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August 5
2019

Society Law Politics

India’s government revoked disputed Kashmir’s special status and deployed thousands of troops in the restive, Muslim-majority Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule

August 5
2019

Deaths

American novelist Toni Morrison, whose best-selling books explored black identity in the U.S., died at age 88. In 1993 she became the first black woman to win the Nobel prize in literature

August 5
2018

Disasters Accidents Riots

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, Indonesia, killing over 500 people. More than 1,000 were injured and over 357,000 displaced. A 6.4 magnitude foreshock killed at least 20 people the previous week

August 5
2014

Crime Espionage Terrorism

U.S. Major General Harold Greene was gunned down by an Afghan soldier while touring a military training academy near Kabul, Afghanistan. He was the first U.S. general killed in battle since the Vietnam War

August 5
2013

Economics Industry

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post newspaper for $250m. Despite an estimated fortune of $25bn, the purchase was surprising as Bezos had not previously shown interest in the newspaper business

August 5
2012

Crime Espionage Terrorism

Six people were shot dead at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, by a U.S. Army veteran with links to the white supremacist movement. Police shot and killed the gunman, identified as Wade Michael Page, 40

August 5
2012

Aerospace

A plutonium-powered rover spacecraft named Curiosity successfully landed on Mars. Larger than earlier rovers, Curiosity’s two-year mission was to search for evidence that conditions on Mars were fit for life

August 5
2010

Disasters Accidents Riots

Israel released the MV Mavi Marmara, the impounded Turkish aid ship on which nine activists were killed during May’s Gaza flotilla raid. The ship was towed out of Haifa by a Turkish tugboat following a request from Ankara. The raid by Israeli forces on the aid convoy strained relations with Turkey and caused an international outcry

August 5
2010

Crime Espionage Terrorism

Taliban militants attacked and killed 10 members of an international medical team team in Badakhshan Province in north-east Afghanistan. The team, who worked for the International Assistance Mission, was attacked while returning to Kabul after providing eye care to poor Afghans in Nuristan. One Afghan team member was spared after reciting verses from the Koran, but the rest, six Americans, two Afghans, one Briton and one German, were shot immediately. Three of the dead were women, including British doctor Karen Woo

August 5
2010

Disasters Accidents Riots

A major cave-in at the San Jose copper-gold mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert trapped 33 miners 700m underground. The men were eventually rescued in October in an operation that gripped the world

August 5
2009

People

Baitullah Mehsud, commander of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militant group, was killed in an attack by a U.S. unmanned drone on the home of his father-in-law north-east of Ladha in South Waziristan. Washington had branded Mehsud “a key Al Qaeda facilitator” in Pakistan’s tribal belt. He was thought to be behind the assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and scores of suicide bombings, including the blast at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, which killed more than 50 people in September 2008

August 5
2007

Disasters Accidents Riots

The death toll from flooding in South Asia neared 1,100 in India with 120 further fatalities in Bangladesh and 84 in Nepal. More than 20 million people had been displaced by the floods, described by aid agencies as the worst in living memory

August 5
2006

Economics Industry

Turkey began constructing a major dam in the far south-east of the country, despite widespread criticism that the project would flood the ancient city of Hasankeyf and displace thousands of people

August 5
2004

Disasters Accidents Riots

Swarms of locusts invaded the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, after devouring crops in rural areas. Nations across north-west Africa had appealed for aid to fight the worst locust plague in 15 years

August 5
2004

Crime Espionage Terrorism

Violence in Iraq escalated after radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on his followers to rise in revolt, sparking clashes with coalition troops in Sadr City, a slum district of Baghdad