The UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is on a visit to Iraq starting Wednesday, to meet troops in the city of Basra. A UK spokesperson has said Hoon would spend as much time with the soldiers as possible.
A group claiming to be the Saudi wing of al-Qaeda said it carried out Monday's attack on the US consulate in Jeddah. The group "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula" said in a statement posted on a militant website that the operation had been dubbed "the ble
Air France Airbus 320 made an emergency landing in Athens after a technical problem with one of its engines, the Greek airport authority said Monday. The plane was heading for Tel Aviv with 141 passengers and six crew members aboard.
Twelve people have been killed in the attack on the US consulate in Saudi Arabia, according to the latest figures as cited by officials. During the crisis, which went on for three hours, Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarde
Hungary's double referendum on whether to grant dual citizenship to ethnic Hungarians abroad and whether to stop the privatisation of health care facilities has failed due a low voter turnout, the Central Election Office announced Monday. "The referendum
Iraq's interim President has backed the date for the planned elections -- January 30 -- despite the ongoing violence inside the country. Ghazi al-Yawar was cited as saying that any delay would prolong Iraqis' agony and increase resentment.
A French soldier has barricaded himself inside an explosives depot in northern France, threatening to blow up the building and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Nearly 400 people have been told to leave their homes at Connantray-Vaurefroy,
An Arab-Israeli man jailed in Egypt seven years ago on spying charges has been freed and returned to Israel. Azzam Azzam was exchanged with six Egyptian students arrested by Israel in August this year on suspicion of planning to abduct Israeli soldiers.
Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has urged foreign nations not to interfere in the re-run of the presidential poll. West-leaning Yushchenko faces a rematch with PM Viktor Yanukovych, after the Supreme Court ruled that the 21 November poll was
Voting has begun in Hungary in a double referendum on citizenship rights and the health care system. Voters are being asked whether to offer citizenship to about 5 million ethnic Hungarians living outside Hungary.
British military commanders are discussing proposals to move as many as 5,000 troops into one of Afghanistan's most lawless drug regions when Britain assumes control of NATO peacekeeping in the country the year after next.Planning is already under way for
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is due in London to hold talks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The leaders are set to discuss bilateral relations and the situation in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
The top US commander in Iraq expressed concern about the ability of Iraqi forces to cope with security in the run-up to elections next month. The head of Central Command, General John Abizaid, said Iraqi troops did not have the training or experience to d
The US military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed prisoners and photos of what appear to be bloodied prisoners, one with a gun to his head. Some of the photos have date sta
Miroslav Cimpl, the driver who crashed into Serbian President Boris Tadic's convoy earlier this week, has been sentenced to 20 days in prison. Cimpl's lawyer reported that the man has been sentenced over a traffic accident.
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has accepted a request from President George W Bush to remain in the job, a senior administration official said. The defence secretary directed US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been an outspoken advocate of t
A police station on the outskirts of Baghdad's Green Zone has been attacked by a suspected suicide bomber driving a vehicle-load of explosives. The powerful blast rocked the city and sent a plume of black smoke into the air at around 09.
A knife-wielding man forced his way into a primary school in north-east China and injured 12 young children, state media reported.The man, whose identity is unknown, entered the school in Mingcheng township in Jilin province and attacked the grade one pup
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