Islamic militant group Hamas used a female suicide bomber for the first time, killing four Israelis in the Gaza strip. The bomber was in her early 20s, with two children.
In response to the UN Flash Appeal on January 13 the Government of Japan has decided to extend a contribution of USD 500,000 to protect the cultural heritage of Bam city in South Eastern Iran, which sustained large-scale damage from the earthquake that oc
Tests by Danish and American experts indicate there is no chemical agent in mortar shells unearthed last week in southern Iraq but more testing is needed to confirm the findings, the Danish military reported Wednesday. The preliminary findings cast doubt
British former foreign secretary Robin Cook called on the British government to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, ANA news agency informed. In a full-page article in Tuesday's Evening Standard newspaper he supported the results of a recent opinion p
The vice president of the Russian oil major Lukoil, Leonid Fedun, said at a press conference that the Russian oil and gas sector will stop rising by 2007. Earlier, the oil giant announced that it would concentrate on foreign markets instead of selling oil
Stalemate on the European constitution is not an option, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has declared at the start of his six months at the EU helm. In a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday he stressed that a deal was the top priority of Irel
130 Czech troops will leave for Afghanistan to take part in the combat against terrorism, official announced on Wednesday, cited by RIA Novosti news agency. Their mission will start after an approval by the Czech Parliament.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has unveiled an ambitious proposal, which could see the two biggest world economies form a free trade zone within a decade. During a visit to Washington, where he addressed US business leaders, Mr Aznar said that th
Taiwan researchers said they have identified two potent drugs in collaboration with US-based Isis Pharmaceuticals, which could be used to treat the deadly SARS virus. The drugs work by inhibiting the replication of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (S
A female Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up Wednesday at the main crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing four other people, emergency officials said. Israel Radio reported that the four dead were Israelis.
A suspected car bomb exploded outside a police station in the central Iraqi town of Baquba on Wednesday, killing several people. Twin car bomb attacks on police stations in Baquba, 40 miles north of Baghdad, and the nearby town of Khan Bani Saad in Novemb
The UN's top official in Uzbekistan was among the 37 people killed after a passenger jet has crashed near Tashkent as it prepared to land in thick fog. Richard Conroy, a 56-year-old British-Australian citizen, also an official with the UN Development Prog
The self-confessed killer of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh is set to go on trial for murder, where he is expected to tell the court that Jesus ordered him to do it and that he had no political motive. Mijailo Mijailovic, a 25-year-old Swede born to
US troops raided two homes in a central Iraqi city early Wednesday, detaining two nephews of the insurgents suspected of organizing attacks against coalition forces. The military said the two nephews are suspected of helping to hide former Iraqi Vice Pres
China's military rolled out the red carpet for visiting US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers, the highest level military officer to visit since ties became strained three years ago. Myers was given an honor guard welcome as he me
British Airways will allow air marshals on board of its planes, world news agencies reported. The statement of the company's Executive Director Rod Edington came in reconciliation to recent objections by British Airways that it would not accept the additi
A Yak-40 airplane with 36 people on board crashed late Tuesday in Uzbekistan's capital of Tashkent, world news agencies reported. All 32 passengers, including two foreigners, and 4 crew members were killed in the crash.
A US Apache chopper has come down to the west of Baghdad, the third helicopter to come down in the area in less than two weeks, US officials say. The helicopter appears to have been shot down, a US spokesman told the AP news agency.
Italy's constitutional court has thrown out a controversial law granting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi immunity from prosecution. The law, passed by parliament last year, gave Mr Berlusconi immunity as long as he remained in office.
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