Bali Nine pair lodge appeals

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

6:26 PM  Two Australian drug smugglers facing death penalty appeal to Indonesian President for mercy.

IS claims hostage beheading video

GRIM-FACED: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo on February 1.

A grim-faced Japanese PM says his country will not give in to terrorism after Islamic State claims beheading.

Measles outbreak grips US

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5:43 PM  Parents urged to get children vaccinated as measles outbreak tied to Disneyland spreads.

$5m payout in 'Mafia Cops' case

Louis Eppolito, a decorated police officer, in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film "Goodfellas". He is now serving a life sentence after carrying out murders for an organised crime boss.

6:57 PM  Family of a 26-year-old man gunned down by corrupt New York City policemen awarded $5m.

Child porn cases in Vatican

Polish former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski.

7:07 PM  The Vatican discovered two cases of child pornography possession within its own walls last year.

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australia

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.

Gyngell opens up on Packer punch-up

Head of Nine Entertainment Group has spoken about his punch-up with James Packer.

Sydney cafe siege: 'This is an attack'

Australia goes back to the future

americas

Balloonists smash distance record

Pilots Troy Bradley, left, and Leonid Tiukhtayev in the capsule of the Two Eagles balloon.

Two balloonists make history by travelling farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone else.

Pilot locked out of cockpit

US flight forced to make emergency landing after door fault saw captain locked out.

MITT ROMNEY: "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee."

Mitt Romney rules out third Presidential campaign

Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for US President in 2016.

europe

Fire devastates major Russian library video

russian library blaze

A fire at one of Russia's largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, threatening to destroy thousands of rare documents.

Act of mercy goes viral on web

Ukrainian becomes internet hit after he posts open letter to mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he spared.

Cosmetic surgery ... the Vatican does not approve.

Vatican condemns plastic surgery

Cosmetic surgery may harm women's acceptance of themselves, a Vatican paper prepared for a meeting on the role of women says.

middle east

This formidable turkey is the keeper of the cars gallery

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

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

Air strikes hit Islamic State targets

US and coalition partners have launched six air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, and 12 more in Iraq

GRIM-FACED: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo on February 1.

IS claims Goto beheading video

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

asia

Bangladesh fire kills 13 people in market

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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.

MH370: Bereaved wife 'appalled'

Paul Weeks' wife says she doesn't want "accident" compensation from Malaysia Airlines over the disappearance of MH370.

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Bali Nine pair 'would not stop executions'

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

africa

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.

Video

'Like the last judgment' in Donetsk

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

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