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'Many Dead' in Afghan Blast

A powerful explosion has killed at least 16 people near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, reports say. The blast destroyed a bridge and those killed were travelling on a bus, the Associated Press news agency reported.

World | January 31, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 218

Rembrandt Self-portrait Uncovered

Art restorers have uncovered a self-portrait of Rembrandt which had been retouched hundreds of years ago to feature a Russian nobleman, a museum says. Layers and layers of paint were painstakingly scraped away to reveal the original picture of the Dutch m

World | January 31, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 234

Nine Killed in Sydney Rail Crash

At least nine people have died and many more have been injured in a train derailment south of the Australian city of Sydney. All four carriages of the morning rush-hour train came off the track in a steep ravine near the village of Waterfall, 30 kilometre

World | January 31, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 225

French Flee Ivory Coast

Hundreds of French nationals have left Ivory Coast on charter planes as a peace deal appears to be on the verge of collapse. Many more of the 20,000 French nationals in Ivory Coast are planning to leave after four days of anti-French protests earlier this

World | January 30, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 232

Panicked Thais Leave Cambodia

Military planes have flown hundreds of Thai citizens out of Phnom Penh after demonstrations over who controls Angkor Wat temple turned violent. One man was missing and feared dead after mass demonstrations outside the Thai embassy in the Cambodian capital

World | January 30, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 237

Dead and Missing in US Factory Blast

At least three people have been killed and dozens more injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in the United States. The blast and fire, which followed, destroyed the West Pharmaceuticals factory, in Kinston, North Carolina.

World | January 30, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

European Leaders Rally behind US

The heads of eight European countries have called for a unified front against Saddam Hussein, lending much needed diplomatic support to Washington as it builds a case against the Iraqi leader. In a joint statement to various newspapers, the leaders of Bri

World | January 30, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

War 'Has Ruined Afghan Environment'

Two decades of war have laid waste Afghanistan's environment so badly that its reconstruction is now compromised, the United Nations says. A UN Environment Programme (Unep) survey found more than half of Kabul's water supply is going to waste.

World | January 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 218

Bush Pledges USD 15 B to Fight Aids

US President George W Bush has pledged USD15 B over the next five years to fight Aids. In his State of the Union address, Mr Bush said the money would provide drugs for two million people with the disease and help to prevent seven million new infections.

World | January 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 238

Solana Stresses UN Role on Iraq

European foreign policy chief Javier Solana has insisted that the UN Security Council must be the centre of efforts to prevent what he called the "catastrophe" of war in Iraq. "The centre of gravity should continue to be the Security Council," he said.

World | January 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 232

Iraq Rejects al-Qaeda Links

Iraq has categorically rejected United States allegations that it has links to the al-Qaeda network. In his State of the Union address, US President George W Bush said Iraq had links to terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and might pass on weapons of mas

World | January 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 213

Sharon Hails 'Historic' Triumph

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has hailed his Likud Party's election triumph as "historic" after official results gave it a convincing victory over its leftist rivals. In a vote which produced the lowest turnout in Israeli election history, Likud cap

World | January 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 248

Bush Vows to Lead Military Campaign if Iraq Doesn't Disarm

President George W Bush has said he will present fresh evidence to the United Nations next week about Iraq' s weapons programme, and has vowed to lead a military campaign if the Iraqis do not disarm. "We will consult, but let there be no misunderstanding:

World | January 29, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 205

Sharon 'Swept Back to Power'

Israel's ruling Likud Party has won the general election by a wide margin, according to Israeli television exit polls. According to preliminary results, Likud captured 36 seats, almost doubling its representation in the Israeli Knesset (parliament).

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 186

Int'l Pressure Growing on Iraq

International pressure is growing on Iraq a day after United Nations weapons inspectors delivered an unexpectedly cricitical report on Iraq's attitude to disarmament. Russia, which has insisted on a diplomatic solution to the crisis, indicated it could ha

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

Abuse Spreads HIV among Zambian Girls

Girls in Zambia are five times more likely to be infected with the HIV virus than their male counterparts due to widespread sexual abuse, a human rights organisation has reported. New York-based Human Rights Watch described in its report - entitled Suffer

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 244

Eleven Wounded in Philippines Blast

A bomb has exploded in the southern Philippines, injuring at least 11 people. Police in Kidapawan city, a largely Christian town on the island of Mindanao, said the bomb was placed in front of a three-storey commercial complex.

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 305

Bus Collision Leaves 40 Dead in India

At least 40 people have been killed in a bus crash in the eastern state of West Bengal in India. A police spokesman said the passenger bus caught fire after a head-on collision with a truck carrying inflammable material.

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 242

Fierce Fighting in Afghanistan

American and coalition forces are battling Afghan rebels in the south of the country, close to the border with Pakistan. American warplanes have bombed rebel fighters in the mountainous region near the town of Spin Boldak, in what US military officials sa

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

Serbia Votes to End Yugoslavia

Serbia's parliament has agreed to loosen ties with Montenegro, a major step towards consigning the name Yugoslavia to history. Under the accord the two republics constituting the Union of Serbia and Montenegro - as the new arrangement will be known - will

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 212

Israelis Set to Boost Sharon

Israelis are casting their votes for a new parliament, their third election in four years and one almost certain to return incumbent Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to office. Opinion polls in Israeli newspapers on Monday suggested Mr Sharon's right-wing Liku

World | January 28, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191