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Afghan fighters 1980: Afghan leader defends Soviet invasion

The new president of Afghanistan, Babrak Karmal, is making his first public appearance since the Soviet-backed coup last week.


President George Bush and his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin shake hands 1993: US and Russia halve nuclear warheads
US President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Start II arms reduction treaty in Moscow.

Diplomats flanked by armed police 1991: Britain expels Iraqi diplomats
The Foreign Office is expelling eight Iraqi embassy officials from the UK following threats of attacks on Western targets.

Roy Jenkins  1977: Jenkins quits Commons for Brussels
Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces he is leaving Westminster politics to become Britain's first President of the European Commission.

Ashmolean museum, Oxford 2000: Art theft was 'professional' job
Police say the Cezanne painting taken from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on New Year's Eve was probably stolen to order.

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