The formal end February 4 of the Yugoslav federation recasts the political debate in Serbia, where two rival reformers, a president and a prime minister, are locked in an increasingly bitter struggle.
North Korea stepped up its war of words with the United States Thursday, warning that any pre-emptive attack on the North's nuclear facilities would trigger a "full-scale war".
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has provided the United Nations with what he calls irrefutable proof that Iraq is continuing to build and hide weapons of mass destruction, while maintaining links to terrorist groups including al-Qaida.
Newspapers in the Arab world say evidence presented to the U.N. Security Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell was not convincing. The region is calling for weapons inspectors to continue their search for arms of mass destruction in Iraq.
The U.S. space agency, NASA, stands by its original view that a piece of foam that struck the wing of the ill-fated shuttle Columbia during launch did not cause the spacecraft to disintegrate Saturday as it was landing.
In Venezuela, opponents of President Hugo Chavez have lifted most of the general strike that shut down the South American nation's commercial sector for two months.
North Korea said it has restarted its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, adding to the controversy over the country's nuclear ambitions.
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is calling the situation in North Korea "dangerous" but he says American forces are capable of dealing with the challenge even while focused on Iraq.
In Ivory Coast, there were new demonstrations by workers who want President Laurent Gbagbo to back out of a deal granting key government posts to rebels who control half the country.
U.N. Security Council members France, Russia and China are calling for a strengthened weapons inspection process. The comments came after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation of evidence he says proves Iraq has deceived U.N. weapons inspectors.