Court Examines Moscow Siege Claims

A court in Moscow has started examining compensation claims against the city authorities, brought by thirty-eight families of people caught up in October's Moscow theatre siege. Some were taken hostage by the Chechen rebels who seized control of the theat

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 167

UN Interviews Key Iraqi Scientists

The United Nations nuclear agency says its experts in Iraq are starting to interview key Iraqi scientists with "critical information" on the country's weapons programmes. In another development, an Iraqi fighter aircraft shot down an unmanned American sur

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 183

U.S. Warns North Korea against Reactivating N-plant

The United States has warned North Korea not to take advantage of the Iraq crisis amid further moves by Pyongyang to reactivate a nuclear plant. The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said Pyongyang would be making a mistake if it thought Iraq would d

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Invalid Election in Montenegro

Voters in Montenegro - the smaller of the two republics that make up Yugoslavia - have failed to elect a new president because of low voter turn-out, according to preliminary results. Independent election monitors say under 46% of the electorate took part

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Palestinian General Elections Postponed

The Palestinian leadership has postponed general elections next month, since it was impossible to convene the election on 20 January because of "Israeli obstruction". The move is a blow to the reform process, though expectations that polls will go ahead i

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

Manhunt after ETA Member Underway in France

An extensive manhunt is under way in southern France after a suspected senior member of the Basque separatist group ETA escaped from police custody. Ibon Fernandez Iradi was being held in the town of Bayonne, near the Spanish border, and was due to be tra

World | December 23, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

US Calls for Tougher Iraq Inspections

The United States has renewed calls for the United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq to be conducted more aggressively. This is the biggest manoeuvre exercise since the Gulf War.

World | December 22, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 206

Muslim Council Set up in France

French officials and Muslim leaders have agreed to the creation of the first body to represent the country's five million Muslims - Europe's largest community. The breakthrough comes after several years of efforts to formalise relations between Muslims an

World | December 21, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 201

US Exerts More Pressure on Iraq

President Bush has cancelled a January trip to Africa fuelling speculation that he is preparing for war on Iraq. The move comes as the US says it will share intelligence about Iraq with United Nations weapons inspectors following a request from chief insp

World | December 21, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

Vatican Admits Failures in World War II

The Vatican has published an article admitting for the first time that Pope Pius XII, could have done more for Jews persecuted in the second World War. Pius XII was the leader of the Catholic Church between 1939 and 1958.

World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 255

Soros Fined for Insider Trading

Billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros has been fined 2.2m euros (?1.

World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 244

Fish Agreement Given Final Shot

European Union ministers are making a final attempt to save depleted fish stocks by agreeing new fishing quotas. The BBC's environment correspondent Tim Hirsch says all sides now accept that there will have to be drastic cuts in the number of cod caught a

World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 201

Strikers in Venezuela Threaten to Defy Court Ruling

Venezuelan oil industry workers threaten to a Supreme Court order to end the strike, which has paralysed the country's oil industry.Earlier on Thursday, the court ordered the immediate reopening of the state-owned oil company (PDVSA), which has been cripp

World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 208

Powell Lays Out Path on Iraq


World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 244

Pearl Murder Suspect Died in "Accidental" Explosion

Asif Ramzi, one of the country's most wanted criminals, linked to the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl died Thursday in an apparently accidental explosion at a secret bomb factory in Karachi, Pakistani police say. Another three men were killed in the exp

World | December 20, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Turkish Cypriot Leader Backs Talks

Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has said he is ready to hold talks with the Greek Cypriots on a United Nations plan to reunify their long-divided island. The UN settlement plan calls for the parties to reach an agreement by 28 February, with the goal

World | December 19, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 183

Plavsic Faces Call for 25-year Sentence

Prosecutors at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague have called for a prison sentence of up to 25 years for the former Bosnian Serb President, Biljana Plavsic. Seventy-two-year-old Mrs Plavsic pleaded guilty to persecuting Muslims and Croats during the wa

World | December 19, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 311

Top Russian General Sacked

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has sacked the head of army operations in Chechnya, Gennady Troshev. General Troshev has publicly refused to take up a new position - command of the Siberian military district.

World | December 19, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Mass Arrests of Muslims in LA

Immigration officials in southern California have detained hundreds of Iranians and other Muslim men who turned up to register under residence laws brought in as part of the United States' anti-terror drive. Muslim groups estimated that at least 500 men w

World | December 19, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 249

Court in Venezuela Rules against Chavez

Venezuela's Supreme Court has ordered embattled President Hugo Chavez to hand back control of Caracas police force to the capital's mayor. Chavez had ordered the military to take over police stations in the capital on 16 November, seizing power from one o

World | December 19, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 272

Bush Orders Deployment of Missile Defence Shield

President George W.Bush has ordered his military to begin deploying a national missile defence system, to be operational starting in 2004.

World | December 18, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194
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