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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

Police Seize Morocco Bomb Suspects

Militant Islamists have been rounded up by police in the Moroccan city of Casablanca in connection with Friday night's series of bomb attacks. At least 30 people were arrested in a major security operation across the city.

World | May 18, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 205

Matrix Reloaded Smashes Records

The Matrix Reloaded, the eagerly awaited sequel to the 1999 sci-fi hit starring Keanu Reeves, has taken a record-breaking USD 42.5m in its first day at the US box office.

World | May 17, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194

Serbia Extradites War Crimes Suspect

A former Yugoslav army officer accused of war crimes in Croatia has been transferred to The Hague. Miroslav Radic is alleged to have been involved in the massacre of about 200 people near the town of Vukovar in 1991.

World | May 17, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 299

Bush to Run for 2nd Term

President Bush has decided to run for another term in office - but the presidential campaign is getting off to its earliest start ever. George W Bush is determined to avoid the mistakes of his father, who was defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992 when he soug

World | May 17, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 345

28 Tourists Killed in French Bus Crash

At least 28 people have been killed and 40 injured when a coach carrying German tourists crashed on the A6 motorway in the northern suburbs of the city of Lyon, south-east French. The coach was heading south to Spain, to take the passengers on a holiday t

World | May 17, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

Top Palestinian Negotiator "Resigned"

The top Palestinian negotiator with Israel, Saeb Erekat, has offered to resign. Reports say the new Palestinian Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas - commonly known as Abu Mazen - asked Mr Erekat to allow him one week to respond.

World | May 16, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

US Warns of Terror Threat

Four days after the deadly bombings in Riyadh, the U.S.

World | May 16, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 184

First Confirmed SARS Case in UK

Britain's government health authorities reported the first confirmed case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the United Kingdom May 16. Laboratory testing "provided a positive result for the SARS coronavirus on one existing probable SARS case,

World | May 16, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 178