Ten years ago
Convicted D.C. Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death by a judge in Virginia (Muhammad was executed in Nov. 2009). Former United Nations official Gerard Latortue was named Haiti’s new prime minister.
Five years ago
President Barack Obama lifted George W. Bush-era limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research.
One year ago
During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first trip to Afghanistan as defense chief, two suicide bombings, one outside the Afghan Defense Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province, killed at least 19 people. Egyptian soccer fans rampaged through the heart of Cairo, furious about the acquittal of seven police officers while death sentences against 21 alleged rioters were confirmed in a trial over a stadium melee that had left 74 people dead. Rebels in southern Syria freed 21 U.N. peacekeepers after holding them hostage for four days.