Iraq advances bring jihadists closer to Islamic state: Experts

The jihadist takeover of Iraq`s second city Mosul and a swathe of other northern territory brings the extremists closer to their goal of carving out a cross-border Islamic state, analysts say.

Australia hit by biggest quake in 15 years

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake had its epicentre near Ernabella, in the middle of Australia, at a shallow depth of three kilometres.