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Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter - unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal.

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Mayon Volcano in Philippines Oozes Lava; Alert Up

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Authorities moved thousands of villagers from harm's way near the Philippines' most active volcano Tuesday after it oozed lava and shot plumes of ash, and said they probably will spend a bleak Christmas in an evacuation center.

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Chile: Billionaire Beat Leftists, Now Faces Runoff

Posted: 12/13/2009 - Right-wing billionaire Sebastian Pinera beat three leftists in Sunday's presidential election but failed to obtain a majority, setting up a runoff against a veteran of the coalition that has ruled Chile for two decades of democracy.

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Miss World: Gibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino Crowned

Posted: 12/12/2009 - Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar was named the new Miss World at a glittering two-hour pageant that put South Africa in the spotlight and featured traditional dancers and drummers.

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Oye, New Spanish Grammar Guidelines Unveiled

Posted: 12/10/2009 - Can a Barcelona truck driver be expected to speak like a Buenos Aires banker? Can rules be imposed on a language spoken by 400 million people stretching from Madrid to Manila?

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Bolivia Seizes Big Ranch from President's Opponent

Posted: 12/10/2009 - The government has seized a 12,500-hectare (48-square-mile) ranch in Bolivia's eastern lowlands from a soybean magnate who is among the chief political rivals of just re-elected President Evo Morales.

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Bahamas Man Charged with Robbing Segway Tours

Posted: 12/10/2009 - A 21-year-old man has been charged with robbing two groups of cruise ship passengers with a shotgun as they toured the capital of Nassau on Segways.

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Officials Seek Release of 57 Philippine Hostages

Posted: 12/10/2009 - Officials negotiated for a second day Friday with government-armed former militiamen who took 57 villagers hostage in the southern Philippines to press their demands that murder and banditry charges against them be dropped.

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8 Killed, 26 Injured in China School Stampede

Posted: 12/07/2009 - Eight youths were killed and 26 injured when students descending a crowded staircase after evening classes at a school in central China lost their footing amid a crush of bodies, state media and the local government reported Tuesday.

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Russian Nightclub Fire Kills at Least 107

Posted: 12/05/2009 - President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday demanded that Russia tighten its notoriously lax fire codes after the deadliest blaze since the Soviet era killed at least 107 people celebrating in a nightclub with a decorative twig ceiling and single exit.

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Knox Upset, Tired; Gets Family Visit in Prison

Posted: 12/05/2009 - Amanda Knox sought comfort from visiting family members Saturday on her first day in prison since being convicted of murdering her British roommate.

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Knox Convicted, Sentenced to 26 Years in Italy

Updated: 12/04/2009 - American college student Amanda Knox was found guilty of murdering her British roommate and sentenced to 26 years in prison on Saturday after a year-long trial that gripped Italy and drew intense media attention.

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Peruvian Wedding Crashed by Groom's Ex

Posted: 12/02/2009 - Edwin Ortiz was just about to utter "I do," but the mother of his two children and her relatives had a different message: "Oh, no you don't."

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Congo: Baby Gorillas Get Lush New Jungle Digs

Posted: 12/02/2009 - Conservationists say two baby mountain gorillas have moved to a lush jungle sanctuary formerly closed to them because of violent instability in eastern Congo.

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Government-Backed Chinese Gay Bar Stays Empty

Posted: 12/01/2009 - A new bar in southwestern China aimed at educating gay men about AIDS stayed conspicuously empty during its official opening as potential customers shunned the spotlight, state media said Wednesday.

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Another Protected Witness Dies in Mexico

Posted: 12/01/2009 - Gunmen burst in to a Starbucks coffee shop Tuesday and killed a former policeman who was a protected witness in a drug corruption case, the second death of a high-profile witness in Mexico in less than two weeks.

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Italian Police Say They Broke Up Major Mob Clan

Posted: 12/01/2009 - Italian police have broken up a major mafia clan, arresting 74 people and seizing businesses, land, race horses and a London-based online betting company, officials said Tuesday.

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