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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Queen purred at Scottish No vote: Cameron

Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but prime minister David Cameron was overheard saying Queen Elizabeth II had "purred" with happiness when he phoned her to tell her Scotland had voted to reject independence.

German police raid flats over suspected IS ties

German police have raided the homes of seven people on suspicion they supported the jihadist group Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq.

White tiger mauls schoolboy inside New Delhi Zoo

A white tiger at the New Delhi Zoo in India has attacked and killed a schoolboy who is believed to have jumped or fallen into its enclosure.

Fact check: Abbott exaggerating India's record on nuclear non-proliferation

A new bilateral agreement signed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in early September will allow Australia to sell uranium to India for the first time.

In defending the agreement, Mr Abbott said: "India has an absolutely impeccable record when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation."

ABC Fact Check investigates.

Researchers fear 1.4 million Ebola cases by January

Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to a worse case scenario study published by researchers at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Uncle of man charged with terrorism offence welcomes air strikes

The uncle of a Sydney man charged with conspiracy to prepare for a terrorist attack on behalf of the Islamic State group has welcomed US-led air strikes against the militants in Syria.

Climate change biggest ever threat to humanity: UN

The head of the United Nations has warned that humanity has never faced a greater challenge than climate change as world leaders gathered in New York a high-level climate summit.

Matosevic upsets Kyrgios in Malaysian Open

Marinko Matosevic downed compatriot Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in the first upset of the Malaysian Open.

Nearly a third of ASX companies face financial catastrophe: report

An analysis of 16,000 annual reports has revealed nearly a third of Australia's listed companies are fragile and at risk of financial catastrophe.

The report by professional accounting body CPA Australia showed more alarm bells were ringing now than during the depths of the global financial crisis in early 2009.

The research, conducted between 2005 and 2013, said the red-flagged companies were exposed to the dual risks of the end of the mining investment boom and an unexpected slowdown in China.

Islamic State militants, Al Qaeda affiliates killed in Syria strikes: reports

US president Barack Obama has vowed more strikes against extremists in Syria after US forces and a coalition of Gulf states carried out separate air raids targeting Islamic State militants and an Al Qaeda affiliate that Washington said was plotting attacks on America and Europe.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based activist group, said 70 Islamic State fighters had been killed in strikes in the country's north and east.

The Pentagon said that Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had joined Washington in carrying out the raids.

"America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," US president Barack Obama said.