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2011 Feb 13
The annual Grammy Awards were presented in Los Angeles. The band “Lady Antebellum” won 5 trophies including Album of the Year and Song of the Year (Need You Now).
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2011 Feb 13
Algerian opposition groups said they would follow up yesterday’s protest by calling a demonstration in the capital every Saturday until the government is changed.
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2011 Feb 13
Bahrain's security forces set up checkpoints and fanned out on patrols as opposition groups blanketed social media sites with calls to stage the first major anti-government protests in the Gulf since the uprising in Egypt.
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2011 Feb 13
In Bangladeshi hundreds of small investors, angry at a new plunge in share prices, set fire to tires and pelted police with bricks outside the stock exchange and demanded the resignation of the finance minister.
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2011 Feb 13
Colombian rebels released a fourth captive, police patrolman Carlos Ocampo (340) held since December, but a planned handover of two others did not occur. The government said police Maj. Guillermo Solorzano (35), who was captured in June 2007, and army Cpl. 1st Class Salin Antonio San Miguel Valderrana (27), captive since May 2008, were not at the location designated for the helicopter retrieval by the International Red Cross.
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2011 Feb 13
Colombian soldiers for the first time seized a fully submersible drug-smuggling submarine capable of reaching the coast of Mexico. The 99-foot-long (30-m) fiberglass boat, powered by two diesel engines, could carry a crew of six in an air-conditioned interior.
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2011 Feb 13
Egypt's military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to transition to democratic. The military said they would govern only for six months or until elections took place, following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
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2011 Feb 13
Iran's opposition renewed its call for a rally in support of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt despite a government warning of repercussions if demonstrations take place.
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2011 Feb 13
Abdullah Gul arrived in Tehran on his first trip as Turkish president aimed at boosting economic and political ties with the Islamic republic.
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2011 Feb 13
Thousands of Italian women turned out across the country to protest against Premier Berlusconi, saying his dalliances with young women humiliate the sex as a whole.
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2011 Feb 13
In Macedonia ethnic clashes, mainly Muslim ethnic Albanians and orthodox Christians, broke out at the historic Kale Fortress in a dispute over a new structure being built on the foundations of a 13th-century church. 8 people were injured.
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2011 Feb 13
Mexicans took to the streets in their hundreds to protest a staggering surge in drug-related violent crime nationwide that claimed at least 45 lives in one weekend. A dozen people were killed in Acapulco this weekend, including a prison guard. A street shootout killed seven people and injured one in suburban Mexico City. It resulted from an internal dispute between gangs tied to La Familia. Acapulco police discovered three dead men from a car left in the parking lot of a state prison.
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2011 Feb 13
Fifty illegal Somali migrants and a Tanzanian captain died after a ship sank off the coast of northern Mozambique. Mozambican marines sent 89 Somali and Ethiopian survivors to a refugee camp which holds about 3,000 illegal migrants.
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2011 Feb 13
In Sudan a group of women demonstrated in Khartoum to demand the release of dozens of protesters arrested last month, as 3 journalists were detained in a separate rally.
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2011 Feb 13
Switzerland, which has the highest rate of suicide by firearms in Europe, voted to hold fast to its long-standing tradition of letting citizens keep army-issue weapons at home.
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2011 Feb 13
In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters massed in Bangkok for the latest in a series of rallies by rival political factions ahead of elections expected this year. A car bomb exploded in the insurgency-plagued far south, injuring 18 people, including four soldiers.
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2011 Feb 13
Tunisian immigrants clinging to small fishing boats landed in Italy, as the Italian government appealed for EU aid and said it wanted to deploy its security forces in Tunisia.
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2011 Feb 13
The Yemeni opposition agreed to resume talks suspended since October with the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the target of post-Tunisian revolution protests calling for his ouster. Police armed with sticks and daggers beat back thousands of protesters marching through the capital in a third straight day of demonstrations calling for political reforms and the resignation of the country's US-allied president.
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2011 Feb 13
In Brockton, Massachusetts, the bodies of Maria Palaguachi-Cela (25) and her 2-year-old son, Brian Caguana, were found stuffed into a dumpster. They had been bludgeoned to death. Suspect Luis Guaman (42) soon fled to Ecuador. On April 30, 2012, Guaman was convicted in Ecuador of premeditated murder and faced 16-25 years in prison. On May 8, 2012 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined $10,000.
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2012 Feb 13
President Barack Obama sent Congress a new budget that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade through cuts in government spending and higher taxes on the wealthy. At the same time, he wants to boost spending in key areas such as transportation and education.
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2012 Feb 13
In Michigan opening statements began in the trial of 7 members of the Hutaree militia arrested in 2010 for plotting to overthrow the US government. Since their capture only one of nine charged has agreed to a plea deal. On March 27 a judge dismissed the most serious charges against the 7 defendants.
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2012 Feb 13
Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a measure that makes his state the seventh to legalize same-sex marriage, effective June 7. Opponents almost immediately filed a referendum to challenge the new law, meaning voters likely will have the final say.
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2012 Feb 13
General Electric Co. said it plans to hire 5,000 US military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the US this year.
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2012 Feb 13
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said the government has signed a long-term partnership with Italy for continued financial support and military training. The agreement states that Italy will continue these efforts after 2014, when the Afghan government is expected to take the lead in securing the country. In the south a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
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2012 Feb 13
Bahrain security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades as thousands of protesters tried to occupy Pearl Square in the nation's capital ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Gulf kingdom's Shiite-led uprising.
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2012 Feb 13
A police strike in Rio de Janeiro ended just days before the world's biggest Carnival bash. The strike never affected security in the city, the number of officers who adhered to it appeared relatively small and authorities never had to call on army soldiers to patrol streets, as was feared.
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2012 Feb 13
Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina said the US inability to cut illegal drug consumption leaves his country with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, a remarkable turnaround for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime with an iron fist.
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2012 Feb 13
In India and Georgia assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in near-simultaneous strikes that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. The attacks wounded four people. A hitman on a rented motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to the back of an Israeli embassy car carrying the 42-year-old diplomat as she went to pick up her children from school in New Delhi. The woman, also the wife of the defense attache at the embassy, was left in a critical condition with spinal injuries and was flown to Israel for further treatment. 3 men of Iranian origin were later identified as suspects.
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2012 Feb 13
Many Iranian web users said their access to foreign email services such as Gmail, Yahoo mail and Hotmail appears to have been restored after a four day outage.
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2012 Feb 13
In Iraq a police commander Col. Saad al-Shameri, who for years hunted militants, was ambushed and killed in a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. His driver was also killed.
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2012 Feb 13
Israeli settlers from the unauthorized West Bank Migron outpost said they reached a deal with the country's government to allow them to stay put for two more years, despite Israeli Supreme Court orders to evacuate them next month. A spokesman said Israel will build an entirely new settlement on a nearby hilltop to house the evicted Migron dwellers.
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2012 Feb 13
Libyan members of a hundred militias announced a new unified military council.
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2012 Feb 13
The Malian army said that soldiers and civilians had been summarily executed during a Tuareg offensive in the town of Aguelhok. France condemned the extra-judicial killings of some 82 people in the town on January 24, which the Malian army confirmed. A nomadic community of some 1.5 million people, Tuareg of various tribes are scattered between Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Niger and Mali.
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2012 Feb 13
Suspected Nigerian pirates fired on a cargo ship around 110 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria killing the captain and chief engineer. The French navy came to the aid of the cargo ship.
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2012 Feb 13
Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani was charged with contempt by the country's highest court, pleading not guilty to charges over the government's two-year refusal to write to authorities in Switzerland asking them to re-open corruption cases against Pres. Zardari. The charges could see him jailed for six months and disqualified from office.
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2012 Feb 13
In Pakistan 7 men, allegedly held by the feared intelligence services, appeared in court, an unprecedented development following orders from the country's highest court. The 7 men appeared frail, weak, unable to talk and unable to walk properly more than a year and a half after being allegedly arrested. A remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van exploded in Baluchistan province, killing two boys and wounding 17 others including a senior police official.
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2012 Feb 13
Military planes flew in tons of emergency food to towns and villages in eastern Romania where thousands have been stranded by blizzards.
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2012 Feb 13
In Senegal four soldiers wee killed by separatist rebels in the country's southern Casamance region.
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2012 Feb 13
Across Somalia gun-toting Shebab insurgents staged rallies to celebrate their group's recognition by Ayman al-Zawahiri as a member of the Islamist Al-Qaeda network.
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2012 Feb 13
Spain's Supreme Court threw out a case against recently barred magistrate Baltasar Garzon in which he was suspected of improperly receiving money while on sabbatical in New York in 2005-2006. The court cited a three-year statute of limitations on bribery charges. Garzon awaited a verdict in a third case for allegedly overstepping jurisdiction by launching a 2008 probe of right-wing atrocities during and after the 1936-1939 Spanish civil war.
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2012 Feb 13
Syrian rebels repelled a push by government tanks into Rastan, a key central town held by forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime. At least three soldiers were left dead. A sniper shot dead a civilian in Hama.
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2012 Feb 13
A clash in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast has left 15 Kurdish rebels and two Turkish soldiers dead.
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2012 Feb 13
The United Nations backed the Maldives' new leader's proposal for a national unity government though the ousted leader called for a snap poll to resolve a political crisis.
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2012 Feb 13
An Indonesian woman died of H5N1 bird flu a day after being admitted to a hospital in Tangerang district on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta. This was Indonesia's third human death from the deadly disease this year.
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2012 Feb 13
Anwar Kamal Khan Marwat (64), Pakistani politician and tribal leader, died.
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2013 Feb 13
In Washington DC celebrities and activists were arrested after tying themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Sierra Club Director Michael Brune was also arrested, the first time in the group’s history that club leader was arrested in an act of civil disobedience.
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2013 Feb 13
The boards of American Airlines and US Airways approved their merger. This will create the world’s biggest airline.
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2013 Feb 13
In Afghanistan a NATO airstrike struck two houses, killing 10 Afghan civilians and four insurgents in Kunar province near the Pakistani border. President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. Mahmood, an Afghan soldier-turned-insurgent, who was feted by the Taliban for killing an American soldier during an insider attack on May 11, 2012, was killed along with an accomplice in a raid in Ghaziabad district. Kunar province.
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2013 Feb 13
British police investigating the hacking of mobile phones to generate stories at Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid made six more arrests of journalists or former journalists.
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2013 Feb 13
British fashion retailer Republic became the latest casualty of the economic downturn, seeking protection from creditors and putting around 2,500 jobs at risk.
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2013 Feb 13
The EU and the US announced that they have agreed to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic free trade deal.
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2013 Feb 13
In Dresden, Germany, over 10,000 anti-fascist activists massed to block a neo-Nazi march on the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Dresden.
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2013 Feb 13
Iran's nuclear chief said his country has begun installing a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges at its main facility making nuclear fuel. IRNA news quoted Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran began installing the new centrifuges at Natanz site about a month ago. Senior UN investigators began a new round of talks with government officials over allegations that Tehran may have carried out tests on triggers for atomic weapons.
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2013 Feb 13
Gen. Hassan Shateri, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was killed on the road linking Damascus with Beirut.
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2013 Feb 13
The Iraqi panel tasked with purging government ranks of former members of Saddam Hussein's party removed Chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud (80), the country's top judge, from his post because of alleged ties to the now-dissolved Baath party. On Feb 19 a judicial panel rejected the decision to remove al-Mahmoud from his post.
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2013 Feb 13
In Kenya the families of seven people shot dead in 2007 and eight wounded survivors filed a lawsuit to sue the government claiming the shots were fired by police during a dispute over who won Kenya's 2007 presidential election.
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2013 Feb 13
Lebanon's state-run news agency said protesters have closed two major roads in northern Lebanon to prevent fuel tankers from crossing into Syria.
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2013 Feb 13
In the Maldives former Pres. Mohamed Nasheed took refuge at the Indian Embassy after a court ordered his arrest for not attending a hearing on charges that he illegally ordered the detention of a senior judge, a move that led to his ouster last year.
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2013 Feb 13
In Mali French soldiers recovered some 800 kg of explosives that authorities believe radical Islamic fighters were using to make bombs for attacks on Gao.
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2013 Feb 13
In Nepal a Tibetan protester doused himself with gasoline, set himself ablaze and chanted anti-China slogans as he ran down a street in Kathmandu. Police and residents were able to put out the flames and rush the man to a hospital. He died the next day.
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