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New York Bans Mobiles in Theatres

After banning smoking in bars and restaurants, New York is tackling what many see as another major public annoyance. From April, requests to switch off your mobile phone before a play or concert begins will be backed up with the threat of a $50 fine.

World | February 13, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 266

Indian Cruise Missile Tested Successfully

India has successfully conducted the first naval launch of its short-range Brahmos cruise missile. The supersonic missile, with a range of 280 kilometres (174 miles), was fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal off the eastern state of Orissa.

World | February 12, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 254

Indian Cruise Missile Tested Successfully

India has successfully conducted the first naval launch of its short-range Brahmos cruise missile. The supersonic missile, with a range of 280 kilometres (174 miles), was fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal off the eastern state of Orissa.

World | February 12, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

Italy Releases Alleged Pakistani Terrorists

An Italian judge has ordered the release of 28 Pakistani immigrants arrested on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. The reasons for the order are unclear, but reports suggest little evidence was found against the men.

World | February 12, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Columbia Disaster Tape Published

Officials investigating the Columbia shuttle disaster have released an audio tape of conversations between flight controllers at Mission Control during the spacecraft's last minutes. The tape reveals how engineers monitoring the space shuttle's descent be

World | February 12, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 336

US Warns of Terrorist Alliance

The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has asserted that a new message - allegedly from Osama Bin Laden - is proof of a link between the al-Qaeda network and the Iraqi Government. The Bush administration believes the tape to be almost certainly genuine

World | February 12, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

Fourteen Killed in Hajj Stampede

At least 14 people have been killed and several others injured in a stampede during the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, a Saudi official has said. The official said the incident happened during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual in Mina, just out

World | February 11, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 248

Army Deployed to Guard London

The army has been drafted in to increase security in London amid concern about al-Qaeda attacks on the capital. A total of 450 troops have joined 1,000 extra police officers in patrolling Heathrow Airport as part of a tightening of security at sites acros

World | February 11, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 226

Space Shuttle's Left Wing Found

Investigators have identified at least part of the left wing of the space shuttle Columbia, Nasa has said. The find is significant because the shuttle's difficulties appear to have originated in the left wing when the Columbia broke up minutes before it w

World | February 11, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 229

BP Invests Billions in Russia

The British energy giant BP is investing billions of pounds in a new joint venture in Russia. The company said it was joining with the Alfa Group and Access-Renova (AAR) to create Russia's third biggest oil and gas business.

World | February 11, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 195

Bali Suspect Re-enacts Bombing

A key suspect in last October's bombing of a Bali nightclub has publicly admitted his role in the bombing and demonstrated how it was carried out Ali Imron, who was arrested in January, told a televised press conference organised by the Indonesian police

World | February 11, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 343

Chechnya Gets New PM

The head of the pro-Moscow administration in Chechnya, Akhmad Kadyrov, has appointed a new prime minister. Anatoly Popov, 42, is currently the head of the state firm responsible for rebuilding Chechnya.

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Douglas "Devastated" by Hello! Photos

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones have both given evidence at London's High Court in their ?500,000 damages claim against a celebrity magazine. The actors are suing Hello! magazine over unauthorised pictures of their wedding in New York in November

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 274

Afghan Force Changes Leaders

Germany and the Netherlands have formally taken command of the international security force in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Turkish General Akin Zorlu handed over his command to German General Norbert van Heyst and Dutch General Robert Bertholee at a ceremo

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

UN Plays Down Iran Nuclear Plans

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency has played down an unexpected announcement that Iran is to widen greatly the scope of its nuclear programme. "This comes as no surprise to us," International Atomic Energy Agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

Montenegro Presidential Poll Fails

Montenegrins have failed for a second time to elect a president, after observers declared the ballot invalid due to low turnout. At an estimated 46%, the number of people who participated in this election was even lower than in December, when a first poll

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 203

Scientists: New HIV Barrier Closer

Scientists believe they could be a step closer to developing a new way of stopping the transmission of HIV without using condoms. Researchers from the US and Britain found for the first time that a microbicide - a chemical that kills microorganisms - can

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 256

Palestinian Car Rams Army Post

A car carrying three Palestinians, and loaded with explosives, detonated Sunday as it crashed into a barrier near an Israeli military post in southern Gaza. All three Palestinians died, according to Palestinian medical sources and the Israel Defense Forc

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 211

Peru Suffers El Nino Floods

The weather phenomenon El Nino is back and has been hitting Peru hard in recent days. The event - which is caused by the periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of South America - is being blamed for rains and flooding that have killed 18

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

Hundreds Stranded as Eurostar Breaks Down

Hundreds of passengers were stranded for five hours when a Eurostar train broke down near London. The cross-channel operator believes that an air pipe fractured, causing the braking system to fail.

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 286

Marxist Rebels Blamed for Colombia Club Explosion

Left-wing rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were behind Friday's car bombing of a Bogota nightclub, says Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos. At least 33 people, including six children, are now known to have died in the blast at

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 197