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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

World | February 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 216

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

World | February 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1236

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

Food Crisis Looms in North Korea

Out of grain to feed 6.4 million undernourished North Koreans, the UN food agency warned of potentially appalling suffering and appealed to foreign donors for help on Monday.

World | February 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 228

Palestinians May Declare Independent State

The Palestinian leadership is examining the possibility of declaring an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Aljazeera online edition informed. The move is in response to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "disengagement plan".

World | February 10, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 199

Prince Charles Meets Bam Quake Survivors

Prince Charles met with earthquake survivors in the flattened city of Bam after talks with Iran's President Mohammed Khatami earlier Monday in the first visit to the country by a member of the British royal family in 33 years. The prince surveyed reconstr

World | February 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 672

2 US Soldiers Killed in Blast in Iraq

Two US soldiers were killed and six wounded in an explosion as they tried to dispose of weaponry in northern Iraq. Military officials said that the blast at Sinjar, 120 kilometres west of the main northern city of Mosul, did not appear to involve hostile

World | February 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

No Leads on Missing Russian Presidential Hopeful

There is still no evidence on the missing Russian presidential hopeful Ivan Rybkin, who disappeared on Monday. Rybkin's wife filed a missing persons report on Sunday, saying no one had heard from her husband since Thursday evening.

World | February 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 168

Italy's Doctors, Airline Pilots Go on One-Day Strike

Thousands of Italian doctors and airline pilots are staging a one-day strike on Monday in a protest against labour and pension reforms being introduced by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The plans have sparked a wave of strikes and protests, and have be

World | February 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 208

Greek FM Takes over Ruling Party Leadership

Greece's Foreign Minister George Papandreou was elected leader of the ruling Greek Socialist Party (PASOK) on Sunday by more than one million party members and supporters. However, opposition parties labeled the elction a farce since Papandreou was the on

World | February 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 173

Bush Defends Iraq Invasion

The war in Iraq was a "war of necessity," US President George Bush said on Sunday in an interview for the NBC television channel. His appearance comes amid signs that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq might hurt his credibility

World | February 9, 2004, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 204

Israel Plans to Shorten West Bank Barrier

Israel plans to shorten the route of its West Bank separation barrier to get U.S.

World | February 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 185

Prince Charles On Surprise Visit to Iraq

The Prince of Wales has made a surprise morale-boosting visit to British troops in Iraq, British media reported on Sunday. The heir to the throne flew to the southern city of Basra to meet soldiers serving in the war-ravaged country.

World | February 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 301

UN Team Returns to Iraq

Amid continuing violence, UN experts have arrived in Baghdad to investigate whether Iraq is ready for elections to choose a post-occupation government, Aljazeera online edition informed on Sunday. In a statement read at UN headquarters a day earlier, the

World | February 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 256

Japanese Troops Set Foot in Iraq

A contingent of Japanese troops crossed Sunday into Iraq from Kuwait as part of the country's first deployment to a combat zone since 1945. Japan has already dispatched advance teams and three C-130 cargo planes to the region.

World | February 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 159

Newspaper Ad for New BBC Chair

The British government is advertising for a new chair of the BBC governors in three Sunday newspapers, BBC informed. It follows the departure of Gavyn Davies in the wake of the Hutton report around the death of Dr David Kelly, which severely criticised th

World | February 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Boy Found Alive in Turkey Rubble

A 16-year-old boy has been pulled alive from the rubble of a building, which collapsed in Turkey six days ago. Local media said Muhammet Kalem survived because he was trapped in an air pocket between concrete blocks.

World | February 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 203

Mass Resignations Hit Fatah Movement

About 300 members of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement have resigned, protesting against lack of reforms within the organisation. The nationalist movement was formed in 1959 by Palestinian exiles living at the time in Kuwait, but Palestinia

World | February 8, 2004, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 171

Sri Lanka Parliament Dissolved

Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved parliament and called elections on April 2, almost four years ahead of schedule, officials said. Kumaratunga used her executive powers to dissolve the parliament led by her arch rival Prime Minister Ra

World | February 7, 2004, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 189