Another hard lesson for Japan video

People gather in front of the Japanese PM's office in Tokyo to protest after IS militants behead a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.

11:19 AM  The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

400 day jail stint over video

After 400 days in prison, jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for his native Australia.

After 400 days in an Egyptian prison, released Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is head for his native Australia.

One bullet, two parents hit

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Toddler in US fired a shot that his got father in the buttocks then went on to hit the boy's pregnant mother.

Self-styled 'seer' faces trial

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Murder trial for self-styled ''seer'' and commune leader who allegedly foretold young member's death weeks before it happened.

Aust leadership crisis looms

LEADERSHIP TILT? Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

10:12 AM  Leadership strike against Australian PM Tony Abbott moves closer as prime contenders consider their options.

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Tony Abbott leadership threatened

JANE PRENTICE: 'We can't continue as we are'.

As Queensland voted for a Labor return in state elections, members of Australia's ruling conservative party are signalling PM Tony Abbot's time could be up.

Shock Queensland election result

Liberal National Party ousted after one term, and Australian PM Tony Abbott is copping blame.

Gyngell opens up on Packer punch-up

'The biggest wave you have ever seen'

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Things get ugly at beauty pageant video

Miss Amazon 2015

Runner-up didn't want world peace at Brazilian contest, instead opting to rip the crown from her rival's head

Self-styled 'seer' faces murder trial for death he foretold

Murder trial for self-styled ''seer'' and commune leader who allegedly foretold young member's death weeks before it happened.

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One bullet, two parents hit

American toddler fired a shot that got his father in the buttocks then went on to hit the boy's pregnant mother.

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New Italian president elected

Italy's new President Sergio Mattarella.

Italy has a new president, Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian judge whose politician brother was gunned down by the Mafia.

'Like the last judgment' in Donetsk video

Residents of war-torn Donetsk are being forced to live with the bare minimum.

Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was arrested last September in the Vatican on charges of having paid for sex with children.

More child porn cases in Vatican

The Vatican discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year.

middle east

Pressure on Jordan's king over IS held pilot video

Maaz al-Kassasbeh, the Jordanian pilot who was  captured by Islamic State on December 24 in Syria.

The fate of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State has raised public pressure on King Abdullah over his country's role in the US-led military campaign against the hardline group.

IS claims Goto beheading video

An online video purports to show Islamic State group militants beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

Children run from the guardian of Mohamed Badr al-Din's vintage cars - a fierce turkey.

This formidable turkey is the keeper of the cars gallery

The guardian of Mohamed Badr al-Din's cherished vintage cars is one mean turkey.

asia

Bali Nine pair lodge appeals

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Two Australian drug smugglers facing death sentences appeal to Indonesian President for mercy.

Bali Nine pair 'would not stop executions'

A judicial review into the condemned Bali Nine members would not stop executions proceeding, says attorney-general.

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Bangladesh fire kills 13 people in market

At least 13 people were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in a crowded market in a suburb of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said.

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Perth family killed in axe attack video

MURDERED: Theresa van Breda, 55, and her husband Martin, 54 lived in Perth for six year before returning to South Africa.

Horror attack family leaves parents and one son dead, and two children in hospital.

Egypt protests leave at least 15 dead

At least 15 people have been killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

UNDER SEIGE: Security forces surround Corinthia hotel after a car bomb in Tripoli. Gunmen attacked the hotel in Tripoli where government representatives and foreign delegations often stay, killing eight people.

Nine dead as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel video

Two heavily armed gunmen storm luxury Tripoli hotel favoured by top Libyan officials, killing at least eight people.

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Compensation for nuclear test exposure

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has promised compensation to Fijians aboard two New Zealand Navy ships that were used to monitor nuclear tests over 50 years ago

Fijians who were exposed to nuclear testing 50 years ago are to be given compensation.

Tonga's new island of ash won't last forever gallery

Tonga's disruptive volcano has gone quiet, leaving behind a temporary island of ash.

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NZ firm seeks Solomon Island oil

A Wellington based company is behind an application to conduct off shore oil prospecting in the Solomon Islands.

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World's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

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