When the Chief of Mossad, Meir Dagan is saying loud and clear that ?Iran is the central problem of the Middle East? - people should better listen. His declaration come right after President Bush inaugural speech for a second term in the White House, when he promised to ?spread freedom to the darkest corners of the world.?
Representatives from more than 40 countries have failed to agree on the location for a new tsunami and disaster warning center for the Indian Ocean. Thailand's case to host the center faced strong resistance from rivals Indonesia and India.
Taiwan does not like garbage and it does not like litterbugs. Through several innovative programs, the island's government is well on its way to eliminating both. With the help of its high-technology experts, Taiwan hopes to become a zero-waste society by 2020. The government says it already has eliminated 65 percent of its garbage and turned waste into recyclable, profitable goods.
OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is not expected to make any big changes in production quotas at a meeting Sunday in Vienna.
European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers say they want to improve the means to fight extremism and anti-semitism in Europe, including a possible ban on Nazi symbols. The move comes one day after Holocaust commemorations and in the wake of a swastika controversy in Britain.
A new report warns of the possible link between AIDS orphans and future terrorists. The report was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
For the first time since World War II, the United States is no longer Japan's biggest trading partner.
While the world economy is expanding rapidly, some economists are concerned the U.S. economy could slow global growth as interest rates rise.
Ukraine's Supreme Court is scheduled to meet Thursday to review another election appeal filed by the losing presidential candidate, Viktor Yanukovych. This will delay the official announcement of winner in the December 26 presidential re-run election.