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NZ to chair MH17 debate

Murray McCully will chair the UN Security Council vote on whether an independent tribunal should probe the MH17 crash.

A diplomatic showdown over downed flight MH17 looms - and New Zealand is in the thick of it.

Serial pooper the curse of Norwegian golfers

At Stavanger this shot could go in, and the golfer would still be in the poo.

Norwegian Woods? No, a golf hole will do.

Migrants storm Channel Tunnel

The incident lead to a bottle-neck for travellers between France and UK.

Over 2000 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to reach Britain from France.

Calls to reform UK's 'bloated' House of Lords

An image reportedly of Lord John Sewel in a bra and leather jacket published by British media outlet The Sun on Sunday.

Lord John Sewel's cocaine-and-prostitutes scandal has stirred up new calls for reform of the UK's House of Lords.

Sewel quits House of Lords

John Buttifant Sewel, who has stood down from his post as deputy speaker of Britain's unelected House of Lords

A British peer said he was leaving the House of Lords after a video was published allegedly showing him using cocaine.

Family survives fatal Ukraine crash

Gareth and Vita Worboys.

A Nelson family on holiday in the Ukraine has survived a head-on car crash that killed at least two people.

Russia, Dutch MH17 fallout over flowers

A Dutch tulip field in Noordwijk.

Russia considers banning imported flowers from The Netherlands, aggravating tensions between two countries already at odds over the downing of flight MH17.

Bikini-wearing woman attacked

Parc Leo lagrange in Reims where a woman was attacked for wearing a bikini.

The response to an attack on a woman wearing a bikini in a park has highlighted fault lines in French society.

British lord steps down as drugs video looked at

Lord John Sewel stood down from his post in the House of Lords after he was filmed allegedly snorting cocaine.

A senior British lord embroiled in a drug and sex scandal, said he would not return to Britain's parliament until investigations were completed.

Ireland's adopted to get birth records

Irish Flag, Ireland.

Ireland will allow tens of thousands of adopted people access to their birth certificates for the first time.

Two suspected MERS cases in UK

MERS kills about 38 per cent of those it infects.

Health officials investigating two suspected cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome at a hospital in northern England.

UK ready to bomb militants

British Prime Minister David Cameron is taking a harder line on terror.

UK Prime Minster says he is ready to order preventative air strikes on Islamist militant targets.

Dozens injured as bus roof rips off

A Spanish tour bus is seen inside a mini-tunnel with its roof sheared off at the scene of the accident in La Madeleine, France, near Lille.

A horror crash in France has left six people seriously injured when a bus slammed into a low under-bridge tunnel, ripping the top of the roof off.

Prince's helicopter trackable by cheap app

He's trackable while flying says one report.

A British newspaper uncovered a major royal security breach by using an app to track Prince William's air rescue ambulance.

Still dreaming of the drachma

A tattered Greek flag flutters in the village of Meyisti on the Island of Kastellorizo which is the most easterly of the islands in Greece, July 4, 2015. It was on this island, that former Prime Minister George Papandreou announced in 2010 that Greece required a rescue package. If a 'No' in Sunday's referendum eventually takes Greece out of Europe's single currency, any "new drachma" or temporary payment unit could be worth as little as a fifth of the euro now in circulation. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A raid on central bank reserves and hacking taxpayer accounts were reportedly among plans to prepare a return to the drachma.

Paedophile scandal shadows British establishment

Cyril Smith, the Liberal MP who, after his death, was accused of being a serial child abuser.

The "Westminster Paedophile Scandal", has bubbled away in the background of British crime and politics, never quite going away, but never coming to a head.

Lord quits post after video video

John Buttifant Sewel, who has stood down from his post as deputy speaker of Britain's unelected House of Lords

British lord quits after video purportedly showing him semi-naked and snorting white powder while partying with two women.

Gunshots ahead of Tour arrival

CASTELLANE, FRANCE - JULY 22:  Chris Froome of Great Britain riding for Team Sky descends the Col des Leques as he defends the overall race leader yellow jersey during stage 17 of the 2015 Tour de France from Digne-Les-Bains to Pra Loup on July 22, 2015 in Castellane, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Paris police open fire on car that tries to crash barricades ahead of Tour de France arrival.

Kiwi 'thrillseeker' killed in France

Aaron Cooke reportedly tried to take off between two hanging glaciers before his fatal fall.

Paraglider Aaron Cooke touched the lives of many his family says.

Run little boars, run!

A female boar and her piglets cross a street during the night in Gdynia, Poland early July 25, 2015.

Apropos of nothing, this photo of a boar and her piglets came through our photo feed. We had to root around for context.

Victims' families hold memorial in French Alps

Wreaths of flowers are seen near the stele after families gathered for a ceremony in memory of the victims of the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash in Le Vernet, France.

The families of those killed in the Germanwings plane crash released white balloons into the air near site of crash.

World's first malaria vaccine gets go-ahead

Malaria infects around 200 million people a year and killed an estimated 584,000 in 2013, the vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

The world's first malaria vaccine gets a green light from European drugs regulator.

UK government warned of political embarassment

Margaret Thatcher's government was warned allegations of a lawmaker "having a penchant for small boys" risked causing political embarrassment.

There's been a series of child sex abuse scandals dating back to the 1970s, but a former UK spy chief warned of political embarrassment in the 80s.

'Miss Charming' exposed as neo-Nazi

Olga Kuzkova on her page on Vkontakte, a Russian social media portal, with the numbers 14/88 that are code for "Heil Hitler".

Russian beauty queen loses her title after being accused of sympathising with white supremacists.

Boy admits Anzac Day plot

A 15-year-old English boy has pleaded guilty to inciting a thwarted terror attack against police on Anzac Day in Melbourne.

A 15-year-old from the north-west of England has pleaded guilty to inciting a terrorist attack in Melbourne.

Bungy jump kills woman video

Kleyo De Abreu was described as "sweet, caring, bubbly and focused".

Kleyo De Abreu's adventure jump turned tragic as she hit a bridge below, in front of horrified family.

Boy in washing machine photo outrages

Courtney Stewart (R) posted this photo on Facebook, all for a laugh she claims.

Toddler's caregiver claims he climbed into the machine on his own. So she took some photos.

More info about suicide bomber

Relatives of victims who were killed in Monday's bomb attack in Suruc mourn over the coffins at a cemetery in Gaziantep, Turkey.

A suicide bomber who killed at least 32 people in Turkey is thought to have traveled to Syria last year.

Tsipras faces bailout vote test

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) and Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (L) leave a euro zone leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium.

Alexis Tsipras faces his second major test in a week in parliament over reforms he wants lawmakers to adopt.

'We are talking about extinction'

California Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown speaks during the "Modern Slavery and Climate Change" meeting at the Vatican on Tuesday. Some 65 mayors and governors from around the world are there urging global leaders to take bold action at this year's UN climate change summit.

California's governor warns that the world may already have "gone over the edge" on global warming.

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