Turkey has decided not to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq, government officials have said. It follows fierce opposition from the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council and public opinion in Turkey.
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi looks set to remain in power but with a reduced minority, general election exit polls project. His ruling coalition was predicted to have a sharply reduced majority, and his own party may lose its majority.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has won the battle with his new prime minister over the key interior ministry appointment. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei told reporters his candidate for interior minister would not hold the job - instead it would
Eleven people, including four children, are now known to have been killed by a suicide bomb attack on a housing complex in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Among the dead are Saudis, Sudanese and Egyptians, Saudi officials said.
Japan went to the polls in a general election with 103 million voters given a chance to pass judgement on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's efforts to reverse a decade of economic stagnation. His long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its two coa
Thousands of opposition supporters staged a rally in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, calling for President Eduard Shevardnadze to resign. They said the results from last Sunday's general election have been rigged in the government bloc's favour.
A United States federal commission investigating the 11 September 2001 attacks has voted to subpoena the Pentagon. The panel said they were "dismayed" that documents they had requested about the country's air defences on the day of the attack had not been
Senior staff at one of India's leading newspapers have gone into hiding after authorities in the state of Tamil Nadu ordered their arrest. Police raided The Hindu's offices after the state assembly sentenced five journalists to 15 days in prison for what
Terrorists may be planning to hijack cargo planes overseas and crash them into targets in America, says the authorities in Washington. The warning has come from a single source, and is not yet corroborated, but US officials are taking it seriously.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is temporarily closing its offices in Baghdad and the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a spokesman says. Florian Westphal said the ICRC was concerned for the safety of its staff in what he described as an extremel
Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, whose body remains on display in the mausoleum on Red Square, is getting a new suit, an official said on the 86th anniversary of the Russian revolution. Lenin will be given new clothes during works that will be carried on
Turkey has decided not to send its troops to Iraq following intense criticism from the Iraqi leadership, particularly from Kurdish leaders. Last month the Turkish government passed a motion to deploy troops, a decision that caused public outrage.
Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in operations in the Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian leadership crisis intensified, scuttling peace efforts and endangering a donors conference. Israeli special forces went into the village of Almusader in centra
A US army helicopter crashed into a riverbank near Saddam Hussein 's hometown of Tikrit, killing six US soldiers, the military said. Another American was killed and nine were wounded in attacks in the northern city of Mosul, raising concerns that the insu
The US Postal Service has shut down a government mail handling office in Washington for anthrax testing. Earlier, routine tests at the US navy mail office found traces of a substance that could be anthrax, according to official information.
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has arrived back from the US to face what many see as a presidential coup in his absence. He was greeted by senior ministers and several thousand supporters as he landed near Colombo.
Two suspected militants blew themselves up in the holy city Mecca to avoid arrest on Thursday hours after a third suspect was killed in a shootout with security forces in the capital Riyadh, Saudi officials said. It was the second day of confrontations th
Four former Rwandan ministers have gone on trial, charged with masterminding the killing of some 800,000 people in the 1994 genocide. Prosecutor Paul Ng'Arua told the court the ministers blazed a path to hell for the minority Tutsi population.
US troops in Iraq have captured two former Iraqi army generals in the town of Falluja, US officials have said. Military sources said the pair are believed to have financed and organised anti-coalition fighters in the area, west of Baghdad.
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