Rice Visits Afghanistan for Anti-Terrorism Talks

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice made her first visit to Afghanistan on Thursday for talks with top officials about counterterrorism, how to end the narcotics trade and ways to rebuild the country after years of conflict. Rice was due to meet senior

World | March 17, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 450

24-Hour Strike Paralyses Greece

A wave of strikes by workers in various sectors paralyzed the country on Thursday. The Greek trade unions demand better social guarantees for the workers and rise of salaries.

World | March 17, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1047

Italy Cements Stand on Iraq Pullout

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has informed US President George Bush about his decision to start withdrawing his country's troops from Iraq starting in September. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said Italian troop withdraw

World | March 16, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 547

23 Survivors, 29 Killed in Russian Plane Crash

Twenty-three people have been rescued from the crashed AN-24, which was brought on fire while landing on a northern area of Russia. According to information from Russia's Emergency Ministry, there were 29 casualties out of 45 passengers and 4-member crew.

World | March 16, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 598

Boy Admits to Clearing Jackson

The boy who says Michael Jackson molested him has acknowledged that he cleared the pop icon in a conversation with his school dean. "I told Dean Alpert he didn't do anything to me," the boy said under questioning by Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr..

World | March 15, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 677

Californian Judge Voids Ban on Gay Marriage

A county judge has ruled California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Judge Richard Kramer of the San Francisco Superior Court compared the ban to laws requiring racial segregation.

World | March 15, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 426

Beirut Packed with anti-Syria Protesters

A record number of protesters have reportedly flocked to Beirut's Martyrs' Square on an opposition rally. Nearly one million people gathered at the site to protest against the continuing presence of Syrian forces in Lebanon, world media reported.

World | March 14, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 403

Annan, Abbas Meet over Middle East Peace Process

The United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, is due in the West Bank town of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Annan, making his first visit to the Middle East in four years aims to promote UN's support in Israeli-Palestinian

World | March 14, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 404

Earthquake Hits Eastern Turkey

A strong earthquake shook eastern Turkey today, damaging buildings and injuring five people, two days after another quake in the region. The earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.

World | March 14, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 369

Iraq Kurds Curb Talks on Government

Iraq's leading parties said they have failed to reach a deal on forming a new government before the first meeting of parliament. Iraq's interim deputy president Rowsh Shaways said Sunday talks between the Shia alliance that won landmark elections and Kurd

World | March 13, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 325

Oil Regains over $54

Oil prices are back over USD 54 after faster growth of global demand was estimated by the International Energy Agency. US light crude went up 89 cents to USD 54.

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 329

Hamas to Run in Palestinian Elections

The Islamic militant group Hamas has announced it would participate in Palestinian parliamentary elections scheduled in July. This could have consequences for efforts to jumpstart the peace process.

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 365

Syria Committed to Lebanon Pullout

Syrian President Bashar Assad has reiterated his commitment to withdrawing all Syrian troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon, a UN envoy said Saturday, indicating that he had received a timetable for the pullout. Meanwhile, a convoy of Syrian troops

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 353

Quake Rocks Southeast Turkey

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 shook southeastern Turkey on Saturday, injuring 15 people and triggering off an avalanche, which blocked one of two lanes of the main highway between the city of Erzurum and the town of Cat.

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 462

Vatican Releases Video of Pope Speaking

The Vatican released a video Friday with Pope John Paul II speaking at a Mass in a hospital. It was the first time the pontiff's voice had been heard since 24 February, when he underwent throat surgery to help ease his breathing difficulties.

World | March 11, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 609

Earthquake Shakes Indonesian Resort

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale has rattled Indonesia's resort island of Bali, Sky News reported.

World | March 11, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 803

Pope Remains in Hospital - Vatican

Pope John Paul II will remain in hospital "for a few more days," while his health continues to improve, Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls said on Thursday. "On the advice of his doctors, the Holy Father will prolong his stay in hospital for a few

World | March 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 358

Accuser "Slept" in Jackson's Bedroom

Michael Jackson's teenage child sex accuser said in court that he slept in the star's bedroom and surfed Internet pornography sites with him the first time they met. The boy testified after his bother acknowledged under cross-examination that the pop star

World | March 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 605

19 Bodies Found in Iraq

The bodies of 19 people who were shot dead have been found in the western Iraqi town of Qaim. All 19, including a woman, were wearing civilian clothes, Doctor Hamdi al-Alousi, the director of Qaim Hospital, said.

World | March 9, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 457

Baghdad Rocked by Major Explosion

An explosion in the Iraqi capital Baghdad shook buildings and covered the area in a pall of smoke. Reports say a suicide bomber blew up a rubbish truck close to the ministry of agriculture and several hotels in the city centre.

World | March 9, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 360

Kosovo Ex-PM Faces Charges

The former Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, is due to fly to the United Nations tribunal in The Hague after being charged with war crimes. His indictment refers to his role in the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict, although the charges have not been made

World | March 9, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 379
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