Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:27:51 GMT
(image)Islamic State forces in Iraq have abducted "tens of thousands" of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and are using them as human shields in the city as Iraqi government troops advance, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:48:59 GMT
(image)He called the Pope a 'son of a bitch' and told Barack Obama to 'go to hell' - now he says he will never swear again.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:17:07 GMT
(image)The surprise verdict was a stinging defeat for federal prosecutors and law enforcement.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:44:10 GMT
(image)US authorities have charged 61 people and entities with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centres where agents demanded payments for non-existent debts.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:49:11 GMT
(image)More than 50 countries including Australia, the US, China, Russia and members of the European Union have agreed to make the Ross Sea the world's first large-scale marine park in international waters.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:17:48 GMT
(image)Snowdens of the world rejoice, the Pirate Party is coming.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:07:58 GMT
(image)Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar have been honoured with the Sakharov Prize for their advocacy for women's rights.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:37:20 GMT
(image)The lifespan of the common swift means that the accumulated flight distance of a bird is equal to seven journeys to the moon and back.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:58:00 GMT
(image)On one day, every year, New Delhi is transformed from an ugly duckling into a beautiful princess, every part of it lit up by millions of flickering diyas.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:38:07 GMT
(image)The title change strengthens Xi's hand ahead of a major leadership reshuffle late next year, where he will try to further consolidate his base.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:54:06 GMT
(image)The United Nations vowed on Thursday to press ahead in securing medical evacuations of hundreds of sick and wounded from the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:47:43 GMT
(image)Supporters of Byron Bay woman Sara Connor are calling for those who know her to write a character reference ahead of her trial.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:22:08 GMT
(image)The oldest member of the Japanese imperial family has died aged 100.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:29:06 GMT
(image)While Russian warships head to Syria; the US, Germany, Britain, Canada flesh out troop deployment plans for Poland and Romania.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:08:33 GMT
(image)Australian permanent resident Jessica Kumala Wongso has been sentenced to 20 years' jail for murdering her friend with cyanide-laced coffee after a sensational trial broadcast live on national television in Indonesia.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:06:29 GMT
(image)Overwhelmed by information? You are in famous company. But presidential candidates have fewer excuses.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:14:09 GMT
(image)Women are going to get pay equality - they'll just have to wait for another 170 years.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:08:04 GMT
(image)The virus appeared in New York as early as 1971, according to a new genetic analysis, and spread from there to San Francisco.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:14:06 GMT
(image)Three quakes were strong enough to be felt more than 150 kilometres south in Rome, where lamps swayed on the upper floors of buildings.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:07:02 GMT
(image)An Afghan girl whose portrait on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 became one of the world's most recognisable photographs has been arrested.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:06:58 GMT
(image)The images are horrifying, yet they show a familiar scene from perhaps the most violent and complex conflict in the world today.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:42:05 GMT
(image)Australia is already experiencing an increase in extreme conditions - and it's projected to get worse.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:49:14 GMT
(image)Large fires were set once again amid the wood, plastic and fabric of the camp and vast plumes of smoke rose about the site.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:47:52 GMT
(image)It appears to be the first direct clash with Syrian forces since Turkey launched a cross-border incursion against Islamic State in August.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:49:16 GMT
(image)An advocate for victims of the worst oil spill in the history of Australia's offshore petroleum industry is lobbying for the 2009 maritime disaster to be on the agenda at a Bali meeting.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:47:39 GMT
(image)In a shopping mall in southern China, a polar bear named Pizza paces past murals of icebergs in his glass enclosure.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:09:02 GMT
(image)Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey's origin story began in a darker place than most: with stage 4 liver cancer.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:09:08 GMT
(image)Trump appears to be marching towards destiny - friendless, while Democrats fear a November surprise.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:57:39 GMT
(image)In some circumstances, those who request it for themselves should even be denied a "Christian funeral".
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:17:05 GMT
(image)Up to 10,000 webcams will be recalled in the aftermath of a cyber attack that blocked access last week to some of the world's biggest websites, Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co has told Reuters.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:57:54 GMT
(image)Bill Bradley is a long-time vociferous critic of super PACs but formed just such a group to go after Donald Trump.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:59:13 GMT
(image)The return of international 'fugitives' through the Fox Hunt operation has been the subject of triumphant state media coverage.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:57:40 GMT
(image)A Canadian nurse has been charged with using drugs to murder eight elderly patients at two long-term care facilities in the province of Ontario, police say.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:46:15 GMT
(image)Australian paedophile Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis has been sentenced to 15 years' jail after being found guilty of persuading children to commit an indecent act.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:57:24 GMT
(image)Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce warns any interruption to trade will hurt exporters, importers and Indonesian consumers.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:26:40 GMT
(image)At least 62 people are killed and more than wounded when gunmen storm a police academy in a city long associated with the Afghan Taliban.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:06:37 GMT
(image)In Thailand, China, the US and Brazil, we see that shocking events can shed light on deeper trends.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:47:40 GMT
(image)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.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:07:56 GMT
(image)Hamilton was driving a snow machine when he hit a crevasse and fell 30 metres into the ice.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:27:06 GMT
(image)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.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:52:08 GMT
(image)Five Brazilian farmers have been arrested in connection with a land dispute that is killing the Guarani-Kaiowa people.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:07:57 GMT
(image)A powerful blast at a house in north-west China has killed at least seven people and injured almost 100.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:09:02 GMT
(image)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.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:11 GMT
(image)Carbon dioxide concentrations are rising at a record rate,
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:17:25 GMT
(image)Australian live cattle representatives have flown to Jakarta for talks amid fears a proposed new trade rule could threaten the viability of the industry.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:57:11 GMT
(image)Three deserts in northern China are expanding to form a vast sea of sand that could become uninhabitable.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:07:58 GMT
(image)A man who was detained at an airport for a year now lives among us. The struggle, it would seem, is to keep moving.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:08:02 GMT
(image)A computer "judge" using artificial intelligence has correctly predicted verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights with 79 per cent accuracy.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:44:47 GMT
(image)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.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:23:27 GMT
(image)Somali pirates have freed more than two dozen Asian sailors after more than four years of captivity in a small fishing village.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:17:40 GMT
(image)Islamic State captured northern districts of the town of Rutbah, and local government offices in its centre.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:17:41 GMT
(image)Tens of thousands of people get some form of vibriosis every year. Michael Funk was one of the unlucky ones.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:48:05 GMT
(image)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.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:17:27 GMT
(image)The bus was travelling west on Interstate 10 when the crash occurred near Palm Springs, a city about 160 km)east of Los Angeles.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:36:25 GMT
(image)The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday the door to electing a president was "wide open".
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:27:45 GMT
(image)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.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:56:48 GMT
(image)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.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:29:07 GMT
(image)Leslie Nassar, a prolific Australian humorist, digital innovator and father of three, has been killed in a hit-run crash in the United States.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:58:19 GMT
(image)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.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:24:04 GMT
(image)The house where Grace Kelly grew up and accepted Prince Rainier's marriage proposal is now in the hands of Monaco's royal family.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:02:07 GMT
(image)An Egyptian court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against former president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:36:53 GMT
(image)Clashes and exchanges of artillery fire broke out in Aleppo on Saturday, a monitoring group said, shortly after a Russian-announced cease-fire ended.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:18:28 GMT
(image)\A helicopter crashed in northwest Siberia on Friday, killing 19 people on board, Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency said on Saturday.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:36:54 GMT
(image)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.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:04:47 GMT
(image)A Chinese TV series about corruption is meant to underline that President Xi Jinping is serious about wiping out graft.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:58:46 GMT
(image)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.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:19:05 GMT
(image)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.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:39:05 GMT
(image)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.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:58:02 GMT
(image)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.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:47:40 GMT
(image)The explanation comes after he told an audience in China he was cutting off ties with the US.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:56:32 GMT
(image)The Washington Post
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:35:32 GMT
(image)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.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:37:22 GMT
(image)The massive cyber attack that knocked offline Amazon, Reddit and Netflix, has been linked to Wikileaks.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:35:50 GMT
(image)The mother of one of the children sued the school after claiming that both the cleaners and educators sexually assaulted her son.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:17:28 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:56:31 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:58:05 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:39:10 GMT
(image)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
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:19:03 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:56:04 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT
(image)Did the US media really turn on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump midway through the election campaign?
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:45:52 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:09:04 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:40:48 GMT
(image)The best photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by Fairfax picture editors
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:47:14 GMT
(image)Thailand's ousted PM says the junta has fined her $1.3 billion over a rice subsidy scheme critics say haemorrhaged billions of dollars.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:48:02 GMT
(image)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.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:17:09 GMT
(image)A weeks-long sugar shortage has plunged Egyptians into a panic, stoking anger against President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's rule.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:37:36 GMT
(image)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte insulted and mocked Americans during a strongly anti-US speech in China's Great Hall of the People.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:59:05 GMT
(image)The infamous Jakarta rat now has a hefty price on its head, as the city outsources its vermin eradication program to the populace.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:44:26 GMT
(image)The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has killed at least eight people with more than 90,000 evacuated.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:45:03 GMT
(image)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.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:27:27 GMT
(image)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.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:49:11 GMT
(image)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
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:54:41 GMT
(image)The call is a big blow to Australia, which is about to start trying to negotiate a free trade agreement.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:48:09 GMT
(image)The young rebels who drove Islamic State back with Turkish help may find their backers aren't so keen on their next objective.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:19:05 GMT
(image)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.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:56:21 GMT
(image)'We agree that terrorism must be combated, but not at the price that 300,000 people there must lose their lives', Angela Merkel said.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:08:48 GMT
(image)The third and final US Presidential debate is underway.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:36:02 GMT
(image)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.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:56:26 GMT
(image)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.