Robin van Persie has shaken off a knock and will be fit for Manchester United's Premier League clash at home to Wigan Athletic this weekend but defender Phil Jones could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks with a knee injury.
The Czech Republic has indefinitely banned all sales of liquor with more than 20 percent alcohol after 19 people died from drinking bootleg vodka and rum containing poisonous methanol.
Two of nuclear power's greatest champions have dealt the industry a heavy blow, with Japan deciding to phase out its plants and France confirming plans to cut its heavy reliance on the technology following concern over the Fukushima disaster.
Britain's royal family has begun legal action against a French magazine for a "grotesque" breach of privacy after it published topless photographs of Prince William's wife Kate Middleton.
About 100,000 feral camels have been culled from the Australian outback, a key step towards controlling the troublesome animals that have destroyed infrastructure, contaminated water holes and ruined sacred Australian Aboriginal sites.
Six Chinese surveillance ships have entered waters near disputed islands claimed by Tokyo and Beijing, raising the stakes in a long-running territorial row between Asia's two biggest economies.
The Malaysian government has begun holding seminars aiming to help teachers and parents spot signs of homosexuality in children, underscoring a rise in religious conservatism in the Muslim majority nation.
Guatemala's Fuego volcano has erupted, spewing smoke and ash 3km into the sky and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people as lava oozed down its slopes, local emergency services said.
Tens of thousands of Argentines have rallied in the streets of the country's biggest cities to protest President Cristina Fernandez's policies, including a virtual ban on foreign currency purchases.
Mexican prosecutors said today they were investigating a 16-year-old suspected hitman who was believed to have participated in at least 50 murders while working for a drug gang.
Argentina already had grounds for confidence heading into their Rugby Championship test against Australia on the Gold Coast this weekend and the absence of Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia has given them some more.
Video game pioneer Nintendo Co will try to revive its flagging fortunes with a new gaming system, Wii U, that hits US store shelves on November 18, complete with a new "Super Mario" game the Japanese company hopes will retake market share from Internet and mobile rivals.
The first person on the scene of a quadruple murder in a quiet wooded area of the French Alps described it as something from a Hollywood movie, with bullet-ridden bodies in a car whose engine was still running and blood everywhere.
British rockers Led Zeppelin will release a concert film based on their 2007 charity performance in London that hits cinemas on October 17, the band says.
Britney Spears showed off her mean streak as the new talent judge on "The X Factor," but the TV singing contest stumbled with American viewers, drawing a smaller audience than last year and getting drowned out by "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent."
The US Federal Reserve has launched another aggressive stimulus programme, saying it will buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed debt per month until the outlook for jobs improves substantially as long as inflation remains contained.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that some of his most famous media adventures with wildlife have been carefully staged but has said they were worthwhile because they drew the public's attention to important conservation projects.
Greece's finance minister has denied a report citing the country's representative to the IMF as saying Athens would need a third bailout package.
Libyan authorities have made four arrests in the investigation into the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in which the US ambassador and three embassy staff were killed, the deputy interior minister says.
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