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2009 Jan 12
In Somalia Islamist insurgents fired mortar rounds at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. At least 13 people were killed in 2 attacks. The United States circulated a draft resolution calling for a UN peacekeeping force to be deployed in Somalia to replace a small African Union force, but leaving the Security Council to make a final decision by June 1.
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2009 Jan 12
Cuba published new regulations encouraging classic car owners to apply for taxi licenses and set their own prices for the first time in nearly a decade as the communist government turns to the free market to improve its woeful transportation system.
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2009 Jan 12
In Nigeria Susanne Wenger (93), Austrian-born sculptress, died. She had been initiated as a Yoruba traditional priestess and was responsible for towering works of art in one of Nigeria's two World Heritage sites.
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2009 Jan 12
In Sri Lanka heavy fighting was reported around guerrilla-controlled Mullaittivu district, with troops seizing a rebel administration base, a training camp and a bunker line.
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2009 Jan 12
The US Senate said it will seat Roland Burris, the junior senator from Illinois.
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2009 Jan 12
The US slapped sanctions on people and firms linked to Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan’s black market nuclear network.
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2009 Jan 12
Minnesota officials said lab tests had confirmed salmonella bacteria in a five pound container of King Nut brand peanut butter. King Nut of Solon, Ohio, had recalled the product on January 10. At least 6 people had been killed and over 470 sickened nationwide in 43 states.
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2009 Jan 12
In El Reno, Oklahoma, a woman and her 4 children, aged 3-7, were found killed. Texas officials the next day arrested the mother’s boyfriend, Joshua Steven Durcho (25).
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2009 Jan 12
In Greece 3 gunmen had grabbed Periklis Panagopoulos (74), founder of one of Greece's largest ferry operators, and his driver in the southern Athens suburb of Vouliagmeni. Panagopoulos was released unharmed on Jan 20 following a large ransom payment.
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2009 Jan 12
In Dubai Kabir Mulchandani, chairman of the Dynasty Zarooni development company, was arrested on charges of fraud and embezzlement. He was accused of defrauding investors of more than $100 million. He has been under investigation in India for the past 10 years by the excise department, directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), enforcement directorate (ED), and income tax authority.
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2009 Jan 12
Germany’s coalition government approved a $67 million spending package to mitigate recession effects.
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2009 Jan 12
In Haiti Police Commissioner Philippe Jean Raymond of Port-de-Paix was poisoned after several million dollars of cash seized from the uncle of a prominent drug smuggler went missing.
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2010 Jan 12
Officials shut down a North Carolina port and urged people to leave the area after nine containers with highly explosive materials were accidentally punctured by a fork lift operator. The chemical involved is pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETV), a powerful explosive.
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2010 Jan 12
Texas-based Apache Corp. said it made its sixth oil and gas discovery in the Faghur Basin play in Egypt's far Western Desert near the Libyan border.
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2010 Jan 12
In Afghanistan protesters claiming that international troops destroyed copies of the Quran clashed with Afghan and foreign security forces, leaving six people dead in Helmand province's Garmsir district. Coalition troops saw a group of insurgents near a safe house preparing ammunition as well as insurgent mortar teams moving equipment and launched one missile in the Naw Zad area of Helmand province, killing the 13 militants. A French army captain died of wounds suffered a day before during an insurgent ambush in the Alasay valley east of Kabul.
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2010 Jan 12
China took new steps to control bank lending, ordering institutions to set aside more reserves in a move to avert a surge in credit that Beijing worries might fuel inflation or asset price bubbles.
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2010 Jan 12
The European Court of Human Rights condemned British anti-terror legislation allowing people to be searched by police without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
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2010 Jan 12
The Indonesian government, which has promised to stamp out corruption, was embarrassed by revelations that rich and powerful prisoners are living in luxury behind bars.
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2010 Jan 12
In Iran Masoud Ali Mohammadi (50), a nuclear physics professor who publicly backed Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed June presidential election, was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle blew up outside his home in Tehran. The government blamed the rare assassination on an armed Iranian opposition group that it said operated under the direction of Israel and the US. In 2011 Majid Jamali Fashi, charged with the killing of Mohammadi, went on trial. Fashi was also accused of cooperating with Mossad. On Aug 28 Fashi was sentenced to death.
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2010 Jan 12
Iraqi security forces locked down large swathes of Baghdad, seized hundreds of pounds of explosives and arrested 25 men suspected of plotting terror attacks possibly timed to coincide with the run-up to parliamentary elections in March.
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2010 Jan 12
Nigerian lawmakers voted to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss "issues of national importance" with ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua as protests mounted for him to stand down. Gunmen seized 3 Britons and a Colombian, shooting dead their police escort in the first major kidnapping for six months in southern Niger Delta. Gunmen soon demanded a ransom of 300 million naira (1.98 million dollars, 1.38 million euros) for the release of three Britons and the Colombian. On Jan 18 gunmen freed the 3 British expatriate workers and their Colombian colleague.
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2010 Jan 12
Saudi Arabia said that 82 Saudi soldiers been killed and 21 are missing since November when it joined the fighting in battling rebels along the Yemeni-Saudi border.
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2010 Jan 12
In Sri Lanka Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying supporters of the main opposition presidential candidate, killing one political activist.
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2010 Jan 12
Yemeni military forces killed 20 rebels in a door-to-door sweep of the main northern city Saada and arrested 20 more in an operation dubbed "Strike on the Head." Yemeni security forces killed Abdullah Mihzar, a suspected militant, who was on a government list of wanted al-Qaida figures. 4 others were arrested in a raid on a house in the remote mountainous province of Shabwa.
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2010 Jan 12
Google's announced that it was considering a withdrawal from China, after what it said were attacks from China on human rights activists using its Gmail service and on dozens of companies.
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2010 Jan 12
Guinea's wounded junta leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, arrived in Burkina Faso from Morocco to recuperate after last month's assassination attempt. One of his top opponents said the surprise move could help him avoid prosecution.
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2010 Jan 12
A powerful 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti and crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace. Thousands of people were believed dead and untold numbers were trapped. An estimated 3 million people were in need of emergency aid. The quake left over 200,000 people dead. Some 4,500 prison inmates escaped during the earthquake. By April they were terrorizing neighborhoods and fighting turf battles. The UN later estimated 222,570 people were killed and 300,572 injured. In 2011 a report commissioned by USAID contended that between 46,000 and 85,000 people were killed by the quake, far below the Haitian government's death toll of 316,000.
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2010 Jan 12
In Mexico druglord Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as "El Teo," was seized by federal troops when they stormed a seaside vacation home near the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. He was accused of ordering massacres, beheadings and the dissolving of bodies in caustic soda.
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2010 Jan 12
A web site linked to leading Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported that Poland's tax office has levied a fine of 2.3 million zlotys ($820,000) on an unemployed woman for failing to pay tax on income worth at least 13.7 million zlotys she said she had earned as a prostitute.
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2010 Jan 12
The US National Safety Council said 28% of all traffic accidents are caused when people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving.
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2010 Jan 12
In California a state commission voted unanimously to approve the most stringent, environmentally friendly building code standards of any state in the nation. The new code, dubbed Calgreen, will take effect next January.
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2010 Jan 12
In Georgia a disgruntled ex-employee stormed a Penske Truck Rental facility in Kennesaw killing 2 people and critically wounding 3 others.
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2010 Jan 12
In Papua New Guinea 38 people were killed and 18 others hospitalized after two speeding buses crashed head-on while trying to drive around potholes.
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2010 Jan 12
Kenn Allan Davis (78), newspaper illustrator and mystery novel writer, died at his home in Placer County, Ca. His 8 detective novels featured Carver Bascombe, an African American private eye. The first in the series was titled “The Dark Side” (1976), co-written with John Stanley.
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2010 Jan 12
Novartis, a Swiss drug company, announced its decision to spend $24 million to secure exclusive licenses and options on drug delivery technologies developed by Proteus Biomedical, a California start-up.
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2010 Jan 12
Switzerland's highest court ruled that $4.6 million seized from bank accounts linked to Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier can be handed over to his family. The decision was not published until Feb 3. Many in Haiti considered that money to be stolen from public funds. Duvalier was ousted in 1986.
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2010 Jan 12
Israeli police broke up the harem of Goel Ratzon (60), who was suspected of enslaving a cult-like harem of at least 17 women and 37 children. Ratzon, who's lived this way for two decades, denied any wrongdoing. He maintained the harem with 17 women in a state of near-total obedience in apartments in the Tel Aviv area. On Feb 14 he was charged in a Tel Aviv court with enslavement, rape, incest and other sexual offenses.
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2011 Jan 12
Idaho lottery officials said Holly Lahti (29) was the co-winner of the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, the 2nd largest lottery jackpot in history. She will share the prize with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Wa.
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2011 Jan 12
Democratic Illinois lawmakers beat a looming deadline and approved a 66% income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's crippling budget crisis.
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2011 Jan 12
In Ohio Rev. Raleigh Trammell (73), former national chairman of the Southern Christian leadership Conference, was indicted on 51 charges that included grand theft, forgery and tampering with government records.
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2011 Jan 12
A winter storm that shut down much of the US South churned up the coast, dumping snow across the Northeast. In Connecticut more than 2 feet of snow had fallen in some places.
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2011 Jan 12
ITT Corp., which began making telephone equipment in 1920, announced plans to split itself into three publicly traded companies.
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2011 Jan 12
In Afghanistan attacks against the intelligence service and international forces killed at least nine people. A suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence service employees. The attack left at least two people dead and wounded more than 30. Two roadside bombs killed four international troops. A fifth international service member was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, and another died in the east from a "non-battle related injury. Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban operator in Behsud district of Nangarhar province.
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2011 Jan 12
In Australia floodwaters poured into the empty downtown of Australia's third-largest city after tearing a deadly path across the northeast, swamping neighborhoods in what could be Brisbane's most devastating floods in a century.
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2011 Jan 12
Brazilian authorities in Rio de Janeiro said at least 350 people died in three towns north of Rio following early morning mudslides.
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2011 Jan 12
Colombian police assisted by US drug agents captured Julio Enrique Ayala Munoz, the chief go-between linking the country's cocaine suppliers and Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Munoz was wanted for extradition to New York on drug trafficking-related charges.
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2011 Jan 12
A Danish cargo ship, the M/V Leopard, came under fire from pirates approaching in two skiffs. Since then, there's been no contact with the crew, four Filipinos and two Danes. All were released 838 days later. In 2016 a Danish court ordered the tabloid Ekstra Bladet to pay 300,000 kroner ($46,000) each in damages to two of the seamen for violating the privacy of Eddy Lopez and Soeren Lyngbjoern by reporting about them during their captivity.
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2011 Jan 12
A Dubai court gave a three-year jail sentence to a self-professed African wizard, a blacksmith from Chad, who claimed he could make millions of dollars rain from the sky in exchange for a modest payment to genies.
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2011 Jan 12
In Egypt hundreds of Christians demonstrated near a Cairo slum, blocking a major highway and clashing with police following the Jan 11 shooting death of a Christian man.
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2011 Jan 12
Iran's opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, denounced the country's ruling system for being 'totalitarian' like the old Nazi and Soviet regimes, with lying to its people being its defining characteristic.
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2011 Jan 12
Israeli extradited to the US two suspected leaders of one of the country's most powerful crime families to face murder, drug and racketeering charges. US marshals escorted brothers Itzhak and Meir Abergil onto a plane to Los Angeles.
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2011 Jan 12
Ivory Coast security forces loyal to the sitting president, who is refusing to cede power, descended on an opposition stronghold and opened fire for the second time in as many days, only hours after opposition supporters had taken to the streets in protest.
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2011 Jan 12
Kuwait's PM Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah received a red carpet welcome on his first visit since Iraq's 1990 invasion of its oil-rich neighbor. Both sides pledged to redouble efforts to resolve issues from that conflict.
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2011 Jan 12
A Lebanese official said Hezbollah ministers and their allies have resigned from the 30-member Cabinet, bringing the government to the brink of collapse. 11 ministers of the March 8 opposition stepped down from the Cabinet over tensions stemming from a UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of a Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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2011 Jan 12
Morocco’s interior minister said soldiers had turned a blind eye to the smuggling of weapons that were seized in the recent dismantlement of a terrorist cell with links to Qaida's North African branch. 5 Moroccan soldiers stationed in disputed Western Sahara were arrested for accepting kickbacks and allowing smuggled goods into the occupied territory.
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2011 Jan 12
Nigerian authorities presented Keiti Sese, aka Commander Noumekeme, to journalists. He said he surrendered because he wanted to become part of the amnesty program, though it was unclear whether he would be allowed since deadlines to do so have long passed. His gang in Bayelsa state has been suspected of sabotaging Chevron pipelines, as well as involvement in kidnappings and the illegal oil trade.
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2011 Jan 12
North and South Korea restored an important cross-border communication channel, though South Korea still rejected North Korea's calls for talks to defuse high tensions.
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2011 Jan 12
In Pakistan US VP Joe Biden tried to dispel what he called common anti-American misperceptions while urging the government to fight growing religious extremism. A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing 17 paramilitary soldiers and policemen.
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2011 Jan 12
Sri Lanka's government says five more people have died in widespread floods and mudslides, pushing the death toll to 18 from days of heavy rains.
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2011 Jan 12
Sudanese students demonstrating against rising food and petrol prices began 2 days of clashes with police in three towns in the mostly Arab north, including Khartoum.
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