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17 Dec
2016
U.S. doctor Henry Heimlich, who invented the manoeuvre used to help victims of choking, died in Cincinnati at the age of 96. In May 2016 he used the technique himself for the first…U.S. doctor Henry Heimlich, who invented the manoeuvre used to help victims of choking, died in Cincinnati at the age of 96. In May 2016 he used the technique himself for the first time to save a fellow resident at his retirement home
1 year ago
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17 Dec
2014
The U.S. and Cuba began re-establishing diplomatic relations. A deal brokered by Pope Francis saw some U.S. travel and trade restrictions lift and the establishment of a U.S.…The U.S. and Cuba began re-establishing diplomatic relations. A deal brokered by Pope Francis saw some U.S. travel and trade restrictions lift and the establishment of a U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time since 1961
3 years ago
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17 Dec
2011
The last American troops left Iraq and the U.S. flag was lowered in Baghdad to mark the end of military operations in Iraq eight years after the invasion to remove Saddam Hussein…The last American troops left Iraq and the U.S. flag was lowered in Baghdad to mark the end of military operations in Iraq eight years after the invasion to remove Saddam Hussein from power. The U.S. had poured over $800bn into the war and its aftermath, which had claimed over 150,000 lives, the vast majority of them Iraqi civilians
6 years ago
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17 Dec
2011
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died from a suspected heart attack, piling pressure on his inexperienced successor, his third son, Kim Jong-un, to ensure the stability of his…North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died from a suspected heart attack, piling pressure on his inexperienced successor, his third son, Kim Jong-un, to ensure the stability of his impoverished, nuclear-armed state
6 years ago
17 Dec
2011
Flash flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Washi devastated coastal communities in the Philippines, leaving more than 1,000 people dead or missing on the island of MindanaoFlash flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Washi devastated coastal communities in the Philippines, leaving more than 1,000 people dead or missing on the island of Mindanao
6 years ago
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17 Dec
2010
Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself in protest at the confiscation of his wares and official harrassment. His act became a catalyst for the revolution in…Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself in protest at the confiscation of his wares and official harrassment. His act became a catalyst for the revolution in Tunisia and the wider Arab Spring
7 years ago
17 Dec
2009
American actress Jennifer Jones, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Song of Bernadette (1943), died at the age of 90American actress Jennifer Jones, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Song of Bernadette (1943), died at the age of 90
8 years ago
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17 Dec
2008
The 12-member OPEC group agreed a record cut in oil production of two million barrels per day, while non-members Russia and Azerbaijan said they were each ready to cut their own…The 12-member OPEC group agreed a record cut in oil production of two million barrels per day, while non-members Russia and Azerbaijan said they were each ready to cut their own oil production by about 300,000 barrels a day
9 years ago
17 Dec
2007
Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to become Prime Minister after his term as president ended in Spring 2008Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to become Prime Minister after his term as president ended in Spring 2008
10 years ago
17 Dec
2007
Russia delivered its first shipment of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr nuclear reactor in IranRussia delivered its first shipment of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran
10 years ago
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17 Dec
2006
A lengthy dispute within America’s Episcopal Church over its attitude towards gays came to a head when a number of churches in Virginia voted to secede from the the U.S. branch…A lengthy dispute within America’s Episcopal Church over its attitude towards gays came to a head when a number of churches in Virginia voted to secede from the the U.S. branch of the 79 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion. Conservative Episcopalians had been angered by the consecration in 2003 of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire and by the celebration of same-sex weddings in some congregations, and now preferred to affiliate themselves with a church led by the archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola
11 years ago
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17 Dec
2003
One of Britain’s most high-profile murder cases concluded when former school caretaker Ian Huntley was given two life sentences after being found guilty of the murders of…One of Britain’s most high-profile murder cases concluded when former school caretaker Ian Huntley was given two life sentences after being found guilty of the murders of 10-year-old Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. His fomer girlfriend, Maxine Carr, was given three-and-a-half years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice but cleared of two counts of assisting an offender
14 years ago
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17 Dec
2002
A complex peace deal was signed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in his post for two years, but giving rebel forces and the political…A complex peace deal was signed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in his post for two years, but giving rebel forces and the political opposition government portfolios, including three of the four vice presidential posts. The bitter conflict in the region, triggered by the Rwandan genocide of 1994, had claimed the lives of up to three million people and involved at least five other southern African nations
15 years ago
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17 Dec
2002
President George W. Bush gave the go-ahead to his controversial National Missile Defence system to defend the U.S. against ballistic missiles. Initially, 10 ground-based…President George W. Bush gave the go-ahead to his controversial National Missile Defence system to defend the U.S. against ballistic missiles. Initially, 10 ground-based interceptor missiles were to be deployed, with a further 10 to follow within three years
15 years ago
17 Dec
2001
The U.S. Embassy reopened in the Afghan capital, Kabul, for the first time since 1989The U.S. Embassy reopened in the Afghan capital, Kabul, for the first time since 1989
16 years ago
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17 Dec
2001
Backed by U.S. airpower and American and British commandos on the ground, Afghan fighters pursued up to 2,000 al-Qaeda militants near the border with Pakistan. Hundreds of men…Backed by U.S. airpower and American and British commandos on the ground, Afghan fighters pursued up to 2,000 al-Qaeda militants near the border with Pakistan. Hundreds of men escaped across the border and U.S. officials admitted they had lost track of bin Laden
16 years ago
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17 Dec
1999
Rescuers in Venezuela continued a frantic search for thousands of victims of mudslides that crashed down on a string of towns and villages along the Caribbean coast two days…Rescuers in Venezuela continued a frantic search for thousands of victims of mudslides that crashed down on a string of towns and villages along the Caribbean coast two days earlier, killing at least 30,000 and leaving 150,000 homeless
18 years ago
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17 Dec
1998
The UN Meteorological Office announced that 1998 had been the warmest year on record, continuing a trend that had seen seven of the 10 warmest years ever recorded occurring in the…The UN Meteorological Office announced that 1998 had been the warmest year on record, continuing a trend that had seen seven of the 10 warmest years ever recorded occurring in the 1990s
19 years ago
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17 Dec
1998
A ruling by Britain's law lords on extradition proceedings against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was declared invalid after one of the judges was found to have links…A ruling by Britain's law lords on extradition proceedings against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was declared invalid after one of the judges was found to have links with interested party Amnesty International
19 years ago
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17 Dec
1998
Over 200 cruise missiles were fired at Iraqi military targets as the U.S. and UK launched Operation Desert Fox following Saddam Hussein's refusal to cooperate with weapons…Over 200 cruise missiles were fired at Iraqi military targets as the U.S. and UK launched Operation Desert Fox following Saddam Hussein's refusal to cooperate with weapons inspectors
19 years ago
17 Dec
1997
Thabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa’s ruling African National CongressThabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress
20 years ago
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17 Dec
1997
Czech President Vaclav Havel officially named central bank governor Josef Tosovsky as the country's new prime minister, taking over for Vaclav Klaus, who resigned amid a party…Czech President Vaclav Havel officially named central bank governor Josef Tosovsky as the country's new prime minister, taking over for Vaclav Klaus, who resigned amid a party funding scandal
20 years ago
17 Dec
1997
A Ukrainian airliner with 70 people on board crashed in a mountainous area of Greece. Wreckage was found days later but there were no survivorsA Ukrainian airliner with 70 people on board crashed in a mountainous area of Greece. Wreckage was found days later but there were no survivors
20 years ago
17 Dec
1996
The UN General Assembly unanimously endorsed Ghana’s Kofi Annan as secretary-general from January 1, 1997The UN General Assembly unanimously endorsed Ghana’s Kofi Annan as secretary-general from January 1, 1997
21 years ago
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