China is preparing to "strike hard" against rising public unrest, a senior police official said according to state media on Thursday, highlighting the government's fears for stability even as the economy booms.
Russian president, Vladimir Putin, yesterday said that four British diplomats accused of espionage in Moscow should not be expelled, as their replacements might be cleverer than they were
Ali was a 17-year-old killed after allegedly sympathizing with Iranian opposition groups. Ozra, a married woman, was killed after a charge of adultery. And Bahram, age 50, was executed for being a member of the Baha'i faith.
Russia's state security service, the FSB, has accused British diplomats of spying in Moscow. It backed claims made in a Russian TV report which showed footage of what it said was British agents retrieving data from a fake rock planted on a street
The disbanding of the Miners Block, a paramilitary group in the northern province of Antioquia named after nearby gold mines, brought to 16,500 the number of militiamen who had turned in their arms so far, government officials said Friday.
China announced a rise in public disturbances in 2005, as rapid economic growth continued to spark social unrest. Amid growing anger at official corruption and several high-profile land disputes between authorities and villagers. China's leaders
IVORY COAST, once one of the wealthiest nations in Africa, was close to its second civil war in five years yesterday as gangs of armed thugs loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo ran amok across the southern half of the country.
China has sealed off a village in southern Guangdong province after days of protests over land grabs ended at the weekend in clashes with police that killed a teenage girl, two residents said
Shell has withdrawn about 330 workers from four sites in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria following a gunboat attack. Gunmen fought Nigerian soldiers on Sunday as they overran the Benisede pumping station near the port of Warri.
The Brazilian employment ministry said its officials raided 183 farms, the highest number since Swat-style teams were introduced 10 years ago. In total 4,133 workers were freed, with R$7.4m (£1.8m) paid to victims, the ministry said.
A torture victim in the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, a former defense minister and a medical doctor, socialist Michelle Bachelet parlayed her ability to connect with voters into becoming Chile's first woman president.
SAUDI ARABIA has embarked on an unprecedented drive to open up to $1,400 billion (£795 billion) of its industries to foreign investment as it strives to scale back dependence on oil exports.
Tony Blair is preparing to scrap a 40-year ban on tapping MPs' telephones, despite fierce Cabinet opposition. Announce to the Commons within weeks that MPs can no longer be sure that the security services and others will not intercept their commu
LOBBYISTS and powerful industry organisations are financially backing supposedly independent groups of ministers of Parliament investigating controversial policies in which they have a commercial interest
Iran had agreed in November 2004 to freeze most of its nuclear activities, including nuclear research, in exchange for a broad package of political and economic incentives. It had earlier admitted that it had deceived nuclear inspectors for years, al
Somalia's president and parliament speaker agreed to end a rift that has paralyzed the anarchic nation, but a final declaration signed by the leaders did not say where the government would be based. [Who anointed them ruler?]
Pressure is increasing on the British government over allegations that its intelligence agents participated in the kidnap and torture of 28 Pakistanis in Greece following the July 7 bombings.
Russia and Ukraine struck a complex deal to end a bitter gas dispute that has sent a shudder across Europe, where the jolt to supplies has left nations questioning their reliance on Russian supplies.
32 privately operated Venezuelan oilfields returned to state control with the start of the new year, the government said. A deadline expired for all private companies with contracts to independently pump oil to agree to joint ventures that will give
Putin, has moved to consolidate his power by closing down independent sources of opposition and extending state control of the “commanding heights” of the Russian economy, and attempts to impose his will on former Soviet states, such as Ukraine
Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-year old stepsister to salvage his family's "honor" — a crime that shocked Pakistan.
Andrei Illarionov, the economic adviser to President Vladimir Putin who resigned yesterday, was the only Kremlin figure ready to criticise its more draconian policies in public. He often made life uncomfortable for Mr Putin by questioning the Kremlin
Turkish prosecutors have launched an inquiry into whether an EU lawmaker should stand trial for insulting the country's armed forces.
Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing today, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency one year after the Indian Ocean tsunami destroyed their battlefield.
Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet lost a key appeal before the Supreme Court and must now face charges for the disappearance of leftists during his regime.
The DPP had claimed in the news that CIA director Goss, in return for Turkey's support, promised that Turkey would be allowed to hold raids against PKK camps in Iran, by letting Turkey know that the US offensive is to begin in a few hours on the
A Beijing court convicted Tian Fengshan of accepting bribes over eight years while a minister and regional official. China is trying to crack down on corruption, amid fears it could undermine Communist Party rule. Tian escaped the death penalty as h
China is to put on trial a Chinese journalist charged with exposing state secrets while working for the New York Times. Zhao was charged with telling the NY Times details about rivalry between China's outgoing Communist Party leader, Jiang Zemin,
Facing a charismatic new opponent, doubters in his party and a clock he set ticking on his own premiership, politicians and analysts say Tony Blair's departure date will dominate British politics next year.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been a thorn in Washington's side since taking office in 1999. He has threatened to interrupt vital oil shipments to the U.S. and claimed that President George W. Bush is planning an invasion to gain control