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Fri., Dec. 5, 1997

Ten years ago: FBI agents searched a federal prison where Cuban inmates had peacefully ended an 11-day hostage siege the day before. The agents reported finding bottle bombs and homemade machetes, but no booby-traps or bodies.

Five years ago: Russian President Boris Yeltsin narrowly kept the power to appoint Cabinet ministers, defeating a constitutional amendment that would have put his team of reformers under the control of Russia’s Congress.

One year ago: President Clinton announced the foreign policy team for his second term, including Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state, William Cohen as defense secretary and Anthony Lake as CIA director.

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