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U.S., allies withdraw resolution
WASHINGTON, MARCH 17.The United States, Britain and Spain today decided not to put their resolution to a vote in the United Nations Security Council and placed the blame on France for its threatened use of veto, a stance that has further ...
Saddam hopes there will be no war
BAGHDAD, MARCH 17. The Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, said today that he hoped there would be no war against his country even as he renewed his pledge to defeat the United States if it attacked, Iraqi television reported. "We hope that the ...
War without U.N. backing will lack legitimacy: Annan
WASHINGTON, MARCH 17. The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has warned the United States that the legitimacy of military action will be questioned and the "support for it diminished" in the absence of any authorisation of the Security ...
Robin Cook quits
LONDON, MARCH 17. The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, faces a major revolt within his Labour Party over his decision to back the U.S. President, George W. Bush, in using force to disarm the Iraq leader, Saddam Hussein. Robin Cook, a senior ...
India pulls out diplomatic staff
MANAMA (BAHRAIN), MARCH 17. With a United States-led war against Iraq now becoming increasingly imminent, Indian diplomats left Baghdad on Sunday as part of a mounting withdrawal of foreign nationals from the country. The Indian Ambassador to ...
India pulls out of Azlan Shah hockey tournament
NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. The Centre on Monday advised the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) against participation in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from March 22. "The team is not going," the official spokesman of the ...
Fear of war claims 3 lives
JERUSALEM, MARCH 17.A mother and two teenage sons suffocated to death in a sealed room they had prepared in defence against a possible Iraqi chemical missile attack, Israeli police said on Monday. The three died because a coal-fuelled heater ...
Munda stakes claim
RANCHI, MARCH 17.The NDA Chief Minister-designate, Arjun Munda, tonight staked claim to form government in Jharkhand and would be sworn in by the Governor, M. Rama Jois, tomorrow morning. Speaking to newsmen after meeting the Governor, Mr. ...
Centre sticks to decision on Bhojshala
NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. The Centre has decided to stick to its decision to allow Hindus to offer prayers at the Bhojshala in Dhar from dawn to dusk on Tuesdays as against the Madhya Pradesh Government's recommendation permitting worship in the ...
2 abducted cops killed in J&K
JAMMU, MARCH 17. The toll in the Udhampur terrorist strike has gone up to 13 with the recovery of the bodies of two of the four policemen abducted by the militants from Sumb Nullah, near the site of the attack, this morning. The militants had ...
Lisbon seeks more details on Abu Salem
NEW DELHI, MARCH. 17.The Central Bureau of Investigation has received Letters Rogatory from Lisbon, seeking more details of the crimes committed by Abu Salem in India, which it has been seeking his extradition. Highly placed sources in the CBI ...
AI flight for finals
MUMBAI, MARCH 17. Air India will operate a special flight to Johannesburg to enable cricket enthusiasts witness the World Cup finals on March 23. It will depart from Mumbai on March 22 at 1.30 a.m. and arrive at Johannesburg at 8.55 a.m. ...
Charges framed against former DGP
AMBALA, MARCH 17. Charges were framed against the former Haryana Director-General of Police, S.P.S. Rathore, in a local court here today in a case of alleged molestation of a tennis player, Ruchika Girhotra, in the office of the Haryana Lawn ...
Oil majors bid for HPCL
NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. Global oil majors, including Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and Chevron Texaco, as also domestic giants, Reliance Industries and Essar, today joined the race for acquiring HPCL. ...



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