Chavez fighting for life
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is fighting "for his life" against cancer inside a military hospital, his closest ally and chosen successor has admitted.
Nicolas Maduro, the vice-president, acknowledged the severity of Mr Chavez's condition as speculation about the possible demise of the self-styled "revolutionary socialist" swept Venezuela. Mr Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba last month and has not yet appeared in public.
UK-Russia rift threat
Britain has risked opening a new rift with the Kremlin by granting asylum to a Russian banker accused of fraud in his own country.
Billionaire Andrei Borodin (45) said Britain gave him refuge after he submitted evidence showing how he was targeted for a politically motivated prosecution by Dmitry Medvedev, the former president and now prime minister. The Kremlin accused Britain of interfering in an "ordinary criminal" matter.
Al-Qai'da leader killed
One of al-Qai'da's most feared commanders in Africa has been killed by French air strikes in north Mali, sources said, but France could not confirm this.
The local sources said Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, blamed for kidnapping at least 20 Western hostages in the Sahara desert in recent years, was among 40 militants killed four days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains.
Nude walker in court
A British man who has spent most of the past decade naked – and in jail – was back behind bars yesterday after defying an order to cover up. Stephen Gough, who is known as the "naked rambler", was arrested on Thursday as he left a court in Southampton wearing only boots, socks and a knapsack.
A judge had just imposed an order that he must "wear sufficient clothing in public to at least cover his genitalia and buttocks".