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1986: Heseltine quits over Westland
Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns his Cabinet job after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair.

2005: Abbas triumphs in Palestinian elections
Early indications in the Palestinian presidential elections show former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas set to win.

1957: Sir Anthony Eden resigns
Sir Anthony Eden resigns as prime minister of Britain due to ill health after one year and 279 days in the post.

1972: Miners strike against government
Coal miners walk out at midnight in their first national strike for almost 50 years.

1997: Bullimore rescued after five days
The lone yachtsman, Tony Bullimore, feared drowned after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean five days ago, has been found safe and well.

1992: Top policewoman suspended from duty
Britain's most senior policewoman Alison Halford is suspended over allegations of misconduct.


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7 January
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8 January
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10 January
Top Story: 1991: Last ditch efforts to avoid Gulf War

11 January
Top Story: 1962: Thousands killed in Peru landslide

12 January
Top Story: 1991: US Congress votes for war in Iraq


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