Warning of a long conflict ahead

Gaza air strike

Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of targets on Tuesday.

Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine in fierce fighting


Fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels has killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and rebels.

Sydney fighters sought in Syria

khaled Sharrouf

Australian police seek two men accused of fighting in Iraq and Syria, after pair pose with severed heads online.

Summer camp in North Korea?


More than 300 young children and teenagers from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland and Tanzania are heading to summer North Korea.

MH17 victims' journey far from over

It was a journey that started like so many others. It was never meant to end like this.

Crimespree ends with three children dead

US police, emergency

Two men have been charged with murder and sexual assault in connection with a carjacking that killed three children.

Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

Ebola outbreak

Texas-trained doctor says he is "terrified" of the disease progressing further.

Israel hits Hamas leader's house


Aircraft fire missile at house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh causing damage but no casualties.

Child abuse suspect killed in shoot-out


Man who skipped town after being accused of molesting boy killed in a daytime shootout in New York.

US says Russia violated nuclear treaty


Moscow has violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, according to the US government.

Man arrested over nine-month kidnapping

Abigail Hernandez

She finally came home after being missing for nine months. Her mother knew she hadn't run away.

The facts about the worst ebola outbreak in history


This is the worst ebola outbreak in history. Here's why you should be worried.

Arrest over hundreds of letters with white powder

white powder

Texas man charged with sending hundreds of letters containing what what was believed to be anthrax.

US and Europe piling pressure on Russia


US and Europe agree to impose wider sanctions on Russia in the wake of MH17 attack.

The young victims of war in Gaza City


GRAPHIC IMAGES: These photos are hard enough to bear, but they only hint at what life is like in Gaza.

Woman, granddaugters killed over Facebook 'blasphemy'


Rioters burned down homes and killed a woman and her two granddaughters over rumours of Facebook blasphemy.

Shot in the face 5 times, feeling 'lucky'

Three bullets remain lodged in James Meyers' flesh and bone; yet he is happy to be alive.

Rush for answers after Ebola death


No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia.

My strange captivity in Ukraine


After pointless questioning, amateur militants gave me a bizarre glimpse of their world.

Hope for 'wiser minds prevailing' in Texas

California Governor Jerry Brown.

California Governor Jerry Brown takes a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border.

Mosul fights back against Islamic State

Fighting back against Islamic State

In a rare show of defiance residents in an Iraqi city stood up to those wanting to erase their culture and heritage.

While you slept: Gaza, fist bumping, Hunger Games

Moeen Ali

Major fire in Tripoli, the Gaza conflict rages on, a Hunger Games trailer is released and fist bumping gets the health tick.

MH17 police mission 'like never before'


International police team fail to reach crash site of Malaysian Airlines plane for a second day as clashes rage in nearby town.

Marriage, not war, on agenda for Kiwi accused of war focus

Syrian fighters

Accused Kiwi was heading to meet unnamed fiancee - not preparing for Syrian civil war, prosecutors will argue.

Teens describe harrowing escape from sinking ship

Korea ferry

Six teenagers who survived South Korea's worst maritime disaster have described how they escaped the sinking ship.

Asylum seekers want compensation

asylum seekers

Asylum seekers brought to the Australian mainland will seek compensation after being detained at sea for three weeks.

Abu Sayyaf kill 18 in road attack

Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on two vans, killing 18 people in a bloody attack in the Philippines.

Koala's 'remarkable' journey


Koala survives an hour clinging to the grille of a speeding car, suffering only a torn nail.

Crises 'show effects of US disengagement'

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OPINION: US policy responsible for stunning string of crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza.

UN Security Council demands Gaza ceasefire


UN Security Council calls for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza war. | Pope's plea for peace

Plane crash lands on father, daughter

Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida

Man killed and daughter seriously injured after a plane struck them when it crash landed in Florida.

Lightning zaps Venice Beach boardwalk

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Eight survivors were hospitalised after lightning hit a beachfront walkway in Los Angeles.

Telegrams tried to prevent World War I

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Two cousins locked in a "doomsday machine" try and fail to avoid a global catastrophe.

Liberia struggles to contain Ebola outbreak

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The world's deadliest Ebola outbreak is infecting health care workers and forcing nations to close border crossings.

'Spider-Man' slugs officer in Times Square

Spider man

'Spider-Man' was arrested after punching a cop who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.

'Proof' Russia fired rockets into Ukraine


Satellite images appear to show blast mark from rockets launched from Russia into eastern Ukraine.

Young climber's posthumous art show

Marty and Denali Schmidt

Sister of man killed in K2 avalanche organises global exhibition of paintings he never got to display.

Town's landmarks blown up


In 10 seconds Oxfordshire lost its landmark - three massive cooling towers.

While you were sleeping

Costa Concordia

This is what happened around the world while you were sleeping:

Boko Haram stage high-profile kidnapping

DANGEROUS MAN: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister kidnapped during an attack by Boko Haram militants.

Pope begs: Please stop


Pope Francis makes emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to his weekly Angelus.

Will enforcement stop the flow of Central American migrants?


Her slender wrists still red from the handcuffs, she stepped off the airplane on the 36th day of her journey.

Typhoon kills 13 in China


A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies.

International police given access to crash site

MH17 crash site

Separatists in Ukraine have given international police access to the MH17 crash site.

Both sides resume fighting after 'truce'

MH17 crash site

Rockets fired from both sides despite a proposed extension of a humanitarian truce in the Gaza war.

MH17 hit multiple times by shrapnel

MH17 black box

Data retrieved from the MH17 flight black box shows the plane was hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion.

NZ mountaineer conquers K2

Christine Jensen Burke

Kiwi Christine Jensen Burke has become the first Australasian woman to conquer K2.

US faces intel hurdles in downing of MH17


Unanswered questions about the downing of MH17 shows the limits of US intelligence gathering.

A Kiwi lad's death by drone

Drone strikes

Family want answers after a Christian boy from Christchurch who converted to Islam was killed in Yemen.

Malaysia and Netherlands to work together on MH17

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

The Malaysian PM will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to offer help identifying bodies.
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