An explosion at a chemical fertiliser factory left at least 200 people needing medical treatment after toxic gas spread.
Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches.
Residents in low-lying areas of the Marshall Islands are braced for flooding underscoring the islands' vulnerability to climate change.
The United States urges governments to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions from the collapse of Iraq's Mosul dam.
A huge explosion at an industrial gas plant in southeastern Nigeria razed nearby buildings and killed several people on Christmas Eve.
France mourned the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande set to lead a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin vowed vengeance after Moscow confirmed that a bomb attack brought down a passenger jet over Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board.
The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China has risen to 25, with 12 more people missing.
The Paris attacks show it is more vital than ever to coordinate global efforts to fight terrorism, France's foreign minister said, vowing that French "international action" will not stop.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "shocked" after at least 18 people were reported killed in multiple attacks in Paris, including one near the Stade de France sports stadium.
Sirens blaring, blood on the roads, weeping relatives: nightmare scenes played out on the streets of Paris on Friday night as at least 120 people were killed in simultaneous attacks.
Four more people have died of injuries sustained in a devastating nightclub blaze in Romania, taking the toll in the inferno that brought down the government to 50.
Poland is prepared to take Russia to court over what it sees as foot-dragging in the investigation of the 2010 air crash in which then president Lech Kaczynskidied.
A rescue operation to pull people from the rubble of a collapsed Pakistani factory ended after nearly a week, with the death toll at 45 and more than 100 survivors plucked from the debris.
Investigators in South Sudan have found the two black boxes from a Soviet-era Antonov plane which crashed last week killing at least 36 people.
Authorities ordered a curfew in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir after hundreds of separatist activists were arrested on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the disputed region
Analysis of black boxes from the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt killing 224 people points to a bomb, sources close to the probe said, as Moscow halted flights to the country.
Numb with grief, a young woman wept and called for her mother at a funeral in a small village in northwestern Russia for one of the victims of the plane crash inEgypt.
Rescue crews resumed digging through the rubble of a collapsed factory in Pakistan as officials said they expected to find at least two dozen more bodies, with the death toll standing at 23.
US President Barack Obama raised the possibility that a bomb brought down a Russian plane that crashed over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.