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Massive heatwave in India kills hundreds

At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48°C in some areas.

UN calls for more Nepal quake aid

One month after a devastating 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, the UN says the international community needs to provide more food aid and shelter for those left homeless.

Gang rejected Sydney siege gunman

Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis tried to join the Rebels bikie gang, but was rejected as they saw him as "weird", an inquest has heard.

Australia names anti-terrorism chief

A former ambassador to Indonesia has been confirmed as Australia's first anti-terrorism coordinator.

Anti-corruption parties gain in Spain

Early results from Spain's local and regional elections suggest gains for new anti-corruption movements, at the expense of traditional main parties.

Australia not swayed by Irish gay marriage vote

Australia's Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of a referendum on same-sex marriage in his country, after an Irish referendum voted to legalise them.

German woman, 65, has quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure.

Appeal for calm after US officer cleared

United States authorities have appealed for calm after a policeman was cleared of all charges relating to the killing of an unarmed black couple in Cleveland.

Indonesia begins migrant boat rescues

Indonesia has begun search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants believed to be adrift in its waters. (AUDIO)

Eurovision: Sweden victorious, Australia fifth

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow has won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia and Italy. (AUDIO)

'Yes' to same-sex marriage in Ireland

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex civil marriages in a world-first referendum.

Volunteers fight to take back Ramadi

About 3000 volunteer militia members in Iraq have begun moving against Islamic State militants, to try to recapture the strategic city of Ramadi.

First set of Clinton emails released

The US State Department has released hundreds of emails - many relating to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya - from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account.

Ireland awaits gay marriage vote result

Vote counting has begun after a historic referendum in the Republic of Ireland on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.

Dozens dead in Mexico gang shoot-out

At least 44 people have been killed in a shoot-out in the Mexican state of Michoacan.

Brain implant hailed as breakthrough

A new brain implant that can sense an intent to move a robotic arm is being hailed as a breakthrough for people like 34-year-old Californian Erik Sorto.

IS claims responsibility for suicide attack

The Islamic State group says it was behind a deadly suicide bombing on a Shi'ite mosque in Saudi Arabia.

Key Syria-Iraq crossing lost to IS - watchdog

Militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a monitoring group says.

Magnitude 6.9 quake off Solomon Islands

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has just hit off the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 33km.

IS advances bring them close to Camp Taji

Islamic State fighters advancing in Iraq are getting closer to the giant air base where New Zealand soldiers are stationed. (AUDIO)

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