When the volcano Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea erupted two weeks ago the locals had good reason to be concerned.
"Walk in my footprints and do not step off the track." With those softly spoken instructions I follow the Peshmerga fighter, an M4 slung over his soldier, along the small sandy path beside an olive grove that forms one of the new front lines in the battle against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.
Baby Gammy's Thai surrogate mother wants to travel to Australia to see his twin sister Pipah, saying she cannot break her bond with the girl she carried in her womb.
There is still a very long way to go before the Oscar Pistorius case that has fascinated the world can be formally declared closed.
Former radio host Mel Greig has made a tearful apology to the family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took her own life following an Australian radio station hoax.
The heartbroken parents of Reeva Steenkamp have reacted angrily to the verdict handed down to Oscar Pistorius, saying his acquittal on a charge of murder was not justice for their daughter.
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The cases of several Australians potentially facing the death penalty in China for drug trafficking are centred around the southern province of Guangdong, a notorious hub for methamphetamine production and home to an anti-drug sweep that has netted hundreds, including dozens of foreign nationals.
Oscar Pistorius is a convicted killer, but not a murderer.
The family of Oscar Pistorius has thanked a South African judge for acquitting him of murder, saying they had never doubted the runner's story about the night Reeva Steenkamp died was true.