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Villagers joyfully return to their village of Houla on 22 May 2000, after the Israeli withdrawal 2000: Hezbollah celebrates Israeli retreat

The Hezbollah leader is greeted by thousands of supporters during a victory rally to celebrate the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon.

Emperor Akihito in London 1998: Veterans reject Japanese 'sorrow'
Emperor Akihito of Japan speaks of his "pain" over the suffering inflicted by his country during World War II, but war veterans feel he does not go far enough.

Italian prime minister Arnaldo Forlani 1981: Italy in crisis as cabinet resigns
The entire Italian coalition cabinet under Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani steps down in the wake of a scandal over freemasonry.

Fuel pump at petrol station 1950: UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations
Long queues appear at garages this evening and motorists have torn their ration books into confetti after an end to petrol rationing is announced.

Woman on the beach 1972: Thomas Cook packaged and sold
State-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.

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