A crane operator has been plucked to safety by a hovering helicopter in a daring rescue in Canada after flames engulfed his rig, trapping him high above the ground for 90 terrifying minutes.
Amanda Knox declared her innocence in her room-mate's 2007 murder in a highly unusual email on Tuesday to the Italian court hearing the case against her. The former US exchange student also said she was staying away from the trial out of fear of being wrongly convicted.
The bogus sign language interpreter at last week's Nelson Mandela memorial service was among a group of people who accosted two men found with a stolen television and burnt them to death, one of the interpreter's cousins and three of his friends said on Monday.
The American government's indiscriminate gathering of its citizen's phones records is 'almost Orwellian' and probably unconstitutional a US district court judge has found in a decision likely to be appealed by the administration which says the surveillance is crucial to its national security efforts.
North Korea has deleted almost all of the state news archive contained on the Korea Central News Agency website, according a North Korea-observation website.
In a defining moment for Chinese President Xi Jinping, an investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang is authorised.
France is in shock after a 14-year-old boy mistakenly shot his father dead while out hunting then took his own life in despair.
Two Saudi men held by the United States without trial for nearly 12 years at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have been repatriated, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Indonesian Vice-President Boediono has quashed hopes of an early end to the standoff between Canberra and his country in the wake of Indonesia's decision to suspend military and anti-people smuggling assistance following a spy scandal.
The President's year has been clouded by the government shutdown and the spying controversy. And that is before the abysmal launch of his flagship health care reform.