Australia is already battling the spillover from organised crime in Southeast Asia, which the UN says is worth $A100 billion a year.
In the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious space program, a Chinese probe flew around the moon and safely returned to Earth.

WWI to be remembered in Chicago

Rugby players from NZ and the US will lay wreaths for the fallen in WWI ahead of a Test between the two countries.
DFAT has updated its terror threat advice in light of an online forum post, which urged attacks against teachers at international schools.
The sons of a Malaysian man missing on flight MH370 is suing the government and beleaguered national carrier, in the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.
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Woman charged after NZ baby taken

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with kidnapping after an eight-month-old baby was taken from a house in New Zealand.
All foreign travellers entering North Korea from Ebola-affected regions will be quarantined for 21 days, the reclusive regime says.
As sniffer dogs are deployed to hunt for victims of a deadly mudslide in Sri Lanka, survivors have told of narrow escapes and desperate rescues.
There have been more delays in the Doha mall fire appeal case as a new judge is appointed and nursery owners argue they are the victims.
Rescue workers are desperately hunting for survivors after tonnes of mud collapsed on workers' cottages at a Sri Lankan tea plantation.

Nestle Japan hiring 1000 robots

Food giant Nestle is planning to hire 1000 120-centimetre tall robots named Pepper as sales clerks at stores across Japan.

Bangladesh Islamist leader to hang

A special Bangladesh court has sentenced to death the leader of the country's largest Islamist party, Motiur Rahman Nizami, for war crimes.

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