Powerful Earthquake Struck Japan

A strong earthquake has hit northern Japan, shaking buildings and sending people running into the streets in panic. It struck in the early evening, close to the northern city of Sendai.

World | May 26, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 381

Everest Climbers Break More Records

The record for the fastest ever ascent of Mount Everest has been broken for the second time in three days. Lakba Gelu Sherpa made the ascent from Base Camp to the summit in less than 11 hours in this way beating the previous best time with over 2 hours.

World | May 26, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 420

Spanish Troops Killed in Plane Crash

An Ukrainian plane has crashed near the Black Sea resort of Trabzon in north-west Turkey. All 74 people on board, most of them Spanish military, died in the crash, Turkish public television TRT reported.

World | May 26, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 526

Algeria Earthquake Kills Nearly 2,200

Looting and disease threatened survivors of Algeria's earthquake and foreign rescuers began to pull out Sunday as hopes diminished for finding more people alive in the ruins. As the death toll from Wednesday's quake neared 2,200, anger erupted over the sl

World | May 26, 2003, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 545

Australian Governor-General Resigns

Australian Governor-General Peter Hollingworth has offered to resign from his post as the country's nominal head of state. Hollingworth, 68, the Queen's representative in the country, has been under intense pressure over recent weeks following allegations

World | May 25, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 393

Israel Backs Peace Plan

The Israeli cabinet has backed the latest Middle East peace plan, which envisages the step-by-step creation of a Palestinian state. Sharon won the vote by 12 votes to seven, with four abstentions.

World | May 25, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 628

Washington Post: US Eyes Shift with Iran

The Bush administration, alarmed by intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda operatives in Iran had a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia, has suspended once-promising contacts with Iran, Washington Posr reported. Citing administration offici

World | May 25, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 436

Dozens Missing as Ferries Clash near Manila

Dozens of people are missing after two ferries collided near the capital of the Philippines - Manila. The coastguard said at least eight people were killed in the collision, which sank one of the vessels off Corregidor Island in Manila Bay.

World | May 25, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 551

SARS Claims More Lives

Five more people have died from the Sars virus in Chinam, which sent Sars specialists and medical supplies to the island of Taiwan in a gesture of solidarity with its rival and neighbour China offered to send Sars specialists and medical supplies to the i

World | May 24, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 390

Death Toll in Algeria Earthquake Reached Nearly 1,500

The death toll in Algeria reached nearly 1,500, on Friday with more than 7,000 injured by the quake that struck Wednesday at the evening dinner hour, measuring as much as 6.8 on the Richter scale on some monitors.

World | May 23, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 479

WHO Eases SARS Ban

The World Health Organization has lifted its travel warning to Hong Kong and China's southern Guangdong province, saying the Sars virus there was now under control. The WHO issued its alerts to two of the world's hotspots for Severe Acute Respiratory Synd

World | May 23, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 405

Britain to Free Afghan Hijackers

Britain's appeals court has quashed the convictions of nine Afghan men jailed for hijacking a plane in Afghanistan and forcing it to fly to London's Stansted airport. The men were jailed in January last year after the jury failed to accept their defense t

World | May 23, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 394

Mass Grave Found in DR Congo

A mass grave has been uncovered pushing the official death toll to over 300 from recent clashes between rival militias in the north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo. United Nations officials say some 30 bodies were found in a grave on the outskirts i

World | May 22, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 468

Al-Qaeda Trial Opens in Belgium

The trial of 23 alleged Islamic extremists has begun amid intense security in Brussels. The accused face a range of charges including involvement in the murder of the Afghan opposition leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud, and planning attacks on American targets i

World | May 22, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 364

Chirac Insists on Eurozone Rate Cut

The French president has called for lower eurozone interest rates, in a speech ahead of the G8 summit in France next month. "Interest rates are low and can continue to fall," President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday in what is seen as a clear reference

World | May 22, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 357

US Protest over Al-Qaeda Tape

The United States has voiced its concern to Qatar over the broadcast by the al-Jazeera satellite television channel of an alleged message from a senior al-Qaeda leader. US Secretary of State Colin Powell termed the broadcast unfortunate and said that givi

World | May 22, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 396

"Al-Qaeda" Calls on Muslims to Carry out Fresh Suicide Attacks

The Arabic television channel al-Jazeera has broadcast what it says is an audio tape of al-Qaeda's second-in-command calling on Muslims to carry out more suicide attacks, BBC reported. "The crusaders and the Jews only understand the language of murder", a

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 614

US Troops Kill Four Afghans "By Mistake"

American troops have shot dead four Afghan soldiers and wounded another four outside the US embassy in Kabul thinking they were coming under attack, international agencies reported, citing Afghan officials. International security forces say there was an e

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 449

Taiwan SARS Crisis Getting Worse

Taiwan recorded its largest single day rise in SARS deaths and new cases as the crisis in the island's hospitals worsened, while China said most of the country was close to controlling the epidemic. As the World Health Organisation began a second day of i

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 511

Argentina's New Cabinet Announced

Argentina's President-elect Nestor Kirchner has announced his new cabinet six days ahead of his inauguration. The list includes the existing Economy Minister, Roberto Lavagna, who retains his post in recognition of his role in stabilising the national acc

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 518

U.S. Terror Alert Raised to Orange

The Bush administration raised the national terror alert level to orange on Tuesday amid fears that a wave of attacks overseas would spread to the United States, AP reported. The threats were not specific to location, time or method of attack.

World | May 21, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 373
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