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2009 Apr 16
Five people were killed and dozens wounded when a blast tore apart a boat carrying more than 40 Afghan refugees off Australia's northwest coast. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation later said it was told the refugees had doused the boat in petrol to try to force the navy to land them in Australia and not turn them back to Indonesia, but that the blast was an accident. On Oct 28 two Indonesian fishermen were jailed for five years for smuggling the boat full of Afghan refugees.
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2009 Apr 16
Thailand’s former PM Thaksin was reported to have received a Nicaraguan passport.
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2009 Apr 16
In Sacramento, Ca., officials closed a tent city of some 150 homeless people. It had been around for close to a decade on a strip of land between the American River and a power company.
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2009 Apr 16
Rosetta Stone, an American language instruction company, went public. It sold 6,250,000 shares at IPO price of $18. The stock traded as high as $26.27 before closing at $25.12.
Links: USA, Language, IPO     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Apr 16
Argentina offered to swap defaulted bonds at a third of their nominal value in a bid to regain access to financial markets after defaulting on them in 2001. The proposed restructuring involves 20 billion dollars in debt and nine billion dollars in interest accumulated since 2005 and should be completed within 40 days.
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2010 Apr 16
A Chinese court jailed three people who posted material on the Internet to help an illiterate woman pressure authorities to reinvestigate her daughter's death, in a trial that attracted scores of supporters.
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2010 Apr 16
Volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland and left a widening arc of grounded aircraft across Europe, as thousands of planes stayed on the tarmac to avoid the hazardous cloud. Travel chaos engulfed major European cities and the UN warned of possible health risks from falling ash.
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2010 Apr 16
A German court convicted ultraconservative British Bishop Richard Williamson of incitement for denying the Holocaust in a television interview. The court ordered the Roman Catholic bishop to pay a fine of euro10,000 ($13,544).
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2010 Apr 16
India banned some phone users in insurgency-hit Kashmir from sending SMS text messages, causing anger on the streets and provoking the wrath of the volatile region's chief minister. Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah termed the ban "harassment."
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2010 Apr 16
Renault announced that it has pulled out of a joint venture with Indian car manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra, which produced its first car for the growing South Asian market, the Logan.
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2010 Apr 16
Israeli troops killed a Palestinian militant along the border fence between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as he planted a bomb along the fence. Palestinian residents and the Israeli military said Jewish settlers vandalized property overnight in the Palestinian village of Jen Safout in the West Bank. Raed Hamad (27), a Palestinian prisoner, died in an Israeli prison. he had been in solitary confinement for the last 18 months. Lawyer Tareq Barghouth said his client required psychological help but none was provided during his five years in detention.
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2010 Apr 16
In Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a hospital emergency room where Shiite Muslims were mourning a slain bank manager, killing 10 people including a journalist and two policemen in Quetta. A suspected US missile strike killed four alleged militants in the Toorkhel area in North Waziristan.
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2010 Apr 16
In South Africa 7 suspects waived their right to bail in a case in which they are accused of recruiting women and at least one 16-year-old from across South Africa and bringing them to Ermelo, where they were treated like slaves and forced into prostitution.
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2010 Apr 16
The US government accused Wall Street's most powerful firm of fraud, saying Goldman Sachs & Co. sold mortgage investments without telling the buyers that the securities were crafted with input from a client who was betting on them to fail. Lloyd Blankfein, chairman of Goldman Sachs & Co., called this day: “One of the worst of my professional life.” Fabrice Tourre, a charged employee, denied misleading investors. Tourre had helped Paulson & Co., a hedge fund, create a complex security named Abacus out of mortgage-backed bonds in order the fund to profit from an anticipated collapse in the housing market.
Links: USA, Corp. Scandal, Fraud     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Apr 16
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.
Links: USA, Arizona, Guns     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Apr 16
Daryl Gates (83), the blunt former Los Angeles police chief best known for his handling of the Rodney King beating and 1992 race riots, died.
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2010 Apr 16
Brazil arrested Nestor Caro Chapparro, said to be one of Colombia's top four drug traffickers. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has accused Chapparro of smuggling more than 5,000 kg of cocaine from Brazil to the US in the late 1990s.
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2010 Apr 16
A judge in the capital of Brasilia reversed a decision to suspend contract bidding scheduled for next week and also overturned the suspension of the environmental license for the 11,000-megawatt Belo Monte dam.
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2010 Apr 16
Officials in the Central African Republic said armed attackers have shot dead a soldier escorting electoral commission staff.
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2010 Apr 16
In eastern Haiti 4 soldiers died in the fiery crash of a Spanish military helicopter in the rugged mountains of the Fond Verrettes area.
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2010 Apr 16
Lebanese residents dismantled a barbed wire fence set up by Israeli troops in a disputed border area, leading to a call for restraint by UN peacekeepers in the tense region. Army clashes with a powerful clan in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek wounded 10 people, including five soldiers.
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2010 Apr 16
US federal prosecutors in North Carolina charged Gary Jackson, the former president of Blackwater Worldwide, and 4 other senior company officials with weapons violations and making false statements. A 15 count indictment charged that they tried to hide purchases of weapons and trying to hide gifts of expensive weapons to Jordanian officials as the company tried to win contracts.
Links: USA, North Carolina, Guns, Corp. Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Apr 16
US banking regulators shut down 8 banks, including 2 in northern California, 3 in Florida, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts, and one in Michigan, bringing the total this year to 50. In 2009 140 banks failed in the US compared to 25 in 2008 and 3 in 2007.
Links: USA, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Michigan, Washington, Banking     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Apr 16
In Iran cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, the acting prayer leader of Tehran, said women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.
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2010 Apr 16
In Oakland, Ca., Tian Sheng Yu (59) was beaten to death on the 1800 block of Telegraph Ave., after he confronted 2 teenagers for punching his son (27). Suspect Lavonte Drummer (18) turned himself in on April 19 and suspect Dominic Davis (18) was arrested the same afternoon. Yu died from his injuries on April 20. On March 27, 2012, both men pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
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2010 Apr 16
Renowned management thinker Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad (b.1941), aka C.K., died in San Diego. His books included “Competing for the Future” (1996),which was co-written with his former pupil, Gary Hamel and “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits” (2004).
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2010 Apr 16
US federal agents arrested Daniel Tzvetkoff (27), an Australian whose company, automated clearing House, allegedely created shell companies to allow punters to transfer $584 million from their bank accounts to gambling sites.
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2011 Apr 16
A report by three US House Democrats said millions of gallons of potentially hazardous chemicals and known carcinogens were injected into wells by leading oil and gas service companies from 2005-2009.
Links: USA, Environment     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Apr 16
Vicious storms and howling winds smacked the deep South, killing at least 7 people in Alabama including three family members whose homes were tossed into nearby woods. Combined with earlier reported fatalities in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the confirmed death toll over 3 days rose to 16.
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2011 Apr 16
In Sarasota, Florida, British tourists James Cooper (25) and Thomas Kouzaris (24) were found shot to death. A boy (16) was soon charged with the killing. On March 28 Shawn Tyson (17) was sentenced to life in prison.
Links: Britain, USA, Murder, Florida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2011 Apr 16
In Oak Harbor, Ohio, deputies found the bodies of Alan Atwater (31), his wife Dawn (30), and their 3 children, ages 1-4, all dead with gunshot wounds. Atwater had just called 911 to say he had killed his wife and 3 children and was getting ready to kill himself.
Links: Ohio, Suicide, Murder, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Apr 16
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and visiting Pakistani PM Yusuf Raza Gilani agreed to boost joint peace efforts with Taliban insurgents. In eastern Laghman province a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform blew himself up inside a military base, killing five NATO soldiers and four Afghan soldiers. Two bomb blasts in the south killed three soldiers.
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2011 Apr 16
Bahrain detained Mohammed al-Tajer, a human rights lawyer, and at least two doctors as part of a crackdown on pro-democracy protestors in the Gulf Arab kingdom. Tareq al-Fursani, a gold medalist in several Asian championships, was arrested at his home in a village east of the capital Manama.
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2011 Apr 16
Burkina Faso police in the capital fired tear gas on thousands of angry merchants protesting a second night of looting by soldiers, the latest of several recent episodes of unrest in the small West African nation.
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2011 Apr 16
Several thousand Croats protested against The Hague convicting two former Croatian generals whose trial was a condition of Croatia's attempt to join the European Union.
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2011 Apr 16
Cuba kicked off a crucial 4-day Communist Party congress with a big military and civilian parade to mark 50 years since the defeat of CIA-backed exiles at the Bay of Pigs. Pres. Raul Castro (79) proposed term limits for Cuba's leaders, admitted that errors have left the country with no obvious successor and promised to rejuvenate the island's political class.
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2011 Apr 16
Leavy Nin Batista (33), the ex-wife of a reputed Caribbean drug kingpin, was returned to the Dominican Republic to face accusations she laundered money for her former husband's alleged trafficking network. Jose Figueroa Agosto, the so-called "Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean," was captured last year in Puerto Rico. On May 9 Batista acknowledged her guilt in a plea deal with prosecutors.
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2011 Apr 16
An Egyptian court ordered the dissolving of the country's former ruling party and the confiscation of its assets, meeting a major demand of the protest movement that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
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2011 Apr 16
In India Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh (79), the last maharaja of Jaipur, died. Singh served as the maharaja or hereditary ruler of Jaipur after his father Sawai Man Singh's death in June 1970.
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2011 Apr 16
A senior Iranian military official said experts have determined the United States and Israel were behind a mysterious computer worm known as Stuxnet that has harmed Iran's nuclear program.
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2011 Apr 16
In Iraq gunmen late at night stormed the home of a Shiite family living in a mostly Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad and killed all four family members.
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2011 Apr 16
Ivory Coast officials began drawing up a list of ministers, generals and journalists to be charged with blood crimes, corruption and hate speech, as shooting erupted between residual forces of a pro-Gbagbo militia and forces of democratically elected President Ouattara.
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2011 Apr 16
TEPCO, the Japanese operator of a stricken nuclear plant, said it has started dumping a mineral into the sea that absorbs radioactive substances, aiming to slow down contamination of the ocean.
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2011 Apr 16
A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hit central Japan.
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2011 Apr 16
In Libya forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi fired at least 100 Grad rockets into Misrata, in a third day of heavy bombardment of the rebel-held city. A rights watchdog said Kadhafi's forces were using cluster bombs. Rebels made it into the outskirts of Brega but many fled back to Ajdabiyah after six were killed by rockets fired by Gaddafi loyalists on the exposed coastal road joining the two towns.
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2011 Apr 16
Nigeria held elections on whether to keep their accidental president, Goodluck Jonathan, in power. An explosion hit a police station in the northeastern city of Maiduguri just as presidential elections were beginning.
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2011 Apr 16
A Qatari state-controlled gas producer said it has agreed to send Japan more than 60 extra tanker shipments of liquefied natural gas to help power the Asian nation in the wake of its tsunami disaster.
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2011 Apr 16
In the Philippines army Scout Rangers encountered about 15 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in a remote village of Al Barka township on Basilan island. The clash killed 2 al-Qaida-linked gunmen and left three soldiers wounded.
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2011 Apr 16
In Serbia tens of thousands of nationalist supporters demanded the pro-Western government call early elections in Serbia at a rally, as their leader announced he was launching a hunger strike until the request is met. Tomislav Nikolic ended his hunger strike on April 24.
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2011 Apr 16
Spain’s labor minister warned in a published interview that the number of unemployed could reach a record of more than five million. Spain already had the highest jobless rate among developed countries.
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2011 Apr 16
Thousands of Syrians took to the streets for the funeral of a slain protester, shouting for freedom just hours before President Bashar Assad was expected to appear in a televised speech. Assad spoke to government insiders acknowledging economic woes.
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2011 Apr 16
Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated against the president after he criticized the participation of women in anti-government protests.
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2012 Apr 16
Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American physician and head of Dartmouth College, NH, was appointed to head the World Bank. Challenger and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala congratulated Kim, but called for changes to the US-dominated selection process.
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2012 Apr 16
In San Francisco the annual Goldman Environmental Prizes were presented 6 individuals. They included Sofia Gatica of Argentina work on diseases related to agrochemicals; Caroline Canon of Alaska for her village efforts against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean; Ma Jun of China for his efforts on air and water violations by major manufacturers; Ikal Angelei of Kenya for her efforts to protect Lake Turkana; Evgenia Chirikova of Russia for her efforts to protect the Khimki Forest; and Father Edwin Gariguez of the Philippines for advocating against mining developments on indigenous lands.
Links: Argentina, Russia, China, Philippines, Environment, Kenya, Alaska     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
The space shuttle Discovery was flown on its final journey to Washington’s Smithsonian Institution.
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2012 Apr 16
In Afghanistan an 18-hour attack, allegedly carried out by Pakistan-based militants on targets in the Afghan capital, including the US Embassy, ended today killing 11 people. 36 insurgents were also killed. A gunman arrested in the attacks told authorities the simultaneous strikes in Kabul and three other cities were carried out by the Haqqani network.
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2012 Apr 16
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez pushed forward a bill to renationalize the country's largest oil company despite fierce criticism from abroad and the risk of a major rift with Spain.
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2012 Apr 16
Australia said it will lift sanctions against Myanmar's president and more than 200 others who are currently under travel and financial bans, after a series of reforms in the past year.
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2012 Apr 16
In northeastern Brazil inmates armed with guns and knives seized control of the Advogado Antonio Jacinto Filho prison in Aracaju. They took 80 visitors and 2 guards hostage. The uprising ended after 26 hours and 131 hostages were released after officials agreed to investigate complaints.
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2012 Apr 16
In Denmark Arnold Maersk McKinney Moeller (98), the country’s richest man, died. He turned two small shipping companies that his father had created into a global giant with 108,000 workers across 130 countries.
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