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25 May
2014
General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last Communist leader, died at the age of 90General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last Communist leader, died at the age of 90
4 years ago
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25 May
2014
Billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s special presidential election. He inherited a country mired in civil war and financial disarray, and with an especially…Billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s special presidential election. He inherited a country mired in civil war and financial disarray, and with an especially tense relationship with Russia
4 years ago
25 May
2014
Eurosceptic and far-right parties made big gains in elections to the European Parliament as voters protested against austerity and unemployment throughout the 28-member blocEurosceptic and far-right parties made big gains in elections to the European Parliament as voters protested against austerity and unemployment throughout the 28-member bloc
4 years ago
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25 May
2012
The Dragon spacecraft, a reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, a U.S. company, became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space…The Dragon spacecraft, a reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, a U.S. company, became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station
6 years ago
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25 May
2010
Iran released film director Jafar Panahi after more than two months in custody, including a hunger strike, following an international campaign led by French actress Juliette…Iran released film director Jafar Panahi after more than two months in custody, including a hunger strike, following an international campaign led by French actress Juliette Binoche. The acclaimed film-maker, who had won awards at the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals, and was due to be acting as a member of the jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, was detained in Tehran’s Evin prison after voicing support for an opposition candidate in the 2009 disputed election. Panahi was released on a bail of $200,000 but still faced trial by a revolutionary court. In December 2010, he was sentenced to six years in jail and given a 20-year ban on making or directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview to Iranian or foreign media or leaving the country
8 years ago
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25 May
2010
South African opera star Siphiwo Ntshebe, chosen by Nelson Mandela to sing at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup the following month, died suddenly at the age of only…South African opera star Siphiwo Ntshebe, chosen by Nelson Mandela to sing at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup the following month, died suddenly at the age of only 34 after contracting meningitis
8 years ago
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25 May
2009
North Korea conducted a second nuclear weapons test. The blast was much stronger than Pyongyang’s first test in 2006. The secretive communist regime confirmed via its state media…North Korea conducted a second nuclear weapons test. The blast was much stronger than Pyongyang’s first test in 2006. The secretive communist regime confirmed via its state media that it had detonated a nuclear device, saying the underground test was successful and was part of the country’s nuclear deterrent policy
9 years ago
25 May
2009
Cyclone Aila killed over 150 people in Bangladesh and eastern IndiaCyclone Aila killed over 150 people in Bangladesh and eastern India
9 years ago
25 May
2008
NASA’s Mars Phoenix Lander touched down near the north pole of Mars on a mission to discover whether the region could once have supported primitive lifeNASA’s Mars Phoenix Lander touched down near the north pole of Mars on a mission to discover whether the region could once have supported primitive life
10 years ago
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25 May
2008
Lebanon’s parliament elected army commander General Michel Suleiman as president, ending the deadlock which had left the post vacant since November 2007. The Western-backed…Lebanon’s parliament elected army commander General Michel Suleiman as president, ending the deadlock which had left the post vacant since November 2007. The Western-backed government and Hezbollah-led opposition had agreed on the army chief as a compromise candidate as violence raised fears of civil war
10 years ago
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25 May
2007
The Vatican announced that a giant rooftop garden of solar panels was to be built on top of the Paul VI audience hall, creating enough electricity to heat, cool and light the…The Vatican announced that a giant rooftop garden of solar panels was to be built on top of the Paul VI audience hall, creating enough electricity to heat, cool and light the entire building all year round
11 years ago
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25 May
2006
Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter Desmond Dekker died from a heart attack. Dekker introduced reggae and ska, a brand of music combining indigenous Jamaican folk music with American…Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter Desmond Dekker died from a heart attack. Dekker introduced reggae and ska, a brand of music combining indigenous Jamaican folk music with American rhythm and blues, to a wider audience and together with his backing group, The Aces, had one of the first international Jamaican hits with The Israelites
12 years ago
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25 May
2006
Two former CEOs of the now bankrupt Enron, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, were convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud in the District Court of Houston, Texas. Jurors told…Two former CEOs of the now bankrupt Enron, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, were convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud in the District Court of Houston, Texas. Jurors told the press that the defendants had engaged in fraud by lying to investors and employees about Enron’s financial situation, but the pair denied any wrongdoing
12 years ago
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25 May
2006
Scientists confirmed the theory that the HIV virus originated among wild chimpanzees in Cameroon after identifying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in wild apes for the first…Scientists confirmed the theory that the HIV virus originated among wild chimpanzees in Cameroon after identifying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in wild apes for the first time
12 years ago
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25 May
2005
The 1,762km (1,094-mile) long Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, expected to transport up to a million barrels daily from Azerbaijan in the Caspian basin to the Mediterranean Sea in…The 1,762km (1,094-mile) long Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, expected to transport up to a million barrels daily from Azerbaijan in the Caspian basin to the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey, was officially opened
13 years ago
25 May
2004
Chewing gum was again on sale in Singapore having been outlawed for 12 years. However, it could be sold only by pharmacies and was legally considered a controlled substanceChewing gum was again on sale in Singapore having been outlawed for 12 years. However, it could be sold only by pharmacies and was legally considered a controlled substance
14 years ago
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25 May
2003
For the first time, the Israeli cabinet officially accepted the Palestinian claim to eventual statehood, when they gave cautious approval to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to pursue…For the first time, the Israeli cabinet officially accepted the Palestinian claim to eventual statehood, when they gave cautious approval to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to pursue the steps for the road map for peace
15 years ago
25 May
2002
Around one million soldiers from India and Pakistan were massed along the disputed 1,800-mile Kashmiri border as the nuclear-armed rivals teetered on the brink of warAround one million soldiers from India and Pakistan were massed along the disputed 1,800-mile Kashmiri border as the nuclear-armed rivals teetered on the brink of war
16 years ago
25 May
2001
A wedding celebration in Jerusalem turned to tragedy as the third floor Versailles dance hall collapsed, killing 23 guests and injuring over 300, including the bride and groomA wedding celebration in Jerusalem turned to tragedy as the third floor Versailles dance hall collapsed, killing 23 guests and injuring over 300, including the bride and groom
17 years ago
25 May
2000
Hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia ended after Eritrea agreed to withdraw to borders recognised two years earlierHostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia ended after Eritrea agreed to withdraw to borders recognised two years earlier
18 years ago
25 May
1999
A U.S. Congress report stated that Chinese spies operating in the country had stolen nuclear secrets, including information on every U.S. warhead, over a 20-year periodA U.S. Congress report stated that Chinese spies operating in the country had stolen nuclear secrets, including information on every U.S. warhead, over a 20-year period
19 years ago
25 May
1999
NATO leaders approved a plan to deploy 48,000 peacekeepers in KosovoNATO leaders approved a plan to deploy 48,000 peacekeepers in Kosovo
19 years ago
25 May
1998
Pro-democracy parties won 21 out of 60 seats in elections to Hong Kong's Legislative CouncilPro-democracy parties won 21 out of 60 seats in elections to Hong Kong's Legislative Council
20 years ago
25 May
1997
President Kabbah of Sierra Leone was ousted in a military coup led by Major Johnny Paul KoromahPresident Kabbah of Sierra Leone was ousted in a military coup led by Major Johnny Paul Koromah
21 years ago
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