Ireland will close its embassy to the Vatican, one of the Catholic country's oldest missions, to help meet its fiscal goals under an EU-IMF bailout, the government said, prompting criticism from the Church's top man in Ireland.
Daniel Craig will be back dodging bullets and vanquishing villains from China to Turkey in the 23rd instalment of the James Bond film franchise, but the stars and director of "Skyfall" are keeping the who, what and how under wraps for now.
Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have been jailed for their roles in a spot-fixing scandal which the judge said had damaged the integrity of a game renowned for its fairness.
Dozens of people have been killed in the central Syrian city of Homs, activists say.
Greece's teetering government has backed away from a proposed referendum on staying in the euro, while European leaders talked for the first time of a possible Greek exit to preserve the single currency.
A French satirical weekly whose office was fire bombed after it printed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad has reproduced the image with other caricatures in a special supplement distributed with one of the country's leading newspapers.
Lady Gaga has launched the Born This Way Foundation to support programmes dealing with youth empowerment and help people facing bullying and abandonment.
Barack Obama topped Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people in 2011, as the US leader's clout rose after the deaths of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Antonio Valencia's early goal set Manchester United on their way to an unconvincing 2-0 victory over Otelul Galati in Champions League Group C.
A US jury has found former Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout guilty on charges he agreed to sell arms to people he thought were Colombian militants intent on attacking American soldiers.
Sports agent Mazhar Majeed pleaded guilty to spot fixing charges and told a British criminal court that a fourth unnamed Pakistan cricketer was involved with former captain Salman Butt in corrupting the sport, the Press Association reports.
A judge has ordered Lindsay Lohan returned to jail for 30 days for violating probation and put the troubled actress on a strict calendar of community service and psychological counselling.
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, whose activities have angered the US government, should be sent to Sweden from Britain to face questioning over alleged sex crimes, the High Court has ruled, rejecting his appeal against extradition.
A referendum proposed by Prime Minister George Papandreou will ask Greeks to vote on the EU's new bailout deal for the debt-laden country rather than staying in the euro zone, a government spokesman says.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticised Israel for speeding up settlement construction and urged it not to withhold tax revenues from the Palestinian Authority.
Arsenal squandered their chance to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League with two matches to play when they laboured to a 0-0 draw with Olympique Marseille in another dour Group F match at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The Palestinian presidency said Israel had decided "to speed up the destruction of the peace process" today by deciding to accelerate the construction of settlements on land where the Palestinians aim to found an independent state, the spokesman for the Palestinian presidency said.
British police have launched an investigation into allegations that Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier league match at Loftus Road last month.
Actor Hugh Grant, known for films such as "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones's Diary," has welcomed a baby girl into his life following a brief affair with an unidentified woman, his spokeswoman said.
Actress Scarlett Johansson has addressed her recent nude photo scandal in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, saying there was nothing wrong with her taking the pictures because they were for her then husband, Ryan Reynolds.