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2012 Feb 14
Syrian government forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs in what activists described as the heaviest shelling in days. 9 civilians, four defectors and 7 soldiers were reported killed as pro-Assad forces and army defectors battled for hours in the northern town of Atareb.
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2012 Feb 14
A Tunisian court cleared Libyan former PM Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi (70) on a charge he had crossed illegally into Tunisia as he fled Libya last year.
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2012 Feb 14
Uganda officials said they have seized nearly 360 pounds (162 kg) of ivory and other animal parts and products that were being smuggled in and out of the country. Officials said Chinese demand is behind the illegal trade in endangered species and animal products.
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2012 Feb 14
A Ugandan minister raided and shut down a workshop run by homosexual rights activists in Entebbe, days after a draconian anti-gay bill was reintroduced.
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2012 Feb 14
Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered opposition electoral officials not to destroy lists of voters following primary elections, a decision that was promptly condemned by opposition leaders who vowed to keep voters' identities secret.
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2012 Feb 14
Zimbabwean police disrupted a Valentine's Day march, by about 200 members of the militant Women of Zimbabwe Arise organization, aimed at promoting peace and love between foes.
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2012 Feb 14
British Rev. John Suddards' body was discovered by workmen at the vicarage in Thornbury, about 125 miles (200 km) west of London. Police said he was stabbed multiple times in his home. On Feb 19 Kent Police said that suspect Stephen Farrow (47) was detained overnight in Folkestone, near the major port town of Dover. Farrow was also suspected in the murder of Betty Yates, a retired teacher, on January 2. The body of a young man was also found at the house where Farrow was arrested.
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2012 Feb 14
In Honduras a fire swept through a prison in the town of Comayagua in one of the world's deadliest fires in decades. Many of the survivors escaped. 852 people had been crowded into the prison built for half that number. The prisoners whose scorched bodies were carried out piece by piece had been locked inside. Most inmates had never been charged, let alone convicted. The final death toll numbered 362 people.
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2012 Feb 14
Bolivian police arrested Julio Edwin Valdez (33), the leader of a gang in El Alto believed to have killed 69 people, whose bodies have been found over the last 13 months. Police arrested 8 members of the band and seized four 14-seat minibuses used to gather victims in early morning commutes.
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2012 Feb 14
Pres. Obama met with Xi Jinping (58), China’s vice president. Jinping was expected to become the next leader of China.
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2013 Feb 14
The US Treasury Department said that Switzerland and the United States have signed a pact to make Swiss banks disclose information about US account-holders.
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2013 Feb 14
The Chicago Crime Commission name Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, as the city’s new Public Enemy No. 1, for supplying most of the narcotics sold in the city.
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2013 Feb 14
Dozens of Afghan activists and supporters marked Valentine's Day by marching in Kabul to denounce violence against women amid reports that domestic abuse is on the rise.
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2013 Feb 14
Ronald Dworkin (81), an American philosopher and constitutional law expert, died in London. He was best known for articulating the principle that the most important virtue the law can display is integrity. He was a professor of law at New York University and emeritus professor at University College London. His books included “A Matter of Principle” (1985).
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2013 Feb 14
Security forces in Bahrain clashed with anti-government protesters in street battles that left at least one boy dead amid high tensions on the second anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation. A 16-year-old male and a policeman were killed on the second anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising.
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2013 Feb 14
Egypt's aviation minister said the hiring of President Mohammed Morsi's son to a highly-paid government job was justified, dismissing accusations of nepotism. On Feb 16 the head of Egypt's holding company for airports and aviation said Morsi's son has applied for a job that pays $133 a month starting salary.
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2013 Feb 14
Indian troops shot and killed a Pakistani soldier who crossed the makeshift border separating Indian and Pakistani held Kashmir.
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2013 Feb 14
Mali's military detained eight Arab men in Timbuktu, throwing them into a pickup truck and covering it with a tarp in a sweep that has raised fears of further reprisals against the region's Arab minority. Hundreds of others have fled to the neighboring nations of Algeria and Mauritania, where they are living in refugee camps. In December the Associated press found the body of Kabbad, a 70-year-old grandfather known as Vieux Ali, and five others buried in the desert.
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2013 Feb 14
In Pakistan a roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying members of an anti-Taliban militia in Stanzai village in the Orakzai tribal region, killing 7 militiamen. A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives next to a police post in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing 11 policemen and wounding 23 others.
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2013 Feb 14
In South Africa Reeva Steenkamp (b.1983), the girlfriend of double-amputee Olympian runner Oscar Pistorius, was shot dead. Police arrested Pistorius on a charge of murder.
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2013 Feb 14
Syrian rebels took control of the town of Shadadah along the Euphrates River seized most of the nearby Jbeysa oil field. Regime warplanes pounded rebel positions near Aleppo's international airport. Rebels reportedly shot down two warplanes. Rebels stormed a small military base near the town of al-Sahwa in the southern province of Daraa. At least four fighters were killed in clashes at the base. 42 Shiites, mainly women and children, were snatched from a bus that was traveling from the Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya to the capital Damascus.
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2013 Feb 14
In Turkey authorities arrested eight more retired officers over the last 48 hours over their alleged involvement in the ousting of an Islamic-led government in the late 1990s.
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2013 Feb 14
Senior officials of the UN atomic agency returned from Tehran without a hoped-for deal that would have led to the resumption of a probe into allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms.
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2013 Feb 14
Zimbabwe police fired tear gas and baton charged to disperse Valentine's Day marchers, herding 195 people demonstrators into a police precinct. Later 25 were treated for injuries including broken teeth.
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2013 Feb 14
H.J. Heinz said it has agreed to be acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, a Brazilian private-equity firm, in a $23.3 billion deal. 3G later bought Kraft and merged it with Heinz in 2015.
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2013 Feb 14
A Norwegian court in Oslo sentenced Sadi Bugingo (47) of Rwanda to 21 years in prison after he was found guilty of taking part in the slaughter of more than a thousand Tutsis in his home country.
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2014 Feb 14
President Obama visited the San Joaquin Valley to focus on California’s severe drought, and announce new measures in the ongoing federal effort to address it. Obama toured parts of California's drought zone and pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state.
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2014 Feb 14
The snow-weary eastern US was digging out from yet another mammoth storm, as the deadly weather crept through New England and eastern Canada and another storm approached.
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2014 Feb 14
In Bahrain a blast struck a bus carrying police as anti-government activists clashed with police on the third anniversary of the uprising in the small Gulf island nation. One policeman died of wounds sustained in the bomb blast. 26 people were arrested. Another 29 were arrested a day earlier.
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2014 Feb 14
In the Central African Republic thousands of Muslims who tried to flee the violence in Bangui were turned back by peacekeepers, as crowds of angry Christians shouted "we're going to kill you all." France announced that it is increasing the number of its troops on the ground in CAR by 400 for a total of 2,000.
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2014 Feb 14
In China 11 "terrorists" were reported killed during an attack in Wushi County in the Aksu Prefecture of Xinjiang.
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2014 Feb 14
The Chinese government sacked the police chief of the southern "sin city" of Dongguan following a candid report by the state broadcaster on the underground sex industry there.
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2014 Feb 14
In eastern China a wedding hall collapsed killing 10 people in Yazhuang village, Zhejiang province.
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2014 Feb 14
The CongoDRC government said 22 Congolese soldiers and 230 Ugandan rebels have been killed in a nearly month-long offensive in restive eastern DRC.
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2014 Feb 14
In Egypt police and residents clashed with supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi leaving a man shot dead in Damietta and a child killed in Minya.
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2014 Feb 14
In Germany Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announced his resignation over claims he leaked confidential information about an international child porn probe.
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2014 Feb 14
In India anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal quit as the top elected official in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the capital. He said he would recommend that new elections be held in New Delhi.
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2014 Feb 14
In Indonesia a volcanic eruption on Java sent a 17 km (10 mile) ash cloud into the air. More than 56,000 people were forced to flee their homes and four 4 were killed when Mount Kelud erupted.
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2014 Feb 14
In Indonesia seven female Japanese divers went missing off the resort island of Bali as strong winds and heavy rains hit Crystal Bay. Five of the divers were found alive on Feb 17. On Feb 18 the body of a female diver was found 18 miles west of the rescued divers.
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2014 Feb 14
Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships regained ground in the northern town of Sulaiman Pek, a day after parts of it were overrun by Sunni Islamist insurgents. At least 12 militants were killed by the army.
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2014 Feb 14
Italy’s Premier Enrico Letta drove himself to the president's palace and resigned after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny designed to catapult Florence's young Mayor Matteo Renzi into the helm of Italy's government.
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2014 Feb 14
In Ivory Coast Michel Gbagbo, son of former president Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested at the airport while attempting to leave the country on a flight to Paris.
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2014 Feb 14
In Jamaica Leroy Russell, a dancehall deejay, was charged in a multimillion-dollar lottery scam.
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2014 Feb 14
Libya's government and armed forces moved to quash rumors of an impending coup after retired Gen. Khalifa Hifter called for parliament and the government to be suspended.
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2014 Feb 14
North and South Korea agreed in a rare high-level meeting to stop insulting each other and to go ahead with planned reunions of Korean War-divided families next week despite a dispute over upcoming US-South Korean military drills.
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2014 Feb 14
In Syria a car bomb killed at least 32 people the town of al-Yaduda (Yadouda) near the border with Jordan. At least 5 soldiers were killed when Islamist rebels detonated mines under the Carlton hotel in Aleppo. In Geneva Syrian government and opposition delegates said talks to end their country's civil war have reached an impasse, with the US and Russia backing the rival camps and trading accusations over the deadlock. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told delegates that he plans to take the talks into a third round.
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2014 Feb 14
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an al Qaeda splinter group (ISIL) has executed at least 13 people including relatives of fighters from rival rebel groups before withdrawing from a town near Aleppo. It did not say when the incident took place in Haritan.
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2014 Feb 14
Thailand riot police cleared anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in Bangkok.
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2014 Feb 14
Ukraine authorities provisionally freed the last of 234 detained protesters under an amnesty offer aimed a diffusing protracted street protests.
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2014 Feb 14
It was reported that a UN Commission of Inquiry has found that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea and recommends that its findings be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
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2014 Feb 14
Louis Willis, the former director of the US Virgin Islands' Internal Revenue Bureau, turned himself in under charges of tax evasion.
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2014 Feb 14
In Venezuela soldiers fired tear gas and deployed water cannons to break up hundreds of student demonstrators blocking a highway in protest against President Nicolas Maduro. Authorities freed 25 student protesters pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this week's deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours.
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2014 Feb 14
Yemeni military and security officials says that the death toll from a prison break in Sanaa has reached 10, and that al-Qaida received help from inside the prison to facilitate the escape of 29 inmates.
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2014 Feb 14
Zambian ex-diplomat and son of former president Rupiah Banda was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption. Andrew Banda (53) was arrested in 2012 on charges of soliciting a kickback from Italian company Fratelli Locci, which was awarded a contract to build roads.
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2014 Feb 14
In New Mexico unusually high levels of radioactive particles were found at an underground nuclear waste site in what a spokesman said looked like the first real alarm since the plant opened in 1999. Investigators in June said they have found five other potentially explosive barrels in West Texas that came from the same Los Alamos waste stream.
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2014 Feb 14
About $2.5 million of Bitcoin was apparently stolen from Silk Road 2.0, a website used to trade mainly illegal drugs. A flaw in Bitcoin’s code was discovered earlier this month.
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2014 Feb 14
In Cambodia Dave Walker (58), a Canadian filmmaker, went missing. His body was found April 30 in the woods near the famous Angkor temple complex.
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2015 Feb 14
In Maryland Jason Hendrix (16) was killed in a shootout with police as they tried to pull him over for a speeding violation. This prompted a search at his home in Corbin, Ky., where police found the bodies of his parents and a younger sister. Hendrix was said to be angry at his parents for taking away his computer privileges.
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2015 Feb 14
Algerian soldiers shot dead a heavily armed Islamist in the Tebessa region on the northeastern border with Tunisia.
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2015 Feb 14
In Argentina top government officials rallied behind President Cristina Fernandez after a state prosecutor said he would keep investigating accusations that she tried to cover up Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing.
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