article 23 May 2015 UK, Canada
The ruthless reality of the Election 2015 digital campaign

As the Conservatives and SNP prepare for battle in a radically altered political landscape, we reveal the relentless precision of the social media campaigns that became vital to their success.

post 28 April 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Indonesia deaf to pleas to spare death row drugs convicts

The pending executions of nine Indonesian and foreign nationals on drug offences have strained the country's relations with the international community and, in particular, Australia.

article 24 April 2015 New Zealand
Gallipoli: remembering one of WWI's bloodiest campaigns

Prince Charles and Prince Harry, together with leaders from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand, commemorate the bloody, nine-month 1915 Gallipoli campaign, which began 100 years ago.

article 21 April 2015 World, Australia
Australia storm damage
Liam Dutton by Australia storms kill three

Stormy weather in New South Wales has killed three people and left a trail of damage and destruction - including in Sydney and the surrounding area.

article 18 April 2015 World, Australia
Australian teenagers held over alleged terror plot

Five Australian teenagers are arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack at a veterans' day ceremony in Melbourne, officials say.

article 17 March 2015 World, Australia
Vanuatu damage
John Sparks by Vanuatu: 'We are going to have to rebuild everything'

The grim warning of Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone which hit the Pacific island last week. John Sparks reports.

post 12 March 2015
Read more on Liam's blog As seen from space: erupting volcano and frozen Niagara Falls

The past month has seen stunning images of our planet captured from space by Nasa. I've picked some of the best ones, with a little explanation of what they show.

article 08 March 2015 World, Malaysia
MH370: could expired batteries play a part in disappearance?

The battery powering the missing Malaysia Airlines jet's flight data recorder's underwater locator beacon expired in December 2012, investigators say.

article 07 March 2015 World, Malaysia
Vigil for MH370 in Malaysia (Getty)
MH370 searchers may 'go back to the drawing board'

The Malaysian authorities say a new strategy will be needed if no trace of the missing airliner is found in the southern Indian Ocean by the end of May.

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