A major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude has struck in the Pacific Ocean, about 125km off the coast of El Salvador.
Smokers who are trying to cut down or quit might want to go for a jog the next time a cigarette craving overcomes them, according to a British study.
Venezuelan firefighters are struggling to put out a blaze at the country's biggest refinery sparked by an explosion that killed 41 people in one of the global oil industry's deadliest accidents.
Argentina's 16-16 draw with South Africa represents a huge step forward for the Pumas, but they want even better results in the new Rugby Championship, captain Juan Fernandez Lobbe says.
New Zealand landed an early blow in the battle for the inaugural Rugby Championship when they beat Australia 27-19 to maintain their iron grip on the Bledisloe Cup.
Two members of Russia's anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have fled the country to avoid prosecution for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin at a church altar, the band says.
Angela Merkel has tried to calm a growing storm over euro zone crisis strategy after the Bundesbank likened ECB bond-buying plans to a dangerous drug and a conservative ally of the German leader said Greece should leave the currency bloc by next year.
Argentina stood on the brink of a remarkable first victory over South Africa in their second Rugby Championship match before the Springboks rallied to snatch a 16-16 draw.
American Justin Howard, alias Nordic Thunder, has been crowned world champion air guitar player late in the northern Finnish city of Oulu, narrowly ahead of his compatriot Matt Burns, or Airistotle.
Tropical Storm Isaac has dumped torrential rains on Haiti and flattened tent camps housing survivors of a devastating earthquake before starting an assault on eastern Cuba.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic said he feels "physically stronger and better prepared" than ever going into the U.S. Open.
Australia won the match but Afghanistan won plenty of admirers before going down by 66 runs in their one-day international in Sharjah.
Syrian opposition activists have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of committing a massacre of scores of people in a town close to the capital that the army had just retaken from rebels.
An explosion has torn through Venezuela's biggest refinery, killing at least 39 people, wounding dozens and halting operations at the facility in the worst accident to hit the OPEC nation's oil industry.
Britain has withdrawn a threat to enter Ecuador's embassy in London to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has taken refuge there, President Rafael Correa said, taking the heat out of the diplomatic standoff.
Apple scored a sweeping legal victory over Samsung otoday as a US jury found the Korean company had copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad and awarded the US company $US1.05 billion in damages.
Accused Colorado gunman James Holmes had conversations with a classmate in March about wanting to kill people, four months before the suburban Denver rampage in which he is accused of shooting dead 12 moviegoers, a court document showed.
Grammy-winning country star Randy Travis has been cited for assault in a fight outside a church in a Dallas suburb after the singer stepped into an argument between an estranged husband and wife, police said.
The Paralympics begin in London next week and despite the euphoria from the Olympics, the buildup to the disabled Games has been blighted by tales of deliberate "performance enhancing" injuries.
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins and handed a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) but remained defiant as ever, as supporters rallied around the American cyclist.