, the villagers hear the music. It is loud and chirpy, with lyrics trumpeting the virtues of their sworn enemy, North Korea.

Millennial techies prep 'secret weapon' to oust Malaysia's Najib

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:03:02 GMT


Invoke, a policy research shop set up by Rafizi Ramli, vice president of the opposition People's Justice Party, is planning a data operation to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak in an election expected this year.

French election: Fake news spreads ahead of presidential poll

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:13:05 GMT


So called 'Twitter bots' that masquerade as real people and spread fake news and propaganda on social media have been detected in action in France in the lead-up to this weekend's presidential election.

Shon Hopwood robbed banks and went to prison. Now he's a law professor

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:13:02 GMT


Shon Hopwood's life didn't start out as remarkable. Then one night, his friend suggested they rob a bank.

Xavier Jugelé, police officer killed in Paris, was defender of gay rights

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:13:02 GMT


"He was a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the LGBT cause," a colleague said.

Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers kill and wound dozens in attack on Afghan army base

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:49:02 GMT


At least eight soldiers were left dead and 11 were wounded in the attack.

Donald Trump says Paris attack will have 'big effect' on French election

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:28:04 GMT


President Donald Trump inserted himself into the tumult of French politics on Friday.

US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Sydney

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:40:06 GMT


US Vice President Mike Pence has been greeted at Sydney airport by Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce at the start of his first official visit to Australia.

Waiting for America

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:23:01 GMT


As the fate of the US-Australia refugee deal hangs in the balance, Michael Gordon and Alex Ellinghausen visit Manus Island to find out who might be gifted a new life, and what will happen to those left behind.

Arkansas executes first inmate in 12 years

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:10:07 GMT


Arkansas has executed the first of eight inmates it planned to put to death in quick succession.

Mike Pence brings wife, children, mini-Cabinet and Secret Service to Sydney

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:05 GMT


Sydney will host not one Pence, but four Pences this weekend, as the US Vice-President flies into town on Air Force 2 with his wife and daughters.

Nostalgia for Monkey sweeps China as original TV director dies

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:53:08 GMT


A wave nostalgia for the Monkey TV series wasn't confined to Australia. In China, there has been an outpouring of grief at the news that pioneering TV director Yang Jie has died.

Faith, politics, business: Why US Vice-President Mike Pence visited Indonesia

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:52:05 GMT


After an election riven with religious tension, Pence struck an odd note by comparing Indonesia to the US.

'Worst political event of my lifetime': Lissa Muscatine on the Trump ascendancy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:27:07 GMT


A strange new condition seems to be afflicting many people in Washington DC, says Lissa Muscatine, Hillary Clinton's long-time former aide.

Paris shooting rattles French election's first round

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:27:06 GMT


A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris on Thursday night in an attack carried out days before presidential elections.

UK election: Can Labour's Jeremy Corbyn win?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:08:07 GMT


Lazarus returned from the dead. Can Labour return from 24 per cent in the polls, literally half the Conservatives' figure, in just a month and a half?

Last orca to be born at one of SeaWorld's parks

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:52:38 GMT


Attendance at SeaWorld Entertainment's theme parks has been falling amid negative publicity and criticism from animal rights activists upset by the treatment of captive marine mammals.

Cruel twist of fate for couple who donated piano with treasure hidden inside

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:13:08 GMT


The biggest ever gold coin hoard ever found in Britain was uncovered inside a piano - after a couple unknowingly donated it to a school.

US mulls charges against WikiLeaks members

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:25:05 GMT


Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organisation.

Volleyball game spotted at North Korea nuclear test site

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:21:03 GMT


Analysts who examine satellite images of North Korea have spotted some unexpected activity at the country's nuclear test site: active volleyball games.

Paris shooting springs an awful surprise on the French election campaign

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:18:05 GMT


Just three days before the most unpredictable election in recent French history, this is what many political observers have been dreading.

Giant iceberg towers over Newfoundland town

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:17:05 GMT


Tourists have been gawking at the big berg, floating just off the coast of Ferryland in south-eastern Newfoundland.

Paris shooting: Police officers shot on Champs-Elysees

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:03:10 GMT


A gunman jumped out of a car, killed a police officer and wounded two others in central Paris.

Alternative for Germany party's Frauke Petry backs out of chancellor's race

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:50:06 GMT


The far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has been thrown into disarray months before national elections.

North Korea warns of 'super-mighty preemptive strike' as US plans next move

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:03:05 GMT


North Korean state media has warned of a strike that would "wipe out" US forces and the mainland.

Grasberg mine dispute off the table in US talks with Indonesian VP

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:58:04 GMT


The Vice-President of Indonesia has signalled he prevented his US counterpart from discussing the contract row that has crippled operations at Grasberg - the world's second largest copper mine - by telling him "the affair is finished".

Jakarta's outgoing Governor Ahok may escape jail for 'blasphemy'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:26:11 GMT


A day after he was defeated, Jakarta's embattled governor fronted the blasphemy trial that derailed his electability .

Australian property developer's encounter with Interpol most-wanted Guo Wengui

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:15:09 GMT


An Australian property developer says he is "very happy" Interpol issued a red alert notice for the arrest of a Chinese tycoon, member of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago, living in exile in New York.

Islamic State banned music in Mosul, but it didn't silence Ameen Mukdad's violin

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:19:05 GMT


Islamic State banned music and entertainment in Mosul but this Iraqi artist who fled the militants came back to play.

Islamic State in the Sinai: a new base after Mosul?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:09:06 GMT


After killing 47 worshippers at churches a week ago, IS has struck again in the tourist hot spot of southern Sinai.

Insider outsider Emmanuel Macron wants to change France - can he?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:42:07 GMT


With no political party to speak of, Macron, 39, is leading a quest to become modern France's youngest president.

Malaysian PM Najib Razak accuses media of 'fake news', doubts corruption reports

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:20:05 GMT


Najib Razak, preparing to call early elections, has accused journalists of fabricating fake news about Malaysia.

Donald Trump-Russia: Vladimir Putin-linked group drew up US election plan

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:27:05 GMT


The plan was to swing the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters' faith in the American electoral system.

UK election: Labour frames Theresa May as dishonest in first day of campaigning

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:51:06 GMT


May has batted away accusations of political opportunism on a day of fiery exchanges that marked the start of her re-election campaign.

'Trump's lie over the Carl Vinson': South Korean anger over US carrier confusion

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:05:07 GMT


Jim Mattis looked to address confusion over a US aircraft carrier group.

UK parliament backs Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for snap election

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:34:03 GMT


British Prime Minister Theresa May has won parliament's backing for an early election, a vote she said would strengthen her hand in Brexit talks.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hints at running for UK parliament at election

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:29:03 GMT


WikiLeaks head Julian Assange has hinted he may run for the UK parliament in June's snap election.

North Korea mock-up video shows missiles blowing up the United States

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:25:06 GMT


A mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames, prompting cheers from the audience and smiles from current leader Kim Jong Un.

Eleven crew missing after cargo ship sinks off coast of Crimea coast

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:39:02 GMT


A cargo ship heading from Russia to Turkey has sunk off the coast of Crimea and 11 of the crew are missing, Crimea's emergency situations ministry says.

Facebook live killing suspect Steve Stephens undone by trip to McDonald's

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:09:04 GMT


Facebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone by 20 pieces of Chicken McNuggets and an order of fries.

Anies Baswedan poised to be next Indonesian governor of Jakarta after bitter contest

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:22:06 GMT


Results are in for one of the most bitterly contested elections in Indonesia's recent history.

Interpol issues notice for flamboyant Chinese tycoon who is Trump club member

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:00:02 GMT


Flamboyant Chinese businessman, and Trump club member, taunts the communist party online.

Southern Poverty Law Centre sues neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 03:19:04 GMT


Once again, the Southern Poverty Law Centre is taking aim at neo-Nazis.

Brazil police storm Congress over pension reform

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:41:13 GMT


Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse fellow police officers from the front doors of Congress.

Giant statue found in Cairo slum probably not of Ramses II

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:42:04 GMT


The colossus is instead thought to be of King Psammetich I, who ruled from 664 to 610 BC and, if confirmed, would be the largest statue of the Late Period ever discovered.

She wanted her ex-husband to die happy, she told him Donald Trump had been impeached

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:37:05 GMT


In a short phone conversation moments before Michael Elliott took his last breath, his best friend told him what he wanted to hear.

Egyptians unearth 3000-year-old tomb of judge near Luxor

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:45:05 GMT


The find is the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics that Egypt hopes will revive its tourist business that has been hit by political instability.

St Catherine's Monastery attack: gunmen kill police at UNESCO Sinai site

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:06 GMT


Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint about 800 metres from the entrance to the UNESCO world heritage site.

Theresa May's eyes glittered like ice, she was launching a furious attack

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:00:00 GMT


Theresa May said she'd made her decision "with reluctance". It was hard to believe.

Ivanka Trump's company won China trademarks the day she dined with Chinese president

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:32:03 GMT


Ivanka Trump and her allies have dismissed concerns that the first daughter's White House role raises ethical red flags.

Hard Brexit: What's behind Theresa May's election gamble

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:57:07 GMT


British prime minister Theresa May has called a snap election, blaming opposition politicians for "jeopardising the work" of Brexit.

'Tricked badly!' Despite talk, US 'armada' was a long way from North Korea

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:31:04 GMT


As tensions mounted on the Korean Peninsula, Admiral Harry Harris made a dramatic announcement: An aircraft carrier had been ordered to sail north from Singapore on April 8 toward the Western Pacific

Facebook live killing suspect Steve Stephens kills himself after police chase

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:37:06 GMT


The suspect in the Facebook video murder case has killed himself after a car chase in Pennsylvania, police said.

Can't be complacent on North Korea threat, UK minister

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:52:02 GMT


No one can be complacent about the potential threat posed by the missiles being developed by North Korea, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

Two arrested in France planned 'violent' attack ahead of elections, minister

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:44:04 GMT


Two Frenchmen arrested in Marseille on Tuesday planned to carry out an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of the presidential election on Sunday, France's interior minister said.

UK election: The poll Theresa May should easily win but may live to regret

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:17:05 GMT


Theresa May might be yet another British Prime Minister who should have been careful what they wished for.