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Ailing husband locked up

The woman locked up her husband in his bedroom for two years, feeding him only once a day and restricting him access to ...

For two years, an elderly US man was trapped in a bed of his own faeces after his wife locked him away in a bedroom.

The fly with a weird penis video

Scientist Gunther​ Theischinger​ said he found the crane fly "by accident".

Scientist who came across a crane fly with a double penis discovered it "by accident".

Bun eater unfazed by storm

This woman ate a pork bun, now everybody loves her.

Not even a destructive typhoon could come between this Taiwanese woman and her pork bun.

Paper breaks 126-year tradition video

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S. September 28, ...

Republican newspaper throws weight behind Hillary Clinton, supporting a Democrat president for the first time.

Outage to go on in parts of SA

The unprecedented state-wide outage caused havoc in South Australia on Wednesday.

It could take at least a week for power to be restored to all parts of South Australia.

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Soldier crosses DMZ border

The escape follows a series of high profile defections that have angered North Korea at a time of international tension ...

North Korean man defects by making a rare crossing through the heavily-fortified border to South Korea.

'We shouldn't have to feel like this' video

"It's a shame our fathers and mothers are killed. It's a shame we have to bury them," said Zianna Oliphant, 9, during a ...

Little girl delivers heartbreaking speech on mistreatment of African-Americans by US police.

Syrian kids in constant danger stuff nation

Many children are in serious danger in eastern Aleppo, which is crippled by attacks and bombings.

Unicef: There aren't enough doctors, clean water or safe spaces for children in Aleppo. And the situation is getting worse.

Australia reduces 'backpacker tax'

Some politicians fear paid holidaymakers will flock to NZ if it's not abolished completely.

Some politicians fear paid holidaymakers will flock to NZ if it's not abolished completely.

Solar death ray kills birds video

The heat and light of the boilers attract insects, which in turn attract birds to the power plant.

The world's largest solar thermal power station in the US causes 6000 birds to die each year.

Teen kills dad, fires on school

Emergency vehicles drive down Osbourne Road to a home where Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne was shot allegedly by his teenage son.

​Firefighter tackles US shooter, 14, after two children and a teacher wounded.

PM: Clark should stay in the race

A late entry in the UN race looks to be the 'compromise candidate' Helen Clark was hoping to become.

Too much has gone into Helen Clark's bid at the UN for her to pull out now, says John Key.

Man's tears gave son Zika?

The unusual transmission was "likely caused by the dying father having 100,000 times the normal level of the virus."

Man who contracted Zika from dying father may have got it by touching his dad's tears, research says.

Trump's beauty queen scandals

Donald Trump said he was very proud of Carrie Prejean - despite her involvement in a couple of controversies.

Alicia Machado is only one of many scandals to blow up during the Donald's pageant years.

Mary J. Blige's awkward Clinton chat

As part of The 411 With Mary J. Blige show, Mary interviews presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

When Mary sings one of her questions, an embarrassed Hillary Clinton doesn't know where to look.

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australia

Australia reduces 'backpacker tax'

Some politicians fear paid holidaymakers will flock to NZ if it's not abolished completely.

Some politicians fear paid holidaymakers will flock to NZ if it's not abolished completely.

New 'mega-storm' warning

New South Wales next in line for mega-storm that wiped out power in South Australia.

Why South Australia went dark

Job loss link to violence

americas

Teen kills dad, fires on school

Emergency vehicles drive down Osbourne Road to a home where Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne was shot allegedly by his teenage son.

​Firefighter tackles US shooter, 14, after two children and a teacher wounded.

PM: Clark should stay in the race

A late entry in the UN race looks to be the 'compromise candidate' Helen Clark was hoping to become.

Too much has gone into Helen Clark's bid at the UN for her to pull out now, says John Key.

Man's tears gave son Zika?

The unusual transmission was "likely caused by the dying father having 100,000 times the normal level of the virus."

Man who contracted Zika from dying father may have got it by touching his dad's tears, research says.

Trump's beauty queen scandals

Donald Trump said he was very proud of Carrie Prejean - despite her involvement in a couple of controversies.

Alicia Machado is only one of many scandals to blow up during the Donald's pageant years.

europe

Hero cop stops runaway car video

British policeman uses his patrol car to stop unconscious driver.

When a driver fell into a coma on a busy motorway a police officer had just one chance to save her and her baby.

UK school ditches homework

Teachers at one secondary school won't be setting homework any more - but their students can still choose to do plenty ...

It's no longer compulsory - as teachers need more time to plan and spend time with students.

MH17 shot down from rebel territory video

A view of the MH17 wreckage at the Gilze-Rijen Military Base in 2015 in Netherlands.

Flight MH17 shot down from pro-Russian rebel controlled territory, investigation finds.

Russia harassed MH17 journalists

Eliot Higgins, a citizen journalist working on the MH17 investigation, was targeted by a suspected Russia-sponsored ...

Russia accused of hacking and trolling those investigating MH17 shoot-down - even targeting a journalist's mum.

middle east

World mourns Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres was one of the last-surviving members of the generation of leaders who founded Israel in 1948.

Shimon Peres, a founder of Israel, has died at the age of 93 two weeks after being hospitalised for a stroke.

Education is difficult in a war-zone stuff nation video

Eager to respond to their teacher, children raise their hands during an Arabic lesson at a kindergarten in Homs, the ...

OPINION: Taking your exams is stressful, but what happens in Syria, when 12 years of hard work can come to nothing over a war that never ends?

Syrian strike kills children video

A baby is carried by rescue workers after being dug out from from rubble of a collapsed building in Aleppo, Syria.

Footage of a baby being rescued from rubble has emerged as hundreds have been killed in the largest scale bombings in Syria's civil war.

Lack of action on Syria

If America refuses to end the Syrian civil war, then Russia will have to win it, Chris Trotter writes.

OPINION: If America refuses to end the Syrian civil war, then Russia will have to win it.

asia

Toxic lake 'superbug hotspot'

Community activists, researchers and some drug company employees say the presence of more than 300 drug firms, combined ...

Frothy-watered lake close to 300 drug firms becomes a giant petri dish for anti-microbial resistance.

Tourists missing after volcano erupts

Mount Barujari erupted suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, delaying flights from airports in Lombok and nearby Bali.

Indonesia scrambles to find nearly 400 people unaccounted for after Mount Barujari erupts without warning.

Typhoon Megi kills five video

A vehicle damaged by Typhoon Megi, at a flooded area in Hualien, eastern Taiwan.

A massive typhoon has killed five and injured more than 260 people after hitting Taiwan and eastern China.

In Japan, even pets live longer

There's something in the Japanese air.

The average longevity of dogs and cats has hit record highs of 13.2 years and 11.9 years.

africa

Drones target elephant poachers

Some poachers in Hwange have used cyanide to poison elephants.

Africa has welcomed the Google and WWF initiative which aims to protect wild animals.

Capsizing kills 43 migrants

After 650 migrants from Eritrea were rescued last week, this is the latest example of people risking everything to make ...

At least 43 are dead after a boat carrying 600 migrants bound for Europe capsized off the coast of Egypt.

DR Congo death toll hits 44 video

The death has risen to 44 following violent anti-government clashes in the DR Congo.

Opposition HQ burned down following deadly protests against president Joseph Kabila.

Congo clashes leave 17 dead video

A Congolese opposition protester takes a kick at a camera.

​Government buildings torched and police officers killed, as fears grow violence could mushroom.

south pacific

Quake strikes north of Tonga

The quake struck at 10.07am (NZT).

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean between Tonga and Fiji.

Fiji detains party leaders

The Sodelpa opposition party said its leader Sitiveni Rabuka, a former prime minister, had turned himself in to police.

Authorities in Fiji detain leaders of two opposition parties and a senior trade union official.

Fiji's power play at PIF

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has stripped his foreign minister - who is at the Pacific Islands Forum - of his ...

OPINION: Frank Bainimarama didn’t show his face at the Pacific Islands Forum but that didn’t stop him stealing the show.

France invited into Pacific

Tahiti and New Caledonia have been invited to join the Pacific Islands Forum.

European outposts New Caledonia and Tahiti to be included at next PIF.

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The fly with a weird penis

Scientist who came across a crane fly with a double penis discovered it "by accident".

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