The United States and Cuba are moving to normalise diplomatic relations more than 50 years after they were severed, in a historic shift in policy. (AUDIO)
Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned US release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it.
Pakistan's prime minister has promised to rid his country of terrorism after a massacre at a Peshawar school which killed 141 people, most of them children. (AUDIO)
Lawyers for a New Zealand man in Australia charged after allegedly planning a trip to Syria to join jihadist forces head back to court today. (AUDIO)
The bodies of more than 230 people believed to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
Russia is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble to try to stem its slump against the US dollar after the economy had been affected by cheaper oil and sanctions.
Animal welfare activist group Sea Shepherd claims to have intercepted and made a citizen's arrest on what it calls an illegal fishing vessel, Thunder.
Australian leader Tony Abbott has ordered a sweeping investigation into the deadly hostage crisis in Sydney after tough new security laws and the courts failed to stop a gunman from taking 17 people hostage. (AUDIO)
Candlelit vigils are taking place across Pakistan and the country is observing three days of national mourning following the Taliban attack on an army-run school. (AUDIO)
Siege survivor John O'Brien has spoken out, offering his condolences to the families of the two hostages who died in the Sydney hostage crisis. (VIDEO)
Thousands of people have turned out in Sydney to pay tribute to the victims of the Martin Place siege, which ended when police stormed a cafe yesterday. (AUDIO)
Properties have been lost and 120 people have been evacuated as a large bushfire burns in the Australian state of Victoria.
American comedian Bill Cosby is not going to be prosecuted in connection with a sexual assault claim dating back to the 1970s.
The Taliban's deadliest attack in Pakistan, killing more than 130 children at an army-run school, has drawn worldwide condemnation. (AUDIO)
Siege - Man Haron Monis's former lawyer tells Nine to Noon about the Muslim cleric, who was born in Iran and went to Australia as a refugee. (AUDIO)
Siege - The Sydney cafe siege has sparked a tide of support for Muslim Australians, with the #illridewithyou hashtag trending worldwide on Twitter.
Siege - Hundreds of people have flocked to the scene of a fatal siege in Sydney, paying respect to the victims as a full police investigation gets underway. (VIDEO)
Siege - She was a top lawyer and mother-of-three. He reportedly wrestled with the gunman. Meet the people killed in the Sydney siege. (AUDIO)
Siege - Sydney is emerging from a dramatic twenty-four hours, during which the central city was put in lockdown and anxious relatives waited for news.
One of only six northern white rhinoceroses left on Earth has died at a Californian zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction. The male rhino was 44 years old.