Royal tour in Australia

Royal visit 'special' for fires victim

On first full day of Australia leg of royal tour, Wills and Kate head inland to scene of devastating bushfires.

Troops Russian, Putin admits

7 min ago Vladimir Putin rejects claims Russian special forces are formenting unrest in Ukraine but admits troops in Crimea were Russian. | Separatists take buildings

Ferry disaster death toll climbs

Strong currents and poor visibility hampering rescuers in search for 287 missing ferry passengers.

MH370 search has a week

Best leads in search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane exhausted in a week, Australia PM says.

Japan may scrap whale hunt

Japan is considering scrapping a whale hunt just days before the fleet’s planned departure, media have said.

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