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20 Feb
2014
More than 100 people were killed in the latest clash between riot police and protesters in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, as demonstrators attempted to reclaim portions of Independence…More than 100 people were killed in the latest clash between riot police and protesters in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, as demonstrators attempted to reclaim portions of Independence Square, taken over by police two days earlier
3 years ago
20 Feb
2011
Morocco was the latest Arab country to experience a wave of unrest, with protesters in Rabat and other cities demanding constitutional and other reformsMorocco was the latest Arab country to experience a wave of unrest, with protesters in Rabat and other cities demanding constitutional and other reforms
6 years ago
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20 Feb
2010
Former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig died at the age of 85. A military man who served in Korea and Vietnam, he rose to the rank of Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, the…Former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig died at the age of 85. A military man who served in Korea and Vietnam, he rose to the rank of Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, the second-highest ranking officer, during which time he served as White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, before being appointed Supreme Allied Commander Europe commanding all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe from 1974-79. He served as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-82
7 years ago
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20 Feb
2010
The Dutch government collapsed over a dispute within the governing coalition on extending troop deployments in Afghanistan. Christian Democratic Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende…The Dutch government collapsed over a dispute within the governing coalition on extending troop deployments in Afghanistan. Christian Democratic Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was considering a NATO request for Dutch forces to stay in Afghanistan beyond August 2010, but Labour, the second-largest coalition party, opposed the move and quit the government
7 years ago
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20 Feb
2009
Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form the country’s next government. Netanyahu had won one fewer seat in the general election than Kadima…Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form the country’s next government. Netanyahu had won one fewer seat in the general election than Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, but crucially had secured the support of right-wing parties in a bid to form a coalition
8 years ago
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20 Feb
2009
Swedish automaker Saab filed for bankruptcy protection after its troubled U.S. owner General Motors said it would cut loose the money-losing division as part of its vast…Swedish automaker Saab filed for bankruptcy protection after its troubled U.S. owner General Motors said it would cut loose the money-losing division as part of its vast restructuring
8 years ago
20 Feb
2006
British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison in Austria after being found guilty of denying the Holocaust of European JewsBritish historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison in Austria after being found guilty of denying the Holocaust of European Jews
11 years ago
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20 Feb
2005
The Israeli cabinet approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw settlers from the Gaza Strip. Ministers also agreed revisions to the route of the security barrier…The Israeli cabinet approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw settlers from the Gaza Strip. Ministers also agreed revisions to the route of the security barrier being constructed around the West Bank after an Israeli court ruled that the existing route imposed undue hardships on Palestinians
12 years ago
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20 Feb
2005
Voters in Spain, the first country to hold a referendum on the European Union constitution, approved the proposal by 77 percent, but turnout was only 42.3 percent, sending a…Voters in Spain, the first country to hold a referendum on the European Union constitution, approved the proposal by 77 percent, but turnout was only 42.3 percent, sending a worrying signal to the governments of countries like France and Britain where public opposition was stronger
12 years ago
20 Feb
2005
NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon won the Daytona 500, the series’ premier event, for the third timeNASCAR driver Jeff Gordon won the Daytona 500, the series’ premier event, for the third time
12 years ago
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20 Feb
2004
Conservatives won a sweeping victory in Iran following disputed elections boycotted by reformists after more than 2,400 liberal candidates were barred from running by the hard-line…Conservatives won a sweeping victory in Iran following disputed elections boycotted by reformists after more than 2,400 liberal candidates were barred from running by the hard-line Council of Guardians. Candidates loyal to Iran’s Islamic rulers won a clear majority over pro-reform lawmakers, who had controlled parliament since their own landslide win four years earlier
13 years ago
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20 Feb
2003
A nightclub blaze in the U.S. state of Rhode Island killed 100 people after a pyrotechnics display during a rock concert by the band Great White ignited soundproofing foam near the…A nightclub blaze in the U.S. state of Rhode Island killed 100 people after a pyrotechnics display during a rock concert by the band Great White ignited soundproofing foam near the stage. Flames engulfed the Station Concert Club in minutes; one of the musicians was among the casualties
14 years ago
20 Feb
2003
The U.S. announced plans to deploy 1,700 troops to the southern Philippines to combat the Islamic terrorist group Abu SayyafThe U.S. announced plans to deploy 1,700 troops to the southern Philippines to combat the Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf
14 years ago
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20 Feb
2002
At least 373 Egyptians died when a train from Cairo to Luxor was engulfed by fire, started by a passenger’s gas stove. Many passengers were trapped by barred windows while others…At least 373 Egyptians died when a train from Cairo to Luxor was engulfed by fire, started by a passenger’s gas stove. Many passengers were trapped by barred windows while others died jumping from the moving train. It was the worst disaster in the history of Egypt’s 150-year-old railway system
15 years ago
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20 Feb
2002
Missing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was confirmed dead when a video containing graphic images of his execution was delivered to Pakistani officials. The American…Missing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was confirmed dead when a video containing graphic images of his execution was delivered to Pakistani officials. The American journalist had been abducted by terrorists in Karachi in January
15 years ago
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20 Feb
2001
Bloody clashes broke out between migrants and indigenous Dayak people in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island. Armed with machetes, the Dayaks attacked settlers…Bloody clashes broke out between migrants and indigenous Dayak people in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island. Armed with machetes, the Dayaks attacked settlers from the island of Madura, frequently beheading their victims and burning their homes
16 years ago
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20 Feb
2001
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak rejected an invitation from new leader Ariel Sharon to serve as defence minister in a coalition government. Barak also resigned as leader…Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak rejected an invitation from new leader Ariel Sharon to serve as defence minister in a coalition government. Barak also resigned as leader of the Labour Party and from his seat in the Knesset
16 years ago
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20 Feb
2001
Senior FBI agent Robert Hanssen was charged with espionage. Hanssen, who had worked for the FBI for 25 years, had started passing information to the Soviet Union in 1985 and…Senior FBI agent Robert Hanssen was charged with espionage. Hanssen, who had worked for the FBI for 25 years, had started passing information to the Soviet Union in 1985 and continued to spy for the Russians after the collapse of the Soviet regime. FBI officials said Hanssen had been paid $1.4 million for his services, which had led directly to the deaths of two agents, and that the damage he had caused "was exceptionally grave"
16 years ago
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20 Feb
1999
The prime ministers of India and Pakistan pledged to reduce the danger of nuclear conflict in their first talks since both countries carried out nuclear weapons tests the previous…The prime ministers of India and Pakistan pledged to reduce the danger of nuclear conflict in their first talks since both countries carried out nuclear weapons tests the previous year
18 years ago
20 Feb
1998
U.S. skater Tara Lipinski, aged 15, became the youngest-ever Olympic figure skating champion when she won the gold medal in Nagano, JapanU.S. skater Tara Lipinski, aged 15, became the youngest-ever Olympic figure skating champion when she won the gold medal in Nagano, Japan
19 years ago
20 Feb
1998
The UN more than doubled the quota of oil sales permitted to Iraq under the oil-for-food programmeThe UN more than doubled the quota of oil sales permitted to Iraq under the oil-for-food programme
19 years ago
20 Feb
1997
Formula One racing boss Frank Williams and two others went on trial in Italy charged with the manslaughter of Ayrton Senna in the San Marino GP in 1994Formula One racing boss Frank Williams and two others went on trial in Italy charged with the manslaughter of Ayrton Senna in the San Marino GP in 1994
20 years ago
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20 Feb
1996
Two senior Iraqi defectors, Lieutenant General Hussein Kamel Hassan and his brother Saddam Kamel, both married to daughters of Saddam Hussein, returned with their families to Iraq…Two senior Iraqi defectors, Lieutenant General Hussein Kamel Hassan and his brother Saddam Kamel, both married to daughters of Saddam Hussein, returned with their families to Iraq six months after fleeing to Jordan; they were pardoned by Saddam Hussein but both were murdered three days later
21 years ago
20 Feb
1996
The Ford motor company paid £1,500 compensation to four black British workers after a doctored promotional photograph portrayed them as whiteThe Ford motor company paid £1,500 compensation to four black British workers after a doctored promotional photograph portrayed them as white
21 years ago
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