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Italy Boosts Security

Italy stepped up security in major cities as it faces a Sunday deadline from a group claiming an affiliation with Al Qaeda. On August 1, the group, calling itself as the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, told Italy to withdraw its 3,000 troops from Iraq within

World | August 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 262

Al Qaeda "Plots" Assassination

A high-profile political assassination, triggered by a new message from Osama bin Laden, will lead off the next major Al Qaeda attack, The Washington Times reported in Wednesday editions, citing US intelligence officials. US officials familiar with intell

World | August 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 310

Israeli Forces Raid Palestinian Town

Israeli forces raided the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis early Wednesday, firing a missile from a helicopter. At least12 people were wounded in the missile strike, three of them were in critical condition.

World | August 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 246

Top Shiite Fraction Official Killed

Gunmen killed a regional leader of one of Iraq 's largest Shiite parties in a drive-by shooting south of Baghdad. Gunmen drove up beside the car of Ali al-Khalisi, the head of Diyala province for the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, and

World | August 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 254

Oil Prices Hit Record-High Level

The price of crude oil has topped USD 45 a barrel - touching a record 21-year high of USD 45.04 in New York trade.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 272

Cat Forces Belgian Plane to Land

An escaped pet cat created a scare on a Belgian airliner, forcing the crew to turn back to Brussels 20 minutes into its journey. SN Brussels Airlines stressed the incident had been a fluke and the crew had observed all safety regulations.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 276

Donald Duck Gets Fame Walk Star

Cartoon character Donald Duck received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The beaming Donald and Mickey Mouse were among those who attended the star's unveiling on the sidewalk in front of the Walt Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre and Disney store in Ho

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 886

4 Dead in Austrian Bus Crash

At least four people have been killed and 40 seriously injured after a tourist bus carrying 48 passengers, most of them British, crashed in Austria. Police said that at least 27 Britons were on the bus, along with two Germans and two Russians.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 248

Najaf Clashes Go On

US tanks pushed into Najaf's vast cemetery-turned-battlefield as helicopter gunships fired on Shiite militiamen hiding there. American patrols with loudspeakers went through the city, warning militants to leave or face death.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 301

Japan Nuclear Firm Investigated

The Japanese company running a nuclear power plant where four employees died on Monday is being investigated on suspicion of negligence. Kansai Electric Power admitted it was told last year that a cooling pipe which burst was a safety threat.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 245

US Sees New CIA Director

US President George Bush has chosen Congressman Porter Goss to be the new director of the CIA. Goss, a Republican who heads the House of Representatives intelligence committee, is to replace George Tenet, who resigned as CIA chief last month.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 240

Libya Agrees Berlin Bomb Payout

Libya agreed to pay USD 35 M to compensate some victims of the bombing of a Berlin nightclub in 1986. The deal came in talks between Tripoli and lawyers for German victims of the attack at La Belle disco.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 214

4 Killed in Japan Nuke Accident

At least four people have been killed in a steam leak at a nuclear power plant in Japan. Over 18 others have been hospitalized with severe burns, after the accident at the Mihama plant in Fukui prefecture.

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 519

Israel OKs Settlement Expansion

Israel was on collision course with US again after it approved the construction of hundreds of new houses in one of the largest and most controversial of the West Bank settlements. Just days after the government received a slap on the wrist over plans for

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 528

Explosion Kills 6 in Baquba

A car bomb exploded near the Iraqi city of Baquba, killing at least six. Fourteen others are reported to have been injured in the blast in Balad Ruz, about 70km northeast of the capital, Baghdad.

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 666

Migrants Die en Route to Italy

At least 26 African migrants died trying to reach Italy in an overcrowded boat. More than 70 survivors were rescued by a freighter off the coast of Sicily.

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 689

Venezuelan Show for Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez led a rally of hundreds of thousands of supporters Sunday one week before a crucial referendum on his rule, which he said would be a contest between him and US "imperialism." The extrovert left-wing populist leader joined

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 676

2,250-metre Long Bridge Opened in Greece

The world's longest pending bridge was unveiled in Greece with a splendid ceremony. Otto Rehhagel, the German coach who helped Greece's football team win Euro 2004 will carry the Olympic flame across a newly built bridge.

World | August 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 604

Australia's PM under Fire over Iraq

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard faced the criticism of more than 40 former Australian diplomats and defence chiefs, who accused him of deceiving the country over the reasons for the Iraq war. "We are concerned that Australia was committed to join t

World | August 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 883

Gays Hit Strait-Laced Singapore

Asia's biggest gay and lesbian festival opens off late Saturday in Singapore, which has banned gay groups from registering as societies. Organizers promise the three-day event will kick off in spectacular fashion with all-night partying and dancing at the

World | August 7, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 650

Conspicuous Absence of Tourists in Athens

Safety concerns and high prices have been blamed for the absence of tourists in Athens, days before the opening of the Olympic Games. Ticket sales figures show that more than half of the 5.

World | August 7, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 632