Asia-Pacific

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Treasurer Joe Hockey says New Zealand need not worry about its trading partnership with Australia as the economy is doing well.
Tony Abbott has called Indonesia's president to offer the use of an Australian plane to repatriate the bodies of the nation's victims from flight MH17.
Gunmen have killed two foreign women working for a charity in western Afghanistan as they were travelling in a taxi.
A train has rammed into a bus carrying about 38 children to school in southern India, killing at least 11 of them, with the toll expected to rise.
A Chinese town sealed off after a man died of plague has re-opened after authorities found no further cases of the illness. A dead marmot is reportedly to blame...

China lifts plague quarantine

A quarantine imposed in northern China where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, with 151 people under observation cleared by authorities.

Taiwan plane crash toll hits 48

Questions have been raised about why fatal Taiwanese flight GE222 was allowed to fly so soon after a typhoon.
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Middle-East

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Diplomats from the US, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the EU are meeting in Paris as a "humanitarian" truce in Gaza takes hold.
Palestinian security officials say Israeli troops have shot dead two Palestinian teenagers as the protesters' death toll escalates.
The overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict in Gaza has reached 926, many of them civilians, while 37 Israelis have been killed.
Three American citizens, including The Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper...
Trying to understand why Syrian deaths no longer seem to matter.
The world is transfixed by the conflict in Gaza, as the death tolls of both Palestinians and Israelis killed in the fighting continue to rise. It has animated...
The number of Palestinians killed has topped 800 as Israel pushes its offensive and efforts continue to hammer out a ceasefire.
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Europe

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Dutch and Australian military planes are transporting the final 38 coffins containing MH17 remains from eastern Ukraine.
A deal authorising Australian police and soldiers to help secure the MH17 crash site could be ratified next week when the Ukrainian parliament is recalled.
Ukraine is struggling to contain a fresh political crisis as fighting between government troops and rebel fighter continues to claim lives in the east.

GG visits MH17 shrine at Schiphol

Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove says the families of MH17's Australian victims are grateful for the respect the Dutch have shown them.
Smartphones will soon learn to home in on real world beacons that will give them signals to take online action, analysts say.
UK charity Scope says 62 per cent of Facebook and Twitter users it interviewed felt their achievements were inadequate compared to the posts of others.
The Perth parents of one of the passengers on board flight MH17 are in Ukraine and travelling east towards the rebel-controlled crash site.

Africa

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Officials say the Air Algerie crash site is littered with twisted and charred fragments of the plane that was carrying 118, including entire families.
It's extremely unlikely any of the 116 people onboard an Algerian plane have survived, France's transport minister said.
There were no survivors the in Air Algerie crash, the French president has announced, with weather the most likely cause of the disaster.
An Algerian plane with 119 passengers, including Spanish and French nationals, went missing over Mali in Africa an hour after it left Burkina Faso.
Tributes have flowed for prominent Somali lawmaker and popular singer-songwriter Saado Ali Warsame, who was gunned down in the capital Mogadishu.

Nigeria attacks kills 42 people

The targets of two bombings in the Nigerian city of Kaduna have escaped unharmed, but at least 42 people died in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram.
The South African National Parks service has hailed a 77 year jail sentence for a man found guilty of rhino poaching in Kruger National Park.

North America

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A law passed in the US makes it legal to unlock phones for personal use and switch suppliers, at least until next year.
Three American citizens, including The Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper...
US actor John Malkovich has hit out at Sydney's famous Opera House, saying the acoustics were so hideous they "would do an aeroplane hangar a disservice".

US passports, visas database crashes

The US State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, potentially sparking millions of delays.

Twitter admits to diversity problem

Twitter says it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs.
The congressional Government Accountability Office say NASA's new Space Launch System is at high risk of missing its December 2017 initial test flight.
Amazon's Fire phone offers new ways to navigate, discover and, of course, shop - all enabled by new features from the world's largest online retailer.

South America

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Three girls, aged between four and 13, have escaped from an Argentina house where they were held captive and abused for about a year.
The BRICS group of emerging powers have launched a $50 billion development bank to be based in Shanghai and a $100 billion crisis contingency fund, according to a...
The BRICS are set to create a development bank to fund infrastructure projects and a reserve fund to fend off currency and balance of payments crises.
Bolivia is facing an environmental emergency after a dam burst in a mining town, sparking fears of pollutants spilling into the Pilcomayo river.

New landslide at Honduras mine

A fresh landslide at the Honduras mine where eight men are trapped has once again blocked the entrance, hampering rescue efforts.
Thirty-three Cuban refugees were suffering from dehydration when they were found on a raft off the coast of Honduras by fishermen.
Argentine paleontologists are searching for a sauropod skull to match the remains of an 80-tonne giant recently discovered.