Europe

NZ needs to do more for refugees

"Over 2,500 people have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, yet Europe has largely turned a blind eye. But the buck doesn't stop with Europe."

OPINION: Last Friday I swam from Turkey to Greece in protest at Europe's refugee policy.

Pope to allow priests to forgive abortion video

Pope Francis is making a name for himself in tackling many taboo subjects for the church, like abortion and gay marriage.

Pope Francis makes another move towards a more open and inclusive church.

NZ's emission plan 'inadequate'

NZ's climate ambassador Jo Tyndall has said the country's economy, which relies on beef and sheep farming, would be hurt by increased efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New Zealand and Australia defend plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, citing unusually high costs.

Europe grapples with migrant crisis video

Migrants wave their train tickets outside the main Eastern Railway station in Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday. Hungary closed Budapest's main Eastern Railway station on Tuesday morning

It's like the fall of the Berlin Wall in Budapest, with thousands of migrants seeking passage to Germany.

Army unit hunts for gold train

Local news reports said the train in question went missing in 1945, packed with loot from the-then eastern German city of Breslau.

Gold fever has descended on Poland since treasure hunters allegedly located a legendary Nazi train loaded with valuables,

Top pianist beaten to death

Concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko has been found beaten to death.

A world-renowned pianist is believed to have been murdered by her husband in a domestic incident.

Reporters charged with terrorism links

Vice News reporter Jake Hanrahan is one of the men charged.

Turkish court formally charges three Vice News employees with having links to a terrorist organisation.

Deadly protest after Ukraine vote gallery

Demonstrators, who are against a constitutional amendment on decentralization, clash with police outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015. Ukraine's parliament voted on Monday for constitutional changes to give separatist-minded eastern regions a special status - but divisions in the pro-Western camp and violent street protests suggested the changes would face a rougher ride to become law. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian national guardsman killed and 90 others wounded in clashes over draft bill on rebel-held areas.

Scientists create slow-melting ice cream

Has science found a way to stop sticky summer hands?

Scientists in Scotland discover a way to make ice cream last longer in the heat.

Spies mining Ashley Madison

Hackers who stole customer information from the cheating site AshleyMadison.com dumped 9.7 gigabytes of data to the dark web.

Intelligence agencies said to be trawling data from hacked website for possible blackmail material.

Singer's rape remarks row

"If you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him," says Chrissie Hynde.

Chrissie Hynde causes outrage after suggesting women are to blame if they are raped.

Bull gores man at Spanish festival

The San Fermin bull running in Pamplona is popular with tourists but similar events are held around the country.

Spaniard becomes 12th goring victim this year at Spanish festivals after being killed by a bull.

Refugees disappear from hospital

The children were among 26 refugees found in a van in Austria.

Three Syrian refugee children rescued from a minivan in Austria have disappeared from hospital.

Putin pumps iron with PM gallery

Russian President Vladimir Putin exercises in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Russian President aims to boost his popularity by releasing pics of workout with PM Dmitry Medvedev.

Push for unified EU stance on refugees

Angela Merkel says Europe must show solidarity on its refugee policies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urges EU counterparts to share burden of exploding refugee crisis.

Netherlands urged to retire 'Black Pete'

According to the folklore, Saint Nicholas arrives in the Netherlands in mid-November accompanied by his servant Black Pete - a part usually played by a white man in "blackface" with a curly wig and large, red-painted mouth.

A UN body called on the Netherlands to revamp its "Black Pete" Christmas tradition, as it's a "vestige of slavery".

Reporters 'tried to blackmail king'

Morocco's King Mohammed VI was told to pay up or face damaging revelations being published in a book.

Two French investigative journalists have been charged with trying to blackmail the king of Morocco.

Migrant children critically ill

A member of a forensic team walks in front of a truck in which 71 bodies were found, at a customs building with refrigeration facilities in the village of Nickelsdorf, Austria.

Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria.

Nazi train located in Poland

Polish news reports said the Nazi train in question went missing in 1945, packed with loot from the then-eastern German city of Breslau.

Poland almost certain it has located a buried Nazi German train, rumoured to be loaded with guns and jewels.

Four arrested over truck corpses

Some of the bodies in the truck found in Austria had started to decompose, investigators said.

The migrant crisis that is overwhelming Europe is deepening and throwing up new tragedies.

71 migrants likely suffocated video

Flowers and candles are placed at the site where a refrigerated truck with decomposing bodies was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border on Thursday.

The 59 men, eight women and four children in the truck may have been fleeing the violence in Syria.

Boat packed with migrants sinks video

Bags containing the bodies of dead migrants that were recovered by the Libyan coastguard on Thursday (local time).

Libya has recovered 82 bodies, with over 100 more missing and feared dead.

Greece welcomes first female PM

Greece's top Supreme Court judge Vassiliki Thanou attends a swearing-in ceremony as the country's caretaker prime minister.

Greece has its first female prime minister.

Riddle of Knut's death solved

File photo of Polar bear cub Knut playing with a blanket during during the bear's first presentation in Berlin zoo, March 23, 2007. The memorial sculpture "Knut - The Dreamer" by Josef Tabachnyk depicting polar bear Knut was unveiled at the Berlin Zoo October 24, 2012. Knut, who became a global celebrity as a cute cub, died in Berlin zoo March 19, 2011 aged just four. The first polar bear born at the zoo for more than 30 years, was rejected by his mother and fed instead by his keeper Thomas Doerflein. Thousands of visitors came to watch keeper and cub playing together, and Knut's fame soon spread around the world.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/files (GERMANY) EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS   BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE SEE IMAGE RTR1NT0M (SOCIETY ANIMALS ENTERTAINMENT)

Famous polar bear died from a disease never before found in animals, and only first discovered in 2007.

MH17 relatives invited to hear official report findings

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed in the Ukraine last year.

Next month relatives of the MH17 victims will receive an invitation to a private meeting, where they will learn the official cause of their loved ones' death.

UK immigration at record high

British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Britain gained nearly 330,000 people in the year to March 2015, new official figures show.

Whole street takes on tourist video

Istanbul shopkeepers with makeshift weapons bear down upon the "Irish boxer"

He just wanted a bottle of water, but it ended in an Istanbul street fight.

Pipped for biggest Lego ship

Jim McDonough's 7m model of the USS Missouri.

When Jim McDonough isn't fishing, he likes to build big boats out of Lego.

'French 9/11' possible, sources say

French President Francois Hollande has warned people to brace themselves for more violence.

French security forces are bracing for major civil unrest amid fear of a 9/11 style attack.

Woman disabled by 'gadget allergy'

Marine Richard, who suffers from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.

France has awarded a disability grant to a woman allergic to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as mobile phones.

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