The United States says it has enough forces in place to attack Iraq as soon as the order is given. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said there were "ample" US and other troops in the Gulf ready for military action.
NASA has revealed its first set of mission criteria for the Orbital Space Plane (OSP) - the series of space vehicle expected to replace the space shuttle from 2012. The new spacecraft's primary function will be to ferry crews to and from the International
The authorities in the United States have indicted a Palestinian university professor with financing and supporting Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad. Sami al-Arian - who taught at a Florida university - is one of eight people charged in the 50-cou
A former US intelligence analyst has been found guilty of trying to spy for Iraq and China. Brian Regan, 40-years-old and a father of four, showed no emotion as a jury returned its verdict after five days of deliberation.
The United States will submit a new resolution to the UN Security Council next week seeking authorisation for military forceagainst Iraq. The draft resolution is expected to be simple, stating Iraq was in "further material breach" of the November 8 Securi
A British man has been killed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, BBC reported. Saudi television said the Briton, who worked for British aviation company BAE Systems in the kingdom and was a resident there, was attacked as he sat in his car at traffic lights.
The Israeli army has divided the Gaza Strip into three separate security zones and tightened travel curbs on Palestinians living there. The move came a day after Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel to retaliate against an Israeli raid in Gaza,
At least 16 people have been killed in the southern Philippines in two separate bomb attacks and a raid on a town by armed men. One person was killed in each of the bomb attacks and the raid on the town killed 14 civilians.
Snow storms and freezing gales are hampering efforts to retrieve bodies and search for clues at the site of Iran's worst air crash. Grieving relatives have been gathering near to where the Russian-built Ilyushin plane crashed into a mountain near Kerman i
There were 302 people, including 18 crew, on board the Russian-built Ilyushin plane on an internal flight from Zahedan to Kerman. Radio contact was lost shortly before the plane came down in bad weather, with the pilot speaking of strong winds.
US political veteran Dick Gephardt has announced his widely-expected intention to run for the American presidency. A Democrat Missouri congressman and former House minority leader in the US senate, Mr Gephardt ran the party's house campaigns but resigned
The US and UK leaders have held a lengthy telephone conversation in an attempt to agree the wording of a new United Nations resolution on Iraq, the White House has revealed. Officials did not say whether US President George W Bush and UK Prime Minister To
Pakistan's air force chief, Mushaf Ali Mir, has been killed in a plane crash in a remote north-western region of the country. The Fokker aircraft, carrying 17 people, is said to have come down in bad weather in the northern Kohat district.
British citizens are being advised by the Foreign Office to leave Iraq immediately because of the stand-off with Saddam Hussein, BBC reported. In new advice issued on Wednesday, the Foreign Office points to "increasing regional tension and the risk of ter
Palestinian militants have fired rockets on a southern Israeli town in an apparent retaliation for an overnight raid in Gaza City which left 11 Palestinians dead. At least three Qassam rockets were fired at Sderot, one seriously injuring a 35-year-old Isr
Mounir al-Motassadek, the first man to stand trial over the 11 September attacks, has been jailed for 15 years. The 28-year-old Moroccan was found guilty in Germany of being an accessory to the murder of more than 3,000 people in the attacks on New York
NATO has approved a plan to send defensive equipment to Turkey, after a compromise that papered over a damaging split in the military alliance's Iraq policy. The alliance is to dispatch Awacs radar planes, Patriot anti-missile batteries and chemical and b
The Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley, has confirmed that charges will be filed against the owners of a nightclub where 21 people were crushed to death and 58 injured this week. City lawyers are now expected to file criminal contempt charges over the traged
The Turkish president has said his country will allow US soldiers to be deployed on its territory only if the United Nations passes a second resolution authorising the use of force against Iraq. Turkey, which borders Iraq, is a key US ally and its role wo
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