Australia's opposition Labor party pulled off a huge electoral turnaround in a key state today, positioning it to oust the ruling Liberal-National party in a voter backlash that threatens the future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California today carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earth's soil, information that will help weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Beijing today on a four-day visit to China during which she would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and hold talks with her Chinese counterpart on wide-ranging bilateral and multilateral issues.
Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront the Nazi past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died.
Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces in the east of the country has left 15 government soldiers dead and 30 wounded over the past 24 hours, Ukraine's Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak said today.
A Western-backed rebel group in northern Syria that is under pressure from Al Qaeda's hardline Nusra Front has joined an alliance of mainly Islamist insurgent factions in Aleppo, a group monitoring the conflict said today.