Angelina Jolie accepts offer to visit Nauru

Angelina Jolie

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is to visit the Australian refugee detention centre in Nauru.

US colleges bar sex but must regulate it

Teenagers kissing, young love, teenage sex

Schools which prohibit sex outside marriage are still faced with the rising furore over campus sex assaults.

Thousands of Gaza residents flee after warning

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Thousands flee Gaza Strip town ahead of Israeli strikes, in sixth day of offensive which has killed 160.

Intoxicated pilot caught just before flight


He planned to fly five commercial flights that day, then he was randomly breath tested at the airport.

Young cop shot dead after trap laid

US police, emergency

A gunman who boasted he was going to be famous waited for police and fired 13 times into the attending car.

Quake strikes off Chilean coast

Earthquake generic

A 6.1-magnitude quake has struck off the coast of Chile.

Town rallies for fired gay police chief

US police, emergency

Conservative small town rebels after mayor fires its openly gay chief of police.

Anybody home in the Pacific?


As the world wonders where to fit everyone, some Pacific islands wonder if there'll be anyone left.

Retired teacher goes on trial in wife's cliff fall

US police, emergency

Prosecutors say Charles Black hit his wife on the head with a rock before pushing her off an 800-foot cliff.

While you were sleeping

Here's what happened in the world while you were sleeping:

Baghdad's middle-class Sunnis prefer militants

Sunni militant

Sunni worshippers who visit the mosque in this affluent area of Baghdad are not extremists.

Israel briefly deploys ground troops

Gaza air strike

Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time, part of a widening campaign against militant rocket fire.

Libyan airport closed amid explosions


Heavy fighting between militias with anti-aircraft guns and rocket propelled grenades have broken out near a Libyan airport.

Sink hole closes Gold Coast Highway

Sink hole

A major water main break has led to a 10 metre sink hole on the Gold Coast Highway.

Dark secrets of Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Asylum seekers

Most were men looking for work in NZ, but some families had dark secrets and now fear for their lives.

Lizard found in baby formula

baby formula lizard

A rotting smell and a gecko tail sticking up was not what one mother expected to encounter in a new tin of formula.

Snowboarders missing on Victoria's highest mountain

ski field snow plough

Search underway on Victoria’s highest mountain for two snowboarders missing since Thursday.

North Korea launches ballistic missiles into sea

North Korea

North Korea launches two projectiles presumed to be ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea says.

Afghan rivals agree to recount

Ashraf Ghani (L) and rival candidate Abdullah Abdullah

Afghanistan rival presidential candidates have agreed to a full recount of votes cast in a run-off election marred by widespread fraud.

Security council urges Gaza truce

Gaza strip debris

Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel has widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions.

UK warrior's haka farewell

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Davies

A real British Army warrior has farewelled his soldiers with a striking solo haka.

Ukrainian president will attend World Cup

Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend the World Cup final, with Vladimir Putin.

Shooting survivor on road to recovery

Cassidy Stay

Teen survivor of a horrific family slaying quotes Albus Dumbledore as she thanks responders.

Singapore bans gay-themed childrens' book

A kids' book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins has been deemed inappropriate by Singapore libraries.

Three injured in Pamplona's bull-run


Three men have been injured as thousands tested their bravery by dashing alongside six fighting bulls.

Ukrainian forces strike 'epicentre'

ukraine strap

Ukrainian war planes have bombarded separatists along a broad front, inflicting huge losses.

Bomb in India's northeast


A crude bomb exploded in India's northeast, wounding at least six, and authorities searched for four Muslim traders believed to be abducted.

Volunteers bolster Iraqi forces


Iraqi officials are airlifting some 4000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces locked in a running battle with Sunni militants.

Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart over crash

Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan suing US mega-retailer over crash that seriously injured him and killed his friend.

Palestinians urge United Nations ceasefire resolution

New York

Palestinians discus a UN draft resolution that condemns all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Crowd cheers as baby rescued from rubble

Baby pulled from rubble alive

Video of rescue workers in Syria pulling a baby girl from the rubble of a demolished building.

Expulsion of US spy chief was inevitable

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Germany's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country was inevitable.

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for oil

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration.

Gaza toll passes 100 in four days

Gaza air strike

An airstrike outside a family home early Saturday pushed the Palestinian death toll past 100.

Strong quake hits Japan, tsunami warning issued

Earthquake generic

Employees of stricken Fukushima nuclear plant move to higher ground after 6.8 earthquake.

Texas mass murder suspect collapses in court

Ronald Haskell

Ronald Haskell wheeled out of courtroom after details of attack on his ex-wife's family were read aloud.

Australian Islamic preacher arrested in the Philippines

Musa Cerantonio

Terror advocate thanked God on Twitter when he arrived in the Middle East. But police actually found him on another continent.

Boy 'forced to do intense workouts'

Nancy Grace and Charlie Bothuell IV

US boy found in his basement after a 11-day search was abused by father and forced to rise before dawn for intense workouts.

Church of England cuts ties with payday lender

Justin Welby

Church of England says it has severed its ties with Britain's biggest payday lender Wonga.

At least four Ukrainian servicemen killed by landmine


At least four Ukrainian servicemen were killed and 12 wounded overnight in campaign against separatists.

Sickening wait for family of five-year-old

Southland Times photo

Five-year-old boy who was swept out to sea by freak wave on NSW's Central Coast is yet to be found.

Israel presses on with Gaza offensive


Israel strikes Gaza from air and sea, as Palestinian militants keep up rocket attacks on the state.

Asylum seekers on crashed boat told they had reached Australia


Asylum seeker trying to reach New Zealand told he had reached Australia when boat crash in Indonesia.

AFL manager jailed for grooming teen player

Australia court coat of arms

An ex-Aussie Football League manager who sent nude photos to a 13-year-old player will spend a year behind bars.

Brazilian drug mule sentenced

Cocaine in bags

Drug mule caught at Auckland Airport with more than $650,000 of cocaine is jailed for five years.

Family paid for silence with their lives

Ronald Lee Haskell

A family of seven were tied up and shot after refusing to tell their captor where his ex-wife was.

Nazis' ideal Aryan baby was Jewish

Jewish baby Hessy Taft

It was a Nazi photographer's sly joke, but a Jewish family didn't always appreciate the irony.

Berlin expels top US envoy over spies

US Embassy in Berlin

Furious Angela Merkel tells the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country as spy drama escalates.

Google exec's prostitute eyed over second death

Alix Tichelman

The prostitute charged over a Google executive's death googled how to get away with it. It has also emerged her boyfriend met a similar fate.

While you slept: Terror plot, spy drama, football filth

Eiffel Tower

Terror plot to bomb the Eiffel Tower, Germany kicks out US spy, Top Gear in bad taste and football filth.
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