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In N.Y., Grenades Explode Near British Consulate
NEW YORK, May 5 -- Two makeshift grenades exploded outside the British consulate here in the predawn hours just as polls opened for national elections in Britain. A large windowpane at the building's entrance shattered, but officials reported no injuries.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
For British Voters, Calculated Risks
LONDON, May 6 -- Jean Campbell was squeezed into a second-floor office in west London on Thursday afternoon, methodically calling a list of voters. With seven hours until the polls closed, she and two co-workers were working feverishly to prevent the Conservatives from snatching a parliamentary seat away from Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Russian Munitions Not Secure, Report Says
Efforts by Washington and Moscow to prevent Russian nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists remain slowed by bureaucratic red tape and a lack of urgency, according to a new report released yesterday by a research group affiliated with Harvard University.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Russia Rebukes Bush on Remark
Russia issued a testy rebuke of President Bush yesterday on the eve of his departure for Europe, denying that Moscow had forcibly occupied the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 1940. This restatement of a Soviet view of history provoked a new round of controversy over modern Russia's intentions toward the now-independent states.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Blair Wins Historic Third Term
LONDON, May 6 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, the Bush administration's closest foreign ally, won a historic third successive term in office but appeared to have a significantly smaller parliamentary majority because of voter anger over his support for the war in Iraq.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Blair in a Race To Realize Vision, Define His Legacy
LONDON, May 3 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair remains the most skilled political performer in Britain, but his drive toward Thursday's election and what he hopes will be a historic third term often appears to be a joyless march, in striking contrast with the bright promise of his first election in 1997.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Iran Says It Will Keep Its Nuclear Program
UNITED NATIONS, May 3 -- A defiant Iran said Tuesday that it is determined to hold on to all aspects of its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment, and lashed out at the United States and Europe for trying to limit its efforts.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
As Election Looms, Tony Blair Basks In Warmth of the Sun
LONDON, May 3 -- Never mind the polls and the speeches and the brutal grilling of national political leaders on a range of TV and radio shows. If you really want to know what the British public thinks of the general election taking place here Thursday, have a look at Tuesday's Sun.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Tyrants' Lobbyist, Flamboyant to the End
As part of Washington's image machinery for more than two decades, Edward von Kloberg III did his best to sanitize some of the late 20th century's most notorious dictators as they sought favors and approval from U.S. officials.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Italy Disputes U.S. Report on Agent's Death
ROME, May 2 -- Italian investigators said Monday that nervousness and inexperience among U.S. troops contributed to the March 4 killing of an Italian intelligence agent at a roadblock as he tried to take a freed kidnap victim to the Baghdad airport.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Blair Takes His Lumps Before Vote
LONDON, April 30 -- After a punishing day on the campaign trail, Tony Blair faced one last challenge Thursday night: a live BBC television studio audience eager for combat.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Putin Calls Arms Aid No Threat To Israel
JERUSALEM, April 29 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin chided Israel on Friday for thwarting his efforts to provide military equipment to the Palestinian Authority's security forces. But he said he would not antagonize Israel by moving forward with the military assistance now.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
U.S., Italy Fail to Agree On Agent's Death in Iraq
ROME, April 29 -- After a five-week joint investigation, U.S. and Italian officials announced Friday they had failed to reach agreement on the circumstances of the fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence agent by U.S. troops in Baghdad on March 5. The deadlock keeps alive a dispute that is undermining the standing of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a key U.S. ally in Iraq.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Largest Passenger Jet Makes First Flight
PARIS, April 27 -- Europe's Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger jet, completed its inaugural flight Wednesday, landing with tons of test equipment on the same runway near Toulouse where the supersonic Concorde also had its maiden flight in 1969.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Italy Opens Its Own Probe of Agent's Slaying in Iraq
ROME, April 27 -- Dissatisfied with the results of a joint investigation with the United States, Italy on Wednesday began its own probe into the March 4 killing of one of its intelligence agents by U.S. troops in Baghdad.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
As Vote Nears, Tories Can't Get Started
NOTTINGHAM, England -- Michael Howard was hammering home the need for more policemen on the beat before a television studio audience the other day in this city in central England where the rate of gun crime has soared in recent years.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
As Russian's Trial Ends, So Does Era Of First Oligarchs
MOSCOW, April 26 -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon, is to soon hear a verdict that will likely close out the era of the first oligarchs of post-communist Russia, the small group of men who built huge fortunes and achieved enormous political influence in the 1990s.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Adventurers Conquer Arctic, and History
TORONTO, April 26 -- Fighting a shifting ice pack and open water that threatened to swallow their dogs, a team of five adventurers reached the North Pole at 9:32 a.m. Tuesday, five hours faster than the record claimed by explorer Robert E. Peary almost a century ago.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Travel Agent: Jackson Aide Ordered Ticket To Brazil for Boy
SANTA MARIA, Calif., April 26 -- In those hectic days in February 2003, after a British documentary aired that had Michael Jackson saying he saw nothing wrong with sharing his bed with children, his business associate ordered Jackson's travel agent to get one-way airline tickets to fly the young accuser in his current trial, along with the boy's brother, sister and mother, to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
05/06/2005 04:07 PM
Putin Tries to Calm Investors
MOSCOW, April 25 -- President Vladimir Putin sought Monday to blunt rising concern about the country's political direction and business climate, declaring in his annual state of the nation address that "ensuring human rights and freedoms is critical both for the development of the economy and for the social and political life of Russia."
05/06/2005 04:07 PM