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.
Russian investigators have charged opposition blogger and protest leader Alexei Navalny with theft, threatening one of President Vladimir Putin's most outspoken opponents with a 10-year jail sentence.
Permission to flatten London's art deco Earls Court exhibition centre and its 1930s-style fixtures should come shortly after the venue finishes playing host to the Olympic volleyball tournament, its owners say.
Top swimmers have cautioned against assumptions of doping as a debate over the astonishing performances of a Chinese swimmer threatens to overshadow Michael Phelps' bid to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland's most beloved writers, has died in Dublin after a short illness at the age of 72, Irish media report.
Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte struck Olympic gold in the women's 100 metres breaststroke aged just 15, capping a dramatic day in the pool where Frenchman Yannick Agnel also beat an American favourite to win the men's 200 metre freestyle.
A staff writer for The New Yorker magazine has resigned after admitting he had made up quotes from singer and songwriter Bob Dylan in his book "Imagine: How Creativity Works".
Three members of a Russian female punk band went on trial today, facing up to seven years in jail for protesting against Vladimir Putin inside a Moscow cathedral, a prosecution they said was aimed at spreading fear and silencing dissent.
The Syrian military stepped up its campaign to drive rebel fighters out of Aleppo, but rebels said they were still holding firm in the country's biggest city, which they have vowed to turn into the "grave of the regime".
The former graduate student accused of opening fire at a Denver-area screening of the latest Batman film, killing 12 people, has been formally charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.
Nine people were killed when a train hit a minibus on a level crossing in central Poland, emergency services said, in the second major rail accident in the country this year.