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16 Jan
2016
Tsai Ing-wen was elected the first female President of Taiwan after her Democratic Progressive Party won a majority in the Legislative YuanTsai Ing-wen was elected the first female President of Taiwan after her Democratic Progressive Party won a majority in the Legislative Yuan
1 year ago
16 Jan
2016
Crippling economic sanctions on Iran were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had restricted its sensitive nuclear activitiesCrippling economic sanctions on Iran were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had restricted its sensitive nuclear activities
1 year ago
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16 Jan
2015
The Mars lander Beagle 2, which vanished while attempting a Christmas Day landing on the Red Planet in 2003, was found intact. Images taken from orbit show it landed successfully,…The Mars lander Beagle 2, which vanished while attempting a Christmas Day landing on the Red Planet in 2003, was found intact. Images taken from orbit show it landed successfully, but that two or three solar panels failed to deploy properly, obscuring the transmitter that would have allowed it to make contact with Earth
2 years ago
16 Jan
2014
Protests in Ukraine turned violent after parliament passed sweeping measures to stifle demonstrations. Five protesters were killed in battles with policeProtests in Ukraine turned violent after parliament passed sweeping measures to stifle demonstrations. Five protesters were killed in battles with police
3 years ago
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16 Jan
2013
Islamist gunmen with links to al-Qaeda attacked a gas plant in Algeria, kidnapping hundreds of foreign and Algerian workers. The militants killed a number of hostages before…Islamist gunmen with links to al-Qaeda attacked a gas plant in Algeria, kidnapping hundreds of foreign and Algerian workers. The militants killed a number of hostages before Algerian special forces launched an assault to retake the plant, killing at least 39 hostages and 29 militants
4 years ago
16 Jan
2012
A Tuareg rebellion began driving government forces out of northern Mali in a quest for independence or greater autonomy over the region, known as AzawadA Tuareg rebellion began driving government forces out of northern Mali in a quest for independence or greater autonomy over the region, known as Azawad
5 years ago
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16 Jan
2011
Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc” unexpectedly returned to Haiti after 25 years in exile. Shortly afterwards he was arrested by Haitian authorities and charged with…Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc” unexpectedly returned to Haiti after 25 years in exile. Shortly afterwards he was arrested by Haitian authorities and charged with corruption, theft, and misappropriation of funds committed during his 15-year presidency
6 years ago
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16 Jan
2011
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi celebrated 41 years in power, leaving less than 24 months until he was scheduled to become Africa’s longest serving ruler, overtaking former…Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi celebrated 41 years in power, leaving less than 24 months until he was scheduled to become Africa’s longest serving ruler, overtaking former Gabonese President Omar Bongo who died in 2009
6 years ago
16 Jan
2011
A suicide bomber killed 63 people outside a police recruiting centre in Tikrit, IraqA suicide bomber killed 63 people outside a police recruiting centre in Tikrit, Iraq
6 years ago
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16 Jan
2010
A previously unknown 108-year-old woman, Florence Green, emerged as Britain’s oldest First World War veteran. Florence joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918, two…A previously unknown 108-year-old woman, Florence Green, emerged as Britain’s oldest First World War veteran. Florence joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918, two months before the war ended. She did not see front-line action, but worked as a waitress in the officers’ mess at RAF Marham in Norfolk. Florence died in February 2012, aged 110
7 years ago
16 Jan
2007
The UN reported that some 34,000 Iraqis had met violent deaths as a result of fighting and terror attacks in Iraq during 2006The UN reported that some 34,000 Iraqis had met violent deaths as a result of fighting and terror attacks in Iraq during 2006
10 years ago
16 Jan
2005
Stipe Mesic was re-elected as president of CroatiaStipe Mesic was re-elected as president of Croatia
12 years ago
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16 Jan
2005
Adriana Iliescu, 66, became the oldest woman ever to give birth when her daughter Eliza Maria was delivered by caesarian section in Bucharest, Romania. Iliescu became pregnant…Adriana Iliescu, 66, became the oldest woman ever to give birth when her daughter Eliza Maria was delivered by caesarian section in Bucharest, Romania. Iliescu became pregnant after receiving fertility treatment for nine years. The previous record holder, Satyabhama Mahapatra from India, was 65. In December 2006 Iliescu lost the record to a Spanish woman who gave birth to twin boys a week before her 67th birthday
12 years ago
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16 Jan
2003
The founder of America Online (AOL), Steve Case, resigned as chairman of the world’s largest media company in the wake of heavy losses resulting from the merger of AOL and Time…The founder of America Online (AOL), Steve Case, resigned as chairman of the world’s largest media company in the wake of heavy losses resulting from the merger of AOL and Time Warner. Vice chairman Ted Turner also resigned. The company later posted losses worth $98.7 bn for 2002, the largest annual corporate loss in U.S. history
14 years ago
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16 Jan
2002
The last of hundreds of fires blazing around Sydney, Australia, since Christmas was finally extinguished. The fires destroyed 170 homes and an estimated 1.6 million acres of forest…The last of hundreds of fires blazing around Sydney, Australia, since Christmas was finally extinguished. The fires destroyed 170 homes and an estimated 1.6 million acres of forest and farmland
15 years ago
16 Jan
2001
The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Kabila, was shot dead by a bodyguard, who was then himself shot dead by other guardsThe president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Kabila, was shot dead by a bodyguard, who was then himself shot dead by other guards
16 years ago
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16 Jan
2001
The Ecuadorian tanker Jessica ran aground off the Galapagos Islands, spilling 547,000 litres (144,000 gallons) of oil and threatening the unique wildlife of the archipelago, which…The Ecuadorian tanker Jessica ran aground off the Galapagos Islands, spilling 547,000 litres (144,000 gallons) of oil and threatening the unique wildlife of the archipelago, which provided much of the key research for naturalist Charles Darwin in formulating his theory of evolution
16 years ago
16 Jan
2000
Socialist Ricardo Lagos was elected president of Chile, the country's first left-leaning leader since Salvador Allende was ousted in a 1973 coup led by Augusto PinochetSocialist Ricardo Lagos was elected president of Chile, the country's first left-leaning leader since Salvador Allende was ousted in a 1973 coup led by Augusto Pinochet
17 years ago
16 Jan
1998
Two Ginger Tamworth pigs, worldwide media stars after 10 days on the run from a UK slaughterhouse, were recaptured and reprieved to live out their days in an animal sanctuaryTwo Ginger Tamworth pigs, worldwide media stars after 10 days on the run from a UK slaughterhouse, were recaptured and reprieved to live out their days in an animal sanctuary
19 years ago
16 Jan
1997
Ennis Cosby, only son of comedian Bill Cosby, was shot dead as he changed a tyre on his car on a Los Angeles freewayEnnis Cosby, only son of comedian Bill Cosby, was shot dead as he changed a tyre on his car on a Los Angeles freeway
20 years ago
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16 Jan
1996
Federal police in India charged seven political leaders, including six former cabinet ministers, in connection with an $18 million scandal; they also sought authority to prosecute…Federal police in India charged seven political leaders, including six former cabinet ministers, in connection with an $18 million scandal; they also sought authority to prosecute three serving ministers in Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao's cabinet
21 years ago
16 Jan
1995
A long-running dispute between Faye Dunaway and Andrew Lloyd Webber over her dismissal from the Los Angeles production of Sunset Boulevard was settled out of courtA long-running dispute between Faye Dunaway and Andrew Lloyd Webber over her dismissal from the Los Angeles production of Sunset Boulevard was settled out of court
22 years ago
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16 Jan
1994
South Africa's radical black Pan Africanist Congress suspended its armed struggle against the government of President F.W. de Klerk, three months before first elections for all…South Africa's radical black Pan Africanist Congress suspended its armed struggle against the government of President F.W. de Klerk, three months before first elections for all races
23 years ago
16 Jan
1994
Bryan Adams became the first western rock star to give a concert in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, since the end of the Vietnam WarBryan Adams became the first western rock star to give a concert in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, since the end of the Vietnam War
23 years ago
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