Two high-profile Egyptian trials, both arising from years of turbulent protests, have delivered sharply contrasting sentences in the space of just a few months.
China's state news agency is reporting that China has sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defence zone.
World soccer governing body FIFA said Thursday it is trying to find out the extent of the damage caused by the collapse at the stadium hosting the 2014 World Cup opener and until then it won't be able to assess how much the accident will delay the venue's delivery.
Pope Francis on Thursday named his top assistant to look into the work of two commissions of inquiry he set up last summer to investigate the finances of the troubled Vatican bank and Holy See administration.
Japanese and South Korean military aircraft flew through disputed air space over the East China Sea without informing China, officials said on Thursday, challenging a new Chinese air defence zone that has increased regional tensions and sparked concerns of an unintended clash.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has refused to back down over comments to China regarding its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea, despite an angry response from the Chinese government.
Since her election in mid-2011, 46 year-old Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has led the South-east Asian nation of 62 million people in relative calm, but a bitter and acrimonious political battle has been simmering out of sight.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has easily survived a parliamentary non-confidence vote as she faces the biggest challenge of her two and a half year-rule from anti-government protests.
Celebrity cook Nigella Lawson was "off her head" on drugs and let her assistants spend a fortune on a company credit card to keep quiet about it, a court has heard.
The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year in America, with people camping in front of stores across the country for days to be first in line for sales, much as they do in Australia on Boxing Day.