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    The BBC launched its first international television news channel thirty years ago on 11 March 1991.

    That year saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the first Gulf War, IRA attacks in London and the very first website created. And the Nobel Peace Prize went to Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Presenter David Eades looks back at three decades of live and breaking stories, the highlights and a few bloopers.

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    The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a federal socialist state in Northern Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics, it was a one-party state (until 1990) governed by the Communist Party, with Moscow as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian SFSR.

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