Iraq declares state of emergency

Followers of Iraq's Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr storm Baghdad's Green Zone after lawmakers failed to convene for a ...

2:49 AM  Supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr storm parliament to protest against corruption.

Chemical leak after train crash

The train derailed just five kilometres away from the White House.

2:33 AM  Hazardous liquid spills from freight train that derailed near the White House in Washington, DC.

Starbucks sued for millions

The company says the lawsuit is absurd and any customer who's not happy with their order can have their beverage remade.

Lawsuit claims customers are getting only half of what they are paying for because of too much ice in their iced drinks.

Obama roasts Trump video

"Obama out": The US President drops the mic to conclude his speech at the annual White House Correspondents' Association ...

US President draws laughs with his jibes about Republican frontrunner.

Ivory burn 'heartbreaking' video

Fire burns part of an estimated 105 tonnes of ivory and a tonne of rhino horn confiscated from smugglers and poachers at ...

Ex-NZ PM Helen Clark is in Kenya to watch thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns go up in flames.

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Princess Charlotte: new photos

The princess looks more than a little like her father Prince William.

The youngest royal is about to turn one and she's looking more and more like her father.

Teacher comes to boy's rescue

Sophie Murphy is a fine example of why teachers rock.

When she first boarded her flight from Sydney to Melbourne three weeks ago, Sophie Murphy felt an "awful tension" in the cabin.

Kiwi's OE nightmare

Dan Oliver feels lucky to be alive after falling about 13 metres from a roof in Bath.

Dan Oliver plunged 5 storeys and now faces three months in hospital - all down to one rugby ball.

US race a not so civil rite

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Old National Events Plaza in ...

ANALYSIS: Tornados hit near Indianapolis on Thursday. If you were looking for a symbol of what has hit Indiana in the presidential primary race, you could do worse.

'Life's like a bad dream' stuff nation

She fled home at 14, ending up in Kathmandu's adult sector. Now Kubita says her life feels "worthless".

She fled home at 14, ending up in Nepal's adult sector. Now Kubita says her life feels "worthless".

Boy falls into bonfire at party

The charred remains of the bonfire party.

Drunk revellers "blocked" fire crews and doused an ambulance in petrol; teen charged.

Elephants pack up trunks for retirement

Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus walk through the streets of Manhattan on their way to ...

Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ending a 145-year spectacle.

A policeman's worst fears

What's gone missing since 2013?

One Australian officer's nightmare day - forgetting his gun in a McDonalds restaurant, and then it goes missing.

Snatched by my mother

Diane Livingstone and her son, Theo Kavouklis, who was abducted by his father and taken to Greece.

Theo Johnstone didn't recognise the lady. When she grabbed him, he screamed.

Five killed in Texas floods video

A woman holds a baby in a canoe as Texas Guardsmen arrive to assist after flooding in Brookshire, Texas.

Grandmother and four of her grandchildren killed in floods in Texas caused by severe storm system.

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Teacher comes to boy's rescue

Sophie Murphy is a fine example of why teachers rock.

When she first boarded her flight from Sydney to Melbourne three weeks ago, Sophie Murphy felt an "awful tension" in the cabin.

Boy falls into bonfire at party

Drunk revellers "blocked" fire crews and doused an ambulance in petrol; teen charged.

A policeman's worst fears

Snatched by my mother

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Elephants pack up trunks for retirement

Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus walk through the streets of Manhattan on their way to ...

Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ending a 145-year spectacle.

Five killed in Texas floods video

A woman holds a baby in a canoe as Texas Guardsmen arrive to assist after flooding in Brookshire, Texas.

Grandmother and four of her grandchildren killed in floods in Texas caused by severe storm system.

100 years for cutting baby from womb

Dynel Lane is accused of cutting a stranger's unborn baby from her womb.

A judge sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison.

Anti-Trump protests break out

Police in riot gear hold back demonstrators against US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Hyatt ...

Protests erupted in California for the second day in a row against presidential candidate Donald Trump.

europe

Kiwi's OE nightmare

Dan Oliver feels lucky to be alive after falling about 13 metres from a roof in Bath.

Dan Oliver plunged 5 storeys and now faces three months in hospital - all down to one rugby ball.

Confession for soap star's slaying

Arthur Simpson-Kent is seen held inside the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Accra, Ghana, January 10, ...

Eastenders star's boyfriend admits he killed her and her two young children.

Queen & Prince Harry's cheeky video video

The Queen, bemused by the Americans, says, "Oh really? Please.'' Harry then says "Boom!'' with a wicked grin.

It helps to have friends in high places - like a palace - when you're promoting an athletic event.

11 dead after helicopter crash

Rescuers work at a site where a helicopter crashed, west of the Norwegian city of Bergen.

An oil-rig helicopter crashes on an island off the coast of western Norway, killing at least 11 people.

middle east

Aussies blame NZ for sober rules

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited Kiwi troops based at Camp Taji in Iraq in October 2015.

An alcohol ban at a military base in Iraq has angered Australian soldiers, who say Kiwis are to blame.

Bomb in Baghdad kills at least 17

A view of Baiji oil refinery, north of Baghdad.

‚ÄčA suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 40 others.

'Double the refugee quota' gallery video

Labour leader Andrew Little said there was a strong sense of resilience in the people he met on his visit.

Labour leader Andrew Little left "shaken" by visit to Jordan's biggest refugee camp.

Dozens killed in hospital strike video

A civil defence member carries a child that survived from under the rubble at a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel held ...

Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria's Aleppo, killing at least 27 people.

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Cooking ban as India sizzles

More than 150 leading Indian economists, rights activists and academics expressed their "collective anxiety about the ...

Daytime cooking banned in India as searing heat kills more than 300 people.

The Pacific Rim: Five myths

Seismic graphs show the earthquake waves at 8am on Tuesday detected by the northernmost seismographs.

A tragic month of earthquakes along the "Ring of Fire" has kept seismologists busy.

Shark rips off surfer's arm

A shark attack at a Bali beach has left Ryan Boarman critically injured.

Doctors have managed to reattach the arm of a tourist who was mauled by a two-metre shark in Indonesia.

US man sentenced to hard labour

Kim Dong Chul, 62, admitted to stealing North Korean military secrets.

An elderly man will spend 10 years doing hard labour in North Korea for "unpardonable espionage".

africa

12 dead in Nairobi building

Rescue workers search for residents feared trapped in the rubble of a six-storey building that collapsed after days of ...

Rescue workers race to save more residents from the rubble of a six-storey building in Nairobi after it collapsed.

New life awaits circus lions video

All the lions were starving when they were rescued, said Animal Defenders International.

They were found starving, with missing claws and smashed teeth. But a new life awaits 33 rescued lions.

11 shot dead at military barracks

The shootings happened in Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa.

A disgruntled soldier is suspected of gunning down eight other soldiers and three civilians at a military barracks.

Piracy in Gulf of Guinea 'alarming'

A naval officer mans a machine gun on a boat off Nigeria's coast in 2013. The US says there is an alarming increase in ...

With 32 attacks off Nigeria's coast so far this year, fears are growing about the impact of pirates.

south pacific

Vanuatu hit by large quake

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, was 10km deep. It was later revised to magnitude 7.

A magnitude 7 quake has hit near Vanuatu, but the tsunami threat appears to have passed.

Cyclone Amos weakening

Heavy rains caused damage to roads in some parts of Samoa.

Samoa's Disaster Management office says the worst of Cyclone Amos has now passed.

Cyclone to hit Samoa on Sunday

Cyclone Amos is approaching Samoa and American Samoa.

A tropical cyclone heading for Samoa is expected to intensify overnight.

Cops investigate Cooks death

Jacob Berry died after a fall from a motorbike in the Cook Islands.

Australian man falls sick in Pacific prison and dies after being taken to New Zealand.

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Princess Charlotte: new photos

The youngest royal is about to turn one and she's looking more and more like her father.

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