Schroeder Mulls Early German Poll

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder plans an early general election this autumn after his party lost a key regional election. Opposition Christian Democrats were jubilant after beating his Social Democrats in North Rhine-Westphalia.

World | May 23, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 316

BBC Staff on Strike

A great part of BBC news and live shows are being disrupted by a one-day strike by staff protesting at job cuts. Almost half of the employees due in on Monday joined the walkout, the BBC said.

World | May 23, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 406

Blast Again in Indian Capital

One person has been injured in an explosion in the Indian capital Delhi - just hours after two bomb attacks on cinemas showing a controversial film. The blast occurred when a man opened an abandoned handbag near a railway crossing in eastern Delhi, police

World | May 23, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 378

Explosions Hit India Cinemas

At least 16 people have been injured in bomb blasts at two cinemas in the Indian capital Delhi, officials say. A loud explosion shook the Liberty Cinema in the crowded shopping district of Karol Bagh.

World | May 22, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 394

Germany "Set for Early Election"

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder plans to seek early elections following his party's devastating loss of a key powerbase in Sunday's local poll. The Social Democrat Party leader made the proposal as exit polls showed the SPD had been ousted after 39 ye

World | May 22, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 304

Al-Sadr Aides Pool Efforts to Ease Sunni-Shiite Tensions

Senior aides of anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met a key Sunni group in a bid to soothe tensions that have flared amid violence that has killed at least 550 people, including 10 Shiite and Sunni clerics, since the new Shiite-dominated government was annou

World | May 22, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 329

Schroeder Faces Key Election Test

Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, is holding elections that may result in the end of 39 years of Social Democrat (SPD) rule there. The opposition conservatives have exploited local economic issues such as the huge unemployment in the

World | May 22, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 317

Quake Hits Near Banda Aceh

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck in waters near the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was hit hard by the massive tsunami-producing earthquake on Dec.

World | May 22, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 304

Iraq's Trade Ministry Senior Official Gunned Down

Gunmen shot dead a senior official in Iraq's trade ministry as he was being driven to work in Baghdad on Sunday, police said. Ali Mousa Salman, director general of the ministry, was killed after leaving his home in central Baghdad.

World | May 22, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 400

Italian Aid Worker Abducted in Afghanistan "Alive"

The man who said that he abducted Italian woman aid worker contradicted on Saturday his claim to have killed her. Clementina Cantoni, 32, a worker for the CARE International aid agency, was kidnapped on Monday by four gunmen who stopped her vehicle on a c

World | May 21, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 491

Pressure Grows for Uzbek Inquiry

The US said it is disappointed with Uzbekistan's refusal to allow an international investigation into last week's bloody events in Andijan. Officials from the UN and other international bodies have also called for an inquiry into the events, which left hu

World | May 21, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 276

Karzai Shocked at US Afghan "Abuse"

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded action from the US after new details emerged of alleged abuse of prisoners by US troops in Afghanistan. Karzai said he was shocked and would raise the issue with President George W Bush when he meets him next wee

World | May 21, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 510

UK Paper Prints More Photos of Saddam in Jail

A British tabloid published more revealing photographs of Saddam Hussein in US custody on Saturday, a day after it ran a front-page picture of the former Iraqi leader naked except for his underwear. The international Red Cross said the photographs violate

World | May 21, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 895

Iraqi PM On First Foreign Trip

Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, arrived in Turkey for his first official foreign trip since the new government was formed. He is in the capital, Ankara, with five senior Iraqi ministers to discuss security, trade and natural resources.

World | May 20, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 305

Romania's President Does not Rule out Execution of Journalists

Romania's President Traian Basescu said "every scenario is possible", including the execution of the three Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq in March. "There are possibilities for a positive development of the case, but we can't rule out the worst sc

World | May 20, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1396

Uzbek President Snubs UN Probe

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov turned down the appeal of UN to allow an independent international inquiry into the violent suppression of riots in the town of Andizhan last week. Karimov told U.

World | May 20, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 839

Leaders Call for French Yes on EU Constitution

French President Jacques Chirac has called in the leaders of Germany and Poland to boost his campaign for France to back the European Constitution. Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder joined Chirac in backing a

World | May 19, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 352

Iraqi Oil Ministry Official Gunned down

An official from Iraq's Oil Ministry was gunned down Thursday morning in western Baghdad, police said. Ali Hameed, a director general at the Oil Ministry, was killed outside his home as he was leaving for work, the police official said.

World | May 19, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 384

Uzbek Troops Retake Rebel Town

Uzbek troops are reported to have retaken the border town of Korasuv, where locals threw out their leaders last week in a popular protest. A number of explosions and some gunfire was heard, but the takeover seems to have been largely peaceful with no repo

World | May 19, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 310

UN Calls for Uzbek Death Inquiry

The UN's top human rights official has called for an independent investigation into reports that Uzbek troops shot dead hundreds of protesters. Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she was "deeply concerned" about last week's vio

World | May 18, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 287

EU Commission Warns France over No Vote

A No vote in the French referendum on the EU constitution would be "bad news" for the French and European economies, the EU Commission president has warned. Jose Manuel Barroso urged French voters to vote Yes in the 29 May vote.

World | May 18, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 367
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