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Metro Bomb Suspect Extradited to France

An Algerian man wanted in connection with the Paris Metro bombing in 1995 is to be extradited to France. Rashid Ramda is the longest-serving extradition prisoner in the UK after being held in custody for seven-and-a-half years.

World | April 4, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 258

French Airport Staff Fears Deadly Virus

Some staff at France's largest international airport have begun wearing face masks because of fears about the spread of a deadly virus. The move came after increasing numbers of masked passengers began arriving off flights from Asia, where Severe Acute Re

World | April 4, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

France Announces New Corsica Plans

France has announced plans for a new constitutional status for the Mediterranean island of Corsica, which has long been troubled by separatist violence. In a joint radio and television interview, Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin said he planned to visi

World | April 4, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 178

Cuban Hijacking Ends

The Cuban authorities say they have gained control of a ferry which was hijacked on Wednesday and released the 50 passengers being held hostage. It is not clear what has happened to at least three armed men who had threatened to kill hostages unless the v

World | April 4, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 161

Bus Blast Kills Six in Grozny

At least six people have been killed by an explosion, which tore through a passenger bus in Grozny, capital of the Russian republic of Chechnya. Many more people are reported to have been injured.

World | April 3, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Asia Struggles with Virus Fears

Asia-Pacific countries are responding to the threat of Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), but are struggling to control people's fear of the disease. Across the region, increasingly draconian travel and quarantine restrictions are in place.

World | April 3, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 176

NATO and EU Come Closer to Consensus on Iraq's Future

NATO and the EU said there is an "emerging consensus" on the future of Iraq after a morning of talks with US Secretary of State, Colin Powell. European and Nato foreign ministers stressed that they wanted the United Nations to take a central role in post-

World | April 3, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Mosques Attacked in Philippines

Three mosques in the south Philippines city of Davao have been hit by a series of attacks, just hours after a deadly bombing killed 16 people. The mosque attacks prompted fears of a spiral of religious violence in the mainly Christian city.

World | April 3, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 256

Bosnian Serb Quits over Iraq Arms

The Bosnian Serb chairman of Bosnia's three-member presidency has resigned in a scandal over arms sales to Iraq. Mirko Sarovic quit on Wednesday, said the Bosnian Serb parliamentary speaker.

World | April 2, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

Huge Toxic Spill Alarmed Brazil

An environmental emergency has been declared in towns in two Brazilian states after a chemicals reservoir burst and contaminated two rivers. The spillage occurred at a wood pulping factory at Cataguazes in Minas Gerais state, and much of the toxic waste i

World | April 2, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 237

Belgium Softens War Crimes Law

Belgium has restricted the scope of a controversial law that allows foreign leaders to be tried in Belgian courts for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In future a senior prosecutor will have to approve cases which are based on events outside Belgiu

World | April 2, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 183

WHO Issued Travel Warning over Deadly Bug

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised tourists and business people not to travel to Hong Kong or parts of China because of the outbreak of a deadly, pneumonia-like virus. The WHO said anyone intending to visit Hong Kong or Guangdong province "sh

World | April 2, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 251

Dozens Jumped out Hijacked Cuban Airliner Rear Door in Havana

Two dozen people jumped out the rear door of a Cuban airliner held at Havana airport after it was hijacked from Cuba's small Isle of Youth to the United States late Monday, AFP reported. The plane has been forced to land in Havana because of insufficient

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 210

Brasil Raises Minimum Wage

Brazil's centre-left government has offered workers an inflation-busting 20% rise in the minimum wage beginning from Tuesday. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Workers' Party (PT) promised during last October's elections to double the minimum wa

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 264

Dozens Missing in Bolivia Landslide

Up to 50 people are missing and feared dead in northern Bolivia, after a mudslide crushed dozens of houses. Heavy rains are reported to have started the disaster, which has engulfed a gold mining community in the village of Chima.

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 380

France Issued China Travel Warning

The French authorities advised against travel to Hong Kong or mainland China because of the outbreak of a deadly new virus. French chief medical officer Lucien Abenhaim said Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were not confined to people who had dire

World | April 1, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 210

Scores Feared Dead in clashes in Nigerian Oil Town

In Nigeria, scores of people are feared dead after fighting at a political rally in the troubled Niger Delta. A witness said an opposition rally was attacked on Saturday in the town of Bakana.

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

Fortuyn Killer: Was it Right or Wrong?

The man who has confessed to killing the populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn says he has been hit by doubts over the rightness of his deed. Talking to a panel of judges at his trial in Amsterdam Volkert van der Graaf compared Fortuyn's rapid rise to the

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Ex-Bosnian Croat Paramilitaries Given Lengthy Prison Sentences

Mladen Naletilic, and Vinko Martinovic, former Bosnian Croat paramilitaries, have been sentenced to 20 and 18 years in prison respectively by the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague for their roles in the Bosnian civil war in the early 1990s, B

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 239

Hong Kong Building Residents under Quarantine over New Virus

The residents of an apartment in Hong Kong building in urban Kowloon were ordered under quarantine for 10 days in an effort to control a deadly new virus. With the number of cases in the territory reported to be at least 622 on Monday, 213 have been linke

World | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 225

Largest Sikh Temple Opened in London Sunday

The largest Sikh temple outside India has been officially opened in west London on Sunday. It is the culmination of many years of dedicated effort by the Sikh community based in Havelock Road, Southall.

World | March 30, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 812