European leaders, shaken by popular revolts over the EU constitution, gathered for a two-day summit facing a more pressing emergency: a Britain versus rest-of-Europe scrap over the bloc's long-term financing.
European Union leaders appeared poised to put the bloc's near-dead constitution formally on ice as they met for a crucial summit clouded by a crisis over the charter.
A top aide to Al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been captured in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the US military said.
A two-year-old Canadian boy was shot dead during a siege at an international school in the northwestern Cambodian town of Siem Reap where four men took 30 people hostage.
The United States will move a resolution next week at the United Nations setting out a criteria for admission of any new Security Council members, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said.
US President George W. Bush charged that Iran's upcoming presidential election "ignores the basic requirements of democracy" and accused Tehran of backing international terrorism.
The United States charged that Iran is continuing to deceive about its past and present nuclear activities after the UN atomic agency said Tehran had falsely reported the timing of experiments with plutonium, a potential bomb material.
Israel will use its imminent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip after a nearly 40-year occupation to strengthen control over strategic nerve centres such as Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said.
Veteran civil servant Donald Tsang was declared Hong Kong's new leader after securing the overwhelming support of a Beijing-backed committee that selects the Chinese territory's chief executive.
Moderate separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir returned home from a historic trip to Pakistan saying they were ready to hold a new round of talks with New Delhi on the future of the troubled Himalayan region.