Dutch voters headed to the polls for a crucial referendum on the EU constitution as European leaders braced themselves for a second and potentially fatal blow to their cherished treaty.
Newly-appointed Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin worked to form a government capable of healing a deeply divided nation following France's resounding rejection of the EU constitution.
An attack at a Baghdad airport checkpoint wounded 15 Iraqis, while the government said its massive anti-insurgent operation in the capital was finally reaping dividends.
Israel anointed new army chief of staff Dan Halutz to oversee the Gaza pullout, as his predecessor warned against the dangers of disengagement and an explosion of fresh violence.
A suicide attack on the funeral of a key anti-Taliban cleric killed at least 20 people including one of Afghanistan's top policemen and wounded 52 in the southern city of Kandahar.
Iranian presidential election frontrunner Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said he was in favour of ending a quarter of a century of estrangement with the United States, but Washington needed to make the first move.
Former FBI deputy director Mark Felt was hailed as a hero and denounced as a villain after shedding a 30-year mantle of secrecy to reveal himself as "Deep Throat," the Watergate source who helped bring down president Richard Nixon.
Men armed with machetes and rifles stormed three western Ivory Coast villages overnight, killing at least 50 people in what security forces and local officials described as ethnic clashes.
Five bodies were found in a Port-au-Prince market that was burned down by armed attackers who have heightened tensions in Haiti, a police spokeswoman said.
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for action against a "tyrannical" urban clean-up campaign that has left thousands destitute and homeless and led to the arrest of some 22,000 people in Harare.
Russia and China will work together to counter destabilisation in Central Asia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after meeting his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing in Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok.