The Hong Kong government has announced it is amending a planned anti-subversion law in response to criticism it would limit the territory's basic freedoms. The changes were met with mixed reaction. After a three-month contentious public consultation period, Hong Kong's Secretary of Security Regina Ip announced the government will clarify wording in the anti-subversion bill known here as Article 23.
A senior Turkish official has accused the United States of hypocrisy in its policy on Iraq. The statement comes amid mounting public opposition in Turkey to a war against Iraq.
Many people in the United States gamble online through companies based in Central America or the Caribbean. Offshore gambling operations are becoming a matter of concern for law enforcement agencies.
Spanish police have arrested 16 suspected members of two groups allegedly linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network. Police say the suspects have ties with Islamic militants recently arrested in France and Britain.
South Korea will send a presidential envoy to Pyongyang Monday to discuss the dispute over North Korea's nuclear programs. The announcement came after the two sides wrapped up four days of ministerial talks in Seoul with a general agreement to resolve the nuclear crisis but no specifics.
A special representative of South Korea's president-elect said Friday that time is running out for North Korea to settle the dispute over its nuclear program. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland the envoy said the world will not turn a blind eye if North Korea threatens the peace.
A survey released Friday by an anti-corruption organization shows that while police in Kenya are still demanding bribes, they are asking for less. One of the survey authors says, shedding a spotlight on corruption has emboldened citizens to resist extortion.
If there is a new war with Iraq, the Bush administration expects Saddam Hussein to order the destruction of his country's oil fields, creating an economic and environmental disaster.
Taiwan prepares for landmark indirect flights to China this weekend. The move comes as Beijing calls for regular, direct links between China and the island to be established as soon as possible.
As the United States builds up troops in the Persian Gulf for a possible war against Iraq over weapons of mass destruction, Washington and its allies are trying diplomacy to resolve a stand-off with North Korea over nuclear arms. Many experts believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his nuclear program may ultimately pose a greater global security threat than the partially-disarmed Saddam Hussein.