Israel slams bishop meet
Israel lashed out against a meeting of Middle East bishops, saying the gathering at the Vatican was hijacked by enemies of the Jewish state and turned into a forum for political attacks against it.
In a communique, at the end of their two-week meeting, the bishops blamed Israel for much of the conflict in the Middle East.
They demanded that Israel accept UN resolutions calling for an end to its "occupation" of Arab lands, and told Israel it should not use the Bible to justify "injustices" against the Palestinians.
Pinera 'sorry' for Nazi gaffe
Chile's president has apologised for writing a slogan associated with Nazi Germany in a government guest book during a visit to Berlin.
Sebastian Pinera wrote "Deutschland uber alles" or "Germany above all" -- a phrase that became infamous under the Third Reich in World War Two.
Mr Pinera said he learned the slogan in school during the 1950s and understood it to be a celebration of German unification under Otto von Bismarck.
Madonna plans chain of gyms
Pop singer Madonna is opening a chain of fitness centres around the world to be known as Hard Candy Fitness global gyms.
A partnership between Madonna, her manager and New Evolution Ventures plans to open the first gym in a posh neighbourhood in Mexico City on November 29.
Ten more will follow in major cities around the world, including locations in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Europe and Asia.
Surfer killed by great white
A coroner said a great white shark probably killed a teenage body boarder at a Central California beach.
The Santa Barbara County coroner's office made the announcement today after conferring with Ralph Collier, president of the Shark Research Committee.
Mr Collier said the shark that killed Lucas Ransom was 17 to 18ft long and weighed possibly 4,000lbs.
Surf Beach, where Mr Ransom (19) was killed, reopened yesterday.