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Peru Suffers El Nino Floods

The weather phenomenon El Nino is back and has been hitting Peru hard in recent days. The event - which is caused by the periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of South America - is being blamed for rains and flooding that have killed 18

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 425

Hundreds Stranded as Eurostar Breaks Down

Hundreds of passengers were stranded for five hours when a Eurostar train broke down near London. The cross-channel operator believes that an air pipe fractured, causing the braking system to fail.

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 501

Marxist Rebels Blamed for Colombia Club Explosion

Left-wing rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were behind Friday's car bombing of a Bogota nightclub, says Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos. At least 33 people, including six children, are now known to have died in the blast at

World | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 339

Russian Theatre Reopens after Hostage Tragedy

The Moscow theatre, which was the scene of a disastrous hostage taking last year, officially reopens today. The press got a sneak preview of the Nord-Ost musical performed in the Dubrovka theatre on Friday, amid tight security.

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 390

Diplomatic Row over Kashmir Escalates

The diplomatic row between India and Pakistan has deepened as both countries expel each other's diplomats. Pakistan has ordered India's acting high commissioner and four others to leave in a tit-for-tat move following similar action taken by Delhi earlier

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 505

NASA Focuses on Wing Fragment

US investigators have recovered a large piece of one of the space shuttle Columbia's wings which could provide important clues to the cause of the disaster. Investigators are working to establish which wing the piece belonged to.

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 447

Club Explosion Leaves 20 Dead, 110 Injured in Colombia

At least 20 people are now known to have been killed when a powerful explosion ripped through an exclusive club in the Colombian capital, Bogota. Investigators say the blast was caused by explosives - possibly a car bomb placed in an indoor car park at th

World | February 8, 2003, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 533

War Talk Catapults Oil Price

The price of oil has shot up again after US President George W. Bush said "the game is over" for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 498

Suicides Overshadows Sri Lanka Talks

Sri Lankan peace talks have resumed in Berlin just hours after three Tamil Tiger rebels committed suicide when caught smuggling arms. The rebels blew up their boat after Scandinavian truce monitors had boarded it off the northern coast of Jaffna.

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 420

UN Pushes Iraq to Co-operate

United Nations weapons inspectors say Iraq appears to be making new efforts to co-operate with UN teams searching for banned weapons. Chief inspector Hans Blix was speaking after Baghdad allowed one of its scientists to be interviewed alone for the first

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 409

Developing Countries with Record High Military Spending

Developing countries spend a record amount of money on weapons, says US State Department report. Making a comparison of military spending worldwide at the end of the 1990s, the study reports an 18% increase in spending over the previous decade.

World | February 7, 2003, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 431

Venezuela Fixes Currency Rate

After suspending the sale of dollars for two weeks because of a crippling general strike, President Hugo Chavez announced a new fixed currency exchange rate to help bolster the country's flagging foreign reserves. The new policy goes into effect Thursday

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 415

Michael Jackson "Utterly Betrayed"

Pop star Michael Jackson says he feels "utterly betrayed" by a controversial documentary about him. The singer, 44, has been widely criticised since revealing on the programme, broadcast in the UK on Monday, that he shares his bedroom with children.

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 433

Saudi Arabia Submitted Proposal to End Iraq's Crisis

Saudi Arabia has made a proposal to the U.N.

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 436

N Korea Warns US of Pre-emptive Action

North Korea has warned the United States that any decision to send more troops to the Korean peninsular could lead it to make a pre-emptive attack on American forces. US officials said on Tuesday that Washington was considering strengthening its military

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 398

NASA Abandons Columbia Launch Damage Hypothesis

NASA is moving away from the theory that insulation foam seen to peel away from Columbia's external tank and hit the vehicle's left wing was responsible for the disaster. Ron Dittemore, NASA's shuttle programme manager, has consistently doubted the theory

World | February 6, 2003, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 442

Unemployment in Germany Hits Five-Year High

German unemployment hit a five-year high on Wednesday. The number of people out of work, adjusted for seasonal factors, rose 62,000 in January to 4.

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 537

ICJ Wants US to Delays Execution of Mexican Nationals

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously ruled that the execution of three of the Mexican nationals in the United States should be delayed. The delay was needed while it investigates whether the prisoners were given their right to legal help f

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 363

Dollar Revived after Powell Speech

The dollar rapidly recovered, and gold retreated off six-year high, after US Secretary of State Colin Powell pressed the case for tough action to disarm Iraq. The dollar hit four year lows in anticipation of US effort to convince the world that war agains

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 444

World Trade Center Recreation Plans Shortlisted

Two plans which would create the world's tallest structure have been chosen as finalists for the World Trade Center site in New York. Both designs feature structures higher than the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers.

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 473

Columbia Debris Search Moves to West Coast

Teams from the US space agency NASA have gone to California and Arizona after reports of debris from the Columbia disaster landing there. If confirmed, the reports would suggest that the space shuttle began to break up earlier than previously thought.

World | February 5, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 502
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