Donald Trump has warned Putin a missile strike on Syria is imminent, and Russia has pledged to shoot them down.
The West is ready to take military action against Syria if it is confirmed government forces were behind a toxic gas attack in Douma, but Russia has blocked an independent investigation proposed by the US.
The new defence chief of China has shown aggression towards the US, saying the West should take heed of the country's military alliance with Russia.
There were winners on and off the track at the 2018 Dubai World Cup – with world-class thoroughbreds, stunning fashion and outstanding entertainment.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland says the investigation has cleared everyone but Smith, Warner and Bancroft of any involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, but a host of big-name former stars have rejected the outcome.
The Socceroos may be withdrawn from the FIFA World Cup in Russia if the British government pulls England from the tournament.
It started with the UK, now the US, a host of European countries, and other allies such as Australia and Canada, are removing Russian diplomats and intelligence officers from their countries.
OPINION: Forget Bancroft, make an example of Smith, Warner, and the rest of the so-called leadership group
The cheating by the Australian cricket team has left a proud sporting nation shell-shocked. But Cameron Bancroft should not be the poster boy for this ball-tampering plot.
It is another blow to conservation efforts, but hope remains that Sudan's genetic material will one day lead to the reproduction of the northern white rhino.
Exit polls have Putin winning almost three quarters of the vote, meaning he will maintain power until at least 2024.
The South African government has blasted its Australian counterpart for suggesting white farmers are being persecuted and need help.
Theresa May has announced the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War, after Moscow refused to offer an explanation as to how a Soviet-developed nerve agent was used in an assassination attempt on a former double agent.
If the Putin government fails to explain what it knew of the attempt on Sergei Skripal's life, the UK is likely to impose tougher sanctions.
Party leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema's aggressive rhetoric has the potential to incite more violence against white farmers in South Africa.
The government is ramping up its fight against gender discrimination, announcing plans to roll out software that can monitor unfair pay discrepancies.
Double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are fighting for life after an apparent assassination attempt, which has invited comparisons to the FSB murder of Alexander Litvinenko in a London hotel in 2006.
Eastern Ghouta welcomes UN aid convoy, but trucks sent back early as air and ground assault presses on.
While the official results in full aren't expected until Monday afternoon (local time), Italy's national election is unlikely to produce an outright winner, with voters cooling considerably on the ruling coalition.
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) will form a grand coalition with the chancellor's conservatives to keep her in power, but the new government's stability will likely be tested.
After the release of Jan Kuciak's unfinished bombshell expose on the Italian mafia's infiltration into Slovak politics, thousands of protestors converged on the centre of Bratislava to demand his bravery force a clean out.
In a week, Vero has gone from obscurity to the hottest app in social media. But its rise in popularity has been matched by the shady business dealings of its founder.
During the first daily five-hour truce, two civilians lost their lives as air-raids continued unabated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a daily cease-fire in Syria but it has not gone down well with the besieged residents of Ghouta.
The death toll has ticked past 400, as residents of eastern Ghouta accept every day could be their last.
The UK banking group has revealed its female investment bankers are being paid almost half that of their male colleagues.
Like hundreds of other westerners, Jamie Williams joined the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria because he took the IS threat personally. Now, back in Australia, he faces the prospect of having to clear his name for a second time.
Three men used the threat of physical harm to try and keep a key witness from pointing the finger at them.
The South African leader, long clouded in controversy, has been left with no choice but to resign after his own party backed a no-confidence motion against him.
Julian Assange won't be able to leave the Ecuadorean embassy any time soon, after a UK judge ruled against revoking his arrest warrant.
Jacob Zuma will receive the tap on the shoulder from the ANC party, and if he refuses to stand down, he is likely to lose a parliamentary vote of confidence.
The UK-based charity is expected to hand over all the details of its internal investigation into sexual exploitation, as the British government threatens to withdraw its millions in state aid.
Authorities lost contact with the Saratov flight minutes after take off, but reports suggest an explosion was the cause of the tragedy.
The Islamic State group responsible for the mass beheadings of journalists and aid workers has finally been brought to justice, with confirmation that the last two of its British-bred foreign fighters have been captured.
The current world record holding colourless diamond demanded $260,000 per carat, but this rare 'flawless' stone found in Botswana is expected to push north of $320,000 per carat when it is sold privately.
Three hundred South Sudanese child soldiers have been released to the UN, and 400 more are expected to be freed in coming weeks, as peace talks progress in Ethiopia.
No less than 37 cases of salmonella infections have been linked to Lactalis' milk in the last year alone, prompting a mass recall and factory shut down.
Anyone who refers to Auschwitz as a 'Polish' death camp will soon be risking jail time, as nation's senate introduces law to distance itself from horrors of the Holocaust.
Pierre Agnes's empty boat washed ashore in south-west France, after he told port authorities a thick fog was preventing his return.
The post-Brexit landscape looks to be so bleak, the government decided to keep the public in the dark.
Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler have financed tests exposing humans and monkeys to dangerous gases.
An Australian student has found that a 'heat map' created by a fitness tracking company has compromised secret military bases all over the world.
Ingvar Kamprad created a flat-pack empire and made furniture available to everyone not just the rich.
A game reserve body in Namibia has produced a tongue-in-cheek video promoting the nation as the number one "s***hole country" in Africa.
South Africa and Ghana are the two latest African nations to ask the US to explain why its President is calling them 'shithouse countries'.
There are rivers of fine gold in Switzerland, unfortunately those rivers are sewage systems.