US President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney cancelled campaign speeches and some ads attacking each other, replacing them with expressions of sorrow for the victims of a deadly shooting rampage in Colorado.
Norwegians by the thousands gathered at sombre memorials to the 77 people killed a year ago by far-right gunman Anders Behring Breivik to show his bloody rampage had done nothing to change their dedication to an open society.
NASA scientists hailed the Mars rover Curiosity's flawless descent and landing as a "miracle of engineering" as they scanned early images of an ancient crater that may hold clues about whether life took hold on Earth's planetary cousin.
Weight training, and not just cardio workouts, is linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes, according to a US study.
Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic recaptured the Olympic 400 metres hurdles title at the age of 34, eight years after he first won it, on a second successive golden night for Caribbean runners at the London Games.
A nasty, bad-tempered joust with Argentina's basketball team woke up the sleeping giants from the US, spurring them to a 126-97 victory that earned a top-seeded berth in the quarter-finals.
Australian writer and art critic Robert Hughes, whose works include "The Fatal Shore" and "The Shock of the New," has died in New York, his publishers said.
Kevin Pietersen has put his England test future in doubt, saying that he would announce his decision following the final test match against South Africa later this month.
Pop star Lady Gaga has revealed her new album title, "ARTPOP" along with a photograph of a matching new tattoo, announcing the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2011 album, "Born This Way."
South Africa's talismanic flank Schalk Burger has been ruled out of the inaugural four-nation Rugby Championship and in-form JP Pietersen will miss most of the tournament.
Algerian medal contender Taoufik Makhloufi has been reinstated in the final of the 1500 metres, hours after being thrown out of the London Olympics for not trying in his 800m heat.
France will hire professional fishermen to kill some 20 sharks off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion this week in an effort to understand the reasons for a series of attacks in the surfing hotspot.
US judo competitor Nick Delpopolo has been expelled from the London Olympic Games after testing positive for marijuana and apologised to organisers, fans and fellow athletes for unwittingly eating a brownie that had been baked with the drug.
England and South Africa have drawn the second test after some late drama that offered each team an unlikely sniff of victory on the fifth and final day at Headingley.
Britain's coalition government has suffered its worst crisis to date with the junior partner in the two-party administration rebelling after its ally in power, the Conservatives, killed its plans to reform the House of Lords.
The Mars science rover Curiosity landed on the Martian surface shortly after 5.30pm (NZT) to begin a two-year mission seeking evidence the Red Planet once hosted ingredients for life, NASA said.
The gunman who killed six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was a 40-year-old US Army veteran and authorities said they were investigating possible links to white supremacist groups and his membership in a skinhead rock band.
As a pillar of Syria's repressive system, Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab was well placed to understand that the ruling elite he represented for the last quarter of a century may not survive the popular uprising against Assad family rule.
A man was arrested for throwing a plastic bottle at Usain Bolt and the seven other competitors just before the start of the 100m final at the Olympics, London's Metropolitan Police said.
A bomb has exploded on the third floor of a Syrian state television and radio building in Damascus, state media say.