North Korea has a stockpile of nuclear bombs and is building more weapons, the country's vice foreign minister Kim Gye Gwan told US television ahead of key talks between the US and South Korean presidents.
A top-level European Union delegation visited Baghdad voicing hope for a new partnership with Iraq now that divisions over the US-led war were healed.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas held talks with militant factions in the Gaza Strip in a bid to prevent a truce from unravelling, as the Israeli supreme court removed a legal hurdle to the pullout of settlers from the territory.
Ethiopian authorities slapped tight surveillance on opposition leaders and residents of Addis Ababa after more than 25 people were killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators.
Angry demonstrators threatened to block an emergency meeting of Congress in this southern city on whether to accept the resignation of President Carlos Mesa, who quit warning that mounting unrest was steering the country towards civil war.
French President Jacques Chirac called on Britain to "make a gesture of solidarity" over its EU budget rebate ahead of an EU summit to be held next week, after holding talks here with Luxembourg Prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker, the current president of the 25-member bloc.
Rock megastar Bono pressed Europe to put its money where its mouth is to help the world's poorest -- and said showing a "vision" on Africa could even help ease the EU's current political crisis.
A Kenyan court acquitted four Muslim men accused of murder in the 2002 Al-Qaeda-linked bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel here but police immediately re-arrested one suspect whom the United States has expressed interest in questioning.
Germany's federal appeal court ordered the acquittal of a Moroccan student, Abdelghani Mzoudi, who was accused of involvement in the September 11, 2001, attacks.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei, amid growing signs that Washington was resigned to a third term for the Egyptian despite policy disagreements.
Syria's ruling Baath party was set to unveil limited reforms as it wrapped up a four-day congress which saw some Baath leaders criticised for refusing to change.
Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said the US economy is on solid ground for now, but that "froth" in the housing market and an abysmal savings rate could be signs of trouble.