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Sri Lankan Politician Killed by Gunmen

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a pro-Tamil Tiger politician at a Christmas Midnight Mass in Sri Lanka. Joseph Pararajasingham, 71, was shot at close range at St Michael's Church in Batticaloa, 300km east of the capital, Colombo.

World | December 25, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 684

US to Cut Troops in Iraq

US President George Bush has authorized new cuts in US combat troops in Iraq, below the 138,000 level that prevailed for most of this year, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. Speaking to troops in Falluja, Rumsfeld did not specify a number but said t

World | December 23, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1172

Bomb Explodes near Greek Ministry

A bomb has exploded outside Greece's Ministry of Development, the second attack on government buildings in the capital Athens in ten days. The blast went off at the back of the building.

World | December 23, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 822

Blair on Surprise Visit to Iraq

British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Iraq on an unannounced trip to visit British troops and US officials. He met with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and coalition commander General George Casey.

World | December 22, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 703

Gwen Stefani Three-Months Pregnant

Pop icon Gwen Stefani is about three months pregnant, world media have disclosed. People close to 36-year-old Stefani and her husband Gavin Rosdale have reportedly confirmed the happy news.

World | December 21, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1187

Arctic Temperatures Hit Greece

Temperatures of -21 Celsius have frozen North Greece hard this week, media said. Across Greece temperatures were very low Tuesday, despite the clear weather.

World | December 21, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1364

Bin Laden "No Longer in Command"

It appears unlikely that Osama bin Laden, if still alive, is in full command of the al-Qaida terrorist network, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. Rumsfeld told journalists during a visit to Pakistan that Bin Laden could be hiding somewhere on the Af

World | December 21, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1089

Sir Elton Ties the Knot with His Beloved David Furnish

Sir Elton John and his longtime partner Canadian filmmaker David Furnish will be one of the first gay couples engaging in civil partnership, Britain's version of gay marriage, on Wednesday. The couple enjoyed one of their last nights of freedom on Monday,

World | December 21, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 822

One Killed, Over 50 Injured in Italian Train Crash

Two passenger trains collided at a station south of Rome, Italy on Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 50. A train travelling from Rome to Cassino stopped at the station in Roccasecca, about 80 miles south of the capital, said Luig

World | December 21, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1085

Italy's Central Bank Boss Quits

The head of the Italian central bank has tabled his resignation amid a probe against him for possible abuse of power. Antonio Fazio, 69, assumed the lifetime post in 1993.

World | December 20, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 692

Plane Crash off Miami Kills All Onboard

A vintage seaplane crashed into the ocean off Miami on Monday, killing all twenty passengers on board, CNN reported, citing authorities. Nineteen bodies have been recovered so far and the last body is suspected to have sunk in the water.

World | December 20, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1668

Leftist Claims Victory in Bolivia

A leftist candidate from one of Bolivia's Indian peoples who wants to legalise coca-growing has claimed victory in the presidential election. "We have won," Evo Morales told thousands of cheering supporters as some exit polls suggested he had passed the 5

World | December 19, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 515

Bush: US is Winning Iraq War

In his first primetime address from the Oval Office since the invasion of Iraq, President Bush assured Americans the United States is winning the war in Iraq and urged them not to "give in to despair". "I know that some of my decisions have led to terribl

World | December 19, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 849

German Hostage in Iraq Released

A German hostage was released Sunday after spending nearly a month in captivity. Susanne Osthoff, 43-year-old aid worker and archaeologist, was in the German embassy in Baghdad after being freed following her Nov.

World | December 18, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 480

Madras Stampede Kills 42

At least 42 people have died in a stampede for flood relief aid in the southern Indian city of Madras (Chennai), authorities say. The incident happened at a school where thousands of people had gathered to collect food coupons.

World | December 18, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 604

US Vice-President on Surprise Iraq Visit

US Vice-President Dick Cheney began an unannounced visit to Iraq - believed to be his first since the 2003 war. Cheney praised the "tremendous" elections last Thursday as well as the contribution of US commanders in helping build "a self-governing Iraq".

World | December 18, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 469

Bhutan King to Abdicate

The king of Bhutan says he will step down when the country holds its first national democratic elections in 2008, state media reported. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck said he would be succeeded as leader of the remote Himalayan kingdom by his son, the crown

World | December 18, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 487

Radiation Alert in Demolished Chechen Plant

Prosecutors in Chechnya opened a criminal investigation after finding "catastrophic" levels of radioactivity at a chemical factory in the republic. Investigators say the radiation - in one place reportedly 58,000 times the usual level - poses a danger to

World | December 17, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 474

Bush Admits to Secret Spying Order

US President George Bush admitted that he signed a secret order after the September 11 terror attacks permitting surveillance of US citizens without court approval. In a live radio address Bush said it was a vital measure to protect US national interests.

World | December 17, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 408

Clashes Erupt as Trade Summit Tension Escalates

Riot police have fought running battles with anti-globalisation protesters near world trade talks in Hong Kong, in the worst violence there for 16 years. Protesters with bamboo sticks stormed police lines, as officers used pepper spray and batons to push

World | December 17, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 349

Blast Rocks Offices In Istanbul

An explosion was reported at an office block in Istanbul, but reportedly it did not cause injuries, police said. The blast, in the historic Eyup district of the city, was believed to have been caused by accident.

World | December 16, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 600
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