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2009 Mar 20
The UN Security Council gave a stamp of approval to Somalia's new unity government and urged increased international aid to African Union (AU) peacekeepers trying to contain the violence in the lawless country.
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2009 Mar 20
The US Postal Service said it will reduce management by 15%, offer early retirement to 150,000 workers and close 6 of 80 district offices in response to the slowing economy and losses last year of $2.8 billion.
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2009 Mar 20
In Iraq followers of anti-US Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr protested US presence on the 6th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. In Baghdad’s Karrada district a pair of roadside bombs exploded within 10 minutes of one another wounding 4 police officers and 3 civilians.
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2009 Mar 20
Mexico’s central bank lowered its overnight lending rate by .75 to 6.75%, in response to the deepening recession.
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2009 Mar 20
Washington Mutual's holding company sued federal regulators for billions of dollars, saying the firesale of the bank's assets to JPMorgan Chase violated its rights.
Links: USA, M&A, Lawsuit     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Mar 20
Walter Kuhlman (90), SF Bay Area artist and teacher, died. He was a noted figure in the postwar Bay Area abstract expressionist movement.
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2009 Mar 20
Iranian engineer Majid Kakavand (37) was taken into custody in Paris as he arrived in Paris from Moscow as part of a European tour with his wife. He was arrested at the airport under a US warrant suspected of evading export controls to buy US technology for Iran's military. He was held in La Sante prison until Aug. 26, then released on condition he stay in Paris. He faced a Feb. 17 Paris hearing on whether to be extradited to the United States.
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2010 Mar 20
British Airways canceled more than 1,000 flights after its cabin crew launched a three-day strike, wreaking havoc on the plans of tens of thousands of passengers just before the busy spring holiday season. .
Links: Britain, Labor, Aviation     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Mar 20
China's capital woke up to orange-tinted skies as the strongest sandstorm so far this year hit the country's north, delaying some flights at Beijing's airport and prompting a dust warning for Seoul.
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2010 Mar 20
UN chief Ban Ki-moon, after getting a closer look at some of the Israeli enclaves scattered across Palestinian-claimed territories, said Israeli settlement building anywhere on occupied land is illegal and must be stopped.
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2010 Mar 20
Nepal's former PM Girija Prasad Koirala (86) died. He served five terms, led mass protests that ended the king's authoritarian rule and was a key figure in peace negotiations with communist rebels.
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2010 Mar 20
Pakistani police arrested three Taliban militants and seized a bomb-making factory in the southern city of Karachi.
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2010 Mar 20
In Russia thousands of protesters rallied in several cities to protest the government's economic policy and demand more political freedoms.
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2010 Mar 20
In Togo thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets in the West African nation to protest presidential election results.
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2010 Mar 20
In Iraq the latest partial results showed PM al-Maliki's secular Shiite challenger, former PM Ayad Allawi, pulling ahead again by a slim margin over the prime minister's coalition in the overall tally. Al-Maliki called on the election commission overseeing the counting to quickly respond to requests from political blocs for a recount.
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2010 Mar 20
The Plastiki, a boat with hull built of 12,500 plastic bottles, departed from Sausalito, Ca. to Australia.
Links: USA, Environment, SF Bay Area     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Mar 20
In Florida 3 people were killed when a single-engine plane collided with a kit-built aircraft over Williston.
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2010 Mar 20
In Canada a 3rd deadly avalanche in a week killed 2 French skiers in British Columbia.
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2010 Mar 20
In Sudan 19 members of the Misseriya tribe and six from the rival Nuwayba tribe were killed as fighting broke out. More than 20 people were wounded.
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2010 Mar 20
An estimate of gay men marrying heterosexual women in China was put at 90% as compared to 15-20% in the US.
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2010 Mar 20
Croatia and Slovenia hosted the 1st locally organized conference of the heads of government of the former Yugoslavia.
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2010 Mar 20
Spanish surgeons completed the world’s most extensive full-face transplant. It was the 11th known face transplant in the world. The 24-hour operation provided a young farmer (30) a new nose, jaw and teeth.
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2011 Mar 20
US President Barack Obama held up emerging powerhouse Brazil as a model of economic and democratic transformation that leaders in the troubled Middle East should try to copy.
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2011 Mar 20
AT&T said it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Germany's Deutsche Telekom in a $39-billion blockbuster deal enabling it to overtake Verizon as the biggest US wireless provider.
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2011 Mar 20
In Wisconsin suspect James Cruckson (30) opened fire on police during a standoff in Fond du Lac killing Officer Craig Birkholz (28). Cruckson was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.
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2011 Mar 20
Bahrain's opposition asked for UN and American intervention in the government crackdown on the Shiite protests trying to loosen the monarchy's grip, in a brief protest in the capital that disbanded before police could arrive to break it up.
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2011 Mar 20
Britain said its air and sea strikes on Libya had been "very successful" and stressed it was doing everything it could to avoid civilian casualties as it enforces a UN-sanctioned no-fly zone. at least seven demolished tanks smoldered in a field 12 miles (20 km) south of Benghazi, many of them with their turrets and treads blown off. Turkey was blocking NATO action, which requires agreement by all 28 members of the alliance.
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2011 Mar 20
Haiti held a presidential runoff election between Mirlande Manigat, the former first lady, and Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, a star of Haitian compas music, the top two finishers in a first-round vote in November. Martelly captured nearly 68 percent of the vote.
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2011 Mar 20
Japan’s ministry official Yoshifumi Kaji said that tests found excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens, in addition to spinach. He said the areas where the tainted produce was found included three prefectures that previously had not recorded such contamination. Tokyo Electric Power Company said two of the six reactor units are now safely under control after their fuel storage pools cooled down. The toll of dead or missing from Japan's worst natural disaster in almost a century neared 21,000.
Links: Japan, Food, Disaster, Nuclear     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Mar 20
A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed a "long war" after the US and European militaries blasted his forces with airstrikes and over 100 cruise missiles, hitting air defenses and at least two major air bases. Despite the strikes, Gadhafi's troops lashed back, bombarding the rebel-held city of Misrata with artillery and tanks. Arab League chief Amr Moussa condemned the "bombardment of civilians" as the death toll from the Western air strikes rose to 64.
Links: USA, EU, Libya     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2011 Mar 20
In Mexico armed men stole some 157 million pesos, about $13 million, from a cash transporting company in Oaxaca state.
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2011 Mar 20
Thousands of Moroccans demonstrated in Casablanca, Rabat and other cities calling for more democracy and social justice despite recent promises of deep political reform.
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2011 Mar 20
In Nigeria a bomb carried by two men aboard a motorcycle killed them when it accidentally exploded in the central city of Jos.
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2011 Mar 20
In Pakistan explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Baluchistan province. Officials feared all 52 miners underground at the time of the accident were dead.
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2011 Mar 20
Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, while Israeli troops killed two Palestinians in a fresh wave of violence along the volatile border with Gaza.
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2011 Mar 20
In Saudi Arabia dozens of Saudi men and women, outnumbered by anti-riot police, protested outside Riyadh's Interior Ministry, demanding the release of thousands of detainees held without trial for years.
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2011 Mar 20
In Syria more than 100 people were wounded as security forces fired live bullets and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the town of Daraa.
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2011 Mar 20
In Taiwan some 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of an atomic power plant.
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2011 Mar 20
Some 85,000 registered Tibetans across the world began voting for a new leader to take up the resistance against Chinese rule over their Himalayan homeland, as the Tibetan parliament-in-exile debated how to handle the Dalai Lama's resignation from politics.
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2011 Mar 20
In Yemen tens of thousands of people joined a funeral procession for protesters killed by government gunmen and the president's own tribe called on him to step down, robbing the embattled US-backed leader of vital support.
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2011 Mar 20
In Egypt 3 men kidnapped and raped a woman (24) after stopping a vehicle at gun point. She was driving with a male relative. In April a military court in Ismailiya ordered the execution of the three men who were convicted of the kidnapping and rape. In Qena province Muslim vigilantes arrested Anwar Mitri (45), a school administrator and Coptic Christian, for renting a flat to a woman they claimed was a prostitute and for allegedly having sex with her. Mitri was tried and had his ear lopped off.
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2011 Mar 20
In Florida Christian preacher Terry Jones supervised a burning of the Koran in front of about 50 people at a church. News of this led to violent protests in Afghanistan in early April.
Links: USA, Florida, Afghan, Islam, Religion     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Mar 20
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced his move to oust Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office for official misconduct over a domestic violence issue. He asked former Chief Deputy Vicki Hennesy to come out of retirement to replace Mirkarimi, who vowed to fight the ouster.
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2012 Mar 20
Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary with 47% of the vote compared with 35% for Rick Santorum, 9% for Ron Paul and 8% for Newt Gingrich.
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2012 Mar 20
In northern Australia a devastating "mini-tornado" tore through the city of Townsville, ripping roofs off houses, snapping trees in half and injuring 13 people.
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2012 Mar 20
Russian banker German Gorbuntsov (45) was shot outside his home in east London and was put into a medically induced coma. Hew was days away from giving evidence to an investigation into the attempted murder of a former business associate. His lawyer believed the attack was connected to an assassination attempt on Gorbuntsov's partner and co-owner of Konvers Group, Alexander Antonov, in 2009. A bank he owned in Moldova, Universalbank, was closed down in February and he was wanted there for financial crimes. The Kommersant business daily wrote that Gorbuntsov said he himself was a victim of a raider attack that caused him to lose his stake of more than 70 percent in Universalbank.
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2012 Mar 20
A Egyptian court in Cairo gave suspended one-year sentences to 11 policemen accused of killing 22 protesters and wounding 44 others during last year’s uprising that ousted Pres. Mubarak.
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2012 Mar 20
In India 15 people were killed when a train collided with an overcrowded taxi minivan at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
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2012 Mar 20
Iran ushered in its Persian New Year with a symbolic cannon blast from its flagship destroyer, and speeches from leaders vowing to fix an economy suffering under Western sanctions.
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2012 Mar 20
In Iraq a torrent of bombings and shootings ripped across 20 towns and cities, targeting police and Shiite pilgrims and killing 52 people with 255 wounded.
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2012 Mar 20
Kenya wildlife officials said fires raging across Mount Kenya may have been set by poachers trying to create a diversion from their illegal attacks on animals.
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2012 Mar 20
Malawi police arrested an opposition lawmaker who is the son of ex-president Bakili Muluzi, after his supporters torched a police station over the weekend.
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2012 Mar 20
In northern Mali an Islamist group led by a Tuareg rebel fighting for autonomy claimed control of the country's vast northeast, while also vowing to free dozens of prisoners.
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2012 Mar 20
ECOWAS, a 15-member West African bloc, said it has called on rebels in northern Mali to lay down their arms and said it would "take all necessary measures" to support the country's government.
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2012 Mar 20
In Mexico a 7.4 magnitude earthquake was centered near the border between the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. It damaged hundreds of homes and sent thousands of people fleeing from swaying office buildings, yet even after 10 aftershocks there were no reported deaths. 2 people injured in Guerrero state died on March 22.
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2012 Mar 20
In Nigeria a spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram ruled out further talks with the government after preliminary, indirect contacts aimed at ending scores of deadly attacks. Abul Qaqa said the government could not be trusted.
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2012 Mar 20
In Nigeria the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a UN Foundation-led initiative, launched a campaign aimed at preventing deaths due to toxic smoke from rudimentary cookstoves.
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2012 Mar 20
A Pakistani parliamentary commission demanded an end to American drone attacks inside the country and an apology for deadly US airstrikes in November as part of a review of its near-severed relations with the United States.
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2012 Mar 20
Russia said it is ready to support a UN resolution endorsing Kofi Annan's plan for settling the Syrian crisis, signaling it is prepared to raise the pressure on its old ally.
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2012 Mar 20
In Somalia Al-Qaeda-allied Islamist gunmen seized Dhusamareb, a key central, driving out the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa, an Ethiopia-backed force who follow Somalia's traditional Sufi branch of Islam. Shebab fighters also fired mortar bombs at the presidency in Mogadishu as their commanders called for more attacks on the government. The pro-government militia later in the day wrested back Dhusamareb in fierce clashes both sides claimed killed several of their rivals.
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