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2010 Jan 13
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez indefinitely suspended rolling blackouts in Caracas, just a day after they began, and sacked his electricity minister saying he was responsible for mistakes in the way the rationing plan was applied.
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2010 Jan 13
A Zimbabwe state daily reported that the nation’s power utility has been ordered to stop electricity exports to Namibia until it can meet its own country's needs.
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2010 Jan 13
In Seattle, Washington Tohru Shigemura (71), a Japanese psychiatrist traveling the world as a big game hunter, was charged in connection with smuggling black bear gall bladders. He had pretended to be a US citizen to buy guns, which he used to kill 6 black bears in and around the Quinault Indian Reservation.
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2010 Jan 13
Amnesty Int’l. said the Czech Republic is defying a European court by continuing to place thousands of healthy Gypsy children in schools for the mentally disabled.
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2010 Jan 13
The head of Algeria's national oil corporation Sonatrach was suspended from his job and ordered to appear before investigators probing corruption. Mohamed Meziane was replaced in his job by vice-president Abdelhafid Feghouli.
Links: Algeria, Oil, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Jan 13
In Florida a 3-day state-coordinated hunt began to track down invasive pythons. It was feared that the African rock python would begin breeding with the Burmese python, which has already gained a foothold in the Everglades, and produce a new “super snake.”
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2010 Jan 13
Prosecutors in New York City said that, after a series of hung juries, they would not seek a 5th retrial against John “Junior” Gotti on charges that he ordered several murders.
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2010 Jan 13
US hearings began by the 10-member Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate at least 22 potential causes of the financial crisis.
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2010 Jan 13
In the SF Bay Area aspiring bass player Dewey Tucker (24) of Vallejo, Ca., was shot a killed on I-80 near Crockett. A year later 4 suspected gang members from Santa Rosa were arrested for his murder. They included Raul Vega (19), the suspected shooter, Christopher Mancinas (29), Hector Barragan (28) and Javier Lopez (20).
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2011 Jan 13
The US Treasury said it is launching a pilot program to deliver income tax refunds on debit cards for low- and moderate-income people who do not have traditional bank accounts.
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2011 Jan 13
Marc Knapp (35) of Simi Valley, Ca., accused of trying to export military equipment to Iran, pleaded guilty in federal court in Delaware to two felony counts involving violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Arms Export Control Act. Sentencing was set for May 23.
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2011 Jan 13
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that temporarily raises Illinois income taxes by two-thirds, risking a political backlash against Democrats but gaining money to help drag state government out of the deepest budget hole in its history.
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2011 Jan 13
Edwin Edwards, former 4-term governor of Louisiana, was released from federal prison after serving over 8 years for fraud.
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2011 Jan 13
In eastern Afghanistan a bomb in a marketplace killed a child outside a music cassette shop in Jalalabad. The Afghan fuel ministry said that Iran currently was allowing 1,000 tons of fuel to enter Afghanistan at three border crossings each day, compared with 3,000 to 4,000 tons daily before the trucks were blocked.
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2011 Jan 13
In Algeria Mohsen Bouterfif doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire after a meeting with the mayor of the small city of Boukhadra who was unable to provide him a job and a house. Bouterfif died on of his burns on Jan 15.
Links: Algeria, Suicide     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2011 Jan 13
Thieves in Argentina stole $68,000 and 17,000 euros in cash that President Cristina Fernandez was to use on a trip to the Middle East.
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2011 Jan 13
Australia's 3rd-largest city Brisbane resembled a "war zone" with whole suburbs under water and infrastructure smashed as the worst flood in decades hit 30,000 properties. The Brisbane River peaked at 4.5 meters. The flooding in Queensland left 28 people dead.
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2011 Jan 13
Canada’s BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it has given India the means to access its Messenger service and reiterated that no changes could be made to allow monitoring of secure corporate emails.
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2011 Jan 13
Dominican Republic authorities resumed mass deportations of Haitian migrants after a brief lull, and government officers began demanding passports at bus stations as the country deals with a cholera scare.
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2011 Jan 13
In Germany a tanker loaded with sulfuric acid capsized on the Rhine river near St. Goarshausen and two crew members were missing. There were no indications that the load was leaking.
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2011 Jan 13
Guyana recognized Palestinian statehood, joining a string of other South American nations in a push for Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate a peace deal.
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2011 Jan 13
In India Tata Coffee Ltd, part of the Tata group conglomerate, and Starbucks said they have signed a pact to source coffee in India and explore opening local retail stores.
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2011 Jan 13
Iran's proposal for a tour of its nuclear sites floundered after China effectively rejected the invite and Russia cautioned such a trip could never replace UN inspections or talks between Tehran and world powers.
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2011 Jan 13
Iran’s state broadcaster website reported that Iran has hanged five men convicted of drug trafficking, taking to 33 the number of executions in 2011.
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2011 Jan 13
In Iraq NP Joe Biden emphasized to Iraqi leaders that the US wants nothing more than for Iraq to be a free and democratic country in a daylong visit that officials said would focus on the departure of American troops from the country. Three bombings near mosques in central and northern Baghdad killed two people. Gunmen also killed a jewelry shop owner.
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2011 Jan 13
In Italy a court ruling partially stripped PM Silvio Berlusconi of political immunity.
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2011 Jan 13
Italy's Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the overnight closure of a nearby airport. Its last major eruption was in 1992.
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2011 Jan 13
In Ivory Coast mobs and security forces allied to leader Laurent Gbagbo attacked at least six UN vehicles, setting some ablaze and injuring two people in the latest round of violence.
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2011 Jan 13
The collapse of Lebanon's government plunged the country into deep political uncertainty after a year of relative stability, as the president began the process of putting a new administration together.
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2011 Jan 13
In Mexico 12 suspected drug cartel gunmen and two Mexican soldiers were killed in a shootout that lasted almost six hours in the Veracruz state capital of Xalapa.
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2011 Jan 13
Nicaragua suspended three federal judges and put them under investigation for ordering the release of 10 alleged drug traffickers.
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2011 Jan 13
In northwest Pakistan suspected militants targeted a police vehicle and a security checkpoint with bombs, killing four officers and wounding nine others.
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2011 Jan 13
A Palestinian minister said Gaza's Hamas rulers will ensure a truce on rocket fire against Israel is protected, a day after militant factions agreed to a period of calm.
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2011 Jan 13
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced that online retailer Amazon is to create 950 full-time jobs at two Scottish locations.
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2011 Jan 13
A Somaliland judge sentenced a German man to four years in jail for making pornographic films and pictures in Somalia. Gunter Pischof Albert (72) was ordered jailed and fined him $10,000. A woman (23) was also sentenced to one year in jail and fined $880.
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2011 Jan 13
In South Korea prize-winning director Park Chan-wook's said his latest film, "Night Fishing," was filmed using 10 Apple iPhone 4s, three of which he himself controlled.
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2011 Jan 13
South Sudan's independence vote cleared two major hurdles after former president Jimmy Carter gave the poll his endorsement and organizers said high turnout meant the result would be binding. Former US president Jimmy Carter said that Khartoum wants all of Sudan's $39-billion debt forgiven, saying he had erred in earlier saying it was ready to assume the south's share.
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2011 Jan 13
In Sudan 3 Bulgarians flying aircraft for the World Food Program were kidnapped in the western Darfur region.
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2011 Jan 13
In Tunisia rioters hurled stones at trams and government buildings in Tunis in defiance of increasingly tough government attempts to quash more than three weeks of rioting by youths angry about joblessness.
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2011 Jan 13
France's parliament gave final approval to a law forcing large companies to reserve at least 40 percent of their boardroom positions for women within six years.
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2011 Jan 13
In Pakistan Geo news TV journalist Wail Babar (28) was shot dead as he left work in Karachi. He had reported on drugs, crime, militancy and deadly turf struggles between the city's main political parties. On March 1, 2014, a court convicted five men of his murder. One of the men convicted, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, said in a videotaped confession posted on YouTube that he had been asked to follow Babar home from work by an activist from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the party that rules Karachi. MQM denied any link to Khan or the other killers.
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2012 Jan 13
President Barack Obama asked Congress for greater power to shrink the federal government. His first idea was merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies whose overlapping programs can be baffling to businesses.
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2012 Jan 13
In California Orange County police detained Itzcoatl Ocampo (23) of Yorba Linda in relation to 4 recent killings of homeless men in the area. On Feb 6 Ocampo was charged with two more murders, the stabbing deaths of his high school friend’s mother and older brother in Yorba Linda. On Nov 28, 2013, Ocampo died after being found sick in his cell.
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2012 Jan 13
New Orleans violence left 17 people shot over the last 18 hours. 12 people were murdered in the first 12 days of this year.
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2012 Jan 13
In Nevada a Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe (59) was sentenced to 3 years and one month in prison and ordered to repay $650,000 he acknowledged siphoning from his Las Vegas parish to support a gambling habit.
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2012 Jan 13
In Star, North Carolina, Ronald Dean Davis (50) shot a killed 3 co-workers at a lumber company, then went home and shot himself.
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2012 Jan 13
Apple said it was suspending sales of the new iPhone at its China stores after fans desperate to get their hands on it fought with security and threw eggs at an official outlet.
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2012 Jan 13
A British court ruled that Richard O'Dwyer (23), a student at Sheffield Hallam University, can be extradited to the US to answer copyright infringement allegations. He had created a website allowing people to watch films and TV shows for free. After O'Dwyer was arrested in London in November 2010, he admitted to police that he owned TVShack.net and TVShack.cc and earned about £15,000 (18,000 euros, $23,000) a month from online advertising.
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2012 Jan 13
British PM David Cameron held talks with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh.
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2012 Jan 13
Christopher Tappin (64), a retired British businessman, lost a High Court battle against extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to sell batteries for surface-to-air missiles to Iran. Tappin has said he believed he was exporting batteries for the car industry in the Netherlands.
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2012 Jan 13
El Salvador President Mauricio Funes said an estimated 22,000 former rebel combatants, now living in poverty, will finally get long-overdue health care, pensions and other benefits. About 25,000 rebel fighters are still alive and 87 percent live in poverty.
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2012 Jan 13
In Estonia volunteers from 83 countries converged on Tallinn to launch World Cleanup 2012, a voluntary 6-monthy rubbish collection effort to begin on March 24.
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2012 Jan 13
France was stripped of its top-notch credit rating by Standard & Poor’s. S&P downgraded 8 other countries including Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Slovakia and Slovenia.
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2012 Jan 13
Guatemala congressman Oscar Valentin Leal Caal, who was reportedly negotiating a switch to the law-and-order party of the conservative president-elect, was shot to death, a day before the presidential inauguration ceremony. Two attackers killed him and his brother outside the headquarters of the legislator's current party, the populist Democratic Freedom Revival.
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2012 Jan 13
Iraq's deputy premier called for PM Nouri al-Maliki to step down and warned that the country's festering political crisis risks sparking a wider sectarian conflict. Sunni Deputy PM Al-Mutlaq's Sunni-backed Iraqiya party has been boycotting parliament and Cabinet meetings since last month to protest what it sees as efforts by al-Maliki to consolidate power.
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2012 Jan 13
The cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio, off the coast of Tuscany, with more than 4,200 people aboard. Captain Francesco Schettino (52) was soon detained on charges of manslaughter. The final death toll was put at 30 dead and 2 missing. The last missing person was discovered on Nov 3, 2014, by workers dismantling the ship in Genoa.
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2012 Jan 13
Japan's PM Yoshihiko Noda said the government has yet to decide on whether it will reduce oil imports from Iran in line with US sanctions, saying businesses implications need to be considered.
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2012 Jan 13
Japanese energy firm Inpex and French giant Total announced a huge $34 billion gas project in Australia, as Tokyo looks for alternatives to nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
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2012 Jan 13
Kenyan police arrested 29 Ugandans suspected of seeking to join Islamist rebels in Somalia.
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2012 Jan 13
In Kuwait riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters, mostly descendants of desert nomads who are considered stateless and claim the Gulf nation is depriving them of citizenship and rights.
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