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World 26 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Thai PM offers unity govt to political foes

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra offered on Sunday to form a unity government after April 2 elections with senior posts for opponents leading street protests to oust him.

World 26 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Thirty bodies, most beheaded, found in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thirty bodies, most of them beheaded, were found on the main street of a village north of Baghdad on Sunday, stepping up pressure on divided Iraqi leaders to form a government they hope can avert sectarian civil war.

World 25 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Iraq leaders meet as U.S. presses for govt deal

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi leaders held their first formal talks in several days as Washington kept up pressure on them to form a national unity government to help quell sectarian and insurgent violence that saw 29 more people killed on Friday.

World 25 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

U.S. confirms talks with Iran on Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States will talk to Iran about Washington's accusations of Iranian destabilisation of Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday in the first public acceptance of an Iranian offer to meet.

World 24 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

British-led forces rescue Western hostages in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - British-led forces rescued three Christian peace activists from captivity on Thursday after finding them tied up in a house in western Baghdad, two weeks after their American colleague was tortured and killed.

World 23 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Bush says U.S. troop levels not bound by politics

WHEELING, W.Va. (Reuters) - President George W. Bush vowed on Wednesday he will not let election-year politics interfere with decisions about U.S. troop levels in Iraq as he sought to rally flagging public support for the war.

World 23 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Bush urges Iraqis to form government

WHEELING, W.Va. (Reuters) - President George W. Bush urged Iraqi leaders on Wednesday to settle differences and form a unity government and for Iraqi troops to get ready to defend their country, in a reflection of U.S. impatience.

World 20 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Iraq Shi'ite pilgrims gather, civil war warning

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims flocked to the holy Iraqi city of Kerbala on Sunday amid tight security to foil any sectarian attack, and an ex-prime minister said Iraq was already embroiled in civil war.

World 20 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Cheney: Iraq not in civil war, predicts success

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday said Iraq had not fallen into a civil war that insurgents were trying to incite, and predicted success despite the constant violence three years after the U.S. invasion.

World 16 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Iraq parliament to meet, no government deal yet

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three months after it was elected, Iraq's parliament will finally sit on Thursday but the session will be largely devoid of practical meaning as talks on forming a national unity government are still deadlocked.