1 Cover star

The Queen is a Vanity Fair cover star, in a portrait by photographer Annie Leibovitz. The monarch is pictured sitting with her four beloved dogs: corgis Willow and Holly, and dorgis Candy and Vulcan. The picture was taken at Windsor Castle earlier this year.

2 Model avoids jail for 'insult'

A former Miss Turkey, model Merve Buyuksarac, 27, has been handed a 14-month suspended prison sentence for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan through a poem she shared on Instagram. She is not allowed repeat the act for the next five years. Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in jail in Turkey.


3 Help for Strydom family

Fundraising efforts to help pay for the repatriation and funeral of Mount Everest climber Dr Marisa Strydom has reached almost A$24,000. Strydom's sister Aletta Newman said that the climber's body was expected to arrive in Melbourne today as the family prepares to make funeral arrangements.

4 Bounties on drug lords

The Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will pay bounties of up to 3 million pesos (US$64,000) to police or military officials who capture suspected drug lords "dead or alive," adding that there is enough reward money to leave "100 persons dead".

5 Worker falls to death

A construction worker, Vitor Nobre, has fallen about 3.6m to his death at a US$147 million oceanfront estate in East Hampton that's among the most expensive residential properties sold in the US.

6 Refugee camp in Paris

Municipal authorities in Paris are set to build a camp to house several hundred refugees in the French capital. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said city services were looking for a site in the north of the city and that the camp could be built within two months.

7 Key endorsement

Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton landed a coveted endorsement from California Governor Jerry Brown as she seeks to deliver a final blow to Bernie Sanders' campaign. Clinton heads into California on June 8 with the nomination virtually locked up - she needs just 71 delegates.

8 Costa sentence stays

An Italian appeals court has upheld the conviction and 16-year prison sentence for Francesco Schettino, the Italian captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany in 2012, killing 32 people. Prosecutors had sought 27 years and three months.

9 Plain packaging

Canada is set to introduce compulsory plain packaging of cigarettes in a bid to cut the rate of smoking, Health Minister Jane Philpott says. Canada already obliges firms to slap large graphic warning labels on cigarette packets. A final decision on what packaging rules to apply will be announced after public consultations.

10 First lady on trial

Ivory Coast's highest court has begun the trial of former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity and war crimes. The prosecution at the Abidjan Justice Court says she participated in a committee that planned and organised abuses against supporters of her husband's opponent after the 2010 election. More than 3000 people were killed.

11 Subway attack case

Prosecutors say a mentally-ill taxi driver attacked passengers at a London subway station with a knife in revenge for Western airstrikes on Syria. Muhiddin Mire went on trial on attempted murder charges for slashing the throat of musician Lyle Zimmerman and lashing out at several others at Leytonstone station on December 5. Somalia-born Mire has admitted to the attack, but denies attempted murder.

12 More tigers shifted

Wildlife officials have removed more of the 137 tigers kept in a Buddhist temple that operated as an admission-charging zoo and is suspected of illegally trafficking in the animals. The director of Thailand's Wildlife Conservation Office, Teunjai Noochdumrong, said 40 tigers were tranquilised and removed in two days. They are being taken to government animal shelters. She said they hope to move 20 tigers a day.

- agencies