Canada's Miss World contestant has been denied entry into China in an apparent retaliation against her outspoken advocacy for human rights in the country.
Philip Wen China has declared that it plans to establish a military facility in Djibouti, a strategically important country on the Horn of Africa, which would apparently be the first permanent presence overseas for China's military and a sign of the growing reach of its navy.
Nick Miller French citizens kept their sangfroid after the Paris attacks, but for it to last security at home and efforts to defeat Islamic State abroad are key.
Ruth Pollard Turkey's decision to down a Russian warplane is just the latest in a series of decisions that put its national interests ahead of fighting Islamic State's menace.
Matt Wade For 161 turbulent days former Sydneysider Yanis Varoufakis was a central player in a crisis that cast a menacing shadow over the world economy.
Julien Oeuillet The Lithuanian politician who tipped over the first domino in the collapse of the USSR by declaring his country's independence has been denied recognition by the nation's parliament.
Desmond O'Grady Australian cleric has struggled to impose financial rigour or his conservative views at the Holy See.
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Ruth Pollard "You can hear the sounds of the attacks, it is all around us," Mohamed said, a day after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over this border area following accusations it had violated Turkish airspace.
Megan Levy Four simple words have resulted in a torrent of online abuse for 29-year-old Holly Brockwell: "I don't want children".