France Bans Smoking in Public Places

The French government issued a decree on Thursday banning smoking in public places as from February 2007, but smoking in bars, nightclubs and restaurants could be allowed until January 2008. The decree puts the starting point of a new policy on smoking.

World | November 16, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2235

French Socialists Pick Presidential Candidate

French socialist deciding Thursday who will represent their party in next year's presidential elections. Three challengers are competing to win the privilege.

World | November 16, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1444

Turkey Scraps French Military Ties over Genocide Bill

Turkey has suspended all military ties with France over a French bill to make it a crime to deny Armenian "genocide". Turkish land forces commander General Ilker Basbug said this was in protest at a motion by the French National Assembly in October, which

World | November 16, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1643

Moderate Quake Hits New Zealand

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand's central North Island, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages, police said.

World | November 16, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 781

Tiny Tsunami Hits Northern Japan

A small tsunami has hit northern Japan, according to the country's meteorological agency (JMA) as quoted by BBC. A wave of 40cm height hit Nemuro port in the Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.

World | November 15, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 3624

Iran Vows to Complete Nuclear Drive

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country will soon be able to celebrate the completion of its nuclear program. At a press conference in Tehran, he said Iran would possess full nuclear technology by the end of its calender year, which ends

World | November 14, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 888

Russian Oil Fund Head Shot Fatally in Moscow

The general director of the National Oil Institute Fund has been shot dead Tuesday in Moscow, Itar-Tass news agency said, citing local prosecutors. Zelimkhan Magomedov, 50, was shot twice in the head in Tuesday in southwest Moscow.

World | November 14, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1210

EU Debates Role in Afghanistan

European Union foreign and defense ministers meeting in Brussels today are expected to engage in a heated debate about the 25-member bloc's future role in Afghanistan. Before the meeting, the NATO general secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer sharply criticized

World | November 13, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 938

Scores Killed in South Africa Train Crash

At least 20 people were killed in South Africa after a train collided with a truck carrying farm workers. South African broadcaster SABC informed the truck was crossing rail tracks near Somerset West, just outside Cape Town.

World | November 13, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1023

Dalai Lama Wants Mercy for Saddam

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama called upon the Iraqis to spare the life of Saddam Hussein, because the former president could still be redeemed. "However horrible an act a person may have committed, everyone has the potential to improve and correct

World | November 12, 2006, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 755

Gas Pipeline Explodes in US Killing 1

An interstate natural gas pipeline exploded in the United States, killing the construction worker who struck it with a bulldozer. The pipeline, owned by El Paso Corp.

World | November 12, 2006, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 608

Al-Qaeda Targeting Europe at Christmas

Al-Qaeda may be plotting attacks on European airlines and railways over the holidays, CBS News reported. The terror alert emerged from interrogations of Al-Qaeda suspects, according to the network.

World | November 11, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1724

Robert Gates Appointed US Defence Secretary

Robert Gates was named Wednesday by US President George W. Bush to replace Donald Rumsfeld as defence secretary.

World | November 9, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 716

Terrorist Threat Causes Panic at India's Airports

India has placed a terror alert on its airports after receiving a letter from Al-Qaeda. The letter, found in the trashcan of a southern Indian airport, warns of possible car bomb attacks.

World | November 9, 2006, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 900

Serbia Proclaims New Constitution

Serbia's parliament officially promulgated country's new Constitution on Wednesday, Serbian media reported. President Boris Tadic, PM Vojislav Kostunica, Serbian Patriarch Pavle, diplomats, politics and representatives of the Constitutional and Supreme Co

World | November 8, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1066

Democrats Seize Control of US Senate

The US Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections. The White House conceded the Democrats had picked up the 15 net seats needed to wrest power from the Republicans - for the first time in 12 years.

World | November 8, 2006, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1714

US Votes on Mid-Term Elections

US citizens vote Tuesday on crucial mid-term elections to the United States Congress. Thousands of voters have already cast their ballots, taking advantage of an early voting system.

World | November 7, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1101

Tornado Kills 9 in Japan

A tornado raging through a town on northern Japan's island of Hokkaido has taken the lives of at least nine people. A total of three are still missing and there are over ten injured by the twister.

World | November 7, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 894

EU Airline Security Measures Cause Passenger Chaos on Airports

The new security measures on EU airports that came into effect Monday caused great chaos among passengers, as people were still unclear about the new rules. There is a delay of all flights from France and Italy.

World | November 6, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 876

Torrential Rains Flood Villages in Portugal

Torrential rains flooded several villages in Central and Southern Portugal forcing over 150 people out of their homes, officials said. Residents of Tomar, which is 150 km north of Lisbon were evacuated after the Nabao River overflowed, civil defense offic

World | November 6, 2006, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1026

China Makes Major Pledges to Africa

At the start of a major summit China has announced that it wants to do more in the next three years to promote development in Africa. President Hu Jintao said his country will offer USD 5 B in loans and credits, and double aid to Africa by 2009.

World | November 4, 2006, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 788
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