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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.

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.

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

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.

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.


Around this Day

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Top Story: 1964: Campbell speeds to double record

1 January
Top Story: 1995: Serial killer West found hanged

2 January
Top Story: 1971: Sixty-six die in Scottish football disaster

4 January
Top Story: 1967: Campbell killed during record attempt

5 January
Top Story: 1985: Israel ends major Ethiopian rescue mission

6 January
Top Story: 1994: Mystery assailant attacks top US skater


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