Shooting down of MH17

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

A Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has been shot down in a missile attack over eastern Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine

Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine have escalated the political turmoil that threatens to tear the country apart

Iraq crisis

Politicians fear a descent into civil war as sectarian battle lines are drawn following the fall of Mosul to Islamic militant group Isis

Asia maritime tensions

Clashes have escalated over the past two years, with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam accusing Beijing of upsetting regional stability by aggressively claiming disputed territories and waters

Indonesia elections

The reformist governor of Jakarta Joko Widodo has been elected as the country’s next president after defeating his only challenger, former general Prabowo Subianto, in a closely contested poll

Eurozone in crisis

After two years of economic contraction, optimism has started to take hold that the bloc will finally return to growth in 2014

Future of the union

Scotland will decide in a referendum to be held on September 18, 2014 whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with England

Syria crisis

After three years of civil war the conflict between the Assad regime and myriad groups of rebels on the ground remains deadlocked

Egypt under Sisi

Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has won a landslide victory over his only opponent in the country’s presidential election

In depth: Thailand political unrest

Thai political crisis

Thailand’s scattered and demoralised opposition is seeking to regroup abroad after May’s military coup - the 12th in 82 years - toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra