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2012 Jan 13
It was reported that mounds of debris were piling up at illegal dumping sites around Mexico City in recent weeks as the metropolis grappled with an avalanche of refuse after closing one of the world's largest landfills.
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2012 Jan 13
Myanmar freed some of its most famous political inmates, sparking jubilation outside prison gates while signaling its readiness to meet Western demands for lifting economic sanctions. The Thai-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) said that 272 political prisoners were released, while more than 1,000 remained locked up. President Thein Sein ordered the military not to attack any ethnic minority groups except in self-defense.
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2012 Jan 13
A top Nigerian labor leader announced a two-day suspension of protests at the weekend as a national strike over fuel prices shut down the country for a fifth day running. In the northeast gunmen attacked two pubs, killing four people amid a wave of such violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram.
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2012 Jan 13
The International Committee of the Red Cross called on local authorities in war-torn Somalia's south and center to release 140 trucks carrying aid for 240,000 needy.
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2012 Jan 13
Ratings agency Fitch revised South Africa's outlook from stable to negative, citing the country's failure to create enough jobs and to speed up economic growth.
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2012 Jan 13
South Sudan signed its first oil deals with foreign nations since it won independence last July, inking agreements with Chinese, Indian and Malaysian firms.
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2012 Jan 13
Sri Lanka reacted furiously to a spate of "personalized" foreign postage stamps bearing the image of slain Tamil Tiger rebel supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.
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2012 Jan 13
In Sudan Hussein Khogli, editor in chief of Al-Wan, said authorities have ordered his independent daily newspaper to suspend publishing. The previous day’s edition was blocked from distribution without explanation.
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2012 Jan 13
The head of the Arab League warned that Syria may be sliding toward civil war. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces killed one protester in the central city of Hama and another in the town of Ariha in the northwestern province of Idlib, where more than 20,000 people were demonstrating.
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2012 Jan 13
Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash (87) died. He was the driving force behind the Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence in 1983.
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2012 Jan 13
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that his government will close its consulate in Miami after the US government expelled a diplomat.
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2012 Jan 13
At least 4 Yemeni protesters were killed and over a dozen people injured when security forces fired bullets and tear gas at marchers in the southern city of Aden. Fighting left three militants dead, among them an Algerian.
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2012 Jan 13
In Romania demonstrations began on behalf of Raed Arafat, a popular health care official. He had quit over a plan to privatize a medical emergency system, which he had set up. On Jan 17 the government gave him back his job and said it would rethink its health plans.
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2012 Jan 13
Hysen Sherifi (b.1984), a legal US resident from Kosovo, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for conspiracy to attack the US marine base at Quantico, Va. He was among 7 men arrested on 27 July, 2009, near Raleigh, North Carolina on charges of participating in a conspiracy to commit "violent jihad.” According to a federal indictment he had paid Daniel Patrick Boyd $500 in April 2008 to help fund an overseas jihad and traveled to Kosovo in July 2008 to engage in "violent jihad." He returned to North Carolina in April 2009 and trained in military tactics in Caswell County in summer of 2009 and Planned an attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., with Daniel Boyd in June and July 2009. On Nov 8 Sherifi was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot to behead witnesses who testified against him.
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2012 Jan 13
British store owner Peter Avis (66) was killed at his home above his Collis and Son shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. In February suspect, Pytor Malaniuk, was detained during a police raid in the eastern Polish city of Biala Podlaska.
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2013 Jan 13
In the Golden Globe awards winners included “Argo” as the best movie; Ben Affleck won as best director for “Argo.” Daniel Day Lewis won as best movie actor for his role in “Lincoln,” and Jessica Chastain won as best actress for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty.”
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2013 Jan 13
Hollywood actress Jodie Foster confirmed long-running speculation that she is gay by coming out at the Golden Globes awards, but joked she wouldn't be holding a news conference to discuss her private life.
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2013 Jan 13
In Afghanistan an explosion killed 7 villagers as they tried to pull bodies of dead insurgents from the rubble of a village mosque after a night raid by NATO and Afghan troops. Four insurgents and an Afghan soldier were also reported killed in the operation.
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2013 Jan 13
In China people refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing's murky skyline as the air quality in the notoriously polluted capital went off the index.
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2013 Jan 13
In Egypt an appeals court overturned Hosni Mubarak's life sentence and ordered a retrial of the ousted president for failing to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled his regime.
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2013 Jan 13
In France some 300,000 people marched toward the Eiffel Tower from three different points in the city to protest against President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage.
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2013 Jan 13
In Georgia 190 people considered political prisoners by the new parliament walked free under an amnesty strongly opposed by Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili. More than 3,000 other prisoners who had their sentences reduced under the amnesty will be freed in the next two months.
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2013 Jan 13
Gen. Ali Moayedi, head of Iran's anti-narcotics police, was quoted by newspapers as saying that some 30 drug smugglers and addicts are identified and arrested every hour in Iran. Moayedi said that over 1,286 kg (2,835 pounds) are confiscated each day.
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2013 Jan 13
In Iraq insurgent attacks in separate parts of the country killed four people including a 7-year-old boy and wounded five others. Attackers detonated a bomb next to a convoy carrying the Iraqi finance minister Rafia al-Issawi. He was not hurt in the bombing.
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2013 Jan 13
In Pakistan a roadside bomb hit an army convoy in North Waziristan, killing 14 soldiers. Thousands of Shiites protested in Quetta for a third day, pressing their demands for greater security. PM Raja Pervez Ashraf bowed to protester demands and sacked the provincial governor of Balochistan for failing to safeguard the security of Shias.
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2013 Jan 13
Palestinian protesters who pitched tents at a strategic West Bank site to protest plans to build a Jewish housing project there were evicted early today. PM Netanyahu pledged to move ahead with construction of a new Jewish settlement in the area.
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2013 Jan 13
In Russia thousands marched through Moscow to protest a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
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2013 Jan 13
Serbia adopted a set of guidelines for reconciliation talks with the leaders of Kosovo, in a strong first signal it is loosening its claim to its former province in hopes of getting closer to EU membership.
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2013 Jan 13
In South Africa Christopher "Norm" Bates (41), an American Embassy employee, was allegedly stabbed to death around 3 a.m. at a Johannesburg apartment. A 29-year-old woman was arrested.
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2013 Jan 13
In Geneva delegates from more than 130 nations began a final round of negotiations on the creation of the first legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions.
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2013 Jan 13
Syrian fighter jets Damascus suburbs in a government offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic areas around the capital. At least 45 people were killed in the government barrage. Troops battled rebels in the suburb of Daraya a day after government officials claimed the army had taken much of the strategic area. Heavy fighting was reported in the northern province of Deir el-Zour, involving attacks by warplanes.
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2013 Jan 13
Four women went topless in St. Peter's Square to protest the Vatican's opposition to gay marriage. Police quickly took the women away.
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2013 Jan 13
Thousands of supporters of Venezuela's cancer-stricken president held rallies across the nation, hours before the government announced that Hugo Chavez is responding favorably to treatment for a respiratory infection.
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2013 Jan 13
Argentina said that a monthly basket for an indigent family of four cost 719 pesos in December, or about 5.99 pesos per day, per person. On the streets of Buenos Aires, 6 pesos doesn't stretch beyond a pack of chewing gum, or a cup of yoghurt, or a single "alfajor" cookie.
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2013 Jan 13
In Detroit General Motors unveiled its latest model of the Corvette Stingray on the eve of the Detroit motor show. The next day GM’s Cadillac ATS sedan took the show’s top prize.
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2014 Jan 13
Negotiators from the US Senate and House of Representatives unveiled a $1 trillion spending bill late today, eliminating the threat of another government shutdown, at least until October.
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2014 Jan 13
The US Supreme Court declined to review an appeals court ruling that said an Arizona law banning abortions starting at 20 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional, meaning the restrictive state law is struck down.
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2014 Jan 13
The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Mohamed Ali Samantar, a former top official in Somalia, who has been ordered to pay Somali torture victims $21 million. Samantar, now living in Virginia, was a top official in dictator Siad Barre's regime in the 1980s and early 1990s.
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2014 Jan 13
In Florida an argument over texting in a movie theater led retired police captain Curtis Reeves (71) to fatally shoot Chad Oulsen (43).
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2014 Jan 13
Gerald Rosen, the mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy, announced that local and national foundations have pledged $330 million in an effort to shore up the city’s ailing pensions and protect the artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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2014 Jan 13
An emotional Dennis Rodman appeared to break down as he apologized on his return from a controversial trip to North Korea, where he sang "Happy Birthday" to regime leader Kim Jong-Un. He added that he would visit the North again next month for "another game," but gave no further details.
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2014 Jan 13
Australian officials said one man died a day earlier and four other people were missing after a fast-moving wildfire destroyed at least 49 homes in Perth. Firefighters continued to fight the blaze.
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2014 Jan 13
In Brazil 10 public buses were destroyed after 12 people were shot and killed overnight in Campinas, Sao Paulo state. Police said the surge of violence began with the murder of an off-duty policeman.
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2014 Jan 13
Britain vowed to honor all government debt up until the date of Scotland's possible independence, should Scottish people vote to break away from the United Kingdom later this year.
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2014 Jan 13
A Cambodian court freed Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky and he will not be extradited to Russia to face embezzlement charges there.
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2014 Jan 13
In southern China an explosion at an illegal gambling hall in Kaili, Guizhou province, killed 14 people and injured seven others.
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2014 Jan 13
France's Total said it has agreed to explore for shale gas in Britain, making it the first major oil company to enter the country's market in the face of widely publicized environmental protests.
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2014 Jan 13
German antitrust authorities fined a group of beer brewers a total of 106.5 million euros ($145 million) for illegal price-fixing between 2006 and 2008.
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2014 Jan 13
An Indian official said police arrested napkin seller (38) over the weekend for allegedly torturing a 11-year-old maid who was forced to eat chilies, which were also rubbed on her body. He and his wife had bought the girl in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for 15,000 rupees ($240) from her parents about a year ago on the pretext that she would be well looked after and given a better education.
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2014 Jan 13
Iraq’s PM Nuri al-Maliki publicly rebuked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call for the country to halt executions while standing beside him at a joint news conference. Ban Ki-moon called for Iraqi leaders to address the "root causes" of a surge in bloodshed as security forces clashed with gunmen in violence-wracked Anbar province. A series of attacks in the Baghdad area, including four car bombs targeting civilians, killed at least 30 people
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2014 Jan 13
In Ireland Saverio Bellante (34) of Italy was charged with the murder of Tom O'Gorman. Bellante said he was guilty of cutting open his Dublin landlord's chest and tried to eat his heart following a fight over a chess match.
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2014 Jan 13
Japan said it has signed an agreement with Palau to allow Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by helping the small Pacific island cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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2014 Jan 13
A spokesman said Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013 banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships. The law also criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings.
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2014 Jan 13
In the Philippines the Sandiganbayan antigraft court said the former fist lady Imelda Marcos should forfeit all jewelry after ruling that it was ill-gotten.
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2014 Jan 13
Officials in the Philippines said two days of heavy rains set off floods and landslides in the southeast have left at least 20 people dead, 13 missing and thousands displaced.
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2014 Jan 13
In South Africa Mike Tshele and Osia Rahube were killed during a clash with police when residents of a village marched to the Madibeng municipality buildings in North West province to protest about water shortages. A 3rd person shot by police died on Jan 19.
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2014 Jan 13
South Sudanese government troops advanced on Bor, the last state capital still in rebel hands, as ceasefire talks in neighboring Ethiopia were called off for the day.
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2014 Jan 13
Swedish Dr. Mats Brannstrom said nine women have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant.
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2014 Jan 13
In Syria the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the northern town of al-Bab. American and Russian negotiators in Paris said Syria's government and the opposition have agreed to consider opening humanitarian access in the run-up to a peace conference that would bring the sides together for the first time. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL had executed 46 Islamists from the Ahrar al-Sham in an ambush in Kantari and killed 14 prisoners today in Homs province.
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2014 Jan 13
US and Russian envoys said Syria’s government and the main opposition group have agreed to allow humanitarian aid into some blocked-off parts of the country.
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