World News Update, what you need to know

US-led aircraft have hammered Islamic State group jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane over the past two days amid signs the strikes had “slowed” the group’s advance on the Syrian border town, the American military says.


MANCHESTER – Australian DJ Mel Greig has told a radio industry conference in Britain she wants to get back behind the microphone and she’s prepared to move to the UK if that’s what it takes.

LONDON – Treasurer Joe Hockey has defended Tony Abbott’s promise to “shirtfront” Russian President Vladimir Putin over the MH17 disaster at next month’s G20 Summit in Brisbane.

PRETORIA – Double amputee Oscar Pistorius would be highly vulnerable in South Africa’s brutal jails, his disability elevating the risk of poor hygiene and even gang rape, a defence witness has told his sentencing hearing.

PARIS – US Secretary of State John Kerry says Russian troops are withdrawing from Ukraine, one of several key steps needed for Western sanctions to be lifted against Moscow.

HONG KONG – Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers have moved in to clear pro-democracy protesters out of a tunnel outside the city’s government headquarters.

RIYADH – A former employee of a US defence contractor has shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in the Saudi capital, officials say, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom.