Growth in Eurozone Set at 1% in 2003

Growth in the 12-nation eurozone is likely to be just 1% in 2003, and even that slim expansion is under threat if war in Iraq drags on much longer, the European Commission has warned. In its regular forecast for European growth, the EC said that, under cu

World | April 8, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 205

School Fire Kills 21 Russian Children and Teacher

Twenty-one Russian children and their teacher were killed in a fire in a school in eastern Siberia early on Monday, Interfax news agency reported. Some reports set the age of the children at 11 to 17, earlier reports had said the children were aged five t

World | April 7, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 223

Nearly 1,000 Killed in Ethnic Clashes in Congo

Nearly one thousand people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.

World | April 7, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

SARS Toll Worldwide Totals 87

Three more deaths in Hong Kong and an eighth victim in Canada have been attributed to the mystery SARS virus raising the world total to 87. 40 new cases of the disease reported recently have dashed hopes that the outbreak had reached its peak and had begu

World | April 6, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 260

Germans Search for Missing Europeans in Algeria

German investigators are to travel to the Algerian capital, Algiers this Sunday to join a manhunt for 29 European tourists who have gone missing in the Sahara desert. This, after a possible clue was found to the whereabouts of the missing Europeans.

World | April 6, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 252

UN Urges North Korea-US Talks

The UN envoy to North Korea, Maurice Strong, has said that Washington and Pyongyang are close together on fundamental issues but are hampered by their lack of direct communication. Speaking ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on North Korea next week,

World | April 5, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 222

Warrant for Mirjana Markovic Arrest Issued

Serbian officials have issued a warrant for the arrest of Mirjana Markovic, the wife of the former Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, BBC reported. She is accused of involvement in the murder of a one-time president of Serbia, Ivan Stambolic, who was

World | April 5, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 431

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