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Serbian Poll Invalid Again

The turnout in Serbia's presidential election has again fallen below the 50% necessary to make the result valid, independent election monitors said. Unofficial results put the current Yugoslav President, Vojislav Kostunica, in the lead with about 58% of t

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 181

UN Starts Examining Iraq Dossier

United Nations weapons inspectors have begun ploughing through Iraq's massive weapons dossier to assess whether it complies with Security Council resolutions. Hans Blix, the chief UN weapons inspector, was on hand to receive the 12,000-page document as it

World | December 9, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 184

Iraq Wants U.S. to Give Evidence of Arms Possession

Iraq has challenged the United States to provide evidence that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction. If they do, "they should come up [with the evidence] forthwith.

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

Talks with Venezuelan Government Broke up

Talks between Venezuelan Government officials and opposition groups about ending the country's political turmoil have broken up without agreement. A national strike called by a range of business, labour and civic organisations in protest at President Hugo

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

Voter Apathy in Serbia

Voter apathy marks Serbia's re-run of its presidential election after the original poll in October was declared invalid because of a low turnout. Under Serbian law, 50% of those eligible to vote need to cast their ballots for the result to stand.

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 166

Bomb Victims in Bangladesh Reach 20

A string of bombs in movie theaters killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 100. The theaters were packed with Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan in Bangladesh.

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 185

Iraq's declaration Arrived in Cyprus

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World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189

Fire Destroys Part of Edinburgh's Old Town

A fierce fire destroyed part of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, leaving one fire-fighter injured and forcing 150 people to be evacuated. It took fire-fighters nearly five hours to bring the fire under control after it ripped through a row of buildings eigh

World | December 8, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

Miss Turkey Crowned Miss World

The Miss World contest, which was relocated from Nigeria after religious violence, has been won by Miss Turkey, Azra Akin. Miss Colombia was the runner-up while Miss Peru took third place.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 288

Ten Killed In Bangladesh Blasts

At least 10 people have been killed and several others injured in a series of bomb blasts in northern Bangladesh. The explosions took place in four cinemas in Mymensingh town, 112 kilometres (70 miles) from the capital Dhaka.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 223

Van Gogh Paintings Stolen from Amsterdam's Museum

Burglars have stolen two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh from Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, Dutch police say. The stolen paintings are well known to art lovers: View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Leaving the Church at Nuenen.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 265

UK Actress "Fears" for Chechen Envoy Life

British actress and human rights activist Vanessa Redgrave has said she fears for the life of Chechen envoy Akhmed Zakayev if he were to be extradited to Russia on terrorism charges. Mr Zakayev arrived in the UK to seek political asylum on Thursday.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

Iraq Hands to UN Weapons Programme Dossier

One day ahead of the deadline Iraq handed over to the UN a huge dossier setting out details of the country's weapons programme. The 12,000-page document and two separate annexes were carried into the UN inspectors' Baghdad headquarters in cardboard boxes

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Three Killed at a Rally in Venezuela

Three people were killed when shots were fired at an opposition rally near Plaza Altamira in Venezuela's capital. Two suspects have been detained by police, but it is still who was responsible for the shooting.

World | December 7, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194

Palestinian Mourners Call for Revenge after Gaza Killings

Thousands of angry Palestinians have taken to the streets of the al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip to bury 10 people killed in overnight fighting with Israeli troops. Mourners, wearing masks, called for revenge.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

Angry Fiat Employees Down Tools

Fiat workers in Italy intensified their protests on Friday against the car company's planned mass lay-offs. Staff at several Fiat plants have blockaded roads, gone on strike and organised marches to voice their fury at the debt-crippled company's restruct

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 233

US Treasury Secretary Resigned

The US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has unexpectedly resigned. The news, announced just before the market opened on Wall Street, is likely to unnerve investors who are still concerned about the state of the economy.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Belgium ?urns its Back on Nuclear Power

Belgium's lower house of parliament has passed a bill to shut down its seven nuclear reactors by 2025. The law, put forward by Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt's cabinet, also bans the construction of any new plants.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Anti-Chavez Protests Bring Oil Industry to Halt

Anti-government protests brought Venezuela's oil industry to a virtual halt. Oil officials admit they were going to be unable to fulfil contracts, as a fifth day of a national strike was called by those who want Mr Chavez to agree to face a referendum on

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

1.5 Million People in the Carolinas without Power

A winter storm left more than 1.5 million people in the Carolinas without power late Thursday.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 249

Nine Killed in Gaza Gun Battle

At least nine people have been killed in a gun battle triggered by an Israeli armoured incursion in a Gaza Strip refugee camp. Some of the victims reportedly died when an Israeli tank shell hit a two-storey building in the al-Bureij camp.

World | December 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 164
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