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2007 Feb 14
The European Parliament approved a controversial report accusing Britain, Germany, Italy and other European nations of turning a blind eye to CIA flights transporting terrorism suspects to secret prisons in an apparent breach of EU human rights standards.
Links: Italy, Britain, USA, Germany, EU, CIA     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Feb 14
Deutsche Boerse, operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, said it has agreed to buy five percent of the Mumbai stock exchange for 42.7 million dollars (32.8 million euros).
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2007 Feb 14
A car loaded with explosives blew up near a bus carrying members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Iran, killing 11 of them and wounding 31. An al-Qaida-linked Sunni militant group reportedly claimed responsibility. Within a week Nasrollah Shanbe Zehi was convicted and executed for the bombing.
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2007 Feb 14
The Iraqi government formally launched a long-awaited security crackdown in Baghdad. A parked car bomb struck a predominantly Shiite district elsewhere in central Baghdad, killing four civilians and wounding 10. In Mosul a suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi army patrol, killing one soldier and four civilians and wounding 20 other people.
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2007 Feb 14
In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a conference of Anglican leaders opened as the 77 million-member church struggled with a potentially disastrous fight over the Bible and sexuality.
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2007 Feb 14
Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan's new president, took office a few minutes after the head of the central elections commission announced he had won Sunday's election with nearly 90 percent of the vote. He pledged to follow the ways of longtime autocrat Saparmurat Niyazov, but also promised changes in a country ruled for decades in an all-encompassing cult of personality. He also promised "development of private ownership and entrepreneurship," educational reforms, and more doctors and hospitals.
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2007 Feb 14
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, acclaimed for his leadership after the September 11 attacks, confirmed he is running for US president in 2008, eliminating any lingering doubt about his candidacy.
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2007 Feb 14
Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Bolivian President Evo Morales reached a deal late on how much Brazil will pay for Bolivian natural gas, apparently resolving an issue that has deeply divided the neighboring nations for a year.
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2007 Feb 14
In Brazil violence cast a shadow over Rio's famed Carnival when gunmen killed Guaracy Paes Falcao (42), a leader of one of the premiere samba band groups. Falcao was with an unidentified woman who was also shot dead.
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2007 Feb 14
In Ethiopia US former president Jimmy Carter announced distribution of thousands of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, in a drive that could save up to 100,000 lives annually.
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2007 Feb 14
Serbia's parliament overwhelmingly rejected a UN plan that would give virtual independence to the breakaway province of Kosovo.
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2007 Feb 14
The Milton Friedman Foundation said each high school dropout costs Texas $3,168 a year in lost revenue, plus Medicaid and prison expenses.
Links: USA, Texas, Education     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Feb 14
UNICEF issued report on child well-being. Of 21 OECD countries the US and Britain ranked at the bottom.
Links: Britain, USA, UN, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Feb 14
Challenged on the accuracy of US intelligence, President Bush told a news conference there was no doubt the Iranian government was providing armor-piercing weapons to kill American soldiers in Iraq, and he said he would fight any attempt by the Democratic-controlled Congress to cut off money for the war.
Links: Iraq, USA, Iran, BushGW     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Feb 14
ConAgra recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at a Georgia plant because of a salmonella outbreak.
Links: GeorgiaUS, USA, Microbiology, Food     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Feb 14
Mexican immigration agents allegedly locked 10 Guatemalan and two Salvadoran migrants in a trailer after they refused to pay a bribe against of $110 each. In late 2008 the country's National Human Rights Commission called for a government investigation.
Links: El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Govm’t Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Feb 14
The US Mint officially issued the Monroe dollar coin, the 5th of its presidential dollar series.
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2008 Feb 14
Boeing and India's Tata Industries announced an agreement to set up a joint venture company to handle an initial 500 million dollars of defense-related aerospace component work in India.
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2008 Feb 14
In London the price of platinum soared past 2,000 dollars an ounce to a record as power shortages affected mining production in South Africa, the biggest supplier of the white precious metal.
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2008 Feb 14
A UN spokesman said political rivals trying to lead Kenya out of weeks of violence signed an agreement, but no details were released and the talks were to continue next week.
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2008 Feb 14
Serbia's government proclaimed that any unilateral act by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership to declare independence would be invalid and illegal.
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2008 Feb 14
The chief of Hezbollah vowed to retaliate against Israeli targets anywhere in the world after accusing the Jewish state of killing the militant Imad Mughniyeh in Syria.
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2008 Feb 14
A leading human rights group appealed to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to stop the execution of a woman accused of witchcraft and performing supernatural acts.
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2008 Feb 14
In Switzerland UBS AG posted a 4th-quarter net loss of $11.28 billion, and a loss for the entire year, besieged by investments in US subprime mortgages. Chairman Marcel Ospel announced his resignation on Feb 27.
Links: USA, Switzerland, Real Estate, Banking     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Feb 14
In Thailand General Secretary Mahn Sha (64), leader of the Karen National Union (KNU), was shot and killed at his home in Mae Sot by three men who arrived in a pickup truck. The KNU is one of the biggest ethnic groups fighting Myanmar's military government. Initial investigations showed that the assailants were also Karen.
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2008 Feb 14
Zimbabwe's inflation rate, already the highest in the world, soared to a new high of 66,212.3%.
Links: Zimbabwe, Economics     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Feb 14
In DeKalb, Illinois, former student Steven Kazmierczak (27) killed six people at Northern Illinois University before committing suicide. 15 people were wounded.
Links: USA, Illinois, School Shooter     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Feb 14
An Iraqi police officer in Salahuddin province said that a house in Zab belonging to a Sunni Arab and tribal leader was bombarded in a US air strike, and that six family members died. A US military account said troops returned fire from insurgents, killing two and then called in air support, which killed another four militants.
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2008 Feb 14
New Mexico announced that Hillary Clinton won the Feb 5 Democratic caucus giving her 14 delegates to 12 for Obama.
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2008 Feb 14
Brazil flew 50,000 doses of yellow fever vaccine to Paraguay following an outbreak there, the first in 34 years.
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2008 Feb 14
Chad's Pres. Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency and signed a decree increasing government powers for 15 days.
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2008 Feb 14
Angola extradited Henry Okah, the alleged leader of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), to Nigeria.
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2008 Feb 14
The European Commission gave the green light for a 170 million euro ($248 million) grant to build a gas-fired power plant in Lithuania by an agency run by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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2009 Feb 14
US envoy Richard Holbrooke met Afghan President Hamid Karzai as part of Washington's push to step up efforts against extremism. The Afghan leader admitted to tensions with its US ally. Marine Sgt. Daniel Hansen was killed while supporting combat operations in Farah province.
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2009 Feb 14
China's Pres. Hu Jintao toured the site of a new, Chinese-financed national theater in Senegal, a day after signing a bilateral agreement promising the West African nation over $90 million in gifts and loans.
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2009 Feb 14
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit held talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir amid reports that the International Criminal Court has decided to issue a warrant for his arrest..
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2009 Feb 14
In Rome G-7 finance ministers strongly rejected protectionism, pledging to work together to support growth and employment and to strengthen the banking system so the world can overcome its worst financial crisis in 50 years.
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2009 Feb 14
In Iraq a roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded four others, including a soldier, when it exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in western Mosul.
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2009 Feb 14
In northwestern Pakistan a suspected US missile strike by a drone aircraft flattened a militant hide-out, killing 27 local and foreign insurgents. Two officials said dozens of followers of Pakistan's top Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, were staying in the housing compound when it was hit.
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2009 Feb 14
Saudi King Abdullah (86), in an apparent bid to reform the religious establishment, dismissed the head of the feared religious police and a hard-line cleric who issued an edict last year saying it was permissible to kill owners of satellite TV stations that show "immoral" content. King Abdullah also appointed Noura al Fayez as deputy minister of women’s education, the 1st female to hold a ministerial post.
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2009 Feb 14
In Somalia legislators approved a former leader's son as the country’s new prime minister. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke faced the task of uniting a fractious government besieged by Islamic insurgents that control most of the country.
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2009 Feb 14
In Sri Lanka a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel hurled a hand grenade at a bus full of war-displaced refugees, killing a woman and wounding 13 others.
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2009 Feb 14
Over 6,000 people have fled the Ndele region of the Central African Republic for a Chadian border village after violence erupted between two ethnic groups, the Runga and the Gulus.
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2009 Feb 14
Mexico City set a new record as nearly 40,000 people locked lips in the city center for the world's largest group kiss. Gunmen killed a state police officer Carlos Reyes and 10 members of his family, including five children in the town of Monte Largo, Tabasco state. The shooting also killed a street vendor in front of the house of the officer. In Jalisco state gunmen burst into a restaurant, killing seven people and wounding five, including 3 children.
Links: Mexico, Sex, Murder, World Record     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Feb 14
Sir Bernard Ashley (82), British businessman, died. He teamed up with his wife to build the Laura Ashley (d.1985) fashion and home furnishing brand into a global business.
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2009 Feb 14
Louie Bellson (b.1924), big band and jazz drummer, died. The master musician performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Bailey.
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2009 Feb 14
Irish authorities learned about an oil spill through surveillance carried out by the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon, Portugal. Irish military aircraft flew over the area and saw the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, a Russian oil tanker, and a Russian oceangoing tug near the slick. this was the biggest oil spill in the waters around Ireland in the last ten years.
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2009 Feb 14
In Alabama suspicious fires destroyed 2 churches and damaged a third near the Georgia border.
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2009 Feb 14
The Peruvian film “La Teta Asustada” (The Milk of Sorrow), directed by Claudia Llosa, won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
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2009 Feb 14
In Canandaigua, New York, Kimberly and Christopher Glatz were killed at their home. Mary Silliman (23) was slain along with Randall Norman (41) a motorist who intervened when he saw her being roughed up in the parking lot in a pre-dawn attack outside Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. In August Frank Garcia, a nursing supervisor, was convicted of the Glatz killings and faced another trial for the Brockport killings. On Sep 1 Garcia was sentenced to life in prison.
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2010 Feb 14
John Thorbjarnarson (52), crocodile advocate, died. In 1988 he drew up an action plan to save crocodiles. All 23 species were threatened or declining.
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2010 Feb 14
This day marked a new year according to the Chinese calendar, as it moved from the reign of the Ox to the year of the Tiger. The Chinese calendar is thought to have been formulated around 500 BC, though elements of it date back at least to the Shang Dynasty at around 1,000 BC.
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2010 Feb 14
Twelve Afghans, including 6 children, died when two rockets fired at insurgents missed their target and struck a house during the second day of NATO's most ambitious effort yet to break the militants' grip on the country's dangerous south. Thousands of NATO and Afghan troops encountered pockets of resistance, as they moved deeper into Marjah, a town of 80,000 people that is the linchpin of the militants' logistical and opium-smuggling network in Helmand province. Afghan officials said at least 27 insurgents have been killed in the operation. In the south two British service members died, one from small-arms fire and the other from a roadside bomb explosion.
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2010 Feb 14
British author Dick Francis (b.1920), a former jockey whose thrillers rode high in best-selling lists for decades, died at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman. His first book was a 1957 autobiography titled “The sport of Queens.” His first novel, “Dead Cert,” came out in 1962 and was followed by 41 more.
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2010 Feb 14
Iraqi officials said only one in five candidates accused of being loyalists to Saddam Hussein's regime successfully fought an order banning them from running in the national elections. Armed assailants in Mosul killed Rayan Salem Elias, a Chaldean, outside his home.
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2010 Feb 14
Kuwait's state news agency said the Kuwaiti telecom group Zain has agreed to offload its African assets to India's Bharti Airtel, in a deal valued at $10.7 billion. The next day Bharti confirmed the deal.
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2010 Feb 14
Ukraine's election commission proclaimed pro-Russian Victor Yanukovych the official winner of the presidential poll, even as his rival Yulia Tymoshenko vowed to contest the results in court.
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2010 Feb 14
A Yemeni military helicopter crashed killing at least 10 troops in the north, as the government sought to implement a ceasefire with Shiite rebels in the area.
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2010 Feb 14
Doug Fieger (57), leader of the power pop band The Knack, died in southern California. He sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona." Fieger, a Detroit-area native, formed The Knack in Los Angeles in 1978.
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2010 Feb 14
British documentary filmmaker Paul Martin (55) was detained at a Gaza military tribunal where he was to testify on behalf of a local man accused of collaborating with Israel. Hamas officials said that he would detained for 15 days. Martin was released on March 11.
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