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15 Aug
2009
A powerful suicide car bomb attack outside the NATO headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed at least seven people and injured around 100. The Taliban claimed responsibility for…A powerful suicide car bomb attack outside the NATO headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed at least seven people and injured around 100. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came just five days before the country’s scheduled presidential elections. It was the first major attack in the city since February, when Taliban militants targeted three government buildings simultaneously, claiming 20 lives
9 years ago
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15 Aug
2008
Nepal’s constitutional assembly elected former Maoist rebel leader Prachanda as the country’s first republican Prime Minister, having abolished the monarchy in May.…Nepal’s constitutional assembly elected former Maoist rebel leader Prachanda as the country’s first republican Prime Minister, having abolished the monarchy in May. Prachanda’s elevation to the most powerful post in the Himalayan country came only two years after he emerged from two decades underground as a militant communist leader following a civil war that left 13,000 people dead and tens of thousands displaced
10 years ago
15 Aug
2008
Leftist former Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo was sworn in as the President of Paraguay, ending 60 years of one-party ruleLeftist former Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo was sworn in as the President of Paraguay, ending 60 years of one-party rule
10 years ago
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15 Aug
2008
Relations between Russia and its former Warsaw Pact neighbour Poland reached a new low after Moscow voiced fury at Warsaw’s announcement that it had reached a deal on a…Relations between Russia and its former Warsaw Pact neighbour Poland reached a new low after Moscow voiced fury at Warsaw’s announcement that it had reached a deal on a long-touted missile shield with the U.S. Russia said the weapons were clearly pointed at Moscow and warned they made Poland a legitimate military target
10 years ago
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15 Aug
2007
A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck the southern coast of Peru, killing around 540 people and leaving at least 17,000 homeless. Most of the damage was concentrated in the…A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck the southern coast of Peru, killing around 540 people and leaving at least 17,000 homeless. Most of the damage was concentrated in the coastal cities of Ica and Pisco, where churches, hospitals, and more than 58,000 homes collapsed, but the quake was also felt in the capital, Lima, some 260km away
11 years ago
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15 Aug
2007
The U.S. declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, a “specially designated global terrorist”, paving the way for…The U.S. declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, a “specially designated global terrorist”, paving the way for increased financial pressure on Iran and its assets abroad
11 years ago
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15 Aug
2007
Myanmar’s military rulers removed subsidies on fuel causing a rapid and unannounced increase in prices. Fuel rose from around $1.40 to $2.80 a gallon, while the price of natural…Myanmar’s military rulers removed subsidies on fuel causing a rapid and unannounced increase in prices. Fuel rose from around $1.40 to $2.80 a gallon, while the price of natural gas was boosted by about 500 percent. The increases put up the costs of food and soon sparked street protests
11 years ago
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15 Aug
2005
The government of Indonesia and separatist rebels from the northern province of Aceh signed a peace treaty in Helsinki to end nearly 30 years of fighting that claimed 15,000 lives.…The government of Indonesia and separatist rebels from the northern province of Aceh signed a peace treaty in Helsinki to end nearly 30 years of fighting that claimed 15,000 lives. The historic agreement provided for the disarming of rebels and the withdrawal of government forces from the region. Efforts to reach a pact were galvanised following the Asian tsunami, which hit Aceh particularly hard
13 years ago
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15 Aug
2004
Venzuelan president Hugo Chavez survived an attempt to remove him from office after 58 percent of voters rejected recalling him. Chavez had faced allegations of corruption, but won…Venzuelan president Hugo Chavez survived an attempt to remove him from office after 58 percent of voters rejected recalling him. Chavez had faced allegations of corruption, but won support for social programmes for the poor and a rise in oil prices
14 years ago
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15 Aug
2004
Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix gave him a record seventh consecutive race win as well as a record 12 of the 13 races of the season to…Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix gave him a record seventh consecutive race win as well as a record 12 of the 13 races of the season to date; he would eventually finish the season with a record 13 wins out of 18 races
14 years ago
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15 Aug
2003
Libya formally accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and agreed to pay up to $2.7 billion in reparations to the victims’…Libya formally accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and agreed to pay up to $2.7 billion in reparations to the victims’ families in return for the lifting of U.S. sanctions
15 years ago
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15 Aug
2002
Prague faced a massive clean-up after the worst floods in the Czech capital for 200 years. The historic Old Town was spared but at least 11 people died. Other victims included an…Prague faced a massive clean-up after the worst floods in the Czech capital for 200 years. The historic Old Town was spared but at least 11 people died. Other victims included an elephant, a hippo and a bear, which had to be destroyed when they were unable to be rescued from the inundated zoo
16 years ago
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15 Aug
2002
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the most serious outbreak of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was sweeping through the country since the disease…U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the most serious outbreak of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was sweeping through the country since the disease first entered the nation in 1999. From June to early October 2, 946 cases were reported, and 160 deaths
16 years ago
15 Aug
2000
The Russian navy attempted to evacuate 118 crew members trapped in the Oscar II-class nuclear submarine Kursk that sank in the Barents Sea three days earlierThe Russian navy attempted to evacuate 118 crew members trapped in the Oscar II-class nuclear submarine Kursk that sank in the Barents Sea three days earlier
18 years ago
15 Aug
2000
Members of 100 Korean families separated by the partition of Korea half a century earlier were reunited as part of the ongoing reconciliation process between North and South KoreaMembers of 100 Korean families separated by the partition of Korea half a century earlier were reunited as part of the ongoing reconciliation process between North and South Korea
18 years ago
15 Aug
1999
American golfer Tiger Woods narrowly beat 19-year-old Spaniard Sergio Garcia to win his second major tournament, the U.S. PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, ChicagoAmerican golfer Tiger Woods narrowly beat 19-year-old Spaniard Sergio Garcia to win his second major tournament, the U.S. PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, Chicago
19 years ago
15 Aug
1999
British architect Sir Hugh Casson, who masterminded the 1951 Festival of Britain and was president of the Royal Academy from 1976 -84, died at the age of 89British architect Sir Hugh Casson, who masterminded the 1951 Festival of Britain and was president of the Royal Academy from 1976 -84, died at the age of 89
19 years ago
15 Aug
1998
In Northern Ireland, a car bomb in the market town of Omagh killed 29 people, the worst incident in 29 years of paramilitary attacks in the provinceIn Northern Ireland, a car bomb in the market town of Omagh killed 29 people, the worst incident in 29 years of paramilitary attacks in the province
20 years ago
15 Aug
1997
India and Pakistan celebrated 50 years of independence from British ruleIndia and Pakistan celebrated 50 years of independence from British rule
21 years ago
15 Aug
1996
Senior Bosnian officials signed an agreement to fully form the country's Moslem-Croat Federation and dismantle the self-styled Bosnian Croat republic of Herceg-BosnaSenior Bosnian officials signed an agreement to fully form the country's Moslem-Croat Federation and dismantle the self-styled Bosnian Croat republic of Herceg-Bosna
22 years ago
15 Aug
1995
Fifty years after World War Two ended in the Pacific, Japan made its first clear-cut apology for the country's wartime actionsFifty years after World War Two ended in the Pacific, Japan made its first clear-cut apology for the country's wartime actions
23 years ago
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15 Aug
1994
Illich Ramirez Sanchez, known as “Carlos the Jackal”, was captured in Sudan, following a tip-off from officials in Paris. He was linked with groups such as The Popular Front…Illich Ramirez Sanchez, known as “Carlos the Jackal”, was captured in Sudan, following a tip-off from officials in Paris. He was linked with groups such as The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, The Organization for Armed Arab Struggle, and The Japanese Red Army
24 years ago
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15 Aug
1990
President Mikhail Gorbachev restored Soviet citizenship to Nobel prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, expelled to the West in 1974 for his harrowing novels attacking…President Mikhail Gorbachev restored Soviet citizenship to Nobel prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, expelled to the West in 1974 for his harrowing novels attacking Stalinism
28 years ago
15 Aug
1975
The president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was killed by army officers in a dawn coup which overthrew his governmentThe president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was killed by army officers in a dawn coup which overthrew his government
43 years ago
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