An earthquake with a magnitude of 5 on the Richter scale hit the eastern Hokkaido and northern Tohoku regions just after 1 p.m.
The United Nations is moving nearer to agreement on a resolution on the future of Iraq prior to the 30 June handover of power to the interim government. A special Security Council session discussed a third draft of a resolution proposed by the US and UK.
Ronald Reagan was remembered with jellybeans, flowers and American flags on Sunday at memorials in his hometown and outside the mortuary where the former president's body lay. Reagan will be memorialized at the first presidential state funeral in more tha
Less than half a year after the Bennifer split, Jennifer Lopez has reportedly tied the knot again to singer Marc Anthony. Lopez, 33, is said to have married the Latin singer at her home on Saturday in a private ceremony, according to People and US Weekly
US President Bush is meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, as protesters gather in Rome to demonstrate against US actions in Iraq. The leader of the world's Catholics has spoken out against the Iraq war and the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by some US
US President George Bush will meet Italian political leaders and Pope John Paul during his first full day in Rome, for talks expected to focus on Iraq. He arrived in Rome early on Friday ahead of services marking the 60th anniversary of key World War II e
Iraqi foreign minister gave his broad endorsement to a UN draft resolution on the transfer of power to his government at the end of the month. In a speech to the UN Security Council, Hoshyar Zebari stressed the need to give Iraq full sovereignty.
Former US President Bill Clinton made the first of many public appearances to plug his forthcoming autobiography at a publishing trade show in Chicago. Clinton, whose long-awaited 957-page "My Life" goes on sale June 22, was in relaxed and philosophical m
Members of oil producers' group OPEC are meeting in Beirut to discuss boosting production by up to 11%, in a bid to lower the soaring price of oil. Saudi Arabia and Iran have put forward competing proposals to raise output, with Iran favouring a smaller i
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric gave his tacit endorsement to the new interim government. He also urged it to lobby the UN Security Council for full sovereignty to erase "all traces" of the American-run occupation.
The new Iraqi government began work amid fresh fighting in which at least 17 people were killed and an uphill struggle to win domestic and international legitimacy. At the interim government's first meeting Wednesday, new prime minister Iyad Allawi flagge
UN peacekeepers began taking over from a US-led multi-national force in flood-devastated Haiti. Brazilian troops are leading the force of 8,000 UN soldiers and civilian police, although it is likely to be a month before they are all in place.
At least 34 people were killed - many burnt or horribly mutilated - in a rebellion at a prison in Rio de Janeiro. The rebellion has now ended, but police said they were still securing the Benfica facility in northern Rio, and feared more bodies could be f
An explosion just outside the US Green Zone headquarters in Baghdad killed 25 people as officials met to name an Iraqi government for the June 30 takeover. The blast was at the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, close to Iraq's Foreign Ministry
US troops have agreed to suspend patrols in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in a bid to prop up a shaky truce. The coalition put off until Tuesday a scheduled meeting to decide Iraq's first president in the post-Saddam Hussein era amid a fierce political st
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