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Likely drug law change in Mexico

A Chinese man will be deported after pleading guilty to cultivating 371 cannabis plants for sale.

A Mexican state could approve medicinal use of marijuana by the end of this year.

John Key, political rock star

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has been described as a "political rock star" by an Australian commentator as news of his re-election reverberates overseas.

Air strikes launched on Syria

An F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Persian Gulf.

In an expansion of the war on Islamist jihadis, American and Arab fighter aircraft launched their first air strikes on Syria.

Abduction suspects slain

SLAIN: Israeli seminary students Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19.

A shootout with Israeli forces kills two Palestinians suspected in deadly abduction of trio that started a war.

US launches airstrikes in Syria

Islamic State

US and five Arab nations begin attacks on Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.

Ebola scare hits Perth

A spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed it had been appointed the state's "receiving centre" in the unlikely event that a patient does present with a suspected case of Ebola.

A woman is being treated for Ebola-like symptoms at a Perth hospital after arriving from West Africa 10 days ago.

Teacher used child as rape 'bait'

Sparkman Middle School in the United States.

US schoolgirl with special needs was allegedly raped in school toilets after teacher used her as "bait" to catch a sex predator.

An Islamic State explainer

Islamic State

Islamic State has rapidly moved to control and destabilise Iraq. This visual Q&A explains who we're dealing with...

Murder charge over deadly blast

FACING THREE MURDER CHARGES: Adeel Khan.

The owner of a Rozelle convenience store that was destroyed by fire, killing a mum and baby and their neighbour, has been arrested in hospital.

How IS compares to a real state

ISLAMIC STATE SIZE: Ways to measure the Islamic State.

Islamic State militants have control of a huge swath of land in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate, a kind of Muslim empire. But how does it compare to other countries?

France 'not afraid' of IS killing call

HOSTAGE: An image grab taken from a video released by Jund al-Khilifa group via YouTube allegedly shows French tourist, Herve Pierre Gourdel, sitting between two armed jihadists.

France insists it is not spooked by a call for Muslims to kill citizens of countries fighting the Islamic State group, hours before jihadists claimed the kidnapping of a Frenchman in Algeria.

Call to kill reveals sense of vulnerability

WANTING TO KILL: An image grab of a propaganda video shows a Islamic State militant in Syria.

OPINION: Islamic State's call to arms a scatter-gun approach, to say the least – and more than faintly ridiculous.

Laws 'worse than useless'

TERROR RAIDS: A man detained by police during a raid kneels on the ground in Sydney.

Ex-independent monitor of Australia's national security laws says powers used to detain people without charge following counter-terrorism raids in Sydney are "worse than useless" and shouldn't be used.

IS urges killings as PM warns of price

"Australians will have to endure more security than we're used to": Tony Abbott addresses Parliament on the terrorist threat on Monday.

Islamic State urges supporters to go out and kill civilians of the West, including Australians, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns the nation will have to sacrifice freedoms for security against terrorism.

Team Key's lessons for Australia

LEARNING TIME: John Key showing Tony Abbott how it's done.

OPINION: John Key's is the closest thing you'll get to a political rock star in democratic politics.

Turkey struggles with spillover video

ON GUARD: Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds wait behind a border fence near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province.

Some 130,000 Kurdish refugees fleeing Islamic militants have crossed the border from Syria into Turkey in the past four days.

'In wrong place'

WRONG PLACE: Mark De Salis and Lynn Howie who were shot and killed while picnicking in Libya.

A Kiwi woman and her British boyfriend who were shot dead on a beach in Libya were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

While you were sleeping

New York City police officers stand guard in front of the Charging Bull sculpture as hundreds of protesters take part in the Flood Wall Street demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New York.

More climate protests, Islamic militants kidnap a French national and some Kiwis wake to a quake.

Police hunt marksman in woods

ERIC FREIN: 'Doesn't miss', his father says.

In dense woods, the net is closing on a survivalist cop killer, whose father says he "doesn't miss".

White House knifeman's huge ammo stash

US Secret Service Uniformed Division officers are joined by US Park Police and a National Park Service employee (C) as they stand watch over the north fence of the White House, along Pennsylvania Avenue.

A homeless man who triggered a security alert when he jumped the White House fence and ran into the building with a knife had 800 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Journalist quits live on TV video

IT'S OVER: KTVA journalist Charlo Greene, quits live on air.

It could have been a scene from Anchorman. At the end of a typical evening news report on Alaskan network KTVA, television journalist Charlo Greene spectacularly quit her job live on air.

Did teacher bite 13-month-old student?

Charged: Teacher Theresa Brown, left, and Preschool owner Nadia Maqsood Choudhry.

Police charge the US teacher with assault and battery as well as charging the preschool owner for telling staff to keep quiet.

RNZAF in Somali drug bust

RNZAF Orion

A Royal New Zealand Air Force patrol plane has played a key role in the seizure of  NZ$360 million worth of hashish off the coast of Somalia.

Bigger is better

Apple's iPhone 6 sports a larger 4.7-inch display to put more screen real estate at your fingertips.

Another year, another two iPhones. Are they better than what came before? Absolutely.

Blind spot caused mother's death, inquest hears

Mijin Shin and her family.

A woman killed by a school bus in Sydney while carrying her baby daughter was caught in the vehicle's blind spot, an inquest hears.

Bainimarama sworn in

Election poster for Fiji First.

Fiji's former military ruler has been sworn in as prime minister after winning 60 per cent of the election vote.

Child dies after sand dune collapse

A young boy has died after being trapped beneath a collapsed sand dune on the NSW south coast.

IS followers urged to attack

NSW Police officers execute search warrants in raids across Sydney on Thursday, September 18.

Followers of the Islamic State terror group are being urged to attack Westerners by any means possible.

NZ soldiers help plane crash survivors

New Zealand soldiers on a training exercise in Papua New Guinea have helped survivors of a plane crash.

New Zealand soldiers on a secret jungle training mission in Papua New Guinea have played a key role in rescuing survivors from a fatal plane crash on Saturday.

Australia seeks new security powers

Demonstrators from the Muslim community attend a rally against the pre-dawn raids in Sydney last week.

Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists