Ukraine has called for full membership in NATO, its strongest
plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of
sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces
on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.
County law enforcement officials in Arizona say no criminal
charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident
in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with
an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial
President Barack Obama says the United States has not yet
developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria,
an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on
whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.
A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move
erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death
Valley finally emerged today, when researchers published a
study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000
people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency
says, warning that an international effort costing almost
half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.
Pakistan's army has stepped into a political struggle between
the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition,
signalling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilised
the coup-prone nation.