Move is a blow to President Obama who wants to end the controversial data gathering

US senate blocks phone data collection

07.43 The US Senate has rejected legislation aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.

Migrants are fleeing prosecution and poverty

UN chief says saving migrant lives a priority

12.27 United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.

The woman became pregnant through IVF

German woman, 65, has quadruplets

09.28 A 65-year-old German woman, who is already a mother of 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early.

Iraqi fighters pictured near the village of Nukhayb in Anbar province

Iraqi forces begin Ramadi offensive against IS

10.46 Iraqi forces have retaken territory from the self-styled Islamic State group east of Ramadi, in their first counterattack since the fall of the Anbar provincial capital a week ago.

Heather Cho forced a plane to return to its gate after she was served nuts in a bag

'Nut rage' executive freed from prison

22 May Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho walked free after nearly five months in prison this morning after an appeals court suspended the sentence she was given for her outburst over the way she had been served macadamia nuts.

David Cameron backs staying in the EU as long as he can secure reforms such as controlling migration

Cameron expects ups and downs in EU negotiation

22 May British Prime Minister David Cameron has begun his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc.