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Wednesday, March 19, 2003
U.N. inspectors, others leave Iraq
MANAMA (BAHRAIN), MARCH 18.With a United States-led war against Iraq on the horizon, U.N. weapons inspectors left Baghdad today, joining diplomats, journalists and other foreigners in a scramble out of the country. The pullout of the U.N. ...
Scope for diplomacy still exists: Russia
MOSCOW, MARCH 18.Russia has urged more talks on Iraq, saying time for solving the crisis through diplomacy has not run out yet. ``Moscow believes there are no grounds for stating that a political-diplomatic solution to the situation in Iraq ...
War not justified: Chirac, Schroeder
PARIS, MARCH 18.The French President, Jacques Chirac, said on Tuesday that a war in Iraq without the support of the United Nations would undermine future efforts at peaceful disarmament. Mr. Chirac said the U.S. President, George W. Bush's ...
Use of awesome firepower likely
WASHINGTON, MARCH 18.As the clock started ticking on the near-certain showdown with Iraq, the United States military is "promising'' such a massive use of force that the regime of the Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, will figure out the ...
China still for peaceful solution
BEIJING, MARCH 18.China today initiated a move to try and prevent an almost imminent U.S.-led war on Iraq even at this late stage. The new Chinese Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, and the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Kong Quan, did not, however, ...
Blair faces crucial vote in House
LONDON, MARCH 18.The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was sitting on a razor's edge on Tuesday ahead of a crucial vote in Parliament over Iraq as more Labour MPs threatened to join the simmering revolt against him after three ministerial ...
Putin expresses regret over ultimatum
MOSCOW, MARCH 18. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, today expressed regret over the U.S. President, George Bush's ultimatum to the Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein. Mr. Putin and Mr. Bush held telephonic talks today during which "Bush ...
`Nations opting for virtual water trade'
KYOTO, MARCH 18.A new concept of ``virtual water'' the amount of water needed to create goods is gaining momentum among the water-scarce countries to determine their agricultural and industrial production strategies, and it was ...
Appeal for aid
NEW YORK, MARCH 18.The international human rights organisation, Human Rights Watch, has issued an appeal for emergency gifts to help launch an urgent effort in Iraq to save civilian lives. Human Rights Watch is preparing to send several teams of ...
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