Venezuelans Vote on Chavez

Venezuelans are voting in a referendum that will either remove populist leader Hugo Chavez from the presidency or keep him in office for two more years. Queues formed at polling stations hours before the vote, which began at 06:00 local time and ends at 1

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 397

Palestinian Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners staged a hunger strike in protest at their conditions in Israeli jails as militants threatened to kidnap Israeli troops to secure the release of inmates. Prison Service spokesman said that more than half of the 3,800 Pal

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 401

Greece Disappointed by Sprinters Suspension

The suspension of Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou from the Olympics after they missed a drugs test is a great disappointment for the entire nation, media reported. They have been suspended pending an International Olympic Committee hea

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Blasts Mark Opening of Political Conference in Iraq

Blasts rocked Baghdad Sunday as Iraqi leaders met to pick an assembly to oversee their interim government, highlighting the problems the country faces on its stuttering road to democracy. The opening of the conference also came under the prospect of renew

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 341

Explosion Kills 13 in India

At least 13 people were killed when a bomb ripped through an Independence Day march in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. The blast occurred at 09.

World | August 15, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 312

Iranian Diplomat Released if Prisoners Freed

A militant group holding a top Iranian diplomat hostage in Baghdad said it would release him if Iran frees Iraqi prisoners it is holding, Arabic Al-Jazeera TV reported. The militants calling themselves the "Islamic Army in Iraq" pledged to punish the dipl

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Syrian Truck Driver Abducted in Iraq

A Syrian truck driver has been kidnapped in northern Iraq, according to a police official. Kirkuk police chief Major General Turhan Yussif announced that the Syrian truck driver Hassan Awad Mohammed was kidnapped Saturday morning.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 422

US Air Hits Fallujah

The United States military has bombed suspected insurgent positions near the flashpoint city of Fallujah after US marines were attacked. A military statement said that the marines were positioned outside of Fallujah when anti-Iraqi forces engaged them wit

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 862

Pope Visits Lourdes

Pilgrims lined the streets of Lourdes to pay their respects to Pope John Paul II. The streets of the town at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains were a babel of different languages and a riot of colour, as Indian pilgrims donned their saris and African Chr

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 700

Polish Nobel Winner Dies

Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, a poet who documented the fight against communism, has died aged 93. Milosz died at his home in Krakow, but no cause of death has been given.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 364

Terror Alert in Italy

Security measures have been tightened in Italy, around airports especially, following repeated but unverified terror threats against the country that have appeared on the Internet. On August 1st, a statement sent by an Al-Qaeda-linked group to an Arabic n

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 500

Hurricane Hits Florida

Hurricane Charley's devastating tear across Florida flattened oceanfront homes, killed at least 15 people and left thousands more homeless Saturday . Packing winds of 233 kph, Charley was a powerful Category 4 storm when came ashore Friday at Punta Gorda

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Scores Die in Burundi Camp Raid

Gunmen killed at least 130 people in a raid on a camp for Congolese Tutsi refugees in Burundi. The Gatumba camp, near the border with DR Congo, provides shelter for 4,000 refugees who fled DR Congo in June.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 233

Polish Troops Return to Base

The group of Polish soldiers that have been trapped at a Hilla police station has returned safely to its base, Reuters reported. The soldiers were trapped as Iraqi police and Al-Mahdi army militia engaged in an intense exchange of fire.

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 259

US Offers Aid to Hurricane Battered Cuba

The United States offered Cuba USD 50,000 in disaster assistance and urged US-based humanitarian groups to send aid to the island after it was badly hit by Hurricane Charley. The US regrets the damage caused by Hurricane Charley and expresses its solidari

World | August 14, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 343

Chavez Supporters Optimistic

Supporters and foes of Venezuela's embattled President Hugo Chavez took to the streets in separate demonstrations leading up to a crucial referendum vote. At separate ends of the capital, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans either cheered or jeered the l

World | August 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 251

New Hope for Yukos

Investors breathed a sigh of relief after a Western bank was asked to mediate the Yukos oil saga in a sign many here saw as a Kremlin decision not to renationalize Russia's oil. It came after top US officials piled pressure on President Vladimir Putin's a

World | August 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 271

Captors Free UK Journalist

The captors of the British journalist kept hostage in Iraq released him. Their move came after a spokesman for Iraq's radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr called for the release of a British journalist taken hostage in the southern city of Basra.

World | August 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 356

China Typhoon Kills 63

At least 63 people were killed and more than 1,800 injured when a powerful typhoon hit eastern China, wreaking havoc in its wake. Typhoon Rananim, one of the strongest storms in years, hit land in Wenling city on the coast of Zhejiang province, about 135

World | August 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 263

N.J. Governor Quits over Homosexual Affair

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announced abruptly yesterday he was quitting because of an extramarital homosexual affair. The Democratic governor and father of two children made the surprise announcement with his wife at his side in a short televised

World | August 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 344

Small Bombs Rattle 2 Spanish Cities

Small bombs rattled two northern cities, one hidden in a bush at a Santander park causing no harm and a second at a beach in Gijon slightly injuring an elderly man.The blasts came a day after thousands of sunbathers were evacuated from five beaches in eas

World | August 12, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 336
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