German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble drew flak for considering a security policy that would allow the indefinite detention and "targeted killing" of terror suspects.
Canada announced plans to increase its Arctic military presence in an effort to assert sovereignty over the Northwest Passage _ a potentially oil-rich region the United States claims is international territory. Eight patrol ships will guard Canadian
Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has overtaken Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the richest person on the planet, the Mexican financial website Sentido Comun reported. The Mexican billionaire's wealth had rocketed past Gates following the r
Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Philippines and Lebanon aren't the only fronts in the "global war on terror." Although it remains largely out of the public eye, the US has also sought to open up a north-African front in its fight again
Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday called on political groups to join a proposed new alliance that would cut across sectarian lines and support his embattled government. "This front is open to all those who agree w
Russia warned today that it would position its rockets close to the Polish border and point missiles at US bases in Europe if Washington rebuffed its latest offer of coopoeration on missile defence. Russia's hawkish first deputy prime minister,
Research showing that 750,000 people die prematurely in China each year from pollution was cut from a World Bank report following pressure from Beijing, the Financial Times said Tuesday.
The Jordanian daily newspaper ad-Dostour on Monday quoted US sources as saying that President Bush's government is promoting a former US plan, which was unveiled at the time of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
A growing number of African leaders share a dream: of uniting their continent in a single, 53-state federation. Tomorrow, they meet in Ghana to discuss turning it into reality. Is a new superpower in the making?
A deal on Europe's future, stitched together at last week's bad-tempered summit, began to unravel yesterday after the intervention of the EU's most unpredictable leader. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the Polish Prime Minister, who sent his brother
Iraq's main Sunni Arab said on Friday it was suspending its participation in cabinet because of legal steps being taken against one of its ministers, deepening the sectarian gulf between the country's politicians. The Sunni Accordance Front
Was the original trial of the former Libyan intelligence agent fatally flawed? Was the evidence contaminated by the American or British authorities? Was Libya implicated out of political expediency, when all along the main suspect was Iran?
(Guess North Korea is off the invasion schedule for now) The UN nuclear watchdog and North Korea have reached an agreement on how the agency will monitor and verify shutdown of the country's main nuclear reactor, a top official said Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is making an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic - so he can tap its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth. His scientists claim an underwater ridge near the North Pole is really part of Russia*
[Keeps World Court indictments for war crimes at bey.] World powers named Tony Blair as their Middle East peace envoy, handing the outgoing British prime minister a daunting new challenge on a day Israeli forces killed 12 Palestinians in the Gaza St
Ministers must scrap controversial plans aimed at preventing the public obtaining damaging or embarrassing information about the Government and other public bodies, a parliamentary committee says.
French government security experts have reportedly banned -- with mixed success -- the use of BlackBerries in ministries and in the presidential palace -- for fear that they are vulnerable to snooping by US intelligence.
Anyone who wants to understand what really goes on in the Mideast should have a look at the scandal that erupted earlier this month over the outsized character of Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia.
Top French government officials are ignoring warnings to ditch their cherished BlackBerrys -- smartphones with e-mail capacity -- despite warnings their messages may be intercepted by US spy agencies, a report said. "They tried to offer us so
TONY Blair wants to hand the European Union radical new powers in his last act as Prime Minister, it emerged today. The Prime Minister has welcomed controversial plans to bring back the troubled EU constitution by the back door - totally bypas
Tony Blair, the British prime minister, could end up swapping Downing Street for a job as the first full-time European Union president, under a plan being actively touted by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president. Mr Sarkozy is understood to have d
To enforce the new rules, a camera will be placed in a rubbish bag and left in an alleyway. The tiny covert camera, which has cost Weymouth and Portland Council, Dorset, up to £10,000, will also help catch householders who put their rubbish out too e
The owners ran the prison-like kilns in Shanxi and Henan provinces with fierce dogs and thugs who beat the children at will, state television said. One accidentally killed a child with a shovel and buried the body at night, it said.
About 400 Chinese men whose children were sold to work as slaves at brickworks were seeking help online after risking their lives and spending all their savings in a mostly futile search, media reported on Wednesday.
Add to that the arrest of 83 child sex offenders and the dismantlement and disruption of 3 major internationnal paedophile rings - all with UK connections - as the battle against child sex abuse gathers pace.
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's decree gives the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority the unfettered power to halt broadcast transmissions, close offices, seize equipment, revoke licenses, and increase fines for violations tenfold.
Sudan last night accepted the deployment of a hybrid African Union-UN force to its war-ravaged region of Darfur. The plan will more than double to between 17,000 and 19,000 the number of AU troops struggling to protect civilians from the pro-governm
The gun battles and exchanges of mortars and explosives ravaging the streets of Gaza are costing Hamas popular support among Palestinians, a leading Palestinian pollster told Ynetnews on Tuesday. Elias Kukali, of the Palestinian Center for Public Op
Since 9/11, the US Pakistan policy can be summed up in two words: Pervez Musharraf. But within the US intelligence community, and in Pakistan, there's a growing belief that the US - friendly military dictator's days are drawing to a close
How many times has the now infamous Osama bin Laden “confession video” played in the corporate media after its release on December 13, 2001? How many newspapers carried the story of Osama bin Laden, confessing to his prior knowledge of the 9/11 atta