Khartoum condemns a decision by Washington to extend unilateral sanctions against Sudan for another year.

Riyadh announces that its Majlis al-Shoura meetings will be aired on state television once a week.

Militant group Hamas says that it will not agree to a truce, as asked for by Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiators, but will instead agree to limit its attacks to Israeli military targets and settlers, if Israeli authorities pledge not to harm Palestinian citizens.

At least 18 Americans are killed in three separate attacks in Iraq, including 15 soldiers who are killed when their helicopter is shot out of the sky near Fallujah.

Police in the holy city of Mecca kill two suspected militants and foils an imminent terrorist attack, says an Interior Ministry official.

A large explosion near a Shia holy shrine in Karbala, south of Baghdad, kills at least three people.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala) announces that he is to delay the appointment of a new cabinet for one week.

The Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) sign a one-month extension to a two-month old ceasefire agreement with Khartoum.

Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Akbar Saleh, says that Tehran has now handed over the original drafts for the uranium-enrichment centrifuge components on which weapons-grade uranium was discovered by the IAEA.

US officials in Iraq announce that American soldiers have captured two former army generals in Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

A former Iranian intelligence officer, speaking via video-link from Germany, tells a court in Buenos Aires that the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural centre in the city was carried out by Iran.