Rainstorms have triggered massive floods in three Chinese provinces, and hundreds might have been killed, world media said. The number of confirmed deaths reached 68 on Friday, dozens of people are missing.
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
Former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of six charges including tax evasion. Khodorkovsky was found guilty of six of the seven charges of tax evasion, fraud and embezzlement he had faced.
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is expected to go on trial within two months, new President Jalal Talabani announced. When asked in a TV interview when Saddam's trial would begin, Talabani replied he hoped it to happen within two months.
French President Jacques Chirac has appointed Dominique de Villepin as prime minister to head a new government in the wake of the EU constitution referendum defeat. Villepin, 51, who headed so far the Interior Ministry will replace Jean-Pierre Raffarin, w
Angela Merkel, the leader of Germany's opposition Christian Democrats, has officially been chosen as the conservative challenger to Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in early elections in the fall. Angela Merkel, the leader of Germany's opposition Christian De
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up among a crowd of Iraqi police in Hilla city, south of Baghdad, on Monday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 35 others, police said. The attack took place Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad.
The FBI arrested a Florida doctor and New York martial arts expert on federal terrorism charges, saying they conspired to treat and train terrorists, federal prosecutors announced. Rafiq Abdus Sabir, a physician, and Tarik Shah, a self-described martial a
Saad, the son of slain former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, is headed for a landslide election victory in Beirut. Voters however denied Saad al-Hariri the high turnout he sought in Lebanon's first general election in three decades with no Syrian troops
Greece's Peloponnese peninsula, one of the country's most seismic areas, was rocked Sunday by an earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale, the Strasbourg Geodynamic Institute said as quoted by DPA. The quake's epicentre was located deep in the Corinthi
A small bomb exploded in central Athens, outside the offices of a Greek construction company, police said early Saturday. No one was hurt in the time-bomb blast which occurred shortly before midnight Friday following a warning telephone call to a daily ne
Two bombs have exploded in a market in central Indonesia, killing at least 19 people and wounding 20, police said. The blasts happened in the town of Tentena, on the island of Sulawesi, about 60km from the coastal town of Poso.
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