News Leonardo DiCaprio’s deepest, darkest and wholly rational fear of sharks was tested to the extreme after he came face-to-face with a great white during a terrifying diving ordeal.

Police detained Farrar (pictured below), 42, at Collin County jail with charges of misdemeanour counts of possession, theft, and harassment by phone

British poker champion Marcus Bebb-Jones sentenced to 20 years in jail for murder of his wife 16 years ago

A British poker champion has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for the murder of his wife in America 16 years ago.

FDA appeals against making 'morning-after' pill available to all ages

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday appealed a court order directing the agency to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age.

$500m settlement for Countrywide

Countrywide Financial, the US mortgage giant rescued by Bank of America at the height of the credit crisis, has settled a mortgage-backed securities lawsuit with its investors, led by the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, for $500m (£328m).

New Zealand's Jesse Ryder is out of an induced coma and talking, according to his manager Aaron Klee.

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder released from hospital following attack

Cricketer was in a coma following incident outside a bar

New Zealand's Jesse Ryder is out of an induced coma and talking

Batsman Jesse Ryder out of coma as police arrest two

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has emerged from an induced coma and spoken with family members two days after being seriously injured in a brutal attack outside a Christchurch bar. Ryder was also breathing without the aid of the respirator which helped keep him alive after he suffered a collapsed lung during the late-night attack.

Richard Hinds, 19, a keyboard player for several top R&B acts, is accused of drugging Nicola Furlong, 21, and strangling her in an upmarket Tokyo hotel last year

Killer of Irish woman in Japan gets light sentence

Nicola Furlong's murderer treated as a minor by court so could walk free in five years

We need a stricter definition of bullying

Has the term 'bullying' become an unhelpful catch-all? In the New York Times, Emily Bazelon suggests so.

Richard Hinds, 19, a keyboard player for several top R&B acts, is accused of drugging Nicola Furlong, 21, and strangling her in an upmarket Tokyo hotel last year

Musician denies Tokyo murder of Irish student Nicola
Furlong

An American musician denied murdering Irish exchange student Nicola Furlong on the first day of his trial in Tokyo today. Richard Hinds, 19, a keyboard player for several top R&B acts, is accused of drugging Ms Furlong, 21, and strangling her in an upmarket Tokyo hotel last year.

Two US Navy sailors convicted for raping and robbing a woman on Okinawa

Two US Navy sailors were convicted and sentenced to prison on Friday for raping and robbing a woman on Okinawa in a crime that outraged many on the southern Japanese island.

Expert: Jury confusion is judge's responsibility

Britain’s leading expert on juries has staunchly defended the country’s trial system following the “fundamental deficits of understanding” that saw the jurors in the Vicky Pryce trial discharged.

British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death

British woman Lindsay Sandiford sentenced to execution in Bali attempts to sue Foreign Office over 'failure to support her case'

Lindsay Sandiford claims the British Government had breached an obligation to a citizen

British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death

Drug trafficking British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford says 'mother love' was her driving force

Until the fateful moment when customs officers at Bali airport ripped open Lindsay Sandiford’s suitcase, her greatest claim to fame was appearing in her local newspaper twice complaining about her son Eliot being mistreated.

Delhi gang-rape case sent to fast-track court

Attack on the woman and her male companion triggered outrage across India

Christopher Tappin jailed for 33 months for arms-to-Iran scheme

A retired British businessman who has been sentenced to 33 months in an American prison for arms dealing offences faces a wait of months before learning when he can return to serve his sentence in Britain.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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