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2006 Mar 20
Venezuela agreed to sell fuel under preferential terms to an El Salvador association created by a group of leftist mayors.
Links: El Salvador, Venezuela     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2006 Mar 20
In San Diego, Ca., Japanís baseball team beat Cuba 10-6 in the World Baseball Classic. The US team was embarrassingly knocked out in the second of the four rounds.
Links: USA, Japan, California, Cuba, Baseball     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2006 Mar 20
In Dallas, Texas, Gregory Wallis was released from jail after 18 years following DNA evidence that excluded him as the attacker of a woman. Wallis was eligible for up to $250,000 in compensation.
Links: USA, DNA, Texas     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2006 Mar 20
Paul Tagliabue announced he would step down as NFL commissioner after 16 years.
Links: USA, Football     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2006 Mar 20
Otto Zehm (36), a mentally ill man, died after being struck and tasered at a convenience store in Spokane, Wa. In 2011 officer Karl Thompson was found guilty of using violating Zehmís civil rights by using excessive force and making a false statement.
Links: USA, Washington     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Mar 20
The WWF conservation group said climate change, pollution, over extraction of water and development are killing some of the world's most famous rivers including China's Yangtze, India's Ganges and Africa's Nile.
Links: China, India, Environment, Egypt     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
The African Union urged the UN Security Council to back a peace deal signed between Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and the opposition by gradually pulling its troops out of the country.
Links: Ivory Coast, UN, AU     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Authorities in emergency-ruled Bangladesh said they have found "huge" amounts of undisclosed money in the bank accounts of dozens of prominent figures caught up in a major anti-graft drive.
Links: Bangladesh, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
China approved four foreign banks to begin local currency services to individual Chinese customers, opening up access to the country's 30 trillion yuan ($4 trillion; 3 euros trillion) in household savings and surging demand for credit cards and other financial services.
Links: China, Banking     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Taha Yassin Ramadan (69), Saddam Hussein's former deputy, was hanged before dawn, the fourth man to be executed in the killings of 148 Shiites following a 1982 assassination attempt against the former leader in the town of Dujail. At least 15 people were killed or found dead, most in Baghdad, as the war entered its fifth year. Iraqi and US troops backed by American warplanes battled al-Qaida-linked insurgents for more than five hours in clashes in Amiriyah, near Fallujah, that left eight killed and five Iraqi policemen wounded.
Links: Iraq, USA, al-Qaida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Mar 20
A US diplomat met with the Palestinian finance minister, the first American contact with the new Palestinian government and a sign of a break in policy between Israel and its closest ally.
Links: USA, Palestine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Fire swept through a nursing home in southern Russia after the night watchman ignored two alarms, killing 62 people in the Azov Sea coast village of Kamyshevatskaya, where the closest fire station was nearly an hour's drive away.
Links: Russia, Fire     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
In Arizona the Hualapai Indian tribe invited a select few to the unveiling of the horseshoe-shaped deck over the Grand Canyon in advance of a public opening planned for March 28. Tour packages with deck access will range in price from $49.95 to $199. The deck, which juts 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge, will accommodate up to 120 guests at a time.
Links: USA, Arizona, AmerIndian     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
The British government said schools have the right to ban students from wearing Muslim veils if teachers believe the garments affect safety or pupils' learning. Britain ordered its military to stop using cluster bombs that lack self-destruct mechanisms in a decision intended to prevent the weapons, used as recently as the beginning of the Iraq war, from harming civilians.
Links: Britain, Education     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Ecuador's constitutional crisis took a new twist as alternate lawmakers were escorted into Congress under the cover of darkness and sworn in to replace some of the legislators fired by the country's highest electoral court.
Links: Ecuador     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Mar 20
Guatemala police arrested 4 people on suspicion of being among those who orchestrated the killings of three Salvadoran politicians and their driver in Feb 19.
Links: El Salvador, Guatemala     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Heavy rains triggered landslides that buried three homes in Pakistan's portion of Kashmir, leaving 31 people dead.
Links: Pakistan, Kashmir     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
In Peru 3 suspected leftist rebels were shot to death in a clash with troops in the highland jungle.
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2007 Mar 20
The commander of African Union forces in Somalia pleaded for reinforcements as the AU's security chief paid a flying visit to volatile Mogadishu.
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2007 Mar 20
The Madrid government said El Hierro, one of the smallest of Spain's Canary Islands, is to receive 100 percent of its electricity supply from renewable energy sources.
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2007 Mar 20
Nyamko Sabuni (37), a Congolese immigrant and Sweden's first black minister, said the oppression of women and girls in the name of family honor has become an urgent problem in Sweden with the arrival of growing numbers of immigrants over the past few years.
Links: Sweden, Women, Migrant     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa urged southern Africa to take a new approach to Zimbabwe, which he likened to a "sinking Titanic" as millions flee economic and political turmoil.
Links: Zimbabwe, Zambia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Pres. Bush vowed that his top aides will not testify under oath before congressional committees on the scandal involving the firing of 8 US attorneys.
Links: USA, Govmít Scandal, BushGW     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Russia confirmed that it has begun pulling out experts from the Iranian nuclear power plant they were helping build and that it is withholding nuclear fuel for Iranís reactors.
Links: Russia, Iran, Nuclear     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
An explosion aboard the HMS Tireless, a nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine under an Arctic ice cap, killed two British sailors and injured a crewmember.
Links: Arctic, Britain, Submarine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Mar 20
Albert Baez (b.1912), Mexican-American physicist, died. In 1948 he and Paul Kirkpatrick co-invented the X-ray reflection microscope for the study of living cells. His books included ďThe New College Physics: A Spiral ApproachĒ (1967), and the memoir ďA Year in BaghdadĒ (1988). Baez was also the father of singers Joan Baez and Mimi Farina.
Links: USA, Mexico, Writer, Physics, Inventor     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
The second flight of Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) low-cost Falcon 1 rocket reached 200 miles altitude but did not make it to orbit due to the premature shutdown of its second-stage Kestrel engine. SpaceX launched the two-stage Falcon 1 rocket from its Omelek Island launch site in the Marshall Islands, but the rocket failed to reach its intended 425-mile (685-kilometer) orbit due to a roll control glitch.
Links: USA, Marshall Islands, Space     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Ali Mussa Dakdouk, a senior Lebanese Hezbollah operative, was captured in southern Iraq.
Links: Iraq, Lebanon     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Mar 20
Rescuers found Michael Auberry, a 12-year-old Boy Scout, who was dehydrated and disoriented after four days in the wooded mountains of North Carolina.
Links: USA, North Carolina, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
The X Prize Foundation and sponsor Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. offered $10 million to the teams that can produce the most production-ready vehicles that get 100 miles per gallon or more.
Links: USA, Cars     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Mar 20
In southern Afghanistan security forces said an exchange of fire between British soldiers and police left a policeman dead and two men wounded from each side. A soldier with the NATO-led force died after being struck by a bomb.
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2008 Mar 20
Flemish Christian Democrat Yves Leterme took over as Belgian prime minister, ending nine months of deadlock.
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2008 Mar 20
The Bank of England said it would inject 5.0 billion pounds into short-term money markets every week until April 9.
Links: Britain, Economics, Big Money     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
China sent additional troops into restive areas and made more arrests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in an effort to suppress anti-government protests even as the Dalai Lama offered face-to-face negotiations with Chinese leaders. Tibet authorities said they had arrested dozens of people involved in a wave of anti-Chinese violence. China forced the last remaining foreign journalists out of Tibet, and stepped up restrictions on Internet and radio reports from people within the country.
Links: China, Tibet, Internet, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
Israeli defense officials announced they've worked out a tentative deal for Egypt to become the main electricity supplier to the Gaza Strip.
Links: Egypt, Israel, Palestine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Mar 20
Fidelis Omeni, an environment ministry official said, Nigeria has been suspended from the International Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for alleged breaches of its provisions.
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2008 Mar 20
Kim Yong-Nam, North Korea's de facto head of state, arrived in Namibia as part of his goodwill visit to three African nations, which also includes Angola and Uganda. Namibia and North Korea hoped to strengthen their economic ties. Kim Yong-Nam warned against countries plundering resources from poor African countries.
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2008 Mar 20
A suicide car bomb killed five Pakistani soldiers and wounded nine others near the Afghan border.
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2008 Mar 20
Palestinian militants accidentally set off a large blast at a Hamas training base in the central Gaza Strip, killing 2 members of the violent Islamic group and wounding another.
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2008 Mar 20
A Russian air force Su-25 fighter jet blew up in flight near the Far East city of Vladivostok and the pilot was killed.
Links: Russia, Air Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Mar 20
Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq.
Links: Iraq, Turkey, Kurds     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader and presidential candidate in March 29 general elections, said that the voters' register was filled with tens of thousands of ghost voters.
Links: Zimbabwe     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza dismissed the head of the armed forces and his deputy, barely a week after firing three senior ministers.
Links: Mozambique     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
In Sri Lanka troops, according to a statement the next day, ambushed ethnic Tamil rebels with a roadside bomb, overran bunkers and engaged in firefights across the north, killing 29 insurgents.
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2008 Mar 20
North Carolina lawmakers voted 109-5 to boot Rep. Thomas Wright, a Wilmington Democrat, from office for mishandling $340,000 in loans and contributions.
Links: USA, North Carolina, Govmít Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Mar 20
Brazilian officials said an outbreak of dengue in Rio de Janeiro state has killed at least 47 people this year.
Links: Brazil, Microbiology     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
Cuba issued what appears to be the first public report on prices and inflation in the private sector, in an unusually realistic acknowledgment of the key role the informal economy plays in island life.
Links: Cuba, Economics     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
In Mali clashes began around Tinzaouatene, near the Algerian border, as insurgents attacked soldiers clearing mines in what the rebels feared was a prelude to a government offensive. 3 soldiers were killed when their vehicle was blown up by a mine and four captured in combat by the rebels.
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2008 Mar 20
In the Netherlands a new attraction officially opened in Oegstgeest called Corpus. The $31 million project organized led by businessman Henri Remmers featured a 115-foot seated human shape on the outside and large-scale exhibits of the human anatomy inside.
Links: Netherlands, Medical, Architect     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Mar 20
In North Carolina Darryl Turner was killed after being shocked by a police officerís Taser. In 2011 a jury ordered Taser Intíl. to pay Turnerís family $10 million. Lawyers said the company had failed to warn that a Taser shot near the heart poses a substantial risk of cardiac arrest.
Links: USA, North Carolina, Guns, Tragedy, Lawsuit     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Mar 20
Two US Navy vessels, a submarine and an amphibious ship, collided during the early morning hours in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula. The USS Hartford, a submarine, and the USS New Orleans, an amphibious ship, collided. 15 sailors aboard the Hartford were slightly injured but able to return to duty. No injuries were reported aboard the New Orleans.
Links: USA, Ship, Submarine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Mar 20
Afghanistan's top Muslim clerics urged President Hamid Karzai to push ahead with a proposal for talks with the Taliban that would be mediated by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. In northern Afghanistan 9 policemen and a district chief were killed in heavy fighting with Taliban insurgents. 4 Canadian troops and a local interpreter were killed in two separate explosions. Another NATO soldier was killed in a "hostile incident" in the south.
Links: Canada, NATO, Afghan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Mar 20
Tens of thousands of Angolans welcomed Pope Benedict XVI. He urged Angolans to continue on the path of reconciliation after nearly three decades of civil war, saying dialogue could overcome all conflict and tension.
Links: Angola, Vatican     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Mar 20
China said a new WTO report rejected the majority of intellectual property complaints made by the US and broadly backed Beijing's stance against commercial piracy.
Links: USA, China, WTO     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Mar 20
The African Union suspended Madagascar, the strongest condemnation by the international community since opposition leader Andry Rajoelina took power with the support of the army.
Links: AU, Madagascar     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Mar 20
EU leaders pledged a 125 billion euros in support for eastern Europe and the IMF after rejecting calls to plough more taxpayer cash into their own faltering economies.
Links: EU, Economics     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Mar 20
North Korea closed its southern border for the third time in recent days, even as it told Seoul it would restore a military communications hot line severed last week.
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2009 Mar 20
In Sudan the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a major rebel group in Darfur, said it had decided to end peace talks with the Sudanese government until it lets back aid groups expelled from the troubled region.
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2009 Mar 20
In France several teenagers were taken into custody after 11 adults were injured in a pellet gun shooting near a nursery school in Lyon.
Links: France, Guns, Teens Amuck     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Mar 20
The Mexican army in Saltillo, Coahuila, arrested Sigifrido Najera Talamantes, an alleged drug trafficker. He was suspected of organizing an attack on a US consulate as well as the killing of several soldiers in retaliation for a government crackdown.
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