MBABANE — Swaziland will ban miniskirts in schools to try to halt the spread of AIDS, a government official said on Tuesday.
LONDON — Violent crime in Britain has risen 16 percent over the past year, statistics released on Tuesday showed — and the country's top law enforcement official blamed the increase on alcohol abuse.
HELSINKI — Finland's former President Martti Ahtisaari has declined an offer to become a candidate to be the next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, his staff said Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR — The judge in the sex trial of Malaysia's former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim said Tuesday he would give his verdict Aug. 4, ending more than a year of legal battle that shook the nation's political foundations.
TEHRAN — Iran has eased the Islamic dress code for schoolgirls in Tehran, making way for "bright, happy colors" in place of the traditional black.
ISTANBUL — Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan, awaiting execution in a Turkish jail, has urged his followers to lay down their arms and pick up the works of Goethe and Shakespeare.
BEIJING — China denied on Tuesday that it had barred British detectives probing the deaths of 58 illegal immigrants in a tomato truck and said it was making preparations for their arrival.
PHNOM PENH — A former Khmer Rouge rebel was acquitted on Tuesday of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of three foreign tourists, provoking an angry response from relatives of the victims.
RIYADH — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded three Saudi men convicted of murder and two Pakistanis, including a woman, convicted of smuggling heroin.
ISLAMABAD — A severe earthquake jolted northern Pakistan and Afghanistan early on Tuesday, killing at least two people in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials said.
COLOMBO — Sri Lanka, which often accuses Tamil Tigers of using children to fight government troops, said on Tuesday the rebels were sending old people to the front line.
DUSHANBE — Tajik security forces have detained four people suspected of last week slaying a family of 11, including seven children who were stabbed to death.
FRANKFURT — An ailing German woman, held hostage by Philippine rebels for 12 weeks, arrived back in Germany on Tuesday and was taken to a hospital.
MANILA — Rescue workers on Tuesday dug up two more bodies from under an avalanche of garbage that buried a Philippine shanty town, raising the death toll to 202.
SAO PAULO — Florida Gov. Jeb Bush kicked off a three-day visit here in the company of 200 executives hoping fostering greater business opportunities between their state and South America's largest country.
KIGALI — Six years after hundreds of thousands of people were slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the government has begun a census to work out exactly how many were killed.
MOSCOW — The chief of Russia's association of Caucasus people, Yusup Soslambekov, was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday in front of his apartment building in Moscow, police said.