The EU battled to keep its constitution alive after twin ballot blows to the historic charter, as the leaders of France and Germany planned crisis talks to seek a way out of the impasse.
The United States held high-level talks with the European Union, expressing confidence the EU would remain a solid international partner despite the turmoil over its constitution.
At least 31 people were killed in a wave of violence that swept over northern Iraq, as Baghdad vowed that all groups in the fragmented country would take part in the political process.
Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica announced the arrest of several former soldiers accused of executing Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, as the chief UN war crimes prosecutor toured the Balkans.
Tensions ramped higher in Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing west after nine people were killed in apparent revenge for a massacre that left some 50 dead, prompting a communal exodus and stirring fears that a fragile peace will dissolve completely.
Israel released some 400 Palestinian prisoners, to the delight of their families, in a bid to bolster Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and fulfil a pledge made in February.
The White House backed Vice President Dick Cheney's tough attack on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il which has set off a new war of words between the United States and the Stalinist state.
Thousands of people rallied in the Niger capital to demand the distribution of free rations to stave off a food crisis that already threatens over three million people in the northwestern African country.
Demonstrators used a stranglehold of roadblocks to push for a rewrite of Bolivia's constitution and for nationalization of the impoverished country's vast natural gas wealth.
Prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child sex trial launched crucial closing arguments in the trial with a fiery salvo, accusing the star of exploiting and seducing his alleged victim.