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15 Oct
2015
Israelis and Palestinians experienced the worst outbreak of violence in recent years, with 32 Palestinians and seven Israelis killed in the first two weeks of October. The unrest…Israelis and Palestinians experienced the worst outbreak of violence in recent years, with 32 Palestinians and seven Israelis killed in the first two weeks of October. The unrest was triggered by what the Palestinians saw as increased encroachment by Israelis on the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site important to both Muslims and Jews
3 years ago
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15 Oct
2013
A powerful earthquake hit the Philippines, killing at least 144 people. Tremors reached all of the islands in the central Philippines, destroying several buildings, roads and…A powerful earthquake hit the Philippines, killing at least 144 people. Tremors reached all of the islands in the central Philippines, destroying several buildings, roads and bridges, as well as one of the country’s oldest churches
5 years ago
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15 Oct
2012
Norodom Sihanouk, the former king who was a key figure in Cambodian politics through a half-century of war, genocide and upheaval, died in Beijing, China, following a heart attack.…Norodom Sihanouk, the former king who was a key figure in Cambodian politics through a half-century of war, genocide and upheaval, died in Beijing, China, following a heart attack. He was 89
6 years ago
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15 Oct
2010
The final breakthrough took place on the Gotthard Base Tunnel, under construction in the Swiss Alps, making it the world’s longest railway tunnel. The completed tunnel is 57km…The final breakthrough took place on the Gotthard Base Tunnel, under construction in the Swiss Alps, making it the world’s longest railway tunnel. The completed tunnel is 57km (35.4 miles) long
8 years ago
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15 Oct
2009
Islamic militants attacked key police facilities in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Kohat, killing at least 37 people in their latest strikes on security forces as the army…Islamic militants attacked key police facilities in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Kohat, killing at least 37 people in their latest strikes on security forces as the army prepares an offensive against a Taliban stronghold
9 years ago
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15 Oct
2009
A worldwide media circus erupted after a six-year-old American boy was thought to have been carried off in a homemade helium balloon; the boy was later found safe at his Colorado…A worldwide media circus erupted after a six-year-old American boy was thought to have been carried off in a homemade helium balloon; the boy was later found safe at his Colorado home and the incident exposed as a hoax dreamed up by his parents
9 years ago
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15 Oct
2008
The Dow Jones suffered the second biggest one-day drop in its history, tumbling 733.08 points, a 7.87 percent loss. It followed hard on the heels of the record fall of 777.68…The Dow Jones suffered the second biggest one-day drop in its history, tumbling 733.08 points, a 7.87 percent loss. It followed hard on the heels of the record fall of 777.68 points on September 29, but beat it in percentage terms, as the earlier date represented a loss of 6.98 percent
10 years ago
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15 Oct
2007
The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China opened in Beijing, China, marking the beginning of a seven-day conclave of China’s top leadership. China’s Communist…The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China opened in Beijing, China, marking the beginning of a seven-day conclave of China’s top leadership. China’s Communist Party was set to endorse changes to its leadership to determine policy for the next five years and likely indicate Hu Jintao’s successor as president in 2012
11 years ago
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15 Oct
2005
Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife, Crown Princess Mary, announced the birth of their first child, a son. The boy was named Christian, in line with…Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian-born wife, Crown Princess Mary, announced the birth of their first child, a son. The boy was named Christian, in line with royal tradition which decrees all Danish kings are named alternately Frederik or Christian. The couple married in May 2004
13 years ago
15 Oct
2005
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found in Romania, the first appearance of the flu in EuropeThe deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found in Romania, the first appearance of the flu in Europe
13 years ago
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15 Oct
2005
Millions of Iraqis voted in a referendum on a new draft constitution. In contrast to the violence of January's election, insurgent attacks were kept to a minimum. The results,…Millions of Iraqis voted in a referendum on a new draft constitution. In contrast to the violence of January's election, insurgent attacks were kept to a minimum. The results, announced 10 days later, showed the charter had been ratified by over 78 percent, due to strong support from the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as well as the Shia-dominated southern provinces. But the vote was closer than it appeared because the constitution would have been vetoed if three of Iraq’s 18 provinces had rejected it by a margin of two-thirds, and while two Sunni provinces comprehensively voted it down, a third could only muster 55 percent against, short of the margin required
13 years ago
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15 Oct
2004
U.S. forces launched intense air and ground strikes on the rebel-held Iraqi city of Fallujah following a demand by the Iraqi government that residents hand over Jordanian-born…U.S. forces launched intense air and ground strikes on the rebel-held Iraqi city of Fallujah following a demand by the Iraqi government that residents hand over Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
14 years ago
15 Oct
2004
Zimbabwean oppostion leader Morgan Tsvangirai was acquitted of treason chargesZimbabwean oppostion leader Morgan Tsvangirai was acquitted of treason charges
14 years ago
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15 Oct
2003
Ten people were killed when the Staten Island ferry in New York City slammed into a maintenance pier during high winds, causing concrete pilings at the Staten Island terminal to…Ten people were killed when the Staten Island ferry in New York City slammed into a maintenance pier during high winds, causing concrete pilings at the Staten Island terminal to rip through the vessel
15 years ago
15 Oct
2003
Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times in his Shenzhou 5 spacecraft as China became only the third country to launch a man into spaceChinese astronaut Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times in his Shenzhou 5 spacecraft as China became only the third country to launch a man into space
15 years ago
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15 Oct
2002
Saddam Hussein stood for reelection as president of Iraq; he was the only candidate and it was later announced that 100 percent of the electorate had voted him in for another…Saddam Hussein stood for reelection as president of Iraq; he was the only candidate and it was later announced that 100 percent of the electorate had voted him in for another seven-year term
16 years ago
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15 Oct
2001
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat visited British prime minister Tony Blair in London to discuss the stalled Middle East peace process. During the talks Blair said he wanted to see…Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat visited British prime minister Tony Blair in London to discuss the stalled Middle East peace process. During the talks Blair said he wanted to see a viable Palestinian state but denied suggestions that Arafat's visit to 10 Downing Street was aimed at blunting Arab and Muslim anger at the air strikes in Afghanistan
17 years ago
15 Oct
2001
New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his support to families of British victims of the September 11 attacksNew York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his support to families of British victims of the September 11 attacks
17 years ago
15 Oct
1999
British prime minister Tony Blair threatened the French government with legal action if they continued to ban British beefBritish prime minister Tony Blair threatened the French government with legal action if they continued to ban British beef
19 years ago
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15 Oct
1999
The British medical journal The Lancet published research by Dr. Arpad Pusztai suggesting that genetically-modified foods harmed rats, despite his findings having been spurned by…The British medical journal The Lancet published research by Dr. Arpad Pusztai suggesting that genetically-modified foods harmed rats, despite his findings having been spurned by the scientific establishment
19 years ago
15 Oct
1999
President Clinton vowed to abide by the treaty he signed in 1996 banning all underground nuclear testing despite its rejection by the U.S. SenatePresident Clinton vowed to abide by the treaty he signed in 1996 banning all underground nuclear testing despite its rejection by the U.S. Senate
19 years ago
15 Oct
1999
The French humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) was awarded the Nobel Peace PrizeThe French humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
19 years ago
15 Oct
1999
The Dow Jones index dropped 266.90 points, concluding a week which saw a decline of 630.05 points, the largest ever weekly fallThe Dow Jones index dropped 266.90 points, concluding a week which saw a decline of 630.05 points, the largest ever weekly fall
19 years ago
15 Oct
1998
Commercial and satellite TV channels won the rights to broadcast international cricket matches in England, depriving the BBC, which had covered home Test matches for 60 yearsCommercial and satellite TV channels won the rights to broadcast international cricket matches in England, depriving the BBC, which had covered home Test matches for 60 years
20 years ago
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