Millas (France) (AFP) - The death toll from a crash between a school bus and a train in southern France rose to six Friday as two 11-year-old girls succumbed to their injuries, a police source said.
Vienna (AFP) - Austria's incoming right-wing chancellor Sebastian Kurz joined eastern and central European countries on Friday in backing EU President Donald Tusk's rejection of mandatory refugee quotas.
London (AFP) - Ryanair has invited pilot unions across Europe for talks on their recognition, the Irish no-frills airline said Friday as it faced strike action in Italy ahead of planned walkouts elsewhere.
Moscow (AFP) - A Russian court on Friday found former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev guilty of taking in $2-million bribe from an ally of President Vladimir Putin, in a case that could see him jailed for up to a decade.
Two Perth men, aged 20 and 19, have been jailed over a series of incidents in which gay men were deliberated lured via a dating app and brutally bashed.
Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Bangladesh police arrested an alleged human trafficker and intercepted two Rohingya refugees preparing to board a boat for Malaysia, officials said Friday.
Hong Kong (AFP) - Three men were jailed in Hong Kong Friday for possessing and conspiring to make explosives ahead of a contentious 2015 vote on political reform.
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's national rugby team can boost ticket sales for the 2019 World Cup if they carry their fine recent form into next year, organisers said Friday.
Moscow (AFP) - Russia's presidential election will take place on March 18, the upper house of parliament said Friday, in polls that are all but certain to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin for a new six-year term.
Jerusalem (AFP) - Fraud squad detectives questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem residence on Friday, the seventh time in a nearly year-long corruption probe, reports said.
Another man has been charged over the curious case of a convoy of cash being transported - with firearms for protection - across Sydney.
Sydney FC's recent good W-League form has hit new heights with a fourth-straight victory, a clinical 3-0 win over two-time champions Canberra United.
Puppy scams are on the rise in WA, costing one victim $22,500, with dog lovers advised to seek registered breeders, animal welfare or rescue groups for a pet.
Perth (Australia) (AFP) - Rookie England seamer Craig Overton removed both Australian openers before tea on the second day to keep England's Ashes hopes alive in the third Test in Perth Friday.
Caracas (AFP) - Struggling Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA says it has begun paying $539 million in interest payments on four bonds hours before a grace period expires.
Lima (AFP) - Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski late Thursday rejected demands he resign, brushing aside an opposition ultimatum to step down or face impeachment over allegations he received bribes from Brazilian contractor Odebrecht.
Outdoor diving will add an element of unknown to next April's Commonwealth Games, but not ruffle Matthew Carter's feathers if he's selected.