RAMBOUILLET, France - Intricate negotiations on the future of Kosovo will push ahead on Wednesday, overshadowed by a row between Belgrade and Washington over whether NATO troops will keep the peace there.
ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopian and Eritrean troops clashed in a fifth day of fighting in their border war on Wednesday, ignoring international calls for an immediate ceasefire.
JAKARTA - East Timor rebel
leader Xanana Gusmao was moved on Wednesday from his prison cell to house arrest in a Jakarta bungalow from where he will play a pivotal role in determining the fate of his bloodied homeland.
PRISTINA, Serbia - Relatives of 40 ethnic Albanian villagers killed in an alleged massacre in Kosovo began collecting their bodies on Wednesday, ending a three-week tussle with the Serbian authorities.
VIENNA - The Austrian army airlifted supplies to thousands of holidaymakers trapped for a fifth day in mountain resorts by an unrelenting snowstorm.
MARLENHEIM, France - President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reaffirmed their goal of an agreement on European budget reform.
BAGHDAD - Iraqis will start military training next month to face up to any foreign aggression against the country.
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly called for a conference to be held on July 15 to ensure that the Fourth Geneva Convention on protecting civilians is respected in the Israeli-occupied territories, particularly the convention`s ban on settlements.
BRAZZAVILLE - Soldiers of the Congo Republic`s army, backed by Angolan planes, destroyed a column of rebel tanks in the southwestern power base of ousted Congolese President Pascal Lissouba.
HARARE - Zimbabwean civil rights groups said on Tuesday President Robert Mugabe`s 19-year-old government was in its worst crisis since independence.
KUALA LUMPUR - The judge in the criminal trial of Malaysia`s sacked finance minister Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday ordered the media not to report court testimony by Anwar about the prime minister and the former police chief.
LONDON - China has increased its deployment of missiles aimed at Taiwan in a move likely to raise tensions in the region and strengthen calls in Washington for Taiwan`s inclusion in a U.S.-backed regional missile defence system.
SYDNEY - The man in charge of Sydney`s Olympic preparations said on Wednesday that an international sponsor had written to him expressing "second thoughts" because of the corruption scandal hitting the Olympic movement.
WASHINGTON - The Senate went behind closed doors for final deliberations in President Bill Clinton`s impeachment trial, rejecting an attempt to let the public see the conclusive debate on the president`s fate.
SAO PAULO - Talks between President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and state governors who are chafing at hefty debt payments could ease fears that Brazil`s currency crisis will worsen.
SALT LAKE CITY - Officials trying to lure the 2002 Winter Games to Utah lavished hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash, trips and tuition on International Olympic Committee members and their families.