The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to sanction the leaders of the M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the DRC's city of Goma.
Steve Vaught's quest to shed the dozens of kilograms of fat he was lugging around began with a single step, as did his one-man expedition to cross the United States on foot. Vaught, who began his trek last April in Oceanside, California, has so far covered more than 3 700km -- the last leg to New York with freezing Midwestern winds snapping at his back.
North Korea's demand that it be given light-water nuclear reactors before it would open up to atomic inspections and disarmament got a sharp rebuff as the partners in an energy consortium agreed with United States policy and terminated the reactor-building project.
The International Press Freedom Awards for 2005 went to a Chinese editor still imprisoned in his homeland, a Brazilian reporter who could not travel to New York because he is pinned down by lawsuits, an Uzbek journalist in exile, and a Zimbabwean media lawyer. The laureates honoured by the Committee to Protect Journalists have endured beatings, threats and prison as a consequence of their work.