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Blair Calls Inaction on Iraq 'Folly'

Failure to act against Iraq now would lead not to peace but to a bloodier conflict in the future, Tony Blair has told MPs. In one of the most important speeches of his political career, the UK prime minister demanded Iraq's "100% compliance".

World | February 25, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 174

UN Accuses Former Timor Army Chief

The United Nations has charged Indonesia's former military chief with crimes against humanity over his role in the bloody violence during East Timor's 1999 vote for independence. However, Indonesian ministers said they would refuse to hand over former def

World | February 25, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 208

Terror Warning at Yacht Competition

Crowds and participants attending the America's Cup yachting competition in New Zealand are being warned to take safety precautions after a terror alert. Counter-terrorism police are investigating three threatening letters, including one containing cyanid

World | February 25, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 232

China Earthquake Rescue Continues

Thousands of rescue workers in north-west China are digging through rubble to reach survivors of a major earthquake which killed more than 260 people. At least 4,000 people were injured in Monday's quake which rocked two counties in the Xinjiang region.

World | February 25, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

N Korea Fired Missile into Sea

North Korea has fired a missile into the sea between Japan and the Korean peninsula just hours before South Korea's new president was sworn into office. In what correspondents called a provocative move, the missile hit international waters in the Sea of J

World | February 25, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 169

Turkey Seeks Parliament Approval for U.S. Troops Deal

Turkey's government agreed on Monday to seek parliamentary approval for U.S.

World | February 24, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 216

Aids Vaccine with Limited Success

The first Aids vaccine to be tested on humans does not protect the general population, but may protect black and Asian people, a US biotech company has announced. The company, VaxGen, has completed a three-year study involving more than 5,000 volunteers.

World | February 24, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

Newcomer Dominates Grammy Awards

Newcomer Norah Jones swept the boards at the 45th annual Grammy Awards in New York, the first time to be held in New York in five years. Jones won eight prizes including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

World | February 24, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 236

Serb Nationalist Surrenders

Serb nationalist politician, Vojislav Seselj has surrendered to the international war crimes tribunal in the Hague, BBC reported. Vojislav Seselj was detained at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, being charged with atrocities during the conflicts in Bosnia an

World | February 24, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

NAM Opposes US-led War against Iraq

The summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which gathered over a hundred developing nations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia opposed US-led war against Iraq and called on Baghdad to comply with UN disarmament resolutions. Many delegates say that the Chief UN Weapon

World | February 24, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Violence at Pakistan Funeral

Mourners have attacked businesses in the Pakistani port city of Karachi during a funeral for victims of Saturday's mosque massacre. Banks, shops and petrol stations were stoned as emotions boiled over among those grieving for nine members of the minority

World | February 23, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 224

8 Killed in Gaza Violence

At least seven Palestinians - most of them armed - and one Israeli soldier have been killed in a day of intense fighting in the Gaza Strip. Six of the Palestinians were killed and more than 20 were wounded when Israeli tanks with air support moved into th

World | February 23, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 213

Iraq "Still Studying" UN Demand

Iraq is still studying a UN order to destroy its al-Samoud II missiles and has not yet made a decision, says the country's head of weapons monitoring. General Hossam Mohamed Amin said he hoped the issue would be resolved without the intervention of the US

World | February 23, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 192

S Korea Mourns Subway Victims

Grieving citizens of South Korea have observed a minute's silence in memory of the people killed in an underground train fire in the city of Daegu. Sirens wailed while church and temple bells tolled to mark the start of the citywide mourning for the victi

World | February 23, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 226

Powell Seeks Chinese Support

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has arrived in China, where he will seek Beijing's support for the US stance on North Korea and Iraq. Correspondents say China is unlikely to block US action in the Gulf, but that Mr Powell will get a much less receptive

World | February 23, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

Iraqi Kurds Warn Ankara

The Kurds of northern Iraq have warned that there will be clashes if troops from neighbouring Turkey cross the border. Ankara is demanding that Turkish forces should enter the north of the country to secure Turkey's interests if the US and Britain go ahea

World | February 23, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 235

Pope Talks to Blair against War

Pope John Paul II held a private audience Saturday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair offering the Vatican an opportunity to voice its strong opposition to a possible war against Iraq. The Vatican described the meeting as a "cordial," 30-minute conver

World | February 22, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 286

5.4 Quake Shakes Southern California

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook a wide swath of Southern California early Saturday morning, jarring residents awake and rattling buildings as far away as downtown Los Angeles.

World | February 22, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

Two Dead in New York Blast

Two people have been confirmed dead after a huge explosion at an Exxon Mobil oil and gas facility on Staten Island, on the outskirts of New York City. Officials in the city, which has been on high alert since the 11 September attack in 2001, have stressed

World | February 22, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 291

EU Medical Card 'by 2004'

Millions of people across Europe will be able to apply for a new EU medical smartcard from next year. European Union officials have announced plans to introduce the electronic health card in June 2004.

World | February 22, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 226

Iraq Faces Missile Ultimatum

Iraq has been given a week to start destroying al-Samoud missiles in what could be a key test of its willingness to co-operate with the UN and disarm. According to the inspectors, the al-Samoud can fly beyond the 150-kilometre (93-mile) range set by the U

World | February 22, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 168