A suicide car bomb explosion has ripped through a police checkpoint in Baghdad, killing 23 people and wounding more than 40.
Italian police have arrested five migrants accused of the grisly murder of scores of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reports.
Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighbourhood.
The leader of Thailand's junta could become prime minister in a government to be set up under a newly drafted interim constitution, but that will be decided by an appointed provisional parliament, a junta legal adviser says.
Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza, where its killing of children raise the "strong possibility" that it is violating international law, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says.
23 July 2014, 12:33
Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".
23 July 2014, 11:18
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked US Secretary of State John Kerry on to help restore commercial flights to Israel.
23 July 2014, 10:03
Senior US intelligence officials have offered no evidence of Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, after a briefing with reporters.
23 July 2014, 10:08
Typhoon Matmo has pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours, leaving five people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation.
23 July 2014, 08:37
The black boxes recovered from the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine will be sent to British aviation investigators for analysis, Malaysia says.
23 July 2014, 08:06
US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has announced that he was jetting into Tel Aviv to show solidarity with Israel, calling for a US flight ban to be lifted immediately.
23 July 2014, 07:39
Israeli soldiers should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for the "unimaginable restraint" they are showing in fighting Hamas, Israel's ambassador to the US has said.
22 July 2014, 22:05
Extreme weather caused by Typhoon Rammasun has killed 27 people in Vietnam, with the storm unleashing flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes.
22 July 2014, 21:02
Indonesian former general Prabowo Subianto has withdrawn his presidential candidacy after denouncing the election process undemocratic.
22 July 2014, 19:50
Two men and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in southern France on suspicion of recruiting fighters for Syria and planning attacks at home, police say.
22 July 2014, 18:50
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
22 July 2014, 17:43
A train carrying some 280 bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has arrived in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.
22 July 2014, 16:41
UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry are in Cairo in a bid to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas after weeks of fighting which has left over 570 Palestinians dead.
22 July 2014, 15:37
The health care affiliate of a top US medical school is to pay $190m to patients of a gynaecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped them.
22 July 2014, 14:27
President Barack Obama has told a group of young black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian men that they need be proud of their backgrounds and draw strength from their cultures.
22 July 2014, 13:57
A Taliban suicide bomber has detonated himself outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police say.
22 July 2014, 13:57
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Cuba, officials say, the last stop on a Latin American tour that has stressed trade and aid more than ideology.
22 July 2014, 13:37
The United States warned Americans against traveling to Israel and the Gaza Strip, urging them to postpone any visits amid the current conflict.
22 July 2014, 12:49
An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and "well-hung" has apologised, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke.
22 July 2014, 12:12
Australia's consumer watchdog has warned people to be wary of scams seeking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy, saying false Facebook profiles had already been set up.