The US four-year-old occupation of Iraq has considerably worsened the lives of the country's women, charges a new report from an international human rights group. The New York-based group MADRE says Iraqi women are enduring unprecedented
Afghan warload Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been trying with success to form a "joint front" with the Taliban and other parties against the government, his purported spokesman told AFP Saturday. Hekmatyar's Hezb-e-Islami(Islamic Party) has
A new law which increases income taxes on foreign firms in China will be phased in over five years to cushion the blow, Chinese Finance Minister Jin Renqing said.
Police clashed with Brazilians protesting a visit by President Bush and his push for an ethanol energy alliance, while dozens of students in Colombia showed their opposition by lobbing rocks and explosives at authorities.
The French Constitutional Council approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. Imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites
Mr Makino was stationed there during the war. What he never told anybody, including his wife, was that during the 4 months before Japan's defeat in March 1945, he vivisected 10 Filipino prisoners of war, including two teenage girls. He cut out th
A military correspondent for Russia's top business daily died after falling out of a window and some media alleged yesterday that he might have been killed for his critical reporting. He died after falling from a fifth-story window in the stairwe
Speculation of the involvement of Russian agents intent on silencing opponents to President Vladimir Putin's regime, wherever they may be, has increased with an attempted murder in America and an apparent suicide in Moscow.
CHILDREN aged 11 to 16 are to have their fingerprints taken and stored on a secret database, internal Whitehall documents reveal. The leaked Home Office plans show that the mass fingerprinting will start in 2010, with a batch of 295,000 youngsters
The British Broadcasting Corporation has been barred from running a report about a political financing scandal that has cast a shadow over Prime Minister Tony Blair’s final months, the police said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied that Japan’s military had forced foreign women into sexual slavery during World War II, contradicting the Japanese government’s longtime official position. [Looks like their govt. and our are similar.]
A law allowing security officials in Germany to create the largest and most comprehensive pool of personal data ever amassed in the country goes into effect as it claims to move to protect itself against possible terrorist attacks.
Canada's Parliament scrapped two contentious anti-terror measures, angering the minority Conservative government, which accuses opposition legislators of being soft on terror. [Where is our repeals? Oh, the Dems support repression.]
The Communist Party cautioned China's increasingly impatient reformers and intellectuals that political liberalization and democracy are still a long way off despite the rapid pace of economic change over the last two decades.
Families of victims of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protests have urged the government to allow open debate on the subject at next week's annual meeting of parliament and "reveal the truth".
India wants to sell nuclear reactors. Nuclear Power Corporation of India said that it was in talks to sell small nuclear reactors to Malaysia and other Asian nations in hopes an international embargo on its technology will end.
US troops detained the eldest son of Iraq's most influential Shiite politician for nearly 12 hours Friday as he crossed back from Iran, the same route Washington believes is used to keep powerful Shiite militias flush with weapons and aid.
North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator plans to visit the US with days for follow-up talks on a recent disarmament deal, South Korean news reports said Saturday. The North's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan is expected to arrive in San Fra
Saddam Hussein's Iraqi lawyer said on Friday he will write a book revealing "many secrets" told to him by the executed dictator about the fall of Baghdad, his arrest and imprisonment. "The book will contain information never befor
(While Iran gets the headlines, this takes place) Pakistan successfully test-fires a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,250 miles on Friday, the military said. The test was witnessed by the chairman of joints chi
Karim Amer is the first Egyptian blogger to be tried for writing blogs criticizing Egypt's al-Azhar religious authorities, President Husni Mubarek and Islam. Charges against him included "spreading information disruptive of public order
Premier Romano Prodi resigned Wednesday after nine months in office following an embarrassing loss by his center-left government in the Senate on foreign policy, including Italy's military mission in Afghanistan.
"Are you on the road, or in the ditch?" Back when I covered labor negotiatioins 30 years ago, that was the question reporters would ask to get a sense of how contract talks were going. The phrase came back to me last weekend as I listened
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday fired a top Sunni official who had called for an international investigation into the rape allegations leveled by a Sunni Arab woman again three members of the Shiite-dominated security forces.
The War on Terror has radicalised Muslims around the world to unprecedented levels of anti-American feeling, according to the largest survey of Muslims ever to be conducted.
Zach Hunter was only 12 years old when he became an abolitionist. During Black History Month, as he read about Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, he thought he, too, would have fought against slavery if he'd lived back then.
At the Naval Network Warfare Command here, US cyber defenders track and investigate hundreds of suspicious events each day. But the predominant threat comes from Chinese hackers, who are constantly waging all-out warfare
An explosion on a train headed for Pakistan set off a fire that swept through 2 cars and killed at least 66 people in an attack that a government minister said was aimed at undermining the peace process between India and Pakistan.
Moscow warns against independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo, and will only support a resolution that meets the interests of both Kosovo and Serbia, a Russian Balkans envoy said.
Something that became perfectly clear early on to most Russians was that Western backers of privatization, liberalization and “reform” and their Russian counterparts were supremely uninterested in the well-being of Russia and Russians.