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One dead in Virgin Galactic crash

Virgin's SpaceShipTwo, pictured during a test flight in September 2013, is reported to have crashed over California.

One person is reported dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed during a test flight in California.

Mystery drones fly over nuclear plants

This photo taken on August 31, 2006, shows a nuclear power plant in Cattenom, eastern France.

French police say a further two unidentified drones have been spotted flying over the country's nuclear plants, bringing the total to nine this month.

Rolf Harris loses first round of appeal

Rolf Harris (C) arrives at Southwark Crown Court in central London on 4 July 2014.

The Judicial Office in London has confirmed Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

Aust royal commission clears Gillard

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

An Australian royal commission on trade unions has cleared former prime minister Julia Gillard of criminal conduct in relation to a 1990s corruption case.

Apple chief Tim Cook 'proud to be gay'

Tim Cook

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying that he is "proud to be gay", in an announcement to help people struggling with their identity.

Outrage over holy site closure

Palestinian youths clashed with police in East Jerusalem.

The Israeli authorities have reopened a holy site in east Jerusalem after closing it because of unrest in the city.

Elephants kill elderly people, child

Herd of elephants

A herd of elephants has trampled eight elderly people and an eight-year-old girl to death in Malawi. The marauding elephants were thought to have come from Mozambique.

Ebola may be slowing in Liberia

A health worker checks a woman entering Mali from Guinea for signs of Ebola.

The Ebola epidemic appears to be slowing in the worst hit West African country though the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organization says.

Milk diet 'may not cut fracture risk'


Despite being recommended as a high source of calcium, drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

White leader appointed in Zambia

Guy Scott

Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott is the first white man to be head of state in continental Africa since the end of apartheid, following the death of President Michael Sata. (AUDIO)

Syria rebels boost Kobane defence


A group of Syrian Arab rebels has arrived in Kobane to help defend the northern border town against Islamic State (IS) militants, sources inside the town have told the BBC.

Sri Lanka landslide: '100 feared dead'

Sri Lanka mudslide

About 100 people are feared dead following a landslide which came after heavy monsoon rains and engulfed about 140 houses in central Sri Lanka, the government says.

Australian IS terrorist killed - reports

Islamic State images purportedly showing recruits marching in an unknown location.

An Australian Islamic State terrorist accused of being behind a plot to kill random members of the public in Sydney is believed to have died while fighting in the Middle East.

Nasa rocket explodes on lift off

The rocket exploded seconds after launch.

An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

Sierra Leone angry at Australia visa ban

Australia has angered nations in west Africa struggling with Ebola.

Sierra Leone has condemned Australia's decision to suspend entry visas for people from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa as "counterproductive" and "discriminatory".

Science body slams Barrier Reef plan

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure and home to rich marine life.

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline and ignores climate change and development.

Job equality 80 years away - report

Man and woman, workplace inequality

Worldwide gender equality in the workplace will not be reached for another 80 years, a new report suggests. The five Nordic countries are leading the equality stakes.

Jack Ma named China's richest man

China's richest person, Jack Ma.

Jack Ma, who founded Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has become China's richest person. The former English teacher's fortune is worth an estimated $NZ25 billion.