Saddam Meets Senior Officials Amid US War Threats
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Monday chaired a meeting of his most trusted senior officials as the prospect of US-led war on Iraq is increasingly taking shape, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.

Powell: Southeast Asia is 'second front'
With the focus on combating terrorism, US Secretary of State Colin Powell is opening a swing through six countries of Southeast Asia, an area often called the "second front" after Afghanistan in the US war on terror.

Military Under Fire Over Ukraine Crash
The sacked head of Ukraine's air force has been arrested along with three other top military officials after Saturday's crash at an air show in Lviv which killed 83 people. The defence minister has offered his resignation, which the president is considering.

Sharon to Loosen Restrictions
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered the army to ease restrictions on Palestinians amid increasing signs of popular resistance to Israel's five-week occupation of major West Bank towns.

Indian Vice President Dies of Heart Attack
Indian Vice President Krishan Kant died of massive heart attack on Saturday morning, Medical Superintendent R. Sarma of All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) announced in New Delhl.

Russia, US Officials Discuss Security Cooperation
Russian Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo called US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on Friday to discuss international issues and bilateral relations, the council's press service said.

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