The largest earthquake anywhere in the world this year has struck central Alaska. It measured 7.
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A two-day summit of the 10 member-states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh got under way. South East Asian states have appealed to the rest of the world to stop warning travellers against going to
The first results in Turkey's parliamentary elections show that the Islamist-based Justice and Development Party (AK) has taken an early lead. Elections were called 18 months early after the coalition government collapsed due to bitter in-fighting and Pri
Russian troops have launched large-scale operations against separatist rebels throughout Chechnya, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has announced. He said he had information that more terror attacks were being planned inside and outside Chechen territory.
An emotional mass funeral was held in the devastated Italian village of San Giuliano di Puglia, which lost an entire class of children in Thursday's earthquake. Twenty-six small white coffins were lined up under a marquee as local community and political
Early election results from the Czech Republic suggest the ruling coalition government has narrowly lost its majority in the Senate. The main opposition, the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), won nine of the 26 seats contested in the second round of voting, w
Nine people have been arrested in connection with an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Victoria Beckham and seek a ?5m ransom. Victoria Beckham - married to Manchester United and England footballer David Beckham - said she was in "absolute and total shock" at
Russia has promised to provide more information to secure the extradition of Chechen envoy Akhmed Zakayev from Denmark, where he has been held since Wednesday. Moscow accuses Mr Zakayev - a senior aide to the last elected Chechen President, Aslan Maskhado
A federal judge endorsed the Microsoft's antitrust settlement with the United States government and nine states. Attorney general, John Ashcroft, welcomed the ruling, saying: "Today consumers all across America won a great victory.
The popular Justice and Development Party may be riding high in the opinion polls but the man at its helm, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been banned from taking part in the race. He is forbidden from holding political office.
State prosecutors are travelling to the ruins of a southern Italian village to decide whether to bring charges in connection with the deaths of 26 young children in the rubble of a school. They say they will investigate whether manslaughter or criminal ne
Protesters have gathered in Moscow outside the Danish embassy, demanding the extradition of a man they described as the "bandit" Zakayev. The fury has been fuelled by Copenhagen's failure to hand over Akhmed Zakayev, a Chechen rebel believed by the Kremli
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has taken the oath as chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir just hours after grenades were fired at his home. According to member of the Sayeed family no one had been hurt in the attack on the house in Mowgam, on the outskirt
The Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, has said the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have moved significantly closer over a new resolution on Iraq. "We have converged on a whole series of positions," he said, without going
A fire at a prison in Morocco has killed at least 49 inmates. The fire broke out early on Friday at the Sidi Moussa jail in the coastal city of El Jadida, 180km (110 miles) south of the capital, Rabat.
The trial of Paul Burrell, former butler to the Princess of Wales, has sensationally collapsed after it was revealed he had told the Queen he was keeping some of Diana's possessions. Mr Burrell was found not guilty of three charges of stealing from the es
Almost half of all plant species could be facing extinction, according to new research by botanists in the United States. Until now the official tally of endangered plants, compiled by the World Conservation Union, has suggested that only about one in eig
Emergency workers in southern Italy are picking through the ruins of a school in which at least 26 children were killed in an earthquake on Thursday, but there is little hope of finding any more survivors. An entire class of six-year-olds and two women ar
Russian troops are surrounding refugee camps along Chechnya's border, as part of a military crackdown following the capture of a Moscow theatre by Chechens last week. Moscow is also pressing Denmark to extradite Akhmed Zakayev - a senior Chechen official
Bulgaria's Ludogorets Oust Lazio in Europa League
Clashes in Ukraine's Crimea Region