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US Copter Down in Iraq, 10 Dead

A US helicopter has crashed in northern Iraq, killing all 12 people onboard, the US military has said. Eight passengers and four crew died in the crash, and an investigation is still trying to find out what downed the machine.

World | January 8, 2006, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 406

Pope Baptizes 10 Babies

Pope Benedict XVI performed the first baptisms of his pontificate on Sunday. The pontiff baptized ten newborns at the Sistine Chapel, continuing a tradition of late Pope John Paul II to personally welcome some of the newest members of the Roman Catholic C

World | January 8, 2006, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 396

Iran to Hang Rapist-Attacked Girl

Iranian court has sentenced a teenager to death by hanging after she tried to defend herself from a rapist, media said Saturday. Nazanin, aged 18, confessed to killing a man unintentionally when he and two accomplices tried to rape her and her younger nie

World | January 7, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1127

UK Liberal Democrat Leader Quits

Charles Kennedy, leader of the UK Liberal Democrat Party announced his resignation Saturday, two days after admitting to an alcohol issue. Kennedy, 46, had been under mounting pressure from colleagues since his drinking problem was confirmed.

World | January 7, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 337

US Journalist Kidnapped in Baghdad

An American journalist has been kidnapped in Baghdad and the accompanying translator was slain by the abductors. The journalist's identity was not immediately revealed, but it is known that he/she was on the way to interview the head of the Sunni coalitio

World | January 7, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 417

Straw Secretly in Iraq for Diplomatic Talks

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has landed in Iraq on a surprising diplomatic visit. He is set to meet local politicians at the British base in Basra, to the south of the country, to discuss issues including Iraq's political future.

World | January 6, 2006, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 790

Suicide Bombs Kill 130 in Iraq

Suicide bombers carried out twin assaults on one of Shiite Islam's most sacred sites and a police recruitment center, killing at least 134 people and wounding hundreds, Iraqi officials said. Five American soldiers were also killed by a roadside bomb in th

World | January 6, 2006, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 378

23 Killed in Mecca Hotel Collapse

At least 23 people have been killed when a hotel outside the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city collapsed Thursday. Rescue teams rushed to the site and were pulling bodies from beneath the wreckage.

World | January 5, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 955

Turkey Confirms Human Bird Flu

At least two people to the east of Turkey have died of bird flu, the country's health minister announced. This is the first case of human bird flu diagnosed outside Southeast Asia, where at least 70 have died.

World | January 5, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 465

1 US Miner Found Alive

Just one of the 12 trapped miners found in a US coal mine on Wednesday has survived, reports from the US say. CNN said only one man - critically ill and rushed to hospital - had been found alive by rescuers, just hours after news all had been found safe.

World | January 4, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 456

Saddam "Prefers to be Shot by Firing Squad"

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has told his lawyers that he wants to be shot by firing squad, not hanged, if sentenced to death during his murder trial, the Washington Times reported. The trial will be resumed later this month in Baghdad.

World | January 3, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1101

Bush Opens New 2006 With Focus on Economy, Iraq

US President George Bush is starting his sixth year in office with a flurry of activity designed to trumpet upturns in the economy, defend US action in Iraq and challenge critics who claim his methods of fighting terrorists infringe on civil liberties. On

World | January 2, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 509

Israeli Air Strike Targets Gaza

The Israeli air force has fired a missile at a building in Gaza used by the governing Palestinian party, Fatah. Israel said it targeted a building in Khan Yunis used by the Fatah-linked militants, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

World | January 2, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 405

Poland Takes over Baltic Air Patrol

Poland has become the first former Warsaw Pact country to take responsibility for patrolling the air space of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Polish pilots took over the rotating NATO mission from the US at a ceremony in northern Lithuania.

World | January 1, 2006, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 915

Iraqi Shias Abducted, Killed

About 12 Shia Muslims have been killed by insurgents who broke into their homes south of Baghdad, officials say. The victims were reported to be members of the same extended family, living in the mainly Sunni town of Latifiya, about 30km south of Baghdad.

World | December 29, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 819

Israel Bombards Gaza No-go Zone

Israel has shelled a newly declared buffer zone in northern Gaza, soon after warning Palestinians they could be shot if they entered it. The Israeli-imposed restrictions came into effect on Wednesday and blasts were heard within minutes.

World | December 29, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 461

Beslan Rescue Operation "Full of Failures"

The operation to free hostages in the Beslan school siege was full of "failures and shortcomings", says an official investigating the 2004 crisis. Alexander Torshin, the man leading a federal parliamentary commission inquiry, gave parliament an update of

World | December 28, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 880

Mass Grave Found in Iraqi City

A mass grave has been discovered in the predominantly Shia city of Karbala south of Baghdad, Iraqi police said. Dozens of bodies have reportedly been found, apparently those of Shia rebels killed by Saddam Hussein's army after its defeat in the 1991 Gulf

World | December 27, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 847

Austria Keeps Labour Restrictions

Austria decided not to lift labour restrictions on the new EU member states by 2011 in a bid to protect its market. Similar restrictions have been imposed by other of the so-called older members of the European Union, brining transition periods of up to s

World | December 27, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 833

4 Die at Pyrotechnics Store Blast in Venezuela

At least four people have been killed in an explosion at a pyrotechnics store in the east of Venezuela. More people may have perished in the fires, police officers fear, but the flames still haven't been subdued and the exact body count is unclear.

World | December 27, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1058

Indonesia Marks Gruesome Tsunami Anniversary

Indonesia is marking Monday a year since the earthquake-tsunami catastrophe that killed hundreds of thousands of people, including many foreign tourists. World media reported that many survivors, as well as people who had lost loved ones, had gathered at

World | December 26, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 886
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