IS followers urged to attack 

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

Islamic State followers are being urged to attack by any means possible.

RNZAF in pirate drug bust

RNZAF Orion

8:52 PM  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.

Shot mother puts baby in loo

Jessica Arrendale

A US mother fatally shot managed to save her daughter with her final movement.

NZ soldiers aid crash survivors

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

New Zealand soldiers training in Papua New Guinea have helped survivors from a fatal plane crash.

Explorer to probe red planet

NEARING: In this artist concept provided by NASA, the Maven spacecraft approaches Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere.

NASA is back on Mars after a 700 million kilometre journey that began nearly a year ago.

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australia

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.

Child dies after sand dune collapse

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

Australia seeks new security powers

Neighbour-bashing victim dies

americas

Shot mother puts baby in loo

Jessica Arrendale

A US mother fatally shot managed to save her daughter with her final movement, the child's grandmother has revealed.

Build your own Macca's?

Discerning McDonald's diners may soon be able to build-their-own burger.

White House knifeman a soldier video

White House security review video

GONE: Hannah Graham has not been seen for more than a week.

A 'parent's worst nightmare'

The parents of a missing US teen fear her disappearance was the result of foul play.

europe

Pope denounces extremists video

Security for Pope Francis' visit to Albania was unusually tight.

Pope Francis denounces extremists around the world who are ‘‘perverting’’ religion to justify violence.

Trouble on Glasgow streets

British relief over the Scottish people's decision to reject independence has given way to squabbling.

Paris tries to stop 'love locks'

Nazi gas chambers found

HOLY VISIT: Pope Francis in on a trip to Albania.

Pope heads for Albania

The Pope is off to Albania for a packed one-day visit that will spotlight the country as a model of inter-religious harmony.

middle east

History a casualty in Syria's war

The Great Mosque in Aleppo after the minaret was destroyed.

One of the casualties of Syria's civil war is history. 

Thousands of Kurds flee jihadists video

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have flooded into Turkey, fleeing an onslaught by Islamic State militants.

Turkish hostages freed

Rift widens between Obama and US military

Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran seeks give and take

Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants.

asia

Afghan rivals sign unity deal

PACT: Afghanistan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.

Rival candidates in the bitterly disputed Afghan presidential election have signed an agreement on a unity government.

'Whale hunt will continue'

Japan vows to continue hunting whales, despite the International Whaling Commission voting in favour of a NZ-led resolution.

Bikini comment apology

Teachers held without charge

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

Killers have likely fled island

The killers of two British tourists are likely to have fled a Thai resort island amid false police leads and a contaminated crime scene.

africa

'I've been crying a lot'

HUNGRY AND GRIEVING: Tough conditions are not getting any better.

Mary Jorjor is no longer a mother - all seven of her children have died in fighting in South Sudan.

Sierra Leone imposes Ebola curfew

Sierra Leone ushered in a controversial three-day curfew across the entire country in a bid to halt the deadly Ebola virus.

Kenyan mall massacre still haunts

Doctor's Ebola ordeal

Troops stand on September 16, 2014 in Maiduguri on a armored personnel carrier (APC) recovered from Boko Haram insurgents in Konduga. Several Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in a fierce battle with Nigerian troops in a northeastern town near Maiduguri,

Four killed in Boko Haram attack in northern Cameroon

Four civilians were killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram militants, according to state radio.

south pacific

Bainimarama claims victory in Fiji

Heading for victory: Frank Bainimarama votes in Suva in Wednesday's election.

Fiji’s first democratically elected prime minister in eight years formally claimed victory today.

Victory for Bainimarama

Coup leader Frank Bainimarama is on verge of sweeping a historic vote to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers give the ballot stamp of approval

Bainimarama set to retain power

Family sues Samoa over prison death

TROUBLE AHEAD: Climate Change and rising sea levels in Kiribati Islands in the Pacific ocean.

Kiribati witnesses ice melt

The president of Kiribati says visiting the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the threat his islands face.

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White House knifeman a soldier

The man accused of breaking into the White House is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq.