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23 May
2016
Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, a member of the Greens, was elected President of Austria, defeating far-right Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer in a tight…Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, a member of the Greens, was elected President of Austria, defeating far-right Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer in a tight contest that was decided by a small number of mail-in votes
1 year ago
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23 May
2016
At least 148 people were killed and around 200 wounded in a series of car bomb and suicide attacks in the Syrian cities of Jableh and Tartus in government-controlled territory…At least 148 people were killed and around 200 wounded in a series of car bomb and suicide attacks in the Syrian cities of Jableh and Tartus in government-controlled territory hosting Russian military bases. So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in President Bashar al-Assad’s coastal heartland, which had till then escaped the worst of the violence in the five-year conflict
1 year ago
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23 May
2015
Renowned U.S. mathematician John Nash, the subject of the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a car crash with his wife. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia…Renowned U.S. mathematician John Nash, the subject of the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a car crash with his wife. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia died when their taxi crashed in New Jersey
2 years ago
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23 May
2014
Gunman Elliot Rodger killed six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista, California, a small town near Santa Barbara. Before the rampage, Rodger, 22, posted a video on YouTube…Gunman Elliot Rodger killed six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista, California, a small town near Santa Barbara. Before the rampage, Rodger, 22, posted a video on YouTube in which he expressed his anger over being rejected by women and his plans for revenge
3 years ago
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23 May
2010
A state of emergency was declared in the Jamaican capital Kingston after armed gangs attacked police and blockaded parts of the city in an attempt to prevent the arrest of a drug…A state of emergency was declared in the Jamaican capital Kingston after armed gangs attacked police and blockaded parts of the city in an attempt to prevent the arrest of a drug lord. A police station was set on fire and two others shot at by suspected supporters of Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Violence had flared the previous week after Jamaican authorities announced they would arrest and extradite Coke to the U.S.
7 years ago
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23 May
2010
Under the banner Freedom Flotilla, eight ships from Greece, Ireland, Sweden and Turkey, carrying over 600 people from 50 nations, set sail for Gaza with 10,000 tons of humanitarian…Under the banner Freedom Flotilla, eight ships from Greece, Ireland, Sweden and Turkey, carrying over 600 people from 50 nations, set sail for Gaza with 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to break a three-year Israeli blockade on the territory. Israel warned them they would be stopped for “breaching Israeli law”
7 years ago
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23 May
2009
Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun committed suicide by jumping from a cliff. In the preceding weeks Roh, president from 2003-08, had become the central figure in an…Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun committed suicide by jumping from a cliff. In the preceding weeks Roh, president from 2003-08, had become the central figure in an ongoing bribery scandal
8 years ago
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23 May
2008
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Myanmar’s military junta had agreed to grant access to areas worst hit by Cyclone Nargis to international aid workers regardless of…UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Myanmar’s military junta had agreed to grant access to areas worst hit by Cyclone Nargis to international aid workers regardless of nationality. Senior General Than Shwe also agreed to allow the airport in the former capital, Yangon, to be used to distribute international aid. More than 130,000 people were dead or missing after Cyclone Nargis hit the southern rice-growing Irrawaddy River delta three weeks earlier, sweeping away villages, crops and livestock. The military, which had run the nation of 48 million since 1962, had barred international workers from the worst-affected areas and rejected offers of helicopters, trucks and aid from U.S. and other Western warships anchored offshore
9 years ago
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23 May
2008
The International Court of Justice awarded sovereignty of Pedra Branca to Singapore, ending a 28-year dispute over the islet between Singapore and Malaysia. Malaysia was awarded…The International Court of Justice awarded sovereignty of Pedra Branca to Singapore, ending a 28-year dispute over the islet between Singapore and Malaysia. Malaysia was awarded sovereignty of Middle Rocks, an outcrop of Pedra Branca, while the sovereignty of another, South Ledge, was left to be determined by the maritime boundary between the two nations, also a contentious point
9 years ago
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23 May
2006
Greek and Turkish military F-16 jets collided above the island of Karpathos whilst intercepting each other in the disputed airspace above the southern Aegean Sea. The Greek pilot…Greek and Turkish military F-16 jets collided above the island of Karpathos whilst intercepting each other in the disputed airspace above the southern Aegean Sea. The Greek pilot was killed, but the Turkish pilot was rescued after ejecting safely
11 years ago
23 May
2004
A section of roof at the new terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris collapsed, killing four peopleA section of roof at the new terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris collapsed, killing four people
13 years ago
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23 May
2003
WHO researchers said they had identified a virus very similar to the SARS virus in palm civets, which are eaten in Asia. Meanwhile travel advisories for Hong Kong and China’s…WHO researchers said they had identified a virus very similar to the SARS virus in palm civets, which are eaten in Asia. Meanwhile travel advisories for Hong Kong and China’s Guangdong province were lifted, but reinstated for Toronto, where new suspect cases had been reported
14 years ago
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23 May
2002
Aid agencies warned that southern Africa faced a huge famine, with up to 19 million people facing drastic food shortages caused by a combination of erratic rainfall and floods…Aid agencies warned that southern Africa faced a huge famine, with up to 19 million people facing drastic food shortages caused by a combination of erratic rainfall and floods followed by drought, and in Zimbabwe’s case, political mismanagement
15 years ago
23 May
2001
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first African-American to hold the post, began a four-day tour of AfricaU.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first African-American to hold the post, began a four-day tour of Africa
16 years ago
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23 May
2001
President Bush met the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, at the White House. The meeting, on the 50th anniversary of China's annexation of Tibet, brought protests…President Bush met the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, at the White House. The meeting, on the 50th anniversary of China's annexation of Tibet, brought protests from Beijing
16 years ago
23 May
2001
The bodies of 11 illegal Mexican immigrants were discovered in the southern Arizona desert, along with 13 survivors. The victims had perished in temperatures as high as 115 degreesThe bodies of 11 illegal Mexican immigrants were discovered in the southern Arizona desert, along with 13 survivors. The victims had perished in temperatures as high as 115 degrees
16 years ago
23 May
2000
A specially adapted Airbus A300 made the first in a four-day programme of "parabolic" flights, allowing scientists to conduct experiments in weightless conditionsA specially adapted Airbus A300 made the first in a four-day programme of "parabolic" flights, allowing scientists to conduct experiments in weightless conditions
17 years ago
23 May
2000
United Airlines agreed to buy USAir in a deal worth $4.3 billion, pending approval from shareholders and antitrust regulatorsUnited Airlines agreed to buy USAir in a deal worth $4.3 billion, pending approval from shareholders and antitrust regulators
17 years ago
23 May
1997
British prime minister Tony Blair had a private meeting with former Conservative premier Baroness Thatcher before attending his first EU summit in AmsterdamBritish prime minister Tony Blair had a private meeting with former Conservative premier Baroness Thatcher before attending his first EU summit in Amsterdam
20 years ago
23 May
1997
Mohammed Khatami, keen to improve economic ties with the West and often described as a “moderate”, was elected president of IranMohammed Khatami, keen to improve economic ties with the West and often described as a “moderate”, was elected president of Iran
20 years ago
23 May
1995
In the U.S., a gunman was shot and wounded by secret servicemen in the grounds of the White HouseIn the U.S., a gunman was shot and wounded by secret servicemen in the grounds of the White House
22 years ago
23 May
1995
Germany’s supreme court ruled that former East German spymasters could no longer be prosecuted but those already serving jail terms should not be freedGermany’s supreme court ruled that former East German spymasters could no longer be prosecuted but those already serving jail terms should not be freed
22 years ago
23 May
1995
The ruins of the bombed Federal building in Oklahoma City, destroyed by a terrorist bomb a month earlier, were demolishedThe ruins of the bombed Federal building in Oklahoma City, destroyed by a terrorist bomb a month earlier, were demolished
22 years ago
23 May
1994
Roman Herzog, candidate of Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats, won the decisive third round of presidential voting to become Germany's head of stateRoman Herzog, candidate of Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats, won the decisive third round of presidential voting to become Germany's head of state
23 years ago
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