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Dozens Jumped out Hijacked Cuban Airliner Rear Door in Havana

Two dozen people jumped out the rear door of a Cuban airliner held at Havana airport after it was hijacked from Cuba's small Isle of Youth to the United States late Monday, AFP reported. The plane has been forced to land in Havana because of insufficient

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

Brasil Raises Minimum Wage

Brazil's centre-left government has offered workers an inflation-busting 20% rise in the minimum wage beginning from Tuesday. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Workers' Party (PT) promised during last October's elections to double the minimum wa

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 264

Dozens Missing in Bolivia Landslide

Up to 50 people are missing and feared dead in northern Bolivia, after a mudslide crushed dozens of houses. Heavy rains are reported to have started the disaster, which has engulfed a gold mining community in the village of Chima.

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 372

France Issued China Travel Warning

The French authorities advised against travel to Hong Kong or mainland China because of the outbreak of a deadly new virus. French chief medical officer Lucien Abenhaim said Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were not confined to people who had dire

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 210

Scores Feared Dead in clashes in Nigerian Oil Town

In Nigeria, scores of people are feared dead after fighting at a political rally in the troubled Niger Delta. A witness said an opposition rally was attacked on Saturday in the town of Bakana.

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

Fortuyn Killer: Was it Right or Wrong?

The man who has confessed to killing the populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn says he has been hit by doubts over the rightness of his deed. Talking to a panel of judges at his trial in Amsterdam Volkert van der Graaf compared Fortuyn's rapid rise to the

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Ex-Bosnian Croat Paramilitaries Given Lengthy Prison Sentences

Mladen Naletilic, and Vinko Martinovic, former Bosnian Croat paramilitaries, have been sentenced to 20 and 18 years in prison respectively by the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague for their roles in the Bosnian civil war in the early 1990s, B

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Hong Kong Building Residents under Quarantine over New Virus

The residents of an apartment in Hong Kong building in urban Kowloon were ordered under quarantine for 10 days in an effort to control a deadly new virus. With the number of cases in the territory reported to be at least 622 on Monday, 213 have been linke

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 225

Largest Sikh Temple Opened in London Sunday

The largest Sikh temple outside India has been officially opened in west London on Sunday. It is the culmination of many years of dedicated effort by the Sikh community based in Havelock Road, Southall.

World | March 30, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 812

Milosevic Wife Sought by the Police

Serbian police have demanded that the wife of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic return from Russia for questioning in connection with a major political murder. They are seeking Mirjana Markovic, a key political ally of her husband, following the d

World | March 30, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 180

Brazil Secures World Bank loan

Brazil has secured World Bank loans worth USD 505 M to finance its social programme. World Bank President James Wolfensohn said Brazil could look forward to an influx of foreign investment once the war with Iraq is over.

World | March 30, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 155

Two US Soldiers Killed in Afghan Ambush

Two U.S.

World | March 29, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

More Deadly Pneumonia Cases in Hong Kong, Singapure

Hong Kong and Singapore reported more cases on Saturday of a fast-spreading pneumonia that has killed 54 people worldwide as the United States urged Americans to postpone travel to parts of Asia. But Vietnam played down the threat from the deadly virus an

World | March 29, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 205

N Korea Defiant over Inspections

North Korea has vowed to strengthen its military defences, saying it would fend off what it called the "miserable fate" that had befallen Iraq. A commentary in the state-run newspaper of the ruling Korean Workers' Party, Rodong Sinmun, said that what was

World | March 29, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 222

US Government Hawk Perle Resigned

Veteran US Government hawk Richard Perle has resigned as chairman of a top Pentagon policy group. Perle's move came amid controversy over his dealings with the bankrupt telecommunications group, Global Crossing.

World | March 29, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 252

Britain's Asylum Plan Gets Substantial EU Support

A British plan to deport asylum seekers to special centres outside Europe has received "substantial support" from EU ministers, Home Secretary David Blunkett said. The scheme could mean the setting up of safe havens where refugees would stay until they co

World | March 29, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Bush Promised Peace Plan for Palestine and Israel Soon

US President Bush has promised that the so-called road map for peace between Israel and the Palestinians will be published "soon". Speaking to the media after a meeting with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, he said he was "strongly committed" to implementing

World | March 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 377

At Least 68 Rebels Killed in Burundi

At least 68 rebels have been killed in three days of heavy fighting to the north-east of the capital, Bujumbura, says the Burundian army. The army says four soldiers were wounded in the clashes with Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) rebels in the

World | March 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 265

Airports Urged to Check for Virus

Countries with large numbers of cases of a virulent pneumonia should screen passengers at airports for the illness, say experts. The World Health Organisation says that air passengers leaving Hong Kong, Taiwan, Hanoi, Singapore, Toronto and Guangdong prov

World | March 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

N Korea Angry at Japan Launch

North Korea has criticised Japan's launching of two spy satellites as a "hostile act". North Korea's official media responded to Friday's launch by threatening that Japan would "be held fully responsible for causing a new arms race" in north-east Asia".

World | March 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 175

Two Palestinians "Killed" in Gaza Raid

There has been an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip in the northern town of Beit Hanoun. Palestinian medical sources say two Palestinian national security officers were killed and six people injured.

World | March 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 215