The Oscars drew its lowest audience since the 1950s when it was broadcast live across the US on Sunday night. Commentators say the war in Iraq changed people's viewing habits on Oscar night.
An appeal, due to begin in northern Nigeria for a Muslim woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning, has been postponed because the judges failed to turn up. The case of Amina Lawal, has provoked strong opposition from human rights orga
UK police have arrested the Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky for alleged fraud at the request of the Russian authorities. The Metropolitan Police said officers arrested Berezovsky in London early on Monday.
The bodies of six US servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in south-eastern Afghanistan have been found. US officials say the crew were on a mission to rescue two Afghan children when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near the town of Ghazni.
Voters in Chechnya overwhelmingly approved a constitution yesterday that the Kremlin asserts will end nearly a decade of bloodshed but will keep the separatist republic in Russia. Results from 196 of 418 electoral districts showed slightly more than 96 pe
Senior Indian cabinet members have held an emergency meeting after 24 Hindus were shot dead in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police said unidentified gunmen shot members of the state's minority Hindu community - many of them women and children - near the s
After three years of war Chechens began voted in a controversial referendum on a draft constitution that Moscow hopes will seal the breakaway republic's place in the Russian Federation. More than 500,000 Chechens have been called to vote at 416 polling st
Israeli troops have captured a senior militant of the radical Islamic group Hamas in the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya, an army spokesman has said. Raed Hutri is accused of involvement in suicide bombings against targets in Israel.
Traces of the poison ricin discovered in a Paris railway station could be linked to a terrorist network with Chechen connections. Two vials of the potentially deadly substance were found inside a locker at the Gare de Lyon, according to ministry officials
Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between soldiers and rival gangs of ethnic militants amid violence in Nigeria's oil-rich western Niger Delta. Fighting between two local communities, the Ijaw and Itsekiri, has been raging for more than a week,
Traces of the poison ricin have been found at a railway station in Paris, according to the French interior ministry. Two vials of the potentially deadly substance were found inside a locker at the Gare de Lyon, according to ministry officials.
Electronic bugging devices have been found at offices used by French and German delegations at European Union headquarters in Brussels. Devices were also discovered at offices used by other delegations, said EU spokesman Dominique-Georges Marro.
Scientists in Hong Kong have claimed a key breakthrough against a virulent form of pneumonia, which is claiming more victims around the world. The researchers have identified the mystery respiratory illness at the heart of a global health scare as a virus
Serbian authorities have closed down three publications as part of the emergency regulations imposed after the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. They said the two dailies - Nacional and Dan - and the weekly Identitet were publishing informat
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao have pledged to forge ahead with economic reforms, in their first public comments since being appointed. Mr Wen, 60, whose main task is to oversee China's economy, told a news conference that rural
The Palestinian parliament has passed a bill creating a new prime minister's post and rebuffed attempts by Yasser Arafat to dilute the authority of the new post. Ahead of Tuesday's parliament session, he dropped a demand to retain a say over appointing ca
The United Nations Human Rights Commission has begun its annual session in Geneva amid criticism that its chair - Libya - is itself guilty of gross human rights violations. Libya was elected to head the commission in January over strong objections by the
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