Thousands of people crammed into boats and army trucks have fled their homes in Serbia and Bosnia after record rainfall turned the Sava River into a deadly torrent and caused the worst floods in more than a century.
They are stoking the fires of war on the steppes of the old Soviet Union, and atop the blaze is Tony Abbott's promise to repatriate the remains of the 38 Australians who perished in the crash of flight MH17.
Citizens of Gaza endured a relentless night of bombardment as Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunships launched 150 strikes across the coastal strip, razing homes and hitting targets such as the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and the Ministry of Finance.
It was a journey that started like so many others: the rush to the airport, the passport and security checks. It was never meant to end like this.
A thin river of blood mixed with water ran down Shamali Street in Gaza’s al-Shati Camp as ambulance sirens wailed above the cries of shocked families who had minutes earlier raced from their houses to find at least eight children torn to pieces by rocket fire.
Gruesome footage of heads impaled on a spiked fence with bloodied bodies sprawled beneath has been released by terrorist group ISIL.
Chinese regulators have launched an investigation into Microsoft, the company said, in the latest setback for US tech companies viewed with growing distrust by Beijing.
While prime minister Tony Abbott downplays the politics, the question naturally remains: if Australia wanted to get tough with Mr Putin what are its options. Below is a list of options on the table.
Ukranian and rebel forces are locked in a struggle for control of the MH17 crash site, driving Australian and Dutch investigators to opt for high-risk strategies that so far have failed to win them access to the debris field where the Malaysian aircraft went down.