Armed men killed at least 53 people in an attack on a casino in northern Mexico that left it ablaze with patrons trapped inside, officials said.
The northeast US seaboard, including the capital, Washington, and financial centre New York, is rushing to prepare for a possible mauling from powerful Hurricane Irene this weekend.
Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. and the driving force behind the museum that continues to preserve the label's legacy, has died at age 91.
Rihanna may like to sing about sex and she may like to wear sexy costumes on stage, but the "S&M" singer says there is no videotape of her having sex with rapper J. Cole.
Austrian police have arrested an elderly man who they suspect imprisoned, beat and sexually abused his two mentally handicapped daughters over a 40-year period.
Eoin Morgan led England to victory over his native Ireland in his first match as captain of his adopted country on Thursday in a rain-affected 50 overs match.
Lionel Messi has won the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe award, finishing ahead of Barcelona team mate Xavi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
Troubled rapper DMX, released from an Arizona prison last month, was arrested again after the car he was driving was clocked going 102mph on a major freeway, state police say.
A record number of police will be deployed at London's Notting Hill Carnival this weekend to avoid any repeat of rioting that tore through parts of the capital two week's ago, London's Metropolitan Police force say.
Train services were cancelled and workers scrambled to protect power lines in Washington DC on Thursday as Hurricane Irene threatened the US capital with its second natural disaster in a week that brought the area a rare earthquake.
Libya's Muammar Gaddafi called on his supporters to march on Tripoli and "purify" the capital of rebels, who he denounced as "rats, crusaders and unbelievers" in a defiant, angry speech that betrayed no hint of despondency.
Global spot gold prices plummeted almost $US170, or 8.8%, during the past three days - from a record $US1911 ($NZ2299) on Tuesday to a low yesterday of $US1742 - as emboldened investors rushed to share markets to scoop up bargain stocks.
Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs has resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.
Manchester City's latest big-money signing Samir Nasri's mind was made up about leaving Arsenal once fellow Frenchman Patrick Vieira told him his new club was the "place to be".
Karen Gillan's skin colour - or the lack of - makes her look like she should be one of the "Twilight" vampires.
Liverpool led the way into the third round of the English League Cup with a 3-1 win at third-tier Exeter on Wednesday after a series of surprises 24 hours earlier in which four Premier League sides including Sunderland were bundled out.
Arsenal teetered on the brink on of elimination before coming from behind to win 2-1 at Udinese and make sure of their place in the Champions League for the 14th season in a row on Wednesday.
The Turkish Football Federation has barred Fenerbahce from this season's Champions League under pressure from UEFA in connection with a match-fixing investigation involving the top Istanbul club, the federation said.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck a remote Amazon region of Peru, shaking office buildings far away in the capital and in neighbouring Brazil although no injuries or damage were reported immediately.
Four Italian journalists have been abducted by gunmen near Zawiyah in western Libya as they travelled towards Tripoli, Italian officials said.