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australia

Murder victim 'should have been at home'

VICTIM: Jill Meagher vanished after a night out with workmates. She was later found in a shallow grave.

Catholic Church forced to apologise for saying rape and murder victim Jill Meagher should have been more "faith-filled".

Nightclubber's son jailed for rape video

Luke Lazarus will serve at least three years for the sexual assault of a young woman in an alley behind a nightclub.

Jill Meagher's killer was serial rapist video

Catholic crusader blesses gay marriage

americas

Reddit CEO loses sexism trial video

CLAIMS REJECTED: Ellen Pao, right, and attorney Therese Lawless leave the courtroom after losing in Pao's high profile gender discrimination lawsuit against a venture capital firm on Friday (local time).

Jury rejects Ellen Pao's gender-bias claims in case that that riveted Silicon Valley for weeks.

Two new Cosby accusers

A prominent lawyer has introduced two more women who say Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them.

DELICIOUS: A Double Stuf Oreo like the ones that were used in the science project.

Permission slip for an Oreo

Mum can't believe it after teacher sent back permission slip over a cookie.

europe

Crash dad: Focus on pilots' welfare

Family members of pilot Patrick Sonderheimer pay their respects at the memorial for the victims of the air disaster in the village of Le Vernet, near the crash site.

Grieving father of Germanwings crash victim says everyone on plane should not be forgotten, ever.

Surprise acquittal for Amanda Knox video

American Amanda Knox "tremendously relieved" after her acquittal by Italy's top court for the 2007 murder of her flatmate Meredith Kercher.

Andreas Lubitz participates in a race in Germany in 2009.

Germanwings pilot's 'spectacular' plans video

Andreas Lubitz was planning a spectacular gesture to make everyone "remember" who he was, his ex says.

middle east

Islamist groups seize Syrian city

ARAB INSULT: Rebel fighters place shoes on a damaged sculpture of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, father of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib city, after taking took control of the area on Saturday.

Hardline Islamist insurgents have taken the city of Idlib and are roaming the streets.

Fears of land war over Yemen video

Saudi Arabia is drawing up plans for a possible ground offensive as their warplanes pound neighboring Yemen.

A Shi'ite Muslim rebel holds up his weapon during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies this week struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president, in a major gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington.

Middle East's cold war is getting hot

After years of jousting in the shadows, Riyadh's push into Yemen exposes a conflict to the entire world.

asia

March a month of marijuana mishaps

Indonesian police accidentally made an entire suburb of Jakarta inhale marijuana smoke.

Burning cannabis goes wrong in Indonesia, while dad in US eats hash brownies and thinks he's having a stroke.

Fishermen stranded, enslaved

An estimated 4000 fishermen are stranded on a handful of islands in Indonesia.

Jokh and his granddaughter Kamala travel along dirt tracks in remote Nepal to an eye clinic to get his cataract treated.

UK should cut aid to Nepal

Britain should cut its 86m pound aid budget for Nepal unless the country acts to combat "endemic" corruption.

africa

Boko Haram on the run

TAKING BACK CONTROL: Nigerien soldiers patrol on foot in Damasak on March 24. Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad.

Boko Haram fighters have been driven from a sprawling area in northern Nigeria, averting a disaster.

June: Fighting for Reeva

The only time June Steenkamp talked to her daughter's killer, Oscar Pistorious, was to warn him to protect her daughter.

A still image taken from video shows tourists running for cover as armed men stand guard at Tunisia's national museum.

Tunisia museum to reopen

Tunisia is aiming to restore faith in its tourism sector by reopening the National Bardo Museum.

south pacific

Photos: Vanuatu destruction

New Zealand Defence Force operating from Port Vila, Vanuatu. Damage assessment flight in an RNZAF King Air Flight Recce of local islands to the North of Port Vila, Clockwise Recce of Epi Island

A series of photographs taken from the ground and the air by the defence force reveal further destruction in Vanuatu.

NZ logistics team heading to Vanuatu

The team will focus on providing drinking water and medical support to the storm-smashed nation.

CHERYL GWYN: The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

GCSB to be investigated video

Spying watchdog will head an inquiry into allegations the GCSB spied on New Zealanders working in the Pacific. 

Video

24 dead in hotel bloodbath

Blood spattered utensils mark the reception area of prominent hotel following attack by Islamic extremists.

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