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Japan's PM Hopes to Visit Iraq

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he wants to visit Iraq, as he prepares to send troops to help rebuild the war-torn country. He also added that he doesn't know when will the visit take place.

World | December 6, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 322

Strong Earthquake Measured Off Russian Peninsula

A strong earthquake was registered in the Pacific Ocean near the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula. No damage or injuries were reported.

World | December 6, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 178

Explosion Rocks Afghanistan, 15 Wounded

At least 15 Afghans were injured in a bomb blast in the centre of the southern city of Kandahar, which police blamed on Taliban militants. The explosion destroyed five shops and shattered windows in nearby stores and hotels.

World | December 6, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 290

Rumsfeld on Surprise Visit to Iraq

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk for an unannounced visit. Rumsfeld is said to make a first-hand assessment of the military and political situation in the country.

World | December 6, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

China Ready for Miss World Contest

China is ready to host the annual Miss World beauty pageant later on Saturday for the first time. Organiser say some two billion people around the world are expected to watch the competition, which will take place on China's tropical island of Hainan.

World | December 6, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 324

Putin Pledges Bombers Will Not Win

Russia will not be scared by terror attacks after a bomb on a commuter train killed 42 mainly young people, President Vladimir Putin has said. Over 200 people, mostly students going to classes, were injured in the blast that took place Friday morning.

World | December 6, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 269

Blast Kills 4, Injures 20 in Iraq

A bomb went off near a Baghdad mosque as a US military convoy passed by, killing 4 people and wounding 20 others. Most of the casualties were passengers on a bus that was badly damaged in the explosion near the al-Samarrai mosque in the New Baghdad sectio

World | December 5, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 248

Turkey Decides Not to Send Troops to Iraq

Turkey will not send troops to Iraq though the country supports the deployment of NATO forces in Iraq, Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said at the Thursday NATO Council session in Brussels.Gul made this statement after the US Secretary of State Col

World | December 5, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 374

US Denies Stalling Six-Nation North Korea N-Talks

The United States denied it was to blame for a diplomatic hitch that could delay six-nation North Korea nuclear talks until next year. The US said Pyongyang had demanded major concessions before the dialogue started.

World | December 5, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 273

10 Injured in Emergency Landing of Poland's FM Helicopter

A helicopter transporting Poland's Prime Minister Leszek Miller made an emergency landing near a Warsaw suburbia and injured 10 people, AFP reported. The spokesperson of Poland's government said that the emergency landing took place some 20 km away from W

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 340

Palestinians Open New Truce Talks

Palestinian militant groups meeting in Cairo have opened formal talks aimed at reaching agreement on a conditional ceasefire with Israel. The talks come as the authors of an unofficial Middle East peace plan begin lobbying for support in the US.

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 338

Powell Seeks Expanded NATO Role in Iraq

US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that he saw hopeful signs that NATO may be moving toward acceptance of an expanded role in Iraq. Powell raised the issue in a speech at the start of a NATO foreign ministers meeting and said afterward that

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 305

Blast Near US Embassy in Afghanistan

A rocket exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul on Thursday some two hours after US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with Afghanistan's leader in another part of the capital. It was announced that Rumsfeld had safely left the country to continue his t

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 269

Saddam Withdrew USD 1 B before US Invasion

Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has withdrawn over USD 1 B from Iraq's central bank hours before the invasion of US forces, international agencies reported. The reports cite a letter, believed to have been written by the former dictator, which was foun

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 282

Turkey on Alert after Tip-off for Bombers Assault on PM

Police in Istanbul are on alert after a tip-off for a planned attempt on the life of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other high-ranking officials, Turkish online news provider Journal Turk reported, citing information of the General Police Directo

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 348

Thousands Join Tree Lighting Ceremony in NYC

Some 30,000 lights shined on the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York, US, and the traditional lighting ceremony was attended by thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The nine-ton tree was planted 50 years ago in Connect

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 797

Iraqis Form Anti-Guerrilla Militia

Iraqi political parties and coalition authorities are discussing the possibility to create a 1,000-member militia in support of the US military fight against insurgents in the war-torn country, officials said. The militia would be formed by uniting fighte

World | December 4, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 316

Report: Al-Qaeda Refutes Links to Istanbul Bombings

In a statement said to be from Al-Qaeda, that was sent to media in Turkey, the terrorist organization refuted claims that it has organized and carried out the bombing attacks in Istanbul, the Turkish Internet Haber channel reported. The statement also sai

World | December 3, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 299

Saudis Arrest Bombing Suspect

Saudi Arabia says authorities have arrested a suspect in the terror strike last month at a housing compound in Riyadh. The November 8 bombing killed 17 people and wounded 122 others at a housing compound near the capital city's diplomatic quarter.

World | December 3, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 250

Alleged German Cannibal Tells Victim was Willing

A 42-year-old German accused of killing, dismembering and eating the flesh of another man admitted the charges as his murder trial began Wednesday, but said his victim had been willing. Armin Meiwes, a computer expert who lived in a half-timbered former m

World | December 3, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 266

Powell Urged Not to Meet Accord Authors

Israel reacted with disappointment Wednesday after US Secretary of State Colin Powell confirmed he will meet with organizers of an informal Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty. The comments by Zalman Shoval, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was the

World | December 3, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 236