Expanding coal mining operations along the Queensland coast could threaten Australia's treasured Great Barrier Reef.
A US federal jury finds four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007.
Cuba sends a second group of medical staff to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak, becoming the biggest single provider of healthcare workers.
A US citizen freed from detention in North Korea receives an emotional homecoming in Ohio as Washington works to release two other Americans.
US car safety regulators expand a recall of vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata airbags to 7.8 million, warning that owners should take 'immediate action'.
A car hits a group of pedestrians at a Jerusalem railway station, injuring at least nine, in what Israeli police say is a suspected terrorist attack.
DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals.
EU Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker insists freedom of movement rules cannot be changed, putting him at odds with the UK.
A whistleblower tells the BBC hundreds of people at risk of sexual exploitation in Sheffield were let down by police.
Tories in Brussels split over Juncker's Commission
English Heritage adds more than 660 sites, including Eastbourne Pier in Sussex and Cornwall's Greevor Tin Mine, to its at risk register.
Uefa says no rules were broken despite fans being at the game between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.
Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson says he has been "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012.
A ban on students kissing in public, imposed by the University of Zimbabwe, is "nonsensical", a student representative tells the BBC.
Pope Francis says Bayern Munich "played a wonderful game" after the German side beat Roma 7-1 in the Champions League.
With the Ebola outbreak swiftly spreading in West Africa, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital opened to the press on Wednesday a special isolation ward for highly dangerous infectious diseases. (The Japan News)
Japan's Nikkei index has taken a rollercoaster ride so far this week, and some analysts believe traders should strap in for more turbulence. (cnbc.com)
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 958.3 billion yen in September, compared with the 943.2-billion-yen deficit a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams apologises to sex abuse victims "let down" by the IRA during the Troubles.
An elephant calf has been air rescued after he fell down a well in the remote region of Milgis Lugga in Northern Kenya.