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Argentina Fails to Meet Crucial Debt Payment

Argentina told the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) it "is not in condition" to meet a crucial $681m debt payment, due on Wednesday. The decision could cost Argentina a key source of foreign credit.

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 227

US Fears Slow Resolution with North Korea

Resolving the confrontation with North Korea will be a slow process, US envoy to Asia, James Kelly said while on a visit to Beijing. The statement comes after Pyongyang described Washington's offer to revive aid in exchange for the Communist state droppin

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Moscow Siege Case Not Transferred to Another Court

The case on the huge compensation claim, filed by Moscow theatre siege survivors and victims' relatives, was not transferred to a different court. Reports describe the court as poorly equipped for a trial in which 49 individual lawsuits had already been f

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Deadlock in Czech Presidential Race

The Czech parliament has failed to choose a successor to President Vaclav Havel after no candidate managed to secure enough votes in any of the three rounds of voting. The race was whittled down to two men - Christian Democrat Petr Pithart and right-wing

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 167

Diplomatic Initiative Urges Venezuela Solution

The United States is joining a diplomatic initiative involving five other countries to find a solution to Venezuela's seven-week political and economic crisis. Along with Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico and Portugal, it has set up a group called "Friends of

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

Moscow Seeks End to Iraq Confrontation

Russia has sent a senior envoy to Iraq to seek to defuse the confrontation between Baghdad and Washington. Speaking on his arrival on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov said Russia wanted to find a diplomatic and political solution to t

World | January 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 147

North Korea Spurns US Deal

North Korea has described Washington's offer to revive aid in exchange for the communist state dropping its nuclear programme as "deceptive drama". In a statement carried by North Korea's official news agency, the foreign ministry said the confrontation w

World | January 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Inspectors Search Saddam Palace

United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq have searched a second of President Saddam Hussein's palaces. The experts were granted immediate access to the Republican Palace in Baghdad, where the Iraqi leader maintains his main office.

World | January 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 294

France, Germany Propose Dual Presidency for EU

France and Germany are to propose a plan for a new dual presidency for the European Union. The EU would be led by a European Commission president and the head of the Council of Ministers.

World | January 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 217

Policeman Killed in England during Terror Raid

Police are continuing to question three men after an officer was stabbed to death and four others injured during a counter terrorism operation in Manchester. Officers were trying to arrest a man in a raid linked to the discovery of the deadly poison ricin

World | January 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 234

Thousands Rallied for United Cyprus

Tens of thousands of Turkish Cypriots have demonstrated in northern Nicosia in support of a United Nations plan to reunite Cyprus after 28 years of partition. As many as 50,000 people - more than a quarter of the population of the breakaway region - took

World | January 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

EU Defends Iraq Ispections

The European Union and Germany have cautioned against an early intervention in Iraq - calling for more time to be given to United Nations weapons inspectors on the ground. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said

World | January 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

Pavarotti Father of Fourth Child

The partner of opera star Luciano Pavarotti has given birth to twins, but only one has survived. Nicoletta Mantovani, 33, underwent an emergency Caesarean operation in a Bologna hospital after complications surfaced.

World | January 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 243

Rogge in Greece for the Olympic Games

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge is in Greece to assess preparations for the 2004 Olympics. Rogge is making his third inspection visit to Athens since it was awarded the Games in 1997.

World | January 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

Crucial Turkish Poll Delayed

Election officials in Turkey have postponed a by-election which could pave the way for ruling party leader Recep Erdogan to become prime minister. Mr Erdogan, who heads the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is hoping to contest the seat after a law bar

World | January 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 201

Bali Bombing Suspects Arrested

Police in Indonesia have arrested two more suspects in the bombing of the resort island of Bali last year. The younger brother of key suspect Amrozi, who was arrested last November, was among those held, police said.

World | January 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 224

Six Arrested by UK Ricin Investigators

Anti-terrorist police investigating the discovery of ricin at a flat in London last week have arrested six people in Dorset. The five men and a woman were arrested in the Bournemouth area on Sunday.

World | January 13, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 214

Ice Tracker Satellite Launched

A satellite that will track the changes in the major ice sheets covering the polar regions was launched on Sunday. ICESat (Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite) was blasted into orbit on a Delta rocket from Vandenberg US Air Force Base on the central Ca

World | January 13, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 211

Milosevic Illness Forces Trial Delay

The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been halted again by his poor health. Mr Milosevic, 61, was being examined by doctors after complaining of feeling unwell shortly after Monday's proceedings began, said court officials.

World | January 13, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

Oil Price Unchanged by OPEC Increase

Oil prices have remained unmoved as Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)'s agreement on Sunday to increase supplies is considered inadequate to meet US needs. Oil has been trading at about $30 per barrel as a US war with Iraq and strik

World | January 13, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 184

AOL Time Warner Boss to Step Down

AOL Time Warner chairman Steve Case is to step down from his post in May after the shareholders' meeting. A company statement said Case would remain as a director with joint responsibility for corporate strategy.

World | January 13, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 177
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