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Top Taliban official quits

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has not been seen for years.

A top Taliban official has announced his resignation amid a growing leadership struggle among the organisation.

Three US airlines ban shipment of hunting trophies

Delta has moved to ban the shipment of exotic animal trophies.

Two more US airlines have joined Delta Airlines in pledging they will no longer allow the shipping of hunting trophies.

27 injured after WWII bunker blast

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Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade firefighters conduct a house burn at 25 Woodend Road for training.

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At least 27 people have been injured in a fire at a former World War II air raid shelter in the German city of Hamburg.

'Social media hype' hurting airline

The two-metre-long piece of wing recovered from the island of Reunion is speculated to be debris from MH370.

Media and social media coverage of the search for missing Flight 370 continues to hurt ticket sales at Malaysia Airlines, CEO says.

No seat on UN for Cook Islands, says Key

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key with Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna on a visit celebrating 50 years of self-governance for the islands.

John Key has quashed hopes for a UN seat for the Cook Islands on a visit to celebrate 50 years of the islands' self-governance.

More aid for Cook Islands

Cook Island PM Henry Puna with New Zealand PM John Key. At rear are Cook Island Minister of Health Nandi Glassie, Todd McClay, Sam Lotu-Iiga and Te Ururoa Flavell.

Prime Minister John Key has committed more than $42 million of aid to the Cook Islands.

Italian police nab suspected mobsters

In 2011 Italian police released a computer aged image of what mafia fugitive Matteo Messina might look like.

Mobsters suspected of using code language to help Sicilian mafia boss evade capture.

Car thief tries to eat his fingerprints video

Kenzo Roberts made the grim, unsuccessful attempt to eat his own fingerprints after being caught trying to steal a car.

Kenzo Roberts made the grim, unsuccessful attempt after being caught trying to steal a car.

Fears Bali's rabies battle off track

A tourist plays with a dog at Seminyak Beach in Bali where hundreds of canines have been poisoned and left to die while authorities battle rabies.

Hundreds of dogs have been poisoned as Bali authorities deal with an upswing in human deaths from rabies.

'I should never have patted that lion'

The author patting a lion in Zimbabwe. Photo: Supplied

The lion encounter centre had many rules for patting a lion, and I followed them. But now I wish I'd never touched her.

Deadly tent collapse in US

Emergency services at the scene of the tent collapse.

A tent has collapsed in the US state of New Hampshire, killing and wounding a number of people. 

Super typhoon hits with a 286kmh punch

Super Typhoon Soudelor is the strongest storm of the year, packing a sustained wind speed of 286kmh and 350kmh gusts.

The world's strongest typhoon of 2015 is bringing 350kmh gusts and waves nearly 10 metres high.

Moroccan dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

An eight-year-old boy was found crammed inside a suitcase at border security check point in May.

A man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase in a car boot.

Mum 'kidnapped girl to avoid vaccination'

Megan Elizabeth Everett is now facing kidnapping charges after going on the run with her baby.

Father talks of his relief at daughter's safe return after year-long "kidnap" by the child's mother.

Big game hunter won't bow to backlash

"I couldn't be any happier! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!"

Sabrina Corgatelli gleefully taunts her critics. "To all the haters. Stay tuned, you're gonna have so much more to be p****d off about."

Shooting sparks Brisbane manhunt

Police in Brisbane are hunting for two men who opened fire at a man's home.

Man flees in terror when two balaclava-clad assailants threatened him and began shooting at his house.

Spectacular crane accident crushes homes gallery video

The first of two cranes is pictured as it begins to fall off a barge and on to a row of houses. The second crane also toppled, dragged into the water by the first.

Two cranes hoisting a section of bridge have collapsed in a Dutch town, flattening houses and injuring at least 20 people.

Giant inflatable Minion causes chaos

Councillor Paul McAuliffe said while the runaway monster Minion was hilarious, it was a breach of health and safety.

Could this be proof the Minions really are intent on world domination?

Amy Schumer's tearful plea video

Amy Schumer has voiced support for tighter gun control regulations.

She should be promoting her hit movie, but comedian Amy Schumer held back tears and was forced to say "enough is enough".

Execution still on cards for Batman gunman video

CENTENNIAL, CO - JULY 23:  Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colorado. According to police, Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others during a shooting rampage at an opening night screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, in Aurora, Colorado.  (Photo by RJ Sangosti-Pool/Getty Images)

Jurors in the Colorado theatre shooting trial have declined to rule out the death penalty.

Beachcombers on the hunt for MH370

A man walks on a beach in Saint-Denis on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. More pieces of debris have washed ashore since the discovery of a wing.

Police have been enlisted in the search for debris that may have come from missing plane MH370.

Obama unveils greenhouse gas cuts video

US President Barack Obama said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the "the single most important step" America has ever taken to fight climate change.

US president Barack Obama reveals plan to dramatically cut emissions from US power plants.

Boys accused of killing parents, siblings

Michael Bever, 16, left, and his brother Robert Bever, 18.

A faint voice and a struggle is heard on a 911 call summoning police to a home, where two brothers allegedly killed their parents and three siblings.

Land of molten lava and killer sharks

Molten lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise on the French Indian Ocean Reunion Island.

Residents hope the island's brief spell in the MH370 spotlight will leave an enduring legacy.

Greek stocks plunge

It was the Greek market's worst daily performance since at least 1985 when modern records began.

The market tanked when it reopened after a five-week shutdown during Greece's debt crisis.

While you were sleeping

Flash flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains affected hundreds of thousands of people, according to aid agencies, with further monsoon downpours expected in the coming days.

All the news from overnight.

Child sex claims against ex-UK PM

Sir Edward Heath was prime minister in the early 1970s and lost the leadership of the Conservative party to Margaret Thatcher in 1975.

Police watchdog investigating claims of cover-up over allegations former UK PM Edward Heath abused children.

Syrian jet crashes, 27 dead

A Syrian jet has crashed near the Turkish border, killing 12.

A Syrian jet fighter has crashed in a market near the Turkish border, killing at least 27.

Indian floods, landslides kill 75

Heavy monsoon rains have caused flooding and landslides in parts of India.

At least 75 people are dead after heavy rains caused floods and landslides in eastern India.

India blocks porn sites

India has sparked a censorship debate by blocking more than 800 pornography websites.

India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance.

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