Chinese Hostages Freed in Iraq

The Iraqi insurgents holding eight Chinese hostages have said they are releasing them, media disclosed Saturday. The captors reportedly handed the Chinese men to an intermediary Muslim group.

World | January 22, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 330

Pilgrims Stone "Devil" Bush in Haj Ritual

Haj pilgrims pelted stones at symbols of the devil on Friday, with many saying they were targeting President Bush and other world leaders seen as oppressing Muslims. Last year, 250 people were crushed to death at Mena's Jamarat Bridge, but so far new meas

World | January 21, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 489

8 Killed in Baghdad Car Blast

At least eight people have been killed and almost 40 wounded in a car bomb attack near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, the second attack on a Shiite mosque in Baghdad in a week. The blast occurred as Shiites were celebrating one of Islam's most important holi

World | January 21, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 369

8-Kilo Baby Born in Brazil

The heaviest baby ever born in Brazil has came to the world this week, with the record weight of eight kilos. Ademilton dos Santos - the fifth child to his mother - was born by Caesarean section on Wednesday.

World | January 20, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1267

Murderer Executed in California

A murderer was given a lethal injection in California Wednesday, in the state's first death sentence to be executed in three years. That was also the first one allowed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

World | January 19, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 572

Car Bomb Shatters Spain's Bilbao

A car bomb ripped off Tuesday near the main Basque city of Bilbao slightly wounding a policeman, while helping cordon off the area identified by an anonymous warning caller as the target, the Interior Ministry said. The warning call was purportedly delive

World | January 18, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 424

British Soldier Admits Iraqi Detainee Abuse

A British soldier has pleaded guilty to assaulting an unknown man in a Basra aid camp at the start of a court martial in Germany. Lance Corporal Darren Larkin is one of three British soldiers, accused of mistreating Iraqi detainees at a camp known as Camp

World | January 18, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 466

Mass Protests to Paralyze France

Nationwide protests are expected to cause widespread disruption across the public sector in France. Postal staff protests on Tuesday will be followed by railway and electricity workers on Wednesday and teachers and other civil servants on Thursday.

World | January 18, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 514

Tsunami Panic Grips Chile

A false tsunami alarm has triggered havoc in southern Chile on Monday. Thousands of panicking people left their homes and tried to flee the coastal area, while one woman died of heart attack and others were wounded in the evacuation rush near the towns of

World | January 18, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 620

Catholic Archbishop Kidnapped in Mosul

A Catholic archbishop aged 66 has been kidnapped in Mosul, the Vatican said on Monday. Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa was seized from outside his church in the east part of the city.

World | January 17, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 316

Serb Officers Jailed over Muslim Bloodbath

Two former Bosnian Serb officers have been jailed over the 1995 Srebrenica bloodbath. The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found Vodoje Blagojevic guilty of "complicity in genocide" and passed an 18-year jail sentence.

World | January 17, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 435

N Korean Ship Sinks in Aegean, Two Killed

Two sailors have drowned and seven are missing after a North Korean-flagged freighter sank off the north Aegean island of Chios early on Monday. According to Greek coastguard authorities, the shipwreck of Lady-O was caused by strong winds and heavy seas.

World | January 17, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 499

Croatian President Mesic Wins Second Term

Incumbent Croatian President Stipe Mesic won a second mandate in Sunday's presidential runoff, defeating the female candidate of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union. With 99% of ballots counted, Mesic won 66% of the votes against 34% for his rival, Deput

World | January 17, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 774

Madrid Rejects ETA's Proposal for Negotiations

Spanish government rejected Sunday the call of the armed Basque separatist group ETA for political negotiations, saying to lay down weapons will be the precondition for any possible dialogue. Defense Minister Jose Bono dismissed both ETA and its political

World | January 16, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 439

Iraq Provides Tight Measures for Elections

The Iraqi government has announced a security plan for the 30 January elections, admitting that voting will be limited in four restive provinces. Measures include declaring a three-day holiday and excluding cars from areas near polling stations, governmen

World | January 16, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 382

Red Cross Employee Killed in Iraq

An Iraqi driver of the international Red Cross was killed near Baghdad, the organization said Saturday. The driver, who was in his 40s, disappeared west of Baghdad while on duty Thursday and his body was found Friday, said Annick Bouvier, a spokeswoman fo

World | January 15, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 351

46 Palestinian Election Officials Resign

Forty-six members of the Palestinian election commission have resigned Saturday saying they were pressured by Mahmoud Abbas' campaign and intelligence officials to abruptly change voting procedures during the January 9 presidential poll. The resignations

World | January 15, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 556

Seven Die in Anti-Militant Operation in Turkey

Two Turkish soldiers and five militants were killed in an operation launched by Turkish security forces against militants of an illegal organization in eastern Turkey, Turkish media reported on Saturday. Turkish security forces are continuing the operatio

World | January 15, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 332

Bush: Tsunami Aid Improves US Image

President Bush said the United States' aid efforts after Asia's monstrous tsunami would improve the US image in the Muslim world as fears receded that diseases and infections could kill many thousands of survivors. Indonesia found almost 4,000 more bodies

World | January 14, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 384

Russian Passenger Plane Missing

A Russian passenger plane carrying 10 people on board went missing Thursday on a flight over Siberia, officials said. The An-2 plane carrying a crew of two and eight passengers went missing shortly before landing in the town of Tura in the region of Evenk

World | January 13, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 922

Spanish Warehouse Blasted, 7 Dead

An explosion hit a warehouse in northern Spain Thursday, killing seven people, media reported. The place was used as a store for machinery and fuel for a construction company, the mayor of the city of Burgos, Juan Carlos Aparicio, was cited as saying.

World | January 13, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 720
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