Full of inconsistencies

People protest over the decision not to charge the officer involved in the shooting of a black unarmed teenager in Ferguson.

8:11 AM  Review of Ferguson shooting documents shows numerous statements that were inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong.

Murderer Phillip Smith returning

CAPTURED: Phillip John Smith, pictured as he was passing through Auckland Airport on his way out of the country.

7:47 AM  Speed of murderer Phillip Smith's deportation from Brazil surprises lawyer - but not news to father.

Protests in Ferguson dwindle video

Police arrest dozens in California protesting a Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager.

Tensions ease in Ferguson after two nights of violence and looting.

Ebola cases near 16,000

Ebola

The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5689 out of 15,935 cases.

Crime writer PD James dies

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British detective writer PD James, best known for mystery series featuring Adam Dalgliesh, has died.

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australia

No debris found in MH370 search

A pilot searches for debris from MH370 in the Indian Ocean in the weeks after it disappeared.

Australians continue to report discoveries of potential debris from the MH370 wreck, but so far none have been connected to the missing plane.

Police 'not trigger happy'

Review of Queensland police protocol under way after three fatal police shootings in the state in a week.

Mum 'allowed to name' drain baby

Baby in drain for days

americas

America's turkey ritual video

WEIRD TRADITION: US President Barack Obama pardoning the White House turkeys.

The myth is that the pardoned rotund turkey will spend the rest of its happy days lolling around, far from anyone's plate. The reality is far less poetic.

Ferguson situation stabilising

Heavy security is still visible in streets, but residents and police are hopeful the looting and arson will stop.

Over the moon: Vladimir Putin has said his "Australian partners created an extraordinarily welcoming atmosphere for work".

Russia's 'ambiguous' tactics

When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year.

europe

Crime writer PD James dies

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British detective writer PD James, who was best known for her mystery series featuring policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh, has died.

US trying to kill French radical

French officials say David Drugeon is a 24-year-old former truck driver and no "James Bond". So why is the US so determined to blow him up?

Over the moon: Vladimir Putin has said his "Australian partners created an extraordinarily welcoming atmosphere for work".

Russia's 'ambiguous' tactics

When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year.

middle east

US trying to kill French radical

TERRORIST MASTERMIND: French national David Drugeon has twice been targeted by US airstrikes, but French officials say his claim to be a defected French spy is an idle boast.

French officials say David Drugeon is a 24-year-old former truck driver and no "James Bond". So why is the US so determined to blow him up?

IS fighters battle Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

Islamic State insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the centre of Baiji, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege.

Continuing to commit atrocities ... Fighters from Islamic State march through Raqqa, Syria in January.

'Gay men' stoned to death

IS group stones two men to death after claiming they were gay, a monitor said.

asia

Kim Jong-Un's sister on rise

AIDE: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is often seen with his sister at official events.

North Korea reveals that Kim Jong-Un's younger sister holds the title of a senior party official, confirming her rise through the ranks.

HK student leader banned

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a condition of bail.

SILK: The sale broke the world record for any Chinese work of art sold by an international auction house.

Tibetan tapestry fetches record $75m

An ancient Tibetan silk tapestry set a world record for Chinese art when it was sold for $57m at auction.

africa

Ebola cases near 16,000

Ebola

The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5689 out of 15,935 cases.

Swapped toddlers should stay put

Court rules that two South African toddlers accidentally swapped on the day they were born should stay with families who raised them.

An ambulance transporting a potential Ebola virus carrier arrives at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid on November 21.

5000 doc call for Ebola fight video

European Commission calls for 5000 doctors to be sent to combat Africa's Ebola epidemic, a European source has claimed.

south pacific

Tonga sends Kiwi cop home

Tonga’s police commissioner Grant O’Fee has been pushed out of his job.

Second New Zealander serving as Tonga’s police commissioner kicked out.

China eyeing off Antarctica

Summer will see China install a fifth station in Antarctica under the Antarctic Treaty.

Scientists say they are seeing more seals trying to mate with penguins, but can't understand why.

Seal-penguin rape 'increasing'

Seals are increasingly forcing penguins into sex and occasionally killing them once they get their sexual release.

Video

Suicide bomber hits convoy

Suicide bomber attacks British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital, killing five people including one Briton.