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23 Apr
2014
Israel suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, bringing an end to a nine-month peace initiative by U.S.…Israel suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, bringing an end to a nine-month peace initiative by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
4 years ago
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23 Apr
2011
John Sullivan OBE, English television scriptwriter responsible for several popular British sitcoms, including Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith and Just Good Friends, died from…John Sullivan OBE, English television scriptwriter responsible for several popular British sitcoms, including Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith and Just Good Friends, died from viral pneumonia at the age of 64
7 years ago
23 Apr
2011
Norio Ohga, former president and chairman of Sony Corporation who was credited with driving the development of the compact disc, died aged 81Norio Ohga, former president and chairman of Sony Corporation who was credited with driving the development of the compact disc, died aged 81
7 years ago
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23 Apr
2010
Debt-stricken Greece formally appealed for emergency loans from the €45 billion bailout package offered by the EU and IMF. Prime Minister George Papandreou dropped his…Debt-stricken Greece formally appealed for emergency loans from the €45 billion bailout package offered by the EU and IMF. Prime Minister George Papandreou dropped his long-standing resistance to an international bailout after borrowing costs reached record levels, undermining Athens’ efforts to cut its €300 billion debt
8 years ago
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23 Apr
2010
A two-hour wave of coordinated bombings hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing over 70 people. Some 13 bombs, including five car bombs, targeted Shia Muslims leaving Friday…A two-hour wave of coordinated bombings hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing over 70 people. Some 13 bombs, including five car bombs, targeted Shia Muslims leaving Friday prayers, Shiite neighbourhoods, and a market. Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and government officials blamed Al-Qaeda in Iraq for the attacks, widely seen as retribution for the killings of two top Al-Qaeda officials five days earlier
8 years ago
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23 Apr
2009
Two suicide attacks in Iraq killed over 80 people. At least 55 people, mostly Iranians on a pilgrimage to a Shia religious site in Baghdad, died when the restaurant near Baqubah…Two suicide attacks in Iraq killed over 80 people. At least 55 people, mostly Iranians on a pilgrimage to a Shia religious site in Baghdad, died when the restaurant near Baqubah where they had stopped for lunch was targeted, while in Baghdad itself a female suicide bomber killed at least 28 people as police distributed aid to a crowd of homeless families
9 years ago
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23 Apr
2007
Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first democratically elected president who played a key role in the demise of the Soviet Union, died of heart failure in Moscow aged 76. He won…Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first democratically elected president who played a key role in the demise of the Soviet Union, died of heart failure in Moscow aged 76. He won international acclaim after foiling the 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, but his policies generated a series of economic and political crises in Russia in the 1990s
11 years ago
23 Apr
2007
Umaru Yar’Adua of the ruling People’s Democratic Party was declared the winner of Nigeria’s controversial presidential electionUmaru Yar’Adua of the ruling People’s Democratic Party was declared the winner of Nigeria’s controversial presidential election
11 years ago
23 Apr
2007
NASA released the first 3D images of the sun acquired by the STEREO spacecraftNASA released the first 3D images of the sun acquired by the STEREO spacecraft
11 years ago
23 Apr
2006
Hungary’s ruling coalition, led by Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, became the first government to win re-election in the country since the end of the Cold WarHungary’s ruling coalition, led by Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, became the first government to win re-election in the country since the end of the Cold War
12 years ago
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23 Apr
2005
Sir John Mills, one of Britain's best-loved actors and the star of over 100 films, died at the age of 97. His best-known films included Great Expectations (1946), War and Peace…Sir John Mills, one of Britain's best-loved actors and the star of over 100 films, died at the age of 97. His best-known films included Great Expectations (1946), War and Peace (1956) and Ryan's Daughter (1971) for which he won an Oscar for playing the village idiot
13 years ago
23 Apr
2005
The Shebeli River in Ethiopia overflowed its banks, inundating a large area and killing at least 134 people, around 20 of whom were eaten by crocodilesThe Shebeli River in Ethiopia overflowed its banks, inundating a large area and killing at least 134 people, around 20 of whom were eaten by crocodiles
13 years ago
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23 Apr
2003
Canada was angered when the World Health Organisation added Toronto to a list of destinations to be avoided by travellers, the city by then having recorded 97 cases of SARS and 10…Canada was angered when the World Health Organisation added Toronto to a list of destinations to be avoided by travellers, the city by then having recorded 97 cases of SARS and 10 deaths. The advisory was withdrawn a week later
15 years ago
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23 Apr
2003
Palestinian president Yasser Arafat and his prospective prime minister Mahmoud Abbas broke a 10-day stalemate when they announced that they had agreed on a new cabinet that…Palestinian president Yasser Arafat and his prospective prime minister Mahmoud Abbas broke a 10-day stalemate when they announced that they had agreed on a new cabinet that included several Arafat loyalists
15 years ago
23 Apr
2003
Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash authorised the opening of checkpoints in the divided city of Nicosia for the first time since 1974Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash authorised the opening of checkpoints in the divided city of Nicosia for the first time since 1974
15 years ago
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23 Apr
2002
Israel said it would delay the arrival of a UN fact-finding mission in Jenin until members of the delegation had been approved. Heavy fighting had been raging in the West Bank…Israel said it would delay the arrival of a UN fact-finding mission in Jenin until members of the delegation had been approved. Heavy fighting had been raging in the West Bank town, particularly around the refugee camp where Palestinians claimed Israeli troops had massacred civilians
16 years ago
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23 Apr
2001
U.S. president George W. Bush unveiled a list of weapons to be sold to Taiwan, including submarines and destroyers, and said that the U.S. would do "whatever it takes" to…U.S. president George W. Bush unveiled a list of weapons to be sold to Taiwan, including submarines and destroyers, and said that the U.S. would do "whatever it takes" to defend Taiwan in the event of an attack by China
17 years ago
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23 Apr
2001
Commander Scott Waddle, the captain of the submarine USS Greeneville, which collided with a Japanese trawler in February, killing nine people, was reprimanded and ordered to resign…Commander Scott Waddle, the captain of the submarine USS Greeneville, which collided with a Japanese trawler in February, killing nine people, was reprimanded and ordered to resign by a U.S. Navy inquiry
17 years ago
23 Apr
2000
Conservative forces in Iran got their revenge for recent election reverses by closing 12 newpapers, claiming they had published articles disparaging IslamConservative forces in Iran got their revenge for recent election reverses by closing 12 newpapers, claiming they had published articles disparaging Islam
18 years ago
23 Apr
1999
Celebrations for NATO's 50th anniversary were overshadowed by the ongoing and increasingly difficult conflict against SerbiaCelebrations for NATO's 50th anniversary were overshadowed by the ongoing and increasingly difficult conflict against Serbia
19 years ago
23 Apr
1998
James Earl Ray, convicted of the murder of Martin Luther King, died in prisonJames Earl Ray, convicted of the murder of Martin Luther King, died in prison
20 years ago
23 Apr
1998
Serbs voted overwhelmingly to reject foreign mediation of the dispute with KosovoSerbs voted overwhelmingly to reject foreign mediation of the dispute with Kosovo
20 years ago
23 Apr
1997
Former Test cricketer and sometime England footballer Denis Compton died, aged 78Former Test cricketer and sometime England footballer Denis Compton died, aged 78
21 years ago
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23 Apr
1997
As floodwaters due to the thawing of excessively heavy winter snows continued in North America, a further 17,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes south of Winnipeg,…As floodwaters due to the thawing of excessively heavy winter snows continued in North America, a further 17,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes south of Winnipeg, bringing the total displaced in Canada and the U.S. states of North Dakota and Minnesota to around 100,000
21 years ago
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