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Turkey's EU Membership Not Likely Until 2015

Turkey will probably not become a member of the European Union for at least another 10 years because it must resolve tensions over Cyprus as well as pass key reforms, according to a Reuters poll, cited by Turkish media on Friday. The mid-range of 34 forec

World | February 13, 2004, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 703

US Closes Salonika Mission over Safety Fear

The US temporarily closed down Friday their embassy in Salonika, Greece over some security concerns, media reported. Officials disclosed that a threat had been received, but refused to provide more details about the incident.

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US Soldier Arrested for Suspected Links to al-Qaeda

US Ryan Anderson, a National Guardsman based in the state of Washington, was arrested on suspicion that he tried to contact al-Qaeda terrorist network on the internet and sell military information to them, world media reported. The soldier, aged 26, was a

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Diamantopoulou Takes Leave to Stand in Greek Elections

Anna Diamantopoulou, the Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, will be taking unpaid leave to stand for the Greek socialist party PASOK in national elections on 7 March. During a consultation with Commission President Prodi it was agreed that th

World | February 12, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 256

Istanbul Braces Up for Nasty Weather Struggle

Turkey's commercial capital Istanbul is on the alert, anxiously awaiting the coming days as weather forecasts speak of blizzards and low temperatures, Turkish newspapers alarmed on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference Istanbul's mayor announced that p

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UN General Testifies against Milosevic

Former commander of UN troops in Bosnia-Hercegovina, General Philippe Morillon, started giving evidence at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. General Morillon commanded the UN Protection Force from September 1992 until July 1993 during intense fighting in B

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No Bird Flu Passing between Humans

There is no evidence from the latest genetic testing that the deadly bird flu in Asia is being passed from person to person, the World Health Organization announced Thursday. The disease so far has claimed a confirmed 18 lives in Vietnam and Thailand, tho

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BA Cancels Flights to US, Saudi Arabia amid Terror Fears

Fears of terrorist attacks grounded British Airways flights BA223 to Washington DC on Sunday and BA263 to Riyadh on Monday. BA said the cancellations were for security reasons and followed government advice.

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UN, Shia Leader Call for Direct Elections in Iraq

A team from the United Nations (UN) is on a meeting with Lakhdar Brahimi, spiritual leader of the Shia Muslims in Iraq, to discuss the possibility of holding early elections in the country. After two-hour talks, they agreed on the need for direct election

World | February 12, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 216

Blast Occurs Near Japanese Troops in Iraq

A blast occurred in Iraq Thursday, near where Japanese troops had been deployed, but injured no one. There was much concern in Japan over sending military personnel to Iraq, but it was finally decided to deploy 1,000 troops to the war-torn country.

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South Korea Makes Human Cloning Breakthrough

Scientists from South Korea's Seoul National University have cloned 30 human embryos, and for the fist time ever culled stem cells. The move is seen as an important step for patients being able to grow their own replacement tissue when needed for treating

World | February 12, 2004, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1170

US Gen. Clark Gives Up Presidential Race

Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO General Wesley Clark announced his decision to withdraw for the US presidential race ahead of November's elections. As main reason, the general pointed lack of enough support from voters as well as of campaign funds

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Bomb Kills 2 US Soldiers in Baghdad

Two US soldiers were killed and another one got wounded by a roadside bomb in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Wednesday night. The attack comes after days of aggravating violence, as nearly 100 Iraqis died in car bomb attacks outside recruitment centers.

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US Establishes Diplomatic Presence in Libya

A US diplomat has been sent to Tripoli, establishing the first diplomatic presence in Libya in decades, a State Department official said Tuesday. The diplomat is working out of the US interests section in the Belgian Embassy, the official said.

World | February 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

Missing Russian Politician Found in Ukraine

Russian presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin, whose mystery disappearance prompted talk of electoral dirty tricks, flew back to Moscow Tuesday looking weary despite saying he had merely taken an impromptu vacation. Rybkin said he might quit next month's rac

World | February 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 254

Kerry Goes On Victoriously, Clark Quits

John Kerry continues victoriously towards the Democratic presidential nomination, racked up massive victories in Tennessee and Virginia on Tuesday and sent another rival packing. Triumphant in Dixie, Kerry has now won in every region.

World | February 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1162

Palestinian Security Officer Shot Dead in Gaza City

A member of the Palestinian national security forces was shot dead when Israeli troops opened fire on a security post in the east of Gaza City, Palestinian medical sources said. Mohammed Abu Armana, 22, died after being hit in the head by a bullet when th

World | February 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 263

Israel Fears al -Qaeda Might Acquire Nuclear Weapons

Israel expressed concern that international terror groups such as al-Qaeda could access nuclear weapons through clandestine proliferation by scientists in countries like Pakistan. Visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told reporters on Tuesday t

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Bomb Killed at Least 50 Near Baghdad

A car bomb went off outside a police station south of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 50 people and wounding some 60 others, Iraqi policemen and US military officials said. There is a 11-year-old boy among the victims, a local doctor said.

World | February 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 170

French Parliament to Vote on Hijab Ban

France's lower house of parliament is expected on Tuesday to adopt a controversial bill that will ban Muslim headscarves and other religious symbols in state schools, amid violent opposition from minorities and some international rights groups. If the mea

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US Sounds Bird Flu Alarm

US formally sounded the alarm over its own outbreak of bird flu, the disease that has killed 19 people in Asia, as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of possible human infections in China. Vietnam, meanwhile, said that it was gradually bringing th

World | February 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189