Amnesty International says it has gathered evidence that shows Islamic State jihadists have been carrying out what it calls a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq.
Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, including being forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.
New powers are needed to seize terrorist suspects' passports and stop British-born extremists from returning to Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong disrupted a speech explaining voting changes which rule out open nomination of candidates for the chief executive election in 2017.
Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is 'a Russian invasion' and that President Putin must face a cost for his 'aggression'. (AUDIO)
Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen have broken through to end a siege by IS militants on the town of Amerli which has been surrounded by militants for more than two months.
US planes have made air drops delivering humanitarian aid and carried out strikes against Islamic State positions around the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli.
At least 230 people have been wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, after around 25,000 people marched to the PM's house.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said there are now thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of tanks in the country, as the European Union warns a "new Cold War" with Russia.
A seriously ill child taken from a British hospital last week by his parents, has been found in the south of Spain. The parents of Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, have been arrested.
The only clinical trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100 percent effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection, the journal Nature reports.
Myanmar's first census in more than 30 years has revealed that the country has 9 million fewer people than it thought.
The secretary-general of Nato, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, says the military alliance will fully respect Ukraine's wish to join, if it chooses to do so in the future.
More than 3 million Syrians have now fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees - 1 million in the past year alone, the UN says, while over 190,000 have died in the conflict.
Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6000 staff and become completely state-owned as part of a recovery plan after being hit by two disasters this year. Trading in its shares has been suspended.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply disturbed by reports Russian troops are involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and international must be obeyed.
The Icelandic Met Office has raised its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption began.
A nine-year-old girl in the United States has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun. Charles Vacca was shot in the head.