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18 Jul
2016
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concluded that the Russian government was involved in an intensive doping programme including the 2014 Sochi Winter OlympicsThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concluded that the Russian government was involved in an intensive doping programme including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
2 years ago
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18 Jul
2012
A suicide bombing at Syria’s National Security headquarters in Damascus during a meeting of ministers and heads of security agencies killed Defence Minister General Dawoud…A suicide bombing at Syria’s National Security headquarters in Damascus during a meeting of ministers and heads of security agencies killed Defence Minister General Dawoud Rajiha, his deputy, General Assef Shawkat, who was President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, and assistant to the vice president General Hasan Turkmani. Hisham Ikhtiyar, the country's intelligence and national security chief, was seriously wounded and later died of his injuries
6 years ago
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18 Jul
2012
A suicide bomber killed seven people on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea resort of Burgas in eastern Bulgaria. Five Israelis died along with the Bulgarian driver…A suicide bomber killed seven people on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea resort of Burgas in eastern Bulgaria. Five Israelis died along with the Bulgarian driver and the bomber. Israel blamed Iran-backed militia Hezbollah for the attack and promised to retaliate
6 years ago
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18 Jul
2010
A suicide bomber killed 43 people and wounded another 40 in a Sunni district in western Baghdad. The victims were all members of the government-backed Sahwa militia (Sons of Iraq),…A suicide bomber killed 43 people and wounded another 40 in a Sunni district in western Baghdad. The victims were all members of the government-backed Sahwa militia (Sons of Iraq), who were lining up to be paid. It took up arms against Al Qaeda in late 2006 with U.S. backing, and its fighters, recruited from among tribesmen and former anti-government fighters, were credited with turning the tide in the war against Al Qaeda in Iraq
8 years ago
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18 Jul
2009
Henry Allingham, Britain’s oldest surviving veteran of the First World War, died at the age of 113. He was the last survivor of the 1915 Battle of Jutland, the last surviving…Henry Allingham, Britain’s oldest surviving veteran of the First World War, died at the age of 113. He was the last survivor of the 1915 Battle of Jutland, the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force (RAF). At the time of his death he had been for one month the oldest verified living man in the world. He was also the oldest ever British male, and the first verified British man ever to reach the age of 113
9 years ago
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18 Jul
2009
Bakers in the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus set a record for the world’s biggest kunafa, a local sweet pastry. The sticky pastry was 74m (243ft) long and took 700kg…Bakers in the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus set a record for the world’s biggest kunafa, a local sweet pastry. The sticky pastry was 74m (243ft) long and took 700kg (1,540lb) of semolina flour and 700kg of cheese, plus 300kg (660lb) of sugar. It was made by 170 bakers and cost around $15,000
9 years ago
18 Jul
2009
A woman was killed when she was hit by a police motorcycle while watching the Tour de France, the race’s first fatal accident since 2002A woman was killed when she was hit by a police motorcycle while watching the Tour de France, the race’s first fatal accident since 2002
9 years ago
18 Jul
2008
South Africa’s revered former president Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th birthdaySouth Africa’s revered former president Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday
10 years ago
18 Jul
2007
UN inspectors confirmed the closure of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor in North KoreaUN inspectors confirmed the closure of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor in North Korea
11 years ago
18 Jul
2007
A steam pipe exploded in New York City outside Grand Central Terminal, killing a woman, injuring 44 other people and causing evacuations and major delays throughout the areaA steam pipe exploded in New York City outside Grand Central Terminal, killing a woman, injuring 44 other people and causing evacuations and major delays throughout the area
11 years ago
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18 Jul
2007
A team of British geologists confirmed that the island of Britain was severed from continental Europe by a giant flood during the last ice age that cut away the Weald-Artois…A team of British geologists confirmed that the island of Britain was severed from continental Europe by a giant flood during the last ice age that cut away the Weald-Artois Anticline about 200,000 years ago. Their findings were based on strong evidence found at the bottom of the English Channel that a “super-flood”, a theory first suggested more than 20 years earlier, had indeed occurred
11 years ago
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18 Jul
2006
The government of Angola and the rebel Frente para a Libertacao do Enclave de Cabinda signed a peace agreement ending the Independence War in the oil-rich northern province of…The government of Angola and the rebel Frente para a Libertacao do Enclave de Cabinda signed a peace agreement ending the Independence War in the oil-rich northern province of Cabinda
12 years ago
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18 Jul
2003
British weapons expert David Kelly was found dead, having apparently committed suicide. It later emerged that he had been questioned by the British government as to whether he was…British weapons expert David Kelly was found dead, having apparently committed suicide. It later emerged that he had been questioned by the British government as to whether he was the source of a BBC report which claimed the government had made unsubstantiated claims about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in order to gain support for the U.S.-led war
15 years ago
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18 Jul
2002
Zacarias Moussaoui, the sole defendant facing trial in the U.S. over the plot to attack the United States with hijacked aeroplanes, pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy. He…Zacarias Moussaoui, the sole defendant facing trial in the U.S. over the plot to attack the United States with hijacked aeroplanes, pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy. He admitted that Osama bin Laden had instructed him to fly a plane into the White House but denied that he was to be one of the 9/11 bombers
16 years ago
18 Jul
1999
Little known Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie won the British Open at Carnoustie, the first victory by a Scot in the tournament for 68 yearsLittle known Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie won the British Open at Carnoustie, the first victory by a Scot in the tournament for 68 years
19 years ago
18 Jul
1999
Meeting President Clinton in Washington, new Israeli president Ehud Barak said he was prepared to make "painful compromises" to achieve peace with SyriaMeeting President Clinton in Washington, new Israeli president Ehud Barak said he was prepared to make "painful compromises" to achieve peace with Syria
19 years ago
18 Jul
1998
South African president Nelson Mandela celebrated his 80th birthday by marrying Graca Machel, widow of former Mozambican president Samora MachelSouth African president Nelson Mandela celebrated his 80th birthday by marrying Graca Machel, widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel
20 years ago
18 Jul
1997
The death toll from floods in central Europe reached 100, with Poland, eastern Germany and the Czech Republic the worst affected regionsThe death toll from floods in central Europe reached 100, with Poland, eastern Germany and the Czech Republic the worst affected regions
21 years ago
18 Jul
1997
The Mir space station suffered another near-disaster as a crew member accidentally unplugged a vital computer cable, sending Mir spinning out of controlThe Mir space station suffered another near-disaster as a crew member accidentally unplugged a vital computer cable, sending Mir spinning out of control
21 years ago
18 Jul
1996
U.S. scientists reported that the Earth’s inner core spins faster than the crust, like a planet within a planetU.S. scientists reported that the Earth’s inner core spins faster than the crust, like a planet within a planet
22 years ago
18 Jul
1996
At the Battle of Mullaitivu the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam captured the Sri Lankan Army’s base, killing over 1,200 soldiersAt the Battle of Mullaitivu the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam captured the Sri Lankan Army’s base, killing over 1,200 soldiers
22 years ago
18 Jul
1994
A bomb ripped through a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 96 peopleA bomb ripped through a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 96 people
24 years ago
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18 Jul
1994
A 63-year-old in Rome became the oldest woman to give birth after a donor’s egg, fertilised by her husband’s sperm, was implanted in her womb. This record was broken in 2003…A 63-year-old in Rome became the oldest woman to give birth after a donor’s egg, fertilised by her husband’s sperm, was implanted in her womb. This record was broken in 2003 when a 65-year-old woman in India gave birth to a son, and again in 2005, when 66-year-old Romanian Adriana Iliescu delivered a daughter
24 years ago
18 Jul
1994
The Rwandan Patriotic Front declared a ceasefire, ending the genocide that had killed up to 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 daysThe Rwandan Patriotic Front declared a ceasefire, ending the genocide that had killed up to 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days
24 years ago
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