Australia's red-hot Olympic favourite Sally Pearson suffered her first defeat of the season in the 100 metres hurdles as Games medal hopefuls found the going tough at a cold and wet London Grand Prix.
Britain has deployed 1200 extra soldiers in a last-minute effort to bolster Olympic security while global diplomatic tensions started to play out among athletes and politicians three days ahead of the opening ceremony.
Olympic champion Rafa Nadal's withdrawal from the London Games because of injury has deprived the tournament of one of its biggest attractions and left Spain reeling.
The Olympic torch has arrived in London by Royal Navy helicopter to spend the night in one of Britain's most secure sites ahead of its week-long journey around the capital, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron at the main stadium in a week's time.
The first day of sporting action at the London Olympics turned into an embarrassing own goal for organisers when the South Korean flag was mistakenly displayed before its sworn enemy North Korea's women's football match against Colombia.
British comedian and actor Russell Brand has been ordered by a judge to do 20 hours of community service and pay a fine of $500 in New Orleans over a charge related to throwing a photographer's iPhone through a window.
The mastermind of a "Boer Army" white supremacist plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of South Africa has been found guilty of high treason after a trial that lasted almost ten years.
The family of a Chinese student killed in a Montreal murder that shocked Canada and the world remembered their son as the pride of their family and promised to set up a fund to help troubled youth in the French-speaking Canadian city.
The United States says it appears that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are "lining up" for a massacre in the city of Aleppo, but again ruled out military intervention in the conflict.
Years of rummaging through back-alley electronics stores will pay off later this year for a South Korean artist when he fulfills his dream of launching a homemade, basement-built satellite into space.
Super Rugby fans can expect test match intensity in this weekend's semi-finals with arguably the four best sides over the course of the season preparing to hammer into each other.
Two German entrepreneurs have devised a way for passive-aggressive citizens to blow off some steam - dial a telephone number and give the person on the other end a verbal lashing.
Dozens of travellers were left stranded high above the River Thames after London's newly unveiled cable car broke down in sweltering heat.
The British government has put extra soldiers on standby to provide security for the London Olympics following concerns the private contractor G4S would not train enough guards in time for this month's Games.
Michael Jackson's three children have been given a new guardian in an escalating power struggle within the famous musical family involving the singer's multimillion-dollar estate and the well-being of his elderly mother.
Scotland's devolved government said it would legalise same-sex marriage after British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to push through legislation to enshrine it in law in England despite church and some political opposition.
Six employees of aircraft maker Eurocopter were killed when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous region of southeast France during a test flight, police and company officials said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world powers to urgently unite to end the bloodshed in Syria, recalling the inertia of the United Nations in 1995 as genocide occurred in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
An explosion in a coal mine in northern Mexico has trapped five miners, officials say.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his third visit in less than a month to an area hit by devastating floods, and promised the government would rebuild homes as the Kremlin sought to minimise the political damage from the disaster.