|Pope Benedict warns Latin America's drug cartels
Pope Benedict warned Latin America's ruthless drugs cartels yesterday that they would face God's harsh judgment for wrecking countless lives across the region. After hearing moving stories of hardship and recovery from former cocaine and heroin addicts on the fourth day of his visit to Brazil, the Pope said drug abuse was a scourge throughout Latin America.
Election seen as test of democracy
Armenians voted yesterday in a parliamentary election regarded as a test of democracy in the Caucasian country and a dress rehearsal for a presidential contest next year.
Hostage set free by Taliban back in Paris
A French aid worker freed by the Taliban returned home yesterday and Paris pledged to seek the release of three Afghan colleagues still held by the rebel group.
Pakistani leader rules out declaring emergency
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday ruled out declaring a state of emergency, hours after 27 people were killed and 100 wounded in clashes in Karachi between pro-government and opposition supporters.
Icelanders voted yesterday in an election - that pits environmentalists against big industry backers - race experts believe may reshape the island nation's ruling coalition and potentially its economic future.