It's a 'turning point in the war in Syria' but it has caused unprecedented levels of destruction and death among the innocent.
The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.
Tom Allard Caught with less than 1 gram of cannabis on a Bali beach, Townsville man Nicholas James Langan has paid a heavy price
Philip Wen Japan has released a map and photos it said proved Beijing was accelerating plans to exploit an oilfield in disputed waters in the East China Sea.
Nick Miller Giving a government minister the power to revoke the citizenship of a terror suspect, is a "useful tool" in the fight against terrorism, Australian parliamentarians told.
Philip Wen Workers were deceived by criminals in China and Myanmar to breach logging ban, Chinese embassy says.
Nick Miller A 16-year-old girl has appeared in a London court on two terrorism charges linked to an alleged plot to attack an Anzac parade in Melbourne.
Olga Kuzkova, the “Miss Charming” winner of this year’s Miss Russia Premier League beauty contest, has lost her title, after being accused of sympathising with white supremacists.
Nick Miller Three Australian men have been arrested over an alleged rape of an 18-year-old Norwegian woman in the toilets of a nightclub in Split, Croatia.
The McCathie family know that lightning does strike twice. Now their luck has turned.