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2004 Apr 16
Abu Walid, Saudi-born rebel commander also known as Abdul Aziz al-Ghamdi, was killed by Russian government forces in Chechnya.
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2004 Apr 16
Yu Zhendong, a fugitive Chinese banker accused of helping embezzle $485 million from his state-owned bank, was returned to China by U.S. authorities.
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2004 Apr 16
A Chinese newspaper reported that China over the last few months had arrested nearly a dozen military officers — including at least four generals — on charges of spying for rival Taiwan.
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2004 Apr 16
In Chongqing, China, leaking chlorine gas exploded at a chemical plant, killing at least 7 people and forcing 150,000 to flee their homes.
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2004 Apr 16
On Nov 22, 2005, London’s Daily Mirror reported that Pres. Bush spoke of targeting Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar, when he met PM Blair at the White House on April 16, 2004. A civil servant was charged under Britain's Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government memo that described the meeting.
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2004 Apr 16
Pres. Bush said he is handing over the lead role in the Iraqi political transition to the UN's top envoy. Pres. Bush and British PM Tony Blair, meeting in Washington, endorsed giving the UN broad control over Iraq's political future.
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2004 Apr 16
Videotape broadcast on the Arab TV station Al-Jazeera showed Army Pvt. 1st Class Keith M. Maupin, abducted during an attack on a fuel truck convoy near Baghdad a week earlier. Arab television reported June 29, 2004, that Maupin had been killed; he is listed as missing by the U.S. military.
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2004 Apr 16
California lawmakers passed legislation aimed at reforming the nation's most expensive workers' compensation program, a move that businesses applauded but critics derided as a sellout to insurance companies.
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2004 Apr 16
After analyzing 730 confirmed cases of gout from among a group of 47,000 men over 12 years, London researchers demonstrated that drinkers are more likely to get gout, and that beer is worse and wine is best. Gout is caused by deposits of crystals of a chemical called uric acid in joints. Alcohol consumption leads to "hyperuricaemia" -- when the body produces too much uric acid.
Links: Britain, Medical, Chemistry, Biology, Beer     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2004 Apr 16
In Iraq U.S. military and civilian officials met with leaders from Fallujah, the first known direct negotiations between Americans and city representatives since the siege of Fallujah began April 5.
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2004 Apr 16
Two Iraqi civilians were killed and four wounded when 122 mm rockets fired by insurgents fell short of a military camp and hit a civilian area.
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2004 Apr 16
In Italy Premier Silvio Berlusconi's corruption trial resumed in Milan.
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2004 Apr 16
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain's young and largely untested Socialist leader, won parliamentary Friday as prime minister.
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2004 Apr 16
In Ivory Coast journalist Guy-Andre Kieffer (b.1949), a dual citizen of France and Canada, was kidnapped. He was working in the commercial capital, Abidjan, as an independent journalist, writing articles about corruption.
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2005 Apr 16
A Bangladesh court sentenced 22 people to death and six others to life in jail for killing an opposition lawmaker on May 7, 2004. 18 of the accused were tried and sentenced in absentia.
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2005 Apr 16
The Brazilian government created "Raposa Serra do Sol" reserve in Roraima state, which borders Venezuela and Guyana. The the 1.7-million-hectare (4.2-million-acre) reserve was set aside for the 15,000 people of the Macuxi, Taurepang, Wapixana and Ingariko indigenous populations that had demanded the territory for 30 years.
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2005 Apr 16
Protesters in Shanghai threw stones and broke windows at Japan's consulate and Japanese restaurants as tens of thousands of people defied government warnings and staged demonstrations against Tokyo's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
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2005 Apr 16
Ecuador’s Pres. Lucio Gutierrez revoked the one-day-old state of emergency as thousands of people took to Quito's streets in defiance of the ban on demonstrations.
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2005 Apr 16
Yemen's PM Bajammal said underground religious schools that promote extremist forms of Islam are drawing in many young students across the country. He promised to eliminate the underground schools, which he estimated numbered about 4,000 and drew about 330,000 students.
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2005 Apr 16
It was reported that Laszlo Kish and Maria King of Texas A&M had devised a new technique for identifying small quantities of bacteria in minutes using a combination of virology and microelectronics.
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2005 Apr 16
The Brazilian government created "Raposa Serra do Sol" reserve in Roraima state, which borders Venezuela and Guyana. The 1.7-million-hectare (4.2-million-acre) reserve was set aside for the 15,000 people of the Macuxi, Taurepang, Wapixana and Ingariko indigenous populations that had demanded the territory for 30 years.
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2005 Apr 16
A Finnish mediator said Aceh rebels and Indonesian government delegates have made a "breakthrough" at peace talks on the tsunami-ravaged province, and will continue negotiations in Finland May 26-31.
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2005 Apr 16
Indian troops shot dead 7 Muslim rebels, including 2 commanders of Kashmir's main rebel group as Pakistani Pres. Pervez Musharraf visited India for the first time in 4 years.
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2005 Apr 16
Bombings around Iraq killed 24 people. 11 detainees upset about their treatment by US captors escaped from the military's largest detention center in Iraq by climbing through a hole in the fence. Armed militants tried to force their way into Camp Blue Diamond near Ramadi and some suffered casualties.
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2005 Apr 16
Marla Ruzicka (28), California-based founder of CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict), died in a car bombing in Iraq, where she had been on and off since the March 2003 invasion began, conducting door-to-door surveys to determine the number of civilian casualties.
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2005 Apr 16
Lebanon's president Emile Lahoud named moderate pro-Syrian lawmaker Najib Mikati (49) as prime minister.
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2005 Apr 16
Pakistan's Pres. Gen. Pervez Musharraf arrived in India to discuss the Kashmir dispute in an effort to ease five decades of hostility.
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2005 Apr 16
Pakistani authorities seized nearly two tons of morphine worth millions of dollars from a remote southwestern village near the Afghan border.
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2005 Apr 16
Caribbean leaders in Trinidad inaugurated a court that will serve as the highest judicial body for much of the region, a step toward shedding their 170-year-old dependence on Britain's Privy Council that many have resented as a vestige of colonialism.
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2005 Apr 16
Authorities in Hillsborough County, Fla., found the body of missing 13-year-old Sarah Michelle Lunde. A suspect, David Lee Onstott, was charged with her murder on April 17.
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2005 Apr 16
Kay Walsh (b.1911), Actress and filmstar died in London.
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2005 Apr 16
Cardinals meeting at the Vatican destroyed the late Pope John Paul II's ring and lead seal to formally end his reign.
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2006 Apr 16
In Egypt police fired live ammunition into the air and lobbed tear gas into rioting crowds of Christians and Muslims in a third day of sectarian violence in Alexandria. Egyptian police detained 43 university students on suspicion of membership in the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest Islamic fundamentalist group.

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2006 Apr 16
In India heavily armed Maoist rebels (Naxalites) killed 10 police officers in an attack in eastern Chhattisgarh state. The Maoists, who have bases in 11 of India's 29 states, say they are fighting to restore the rights of neglected tribes and landless farmers.
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2006 Apr 16
State-run television reported that Iran will give the financially strapped Palestinian Authority $50 million in aid.
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2006 Apr 16
In Iraq 6 people were killed during a raid as American troops hunted down an al-Qaida suspect at a safehouse south of Baghdad. In Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a shopping bag on a minibus killed 4 passengers. A car bombing near a market in the town of Mahmudiyah, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad left 10 dead and 25 wounded.
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2006 Apr 16
Nepal's sidelined political parties called for a massive pro-democracy protest in the capital on April 20 and urged citizens to stop paying taxes and utility bills to help bring down the royal government.
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2006 Apr 16
Stephen Marshall, a Canadian man suspected of murdering two registered sex offenders in their Maine homes, took his own life with a gun on a crowded bus in Boston.
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2006 Apr 16
Canada confirmed a new case of mad cow disease. Canadian cattle ranchers were still recovering from a two-year ban on their beef in the US.
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2006 Apr 16
Chad's Pres. Deby promised the UN that refugees from Sudan's Darfur region will not be forcibly returned.
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2006 Apr 16
In northern Greece a passenger train crashed into a truck at a crossing and derailed, killing four people and injuring at least 40.
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2006 Apr 16
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines, said in an Easter announcement that she would commute the death sentences of some 1,200 convicts, including about a dozen al-Qaida-linked militants.
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2006 Apr 16
Suspected pro-Taliban militants beheaded two tribesmen in a remote part of Pakistan for allegedly working for US forces across the border in Afghanistan.
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2006 Apr 16
In Spain a bus carrying Boy Scouts overturned on a northern highway, killing at least four people, including three minors.
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2006 Apr 16
A 37-year-old Ethiopian-born German man suffered life-threatening head and brain injuries in a beating at a tram stop in Potsdam. On April 19 a 15-strong Nigerian delegation was to check into Potsdam's Voltaire Hotel and stay for a week, but pulled out after hearing about the weekend attack.
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2006 Apr 16
The Rev. Cesar Torres (42) killed Veronica Andrade Salinas (22), who was pregnant, at his parish on Mexico City's eastern outskirts. He used a kitchen knife to cut off her head and hack her body to pieces, which he packed the pieces into plastic bags and dumped near a cemetery in Chimalhuacan. The couple had an 18-month-old daughter. Torres admitted to the murder on April 19.
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2006 Apr 16
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), an American private equity firm, announced that it was buying 85% of Flextronics Software Systems (FSS) for $600 million in cash and $250 million in interest due in 8 years.
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2006 Apr 16
In his first Easter message as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI urged nations to use diplomacy to defuse nuclear crises and prayed that Palestinians would one day have their own state alongside Israel.
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2007 Apr 16
Shootings in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech left 32 people dead. Two people died in a dorm room, and 31 others were killed in Norris Hall, including the gunman, who put a bullet in his head. At least 15 people were hurt, some seriously. Two professors from India and Israel were among the dead at the Virginia Tech shooting, the deadliest in US history. The gunman was a South Korean national named Seung-Hui Cho (23). Cho was an undergraduate student in his senior year majoring in English who lived on campus. His residence was in Centerville, Virginia, and he had resident alien status. Between shootings Seung-Hui took time to e-mail videos, photos and writings to NBC. Virginia law allowed Cho to buy one gun each month. In 2009 Lucinda Roy, head of English at Virginia Tech, authored “No Right To Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech.”
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2007 Apr 16
In northern Afghanistan a suicide bomber ran onto a police training field in Kunduz and blew himself up, killing up to 10 policemen and wounding dozens of others.
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2007 Apr 16
Hassan Hattab, the founder of the group that claimed responsibility for last week's deadly Algiers bombings, called on militants to put down their weapons under a government amnesty and stop trying to turn Algeria into a "second Iraq." Hattab made the comments in a published letter to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
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2007 Apr 16
Thousands of BBC staff across Britain held a silent vigil to remember its kidnapped Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston after a Palestinian group said it had killed him. Johnston was snatched at gunpoint on March 12 as he returned to his Gaza City home. Johnston was not killed and was freed on July 4.
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2007 Apr 16
Scientists reported that Britain once had around 25 native species of bumblebee, but three of those have been wiped out in the past 50 years and 10 more are now severely threatened.
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2007 Apr 16
In southwest China about 450 people, including 135 school students, were hospitalized after a fertilizer plant discharged a "huge amount" of sulfur dioxide. A state-run newspaper said China's massive Yangtze river, a lifeline for tens of millions of people, is seriously polluted and the damage is almost irreversible.
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2007 Apr 16
The staff of an Indian news channel in Mumbai was attacked and its offices ransacked by dozens of Hindu protestors after it broadcast an interview with a runaway couple, a teenage Hindu girl and a young Muslim man. In southern India a passenger train crashed into a minibus carrying local council officials at an unmanned rail crossing, killing 11 people and injuring another 12 in the vehicle.
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2007 Apr 16
Six Iraqi cabinet ministers loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resigned to protest the prime minister's refusal to set a timetable for an American withdrawal. In Mosul a university dean, a professor, a policeman's son and 13 soldiers died near there in attacks that bore the marks of al-Qaida. In Ramadi US forces mistakenly killed three Iraqi police officers during a raid targeting al-Qaida in Iraq members. Thousands of Iraqis upset about poor city services marched peacefully through the streets of Basra, demanding the provincial governor's resignation. Nationwide, at least 51 people were killed or found dead. 3 US soldiers and two Marines were killed. One Marine died in a "non-hostile incident" while on patrol in western Anbar province.
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2007 Apr 16
Five young Japanese were found dead inside a sealed van in an apparent group suicide.
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2007 Apr 16
Nepal's Maoists demanded that the country immediately scrap the monarchy and declare itself a republic amid probable delays in an election over the issue.
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2007 Apr 16
Nigeria's Supreme Court ruled that the country's electoral commission unlawfully disqualified a top opposition politician once allied with the president from running to replace his former mentor.
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2007 Apr 16
A World Bank study said that Palestinian industry is "bound to fail" unless Israel lifts tight restrictions on trade and movement of people and goods in the Palestinian territories. , The Palestinian information minister said China and Switzerland said they will deal with the new Palestinian unity government made up of the moderate Fatah movement and the Islamic militant Hamas group.
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