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Nepal aid effort intensifies

Humanitarian agencies are preparing large-scale aid operations to earthquake-ravaged Nepal, with tonnes of supplies being flown into the country.

No life-saving surgery for billions, says study

A new study has found two-thirds of the world's population have no access to safe and affordable surgery - more than double the number in previous estimates.

Australian PM pleads for clemency

The Australian Prime Minister has written to the Indonesian President to plead for clemency for two drug smugglers in a last-ditch effort to stop their execution.

Over 3700 dead in Nepal quake

The number of people killed in Nepal by the Himalayan country's worst earthquake in eight decades has risen to 3726, said a home ministry official.

Avalanches and confusion

Following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal, eighteen are dead after an avalanche hit the Everest Base Camp, a toll that is expected to rise. (VIDEO)

SBS presenter sacked for 'despicable' tweets

SBS sports presenter Scott McIntyre has been sacked for "disrespectful" tweets about Anzac Day, the Australian broadcaster says.

Harper Lee saves local play

Author Harper Lee has started a non-profit company to produce a play of her iconic book To Kill a Mockingbird in her hometown of Monroeville, after a dispute was set to end the show.

Gallipoli 'incredibly poignant'

New Zealanders who travelled to Gallipoli for yesterday's Anzac Day services say the trip was well worth it. (AUDIO)

Rescue efforts intensify in Nepal

Rescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after at least 2000 people were killed in the country's worst earthquake in more than 80 years. (VIDEO)

Oceans' economic value plunging - report

A new report says the economic value of the world's oceans is eroding fast, due to pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing and a host of other ills.

Architects' striking designs stir imagination

Australian architect couple Rob McBride and Debbie Ryan explain the influences on their extraordinary designs - from driftwood to Harry Potter. (AUDIO)

Execution orders for Bali Nine duo

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, convicted on drugs charges in Indonesia, have been given formal notice of their imminent execution.

Arrest over radioactive drone in Japan

Police in Japan have arrested a man who they say landed a small drone aircraft - containing radioactive sand - on the roof of the prime minister's office. (AUDIO)

UN must do more in Syria - NZ

Despite yesterday's announcement that New Zealand will not increase its number of refugees, the country has told the UN Security Council that more must be done in Syria.

Human rights activist killed in Pakistan

Leading Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi.

Anzac Cove: 100 years on

10,000 New Zealanders and Australians gathered at the dawn service at Gallipoli. (VIDEO)

Australians commemorate Anzac Day

A record crowd of 120,000 has gathered for the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Armenia remembers mass killings

Ceremonies are being held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

'For glory and honour'?

New Zealanders didn't only die at Gallipoli, and soon enough will come the centenaries of even more major loss in France and Belgium.

Gallipoli: PM happy with security

Prime Minister John Key has given his approval to the massive security operation at Gallipoli ahead of the dawn service in Turkey.