UK: New ‘partygate’ revelations heap more pressure on PM Boris Johnson

The British Prime Minister is fighting for his political future amid public outrage at the slew of revelations about similar alleged rule-breaking while the rest of the country followed guidelines — at personal cost.

September 11 in numbers

Everyone knows 9 and 11 and their mournful association. Other numbers, too have meaning. They speak of the magnitude of that day, the tumult of the year.

30 years later, fresh dirt on Watergate

Thirty years after the Watergate break-in scandal that led to president Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation, the tools used by the burglars to break into and wiretap the Democratic party headquarters at the Watergate hotel complex were exposed to the media.

Bush mulls how to oust Saddam

US President George Bush has not yet decided how to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from power, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday.

Beware the martyr

Ever since he was confined to his Ramallah headquarters, Yasser Arafat ? the world?s most exalted political prisoner ? has been making it clear he is prepared to die for his cause

Beware, Mugabe

As the United Nations preparatory commission met this week in New York to set the International Criminal Court in motion, the human rights crisis in Zimbabwe continued to worsen ? sparking fresh enthusiasm for the prosecution of President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle.

Arafat free, Israelis out

A FURIOUS Yasser Arafat emerged on Wednesday from five weeks confined to his Ramallah compound denouncing Israel even as it withdrew its troops to the cheers of Palestinian fighters.

Kabul wakes to a state of siege

The Afghan capital awoke on Friday to a state of siege following an assassination bid against its president, Hamid Karzai, and a devastating car bomb that killed 26 people and wounded 150.

World Bank slams agricultural subsidies

Leaders at the World Summit on Sustainable Development should address the untenable situation of agricultural subsidies in the North.

Israel prepares to strike back

Tension mounts in the Middle East as the Israeli Cabinet approves retaliation measures for the latest suicide bombing

Swazis depend on wild nuts and berries as hunger takes hold

Swazis in the east of the tiny kingdom are eating wild nuts and berries to supplement an ever-shrinking diet as food shortages take hold with the onset of winter

Israeli tanks and helicopters hit Gaza

Israeli helicopters and tanks hit Gaza City early on Monday, targeting a main Palestinian security compound, while hundreds of kilometres away, a security guard foiled an attempt to hijack an Israeli passenger plane.

Russian mafia extends tentacles across the globe

From cocaine smuggling for Colombian drug cartels to criminal betting syndicates in Asia, Russian mobsters have extended their tentacles across the far corners of the globe, backed up by formidable resources at home.

Black Cats kill three gunmen after Hindu temple siege

Indian commandos early on Wednesday stormed a Hindu temple in the riot-torn eastern state of Gujarat and killed three gunmen, ending a bloody siege which left 30 devotees dead.

Mandela slams bully-boy Bush

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has continued his strong criticism of the United States over its threat to attack Iraq, declaring that the US wanted to bully the entire world.

An army against Le Pen

THE streets of Paris, famously constructed for armies, faced two of them on May Day. One - that of the well- disciplined troops of the far-right leader Jean-Marie le Pen - they could cope with. The other they couldn't.

Iran’s suffering wives turn to murder

Married at age 13 to a man 18 years her senior, Ferdows was the wife that Iranian society expected her to be: obedient and silent, despite the beatings and humiliation.

Bicycle bomb wounds seven in Afghanistan

A bicycle bomb aimed at a vehicle carrying Nato-led peacekeepers exploded on Monday east of the Afghan capital, Kabul, wounding at least seven Afghan civilians, some seriously, police and officials said. The remote-controlled bomb was set on a bicycle left on the side of the main road from Kabul to the eastern city of Jalalabad and detonated at about 9.30am.