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24 Jul
2016
The IOC decided against a blanket ban on all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympic Games but stated that individual athletes would have to convince individual sports federations of…The IOC decided against a blanket ban on all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympic Games but stated that individual athletes would have to convince individual sports federations of their innocence before being allowed to compete
3 years ago
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24 Jul
2016
British cyclist Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the third time. The Team Sky rider, who won the 2013 and 2015 races, was the first man to successfully defend his title in…British cyclist Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the third time. The Team Sky rider, who won the 2013 and 2015 races, was the first man to successfully defend his title in more than 20 years
3 years ago
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24 Jul
2015
Possibly the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran were discovered at the University of Birmingham in England. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript of the Muslim holy text to…Possibly the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran were discovered at the University of Birmingham in England. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript of the Muslim holy text to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence
4 years ago
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24 Jul
2014
An Air Algerie flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, crashed in Mali amid bad weather, killing all 110 passengers and six crew on board. It was the third major…An Air Algerie flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, crashed in Mali amid bad weather, killing all 110 passengers and six crew on board. It was the third major commercial aviation disaster that week
5 years ago
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24 Jul
2013
An intercity express train derailed near the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people and injuring 140. The train was travelling at around twice the speed limit of…An intercity express train derailed near the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people and injuring 140. The train was travelling at around twice the speed limit of 80km/h as it entered a bend in the line. It was Spain’s worst rail disaster in 40 years
6 years ago
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24 Jul
2012
Ghanaian president John Atta Mills died suddenly at age 68, the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office. Mills, who had throat cancer, was vice-president from 1997 to 2001…Ghanaian president John Atta Mills died suddenly at age 68, the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office. Mills, who had throat cancer, was vice-president from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections before winning power in 2009. Vice president John Dramani Mahama was sworn into office later the same day
7 years ago
24 Jul
2011
Cyclist Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France, having twice finished as runner-upCyclist Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France, having twice finished as runner-up
8 years ago
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24 Jul
2010
A massive stampede in a tunnel at the Love Parade electronic music festival in Duisburg, Germany, killed 20 people and injured dozens more. Organisers later announced there would…A massive stampede in a tunnel at the Love Parade electronic music festival in Duisburg, Germany, killed 20 people and injured dozens more. Organisers later announced there would never again be another Love Parade festival, out of respect for those who died
9 years ago
24 Jul
2010
Two-time world snooker champion Alex Higgins, the sport’s first TV superstar, died at the age of 61Two-time world snooker champion Alex Higgins, the sport’s first TV superstar, died at the age of 61
9 years ago
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24 Jul
2010
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized Paul the octopus, who gained fame by correctly predicting the outcome of eight World Cup matches. The Iranian leader made the…Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized Paul the octopus, who gained fame by correctly predicting the outcome of eight World Cup matches. The Iranian leader made the comments at a youth festival in Tehran, calling Paul a symbol of decadence and decay in the Western world. The mollusc, based at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany, correctly predicted the outcome of all seven of Germany’s matches and picked Spain to beat the Netherlands in the final
9 years ago
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24 Jul
2009
The Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world’s largest reflecting telescope, was inaugurated. The €130m telescope is sited atop an extinct volcano in the Canary Islands and features…The Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world’s largest reflecting telescope, was inaugurated. The €130m telescope is sited atop an extinct volcano in the Canary Islands and features a 10.4m reflecting mirror
10 years ago
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24 Jul
2008
The International Olympic Committee banned Iraq from participating in the forthcoming Beijing Olympics after the Iraqi government seized control of the national Olympic Committee.…The International Olympic Committee banned Iraq from participating in the forthcoming Beijing Olympics after the Iraqi government seized control of the national Olympic Committee. The ban was lifted five days later following assurances from Baghdad about the independence of the Iraqi Olympic Committee
11 years ago
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24 Jul
2007
Six Bulgarian medics serving life sentences in Libya after being convicted of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV were freed, ending their eight-year incarceration. The…Six Bulgarian medics serving life sentences in Libya after being convicted of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV were freed, ending their eight-year incarceration. The five nurses and a Palestinian-born doctor, who had always denied the charges, were flown home to Bulgaria where they were immediately pardoned by President Georgi Parvanov. The release was made possible by a deal struck in Tripoli on improving Libya-EU ties, and followed years of efforts by the European Commission. The medics were accompanied back to Sofia by the EU’s external affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Cecilia Sarkozy, wife of the French president, who helped negotiate their liberation
12 years ago
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24 Jul
2007
Hungary reported that almost 500 people in the country had died in the past week as a result of the heatwave sweeping south-eastern Europe. Unusually high temperatures of over 40C…Hungary reported that almost 500 people in the country had died in the past week as a result of the heatwave sweeping south-eastern Europe. Unusually high temperatures of over 40C (104F) had led to widespread forest fires and caused economic hardship in many countries in the region, while by contrast parts of northern Europe had seen massive flooding and heavy rainfall, sparking fears that climate change could be to blame for the extreme weather
12 years ago
24 Jul
2006
Human Rights Watch said that Israel had used artillery-fired cluster munitions against populated areas of LebanonHuman Rights Watch said that Israel had used artillery-fired cluster munitions against populated areas of Lebanon
13 years ago
24 Jul
2006
Talks among key World Trade Organisation member countries to liberalise global trade, known as the Doha round, collapsed after nearly five years of negotiationsTalks among key World Trade Organisation member countries to liberalise global trade, known as the Doha round, collapsed after nearly five years of negotiations
13 years ago
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24 Jul
2005
Lance Armstrong rode into retirement by sealing his seventh successive victory in the Tour de France. Armstrong, 33, overcame life-threatening testicular cancer before winning…Lance Armstrong rode into retirement by sealing his seventh successive victory in the Tour de France. Armstrong, 33, overcame life-threatening testicular cancer before winning cycling’s most prestigious event for the first time in 1999. He was later stripped of all his titles after he admitted using performance enhancing drugs
14 years ago
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24 Jul
2003
A report from the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees said both the FBI and CIA had disregarded warnings prior to September 11 that al-Qaeda planned a direct strike on…A report from the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees said both the FBI and CIA had disregarded warnings prior to September 11 that al-Qaeda planned a direct strike on the United States, and had failed to note “significant and relevant” information on some of the hijackers who took part in the terror attacks
16 years ago
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24 Jul
2003
International peacekeeping troops began arriving to restore order in the Solomon Islands. The force was led by Australian troops and represented the highest deployment of…International peacekeeping troops began arriving to restore order in the Solomon Islands. The force was led by Australian troops and represented the highest deployment of Australian forces in the Pacific since World War II
16 years ago
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24 Jul
2002
U.S. Congressman James Traficant, convicted in April of bribery and corruption, became only the second member of the House of Representatives to be expelled since the Civil War. He…U.S. Congressman James Traficant, convicted in April of bribery and corruption, became only the second member of the House of Representatives to be expelled since the Civil War. He was later sentenced to eight years in prison
17 years ago
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24 Jul
2001
The Italian government declared a state of emergency in Sicilian province of Catania in response to Mount Etna’s most violent eruption since 1992, in which lava flowing from the…The Italian government declared a state of emergency in Sicilian province of Catania in response to Mount Etna’s most violent eruption since 1992, in which lava flowing from the volcano threatened to engulf the town of Nicolosi. The lava eventually stopped 4km from the town, but a ski lift, car park and cable car station were destroyed
18 years ago
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24 Jul
2001
The Bulgarian parliament formally approved the appointment of former King Simeon II as prime minister following his party's election victory in June. Simeon, ousted by the…The Bulgarian parliament formally approved the appointment of former King Simeon II as prime minister following his party's election victory in June. Simeon, ousted by the communists in 1946, became the first former monarch to regain political power in his native country since the collapse of the iron curtain
18 years ago
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24 Jul
2001
Attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels crippled Sri Lanka’s only international airport and killed 18 people. Six Sri Lankan Airlines airbuses were either destroyed or badly damaged, and…Attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels crippled Sri Lanka’s only international airport and killed 18 people. Six Sri Lankan Airlines airbuses were either destroyed or badly damaged, and eight air force planes were also destroyed. Around 4,000 foreign tourists, some of whom fled the crossfire, were stranded in the capital, Colombo
18 years ago
24 Jul
1999
British actor-musician Phil Collins married his second wife, Orianne, in Lausanne, SwitzerlandBritish actor-musician Phil Collins married his second wife, Orianne, in Lausanne, Switzerland
20 years ago
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