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Russian Spacecraft Blasted Off to Space Station

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Spaniard blasted off Saturday for the International Space Station from the Russian space program's cosmodrome in Kazakhstan The launch came three days after China became the world's third space-fari

World | October 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 185

Chicago Office Building Fire Kills 6

Fire broke out Friday in a high administration building in Chicago's Loop business district, killing six people and trapping other workers in smoke-filled stairways and hallways,US officials said. Ten people were being treated at hospitals, some in seriou

World | October 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 212

Bush Offers Help for Philippines

US President Bush on Saturday brought the Philippines promises of aid to help root out al-Qaida-linked terror groups and thanks for standing alongside US forces in Iraq. Bush praised President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her fight against terrorism.

World | October 18, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 275

Knife Find Prompts US Plane Search

Security checks are being carried out on every commercial airliner in the United States after knives were discovered hidden on two planes.

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 295

Schroeder Wins Key Reform Vote

The German parliament has narrowly backed a package of social and labour market reforms which the chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, staked his career on. The six bills making up the package were passed with majorities of between seven and 15, with the closes

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

US Combat Deaths Pass 100

Another four US soldiers have been killed in Iraq - bringing to more than 100 the number of US personnel who have died in attacks since major hostilities ended. In one incident on Thursday night, three US military police officers and at least two Iraqi po

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 203

US President Begins Asia Tour

US President George Bush arrived in Japan at the start of a tour of Asia which will take him in six countries. Bush will spend the next few hours in Tokyo where the issue of North Korea and its nuclear ambitions is likely to be high on the agenda.

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

US Senate Defies Bush's Request for Iraq Financing

The US Senate defied President Bush's request for aid for Iraq and Afghanistan, passing an amendment to his 87 billion dollar budget supplement request that requires half the 20 billion for Iraqi reconstruction to be in the form of loans. Bush and his adm

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

FBI Investigates Deadly Gaza Bombing

An FBI team began investigation into a deadly bombing of a US convoy, while Palestinian authorities raided a refugee camp to arrest seven militants. Late Thursday, the bodies of the three Americans killed in Wednesday's bombing were brought to Israel's in

World | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

N Korea Insinuates It May Test Nukes

North Korea hinted that it might test a nuclear weapon. The communist state, in comments attributed to a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry, said it would "open its nuclear deterrent to the public as a physical force.

World | October 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 217

Pope Marks 25th Anniversary

Pope John Paul II celebrated his 25th anniversary on Thursday. The 83-year-old pope planned to preside over an anniversary Mass in St.

World | October 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 283

US Resolution on Iraq Gets Unanimous Support

UN Security Council voted unanimously to adopt the US-backed Resolution on Iraq that seeks additional troops and money to support the stabilization of the country. Shortly before the vote, it was said Syria -- the only Arab country on the council -- would

World | October 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 210

Ten Dead in NYC Ferry Disaster

At least 10 people have died and 34 injured after a ferry operating across New York City harbour crashed as it came into dock at Staten Island during high winds. The boat hit enormous pilings at St George's Terminal, which ripped through the vessel leavin

World | October 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 339

UN Iraq Vote Delayed

The United States has agreed to a Russian request to further delay a vote on a new US-backed resolution setting out a vision for post-war Iraq. Russia's UN ambassador Sergei Lavrov said he would not be able to vote until after discussions on Thursday betw

World | October 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 195

China Hails Hero Astronaut

Astronaut Yang Liwei emerged from the capsule saying: "I'm feeling good. I'm proud of my motherland," before being whisked away to meet political leaders in the capital Beijing.

World | October 16, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 169

Japan Offers USD 1.5 B to Iraq

Japan is giving USD1.5bn (?895m) to help pay for the rebuilding of Iraq.

World | October 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 163

Anglican Leaders Debate Gay Issue

Anglican church leaders from around the world have begun a two-day emergency meeting over the issue of homosexuality. The talks at Lambeth Palace were arranged by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, in response to the anger caused by the electio

World | October 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 223

Gaza Blast Hits US Convoy

A United States diplomatic convoy has been hit by a massive bomb blast in the Gaza Strip which killed three Americans and injured one. American sources in Israel have told the BBC that two security guards and one junior diplomat were killed in the attack

World | October 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 205

China Launches First Manned Space Mission

China became the third country to launch a manned space mission after its first astronaut Yang Liwei went out in orbit Wednesday morning from the Jiuquan launch site in the western Gobi Desert. Yang, a former air force pilot, is expected to make 14 orbits

World | October 15, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

Israeli Military Expels 15 Palestinians

The Israeli military ordered 15 Palestinian detainees expelled from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, raising concern from human rights groups, as troops backed by attack helicopters and tanks searched for smuggling tunnels in a refugee camp.Six Palestinia

World | October 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 414

Talks Intensify on Iraq Resolution

United Nations Security Council members are weighing up the United States' revised draft resolution on Iraq, with the US pressing for a vote as early as Wednesday.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and countries seeking a quick handover of power to the Iraqi

World | October 14, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 232