It's been another week of global political bombshells, politicians-turned-heroes and natural disasters while a criminal monkey remains at large in Hong Kong.


It doesn't matter where in the world you are, the US elections are hitting fever pitch with Republicans taking their turn to host their national convention.

While the political talkfest was cut short as a result of Hurricane Gustav attacking New Orleans, a number of big-name politicians came out of the woodwork to endorse Republican candidate for the White House, John McCain.

Renegade senator Joseph Lieberman used the convention to have a go at Democratic nominee Barack Obama, saying he didn't have the credentials or leadership to take control of the country.

President George Bush even made an appearance via satellite from the White House, and urged people to rally behind the McCain campaign.

But nothing prepared us for the political bombshell that was the pregnancy of McCain's Vice Presidential running mate Sarah Palin's 17-year-old unmarried daughter.

“We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support,” they said.

And of course the gloves were off in the Palin camp, after she openly lashed out at Obama in a one liner that will most definitely be remembered for quite some time.

“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

It wasn't all politicking and shouting – it's natural disaster season and separate acts of mother nature are wreaking havoc around the world.

A string of tropical storms and hurricanes are forming up over the Atlantic as the death toll from Gustav and Hanna continues to rise across the Caribbean.

At least 61 people have died in Haiti, after Tropical Storm Hanna triggered widespread floods and landslides across the country.

Hurricane season hit the United States, with Gustav forcing the complete evacuation of New Orleans. The city's residents fled the city by car, bus, train and airplane as the storm bore down the US Gulf coast.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of villagers in northern India are still unable to be rescued as aid workers struggle to reach them amid massive floods after a river in Bihar state burst its banks.

Over 600,000 people have been evacuated from the flooded areas, but rescuing the estimated 350,000 villagers still stranded within the next several days is vital to prevent more deaths, survivors and aid agencies say.

Tough news for Australia this week, with an attack on nine diggers in Afghanistan. It was revealed the troops had been fighting Taliban extremists on Tuesday night in Oruzgan province. One soldier remains critically injured.

And like most weeks, the quirky news stories managed to make its way through the death and destruction just to let us know that there's still some humour in the world.

While we all know Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as a cold-staring, strict leader – he finally lived up to his tough man image.

Putin was this week labelled a hero after saving a television crew from an attack by a rare Siberian tiger. The former President just happened to have a tranquiliser gun handy – showing the world he's still as sharp as ever.

A story from the archives was also one of the most popular this week, after it was revealed the remains of two foetuses found in the tomb of ancient Egypt's boy king Tutankhamun may have been twins – and were very likely his children.

Professor Robert Connolly, who first studied the king's mummified remains in the 1960s and is now working with the Egyptian authorities to analyse them, said new research suggested the two foetuses were likely to be twins fathered by the king.

While getting into the art market isn't always the easiest thing for most artists, one man proved the masses wrong.

He sold an elaborate tattoo of the Virgin Mary – which is still on his back – to an art collector who is set to 'exhibit' him in three years time. The extraordinary transaction – which Zurich gallery owner Jutta Nexdorf claims is the first of its kind – earned the vendor, Tim Steiner, 150,000 euros ($AU219,000).

Not bad for a hard days work?

Fancy footwork dazzled Sydney-siders in the land down under, with hundreds of woman sprinting in stilettos to break a world record. The competitors, 265 ladies, tore up an 80-metre race track at Sydney's Circular Quay to break the world record for the most people running in a “stiletto sprint”.

Four hundred metre hurdler Brittney McGlone, 18, was first across the line, pocketing $5,000.

And finally if you're in Hong Kong, beware of a renegade monkey who is still at large after attacking a woman and stealing her box of egg tarts. The primate struck seconds after the woman got off a bus for a Sunday picnic in rural Sai Kung Country Park in Hong Kong's New Territories near the Chinese border, police say.

Week In Review: Hurricane season and a renegade monkey