Thousands of people crammed into boats and army trucks have fled their homes in Serbia and Bosnia after record rainfall turned the Sava River into a deadly torrent and caused the worst floods in more than a century.
The Defence Minister in Kiev wears three stars on his shoulder. The Ukrainian army commander fighting rebels in the east has four stars. Simply put, that discrepancy of rank is a big part of the reason Australian and Dutch police can’t get to the crash site of flight MH17.
Chief CorrespondentIn Shakhtersk, Ukraine
He has the reputation of a sour Soviet commissar. Vladimir Antyufeev - a former Soviet intelligence officer, wanted for subversion and deadly repression in two of Russia’s neighbours - has suddenly taken charge of the rebels in eastern Ukraine.
An old story does the rounds in Australian diplomatic circles about the difficulty of dealing with Russia, a tale that must leave Tony Abbott wondering.
“To forge iron, you must have a strong hammer,” Chinese president Xi Jinping said in his first public address. The fall of former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang is meant to show Xi means business.
Nissana Sukar picked her way carefully over the mountain of twisted metal, smashed concrete and rubble that once was the apartment block next to her home.
A blanket of pale smoke hung over Shakhtersk and jagged pillars of a darker, more ominous smoke rose from the downtown area, as the Ukranian army attempted to tighten its noose on key rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine.
Gruesome footage of heads impaled on a spiked fence with bloodied bodies sprawled beneath has been released by terrorist group ISIL.
Osama bin Laden may be gone but al-Qaeda is now a franchised organisation that is more dangerous than ever. Anthony Ham reports.