Fidel Castro, who took control of Cuba in 1959, rebuffed repeated U.S. attempts to oust him and survived communism’s demise almost everywhere else, temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul because of surgery.
As Asia grapples with the fallout from North Korea's projectile posturing, another military flashpoint in the region - the Taiwan Strait - is in the midst of missile tensions as well. A private TV station reported earlier this month that Taiwa
North and South Korean troops exchanged gunfire across their heavily fortified border for the first time in about a year, a military official said, with the incident coming as once warming ties turn chilly. North Korean troops fired two shots at a
The Turkish military is investigating a retired general who told a weekly magazine that he had ordered bomb attacks in the predominantly Kurdish southeast of Turkey while he was stationed there in the 1990s.
The people of Iran are entitled to produce their own nuclear fuel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, rejecting the terms of a draft U.N. resolution that demands it give up its nuclear work.
Tony Blair is to use this trip to America to back stem cell research despite sharp opposition from President George Bush. The Prime Minister will give his support to scientific research into the treatment of incurable diseases, which has been blocke
The controversy over the US-run detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is to erupt anew with confirmation by the Pentagon that a new, permanent prison will open in the Cuban enclave in the next few weeks. Camp 6, a state-of-the-art maximum-security jail
One and a half years after the November 2004 US military assault on Fallujah, residents tell of ongoing suffering, lack of jobs, little reconstruction and continuing violence. The US military launched Operation Phantom Fury
The media magnate Rupert Murdoch is expected to offer Tony Blair a senior role in his News Corporation empire when he stands down as Prime Minister. Allies of Mr Blair insist he has made no decisions about his plans when he leaves Downing Street
On Sunday afternoon an executive jet will interrupt Tony Blair's 5-day US visit to fly him from San Francisco on a short hop to the Monterey peninsula. Waiting for the prime minister will be 500 of Rupert Murdoch's News International executiv
HUGO CHÁVEZ, the ardently anti-American President of Venezuela, arrives in Russia today to sign a billion-dollar arms deal that has infuriated and alarmed the US. The self-styled leftist revolutionary will sign an agreement with President Putin to
Governments in Britain and other European countries are fighting back against a problem that costs taxpayers millions of dollars a year in cleanup expenses: sidewalks covered with the sticky, black remains of abandoned wads of chewing gum.
Blood oozes from his nostrils and ears as his tormentors place two tyres around his body. "Bring me petrol!" a man barks from the crowd. A boy runs to a nearby filling station and returns with a litre of fuel. Just as the man lifts
A nuclear monitoring institute has published satellite images of what it says is a new nuclear reactor being built in Pakistan. (Are you starting to feel the 'Perfect Storm' - for the NeoCons?)
Pakistan has begun building what independent analysts say is a powerful new reactor for producing plutonium, a move that, if verified, would signal a major expansion of the country's nuclear weapons capabilities and a potential new escalation in
A SENIOR MP has challenged an official inquiry's finding that government weapons inspector David Kelly committed suicide. Dr Kelly was the man at the heart of the furore over the government's dossier on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass
Major artworks by Picasso, J M W Turner and Barbara Hepworth are among more than £25m worth of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, porcelain and other artefacts donated to the nation over the past year in lieu of inheritance tax. The scheme is now th
The Government will attempt to identify children at risk of failure, violent behaviour or criminality at birth, and take the necessary corrective actions to steer them onto a law-abiding and successful path. [Gattaca anyone?]
Breaking with diplomatic formalities, Bush hailed Blair, his closest European ally, with the words "Yo, Blair". His solution to the Middle East crisis was that Syria should press Hizbollah to "stop doing this shit". The British
Those claims have since been discredited and it is now widely accepted de Menezes walked into the station, went calmly to the platform and walked on to the train. London police chief Ian Blair has been heavily criticised over the shooting and rema
In the past, European taxpayers relied on generous national pension plans fueled in part by those still working. But in recent years, many governments have made severe cutbacks amid fears that with fewer people paying into the system, there will be l
Several Somali traders have been arrested by Islamist militiamen after a protest over new taxes, in which one person was shot dead. About 100 people staged the protest in the town of Jowhar, captured by the Union of Islamic Courts last month. M
What will Cuba be like when Fidel Castro is gone? Washington and Cuba have no surprise startlingly different versions of a post-Castro Cuba, and many dissidents on the island complain they will be caught in the middle.
Prosecutors have said that they had "insufficient evidence" to charge police officers with any crime for shooting to death a Brazilian man they mistook for a suicide bomber last year. They will be prosecuted as a whole under health and safe
China, which has been accused of trafficking in organs harvested from executed prisoners, will ban the sale of human body parts. “No organization or individual is allowed to accept body donations except medical institutes, medical schools, medical re
Iran's nuclear programme appears to have been slowed down by technical problems, diplomats have said. Problems with the enrichment technology could reduce the international pressure over Iran's civilian nuclear programme, which the United
Sudan's Darfur region is facing a new wave of killings and rapes, with fighting between rebel factions displacing thousands of villagers despite a recent peace agreement, the U.N. humanitarian chief said. Humanitarian workers are being attacke
Worried that her daughters' budding breasts would expose them to the risk of sexual harassment and even rape, their mother Philomene Moungang started 'ironing' the girls' bosoms with a heated stone.
Even as the dead are still being counted in India's worst terrorist attack in more than a decade, suspicion has already fallen on Islamic terrorists — though not al-Qaeda. India is home to a Muslim insurgency in Kashmir, and earlier in the day mi
Despite popular support for girls' education, attacks by a resurgent Taliban and other groups in southern and southeastern Afghanistan are forcing the closure of schools throughout the region and beyond, according to a new report released by Huma