Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.
Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi have left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
Prosecutors in Italy say they fear more bodies will be found aboard the crippled Greek ferry Norman Atlantic, adrift for a third day after a fire broke out on a car deck, with 10 people killed in the ensuing chaos.
A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official has said, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search.
South Korea has proposed to resume stalled talks with North Korea, an overture that comes amid heightened diplomatic tension after Seoul's key ally the US blamed the North for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and nearby streets for the funeral of one of two police officers shot dead by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.
North Korea has called US President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington for internet outages that it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.
Sweden's mainstream parties have reached a deal that will allow the minority centre-left government to remain in office and sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament.
Azerbaijani authorities have raided and closed the bureau of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in an apparent attempt to silence one of the country's last independent media outlets.
Just over one week ago, US warplanes roared into action over Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq to support Kurdish Peshmerga fighters as they struggled to fight their way into the area to liberate hundreds of Iraqis being held captive by the Islamic State (Isis).
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin has said, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.
Beachside memorials and religious services have been held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than 250,000 people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.