Gunmen Take Hostages at Istanbul, Release Them

Two gunmen took hostages in a Burger King fast food joint in Istanbul, and quickly released them, local media reported. The men surrendered to the police that had surrounded the restaurant at Istanbul's popular Taksim Square.

World | April 8, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 429

Bush "Ordered Intelligence Leak"

US President George Bush authorized the leak of secret intelligence to a newspaper to help defend the Iraq war, a former White House aide has said. Pre-trial court papers cite Lewis "Scooter" Libby as saying he was told to tell a reporter Iraq was "vigor

World | April 7, 2006, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1083

Nairobi Plane Crash "Practice Drill"

Authorities in Kenya say a reported plane crash at Nairobi airport was a practice drill. Earlier media reported that a plane with 80 people on board has crashed at Nairobi airport.

World | April 6, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 663

Israeli Police Arrested Hamas Minister

Hamas officials say Israeli police have arrested a cabinet minister from the new Hamas-led Palestinian government. Khaled Abu Arafa, minister of Jerusalem affairs, was arrested on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the officials said.

World | April 6, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 560

Court Hears 9/11 Cockpit Tape

The cockpit recording from the hijacked airplane which crashed in Pennsylvania on 11 September 2001 is to be played in public for the first time. The judge in the trial of self-confessed al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui ruled that the audio could be pl

World | April 6, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 901

French Unions Give Law Deadline

French trade unions set a deadline of mid-April for the government to withdraw a controversial youth labour law designed to tackle unemployment. Otherwise, the unions said, they were ready to organise a "new day of action" along with student groups.

World | April 6, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 721

Nepalese Opposition Begin Strike

Opposition activists in Nepal have begun a four-day general strike in protest against King Gyanendra's seizure of power more than a year ago. A mass anti-monarchy rally is planned for Saturday despite a ban on public protests in the capital, Kathmandu.

World | April 6, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 407

Foul Play in Milosevic Death Ruled Out

Late Slobodan Milosevic died of natural causes, according to Dutch prosecutors who ruled out any foul play. The former Serbian president was found dead in his cell at The Hague on March 11 while being tried for war crimes.

World | April 5, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 500

Europe Flooding Claims Dozen Lives

Rising floodwaters have continued to cause chaos across central Europe killing a dozen people in several countries along the Danube river. With more heavy rain expected next week and the Danube reaching record levels in Budapest, the government in Hungary

World | April 5, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1128

Saddam Faces Genocide Charges

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is to be charged with genocide over a 1980s campaign against the Kurds, an Iraqi tribunal has announced. Saddam Hussein and six others face new charges over a campaign of arrests, deportation, and the destruction of p

World | April 4, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 459

9/11 Defendant Could Face Execution

The lone defendant for the September 11 attacks in New York is eligible for execution, a federal jury has decided. Zacarias Moussaoui, aged 37, was under arrest at the time of the attacks, but the Justice Department argued that he wilfully concealed detai

World | April 4, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 752

Floods Cause Evacuations in Central Europe

Scores of people are being evacuated from their homes in the Czech Republic as flooding continues to hit central Europe. Heavy rain and rapidly melting snow have led to alerts in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania.

World | April 2, 2006, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 889

Rice, Straw on Surprise Visit to Baghdad

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw have urged Iraq's leaders to speed up negotiations on a new government, BBC reported. The pair made a surprise trip to Baghdad from the UK, after Ms Rice's two-day stay there hoste

World | April 2, 2006, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 425

Plane Crash near Rio Kills All 19 Aboard

A plane carrying 19 people has crashed on a mountainous region outside Rio de Janeiro, killing all aboard, Civil Defence officials said today. Rescue workers found the plane's wreckage in Saquarema, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) East of Rio, nearly 10 ho

World | April 1, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 464

Sweden Audits UN Jail after Milosevic Death

Sweden has accepted the invitation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to audit of the detention unit outside of The Hague where Slobodan Milosevic died of a heart attack in mid-March. The audit will include all areas relating

World | April 1, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 853

Iran Quakes Kill Dozens

At least 50 people have been killed and 800 injured after several earthquakes in western Iran, local officials said. The quakes, with magnitudes of up to six, centred on remote villages between the industrial towns of Doroud and Boroujerd in the province

World | March 31, 2006, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 431

US Reporter Set Free in Iraq

A US journalist held hostage in Iraq for more than two months has been freed. Jill Carroll, who works for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor, was abducted by unknown gunmen in west Baghdad on January 7.

World | March 30, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 414

Kadima Hails Election Victory

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has declared victory in the election, vowing to push ahead with plans to define Israel's final borders. His Kadima party, founded barely four months ago by now coma-stricken Ariel Sharon, won but by less than pred

World | March 29, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 776

Dozens Killed in Mosul Bloodshed

At least 40 people were killed on Monday when a bomb hit a US-Iraqi base in Mosul, northern Iraq. Police said the blast targeted Iraqi army recruits and officers.

World | March 27, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 616

Maoists Kidnap Four Polish Trekkers

Maoists have kidnapped four Polish trekkers in the Lukla area en route to Everest at the end of last week. The Maoists have not issued any demands as yet.

World | March 27, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 467

Ukrainian President Defeated in Parliamentary Vote

The rival leaders of Ukraine's Orange Revolution are considering reuniting to try to keep out a pro-Russian party that seems to have polled most votes. Early results in the parliamentary poll suggest President Viktor Yushchenko's party was beaten into th

World | March 27, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1284
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