GOOGLE has offered further concessions to address regulatory concerns about its search technology, the European Commission has announced, effectively settling a three-year investigation and avoiding a fine of up to £3 billion.
An Australian cricket fan who allegedly smuggled a pig into a Brisbane sports ground during a test against England has agreed to undergo mediation with the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals.
PAKISTAN'S much-awaited talks with the Taliban have got off to a shambolic start after government negotiators failed to turn up at an agreed time following days of confusion over who should represent the insurgents.
RUSSIA has offered fresh assurances the Syrian government will show up at a new round of peace talks next week and will soon ship more toxic agents abroad for destruction under a deal to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal.
A high school pupil shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom in a possible revenge attack, days before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics under tight security.
FORMER South African President Nelson Mandela has left his £2.5 million estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and several local schools, according to a reading of his will.
PROTESTERS trying to derail Thailand's national elections have forced the closure of hundreds of polling stations in a highly contentious vote that has become the latest flashpoint in the country's deepening political crisis.
PRESIDENTIAL candidates in Afghanistan have started two months of campaigning for an election Western allies hope will consolidate fragile stability as their forces prepare to leave after nearly 13 years of inconclusive war.
Aid agencies in Syria have evacuated a rebel-held Damascus suburb of hundreds of people, a government-aligned Palestinian group said yesterday, in a rare moment of co-ordination between the government and rebel forces.