Coastguards and anti-pollution teams were on alert after the cargo ship MSC Napoli was beached off the Devon coast.
Hundreds of people made off with valuable hauls from some 40 containers which drifted from the ship onto Branscombe beach.
Thousands of protesters paralysed Lebanon with a general strike that led to street clashes in which three people were killed.
The unseasonably mild British weather came to an end with severe weather warnings issued for Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.
A grand parade was held in India's capital, Delhi, to mark the country's 58th Republic Day.
Members of the Ecuadorian army searched for the bodies of defence minister Guadalupe Larriva, her daughter and two pilots following a mid-air collision in Manta, Ecuador.
The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI is to write a letter to China's 10 million Catholics and attempt to restore full diplomatic relations with Beijing.
An Iraqi man in Karbala flagellates himself during Ashura, a religious day that commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.
Pressure on British Home Secretary John Reid grew after the head of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales quit over policy on young offenders.
Two people walk through the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.