Boston attack 'essence of terror'

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (second left) with his defence lawyers as the guilty verdict was read.

17 min ago  The Boston Marathon bombing was the "essence of terror," a US prosecutor said during sentencing.

Red tape almost foiled op

australian federal police

14 min ago  A counterterrorism operation to stop an alleged murder plot on Anzac Day was nearly held up by red tape.

Tornado kills two, injures 120

Xanxere tornado

5:30 AM  Two people die and 1000 left homeless by a tornado that struck a southern Brazilian city.

Crew of migrant boat arrested

Mahmud Bikhit, left, and Mohammed Ali Malek, two survivors of Saturday's migrant boat disaster, who have arrested on suspicion of people trafficking.

Tunisian captain and Syrian crew member of a boat that capsized off Libyan coast, killing hundreds, arrested.

The end of the Mideast state

People hold a Libyan flag as they demonstrate in support of Khalifa Haftar's "Operation Dignity", a campaign against Islamists, at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli May 23, 2014. Libya's government accused parliament on Thursday of putting security in the capital at risk by summoning a militia from the west of the country to protect the assembly. Parliamentary speaker Nuri Abu Sahmain invited the Central Shield militia to come to Tripoli after gunmen stormed the legislature on Sunday in an attack claimed by renegade general Khalifa Haftar. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

OPINION: Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen are collapsing and it's hard to see how they'll ever be put back together.

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australia

Rough night ahead for Sydney

A wild night awaits for Sydney.

Sydney is in for a second night of mayhem as it feels the full force of the biggest storm this century.

Australian storm claims 3 lives video

Three people killed in flash flooding in the Hunter Valley were trapped in their homes and unable to be reached by rescuers.

UK teen suspected of Australia terror plot link

Teen charged in Anzac terror plot

americas

3 die from tainted ice cream

Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday, April 20, 2015, for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Three people died after eating tainted Blue Bell ice-cream products at a Kansas hospital.

Life for death of 6 babies

Utah woman who admitted to murdering six of her newborn babies was sentenced Monday.

A fundraising page has been set up for the Rogan family.

Father killed on way to birth

A father driving his pregnant wife and children to the hospital for the birth of the couple's eighth child was killed when a deer struck their van.

europe

Auschwitz bookkeeper on trial

Hedy Bohm and Eva Pusztai-Fahidi, survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp, take part in a news conference in Lueneburg.

A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz goes on trial in Germany today.

Were Armenian deaths genocide?

5:00 AM  Armenia is at the centre of world attention as the April 24 anniversary of a 1915 slaughter nears.

Underwater cache of champagne is shown in Aland, an archipelago in the Baltic.

19th century champers much like bubbly today

175-year-old champagne is much like the modern version, study finds.

middle east

Troops depart for Iraq

Troops leaving Ohakea on the first leg of their journey to Iraq.

New Zealand troops bound for Iraq have left on the first leg of their deployment.

Christians killed in IS video? video

A new IS video apparently shows the shootings and beheadings of two groups in Libya.

A US Army trainer watches Iraqi recruits in action; the return of troops to Iraq to help the fight against ISIS is for the wrong reasons, argues Harmeet Sooden.

In whose interest? New Zealand’s policy towards Iraq

OPINION: If New Zealand is serious about addressing the crisis in Iraq, Syria and beyond, it should withdraw from the US-led coalition and be guided instead by a UN mandate.

asia

Daughter guilty in body in suitcase murder

Heather Mack in custody in a police station in Denpasar.

Indonesian court sentences a US woman to 10 years in prison after finding her guilty of playing a role in murdering her mother, whose battered body was found stuffed into a suitcase in Bali.

Surviving bloodshed in Myanmar

After years of bloodshed, torture and forced labour in Myanmar, Zaw Zaw has settled in Wellington.

Miners wait in lines to shower during a break near a Chinese coal mine.

Seven killed in Chinese mine

Seven coal miners have died and 17 are trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China.

africa

Gin causing mystery deaths?

Ethanol poisoning from a locally-brewed gin may have been responsible for the sudden death of 18 people in Nigeria.

Ethanol poisoning from a locally-brewed gin may have been responsible for the sudden death of 18 people.

700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks

As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast as rescuers approached.

Lukas Dam was reportedly killed in a US airstrike on Kobane in December 2014.

Kiwi mother grieves son's IS death

The SIS has 'talked down' would-be Kiwi Jihadis after their families got in touch, Key says.

south pacific

Cyclone 'will bring major event'

Yasu, an elder of the John Frum movement, outside his home in Tanna, Vanuatu.

Vanuatu's cargo cults are watching keenly and triumphantly as aid flows into cyclone-hit country.

Protesters leave oil rig

Auckland protester back at sea-level after a five-day Greenpeace protest up an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean.

earthquake, seismic

6.5 quake hits off Fiji

A 6.5-magnitude quake has struck off the north east coast of Fiji.

Video

Australian storm claims 3 lives

Three people killed in flash flooding in the Hunter Valley were trapped in their homes and unable to be reached by rescuers.

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