In the build-up to the Canadian election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's rivals have accused him of favouring the same economic policies as US President George W Bush.
South Africa will stick to its ambitious plan to put 30 per cent of farmland in black hands by 2014, even though it is lagging way behind target, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
White House contenders Barack Obama and John McCain have called for urgent efforts to revive a $US700 billion ($NZ1.03 trillion) financial bailout, warning of catastrophe for ordinary Americans if Congress fails to act.
A senior US has envoy traveled to North Korea in a bid to rescue a faltering nuclear disarmament deal and prevent Pyongyang from rebuilding a plant that made weapons-grade plutonium.
South Korean has found trace amounts of melamine in milk products imported from New Zealand that were used in baby formula and banned their import.