Wednesday, September 20, 2006

China Carps as US Allies Impose Sanctions on North Korea

Japan and Australia have become the first countries to follow the United States' lead in imposing financial sanctions on North Korea, a move opposed by China and causing unease in South Korea. Read

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Violent Muslim Reaction Justifies Pope's Stated Concerns, Cardinal Says

As the Vatican continues trying to placate Muslims angered by Pope Benedict XVI's recent remarks, a senior Catholic leader has said the violent response justified the concern the pope had been expressing in the first place. Read

US Anti-War Campaigners to Protest US Base in Korea

American anti-war campaigners are heading to South Korea this weekend to join left-wing activists protesting the expansion of a U.S. military base. Read

Monday, September 18, 2006

'Non-Aligned' Nations Focus on Israel, Disregard Darfur

Representatives of 118 developing nations meeting in Havana ended their summit with declarations supporting Iran and Sudan, condemning Israel, and criticizing some American policies. Read

Friday, September 15, 2006

Commentary: Do America's Allies Belong With This Gang?

A long time ago, when the world was a different place, a small group of countries -- most of them newly independent -- came together to form an association that would further the interests of developing nations while walking a "non-aligned" road between the Communist bloc and the West. Read

Muslims Enraged by Pope's Remarks on Spreading Islam by Violence

Religious scholars and clerics across the Middle East are raging about Pope Benedict XVI's comments on Islam, which he made during a speech in Germany this week. Some are demanding that the pope apologize to the world's Muslims. Read

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Israel Mulls Freeing Arab Killer in Return for Soldiers

Already on the defensive over its handling of the recent war with Hizballah, the Israeli government looks likely to face further condemnation if it yields to the terrorist group's demands to free a notorious Lebanese killer in return for the release of two captured Israeli soldiers. Read

Race to Succeed Kofi Annan Moves Ahead

Members of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday will hold a straw poll that could provide a glimpse of the standings in the race to succeed Kofi Annan as secretary-general of the world body. Read

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

World's 'Non-Aligned' Nations Asked to Back Document Critical of USA

Governments ruling more than half of U.N. member states will be asked this weekend to sign a declaration pledging to work to "transform the present unjust international order" dominated by a "hegemonic" power -- a clear reference to the United States. Read

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Websites Promoting Suicide Should Be Outlawed, Some Say

In a move that could hinder the efforts of fringe euthanasia advocates, a charity in Britain is pushing for the government to act against Internet websites promoting suicide. Read

Christian Faces Trial Over Bible-Based Pamphlets

Evangelical Christians in Britain are concerned about the prosecution of a protester who was arrested at a homosexuality rally while disseminating leaflets quoting the biblical view about homosexuality. Read

Monday, September 11, 2006

As Senator Ponders Stance, Bolton Presses On

His nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations may be at stake in the Senate, but John Bolton is not shy about critically evaluating the world body and the work it faces. Read

Denounce Terrorism, Australian PM Urges Muslims on 9/11 Anniversary

Australian Muslims should do more to condemn terrorism, Prime Minister John Howard said Monday in an interview marking the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Read

Friday, September 08, 2006

Pakistan-Taliban Agreement Prompts Concern

President Bush said Thursday the U.S. will keep a close eye on a peace agreement signed between the Pakistan government and Islamists in a remote frontier region where fugitive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is believed to be located. Read

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Democracy vs. Islam: Iran's Leader Sets Sights on New York

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to attend this month's U.N. General Assembly session in New York City, and has again challenged President Bush to a public debate to compare the merits of democracy and Islam Read

Senators Consider Whether Bolton Has a Future at UN

A key Senate committee is due to consider Thursday whether John Bolton should continue to represent the U.S. at the United Nations, where critics and backers agree the outspoken ambassador had made a strong impression. Read

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Islamic Regimes Defy United Nations

The United Nations is facing two major instances of defiance from Islamic regimes, and it shows little willingness to act collectively against either. Read

China Flexes Muscles in Africa

Setting aside its traditional behind-closed-doors pressure on developing countries, Beijing has announced the suspension of further investment in a poor southern African nation, pending the outcome of a presidential election in which one contender holds pro-Taiwan views. Read

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Japan's Likely New PM Sees Stronger Ties With US

The man widely expected to be Japan's next prime minister wants to amend the country's 60-year-old pacifist constitution, removing restrictions on the right to collective self-defense to enable more effective security cooperation with the U.S. Read

Outrage as Australian Leaders Tell Muslims to Fit In

Australian Muslim representatives are voicing outrage at comments by the country's two top politicians, who urged immigrants from Islamic societies to fit in, learn English, treat women with respect, and shun extremism. Read

Friday, September 01, 2006

Film Festival Director Raves About 'Assassinate Bush' Movie

"Xenophobia, the hidden costs of war and the nature of civil liberties in a hyper-media age all come under the microscope" in a controversial movie depicting the fictional assassination of President Bush. Read

Ex-Iranian President's Visit, Carter Invitation Under Fire

A visit to the United Sates by former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and the possibility that he may meet with former President Jimmy Carter has lawmakers, conservative analysts and rights campaigners up in arms. Read