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Op-Ed: Australia has lost one of her favourite sons, Gough Whitlam, 98

Sydney - Gough Whitlam was a maverick politician, ahead of his time and a true exponent of the core principles of the labour movement. He’s one of the few Australian Prime Ministers who truly revolutionized the nation.

Op-Ed: Putin ‘wanted to split Ukraine with Poland’

Warsaw - In what can only be described as a major added splash in the murky puddle of Ukraine/Russian relations, it’s been revealed by Polish sources that Vladimir Putin proposed splitting Ukrainian territory between Russia and Poland in 2008.

Pistorius jailed for five years

Pretoria - South African judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013."Count one, culpable homicide, the sentence imposed is five years," Masipa said.

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

New York - Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars, has died aged 82.

Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

Pretoria - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation.

Op-Ed: Obama administration split on issue of torture ban

Washington - In 2005 the Bush administration revealed that it interpreted the UN Convention Against Torture banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" as not applicable to the CIA or military prisons overseas.

Op-Ed: Femme Fatale actress sued for refusing to do topless scene

Time Warner HBO’s “Femme Fatale” TV series is a tacky take on a magazine of the same name. This loser show just got tackier. Producers are complaining about Anne Greene’s refusal to comply with the “must show nipples” clause in her contract.

Not just sci-fi, long-range tractor beam now a reality

Canberra - Two Australian laser physicists have developed the worlds first first long-distance optical tractor beam, capable of not only attracting objects, but repelling them as well.

Interview: Jo Weil talks acting, music, cooking and New York Special

Multi-talented German actor Jo Weil took some time from his schedule to talk about his acting career, as well as his love for music and cooking.

Samantha Sings the Shows: Interview with a future singing star Special

Her surname may be a bit of a mystery, but this talented singer from England has wowed audiences all over the UK with her varied, and very entertaining, live act. Digital Journal meets her.

Op-Ed: Sex invented in Scottish lake? Well, where else?

Sydney - Two armoured fish called Microbrachius dicki are believed to be the pioneers of sex, 385 million years ago. The fish used a side-on position to mate, breaking with a long tradition of somewhat impersonal spawning.

Footballer dies after goal celebration goes terribly wrong

What was supposed to be a moment of elation quickly turned into one of great sadness, as an Indian footballer died after his acrobatic goal celebration went terribly wrong.

Op-Ed: Five things wrong with Sen. Ted Cruz' Ten-Point Plan for Congress

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has announced his GOP plan for Congress starting in 2015, outlining what should be done if Republicans regain the Senate. Unfortunately, he's half wrong.

Sears Canada names new acting-CEO

Sears Canada Inc. named Ronald Boire of the American-based Sears Holding to replace Douglas Campbell as acting president and CEO. This is not the first time that the Canadian-based company has recruited from its American partner.

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff.Total confirmed the death of the 63-year-old early on Tuesday.

Hong Kong leader says poor would dominate free vote

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has said open elections would result in the city's many poor dominating politics, as he ruled out democratic reforms before crucial talks aimed at ending three weeks of protest rallies.

Chinese store hires tailor to adjust pockets for iPhone 6 Plus

Shanghai - Some people are finally starting to pick up on the fact that phones are getting bigger — but pockets can't accommodate them, One Chinese company appears to get the message.

Study of zebrafish helps boy with rare disease

A study into zebrafish has helped identify the cause of an unknown genetic disorder affecting a boy and two of his uncles. Although no cure is imminent, the study could pave the way to alternative approaches for dealing with rare genetic diseases.

World's deadliest spider shows up in family's groceries

A family in South London has been "deeply traumatized" after the father discovered a deadly spider while unpacking the family's groceries. The spider, called the Brazilian wandering spider, or Banana spider is the world's most venomous arachnid.

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.
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