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Trump vows to 'totally destroy' North Korea over weapons threats

Donald Trump has made his strongest threat yet against North Korea, vowing to "totally destroy" the country if it attacks the US or its allies.In a wideranging speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York overnight,...

Bearing up: Nature photos of the year

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is under way and accepting entries into four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials. Entrants from all over the world are expected to send in...

We do not fear scrutiny: Suu Kyi breaks her silence over plight of Rohingya

After a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims sparked allegations of ethnic cleansing, Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday that her country does not fear international scrutiny.She told the world that even with an estimated...

Trump to lay out vision of US role in world

President Donald Trump today presents a vision of US engagement with the world in his maiden address to the United Nations that aides said would be consistent with the nation's "values and traditions" but would not focus on advancing...

The hit and miss of hurricanes

This hurricane season is showing how wild and varied storms' life cycles can be.Most storms seem to be tracked for days while others appear to pop out of nowhere. And some just linger around.Hurricane Jose is pushing the two-week...

Kiwi dies in cycling accident on Croatian island

A Kiwi has died in a cycling accident on a Croatian island, local media reports.The 39-year-old man fell off a bicycle and into a 3m chasm, the Dubrovnik Daily said.He wasn't wearing a helmet at the time, the paper reports, and...

Fox News commentator, in lawsuit, says she was sexually assaulted by host

Former Fox News commentator Scottie Nell Hughes says she was raped by longtime anchor Charles Payne, and then blacklisted by the network when she came forward with her allegations, according to a lawsuit filed today.Hughes, 37,...

Car crashes into shoppers in Sydney

A four-wheel-drive crashed into pedestrians at a busy shopping centre in Sydney's north-west.A 20-year-old was sent to hospital, and 9News Australia reports her leg was broken as a result of the incident at the Century Circuit shopping...

Man climbs mountain in his underwear, suffers hypothermia

A charity climber developed hypothermia when he tackled Snowdon wearing just his underpants.19-year-old Nathan French wore Superman underwear when he climbed the mountain - the highest peak in England and Wales - in aid of a dementia...

Elizabeth Smart contemplated killing herself after being raped

Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart says she contemplated killing herself after being raped and beaten by her abductor. Smart was 14 years old when she was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City and held in a remote spot in the...

North Korea missile tests: US, South Korea stage bombing drills over peninsula

The United States and South Korea have staged a series of dramatic bombing drills designed to send a message to Kim Jong-un.The flurry of military drills comes after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan...

Nazi beaten up after 'harassing black man on bus'

A white supremacist wearing a swastika armband in Seattle was tracked down and knocked out after allegedly harassing a black man on a bus.The unidentified Nazi was first spotted on Sunday afternoon while riding Seattle's D line...

Taxi driver takes teenage girls to police station for being $1 short

Two teenagers burst into fits of giggles when their taxi driver locked them in and drove them to the police station for being 60p short on their fare.Sophie Heath and Yeva Wilcox, both 18, were on their way home from a...

'The winds are merciless!' Roosevelt Skerrit writes on Facebook

Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category five storm and pounded the small island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean.Forecasters warned it might become even stronger.The storm was following a path...

US jets use live bombs in a massive show of force aimed at North Korea

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has hinted about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack but declined to say what kind of options he was talking about or whether they involved...

Missing British woman may be kidnap victim of Amazon pirates

A British adventurer who was canoeing alone in the Amazon may have been snatched by pirates, according to Brazilian police.The 43-year-old woman, who has not been named, was attempting a 6435km solo journey from Peru to Brazil.She...

The world is about to end, if you believe this doomsday claim

A few years ago, Nasa senior space scientist David Morrison debunked an apocalyptic claim as a hoax.No, there's no such thing as a planet called Nibiru, he said. No, it's not a brown dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of...

Call about suspicious man was made by Georgia Tech student killed by police

The call that led Georgia Tech campus police to respond to a man reportedly wielding a knife was made by the student later shot and killed by officers, state police investigators.That student, Scout Schultz, left three suicide notes...

Charter bus shoots through New York intersection, killing three

A charter bus owned by a company with a record of safety problems barrelled through an intersection, slammed into a city bus and then ploughed across a pavement into a building yesterday, killing three people.The wreck, which was...

Video shows what happens when a robot conducts an Italian orchestra

It's not uncommon for conductors to break into a full sweat as they lead a symphony performance.Their goal, after all, is to translate musical energy into a readable, physical form.The endeavour is not only demanding - with sudden...

A man in Wisconsin killed his wife then blew up his house to cover up the crime, police say

There had been no formal reports of missing people - not from family or friends or neighbours - during the weeks, or even months, that police believe Lee Anne Pirus was dead in her Wisconsin home.She had been shot and killed weeks...

Pelosi confronted by DACA recipients protesting against her work with Trump

Protesters angrily confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, , today - and she tried in vain to quiet them - about her emerging agreement with US President Donald Trump to provide legal protections to young undocumented immigrants.In...

London struggles with empty units in city bereft of affordable housing

They are not hard to spot, if you know where to look, especially at night - the floors of swanky, new apartments, most of the windows dark, almost all the time.The zombie flats. Owned, but empty.And on this cobbled mews in Chelsea?...

Dangerous moment 188km/h biker takes selfies, pulls wheelies in traffic

A biker was filmed taking selfies and pulling wheelies on a motorway before speeding at up to 117mph.Pawel Zietowski - who has been jailed for eight months and given a 28-month driving ban - was recorded by an unmarked police patrol...

Inside Dallas Cowboys party massacre: What led to death of eight football fans

Meredith Lane was the happiest she had been in years.The popular 27-year-old was determined to get on with her life after the collapse of her marriage to college sweetheart Spencer Hight, who she filed for divorce from in July.The...

'Allo 'allo? Macron bombarded with calls after mobile number leaked

French President Emmanuel Macron was bombarded with often abusive text messages and late night calls after one of his mobile phone numbers was published online, the French president's aides said on Monday.It was made public "about...

Trump rips into United Nations in debut

US President Donald Trump has made his debut at the United Nations, using his first speech to urge the 193-nation organisation to cut red tape and more clearly define its global mission.But while Trump chastised the UN - an organisation...

Woman's quick thinking cons would-be muggers, killers

A quick-thinking California woman foiled would-be robbers by faking a seizure in a move she learned from the TV show Law and Order .Julie Dragland, 32, of Oakland, was riding a Dublin-bound Bart train from Daly City at 4.50pm on...

Mother left baby to die while she partied for a week

A young mother who left her baby to die while she partied for a week with friends is facing 10 years in prison in Russia.Viktoria Kuznetsova, from Rostov, western Russia waited until her husband had been called up for military service...

Widow outraged after husband's body went unnoticed for eight months at US airport

While Randy Potter's family and friends were searching across states to find him for the past eight months, his body was decomposing in a truck at a nearby airport.They organised search parties, scoured through local parks and enlisted...

Woman's quick thinking cons would-be muggers, killers

A quick-thinking California woman foiled would-be robbers by faking a seizure in a move she learned from the TV show Law and Order.Julie Dragland, 32, of Oakland, was riding a Dublin-bound BART train from Daly City at around 4.50pm...

Stanislav Petrov, the 'man who saved the world' dies at 77

The former Soviet military officer credited with saving the world from nuclear destruction has died at the age of 77. Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defence Forces, was the officer on duty at the Soviet...

North Korea has vowed to speed up its terrifying nuclear programme if US-led sanctions continue

The more sanctions the US and its allies impose on North Korea, the faster it will move to complete its nuclear plans, the reclusive nation's official KCNA news agency says."The increased moves of the US and its vassal forces to...

North Korea has vowed to speed up its terrifying nuclear program if US-led sanctions continue

The more sanctions the US and its allies impose on North Korea, the faster it will move to complete its nuclear plans, the reclusive nation's official KCNA news agency says."The increased moves of the US and its vassal forces to...

Mother left baby to die while she partied for a week

A young mother who left her baby to die while she partied for a week with friends is facing ten years in prison in Russia.Viktoria Kuznetsova, from Rostov, western Russia waited until her husband had been called up for military...

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean, threatens Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm as it barrelled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to grow even stronger.The storm was on a path that would...

Trump lawyers spill beans, thanks to terrible choice of restaurant

It is every Washington reporter's dream to sit down at a restaurant, overhear secret stuff and get a scoop. It rarely happens.Still, everyone in town important enough to have secrets worth keeping knows that secrets are not safe...

Cannibal shot in South Africa after refusing to stop eating woman he killed

A cannibal caught eating a woman he beheaded has died after a police shot him in South Africa.Aphiwe Mapekula, 23, collapsed in a hail of bullets with arm, leg and stomach injuries when police officers tried to arrest him at his...

Rohingya, Pyongyang share UN spotlight

Facing an escalating nuclear threat from North Korea and the mass flight of minority Muslims from Burma, world leaders are gathering at the United Nations to tackle these and other tough challenges - from the spread of terrorism to...

Trump takes aim at 'Rocket Man' Kim

President Donald Trump has mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea as "Rocket Man" while White House advisers said the isolated nation would face destruction unless it shelves its weapons programmes and bellicose threats.Trump's...

National Front serves up couscous scandal

A photograph of Marine Le Pen's deputy dining at a North African restaurant with other National Front officials has horrified supporters, who found their "unpatriotic" culinary choice hard to swallow.The row, dubbed #CouscousGate...

Hurricane Maria to batter already devastated islands hit by Irma

Residents of Caribbean islands battered by Hurricane Irma are bracing for a second slaying as another destructive storm begins to bear down.Forecasters say Hurricane Maria, the second powerful storm to hit the region in as many...

Trump administration considering closing down US Embassy in Havana

The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened US Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says.Tillerson's...

Trump administration considering closing down US Embassy in Havana

The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says.Tillerson's...

St Louis endures third night in a row of violent protests

St Louis has entered its third consecutive night of violence over Friday's acquittal of Jason Stockley, the white cop accused of murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.As occurred on Saturday, thousands of protesters...

Donald Trump's 'betrayal for no reason' infuriates Republicans

Donald Trump has further fuelled division within his own party after backing a controversial deal on immigration.However it's not the only key issue the US President has appeared to change his mind on in recent weeks, leaving some...

Sealed with a kiss

Florida emergency officials under fire for using amateur sign language interpreter

Deaf citizens of Manatee County tuned into the urgent Irma press conference last Friday only to find the amateur interpreter signing gibberish.The county claimed it was "in a pinch" and was forced to use a lifeguard to convey information...

Mars research crew emerges after eight months of isolation

Six Nasa-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January have emerged from isolation.They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits, vegetables and fluffy egg strata after...

From 'Sleepy Eyes' to 'Rocket Man' - belittling nicknames Trump has invented

Midway through a Twitter storm today, US President Donald Trump assigned his latest in a long line of nicknames - this time to the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea, Kim Jong Un, henceforth known as "Rocket Man".Without addressing...