Footage of police violence against black citizens has threaded itself through social media and onto mainstream news broadcasts and front pages, while in the background, constantly, has been the humming anger on the streets of Ferguson, where a white officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager stopped for jay walking.
New heat records for the month of September have been recorded around the world, putting 2014 on course to become one of the hottest years on record.
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius would be "broken as a person" if he were jailed for killing his girlfriend because of his disability and psychological problems, a defence witness at his sentencing hearing said on Tuesday.
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Police use bolt-cutters, sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle barricades as a key Communist Party meeting in Beijing approaches.
Thai tourism officials have suggested a novel way to attract foreigners to the country’s beaches, temples and mountains – promote life under a century-old martial law that was imposed as the army seized power in a bloodless coup in May.
An American Airlines Boeing 757 on its way from San Francisco, California, to Dallas, Texas, has been forced to make an emergency landing after passengers noticed the cabin was separating from the walls.
The extreme Islamic group known as ISIL, ISIS or, more recently, simply as Islamic State, has rapidly moved to control and destabilise Iraq, sweeping in from Syria in the north and routing large numbers of Iraqi troops. The US has intervened with air raids, and Australia last week flew its first missions after committing Super Hornet jets and, in an advisory capacity, special forces troops. However Islamic State continues to gain ground and is now threatening Baghdad. Here's a visual Q&A that explains who we're dealing with...
You'd be forgiven for thinking US President Barack Obama is up there over Kobane, teaching those jihadis the meaning of military superiority.
The Islamic State group has made a fresh pitch to followers to carry out spontaneous "lone wolf" attacks against Australians and citizens of other "crusader nations".
The opposition says it still has "anxieties" over the controversial policy of turning back asylum seeker boats but ...