High-level diplomatic talks in Malaysia have further escalated tensions over China's controversial building of artificial islands in the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.
John Garnaut Australia's nearest neighbour could be on the brink of a Greek-style fiscal crisis following one of the most spectacular budget blow-outs in regional history.
Philip Wen Reiko Toida's eyes and mouth widen in unison, as though she still struggles to compute the enormity of what she witnessed as a nine-year-old.
Peter Hannam Hopes that future efforts to extract excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere could spare the planet the worst impacts of climate change have been dimmed by a new study finding the acidification of oceans could take centuries to reverse.
Myles Hume, Sarah Jarvis, Jack Montgomerie, Nick Truebridge Three sisters "saw fire and smoke" before smashing a window to escape a blaze that killed their parents and young brother in their home on New Zealand's south island.
Peter Hannam Super Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm so far in 2015, is generating 14-metre waves as it barrels towards Taiwan.
Lindsay Murdoch Winds and ocean currents could have pushed wreckage from MH370 more than 2000 kilometres to Reunion Island, Australian experts say.
Nick O'Malley Three Detroit children have died as a result of playing with guns in recent months.
A giant sinkhole has opened up on the streets of New York, forming a cavity big enough to swallow a car.
Kate Aubusson What does an engineer look like? Apparently there is a strict aesthetic for entry into the club.