Dutchman in Iraq Genocide Trial

The trial of a Dutch businessman accused of selling chemicals to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to make poison gas is due to open in Rotterdam. Frans van Anraat, 62, is accused of war crimes and genocide, the first time a Dutchman has faced that charg

World | March 18, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 501

Bomb Kills Five in Afghanistan

Five people were killed and more than 30 wounded in a roadside bomb blast in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Thursday. According to local report, the blast hit a taxi with four women and three children on board, and injured others in a nearby restaur

World | March 17, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 537

Rice Visits Afghanistan for Anti-Terrorism Talks

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice made her first visit to Afghanistan on Thursday for talks with top officials about counterterrorism, how to end the narcotics trade and ways to rebuild the country after years of conflict. Rice was due to meet senior

World | March 17, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 450

24-Hour Strike Paralyses Greece

A wave of strikes by workers in various sectors paralyzed the country on Thursday. The Greek trade unions demand better social guarantees for the workers and rise of salaries.

World | March 17, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1059

Italy Cements Stand on Iraq Pullout

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has informed US President George Bush about his decision to start withdrawing his country's troops from Iraq starting in September. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said Italian troop withdraw

World | March 16, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 549

23 Survivors, 29 Killed in Russian Plane Crash

Twenty-three people have been rescued from the crashed AN-24, which was brought on fire while landing on a northern area of Russia. According to information from Russia's Emergency Ministry, there were 29 casualties out of 45 passengers and 4-member crew.

World | March 16, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 609

Boy Admits to Clearing Jackson

The boy who says Michael Jackson molested him has acknowledged that he cleared the pop icon in a conversation with his school dean. "I told Dean Alpert he didn't do anything to me," the boy said under questioning by Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr..

World | March 15, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 681

Californian Judge Voids Ban on Gay Marriage

A county judge has ruled California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Judge Richard Kramer of the San Francisco Superior Court compared the ban to laws requiring racial segregation.

World | March 15, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 431

Beirut Packed with anti-Syria Protesters

A record number of protesters have reportedly flocked to Beirut's Martyrs' Square on an opposition rally. Nearly one million people gathered at the site to protest against the continuing presence of Syrian forces in Lebanon, world media reported.

World | March 14, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 411

Annan, Abbas Meet over Middle East Peace Process

The United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, is due in the West Bank town of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Annan, making his first visit to the Middle East in four years aims to promote UN's support in Israeli-Palestinian

World | March 14, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 410

Earthquake Hits Eastern Turkey

A strong earthquake shook eastern Turkey today, damaging buildings and injuring five people, two days after another quake in the region. The earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.

World | March 14, 2005, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 371

Iraq Kurds Curb Talks on Government

Iraq's leading parties said they have failed to reach a deal on forming a new government before the first meeting of parliament. Iraq's interim deputy president Rowsh Shaways said Sunday talks between the Shia alliance that won landmark elections and Kurd

World | March 13, 2005, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 340

Oil Regains over $54

Oil prices are back over USD 54 after faster growth of global demand was estimated by the International Energy Agency. US light crude went up 89 cents to USD 54.

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 344

Hamas to Run in Palestinian Elections

The Islamic militant group Hamas has announced it would participate in Palestinian parliamentary elections scheduled in July. This could have consequences for efforts to jumpstart the peace process.

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 367

Syria Committed to Lebanon Pullout

Syrian President Bashar Assad has reiterated his commitment to withdrawing all Syrian troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon, a UN envoy said Saturday, indicating that he had received a timetable for the pullout. Meanwhile, a convoy of Syrian troops

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 354

Quake Rocks Southeast Turkey

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 shook southeastern Turkey on Saturday, injuring 15 people and triggering off an avalanche, which blocked one of two lanes of the main highway between the city of Erzurum and the town of Cat.

World | March 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 470

Vatican Releases Video of Pope Speaking

The Vatican released a video Friday with Pope John Paul II speaking at a Mass in a hospital. It was the first time the pontiff's voice had been heard since 24 February, when he underwent throat surgery to help ease his breathing difficulties.

World | March 11, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 619

Earthquake Shakes Indonesian Resort

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale has rattled Indonesia's resort island of Bali, Sky News reported.

World | March 11, 2005, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 804

Pope Remains in Hospital - Vatican

Pope John Paul II will remain in hospital "for a few more days," while his health continues to improve, Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls said on Thursday. "On the advice of his doctors, the Holy Father will prolong his stay in hospital for a few

World | March 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 359

Accuser "Slept" in Jackson's Bedroom

Michael Jackson's teenage child sex accuser said in court that he slept in the star's bedroom and surfed Internet pornography sites with him the first time they met. The boy testified after his bother acknowledged under cross-examination that the pop star

World | March 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 617

19 Bodies Found in Iraq

The bodies of 19 people who were shot dead have been found in the western Iraqi town of Qaim. All 19, including a woman, were wearing civilian clothes, Doctor Hamdi al-Alousi, the director of Qaim Hospital, said.

World | March 9, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 461
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