US President George W. Bush left open the possibility that Germany could get a permanent UN Security Council seat, saying "we oppose no country" in their efforts to join that body.
US President George W. Bush said that Iranian elections had not changed his view that it would be "unacceptable" for Tehran to obtain a nuclear weapon or the ability to make one.
The EU vowed to keep up pressure on Iran on its nuclear plans following the election of hardline president Mahmood Ahmadinejad, but the United States said it is skeptical on the chances for European diplomacy.
World oil prices surged to fresh record levels, approaching 61 dollars in New York on heightened supply worries, and after an election win for the ultra-conservatives in OPEC heavyweight Iran.
An Israeli soldier was convicted by a military court of the manslaughter of British peace activist Tom Hurndall two years after he was shot in head in the occupied Gaza Strip.
Pakistan's Supreme Court began hearing an appeal against the acquittal of five men who allegedly gang-raped a woman on the orders of a village council, in a case that sparked international outrage.
The US Supreme Court gave a major boost to the entertainment industry's effort to crack down on online piracy, ruling that song-swapping websites like Grokster can be held liable for copyright infringement.
Two US crewmen were killed when an Apache attack helicopter crashed in Iraq as insurgents kept on with deadly attacks in Baghdad despite a massive security operation in the capital.
France's ruling party chief and presidential hopeful, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, called for EU enlargement to be put on hold to give time for its internal institutions to be "renovated."
The US Supreme Court ruled that copies of the Ten Commandments could not be displayed in two Kentucky courthouses, in a key decision which further enflamed the battle over religion in US society.
Emperor Akihito said he mourned all those killed in World War II, regardless of nationality, as he visited the 1944 battleground of Saipan amid heightened tensions over Japan's wartime past.
Opponents of the Gaza Strip pullout were poised to bring chaos to Israel's roads as extremist settlers set up a new outpost on the ruins of beachfront homes which were bulldozed a day earlier by the Israeli army.