Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations today to recognise a state for his people, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the world body as a "theatre of the absurd" and said only direct talks could deliver peace.
Italy hooker Tommaso D'Apice has been ruled out of the rugby World Cup after injurying knee ligaments and is to be replaced by Franco Sbaraglini.
Australia winger Adam Ashley-Cooper scored three tries in seven minutes in the second half as the Wallabies shook off the disappointment of their loss to Ireland last week with a 67-5 victory over the United States.
A second of five US soldiers accused of killing Afghan villagers in cold blood pleaded guilty today to committing murder, saying he made a "bad decision" when he shot a teenage boy he knew was unarmed.
Police in central China have detained a man for holding six women as sex slaves in an underground prison for two years, killing two before one escaped and notified the authorities, Chinese media reported.
Russia coach Nikolay Nerush has named the following team to play Ireland in their World Cup Pool C match at Rotorua International Stadium on Sunday.
Igniting Fijian fire will be the key to beating fierce rivals Samoa in their rugby World Cup clash at Eden Park on Sunday, Fiji's assistant coach said.
At least 11 more bodies were dumped around the Mexican city of Veracruz today, according to local media reports, two days after the discovery of 35 other corpses in the once-quiet Gulf port.
Argentina have received a boost ahead of their crucial Rugby World Cup Pool B clash against Scotland on Sunday with the return from injury of captain Felipe Contepomi.
Lock Leo Cullen will captain Ireland on his World Cup debut against Russia in Rotorua on Sunday after coach Declan Kidney decided to rest several of his top players in the wake of last weekend's upset of Australia.
Samoa coach Titimaea Tafua has named the following team to play Fiji in their World Cup Pool D match at Eden Park on Sunday.
The Texas prison system has abolished the time-honoured tradition of offering an opulent last meal to condemned inmates before their executions, saying they would get standard prison fare instead.
A pair of the iconic ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" is going up for auction with an estimated price of $US2-3 million.
Fiji coach Sam Domoni has named the following team to play Samoa in their World Cup Pool D match at Eden Park on Sunday.
An international team of scientists said today they had recorded sub-atomic particles travelling faster than light - a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's long-accepted fundamental laws of the universe.
Mike Tindall returns to the England team to play Romania on Saturday as coach Martin Johnson named a strong side for the side's third Pool B game.
Halfback Will Genia will captain a Wallabies team featuring six changes to the starting line-up in Friday's Rugby World Cup match against the United States.
Having twice had their World Cup dreams abruptly shattered by the French, there is understandable apprehension in New Zealand this week about Saturday's match against Les Bleus at Eden Park.
J. Cole's time on hip-hop's sideline is almost over.
World stocks fell to 13-month lows and commodities tumbled on Thursday as weak data from China crystallized investor fears of a global recession one day after a grim economic outlook from the US Federal Reserve.