The Typhoon Megi has turned on North Japan, after killing 13 people in three days in southern Japan and North Korea. Megi has now crossed the Honshu island.
Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has reportedly agreed to leave the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf and disarm his Mehdi Army. A day earlier, al-Sadr refused to see a peace delegation aiming to end the weeks-long unrest in the holy Iraqi city.
An Iraqi freelance journalist working for Germany's ZDF television has been killed in the flashpoint city of Fallujah, the network said today. Mahmud Hamid Abbas, 32, had gone to the city on Sunday to film when he was killed "in unexplained circumstances"
Washington recognized the electoral victory of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, while authorities agreed to audit the vote denounced by the opposition. The audit was suggested by former US president Jimmy Carter and the Organization of American States.
The Israeli army Wednesday claimed responsibility for a blast in Gaza which killed five people and wounded 12 more civilians. An army spokeswoman said it was an air force attack targeted at "a senior Hamas terrorist.
Indonesians celebrate 59 years of independence from Dutch rule on Tuesday with special games. The sprawling Southeast Asian country marked the day by solemn flag-raising ceremonies, some held in regions blanketed by haze from forest fires blamed on enviro
An Iraqi delegation was appointed to leave for Najaf bearing a peace proposal, hoping to end the standoff with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. An 8-member team was due to arrive in the city aboard US military helicopters Tuesday afternoon but was d
Members of the Jackson family accompanied child-molestation charged Michael during a court hearing on Tuesday. Sisters LaToya and Janet and brothers Jermaine, Randy, Rebbie and Marlon, together with their parents Joe and Katherine, all wore white for the
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and wife Doris have adopted a Russian girl, according to German newspapers. According to Bild and Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the Schroeder family adopted three-year-old Victoria from an orphanage in St.
US President George Bush has announced a massive redeployment plan that will bring 70,000 American troops back home from overseas. Most of the troops will be pulled from Europe, where more than 100,000 US soldiers are currently located.
A team of 60 Iraqi delegates are headed for the city of Najaf to try end a stand-off between US soldiers and militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Violence in Najaf broke out about two weeks ago.
Journalists have been ordered out of the holy city of Najaf which has seen fierce clashes between militant, loyal to Shia clerk Moqtada Sadr with US and Iraqi forces. "From now on this city is closed," a senior police officer told correspondents, who face
A French-American journalist was kidnapped Monday in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, Al-Jazeera television informed. The journalist was reportedly a citizen of both France and the United States, but was not identified.
An Islamist group has threatened to attack Italy and the Netherlands if they do not withdraw troops from Iraq. "You have challenged the soldiers of Islam, so expect an Islamic earthquake," the Internet statement of the Islamic Tawhid group reads.
Explosions and gunfire shook the center of Najaf on Sunday as US and tanks rolled back into the holy city and new fighting broke out after truce talks collapsed. The new US offensive cast a pall over Sunday's opening of the National Conference, a gatherin
US President George Bush visited Florida to see the devastation caused by a hurricane that killed at least 16 people and left many homeless. He joined his brother, Florida State Governor Jeb Bush, for a helicopter flight over the worst-hit areas.
Venezuelans are voting in a referendum that will either remove populist leader Hugo Chavez from the presidency or keep him in office for two more years. Queues formed at polling stations hours before the vote, which began at 06:00 local time and ends at 1
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners staged a hunger strike in protest at their conditions in Israeli jails as militants threatened to kidnap Israeli troops to secure the release of inmates. Prison Service spokesman said that more than half of the 3,800 Pal
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