Breaking News writer in Brisbane
Freya Petersen was born in New York City and raised in Australia, and has worked as a journalist in Asia, Europe and the United States. Before joining GlobalPost, she lived for four years in Paris, working as a reporter and editor for the broadcaster France 24 and the International Herald Tribune (New York Times Co.). She began her career in Sydney, as a reporter and chief of staff at country's biggest selling metropolitan broadsheet, the Sydney Morning Herald. An avid traveler, whether on assignment or vacation, she has most recently spent time in Iran, Lebanon, Myanmar, South America, the Balkans and Russia. She has written and produced Web video reports for the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, London Telegraph, South China Morning Post and Sydney Morning Herald. She now lives in Brisbane, Australia.
A woman has died riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, just west of Dallas.
Police and security guards have restored order on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru, essentially Australia's holding center for asylum seekers who arrive by boat.
Convicted opposition leader Sam Rainsy has returned from a four-year exile after receiving King Norodom Sihamoni's royal pardon.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that any asylum seeker who arrives by boat without a visa will not be allowed to stay.
Alexei Navalny, one of the Russian government's foremost critics, has been freed on bail the day after a judge sentenced him to five years for embezzlement.
Graphic photos show the moment alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, dirty and bloodied, was captured.
The Obama administration considers cavity searches essential to security at Guantanamo Bay, but a federal judge has called the practice "religiously and culturally abhorrent."
Australian drug dealers are reportedly using poisonous snakes and crocodiles to guard their drug crops from police and thieves.
Cairo is bracing for another day of mass protests, as supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi take to the streets on the first Friday of Ramadan.
Ten terror suspects are among more than 100 inmates who escaped from a high-security Indonesian prison in northern Sumatra overnight after a riot and fire that killed five people.