A gang from the Netherlands has been found guilty of smuggling more than $2 billion worth of drugs into the UK.
The pope has held a mass in front of 100,000 people at a shrine to Ugandan martyrs executed in the 19th century.
Conditions have improved as Australian firefighters battle deadly bushfires in two states.
A bushfire raging out of control in South Australia has killed two people and left 13 people hospitalised, with no sign of any relief.
The first interview with the band Eagles of Death Metal, who were performing at the Bataclan theatre in Paris where 89 people were shot dead earlier this month, has been released by VICE.
A Turkish fighter jet has shot down a Russian warplane which it claims had entered its airspace.
The judge in Chris Cairns' trial has said Chris Harris was "completely wrong" when he claimed that an aspect of Cairns' captaincy was suspicious.
Brussels will stay at the highest security threat level for another week over fears of an imminent attack, as authorities charged a fourth suspect in connection with the terror assaults in Paris.
More than 600 babies in Japan have wriggled to the finish line on their hands and knees in the world's largest crawling competition.
Antarctica used to be host to beech forests, and if we carry on the way we are, the trees will one day return.
The 43rd annual American Music Awards was full of action, with a no-show from Taylor Swift, a moving tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks and a questionable kiss.
Members of American rock band the Eagles of Death Metal have opened up for the first time about the massacre at the Bataclan theatre in Paris.
Prime Minister John Key says he has talked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a free-trade agreement at the East Asia Summit this weekend in Kuala Lumpur.
The Tongan community will honour Jonah Lomu at a south Auckland church he attended as a child.
Twenty-one people have been killed in an attack on a hotel in Mali's capital by Islamist militants.
A special prayer service is about to get underway at the Lomu family home in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa. The entire nation is in mourning.
It looked and sounded like war on the streets of Paris - a gun battle raged for hours in the neighbourhood of St Denis.
A touching video of a French father reassuring his young son after the Paris terrorist attacks is making its way around the internet.
French police have discovered the refuge used by the Paris bombers in the lead-up to their deadly attack.
Hungary is mounting a legal challenge against the European Union to restrict refugee numbers in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
England and France fans united together to sing a defiant rendition of the French national anthem ahead of their friendly match
Agencies in Paris that are set up to support incoming Syrian refugees say they're concerned politicians around the world are using the recent terror attacks as an excuse not to take in their allocated quota of asylum seekers.
We've covered off the big stories today, but what about the local ones AAA specifically, the local ones not local to us here in New Zealand, but local to other people?
Ainsley Duyvestyn-Smith is a photographer who has been out with people as they gathered to remember the victims of the attacks.
There is something that caught our eye that we want to share with you AAA it's the Facebook post of French journalist Antoine Leiris, whose wife was killed by the terrorists.
Charlie Sheen has been named as the high-profile Hollywood actor suffering from the potentially deadly HIV virus.
French investigators have put a face to the evil committed in Paris, and a name. They believe Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the mastermind of the co-ordinated attacks.
Patrick Hardison was disfigured in a house fire in 2001, receiving burns to his entire face, head, neck and upper torso.
French police are carrying out coordinated, anti-terror raids across the country, in the wake of the weekend's deadly attacks in Paris.
In many cases, the difference between life and death came down to sheer luck.
A leading International Relations expert says Islamic State is continuing its mission to build its international network.
It's now 33 hours since the first gunfire rang out in Paris, and there's still confusion about the possibility that one of the attackers got away.
Famous landmarks around the world were bathed in red, white and blue in a show of international support for France.
French police have identified three teams of gunmen wearing suicide vests who killed at least 129 people during an onslaught in Paris.
A radio reporter has told of the bloodbath at a Paris concert hall where attackers took hostages in an evening of terror across the French capital.
An Australian senator has reiterated Australia's line on New Zealand detainees but says he's prepared to look at individual cases.
At least 60 people have been killed in multiple attacks in Paris, including one near the Stade de France sports stadium and another at a concert venue.
The US military has conducted an air strike in Syria targeting "Jihadi John", the Islamic State militant seen in videos executing hostages.
A Kiwi man allegedly involved in the Christmas Island riots fears he won't get to see his young children grow up.
A policeman's body camera in the US has captured the moment he was run over by a woman driving a stolen SUV.
The judge in the Chris Cairns trial has broken up bickering between the Crown Prosecutor and Andrew Fitch-Holland, chastising them both in front of the jury.
A great white shark decided to take on a cage containing divers on in Gansabaai in South Africa.
The United States is stepping up security screenings of US-bound flights from some Middle East airports as a precaution after the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt.
Chris Cairns' co-accused Andrew Fitch-Holland has told the jury deciding their fate the only thing Cairns is guilty of is "not keeping his trousers zipped up".
Despite being banned by law from becoming president, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says if she wins this weekend's elections she will rule "above the president".
There are more than 8 million vehicles in Delhi, with almost 1500 more added every day. Each one belches out toxic clouds of tiny particles that can reach deep into people's lungs.
A tale of triumph over adversity has emerged from yesterday's running of the Melbourne Cup AAA Michelle Payne is the first female jockey to win the prestigious horse race and she and her brother Stevie are racing's new stars.
Japan's Prime Minister has agreed to consider compensation for women from South Korea who were taken as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II.
A piece of rock found in Jersey is being described as the earliest work of art ever discovered on British soil.
Lawmakers in the United States want to train hairdressers to spot signs of domestic abuse.
All Blacks fans in Australia have struck the first blow in the trans-Tasman rivalry ahead of tomorrow morning's rugby World Cup final.
Germany says migrants massing at its border with Austria will be funnelled through five entry points after tensions flared between the two countries.