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2007 Jan 12
A government official said Somalia's warlords have agreed to disarm and join a new national army. Violence in the capital brought home the challenge of restoring order in this fractious and heavily armed country.
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2007 Jan 12
In the tea growing region of central Sri Lanka at least 18 people were killed in landslides. The National Disaster Management Center said at least three people were killed and another 61,000 made homeless in south and central Sri Lanka in flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains.
Links: Sri Lanka, WeatherAsia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Roman Abramovich, Russian oil magnate, was reported to have ordered a new yacht called the Eclipse. It was under construction in Germany and was expected to measure over 525 feet, making it the largest privately owned yacht in the world.
Links: Russia, Ship     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Larry Stewart (58), known as “Secret Santa” for the millions he passed out with no strings attached to people in need, died at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri of esophageal cancer. Stewart, from the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, made his millions in cable television and long-distance telephone service.
Links: USA, Missouri, Donation     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales proposed a new law to allow recall votes against elected officials, a move that would give protesters demanding the resignation of an opposition-aligned state governor a way to remove him from office.
Links: Bolivia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Jan 12
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a hole being excavated for a new subway station collapsed, opening a huge crater that swallowed cars and dump trucks. A missing minibus was feared under the dirt.
Links: Brazil     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Severe gales and heavy rains powered by an Atlantic storm left at least one person dead and eight missing, sunk two fishing trawlers and disrupted travel across Britain and Ireland.
Links: Britain, Ireland, WeatherEU     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Canada unveiled plans to spend more than $368 million over the next five years to protect its border from terrorist, economic and environmental threats.
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2007 Jan 12
China and Russia blocked the Security Council from demanding an end to political repression and human rights violations in military-ruled Myanmar, rejecting a resolution proposed by the United States. South Africa sided with China and Russia.
Links: Russia, USA, China, UN, Myanmar, South Africa     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
East Timor and France signed non-aggression treaties with ASEAN member countries on the sidelines of the annual ASEAN summit in the Philippine resort city of Cebu. Both countries looked to strengthen ties with a bloc representing a sixth of the world's people.
Links: France, Philippines, ASEAN, Timor-Leste     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Jan 12
French authorities freed Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire, following four days of questioning in connection with an investigation into a suspected prostitution ring at the swank Alpine ski resort of Courchevel.
Links: Russia, France, Sex     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
In Nigeria 9 South Korean pipeline workers and a Nigerian kidnapped in southern Nigeria were released with the help of a youth group.
Links: South Korea, Nigeria     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Russia reportedly agreed to slash the duty on oil exports to Belarus by 70% and Belarus will share with Moscow a substantial amount of profits from the refined oil products it sells to Europe.
Links: Belarus, Russia, Oil     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
A Darfur rebel group denied that it agreed to a cease-fire with the Sudanese government during a meeting this week with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Links: Sudan, New Mexico     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Ugandan rebels pulled out of peace talks with the government, dealing a blow to already faltering negotiations aimed at ending one of Africa's most brutal conflicts.
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2007 Jan 12
Pres. Bush signed a bill into law that made it a crime to lie to obtain telephone records of private citizens, a procedure known as pretexting, following a 2006 case at Hewlett-Packard.
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2007 Jan 12
In Missouri 2 missing boys were found at the suburban St. Louis home of Michael Devlin (41). William Ownby (13) had been missing for 5 days; Shawn Hornbeck (15) had been missing since Oct 2002. In October Devlin was sentenced to multiple life terms for kidnapping and sexual assault.
Links: USA, Missouri, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
In Iraq at least 19 people were reported killed or dead including 10 bullet-riddled bodies found in Baghdad and Khudr Younis al-Obaidi, an Iraqi journalist killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.
Links: Iraq, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
An American man dubbed by local media the "butcher of New York" was sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing and dismembering his Honduran wife. Andrew Gole (49) of Long Island, NY, confessed to strangling and cutting up his wife, Martha Isabel Moncada (28) with an electric saw in May 2003.
Links: Honduras, USA, New York, Mayhem, Murder     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
In San Francisco a gunman killed a couple parked in a car in the Mission Terrace district leaving two children, aged 5 and 13 months, in the back seat. The boy sought help knocking on neighbor’s doors.
Links: SF, Murder, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Jan 12
Alice Coltrane (b.1937), pianist, composer and wife of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane (d.1967), died in Los Angeles.
Links: USA, Jazz     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Francisco Javier Dominguez-Rivera (22) of Puebla, Mexico, was killed in a confrontation with the unidentified agent north of the US-Mexico border in Arizona between Bisbee and Douglas. On Jan 16 the Mexican government sent a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the fatal shooting.
Links: USA, Mexico, Arizona     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
Jennifer Strange (28) of Rancho Cordova, Ca., died after guzzling a large quantity of water as part of a Sacramento KDND-FM radio show contest. In 2009 Entercom Sacramento LLC was found negligent and ordered to pay nearly $16.6 million to the family of Jennifer Strange.
Links: USA, California, Radio     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
In California the Fresno-based Westlands Water District purchased 3,000 acres on the McCloud River for $35 million. They planned to sell the land to the federal government if officials and lawmakers decide to raise the nearby Shasta Dam.
Links: California, Real Estate     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jan 12
In SF Mia Sagote (30) and Leslie Siliga (29) reportedly doused Leslie May (49), a homeless woman from the Tenderloin, with gasoline and burned her alive at Candlestick Point in retaliation for May’s report to police implicating them in a personal robbery. Sagote was convicted of murder, kidnapping and robbery on Oct 20, 2013. On Dec 20, 2013, Sagote was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Links: USA, SF, Murder, Fire, Mad Woman, Robbery     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Jan 12
Durham County, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong asked to be removed from the Duke lacrosse rape investigation. State prosecutors later exonerated three suspects.
Links: USA, North Carolina, Rape     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
Greenpeace said its protest ship located Japan's whaling fleet in Antarctic waters and is pursuing it to stop the hunt for the giant sea creatures.
Links: USA, Japan, Antarctica, Whales     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
In Bangladesh thousands of textile factory workers took to the streets blocking a major highway in the capital Dhaka, demanding a pay rise and overtime payments.
Links: Bangladesh, Labor     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
China’s state media reported that accidents in China's coal mines killed 3,786 people In 2007, a toll that is a marked improvement from previous years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.
Links: China, Labor     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
Iraq's parliament voted to allow some former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to reclaim government jobs and said others could receive pensions but could not return to work. A US soldier died after a bomb struck his vehicle in northern Iraq.
Links: Iraq, USA     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Jan 12
A leading Kenyan human rights group said some of the worst violence in the country's deadly disputed presidential election was the work of militias paid and directed by politicians. Maina Kiai, chairman of the state-funded human rights body, said that in response to attacks on Kikuyu, government politicians have recruited the Mungiki, a Kikuyu gang blamed for a string of beheadings carried out in Nairobi's slums this year. The EU, US and UN urged Kenya's politicians to agree to a peaceful and democratic end to violence that has killed some 575 people since the disputed December 27 polls. The instability thus far cost the country and estimated $1 billion.
Links: Kenya, Govm’t Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
In Nigeria a speeding fuel tanker crashed and spilled its cargo in Port Harcourt, and as many as three dozen people were feared dead in the resulting fire.
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2008 Jan 12
Gunmen smashed windows, burned buses and looted computers belonging to a private American school in Gaza before dawn, an attack officials believed was linked to President Bush's visit to the West Bank earlier this week.
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2008 Jan 12
Saudi authorities beheaded an Indonesian maid convicted of killing her employer. The Interior Ministry said the maid used a pillow to suffocate her employer Aisha Al Makhaled and then stole her jewelry in the southern province of Asir.
Links: Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Lynching     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
South African national police chief Jackie Selebi was placed on extended leave, a day after prosecutors announced plans to charge him with corruption over his links to a murder suspect. Selebi resigned as president of Interpol and planned to fight corruption allegations.
Links: South Africa, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Jan 12
Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) won a landslide victory over the ruling DPP in legislative elections, dealing a humiliating blow to the government's hardline China policies two months before a presidential poll. Of 113 seats, 73 were directly elected, with 34 at-large and 6 reserved for aboriginal candidates.
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2008 Jan 12
In southern Afghanistan Dutch troops killed two of their own men during a nighttime battle in Uruzgan province, and separately two allied Afghan soldiers they mistook for enemies. About 1,650 Dutch troops were deployed in Uruzgan as part of the NATO mission there. 14 Dutch troops have died since their mission began last year.
Links: Netherlands, Afghan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
At Argentina's main airport frustrated passengers smashed ticket counters and threw objects at airline staff after the country's flagship airline canceled international flights for a 2nd day due to delays caused by a baggage handlers strike and a walkout by ticket counter workers.
Links: Argentina, Aviation, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
Croatia’s Parliament approved a new coalition government headed by PM Ivo Sanader, who vowed to pursue Croatia's quest to join the EU and NATO.
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2008 Jan 12
A Macedonian Army helicopter returning from a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia crashed in foggy conditions, killing all 11 people on board.
Links: Macedonia, Air Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Jan 12
In Pakistan security forces arrested 59 insurgents after they attacked police with rockets near the town of Ladha in South Waziristan.
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2008 Jan 12
In Half Moon Bay, Ca., the annual Maverick surfing contest was won by Greg Long (24), or Orange County, who split his first prize of $30,000 with 5 other finalists in a pact that netted each $9,500.
Links: USA, California     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jan 12
Angel Gonzalez (82), one of Spain's most prominent poets and member of a literary generation known for its opposition to the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco, died.
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2008 Jan 12
In Venezuela Commander Hugo Chavez, spearheaded the installation of the Founding Congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) at the San Carlos quarter in Caracas.
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2008 Jan 12
America formally opened its new $174 million base at the south Pole. It took almost 20 years to design and build.
Links: USA, Antarctica     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Jan 12
In Daly City, Ca., Jose Perez-Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, broke into a house and beat a woman with a metal pry bar after she surprised him. The attack left the woman (78) blind. Perez was tracked to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was arrested in November 2008. In 2011 he was sentenced in San Mateo County to 11 years and 8 months in prison.
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2009 Jan 12
Sofa retailer Land of Leather filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest British retailer to succumb to a downturn in consumer spending amid the global economic slowdown.
Links: Britain, Furniture     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
State media said China has shut down 91 websites for pornographic and other "vulgar" content, as well as a political blog portal, since announcing its latest bid to ensure Internet morality.
Links: China, Sex, Internet     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
In China a Shanghai distributor of a popular brand of dog food said it had suspended sales of the product following reports that dogs who ate it had died from aflatoxin poisoning. This appeared to involve an imported product, Optima, a brand of dog food made by Nashville, Tennessee-based Doane Pet Care Co. It was not clear if the pet food sold in China was the US brand.
Links: China, Tennessee, Food     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
War crimes prosecutors in The Hague accused former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba of using systematic rape to terrorize civilians suspected of supporting rebels during a bloody power struggle in neighboring Central African Republic.
Links: Netherlands, CongoDRC, Central African Rep.     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Jan 12
Fiji authorities rushed to deliver clean drinking water and other supplies to thousands of villagers who fled flooding from tropical storms. The storms left 11 people dead.
Links: Fiji, Flood     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
French teachers hurled shoes and other objects at police to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy's high school reforms, prompting police to respond with tear gas.
Links: France, Education     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
In Iraq a series of bombs targeted Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. At least 10 people died as Vice President-elect Joe Biden arriving in Baghdad following trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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2009 Jan 12
Israeli warplanes pounded the homes of Hamas leaders and ground troops edged closer to the Gaza Strip's densely populated urban center, as Israel weighed a decision to escalate its devastating offensive. Militants managed to fire off at least four rockets. Gaza officials said the offensive has killed some 870 Palestinians.
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2009 Jan 12
Alitalia's board accepted Air France-KLM's offer to buy 25 percent of the company and become its international partner.
Links: Italy, France, Aviation     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Jan 12
Kazakh PM Karim Masimov told his ministers to start personal blogs to get them closer to the people of the former Soviet state.
Links: Kazakhstan, Internet     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
Mozambique authorities said torrential rains have killed 19 people in the past few days and that worse flooding may lie ahead.
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2009 Jan 12
In Pakistan the bodies of two men killed by Taliban militants for allegedly spying for the US were found in the North Waziristan tribal region to the south of Mohmand. The two were abducted a week ago as they attempted to flee with their families. Trucks and other vehicles blocked the main Quetta-Chaman highway, forcing about 100 trucks carrying NATO supplies to park.
Links: Pakistan, NATO, Espionage     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
Russia's state-run monopoly Gazprom announced it will resume shipping natural gas to Europe, where tens of thousands of homes and buildings have been left without heat in freezing weather.
Links: Russia, Ukraine, EU, Gas     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jan 12
Taiwan's parliament voted through a controversial bill lifting a decades-old ban on casinos, despite protests that gambling could lead to a damaging decline in public morality.
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