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Meth linked to Cairns stabbing

ARRESTED: Mersane Warria was also taken to hospital with injuries, where she was placed under police guard.

1 min ago  Police probing deaths of eight children in Cairns think suspect - the mother of seven of the children - may have been on P.

Siege victim's family speaks

The family of Sydney siege victim Katrina Dawson have spoke publicly for the first time.

Gunman offended by TV channel

Father's heartache over teen

americas

Guantanamo prisoners head home to Afghanistan

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, where "enhanced interrogation techniques" have been used.

Four Afghans held for over a decade at US military prison at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home.

Cubans' big travel plans

Many Cubans are ecstatic at the possibility of unrestricted trade and travel for the first time in 50 years.

The Interview

Diplomatic gamemanship from North Korea

North Korea propose a joint investigation with US into hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

europe

French police shoot knife-wielding man

French police

French police shot dead a male terrorism suspect after he stabbed and seriously wounded two officers.

Mandy Rice-Davies dies, age 70

Mandy Rice-Davies - one of the women at the centre of the UK's Profumo affair which rocked Harold Macmillan's Tory government in the 1960s - has died aged 70.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: "Obviously, no one will succeed in intimidating us, to deter, to isolate Russia."

No-one can intimidate Russia - Vladimir Putin

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin says.

middle east

Texas plumber's truck in jihad

Texan Mark Oberholtzer's old work truck ... Jihadists from Ansar al-Deen Front fight Syrian goverment forces near Aleppo, Syria.

A Texas plumber has no idea how his old work truck ended up in the hands of Islamists in Syria.

Air strikes kill IS group leaders

US defence official says several Islamic State group leaders have been killed in air strikes in northern Iraq.

A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet receives fuel from a RAAF tanker in the skies over Iraq.

Aus drops 100 bombs in Iraq

Australian combat aircraft operating over Iraq have dropped more than 100 bombs, each striking an Islamic State target.

asia

US strikes back against Taliban in Pakistan

Female relatives mourn over the coffin of 15-year-old Mohammed Ali Khan after the school massacre in Peshawar.

A US drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday (Sunday NZT), killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.

The man who planned kids' massacre

The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father and volleyball player nicknamed "Slim".

The Interview

Diplomatic gamemanship from North Korea

North Korea propose a joint investigation with US into hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

africa

Worst outbreak, Ebola death toll exceeds 7000

WORST OUTBREAK: The latest deaths have come from Sierra Leone as the Ebola death toll rocketed past 7000.

The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7000, with the latest deaths in Sierra Leone.

The end of lion hunting gallery

The Maasai community are trading lions for medals in an attempt to end an enduring tradition.

Boko Haram abductees

Boko Haram kidnap over 100 women, children

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children and killed 35 people.

south pacific

Priest co-ordinates pregnant woman's rescue on Facebook

Martin We-en posted this and other photos of Clara Sowei Manu to Facebook to organise a life-saving mission.

Martin We-en didn't need to pray for the youths and helicopter he needed to save a woman in labour.

Fiji drops sex-assault case

After a lengthy investigation, Fiji authorities won't prosecute resort employee accused of sexually assaulting girl staying in hotel with NZ family.

NORMALISING RELATIONS: Defence minister Gerry Brownlee, seen in a file photo, is in Suva for talks with his Fijian counterparts.

NZ rebuilds ties to Fiji

New Zealand is rebuilding defence ties to Fiji, with aerial surveillance and officer training set to resume early next year.

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Murder charges imminent

Police say they have a better understanding of what went on at the Cairns stabbing scene 'every minute'.