Dozens have been killed in a gun and bomb attack during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say.
Tens of thousands of Queenslanders are without power and facing a huge clean-up after a storm hit yesterday, bringing with it cyclonic winds and softball-sized hail.
World oil prices have plunged to their lowest level for four years after OPEC's announcement that it would not cut oil output to shore up prices. Brent crude fell below $US72 a barrel.
British crime novelist PD James, who penned more than 20 books - many featuring sleuth Adam Dalgliesh - has died at her home in Oxford, aged 94.
Protests have spread to a dozen US cities over the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
Police at the scene of a shooting of a 12-year-old black boy at a playground in Cleveland, Ohio, believed he was "maybe 20".
Siberian air passengers had to get out and push their plane in temperatures of minus 52 degrees Celsius after its chassis froze.
Two brothers, aged 30 and 24, have become the first Britons to be sent to prison for conspiring to attend a training camp for militant fighters in Syria.
Angry crowds have been protesting for a second night in the US town of Ferguson against the decision not to prosecute the white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teen. (AUDIO)
The search for an elderly man who fell from a cruise ship sailing from New Zealand to Sydney has been called off. The man's fall was caught on the ship's CCTV. (AUDIO)
There has been a violent response to a decision by a grand jury in the US state of Missouri not to bring charges against a white policeman who shot dead a black teenager. (AUDIO)
Switzerland's Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept artworks from a billion-dollar collection which includes masterpieces looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job. Officials said Mr Obama wanted fresh leadership during the final two years of his administration.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered hundreds more US National Guard troops to the town of Ferguson to prevent a second night of rioting and looting. (AUDIO)
The Auckland bureau of the ABC is to be axed to meet the $A254 million the government is slashing from its budget from July 2015. A reduction in the news service has also been flagged.
A woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn baby boy, found in a drain in Sydney yesterday morning.The baby is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
A 12-year-old boy has been shot dead by police in the US city of Cleveland, after brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun in a playground.
A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan. Officials say the bomber walked into a crowd of spectators.