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Ukraine's military has announced a day-long pause to its brutal offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels in the east.
Japan's smoking rate has dropped below 20 per cent for the first time, as a recent rise in cigarette prices helped to further discourage the habit.
Fugitive Edward Snowden is marking one year of political asylum in Russia.
More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the past day as Hamas continues firing rockets into Israel.
The US House of Representatives has voted 225-201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his executive authority.
Australians travelling in West Africa are being warned to take extra care, as the ebola virus continues to spread.
Ugandan activists have launched a petition at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.
Australia will hold a national memorial service for the victims of MH17 disaster next week.
A terrorist attack in China has left nearly 100 people dead or wounded, after what authorities called a terror attack on a police station and township.
The Australian Government is outraged by reports land mines have been laid near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines MH 17.
A retired couple has struck gold after buying a farmhouse in Portugal which lay vacant for years.