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Fire Destroys Part of Edinburgh's Old Town

A fierce fire destroyed part of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, leaving one fire-fighter injured and forcing 150 people to be evacuated. It took fire-fighters nearly five hours to bring the fire under control after it ripped through a row of buildings eigh

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 205

Miss Turkey Crowned Miss World

The Miss World contest, which was relocated from Nigeria after religious violence, has been won by Miss Turkey, Azra Akin. Miss Colombia was the runner-up while Miss Peru took third place.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 288

Ten Killed In Bangladesh Blasts

At least 10 people have been killed and several others injured in a series of bomb blasts in northern Bangladesh. The explosions took place in four cinemas in Mymensingh town, 112 kilometres (70 miles) from the capital Dhaka.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 212

Van Gogh Paintings Stolen from Amsterdam's Museum

Burglars have stolen two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh from Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, Dutch police say. The stolen paintings are well known to art lovers: View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Leaving the Church at Nuenen.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 265

UK Actress "Fears" for Chechen Envoy Life

British actress and human rights activist Vanessa Redgrave has said she fears for the life of Chechen envoy Akhmed Zakayev if he were to be extradited to Russia on terrorism charges. Mr Zakayev arrived in the UK to seek political asylum on Thursday.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

Iraq Hands to UN Weapons Programme Dossier

One day ahead of the deadline Iraq handed over to the UN a huge dossier setting out details of the country's weapons programme. The 12,000-page document and two separate annexes were carried into the UN inspectors' Baghdad headquarters in cardboard boxes

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

Three Killed at a Rally in Venezuela

Three people were killed when shots were fired at an opposition rally near Plaza Altamira in Venezuela's capital. Two suspects have been detained by police, but it is still who was responsible for the shooting.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194

Palestinian Mourners Call for Revenge after Gaza Killings

Thousands of angry Palestinians have taken to the streets of the al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip to bury 10 people killed in overnight fighting with Israeli troops. Mourners, wearing masks, called for revenge.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 184

Angry Fiat Employees Down Tools

Fiat workers in Italy intensified their protests on Friday against the car company's planned mass lay-offs. Staff at several Fiat plants have blockaded roads, gone on strike and organised marches to voice their fury at the debt-crippled company's restruct

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 227

US Treasury Secretary Resigned

The US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has unexpectedly resigned. The news, announced just before the market opened on Wall Street, is likely to unnerve investors who are still concerned about the state of the economy.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Belgium ?urns its Back on Nuclear Power

Belgium's lower house of parliament has passed a bill to shut down its seven nuclear reactors by 2025. The law, put forward by Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt's cabinet, also bans the construction of any new plants.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Anti-Chavez Protests Bring Oil Industry to Halt

Anti-government protests brought Venezuela's oil industry to a virtual halt. Oil officials admit they were going to be unable to fulfil contracts, as a fifth day of a national strike was called by those who want Mr Chavez to agree to face a referendum on

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

1.5 Million People in the Carolinas without Power

A winter storm left more than 1.5 million people in the Carolinas without power late Thursday.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 249

Nine Killed in Gaza Gun Battle

At least nine people have been killed in a gun battle triggered by an Israeli armoured incursion in a Gaza Strip refugee camp. Some of the victims reportedly died when an Israeli tank shell hit a two-storey building in the al-Bureij camp.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 164

Sydney Encircled by Fire

The Australian city of Sydney was encircled by flames on Friday as firefighters tackled the worst bushfires in the region for 30 years. Despite some rain overnight and falling temperatures, strong winds are fanning the flames of nearly 80 blazes which rem

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 215

Saddam Calls for a Chance for Inspectors

Saddam Hussein has said Iraq should give the United Nations weapons inspectors a chance to show the country has no banned weapons. It was the Iraqi leader's first public comments since inspections resumed last week - and a sharp contrast to more belligere

World | December 5, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Armed Bank Siege in London

An armed siege at a bank in central London has ended after a man gave himself up to police. Two men are being questioned following an incident at the HSBC bank in London.

World | December 5, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Turkey Demands EU Talks Date

Turkish leaders have said they will not settle for anything less from the EU's Copenhagen summit next week than a firm date for membership talks to begin. They were speaking after the German and French leaders announced on Wednesday that they would presen

World | December 5, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 247

Prodi Wants Brussels to Be EU's Powerhouse

The President of the European Commission Romano Prodi has called for Brussels to be the powerhouse of the European Union. Presenting the Commission's contribution to a discussion forum on the future of Europe on Thursday, Mr Prodi called for the EU's fore

World | December 5, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Oldest U.S. Senator Becomes 100

Strom Thurmond, America's oldest ever serving senator - and also its longest serving senator - is 100-years-old on Thursday. The South Carolinian first achieved national fame after the war, when he became one of the South's most ardent defenders of segreg

World | December 5, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

UK Accepts Sangatte Refugees

The first 40 immigrants coming to Britain from France's Sangatte refugee camp have begun their journey to the UK. They have been granted four-year British work visas and will stay with family members or in temporary accommodation - possibly in London and

World | December 5, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 305
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