Saudi Arabia stepped up security for diplomats on Monday and Western residences across the capital Riyadh said they were beefing up defenses after suspected suicide bombers killed at least 17 people in a housing compound.
Iran agreed Tuesday to sign and ratify an agreement on tougher inspections of its nuclear sites and suspend uranium enrichment and processing in a bid to ease international fears that it is building atomic weapons.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was accused Friday of playing the same propaganda games as Saddam Hussein after chunks of an ""intelligence"" dossier on Iraq turned out to have been plagiarized from academic papers.
Iraq's unconditional pledge to readmit UN weapons inspectors has bought Baghdad breathing space, but U.S. military action remains likely, a leading British researcher who visited Baghdad last week said Tuesday.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's weekend talks with U.S. President George W. Bush tied Britain further into U.S. plans to tackle Iraq but have not triggered a countdown to military action, analysts said Monday.
Prime Minister Tony Blair will urge Britons this week to hold their nerve after a series of setbacks to the U.S.-led campaign against Osama bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan, Blair's spokeswoman said.