Australia won the match but Afghanistan won plenty of admirers before going down by 66 runs in their one-day international in Sharjah.
Syrian opposition activists have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of committing a massacre of scores of people in a town close to the capital that the army had just retaken from rebels.
An explosion has torn through Venezuela's biggest refinery, killing at least 39 people, wounding dozens and halting operations at the facility in the worst accident to hit the OPEC nation's oil industry.
Britain has withdrawn a threat to enter Ecuador's embassy in London to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has taken refuge there, President Rafael Correa said, taking the heat out of the diplomatic standoff.
Apple scored a sweeping legal victory over Samsung otoday as a US jury found the Korean company had copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad and awarded the US company $US1.05 billion in damages.
Accused Colorado gunman James Holmes had conversations with a classmate in March about wanting to kill people, four months before the suburban Denver rampage in which he is accused of shooting dead 12 moviegoers, a court document showed.
Grammy-winning country star Randy Travis has been cited for assault in a fight outside a church in a Dallas suburb after the singer stepped into an argument between an estranged husband and wife, police said.
The Paralympics begin in London next week and despite the euphoria from the Olympics, the buildup to the disabled Games has been blighted by tales of deliberate "performance enhancing" injuries.
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins and handed a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) but remained defiant as ever, as supporters rallied around the American cyclist.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong said today he would no longer fight doping accusations levelled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which said it would strip him of his titles and ban him from competitive cycling.
Tropical Storm Isaac is headed toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, continuing its march across the Caribbean after unleashing heavy rain on parts of Puerto Rico.
A Norwegian art gallery lost a Rembrandt etching worth up to $US8600 ($NZ10,500) in the mail after trying to save money on courier and insurance costs.
Australia utility back Kurtley Beale has been named on the bench for the Wallabies' Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.
A Norwegian art gallery lost a Rembrandt etching worth up to $US8,600 in the mail after trying to save money on courier and insurance costs, the gallery's chief said.
Scientists gathering data to underpin a claim by Denmark to a vast Arctic Ocean tract including the North Pole have harvested crucial new information about the seabed and toasted their arrival at the pole with sparkling wine.
Elisabeth Murdoch has urged the media industry to embrace morality and reject the pursuit of profit at all costs, which her brother James championed before scandal engulfed News Corp.
Confidence in French President Francois Hollande has slipped in the three months since his election, a survey showed today, as the leader of the euro zone's second-largest economy faces a slew of criticism upon his return from his summer break.
She is only four-years-old but Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, daughter of actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, will soon follow in the footsteps of her famous parents, appearing in Disney movie "Maleificent," the studio said today.
Former boxing champion Mike Tyson will meet financiers in Hong Kong next month, and while he might be able to offer advice on doing time, the bankers should probably be wary of any investment tips he might have.
Two men who lit flares and fireworks at preseason soccer matches in Sydney which led to violence in the stands have been handed five-year bans from all games in Australia, the FFA said today.