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Alabama puts 83 year-old to death by lethal injection

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:34:04 GMT


Walter Moody became the oldest man to be executed since the United States resumed the death penalty in the 1970s.

Putin bragged of Russian hookers' beauty to Trump, Comey memo says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:54:17 GMT


According to Comey's memo Trump said Vladimir Putin told him, 'We have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world'.

North Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:12:04 GMT


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, isn't asking for the withdrawal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons.

Former NY mayor Rudolph Giuliani to join Donald Trump's legal team

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:07:01 GMT


Giuliani has joined the president's legal team dealing with the ongoing special counsel probe.

Lance Armstrong to pay $US5M to US government in settlement

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:05:04 GMT


Armstrong reached a settlement with the US government in a lawsuit that could have sought $US100M in damages from the disgraced cyclist.

Turnbull asserts Australia's 'perfect right' to sail South China Sea

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:14:02 GMT


The remark came after a report that three Royal Australian Navy vessels were “challenged” by Chinese forces when sailing through the region earlier this month.

US EPA chief's aides fly first-class to Australia in latest splurge

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:29:06 GMT


Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $US45,000 ($58,000) in government money to fly five people to Australia.

Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions: study

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:40:02 GMT


The spread of humans around the world wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth in a few centuries' time.

David Copperfield forced to reveal secret of popular vanishing trick in court

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:16:04 GMT


The "Lucky #13" trick has been performed to more than 55,000 participants, the illusionist's lawyers told a Las Vegas court.

Alleged Bitcoin heist mastermind escapes from Iceland prison

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:50:02 GMT


After fleeing, he allegedly boarded a flight to Sweden on the same plane carrying the country's Prime Minister.

'When you did nothing wrong, how do you react?': Men arrested at Starbucks feared for their lives

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:19:03 GMT


Robinson said he thought about his loved ones and how the afternoon had taken such a turn as he was taken to jail. Nelson wondered if he'd make it home alive.

Trump won’t wreck Australia’s relationship with the US, Comey says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:05:02 GMT


The polarising presidency of Donald Trump won't ruin Australia's relationship with the United States former FBI director James Comey says.

Philippine president to apologise for Aussie nun's detention

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:18:02 GMT


Strongman would have to admit he was wrong to accuse Sister Patricia Fox of wrongdoing, according to his spokesman.

Lesson from an ancient town: Dark ages pass, but knowledge is forever

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:07:05 GMT


Travelling in southern Spain, a paradox: with almost limitless knowledge instantly accessible, increasing numbers of us no longer know what to think or believe.

Yale has made its most popular class available online for free

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:41:02 GMT


You too can be a student of the famous Ivy League college - whatever stage of life you're at. 

In China, shonky bankers banned from flying

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:29:02 GMT


Tax cheats and funds management fraudsters among a growing list of "dishonest people" to be banned from boarding planes in China from next month.

Child doctor Hans Asperger a 'willing cog in the Nazi killing machine'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:02:02 GMT


Research says pioneering Austrian paediatrician was in fact a Nazi collaborator who sent children to their deaths.

Zimbabwe fires 16,000 striking nurses

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:59:02 GMT


Zimbabwe says it has sacked 16,000 striking nurses as the new government seeks to keep a lid on labour unrest

Inside Southwest Flight 1380, 20 minutes of chaos and terror

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:55:05 GMT


Tens of thousands of feet above the earth, the passengers clasped hands with strangers, prayed together and got ready to die.

NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:41:02 GMT


NASA's Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighbouring stars that could support life.

Jet engine checks ordered after Southwest Airlines plane explosion

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:39:02 GMT


The FAA says it will order an inspection of some 220 jet engines after a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a flight killing a passenger.

What happens when a plane window breaks?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:47:02 GMT


The death of a passenger on a US airliner shows the potentially serious consequences of a damaged plane window.

Anger at Hindu leaders over India's rape epidemic

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:49:08 GMT


If Indians are disturbed over the latest rapes, it is because they can see that religious bigotry, caste hatreds, and politics are mixed with sexual violence.

Is this old passport black or blue? The answer explains Brexit

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:31:11 GMT


The row over the colour of Britain's post-Brexit passports is really about Brexit itself.

Passengers tell of effort to save woman after Southwest engine explosion

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:21:05 GMT


Jennifer Riordan's family praised the passengers and pilot for preventing a worse tragedy.

'We never did that to Australia': Duterte claims nun insulted nation

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:22:05 GMT


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he ordered the investigation into a 71-year-old Australian nun for "disorderly conduct".

China trade threat 'ups and downs', says Malcolm Turnbull

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:53:02 GMT


Chinese trade with Australia could be under threat, but prime minister says any "ups and downs" in the bilateral relationship are coming from a high base.

UN team shot at near site of reported chemical attack, official says

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:42:02 GMT


The violence raises doubts about when international investigators would be able to visit the site of what was suspected to have been a chemical attack.

WWII bomb to force evacuation around Berlin's main station

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:10:02 GMT


German police say they will have to evacuate a large area of central Berlin to defuse a 500-kilogram World War II bomb discovered during construction work.

Harry and Meghan to attend London Anzac Day dawn service

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:28:02 GMT


The royal couple of the moment will appear in London, while Prince Charles and Malcolm Turnbull attend the service in France.

Cambodia's Sam Rainsy warns against 'fake election', China ties

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:31:04 GMT


The exiled Cambodian opposition leader hasn't given up hope of free and fair elections. But it isn't looking good.

'He basically has a desk in the place': Hannity's rising role in Trump's world

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:09:05 GMT


The revelation this week that the two men share an attorney is just the latest sign of how the Fox News host is intertwined with Trump's world.

Australia and India should revitalise the Commonwealth: UK think tank

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:42:04 GMT


The UK wants to be Global Britain after Brexit but it might need Australia's help.

Treaty to formally end Korean War is being discussed, South confirms

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:52:02 GMT


North Korea has previously said a treaty was one condition to it giving up its nuclear weapons.

Turkish President Erdogan declares early elections on June 24

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:44:02 GMT


Erdogan made the announcement after talks with the leader of Turkey's main nationalist party, who made a surprise call for snap elections a day earlier.

Trump confirms CIA chief met with Kim Jong-un, says it 'went smoothly'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:39:02 GMT


US President confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with the North Korean leader and said "a good relationship was formed".

'It smells like death': Tiny US town endures a 'poop train'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:35:03 GMT


A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a small southern town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet

The uncomfortable truth about a conflicted and unconvincing James Comey

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:17:02 GMT


In a book filled with carefully-crafted displays of self-flagellation, the former FBI director makes one remarkable admission.

China's live fire drill a 'red line' in Taiwan Strait

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:42:05 GMT


Chinese media says military drills are designed to 'deter separatists', as Taiwanese president travels overseas.

Mexico's bloody election: the price of seeking office in gangland

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:49:03 GMT


At least 82 candidates and office holders have been killed since the electoral season kicked off in September, and four in the past week.

Southwest pilot lauded for calm landing after fatal engine explosion

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:38:03 GMT


Despite the horrific circumstances, audio from the pilot speaking with air traffic control is far from dramatic.

Young party official faces test as Cuba's next president

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:48:06 GMT


A new type of Cuban president is coming.

'I am more a Spy than he is...' Trump's odd defence of US pastor

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:51:01 GMT


Trump, tweeting in the defence of an American pastor, compared himself to a spy.

China's military drills in Taiwan waters send a warning to US

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:49:04 GMT


China has issued a warning against attempts to "split" its territory as it began live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

'Man with three faces' accepts his new identity - again

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:55:02 GMT


Jerome Hamon, who has a genetic mutation causing deeply disfiguring tumours, has become the recipient of the world's first double face transplant.

CIA director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:48:09 GMT


CIA director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over the Easter weekend to meet with that country's leader, Kim Jong-un.

Passenger partly sucked out of jet window identified as bank executive

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:52:06 GMT


Jennifer Riordan was killed after the twin-engine 737 apparently blew an engine at 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed the window.

Barbara Bush dies aged 92

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:47:05 GMT


Former US First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.

Islamic State duo linked to Australia plane bomb plot arrested in Iraq

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:05:04 GMT


Two IS fighters allegedly connected to Australian terrorism - including a plot to blow up a plane leaving Sydney last year - have been captured in Iraq.

'Unconscionable': Turnbull and May attend security meeting amid growing concerns over Russian tactics

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:32:05 GMT


The PM will attend a security meeting with Theresa May and other intelligence allies amid growing concern over “unconscionable” Russian tactics in the Syrian crisis.

Trump: US talking at 'extremely high levels' with North Korea

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:20:04 GMT


US President Donald Trump disclosed on Tuesday that the US is having direct talks at "extremely high levels" with Pyongyang to try to set up a summit.

Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:45:04 GMT


A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoin has managed to escape custody and flee the nation.

What is the OPCW? What can it do about chemical weapons in Syria?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:35:02 GMT


The organisation is among the few groups to have received a Nobel Peace Prize, which it did in 2013. But what is it and how do its investigators work?

US airlines' rights to fly over Russia expire

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:05:03 GMT


US officials are so far declining to link Russia's decision to cancel talks with tensions over US-led airstrikes against Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

Risks of ‘European Civil War' over political values, says Macron

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:36:03 GMT


Emmanuel Macron, who beat back the far-right National Front to win the French presidency, said there is "an increasing fascination with illiberalism" in Europe.

Passenger partially 'sucked out of plane window' forcing landing in Philadelphia

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:17:08 GMT


The father of a passenger told local TV station WCAU that a piece of the engine flew into a window and smashed it open.

'Crisis actors': Sandy Hook parents sue InfoWars host for defamation

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:43:02 GMT


Alex Jones repeatedly said on his radio show that the shooting was faked and then covered up by the US government.

Russian journalist who reported on secretive paramilitary dies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:41:04 GMT


The journalist, Maksim Borodin, 32, was hospitalised and later died after he was found sprawled out below his balcony.

Facebook grilled by Indonesian Parliament over user data breach

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:08:04 GMT


The social media giant was hauled before parliament to explain why more than a million Indonesians may have had their data accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

Trade war crosswinds blow as Telstra supplier banned by US government

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:40:02 GMT


The global crosswinds of trade tensions between the US and China may hit the Australian smartphone market.

Canada pulls families of diplomatic staff from Cuba

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:26:02 GMT


Canada's Foreign Ministry says it is ordering families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home amid questions about mysterious health symptoms.

It's not too late for the west to do some good in Syria

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:41:06 GMT


It would be dangerously easy to walk away from Syria in the mistaken belief that nothing can be done.

US closer to law to reauthorise use of force against terrorism

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:36:01 GMT


The US Senate has a blueprint for an upcoming debate on fresh terms for the country's military campaigns against extremism.

Myanmar grants amnesty to 8500 prisoners

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:34:01 GMT


Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners.

'Coldblooded' American woman on the run accused of killing two, ID fraud

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:45:06 GMT


Lois Riess appears charming and animated, tossing her silver hair as she leans in and smiles and chats with her bar mate.

US bans sales to Chinese phone-maker ZTE

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:58:02 GMT


The US Department of Commerce has banned American companies from selling components for seven years to Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp.

Facebook must face class action over face-tagging in photos: judge

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:45:02 GMT


A US judge ruled Facebook must face a class action lawsuit alleging the social network unlawfully created facial templates for people without their permission.

Missiles shot down by Syrian air defences: state media

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:34:02 GMT


 Syrian anti-aircraft defences have shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat, in Homs, and at a military airport.

Revealed: Fox's Sean Hannity mystery client of Trump's personal lawyer

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:17:09 GMT


Michael Cohen was forced to reveal in federal court that Fox News personality Sean Hannity, one of Trump's most ardent defenders, was also on his client list.

Grenfell Tower 'nearly collapsed' in inferno, investigation finds

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:38:02 GMT


A draft report into the Grenfell Tower tragedy says an incompetent refurbishment of the building three years ago turned it into a deathtrap.

Watershed moment as Weibo stops blocking gay content in China

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:24:03 GMT


When Sina Weibo, the massive Chinese social media platform, suddenly banned gay content, the reaction was swift from the public.

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:50:04 GMT


Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack.

Donald Trump stops new Russian sanctions after Syria chemical attack

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:35:04 GMT


President Donald Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia.

'Morally right and legally right': May defends strike on Syria

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:18:04 GMT


British PM says Russia helped Syria block chemical weapons inspectors from entering Douma, the site of the regime chlorine attack.

Bill Cosby's accuser was an unrequited lover, lawyer tells court

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:15:06 GMT


The defence is trying to cast Andrea Constand as an unrequited lover who acted inappropriately by showing interest in the long-married Cosby.

Britain apologises for the 'appalling treatment' of Caribbean migrants

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:39:04 GMT


The UK has apologised to the 'Windrush Generation' of migrants, many of whom are now being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants.

'Kidnapped at sea': What happened to the daughter of Dubai's ruler?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:56:04 GMT


Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum's friends say she was last seen when commandos intercepted a sailboat and dragged her away, kicking and screaming.

Fasten your seat belt for the real next war in Syria

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:45:02 GMT


Israel and Iran are now a hair-trigger away from going to the next level — and if that happens, the US and Russia may find it difficult to stay out.

Police investigate second angry daughter of Korean Air chairman

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:45:03 GMT


South Korean police have launched an inquiry into reports a daughter of the chairman of Korean Air threw a water bottle at someone's face.

Russia bombards Western allies with cyber attacks in Syria defence

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:43:04 GMT


Russia has opened a new front in the 'cyber wars' as it spreads disinformation about Syrian government chemical attacks in its seven-year civil war.

Mexico has its own fake news crisis, but some are fighting back

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:26:04 GMT


No, a candidate in Mexico's upcoming presidential election did not pose nude with a drag queen.

Bangladesh rejects Myanmar's Rohingya resettlement claim

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:53:02 GMT


Bangladesh's home minister said Myanmar's claim that the family had been "repatriated" was false, noting the family had never reached Bangladeshi territory.

Like a mob boss with average sized hands: ex-FBI chief takes aim at Trump

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:33:04 GMT


The man whom Trump sacked as FBI director says the US president is 'morally unfit' to lead the country.

Former Japan PM Koizumi says embattled Abe may quit in June

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:29:04 GMT


The Japanese Prime Minister is besieged by allegations of cronyism and poor polls in the lead-up to crucial talks with US President Donald Trump.

Thousands of Little Blue Penguins wash up dead on NZ coast

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:35:01 GMT


The number of dead birds is unusual but not unprecedented as mass deaths occur once in every 20 years.

Trump continues a tradition by attacking Syria

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:31:02 GMT


Donald Trump the Islamophobe is now, along with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron, setting himself up as the principal protector of Muslim lives in Syria.

Mission accomplished? Not really, say people on the Arab street

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:06:02 GMT


The West's retaliation to the latest chemical attack in Syria’s long civil war has been met with shrugs and condemnation in this part of the world.

A 'liar', a 'stain' on all who work for him: Comey unleashes on Trump

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:37:04 GMT


If there was any chance that President Donald Trump and James Comey could have avoided all-out war, it has ended.

Ailing former US first lady Barbara Bush declines medical treatment

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:52:03 GMT


Former US first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health", an aide said.

Pro-West Djukanovic set to be Montenegro president

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:51:05 GMT


Milo Djukanovic, who is described as 'polarising' and is accused of nepotism and corruption, says he will shore up the small Balkan state's pro-Western stance.

Spring storm moves east after blanketing central US in snow

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:03:04 GMT


Deadly slow-moving storms generating record snowfall and low temperatures in the US have moved east, leaving travellers stranded and thousands without power.

Russia launches cyberwar on UK as Macron offers to mediate Syria crisis

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:25:04 GMT


Russia has launched a "dirty tricks" campaign against Britain and the US in the wake of the Syria airstrikes, according to British government sources.

‘Slippery’: Trump unleashes torrent of rage at Comey

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:41:01 GMT


Trump insists he never pressed James Comey to be loyal to him.

Facebook tracks non-users, they want to know why

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:15:03 GMT


CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the collection is done for security purposes, without explaining further.

'Reprehensible': Starbucks apologises after arrests of two black men

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:40:02 GMT


Two black men walked into a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia and sat down. They were asked to leave, and when they declined, an employee called police.

Vladimir Putin predicts 'global chaos' if West strikes Syria again

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:12:02 GMT


Signs emerged that Moscow and Washington want to pull back from the worsening crisis in relations.

Mobile phone recording unearths decades-old sex abuse scandal

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:08:02 GMT


Rick Martin graphically explained on the video what former school superintendent Karl Ward allegedly did to him.

Picture Editor's Choice, April 20, 2018

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:42:04 GMT


A selection of photographs from around the world by Fairfax picture editors.

China and Japan vow cooperation as Kim meets top Chinese diplomat

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:37:04 GMT


A meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan was the latest sign of improved cooperation between Asia's two largest economies.

Picture Editor's Choice, April 16, 2018

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:01:01 GMT


A selection of photographs from around the world by Fairfax picture editors.