Israeli warplanes have bombed targets in territory held by the Syrian government near Damascus, underscoring the deepening complexity of the war raging on multiple fronts in Syria and beyond.
"What should I do? What should I do?" For Sardar "Sammy" Hussein, barely more than a boy, the words he's whispering under his breath have become almost a mantra.
Slow-moving Typhoon Hagupit has weakened as it churns across the central Philippines islands, easing fears of widespread mass destruction, but officials warn the storm could still bring severe flooding to the low-lying capital Manila.
The release of detainees from the United States prison at Guantanamo Bay has become a common enough occurrence this year that the process runs predictably predictably and smoothly.
So hacked is this government's PCs that some officials are issued with two - one not connected to the web.
A giant storm is grinding across the eastern Philippines, bringing mass downpours, terrifying winds and wreaking havoc across an area still trying to recover from a super typhoon 13 months ago.
A man armed with a pen-knife has been shot and killed by police in the tourist district of Hollywood
Europe's policy towards boat people is a stark contrast to Australia's, even if refugees' futures are uncertain.
The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.
Almost 30 staff quit US magazine The New Republic because of a new digital strategy and the treatment of the head editor.