The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.
Nato is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the eastern Ukraine crisis, after presenting more evidence of direct Russian military involvement.
The Icelandic Met Office raises its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption began overnight.
The Islamic State group releases a video appearing to show militants killing a Kurdish man as a warning to forces fighting it in northern Iraq.
North Korea retracts a decision to send cheerleaders to South Korea for the Asian Games, accusing Seoul of quibbling over details.
Officials say there will be no charges following an incident in which a nine-year-old girl fatally shot a gun range instructor.
Pakistan's powerful army chief to mediate in deadlock between PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in Islamabad.
As a youth football coach, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly threatened a teacher and made players roll in goose droppings, newly released documents say.
West African health ministers meeting in Ghana follow WHO advice and lift travel restrictions on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
An Indian activist thought to have died in a car fire is found alive in Bangalore and accused by police of faking his death over a woman.
A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.
Paintings by an Indian elephant go on sale at a gallery in the capital, Delhi, to help raise money to protect the endangered animals.
A sheep called Shaun has been shorn for the first time in his life and his fleece has weighed in at a huge 23 kilograms.
A woman in southern India is set to win a court battle to keep a cow after DNA tests proved it belongs to her, her lawyer says.
The US supermarket chain Market Basket agrees to sell to former boss Arthur T Demoulas, ending a months-long strike amongst workers and customers.
Armed police dramatically raid the office of a video gamer near Denver, US - and the incident was broadcast live online.
Labour groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stage a second general strike this year and claim success.
Brazilian police arrest eight members of a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest, committing crimes worth millions of dollars.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan formally launches a national electronic identity card, which can also be used to make payments.
Caf declares there will be no further changes to September's Nations Cup qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears.
Malaysia Airlines says the full financial impact of the two tragedies to hit the company will be seen in the second half of the year.
Forty-three UN peacekeepers are being held by an armed group in the Syrian Golan Heights, amid heavy fighting between rebels and the army.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is officially sworn in as Turkish president after winning the country's first ever public vote for head of state.
The EU announces emergency help for dairy producers hit by the Russian ban on food imports from the EU.
Egypt has opened an investigation into ousted President Mohammed Morsi for allegedly handing over secret files to Qatar, state media report.
French President Francois Hollande calls for an "exceptional" UN intervention in Libya, warning of chaos unless action is taken.
The struggling supermarket Tesco cuts its profit forecast and the new chief executive's start date has been brought forward to Monday.
Police launch a "major investigation" to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, who was taken without consent from Southampton General Hospital by his parents.
Japan's economy shows signs of stagnation and weakness as households spent less and factory output stays flat in July.
Virgin Australia posts an after-tax loss of A$355.6m ($332.6m; £200.5m) for the full year ending in June, triple the firm's previous year's losses for the period.