Hollywood actress Anne Bancroft has died of cancer at the age of 73, a spokesperson has said. Bancroft had five Oscar nominations, and starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in film classic The Graduate.
Pope Benedict XVI has condemned same-sex unions as anarchic "pseudo-matrimony" and reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion. The pontiff repeatedly referred to marriage as a union between man and woman in an address to a conference of the D
Bolivia's President Carlos Mesa has offered to resign amid mass protests demanding the nationalisation of energy and a reform of the constitution. Bolivia's main city, La Paz, has been blocked by daily demonstrations over the last several weeks.
Hollywood star Russell Crowe has been arrested for throwing a telephone at a New York hotel employee, world media disclosed Monday. The actor reportedly hit the Mercer Hotel employee in the face during an argument in the small hours.
Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is expected to go on trial within two months, the Iraqi prime minister's spokesman said on Sunday. Saddam could face up to 500 charges, but he will be tried on only 12 because prosecuting all would be a "waste of time
An Egyptian businessman and eight Iraqis were killed in attacks late on Saturday and Sunday as Baghdad said it had arrested another 216 suspects in a major operation in and around the capital. The latest arrests mean that Baghdad's Operation Lightning swe
A week of torrential rains and heavy flooding has killed over 200 people in China, with 79 others missing, and caused widespread damage. The seasonal downpours have affected more than 17 million people so far, including those who have lost property and ot
Hundreds of mourners have lined the streets of central Beirut for the funeral procession of an anti-Syrian journalist, amid calls for an international investigation into his death. Samir Kassir, a 45-year-old newspaper columnist, was killed Thursday by a
China's military buildup, particularly its positioning of hundreds of missiles facing Taiwan, is a threat to Asian security, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Saturday. Rumsfeld rebuked China at a regional security conference in Singapore, saying
Kofi Annan, the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, has said that the fight against AIDS may be the great challenge of our generation. The disease is spreading faster than ever, outstripping efforts to contain it, Annan told a conference in New York.
Lawmakers in new EU member state Latvia ratified the European Union's constitution, giving the text a much-needed boost after its rejection by French and Dutch voters. A total of 71 MPs in the Latvian 100-seat parliament backed the constitution, five vote
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on the ratification of an additional agreement on the eastern part of the Russian-Chinese border, Russian officials announced. The law was approved by the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on May
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 27 people including the police chief of the capital Kabul, witnesses and officials said. The blast occurred as prayers were offered for an Islamic cleri
A controversial nuclear power station in south-western Sweden was finally being shut down on Wednesday, decades after Swedes voted to phase out atomic energy. The final reactor at the Barseback plant, across a narrow waterway from the Danish capital, was
The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the US-led multinational force in Iraq on Tuesday. In a statement adopted unanimously the council deplored the campaign of violence against civilians and Iraqi authorities, and re-emphasized earlier calls to
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