UKRAINE has accused Russia of launching a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces.
ISRAEL has killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip, the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group's military leadership after a failed attempt on the life of its top commander this week.
AN influential Chinese newspaper has called for retaliation against Australia after Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer described China's government as "b*******" who shoot their own people.
THE number of cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said as it reported the toll in four countries including Nigeria.
IRAQI forces have launched a fresh offensive to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the militants warned they would attack Americans "in any place".
three Russians detained during a protest against President Vladimir Putin were sentenced to prison terms yesterday after a trial critics say is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent while all eyes are on the Ukraine crisis.