Russian defense budget to rise 25 percent in 2009 MOSCOW (AP) - Russian lawmakers discussed a draft 2009 budget Friday that calls for a 25 percent hike in defense spending - a sharp increase for Russia's military that comes only a month after it crushed Georgia on the battlefield.
EU aid study critical of efforts to fight poverty
By CONSTANT BRAND Associated Press Writer BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - A food crisis and economic turmoil are threatening to scuttle U.N. goals to halve extreme poverty around the world by 2015, according to an EU report released Friday.
Indian police battle Islamic militants in capital NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian media are reporting that police are battling suspected Islamic militants holed up in a house in New Delhi. The Press Trust of India news agency says the gunbattle is taking place in a southern part of the sprawling city and that at least one of the militants has been killed. The agency says one policeman has also been injured.
Arabs denounce cleric's fatwa on 'immoral' TV
By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Arabs across the ideological spectrum, from secular-minded liberals to Muslim hard-liners, are denouncing a top Saudi cleric's edict that it was permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV stations that show "immoral" content.
North Korea preparing to restart nuclear facility
By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press Writer PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) - North Korea said Friday it was undertaking "thorough preparations" to restart its nuclear reactor, accusing the United States of failing to fulfill its obligations under an international disarment-for-aid pact.