Controversial Arab mascot goes

Arab mascot

A California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.

Pakistan protests turn deadly

Three people have died and over 400 have been wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad.

Witness recalls new pal

"Wow, that's a big dude. Why he don't speak?" Those were Dorian Johnson's first thoughts on meeting Michael Brown.

Kiwi connection in incest case

A NSW mother whose children were removed from a 'squalid' farm amid incest claims will appear in court after trying to snatch two sons back.

Colorado plane crash deadly

All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died.

Cat meows to save owner

 Move over Lassie, the new hero in town is Sally the cat who saved her owner from his burning home.

New Zealand outpaces Australia

Kiwis enjoy faster download speeds for websites than our friends across the Tasman, research says.

Hang-glider's luck runs out

Aussie watchdog sues Valve

Bags of cash spill

Armoured truck overturns on a US highway spilling bags of money that quickly drew passers-by.

Miners making their escape

Eleven gold miners trapped by a mine collapse in Nicaragua have walked out unharmed.

Coming out video goes viral

US investigates Obama threat

US gun violence - what next?

In one state, lawmakers have banned most semiautomatic firearms; in another a Colt Revolver was named official state gun.

Volcanic ash warning cut

Iceland cuts ash warning level for aviation saying a fresh fissure eruption in Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash.

Boy with brain tumour found

A seriously ill child taken from a British hospital earlier this week by his parents has been found in the south of Spain.

Child killed in explosion

Ukraine hands back prisoners

Putin calls for talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine.

'Greatest escape' in Golan

Filipino peacekeeprs escape their besieged Golan Heights outpost under cover of darkness after seven-hour gunbattle.

US drops bombs on Iraqi city

The US military has conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Iraqi city of Amirli.

Fiji soldiers 'unharmed'

Pakistan PM won't quit

Two-month siege broken

Iraqi security forces have broken the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants.

China to control HK candidates

China will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests.

Media crackdown worsens

China has ordered its journalists to learn ''Marxist news values" as prescribed by the Communist Party.

Sewol ferry owner mourned

Schapelle Corby's parole tightened

Hong Kong braced for protests

China rejects Hong Kong demands to freely chose its next leader sparking vows to bring its financial hub to a standstill.

Lesotho PM flees country

Lesotho's prime minister, Thomas Thabane, has accused his country's army of staging a coup against him and fled to neighbouring South Africa.

Workers strike at Ebola clinic

Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, a further blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus.

Drug hope as Ebola hits Senegal

Ebola may exceed 20,000

Fear spreads with Ebola

The dreaded Ebola virus came to the children's hospital in the form of a 4-year-old boy.

Volcano erupts in PNG

Residents near an erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea are waiting to see if they need to evacuate.

Rights group probes video

A graphic video in which castaway fishermen are murdered on the high seas is yielding information on the killers.

Refugees 'live like animals' in Nauru

Police investigated after death

PNG volcano quietens

PNG's volcano is spewing fragments from its crater and rumbling loudly, but its activity appears to be subsiding.