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18 Mar
2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory, receiving 76.67 percent of the vote, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six…Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory, receiving 76.67 percent of the vote, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years
1 year ago
18 Mar
2017
American guitarist, singer, and rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry died at the age of 90American guitarist, singer, and rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry died at the age of 90
2 years ago
18 Mar
2016
Turkey reached a deal with the European Union to curb the tide of migrants heading for Greece, and agreed to accept migrants back from Greece who were not eligible for asylumTurkey reached a deal with the European Union to curb the tide of migrants heading for Greece, and agreed to accept migrants back from Greece who were not eligible for asylum
3 years ago
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18 Mar
2015
Three gunmen killed 21 people, mostly European tourists, in an attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. ISIS militants claimed responsibility for the terror attack, at the…Three gunmen killed 21 people, mostly European tourists, in an attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. ISIS militants claimed responsibility for the terror attack, at the time the deadliest in Tunisian history
4 years ago
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18 Mar
2014
Russia formally annexed Crimea following a referendum in which nearly 97% of voters in Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine. President Putin said the vote was legally binding, but…Russia formally annexed Crimea following a referendum in which nearly 97% of voters in Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine. President Putin said the vote was legally binding, but the West refused to recognise it
5 years ago
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18 Mar
2014
An Islamic militant group active in southern Russia confirmed that its leader, Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, had died. Umarov was linked to a string of deadly attacks including the…An Islamic militant group active in southern Russia confirmed that its leader, Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, had died. Umarov was linked to a string of deadly attacks including the Moscow airport bombing which killed 36 people, and suicide bombings on the city’s Metro which left 39 dead
5 years ago
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18 Mar
2012
King George Tupou V of Tonga died in hospital in Hong Kong at the age of 63. He had reigned over the last Polynesian monarchy since 2006, and had been instrumental in bringing…King George Tupou V of Tonga died in hospital in Hong Kong at the age of 63. He had reigned over the last Polynesian monarchy since 2006, and had been instrumental in bringing about democratic reform
7 years ago
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18 Mar
2011
Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher died from cancer, aged 85. As Secretary of State during Bill Clinton’s first term as President in the 1990s, he helped bring…Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher died from cancer, aged 85. As Secretary of State during Bill Clinton’s first term as President in the 1990s, he helped bring peace to Bosnia and oversaw the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians. In 1981, as deputy secretary of state in the Carter administration he negotiated the release of 52 American hostages in Iran, for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
8 years ago
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18 Mar
2011
A referendum in Egypt backed proposed changes to the constitution, with 77 percent of voters in favour of limiting presidents to a maximum of two four-year terms, and easing…A referendum in Egypt backed proposed changes to the constitution, with 77 percent of voters in favour of limiting presidents to a maximum of two four-year terms, and easing restrictions on electoral candidates. A full review of the constitution was to be undertaken by the next parliament. The vote, which cleared the way for quick presidential and parliamentary elections, was seen as a victory for the army and established parties, and a blow for younger activists who had pressed for a longer transition in order to establish their own parties
8 years ago
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18 Mar
2011
The most serious unrest for decades erupted in Syria, the latest Arab country to experience a wave of popular unrest. After Friday prayers, thousands of protesters demanding an end…The most serious unrest for decades erupted in Syria, the latest Arab country to experience a wave of popular unrest. After Friday prayers, thousands of protesters demanding an end to alleged government corruption took to the streets of cities across the country, prompting a violent crackdown by state security forces
8 years ago
18 Mar
2011
Yemen’s President Saleh declared a state of emergency after snipers opened fire on protesters in Sanaa, killing 45 peopleYemen’s President Saleh declared a state of emergency after snipers opened fire on protesters in Sanaa, killing 45 people
8 years ago
18 Mar
2009
British film actress Natasha Richardson, 45, wife of Irish actor Liam Neeson, died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident in CanadaBritish film actress Natasha Richardson, 45, wife of Irish actor Liam Neeson, died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Canada
10 years ago
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18 Mar
2008
Anthony Minghella, Academy Award-winning British film director, playwright and screenwriter, died from a brain haemorrhage in Charing Cross Hospital, London, following a routine…Anthony Minghella, Academy Award-winning British film director, playwright and screenwriter, died from a brain haemorrhage in Charing Cross Hospital, London, following a routine operation to remove a cancerous growth on his neck. He was 54. His best known films -- which he not only directed but also wrote the screenplay for -- included Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990), The English Patient (1996), for which he won an Oscar as Best Director, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and Cold Mountain (2003)
11 years ago
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18 Mar
2007
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died following his team’s shock early exit from the World Cup. His death was eventually ruled due to natural causes, although first reports…Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died following his team’s shock early exit from the World Cup. His death was eventually ruled due to natural causes, although first reports indicated he had been strangled, sparking a major police investigation and sending shockwaves around the cricketing world
12 years ago
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18 Mar
2007
More than 200,000 Sydneysiders walked across the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge to mark the 75th anniversary of its opening. The bridge, which was officially opened on March 19,…More than 200,000 Sydneysiders walked across the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge to mark the 75th anniversary of its opening. The bridge, which was officially opened on March 19, 1932, was closed to traffic for the day to mark the occasion
12 years ago
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18 Mar
2004
An asteroid some 30m (100ft) in diameter passed within 42,640km (26,500 miles) of Earth in the closest encounter then recorded between an asteroid of that size and our planet. It…An asteroid some 30m (100ft) in diameter passed within 42,640km (26,500 miles) of Earth in the closest encounter then recorded between an asteroid of that size and our planet. It lost its record to a 50m (165ft) rock that passed within 34,200km (17,000 miles) in February 2013
15 years ago
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18 Mar
2003
A judge in Erie County, New York, found anti-abortion activist James Kopp guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr Barnett Sleppian in 1998. Kopp had claimed he…A judge in Erie County, New York, found anti-abortion activist James Kopp guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr Barnett Sleppian in 1998. Kopp had claimed he had only intended to injure the doctor to prevent him carrying out more abortions
16 years ago
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18 Mar
2003
British Prime Minister Tony Blair won parliamentary support to wage war on Iraq by 412 votes to 149, despite a massive revolt within his own party. Some 139 Labour MPs defied him…British Prime Minister Tony Blair won parliamentary support to wage war on Iraq by 412 votes to 149, despite a massive revolt within his own party. Some 139 Labour MPs defied him in the party’s biggest rebellion in living memory, and three ministers resigned
16 years ago
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18 Mar
2001
The World Water Forum conference in The Hague warned that two in three people worldwide would face severe water shortages by 2025. Global water consumption rose more than twice as…The World Water Forum conference in The Hague warned that two in three people worldwide would face severe water shortages by 2025. Global water consumption rose more than twice as fast as world population during the 20th century. Regions most at risk included countries around Lake Chad, in West Africa, which had shrunk by 95% in the previous 40 years, and Central Asia’s Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth biggest inland sea but which had almost halved in size
18 years ago
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18 Mar
2000
Taiwan's presidential election was won by Democratic Progressive Party candidate Chen Shui-bian, a former Mayor of Taipei. It was the first time the Nationalists, the ruling power…Taiwan's presidential election was won by Democratic Progressive Party candidate Chen Shui-bian, a former Mayor of Taipei. It was the first time the Nationalists, the ruling power on Taiwan since Chiang-Kai Shek fled the Chinese mainland in 1949, had been voted out of office
19 years ago
18 Mar
1999
Ethnic Albanian representatives signed a peace agreement aimed at stabilising the situation in KosovoEthnic Albanian representatives signed a peace agreement aimed at stabilising the situation in Kosovo
20 years ago
18 Mar
1997
Bananas officially deposed apples as Britain's favourite fruit, according to a government food surveyBananas officially deposed apples as Britain's favourite fruit, according to a government food survey
22 years ago
18 Mar
1996
Former Marxist military ruler Mathieu Kerekou won Benin's presidential election run-off against Nicephore SogloFormer Marxist military ruler Mathieu Kerekou won Benin's presidential election run-off against Nicephore Soglo
23 years ago
18 Mar
1995
Spain’s first royal wedding for 89 years brought the country to a virtual halt as King Juan Carlos’ elder daughter Elena married Jaime de Marichalar in SevilleSpain’s first royal wedding for 89 years brought the country to a virtual halt as King Juan Carlos’ elder daughter Elena married Jaime de Marichalar in Seville
24 years ago
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