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October 26
2015

Disasters Accidents Riots

A powerful earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt as widely as Pakistan and northern India. The 7.7-magnitude quake was centred in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 82km southeast of Feyzabad

October 26
2015

Society Law Politics

Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party (PiS), led by veteran nationalist Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the late president Lech Kaczynski, won its first election victory

October 26
2014

Deaths

South African national football captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by suspected burglars who entered his girlfriend’s house, demanding mobile phones and valuables

October 26
2011

Economics Industry

Leaders of the eurozone, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, concluded lengthy talks with agreement on a package of measures to bring the debt crisis in Europe under control. They included forcing banks to take a 50% cut in the value of Greek debt and to raise new capital to protect them from future defaults, and increasing the eurozone’s bail-out fund to $1.4 trillion to prevent larger economies such as Italy and Spain going the way of Greece

October 26
2010

Deaths

Paul the octopus, an unlikely star of the 2010 World Cup, died at his aquarium in Germany. He correctly predicted the result of all seven of Germany’s matches and that Spain would win the final

October 26
2009

People

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic failed to appear on the first day of his trial in The Hague on charges of genocide, and war crimes, saying he needed more time to prepare his defence

October 26
2008

Military

U.S. Special Operations Forces in Iraq launched a cross-border raid into Syria, attacking a civilian building under construction near Abu Kamal. The Syrian government said eight civilians, including four children, were killed. The U.S. alleged the target was a network of foreign fighters who travelled through Syria to join the insurgency in Iraq against the U.S.-led Coalition and the Iraqi government

October 26
2008

Society Law Politics

Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Acting Prime Minister and leader of the Kadima Party, abandoned efforts to form a coalition government and called for early elections

October 26
2007

People

Former President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada was freed after receiving a pardon from current President Gloria Arroyo. He was convicted of corruption and given a life sentence in September after a trial lasting more than six years but was freed after just six weeks. Arroyo said she had issued the pardon to end political divisions, but opponents say her move was targeted at winning public support amid mounting calls for her resignation

October 26
2006

Religion Scripture

Australia's most senior Muslim cleric prompted an uproar by saying that some women attracted sexual assault by the way they dressed. Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali said women who did not wear a hijab (head dress) were like "uncovered meat"". He later apologised for any offence caused by his comments but was barred from preaching for three months"

October 26
2006

Environment

The governments of South Pacific island nations Kiribati and Tuvalu warned that their citizens would need to be permanently relocated over the next 10 years due to rising sea levels caused by global warming

October 26
2004

Society, Law & Politics

European Parliament members threatened to veto the incoming 25-member Commission unless the nomination of Italy’s Rocco Buttiglione, who had expressed controversial views on homosexuality, was withdrawn

October 26
2002

Crime Espionage Terrorism

Russian security forces stormed a Moscow theatre where Chechen rebels had held over 700 people for three days. The troops killed 39 attackers, but 129 hostages also died, most killed by toxic knock-out gas pumped into the theatre to subdue the militants

October 26
2001

Crime Espionage Terrorism

The CIA became the latest American institution to be affected by anthrax when traces of the bacteria were found in a mail room at Langley, Virginia, forcing authorities to close the building. The outbreak had already claimed the lives of a Florida journalist and two postal workers in Washington D.C.

October 26
2001

Deaths

Taliban officials in Afghanistan said they had captured and executed Abdul Haq and two of his associates. A former Taliban guerrilla commander, Haq was blamed for later inducing defections from the Islamic extremist group