Some of the world's biggest pop stars from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Madonna and The Police played Live Earth concerts worldwide on Saturday to urge fans and governments to fight global warming. Spearheaded by environmentalist and former United States vice-president Al Gore, the concerts spanned over 22 hours, ending at Rio's Copacabana beach and a New Jersey football stadium.
The New York Times on Friday received a letter containing a suspicious white powder and a copy of a recent editorial in which the paper defended its coverage of the Bush administration's anti-terrorism programmes. The powder incident raised fears of a repeat of a series of anthrax attacks in the United States, which started one week after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
In an unusually personal and public rebuke, the International Monetary Fund's top economist on Tuesday accused Nobel-winning economist Joe Stiglitz of slander, self-aggrandisement and intellectual vanity.
INTERNATIONAL Fund chief Horst Koehler on Thursday called American and European trade policies ''perverse,'' urging an end to cotton and sugar subsidies that obstruct this impoverished West African nation's efforts to beat poverty.