Gunmen kill 26 in police siege video

An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a bombing in the parking lot of Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice in Kabul earlier this month.

12:09 PM  "They destroyed or captured most of our checkpoints and now they have reached our police headquarters," Afghanistan police chief says amid gunfire that has left 26 dead.

Afghan police officers killed

Bomb outside Afghan Justice Ministry kills five

Kabul attack leaves 14 dead

Rest home fire in China kills 38

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7 min ago  Fire swept through an apartment building being used as a privately run rest home in central China.

Dictator flirts with the West

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko welcomes Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting in Minsk, Belarus in February.

11:42 AM  Top Western leaders are wooing Belarus' president, who has ruled his nation with an iron grip since 1994.

Tornado kills 13 in Mexican city

The tornado in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico, overturned cars like they were toys.

Gusts of over 200 kmh flipped over cars, tore down hundreds of homes and injured at least 229 people.

Dutch families adopted graves

Gennaro "Jerry" Palmento has a moment at his father Jerry Palmento's grave site at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial on Saturday.

Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis and liberate Holland. The Dutch have never forgotten.

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australia

Sydney mum 'left children' to join Isis

Mahmoud Abdullatif left Melbourne late last year for Syria but now is believed to be dead.

Counter-terrorism police have launched an investigation into a Sydney mother-of-two who has reportedly flown to the Middle East to join Islamic State.

Sydney siege gunman wanted to be bikie video

Man Haron Monis tried to join two Sydney chapters of Rebels motorcycle gang but they thought he was weird.

Powerball winner confronted video

Suspected foreign fighter could return

americas

Autopsy inconclusive on child found dead in swing

Not too high: It's important to praise your kids, but keep a sense of perspective.

11:03 AM  An autopsy on the 3-year-old child found dead in a park swing in the US wasn't able to determine a cause of death.

Humans vs AI poker challenge

One of the world's best poker players takes on a computer program named Claudico in a $136,000 exhibition.

The tornado in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico, overturned cars like they were toys.

Tornado kills 13 in Mexican city

Gusts of over 200 kmh flipped over cars, tore down hundreds of homes and injured at least 229 people.

europe

Dutch families adopted WWII graves

Gennaro "Jerry" Palmento has a moment at his father Jerry Palmento's grave site at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial on Saturday.

Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis and liberate Holland. The Dutch have never forgotten.

Church needs 'reality check'

A top Irish Catholic leader said that the Church needs a "reality check."

airplane

Fighter jets escort flight to New York video

An Air France flight was escorted by two US F-15 fighter jets to New York after a threat.

middle east

Iraq regains ground from IS; mass deaths in Palmyra

A tank of the Iraqi army is seen on the outskirts of the city of Falluja, Iraq.

Iraqi forces recaptured territory from IS militants near Ramadi, while in Syria the Islamists killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.

Kiwi offers info on jihadists

Woman who travelled to Syria is understood to be trying to negotiate with Australian authorities to return to Sydney.

Members of the Taliban.

Afghan police officers killed

At least 10 police officers have been killed in an ongoing Taliban assault in Afghanistan's volatile south.

asia

Readers raise more than $56,000 for Nepal video

Your donations are helping the people of Nepal get aid and rebuild their lives.

Generous readers have given more than $56,000 in donations to the Stuff.co.nz Nepal Earthquake Appeal. 

Migrants 'mentally sick'

Bangladesh has slammed thousands of starving migrants and asylum seekers stranded at sea.

A refugee from Bangladesh, who was rescued by the Myanmar navy, is seen at a Muslim religious school used as a temporary refugee camp, at the Aletankyaw village in the Maungdaw township, in Rakhine state May 23, 2015. The head of Rakhine state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing, Chief Minister Maung Maung Ohn, denied that persecution had prompted the exodus after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes. Myanmar's navy discovered two Thai trafficking boats off the coast of Rakhine on Thursday, one carrying migrants and the other empty, the state government said in a statement on Friday. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Malaysia finds 139 graves

Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps.

africa

Oldest known stone tools found in Kenya

One of the ancient stone tools found in Kenya.

At 3.3 million years old, tools found in Kenya are half-a-million years older than homo sapiens.

Burundi president appeals for ethnic harmony

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appealed for ethnic harmony, addressing fears that weeks of political unrest could trigger another bout of bloodletting.

Zambia has lifted a ban on the hunting of big cats.

Zambia lifts ban on big cat trophy hunting

Zambia has lifted the ban on the hunting of leopards and will allow lion hunting next year.

south pacific

TPP talks 'in end-game'

Barack Obama meets with the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries in Beijing.

The United States is optimistic a deal to set up a free trade zone across the Pacific will be concluded soon.

6.8 quake hits Solomon Islands

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck close to the Solomon Islands, just days after the area was hit by another strong earthquake.

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

6.8 quakes rattle Solomon Islands

Two 6.8-magnitude earthquakes have struck off the Solomon Islands but there are no reports of damage.

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Taliban gunmen lay siege to police station

"They destroyed or captured most of our checkpoints and now they have reached our police headquarters," police chief says amid gunfire.

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