Ecuadorans overwhelmingly voted Sunday in favor of forming an assembly to rewrite the constitution, a project sought by leftist President Rafael Correa, according to initial, unofficial results.
How an ex-Mossad chief, a German uberspy, and a gaggle of top-dollar GOP lobbyists helped Kurdistan snag 15 tons of $100 bills.
The papers, released under American freedom of information legislation, appear to show that Mr el-Banna refused offers of money and a new identity while Mr. al-Rawi tried to pull out of an unpaid arrangement with MI5 agents.
America's 25,000 cotton farmers receive subsidies totalling some $4 billion, allowing them to undercut their developing competitors. (Just remember next week, filling out our 1040's, this helps to pay for this nonsense.)
Metallica may be a cool name for a heavy metal band, but a Swedish couple is struggling to convince officials it is also suitable for a baby girl. Michael and Karolina Tomaro are locked in a court battle with Swedish authorities, which rejected th
It was spring 2002 when Isaac Mao, a Shanghai-based software engineer for US chipmaker Intel, first came across Internet blogs. He was immediately struck by the freedom of expression the online journals offered ordinary citizens, and with a fellow
A fragile power-sharing deal in Ukraine collapsed Monday when President Viktor A. Yushchenko ordered the dissoluation of Parliament, the base of support for his rival, Prime Minister Viktor F. Yanukovich, whom the president accused of usurping power.
RAF Top Guns were stunned last night after being asked to think of being Kamikaze pilots in the war on terror. Elite fliers were shocked into silence when a senior RAF chief said they should consider suicide missions as a last resort against terro
Homeowners in southwestern China who had attracted international attention with their refusal to yield to development lost separate battles with authorities this week. In Gongtan, a town in Chongqing province with stilt houses that date to the Min
Organizers behind a campaign that saw Sydney impose a one-hour blackout to focus attention to global warming hailed it as a success for taking the equivalent of nearly 50,000 cars off the road. [And you paid for this "service?"]
Ecuador's highest electoral court fired a judge who tried to return half the country's legislators to their posts as a political crisis over the rewriting of the country's constitution deepened. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal fired 57 of
A Chinese satellite is expected to orbit Mars in 2009, thanks to an agreement the country signed with Russia on Monday. During President Hu Jintao's current visit to Moscow, the two countries agreed to stage a joint unmanned mission to the red p
Kiev Ukraine News Blog reports that the Stalin billboards exhorting people to pay their utility bills have been pulled after protests from rights groups and nationalists. An ad campaign featuring billboards and commercials with images of the Soviet
The male specimen weighing 2.9lb and almost 1ft 6in is the largest to be caught anywhere in the Northern Territory, according to environmental group FrogWatch.
(Why so surprised, it happens here to) Russia's next parliament is likely to have no genuine opposition after a court in Moscow yesterday banned a leading liberal party from standing in elections. Russia's supreme court announced that it had
A moribund Darfur peace deal was in danger of collapse after a deadly incident between former rebels and police, as the war in the western Sudan region threatened to spread to Khartoum.
The head of oil giant BP discussed the group's future operations in Russia with President Vladimir Putin Friday as BP joint venture TNK-BP said it would participate in a sale of assets of the stricken company Yukos. [China's a comin' too.
The US is scrambling to head off a "disastrous" Turkish military intervention in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq that threatens to derail the Baghdad security surge and open up a third front in the battle to save Iraq from disintegration.
Talks are taking place between the Iraqi government and some insurgent groups, a senior Iraqi officials says. Saad Yousif al-Muttalibi, of the Minstry of National Dialogue and Reconciliation,(what the heck does this mean) said none of the groups
Russia has 4,399 nuclear warheads deployed. Iran has no nuclear weapons. North Korea might have three nuclear missiles. Yet the administration, most of America's news media, seems obsessed with Iran, no doubt because Israel is obsessed with Iran.
But China has developed on a bigger scale, with more investment from multinational companies, and now is plowing its profits heavily into investments in research and education in the hopes of becoming an innovation-based economy.
A 'barefoot lawyer' from China, an American whistleblower who used YouTube to expose wrongdoing at Lockheed, an Italian filmmaker who took on Berlusconi's government through satire and a Pakistani woman who took her rapists to court
Armed paramilitary police have poured into Hunan province in central China after four days of riots sparked by the rising cost of public transport, residents and police said.
Vigilantes set fire to a Staffordshire, UK speed camera on Friday near midnight. The device had been issuing tickets on Pye Green Road in the town of Hednesford before being necklacked by a flaming tire.
An EU official called on Germany to give up the famous freedom of its highways and impose speed limits on the autobahn to fight global warming — a demand that drew angry responses in a country that cherishes what it calls "free driving for free
The Sudanese government has orchestrated and taken part in "large-scale international crimes" in Darfur, a high-level UN human rights teams said today. Headed by the Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams, the UN assessors found the Sudanese
The State Dept and other government agencies are having trouble filling great, career-enhancing jobs in Baghdad as part of the new Iraq reconstruction push. Many agency employees are hesitant to sign up for these new
In response to the announcement that Halliburton's CEO is moving the company's headquarters to Dubai, US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg(D-NJ) called on the Treasury Department to make sure Halliburton's move is not part of a larger effort to
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 top Turkish general on Saturday reaffirmed Ankara's right under international law to send troops into northern Iraq to crush Turkish Kurdish rebels hiding there if it saw it. The comments by General Ilker Basbug, head of Turkey's land forc