China fired ballistic missiles and deployed fighter jets and warships on Thursday as it held its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan, a show of force sparked by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island
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.
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.
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.
FRANCE'S ruling Socialist, Communist and Green parties this week urged supporters to vote for their sworn enemy, Jacques Chirac, in the May 5 presidential election as France reeled from the political upheaval caused by the rise of the veteran far-right National Front leader, Jean-Marie le Pen
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.