US Senate has okayed President George Bush's USD 87.5 B emergency funding package for Iraq and Afghanistan.
The confirmed death toll from an Indonesia flood disaster blamed on illegal logging has risen to 75, officials said, and hopes were fading for another 100 people who were still missing. The bodies of 39 women and 36 men have so far been found in the North
Heavy rains triggered flash floods in a popular tourist resort on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing 66 people, including five foreigners. According to local police the dead foreigners included a German, an Australian, two Chinese and a Singaporean.
First results from parliamentary elections in the former Soviet republic Georgia gave the pro-government bloc the lead, though opinion polls had consistently shown voters, deeply unhappy with their country's rampant poverty and corruption, favouring the o
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said he is ready for peace talks following an Israeli offer, the first tentative moves toward breaking a months-long stalemate. Arafat also chose Ahmed Qureia to form a new Palestinian government, a step that could enable
Targeting Americans with new courage, rebels hiding in a date palm grove shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying dozens of soldiers heading for home leave Sunday, killing 16 and wounding 20 in the deadliest strike against US forces since they invaded Iraq
Israel has allowed more than six thousand Palestinian workers to cross from the Gaza Strip into Israel's territory for the first time in more than a month. Authorities slightly eased a border closure, which had been imposed in September to stop suicide bo
Georgians head to the polls on Sunday as fourteen parties and seven coalitions are competing in the parliamentary elections. Analysts point out that the vote is seen as a test of strength for politicians seeking to succeed President Eduard Shevardnadze wh
Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered Saturday night to mark the eighth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, showing their continued support for the stalled peace process. The peace rally took place in the Tel Aviv plaza wher
A car ran a police checkpoint outside a Mississippi arena where US President George Bush was speaking, and rammed the building. Authorities swarmed the car with weapons drawn and took away the driver and at least two children who were with her.
Chief US administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer has said he wanted to accelerate the handing over of authority to Iraqis. Bremer said he wanted to give Iraqis a "path and a timeline" for the transfer of power from the US-led coalition.
California firefighters took a break from battling a massive blaze creeping eastward, as cool weather helped their cause and temperatures were expected to fall even further. Hundreds of firefighters were resting overnight, recharging before returning to t
Jean-Claude Trichet, former chief of France's Central Bank, was elected the new governor of the European Central Bank (ECB). Trichet took over from Netherlands' Wim Duisenberg, who was the first president of the ECB when it was set up in 1998.
Two US soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in an explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday. A crude bomb or landmine exploded by the side of a road as the military convoy was passing.
A report in the New York Times suggests that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein may be coordinating the latest spate of attacks in the country. Senior US officials were quoted as saying there was intelligence that Saddam Hussein was leading the attacks pr
Security was high as Iraqis flocked to mosques for weekly prayers amid fears of a new wave of attacks while the coalition sped up its hiring of Iraqi security forces. Nerves were on edge in Baghdad, where the week -- and the Muslim fasting month of Ramada
Police in Washington say that the major security alert on Capitol Hill turned out to be a false alarm triggered by a Halloween costume. Police initially said they were hunting two intruders armed with a revolver who had breached a checkpoint at an office
Russian President Vladimir Putin relieved his chief of staff, Alexander Voloshin, of his duties. Voloshin is reported to have tendered his resignation on Wednesday over the arrest of Russia's richest businessman, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, over the weekend on
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