The Defence Department has confirmed that Australian forces are among the 15,000 soldiers involved in a massive offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan. United States, British and Afghan troops are involved in the mission,
Japanese authorities have lashed out at anti-whaling activists for allegedly injuring crew members aboard a whaling ship in Antarctic waters. Japan says three sailors suffered facial injuries from stink bombs hurled by the activists.
Former US president Bill Clinton described surgery to open a blocked artery as "miraculous" and said he had been awake during the procedure. "It's miraculous with the stents," he said, referring to the devices used to clear a clogged artery during the operation.
Costa Rica is set to have its first female president, after election results gave governing party candidate Laura Chinchilla an unassailable lead. With most votes counted from Sunday's poll, Ms Chinchilla had 47% of the vote