But ordinary Iraqis didn't seem to immediately grasp that the 400,000 Wikileaks documents could provide details on the deaths of thousands of people.
Typhoon Megi's record rains have created mudslides that have killed 9 and caused 23 others to go missing in Taiwan.
In the largest document leak in US history, WikiLeaks has released more than 400,000 secret US documents about the Iraq war. As with the second-largest leak in US history – the 92,000 Afghan war documents released in July – much of the substance of the leaks has been reported already, but details are new. Click through the following slides to learn what the documents reveal.
Rare earth metals, crucial in advanced manufacturing such as computer disk drives, mobile phones and hybrid car components are produced mainly in China.
Kittie Brown's gathering in Paris will be one among more than 800 happening in 67 countries as Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' gains global appeal.
American law professor Ronald Slye resigned from the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission this week after saying he 'lost faith' in its abilities to succeed.
A conference between South Sudan's political parties, civil society, and religious groups gave a look at what a future state in South Sudan might look like.
Keitai shosetsu (cellphone novels) have found a steady teen following in Japan, today making up a market worth $36 million.
Despite recent tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan is set to receive another $2 billion in US military assistance over the next five years.
The French Senate voted 177-153 in favor of a pension law that has sparked nearly two months of public anger. New France strikes are planned for next week.
Uganda homophobia has been stoked by the small Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone. In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema.
Tibet protests the Chinese government decision to teach only Chinese in regional schools. Just two years ago, violent protests in Tibet's capital of Lhasa resulted in numerous deaths and injuries.
Mexico earthquake: The tremor struck about 72 miles south of Los Mochis, a city just inland from the coast in Sinaloa. It was centered at a relatively shallow depth of 5.6 miles.
Japan called US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner 'unrealistic,' while India doubted he would have support among emerging economies at the G20 summit next month.
The firing of Niger junta secret service leader Seyni Chekaraou, on top of the arrest of four junta officers last week, does not bode well for the upcoming democratic election, some say.
Latin America's transition to democracy seems well established, with credible elections this year throughout the region. The recent Ecuador uprising underscores how dangers remain.
Israeli President Shimon Peres told Jewish leaders Thursday night that Israeli-Palestinian peace is critical to strengthening an anti-Iran coalition in the Middle East.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is in the midst of one of his world tours, making friends with US enemies and getting support for his country's nascent nuclear program.
Typhoon Megi, after wreaking havoc on the Philippines, neared Taiwan. Rockslides blocked roads and stranded travelers after Megi hurled winds at 100 miles per hour across the island nation.
Severe diarrhea has killed at least 135 in Haiti and while doctors await test results, cholera remains at the top of the list of suspects.