Vatican condemns plastic surgery

Cosmetic surgery ... the Vatican does not approve.

Cosmetic surgery may harm women's acceptance of themselves, a Vatican paper prepared for a meeting on the role of women says.

Act of mercy goes viral on web

Ukrainian First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered.

Ukrainian becomes internet hit after he posts open letter to mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he spared.

Germany houses refugees in concentration camps

The entrance gate of the former concentration camp in Dachau, Germany.

German local governments are using the sites of former Nazi concentration camps to house a flood of asylum seekers.

8-year-old French boy praises terrorists

NATION IN MOURNING: Tributes in left in front of the Charlie Hebdo offices.

French fracture were laid bare when a 8-year-old boy declared 'I am with the terrorists'.

Woman falls off cliff after proposal

TRAGIC TIMING: The woman was visiting her boyfriend at Ibiza when she fell to her death from a cliff, police say.

A Bulgarian woman was so ecstatic at being proposed to, that she stumbled, fell from a cliff and died in Ibiza.

Man wielding pistol arrested at Dutch national broadcaster

Alessandra Keighley, who runs Taranaki's access radio station, believes New Plymouth has potential to be  New Zealand's creative capital.

Pistol-wielding man arrested after forcing his way into a Dutch radio station and demanding to be allowed to go on air.

Britain scrambles fighter jet to intercept Russian bombers

RAF Typhoon jet.

Britain issues a "please explain" to Russia after two long-range bombers forced authorities to divert civil aircraft as it scrambled fighter jets to intercept.

Palace stays silent over Prince Philip knighthood

SILENT KNIGHT: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (right) and her husband Prince Philip have been tight-lipped about his Australian knighthood.

In response to a list of questions submitted by Fairfax Media on Thursday, the palace refused to confirm whether the Queen would personally hand Prince Philip the insignia of the Knight of the Order of Australia.

Russian town turns into block of ice

Russia town ice

The streets of a Russian town have been encased in ice after a water main burst during freezing cold weather.

'Meditating' mummy found in Mongolia

meditating mummy

The mummified remains of a meditating man have been found in Mongolia.

Typo brings down 120-year-old company

Tom and Phil Davison-Sebry

The family business collapsed after a UK government register typo listed it as having gone bust.

Kiwi who forecast D-day landings dies

PRESSURE: Lawrence Hogben was one of only six meteorologists involved in providing weather forecasts for the Allies D-Day landings.

New Zealander Lawrence Hogben who forecast the weather for the Allies' D-Day landing at Normandy has died, aged 98.

Anti-austerity Greek cabinet named

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras names academic economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister.

Finance Minister, academic economist Yanis Varoufakis, will keep writing his blog railing against eurozone bailouts.

Dead ex-KGB spy pointed finger at Vladimir Putin

Bailing out banks and big companies ... Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ex-KGB spy told British police before death that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally behind it.

What Greek leftists want

NEW PRIME MINISTER: Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras, centre, leaves the presidential palace after being sworn in by Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday.

Greek's new PM, the charismatic Alexis Tsipras, hopes to revive the welfare state - but will need Europe's cooperation.

NATO blames Russia for violence in Ukraine

ROCKET FIRE: Kiev called for the emergency NATO meeting after a new rebel offensive was launched in eastern Ukraine.

NATO holds emergency meeting, calls on Moscow to stop destabilising Ukraine.

Auschwitz survivors ask if lessons learnt

Guard towers and barbed wire fences stand at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp the night before commemoration events.

Events marking 70 years since Soviet troops liberated the death camp come amidst warnings of a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

Ten killed in Greek fighter plane crash in Spain

A Greek F-16 jet takes off Ovda airbase in the Negev Desert near Eilat, southern Israel.

Ten people killed and 13 injured when a Greek fighter jet crashes in Spain.

Hoax caller put through to UK PM David Cameron

RING RING: British Prime Minister David Cameron reveals a hoax caller impersonating his spy chief was put through to his phone.

Security review ordered after an apparently drunk caller claiming to the head of the UK spy agency was put through to PM David Cameron's phone.

Recalling Dr Death

Marta Wise, an Israeli Holocaust survivor of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz

There are few people alive today who can recall the ominous grin of the notorious "Angel of Death," Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Marta Wise is one of them.

Kiwi killed in avalanche

Carol Nash-Hamilton.

Carol Nash-Hamilton described as an "inspirational" and "powerful" female climber.

Greeks celebrate in the streets

VICTORY: Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza left-wing party, cheer during a victory rally outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday.

After snap election victory, leftist leader vows an end to the "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors.

Australia knights Prince Philip

AUSSIE HONOUR: The Queen would have signed off on Prince Philip being made a Knight of the Order of Australia.

Opposition ask if it's a hoax as the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, receives Australia's highest honour.

Prince Philip's notorious gaffes

ANACHRONISM? Prince Philip, left, the Queen and Prince Charles in Braemar, Scotland, in 2012.

He's Australia's newest knight - are Prince Philip's gaffes innocent or revealing of deep-seated prejudice?

McCully slates Russia, stops short of Putin

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER: Murray McCully says Russia has to call the rebels into line, but stopped short of laying blame at President Vladimir Putin's feet.

New Zealand has joined international condemnation of the killing of up to 30 civilians in the latest violence in Ukraine. 

Ukraine offensive continues video

Amateur video purports to show the moment shells hit a residential area in Mariupol in the Ukraine.

Dramatic dashcam footage has emerged claiming to show some of the shelling that hit a Ukrainian city at the weekend.

Left party set to win Greece election

Greek flag

Anti-bailout radical left-wing Syriza party on track for a decisive and historic first victory in Greece's national elections.

Greek leftists aim for historic win

Greek flag

Greeks are voting in a historic election expected to bring in a government led by the leftwing Syriza party.

For sale: The villa where Dodi wooed Diana gallery

For sale: The villa where Dodi wooed Diana

The French Riviera villa where Dodi Al Fayed wooed Diana Princess of Wales is for sale. And it's for a whopping sum.

Thousands protest Charlie Hebdo cartoon video

OUTRAGED: Palestinians take part in a protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of its first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen.

Thousands of Palestinians rally in the occupied West Bank to protest cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

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