A magnitude 5.7 quake has been recorded near Christchurch, causing landslides, liquefaction and damage across the city.

NT deputy resigns amid scandal

Willem Westra van Holthe has been forced to step down following revelations of questionable business dealings with a Vietnamese company.
The way women are introduced into films in scripts is worse than you'd expect. It's 2016.
Sudan, depending on who you ask, will spend between 25% and 70% of its total budget for 2016 on war.
More than 100 people have held a second rally outside a Brisbane hospital to support doctors refusing to discharge a baby set to return to Nauru.
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Pope Francis has launched a broadside against endemic corruption on his first visit to Mexico as pontiff, calling on President Enrique Pena Nieto and his government to combat it.
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Celebrations for Lunar New Year were colourful and loud.
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Front pages around the globe have paid tribute to David Bowie, 69, who died on 10 January after an 18 month battle with cancer.
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Wildfires continue to burn across Spain's northern areas after an unusual dry spell.