US private research group the Arms Control Association and US former senior official Robert Einhorn accused the Bush administration on Thursday of trying to derail a proposed international ban on the production of material used to make nuclear weapons.
A UNITED Nations report called for a quick increase in the international monitoring force in Sudan's western region of Darfur yesterday, saying that the government has not stopped attacks against civilians or disarmed marauding militias.
ISRAELI Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed yesterday to speed up construction of the West bank barrier, the day after Palestinian suicide bombers blew up two buses in the Israeli city of Beersheba, killing 16 passengers.
BRAZIL applauded a World Trade Organisation ruling on Tuesday authorising the European Union and seven other US trading partners to impose more than $150 million worth of sanctions on Washington for failing to repeal illegal anti-dumping rules.
A DANISH aid agency accused the US military yesterday of killing civilians when its planes attacked militants during a battle in eastern Afghanistan, backing up similar allegations by a local Afghan official.
JAPANESE Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi viewed a group of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan from a coastguard patrol boat yesterday, brushing off protests by Moscow that the trip could harm relations.
A RECENTLY-ARISEN Mexican left-wing guerilla group made its first armed appearance on Wednesday, stopping traffic, firing weapons and handing out anti-government leaflets on a rural road just 25 miles south of Mexico City.
MALAYSIA'S highest court overturned the sodomy conviction of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim and freed him from prison yesterday - exactly six years after his removal from office triggered the country's worst political crisis.
THE International Atomic Energy Agency is investigating a secret nuclear fuel experiment which South Korean scientists carried out four years ago, South Korea's Science and Technology Ministry said yesterday.
PALESTINIAN legislators will go on a month-long strike to protest against President Yasser Arafat's refusal to ratify new laws that would force reform in the corruption-ridden Palestinian Authority, officials said on Wednesday night.
THE international war crimes tribunal imposed defence lawyers on Slobodan Milosevic yesterday, following medical reports that his heart condition could put his life at risk if he continues representing himself.
A THREE-WAY meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Jacques Chirac got underway yesterday, their third summit since the trio united in strong opposition to the US invasion of Iraq.
TWO buses blew up in a southern Israeli city yesterday, killing at least 15 people and wounding over 80, in what appeared to be the first Palestinian suicide bombings inside Israel in six months, rescue officials said.
JAPAN'S military proposed a 35 per cent increase yesterday in funding for ballistic missile defence next year as part of a plan to increase overall defence spending and build up communications and surveillance abilities.
GUNMEN opened fire on a Haitian hospital yesterday while a delegation of high-ranking French officials was inside, sparking a firefight that left at least one gunman dead while wounding a French soldier and a Haitian police officer.
THE UN has put a helicopter on standby and set up a crisis management centre in Darfur in an effort to locate eight Sudanese aid workers missing in rebel-controlled territory, officials said yesterday.
FORMER Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic opened his long-delayed defence at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal yesterday, describing the battles of the Serbian people as self defence against internal rebellions and external attacks by Islamist terrorists.