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Flash Airlines Black Boxes Found

French marines drove one of the four new hydrophone buoys in search for the black boxes of the Flash Airline charter plane which crashed shortly after take-off from Sharm El-Sheikh and killed all 148 people aboard. One box has been taken off waters, the o

World | January 17, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 201

Jackson Pleads Innocent in Child Sex Abuse Trial

Michael Jackson pleaded innocent on Friday to child-molestation charges that could send him to prison - and was scolded by the judge for being 21 minutes late for his first court appearance. Jackson nodded when asked if he understood the charges and said

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 216

Iran earthquake toll hits 41,000

Iranian officials say they now believe at least 41,000 people were killed in last month's devastating earthquake. The final number could still be revised, perhaps reaching 45,000, said Mohamed Mohamadi Kalbaykani, a senior aide to Iran's supreme leader.

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 359

Cities unveil Olympic bids

The nine cities hoping to stage the Olympic Games in 2012 have begun unveiling details of their bids. Paris, the favourite, was first to launch its candidacy, with a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower on Friday.

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 248

First Japanese Leave for Iraq

A team of Japanese soldiers left for Iraq Friday as police, on alert for terrorist attacks, tightened security ahead of what may become Japan's riskiest overseas military mission since World War II, Reuters informed. After a series of send-off ceremonies

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Prodi: Turkey Closer To EU Membership

EU Commission President Romano Prodi said on Thursday that impressive progress was achieved by Turkey regarding reforms, adding that "'the country is now closer to the European Union", Turkish media reported. Prodi, who is the first EU Commission Presiden

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

Macedonia in Bid for EU Membership

The Former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia is set to hand in its application for membership of the European Union by the end of February. A spokesperson for President Boris Trajkovski, told the EUobserver online edition, that the application would come bef

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 163

Georgian Minister's Plane Attacked in Iraq

Airplane carrying Georgia's Defence Minister David Tevzadze came under fire after taking off from Baghdad last night, security official disclosed. He explained that the pilot had to maneuver in a way for flying the machine into a safe zone.

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

Landmine Kills Three Students in Iraq

A landmine went off as a university bus packed with students run over it near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Thursday. Three of the passengers were killed as the blast tore the vehicle apart.

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

Top Cleric Attacks Iraq Election Plan

Top Shia cleric Hojat Al-Islam Ali Abdulhakim Alsafi has sent a letter to US President George Bush to question sincerity over the transfer of power in Iraq to locals. The letter also expressed doubts that the transition plan was rather linked to US intere

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 158

WHO Linked SARS to Civet Cats

Evidence has been found that civet cats carry the SARS virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced. A team of inspectors from the Organization found traces of the deadly virus in civet cats cages in a restaurant in the southern Chinese province o

World | January 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

UN Report: China, US Lead World Economy Recovery 2004

China and the United States are leading the way towards a 3.5 % surge in world economic growth expected this year, the United Nations said.

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 165

Simitis Nominated for EU Commission President

Former EU Commission President Jacques DeLores nominated Wednesday Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis to succeed current Commission President Romano Prodi, Greek media informed. Simitis joins Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and former Belgi

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

Blast Leaves 13 Dead in Pakistani Town of Karachi

A deadly bomb blast Thursday afternoon left 13 dead, including three policemen, in the center of the Pakistani town of Karachi. The blast was caused by eight kgs of explosives, thrown close to the car of a highly positioned official, local media reported.

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 163

EU says Cyprus affects Turkey

While a peace deal on Cyprus is not an official prerequisite for Turkey's EU prospects, it will be hard to open membership talks with Ankara this year if the island remains divided, EU officials said on Wednesday. Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, whose

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Prodi, Verheugen in Ankara Today

EU Commission President Romano Prodi will arrive in Ankara today as official guest of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish media informed. EU Commissioner Gunther Verheugen will accompany Prodi, who will be the first Commission President visiting Turkey

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 181

Strong Earthquake Shook Japan

An earthquake with preliminary estimated magnitude of 5 on the Richter scale shook southeastern Japan on Thursday, the country's Meteorological Agency reported. The quake's epicenter was at about 100 kilometers beneath the seabed, just off the Kunashiri i

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 212

Thousands Demand Direct Elections in Iraq

Tens of thousands of Iraqi gathered on a demonstration in the city of Basra to demand direct elections, opposing US plans for any transitional government to be selected by regional caucuses or meetings. More demonstrators are said to flock to the mosque i

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 168

Carol Braun Quits US Presidential Bid

Carol Moseley Braun, former Illinois senator and the only woman among the US Democrat's presidential hopefuls, is set to quit the race, offering support to another nominee of the Democrats, Howard Dean. This makes only eight Democrat candidates left in th

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 169

South Korea's FM Resigns

South Korea's foreign minister resigned Thursday, a day after President Roh Moo-hyun accused ministry officials of criticizing his foreign policy. Roh accepted Yoon Young-kwan's resignation, saying the Foreign Ministry was not fully backing his administra

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 168

US Soldiers Suicide Rate in Iraq Goes Up

US soldiers in Iraq are killing themselves at a high rate despite the work of special teams sent to help troops deal with combat stress. Meanwhile, about 2,500 soldiers who have returned from the war on terrorism wait for special medical care.

World | January 15, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209