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South Korea says US reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs, joint drills wrap up

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:45:05 GMT


South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1 billion battery designed to defend against North Korea.

Saudi Arabia arrests 46 suspects over Medina bombing

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:19:08 GMT


Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had arrested 46 members of a militant cell responsible for a deadly suicide bombing attack on the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Medina last year that was blamed on Islamic State.

'All he's gotten done is amazing': Trump's true believers celebrate after 100 days

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:52:05 GMT


In Trump, his supporters still see someone who is authentic. They gave him a rapturous welcome at Saturday night's ebullient campaign-style rally.

One voice: European Union's tough demands for Britain as Brexit talks near

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:33:02 GMT


"The British people have made a decision, which we will have to respect," Angela Merkel said. "But we remaining 27 now get together in order to speak with one voice."

100 days in, Trump on the stump trolls old targets: Hillary, Hollywood and media

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:34:11 GMT


Trump marks his 100th day in office by snubbing the press and tradition - skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington to hold a rally instead.

Afghanistan tense as warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returns to the fold

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:17:09 GMT


Afghanistan's beleaguered president invited the warlord home in the hope that it would encourage the Taliban to lay down their arms and seek reconciliation.

Over a million Syrian refugees trapped in an 'informal' Lebanese limbo

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:13:09 GMT


Their life's dream is to go back to Syria. But for the moment, their greatest fear is not being able to pay the rent.

Duterte to Trump: Show restraint on Korea, Kim Jong-un wants to end the world

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:08:04 GMT


Philippines leader warns that one miscalculated missile, nuclear warhead or bomb would cause a "catastrophe" and Asia would be the first victim.

Madeleine McCann's parents are trying to protect their twins, 12, from online abuse

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:27:03 GMT


The parents of Madeleine McCann have spoken of the hurt caused by fake news and how they are now trying to protect their 12-year-old twins from online abuse.

Trump says he 'has brought profound change' in his first 100 days

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:07:02 GMT


President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had brought "profound change" to Washington as he marked his 100 days in office.

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia without explanation

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:48:07 GMT


The Turkish government agency in charge of internet technologies blocked access to Wikipedia Saturday without explaining why.

Climate March draws thousands demanding Trump acts on environment

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:59:05 GMT


On what could be a record-hot day, tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to assemble in Washington on Saturday. Their large-scale climate change protest will mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, which have been punctuated by multiple rollbacks of environmental protections and Obama climate policies.

Russian protests call for Putin to quit as dozens arrested

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:32:04 GMT


Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities.

Angela Merkel says she has 'good relationship' with Trump despite frosty start

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:25:04 GMT


German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that she and President Donald Trump have built a "good working relationship" even though the two had frosty exchanges last year that raised fears of damage to the pivotal US-German partnership.

Brazil gripped by first general strike in two decades

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:34:06 GMT


The government argues that economic reforms are needed to pull Brazil out of its worst recession on record.

Internet shutdowns rob Kashmiri activists of lifeline

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:00:18 GMT


Indian activists who rely on social media to share information in times of tension are being frustrated by a wave of internet shutdowns.

Breakthrough as Kenya poised to elect first female governors

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:02:05 GMT


None of Kenya's 47 counties, which manage local infrastructure, are headed by a female governor, but this could change soon.

French election: Emmanuel Macron urges 'morally weak' rivals to reject Marine Le Pen

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:28:08 GMT


With just over a week to go until the run-off vote, the independent centrist is tearing up France's political rule book.

Half arrested in Donald Trump's immigration raids had traffic convictions or no record

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:23:09 GMT


About half of the 675 immigrants picked up in roundups across the United States in the days after President Donald Trump took office had no or minor convictions.

Korean crisis: between lobbing missiles, Kim Jong-un looks to Russia for support

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:18:10 GMT


Kim Jong-un knows how to time his missile tests to maximum effect.

Saudi entertainment chief sees cinemas, fun returning, eventually

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:47:04 GMT


Government wants Saudis to have fun in their own country, not abroad, and is seeking to change their citizens' cloistered lifestyle.

'I am going to come through for you,' Donald Trump vows to NRA on 100th day eve

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:51:07 GMT


The NRA claims 5 million members, including many white rural voters, a demographic that helped tip the electoral college in Trump's favour.

Westminster knife suspect was aid worker, part of Gaza blockade convoy

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:47:05 GMT


A terror suspect arrested metres from Downing Street with a rucksack full of knives took part in a controversial aid convoy to Gaza, it has emerged.

Wave warning after quake off Philippines

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:39:05 GMT


A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 has struck off the coast of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is a risk of large waves as far away as Indonesia.

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, news agency reports

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:57:05 GMT


North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile early on Saturday from a region north of its capital, Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported citing South Korea's military.

US tells UN Security Council failure to act on North Korea could be catastrophic

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:49:05 GMT


The US called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang.

Marine Le Pen's campaign dogged by furore over new party leader's Holocaust comments

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:55:02 GMT


Once again, allegations of Holocaust denial have landed on the doorstep of France's far-right National Front.

Donald Trump's first 100 days marked by 'American carnage', the Washington swamp, and the 'bigness' of it all

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:27:05 GMT


The Trump administration has not just broken the old rules, it appears to have no idea that any existed in the first place.

Wikipedia's Katherine Maher on free knowledge in the age of mass surveillance

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT


For many years the democratic ideal of free-knowledge-for-all was the driving force behind the internet. Ha, how quaint.

Like Hollywood but with dirty money, welcome to London's richest suburbs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT


Kleptocracy Tours takes you through the city with the highest concentration of dirty money in the world.

Donald Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:40:10 GMT


President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office.

Fifth person dies following Stockholm truck attack

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:35:02 GMT


A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, raising the death toll to five.

Woman shot, six arrested in London terror raids

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:54:04 GMT


A woman has been shot and six people arrested during terror raids in northwest London, with British police saying they have foiled an active plot.

Korean crisis at risk of getting 'out of control', China tells Russia

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:51:20 GMT


China signals it wants Russia to pass United Nations Security Council sanctions on North Korea.

'It could have been any of us': Bali nine member Michael Czugaj speaks out

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:05:06 GMT


For Michael Czugaj, one of the youngest members of the Bali nine arrested 12 years ago for trafficking heroin, this week marks two difficult anniversaries.

The 'BBC kids' and their parents are back, in a cartoon

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:59:03 GMT


The young stars of the year's funniest global home video have been transformed into a cartoon by a Brooklyn couple hoping the precocious kids will be just as cute in two dimensions.

Ella Knights remembered as a 'beautiful person' after Bali scooter tragedy

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:54:04 GMT


Friends and former colleagues of an Australian woman who died in a scooter accident in Bali on Thursday morning have remembered her as a "beautiful person". 

Pope Francis to meet 'controversial' cleric Ahmed al-Tayeb in tense Cairo

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:03:05 GMT


In a bid to improve Christian-Muslim relations, will meet one of Sunni Islam's highest and most controversial authorities.

Kiwis reassured one year 'pathway to citizenship' in Australia remains

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:34:06 GMT


New Zealanders living in Australia have been assured a crackdown on citizenship requirements has not shifted the goalposts on the "pathway to citizenship" hammered out last year.

Hidden behind bookshelf: Philippine dozen held without access to lawyers, toilet

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:23:09 GMT


In the latest abuses in the Philippines' war on drugs, a hidden jail has been found holding suspects without charge.

The first 100 days of US President Donald Trump: a timeline

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:36:08 GMT


By Saturday April 29 - 100 days into his term - he is expected to have signed 30 executive orders, more than any other president since World War II, along with 24 memorandums and 20 proclamations.

Italian neuroscientist plans to bring frozen brains back to life

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:26:02 GMT


An Italian professor aims to "wake up" cryogenically preserved people and transplant their brains into donor bodies.

Vladimir Putin a 'dark Sith Lord' as Russia spreads fake news, NATO seminar told

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:02:13 GMT


Russia had been provoked by NATO's move to beef up its presence in the Baltic nations, Latvia's infantry head says.

Israeli Patriot missiles down target over Golan Heights: army

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:05:02 GMT


Israel's Patriot anti-aircraft missile system shot down an aerial target over the Golan Heights on Thursday, the Israeli military said.

Facebook says it will act against 'information operations' using false accounts

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:30:03 GMT


Facebook Inc acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion.

Julie Bishop: Australia may join world's biggest 'cyber-war' drills

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:01:08 GMT


Australia is considering taking part in one of the world's biggest 'cyber-war' exercises.

Russian spy ship sinks after collision with freighter off Turkish coast

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:49:04 GMT


A Russian naval intelligence ship sank on Thursday after colliding with a merchant freighter in the Black Sea near Istanbul, the Turkish coast guard said.

Pentagon to investigate former Trump adviser Michael Flynn's payments from foreign groups

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:36:02 GMT


The Pentagon office will try to determine whether Flynn "failed to obtain required approval prior to receiving" the payments.

Marine Le Pen's path to victory is much narrower than Donald Trump's was in 2016

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:38:08 GMT


There are strong reasons why the French election is different from the US one.

Angela Merkel warns the UK against 'illusions' about Brexit in hard-line speech

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:41:02 GMT


The German Chancellor has laid down a tough line for Brexit talks with the UK.

Foreign Islamic State fighters are 'fighting to the death' in Mosul

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:53:05 GMT


Colonel says capturing foreign fighters is rare because they 'are very hardcore and they came here to die'.

Man with knives arrested at Westminster in London on suspicion of terrorism

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:59:06 GMT


A man carrying knives has been arrested near the site of last month's terror attack in London.

'Most wanted' Chinese fugitive believed to be hiding in leafy Sydney

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:16:06 GMT


A leafy street in Sydney's Burwood has been listed by China's feared corruption investigators as the possible residence of one of its 'most wanted' international fugitives.

Finding of mastodon bones may rewrite story of humans in Americas

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:44:04 GMT


A new find may push back the record of human species, far beyond scientists' expectations.

'Unfair': Indonesia warns Australia's A4 paper tariff will affect free-trade talks

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:07 GMT


Indonesia has lashed out at Australia's "unfair" decision to impose a tariff on cheap paper from Indonesia, warning it will affect free-trade talks between the two countries

China, Russia to counter Donald Trump's controversial THAAD missile shield

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:57:02 GMT


China and Russia have vowed "to take further action" against the United States' ambition to build a global anti-missile shield.

Australian woman Ella Knights dies in scooter crash in Bali

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:22:05 GMT


A 29-year-old Australian woman has been found dead in Bali after a motorcycle accident.

Israeli-American teen arrested over Australian school bomb hoax calls

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:47:06 GMT


The suspect behind 591 bomb hoaxes sent to Australian schools has been revealed as an Israeli-American teenager.

Big spat over Eman Ahmed's 300kg weight loss

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:10:06 GMT


"Liar" and "hogwash" are some of the words being exchanged in a bitter spat that between the sister of "the world's heaviest woman" and her doctors.

'Power can ruin you': Pope Francis issues warning in TED talk

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:29:02 GMT


Pope Francis, an outspoken champion of science and technology, gave his own TED talk Tuesday night, speaking from the Vatican with a three-part message calling for a "revolution of tenderness" and warning those in power to act responsibly or "your power will ruin you."

Damascus explosion: large blast, fire at airport reflect Israel policy

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:59:07 GMT


A large explosion in the area of Damascus International Airport on Thursday was the work of Israel's policy to act against Hezbollah, minister suggests.

New Zealand feeling too full for some Kiwis' taste

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:27:04 GMT


Kiwis love to show their beautiful country to foreign visitors; sharing it permanently is another matter.

Ivanka Trump contradicts Donald Trump's stance on Syrian refugees

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:34:08 GMT


Ivanka Trump's comments are a pointed departure from one of her father's bedrock populist positions.

This isn't tax policy, it's a Donald Trump-led heist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:10:02 GMT


What do you do if you're a historically unpopular new president, with a record low approval rating? Why, you announce a tax cut!

US President Donald Trump's tax reform plan could cause US-Australia revenue disputes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:17:12 GMT


US President Donald Trump has confirmed he wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 per cent, which business leaders and tax experts say, if passed, will heighten the need for company tax cuts locally.

Trekker found alive after 47 days missing on Nepal mountain

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:12:09 GMT


A Taiwanese man who was missing on a Nepal mountain for 47 days has been found alive, but his girlfriend had died just three days before they were discovered.

ASEAN nations nudge closer to South China Sea code of conduct

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:17:05 GMT


South-east Asian nations and China are edging closer to an agreement that aims to lessen tensions over the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.

US vows to bring Kim Jong-un 'to his senses' amid rising North Korea tensions

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:31:06 GMT


The top US military commander in the Pacific has said the US wants to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses", warning that North Korea could strike US soil.

Britain urged to join NAFTA and TPP after Brexit

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:56:06 GMT


The UK is being urged to join the multilateral trade agreements being abandoned by US President Donald Trump.

Emmanuel Macron ambushed by Marine Le Pen supporters on campaign trail

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:03:06 GMT


Emmanuel Macron was ambushed by his nationalist rival Marine Le Pen who forced him into a confrontation with some of her hardcore supporters.

China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:28:04 GMT


China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon.

Donald Trump 'has no intention' of releasing tax returns: Treasury secretary

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:20:03 GMT


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns.

Donald Trump's team unveils opening bid for 'biggest tax cut' in US history

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:44:03 GMT


The White House left unanswered questions about whether the plan would be paid for, or how.

Donald Trump orders review of national monuments to open land for drilling and mining

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:03:02 GMT


The move comes as part of Trump's effort to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by Obama.

French candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign confirms they were targeted by phishing cyber attacks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:34:04 GMT


Some experts have linked the group suspected in the attacks to the Russian military.

David Cameron says Trump's travel ban is playing into the hands of extremists

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:58:07 GMT


Donald Trump's attempts to prevent citizens of six predominantly Muslim nations from entering the US is helping the cause of extremists, former British prime minister David Cameron has declared.

First 'Made in China' aircraft carrier unveiled as USS Carl Vinson nears Korea

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:34:06 GMT


Chinese media worry Russia will step into the rift between Beijing and Pyongyang should sanctions be extended.

Indigenous protest over land rights turns violent on front steps of Brazil Congress

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:57:07 GMT


Indigenous people and police have clashed in Brazil's capital city, as officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas while tribe members shot arrows in return.

US Dept promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago belongs in impeachment file

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:36:07 GMT


US President Donald Trump should be investigated for the promotion of his private resort on the State Department website, Noah Feldman says.

Mar-a-Lago promotional article pulled from US government websites after uproar

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:41:03 GMT


The article that claimed Trump's use of the "winter White House" "finally fulfilled its original owner's dream has been taken down.

Baby humpbacks 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid threats

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:04:02 GMT


The findings highlight the importance of keeping humpback "nursery" waters as quiet as possible, scientists say.

Ex-Flamengo keeper and convicted killer Bruno ordered back to jail

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:14:05 GMT


A Brazilian goalkeeper who served part of a 22-year sentence for murder before returning to first-class football in April has been ordered back to prison

French election: Whoever wins presidency will still face a big challenge

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:36:05 GMT


Between the two outsiders battling to become France's president, their political parties command just three lawmakers out of 925 in parliament.

In South-east Asia, cyber criminals make hay of government websites, citizen data

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:19:02 GMT


A top level investigation into cyber crime has identified nearly 9000 malware-laden servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals in Asia.

Donald Trump suffers third setback on immigration

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:58:05 GMT


The Trump administration has suffered its third major setback on immigration policy after a federal judge blocked any attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities".

Hawaii blocking of Trump's travel ban a blow to the White House

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:50:08 GMT


The Hawaii court's decision signals that proponents of the ban face a long and risky legal battle ahead

Sorry, Donald Trump voters, you got scammed - you're never going to get your wall

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:36:02 GMT


Like so many of Trump's promises, this one seems to be fading when confronted with the cruel realities of governing

Alex Jones sued by Chobani yoghurt company over sexual assault reports

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:34:04 GMT


A US yoghurt company has filed a lawsuit against Alex Jones for posting what it called false news reports about the company.

Amid North Korea tensions, US moves anti-missile defence system to site in South

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:12:04 GMT


The US and South Korea have agreed to deploy the THAAD system in response to the threat of missile launches by North Korea.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel snubbed by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:52:04 GMT


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled talks with Germany's visiting foreign minister, snubbing Sigmar Gabriel.

At 100 Days, Donald Trump is neither Russian stooge nor fascist

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:54:02 GMT


Now that we are approaching the 100-day mark, it's worth noting that the president is defying the expectations of his resistance.

Turkish strike on Kurds raises US concerns

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:23:03 GMT


The Turkish planes bombed Kurdish fighters in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 20.

Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to disclose foreign payments: committee

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:35:02 GMT


The former adviser earned income speaking in Russia and lobbying on behalf of Turkey.

Thai man broadcasts daughter's murder live on Facebook

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:30:03 GMT


A Thai man killed his 11-month-old daughter and broadcast her death on Facebook before he took his own life, police said.

Best of the world: April 26, 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:00:16 GMT


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

Armed gang of 50 steals $50 million in 'robbery of the century' in Paraguay

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:43:06 GMT


A gang of 50 armed bandits made off with $53 million from a vault in Paraguay on Tuesday in a raid worthy of a Hollywood film.

Former Perth resident pleads not guilty over South Africa axe murder of family

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:10:02 GMT


The trial of Henri van Breda began more than two years after his parents and brother were killed. His sister survived her injuries but cannot remember the incident.

Kim watches North Korean army fire 400-cannon 'bombardment' to mark anniversary

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:54:04 GMT


A noisy military display stopped short of the feared nuclear weapons test or intercontinental missile launch.

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:23:09 GMT


Jakarta's outgoing governor, on trial for blasphemy, says that in adversity he found courage from an unlikely source - the movie Finding Nemo.

At Villers-Bretonneux, The land has long healed, but the stories are raw

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:34:47 GMT


This was the war in 1917, one hundred years ago, remembered again this Anzac Day among the farmland and villages of the Somme and Flanders.