Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has rejected a provincial election law as unconstitutional after Iraq's Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the parliament session that ratified it.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has vowed to work with Belarus, an ex-Soviet state long at odds with Washington, to defeat "hegemonistic" U.S. imperialism.
The Pentagon has sought to play down the seriousness of growing violence in Afghanistan but declined to say the United States and NATO were winning their fight against Taliban insurgents.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has hailed the arrest this week of wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and said she hoped his army chief Ratko Mladic would be caught next.
Pakistan has said it would neither allow Islamist militants to plot attacks on its soil nor let foreign troops take military action on its territory.
U.S. presidential contender Barack Obama has visited Israel and the Palestinian territories as he continues a weeklong overseas tour.
Radovan Karadzic will conduct his own defense in The Hague tribunal and is convinced he will be cleared of the charges of genocide, relatives and associates of the war crimes suspect have said.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has praised U.S. participation in last week's talks with Tehran on its disputed nuclear program as "a positive step" and a sign of respect by its arch foe.
Turkmenistan's leader has said he wants to overhaul the gas-producer's constitution to reflect its commitment to market economics, democracy, and human rights.
A British soldier was killed and two others were wounded when their patrol came under attack in southern Afghanistan.
Iran will not "retreat one iota" over its disputed nuclear program, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said.
Pakistan's security forces have made a rare arrest of a senior Afghan Taliban commander near the southwestern city of Quetta, Pakistani security officials and coalition forces in Afghanistan told Reuters.