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21 Feb
2017
Humanitarian agencies reported that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation as famine gripped Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and YemenHumanitarian agencies reported that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation as famine gripped Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen
1 year ago
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21 Feb
2016
The Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot, Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown, died aged 97. He was the first pilot to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, and as a test pilot flew 487…The Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot, Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown, died aged 97. He was the first pilot to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, and as a test pilot flew 487 different types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history
2 years ago
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21 Feb
2014
Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev hours after agreeing a deal with opposition leaders to hold elections by the end of the year. In other measures, former prime…Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev hours after agreeing a deal with opposition leaders to hold elections by the end of the year. In other measures, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from prison, and anti-government protesters were granted amnesty
4 years ago
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21 Feb
2012
Three members of Pussy Riot, an all-female Russian punk band, performed anti-Putin songs on the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral. They were arrested and later jailed, despite…Three members of Pussy Riot, an all-female Russian punk band, performed anti-Putin songs on the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral. They were arrested and later jailed, despite international criticism
6 years ago
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21 Feb
2011
Benghazi and much of eastern Libya were in rebel hands after army units sided with the rebels, defying the orders of Muammar Gaddafi who threatened to kill protesters “house by…Benghazi and much of eastern Libya were in rebel hands after army units sided with the rebels, defying the orders of Muammar Gaddafi who threatened to kill protesters “house by house”. As thousands of foreign residents scrambled to leave the country several Libyan diplomats overseas resigned their posts in protest at the killing of civilians
7 years ago
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21 Feb
2010
Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad was among six Islamic militants killed in an assault by Philippines troops on a rebel camp on the southern island of Jolo. Parad was wanted for…Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad was among six Islamic militants killed in an assault by Philippines troops on a rebel camp on the southern island of Jolo. Parad was wanted for the abduction of three Red Cross workers on the island in 2009. Abu Sayyaf, accused of links with al-Qaeda, was blamed for bombings, beheadings and kidnappings of Filipinos and foreigners in the region
8 years ago
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21 Feb
2008
The U.S. Navy shot down a disabled spy satellite over the Pacific Ocean. The USA 193 satellite’s fuel tank, which contained a hazardous material that could be fatal if inhaled by…The U.S. Navy shot down a disabled spy satellite over the Pacific Ocean. The USA 193 satellite’s fuel tank, which contained a hazardous material that could be fatal if inhaled by humans, was targeted and destroyed by the missile
10 years ago
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21 Feb
2006
Thieves stole over £53 million ($92 million) in Britain’s biggest-ever cash robbery. A gang posing as police officers seized the manager of the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, in…Thieves stole over £53 million ($92 million) in Britain’s biggest-ever cash robbery. A gang posing as police officers seized the manager of the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, in southeast England, as he left work and then took his wife and son hostage, threatening to kill them unless he helped them get inside the compound. Police later recovered £11 million ($19.3 million) in vehicles and lock-ups around London and the southeast and made several arrests
12 years ago
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21 Feb
2005
At least 143 people died after heavy rains caused a large rubbish dump to collapse near Bandung in western Java. The landslide of trash flattened 70 houses, burying sleeping…At least 143 people died after heavy rains caused a large rubbish dump to collapse near Bandung in western Java. The landslide of trash flattened 70 houses, burying sleeping residents under tons of earth and garbage
13 years ago
21 Feb
2003
Chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix ordered Iraq to dismantle its al-Samoud missiles, as their range exceeded UN-imposed limitsChief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix ordered Iraq to dismantle its al-Samoud missiles, as their range exceeded UN-imposed limits
15 years ago
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21 Feb
2001
Pope John Paul II elevated a record 44 new cardinals at a ceremony at St Peter's in Rome. It brought the tally of cardinals under the age of 80, and therefore eligible to vote for…Pope John Paul II elevated a record 44 new cardinals at a ceremony at St Peter's in Rome. It brought the tally of cardinals under the age of 80, and therefore eligible to vote for John Paul's successor, to 135, also a record
17 years ago
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21 Feb
2001
The European Commission banned all British milk, meat and livestock exports following the UK's first outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease for 20 years; the ban followed the discovery…The European Commission banned all British milk, meat and livestock exports following the UK's first outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease for 20 years; the ban followed the discovery of a foot-and-mouth outbreak at an abattoir in Essex
17 years ago
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21 Feb
2001
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary came under further pressure as it emerged that Mrs Clinton's brother Hugh Rodham had received payments of $400,000 in return…Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary came under further pressure as it emerged that Mrs Clinton's brother Hugh Rodham had received payments of $400,000 in return for lobbying for presidential pardons for two convicted criminals, while Clinton's half-brother Roger, himself the beneficiary of a pardon, had sought clemency for six others
17 years ago
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21 Feb
2000
Russia declared victory in Chechnya, but as sporadic fighting continued in remote mountain areas of the rebel republic President Putin declared the war would continue until total…Russia declared victory in Chechnya, but as sporadic fighting continued in remote mountain areas of the rebel republic President Putin declared the war would continue until total liberation had been accomplished
18 years ago
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21 Feb
1997
In England, the "Bridgewater Three", three men jailed for the murder of a teenage newspaper boy 18 years previously, were released by the Court of Appeal after their…In England, the "Bridgewater Three", three men jailed for the murder of a teenage newspaper boy 18 years previously, were released by the Court of Appeal after their convictions were deemed unsafe
21 years ago
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21 Feb
1996
The European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously that British Home Secretary Michael Howard was in breach of human rights when he ordered two juvenile murderers, killers of…The European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously that British Home Secretary Michael Howard was in breach of human rights when he ordered two juvenile murderers, killers of two-year-old James Bulger, to be detained indefinitely
22 years ago
21 Feb
1996
Jeanne Calment, believed to be the world's oldest ever citizen, released a pop CD to celebrate her 121st birthdayJeanne Calment, believed to be the world's oldest ever citizen, released a pop CD to celebrate her 121st birthday
22 years ago
21 Feb
1996
An oil slick almost 40 miles long drifted along the coast of Wales as salvage experts finally brought the stricken tanker Sea Empress to safety six days after she ran agroundAn oil slick almost 40 miles long drifted along the coast of Wales as salvage experts finally brought the stricken tanker Sea Empress to safety six days after she ran aground
22 years ago
21 Feb
1996
Diana, Princess of Wales visited the cancer hospital in Lahore founded by former Pakistan cricket captain Imran KhanDiana, Princess of Wales visited the cancer hospital in Lahore founded by former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan
22 years ago
21 Feb
1996
A team of U.S. scientists claimed that cigarette smoking becomes addictive because smoking increases quantities of dopamine, a chemical that reinforces behaviour patternsA team of U.S. scientists claimed that cigarette smoking becomes addictive because smoking increases quantities of dopamine, a chemical that reinforces behaviour patterns
22 years ago
21 Feb
1995
Andrew Wilson was rescued after three days trapped in a snow hole in Scotland which, excluding military exercises, was the longest sub-zero survival on recordAndrew Wilson was rescued after three days trapped in a snow hole in Scotland which, excluding military exercises, was the longest sub-zero survival on record
23 years ago
21 Feb
1995
Manchester Utd football star Eric Cantona was charged with assault after kicking a jeering fan following his sending-off in a match against Crystal PalaceManchester Utd football star Eric Cantona was charged with assault after kicking a jeering fan following his sending-off in a match against Crystal Palace
23 years ago
21 Feb
1995
Arsenal football manager George Graham was sacked for allegedly taking a 'bung' -- cash payments for the transfer of foreign players to the clubArsenal football manager George Graham was sacked for allegedly taking a 'bung' -- cash payments for the transfer of foreign players to the club
23 years ago
21 Feb
1995
Steve Fossett landed in Canada after becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloonSteve Fossett landed in Canada after becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon
23 years ago
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