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Donations flow as Balinese flee grumbling Mount Agung volcano

Children stranded in evacuation centres are being taught to cover their noses, eyes, mouths and body if the air is thick with volcanic ash.
09/26/2017 07:58 AM
'Attacked from two sides': Antarctic sea ice hits another record low

Sea ice around Antarctica has swung from a record large maximum area covered to a record low in just three years, in a shift that could have implications for the global climate.
09/26/2017 09:59 AM
Defying threats, Iraqi Kurds celebrate independence vote

As jubilant Iraqi Kurds celebrated their vote on independence from Iraq, their neighbours conducted military exercises on the region's borders and threatened to cut its oil trade.
09/26/2017 05:45 AM
Japan election: Shinzo Abe's future hinges on margins and the popularity of Yuriko Koike

Shinzo Abe's popularity may be on the way up, but he still has to deal with one wild card.
09/26/2017 03:43 AM
Far-Right AfD could split after leader quits

The resurgent German far-Right looked in danger of imploding within hours of its electoral triumph, as one of its most prominent new MPs announced she was leaving her party.
09/26/2017 04:03 AM
On Catalan independence, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden emerge as surprise backers

Two Moscow-linked figures have emerged as the loudest voices on Twitter amplifiying news and commentary about Catalonia's secession referendum.
09/26/2017 12:09 PM
Cassandra Sainsbury's 'locked phone' has Bogota legal team stumped

Sainsbury's lawyers tell Fairfax Media he was aware of the phone problem but has not been able to find a solution.
09/26/2017 08:57 AM
Thai plan to push back Rohingya refugees sparks fears of new wave of boat people

Military-ruled Thailand says its navy will push Rohingya refugees back out to sea as fears grow of a new wave of boat people across Asia's waters.
09/26/2017 02:33 AM
North Korea v Donald Trump war of words: a most dangerous game

North Korea emerged from Donald Trump's weekend twitterstorm, with a Monday threat of its own. Is it time to worry?
09/26/2017 04:52 AM
China blocks Facebook's WhatsApp, in broadening of online censorship

China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance before a big Communist Party gathering next month.
09/25/2017 09:35 PM
At least 20,000 killed each day: What war with North Korea would look like

Scenarios of war are a sobering corrective to the notion that North Korea's nuclear capacity could be taken out in a single strike.
09/26/2017 12:13 PM
Hand gesture gets Khaled Ali, Egyptian opposition, figure jail term

An up-and-coming challenger to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may be barred from running against him after receiving a jail sentence on Monday for public indecency.
09/25/2017 08:28 PM
After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's 35-metre Guajataca Dam may collapse

Much of the Caribbean island, a US territory with a population of 3.4 million, is still without electricity five days after Maria struck.
09/25/2017 07:59 PM
NFL Sunday ratings fall after Donald Trump's call for boycott of games

National Football League ratings declined on Sunday in the US, though it was unclear whether the drop was related to President Donald Trump's call for fans to boycott the games because of player protests.
09/25/2017 07:39 PM
Student trapped in Indiana cave for 58 hours licked water off the walls

Lukas Cavar screamed for hours, hoping to get someone's attention. Bats, salamanders, crayfish and beetles were his only company.
09/25/2017 06:28 PM
'Sick man': Tearful Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months prison for sexting

Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl, capping the spectacular fall of the former US congressman and New York mayoral candidate whose self-destructive behaviour wrecked his career and marriage and played a role in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign.
09/25/2017 04:52 PM
North Korea accuses US of declaring war, threatens countermeasures

North Korea's foreign minister says that President Donald Trump has declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US strategic bombers even if they are not in the country's air space.
09/25/2017 07:40 PM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, as he seeks a fresh mandate to overcome "a national crisis".
09/25/2017 10:21 AM
Bali's Mount Agung volcano 'critical' with hundreds of tremors every day

Bali's Mount Agung volcano has reached a "critical" stage with 500 tremors shaking the area a day.
09/26/2017 02:54 AM
China's corruption watchdog to be replaced in bid for international recognition

The Chinese government will form a new anti-corruption agency as it seeks greater cooperation from international law enforcement bodies.
09/25/2017 11:48 AM
Trump drops the ball picking on protesting black NFL players

Trump has opened a volatile new front – against what had been a slow-burn, social justice protest by black sportsmen.
09/25/2017 07:53 AM
US drones resume strikes in Libya killing 17 Islamic State fighters

Seventeen 17 ISIS militants were killed when unmanned aircraft targeted a desert camp about 240 kms south-east of Sirte in Libya.
09/25/2017 03:16 AM
Angela Merkel: reluctant leader of the free world

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany recoils from the idea that she is now, almost de facto, the leader of the Western world, the defender of trans-Atlantic alliances and multilateralism.
09/25/2017 02:46 AM
What is the AfD, Alternative for Germany party?

After coming in third place in the German federal elections, Alternative for Deutschland will be the first far-right party in the Bundestag - Germany's parliament- since the 1950s. Who are they?
09/25/2017 03:09 AM
Myanmar military using rape as tool of terror against Rohingya women: UN

Doctors are treating scores of Rohingya women who have fled Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine State for injuries consistent with horrific sex attacks.
09/25/2017 01:58 AM
Corbyn's block on Brexit debate at Labour conference provokes fury

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has decided Brexit is not important enough to debate at the party's conference underway in Brighton, England.
09/25/2017 01:03 AM
Trump administration adds countries to travel ban list

Three new nations have been added to the list of countries whose citizens will face the restrictions: Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.
09/25/2017 02:26 AM
Jared Kushner used private email account for White House business: Politico

In 2016, Donald Trump derided Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server for official correspondence when she was secretary of state under President Barack Obama.
09/24/2017 11:08 PM
Cassandra Sainsbury: I'm innocent, but can't open phone to prove it

Accused Australian drug mule insists she has evidence of threats to kill her family - it's just that she can't remember how to unlock her mobile phone.
09/24/2017 08:49 PM
Think Donald Trump is dividing America? You're not alone

President Donald Trump's weekend commentary on protests in the NFL was unsurprising in some respects.
09/24/2017 08:35 PM
German election result worries Jewish leaders

Jewish groups in Europe and the United States expressed alarm on Sunday at the far-right Alternative for Germany's election success.
09/24/2017 08:10 PM
Election gives Germany's far right what it has sought: national legitimacy

The rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) marked a watershed moment on Sunday.
09/24/2017 07:31 PM
London could have had seven more terrorist attacks this year: Sadiq Khan

London's spate of terror attacks could have been much worse, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said.
09/25/2017 09:41 AM
Angela Merkel set for fourth term as far-right enters German parliament

Angela Merkel has won her fourth term as the far-right readied to enter the German parliament.
09/24/2017 06:25 PM
Polling stations open in Germany as history beckons for Chancellor Angela Merkel

Polling stations have opened across Germany in an election that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a historic fourth term and a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in more than half a century.
09/24/2017 01:42 PM
Donald Trump demands NFL teams 'fire or suspend' players as solidarity spreads

The tweets continue a three-day crusade by the president to pressure the league to fire players who have taken a knee in an effort to protest police violence against minorities.
09/24/2017 08:43 PM
New Zealand election: English buries his demons, but what price will Winston demand?

For Bill English, election night was personal. Call it resilience, or a sheer bloody-minded will to win at any cost.
09/24/2017 06:10 AM
Baseballer kneels for national anthem as Trump clashes with sports stars

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell catapulted himself into the ongoing national political discourse on Saturday when he knelt for the national anthem ahead of a game against the Texas Rangers.
09/24/2017 05:47 AM
Germany votes as history beckons for Merkel, and far-right

Germans vote in a national election on Sunday that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a historic fourth term and a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in more than half a century.
09/24/2017 05:27 AM
Trump lashes John McCain over opposition to new Republican health care push

President Donald Trump has lashed out at Republican Senator John McCain, for breaking with him and opposing his party's latest plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act, saying the senator had let his state down and been deceived by Democrats into abandoning a promise.
09/24/2017 02:25 PM
Cracks in a Puerto Rican dam sends clear message to residents: leave now

The police came to this coastal city, nicknamed the Garden of the Northwest, in trucks, jeeps and medical evacuation vans. The city's public safety director wore a life jacket.
09/24/2017 01:31 AM
Bali 'safe for tourists' despite risk of Mount Agung volcano erupting

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency has urged tourists to continue visiting Bali, saying the resort island is safe except for the area around Mount Agung, a volcano in eastern Indonesia that could erupt at any time.
09/24/2017 08:43 AM
Nationals have edge as major parties prepare to court New Zealand First leader

The leaders of New Zealand's two main parties will have to court NZ First's Winston Peters to help form government after Saturday's election failed to deliver a clear majority win.
09/24/2017 05:57 AM
Stephen Curry snub is one of many times Donald Trump has tried to preempt embarrassment

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry struck a hopeful note Friday when he explained why he wouldn't be accepting an invitation to visit President Donald Trump at the White House.
09/23/2017 11:47 PM
Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68

Charles Bradley, known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" for a powerful, raspy style that evoked one of his musical heroes, James Brown, has died at age 68.
09/23/2017 11:18 PM
Boy, 15, arrested over suspected acid attack at London shopping centre

A teen has been arrested after six people were injured when a noxious substance was thrown during an incident at an east London shopping mall.
09/24/2017 05:05 AM
Prince Harry and Melania Trump meet for the first time ahead of Invictus Games

Melania Trump has met with Prince Harry as she led a delegation to Toronto for the opening of the 2017 Invictus Games.
09/23/2017 10:13 PM
North Korea says rockets to United States 'inevitable' after Trump comments

North Korea said firing its rockets at the US mainland was "inevitable" after Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man".
09/24/2017 07:59 AM
Mexico hit by another earthquake, 6.1 magnitude

A new earthquake sent Mexico City residents streaming onto the streets early Saturday, creating more alarm in a country still trying to recover from two powerful earthquakes over the past three weeks.
09/24/2017 03:20 AM
No dream: Kurdish referendum proves a dividing line for communities in Australia

"This is not a party issue," says Venwar Barwari. "This is about whether we are going to govern ourselves. You have to start somewhere."
09/23/2017 02:30 PM
Catalans play cat and mouse with Spanish authorities ahead of October 1 vote

At secret locations across Catalonia, activists have hidden the ballot boxes they plan to deploy in a referendum on independence in defiance of Spain's authorities.
09/23/2017 02:30 PM
Donald Trump withdraws NBA All-Star Stephen Curry's White House invitation

US President Donald Trump has gone to war with NBA All-Star Stephen Curry.
09/23/2017 07:46 PM
Rape on campus: Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos wind back Obama measures

First Donald Trump spoke up for white nationalists. Now he and his education secretary are accused of giving comfort to college sexual predators. But is that fair?
09/23/2017 02:17 PM
Iran successfully tests new ballistic missile: state media

Iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 2000 kilometres, in a show of defiance against the United States.
09/23/2017 12:44 PM
New Zealand election ends in stalemate, with Winston Peters the kingmaker

Coalitions will form the next New Zealand government, with an anti-immigration party holding sway.
09/23/2017 01:32 PM
Earthquake in North Korea sparks fears over new nuclear test

An earthquake in North Korea on Saturday has raised concerns over a possible new nuclear test.
09/23/2017 01:27 PM
New Zealanders wait for election result after nail-biting race

New Zealanders went to the polls on Saturday after the most hotly contested race in recent history.
09/23/2017 10:38 AM
Brazilian army deploys troops in Rio slum as Rock in Rio plays on

The outbreak of violence is happening in the midst of the Rock in Rio music festival.
09/23/2017 07:01 AM
Barakat murder: Syrian activist and journalist daughter found dead in Turkey

The Barakats came from a large family known for its long opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his predecessor and father, Hafez Assad.
09/23/2017 07:51 AM
Brexit delayed after transition period announced

May set out plans for a status quo implementation phase after Brexit takes effect in March 2019.
09/23/2017 04:44 AM
Torching of Rohingya villages continues in Myanmar despite denials

Local researchers interviewing and assisting refugees as they crossed into Bangladesh saw Myanmar soldiers unpack crates of mines.
09/23/2017 04:22 AM
Africans to get state-of-art HIV drugs for less than $100 a year

Drug makers have agreed to cap prices in return for sales volume pledge guaranteed by the Gates Foundation
09/23/2017 02:54 AM
Melania Trump embraces Michelle Obama's White House Kitchen Garden

"I'm a big believer in healthy eating," she said before walking through the garden.
09/23/2017 01:27 AM
New Zealanders head to polling booths after tight, volatile race

The most volatile and hard-fought NZ race in recent history could usher in a change in openness to migration and trade.
09/23/2017 12:28 AM
Bali volcano: Australians warned to check travel plans as volcano rumbles

Thousands of people are fleeing Bali's Mount Agung precinct in eastern Indonesia with the volcano threatening to erupt at any moment.
09/25/2017 01:35 AM
Mexico City earthquake: Frida the search dog gets her star moment

One of Mexico's most beloved rescuers wears wide protective goggles, a harness and two pairs of boots.
09/22/2017 06:37 PM
United States' UN ambassador Nikki Haley emerges as megaphone for Donald Trump

Nikki Haley's prominence at Trump's side through four days of meetings at the annual UN General Assembly this week continued a rapid and remarkable rise.
09/22/2017 05:32 PM
Evacuations ordered after tremors, rising smoke from Bali volcano

Bali's Mount Agung volcano could erupt at any time for the first time in 54 years, with the warning level upgraded to the highest possible level as of 8.30pm local time on Friday night.
09/22/2017 10:16 PM
Teenager charged with attempted murder over London train bomb attack

An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and possessing explosives over the Parsons Green Tube terrorist attack in London.
09/23/2017 04:40 AM
Far-right white noise of Alternative for Germany changes election landscape

Angela Merkel looks set to cruise to victory in this weekend's German election. But what really matters now is which party ends up in third place.
09/22/2017 11:39 AM
Myanmar attacks: Rohingya pay steep price for actions of a new force called ARSA

Those Rohingyas who have turned to militancy counted on a harsh crackdown from the Myanmar government, says one analyst, and the global anger that would result.
09/22/2017 11:39 AM
'Lack of corporate responsibility': Uber stripped of its licence to operate in London

London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its licence to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the US firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world's wealthiest cities.
09/22/2017 04:54 PM
Plants may be prone to curling up for a snooze, study on primitive jellyfish suggests

London: Plants may need to sleep at night, a new study on primitive jellyfish suggests.
09/22/2017 06:25 AM
Machine-gun giant Heckler & Koch quits selling in 'crisis regions'

Washington: Heckler & Koch's pistols and submachine guns are among the most legendary firearms in the world.
09/22/2017 04:47 AM
NZ election: Malay-Chinese beekeeper who migrated via Australia vies for Maori seat

Wetex Kang may be the first Asian candidate to represent the Maori Party, but at times he sounds more like a certain US president.
09/22/2017 05:44 AM
German election: Angela Merkel pleads for voters to stop far-right

Angela Merkel launched a last-minute bid to hold back the Alternative fur Deutschland party on Thursday as she urged Germany to turn out at the polls.
09/22/2017 12:19 PM
North Korea crisis: US hints at plan B, as Kim official threatens H-bomb test

Amid all the warnings about miscalculations in a time of crisis, it seems there's talk of a Plan B.
09/22/2017 11:54 AM
North Korea 'may test hydrogen bomb in Pacific'

Seoul: South Korean media report North Korea's foreign minister has said the country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.
09/22/2017 04:15 AM
Rohingya Muslim mega-settlement risks imminent humanitarian disaster

Doctors warn a public health disaster is imminent unless humanitarian aid is massively increased in a mega-settlement of almost 500,000 Rohingya Muslims.
09/22/2017 01:23 AM
Polls divided as New Zealand prepares for election this weekend

Two months ago New Zealand's centre-right ruling National Party looked set to secure itself a fourth term in office.
09/22/2017 12:23 AM
North Korean leader threatens 'to tame mentally deranged US dotard with fire'

Donald Trump on Thursday announced new financial sanctions targeting North Korea.
09/22/2017 12:59 AM
Russia warns US of retaliation amid risk of Syria showdown

Russia issued an unusually blunt warning to the US that it will retaliate against American-backed fighters in Syria.
09/22/2017 12:18 PM
'Death Wish' canned coffee recalled over possible toxin

Death Wish Coffee sells what it says is the "World's Strongest Coffee" - but one batch may actually be toxic.
09/21/2017 08:39 PM
Facebook to turn over thousands of Russian ads to Congress, reversing decision

Facebook has decided to turn over to Congress copies of more than 3000 online political advertisements bought through Russian accounts during the 2016 US presidential campaign.
09/22/2017 12:21 PM
Hurricane Maria 'destroyed us' say Puerto Ricans

The storm cut a path through the island Wednesday and 100 per cent of the territory remained without power.
09/21/2017 07:59 PM
Neighbours yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City police officer fatally shoots deaf man

Neighbours yelled "he can't hear you!"
09/21/2017 07:11 PM
Donald Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on North Korea nuclear program

US President Donald Trump has announced sanctions on North Korea that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with the rogue nation, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program.
09/21/2017 06:21 PM
Best of the world: September 22, 2017

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.
09/21/2017 02:21 PM
Sea turtle populations bouncing back around the world

Scientists worry we're experiencing a sixth mass extinction, but sea turtles may be an exception, a new study says.
09/21/2017 08:30 AM
Terror in Indonesia: the threat posed by returning Islamic State fighters

Heru Kurnia hadn't seen the execution but saw a crowd gather at the clock tower in the Syrian city of Raqqa. What he saw next, he says, changed his life.
09/23/2017 10:31 AM
In dust of Mexico earthquake, rich and poor band together

"You can't do anything to stop it. You just do everything you can to help the people affected."
09/21/2017 06:04 AM
North Korean fuel ships dodge sanctions on the way back from Russia

At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, despite sanctions.
09/21/2017 04:37 AM
Man sets himself on fire outside NZ Parliament in Wellington

A man is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire outside New Zealand's Parliament in Wellington.
09/21/2017 08:06 AM
Spanish police raid Catalan government, arrest minister to halt referendum

Spanish police have arrested a Catalan junior minister while PM Rajoy tells Catalan leaders: "Don't go ahead" with a vote on independence.
09/21/2017 04:12 AM
New Zealand calls in navy to beat fuel shortage

A New Zealand navy vessel will ferry diesel fuel around the country as the government rushes to alleviate a days-long fuel shortage.
09/21/2017 03:39 AM
Earthquake with 5.7 magnitude strikes off Indonesia

An undersea earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude struck off the north coast of Java in Indonesia on Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
09/21/2017 02:10 AM
'Rogue newcomers to politics': Iranian president slams Trump after UN speech

Hassan Rouhani got a lot off his chest when he spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday
09/21/2017 08:16 AM
Morgan Freeman accuses Russia of declaring war on US

Footage of Mr Freeman's monologue sparked a media storm in Russia on Wednesday.
09/21/2017 01:58 PM
Kenya court says it nullified election over possible hacking

Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday said it had nullified last month's presidential election because the voting may have been hacked.
09/20/2017 09:08 PM
Amazon 'frequently bought together' tips may help users make bombs: report

Amazon.com says it's reviewing its website after an investigation found that it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb.
09/21/2017 12:49 AM