|Saddam, cousin discussed killing thousands - tapes
BAGHDAD (Reuters): Saddam Hussein and his cousin, 'Chemical Ali', discussed killing thousands with chemical weapons before unleashing them on Kurds, in 1988, according to tapes played yesterday in a trial of former Iraqi officials.
Fifteen survivors found adrift nine days after ferry tragedy
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (Reuters): Fourteen survivors of an Indonesian ferry sinking have been rescued after drifting on a life raft for nine days, surviving on cookies, seaweed and rain water, a rescue official and survivors said, yesterday.
Frequent testing to come for students
LONDON (Reuters): The government may scrap key educational testing for 11 and 14-year-olds in England and replace them with more frequent, but less detailed assessments. New plans envisage more regular and flexible testing...
UN seeks US$60m to help Iraq refugees
GENEVA (Reuters): The United Nations refugee agency appealed yesterday for US$60 million to help some half a million Iraqis being driven from their homes in the violence in their country.
Pope warns of nuclear weapons crisis
VATICAN CITY (Reuters): Pope Benedict warned yesterday of a possible nuclear weapons crisis and urged North Korea and Iran to reduce tensions through negotiations. "In the area of disarmament, symptoms of a developing crisis...