The Israeli cabinet has backed the latest Middle East peace plan, which envisages the step-by-step creation of a Palestinian state. Sharon won the vote by 12 votes to seven, with four abstentions.
The Bush administration, alarmed by intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda operatives in Iran had a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia, has suspended once-promising contacts with Iran, Washington Posr reported. Citing administration offici
Dozens of people are missing after two ferries collided near the capital of the Philippines - Manila. The coastguard said at least eight people were killed in the collision, which sank one of the vessels off Corregidor Island in Manila Bay.
Five more people have died from the Sars virus in Chinam, which sent Sars specialists and medical supplies to the island of Taiwan in a gesture of solidarity with its rival and neighbour China offered to send Sars specialists and medical supplies to the i
The death toll in Algeria reached nearly 1,500, on Friday with more than 7,000 injured by the quake that struck Wednesday at the evening dinner hour, measuring as much as 6.8 on the Richter scale on some monitors.
The World Health Organization has lifted its travel warning to Hong Kong and China's southern Guangdong province, saying the Sars virus there was now under control. The WHO issued its alerts to two of the world's hotspots for Severe Acute Respiratory Synd
Britain's appeals court has quashed the convictions of nine Afghan men jailed for hijacking a plane in Afghanistan and forcing it to fly to London's Stansted airport. The men were jailed in January last year after the jury failed to accept their defense t
A mass grave has been uncovered pushing the official death toll to over 300 from recent clashes between rival militias in the north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo. United Nations officials say some 30 bodies were found in a grave on the outskirts i
The trial of 23 alleged Islamic extremists has begun amid intense security in Brussels. The accused face a range of charges including involvement in the murder of the Afghan opposition leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud, and planning attacks on American targets i
The French president has called for lower eurozone interest rates, in a speech ahead of the G8 summit in France next month. "Interest rates are low and can continue to fall," President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday in what is seen as a clear reference
The United States has voiced its concern to Qatar over the broadcast by the al-Jazeera satellite television channel of an alleged message from a senior al-Qaeda leader. US Secretary of State Colin Powell termed the broadcast unfortunate and said that givi
The Arabic television channel al-Jazeera has broadcast what it says is an audio tape of al-Qaeda's second-in-command calling on Muslims to carry out more suicide attacks, BBC reported. "The crusaders and the Jews only understand the language of murder", a
American troops have shot dead four Afghan soldiers and wounded another four outside the US embassy in Kabul thinking they were coming under attack, international agencies reported, citing Afghan officials. International security forces say there was an e
Taiwan recorded its largest single day rise in SARS deaths and new cases as the crisis in the island's hospitals worsened, while China said most of the country was close to controlling the epidemic. As the World Health Organisation began a second day of i
Argentina's President-elect Nestor Kirchner has announced his new cabinet six days ahead of his inauguration. The list includes the existing Economy Minister, Roberto Lavagna, who retains his post in recognition of his role in stabilising the national acc
The Bush administration raised the national terror alert level to orange on Tuesday amid fears that a wave of attacks overseas would spread to the United States, AP reported. The threats were not specific to location, time or method of attack.
At least 300 people have been reported dead and another 200 pronounced missing in Sri Lanka's worst flooding in five decades, international agencies reported. Some 60,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed in three districts.
The United States issued a new warning of "imminent" terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, as it decided to shut down its embassy in Riyadh and consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran from Wednesday. It is still not known when the offices will reopen.
Israeli troops pulled back to the edges of a Palestinian town in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, despite five suicide attacks that killed 12 Israelis in 48 hours and endangered a U.S.
Israel's virtual closure of the Gaza Strip may force the United Nations to halt aid operations in the Palestinian territory, the organisation has warned. Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN special envoy for the Middle East peace process, said the "drastic" restric
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