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.
Hungary has produced a provocative video advertisement to encourage more people to fill out its national census online next month.
Australia are reaping the benefits of pre-World Cup scrum camps and their front row are ready to meet fire with fire in their tournament opener against Italy, prop Ben Alexander says.
Namibia coach Johan Diergaardt has named his team to play Fiji in their Rugby World Cup Pool D clash in Rotorua on Saturday.
The US Open was in danger of spilling into a third week after play was suspended for the second day in a row Wednesday due to rain and Rafa Nadal led a player revolt against the "dangerous" conditions.
Syrian forces backed by tanks have killed at least 14 civilians in the city of Homs in one of the fiercest military assaults on urban centres to crush six months of pro-democracy protests, activists and residents said.
US President Barack Obama has met top advisers to ensure all security measures are taken to guard against any al Qaeda plot timed for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the White House says.
Two suicide bombers targeting a senior security official struck near government offices in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta today, killing 20 people.
A powerful bomb placed in a briefcase outside the High Court in New Delhi killed at least nine people and wounded 45 today, prompting the government to put the capital on high alert.
Defence Secretary Leon Panetta denied today any decision was made on keeping some US troops in Iraq beyond an end-year deadline for their withdrawal as speculation mounted that the Obama administration backed keeping a small training force in the country.
US President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, plans to lay out a $US300 billion ($NZ363 billion) job-creation package on Thursday, CNN reported, citing Democratic sources.
Yahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock fired chief executive Carol Bartz over the phone, ending a tumultuous two-year tenure marked by stagnating growth and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba.
Rapper Soulja Boy apologized on Tuesday for lyrics that offended some US Army soldiers, but media outlets reported that stores run by the military will not carry his new album because of the song.
New high-resolution pictures taken by an orbiting NASA camera show clear evidence of man's lunar explorations nearly 40 years after the last US spaceflight touched down on the moon, the agency says.