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2007 Feb 13
Charles Norwood (b.1941), tobacco-chewing conservative Georgia congressman, died of cancer and lung disease.
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2007 Feb 13
In Brazil 2 students, who endured more than 60 hours without food and water, were rescued after being robbed and thrown into an abandoned well. Police entered a Rio slum and clashed with drug gangs in shootouts that killed six people, including at least four suspected gang members.
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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. Inflation at 6.73% hit a 2-year high, despite 5 interest rate hikes in the past year. Italian PM 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
Heather MacAllister (37), creator of the Fat Bottom Revue burlesque act in SF, died in Portland, Ore., through assisted suicide after a battle with ovarian cancer.
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2007 Feb 13
In Canada D-Wave Systems, based in Burnaby near Vancouver, announced the existence of the world’s first practical quantum computer.
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2007 Feb 13
In Richmond, Ca., Luz Maria Aguilar-Bucio (32), mother of 3, was killed with her fetus at home by shots from a high-powered assault rifle. In December Robert Valentino Hernandez III (19) and Robert Joe Leyva (22) were charged with her murder.
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2007 Feb 13
With Democrats in control, House members debated Iraq in an emotional and historic faceoff over a war that Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned as a commitment with "no end in sight."
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2008 Feb 13
In Afghanistan an Italian soldier was killed in an ambush while he was distributing food and clothes to civilians. A roadside bomb struck Afghan security forces killing 3 people and wounding four in the Musa Qala district. In western Afghanistan Taliban militants freed the last six hostages from a group of 21 men abducted Feb 10, while they hunted for rare birds in Farah province. US-led coalition swoops on Taliban leaders in Uruzgan and Zabul provinces left several insurgents dead. 2 civilians transporting construction materials were blown up by a rebel bomb.
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2008 Feb 13
Australians watched a live broadcast of their government apologizing for policies that degraded its indigenous people. PM Rudd said Australians had reached a time in their history when they must face up to their past to be able to cope with the future. Aborigines numbered about 450,000 in Australia's population of 21 million.
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2008 Feb 13
The EU's top justice official called for a massive shake-up of the bloc's border security, recommending that all visitors be screened and fingerprinted and a satellite surveillance system be set up to keep illegal migrants out.
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2008 Feb 13
Iraq's parliament passed three key pieces of legislation that set a date for provincial elections, allot $48 billion for 2008 spending, and provide limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody. Following the session the parliament began a five-week holiday.
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2008 Feb 13
In Italy police raided sites in Calabria and issued arrest warrants for 57 people, including politicians, bankers and businessmen, in the latest mafia sweep targeting drug trafficking and extortion rackets.
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2008 Feb 13
Kenya's rival parties sequestered themselves at a luxury lodge in a game park as they attempted to hammer out a peace deal to end weeks of bloodshed.
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2008 Feb 13
In Nepal a shortage of fuel prompted by strikes and protests in the south forced the shutdown of much of the capital's public transportation system.
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2008 Feb 13
In Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded as a crowd was leaving a political rally in the Swat Valley, killing one man and wounding a candidate for next week's elections.
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2008 Feb 13
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged South African President Thabo Mbeki to show some "courage" and pressure Robert Mugabe ahead of next month's elections. Former finance minister Simba Makoni pledged to heal the wounds of Zimbabwe as he unveiled his manifesto for next month's election battle against veteran President Robert Mugabe.
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2008 Feb 13
President Bush signed legislation to rush rebates ranging from $300 to $1,200 to millions of people, the centerpiece of government efforts to brace the wobbly economy. First, though, you must file your 2007 tax return.
Links: USA, Economics, BushGW     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Feb 13
A prosecutor in Buffalo, NY, announced that a woman, who spent 13 years in prison after being convicted of strangling her 13-year-old daughter, was exonerated by forensic evidence showing she died of a cocaine overdose. Lynn DeJac (44) insisted that a former boyfriend was responsible.
Links: USA, New York, Drugs, Teens Amuck     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Feb 13
In Colombia a delegation of visiting US union leaders expressed alarm at what its members called a steady erosion of labor rights in the world's deadliest country for organized labor.
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2008 Feb 13
In Greece thousands of demonstrators marched through Athens and Thessaloniki to protest government social security reforms as a Greek general strike shut down schools, hospitals and all public services.
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2008 Feb 13
In Nigeria at least seven people were killed and several more were trapped when a four-storey building collapsed in Lagos.
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2008 Feb 13
Vuk Obradovic (61), a former Yugoslav army general who was one of the opposition leaders who toppled strongman Slobodan Milosevic, died.
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2008 Feb 13
The WTO condemned China for the first time for taxing imports of auto parts at the same rate as foreign-made finished cars.
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2008 Feb 13
NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer hired a prostitute in Washington, DC, and paid her $4,300. News of this broke on March 10, when he apologized to his family and the public.
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2009 Feb 13
US envoy Richard Holbrooke held key talks in Afghanistan aimed at stepping up the fight against a Taliban-led insurgency that the top US intelligence chief warned was escalating.
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2009 Feb 13
Australian authorities charged a man with lighting one of the wildfires that killed at least 189 people, and whisked him into protective custody to guard him from public fury. Brendan Sokaluk (39), faced two charges related to one of the February 7 fires that killed 11 people in Victoria's Gippsland region, east of Melbourne.
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2009 Feb 13
State media reported that China plans to create a blacklist of journalists who break its reporting rules, adding to an array of controls used to restrict its domestic media.
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2009 Feb 13
The World Bank said it will provide a $710 million loan to China to help rebuild areas hit by last year's devastating Sichuan earthquake.
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2009 Feb 13
A Congolese military spokesman said more than 40 members of a Hutu militia suspected of atrocities during Rwanda's 1994 genocide were killed in an overnight air raid.
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2009 Feb 13
In Germany Ahmad Obeidi (24), and Afghan immigrant, was convicted of murdering his 16-year-old sister in a so-called "honor killing."
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2009 Feb 13
In Iraq a female suicide bomber attacked a tent filled with women and children resting from a pilgrimage to Karbala, killing 40 people and injuring 60 others. It was the deadliest attack in Iraq this year and the third straight day of bombings against Shiite pilgrims.
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2009 Feb 13
Myanmar's military government extended the house arrest of the deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party for one year, despite recent calls from the United Nations for the release of political prisoners.
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2009 Feb 13
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell said it has declared force majeure on shipments from its main Nigerian terminal because of increased attacks by insurgents on key facilities. Force Majeure (French for "superior force") is a common clause in contracts which essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties.
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2009 Feb 13
Two rockets fired by Gaza militants hit near a communal farm and the town of Sderot. An Israeli airstrike on Gaza killed one man and critically wounded another. The men were riding a motorcycle near the town of Khan Younis when they were hit by fire from an Israeli drone.
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2009 Feb 13
In the southern Philippines 9 gunmen snatched a Sri Lankan peace activist from his home, the latest in a wave of kidnappings blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants.
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2009 Feb 13
In Sri Lanka the top health official said artillery shelling and gunbattles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels were killing about 40 civilians every day and wounding more than 100 others inside Sri Lanka's war zone.
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2009 Feb 13
In Zimbabwe Roy Bennett, a white farmer turned politician with Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was arrested by state agents just as the new cabinet was preparing to take office. Tsvangirai had named Bennett to become the deputy minister of agriculture in the new coalition cabinet.
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2009 Feb 13
US Congress approved a $787 billion stimulus package. The House vote was 246-183, with all Republicans opposed to the package. The Senate approved the measure 60-38 with three GOP moderates providing crucial support. It contained provisions recognizing and compensating some 18,000 Filipino veterans who fought under the American flag when the Philippines was still an American colony.
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2009 Feb 13
The Lynchburg, Va.-based Peanut Corp. of America, at the heart of a national salmonella outbreak, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in US Bankruptcy Court.
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2009 Feb 13
In eastern India at least 15 people were killed and more than 160 injured when a train derailed in Orissa state near Jajpur.
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2009 Feb 13
Turks and Caicos Islands jet-setting PM Michael Misick said he will step down as leader the at the end of March, citing a lack of support for his scandal-plagued government. Premier Misick reportedly paid himself more than Britain’s Gordon Brown for running the territory of 36,000 people.
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2009 Feb 13
In Mexico photographer Jean Paul Ibarra (33) and reporter Yenny Marchan were on their way to the morgue in the southern city of Iguala when gunmen on another motorcycle came alongside and opened fire. Marchan received two bullet wounds but survived; Ibarra was killed.
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2009 Feb 13
Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), already 43% owned by the British government announced a Ł10billion loss at HBOS, which it had taken over last September.
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2009 Feb 13
In Southern California Amber Dubois (14) disappeared while on her way to Escondido high school. Her body was found on March 6, 2010, on the Pala Indian Reservation. On May 15, 2010 John Albert Gardner was sentenced to life in prison for attacks on Chelsea King (17) and Amber Dubois (14).
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2010 Feb 13
Thousands Afghan soldiers and US Marines stormed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah by air and ground, meeting only scattered resistance but facing a daunting thicket of bombs and booby traps that slowed their advance. NATO reported two troop casualties, an American and a Briton, on the first day of the offensive, called "Moshtarak," or "Together."
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2010 Feb 13
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao warned his people to keep a "sober mind" about the challenges ahead in the new year as the country welcomed the arrival of the Year of the Tiger with noisy celebrations. Feb 14 officially marked the first day of the Lunar new Year.
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2010 Feb 13
French transport and utility group Veolia was given the green light to run passenger trains in France in competition with national rail operator SNCF.
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2010 Feb 13
In India a terror attack took place at the German Bakery restaurant in the western city of Pune. The death toll reached 17 people with some 60 others injured. A group called Lashkar-e-Taiba al-Almi claimed responsibility in response to India's "refusal" to discuss the disputed region of Kashmir. A terror cell responsible for the attack was broken up in 2011.
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2010 Feb 13
Fourteen Indian border guards were suspended for suspected involvement in the Feb 5 shooting death of Zahid Farooq Shah (17) in the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir.
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2010 Feb 13
In Iraq about 10 rockets struck Camp Sparrowhawk near Amarah early in the morning, injuring two Iraqi soldiers and damaging equipment.
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2010 Feb 13
Italian police said they have confiscated 500,000 tons of counterfeit goods discovered in eight industrial hangars on the outskirts of Rome. Once labeled with Italian brands, They would have brought in several million euros for the counterfeiters. The goods were suspected of being imported from China.
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2010 Feb 13
In Myanmar Tin Oo (82), the deputy leader of the pro-democracy party, was released by the military regime after almost seven years in detention and said he hoped the party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi would also soon gain freedom.
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2010 Feb 13
In California, South African Chris Bertish won the $50,000 first prize at the 7th Mavericks Surf Contest north of Half Moon Bay. Earlier in the day a series of waves crashed into some of the thousands of fans who had flocked to a beach to try to see the action.
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2010 Feb 13
In Canada on the opening day of Olympic competition Vancouver police in riot gear confronted more than 200 masked protesters who hurled newspaper boxes through display windows of a popular department store selling Olympic souvenirs. Guillame Joseph-Marc Beaulieu (27) led a group of about 100 black-masked anarchists who spray-painted vehicles and smashed storefront windows as they marched. On Feb 16 police reported his arrest. Beaulieu, charged with mischief, had also led a group that blocked a street and forced organizers to re-route a relay transporting the Olympic flame to the opening ceremonies.
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2010 Feb 13
In Indonesia contestants took part in the Social Cultural Transvestite Queen beauty pageant in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. The transvestite beauty pageant was held for the first time in the country's only province that officially adopted Islamic sharia law.
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2010 Feb 13
In Italy an Egyptian youth, Hamed Mahmoud Abdel Aziz Essayyed Abdou, was stabbed to death in Milan in a killing blamed on Peruvian and Ecuadorian youths. 36 Egyptians and one Ivorian national were detained following a rampage by around 100 North Africans.
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2010 Feb 13
Ivory Coast's opposition declared it would no longer recognize Laurent Gbagbo as president, a move likely to complicate his efforts to form a new government.
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2010 Feb 13
In Mexico hundreds of people marched against the drug gang violence besieging the border city of Ciudad Juarez, gathering at a bridge where they simulated the massacre of a group of teenagers last month. Police, meanwhile, found the bullet-ridden bodies of five men, missing since Feb 6., in a town in the southwestern corner of Chihuahua state. A decapitated body was found dumped beside the highway leading into Acapulco.
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2010 Feb 13
In Nigeria at least 20 bus passengers were killed in Port Harcourt when a cable fell onto the bus and electrocuted the people inside.
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2010 Feb 13
In Alaska an avalanche near Seward buried Jim Bowles, head of Conoco Phillips Alaska and Alan Gage, part of the company’s capital projects team. They were among a party of 12 snowmobilers.
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