Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russia rebels left dozens of civilians dead on Wednesday with artillery pounding central Donetsk as Ukrainian troops pushed on with a bloody offensive.
US Attorney General Eric Holder travelled to St Louis, Missouri on Wednesday after the latest in a sting of violent protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.
B K S Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said.
The midwestern US town of Ferguson was recovering from another night of violence on Tuesday as a police crackdown on protests against the killing of an unarmed black teenager continued.
Pakistan on Tuesday sent troops to boost security in Islamabad's government district, as opposition politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric led protesters marching on parliament in a high-stakes bid to depose the prime minister.
Air strikes targeting suspected Tailban hideouts in a restive tribal district of northwest Pakistan killed 48 militants on Tuesday, the military said, as six civilians died in a roadside bomb attack.
Chinese troops have advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India, echoing a similar incursion last year that raised tensions between the two giants, official sources said Tuesday.