|Sharon defiant despite crisis
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon holds talks with extreme right-wing parties to prop up his ailing government after the collapse of his coalition.
|Iraq inspection deal 'getting closer'
The US Secretary of State Colin Powell says UN arms inspectors will have time to do their work in Iraq, following talks on a new resolution.
|Russia seals off Chechen camps
Russian troops surround refugee camps on Chechnya's border, as a crackdown against militants goes on after the Moscow hostage crisis.
|Afghan girls' schools attacked
The United Nations condemns arson and rocket attacks on four girls' schools in central Afghanistan.
|Algerians get life for Paris bombings
A French court sentences two Algerian men to life for the 1995 bombing campaign on Paris public transport which killed eight people.
|US travel warning for Canadians
Canadians born in Middle Eastern countries should now think carefully before travelling to the US, says the country's government.
|Rapper shot dead in New York
Run DMC's Jam Master Jay has been shot and killed at a recording studio in New York - he is the latest rapper to suffer a violent death.