In another escalation of tension, Israel launched fresh airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, in response to Palestinian rockets that broke last August's ceasefire.
At her ceremonial speech marking the opening of the new UK Parliament, The Queen will unveil the EU referendum plans, which was a cornerstone of the Conservatives' election manifesto.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today promised a "full and frank" debate on gay marriage in response to an opposition-backed push for reform.
The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.
Haron Monis, the perpetrator of last year's 16-hour siege in the financial heart of Sydney, was suffering from schizophrenia, an inquest into the event has heard.
Two firefighters were punished for taking "selfies" during a search for a missing child after heavy rain in Yunnan province.
For the mission planned for 2020s, NASA has selected nine out of 22 celestial tools to look for life support on Jupiter's moon - Europa. The mission is estimated to cost $30 mn.
Vatican's finance chief George Pell said he has nothing to hide in connection with the paedofile priest Gerald Ridsdale case from the 1970s.
Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" died at age 48 of cancer on Saturday in Helena.
The dense forests of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major staging post for smugglers bringing people to Southeast Asia by boat from Myanmar, most of them Rohingya Muslims who say they are fleeing persecution, and Bangladesh.
Nepal banned children from travelling without parents or approved guardians on Tuesday in an unprecedented move to deter human traffickers who authorities fear are targeting vulnerable families after last month's devastating earthquake.
As the annual spelling contest gets underway, organisers have for the first time tried to address an issue that has troubled some Americans: complete domination by Indian-Americans.
An hours-long gunbattle with insurgents in central Kabul ended early Wednesday with the four attackers killed, a government minister said, reporting no civilian or military casualties.
Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, said on Tuesday he had survived an assassination attempt after leaving a session of the anarchic country's elected parliament.
The United States Tuesday blasted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's trial in Iran for its "complete lack of transparency" and renewed calls for Tehran to drop "absurd" spying charges.