'My agonising year without Paul'

'MY BEST FRIEND': Paul and Danica Weeks on their wedding day in 2007.

11:38 AM  Danica Weeks, wife of missing MH370 passenger Paul Weeks, reflects on her first year without her husband.

The secret in Clinton's portrait

SECRET SHADOW:  Former US President Bill Clinton stands near his portrait during an unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian on April 24, 2006 in Washington, DC. The Clintons reportedly hate the painting because of its reference to Monica Lewinsky.

16 min ago  It turns out Bill Clinton's presidential portrait has a secret. And it involves Monica and "that" dress.

Massive assault to retake Tikrit

READY TO FIGHT: Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad, ahead of an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit.

10:16 AM  More than 25,000 troops and militia begin operation to retake town from Islamic State

Blogger poisoned son with salt

LACEY SPEARS: Documented her son's health woes on a blog. She has been found guilty of killing him by force-feeding him salt.

11:13 AM  A woman who blogged for years about her son's health woes killed him by force-feeding him salt.

Critc's partner 'under guard' video

'I AM NOT A SUSPECT': Slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's companion Anna Duritskaya, who was with him on a bridge near the Kremlin when he was murdered, tells a Russian TV station she is being held against her will by Russian investigators.

11:42 AM  Boris Nemtsov's girlfriend breaks silence on the murder of Vladimir Putin's top critic.

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australia

3 killed in Queensland shooting

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  A general view of a Victoria Police officer wearing a high visibility vest on patrol on September 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

A young boy, a middle-aged man and a woman in her 20s were killed in a small house near Toowoomba.

Skydiver saved after mid-air seizure

Heart-stopping footage of a skydiver suffering a seizure over Western Australia has taken the internet by storm.

MH370 search 'can't go on forever'

Police to scour bush for missing toddler

americas

'Half-tonne killer' loses 362kg

STUNNING WEIGHT LOSS: Since her trial in 2011, Mayra Rosales has lost 362kg and wants to lose more.

Woman dubbed the "half-tonne killer" for falsely claiming she killed her nephew makes headlines again, after losing 362kg.

LA police shoot homeless man video

In a dramatic confrontation caught on video, Los Angeles police shot and killed a homeless man in the heart of downtown's bustling skid row.

grave

Daughter dug grave for will

A US woman has admitted digging up her father's grave in search of his "real will". She found only vodka and cigarettes.

europe

Concern at UK defence cuts

Britain has cut defence spending by around 8 per cent over the last four years to help reduce a record budget deficit.

US army chief fires warning over the impact of cuts to British defence spending.

Owl terrorises town

"Terror owl' swoops on Dutch residents, sinking its talons into them and gouging their flesh.

Ireland's Dumbest Criminal. Brick rebounds off car window and smashes the criminals face and knocks him out cold. The car owner returns seconds later to have him arrested.

Thief as thick as his brick video

Want to break into a car by throwing a brick through a window? Well knock yourself out. This guy did.

middle east

Isis 'not very Islamic'

The reclusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, speaks at a mosque in Mosul, last July, declaring himself the worldwide leader of Muslims.

The vast majority of Muslim clerics say the group cherry picks what it wants from Islam's holy book in trying to justify their genocidal ambitions.

Kiwi heading back to Iraq

Harmeet Singh Sooden, who was held hostage by Islamic militants in 2005, will return to Iraq.

A screengrab of the threats apparently made by Isis or one of its supporters.

New Isis target: Twitter

The Islamic State is angry at the microblogging site and founder Jack Dorsey for closing their accounts.

asia

Tsunami-ravaged city to host Japan 2019 RWC matches

DEVASTATED: Kamaishi was hard hit by the 2011 Japan tsunami with homes wrecked and ships washed ashore.

Small town of 30,000 people to host matches at a Rugby World Cup boasting a $1.7b stadium in Tokyo.

MH370 search 'can't go on forever'

A year since Malaysian Airlines jet MH370 vanished, officials are considering calling off the search.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Bali nine legal appeals 'irrelevant'

Transfer to "execution island" looms as more influential Indonesians express concerns about president's hardline stance

africa

Kiwi in $3.5b African fight video

BITTER BATTLE: Stephen Jennings is fighting a boardroom coup over his $3.5 billion Tatu City development outside Nairobi.

Stephen Jennings, who made billions in Russia, tries to save multi-billion Kenyan development.

US jury convicts bin Laden aide

One of al-Qaeda's early leaders convicted in the deadly 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

After the killing of eight people who were part of a government-led group trying to educate people on Ebola, the people of Womey were forced from their town by the military. They lived in the bush for over six weeks as the military looted all of their belongings.

Ebola didn't kill them - fear did

Fear of Ebola led to murder - and a whole village was punished.

south pacific

Tonga bans fruit imports

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

Tonga has banned fresh fruit imports from Auckland, fearing the Queensland fruit fly.

Toothfish boat on way to Nelson

The Antarctic Chieftain is heading back to Nelson under its own steam after spending five days five days trapped by ice near Antarctica.

Anthony de Malmanche was arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle meth into Bali, police say.

Bali drugs trial delayed

The trail of New Zealander Antony de Malmanche, facing a potential death sentence on drug charges in Bali, has been postponed. 

Video

Putin critic's girlfriend 'under guard'

Boris Nemtsov's girlfriend breaks silence on the murder of Vladimir Putin's top critic.

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