Nelson Mandela, whose victory against apartheid united his native South Africa and changed the course of modern history, has died following a long illness.
Thousands of homes are thought to have been flooded as Britain is hit by the most serious tidal surge for more than 60 years.
A teenager has died in a freak electrocution accident while apparently searching for Christmas decorations in the loft of her house.
Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple have given birth to an extremely rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.
Former Superbike racer Sean Emmett, whose wife died in Dubai while the couple were on their honeymoon, has been released on bail after being arrested on his return to the UK.
The credit standing of embattled Australian airline Qantas has been downgraded by a leading rating agency to "junk" status.
Officials were engaged on Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural field in central Mexico state.
A surfer who went to hospital after suffering mystery cuts to his hand and leg was surprised to learn he had been bitten by a shark.
Amanda Bynes has left a rehabilitation clinic and is now living at her mother's house in Los Angeles, her lawyer has said.
A Canadian woman has inadvertently live-tweeted her husband's death after writing about a car crash on Twitter.
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