[efficeint] Venezuela's National Assembly has given initial approval to a bill granting President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months. Mr Chavez said he wants to approve "revolutionary laws" to enact sweeping political
Tony Blair yesterday marked the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union by warning that "it would be crazy for Scotland to be wrenched out of the UK". Labour is seeking to focus Scottish voters on the dangers of the independence route offe
US and North Korean envoys will hold a second, and perhaps third day of unprecedented talks on North Korea's nuclear arms ambitions, US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said on Wednesday. Hill met his North Korean
Premier Wen Jiabao has accepted his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe's invitation to visit Japan in the spring. This will be the first visit to Japan in more than six years by a Chinese Premier. It is another sign of a warming relationship between
A Chinese journalist has been beaten to death while investigating the country's notoriously dangerous coal mining industry, his newspaper has said. Lan Chengzhang was set upon by a "group of mining thugs" near a mine in Huiyuan count
The top law enforcement officials in the European Union backed efforts to give police across the bloc access to national databases containing fingerprints, DNA samples and license plate information.
After his swearing-in, Correa signed a document calling for a popular vote to set up an assembly to change the constitution and accelerate his "citizens' revolution". Meant to lessen the influence of politicians in the judiciary and fo
Security chiefs are developing a harpoon-like gun to defend Parliament against a terrorist attack from the River Thames. The James Bond-style device is a snare gun, which could be used to halt a boat making its way towards Westminster, laden with exp
The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said the United States, Britain and Israel were an "axis of evil" trying to drive a wedge between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims.
Moves to share people's personal details across Whitehall have provoked a civil liberties uproar and accusations the Government has taken another step towards "a Big Brother state". The scheme is aimed at improving public service delive
In defending his policy of interventionism, the Prime Minister said the covenant between the Armed Forces, the Government and the people had to be renewed, which meant spending more on equipment, personnel and conditions, Mr Blair said.
The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward to reflect worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world. The symbolic clock is currently set at 7 minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe.
SOME 30 non-governmental organisations in Niger said overnight they are going to sue the United States for nearly two billion dollars for "unfairly accusing" Niger of selling uranium to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
[America still makes something the Chinese want.] China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting in part from the country's tough one-child policy
Former Marxist Daniel Ortega returned to the presidency amid promises of embracing capitalist principles.
Daniel Ortega, who led a Marxist government that spent the 1980's fighting US backed insurgents, returns to power Wednesday promising to respect free trade and private business and maintain relations with Washington. (Danny Boy, good luck)
Chinese police have killed 18 people in a raid on an alleged militant training camp in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang, officials say. One policeman was killed and another injured in the raid.
For sale: the world's smallest country with its own flag, stamp, currency, passports. Apply to Prince Michael of Sealand if you want to run your own nation, even if it is just a wartime fort perched on 2 concrete towers in the North Sea.
Many moons ago, a certain Senator named Barry Goldwater warned that it's possible that the US would adopt socialist policies borrowed from Communist countries, and communist countries would adopt more capitalist ideas. Vietnam is one of them.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans to nationalize the country's electrical and telecommunications companies, his boldest move yet to transform Venezuela into a socialist state. [Won't worry about Venezuela much longer.]
Hundreds of furious protesters crowded the streets of Mogadishu, burning tires, smashing car windows and shouting that they will not give up their guns despite the government's call for total disarmament. At least two people were killed, includin
Nearly two years ago, John Evans did something no U.S. ambassador to Armenia before him had done: He used the word "genocide" — in public — to describe the deaths of about 1.2 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
Qin, 31, spent a month in jail on criminal charges because of a poem he wrote satirizing local officials accused of corruption. He was released only after several out-of-town newspaper articles related his fate and the central government in Beijing s
A month after President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan proposed a four-point formula to resolve the troubled question of Kashmir jointly with India, exploratory contacts between the two governments have gathered momentum.
Just days after Ethiopian-led troops helped rout once powerful Islamist forces in Somalia and install a new government in the capital, security seemed to be unraveling across the country. The violence is surging on two fronts: antigovernment attac
South Korean officials said that activity has been spotted near a suspected nuclear test site in North Korea but there is no evidence to suggest Pyongyang is about to test another atomic device.
Somalia's internal affairs minister and assistant prime Minster, Hussein Mohammed Farah Aideed, who has convened with tribal elders in Mogadishu, said his government intends to wipe out the boundaries between Somalia and Ethiopia.
Britons flying to America could have their credit card and email accounts inspected by the United States authorities following a deal struck by Brussels and Washington.
Somalia's Islamists fled toward Kenya or melted into the southern hills on Monday after abandoning their last stronghold to advancing government forces backed by Ethiopian troops, tanks and planes.
After Somalia’s Islamist forces abandoned their final outpost, the transitional government moved to assert control by setting a deadline for all weapons to be turned in and calling for international peacekeeping troops to be deployed immediately.