Nobel laureate Oscar Arias begins a second stint as president of Costa Rica today, taking power in a nation divided over free trade with the US and widely seen as rudderless. Arias vows to push the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the Unite
President Vladimir Putin offered couples cash to have more children to halt a dramatic decline in population and called for a stronger army in a key speech on Wednesday which he shrugged off sharp attacks by Washington.
More than half the gas used in Brazil is Bolivian, and in Sao Paulo - the state that accounts for roughly half of Brazil's GDP - the figure is 75 percent. Any disruption in supply from Bolivia would hit Brazil hard, and those in the heavily indus
"President Bush says that we want to enslave people and oppress their freedom of speech," says a senior member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Party of Liberation. "But we want to free all people from being slaves of men and make them slaves
BRITAIN is preparing to give up the national veto on EU law-and-order legislation after Brussels demanded that national governments surrender control of key policies to combat terrorism and organised crime.
Italy picked a former communist, Giorgio Napolitano, to be its next President on Wednesday, opening the way for Romano Prodi to become Prime Minister more than a month after winning a close-run election.
David Lucas, of Mildenhall, Suffolk, said he had been selling execution equipment to countries including Zimbabwe for about 10 years. Mr Lucas said the trade was not sick and "business is business". The execution equipment he says he sells
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a veiled warning to the United States not to take any military action against Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
" 'Don't talk about starvation. Don't talk about human rights,' " Ma said she was warned repeatedly by South Korean intelligence officials assigned to watch over her. "The South Korean government doesn't want any
With the tone of a teacher and the certainty of a believer, the president of Iran wrote to President Bush that Western democracy has failed and that the invasion of Iraq, American treatment of prisoners, and support for Israel cannot be reconciled wi
US prosecutors warned Monday that they plan to seek harsher charges against an engineer and two kin accused of plotting to steal sensitive US Navy warship technology and trying smuggle it back to China.
Australians will need a photo identity card within four years to receive Medicare and welfare payments but will not be forced to carry it at all times. (Now, that's a relief)
Prime Minister Tony Blair says that any consideration of a nuclear attack against Iran would be "absoluetly absurd," and said that issue had no bearing on his decision to demote his foreign secretary.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences - the country's top scientific body - has announced that the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau are vanishing so fast that they will be reduced by 50 per cent every decade. Each year enough water permanently melts fro
President Hugo Chavez said voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years. Speaking at a stadium, Chavez said he would hold a referendum to put the question of his remaining in office to Venezuel
Iran's President sent an unprecedented letter to US President George W. Bush on Monday, but it was unclear whether its content offered any practical solution to the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear programme.
ABUJA, Nigeria — Two years of Darfur peace talks characterized by setbacks and frustration ended with a final flurry of international diplomacy and a signing ceremony Friday.
[While USA acts imperious.] China is expanding military and economic ties throughout Latin America, taking advantage of a wave of anti-American candidates who have come to power and a US law barring military training and aid to a dozen Latin countrie
President Hugo Chavez said yesterday voters should have the chance to decide whether or should govern for the next 25 years.
Venezuela's populist president Hugo Chávez has been accused of using his country's oil wealth to help elect like-minded leaders in Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, and Nicaragua. But there's been little evidence, until now.
India's prime minister called for a "pan Asian" free trade area embracing major economies to drive the region's growth. "We are linking India into a web of partnerships with the countries of the region through free trade and co
The United States want direct access to Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and President Bush, in his recent visit to Pakistan, told President Pervez Musharraf that US experts want to question the detained scientist
The local elections for England, held once every four years, turned out to be as bad as the ruling Labor Party could imagine, with results showing on Friday that Blair's Labor has lost over 300 councilors whereas the opposition Conservative Party
Gold production was up 24 per cent, while operating costs dropped 15 per cent. The mine extracted more than 24,000 ounces of gold and was in solid production when the disaster struck.
Turkey has massed troops along its border with Iraq to increase pressure on the US and the new government in Baghdad to act against a growing threat from Kurdish rebels based in Northern Iraq.
Cuban President Fidel Castro was furious when Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at $550 million last year. This year, the magazine upped its estimate of the communist leader's wealth to a cool $900 million.
Prime Minister Tony Blair fired his law and order chief, and chose a new foregin secretary on Friday, trying to restore public support in his troubled government after his Labour Party took a pounding in local elections.
[Jim Rummy?] Hungarian builders who drank their way to the bottom of a huge barrel of rum while renovating a house got a nasty surprise when a pickled naked male corpse tumbled out of the empty barrel. The rum had a "special taste" so they
Over 1,000 riot police firing tear gas flooded into a town at the edge of Mexico City to hunt for agents taken hostage in a riot sparked by flower traders that left at least one dead.
There is something perversely satisfying about soaking in a tub of beer. First theres is the yeasty aroma of malt and hops, followed by a warm sticky sensation as the brown liquid envelope your body.