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27 Mar
2017
Thieves broke into a museum in Berlin, Germany, and stole a 100kg Canadian coin of 99.999% pure gold. The Big Maple Leaf had a face value of $1 million but was valued at $4.5…Thieves broke into a museum in Berlin, Germany, and stole a 100kg Canadian coin of 99.999% pure gold. The Big Maple Leaf had a face value of $1 million but was valued at $4.5 million
2 years ago
27 Mar
2016
The Syrian Army recaptured Palmyra from the so-called Islamic StateThe Syrian Army recaptured Palmyra from the so-called Islamic State
3 years ago
27 Mar
2016
A suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, targeting Christians celebrating Easter, killed at least 72 people and injured over 300. At least 29 children were among the deadA suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, targeting Christians celebrating Easter, killed at least 72 people and injured over 300. At least 29 children were among the dead
3 years ago
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27 Mar
2009
A dam burst on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, killing at least 58 people. Hours of torrential rain overfilled the Situ Gintung lake, breaking the dam and sending…A dam burst on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, killing at least 58 people. Hours of torrential rain overfilled the Situ Gintung lake, breaking the dam and sending a surge of water laden with debris through a suburb of small, poorly built houses, sweeping away cars and toppling telephone lines. The tragedy happened at about 0200 local time, while most people were asleep
10 years ago
27 Mar
2008
Heathrow’s Terminal Five, the $8.5 billion new home of British Airways, designed to handle 35 million passengers a year, opened for businessHeathrow’s Terminal Five, the $8.5 billion new home of British Airways, designed to handle 35 million passengers a year, opened for business
11 years ago
27 Mar
2007
Taiwan unveiled the Hsung Ying fighter aircraft, an upgraded version of their Ching-kuo plane made by the Aerospace Industrial Development CorporationTaiwan unveiled the Hsung Ying fighter aircraft, an upgraded version of their Ching-kuo plane made by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation
12 years ago
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27 Mar
2006
An Afghan Christian facing execution for converting from Islam 16 years earlier, was released from jail. Afghanistan’s constitution, based partly on Islamic sharia law, provides…An Afghan Christian facing execution for converting from Islam 16 years earlier, was released from jail. Afghanistan’s constitution, based partly on Islamic sharia law, provides that conversion to Christianity is punishable by death, but the man, Abdul Rahman, was freed in response to growing pressure from U.S. and European governments. He was subsequently offered asylum in Italy
13 years ago
27 Mar
2005
Pope John Paul II appeared at his window in St Peter’s Square to give his traditional Easter blessing but was unable to speak due to his failing healthPope John Paul II appeared at his window in St Peter’s Square to give his traditional Easter blessing but was unable to speak due to his failing health
14 years ago
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27 Mar
2002
A gunman was arrested after shooting dead eight people with an automatic weapon in a suburb of western Paris. Up to 30 more were injured during the attack, which occurred as a…A gunman was arrested after shooting dead eight people with an automatic weapon in a suburb of western Paris. Up to 30 more were injured during the attack, which occurred as a late-night council meeting ended at the town hall of the Parisian suburb of Nanterre
17 years ago
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27 Mar
2002
A suicide bombing killed 19 Israelis at a hotel in the northern seaside resort of Netanya at the start of the Passover holiday. The Islamic militant group Hamas later claimed…A suicide bombing killed 19 Israelis at a hotel in the northern seaside resort of Netanya at the start of the Passover holiday. The Islamic militant group Hamas later claimed responsibility. The attack came as Arab leaders held a summit in Beirut to endorse a Saudi Arabian peace initiative whereby the Arab world would recognise Israel's right to exist in return for Israeli withdrawal from all occupied land
17 years ago
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27 Mar
2001
Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority banned children's Pokemon cards, declaring a "fatwa," or religious ruling against the cartoon characters, saying they included…Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority banned children's Pokemon cards, declaring a "fatwa," or religious ruling against the cartoon characters, saying they included symbols associated with Israel
18 years ago
27 Mar
2001
Eight people died and dozens more were injured in a rush-hour train crash east of Brussels, BelgiumEight people died and dozens more were injured in a rush-hour train crash east of Brussels, Belgium
18 years ago
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27 Mar
2001
European leaders and environmental groups criticised President George W. Bush after he withdrew the U.S. from the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty on global warming which called for…European leaders and environmental groups criticised President George W. Bush after he withdrew the U.S. from the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty on global warming which called for the U.S. to cut emissions by a third by 2012
18 years ago
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27 Mar
2000
Acting president Vladimir Putin continued his stunning rise to prominence by securing a full term as Russia’s head of state after winning more than 50 percent of the votes in the…Acting president Vladimir Putin continued his stunning rise to prominence by securing a full term as Russia’s head of state after winning more than 50 percent of the votes in the presidential election. His nearest rival, Communist Gennady Zyuganov, won 29 percent
19 years ago
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27 Mar
1999
Spain pressed 33 further criminal charges in an attempt to get former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet extradited from Britain, where the General was being held under house arrestSpain pressed 33 further criminal charges in an attempt to get former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet extradited from Britain, where the General was being held under house arrest
20 years ago
27 Mar
1999
In a setback for NATO, a Stealth bomber was shot down over Serbia but the pilot was rescued by a U.S. combat teamIn a setback for NATO, a Stealth bomber was shot down over Serbia but the pilot was rescued by a U.S. combat team
20 years ago
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27 Mar
1998
Legendary German car designer Ferdinand Porsche died, aged 88, at his farm in Zell am See, Austria. His death came 74 days short of the 50th anniversary of the company’s first…Legendary German car designer Ferdinand Porsche died, aged 88, at his farm in Zell am See, Austria. His death came 74 days short of the 50th anniversary of the company’s first production car, the Porsche 356
21 years ago
27 Mar
1998
U.S. president Bill Clinton and South African president Nelson Mandela visited the cell on Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jailU.S. president Bill Clinton and South African president Nelson Mandela visited the cell on Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jail
21 years ago
27 Mar
1996
The European Commission banned the sale of British beef and cattle to the rest of the world but tried to ease London's pain with an offer of help for its battered industryThe European Commission banned the sale of British beef and cattle to the rest of the world but tried to ease London's pain with an offer of help for its battered industry
23 years ago
27 Mar
1996
Jewish extremist Yigal Amir was sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995Jewish extremist Yigal Amir was sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995
23 years ago
27 Mar
1995
South African President Nelson Mandela dismissed his wife Winnie from her cabinet position for repeated attacks on his governmentSouth African President Nelson Mandela dismissed his wife Winnie from her cabinet position for repeated attacks on his government
24 years ago
27 Mar
1995
The movie Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Actor for its star, Tom HanksThe movie Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Actor for its star, Tom Hanks
24 years ago
27 Mar
1994
Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi seized victory in Italy’s general elections, riding a wave of disgust at the country’s graft-stained pastMedia mogul Silvio Berlusconi seized victory in Italy’s general elections, riding a wave of disgust at the country’s graft-stained past
25 years ago
27 Mar
1994
The Eurofighter aircraft, built jointly by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain and subsequently renamed the Typhoon, made its first successful test flight in GermanyThe Eurofighter aircraft, built jointly by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain and subsequently renamed the Typhoon, made its first successful test flight in Germany
25 years ago
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