Pinochet dies in Santiago, aged 91

Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte died of a heart attack in Santiago, Chile on Sunday, 10 December. He became the dictator of Chile in 1973 when a military coup, backed by the United States, ousted the democratically elected regime of President Salvador Allende was overthrown. Pinochet ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990 and had been under investigation for human rights abuses during his period as dictator.

Annan warns of increased danger of civil war in Iraq

The prospects of all-out civil war in Iraq and even a regional conflict have become much more real over the past three months as sectarian violence, insurgent and terrorist attacks, and criminal activities have risen significantly, according to the latest United Nations report on the war-torn country released today.

Report documents extreme levels of global wealth inequality

A report released Tuesday by a United Nations group documents the staggering levels of global inequality in household wealth. The report gives a partial portrait of a world society characterized by extreme concentrations of wealth in the hands of the richest sections of the population, with the position of much of the remainder ranging from general economic insecurity to dire poverty.

Somalia: heavy fighting south of Bidoa

MOGADISHU, Dec 8, 2006 (AFP) - Fierce fighting erupted Friday between forces loyal to Somalia's weak Ethiopian-backed government and powerful Islamists south of the government's seat of Baidoa, Islamist officials said.

Iraq needs 'new approach' Bush admits

Tony Blair and US President George Bush have said they will take a "new approach" to the war in Iraq in a joint press conference designed to show they still stand together on the issue.The two leaders used the press conference to respond to the Iraq Study Group's blunt assessment of US failings and their vision of future policy.

Are Saudis funding Iraq terror?

December 8, 2006The Associated Press is reporting from Cairo that private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, according to Iraqi officials and others.