Spiders find way to survive deluge
Thousands of spiders have cast eerie webs over vast areas of flood-hit Australia after being forced to seek shelter by the rising waters.
Experts said the spiders may be spinning the sticky webs to help them survive the deluge, which has forced thousands of people to leave their homes over the past week.
Collar-bomb hoax man pleads guilty
An Australian man arrested in the US and accused of clamping a fake bomb around the neck of a Sydney teenager pleaded guilty to the charges yesterday.
The case sparked an international manhunt and led to a tense 10 hours for teenager Madeleine Pulver after a man broke into her family's luxury Sydney home last August and strapped what he said was a bomb around her neck, leaving a note demanding money.
Berlusconi hails Putin's victory
Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has travelled to Russia to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his presidential election win.
He joined Mr Putin and current President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday evening in the southern city of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Murder denied in man's last breath
A Texas man condemned for fatally shooting his estranged wife and the neighbour who became her boyfriend denied killing them, moments before he was put to death by lethal injection.
Strapped to the gurney inside the death chamber, Keith Thurmond declared: "I didn't kill my wife. . . I swear to God I didn't kill her."
Holy See on money laundering list
The US is for the first time citing Vatican City as a potential hub for money laundering.
The Holy See has been identified as one of 68 countries or jurisdictions "of concern" for money laundering or other financial crimes. Ireland was also named on the list.
Vatican overrules American bishop
The Vatican has taken the extraordinary step of overruling the closing of 13 US parishes.
The move represents a rare instance in which Rome has reversed the decision of a US bishop on the shutdown of churches. The Congregation of the Clergy ruled last week that Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Diocese had failed to follow procedure in the closings three years ago.