8:37am Landmark judgment recognises long marginalised transgender community as a third gender.
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3:49am Ukrainian government launches 'special operation' to try to reclaim control of the troubled east as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that Ukraine was descending into civil war.
Lisa Davies Oscar Pistorius armed himself “with the sole purpose” of shooting Reeva Steenkamp dead and has since been so overcome by what he has done because he “intended to kill her”.
Andy Coulson, the former editor of News Corp’s News of the World, said he was aware phone hacking existed in ‘‘vague terms’’ as he denied any knowledge of the interception of a murdered schoolgirl’s messages.
Haruna Umar 4:56am Suspected Islamic extremists abducted over 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck.
Carey Gillam 5:59am The 73-year-old man accused of going on a deadly shooting spree Sunday at two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb identified as a former "grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
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Yuras Karmanau 12:06am A column of armoured vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators on Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine.
11:26pm The mayor of a western Mexican city once considered a drug cartel stronghold has been arrested on suspicion of forcing town councillors to pay off crime lords, authorities said.
11:14pm Environmentalists around the world have condemned the shooting of a Belgian conservationist who has struggled to protect Africa's mountain gorillas in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
Choe Sang-hun 6:24pm Coast guard and navy divers were searching a ferry on Wednesday after it sank off the south-western tip of South Korea while carrying hundreds of high school students to a resort island, leaving at least two people dead.
David Wroe, Defence Correspondent 5:25pm At least one of the two Australian suspected Islamic militants killed in a US drone strike in Yemen late last year had spent time in a terrorist training camp.
1:35pm South Korea's coast guard has received a distress signal from a passenger ship with more than 400 on board off the southwest coast, an official said on Wednesday, with Korean media reporting the vessel was sinking.
AMANDA HOH 1:38pm Boston police are investigating two unattended backpacks left near the finish line of the Boston Marathon following a ceremony marking the first anniversary since the bombings which killed three people and injured dozens.
Sergei Loiko 4:03pm Vladimir Putin has demanded UN condemnation as Ukraine's interim government moved against militants in the country's east.
Rebecca Smith 8:42am Experimenting with cannabis on a casual basis damages the brain permanently, research has found.
Katharine Seelye 3:34pm "There are no strangers here," Gov. Deval Patrick said Tuesday about Boston, during a ceremony marking one year since the deadly bombing at the city's marathon. "We are in the end, one community" that "turns to each other in times of need."
Tom Chivers We think of them as killers, outside society. But, says the scientist who has spent his life studying psychopaths, you could have one for a colleague, a friend - or a spouse.
1:28am Gay rights groups are alarmed at the government-led project, saying it will lead to more discrimination in a largely homophobic country.
A UN war crimes court upheld all charges against Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic, saying he ‘‘has a case to answer’’.
Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials say.
Marco Bertacche and Andrew Frye Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has had his one-year prison sentence commuted to community service caring for the elderly.
Mohammad Tayseer and Donna Abu-Nasr Masked gunmen snatched Jordan’s ambassador to Libya from his car early on Tuesday and shot and severely wounded his driver, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said.
LISA DAVIES It's day 23 in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavours, social-media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released by Democratic legislators.
LINDSAY MURDOCH Reuters' international news agency has a won Pulitzer prize for exposing the violent persecution of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority while an Australian journalist and his Thai colleague face jail for their coverage of the same story.
Tom Kington An Italian woman who is carrying twins that are not her own following an apparent hospital IVF mix-up will most likely be allowed to keep the babies.
Robert Tait Israel has been accused of trying to sabotage stuttering peace talks after giving settlers the go-ahead to set up home in one of the most volatile parts of the occupied West Bank.
David Blair When is an invasion not an invasion? No Russian tanks have rolled across Ukraine's eastern frontier and no spearhead infantry units are ravaging the post-industrial wastes of the Donbas, yet the Kremlin has still managed to seize de facto control over a string of towns inside its neighbour.
Onur Ant, Ali Berat Meric, Selcan Hacaoglu Twitter is seeking to ease tensions in Turkey amid accusations the US company evades taxes and refuses to abide by Turkish law.