PRO-DEMOCRACY protests in Hong Kong have escalated, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing's decision to limit political reforms defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from the territory's top leader to go home.
PROSECUTORS at a UN court in The Hague have called for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to be sentenced to life in prison for his alleged crimes, including the massacre of more than 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica and the shelling of Sarajevo.
AT least 31 people have been found presumed dead near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted unexpectedly while it was packed with hikers out to admire autumn foliage, sending a huge cloud of ash and rock tumbling down its slopes.
LIBYA'S Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his cabinet have been sworn into office after lawmakers approved the line-up but will struggle to rule a country where a rival parliament sits in the capital Tripoli.
THE parents of the black teenager gunned down by police in Ferguson, Missouri, have rejected an apology by the city's top policeman, saying he should be sacked and the white officer who shot their son arrested.
The president of Spain's Catalonia region has signed a decree calling an independence referendum on November 9, putting him on a collision course with the central government, which says such a vote is illegal.