Two men are dead after a desperate act to save their friends, writes Michael Bachelard.
Details have emerged of Australia's treatment of prisoners.
In the unlikely event you've been wondering what it might be like to be a bear's dentist - or a bear's breakfast, for that matter - some footage has come our way that will leave you with a) no further questions, and b) backing away, nice and slow, before running for your life.
The United States condemned as "outrageous and offensive" comments by the mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka who said this week that Japan's military brothels during World War Two were "necessary" to provide respite for soldiers.
A self-proclaimed "home-free" hitchhiker who became an Internet celebrity earlier this year for using a hatchet to stop a fight is suspected of beating a New Jersey lawyer to death, authorities said Thursday.
Two more would-be asylum seekers have died on the ocean trying to get to Australia while their 46 shipmates survived a boat journey that contained equal parts tragedy and luck.
The 28-year-old son of a Florida fertility doctor has been charged by federal authorities with tricking his girlfriend into taking a pill used to induce labor and cause an abortion, killing the fetus she was carrying.
Rolf Harris is going ahead with his second concert of the year, organisers say, even as he waits to discover whether he will face charges over sex assault allegations.
Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the "cult of money" that he says is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a boat days after the blasts, left a handwritten message describing the attack as retribution for US wars in Muslim countries, CBS News reported on Thursday.
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Boys, aged eight and nine, beckoned to get into a car with a stranger.