'We did not start this' - Putin

SCATHING OF THE US: Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a 40-minute diatribe against the West during a speech in Sochi.

Vladimir Putin accuses the US of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on world.

US high school shooting

THE SHOOTER: Jaylen Fryberg was homecoming prince. Saturday morning NZ time he shot four of his classmates in his school canteen before killing himself.

5 min ago  'He came up from behind... fired about six bullets into the backs of them. They were his friends.'

Ebola nurse out of hospital

HIGH-POWERED HUG: US President Barack Obama hugs Nina Pham at the White House, hours after the Texas nurse was released from the National Institute of Health, being cleared of Ebola.

13 min ago  Texas nurse who caught Ebola released from hospital, free of the virus, meets President Barack Obama.

Queen sends tweet ... sort of

Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet - though she kept things traditional, signing off with 'Elizabeth R'.

Turkey allows fighters to join

THE BATTLE RAGES: Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 1300 Free Syrian Army fighters would join Kurds in defending Kobane.

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australia

'Dead' hearts transplanted

The technique could change the way organs are transplanted, doctors say.

In a world first, Australian surgeons say they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants.

McDonald's protester fined

The war between the golden arches and the residents of a Victorian town continues.

Elomar in video with Sydney teen?

Son pushes for Timor case

americas

Hawaii dome a test for Mars

TEST MISSION: The dome on the side of the red, rocky, Mars-like Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.

Six people in a small igloo in Hawaii are being tested to see how their mental health might fare on a mission to Mars.

Students get green light on guns

Rural US district inundated with calls after allowing seniors to "tastefully" tote guns in yearbook photos.

Easter Islanders not so lonely

Protestors burn down city hall

An unidentified man approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet in the Queens borough of New York.

New York hatchet attack

Hatchet-wielding attacker that charged a group of New York City police officers shot dead.

europe

Swedish waters trespassed

Sweden released a photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm's archipelago.

Sweden said it appeared that at least one foreign vessel had likely operated in waters near its capital in recent days, calling such activity "unacceptable."

Officer arrested for ammunition at Palace

Police officer arrested after discovery of ammunition in personal lockers on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

Drug craze killing Russians

Reversing a waterfall

ADOLF HITLER: Unfortunately influential.

Hitler coffee creamer hits sour note

The question of the day in Switzerland: "Would you like your coffee with Hitler or without?"

middle east

Free Syria fighters join Kurds

THE BATTLE RAGES: Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 1300 Free Syrian Army fighters would join Kurds in defending the key Syrian border town of Kobane.

500 jihadists killed

US airstrikes and Kurdish forces are inflicting heavy losses on Islamic State militants trying to seize a key border town.

553 fighters, 32 civilians killed

Jewish settlers' inroads in E.Jerusalem

EXPOSED: Hussam Salim, right, treated Iraqi Army Lieutenant Khairallah al-Jabbouri, left, and others reportedly exposed to chlorine gas.

Isis 'uses chemical weapons'

Islamic State militants has used chlorine gas several times against Iraqi police, violating a weapons convention.

asia

Injured man crawled for three days

Malaysian police said the man showed up at a remote village.

Man crawled for three days to a village after crash off a Malaysian highway into ravine left him injured and passenger dead.

Man mauled, bitten by tiger

Australian man recovering in Thai hospital after fending off attack in tourist petting enclosure.

Sectarian bus attack leaves eight dead

Fine paid, but not free

Japan's Industry Minister Yoichi Miyazawa took the job just days ago.

Japan minister under more pressure

Japan's industry minister is under renewed pressure over his stake in operator of Fukushima nuclear plant that he oversees, just a day after admitting his underlings spent office cash at sex bar.

africa

Ebola crisis hits NYC video

RECENTLY RETURNED TO US: Dr Craig Spencer worked with Ebola patients in West Africa before testing positive for the virus himself.

Doctor who recently returned to the US after treating Ebola victims in West Africa tests positive for deadly virus.

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria.

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000 in Africa

Steenkamps 'don't want revenge'

Oscar Pistorius' tears were frequently seen in court.

Pistorius cries to sleep

Behind Oscar Pistorius' cell door, guards heard sobbing that didn't stop till the disgraced athlete fell asleep.

south pacific

Locking up 3-year-old defended

Jail.

Samoa’s police are defending themselves after locking up a three-year-old boy.

Search for MH370 to resume

The sonar search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is about to resume, south of the previous search zone.

Bainimarama sworn in

NZ soldiers help plane crash survivors

Justice

Kiwi funds frozen in Nauru stoush

New Zealand aid money to Nauru has been caught up in a financial spat after an Australian court froze the island nation's accounts.

Video

Chilling tweets from shooter

'It won't last...It'll never last....' the final social media postings of the prom homecoming prince who shot four of his classmates.