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2002 Feb 14
In the Netherlands the Int'l. Court of Justice cited diplomatic immunity and ruled that Belgium cannot try former and current world leaders. Belgium adopted a law in 1993 that empowered judges to hear war crimes and genocide cases regardless of where the alleged crimes occurred or who committed them.
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2002 Feb 14
Militant Palestinians attacked an Israeli tank in the Gaza Strip and 3 soldiers were killed.
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2002 Feb 14
Palestinian Abu Zubaydah (30) was identified as the new chief of operations for al Qaeda and was believed to be organizing al Qaeda remnants for new attacks against the US.
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2003 Feb 14
In Brazil police found the bullet-riddled bodies of six men in the back seat and trunk of a car parked near a Rio de Janeiro slum.
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2003 Feb 14
In Colombia a massive explosion rocked the southern city of Neiva as police searched a house for explosives. 15 people died and about 30 were wounded.
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2003 Feb 14
In Zimbabwe 2 Valentine's Day peace parades by women clutching roses and singing hymns were broken up by baton-wielding police who arrested at least 88 people as well as eight journalists.
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2003 Feb 14
Dolly (b.1996), the world's 1st clone sheep and mother of 6 lambs, was put to sleep by veterinarians in Scotland after they failed to cure her of a severe lung infection.
Links: Scotland, BioTech     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2003 Feb 14
Saddam Hussein banned all weapons of mass destruction from Iraq, meeting a long time UN demand.
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2003 Feb 14
Major powers rebuffed the United States in the U.N. Security Council and insisted on more time for weapons inspections in Iraq. Earlier, chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix told the Council his teams had not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
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2003 Feb 14
President Kim Dae-jung said South Korea's government helped arrange a $200 million payment to North Korea before a summit in 2000.
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2003 Feb 14
Popocatepetl volcano southeast of Mexico City erupted but caused no significant damage.
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2003 Feb 14
Russian lawmakers were expected to pass bills paving the way for the break-up of its electricity monopoly, the Unified Energy System (RAO).
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2003 Feb 14
A Thai court ruled to extradite Florida millionaire James Vincent Sullivan (61), wanted in the US for the 1987 murder of his socialite wife. He was accused of paying another man $25,000 to kill Lita McClinton Sullivan to avoid losing property in a divorce. In 2006 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Links: GeorgiaUS, USA, Thailand, Murder, Florida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2003 Feb 14
Trinidad and Tobago legislators elected Maxwell Richards, a former university dean who claims he is "not in anyone's back pocket" to be the new president.
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2004 Feb 14
China executed Yang Xinhua (38), a man convicted of murdering 67 people, in what media said might be the country's longest killing spree in modern history. Yang was convicted of 67 killings and 23 rapes in Henan and three other provinces. His crime spree began in 2001 following release from a labor camp and ended with his capture in November.
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2004 Feb 14
It was reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated $82.9 million to the Areas Global TB Vaccine Foundation for the development of a tuberculosis vaccine.
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2004 Feb 14
In France thousands of people marched to protest a law banning the Islamic coverings and other religious apparel in public schools.
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2004 Feb 14
In Iraq guerrillas launched a bold daylight assault on an Iraqi police station and security compound west of Baghdad, freeing prisoners and sparking a gunbattle that killed 23 people and wounded 33.
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2004 Feb 14
In Moscow, Russia, an indoor water park roof collapsed, killing 28 people and injuring more than 100.
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2004 Feb 14
In northern Pakistan two strong earthquakes triggered landslides and toppled walls that killed at least 24 people and injured about 30 others.
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2004 Feb 14
In Uganda a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel collided with a packed minibus and burst into flames, killing at least 32 people.
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2004 Feb 14
Al-Hurra (the Free One), a US backed Arabic-language satellite TV service, began broadcasting from Fairfax, Virginia.
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2005 Feb 14
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams and Canada’s PM Paul Martin presided over the signing of a multibillion-dollar deal that sets out new revenue-sharing rules for the province's offshore energy industry.
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2005 Feb 14
President Bush asked Congress for an estimated $82 billion in additional funds to cover the costs of continuing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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2005 Feb 14
Verizon Communications decided to buy MCI Inc. in a $6.75 billion deal. The offer was increased in May to $26 per share, or $8.44 billion.
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2005 Feb 14
A gas explosion in China's northeast Sunjiawan mine killed 214 people in the deadliest mining disaster reported since communist rule began in 1949.

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2005 Feb 14
The UN atomic monitoring agency said Egypt's nuclear experiments were small, basic and do not appear part of an attempt to make weapons, praising Cairo's cooperation with an investigation of the country's now mothballed clandestine activities.
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2005 Feb 14
In Iran a mosque fire killed 59 people and injured another 350. it was blamed on a kerosene heater that was placed too close to a thick curtain that separated male and female worshippers.
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2005 Feb 14
A roadside bomb killed three Iraqi National Guard troops. Insurgents blew up an oil pipeline near Kirkuk and killed two senior police officers in Baghdad.
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2005 Feb 14
In western Japan a man carrying a knife burst into a public elementary school and stabbed at least 3 adults. Kyodo News reported that one of the victims died.
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2005 Feb 14
In Beirut, Lebanon, Rafik Hariri (60) was killed in a massive bomb explosion that tore through his motorcade. The billionaire helped rebuild his country after decades of war but resigned as PM last fall after a sharp dispute with Syria. 22 other people were killed and 100 wounded in a blast that devastated the front of the famous St. George Hotel. An Islamist group calling itself the Victory and Jihad Organization in the Levant claimed responsibility.

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2005 Feb 14
Brazil and Venezuela signed 25 accords dealing with energy and economic cooperation, including the joint development of the Mariscal Sucre offshore natural gas project.
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2005 Feb 14
Three bombs jolted Manila and two other Philippine cities, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 100 others. The Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the blasts.
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2005 Feb 14
Togo police in riot gear faced off with crowds who blocked roads and intimidated residents during a general strike to protest the army's installation of Faure Gnassingbe to succeed his late father as president.
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2005 Feb 14
President Bush said he would nominate Lester M. Crawford as head of the Food and Drug Administration. Crawford had been acting commissioner for nearly a year.
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2006 Feb 14
The Egyptian parliament approved the two-year postponement of municipal polls despite objections from opposition Islamists and the US. President Hosni Mubarak issued a decree last week calling for the delay of the elections which was passed by parliament's upper chamber on Feb 12 and approved this day in two readings by the lower chamber.

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2006 Feb 14
The Bush administration announced it will step up enforcement of US trade laws governing China, following a top-to-bottom review of America's trading relationship with the Asian giant.
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2006 Feb 14
The NY Times reported that the US and Israel are considering a campaign to starve the Palestinian Authority of cash so Palestinians would grow disillusioned with their incoming militant Hamas rulers and return ousted Fatah moderates to power.
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2006 Feb 14
Pharmaceutical maker AstraZeneca PLC said that it has decided to withdraw its controversial anticoagulant Exanta from the market and terminate its development because of links to liver injury.
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2006 Feb 14
Sanyo and Nokia announced they will set up a joint venture to make advanced cell phones, underlining the ambitions of the Japanese and Finnish manufacturers to grow globally in the competitive mobile market.
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2006 Feb 14
In Porto Alegre, Brazil, leaders and envoys from across Christianity opened their most ambitious gathering in nearly a decade with a host of troubles on their agenda, from the faith's many internal rifts to easing discord with Islam, even as it deepens over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
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2006 Feb 14
Gunmen attacked a group of Iraqi Shiites working on a farm north of Baghdad, killing 11 and wounding two. A roadside bomb killed a US Marine in western Baghdad in one of two attacks that also wounded six coalition military personnel.

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2006 Feb 14
An Israeli court sentenced the eldest son of ailing PM Ariel Sharon to 9 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to illegally raising funds for one of his father's political campaigns.
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2006 Feb 14
In Pakistan thousands of protesters rampaged through Islamabad and Lahore, storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses and a provincial assembly in Pakistan's worst violence against the Prophet Muhammad drawings. At least two people were killed and 11 injured.
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2006 Feb 14
The UNHCR said the floods last week left more than 50,000 Sahrawi refugees homeless, destroying up to half of the mud-brick houses in their camps of Awserd, Smara and Laayoune in the Tindouf region of western Algeria. Tents, blankets and other emergency aid were being rushed to the camps in the Algerian Sahara hit by rare torrential rains.
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2006 Feb 14
Britain's lower house of Parliament voted to ban smoking in all public places in England, including pubs, both public and private.
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2006 Feb 14
Bilal Lamrani (21), a Dutch Muslim, was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting murder and attempting to recruit prison inmates to carry out terrorist attacks.
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2006 Feb 14
The UN said 13 Eritreans employed by the UN peacekeeping mission in Eritrea have been detained by local authorities and another 30 are in hiding for fear of being arrested.
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2006 Feb 14
The UN asked Lebanon to explain reports of arms shipments crossing the Syrian border destined for the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.
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2006 Feb 14
A senior Russian official said Russia will not pay more to base its Black Sea Fleet in a Ukrainian port, rebuffing Ukrainian demands and setting the stage for the latest dispute between the ex-Soviet neighbors.
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2006 Feb 14
Darfur rebels said they had shot down a government helicopter and captured the only surviving crew member, named as Captain Muawiya Zubeir.
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2006 Feb 14
Zimbabwe police arrested at least 60 women who took part in a march with a Valentine's Day theme calling for love and harmony and protesting food shortages and alleged human rights violations.
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2006 Feb 14
In Texas lawyer Harry Whittington, who was accidentally injured 3 days earlier by birdshot fired by VP Cheney, suffered a minor heart attack.
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2006 Feb 14
In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, armed men forced their way into a hospital and killed a teenager under treatment for an earlier attempt on his life.
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2006 Feb 14
In southern China toxic wastewater was flushed untreated into a river, prompting the government to cut water supplies to 28,000 people in Guanyin for at least four days. A power plant on the upper reaches of the Yuexi River in Sichuan province was to blame for the pollution.
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2006 Feb 14
Iran said it had resumed uranium enrichment; Russia and France immediately called on Iran to halt its work.
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2006 Feb 14
At Turin, American Ted Ligety won Olympic gold in men's combined skiing, while Bode Miller was disqualified for straddling a gate.
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2007 Feb 14
Sleet stung the faces of pedestrians in New York and snow and ice coated windshields and streets as a Valentine's Day blizzard roared out of the Midwest and shut down parts of the Northeast.
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2007 Feb 14
German-US auto giant DaimlerChrysler said it planned to axe 13,000 jobs at its loss-making Chrysler subsidiary as part of a broad restructuring plan aimed at returning the US unit to profitability by 2009. The bulk of the job losses will affect union workers, with 9,000 hourly jobs eliminated in the United States and 2,000 in Canada.
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2007 Feb 14
NATO officials said warplanes struck a Taliban compound in southern Afghanistan with "precision munitions," killing an area commander and about 10 of his men. Villagers said the raid in the southern province of Helmand also killed civilians. NATO said Taliban fighters used children as human shields to flee heavy fighting this week during an operation by foreign and Afghan forces to clear rebels from around a key hydro-electric dam. In eastern Afghanistan US-led troops killed a suspected militant and detained 6 others, including one with alleged links to fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
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