A bomb blast has ripped through a bus in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, local officials say. There are reported to be many casualties from the explosion, which happened while the vehicle was on a main street.
Spain's Lower House of Parliament has voted in a secret ballot instigated by the opposition calling on parliamentarians to oppose the government's support of military action in Iraq. But the motion has been defeated.
The annual meeting of China's parliament has opened for a session which is due to bring forward a new generation of leaders to guide the world's most populous nation. Almost 3,000 delegates to the largely toothless National People's Congress, or NPC, gath
The United States is ordering extra military forces - thought to be long-range bombers - to boost defences near North Korea. The move comes amid heightened tensions with Pyongyang, following Monday's interception of a US surveillance plane by four North K
Washington has accused North Korea of "reckless behaviour" after four of its fighter jets intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in international airspace. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Pyongyang was testing the tolerance of the US and the incid
Russia is still not ruling out the use of its veto in the UN Security Council to prevent a war in Iraq, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has told the BBC. "I do not rule anything out, because the right of veto can be used by any permanent member of th
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes Iraq is capable of building new weapons even with inspectors in the country. In an exclusive interview for BBC he said even the destruction of al-Samoud missiles as demanded by the United Nations was no real s
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been seeking to rally his people behind him as the United States steps up its preparations to topple him. In a letter read out on television to mark the Islamic New Year on Tuesday, Saddam told his people that if they kept
Nineteen suspected members of the November 17 guerrilla group have gone on trial in Athens. The start of the hearing in a bunker-like courtroom built inside a maximum-security prison was marked by arguments and chaotic scenes.
The 184 victims of the 11 September 2001 attack on the Pentagon will be remembered with 184 "light benches", the US Defence Department said on Monday. The winning design was chosen from 1,126 entries, and will stand under the final flight path of American
At least 44 people, including seven policemen, have been killed in clashes between nomads and farmers in north-eastern Nigeria. Police were sent to quell the unrest on Saturday, but according to police spokesman Chris Olakpe "were killed in cold blood by
Israeli troops have captured a founder member of the Islamic militant group Hamas during an incursion into the Gaza Strip. Sheikh Mohammed Taha is reported to be the first senior Hamas political leader to be arrested since the Palestinian uprising began i
Eight Palestinians including a pregnant woman and a child are reported dead and 35 injured during an incursion by Israeli tanks and soldiers into the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces exchanged fire with Palestinian fighters as they entered a refugee camp at El
A proposal urging Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to go into exile to avert a war is gaining support among Arab Gulf states. Kuwait and Bahrain have backed a proposal made by the United Arab Emirates for the Iraqi leader to go into exile, in return for gua
Jacques Chirac is going to Algeria for the first full state visit by a French president since the country won independence in 1962 following a brutal war. President Chirac - who served as a second lieutenant in the French army during the campaign - arrive
The suspected planner of the September 11 attacks has been handed over to the US following his arrest in Pakistan on Saturday. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has been on the run for a decade, was turned over to US custody and taken to an undisclosed location
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