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Columbian Rebels Kill Sixty

Colombian Marxist rebels have attacked their right-wing paramilitary enemies of the United Self-defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) in the northern province of Bolivar. At least 60 people were killed in the fighting, the majority paramilitaries, which were d

World | December 28, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 156

Palestinian Militants Shot Israeli Settlers

Suspected Palestinian militants have killed four Israelis in a Jewish settlement near the West Bank town of Hebron. Israeli military sources said at least eight settlers were wounded, after a gunman sprayed bullets and threw grenades in the dining room of

World | December 28, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 172

US Company Claims First Cloned Baby

A controversial company linked to a UFO sect claims it have produced the world's first cloned human baby. The news prompted calls for cloning to be outlawed in the United States.

World | December 28, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 196

France Foils Terror Act in Russia's Embassy

Suspected Islamic militants arrested in Paris over the last two weeks were planning to attack the Russian embassy in Paris, the French interior ministry says. The group had been "operational" but was now "dismantled and the plan it was preparing thwarted,

World | December 27, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

Bombs Kill 40 in Grozny

Two powerful bombs have devastated the main building of the Russian-backed Chechen Government building in Grozny in an apparent suicide attack. Reports say about 40 people were killed when two vehicles, a truck and a jeep, smashed through security barrier

World | December 27, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 193

Korea to "Expel UN Inspectors"

North Korea is set to expel UN inspectors of its nuclear energy program, according to South Korean news agency reports. It would be the latest escalation of the deepening crisis in the wake of Pyong Yang's decision to refuel a nuclear reactor that's capab

World | December 27, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 172

Poland Goes for American Defence Offer

Poland has placed a huge order to buy 48 American combat jets - F16s built by Lockheed Martin. The order is worth more than 3.

World | December 27, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 206

Turkish Leader's PM Hopes Revived

The Turkish parliament has passed amendments to the country's constitution that would allow the leader of the governing party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to sit in parliament. The amendments have already been vetoed once by the Turkish President, Ahmet Necdet

World | December 27, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 237

China Cracks Down on Cyber Cafes

China has closed more than 3,000 internet cafes, in what the government says is part of a national workplace safety campaign. The official Chinese news agency said the closures were a safety measure prompted by the deaths in June of 25 people in a fire at

World | December 27, 2002, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 182

Iraq Stockpiles Food for War

Iraq is helping its citizens stockpile food in case of a US-led attack, Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh said on Thursday. Baghdad began giving Iraqis double rations of staple foods every other month earlier in the year, Mr Saleh said.

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 242

Russia Forges Ahead with Iran Reactor

Russia and Iran have agreed to speed up the construction of the Islamic republic's first nuclear reactor, in the face of strong American criticism. Russian Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Ghol

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 321

Record Win on US Lottery

A lucky West Virginia gambler has scooped $314.9m in the Powerball lottery - the biggest win by a single player in American history.

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 300

NATO Chief Defends Bush on Iraq

Nato's secretary-general has defended the Bush administration's policy on Iraq saying there is no question of the Americans taking unilateral military action. Lord Robertson told the BBC's Today programme that President George W Bush had so far kept rigid

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 200

UN Inspectors in Iraq Continue Work during Holidays

United Nations weapons inspectors continued their painstaking hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction over the festive period. A number of sites in central and southern Iraq were visited on Christmas Day.

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 328

Bodies of German Peacekeepers Flown Home from Kabul

A solemn service at sunset at Cologne airport for seven German peacekeepers killed serving in Afghanistan. The German defence minster and relatives of the soldiers gathered in a tent as the coffins were lead off a transport plane and past an honour guard.

World | December 26, 2002, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 305

Patriarch Urges Israel to Lift Occupation

The highest-ranking Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land has said there can only be peace between Israelis and Palestinians when Israel lifts its occupation of the territories. Speaking at Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Lat

World | December 25, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 198

Church Leaders Warn Against War

Church leaders have used their traditional Christmas messages to warn of the consequences of a war with Iraq. War should not be seen as inevitable, according to the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Corma

World | December 25, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 230

45 Dead aboard Ukrainian Plane in Iran

A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying aerospace experts has crashed in central Iran, killing at least 45 people. Iranian state television said six of the passengers on the Antonov An-140 were Russian nationals, while the remaining passengers and crew were

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 164

Microsoft Ordered to Include Java

A US judge has ordered software giant Microsoft to include Sun Microsystem's Java programming language in its widely-used Windows operating system. The order is to remain in force pending the final outcome of a lawsuit brought by Sun Microsystems against

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 156

North Korea Repairs Controversial Yongbyon Site

North Korea has started repairing a nuclear reactor at the controversial Yongbyon site, according to South Korean government officials. Tuesday's move comes despite warnings by the United States that it would not be forced back to the negotiating table by

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 158

Court Examines Moscow Siege Claims

A court in Moscow has started examining compensation claims against the city authorities, brought by thirty-eight families of people caught up in October's Moscow theatre siege. Some were taken hostage by the Chechen rebels who seized control of the theat

World | December 24, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 167