Speaker 'paid abuse hush-money'

Former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, seen in 2006, has been indicted on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI.

The man who was second in line for the US presidency charged with paying ex-student $2.4m to conceal sex abuse.

Ex-US House Speaker indicted

Deep inside a 'bottomless pit' video

An inside view of the crater of Iceland's dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano.

What it's like being lowered into the magma chamber of a dormant volcano?

Crowds lift bus lifted off man video

Heave-ho! The crowd gets the bus off the ground.

The incredible strength and heroism of a crowd in London saving cyclist trapped under a bus is caught on video.

Silk Road mastermind gets life

CONVICTED: Assistant US Attorney Timothy T Howard spoke during the trial of Ross Ulbricht (left) as seen in this courtroom sketch.

The creator of online drug market Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison.

Australia's $100b black hole

Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey faces a deficit blowout.

Australia faces more than decade of uninterrupted deficits according to an updated assessment.

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australia

Australia's gay marriage bill

Australia's Labor leader, Bill Shorten

The words "husband and wife" will be replaced by "two people" in proposal to redefine marriage in Australia.

Faked identity and fled China

A Chinese-born man who allegedly assumed a fake identity and obtained Australian citizenship has been arrested after stealing more than $21 million.

Gina Rinehart saga not over

Lottery winner denies cheating syndicate

americas

Crowds flock to World Trade Centre deck

People view the sunrise at the newly built One World Observatory at One World Trade Center on the day it opens to the public.

Thousands gather to take in the New York skyline as the observation deck of the new World Trade Centre opens to the public.

Ex-US House Speaker indicted

Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges including lying to the FBI as part of a hush-money scheme.

CONVICTED: Assistant US Attorney Timothy T Howard spoke during the trial of Ross Ulbricht (left) as seen in this courtroom sketch.

Silk Road mastermind gets life

The creator of online drug market Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison.

europe

Deep inside a 'bottomless pit' video

An inside view of the crater of Iceland's dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano.

What it's like being lowered into the magma chamber of a dormant volcano?

Russian fighters cast adrift

From his hospital bed in Ukraine, Russian fighter Alexander Alexandrov feels abandoned by his country.

Heave-ho! The crowd gets the bus off the ground.

Crowd lifts double decker bus off man video

The incredible strength and heroism of a crowd in London saving cyclist trapped under a bus is caught on video.

middle east

New NZ embassy in Iraq

A New Zealand Defence Force trainer instructs Iraqi Security Force soldiers in correct weapons firing positions at Camp Taji, Iraq.

Embassy is opening in Iraq next week to provide diplomatic support to Kiwi troops training the Iraqi army. 

Three-year anniversary of mall blaze

Parents of triplets killed in Doha fire will spend anniversary reflecting on their short lives.

Hamas militants put a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel on his knees before executing him.

Hamas accused of torturing Gaza civilians

Amnesty International says Islamist Hamas abducted, tortured and killed Palestinian civilians during last year's war with Israel.

asia

Radioactive material leak

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There was a leak of radioactive material on board a freight plane at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Volcano erupts on Japanese island

A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima has erupted suddenly.

A Filipino soldier patrols the shore of Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines.

Civilians emerge as pawns

On specks in the disputed Spratly archipelago, Vietnamese and Filipino children skip to school each day.

africa

Air France jet just missed mountain

An Air France flight in early May was said to narrowly miss Mount Cameroun, seen here through an aircraft window in 2008.

Air France jet with three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa, authorities say.

25 Kenyan police die in attack

Al Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 Kenyan police, ambushing some officers in a village after others died when their vehicle hit a landmine.

Chadian troops participate in the closing ceremony of operation Flintlock in an army base in N'djamena, Chad, Monday March 9, 2015. The U.S. military and its Western partners conduct this training annually and set up plans long before Boko Haram began attacking its neighbors Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Chadian Brig. Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue said Monday that his soldiers alongside troops from Niger had entered Nigeria but he declined to give further details about the ongoing operation. Ngobongue described Boko Haram fighters as ?bandits and criminals who have nothing to do with religion.? (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Boko Haram kill at least 43 in Nigeria's northeast

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state.

south pacific

TPP talks 'in end-game'

Barack Obama meets with the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries in Beijing.

The United States is optimistic a deal to set up a free trade zone across the Pacific will be concluded soon.

6.8 quake hits Solomon Islands

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck close to the Solomon Islands, just days after the area was hit by another strong earthquake.

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

6.8 quakes rattle Solomon Islands

Two 6.8-magnitude earthquakes have struck off the Solomon Islands but there are no reports of damage.

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Deep inside a 'bottomless pit'

What it's like being lowered into the magma chamber of a dormant volcano?

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