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France Arrests Terrorist Suspects amid Chemical Fears

French anti-terrorist police have seized chemicals from the home of suspected Islamic militants. Three men and one woman, all of North African origin, have been arrested and tests are being carried out on the liquid and powder substances found in their ap

World | December 18, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 248

German Court Stops Highly-Skilled Immigration Wave

A controversial German immigration law designed to bring in thousands of highly-skilled foreign workers has been struck down by the country's highest court. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of a group of conservative-led states, that had argued that the

World | December 18, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 211

Al-Qaeda Suspects Acquitted in the Netherlands

A Dutch court has acquitted four suspected members of an Islamic militant network linked to al-Qaeda that prosecutors said plotted to attack US interests in Europe. French national Jerome Courtailler and Algerian Abdelkader Rabia were found not guilty of

World | December 18, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

Lord of the Rings' Second Movie with World Premier

The moment Lord Of the Rings film fans have been anticipating for a year has arrived with the worldwide opening of The Two Towers. Director Peter Jackson's second adaptation of the classic Tolkien fantasies is being rolled out on more than 10,000 screens

World | December 18, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 258

US Insurer in Third Biggest Bankruptcy

Insurance and loans giant Conseco has filed the third biggest US bankruptcy after WorldCom and Enron, with $6.5bn (?4bn) in outstanding debts.

World | December 18, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 208

Death Sentences for India Parliament Raid

An anti-terrorism court in Delhi has sentenced to death three men convicted of helping militants attack India's parliament last year. Mohammed Afzal, a 35-year-old fruit merchant, Shaukat Hussain and SAR Geelani, a Delhi college teacher, were convicted on

World | December 18, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

Human Rights Watch: Afghan Women "Still Suffer Abuse"

An international human rights group says women and girls continue to suffer extreme repression in parts of Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch says it has evidence of mounting abuses, harassment and restrictions of women's rights.

World | December 17, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 241

Iraqi Opposition Reach Consensus

Iraqi opposition groups meeting in London have decided on the make-up of a committee that could form the basis for a new government in Baghdad. The final declaration, reached after four days of often heated talks, called for a democratic and federal Iraq

World | December 17, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Albright Testified at UN Court

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has spoken in support of the former Bosnian Serb president, Biljana Plavsic, at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Ms Albright was speaking at the sentencing hearing for Mrs Plavsic, who had earlier admit

World | December 17, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 336

French Police Seize Unidentified Chemicals

French anti-terrorist police have discovered unidentified chemicals - liquid and powder substances - at the home of suspected Islamic militants arrested on Monday. Analyses are to show whether the substances are toxic and could be used in a bomb.

World | December 17, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

Venezuela Strike Condemned

The chief of Venezuela's army has condemned the two-week general strike that has crippled the country's oil industry. General Julio Garcia Montoya said the action led by the opposition amounted to sabotage.

World | December 17, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

Congo Peace Deal Signed

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and its key rebel opponents have signed a power-sharing agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, to end more than four years of war. Representatives of the country's main political parties and civil society g

World | December 17, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 207

Bush Responds to Iraqi Declaration Soon

President Bush could announce the formal US response to Iraq's declaration of its weapons programmes in a few days' time, White House officials have said. In his first public comments on the issue, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said there were proble

World | December 17, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 221

NATO, EU Agree Rapid Reaction Force Deal

Nato and the European Union have formally adopted an agreement which will give the EU access to Nato military resources and will allow the EU to conduct military operations abroad. Under the deal, the EU will have access to Nato planning and resources for

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 203

Two Incidents Claim Lives of Three Palestinians in Gaza Strip

Three Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in the Gaza Strip early on Monday. Two members of militant Islamic group Hamas were killed as they tried to enter Israel from the northern Gaza Strip.

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

Hugo Chavez Orders Army to Obey His Orders

On national television the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, said troops should ignore judges and court rulings and obey only presidential decrees. The statement comes as a general strike against his government entered its third week.

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

Biljana Plavsic Attends Hearing at the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal

Biljana Plavsic, 72, once dubbed the "Iron Lady" of the Balkans is facing the climax of a war crimes court case. She is attending a three-day hearing at the U.

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 265

EC Plans Cuts in Fishing Catches

A plan for drastic cuts in catches is being discussed at a ministers meeting in Brussels, aiming to save dwindling stocks. The European Commission wants to reduce catches of endangered species such as cod and haddock by up to 80 % in the North Sea, Irish

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 165

Over 100 Feared Dead in Boat Tragedy in Liberia

More than 100 people are feared dead after an overloaded boat capsized on a river in north-west Liberia. The wooden boat was packed with mourners heading to the funeral of a popular local footballer.

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194

Vatican Backed Plan to Combat Sex Abuse

The Vatican has approved a revised plan to combat child sex abuse in the US Roman Catholic Church in a letter from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re to the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Wilton Gregory. US bishops drew up a plan to

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 223

Gore 'Will Not Stand for President'

Former US Vice President Al Gore has decided not to run for the White House in 2004. In a television interview, Mr Gore said that although he wanted to contribute to changing the Bush administration, he did not believe that running for the presidency was

World | December 16, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 212
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