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Violence Mars Rio Carnival Dawn

Rio's famous carnival celebrations have officially kicked off, after Friday morning was marred by more street violence between security forces and drug gangs. One armed gang of about 30 men initiated a three-hour shoot-out with police on one of Rio's bigg

World | March 1, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 256

Pope Presses Bush on Iraq

Pope John Paul II has decided to send a personal envoy to Washington to deliver a message to United States President George W Bush about the threatened war against Iraq. The Vatican has already made it amply clear that it opposes the US administration's p

World | March 1, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Iraq Starts Destroying Banned Missiles

Iraqi technicians have begun destroying four of its al-Samoud II missiles after agreeing a schedule for their destruction with United Nations weapons inspectors. The work is taking place at a military base near Baghdad under the supervision of UN official

World | March 1, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 176

Tourist Train Crashed in Taiwan

A tourist train carrying over 100 passengers has derailed on a mountain track in Taiwan's central Chiayi area, local cable television news stations have reported. Forestry officials quoted by AFP news agency said eight people were killed and another nine

World | March 1, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 539

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.

World | February 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 176

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

World | February 28, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

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