Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's eldest son hanged himself by a dog leash in his apartment Saturday, exactly two years after his father's arrest in a multibillion-dollar scheme that swindled thousands of investors of their life savings.
Another 17 US billionaires, including Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, have pledged to give away at least half their fortunes in a philanthropic campaign led by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Former French president Jacques Chirac will face trial early next year on charges that he misused public funds during his tenure as Paris mayor, local media quoted sources from court as saying Thursday.
Oprah Winfrey landed in Australia on Wednesday, joining 300 eager audience members for her ultimate giveaway - an action-packed, Down Under adventure including close encounters with kangaroos, surfing lessons and a journey to the remote and dusty Outback.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has angered US authorities by publishing secret diplomatic cables, was remanded in custody by a British court on Tuesday over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden.