British cyclist Mark Cavendish won Stage 5 – his first stage win – of this year's Tour de France after a bumpy start to the 2010 season. Lance Armstrong stands 18th, two minutes and 30 seconds behind the leader after 613 miles of racing.
A thing of beauty, efficiency, and danger, the peloton cuts wind drag by up to 40 percent and is where many riders spend most of their time during Tour de France.
It's both. There is a team winner and an individual winner. It is a team's job to aid its top rider – be it Lance Armstrong or Alberto Contador – in winning the whole Tour de France.
After Netanyahu's visit to Washington on Tuesday, the US may pressure Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to drop his precondition for face-to-face talks with the Israelis: a permanent settlement freeze.
Amanda Knox will celebrate her 23rd birthday in a sweltering Italian prison. Her mother and sister have brought food and gifts. Amanda Knox's mother is in Italy to face charges that she defamed the Italian police.
Igor Sutyagin is one of several accused US spies is to be traded later today for Anna Chapman and 10 other alleged Russian agents held in the US. A quick spy swap, say Russian analysts, means Russian spies will be home before they can spill many secrets.
Most navies catch and release Somali pirates. But Kenya's new pirate court, funded by the UN, aims to bring legal clarity to a complex international crime.
Veteran insurgents from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have relocated to the chaotic country of Somalia in large enough numbers to spark worry inside the international community.
An Iraqi Army officer said in an interview that the planning for security this year was much more robust. But few female Shiite pilgrims were screened, and one killed 28 with a bomb hidden under her loose clothing.
China’s tourism to Taiwan, once banned, is now growing fast as bilateral ties improve. But with the influx of visitors comes a culture clash.
Pakistan militant groups are using Facebook, Twitter, and text messages to share their views and even incite violence. They are targeting a wider, more educated, and urban, audience. The Pakistan government has "no plans" to block the messages.
Iraq insurgents followed Wednesday's deadly strike with more bomb attacks Thursday targeting Shiites gathering in Baghdad to commemorate the death of one of Shiite Islam’s holiest saints.
More than 5,000 laundrymen clean and iron thousands of clothing and textiles each day at Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, one of many laundering sites in Mumbai (Bombay). Manual labor here is still cheaper than machinery.
Spain will go to the World Cup championship match for the first time after a header by Carles Puyol helped them expose the weaknesses of Germany’s counterattacking style. In the Germany vs Spain semifinal, Spain wins 1-0.
'Rock the Casbah in Hebron,' a video of Israeli soldiers doing a choreographed dance while on patrol in the West Bank's second largest city, has gone viral on YouTube. It's also offended Palestinians.
The Iranian government unveiled a new array of Iranian haircuts for men this week, prompting speculation of an impending crackdown on how men dress in the Islamic Republic. Plucked eyebrows and beards also not approved.
Italian Alessandro Petacchi won the Tour de France Stage 4 today, his second win of the race. Racers used the smooth roads to recover from a grueling Stage 3 that saw Lance Armstrong fall to 18th place.
The need for a new Iraq government was high on the minds of Shiite pilgrims who defied suffocating heat and suicide attacks as they headed toward a Baghdad shrine Wednesday. They are observing the death of an 8th-century imam.