One is painted as a despotic dictator, the other an over-cautious bore. But Vladimir Putin and Barry O'Farrell may soon be in the same company.
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A stand-off involving dozens of asylum seekers will stretch into a second day in Bali as up to 75 people refuse to leave a boat intercepted bound for Australia.
Women have voted in record numbers in Pakistan’s general election, many defying tradition, party orders, and Taliban threats of violence to cast a ballot. But millions still missed out. South Asia Correspondent BEN DOHERTY writes from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in north-west Pakistan.
Newborn babies are being bought and sold on a lucrative black market
Nawaz Sharif has declared victory for his centre-right party in Pakistan’s landmark elections, as unofficial partial results put him on course to win a historic third term as premier.
Obama administration officials have insisted the White House and State Department had a minor role in altering an erroneous account of a deadly attack on a US compound in Libya last year, after internal emails surfaced indicating it was shaped by political concerns.
The four Australians killed in Syria's civil war since August were fighting Assad forces and not providing humanitarian aid as claimed, jihadist websites say.
For days, every call for survivors in the rubble of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh had gone unanswered. On Friday, a female voice, weakened by 17 days trapped in a sun-baked ruin of concrete and masonry, called out, ''Save me'' - and a rescue hailed as a ''miracle'' took place.
As the last of three women imprisoned in a suburban Cleveland home was released from hospital, it was revealed that DNA tests had confirmed their accused abductor, Ariel Castro, had fathered the girl found with them in captivity.