Philippines ritual

Bloody Good Friday spectacle

Catholic devotees in the Philippines nail themselves to crosses in a bizarre Good Friday ritual.

Climbers swept from Everest

Six local guides have been killed, and nine are missing, after an avalanche on Mount Everest.

Families 'mad as hell'

7:27pm Bad weather is hampering efforts to find survivors from a sinking ferry, while its captain faces accusations of blame.

Crack mayor fights back

Embattled crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants some votes.

MH370 expert sacked over clothes

A Canadian instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been fired partly because he "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

Royals take in Aussie show

Sheep The Duchess of Cambridge suggested her husband could use some Aussie alpaca wool on his head.

Royal visit 'special' for fires victim

On first full day of Australia leg of royal tour, Wills and Kate head inland to scene of devastating bushfires.

Sunshine greets royal trio

Maori protest historic medal's sale

Marijuana warning ignored

marijuana Student who jumped to his death from hotel balcony ate more than recommended serving of marijuana cookie.

'Model T Ford' of sharks found

Impeccably preserved fossilised remains of a shark that lived 325 million years ago discovered in the US.

NYPD disbanding spies

Robber jailed 13 years late

Chelsea Clinton pregnant

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, is expecting a baby.

Ukraine restricts entry

ukraine strap Ukraine says it will impose stricter border controls on Russian men trying to enter the country.

Three dead in Ukraine

Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base, killing three, in the worst bloodshed in a pro-Russian uprising.

Snowden surprise guest

Troops Russian, Putin admits

Elite police detained in Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities have detained members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during anti-government clashes in February.

Drone kills NZ terrorist

Al Qaeda-linked Kiwi killed in Yemen was being watched by intelligence agencies, PM says.

UN to meet over Syria

The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding.

Israeli gas holds promise

Capturing the calm amid chaos

War vowed on the US

Leader of al Qaeda wing in Yemen vows to "remove the cross, (and) the bearer of the cross, America''.

Biggest voting day in elections

Indian elections Indians cast ballots on Thursday (local time) on the biggest day of voting in the country’s weekslong general election.

Japan may scrap whale hunt

Japan is considering scrapping a whale hunt just days before the fleet’s planned departure, media have said.

MH370 search has a week

Ferry disaster death toll climbs

Oil slick not from MH370

Tests have ruled out a nearby oil slick found in the search for MH370 came from the aircraft.

Credibility questioned

Oscar Pistorius The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial challenged the credibility of an expert defence witness.

Pistorius murder trial on hold

The Oscar Pistorius murder has adjourned for more than two weeks, resuming May 5.

Gunmen kill nine in bus attack

Dozens of schoolgirls abducted

Murder accused groom extradited

A British man accused of arranging the slaying of his wife on their honeymoon has arrived under escort in South Africa after his extradition from Britain.

Labour auctions Tongan king's wine

Tongan king george A bottle of King George Tupou V's favourite wine is being used to support New Zealand's Labour Party.

NZ to help Solomon Islands

New Zealand will send health workers and a portable bridge to disaster-hit Solomon Islands.

'Not another quake'

Large waves after quake

Flooding hits Solomon Islands

A mother and child have been swept away in flood waters as heavy rains hit the Solomon Islands, local media and residents say.

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