Israel decides to expel Venezuelan ambassador

Israel has decided to expel the Venezuelan ambassador in response to Venezuela's expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, said the Foreign Minister on Wednesday.

Israeli army to hold daily three-hour ceasefire

The Israeli army said Wednesday that it will hold fire in the Gaza Strip for three hours every day to allow local residents to receive basic supplies.

Israel to open Gaza aid 'humanitarian corridor'

Israel has decided to set up "a humanitarian corridor" in the Gaza Strip to deliver basic supplies to local residents, said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office on early Wednesday morning. The Israeli army also said Wednesday that it will hold fire for three hours every day to allow local residents to receive basic supplies.

Russia-Ukraine gas row escalates 

A gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine worsened Tuesday after Russian energy giant Gazprom slashed gas supplies to countries in Europe, which gets about a fifth of its needs via pipelines through Ukraine.

US 111th Congress convenes

The US House of Representatives and the Senate convened for the 111th Congress on Tuesday with new members elected on November 4 elections and tasks to address the country's economic emergencies, among other issues.

Venezuela expels Israeli ambassador over Gaza conflict

The Venezuelan government said Tuesday it has decided to expel Israel's ambassador to the country for the conflict raging in the Gaza Strip.

Israel shells UN schools in 11th day of offensive

Israel pressed on with its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday by shelling houses and a school run by the United Nations, killing 82 Palestinians, the majority women and children, in the eleventh day of violence.

Indian PM blames Pakistan for Mumbai attacks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday squarely blamed Pakistan for the November 26 terrorist attack in Mumbai, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.

Russia slashes gas exports to Europe

Russian energy giant Gazprom has cut gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine to around two-thirds of its normal flow, which will disrupt supplies to Europe, Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz spokesman Valentin Zemlyanski said on Tuesday.

HK, Macao, Taiwan ships protected by Chinese navy

Ships from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan can request the escort services of the Chinese mainland's navy fleet in Somalian waters, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang at a regular press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

No truce before Hamas eliminated: Israeli ambassador

Israel will not stop its military operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip until it has eliminated the military capability and aggressive intent of Hamas.
· Foreign journalists still not allowed into Gaza

Guatemalan landslide kills 35, more missing

Rescue workers dug with shovels and their bare hands to recover bodies on Monday after at least 35 coffee workers were killed by a landslide as they walked along a road in northern Guatemala.

Russia to cut gas export via Ukraine: Putin

Russia will reduce its gas export that was pumped through pipelines stretching over Ukraine to Western Europe countries, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in Moscow on Monday amid gas disputes with the neighbor.

Chinese shipmen escape from pirates

A Sierra Leone cargo ship with 32 Chinese onboard threw off the pursuit of four pirate boats in the Gulf of Aden on Monday, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center said on Monday.

Heavy clashes erupt in northern and eastern Gaza

Heavy and fierce gun battles took place on Monday night between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants in eastern and northern Gaza City, witnesses in Gaza said. 
· Dozens of children killed, wounded in Gaza

Richardson withdraws as Obama's commerce secretary

US New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has withdrawn as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for commerce secretary, NBC reported on Sunday.

Israeli offensives continue, 514 killed

Israel on Sunday intensified strikes on the Gaza Strip for the ninth consecutive day, a day after its army carried out a large-scale ground operation into the enclave, leaving 514 people killed since December 27.
· Erekat: Israel is burying the peace process

Hu, Bush talk ties, int'l issues on phone

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday spoke over telephone with his US counterpart George W. Bush about bilateral relations and major international issues of common concern.

China understands cancellation of Rice's China visit

China understands the decision of the United States on cancellation of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's scheduled visit to China, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in Beijing on Sunday night.
· Rice cancels China trip amid Gaza crisis

Hamas captures two Israeli soldiers

Hamas said the Islamic movement has captured two Israeli soldiers during fighting in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Hamas controlled TV reported.

45 missing after boat capsizes in southeastern Nepal

At least 45 people have gone missing after a boat capsized Sunday morning in Saptakoshi river in Sunsari district, some 220 km southeast of the Nepali capital Kathmandu, said local TV channel Avenues TV.

UN Security Council fails to reach agreement on Gaza

The UN Security Council failed to reach any formal agreement after discussions on the Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, the council president said Saturday.

Zimbabwe opposition leader refuses joining inclusive government

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has turned down President Robert Mugabe's invitation to return to Zimbabwe and be sworn in as Prime Minister, local media reported on Saturday.

Israel starts ground operation into Gaza

As the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)Cast Lead operation entered its eighth day, the IDF Saturday evening began its ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, vowing to destroy "terror infrastructure" of Hamas.
· Palestine seeks strong Security Council message to Israel

7.6-magnitude quake hits Papua

Three people, including a child, were killed in the earthquakes hitting eastern Indonesia's West Papua province on Sunday morning, a local website said.

Bangladesh BNP rejects election results

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia who lost Monday's parliament election said Tuesday midnight that the election results are not acceptable to her party.

Ill. governor appoints Obama successor

Defying US Senate leaders, scandal-tainted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to President-elect Barack Obama's US Senate seat.

Israel pounds Gaza for 4th day, rejecting truce appeals

Israel on Tuesday rejected worldwide appeals for a truce as its air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip went on for a fourth day.

China offers US$1 mln aid to Palestinians

China will offer US$1 million cash in emergency humanitarian aid for the Palestinian National Authority to buy urgently needed material, Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Israeli ambassador sees no early ceasefire

Israel's ambassador in Beijing, Amos Nadai, told today that the military operation against Gaza would continue until it had achieved its goal of eliminating Hamas capability to shell Israeli civilian targets.

Thai gov't policy debate further postponed

A planned government policy address by Thailand's newly-elected Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and a following parliament debate had to be postponed for another day after anti-government demonstrators besieged the Parliament in central Bangkok Monday morning.

China, Kuwait to expand economic, energy cooperation

Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah agreed to expand economic and energy cooperation between the two countries during their meeting in Kuwait City on Monday.

Chinese naval fleet sails into Strait of Malacca

The Chinese naval fleet sailed into the Strait of Malacca on Monday after its departure from China's southernmost island province of Hainan on an escort mission against piracy off Somalia Friday afternoon.

Palestinian death toll rises to 364

Palestinians death toll has risen to 364 killed and over 1,600 wounded in the on-going Israeli warplanes intensified airstrikes on Monday evening.

Vice Premier meets Kuwaiti emir

China vowed in Kuwait on Sunday to further its pragmatic cooperation with Kuwait in the various fields in a bid to step up the bilateral relations to a higher level.

Thaksin supporters launch protest in Thailand

Thousands of red-shirt demonstrators have launched rallies in central Bangkok to get ready for a besiege over the Parliament on Monday and Tuesday, when Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is scheduled to deliver the government's policy statement.

Israel strikes Gaza for 2nd day, killing 307

Israel on Sunday continued intensive air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip for the second successive day, killing 307 Palestinians so far in a powerful offensive aimed to halt nearly daily cross-border rocket attacks.

Navy sets sail for anti-piracy mission off Somalia

The Chinese naval fleet set sail at 1:50 p.m. on Friday from a port in the southernmost island province of Hainan for Somalia. The ships will take part in an escort mission against piracy.

Gunman in Santa suit kills 6 at LA party

A man who killed three people and wounded two others on a Christmas party overnight was found dead on Thursday from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Los Angeles police said.

Guinean PM reports to military junta

Guinea's prime minister turned himself in on Thursday along with his team of government to a military junta led by Moussa Camara, who has claimed himself "the president of the Republic" after a coup, according to agencies' report.

World Christians pray for peace

Christmas bells resounded over the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus Christ, as Christians from all over the world gathered Wednesday night to pray for peace on the occasion of the Savior's birthday.

China to import gas from Myanmar

Natural gas produced from the Shwe Field off Myanmar's Rakhine coast will be exported to China's southwestern region under a new export gas sales and purchase agreement signed between companies from China, Myanmar and South Korea.

China ready to send warships to Somalia

The Chinese Navy's three-ship fleet awaiting sail to waters off Somalia has finished its preparations for the overseas deployment, the fleet commander said Thursday.

Russia's Medvedev wants 'reliable ties' with Obama

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that he expected to establish a "more effective and more reliable" relations with the new United States administration of Barack Obama than before.

New Somali prime minister resigns

The new prime minister named by Somali President Abdullah Yusuf Ahmed has resigned from his post, a week after he was appointed to replace Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, reports reaching Mogadishu said on Wednesday.

Coup leader declares himself Guinea's leader

Guinea's coup leader captain Moussa Dadis Camara declared himself Guinea's interim government leader on Wednesday, according to reports from agencies.

Hamas fires military-grade rockets into Israel

Gaza ruler Hamas fired longer-range rockets into Israel on Wednesday amid continuous makeshift rockets attacks, escalating violence around the besieged Gaza Strip.

Romania frees Chinese workers

The five Chinese construction workers who were arrested in Romania following a labor dispute were released on Wednesday, a provincial labor official said.

Guinean PM says gov't not dissolved

Guinean Prime Minister Ahmed Tidiane Souare said on Tuesday that his government had not been dissolved, agencies' reports said.

Iraqi parliament OKs speaker's resign

Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, speaker of Iraq's parliament, announced resignation on Tuesday, the official Iraqia TV reported.

Iran denies agreement with Russia over missile delivery

Iran denied on Monday that there was an agreement with Russia over missile delivery, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Pakistan receives letter from Mumbai attacker

Pakistan on Monday confirmed that its envoy has received a letter from the Mumbai attacker in Indian custody seeking legal help, but demanded enough evidence for his identity.

China requests US anti-dumping measures probe

China on Monday asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish an expert panel to investigate U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese products which may violate WTO trade rules.

Obama names technology officials

US President-elect Barack Obama has formed his technology team with a pledge to ensure that "facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology," CNN reported on Sunday.

Greek demonstrators clash with riot police

An anti-racism rally in central Athens's Syntagma Square on Sunday led to a violent confrontation between the protesters and riot police, the latest of a series of clashes triggered by the death of 15-year-old boy Alexis Grigoropoulos, who was killed by police on Dec. 6.

Terror-hit Mumbai hotels reopen on Sunday

The Taj Hotel and the Trident hotel, the targets of Nov. 26 terror attacks, reopened on Sunday after three weeks of refurbishment work.

Fresh student rally in Athens ends with violence

A fresh protest rally and a student-teacher march to the Parliament Building ends with clashes between young protesters and the police in Central Athens Thursday afternoon.

US gov't considering 'orderly' auto bankruptcy

The Bush administration is seriously considering "orderly" bankruptcy as a way of dealing with the desperately ailing U.S. auto industry, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said on Thursday.

2 more US embassies receive suspected mails

The US said on Thursday two more American embassies received suspicious envelopes with white powder after its 16 missions in Europe received similar white powder mails that were later found to be harmless.

Obama introduces new team of financial regulators

US President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a new team of financial regulators under his incoming administration.

Twin blasts hit south Philippine malls

Twin blasts, allegedly caused by improvised explosive devices, rocked two malls in a southern Philippine city Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Fleet to depart for pirate crackdown mission

Two Chinese naval destroyers and a supply ship will depart for the waters off the Somali coast after the upcoming Christmas Day to take part in an international campaign to crack down on rampant piracy there.
Chinese ship rescued from pirates attack
Somalia welcomes Chinese naval ships

Obama names next interior, agriculture secretaries

US President-elect Barack Obama named another two cabinet members -- interior and agriculture secretaries on Wednesday as his administrative team takes shape.

Illinois court refuses Blagojevich case

Illinois Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to hear a case against the state governor, Rod Blagojevich, who was charged with corruption.

OPEC makes deepest-ever output cut

OPEC on Wednesday agreed on a deepest-ever net cut of 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) as of Jan. 1, bringing the total output cut in 2008 to 4.2 million bpd, in another attempt to bolster sagging oil prices under the global economic slowdown.

US Fed cuts key interest rate to record low

The US Federal Reserve decided Tuesday to cut a key interest rate to the lowest level on record to prevent the country's ailing economy from slipping further into deep recession.

Explosives found in Paris store

Five sticks of explosives were found and defused in a large store in central Paris on Tuesday, local police said.

China regrets over WTO auto parts ruling

China on Tuesday expressed regrets over the World Trade Organization's (WTO) decision to uphold its ruling that Chinese auto parts import practices violated WTO rules.

Chinese navy ships may head to Somalia

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said in United Nations on Tuesday that China is "seriously considering sending naval ships" to the waters off the Somali coast for escorting operations in the near future to fight against rampant piracy there.
China ship rescued in the Gulf of Aden
UN adopts resolution on fighting Somalia piracy

Wen discusses financial crisis with Zoellick

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing Tuesday in response to the global financial crisis that China will focus on expanding domestic demand as an effective way to stimulate economic growth.

OPEC ready to slash oil output

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is ready to stage a new round of aggressive oil output cut at its upcoming 151st extraordinary ministerial meeting in the North African country of Algeria, in a bid to buttress the declining oil prices shadowed by global economic downturn.

Shoe-thrower hailed as Arab hero

Khalil al-Dulaimi, Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer, on Monday offered to defend the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at US President George W. Bush who came to Iraq on a farewell visit.

Obama: probe shows no contact in Ill. governor scandal

An internal review found no inappropriate contact of President-elect Barack Obama's staff with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was charged with corruption, Obama's transition office said on Monday.

Israel frees 245 Palestinian prisoners

The Israeli army released on Monday 245 Palestinian prisoners from different jails as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, witnesses said.

Chinese American named as next US Energy Secretary

Steven Chu, a prominent Chinese American physicist, was named by US President-elect Barack Obama as the next Energy Secretary on Monday.

Israel releases over 220 Palestinian prisoners

The Israeli army released on Monday 245 Palestinian prisoners from different jails as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, witnesses said

Vejjajiva elected as Thailand's new PM

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was elected as Thailand's new prime minister at a special voting session in the House of Representatives on Monday.

Parliament set to elect new Thai government

A new survey released on Sunday found that as many as over 80 percent Thais wish to see the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) to hold hands and solve the national crises.

Somali PM: President cannot sack me

Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussien Sunday rejected the decision by President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed to sack him, heightening a growing political crisis in Somalia.

Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush

An Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at visiting US President George W. Bush and called him a "dog" in Arabic during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday.

57 killed in Egypt road accident

The death toll of a road accident in southern Egypt has risen to 57, the state MENA news agency reported on Sunday, citing a senior official.

Somali pirates seize two Yemeni fishing vessels

Somali pirates have seized two Yemeni fishing ships with 22 fishermen on board in the Gulf of Aden, a regional maritime group confirmed on Friday.

US auto loan package dies in Senate

A 14-billion-dollar loan package aimed at bailing out the American auto industry from bankruptcy officially died on Thursday night, as it was rejected by the US Senate despite the Wednesday approval by the House of Representatives.

China's role in Somalia mission debated

Chinese military strategists and international relations experts are debating whether China should dispatch its navy to the troubled waters off Somalia.
· UN calls for global action to tackle piracy in Somalia

47 killed in Kirkuk suicide bombing

The death toll from suicide bomb attack at a restaurant in northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday rose to 47 and some 93 others injured, a local police source said.

Envoy brief on Sarkozy-Dalai meet dismissed

France continued to defend last week's meeting between President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama, saying it did not intend to offend China, but Beijing dismissed the argument because it is not enough to "resolve the crisis".

China, Russia vow to deepen military ties

China wants a closer military relationship with Russia because it is in the fundamental interests of both sides, a senior Chinese officer said in Beijing on Thursday.
· China, Russia to hold anti-terrorist exercise

2008 Nobel Prizes awarded

Ten winners of the 2008 Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and economics received their prizes on Wednesday at a ceremony in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

Strike paralyzes Greece on fourth day of protests

Riot police clashed with demonstrators outside the Greek parliament yesterday as a general strike paralyzed the country, shutting down schools, hospitals and international flights and raising pressure on the government reeling from four days of riots.

China, Russia to hold anti-terrorist exercise

China and Russia will hold a joint anti-terror military exercise next year, the Chinese defense chief said on Wednesday.

Obama urges Illinois governor to resign

US President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday joined calls for indicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to resign.
·Illinois Governor accused of attempting to sell US senate seat

Six parties remain divided on verification document

Six parties involved in the Korean Peninsula nuclear talks ended a third day of negotiations without making any progress.
US indicates to put DPRK back on terrorism list

US air raid kills 6 Afghan policemen

Air strike carried out by US-led Coalition troops on Wednesday hit a police station in southern Afghan province of Zabul, killing six policemen and one civilian nearby, said Ghalam Jailani Khan, deputy provincial police chief.

Six-party talks focus on verification draft

Chief delegates of the six-party talks kept negotiating in Beijing on Wednesday over the draft proposal on how to verify the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear program after reaching no agreement Tuesday.

Illinois Governor accused of attempting to sell US senate seat

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested for attempting to sell the US Senate seat that President-elect Barack Obama was to vacate, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced in Chicago Tuesday.

Police identify Mumbai attack suspects

The Mumbai Crime Branch has released information of 10 suspects involved in the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, NDTV reported Tuesday.

Greek boy's funeral leads to more violence

Rioters rampaged in Greek cities for a fourth day Tuesday in an explosion of rage that was triggered by the weekend police killing of a teenager – but has spread to an array of antiestablishment parties, threatening to topple the government at a time of deep anxiety over growing economic gloom.

DPRK to get full aid by March

All sides participating in the Six-Party Talks in Beijing Tuesday reached consensus to ship all promised economic aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) by the end of March, Republic of Korea envoy Kim Sook said.

Chinese media criticize Sarkozy's meeting with Dalai Lama

Chinese media are criticizing French President Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama in Poland over the weekend.

Strong earthquake rocks areas near Kermadec Islands

A strong earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale jolted the areas near Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean at 0637 GMT Tuesday, the Hong Kong Observatory said in a news bulletin here Tuesday afternoon.

US says 9/11 plotters want to confess

The Pentagon said Monday that five detainees at US Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, want to confess to conspiracy charges for planning the 9/11 attacks.

Blackwater guards charged for killing Iraqi civilians

Five guards from Blackwater security firm were charged Monday by US authorities for killing 14 Iraqi civilians last year.

Pakistan arrests Mumbai attack mastermind

Pakistani security forces have arrested operational commander of a banned group, blamed by India for Mumbai attacks, local press reports said Monday.

China defends patrol near Diaoyu Islands

The patrol of Chinese ships in its territorial waters is irreproachable, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman Monday night.

Greece hit by new riots

New clashes broke out on Monday between police and protesters across Greece for a third day, after the death of a 15-year-old boy shot by police on Saturday.

Military jet crashes in California neighborhood

A US Marine Corps F-18 fighter-bomber crashed into a residential area in Southern California city of San Diego on Monday, destroying two houses and killing three people on the ground, officials said.

New round of six-party talks kicks off

Envoys from the six nations gathered in Beijing on Monday for a fresh round of talks on removing nuclear programs from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

US urged to cancel arms sale to Taiwan

China's Defense Minister Liang Guanglie Monday urged the United States to immediately cancel its planned weapons sale to Taiwan, and cease all military ties with Taiwan.

160 US, NATO vehicles burned in Pakistan

Militants torched 160 vehicles, including dozens of Humvees destined for US and allied forces fighting in Afghanistan, in the boldest attack so far on the critical military supply line through Pakistan.

Ireland recalls pork in dioxin scare

The Irish government Saturday recalled from the market all pork products produced from pigs slaughtered in Ireland.

Indian FM denies Pakistan alert call

Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Sunday denied he had made a call to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and expressed worry that "a neighboring state might even consider acting on the basis of such a call ".

Sarkozy's meeting with Dalai interferes in China's internal affairs

China on Sunday expressed strong indignation and firm objections to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama on Saturday in Poland.
· China lodges strong protest to France

Police shooting sparks riots in Greece

Riots broke out in Athens and other Greek cities in the early hours on Sunday after a teenager was allegedly killed by police the previous night.

6 killed in blast in Pakistan's tribal area

A bomb blast in a busy market area killed at least six people in Pakistan's tribal region on Friday, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported.

Israeli troops evict settlers in the West Bank

Israeli troops forcibly evicted about 200 hard-line Jewish settlers from a contested building in this volatile biblical city on Thursday, the first serious clash in what seems to be a spiraling confrontation between the government and defiant settlers.

Mutual understanding urged to promote China-EU ties

The Chinese ambassador to the European Union (EU) on Thursday called for a more comprehensive and deeper mutual understanding between China and the EU.

Canadian PM suspends Parliament

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday won approval from the governor general to suspend Parliament until the end of January, in an attempt to avoid being defeated by oppositions in a non-confidence vote scheduled next week.

Putin holds first question-and-answer session as PM

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday held a question-and-answer session with the public, his first as the premier and leader of the ruling United Russia party.

Shooting heard at New Delhi airport

Three rounds of firing were heard at New Delhi's international airport early Friday morning, but no one was injured, the Indian NDTV channel reported.

India terror e-mail targets airports

India airports across the country were on high alert after a terror e-mail and the coast of west state Gujarat was also on tight security Thursday morning, reported local news channel Times Now.

Cholera outbreak declared national emergency in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe government has declared the recent outbreak of cholera in the country as national emergencies and called on the donor community to provide aid in fighting the disease, the state media Herald reported on Thursday.

Strong quake jolts Japan's east coastal areas

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Japan's east coastal areas on Thursday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

Some 100 countries to sign cluster bomb ban

Representatives from more than one hundred countries began to sign Wednesday a treaty to ban the use of cluster bombs, according to reports reaching Stockholm from Oslo.

US confident of food safety in China

US Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that he was "very confident" of the quality of Chinese products, despite food safety scandals involving pet food, toothpaste and dairy products.

NATO chief: No need for new security structure for Europe

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Wednesday that there is no need to have a new security architecture as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposes.

China, US start SED amid financial crisis

China and the United States started strategic economic dialogue (SED) in the Chinese capital on Thursday morning. 
Yuan's fall not part of policy

All stranded Chinese returned from Thailand

All 3,000 plus Chinese citizens, stranded in Thailand, returned to China as of Wednesday morning, said sources with China Eastern Airlines.

Bomb attacks kill 11 people in N Iraq

Up to 11 people were killed and 45 others wounded in two bomb attacks, including a suicide car bomb, in the Iraqi province of Nineveh on Tuesday, a provincial police source said.

Up to Sarkozy to get ties back on track

It is up to French President Nicolas Sarkozy to put Sino-French relations back on track, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

India gives wanted list to Pakistan

India demanded Pakistan hand over 20 of its most wanted fugitives as a sign of good faith, while both sides Tuesday tried to cool tensions over the Mumbai attacks before a visit by Washington's top diplomat.

Paulson: Engagement with China yields results

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday that the engagement with China through the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) has helped yield many results

NATO to conditionally re-engage with Russia

NATO foreign ministers decided on Tuesday to re-engage with Russia in a "conditional and graduated" manner, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said.

Thai court dissolves ruling party

Thailand's Constitution Court on Tuesday ruled the three ruling parties in the coalition government – People Power Party (PPP), Chart Thai Party and Matchima Thipataya Party were guilty of electoral fraud charges and ordered them to be dissolved.

2 killed, 30 injured in India's train blast

At least two were killed and 30 injured when a bomb exploded in the passenger coach of a train in India's northeastern state of Assam at about 7:50 in the morning, officials said on Tuesday.

Bombs kill more than 30 in Baghdad

A series of bombs struck US and Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul on Monday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens more, Iraqi officials said.

Bush admits 'intelligence failure' on Iraq

With no more than two months left in his term, US President George W. Bush, for the first time, admitted in public that "intelligence failure" on Iraq was his "biggest regret" during the eight-year administration, according to a TV interview to be broadcast on Monday.

Obama announces his national security team

US President-elect Barack Obama announced on Monday his national security team, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state and incumbent Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who would retain his post.

EU spy criticism amounts to interference

A Foreign Ministry spokesman has dismissed the European Union's (EU) criticisms over the execution of a man found guilty of spying for Taiwan, and said he was sentenced after a "just and fair" trial.

US space shuttle Endeavour lands in California after mission

US space shuttle Endeavour landed safely in California Sunday afternoon after a 16-day trip, as unfavorable weather conditions in Florida prevented the shuttle from landing in its home base in Cape Canaveral.

India security chief resigns after Mumbai attacks

With corpses still being pulled from a once-besieged hotel, India's top security official resigned Sunday as the government struggled under growing accusations of security failures following terror attacks that killed 174 people.

All stranded Chinese to return home from Thailand by Dec. 1

Chinese emergency chartered flights are expected to fly back home almost all the more than 3,000 mainland tourists stuck in riot-hit Thailand by December 1.

EU and Austria's accusation on spy execution rejected

China was strongly opposed to the accusation of the European Union and Austria over its execution of Wo Weihan, a man spying for Taiwan. "Chinese judicial organs made the verdict and this was completely a matter within the Chinese judicial sovereignty," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

Indian PM: Foreign group carried out Mumbai attack

The attacks in Mumbai which killed more than 100 people were carried out by a group based in a foreign country, said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday.

France urged to create good conditions for EU summit

China on Thursday demanded France create a good atmosphere for the China-EU summit that was postponed because of a planned meeting between Tibetan secessionist the Dalai Lama, and French President, Nicholas Sarkozy.

2 British journalists kidnapped in NE Somalia

Two British Journalists were on Wednesday abducted by unidentified gunmen in Bossaso, commercial capital of the semiautonomous region of Puntland in northeast Somalia, police officials said.

Chinese stranded in Bangkok 'safe'

More than 1,000 Chinese passengers stranded at Bangkok airport after anti-Thai government protesters disrupted flight operations have been shifted to hotels, the Chinese embassy said yesterday.

FM: EU summit postponed over Dalai visit

China has to postpone the 11th summit with the European Union scheduled in early December because of French leader's planned meeting with the Dalai Lama, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing on Wednesday night.

Exclusive: 5 Chinese rescued from Mumbai hotel

Five Chinese nationals have been rescued by Indian police from a Mumbai hotel, Zhang Longhai, Chinese consul in Mumbai, told in a telephone interview this afternoon.

Premier Wen sends condolences
Taj Hotel hostages rescued
'Free our Muhajideen' demand terrorists
World leaders condemn Mumbai attacks
6 foreigners among 101 dead
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Russian parliament approves presidential term extension

The Russian Federation Council, upper house of the parliament, has approved the extension of presidential term from four years to six years, local media reported on Wednesday.

Torrential rains kill at least 72 in Brazil

Heavy rains since last week have led to the deaths of 72 people in southern Brazil's Santa Catarina state, local civil defense authorities said Tuesday.

Four bombings rock Bangkok

At least four rounds of bomb attacks rocked Bangkok early Wednesday, injuring at least 12 people, local media reported.

Britain issues 1st ID cards for foreigners

Britain began issuing its first ID cards to foreign nationals Monday as a way to allow them to easily and securely prove their identities, the Home Office said.

US unveils $800 bln programs to ease credit

The U.S. government Tuesday unveiled a pair of new programs that will provide 800 billion dollars to help unfreeze the credit markets.

President Hu meets Greek PM to push ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Athens on Tuesday that China hopes to push its ties with Greece to a higher level.

Bangkok in anarchy as confrontation upgrades

The "City of Angles" on Tuesday was in chaos as anti-government protesters seized the temporary administration seat -- Don Mueang airport, clashed with pro-government taxi drivers, forcing the Cabinet to indefinitely postpone its weekly meeting.

US imposes sanctions against Somalia terrorists

The United States imposed on Thursday financial sanctions against three alleged leaders of an extremist Islamic militia in Somalia.

Russia, India to hold joint drill in Indian Ocean

Russia and India will hold a joint naval exercise in the Indian Ocean in January next year, a spokesman for Russia's Pacific Fleet said Thursday.

UN to reinforce peacekeeping troops in DRC

The UN Security Council agreed on Thursday to reinforce the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) by sending 3,000 more troops.

Five proposals to boost Sino-Latin American ties

China is willing to make concerted efforts with Latin American countries to establish a comprehensive cooperative partnership of equality, mutual benefit and common development, Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Lima on Thursday.

APEC ministers meet on financial crisis, Doha talks

Foreign and trade ministers from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum met in Lima Wednesday to discuss such issues as the global financial crisis and the Doha round of trade talks.

China, Peru conclude FTA talks

China and Peru concluded their talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) and upgraded bilateral ties to a strategic partnership in Lima on Wednesday.

Indian navy destroys pirate ship

An Indian warship destroyed a pirate ship in the Gulf of Aden as gunmen from Somalia seized at least two more vessels despite a large international naval presence off their lawless country.

Obama announces more White House staff

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama announced more White House staff on Wednesday, including his long-time friends.

Hu, Abbas congratulate 20th anniversary of ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas exchanged congratulatory messages Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Hu arrives in Peru for state visit, APEC meeting

Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Wednesday that his state visit to Peru would give an impetus to the development of the comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and the South American nation.

Iraq says no secret terms in security pact with US

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Tuesday that there are no secret terms in the security agreement with Washington, confirming that Iraq would not be used to attack neighboring countries.

Eric Holder named as Obama's attorney general

An ex deputy attorney general was eyed by U.S. president-elect Barack Obama to be the next attorney general, said a report released on Tuesday.

President Hu in Havana for state visit

Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday upon his arrival in Havana that his state visit to Cuba aims to enhance friendship and enlarge cooperation between the two countries.

US in recession, jobless to peak at 7.5%

The US economy is in recession and will contract at a faster pace in the fourth quarter, extending the decline into early 2009 as high unemployment crimps consumer spending, a survey showed.

Somali pirates hijack Saudi Arabian-owned oil tanker

Somali pirates have hijacked a Saudi Arabian-owned oil tanker, the largest vessel ever seized, loaded with crude and carrying 25 crew members off the Kenyan coast, a regional maritime official said on Monday.

Obama, McCain vow to work together

US president-elect Barack Obama and his former Republican presidential rival, John McCain, vowed on Monday to "launch a new era of reform" and work together on "critical challenges."

Japan's economy sinks into recession

Japan's economy sank into its first recession in seven years in the July-September quarter as the global financial crisis took a heavy toll on the world's second largest economy and curbed demand for its exports, said Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Kaoru Yosano on Monday.

US shuttle Endeavour docks with space station

After a nearly-two-day pursuit, the US space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the International Space Station and docked with it at 5:01 p.m. EDT (2201 GMT) on Sunday, according to NASA TV.

Gaza homemade rockets wound 6 Israelis

Six Israeli citizens of Sderot town in southern Israel were injured on Sunday night by two homemade rockets fired from Gaza, Israeli Radio reported.

Strong quake rocks eastern Indonesia

A shallow powerful quake with magnitude of 7.5 struck eastern parts of Indonesia on Monday morning, the country's meteorology agency said in Jakarta.

Chinese, Australian leaders vow to expand cooperation

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday pledged joint efforts to expand bilateral cooperation at their meeting in Washington.

G20 leaders hail global financial summit

Leaders who attended the G20 financial summit hailed the historic meeting on Saturday for laying a foundation for a more coordinated global response system to the world economic crisis.

Zimbabwe opposition MDC-T oks unity gov't

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-T national council has resolved that the party joins the envisaged inclusive government once the legislature has given legal force to the broad-based agreement signed on September 15, The Herald reported on Saturday.

State of emergency declared in Los Angeles County

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County on Saturday following the loss of at least 165 homes by a raging wildfire fire.

Hu calls for concerted efforts to tide over financial crisis

President Hu Jintao on Saturday called on the international community to make concerted efforts to tide over difficulties arising from the global financial crisis. Hu made the appeal while addressing a summit meeting of G20 on the world economy in Washington.

• G20 summit adopts action plan
Coordinated action to tackle financial crisis

Explosion in US city kills one, injures 5

A massive explosion in downtown Pueblo, Colo., demolished a restaurant and a shop, killing one person and injuring 5 others Thursday.

China, DPRK meet over six-party nuclear talks

China on Thursday confirmed that its diplomats and diplomats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) met to discuss how to move forward the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsular nuclear issue.

Wall Street rallies after three-day plunge

Wall Street rallied Thursday as investors hunt bargain after three straight days of decline. The Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 553 points after driving it down near its lows for the year, as investors decided they did not want to miss out on cheap stocks.

Fake New York Times announces 'Iraq War ends'

A bogus "edition" of The New York Times hit streets in New York Wednesday, with a look into a fantasy future filled with phony headlines taking aim at the Bush administration, according to a report on

UK uni expels Chinese students over forged documents

Fifty students from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan were thrown out of United Kingdom-based Newcastle University for using forged qualification documents, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Iranian diplomat abducted in NW Pakistan

An Iranian diplomat together with his driver was abducted in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, local television said.

At least 8 injured in 2nd school collapse in Haiti

At least eight people were slightly injured Wednesday in another school collapse in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, according to reports reaching Mexico City from Port-au-Prince.

China declassifies 3rd batch of diplomatic archives

China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday declassified a third batch of diplomatic archives dating from 1961 to 1965 containing 41,097 items, almost 70 percent of the archives for the period.

Putin backs proposal for extending Russian presidency

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he supports the extension of the presidency from four years to six years, local media reported.

DPRK's Red Cross Society severs ties with S Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s Red Cross Society on Wednesday cut off connections with South Korea in retaliation for its sponsorship of a U.N. resolution on DPRK's human rights record, the official KCNA news agency reported.

Iran test-fired new missile

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic has successfully test-fired a new generation surface-to-surface missile.

DPRK to close land border with S Korea

The military of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was authorized to cut off all land borders with South Korea from December, the official KCNA news said on Wednesday.

US national killed by gunmen in NW Pakistan

A foreigner, along with his driver, was killed by some unknown gunmen in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, private TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

Israeli army prepared for clashes with Hamas

Israeli outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that the confrontation with Hamas is unavoidable and Israeli army is prepared for it.

Medvedev submits bill extending presidential term

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted to the parliament amendments to a law, which will extend the presidential term and the lawmakers' mandate, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Obama, Bush deny economic policy bargaining

Aides of US president-elect Barack Obama and President George W. Bush denied Tuesday there had been any bargaining on economic plans during the two people's Monday meeting at the White House.

China expresses regret over Indian FM's remarks

China says in Beijing Tuesday that it deeply regretted Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee's remarks calling the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" part of India's territory.

US journalist kidnapped near Afghan capital

An American journalist with the New York Times along with his two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped Monday in Logar province, some 60 km south of Afghan capital Kabul, the spokesman for provincial administration said Tuesday.

199 bodies retrieved from capsized ferry in Philippines

Salvors have recovered 199 decomposing bodies since Oct. 26 from an ill-fated ferry that capsized in the central Philippines months ago, reports said on Tuesday.

EU FMs agree to resume negotiations with Russia

Foreign ministers from the European Union's 27 nations decided in Brussels on Monday to relaunch suspended negotiations with Russia despite opposition by Lithuania.

Israel must cede parts of Jerusalem for peace

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday used a memorial ceremony for former Premier Yitzhak Rabin to reiterate that Israel must be willing to give up parts of Jerusalem in return for peace.

China, Iraq sign oil service deal

China and Iraq signed Monday an oil deal that would allow China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to help develop al-Ahdab oil field in eastern Iraq's Wasit province.

China pledges more dialogue, cooperation with AU

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo pledged in Addis Ababa Monday to further strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the African Union (AU).

Obama, Bush wrap up talks at White House

US President-elect Barack Obama and the outgoing President George W. Bush wrapped up their talks at the White House Monday, without making any comments to the public.

Senior Somali gov't official shot dead

Gunmen in the southern Somali town of Baidoa, the base of the transitional Somali parliament have shot dead a senior Somali government official, local media reports said Sunday.

G20 pledges to tackle global financial crisis

Finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of 20 (G20) major industrial and emerging economies closed their annual meeting in Sao Paulo on Sunday, vowing to jointly tackle the global financial crisis.

S Korea denies possibility of FTA renegotiation with US

South Korean government Monday ruled out the possibility of the renegotiation of the free trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S., although the new Obama Administration is widely expected to adopt protectionist trade policies.

G20 agrees to strengthen institutions, cooperation

The G20, group of the 20 largest economies of the world, on Sunday agreed that the economic institutions must be strengthened with a more significant role for emerging countries to face the world financial crisis.

China's ties with Ethiopia on a higher level

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo said in Addis Ababa on Sunday that China's relations with Ethiopia have been developing quite rapidly in recent years and have been pushed up to a higher level.

Palestinians, Israel pledge to continue peace talks

The Palestinians and Israel promised on Sunday to carry on the peace negotiations resumed a year ago at a U.S.-hosted Mideast conference, although a deal is not likely to be reached by the end of this year as expected.

SADC expresses disappointment at political impasse in Zimbabwe

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe on Sunday expressed disappointment at the deadlock in power sharing talks between Zimbabwean rival parties.

Suspected US missile attack kills 10 in Pakistan

At least 10 militants were killed in a suspected United States missile strike in Pakistan's tribal area on Friday, private TV channel Geo reported.

Beijing high-level conference on climate change kicks off

A high-level conference on climate change opened in Beijing on Friday , with participants from nearly 100 governments, international and non-governmental organizations voicing views and proposing measures on technology development and transfer responding to climate change.

Obama to meet with Buffett, Daley, economic advisers

Barack Obama will meet with his economic advisory team Friday and hold his first news conference since becoming US president-elect as the country awaited signs of how he might tackle the economic crisis.

11 killed in minibus blast in Russia's North Caucasus

Eleven people were killed Thursday in a minibus explosion in southern Russia, local news agencies reported.

China to fly flag for South at G20 summit

China will help developing countries at the upcoming G20 summit on the global financial crisis in Washington DC next Saturday, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Russian parliament may allow Putin's return to power

Russia's constitution will be amended by year's end to extend the presidential term to six years, lawmakers promised Thursday – a move that could pave the way for Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin.
· Medvedev's address reflect Putin's policies

US air strike kills 40 Afghan civilians

At least 40 Afghan civilians have been killed and 28 more injured as an airstrike of the US-led Coalition forces hit a wedding gathering in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, officials and local villagers said Wednesday.

Russia to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad to counter US threat

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday made his first state-of-the-nation address since he took office in May, pledging to reform the international political and economic system and deploy a short-range missile system in its Baltic Sea territory in response to US missile defense plans.
· US: Russia's relocation of missile 'disappointing'

42 killed in Philippine ferry capsizal

The Philippine government Wednesday said it was saddened by a sea mishap in the central province of Masbate as the death toll rose to 42 one day after the tragedy.

6 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers

Six Palestinians were killed, including five Islamic Hamas militants and a Palestinian woman in clashes with Israeli soldiers early on Wednesday morning in central Gaza Strip, medics said.

Mexican interior secretary killed in plane crash

Mexico's Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino has been killed along with eight other people in a plane crash in Mexico City.

Obama elected US President

Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama won a landslide victory in the U.S. presidential election Tuesday. Short of a final result, projections showed that Obama had collected as many as 297 electoral votes.

Breaking News: Democrats clinch over 218 seats in the house
Breaking News: Democrats solidify dominance in US Senate

Wall Street jumps in record Election Day rally

US stocks rose in the biggest Election Day rally ever on Tuesday, as investors looked forward to the end of the uncertainty surrounding the long fight for the White House, and as energy companies' shares followed oil prices higher.

China issues first policy paper on Latin America, Caribbean region

The Chinese government on Wednesday launched its first ever policy paper on Latin America and the Caribbean region, mapping out an overall blueprint for future cooperation between the two sides.

Austrian hostages held in Sahara freed

Two Austrian hostages kidnapped months ago when they were on holiday in Tunisia have been freed and are in the hands of Malian authorities, agencies reported on Friday.

Coalition forces eliminate 19 militants, arrest 3 more in E. Afghanistan

The US-led Coalition forces killed 19 armed militants and detained three suspected militants during multiple operations to disrupt the Haqqani, Taliban and al-Qaeda networks in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, said a Coalition statement released in Kabul on Saturday.

US voters weigh local issues

American voters are busy weighing local issues this weekend to decide their positions on many state ballot measures, as they prepare to vote Tuesday in the presidential election.

Ninth kidnapped Chinese in Sudan killed

The ninth worker of the nine Chinese workers kidnapped in Sudan has been killed and his body was found, confirmed an official at the Chinese embassy in Sudan on Friday evening.

Missile attack kills 20 in Pakistan

At least 20 people were killed in a missile attack in Pakistan's tribal area on Friday, private TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

China, Kazakhstan issues communique

China and Kazakhstan issued a joint communique in Astana on Friday, pledging further efforts to promote bilateral strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in various fields.

Pakistan's earthquake death toll exceeds 300

The death toll from the destructive earthquake in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province has crossed 300, the state television reported Friday.

Somali pirates hijack Turkish ship

A Turkish freighter ship has been hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast, a regional maritime official confirmed on Thursday.

Serial blasts in northeast India kill 61

At least 61 people were killed and over 300 injured in serial blasts in India's northeast state Assam Thursday, officials said.

FM urges Sudan to rescue missing Chinese workers

China on Thursday urged Sudan to continue the search for two kidnapped Chinese workers, and take all effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel and safety in the country.

Pakistan earthquake kills over 200

The powerful earthquake occurred on Wednesday in southwestern Pakistan has killed more than 200 people and caused scores of injures, local television reported on Thursday.

SCO PMs' meeting convenes in Astana

The seventh prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries convened in Astana on Thursday morning.

US embassy in Syria to be temporarily closed on Thursday

The US embassy in Syria would be temporarily closed today due to a demonstration in Damascus to protest a deadly U.S. cross-border raid in Abu Kamal near the Iraqi border that killed eight civilians.

DR Congo flare-up drives 30,000 people into camps near Goma

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is driving 30,000 people into refugee camps near Goma, the provincial capital of the country's eastern province of North Kivu, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.

China launches telecom satellite for Venezuela

China successfully sent a Venezuelan telecommunication satellite into space on the early morning of Thursday.

Wall Street posts stunning gains

Wall Street rallied Tuesday as investors hunted for bargain in the oversold markets believing that the Federal Reserve could cut interest rates.

Quake rocks SW Pakistan, at least 100 killed

At least 100 people were killed as an earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan's Balochistan province early Wednesday morning, private DAWN NEWS TV channel reported.

Dalai Lama urged to fulfil his promises

Dalai Lama and his supporters should seriously carry out the promises made in July this year, if they really wanted to improve relations with the Chinese central government, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in Beijing Tuesday at a regular press conference.

Syria to close American institutions

The Syrian cabinet decided on Tuesday to close a Damascus-based American school and a US culture center in response to a deadly raid by US helicopters near the Syrian border with Iraq, the official SANA news agency reported.

2 men charged in plot to kill Obama

Two US men were charged Monday for plotting a "killing spree" against African-Americans that would have been capped with an attempt to kill Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

4 Chinese workers killed in Sudan, FM confirms

Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that four, instead of five as earlier reported, of the nine kidnapped Chinese workers in Sudan had been killed.

Premier Wen arrives in Moscow

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Moscow on Monday for an official visit aimed at strengthening China's strategic partnership with Russia.

14 killed in S Philippines conflict

One soldier and 13 separatist rebels were killed on Monday in a five-hour encounter in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, a military official said.

Israel's third largest party refuses to join Livni's cabinet

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni encountered a strong setback in her cabinet-making efforts on Friday as the third largest party announced not to join her coalition, local daily Ha'aretz reported on its website.

The seventh Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit started at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Friday afternoon, Oct. 24, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)The 7th ASEM summit kicks off

Leaders from 45 Asian and European nations and organizations began their summit in Beijing on Friday afternoon, with agenda to be dominated by tackling the global financial crisis.
· Hu: China helpful to global financial stability

Eight Italians die in military helicopter crash

An Italian military helicopter crashed near Strasbourg in eastern France on Thursday, killing all eight people on board, Italian News Agency ANSA reported.

Wall Street layoffs could surge over 200,000

Traders and investment bankers might have more to worry about than dwindling bonus pools this year as mass firings on Wall Street are set to hit a record.

China set to ratify UN trafficking protocol

China plans to ratify a United Nations protocol on human trafficking as part of its ongoing fight against cross-border crime, a senior official from the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday.

EU's award to Chinese criminal strongly opposed

China voiced its strong dissatisfaction and stern opposition to an award from the European Union (EU) to a Chinese criminal.

Suspected US drone kills 10 in Pakistan

At least 10 people were killed and several injured when a suspected US drone struck Miranshah area of Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal agency on the Afghan border, local media reported.

9 killed in suicide car bombing on Iraqi minister convoy

Nine people were killed and 10 others injured when a suicide car bomber struck the convoy of an Iraqi ministry on Thursday morning, an Interior Ministry source said.

Kuwait sends first ambassador to Iraq since 1990

Kuwait's first ambassador to Iraq since the 1990 invasion took office on Wednesday.

Wall Street suffers heavy sell-off

Wall Street suffered another heavy sell-off Wednesday on increasing concerns about global economic recession and weak corporate earning outlook. All major indexes plunged more than 4 percent while the Dow Jones average declined more than 500 points.

Russia lines up new anti-missile system

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces are being equipped with new anti-ballistic missile systems in response to US plans to deploy a missile shield in Europe, Interfax reported Wednesday.

World leaders to meet on economy in Washington

World leaders will meet November 15 in Washington to address the global financial crisis – the first in a series of summits to mitigate what economists predict could be a long and deep downturn.

Wen, Aso exchange messages

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso exchanged congratulatory messages Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship

China calls on cooperation with Vietnam over South China Sea

China called on Vietnam for cooperation in the South China Sea to discover ways to address bilateral disputes over the region.
·Hu meets leaders coming to attend ASEM

Afghan police kill 35 Taliban militants

Afghan police forces with support of international troops air strike Tuesday evening put down Taliban assault in southern Afghan province of Uruzgan killing 35 militants, Juma Gul Humat, the provincial police chief told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Air raids kill 9 soldiers in E Afghanistan

Nine Afghan soldiers were killed and three others injured as the international troops carried out air strikes against suspected Taliban hideouts in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost early Wednesday, Afghan Defense Ministry said in a press release.

15 Pakistani security men killed in bombing in NW Pakistan

At least 15 Pakistani security men have been killed in a bombing attack in northwestern Pakistan late Tuesday evening, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported on Wednesday.

Blast in Indian city kills 17, injures 16

At least 17 people were killed and 16 injured in a massive bomb explosion Imphal, the capital of Manipur Tuesday evening, two days after a blast near the Manipur's chief minister's official residence in Mumbai, according to NDTV.

India's first lunar spacecraft lifts off

India's first lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 lifted off from Sriharikot in southern Andhra Pradesh, at 6:20 a.m. (0050 GMT) on Wednesday, according to NDTV.

DPRK calls for removal of Japan from six-party talks

Japan should be removed from the six-party talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, a commentary in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) official daily Minju Joson said Tuesday.

FM on US recall of China-made cribs

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Beijing on Tuesday that the Chinese government is willing to listen to complaints and find out what exactly are the problems relating to the US recall of China-made cribs.

Hu, Bush talk ways to tackle crisis

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday spoke over phone with his US counterpart George W. Bush about international cooperation to cope with the ongoing global financial turmoil.

Third Chinese woman dies after Seoul stabbing spree

A third Chinese citizen has died after a South Korean man went on a stabbing and arson rampage yesterday in Seoul

China announces list of ETIM terrorists

Chinese police announced in Beijing on Tuesday morning the names of eight terrorists of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM). China called for global cooperation to ferret out whereabouts of the terrorists and extradite them to the Chinese government.

Aso, Bush talk over phone on global financial crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso talked Tuesday with US President George W. Bush over the telephone on the ongoing global financial crisis, said Japan's chief government spokesman.

21 dead, 11 injured in Mexico prison riot

At least 21 prisoners were killed and 11 others injured on Monday in a conflict between rival gangs in prison in the border city of Reynosa in northeastern Mexico, local authorities said.

At least 2 Chinese citizens killed in Seoul

At least two Chinese citizens were killed and another three injured on Monday after a South Korean man set fire to a small inn in Seoul and stabbed guests there, said officials of the Chinese Embassy in Seoul.

Japan's high court turns down Chinese WWII laborers' appeal

The Fukuoka High Court on Monday upheld the decision of the Nagasaki District Court to reject a damages suit filed by ten Chinese plaintiffs seeking compensation for forced labor in Japan under harsh conditions during World War II, local media reported.

Over 20 insurgents killed, 8 arrested in Afghanistan

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have eliminated over 20 insurgents during a two-day operation in central eastern Afghan province of Wardak, said the alliance statement released in Kabul on Monday.

Chinese consulate attacked in Marseille

Six-masked individuals threw burning, glass bottles on Saturday at the Chinese consulate in Marseille, France, according to a Beijing-based newspaper.

Taliban kills 40 civilian Afghans

In a new wave of violence, the Taliban militants have killed 40 bus passengers after taking them as hostage in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, provincial police chief Matihullah Khan Qati said Sunday.

4 killed, 20 wounded in New Delhi bridge collapse

A under-construction metro line flyover in New Delhi on Sunday, killing four people and leaving more than 20 injured.

Powell endorses Obama

Colin Powell, a Republican who was US President Bush's first secretary of state, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president Sunday and criticized the tone of Republican John McCain's campaign.

Bush to host int'l financial summit soon

US President George W. Bush said Saturday that he looks forward to hosting an international financial summit "in the near future".

Czech: 'Tibetan flag incident' denounced

President of Czech's Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) Miloslav Vlcek has denounced the action by a few Green Party deputies of unfurling a Tibetan flag in front of the visiting Chinese parliamentary delegation last month.

Pakistan army arrests 168 foreign militants

Pakistan's security forces have arrested about 168 foreign militants from the northwestern tribal regions in the past two days, military sources said on Saturday.

19 insurgents killed in N. Afghanistan

Afghan National Security Forces ( ANSF) backed by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have killed 19 insurgents in an ongoing offensive against insurgents in northern Afghan province of Wardak, said an ISAF statement issued in Kabul on Saturday.

Kidnapped Chinese engineer rescued in NW Pakistan

Security Forces Friday recovered one of the two abducted Chinese engineers in northwestern Pakistan, official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

5 nations elected new UNSC members

Austria, Japan, Mexico, Uganda and Turkey were elected new non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday.

Crude futures dip below $70 on demand concerns

Crude futures dipped below 70 U.S. dollars a barrel on demand concerns Thursday after the U.S. government reported a unexpected rise in crude stockpile.

Thailand, Cambodia agree to joint border patrols

Thailand and Cambodia agreed Thursday to conduct joint military patrols on disputed area near the Preah Vihear temple, Thailand's Second Army commander Lt-Gen Wibulsak Neepal said Thursday.

EU summit focuses on financial crisis, climate change

Heads of state and government from 27 European Union countries concluded in Brussels on Thursday their two-day summit after demonstrating "unanimous" support to a concerted action plan adopted by their eurozone members to fight the current financial turmoil.

Sympathy to Japanese sickened by beans

China on Thursday extended sympathy over a Japanese consumer's sickness caused by eating China-made frozen green beans.

Another 21 Filipino seamen hijacked off Somalia

Another group of 21 Filipino seamen were abducted by pirates off the dangerous waters off Somalia after their Philippine-operated bulk carrier was hijacked Wednesday, the Philippine government said on Thursday.

Obama, McCain clash on economy in final debate

U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama argued about who has a better economic plan in their final debate Wednesday night at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.

Attempt to hijack Turkish plane foiled by passengers

An attempt to hijack a Turkish Airlines (THY) plane bound from southern Turkish province of Antalya to Russia's St Petersburg has been foiled by passengers on Wednesday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Georgia talks to resume next month

International talks on the situation of Georgia were suspended on Wednesday due to "procedural difficulties," but will resume on Nov. 18, organizers of the talks said.

Economy dominates Obama-McCain final debate

As US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama will soon to start their final debate Wednesday night at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., economy is the focus.

Recession fears return to the fore

Positive market sentiment following bold government moves to stem the financial sector meltdown evaporated Wednesday and recession fears rose to the fore, sending shares slipping around the world after a two-day rally.

China, Pakistan sign 10-plus deals

China and Pakistan on Wednesday signed more than 10 deals ranging from trade and minerals to agriculture and satellites.

All crew on sunken Vietnamese freighter rescued

All 10 crew members aboard a Vietnamese freighter that sank in the South China Sea off Hainan Province on Tuesday were rescued by a passing vessel early on Wednesday in a coordinated rescue effort by Chinese and Vietnamese maritime authorities.

McCain offers new economic relief plan

U.S. Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Tuesday offered a new plan which includes 52.5 billion U.S. dollars in tax breaks aimed at reducing the impact of stock market losses.

Vietnamese sailors in danger in S. China Sea

The lives of 10 crew members aboard a Vietnamese freighter were under threat as the vessel reported to Chinese maritime authorities on Tuesday afternoon it was sinking in the South China Sea off the Hainan Province.

Wildfires kill 2 in Southern California

Fueled by strong winds, wildfires have killed two people in parts of Southern California, authorities said on Tuesday.

Bush reveals new steps to steady banking industry

US President George W. Bush Tuesday announced measures to implement a plan of action agreed by the Group of Seven (G7) major advanced countries and to strengthen the banking industry.

Voting begins in Canada general election

Voters in Canada's easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador started to hit the polling stations at 0830 local time (1100 GMT) Tuesday morning, to initiate the country's 40th general election.

Abducted ship freed off Somali coast

Security forces of the northeastern Somali region on Tuesday freed an abducted ship carrying commercial goods for Somali business people after a gun battle with pirates off the coast of Somalia, local official said.

European countries announce bank rescue plans

European countries have been actively taking measures to help their banks stay afloat through the financial crisis, with some of them already announcing huge bank rescue plans.

Obama outlines economic rescue plan

US presidential race front-runner Barack Obama on Monday rolled out what his campaign called a four-part "economic rescue plan" for the middle class.

Wall Street sees record one-day-surge

Wall Street saw its biggest one-day-surge Monday after eight days of deep losses that took the Dow down nearly 2,400 points as the West governments' plans to support the global banking system.

China, Russia unveil boundary markers

China and Russia held a ceremony at Heixiazi Island on Tuesday to unveil the boundary markers for eastern section of China-Russia boundary.
Sino-Russian boundary agreement sets example

Over 100 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

Battle between Taliban-led militants and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Afghanistan's troubled Helmand province have claimed the lives of more than 100 insurgents over the past three days with 64 of them on Sunday, spokesman of provincial administration contended.

Thai PM: Resignation no solution for political crisis

Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat insisted Sunday in a nation-wide TV address that he will not resign as the anti-government movement demanded, adding that his step-down will not solve the country's problems.

Russia test-fires missiles in large-scale drill

Russia on Sunday test-fired several types of missiles, including intercontinental ones, as part of a month-long war game, local media reported.

Eurozone leaders hammer out joint action plan on financial crisis

Leaders from the eurozone countries hammered out an action plan in a joint response to the unfolding financial crisis at their first ever summit in Paris Sunday.

Russia launches spacecraft with sixth space tourist

A Russian carrier rocket blasted off from a central Asia launching pad on Sunday, sending the crew members for the International Space Station (ISS) and the sixth space tourist.

Japan's Yamato Life collapses

Yamato Life Insurance Co. on Friday filed with the Tokyo District Court for bankruptcy protection due to losses related to the U.S. subprime crisis, Kyodo News reported.

DPRK bars UN monitors from nuclear sites

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) formally informed the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday that their access to facilities at Yongbyon would no longer be permitted, IAEA confirmed in a statement.

Dow Jones average dips below 8,600

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped more than 7 percent on Thursday as panic sell-off dominated markets.

French writer wins 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature

French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.

Asia, Europe to address global issues

Asian and European leaders from more than 40 countries are expected to arrive in Beijing on Oct 24 for a two-day summit to address a series of pressing global issues, particularly the current financial crisis.

Macedonia recognizes Kosovo's independence

Macedonia announced on Thursday that it has officially recognized Kosovo's independence after the parliament adopted earlier in the day a resolution calling for the recognition of the breakaway Serbian province, news reaching here from Skopje reported.

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved parliament on Wednesday and called an early election in a political crisis following his party's withdrawal from the ruling coalition early September.

Federal Reserve, major banks slash interest rates

The Federal Reserve, together with six other major central banks from around the world, slashed interest rates Wednesday to cope with the current financial crisis.

Russia closes down all checkpoints in South Ossetia

Russia completed the withdrawal of its peacekeepers from the buffer zone bordering Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, the commander of the Russian peacekeepers in the region said Wednesday.

Polls: Obama winner of US presidential debate

A new poll suggests Wednesday that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won the second US presidential debate with Republican opponent John McCain Tuesday night in Nashville, Tenn.

Scientist of Chinese origin wins Nobel chemistry prize

American scientists Martin Chalfie and Roger Y. Tsien, and Osamu Shimomura of Japan won the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for their discovery of the green fluorescent protein, or GFP.

18 die in Nepali plane crash

Nepali aviation authority confirmed 18 died in an air crash in Lukla airport on Wednesday morning.

Obama, McCain face off in second debate

US presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain clashed on on how to lead the country out of economic downturn in their second round of debate Tuesday night at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Bush to sign US-India nuclear bill

US President George W. Bush will sign into law on Wednesday a bill approved by Congress allowing civilian US nuclear trade with India, Bush's spokesman Carlton Carroll said Tuesday.

LA man kills family, himself over financial woes

A 45-year-old Los Angeles man who was apparently distraught over money troubles shot and killed his wife, three sons and mother-in-law before taking his own life, police said on Monday.

Contagious virus sickens 200 US students

A highly contagious gastrointestinal virus has sickened another 70 students at the University of Southern California (USC), bringing the total number of sick students to 200, university officials said on Monday.

Hungarian transport minister, railway chief resign

Hungarian Transport Minister Pal Szabo and MAV Hungarian Railways Board Chairman Miklos Kamaras resigned following Monday's passenger train crash, the Hungarian government spokesman said.

EU split on how to tackle financial crisis

Despite a pledge by the leaders of the European Union (EU)'s big four -- France, Germany, Britain and Italy -- to coordinate in tackling the current financial crisis, divisions in Europe in the face of the difficulty remained obvious.

Nearly 70 killed in Kyrgyzstan quake

The death toll from a strong earthquake in southern Kyrgyzstan Sunday night has risen to nearly 70, according to the country's emergencies ministry on Monday.

Officials: Kyrgyzstan quake kills 65

Fifty-eight people died and 50 more were injured in the strong earthquake that rocked southern Kyrgyzstan Sunday night, the Interfax news agency reported Monday citing emergency officials.

25 killed, over 65 injured in a Sri Lanka explosion

At least 25 people were killed and more than 65 injured in an explosion carried out by a suicide bomber of Tamil Tiger rebels in the north central district of Anuradhapura Monday morning, defense officials said.

Turkish warplanes strike PKK bases in Iraq

The Turkish General Staff said on Sunday that its warplanes have bombed the rebel bases of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

Palin defends terrorist comment against Obama

Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists," saying the Democratic presidential nominee's association with a 1960s radical is an issue that is "fair to talk about."

O.J. Simpson convicted, jailed in Las Vegas

Former US football star O.J. Simpson was found guilty by a Las Vegas jury late Friday night on all charges he faced, including armed robbery and kidnapping.

Russian troops begin dismantling posts in Georgia

The Russian troops started dismantling posts in the buffer zone around South Ossetia and Abkhazia to meet the Friday deadline for their withdrawal from Georgia's territory, the Itar-Tass news agency reported on Sunday.

At least six injured in Egyptian National Theatre fire

At least six people have been injured in the fire that broke out Saturday evening in the Egyptian National Theater in downtown Cairo, the state MENA news agency reported.

Japan's newly-appointed transport minister resigns

Japan's newly-appointed transport minister Nariaki Nakayama handed in his resignation Sunday due to verbal blunders, the state broadcaster NHK reported.

US, Iraq close to security deal

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said in New York on Saturday that the two countries are close to a security deal.

DPRK accuses US of breaking six-party nuclear deal

The DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon, in a speech to the UN General Assembly's general debate on Saturday, accused the United States of breaking a six-party nuclear agreement and vowed to take countermeasures.

UN reaffirms previous resolutions on Iran

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday to reaffirm its previous resolutions on Iran and demand full compliance from the Islamic Republic.

Wen addresses Summer Davos

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao just started to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Davos forum, held in the north China metropolis of Tianjin on Saturday afternoon.
· Wen: China to further deepen reform and opening-up
· China has confidence to ensure economic growth

Damascus car bomb blast kills 17

A car bomb blast killed at least17 people and wounded 14 others in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday morning, the state-owned Syrian TV reported.

Ten die in the escalating fighting in Mogadishu

Ten civilians have been killed and twenty others wounded in a fierce fighting between insurgent fighters and Somali government forces backed by Ethiopian and African Union peacekeepers, hospital sources and local media reports said Friday.

9 killed in Indonesian ferry fire

At least nine people were dead and dozens of others were injured after a ferry caught a fire in waters off Ambon the capital of Maluku province in eastern parts of Indonesia on Friday night, a police officer said.

Obama, McCain clash on economy, foreign policy

US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama clashed over economy and foreign policy during their first presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi, on Friday night.

6 powers agree on Iran sanctions

Representatives from the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany on Friday agreed to submit to UN Security Council a draft resolution reaffirming existing sanctions on Iran.

118 Kidnapped Afghans released in W Afghanistan

A Taliban commander claimed Friday his outfits have released 118 Afghan labors who were made captive in western Afghan province of Farah.

McCain to attend 1st debate with Obama

John McCain's campaign said Friday the US Republican presidential nominee will attend his first debate with Democratic opponent Barack Obama at Oxford, Mississippi on Friday night.

Wen meets with Bill Gates

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met in New York on Thursday with Bill Gates, chairman of Bill & Gates Foundation, to discuss issues concerning development and poverty alleviation.

Somalia pirates hijack Ukrainian ship with 21 crew

Armed Somali pirates have hijacked a Ukrainian ship with 21 crew members off the coast of Somalia in the latest attacks along the world's most dangerous waters, a regional maritime official said on Friday.

Pakistan urges Western powers not to violate its sovereignty

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, in his speech to the UN General Assembly's general debate in New York on Thursday, urged Western powers not to violate his country's sovereignty in fighting against terrorism.

Pakistan fires at cross-border NATO helicopters

Pakistan said on Thursday that its security forces fired at choppers of NATO forces from Afghanistan when they crossed into the Pakistani territory.

Bush, McCain, Obama meet over bailout plan

US President Bush and the two men fighting to succeed him joined forces Thursday at a historic White House meeting on a multibillion-dollar Wall Street bailout plan, aiming to stave off a national economic disaster. Key members of the US Congress said they had struck a deal earlier in the day, but its future was unclear.

No breakthrough on US bailout plan

A top-level White House meeting aimed to reach consensus on a proposed 700-billion-US-dollar financial bailout plan failed to make breakthrough Thursday.
· Bush, McCain, Obama meet over bailout plan
· High-stake politics of US bailout plan
· US Congress reaches bailout plan in principle

Wen calls for intensive efforts on MDGs

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Thursday urged the international community, especially developed nations, to speed up intensive efforts to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

China and EU reach consensus on IPR, energy, trade topics

Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and European Union (EU) trade commissioner Peter Mandelson kicked off the 23rd China-EU Mixed Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation in Beijing and reached consensus on a wide array of topics.

Wen, Brown meet on international issues

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met in New York on Wednesday to discuss major international issues of common concern, particularly the international community's aid to Africa.

Two Koreans killed in road accident in NE China

Two tourists from the Republic of Korea (ROK) were killed in a road accident in northeast China on Thursday morning.

IAEA: DPRK nuclear facility no longer under int'l supervision

Seals and surveillance equipment set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been removed from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s reprocessing plant in Yongbyon, IAEA spokesperson Mellissa Fleming said in Vienna on Wednesday.

Aso picks chums, hawkish Cabinet

Japan's new prime minister, Taro Aso, appointed several outspoken nationalist allies to his Cabinet Wednesday, while keeping a fiscal reformer for a key post.

Obama rejects McCain's call to delay debate

The US economic crisis and raw politics threatened to derail the first presidential debate as John McCain challenged Barack Obama to delay the Friday forum and join forces to help Washington fix the financial mess. Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next US president needs to "deal with more than one thing at once".

China, Venezuela sign series of deals

China and Venezuela on Wednesday inked a series of agreements on wide-ranging fields, a sign of bilateral efforts to advance their strategic partnership to a new high.

Wen expounds China's policies

China will stick to the path of peaceful development and continue to pursue the policies of reform and opening-up and an independent foreign policy of peace, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in New York on Wednesday.
·Wen urges cooperation to stablize financial market

Taro Aso elected Japan's PM

Japan's Diet announced Wednesday that Taro Aso, chief of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was elected as the nation's 92nd prime minister.  
· Japan's new PM faces challenges

US spy plane shot down in Pakistan

A United States spy plane was shot down in Pakistan's tribal belt on Tuesday, local newspaper The News reported on Wednesday.

China rejects US criticism on religious freedom

China on Tuesday rejected the US accusation on China's religious policy and freedom, saying it "meddled in China's internal affairs".

Finnish school shooter who made web videos kills 11

A chilling YouTube video with a young man firing a pistol and warning "You will die next" caught the eye of police, who questioned him but then let him go, saying they didn't have enough evidence to take away his weapon.

Japan's lower house picks Taro Aso as PM

Japan's House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Taro Aso, new president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as the nation's prime minister.
- Japan's upper house chooses Ichiro Ozawa as PM
- Japan's new PM faces challenges

ROK toxic fish feed not from China

China on Tuesday said that a preliminary investigation found that fish feed made from contaminated squid powder, which was reportedly found in the Republic of Korea (ROK), was not made with Chinese export products.

Wen: China, US not rivals but partners

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Tuesday that China and the United States are not rivals but partners in cooperation and they should work together to further strengthen bilateral relations.
- Wen accepts exclusive interview by Newsweek
- China to enhance constructive, cooperative ties with US
Wen arrives in New York for UN meetings

Venezuelan President starts China visit

Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias arrived in Beijing on Tuesday morning, starting a three-day state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Russia sends ships on exercises in US 'backyard'

Russian warships set sail on Monday for manoeuvres in the Caribbean area calculated to demonstrate to the United States Moscow's return as a global power on the military and political stage.

19 hurt in vehicle attack in Jerusalem

A man driving a black BMW plowed into a crowd of people at a busy Jerusalem intersection Monday evening, leaving 19 people hurt, an Israel Police spokesman told Xinhua.

Hu hopes US steps bear results soon

China hopes the steps the US is taking to stabilize its financial market will bear results soon, President Hu Jintao told his US counterpart George W. Bush over the phone Monday.
- Hu, Bush talk about ties, US financial turmoil via phone

Foreign tourists kidnapped in Egypt

A group of foreign tourists have been kidnapped in Egypt on Monday. The foreigners were taken by bandits while they were on an expedition in the desert between Aswan and Sudan, reported al-Jazeera TV channel.

Afghan consul general kidnapped in NW Pakistan

The Afghan ambassador-designate to Pakistan Abdul Khaliq Farahi was kidnapped in the northeastern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday.

Taro Aso elected president of Japan's ruling LDP

Taro Aso, current secretary general of the ruling Liberal democratic Party (LDP), was elected LDP's party chief in its presidential election on Monday.
- How will Aso steer Japanese government out of gridlock

Hu, Bush talk about ties, US financial turmoil via phone

Chinese President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart George W. Bush discussed bilateral relations and the financial upheavals in the United States in a phone conversation on Monday morning Beijing time.

US soldier accused of abusing and killing Iraqi

Military prosecutors accused a US soldier Sunday of taking an Iraqi detainee to a remote desert location, stripping him naked, shooting him in the head and chest and then watching as another soldier set fire to the body with an incendiary grenade.

S African President tenders resignation

South African President Thabo Mbeki announced his resignation on Sunday.

Al Qaeda suspected of Pakistan's Marriott bombing

A suicide bomb attack that killed 53 people at the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital bore the hallmarks of an operation by al Qaeda or an affiliate, Pakistani and US intelligence officials said on Sunday.

Venezuelan president starts visit to China, Europe

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday left on a week-long multination tour which will take him to China for the first time and Europe for the second time.

Olmert resigns from premiership

Israel's Ehud Olmert on Sunday evening submitted his resignation letter to President Shimon Peres, formally stepping down from the premiership.
- Israel's two main parties agree to cooperate in forming new government

Hu pledges closer economic ties with Japan

China would deepen economic and trade cooperation and step up strategic and mutually beneficial relations with Japan, Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Sunday.

DPRK starts to restore nuclear facilities

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has begun the work to restore its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon "to their original state", a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

14 killed, 38 injured in Nepal bus accident

At least 14 people were killed and 38 others injured on Friday when a passenger bus plunged into a river in central Nepal, local media reported.

US airstrike kills 8 in Baghdad

A US helicopter bombarded a house in a village in the Salahudin province early on Friday, killing eight family members, a provincial security source said.

200 children poisoned in Colombia

At least 200 children and an undetermined number of adults were poisoned on Thursday in the Boyaca Province in central Colombia, government officials said.

19 prisoners killed in Mexico prison riot

At least 19 prisoners were killed in a riot at the La Mesa State Penitentiary in the border city of Tijuana in northwest Mexico after police opened fire to regain control of the facility, authorities said Thursday.

Chinese-European Arbitration Center inaugurated

The Chinese-European Arbitration Center (CEAC), the first international arbitration center designed to resolve China-Europe trade disputes, was inaugurated in northwestern German city Hamburg on Thursday.

25 rebels killed, 10 boats destroyed in N Sri Lanka

The military in Sri Lanka said Thursday that at 25 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed and 10 rebel boats were destroyed in a fierce sea battle that last over three hours in the northwestern coast.

Somali pirates hijack HK ship

Armed Somali pirates hijacked Wednesday a Hong Kong bulk carrier with 25 crew members, 24 of them Chinese, off the Somali coast, the Chinese embassy in Nairob confirmed.

China, India hold new talks on border

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Thursday said he hoped for a fair and reasonable framework to settle the boundary issue between China and India at an early date.

Medvedev: Russia, US to forge dialogue

Russia and the United States can maintain a constructive dialogue despite their differences over some international issues, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.
- Rice warns of Russia on path to isolation
US considering new steps against Russia

Militants take hostage of 300 school children in Pakistan

Militants on Thursday took about 300 school children hostage in northwestern Pakistan, and the students were freed by local people later, state television reported.

UNGA not to include Taiwan proposal on agenda

The General Committee of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly decided on Wednesday not to include the so-called issue of "Taiwan's participation in the activities of United Nations specialized agencies," submitted by Nauru, Gambia and a very few other countries, into the agenda of the General Assembly.

Livni wins Israeli ruling party primary

Final results released by Israel 's ruling Kadima party early Thursday showed that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won the party's primary, local news service Ynet reported.
- Exit polls see big win for Livni

US considering new steps against Russia

The United States is considering to take further actions against Russia after the latter's invasion of Georgia, Under Secretary of State William Burns said in Washington on Wednesday.

Russia signs treaties with S. Ossetia, Abkhazia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the leaders of Georgia's breakaway regions – South Ossetia and Abkhazia – signed treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance in Moscow on Wednesday.

WW II laborers never give up compensation fight with Japan

Chinese forced laborers during World War II vowed on Wednesday never to give up on their "non-lawsuit means" to seek compensation from Japan, despite losing earlier lawsuit cases over the past several years.

Exit polls see big win for Livni

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is found by three exit polls to be the winner of the primary of the ruling Kadima party on Wednesday.

TV: Blasts strike near US embassy in Yemen

Two explosions went off near the US embassy in Yemen on Wednesday, the pan-Arab Al Arabiya Television reported.

Israel's ruling party elects Olmert's successor

The primary of Israel's ruling Kadima party began on Wednesday morning, with four current ministers competing to succeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as party chief and possibly as premier.

4 US-led coalition soldiers, 1 Afghan killed in bomb blast

A bomb attack killed four soldiers of the US-led Coalition forces and one Afghan in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, a statement of the US-led military released in Kabul said.

Thai parliament votes Somchai as PM

Thailand's House of Representatives on Wednesday voted Somchai Wongsawat, acting prime minister and deputy leader of People Power Party, as the country's new prime minister.

UN to debate bigger Security Council

The UN General Assembly opened the door on Monday to expanding the Security Council by calling for full-scale negotiations on adding new members to the United Nations' most powerful body.

McCain, Obama joust over how to fix Wall Street

Barack Obama took dead aim at John McCain 's economic philosophy Tuesday, charging that the Republican presidential candidate would extend Bush administration policies that helped foster Wall Street's turmoil, while McCain proposed creating a blue-ribbon commission to study the nation's deepening financial crisis.

NATO chief: Road to membership 'wide open"'for Georgia

NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Tuesday that the alliance will continue to expand and the road to membership is "wide open" for Georgia.
- NATO reiterates backing for Georgia

China, India to hold fresh round of border talks

Indian National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan will travel to Beijing for a new round of border talks with China, said the Foreign Ministry Tuesday.

PPP decides to nominate Somchai as Thai new PM

Thailand's People Power Party (PPP)on Tuesday agreed during its party meeting that it will nominate the caretaker Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to contest the premier post on Wednesday's parliament voting session.

Chinese pub owner killed by robbers in S Africa

A Chinese young man was killed Sunday in South Africa by a group of robbers who broke into his pub, said the Chinese General Consulate in Johannesburg Monday.

Up to 20 killed in Diyala suicide bombing

Up to 20 people were killed and 30 others were injured when a woman suicide bomber blew herself up at a house in the volatile Diyala province on Monday, a provincial police source said.

NATO reiterates backing for Georgia

NATO's chief and envoys of member states assured Georgia of the alliance's support for the Caucasus nation on Monday after its latest hostilities with Russia, but there was no sign Georgia is on a faster track toward joining the alliance.

Texas struggles to provide relief to Ike victims

The US state of Texas was struggling to provide relief to its residents who have been badly hit by the Hurricane Ike on Monday, as the storm moved to Canada.

Australian FM denies China's involvement in its foreign policy

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Friday dismissed the notion that China was preventing Australia from exporting uranium to India and said the claim had been put to him during his ongoing visit to India.

Venezuela expels US ambassador

In the latest of a series of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the US ambassador to Caracas to leave the country.

20 militants killed by security forces in Pakistan

Up to 20 militants were killed by security forces in northwestern Pakistan's tribal region on Friday, private DAWN NEWS TV channel reported.

Russia has no imperial ambitions over former Soviet republics

Russia has no imperial ambitions and will not infringe on the sovereignty of the former Soviet republics, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

New York marks 7th 9/11 anniversary

New Yorkers gathered on Thursday morning in a somber ceremony near Ground Zero, site of the destroyed World Trade Center's twin towers in the September 11 terrorist strikes, to remember the more than 2,700 people who were killed in the attacks seven years ago.
- 9/11 memory fades, but never gone

Russia threatens to target US missile shield sites

Russia could point missiles at strategic US targets in central Europe, including planned American missile shield sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, a senior Russian general said Wednesday.

Powerful quakes strike Indonesia, Japan

A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 rocked North Maluku province on Thursday morning. Within minutes, another 7.0-magnitude quake jolted Japan's Hokkaido region.

Georgia accuses Russia of violating truce

Georgia accused Russia on Wednesday of violating a cease-fire deal after a Georgian police officer was fatally shot near a Russian checkpoint close to the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

US presidential race deadlocked

The race for the White House is now deadlocked at 47 percent for Democrat Barack Obama and 46 percent for Republican John McCain among registered voters, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday.

DPRK stages military parade marking 60th national day

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) staged a military parade on Tuesday, marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the nation.

FM: China-India strategic partnership

China-India relationship stands at a new starting point, the two should view and approach relations from a strategic and long-term perspective and keep moving forward their partnership to benefit the two countries and peoples, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Zardari sworn in as Pakistani president

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP)Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as Pakistani president at a ceremony in Islamabad on Tuesday, embarking on a five-year term in the top office of the country.

Haiti's storm toll climbs to 600; Cuba evacuates 800,000

Hurricane Ike slammed into Cuba, the second major storm to hit the island in a little over a week, making landfall in the eastern province of Holguin as a major Category Three hurricane, weather officials said.

Russia agrees troop withdrawal from Georgia heartland

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy reached in Moscow on Monday a new agreement on the implementation of a French-brokered cease-fire between Russia and Georgia.

Canadian PM calls election on Oct. 14

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday announced that the 39th Parliament has been dissolved and an election will be held on October 14.

Killer Ike blasts Bahamas, aims at Cuba

Ike roared across low-lying islands Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, destroying homes, sweeping away boats and bringing more rain to waterlogged communities in Haiti, where at least 48 people died in the floods.

US gov't takes over Fannie, Freddie

The US government said on Sunday that it will take over two mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to stabilize the financial market.

Israeli police recommend indictment against Olmert

Israeli police recommended on Sunday evening that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should be indicted in two corruption cases.

Angolan parliamentary election begins

Angola's parliamentary election began at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Friday, in which 10 political parties and four coalitions are contesting for 220 parliamentary seats.

Chinese woman stabbed to death in NZ

The Chinese Consulate-general in Auckland confirmed on Thursday that a Chinese national woman was stabbed to death in an apartment in New Zealand's largest city Auckland.

Palin's speech draws 37 mln viewers

US Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Wednesday speech drew over 37.2 million combined viewers on six TV networks, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

Cheney: Georgia will be in NATO

US Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday reaffirmed America's commitment to Georgia's bid for NATO membership as he landed in Tbilisi for a brief visit to extend US support to the Caucasus nation following its recent conflict with Russia.

LA offers $0.5 mln for information about serial killer

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday offered a 500,000-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a serial killer believed to be responsible for at least 11 murders.

US sends US$1 bln in aid to Georgia

The United States will provide Georgia with a one-billion-dollar economic aid package, President George W. Bush announced Wednesday.

Taliban: No plan to kill Chinese hostages

Pakistani Taliban said on Wednesday they would not kill two Chinese engineers and two Pakistanis they have been holding since last week, but they would not release them unless unspecified demands were met.

Pakistani PM 'escapes' assassination attempt

Unknown assailants attacked the motorcade of Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani on the Islamabad Highway Wednesday afternoon, a statement released by the Prime Minister's House said.

Thailand's political impasse drags on

Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Anupong Paojinda, who was assigned by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to take charge of enforcement of Emergency Decree in Bangkok, pledged that the military would stand along with "the people" and no force will be used against protesters who seized the administration seat.

Georgia formally breaks ties with Russia

Georgia formally cut diplomatic ties with Russia on Tuesday in protest against Moscow's recognition of the independence of two breakaway Georgian regions, and welcomed the decisions of an emergency EU summit on its conflict with Russia.

State of emergency declared in Bangkok

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Tuesday morning announced to impose a state of emergency in Bangkok following violent clashes between the pro and anti-government protesters in early morning.

Hurricane Gustav slams US state of Louisiana

Hurricane Gustav landed on the US state of Louisiana Monday morning, making its landfall on the southwest of New Orleans city, the National Hurricane Center said.

EU summit ends without sanctions against Russia

An extraordinary European Union summit ended in Brussels on Monday without sanctions against Russia though the 27-nation bloc managed to speak in one voice in condemning Russia and urging it to fully implement a cease-fire deal with Georgia.

Republican VP candidate's teenager daughter pregnant

US Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin shocked the first day of the party's national convention on Monday by announcing her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

Japanese PM announces resignation

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda announced his decision to resign on Monday evening at a hastily-summoned press conference at the prime minister's official residence.
Lingering possibilities in post-Fukuda era

Gustav forces millions to evacuate, halts oil production

Nearly 2 million people were evacuated from the US Gulf Coast, and most offshore oil platforms and refineries there were shutting down on Sunday due to Hurricane Gustav's approaching landing.

Ongoing Afghan battle kills over 220 militants

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the U.S.-led Coalition forces have killed more than 220 militants during clean-up operations in southern Afghan province of Helmand since Aug. 25, said a Coalition statement released in Kabul on Monday.

Probe team confirms 90 civilians killed by US strikes

Afghan government's investigating team into the case of killing civilians by U.S. air strikes in western Herat province has found that 90 non-combatants were killed in the raids on Aug. 22, a statement released by the Presidential Palace Sunday said.

Gustav changes US Republican convention

US Republicans have decided to change the schedule of their Sept. 1-4 national convention due to Hurricane Gustav, Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Sunday.

Russia's recognition over breakaway regions irreversible

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday he will not change the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, pledging military and economic aid to the two Georgian breakaway regions.

Karadzic to make second appearance in UN court

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will appear before the United Nations war crimes court in The Hague Friday when he is asked to make pleas to charges of genocide and war crimes.

Putin criticizes US over Georgia conflict

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of failing to keep Georgia from launching attacks against South Ossetia, saying the move had caused damage to bilateral ties.

SCO leaders issue declaration on security, energy

Leaders attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Tajik capital issued a joint declaration Thursday on security, energy and several other issues.

German broadcaster suspends Chinese worker

A Chinese woman working at Germany's DW-Radio has been suspended from her job following remarks she made in the media on human rights and other issues in China, the German press has reported.

Thai court approves arrest warrants for protest leaders

Thailand's Criminal Court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants to nine leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for instigating unrest in the capital by leading protesters against government institutions.

Hijackers free all Sudanese plane passengers

All passengers of the hijacked Sudanese plane have started to leave it, the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV channel reported on Wednesday.

Georgia recalls most diplomats from Russia

Georgia will reduce its diplomatic staff in its embassy in Moscow to a minimum, Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili said on Wednesday, a day after Russia recognized the independence of two Georgian breakaway regions.

Obama wins Democratic presidential nominee

Barack Obama was announced the winner of the Democratic presidential nominee after the routine roll call on Wednesday at the national convention in Denver, Colorado.

Sudan hijackers to free women, children

The hijackers of a Sudanese plane forced to land in Libya have agreed to free women and children, the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV channel reported on Wednesday.

US-led air strikes killed 90 Afghan civilians

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday confirmed the killing of 90 civilians including women and children in Shindand district of western Herat province during air strike by US-led Coalition forces against Taliban militants, a statement released said.

Hijacked Sudanese passenger plane lands in Libya

The Sudanese government is holding intensive contacts with Libya on a Sudanese passenger plane which was hijacked to Libya from the restive western Sudanese region of Darfur on Tuesday.

Computer glitch triggers massive flight delays in US

Because one of the FAA's two systems that process flight plans went down, delays could pile up at airports across the country, according to FAA chief operating officer Hank Krakowski.

Obama camp woos working women voters

US presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama's campaign wooed women voters on Tuesday by promising economic relief policies for working women as Vice President candidate Joe Biden made his public debut at the national convention.

Russia recognizes independence of S. Ossetia, Abkhazia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday signed decrees recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two breakaway regions of neighboring Georgia.

DPRK stops disablement of Yongbyon nuclear facilities

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced Tuesday it has stopped the disablement of its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon.

Russia warns of termination of ties with NATO

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Russia could sever all ties with NATO if necessary, Russian news agencies reported Monday.

Sharif's PML-N quits Pakistan's ruling coalition

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif Monday announced that the PML-N would quit the ruling coalition.

1 million cut off by monsoon floods in India

Authorities struggled Monday to get aid to more than 1 million people stranded by floods in a north Indian state, with one local government leader describing the situation as a catastrophe.

Notting Hill Carnival draws tens of thousands in London

Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street party in Europe, unveiled itself on Sunday with tens of thousands of people beating the poor weather to celebrate with colors and music in west London.

China-ROK ties enjoy steady growth

Chinese President Hu Jintao will start a two-day state visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Monday at the invitation of his ROK counterpart Lee Myung-bak.

Iran designs 2nd nuke power plant

Deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Saeedi said in Tehran on Sunday that his country is designing a 360-megawatt nuclear power plant, the official IRNA news agency reported.

70 killed in Kyrgyzstan airliner crash

About 70 passengers, including one Chinese citizen,  were killed in the crash of a Boeing-737 passenger jet near Bishkek, capital of Central Asia's Kyrgyzstan on Sunday.

Obama officially introduces his running mate

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, for the first time, introduced his selected running mate, Senator Joe Biden, at a rally in Illinois, on Saturday afternoon.

Flash floods kill 23, leave 46 missing in Vietnam

Flash floods in Vietnam's northern region caused by heavy rain have killed 23 local people and left 46 others missing, according to local online newspaper VnExpress on Saturday.

37 people die in flood in E. Pakistan

As many as 37 people died during the current spell of rain and flood in eastern Pakistan's Punjab province, official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported Friday.

Hu meets Sarkozy

Chinese President Hu Jintao met in Beijing on Friday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games and other activities.

US defense department to beef up Afghanistan troops

The Pentagon is planning to beef up Afghanistan troops and rebuild the US command in the country to facilitate fight against the resurging Taliban militants, said the New York Times on Friday.

Georgia, South Ossetia exchange fire

Georgian armed forces traded gunfire with militants of the breakaway region of South Ossetia near the regional capital Tskhinvali overnight Thursday into Friday.

Rice warns of more sanctions against Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterated on Thursday that Iran will face more sanctions if it fails to give an adequate response to the latest incentives package by the six major powers.

Georgia proposes ceasefire with South Ossetia

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said on Thursday he was offering its breakaway region South Ossetia a ceasefire following days of conflicts.

Pakistan to convene NA session on impeachment of MusharrafPakistan to convene NA session to impeach Musharraf

The Pakistani government has decided to convene the session of National Assembly on Aug. 11 for the impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf, the Federal Minister for Information Sherry Rehman on Thursday.
-Pakistani PM leaves for Beijing Olympics

Dialogue urged to solve human rights disputes

China and the United States should conduct dialogues and exchanges based on equal-footing and mutual respect to solve their disputes on human rights and religious issues, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Mauritanian military stages coup in capital

The Mauritanian military staged a coup on Wednesday in the capital of Nouakchott, arresting President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi and Prime Minister Yahya Ould Ahmed Waghf, reports from agencies said.

Military jury convicts bin Laden's driver

A jury of six military officers at Guantanamo Bay reached a split verdict Wednesday in the war crimes trial of a former driver for Osama bin Laden, clearing him of some charges but convicting him of others that could send him to prison for life.

More voters think it 'riskier' to elect Obama than McCain

A poll released on Wednesday found that more registered voters thought electing Barack Obama is riskier compared to John McCain.

Major powers mulling new sanctions against Iran

The United States and four other permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are considering new sanctions against Iran after Tehran failed to give clear answer to an incentives package by the six major powers, the State Department said Wednesday.

Israel's Olmert to be questioned Friday

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will on Friday be put on the grill by police for the fifth time in three months, local daily The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Clinton to campaign for Obama in Nevada, Florida

Hillary Clinton will campaign for her former rival Barack Obama in his U.S. presidential bid in Nevada and Florida, Obama's campaign said Tuesday.

EU receives reply from Iran on nuke incentive

Javier Solana, foreign policy chief of the European Union, has received a reply from Iran to an incentive package aimed at encouraging Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, an EU source said Wednesday.

Bush arrives in Seoul, faces large anti-US protest

US President George W. Bush arrived in Seoul on Tuesday to launch his two-day official visit to South Korea. Civic activists against US beef imports vowed to stage candlelight rally Tuesday evening in Seoul.

Israel transfers Gaza escapees to West Bank

Israel transferred on Monday 92 pro-Fatah Palestinians to the West Bank, two days after they fled clashes with rival Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip.

Italian troops take to streets to help police fight crimes

The first group of soldiers went on duty in Italian cities Monday as part of a controversial government scheme to deploy 3,000 troops to help police fight crimes.

Oil falls to 3-month low as OPEC output rises

Oil fell to a three-month low on Monday, pressured by evidence of rising OPEC output in the midst of declining demand in the United States and Europe.

Six major countries mull new sanctions against Iran

Five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are considering new sanctions against Iran after the Islamic republic failed to give a positive response to suspend its controversial nuclear program, the State Department said Monday.

Syria to play role to settle Iran nuclear issue

Visiting Syrian President Basharal-Assad said in Tehran on Sunday that Damascus is committed to helping settle Iran's nuclear standoff with the West based on international agreements.

123 killed in temple stampede in India145 killed in temple stampede in India

At least 145 were killed in a panic at a famous temple in Indian north state Himachal Pradesh Sunday, the police said.

DPRK to expel 'unnecessary' S Koreans in holiday resort

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Sunday that it will expel all "unnecessary" South Koreans in the Mt. Kumgang resort, where a South Korean woman tourist was shot dead in July.

Ban launches 'Cool UN' campaign to cut emissions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday launched a "Cool UN" campaign designed to reduce the use of air conditioning, cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money.

Iran accuses US double standards on nuclear energy

Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltanieh accused the United States on Friday of double standards over the issue of nuclear energy.

UN reports improvement in Iraq's security

A combination of political and military efforts has led to continued improvements in security across Iraq in the past three months, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Assistance Mission to the country (UNAMI).

Man stabbed, decapitated on bus in Canada

A male passenger in his 20s was stabbed repeatedly and later decapitated by another male in his 40s while traveling on a bus in Canada's Manitoba province, police and witnesses said Thursday.

Iran: No nuclear deadline set in Tehran talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said no deadline was agreed upon during last month's meeting between Iran and major powers for Tehran to answer a package of incentives, Iran's English-language satellite channel Press TV reported Thursday.

Japanese PM to reshuffle Cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda is to reshuffle his 17-member Cabinet Friday, Japanese media reported Thursday, quoting senior lawmakers of the ruling coalition.

Karadzic says he fears for his life

Former Bosnian Serbleader Radovan Karadzic said at the United Nations war crimes court Thursday that he is gravely concerned about his life because the United States might be seeking to "liquidate" him.

Thaksin's wife sentenced to 3 years in jail

Thailand's Criminal Court on Thursday found former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's wife, Pojaman Shinawatra, guilty of tax evasion involving 546 million bath (some 15.8 million U.S. dollars) in a shares-transferring deal and sentenced her to a three-year jail term.

Bush quietly signs mortgage relief measure

US President Bush signed a housing bill Wednesday intended to rescue about 15 percent of the cash-strapped homeowners in fear of foreclosure in the next year or so.

Israeli PM to resign

Facing burgeoning corruption allegations and plummeting popularity, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday he will resign in September, throwing Israel into political turmoil and raising doubts about prospects for peace with the Palestinians and Syria.

Medvedev meets with quake-affected Chinese students

As the special guests of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, 50 students from China's quake-hit Sichuan province Wednesday visited the glittering Andrew Hall of the Kremlin, and had a joyous time with the Russian president.

FM: Bush sends 'seriously wrong' message

China on Wednesday expressed strong discontent with and firm opposition to U.S. President George W. Bush's meeting with some anti-China persons, saying the move sent a "seriously wrong" message to anti-China forces.

Thousands of Serbs protest against arrest of Karadzic

Thousands of Serbs gathered in downtown Belgrade on Tuesday to protest against the arrest and the impending extradition of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

S Korea conducts military exercise near disputed islets

South Korea plans to conduct a massive military exercise near the Dokdo islet, which Japan also claims sovereignty and calls Takeshima, in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Wednesday, South Korean Defense Ministry said.

Moderate earthquake shakes Los Angeles

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook Los Angeles and surrounding areas in Southern California on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage.

WTO talks collapse amid farm row

Marathon talks to salvage a global trade pact collapsed on Tuesday as the United States and India refused to compromise over a proposal to help poor farmers deal with floods of imports.

Wildfire threatens Yosemite Park in Calif.

Mariposa resident Vickie LeComte watches flames rise from along the bed of the Merced River along Highway 140, near Yosemite National Park in Midpines, California July 28, 2008. The fire, dubbed the "Telegraph Fire", has scorched more than 26,000 acres and consumed 12 homes.

Chinese FM meets with Bush on constructive relations

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and U.S. President George W. Bush met at the White House on Tuesday, agreeing to push forward with the constructive and cooperative relations between the two countries.

Female suicide bombers kill 57 in Iraq

Three female suicide bombers killed at least 32 people and wounded 102 when they blew themselves up among Shi'ites walking through the streets of Baghdad on a religious pilgrimage yesterday, Iraqi police said.

US deficit zooming to half-trillion as Bush leaves

The US government's budget deficit will surge past a half-trillion dollars next year, according to gloomy new estimates, a record flood of red ink that promises to force the winner of the presidential race to dramatically alter his economic agenda.

Emirates Airlines receives first Airbus A380

Emirates Airlines took delivery Monday of the first of 58 Airbus A380 superjumbo planes it has ordered and said it had signed a multibillion dollar deal to buy 60 other aircraft from the European plane builder.

Obama's visit to Europe aims to boost campaign

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wrapped up his three-day European tour Saturday after meeting leaders of major U.S. allies and harvesting enormous popularity among the public of the three countries he has traveled to.

Kidnapped Chinese set free in Afghanistan

A Chinese national working for a Chinese company who was kidnapped by unknown militants in the central Afghan province of Wardak last month was set free Sunday, said the Chinese embassy in Kabul.

8 hurt, 1 dead in gun rampage at US church

A man wielding a shotgun entered a church and opened fire as congregants watched a youth performance Sunday, killing one person and injuring eight others, police said.

Bombs strike Istanbul neighborhood, killing 13

Two bombs exploded minutes apart in an Istanbul square packed with people Sunday night, killing 13 and injuring about 70 in what the city governor said was a terror attack.

Plane with over 300 on board makes emergency landing

A Boeing 747 passenger plane with over 300 passengers and crew members made an emergency landing at the Manila international airport in the Philippines on Friday after a "hole in its belly" caused it to lose cabin pressure.

FARC releases 8 hostages

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has released eight people that were kidnapped two weeks ago and handed them over to a branch of the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) in Choco state, the Colombian Army announced Thursday.

Zimbabwe rival parties start talks

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Changes (MDC) formally started talks Thursday in South Africa's administrative capital Pretoria to seek an end to Zimbabwe's political deadlock.

WTO chief: No breakthrough in trade talks

Key WTO members achieved no breakthrough in the Doha Round trade negotiations, after 12 hours of intensive work that ended early Thursday morning, WTO chief Pascal Lamy said.

NATO chief seeks to tackle Afghan security challenge

Visiting NATO secretary general Jaapde Hoop Scheffer said Thursday in Kabul a regional approach is "more than ever" needed in tackling Afghan security situation, calling for increased political attention from concerned parts and international community.

US lawmakers urged to stop disrupting Olympics

Some US lawmakers should stop disrupting the Beijing Olympic Games by using human rights issues, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Beijing on Thursday.

Hurricane Dolly triggers intense rainfall in Mexico, US

Hurricane Dolly is causing intense rainfall and strong winds in the northeast states of Mexico and the southern United States after it hit the south Texas coast Wednesday morning.

Richer nations 'must act' to contain prices hike

China's commerce minister has urged rich countries to cut subsidies on agriculture amid soaring food prices, saying that the current situation has placed them in a better position to act.

Strong earthquake jolts NE Japan

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit northeastern Japan early Thursday morning.

Bin Laden happy with 9/11 toll

Osama bin Laden's former driver has heard the al-Qaida leader express satisfaction with the death toll of the September 11, 2001, attacks at the US which was more than his expectation, according to a news report on Wednesday.

Chinese students get home-like treatment in Russia

"I know that people from China's Sichuan province like chili and rice, so our priority is to make sure every kid can have them everyday," said Vitaly Marzoev, director of the All-Russia Children's Care Center, in an interview with Xinhua Tuesday.

Informal Six-Party Talks end with meaningful results

The first informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Six-Party Talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue concluded in Singapore on Wednesday with "very meaningful results", Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said.
- DPRK signs non-aggression treaty with ASEAN

Obama vows to work for Mideast peace

Visiting U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama vowed in Amman Tuesday to admit the difficulties facing Palestinians and actively involve in the Middle East peace process if elected in November.

Britain to withdraw more troops in 2009

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday that his country would withdraw more troops from Iraq early next year as the security in Iraq was "transformed."

Karadzic hides in Belgrade with false identity

The newly arrested "top war crimes suspect" Radovan Karadzic had been hiding in Serbian capital Belgrade with false identity and posed as a doctor, Serbian officials said Tuesday.

Iraq sees hope of US troop withdrawal by 2010

The Iraqi government said Monday that it hopes the U.S. combat troops would leave by 2010, raising a clear vision of time line after the two countries have agreed on a vague "time horizon."

War crime suspect Karadzic arrested

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, a top war crimes suspect, was arrested on Monday night in Serbia, the office of Serbian President Boris Tadic said in a statement.

Yadav elected first Nepali president

Ram Baran Yadav from Nepali Congress (NC), the elected first Nepali president, will take oath on Tuesday, the Constituent Assembly (CA) speaker declared on Monday afternoon.

US B-52 bomber crashes off Guam, killing 2

Two US airmen were killed and four missing after their B-52 bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean shortly after take-off on Monday, while preparing to fly in a Liberation Day parade in the US territory of Guam, officials said.

Peking Duck flies off UK menu on oven fears

British athletes and officials should seize the opportunity of staying in the Olympic Village and other visitors from the UK use their stay in China to gorge on the Peking Duck.

China sees ties with Russia as priority

While meeting with Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, President Hu Jintao said on Monday that the relationship with Russia has been China's diplomatic priority.

Obama meets Karzai in Kabul

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama discussed terrorism, corruption and drugs at a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday, day two of a trip meant to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

US forces kill son of Iraqi governor

US forces shot the 17-year-old son and another relative of the governor of northern Iraq's Salahuddin Province during a raid Sunday, local officials said.

Iran says nuclear talks a step forward

Iranian officials on Sunday voiced their satisfaction at the latest high-level talks between major countries and Tehran over its controversial nuclear programs in Geneva, Switzerland.

Russia to return islands to China

Russia will soon return 174 sq km of territory on the northeast border to China, ending more than 40 years of negotiations. The two countries will sign an agreement to this effect during Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's two-day visit to Beijing that starts today.

Thousands protest US warship deployment in Japan

Over 10,000 local residents rallied on Saturday in protesting against the deployment of a nuclear-powered U.S. warship at the U.S. navy base near Tokyo.

Iraqi Sunnis return to government

The Iraqi government on Saturday endorsed a list of ministerial posts, including candidates from a leading Sunni party alliance which quitted the government a year ago.

'Hand-off-China' campaign launched in UK

The Communist Party of Great Britain launched on Saturday night a campaign in support of China amidst the China-bashing craze among western media.

Israel committed to kidnapped soldiers

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday reiterated that his country is committed to bring back the kidnapped soldiers, as the nation mourns for two reservists returned in a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah.

Obama raises $52 mln in June

U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama raked in 52 million U.S. dollars in June, more than double the June take for his Republican rival John McCain, who had his best month of the year, CNN reported Thursday.

Pyongyang reaches out to the skies

It has demolished one structure but has begun work to complete another, this one of gigantic proportions. And both make the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's intention of giving up its nuclear program clear.

US freezes arms sale to Taiwan

The US has frozen its arms sale to Taiwan in deference to China's demand and the government is watching Washington's moves closely.

Death toll rises to 40 in train crash in Egypt

The death toll of a collision involving a train and a number of vehicles in northern Egypt has risen to 40, the official MENA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Israel, Hezbollah swap prisoners on border

Israel on Wednesday returned five Lebanese prisoners to Hezbollah after receiving the bodies of two kidnapped Israeli soldiers from the Lebanese group in a prisoners swap between the two sides.

Obama leads McCain by 6 points in 'poll of polls'

US Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama led his Republican rival John McCain by 6 percent in the latest "poll of polls" released by CNN Wednesday.

US may cut troop levels in Iraq this fall

The Pentagon's top military officer said Wednesday that he is likely to recommend further troop reductions in Iraq this fall.

Israel, Hezbollah swap prisoners

Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah group began swapping prisoners Wednesday morning at the Rosh Hanikra Lebanon-Israel border crossing.

Medvedev ratifies new Russian foreign policy paper

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ratified a new foreign policy paper on the general direction of the country's diplomatic efforts, as well as its relations with the United States, Europe and NATO.

US diplomat to meet with Iranian nuclear negotiator

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns will attend talks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Switzerland Saturday, officials said Tuesday.

Sudan warns ICC indictment could ruin Darfur peace

The Sudanese government warned Tuesday that UN peacekeeping work in its strife-torn region of Darfur region would suffer if President Omar al-Bashir were to be indicted for war crimes and arrested by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Oil prices suffer biggest drop in 17 yrs

Crude prices plunged almost 7 U.S. dollars a barrel Tuesday, the biggest daily drop since 1991, due to fears that U.S. economic woes could hurt global oil demand.

Obama, McCain argue over Iraq, agree on Afghanistan

US presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain debated fiercely over Iraq policy in separate speeches Tuesday, but agreed on a need to shift focus to Afghanistan.

China allowed to import ivory from Africa

A UN panel gave right to China on Tuesday to import African elephant ivory under strict conditions. Previously Japan was the only country that have won right from the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to import ivory from Africa.

Bush lifts ban on offshore oil drilling

US President George W. Bush lifted on Monday an executive ban on offshore oil drilling, while calling on Congress to act as well.

S. Korea, Japan renew territorial dispute

South Korea on Monday strongly denounced Japan's territorial claim over the disputed islets of Dokdo, which Japan calls Takeshima, in the Sea of Japan, vowing to take series of countermeasures against Japan's move.

Obama: shifting focus from Iraq to Afghanistan

US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Monday that he would set a goal of having all U.S. combat brigades out of Iraq by summer 2010 and shift more resources to fighting al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

Darfur docu-film 'strongly biased'

A BBC documentary alleging China has violated the UN arms embargo in Darfur is biased and made with ulterior motives, China's special envoy for Darfur said yesterday.

EU, Mediterranean summit launches union, agrees on projects

A summit of European Union (EU) and Mediterranean countries concluded Sunday with the approval of six cooperation projects as well as principles of the functioning of the Union for the Mediterranean, which was officially launched at the summit.

Iran vows to fight back against attacks

Iranian officials vowed on Sunday that the Islamic Republic would fight back against any attacks on it and "cut off the hands" of the invaders, amid heightened speculation that Israel and the United States would attack Iranian targets for Tehran's suspicious nuclear programs.

DPRK snubs ROK, says no to talks offer

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) has agreed to dismantle its Yongbyon nuclear facility by October in exchange for international aid but rejected the proposal of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to resume their stalled reconciliation talks.

40 killed in S Afghanistan operation, says US-led Coalition

Afghan and the U.S.-led Coalition forces have killed at least 40 militants during an ongoing operation in southern province Helmand which started Saturday, the Coalition said Sunday.

9 Chinese missing off northeastern Madagascar

Nine Chinese, including eight Taiwan businessmen and one person from the Chinese mainland, had been missing in the sea off northeastern Madagascar since Thursday, the Chinese embassy said Sunday.

16 killed in Mexico shootouts, including police chief

An armed group killed 16 people, including a police chief, in shootouts across Mexico, officials said Thursday.

Hill: Friday's meeting on verification principles to be key thing

US top negotiator to the six-party talks Christopher Hill said in Beijing Thursday mid-night that he believes the current key thing will be Friday's denuclearization working group meeting which will focus on the details of the principles for the verification mechanism.

Georgia recalls ambassador from Moscow

Georgia has decided to recall "its ambassador to Russia from Moscow" for consultations, Russian news agencies reported Thursday.

US condemns attack near its consulate in Turkey

The United States condemned Wednesday's "terrorist" attack that took place near the US consulate in Istanbul, Turkey that killed a total of six people.

Mexican President starts China visit

Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa arrived in Shanghai Wednesday night, kicking off a four-day state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Iraq demands troop withdrawal timetable

Iraq's stance in negotiations with the US over the country's security has been getting tougher, a trend obviously seen when an Iraqi security officer demanded a definite deadline of US troops' withdrawal.

Hu's Japan tour 'a major diplomatic move'

Foreign minister on Wednesday hailed President Hu Jintao's Japanese tour for the Group of Eight Summit's outreach session, calling it a major diplomatic move.

Iran's missile capacity only for defensive purposes: DM

Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Wednesday that Iran's missile capacity is only for defensive purposes, Iran's satellite channel Press TV reported.

Obama, McCain debate on Iraq policy

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's public demand for the U.S. troops withdrawal timetable from the country fueled on Tuesday the debate between Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain on Iraq policy.

UNSC remains divided on Zimbabwe issue

The UN Security Council remained divided on the issue of Zimbabwe on Tuesday as Western powers pressed for targeted sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and his top aides.

Czech Republic, US ink missile shield treaty despite opposition

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Czech counterpart Karel Schwarzenberg signed in Prague on Tuesday a missile shield treaty despite protests from the Czech public and Russia, and she called it a key treaty of 21st century.

Hu attends G8 outreach session

An outreach session of the Group of Eight (G8) convened in the northern Japanese resort of Toyako Wednesday and Chinese President Hu Jintao was present at the meeting with other leaders.
-Hu: 'We're not to blame' for food crisis
-Leaders of China, India, Brazil, S Africa, Mexico meet
-Chinese, S African presidents discuss bilateral ties, Zimbabwe

Leaders of China, India, Brazil, S Africa, Mexico meet

Leaders from China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico gathered Tuesday in Sapporo, capital of Hokkaido, northern Japan, to exchange views on the issues of common concern.
· Hu meets Indian PM on bilateral ties, global issues
· G8 leaders agree to halve greenhouse gas emission by 2050
· G8 leaders express 'strong concerns' about oil price rise

Israel signs prisoner swap deal with Hezbollah

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office on Monday confirmed that Israel has signed an UN-mediated prisoner exchange deal with Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

London school regrets honoring Dalai Lama

Britain's London Metropolitan University recently apologized for bestowing an honorary doctorate to the Dalai Lama after the move drew intense criticism from a number of Chinese.

41 killed as explosion rips Indian embassy in Afghan

Militants fighting the Afghan government have been stepping up attacks on the administration through deadly suicide attacks and roadside bombings to destabilize the administration and discredit it.

G8 summit opens with focus on Africa on Day 1

Some African leaders and the UN chief on Monday called on the leaders of the G8 industrialized nations to fulfill their commitments on increasing aid to Africa.

G8 summit kicks off

The three-day summit of the Group of Eight (G8) kicks off on Monday with the first session between leaders of the industrialized nations with their counterparts from seven African countries.

S Korean Cabinet reshuffled

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Monday reshuffled the Cabinet, sacking three ministers, a presidential spokesman said.

Bush: Chinese people watching carefully

US President George W Bush Sunday defended removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and once again made clear he will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics as world leaders assembled to address soaring gas prices, climate change and African aid in Japan.

G8 is unlikely to agree on climate deal

Prospects of the G8 reaching a meaningful agreement on how best to fight global warming dimmed as leaders, with a long list of global problems, began gathering in northern Japan for their annual summit.

Tsvangirai boycotts inter-party talks

Zimbabwean opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai snubbed mediation efforts by South African President Thabo Mbeki when he, at the last minute, failed to turn up for a meeting at Zimbabwe House, where he was scheduled to meet President Mugabe on Saturday, The Sunday Mail reported.

At least 10 killed in Islamabad blast

At least ten policemen were killed in a blast in Pakistani capital Islamabad on Sunday evening, local TV channels reported.

Ethiopian, Somali armies kill 71 Somali rebels

The joint Ethiopian army and forces of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government killed 71 Somali rebels in a recent military operation launched in Meteban and Gura'el areas in central Somalia, state media reported.

Iran delivers response to international proposal

Tehran has responded to the package of incentives proposed by six major countries in a letter to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Iran's English-language Press TV said on Friday.

Activists protest against G8 summit

Anti-G8 activists hold placards and banners as they march in Sapporo on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido July 4, 2008, ahead of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
- Three years since Gleneagles, Africa still expectant

Poll: Sarkozy's approval rating goes down

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's approval ratings has continued on downward spiral, falling four points compared to June, with only 33 percent of French people saying that they trust him to solve their problems, according to the findings of a new opinion poll.

Over 50 injured in blast in Belarus

Over 50 people were injured in an explosion in Minsk, capital of Belarus, late Thursday during the Independence Day celebration, the Itar-Tass news agency reported Friday, citing Belarussian Interior Ministry sources.

Israel closes Gaza crossings for third times

Israel closed its border crossings with the Gaza Strip again on Thursday following a rocket attack from the Hamas-ruled enclave, further straining the shaky truce.

US drafts sanctions against Zimbabwe

The United States formally introduced to the UN Security Council on Thursday a draft resolution proposing sanctions against Zimbabwe.

3 killed in Jerusalem bulldozer attack

A Palestinian construction worker rampaged in a bulldozer along one of west Jerusalem's busiest streets on Wednesday, killing three Israelis as he crushed cars and overturned a bus before being shot dead.

Iran pledges to react fiercely to any attack

Iranian Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari warned on Wednesday that any attack on his country would meet with a fierce reaction and have severe consequences for the already volatile oil markets.

Sarkozy not wanted at Olympics, survery says

Chinese people do not want French President Nicolas Sarkozy's to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, according to the results of a survey published on Wednesday.

Colombian hostages freed from FARC

The Colombian government said Wednesday that its army has rescued 15 hostages, including former presidency candidate Ingrid Betancourt held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Chinese embassy refutes withdrawal from Philippine rail project

Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Wednesday denied local reports saying that Chinese are backing off from a massive railway construction project in northern Philippines.

Mongolia declares state of emergency

Mongolian President Nambariin Enkhbayar declared Tuesday a four-day state of emergency as protestors went on the rampage in the capital claiming that weekend elections were rigged.

US legislators warned away from China's internal affairs

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday warned two US congressmen against doing anything to "intervene in China's internal affairs and thus undermine China-US relations".

Linking Tibet issues to Olympics opposed

China on Tuesday expressed resolute opposition to connecting Tibet-related issues with the Beijing Olympic Games.

Hu to attend G8 summit in Japan

Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the the G8 summit in Japan from July 7 to 9 at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

Ban Ki-moon kicks off China visit

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Beijing Tuesday afternoon, kicking off a three-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese government.
- Ban Ki-moon encourages China to play global role

Bush signs last war funding bill in his tenure

US President George W. Bush signed a war funding bill worth 162 billion US dollars on Monday, the last one in his tenure.

Provinces to draft green plans with EU, UN helps

More than US$4 million from Norway, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be invested to help 31 Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions draft programs to fight climate change in the next two years, organizers said in Beijing on Monday.

China's US policy remains unchanged

President Hu Jintao told visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday that relations between China and the United States were at a "crucial stage" linking the past to the future. 

China, US armed forces vow to enhance cooperation

China is active in extending relations between Chinese and US armed forces and hopes for their healthy and stable development, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Xu Caihou said on Monday.

Iran digging 320,000 graves for invaders

A senior Iranian military official said on Sunday the Islamic republic is digging some 320,000 graves in its border provinces for future slain invaders, Iran's English-language satellite channel Press TV reported.

7 killed in Pakistan missile attack

Seven people were killed and two others injured in a missile attack in northwestern Pakistan's tribal area Monday morning, local TV channel Geo reported.

Two copters collide in Arizona, killing 7

A mid-air collision of two medical helicopters left at least seven people dead and three others seriously injured Sunday in Arizona, said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

More than 50 Indian policemen feared drowned to death

More than 50 policemen were feared to have been drowned to death in a 40-meter deep reservoir in the Indian state of Orissa Sunday morning as the boat ferrying them came under gunfire by Naxalites from a hill, NDTV reported.

Israeli cabinet approves Hezbollah prisoner swap

Israeli cabinet on Sunday approves a prisoners swap deal with the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, which will bring back two kidnapped Israeli soldiers who Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said are already dead.

World oil industry leaders meet

Leaders in the world oil industry are holding their biggest meeting in three years in Madrid on Sunday, with high hopes of finding possible solutions to the soaring oil prices.

UN chief calls for stronger UN-China partnership

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed the hope that the partnership between the world body and China will be further strengthened during his upcoming visit to China.
- Ban Ki-moon wishes Beijing Olympics 'most successful'

Rice visits quake-hit China region

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday arrived in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province, and extended condolences to those affected by the May 12 earthquake.
- China thanks US quake aid
- Rice concludes China tour

N Korea destroys cooling tower

North Korea destroyed the cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear complex on Friday afternoon, South Korean media reported.
- N Korea submits nuclear declaration

Chinese Tibetologists frustrated at communicating with West

A group of Chinese Tibetologists who are touring Europe for exchange of views expressed their frustration on Thursday at the difficulty in communication with their Western colleagues and politicians.

Typhoon death toll rises to 622 in Philippines

The death toll from typhoon Fengshen went up to 622 in the Philippines on Thursday, according to the latest data released by the government.

Russia, China to boost environmental cooperation

Chinese Environmental Protection Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Russian Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Yuri Trutnev in Moscow on Thursday. They agreed that Russia and China have made great progress in environmental cooperation and pledged to boost the cooperation.

Kids head to Russia, with love

Several hundred schoolchildren from quake-hit areas of Sichuan Province will leave for Russia next month, for rehabilitation, the Russian ambassador to Beijing said yesterday.

China approves int'l convention on rights of the disabled

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) approved the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at its plenary session in Beijing Thursday.

China to issue 'important news' on Korean nuclear issue

China's Foreign Ministry has announced it is to hold a press conference at 5 P.M. on Thursday to release "important news" related to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

FM: Rice to visit China

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will visit China from June 29 to 30.

Solana: EU to pursue 'duel strategy' on Iran

The European Union will continue to pursue a "duel strategy" of negotiations and sanctions on Iran's nuclear activity, the EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana said in Geneva on Wednesday.
- EU agrees on new sanctions against Iran
- Iran to withdraw money from EU

US to remove N Korea from terror list

The United States said Wednesday that it would quickly remove North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism if North Korea makes a full declaration of its nuclear programs.

EU ends 5-year sanctions against Cuba

The European Union (EU) has officially put an end to sanctions against Cuba, a news release from the EU Council said in Brussels on Tuesday.

Over 22 militants killed in Afghan battles

Over 22 militants were killed and 12 others were detained in Tuesday overnight battles, separately happened in eastern Afghan province of Paktika and southern province of Helmand, said the statements from the US-led Coalition forces released in Kabul on Wednesday.

Gaza rockets hit Israeli Sderot area

Three Qassam rockets fired Tuesday afternoon from the Gaza Strip landed in the Sderot area, five days after a ceasefire enacted between Israel and Palestinian militant groups last week.

Sarkozy scared by Israeli suicide

An officer of Israel Border Guard shot himself dead on Tuesday during a farewell ceremony held in honor of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Ben-Gurion International Airport.

FM on East China Sea issue

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi answered media questions on East China Sea in Beijing on Tuesday. Following is a tentative translation of the questions and answers:

Bill Clinton vows to help Obama to win

US former President Bill Clinton vowed on Tuesday to help Barack Obama, who beat his wife, Hillary, in the Democratic presidential nomination race, to win the bid for the White House.
- Clinton not to seek VP post
- Obama, Clinton to campaign together

Philippines to drill capsized ferry

Philippine authorities said Monday they are sending divers to drill a hole on the hull of the capsized ferry, M/V Princess of the Stars, to get out passengers who might trapped inside the overturned ship.

US: N Korea to submit nuclear paper June 26

The United States said on Monday it expected North Korea to submit its nuclear declaration to China on June 26.

EU agrees on new sanctions against Iran

The European Union (EU) approved new sanctions against Iran on Monday over the country's nuclear program, which Tehran has repeatedly said is for civilian purposes only.

UN chief urges Zimbabwe to postpone polls

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Zimbabwean authorities on Monday to put off the presidential runoff election slated for Friday.

Hu puts forward proposal to further Sino-Greece ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao put forward a four-point proposal to further develop Sino-Greek ties in his meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias in Beijing on monday.
- Chinese, Greek presidents watch Olympic performance

Saudi agrees to increase crude output

Facing strong US pressure and global dismay over oil prices, Saudi Arabia said Sunday it will produce more crude this year if the market needs it. But the vague pledge fell far short of US hopes for a specific increase and may do little to lower prices immediately.
- Saudi energy summit calls for transparency in oil market deals

Int'l conference on peacekeeping opens in Seoul

An international conference opened in Seoul on Monday to discuss the role and future of UN peacekeeping activities.

Zimbabwean opposition leader pulls out of run-off

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has announced that he will not take part in the presidential run-off against incumbent President Robert Mugabe, local media further confirmed on Sunday.

Typhoon death toll reaches 229 in Philippines

The past weekend marked one of the darkest dates in the Philippines' natural disaster-battering history, with reports of floods, landslides, flooded streets and a sunken ship with over 700 passengers on board.

Russia, Belarus vow to further ties

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko has pledged to enhance bilateral relations, while the two post-Soviet countries are striving for integration.

Jia Qinglin calls for closer ties with Romania

China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin said in Beijing on Sunday that China and Romania have been good partners and should work together to push bilateral relations to a higher level.

Saudi energy summit calls for transparency in oil market deals

The Jeddah energy summit on Sunday called for "improved" transparency and regulation in oil production and financial markets dealing in crude oil, said a final communique of this summit.

Obama rejects public financing

US Senator Barack Obama will not accept public financing for his general election campaign, he told supporters Thursday.

Iranian FM: US in no position to dictate nuclear terms

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday slammed the US government for impeding his country's development of nuclear technology for energy use, saying Iran would not bow down to western pressure.

S Korea, US fail to make breakthrough in beef talks

Top trade officials from South Korea and the United States have met again in last-ditch efforts to resolve the issue of safeguards on the export of beef from older cattle, but failed to make a breakthrough.

Rice to visit S Korea, China

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit South Korea and China following a meeting of G8 foreign ministers in Kyoto, Japan later this month, State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said Thursday.

Chunxiao oil field's sovereign rights belong to China

The sovereign rights of Chunxiao oil and gas field in the East China Sea belong to China, said Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei in Beijing on Thursday.

Hundreds of militants killed or injured in Afghanistan

Hundreds of militants have been killed or injured as Afghan troops backed by NATO launched operation against Taliban fighters in Arghandab district of Kandahar province in south Afghanistan on Wednesday, provincial governor Assadullah Khalid said Thursday.

Japan's destroyer sets off for China visit

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer set off Thursday for a visit to a Chinese port, the first by the MSDF to China.

Kim Jong Il meets Xi Jinping

The top leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, met visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to highlight the warm ties between the two neighboring countries.

China, Japan reach principled consensus on East China Sea issue

China and Japan, through consultations on an equal footing, reached principled consensus on the East China Sea issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made the announcement in Beijing on Wednesday.
- Joint search for gas in East China Sea
- A sea of peace, cooperation, friendliness

Kidnapped Philippine TV reporters freed

Militants in the southern Philippines have freed a well-known television anchorwoman, her cameraman and a university professor after holding them as hostages for nine days to demand a ransom, police said Wednesday.

Car bomb kills 51 in Baghdad

The death toll of a market explosion Tuesday has risen to 51 with 75 injured, local police said.

Japanese navy destroyer to visit China

A Japanese navy destroyer will make a five-day port call to China starting from June 24. The stop is a return visit after a Chinese navy missile destroyer went to Japan last year, the Chinese Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

China, US to sign 10-year energy, environmental pact

China and the United States will sign a 10-year cooperation agreement on energy and environmental issues during the fourth round of the Sino-US Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular press conference Tuesday.

China 'concerned' over Japan-Taiwan boat collision

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang Tuesday reiterated China's concern over the incident of a Japanese coastguard vessel collision with a Taiwan fishing boat in the East China Sea.

US, Chinese companies sign 71 contracts

Representatives from US and Chinese companies on Monday signed 71 contracts and agreements worth 13.6 billion US dollars in total in Missouri and Washington D.C.
- Wang arrives in US for strategic economic dialogue
- Fears over China-US economic talks baseless

Chinese vice president kicks off visit to N Korea

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday morning on an official good-will visit to North Korea.

Gore endorses Obama and promises to help him

Al Gore announced his endorsement of Barack Obama Monday and promised to help the Democrat achieve what eluded him – the presidency.

Bush secures Brown's support

US President George Bush arrived in London on Sunday afternoon for his two-day visits in Britain as the last leg of his final tour of Europe before leaving office in January.
- No timetable for British troop withdrawal from Iraq
- Anti-war demonstration in London

12 police killed in Sri Lanka explosion

At least 12 police personnel were killed and over 20 injured in a suicide bomb attack launched by Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavuniya Monday morning, defense officials said.

S Korea, US end beef talks without agreement

South Korea and the Untied States ended their "additional talks" in Washington on the resumption of US beef imports without an immediate deal, officials from the Foreign Ministry in Seoul said Monday.
-S Korea, US to continue beef talks as planned
-Protests continue despite ongoing S Korea-US beef talks

Bush to capture Bin Laden before he leaves office

US President George W. Bush has enlisted British special forces in a final attempt to capture Osama Bin Laden before he leaves the White House, according to a report of the Sunday Times.

American image remains dim in Muslim world

The image of the United States remains overwhelmingly negative in most of the predominantly Muslim countries surveyed, a latest global poll revealed on its website.

S Korean president: US positive to resolve beef problem

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Sunday that the US government has shown a "positive" stance to restrain beef exports to South Korea.

Bush starts two-day visit to UK

US President George W. Bush arrived in London on Sunday afternoon for a two-day visit as his final tour of Europe before leaving office.
- Bush reiterates justification of Iraq war
Anti-war demonstration in London

US urged to help reach peace deal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed hope on Sunday that the United States would help push Israelis towards striking a permanent peace agreement with Palestinians before the end of 2008.

China, Japan, S Korea to strengthen trilateral cooperation

Foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea agreed in Tokyo on Saturday to strengthen trilateral cooperation for better political, economic and cultural relations.

Irish 'No' vote plunges EU into uncertainty

Irish voters on Friday rejected the hard-negotiated Lisbon Treaty designed to reform the expanded European Union, plunging the 27-nation bloc into a state of uncertainty.

Iraq-US pact talks in deadlock, but not dead

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki's harsh words on "deadlock" over Iraq-US pact talks may not prevent Baghdad and Washington from hammering out a long-term relationship pact, analysts said Saturday.

Rice in Israel to advance Mideast peace process

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived at Israel Saturday night to give another push for the sluggish peace process between the Jewish state and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

Chinese visitors narrowly escape from bus crash in NZ

A group of eight visitors from China escaped serious injury or death after the bus they were in crashed down a bank near Putaruru in New Zealand's North Isaldn on Saturday.

US high court backs Gitmo detainees

US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that foreign terrorism prisoners held in US Navy base in Guantanamo, Cuba, can challenge their detention in US civilian courts.

Bhutan: Democracy wins over Monarchy

The Bhutan House of Representatives, one of China's neighboring countries, lies at the southern foot of Himalayas. Bhutan recently held an election that converted the country's 100 year monarchy into a Parliamentarian system.

Any nation helping Dalai Lama's separatism opposed

China said on Thursday it is resolutely opposed to any nation facilitating the Dalai Lama's secessionist activities.

China to promote healthy, stable ties with Germany

China attaches importance to relations with Germany and is willing to work with the country to promote bilateral ties to develop in a healthy and stable way, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday.

Poll: More women support Obama

US presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama picked up more support from women voters soon after his decisive win in the presidential nomination race, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

China, EU pledge to deepen ties

China and the European Union (EU) should promote cooperation and deepen ties in a globalized world, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday.

Opposition submits Fukuda censure motion

Japan's opposition camp on Wednesday introduced a nonbinding censure motion against Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in the opposition-led upper house.

Foreign troops kill 30 suspected militants in E. Afghanistan

Some 30 anti-government insurgents were killed in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province as international forces raided the rebels' positions Tuesday night, an official said Wednesday.

Kenyan ministers confirmed killed in plane crash

Kenyan Roads Minister Kipkalya Kones and Home Affairs Assistant Minister Lorna Laboso were killed in a plane crash on Tuesday in west Kenya.

Sudanese plane bursts into flames, killing dozens

A Sudanese jetliner landed in a thunderstorm and veered off the runway late Tuesday, bursting into flames and killing dozens of people, Sudanese officials said.

'Strong discontent' over Japan-Taiwan boat collision

China on Tuesday expressed "serious concern" and "strong discontent" over a Japanese coastguard vessel's collision with a Taiwan fishing boat in the East China Sea.

Collision sinks Chinese boat in East China Sea

A fishing boat from China's Taiwan province sank early Tuesday morning after colliding with a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat, the Kyodo news agency reported.

S. Korea cabinet offers resignation

The entire South Korean cabinet Tuesday offered its resignation to President Lee Myung-Bak over US beef dispute, Yonhap news agency reported.

20 killed in Algerian bus station blast

Twenty people were killed in a bomb blast at a bus station in a town east of the capital of Algiers on Monday, the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV channel reported.

China warns against US protectionism

The slack economy of the United States has led to a rising sentiment of trade protectionism, which may pose a threat to the multilateral trading system, the Chinese ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) warned on Monday.

Al-Maliki reassures Tehran over pact with US

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday wrapped up his three-day visit to Iran in which he sought to expand ties between the two countries and reassure Tehran over Baghdad's planned security pact with Washington.

China, Africa benefit from bilateral cooperation

The cooperation between China and Africa in all sectors, based on mutual benefit, has been widely lauded at the just concluded 18th World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

Bush impressed by China's quake relief efforts

US President George W. Bush said in Washington on Friday he is impressed by China's firm response to the earthquake disaster and he is happy with the progress of the relief efforts.

Accused 9/11 mastermind welcomes death penalty

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the reputed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, told a military judge at his arraignment Thursday that he welcomes the death penalty as a way to martyrdom and ridiculed the proceedings as an "inquisition".

Top US Air Force leaders ousted

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force's top military and civilian leaders Thursday, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups.

China, US vow to enhance cooperation on international security

China-US security dialogues are conducive to global and regional security, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in Beijing on Thursday.

Al-Qaida claims attack on Danish embassy

Al-Qaida said on Wednesday it was behind a suicide attack on Denmark's embassy in Pakistan which it mounted in revenge for the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

Alleged 9/11 plotters face military tribunal

Almost seven years after terrorists hijacked airliners and used them as missiles to kill 2,973 people, five men who allegedly plotted the attacks face a military tribunal Thursday.

Abbas: Peace talks can't go on amid settlements expansion

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that peace negotiations with Israel can't go on as Israel "swallows Jerusalem and expand settlements in the West Bank."

Obama starts to pick veep

Barack Obama turned in earnest to the general election and the hunt for a running mate Wednesday, embraced by US Democratic leaders who signaled forcefully and sometimes impatiently to Hillary Rodham Clinton that her marathon duel with Obama was over. Clinton kept her silence in public, while supporters made a case for her as Obama's No. 2.

China open to foreign assistance in disaster relief

China is willing to continue working with foreign countries in disaster prevention and relief in future, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

UN chief: Billions of dollars needed yearly to fight food crisis

As much as 15 billion to 20 billion US dollars would be needed yearly to help fight the food crisis amid soaring prices, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in Rome on Wednesday.

Strong quake hits eastern Indonesia

An earthquake with magnitude of 6.0 rocked eastern parts of Indonesia on Wednesday morning, the country's meteorology agency said in Jakarta.

FM: China's human rights improvement self-directed

China doesn't improve its human rights in response to the presumed will of any country, nor because of any certain activity to be held, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters on Tuesday.

Obama wins nomination, makes history

US senator Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, but his rival, senator Hillary Clinton, hasn't made a decision about the future of her campaign.

Iran blames West for food crisis

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday blamed the West for the soaring food prices, while attacking the US policy in the Middle East.

UN seeks to tackle global food crisis

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon mapped out a twin-track strategy to tackle soaring food prices as world leaders opened a three-day summit in Rome on Tuesday in a global response to the food crisis.

Bomb targets Danish Embassy, 6 killed

A car bomb exploded outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad on Monday, killing six people and wounding dozens weeks after al-Qaida issued threats against Denmark over the reprinting of a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.

Olmert, Abbas meet on peace talks

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, the top official will focus on the usual topics of the ongoing peace talks

Bill Clinton hints at end to wife's campaign

Former US president Bill Clinton dropped a hint Monday that the end might be nigh for his wife Hillary's dogged campaign for the Democratic White House nomination, according to reports.

Rising food, fuel prices to top G8 summit agenda

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday he and his Japanese counterpart Yasuo Fukuda had agreed to deal with rising food and fuel prices at the upcoming G8 summit in Japan next month.

World faces soaring food prices

World leaders are poised to gather in Romeon Tuesday for a three-day summit, seeking ways of tackling soaring food prices and helping millions of people in the fight against hunger.

China, Vietnam agree on survey in parts of Beibu Bay

China and Vietnam has agreed to further clarify the ownership of greater maritime zones between the two countries as they pledged to start a joint survey in the waters outside the mouth of Beibu Bay.

Political deadlock prevails among Nepali parties

Nepali political parties still remain in deadlock about the formation of new government, after the abolition of monarchy in the Himalayan nation.

IAEA to discuss tougher report on Iran's nuclear issue

An upcoming meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to focus on a latest report on the Iranian nuclear issue, which struck a tougher tone than before.

Clinton wins Puerto Rico primary

Hillary Rodham Clinton won a lopsided, but largely symbolic victory Sunday in Puerto Rico's presidential primary, the final act in a weekend of tumult that pushed Barack Obama tantalizingly close to the US Democratic presidential nomination.

Chilean police chief killed in helicopter crash

The director general of the Chilean police Jose Alejandro Bernales was killed Thursday when a helicopter crashed into a building in the center of Panama City.

UN marks 60th anniversary of peacekeeping

The United Nations marked on Thursday the 60th anniversary of its peacekeeping operations by honoring those who died in the cause of peace.

Japan's quake relief offers require further consultation

The offer by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to dispatch military airplanes to transport relief supplies to China to help in the earthquake relief requires further consultation between the defence ministries of the two countries, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday afternoon.

World recognizes Iraq's progress

The international community concluded on Thursday a conference on Iraq with a declaration that hailed progress in the country five years after the US-led invasion in 2003.

Relevant sides urged to promote six-party talks

China hopes concerned parties would keep active contacts, promote the six-party talks process and endeavor for the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday afternoon.

15 rebels killed by Sri Lankan troops

The Sri Lankan military said Thursday that at least 15 rebels were killed and three dinghies of Tamil Tiger rebels were destroyed in a combined operation of the Army and the Navy in the northern Jaffna peninsula early morning.

Olmert vows not to step down

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday evening that he will continue to function as Prime Minister and will not step down despite ongoing bribery investigation against him.

Nepal declared republic, monarchy abolished

The first meeting of Constituent Assembly that sat late at Wednesday night, at the International Conference Center (ICC) of capital Kathmandu has declared Nepal a federal democratic republic.

UK slammed for inviting Dalai to parliament hearing

The National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, condemned the British House of Commons Wednesday for holding a hearing on the so-called China's human rights issue and inviting the Dalai Lama to speak at the hearing.

US: Iran's refusal to answer IAEA questions 'troubling'

The United States said Tuesday Iran's refusal to answer questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear program is "very troubling".

China, US restart human rights dialogue

China and the United States have restarted the human rights dialogue after years' suspension.

Key witness gives testimony in Israeli PM's bribery case

American-Jewish businessman Morris Talansky told the Jerusalem District Court Tuesday that he gave Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert 150,000 dollars out of his own pocket, speculating that some of the money went to fund Olmert's fondness for fine hotels, first-class flights and luxury goods.

NASA says Phoenix lander's arm delayed to move

US Phoenix lander's arm movement and other activities scheduled on its second day on Mars are delayed because NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flying over mars failed to relay commands from the Earth, the US space agency reported Tuesday.

International conference on African development opens in Japan

Leaders from some 40 African countries and development partners started their three-day discussions here Wednesday on a sustained growth and long-term development for the African continent.

N. Korean nuclear declaration schedule still in discussion

The United States discussed with North Korea and China in Beijing Tuesday on the six-party talks, but the declaration schedule still unsettled.

8 civilians killed in Afghan roadside blast

A roadside bomb Tuesday hit a bus in Farah province of western Afghanistan, killing eight civilian passengers, an official said.

South Korean President kicks off China visit

President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea arrived in Beijing Tuesday afternoon, starting a four-day state visit to China as guest of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

German N24 TV publishes merged photo on its website

In the latter part of April, the German N24 TV channel published on its website a piece of news titled "Propaganda Battle– China Begins to Ideologically Remold Tibet". A photo depicting Chinese police and lamas together was embedded in the news story with a caption stating: "Chinese policemen are watching Tibetan lamas conducting rituals in Beijing". The Associated Press was identified as the source of the photo.

Phoenix sends pictures from Mars

In the most ambitious mission to date to find life-sustaining minerals on the Red Planet, NASA's Phoenix Mars probe sent back never-before-seen pictures of Mars' north pole Monday, media reported Tuesday.

Xenophobic violence under control

Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals has been brought under control, South Africa's Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said on Monday.

US marks Memorial Day as military death in Iraq rises

The United States marked on Monday the annual Memorial Day as politicians and public paid tribute to the country's troops who died in battles.

S. Korean president leaves for China for state visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak left for Beijing, the capital city of China, on Tuesday to launch his first-ever state visit to China.

Mars Phoenix Lander makes successful landing

After traveling for almost 10 months, Mars Phoenix Lander successfully landed on the Red Planet on Sunday on a mission to explore signs of life, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Buffett sees 'long, deep' US recession

The United States is already in a recession and it will be longer as well as deeper than many people expect, US investor Warren Buffett said in an interview published in German magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.

Clinton looks past assassination comments

Hillary Clinton's campaign prepared for its next big test as it tried on Sunday to move away from her controversial remarks about the assassination of Robert Kennedy 40 years ago.

FM joins ASEAN-UN pledging conference in Myanmar

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi attended an ASEAN-UN international pledging conference in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon Sunday, conveying China's deepest sympathy to the people of Myanmar hard hit by a cyclone storm early this month.

NASA's Phoenix spacecraft on track for Mars landing

NASA's Phoenix lander closed in on Mars Saturday, healthy and on course for touchdown Sunday evening near the Red Planet's northern polar cap.

Lebanon elects president after months of turmoil

Lebanon's new president Michel Sleiman appealed for unity after his election on Sunday, a move hailed as the start of a new era after a bitter political feud threatened to plunge the nation into civil war.

Hu accepts Medvedev's invitation to Russia in 2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao accepted Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's invitation to visit Russia in 2009, according to a joint communique issued in Beijing on Saturday.

Pakistan party leader shot dead in southern city

Tariq Khan, a leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was shot dead in southern port city of Karachi, local TV channel reported Friday evening.

US: N Korea to submit nuclear program

North Korea is very much close to submit its nuclear program, an unidentified senior U.S. official was quoted by the Associate Press as reporting Friday.

Myanmar agrees to accept all foreign aid workers

The Myanmar government has agreed to accept all countries' aid workers regardless of nationalities to come to Myanmar and help carrying out relief and resettlement work, diplomatic sources quoted United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as saying Friday.

Russian new president starts first China visit

Russia's new president, Dmitry Medvedev, arrived in Beijing on Friday afternoon, kicking off a two-day state visit to China as guest of Chinese President Hu Jintao.
· China, Russia to hash out 3-year plan

Myanmar top leader meets UN Chief

Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe met on Friday morning with visiting Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in Nay Pyi Taw, official sources said.

UN chief tours two cyclone-hit areas in Myanmar

Visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon toured two cyclone-hard-hit areas in southwestern Ayeyawaddy division's delta region Thursday, following his arrival in Yangon earlier on the day, the State TV reported in a night broadcast.

McCain weighs up potential running mates

US Republican presidential candidate John McCain is disclosing his list of potential running mates, by inviting them to a party at his ranch this weekend in Arizona, the New York Times reported Thursday.

France hit by national strike

Tens of thousands of French workers took to the streets on Thursday as unions mounted a one-day show of force against President Nicolas Sarkozy's government over pension reforms.

China, Russia to hash out 3-year plan

China is one of Russia's most important partners in the world arena, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a recent interview with major Chinese media in Moscow.

UN strives for reinforcing Myanmar cyclone relief efforts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived at Yangon Thursday morning to reinforce Myanmar's post-storm relief efforts after some parts of the country were devastated by cyclone Nargis early this month.

Petrol tanker-convoy collision kills 45 Nigerian troops

A petrol tanker collided with a Nigerian army convoy in the northern part of the country, killing 45 troops and injuring others, the military said Thursday.

Olmert suspected of making personal use of illicit money

Israeli police believes that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made "personal use" of the funds he received from a U.S. businessman, a senior law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Obama faults McCain; Clinton mulls delegate fight

Barack Obama criticized likely general election rival John McCain on Wednesday where it could hurt most — the Arizona senator's reputation as a champion of ethics. Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile, raised the possibility she might carry her fight to the Democratic convention floor.

China welcomes help from foreign militaries

China appreciates all foreign aid sent to earthquake-hit areas of Sichuan province and will respond positively to relief offers from foreign militaries, the defense ministry's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Nanjing Massacre victim to be compensated for slander

The Tokyo High Court upheld the judgement of the district court Wednesday, ruling that the Japanese author and the publisher of a book on the Nanjing Massacre to pay a total of 4 million yen (US$38,800) in compensation to Xia Shuqin, the Chinese plaintiff, for libel.

Iran: No precondition on major powers' proposal

Iran will not accept any precondition for the talks on the recent proposal by major world powers on the nuclear issue, the official IRIB TV quoted Iranian foreign ministry source as saying on Monday.

Israel in direct negotiation with Hamas

Israeli Vice Premier Haim Ramon said Monday that the Jewish state is holding talks directly with the Palestinian movement Hamas, despite a government decision forbidding such moves.

Myanmar: 3-day mourning for cyclone victims

Myanmar designated on Monday three days of mourning for cyclone disaster starting from Tuesday to Thursday, according to an announcement of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) aired by the state radio in the evening.

Ambassadors express support, sympathy

The Foreign Ministry on Monday opened a book of condolences for foreign diplomats to express their sympathies for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. It will remain open for three days, until the conclusion of the national mourning.

ASEAN FMs meet in Singapore on aid to Myanmar

Foreign ministers of Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Singapore on Monday to discuss help for cyclone- hit Myanmar.

Bush ends two-day visit to Egypt

US President George Bush on Sunday left the Egyptian Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh and headed back to Washington, ending his two-day visit to Egypt and five-day tour to the region with remarks to convince Arab sceptics on peace push.

Bin Laden to issue strong message to Muslims

The al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden will soon issue a "very strong" message to Muslims all over the world, an Islamic website said on Sunday, two days after an audio message posted on the Internet showed he has vowed to keep fighting against Israel and its Western allies.

Kidnapped Indian, Nepalese freed in Afghanistan

One Indian and one Nepalese, kidnapped by unknown persons on April 21, have been freed Sunday in western Afghan province of Herat, a provincial police spokesman said.

Man opens fire at church festival in California

A man opened fire at a church festival Saturday in California, wounding his ex-wife and two others nearby, police said.

Iraqi forces detain 1,068 suspected insurgents

Iraqi security forces detained 1,068 suspected insurgents in a major offensive targeting al-Qaida militants in Mosul in northern Iraq, a military source said on Saturday.

N Korea technically ready for delivery of US food aid

North Korea is ready to provide all technical conditions necessary for the delivery of US food aid, the official news agency KCNA said Saturday.

Bush confident on Mideast peace deal

Visiting US President George W. Bush on Saturday expressed his confidence on the objective to achieve a Middle East peace deal before his term ends in January amid growing skepticism in the Arab world.

Chen's secessionist attempt doomed to failure

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Saturday that Chen Shui-bian authorities' attempt to use health card to seek "Taiwan independence" was doomed to failure.

Bin Laden: keep fighting against Israel

The leader of al-Qaida Osama bin Laden has vowed to keep fighting against the Jewish state and its Western allies on the occasion of Israel's 60th anniversary in an audio released on an Islamist website Friday.

Bush presses Riyadh on oil but no concrete promises secured

Saudi Arabia on Friday gave no concrete promises to visiting U.S. President George W. Bush who is in the oil-rich kingdom to press for an immediate increase in its oil production to help tame record oil prices.

US to provide aid to N Korea

The United States announced Friday that it will send 500,000 tons of food aid to North Korea, beginning in June.

Myanmar cyclone death toll rises to 77,738

The death toll from Cyclone Nargis has risen sharply to 77,738 in Myanmar, the state television reported in a night broadcast Friday, a fortnight after the disaster hit the country.

Japanese rescuers arrive in Chengdu

A group of rescue professionals sent by the Japanese government arrived in Chengdu, capital of quake-ravaged southwest China's Sichuan Province, early Friday to assist the rescue work.

Bush pledges unbreakable bond with Israel

Visiting U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday reiterated an "unbreakable" relationship with Israel, vowing to stand by the Jewish state's side against its enemies.

Nigeria pipeline blast kills at least 100

At least 100 people were killed and scores injured when fuel from a pipeline ruptured by a bulldozer caught fire and exploded on Thursday in a village near Nigeria's biggest city of Lagos, the Red Cross said.

Myanmar cyclone death toll rise to 43,318

The death toll of Myanmar's cyclone storm Nargis rose by 4,827, bringing the total to 43,318, according to a news report of the state radio Thursday evening.

CNN president apologizes for Cafferty's remarks

CNN President Jim Walton has apologized for the insulting remarks by CNN commentator Jack Cafferty on China, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday.

Chinese, Russian FMs meet on quake disaster relief

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held talks in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday on such topics as China's disaster relief in quake-hit areas, Olympics and bilateral relations.

John Edwards to endorse Obama

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has decided to endorse Barack Obama as the party's nominee, said a TV report on Wednesday.

US president vows to continue support for Israel

US President George W. Bush on Wednesday vowed to continue support for Israel, which is "the strongest ally and friend" of the United States in the Middle East.

Myanmar cyclone death toll rises to 38,491

The death toll of Myanmar's cyclone storm Nargis rose by 4,218, bringing the total number to 38,491, the state radio reported Wednesday evening.
- Myanmar survivors brace for second cyclone

Myanmar survivors brace for second cyclone

The first international aid official permitted into Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta described towns rendered unrecognizable, and thousands of survivors without shelter while the Joint Typhoon Warning center said Wednesday another cyclone was forming in the region.

At least 60 killed by serial blasts in India

At least 60 people were killed and 150 others injured by eight blasts in Jaipur, the capital city of Indian state of Rajasthan Tuesday evening, the Press Trust of India reported.

Chinese, US presidents talk on quake, ties, Tibet

Chinese President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart George W. Bush held a telephone conversation Tuesday, during which they discussed the latest massive earthquake in southwest China, bilateral ties and Tibet.

Clinton wins W.Va., Obama still nomination leader

Hillary Rodham Clinton coasted to a large, but largely symbolic victory in working-class West Virginia on Tuesday, handing Barack Obama one of his worst defeats of the campaign but scarcely slowing his march toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

Cyclone death toll rises to 34,273 in Myanmar

The death toll from Cyclone Nargis has risen to 34,273 in Myanmar, the state radio reported Tuesday evening.

British tourists back to Chengdu safe after quake

A group of 31 British tourists have arrived safe in Chengdu, capital of the quake-hit Sichuan Province in southwest China, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang late Tuesday. [Full coverage]

Police raid city hall in Olmert probe

Israeli police searched the Jerusalem Municipality on Monday and confiscated documents related to the new investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, local daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on its website.

Poll: Clinton leads in West Virginia

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton still retains advantage in the coming primaries in West Virginia and Kentucky despite calls on her to drop the race, according to a poll released on Monday.

Myanmar cyclone death toll rise to 31,938

The death toll of Myanmar's cyclone disaster kept rising with 3,480 more people killed, bringing the total to 31,938, according to a news report of the state radio Monday evening.

Putin reshuffles Russian government

Russia's new Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday reshuffled the Russian government which will include seven deputy prime ministers and two first deputy prime ministers.

Sudan announces end of 'terrorist operation' of rebels

The Sudanese government termed on Sunday night the Saturday's attack by rebels in Khartoum as a "terrorist operation for sabotage," announcing that the operation had "finished."
- Sudan severs diplomatic ties with Chad
- Politically suicide attack by Darfur rebels in Sudan

Lebanese people fear renewed civil war

The fear of renewed civil war appears on the faces of Lebanese common people in the wake of fierce clashes between pro and anti-government forces killed dozens of people in recent days.

Pro-Western coalition wins Serbian parliamentary elections

The pro-Western coalition claimed victory in Serbian parliamentary elections on Sunday, which is set to give momentum to the Balkan country's integration into the European Union.

Sudan severs diplomatic ties with Chad

Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir announced on Sunday a decision to sever diplomatic ties with Chad, holding Chad responsible for an attack launched by Darfur rebels on the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday.

Myanmar cyclone death toll climbs to 28,458

The death toll of Myanmar's cyclone disaster rose to 28,458 from 23,335, according to a brief news report of the state TV Sunday evening.

More international relief supplies flow in Myanmar

More aircrafts laden with relief materials from the international community touched down at the Yangon International Airport Sunday for the delivery to the cyclone-devastated regions of Myanmar.
- Myanmar cyclone death toll climbs to 28,458

Putin officially becomes Russian PM

Russia's new President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree Thursday to appoint Vladimir Putin as prime minister, hours after Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved Putin's nomination.

Top al-Qaida leader in Iraq captured

Iraqi security forces captured Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, head of al-Qaida in Iraq network, in northern Iraqi city Mosul, Iraqi official television reported on Thursday.

3 Chinese workers kidnapped in south Nigeria

Three Chinese workers were abducted by unidentified kidnappers on Tuesday in Calabar, the capital city of Nigeria's southern Cross River State, company sources told Xinhua on Thursday.

China, Japan issue joint press communique

China and Japan on Wednesday issued a joint press communique on boosting exchanges and cooperation as a measure to implement the joint statement signed after talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japan ese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on the same day. [Full coverage]
China, Japan sign joint statement
President Hu delivers speech at Waseda University

Russia's new President Dmitry Medvedev to visit China

Russia's new President Dmitry Medvedev will pay a state visit to China from May 23 to 24, at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Chinese relief materials arrive in Myanmar

The first batch of relief materials offered by China to the cyclone-hit Myanmar arrived in its capital Rangoon Wednesday afternoon, sources with Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

Medvedev sworn in as Russian president

Russia's new president Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in on Wednesday, succeeding Vladimir Putin two months after he swept the country's presidential election.
- Russia's new President Dmitry Medvedev to visit China
- Medvedev to continue strategic partnership with China
Hu congratulates Medvedev on inauguration as Russian president
- New challenges as Medvedev sworn in

US, Iran talks over Iraq's security unlikely: official

A fourth round of talks between the United States and Iran over security in Iraq is unlikely to be held as tensions increased in the area recently, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Wednesday.

China, Japan sign joint statement

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda signed Wednesday a six-point Sino-Japanese joint statement on all-round promotion of their strategic and mutually beneficial relations.

Nearly 23,000 killed in Myanmar cyclone

China's relief materials worth US$500,000 arrived at Yangon International Airport and were delivered to Myanmar May 7, as part of China's US$1 million worth of emergency relief aid to the cyclone-devastated country. Nearly 23,000 people were killed and 42,119 are still missing in the violent cyclone.

Obama wins North Carolina primary

As polls closed in the Democratic presidential primary in North Caorlina Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was projected by U.S. media as the winner.

China offers US$1 mln worth of aid to Myanmar

China is sending US$1 million worth of aid to cyclone-devastated Myanmar, the Ministry of Commerce announced on Tuesday. Foreign Ministry pokesman Qin Gang told a regular press conference that China will closely follow the disaster relief work in Myanmar and provide assistance.

More diplomatic efforts agreed on Iran nuclear issue

All the parties concerned in the Iran nuclear issue have agreed to strengthen diplomatic efforts for an early start of negotiations on the issue, China said Tuesday.

Hu dines on memories, friendship

Before their formal meeting on Wednesday, and a banquet at Fukuda's house tomorrow, the Japanese leader played host to the Chinese president at a venue where his father Takeo Fukuda, Japan's prime minister from 1976 to 1978, got married.

Hu begins 'warm spring' trip to Japan

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday, starting a five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relations between China and Japan.  [Full coverage]

Czech Republic, US to sign radar treaty no later than July

The main treaty on the installation of the U.S. radar base on Czech soil might be signed in the first half of July at the latest, Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra told Frekvence 1 radio station on Monday.

Hu leaves for state visit to Japan

At the invitation of the Japanese government, Chinese President Hu Jintao left Beijing on Tuesday morning for a state visit to Japan from May 6 to 10.

Poll: Clinton leads Obama nationwide

A new USA Today/Gallup poll out Monday found U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton of New York leads her rival Senator Barack Obama of Illinois by 7 percent nationwide ahead of Tuesday's two key Democratic presidential primaries.

15,000 killed in violent cyclone in Myanmar

At least 15,000 people have been killed in two divisions of Yangon and Ayeyawaddy in a violent cyclone storm Nargis that swept Myanmar's five divisions and states on last Friday and Saturday, according to official sources Monday evening.

President Hu sends message to Japanese readers

Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a message to Japanese readers via a Japanese-language magazine "People's China" prior to his visit to Japan.

Iraqi PM renews vow to disband militias

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki confirmed on Wednesday his vow to disband all the armed groups, including Shiite Mahdi Army militia, whom he accused of using civilians as "human shields" in fightings in Sadr City.

Thai House Speaker resigns

Thailand's President of Parliament and House Speaker Yongyuth Tiyapairat announced his resignation at a press conference in Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon.

10 US diplomats to leave Belarus

US charge d'affaires in Belarus Jonathan Moore said Wednesday that 10 US diplomats will leave the former Soviet republic within 72 hours under the requests of Belarus' authorities, news agencies reported.

US Fed cuts key interest rate to 2%

The U.S. Federal Reserve decided on Wednesday to cut a key interest rate by one quarter percentage point to 2.0 percent to prevent the economy from slipping into recession.

White House admits fault on 'Mission Accomplished' banner

The White House said Wednesday that President Bush has paid a price for the "Mission Accomplished" banner that was flown in triumph five years ago but later became a symbol of US misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly war in Iraq.

Two students shot in US vocational school

Two students were shot at a school on Tuesday in the US capital of the District of Columbia, a local TV reported.

EU, Serbia sign key pre-accession accord

The European Union (EU) signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia on Tuesday, which is a first step toward eventual EU membership for Western Balkan countries.

Iraq opens trial on former regime officials

Iraqi High Tribunal opened trial Tuesday on Saddam's former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and his seven codefendants over their alleged roles in the execution of 42 merchants in 1992.

UN and World Bank to tackle food crisis

UN agencies and the World Bank pledged on Tuesday to set up a task force to tackle an unprecedented rise in global food prices that is threatening to spread social unrest.

All Chinese hostages in Indonesia set free

All five Chinese nationals taken hostages by a group of gunmen in Indonesia's Aceh province were released Tuesday after being held since Saturday.

President Hu to visit Japan in early May

Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to Japan from May 6 to 10, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu announced Tuesday at a regular press conference.

5 Chinese kidnapped in Indonesia

The Chinese Embassy in Indonesia confirmed Tuesday that five Chinese citizens who worked for a mining firm in Aceh province had been kidnapped by gunmen over the weekend and remained hostages.

Ukraine, Russia ready for long-term gas contracts

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her Russian counterpart Viktor Zubkov on Monday expressed the two countries' readiness to sign long-term gas contracts and pledged to enhance bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Treaties on US radar base to be signed in early June

The Czech Republic and the United States will sign both treaties about the US radar base on Czech soil in early June, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said on Monday.

Obama's lead over Clinton in national poll shrinks to zero

US Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's lead in the national poll has shrunk to zero after his rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, won the Pennsylvania primary on April 22, said a poll released on Monday.

19 killed in Ukrainian helicopter crash into Black Sea

A Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter crashed into the Black Sea on Monday, killing 19 people on board, and the lone survivor was seriously injured.

Haitian president names Ericq Pierre as PM

Haitian President Rene Preval Sunday appointed Ericq Pierre, a senior adviser with the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank, as the country's prime minister, according to news reaching Mexico City from Port-Au-Prince.

California wildfire forces 1,000 to evacuate

A wildfire that began along a popular hiking trail forced 1,000 people to evacuate their homes in the hills northeast of Los Angeles on Sunday, officials said.

Karzai escapes deadly parade attack

The death toll in the gunfire and explosions which rocked a celebration gathering in Kabul marking the 16th anniversary of Afghan nation Sunday morning rose to four, officials and TV reports said.

Israel dismisses Hamas truce offer

Israel dismissed on Friday a proposal by Hamas to call a conditional six-month truce in the Gaza Strip, calling it a ruse aimed at allowing the Palestinian Islamist group to recover from recent fighting.

Hamas accepts ceasefire in Gaza

Palestinian faction Hamas on Thursday agreed to a ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip first, the Egyptian MENA news agency reported.

Extradition treaties with Australia, France set

Australia and France can no longer serve as safe havens for Chinese fugitives, with the country's top legislature approving two extradition treaties yesterday.

Teachers' strike disrupts schools across Britain

Thousands of schools in England and Wales are closed or partially closed on Thursday as teachers go on strike for the first time in over two decades.

Clinton declared winner of Pa. primary

New York Senator Hillary Clinton won the crucial Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania Tuesday, keeping her campaign alive.

Gunmen kidnap 6 in northeast of Baghdad

Gunmen abducted Sunday morning five university students and their driver near the city of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, a provincial police source said.

Iraq's Sadr threatens 'open war'

Iraq's radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday that he would give the government one more chance to take "path of peace," threatening to declare war if the government continues cracking down on his Mahdi Army militia.

Al-Qaida: US war on Iraq 'failure and defeat'

Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, has said that five years of US occupation of Iraq had brought only "failure and defeat", according to a new audio tape released Thursday on a website known for militant messages.

LVMH: We respect China's sovereignty

LVMH, one of the shareholders of French retailer Carrefour, yesterday denied accusations by Chinese Internet users that it offered funds to the Dalai Lama.

Suicide bombing kills 17, injures over 35 civilians in SW Afghanistan

A suicide attacker Thursday evening blew himself up near a mosque in southwest Afghan province of Nimruz, killing at least 17 civilians and injuring 35 others, provincial governor said.

US: progress made on N Korean nuclear issue, skepticism remains

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that progress has been made on North Korean nuclear issue, but skepticism remains.

Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks in Tokyo

Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura on Thursday held talks with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on bilateral relations and preparations and arrangements for Chinese President Hu Jintao's upcoming state visit to Japan.

US presidential candidates practice diplomacy as Brown visits

Three US presidential candidates displayed their diplomacy on Thursday as they held the one-on-one meeting separately with the visiting British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

China, UK conclude first economic, financial dialogue

China and the United Kingdom (UK) convened their first-ever economic and financial dialogue in Beijing on Tuesday, in which they reached consensus on facilitating bilateral investment and cementing joint efforts to solve international problems including climate change.

Plane crash in Congo kills 83

A plane crashed Tuesday shortly after taking off from the Goma airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 83 passengers and crew on board, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Putin agrees to chair Russia's ruling party

Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted a proposal to chair the ruling United Russia in the party's congress on Tuesday.

Berlusconi wins third term as Italy's premier

Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi won his third term as Italy's prime minister on Monday after defeating former Rome mayor Walter Veltroni in the general election.

German foundation behind anti-China protests

A German foundation was behind an "action of plan" to spur anti-China protests over Tibet during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to a report posted by a German website.

Iraq dismisses 1,300 security members

The Iraqi government decided to dismiss more than 1,300 soldiers and policemen because they refused to fight Shiite militiamen during recent clashes in southern Iraqi cities, a security source said on Sunday.

Over 20 Taliban insurgents killed in S. Afghanistan

Afghan and international troops on Friday launched a joint military operation in southern Afghan province of Zabul leaving at least 24 Taliban insurgents dead and eight others injured, said an official on Saturday. Gulab Shah Alikhil, the deputy governor of Zabul province told Xinhua that the combined troops carried out an clean up operation in Sarkhagan area, outskirt of the Qalat district, where they engaged with Taliban militants then called in air support.

US, Iraqi forces kill 13 gunmen in Baghdad

US and Iraqi forces killed at least 13 gunmen in sporadic overnight clashes in the Baghdad Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, the US military said on Saturday.

Bush suspends troop withdrawal

U.S. President George W. Bush suspended on Thursday further U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq beyond July and cut Army combat troops in Iraq from 15 months to 12 months.

S Korea's GNP wins majority of parliamentary seats

South Korea's ruling Grand National Party (GNP) won more than half of the seats in Wednesday's parliamentary elections nationwide, the National Election Commission (NEC) said.

Top al-Qaida planner may have died

Al-Qaida's chief operational planner is believed to have died late last year in a remote part of Pakistan after contracting a fatal illness, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Solana: Israel-Palestinian agreement likely this year

The European Union's top diplomat Javier Solana said in Brussels on Tuesday Israel and the Palestinians could possibly strike a peace deal this year.

Parliamentary elections start nationwide in S Korea

South Koreans began to cast their ballots at over 13,000 ballot boxes nationwide on Wednesday to elect members of parliament in the National Assembly.

Interview: Musharraf pledges to support new gov't

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Tuesday said he would support the new government as long as they function for the betterment of the country.

Iran tests new advanced centrifuge

Iran announced new "achievements" in its nuclear program on Tuesday as the United States warned that Tehran will face further international sanctions over its disputed nuclear work.

Kosovo leaders sign draft constitution

Kosovo's leaders on Monday signed the draft constitution, which determines Serbia's southern province as "an independent and sovereign state."

Six nations to renew talks on Iran's nuclear issue: US

Officials from the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany are due to meet later this month in a bid to renew their efforts to make Iran halt its sensitive nuclear work, the State Department said on Monday.

Olmert, Abbas envisage peace deal in 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday resumed peace talks and pledged to reach a peace agreement within the current year.

China, New Zealand sign FTA pact

China and New Zealand signed a free trade agreement, the first such pact between China and a developed country, on Monday.

Montenegrin incumbent president declares reelection victory

Montenegro's incumbent President Filip Vujanovic declared reelection victory Sunday in the tiny republic's first election since it announced independence from a union with Serbia two years ago.

Kidnapped 42 students released in northern Iraq

A group of 42 university students has been released hours after being kidnapped by gunmen near Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh province, on Sunday, a provincial police source said.

Putin, Bush differ in farewell talks

Russia's outgoing President Vladimir Putin hosted his US counterpart George W. Bush on Sunday in his presidential residence in this Black Sea resort.

Russia, NATO fail to overcome gaps

Russia and NATO failed to make headway in overcoming gaps on thorny issues at their first ever Council Summit on Friday, despite a transit deal was forged.

Bangkok Climate Change Talks end

Bangkok Climate Change Talks ended after midnight Friday after delegates agreed on a work plan for future negotiations which aim to yield a new pact on global cooperation in combating climate change after 2012.

Hu to attend Boao Forum for Asia

President Hu Jintao will attend the opening ceremony of the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on April 12 and deliver a keynote speech, a senior Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday at a press briefing.

Zimbabwe's ruling party loses parliament

Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF lost its ruling party's status in the lower house election, receiving 97 seats, against the 99 seats by the rival MDC Tsvangirai faction, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced just after midnight Wednesday.

Obama suggests cabinet post for Gore

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama suggested on Wednesday that he would consider offering former Vice President Al Gore a cabinet-level post should he be elected president.

Bernanke hints possible recession

U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warned Wednesday that the U.S. economy may shrink over the first half of this year, hinting that a recession may be underway.

Six killed in train-truck collision in Thailand

Two men and four women were killed and a girl was severely injured when an oil tanker train crashed into a pick-up truck at a train crossing in Thailand's eastern province of Rayong Wednesday afternoon.

NATO to accept Albania, Croatia and Macedonia

NATO is to make the "historical decision" in Bucharest Summit to accept three new members: Albania, Croatia and Macedonia, US President George W. Bush said on Wednesday.

China, US hold talks on bilateral economic ties

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan began talks with US Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson in Beijing on Wednesday morning on advancing the process of the China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) and bilateral economic ties.

Enlargement, Afghanistan dominate NATO summit agenda

NATO's enlargement and its operations in Afghanistan will dominate the alliance's summit taking place from Wednesday to Friday in Bucharest, Romania.

China, US to cooperate on pollution reduction

Scientists from China and the US are teaming up to launch researches on environmental science and technology.

Paulson starts two-day China visit

Henry M. Paulson, special representative of US President George W. Bush and the US Treasury Secretary, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to start his two-day China trip for preparation for the fourth round of China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED).

12 rebels killed in northern Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan military said that 12 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed by government troops on Tuesday as clashes between the two sides continued in the north.

China, US to advance economic ties

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Tuesday expressed the hope that China and the United States would make in-depth discussion on related strategic issues, so as to push for the healthy growth of bilateral economic ties.

WB cuts 2008 China growth forecast to 9.4 pct

The World Bank (WB) further cut its forecast for China's 2008 economic growth to 9.4 percent in a report released on Tuesday, after an earlier cut to 9.6 percent in February.

Zimbabwe's rival parties tied in preliminary results of polls

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF has received 31 seats in the House of Assembly, followed by the opposition Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai faction with 30 seats, according to results of elections for members of the House of Assembly having been announced so far.

Talks on US radar completed: Czech PM

The Czech and US representatives have completed their talks on the planned U.S. radar base on the Czech soil that were launched a year ago, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said on Monday.

Paulson unveils financial overhaul plan

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Monday unveiled the most wide-ranging plan to overhaul the US financial regulatory system since the Great Depression.

Chinese president meets UAE vice president

The Chinese government has an unswerving policy to push for the stable growth of friendly and cooperative relations between China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said President Hu Jintao in Beijing on Monday.

10,000 Afghan refugees return home from Pakistan

About 10,000 Afghan refugees have returned home with the support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) since resuming voluntary repatriation over the past one month, the body's country representative Salvatore Lombardo said Monday.

CIA: Al Qaeda recruiting 'western' fighters

Al Qaeda is training fighters that "look western" and could easily cross US borders without attracting attention, CIA Director Michael Hayden said on Sunday.

Five people killed in England aircraft crash

Two pilots and three passengers were killed in an aircraft crash on Sunday in south-eastern England.

Sadr offers truce to ease Iraqi crisis

Powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday asked his followers to put weapons aside after days of fierce clashes have pushed the nation to the brink of even larger bloodshed.

EU meeting on Tibet opposed

China on Sunday voiced its "strong dissatisfaction" over the EU foreign ministers' discussion of and comments on the Tibet issue during their meeting in Slovenia.

Boycott of Olympics receives chilly response in EU

The call for a boycott of the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics received chilly response at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Slovenia on Friday.

North Korea denies uranium enrichment

North Korea on Friday categorically denied it had ever carried out uranium enrichment nor had it proliferated nuclear facilities to other countries.

FM denies rumor of China sending troops to protect torch relay

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang on Saturday denied a rumor which claimed that China proposed to send troops to Australia to protect the Olympic torch relay there.

China opposes interference in Tibet issue

China bitterly opposes any country's interference in the Tibet issue. The matter is an internal affair, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a regular press conference on Thursday.  [Video]  [Full coverage]
· Tibetans also among riot victims
· Overseas journalists' Lhasa tour

· Life in Lhasa returns to normal after violent riots

Taliban-led insurgency leaves 3 dozen dead

Taliban-related insurgency has claimed the lives of 14 people, mostly civilians, in a single day Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, commonly known as the hotbed of Taliban.

China voices discontent over missile fuses shipment

China on Wednesday voiced deep concern and strong discontent over the United States mistakenly shipping cone-shaped fuses for intercontinental ballistic missiles to Taiwan.

Clashes continue in Iraq

Clashes between Shiite militia and security troops remain hot across Iraq on Wednesday, while Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki issued a 72-hour ultimatum for gunmen to surrender weapon.

FM: Follow the Olympic spirit and do not politicize the Games

Commenting on French President Nicolas Sarkozy's comment that "all options are open" regarding an Olympics boycott, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says the world should follow the Olympic spirit and not politicize the Games.

Int'l media delegation departs for Tibet

An international media delegation left Beijing for southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Wednesday morning following an unrest in the regional capital Lhasa.

5 hurt, 1 killed in US crane accident

At least 5 people were injured and another died after a portion of a high-rise crane fell through the roof of an adjacent home Tuesday in Miami, Florida, police said.

Lebanon to boycott Damascus summit

The Lebanese cabinet officially decided Tuesday to boycott the upcoming 20th Arab summit to be held in Damascus on March 29-30, local LBC TV reported.

Musharraf: Pakistan to continue to counter terrorism

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday that Pakistan would continue to pursue a comprehensive strategy to counter terrorism.

International community urged to see true features of Dalai clique

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang on Tuesday urged the international community to see the true features of the secessionist clique of the Dalai Lama through the recent riots in Lhasa and other ethnic Tibetan areas at a regular press conference.

Heavy fighting erupts in southern Iraq

Heavy fighting broke out between Iraqi security forces and the Mahdi Army Shiite militia in Iraq's southern city of Basra on Tuesday, a local security source and witnesses said.

US shuttle Endeavour leaves space station for home

US space shuttle Endeavour on Monday undocked from the international space station and headed for home, ending an "extraordinary mission" marked by a record five successful spacewalks, media reported.

Gillani elected as Pakistan's Prime Minister

Pakistan's former National Assembly speaker Yousuf Raza Gillani was elected as the new Prime Minister of the country on Monday.

US death toll in Iraq hits 4,000

A roadside bomb killed four US soldiers in southern Baghdad Sunday, the military said, raising the overall American death toll to 4,000 since the start of the Iraq War five years ago.

Attacks kill 32 in Iraq

A new wave of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 70, while insurgents fired barrages of rockets on the US-protected Green Zone area in Baghdad.

Foreigners' privacy to be protected during Olympics

China on Sunday refuted a warning that US visitors to Beijing for the Olympic Games would be under surveillance, saying the privacy of foreign visitors would be protected.

Lhasa riot reports show media bias in West

Chinese netizens, including students studying overseas, have been angered by biased and sometimes dishonest reports about the recent riots in Tibet by some Western media.

Belgian new government sworn in

Nine months after the general elections, Belgium's new government was finally sworn-in Thursday with Flemish Christian Democrat Yves Leterme appointed as the country's new Prime Minister.

17 rebels killed in Sri Lanka fighting

At least 17 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels have been killed in separate confrontations in the island's north throughout Thursday, defense officials in Colombo said Friday.

US opposed Taiwan referendum

The United States is opposed to Taiwan authorities' attempt to hold a referendum on joining the United Nations, US State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said Wednesday.

Foreign nations voice support for China's handling of Lhasa riot

Foreign nations voiced their support for China's legitimate actions to handle the violence in Lhasa in recent days, expressing their opposition to the secessionist activities and the politicization of the Beijing Olympics.

Principle on dialogue with Dalai Lama unchanged

China said the principle for the central government to conduct dialogue with Dalai Lama has not changed, which is that Dalai Lama must give up his stance for 'Tibet independence' and completely stop activities to separate China.

Western tourists recount riots in Lhasa

Four Western tourists who visited Tibet and witnessed the recent riots in Tibet recounted the ferocity in a story carried by the British daily The Times on Wednesday.

Wen talks with Brown via phone

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his British counterpart Gordon Brown talked over the phone on Wednesday, with both sides pledging to boost bilateral ties.

Marathon medallist's claim about Beijing Olympics purely personal

The Ethiopian ambassador said on Wednesday the world marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie's statement about his not competing in the Beijing Olympic marathon is a personal decision made without consulting the country's Olympic committee.

Protests mark Iraq anniversary

Police arrested more than a dozen people who crossed a barricade and blocked entrances at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington yesterday, at the start of a day of protests marking the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq.

Bush says Iraq war was worth it

President Bush says he has no doubts about launching the unpopular war in Iraq despite the "high cost in lives and treasure", arguing that retreat now would embolden Iran and provide al-Qaida with money for weapons of mass destruction to attack the United States.

NATO air strikes leave 50 dead in S. Afghanistan

NATO's air raids against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province claimed the lives of 50 persons including 18 rebels, a parliamentarian from the restive province said Tuesday.

Russia-US talks on missile shield see no breakthrough

"The United States reaffirmed its willingness to set up its third missile shield in Europe ... Russia, however, does not agree with this intention and has put forward an alternative that was originally put forward by President Vladimir Putin," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference after the one-day talks.

FM: Tibet taking legal measures on Lhasa incident

Relevant departments in Tibet Autonomous Region were taking legal measures to deal with the recent riot in Lhasa, the regional capital, and the current situation there had returned to normal, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang at a regular press conferencehere on Tuesday.

Suicide bomb kills 43 in Karbala

The death toll from a suicide bombing in Iraq's Shiite holy city of Karbala on Monday rose to 35, with 55 others wounded, an interior ministry source said.

Chinese FM: Respect fact on Lhasa riot

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Monday urged relevant countries to respect fact and distinguish right and wrong on the riot occurred in Lhasa.

EU opposes boycott of Beijing Olympics

The European Union's sports ministers and chairs of national Olympics committees said on Monday they strongly oppose a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

Attacks on overseas Chinese embassies expose Dalai coterie's secessionist nature

Attacks on overseas Chinese diplomatic missions lay bare once again the Dalai coterie's secessionist nature and their hypocrisy in proclaiming "peace" and "non-violence", Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing on Monday.

Cheney makes surprise visit to Iraq

US Vice President Dick Cheney made an unscheduled stop in Iraq on Monday, before embarking on a tour of several Middle Eastern countries.

Sarkozy's party suffers losses in local elections

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing party suffered considerable losses in local elections that concluded Sunday, as the opposition Socialists won several major cities including Paris.

At least 4 dead in NY crane collapse

A construction crane snapped Saturday from a 25-story building in Manhattan, killing at least four people and injuring many others, New York City authorities said.

At least 9 killed in Albanian blasts

At least nine people were killed in the chain explosions of an Albanian ammunition dump near the capital Tirana, Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Sunday.

232 arrested after blast in Pakistani capital

The Islamabad police have rounded up as many as 232 people, most of them students of religious seminaries, following the bomb explosion at an Italian restaurant in Islamabad, a senior police officer said Sunday.

At least 20 killed in Pakistan missile attack

A missile fired from an unidentified location struck the house of a tribal elder in Pakistan's South Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, killing at least 20 and injuring five others, according to the official APP news agency.

US, North Korea nuclear envoys begin talks

Chief nuclear negotiators of the United States and North Korea began talks in Geneva on Thursday with the aim of breaking the impasse over the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue.

FM: Recent Tibetan monks' rally a deliberate plot

China on Thursday said the recent successive trouble by some monks in Lhasa was a deliberate political plot of the Dalai Lama group to cause social unrest, separate Tibet from China, and wreck the stable, harmonious and normal life of the Tibetan people.

41 Taliban rebels killed in Afghanistan

Afghan and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ambushed and killed 41 Taliban insurgents in southwest Afghan province of Nimroz on Tuesday, said an official on Thursday.

Fingers of 5 hostages delivered to US officials

US authorities in Baghdad have received five severed fingers belonging to four Americans and an Austrian who were taken hostage more than a year ago in Iraq , US officials said Wednesday.

Fallon resignation doesn't signal Iran war

The US government has ruled out suggestion that resignation of William Fallon, chief of US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, signaled a possible war with Iran.

Small plane intrudes Washington airspace, alerts Capitol

A small plane unintentionally intruded the restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., Wednesday, putting the Capitol building on alert but posing no imminent threat.

Spitzer steps down amid call-girl scandal

Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York State resigned Wednesday, two days after news broke that he was a repeat client of a high-end prostitution ring.

Kosovo to open 20 embassies in 2008

Kosovo's government is planning to open almost 20 embassies all over the world, Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuqi said Wednesday.

Defense program no threat to others

The modernization of China's armed forces is neither targeted at nor capable of altering East Asia's strategic balance, Chinese experts said yesterday.

3 die, 277 injured in massive UAE wreck

Three people were killed and 277 injured in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday when dozens of cars and buses collided in thick fog in what could be the country's biggest traffic accident, police said.

NY governor on verge of resigning

Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York State is reportedly resigning in the aftermath of disclosure that he was a repeated client of a high-priced prostitution ring.

NATO performs military exercise in Kosovo

NATO-led peacekeeping forces (KFOR) started Tuesday a military exercise in Serb-dominated area of northern Kosovo.

Dalai Lama urged to drop secessionist activities

Qin Gang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Tuesday urged the Dalai Lama to drop attempts toward "Tibetan independence", but to take concrete actions to do more good for Tibetans.

Explosions kills at least 20 in E.Pakistan

Two explosions took place in eastern Pakistan on Tuesday morning, killing at least 20 people, local TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

US space shuttle Endeavour lifts off

The US space shuttle Endeavour lifted off at 2:28 A.M. EDT (0628 GMT) Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA TV reported.

Musharraf: war between presidency, parliament to be catastrophic

Pakistan's political stability is the top priority and a war between the presidency and the newly-elected parliament would be catastrophic, said Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in an interview with Washington Times published on Monday.

FARC not to release key hostages

Colombia's rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has no intention of freeing its top hostages, a guerrilla that defected from the group told local radio Monday.

Israeli PM: No ceasefire reached with Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday denied a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, as reported in media, even though both Qassam fire from Hamas and strikes from Israeli army have subsided recently.

Death toll in Argentine bus-train crash rises to 26

The death toll in a massive train-bus collision Sunday in southwest Argentina has climbed to 26, with 60 people injured, local police said.

Venezuela reestablishes diplomatic relations with Colombia

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry announced Sunday that the nation has reestablished diplomatic relations with Colombia and will send its diplomatic staff back to the Colombian capital Bogota immediately.

Pakistan parties agree on coalition government

Pakistani's two leading political leaders said Sunday that they had agreed to form a coalition government with the Prime Minister from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

Spain PM Zapatero wins re-election

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero claimed victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Eighteen killed in train-bus collision in Argentina

At least 18 people were killed and about 50 others injured in a train-bus collision in Argentina early Sunday, authorities said.

FARC leader killed by own bodyguard 

A top Colombian rebel commander has been killed by his own chief bodyguard, Colombia's Defense Minister said Friday.

LatAm leaders agree to end border crisis

The presidents of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela agreed Friday to resolve their angry recriminations over a cross-border Colombian commando raid, a crisis that has brought troop movements and talk of war.

'Single voice needed' on Darfur issue

The international community should not overestimate China's influence over the Darfur issue, but pursue a holistic approach to resolving the problem, the country's special representative to Darfur said on Friday.

Hamas claims responsibility for Jerusalem seminary attack

Palestinian Islamic Hamas movement claimed responsibility for a shooting attack in Israel that killed eight students and injured many others in a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem, a senior Hamas official said on Friday.

Bombs kill more than 50 in Baghdad

Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in a crowded shopping district in the capital Thursday, killing at least 53 people and wounding 130 – a reminder that deadly attacks are a daily threat even though violence is down.

Suicide car bomb kills 4 policemen in Mosul

A suicide car bomb attack targeted a police station on Friday morning in the city of Mosul, the capital of the northern Nineveh province, killing 4 policemen and wounding 17 people, a provincial police source said.

Australian FM pleased with safe release of hostages

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith said in Canberra on Wednesday he was pleased the hostage crisis involving Australian tourists in Xi'an of China was resolved so quickly and the hostages were safe.

FARC to release hostages in Ecuador

The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has agreed to release at least 12 hostages in Ecuador in early March, Ecuadoran Internal and Foreign Security Minister Gustavo Larrea said Thursday.

Nicaragua breaks off with Colombia

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced on Thursday the severance of diplomatic relations with the Colombian government after a brief meeting with his Ecuadorian counterpart Rafael Correa who arrived in the Central American country on Thursday.

Eight Israeli students killed in shooting attack in Jerusalem

At least eight Israeli students were killed in a gun battle in Merkaz Harav yeshiva in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem on Thursday, a spokesman of the Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency medical services told Xinhua.

UNSC to hold urgent meeting on Middle East

The UN Security Council is to hold urgent consultations on the Middle East Thursday night in the wake of the Jerusalem attack which killed eight people, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said.

US is facing double bubble trouble

Bush endorses McCain

US President George W. Bush endorsed John McCain on Wednesday as the Republican presidential nominee after he garnered more than 1,191 delegates required for a nominee the previous day.

Venezuela mobilizes forces to border

The Venezuelan government decreed on Wednesday state of general alert, completing 90 percent deployment of its military force in zones bordering with Colombia.

Clinton wins Ohio, Texas

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was projected to win the Ohio and Rhode Island primaries on Tuesday, pulling her campaign back from the dead end.

China strongly opposes Canada's anti-dumping duties

China strongly opposed Canada's decision to levy anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on seamless carbon or alloy steel oil and well casing pipes from China, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on Wednesday.

10 killed in UN chopper crash in Nepal

10 people were killed in the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) helicopter crash on Monday, Ian Martin, special representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal said on Tuesday.

Colombia to take Chavez to international courts

Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe said on Tuesday his country plans to launch a case against his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez in the International Courts of Justice for his alleged financing of rebels in Colombia.

Will Rice's visit help push forward Mideast peace talks?

As US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday started her latest Mideast regional tour with the aim to salvage the US-sponsored peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Arab experts and media in Cairo didn't hold high expectations on her visit to achieve tangible results to push forward the stalled Mideast peace process.

2 killed, 5 wounded in US restaurant shooting

A gunman killed one person and injured five others before committing suicide in a Florida fast food restaurant on Monday, a local TV report said.

Ecuador breaks off ties with Colombia

Ecuador broke off diplomatic relations on Monday with Colombia due to the diplomatic conflict between the two nations, Ecuadorian president's office said in a statement.

Israeli army pulls out of Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) withdrew its ground troops from the Gaza Strip early Monday, completing the first stage of the activity dubbed "Operation Hot Winter."

N.Korea raps US, S.Korea for joint war game

Nouth Korea on Monday took a swipe at a US-South Korean military drill, warning that such action will worsen the strained situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Car bombing kills 12 in Baghdad

At least 12 people were killed and 46 others injured when a car bomb went off in the central part of the Iraqi capital on Monday, an Interior Ministry source said.

Ecuador expels Colombian ambassador

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Sunday ordered the immediate expulsion of Colombia's ambassador to his country.

Medvedev wins election

Dmitry Medvedev, first deputy prime minister of Russian President Vladimir Putin's cabinet, has won the country's fifth presidential election by a landslide, official figures released on Monday showed.

Israeli ground troops pull out of northern Gaza

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) pulled out the ground troops from the northern Gaza Strip early Monday morning, completing the first stage of the activity dubbed Operation Hot Winter.

Iranian president rejects US accusation on Iraqi issue

Visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday rejected the US accusations that his country is supporting Shiite militias who fight US troops in Iraq.

Venezuela puts army on high alert

Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, on Sunday formally ordered the nation's armed forces to be on high alert, the closure of Venezuela's embassy in Colombia and the mobilization of the nation's armed forces to the Colombia border.

Iraq approves execution of Chemical Ali

The Iraqi presidential Council has approved on Friday the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majid, one of Saddam Hussein's aides, a PUK website said.

Kosovo remains Serbian forever

Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has stressed in Bulgaria's capital that Kosovo would remain Serbian forever, local press reported Thursday.

China hopes US domestic politics won't affect Sino-US ties

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing on Thursday that China hopes the United States will view Sino-US relations objectively and rationally, and not to bring its domestic political factors into the bilateral relations.

Foreign policy under spotlight in US presidential race

Various opinion polls have shown that US voters in this year's presidential elections clearly place economic concerns ahead of foreign policy.

IAEA shows 'increasing confidence' on Teheran

South Africa said yesterday a report by the UN nuclear watchdog agency showed "increasing confidence" that Iran did not intend to use its nuclear program for military purposes.

77 PKK rebels killed in N. Iraq

Turkish Armed Forces announced Wednesday that 77 militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed on the 6th day of cross-border ground operation in the north of Iraq.

Ten killed in missile attack in Pakistan tribal area

Ten people were killed in a missile attack in northwestern Pakistan's tribal area, Pakistan's Dawn TV reported Thursday.

Thaksin returns to Thailand, released on bail

Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was released on bail after he reported himself to the Supreme Court and Office of the Attorney General on Thursday.

FARC hands over four legislators to Venezuela

Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) handed over on Wednesday four former legislators to a Venezuelan government and International Red Cross mission (ICRC).

Dumpling poisoning is sabotage: state watchdogs

The dumpling poisoning incident in Japan has been proved to be an individual contrived case, not caused by pesticide residue, said China's quality watchdog on Thursday.

Al-Qaida still No.1 threat to US

Al-Qaida led by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri remains the No. 1 terrorist threat to the United States, the country's top spymaster said Wednesday.

Strong earthquake hits Japan

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale hit seas near Bonin Islands, Japan at 3:00 P.M. (0700 GMT) Wednesday, according to a bulletin released by the Hong Kong Observatory.

Myanmar enacts constitutional referendum law

The Myanmar government on Tuesday enacted a constitutional referendum law and set up a commission for a nationwide constitutional referendum slated for May, according to night broadcast of the state radio and television.

Serbia to sue countries recognizing Kosovo

Serbia will file lawsuits at the International Court of Justice against the US and all other countries that recognized the false state of Kosovo, the official Tanjug news agency reported on Tuesday.

Irresponsible remarks on Hu Jia case opposed 

China on Tuesday voiced its opposition to any organization or person making irresponsible remarks on the Hu Jia case, which the country has handled according to the law.

China, US agree to step up constructive,cooperative relations

China and the United States agreed in Beijing on Tuesday to step up bilateral constructive and cooperative relations and handle the bilateral ties "in a long-term and strategic perspective".

China to provide more aid to Darfur

The Chinese government's special representative for Darfur, Liu Guijin, Monday pledged China will provide more humanitarian assistance to people in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

Rice starts China visit

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, starting her two-day visit to China as guest of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Six major powers meet to discuss Iran nuclear issue

The United States and other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany are expected to adopt new sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program soon, the US State Department said Monday.

41 PKK rebels killed in N. Iraq

Turkey's military said on Monday that 41 militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) and two Turkish troops were killed in the latest fighting.

Post-surge US troop level in Iraq will be 140,000

There will be 140,000 US troops in Iraq by late July when the Bush administration's "surge plan" ends, a senior Pentagon official said Monday.

30 killed in northern Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan military said Monday 25 rebels and five soldiers have been killed in confrontations between Tamil Tiger rebels and government troops in the north.

Rice's visit to China helps promote nuclear talks

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's upcoming visit to China will help push forward the six-party talks as well as the denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula, said Chinese analysts.

Pentagon: satellite hit a success

The Department of Defense announced in Washington on Monday that based on debris analysis, officials are confident the missile intercept and destruction of an out-of-control spy satellite, achieved the objective of destroying the toxical fuel tank.

Suicide bomber kills 40 in South Baghdad

The death toll in a suicide bombing on Sunday has risen to 40, while about 60 people were wounded in the most serious attack in weeks.

112 PKK rebels killed in Northern Iraq

Turkey's military General Staff said Sunday that the number of rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) killed during its ground and air offensive in northern Iraq had risen to 112.

Left-wing Christofias elected Cyprus' new president

Cyprus Parliament Speaker and General Secretary of the left-wing AKEL Demetris Christofias won a crucial runoff on Sunday and becomes the island state's new president.

Russia not to use force in Kosovo

Russia will not use force in Kosovo though the situation in the region will continue to escalate following the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo authorities, Russia's permanent representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday.

Iran: new UN resolution against Iran would be wrong

A senior Iranian official Sunday warned the western countries that issuing a new sanction against Iran would be a wrong action which would cost dearly, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Raul Castro elected president of Cuba

Cuban army general Raul Castro was elected on Sunday as president of Cuba during a legislative session held at Cuba's Palace of Conventions in the nation's capital Havana.

US B-2 bomber crashes in Guam

A US B-2 stealth bomber crashed Saturday at an Air Force base in Guam just after taking off, but both its pilots ejected to safety, the US Air Force said.

Linking Darfur with Beijing Olympics "totally unreasonable"

A visiting senior Chinese diplomat said in London on Thursday that it was "totally unreasonable" to link Sudan's Darfur issue with the Beijing Olympics in August.

All 46 die in airplane crash in Venezuela

All the 46 people aboard the Santa Barbara Airlines airplane died after the plane crashed on Thursday in Venezuela's Andean region, Venezuela's National Civil Protection Department reported on Friday.

14 rebels killed in Sri Lankan north

The Sri Lankan military said on Friday 14 rebels were killed in separated confrontations between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in the north on Thursday.

Plane with 46 people aboard missing in Venezuela

A plane carrying 46 people has gone missing in Venezuela, the nation's aviation authority said Thursday.

Pakistan's PPP and PML-N to form coalition government

Pakistan's political parties Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will form coalition governments in central and provincial levels, leaders of the two parties said in Islamabad on Thursday night.

Serbian protesters storm US embassy

The US embassy in Serbia was stormed by protesters on Thursday during a mass rally against the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo, the local B92 TV station reported.

NATO-led force kill two Taliban leaders

The NATO-led force have killed two Taliban leaders during an operation in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, the military alliance said in a statement issued in Kabul Thursday.

US navy shoots down spy satellite

A missile launched from a US navy ship in the North Pacific hit an out-of-control spy satellite late Wednesday, CNN reported.

Strategic talks to precede Hu's visit to Japan

State councilor Tang Jiaxuan reached Tokyo Wednesday to pave the road for President Hu Jintao's visit in April.

Lee Myung-bak cleared of fraud

A special prosecutor charged with investigating corruption allegations against South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak announced on Thursday that Lee is cleared of all charges.

US says Cuban embargo to remain

US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Tuesday that the decades-old US embargo on Cuba will remain in place despite Cuban leader Fidel Castro's resignation.

PPP seeks for Pakistani coalition gov't

Co-Chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari said Tuesday contacts were under way with all parties, primarily with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), on the formation of a coalition government.

Castro resigns as Cuban president

Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Tuesday resigned as president in a statement published in the online version of the official daily Granma.

26 Chinese rescued off Philippine coast

Twenty-six Chinese crew members have been rescued from a cargo that is sinking off the northern coast of the Philippines, a Chinese embassy official in Manila said on Monday morning.

80 killed in Afghan bombing

A bloody suicide bombing shocked Taliban former stronghold Kandahar in south Afghanistan Sunday morning killing at least 80 people and injuring many more, Kandahar's governor Assadullah Khalid said.

Kosovo declares independence from Serbia

Kosovo's parliament unanimously approved the province's historic declaration of independence from Serbia on Sunday, a move that is backed by the US and some European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.

Kosovo PM confirms independence declaration on Sunday

Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci confirmed that the ethnic Albanian-dominated Serb province will declare independence on Sunday, the Serbian Beta news agency reported.

Bomb kills 46 ahead of Pakistan vote

The death toll of a suicide attack in northwestern Pakistan's tribal area has risen to 46 on Sunday, local TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

Chadian president announces state of emergency

Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Thursday declared a state of emergency in the country, according to reports reaching Yaounde from the Chadian capital of N'Djamena.

Japan admits domestic contamination of foods

A Japanese local government admitted on Thursday that pesticide detected recently on the surface of some Chinese-made dumplings packages are dichlorvos used in the store.

Israel issues global terror warning

Israeli Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a worldwide travel advisory on Thursday, warning Israelis against possible abduction attempts abroad in the wake of the assassination of Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyah.

At least 5 killed in US university shooting

Five people were killed and a dozen others injured when a young gunman shoot in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the Chicago suburb of DeKalb, Illinois, on Thursday, including the gunman who killed himself, local authorities said.

Putin holds annual press conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday expressed optimism about his country's future development and stood firm on some of the disputes with the West in his annual press conference in the Kremlin.

No radioactive involved in Georgian opposition figure's death

British police have found no radioactive traces in the body of Georgian businessman and opposition politician Badri Patarkatsishvili, according to a BBC report on Wednesday.

Blast in Damascus kills Hezbollah's senior commander

The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah said a car explosion on Tuesday night in the Syrian capital Damascus had killed its senior commander Imad Moughniyah, Hezbollah-related television reported on Wednesday.

Obama, McCain prevail in pivotal Potomac Primary

Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) soundly beat their opponents in pivotal Potomac Primary Tuesday, respectively.

Obama scores 1st victory in Potomac Primary

US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama beat opponent Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary in Virginia Tuesday, scoring his first win in the Feb. 12 Potomac Primary.

US diplomat summoned by Japan over rape case

US Charge d'Affaires in Tokyo Joseph Donovan was summoned on Tuesday by the Japanese Foreign Ministry to discuss the alleged rape of a teen-aged girl in Okinawa by an American Marine, the State Department said.

Australia apologizes to aborigines

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a national apology to the country's indigenous people in Canberra in the parliament on Wednesday morning.

Sino-Russia treaty proposal: No outer space weapons

China and Russia on Tuesday submitted to a UN-sponsored disarmament conference a joint proposal for an international treaty to ban the deployment of weapons in outer space.

Japanese court vetoes Chinese labor suit

A Japanese court on Tuesday rejected a damages suit filed by a group of six Chinese who were forcibly brought to Japan into hard labor during World War II.

WB names Chinese economist as vice president

World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick Monday announced the appointment of Justin Lin as the new chief economist and senior vice president for development economics at the World Bank.

Britain benefits from China's economic growth

"People from UK and other parts of the world are benefiting from the progress of China's economy and the Made-in-China products coming to Birmingham Spring Fair," Mike Whitby, leader of the Birmingham City Council said in Birmingham on Monday.

Thousands of civilians flee Chad capital

Thousands of civilians fled Chad's capital N'Djamena yesterday after rebel forces pulled back from a two-day assault, but the rebels said they would attack again to try to topple President Idriss Deby.

Bush unveils $3.1 trillion spending plan

US President George W. Bush sent Congress a 3.1 trillion budget on Monday for the 2009 fiscal year that approached a landmark in military spending and would widen the government's deficit.

Iran launches first space research center

Iran launched its first home-built space research center on Monday in Tehran in presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the official IRNA news agency reported.

UN Security Council holds emergency session on Chad

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting late Sunday on the deteriorating situation in Chad but failed to agree on a France-sponsored draft statement.

Quakes kill at least 38, wounds hundreds

Earthquakes struck Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) yesterday, killing at least 38 people and seriously injuring up to 550 more, officials said.

Tadic wins Serbian presidential run-off

Serbia's incumbent President Boris Tadic won 50.5 percent or some 2.28 million votes in the tightly-contested presidential run-off on Sunday, defeating his rival Tomislav Nikolic, said preliminary results.

Chinese in Chad moved to safety

Heavy clashes broke out on the second day of the siege of the Chadian capital by rebels Sunday, till when the Chinese embassy had helped evacuate more than 200 Chinese nationals from N'Djamena.

Sri Lanka railway station suicide blast kills 11

A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up in a packed railway station in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Sunday, killing 11 people and wounding 92, the military said.

Chadian rebels accept Gaddafi cease-fire proposal

Chadian rebels who were fighting in the capital city of Ndjamena have accepted a cease-fire proposed by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, media reported Sunday.

Serbian presidential run-off kicks off

Serbia's presidential run-off kicked off Sunday, which is seen by analysts as a referendum on the Balkan country's future.

Chinese terracotta warriors woo big Dutch crowd

Ancient terracotta soldiers from China were more popular than paintings by Dutch masters and other artifacts on their first day on show Saturday in the Drents Museum in northern Netherlands.

Colombian FARC rebels to release three hostages

Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed forces of Colombia (FARC) said on Saturday that they were planning to release three hostages, local media reported.

Al Qaida affiliate claims responsibility for Israeli Embassy attack in Mauritania

An al Qaida affiliate claimed responsibility for a shooting attack on the Israeli Embassy in Mauritania's capital, saying the attack aimed to retaliate Israeli policies in the Gaza Strip, an Arab television station reported Saturday.

Chad rebels storms Chadian capital

Hundreds of rebels penetrated the capital of Chad on Saturday, clashing with government troops and moving on the presidential palace after a three-day advance through the oil-producing central African nation, officials and witnesses said.

Chinese compatriots withdraw from Chad

More than 200 Chinese compatriots arrived in Cameroon after being evacuated from Chadian capital N'Djamena, the Chinese embassy in Chad confirmed Friday.

20 killed in Sri Lanka bomb blast

At least 20 civilians were killed and over 50 injured in a powerful bomb explosion that hit a private bus in Sri Lanka's central province early Saturday morning, the military said the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was behind the blast.

Baghdad market blasts kill 72

Bomb blasts ripped through two popular pet markets in Baghdad on Friday, killing 72 people in the deadliest attacks in the city in six months and dealing a bitter blow to Iraqi hopes that security is getting better.

EU opens 2nd anti-dumping investigation against China

The European Commission on Friday opened a new anti-dumping investigation into certain steel products from China, the second of its kind in recent months.

Pakistan successfully test firing intermediate-range missile

Pakistan successfully fired an intermediate-range missile on Friday, the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

Israeli embassy in Mauritania attacked by gunmen

Five people were injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen against Israel's embassy in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott, news reaching Dakar said Friday.

US senior official meets North Korean officials on nuclear program

A senior US official, who is specialized in Korean affairs, had preliminary talks with officials of North Korea over a full declaration of the latter's nuclear program, the State Department said Thursday.

No harmful chemicals found in exported dumplings to Japan

No harmful chemicals were found in Chinese dumpling exports involved in a food poisoning incident in Japan, said China's quality watchdog on Thursday.

20 killed in blast at fireworks factory

An explosion at an unlicensed fireworks factory in an industrial section of Istanbul killed 20 people and injured 117 others yesterday, officials said.

CNN: Top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan killed

One of al-Qaida's top commanders in Afghanistan has been killed, CNN reported on Thursday.

Istanbul explosion kills 11, wounds 40

Eleven people were killed and 40 others wounded in an explosion in a factory in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul on Thursday, Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler said.

US-sponsored second round of climate change talks kick off

The second Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change, sponsored by the United States, opened in Honolulu on Wednesday.

Kim Jong Il meets senior CPC official

Kim Jong Il, the top leader of North Korea, met Pyongyang on Wednesday with Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Edwards quits bid for White House

US Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards announced on Wednesday to quit his bid for the White House, becoming the first major player to drop out of the race.

Israeli PM stays on job after release of war report

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stays on his job after the release of the Winograd Committee's final report on the Second Lebanon war on Wednesday, though amid heightened call for his resignation.

US Fed cuts key interest rate to 3.0%

The US Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to cut a key interest rate by an additional half percentage point to 3.0 percent in order to prevent the economy from slipping into recession.

McCain wins Florida primary

The US Republican presidential primary in Florida ended on Tuesday with Arizona Senator John McCain scoring victory, which left him with a more promising prospect in the full-scale race on "Super Tuesday" next week.

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Maluku

A strong earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku on Wednesday, Indonesian meteorology and geophysics agency said.

Venezuelan bank robbers surrender

The four bank robbers were arrested by Venezuelan police on Tuesday after they fled in an ambulance from the site of the crime, and the hostages held in the getaway vehicle were liberated, said the governor of Guarico state, Eduardo Manuit.

US House passes stimulus plan

The US House overwhelmingly passed a 146 billion US dollar aid package Tuesday that would speed rebates of 600-1,200 dollars to most taxpayers, sending a stimulus package to the Senate with a bipartisan appeal to senators not to slow the bill with significant changes.

Sri Lanka troops capture rebel village

Sri Lankan military claimed Tuesday that a village under Tamil Tiger control was captured in the morning hours while killing 22 rebels.

12 people killed in Pakistan missile attack

Up to 12 militants were killed in a missile attack in northwestern Pakistan's tribal area on Tuesday, local TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

18 Iraqis wounded in two Baghdad bomb attacks

Two roadside bomb explosions rocked the Iraqi capital on Tuesday morning, wounding 18 people, including seven security members, an Interior Ministry source said.

Pakistani militants seize 250 kids

Gunmen who took up to 250 Pakistani school children hostage in a northwestern town yesterday freed them all and surrendered to tribal elders, a government spokesman said.

China, EU to launch detailed IPR Action Plan

The visiting EU Commissioner responsible for taxation and customs, Laszio Kovacs, reiterated in Beijing on Monday that a concrete Action Plan on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) will be worked out between China and the European Union (EU).

Egypt starts to rebuild Gaza border fences

Egyptian security forces on Monday started to rebuild fences at the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip, the pan-Arab satellite television al-Jazeera reported.

39 killed in Sri Lanka fighting

At least 39 combatants from the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels have been killed in fighting throughout Sunday, defense officials said on Monday in Colombo.

PPP leader elected Thailand's new PM

Thailand's newly elected House of Representatives or Lower House on Monday voted People Power Party (PPP) leader Samak Sundaravej as the country's new Prime Minister.

Death toll rises to 7 in Lebanese clashes

The death toll rose to seven in riots which broke out between the Lebanese army and the demonstrators in southern suburb of Beirut on Sunday.

South Korea's veteran diplomat named as PM

South Korea's President-elect Lee Myung-bak announced Monday that he has nominated former Foreign Minister Han Seung-soo as prime minister.

Olmert, Abbas meet on Gaza crisis

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting on Sunday that Israel will resume the flow of humanitarian aid and fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip.

Gunmen in Guyana kill 5 kids, 6 adults

Gunmen stormed into a coastal village Saturday and killed 11 people, including five children, in violence blamed on a gang leader who has threatened widespread attacks. The assault sparked angry protests over rising crime in this impoverished country.

Prodi loses confidence vote

Italian Premier Romano Prodi was poised to quit on Thursday night after a Senate confidence vote produced a widely expected defeat for his 20 month-old center-left government.

Suicide attack kills police chief in northern Iraq

A suicide bomb attack targeted the police chief of Nineveh province in its capital city of Mosul, on Thursday, killing him and a bodyguard and wounding five others, a senior provincial police source said.

US agrees on stimulus package

The White House and Congress reached a tentative deal Thursday on an economic stimulus package to fend off recession.

Kosovo to declare independence soon

Kosovo is ready to declare independence in coming days, Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said on Thursday.

40 militants killed in Pakistan's tribal area

Security forces killed as many as 40 militants in a major operation in northwestern Pakistan's tribal region, an army statement said Thursday.

14 killed,112 wounded in Mosul blast

An explosion at a building in the northern city of Mosul has killed at least 14 people and wounded 112 others, police said on Wednesday.

Six killed, 12 wounded in Kirkuk blast

A roadside bombing killed at least six people and wounded 12 in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, a police source told Xinhua.

Palestines break into Egypt for shopping

Palestinian militants from Hamas' armed wing blew up fence walls at the borders between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt on Wednesday morning, allowing thousands of Gazans to flock into Egypt for shopping.

Iran to press ahead with nuclear goals

Iranian leaders yesterday vowed to press on with Teheran's disputed nuclear work regardless of any new UN sanctions, a day afer world powers agreed on the outline of a new resolution.

Strong quake hits Indonesia, triggers panic

Strong quake hits Indonesia, triggers panic A powerful earthquake with magnitude of 6.2 rocked Nias Island off Sumatra Island early Wednesday, meteorology agency Jakarta said.

US presidential candidate Fred Thompson withdraws

US Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson announced Tuesday that he would drop out of the race for president.

UN Council fails to reach agreement on Gaza crisis

The UN Security Council discussed Tuesday a draft presidential statement that would call for an end to Israel's closure of crossings into the Gaza Strip, but failed to reach an agreement.

Italian PM seeks confidence vote in parliament

Italian Premier Romano Prodi went before the Lower House on Tuesday to ask that it reconfirms its confidence in his government following the decision by ex-justice minister Clemente Mastella to withdraw the support of his Udeur party.

Suicide attack kills 15 in northern Iraq

At least 15 people were killed and eight others injured in a suicide bombing in northern Iraq on Monday, a police source said.

Israel to slightly ease siege on Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided on Monday evening to slightly ease the siege on Gaza and to allow medical supplies and a minimal amount of diesel fuel for the power plant in Gaza, local media reported.

Poll shows more Americans ready for black president

More Americans than ever before are ready for a black president in the country, according to a poll released on Monday.

Six-nation talks on Iranian nuclear issue to be held on Tuesday

Foreign Ministers from Germany, Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain are to hold talks in Berlin on Tuesday on the Iranian nuclear program, the German Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

Russia seeks legal settlement on British Council dispute

Russia hopes for a legal resolution of the dispute with Britain that has caused the closing of part of the British Council, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday.

Taliban kills government official, kidnaps two others

Taliban militants on Sunday intercepted the car of a government official, killing him and taking away his driver and one guard in southern Afghanistan's Zabul province, a provincial government spokesman said.

Colombia's ELN rebels free nine hostages

Nine hostages held by Colombia's rival armed group National Liberation Army (ELN) on Sunday were freed and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross, local officials said.

Nikolic, Tadic to enter Serbian presidential run-off

Tomislav Nikolic of the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party was in lead on Sunday's Serbian presidential election, but he had to face the incumbent pro-Western Boris Tadic in a presidential run-off, first preliminary results showed on Sunday evening.

Bomb threat closes World Bank

The World Bank said Thursday its security was investigating a bomb threat made by telephone and asked its staff at its Washington headquarters to stay home on Friday.

Wen, Brown hold talks, reaching broad consensus

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao began talks with visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Beijing on Friday morning at the Great Hall of the People, after a red-carpet welcome ceremony.

Chile recalls ambassador to Peru

Chile confirmed Thursday that it has recalled its ambassador to Peru as a result of the maritime boundary demand presented by Peru at the international court at The Hague.

Detained anti-whaling activists freed

The two detained anti-whaling activists, held captive after boarding a Japanese whaling boat on Tuesday, were released Friday morning from a Japanese whaling boat near Antarctica.

British Council office in St. Petersburg suspends work

The British Council's office in Russia's St. Petersburg suspended work on Wednesday after security officials interviewed its staff amid recent rows between Moscow and London.

Bus explosion kills 24 in Sri Lanka

At least 24 people were killed and 66 injured when a civilian bus was caught in an explosion blamed on Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka's southeastern Monaragala district Wednesday morning, said the military.

Explosion hits US embassy vehicle in Beirut

An explosion targeted a US embassy vehicle on Tuesday in northern Beirut, killing four persons and wounded over 20 others, local TV broadcaster LBC said.

US announces arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The US Pentagon said Monday it plans to sell advanced bomb delivery systems to Saudi Arabia, coinciding with US President George W. Bush's arrival at the Gulf country.

Attack at Kabul luxury hotel kills 4

Militants in an explosion and firing attack at a luxury hotel in Afghan capital Kabul killed four hotel employees and injured six other people Monday evening, the interior ministry said.

China, Malawi establish diplomatic ties

China and Malawi established diplomatic relations from Dec. 28, 2007, Chinese Foreign Ministry announced in Beijing on Monday.

IAEA: Iran agree to completely implement workplan

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said in Vienna on Sunday that Iran and the IAEA reached consensus to complete the implementation of the workplan agreed between the IAEA Secretariat and Iran in August 2007 in the next four weeks.

Pakistan plagued with terrorism

A suicide bomb blast occurred near the Lahore High Court in eastern Pakistan's Punjab province Thursday, leaving at least 22 dead and more than 50 others injured. It is the gravest suicide attack in the year 2008 in Pakistan, a country threatened by terrorism.

Colombian rebels hand over two hostages

Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) rebels handed over on Thursday Clara Rojas and former legislator Consuelo Gonzalez to an international humanitarian mission in jungles of the country.

McCain, Hillary win NH primary

US Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Senator John McCain won their parties' primaries in New Hampshire Tuesday, an important battlefield for choosing candidates for this year's presidential election.

Live mice found on US flight to China

As many as eight dead and live mice were found on a United Airlines' (UA) flight from Washington to Beijing, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in Beijing on Monday.

US warns Iran over provocative actions

The US White House warned on Monday Iran to refrain from taking "provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future."

Massive explosion leaves 27 dead in S Korea

At least 27 people were killed and 13 others remained missing after a massive explosion took place at a basement of a warehouse in South Korea on Monday.

Saakashvili wins in early presidential race

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili won 52.8 percent of most counted ballots by late Sunday in a snap presidential race, heading a narrow victory that was challenged by opposition's allegation of rigging.

Saakashvili wins Georgia's presidential election

Georgian former president Mikhail Saakashvili has won Saturday's presidential election by 53.8 percent of votes and his supporters have started to celebrate his victory.

US diplomat killed in Sudan

An American diplomat had died of injuries sustained in a shooting incident in the Sudanese capital early on Tuesday, the US embassy in Sudan said.

At least 50 dead in Kenya church fire

Fifty people were killed on Tuesday in a church fire torched by a mob in western Kenya when they were shelering from violence following Kenya's disputed election, according to local police and Red Cross sources.

175 PKK rebels killed in Turkish strikes

Turkish warplanes had killed about 150-175 militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in the military operations in northern Iraq on Dec. 16, said a statement issued by the Turkish General Staff on Tuesday.

Uzbek president reelected

Uzbek President Islam Karimov was reelected with 88.1 percent of vote in Sunday's polls, according to preliminary results announced by the Central Election Commission on Monday.

Turkish jets bomb PKK in N Iraq

Turkish warplanes bombed targets of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) based in northern Iraq on Sunday, private NTV television reported.

Pro-Thaksin party wins Thai election

Initial tally results have shown that the People Power Party (PPP), regarded as a nominee party for Thailand's coup-ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, won Sunday's general election, the first for the country after a 15-month rule by a military-appointed government.

Lee Myung-bak elected S Korean president

South Korea's National Election Commission announced on Wednesday that Lee Myung-bak of the conservative Grand National Party won the presidential elections.

Turkish troops start pulling out from N Iraq

The Turkish troops which purportedly entered northern Iraqi territories overnight Tuesday, started to pull out from Iraq's Erbil province late Tuesday afternoon, sources from Iraq's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) told Xinhua.

S Korean presidential election begins

The presidential elections kicked off in South Korea nationwide at 6 a.m. Wednesday (2100 GMT Tuesday). A total of 13,178 polling stations nationwide will be opened to 37.65 million eligible voters.

Bush keeps pressure on Iran

US President George W. Bush said Monday that Iran would have no legitimate need to enrich uranium at home after Russian deliveries of nuclear fuel to the Islamic Republic.

Putin to lead gov't after March's election

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Moscow on Monday that he will lead the government if First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wins March's presidential election.

Int'l donors pledge $7.4 bln to Palestine

International donors pledged on Monday to provide 7.4 billion US dollars to support Palestine in the coming three years, a key effort to drive the newly-relaunched Middle East peace process.

UK hands control of Basra to Iraqis

The British troops transferred responsibility for security in Iraq's southern province of Basra to Iraqi forces on Sunday, nearly four months after the British troops pulled out from the former Saddam Hussein's presidential palace in the city of Basra.

UK-wanted suspect escapes from police custody

Rashid Rauf, a British national suspected to plan attacks on some transatlantic flights, managed to escape from the police custody in Islamabad on Saturday, according to local press reports.

EU leaders sign Lisbon Treaty to reform bloc

Heads of state and government of the European Union (EU) member states on Thursday signed the Lisbon Treaty, which they hope can make decision-making more efficient.

CIA's 'waterboarding' outlawed

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to prohibit the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from using "waterboarding" and other harsh tactics to interrogate terrorist suspects.

Israel, PNA end 1st session of peace talks

Negotiators from Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) ended their first meeting of peace negotiations on Wednesday with little progress but an agreement about a next meeting.

Car explosion kills senior officer in east Beirut

A senior officer of the Lebanese army and his bodyguard were killed in a car explosion near a Christian town east of Beirut on Wednesday, security sources said.

China, Niue establish diplomatic ties

China and Niue signed a joint communique in Wellington of New Zealand on Wednesday, announcing they have decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, effective from 12 December, 2007.

Tymoshenko fails to be elected as PM

Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday rejected Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister.

1 Chinese killed, 7 wounded in car bombing in Algiers

One Chinese worker was killed and seven others were injured in a car bombing in Algiers on Tuesday, sources of China State Construction Engineering Corporation's Algeria office said.

Train service restored between N, S Korea

South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday resumed normal operation of cross-border railway after a 56-year-long break-off of regular inter-Korean railway service.

Cristina Fernandez sworn in as Argentine president

Cristina Fernandez was sworn in on Monday as president of Argentina for a four-year period in a ceremony in the nation's legislature attended by heads of state and special guests.

Putin supports Medvedev's running for president

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he would support First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to run for president, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

Report: CIA program lures key Iranian officials to defect

Some key Iranian officials have defected due to a secret defector program launched by the CIA, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

EU, Africa seek new partnership

Heads of state and government to the second European Union (EU)-Africa Summit, which closed in Lisbon on Sunday, endorsed a joint strategy aimed at a new partnership between the two continents.

Bali conference on track for breakthrough on climate change

There is a general sense that the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali is on track after a busy week of talks. However, there are still many differences that need to be resolved before the arrival of Ministers attending the High-Level segment which begins on Wednesday.

Sinopec, Iran sign major oil deal

China Petrochemical Corporation, better known as Sinopec Group, and the Iranian oil ministry on Sunday signed a contract on the development of the Yadavaran oilfield in southwestern Iran.

Students sentenced in NZ for killing fellow Chinese

A New Zealand court yesterday sentenced two Chinese students to 18 years and six months in prison for kidnapping and killing a fellow student.

Draft of DPRK's nuclear declaration could come in weeks

Chief US negotiator to the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue Christopher Hill said late Thursday night it is possible to have a good draft of the declaration of nuclear programs from Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in a couple of weeks.

1 killed, 5 injured in bomb explosion in Paris

At least one person was killed and five others were injured in a parcel bomb explosion in a central Paris building Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.

Sharif barred from election in Pakistan

The election officials in eastern Pakistan's Lahore city on Monday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to stand in the upcoming parliamentary elections, the News Network International news agency reported.

Putin's party wins in parliamentary elections

Preliminary results show the United Russia party, led by President Vladimir Putin, has swept majority votes in Sunday's parliamentary elections, but the Communist Party threatened to challenge the results.

Hostage situation at Clinton campaign office ends

The hostage siege that took place in former First Lady Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, Hew Hampshire, ended with the suspect arrested by the police on Friday.

Bin Laden message to Europe: Quit Afghan war

A new audiotape of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was shown Thursday night on the Doha-based satellite TV al-Jazeera channel, in which he called for Europeans' back home from military contributions in Afghanistan.

Musharraf sets emergency deadline

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced on Thursday that he intended to lift the state of emergency on Dec. 16.

Musharraf takes oath as civilian president of Pakistan

Incumbent Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf took oath as a civilian president at a ceremony in Islamabad Thursday, one day after he gave up the post of army chief.

Explosion kills 17, injures 39 in Colombo

At least 17 people were killed and 39 more were injured as a huge explosion hit Sri Lankan capital Colombo late Wednesday afternoon, defense officials said.

US to open new consulate general in central China

The United States will open its fifth consulate general on the Chinese mainland in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province in central China and a major city on the Yangtze River, early next year.

Chinese warship begins landmark visit to Japan

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Naval missile destroyer "Shenzhen" arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday morning for a four-day visit, the first of its kind in the history of the naval force of the PLA.

China to cooperate more with France on energy, aviation

During talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Chinese President Hu Jintao has proposed greater cooperation with France on nuclear energy, aviation and aerospace as part of a four-point plan for the development of relations between the two countries.

2 killed, 26 injured in strong quake in Indonesia

Two toddlers were killed, 26 others were wounded and buildings collapsed in Bima regency of the West Nusa Tenggara province after a strong quake with magnitude of 6.7 rocked the province on Sunday night, local television reported early Monday.

Exiled former Pakistani PM Sharif returns home

The exiled former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif arrived in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, local TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

Musharraf to take oath on Nov. 28

Incumbent Pakistani President Musharraf will likely take oath as president for another five-year term on Nov. 28, Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Muhammad Qayyum said Friday.

Australian federal election kicks off

Australians go to the polls on Saturday to elect the country's 42nd parliament, while the latest poll suggests a cliffhanger.

Lebanon delays presidential election

Lebanese parliament on Friday postponed its session for electing a new president for the fifth time on Friday, raising fears of a political vacuum in the country.

154 rescued in Antarctic Ocean

A total of 154 on board a luxury cruiseliner which sank after hitting an iceberg in the Antarctic Ocean were rescued on Friday.

Pakistan suspended from Commonwealth councils again

Pakistan was suspended from the Commonwealth councils at the last minute before a ten day deadline expires on Thursday, a Commonwealth ministerial committee decided in Kampala late in the day.

64 African illegal migrants drown off Yemen coast

A total of 64 African migrants drowned Wednesday evening when they were trying to cross the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen, the official Saba news agency reported Thursday.

Iran: nuclear meeting with EU to be held

Tehran said on Wednesday that the upcoming nuclear meeting between Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana would be held in London on November 30, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

China, Japan to hold 1st high-level economic dialogue

China and Japan will open their first high-level economic dialogue in Beijing on Dec. 1, a spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on Wednesday.

Nations join hands on climate change

China is ready to join East Asian nations in addressing climate change and promoting clean and sustainable development in the region, Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday. He made the pledge in a keynote speech at the 3rd East Asia Summit in Singapore.

China, India 'to hold joint exercise'

Amid reports that China and India will hold their first joint military exercise next month, the two countries yesterday reiterated they were ready to take their strategic cooperative partnership to a "new level".

3rd East Asia Summit held in Singapore

The 3rd East Asia Summit (EAS) opened in Singapore on Wednesday, with the climate change, energy and environment issues topping the agenda.

Musharraf to quit as army chief by weekend

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf may quit as Army Chief by the weekend, the Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum said on Wednesday.

Japan urged to compensate 'comfort women'

The lower house of the Dutch parliament passed a motion unanimously on Tuesday urging Japan to financially compensate the people forced into sex slavery during World War II, a Dutch lawmaker told Xinhua.

US announces Mideast conference for Nov. 27

The US-sponsored Middle East peace conference will be held at Annapolis, Maryland, on Nov. 27, the State Department announced Tuesday night.

Israel to release 432 Palestinians

An Israeli committee approved on Tuesday evening a list of 432 Palestinian security prisoners to be released ahead of a US-sponsored Middle East peace summit.

Japan starts to fingerprint foreigners

Japan began fingerprinting foreigners entering the country yesterday in an anti-terrorism policy that has sparked complaints from human rights activists, business travelers and long-term residents.

Olmert, Abbas meet in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, in an effort to break a deadlock in negotiations on a joint statement, which will be presented at an international peace summit.

Death toll from cyclone in Bangladesh rises to 3,113

As the rescuers recovered more bodies on the fourth day after the catastrophic cyclone hit Bangladesh's southern and southwestern coastal part, the death toll by official count rose to 3,113.

Bush's homeland security adviser resigns

The White House revealed Monday that Fran Townsend, female homeland security adviser to US President George W. Bush, has resigned.

FM: China strongly opposes US recent report

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao on Monday refuted a recent US report that he said smeared China and interfered in China's internal affairs.

Iran calls for removing US dollar as oil trading currency

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that it is necessary to replace US dollar with other major hard currencies in oil trading.

Death toll in Ukrainian coal mine blast climbs to 65

A coal mine explosion in eastern Ukraine killed at least 65 miners and left 35 missing on Sunday, a Ukrainian official said.

Belgians rally for country's unity

More than 30,000 Belgians demonstrated in capital Brussels on Sunday to protest against a possible division of the country as the impasse in forming a new government continued five months after elections.

Bangladesh cyclone death toll reaches 2407

The death toll from Thursday night's powerful cyclone Sidr rose to 2407 as rescuers frantically looking for thousands of missing people in the coastal districts of Bangladesh.

Soomro takes oath as Pakistan's caretaker PM

Senate Chairman Muhammadmian Soomro Friday took oath as Pakistan's prime minister of the caretaker cabinet, according to the state-run PTV.

At least 251 killed in cyclone in Bangladesh

At least 251 people were killed and thousands of others injured in Bangladesh as a powerful cyclone has lashed the country's south and southwestern regions since Thursday evening.

Pakistan's Bhutto released from house arrest

The provincial Punjab government of Pakistan lifted a house arrest order imposed on former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto early Friday, according to the Daily Times newspaper.

Inter-Korean PM talks reach three agreements

The prime ministers of South and North Korea wrapped up their three-day talks with a series of agreements on inter-Korean cooperation, South Korean Unification Ministry Spokesman Kim Nam- sik said Friday.

Two new earthquakes shake Chile

Northern Chile was banged on Thursday by two new earthquakes, the first a 6.2 Richter-scale quake and the second a stronger 6.8 Richter-scale quake, Chile's University Seismic Institute reported on Thursday.

IAEA report proves peaceful nature

Iran said Thursday that a just-released UN atomic watchdog IAEA report has proved the country's nuclear program is "peaceful" and the pursuit of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic would be "wrong."

FM: French president visit to boost ties

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will pay a state visit to China from November 25 to 27 at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao announced at a regular press conference on Thursday.

US House passes Iraq withdrawal bill

The US House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday night which would allocate US$50 billion for the Iraq war and require President George W. Bush to start troop withdrawal from Iraq in coming weeks with a goal of ending combat by mid December 2008.

S, N Korean PMs hold talks

The Prime Ministers of South and North Korea vowed to produce "positive results" in the on-going prime ministerial talks.

Major quake strikes Chile; 2 dead

A strong earthquake measuring 7.7 Magnitude rocked northern Chile on Wednesday. Authorities reported at least two deaths and more than 140 injuries.

Wen likely to meet Japan's PM in Singapore

Premier Wen Jiabao is likely to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on the sidelines of high-level East Asian meetings, scheduled for next week in Singapore, Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei said yesterday.

N Korean PM arrives in Seoul for inter-Korean prime ministerial talks

North Korean Prime Minister Kim Yong-il arrived in Seoul on Wednesday to participate in the inter-Korean prime ministerial talks.

Costs of Afghan, Iraqi wars hit US$1.6tr

The economic costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to total US$1.6 trillion - roughly double the amount the White House has requested thus far, according to a new report by the US Congress' Joint Economic Committee.

Bhutto's party likely to boycott election

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto said Tuesday that her party will possibly boycott the upcoming general elections, local media reported.

China supports peaceful solution to Iranian nuclear issue

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Tuesday that China supports a peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear issue through diplomatic negotiations.

US urged to cease arms sales to Taiwan

China on Tuesday urged the US to immediately cancel arms sale programs, and stop arms sales and military links with Taiwan, according to the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao.

Bhutto ordered to stay home for 7 days

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto has been detained at a house in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, leading English-language newspaper The Dawn reported Tuesday.

Japan's lower house passes bill on refueling support

Japan's lower house passed Tuesday a controversial bill to resume the country's refueling support to US-led antiterrorism operations in the Indian Ocean, though the enactment of the bill is expected months away.

Black smoke seen over east London, large fire reported

A huge plume of black smoke was seen rising over east London on Monday noon and reports said a large fire broke out in the Stratford area.

7 killed, 150 wounded in Gaza clashes

Seven Palestinians were killed and about 150 others wounded on Monday afternoon when clashes between Fatah supporters and Hamas police forces erupted at a Fatah-initiated rally commemorating late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in western Gaza City, medics said.

Germany, France stress unity on Iran, immigration

German and French leaders on Monday stressed their unity on a wide range of issues from Iran's nuclear program to the challenges of integrating immigrants.

Bhutto: no more talks with Musharraf

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Monday that she had ended talks with President General Pervez Musharraf as "he has not honored his commitments," according to local press reports.

Russian oil tanker sinks in Black Sea

A Russian oil tanker split in half in a fierce storm in the Kerch Strait leading to the Black Sea on Sunday, spilling at least 2,000 tons of fuel oil, Interfax reported.

General elections in Pakistan to be held by Jan. 9

General elections including the national assembly and the provincial assemblies would be held simultaneously before Jan. 9, said Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad on Sunday.

Tuerk wins Slovenian presidential run-off

Danilo Tuerk, Slovenia's former senior UN diplomat, convincingly won Sunday's presidential run-off with 68.3 percent of the vote against former Prime Minister Lojze Peterle, according to unofficial results released after almost all the votes were counted late on Sunday.

Bush, Merkel talk new Iran sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told US President George W. Bush on Saturday she would be willing to support a third round of UN sanctions against Iran if Teheran continues to resist demands to halt sensitive nuclear work.

Japan vows to push for resumption of refueling mission

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda vowed on Thursday to make full efforts to resume the Maritime Self- Defense Force (MSDF)'s refueling mission in the Indian Ocean for the US-led antiterrorism operations in and around Afghanistan.

Georgia to hold presidential elections on Jan. 5

Georgia will antedate its presidential elections from autumn to the beginning of next year, President Mikhail Saakashvili said in a televised address to the nation on Thursday.

Election will be held before Feb. 15: Musharraf

Pakistani national elections will take place before February 15, President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday, after Western allies and opponents had demanded polls be held on time and emergency rule scrapped.

Mongolian parliament accepts PM's resignation

Mongolia's parliament, the State Great Hural, discussed and accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Miegombyn Enkhbold Thursday morning.

Georgia declares state of emergency

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has declared a 15-day nationwide state of emergency, Minister of Economic Development Georgy Arveladze told a briefing in Tbilisi at midnight on Wednesday.

8 killed in Finnish school shooting

Over eight people have been killed in a school shooting that took place on Wednesday in Finland's southern city of Tuusula, Finnish police confirmed on Wednesday evening.

'Year of China' ends in Russia

The closing ceremony of the "Year of China" was held in Moscow Tuesday evening, marking the end of the reciprocal China-Russia national theme years which started in 2006. Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Viktor Zubkov attended the ceremony in the Kremlin.

Over 100 killed, injured in Afghan suicide attack

A suicide bomb blast killed and injured more than 100 people, including six parliamentarians in northern Afghan province of Baglan on Tuesday afternoon, local officials said.

US Senate, House leave war funds undecided

US Senate and House agreed Tuesday to spend some US$460 billion in baseline defense budget for fiscal year 2008, but left most of the US$196 billion of war funding request undecided.

Beijing, Moscow sign nuclear energy pacts

China and Russia yesterday signed four agreements on nuclear energy collaboration, looking ahead to a post-hydrocarbon world.

Rice, Olmert agree to involve Syria into peace summit conditionally

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and visiting US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice agreed on Sunday that Syria could attend the upcoming US-sponsored international Mideast peace conference on certain conditions, local daily Haaretz reported on its website.

Gates visit could signal military hotline

China and the US are likely to jointly announce the establishment of a military hotline linking the Chinese defense ministry and the Pentagon today as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits China, sources said.

Emergency 'for as short as possible'

Pakistan's government is committed to holding national elections but is undecided when, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Sunday, a day after it imposed emergency rule to deal with rising militancy and a hostile judiciary.

Wen arrives in Belarus for official visit

Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Minsk Sunday to start an official visit to Belarus at the invitation of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Wen will hold talks with Lukashenko and meet with acting Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko during his stay in the country.

Afghanistan urges Iran to suspend refugees' expulsion

The Afghan government on Thursday expressed concern over Tehran's decision to expel Afghan refugees and demanded revision over the issue, according to a government official.

Israel arrests senior Hamas commander in West Bank

Israeli troops arrested on Thursday a senior Hamas commander during a military operation in the West Bank town of Nablus, Palestinian security and the Islamic movement's sources said.

8 killed in suicide attack in E Pakistan

At least eight people were killed and about 40 others were injured Thursday morning when a bus carrying air force officials was hit by a suicide attacker on a road in eastern Pakistani province of Punjab, said the Pakistani Interior Ministry.

Sarkozy in for warm welcome next month

China warmly welcomes French President Nicolas Sarkozy on a state visit next month, which will "be a great event for China-France relations", Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said at a joint press conference with his French counterpart yesterday.

US to share with Turkey intelligence on Kurdish rebels

The United Sates will share with Turkey its intelligence on Kurdish rebel positions along the border with Iraq, Pentagon said on Wednesday.

White House: US not to attack Iran

The US said Tuesday that it is not about to attack Iran and reaffirmed diplomacy in trying to solve the thorny issue of Iran's nuclear program.

Six-party agreement reached on Korean nuclear issue

All members participating in the six-party talks reached an agreement Tuesday with North Korea to disable its nuclear facilities in exchange for energy assistance, said a South Korean official.

FM: China rejects Israeli campaign for Iran sanctions

China has rejected Israeli calls for sanctions against Iran following an unexpectedly long meeting between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni.

Cooperation pacts with Jordan inked

China and Jordan yesterday signed a series of agreements on cooperation, including partnership in the peaceful use of nuclear energy and increasing bilateral investment.

N Korean top nuclear envoy arrives in Beijing

North Korean chief nuclear envoy Kim Kye-gwan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, to continue further negotiations on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Russian chessboard killer jailed for life

A Russian court Monday sentenced Alexander Pichushkin, a supermarket worker known as the "Bitsa Maniac," to life in prison for murdering 48 people and attempting to murder three others.

Turkey celebrates Republic Day amid tension over PKK

Amid tensions over a border crisis in the wake of rising attacks against the Turkish army by the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party based in northern Iraq, the Turkish people celebrates a more emotional Republic Day on Monday.

Argentine first lady claims victory in election

Argentina's first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner late Sunday claimed victory in the country's presidential election, with partial results showing that she had won by a large margin.

10 pacts to be inked with Russia

China and Russia will conclude more than 10 cooperative agreements next week, including those on energy, finance, high-tech and partnership between reciprocal small- and medium-sized enterprises, Russia's ambassador to China Sergey Razov said yesterday.

N Korean ship capsizes near Shandong coast, 21 rescued

The Shandong provincial maritime bureau has just verified that 21 of the total 23 crew members were rescued after their cargo ship capsized in the sea near east China's Shandong Province Sunday afternoon.

Turkey: all options on table to resolve PKK crisis

Visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said on Sunday that all options, including military actions were possible to resolve the Kurdish rebel issue in northern Iraq, the state media reported.

Unofficial results give Argentine first lady victory

Argentina's Sunday general elections have ended in relative peace, with early exit polls giving the presidential race victory to the nation's first lady, Cristina Fernandez.

Russia back to TMD cooperation program: NATO chief

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Thursday that Russia has agreed to resume cooperation with the alliance on a key theater missile defense (TMD) program.

US imposes new sanctions against Iran

The US announced on Thursday that it is imposing new sanctions against Iran, charging that Tehran supports terrorism in the Middle East, exports missiles and is engaging in a nuclear buildup.

FM: Premier Wen to attend SCO meeting

Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the sixth Meeting of Prime Ministers of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be held in Uzbekistan's capital of Tashkent from November 2 to 6, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao said at a regular press conference on Thursday.

Turkey considers economic sanctions against Kurd groups

Turkey is considering economic sanctions against Kurd groups which are backing the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels based in northern Iraq.

Arson suspect killed in Calif. as wildfires rage on

Police have shot and killed one arson suspect and arrested another one in a mountain area near Los Angeles as authorities began investigation into some of the ongoing wildfires in Southern California, officials said Wednesday.

Chinese, Costa Rican presidents meet

President Hu Jintao and his Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias Sanchez on Wednesday agreed to develop a lasting, steady, healthy and deep bilateral relationship of friendship and cooperation.

Trilateral meeting focuses on cooperation

The foreign ministers of China, Russia and India yesterday reached broad consensus on "practical cooperation" among the three countries - and reaffirmed that the trilateral partnership is not targeted at any other country or organization.

US shuttle Discovery lifts off

The US space shuttle Discovery lifts off from its seaside launch pad at Kennedy Space Station in Florida at 11:38 AM (1538 GMT) on Tuesday, NASA TV shows.

Neighbors forge pragmatic cooperation

The foreign ministers of China, India and Russia will meet today in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin to explore ways to enhance pragmatic trilateral cooperation.

Japanese, Russian FMs talk about settling territorial dispute

Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Tokyo on Tuesday evening to exchange ideas toward resolving their territorial dispute.

Bin Laden urges for Iraqi insurgents' unity

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden called for Iraqi insurgents' unity in a new audiotape aired by al-Jazeera television on Monday.

Bush pledges to help Turkey fight against PKK

US President George W. Bush promised Turkey's president Monday that the US will join Ankara's effort to fight against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) operating at Turkey-Iraq border area, the White House said.

Wildfires rage in Southern California

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in areas where wildfires continued raging on Monday.

Krygyz president dissolves parliament

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Monday signed a decree dissolving parliament and called for early elections, according to news reports from the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.

S and N Korean nuclear envoys to meet

Nuclear envoys from South and North Korea will hold a working-level meeting Monday to discuss energy and economic assistance to Pyongyang under an agreement adopted at the six-party talks.

Lebanese presidential election delays

Lebanon's presidential election is delayed to November 12, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said in a statement on Monday.

N Korea accuses S Korea of encroaching on sea border

The Navy Command of North Korea on Sunday accused South Korea of intruding into its sea border in the West Sea (Yellow Sea) and urged Seoul to stop such actions immediately.

US troops kill up to 49 in Baghdad's Sadr City

The US military said that its troops have killed up to 49 "criminals" in a raid on Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City early on Sunday.

Turkey holds emergency meeting on border security

Turkey held a emergency meeting on border security at Cankaya Presidential Palace in Ankara on Sunday under the leadership of President Abdullah Gul, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Castro votes in Cuba's municipal elections

Cuba's leader, Fidel Castro, voted in Cuba's municipal elections on Sunday, from the clinic where he has been recovering from a 2006 intestinal operation, witnessed by members of the electoral district where he is registered, state television reported.

Myanmar lifts curfew order in Yangon, Mandalay

The Myanmar authorities Saturday lifted a night-to-dawn curfew 25 days after it imposed on the biggest city of Yangon and the second largest city of Mandalay, according to announcements of the local administrative and police authorities in the evening.

Nearly 3 dozen Taliban insurgents killed in S Afghanistan

Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the US-led coalition forces during an hours-long operation killed nearly three dozen Taliban fighters Saturday in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

European countries, Czech oppose US radar base

Over 100 delegates from 16 European countries, 86 Czech mayors and activists from international peace organizations opposed the planned US radar on Czech soil at an international conference in Breznice, Central Bohemia of the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator resigns

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani has resigned, government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said on Saturday.

Pakistani gov't forms special team to probe into blasts

The Pakistani government has constituted a four-member police team to probe into the two blasts in the procession of Pakistan People's Party Chairperson Benazir Bhutto early Friday morning at Sharea Faisal in the southern port city of Karachi, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported on Friday.

S Korea: Talks on permanent peace should involve four nations

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said Friday that the discussion on a permanent peace treaty on the Korean Peninsula should involve four nations.

Arroyo calls for emergency meeting after blast

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday called for an emergency meeting of the National Security Council after a blast left 8 dead and 89 wounded in a shopping mall in the capital region of the country.

Japan's blame on E. China Sea refuted

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing on Friday that Japan's accusation regarding the East China Sea issue is unfounded. China is not responsible for not having achieved substantial progress of the talks.

French President Sarkozy, wife Cecilia divorce

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Cecilia have divorced after 11 years of marriage, Sarkozy's office said Thursday.

Bhutto survives twin blasts; 110 killed

Up to 110 people were killed and over 200 others injured in two suicide blasts near former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's vehicle in the southern port city of Karachi early Friday morning, local TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

US experts leave N Korea after talks on disabling nuclear facilities

A working group of US experts left Pyongyang on Thursday after talks on disabling the nuclear facilities of North Korea.

Putin makes proposals to Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin has brought forward a nuclear proposal to Iran's supreme leader during his visit to Tehran, the state-media reported on Wednesday.

Turkish parliament passes Kurdish draft

Turkish parliament on Wednesday approved the motion submitted by the government for cross-border military operations in fight against the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

5 new members elected to UNSC

The UN General Assembly elected on Tuesday Libya, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Croatia to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting next January 1.

Rice wraps up visit in Egypt with moderate support

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrapped up her short visit to Egypt Tuesday afternoon after winning tempered support of the Arab country for a US-sponsored international conference on Mideast peace.

Iraqi VP vows to cooperate with Turkey against PKK

Visiting Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi said in Ankara on Tuesday that Iraqi administration is ready to cooperate with Turkey in its fight against the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

China's position on Teheran nuclear issue unchanged

China will not participate in a multilateral meeting aimed at discussing the Iranian nuclear issue, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Tuesday.

Three Americans share Nobel Prize in economics

The 2007 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Leonid Hurwicz, Eric S. Maskin and Roger B. Myerson for work that helps explain situations in which markets work well, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday.

Turkish gov't submits cross-border operation motion to parliament

The Turkish government has submitted the motion for a cross-border operation to fight against the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) to the parliament, government spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said on Monday.

1st Airbus A380 set for Singapore delivery

Looking to make a financial and credibility comeback, Airbus is scheduled to deliver its first A380 superjumbo commercial jet Monday.

Putin to visit Tehran despite reports on assassination threat

Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted on Monday in Wiesbaden of Germany that he would visit Iran later Monday despite reports on possible assassination plot against him.

Putin to meet Merkel over Iran, Kosovo issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Germany for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on thorny issues including Iran's nuclear program and independence for Kosovo.

Israeli minister to Rice: Jerusalem not on table

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai on Sunday told visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Jerusalem was "not on the negotiations table," local top-selling daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on its website.

Castro speaks live for 1st time since July 2006

Cuban leader Fidel Castro spoke by telephone with his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on Sunday in a live TV show, the first of its kind since July 2006.

Suicide blast kills 7 in S. Afghanistan

A suicide blast Saturday evening rocked a market in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, killing two policemen and five civilians, a provincial police chief said.

Myanmar cuts curfew hours shorter

The Myanmar authorities Saturday further cut its original 8-hour curfew imposed on the biggest city of Yangon to four hours which is to last from 11 PM to 3 AM (local times), according to an announcement broadcast by loudspeakers on the authorities' vehicles patrolling around the city.

Iran's Supreme leader urges boycott Mideast peace talks

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khameneion Saturday urged the Muslim countries to boycott the upcoming Mideast peace conference in the US, accusing Washington of trying to save Israel and to hurt the Palestinians.

Blackwater sued by its Iraqi victims in US court

Blackwater, the US security firm whose armed personnel allegedly opened fire on innocent Iraqi civilians last month, was sued Thursday by an injured survivor and three families of the men killed in the incident.

Turkey recalls ambassador to US

Turkey on Thursday ordered its ambassador to the US to return to Ankara in protest against a US Congress vote to declare the killings of Armenians between 1915 and 1917 a genocide.

Bush urges Congress to reject Armenian genocide bill

US President George W. Bush on Wednesday urged Congress to reject legislation that would declare the World War I-era killings of hundreds of thousands of Armenians a genocide.

Colombian plane carrying 15 soldiers still missing

Despite a three-day intensive search, there has still been no sign of the Colombian plane carrying 15 soldiers and three civilians which has been missing since Monday.

Putin: No proof Iran has nuclear plans

Russia would continue cooperation with other countries at the United Nations in order to settle Iran's nuclear problem, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Kremlin on Wednesday.

Gunman killed in US school shooting

A 14-year-old gunman opened fire at fellow students and teachers at a high school at Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, wounding four, and was then killed, the mayor of Cleveland said.

Japanese PM expresses disapproval of collective self-defense right

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has made clear his disapproval of the long-standing controversial collective self-defense right, the Tokyo Daily reported on Wednesday.

3 killed in mine blasts in Myanmar states

Three people have been killed and four others injured in mine blasts in two states of Myanmar, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

Crossing points on Iranian-Iraqi border reopened

Iran reopened the crossing points on borders with northern Iraq on Monday after two weeks of closure in protest for US detention of an Iranian official, a local official said.

Musharraf escort chopper crashes, 4 die

At least four security officers of President General Pervez Musharraf were killed when an army helicopter crashed in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on Monday, the army spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said.

Euro ministers fall short of pressing dollar, target RMB

Finance ministers from the 13- nation bloc sharing euro failed Monday to seek a tougher stance against the appreciation of their single currency versus the US dollar, taking China's RMB as an easy target.

Britain to reduce troops in Iraq to 2,500

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday in a statement in the House of Commons that his country would reduce its troops in Iraq to 2,500 by spring 2008.

Olmert: no agreement has been reached with Abbas

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not come to any conclusion during their meeting last week, the daily Ha'aretz reported on its website.

Flood toll in Vietnam reaches 67

Flooding, hitting Vietnam's central and northern regions since October 4, killed or left missing 67 local people as of Sunday afternoon, Vietnam's Central Television reported.

Report: Britain to back US air strikes on Iran

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has agreed to support US air strikes against Iran if the Islamic country orchestrates large-scale attacks by militants against British or American forces in Iraq, a British newspaper said on Sunday.

South, North Korea hold 2nd round summit talks

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korean top leader Kim Jong-il continued their formal summit talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday afternoon.

Musharraf names army successor

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf Tuesday named his successor as army chief, and announced that ex-premier Benazir Bhutto could be given amnesty over corruption charges.

Two Koreas reach out for peace

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korean top leader Kim Jong-il concluded their first round of formal summit talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday morning.

4 kidnapped ICRC staff released in Afghanistan

A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said four kidnapped staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were released in Wardak province of central Afghanistan on Saturday.

Pakistan Election Commission accepts Musharraf's nomination papers

The Chief Election Commissioner in Pakistan on Saturday approved nomination papers of President General Pervez Musharraf and his two major challengers, the News Network International (NNI) news agency quoted Secretary of Election Commission as saying.

Iran: US troops and CIA 'terrorist'

Iranian lawmakers on Saturday branded the US troops and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as terrorist groups, according to a statement released by the Iranian state media.

Explosion injures 8 Chinese tourists in Maldives

Twelve foreign tourists, including eight Chinese nationals, were injured in an explosion in the Maldivian capital of Male on Saturday afternoon, the Maldivian government said.

Korean nuke talks hopefully to end with a joint document

Negotiators to the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue said on Saturday that they have reached certain agreements and a joint document would probably be issued on Sunday.

Turkey, Iraq sign anti-terrorism pact

Turkey and Iraq on Friday signed an agreement to fight against terrorism, but still differed over Turkey's military incursion into northern Iraq to strike bases of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

IMF names Strauss-Kahn as new chief

The International Monetary Fund approved on Friday former French finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn to head the financial institution.

Major countries urge Iran to suspend nuclear activities

Representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany reiterated in New York on Friday their call for Iran to suspend nuclear activities.

China stresses UN role in building harmonious world

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Friday that the current session of the United Nations General Assembly should focus on promoting harmonious coexistence among countries.

Pakistani court orders release of opposition members

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of all political leaders and activists, who were recently detained by authorities to foil their attempt to rally against President General Pervez Musharraf's bid to contest for another five-year term.

China, Japan mark 35th diplomatic anniversary

China and Japan on Thursday expressed the hope that bilateral ties should move headway as they staged grand activities marking the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties.

Nuclear talks show signs of progress

The six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue are moving in the "correct" direction despite difficulties that have yet to be settled on the way forward, the chief Chinese delegate said on Thursday.

Cuba slams Bush for acting like world's policeman

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque on Wednesday accused US President George W. Bush of acting like the world's policeman, saying that he had no right to judge any other country.

Iraqi PM appeals for int'l support

Iraqi Prime Minister Nori Kamil al-Maliki on Wednesday called on the international community to support his country on way to peace, security and prosperity.

60 killed as bridge collapses in Vietnam

A Japanese-funded bridge under construction in southern Vietnam collapsed yesterday, killing up to 60 workers and injuring around 150 in the country's worst such disaster.

Six-Party Talks resume today amid cautious optimism

Top negotiators to the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for a new round of discussions to be started today.

Merkel-Dalai Lama meeting criticized

China is strongly dissatisfied with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with the Dalai Lama, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular press conference on Tuesday.

Myanmar issues curfew order in Yangon

The Myanmar authorities issued on Tuesday night a curfew order, banning the gathering of more than five persons in the country's biggest city of Yangon, according to the Yangon Division Administrative Department.

Ahmedinejad defends Iran's nuclear program

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad defended on Tuesday his country's nuclear program, saying "all our nuclear activities have been completely peaceful and transparent."

China, France hold joint naval exercise in Mediterranean

Chinese Navy vessels participate in the first joint naval exercise with France, code-named "China-France Friendship 2007", in the Mediterranean Sea on September 25, 2007.

Fukuda virtually elected PM by Japanese parliament

Yasuo Fukuda, newly-elected president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was virtually elected prime minister by the country's parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

Special train carrying Chinese aid leaves for Darfur

A special train carrying 250 tons of aid materials donated by the Chinese government left the Khartoum Railway Station on Monday for Sudan's restive western region of Darfur.

Putin announces changes in new Russian gov't

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday Russia's new Cabinet, including new ministers of health, economics, and regional development, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Italian hostages freed in Afghanistan

Two Italian hostages kidnapped in Afghanistan were freed Monday in a NATO commando raid and in which the hostages were injured, one seriously, according to the Italian defense ministry.

Japanese invited to PLA drill

Japanese observers will attend today's military drill in Northeast China for the first time, in what experts say is a substantial step in China-Japan defense ties.

Iran urges US to give up hostility

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in New York on Monday that Iranians will be the "best friends" of the United States if the latter gives up its hostility toward the Islamic republic.

Japan's ruling LDP confirms lineup of party leadership

Japanese ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)'s newly-elected President Yasuo Fukuda formally announced the lineup of the party's leadership on Monday.

Ahmadinejad: Iran needs no nuclear weapons

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said before he left for the UN General Assembly in New York that Iran does not need to have nuclear weapons and does not want to have war with the US, according to a CBS TV report.

Chinese, US top diplomats meet on bilateral ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his US counterpart Condoleezza Rice met in New York on Sunday on the sidelines of the 62nd session of United Nations General Assembly.

Fukuda wins Japan's ruling party presidential election

Japan's former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda won the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election on Sunday, beating his rival the LDP Secretary General Taro Aso.

Abbas: it's time to establish Palestinian statehood

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that it is time to create an independent Palestinian statehood existing alongside Israel to end 60 years of suffering.

'Jena 6' case causes uproar in LA

Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to protest the treatment of six African-American teenagers accused of assaulting a white classmate.

Ties with Chad gather momentum

China and Chad signed a series of cooperative agreements, including one on a joint venture between China National Petroleum Corporation and Chadian Oil Refinery, in Beijing yesterday.

Iranian president still wants to visit WTC site

Iranian officials say they still hope to work out an agreement for their country's president to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site when he visits New York next week, local media reported on Thursday.

Iran threatens to bomb Israel if attacked

A top Iranian military commander warned on Wednesday that his country would bomb Israel back if Iran is attacked by the Jewish state, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Lebanese lawmaker killed in explosion

Lebanese pro-government lawmaker Antoine Ghanem was assassinated in a powerful explosion that ripped through his car in eastern Beirut on Wednesday, six days before a scheduled parliament session to elect a new president.

UNGA rejects Taiwan's UN bid

The General Committee of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly decided on Wednesday not to include the so-called issue of "Taiwan's participation in the United Nations," raised by the Solomon Islands and a very few other countries, into the agenda of the General Assembly.

Ban: Taiwan's UN Bid Impossible

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed on Tuesday that Taiwan's bid to apply for UN membership is legally impossible.

UN General Assembly Opens

The 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on Tuesday amid calls for multilateral solutions to global challenges.

Black Boxes Found, Airport to Reopen After Phuket Plane Crash

Two black boxes of the budget airliner that crashed at Phuket International Airport in southern Thailand on Sunday afternoon and killed 90 persons have been found early Monday morning, media in Bangkok reported.

Greek PM Gets Mandate to Form New Gov't

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday received a mandate to form a new government, one day after voters swept him and his ruling New Democracy party back to power in Sunday's parliamentary election.

Mukasey Named as Attorney General

A retired federal judge, Michael Mukasey, was named to replace Alberto R. Gonzales as the attorney general, President George W. Bush announced on Monday.

88 Killed, 42 Injured in Plane Crash in Thailand

As many as 88 people were killed and 42 injured when a budget airliner crashed in attempting to land at the Phuket International Airport in southern Thailand on Sunday afternoon, reports in Bangkok said.

Fukuda Pledges Not to Visit Yasukuni Shrine

Japan's former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda pledged on Saturday that he would not visit the controversial Yasukuni shrine if elected new Japanese prime minister.

Bush Announces Partial Pullback of Troops from Iraq

US President George W. Bush announced on Thursday a partial troops pullback from Iraq by next summer, while warning a full withdrawal could endanger the Iraqi government's survival.

Russian PM Nominee Not Rules out Running for Presidency

Viktor Zubkov, nominated for the post of Russian prime minister by President Vladimir Putin , said on Thursday that he does not rule out running for the post of president.

Blast Rocks Pakistani Military Area Killing at Least 15

A blast on Thursday rocked a military building in northwestern Pakistani town of Tarbela, close to the capital Islamabad, killing at least 15 army men, officials said.

Key Iraqi Sunni Tribal Leader Killed

A Sunni tribal Sheikh who is backed by the US and Iraqi government to fight the al-Qaida network in Iraq was killed in a roadside bomb attack on Thursday, local police source said.

Abe Admitted into Hospital for Gastrointestinal Disorder

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was admitted into a Tokyo hospital on Thursday noon for functional gastrointestinal disorder.

US Strongly Opposes Taiwan's UN Referendum: Official

The United States on Tuesday expressed strong opposition to the Taiwan authorities' proposed referendum on UN membership in the name of Taiwan, saying that the initiative, with apparent pursuit of name change, is "a step intended to change the status quo" across the Taiwan Straits.

Putin Nominates New PM Candidate

Russian President Vladimir Putin has nominated financial intelligence chief Viktor Zubkov as candidate for prime minister on Wednesday, hours after he dissolved the government at the request of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov.

Putin Dissolves Russian Gov't

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dissolved the government at the request of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Russian news media reported Wednesday.

Indonesian Earthquake Leaves 9 Dead

At least nine people were killed and more than one hundred feared injured after a strong earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Ritcher Scale hit the Bengkulu province of Indonesia on Wednesday, the Disaster Management Agency said in Jakarta Thursday.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Resigns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his resignation on Wednesday at a press conference held at his office, less than a month after he reshuffled the Cabinet following a crushing defeat in parliamentary election.

Russia Tests Most Powerful Non-nuclear Bomb

Russia has developed a new type of bomb, also known as fuel-air bomb, which was claimed as the most powerful non-nuclear bomb, a senior officer said in a TV interview on Tuesday.

Sharif Files Petition in Supreme Court Against Exile

Former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the government's move to deport him on Monday.

Bush to Address Nation, Announce Troop Drawdown

US President George W. Bush is expected to announce a plan to cut troop levels in Iraq by 30,000 by mid 2008 when he addresses the nation later this week, US officials told the media on Tuesday.

US Vows to Capture Bin Laden

The United States vowed on Tuesday to capture elusive Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and meanwhile stressed that war on terrorism is not just against the terror network leader.

Experts in N. Korea to Discuss Nuclear Issue

A group of Chinese, Russian, and American experts flew to Pyongyang yesterday to discuss disabling nuclear facilities in North Korea, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said yesterday at a regular press conference.

Olmert, Abbas Agree to Work Toward Two-state Solution

During their meeting Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reached an agreement to setup working groups to discuss issues pertaining to the two-state solution.

Al-Qaida to Release New Bin Laden Video Soon

A new video of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden will soon be released, the group's media arm said on Monday on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Petraeus: US to Cut Troops in Iraq

Citing achievements of the troop "surge plan," the top US military commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus proposed on Monday a gradual drawdown of troop presence in that country.

Poll: Few Americans to Observe 9/11 Anniversary Formally

A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found few Americans plan to observe the upcoming 9/11 anniversary in a formal way, though the majority still regards the terror attack as the most memorable event in their lifetime.

Former PM Sharif's Plane Lands in Pakistan

The exiled former Prime Minister of Pakistan and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif came out of the airliner and was shifted to a VIP lounge at the Islamabad airport on Monday morning, local TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

Al-Qaida's Branch Claims Responsibility for Algeria Bombings

A branch of the notorious al-Qaida organization in the North Africa claimed responsibility for the two suicide bombings that took place in Algeria, pan-Arab satellite TV al-Jazeera reported on Sunday.

Abe Suggests Resignation If Antiterrorism Refueling Not Prolonged

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested on Sunday in Sydney that he would resign if he fails to get parliament to extend Japan's antiterrorism refueling mission in the Indian Ocean, Japanese media said.

Poll: Most Americans Skeptical of Iraq Status Report

Most Americans think the Bush administration's upcoming Iraq status report will exaggerate progress, and few expect it to result in a major shift in the administration's policy, a latest poll found.

FM: Hu's Australia Tour Boosts Regional Cooperation

President Hu Jintao's just-concluded tour to Australia, a major diplomatic move by China in the Asia-Pacific region, is of great significance in facilitating the development of bilateral ties and deepening regional cooperation, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Monday.

Fifteen Killed in Suicide Attack in Algeria

Fifteen people were killed and scores of others wounded in a suicide bombing attack in eastern Algeria on Thursday, local television reported.

Afghan Gov't Denies China Supplies Weapons to Taliban

Afghan Foreign Ministry on Thursday "strongly" denied that China has supplied weapons to Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

UK Jets Intercept Russian Bombers

Britain's air force scrambled four Tornado warplanes yesterday to intercept eight Russian long-range bombers, the Ministry of Defense said.

Japan-DPRK Talks End Without Progress

Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) yesterday wrapped up two days of talks on establishing diplomatic relations without visible progress in disputes over key issues that have hampered efforts to improve bilateral ties.

Spy Chief Refuses to Reveal Ransom Terms

The Republic of Korea's (ROK) spy chief said yesterday he could not comment on whether any ransom was paid to free 21 Christian aid workers held by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, seemingly contradicting earlier remarks that no ransom was paid.

DPRK Envoy Discusses Next Phase of Six-Party Talks

Chief negotiator for the nuclear talks from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Kye-Gwan met with Chinese officials on Thursday to discuss the next phase of the six-party talks, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu at a regular press conference.

It's Time to 'Get Tough on Taiwan'

Beijing has to send tougher warnings to the Taiwan authorities as the situation across the Taiwan Straits has entered a "highly dangerous period", President Hu Jintao told his US counterpart George W. Bush yesterday.

Premier Holds Key to Continuous Development

China's economy is on the whole in good shape, but unstable factors, imbalances and lack of sustainability also affect the country's economic development, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday at the summer meeting of the World Economic Forum in Dalian City, northeast China.

Hu: Building a Sustainable Future

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the business summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, expounding China's views on building a sustainable future.

Abe Gov't Hit by New Funding Scandal

Japan's new environment minister admitted yesterday to mistakes in past political fund reports, dealing yet another blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been plagued by a slew of scandals in his Cabinet.

Three Terrorist Suspects Arrested in Germany

German security forces arrested three terrorist suspects, accusing them of plotting to bomb Frankfurt airport and a US military base, German media reported on Wednesday.

US Defense Official Confirms B-52 Bomber Mistake

US Defense Department official confirmed Wednesday that a B-52 bomber had been mistakenly loaded with nuclear weapons and flown over American sky.

Hu Warns Against Taiwan Secession

President Hu Jintao reiterated firm opposition to Taiwan "independence", saying secessionist activities in any form will not be allowed.

China Denies Stopping Aid to Zimbabwe

The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe on Tuesday dismissed as false media reports claiming that China has withdrawn all assistance except humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe.

Vice FM Expounds Position on Environmental Protection

China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on Wednesday said China supports efforts to improve global environmental protection to achieve sustainable development.

China-Australia Parliamentary Ties Hailed

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao Wednesday said that exchanges between Chinese and Australian legislatures have contributed to the comprehensive cooperation between both countries.

Sino-Russian Anti-terror Exercise Kicks off

The Sino-Russian joint anti-terror exercise "Cooperation-2007" kicked off in Moscow on Tuesday.

'Chemical Ali' Death Sentence Upheld

An Iraqi appeals court yesterday upheld the death sentence against Saddam Hussein's cousin, widely known as "Chemical Ali", for masterminding a genocidal campaign against Iraq's Kurds in the 1980s.

Mexico to Relaunch Diplomatic Ties with Cuba, Venezuela

Mexico's relations with Venezuela and Cuba are regaining pace and the three countries plan to exchange ambassadors soon, Mexico's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Vice President Meets Japanese Guests

Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong met in Beijing Tuesday with a visiting Japanese young leader delegation headed by Anami Koreshige, an ambassador from the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Powerful Felix Hits Central American Coast

Hurricane Felix slammed into Nicaragua's Miskito Coast as a record-setting Category 5 monster storm yesterday, whipping metal rooftops through the air like razors and forcing thousands to flee.

US Calls for Talks with Iran After Rafsanjani's Election

The United States yesterday called for talks with Iran after former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was elected as new chief of Iran's powerful Assembly of Experts.

US: N Korea Remains on Terror List

Top US negotiator Christopher Hill said yesterday that North Korea must do more to dismantle its nuclear weapons program before it can be removed from Washington's list of states that sponsor terrorism.

ROK Hostages' Captor Killed, Says Gov't

Afghan security forces killed a Taliban commander they alleged yesterday to be behind the July kidnappings of 23 South Korean church workers. The Taliban denied the claim.

Iraqi Gov't Fails Most Goals Set by US Congress

The Iraqi government has only reached 7 of its 18 political and security goals US Congress set in May, said a newly-released report on Tuesday.

Pentagon Hacking Charge Denied

China yesterday described as "groundless" and a product of "Cold War mentality" reports claiming hackers, on the instructions of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), had broken into a Pentagon network.

Hu: Ties Maintain Sound Development Momentum

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao said Tuesday that China-Australia relations have maintained a sound momentum of development in recent years. He made the remarks during a meeting with Australian Governor-General Michael Jeffery.

Twin Blasts Leave 24 Dead, 66 Wounded in Pakistan

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan on Tuesday said that a total of 24 people died and 66 others suffered injuries in the deadly twin blasts in Rawalpindi near the capital.

Five Nations Hold Joint Naval Exercises

India, the United States, Japan, Australia and Singapore held combined "Malabar" naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.

China, Russia to Boost Cultural Cooperation

Senior Chinese and Russian officials Monday vowed to push forward cultural cooperation between the two countries in a bid to consolidate bilateral relations.

EU Anti-dumping Mechanism in Chinese Light Bulbs Disputed

The European Union (EU) should adapt its anti-dumping mechanism to globalization, a top EU trade official said on Monday, citing the recent case against Chinese energy-saving light bulbs.

Macedonia Sticks to One China Policy

Macedonia would unswervingly adhere to one China policy and push the friendly cooperation between the two countries in all fields to a new level, Macedonian leaders said on Monday.

African Press Arrives in China

A seminar to promote Sino-African relations got off to a positive start in Beijing yesterday.

Bush Says Troop Cuts in Iraq Possible

US President George W. Bush, who was on a surprise visit to Iraq's western province of Anbar, said on Monday that US troop cuts in the country is possible, the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV reported.

Abducted Pakistani Security Men to Be Released

A tribal jirga making efforts to secure the release of over 100 security men kidnapped in Pakistan's tribal area said that talks with militants would be successful and the hostages would be released by Tuesday, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported on Monday.

Iraq Talks End Without Breakthrough

Talks between Iraq's Shiite and Sunni Muslim groups concluded in Finland on Monday without a major breakthrough, Finnish media reported.

US to Lift Sanctions on DPRK

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Monday that the United States has agreed to remove the country from a list of states that sponsor terrorism and lift economic sanctions.

UN Chief Kicks off Historic Visit to Sudan

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon arrived in Khartoum on Monday to start an official visit in Sudan which has been termed by the Sudanese government as a "historic."

Politics 'Are to Blame' for WTO Probes

Efforts by the United States and Mexico to push for investigations by the World Trade Organization (WTO) into China's alleged subsidizing of industrial exports are motivated by domestic political goals, the Ministry of Commerce said Monday.

Hu Begins State Visit to Australia

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Perth on Monday for a state visit to Australia, where he will also attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Sydney on September 8-9.

British Troops Pulling out of Basra Palace in Iraq

British troops are pulling out of a base in the southern Iraq, the Sky News reported on Sunday.

Iran Threatens to Reconsider IAEA Cooperation over Possible New UN Resolution

Iran said on Sunday that it will reconsider its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if the UN Security Council issues a new resolution against the country, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Bangladeshi Former PM Sent to Jail

Bangladeshi former prime minister Khaleda Zia was sent to jail on Monday after a court in the capital refused her bail petition.

Abbas Announces Amended Electoral Law

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday announced the new edition of the Palestinian electoral law, which was given adjustments favorable to Abbas' Fatah against the rival Hamas in the future elections.

State Councilor Meets Japanese Guests

Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan on Sunday met former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu and Chairman of the General Council of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai.

Musharraf-Bhutto Talks Stalled But Not Over

Power-sharing talks between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto have stalled but political compulsions are likely to push both back to the table, analysts said.

Japan's Farm Minister Resigns

Japan's new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Takehiko Endo resigned on Monday, one week after taking office, over a scandal involving a farmers' group that he heads.

Lebanese Army Seizes Refugee Camp

Lebanese troops took control yesterday of a Palestinian refugee camp where they had been battling militants for more than three months, killing at least 31 fighters who tried to flee, security sources said.

Militants Abduct Scores of Pakistani Troops

Militants claiming to have abducted scores of Pakistani troops near the Afghan border demanded yesterday that the army withdraw from the area, as talks aimed at securing the soldiers' release continued, a militant spokesman and officials said.

N Korea, US Reach Deal in Geneva

North Korea has agreed to declare and disable all its nuclear facilities by the end of this year, the chief US negotiator said yesterday.

China-Australia Ties Bring Tangible Benefits

China and Australia established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. Since then, remarkable achievements have been made in various fields due to the joint efforts of our two governments and peoples, which have brought tangible benefits.

Hu Visits Australia for APEC Talks

President Hu Jintao was expected to begin a state visit to Australia today. He is set to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and wrap up energy and mineral resources deals.

Expo to Show Urban Best Practices

Cities from across the globe are vying to bring a slice of their local life to the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Omani Parliament Leader to Visit China

Yahya Bin Mahfoodh Bin Salim Al-Manthri, president of State Council of the Sultanate of Oman, will head a delegation to visit China from Sept. 4 to 10 at the invitation of Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), according to the sources from the NPC on Friday.

Car Bomb Kills Four Policemen in Russia

At least four policemen have been killed when a car bomb exploded in a southern Russian city on Friday, Russian news agencies reported.

Industrial Nations Shy away from 2020 Goals

Industrial nations were shying away from fixing stiff 2020 guidelines for greenhouse gases cuts at UN talks on Friday in what environmentalists said would be a vote for "dangerous" climate change.

Bush: China Growth Offers Good Opportunity

US President Bush said Thursday China's rapid economic growth has provided a "good opportunity" for the United States as well as other countries.

DPRK Not to Be Removed from Terrorism List Yet

US top negotiator to the six-party talks Christopher Hill Friday said that Washington currently has no intention of removing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from a list of countries accused of "sponsoring terrorism".

13 Wounded in Fatah-Hamas Clashes in Gaza

Twelve Palestinians and a French photographer wounded Friday in clashes between supporters of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement and Hamas executive force in Gaza, witnesses and medics said.

Fed Ready to Act If Turmoil Hits Economy

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke vowed Friday that the central bank is prepared to take more actions to keep the credit crisis from hurting the economy.

FM Vows to Protect Citizens Overseas

Government departments vowed on Friday to improve their protection of the growing numbers of Chinese citizens living and working overseas.

Hundreds Mark Death Anniversary of Diana

Royals and celebrities joined Princes William and Harry to honor their mother Princess Diana on Friday, the 10th anniversary of her death in a high-speed limousine crash in Paris.

Suicide Bombing Strikes Military Airport in Kabul

A suicide car bombing killed one civilian and slightly injured some soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at a gate of the ISAF airport in Kabul on Friday morning, officials said.

'Taiwan Independence' Attempt Condemned

China, in a UN letter made public Wednesday night, strongly condemned an attempt by "very few" countries to request the UN General Assembly to consider the so-called question of "Taiwan's application for United Nations membership."

Iraq's Shiite, Sunni to Meet in Finland

High-ranking representatives of Iraq's majority Shiite and minority Sunni Muslim groups would meet in Finland within a couple of days under the auspices of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) headed by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, the CMI told the Finnish News Agency on Thursday.

Serb, Kosovo Albanian Delegations Will Hold Direct Talks

Wolfgang Ischinger, envoy of European Union (EU) for the Kosovo issues, said on Thursday in Vienna that the Serb and Kosovo Albanian delegations would hold direct talks on the future status of Kosovo.

China to Help Cameroon Improve Water Supply in Douala

China on Thursday accorded a preferential loan of 11 billion CFA francs (US$22.9 million) to Cameroon to fund the provision of clean drinking water in Douala, the country's economic capital.

Chinese, Fijian FMs Discuss Ties

Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi held talks with his Fijian counterpart Epeli Nailatikau on Thursday, agreeing to enrich cooperative partnership.

Senior CPC Official Meets Thai Democrat Party Leader

A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) pledged on Thursday to further exchanges with the Democrat Party of Thailand.

Large Number of Security Men Missing in Pakistan

A large number of paramilitary soldiers went missing in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area on Thursday, local TV channels reported.

'Little Progress' Seen on Iraq Goals

The Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush's Iraq War strategy, congressional auditors have determined.

UN Envoy: Revived Mideast Talks Possible

The UN's top Middle East envoy said there are "signs of hope" that Israel and the Palestinians can agree to revive the stalled peace process in time for a related US-sponsored international conference in November.

Most Fires Now Under Control in Greece

Firefighters were battling one remaining major blaze in southern Greece yesterday, after managing to bring under control hundreds of others that for one week ravaged large parts of the country and killed at least 64 people.

Hazardous Substance Found in UN Building

UN inspectors found in a UN building in New York vials that may contain a potentially deadly chemical original removed from an Iraqi facility by UN a decade ago, an official announced Thursday.

FM, Commerce Minister to Attend APEC Meeting

Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi and Commerce Minister Bo Xilai will jointly lead a delegation to attend the 19th ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), announced Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao Thursday in Beijing.

Last South Korean Hostages Freed

Taliban militants released the final seven of 21 South Korean hostages in central Afghanistan yesterday, bringing to an end a six-week drama that left two captives executed.

Chinese, Japanese DMs Agree to Strengthen Exchange

Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan and his Japanese counterpart Masahiko Komura Thursday in their talks agreed to strengthen exchanges, according to diplomatic officials.

Guangdong, Sao Paulo Sign Friendship Agreement

Southern China's Guangdong province and the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo have signed a friendship agreement to enhance understanding and exchanges, China's embassy in Brazil said Wednesday.

Japanese Court Dismisses Chinese Forced Labor Lawsuit

A Japanese district court Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Chinese forced workers and bereaved families, who demanded a total of 460 million yen (about US$4 million) in compensation from the Japanese government and related companies for suffering endured during the Second World War.

Top Legislator Meets Cambodian Parliament Leader

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), Wednesday met with Heng Samrin, president of the Cambodian National Assembly in Beijing.

Exhibition on Chinese Relics Opens in Mozambique

A permanent exhibition of Chinese porcelain dated back to the Ming Dynasty in the 16th century has been opened on the Mozambique Island in the northern province of Nampula, the official media AIM reported on Wednesday.

Hu, Howard Discuss Ties, Climate Change over Phone

Chinese President Hu Jintao talked with Australian Prime Minister John Howard on the phone on Wednesday over strengthening bilateral ties and fighting climate change.

Kosovo Dismisses Notion of Partition

Kosovo leaders on Wednesday dismissed the notion of Kosovo partition and vowed to keep the province intact, news reports reaching Tirana from Pristina said.

Abu Ghraib Officer Not Guilty of Abuse

The Abu Ghraib prison case has effectively ended, and responsibility for the detainee pictures that drew world outrage ended up rising no higher on the chain of command than staff sergeant.

Bush to Request US$50 Billion More for War

US President George W. Bush is preparing to ask Congress for as much as US$50 billion in additional funding for the war in Iraq, The Washington Post reported yesterday, citing a White House official.

US Troops Could Leave Iraq in One Year

Most US troops can be withdrawn safely from Iraq in roughly one year and the Bush administration should begin planning the pullout immediately, according to a study released yesterday.

France, Libya in Secret Defense Pact

France and Libya have entered into a secret agreement on defense cooperation covering the sale of military hardware and provision of training for Libyan Special Forces, French weekly satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine reported Wednesday.

Turkish President Approves New Cabinet

Turkish Prime Minister-designate Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey's newly-elected President Abdullah Gul had approved his new cabinet.

Noriega Escapes Justice in Panama

A US judge's decision to extradite Manuel Noriega to France has denied Panama the chance to hand justice to the former strongman for killing opponents, including one who was beheaded, during his rule in the 1980s.

Visit Aims to Build Trust in Security

Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan kicked off his five-day official goodwill visit to Japan yesterday, the first visit by a Chinese defense minister to the country in more than nine years, a move seen by many commentators as a sign of thawing relations.

Taliban Free 12 South Korean Hostages

A total of 12 South Korean hostages were released by Taliban militants in Afghanistan on Wednesday following six weeks in captivity. The remaining seven hostages are expected to be freed in the next few days.

Taliban to Release Another 7 S Korean Hostages

The Taliban would release another seven South Korean hostages soon today, saida Taliban delegate Mullah Bashir.

US Forces Release Seven Detained Iranians in Baghdad

The US forces on Wednesday released seven members of an Iranian delegation detained on Tuesday night at a hotel in Baghdad, an Iranian diplomat said.

Malaysia to Host World Shippers' Conference

Malaysia will host the World Shippers' Conference (WSC) next month to discuss challenges and solutions on global logistics and goods transportation.

Norway Regrets Ethiopia's Request to Reduce Number of Diplomats

Norway expressed "surprised and regret" over Ethiopian authorities' decision to request Norway to withdraw six diplomats by 15 September, said reports reaching Stockholm from Oslo on Tuesday.

UNHCR: Humanitarian Situation Worsening in Iraq

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday that the humanitarian situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate with the number of displaced Iraqis, both inside and outside the country, still rising.

UN Chief to Visit Darfur with 3-part Strategy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday that he is to visit Darfur next week with a three-part strategy for that region.

Taliban Sets Free Three Female Hostages

Taliban militants set free three female Korean hostages today, and a few more hostages would be set free later, said its spokesman Qari Yusuuf Ahmadi.

Musharraf May Quit Army for Re-election

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf may quit as army chief in return for support from political parties to re-elect him for another term, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Olmert, Abbas Talk Statehood

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks on Palestinian statehood yesterday but discussed core issues only in broad terms, a senior Palestinian official said.

Lively Views Exchanged on Relations

Frank and heated exchanges on Sino-Japanese relations and the future of Asia marked discussions between Chinese university students and Japanese guests at the third Beijing-Tokyo Forum yesterday.

Tokyo and Pyongyang to Meet in Mongolia

Japan and North Korea will hold talks on establishing diplomatic relations next week in Ulan Bator, Japanese Foreign Ministry officials said yesterday.

Sino-ROK Ties, Northeast Asia Peace Discussed

Some 50 leaders from China and the People's Republic of Korea (ROK) met in Beijing Tuesday for discussions on bilateral ties and peace and security in northeast Asia.

FM: China Will as Always Support UN General Assembly's Work

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Tuesday said that China will, as always, support the work of the General Assembly of the United Nations and its president.

China Tells US to Grasp Common Interests in Bilateral Ties

China and the United States should view bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and focus on common interests to ensure the development of constructive and cooperative ties, said China's top legislator Wu Bangguo on Tuesday.

52 Killed in Iraq's Shiite Holy City

About 52 were killed and more than 206 others injured so far during fierce clashes between gunmen and police in Iraq's Shiite holy city of Karbala, which initially erupted on Monday night, a local police source said on Tuesday evening.

Ahmadinejad Says His Country Is 'Nuclear Iran'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated yesterday that Teheran has achieved full proficiency in the nuclear fuel cycle and warned the West that dialogue and friendship - not threats - were the right way to deal with Iran.

US Opposition to Taiwan's Referendum Scheme Appreciated

China appreciates the United States' opposition to the referendum scheme by Taiwan authorities to seek UN membership, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao Tuesday.

FM Gul Elected Turkish President

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul was elected the country's president yesterday, the first former Islamist to take the post in the secular but predominantly Muslim country's modern history.

Tibet Article Makes Key Point

An article that stated "it is wrong to consider Lamaism a pacifying religion" has drawn a lot of attention since it appeared on the website of the China Tibet Information Center.

Quadruple Chinese Proposal at APEC Summit

China hopes to see progress on such topics as climate change and clean development, integration of regional economy, multilateral trade and APEC reform at the impending APEC summit, said a senior official with the Chinese Foreign Ministry Tuesday.

Taliban Agrees to Free S. Korean Hostages

The Taliban have agreed to free 19 South Korean hostages kidnapped in Afghanistan following a negotiation with South Korean officials, said South Korean Presidential Office Spokesman Cheon Ho-seon on Tuesday.

Germany Through Curtains, Photos

The people of Nanjing will be the first in China to experience modern and innovative Germany through concerts, exhibitions, movies and fairs.

7 Charged with Arson over Blazes Sweeping Greece

Greece has charged seven people with arson over blazes that have claimed more than 60 lives and threatened some of Europe's most historic sites, media reported Tuesday.

Premier Wen to Attend 2007 'Summer Davos'

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the opening ceremony of the Inaugural Annual Meeting of the New Champions -- from Davos to Dalian, known as the "Summer Davos", that will be held in northeast China's Dalian city from September 6 to 8.

China,Vietnam DMs Agree to Promote Ties

Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan and his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh held talks Monday in Beijing, agreeing to promote bilateral military ties.

Chinese Selected to Lead UN Peacekeeping Force in W Sahara

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed Major-General Zhao Jingmin as the new Force Commander for the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Wen: UN's Role Should Be Strengthened

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday the United Nations' function should be enhanced when he met with New President of UN General Assembly Srgjan Kerim.

Top Legislator Meets IPU President, US Congressmen

Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo met respectively with Pier Ferdinando Casini, president of the Council of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee who heads an eight-member congressmen delegation from the United States.

Suicide Bomber Kills 9 in Fallujah

A suicide bomber blew himself up among worshippers at a mosque in the city of Fallujah in west of Baghdad on Monday night, killing at least nine people and wounding 11 others, local police said.

Musharraf's Envoys Meet Bhutto

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has sent representatives to London to negotiate with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on a power-sharing pact, an official and newspapers said yesterday.

US, N Korea to Meet in Geneva

The United States and North Korea will hold talks on normalizing their relations on September 1-2 in Geneva, the US State Department said yesterday.

S Korea, Taliban to Resume Direct Talks Today

South Korean officials and the Taliban would resume face-to-face talks on 19 South Korean hostages at 10:00 AM (05:30 GMT) on Today in Ghazni province of central Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said yesterday.

Russia: Bombers Not Flying with Nuclear Weapons

Russian bombers which this month resumed their Soviet-era practice of flying long-range patrols near NATO airspace are not carrying nuclear weapons, a senior air force commander said on Monday.

US Attorney General Gonzales Steps Down

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned yesterday, ending a controversial tenure as chief US law enforcement officer that blemished the administration of President George W. Bush.

'No First Use' of Nuclear Weapons Reiterated

A senior officer of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) told the visiting chairman of the Armed Services Committee of the US House of Representatives Ike Skelton on Monday that China's policy of "No first use of nuclear weapons at any time under any circumstances" is firm and consistent, and will never be changed.

Consensus Reached on Energy, Green Tech

Energy and the environment were among the key issues discussed between China and Germany as the two countries' leaders reaffirmed their commitment to push forward their strategic partnership.

State Councilor Chen to Visit Russia

At the invitation of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov, Chinese State councilor Chen Zhili will visit Russia from Sept. 1 to 8, Chinese Foreign Ministry announced in Beijing on Monday.

Israeli Official Warns of Hamas Plan of Mega-terror Attack

An Israeli security official on Sunday warned the cabinet that Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is planning to carry out a mega-terror attack against Israel.

Premier Wen Declares Opposition to Hacker Activity

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that China firmly opposed hackers and promised full cooperation with Germany on the prevention and tracking of any hacker activity.

Indonesia to Discuss Food Standards with China

Indonesia is expected to send a team representing a number of institutions to China early next month to discuss safety standards for food and other products, an Indonesian diplomat has said.

Abe Names New Executives of LDP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday appointed Foreign Minister Taro Aso and two other lawmakers as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's new key executives, after the LDP's crushing defeat in July's upper house election.

Maliki Lashes out at Hillary

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki lashed out yesterday at US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton who had called for him to be replaced and criticized the US military for killing civilians.

Abbas, Olmert Meet to Push Forward Peace Efforts

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Tuesday in Jerusalem to push forward peace efforts, official sources from both sides said late Sunday.

Presidents of Uganda, DRC Agree to Meet

The presidents of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have agreed to hold a face-to-face summit in two weeks to discuss the tension at their common border, according to foreign ministry sources.

Iran: Nuclear Program Has Not Slowed Down

Iran said yesterday its nuclear activities have not halted or slowed down, rejecting reports that it has not significantly expanded its uranium enrichment program this summer as planned.

Chinese Top Advisor Meets Former Japanese PM

Chinese top advisor Jia Qinglin Sunday met with former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, proposing that the two countries should seize key opportunities to step up the development of bilateral relations.

CPC Delegation to Visit Five Countries

A delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) left Urumqi, capital of northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday night for a visit to five countries in Asia and Europe, including Tajikistan, Georgia, Macedonia, Albania and Turkmenistan.

China, Vietnam Vow to Promote Military Ties

Liang Guanglie, chief of general staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday met with Phung Quang Thanh, the Defense Minister of Vietnam. The two military leaders promised to further promote bilateral military ties.

Laotian Prime Minister Visits Central China

Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh paid a visit on Sunday to central China's Hunan Province.

FM Spokeswoman on Abe's Meeting with Descendant of Indian Judge for WWII Trials

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Saturday responded to a question on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent meeting with the descendant of Indian judge Radhabinod Pal.

ASEAN to Wrap up Trade Talks by 2013

Southeast Asian countries hope to conclude free-trade talks with six major trading partners, including China, Japan and Australia, by 2013 but would avoid any new negotiations amid the frenzy of the work ahead, a top official said yesterday.

Wildfires Claim 52 in Greece

Wind-whipped flames consumed villages and parched forests yesterday, bearing down on the site of the ancient Olympics as massive forest fires that have killed 52 people raged across Greece, where the government declared a state of emergency.

Hu to Visit Australia, Attend APEC Meeting

Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay a 7-day state visit to Australia starting from September 3 and attend the 15th economic leaders' informal meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation there, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing on Monday.

More Bombs Found After Blasts Kill 43

Police found 19 unexploded bombs in a southern Indian city Sunday after at least 43 people were killed Saturday in blasts blamed on Islamic militants based in other countries.

Merkel Has Climate Change on Agenda

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Beijing late last night on her second official visit to China, which is partly aimed at emphasizing her commitment to fighting climate change on a global scale.

Exiled Former Pakistani PM Allowed to Return

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said in Islamabad on Thursday that the exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could return home.

US Intelligence Report on Iraq Released

A new intelligence report released on Thursday showed that the Bush administration's "surge" strategy has made progress in Iraq but the US military still faces "very tough challenges ahead," the White House said.

Immigration Releases 28 Chinese in Philippines

Immigration officials in the Philippines released 28 Chinese workers on Tuesday, but are still detaining 63 for not having permits to work in the country, the Chinese embassy in Manila said Wednesday.

China, Laos Pledge Continued Cooperation

Thursday, China and Laos signed six cooperation deals in various fields as a supplement to their longstanding friendship. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh witnessed the signing ceremony following their meeting.

Golden Sea-Land Route Ties Four Asian Nations

A sea-land transport channel joint developed by China, Russia, South Korea and Japan will open this year. This golden route is the sole Japan Sea-rim transport lane worldwide. It is expected to boost regional economic development throughout Northeast Asia, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Wednesday.

14 US Soldiers Die in Iraq Copter Crash

Fourteen US soldiers were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in northern Iraq, the US military said.

President: Iran Not to Give Up Its Nuclear Right

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, that his country will not give up its right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful uses, according to reports reaching Moscow.

Bangladeshi Gov't Declares Curfew

The Bangladeshi government declared curfew in the headquarters of six divisions including capital Dhaka Wednesday as the violence escalated in the country.

Hu, Roh Hail S Korea Exchange Event

President Hu Jintao and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun sent congratulatory messages on the inauguration of a cultural exchange program in Beijing yesterday.

Dean Leaves Trail of Destruction in Mexico

Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico's Caribbean coast yesterday, flooding streets, blowing the roofs off houses and battering resorts where tens of thousands of tourists and residents huddled in shelters.

Iran, IAEA Agree on Working Plan to Clarify Nuclear Issue

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday agreed on a working plan to clarify outstanding ambiguities over Tehran's nuclear program, a top IAEA official said.

Shuttle Endeavour Lands Safely at Kennedy Space Center

Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Tuesday after completing a shortened, 13-day construction mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

US, Canadian, Mexican Leaders Wrap Up Summit

Leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico on Tuesday hurriedly wrapped up a two-day summit in Montebello, Quebec of Canada, which was dogged by protesters and overshadowed by Hurricane Dean from its very beginning, reports reaching Washington said.

IAEA, Iran Begin Third Round of Nuclear Talks

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delegation and Iranian negotiators on Monday began their third round of talks over Iran's nuclear program, the official news agency IRNA reported.

Syria Ready to Aid to Rebuild Iraq

"Syria will stand by the Iraqi people and back every effort that eases their suffering and helps them overcome their ordeal," Syrian Prime Minister Ottri said during talks with his visiting Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki.

N. American Leaders Begin Summit amid Protests

The leaders of Canada, the US and Mexico arrived on Monday in Montebello, Canada, to begin a two-day summit to boost trilateral trade and security cooperation.

Dean Triggers Red Alert in E Mexico

The Mexican authorities on Monday declared a red alert, the nation's highest danger rating, in the eastern Mexico state of Quintana Roo, on Mexico's Caribbean coast, due to Hurricane Dean which is set to make landfall within hours.

French FM Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday, French foreign ministry said in a statement.

Thailand: Initial Results Show Referendum OKs New Constitution Draft

Initial results in Thailand's first-ever national referendum on Sunday showed the new constitution draft has been approved, the country's Election Commission announced shortly before midnight.

German Hostage Rescued in Kabul

A German woman kidnapped two days ago in Kabul was rescued in a police operation early Monday, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zamarai Bashari said.

Russia Resumes Deploying Strategic Planes

Russia was resuming flights of its long-range strategic aviation on a permanent basis from Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

Hu in Astana for State Visit

President Hu Jintao arrived in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Friday for a state visit aimed at enhancing pragmatic cooperation with the Central Asian state.

US Could Cut Troop Levels in Iraq Next April

The US will start cutting troop levels in Iraq next April, if the security situation there continues to improve, a senior US general in Iraq said on Friday.

SCO Anti-terror Drill Wraps Up

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries wound up their largest-ever joint anti-terror military drill on Friday in the presence of their heads of state.

Peru Quake Death Toll Rises to 450

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude which hit Peru's southern coast Wednesday evening has killed at least 450 people and injured 1,500 others.

SCO Nations Eye Closer Partnership

The six member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) yesterday pledged long-term friendship and cooperation while reiterating the commitment to a nuclear-weapon-free Central Asia at their seventh summit in the Kyrgyz capital.

Hu, Putin Meet in Bishkek

Chinese President Hu Jintao called Thursday for constant communication between China and Russia on bilateral ties and major regional and global issues.

Hu: China Supports SCO to Cooperate with Non-members

China supports the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to hold dialogue and carry out exchanges and cooperation with other countries and international organizations, Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Thursday.

Envoys Arrive for Six-Party Talks

Senior officials from China, the DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan arrived in Shenyang on Wednesday for a working group meeting on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

US Mulls Blacklisting Iran's Revolutionary Guard

The United States is moving toward blacklisting Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a "terrorist" organization, subjecting at least part of the entity to financial sanctions in a new move against the Islamic republic, a US official said on Tuesday.

Hu, Iranian President Discuss Nuclear Issue

President Hu Jintao discussed the Iranian nuclear issue and bilateral ties with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday before the start of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit today.

4 Suicide Bombings Kill 200 in Iraq

Rescuers dug through the muddy wreckage of collapsed clay houses in northwest Iraq on Wednesday, uncovering victims of four suicide bombings that Iraqi officials said killed at least 200 people in one of the worst attacks of the war.

Talks on S Korean Hostages to Be Resumed Thursday

Face-to-face negotiations between the Taliban and South Korean officials on South Korean hostages will be resumed on Thursday morning in central Afghanistan, a purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told Xinhua from an undisclosed place on Wednesday.

Chinese, Japanese Scholars Donate Rare Books to National Library

Scholars from China and Japan have jointly donated two ancient books to National Library of China (NLC).

IAEA: Quake Damage on Japan's Nuclear Plant 'Limited'

The damage on a nuclear power plant in northwest Japan caused by a strong earthquake appears to be "limited", said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a Tuesday report.

Uganda Calls for Urgent Summit with DRC to Diffuse Border Tension

Uganda has called for an urgent summit with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to diffuse the rising border tension that has so far left five people dead and several injured, a senior official said on Tuesday.

US 'Encouraged' by Pollution Control Moves

The Chinese government is taking a series of aggressive measures to reduce air pollution in the run-up to the Olympic Games, a senior US environmental adviser said yesterday, and pledged to work together with the country on a long-term plan to tackle global warming.

Farm Sealed off, Disease Suspected

Britain set up controls round a farm in southeast England yesterday because of a suspected case of foot and mouth disease, raising fears that an existing outbreak of the livestock disease may not have been contained.

Hostage Crisis: No New Talks Planned

Taliban leaders and South Korean officials were continuing negotiations by telephone over the fate of the remaining 19 hostages yesterday, but no new face-to-face talks had been planned, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Israeli Troops Raid Hamas in Gaza

Israeli army troops arrested scores of Palestinians during an incursion into southern Gaza city of Kahn Younis Tuesday afternoon, hours after the killing of four people in the offensive.

Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Thaksin

Thailand's Supreme Court issued arrest warrants for exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife on corruption charges yesterday.

Seoul Seeks Joint Economic Community

The President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Roh Moo-hyun, said yesterday his country will seek a joint economic community with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as officials from the two sides prepare for the second-ever summit between leaders on the divided peninsula.

China, Kyrgyzstan to Increase Cooperation

Tuesday in Bishkek, China and Kyrgyzstan signed a comprehensive joint statement on bilateral relations, anti-terrorism, military cooperation, trade promotion, and other major international issues of common concern.

Hu Arrives in Bishkek for Visit, SCO Summit

President Hu Jintao arrived in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Tuesday for a state visit and a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

Hill Optimistic About Upcoming Denuclearization Meeting

The top US negotiator to the six-party talks on Tuesday expressed his optimism about the coming denuclearization working group meeting, saying he believed that the meeting would make positive strides forward.

DM Could Visit Japan to Boost Defense Relations

Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan "will pay a five-day visit to Japan" from August 29, Japan's Kyodo News quoted unnamed diplomatic sources as saying at the weekend.

Russian on Trial for 49 Murders

A Moscow court yesterday began trying a supermarket porter who prosecutors say murdered 49 people over a 14-year period, which would make him Russia's worst serial killer in a decade.

N-issue Discussed with Pyongyang

Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and his DPRK counterpart Kim Kye-gwan yesterday discussed the current situation of the Korean Peninsula denuclearization process, as well as the second working group meeting of the six parties.

Taliban Releases Two S. Korean Hostages

Taliban militants freed two female South Korean hostages in central Afghanistan on Monday afternoon, the first significant development in an enduring hostage crisis, officials said.

US, DPRK Nuclear Envoys to Meet in Beijing

Top nuclear negotiators from the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will meet in Beijing and participate in a working group meeting in northeastern China later this week, according to diplomatic sources.

China, Japan to Co-host 4th China International SMEs Fair

China and Japan will co-host the fourth China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) and Japan will participate as the honor host, organizer has said.

20 Dead in Express Bus Accident in Malaysia

A total of 20 passengers died when a express bus they were in skidded and overturned at the expressway near Bukit Gantang, Malaysian northern state of Perak on Monday morning.

Troika Open New Talks on Kosovo

The international troika of US, EU and Russian mediators said on Saturday that they had opened new talks on the future status of the Serbian breakaway Kosovo province to seek consensus between Serbia and ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo.

AU Urges UN to Finance Hybrid Operation in Darfur

Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission Alpha Oumar Konare on Sunday urged the United Nations to finance a joint peacekeeping operation of the AU and UN in the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

Taliban Says Not Releasing Korean Kostages

Afghanistan's Taliban has decided not to free any of 21 South Korean hostages despite earlier saying two women could go, the Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday citing an insurgents' spokesman.

SCO Anti-Terror Drill Holds Decision-Making Practice

The ongoing "Peace Mission 2007" anti-terror drill, sponsored by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held a decision-making exercise in its 2nd phase in a military base near the Russian Ural Mountains city on Sunday.

Al Qaida Plans Attack on 3 US Cities

Terrorist group al Qaida was planning radioactive truck attacks on Los Angeles, New York and Miami, US authorities confirmed a report on Sunday.

Bush, Sarkozy Work on Cozier Relations

US President George W. Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday stressed friendship over disagreement at a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs at the Bush family estate aimed at improving relations strained by the Iraq War.

Musharraf Hails Joint Peace Jirga a Good Start

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said Sunday that the holding of the Pak-Afghan Joint Peace Jirga in the Afghan capital of Kabul was "a good beginning" and it would help ensure peace and security in Afghanistan and the bordering areas of Pakistan.

China Donates Relief Goods to Bangladesh

The Chinese Defense Ministry donated some relief goods, including 1.2 tons of tablets and 15 machines for water purification to Bangladeshi Defense Ministry to help flood affected areas in the country.

Chinese, S Korean FMs Discuss Peninsula Situation

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his South Korean counterpart Song Min-soon held phone talks late Thursday on the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula.

Int'l Security Conference to Help Restore Iraqi Stability

An international meeting on security cooperation and coordination among Iraq's neighbors wrapped up in Damascus on Thursday, agreeing to help restoring law and order in the war-torn country.

Lebanese Army Pounds Northern Refugee Camp

The Lebanese army on Thursday used gunships to pound terrorist bunkers in a Palestinian refugee camp and troops advanced across the rubble to uproot Fatah al-Islam militants, the official National News Agency (NNA) reported.

All S Korean Aid Groups to Leave Afghanistan

All South Korean aid organizations were ordered to pull out of Afghanistan within one month, local media quoted a diplomatic envoy as saying on Thursday.

Musharraf Rules out Emergency

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf rejected calls to declare emergency powers and wants elections to take place in Pakistan, a spokesman said after widespread reports that the beleaguered leader would opt for authoritarian rule.

Russian Strategic Bombers Resume 'Cold War Sorties'

Russia's strategic bombers have resumed their Cold War practice of flying long-haul missions to areas patrolled by NATO and the United States, top generals said yesterday.

Japan's DM 'Says No to Shrine Visit'

Japanese Defense Minister Yuriko Koike "will not visit" the Yasukuni Shrine on August 15, the day Japan surrendered in World War II 62 years ago, Japanese press reports quoted her as saying yesterday.

Hu's Tour to Help Enhance China's Friendly Ties with Central Asian Nations

Chinese President Hu Jintao's three-nation tour next week will help to usher friendly ties between China and central Asian nations into a new age, a Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday.

Chinese Stem Cells to Help ROK Leukaemia Patients

Hemopoiesis stem cells donated by two Chinese at Beijing Daopei Hospital were flown on Thursday to the Republic of Korea (ROK) in order to relieve two leukaemia patients.

Rice Appreciates Japan's Support for US Military Operations

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had talks in Washington on Thursday with Japanese Defense Minister Yuriko Koike and thanked Japan for continued logistical support for American military operations in Afghanistan.

Pakistan May Declare State of Emergency

The government of embattled Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Thursday it may impose a state of emergency because of "external and internal threats" and deteriorating law and order in the volatile northwest near the Afghan border.

Belarus Clears Gas Debt to Russia

Belarus has paid off its debt for gas to Russian gas giant Gazprom, Russian news agencies reported Wednesday.

US, Iraqi Troops Kill 30 Insurgents

US and Iraqi troops backed by aircraft killed Wednesday 30 insurgents and detained 12 suspects during a raid on militants in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, the US military said.

SCO Anti-terror Drill Gets Underway

The chiefs of staff of armed forces of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries ordered commanders of various troops to launch a long-prepared anti-terror drill "Peace Mission 2007" at noontime in Urumqi on Thursday, following strategic consultations.

Wen Congratulates Timor-Leste's New PM

Premier Wen Jiabao sent a congratulatory message on Thursday to Xanana Gusmao on his election as the prime minister of Timor-Leste.

Sino-US Ties in Food, Drug Supervision Stressed

China and the United States will strengthen cooperation in the supervision on food and drug, said China's food and drug watchdog on Wednesday.

Top Legislator Meets IOC President

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), met the visiting International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge who was invited to attend celebrating activities of the one-year count-down to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on Wednesday.

Nigerian Militants Free 8 Foreign Hostages

Militants freed eight foreign hostages, six Russians, one British and one Bulgarian in Nigeria's southeastern oil-rich Niger River Delta, local police said on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Nigeria's southeastern Rivers State.

Russia Denies Violating Georgia's Airspace

Russian planes have not violated Georgia's airspace, Russian ambassador Yuri Popov said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Georgia is seeking a special meeting of the UN Security Council to address its missile dispute with Russia.

M7 Earthquake Hits West Java

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 rocked western part of Java Island of Indonesia early Thursday, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said in Jakarta.

Iran to Help in Iraq's Reconstruction

Iran said Wednesday that it was ready to contribute to Iraq's reconstruction and promotion of its security, as Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was making his second visit to Tehran in less than one year.

US Importers Asked to Share Toy Recall Burden

China said on Wednesday that United States importers and brand owners should take responsibility for recalled toys after it emerged that the US product quality watchdog logged 29 recall cases involving toys made in China in 2006.

Turkey, Iraq to Cooperate on Energy

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said on Tuesday that his country will carryout joint works with Iraq on the transfer of Iraqi natural gas to Europe via Turkey.

UK Asks US to Release Five Men from Guantanamo

The British government on Tuesday asked the United States to release five British residents being held in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Over 20 Taliban Insurgents Killed in S Afghanistan

Over 20 Taliban militants were killed by Afghan police and the US-led coalition forces in southern Afghanistan, a coalition statement said Wednesday.

Premier Wen Congratulates ASEAN on 40th Anniversary

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao sent a congratulatory letter to Singapore, the country currently chairing the ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), on Wednesday to celebrate the bloc's 40th anniversary.

UNIFIL Highlights Chinese Peacekeepers' Role in Lebanon

A UN peacekeeping commander Tuesday praised Chinese peacekeeping troops for their role in Lebanon.

China Congratulates on ASEAN's 40th Anniversary

The Chinese government on Tuesday congratulated the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on its 40th anniversary.

Haneya Ready to Quit as PM for National Dialogue

Ismail Haneya, prime minister of sacked Hamas-led Palestinian coalition government, Tuesday expressed his readiness to quit the premier post if such a move could help resume dialogue with President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

Iran Rejects Face-to-Face Talks with US

Iran on Tuesday rejected UN nuclear chief's proposal for direct talks with the United States over Tehran's nuclear issue, the official IRNA news agency reported.

UK Reports Second Outbreak

Britain confirmed a second outbreak of foot and mouth disease in a herd of cattle in southern England yesterday, raising fears the highly damaging animal disease may spread.

Russia Demands Investigation into Alleged Violation of Airspace

Russia has demanded an investigation into the reported violation of Georgian airspace by Russian fighters which Tbilisi accused have dropped a bomb near a settlement in the Caucasus country Monday evening, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Six-Party Envoys Discuss Aid for N Korea

Representatives of the six-party talks Tuesday ended their first-day negotiation of the working-level talks on the economy and energy cooperation at the truce village of Panmunjom.

Senator: Disputes Within Amity Level

China and the US may have disagreements but those are within the context of friendship, visiting US Senator Joseph Lieberman said yesterday.

'Positive Results' Expected from Koreas Summit

China hopes the forthcoming second summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea would lead to positive results, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said on Wednesday.

Hu Heading for SCO Summit

President Hu Jintao will begin a three-nation tour to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia August 14-18, to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit (SCO) and observe the SCO joint anti-terrorism military drill in Russia, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Pact with Pakistan to Protect Chinese

On Monday Pakistan and China signed an agreement protecting Chinese nationals from extremists' attacks in Pakistan. A joint task force of senior Pakistani Interior and Foreign Ministry officials and Chinese diplomats in Pakistan will be set up to ensure greater security for Chinese nationals.

Peace Mission Exercises Get Under Way

Rifles cracked and artillery boomed through the Ural Mountains yesterday as a group of terrorists overran a village, taking hundreds of residents hostage.

Chinese Shipwreck Crew Safely Arrive in Malaysia

On Monday all five people aboard a fishing vessel that was shipwrecked due to a sudden strong tropical storm in the waters of the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea have arrived in Kuala Lumpur safely.

Gusmao Named East Timor's Premier

East Timor's independence hero Xanana Gusmao was named prime minister yesterday, inciting fresh violence a year after clashes between security forces drew the tiny nation to the brink of civil war.

Olmert and Abbas Meet in Jericho

Ehud Olmert yesterday became the first Israeli prime minister to visit a Palestinian town since the outbreak of fighting seven years ago, meeting under heavy guard with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jericho to talk about the creation of a Palestinian state.

By-Election Highlights Christian Disunity

Lebanon's Christians emerged yesterday from a by-election split down the middle after opposition leader Michel Aoun's candidate narrowly beat former President Amin Gemayel, a pillar of the Western-backed government.

Darfur Rebels Reach Common Position

Darfur rebel factions meeting in Tanzania have reached a common negotiating position for final peace talks with the Sudanese government which they want to hold within three months, international mediators said yesterday.

Japan Mourns Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Anniversary

Japan marked the 62nd anniversary of Hiroshima's atomic bombing with a solemn ceremony yesterday as the city's mayor criticized the United States for refusing to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Bush, Karzai Pledge to Continue Anti-Terror War

US President George W. Bush and visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed on Monday to continue their efforts to fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.

DPRK to Get '50,000 Tons of Heavy Oil This Month'

China will send 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the middle of this month under the aid-for-disarmament pact, Yonhap news agency of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has said.

IAEA Starts Inspection over Japan's Quake-hit Nuclear Plant

A team of UN nuclear inspectors began checking and assessing a nuclear power plant in Niigata prefecture, Japan on Monday, which was damaged by a strong earthquake last month.

Abbas, Olmert to Discuss Political Issues in Jericho Summit

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet on Monday to talk on resuming political negotiations, a top Palestinian official said on Sunday.

Hamas Urges Abbas to Stop Crackdown on Islamic Movement

Hamas, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since mid-June, on Sunday called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stop crackdown by his security forces on Hamas activists in the Abbas-held West Bank.

Medicine Delivered to Korean Hostages

Afghan doctors delivered medicines Sunday for 21 South Koreans kidnapped by Taliban rebels in Afghanistan more than two weeks ago.

Ministers' Resignation Rejected

Iraq's prime minister yesterday rejected the resignation of Cabinet ministers from the country's largest Sunni Arab bloc, and asked the six ministers to rejoin his government.

US House Approves US$459.6 Bln for Defense

The US House of Representatives early yesterday approved more money for the Pentagon but not the unpopular Iraq War, which is expected to be the subject of a major legislative clash this fall.

Strain of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in UK Identified

The strain of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) found at a Surrey farm in the United Kingdom (UK) has been identified, the British government said.

Bangladeshi Flood Death Toll Reaches 120

With 36 fresh deaths, current monsoon floods that brought havoc to crops and infrastructure in Bangladesh claimed 120 lives till Sunday morning, officials in the relief ministry said.

Afghan President Begins Visit to US

US President George W. Bush welcomed Afghan President Hamid Karzai who arrived at Camp David, a presidential retreat of the United States on Sunday.

S Korea Denies to Give Ransom to Taliban

The South Korean government has never paid money to Taliban militants for the safe of South Korean hostages, said South Korean Presidential Spokesman Cheon Ho-seon on Friday.

FM: Taiwan Authorities' Attempt to Join UN 'Doomed to Fail'

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao Thursday said the Taiwan authorities' attempt to join the United Nations was "ridiculous" and "doomed to fail."

Top Legislator Congratulates Timor-Leste's New Parliament Speaker

Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo sent a congratulatory message on Thursday to Fernando Lasama de Araujo on his election as Timor-Leste's House speaker for the period of 2007 to 2012.

Top US Economists Rap Protectionist Measures

More than 1,000 top American economists have signed a petition opposing the protectionist policies proposed by the US Congress against China.

--Trade with China Benefits All US Congressional Districts

Terrorism in Spotlight As Forum Ends

Asia-Pacific foreign ministers wrapped up their annual security summit yesterday adopting a cooperation framework to help the fight against terrorism in the region.

Five Nations Pledge to Back Darfur Force

Five African nations pledged yesterday to send peacekeepers to a mission in Sudan's troubled Darfur region that was approved this week by the UN Security Council, a top African Union (AU) official said.

Bulgaria Forgives US$56.6 Mln of Libyan Debt

The Bulgarian government agreed yesterday to forgive US$56.6 million in Soviet-era debt owed by Libya and said the money would instead be paid into an international fund to help Libyan HIV/AIDS victims.

DPRK Asks US to Erase It from Terror List

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) demanded yesterday the United States remove it from a list of states that sponsor terrorism before further progress can be made on dismantling its nuclear program.

Russian Sub Plants Flag under North Pole

Russian explorers dived deep below the North Pole in a submersible yesterday and planted their national flag on the seabed to stake a symbolic claim to the energy riches of the Arctic.

Search for Missing in Bridge Collapse

Authorities said they uncovered more bodies yesterday from the wreckage of a US highway bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River during Wednesday evening's rush hour. So far four people were confirmed dead, 79 were injured and more than 20 people were missing.

UN Calls upon Chinese Media to Reduce HIV Stigma

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on China's commercial media and other private businesses to make greater efforts in combating HIV-related stigma and discrimination in China.

Rice Fanfares 'Mutual Opportunities' in Mideast Peace

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Thursday wrapped up her about 24-hour trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, ending the mission, as what she had put, to take advantage of "mutual opportunities" to advance the two-state solution.

Students Play Table Tennis to Mark China-Japan Culture and Sports Year

Nearly 600 primary school students from China and Japan joined in table tennis games on Thursday, as part of celebration of the 2007 China-Japan Culture and Sports Year.

Taliban Accepts Direct Talks with S Korean Government

The Taliban accepted to hold direct talks with the South Korean government on 21 hostages, a purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told Xinhua from an undisclosed place on Thursday.

Rice Wins Saudi Support for Mideast Conference

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won yesterday a Saudi pledge of support for a US-backed Middle East peace conference and began a visit to Israel and the West Bank with a call to seize new opportunities.

Media's Role in Promoting Sino-Japanese Exchanges Underscored

Senior Chinese political advisor Luo Haocai met with former Japanese Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata in Beijing Wednesday afternoon, calling for further exchanges in news media between the two countries.

Chinese FM Gives Stand on Asia-Pacific Security Issues at ASEAN Forum

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Thursday gave a comprehensive outline of China's stand and view on the security situation of the Asia-Pacific region.

US, China to Hold 18th JCCT in December in Beijing

The Bush administration announced on Wednesday that the 18th US- China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) will be held in the week of December 10 in Beijing.

China Welcomes UN Troop Deployment in Darfur

China has hailed the United Nations Security Council resolution which makes official the deployment a UN-African Union (AU) hybrid peacekeeping force in Sudan's western region of Darfur, and expects that all parties will aid the implementation of the resolution, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Thursday.

US Report Reveals Lapses in Iraq Reconstruction

Fraud and waste are hampering the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the latest US audit report has found.

Saudis Mull Opening Embassy in Baghdad

Saudi Arabia said yesterday it was exploring opening an embassy in Baghdad, a move long requested by Washington.

Sudan Approves UN-AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur

The Sudanese government announced on Wednesday its approval of UN Security Council Resolution 1769 on a hybrid peacekeeping operation to be jointly conducted by the Uniterd Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) in the country's western region of Darfur.

Afghan Forces Warn of Assault; Taliban Demands Rejected

Afghan army warned the Taliban of an assault to rescue 21 South Korean hostages, whose captors said were still alive after another deadline expired. Meanwhile, Berlin rejected again Taliban's demand to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, after Al-Jazeera television broadcast a video of a German hostage.

Sunni Bloc Quits, Baghdad Bomb Attacks Kill 79

Iraq's largest Sunni political bloc announced it has pulled out from the government on Wednesday as a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad killed at least 79 people and wounded more than 100 others.

Abe Sacks Minister, Clings to Job

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, seeking to soothe voter outrage over political corruption that contributed to a devastating election loss, sacked his scandal-tainted farm minister yesterday.

Korean Pet Store Owner Apologizes for Racist Poster

The South Korean pet store owner, who had crafted an insulting ad that was offensive to Chinese, formally apologized yesterday after removing the image.

Congress Unveils China-related Legislative Package

US lawmakers from the House of Representatives on Wednesday presented a bipartisan legislative package that would extend the remit of US engagement with China and increase American competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Hu Stresses Value of Sino-US Dialogue

President Hu Jintao reiterated the importance of maintaining stable and mutually beneficial Sino-US economic relations, urging the two sides to make full use of the strategic economic dialogue (SED) to address issues of common concern.

Chinese Ambassador Attacks Chen Separatist Tactics

China's UN Ambassador Wang Guangya on Wednesday denounced Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian's second letter to the United Nations relating to Taiwan's membership bid, dismissing it as another "petty trick" by an "international troublemaker."

Chinese Student Beaten Up at Home in NZ

An investigation has begun into the motivation for what appeared to be a racially-motivated attack upon a Chinese student in his house in the Christchurch suburb of Riccarton, New Zealand police said Wednesday.

Fujimori to Return to Peruvian Politics

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori said he hopes to return to politics in Peru after losing his bid to win a seat in Japan's parliament, Peruvian media reported Tuesday.

US Sends 20,000 Troops to Iraq for Rotation

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it will send some 20,000 troops to Iraq to replace soldiers rotating out.

Report: Israel Resumes Contacts with PNA

Israel has decided to renew contacts with the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) representatives abroad following the formation of the Salam Fayyad-led Palestinian government, local Ha'aretz said on Tuesday.

Three Killed in Somalia as Violence Escalates

At least three people have been killed and nearly four others were wounded overnight when a strayed artillery shell hit their homes in Beledweyn, the provincial capital of Hiran in central Somalia, residents in the region said Tuesday.

Iraqi PM Faces Revolt Within Own Party

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces a revolt within his party by factions that want him out as Iraqi leader, according to officials in his office and the political party he leads.

Brown's Stolid Performance Gets Good Reviews

Gordon Brown is so often criticized as dull and distant that even US President George W. Bush felt he could poke fun at the new British leader over his reputation as a "dour Scot" during their joint news conference.

Crude Prices Set Record Close Above US$78

Crude prices rose more than one US dollar on Tuesday setting a new record close above 78 dollars a barrel on demand concerns.

Pyongyang Cooperating, Say IAEA Inspectors

North Korea is giving its complete cooperation to nuclear inspectors monitoring a shutdown of its key atomic complex, the UN team said yesterday.

Dozens Poisoned by Relief Food in Iraq

Dozens of Iraqis were transferred to hospitals in the capital of Anbar province after eating suspected toxic foodstuffs distributed as part of relief efforts, a provincial police source said on Tuesday.

Rice, Gates on Rare Joint Mideast Tour

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates joined forces in the Middle East Tuesday to push Arab allies to do more to stabilize Iraq and counter the rise of Iran.

UN Approves 26,000 Troops for Darfur

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a resolution authorizing a 26,000-strong joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan.

Ties with ASEAN to Be Strengthened

China will work more closely with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by setting up a free trade area and deepening its partnership in finance, infrastructure, information and communications, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in Manila yesterday.

Wu Yi: China Poses No Economic Threat

China will never constitute an economic threat to any nation nor does it have the power to be, Vice-Premier Wu Yi told visiting US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who hailed the US-China strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) as a crucial cog in the bilateral economic relationship during their meeting yesterday.

Taliban Issues New Deadline for S Korean Hostages

The Taliban has once again issued a deadline for remaining 21 South Korean hostages, which would last until 12:00 PM (07:30 GMT) on Wednesday, a purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said Tuesday.

IAEA Visits Iran's Nuclear Site

Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog conducted a five-hour visit to Iran's heavy-water reactor site at Arak yesterday, the official IRNA news agency said, the first such visit there since April.

ASEAN to Set up Human Rights Body

The 40th Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting (AMM) closed in Manila Monday with foreign ministers' agreement to include in the ASEAN Charter a provision that mandates the creation of a human rights body.

Musharraf, Bhutto Forging Alliance

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's secret rendezvous with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in Abu Dhabi last week has left Pakistan guessing what kind of an alliance is being hatched with elections months away.

Russian FM Expresses Support for Abbas

Moscow gave Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas its strongest vote of confidence since last month's takeover of the Gaza Strip by Hamas when the Russian foreign minister told Abbas Monday that he was the legitimate leader of the Palestinians.

Militants Re-establish 'Red Mosque'

Pro-Taliban militants seized control of a shrine in northwestern Pakistan and renamed it after Islamabad's Red Mosque, while seven people died in violence Monday near the Afghan border, officials said.

Bush, Brown Come up with United Front

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told US President George W. Bush Monday he shares the US view that there are "duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep" in Iraq.

Paulson Impressed by Green Efforts

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson saw for himself yesterday efforts to reverse environmental degradation around China's largest inland saltwater lake, taking the spotlight off currency tensions for a day.

US Congress Demands Japanese Apology on 'Comfort Women'

In a move deemed as an open-handed slap to Japan, the US House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bill which demands an apology from Japan over the "comfort women" issue.

2nd Korean Hostage Killed by Taliban

Taliban fighters killed another South Korean hostage held in Afghanistan on Monday night, a purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi revealed from an undisclosed location.

Rights Talks with Australia

Delegates to the 11th China-Australia Human Rights Dialogue yesterday updated each other on the progress the two countries have made and discussed in detail how to provide legal protection to minority ethnic groups, women, children and the physically challenged.

No Information About S Korean Hostages After Deadline Expires

There has been no immediate information about 22 South Korean hostages held in Afghanistan by the Taliban after the seventh deadline expired at 12:00 PM (07:30 GMT) on Monday.

40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Opens

The 40th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting (AMM) opened in Manila on Monday morning.

Firefighters Struggle to Contain Blazes in Southern Europe

Firefighters backed by helicopters struggled to put out several major forest fires across southern Europe yesterday, notably in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece, as well as Spain's Canary Islands.

Celebratory Gunfire Kills Two Iraqis, Wounds 40 in Baghdad

Two Iraqis were killed and 40 others wounded in Baghdad on Sunday when soccer fans fired weapons into the air to celebrate their team's won in 2007 Asian Cup, an Interior Ministry source said.

Bush Meets UK's New PM

US President George W. Bush met with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Camp David Sunday evening with the two sides are expected to discuss issues including Iraq, Darfur, Iran and Kosovo.

New Threat to Kill S Korean Hostages

Taliban militants threatened yesterday to kill some of their 22 South Korean hostages if there was no progress by noon today on their demand for the release of eight jailed rebels.

Israel Not Opposed to Arms Deal

In a significant departure from past Israeli policy, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert posed no objections yesterday to a new US plan to sell state-of-the-art weaponry to Saudi Arabia and other moderate Arab states, saying Iran was the common enemy.

Japanese PM Suffers Major Setback

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got a jolt yesterday as his conservative ruling camp suffered a devastating, but expected, defeat in upper house elections.

US Treasury Secretary Arrives in China

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson arrived in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province Sunday evening, kicking off his "environmental tour" in the country.

Two Television Helicopters Collide, Killing Four

Four people were killed on Friday when two television news helicopters collided while following a police chase in Phoenix, Arizona.

US, India Reach Deal on Nuclear Cooperation

The US and India have reached an operating agreement on peaceful nuclear cooperation, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Friday.

Suicide Bombing Kills 13 in Islamabad

Up to 13 people died and 61 others suffered injuries in a suicide bombing on Friday in the Pakistani capital, Interior Ministry Spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said at a news conference.

Radical Students Occupy Red Mosque

Police fired tear gas, trying to disperse hundreds of religious students who occupied Islamabad's Red Mosque on Friday and demanded the return of its pro-Taliban cleric, two weeks after an army storming that left over 100 dead.

Remaining Korean Hostages 'Still Alive'

The remaining 22 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan are alive, a Taliban spokesman said on Friday, and the group will not set further deadlines as it negotiates with the government on freeing them.

Former French PM Indicted over Clearstream Scandal

Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was indicted Friday for "complicity in a case involving false accusations" over the infamous Clearstream scandal, according to one of his lawyers.

Chinese Woman Killed in Liberia

A woman from Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality has been killed in a robbery in Liberia, Chinese media reported on Friday.

Abbas Hopes to Achieve Peace Deal Within a Year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he hopes to reach a final peace agreement with Israel in a year or less.

Iraq Calls for End of Abuse of Its Refugees

Iraq yesterday urged countries hosting more than 2 million Iraqi refugees who have fled violence at home to stop mistreating those arriving at their borders and avoid their forcible return until stability returns.

Kosovo to Hold General Elections in November

Kosovo's top leaders and the UN mission chief agreed on Thursday that parliamentary and local elections in Kosovo would be held in November as envisaged by the law, said reports reaching Belgrade from Kosovo.

US to Help India Obtain Nuclear Fuel: Report

The United States has agreed to help India secure fuel for its reactors, even if it conducts another atomic test, the Washington Times reported Thursday.

High Noon for Korean Hostages With New Deadline

The Taliban has extended the deadline for negotiations surrounding 22 South Korean hostages until 12 PM (07:30 GMT) on Friday, said its spokesman on Thursday. Meanwhile, Seoul has sent a senior envoy to Afghanistan to help ramp up rescue efforts.

Libya Protests over Pardons for HIV Medics

Libya accused Bulgaria Thursday of violating an agreement between the two countries by pardoning six medical workers convicted of intentionally infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.

Pakistan Test Fires Cruise Missile

Pakistan Thursday successfully tested a cruise missile capable of carrying a variety of warheads, including nuclear, the military said.

Removal of Anti-dumping Duties on Chinese Lightbulbs Proposed

The European Commission is set to propose an end to the five-year anti-dumping duties on Chinese energy-saving lightbulbs, a spokesman said on Thursday.

China Takes Principled Stance on Illegal Arms Trade Accusation

China on Thursday declared its strong objection to US claims that it is involved in the illegal arms trade. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that China only exports arms to sovereign states and prevented its arms being transferred to third-party countries without the Chinese government's permission. China has also set up a system to clarify the identity of end users of its exported arms.

Chinese Troops Reach Drill Site

A contingent of Chinese military officers, soldiers and aircrafts equipped with armaments is expected to arrive on Russian soil today following a 10,300 km journey to participate in a drill.

22 S Korean Hostages Might Be Released Today: Police

Negotiations on 22 South Korean hostages are going "very well" despite some "technical problems," and they might be freed by the Taliban later Today, Afghanistan's Ghazni provincial police chief Alishah Ahmadzai told Xinhua on this morning.

International Contact Group Meets in Vienna on Kosovo

The envoys of the Contact Group on Kosovo from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia held a meeting in Vienna Wednesday evening to discuss a negotiation framework for the future status of Kosovo.

Arab Envoys Visit Landmark Israel

Two Arab envoys on a landmark visit to Israel presented its leaders with a regional land-for-peace plan on Wednesday and called for a rapid timetable for talks with the Palestinians over statehood.

US Rejects Higher-level Talks with Iran

The United States rejected on Wednesday Iran's proposal to have higher-level talks between the two countries over Iraq's security situation.

Lebanese Army Intensifies Shelling of Fatah Militants

The Lebanese Army on Wednesday intensified shelling of Fatah al-Islam militants holed up in a northern Palestinian camp, local ANB TV reported.

UK, France Soften UN Text on Darfur Force

Britain and France softened a UN resolution on Tuesday that would authorize up to 26,000 troops and police in Darfur by dropping a threat of "further measures" against Sudanese obstructing peace efforts.

Sarkozy Visits Libya Seeking Deeper Ties

French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli on Wednesday evening in his trip to deepen relations with the northern African country.

First Female President Takes Office

India inaugurated its first female president yesterday, a move that has been touted as a boost for women in a country where they often face discrimination.

Taliban Kill One Korean Hostage

A South Korean woman at a candle light vigil in Seoul yesterday demanding the withdrawal of South Korean troops from Afghanistan and the safe return of kidnapped compatriots.

US Criticizes Chen's Plans for UN Referendum

A senior US military officer has criticized Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian for statements on the island's "independence," saying they were unhelpful to maintaining peace across the Taiwan Straits.

Terms Set for Normal Ties with Vatican

The Vatican must sever "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan and stop interfering in China's internal affairs if it wants to normalize ties with Beijing, a leading Chinese Catholic leader said yesterday.

Taliban Threatens to Kill Some S Korean Hostages

Taliban fighters may kill a few South Korean hostages if the Afghan government fails to meet their demands before 2:00 PM (11:30 GMT) on Wednesday, a purported Taliban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi, told Xinhua through telephone from an undisclosed place.

Al-Bashir's Darfur Tour Highlights Importance of Development in Solving Crisis

A rare three-day tour of Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir in Sudan's Darfur highlighted the importance of economic and social development in the region in a bid to solve Darfur crisis, the official SUNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

US Arrest of Top Militant Denied

An Al-Qaida umbrella group in Iraq denied in a statement posted yesterday on a militant website that US troops had captured the highest ranking Iraqi in the leadership of Al-Qaida in Iraq.

Putin Slams Britain over 'Colonial Thinking' in Row

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Britain's demand that Russia amend its constitution to extradite a main suspect in the poisoning case of Alexander Litvinenko is "a vestige of colonial thinking."

UN Resolution on Darfur Should Focus on Endorsing Joint AU-UN Operation

The UN Security Council should approve a resolution on Darfur that is focused on endorsing a proposed African Union (AU)-UN peacekeeping mission, the Chinese envoy to the UN said Tuesday.

Abe Won't Quit After Election, Says Official

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not resign whatever the results of a July 29 election for parliament's upper house, a ruling party executive said after a string of polls showing the ruling camp was set to lose.

IAEA to Revisit Iranian Nuclear Site

Iran agreed yesterday to let inspectors from the United Nation's nuclear watchdog revisit its heavy-water reactor site early next week in a push by the UN for more transparency in Iran's disputed nuclear program.

Negotiations for 23 Koreans in 'Final Stage'

Korean negotiators accompanied by Afghan elders and clerics met face-to-face with the kidnappers of 23 South Koreans yesterday as a threatened Taliban deadline to execute them passed by once again.

Third Generation Tech to Help Build Nuclear Power Reactors

China yesterday finalized a contract with a consortium, led by the US-based Westinghouse Electric Co, to build four nuclear power reactors in the eastern part of the country.

US: Iran's Aid for Iraqi Militias Rising

Iranian support for militias who are destabilizing Iraq has risen since the United States and Iran held breakthrough talks in Baghdad in May, the US envoy to Iraq said yesterday after a fresh round of discussions.

Medics Freed Following Libya-EU Deal

Six foreign medics convicted of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV were freed yesterday after a "full partnership" deal between Tripoli and the European Union ended their eight-year ordeal.

Triet Re-elected Vietnamese State President

The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam, the country's top legislature, re-elected Nguyen Minh Triet as state president Tuesday morning.

Foes Circle Musharraf After Defeat over Judge

Pakistani opposition leaders cranked up pressure on President Pervez Musharraf yesterday, after doubts were cast over his re-election plans by the Supreme Court's reinstatement of a judge seen as a symbol of resistance.

US Targets 2008 for Implementation of N Korea Nuclear Deal

The United States is trying to realize full implementation of an accord for denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula, top US nuclear envoy Christopher Hill said on Monday.

EU to Send Peacekeepers to Chad, CAR

The European Union (EU) member states agreed on Monday to plan a peacekeeping mission to Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) for protection and aid of refugees.

Bulgarian Nurses, Palestinian Doctor Heading for Sofia

Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who were given life sentence in Libya for allegedly contaminating children with the AIDS virus, were on their way to Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, French presidential palace announced on Tuesday.

Wave of Violence Kills 24 in Iraq

A new wave of suicide attacks and car bombings across Iraq killed at least 24 people and wounded some 60 others on Monday, while Baghdad is preparing to host a second round of talks between the US and Iran on Iraqi security.

Blair Launches 'Mission Impossible'

Tony Blair landed in Israel yesterday for his first visit as an international envoy, hoping to help end 60 years of peacemaking failure since Britain handed Palestine to Jews and Arabs who are still fighting over it.

Deadline for Korean Hostages Extended to Today

A purported Taliban spokesman said yesterday the hard-line militia has extended its deadline for the lives of 23 South Korean hostages until this evening.

More Food Safety Info to Be Shared

Chinese and European Union (EU) quality control officials yesterday agreed to share more information on seizures of substandard consumer products and strengthen law enforcement to better combat unsafe goods.

Japan to Accept IAEA Inspection over Nuclear Plant

Japan will have the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspect its earthquake-hit nuclear plant in Niigata prefecture, after a number of incidents at the plant raised safety concerns.

Merkel: Germany Will Not Give in to Blackmail of Kidnappers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that Germany will not give in to the demands of kidnappers and will not be blackmailed into withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan.

US and Iran to Hold New Meeting on Tuesday

US and Iran will hold a new round of talks on Tuesday in Baghdad to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Sunday.

Ruling Party Wins Turkish Election

Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), garnered 46.6 percent of the total votes in Sunday's national legislative elections, amounting to 342 seats in the 550-member Parliament, adequately enabling it to form a single-party government in coming days, according to the preliminary result.

UN Suspends Moroccan Troops in Cote d'Ivoire

The United Nations has suspended a Moroccan military contingent from its peacekeeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire while it investigates allegations of widespread sexual abuse, the world body said on Saturday.

26 Poles Killed in Bus Crash

Twenty-six Polish pilgrims died yesterday when their coach crashed off a mountain road at a notorious accident blackspot in the French Alps and burst into flames, police and officials said.

China to Provide 100 Mln Yuan to Bangladesh

China has reached an agreement with Bangladesh to provide 100 million yuan (US$13.2 million) in economic assistance. According to documents signed on Sunday, 80 million yuan (US$10.5 million) will be earmarked as non-reimbursable assistance and the remainder as an interest-free loan.

Deadline Extended for 23 Korean Hostages

The Taliban has extended the deadline for executing 23 South Korean hostages for another 24 hours, a purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said Sunday.

Taliban 'Executes Two German Hostages'

Taliban fighters have executed two German hostages on Saturday in Afghanistan, a purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told Xinhua.

Bush Orders CIA to Comply with Int'l Torture Ban

US President George W. Bush on Friday ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to comply with the Geneva Convention's ban on torture.

Zoellick Hopes Fresh Proposals Can Lead to World Trade Deal

World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Friday if the draft texts released this week eventually become the basis of a world trade deal, all economies should be able to benefit.

Russia, NATO to Discuss CFE, Missile Shield in Fall

Russia and NATO member countries will hold talks this fall on the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE), in which Russia has announced to halt obligation, and on the US-proposed missile shield in Eastern Europe, officials said on Friday.

Court Ruling Reinstates Pakistani Chief Justice

Pakistan's Supreme Court reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in an historic ruling on Friday.

UN Probes Alleged 'Widespread' Sexual Abuse in Cote d'Ivoire

The United Nations has launched investigations into allegations of "widespread sexual exploitation and abuse" by a UN contingent serving in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire, the world body announced Friday.

Ethiopian PM Speaks Highly of China's Peaceful Rise

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Friday spoke highly of China's peaceful rise, saying that China's peaceful rise is a best thing for Ethiopia and the rest of Africa.

Kuwaiti Minister to Visit China to Learn Seaports Expertise

Kuwaiti Public Works Minister and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Moussa Al-Sarraf will commence on Saturday a tour to Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Singapore to learn seaports expertise, Kuwait News Agency reported on Friday.

Special Envoy Calls for Dialogue Between Rival Palestinian Factions

Sun Bigan, China's special envoy on the Middle East issue called on Friday for dialogues between rival Palestinian factions to solve the current crisis in the territories.

US Probes into China Sack, Pipe Import 'Strongly Opposed'

China strongly opposes US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into steel tubes and woven sacks imported from China, a spokesman with the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

Taiwan's UN Bid Censured

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Friday slashed Taiwan authorities' application of joining the United Nations in the name of Taiwan, saying the attempt will not succeed.

US Urged to Treat Chinese Imports Fairly

The Chinese Embassy in Washington has urged the US to treat China's food and drug exports in a scientific and fair manner, saying exaggeration and complication of the issue is not conducive to the healthy development of bilateral trade.

Israel Frees 250 Palestinian Prisoners

Israel freed more than 250 Palestinian prisoners on Friday as part of a US-backed deal to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas Islamists took over the Gaza Strip last month.

West Drops UNSC Vote on Kosovo

Western nations announced on Friday that they are not seeking a UN Security Council vote on their draft resolution concerning Kosovo's future status.

No Disarmament Deadline at Six-Party Talks

The six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue ended in Beijing Friday with all parties agreeing on a next round of negotiation, but without the crucial disarmament deadline.

18 S Koreans Kidnapped in Afghanistan: Taliban

Taliban fighters kidnapped 18 South Korean nationals in Ghazni province of central Afghanistan on Thursday, a purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said Friday.

China Becomes Zimbabwe's Top Priority Cooperation Partner

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Thursday China had become Zimbabwe's top priority cooperation partner.

Super Junior Band Stirs Shanghai Fans

A charity concert held in Shanghai on Wednesday night has become a show-off for the South Korean pop boy band, Super Junior.

Aceh Tsunami Victims Moving into "China-Indonesia Friendship Village"

Hundreds of houses with red roof and yellow wall are bathing under the summer sunshine at a small hill facing the sea in this Indonesian city of Banda Aceh.

Ten British Parliamentarians to Visit China in October

Britain's Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) and the All Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG) on Thursday announced the launch of the China Business Fellowship program.

FM Sends Condolence on Bomb Attack in Pakistan

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Thursday sent a message of condolence to his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri over the deadly bomb attack in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.

Special Envoy Meets with Peres

Visiting China's special envoy on the Middle East issue Sun Bigan met with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday.

Thaksin Files Civil Suit Against AEC

Thailand's ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra asked his lawyer to file a civil lawsuit against the Assets Examination Committee (AEC) on Thursday, demanding more than 50 billion baht (US$1.5 billion) from the panel after it froze the family assets worth more than 60 billion baht (US$1.8 billion).

Quartet Restates Support for Independent Palestinian State

The Middle East Quartet's mediators restated their support on Thursday for an independent Palestinian state and voiced concerns over the humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

S Korea Delivers Food Assistance to the North

South Korea on Friday began to send 50,000 tons of rice assistance to North Korea overland, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said.

Brazilian Gov't to Cut Sao Paulo Air Traffic

The Brazilian government will reduce the number of take-offs and landings at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport, to a maximum of 36 per hour, and reduce air traffic in the region, a government official told media on Thursday, two days after Brazil's worst ever air crash.

Asbestos Found in Debris of Manhattan Eruption

Asbestos was found in the debris that was spewed forth in a thunderous steam pipe explosion that jolted midtown Manhattan Wednesday, while no asbestos was found in the air, the NYC Office of Emergency Management said Thursday.

Civilian Killed in Baghdad's Violence, 17 Corpses Found

A civilian was killed and two others were injured, including a senior Iraqi army officer in Baghdad's violence on Thursday, while the Iraqi police collected 17 corpses during the past 24 hours, an Interior Ministry source said.

US Food Watchdog Targets All Countries

China is not the primary target of a US watchdog set up on Wednesday to scrutinize the quality of imports, the White House has said.

Russia Expels Four British Diplomats

Russia expelled four British diplomats Thursday and suspended cooperation with London on fighting terrorism, as a bitter row over Moscow's refusal to extradite a murder suspect escalated.

Hu Calls for United Effort in Darfur

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday reiterated a call for the international community to "seize favorable opportunity" and seek to bring an end to the conflict in Darfur.

Six-Party Talks to End Without Disarmament Deadline

The six-party talks aiming to set up a schedule for the permanent dismantling of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear programs, are expected to end Friday without a disarmament deadline, US chief envoy Christopher Hill said late Thursday as the talks were shrouded in uncertainty.

Main Sunni Arab Bloc Ends Boycott of Iraqi Parliament

Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc ended Thursday its boycott of the parliament, a spokesman from the bloc told Xinhua.

Six-Party Talks to End with Chairman Statement on Overall Time Frame

Top US negotiator to the six-party talks Christopher Hill said the chief delegates meeting would end Thursday with a chairman statement to be released in the afternoon.

At Least 32 Die in Blast in Pakistan

Two bombs exploded in Pakistan on Thursday, one in the south and the other in the northwest, killing at least 32 people. Most of victims were police.

Mumbai Building Collapse Toll Rises to 24

A section of a seven-storied building collapsed in Mumbai, India's financial center, with the death toll rising to 24, the New Delhi Television reported on Thursday.

Middle East Quartet Meet in Lisbon in Renewed Peace Efforts

The Middle East Quartet - the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union - meet today to try to restart talks between Israel and Palestine, the Portuguese government said yesterday.

Hill: Six-Party Talks Go Smoothly, Chairman Statement Set for Today

Chief US negotiator to the six-party talks Christopher Hill said on Wednesday the chief delegates meeting on the same day had "very open and substantive discussions" and there would be a chairman's statement released on Thursday.

Quake City Orders Nuclear Plant to Stay Closed

A Japanese nuclear power plant was ordered to stay closed until safety was assured after an earthquake caused radiation leaks, while the UN nuclear watchdog said the operator had misjudged the risks.

Top Al-Qaida in Iraq Figure Captured

The US command said yesterday the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of Al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested, adding that information from him indicates the group's foreign-based leadership wields considerable influence over the Iraqi chapter.

Palestinian President Will Call Early Polls

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he would call early elections, harshly denouncing the Islamic Hamas in speech before a PLO body, declaring, "even the devil cannot match their lies."

Tokyo Court Throws Out Chemical Weapon Case

The Tokyo High Court yesterday rejected a compensation plea by a group of Chinese victims of chemical weapons abandoned in China by the invading Japanese army at the end of World War II.

Republicans Shoot Down Senate Iraq Bill

The US Senate on Wednesday downed a Democratic effort that would have set an April 2008 deadline for the removal of all American combat troops from Iraq after a rare all-night debate.

Musharraf Rules out Emergency

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday ruled out declaring an emergency amid a rising tide of militant attacks that have killed more than 130 people this month, officials said.

Huge Steam Explosion Rocks Manhattan, Killing One

A steam pipe exploded in central Manhattan in New York Wednesday, sending vast billows of steam sky-high, scattering debris and killing 1 while injuring around 20 more. According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the blast was down to a "failure of infrastructure."

200 Killed After Brazilian Jet Slams into Gas Station

Rescue crews pulled about 130 bodies yesterday from an airliner that crashed and burst in flames at a Sao Paulo airport, as the number of people feared dead rose to 200 in Brazil's worst air disaster.

Six-Party Talks: All Nuclear Facilities 'to Be Disabled'

Pyongyang is ready to declare all its nuclear programs and disable the existing nuclear facilities "at a proper time" -- which Seoul believes could be "within this year."

Attack on Military Convoy Kills 16 Soldiers in Pakistan

At least 16 soldiers were killed and 14 others were injured in a roadside bomb blast near a convoy of security forces in Pakistan's tribal region Wednesday, an army spokesman said.

Japan's Nuclear Plant May Be on Fault Line

The fault line that caused Monday's major earthquake in central Japan may extend beneath the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station in Niigata prefecture, Kyodo News said Wednesday.

China-US Meeting to Resolve Food Safety Row

China and the US will hold a major meeting for five days in Beijing to seek detente over the growing food safety crisis, specifically the recent seizure of four kinds of Chinese seafood exports by the US, a senior Chinese quality control official said Wednesday.

Al-Qaida May Use Iraqi Base to Attack US

The terrorist network Al-Qaida will likely leverage its contacts and capabilities in Iraq to mount an attack on US soil, according to a new National Intelligence Estimate on threats to the United States.

Russia Halves Cargo via Estonia as Tensions Rise

Russia's state railways have ordered exporters to halve shipments of refined oil products, metals and coal via Estonia amid renewed political tensions with Tallinn, industry and trade sources said yesterday.

Bush's Call for Peace Conference Welcomed

Israelis and Palestinians yesterday welcomed US President George W. Bush's proposal for a regional peace conference, but expressed vastly different visions for what the gathering would produce.

Libya Commutes Bulgarian Nurses' Sentence

Libya's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has commuted the death verdicts of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to life imprisonment, Bulgarian media reported on late Tuesday.

40 Remains Found from Brazil Jet Crash

Sao Paulo's security authorities said early Wednesday that they had found 40 bodies after a Brazilian passenger plane carrying 176 people crashed into a fuel station at the city's Congonhas Airport, likely killing all the passengers and crew aboard the plane.

EU to Withdraw Kosovo Issue from UN If No Deal

The European Union plans to withdraw the issue of Kosovo's final status from the UN Security Council if Russia does not accept a resolution within days, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said yesterday.

Six-Party Talks 'Face No Obstacles'

No new obstacles have emerged on the road to resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the chief US nuclear envoy said yesterday, on the eve of the resumption of the six-party talks in Beijing.

China, Turkmenistan Sign Energy Deals

China and Turkmenistan yesterday signed a series of cooperation agreements on trade, technology, education and energy, including two on sharing natural gas products and gas purchase.

4 Killed, 35 Injured in Road Accident in Bangladesh

Four people were killed and 35 others were injured Tuesday morning when a night coach fell into a roadside ditch in Bangladesh's Rangpur district, 265 km northwest of capital Dhaka.

Darfur Meeting Concludes with Call for UN, AU Role

A two-day international meeting on Darfur in the Libyan capital of Tripoli concluded on Monday with the final communique defining the United Nations and the African Union (AU) as the leading players on the issue.

China Praises Reactor Shutdown as Six-Party Talks Loom

China on Tuesday hailed the shutting down of the Yongbyon nuclear plant in North Korea. Meanwhile, chief negotiators from United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea and North Korea congregated on Beijing ahead of a two-day sitting of the six-party talks aiming to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, due to start on Wednesday.

Olmert-Abbas Meeting Ends in 'Positive Atmosphere'

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas ended two hours of talks in a "very positive atmosphere" at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli officials said.

96 Iraqis Killed in Bombings in Iraq

At least 96 Iraqis were killed and more than 205 others wounded in a string of bombings and mortar rounds attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Monday.

UK Expels Four Russian Diplomats in Spy Row

Britain said on Monday it was expelling four Russian diplomats over Moscow's refusal to extradite the main suspect in the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Japan Quake Causes 9 Death, Nuclear Leak

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan's northwest coast yesterday, killing nine people and setting off a fire at the world's most powerful nuclear power plant and causing a reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea.

Turkmenistan Gas Deal in the Pipeline

Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov will commence a state visit to China today with his agenda likely to focus on speeding up a gas export deal between the two countries.

Chinese Hostage Released in Niger

A Chinese citizen abducted by Tuareg rebels in Niger on July 6 has been safely released into the care of Chinese officials, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed on Monday in Geneva.

China, Japan to Further Cooperation on Energy Resource

China and Japan should further cooperation on energy re