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Hopes of Mideast Breakthrough despite New Violence

Two Hamas militants were killed in the Gaza Strip, but hopes of a breakthrough in the 1,000-day-old intifada were on the rise as a truce by hardline factions and an Israeli-Palestinian security deal seemed near. Two gunmen from Hamas' armed wing -- the Ez

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 205

Bush Skeptical of Mideast Truce Reports

President Bush reacted skeptically Wednesday to a reported agreement by Palestinian militants to halt attacks on Israelis for three months. "I'll believe it when I see it," Bush said.

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 182

Putin Seeks to Restore Links with Scotland

On the second day of his visit to Britain, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila, toured Edinburghin a bid to restore historic ties between the Scottish capital and his home city of Saint Petersburg. Accompanied by Prince Andrew, the seco

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 182

UK Wants Iraqi Gunmen Handed Over

British forces gave civilian leaders in the Iraqi town of Majar al-Kabir 48 hours to hand over gunmen who killed six British military police after a violent demonstration that left four Iraqis dead, AP reported, citing a municipal official said Wednesday

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 187

UK Considers Iraq Reinforcement

Thousands of extra British troops could be sent to Iraq in the wake of the killing of six members of the Royal Military Police, UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has said. An urgent review of troop numbers, tactics and equipment is under way after the death

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 185

Greece Reported Suspect SARS Case

Greece reported a suspected case of SARS saying the possible victim was a Chinese citizen on a business trip to Europe. Greece's Health Minister Costas Stefanis said the man, described as a Chinese businessman, left Shanghai on June 14 and made several st

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 186

US, EU Leaders to Meet in Washington

US and EU leaders will hold their annual summit in Washington, aiming to soothe transatlantic tensions over the Iraq war, politics and trade disputes. The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

6 British Soldiers Killed In Iraq

Six British soldiers were killed in a police station in southern Iraq and eight were wounded in a nearby ambush Tuesday, marking the deadliest day of attacks on coalition forces since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. The casualties were a shock to Bri

World | June 25, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Deadly Tornadoes Strike Nebraska for Second Day in Row

Deadly tornadoes hit Nebraska for the second day in a row as Nebraska registered its first two tornado fatalities since 1988. The tornado has striken in the northern end of Coleridge late Monday, at least 100 homes and 25 businesses has been severely dama

World | June 24, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 513

Sao Paulo Gay Parade Draws 800,000 People

One of the world's largest Pride celebrations drew 800,000 people onto Sao Paulo's streets to get a glimpse of the parade. According to police reports there were more than twice the number of spectators and revellers than last year.

World | June 24, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 247

Travel Advisory for Beijing Over SARS Lifted

The World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday lifted Tuesday the warning against travel to China's capital Beijing because of SARS. The decision was based on factors including the number of current SARS cases, quality of surveillance and the effectiveness o

World | June 24, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

US Soldiers May Have Attacked Convoy in Syria

US attack on a convoy that was believed to carry Iraqi leaders may have taken place inside Syria, Pentagon official admitted Tuesday. At least five Syrian border guards were injured in the attack which was carried out by US special forces backed by aircra

World | June 24, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 213

Russia's President Starts Official Visit in the UK

Russia's President Vladimir Putin will start Tuesday an official visit in the UK. Putin will hold talks with Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair to focus on cooperation in the energy sector and the Middle East peace process is also likely to be on the age

World | June 24, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 181

Israel's Army Detained Some 100 Palestinians

Israeli army detained more than 100 Palestinians in an operation targeting the militant group Hamas in the West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli military sources said. The action came amid reports that Palestinian militant groups were on the verge of agreeing

World | June 24, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 183

New Iraqi Army Plans Unveiled

The US-led administration in Iraq has announced plans for the creation of a new army for the country. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) also said it would make monthly payments to many of those who lost their jobs when former President Saddam Huss

World | June 23, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 240

Hong Kong Declared SARS-Free

Hong Kong has been declared free of SARS, 20 days after the last confirmed case of the disease in the territory. The World Health Organization called the development a "very significant achievement in the history of SARS control", following 296 deaths fro

World | June 23, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 175

US Criticises Israeli Strike

US Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed concern about the Middle East peace process after Israeli troops killed a Hamas leader in the West Bank. Palestinian militant group Hamas itself vowed revenge but said it would continue to consider a truce.

World | June 23, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 186

Kofi Annan Wants Roadmap for Iraq

The US-led coalition ruling Iraq should draw up a "roadmap" to outline the country's political future, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan told the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday. "The United Nations must cooperate with coalition forces and Iraq

World | June 22, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

Sabotage Causes Fuel Pipeline Explosion as Iraq Resumes Exports

Local officials said sabotage has caused the fuel pipeline explosion west of Baghdad as Iraq was to restart its first postwar oil exports on Sunday. The affected pipeline carries gas from the city of Kirkuk, 150 miles north of Baghdad, to various parts of

World | June 22, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 213

Arizona Fights Huge Fire

Fire fighters in the US state of Arizona have been unable to contain a huge blaze near the city of Tucson, the state's second largest. The Aspen fire, as it is called, has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced about 1,000 people to flee since it broke ou

World | June 22, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 206

Pope Visits Bosnia-Herzegovina

Pope John Paul II has begun a controversial trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina. He will hold an open-air ceremony to beatify Ivan Merz, a Bosnian man active in the Catholic church during 1920s.

World | June 22, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 258