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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Michael Jackson in Court on Friday

Michael Jackson will face the court on Friday and will get a chance to answer to a series of child molestation charges that could see the one-time "King of Pop" jailed for more than 20 years. He will be formally arraigned on nine counts in a court in Sant

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Bush Pushes For Moon, Mars Mission

US President George Bush unveiled plans for a US return to the moon as early as 2015, saying a lunar base would be a launch pad for manned missions to Mars and "across our solar system." Bush sought to preempt concerns about the initiative's potential mil

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20 Chinese Activists Head for Disputed Diaoyu Islands

Twenty Chinese activists have set off on two fishing boats bound for the disputed Diaoyu island chain, claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan, state media reported.According to the Xinhua news agency, the activists from Chinese companies and a non-governmenta

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1st Hamas Female Suicide Bomber Kills 4

Islamic militant group Hamas used a female suicide bomber for the first time, killing four Israelis in the Gaza strip. The bomber was in her early 20s, with two children.

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Japan Gives out USD 500,000 for Quaked Iran

In response to the UN Flash Appeal on January 13 the Government of Japan has decided to extend a contribution of USD 500,000 to protect the cultural heritage of Bam city in South Eastern Iran, which sustained large-scale damage from the earthquake that oc

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Tests Show No Agent in Iraq Mortar Shells

Tests by Danish and American experts indicate there is no chemical agent in mortar shells unearthed last week in southern Iraq but more testing is needed to confirm the findings, the Danish military reported Wednesday. The preliminary findings cast doubt

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British Ex-FM Stands for Parthenon Marbles Back to Greece

British former foreign secretary Robin Cook called on the British government to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, ANA news agency informed. In a full-page article in Tuesday's Evening Standard newspaper he supported the results of a recent opinion p

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LukOil Suspends Oil Sales in Russia

The vice president of the Russian oil major Lukoil, Leonid Fedun, said at a press conference that the Russian oil and gas sector will stop rising by 2007. Earlier, the oil giant announced that it would concentrate on foreign markets instead of selling oil

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Ireland Warns against EU Constitution Delay

Stalemate on the European constitution is not an option, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has declared at the start of his six months at the EU helm. In a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday he stressed that a deal was the top priority of Irel

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Bird Flu Worse Than SARS?

Bird flu could be "worse than SARS", if it mutates so it can spread between humans, WHO experts have warned. All cases seen so far in humans have occurred after people had been in close contact with sick birds.

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Czech Troops To Set For Afghanistan

130 Czech troops will leave for Afghanistan to take part in the combat against terrorism, official announced on Wednesday, cited by RIA Novosti news agency. Their mission will start after an approval by the Czech Parliament.

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Spain Proposes EU-US Trade Zone

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has unveiled an ambitious proposal, which could see the two biggest world economies form a free trade zone within a decade. During a visit to Washington, where he addressed US business leaders, Mr Aznar said that th

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Anti-SARS Drugs Discovered by Taiwan-US Research Team

Taiwan researchers said they have identified two potent drugs in collaboration with US-based Isis Pharmaceuticals, which could be used to treat the deadly SARS virus. The drugs work by inhibiting the replication of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (S

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4 Dead after Gaza Bomb Blast

A female Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up Wednesday at the main crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing four other people, emergency officials said. Israel Radio reported that the four dead were Israelis.

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Bomb Explodes in Baquba, Several Killed

A suspected car bomb exploded outside a police station in the central Iraqi town of Baquba on Wednesday, killing several people. Twin car bomb attacks on police stations in Baquba, 40 miles north of Baghdad, and the nearby town of Khan Bani Saad in Novemb

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