War in South Sudan enters second year: Red Cross

War in South Sudan is worsening with "extreme violence" and growing hunger, rights groups warned Monday, one year since the start of conflict in which tens of thousands have died. Dec 16, 2014

Three dead, four wounded in Sydney cafe siege

Australian police say three people were killed and four wounded as heavily armed officers dramatically stormed a central Sydney cafe to end a day-long siege sparked when an Iranian-born Islamist took more than a dozen people hostage. Dec 16, 2014

Erdogan answers to EU criticism over Turkey arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday launched a stinging attack on the European Union over its criticism of police raids on opposition media, bluntly telling Brussels to "mind its own business." Dec 16, 2014

Homophobic attacks on the rise in Russia: HRW

Human Rights Watch sounds the alarm over an increase in homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin's government for "inaction" and urging a crackdown on hate crimes. Dec 15, 2014

Ukrainian nationalists gear up for battle near Donetsk

Members of the Organisation of Ukraine Nationalists are seen on the frontline near the town of Donetsk, as the eight-month-old conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine wears on. Dec 15, 2014

Prisoners of war put to work in east Ukraine

On the snowy roof of a music school in eastern Ukraine, workers are busy fixing damage from artillery shelling. When their shift ends, they line up in single file to return to their cells. Dec 15, 2014