- MH17 black boxes 'show shrapnel caused crash'
Ukraine says black boxes recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 show shrapnel from a rocket explosion caused the passenger jet to crash.
The finding was revealed as a convoy of international inspectors abandoned an attempt to reach the crash site for the second day running amid fierce fighting in the rebel-held area.
Data from the doomed airliner's black boxes was decrypted in Britain after being handed over to Malaysian officials by the pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site.
Investigators leading the probe in the Netherlands refused to confirm the information from Kiev, saying they were "waiting to get a more complete idea of what happened".
- Eight children die after explosion at Gaza playground
A grim-faced Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid.
- Older Australians turning to the dole, new figures show
More than 200,000 Australians aged over 50 are now on the dole, new figures show, with the number of older Australians receiving unemployment benefits dramatically increasing in the past four years.
- Massive coal mine won't affect Great Barrier Reef: Hunt
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has hit back at criticism of his approval for Australia's largest coal mine, insisting it will not have a big impact on the Great Barrier Reef.
- 'Tornado-like' winds wreak havoc in Tasmania
Northern Tasmania is set for more rough weather after severe winds left a trail of damage overnight.
The State Emergency Service is warning of flash flooding as crews are still repairing damage.
Sandbags are being handed out to concerned businesses in Launceston.
A man was injured when tornado-like winds ripped through Burnie last night and there are still widespread power cuts.
Police have urged motorists to be cautious on the roads that are affected by water.
The weather bureau says conditions will worsen tonight in the north and west, but the south is expected to escape the worst of it.
- Ebola hospital in Nigeria shut down and quarantined
A hospital in Nigeria where a man died of Ebola virus in the country's first case of the highly infectious disease has been shut down and quarantined.
- Aussie men and women score medal sweeps in Glasgow
Mitch Larkin, Josh Beaver and Matson Lawson kicked off day five in the Glasgow pool by sweeping the 200m backstroke.
- Rebels bikies targeted in pre-dawn raids across Victoria
A series of pre-dawn raids targeting the Rebels bikie gang in Melbourne, Geelong and Traralgon has led to four arrests, Victorian police say.
- 6yo boy dies after being hit by car in Sydney
A six-year-old boy has died in hospital after being hit by a car in Sydney's south on Monday.
- ISIS targets Indonesian Muslims in recruitment video
A group of Indonesian men have appeared in a recruitment video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) urging Indonesian Muslims to join the group's fight.