In Russia, the ghosts of the past refuse to die. This month, several hundred mourners gathered in the Moscow suburb of Butovo at a mass grave of 20,000 victims of Joseph Stalin's purges. As priests chanted a liturgy for the the dead
Leaders of Iraq's disenchanted Sunni Arab community on Friday slammed the new Shiite and Kurdish alliance formed to salvage Prime Minister Nur al-Maliki's national unity government. Maliki and President Jalal Talabani, however, made fresh at
A Chinese rights activist has been sentenced to four years in jail for subversion after posting politically sensitive essays on the Internet. A court convicted Chen Shuqing of inciting subversion, always maintained his innocence. "We think the s
Confronted by the gravest crisis of his eight-year rule, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, faces an ever-shrinking menu of options. In recent weeks he has spent much of his time shut away in his military camp in Rawalpindi, surrounded by self-i
North Korea is seeking foreign help after massive flooding left hundreds dead or missing and swept away many buildings, a U.N. aid agency spokesman said.
North Korea, which has struggled with chronic food shortages for years, said in a report early
A manhunt is on in Afghanistan for the man President Hamid Karzai wanted to name head of his country's border police. ABC News has learned, following the discovery that the official owned a care filled with heroin intercepted by members
In a hidden corner of Rome's busy Fiumicino Airport, police dug quietly through a travler's checked baggage, looking for smuggled drugs. What they found instead was a catalog of weapons, a clue to something bigger.
The ongoing three-day peace jirga(council) involving hundres of tribal leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan is aimed at identifying and rooting out Taliban and al-Qaeda militaqncy on both sides of the border. This was to be followed up
Russian bombers have flown to the island of Guam - home to a major US military base - for the first time since the Cold War in an exercise intended to show the Kremlin's resurgent military power, an air force general said Thursday.
[Who are the CIA supporting now?] Syria is facing a violent campaign by Islamist militants and six border soldiers died in attacks launched from inside Iraq. Syria publicly disclosed details of the fight against militants, which has intensified this
The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi admitted the Bulgarian medics jailed on charges of infecting children with HIV were tortured during captivity. The 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor have maintained their confessions were extracted t
Seventeen German journalists from leading national publications are being investigated for having quoted from classified documents in coverning the "rendition" of terror suspects. The Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ), an independent
As world attention focuses on the daily slaughter in Iraq, a devastating disaster is impending in the north of the country, where the wall of a dam holding back the Tigris river north of Mosul city is in danger of imminent collapse. "It could g
Iraqis oppose plans to open the country's oilfields to foreign investment by a factor of two to one, according to a poll released today. Iraqis are united in this view: There are no ethnic, sectarian, or georgraphical groups that prefer foreign
Iraq's political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings - leaving the embattled prime minister's unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions. Meanwhile
Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the nation grid, officials said Saturday. Electricity Ministry spokesman
Pakistan on Thursday night warned that the groundbreaking civil nuclear co-operation agreement between the US and India risked triggering an arms race in south Asia, in a statement likely to inflame already tense relatioins with Washington.
An online game in which players can torture and kill corrupt officials that a Chinese local government set up to teach people about the perils of graft is proving a roaring success, state media said Thursday.
(Britain and America leads, tyrannts follow) In most cities, smoking bans are intended to protect the non-smoking majority from the minority who insist on lighting up. In Pyongyang, the latest and most unlikely international capital to be subject t
New Zealand's Parliament has voted itself far-reaching powers to control satire and ridicule of MP's in Parliament, attracting a storm of media and academic criticism. The new standing orders, voted in last month, concern the use of images o
Pakistan will do what it takes to eliminate extremists operating in the country for its own sake, not because of rising pressure from the US, according to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Aziz said in an interview this week that efforts to force Pakista
Iraq's government has missed its deadline to compile a list of people eligible to vote in a December referendum that will determine the fate of a large, oil-rich and bitterly disputed swathe of the country, officials of northern Iraq's Kurdis
There are questions emerging over Tony Blair's appointment as the Quartet's (the UN, the EU, the US and Russia) Middle East envoy. The uncertainties start with funding, who is paying the bills for the former British prime minister's new
American reconstruction projects in Iraq are ending up in the hands of untrained locals or demanding even more money from American taxpayers than originally ventured, reports the New York Times in its Saturday, July 28 edition.
During a high-level meeting in Riyadh in January, Saudi officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to suggest that Iraq's prime minister could not be trusted. One purported to be an early alert from the prime minister
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