Wales have named James Hook at flyhalf for Saturday's rugby World Cup semi-final against France at Eden Park after Rhys Priestland failed to recover from a shoulder injury.
Indonesia's resort island of Bali was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake today, shaking buildings and sending tourists running out of hotels.
City workers and soldiers raced to finish defensive walls around inner Bangkok today as floodwater that has covered about a third of Thailand threatened the capital.
Hurricane Jova flooded the streets of Mexico's main Pacific port with torrential rain today, inundating popular beach resorts and killing at least four people in mudslides.
France would appear ready to hand kicking duties to Morgan Parra for their Rugby World Cup semifinal against Wales, as Dimitri Yachvili struggles to regain fitness.
Muammar Gaddafi's son Mo'tassim has been captured in Sirte while trying to escape the town, the head of the Tripoli Revolutionary Council said.
Eight people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a hair salon in the Southern California coastal town of Seal Beach.
A cardiologist has testified that Michael Jackson's physician made major mistakes in giving the singer the anesthetic propofol to help him sleep and the doctor's lawyers made an adjustment in their strategy.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will face disciplinary proceedings for alleged breaches of contract, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
The White House says the United States will seek further sanctions against Iran in response to an alleged plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington.
French winger Vincent Clerc will use the memory of a painful rugby World Cup elimination on home soil to spur him on in France's semi-final against Wales this weekend.
Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper believes the pressure will all be on the land of his birth when the Wallabies face off against the All Blacks in the semi-finals of World Cup this weekend.
Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood have both been included in the England backline for this weekend's rugby World Cup quarterfinal against France.
Australia coach Robbie Deans has named Digby Ioane in the Wallabies' starting side for their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa at Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday after the winger recovered from a thumb injury.
France coach Marc Lievremont has stuck with the squad of 22 players that turned around their Rugby World Cup campaign with their quarterfinal defeat of England for their last four encounter against Wales at Eden Park on Saturday.
France scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili, who orchestrated Saturday's French victory over England, has declared himself fit to face the Welsh in this weekend's rugby World Cup semifinal.
Australia's Kurtley Beale did not train on Wednesday but Wallabies captain James Horwill said they remained optimistic the fullback would be fit to face New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final this weekend.
While the Welsh rugby squad hunkers down in New Zealand ahead of Saturday's World Cup semifinal with France, a frenzy is taking hold more than 10,000 miles away back home.
Israel and Gaza's Hamas Islamist rulers have agreed to swap more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.
Mushfiqur Rahim led Bangladesh from the front with 41 not out as the home side ended their 12-match losing streak in Twenty20 internationals with a three-wicket win over West Indies on Tuesday.