Australia's pace bowlers took eight quick wickets to skittle out Sri Lanka for 174 runs on day one of the second test in Kandy, as the home team struggled against fast bowling from the start of the innings.
A US soldier killed an Afghan reporter working for the BBC, mistakenly believing him to be a suicide bomber about to detonate his explosives during an attack in July, a NATO-led alliance says.
The voice of Muammar Gaddafi boomed out from his hiding place on Thursday, denying he had fled Libya and cursing as rats and stray dogs those whose efforts to start governing in his place are being frustrated by his die-hard followers.
Photographs of a frail but apparently well Fidel Castro have been posted on a Cuban government website, following recent rumours that the 85-year-old former president was gravely ill or had died.
Veteran hard man Bakkies Botha will almost certainly miss South Africa's rugby World Cup opener against Wales on Sunday, with the Springboks further hurt by an injury concern over winger Brian Habana.
Indian police detained three people for questioning today, including the owner of an Internet cafe in Indian ruled Kashmir, over an email allegedly claiming responsibility for a deadly bombing of the New Delhi High Court, police said.
California astronomers have found the closest, brightest supernova of its kind in 25 years, catching the glimmer of a tiny self-destructing star a mere 21 million light years from Earth and soon visible to amateur skywatchers.
Left hand batsman Shaun Marsh will debut for Australia as the number three batsman, while spinner Seekuge Prasanna will make debut for the home team as the are named the second test 11 between the two teams in Kandy.
Arsenal hope to make a fresh start to their Premier League campaign when they entertain newcomers Swansea City this weekend armed with new signings and clear heads after a welcome international break.
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was home and recovering from being hit by a car while jogging in the beach community of Santa Monica on Wednesday, her representative said.
Park Geun-hye, daughter of the founder of modern-day South Korea, has been bumped off the top place in opinion polls of potential candidates for president for the first time in three years.
Closing out tight matches against old rivals New Zealand and South Africa has given a fast-improving Australia a strong belief ahead of the World Cup, flanker David Pocock says.
Delon Armitage will start a test on the wing for the first time after replacing injured Mark Cueto in the England team to play Argentina in their World Cup Pool B opener on Saturday.
Japan coach John Kirwan has named his team to play France in their opening rugby World Cup Pool A match in Albany on Saturday.
Romania coach Romeo Stefan Gontineac has named his team to play Scotland in their World Cup Pool B match in Invercargill on Saturday.
Fullback Chris Paterson will become the first Scottish player to feature in four World Cups after being named in the side for their opening Pool B match against Romania in Invercargill.
A passenger plane carrying a Russian ice hockey team to a season-opening match has crashed after takeoff from a provincial airport, killing 43 people and plunging the Russian and international sports world into grief.
New Zealand has spent about NZ$550 million ($387 million) upgrading 13 venues that were to host the 48 rugby World Cup matches this year.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor's world-renowned collection of jewellery will be auctioned off in December at a two-day sale that is expected to realize more than $US30 million, Christie's says.
Actress Meryl Streep will add another honour to her illustrious career as one of the five artists recognised by the Kennedy Center for their contribution to US culture.