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2013 Feb 13
South African authorities said at least 96 rhinoceros have been killed so far this year, as rampant poaching for their horns to sell to buyers in Asia continues. From the 1990s to 2007, rhino killings in South Africa by poachers averaged about 15 a year.
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2013 Feb 13
Spanish authorities announced the breakup of a cybercrime gang that used a “ransomware” virus to lock computers throughout Europe. The gang had made at least $1.35 annually.
Links: Spain, Computer, Internet, Software     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Feb 13
Syrian rebels fought pitched battles against regime forces at the Brigade 80 military base in Aleppo that protects a major airport in the area. The fighting has left more than 40 government troops dead. Activists reported clashes outside Damascus with regime warplanes hitting several of the restive suburbs.
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2013 Feb 13
Ukrainian officials sought to reassure the public that radiation levels were unaffected at Chernobyl and there was no safety threat after a partial roof collapse at the exploded nuclear power plant.
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2013 Feb 13
Ukraine reached a tentative agreement with Turkmenistan to resume imports of natural gas from the energy-rich Central Asian nation. Completion of the deal would require the consent of Kazakhstan and Russia as transit nations.
Links: Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Gas     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2013 Feb 13
In Ukraine a small Soviet-designed AN-24 plane carrying soccer fans headed for a match skidded past the landing strip and overturned in the eastern city of Donetsk, killing five people.
Links: Ukraine, Air Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Feb 13
Venezuela's government devalued the country's currency amid questions about how the government can get a grip on 22% inflation and satisfy growing demand for dollars to pay for imported goods. The fifth devaluation in a decade established a new government-set rate of 6.30 bolivars to the dollar, replacing the previous rate of 4.30 bolivars.
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2013 Feb 13
British couple Peter Root (34) and Mary Thompson (34), who had been chronicling their round-the-world cycling odyssey in a blog, died when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok.
Links: Britain, Thailand, Bicycle, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Feb 13
US federal authorities said they have detained 57 migrants from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Brazil in separate incidents near Puerto Rico's west coast. Authorities planned to prosecute 19 of those migrants, five of them on human smuggling charges.
Links: Haiti, Brazil, USA, Puerto Rico, Dominican Rep., Migrant     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Feb 13
A US federal judge found Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.
Links: USA, Gays, Virginia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Feb 13
The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said that North Korea has accelerated excavation at a remote mountain site used for underground nuclear test explosions. However, it did not see signs of an imminent test.
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2014 Feb 13
Ralph Waite (85), actor, died. He played the patriarch in the TV series “The Waltons” (1972-1981).
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2014 Feb 13
Afghanistan released 65 accused militants from a former US prison despite protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces.
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2014 Feb 13
Afghan women marched in Kabul to protest violence against women and decry a new draft law that activists say will severely limit justice for victims of domestic abuse.
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2014 Feb 13
Albanian authorities said they have seized 2 metric tons of marijuana hidden in a rocky part of a bay and destined for Greece or Italy.
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2014 Feb 13
In Belgium lawmakers voted to extend a decade-old law allowing euthanasia for adults after months of often heated public debate. Belgium's House of Representatives lifted all age restrictions on the right of the incurably sick to end their lives.
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2014 Feb 13
Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp., the world's largest gold miner, announced massive losses while forecasting rising costs and less gold to dig for profitably.
Links: Canada, Gold     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Feb 13
In the Central African Republic Richard Bejouane, the self-proclaimed leader of the CAR’s Christian-dominated vigilantes (anti-balaka), warned Pres. Catherine Samba Panza against any crackdown against his group.
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2014 Feb 13
The UN mission in CongoDRC (MONUSCO) said more than 70 men and women have been summarily executed in the restive eastern part of the country late last month and early this month.
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2014 Feb 13
In India a lawmaker sprayed pepper spray inside Parliament, creating chaos that left his colleagues coughing and crying as they were ushered from the hall. Lawmakers had been set to vote on a long-contentious proposal to create the new southern state of Telangana from mostly poor, inland districts of Andhra Pradesh state.
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2014 Feb 13
In northern Iraq gunmen seized part of Sulaiman Bek and nearby villages. Bombs killed at least two people at a historic Baghdad market and set it ablaze.
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2014 Feb 13
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip. Relatives said Ibrahim Mansour (26) was collecting gravel to sell from his donkey cart when he was shot dead. The Israeli military said soldiers fired at Palestinians tampering with Israel's border security fence.
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2014 Feb 13
Italian leftist leader Matteo Renzi called for a new government in his first direct challenge to PM Enrico Letta.
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2014 Feb 13
Jamaica authorities arrested a police officer and two others accused of transporting 23 pounds (10 kg) of marijuana.
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2014 Feb 13
A top Kenyan official, Francis Kimemia, accused the United States of trying to overthrow Kenya's government by supporting activists even as baton-wielding police used tear gas to break up an anti-government protest in downtown Nairobi. Kimemia served as the chairman of the National Security Advisory Committee and the secretary of the president's Cabinet.
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2014 Feb 13
Nigeria's Senate said it is ordering a forensic audit to track down billions of missing petrodollars after the Senate Committee heard that the amount of unaccounted petrodollars has grown to $20 billion. The World Bank has estimated that at least $400 billion has gone missing from government coffers since independence.
Links: Oil, Nigeria, Big Money     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Feb 13
In Nigeria a mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them in Gishiri, a shantytown with mud roads near central Abuja.
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2014 Feb 13
In Pakistan an explosion targeting a bus of policemen killed 12 of them and wounded 58 near Karachi.
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2014 Feb 13
Saudi Arabia said Yemen has handed over 29 Saudis wanted for suspected links to Al-Qaeda.
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2014 Feb 13
In Somalia at least 6 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a UN convoy close to Mogadishu's heavily-fortified international airport.
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2014 Feb 13
Syrian activists said government shelling and airstrikes using makeshift barrel bombs have killed about 400 people in Aleppo so far this month. The governor of the central province of Homs says a cease-fire has been extended for three days as of today.
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2014 Feb 13
In Yemen 29 people convicted "of various terrorist and criminal charges" escaped a Sanaa prison when a blast breached the facility's outer wall.
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2014 Feb 13
In Argentina a new consumer price index, developed with help from the IMF, registered inflation at 3.7% for January, the highest official rate since 2002 and much higher than the 1.4% posted in December.
Links: Argentina, IMF, Economics     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Feb 13
In Nevada Wayne Burgarello shot and killed Cody Devine (34) and wounded Janai Wilson (29) after confronting them sleeping at his vacant duplex in Sparks. On May 29, 2015, Burgarello (74) was found not guilty after insisting he was acting in self-defense.
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2015 Feb 13
Pres. Obama isued an executive order urging businesses and government to cooperate better on quickly sharing information about online threats. Obama spoke at Stanford Univ. before a gathering of business leaders and federal officials dubbed the Summit on CyberSecurity and Consumer Protection.
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2015 Feb 13
In Louisiana John Hicks (19) was arrested after he shot dead two people near an all-female Mardi Gras parade.
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2015 Feb 13
Oregon’s Gov. John Kitzhaber (67), a former emergency room doctor, resigned an ethics scandal amidst an investigation of the role that his fiancee, Cylbia Hayes (47), played in his administration.
Links: USA, Oregon, Govm’t. Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Feb 13
In Virginia Andrus Nomm of Estonia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement in federal court in Alexandria. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. Nomm, one of seven men indicted in a massive copyright-piracy scheme run through the now-defunct website Megaupload three years ago, was the first to be brought to the US to face charges.
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2015 Feb 13
Argentine state investigator Gerardo Pollicita formally reiterated accusations leveled against Pres. Fernandez a month ago by his colleague Alberto Nisman, found dead on Jan 18.
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2015 Feb 13
In southern Bangladesh a trawler carrying up to 200 passengers sank in the River Payra. Most people were rescued or swam ashore. At least five people died and two were missing.
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2015 Feb 13
Canada, a major exporter of beef, said it has found a case of mad cow disease in a beef cow in the province of Alberta, the first in the country since 2011.
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2015 Feb 13
Suspected Boko Haram militants staged their first attack in Chad, hitting the third country outside Nigeria base in recent days.
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2015 Feb 13
In Croatia Milan Bandic, the powerful mayor of Zagreb, was indicted for abuse of power as a wider investigation continues against him over millions in suspected fraud. The national anti-graft bureau USKOK charged Bandic and two aides with illegally using some 40,000 euros in city money to finance a citizens' signature gathering campaign.
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2015 Feb 13
In Egypt a roadside bomb in Cairo killed a police captain and wounded eight other people. Egyptian warplanes killed 8 suspected Islamist militants in Rafah, Sinai.
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2015 Feb 13
Germany condemned a cartoon published Feb 8 in a Greek leftist newspaper close to the new ruling party in Athens that depicts Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a Nazi uniform making comments that invoke the Holocaust.
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2015 Feb 13
Greece began tough negotiations with its creditors as hopes grew of a deal to replace its detested bailout after new PM Alexis Tsipras pushed his case at a European summit.
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2015 Feb 13
In southern India a train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens near Bangalore, Karnataka state.
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2015 Feb 13
In Iraq unidentified gunmen attacked a two-car convoy carrying Sheikh Qassem Sweidan al-Janabi and his nephew, lawmaker Zeid al-Janabi. The lawmaker was later released but the tribal leader, seen as a moderate Sunni, as well as his son and at least six other people, mostly bodyguards, were killed.
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2015 Feb 13
The Iraqi army said it has killed 8 assailants near the Ain al-Asad air base, about 85 km (50 miles) northwest of Ramadi following an attack that began a day earlier. The US military said coalition partners conducted seven air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the last 24 hours, including five strikes about 15 km east of Ain al-Asad base.
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2015 Feb 13
An Italian court sentenced Somali trafficker Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin (34) to 30 years in prison. He had raped and attacked migrants he had led through the desert to Libya to make the perilous crossing to Italy in October 2013.
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2015 Feb 13
In northern Mexico a passenger bus and a freight train collided at a grade crossing in Anahuac, Tamaulipas state, killing 20 people and injuring 22.
Links: Mexico, Train Crash, Tragedy, Bus Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Feb 13
Myanmar state media said heavy fighting between the army and rebels has killed 47 soldiers, sending a flood of people across the border with China and overshadowing hopes for a national ceasefire as a crucial election looms. The army used airstrikes to repel the attacks.
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2015 Feb 13
The Netherlands extradited Vladimir Drinkman to the US. The Russian was suspected of involvement in a huge data breach that racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in losses over seven years for US companies. Drinkman was arrested in the Netherlands in June 2012.
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2015 Feb 13
In New Zealand 198 pilot whales stranded themselves on South Island. Hordes of rescuers rushed to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea. Some 140 died as rescuers refloated about 60.
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2015 Feb 13
Nigeria’s human rights commission (NHRC) said political violence in the 50-day run-up to elections has killed 58 people, with rising "hate speech" between rival camps threatening to spark further unrest.
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2015 Feb 13
In Pakistan at least 19 people were killed in Peshawar in a gun and bomb attack on a Shi'ite mosque. The Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting against the state to set up a hardline Sunni theocracy, claimed responsibility.
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2015 Feb 13
Saudi Arabia, Germany and Italy became the latest countries to withdraw embassy staff from Yemen as an exodus of foreign diplomats gathered pace due to growing insecurity.
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2015 Feb 13
Sierra Leone placed some 700 hundred homes in a fishing district of the capital under quarantine following the death of a fisherman who was later diagnosed Ebola positive. At least five new cases were confirmed in the area.
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2015 Feb 13
South Sudan's cabinet postponed elections and extended President Salva Kiir's powers for two years. That goes against a deal struck between Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar earlier this month, in which they agreed to set up a transitional unity government in the bitterly divided nation to run for 30 months from July 9.
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2015 Feb 13
Meeting in Geneva almost 200 countries agreed a draft text for a deal to fight climate change, but put off hard choices about narrowing down a vast range of options for limiting a damaging rise in temperatures.
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