Czech PM Quits, Paroubek Steps in

Czech Prime Minister Stanislav Gross officially resigned from the post on Monday, to be replaced by Local Development Minister Jiri Paroubek. The move came after a longstanding political crisis that was triggered by an apartment scandal.

World | April 25, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 585

Putin Deprecates USSR Collapse

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century. In his annual state of the nation address to the parliament, Putin said the break-up was a "real drama" th

World | April 25, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 610

Derailed Train Kills over 50 in Japan

At least 54 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a commuter train derailed, ramming a carriage into an apartment block in Japan's deadliest rail accident in four decades. Officials suspected that the train's 23-aged driver was speeding and fa

World | April 25, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 341

Space Capsule Returns to Earth

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has touched down safely on northern steppes of Kazakhstan. It landed 90km north of the town of Arkalyk, less than four hours after undocking from the ISS.

World | April 25, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 323

Iran Resumes Nuke Enrichment

Iran will resume uranium enrichment regardless of the outcome of its negotiations with three European powers over its nuclear program, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday. Speaking to reporters five days before Iran is to resume nuclear talks with Fr

World | April 24, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 486

Six Die in Suicide Blasts in Iraq

Two suicide bombers detonated powerful car bombs outside a police academy and an army liaison office in the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit, killing at least six people and injuring 26, police and hospital officials said. The first bomb exploded outside the

World | April 24, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 374

Armenians Mark Genocide Anniversary

The Armenians around the globe are marking the 90th anniversary of the genocide of 1.5 million ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 on Sunday.

World | April 24, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 432

Turkish Cypriot Government Resigns

The government of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in northern Cyprus resigned today, making way for Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat to take over as president. Talat, 53, was elected president in elections on April 17, replacing the breakaway state's 8

World | April 23, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 428

Bomb Kills Nine Soldiers Near Baghdad

A roadside bomb hit an Iraqi army convoy on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Saturday, killing nine soldiers and wounding 20 others, police said. A driver of a civilian car was also killed after the blast, as Iraqi soldiers opened fire randomly.

World | April 23, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 355

Pope Trounces Spanish Gay Bill

In a first challenge of his papacy Pope Benedict, XVI has condemned a Spanish government bill allowing marriage between homosexuals. The bill, passed by parliament's Socialist-dominated lower chamber, also allows gay couples to adopt.

World | April 22, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1367

Japan Says Sorry for WWII

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has reiterated his country's "deep remorse" over its colonial aggression in Asia. The speech at the Asia-Africa summit comes amid tensions over the approval by Tokyo of school textbooks which China says gloss over

World | April 22, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 354

Militants Kidnap 16 in Philippines

Sixteen civilians were kidnapped and put on a passenger jeep Thursday morning in a village of Lanaodel Sur, southern Philippines, Philippine military officials said. An undetermined number of armed men forced these people into a jeep in Saguiran, Lanao de

World | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 421

Berlusconi Hands in Resignation

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi handed in his resignation Wednesday to Italy's President. He pledged to form a new government to strengthen his coalition that has been weakened by a sluggish economy and Italian participation in the war in Ira

World | April 20, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 852

Collapse Threatens Berlusconi Govt

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called a confidence vote Tuesday, but his government is facing collapse after a key ally threatened to flee the ruling coalition. The National Alliance (AN) will make a final decision after Berlusconi addresses Par

World | April 19, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 499

Ethiopia Welcomes Back Ancient Obelisk

The first section of a 1,700-year-old stone obelisk grabbed by Italy nearly 70 years ago has arrived back in Ethiopia. The Axum obelisk is regarded as one of Ethiopia's national religious treasures.

World | April 19, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1502

Woman Admits to Starting Paris Hotel Blaze

A woman has admitted that she accidentally started the fire at a discount Paris hotel last week. The blaze killed 22 people at the Paris Opera hotel.

World | April 19, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 434

Suicide Car Bomb Rocks Baghdad

A suicide bomber in a car attacked Iraqi forces in Baghdad on Tuesday and police officials said casualties were feared. The attack was directed at a National Guard camp in the Athamiya district of Baghdad, where insurgents are active.

World | April 19, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 451

Italy's Political Crises Remains Unsolved

Italy's government remained mired in crisis as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi tendered the resignation of four cabinet ministers. The government was plunged into crisis on Friday when a key ally said it would pull out of his coalition government.

World | April 19, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 353

Berlusconi to Form New Cabinet

Silvio Berlusconi will resign as Italy's prime minister and then accept a request to form a new coalition government, BBC reported. The moves would end growing political uncertainty in Italy and avoid the need for early elections after Berlusconi lost a k

World | April 18, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 502

South Asia Foes Say "Peace Irreversible"

The leaders of India and Pakistan have said that peace between the two nuclear rivals is "irreversible". Manmohan Singh and Pervez Musharraf were speaking after signing a joint statement that followed peace talks in the Indian capital, Delhi.

World | April 18, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 320

Several Killed in Swiss Bus Plunge

Several people are thought to have died after a bus plunged 150 metres into a ravine in south-western Switzerland. More passengers are still trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle, which crashed on the Grand-St-Bernard road in Valais at 0815 GMT on Sunday

World | April 17, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 377
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