Bush Re-election Ratified

The US Congress officially ratified President Bush's election victory but only after Democrats forced a challenge to the quadrennial count of electoral votes for just the second time since 1877. Bush's second mandate is to begin January 20.

World | January 7, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 361

Train Crash, Gas Leak Kill Eight in US

Two trains collided and leaked hazardous chemicals in a small town in South Carolina, the United States, on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring at least 200 others, police officials said. Authorities ordered all 5,400 people within a mile of the c

World | January 7, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 307

Iraqi PM Extends Emergency Laws

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has extended for 30 days emergency laws that give his government special powers to crack down on insurgents. Allawi said the laws were extended because of the ongoing militant attacks aimed at derailing Iraq's upco

World | January 6, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 310

Nelson Mandela's Son Dies of AIDS

Nelson Mandela, who has devoted much of his life after leaving South Africa's presidency to a campaign against AIDS, said that his 54-year son Makgatho had died of the ailment in a Johannesburg clinic. Makgatho L.

World | January 6, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 510

Madrid 3/11 Atocha Station Sees Train Crash

At least 22 people were lightly hurt in a crash of two low-speed commuter trains at the Atocha station, notoriously known for the March 11 terrorist acts last year when nearly 200 people died. The accident occurred at 12:40 p.

World | January 5, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 609

Owner of Argentinean Club Ablaze Brought to Court

The owner of the Buenos Aires nightclub where 183 people burned in a fire on December 31 was brought to court. Omar Cnaban refused to answer to the questions of the court.

World | January 5, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 352

Kuchma Accepts PM's Resignation

The outgoing Ukrainian President, Leonid Kuchma, formally accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych resigned his post on December 31, after rival candidate Viktor Yushchenko was declared the winner of the re-run presidential

World | January 5, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 324

Aid Plea for Tsunami Hit Regions

The United Nations children's agency, Unicef, urged the international community to prioritise youngsters made orphans by the tsunami disaster. Unicef head Carol Bellamy made the plea ahead of a donors' meeting on Thursday.

World | January 5, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 360

Palestinian Leader Slams "Zionist Enemy"

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called Israel "the Zionist enemy" for the first time on Tuesday after an Israeli tank killed seven Palestinian youths in a Gaza strawberry field. This statement was certain to stir concerns in Israel where images of Abbas

World | January 4, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 437

Powell Hails Tsunami Relief Brief

US Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged America's full support in the Asian quake and tsunami relief effort. He was speaking in Thailand at the start of a visit of the worst affected nations, before attending a summit on the crisis in Jakarta on Thursd

World | January 4, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 366

Quake Rocks Athens

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale rocked Monday night the region near the Greek capital Athens.

World | January 4, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 357

Accident Hampers Relief Efforts in Indonesia

Badly-needed relief efforts on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have been hit by an accident at a key airport. The airport in Banda Aceh was closed early on Tuesday after a plane carrying supplies hit a cow on the runway.

World | January 4, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 294

US Presidents Seek Aid for Disaster Hit Asia

US President George Bush recruited two former presidents, his father and Bill Clinton, to launch a joint appeal to the American people for emergency donations to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. They stood side by side in the White House's Roosevelt R

World | January 4, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 402

French Vote on EU Constitution "Before Summer"

The referendum in France on the European Union Constitution will take place "before summer", the French President Jacques Chirac said. In a national address broadcast late Friday, Chirac said: 'In 2005, you will have the future of this Europe in your hand

World | January 3, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 365

Moderate Quake Jolts Portugal

An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale shook Portugal on Monday, world media said.

World | January 3, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 349

Mad Cow Case Confirmed in Canada

Canada's Food Inspection Agency has confirmed a mad cow case in the Alberta province, after tests were carried out. The animal was born in 1996 and was apparently infected before 1997.

World | January 3, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 308

Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Near Allawi HQ

A suicide bomber driving a taxi killed two people near the headquarters of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's party in Baghdad on Monday. The bomber tried to target a security checkpoint on the road leading to the party's offices in western Baghda

World | January 3, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 369

Tape Reveals Al-Jazeera, Saddam Hussein Link

A video tape found in Baghdad following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime shows a former manager of the Al-Jazeera satellite channel thanking one of Saddam's sons for his support and telling him that "Al-Jazeera is your channel," the Asharq al-Awsat

World | January 3, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 942

Croatia Poll Goes to Run-Off

Croatia's presidential election will go to a run-off after no candidate garnered more than 50% in Sunday's election. Incumbent President Stipe Mesic, who attracted 49% of the vote, will face Deputy Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor in the second round on 16 J

World | January 3, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 464

Aftershock Quakes Panic Indonesia's Sumatra

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7 shook Saturday South Eastern Sumatra in Indonesia, sending residents in two cities running in panic from their houses. It was centred beneath the Indian Ocean about 40 miles south of the province's capital of Bengkulu.

World | January 1, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 434

Two Killed in Gaza Missile Strike

An Israeli aircraft fired a missile near Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing two Palestinians, hospital officials said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the Israeli air force identified two armed Palestinians and opened fire on them, h

World | December 31, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 441
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