Russian President Vladimir Putin has marked Constitution Day with a promise of a referendum for Chechnya. Under a new draft constitution the breakaway republic will be defined as part of Russia.
Polls for a new state government have closed in the western Indian state of Gujarat with nearly 63% electors turned out to vote. Voting took place amid tight security following religious riots earlier in the year in which more than 1,000 people, mainly Mu
Police found link between the bombers who attacked a McDonald's restaurant in Indonesia last week and the terror network that carried out the Bali bombing attacks in October. National Police spokesman Edward Aritonang told CNN on Thursday that one McDonal
Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic, wife of Radovan Karadzic, the fugitive Bosnian Serb leader, submitted his resignation as head of the Bosnian Serb Red Cross. In her words she has been forced to go just because she was the wife of Mr Karadzic.
North Korea has said it will immediately reactivate a mothballed nuclear power plant, frozen under a 1994 agreement with the US. The North Korean foreign ministry said it was responding to a US-led decision to suspend oil aid to Pyongyang as a punishment
A man has confessed to murdering and eating another man who allegedly volunteered to be killed, in a case that has shocked Germany. The 41-year-old - who was remanded in custody on Wednesday - videotaped the murder, prosecutors said.
Europe's new heavy-lift rocket has failed on its maiden flight. The Ariane 5-ESCA blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 1921 local time (2221 GMT) and exploded over the Atlantic three minutes later.
The sunken tanker Prestige may continue to send oil oozing into the Atlantic until 2006, Spanish experts have revealed. The heavy fuel oil on board the wrecked vessel is currently leaking from 15 cracks in the hull at the rate of up to 125 metric tons a d
International terrorist groups could get hold of lethal biological weapons from Britain's universities and other research bodies, MPs have warned. The influential Commons foreign affairs committee is urging the government to introduce stronger controls ov
In Hungary, the authorities have announced that they have received an official request from the US Government for permission to use a US-run air base in the south of the country to train Iraqis for a possible war in their country. The exact nature of the
A passenger train has derailed in central Cuba, and officials say at least 13 people have been killed. The accident happened near the city of Matanzas, as the train was on its way from the capital, Havana, to Santiago de Cuba.
United States experts are examining a ship in the Arabian Sea after it was stopped by Spanish warships and found to be carrying concealed Scud-type missiles. Officials said that although the vessel's final destination was unclear, it was believed to be bo
Cherie Blair, the wife of the British prime minister, is at the centre of a row over the man she used to help her buy investment property. The unfolding scandal is a complex affair in which she at first denied that Peter Foster, a convicted fraudster, had
Iraq has denounced the United States for taking charge of distribution of the weapons declaration Baghdad made to the United Nations on Saturday. The foreign ministry accused Washington of "unprecedented blackmail" and warned that Washington could alter i
The United States has distributed copies of Iraq's weapons dossier to all four of its fellow permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, after apparently seizing the initiative from the UN itself. Syria - a non-permanent Council member - has
Venezuela's government appears to be ready to make concessions to the opposition forces who have mounted a general strike aimed at removing President Hugo Chavez. According to mediators, the government has offered to discuss a timetable for early election
Rescue efforts are continuing in Brazil to try to find survivors after mudslides at a coastal resort killed at least 36 people but there is very little hope of finding anyone alive. Fifty others are reported missing after torrential rain buried houses and
The leader of Turkey's governing party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has attacked the European Union for applying double-standards in its judgements about which countries might join the EU and when. With three days to go before EU leaders meet to decide whether
Kenyan police have released computer-generated images of two men suspected of carrying out last month's failed missile attack in Mombasa on an Israeli airliner. The police also announced a $6,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of each
Firefighters in the Scottish city of Edinburgh are still tackling a fire that could take days more to put out. The blaze swept through the city's historic Old Town area on Saturday evening but firefighters remain at the scene to douse the pockets of fire
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