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July 24
2016

Sport Recreation

The IOC decided against a blanket ban on all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympic Games but said individual athletes would have to convince sports federations of their innocence before being allowed to compete

July 24
2016

Sport Recreation

British cyclist Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the third time. The Team Sky rider, who won the 2013 and 2015 races, was the first man to successfully defend his title in more than 20 years

July 24
2015

Religion Scripture

Possibly the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran were discovered at the University of Birmingham in England. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript of the Muslim holy text to be at least 1,370 years old

July 24
2014

Disasters Accidents Riots

An Air Algerie flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, crashed in Mali amid bad weather, killing all 110 passengers and six crew on board. It was the third major commercial aviation disaster that week

July 24
2013

Disasters Accidents Riots

An intercity express train derailed near the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people and injuring 140. The train was travelling at around twice the speed limit of 80km/h as it entered a bend in the line. It was Spain’s worst rail disaster in 40 years

July 24
2012

Deaths

Ghanaian president John Atta Mills died suddenly at age 68, the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office. Mills, who had throat cancer, was vice-president from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections before winning power in 2009. Vice president John Dramani Mahama was sworn into office later the same day

July 24
2011

Sport Recreation

Cyclist Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France, having twice finished as runner-up

July 24
2010

Disasters Accidents Riots

A massive stampede in a tunnel at the Love Parade electronic music festival in Duisburg, Germany, killed 20 people and injured dozens more. The festival was cancelled permanently out of respect for those who died

July 24
2010

Deaths

Two-time world snooker champion Alex Higgins, the sport’s first TV superstar, died at the age of 61

July 24
2010

Society Law Politics

President Ahmadinejad of Iran criticized Paul the octopus, who gained fame by correctly predicting the outcome of World Cup matches, calling Paul a symbol of decadence and decay in the Western world

July 24
2009

Aerospace

The Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world’s largest reflecting telescope, was inaugurated. The €130m telescope is sited atop an extinct volcano in the Canary Islands and features a 10.4m reflecting mirror

July 24
2008

Sport Recreation

The International Olympic Committee banned Iraq from participating in the forthcoming Beijing Olympics after the Iraqi government seized control of the national Olympic Committee. The ban was lifted five days later following assurances from Baghdad about the independence of the Iraqi Olympic Committee

July 24
2007

Disasters Accidents Riots

Hungary reported that almost 500 people in the country had died in the past week as a result of the heatwave sweeping south-eastern Europe. Unusually high temperatures of over 40C (104F) had led to widespread forest fires and caused economic hardship in many countries in the region, while by contrast parts of northern Europe had seen massive flooding and heavy rainfall, sparking fears that climate change could be to blame for the extreme weather

July 24
2007

People

Six Bulgarian medics serving life sentences in Libya after being convicted of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV were freed, ending their eight-year incarceration. The five nurses and a Palestinian-born doctor, who had always denied the charges, were flown home to Bulgaria where they were immediately pardoned by President Georgi Parvanov. The release was made possible by a deal struck in Tripoli on improving Libya-EU ties, and followed years of efforts by the European Commission. The medics were accompanied back to Sofia by the EU’s external affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Cecilia Sarkozy, wife of the French president, who helped negotiate their liberation

July 24
2006

Military

Human Rights Watch said that Israel had used artillery-fired cluster munitions against populated areas of Lebanon