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2004 Jan 13
In northern England Dr. Harold Shipman was found hanged in his Wakefield prison cell one day before his 58th birthday. He was convicted in 2000 of killing 15 patients and later was found to have murdered at least 200 more, mostly by lethal injection. He always maintained his innocence.
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2004 Jan 13
A Dutch high school student walked into his school's crowded cafeteria and shot Hans van Wieren (49), an economics teacher, point-blank in the head, fatally wounding him.
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2004 Jan 13
A senior Swaziland aide said King Mswati III has ordered nine palaces built within existing royal compounds to house seven of his 10 wives and two future brides. Some $15 million of his impoverished kingdom's national budget would be used on the project.
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2004 Jan 13
Thai and Malaysian military forces began joint land and air patrols along their jungle border for the first time since the 1970s.
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2004 Jan 13
In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a domestic airliner crashed on approach to the airport. All 37 people, including the top U.N. official for Uzbekistan, were killed.
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2004 Jan 13
The European Commission proposed an initiative aimed at creating a single market for services within the European Union (EU), similar to the single market for goods act of 1986. It came to be known as Bolkestein Directive after the Dutch Commissioner Frits Bolkestein (b.1933), who launched it. Trade unions opposed it. On 16 February 2006, the European Parliament in plenary session in Strasbourg voted in favor of a compromise proposal that went a long way towards meeting the trade union demands.
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2005 Jan 13
A Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a counternarcotics mission in the jungles of southwest Colombia, killing all 20 soldiers aboard.
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2005 Jan 13
Sir Mark Thatcher pleaded guilty to unwittingly helping to finance a foiled coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, accepting a $506,000 fine and suspended jail sentence.
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2005 Jan 13
US baseball owners and players agreed to a more stringent drug policy. It would suspend first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly tested players year-round.

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2005 Jan 13
The FBI said it may have to scrap a costly computer system overhaul.
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2005 Jan 13
The European-built space probe Huygens entered the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
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2005 Jan 13
In Iran a malfunctioning heater in an Iranian school ignited a barrel of kerosene, touching off a blaze that killing 13 children.
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2005 Jan 13
In Iraq gunmen opened fire on a minibus picking up a Turkish businessman from the Bakhan Hotel in central Baghdad, killing six Iraqis and kidnapping the Turk, who reportedly ran a construction company that worked with U.S.-led occupation authorities.
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2005 Jan 13
In Iraq's western Anbar province 2 U.S. Marines were killed in action, and a soldier died near the restive northern city of Mosul. Gunmen killed three officials of a leading Kurdish political party in an ambush in the volatile northern city of Mosul.
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2005 Jan 13
In Iraq 28 prisoners held by Iraqi authorities for common crimes escaped as they were being transported by bus from the Abu Ghraib prison to another facility. 10 were quickly recaptured.
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2005 Jan 13
Israel's foreign minister said the planned sale of advanced Russian missiles to Syria will disrupt regional stability and Moscow should call off the deal.
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2005 Jan 13
Nepal's PM Sher Bahadur Deuba said he would call elections and intensify a crackdown against Maoist rebels after they turned down his offer of peace talks.
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2005 Jan 13
Palestinian militants killed six Israeli workers at a Gaza crossing. 3 Palestinian attackers were also killed.
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2005 Jan 13
In Poland an anti-terrorism law that allows authorities to shoot down hijacked planes as a last resort took effect, part of efforts to protect the country from attacks similar to those of Sept. 11.
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2005 Jan 13
A Russian passenger plane with 10 people on board went missing on a flight over Siberia.
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2005 Jan 13
Saudi judicial officials said a religious court has sentenced 15 Saudis, including a woman, to as many as 250 lashes each and up to six months in prison for participating in a protest against the monarchy.
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2005 Jan 13
In Spain an explosion killed seven workers at a warehouse in the northern city of Burgos. A gas leak was suspected.
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2006 Jan 13
A battle for livestock between Ethiopian and Kenyan nomads left 38 people dead in drought-stricken northern Kenya, in the remote village of Lokamarinyang, along the Kenya-Ethiopia border. The fighting killed 30 of the Dongiro raiders and eight Kenyans, all of them women and children. A drought that has impoverished some 11.5 million people in the area, most of them nomads, has exacerbated tensions between the tribes.
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2006 Jan 13
President Bush met with Germany's new chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the White House. German's security services faced the prospect of a parliamentary inquiry, triggered by reports that German agents in Baghdad had helped the United States pinpoint bombing targets on April 7, 2003. Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier confirmed that Germany had 2 agents in Baghdad, who helped American with coordinates for non-targets.
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2006 Jan 13
Iran threatened to block inspections of its nuclear sites if confronted by the UN Security Council over its atomic activities. The hard-line president reaffirmed his country's intention to produce nuclear energy.
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2006 Jan 13
A US Army reconnaissance helicopter was shot down by insurgents in the northern city of Mosul, killing its two pilots.

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2006 Jan 13
In Lithuania Mykolas Burokevicius (78), former Communist Party leader, was freed from Lukiskes Prison after serving 12 years for murder and other crimes.
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2006 Jan 13
A Hong Kong newspaper reported that North Korea's secretive leader Kim Jong Il is on a two-day visit to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
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2006 Jan 13
A local lawmaker said a US airstrike on a Pakistani village near the border with Afghanistan killed at least 17 people, including women and children. The American military said it had no reports of an attack. The provincial government said at least four foreign terrorists died in the purported US airstrike aimed at al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Damadola. The strike destroyed three houses and killed 18 people. The US missile strike in Pakistan killed a relative of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri and a terror suspect.
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2006 Jan 13
A Philippine judge issued arrest warrants for four US Marines charged with rape, putting pressure on the United States to hand them over to Philippine authorities.
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2006 Jan 13
In southern Russia a bus transporting workers after their shift at a local factory collided with a train, killing at least 21 people and severely injuring five.
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2006 Jan 13
South Korea agreed to resume imports of some American beef, banned two years ago over fears of mad cow disease. The US government pressed South Korea to accept all US beef imports.
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2006 Jan 13
US attorneys general in 12 states said that the Bush administration's plan to ease rules on reporting legal toxin releases would compromise the public's right to know about possible health risks in their neighborhoods.
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2006 Jan 13
NBC's Nashville affiliate closed "The Book of Daniel" after the show, whose main character is a pill-popping Episcopal priest with a gay son and a pot-dealing daughter, drew thousands of complaints.
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2006 Jan 13
North Dakota State University's North Central Research Center, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and other partners described plans for a station in Minot to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles using wind power.
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2006 Jan 13
In the Bahamas the Compleat Angler Hotel on North Bimini Island was destroyed by fire. The hotel's owner Julian Brown helped the guests escape before disappearing in the flames to fight the fire. The hotel claimed to be a one-time writing headquarters for Ernest Hemingway and advertised room No. 1 as the place where Hemingway worked on "To Have and Have Not."
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2006 Jan 13
Bolivia's president-elect ended an around-the-world tour with a promise to respect foreign investments and vowed not to nationalize the Bolivian operations of Brazil's state oil company Petrobras SA.
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2006 Jan 13
Mongolia’s Parliament voted to dissolve the government of PM Tsakhilganiin Elbegdorj.
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2006 Jan 13
Sudan rejected a suggestion by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the United States and Europe help set up a possible mobile force in Darfur to supplement African troops now on the ground.
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2006 Jan 13
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said that his country should produce its own nuclear fuel for power plants.
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2006 Jan 13
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on blasted an attempt by the US to block Spain from selling Venezuela 12 military planes with American parts.
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2006 Jan 13
The population of New Orleans was estimated at 40% of its original 460,000.
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2006 Jan 13
Raul Anguiano (b.1915), Mexican painter, sculptor and muralist, died in Mexico City.
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2006 Jan 13
Eldon Dedini, cartoonist, died in Carmel, California. His ribald drawings appeared in the New Yorker and Playboy magazines.
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2006 Jan 13
Maimuma Taal-Ndure, Gambia’s director of aviation, was arraigned on charges of economic crime, mostly related to the improvement of Banjul Airport. Taal-Ndure had resisted efforts transfer aviation agency funds to another government agency. Her case was dismissed following a trial that stretched over 18 months.
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2007 Jan 13
Bangladeshi police and soldiers arrested more than 2,500 people overnight and raided the homes of several political leaders after a new caretaker government was sworn in to quell unrest ahead of elections.
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2007 Jan 13
In Iraq at least 11 people were killed or found dead, including a Sunni cleric who was shot to death near his home in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad and five who were slain in separate attacks in northern Iraq.
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2007 Jan 13
Somali lawmakers authorized the government to declare martial law as the country's internationally recognized leaders struggled to assert their authority after battling an Islamic movement that had controlled much of southern Somalia.
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2007 Jan 13
In SF the Muni Metro T-Third line began operations.
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2007 Jan 13
It was reported that Kink, a Web-based pornography distributor, had purchased the 1912 old armory building on Mission St. in San Francisco for $14.5 million.
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2007 Jan 13
It was reported that thousands of birds had dropped dead over the past 3 weeks in Western Australia.
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2007 Jan 13
It was reported that swarms of locusts had descended on the Mexican state of Yucatan and threatened over 12,000 acres of vegetation.
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2007 Jan 13
In Afghanistan British marines, supported by Dutch and British attack helicopters, staged a pre-dawn attack on a mud-brick compound atop a barren hill where insurgents were thought hiding, setting off a battle that killed 16 suspected militants and one marine in Helmand province. US warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs.
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2007 Jan 13
A Bolivian air force plane crashed in a southern state, killing all eight people on board.
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2007 Jan 13
An Italian military tribunal gave life sentences in absentia to 10 German former SS men for massacring about 800 Italian villagers in 1944. They had laid waste to the villages of Marzabotto, Grizzana and Vado di Monzuno near Bologna, as the Germans retreated before Allied troops.
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2007 Jan 13
Suspected avian influenza was recorded in northern Nigeria's Sokoto State, a day after the disease reportedly infected 5,000 birds in nearby Kastina state.
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2007 Jan 13
In southern Thailand a Buddhist man and his wife were working at a rubber plantation in Yala province when a group attacked them, shooting the man three times in the chest before beheading him and killing his wife. Another Buddhist was killed in a drive-by shooting in a separate attack in Yala. The Islamic insurgency, that flared in January 2004, has killed more than 1,900 people.
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2007 Jan 13
The North Carolina state attorney general's office agreed to take over the sexual assault case against three Duke University lacrosse players at the request of embattled Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong. All three players were later exonerated.
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2007 Jan 13
China said Wang You-theng, founder of the Rebar Asia Pacific Group, left China for the US. You-theng had vanished earlier this month amid accusations he stole millions of dollars from his Taiwan company.
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2007 Jan 13
It was reported that the Asian vulture had declined by up to 99% in the last decade due to poisoning from diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug for cattle. In 2006 India, Pakistan and Nepal banned the making and importing of the drug.
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