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2015 Feb 13
Turkish police used water cannon in the western coastal city of Izmir to disperse scores of protesters boycotting schools over the growing influence of religion in the classroom.
Links: Turkey, Mad Crowd, Education     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Feb 13
In eastern Ukraine fierce fighting surged as Russian-backed separatists mounted a major, sustained offensive to capture a strategic railway hub ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline. At least 25 people were killed across the region.
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2015 Feb 13
In southern Yemen suspect al-Qaida gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at air force Colonel Mahmoud al-Naqib, killing him instantly in Lahij province.
Links: Yemen, al-Qaida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2016 Feb 13
Justice Antonin Scalia (79), a towering conservative voice on the US Supreme Court, died. His death triggered a political showdown over his succession in the run-up to the presidential election.
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2016 Feb 13
A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States. A snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead.
Links: USA, Pennsylvania, WeatherUS     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2016 Feb 13
In Afghanistan 4 policemen and one soldier were killed and seven others wounded in double-suicide attacks on their checkpoint outside a security forces station in the southern Helmand province. 5 insurgents equipped with suicide vests were shot and killed by security forces. Another policeman was killed and four others wounded when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the southern Uruzgan province.
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2016 Feb 13
Authorities in Bangladesh said they have begun a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.
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2016 Feb 13
In central Burundi two people loyal to the ruling party were "executed" overnight in Gacimbirigongo.
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2016 Feb 13
In Burundi a grenade attack late today on a military base in Bujumbura killed a child and wounded his father and one other person.
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2016 Feb 13
Chad national radio reported that Pres. Idriss Deby Itno has appointed Albert Pahimi Padacke as the new prime minister, as he looks to extend his grip on power in the central African nation.
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2016 Feb 13
Egypt opened the Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip for two days. A few hundred people were expected to be able to pass through during that time.
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2016 Feb 13
Thousands of Hungarians protested against education reforms implemented by PM Viktor Orban, which critics see as another attempt by the right-wing leader to boost his control over state institutions.
Links: Hungary, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2016 Feb 13
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir 5 suspected rebels and two soldiers were killed in a fierce gunbattle in the northern Kupwara region.
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2016 Feb 13
Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to stab a soldier in the occupied West Bank. No Israelis were wounded in the attack.
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2016 Feb 13
In the Mexican state of Sinaloa 13 people were killed in fight between rival gangs. Their bodies were found the next day near the border with Durango. Two people were soon arrested in connection with the killings.
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2016 Feb 13
Pope Francis kicked off his first trip to Mexico with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites. Francis called on Mexico's government to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and he then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country - the Virgin of Guadalupe.
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2016 Feb 13
In northeastern Nigeria gun and knife-toting assailants on bikes and in vans stormed the remote villages of Yakshari and Kachifa over the last 4 hours. At least 30 people were killed in the Boko Haram raids.
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2016 Feb 13
In Sweden 5 British men, reportedly including members of British indie band Viola Beach, were killed when their car drove through a barrier and plunged into a canal near Stockholm.
Links: Sweden, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2016 Feb 13
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia will send aircraft to NATO-member Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.
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2016 Feb 13
The Red Cross said it had entered the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz for the first time since August, delivering three tons of life-saving medical supplies to four hospitals treating the wounded.
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2016 Feb 13
Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the country needed a technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if PM Haider al-Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms.
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2017 Feb 13
Former banker Steven Mnuchin was sworn in as US Treasury secretary, following a Senate vote deeply divided along party lines.
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2017 Feb 13
Michael Flynn resigned from his position as President Trump's national security adviser after weeks of confusion and speculation over reports that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia.
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2017 Feb 13
The US Department of Treasury labeled Venezuela’s VP El Aissami a drug "kingpin," accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea, and having links to drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia. The United States also sanctioned Samark Lopez, a man it termed El Aissami's frontman. Aissami’s assets reportedly included three lavish apartments in the Four Season complex of Miami and a Gulfstream jet.
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2017 Feb 13
In northern California emergency crews prepared loads of rock to be dropped by helicopters to seal the crumbling Oroville Dam spillway that threatens to inundate communities along the Feather River.
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2017 Feb 13
In New England some 675 US flights were canceled, scores of vehicle crashes reported and schools and government offices shuttered as the third winter storm in five days slammed the area.
Links: USA, Massachusetts, Aviation, New Hampshire, Maine, WeatherUS     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
DuPont and Chemours Co said they had agreed to pay about $671 million in cash to settle several lawsuits related to the leak of a toxic chemical in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C-8, used to make Teflon, has been linked to cancer and other diseases.
Links: USA, Chemistry, West Virginia, Cancer, Lawsuit     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
Scientists said shrimp-like creatures living in the deepest parts of the oceans contain high levels of man-made toxins.
Links: Environment, Chemistry, Animal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau met with US Pres. Trump at the White House ahead of a roundtable discussion about women in the workplace. Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, was involved in recruiting participants and setting the agenda for the roundtable.
Links: Canada, USA, Women, TrumpD     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
In CongoDRC more than 100 people were killed in clashes between Congolese soldiers and militia fighters mainly armed with machetes and spears in clashes that began Feb 9 in the Dibaya area of Kasai-Central province.
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2017 Feb 13
In the French Alps at least four skiers were killed in an avalanche near the resort of Tignes. Rescuers said they are trying to dig out five others from the snow with shovels.
Links: France, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
Georgia's Orthodox Church was rocked after police announced the arrest of a priest over a suspected poisoning plot targeting a high-ranking Church figure. Prosecutors said they caught archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze with sodium cyanide on February 10 as he boarded a plane to Berlin, where Patriarch Ilia II (83) was awaiting a gallbladder operation.
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2017 Feb 13
A Kenyan court jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. The seven doctors were released on Feb 15 in an effort to encourage negotiations to end the strike.
Links: Kenya, Medical     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
In Malaysia Kim Jong Nam (46), the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical workers before he died en route to a hospital that he had been attacked with a chemical spray, later identified as the VX nerve agent. South Korean media said North Korean female agents killed him using poisoned needles. Jong-Nam had reportedly travelled using a fake passport under the name of Kim Chol.
Links: North Korea, Malaysia, Assassin     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
A Pakistani judge banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings.
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2017 Feb 13
In eastern Pakistan a suicide bomber plowed a motorcycle into a group of police escorting a protest rally in Lahore, killing 15 people and wounding nearly 60. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway Taliban faction, claimed the attack.
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2017 Feb 13
Hamas elected in secret Yahya Sinwar, a hardline member of the Palestinian Islamist movement's armed wing, as its new Gaza leader, indicating a tougher stand against longtime adversary Israel.
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2017 Feb 13
Former Panamanian Vice-President Ricardo Arias Calderon (83) died. He had served under President Guillermo Endara after President Manuel Noriega was ousted in a 1989 military invasion.
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2017 Feb 13
Romania's Parliament agreed to hold a referendum on public support for fighting official corruption.
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2017 Feb 13
Syrian jihadists seen as close to Islamic State battled a rival hardline Islamist faction in northwestern Syria.
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2017 Feb 13
In Taiwan a bus carrying tourists on a trip to view cherry blossoms flipped over on an expressway ramp in Taipei, killing 32 people and injuring many others.
Links: Taiwan, Tragedy, Bus Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Feb 13
A Tanzanian court sentenced a married couple to 20 years in jail each for illegal possession of 210 pieces of ivory from 93 poached elephants. Peter and Leonida Loi Kabi had pleaded not guilty.
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2017 Feb 13
The UN said more than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's civil war.
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2017 Feb 13
Seijun Suzuki (93), Japanese B-movie director, died. His prolific output from gangster films to fantasies influenced international filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino.
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2017 Feb 13
Aileen Clarke Hernandez (b.1926), civil rights activist and the 2nd leader of NOW (1970-1971), died in Orange County, Ca.
Links: USA, California, Women     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2017 Feb 13
Mostafa el-Abbadi (88), Egyptian scholar, died. He was the man behind the recreation of the Great Library of Alexandria, which opened in 2002.
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2018 Feb 13
In California the Berkeley City Council declared itself a sanctuary city for legal adult use marijuana. The City Council also cut the tax rate on recreational cannabis in half to 5 percent.
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2018 Feb 13
In Chicago off-duty police Cmdr. Paul Bauer (53) was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect he spotted following a radio description of the man. Police captured the suspect a short time later.
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2018 Feb 13
In New Orleans a man was fatally shot after a fight broke out near the city's traditional parade route. Investigators soon obtained an arrest warrant for Eddie Dingle (21) on a second-degree murder charge. A total of three people were killed and five others were wounded in three separate shootings in New Orleans on Mardi Gras.
Links: USA, Louisiana, Murder     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2018 Feb 13
In NYC Ahmad Khan Rahimi was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison for a bomb he detonated in September, 2016, that injured 30 people in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.
Links: USA, NYC, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2018 Feb 13
In Texas Mohommad Ali (57) was sentenced to one year in prison and his wife, Sumaiya Ali (49), received 30 months for lying about the Islamic State group activities of their two sons in the Middle East. The whereabouts of the brothers was unclear.
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2018 Feb 13
Afghan officials said President Ashraf Ghani plans to retire more than 2,000 army generals and other senior officers, aiming to bring new blood into the military's top ranks to battle a resilient Taliban insurgency.
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2018 Feb 13
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost his legal battle to overturn a British arrest warrant against him, and with it his hopes of freely leaving Ecuador's London embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.
Links: Ecuador, Britain     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2018 Feb 13
Six Congolese soldiers were killed in a clash with Rwandan forces inside Congo's Virunga National Park. The two countries disputed which side of the poorly demarcated border the clash took place on, each accusing the other's forces of violating the frontier.
Links: Rwanda, Congo DRC     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2018 Feb 13
Denmark's Prince Henrik (83) died, taking to the grave his resentment at playing second fiddle to his wife, Queen Margrethe. In 2016, he renounced the title of prince consort and spent much of his time at a chateau on a vineyard in southwestern France, although he remained married to the queen and officially still lived with her.
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2018 Feb 13
Egyptian police took Hisham Genena, a former anti-corruption chief, to the military prosecutor's office. Genena had run the short-lived election campaign of former military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was detained last month and accused by the army of running for office without permission. Genein was detained for two weeks after he suggested a sidelined presidential candidate possessed damning material against leading officials.
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2018 Feb 13
Ethiopia released Bekele Gerba, a senior opposition leader, more than two years after he was detained during mass protests over land rights. Demonstrators blocked roads in towns around Addis Ababa on the second day of a strike called to protest against Ethiopia's continued incarceration of opposition politicians.
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2018 Feb 13
In Guatemala former President Alvaro Colom (2008-2012) and Juan Alberto Fuentes, a former finance minister who is now chairman of Oxfam International, were arrested along with eight others as part of a local corruption investigation.
Links: Guatemala, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2018 Feb 13
Israeli police recommended that PM Benjamin Netanyahu (68) be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of public trust in two corruption investigations.
Links: Israel, Govm’t Scandal, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2018 Feb 13
Kuwait's foreign minister condemned what he called an "escalation" by Manila after the Philippines expanded a ban on its nationals working in Kuwait.
Links: Philippines, Labor, Kuwait     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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