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18 Feb
2017
China froze all coal imports from North Korea in response to the country’s continued development of ballistic missiles. China is North Korea’s most important trade partner and…China froze all coal imports from North Korea in response to the country’s continued development of ballistic missiles. China is North Korea’s most important trade partner and ally
1 year ago
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18 Feb
2015
Ukrainian troops withdrew from the embattled town of Debaltseve. The rebel advance on the town, a strategic transport hub in eastern Ukraine, had continued in defiance of a recent…Ukrainian troops withdrew from the embattled town of Debaltseve. The rebel advance on the town, a strategic transport hub in eastern Ukraine, had continued in defiance of a recent ceasefire agreement
3 years ago
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18 Feb
2011
King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain ordered his son, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa to begin a dialogue with protesters as thousands of people again occupied the…King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain ordered his son, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa to begin a dialogue with protesters as thousands of people again occupied the Pearl roundabout in central Manama
7 years ago
18 Feb
2011
Riot police in Djibouti used tear gas against thousands of demonstrators demanding the end of the 11-year rule of President Ismail Omasr GuellehRiot police in Djibouti used tear gas against thousands of demonstrators demanding the end of the 11-year rule of President Ismail Omasr Guelleh
7 years ago
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18 Feb
2010
A military junta seized power in the West African nation of Niger, suspended the constitution and overthrew President Mamadou Tandja following a gun battle in the capital, Niamey,…A military junta seized power in the West African nation of Niger, suspended the constitution and overthrew President Mamadou Tandja following a gun battle in the capital, Niamey, in which 10 people were killed. The junta, calling itself the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy, was led by Salou Djibo
8 years ago
18 Feb
2010
U.S. President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama in a low-key, private meeting at the White House, despite opposition from ChinaU.S. President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama in a low-key, private meeting at the White House, despite opposition from China
8 years ago
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18 Feb
2010
The British and Irish governments summoned their Israeli ambassadors over the use of fake passports by the alleged killers of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in…The British and Irish governments summoned their Israeli ambassadors over the use of fake passports by the alleged killers of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January. France also demanded explanations from Israel over the use of a false passport
8 years ago
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18 Feb
2009
A Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter ditched into the North Sea near a BP oil platform in the ETAP field 125 miles east of Aberdeen. All 18 people on board survived the impact and…A Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter ditched into the North Sea near a BP oil platform in the ETAP field 125 miles east of Aberdeen. All 18 people on board survived the impact and were rescued from two life-rafts
9 years ago
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18 Feb
2008
Voters in Pakistan went to the polls in the delayed general election, postponed following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The Pakistan Peoples Party, led by Bhutto’s…Voters in Pakistan went to the polls in the delayed general election, postponed following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The Pakistan Peoples Party, led by Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, and Pakistan Muslim League (N), led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, emerged victorious
10 years ago
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18 Feb
2006
The radical Islamic party Hamas took over the legislature of the Palestinian Authority. Israel responded by freezing the transfer of about $50 million in monthly tax and customs…The radical Islamic party Hamas took over the legislature of the Palestinian Authority. Israel responded by freezing the transfer of about $50 million in monthly tax and customs payments to the Authority owing to Hamas’ refusal to recognise Israel’s right to exist
12 years ago
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18 Feb
2005
NASA reported detecting a burst of light energy from interstellar space so powerful that it was greater than the total energy emitted from the sun in 150,000 years. The source was…NASA reported detecting a burst of light energy from interstellar space so powerful that it was greater than the total energy emitted from the sun in 150,000 years. The source was identified as a distant magnetar, a rapidly spinning star with an extremely intense magnetic field
13 years ago
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18 Feb
2004
Around 300 people were killed when a train carrying sulphur, petrol and fertiliser derailed and exploded near the town of Neyshabur in northeastern Iran. The blast, which occurred…Around 300 people were killed when a train carrying sulphur, petrol and fertiliser derailed and exploded near the town of Neyshabur in northeastern Iran. The blast, which occurred as fire-fighters tried to extinguish the blazing wagons, destroyed five villages, shattered windows over 10km away and was heard in the regional centre of Mashhad some 75km from the scene. Top city officials, including the local governor, mayor and fire chief, were among those killed
14 years ago
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18 Feb
2003
An arson attack on the subway system in Daegu, South Korea, killed 198 people as flames engulfed two trains at the same station. The arsonist, a local man with a history of mental…An arson attack on the subway system in Daegu, South Korea, killed 198 people as flames engulfed two trains at the same station. The arsonist, a local man with a history of mental illness, survived
15 years ago
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18 Feb
2002
Fiji coup leader George Speight was jailed for life after pleading guilty to treason. Speight was initially sentenced to death but this was later commuted. The charismatic former…Fiji coup leader George Speight was jailed for life after pleading guilty to treason. Speight was initially sentenced to death but this was later commuted. The charismatic former businessman and an armed gang of nationalists stormed Fiji's parliament in May 2000, holding the country's first Indo-Fijian Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, hostage for 56 days
16 years ago
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18 Feb
2002
The European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe's ruling elite and pulled its election observers out of the country following the expulsion from the country of the head of the EU…The European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe's ruling elite and pulled its election observers out of the country following the expulsion from the country of the head of the EU monitoring team. Targeted sanctions, including a travel ban and a freeze on assets, had been threatened for weeks against President Robert Mugabe and 19 other senior officials, if the work of the EU mission was hampered
16 years ago
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18 Feb
2001
U.S. stock-car racer Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap accident at the sport’s premier race, the Daytona 500. Earnhardt died instantly after his car collided with another…U.S. stock-car racer Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap accident at the sport’s premier race, the Daytona 500. Earnhardt died instantly after his car collided with another vehicle and slammed into the perimeter wall
17 years ago
18 Feb
2000
Elections in Iran gave President Khatami's Reformist coalition control of parliament over the previously dominant hardline religious conservativesElections in Iran gave President Khatami's Reformist coalition control of parliament over the previously dominant hardline religious conservatives
18 years ago
18 Feb
2000
The U.S. Commerce Department reported that America's trade deficit in 1999 exceeded $270 billion, an all-time high and far in excess of the previous record of $164 billion in 1998The U.S. Commerce Department reported that America's trade deficit in 1999 exceeded $270 billion, an all-time high and far in excess of the previous record of $164 billion in 1998
18 years ago
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18 Feb
1999
The British government was forced to backtrack on earlier assertions on the safety of genetically-modified foods and suspend commercial production of GM crops until further trials…The British government was forced to backtrack on earlier assertions on the safety of genetically-modified foods and suspend commercial production of GM crops until further trials proved they were not harmful
19 years ago
18 Feb
1996
An IRA bomber died in central London when the device he was carrying exploded prematurely, destroying a double-decker busAn IRA bomber died in central London when the device he was carrying exploded prematurely, destroying a double-decker bus
22 years ago
18 Feb
1996
Health experts travelled to a village in Gabon after 10 people died of the Ebola virus after eating a chimpanzeeHealth experts travelled to a village in Gabon after 10 people died of the Ebola virus after eating a chimpanzee
22 years ago
18 Feb
1994
Delegates from 130 countries agreed at a United Nations conference that there must be new cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to halt if global warmingDelegates from 130 countries agreed at a United Nations conference that there must be new cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to halt if global warming
24 years ago
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18 Feb
1994
Phoolan Devi, India’s “Bandit Queen”, was released from jail after serving 11 years. She subsequently became a politician before being shot dead outside her home by masked…Phoolan Devi, India’s “Bandit Queen”, was released from jail after serving 11 years. She subsequently became a politician before being shot dead outside her home by masked men in 2001
24 years ago
18 Feb
1993
Unemployment in Britain topped three millionUnemployment in Britain topped three million
25 years ago
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