Four people are dead after a driver with a history of violence mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD, ending a crime rampage of almost 12 hours.
Activists angry about US President Donald Trump's inauguration smashed store and car windows in Washington and fought with police who responded with pepper spray and stun grenades.
Rescuers have pulled two people to safety and found at least eight others alive two days after an avalanche flattened a mountain hotel in central Italy.
Donald Trump has taken power as US President, pledging to pursue "America First" policies in an inaugural address that was a populist, anti-Washington rallying cry.
Three people, including a young child, are dead and more than 20 others injured after a man deliberately drove through a crowd in Melbourne's Bourke St mall in the CBD.
Malaysia said it would pay a reward to any private company that found the fuselage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, days after a fruitless, three-year hunt was suspended.
Mexico extradited top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to New York, ending a career that included two jail breaks and a leading role in a national drug war, the day before Donald Trump assumes the US presidency.
Heavy rain and equipment failure stalled efforts in Peru to rescue seven miners who were trapped in a tunnel hundreds of feet under a landslide three days ago, officials said.
Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert, serving prison time for a financial crime stemming from a child sex abuse scandal, has filed a lawsuit seeking the return of $US1.7 ($NZ2.4m) million in hush money he paid to an accuser.
West African armies halted an operation in Gambia aimed at installing the country's new president, Adama Barrow, so regional leaders could make one last attempt to convince longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to step aside.
A man has been killed by a 3.3 metre crocodile at a notorious river crossing in the Northern Territory.
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, a key figure throughout five decades of conflict and peace in Northern Ireland, is bowing out of politics.
Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki has been killed in a plane crash, his son said, raising doubt over who will take over his blockbuster graft investigation into dozens of politicians.
Sea levels could rise by a greater-than-expected 6 metres over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists say.
Donald Trump is ready to begin taking executive actions on his first day in the White House to move quickly on his pledge to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the US-Mexican border and roll back policies of outgoing President Barack Obama.
Hopes of finding survivors are dwindling after a deadly avalanche struck a luxury mountain hotel in Italy, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris.
Pakistani security forces say they have killed the leader of the banned Sunni Muslim militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
Calls for better protection of Latin American land and indigenous rights campaigners after prominent environmentalist in Mexico murdered.
Obama urges Trump to separate economic sanctions on Russia from nuclear stockpile reduction talks in final white house speech.
A teenage student suffering from depression shot three students and a teacher at a private school in northern Mexico before turning the gun on himself.