Lebanon braced for a bitter power struggle after the assassination of an anti-Syrian Christian cabinet minister which his allies blamed on Syria. Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel was gunned down as he drove in a Christian suburb of Beirut, becoming t
The race for influence in South Asia is taking a nuclear turn. In recent days, reports have emerged that both the US and China are prepared to alter the nuclear establishment in order to curry favor with South Asia's two powers: India and Pakista
China and India are poised to sign a civilian nuclear cooperation deal, similar to the recent agreement between the US and India, during President Hu Jintao's four-day state visit to India beginning this Monday, according to a report in the Bosto
Vice-Minister of Health Huang Jiefu admitted, "Apart from a small portion of traffic victims, most of the organs from cadavers are from executed prisoners," according to the China Daily.
British police are investigating the poisoning of a former Russian spy and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and have placed him under protective guard at a London hospital, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
The government of President Alvaro Uribe is being shaken by its most serious political crisis yet, as details emerge about members of Congress who collaborated with right-wing death squads to spread terror and exert political control across Colombia*
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned private media he would shut them down if they promote a bid to topple him he says is planned after his expected Dec. 3 re-election. Chavez, who has gradually increased his control over most Venezuelan instit
[TNSTAAFL] Pakistan's lower house of Parliament passed amendments to the country's rape laws, ditching the death penalty for extramarital sex and revising a clause on making victims produce four witnesses to prove rape cases.
Elaine Loke is shutting down her dog boutique and will spirit her golden retrievers Hippy and Bally out of Beijing to escape the city's sweeping anti-rabies campaign.
Five months after Islamist militias defeated a coalition of CIA-financed warlords, Somalia appears to be sliding toward a major war that diplomats fear will draw thousands of foreign fighters to the Islamist side and spill into neighboring countries.
Saudi Arabia is experimenting with nuclear technology for peaceful purposes but is not interested in acquiring nuclear weapons, the Saudi ambassador in Kuwait said. [good dog]
A Chadian diplomat has accused its neighbour, Sudan, of invading his country and destabilising the region.
The editor and two reporters from one of Denmark's main newspapers have gone on trial charged with publishing secret intelligence about the government's foreknowledge of the lack of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
Speaking softly and keeping a vigilant eye, he said his covert army of resistors finally sees hope amid the gloom: Several political parties have recently formed in Vietnam without seeking government approval. The Communists are slowly losing their i
TONY BLAIR has been dubbed the “unofficial travelling salesman” of Britain’s biggest arms company, ever since its then chairman openly backed him to become Prime Minister in January 1997.
As a young insurgent fighting to overturn Nicaragua's Marxist-led Sandinista revolution during the 1980s, Martin Laguna chose the alias "Commander Bitterness," to protest his suffering at the hands of a government that had gunned down
The government believes Fidel Castro's health is deteriorating and that the Cuban dictator is unlikely to live through 2007.
Noel Choong was working late the night he got the distress call: Just off the Malaysian coast in the darkness, a Japanese tugboat and barge were being attacked by a dozen pirates armed with AK-47s and rocket launchers.
The Pakistani authorities had little choice but to bomb the Bajaur school site after they received 'overwhelming proof' from US intelligence sources that it was being used as a training centre for insurgents, the Washington Post reported on S
Undercover American agents are staging secret 'sting' operations in Britian against criminal and terrorist suspects they want to extradite to the US In a recent operation, agents from the Dept of Homeland Security set up a suspect by posing
(seems like an oxymoron with talks of tarrifs against China) Senior officials from the major economies in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation met here Sunday to complete the agenda for its annual meeting this week, with the focus firmly
Frustrated with not being able to meet its annual target of revenue collection, city authorities have employed the incomparably colourful services of eunuchs to embarrass habitual defaulters into coughing up.
The war and the trial of Saddam Hussein was supposed to scare the current leaders of the Arab world into abandoning anti-Americanism, in a manner similar to what happened with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. It was supposed to bring down Arab regimes.
Victory by the Democrats in U.S. congressional elections will mean a tougher line toward Russia on human rights and possible accession to the World Trade Organization, Russian politicians and media said.
A probe into damaging cash-for-honours charges closed in on Prime Minister Tony Blair, as it emerged that police had contacted every member of his cabinet except the Labour leader over the affair.
When former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw insisted last month that female Muslim constituents show their faces when meeting with him, he set off a fiery debate about whether the face-covering niqab should be allowed in Britain's multicultu
Kyrgyz police Tuesday afternoon fired tear gas at thousands gathered to demand constitutional reform in the former Soviet republic's captial, the DPA news agency reported on Tuesday quoting Kyrgyz news agencies. Casualties were reported
Zalmay Khalilzad, the plainspoken dealmaker and Republican insider who has won praise and criticism for attempts to broker Sunni political participation in Iraq's fragile government, is likely to quit his post as US ambassador in Baghdad
Former Marxist revolutionary Daniel Ortega was headed back to power in a presidential election 16 years after Nicaragua's voters ousted him to end a brutal civil war with U.S.-trained Contra rebels.
Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia seek atom technology. The Spectre of a nuclear race in the Middle East was raised yesterday when 6 Arab states announced that they were embarking on programmes to master