Ahmadinejad Endorsed by Iran Supreme Leader

Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president Monday in a ceremony that sought to portray unity among the country's leadership but was snubbed by prominent critics of the disputed election.

Sudanese Journalist 'Ready for 40,000 Lashes'

A Sudanese journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing "indecent" trousers said she is willing to be whipped 40,000 times in an effort to bring attention to the country's harsh laws, the AFP reported Monday.

Iran Awaits Ayatollah's Nod to Build Atomic Bomb

Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times of London.

No More Opium, No More Money for Afghan Villagers

For as long as anyone can remember, there was no need for paper money in this remote corner of the Hindu Kush. The common currency was what grew in everyone's backyard — opium.

Researchers Unveil Mozart Piano Pieces in Austria

Technically demanding and at times furiously paced, two newly identified Mozart works unveiled Sunday are helping scholars complete their assessment of the maestro's very early achievements.

Ex-Saddam Aide Gets 7 Years In Kurdish Displacement Case

One of Saddam Hussein's best-known lieutenants was convicted Sunday of helping to plan the forced displacement of Kurds from northeastern Iraq and sentenced to seven years in jail.

Hugo Chavez Pulls 34 Radio Stations Off the Air

Hugo Chavez said previously that the revoked licenses could be given to broadcasters who share his socialist vision.

New HIV Strain Discovered in Woman From Cameroon

It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas.

Remains of U.S. Pilot Missing 18 Years in Iraq Found

The Navy says remains of the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War have been found in Iraq.

America's Recession 'Safe Zone' Shrinking

The contiguous counties in the safe zone start in Montana and North Dakota, and cascade into Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma, and end in northern Texas and eastern New Mexico.