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Russian Rocket Exploded

An unmanned Russian space rocket carrying a satellite into orbit has exploded shortly after blast-off, killing one person and injuring eight others. The Soyuz-U rocket blew up 29 seconds after take-off, Russia's emergencies ministry spokesman said on Wedn

World | October 16, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 169

Dutch Government Collapses

The Dutch coalition government has collapsed after only three months in office. Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende told parliament he would present his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix later on Wednesday.

World | October 16, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 128

Saddam Hussein Wins 100% of the Vote

Iraqi officials say President Saddam Hussein has won 100% of the vote in a referendum on whether he should rule for another seven years. There were 11,445,638 eligible voters - and everyone of them voted for the president, according to Izzat Ibrahim, Vice

World | October 16, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 192

Germany Agrees New Cabinet

After three weeks of negotiations, the two main parties in Germany's governing Red-Green coalition have signed an agreement to continue their partnership for another four years. The 88-page document was signed by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of the Social

World | October 16, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 174

Serbian Poll Formally Declared Void

Election officials in Serbia have formally annulled the results of Sunday's presidential election, but the party of frontrunner Vojislav Kostunica has already said it will challenge the decision in the courts. The poll was declared invalid, because turnou

World | October 16, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 169

Jack Straw Calls on Europe to Increase NATO Spending

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has warned European countries they must raise defence spending to counter world threats and maintain harmony with the US. Speaking in Chicago, he said Europe was offering an "increasingly inadequate response" to rogue states a

World | October 16, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 155

Iraqis Vote for Saddam

Iraqis lined up to show their support for Saddam Hussein Tuesday. "With our blood and souls we defend Saddam Hussein," supporters chanted at a polling station in central Baghdad as voters lined up to cast their vote.

World | October 15, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 178

Plans to Reduce World Hanger Failing

Ambitious plans to halve world hunger by 2015 are facing failure, says a report from the United Nations. Experts predict that it could take a century to meet the target if progress were to continue at the current rate.

World | October 15, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 161

Two Indonesian Men Questioned Over Bali Bomb Attack

Two Indonesian men are being intensively questioned by police investigating the bomb attack in Bali which killed nearly 200 people on Saturday. Indonesian police chief Da'i Bachtiar said the identity card of one of them had been found close to the nightcl

World | October 15, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 161

Two Friends of Mall Bomber Near Helsinki Detained

Finnish police have been questioning two internet chat friends of a chemistry student suspected of killing himself and six others on Friday as he planted a bomb in a crowded shopping centre. "We are holding two of the bomber's friends," said a spokeswoman

World | October 15, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 254

Guard Kills Seven in Italy

A security guard has gone on the rampage in north-western Italy, killing seven people before committing suicide, police said. The victims are believed to be family members and neighbours.

World | October 15, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 176

New Sniper Killing Feared in Virginia

A woman has been shot dead with a single bullet outside Washington DC, in the American state of Virginia. Police said they were assuming a link to the recent series of sniper attacks in the area, which have left eight dead and two wounded.

World | October 15, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 174

"Bin Laden" Hails Anti-Western Attacks

The Arabic television channel Al Jazeera has broadcast what it says is a message from Osama Bin Laden, in which he hails as "heroic" last week's attacks on US Marines in Kuwait and on a French supertanker off Yemen. The statement - which Al Jazeera says b

World | October 15, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 178

Kenya's Opposition Team up With Dissidents

Kenya's main opposition parties have teamed up with dissidents from the ruling party and are promising to field a single candidate in presidential elections due in December. They announced what is being termed a super alliance, called the National Rainbow

World | October 14, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 315

Northern Ireland Assembly Suspended

Devolution in Northern Ireland is to be suspended for the fourth time at midnight on Monday amid a further crisis in the political process. The latest deadlock has been caused by allegations of IRA intelligence gathering inside the Northern Ireland Office

World | October 14, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 343

Indonesia Blames al-Qaeda for Bali Bombing

Indonesia's defence minister has accused Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network of involvement in the massive bomb attack on the island of Bali which killed at least 188 people. The American FBI and experts from Australia and Britain have joined investigation

World | October 14, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 406

Death Toll in Bali Set at 187

Investigations have begun into the bomb on the Indonesian island of Bali that ripped through a nightclub on Saturday night killing 187 people and injuring 309. Australia, home to the majority of the blast's victims, has announced that Foreign Minister Ale

World | October 14, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 421

Investigations into Ukraine-Iraq Link Start Today

British and American experts will begin work on Monday in Ukraine investigating claims that the government there has sold a military radar system to Iraq. Such a sale would be in breach of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.

World | October 14, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 387

Havana Conference Marks Cuban Missile Crisis

A conference in Havana marking the 40th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis has ended with a visit by participants to sites related to the dispute that brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war. The delegates - who inc

World | October 14, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 673

No President Elected in Serbia

Serbia will have to hold fresh presidential elections after only 45.5% of eligible voters turned out for Sunday's run-off, independent elections monitors said.

World | October 14, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 363

Ivory Coast Rebels Say Have Taken Key City

Rebels in the Ivory Coast say they have taken the western cocoa-producing centre of Daloa - even as a new round of peace talks begins. There have been reports of fighting around Daloa since Saturday, but rebel claims that the city has fallen have not been

World | October 13, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 130
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