Media reports say China is investigating a Swiss pharmaceutical company on suspicion of exploiting the panic over a mysterious illness in southern China.
President Bush says he will not be deterred by global anti-war demonstrations or opposition among some allies to using force to disarm Iraq. Mr. Bush says Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein must comply with U.N. disarmament demands and will be held to account.
President Jacques Chirac may be facing criticism in Europe and the United States, but many French are giving their leader high marks for his anti-war stance on Iraq. A new survey shows the popularity rating of France's conservative president is soaring.
In a bid to reduce traffic congestion, London Monday introduced a controversial tax on most vehicles entering the heart of the city. Analysts say London's so-called congestion charge is the most ambitious and sophisticated attempt by any city to reduce traffic problems.
When television took hold in the United States in the 1950s, pessimists predicted it would be the death of books and reading. Similarly, with the rise in the availability of the worldwide computer Internet and its ready access to millions of information resources, many observers felt that libraries - the traditional home of books and other information - would lose vast numbers of patrons.
The heavily-fortified border between North and South Korea was opened to ordinary tourists Friday for the first time in half a century. It was one small positive sign amid continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
An Indonesian presidential envoy says his trip to North Korea has not changed Pyongyang's demand for direct talks with the United States to end the standoff over its nuclear program.
U.S. officials and humanitarian workers are warning that a severe drought in East Africa threatens to cause widespread famine in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
President Bush says the decision by France, Germany and Belgium to block NATO protection for Turkey in the event of war with Iraq harms the alliance. The president says there is still time for NATO to come to Turkey's aid.
Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations says Baghdad has accepted U.N. weapons inspectors' demands to use surveillance planes over the entire country to aid the inspection process.