Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in state-organized marches on Saturday, vowing to defend President Saddam Hussein from a U.S.
After years of preparation and months of maneuvering, China finally made Hu Jintao its president on Saturday, handing power to a new generation of leaders expected to continue liberal economic policies while maintaining tight Communist Party political con
China is making the final preparations for the formal appointment of Hu Jintao as President. Hu, 60, is set to take over from Jiang Zemin in the final move of a carefully orchestrated transfer of power announced at the Communist Party Congress in November
New Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has presented his new cabinet to the country's President, Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Sezer's approval for the new team paves the way for a vote on the government's programme in parliament.
President George W Bush is to have emergency talks with British and Spanish leaders on Sunday amid diplomatic deadlock at the UN Security Council over their plans for disarming Iraq. The three countries co-sponsored a draft resolution that would have give
Japan has come out strongly in favour of the US and UK position on Iraq in recent days. The prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, has been calling Security Council members to try to persuade them to support a new resolution.
At least five Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in the West Bank town of Jenin. Witnesses said about 10 Israeli tanks - backed by armoured vehicles and jeeps and two combat helicopters - surrounded a house used by Islamic
The US Air Force has resumed reconnaissance flights in international airspace off North Korea, 11 days after a US plane was intercepted by North Korean fighters jets. "Those flights have recommenced," said Admiral Thomas Fargo, the commander of US forces
The Turkish parliament is being called to sit this weekend, as international attention focuses on a possible second vote on US troop deployment. The motion was narrowly rejected on 1 March, halting US preparations for a northern front in any war against I
A second United Nations resolution on Iraq was "now probably less likely than at any time", Tony Blair said cited by BBC. His official spokesman said that efforts were continuing to secure a diplomatic solution to the crisis - but accused France of "poiso
Turkish police have fired warning shots during a protest by anti-American demonstrators who were trying to enter the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun. American ships are waiting at Iskenderun to unload equipment - believed to include tanks - for use in a
Turkey's ruling party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been named as Prime Minister, days after winning a by-election - clearing the way for a fresh vote on US troop deployment. The president asked him to form a government after the resignation of Abdullah
The Oscars ceremony will go ahead whether or not war in Iraq has broken out but it will reflect the world situation, organisers have said. Producer Gil Gates was speaking as Oscar nominees gathered at a celebration lunch marking the two-week countdown to
Marathon peace talks to pave the way for the reunification of Cyprus have collapsed, heralding the end of the UN's peace mission there. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan held talks late into Monday night in a final attempt to reach a deal ahead of a UN dead
Romania has expelled five Iraqi diplomats for conducting activities "incompatible" with their status the Foreign Ministry has said. A statement from the ministry said that the presence of the diplomats had become "undesirable".
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