Riot police have broken up crowds of youths who turned violent in a Dutch town after several thousand people descended on the community following an invitation to a birthday party posted on Facebook, Dutch media reported.
A Siberian tiger has critically injured a man who jumped into the big cat's den at New York City's Bronx Zoo, retreating only after emergency workers scared it off with a fire extinguisher.
Veteran Jim Furyk, hunting his first PGA Tour victory in two years, took advantage of a sizzling start to grab a one-shot lead in the second round of the elite Tour Championship.
Peace activist Yoko Ono has joined the prominent call to free the three imprisoned Pussy Riot punk band members, saluting their stand for freedom of speech after being handed a two-year sentence for staging a "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral.
South African authorities have issued an arrest warrant for ANC renegade Julius Malema, President Jacob Zuma's most vocal critic and a key backer of wildcat miner strikes that have spread to bullion producer Anglogold Ashanti.
Brendon McCullum blasted the highest individual score in Twenty20 Internationals to fashion New Zealand's comprehensive 59-run victory over Bangladesh in the Group D opener of the Twenty20 World Cup.
Apple Inc's iPhone 5 has hit stores around the globe today, giving the consumer giant a boost ahead of the crucial end-of-year holiday season as rival Samsung Electronics Co stepped up its legal challenge over key technologies.
Psychologists who discovered that leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower seem smaller, neuroscientists who found brain activity in a dead salmon, and the designers of a device that can silence blowhards are among the winners of Ig Nobel prizes for the oddest and silliest real discoveries.
A 76-carat diamond billed as one of the most famous in the world is expected to fetch well over $US15 million ($NZ18.05 million) when it hits the auction block in November, Christie's said.
Muslims angered by cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad should follow his example of enduring insults without retaliating, Egypt's highest Islamic legal official said.
Two suicide bombers walked into a restaurant in central Mogadishu and killed at least 15 people, police said, highlighting the security challenges facing the country's new president.
Taking a more aggressive tack after a series of reversals, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney accused US President Barack Obama of "surrendering" in his attempt to change Washington.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, dispatched to determine if the planet most like Earth in the solar system could have supported microbial life, has taken on a second job - moonlighting as an astronomer.
England fullback Ben Foden has been ruled out for three months after sustaining severe damage to his right ankle ligaments, the Rugby Football Union says.
A US federal jury has convicted an Ohio Amish sect leader and 15 of his followers on federal hate crimes charges in connection with several beard- and hair-cutting attacks on Amish people that shocked the state last fall.
Liverpool twice squandered the lead, trailed 3-2 and then scored three times in the last 25 minutes to win 5-3 at Young Boys in an enthralling but blunder-prone Europa League tie.
An entire city is in the ocean, a farm has been labeled as an airport, highways end in the middle of nowhere and a hospital now covers the entire centre of British city Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home.
Grammy-winning singer Fiona Apple has spent the night in a Texas jail after being arrested on a drug possession charge at the border patrol checkpoint where her tour bus was searched, a local judge said.
Russian security forces have killed 12 people including leading Islamist insurgents in the North Caucasus republics of Kabardino-Balkaria and Chechnya, officials and local media say.
Key New Zealand bowlers Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee are likely to recover in time for their opening Twenty20 World Cup Group D match against Bangladesh today, a team spokesperson said.