The South Korean government has set up an investigation into the ferry disaster amid anger from grieving relatives. Nine people have died and almost 300 are still missing.
Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says three pro-Russian activists have been killed and 13 injured while attempting to raid a military base in the Black Sea port of Mariopol.
Australian officials say a robotic mini-submarine searching for the missing Malaysian airliner deep in the southern Indian Ocean has completed its mission in the third attempt.
The Pakistani Taliban has refused to extend a ceasefire which it declared last month to facilitate peace talks with the Pakistani government.
Security forces in Nigeria are still searching for 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the northeastern state of Borno late on Monday.
A major rescue effort is continuing for almost 300 people missing after a ferry capsized and sank off South Korea. Officials say two bodies have been recovered and 164 people rescued.
The robotic submarine launched to find debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has aborted its first mission after only six hours.
Aid organisations are buying in more supplies for Solomon Islands in the aftermath of deadly flooding but it may not arrive for weeks.
MPs in Japan have demanded the government re-design its scientific whaling programme to circumvent an International Court of Justice ruling that described the programme as an unlawful commercial hunt.
Six armoured troop carriers entered the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk on Wednesday carrying the Russian national flag and the banner of pro-Russian separatists, an eyewitness says.
The United Nations children's support agency UNICEF says people could be in evacuation centres on Guadalcanal for months yet, following devastating floods.
Jordan's ambassador to Libya has been kidnapped after masked gunmen attacked his car and shot his driver.
The prosecution in the murder trial of South African runner Oscar Pistorius has accused the athlete of tailoring evidence to back up his defence.
New South Wales is to have a new premier, following the resignation of Barry O'Farrell over a $A3000 bottle of wine. State treasurer Mike Baird is expected to be his successor.
Boston has paid solemn tribute to the victims and survivors of the marathon bombings, observing a moment of silence and raising the United States flag exactly one year after the attacks.
Ukrainian armed forces have launched a "special operation" against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country and recaptured a military airfield.
US president Barack Obama has told Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a tense phone call that Moscow would face further costs for its actions in Ukraine.
Two rush-hour bombs have killed at least 71 people and wounded many more at a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital.