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New Palestinian Internal Security Chief

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat allowed prime minister-designate Mahmud Abbas to name Mohammed Dahlan as internal security chief in his new cabinet, breaking their standstill, presidential secretary Tayeb Abdelrahim said. "Dahlan will be state minister f

World | April 23, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

Serbia Lifted 42-day State of Emergency

Serbia yesterday lifted its 42-day state of emergency, declared after the assassination of the former prime minister Zoran Djindjic last month. Zoran Zivkovic, Mr Djindjic's successor, said the government would press on with its crackdown on organised cri

World | April 23, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

Turkish Cypriots to Open Borders

The authorities in the breakaway Turkish north of Cyprus have announced that they will open access to the Greek Cypriot part of the island after nearly 30 years of enforced separation. Turkish Cypriots will be able to go over the border, which is expected

World | April 22, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 229

SARS Virus "Constantly Changing Form"

The virus thought to cause Sars is constantly changing form, say scientists - which will make developing a vaccine difficult. The Beijing Genomics Institute reported that the virus is "expected to mutate very fast and very easily".

World | April 22, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 252

Hong Kong Pupils Return to School despite SARS Outbreak

Secondary schools in Hong Kong reopened after a three-week closure because of the Sars outbreak. About 200,000 children from around 400 schools went back to class, although 10 schools refused to open.

World | April 22, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 192

Highly Contagious Bird Flu in Belgium

Belgium has announced another mass cull of chickens and other poultry in an effort to combat bird flu, a highly contagious disease that has apparently spread from the Netherlands. The Belgian authorities have already destroyed a quarter of a million birds

World | April 21, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 656

Toronto Commuters Warned Against SARS

Public transit commuters around Toronto may have been exposed to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and should check themselves for symptoms, Toronto public health officials said Sunday. The Ministry of Health issued an advisory Sunday saying an infected p

World | April 21, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 378

U.S. President George W. Bush Optimistic for N Korea Solution

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World | April 21, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 174

China Sacks Health Minister

State media reported that Health Minister Zhang Wenkang and Beijing mayor Meng Xuenong were removed from senior positions in the Communist Party, a formal step which will almost certainly see them fired from their government posts. In a statement Sunday t

World | April 20, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Pope Calls for Peace during Easter Sunday Mass

Pope John Paul II began Easter Sunday Mass with a call to the faithful to work tirelessly for peace, as tens of thousands of people jammed rain-soaked St. Peter's Square for the service.

World | April 20, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

Six Dead after Israeli Forces Raid on Gaza Camp

Five Palestinians and one Israeli soldier are reported to have been killed as Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships have raided a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in one of their biggest operations of recent months. The raid comes as argume

World | April 20, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 215

China Cancelled Week-long May Day Holiday

China has cancelled its week-long May Day holiday, as the health ministry announced a sharp increase in the incidence of the flu-like Sars virus. China's official death toll is now 79, with 1,807 confirmed cases of the illness, the health ministry has ann

World | April 20, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

High Turnout Reported in Nigeria's Landmark Presidential Election

Turnout is reported high in Nigeria's landmark presidential election, the first such poll organized by a civilian government in 20 years. Thousands of police officers are guarding voting precincts to prevent fraud and violence.

World | April 19, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 222

US Judge Orders Alleged Nazi Deportation

A judge in the United States has ordered the deportation of an elderly Ukrainian-born man accused of being a guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World WarII.Theodor Szehinskyj, 79, is accused of serving in a Waffen-SS Death's Head unit during the wa

World | April 19, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 197

Talks over N Korea's Nuclear Programme back on Track

Talks over North Korea's nuclear programme appear to be back on track after confusion about a statement apparently saying Pyongyang had started reprocessing thousands of spent fuel rods. The United States has said an English-language statement from North

World | April 19, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 186

Vietnam Mulls Closure of Northern Land Border with China

Vietnam's health authority has proposed that its northern land border with China be temporarily shut to prevent Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from spreading into the country. Vietnam has had 68 SARS infections including five deaths, but the out

World | April 19, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 175

N Korea May Add Six to Eight Nuclear Bombs to Arsenal

North Korea has said it is "successfully reprocessing" more than 8,000 spent fuel rods - a move that can enable the extraction of plutonium for several nuclear bombs. The procedure could allow North Korea to add, within months, six to eight bombs to the a

World | April 18, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 308

Parliament Reacts Furiously to Russian MP's Death

Russian members of parliament have furiously accused the government of losing the battle against crime a day after the killing of leading liberal politician. A Communist member of the lower house of parliament, Ivan Nikitchuk, said President Vladimir Puti

World | April 18, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 223

Poland buys 48 American Fighter Planes

Poland has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to buy 48 American fighter planes. It is the biggest defence contract signed by a former Soviet bloc country since the end of the Cold War.

World | April 18, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 195

Europe will not Tolerate "Dividing Lines"

Europe will not tolerate any more "dividing lines", a 40-nation conference declared as the EU prepares to push deep into ex-Soviet territory. The conference gathered the European Union with the expanding bloc's new neighbours to the south and east, includ

World | April 17, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 197

First SARS Case in India

India, which has the world's second largest population, has recorded its first confirmed case of the deadly SARS virus, AP reported, citing officials from the National Institute of Virology. A 32-year-old Indian man in the western state of Goa was in isol

World | April 17, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 177