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Assassination Attempt on Gerry Adams

Adams is an Irish Republican politician, member of parliament for West Belfast, and president of Sinn Féin, the Irish nationalist movement that has gained notoriety for its association with the violent Irish Republican Army. He has been a key figure in Irish peace negotiations, and he was the main architect of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. In 1984, Adams was seriously wounded when several gunmen opened fire on his car. What did Adams allege about the British army's failure to prevent the attack?



The Revolutionary Guards of Iran

The Islamic Revolution's Guards (IRG) is the largest branch of Iran's military. It is separate from, and parallel to, the other arm of the Iran's military and is equipped with its own ground forces, navy, air force, intelligence, and special forces. The IRG's stated role is to maintain national security, yet the force is also rumored to have ties with terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. The IRG also controls the Basij force, which has a potential strength of how many million volunteers?

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Paul Ehrlich

Ehrlich was a German bacteriologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1908 for his work on immunology. He is also noted for his work in hematology, cellular pathology, and the use of dyes in microscopy. Ehrlich coined the term "chemotherapy" and is credited with the first empirical observation of the blood-brain barrier. He also made notable contributions to the treatment of syphilis, stimulating research that led to the development of what widely-used drug?

Last updated on Friday, 14th March 2008

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