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2007 Apr 16
Foreign Minister Lam Akol said Sudan will accept UN attack helicopters in its Darfur region as part of a support package for the African Union force struggling to maintain peace in its vast west. US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said the janjaweed militia, accused of widespread atrocities in Darfur, is actively supported by the Sudanese government.
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2007 Apr 16
The board overseeing operations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ruled that taxi drivers who refuse service to travelers carrying alcohol face tougher penalties despite protests from Muslim cabbies who sought a compromise for religious reasons.
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2007 Apr 16
Indians from across Brazil pitched black plastic tents in front of government buildings to demand that officials discuss with them infrastructure projects they claim could have a negative impact on their ancestral lands.
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2007 Apr 16
A top rebel leader of Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group (ELN) said the group is ready to "immediately" begin talks to reach a cease-fire with the country's government.
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2007 Apr 16
Most of Cuba's leading opposition groups issued a joint statement declaring they were united in their struggle for peaceful change toward democracy on the island.
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2007 Apr 16
In Iran 2 Swedish construction workers, who had been convicted of espionage and imprisoned for taking photographs of military installations, were released after being pardoned.
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2007 Apr 16
A quarter of the 1.5 million women in Mauritania a barren, dune-enveloped country more than twice the size of Texas, are obese, according to the World Health Organization. That's lower than the 40 percent of American women who the WHO says are obese, but surprisingly high in a country that has not a single fast-food franchise. Obesity is popular across much of the Arab world. Nomadic peoples struggling to survive the harsh desert came to prize fatness as a sign of health.
Links: Mauritania, Fashion, WHO     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Apr 16
Police found 17 bodies stuffed in cars or dumped on streets in garbage bags across Mexico in the latest wave of violence apparently triggered by warring drug gangs.
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2007 Apr 16
Nicaraguan police announced the arrest of more than two dozen local members of Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel but said they were still seeking the group's leader.
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2007 Apr 16
A consortium of financial companies agreed to acquire Sallie Mae, America’s leading provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans, for $25 billion. In a recent settlement Sallie Mae agree to adopt a code of conduct and to pay $2 million into a fund to educate students about loans.
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2007 Apr 16
Carrie Underwood's dark hit "Before He Cheats" won video of the year, female video and best video director at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards.
Links: USA, TV, Pop&Rock     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Apr 16
Four Iraqi men were blindfolded, shot in the head and dumped in a Baghdad canal. In 2008 the US Army charged 7 soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, for their role in the alleged retribution killings. In August the Army held Article 32 hearings investigating the involvement of Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham and Sgt. Charles Quigley in the incident. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. In September, 2008, Spc. Belmor Ramos (23), of Clearfield, Utah, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and was sentenced to seven months in prison and given a dishonorable discharge. Spc. Steven Ribordy (25) of Salina, Kansas, pleaded guilty on Oct 1, 2008, to charges of accessory to murder and was sentenced to eight months in prison. In 2008 Sgt. Michael P. Leahy Jr. (26) was court-martialed on charges of murder in the killings. Two remaining soldiers said to be involved in the incident, Sgt. John E. Hatley (40) and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo (27) faced charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice. On Feb 20, 2009, Leahy was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In March 2009 Sgt. Mayo pleaded guilty to charges of premeditated murder and conspiracy and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. On April 15, 2009, John Hatley was convicted of murder. He was sentenced the next day to life in prison with the possibility of parole. In August the army reduced Hatley’s sentence to 40 years; the sentences against Leahy and Mayo were reduced to 20 years.
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2008 Apr 16
In Oklahoma Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess (56) resigned just as state prosecutors filed 35 felony charges against him, including 14 counts of second-degree rape, seven counts of forcible oral sodomy and five counts of bribery by a public official. On March 24, 2009, Burgess was sentenced to 79 years in prison for forcing drug defendants to have sex with him.

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2008 Apr 16
A military plane belonging to Equatorial Guinea crashed off its coast with at least 13 people on board. There are no survivors.
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2008 Apr 16
In Colorado firefighters hoped rain and snow would help them stop wildfires that blazed through thousands of acres of grass, forced hundreds of residents to evacuate and left three people dead.
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2008 Apr 16
In southern Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an explosion.
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2008 Apr 16
China’s state media reported that over the last 2 days police in northeastern Gansu province have found guns, dynamite, bullets and satellite receivers hidden in 11 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
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2008 Apr 16
The euro struck an all-time peak of 1.5969 dollars as eurozone inflation spiked to a record high.
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2008 Apr 16
A security official said Egypt's ruling party has won 92 percent of the votes in April 8 municipal elections boycotted by the main opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood.
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2008 Apr 16
Mount Egon volcano on Flores island in eastern Indonesia spewed ash and smoke 2 1/2 miles into the sky, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of nearby villagers.
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2008 Apr 16
In western India at least 44 people, nearly all children heading to school for final exams, drowned when their bus plunged off a bridge into a canal in Bodeli, Gujarat state.
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2008 Apr 16
The Iraqi government said 33,121 detainees have been released since a general amnesty went into effect in February. The US military released Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein after holding him for more than two years without filing formal charges. An unmanned US drone fired two Hellfire missiles at militants attacking Iraqi soldiers in a Shiite militia stronghold in Basra, killing four of the gunmen. In Baghdad, clashes between US-backed Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen in the Sadr City district killed two men and wounded 18 others. A mortar shell slammed into a house in eastern Baghdad, killing at least three civilians and wounding three others. Gunmen opened fire on a minibus near Muqdadiyah, killing two women and wounding three men.
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2008 Apr 16
Palestinian militants ambushed an Israeli ground force in northern Gaza, killing three soldiers. The army responded with an airstrike and identified hitting militants in the Bureij area. Fadel Shana (23) a cameraman with the Reuters news agency, was struck, along with two bystanders, as he filmed Israeli tank movements in the distance during the bloodiest day in Gaza in more than a month. He had been in the area to film the aftermath of a deadly Israeli airstrike that killed 12 Palestinians, including five children aged 12-15. Israeli airstrikes left at least 19 Palestinians dead.
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2008 Apr 16
In Pakistan runners carried the Olympic flame around the outside of a sports stadium, an invitation-only event in front of an elite, sparse crowd with heavy security to deter any anti-China protesters or terrorist attacks.
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2008 Apr 16
South Korea dispatched 200 soldiers to chicken farms to slaughter poultry infected with bird flu, as the government confirmed another outbreak of the disease.
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2008 Apr 16
Turkish warplanes hit an area in northern Iraq where a group of Kurdish rebels was trying to infiltrate Turkey.
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2008 Apr 16
President Mugabe's security forces clamped down hard on unrest during a general strike, arresting dozens of opposition supporters before the stoppage fizzled out. A coalition of Zimbabwean doctors said its members had seen and treated more than 150 patients who had been beaten and tortured since the elections at the end of March. A court acquitted an American and a British reporter who had been charged with covering Zimbabwe's March 29 election without official accreditation.
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2008 Apr 16
The US government reported plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement agency, a move intended to prevent violent crime but which also is raising concerns about the privacy of innocent people.
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2008 Apr 16
Computer consultant John Schiefer (26) pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to raiding hundreds of thousands of computers with spyware to steal users' identities and commit fraud.
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2008 Apr 16
Edward Lorenz (90), the father of chaos theory, died of cancer. He showed how small actions could lead to major changes in what became known as the "butterfly effect."
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2008 Apr 16
In Cambodia an attacker hurled a hand grenade into a crowd of people dancing at a Buddhist temple to celebrate the traditional New Year, killing one villager and wounding 25.
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2008 Apr 16
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's official visit as "historic and strategic" during a state dinner at the Bab Azizia palace.
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2008 Apr 16
The Malaysian government shut down the Tamil-language Makkal Osai, or People's Voice, a newspaper catering to ethnic minority Indians. The next day the daily's news editor slammed the move as punishment for its critical coverage of social and political issues.
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2008 Apr 16
Turkish warplanes hit a group of Kurdish rebels reportedly trying to infiltrate Turkey from the Avasin-Basyan region of northern Iraq. A clash between Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels near Turkey's southeastern border with Iraq left a Turkish soldier dead.
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2008 Apr 16
The US Supreme Court ruled that the combination of drugs used in the death chambers of most states does not create a substantial risk of sever pain and therefore is constitutional.
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2008 Apr 16
Britain’s PM Gordon Brown, on the first of a 3-day visit to the US, met with bankers to discuss solutions to the credit crisis.
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2009 Apr 16
General Growth Properties Inc, the second largest US mall owner, filed for bankruptcy protection in one of the biggest real estate failures in US history.
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2009 Apr 16
Drug makers GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Pfizer Inc. said they plan to create a new company to invest in the research and development of HIV treatments.
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2009 Apr 16
In Afghan a policeman was killed and one wounded in Helmand province. 3 "terrorists" were killed while the bomb they were planting on a road in the Nad Ali district of Helmand went off prematurely. Taliban militants attacked an Afghan counternarcotics police convoy in the Shindand district of western Herat province, sparking a battle which left one policeman dead and two wounded.
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2009 Apr 16
Ethiopian opposition protesters staged a rare demonstration in Addis Ababa, demanding the release of an official jailed for life in January.
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2009 Apr 16
French fishermen allowed traffic to resume to three English Channel ports after receiving a government promise of euro4 million ($5.27 million) in aid, but they vowed to keep up their fight against European fishing quotas.
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2009 Apr 16
Indians voted in their tens of millions as the world's largest democracy kicked off month-long, five-stage elections, with little hope of a clear winner emerging at the end of it all. Attacks at 14 polling stations left 17 people dead in eastern and central India.
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2009 Apr 16
Indonesia's top court cleared Time Magazine of charges it had defamed former dictator Suharto in a cover story that alleged his family amassed billions of dollars during his decades-long rule.
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2009 Apr 16
In Iraq a suicide bomber dressed in an army uniform detonated an explosives belt among Iraqi soldiers lined up for lunch at a base in Habbaniyah, killing at least 16 and wounding 50. Officials later maintained no one died but the attacker. An American Marine died as a result of a noncombat related incident in western Anbar province.
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2009 Apr 16
Japan promised to pledge up to $1 billion in aid for cash-strapped Pakistan at a donors conference as allies pressed the country for commitments to fight an Islamist insurgency and implement economic reforms.
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2009 Apr 16
Hotel service in Monaco was limited and casino roulette wheels were expected to stop spinning as employees in the wealthy Mediterranean principality went on strike to protest job cuts.
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2009 Apr 16
UN nuclear inspectors left North Korea after the hardline communist state ordered them out and announced plans to restart production of weapons-grade plutonium.
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2009 Apr 16
In Pakistan Maulana Abdul Azi, the deposed chief cleric of Islamabad's radical Red Mosque, was freed on bail, nearly two years after he was captured during a bloody siege. An international human rights group urged Pakistan to reverse its decision to enforce Islamic law in a northwestern valley in a peace pact with the Taliban, saying the deal threatens women and takes the region back to the "Dark Ages."
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2009 Apr 16
Russia ordered an end to its counterterrorism operation in Chechnya, a move that could lead to the withdrawal of tens of thousands of troops from the southern republic battered by two separatist wars in the past 15 years.
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2009 Apr 16
Sri Lankan troops backed by helicopter gunships attacked Tamil Tiger defenses in the northeast, a rebel-allied Web site reported, as international pressure grew for a new cease-fire to allow civilians to escape the fighting.
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2009 Apr 16
President Barack Obama announced his decision not to prosecute CIA operatives who used interrogation practices described by many as torture. He condemned the aggressive techniques, including waterboarding, shackling and stripping, used on terror suspects while promising not to legally pursue the perpetrators.
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2009 Apr 16
It was reported that during the past few weeks, at least nine universities have received gifts totaling more than $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity.
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2009 Apr 16
In California pharmacy worker Mario Ramirez (50) showed up at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and shot Hugo Bustamante (46) and Kelly Hales (56) before turning the gun on himself and pulling the trigger.
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2009 Apr 16
In Sudan US Senator John Kerry said after talks with senior officials that Khartoum would allow some foreign aid to be restored in its western Darfur region but that it was not sufficient.
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2009 Apr 16
The British government promised a multimillion pound investment to try to jumpstart the market for environmentally friendly electric cars.
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2009 Apr 16
Pres. Obama committed at least $13 billion to launch a new era of high speed passenger rail transportation.
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2009 Apr 16
PEMGroup with assets of $4 billion said its board had appointed a special committee to look into allegations of a Ponzi scheme by money manager Danny Pang, who temporarily stepped aside while visiting Taiwan. The SEC soon filed a civil lawsuit against Pang and froze the assets of his firm, Private Equity Management Group Inc.
Links: USA, Taiwan, Lawsuit, SEC, Corp. Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Apr 16
Turkey’s central bank cut is interest rate to 9.75% from 10.5% in a bid to combat a record surge in unemployment.
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2009 Apr 16
In northern Nigeria a Canadian woman was seized in the city of Kaduna where she had been attending an international conference. Julie Mulligan (45) was freed unharmed in the northern city of Kaduna on April 29.
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2009 Apr 16
In Middletown, Maryland, Christopher Alan Wood (34) killed his wife (33) and 3 children, then himself, in their home, leaving a gruesome scene that authorities said was found by the children's' grandfather on April 18.
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