China's Liu Xiang crashed out of the heats in the 110 metres hurdles at the London Olympics in a dramatic echo of his injury-induced withdrawal from the same stage of the Beijing Games four years ago.
With 80,000 sets of eyes on the world's best sprinters and an electrically-charged silence hanging heavy inside the Olympic Stadium one ticket holder added to the drama yesterday by lobbing a bottle towards Usain Bolt.
A botched Russian launch has junked two multi-million dollar satellites that were to provide Indonesia and Russia with telecom services, adding to a series of failures that have dogged the once-pioneering space industry.
A massive fire has struck at the core of Chevron Corp's l arge Richmond, California, refinery, spewing flames and a column of smoke into the air, threatening a prolonged outage that may increase prices of the costliest US gasoline.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta denied media reports that he would discuss possible military attack plans against Iran during a brief visit to Israel.
Torrential rain and strong winds triggered landslides and flooding, forcing financial markets to shut and disrupting transport, after Typhoon Saola made landfall in eastern Taiwan, authorities said.
Taiwan has issued torrential rain and strong wind warnings for most of the island as slow-moving Typhoon Saola approached, and put its military on standby as the risk of landslides and flooding grew.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria, frustrated by "finger-pointing" at the United Nations while the armed rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad becomes increasingly bloody.
President Barack Obama has the edge over Mitt Romney in three key battleground states in large part because voters find him more likable than the Republican challenger, a poll has found.
The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted to condemn the Syrian government and demanded a political transition in Syria, which has seen 17 months of fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and opposition fighters.
Syrian artillery, planes and a helicopter gunship have pounded rebel positions in Aleppo, witnesses say, as President Bashar al-Assad's forces tried to break through the insurgents' frontline in Syria's largest city.
A suicide bombing that killed three of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's top military officials will speed the end of the uprising against him, the head of the opposition Syrian National Council said.
Syrian rebels battled deep into the heart of Damascus against government troops, who unleashed artillery and helicopter gunships on their own capital in retaliation for the assassination of Bashar al-Assad's closest security officials.
US Republican candidate Mitt Romney, presenting himself as Israel's best friend in the November 6 presidential election, said today that "any and all measures" must be used to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
A former University of Colorado graduate student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a shooting rampage at a Denver-area movie theatre last week had been under the care of a psychiatrist who was part of a campus threat-assessment team.
Kenyan police have arrested a Venezuelan diplomat over the killing of the Venezuelan charge d'affaires in her official residence, the High Court heard.
International mediator Kofi Annan said he feared an "imminent battle" for Syria's biggest city Aleppo.
Grid failure has hit India for a second day, cutting power to hundreds of millions of people in the populous northern and eastern states including the capital Delhi and major cities such as Kolkata.
China will try Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai, on charges of murdering a British man, state media said in the latest turn in a scandal that has rocked the government in Beijing and could bring Gu the death penalty.