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2015 Mar 20
Ethiopian officials set fire to6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry on a wooden pyre in Addis Ababa to discourage poaching and the ivory trade.
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2015 Mar 20
Germany-based Lufthansa canceled hundreds more flights as pilots went on strike for the third consecutive day and announced they would continue the walk-out over the weekend.
Links: Germany, Labor, Aviation     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Mar 20
In eastern India education authorities said about 600 high school students in Bihar state have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week.
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2015 Mar 20
In northern India three coaches of a passenger train derailed, killing at least 32 people near Bachhrawan village in Uttar Pradesh state.
Links: India, Train Crash, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Mar 20
Islamic State published a video purporting to show the beheading of three Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq by militants who threatened to kill "dozens" more of those being held captive. The population under Islamic State control was about eight million people.
Links: Iraq, Mayhem, Kurds     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2015 Mar 20
In Iraq and Syria the US and its coalition allies staged eight air strikes against Islamic State militants over the last 24 hours.
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2015 Mar 20
Italy unveiled the newly restored ancient city of Pompei. It had been destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
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2015 Mar 20
In Kashmir suspected rebels wearing army uniforms stormed an Indian police station, killing a policeman. A four-hour gun battle then left 2 paramilitary soldiers, 2 militants and a civilian dead.
Links: India, Kashmir     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Mar 20
Kenya launched Africa's first water fund, a public-private partnership aimed at raising $15 million to provide clean water to 9.3 million people by protecting the basin of the country's longest river.
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2015 Mar 20
Liberian officials said a patient has tested positive for Ebola in Monrovia, deflating hopes that the nation had beten the disease.
Links: Liberia, Ebola     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2015 Mar 20
In Mexico about 40 buses blocked one of the main highways leading north out of Mexico City in a protest over the latest killing aboard a bus by thieves.
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2015 Mar 20
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a single currency with the Kremlin's closest ex-Soviet allies at a meeting with his Kazakh and Belarusian counterparts in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
Links: Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia, Money     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Mar 20
In Syria a twin bombing targeting Kurds celebrating their new year in the northeastern city of Hassakeh killed 49 people and wounded 177 others.
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2015 Mar 20
Taiwan authorities introduced emergency water rationing as the country faced its worst drought in over a decade and the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years. The government last imposed water rationing and anti-drought measures in 2001 in parts of Taiwan, including Taipei.
Links: Taiwan, Drought     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Mar 20
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Turkey has offered a $50 million loan to Ukraine to help cover its budget deficit in a joint press conference in Kiev with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey also offered Ukraine $10 million in humanitarian assistance.
Links: Turkey, Ukraine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2015 Mar 20
In eastern Ukraine one civilian was killed in an attack by pro-Russian separatist rebels in the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka despite a ceasefire deal.
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2015 Mar 20
A new UN report warned that the world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource.
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2015 Mar 20
In Yemen bombings targeted two mosques in Sanaa and another in the Huthis' Saada stronghold, where an assailant detonated his explosives belt outside a mosque after failing to get in. At least 137 people were killed at the mosques attended by Shiite militiamen. The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility.
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2015 Mar 20
In Yemen unidentified aircraft dropped bombs over an area that includes the residence of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden but he was unharmed. In southern Yemen Al Qaeda fighters captured al-Houta, capital of the southern Lahj province, killing about 20 soldiers, before they were driven out by the army late today.
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2015 Mar 20
In China a female (28) was shot to death in the city of Chifeng. Zhao Liping (63), who once presided over police affairs for Inner Mongolia, was soon detained on a charge of intentional homicide. Zhao had reportedly disposed of the body, which was later recovered in a village in Chifeng.
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2015 Mar 20
Bulgaria's authorities said they had discovered the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus in two dead pelicans in a nature reserve in northeastern part of the Balkan country, close to neighboring Romania.
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2016 Mar 20
The United States and its allies carried out 11 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
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2016 Mar 20
Cleveland-based paint company Sherwin Williams said it is buying rival Minneapolis-based Valspar for about $9 billion.
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2016 Mar 20
In Pennsylvania retired state trooper Clarence Briggs killed turnpike toll collector Danny Crouse and security guard Ronald Heist in a holdup attempt in Fort Littleton. Biggs was shot dead by state troopers while trying to escape. Briggs had filed for banktuptcy in 2015 with debts of $315,000.
Links: USA, Pennsylvania, Murder, Robbery     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2016 Mar 20
The Australian government ended its push to log World Heritage-listed forests on the southern island state of Tasmania, after the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO issued a report calling for the area to remain protected from logging.
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2016 Mar 20
President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba for a three-day trip, the first by a US president in 88 years.
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2016 Mar 20
Benin held a presidential runoff vote that put PM Lionel Zinsou against cotton magnate Patrice Talon, who was once accused of trying to poison the current president. The next day PM Lionel Zinsou conceded defeat to Patrice Talon in a vote hailed as an example for democracy in action.
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2016 Mar 20
In Cape Verde Janira Hopffer Almada conceded defeat after the liberal opposition MPD party took more than 53 percent of the vote with nearly all ballots counted, ousting the PAICV after 15 years in power.
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2016 Mar 20
The Republic of Congo voted under a nationwide media blackout, in a tense ballot expected to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso (72) prolong his 32-year rule over the oil-rich but impoverished nation. Provisional results showed President Denis Sassou N'Guesso won re-election.
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2016 Mar 20
In eastern India three elephants killed 4 people. One elephant in the group, a male, was tranquilized and later died.
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2016 Mar 20
In India the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile called for China to engage in dialogue on autonomy for his people's homeland, as tens of thousands of Tibetans around the world voted for new leaders of a government that Beijing does not recognize.
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2016 Mar 20
An Indonesian military helicopter crashed during a mission to capture Abu Wardah Santoso, the country's most wanted militant, killing 13 people in Central Sulawesi.
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2016 Mar 20
Kazakhstan citizens voted in a parliamentary election expected to provide a commanding majority for ageing autocrat President Nursultan Nazarbayev's ruling party. Preliminary results showed Pres. Nursultan Nazarbayev's Nur Otan party winning 82 percent of the vote. International observers, who were allowed unfettered access, observed ballot-box stuffing and other irregularities.
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2016 Mar 20
Niger's Pres. Mahamadou Issoufou ran for a second five-year term against opponent Hama Amadou, who campaigned from behind bars before being flown last week to Paris for medical treatment. Issoufou was re-elected.
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2016 Mar 20
The Russian Defense Ministry recorded five violations of a tentative ceasefire agreement in Syria in the last 24 hours.
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2016 Mar 20
Top level Rwandan genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa (53) was flown from Kinshasa to Kigali to face trial three months after his arrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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2016 Mar 20
Senegalese residents voted on a constitutional referendum that could see sweeping constitutional reforms including a reduction of presidential powers and terms from seven to five years, on a continent where many leaders try to hold onto power. Partial results showed the pro-government "Yes" camp winning a majority.
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2016 Mar 20
In southern Somalia Kenyan soldiers reportedly killed another 13 militants near Ras Kamboni.
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2016 Mar 20
In northeastern Spain a bus carrying university exchange students back from the country’s largest fireworks festival crashed on a main highway, killing 13 female students and injuring 34 others in Catalonia province.
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2016 Mar 20
Yemeni officials said at least 55 people, including 14 civilians, have been killed in two days of fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite Huthi rebels.
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2016 Mar 20
Elections were held in Zanzibar with security tight and an opposition boycott in place for the re-run of October's polls in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands, cancelled due to fraud allegations. President Ali Mohamed Shein of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party was re-elected with more than 91 percent of the votes. America suspended $472 million in aid over the election re-run.

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2017 Mar 20
The United States criticized the UN Human Rights Council, saying addressing the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories as part of its agenda exhibited the group's "long-standing bias against Israel."
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2017 Mar 20
FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the bureau is investigating possible links and coordination between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
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2017 Mar 20
In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb late today targeted a checkpoint in southern Helmand province, killing at least six members of an intelligence unit near Lashkar Gah. Seven other were wounded.
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2017 Mar 20
Belarus Pres. Alexander Lukashenko said Western intelligence agencies are using a "fifth column" to cause unrest and threaten the stability of his regime.
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2017 Mar 20
British mobile phone giant Vodafone said it will merge its Indian unit with Idea Cellular to create India's largest telecoms operator, to help fend off the Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio, whose recent arrival has shaken up India's ultra-competitive mobile network market.
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2017 Mar 20
A Czech zoo started sawing off the horns of its 21 rhinos to protect them from poaching after the killing of a rhinoceros in France earlier this month.
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2017 Mar 20
East Timor held elections. Former guerrilla leader Francisco Guterres and Antonio da Conceicao, the minister of education and social affairs were the front runners. Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres received 57 percent of the vote. His main rival, Antonio da Conceicao, got 32 percent.
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2017 Mar 20
The European Union said it is slapping sanctions on four high-ranking military officials in Syria over the use of chemical weapons in the war-torn country.
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2017 Mar 20
French Pres. Francois Hollande said world donors pledged more than $75 million to an historic UNESCO-backed alliance to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the wave of ideological-driven destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants.
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2017 Mar 20
In Guatemala three policemen were killed late today and seven officers wounded in attacks on police across the country, hours after a bloody gang riot in a juvenile detention center was put down in Guatemala City.
Links: Guatemala, Prison Riot     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2017 Mar 20
Hungary's defense minister inaugurated a small military base on the country's southern border for soldiers patrolling to prevent the entry of migrants.
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2017 Mar 20
Iraqi forces battled Islamic State group fighters to push into Mosul's Old City where thousands of civilians remained trapped under jihadist rule. A car bombing in Baghdad killed 27 people.
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2017 Mar 20
Japan and Russia agreed to step up work toward resolving a longstanding territorial dispute through cooperation in a range of areas.
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2017 Mar 20
Norway jumped to top spot in the World Happiness Report despite the plummeting price of oil. Denmark fell to second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland and Finland.
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2017 Mar 20
Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif ordered the reopening of the country's border with Afghanistan, ending a protracted closure that has cost businesses on both sides millions of dollars and deepened tensions between the two neighbors.
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2017 Mar 20
A Polish court has convicted a lawyer, identified only as Stanislaw Sz., of spying for Russia and handed him a four-year prison term.
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2017 Mar 20
A Russian group of reporters said they have uncovered details of a complex system in which $21 billion were allegedly transferred illegally out of the country through a network of banks. The reporters in Moscow had obtained bank records that show that funds were transferred worldwide via 112 bank accounts in Eastern Europe.
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2017 Mar 20
Serbian police said they have seized over a ton of marijuana and arrested six suspected traffickers. Police said the marijuana was packed in Kosovo and was bound for western Europe.
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2017 Mar 20
Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Mount Lavinia magistrate's court that Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who was the country’s defence secretary during his brother's rule, directed a secret unit which is accused of assassinating former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2009.
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