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US Opportunity Lands Successfully on Mars

Opportunity, the second of two US probes sent to explore the surface of Mars, has landed safely on the planet and made contact with controllers late on Saturday, the US space agency NASA said. The probe landed in an area of the planet known as the Meridia

World | January 25, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 343

Poor Weather Costs Turkey Nearly USD 1 B

The losses that Turkey suffered due to the closure of the Istanbul stock exchange have been estimated at some USD 800,000, Turkish newspaper wrote ob Saturday. Figures are expected to rise even higher if the weather condition does not improve.

World | January 24, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 323

Greek Deputy Economy Minister Resigned

Greece Deputy Economy Minister Christos Pachtas submitted his resignation Friday evening and it was accepted after the opposition lashed him with corruption allegations. Under a controversial amendment passed through Parliament the previous night a techni

World | January 24, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 543

Cheney Defends Iraq Invasion in Davos

US Vice President Dick Cheney defended the U.S.

World | January 24, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 345

Libya Nike Bomb Designs "under U.N. Seal"

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday designs for nuclear weapons had been found in Libya and put under U.N.

World | January 24, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 926

UN Liaison Team in Iraq

The United Nations announced that a two-person military and security team arrived in Baghdad as the world body readies for a possible return to Iraq. The announcement comes as Secretary General Kofi Annan who withdrew staff from the country three months a

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 432

Dozens Dead in Bitter Cold Lash in Southeastern Europe

Freezing temperatures, heavy snow and high winds threw parts of southeastern Europe into chaos, claiming dozens of lives and overwhelming emergency services in the usually temperate region. At least five people, including two schoolboys, froze to death in

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 480

Mars Had Watery Past

Data relayed from Europe's brand-new mission to Mars gave dramatic backing to theories that the Red Planet was once awash with water, one of the precious ingredients for life, AFP reported. First results from the unmanned spacecraft Mars Express sketched

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 342

EU Bans Imports of Thai Poultry Over Bird Flu

The European Union has slapped an immediate ban on imports of Thai poultry meat and products after Thailand confirmed its first two human cases of deadly bird flu, the European Commission said on Friday. The ban applies to poultry slaughtered after Januar

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 494

Orthodox Patriarch Met Communist Leader Castro

A meeting lasting approximately one hour was held on Thursday night between the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, following the speech of the Head of the Orthodox Church in Havana, Greek agency MPA informed. The Ecumenical

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 790

Indian Wedding Marred by Fire

A wedding in the Indian temple town of Srirangam ended in a fire tragedy, when a major fire mishap broke out at the marriage hall, Indian media reported. At least 45 persons were charred to death, including the bridegroom, and another 50 injured.

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 394

Egypt, Libya Lift Travel Hurdles on Border

Egypt and Libya lifted Thursday restrictions on travellers crossing their common desert border imposed two weeks ago during a diplomatic row, the border authorities said, cited by AFP. The official said Egyptian workers were now crossing with just their i

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 384

Contact Lost with Mars Rover

NASA has lost contact with Spirit, the spacecraft probing Mars, because of a serious breakdown, world media reported on Thursday. "We have a very serious anomaly on the vehicle," Pete Theisinger, project manager for the Mars Exploration Rover mission said

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 300

Third Day of Davos Economic Forum

Leading economists voiced concern over the fall of the US dollar and its impact on growth in Europe as money issues come to the fore on the second day of the World Economic Forum. With the eurozone's nascent economic recovery depending mostly on the area'

World | January 23, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 367

French Doctors, Airport Staff Strike

French doctors and airport staff staged protests on Thursday, a day after a train strike upset travel in a week of protests in various sectors to pressure the conservative government over its economic reforms, Reuters reported. Doctors took to the streets

World | January 22, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Iraqi Policemen Killed in Fresh Attacks

Two Iraqi policemen have been killed and five others wounded in a rifle and grenade attack. Witnesses said a passing car fired AK-47 assault rifles and tossed a grenade at a police checkpoint near the Iraqi town of Falluja on Thursday.

World | January 22, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 288

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Prone To Waive Iraq Debt

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia told Wednesday the US Iraq-debt envoy that they were willing to begin talks over reducing debts owed by Iraq, the Lebanon Daily Star informed. However both states said this would be conditional on the election of a new, "legitimate

World | January 22, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 255

China Celebrates Lunar New Year

People across Asia and in Asian communities around the world have been celebrating the Lunar New Year. The star of Chinese celebrations was the country's first man in space, Yang Liwei, who appeared on TV to wish people a happy year of the monkey.

World | January 22, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 286

Orthodox Patriarch Visits Cuba

Bartholomew I, the Orthodox ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, arrived in Havana on a five-day visit, the first time a leader of the Orthodox Church has paid a visit to Latin America. Cuban President Fidel Castro welcomed the patriarch, who claims to

World | January 22, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 362

Israeli PM in Haze of Corruption Scandal

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was under a cloud, facing the possibility of criminal charges after a businessman was indicted for attempting to bribe him when he was foreign minister. Meanwhile, the US said it would despatch two senior diplomats to t

World | January 22, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

UN Nuclear Inspectors in Libya

Inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog have arrived in Libya on Tuesday to work along with British and US inspection teams already present in the North African country, under a deal struck the day before in Vienna. Britain and the United States are to pr

World | January 21, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191