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2012 Apr 16
Half of England was officially in drought after the Environment Agency declared another 17 counties short of water, and warned the situation may continue until the end of the year.
Links: Britain, Environment     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
Cameroon police arrested former PM Inoni Ephraim (2004-200) as part of an investigation into corruption. Former minister Marafa Amidou Yaya was also taken into custody in relation to alleged misuse of public funds that had been meant for a presidential airplane, purchased at great expense in 2004 and which turned out to have serious technical flaws.
Links: Cameroon, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
The Canadian mint launched glow-in-the-dark quarters. They featured a dinosaur whose skeleton shines at night from beneath its scaly hide. The mintage was limited to 25,000, and would cost collectors $29.95.
Links: Canada, Money     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook central Chile late today, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of a stretch of coastline and causing hundreds of people in the capital to flee buildings in panic. A least one death was attributed to the quake.
Links: Chile, Earthquake     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
In East Timor 2 former guerrilla leaders vied for the presidency. Jose Maria Vasconcelos, known by his nom de guerre, Taur Matan Ruak, received 61% of the vote defeating Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres.
Links: Timor-Leste     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2012 Apr 16
Equatorial Guinea's public prosecutor launched a probe into whether Daniel Lebegue, the head of the French wing of corruption watchdog Transparency International, slandered the country.
Links: Equatorial Guinea     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
Haiti, the United States and international partners launched a nationwide vaccination campaign seeking to curb or prevent infectious diseases.
Links: Haiti, USA, Microbiology     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
Sex experts urged Hong Kongers to strip off their reputation as some of the least active lovers in Asia to get more out of their sex lives and overcome challenges of privacy in a cramped city.
Links: Hong Kong, Sex     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
Iran officially launched a $1-billion first phase of an ambitious project to pump water from the Caspian Sea to a city in its vast and expanding central desert.
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2012 Apr 16
Oil prices slipped after nuclear talks over the weekend between major crude producer Iran and world powers eased concerns over Middle East supplies.
Links: Oil, Iran     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2012 Apr 16
In Iraq gunmen shot dead four Shiite farmers working in an orchard in the predominantly Sunni village of Rashidiyah, just north of Baghdad.
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2012 Apr 16
Kenyan priest John Webootsa was awarded a French-German human rights prize for his work in Korogocho slum, one of the most overcrowded slums in Kenya.
Links: Kenya, Hero     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
In Norway Anders Behring Breivik admitted to the July 22, 2011, bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defense.
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2012 Apr 16
Sudan's parliament voted unanimously to brand the government of South Sudan an enemy, after southern troops invaded the north's main oilfield. The Sudan Media Center reported that Sudan's army took control of Mugum, a stronghold of the southern army in Blue Nile state. Officials said clashes have spread along the border of Sudan and South Sudan. Sudan's military bombed an oil well outside Heglig.
Links: Sudan, South Sudan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
Syrian forces fought with rebels in Idlib and shelled Homs, hours after UN peacekeepers arrived to oversee a truce aimed at ending a year of bloodshed. At least 26 people were reported killed. The Local Coordination Committees said at least 55 people were killed, including 26 in Idlib.
Links: UN, Syria     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2012 Apr 16
Taiwan kicked off its biggest annual war game, testing its ability to defend of the capital Taipei against a Chinese attack and ward off a blockade of its main naval base.
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2012 Apr 16
The UN Security Council tightened sanctions against North Korea over its failed rocket launch and warned of new "action" if the isolated state stages a new nuclear test.
Links: North Korea, UN, Nuclear     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
In Yemen a suspected US drone strike late today in the southeastern Shabwa province killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.
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2012 Apr 16
Zimbabwean police arrested a journalist from New Zealand for reporting without accreditation. Hammond Robin Nicholas (37) was arrested together with Zimbabwean charity worker Bertha Chiguvare (31) in the border town of Beitbridge.
Links: Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Apr 16
In southern Zimbabwe at least 21 people were killed early today when a speeding bus overturned while traveling towards Beitbridge.
Links: Zimbabwe, Tragedy, Bus Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2013 Apr 16
A letter was intercepted in Washington DC, postmarked from Memphis and mailed to Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker's office. It contained the toxic substance ricin, forcing the temporary closure of a Senate post office and prompting a federal investigation.
Links: USA, Postage, Tennessee, Mississippi, DC, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Apr 16
In Texas Kim Lene Williams, the wife of a former judge, was arrested. She confessed to being involved in the shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and one of his prosecutors, Mark Hasse.
Links: USA, Murder, Texas     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Apr 16
In Afghanistan insurgents ambushed a convoy of trucks in Wardak province, killing five members of a government guard force. 6 Afghan soldiers, two officers and four enlisted men, were shot to death on a main highway that crosses Jowzjan province.
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2013 Apr 16
Bahrain police raided a boys' high school in Manama and fired tear gas in clashes with students angry over the arrest of fellow student Hassan Humidan (17) the day before.
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2013 Apr 16
Belgian police conducted searches at 46 locations over the recruitment of fighters to help rebels trying to overthrow Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
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2013 Apr 16
China's defense ministry made a thinly veiled attack on the United States for increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific by ramping up its military presence and alliances in the region.
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2013 Apr 16
An Egyptian court sentenced policeman Osama el-Kounayassi to 15 years imprisonment for manslaughter for torturing an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim to death. The Salafi was arrested along with other suspects in the aftermath of the bombing on Jan 1, 2011, when at least 21 worshippers were killed while leaving a New Year's Eve mass in Alexandria.
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2013 Apr 16
In Egypt gunmen opened fire on a security convoy in central Sinai, killing a police lieutenant and seriously injuring another policeman before fleeing.
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2013 Apr 16
A European court blocked Britain from extraditing a mentally ill suspect accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that sending Haroon Aswat to a prison in the United States would breach his human rights due to the "severity of his mental condition." Aswat was arrested on a US warrant in 2005, and has been fighting extradition ever since.
Links: Britain, USA, EU, Oregon     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Apr 16
EU officials said that over 7,000 tests of food products across the EU have shown that nearly 5% of food labeled as beef contained horse meat.
Links: EU, Food     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2013 Apr 16
A 7.7 earthquake, described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century, flattened homes and offices on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, killing at least 34 people in in a single village in Pakistan and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New Delhi.
Links: Pakistan, Iran, Earthquake     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Apr 16
In Iraq a car bomb went off targeting an army patrol north of Baghdad, killing 2 soldiers and wounding 7 people, 5 of them civilians. Another car bomb exploded near a car repair shops in Aziziyah town, killing 7 people with 20 wounded.
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2013 Apr 16
A majority of Irish public sector workers rejected a new pay deal and warned the government against unilaterally cutting wages, giving it a headache as it seeks to exit an EU-IMF bailout later this year.
Links: Labor, Ireland     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Apr 16
Nigerian prosecutors filed criminal charges against journalists Tony Amokeodo and Chibuzo Ukaibe over a story they published on alleged plans by the nation's presidency to disrupt opposition parties. The charges are a sign of growing government pressure on the media.
Links: Nigeria, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Apr 16
North Korea issued new threats against South Korea, vowing "sledge-hammer blows" of retaliation if South Korea did not apologize for anti-North Korean protests the previous day when the North was celebrating the birth of its founding leader.
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2013 Apr 16
Pakistani judges disqualified Pervez Musharraf from running in the upcoming parliamentary election. The former military ruler recently returned from self-imposed exile to make a political comeback.
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2013 Apr 16
In southwest Pakistan a bomb in Baluchistan province hit a convoy of vehicles carrying a candidate in the country's upcoming parliamentary election, killing three people and wounding seven others. In the northwest bomb targeting members of an anti-Taliban political party killed four people and wounded 20 in Peshawar.
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2013 Apr 16
Syria's Pres. Assad slashed prison terms by three quarters for an unspecified number of rebels convicted as "terrorists," as rebels and troops fought fierce battles in the country's south and north.
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2013 Apr 16
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the security situation in Central African Republic is deteriorating and expressed concern about "a wide range of alleged grave violations" including rape, torture, kidnappings and targeted killings.
Links: UN, Central African Rep., Rape     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Apr 16
Venezuela's chief prosecutor said that 7 people have been killed and 61 injured in widespread protests following presidential elections in which the opposition candidate is demanding a recount. Diosdado Cabello, speaker of the Natioanl Assembly, said legislators who do not recognize Maduro as president would not be allowed to speak.
Links: Venezuela, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2013 Apr 16
Rhode Island held a gun buy-back day and netted 186 firearms.
Links: USA, Guns, Rhode Island     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
Aaron Kushner, head of Freedom Communications Inc., launched the Los Angeles Register, an expansion of his Orange County Register.
Links: USA, California, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
A Kentucky jury convicted James Schook (66), a former Catholic priest, of three counts of sodomy in a case stemming from the 1970s.
Links: USA, Kentucky, Clergy Sex     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
US District Judge Daniel Hovland overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy, and before many women know they’re pregnant. On May 14 the state filed an appeal on the ruling.
Links: USA, North Dakota     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
A US federal judge said Ohio officials must immediately recognized the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state’s gay marriage ban.
Links: USA, Ohio, Gays     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Apr 16
In Texas Jose Villegas (39) was executed for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years earlier in Corpus Christi.
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2014 Apr 16
In Afghanistan a group of policemen were kidnapped while travelling in civilian clothes. The Taliban soon claimed to have killed at least 4 of them in Wardak province.
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2014 Apr 16
The ultra-deep Angolan offshore oil project called Kaombo generated the third huge contract in three days when French group Total picked two firms to carry out underwater engineering worth $3.5 billion.
Links: Angola, France, Oil     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
British food bank operator Trussell Trust reported that the number of people in Britain using food banks has nearly tripled to more than 900,000 over the past 12 months.
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2014 Apr 16
An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohamed Mursi to three years each in prison in connection with protests last October 6 against his overthrow. Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Morsi, was convicted of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a US citizen, receiving a seven-year prison sentence.
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2014 Apr 16
Jacques Servier (92), the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group, died. He and his lab were ensnared in a scandal in which the diabetes drug Mediator was alleged to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people.
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2014 Apr 16
In southern India 6 people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured early today when a bus caught fire in Karanataka state.
Links: India, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
In Iraq two suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into security checkpoints leading to the military operation command in the city of Ramadi, killing 5 soldiers and 3 police officers.
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2014 Apr 16
Japanese small-car maker Suzuki Motor Corp said it will introduce an affordable, simplified gas-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency.
Links: Japan, Cars     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
Mt. Gox said the Tokyo District Court decided the company, which was a trading platform and storehouse for the bitcoin virtual currency, would not be able to resurrect itself under a business rehabilitation process filed for in February.
Links: Japan, Money     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Apr 16
Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria. The targets appeared to have been Syrian rebels with machine guns mounted on civilian vehicles who were seeking refugee from fighting with government forces.
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2014 Apr 16
In northeastern Nigeria suspected Islamic militants struck for a fourth time in three days, killing 18 people in Wala, Gwoza district.
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2014 Apr 16
Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police that erupted when Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound was opened to Jewish visitors.
Links: Israel, Palestine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
In the Philippines at least 5 people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15 others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck along the highway in eastern Camarines Sur province.
Links: Philippines, Bus Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Apr 16
Slovak police said they have arrested two men after they allegedly produced counterfeit Czech and Swiss banknotes of "exceptionally" high quality and spent at least 1.2 million koruna ($60,000) of the fake cash in shopping malls over the past three years.
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