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Obama wants fastest computer ever

US President Barack Obama  at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University earlier this year.

President's latest project aims to build a supercomputer that can process a billion-billion operations per second.

Man's 17-storey fall caught on camera video

Chilean man Sebastian Reyes is lucky to be alive after falling 40 metres from a balcony.

A man has survived falling to the ground from a 17th-floor balcony, with it all caught on camera.

Cecil the lion's killer on the run

Walter Palmer (left) with one of his many animal trophies.

US dentist Walter Palmer goes to ground after causing storm by killing famous lion in Zimbabwe.

Dark portrait of Maddy's accused killer

The body of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, 8, was found dumped close to her home.

Adrian Gonzalez was a quiet, friendly boy known for his yo-yo tricks. Online, his persona was decidedly darker.

Rolling Stone editor quits, students sue

The Rolling Stone article 'A rape on campus' was later found to be fake.

Rolling Stone managing editor resigns in wake of now-retracted University of Virginia rape story.

Ohio officer pleads not guilty for traffic stop killing

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows his handgun drawn as he and another officer approach a car that came to a stop, after driver Samuel Dubose was pulled over and shot during a traffic stop in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Former University of Cincinnati campus police officer pleads not guilty in murder of unarmed black man.

Rolling Stone sued over rape story

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus.

Members of the fraternity at the centre of the article, A Rape on Campus, go after magazine for negligence.

Lion killer apologises to patients

Cecil the lion was a popular attraction among visitors to the Hwange National Park.

US dentist who killed Cecil the lion writes a letter of apology to his patients over the furore.

Twitter used to hack US computers

Russian hackers used an exploit called Hammertoss, which uses several common websites, including Twitter, to relay commands and extract data from US government computers.

Russian hackers penetrated high-profile US defence industry by combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign pics.

911: 'Deal with it yourself' video

Jaydon Chavez-Silver died in hospital after he was shot at a party.

American dispatcher hangs up on panicked 911 caller trying to help a dying friend.

San Francisco tests pee-repellent paint

Partygoers who relieve themselves on the Ultra-Ever Dry walls will find the urine coming right back at them.

Partygoers who relieve themselves on certain city streets may be in for a nasty surprise.

Russian MH17 veto slammed

Malaysia Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in this March 12, 2014 file photo. The airline is set to terminate at least one-third of its 20,000 workforce in its effort to save the national carrier, local media reported on May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

NZ joins condemnation over Russia vetoing a bid to prosecute those behind downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

US rate hike in sight

The US Fed may raise rates at its next meeting, the first time since 2006.

US Fed leaves the door open for a rate hike at its next meeting for the first time since 2006.

Stars lash out at lion killer

Autumn Fuller, 10, places a stuffed animal at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

US dentist becomes "most hated man on the internet" after killing beloved lion Cecil in Africa.

Kiwis making waves in NY meet

Helen Clark and New York-based Michelin starred Kiwi chef Matt Lambert at his Musket Room restaurant.

In a town like New York it never takes too long for expat Kiwis to meet up.

Cathay Pacific flight in emergency landing

A Cathay Pacific plane flying from Hong Kong to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing at a remote airport in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles diverted to a US military airport in Alaska's Aleutian Islands due to smoke in the aircraft.

Palin welcome in a Donald Trump administration

'She's tough and smart and just a great woman' ... Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sarah Palin.

Two of the most polarising Republicans - Donald Trump and Sarah Palin - have a mutual appreciation for each other.

Tree falls on kids near US children's museum

There were fears more children were trapped underneath the tree.

Eight children have been injured, three of them badly, in a park in the US.

Town's heartbreak as girl found dead

The body of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, 8, was found dumped close to her home.

When Madyson Middleton went missing, it seemed like all of Santa Cruz came out to search for her.

Can Pluto save space funding?

This NASA's photo of Pluto was made from four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combined with color data from the Ralph instrument in this enhanced color global view released on July 24, 2015. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).     REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

New Horizons mission shows the public is still fascinated by space as Nasa pleads to expand space exploration.

Boy gets double-hand transplant

Zion Harvey has become a global news sensation after his operation, here he is appearing on NBC's Today show.

Zion Harvey has big plans - he wants to climb the monkey bars. Throw a football. Play the guitar. Now he can.

Plane low on fuel declares emergency video

An Allegiant Air MD-83 passenger jet takes off.

"Yeah, listen, we're bingo fuel here in about probably three to four minutes and I got to come in and land."

Horror film leads to arrest

The poster for horror movie Marla Mae - the undoing of Jason Stange.

Jason Stange thought he'd escaped police, until they read about his new starring role.

Pilot training fell short in Virgin crash video

The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket explodes in mid-air during a test flight above the Mojave Desert in California.

Virgin Galactic test pilots were unaware of the catastrophic consequences of unlocking the craft's moveable tail section too early.

Man on weapon of mass destruction charges

Suspected courtroom brawl

Man accused of plotting an attack in US using a backpack bomb, inspired by Islamic State.

Prison worker accomplice to escape pleads guilty

Joyce Mitchell is escorted out of the court house after pleading guilty at Clinton County Court, in Plattsburgh, New York.

US prison worker pleads guilty to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help two prisoners escape.

Reports of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

A soldier closes the gate at the now abandoned Camp X-Ray  at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who were captured after the September 11 attacks.

The US Navy is investigating a complaint seeking the evacuation of military lawyers from the base in Guantanamo Bay.

'Golden' child's gruesome plot

Jennifer Pan was found guilty of murdering her mother and attempting to murder her father. The 28-year-old will serve a life sentence after a jury found her and her three co-accused guilty of first degree murder and attempted murder after a nine-month trial.

A web of lies reveals 'golden child' Jennifer Pan's gruesome plot.

Mystery lion captivates Milwaukee

Delilah the lion at the National Zoo and Aquarium in 2007.

Interest in all things lions has reached new heights in Milwaukee as the city fixates on a feline version of Bigfoot has dominated local news.

Iran deal is a good idea, Obama

"There is a reason why 99 per cent of the world thinks it's a good deal – it's because it's a good deal," Obama said about the Iran nuclear deal.

President Obama criticised rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement from some leading members of the Republican party.

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