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Man accused of funding terror group

Federal police at a house in the Melbourne suburb of Seabrook.

A man arrested in counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne today provided $A12,000 to an American citizen fighting in Syria, police say. A 23-year-old man is in custody. (AUDIO)

Hong Kong protesters defy call to leave

Demonstrators used umbrellas to shield themselves from pepper spray.

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters remain on Hong Kong's streets in defiance of calls to dismantle their camps. Other countries are being warned not to support them. (AUDIO)

Wildlife population halves in 40 years

A new report suggests populations of wild species have halved in 40 years.

The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought according to the London Zoological Society (ZSL) which has just released its new Living Planet Index.

Death toll in Japan volcano rises

Rescue workers and soldiers searching for missing climbers and survivors in ash-covered cottages on Mount Ontake.

The presumed death toll in the volcanic eruption in Japan has risen to 36, with the discovery of five more bodies. Mount Ontake erupted without warning at the weekend.

Monster truck stunt goes fatally wrong

Police inspect the site of the accident in Haaksbergen.

Three people have been killed and 18 injured after a monster truck lost control and crashed into the crowd during a stunt show in the Dutch town of Haaksbergen.

Australia to make Iraq decision 'in days'

RAAF Super Hornet jets are on standby in the United Arab Emirates for targeted strikes in Iraq.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says a decision on military involvement in Iraq will be made in a matter of days now the prime minister has returned from the United States.

Protesters block Hong Kong streets

Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators rest after a night of protesting.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters are blocking Hong Kong's streets, shutting down the territory's business hub and ignoring appeals to leave.

Police, protesters clash in Hong Kong

Police officers stand guard during clashes with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on September 28.

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong which began on Friday are spreading, with police using tear gas to disperse thousands of people near the government buildings complex. (AUDIO)

US-led air strikes hit IS targets in Syria

Syrian Kurds fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group sit in a truck as they cross the Syria Turkey border.

The US-led coalition air strikes have hit Islamic State (IS) targets - a building and two "armed vehicles" - near the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on the border with Turkey.

RAF jets sent on Iraqi mission

Royal Air Force Tornado GR4

Two RAF jets have carried out their first combat mission over Iraq since Parliament authorised air strikes targeting Islamic State (IS) militants, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

30 hikers feared dead after eruption

Mount Ontake

Rescuers have found 30 lifeless hikers near the peak of Mount Ontake, after Saturday's sudden volcanic eruption. The 3,067 metre volcano is about 200km west of Tokyo.

Thousands at Hong Kong democracy protests

Protesters gather outside the headquarters of the Legislative Counsel in Hong Kong.

A civil disobedience pro-democracy movement aiming to paralyse parts of Hong Kong with a massive sit-in has issued its demands as thousands of protesters camp in central Hong Kong.

George Clooney marries in Venice

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.

Hollywood star George Clooney has married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice, in one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the showbusiness year.

A 'step forward' for Fijian democracy

Frank Bainimarama

A pro-democracy group says it hopes Fiji's reinstatement into the Commonwealth means the newly-elected government will be held accountable for its actions.

Fiji grateful for Commonwealth return

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama addresses the rally in Suva.

The Commonwealth secretary-general says he is impressed by the number of female MPs elected to Fiji's parliament and the fact that the country is to have its first female speaker.

Modi hopes to repair US-India relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people on the streets of New York.

India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, has begun a five-day visit to the United States which he hopes will help mend a troubled relationship.

Call to tackle domestic violence in Qld

Australia's Governor General Quentin Bryce meets with her Canadian counterpart David Johnston (not pictured) at Rideau Hall in Ottawa April 4, 2013.

The former Australian governor-general Quentin Bryce says the gravity and severity of domestic violence in Queensland is far worse than people realise.

UK to support IS air strikes in Iraq

British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The UK parliament has voted to conduct air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, while Belgium and Denmark have also announced they will take part in the operation.