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Portugal Sets Deadly Wildfire Damage at EUR 1 B

The Portuguese government said wildfires that have torn through the country for several weeks have caused nearly one billion euros (1.1 billion dollars) in damages, as exhausted firefighters battled with new blazes in central Portugal.

World | August 8, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 294

Summit to Debate Gay Bishops

The Archbishop of Canterbury has summoned all the primates of the Anglican church to discuss the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in the US. Dr Rowan Williams said the meeting will take place in October in London.

World | August 8, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Severed Head Clue to Jakarta Bomb

A severed head found at the scene of a hotel bombing in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, has been identified as that of a member of an Islamic militant group, police have said. The head of Asmar Latinsani, 28, from West Sumatra, was identified by two jail

World | August 8, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 210

Hamas Vows Israel Raid Payback

The armed wing of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, has called on members to avenge the death of two of its leaders killed in an Israeli army raid. Two other Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed after Israeli troops surrounded a building i

World | August 8, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 188

US Fire Kills Six Iraqis in Tikrit

Five Iraqi men and one child were killed early Friday by US gunfire in a street market in the town of Tikrit. US soldiers opened fire at five arms sellers who were test firing Kalashnikov assault rifles for customers at 8:30 am, killing them.

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Europe's Dog Days May Last One More Week

There was no sign of a let-up to the European heatwave as temperatures remained close to record levels across much of the continent. Thermometers from London to Lisbon once again climbed to the high 30s Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) -- higher in parts of Portug

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Schwarzenegger to Run for Governor

Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he will run as a Republican candidate for governor of California. Schwarzenegger, best known for his role in the Terminator films, revealed his intention during a taping of the American television programme Th

World | August 7, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

Bomb Kills 11 at Jordan's Baghdad Embassy

A massive car bomb exploded outside the Jordanian Embassy in the Iraqi capital Thursday morning killing 11. The number of the injured is not yet specified.

World | August 7, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Apathy Overshadows Revival of Nagasaki Bomb Memories

Lessons from the atomic bomb tragedy in the southwestern Japanese port city of Nagasaki are fading with time as apathy among young people is thwarting efforts to revive the bitter memories. Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

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Indonesian Judges Read Verdict on 1st Bali Suspect

Indonesian judges began reading their verdict on the first suspect to face judgement in the Bali bombing trials as police imposed tight security around the court. Amrozi, a village mechanic, was the first of 34 people to be detained for the bombing of las

World | August 7, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners

Israel freed about 340 Palestinian prisoners in a bid to jump-start halting peace efforts - but the gesture fell flat among Palestinians, who had hoped for a mass release and said authorities chose mostly prisoners whose terms were about to expire anyway.

World | August 6, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 170

Fires in Portugal Under Control As Death Toll Rises to 14

Firefighters gained the upper hand over the deadly forest fires, which have swept across Portugal over the past week but remained on high alert as forecasters warned temperatures were set to rise and the death toll from the blazes climbed to 14. The coole

World | August 6, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

Jakarta Blast Linked with Bali

The explosives and methods used in a bomb attack on a luxury hotel in Jakarta on Tuesday were similar to those used in the Bali bombing last year, Indonesian police say. Investigators sifting through debris for clues about the cause of the blast, which ki

World | August 6, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 255

Israel Due to Release Prisoners

Israel is preparing to release about 340 Palestinians later as a goodwill gesture aimed at helping the peace process to advance. But the number is lower than the 540 given last week - a disappointment to the Palestinians.

World | August 6, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

World Warned on Hiroshima Day

The mayor of Hiroshima in Japan has marked the 58th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack by criticising the world's pursuit of new nuclear weapons technology. "The world without nuclear weapons...

World | August 6, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Episcopalians Okay 1st Openly Gay Bishop

Episcopal leaders confirmed the election Tuesday of their first openly gay bishop, leaving some delegates in tears as conservatives warned that the decision could destroy the church. The Episcopal General Convention on Tuesday took the final vote needed t

World | August 6, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 278

U.S. Civilian Contractor Killed in Iraqi Explosion

An American civilian contractor working in Iraq was killed on Tuesday when explosives were detonated under his vehicle north of the town of Tikrit, a U.S.

World | August 5, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 163

Japan Upgrades Assessment of its Economy

The Japanese government upgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in five months as a recovery in industrial output, imports and employment offset fears over a slump in exports. The decision came a month after the Bank of Japan upgraded it

World | August 5, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 162

Episcopalians Delay Vote on Gay Bishop

A vote by Episcopal leaders on whether to confirm the church's first openly gay elected bishop was derailed in the 11th hour as allegations questioning both his name and reputation surfaced. Just as bishops convened Monday to consider approving the Rev.

World | August 5, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 162

Israeli Army Arrests 40 Opponents of Controversial Barrier

Israeli troops stormed a house in the West Bank and arrested 40 opponents of its controversial security barrier, 34 of them foreigners of the International Solidarity Movement. The protestors were occupying the house in Mashah, near the town of Qalqiliya,

World | August 5, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 153

"Kiss-of-Life" Pioneer Dies

The doctor credited with inventing the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique known as the "kiss-of-life", has died in the United States aged 79. The American Heart Association (AHA) confirmed Dr Peter Safar had died on Sunday, but did not give a cause of

World | August 5, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 238