US President Bush called for democratic reforms in the Middle East, saying "freedom can be the future of every nation." Later, at a White House ceremony, Bush signed an USD 87.
Four former Rwandan ministers have gone on trial, charged with masterminding the killing of some 800,000 people in the 1994 genocide. Prosecutor Paul Ng'Arua told the court the ministers blazed a path to hell for the minority Tutsi population.
US troops in Iraq have captured two former Iraqi army generals in the town of Falluja, US officials have said. Military sources said the pair are believed to have financed and organised anti-coalition fighters in the area, west of Baghdad.
Opponents mounted a series of legal challenges to a ban on "partial birth" abortions, hours after President Bush signed it into United States law. The new law - the first major limit on abortion for 30 years - bans late term abortions in which the foetus
Scientists say the Voyager 1 spacecraft is near the outer limit of the solar system, 26 years after its US launch. The boundary is a region called "termination shock" where particles from the sun begin to slow down and clash with atomic matter from deep s
German cabinet has approved plans to allow hijacked aircraft to be shot down in order to prevent eventual terror attacks. The country's ruling coalition agreed that the power could only be used if a plane had failed to respond to other halting attempts.
US truck painter Gary Ridgway, aged 54, has admitted in a Seattle court that he had murdered 48 women. The tragic series has become known in the country as the Green River killings as many of the victims' remains were found near the Green River, just sou
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has declared a state of emergency a day after stunning the country as she sacked three ministers, suspended parliament and sent troops onto the streets. The president has accused the government of making too many
Turkey's unwillingness to send troops to Iraq without clear support from US-installed Iraqi leaders could deal a major blow to US efforts to attract other countries' help against an increasingly deadly resistance. Tuesday's statements by Turkey's ambassad
Firefighters contained the biggest and deadliest of Southern California's wildfires Tuesday and turned their attention to mopping up other blazes and heading off mudslides when rains come. San Diego County's 280,000-acre Cedar Fire was surrounded after co
Sri Lanka's president stunned this island nation when she suspended Parliament, sacked three Cabinet ministers and deployed troops around the capital - moves that endanger the fragile peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Police arrested a man after he allegedly threw a bag of flammable material at the Turkish Embassy, touching off a small fire in the building, Dutch authorities said. Initial reports quoting the Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands said there had been an
Russia's largest oil producer Yukos chose as its new chief executive a Russian-born American, who insisted the embattled firm would survive the arrest and jailing of its founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Simon Kukes, appointed to replace Khodorkovsky after hi
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said Tuesday he would present a new Cabinet to parliament for approval next week, slowing recent momentum toward resuming peace talks with Israel. The main obstacle to forming a government quickly is Qureia's ongoin
Insurgents killed an American soldier in a roadside bombing in Baghdad on Tuesday and lobbed mortars into the US headquarters area of the capital, wounding four people and raising huge explosions downtown for the second night in a row. Rebels fired mortar
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
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