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Cat Forces Belgian Plane to Land

An escaped pet cat created a scare on a Belgian airliner, forcing the crew to turn back to Brussels 20 minutes into its journey. SN Brussels Airlines stressed the incident had been a fluke and the crew had observed all safety regulations.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 278

Donald Duck Gets Fame Walk Star

Cartoon character Donald Duck received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The beaming Donald and Mickey Mouse were among those who attended the star's unveiling on the sidewalk in front of the Walt Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre and Disney store in Ho

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 911

4 Dead in Austrian Bus Crash

At least four people have been killed and 40 seriously injured after a tourist bus carrying 48 passengers, most of them British, crashed in Austria. Police said that at least 27 Britons were on the bus, along with two Germans and two Russians.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 250

Najaf Clashes Go On

US tanks pushed into Najaf's vast cemetery-turned-battlefield as helicopter gunships fired on Shiite militiamen hiding there. American patrols with loudspeakers went through the city, warning militants to leave or face death.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 301

Japan Nuclear Firm Investigated

The Japanese company running a nuclear power plant where four employees died on Monday is being investigated on suspicion of negligence. Kansai Electric Power admitted it was told last year that a cooling pipe which burst was a safety threat.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 246

US Sees New CIA Director

US President George Bush has chosen Congressman Porter Goss to be the new director of the CIA. Goss, a Republican who heads the House of Representatives intelligence committee, is to replace George Tenet, who resigned as CIA chief last month.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 241

Libya Agrees Berlin Bomb Payout

Libya agreed to pay USD 35 M to compensate some victims of the bombing of a Berlin nightclub in 1986. The deal came in talks between Tripoli and lawyers for German victims of the attack at La Belle disco.

World | August 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 216

4 Killed in Japan Nuke Accident

At least four people have been killed in a steam leak at a nuclear power plant in Japan. Over 18 others have been hospitalized with severe burns, after the accident at the Mihama plant in Fukui prefecture.

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 519

Israel OKs Settlement Expansion

Israel was on collision course with US again after it approved the construction of hundreds of new houses in one of the largest and most controversial of the West Bank settlements. Just days after the government received a slap on the wrist over plans for

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 530

Explosion Kills 6 in Baquba

A car bomb exploded near the Iraqi city of Baquba, killing at least six. Fourteen others are reported to have been injured in the blast in Balad Ruz, about 70km northeast of the capital, Baghdad.

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 666

Migrants Die en Route to Italy

At least 26 African migrants died trying to reach Italy in an overcrowded boat. More than 70 survivors were rescued by a freighter off the coast of Sicily.

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 689

Venezuelan Show for Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez led a rally of hundreds of thousands of supporters Sunday one week before a crucial referendum on his rule, which he said would be a contest between him and US "imperialism." The extrovert left-wing populist leader joined

World | August 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 678

2,250-metre Long Bridge Opened in Greece

The world's longest pending bridge was unveiled in Greece with a splendid ceremony. Otto Rehhagel, the German coach who helped Greece's football team win Euro 2004 will carry the Olympic flame across a newly built bridge.

World | August 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 604

Australia's PM under Fire over Iraq

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard faced the criticism of more than 40 former Australian diplomats and defence chiefs, who accused him of deceiving the country over the reasons for the Iraq war. "We are concerned that Australia was committed to join t

World | August 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 884

Gays Hit Strait-Laced Singapore

Asia's biggest gay and lesbian festival opens off late Saturday in Singapore, which has banned gay groups from registering as societies. Organizers promise the three-day event will kick off in spectacular fashion with all-night partying and dancing at the

World | August 7, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 651

Conspicuous Absence of Tourists in Athens

Safety concerns and high prices have been blamed for the absence of tourists in Athens, days before the opening of the Olympic Games. Ticket sales figures show that more than half of the 5.

World | August 7, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 632

US Female Soldier "Admitted Abuse "

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World | August 7, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 985

Poor US Jobs Figures Revealed

US employers added just 32,000 workers to their staff numbers last month, as far weaker employment figures than expected were revealed. The addition to the "non-farms payroll" was the lowest this year, and smaller than the most gloomy estimate.

World | August 6, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 337

US: 300 Militants Killed in Najaf

Over 300 fighters loyal to a firebrand Iraqi Shiite cleric have been killed in fierce clashes around the holy city of Najaf in the past two days. Battles in other Shiite areas of the country have killed dozens more, according to Iraqi authorities.

World | August 6, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 583

Poll: Kerry Leads in California

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has a strong lead over President Bush in California, according to a poll. A Field Poll of 633 Californians between July 30 and Aug.

World | August 6, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 269

Skopje Shattered in Quake

A quake measured 4 on the Richter scale incited fears in Macedonian capital Skopje, reminded local people of a deadly earthquake more than three decades ago. According to Greek MPA news agency, the quakes were registered early on Friday morning, with epic

World | August 6, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 362