After being arrested and tortured in Iraq, Salam al-Humrani fled to Cyprus with his family. They are now pinning their hopes on calling Australia home. By Paul McGeough.
When China marked out an expansive swath of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it as under its control, it was seen as an abrupt escalation of an already tense territorial dispute.
Provocation over disputed islands in the East China Sea led to swift responses.
Beijing: China has responded to international defiance of its new air defence zone in the East China Sea by deploying fighter jets to the area while simultaneously seeming to back down from earlier threats of military retaliation.
Kabul: The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said it would investigate Thursday's airstrike in Helmand province that local officials say killed a child and has further aggravated a stand-off between the Afghan President and the US government.
Damascus: In a cafe within earshot of army artillery, a 28-year-old student wept as she confessed that she had stopped planning anti-government protests and delivering medical supplies to rebel-held towns.
An ad for jewellery company Tanishq has startled viewers by presenting a different bride: dark-skinned, not fair; confident, not submissive.
Two personal assistants of British television chef Nigella Lawson and her art dealer ex-husband Charles Saatchi say they were treated ''worse than Filipino slaves'' despite defrauding the couple of more than £685,000 ($1.2 million), a court has been told.
Holiday shopping in the United States this year is a marathon, not a sprint. More than a dozen major retailers from Target to Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving Day and planned to stay open through Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season.
Thirteen months after a deadly boat crash, safety standards are in question again.