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UK Spies Bugged on UN's Kofi Annan

British spies were bugging UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's office in the run up to the Iraq war, former UK cabinet minister Clare Short has claimed. The ex-international development secretary said she had read some of the transcripts of his conversation

World | February 26, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 261

Seventeen Casualties in Cafe Explosion in Siberia

An explosion apparently caused by a natural gas leak destroyed a cafe in southern Siberia on Thursday, killing at least 17people and wounding another 17, Russian officials said. The cafe in the southern Siberian city of Chita was destroyed in the blast an

World | February 26, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 258

Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Indicted for Istanbul Bombings

Turkish prosecutors indicted Wednesday 69 suspected al-Qaeda militants accused in the Istanbul suicide bombings last year that killed 63 people and injured nearly 700. Turkish media reported that prosecutors were demanding life imprisonment for five of th

World | February 26, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 294

Anger Mounts among Morocco Quake Survivors

Anger over lack of emergency aid and the shoddy construction work is mounting among the thousands of survivors of the devastating earthquake in northern Morocco, whose death toll exceeded 570. Search and rescue teams said late Wednesday they had all but g

World | February 26, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

Putin Keeps Russia Guessing over New Government

President Vladimir Putin huddled with top pro-Kremlin lawmakers while Russia was kept guessing about its new leaders after a shock government sacking just three weeks ahead of a presidential poll. Putin did little to clarify the new leadership mystery by

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 463

Libya Reverses Stance on Pan Am Bombing

Libya reversed its prime minister and confirmed that it was responsible for blowing up Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 and killing 270 people. The statement by the Jamahiriya news agency could put back on track a plan by the Bush administration to let Americans

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 452

Foreigners Leave Haiti As Rebels Near Capital

US marines escorted foreigners trying to flee Haiti's capital Wednesday as looting broke out and opposition leaders urged a "timely and orderly" departure of beleaguered President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide loyalists built dozens of flaming barricad

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 530

Belgium Marks Binche Carnival

Belgium marks the Binche carnival, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage event. It is the biggest and the liveliest such event in Belgium.

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 495

Swiss Air Traffic Controller Killed

A Swiss air traffic controller has been killed in his home in Zurich, police reported. The victim was on duty at the time two planes collided over southern Germany in July 2002, and investigators do not ruled out the possibility that revenge was the motiv

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 526

North Korea, US Nuclear Talks Hit Dead End

Envoys from the United States and North Korea have staked out sharply different positions at the start of six-way talks on Wednesday to resolve Pyongyang's nuclear issue. North Korea said it hoped the talks would create "a positive result" and narrow the

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 504

US Chopper Crashes in Iraq

The US military is searching for the crew of a helicopter that has crashed west of Baghdad, an Aljazeera correspondent says. The US military says the crash involved crew from the 82nd Airborne Division's area of operations but has not yet announced any ca

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 482

Italians Play Gay to Avoid Army Service

Exploiting a provision which bars gays from military service, more than 150 Italians are thought to have paid two doctors for certificates diagnosing them as suffering from "sexual anxieties" and being "incompatible" with the stress of living together in

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 519

CIA Chief: Al-Qaeda Still Capable of "Catastrophic Attacks"

Regional al-Qaeda networks are still capable of "Catastrophic Attacks" on US targets, CIA Director George Tenet, cited by The Washington Post, told the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday. According to Tenet, the US has achieved considerable success

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 649

N-Tests Leftovers Uncovered in Iran

Leftovers of nuclear tests were found in Iran by experts of the international nuclear watchdog MAGATE, Russian news agency RIA Novosti broke off on Wednesday. The initial results revealed tracks of plutonium-210, which is processed for military purposes,

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 414

Morocco Quake Victims Number More than 500

The number of people who died in Tuesday's earthquake that rocked northern Morocco exceeded 560, latest figures showed on Wednesday. There are also reports of more than 300 injured.

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 624

Al-Qaeda Warns of New Attacks

Osama bin Ladin's top aide, Ayman al-Zawahri has warned the US of fresh attacks in a new audiotape aired by Aljazeera. In the tape aired on Monday, al-Zawahri also lashed out at US President George Bush.

World | February 25, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 378

Bush Calls for Ban on Gay Marriage

US President George Bush has urged Congress to approve a special constitution amendment that would ban gay weddings. His statement comes after thousands of same-sex couples got married in San Francisco earlier in February, and Massachusetts court ruled in

World | February 24, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 247

Pakistan Launches al-Qaeda Sweep

Pakistani forces began a fresh operation along the Afghan border against al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects. US forces in Afghanistan also said they are stepping up the hunt for the al-Qaeda leader who is believed to be in the border area.

World | February 24, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 297

Bush Starts anti-Democrats Attack

US President George Bush warned Americans against handing over power to the Democrats in November's election. In a speech to Republican governors, he said his rivals would leave the US "uncertain in the face of danger".

World | February 24, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 258

UN: Iraqi Elections Possible by 2005

Elections for a new Iraqi government would be possible by January 2005 - but only if preparations begin immediately, the United Nations stated in a report released Monday. Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN secretary-general's envoy to Iraq warned of increased viole

World | February 24, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

6 Dead as Fire Rips Through India's Space Center

Six people were killed and three others seriously injured when fuel being loaded for tests on a satellite launch rocket exploded, sparking a huge fire at India's main space centre. A spokesman for the Sriharikota space centre in the southern Indian state

World | February 24, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 333