A new economic study done by a private firm in Washington suggests that ending the disparity in prices that consumers pay in rich countries could boost global output by as much as two percent.
New York's first electric underground train was an instant hit. The subway opened in Manhattan a century ago. The number of routes quickly grew, as did the number of riders. Not only did the subway help New Yorkers get around, but it also allowed communities to form along its route.
At least 300 so-called "critically endangered" animal species have absolutely no protection against extinction in their environments. Similarly, nearly 500 less endangered animals have no safety net to protect them from disappearing off the face of the earth. Environmentalists say the endangerment is the result of a "global gap" that urgently needs closing.
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration understood the importance of the terrorist threat from al-Qaida before the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Ms. Rice made her comments before the independent commission investigating the attacks.
Rwanda is marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the country's genocide. A somber burial ceremony in the capital, Kigali, launched a nationwide day of commemoration to remember the estimated 800,000 people killed during 100 days of slaughter.
The upsurge in violence in Iraq could have important ramifications for the U.S. presidential election campaign. The new fighting has reignited a debate in Washington over the Bush administration's handling of the situation in Iraq.
Voters in the California city of Inglewood have dealt a blow to the retail giant Wal-Mart, which had planned to build a super-store in their city. The world's largest retailer still has aggressive plans to expand in the region.
North and South Korean officials say they have wrapped up their latest round of economic talks with progress on a joint manufacturing area. But the unresolved issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is hurting cooperation.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's popularity has dropped to a three-year low, according to an opinion poll published on Friday. The results come as the prime minister is embroiled in another potential scandal -- this time over negotiating a prisoner swap with Lebanese guerrillas earlier this year.
he only man to be convicted in connection with the September 11 attacks on the United States won the right to a retrial Thursday.