Security officials in Ukraine believe the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.
An upsurge in violence in Gaza and southern Israel has caused over a dozen casualties, including children, despite a plea for a ceasefire by the United Nations Security Council.
A huge fire at an oil depot in Tripoli has burned out of control and spread to a second tank, in what Libyan authorities say could become a humanitarian and environmental disaster.
The Australian Parliament's former Speaker, Peter Slipper, has been found guilty of using taxpayer funds to tour wineries. He was convicted on three counts of dishonesty.
Australian job-seekers may be forced to apply for 40 jobs a month as the Abbott administration renews its push to move people off welfare.
A late-night meeting of the UN Security Council has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, urging Israel and Hamas to allow the delivery of assistance to civilians.
The Ukrainian armed forces have launched an offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east in a bid to gain control over the crash site of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Heavy clashes between troops loyal to the Libyan government and Islamist militias have left at least 38 people dead in the city of Benghazi, in the worst violence since the 2011 uprising.
The wreck of the Costa Concordia has arrived off the Italian city of Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap. The cruise liner sank two and a half years ago killing 32 people.
Palestinian militant group Hamas has declared a 24-hour ceasefire after Israel ended an earlier truce amid continuing rocket fire from Gaza. Hamas said it would start at 2pm local time.
Russia says the United States is guilty of an international smear campaign, designed to influence international opinion against Moscow through lies and propaganda.
Residents in Gaza have used a 12-hour humanitarian truce to return to their homes, gather essential supplies and search for those trapped in the rubble.
India's chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games has reportedly criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in the athletes' village in Glasgow as being far inferior to Delhi.
At least two Palestinians have been killed and scores wounded in the West Bank during a protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza that has seen the death toll climb above 800. (AUDIO)
A large group of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who have been detained on an Australian customs ship for almost a month are to be transferred to the Australian mainland.
Ukraine's Prime Minister has resigned after the collapse of his governing coalition, again plunging the former Soviet state into political limbo and complicating an investigation into shooting down of a Malaysia plane.
The United Nations says an aid convoy has entered Syria from Turkey without Syrian government consent. Until now, almost all aid has gone to parts of the country controlled by Damascus.
The wreck of a plane which disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. Many on board were French.