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Europe's Super Rocket Explodes

Europe's new heavy-lift rocket has failed on its maiden flight. The Ariane 5-ESCA blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 1921 local time (2221 GMT) and exploded over the Atlantic three minutes later.

World | December 12, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 141

Spain Tanker Risks Four-year Leak

The sunken tanker Prestige may continue to send oil oozing into the Atlantic until 2006, Spanish experts have revealed. The heavy fuel oil on board the wrecked vessel is currently leaking from 15 cracks in the hull at the rate of up to 125 metric tons a d

World | December 11, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 188

Britain Warns Against Bio-weapons Leak from Universities

International terrorist groups could get hold of lethal biological weapons from Britain's universities and other research bodies, MPs have warned. The influential Commons foreign affairs committee is urging the government to introduce stronger controls ov

World | December 11, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 181

U.S. Asks Hungary to Grant Air-bases

In Hungary, the authorities have announced that they have received an official request from the US Government for permission to use a US-run air base in the south of the country to train Iraqis for a possible war in their country. The exact nature of the

World | December 11, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

13 Killed in Cuba Train Accident

A passenger train has derailed in central Cuba, and officials say at least 13 people have been killed. The accident happened near the city of Matanzas, as the train was on its way from the capital, Havana, to Santiago de Cuba.

World | December 11, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 376

"Scud Missiles" Intercepted in Arabian Sea

United States experts are examining a ship in the Arabian Sea after it was stopped by Spanish warships and found to be carrying concealed Scud-type missiles. Officials said that although the vessel's final destination was unclear, it was believed to be bo

World | December 11, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 150

Blair Wife Scandal Rages in UK

Cherie Blair, the wife of the British prime minister, is at the centre of a row over the man she used to help her buy investment property. The unfolding scandal is a complex affair in which she at first denied that Peter Foster, a convicted fraudster, had

World | December 10, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 364

Iraq Vents its Anger over Dossier

Iraq has denounced the United States for taking charge of distribution of the weapons declaration Baghdad made to the United Nations on Saturday. The foreign ministry accused Washington of "unprecedented blackmail" and warned that Washington could alter i

World | December 10, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 213

Carter Warns Against U.S. Pre-emptive War

Former U.S.

World | December 10, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 163

Dispute in UN over Iraq Dossier

The United States has distributed copies of Iraq's weapons dossier to all four of its fellow permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, after apparently seizing the initiative from the UN itself. Syria - a non-permanent Council member - has

World | December 10, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 167

Venezuela Cabinet Agrees to Negotiations

Venezuela's government appears to be ready to make concessions to the opposition forces who have mounted a general strike aimed at removing President Hugo Chavez. According to mediators, the government has offered to discuss a timetable for early election

World | December 10, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Brazil Slides Claim Dozens of Lives

Rescue efforts are continuing in Brazil to try to find survivors after mudslides at a coastal resort killed at least 36 people but there is very little hope of finding anyone alive. Fifty others are reported missing after torrential rain buried houses and

World | December 10, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 203

Turkey Attacks EU for 'Double-Standards'

The leader of Turkey's governing party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has attacked the European Union for applying double-standards in its judgements about which countries might join the EU and when. With three days to go before EU leaders meet to decide whether

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 232

Kenyan Police Hunts for Missile Suspects

Kenyan police have released computer-generated images of two men suspected of carrying out last month's failed missile attack in Mombasa on an Israeli airliner. The police also announced a $6,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of each

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 169

Historic Centre of Edinburgh Counts Cost of Fire

Firefighters in the Scottish city of Edinburgh are still tackling a fire that could take days more to put out. The blaze swept through the city's historic Old Town area on Saturday evening but firefighters remain at the scene to douse the pockets of fire

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

Fiat Starts Lay-offs

The first wave of redundancies has hit Fiat workers in Italy as the crisis-hit carmaker begins its huge layoff. Up to 5,600 employees are expected to receive temporary redundancy letters on Monday, as the first part of Fiat's plans to cut over 8,000 posts

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 155

UAL Makes for World's Biggest Airline Bankruptcy

UAL Corp., parent of United Airlines, the world's No.

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

Serbian Poll Invalid Again

The turnout in Serbia's presidential election has again fallen below the 50% necessary to make the result valid, independent election monitors said. Unofficial results put the current Yugoslav President, Vojislav Kostunica, in the lead with about 58% of t

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 172

UN Starts Examining Iraq Dossier

United Nations weapons inspectors have begun ploughing through Iraq's massive weapons dossier to assess whether it complies with Security Council resolutions. Hans Blix, the chief UN weapons inspector, was on hand to receive the 12,000-page document as it

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Iraq Wants U.S. to Give Evidence of Arms Possession

Iraq has challenged the United States to provide evidence that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction. If they do, "they should come up [with the evidence] forthwith.

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Talks with Venezuelan Government Broke up

Talks between Venezuelan Government officials and opposition groups about ending the country's political turmoil have broken up without agreement. A national strike called by a range of business, labour and civic organisations in protest at President Hugo

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199
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