Deadly volleyball blast rocks Pakistan

Pakistan bomb blast victim is taken to hospital

A suicide car bomb blast has killed almost 90 people and injured at least 100 at a volleyball tournament in north-western Pakistan. The car bomb exploded as more than 200 people gathered to watch a volleyball match at a sports field in the north-western village of Shah Hasan Khan.

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France to rethink carbon tax plan

Paris traffic (file pic)

A new carbon tax that was supposed to go into effect in France at New Year has been struck down, delivering a blow to President Nicolas Sarkozy. France's Constitutional Council, a legal compliance watchdog,


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Putin: Russia must counter US missile defences

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok. Photo: 29 December 2009

Russia needs "to develop offensive weapons systems" to counter US missile defences and maintain the strategic balance, PM Vladimir Putin says. Otherwise, the United States would feel "completely protected" and able to "do whatever they want", Mr Putin added.

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