Sydney cafe siege: 'This is an attack'

Sydney cafe manager Tori Johnson was forced to kneel before being shot in back of head during last year's deadly siege.

Perth family killed in axe attack

Horror attack family leaves parents and one son dead, and two children in hospital.

Michelle Obama shocks with no headscarf

For US first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.

Jordan set to exchange prisoner for pilot hostage

Jordan willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by Islamic State.

New York officials in firing line over 'Juno' actions

New York's leaders on the defensive after shutting down city for a snowstorm that didn't meet expectations.

Firing squad for Bali Nine pair

Two Australians drug convicts could be executed by Indonesia as early as next month.

Another missed opportunity for Abbott

Another day, another half-apology. And therefore, another missed opportunity.

Australia goes back to the future

MPs furious over prince's knighthood

Oklahoma worries over its swarm of quakes

Oklahoma residents are understandably concerned as earthquakes get more intense and more frequent - and blaming the oil industry that accounts for a large chunk of the state's economy.

Saudi airman jailed for raping teen boy

A 25-year-old Saudi Air Force sergeant who raped a boy in a Las Vegas casino was sentenced to at least 35 years jail.

Iranian envoy expected to get US visa

Romney takes aim at Hillary Clinton

Stop e-smoking: California clamps down

Popularity of e-cigarettes is rising so quickly that California's health officials are putting 'vaping' on their hit list.

'Meditating' mummy found in Mongolia

The mummified remains of a meditating man have been found in Mongolia.

Typo brings down 120-year-old company

The family business collapsed after a UK government register typo listed it as having gone bust.

Kiwi who forecast D-day landings dies

Anti-austerity Greek cabinet named

Russian town turns into block of ice

The streets of a Russian town have been encased in ice after a water main burst during freezing cold weather.

Did Michelle Obama's naked head really upset Saudis?

Social media was abuzz with talk of Michelle Obama's decision not to wear a niqab in Saudi Arabia - but opinion was divided on whether the move was actually offensive.

Turkish criticism 'inappropriate' at Holocaust memorial

A Turkish official is the target of the latest salvo in a war of words between Turkey and Israel following a speech he gave at a Holocaust memorial service.

Your bomber for our pilot: Jordan's ISIS deal

Two dead as fighting flares on Lebanon border

ISIS sets deadline for hostage exchange

Islamic State says it will kill the Jordanian pilot it is holding captive unless the Iraqi terrorist held in Jordan isn't released by sunset on Thursday, Iraq time.

3 tons of cats seized

The truckload of cats was heading to restaurants in northern Vietnam, where the animals would be eaten.

Young woman found dead

Former Wellington woman found dead in Thailand had been tipped as a future PM, father says.

Cops feast on endangered salamander

AirAsia probe looks at possible computer glitch

North Korea 'demanded billions' for summit with South

North Korea demanded 400,000 tons of rice, 100,000 tons of corn, 300,000 tons of fertiliser and $10 billion to hold a summit with the South in 2009, says former president.

UN peacekeepers fire at Mali protest

UN peacekeepers in Gao killed at least three people after opening fire to disperse protesters, witnesses say.

Egypt protests leave at least 15 dead

At least 15 people have been killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

Militants attack Nigerian city

King Tut's mask 'can be saved'

Nine dead as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel

Two heavily armed gunmen storm luxury Tripoli hotel favoured by top Libyan officials, killing at least eight people.

NZ firm seeks Solomon Island oil

A Wellington based company is behind an application to conduct off shore oil prospecting in the Solomon Islands.

Tonga's new island of ash won't last forever

Tonga's disruptive volcano has gone quiet, leaving behind a temporary island of ash.

South Pacific's first summer storm

Cattle ship barred by Fiji

Fiji stability 'threatened'

Voreqe Bainimarama says destructive forces re-emerging in Fiji as video of captured soldiers released.

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