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Journalists Ordered to Leave Najaf

Journalists have been ordered out of the holy city of Najaf which has seen fierce clashes between militant, loyal to Shia clerk Moqtada Sadr with US and Iraqi forces. "From now on this city is closed," a senior police officer told correspondents, who face

World | August 16, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 316

French-American Journalist "Kidnapped"

A French-American journalist was kidnapped Monday in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, Al-Jazeera television informed. The journalist was reportedly a citizen of both France and the United States, but was not identified.

World | August 16, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 464

Italy, Netherlands Face New Threats

An Islamist group has threatened to attack Italy and the Netherlands if they do not withdraw troops from Iraq. "You have challenged the soldiers of Islam, so expect an Islamic earthquake," the Internet statement of the Islamic Tawhid group reads.

World | August 16, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 503

Fighting Resumes in Najaf

Explosions and gunfire shook the center of Najaf on Sunday as US and tanks rolled back into the holy city and new fighting broke out after truce talks collapsed. The new US offensive cast a pall over Sunday's opening of the National Conference, a gatherin

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 311

Bush Visits Hurricane Hit Areas

US President George Bush visited Florida to see the devastation caused by a hurricane that killed at least 16 people and left many homeless. He joined his brother, Florida State Governor Jeb Bush, for a helicopter flight over the worst-hit areas.

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 339

Venezuelans Vote on Chavez

Venezuelans are voting in a referendum that will either remove populist leader Hugo Chavez from the presidency or keep him in office for two more years. Queues formed at polling stations hours before the vote, which began at 06:00 local time and ends at 1

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 392

Palestinian Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners staged a hunger strike in protest at their conditions in Israeli jails as militants threatened to kidnap Israeli troops to secure the release of inmates. Prison Service spokesman said that more than half of the 3,800 Pal

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 398

Greece Disappointed by Sprinters Suspension

The suspension of Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou from the Olympics after they missed a drugs test is a great disappointment for the entire nation, media reported. They have been suspended pending an International Olympic Committee hea

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 368

Blasts Mark Opening of Political Conference in Iraq

Blasts rocked Baghdad Sunday as Iraqi leaders met to pick an assembly to oversee their interim government, highlighting the problems the country faces on its stuttering road to democracy. The opening of the conference also came under the prospect of renew

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 336

Explosion Kills 13 in India

At least 13 people were killed when a bomb ripped through an Independence Day march in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. The blast occurred at 09.

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 310

Iranian Diplomat Released if Prisoners Freed

A militant group holding a top Iranian diplomat hostage in Baghdad said it would release him if Iran frees Iraqi prisoners it is holding, Arabic Al-Jazeera TV reported. The militants calling themselves the "Islamic Army in Iraq" pledged to punish the dipl

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 924

Syrian Truck Driver Abducted in Iraq

A Syrian truck driver has been kidnapped in northern Iraq, according to a police official. Kirkuk police chief Major General Turhan Yussif announced that the Syrian truck driver Hassan Awad Mohammed was kidnapped Saturday morning.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 419

US Air Hits Fallujah

The United States military has bombed suspected insurgent positions near the flashpoint city of Fallujah after US marines were attacked. A military statement said that the marines were positioned outside of Fallujah when anti-Iraqi forces engaged them wit

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 859

Pope Visits Lourdes

Pilgrims lined the streets of Lourdes to pay their respects to Pope John Paul II. The streets of the town at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains were a babel of different languages and a riot of colour, as Indian pilgrims donned their saris and African Chr

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 699

Polish Nobel Winner Dies

Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, a poet who documented the fight against communism, has died aged 93. Milosz died at his home in Krakow, but no cause of death has been given.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 363

Terror Alert in Italy

Security measures have been tightened in Italy, around airports especially, following repeated but unverified terror threats against the country that have appeared on the Internet. On August 1st, a statement sent by an Al-Qaeda-linked group to an Arabic n

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 495

Hurricane Hits Florida

Hurricane Charley's devastating tear across Florida flattened oceanfront homes, killed at least 15 people and left thousands more homeless Saturday . Packing winds of 233 kph, Charley was a powerful Category 4 storm when came ashore Friday at Punta Gorda

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 569

Scores Die in Burundi Camp Raid

Gunmen killed at least 130 people in a raid on a camp for Congolese Tutsi refugees in Burundi. The Gatumba camp, near the border with DR Congo, provides shelter for 4,000 refugees who fled DR Congo in June.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

Polish Troops Return to Base

The group of Polish soldiers that have been trapped at a Hilla police station has returned safely to its base, Reuters reported. The soldiers were trapped as Iraqi police and Al-Mahdi army militia engaged in an intense exchange of fire.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 257

US Offers Aid to Hurricane Battered Cuba

The United States offered Cuba USD 50,000 in disaster assistance and urged US-based humanitarian groups to send aid to the island after it was badly hit by Hurricane Charley. The US regrets the damage caused by Hurricane Charley and expresses its solidari

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 339

Chavez Supporters Optimistic

Supporters and foes of Venezuela's embattled President Hugo Chavez took to the streets in separate demonstrations leading up to a crucial referendum vote. At separate ends of the capital, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans either cheered or jeered the l

World | August 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 251