Hosts Britain took a big step towards the quarter-finals when goals from skipper Ryan Giggs and substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Scott Sinclair secured a deserved 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates at Wembley.
Lewis Hamilton dominated the Hungarian Grand Prix as he led from start to finish, holding off fierce challenges from both Lotus drivers to claim his second win of a season that had threatened to fizzle out.
France avenged their defeat to the United States in Beijing four years ago when they snatched the gold medal in the men's 4x100 metres freestyle final at the London Olympics.
US men's basketball team launched their Olympic title defence with a joyful display of high-flying skill fuelled by camaraderie, soaring past France 98-71.
The ancient Colosseum of Rome, where gladiators fought for their lives, is slanting about 40 cm lower on the south side than on the north, and authorities are investigating whether it needs urgent repairs.
Gold medal favourites Brazil became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals when they came from behind to beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford thanks to an inspired performance from Neymar, who scored and made the two other goals.
From giant whirlpools to currents 1,000 km wide, scientists said today they have uncovered how vast amounts of carbon are locked away in the depths of the Southern Ocean, boosting researchers ability to detect the impact of climate change.
Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian diplomat in Yemen and some 100 armed tribesmen loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh stormed the Interior Ministry, demanding to be enlisted in the police force, officials said.
World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe finally accepted defeat in her battle to be fit to race at the London Olympics, withdrawing from the Games because of injury.
New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen has finished the women's road race as part of a trailing pack behind gold medallist Marianne Vos of the Netherlands.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth declared the London Olympics open after playing a cameo role in a dizzying ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport.
American swimming great Michael Phelps looks to win his opening medal of the London Olympics on day two of the games after suffering his first finish outside the top three in a Games final since he was 15.
Some residents are moving out of the building where Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes is accused of booby trapping his apartment with explosives that a law enforcement source said could have destroyed the complex if detonated.
London's Olympic organisers launched an investigation into empty seats on the first day of the Games.
Romania's unpopular President Traian Basescu may survive an impeachment referendum today thanks to a requirement that turnout must be more than half for the vote to be valid.
New Zealand has been welcomed to Britain's 2012 Olympic Games, with a proud Nick Willis leading the Kiwi team into London's Olympic Stadium after an action-packed opening ceremony.
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried to pick up the pieces after one British tabloid declared him an Olympics "party pooper" and even some of his supporters gave him the thumbs down for criticising his host country.
President Bashar al-Assad's artillery continued to pound rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo in preparation for an onslaught on Syria's biggest city, while neigbouring Turkey called for international steps to deal with the military build-up.
All eyes turn to London this morning for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, an exuberant journey from Britain's idyllic pastures through the grime of the Industrial Revolution and ending in a contemporary world dominated by popular culture.