Civilian casualties in east Ukraine shelling

Rocket fire in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk has claimed at least one life, as a nearly two-week-old cease-fire appeared under threat.

Flood-hit Kashmir struggles with aftermath

Army and other emergency officials have battled to rescue tens of thousands of people stranded by the floods, triggered by heavy monsoon rains, that hit Kashmir.

Thai police seek murdered tourists' friend for questioning

A travelling companion of the tourists murdered on a resort island this week is being sought for questioning by Thai police.

Pre-referendum polls suggest 'No' vote for Scots

On the eve of Scotland's historic referendum, opinion polls suggest voters will narrowly reject independence.

Rousseff dips in Brazil poll as Silva challenges

Incumbent Dilma Rousseff and ecologist challenger Marina Silva are still virtually neck and neck in the run-up to Brazil's presidential election.

US planning UN peacekeeping summit next week

The United States is organising a summit on UN peacekeeping on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week.

Mexico readies airlift of stranded tourists

Mexico on Tuesday prepared a major operation to airlift tourists stranded by Hurricane Odile after it slammed into the Baja California peninsula causing widespread damage.

UN chief urges nations to act on IS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants.


Vatican car in cocaine, dagga bust

The Vatican was left red-faced on Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with four kilogrammes of cocaine on board.


California wildfires force mass evacuations

A destructive blaze in northern California has scorched more than 151 hectares and burnt more than 100 buildings.


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