MH370 search under scrutiny

A Royal Australian Air Force Orion looks for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet in the Indian Ocean.

A year on and there is no sign of the missing plane - who's to blame?

World's largest Hindu temple

A diagram of the proposed Viraat Ramayan Mandir temple in Bihar, India.

3:39 PM  The world's largest Hindu temple is said to be "an architectural wonder of the world".

Gervais jokes about killing DJ

"Sometimes, I just want to stop the world and get off."

Ricky Gervais responds to the rabbit-killing controversy: “I just battered a Danish DJ to death....”

Carjacking broadcast on radio

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

She'd phoned the radio show to talk about her hairpin collection when a crime happened.

Six of the coolest new creatures

Ampulex Dementor, the soul-sucking "dementor" wasp.

Before eating its prey alive, the ampulex dementor wasp paralyses its prey not by locking up its muscles but by stealing its free will.

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australia

Girl, 4, makes scientific history

Isla Robinson, 4, and her mother Rachel Weldon just before Isla became the first child to be given her own cord blood to prevent her developing type 1 diabetes.

When Isla Robinson was born, her parents banked her cord blood. Now they're glad they did.

Grave fears for IS fighter's children

Children of Australian Khaled Sharrouf are in "real danger", his mother-in-law says.

Police seek to prevent public access to siege evidence

Depp's Dogs situation 'hilarious'

americas

Fighting back with crop tops

Alexi Halket, standing, found plenty of support for #CropTopDay.

Fed up with her school's dress code, Alexi Halket took a stand - with #CropTopDay.

Bacon busted for sausage bashing

When Thomas Bacon found someone else eating his last sausage, he got all a-sizzle.

Lucas the police dog in action.

Police dog stops roadside ambush

Faithful K-9 companion comes to the rescue of an officer being dragged into the woods by three attackers.

europe

A whodunit that dates back 430,000 years

skull

Archaeologists painstakingly piece together pre-Neanderthal skull to find the earliest known evidence of murder.

Fifa rocked as US seeks extradition after arrests

The US is seeking to extradite Fifa corporate executives and officials, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed.

"Sometimes, I just want to stop the world and get off."

Ricky Gervais jokes about killing DJ

Ricky Gervais responds to the rabbit-killing controversy: “I just battered a Danish DJ to death with a bicycle pump to show how terrible murder is.”

middle east

Hamas accused of torturing Gaza civilians

Hamas militants put a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel on his knees before executing him.

Amnesty International says Islamist Hamas abducted, tortured and killed Palestinian civilians during last year's war with Israel.

IS recruit lured home with sick mum claim

Asher Abid Khan was restless and living in Australia when he began researching ways to join Islamic State, US prosecutors allege.

Willsher, left, Jackson and Lillie Weekes.

Three-year anniversary of mall blaze

Parents of triplets killed in Doha fire will spend anniversary reflecting on their short lives.

asia

China puts weapons on its new artificial islands video

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image provided by the US Navy.

Australian official challenges China over construction of artificial islands in South China Sea.

Hurricanes stick by jailed fan

Kiwi in jail in Myanmar for using image of Buddha to promote cheap drinks is to get a signed shirt from his favourite team.

The caption on the photos reads: "I have new watches! I'm supposed to have four watches since I have four long legs. But that seems too uncouth so I kept it down to two, which totally fits my status."

Rich kid buys dog two gold watches

Thought you were splurging by purchasing an Apple Watch for yourself? Think again.

africa

Air France jet just missed mountain

An Air France flight in early May was said to narrowly miss Mount Cameroun, seen here through an aircraft window in 2008.

Air France jet with three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa, authorities say.

25 Kenyan police die in attack

Al Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 Kenyan police, ambushing some officers in a village after others died when their vehicle hit a landmine.

Chadian troops participate in the closing ceremony of operation Flintlock in an army base in N'djamena, Chad, Monday March 9, 2015. The U.S. military and its Western partners conduct this training annually and set up plans long before Boko Haram began attacking its neighbors Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Chadian Brig. Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue said Monday that his soldiers alongside troops from Niger had entered Nigeria but he declined to give further details about the ongoing operation. Ngobongue described Boko Haram fighters as ?bandits and criminals who have nothing to do with religion.? (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Boko Haram kill at least 43 in Nigeria's northeast

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state.

south pacific

TPP talks 'in end-game'

Barack Obama meets with the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries in Beijing.

The United States is optimistic a deal to set up a free trade zone across the Pacific will be concluded soon.

6.8 quake hits Solomon Islands

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck close to the Solomon Islands, just days after the area was hit by another strong earthquake.

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

6.8 quakes rattle Solomon Islands

Two 6.8-magnitude earthquakes have struck off the Solomon Islands but there are no reports of damage.

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Ricky Gervais jokes about killing DJ

Ricky Gervais responds to the rabbit-killing controversy: “I just battered a Danish DJ to death with a bicycle pump to show how terrible murder is.”

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