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Security in Iraq Tightened as Iraqis Flock to Prayers

Security was high as Iraqis flocked to mosques for weekly prayers amid fears of a new wave of attacks while the coalition sped up its hiring of Iraqi security forces. Nerves were on edge in Baghdad, where the week -- and the Muslim fasting month of Ramada

World | October 31, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 195

Halloween Costumes Caused Security Alert on Capitol Hill

Police in Washington say that the major security alert on Capitol Hill turned out to be a false alarm triggered by a Halloween costume. Police initially said they were hunting two intruders armed with a revolver who had breached a checkpoint at an office

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Key Kremlin Figure Removed

Russian President Vladimir Putin relieved his chief of staff, Alexander Voloshin, of his duties. Voloshin is reported to have tendered his resignation on Wednesday over the arrest of Russia's richest businessman, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, over the weekend on

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Northern Japan

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale shook the northern part of Japan's main island early on Friday, and was followed by another, more restrained shake.

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Parking Deck Collapses in New Jersey, Kills 3

The top five stories of a parking garage under construction at a casino in New Jersey collapsed, sending concrete slabs and metal beams crashing down as workers ran for cover. Three people were killed and one is missing, officials said.

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Fog, Drizzle Assist in Extinguishing California Wildfires

Fog and drizzle Thursday came to the rescue of firefighters labouring to save resort towns in Southern California from the raging wildfires that have killed at least 20 people. The weather helped firefighters make progress on the two fires that accounted

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2 Held After Security Breach at US House Office

Two intruders have been arrested after entering an office building belonging to the US House of Representatives with a toy gun, police said. The two, a man and a woman, entered the Cannon Office Building, which contains offices for US congressmen, at 13.

World | October 30, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 176

Italian PM Co-Writes Love Ballads

Long before his days as billionaire premier, Silvio Berlusconi used to sing on a cruise ship. Now, Italy's leader is coming out with an album of love songs.

World | October 30, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 203

China, N Korea Agree on Nuclear Talks

China and North Korea agreed "in principle" on October 30 to convene a second round of six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program. While couched in tentative language, the North's latest statement could be more binding because it was made publicly al

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Mid-East Violence Continues

As the cycle of violence continued unabated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip a row between the Israeli army and government over how to end it was growing deeper. A 12-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli troops in the Nablus refugee camp of Ba

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Rebels Blast Freight Train in Iraq

Rebels blasted a freight train west of Baghdad on Thursday and exploded a bomb near a convoy in a northern city, injuring a U.S.

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California Fires Kill 2 More

Firefighters in California came to the rescue of entire towns as the flames killed two more people, bringing the deaths to 20. One fireman died and three others were critically injured as they defended an historic hamlet near the southern city of San Dieg

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Paul McCartney Fourth Child Born

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney's wife Heather Mills has given birth on Tuesday to a female baby, three weeks earlier than planned. The girl, named Beatrice Milly McCartney, was delivered at a hospital in north London.

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China, N-Korea "To Resume Nuke Talks"

China and North Korea have agreed in principle to resume six-party talks on Pyongyang's controversial nuclear programme, Chinese media have reported. The announcement came as one of China's top officials urged North Korea to return to the negotiating tabl

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US Launches Anti-Terrorism Raids in Iraq

US troops have carried out raids in ousted Iraq leader Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, arresting a number of suspects for planning attacks against coalition forces in Iraq. The operation came as the US voiced suspicions that former senior member of t

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Red Cross Cuts Staff in Iraq

The international Red Cross announced it is reducing the number of its international staff in Iraq and start to implement additional measures for the security of the remaining staff two days after a truck bomb devastated its offices in the country. The ne

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Earth Buffeted by Large Solar Flare

A gas cloud from one of the largest flares ever seen on the Sun has reached the Earth causing a magnetic storm that erupted and then faded quickly. The disruption to the Earth's magnetic field was described as very severe - according to scientists, the fl

World | October 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 178

UK Tory Leader Lost Confidence Vote

UK Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith failed to win the backing of enough Tory MPs to save his job in a dramatic confidence vote at Westminster. Smith was backed by 75 MPs but opposed by 90, which means the party must now choose a new leader.

World | October 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Red Cross Cuts Personnel in Iraq

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced that it would reduce its staff in Iraq, after the organization's headquarters in Baghdad was bombed on Monday and two staff embers were killed. However, the agency is not pulling out of the cou

World | October 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 192

Californian Wildfires Threaten Mountain Towns

The hot Santa Anna winds that roused California's most destructive wildfires in history were giving way to cooler, more humid conditions Wednesday, but that did little to tame the blazing tide. Southern California's mountains still glowed red as out-of-co

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2 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Two American soldiers were killed when resistance fighters damaged their Abrams battle tank. The tank was disabled when it was struck by a land mine or a roadside bomb Tuesday night during a patrol near Balad, 45 miles north of Baghdad, coalition official

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