A Mexican state could approve medicinal use of marijuana by the end of this year.
Prime Minister John Key has been described as a "political rock star" by an Australian commentator as news of his re-election reverberates overseas.
In an expansion of the war on Islamist jihadis, American and Arab fighter aircraft launched their first air strikes on Syria.
A shootout with Israeli forces kills two Palestinians suspected in deadly abduction of trio that started a war.
US and five Arab nations begin attacks on Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.
A woman is being treated for Ebola-like symptoms at a Perth hospital after arriving from West Africa 10 days ago.
US schoolgirl with special needs was allegedly raped in school toilets after teacher used her as "bait" to catch a sex predator.
Islamic State has rapidly moved to control and destabilise Iraq. This visual Q&A explains who we're dealing with...
The owner of a Rozelle convenience store that was destroyed by fire, killing a mum and baby and their neighbour, has been arrested in hospital.
Islamic State militants have control of a huge swath of land in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate, a kind of Muslim empire. But how does it compare to other countries?
France insists it is not spooked by a call for Muslims to kill citizens of countries fighting the Islamic State group, hours before jihadists claimed the kidnapping of a Frenchman in Algeria.
OPINION: Islamic State's call to arms a scatter-gun approach, to say the least – and more than faintly ridiculous.
Ex-independent monitor of Australia's national security laws says powers used to detain people without charge following counter-terrorism raids in Sydney are "worse than useless" and shouldn't be used.
Islamic State urges supporters to go out and kill civilians of the West, including Australians, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns the nation will have to sacrifice freedoms for security against terrorism.
OPINION: John Key's is the closest thing you'll get to a political rock star in democratic politics.
Some 130,000 Kurdish refugees fleeing Islamic militants have crossed the border from Syria into Turkey in the past four days.
A Kiwi woman and her British boyfriend who were shot dead on a beach in Libya were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
More climate protests, Islamic militants kidnap a French national and some Kiwis wake to a quake.
In dense woods, the net is closing on a survivalist cop killer, whose father says he "doesn't miss".
A homeless man who triggered a security alert when he jumped the White House fence and ran into the building with a knife had 800 rounds of ammunition in his car.
It could have been a scene from Anchorman. At the end of a typical evening news report on Alaskan network KTVA, television journalist Charlo Greene spectacularly quit her job live on air.
Police charge the US teacher with assault and battery as well as charging the preschool owner for telling staff to keep quiet.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force patrol plane has played a key role in the seizure of NZ$360 million worth of hashish off the coast of Somalia.
Another year, another two iPhones. Are they better than what came before? Absolutely.
A woman killed by a school bus in Sydney while carrying her baby daughter was caught in the vehicle's blind spot, an inquest hears.
Fiji's former military ruler has been sworn in as prime minister after winning 60 per cent of the election vote.
A young boy has died after being trapped beneath a collapsed sand dune on the NSW south coast.
Followers of the Islamic State terror group are being urged to attack Westerners by any means possible.
New Zealand soldiers on a secret jungle training mission in Papua New Guinea have played a key role in rescuing survivors from a fatal plane crash on Saturday.
Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists