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2015 Feb 14
In Bahrain protesters took to the streets in predominantly Shiite areas and set tires alight along a major highway to mark the fourth anniversary of widespread protests calling for reform.
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2015 Feb 14
In Denmark some 30 shots were fired at the Krudttoenden cafe in Copenhagen, where Swedish artist Lars Vilks was organized a freedom of speech event. Filmmaker Finn Noergaard (55) was killed.
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2015 Feb 14
In Hong Kong Lai Sai-ming, the captain of a commuter ferry that collided with another boat on Oct 1, 2012, killing 39 people, was found guilty of manslaughter.
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2015 Feb 14
In Libya a bomb exploded at an oil pipeline from the El Sarir field, halting flows to Hariga port as the country struggles to restore crude exports battered by factional fighting.
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2015 Feb 14
Niger said it has arrested several dozen people suspected of having links to Nigeria's Boko Haram, since the start of cross-border attacks by the Islamist group on Feb 6.
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2015 Feb 14
Nigeria's military repelled an attack on the northeastern town of Gombe by Boko Haram Islamic extremists who, as they retreated, warned residents not to participate in the country's elections in March.
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2015 Feb 14
In Pakistan gunmen killed a driver and wounded a polio worker in the Khyber tribal region as another vaccination team went missing ahead of a nationwide vaccination drive.
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2015 Feb 14
In Thailand dozens of anti-coup activists held a demonstration in central Bangkok, handing out roses and copies of George Orwell's "1984" -- a rare expression of public dissent in a nation still under strict martial law.
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2015 Feb 14
In eastern Ukraine fighting intensified ahead of a midnight ceasefire. Constant artillery bombardments were razing the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, where Ukrainian forces were clinging on. Shelling killed at least one person in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. 7 Ukrainian service personnel were killed and 23 wounded in fighting in the past 24 hours.
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2015 Feb 14
In Vatican City Pope Francis elevated 20 new “princes of the church” into the College of Cardinals.
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2015 Feb 14
In southern Yemen heavy fighting overnight between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen left 26 dead. Tens of thousands marched in protest against the Houthis in the cities of Ibb, Taiz, Hodeida, Dhamar and the capital, Sanaa. The Netherlands, Spain and the United Arab Emirates became the latest countries to shut down embassy operations in Sanaa.
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2015 Feb 14
Michael Ferrero (89), Italy’s chocolate king, died. He took over the family’s hazelnut-chocolate business after his father died in 1949 and soon added vegetable oil to make it spreadable. In 1964 he invented the name Nutella and in 1983 took it to America.
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2016 Feb 14
In Bahrain four American journalists, who were covering the anniversary of the country’s 2011 uprising, were arrested amid a long crackdown on dissent. On Feb 16 Bahraini prosecutors said they had accused the reporters of participating in an illegal gathering but ordered them freed pending further investigation.
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2016 Feb 14
Cameroon ended a four day operation during which its special forces reportedly killed 162 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's northeastern town of Goshi, destroying bomb factories and weapons to retake the extremist stronghold.
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2016 Feb 14
Voters in the Central African Republic cast their ballots in an election meant to restore democratic rule, determined to turn the page on years of bloodshed that has killed thousands and split the impoverished nation along religious and ethnic lines. On March 1 the constitutional court confirmed the election of former mathematics professor Faustin-Archange Touadera.
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2016 Feb 14
Haitian lawmakers chose the country's Senate chief to lead a caretaker government that will fill the void left by last week's departure of former President Michel Martelly.
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2016 Feb 14
In Indian-controlled Kashmir 2 students were killed during an anti-India protest that followed the killing of a local rebel in a gunbattle with government forces in southern Kakpora village.
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2016 Feb 14
Libya's UN-backed council announced the formation of a revised national unity government, with the internationally-recognised parliament to vote on the line-up early this week.
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2016 Feb 14
In southern Pakistan a train crashed into a van at a crossing, killing eight people and injuring four from the same family.
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2016 Feb 14
Three Palestinian teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli security forces in two separate incidents in the West Bank. Palestinian woman Yasmin al-Zaru (20) tried to stab an Israeli policeman but was shot in the attempt in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron. Two armed Palestinians attacked Israeli police just outside the Old City walls before being shot dead by officers.
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2016 Feb 14
Russia said President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama agreed to intensify diplomatic and other cooperation to implement an agreement on Syria struck at talks in Munich.
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2016 Feb 14
A Saudi Arabian soldier died when a cross-border shell landed near him in Jazan, a southern province bordering Yemen.
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2016 Feb 14
Slovenia said it would clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to enter the country, ahead of tougher measures set to be announced by neighbouring Austria later this week to slow down the influx.
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2016 Feb 14
The Syrian Kurdish PYD party rejected Turkish demands that allied militia withdraw from positions near the border that are being shelled by Turkish army.
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2016 Feb 14
The Turkish army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria for a second day, killing two fighters.
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2016 Feb 14
Zimbabwe aviation authorities impounded a US-registered cargo jet, with a dead body and millions of South African rand reportedly on board. The Western Global Airlines MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South Africa.
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2017 Feb 14
Pres. Donald Trump issued major disaster declarations to enable federal funding for California to aid spillway damage on the Oroville Dam and help the with widespread effects of January’s storms.
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2017 Feb 14
US ambassador Deborah Malac said the United States will give over $25 million in humanitarian aid to Uganda, to help the nation cope with a huge influx of refugees fleeing conflict in east Africa.
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2017 Feb 14
In Texas storms packing heavy rains, lashing winds and tornadoes hit the Houston metropolitan area, ripping roofs off homes, blowing windows out of frames and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.
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2017 Feb 14
Mazda said it is recalling about 174,000 small cars in the US because the seats can change angles suddenly, making the vehicles hard to drive.
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2017 Feb 14
Brazilian President Michel Temer issued a decree to deploy 9,000 soldiers in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan area until Feb. 22, one week before Carnaval ends. The soldiers are to help out amid police officers' strike threats and riots led by anarchists during state legislature votes on austerity measures as the annual Carnaval celebrations take off.
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2017 Feb 14
The government of China awarded Pres. Trump valuable rights to his own name in the form of a 10-year trademark for construction services.
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2017 Feb 14
In China residents in an oil town near the border with Russia protested against a planned aluminum plant over pollution fears.
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2017 Feb 14
In central China a gas explosion at the Zubao Coal Mine in Hunan province killed at least nine people. The official death toll climbed to 10 after investigators found a miner who had been listed as "injured".
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2017 Feb 14
Congo police made a pre-dawn raid on a separatist group in Kinshasa, killing four people but failing to arrest Ne Muanda Nsemi, a self-styled religious prophet and leader of Bundu dia Kongo (BDK).
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2017 Feb 14
In the Dominican Republic two journalists were shot dead during a live 103.5 FM radio broadcast in San Pedro de Macoris.
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2017 Feb 14
Human Rights Watch said the huge newly-built Ethiopian Gibe III dam is cutting off the supply of water to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.
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2017 Feb 14
Seven Hong Kong police officers were convicted of a lesser charge in the assault of pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang, whose videotaped beating during the height of 2014 pro-democracy protests sparked outrage.
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2017 Feb 14
India's top court upheld the corruption conviction of Sasikala Natarajan, the head of the ruling party in Tamil Nadu state, ending her chances of becoming the southern state's next chief minister.
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2017 Feb 14
An Italian court convicted a Moroccan-born man and his wife on charges of international terrorism in connection with an Islamic State plot to carry out attacks in Rome during the Holy Year in 2016. Abderrahim Moutaharrik, and his wife, Salma Bencharki were sentenced to six years and five years in jail, respectively.
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2017 Feb 14
In Japan Toshiba Corp.'s chairman resigned after the company logged such massive losses in its nuclear business that it must sell its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up.
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2017 Feb 14
In northern Kashmir four Indian soldiers and four militants were killed in gunbattles in Bandipora district, in the second outbreak of violence between security forces and separatists in three days.
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2017 Feb 14
In Luxembourg a passenger train and a freight train collided, killing one person and injuring several more.
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2017 Feb 14
Malian television said hundreds had fled villages close to the city of Macina after clashes between Fulani herders and Bambara farmers over the weekend. The death toll from the armed confrontation had risen to 20 from 13.
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2017 Feb 14
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly with the CIA chief in the West Bank, as they expressed concern over the Trump administration's suggestion that a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel is optional.
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2017 Feb 14
In northwestern Syria two days of fighting left 69 fighters dead, including 39 from the Levant Liberation Committee and 30 dead from Jund al-Aqsa, including four suicide attackers who blew up vehicles that they were driving.
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2017 Feb 14
Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said Turkey-backed rebels have largely taken control of Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State militants, but a war monitoring group said the jihadists still controlled most of the town.
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2017 Feb 14
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi Arabia's top leadership during a visit to further strengthen ties as part of a Gulf tour ahead of Syria peace talks.
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2017 Feb 14
Venezuela's powerful vice president called his blacklisting by the United States on drug charges an "imperialist aggression" in the first bilateral flare-up under new US President Donald Trump.
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2017 Feb 14
Police in Vietnam stopped hundreds of protesters from marching to present compensation claims against a steel plant over a toxic spill last year.
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2017 Feb 14
In China three attackers with knives killed five people and injured another five before being shot dead by police in a remote oasis town in Xinjiang province.
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2017 Feb 14
In the Philippines environment secretary Gina Lopez cancelled 75 mining projects on the grounds that they would harm ecologically sensitive areas.
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2018 Feb 14
The US Trump administration announced it would boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years.
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2018 Feb 14
The US House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act. The bill says Hamas routinely instructs Palestinians not to flee from Israeli airstrikes, forcing them to act as "human shields." The bill would not add any additional sanctions on the group.
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2018 Feb 14
Michael Cohen, Pres. Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said he paid $130,000 of his own money in 2016 to porn star Stephanie Clifford, who has not publicly denied having an affair with Trump.
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2018 Feb 14
In Florida Nikolas Cruz (19) barged into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. At least 17 people were left dead as he fired well over 100 shots.
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2018 Feb 14
The Taliban said they want to end Afghanistan's war through dialogue but warned that their willingness to find peace did not mean they were exhausted and that their armed campaign would be sustained no matter how powerful the US opposition.
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2018 Feb 14
In Afghanistan a Taliban attack in western Farah province killed seven policemen late today. The Taliban hit a police post in Bala Buluk district and the hours-long fighting also killed three insurgent before the Taliban were pushed back. In northern Faryab province a Taliban attack killed three policemen in Qaysar district. Ten Taliban insurgents were also killed in the ensuing gunbattle. A land mine explosion in western Herat province killed two children of a local Taliban figure.
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2018 Feb 14
Australia's deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was under mounting pressure to resign as his party's leader over revelations of a relationship with a former staffer.
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2018 Feb 14
In Bahrain dozens of Shiite protesters took to the streets to mark the seventh anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising. Reports followed of clashes between demonstrators and police.
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