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This day in history: 1985 Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader

There is a new man in charge at the Kremlin - Mikhail Gorbachev has taken over following the death of Konstantin Chernenko.Chernenko, 73, died yesterday ... Full story

Offbeat: Trans-atlantic balloon attempt stops short of goal

A balloonist who was trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons has landed short of his goal in Newfoundland. It’s unclear ... Full story

This day in history: 1978 - Thousands dead in Iran earthquake

More than 11,000 people are feared dead after an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale hit the south-east region of Iran. The three-minute quake, ... Full story

This day in history: 2000 Daring rescue frees jungle hostages

One British paratrooper has been killed and 11 injured during a bold mission to rescue six hostages being held in the Sierra Leonean jungle by ... Full story

This day in history- 2003: Blair gives evidence to Hutton

Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the inquiry into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly he would have had to resign if claims ... Full story

Offbeat: Rural Andean churches plagued by sacred art theft

The thieves tunneled under the thick walls of the colonial-era Roman Catholic church in the tiny southern Bolivian town of San Miguel de Tomave, emerged ... Full story

This day in history: 1950 Television crosses the Channel

The BBC has transmitted the first ever live television pictures across the Channel. A two-hour program was broadcast live from Calais in northern France to ... Full story

Offbeat: Dead crocodile victim pulled from Australian river

Police have recovered the body of a 26-year-old swimmer and the crocodile that killed him during birthday celebrations on a notorious Australian Outback river at ... Full story

This day in history: 1985, Budd smashes 5,000m record

The controversial athlete, Zola Budd, has broken the world 5,000m record. The bare-footed runner completed the distance in a time of 14 minutes and 48.07 ... Full story

Offbeat: Seam possible cause of Japan nuke plant tank leak

The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant said Saturday that deteriorated seams and a possible contortion of a reassembled storage tank might have caused a ... Full story

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