The latest stage of India's massive five-week election was marred by bloody violence on Thursday, with a landmine triggered by Maoist insurgents killing at least five policemen in an insurgency-hit eastern state.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Thursday revealed eight of his squad for the World Cup, including four skippers, while adding he has no concerns with the form of striker Neymar.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford.
Spain's economy appears to be growing at the fastest clip since a 2008 property crash tipped the nation into a job-wrecking, double-dip recession, the central bank said on Thursday.
World number 20 Nicolas Almagro overcame fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 to move into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday, avenging his defeat in the Houston final.
China on Thursday passed the first amendment to its environment protection law in 25 years, imposing tougher penalties on polluters after the government called for a "war" on pollution.
Qatar may build fewer grounds than the scheduled 12 for the 2022 World Cup to reflect the "size of the country", organisers said on Thursday after consulting with world governing body FIFA.
World number two tennis star Novak Djokovic announced on Thursday that he and girlfriend Jelena Ristic are expecting their first child.
The top White House national security aide Susan Rice will meet Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when President Barack Obama's regional tour reaches Malaysia, a senior US official told AFP on Thursday.