Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he wants to visit Iraq, as he prepares to send troops to help rebuild the war-torn country. He also added that he doesn't know when will the visit take place.
At least 15 Afghans were injured in a bomb blast in the centre of the southern city of Kandahar, which police blamed on Taliban militants. The explosion destroyed five shops and shattered windows in nearby stores and hotels.
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk for an unannounced visit. Rumsfeld is said to make a first-hand assessment of the military and political situation in the country.
China is ready to host the annual Miss World beauty pageant later on Saturday for the first time. Organiser say some two billion people around the world are expected to watch the competition, which will take place on China's tropical island of Hainan.
Russia will not be scared by terror attacks after a bomb on a commuter train killed 42 mainly young people, President Vladimir Putin has said. Over 200 people, mostly students going to classes, were injured in the blast that took place Friday morning.
A bomb went off near a Baghdad mosque as a US military convoy passed by, killing 4 people and wounding 20 others. Most of the casualties were passengers on a bus that was badly damaged in the explosion near the al-Samarrai mosque in the New Baghdad sectio
Turkey will not send troops to Iraq though the country supports the deployment of NATO forces in Iraq, Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said at the Thursday NATO Council session in Brussels.Gul made this statement after the US Secretary of State Col
The United States denied it was to blame for a diplomatic hitch that could delay six-nation North Korea nuclear talks until next year. The US said Pyongyang had demanded major concessions before the dialogue started.
A helicopter transporting Poland's Prime Minister Leszek Miller made an emergency landing near a Warsaw suburbia and injured 10 people, AFP reported. The spokesperson of Poland's government said that the emergency landing took place some 20 km away from W
Palestinian militant groups meeting in Cairo have opened formal talks aimed at reaching agreement on a conditional ceasefire with Israel. The talks come as the authors of an unofficial Middle East peace plan begin lobbying for support in the US.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that he saw hopeful signs that NATO may be moving toward acceptance of an expanded role in Iraq. Powell raised the issue in a speech at the start of a NATO foreign ministers meeting and said afterward that
A rocket exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul on Thursday some two hours after US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with Afghanistan's leader in another part of the capital. It was announced that Rumsfeld had safely left the country to continue his t
Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has withdrawn over USD 1 B from Iraq's central bank hours before the invasion of US forces, international agencies reported. The reports cite a letter, believed to have been written by the former dictator, which was foun
Police in Istanbul are on alert after a tip-off for a planned attempt on the life of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other high-ranking officials, Turkish online news provider Journal Turk reported, citing information of the General Police Directo
Some 30,000 lights shined on the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York, US, and the traditional lighting ceremony was attended by thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The nine-ton tree was planted 50 years ago in Connect
Iraqi political parties and coalition authorities are discussing the possibility to create a 1,000-member militia in support of the US military fight against insurgents in the war-torn country, officials said. The militia would be formed by uniting fighte
In a statement said to be from Al-Qaeda, that was sent to media in Turkey, the terrorist organization refuted claims that it has organized and carried out the bombing attacks in Istanbul, the Turkish Internet Haber channel reported. The statement also sai
Saudi Arabia says authorities have arrested a suspect in the terror strike last month at a housing compound in Riyadh. The November 8 bombing killed 17 people and wounded 122 others at a housing compound near the capital city's diplomatic quarter.
A 42-year-old German accused of killing, dismembering and eating the flesh of another man admitted the charges as his murder trial began Wednesday, but said his victim had been willing. Armin Meiwes, a computer expert who lived in a half-timbered former m
Israel reacted with disappointment Wednesday after US Secretary of State Colin Powell confirmed he will meet with organizers of an informal Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty. The comments by Zalman Shoval, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was the
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