2nd May; 18:00

UN

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The non-proliferation treaty that mandates the world's fight against the spread of nuclear weapons is out-of-date in the face of transnational threats and new technology and needs to be fixed, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said.

Iraq

Car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 13 Iraqis as a British soldier died from his injuries and Australia vowed to stand firm in the face of insurgent demands that it withdraw its forces from Iraq following the kidnapping of an Australian contractor.

Afghanistan

A massive explosion ripped through a secret ammunition dump owned by a warlord in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 28 people and injuring more than 70 others, police and officials said.

Iran

Iran and the European Union should continue talking and Iran should not move unilaterally to resume uranium enrichment, UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei said.

Italy

Censored parts of a US military report on the shooting of an Italian intelligence officer in Baghdad disclosed that US forces had communication problems at the time, an Italian newspaper reported.

EU

Japan may drop its bid to host the revolutionary ITER nuclear reactor and agree to its being built in Europe, the EU presidency said.

India

The Indian army said a campaign to hunt down suspected Islamic militants in Kashmir had left 90 rebels dead since the launch of a bus service last month meant to signal peace in the divided state.

US

Lynndie England, the US private who achieved notoriety by being photographed holding a leash on a naked Iraqi inmate at the Abu Ghraib prison, pled guilty to abuse charges at her court martial.

Mideast

Israeli cabinet minister Nathan Sharansky, one of US President George W. Bush's intellectual guiding lights, resigned in protest at Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull Jewish settlers out of the occupied Gaza Strip.

Mauritania

Anti-Israel graffiti and protests awaited the arrival of Israel Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom in the west African desert nation of

Mauritania, one of the Jewish state's few allies in the Arab world.

Britain

British Prime Minister Tony Blair sought to put the economy ahead of Iraq as his Labour Party launched a last-minute offensive in key constituencies that could decide the outcome of Thursday's general election.

EU

At an annual summit with European leaders, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi voiced firm opposition to EU plans to lift a 16-year-old arms embargo on China, amid worsening ties between Tokyo and the economic giant.

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