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    Pope considered resigning in 2000
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 7. Pope John Paul II suggested in his last will and testament that he considered the possibility of resigning in 2000, at a time when he was already ailing and when the Roman Catholic Church began its new millennium. The ...

    Australia firms up ties with Indonesia, Malaysia
    SINGAPORE, APRIL 7. Australia and Malaysia today announced they would commence negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement and reaffirmed their "strong commitment to the fight against terrorism." This aspect of Australia's heightened ...

    Shia leader is Iraq Premier
    MANAMA, APRIL 7.The Iraqi Shia leader, Ibrahim Jaafari, has been officially nominated as the next Prime Minister and would form government within then next two weeks. The previous Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, has resigned to allow Mr. Jaafari ...

    Russia to down terrorist-captured planes
    MOSCOW, APRIL 7.Russian air defences will shoot down passenger planes over Moscow if they get captured by terrorists, said a top Russian military commander. "I'll do it despite the lack of corresponding legislation," Colonel-General Yuri ...

    BNP leaders charged with race offences
    LONDON, APRIL 7.The far-right British National Party (BNP), which is contesting next month's general election on an openly racist platform, suffered an early embarrassment on Thursday when its leader Nick Griffin, founder John Tyndall and another ...

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    India & World
    "Signs of rapprochement between India, China genuine"
    SINGAPORE, APRIL 7.The signs of a new rapprochement between India and China are genuine, according to political analysts who participated in a two-day conference organised here by the newly launched Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. This ...

    Philippines honours Speaker with congressional medal
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 7. The Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Achievement by the House of Representatives of the Congress (Parliament) of the Philippines. The medal and citation were presented to Mr. ...

    Gun has failed: PoK Premier
    MUZAFFARABAD, APRIL 7. In a swipe against militant groups opposed to the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service, the Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, said that those who have failed to cross the Line of ...

    Somnath calls off Australia visit
    SINGAPORE, APRIL 7. The Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, today decided, "on principle", against travelling to Australia at this time. Mr. Chatterjee, currently leading the Indian parliamentary delegation to the ongoing Assembly of the ...



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