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Low Voter Turnout at Romania's Referendum

Romanian government leaders held an emergency session, as many voters did not go to the ballot boxes, throwing into doubt a referendum on a new constitution aimed at helping the country join the European Union. At the close of voting on Saturday, just ove

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Former Bosnian President Izetbegovic Dies

Alija Izetbegovic, who became one of the multiethnic republic's first postwar presidents, died on Sunday, a hospital official said. Izetbegovic, aged 78, died of complications that developed after he was hospitalised for injuries sustained from a fall in

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Chechnya's New President Takes Office

Akhmad Kadyrov was established in office on Sunday as president of the war-wracked Russian republic of Chechnya, two weeks after winning an election that the Kremlin promoted as a significant step toward stability but that critics called a sham. In a refl

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Two US Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Two US soldiers were killed and one was wounded in a surprise attack north of Baghdad, the military said, and insurgents attacked a convoy in this turbulent city west of the capital, setting off huge explosions in several vehicles. In a third incident, 3

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Report: Plot to Kill Putin Thwarted

Two men have been arrested by British anti-terrorist police in London over a plot to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin, a newspaper has said. The Russian men, allegedly renegade intelligence officers, were planning that Putin should be shot by

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Pope Sanctifies Mother Theresa

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was beatified by Pope John Paul II, before hundreds of thousands of pilgrims packed into St Peter's Square. That was the last formal step to sainthood for the world-famous nun.

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APEC Leaders Seek Restart of Trade Talks

Linking the danger of terror to their economic futures, Pacific Rim leaders heeded US warnings and agreed to tough controls, but no ban, on portable missiles that can shoot down civilian aircraft. They also resolved better coordination on bioterrorism, ca

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Four Palestinians Killed in Clashes

Israeli troops clashed with Hamas militants in Gaza, killing two of them and a bystander in a shootout in a refugee camp where Israel has been conducting raids for more than a week. Another Palestinian was killed in the West Bank town when Israeli soldier

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Bush Rebuffs N Korea Nonagression Treaty

President Bush said that US has no intention of attacking North Korea but he ruled out signing a nonaggression treaty to make Pyongyang abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. Bush suggested that there might be other ways to satisfy North Korea's concerns

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Al Jazeera Broadcasts Osama bin Laden Tape

Arabic satellite television Al Jazeera announced on Saturday that it would broadcast a tape al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. On the tape Bin Laden saluted resistance groups fighting the U.

World | October 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 242

Ailing Pope Vows to Stay On

John Paul II marked his 25th year as Pope by asking cardinals to pray for him to carry on leading the Roman Catholic Church. The climax of the celebrations will come on Sunday when he presides over a three-hour mass to beatify Mother Teresa.

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Bolivia's New President Urges Unity

Bolivia's new president has called for national unity, hours after his predecessor was forced out by weeks of violent anti-government protests. The new leader, Carlos Mesa - the former vice president - quickly offered to hold early elections and promised

World | October 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 234

11 Arrested In US Raid in Iraq

11 people suspected of links to insurgents were arrested on Saturday by US forces and Iraqi police raided an area west of Baghdad. Meanwhile, efforts to get oil from the large fields of northern Iraq hit a new hitch Saturday.

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Israeli Troops Kill 2 Militants

Israeli troops sprayed bullets at a group of Hamas members laying explosives along paths used by Israeli tanks in a Gaza neighbourhood, triggering a shootout that killed 2 militants and a bystander. For more than a week, Israeli troops backed by attack he

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Russian Spacecraft Blasted Off to Space Station

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Spaniard blasted off Saturday for the International Space Station from the Russian space program's cosmodrome in Kazakhstan The launch came three days after China became the world's third space-fari

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Chicago Office Building Fire Kills 6

Fire broke out Friday in a high administration building in Chicago's Loop business district, killing six people and trapping other workers in smoke-filled stairways and hallways,US officials said. Ten people were being treated at hospitals, some in seriou

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Bush Offers Help for Philippines

US President Bush on Saturday brought the Philippines promises of aid to help root out al-Qaida-linked terror groups and thanks for standing alongside US forces in Iraq. Bush praised President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her fight against terrorism.

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Knife Find Prompts US Plane Search

Security checks are being carried out on every commercial airliner in the United States after knives were discovered hidden on two planes.

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 295

Schroeder Wins Key Reform Vote

The German parliament has narrowly backed a package of social and labour market reforms which the chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, staked his career on. The six bills making up the package were passed with majorities of between seven and 15, with the closes

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

US Combat Deaths Pass 100

Another four US soldiers have been killed in Iraq - bringing to more than 100 the number of US personnel who have died in attacks since major hostilities ended. In one incident on Thursday night, three US military police officers and at least two Iraqi po

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US President Begins Asia Tour

US President George Bush arrived in Japan at the start of a tour of Asia which will take him in six countries. Bush will spend the next few hours in Tokyo where the issue of North Korea and its nuclear ambitions is likely to be high on the agenda.

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