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2004 Feb 13
It was reported that police in Mauritania had arrested of five suspected members of Afghanistan's Taliban movement.
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2005 Feb 13
Ray Charles' final album, "Genius Loves Company," won a leading eight Grammy awards, including album of the year, record of the year for "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones, and pop vocal album.
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2005 Feb 13
Iran rejected a European demand to stop building a heavy water nuclear reactor in return for a light-water reactor.
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2005 Feb 13
Results from Iraq's elections were released and showed that majority Shiite Muslims won 48% of the votes, giving the long-oppressed group significant power but not enough to form a government on its own.
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2005 Feb 13
Insurgents attacked a US convoy and a government building near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, leaving at least four people dead. Two Iraqi National Guard troops were also killed while trying to defuse a roadside bomb. Gunmen ambushed a car carrying an Iraqi general in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad, killing him and two companions.
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2005 Feb 13
Israel's Cabinet approved a list of names of 500 Palestinian prisoners to be released in coming days, and several hundred Palestinian workers returned to jobs in Israel in line with agreements reached at a Mideast summit last week.
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2005 Feb 13
In Indian Kashmir at least 35 people were wounded when suspected separatist guerrillas threw a grenade on a crowded road.
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2005 Feb 13
Pakistani officials said severe flooding and avalanches have killed around 350 people after a week of torrential rain and heavy snow, while 2,000 others were missing and tens of thousands left homeless.
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2005 Feb 13
Firefighters shot jets of water on the 32-story Windsor building, one of Madridís tallest office buildings, for a 2nd day, fighting to control a fiery orange blaze that began the night before and threatened to collapse the 32-story skyscraper.
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2005 Feb 13
Floods and landslides in Colombia and Venezuela over the past few days cut a trail of destruction through small Andean towns and killed at least 64 people.
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2005 Feb 13
The AFC won the Pro Bowl, defeating the NFC 38-27.
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2006 Feb 13
A bomb hit a US military vehicle in central Afghanistan, killing four American troops.
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2006 Feb 13
In Haiti election results showed the former president Preval slipping further below the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.
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2006 Feb 13
In Indonesia 2 Australians were sentenced to death for trying to smuggle 18.3 pounds of heroin in 2005 from the Indonesian resort island of Bali to their homeland. In February, 2015, Myuran Sukumaran (33) and Andrew Chan (31) faced immediate execution.
Links: Australia, Indonesia, Drugs     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2006 Feb 13
Diplomats said Iran has started small-scale enrichment of uranium, a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or bombs. Talks with Moscow on moving Iranian enrichment to Russia as a way ensuring Iran has no direct control were put on indefinite hold.
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2006 Feb 13
In Baghdad a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt in a line of Iraqis waiting to receive government payments, killing 8 people and wounding about 30, including children. 11 other people were killed in attacks elsewhere in the country, including five members of a Shiite religious party and four policemen, among them a colonel.
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2006 Feb 13
In Nepal a controversial anti-corruption body set up by Nepal's King Gyanendra was dissolved, paving the way for the release of jailed ousted PM Sher Bahadur Deuba.
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2006 Feb 13
In northwestern Pakistan police fired tear gas and wielded batons to stop about 7,000 students protesting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from marching on the governor's residence.
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2006 Feb 13
In Lahore gunmen on a motorcycle killed Ahmad Javed Khawaja (72), a Pakistani doctor who spent six months in jail on suspicions of harboring al-Qaida suspects and possessing illegal weapons.
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2006 Feb 13
The outgoing Palestinian parliament passed legislation giving Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas the power to appoint a court that could veto legislation passed by the new Hamas-led parliament to be sworn in this week.
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2006 Feb 13
In North Ossetia 6 women whose relatives were victims of the 2004 Beslan school hostage seizure were on hunger strike for a fifth day, protesting what they say are efforts by authorities to prematurely end the trial of the only alleged remaining attacker.
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2006 Feb 13
In Spain survivors and relatives of people killed in terrorist attacks worldwide gathered to share stories of their common tragedy, discuss ways to fight the scourge and hear what governments plan to do to make their citizens safer.
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2006 Feb 13
US government investigators told the Senate that FEMA has let nearly 11,000 unused manufactured homes deteriorate on old runways and open fields in Arkansas, and spent $416,000 per person to house a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees for a short time in Alabama last fall. Auditors reported that millions of dollars in disaster aid had been squandered, paying for such items as a $450 tattoo and $375-a-day beachfront condos.
Links: USA, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Hurricane     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2006 Feb 13
President Evo Morales appealed to the Bush administration to extradite a former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, who fled to the US amid an uprising that left about 60 people dead after a military crackdown on demonstrators.
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2006 Feb 13
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Benaissa, agreed to boost economic ties between the two countries and hold an annual business forum to this end.
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2006 Feb 13
Testimony presented in an annual UN human rights report said Colombian security forces had killed civilians and covered it up by dressing the bodies as Marxist guerrillas.
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2006 Feb 13
The UN launched a $680 million aid plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo, complaining the world remained ignorant of what it called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two.
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2006 Feb 13
In Monterrey, Mexico, 2 police chiefs, Hector Ayala and Javier Garcia, were shot and killed within hours of each other in a violence-plagued region near the US where drug smugglers have been battling for control of key routes across the border.
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2006 Feb 13
In Turkey a bomb exploded at an Istanbul supermarket during the afternoon rush, injuring 15 people. A Kurdish news agency reported that a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
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2006 Feb 13
Joey Cheek (26), American speedskater, won a gold medal in the 500-meter sprint in Turin, Italy, and announced that he would donate his $25,000 award from the US Olympic Committee Olympic Aid, founded by Olav Koss in 1994 and direct it to a refugee program in Chad. Hannah Teter won gold and Gretchen Bleiler won silver in the halfpipe. Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin won the gold medal in pairs figure skating, extending Russia's four-decade dominance of the event.
Links: Italy, Russia, USA, Chad, Olympics, Donation, Skating     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2006 Feb 13
In Germany some 22,000 public workers in 8 of 16 federal states stopped work to protest an expanded workweek with no increase in pay.
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2006 Feb 13
Brazilís President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva created two new national parks in the Amazon rain forest and expanded another to protect an environmentally sensitive region where the government plans a major highway project.
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2006 Feb 13
DP World, a ports operator owned by the government of Dubai (UAR), paid $6.8 billion to acquire P&O, a British firm which runs a global network of maritime terminals including 6 American ports.
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2006 Feb 13
Ilan Halimi (23), a young Jewish man, died in a Paris suburb after being kidnapped on Jan 21 and tortured for 24 days. The trial of a self-proclaimed "gang of barbarians" accused of killing him went on trial in 2009. Among the 27 defendants was the girl who is alleged to have been used as bait to capture Halimi and young men accused of taking part in the abduction and guarding the captive. Youssouf Fofana, the leader of the "barbarians," fled to the Ivory Coast but was extradited to France on March 4, 2006. On July 10, 2009, a Paris court convicted Fofana (28) for the kidnapping, torture and murder Halimi and sentenced him to life in prison. 24 others, including 8 women, also were found guilty in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi. On Dec 17, 2010, an appeals court upheld the convictions of 16 people for their roles in Halimiís murder.
Links: Ivory Coast, France, Jews, Murder     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Feb 13
A Belgian court ruled that Google may not reproduce extracts from a variety of Belgian newspapers, imperiling one of the web search leader's most popular services if other courts follow suit.
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2007 Feb 13
Police and troops in Bangui, CAR, used live ammunition to disperse residents angered at the killing of two of their number by officers of the anti-banditry squad.
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2007 Feb 13
In Belgium a government-backed report blamed Belgian authorities and the ruling elite for collaborating with the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II.
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2007 Feb 13
In south-east Congo a freight train derailed and at least 20 people were killed.
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2007 Feb 13
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the US plans to cancel $391 million in outstanding debt owed by Liberia, and she urged others to help the struggling West African nation.
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2007 Feb 13
The US Commerce Department reported that the gap between what America sells abroad and what it imports rose to a record $763.6 billion last year, a 6.5% increase from the previous record of $716.7 billion set in 2005.
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2007 Feb 13
Mitt Romney, former one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts, officially entered the 2008 presidential race. In what amounted to a made-for-TV coming-out tour, Romney announced his candidacy in Michigan, the place of his birth. His father George Romney, a Michigan governor in the 1960s and an AMC chief executive, made a short-lived attempt at the presidency four decades ago.
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2007 Feb 13
A powerful storm and likely a tornado hit the New Orleans area killing an elderly woman, injuring at least 15 other people.
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2007 Feb 13
In Algeria 7 bombs went off almost simultaneously, killing six people east of the capital Algiers in an elaborate assault by suspected Islamist rebels. The Salafist group Call and Command claimed responsibility under its new name: al Qaeda in Islamic North Africa.
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2007 Feb 13
Gan Yisheng, a senior party discipline and oversight official, said nearly 100,000 members of China's ruling Communist Party were punished last year for corruption, and that eradicating graft in the near future remains a huge challenge. A Chinese business executive was sentenced to death for swindling $385 million from investors in a bogus ant-breeding scheme. Wang Zhendong, chairman of Yingkou Donghua Trading Group Co., had promised returns of up to 60% for buying kits of ants and breeding equipment.
Links: China, Insects, Scam, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Feb 13
In Ethiopia federal police said weekend clashes between Garbo and Borena nomads in the southeastern Oromia region with least 16 people killed. The clashes erupted after cattle were stolen from a rival group, sparking fresh revenge attacks.
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2007 Feb 13
In Guinea citizens were banned from leaving their homes as a strict curfew took effect in this West African country after the president instituted martial law following days of deadly protests.
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2007 Feb 13
India's central bank tightened monetary policy for a second time in two weeks to fight accelerating inflation, hiking the amount of cash commercial banks must keep on deposit. Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi led a jumbo-sized trade delegation to India and called for closer ties for companies from his country with Indian industry in farming and manufacturing.
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2007 Feb 13
A suicide truck bomber blew himself up near a college and a ration office in a mainly Shiite area of the capital, killing at least 15 people with 27 wounded. Police discovered a booby-trapped ambulance about 500 yards away, but the explosives were defused. Hours later, a parked car bomb exploded near a bakery in another predominantly Shiite area in southeastern Baghdad, killing four people and wounding four. Iraq said it will close its borders with Syria and Iran for 72 hours as part of the drive to secure and pacify Baghdad.
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2007 Feb 13
Japan opened an international whaling conference by blasting a boycott by dozens of anti-whaling nations, saying their absence would block much-needed reforms of the commission that sets regulations.
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2007 Feb 13
In Lebanon bombs packed with metal pellets tore through two commuter buses in a mainly Christian area, a day before the second anniversary of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination. At least 3 people were killed and 20 wounded in the coordinated attack.
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2007 Feb 13
In Nigeria gunmen released 24 Filipino sailors taken hostage in the lawless southern oil-producing region.
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2007 Feb 13
North Korea agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for millions of dollars in aid. The agreement reached in Beijing said North Korea would close its nuclear plants within 60 days in return for aid and other inducements. North Korean state media said the pact required only a temporary suspension of the country's nuclear facilities.
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2007 Feb 13
Pakistan's ruling party introduced a bill to outlaw forced marriages, including under an ancient tribal custom in which women are married off in order to settle feuds.
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2007 Feb 13
Ecuador's Congress approved holding a referendum on whether to create an assembly to rewrite the constitution, bowing to demands by the new leftist president who is seeking to weaken traditional political parties.
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2007 Feb 13
Officials in the Ivory Coast said that Trafigura, a Dutch-based oil trading company, agreed to pay $197 million to secure the release of three executives from an Ivory Coast prison and settle claims that it dumped toxic waste that killed at least 10 people in the West African nation.
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2007 Feb 13
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a stronger international push for lasting Mideast peace and urged for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear standoff.
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2007 Feb 13
In Geneva the US clashed with China and Russia during a disarmament debate over how to prevent an arms race in outer space, and Washington criticized Beijing for its recent test of an anti-satellite missile. Russia and China, in turn, condemned the "one state" that refuses to consider a treaty banning space weapons, a reference to the US.
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2007 Feb 13
Military officials said clashes between the Yemeni army and followers of a Shiite rebel leader have killed 16 troops and 69 guerrillas during the past three days.
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2007 Feb 13
Brent Wilkes, a former CIA official, was indicted on corruption charges related to ex-Congressman Randy Cunningham and defense contractors.
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2007 Feb 13
David Passaro, a former CIA contract employee, was sentenced to 8 Ĺ years in prison for beating Afghan detainee Abdul Wali in July, 2003. Wali died 48 hours after interrogation.
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