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2011 Jan 12
Tajikistan agreed to give away a portion of its territory to neighboring China in a bid to put an end to a land dispute dating back more than a century. Foreign Minister Khamrokon Zarifi portrayed it as a victory, saying China had initially claimed more than 11,000 square miles (28,000 square km).
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2011 Jan 12
In Tunisia police and protesters clashed in the center of the capital, Tunis, bringing unrest to the government's doorstep after nearly a month of deadly protests that pose the most serious challenge to the president's two decades of iron-fisted rule.
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2011 Jan 12
Pope Benedict XVI named a new archbishop for the Catholic church in Haiti on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed the bishop's predecessor along with dozens of other priests, seminarians and nuns. The Vatican said that Monsignor Guire Poulard, bishop of Les Cayes, is the new archbishop of Port-au-Prince.
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2011 Jan 12
Vietnamís Communist Party leaders acknowledged that rampant abuse of power is holding the country back, telling delegates during the opening of a key meeting that cleaning up corruption would help solve the country's economic woes.
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2011 Jan 12
Yemen's president suspended his oil minister and the head of the national oil company over a fuel shortage that has forced people to queue at petrol stations.
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2012 Jan 12
President Barack Obama formally notified Congress that he plans a $1.2 trillion increase in the US debt limit, prompting Republicans to level election-year charges that deficits are out of control.
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2012 Jan 12
California state ordered reports said PG&E had diverted over $100 million in gas safety and operations money over a period of 15 years and spent it for other purposes including profit for stockholders and bonuses for executives.
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2012 Jan 12
In San Mateo Ct., Ca., a prosecutor said Jo Ann Seeney (60), the former finance director of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District and her assistant, Vika Sinipata (35), have been charged with embezzling over $450,000 from the agency from 2009-2011. Seeney had already been accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands from two previous employers. Sinipata pleaded no contest on Feb 25, 2013. On April 16, 2013, Seeney pleaded no contest to 10 felony embezzlement charges.
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2012 Jan 12
A Michigan judge ordered an 84-year old billionaire to jail after finding him in contempt for failing to complete a construction project at Detroit's Ambassador Bridge, the busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. Manuel "Matty" Moroun, an owner of the Detroit International Bridge Co that controls the Ambassador Bridge, along with company president Dan Stamper were booked at Wayne County Jail.
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2012 Jan 12
Afghanistan, Washington and the Taliban condemned a video purporting to show US Marines urinating on corpses of insurgents. The troops in the inflammatory video were soon identified as being from the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In southern Afghanistan a suicide car-bomber killed five people and wounded 10 others near Kandahar city. The dead included Fazludin Agha, the chief of Panjwayi district, his two sons and two bodyguards.
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2012 Jan 12
The Australian military was rocked by more sex scandals, including allegations of assault, child porn, rape and drug-dealing within its ranks.
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2012 Jan 12
Belgium's Catholic Church said that priests and clergy who abused children will be required to pay damages, even if victims make their claims after the country's statute of limitations has expired.
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2012 Jan 12
Bosniaís parliament voted 36-2, with 3 abstentions, to approve Vjekoslav Bevanda, a Bosnian Croat and former regional finance minister, as prime minister.
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2012 Jan 12
Canadaís government abruptly argued that the same-sex marriages of many foreigners who wed in Canada are not valid, a move that stunned the gay community and could affect thousands of couples.
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2012 Jan 12
DR Congo's influential Catholic church denounced "serious errors" in the tallying of November polls as the electoral commission announced a further delay in final vote results.
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2012 Jan 12
El Salvador's government said it has received a formal request from Spain for the extradition of 13 former military officers accused in the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests and two other people. Two other officers were in the United States.
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2012 Jan 12
In Germany a 46-year-old priest, who has been suspended, went on trial at the state court in Braunschweig. The Roman Catholic priest has admitted to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a several-year period.
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2012 Jan 12
In Honduras a decomposed, bullet-riddled body was found near the border with Nicaragua. The body of Santos Guadalupe Borge was soon identified as the purported leader of a shadowy Nicaraguan resistance group.
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2012 Jan 12
Israeli rights groups and parliamentarians criticized a court ruling upholding a law that prevents Palestinians married to Arab Israelis from obtaining Israeli citizenship or residency. Israel troops demolished an unauthorized settler outpost made up of 10 wooden huts in the southern West Bank.
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2012 Jan 12
Hackers claiming to be from the Gaza Strip defaced the website of the Israel Fire and Rescue services, posting a message saying "Death to Israel."
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2012 Jan 12
Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that Kenyan security forces were abusing civilians and Somali refugees in northeastern regions. The ICRC said it has suspended food aid to 1.1 million people in southern and central Somalia because of obstruction by local militia. Gunmen killed a local aid worker and his driver in central Somalia.
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2012 Jan 12
Lebanese media and officials said the Lebanese army has detained a man on suspicion of collaborating for years with Israel's Mossad spy agency. Elias Younes, a retired employee of the state telecommunications company Ogero, was arrested earlier in the week.
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2012 Jan 12
Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure ended a 2-day visit to India. At the end of the visit a joint statement announced that India extended a $100-million loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako promised to support the Asian giant's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
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2012 Jan 12
In Mexico gunmen wounded a man outside a school in Ciudad Juarez. The victim ran onto the campus trying to escape, the attackers followed him and finished him off.
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2012 Jan 12
Myanmar's government signed a cease-fire agreement with ethnic Karen rebels in a major step toward ending one of the world's longest-running insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the West. Myanmar also said it will release 651 prisoners starting Jan 13 under a new presidential pardon, with anticipation mounting that many of those to be freed will be political detainees.
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2012 Jan 12
In Nigeria a national strike entered its fourth day with oil workers threatening to halt production.
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2012 Jan 12
In Pakistan an American missile strike in North Waziristan killed four foreign Islamist militants. It was the second such drone strike in three days. Intercepted militant radio communications later indicated that Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among those killed.
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2012 Jan 12
In Poland the Warsaw Provincial Court found retired Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak guilty on charges of membership in an armed criminal group that illegally declared a clampdown and violated the freedom of many Poles in 1981. The former interior minister was given a two-year suspended prison term for his role in implementing martial law in Poland on Dec 13 1981.
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2012 Jan 12
Russiaís PM Vladimir Putin promised that his government will become more accountable to the Russian people if he wins a third presidential term in March as he laid out his priorities for the future on a campaign website.
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2012 Jan 12
Saudi security forces clashed with Shiite protesters in the kingdom's oil-rich east killing one person and wounding 3. The clashes came after demonstrations were held in four Qatif region villages to call for the "release of political detainees, reform and an end to sectarian discrimination. Most of Saudi Arabia's estimated two million Shiites live in the Eastern Province.
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2012 Jan 12
In South Sudan hundreds of armed attackers from Murle ethnic group that suffered a devastating assault last month charged into three Lou Nuer villages, burned them to the ground and killed 57 people Uror county.
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2012 Jan 12
Speaking in Sudan the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Eritrean refugees are being kidnapped and sometimes killed by human traffickers. He called for global action against the crimes.
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2012 Jan 12
Syrian authorities barred hundreds of activists from crossing into the country to deliver aid to victims of the Syrian regime's deadly crackdown on anti-government dissidents.
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2012 Jan 12
In Thailand gunmen shot dead journalist Wisut Tangwitthayaporn (40), a local newspaper owner and political activist in a targeted attack on the island of Phuket.
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2012 Jan 12
A Thai navy patrol caught a gang of dog smugglers on the shore of the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province. At least 750 dogs were to be transported through Laos to Vietnam, where dog meat is a delicacy.
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2012 Jan 12
Turkish officials said a Russian ship, allegedly carrying tons of weapons, made a dash for Syria after Cypriot officials allowed it to leave their waters. The Chariot was ferrying cargo owned by Russia's state arms trader Rosoboronexport.
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2012 Jan 12
A Turkish court files charges against Britainís Duchess of York for secretly filming orphanages in the country in 2008 for a British TV program.
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2012 Jan 12
In Mexico City the 104-meter Estele de Luz (stele of light) was inaugurated. This was sixteen months later than planned at a cost of 1.2 billion pesos ($100m), treble the original budget.
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2013 Jan 12
In Florida nearely 800 people began month-long "Python Challenge" to deal with an infestation of Burmese pythons that were eating their way through a fragile ecosystem. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been harvested in Florida since 2000.
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2013 Jan 12
In Las Vegas Mallory Hagan, a 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the Miss America crown after deftly dealing with a question about armed guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform.
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2013 Jan 12
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency, giving pharmacists permission to administer flu vaccinations to more people as officials seek to stem the worst flu outbreak in that state in several years.
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2013 Jan 12
Three men from Utah died when their plane went down near Paris, Texas.
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2013 Jan 12
The Czech Republic held presidential elections in a direct popular vote for the first time, choosing from nine candidates to replace euroskeptic President Vaclav Klaus. Some 61.3% of Czech voters cast their ballots. Former leftist PM Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg appeared to be the front runners. With no candidate achieving a majority, the top two finishers would face each other in a runoff in two weeks.
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2013 Jan 12
An Egyptian court ordered a religious TV program hosted by a fiery preacher off the air on charges of libeling and defaming a well-known actress. It was one of three legal reverses suffered by Islamists today in cases dealing with the media.
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2013 Jan 12
In Egypt a dozen masked attackers fired birdshot late today at protesters who have camped outside the presidential palace in Cairo for the past month, wounding several along with security forces standing watch nearby.
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2013 Jan 12
In India police arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in Punjab state. Police also arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly raping and killing a 9-year-old girl two weeks ago in Ahmednagar district in western India.
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2013 Jan 12
In Iraq Shiite demonstrators took to the streets of Baghdad to show support for PM Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has faced angry protests in Sunni provinces in a sign of growing sectarian tensions.
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2013 Jan 12
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki vetoed legislation in which members of parliament gave themselves a hefty send-off package in a late-evening vote on the last day of session before national elections. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission said it was unconstitutional for legislators to set their own pay under the constitution the country adopted in 2010.
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2013 Jan 12
The Kenya Red Cross said at least 200 people have been killed in violence in the southeast since August in fighting that could be related to political tensions ahead of March elections.
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2013 Jan 12
In Mali French airstrikes overnight drove back Islamist rebels from Konna and destroyed a militant command center, as West African nations authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country. At least 11 civilians were killed in Konna. A French pilot was killed after the Islamists downed his combat helicopter.
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2013 Jan 12
In west Nepal a bus veered off a mountain road leaving at least 30 people dead and several more injured near Chatiwan village.
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2013 Jan 12
Northern Ireland police fought day-and-night street battles with Protestant militants as a protest march to Belfast City Hall degenerated into riots when many marchers returned home to the Protestant east side. 29 officers were injured.
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2013 Jan 12
In Somalia a French commando raid to free a captive intelligence agent, code-name Denis Allex, ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a French soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed rescue, but the man's captors denied he had been killed and claimed to have seized a 2nd soldier. Allex was captured in Somalia on July 14, 2009.
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2013 Jan 12
In Somalia three Syrian hostages held by pirates were released after more than two years in captivity. They were the last to be freed of the 21 surviving crew of the ship MV Orna, hijacked in Dec, 2010.
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2013 Jan 12
Syrian troops captured most of Daraya, a strategic Damascus suburb used by rebels as a base to threaten key regime facilities in the capital.
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2013 Jan 12
Four Chinese workers were abducted in Sudan's North Darfur region by unidentified gunmen. They were released on Jan 16. Eleven Sudanese workers who were abducted together with the Chinese remained hostages.
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2014 Jan 12
The Cygnus cargo ship from Orbital Sciences delivered Christmas presents along with needed supplies to the Intíl. Space Station.
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2014 Jan 12
In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber riding a bicycle detonated himself next to a police bus in Kabul, killing a policeman and a civilian in the first major attack in the Afghan capital this year.
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2014 Jan 12
In Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as prime minister after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis.
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2014 Jan 12
Central African Republicís local Red Cross said scattered violence in Bangui, including two consecutive nights of intense gunfire in some neighborhoods, has killed 13 people since Michel Djotodia announced his resignation from the presidency on Jan 10. Rival militiamen struck a truce and hugged each other in a neighborhood of Bangui on the eve of consultations aimed at replacing the president who resigned under international pressure.
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