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Lethal Bhopal toxic leak happened 25 years ago

March 12, 2009 - INDIA

On 3 Dec 1984, a gas tank exploded at the Union Carbide pesticides plant in Bhopal. The lethal methyl isocyanate gas killed nearly 3000 people and at least 15,000 died later from related causes. The leak remains the world’s worst industrial disaster, and has become a cause for national and international NGOs, such as Greenpeace.

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Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs parole likely

March 7, 2009 - ENGLAND

Ronnie Biggs, who achieved notoriety as a member of a 15-strong gang that attacked the Glasgow to London mail train at Ledburn on 8 Aug 1963, before making off with UK £2.6 million (US $3.8 million), is expected to be released from Norwich prison on Jul 3 or 4 after serving part of a 30-year sentence for his role in the best-known robbery in British history. His notoriety also stems from his escape from prison in 1965 and colorful years on the run. He turns 80 on 8 Aug, exactly 46 years after the heist.

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NATO holds war games in Georgia

March 6, 2009 - GEORGIA

NATO’s plan to hold military exercises in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is seen by Russia as an Alliance effort to interfere in Georgia’s internal affairs. Involving some 900 service personnel from 23 NATO member and partner nations, the Cooperative Longbow/Lancer – 2009 drills, an itiative of the Alliance’s Partnership for Peace program, will be held at Vaziani military base. The exercises are designed to improve interoperability between multinational troops.

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