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2012 Mar 20
Human Rights Watch accused some in Syria's armed opposition of carrying out serious abuses, including the kidnapping and torture of security forces, in a sign of the growing complexity of the year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad. Fresh clashes broke out in the capital and security forces killed at least 30 people, all but two of them civilians, in violence elsewhere across the country. Syrian soldiers backed by tanks seized the eastern city of Deir el-Zour from rebels.
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2012 Mar 20
Thousands of Tunisians gathered in defense of liberty as they marked Independence Day amid fears of a widening divide between secular and religious groups in the newly democratized nation.
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2012 Mar 20
In Yemen all but two members of former Pres. Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) walked out of a 34-member cabinet meeting. Opponents in the new coalition government soon accused members of Saleh’s party of trying to hamper political transition in the country. Three Filipino sailors were kidnapped in Mahrah province.
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2012 Mar 20
South Africa’s Supreme Court ruled to allow a review of a 2009 decision by the National Prosecuting Authority that dropped charges of corruption, racketeering, tax-evasion and money laundering against Pres. Zuma.
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2012 Mar 20
Afghans celebrated their solar-based new year.
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2013 Mar 20
The US Congress foiled the financially beleaguered Postal Service's plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail when it passed legislation requiring six-day delivery.
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2013 Mar 20
The US military and the Afghan government reached a deal on the pullout of American special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts from Wardak province after complaints that they were involved in human rights abuses.
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2013 Mar 20
The US announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of American jihadi Omar Hammami and another $5 million reward for a 2nd American fighting in Somalia, Jehad Mostafa.
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2013 Mar 20
It was reported that Starbucks has purchased a 593-acre farm in Costa Rica.
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2013 Mar 20
Bangladesh’s figurehead Pres. Zillur Rahman (84) died at a hospital in Singapore.
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2013 Mar 20
Chancellor George Osborne said Britain will raise the personal tax allowance to 10,000 pounds in 2014-15, a year earlier than expected.
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2013 Mar 20
James Herbert (69), best-selling British horror writer, died at his home in Sussex. His 23 novels included "The Rats" (1974).
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2013 Mar 20
A Bulgarian man, Plamen Goranov (36), set himself on fire to protest poverty in his country, becoming the 6th to do so in a month.
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2013 Mar 20
China’s Suntech Power Holdings Ltd., one of the world's biggest solar panel manufacturers, was forced into bankruptcy court, becoming the latest casualty of a painful slump in the global solar industry.
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2013 Mar 20
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet decided not to attempt a ban of the country's biggest far-right party but said it would support a bid brought by the country's states — a resolution slammed by the Germany's main Jewish group as the wrong signal to neo-Nazis.
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2013 Mar 20
US President Barack Obama arrived on his first visit and assured Israel of his personal commitment to its security. He delivered a blunt warning to its foes that the US has the Jewish state's back.
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2013 Mar 20
In Iraq a car bomb in eastern Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded four on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion.
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2013 Mar 20
Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned that a jihadist state could emerge on his northern border in Syria with Islamic extremists trying to establish a foothold in the neighboring country.
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2013 Mar 20
Malaysian prosecutors charged 8 Filipinos with terrorism-related offenses following an armed siege in Borneo that killed 71 people.
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2013 Mar 20
In Mali a suicide car bomber killed a Malian soldier near Timbuktu's airport. A vehicle containing two jihadists exploded as it attempted to infiltrate the airport.
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2013 Mar 20
Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said Mexico has sent a diplomatic note to the French government seeking assistance in heading off an auction of 51 pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts scheduled in Paris for March 22-23, arguing they are protected national historical pieces. Mexico has had laws prohibiting the export of such artifacts since at least 1827.
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2013 Mar 20
Myanmar's parliament agreed to set up a commission to review the pro-military 2008 constitution, a process that could eventually change the political landscape and allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to contest the presidency.
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2013 Mar 20
In Myanmar unrest between local Buddhist and Muslim residents erupted in Meikhtila. The troubles began after an argument broke out between a Muslim gold shop owner and his Buddhist customers. Over 30 people were killed and some 70 others injured.
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2013 Mar 20
A Nigerian official said at least two people have survived after a boat carrying more than 100 people capsized over the weekend off Calabar.
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2013 Mar 20
Slovenian lawmakers approved the new-left-leaning Cabinet of PM Alenka Bratusek, the first female to lead the government since secession from Yugoslavia in 1991.
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2013 Mar 20
South African trade unions said they are shocked at the disappearance of 24.8 billion rand ($2.75 billion) from provincial governments. The auditor general reported last week that the money had "disappeared" in "irregular, fruitless and wasteful spending."
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2013 Mar 20
In South Korea a cyberattack caused computer networks at major banks and top TV broadcasters to crash simultaneously. North Korea was suspected. Initial findings said a Chinese Internet address was the source of the attacks.
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2013 Mar 20
Syria's main opposition group demanded a full international investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in the country's north, calling for a team to be sent to the village where it reportedly occurred.
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2013 Mar 20
Venezuela's government halted lines of communication established by a top U.S. diplomat to protest what it says has been US interference in the country's internal affairs ahead of an election set next month to replace the late President Hugo Chavez.
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2014 Mar 20
President Barack Obama said the US is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia in retaliation for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine. Obama says he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the US to sanction key sectors of the Russian economy. Rossiya, Russia’s 17th largest bank, was included on the sanctions list. Its owners had ties with Pres. Putin.
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2014 Mar 20
In NYC a 14-year-old boy opened fire in a gang dispute on a city bus in Brooklyn, fatally shooting a bystanding Dominican man in the head. Angel Rojas (39) of Brooklyn was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was arrested the next day and charged with 2nd degree murder.
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2014 Mar 20
In North Carolina US Army Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who carried on a three-year affair with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with subordinates, was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay, avoiding jail time in one of the military's most closely watched courts-martial.
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2014 Mar 20
In Afghanistan four teenage gunmen walked into the Serena Hotel in Kabul, made their way to the restaurant, pulled out hidden pistols and started shooting diners. They killed 9 people, including shooting AFP journalist Sardar Ahmad, his wife and two of their children in the head. Police killed all four attackers after a three-hour standoff.
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2014 Mar 20
In eastern Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near a police station in Jalalabad while other Taliban insurgents stormed the building, killing 10 police officers and a civilian.
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2014 Mar 20
British regulators fined Mark Stevenson, an ex-Credit Suisse trader, for attempting to rig the price of government bonds in order to profit from the Bank of England's quantitative easing program. He was fined £662,700 ($1.1 million, 794,000 euros) for "deliberately manipulating" a government bond, or gilt, on October 10, 2011.
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2014 Mar 20
In Egypt a Cairo court sentenced 17 al-Azhar students to 14 years in jail for rioting, damaging public properties and attacking security personnel.
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2014 Mar 20
In Iraq a suicide bomber struck a Baghdad café overnight killing at least 12 people.
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2014 Mar 20
Italian authorities said they have rescued more than 4,000 would-be migrants at sea over the past four days as the war in Syria and instability in Libya spawn new waves of refugees.
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2014 Mar 20
Japan’s NTT Data Corp. agreed to digitize some 3,000 historical Vatican manuscripts and make them available online.
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2014 Mar 20
Kenya's parliament passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out. Women are not allowed to marry more than one man in Kenya. The bill must now pass before the president to be signed before becoming law.
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2014 Mar 20
In northeast Nigeria an explosion at Ngurosoye village market near hideouts of Islamic extremists killed 29 people. Three more died of their wounds over the next few days.
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2014 Mar 20
Pro-Russian crowds seized two Ukrainian warships and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as the European Union considered new sanctions against Russia for its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.
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2014 Mar 20
Saudi Arabia said it has deported 370,000 foreign migrant workers over the past five months.
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2014 Mar 20
A Sudanese worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state.
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2014 Mar 20
Syrian troops raised the national flag on the Crac des Chevaliers, a famous Crusades-era citadel near the border with Lebanon, after days of intense fighting against opposition fighters. 93 of the opposition fighters were reported killed as they fled to Lebanon.
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2014 Mar 20
Turkey’s PM Tayyip Erdogan's defiantly vowed, on the campaign trail ahead of March 30 local polls, to "wipe out" Twitter, whatever the international community had to say about it.
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2014 Mar 20
Several UN aid trucks crossed the Turkish border into Syria for the first time.
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2015 Mar 20
The Obama administration issued the first federal mandates governing hydraulic fracturing on public land.
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2015 Mar 20
The US FDA approved genetically engineered foods as safe.
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2015 Mar 20
US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled that the US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.
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2015 Mar 20
In New Orleans, La., police shot Richard White (63) three times at the Louis Armstrong International Airport after he attacked border agents with a machete and wasp spray. White was shot and died the next day at a local hospital.
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2015 Mar 20
Beijing shut down the third of its four coal-fired power plants as part of its campaign to cut pollution, with the final one scheduled to close next year.
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2015 Mar 20
In Canada Raed Jaser (37), a longtime resident of Palestinian descent, and Tunisian-born Chiheb Esseghaier (32), accused of plotting to attack a passenger train travelling from New York to Toronto, were found guilty of several terror-related charges. They will be sentenced April 10. On Sep 23 both men were sentenced to life in prison. Each would have to serve at least ten years before becoming eligible for parole.
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2015 Mar 20
Cuban media reported that a local court last week condemned several government officials to prison terms of between five and 15 years for stealing and selling millions of eggs on the black market.
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2015 Mar 20
In Denmark two men suspected of helping the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen last Feb 15 were jailed.
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2015 Mar 20
Europol, the European Union's policy agency, said that raids earlier this week in Austria, Cyprus, Slovenia and Switzerland led to 26 arrests and the identification of 14 possible victims of the smugglers. The raids of brothels and restaurants targeted Chinese criminal networks that reportedly smuggled people to the continent.
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2015 Mar 20
The EU and Balkan countries launched a campaign aimed at stemming the flow of fighters from southeastern Europe to join jihadists in the Middle East. The Balkans are generally considered to include Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, about half of Croatia, Greece, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, most of Serbia, and the European part of Turkey.
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2015 Mar 20
The EU committed 2 billion euros ($2.15 billion) to help Athens deal with what even EU leaders now call the "humanitarian crisis" hitting Greeks in the wake of the financial crisis that left the nation on the brink of bankruptcy.
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2015 Mar 20
EU leaders agreed to increase cooperation with Tunisia following an Islamist attack on tourists in the capital this week, saying they would also offer more economic assistance to the new Arab democracy.
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2015 Mar 20
EU leaders, concerned about migrants using Libya as a jumping-off point to reach the continent, pledged to help the conflict-torn country regain stability but ruled out deploying any security operation.
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