Fightback by Gaddafi forces
FORCES loyal to Libya's late leader Muammar Gaddafi have launched a series of attacks across several cities, killing seven fighters who helped topple the former regime.
The violence comes as Libya's new leaders struggle to stamp out lingering resistance from pro-Gaddafi forces and try to unify a deeply fractured country after eight months of civil war and more than 40 years of authoritarian rule.
The attacks were spread out and took place in the western city of Bani Walid, the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi, the city where the uprising against Gaddafi started nearly a year ago. It is not clear if the attacks were coordinated.
Trial for cruel adoption mum
A woman who sent her adopted Russian son back to Moscow alone on a plane with a note saying she didn't want him anymore is facing a lawsuit for child support.
American Torry Hansen refused to cooperate with investigators after the boy, then seven, reached Russia in April 2010 with a note stating he had psychological problems.
She was never charged with a criminal offence, but her adoption agency filed a lawsuit in Tennessee, where she was then living, seeking child support. The suit is scheduled for trial in March.
Fears growing for elephants
THE Sumatran elephant could be extinct in the wild within the next three decades unless steps are taken to slow deforestation, say campaigners.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature listed them as "critically endangered," after their numbers dropped to between 2,400 and 2,800 from an estimated 5,000 in 1985.
The decline is largely because of destruction of their habitat, with forests all across the Indonesian island of Sumatra chopped down for timber and palm oil.
36 whales die after stranding
A mass stranding of whales on a New Zealand beach has left 36 of the creatures dead and threatens 40 more.
Nearly 100 pilot whales stranded themselves on Farewell Spit on the South Island. By today, 36 whales had died and another 40 remained stranded and were still in danger.