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Iran Opens Investigation Over Deadly Train Blast

Iran has launched investigation over the circumstances at which scores of railway wagons loaded with chemicals, fuel and fertiliser managed to roll out of control, derail and explode causing the deaths of 320 people and injuring 450 others, Iranian news a

World | February 20, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 234

Annan Offers Help on Interim Iraq Gov't

With quick elections and caucuses ruled out, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has offered to help Iraqis establish an interim government with broad support that would assume power after June 30. U.

World | February 20, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 236

MiG-21 Crashes in India, Kills 3

A MiG-21 from India's Air Force crashed Friday morning on the Lakha Bawal village, 25 km from the city of Jamnagar, killing three people. Witnesses, cited by The Times of India, said they saw a fireball coming down from the sky, which indicates that the a

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Bird-Flu Infected Cats in Thailand

At least two domestic cats and a white tigers have been infected with the deadly bird flu, scientists announced in Bangkok. According to local doctors, those were the first cases of cats infected with the H5N1 ever.

World | February 20, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 343

2 More US Soldiers Killed in Iraq

An explosion killed two US infantrymen in an insurgent center west of Baghdad on Thursday. The blast occurred as troops from Task Force All-American were investigating an earlier attack on a US convoy near Khaldiyah, a Sunni Triangle town.

World | February 19, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 223

Ex Enron Chief Pleads Not Guilty to 36 Fraud Counts

Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling pleaded not guilty to 36 counts of fraud and insider trading relating to the collapse of the Houston energy giant and was released on bail of five million dollars. The former number two at Enron Corp.

World | February 19, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 227

EU Urged to Tackle Anti-Semitism

Jewish leaders are urging Europe to take a tougher stand against what they see as a rising tide of anti-Semitism. They are making their plea at a Brussels seminar which the European Commission is co-hosting with the European Jewish Congress and the Congre

World | February 19, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 213

Iran Mourns Train Blast Victims

Stunned residents in Iran's north-east began burying more than 300 people killed when a runaway train exploded. The thunderous blast killed everyone at the scene, and wiped out at least five nearby mud brick villages.

World | February 19, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 214

UN Rules Out Poll Before Iraq Handover

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said it is not feasible to hold elections in Iraq before the United States hands over power at the end of June. But he said the transfer of power to an interim Iraqi administration should go ahead as planned by the end of J

World | February 19, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 252

Enron Ex- CEO faces 42 Crime Charges

Jeff Skilling, former chief executive of bankrupt Enron Corp., has been charged with 42 counts of fraud, insider trading and giving false statements to auditors, after surrendering himself at the Houston headquarters of the FBI.

World | February 19, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 282

Blast Danger Recedes at Iran Train Disaster Site

Firemen Thursday extinguished the last blazes on a runaway freight train loaded with fuel and chemicals that blew up in eastern Iran and killed nearly 300 people, allowing rescue workers to start digging for more victims. Revolutionary guards cordoned off

World | February 19, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 279

EU "Big Three" Call for Special Economic Reforms Commissioner

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac called Wednesday for the appointment of a European commissioner charged exclusively with pushing through economic reforms. The three held a special

World | February 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 273

Democrat Dean Quits US Presidential Race

Democratic nominee and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean announced Wednesday his decision to quit the race for the US presidential post. "I am no longer actively pursuing the presidency," Dean said, but underlined his campaign for change still continued

World | February 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 266

Moscow Water Park Toll Reached 26

Rescuers in Russia's capital Moscow found another dead body in the ruins of the water park roof that collapsed last weekend, the city's Mayor Yuri Luzhkov announced Wednesday. This makes for a total of 26 victims, and Luzhkov said that no one else was lef

World | February 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 249

Red Cross Slams Israel Barrier

The International Committee of the Red Cross condemned Israel's building of a barrier in the West Bank as "contrary" to international law. The aid agency said the barrier, whose proposed route cuts into Palestinian areas, went "far beyond what is permissi

World | February 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 238

Pakistan, India Set Timetable for Talks

Pakistan and India formed a timetable for peace talks on a wide-range of topics, including the hot political issue of Kashmir and confidence-building measures regarding their nuclear arsenals. A series of midlevel meetings will begin directly after the In

World | February 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

Bird Flu Toll Rises Steadily

Asia's human bird flu toll rose to 21 Wednesday as Thailand said a 14-year-old boy had died of the disease decimating poultry flocks across the region and the WHO pleaded with governments not to rush to declare it under control. Hardest-hit Thailand and V

World | February 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

Blasts Rock Tokyo Defence Ministry

Two explosions have been heard near Japan's Defence Ministry in Tokyo and police said they could have been caused by "radicals" opposed to the dispatch of Japanese troops to Iraq. No damage or injuries were caused by the explosions, police said on Wednesd

World | February 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 245

Kerry Looks for Knockout Blow to Rivals in Wisconsin

Senator John Kerrywas poised to win the Democratic presidential primary in the state of Wisconsin and deal a potentially fatal blow to the struggling campaign of one-time frontrunner Howard Dean. Kerry, 60, a four-term senator from Massachusetts and Vietn

World | February 17, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 258

Europe's Big 5 Agree on Sky Marshalls

Europe's five biggest states agreed a raft of proposals to step up the fight against terrorism and organized crime, including the possibility of sky marshalls on board passenger planes. The interior ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain a

World | February 17, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 392

New Dutch Law Threatens Thousands of Asylum Seekers

A new immigration law approved by the Netherlands Parliament poses a threat to as many as 26,000 immigrants in the country as it might lead to their expulsion. The new law, which has been bitterly opposed by large sections of the Dutch population and by h

World | February 17, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 460