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11 minutes ago // BBC

world Cumberbatch to play Jungle Book tiger

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to voice the tiger Shere Khan in one of the two Jungle Book films entering production.

13 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Pakistan army pushes for talks amid protests

Intervention by army comes amid mass protests by famous cricketer-turned-politician and a cleric urging PM Nawz to quit.

15 minutes ago // Sky News

world Protesters Held After Second Missouri Shooting

After 11 nights of protests, the demonstrations are smaller but tensions are still high as police are pelted with bottles.

18 minutes ago // Time

world Europes Economic Woes Require a Japanese Solution

The regions economy is starting to resemble Japans, and that threatens to condemn Europe to its own lost decades

19 minutes ago // ABC

world French Ex-Prime Minister Seeks Nod for '17 Vote

France's ex-prime minister Juppe says he'll seek nomination for 2017 presidential election

19 minutes ago // Fox News

world France's ex-prime minister Juppe says he'll seek nomination for 2017 presidential election

An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.

33 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Malcolm Turnbull's piracy forum criticised by Village Roadshow chief

Graham Burke declines invitation to forum, saying it would be weighted by the crazies Continue reading...

36 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Jodhi Meares disqualified and fined after pleading guilty to drink driving

Model and designer was charged after crashing car in Sydneys east in June and recording a breathalyser reading of 0.181, more than three times the legal driving limit Continue reading...

36 minutes ago // BBC

world Militants 'kill reporter on video'

The Islamic State militant group releases a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, seized in Syria in 2012.

37 minutes ago // MSNBC

world 'Turning Point': Elders, Clergy Help to Calm Ferguson Protests

Community elders and the clergy were credited with helping to bring "a different dynamic" to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, police said.

39 minutes ago // Reuters

world China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions

BEIJING Reuters - China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila's exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist.

39 minutes ago // ABC

world Chinese, Russian Media Turn Criticisms Back on US

Chinese, Russian state media seize on Ferguson shooting to turn criticisms back on US

44 minutes ago // Time

world Protesters Demand the Resignation of Pakistans Prime Minister

Political opponents claim that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fraudulently elected

52 minutes ago // ABC

world Ukraine's Rebel Capital Seeks Ersatz Normality

Ukraine's dying rebel capital seeks normal life against the soundscape of war

52 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Nurse, Two Kids Held Hostage by Cop-Shooting Suspects

Two children and an adult female were being held hostage Tuesday night after two police officers were wounded in a shooting.

52 minutes ago // Fox News

world Ukraine's dying rebel capital seeks normal life against the soundscape of war

It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.

54 minutes ago // The Independent

world 'An extraordinary son, journalist and person': James Wright Foley's mother pays tribute

The mother of an American journalist thought to have been murdered by militants from the Islamic State Isis has urged his kidnappers to spare the lives of any remaining hostages.

57 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Proposed family violence name and shame laws fall short, lawyers say

Victorian family law experts say legislation wont improve victims support services and could hinder offenders rehabilitation Continue reading...

1 hour ago // Fox News

world Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market

Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.

1 hour ago // The Independent

world Ferguson protests reach Turkey as Besiktas fans hold up Michael Brown 'don't shoot' tribute during Arsenal match

The protests in Ferguson over the killing of Michael Brown have caught the attention of people across the world, as fans at a UEFA Champion League football match between Arsenal and Besiktas in Turkey demonstrated with their "Dont shoot" placard.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi government: foreign minister

BAGHDAD Reuters - Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration, Iraq's outgoing foreign minister said on Wednesday.

1 hour ago // USA Today

world Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

The fighting resumed Tuesday when Gaza militants fired rockets at Israeli cities.

1 hour ago // NPR

world With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Israeli Strike in Gaza Hits Family of Hamas Military Commander

Palestinian militants and Israeli military traded fire for a second day after the collapse of the latest cease-fire and suspension of peace talks in Cairo.

1 hour ago // Fox News

world Iraqis in minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants appeal to army for help

An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Israel: Rockets making talks 'impossible'

Spokesman says Gaza rockets have complicated talks as he rejects charges Israel is to blame for ceasefire breakdown.

1 hour ago // NPR

world A Tale Of Two Polls

Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.

1 hour ago // NPR

world Gay Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Same-sex marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations.

1 hour ago // BBC

world App created to catch fly-tippers

An app is developed to crackdown on fly-tippers, which costs the Welsh taxpayer 2m a year.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Two charged over student's shooting

Two men are charged with the murder of a 17-year-old who was shot dead in south-east London in 2010.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Deadly Landslides Hit Hiroshima

A series of landslides have claimed the lives of at least 27 people in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, with 10 people still missing.

1 hour ago // Sky News

world Yosemite Climber Falls To Death After Proposal

The 36-year-old climber and yoga instructor said it was "the happiest days of his life" shortly before plunging to his death.

1 hour ago // Fox News

world Pakistan's ambassador to India defends meeting with Kashmiri separatists

Pakistan's ambassador to India has defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists, saying dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace.

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Israel: Rockets making talks 'impossible'

Spokesman for Netanyahu rejects Palestinian charges that Israel was to blame for breakdown in ceasefire talks in Cairo.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world NSW to follow Queensland and NT in outlawing smoking in prisons

Attorney general admits cigarette ban will not be easy for prisoners as 80% smoke, but it will improve their health Continue reading...

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Pakistani parliament to meet as protesters clog streets outside

ISLAMABAD Reuters - Pakistani lawmakers are due to meet on Wednesday after an opposition leader and a firebrand cleric led thousands of protesters past riot police and barricades to parliament as part of a bid to force the prime minister to stand down.