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Czechs Elect Vaclav Klaus for Leader

Former conservative Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus has been elected as Czech president to succeed Vaclav Havel. Mr Klaus beat the candidate of the centre-left coalition government, Jan Sokol, in a third and final round of voting in the parliament.

World | February 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

US Prepare B-2 Stealth Bombers for Gulf

The US air force is preparing to position its B-2 stealth bombers ahead of a possible strike against Iraq, BBC reported. Air force sources said that four of the radar-evading aircraft are to be deployed to the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.

World | February 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 248

Army on Streets for Rio Carnival

Thousands of troops and armed police have been sent onto the streets to help guard Rio de Janeiro's carnival following a wave of violence by drug gangs. The Brazilian Government's decision to use troops came after gangs burned and machine-gunned buses, se

World | February 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 212

Cypriots Agreed New Deadline

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Friday that the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders had agreed to a 10 March deadline to accept his peace plan for the divided island. "The two leaders have just told me they accept my invitation to come to The Hague

World | February 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 181

US Consulate in Karachi Attacked

At least two policemen have been killed in a gun attack outside the US consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi. A number of policemen were also injured.

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Iraq "Agrees to Destroy Missiles"

Iraq has agreed in principle to destroy its al-Samoud II missiles, a United Nations spokeswoman has said. The announcement came after the UN's chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said the inspections aimed at disarming Iraq had produced "very limited" resul

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Turkey Delays Vote on US Troops

The Turkish government has finalised the military details of a deal allowing US troops to use its bases for an attack on neighbouring Iraq. But a parliamentary vote on the controversial issue has once again been postponed and is not expected to be held un

World | February 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Ex President of Bosnian Serbs Jailed

The former Bosnian Serb president, Biljana Plavsic, has been sentenced by the International War Crimes Tribunal to 11 years in prison for crimes against humanity. Plavsic, 72, had pleaded guilty to the crimes committed during the Bosnian war from 1992 to

World | February 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 285

Turkey Blocks Iraq Border

Turkey has stopped all traffic crossing its southern border with Iraq amid growing expectations of a US-led war with Saddam Hussein. The transportation of goods from Turkey to Iraq has been halted and oil tankers within Iraq have been told to return to Tu

World | February 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 225

Reshuffle in Israeli Cabinet

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has removed long-time rival Binyamin Netanyahu as Israeli foreign minister. In a surprise move, Mr Sharon offered the post to Finance Minister Silvan Shalom, who accepted.

World | February 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 254

Seselj Debuted at Hague Tribunal

Maverick Serb nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj has made his debut at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague by refusing to plead to charges against him. After listening to a full reading of the indictment, Seselj said he would exercise his right to en

World | February 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 239

US: N Korea Has Started Nuclear Rector

North Korea has begun operating a controversial nuclear reactor, according to United States officials. "North Korea started its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon," one official said, adding that it had happened within the past 24 hours.

World | February 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 218

Film-star Sordi Dies in Rome

Fans of Alberto Sordi, who starred in nearly 150 films, have laid wreaths outside his house in his native Rome where he passed away at the age of 82. Sordi was a familiar face for generations of Italian movie-lovers, and excelled at playing the ordinary g

World | February 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 342

Turkey Agreed to Take In US Troops

The Turkish Government has handed parliament a motion to permit 62,000 US troops to be deployed in Turkey for six months. The motion, which would enable US forces to use Turkey as a springboard for an attack on Iraq, had been scheduled for debate on Tuesd

World | February 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 230

China Aftershocks Claim More Lives

Aftershocks have claimed more lives in north-west China in the wake of a massive tremor which killed more than 260. Five people died in aftershocks in the Xinjiang region, including some rescue workers, giving a confirmed toll so far of 266, China's state

World | February 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 224

Weapon Inspectors Want More Time in Iraq

Chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix has said his teams should be given a "few more months" to complete their work. In an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit, Mr Blix said it was not clear whether the Iraqis really wanted to co-operate.

World | February 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 177

Death Toll in Korea Fire Hits 182

The confirmed death toll from last week's fire at a South Korean underground station has gone up to 182 after forensic experts identified more sets of human remains. Previously, it was thought 133 people had died after the blaze which gutted two undergrou

World | February 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 212

UN Annoyed by Liberal Drug Laws

The United Nations Narcotics Control Board has criticised countries, including Britain and Australia, which have made moves to liberalise the use of illegal drugs. Britain is reclassifying cannabis, making possession of it less likely to lead to arrest, a

World | February 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 289

Saddam Hussein: I Will Die in Iraq

Saddam Hussein has said he ill not go into exile to avoid a war against Iraq. Speaking in an interview with US TV journalist Dan Rather, the Iraqi president said: "We will die here.

World | February 26, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

Four Arrested over Belgium Gems Heist

Belgian police investigating what may be Antwerp's biggest-ever diamond robbery say they have arrested four people. The four - three Italian men and a Dutch woman - are being held in solitary confinement.

World | February 25, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 187

US Soldiers Killed in Kuwait Crash

A US Army Black Hawk helicopter has crashed in Kuwait during a night training mission, killing all four crew members. The crash happened near one of the camps in northern Kuwait where tens of thousands of US troops are preparing for the possibility of an

World | February 25, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 170