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2003 May 19
The US Supreme Court dealt a defeat to the drug industry, ruling 6-3 that a state may try to force companies to lower prices on prescription medications for the poor and uninsured.
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2003 May 19
In central Iraq 4 US Marines on a resupply mission were killed when their Ch-46 Sea-Knight helicopter crashed into a canal and a fifth drowned trying to save them.
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2003 May 19
It was reported that a loose affiliation of people worked to coordinate Internet attacks on span generators. E-mail marketer Optinrealbig.com was one of those targeted.
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2003 May 19
MCI agreed to pay investors $500 million to settle fraud charges that it acquired in its merger with WorldCom.
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2003 May 19
In France more than 300,000 protesters marched in anger over government pension reforms and striking teachers prevented students from taking part of their high-school graduation exams.
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2003 May 19
Indonesian war planes attacked a rebel base and troops parachuted into restive Aceh province as the military launched a major offensive just hours after peace talks broke down and the president imposed martial law.
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2003 May 19
A Palestinian riding a bicycle blew himself up near an Israeli army jeep. A female suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to a shopping mall in Afula and killed 3 others in the 5th suicide bombing in 48 hours.
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2004 May 19
In Afghanistan clashes left at least 4 Taliban dead.
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2004 May 19
A cyclone that swept through western Myanmar and left more than 140 people dead or missing, and about 18,000 people homeless.
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2004 May 19
Specialist Jeremy C. Sivits wept and apologized after receiving a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison.
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2004 May 19
Jack Eckerd (91), founder of the Eckerd drug store chain, died in Florida.
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2004 May 19
Melvin J. Lasky (84), an American writer and editor who shaped opinions against communism in Cold War Europe, died at his home in Berlin.
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2004 May 19
Britain opened the world’s 1st stem cell bank.
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2004 May 19
The European Union lifted its 6-year-old ban on biotech products by approving imports of an insect-resistant strain of sweet corn for human consumption.
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2004 May 19
Sonia Gandhi announced that her Congress party had elected economist Manmohan Singh (71) as the next prime minister of India.
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2004 May 19
US Army Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits received the maximum penalty, one year in prison, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge, in the first court-martial stemming from mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
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2004 May 19
In Iraq US bombing killed up to 45 people, mostly women and children from the Bou Fahad tribe, at Mogr el-Deeb near the Syrian border. Witnesses said the site was a wedding celebration while US officials called it a way station for infiltrators.
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2004 May 19
Israeli forces fired a missile and a tank shell into a large crowd of Palestinians demonstrating against the invasion of a neighboring refugee camp, witnesses said. At least 10 Palestinians were killed, all children and teenagers.
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2004 May 19
Ivory Coast's president fired 3 rebel and opposition ministers from a national unity government, including the leader of insurgents holding the northern half of the country.
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2004 May 19
In the Philippines Typhoon Nida left 31 people dead.
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2004 May 19
A Moscow court sentenced Mikhail Trepashkin, a former intelligence agent, to 4 years in prison, on a charge of revealing state secrets. The charge was related to Trepashkin’s investigations of 4 bombings in apartments across Russia in 1999 that were blamed on Chechen separatists.
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2004 May 19
Antonina Presnyakova, Russian Ebola researcher, died following an accidental needle stick containing the deadly virus. She worked at the Vektor State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology outside Novosibirsk in central Siberia.
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2005 May 19
UN health officials said death from the Angola Marburg fever outbreak had exceeded 300.
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2005 May 19
The Canada House of Commons split 152-152 on a confidence motion and it took a vote by the parliament speaker to give Martin's minority government its one-vote victory.
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2005 May 19
Five Chilean soldiers froze to death and 65 were missing after a fierce snowstorm pounded the Andes mountains.
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2005 May 19
In northern China a large gas explosion in a coal mine left at least 51 workers trapped. 40 bodies were later found and 10 remained missing.
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2005 May 19
In Egypt authorities detained 14 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the south in a crackdown on the large Islamist movement. The number of detained rose to more than 780.
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2005 May 19
The film “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” premiered.
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2005 May 19
J.P. Morgan Chase introduced a no-swipe plastic credit card that used an embedded chip and RFID technology as well as the usual magnetic strip.
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2005 May 19
The US FCC voted to require internet phone companies to offer 911 service.
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2005 May 19
British researchers reported the creation of the country's first, and the world's second (South Korea), cloned human embryo.
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2005 May 19
Colombian rebels ambushed a police convoy and fought government forces along the border with Ecuador in separate attacks, killing at least 13 police.
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2005 May 19
Indonesia lifted 2 years of emergency rule in Aceh.
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2005 May 19
Iraq's prime minister called on Syria to block the infiltration of foreign fighters trying to start a civil war. 25 Iraqis, including an Oil Ministry engineer, and 4 US soldiers were reported killed in the ongoing daily bloodshed. Oil Ministry employee Ali Hamid Alwan al-Dulaimy (31) walked out of his house toward his car when three men firing pistols from a minivan killed him.
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2005 May 19
South Korea scientists announced the creation of 11 different stem cell lines matching the DNA of human patients with a variety of diseases. The work was later discredited.

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2005 May 19
The leaders of Togo's bitterly divided ruling and opposition parties, meeting in Nigeria, failed to agree on a power-sharing deal to end a bloody post-election crisis.
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2005 May 19
Uzbekistan troops retook an eastern Uzbek town from rebels who said they would build an Islamic state, arresting the group's leaders. Uzbekistan said it opposes an int’l. investigation into Andijan.


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2005 May 19
Republicans and Democrats tangled over President Bush's judicial nominees and the Senate's filibuster rules, with Democrats accusing Bush of trying to "rewrite the Constitution" and Republicans accusing Democrats of "unprecedented obstruction."
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2006 May 19
The UN panel that monitors compliance with the world's anti-torture treaty said the United States should close its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and avoid using secret detention facilities in the war on terror. The report by the Committee Against Torture came as the US military disclosed that prisoners wielding improvised weapons had clashed with guards trying to save a detainee who was pretending to commit suicide.
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2006 May 19
Roadside bombs and other attacks killed 10 Iraqis and wounded 26 people, including a US soldier riding through Baghdad in a minesweeper.
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2006 May 19
In Morocco the prime ministers of Morocco and Pakistan expressed hopes for closer bilateral ties, especially economically, after inking several agreements during a visit by Pakistan's Shaukat Aziz.
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2006 May 19
Nepal's new government declared a public holiday after parliament passed a proclamation stripping King Gyanendra of his powers and thousands of people staged a celebration rally.
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2006 May 19
A gun battle erupted between the new Hamas security force and rival Fatah forces in Gaza City, police officials said. Two police officers were wounded.
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2006 May 19
In southern Turkey a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh crashed into a parked transport truck, killing at least 40 people.
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2006 May 19
The Vatican said it had asked Rev. Marcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the conservative order Legionaries of Christ (1941), to renounce celebrating public Masses and live a life of "prayer and repentance" following its investigation into allegations he sexually abused seminarians.
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2006 May 19
An official said at least 150 Vietnamese fishermen were missing at sea and another 28 were found dead after getting caught in Typhoon Chanchu.
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2006 May 19
Gunbattles in Helmand province killed at least 6 militants and one Afghan soldier. A US soldier was killed in Uruzgan province.
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2006 May 19
Nigeria sold to a state-owned Chinese group licenses to explore four oil blocks, underlining Beijing's increasing drive for energy resources. In exchange for the drilling rights, China agreed to invest two billion dollars in northern Nigeria's Kaduna refinery. The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), rejected the claim and described the allocation as a "bribe".
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2006 May 19
Officials said Russia stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in international AIDS funding because the World Bank has reclassified it as an upper middle-income country.
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2006 May 19
Ukraine cultural figures and celebrities criticized efforts to grant the Russian language special status, calling it an act of war against the Ukrainian language. Council officials said their decision is based on a European charter, which was ratified by the Ukrainian parliament in 2003, that protects regional and minority languages.
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2006 May 19
In Vietnam 5 people convicted of heroin dealing were executed by firing squad. About 100 people were executed in Vietnam each year for drug-related offenses.
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2006 May 19
In Sudan's Darfur region dozens were killed in a major attack by government-backed militias on Shearia town, the latest in a wave of raids since a peace deal was signed earlier this month.
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2006 May 19
Sony Corp.’s film “The Da Vinci Code,” opened. It was directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan Brown’s best-selling 2003 novel. The weekend global debut produced $224 million, Hollywood’s 2nd highest behind “Star Wars: Episode III,” which took in $253 million.

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2006 May 19
In Detroit 12 people died over the last 2 days from an overdose of a drug called fentanyl that was considered 80 times more powerful than morphine. Some fentanyl was being mixed with heroine. Officials reported over 100 confirmed overdose cases from the drug since last fall.
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2006 May 19
The NRA opened its annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wayne LaPierre, executive VP, signed copies of his new book: “the Global War on Your Guns: Inside the UN Plan to destroy the Bill of Rights.”
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2006 May 19
In South Africa Noziphu Bhengu (32), a victim of AIDS and quackery, died.
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2006 May 19
Freddie Garrity (69), lead singer of the 1960s British pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died in Wales.
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2007 May 19
In northern Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated himself next to German soldiers shopping in a crowded market in Kunduz, killing 3 German soldiers and 6 Afghan civilians with 16 people wounded. A district police chief and a bodyguard were killed in a bomb blast in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
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2007 May 19
China’s state media said an outbreak of a viral disease common in children has sickened almost 900 people in eastern China but the outbreak has been contained. The outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease began in late April in the city of Linyi in Shandong province. In southern China thousands of farmers rioted at a government office in Shabi township, Guangxi region, after authorities imposed heavy fines on families that had more children than allowed under the country's family planning policy.
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2007 May 19
In Germany G8 finance ministers from the world's richest nations sought ways to improve financial management in Africa and were asked to scold China for lending too freely to African countries.
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