Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Tuesday that Muslim immigrant women should not be completely "hidden" behind full veils if they want to integrate and become part of Italy's future.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reassured Japan on Wednesday that Washington would stand by a commitment to protect its Asian ally, where North Korea's atomic test has stirred debate about acquiring nuclear weapons.
"The United States has the will and the capability to meet the full range, and I underscore full range, of its deterrent and security commitments to Japan," Rice told a news conference in Tokyo, the first stop on a quick tour of North Asia.
OPEC ministers will work out details of a 1 million barrels per day cut from the group's actual oil production when they meet in Qatar on Oct.19, Qatar's energy minister said on Sunday.
"OPEC ministers agreed to hold an emergency meeting in Doha on Oct. 19, said a statement issued from the office of Qatari Energy Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, which was carried on the official news agency QNA.
Israeli troops backed by tanks pushed deep into the northern and southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, clashing with militants as they stepped up a nearly four-month-old offensive, Palestinian residents said.
Not only has there not been any significant improvement in Palestinian movement in recent months but the number of Israeli checkpoints and other obstacles has actually increased, hindering access to essential services, according to the latest United Nations update published Thursday.
Lebanese children preparing to go back to school next week face "a terrible situation" from up to 1 million pieces of unexploded ordnance left over from Israel's 34-day war with Hezbollah this summer, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.
The agency is continuing its work to make families and children aware of what an unexploded device or cluster bomb looks like, UNICEF spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told a news briefing on Tuesday.