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September 23, 1999 - Chaos Even Then

A roundup of world news via the BBC World News Update for September 23, 1999 - Riots in Jakarta, skirmishes in East Timor, death toll rising in Taiwan following the earthquake. A funeral for Raisa Gorbachev, water on Mars - no end to the intrigue.

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<strong>East Timor - Peace keepers stuck in the middle, as usual.</strong>

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This day in 1999 was busy. Clashes between rebels and government troops in East Timor, peacekeepers stuck in the middle. Rioting in Jakarta and the death toll rising in Taiwan from a major earthquake. A funeral service for Raisa Gorbachev, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev and Russian airstrikes heating up in Chechnya. It was probably a day most people would rather have stayed in bed over.

But it was just a typical day - like thousands of others and it was eleven years ago, on September 23rd in 1999 when it all happened.

Reported by the BBC World Service on their World News Update, there was some good news. Surgical breakthroughs and figuring out what water was doing on Mars were optimistic. No chaos without some happiness, it always seems.

Life's just like that. And what will we be saying about your day ten years from now?

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