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Afghan Force Changes Leaders

Germany and the Netherlands have formally taken command of the international security force in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Turkish General Akin Zorlu handed over his command to German General Norbert van Heyst and Dutch General Robert Bertholee at a ceremo

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

UN Plays Down Iran Nuclear Plans

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency has played down an unexpected announcement that Iran is to widen greatly the scope of its nuclear programme. "This comes as no surprise to us," International Atomic Energy Agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

Montenegro Presidential Poll Fails

Montenegrins have failed for a second time to elect a president, after observers declared the ballot invalid due to low turnout. At an estimated 46%, the number of people who participated in this election was even lower than in December, when a first poll

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 203

Scientists: New HIV Barrier Closer

Scientists believe they could be a step closer to developing a new way of stopping the transmission of HIV without using condoms. Researchers from the US and Britain found for the first time that a microbicide - a chemical that kills microorganisms - can

World | February 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 256

Palestinian Car Rams Army Post

A car carrying three Palestinians, and loaded with explosives, detonated Sunday as it crashed into a barrier near an Israeli military post in southern Gaza. All three Palestinians died, according to Palestinian medical sources and the Israel Defense Forc

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 211

Peru Suffers El Nino Floods

The weather phenomenon El Nino is back and has been hitting Peru hard in recent days. The event - which is caused by the periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of South America - is being blamed for rains and flooding that have killed 18

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

Hundreds Stranded as Eurostar Breaks Down

Hundreds of passengers were stranded for five hours when a Eurostar train broke down near London. The cross-channel operator believes that an air pipe fractured, causing the braking system to fail.

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 286

Marxist Rebels Blamed for Colombia Club Explosion

Left-wing rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were behind Friday's car bombing of a Bogota nightclub, says Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos. At least 33 people, including six children, are now known to have died in the blast at

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 197

Russian Theatre Reopens after Hostage Tragedy

The Moscow theatre, which was the scene of a disastrous hostage taking last year, officially reopens today. The press got a sneak preview of the Nord-Ost musical performed in the Dubrovka theatre on Friday, amid tight security.

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

Diplomatic Row over Kashmir Escalates

The diplomatic row between India and Pakistan has deepened as both countries expel each other's diplomats. Pakistan has ordered India's acting high commissioner and four others to leave in a tit-for-tat move following similar action taken by Delhi earlier

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

NASA Focuses on Wing Fragment

US investigators have recovered a large piece of one of the space shuttle Columbia's wings which could provide important clues to the cause of the disaster. Investigators are working to establish which wing the piece belonged to.

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 296

Club Explosion Leaves 20 Dead, 110 Injured in Colombia

At least 20 people are now known to have been killed when a powerful explosion ripped through an exclusive club in the Colombian capital, Bogota. Investigators say the blast was caused by explosives - possibly a car bomb placed in an indoor car park at th

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 342

War Talk Catapults Oil Price

The price of oil has shot up again after US President George W. Bush said "the game is over" for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 295

Suicides Overshadows Sri Lanka Talks

Sri Lankan peace talks have resumed in Berlin just hours after three Tamil Tiger rebels committed suicide when caught smuggling arms. The rebels blew up their boat after Scandinavian truce monitors had boarded it off the northern coast of Jaffna.

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 251

UN Pushes Iraq to Co-operate

United Nations weapons inspectors say Iraq appears to be making new efforts to co-operate with UN teams searching for banned weapons. Chief inspector Hans Blix was speaking after Baghdad allowed one of its scientists to be interviewed alone for the first

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 256

Developing Countries with Record High Military Spending

Developing countries spend a record amount of money on weapons, says US State Department report. Making a comparison of military spending worldwide at the end of the 1990s, the study reports an 18% increase in spending over the previous decade.

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 293

Venezuela Fixes Currency Rate

After suspending the sale of dollars for two weeks because of a crippling general strike, President Hugo Chavez announced a new fixed currency exchange rate to help bolster the country's flagging foreign reserves. The new policy goes into effect Thursday

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 298

Michael Jackson "Utterly Betrayed"

Pop star Michael Jackson says he feels "utterly betrayed" by a controversial documentary about him. The singer, 44, has been widely criticised since revealing on the programme, broadcast in the UK on Monday, that he shares his bedroom with children.

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 302

Saudi Arabia Submitted Proposal to End Iraq's Crisis

Saudi Arabia has made a proposal to the U.N.

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 273

N Korea Warns US of Pre-emptive Action

North Korea has warned the United States that any decision to send more troops to the Korean peninsular could lead it to make a pre-emptive attack on American forces. US officials said on Tuesday that Washington was considering strengthening its military

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 254

NASA Abandons Columbia Launch Damage Hypothesis

NASA is moving away from the theory that insulation foam seen to peel away from Columbia's external tank and hit the vehicle's left wing was responsible for the disaster. Ron Dittemore, NASA's shuttle programme manager, has consistently doubted the theory

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 280