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Russia writes off 90pc of North Korean debt

Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state.

Pope Francis leads call to spread faith at Easter vigil

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the Earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica.

Man seriously burned after power drill starts fire in boat

A Darwin man is being treated in hospital for severe burns after he accidentally ignited litres of fuel with a spark from a power drill.

Formula One: Vettel admits Daniel Ricciardo doing better job

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is outperforming him this season.

Disability pensioners may be reassessed by independent doctors: Government

The Federal Government is considering using independent doctors to examine disability pensioners and assess whether they should continue to receive payments.

Two children found dead in Melbourne home

Two children have been found dead at a home in Melbourne's north-east this afternoon.

Divers remove first bodies from South Korean ferry

Divers have removed 13 bodies from a South Korean ferry that capsized last week with 476 people on board. Ten bodies were retrieved this morning (local time) after authorities initially removed three from the wreckage shortly before midnight. Three floating cranes are on site to lift the ferry off the seabed, but authorities say they will not do so until they are certain nobody has survived. Forty-six people have been confirmed dead in the disaster, with 243 still missing, which is set to become South Korea's worst maritime incident in 21 years.

Everest avalanche won't deter Australian teenager from record attempt

A Queensland teenager hoping to become the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest will continue her trek despite an avalanche that has killed at least 13 people.

Some climbers have abandoned their mission up the 8,848-metre summit since Friday's avalanche, but Queensland's Alyssa Azar, 17, is determined to continue.

Ms Azar has already climbed some of the world's major peaks, including Mount Kilimanjaro, and if successful will become the second youngest woman ever to climb Mount Everest.

MH370 search at 'critical juncture', Malaysia says

The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, focused on a tight 10-kilometre circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials say.

Malaysia said the search was at a "very critical juncture" and asked for prayers for its success.

A deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicle is scouring a stretch of the Indian Ocean off Perth for signs of the plane which disappeared on March 8.

Royal couple visit Taronga Zoo with baby Prince

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have brought their son Prince George with them on a visit to Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, where a bilby enclosure has been named after the baby prince.

Earlier, Prince William and wife Catherine attended an Easter Sunday church service at St Andrew's Cathedral where they signed a precious book known as the Fleet Bible.

People had been queuing outside the gates of the zoo since early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the family.

Some members of the public were allowed in to see a native bird show with the Royals.