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2010 Feb 14
In Canada Alexandre Bilodeau, skiing under huge pressure, finally won Canada's first Olympic gold on Cypress Mountain when he snatched victory in a thrilling finale to the men's freestyle moguls.
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2010 Feb 14
In New Zealand Department of Conservation workers found 9 whales dead on Stewart Island's West Ruggedy Beach after they were alerted by a passer-by. Wild seas and strong winds made it impossible to mount a rescue for 19 survivors. Conservation officials were forced to euthanize the animals.
Links: New Zealand, Whales     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Feb 14
Venezuelan authorities said they have discovered 28 airplanes on the outskirts of El Sombrero that were presumably being used by drug traffickers. Federal police and National Guard troops took control of the hangar and impounded the planes.
Links: Venezuela, Aviation, Drugs     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Feb 14
Billionaire Larry Ellison, head of Oracle Corp., and the crew of his trimaran USA-17 won the America’s Cup after winning a 2nd race against Swiss biotech magnate Ernesto Bertarelli in the 39-mile course off Valencia, Spain.
Links: Spain, USA, Switzerland, SF Bay Area     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Feb 14
An apartment fire in Cicero, Ill., killed at least 7 people including 4 children. The fire spread to nearby buildings and over 20 people were left homeless. On March 4 landlord Lawrence Myers (60) and handyman Marion Comier (47) were each charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated arson.
Links: USA, Illinois, Murder, Tragedy, Fire     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Feb 14
South Korea’s Samsung, the world's second-biggest handset maker, unveiled its first phone to use its own new operating system, called 'bada'.
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2010 Feb 14
In Arizona a helicopter crashed north of Phoenix killing 5 people onboard including Thomas Stewart (64), the head of Services Group of America.
Links: USA, Air Crash, Arizona     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Feb 14
In Singapore the Resorts Worlds Centosa casino complex opened.
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2011 Feb 14
President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases.
Links: USA, Economics, Big Money, ObamaB     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
A senior US official said the US has received requests from Egypt's new government to freeze the assets of officials who worked for ousted Egyptian Pres. Mubarak.
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2011 Feb 14
A man-versus-machine showdown on popular US quiz show "Jeopardy!" ended in a tie on the first day of a three-day challenge, when an IBM computer named Watson showed off its knowledge of the Beatles, as well as a few glitches.
Links: USA, Computer, Brain, Software     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
George Shearing (1919), England-born jazz accordionist and pianist, died in NYC. The first 'George Shearing Quintet', a band with Margie Hyams (vibraphone), Chuck Wayne (guitar), later replaced by Toots Thielemans (billed as John Tillman), John Levy (bass) and Denzil Best (drums) recorded the immensely popular single "September in the Rain" (MGM), which sold over 900,000 copies.
Links: USA, Jazz, Accordion     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
Afghan government prosecutors and police stormed into election commission offices in Kabul to seize control of vote data, accusing the body of not cooperating with a probe into fraud. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a Kabul shopping and hotel complex, killing two security guards in the second attack at a site frequented by foreigners and westernized Afghans in less than a month. Officials said 9 employees of Afghanistan's Central Bank and a troubled private bank (Kabul Bank), have been accused of stealing $1.5 million through a fake check scheme. The suspects were arrested two weeks ago.
Links: Suicide, Afghan, Robbery, Banking     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
Algeria’s Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said the country’s 19-year-old state of emergency will end within days, brushing off concerns that recent protests in the country could escalate as in Tunisia and Egypt.
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2011 Feb 14
Bahrain's security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of anti-government protesters heeding calls to unite in a major rally and bring the Arab reform wave to the Gulf for the first time. Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima (21) died in today's marches.
Links: Bahrain, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2011 Feb 14
In the Democratic Republic of Congo a small plane used to deliver World Food Program aid crashed in Bukavu, killing its Russian pilot and his Congolese co-pilot.
Links: Air Crash, CongoDRC     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
In Dagestan a pair of suicide bombers, including a woman, attacked security forces killing 2 officers and wounding 21 others.
Links: Dagestan, Suicide, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
An Ecuadorean judge ruled that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs' attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. The company said that it would appeal, and called the judge's decision "illegitimate and unenforceable."
Links: Ecuador, USA, Oil, Environment     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
Egypt's 470,000-strong military delivered an ultimatum to dozens of committed protesters in Tahrir Square, nerve center of a movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak, to leave and let life return to normal or face arrest. Military rulers called for an end to strikes and protests as thousands of state employees, from ambulance drivers to police and transport workers, demonstrated to demand better pay. Officials said Egypt's stock exchange will remain closed through the end of the week, as a strike by public sector bank workers added to the challenges facing the country since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
Links: Egypt, Labor     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
European ministers in Brussels fought over the best way to combat the debt crisis that has crippled the eurozone over the past year.
Links: EU, Banking     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2011 Feb 14
France called on Algeria to allow anti-government protests, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, to take place freely and without violence.
Links: Algeria, France     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
A small Honduran commercial airliner crashed near the capital, killing all 14 people aboard. It was carrying two pilots and 12 passengers, including Assistant Secretary for Public Works Rodolfo Rovelo, United Workers Federation of Honduras leader Jose Israel Salinas and former Economy Secretary Carlos Chain.
Links: Honduras, Air Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
Iran’s security forces cut phone lines and blockaded the home of an Iranian opposition leader in attempts to stop him attending a planned rally in support of Egypt's uprising. Eyewitnesses reported sporadic clashes in central Tehran's Enghelab or Revolution square between security forces and opposition protesters. Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is on a visit to Iran, urged governments in the Middle East to listen to the demands of their people. Student Sanee Zhaleh (26) was shot dead during the opposition rally. Authorities later announced the arrest today of an Iranian man allegedly working for the CIA.
Links: Iran, CIA, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
In Israel Jerusalem's municipal council approved the construction of 120 new homes in the Jewish settlement neighborhood of Ramot in occupied east Jerusalem.
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2011 Feb 14
Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo filed a lawsuit against the West African regional bloc for recognizing his rival as the winner of the country's recent presidential election.
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2011 Feb 14
A group of Japanese citizens filed a lawsuit challenging a civil law that effectively stops women from keeping their surnames when they marry.
Links: Japan, Women     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
In Malaysia Islamic morality police detained 40 unmarried Muslim couples in hotel rooms during Operation Valentine, aimed at curbing illegal premarital sex. The main Islamic body issued an edict in 2005 banning Muslims from celebrating what it said was a day synonymous with vice.
Links: Malaysia, Sex, Islam, Sociology     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
In Mexico a series of shootings left 18 people dead in Padilla, Tamaulipas state, where a turf war has raged between two brutal drug cartels. In neighboring Nuevo Leon state gunmen killed Homero Salcido Trevino, a top intelligence officer, then torched his car. The Defense Department said Juan Carlos Olivera, allegedly the top Zetas operator in five towns around Monterrey, was arrested with two accomplices and four guns.
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2011 Feb 14
Moroccan PM Abbas El Fassi met with the opposition to discuss parliamentary polls. The impact of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia weighed on the talks.
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2011 Feb 14
Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad dissolved his Cabinet in an emergency meeting in what appeared to be a gesture inspired by unrest rocking the Arab world. This gave him six weeks to name a new Cabinet.
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2011 Feb 14
In Russia the assistant to the judge, who convicted oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Dec 30, said the judge did not write the verdict and read it against his will in the Moscow courtroom.
Links: Russia, Govm’t Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
Serbia's PM Mirko Cvetkovic said he is sacking Deputy PM Mladjan Dinkic, a key coalition partner. If Dinkic's G-17 party stops supporting Cvetkovic's government in Parliament, the coalition will fall apart and early parliamentary elections will have to be held.
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2011 Feb 14
A Swiss court said an Iranian man convicted of heroin trafficking will be expelled and returned to his home country, even though the man claimed that he could be persecuted for being homosexual.
Links: Switzerland, Iran, Gays     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
In Thailand a couple in Pattaya locked lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes and 9 seconds to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A previous world record of 32 hours was set by a Germany couple in 2009.
Links: Thailand, Sex, World Record     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Feb 14
In Yemen more than 1,000 people protested for a fourth straight day, demanding political reforms and the ouster of the US-allied president in demonstrations inspired by the upheaval in Egypt.
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2012 Feb 14
Horizon Lines pleaded guilty to violating oil pollution laws. It accepted a $1 million fine and a $500,000 contribution to SF Bay Area environmental projects. The container ship Horizon Enterprise had discharged oily waste and an inspection at the Port of Oakland in Oct 2011 showed a valve had been opened to prevent meters from recording the discharge.
Links: USA, Environment, SF Bay Area, Ship     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Feb 14
In Massachusetts 11 more dolphins beached themselves at Cape Cod. Ten were rescued. Over the last month some 178 have stranded in the area and 125 died.
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2012 Feb 14
Hackers claimed to have broken into Combined Systems Inc.'s website and stolen personal information belonging to clients and employees of the Jamestown, Pennsylvania-based firm, whose tear gas has been used against Egyptian demonstrators. They accused the company of being run by war profiteers who sell "mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop shops around the world."
Links: USA, Pennsylvania, Internet     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Feb 14
Top US Catholic bishop, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, vowed legislative and court challenges to a compromise by President Barack Obama to his healthcare mandate that now exempts religiously affiliated institutions from paying directly for birth control for their workers, instead making insurance companies responsible.
Links: USA, Medical, ObamaB     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Feb 14
Snow as deep as 15 feet (4.5m) isolated areas of Albania, Moldova and Romania, and helicopters and army trucks were used to deliver food and medicine, and to transport sick people to hospitals. Officials said 5 Romanians died in the past 24 hours due to frigid temperatures, bringing the total to 79 weather-related deaths since the nation's cold spell began.
Links: Albania, Romania, Moldova, WeatherEU     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2012 Feb 14
Bahraini security forces fanned out in unprecedented numbers as the island nation was marking the one-year anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising against its Sunni rulers. Police arrested some 150 people while dispersing protesters attempting to march on the former Pearl Square.
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2012 Feb 14
China's Premier Wen Jiabao said his country was ready to increase its participation in efforts to resolve Europe's debt crisis, after meeting EU president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso in Beijing.
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2012 Feb 14
An Eritrean opposition party official, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, went missing in eastern Sudan. His party feared he may have been kidnapped by Asmara's security agents.
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2012 Feb 14
French police searched an upmarket Paris residence of the son of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema as part of a corruption probe.
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2012 Feb 14
The UN Security Council began a four-day mission in Haiti to review the terms of its mandate and evaluate earthquake reconstruction efforts in the Caribbean country.
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2012 Feb 14
Some 200 Indonesians converged on a Jakarta square to denounce the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), an Islamic vigilante group known for its armed attacks on minorities and moderates.
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2012 Feb 14
US filmmaker Sean Stone (27), son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam in Iran, where he is making a documentary.
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2012 Feb 14
In Iraq 2 separate attacks against Iraqi security forces in Mosul and Baghdad killed three people and wounded 18 others.
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2012 Feb 14
Israeli forces razed three temporary structures comprising the Oz Zion wildcat settler outpost near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
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2012 Feb 14
Italian prosecutors asked the country's highest criminal court to reinstate the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student.
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2012 Feb 14
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah named a new cabinet with 10 new faces, including the oil and defense ministers, and no women, despite objections from the opposition.
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2012 Feb 14
In Madagascar 10 seven people were killed after Cyclone Giovanna struck land. The toll included six killed when a building collapsed in Alaotra Mangoro.
Links: Madagascar, Hurricane     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Feb 14
Mexican officials said they have arrested Jaime Herrera Herrera (43) in Sinaloa state, a man who manufactured methamphetamine for the Sinaloa drug cartel run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
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2012 Feb 14
In Nigeria a bomb disposal officer was killed trying to defuse a bomb just minutes after another blast in Kaduna previously hit by a feared Islamist sect. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for another series of bomb attacks targeting two major military bases and a highway overpass that wounded an unknown number of people in Kaduna.
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2012 Feb 14
Pakistan announced that it has temporarily allowed NATO to ship perishable food to its troops in Afghanistan, a sign of thawing tensions following American airstrikes last year on Nov 26 that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
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2012 Feb 14
A Romania court in Bucharest ruled that former agriculture ministers Decebal Traian Remes and Ioan Muresan took bribes and engaged in influence-peddling. Both were sentenced to 3 years in prison.
Links: Romania, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Feb 14
Romania's top court recognized Prince Paul Hohenzollern as the legitimate grandson of former King Carol II, ending a 21-year-legal battle.
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2012 Feb 14
Somali government forces backed by the African Union attacked Islamist Shebab rebel posts on the outskirts of the war-torn capital Mogadishu with tanks and artillery.
Links: Burundi, Somalia, AU     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Feb 14
In South Korea over one hundred people rallied near the Chinese Embassy to protest China’s state security police for arresting dozens of North Korean defectors who face torture, imprisonment and even death if returned to their homeland.
Links: China, North Korea, South Korea     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Feb 14
In Thailand an Iranian man, Saeid Moradi, carrying grenades lost at least one leg in a grenade blast and wounded four civilians in Bangkok after an earlier blast shook his rented house. Mohammad Kharzei, a 2nd man was arrested in Bangkok as he tried to board a flight to Malaysia.
Links: Iran, Thailand, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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