Iraq said it would bring only 12 charges of crimes against humanity against Saddam Hussein although there were more than 500 possible cases against the ousted dictator.
Voters in southern Lebanon were set to hand pro-Syria Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah a sweeping victory in round two of the first elections to be held since Damascus withdrew its troops from the country.
Iraqi forces last week arrested two close aides to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the frontman for Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in the northern city of Mosul, the government and army said.
At least two people were killed, but possibly as many as 18, during a police operation in the heavily armed Bel Air neighborhood of the Haitian capital, UN sources and witnesses said.
The United States is likely to decide before the end of the month whether to take the North Korean nuclear issue before the UN Security Council, a senior US defense official said.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas held talks with his governing Fatah party facing a deepening rift with rivals Hamas over his decision to delay parliamentary elections.
A week of torrential rains and heavy flooding has killed at least 204 people in China and left 79 others missing, but forecasters warned the worst was yet to come, state media reported.
Swiss voters approved new "registered partnerships" giving homosexual couples many of the same social and taxation rights as married heterosexuals, and narrowly backed joining the 15-nation Schengen
The government of Kuwait named two women to join its municipal council, making history in the oil-rich Gulf emirate which only last month agreed to grant women full political rights.
The Frejus tunnel linking France and Italy through the Alps will remain closed for months after a massive blaze that killed two Slovenian truck drivers, authorities said.
Michael Jackson endured a weekend of agony at his scandal-tainted California hideaway waiting for jurors to decide whether he is child molestor who fondled a 13-year-old cancer survivor.