US embassy in Australia apologises for Cookie Monster cat email Image copyright US state department Image caption The email featured this image next to the words "cat pyjama-jam" The US embassy in Australia has apologised for an email invitation featuring a cat dressed in pyjamas that was mistakenly sent out by the US state department.
The email, titled "meeting", went to an unknown number of recipients, US officials in Canberra confirmed.
It was accompanied by a photo of a cat wearing a Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of biscuits.
In a light-hearted apology, the embassy called the email a "training error".
"Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pyjama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," US mission to Australia spokesman Gavin Sundwall told the Australian Associated Press.
"It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform."
The US embassy in New Zealand..
IMF World Bank: What the economic outlook holds for Asia Image copyright Getty Images Clouds on the horizon. Dark undercurrents in the global economy. Trade tensions. Vulnerabilities in the global financial system.
You wouldn't be blamed for thinking the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Bali last week were full of doom and gloom.
So how worried should we be about Asia's economies?
Here are some of the key risks I'm watching:
Emerging market contagionTurkey and Argentina were highlighted as key risks, according to the IMF. There have been worries those troubles would infect Asian economies too, in particular countries like Indonesia and India which have seen their currencies fall to near record lows recently.
Will Argentine and Turkish crises spread? How a US-China trade war could hurt us all US-China trade row: What has happened so far? But one of the key themes I heard repeated consistently by fund officials was that while there are vulnerabilities i..
Himalayan storm: Climbers' bodies removed from Nepal mountain Image copyright EPA Image caption Kim Chang-ho, who was among those killed, had won awards for his mountaineering efforts The bodies of nine climbers who died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in Nepal have been retrieved.
The five South Koreans and four Nepali guides were found scattered across the base camp near Mount Gurja, a 7,193m high peak (23,600ft).
They were found to have suffered broken bones and head wounds in Friday's storm.
The incident is the worst climbing accident to hit Nepal in two years.
The crew of a rescue helicopter began retrieving the victims on Sunday, after attempts the day before were halted by strong winds.
"It seems that seracs [glacial ice] and snow fell from high on the mountain and the strong gusts of winds from that hit the campsite, throwing the climbers off," one rescuer, Suraj Paduyal told news wire AFP.
"The camp was completely destroyed," the ..
How to protect reporters on Afghanistan's deadly front line Image copyright AFP Image caption Tolo News journalist Samim Faramarz was reporting on a blast in Kabul when a second one killed him and his cameraman More journalists have been killed in Afghanistan this year than in any other country.
And although the race to be the first at the scene remains competitive, the pressure is on media organisations to do more to ensure their reporters stay safe, reports the BBC's Najiba Feroz.
On 5 September, Tolo News journalist Samim Faramarz was reporting live on a suicide attack in the capital, Kabul. A few minutes later, a second attack at the scene killed him and his cameraman.
A car bomber had targeted emergency services responding to the first incident. In total, 26 people died and 70 were injured, including five more journalists.
The hell of losing loved ones in Afghanistan BBC reporter's terrifying days amid Taliban assault on Ghazni Twenty-six-year-old Aman Farhang, who..
Death penalty: How many countries still have it? Image copyright Getty Images Claim: Some 170 States have either abolished the death penalty or introduced a moratorium on its use.
Verdict: According to Amnesty International in 2017, 142 countries had abolished the death penalty in law or practice.
The UN Secretary General António Guterres marked the World Day Against the Death Penalty by praising the efforts of countries to end the practice.
He said "170 States have either abolished the death penalty or introduced a moratorium on its use."
A moratorium is an agreement to suspend a policy or action.
So, is he right?
The UN Secretary General's report on the death penalty presented to the Human Rights Council in September this year says that "some 170 States have abolished or introduced a moratorium on the death penalty either in law or in practice, or have suspended executions for more than 10 years."
As the UN has 193 members, this implies that 23 states carried out at least..
Harry and Meghan arrive in Australia on first official tour Image copyright ABC Image caption The pair's arrival in Sydney on Monday attracted much attention The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Sydney to begin an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
It is the couple's first official royal tour since getting married in May.
The 16-day trip coincides with the fourth Invictus Games, beginning in Sydney on Saturday, and includes dozens of official events.
Prince Harry and Meghan were met by a large media and security presence at the airport on Monday.
They were driven to Admiralty House, the Sydney Harbour residence of Governor-General Peter Cosgrove - who is the Queen's representative in Australia.
The couple follow in the footsteps of Prince Harry's parents - Charles and Diana - whose first royal tour was to Australia and New Zealand.
Image copyright EPA Image caption They travelled by motorcade to a residence on Sydney Harbour They w..
Kangaroo launches savage attack on family in Queensland Image copyright Facebook Image caption Linda Smith has been caring for animals for 15 years An Australian wildlife carer has suffered a punctured lung as she and her family fought off a savage attack by a kangaroo at their property.
Linda Smith, 64, and her husband Jim were feeding kangaroos hit by drought conditions in Queensland when the 6ft (1.82m) grey turned on Jim.
The couple and their son fought off the attack, said by wildlife officials to be rare, with a broom and a shovel.
The animal hopped off into the bush before emergency services arrived.
The incident occurred in Millmerran, about 80km (50 miles) south-west of Toowoomba in Queensland.
Speaking from hospital, where the couple are both being treated, Mrs Smith told the Brisbane Times that some 30 kangaroos and wallabies usually arrive each night to be fed because of the drought, and are given grain and chaff.
'Panicked' kangaroo smashes way into Australian..
Pakistan's war on street crime: 'The police killed our precious daughter' Image caption Amal (right) was in the backseat of her parents' car when she was hit by a policeman's bullet Amal Umer, a 10-year-old Pakistani girl, was shot in the head on 13 August by a police officer who was targeting an armed robber at a busy Karachi intersection. Her parents have mounted a campaign to change what they say is a broken and unaccountable system - and they are starting to see results, as BBC Urdu's Saher Baloch writes.
It would have been easy for Beenish Umer and her husband Umer Adil to be overwhelmed by grief.
A joyous family trip to an orchestral concert on the eve of Pakistan's independence day turned into a nightmare when their car was caught in the cross-fire of a confrontation between police and a street mugger.
But the couple are not allowing their sorrow to keep them silent. They do not want Amal's death to be forgotten and to be seen by authorit..
Anwar Ibrahim returns to Malaysian politics with by-election win Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anwar Ibrahim was in good spirits in Port Dickson on Saturday Malaysian ex-deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has won a parliamentary seat, sealing his return to front-line politics.
The 71-year-old won a by-election in the town of Port Dickson on Saturday.
The king granted him a full pardon in May, three years after he was jailed for sodomy.
Mr Anwar's former rival and current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - who is 93 - has promised to hand over power to him in two years' time.
The pair shocked many by joining forces to oust the previous ruling coalition in May's general election.
Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia's leader-in-waiting A political drama worthy of Shakespeare Profile: Mahathir Mohamad Mr Anwar's parliamentary win was considered a sure win, after a member of the current coalition stepped down to allow for his accession.
Greeted by supporters at ..