Suspects held without charge

EXTRAORDINARY POWERS: Australian police hold three suspects without charge.

Australian counter-terrorism authorities have used for the first time extraordinary powers to hold suspects arrested on Thursday.

Putin will attend G20

ATTENDING: Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely attend the G20 meeting, despite calls from some for Russia to be excluded.

Russia will attend November's Leader Summit in Australia despite concern over its actions in Ukraine.

Alleged arsonist called 911

KING FIRE: Inmate firefighters return to their truck.

Man accused of "willfully and maliciously" starting a massive fire in California broke into a home nearby to call police, the owner says.

Editorial cartoonist fired

FIRED: "I was informed of my sacking from El Universal over this caricature and my awkward attitude over graphic satire, " veteran cartoonist Suprani said via Twitter.

Firing of editorial cartoonist for drawings critical of Venezuela's government raises concerns over censorship.

Cheers and tears in Scotland video

"Better Together" supporters celebrate at the campaign Headquarters at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

Supporters of Scottish independence have broken down in tears in the streets of Edinburgh after voters rejected independence.

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australia

Terror attack was imminent - Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a terror attack was feared within days.

The terror attack foiled by police in Sydney yesterday would have been carried out "within days," Australia's prime minister says.

Terror raids: 800 police, 2 charged

It was hard to believe the awkward, spotty youth in court was capable of planning such a horrific act of public violence.

The man accused of beheading plot

Actor linked to plot

americas

Editorial cartoonist fired

FIRED: "I was informed of my sacking from El Universal over this caricature and my awkward attitude over graphic satire, " veteran cartoonist Suprani said via Twitter.

Firing of editorial cartoonist for drawings critical of Venezuela's government raises concerns over censorship.

Rift widens between Obama and US military

Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and US military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.

8 dead in Florida shooting video

Car found after 46 years

KING FIRE: Inmate firefighters return to their truck.

Alleged arsonist called 911

Man accused of "willfully and maliciously" starting a massive fire in California broke into a home nearby to call police, the owner says.

europe

Putin will attend G20

ATTENDING: Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely attend the G20 meeting, despite calls from some for Russia to be excluded.

Russia will attend November's Leader Summit in Australia despite concern over its actions in Ukraine.

Pro-independence leader Alex Salmond resigns

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says he will step down from his post and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the country voted against independence in a historic referendum.

Cheers and tears in Scotland video

France carries out air strikes in Iraq on Islamists

QUEEN ELIZABETH II: "Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots ... are able to express strongly held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support."

Queen calls for unity after Scotland vote

Queen Elizabeth II has urged people in the United Kingdom to come together "in a spirit of mutual respect and support" after Scots voted against independence.

middle east

Rift widens between Obama and US military

COPPING FLAK: Barack Obama explains the US strategy for degrading and defeating Islamic State militants without sending ground forces back into Iraq in front of American soldiers.

Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and US military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.

Islamic militants blamed for bombings

A series of vehicle bombings in Iraq killed at least 31 people, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country.

France carries out air strikes in Iraq on Islamists

'Happy' singers sentenced in Iran

'Superstar' of IS ... Aafia Siddiqui is currently serving an 86-year sentence at a federal prison in Texas on her conviction four years ago of attempted murder, although she has been linked to terror plots.

Islamists offers hostages for imprisoned 'superstar'

For months, Islamic State militants have engaged in a high-stakes game of deadly extortion, threatening to behead American captives they are holding in the Middle East unless their demands are met, including an end to US airstrikes targeting their strongholds in Iraq.

asia

Killers have likely fled island

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

The killers of two British tourists are likely to have fled a Thai resort island amid false police leads and a contaminated crime scene.

Bikini comment apology

Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha apologised for criticising tourists who wear bikinis in Thailand, comments that sparked an international outcry.

Teachers held without charge

Chinese anti-corruption probe

Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt before taking a further three harpoon shots to kill the whale in the Southern Ocean in 2006.

'Whale hunt will continue'

Japan vows to continue hunting whales, despite the International Whaling Commission voting in favour of a NZ-led resolution.

africa

Kenyan mall massacre still haunts

DANGER: An armed man caught on CCTV from inside the mall during the attack.

For Maurice Adembesa Ombisa the horror of Nairobi's mall massacre lasted just minutes. For his family it's still going.

Gunmen kill 15 at college

Gunmen have stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people.

3000 troops to fight Ebola

Hundreds feared drowned

EBOLA SURVIVOR: Kent Brantly prepares to testify before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday.

Doctor's Ebola ordeal

A US medical missionary tells Congress how he came to understand Ebola's devastating toll after being diagnosed.

south pacific

Victory for Bainimarama

LEADING THE POLL: Frank Bainimarama carries his granddaughter after casting his vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in Suva.

Coup leader Frank Bainimarama is on verge of sweeping a historic vote to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers give the ballot stamp of approval

Family sues Samoa over prison death

Family members of a mentally ill Auckland man who died in jail in Samoa are suing the government there for NZ$15.5m.

Fiji stability 'threatened'

Fiji military backtracks on solider release

FIJI VOTES: An election poster for military strongman Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama can be seen in the rear window of a taxi in August.

Bainimarama set to retain power

Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First party on way to victory in landmark democratic election.

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Plane fills with smoke

Passengers of a flight that made an emergency landing describe how smoke and fumes from an engine fire filled the cabin.