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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.

Sick kids cross Israel border

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:15:16 GMT


Imagine this. You have a child with leukaemia and you live in the Gaza Strip.

New global atlas of clouds released to please geeks

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:15:19 GMT


Clouds have fascinated and frightened shepherds and seafarers alike and now modern-day weather geeks have a new event to celebrate – the first updated international cloud atlas in six decades.

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:51:05 GMT


Iraqi government forces pause their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants because of the high rate of civilian casualties.

Premature baby hippo Fiona is growing up, Cincinnati Zoo says

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:28:05 GMT


She now tops 45 kilograms, meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.

Germany blocked Russian hacking attacks in 2016

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:42:02 GMT


Berlin: Germany last year warded off two cyber attacks by APT28, a top official said, referring to a Russian hacking group also dubbed "Fancy Bear" that experts say successfully targeted Hillary Clinton's US election campaign.

Singaporean blogger Amos Yee granted asylum in US

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:45:04 GMT


A US immigration judge in Chicago has granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state.

Court awards $1.3 million for victims of Congolese warlord

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:52:03 GMT


The International Criminal Court on Friday found a former militia leader liable for $US1 million in reparations to his victims and their relatives in a Congolese village.

Free trade opportunism? How Chinese Premier Li's visit positions US on the outer

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:40:05 GMT


Australia and China found unprecedented common ground during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Australia this week.

London terror attack: Westminster killer Khalid Masood had dreams 'about blood'

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:09:09 GMT


The Westminster attacker had sought professional help over his urges to kill.

Ukraine says Russian agent shot Putin critic Denis Voronenkov

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:10:04 GMT


The assassin who gunned down a prominent Russian opposition figure on a sidewalk in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was identified by Ukrainian officials

Robots could take over 38 per cent of US jobs within about 15 years: report

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:19:06 GMT


More than a third of US jobs could be at "high risk" of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that's greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a report released on Friday.

Donald Trump's healthcare failure exposes GOP disarray on Obamacare pledge

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:47:06 GMT


Republicans reveal themselves to be incapable of delivering on a promise they have been making to Americans for seven years.

Donald Trump-Russia link probe splits US House intelligence panel

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:14:04 GMT


The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russian interference in the US presidential election has deepened.

Blow for Donald Trump after vote for healthcare overhaul cancelled

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:03:06 GMT


Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the US healthcare system.

London attack: Alexander Downer says injured Adelaide woman known to his family

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:48:02 GMT


The Adelaide-based woman who had her foot crushed in the the fatal terror attack on Westminster is in "good spirits" but wants to return home to Australia as soon as she has recovered from surgery.

Spacewalk prepares International Space Station for commercial taxis

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:46:05 GMT


Two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday on the first of three outings to prepare the orbiting research laboratory for commercial space taxis.

Free Wi-Fi and meditation proposed as airlines adjust to laptop ban

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:04:04 GMT


Turkish and Gulf airlines are touting free Wi-Fi and better in-flight connectivity for smart phones as they scramble to mitigate the impact of a ban on laptops on board planes bound for the United States.

Donald Trump grants presidential permit for controversial Keystone oil pipeline

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:07 GMT


The United States has issued a presidential permit for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a years-long battle between environmentalists and the industry over whether Washington should approve it.

'We do not want to influence events in any way': Vladimir Putin meets Marine Le Pen

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:32:05 GMT


President Vladimir Putin met French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday.

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak freed, six years after overthrow

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:51:04 GMT


Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring, has been freed.

Britain faces $82 billion Brexit bill from EU

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:49:04 GMT


Britain's "divorce bill" for Brexit will be about €60 billion ($82 billion), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker says.

London attack: Two more 'significant arrests' made in 'fast-paced' investigation as attacker's name is revealed

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:38:05 GMT


The Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was born Adrian Russell Ajao and was from Dartford in Kent but took on a number of aliases before his murderous rampage targeting Britain's parliament this week.

Mexican state cracks down on surrogacy, traps parents in legal nightmare

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:52:08 GMT


Foreign families have been tangled up in a legal battle over how to apply new surrogacy restrictions in Mexico.

In Ukrainian ammunition warehouse explosion, Kiev sees a Russian hand

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:46:05 GMT


Ukraine suspects the Russian military or its separatist rebel proxies were responsible for blowing up a warehouse storing tank ammunition at an eastern military base.

South Korea brings to surface Sewol disaster ferry

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:57:04 GMT


Almost three years after the Sewol ferry disaster, South Korean authorities have raised the sunken ship.

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid say Iraqi officials, residents

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:27:04 GMT


Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings after an air strike against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion.

How the smartphone brought young Chinese back to bicycles

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:07:06 GMT


Smartphone apps are powering a new cycling boom in China.

Donald Trump's tweets a distraction from decisions being made at the White House

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:50:04 GMT


What are we missing by covering the US president's tweets, scandals, and outrages?

Postponed Trumpcare decision threatens Donald Trump's dealmaker reputation

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:25:08 GMT


It was a huge gamble by the president and Paul Ryan, who authored the disputed bill – their credibility is as much on the line as that of the congressional rebels.

'They say we are traitors': Putin critic Denis Voronenkov murdered in Kiev

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:09:04 GMT


A former Russian member of parliament who defected to Ukraine and began sharply criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Thursday in downtown Kiev in an apparent contract killing.

US warns South Sudan government against 'deliberate starvation tactics'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:12:07 GMT


The United States warned South Sudan's government on Thursday that preventing humanitarian aid workers from reaching parts of the war-torn state that are suffering famine could "amount to deliberate starvation tactics."

US Congress moves to strike internet privacy rules from Obama era

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:45:09 GMT


Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals on Thursday.

US general warns Russia may be arming Taliban

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT


US general warns Russia may be arming Taliban as Sangin falls to militants

London terror attacks vigil in Trafalgar Square modest, solemn and sincere

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:48:04 GMT


It was a very British vigil. But heartfelt, in that particular way the British show their feelings.

Democrats to filibuster Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:45:02 GMT


Chuck Schumer has vowed to lead an attempt to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

Donald Trump-Russia links: Devin Nunes is no longer qualified to lead probe

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:23:05 GMT


It's likely that Nunes hoped to help the president politically, and to validate Trump's discredited assertion.

London attack: Amid sadness, life in 'the greatest city on Earth' returns to normal

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:06:04 GMT


Major landmarks in the British capital gradually reopened on Thursday afternoon and life began to return to normal, the day after a lone attacker descended on Westminster, killing three and injuring 40 more.

Manhattan murder suspect killed homeless black man out of racial hatred, police say

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:46:02 GMT


An Army veteran with a long-simmering hatred of black men claimed responsibility on Wednesday for using a sword to fatally stab a homeless black man in Manhattan this week, police said.

Man held in Belgium after driving towards pedestrians at high speed on Antwerp shopping street

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:03:08 GMT


Police in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp said on Thursday they had detained a man who tried to enter the main pedestrianised shopping street in a car at high speed, adding security in the city would be stepped up.

Israeli teen arrested over bomb threats against Jewish centres in Australia, US

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:37:03 GMT


A man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centres in Australia, the United States and New Zealand.

London attack: Tributes for victims Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and Keith Palmer

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:30:05 GMT


London: A mother on her way to collect her two daughters from school was killed during Wednesday's terror attack in Westminster.

London attack: Westminster attacker identified as British-born Khalid Masood

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:05:06 GMT


The Westminster attacker was British-born and previously investigated by Britain's spy agency MI5 "some years ago" for violent extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed.

London attack: Australian resident Trish Neis-Beer among the injured

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:52:07 GMT


A woman from South Australia is among the injured in the London terror attack, parliament has been told.

London attack: Police make multiple arrests after conducting six raids

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:01:06 GMT


British police have made seven arrests and searched six addresses after an attack near parliament which left five people dead and 29 injured.

Australian man Thomas Keating sentenced over Phuket jet ski death

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:53:07 GMT


An Australian man whose girlfriend died when their jet skis collided at high speed off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket has been given a suspended one-year prison sentence.

London attack: Police conduct raids in Birmingham: report

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:02:10 GMT


London: British police have raided an address in Birmingham, West Midlands, possibly in connection with the car and knife attack that killed at least five people and injured more than 40 in London on Wednesday, according to media reports.

Parents charged over death of son after blaming toddler brother

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:10:08 GMT


Police say that questions abound about the fatal shooting - including who shot the boy and whether it was an accident.

London attack: Australian resident among the injured

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:20:05 GMT


A South Australian woman has undergone surgery after she was hit by a car in the London terror attack.

The two (media) sides of Premier Li Keqiang's Australian visit

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:54:04 GMT


Chinese media have blown hot and cold on Australia as Premier Li Keqiang arrived for a five-day visit.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and wife Akie caught up in right-wing school donation scandal

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:30:04 GMT


Abe has said neither he nor his wife, Akie, intervened in a sweetheart land deal for the construction of an elementary school.

War in Yemen: Iran steps up support for Houthis

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:04 GMT


The war in Yemen could shift the power balance in the Middle East.

Motor vehicles are the terrorist's new weapon of choice, experts say

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:23:02 GMT


Can cities be terror-proofed against a spate of vehicle-ramming attacks?

Tough times continue for people of East Timor

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:43:10 GMT


Dili: When invading Indonesian troops parachuted into Dili in1975 Filomena Gomes fled into East Timor's cloud-shrouded mountains and for four years scrounged food and cooked for guerrilla fighters.

Woman dies on flight from Los Angeles to Sydney

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:07:07 GMT


A passenger has died on an inbound international flight that arrived at Sydney Airport.

London terror attack: British MPs vow to return to work to prove terrorists won't win

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:20:04 GMT


London: When terror struck the British Parliament, the Commons was immediately suspended. 

London terror attack: 'Attack on democracy' the theme of newspaper front pages

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:50:03 GMT


Front pages reflected a mood of shock at how close terror had come to the heart of its political life and history.

Syrian civilians killed in air strike by US-led coalition fighting IS: reports

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:45:02 GMT


The coalition said that it had no indications an air strike hit civilians, but the US military acknowledged that strikes were carried out in the area.

London terror attack: CCTV shows woman plummeting from Westminster Bridge

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:26:04 GMT


One moment the footage shows a typical and instantly recognisable London scene: red double decker buses travelling across Westminster Bridge in the heart of the British capital.

Rex Tillerson urges other countries to cough up more for war on Islamic State

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:27:05 GMT


At a conference, at which Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop represented Australia, Tillerson spoke of setting up "interim zones of stability" for returning refugees.

Donald Trump's son criticised for misquoting London mayor over terrorism remark

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:46:09 GMT


New York: It has become something of an online custom in the social media age to react to tragic news stories - such as Wednesday's terrorist attack in London - with well-meaning if sometimes rote messages such as "thoughts and prayers".

After the terror, we found sanctuary under the Triforium of Westminster Abbey

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:10:07 GMT


"If police tell you to run, run." The officer's chilling instruction rang out across the quadrangle in the Commons below Big Ben.

Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort 'devised plan to benefit Russia'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:06:05 GMT


The White House is distancing itself from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, saying his secret work for a Russian billionaire happened during "the last decade".

Girl abducted by Boko Haram tells of kidnapping and escape

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:00:06 GMT


The militants came to the town in the dark. The girls, aged between 16 and 18, were at their boarding school, studying for their final exams.

Ancient Romans depicted Huns as barbarians but their bones tell a different story

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:35:07 GMT


While the Roman and Hunnic elites were at war, regular people living on the margins of these two empires were able to coexist, even co-operate, scientists say.

London attack: A city's heart beats on after terror strikes again

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:56:05 GMT


Terror attacks may have become easier. But society is now more resilient.

Wall Street Journal rips into Donald Trump over false news

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:34:03 GMT


The conservative newspaper wrote: "The President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims."

The attack London feared was coming

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:59:08 GMT


The terror threat level in the UK has been at severe – meaning an attack is 'highly likely' – since 2014.

London terror attack: MP Tobias Ellwood hailed 'absolute hero' for attempts to revive officer

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:20:19 GMT


A British politician whose brother died in the Bali bombings in 2002 desperately attempted to resuscitate a critically injured police officer who was stabbed in a terrorist attack outside the Houses of Parliament in the heart of London.

Secret Service sought $78m extra for Trump travel and protection, documents show

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:03:05 GMT


The agency will most likely have to divert other spending to handle the additional burden. While best known for protecting the president, Secret Service agents also investigate cyber crimes, counterfeit-money operations and cases involving missing and exploited minors.

London terrorist attack: What we know and what we don't know

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:10:02 GMT


Police investigations are ongoing into an attack in London on Wednesday.

Scientists outwit predatory publishers by tricking them into appointing a fake editor

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:00:06 GMT


She's the scientist who was appointed as editor to almost 50 academic journals. Trouble is she doesn't exist

London terror attack: Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit by car at Westminster

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:17:11 GMT


Four people are dead and about 40 injured after a terror attack in central London, in which a lone assailant ploughed a car into pedestrians on a busy bridge before stabbing a police officer outside the British Parliament.

Dozens watched a teen's sexual assault on Facebook Live and no one reported it, police say

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:34:02 GMT


A 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in Chicago by multiple suspects in an incident was streamed on Facebook Live, according to the victim's family.

Thai 'Piggy Bank' turtle Omsin dies after good luck coins poison her blood

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:57:05 GMT


A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said.

North Korea fails with missile tests as envoy vows to accelerate nuclear program

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:07:05 GMT


North Korea has nothing to fear from any US move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs.

Bali rocked in early morning earthquake

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:16:03 GMT


An earthquake has hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali, causing some panic among tourists and residents but there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Russia-Donald Trump link: Smoke? Fire? Or just a 'big, grey cloud' over White House?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:59:12 GMT


In keeping with the first days of spring, Tuesday is bright and sunny in Washington. But a "big, grey cloud" hangs over the White House.

French minister Bruno Le Roux quits over $77,000 holiday jobs for daughters

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:53:06 GMT


While it is legal in France for politicians to hire family members, the report suggests that Mr Le Roux's daughters did not perform all of the work.

Gunmen storm Amazon hospital, murder Brazil council worker

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:09:03 GMT


Five armed men burst into a hospital in the Brazilian Amazon, surrounded security guards and shot dead a prominent former land rights campaigner turned council worker.

The public might never know what Ivanka Trump does in her new White House office

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:36:05 GMT


She is moving into a West Wing office and serving as an informal adviser to her father. But she is not necessarily bound by federal ethics regulations, though she has said she will "voluntarily" follow them.

Despite global progress, 766 million people, half of them children, still live in extreme poverty

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:20:05 GMT


Scores of nations have lifted themselves out of poverty and illiteracy, but those signs of broad progress hide crippling inequality.

Donald Trump faces his hardest truth: He was wrong

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:38:05 GMT


The Comey episode threatens to damage Trump's credibility not only with voters, but also with lawmakers of his own party.

Carry-on electronics ban raises questions among security experts

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:05:04 GMT


Some experts question whether the limited ban can improve passenger security.

Families of September 11 attack victims sue Saudi Arabia

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:03:04 GMT


Hundreds of relatives of individuals killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks have sued Saudi Arabia in US court.

Arnold Schwarzenegger trolls Donald Trump on approval ratings, budget cuts

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:26:04 GMT


Schwarzenegger is needling Trump over his lacklustre approval ratings and proposed budget cuts.

Electronic devices flight ban extends as United Kingdom joins United States

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:08:09 GMT


The new restrictions were prompted by reports that militant groups want to smuggle explosive devices in electronic gadgets, officials told reporters.

Best of the world: March 22, 2017

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:01:00 GMT


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

Martin McGuinness, IRA commander who signed historic peace deal, dies at 66

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:06 GMT


Martin McGuinness, the ex-deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and former IRA commander, has died aged 66.

China wants to expand e-commerce trade with Australia

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:13:07 GMT


China has declared it wants to level the playing field for Australian and Chinese companies selling products online, on the eve of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's arrival to Australia.

Francisco 'Lu-Olo' Guterres on track to win East Timor presidential election

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:03:03 GMT


A veteran guerrilla commander is heading for a decisive victory in East Timor's presidential elections and is expected to be sworn in as the country's next head of state in May.

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen trade barbs in marathon presidential debate

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:11:06 GMT


A snap opinion poll showed Macron as the most convincing among the top five contenders in a marathon debate of nearly three-and-a-half hours.

'Outrageous': Jose Ramos Horta lashes out at Australian academic over East Timor 'failed state' fears

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:30:09 GMT


East Timorese leader Jose Ramos Horta has lashed out at what he calls "outrageous" claims before an Australian parliamentary committee.

Reality dawns on Americans as President tweets Russia-Trump hearing in real time

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:40:06 GMT


It was another extraordinary day in Washington as officials and public realise there are no brakes on this President.

South Korea's Park Geun-hye apologises, promises cooperation in graft probe

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:34:04 GMT


Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologised to the country on as she arrived at prosecutors' offices.

Donald Trump's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Twitter day

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:54:04 GMT


As the testimony unfolded, the president issued a series of tweets that did not hold up well.

Tainted meat scandal roils Brazil as China, EU, South Korea suspend imports

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:59:06 GMT


The scandal has put the entire meat industry in jeopardy and "destroyed" a hard-won image of quality products, meat producers say.

Stephen Hawking fears he 'may not be welcome' in Donald Trump's America

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:05:03 GMT


Stephen Hawking says he no longer feels welcome in the United States, now that President Donald Trump is in power.

Donald Trump meets Bill Gates after president aims for big cuts to foreign aid

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:43:04 GMT


President Donald Trump met with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at the White House on Monday, just days after releasing a budget proposal that would impose deep cuts on funding for many of the causes championed by the billionaire philanthropist.

First daughter Ivanka Trump gets an office in the West Wing

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:47:06 GMT


She's not technically a government employee but Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information.