Cuban hurdler Dayron Robles was stripped of gold and glory at the world athletics championships on Monday in a twist every bit as dramatic as Usain Bolt's disqualification from the blue riband 100m sprint the night before.
The buzz-heavy 2011 Video Music Awards scored the biggest audience in MTV's history, MTV says.
There was no Hollywood ending for double amputee Oscar Pistorius in the 400m at the world championships, even if he crossed the line last in his heat to cheers louder than those for most gold medallists.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on Monday she was only joking when she described Hurricane Irene and last week's earthquake in the eastern United States as a warning from God.
Youths hurled bottles at police as the Notting Hill Carnival drew to a close on Monday night, but fears of a repeat of the mass rioting that hit London three weeks ago were swept away as revellers danced, drank and partied in a celebration of Caribbean culture.
Fallen Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi's son Khamis has been killed in a clash near the capital Tripoli, a senior rebel officer said.
Brooklyn is claiming a spot in the movie tour business.
It wouldn't be the MTV Video Music Awards without a little controversy, and even before today's programme a Twitter war broke out between Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and the show's producers.
Millions of people throughout the northeastern United States were left in the dark and flooded today after Hurricane Irene battered the region before moving into Canada.
Pop star Lady Gaga picked up two awards and Katy Perry won three, including video of the year. But it was Beyonce showing off her new baby bump that stole the show at MTV's Video Music Awards.
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, a fiscal hawk, will become Japan's sixth prime minister in five years after winning a ruling party vote, an outcome likely to please investors worried about a bulging public debt.
R&B singer Beyonce let pictures tell the story of a baby on the way for her and rapper husband Jay-Z at the MTV Video Music Awards, appearing before photographers and outlining a baby bump under her long gown.
Hurricane Irene swept through Manhattan but reserved the worst of its fury for towns and suburbs up and down the northeastern United States where driving rain and flood tides inundated homes and cut power to millions.
Singer Tom Jones cancelled a Saturday night concert in Monaco due to severe dehydration, his spokesman said on Sunday, but he denied reports that the veteran Welsh crooner was suffering heart problems.
A suicide bomber posing as a beggar detonated his explosives inside a main Baghdad Sunni mosque, killing at least 24 people, including an Iraqi lawmaker, and wounding more than 30 others, hospital and local officials said.
Two globe-trotting celebrities, Sofia Coppola and Petra Ecclestone, held weddings in Italy over the weekend, one low-key and the other over-the-top, according to media reports.
The US Open will start on Monday as planned after the National Tennis Centre escaped serious damage from Hurricane Irene, officials say.
Manchester United and Manchester City left their tortured opponents and the Premier League in no doubt they are the teams to beat this season after hugely confident demolitions of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively.
World champion Sebastian Vettel has won the Belgian Grand Prix and stretched his Formula One lead to 92 points in a Red Bull one-two finish with Australian Mark Webber.
NATO warplanes have bombed Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte as forces opposed to the fallen strongman close in on his last major bastion of support.