Hostages held in Sydney cafe

A major police operation was under way Monday in Sydney, where hostages are being held in a cafe.CNN affiliate Seven Network said that at least 13 people are being held at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe.

Washington march: Civil rights protest over US police killings

Thousands of people have marched through the US capital, Washington DC, to protest against the recent killings of unarmed black people by police.

Japan election: Voting in Shinzo Abe's snap poll

Millions of Japanese people are voting in a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to boost support for his economic reforms.

US Senate backs further defence spending for anti-IS fight

The US Senate has approved a new annual defence bill expanding the military campaign against Islamic State (IS).

Congress narrowly averts government shutdown

Washington (CNN) -- Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown that was slated to take effect at midnight. The House approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government open through September. The Senate agreed to a two-day extension of current funding levels to give itself time to approve the House bill.

Six Afghan soldiers killed in Kabul suicide bombing

At least six Afghan soldiers have been killed by a suicide bomber on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, police and officials say.

Hong Kong protests: Authorities begin site clearance

The authorities had warned protestors to leave ahead of the operation, but some vowed to remain.

China urges U.S. to “correct ways” after torture report

China urged the United States on Wednesday to “correct its ways”, after the U.S. Senate said in a report the CIA misled the White House and public about its torture of detainees and acted more brutally and pervasively than it acknowledged.

Malala to star in Nobels ceremony

Malala Yousafzai picks up her Nobel Peace Prize today, but the youngest ever laureate already has an even more startling memento from her young life: the blood-soaked school uniform she wore when shot by the Taliban.