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US Piles Pressure on Iraq and UN

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said America knows Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, and that it is up to Baghdad, not UN weapons inspectors, to prove otherwise. Speaking in Washington just days before Iraq is due to submit a declaration on i

World | December 4, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 219

Wolfowitz Outlines "Key Turkey Role"

US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says he has had "very constructive" talks with the new Turkish Government during a visit to secure Ankara's backing in the crisis between the US and Iraq. Turkey - which has been opposed to military intervention

World | December 3, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 185

Denmark Released Top Chechen Envoy

Denmark has released leading Chechen envoy Akhmed Zakayev, after rejecting a request from Russia to extradite him on terrorism charges. The Danish justice ministry said in a statement that it had not received enough evidence from Moscow to justify handing

World | December 3, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 186

Moscow Hostages Bring Lawsuit

Eight former hostages and relatives of those who died during the Moscow theatre siege in October have begun legal moves to seek compensation from the city authorities. The plaintiffs argue that they should be compensated for emotion and emotional sufferin

World | December 3, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 190

Iraq "to Present Weapons Dossier"

Iraq has said it will submit a declaration on its banned weapons programme on 7 December - a day ahead of a key United Nations deadline. "We are going to deliver this declaration in the proper time," said Hussam Mohammed Amin, the chief Iraqi official dea

World | December 3, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 174

Al-Qaeda Boasts Kenya Attacks

An Islamist web site on Monday has posted a statement purportedly from the al-Qaeda terror network, claiming responsibility for the twin attacks on Israeli targets in Kenya. The statement, which could not immediately be verified, also warned Muslims not t

World | December 3, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 185

Burundi Truce Signed

A ceasefire agreement has been signed between Burundi's Government and the country's main rebel group. The ceremony came in the early hours of Tuesday morning, following a last-minute delay when the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) said the text

World | December 3, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 166

Iraq "Tried to Break Weapons Embargo"

United Nations arms inspectors say Iraq has admitted trying to illegally import aluminium tubing to help build weapons. But the Iraqis say they tried to obtain the piping for use in conventional arms, and not nuclear weapons as the United States and Brita

World | December 3, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 206

Iraq Inspectors Checked Former Missile Site

United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq have been holding a fourth day of inspections, visiting a factory making guidance systems for missiles, and three alcohol plants. The al-Karama site in Baghdad has in the past helped manufacture control systems fo

World | December 2, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 179

EU Adopts Tobacco Ad Ban

The European Union has passed a tough new law extending a ban on tobacco advertising to key media such as radio, print and the internet. The restrictions - which will take effect from 2005 - were approved by health ministers from 13 of the 15 EU nations,

World | December 2, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 149

Iran Death Sentence "Challenged"

A lawyer for outspoken Iranian academic Hashem Aghajari has filed an appeal against his controversial death sentence for apostasy, the Iranian news agency IRNA has reported. Mr Aghajari was condemned to death on 6 November, a ruling which sparked widespre

World | December 2, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 175

Russia Expels Swedish Diplomats

Russia has said it will expel two Swedish diplomats in a tit-for-tat move following Sweden's expulsion of two Russian diplomats last month. The Russian foreign ministry said two diplomats had been declared persona non grata for "activities damaging to the

World | December 2, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 162

UK Unveils Iraq "Torture" Dossier

A dossier of human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated by the Iraqi regime, including torture and rape, has been released by the UK Government. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the report was needed so "people understand the comprehensive evil that is Sa

World | December 2, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 272

UN Inspectors Swoop on Baghdad Industrial Complex


World | December 2, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 177

Slovenian PM Wins Presidential Poll

Slovenia's centre-left Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek has won the second round of presidential elections. He scored 56%, ahead of his challenger, Barbara Brezigar, with 43%.

World | December 2, 2002, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194

Scores Killed in Venezuela Club Fire

At least 47 people have been killed in a fire at a crowded nightclub in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation after the fire broke out at just before midnight local time (0400GMT) city fire officials said.

World | December 1, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 168

China Launches War on Aids

China has marked World Aids day by launching a campaign to stamp out its spiralling Aids problem. In a sign of official acceptance of an ssue which has long been ignored, a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing inaugurated a project to send

World | December 1, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 194

Allied Planes 'Raid Iraqi Oil Plant'

US and British planes have attacked an oil installation in the southern Iraqi town of Basra, killing at least four people, local residents say. Western news agencies were told by local people that the raid hit the Southern Oil Company - which supervises I

World | December 1, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 191

30 Killed in Bangladesh for Clothes

At least 26 women and four children have been killed following a stampede in the Bangladeshi town of Gaibandha, 335 km (210 miles) north of Dhaka. It happened when a wealthy mill-owner opened the gates of his house to distribute clothes to the poor ahead

World | December 1, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 262

Major New Slick Hits Spain Coast

Patches of oil from a 9,000 ton oil slick are washing up on Spain's Galician coast - two weeks after the sinking of the tanker Prestige. The rest of the huge slick from the sunken tanker is about one kilometre off the north-west shore; strong winds are ex

World | December 1, 2002, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 180

UN Inspects Iraqi Military Sites

UN weapons inspectors in Iraq have carried out an inspection at the 'Mother of all Battles' military complex in their continuing search for hidden weapons of mass destruction. During the mission, journalists were barred from entering the facility at l-Yus

World | November 30, 2002, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 142
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