Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from a launcher brought into Ukraine from Russia and was in a village held by pro-Russian rebels, prosecutors say.
Indonesian rescuers have evacuated hundreds of tourists following a volcanic eruption and are searching for as many as 50 climbers.
Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday aged 93, Israel Radio said.
Patients who get tattoos to cover facial skin grafts and scars may feel happier with both their appearance and quality of life, a Dutch study suggests.
China shut schools and cancelled dozens of flights as Typhoon Megi made landfall in the southern province of Fujian with winds of close to 120kmh, the official Xinhua news agency said.
An explosion at a home in the New York City borough of the Bronx killed a battalion chief, the city's highest ranking fire official to die in the line of duty since the September 11, 2001 attacks, officials said.
German police are stepping up protection of Muslim institutions in Dresden after two improvised bombs exploded in the eastern city, one at a mosque and one at an international conference centre.
SpaceX is developing an interplanetary rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet.
Republican Donald Trump vowed to hit rival Democrat Hillary Clinton harder in the next US presidential debate after she put him on the defensive by accusing him of being racist, sexist and a tax dodger during their first match-up.
Strong wind and rain lashed Taiwan as the third typhoon to hit the island this month made landfall, injuring more than 30 people, ripping signs off buildings and knocking down trees.
A Houston lawyer whose business was struggling opened fire on morning commuters, injuring at least nine people before being shot dead by police, authorities say.
Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of having a long history of racist behaviour during a heated presidential debate that could reshape the 2016 campaign for the White House.
A 20-year-old man has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder after confessing to a shooting rampage at a mall in Washington last weekend, prosecutors say.
There's evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath an icy surface.
Only 30 doctors remain in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where they are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped population of 300,000, Syrian doctors say.
Colombia's president and a Marxist rebel leader used pen made from a bullet to sign an agreement ending a 53-year war that has killed 250,000 people and made the nation a byword for violence.
The EU has launched a programme to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time in a presidential debate today that could rank as one of the most watched, highly anticipated political showdowns in US history.
A poll found half of America's likely voters would rely on the debates to help them pick who should be president.
Two African-American athletes sent home from the 1968 Olympic Games for their raised-fist protest on the medal podium, will receive a long-awaited moment of redemption at the White House this week.