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Russia Forges Ahead with Iran Reactor

Russia and Iran have agreed to speed up the construction of the Islamic republic's first nuclear reactor, in the face of strong American criticism. Russian Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Ghol

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 321

Record Win on US Lottery

A lucky West Virginia gambler has scooped $314.9m in the Powerball lottery - the biggest win by a single player in American history.

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 300

NATO Chief Defends Bush on Iraq

Nato's secretary-general has defended the Bush administration's policy on Iraq saying there is no question of the Americans taking unilateral military action. Lord Robertson told the BBC's Today programme that President George W Bush had so far kept rigid

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

UN Inspectors in Iraq Continue Work during Holidays

United Nations weapons inspectors continued their painstaking hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction over the festive period. A number of sites in central and southern Iraq were visited on Christmas Day.

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 328

Bodies of German Peacekeepers Flown Home from Kabul

A solemn service at sunset at Cologne airport for seven German peacekeepers killed serving in Afghanistan. The German defence minster and relatives of the soldiers gathered in a tent as the coffins were lead off a transport plane and past an honour guard.

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 305

Patriarch Urges Israel to Lift Occupation

The highest-ranking Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land has said there can only be peace between Israelis and Palestinians when Israel lifts its occupation of the territories. Speaking at Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Lat

World | December 25, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Church Leaders Warn Against War

Church leaders have used their traditional Christmas messages to warn of the consequences of a war with Iraq. War should not be seen as inevitable, according to the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Corma

World | December 25, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 230

45 Dead aboard Ukrainian Plane in Iran

A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying aerospace experts has crashed in central Iran, killing at least 45 people. Iranian state television said six of the passengers on the Antonov An-140 were Russian nationals, while the remaining passengers and crew were

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 164

Microsoft Ordered to Include Java

A US judge has ordered software giant Microsoft to include Sun Microsystem's Java programming language in its widely-used Windows operating system. The order is to remain in force pending the final outcome of a lawsuit brought by Sun Microsystems against

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 156

North Korea Repairs Controversial Yongbyon Site

North Korea has started repairing a nuclear reactor at the controversial Yongbyon site, according to South Korean government officials. Tuesday's move comes despite warnings by the United States that it would not be forced back to the negotiating table by

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 158

Court Examines Moscow Siege Claims

A court in Moscow has started examining compensation claims against the city authorities, brought by thirty-eight families of people caught up in October's Moscow theatre siege. Some were taken hostage by the Chechen rebels who seized control of the theat

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 167

UN Interviews Key Iraqi Scientists

The United Nations nuclear agency says its experts in Iraq are starting to interview key Iraqi scientists with "critical information" on the country's weapons programmes. In another development, an Iraqi fighter aircraft shot down an unmanned American sur

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 183

U.S. Warns North Korea against Reactivating N-plant

The United States has warned North Korea not to take advantage of the Iraq crisis amid further moves by Pyongyang to reactivate a nuclear plant. The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said Pyongyang would be making a mistake if it thought Iraq would d

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Invalid Election in Montenegro

Voters in Montenegro - the smaller of the two republics that make up Yugoslavia - have failed to elect a new president because of low voter turn-out, according to preliminary results. Independent election monitors say under 46% of the electorate took part

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Palestinian General Elections Postponed

The Palestinian leadership has postponed general elections next month, since it was impossible to convene the election on 20 January because of "Israeli obstruction". The move is a blow to the reform process, though expectations that polls will go ahead i

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

Manhunt after ETA Member Underway in France

An extensive manhunt is under way in southern France after a suspected senior member of the Basque separatist group ETA escaped from police custody. Ibon Fernandez Iradi was being held in the town of Bayonne, near the Spanish border, and was due to be tra

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

US Calls for Tougher Iraq Inspections

The United States has renewed calls for the United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq to be conducted more aggressively. This is the biggest manoeuvre exercise since the Gulf War.

World | December 22, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 206

Muslim Council Set up in France

French officials and Muslim leaders have agreed to the creation of the first body to represent the country's five million Muslims - Europe's largest community. The breakthrough comes after several years of efforts to formalise relations between Muslims an

World | December 21, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 201

US Exerts More Pressure on Iraq

President Bush has cancelled a January trip to Africa fuelling speculation that he is preparing for war on Iraq. The move comes as the US says it will share intelligence about Iraq with United Nations weapons inspectors following a request from chief insp

World | December 21, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

Vatican Admits Failures in World War II

The Vatican has published an article admitting for the first time that Pope Pius XII, could have done more for Jews persecuted in the second World War. Pius XII was the leader of the Catholic Church between 1939 and 1958.

World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 255

Soros Fined for Insider Trading

Billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros has been fined 2.2m euros (?1.

World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 244
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