Costa Rica has dismissed a junior-level minister after she appeared in a video posted online wearing only her underwear and delivering flirtatious messages.
Twenty-two years after the blockbuster success of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film "Total Recall," actor Colin Farrell is stepping into the muscleman's big shoes in a reboot, but if it seems like a dream job, Farrell initially was not so gung-ho.
Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny said he was sure he would go to prison after being charged with theft, and warned this was just the start of a crackdown on dissent by President Vladimir Putin.
Princeton scores top marks and edged past Williams College in Massachusetts and California's Stanford University in a new ranking of the top colleges in the United States.
World badminton has apologised for a scandal that has sullied the sport's reputation at the London Olympics and resulted in eight women being disqualified from the tournament.
Britain's BBC runs the country's most recognised sportsperson of the year award and although it is only the start of August, Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins can pretty much mortgage his house on winning.
American swimmer Michael Phelps yesterday won his 19th Olympic medal, giving him more than anyone else. But does this make him the greatest Olympian of all time? John Mehaffey, of Reuters in London, ponders the question.
Spring could be warmer than usual for much of the country - music to farmers' ears but not to those planning on hitting the ski slopes.
Writer Gore Vidal, who filled his intellectual works with acerbic observations on politics, sex and American culture while carrying on feuds with his big-name literary rivals, has died at the age of 86, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The failed US gun-running probe known as "Fast and Furious" was marred by missteps and an "inherently reckless strategy" from the beginning, according to a report released today by congressional Republicans.
A judge agreed to dismiss charges of public drinking and carrying fake ID against Scout Willis, the daughter of actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, as long as she completes two days of community service.
Syrian combat aircraft and artillery have pounded two areas of Aleppo as the army battled for control of the country's biggest city, but rebel fighters said troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had been forced to retreat.
Author J.K. Rowling has launched an online book club for young readers and will appear in a live global webcast in October from Edinburgh, Scotland, to speak with her fans about the magical world of Harry Potter.
Everton have signed their former midfielder Steven Pienaar from Tottenham Hotspur in a £4.5 million pounds deal, the Liverpool-based club said.
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has sacked his air defence chief and the head of the border guards for failing to stop a Swedish plane from dropping hundreds of teddy bears over the hardline state in a pro-democracy stunt.
Jordyn Wieber sparkled and Gabby Douglas dazzled as the United States stormed to the Olympic women's gymnastics team gold.
The New Zealand women's hockey team beat South Africa 4-1 at the Riverbank Arena in London in match 8 of the Olympic women's Hockey Group B at the 2012 London Games.
All the leading medal contenders in Olympic eventing passed a final fitness inspection that eliminated another six horse-rider pairings and are clear to vie for the podium in the show jumping arena.
A German court has handed a 20-year-old apprentice a €227,000 ($NZ343,000) bill to cover police costs after he organised an illegal party through the Facebook social network in the southern German town of Constance.