At least 22 people were killed and hundreds wounded on as Ethiopian police fired on crowds during protests against alleged fraud in disputed elections last month, hospital sources said.
Outgoing President Carlos Mesa warned that Bolivia was on the brink of civil war and that immediate elections were the only way out, after clashes erupted between security forces and some of the tens of thousands of protesters who had poured into the capital.
The US government made a stunning concession in its massive lawsuit against the tobacco industry, as the case neared a conclusion after more than five years.
Fears grew on Wednesday that the European Union was set for budget deadlock as heavyweights Britain and Germany squared up for a summit clash, while leaders warned the bloc must not drift into paralysis.
In his first major speech as France's prime minister, Dominique de Villepin put battling unemployment at the top of his government's priorities in a bid to win back a disenchanted public that torpedoed President Jacques Chirac's drive for an EU constitution.
Israel launched an air strike targeting Hamas militants in Gaza Wednesday as Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas arrived in the territory for talks aimed at preventing a fragile truce from fracturing.
North Korea ruled out new talks on its nuclear ambitions unless Washington meets unspecified conditions, in a setback to efforts to resolve the standoff.
A senior Iraqi Shiite leader demanded a greater security role for his party's armed wing, despite charges it has been hunting down Sunni Arabs whose community is at the forefront of the insurgency.
For the first time since its launch in March 2003, a majority of Americans feel the Iraq war has not made the United States a safer place to live, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Three Iraqis and a Dutch man of Iraqi origin are being held in the Netherlands as part of an investigation into attacks against US military vehicles in Iraq, the Dutch prosecutor's office said.
A second Chinese official hoping to defect to Australia backed statements made by an asylum-seeking diplomat that Beijing has hundreds of spies in the country.