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26 Apr
2017
China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, the 001A, amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China SeaChina launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, the 001A, amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea
1 year ago
26 Apr
2017
Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director whose best known films included The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Philadelphia (1993), died at the age of 73Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director whose best known films included The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Philadelphia (1993), died at the age of 73
1 year ago
26 Apr
2016
India’s National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi and its entire collection, including a 160 million-year-old sauropod fossil, were destroyed by fireIndia’s National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi and its entire collection, including a 160 million-year-old sauropod fossil, were destroyed by fire
2 years ago
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26 Apr
2016
A British jury concluded that the 96 Liverpool football fans who were crushed to death in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were “unlawfully killed”, and were in no way to blame…A British jury concluded that the 96 Liverpool football fans who were crushed to death in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were “unlawfully killed”, and were in no way to blame for the crush at the turnstiles
2 years ago
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26 Apr
2010
Thai border police were drafted in to reinforce troops and police in Bangkok in an effort to disperse “red shirt” anti-government protesters who had been occupying the…Thai border police were drafted in to reinforce troops and police in Bangkok in an effort to disperse “red shirt” anti-government protesters who had been occupying the Rathchaprasong shopping district for three weeks
8 years ago
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26 Apr
2010
Despite facing war crimes charges and an international arrest warrant, Omar al-Bashir was re-elected as president of Sudan following elections marred by boycotts and allegations of…Despite facing war crimes charges and an international arrest warrant, Omar al-Bashir was re-elected as president of Sudan following elections marred by boycotts and allegations of fraud
8 years ago
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26 Apr
2010
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was extradited from the United States to France to face charges of using the French banking system to launder drug money. Noriega’s…Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was extradited from the United States to France to face charges of using the French banking system to launder drug money. Noriega’s extradition came after he spent 20 years in a Florida jail after being convicted of cocaine trafficking, racketeering and money laundering
8 years ago
26 Apr
2009
President Rafael Correa won Ecuador’s general election, becoming the first incumbent president to be re-elected since 1972President Rafael Correa won Ecuador’s general election, becoming the first incumbent president to be re-elected since 1972
9 years ago
26 Apr
2008
Austrian police arrested Josef Fritzl, 73, who confessed he had incarcerated his daughter in a cellar under his house for 24 years, and fathered seven children by herAustrian police arrested Josef Fritzl, 73, who confessed he had incarcerated his daughter in a cellar under his house for 24 years, and fathered seven children by her
10 years ago
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26 Apr
2008
A fire in a mattress factory in Casablanca, Morocco, claimed 55 lives. A father and son who owned and managed the factory were later arrested over serious safety violations.…A fire in a mattress factory in Casablanca, Morocco, claimed 55 lives. A father and son who owned and managed the factory were later arrested over serious safety violations. Emergency officers said staff were locked in during work hours to stop theft, and were trapped when the blaze broke out. Some employees managed to leap from windows to safety, but many women workers were too scared to jump and died in the inferno
10 years ago
26 Apr
2005
Syria formally withdrew the last of its troops from Lebanon, ending a 29-year military presence in the countrySyria formally withdrew the last of its troops from Lebanon, ending a 29-year military presence in the country
13 years ago
26 Apr
2004
China ruled that Hong Kong could not vote directly for its president in an election scheduled for 2007China ruled that Hong Kong could not vote directly for its president in an election scheduled for 2007
14 years ago
26 Apr
2003
A water-taxi service was inaugurated in the Italian capital Rome, becoming the first craft to navigate the River Tiber for almost a centuryA water-taxi service was inaugurated in the Italian capital Rome, becoming the first craft to navigate the River Tiber for almost a century
15 years ago
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26 Apr
2002
Sixteen people died in a shooting spree at a school in the eastern German city of Erfurt. Masked and dressed in black, Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, who had been expelled from the…Sixteen people died in a shooting spree at a school in the eastern German city of Erfurt. Masked and dressed in black, Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, who had been expelled from the school several months earlier, shot 13 teachers, two students and a policeman before taking his own life
16 years ago
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26 Apr
2002
Eight plane-spotters accused of spying at a military airshow in Greece were found guilty of espionage. The six Britons and two Dutchmen were each sentenced to three years but were…Eight plane-spotters accused of spying at a military airshow in Greece were found guilty of espionage. The six Britons and two Dutchmen were each sentenced to three years but were permitted to go home pending appeal. Another six Britons were found guilty of aiding and abetting and given suspended sentences of one year
16 years ago
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26 Apr
2000
Two more supporters of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change were murdered, bringing to eight the number of people killed in violence linked to the illegal occupation of…Two more supporters of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change were murdered, bringing to eight the number of people killed in violence linked to the illegal occupation of white-owned farms
18 years ago
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26 Apr
1999
Britain was stunned when popular BBC television presenter Jill Dando was shot dead on the doorstep of her London home; many likened the sense of shock to that felt after the death…Britain was stunned when popular BBC television presenter Jill Dando was shot dead on the doorstep of her London home; many likened the sense of shock to that felt after the death of Princess Diana
19 years ago
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26 Apr
1999
Actor Sean Connery voiced his support for the Scottish National Party in the run-up to elections for Scotland’s parliament, declaring “Scotland should be nothing less than…Actor Sean Connery voiced his support for the Scottish National Party in the run-up to elections for Scotland’s parliament, declaring “Scotland should be nothing less than equal with all of the other nations of the world”. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country is due to take place on September 18, 2014
19 years ago
26 Apr
1996
China, Russia and three former Soviet Republics signed a treaty aimed at reducing tensions along their common bordersChina, Russia and three former Soviet Republics signed a treaty aimed at reducing tensions along their common borders
22 years ago
26 Apr
1995
British police found £18 million in counterfeit money after raiding a house in east LondonBritish police found £18 million in counterfeit money after raiding a house in east London
23 years ago
26 Apr
1995
In Britain, the archives of Sir Winston Churchill were purchased for the state from the Churchill family with £12 million from the National LotteryIn Britain, the archives of Sir Winston Churchill were purchased for the state from the Churchill family with £12 million from the National Lottery
23 years ago
26 Apr
1994
A Taiwanese China Airlines A300-600 Airbus crashed at Japan’s Nagoya airport, 250km (160 miles) southwest of Tokyo, killing 264 peopleA Taiwanese China Airlines A300-600 Airbus crashed at Japan’s Nagoya airport, 250km (160 miles) southwest of Tokyo, killing 264 people
24 years ago
26 Apr
1994
The first non-racial general election got underway in South Africa, resulting in a resounding victory for the African National CongressThe first non-racial general election got underway in South Africa, resulting in a resounding victory for the African National Congress
24 years ago
26 Apr
1993
Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro asked central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi to form the country's 52nd post-war governmentItalian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro asked central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi to form the country's 52nd post-war government
25 years ago
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