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Wildfires Menace Australia's Capital

A state of emergency has been declared around Australia's capital city, Canberra, as bushfires rage out of control. Most of the city is now surrounded by the fires and dozens of suburban homes have already been engulfed by flames.

World | January 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Russian Envoy in N Korea Peace Drive

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov flew to the capital, Pyongyang, following talks with Chinese officials in Beijing. The latest round of diplomacy came as a United Nations envoy who flew from Pyongyang to Beijing on Saturday warned there

World | January 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

Mass Rallies Planned against War in Iraq

Mass rallies are being planned around the world to show opposition to any war against Iraq. Demonstrations began in Japan and are set to take place in cities across Europe and the Middle East as well as in the United States.

World | January 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

Security Council Orders Hunt for Al-Qaeda

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to extend and improve efforts to control the remnants of Afghanistan's former Taleban government and the al-Qaeda network of Osama Bin Laden. The resolution aims to tighten monitoring procedures and keep sanct

World | January 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

Croatian Skier Sorry for 'Nazi' Remarks

The Croatian skier, Ivica Kostelic, has apologised for comparing his state of mind before a race to that of a German soldier in June 1941. But he has rejected allegations that he holds Nazi sympathies and has accused the media of twisting his words in ord

World | January 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 267

Dollar Hits New Euro Low

The US dollar has tumbled to its lowest level against the euro in more than three years. Defiant comments from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein increased fears the US would take military action in the Gulf region.

World | January 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 265

Taleban 'Regroup' in Afghanistan

The Afghan Government is taking steps to tackle a reported regrouping of Taleban and al-Qaeda factions in the south of the country. Around 5,000 police have been sent to the southern town of Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan.

World | January 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 192

Europe ?ppeals for Time on Iraq

Several European countries have united in warning against military intervention in Iraq and urging more time for United Nations inspections. French President Jacques Chirac delivered a blunt warning against any military action saying it would break intern

World | January 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

Iraq Defiant after Warheads Discovery

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has warned that anyone who tries to invade his country will be defeated. In a defiant speech to mark the 12th anniversary of the start of the Gulf War, the Iraqi leader said his people were determined to make any new invadin

World | January 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

UN Inspectors Find Chemical Weapons Casings in Iraq

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World | January 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 232

Bomb Kills Five at Chinese Hotel

A bomb blast has killed at least five people and injured 11 others in a hotel in the north Chinese province of Shaanxi. Local residents told the Chinese state news agency Xinhua that they feared more people were still trapped under the rubble.

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 216

Blix Calls on Iraq for More Cooperation

Speaking to European Union officials in Brussels, chief UN arms inspector Hans Blix urged Iraq for more cooperation. He also said that otherwise Iraq must face the consequences.

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 210

Argentina Fails to Meet Crucial Debt Payment

Argentina told the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) it "is not in condition" to meet a crucial $681m debt payment, due on Wednesday. The decision could cost Argentina a key source of foreign credit.

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 227

US Fears Slow Resolution with North Korea

Resolving the confrontation with North Korea will be a slow process, US envoy to Asia, James Kelly said while on a visit to Beijing. The statement comes after Pyongyang described Washington's offer to revive aid in exchange for the Communist state droppin

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Moscow Siege Case Not Transferred to Another Court

The case on the huge compensation claim, filed by Moscow theatre siege survivors and victims' relatives, was not transferred to a different court. Reports describe the court as poorly equipped for a trial in which 49 individual lawsuits had already been f

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Deadlock in Czech Presidential Race

The Czech parliament has failed to choose a successor to President Vaclav Havel after no candidate managed to secure enough votes in any of the three rounds of voting. The race was whittled down to two men - Christian Democrat Petr Pithart and right-wing

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 165

Diplomatic Initiative Urges Venezuela Solution

The United States is joining a diplomatic initiative involving five other countries to find a solution to Venezuela's seven-week political and economic crisis. Along with Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico and Portugal, it has set up a group called "Friends of

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

Moscow Seeks End to Iraq Confrontation

Russia has sent a senior envoy to Iraq to seek to defuse the confrontation between Baghdad and Washington. Speaking on his arrival on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov said Russia wanted to find a diplomatic and political solution to t

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 142

North Korea Spurns US Deal

North Korea has described Washington's offer to revive aid in exchange for the communist state dropping its nuclear programme as "deceptive drama". In a statement carried by North Korea's official news agency, the foreign ministry said the confrontation w

World | January 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Inspectors Search Saddam Palace

United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq have searched a second of President Saddam Hussein's palaces. The experts were granted immediate access to the Republican Palace in Baghdad, where the Iraqi leader maintains his main office.

World | January 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 294

France, Germany Propose Dual Presidency for EU

France and Germany are to propose a plan for a new dual presidency for the European Union. The EU would be led by a European Commission president and the head of the Council of Ministers.

World | January 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 217
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