LONDON - The European Central Bank and the Bank of England kept their benchmark interest rates on hold Thursday, both torn between the opposing challenges of higher inflation and worries about economic growth.
ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's main militant group said Thursday it fired on six oil industry ships and threatened an attack that will cause an ''economic tsunami'' in the world's oil market.
CALGARY, Alberta - An Air Canada jetliner made an emergency landing in Calgary on Thursday after nine people aboard were injured when the Airbus A319 hit turbulence during a cross-country flight, an official said.
SAN JOSE DE GUAVIARE, Colombia - Colombian rebels freed two women held hostage for more than five years, handing them over Thursday to Venezuelan officials who flew them toward Caracas where a triumphant President Hugo Chavez awaited.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan agreed Thursday to take over talks to end the deadly turmoil linked to Kenya's presidential election, after days of international pressure resulted in nothing more than a fresh round of accusations from both sides.
The U.S. expectations President Bush set out Thursday for negotiations and a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, following two days of separate meetings with leaders on both sides:
NEW DELHI - For millions of people in the developing world, Tata Motor's new $2,500 four-door subcompact - the world's cheapest car - may yield a transportation revolution with as great an impact as Henry Ford's Model T, which rolled off an assembly line one century ago.
ZAMBARANIYAH, Iraq - U.S. bombers and jet fighters unleashed 40,000 pounds of explosives on the southern outskirts of Baghdad within 10 minutes Thursday in one of the biggest airstrikes of the war, flattening what the military called safe havens for al-Qaida in Iraq.
RAMALLAH, West Bank - President Bush, summing up meetings with both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, said Thursday that a peace accord will require ''painful political concessions'' by each. Resolving the status of Jerusalem will be hard, he said, and he called for the end of the ''occupation'' of Arab land by the Israeli military.
JERUSALEM - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with rocket and mortar fire Wednesday, striking a house in a border town shortly before President Bush arrived in the Mideast to try to build momentum for stalled peace talks.
SINGAPORE - Continued robust expansion in developing countries will help offset a slowdown in the United States this year amid concerns of a possible recession in the world's largest economy and oil prices will gradually decline, the World Bank said Wednesday.
SINGAPORE - Oil prices are likely to decline gradually this year and next as record crude prices weaken demand, the World Bank projected Wednesday.
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran on Wednesday called video and audio released by the Pentagon showing Iranian Revolutionary Guards boats confronting U.S. warships in the Strait of Hormuz ''fabricated,'' a state-run television station reported.
PARIS - This much we know: France's president is smitten with a former model, and a wedding appears in the works. Now that Nicolas Sarkozy has hinted at plans to marry Carla Bruni, France's tabloids are scrambling to fill in the blanks.
BEIJING - A cloned pig whose genes were altered to make it glow fluorescent green has passed on the trait to its young, a development that could lead to the future breeding of pigs for human transplant organs, a Chinese university reported.
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.