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19 Dec
2016
The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated in Ankara after several days of protests over Russian involvement in the Syrian civil war and the battle for…The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated in Ankara after several days of protests over Russian involvement in the Syrian civil war and the battle for Aleppo
2 years ago
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19 Dec
2016
A stolen truck was rammed into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing 12 people and injuring 56. The attacker was shot dead in Milan four days later. So-called Islamic…A stolen truck was rammed into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing 12 people and injuring 56. The attacker was shot dead in Milan four days later. So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility
2 years ago
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19 Dec
2015
German conductor Kurt Masur died aged 88. He had a long career as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and served as music director of both the New York Philharmonic and…German conductor Kurt Masur died aged 88. He had a long career as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and served as music director of both the New York Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France, and principal conductor of the London Philarmonic Orchestra
3 years ago
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19 Dec
2015
Jimmy Hill, former English football player, manager and broadcaster, died at age 87. Hugely influential within the game, his innovations included the introduction of the three…Jimmy Hill, former English football player, manager and broadcaster, died at age 87. Hugely influential within the game, his innovations included the introduction of the three points for a win system, pioneered in England in 1981
3 years ago
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19 Dec
2011
South Korea put its military on an emergency footing following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. The secretive communist state is one of the world's most militarised…South Korea put its military on an emergency footing following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. The secretive communist state is one of the world's most militarised countries, with 1.19 million troops in active service, and 600,000 reservists, out of a population of 23.9 million. South Korea has 655,000 troops on active duty, and about 4.5 million reserve forces, reinforced by 28,000 U.S. troops
7 years ago
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19 Dec
2011
Troubled car maker Saab filed for bankruptcy, bringing to an end a two-year effort to rescue the Swedish brand. It failed to secure fresh funds from potential Chinese investors…Troubled car maker Saab filed for bankruptcy, bringing to an end a two-year effort to rescue the Swedish brand. It failed to secure fresh funds from potential Chinese investors because Saab’s U.S. former owner, General Motors, did not want to transfer technology licences to Chinese manufacturers
7 years ago
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19 Dec
2011
Syria agreed to allow Arab League monitors into the country to help end the nine-month unrest, but the announcement came as more than 100 people, including dozens of army…Syria agreed to allow Arab League monitors into the country to help end the nine-month unrest, but the announcement came as more than 100 people, including dozens of army defectors, were killed on one of the deadliest days of the uprising
7 years ago
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19 Dec
2010
Anthony Howard, a prominent British journalist, broadcaster and writer, died aged 76. He edited the New Statesman, The Listener and was deputy editor of The Observer. He also…Anthony Howard, a prominent British journalist, broadcaster and writer, died aged 76. He edited the New Statesman, The Listener and was deputy editor of The Observer. He also edited the Crossman Diaries
8 years ago
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19 Dec
2010
Flights in and out of London Heathrow ground to a virtual standstill as heavy snowfall wreaked havoc across transport infrastructure. Other major hubs, such as Paris and Amsterdam,…Flights in and out of London Heathrow ground to a virtual standstill as heavy snowfall wreaked havoc across transport infrastructure. Other major hubs, such as Paris and Amsterdam, were similarly affected
8 years ago
19 Dec
2010
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar became the first player in the sport’s history to score 50 centuries in Test matches, during a match against South Africa in CenturionIndian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar became the first player in the sport’s history to score 50 centuries in Test matches, during a match against South Africa in Centurion
8 years ago
19 Dec
2010
Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected president of Belarus with 79.67% of the votes. Three of the other 10 candidates and hundreds of opposition supporters were arrestedAlexander Lukashenko was re-elected president of Belarus with 79.67% of the votes. Three of the other 10 candidates and hundreds of opposition supporters were arrested
8 years ago
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19 Dec
2009
Five Eurostar trains got stuck in the Channel Tunnel, trapping 2,000 people without heating, lighting, food and water for up to 16 hours after the vehicles suffered electrical…Five Eurostar trains got stuck in the Channel Tunnel, trapping 2,000 people without heating, lighting, food and water for up to 16 hours after the vehicles suffered electrical failures caused by freezing overnight temperatures
9 years ago
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19 Dec
2009
FC Barcelona set a new record by winning all six competitions they played for in one year. The team completed “The Sextuple” by beating Estudiantes 2-1 to win the Club World…FC Barcelona set a new record by winning all six competitions they played for in one year. The team completed “The Sextuple” by beating Estudiantes 2-1 to win the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, to add to their victories in La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season, followed by the European and Spanish Super Cups over the summer
9 years ago
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19 Dec
2008
U.S. President George W. Bush announced a $17.4bn emergency bailout of the automobile industry to protect General Motors and Chrysler from bankruptcy as the automotive crisis bit…U.S. President George W. Bush announced a $17.4bn emergency bailout of the automobile industry to protect General Motors and Chrysler from bankruptcy as the automotive crisis bit harder. The plan was conditional on the companies’ reorganization by March 31, 2009, to show that they could return to viability
10 years ago
19 Dec
2007
Over 50 people were killed and more than150 injured in a train crash in Pakistan after the overnight express from Karachi to Lahore derailed at MehrabpurOver 50 people were killed and more than150 injured in a train crash in Pakistan after the overnight express from Karachi to Lahore derailed at Mehrabpur
11 years ago
19 Dec
2007
Lee Myung-bak was elected President of South Korea with 50 percent of the vote, defeating rivals Chung Dong-young and Lee Hoi-changLee Myung-bak was elected President of South Korea with 50 percent of the vote, defeating rivals Chung Dong-young and Lee Hoi-chang
11 years ago
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19 Dec
2003
U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that President Gaddafi of Libya had agreed to abandon efforts to develop nuclear, biological and…U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that President Gaddafi of Libya had agreed to abandon efforts to develop nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and accept international arms inspections
15 years ago
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19 Dec
2002
Liberal reformer Roh Moo-hyun won South Korea's presidential election after his conservative rival Lee Hoi-chang conceded defeat in a closely fought contest. The campaign was…Liberal reformer Roh Moo-hyun won South Korea's presidential election after his conservative rival Lee Hoi-chang conceded defeat in a closely fought contest. The campaign was dominated by concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and growing anti-U.S. sentiment, sparked by the acquittal of two American soldiers in the road deaths of two Korean teenage girls
16 years ago
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19 Dec
2001
The New York Fire Department said that fires burning in the ruins of the World Trade Centre since the terrorist attacks on September 11 had been finally extinguished. For more than…The New York Fire Department said that fires burning in the ruins of the World Trade Centre since the terrorist attacks on September 11 had been finally extinguished. For more than three months the fires, fed by documents and office furniture lying in the debris, had sent up plumes of acrid smoke that could be smelt several miles away in upper Manhattan and Brooklyn
17 years ago
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19 Dec
2000
The Camelot consortium retained the license to run Britain's national lottery for another seven years, beating the People's Lottery bid of Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, who had…The Camelot consortium retained the license to run Britain's national lottery for another seven years, beating the People's Lottery bid of Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, who had pledged to devote all profits to good causes
18 years ago
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19 Dec
2000
The European Airbus consortium announced it was to start production of its superjumbo aircraft, having received the necessary minimum 50 orders. The new plane, previously codenamed…The European Airbus consortium announced it was to start production of its superjumbo aircraft, having received the necessary minimum 50 orders. The new plane, previously codenamed the A3XX, will seat more than 550 passengers and will go into service in 2006. The U.S. warned that government loans to develop the superjumbo violated WTO agreements and could trigger a trade war
18 years ago
19 Dec
2000
The UN imposed sanctions and an arms embargo on Afghanistan's Taliban regime to increase pressure on the strict Islamic group to hand over the terrorist Osama bin LadenThe UN imposed sanctions and an arms embargo on Afghanistan's Taliban regime to increase pressure on the strict Islamic group to hand over the terrorist Osama bin Laden
18 years ago
19 Dec
1999
China resumed sovereignty over the territory of Macao as 442 years of Portuguese colonial rule came to an endChina resumed sovereignty over the territory of Macao as 442 years of Portuguese colonial rule came to an end
19 years ago
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19 Dec
1998
As Iraq announced that UN inspectors would not be allowed back into the country, President Clinton said that the ongoing airstrikes had weakened Iraq militarily and damaged its…As Iraq announced that UN inspectors would not be allowed back into the country, President Clinton said that the ongoing airstrikes had weakened Iraq militarily and damaged its weapons programme
20 years ago
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