Iran says it will end its voluntary cooperation with the West over Tehran's controversial nuclear program if the matter is brought before the U.N. Security Council.
Officials in Saudi Arabia say some pilgrims were to blame for the stampede that killed 345 Muslims near Mecca on the final day of the sacred hajj rituals.
Two Thai fisherman have pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a British tourist on the resort island of Koh Samui.
South Korean officials say they have reached an agreement with the United States on a partial resumption of American beef imports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet President Bush at the White House today (Friday) on her first official visit to the United States since she took office last year.
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