The chief of Venezuela's army has condemned the two-week general strike that has crippled the country's oil industry. General Julio Garcia Montoya said the action led by the opposition amounted to sabotage.
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
Former US Vice President Al Gore has decided not to run for the White House in 2004. In a television interview, Mr Gore said that although he wanted to contribute to changing the Bush administration, he did not believe that running for the presidency was
The ruling Hindu nationalist party has won a landslide victory in assembly elections in the western Indian state of Gujarat, scene of terrible communal violence earlier this year. An indefinite curfew was imposed in the state's Baroda district after clash
Authorities in Pakistan have arrested three men suspected of planning a suicide bomb attack against US diplomats in the southern city of Karachi. Police chief Kamal Shah said the men were found with 10 kg (22 lb) of explosives in a Volkswagen car with whi
Nearly 3,000 new luxury cars on board a carrier ship which sank in the English Channel are almost certainly write-offs, salvage experts have said. The multi-million pound cargo of vehicles, including BMWs, Volvos and Saabs, is lying on the seabed inside t
One of the most notorious Chechen rebels, Salman Raduyev, has died in jail in Russia, prison sources say. Raduyev was sentenced to life imprisonment for multiple murders and terrorism, in December, 2001.
About 50,000 South Koreans have rallied in the capital Seoul in protest over the deaths of two teenage girls killed by US servicemen in a road accident. Several thousand riot police prevented the protesters from marching on the US embassy.
Police in Jordan have arrested two men in connection with the killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley in October, authorities in the capital Amman say. Information Minister Mohammad Adwan said that a Jordanian and a Libyan had been arrested on Saturda
Iraqi opposition groups are meeting in London to try to overcome their differences and map out a joint vision for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. More than 300 delegates, including independents and representatives from more than 50 parties, will discuss plans
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has resigned as chairman of a commission investigating events leading up to the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States. Mr Kissinger, who had been in the job for just 16 days, had been criticised for re
A Norwegian car carrier has sunk in the English Channel after colliding with a container ship in thick fog in the early hours of Saturday. The 24 crew of the Tricolor abandoned ship for their lifeboats after the collision, which happened at around 0130GMT
Bulgaria C-bank Allows Corpbank’s Debtors to Repay Loans
Local policeman investigated for allegedly stealing aid for Mizia flood victims