Deadly clashes raging in Ukraine

SUPPORTED: The US is looking again at the possibility of sending defensive weapons to the Ukranian military.

2:45 PM  Pro-Russian separatists continue to try to dislodge Ukranian government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed.

Vatican woes over 'sexy blonde'

Italian actress Nancy Brilli in the Vatican video.

3:09 PM  No-one can escape the reality that sex sells - not even one of the world's oldest religious institutions.

400 day jail stint over video

After 400 days in prison, jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for his native Australia.

After 400 days in an Egyptian prison, released Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is head for his native Australia.

A hard lesson for Japan video

People gather in front of the Japanese PM's office in Tokyo to protest after IS militants behead a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.

The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

US snowstorm causing chaos

WHITE OUT: Blizzard conditions in Chicago are showing no signs of easing up.

Huge winter storm dumps more than a foot of snow on Chicago and forces the cancellation of thousands of flights across the US.

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australia

Passengers removed from Qantas flight

Passengers were removed from a Qantas flight following a protest on Monday morning.

3:29 PM  A Darwin-bound flight was disrupted when passengers refused to buckle their seatbelts.

Aust leadership crisis looms

Leadership strike against Australian PM Tony Abbott moves closer as prime contenders consider their options.

Tony Abbott leadership threatened

Shock Queensland election result

americas

US snowstorm causing travel chaos

WHITE OUT: Blizzard conditions in Chicago are showing no signs of easing up.

Huge winter storm dumps more than a foot of snow on Chicago and forces the cancellation of thousands of flights across the US.

Things get ugly at beauty pageant video

Runner-up didn't want world peace at Brazilian contest, instead opting to rip the crown from her rival's head

ARREST FOR MURDER: Power Ranger Samurai star Ricardo Medina Jr

Power Ranger arrested for sword murder

Former Power Ranger Samurai star charged with murder after allegedly killing his roommate with a sword.

europe

New Italian president elected

Italy's new President Sergio Mattarella.

Italy has a new president, Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian judge whose politician brother was gunned down by the Mafia.

'Like the last judgment' in Donetsk video

Residents of war-torn Donetsk are being forced to live with the bare minimum.

Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was arrested last September in the Vatican on charges of having paid for sex with children.

More child porn cases in Vatican

The Vatican discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year.

middle east

Three killed in Sinai clashes

FATAL: Militants are said to have launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a military checkpoint in Rafah but hit a house instead, killing two women.

Two women killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while another dies in crossfire in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste released video

After 400 days in an Egyptian prison, released Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is head for his native Australia.

Islamic State militants in Mosul. Fighting between Kurds and IS has escalated in recent days.

IS 'beheads three Iraqi security personnel'

Photos posted online suggest the Islamic State group has beheaded an Iraqi police officer and two soldiers.

asia

World's problems enter Japan's psyche, again video

People gather in front of the Japanese PM's office in Tokyo to protest after IS militants behead a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.

The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

Bangladesh fire kills 13 people in market

At least 13 people were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in a crowded market in a suburb of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said.

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Bali Nine pair lodge appeals

Two Australian drug smugglers facing death sentences appeal to Indonesian President for mercy.

africa

Perth family killed in axe attack video

MURDERED: Theresa van Breda, 55, and her husband Martin, 54 lived in Perth for six year before returning to South Africa.

Horror attack family leaves parents and one son dead, and two children in hospital.

Egypt protests leave at least 15 dead

At least 15 people have been killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

UNDER SEIGE: Security forces surround Corinthia hotel after a car bomb in Tripoli. Gunmen attacked the hotel in Tripoli where government representatives and foreign delegations often stay, killing eight people.

Nine dead as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel video

Two heavily armed gunmen storm luxury Tripoli hotel favoured by top Libyan officials, killing at least eight people.

south pacific

Compensation for nuclear test exposure

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has promised compensation to Fijians aboard two New Zealand Navy ships that were used to monitor nuclear tests over 50 years ago

Fijians who were exposed to nuclear testing 50 years ago are to be given compensation.

Tonga's new island of ash won't last forever gallery

Tonga's disruptive volcano has gone quiet, leaving behind a temporary island of ash.

Solomon Islands

NZ firm seeks Solomon Island oil

A Wellington based company is behind an application to conduct off shore oil prospecting in the Solomon Islands.

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World's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

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