BAGHDAD - Iraq and China are close to re-signing a $1.2 billion oil deal that was called off after the 2003 U.S. invasion, an Iraqi Oil Ministry official said Thursday.
CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt was trying to persuade Hamas Thursday to accept a truce that would halt rocket attacks on Israel in an effort to end Gaza violence and salvage Middle East peace talks.
KISSUFIM CROSSING, Israel - Palestinian militants ambushed an Israeli army jeep patrolling the Gaza border Thursday and then attacked a rescue crew that rushed to the scene, killing one soldier in a brazen attack, the military and witnesses said.
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela is starting to block billions of dollars in Colombian imports and investment under orders from President Hugo Chavez, threate 1/4%e economic havoc in both nations in response to a Colombian military attack on rebels hiding in Ecuador.
SRINAGAR, India - Officials in Indian-Kashmir have poisoned hundreds of dogs and aim to kill all 100,000 strays in the region's main city - saying the animals pose a risk to humans and make urban life unbearable.
BAGHDAD - Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in a Baghdad commercial district Thursday evening, killing 15 people and wounding 35, police and officials at three hospitals said.
BAGHDAD - The number of wounded soldiers has become a hallmark of the nearly 5-year-old Iraq war, pointing to both the use of roadside bombs as the extremists' weapon of choice and advances in battlefield medicine to save lives.
JERUSALEM - Israeli officials said Wednesday that they are testing four buses with blast-proof windows, specialized doors and other features designed to protect passengers from suicide bombers.
VIENNA, Austria - OPEC on Wednesday accused the U.S. of economic ''mismanagement'' that it said is pushing oil prices to record highs, rebuffing calls to boost output and laying blame at the feet of the Bush administration.
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that ''we want peace,'' but that Colombia and its allies in Washington represent war - and that perpetual conflict with the United States is inevitable.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A Pakistani court on Wednesday dropped five corruption cases against a leader of the opposition party that won last month's parliamentary elections.
MOSCOW - Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom said Wednesday it was resuming full deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine after presidents of the tense neighbors helped reach an agreement that will ease European supply concerns.
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.
WASHINGTON - Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.