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North Korea "Set to Test Missile"

Washington says North Korea has declared a maritime exclusion zone off its coast in the Sea of Japan in a move which may indicate an imminent missile test. Pyongyang issued the warning for the 8-11 March to cover virtually the same area in which an anti-s

World | March 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

Czech President Sworn In

The former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, has been inaugurated as the country's new president. Mr Klaus, 61, succeeds his long-time rival, Vaclav Havel, the man who led the country for 13 years after the fall of Communism.

World | March 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 211

Reports Say Bin Laden Sons Arrested

The search for Osama Bin Laden is focusing on areas bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to US officials quoted by American media. Pakistani special forces are reported to have poured into the area bordering Afghanistan following fresh leads obta

World | March 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

11 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Military Operation

Eleven Palestinians were killed and nearly 100 injured Thursday during an Israeli military operation near the Jabaliya refugee camp, Palestinian hospital officials said, less than a day after a suicide bombing killed 15 Israelis in the northern Israeli po

World | March 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

Over 100 Dead in Plane Crash in Algeria

A passenger plane crash in southern Algeria claimed the lives of more than 100 people on board. According to AP reports one man survived and 102 died in the crash.

World | March 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 218

German Unemployed Rise Again

German unemployment has risen to 11.3%, its highest level during the government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

World | March 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 234

Israel Targeted Gaza Refugee Camp

Israeli troops, backed by tanks and helicopters, advanced into a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip overnight, in an operation that is reported to have left at least 11 Palestinians dead and scores injured. Palestinians accused Israelis of firing into a crowd

World | March 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 230

Incumbent Armenian President "Wins" Vote

Officials in Armenia say the incumbent President, Robert Kocharyan, has won a clear victory in the second round of the presidential election. With nearly all the votes counted, Mr Kocharyan is on 67% - far ahead of his challenger, Stephan Demirchyan.

World | March 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Britain Seeks UN Compromise

Reports from the United Nations say Britain is proposing changes to the planned new Security Council resolution it is tabling on Iraq, to allow President Saddam Hussein a final opportunity to disarm peacefully. The British initiative is part of the diplom

World | March 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 209

Powell: Iraq Made No Attempt to Disarm

US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq had made no real attempt to disarm but instead was trying to deceive and divide the international community. In an impassioned speech, Mr Powell said Iraq's effort must fail, because no one wanted to live in a

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 187

Baghdad Stages Security Parade after Saddam Warns US

In a message to the population and to the outside world, thousands of members of Iraq's interior security forces have marched in Baghdad. The authorities say they would play an important role in defending the country against any US-led invasion.

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

Pope Calls on World to Avoid Gulf Conflict

Pope John Paul II has called on world leaders to assume their responsibility and make every effort to spare humanity "a dramatic conflict" in Iraq. The head of the Catholic Church made the appeal during his weekly general audience.

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Blast Rocked Israeli City

A bomb blast has ripped through a bus in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, local officials say. There are reported to be many casualties from the explosion, which happened while the vehicle was on a main street.

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 220

Spain's Parliament Supports Aznar on Iraq

Spain's Lower House of Parliament has voted in a secret ballot instigated by the opposition calling on parliamentarians to oppose the government's support of military action in Iraq. But the motion has been defeated.

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

China Starts Change of Leader

The annual meeting of China's parliament has opened for a session which is due to bring forward a new generation of leaders to guide the world's most populous nation. Almost 3,000 delegates to the largely toothless National People's Congress, or NPC, gath

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

US Increases Forces near N Korea

The United States is ordering extra military forces - thought to be long-range bombers - to boost defences near North Korea. The move comes amid heightened tensions with Pyongyang, following Monday's interception of a US surveillance plane by four North K

World | March 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 202

US Accuses N Korea of Reckless Behavior

Washington has accused North Korea of "reckless behaviour" after four of its fighter jets intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in international airspace. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Pyongyang was testing the tolerance of the US and the incid

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 184

Russia Could Veto on Iraq

Russia is still not ruling out the use of its veto in the UN Security Council to prevent a war in Iraq, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has told the BBC. "I do not rule anything out, because the right of veto can be used by any permanent member of th

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Rumsfeld: Iraq Capable of Building New Weapons Now

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes Iraq is capable of building new weapons even with inspectors in the country. In an exclusive interview for BBC he said even the destruction of al-Samoud missiles as demanded by the United Nations was no real s

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 171

Saddam Vows Victory over US

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been seeking to rally his people behind him as the United States steps up its preparations to topple him. In a letter read out on television to mark the Islamic New Year on Tuesday, Saddam told his people that if they kept

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 231

Greece Started November 17 Terror Trial

Nineteen suspected members of the November 17 guerrilla group have gone on trial in Athens. The start of the hearing in a bunker-like courtroom built inside a maximum-security prison was marked by arguments and chaotic scenes.

World | March 4, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 285