MOSCOW - The only liberal Kremlin critic in Russia's presidential race stands to be kept off the ballot because tens of thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions were forgeries, election officials said Thursday.
MADRID, Spain - Police acting on a tipoff that a radical Islamic group was plotting suicide attacks in Barcelona moved against the cell last week even though it had not amassed enough explosives to make bombs, Spain's police chief said Thursday.
BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazil will combat rising deforestation in the Amazon by sending extra federal police and environmental agents to areas where illegal clearing of the rain forest jumped dramatically last year, officials said Thursday.
YOKOSUKA, Japan - A Japanese navy destroyer departed Thursday to resume the country's anti-terror mission in the Indian Ocean after a divisive battle in parliament caused a three-month suspension.
NAIROBI, Kenya - As Kenyans die by the hundreds in gritty city slums and rolling cornfields in the countryside, their fate rests with two men who appear more intent on the struggle for power than on the turmoil it has set off.
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - The Palestinian woman in a wheelchair was stumped by a low wall in her path.
MOSCOW - A draft U.N. resolution on Iran's nuclear program does not call for any harsh sanctions, Russia said Wednesday, and the Iranian president said new measures would not deter the country's pursuit of nuclear technology.
CAIRO, Egypt - The flood of Palestinians out of Gaza is fraying relations between Israel and Egypt - ostensible partners in peace but now bitterly at odds over the border chaos - undercutting the chances that President Bush's Mideast initiative will succeed.
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities said Wednesday they have arrested a man for the weekend killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was run over by a suspected smuggler's vehicle.
BRIDGEND, Wales - There is a deepening sense of foreboding and hopelessness in this South Wales market town as the number of young people who have killed themselves keeps rising. The death toll now is seven.
WARSAW, Poland - A military plane carrying 18 officers and crew crashed Wednesday in northwestern Poland, killing at least seven people, officials said. The officers had been attending a flight safety conference in Warsaw.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel eased its siege of Gaza for a day on Tuesday, allowing in shipments of fuel and medicine. But tensions erupted over Egypt's closure of its Gaza border, with Palestinian protesters breaking through the crossing and clashing with Egyptian guards.
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber pushing an electric heater on top of a cart packed with explosives attacked a high school north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing a bystander and injuring 21 people - mainly youngsters and teachers.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Islamic militants in Pakistan attacked a fort near the Afghan border Tuesday, one of two clashes with government forces that left seven troops and 37 fighters dead, the army said. In Europe, President Pervez Musharraf said border attacks were ''pinpricks'' that his government must manage.
TORONTO - An independent panel recommended Tuesday that Canada extend its military mission in Afghanistan only if another NATO country puts 1,000 soldiers in the dangerous southern province of Kandahar.
NAPA, Calif. - A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparked fires and buckled roads.
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving erratically north-northeastward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.