Sunday, Jan 31


US warship sails near disputed island


A US Navy destroyer has sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other states in the South China Sea to counter efforts to limit freedom of navigation, the Pentagon says.

Syrian opposition assesses peace talks


A delegation from Syria's main opposition group has flown to Geneva to assess whether to join Damascus government officials in United Nations-brokered peace talks, an opposition representative says.

33 Greece-bound migrants drown off Turkey

At least 33 people, including five children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea after their Greece-bound boat capsized off the Turkish coast, Turkey's state-run news agency says.


FBI still negotiating with armed occupants in Oregon

The FBI is still negotiating with four armed occupants at a remote federal wildlife refuge in Oregon while the holdouts in a video posted online say they are reluctant to leave.


Labour unveils free education plan

Labour has unveiled a policy for free undergraduate study, saying its Working Futures Plan will provide for three years of post-school education.


Cruz and Trump make final appeals in Iowa

Ted Cruz, locked in a tight race in Iowa with Donald Trump just two days before the state's crucial US presidential nominating contest, has urged supporters to give him the first victory of the 2016 campaign.

Saturday, Jan 30


Masked men rampage through streets of Sweden

A gang of masked, black-clad men have rampaged through the streets of Stockholm after handing out leaflets threatening to attack migrant street youths.

Concussions still commonplace in NFL

Two decades after the NFL first brushed off concussion concerns, the issue is at the forefront of any discussion about player safety and unlikely to go away anytime soon.

Italians rally against same-sex unions

Tens of thousands of Italians have staged a mass rally in Rome's Circus Maximus to urge the government to drop legislation that offers homosexual couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights.


Arsenal's Sanchez returns to fitness and form

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez's injury-enforced "winter break" could be a blessing in disguise after he made a scoring return in the FA Cup.

More than 2100 Colombian women infected with Zika

The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which prevents foetus' brains from developing properly.

David Bowie's will revealed

Details of David Bowie's will have been revealed.


Two teens dead after Masterton police pursuit

Two people have died after a police pursuit in Masterton took a tragic turn overnight.


Crowd causing little trouble at Wellington Sevens

Crowds have been largely well-behaved at the Wellington Sevens yesterday with just three people arrested and another 58 evicted.

Turkey warns Russia after alleged violation of airspace

A Russian SU-34 jet has violated Turkish airspace despite radar warnings, Turkey's foreign ministry says, underscoring the bitterness between the two countries involved in Syria's war.


Merkel: Refugees have 'temporary residential status'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has tried to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees, insisting that asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq will go home once the conflicts there end.

Spieth three off lead in Singapore

World No.1 Jordan Spieth struggled again with his putting as he ended a long 28-hole Saturday three shots off the pace at the Singapore Open.


Video highlights: Kerber shocks Williams to secure Australian Open

Angelique Kerber has gatecrashed Serena Williams' Australian Open party to become the first German grand slam champion since the great Steffi Graf.


Murray confident going into Aus Open final

Andy Murray will hope history doesn't repeat when he meets Novak Djokovic to decide the Australian Open champion tomorrow night.


End of an era as Land Rover Defender ceases production

After being in continuous production since 1948, the very last Land Rover Defender has rolled off the production line.


Video highlights: All Blacks Sevens beat Scotland 27-7

The All Blacks Sevens have made it two from two on day one in Wellington, comfortably accounting for Scotland 27-7.


Large protests in lead-up to TPP signing

With five days left before the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is signed, protesters aren't giving up.

Facebook bans private sales of firearms

Facebook says it will begin prohibiting users from co-ordinating private sales of firearms on the social network.

Family of dead US militiaman challenge FBI

The family of a protester killed by police during the ongoing protest at a US wildlife reserve said he seemed to have been shot in the back with his hands up, although authorities said he was reaching for a gun.


Syrian opposition to go to Geneva talks

Syria's main opposition group has agreed to travel to Geneva, where the UN has opened peace talks to end the country's five-year-old war.

Clinton camp opposes withholding of emails

Seven of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email chains will be withheld from public release because they have been found to contain top secret information, the State Department says.

IOC urges visitors to Rio to be vigilant

The International Olympic Committee assured teams travelling to August's Rio Olympics the Games would be safe from the Zika virus, but urged visitors to carefully protect themselves while in the region.

Police seek man in relation to elderly woman assault

Police investigating a violent assault on an elderly woman in Botany yesterday want to speak to Rangi Joseph Harris.

Friday, Jan 29


Video: French butcher certain try at Wellington Sevens

France thought they had scored the opening try of the Wellington Sevens when winger Julien Candelon escaped his marker down the right flank and crossed the tryline.


Pearce sent to overseas rehab clinic

Disgraced Sydney Roosters NRL star Mitchell Pearce has left Australia for rehabilitation overseas in a bid to overcome his alcohol problem.