Syria IS defeated, says US-backed force

深圳风采投注 The militant group Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, according to a US-backed force, though the last IS fighters are said to be holding out.

US cop cleared over shooting of black teen

A white US former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh has been acquitted by a jury.

26 killed, 28 injured in China bus fire

A tour bus has caught fire on a highway in central China's Hunan province, killing 26 people and injuring 28, local authorities say.

Mueller's Trump report may name Aussies

A handful of Australians are likely to figure in Robert Mueller's report into Russia's effort to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

NZ mosque scarred, but Muslims not scared

Bullets might have scarred a New Zealand mosque targeted in a terror attack, but the Muslim community hasn't been scared to return.

Mueller sends Russia report to US A-G

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

China plant blast toll at 62, probe called

An eastern Chinese chemical plant explosion has killed 62 people, with 34 people critically injured and 28 missing, state media says.

NZ mosques to be returned to community

Police will officially hand back two mosques at the centre of the New Zealand terror attacks to the local communities on Saturday.

More bodies found in Iraq ferry sinking

The death toll from the sinking of a ferry in northern Iraq has risen to 109, as the nation's president and its top Shi'ite Muslim cleric call for justice.

Chinese chemical plant blast kills 47

An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China's Jiangsu province has killed 47 people and prompted a crackdown on unsafe operations.

Syria vows to retake Golan, slams US shift

Syria says it's determined to take back the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and has slammed US President Donald Trump for backing Israeli sovereignty there.

Turkey's leader shows shooting video again

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has shown footage of last week's mosque shootings in Christchurch at another election rally.

Dutch shooting suspect 'has confessed'

Dutch prosecutors say 37-year-old suspected gunman Gokmen Tanis has confessed over the deadly shooting on a tram in Ultrecht.

Petition to stop Brexit reaches 3 million

A petition aimed at stopping Britain's impending exit from the European Union has now reached three million signatures.

At least 60 dead in bus collision in Ghana

Two passenger buses have collided head on on a highway in Ghana, sparking a large blaze and leaving at least 60 people dead.

EU gives UK last chance for orderly Brexit

EU leaders have given the UK parliament an April 12 deadline to offer a new plan or choose to quit the bloc without a treaty.

EU rejects Israel sovereignty over Golan

US President Donald Trump's move to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has been rejected by the European Union.

Boko Haram militants kill 23 Chad soldiers

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 23 Chadian soldiers in what appeared to be the deadliest such attack inside Chad by the Islamist insurgents.

UK footballer freed after child sex term

Disgraced former England football player Adam Johnson has been released from prison after serving three years for child sex offences.

North Korea quits liaison office

North Korea has pulled out of a liaison office with the South just hours after the US imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang.

UN rights forum condemns Israeli over Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council has condemned Israel's "apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force" against protesters in Gaza.

Russia opposes change to Golan status

Russia says a change in the status of the Golan Heights to put it under the sovereignty of Israel would directly violate UN decisions.

NZ mosques not ready for Friday prayers

A Call to Prayer will be broadcast across New Zealand in a memorial for mosque terror attack victims, but the mosques where the shootings won't re-open in time.

NZ moves on guns as families mourn victims

New Zealand's prime minister has announced a ban on semi-automatic rifles as police say they've identified all 50 victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

Maori reject PM's 'This is not us' line

Some Maori leaders are recalling colonial atrocities as they reject Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's response to the mosque massacre

Battle for last IS enclave nears end

US-backed forces have captured an encampment where Islamic State jihadists have been mounting a last defence of the tiny enclave of Baghouz.

Trump says China trade deal 'coming along'

President Donald Trump says US negotiators are going to China this weekend to further a "great" trade deal which is "coming along nicely".

EU to grant Brexit delay if UK backs deal

European Council President Donald Tusk has signalled the EU is open to a short Brexit extension, but says the British parliament must approve a divorce deal.

US Fed holds interest rates steady

Interest rates have been kept on hold in the United States and the Federal Reserve's policymakers have abandoned projections for any more rate hikes this year.

Driver sets school bus on fire in Italy

A driver who set alight a bus full of schoolchildren on the outskirts of Milan was apparently protesting against migrant drownings in the Mediterranean.

Trial date set for ex-Nissan boss Ghosn

Japan's public broadcaster says the trial of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn on charges of under-reporting his salary is expected to begin in September.

Finland remains 'world's happiest country'

Released in conjunction with World Happiness Day, the World Happiness Report ranked Finland as the world's happiest country for the second year in a row.

No more room to move on Brexit: Juncker

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has played down hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations at this week's European Union summit.

Fugitive jeweller Modi denied bail in UK

Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi has been refused bail by a judge in London following his arrest in the city on fraud conspiracy charges.

Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic gets life

Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic has had his 40-year prison sentence for war crimes upgraded to life following an appeal.

EU fines Google for blocking rivals, again

Google has been fined $A2.38 billion by European Union antitrust regulators for blocking rival online advertisers in the latest penalty for the search giant.

Nth Macedonians plead guilty to joining IS

Seven North Macedonian nationals have pleaded guilty to joining the Islamic State group and fighting with it in Syria and Iraq, officials say.

Air strikes kill Somali civilians: Amnesty

Civilians may have been killed in a stepped-up campaign of air strikes by the US military in Somalia, human rights watchdog Amnesty International claims.

Fugitive billionaire jeweller Modi caught

One of the main suspects in an alleged multi-billion loan fraud, Nirav Modi, has been arrested in London on behalf of Indian authorities, British police say.

Hundreds escape Swiss cruise ship crash

Passengers aboard Swiss cruise ship MS Edelweiss were evacuated after the cruise ship hit a cargo vessel carrying cars on a Netherlands river.

Powerful party abandons Algerian leader

A powerful backer has abandoned Algeria's ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika as protests continue in the capital Algiers against an extension to his reign.

May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to push Brexit back until June 30.

Africans mourn after Idai kills hundreds

Mozambique has begun three days of national mourning for hundreds of victims killed by Idai as neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi also recover from the storm.

Burials begin after NZ mosque attack

Funerals have started for the victims of the Christchurch mosque terror attack, as "deeply offensive" actions by Turkey's president cause a diplomatic storm.

ISIS revenge threat taken seriously: NZ PM

Threats of Islamic State retribution for the massacre in Christchurch is being taken seriously by New Zealand government agencies.

Another Syrian IS camp captured in Syria

Islamic State fighters in Syria are now confined to a tiny pocket on the edges of the Euphrates river and are holding their families as human shields.

Sub makes rapid ascent in Indian Ocean

The crew of a sub filming the bottom of the Indian Ocean are safe after making an emergency ascent from 100 metres down when the cockpit filled with smoke.

Tech companies must act after NZ terror

The CEOs of Facebook, Alphabet's Google, which owns YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft have been urged to remove content that would spawn political extremism.

Erdogan urges death for NZ mosque attacker

President Tayyip Erdogan has shown a clip of the Christchurch mosque shooting and urged New Zealand to restore the death penalty for the gunman.

Bangladeshis warned of risk in Aust, NZ

Bangladesh has warned its citizens about travelling to Australia and New Zealand, advising them to be vigilant in public places after the Christchurch attacks.

California uni may expel students in scam

The University of Southern California says it may expel the students tied to an admissions scam, including the two daughters of actress Lori Loughlin.

Trump praises Bolsonaro, mulls NATO tie-up

US President Donald Trump has found common ground with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, giving him a ringing endorsement and mulling NATO membership.

Floods hamper Cyclone Idai rescue efforts

As aid organisations scramble to rescue and feed survivors of Cyclone Idai, rising floodwaters threaten survivors in Mozambique.

New Algerian group tells army to stay away

Thousands again protested President Bouteflika's rule in Algiers as new group National Coordination for Change called on the military not to interfere.

Aluminium maker Hydro hit by cyber attack

A cyber attack on one of the world's largest aluminium producers has affected the company's IT systems and forced some of its plants to be operated manually.

3rd suspect arrested over Utrecht shooting

A third person has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the fatal shooting of three people and wounding of five others on a tram in the city of Utrecht.

No end date for South African power cuts

South Africans look set to endure further rolling power outages after major energy supplier Eskom suffered repeated faults at its coal-fired power stations.

Taiwan-US talks to counter China pressure

Talks between the United States and Taiwan form part of efforts to counter growing pressure from Beijing to force the island into political unification.

IS militants caught fleeing Syrian enclave

US-backed fighters have captured 157 mostly foreign fighters as they tracked efforts by jihadis to escape the last shred of IS territory in eastern Syria.

Thai tycoon jailed, fined for poaching

A Thai construction tycoon found guilty of charges related to poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary was fined and sentenced to 16 months in jail.

Uganda probes relief food after deaths

Ugandan police are investigating recent food supplies after three people died and more than 150 fell ill in the northest Karamoja region.

Republican sues Twitter, parody accounts

A lawsuit filed by Republican Devin Nunes accuses Twitter and several of its users of defamation and negligence over parody accounts like "Devin Nunes' Cow".

Shares gain on Fed as pound rides Brexit

The pound kept calm after another dramatic twist in the Brexit plot while world shares inched towards their longest winning streak of the year.

May plots new path around Brexit obstacle

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans are in disarray after the speaker of parliament's ruling that she had to change her twice-defeated divorce deal.

Websites refuse to help NZ police

Some websites are refusing to help New Zealand police probing the online presence of the Australian white supremacist charged with killing 50 in Christchurch.

NZ parliament meets to say 'we're sorry'

New Zealand's parliament has held a sombre session to offer condolences to the families of the victims of the Christchurch massacre.

China says it helped ease Kashmir tensions

China has taken the credit for reducing tension between India and Pakistan last month when there were border clashes in Kashmir.

Sydney woman stunned by NZ shootings

Australian Joanne Williams says it seems nowhere is safe following the terror attack on Christchurch, where she'd considered living after the Lindt Cafe siege.

Seven dead in Bangladesh election attack

Gunmen in Bangladesh have opened fire on two cars returning from a polling station with ballot boxes, killing at least seven people, and wounding 15 others.

I won't speak gunman's name: NZ PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she won't use the name of an Australian man behind the Christchurch terror attack in a bid to deny him notoriety.

Boeing plane development under review

Boeing is under increasing pressure after investigators found similarities between the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX planes in Ethiopia and off Indonesia.

Shake A Tail Feather co-writer dies

Singer and songwriter Andre Williams, who helped write Shake A Tail Feather has died at the age of 82 of colon cancer.

Democrats urge FBI probe into Trump donor

US Democrats are calling on the FBI to look a campaign donor for Donald Trump, who was the owner of a spa that has been implicated in human-trafficking.

Kiwis turn in guns as govt mulls buyback

New Zealanders have started to turn guns in to police as the country's government mulls a buyback scheme and a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

US floods kill three, towns cut off

At least a dozen levees have been breached in the US Midwest, killing three people, and flooding hundreds of homes.

A thousand Venezuelan troops flee

About 1,000 Venezuelan troops have crossed the border into Colombia since February, surrendering weapons, and rejecting President Nicolas Maduro's government.

NZ seeks answers after mosque attack

New Zealand authorities are set to launch a probe asking how a massacre at two mosques happened and if it could have been stopped.

NZ gun club burns down overnight

New Zealand Police are treating as suspicious a fire that burned down a small gun club overnight.

Dutch police arrest suspect in shooting

The 37-year-old man wanted over a shooting on a Dutch tram that killed three people and wounded five has been arrested.

Trump: media blame me for NZ massacre

US President Donald Trump has tweeted that the media is "working overtime" to blame him for the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Brexit boost for May from rebel Rees-Mogg

The strongest hint yet that British parliament may pass Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan was delivered by pro-Brexit MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Volunteers fly in to wash the dead in NZ

Volunteers from Australia and cities across New Zealand have gathered in Christchurch to prepare an overwhelming number of bodies for burial.

One dead in Dutch tram shooting

One victim is dead and others have been injured in a shooting in a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, with police citing a possible "terrorist motive".

Myanmar military court to probe atrocities

Myanmar's army has set up a military court to investigate its crackdown that forced more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Lawyer: Suspected NZ mosque gunman 'lucid'

The suspect charged with murder over the mass killings in Christchurch is "lucid" according to the lawyer appointed by a New Zealand court to represent him.

Iran will sue US for sanctions: Rouhani

The Iranian government will file a legal case against US officials in an Iranian court, President Hassan Rouhani says, ahead of international legal action

Rabbi injured in Palestinian attack dies

A Palestinian attack in which a Israeli soldier was killed in the occupied West Bank has claimed a second life after a rabbi died of gunshot wounds.

China says 13,000 arrests in Xinjiang

China says it arrested 13,000 people in its Xinjiang region since 2014, countering criticism from UN experts who say a million Uighurs and Muslims are detained.

China's Xi to make 3-nation Europe visit

China has announced President Xi Jinping will visit Italy, France and Monaco beginning Thursday.

Labour to back public vote on May's deal

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says he is likely to back a public vote if PM Theresa May's Brexit deal is approved as two peers indicated changes to the backstop.

NZ gun show cancelled after Christchurch

The organisers of New Zealand's biggest gun and militaria show have decided to cancel Saturday's event in Auckland out of respect for the Christchurch victims.

Dick Dale, surf guitar king, dies at 81

Pioneering surfing guitarist Dick Dale has died at the age of 81.

NZ speeds up visas for mosque families

The families of those killed or injured in the Christchurch mosque massacre will be given priority service when applying for visas to visit New Zealand.

Madonna, others donate to NZ victims fund

A-list celebrities including singer Madonna and actor Ben Stiller have donated thousands to a fund raising page for the New Zealand terror attack victims.

Iraqi soldiers killed in clash with PKK

Two Iraqi soldiers have been killed after clashed with the Kurdish PKK militia in northwestern Iraq.

Maduro to restructure govt: Venezuela VP

Embattled Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro plans to restructure his government, his vice president says, amid a power struggle with the opposition.

Iran minister presses for internet access

Iran's communication minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi has again called for less internet censorship in the Islamic republic.

France plans new security measures

French PM Edouard Philippe will on Monday outline new security plans aimed at controlling violence linked to the yellow vest protests.

NZ mosque gunman visited Israel in 2016

Israel has confirmed the main suspect in New Zealand's mosque shootings visited Israel in October 2016 for nine days but no further details are available.

Trump not white supremacist: White House

US President Donald Trump's stance and his support for a Fox News personality who made anti-Muslim remarks is in the spotlight after the NZ mosque shootings.

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