UK presented a draft resolution to UN Security Council, giving Iraq an ultimatum to disarm by 17 March or face military action. A vote on it can come as early as Tuesday.
Hamas, militant Islamic group, threatened to target Jewish politicians, after Ibrahim al-Maqadma, one of its military leaders and founders, was killed in an Israeli missile attack. In an interview with Qatar-based al-Jazeera TV, Hamas official Abdel Aziz
Washington says North Korea has declared a maritime exclusion zone off its coast in the Sea of Japan in a move which may indicate an imminent missile test. Pyongyang issued the warning for the 8-11 March to cover virtually the same area in which an anti-s
The former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, has been inaugurated as the country's new president. Mr Klaus, 61, succeeds his long-time rival, Vaclav Havel, the man who led the country for 13 years after the fall of Communism.
The search for Osama Bin Laden is focusing on areas bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to US officials quoted by American media. Pakistani special forces are reported to have poured into the area bordering Afghanistan following fresh leads obta
Eleven Palestinians were killed and nearly 100 injured Thursday during an Israeli military operation near the Jabaliya refugee camp, Palestinian hospital officials said, less than a day after a suicide bombing killed 15 Israelis in the northern Israeli po
Israeli troops, backed by tanks and helicopters, advanced into a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip overnight, in an operation that is reported to have left at least 11 Palestinians dead and scores injured. Palestinians accused Israelis of firing into a crowd
Officials in Armenia say the incumbent President, Robert Kocharyan, has won a clear victory in the second round of the presidential election. With nearly all the votes counted, Mr Kocharyan is on 67% - far ahead of his challenger, Stephan Demirchyan.
Reports from the United Nations say Britain is proposing changes to the planned new Security Council resolution it is tabling on Iraq, to allow President Saddam Hussein a final opportunity to disarm peacefully. The British initiative is part of the diplom
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq had made no real attempt to disarm but instead was trying to deceive and divide the international community. In an impassioned speech, Mr Powell said Iraq's effort must fail, because no one wanted to live in a
In a message to the population and to the outside world, thousands of members of Iraq's interior security forces have marched in Baghdad. The authorities say they would play an important role in defending the country against any US-led invasion.
Pope John Paul II has called on world leaders to assume their responsibility and make every effort to spare humanity "a dramatic conflict" in Iraq. The head of the Catholic Church made the appeal during his weekly general audience.
Spain's Lower House of Parliament has voted in a secret ballot instigated by the opposition calling on parliamentarians to oppose the government's support of military action in Iraq. But the motion has been defeated.
The annual meeting of China's parliament has opened for a session which is due to bring forward a new generation of leaders to guide the world's most populous nation. Almost 3,000 delegates to the largely toothless National People's Congress, or NPC, gath
The United States is ordering extra military forces - thought to be long-range bombers - to boost defences near North Korea. The move comes amid heightened tensions with Pyongyang, following Monday's interception of a US surveillance plane by four North K
Washington has accused North Korea of "reckless behaviour" after four of its fighter jets intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in international airspace. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Pyongyang was testing the tolerance of the US and the incid
Russia is still not ruling out the use of its veto in the UN Security Council to prevent a war in Iraq, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has told the BBC. "I do not rule anything out, because the right of veto can be used by any permanent member of th
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