Top Taliban official quits

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has not been seen for years.

A top Taliban official has announced his resignation amid a growing leadership struggle among the organisation.

US airlines ban trophies

Delta has moved to ban the shipment of exotic animal trophies.

Two more US airlines have joined Delta Airlines in pledging they will no longer ship hunting trophies.

Super typhoon's 286kmh punch

Super Typhoon Soudelor is the strongest storm of the year, packing a sustained wind speed of 286kmh and 350kmh gusts.

The world's strongest typhoon of 2015 is bringing 350kmh gusts and waves nearly 10 metres high.

'Hype' hurting Malaysia Air

The two-metre-long piece of wing recovered from the island of Reunion is speculated to be debris from MH370.

Coverage of the search for missing Flight 370 continues to hurt ticket sales, CEO says.

27 injured after bunker blast

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Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade firefighters conduct a house burn at 25 Woodend Road for training.

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At least 27 people injured in a fire at a former World War II air raid shelter in the German city of Hamburg.

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australia

Shooting sparks Brisbane manhunt

Police in Brisbane are hunting for two men who opened fire at a man's home.

Man flees in terror when two balaclava-clad assailants threatened him and began shooting at his house.

Stolen Echidna found

An echidna that captivated the state after thieves snatched her on Saturday night has been found.

Gunman too busy to talk

Deer hides from dog in pool

americas

Car thief tries to eat his fingerprints video

Kenzo Roberts made the grim, unsuccessful attempt to eat his own fingerprints after being caught trying to steal a car.

Kenzo Roberts made the grim, unsuccessful attempt after being caught trying to steal a car.

Mum 'kidnapped girl to avoid vaccination'

Father talks of his relief at daughter's safe return after year-long "kidnap" by the child's mother.

Emergency services at the scene of the tent collapse.

Deadly tent collapse in US

A tent has collapsed in the US state of New Hampshire, killing and wounding a number of people. 

europe

Italian police nab suspected mobsters

In 2011 Italian police released a computer aged image of what mafia fugitive Matteo Messina might look like.

Mobsters suspected of using code language to help Sicilian mafia boss evade capture.

Spectacular crane accident crushes homes gallery video

Two cranes hoisting a section of bridge have collapsed in a Dutch town, flattening houses and injuring at least 20 people.

An eight-year-old boy was found crammed inside a suitcase at border security check point in May.

Moroccan dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

A man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase in a car boot.

middle east

Syrian jet crashes, 27 dead

A Syrian jet has crashed near the Turkish border, killing 12.

A Syrian jet fighter has crashed in a market near the Turkish border, killing at least 27.

A glimpse of the good life

Amid the death destruction in Gaza, there's a desire, among those who can afford it, to experience everyday pleasures.

A man cools off in Baghdad.

Beneath the 'heat dome'

"You just can't imagine how awful it gets," says a man who's been in temperatures like those being experienced in Iran.

asia

Fears Bali's rabies battle off track

A tourist plays with a dog at Seminyak Beach in Bali where hundreds of canines have been poisoned and left to die while authorities battle rabies.

Hundreds of dogs have been poisoned as Bali authorities deal with an upswing in human deaths from rabies.

Indian floods, landslides kill 75

At least 75 people are dead after heavy rains caused floods and landslides in eastern India.

Super Typhoon Soudelor is the strongest storm of the year, packing a sustained wind speed of 286kmh and 350kmh gusts.

Super typhoon hits with a 286kmh punch

The world's strongest typhoon of 2015 is bringing 350kmh gusts and waves nearly 10 metres high.

africa

Big game hunter won't bow to backlash

"I couldn't be any happier! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!"

Sabrina Corgatelli gleefully taunts her critics. "To all the haters. Stay tuned, you're gonna have so much more to be p****d off about."

Barnacles may yield MH370 clues

Barnacles on debris found on Reunion Island may help solve the MH370 mystery.

A man walks on a beach in Saint-Denis on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. More pieces of debris have washed ashore since the discovery of a wing.

Beachcombers on the hunt for MH370

Police have been enlisted in the search for debris that may have come from missing plane MH370.

south pacific

Airline: It's MH370

French gendarmes and police inspect the large piece of plane debris found on the beach in Saint-Andre.

Malaysia Airlines says it's confident the wreckage found on Reunion and now being analysed in France is from the doomed flight.

6.9 quake hits near Solomons

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake was reported in the Santa Cruz islands, and a short-lived tsnuami warning has been lifted.

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island appears to come from a wing.

MH370: probe gathers pace

Two-metre piece of plane that washed up on Reunion will be examined next week in France.

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Car thief tries to eat his fingerprints

Kenzo Roberts made the grim, unsuccessful attempt after being caught trying to steal a car.

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