BAGHDAD - Two former Health Ministry officials cleared of helping Shiite death squads celebrated their release with friends and family Wednesday while outraged Sunni politicians called it a black day that showed just how dysfunctional Iraq's judicial system is.
MOSCOW - Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly on Tuesday slapped another harsh supply cut on Ukraine in a debt and contract dispute being watched nervously by customers in Western Europe.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Icebreakers sit idle in ports. Insects crawl out of forest hideouts. Daffodils sprout up from green lawns.
DUBLIN, Ireland - Ian Paisley, the Protestant evangelist who leads Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration, said Tuesday he is quitting as the leader of his Democratic Unionist Party.
BOGOTA, Colombia - Hundreds of Venezuelan troops moved Tuesday toward the border with Colombia, where trade was slowing amid heightening tension over Colombia's cross-border strike on a rebel base in Ecuador.
TULKAREM, West Bank - Six years ago, Shifa al-Qudsi was plotting to strap on explosives under a maternity dress and blow herself up among Israelis. Now she says she wants to meet them.
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Tuesday that ''peace and negotiations are our strategic choice'' but fell short of announcing a resumption of peace talks that his government cut off after an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice exhorted Israel to ''spare innocent life,'' though she said it has a right to defend itself against Hamas rockets.
PARIS - Even before its troops got lost and came under fire this week in Sudan, Europe's mission to protect some half-million uprooted people on the borders of conflict-torn Darfur had suffered an inauspicious start.
YEREVAN, Armenia - Armenia's president imposed a state of emergency Saturday after police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in last month's presidential election.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops, tanks and aircraft targeted Gaza militants bombarding southern Israel with rockets and mortars Saturday, killing 50 Palestinians in the deadliest day of fighting in Gaza since Hamas seized control in June.
TOKYO - At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.
BOGOTA, Colombia - Security forces killed the No. 2 commander of Colombia's main guerrilla group in combat Saturday, dealing what the government called the biggest blow to the leftist force since its formation.
LONDON - Prince Harry returned home to his relieved father and older brother Saturday after a 10-week Afghan tour of duty that security officials fear could now make him a top target for extremists.
BAGHDAD - President Bush's last trip to Iraq was kept secret until he arrived at a U.S. military base. Eight hours later he left, after Iraq's leaders traveled to meet him there.
LONDON - Britain's defense chief decided Friday to immediately pull Prince Harry out of Afghanistan after news of his deployment was leaked, citing concerns that media coverage could put him and his comrades at increased risk.
WASHINGTON - Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers - to her mother.
CAMBRIDGE, England - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he's taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. measles outbreak and his recent moves toward running for president.
LAGRANGE, Ga. - A Georgia man charged in the deaths of his wife, three of her family members and a friend was arrested at a bus station in Tupelo, Mississippi, authorities said Monday.
SAVANNAH - More than two years after the federal government approved deepening the waterway used by cargo ships to reach the Port of Savannah, President Barack Obama on Monday began pushing for $42 million to start helping Georgia pay for the $706 million project.