President George W.Bush has ordered his military to begin deploying a national missile defence system, to be operational starting in 2004.
French anti-terrorist police have seized chemicals from the home of suspected Islamic militants. Three men and one woman, all of North African origin, have been arrested and tests are being carried out on the liquid and powder substances found in their ap
A controversial German immigration law designed to bring in thousands of highly-skilled foreign workers has been struck down by the country's highest court. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of a group of conservative-led states, that had argued that the
A Dutch court has acquitted four suspected members of an Islamic militant network linked to al-Qaeda that prosecutors said plotted to attack US interests in Europe. French national Jerome Courtailler and Algerian Abdelkader Rabia were found not guilty of
The moment Lord Of the Rings film fans have been anticipating for a year has arrived with the worldwide opening of The Two Towers. Director Peter Jackson's second adaptation of the classic Tolkien fantasies is being rolled out on more than 10,000 screens
An anti-terrorism court in Delhi has sentenced to death three men convicted of helping militants attack India's parliament last year. Mohammed Afzal, a 35-year-old fruit merchant, Shaukat Hussain and SAR Geelani, a Delhi college teacher, were convicted on
An international human rights group says women and girls continue to suffer extreme repression in parts of Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch says it has evidence of mounting abuses, harassment and restrictions of women's rights.
Iraqi opposition groups meeting in London have decided on the make-up of a committee that could form the basis for a new government in Baghdad. The final declaration, reached after four days of often heated talks, called for a democratic and federal Iraq
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has spoken in support of the former Bosnian Serb president, Biljana Plavsic, at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Ms Albright was speaking at the sentencing hearing for Mrs Plavsic, who had earlier admit
French anti-terrorist police have discovered unidentified chemicals - liquid and powder substances - at the home of suspected Islamic militants arrested on Monday. Analyses are to show whether the substances are toxic and could be used in a bomb.
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and its key rebel opponents have signed a power-sharing agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, to end more than four years of war. Representatives of the country's main political parties and civil society g
President Bush could announce the formal US response to Iraq's declaration of its weapons programmes in a few days' time, White House officials have said. In his first public comments on the issue, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said there were proble
Nato and the European Union have formally adopted an agreement which will give the EU access to Nato military resources and will allow the EU to conduct military operations abroad. Under the deal, the EU will have access to Nato planning and resources for
Three Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in the Gaza Strip early on Monday. Two members of militant Islamic group Hamas were killed as they tried to enter Israel from the northern Gaza Strip.
On national television the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, said troops should ignore judges and court rulings and obey only presidential decrees. The statement comes as a general strike against his government entered its third week.
Biljana Plavsic, 72, once dubbed the "Iron Lady" of the Balkans is facing the climax of a war crimes court case. She is attending a three-day hearing at the U.
A plan for drastic cuts in catches is being discussed at a ministers meeting in Brussels, aiming to save dwindling stocks. The European Commission wants to reduce catches of endangered species such as cod and haddock by up to 80 % in the North Sea, Irish
More than 100 people are feared dead after an overloaded boat capsized on a river in north-west Liberia. The wooden boat was packed with mourners heading to the funeral of a popular local footballer.
The Vatican has approved a revised plan to combat child sex abuse in the US Roman Catholic Church in a letter from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re to the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Wilton Gregory. US bishops drew up a plan to
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