The parliament of Australia's second largest state passed legislation to allow terminally ill patients to seek medical help to end their lives, a bill that is expected to act as a catalyst for the rest of the country to adopt similar laws.
Pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer, according to a large international study.
Japan's Emperor Akihito is likely to abdicate at the end of March 2019 and Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to ascend the throne in April, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in nearly two centuries.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a 2013 sexual assault allegation against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
News of New Zealand's new government, led by Jacinda Ardern, hit the northern hemisphere in the early morning.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has appealed to European Union leaders to help her silence critics at home by signalling a willingness to break the deadlock in Brexit talks.
US senator John McCain says he may consider issuing a subpoena because the White House has not been forthcoming with details of an ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead.
EU leaders have sought to minimise Spain's crisis with Catalonia and avoid encouraging separatists across the bloc.
Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said she planned to run in next year's presidential election, offering liberal voters unhappy with President Vladimir Putin's rule someone to back.
There's growing concern comfort accessories and seat modifications are contributing to the disproportionate numbers of older Australians killed in car crashes.
A federal appeals court has rejected a bid to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who said the entertainer raped her in 1974 and then called her a liar.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens living in Britain to stay after Brexit, trying to unlock stalled talks that have spurred calls for her to walk away.
The world's most visited museum has shied away from displaying a sculpture that some have labelled as too sexually explicit.
The Abbott government's treatment of the Human Rights Commission has been questioned by a UN committee as Australia's rights record is examined.
The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has triggered an outpouring of tributes and grief across Canada.
Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a new law passed that rights groups say marginalises Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province.
The NFL has rejected US President Donald Trump's calls to punish players who kneel for the national anthem to protest racism, but says players "should" stand and it hopes the demonstrations will stop.
Catalonia has refused to bow to the Spanish government’s demand it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence.
Fiji will issue a $50 million ‘‘green’’ bond in coming weeks to help fund efforts to combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so.
Historical gems around the globe, ranging from a Syrian bazaar and the last active synagogue in Alexandria to England's Blackpool Piers and Alabama civil rights buildings, are threatened by war, disasters and urbanisation.