One person is reported dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed during a test flight in California.
French police say a further two unidentified drones have been spotted flying over the country's nuclear plants, bringing the total to nine this month.
The Judicial Office in London has confirmed Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.
An Australian royal commission on trade unions has cleared former prime minister Julia Gillard of criminal conduct in relation to a 1990s corruption case.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying that he is "proud to be gay", in an announcement to help people struggling with their identity.
The Israeli authorities have reopened a holy site in east Jerusalem after closing it because of unrest in the city.
A herd of elephants has trampled eight elderly people and an eight-year-old girl to death in Malawi. The marauding elephants were thought to have come from Mozambique.
The Ebola epidemic appears to be slowing in the worst hit West African country though the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organization says.
Despite being recommended as a high source of calcium, drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.
Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott is the first white man to be head of state in continental Africa since the end of apartheid, following the death of President Michael Sata. (AUDIO)
A group of Syrian Arab rebels has arrived in Kobane to help defend the northern border town against Islamic State (IS) militants, sources inside the town have told the BBC.
About 100 people are feared dead following a landslide which came after heavy monsoon rains and engulfed about 140 houses in central Sri Lanka, the government says.
An Australian Islamic State terrorist accused of being behind a plot to kill random members of the public in Sydney is believed to have died while fighting in the Middle East.
An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, a NASA TV broadcast showed.
Sierra Leone has condemned Australia's decision to suspend entry visas for people from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa as "counterproductive" and "discriminatory".
Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline and ignores climate change and development.
Worldwide gender equality in the workplace will not be reached for another 80 years, a new report suggests. The five Nordic countries are leading the equality stakes.
Jack Ma, who founded Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has become China's richest person. The former English teacher's fortune is worth an estimated $NZ25 billion.