PHNOM PENH (AFP) - UNESCO on Thursday added six ancient sites in Syria including a fortress of Saladin and a Crusader castle to the endangered World Heritage list, warning that more than two years of civil war had inflicted heavy damage.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Record-breaking US daredevil Nik Wallenda hopes to make history again this weekend by walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, 1,500 feet (457 metres) above ground over the world-renowned landmark.
WELLINGTON (AFP) - A terrified New Zealand burglar handed himself in after breaking into a darkened house and bumping into a hanging corpse, waking neighbours with his blood-curdling screams, police said on Thursday.
SYDNEY (AFP) - A radio station at the centre of a prank call targeting Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine that led to the suicide of a nurse is trying to block further investigation of its actions, Australia's communications watchdog said on Thursday.
MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - Tropical Storm Barry, the second of the Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened as it churned towards Mexico on Wednesday, threatening to bring heavy rains to oil and power installations near the country's Gulf coast.