On the face of it, Shinzo Abe’s visit was a failure, however, by going and speaking to the Iranians the US has established a backdoor channel.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election is likely to translate into tougher immigration laws and the repealing of 'Medevac' bill that would ensure seriously ill refugees are flown to mainland Australia for treatment.
President Maithripala Sirisena orders emergency for another 30 days, citing "public security," a month after deadly Easter bombings killed 258 people.
Several people were also hurt as a total of 17 tornadoes were reported across the south from Texas to Alabama on Saturday and Sunday.
South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster ordered the evacuation of much of the state's coast as people wait for Florence to hit. The hurricane has been downgraded from a Category 4 storm to Category 2, but residents are still anxious.
The brutal cold in parts of the East Coast and Midwest shows no sign of abating but according to meteorologists, a thaw should begin on Monday.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile "represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners."
The missile was believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile and appeared to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korean officials said.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the Italian island to see Mt Etna's craters, which is Europe's most active and highest volcano.
At least nine refugees were previously deported from the island, which lies just 100 kilometers off the Syrian coast.
The powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake on the east coast of New Zealand generates a small tsunami but no significant damage or injuries reported.
'Rogue One' gives 'Star Wars' fans a peek of the ultimate villain, Darth Vader, in the franchise's newest movie to be released in December 2016.
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