France is to host the experimental ITER nuclear fusion reactor, a multi-billion-dollar project designed to emulate the power of the Sun, the six partners in the project agreed, after Japan withdrew its rival bid.
The oldest member of the Iraqi parliament, Dhari al-Fayadh, was killed with his son and three bodyguards in a suicide bombing north of Baghdad.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani distanced his government from US talks with insurgent leaders, insisting they were strictly a US affair despite protestations from Washington that it was acting only as a facilitator.
United Nations experts called for the urgent testing of a flock of migratory birds in China after they found an outbreak of deadly avian flu was more lethal than previously thought.
Iran warned Europe against judging ultra conservative president-elect Mahmood Ahmadinejad too soon, after his election victory rattled European leaders worried about Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Lebanese MPs re-elected a prominent pro-Syrian Shiite as speaker at the inaugural session of the first parliament since the 1975-90 civil war not controlled by pro-Damascus factions.
President George W. Bush was to give a key speech in a bid to convince an increasingly sceptical American public to support him over the presence of US troops in the war inIraq.
Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the rearrest of 13 men linked to the internationally condemned gang rape of a woman, including members of a village council that sanctioned the assault.
China raised the number of killed and missing in this year's floods to 771, and warned scorching temperatures in previously inundated areas create "ideal" conditions for infectious diseases.
Philippines President Gloria Arroyo faced escalating calls to quit after she sensationally owned up to improperly calling an election official during the 2004 presidential vote count.
South African President Thabo Mbeki told Ivory Coast leaders to make the "decisions necessary" to advance peace in the troubled west African state after a deadline for disarmament was missed.
John Walton, a billionaire heir of retail giant Wal-Mart and the world's 11th richest man, died when the home-built plane he was flying crashed in a national park in Wyoming, authorities said.