At least six people have been killed by an explosion, which tore through a passenger bus in Grozny, capital of the Russian republic of Chechnya. Many more people are reported to have been injured.
Asia-Pacific countries are responding to the threat of Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), but are struggling to control people's fear of the disease. Across the region, increasingly draconian travel and quarantine restrictions are in place.
NATO and the EU said there is an "emerging consensus" on the future of Iraq after a morning of talks with US Secretary of State, Colin Powell. European and Nato foreign ministers stressed that they wanted the United Nations to take a central role in post-
Three mosques in the south Philippines city of Davao have been hit by a series of attacks, just hours after a deadly bombing killed 16 people. The mosque attacks prompted fears of a spiral of religious violence in the mainly Christian city.
An environmental emergency has been declared in towns in two Brazilian states after a chemicals reservoir burst and contaminated two rivers. The spillage occurred at a wood pulping factory at Cataguazes in Minas Gerais state, and much of the toxic waste i
Belgium has restricted the scope of a controversial law that allows foreign leaders to be tried in Belgian courts for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In future a senior prosecutor will have to approve cases which are based on events outside Belgiu
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised tourists and business people not to travel to Hong Kong or parts of China because of the outbreak of a deadly, pneumonia-like virus. The WHO said anyone intending to visit Hong Kong or Guangdong province "sh
Two dozen people jumped out the rear door of a Cuban airliner held at Havana airport after it was hijacked from Cuba's small Isle of Youth to the United States late Monday, AFP reported. The plane has been forced to land in Havana because of insufficient
Brazil's centre-left government has offered workers an inflation-busting 20% rise in the minimum wage beginning from Tuesday. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Workers' Party (PT) promised during last October's elections to double the minimum wa
Up to 50 people are missing and feared dead in northern Bolivia, after a mudslide crushed dozens of houses. Heavy rains are reported to have started the disaster, which has engulfed a gold mining community in the village of Chima.
The French authorities advised against travel to Hong Kong or mainland China because of the outbreak of a deadly new virus. French chief medical officer Lucien Abenhaim said Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were not confined to people who had dire
In Nigeria, scores of people are feared dead after fighting at a political rally in the troubled Niger Delta. A witness said an opposition rally was attacked on Saturday in the town of Bakana.
The man who has confessed to killing the populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn says he has been hit by doubts over the rightness of his deed. Talking to a panel of judges at his trial in Amsterdam Volkert van der Graaf compared Fortuyn's rapid rise to the
Mladen Naletilic, and Vinko Martinovic, former Bosnian Croat paramilitaries, have been sentenced to 20 and 18 years in prison respectively by the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague for their roles in the Bosnian civil war in the early 1990s, B
The residents of an apartment in Hong Kong building in urban Kowloon were ordered under quarantine for 10 days in an effort to control a deadly new virus. With the number of cases in the territory reported to be at least 622 on Monday, 213 have been linke
The largest Sikh temple outside India has been officially opened in west London on Sunday. It is the culmination of many years of dedicated effort by the Sikh community based in Havelock Road, Southall.
Serbian police have demanded that the wife of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic return from Russia for questioning in connection with a major political murder. They are seeking Mirjana Markovic, a key political ally of her husband, following the d
Brazil has secured World Bank loans worth USD 505 M to finance its social programme. World Bank President James Wolfensohn said Brazil could look forward to an influx of foreign investment once the war with Iraq is over.
Hong Kong and Singapore reported more cases on Saturday of a fast-spreading pneumonia that has killed 54 people worldwide as the United States urged Americans to postpone travel to parts of Asia. But Vietnam played down the threat from the deadly virus an
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