The $65 million communications satellite is part of a wider plan to raise the profile of the country, one of the world's top 20 oil producers, as a key player in the Central Asian region while maintaining good ties with neighbouring Russia.
North Korea has accelerated preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile and the launch could come as early as this weekend. Preparations to test a multiple-stage Taepodong 2 missile -- which could reach U.S. territory -- since earl
"I've used a cookit for three months and it's really good, smokeless and less expensive," Leshom says, marvelling at the savings of both money and time as well as new income the small contraption has brought her. "I now use
Islamic militia captured the Somali town of Jowhar on Wednesday as fighters from a United States-backed alliance of warlords fled one of their last strongholds in the war-ravaged country.
Somalia's parliament on Wednesday approved deployment of foreign peacekeepers to the anarchic nation, a move opposed by newly powerful Islamist militias controlling Mogadishu, the parliament speaker said.
Mexico's political parties agreed to play by the electoral rules in a close-run presidential race, but failed to restrain a fierce war of words between them that has marred campaigning. The main parties vowed to follo
Many London police officers have been shocked by an anti-terror raid in which two brothers were arrested, including one who was shot, before being freed without charge, a senior police officer said.
Police in Iran have beaten a small group of women activists trying to hold a protest for greater legal rights in the biggest square of the capital. They were calling for equal divorce and custody rights and a ban on polygamy.
Ontario announced a multi-billion dollar plan to build and refurbish nuclear power plants as it struggles to keep pace with rising demand for electricity. Suggested half Ontario's electricity be produced by nuclear reactors within 20 years. At pr
The world increasingly fears Iran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear bomb but believes the US military in Iraq remains a greater danger to Middle East stability. Widespread concern over US detainee treatment in Iraq and places such as Guantanamo, i
A French member of the European Parliament, Alain Lamassoure, recently uttered the dreaded T-word — taxes — in connection with e-mail and mobile phone text messages, and in so doing earned the wrath of the Internet generation.
Five Cuban university students were suspended for up to five years for violations that their information technology school deemed ''very grave'': running chat rooms and using school servers to sell Internet access to others. Cuba**
Canadian authorities detained an American activist filmmaker at the Ottawa airport late Wednesday night, confiscating his passport, camera equipment and most of his belongings. Canada agents stopped Alex Jones, whose films include Martial Law 9/11: T
THE two brothers arrested during an anti-terrorism raid in which one of them was shot were released last night without charge. [nuf said]
Fighters loyal to a US-backed Somali warlord alliance reinforced their last remaining stronghold as Islamist militia in control of the capital gathered for a feared attack. Heavily-armed gunmen backed by machine-gun-mounted pick-ups erected barric
China's surging appetite for energy is engraved in the landscape of this gritty port city: waterfront piles of coal, gas pipes snaking along grimy roads, and tankers anchored amid islands where pirates once lurked.
With the "death" of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, may the light be shed on a man who was nothing but a two-bit thug, who wanted more to topple his own government in Jordan, and reluctantly joined Bin Laden to aid in his conquest of Jordan.
How real was an alleged plot by a group of Toronto-area terror suspects to take over the Parliament building in Ottawa and behead Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper? If there was talk about a beheading plot, it was the kind of empty, though menac
"The fanfare around the arrests creates such a theatrical atmosphere one wonders if it is necessary for the enforcement of justice.... It raises the emotional level without necessarily shedding any light," he said. In Brampton Saturday,
Holes are beginning to appear in the official version of the “grand” terrorist conspiracy unearthed in the greater Toronto area, with one Canadian agronomist saying that the three tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser that the alleged terrorists had
One of 17 men accused of plotting bombings in major Canadian cities and of training militants also faces an allegation that he sought to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper. [headsonpikes.blogspot.com]
An Islamic militia with alleged links to al-Qaida seized Somalia's capital after weeks of fighting with US-backed secular warlords, raising fears that the nation could fall under the sway of Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization. The ad
China marked the anniversary Sunday of 1989's Tiananmen Square crackdown by having police patrol the square to prevent protests. It also smothered discussion of another bloody period of its history: the Cultural Revolution.
Counter-terrorism officials conceded yesterday that lethal chemical devices they feared had been stored at an east London house raided may never have existed. A man was shot during the raid, adding to pressure on the authorities for answers about the
AFTER borrowing heavily from John Howard's election campaign rulebook to win January's election, Canada's novice Conservative Party Government suddenly has some real-life terrorists to help it win the next one. The 12 men and five yout
As goes Montenegro, so goes Kosovo, Transdniestria, and South Ossetia? As Montenegro officially declared independence this weekend, a handful of obscure "statelets" are demanding the same opportunity to choose their own destinies.
Venezuela received a shipment of 30,000 new Russian rifles on Saturday, weeks after Washington restricted US arms sales to Caracas over concerns about President Hugo Chavez's ties to Cuba and Iran. Venezuela says the AK103 Kalashnikov rifles a
British anti-terrorist police are hunting for a “dirty” chemical bomb that could be used in an attack in Britain after a major raid failed to uncover a device they believe exists. Nothing suspicious had been found in an initial search of the property
British anti-terrorist police shot a man in a dawn raid on a house they suspected could have been used for making bombs or chemical weapons. More than 250 officers, some wearing chemical, biological and radiological protection suits, descended on the
[Not happy with the major party's?] DUTCH pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations from 16 to 12 and the legalisation of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage