US Launch Winter Offensive in Afghanistan

About 18,000 American troops have started a winter operation in Afghanistan, targeting Taleban rebels. The US have vowed to eliminate insurgents who could threaten spring's parliamentary elections.

World | December 12, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 670

Berlusconi Ally Sentenced over Mob Links

An adviser of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to nine years in jail over links with the Mafia. More than 40 former Mafia members have provided evidence of Marcello Dell'Utri's complicity in money-laundering and contact with notoriou

World | December 11, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 420

US Soldier Jailed for Killing Civilian

A US soldier pleaded guilty to murdering a severely-wounded Iraqi civilian, and was sentenced to three years behind bars. Staff Sergeant Johnny Horne Junior shot the 16-year-old Iraqi in the Sadr City suburb of Baghdad in August, when fierce clashes betwe

World | December 11, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 367

New Mine Blast Kills 33 in China

At least 33 people were killed after an explosion at the coal mine in the Shanxi province, northern China, according to officials. More than 70 people were in the shaft when the explosion occurred.

World | December 10, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 358

Canada OKs Same-Sex Marriage Law

The Supreme Court of Canada has cleared the way for the federal government to legalize same-sex marriage, ruling that Parliament has the right to redefine marriage. The ruling by the country's top court also says religious officials can't be forced to per

World | December 9, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 585

Car Blast Rocks Southern Gaza

A car exploded in the southern Gaza Strip between the towns of Khan Younis and Rafah, Palestinian security sources said, cited by Palestinian sources. The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

World | December 9, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 325

Mike Tyson Arrested for Car Damage

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been arrested for damaging a young man's car, media reported Thursday. The incident occurred earlier this week outside an Arizona nightclub, when Tyson, 38, jumped on to the bonnet of a car.

World | December 9, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 464

South America Establishes Trading Block

Representatives from 12 South American countries signed an agreement to establish a political and economic bloc modelled on the European Union. The new South American Community of Nations was launched at a summit in the Peruvian city of Cuzco.

World | December 9, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 408

EU, US Hail Ukraine Reforms

The US and the European Union have welcomed reforms approved by the Ukrainian parliament, paving the way for a new presidential election. US Secretary of State Colin Powell, said the reforms should allow a "free, fair and open" vote.

World | December 9, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 316

Chinese Firm Buys the IBM PC Division

China's number one computer maker Lenovo has bought IBM's PC hardware division, it was announced on Wednesday. IBM will receive USD 650 M, together with an 18.

World | December 8, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 326

UK Defence Secretary Visits Iraq

The UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is on a visit to Iraq starting Wednesday, to meet troops in the city of Basra. A UK spokesperson has said Hoon would spend as much time with the soldiers as possible.

World | December 8, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 294

US Soldiers Sue the Army for Having to Stay in Iraq

Eight U.S.

World | December 7, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 473

Saudi Wing of Al-Qaeda "Carried" US Consulate Attacks

A group claiming to be the Saudi wing of al-Qaeda said it carried out Monday's attack on the US consulate in Jeddah. The group "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula" said in a statement posted on a militant website that the operation had been dubbed "the ble

World | December 7, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 358

Tel Aviv-Bound Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Athens

Air France Airbus 320 made an emergency landing in Athens after a technical problem with one of its engines, the Greek airport authority said Monday. The plane was heading for Tel Aviv with 141 passengers and six crew members aboard.

World | December 6, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 664

Twelve Killed in US Consulate Attack in Jeddah

Twelve people have been killed in the attack on the US consulate in Saudi Arabia, according to the latest figures as cited by officials. During the crisis, which went on for three hours, Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarde

World | December 6, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 869

ETA Bombs Hit Spain After Warning

Seven small bombs have gone off in urban areas across Spain, following warnings from ETA Basque separatists. Blasts were reported in Leon, Avila, Santillana del Mar, Ciudad Real, Malaga and Alicante.

World | December 6, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1072

Hungary Fails to Decide on Ethnic Compatriots Statute

Hungary's double referendum on whether to grant dual citizenship to ethnic Hungarians abroad and whether to stop the privatisation of health care facilities has failed due a low voter turnout, the Central Election Office announced Monday. "The referendum

World | December 6, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1735

Iraq Firm on Poll Date

Iraq's interim President has backed the date for the planned elections -- January 30 -- despite the ongoing violence inside the country. Ghazi al-Yawar was cited as saying that any delay would prolong Iraqis' agony and increase resentment.

World | December 6, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 327

French Soldier Threatens to Blow Up Munitions

A French soldier has barricaded himself inside an explosives depot in northern France, threatening to blow up the building and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Nearly 400 people have been told to leave their homes at Connantray-Vaurefroy,

World | December 5, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 405

Egypt Releases Israeli "Spy"

An Arab-Israeli man jailed in Egypt seven years ago on spying charges has been freed and returned to Israel. Azzam Azzam was exchanged with six Egyptian students arrested by Israel in August this year on suspicion of planning to abduct Israeli soldiers.

World | December 5, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 403

Outsiders warned off Ukraine Poll

Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has urged foreign nations not to interfere in the re-run of the presidential poll. West-leaning Yushchenko faces a rematch with PM Viktor Yanukovych, after the Supreme Court ruled that the 21 November poll was

World | December 5, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 369
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