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Al-Qaeda Trial Opens in Belgium

The trial of 23 alleged Islamic extremists has begun amid intense security in Brussels. The accused face a range of charges including involvement in the murder of the Afghan opposition leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud, and planning attacks on American targets i

World | May 22, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 218

Chirac Insists on Eurozone Rate Cut

The French president has called for lower eurozone interest rates, in a speech ahead of the G8 summit in France next month. "Interest rates are low and can continue to fall," President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday in what is seen as a clear reference

World | May 22, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

US Protest over Al-Qaeda Tape

The United States has voiced its concern to Qatar over the broadcast by the al-Jazeera satellite television channel of an alleged message from a senior al-Qaeda leader. US Secretary of State Colin Powell termed the broadcast unfortunate and said that givi

World | May 22, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 222

"Al-Qaeda" Calls on Muslims to Carry out Fresh Suicide Attacks

The Arabic television channel al-Jazeera has broadcast what it says is an audio tape of al-Qaeda's second-in-command calling on Muslims to carry out more suicide attacks, BBC reported. "The crusaders and the Jews only understand the language of murder", a

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 306

US Troops Kill Four Afghans "By Mistake"

American troops have shot dead four Afghan soldiers and wounded another four outside the US embassy in Kabul thinking they were coming under attack, international agencies reported, citing Afghan officials. International security forces say there was an e

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 287

Taiwan SARS Crisis Getting Worse

Taiwan recorded its largest single day rise in SARS deaths and new cases as the crisis in the island's hospitals worsened, while China said most of the country was close to controlling the epidemic. As the World Health Organisation began a second day of i

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 335

Argentina's New Cabinet Announced

Argentina's President-elect Nestor Kirchner has announced his new cabinet six days ahead of his inauguration. The list includes the existing Economy Minister, Roberto Lavagna, who retains his post in recognition of his role in stabilising the national acc

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 335

U.S. Terror Alert Raised to Orange

The Bush administration raised the national terror alert level to orange on Tuesday amid fears that a wave of attacks overseas would spread to the United States, AP reported. The threats were not specific to location, time or method of attack.

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 246

300 Killed in Sri Lanka Floods

At least 300 people have been reported dead and another 200 pronounced missing in Sri Lanka's worst flooding in five decades, international agencies reported. Some 60,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed in three districts.

World | May 20, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 187

US: New Terrorist Attacks in Saudi Arabia Imminent

The United States issued a new warning of "imminent" terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, as it decided to shut down its embassy in Riyadh and consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran from Wednesday. It is still not known when the offices will reopen.

World | May 20, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 154

Israeli Troops Pull Back to Palestinian Town Edges

Israeli troops pulled back to the edges of a Palestinian town in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, despite five suicide attacks that killed 12 Israelis in 48 hours and endangered a U.S.

World | May 20, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 239

UN Warns on Aid Work in Gaza

Israel's virtual closure of the Gaza Strip may force the United Nations to halt aid operations in the Palestinian territory, the organisation has warned. Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN special envoy for the Middle East peace process, said the "drastic" restric

World | May 20, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194

Taiwan Hits New SARS Record

Taiwan reported 39 new cases of SARS on Tuesday, a new daily record which takes the number of probable cases to 383. Almost a quarter of the island's cases have been recorded since Sunday.

World | May 20, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 158

Blast Rocks Israeli Shopping Mall

An explosion triggered by a suicide bomber has rocked a shopping mall in the northern Israel town of Afula, Israeli police say. Israeli Army Radio said three people were killed as well as the bomber, who it said was a woman.

World | May 19, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 211

Ari Fleischer to Resign

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Monday he will resign in July to enter the private sector. His replacement will likely be deputy press secretary Scott McLellan.

World | May 19, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 187

Dollar Hit Four-year Low against Euro on Monday

The dollar sank to a four-year low against the euro on Monday after comments from John Snow, US Treasury secretary, over the weekend were interpreted as a sign Washington would tolerate a weakened dollar. In early European trade the dollar fell to $1.

World | May 19, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 229

Israel Increases Political Pressure on Arafat

Israel has increased the political pressure on the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, following Sunday's suicide attacks which left nine dead in Jerusalem, including two bombers. Foreign diplomats and visiting politicians will be banned from seeing Israeli

World | May 19, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

Death toll rises in Sri Lanka Floods

At least 200 people have been killed in severe flooding in southern Sri Lanka, a government minister has said. About a quarter of a million people have been affected by the floods, which are the worst to hit the country for many years.

World | May 19, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 216

Pope Celebrates 83rd Birthday

Pope John Paul II has celebrated his 83rd birthday with a ceremony in St Peter's Square in Rome at which he canonised four new saints - two fellow Poles and two Italians. Tens of thousands of people attended a special Mass in the square, among them Polish

World | May 18, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

Slovaks Back EU Entry

Slovaks have voted to join the European Union, according to Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda. He said enough people had voted in the referendum for the result to stand.

World | May 18, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 163

Suicide Bombers Kill 7 in Jerusalem

A suicide bomber blew himself up on a Jerusalem bus early Sunday, killing seven passengers and himself, while a second bomber blew himself up on the city's outskirts. The attacks came just hours after Israeli and Palestinian leaders met to discuss a new p

World | May 18, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179