Ukrainian forces scored major tactical victories this weekend against pro-Russian rebels. Ukraine's military appears to be gaining the upper hand against the separatists, according to a BBC reporter, who suspects the end result of the conflict will be a more nationalist and anti-Russian Ukraine.
South African writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died at her home in Johannesburg at the age of 90. The accomplished novelist was also beloved for her staunch anti-apartheid activism and mentoring of black South African writers.
In its national assembly this week, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to be ordained as bishops. They also made a less controversial, but more unusual, decision: to remove mentions of "the devil" from church services.
It may seem ghoulish — pumping people full of cold saltwater to chill them down when they receive severe injuries — but the technique has had stunning success in animal trials and is now moving into its first human tests. The aim is to buy time to treat wounds.
Highly flammable and explosive crude oil from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota is shipped by rail, much of it by BNSF Railways. An investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting unearthed charges that the railroad carrier mishandles safety issues for its trains.
If you've ever found some Lego figures and accessories, from dragons to swords to diving masks and more, on an Atlantic beach, there's a chance a child left them ... or they might have come from a storm 17 years ago. A woman in England told us the story of the Legos lost at sea.
The Obama administration is beginning to ramp up military support for the Iraqi government and for some Syrian rebel groups. Some experts reckon it's too little, too late. Michael Knights is an Iraq expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
What's the outlook for two Guatemalans who've recently crossed the US-Mexico border? They say they're stuck in the middle, caught between a country that won’t let them stay and a country that gives them no future.
A new website called WildLeaks is hoping to do for poaching and wildlife crimes what WikiLeaks did for national security. And after just four months, the portal for anonymous information is already producing results.
Instead of trained forensic investigators, the people combing through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 so far have been miners. The BBC's Natalia Antelava describes the scene and explains why it should have been treated like a crime scene.