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Wind cancels Heathrow flights

Trollies at Heathrow Airport

About 10 percent of flights out of London's Heathrow Airport are being cancelled with strong winds expected from the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, which hit Bermuda last week.

Former Australian PM Whitlam dies

Gough Whitlam

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam has died at the age of 98. Mr Whitlam led the country through a period of massive social change from 1972 to 1975. (AUDIO)

Surgery enables man to walk again

Wheelchair outline

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies

Oscar de la Renta.

American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82, US media are reporting.

September world's hottest since 1880

Last month was the world's hottest September since record-keeping began in 1880.

Last month was the world's hottest September since record-keeping began in 1880 the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

Royal baby's due date confirmed

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.

Kensington Palace says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April next year, confirming the due date after the pregnancy was announced in September.

Turkey to aid Iraqi Kurd fighters

Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane, seen from southeastern Turkey.

The Turkish foreign minister has said his country will allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria to help Kurds in their fight for Kobane against Islamic State.

Nigeria declared free of Ebola

Nigeria

Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. It has been described as a "spectacular success story".

Australia backs down on burka ban

A burka-clad woman

A move to force Muslim women who cover their faces with such things as a burka to sit in a separate enclosed public gallery at Parliament House in Australia has been reversed.

US drops weapons to Kurdish fighters

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane.

United States military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane.

Comet Siding Spring skims Mars

An artist's concept illustration provided by NASA depicts the Comet Siding Spring and Mars.

A recently discovered comet has whizzed past Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study an object from the farthest reaches of the Solar System.

Australian troops to deploy in Iraq

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop.

Australia has reached an agreement with Iraq to allow 200 special forces personnel to train local troops to fight against Islamic State (IS) militants.

Liberia president urges action on Ebola

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the whole world has a stake in the fight against Ebola, which she says "respects no borders". (AUDIO)

'External forces' involved in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protest

Hong Kong leader CY Leung has accused "external forces" of involvement in the territory's pro-democracy protests, he also said protest rallies were "out of control".

UK internet trolls face jail

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People found guilty of internet trolling in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under new government proposals, following several high-profile cases of online abuse.

Nepal rescue teams make final search

It was Nepal's worst-ever trekking disaster.

Rescue teams in Nepal say they are making a final search for survivors on a popular Himalayan trekking route that was hit by a devastating storm.

Catholic synod vote 'disappointing'

Pope Francis walks past Swiss guards at the Vatican.

Catholic gay rights groups say the rejection by bishops of proposals for wider acceptance of gay people, backed by Pope Francis, is "very disappointing".

Obama appeals against Ebola hysteria

Barack Obama spoke about Ebola in his weekly address and urged for calm.

United States President Barack Obama has urged Americans to avoid hysteria about the ebola epidemic. The outbreak has so far killed more than 4500 people in West Africa.