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Belfast Agreement Signed

The Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, was a major step in the Northern Ireland (NI) peace process. Signed by the British and Irish governments and endorsed by most of NI's political parties, it secured the commitment of all parties to "exclusively peaceful and democratic means" and affirmed that the constitutional future of NI should be determined by a majority vote of its citizens. How did vague wording in some of the agreement's provisions help ensure its acceptance?



The Imperial Camel Corps

The Imperial Camel Corps was a brigade-sized military formation that fought for the Allies in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of World War I. After being evacuated to Egypt following the failure of the Gallipoli Campaign, Allied troops looking to suppress a tribal rebellion in the west formed four companies of camel-mounted infantry. The units were so successful that 14 more camel companies were eventually formed. What advantages did the camel companies have over horse-mounted cavalry units?

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Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow is an award-winning Swedish actor who is known in particular for a number of film collaborations with his mentor, director Ingmar Bergman. Von Sydow honed his acting skills on both stage and screen in Scandinavia before moving to Los Angeles to star in Hollywood films. He was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for his work in Hawaii and The Exorcist. In 2002, he had one of his largest commercial successes, co-starring with Tom Cruise in what Steven Spielberg film?

Last updated on Friday, 10th April 2009

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