World News Update, what you need to know

The European Union has agreed to a new wave of sanctions against Russia, but said their enforcement would take a few days, giving time to recent peace moves by Moscow.


LOS ANGELES – The US has re-affirmed it will not send combat troops to fight a ground war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, but talked up the important role Australia and other allies will play.

LONDON – Prince William has made a plea for people to keep things in perspective after a mini media frenzy greeted the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are having another baby.

LONDON – Neither of the two radio DJs who made a prank phone call to Kate Middleton’s hospital in late 2012 will give evidence at the inquest into the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

MONROVIA – The Liberian government says it is lifting a quarantine on an Ebola hotspot near the country’s international airport and has announced a relaxation of its night-time curfew.

LONDON – A British judge in the case of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King formally lifted his ward of court status in London as the boy arrived at a Prague hospital for treatment.

LONDON – A Brisbane grandmother has failed in her attempt to become the oldest person to swim the English Channel after choppy conditions caused her to swallow seawater and suffer from asthma.