Siege hostage's one good news

Pregnant Sydney siege survivor Julie Taylor (circled) runs with other hostages from the Lindt café in Martin Place.

7:01 PM  The good news that a siege hostage's unborn baby is healthy comes with the heartache of knowing her closest friend won't be by her side.

No suspects in murder video

Australian police speak to people near  where eight children were found dead in Cairns.

7:28 PM  Police have no formal suspects for the deaths of eight children whose bodies have been found in a Cairns home.

Aus drops 100 bombs in Iraq

A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet receives fuel from a RAAF tanker in the skies over Iraq.

Australian combat aircraft operating over Iraq have dropped more than 100 bombs, each striking an Islamic State target.

Gunman's bizarre letter 

Man Haron Monis

After he received a 'polite signed letter' from Buckingham Palace, Man Haron Monis fired off a missive to Barack Obama.

Advisor in kidnapping claims

Clive Palmer and his media advisor, Andrew Crook.

Clive Palmer's media advisor "detained" in raids connected to alleged kidnapping of bank executive.

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australia

Duo sucked coins from car wash

Double trouble: coin thieves clean up at the Chirnside Park car wash.

Police hunting pair who used their own vacuum cleaner to suck coins from car wash machines.

'He's made our city smell like flowers'

The air is filled with the perfume of flowers. Tori Johnson would love it, his partner says.

Gunman 'caught on camera' video

700 fragments of MH17 victims

americas

Jail for duck rescue's double death

Ducks in Centennial Park.

Emma Czornobaj made headlines when she stopped to save seven ducklings. There wasn't a happy ending.

Blind boy's punishment outrage

School in US apologises to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly misbehaved on the bus.

NOT HAPPY: Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida intends to block efforts to normalise relations between the US and Cuba.

Attempts to derail US-Cuba deal

Republicans searching for a way to sink or slow a plan to normalise US relations with Cuba.

europe

Gunman's bizarre letter to Queen

Man Haron Monis

After he received a 'polite signed letter' from Buckingham Palace, Man Haron Monis fired off a missive to Barack Obama.

Denmark stakes its North Pole claim

In time for Christmas, Denmark has claimed Santa Claus's home - the North Pole.

The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17, believed to have been shot down by Ukraine separatists in July.

700 fragments of MH17 victims

Family of British student who died on MH17 reveal hundreds of body parts have yet to be identified.

middle east

Air strikes kill IS group leaders

Islamic State

US defence official says several Islamic State group leaders have been killed in air strikes in northern Iraq.

A trail of carnage after massacre video

Scattered shoes, broken eyeglasses and trails of blood mark the scene where 148 students and teachers were killed.

FACES OF THE VICTIMS: Some of the scores killed in the attack on the army-run school in Pakistan.

Pakistan to pursue militants

Pakistan's prime minister says his government "will not rest until every terrorist is killed".

asia

Kiwi denied bail video

Kiwi bar manager Philip Blackwood has been detained in Burma.

Trial date set for Kiwi bar manager accused over ''offensive'' Buddha images in Myanmar.

Indonesia prepares firing squad

Indonesia has asked that other nations respect its legal processes as it prepares to carry out the death penalty

PARADISE AS USUAL: Tourists deserted Phuket after the 2004 tsunami, but have since returned in droves.

Paradise as usual in Phuket

Tourists shunned Thailand for a year after the 2004 tsunami, but that didn't stop them returning in droves.

africa

Boko Haram kidnap over 100 women, children

Boko Haram abductees

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children and killed 35 people.

Ebola delays Liberia elections

Ebola has killed nearly 3200 people this year in Liberia, and many question whether elections can be held at all.

'Maasai Olympics'

The end of lion hunting gallery

The Maasai community are trading lions for medals in an attempt to end an enduring tradition.

south pacific

NZ rebuilds ties to Fiji

NORMALISING RELATIONS: Defence minister Gerry Brownlee, seen in a file photo, is in Suva for talks with his Fijian counterparts.

New Zealand is rebuilding defence ties to Fiji, with aerial surveillance and officer training set to resume early next year.

Kiwi's clean out pleases

Kiwi trumpets a clean out of corrupt cops during his retirement speech as boss of Tonga's troubled police force.

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Fiji drops sex-assault case

After a lengthy investigation, Fiji authorities won't prosecute resort employee accused of sexually assaulting girl staying in hotel with NZ family.

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No suspects in murder

Police have no formal suspects for the deaths of eight children whose bodies have been found in a Cairns home.