A judge has approved a divorce settlement between actor Mel Gibson and his estranged wife Robyn, ending their 31 years of marriage.
Having India shake off their image as home-track bullies is one of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's goals as he bids to lead his team to a breakthrough test series win in Australia.
A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people, including a member of parliament, and wounded 50 in Afghanistan's northern city of Taloqan, in the latest in a series of attacks in a once-peaceful region.
North Korean television has shown power-behind-the-throne Jang Song-thaek in the uniform of a general in a sign of his sway after the death of Kim Jong-il, and Japan's prime minister says the region had entered a new phase following Kim's demise.
Tens of thousands of protesters have called for a disputed Ruissian parliamentary election to be rerun, seeking an end to Vladimir Putin's rule.
Gun battles between Nigerian security forces and an Islamist sect have killed at least 68 people in two days of fighting in northern Nigeria, authorities and hospital sources say.
At least nine people were killed and 90 others wounded when forces loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on protesters in the capital Sanaa demanding he face trial, a medical source said.
Suicide car bombers have struck Damascus, officials said, sending human limbs flying in the bloodiest violence in Syria's capital since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began nine months ago.
Britain's Prince Philip, husband of the ruling Queen Elizabeth, has been taken to a specialist heart hospital for tests after suffering chest pains, Buckingham Palace said.
Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams will still play the Australian Open despite withdrawing from her scheduled warm-up tournament in New Zealand for health reasons, according to tournament director Craig Tiley.
A swashbuckling century on debut against India was the making of Michael Clarke as a test batsman. Seven years later, the one-time golden boy of Australian cricket might hope a home series against the same team could be his making as a captain.
Former "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert has brushed off his arrest over a bar brawl in Finland, blaming his bad behaviour on travel, booze and "irrational confusion" and adding "lesson learned" on Twitter.
France has sparked a diplomatic row with Turkey by taking steps to criminalise the denial of genocide, including the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, prompting Ankara to cancel all economic, political and military meetings.
Fears over the safety of breast implants made by a now defunct French firm have spread to Australia, South America and across Europe as French officials prepared to decide if thousands of women should have their implants surgically removed.
A wave of bombings has killed at least 72 people in Baghdad, the first attacks since Iraq's Shi'ite-led government was engulfed in a crisis that risks fracturing the country along sectarian and ethnic lines.
A learner driver who crashed and killed a nine-year-old child during her first lesson was jailed for two years today.
The death toll from a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital has climbed to at least 40, with scores wounded, a government health official says.
An unknown buyer had snapped up the internet address vatican.xxx, a domain combining its name with an extension reserved for pornographic content.
A Portuguese city suspended its police chief for sending a Christmas email greeting to its entire municipal workforce which contained images of scantily clad women and seasonal wishes for a great sex life.
Spain remained top of the FIFA rankings and have been acclaimed 'Team of the Year' for the fourth time running, while Wales, inspired by the work of their late manager Gary Speed, have been declared the year's 'Best Mover'.