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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

Unemployment in Germany Hits Five-Year High

German unemployment hit a five-year high on Wednesday. The number of people out of work, adjusted for seasonal factors, rose 62,000 in January to 4.

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 407

ICJ Wants US to Delays Execution of Mexican Nationals

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously ruled that the execution of three of the Mexican nationals in the United States should be delayed. The delay was needed while it investigates whether the prisoners were given their right to legal help f

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

Dollar Revived after Powell Speech

The dollar rapidly recovered, and gold retreated off six-year high, after US Secretary of State Colin Powell pressed the case for tough action to disarm Iraq. The dollar hit four year lows in anticipation of US effort to convince the world that war agains

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 240

World Trade Center Recreation Plans Shortlisted

Two plans which would create the world's tallest structure have been chosen as finalists for the World Trade Center site in New York. Both designs feature structures higher than the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers.

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 266

Columbia Debris Search Moves to West Coast

Teams from the US space agency NASA have gone to California and Arizona after reports of debris from the Columbia disaster landing there. If confirmed, the reports would suggest that the space shuttle began to break up earlier than previously thought.

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 304

Qaddafi Supports Iraq Inspectors

Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Qaddafi has backed U.N.

World | February 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 306

Pop Legend Charged with Murder

Legendary record producer Phil Spector has been charged with first-degree murder after a woman was found shot dead inside his mansion in Los Angeles. He was arrested at the property in the suburb of Alhambra around 0500 (1300 GMT) on Monday after someone

World | February 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 287

UK, France Differences on Iraq Remain

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac concluded talks after their summit in the Northern French resort of Le Touquet. Mr Chirac said that both he and Mr Blair believed Iraq should be disarmed, that it should be done through the

World | February 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

Powell will Present "No Smoking Gun" in UN

In his address before the U.N.

World | February 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 208

European Delegates Give UN Evidence against Iraq

A European parliament delegation has presented the United Nations in New York with evidence it claims proves Saddam Hussein possesses and is seeking to procure banned weapons. The group met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and chief UN arms inspector

World | February 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

NASA Extends Shuttle Debris Search

Experts investigating the break-up of the space shuttle Columbia have extended their search for debris and crew remains across the western United States. While the search continues in Texas and neighbouring Louisiana, Nasa officials say it will also be ex

World | February 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 244

Election Rout for Germany's Schroeder

Beleaguered German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has vowed to press ahead faster with a programme of reforms, despite suffering an election mauling in two key regional polls. Voters in Mr Schroeder's home state, Lower Saxony, and in Hessen deserted the Soc

World | February 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 251

"Massive Assault" Planned on Iraq

Senior US military officials have been outlining what they say are their plans for a military assault on Iraq. The onslaught would begin with ground attacks combined with a massive assault from the air, defence officials told the BBC.

World | February 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 260

Turkey's Erdogan Set for Parliament Bid

The leader of Turkey's governing party is to stand in a by-election in March, in a first step towards becoming prime minister. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will contest the seat in the south-eastern Siirt province on 9 March, his deputy announced on Monday.

World | February 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 301

Explosion Rocks Pakistan's Oil Headquarters

A powerful explosion has rocked Pakistan's southern port of Karachi, killing at least one person and injuring two slightly. A bomb, apparently hidden on a motorcycle, exploded near the headquarters of Pakistan State Oil, shattering windows.

World | February 3, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 266