Israeli police air new allegations against premier
JERUSALEM - Police revealed stinging new allegations against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday, accusing him of pocketing tens of thousands of dollars by deceiving multiple sources into paying for the same trips abroad.
The latest revelations came just after police grilled Olmert for a third time in a widening corruption probe - and made it even harder for him to hold on to his job and carry out peace talks with the Palestinians and Syria.
Police said Olmert is suspected of obtaining $100,000 before he became prime minister by getting multiple sources - among them state and public organizations including charities - to pay for identical trips abroad so he could pocket the difference.
Russia, China veto sanctions on Zimbabwe
UNITED NATIONS - Russia and China vetoed proposed sanctions on Zimbabwe Friday, rejecting U.S. efforts to step up punitive measures against its authoritarian regime linked to a rash of violence surrounding a disputed presidential election.
Western powers mustered nine votes, the minimum needed to gain approval in the 15-nation council. But the resolution failed because of the action by two of the five veto-wielding members.
The other three members with veto power, the U.S., Britain and France, argued sanctions were needed to respond to the violence and intimidation linked to Zimbabwe's recent and widely discredited presidential election.
Sudan president expected to face war crime charges
UNITED NATIONS - The prosecutor of the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal will seek an arrest warrant Monday charging Sudan's president with crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur, a move U.N. diplomats warned could bring a backlash from Sudan's government.
U.N. officials and diplomats said the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court would seek an indictment charging Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with orchestrating violence in Darfur that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead.
Sudan's government reacted swiftly and angrily.
'If you indict our head of state, the symbol of our country, the symbol of our dignity, then the sky's the limit for our reactions,' Sudan's U.N. Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamed told The Associated Press on Friday.
Britain urging return to wartime food frugality
LONDON - Waste not, want not.
Evoking an era of World War II austerity, British families are being urged to cut food waste and use leftovers in a nationwide effort to fight sharply rising global food prices.
It's not back to ration books, 'victory gardens' or squirrel-tail soup yet, but warning bells are being rung by experts at all levels of Britain's government as well as from the World Food Program.
With food and energy prices soaring around the world, a constant supply of high-quality, affordable food is no longer guaranteed, the officials are warning Britons. That could mean an era of scarcity like Britain's 1940-54 food rationing, during the war and its aftermath.
Iraq: Followers of cleric demonstrate against U.S.
BAGHDAD - Hundreds of followers of a radical Shiite cleric in Iraq have taken to the streets to protest a proposed security agreement between Iraq and the United States.
The supporters of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr say the proposed deal would lead to a permanent U.S. occupation of Iraq.
They held their protest Friday in the southern city of Kufa and shouted slogans such as: 'No to America.'
Such demonstrations have become a weekly event, usually following prayers held in local mosques on Fridays.
Group says 47 Afghan civilians killed by bombs
KABUL, Afghanistan - A U.S. military airstrike this week killed 47 civilians traveling to a wedding, the head of an Afghan government commission investigating the incident said Friday.
The airstrike on Sunday in Deh Bala district of Nuristan province also wounded nine civilians, said Burhanullah Shinwari, the deputy chairman of the Senate, who led the delegation.
The U.S. military on Sunday denied that any civilians were killed in the incident. At the time Afghan officials said 27 civilians had been killed.