American Brandt Snedeker, who missed the cut in his three previous British Opens, made amends in thrilling fashion by seizing the lead with a six-under-par 64 in the second round.
South Africa fought back against England on the second day of the first test, first with the ball and then the bat, to close on 86 for one after bowling England out for 385.
With a little help from Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish showed he had lost none of his sprinting flair to clinch the 18th stage of the Tour de France.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way from his television days playing a disguised extraterrestrial stranded on Earth, harnessing a chameleon-like ability to inhabit a variety of roles in independent films and big-budget blockbusters.
A deadly riot at a northern factory of Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki shut the plant and inflicted the biggest loss on its share price in almost two years.
Germany's lower house of parliament has passed a resolution to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys after a district court ban on the practice outraged Muslims and Jews and sparked an emotional debate in the country.
Strikes by train drivers and passport officials threaten major disruptions to the London Olympics, prompting the government to warn unions that they risked public anger if the industrial action went ahead.
Australian Adam Scott set the pace with a course record-equalling 64 and a steely-looking Tiger Woods rattled off four early birdies in a composed first-round 67 at the British Open.
Alastair Cook scored his 20th test century as England edged day one of the first test against South Africa to finish on 267 for three at the close at The Oval.
An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken free from Greenland's massive Petermann Glacier, which could speed up the march of ice into northern waters, scientists say.
Bradley Wiggins has closed in on a maiden Tour de France title but had to deal with controversial behaviour from team mate Chris Froome which some saw as patronising on the final mountain stage.
A suicide bomber carried out the attack that killed eight people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the country's interior minister said today, and Israel accused Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants of responsibility.
Video website YouTube has unveiled a way for users to automatically blur human faces in videos they upload, a feature that would help protect the identities of political dissidents, YouTube parent Google Inc said.
A pilot suspected of murdering his girlfriend stole a passenger plane at an airport in Utah, taxied it into a parking lot, then shot himself dead on board, police and officials said.
Legendary British rockers the Who will hit the road for their first North American concert tour in four years, playing the entire rock opera "Quadrophenia" alongside other memorable hits, the band says.
A ferry with more than 250 people on board, including some foreigners, has capsized and sunk between the east African coast and the Zanzibar archipelago, killing at least 31 people, police said.
Six Israeli tourists have been killed in a bomb attack on a bus at a Bulgarian airport, and Israel accused Teheran of carrying out the attack, promising a strong response to "Iranian terror".
Fewer people infected with HIV globally are dying as more of them get access to crucial antiretroviral drugs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations AIDS programme says.
Germany's law enforcement agencies, still reeling from their botched handling of a neo-Nazi killing spree, need to work much more effectively together to tackle the security threats facing the country, the interior minister says.
Thomas Voeckler, winner of the 10th stage, celebrated again when he triumphed in the 16th stage of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees and took the King of the Mountains polka-dot jersey.