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Pope Calls on World to Avoid Gulf Conflict

Pope John Paul II has called on world leaders to assume their responsibility and make every effort to spare humanity "a dramatic conflict" in Iraq. The head of the Catholic Church made the appeal during his weekly general audience.

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Blast Rocked Israeli City

A bomb blast has ripped through a bus in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, local officials say. There are reported to be many casualties from the explosion, which happened while the vehicle was on a main street.

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

Spain's Parliament Supports Aznar on Iraq

Spain's Lower House of Parliament has voted in a secret ballot instigated by the opposition calling on parliamentarians to oppose the government's support of military action in Iraq. But the motion has been defeated.

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China Starts Change of Leader

The annual meeting of China's parliament has opened for a session which is due to bring forward a new generation of leaders to guide the world's most populous nation. Almost 3,000 delegates to the largely toothless National People's Congress, or NPC, gath

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

US Increases Forces near N Korea

The United States is ordering extra military forces - thought to be long-range bombers - to boost defences near North Korea. The move comes amid heightened tensions with Pyongyang, following Monday's interception of a US surveillance plane by four North K

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

US Accuses N Korea of Reckless Behavior

Washington has accused North Korea of "reckless behaviour" after four of its fighter jets intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in international airspace. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Pyongyang was testing the tolerance of the US and the incid

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 184

Russia Could Veto on Iraq

Russia is still not ruling out the use of its veto in the UN Security Council to prevent a war in Iraq, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has told the BBC. "I do not rule anything out, because the right of veto can be used by any permanent member of th

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Rumsfeld: Iraq Capable of Building New Weapons Now

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes Iraq is capable of building new weapons even with inspectors in the country. In an exclusive interview for BBC he said even the destruction of al-Samoud missiles as demanded by the United Nations was no real s

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 171

Saddam Vows Victory over US

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been seeking to rally his people behind him as the United States steps up its preparations to topple him. In a letter read out on television to mark the Islamic New Year on Tuesday, Saddam told his people that if they kept

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

Greece Started November 17 Terror Trial

Nineteen suspected members of the November 17 guerrilla group have gone on trial in Athens. The start of the hearing in a bunker-like courtroom built inside a maximum-security prison was marked by arguments and chaotic scenes.

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 285

"Many dead" as Nigeria Boat Sinks

About 80 people are missing after a boat sank in north-western Nigeria. The boat sank on the River Niger in Kebbi State on Saturday but reports of the accident just started to emerge on Monday.

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

Pentagon Memorial Design Presented

The 184 victims of the 11 September 2001 attack on the Pentagon will be remembered with 184 "light benches", the US Defence Department said on Monday. The winning design was chosen from 1,126 entries, and will stand under the final flight path of American

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 257

Iraq Destroys 6 More Missiles

Iraq destroyed six more of about 100 Al Samoud 2 missiles on Monday, according to U.N.

World | March 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 184

Deadly Clashes in Nigeria

At least 44 people, including seven policemen, have been killed in clashes between nomads and farmers in north-eastern Nigeria. Police were sent to quell the unrest on Saturday, but according to police spokesman Chris Olakpe "were killed in cold blood by

World | March 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

Israel Nipped Hamas Leader

Israeli troops have captured a founder member of the Islamic militant group Hamas during an incursion into the Gaza Strip. Sheikh Mohammed Taha is reported to be the first senior Hamas political leader to be arrested since the Palestinian uprising began i

World | March 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Right-wingers Grab Surprise Result in Estonia

Estonia's right-wing Res Publica party won a surprise result in the country's poll. The right-wingers took 24.

World | March 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 210

Israel Carries Out Gaza Raid

Eight Palestinians including a pregnant woman and a child are reported dead and 35 injured during an incursion by Israeli tanks and soldiers into the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces exchanged fire with Palestinian fighters as they entered a refugee camp at El

World | March 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 175

Gulf Ccountries Urge Saddam into Exile

A proposal urging Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to go into exile to avert a war is gaining support among Arab Gulf states. Kuwait and Bahrain have backed a proposal made by the United Arab Emirates for the Iraqi leader to go into exile, in return for gua

World | March 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 215

Turkey's PM: US Won't Change

Turkey's prime minister said Sunday his country's "friendly relationship" with the United States would not change despite parliament's rejection of a proposal to let 62,000 U.S.

World | March 2, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 217

Fire Hits Alexandria Library

Fire broke out in Egypt's new Alexandria library on Sunday, and 29 people were rushed to local hospitals suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire was blamed on a short circuit.

World | March 2, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1160

Chirac on Landmark Algeria Trip

Jacques Chirac is going to Algeria for the first full state visit by a French president since the country won independence in 1962 following a brutal war. President Chirac - who served as a second lieutenant in the French army during the campaign - arrive

World | March 2, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 225