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2001: DR Congo President Kabila shot
The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Kabila, is shot and seriously wounded by a bodyguard.

1979: Shah of Iran flees into exile
The Shah of Iran flees the country following months of increasingly violent protests against his regime.

1981: Gunmen shoot civil rights campaigner
The Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, is shot by gunmen at her home in County Tyrone.

2001: Oil tanker endangers eco-paradise
A fuel supply tanker to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific runs aground off the island of San Cristobal.

1970: Gaddafi takes over as Libya's premier
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi assumes the role of prime minister four months after leading a successful coup against the monarchy.


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15 January
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17 January
Top Story: 1991: 'Mother of all Battles' begins

18 January
Top Story: 1991: Iraqi Scud missiles hit Israel

19 January
Top Story: 1966: Indira Gandhi takes charge in India


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