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2007 May 19
Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms entered a village east of Baghdad, rousted families from their homes and opened fire on the men, killing 15 men and one woman. Shiite militiamen from the Mahdi Army traded gunfire with Iraqi soldiers in southwestern Baghdad's Baiyaa district, killing one of the soldiers. In Tikrit police received the bodies of seven men killed in clashes the night before in Samarra. Outgoing British PM Tony Blair arrived in Baghdad on a farewell visit, and three mortar shells or rockets slammed into the Green Zone where he met with Iraq's leaders. One US soldier died from a roadside bomb south of Baghdad. Six American soldiers and their translator died in a bombing in western Baghdad. Another US soldier was killed and two were wounded when a blast struck their vehicle near Diwaniyah. At least one US soldier was killed and four wounded as insurgents attacked the searchers for 3 missing comrades with guns, mortars and bombs.
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2007 May 19
Japan's state and navy police raided a Japanese naval academy over an alleged leak of sensitive warship technology data shared between Japan and the US.
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2007 May 19
In southern Nigeria gunmen dynamited the front gate of a residential compound and kidnapped three Indians in an attack that left one Nigerian dead.
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2007 May 19
In Islamabad hardline clerics holding four Pakistani police at a mosque won the release of four extremists after a tense day-long stand-off between armed police and baton-wielding students.
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2007 May 19
In Gaza negotiators from the rival Hamas and Fatah movements reached a new cease-fire deal.
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2007 May 19
Romanians voted on whether to impeach President Traian Basescu, who has been accused of violating the constitution but remains popular among the public. Basescu, suspended on grounds he abused power, easily survived a referendum on his impeachment, with partial results indicating about three-fourths of the votes supporting the leader.
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2007 May 19
German Gref, Russia’s Economy Minister, told reporters that Russia will not allow indebted state companies to default. It was reported that more than a half-dozen journalists with the Russian News Service, have resigned to protest the new pro-Kremlin management's policy that at least 50 percent of coverage must be positive.
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2007 May 19
Algerian official news reported that security forces had dismantled a suspected support network linked to twin terror bombings last month in the capital that killed 30 people.
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2007 May 19
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, launched a $10 billion foundation to provide scholarships and promote research in the Middle East, saying the region has neglected education despite its oil wealth (www.mbrfoundation.ae).
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2007 May 19
Assailants shot dead a police commander in a wealthy Monterrey suburb, the latest in a wave of killings of law enforcement officials across Mexico.
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2007 May 19
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans marched to support a TV station aligned with opponents of President Hugo Chavez, whose government plans to kick the channel off the air next week by not renewing its license.
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2007 May 19
Police arrested 14 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood as part of Egypt's ongoing campaign against the country's strongest opposition group.
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2007 May 19
Miroslav Deronjic (52), Bosnian Serb war criminal, died in a hospital in Sweden. Deronjic, the top authority in the eastern Bosnian city of Bratunac during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, was convicted of ordering a 1992 attack on a Bosnian village in which 65 civilians were killed. He had been serving a 10-year sentence for war crimes.
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2007 May 19
Two local health workers were kidnapped for ransom in the Central African Republic (CAR), prompting UN concerns that worsening security was hampering aid work there.
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2007 May 19
Curlin nipped Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense to win the Preakness Stakes.
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2007 May 19
In San Francisco Scott Chris Thomas attacked Loren Schaller (15) with a knife at a Twin Peaks bakery. In 2010 a jury convicted Schaller (29) of attempted murder and mayhem. On Aug 5 Thomas was sentenced to at least 26 years in prison.
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2008 May 19
In eastern Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew himself up near Afghan troops in a bazaar near the Pakistani border, wounding four soldiers and a civilian translator. 8 Taliban were killed in a military raid elsewhere. The decapitated body of a policeman was found in the southwestern province of Farah, a day after he had been captured by Taliban fighters. In eastern Afghanistan militants fired mortars at an aid agency's water tanker, killed the driver and stole his tanker. In southwestern Nimroz province, a mine blew up a truck transporting sheep and killed five men and several of the animals. In Wardak, near Kabul, a mine apparently intended for police exploded under a civilian car and killed two people. Two soldiers with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were killed in separate insurgency-related incidents in southern Afghanistan.
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2008 May 19
In Australia the Tasmania state government said the Tasmanian devil will be listed as an endangered species this week as a result of a deadly and disfiguring cancer outbreak. Animal rights activists said Australian authorities have started the controversial killing of about 400 kangaroos on the outskirts of Australia's capital of Canberra.
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2008 May 19
China stood still to begin 3 days of mourning over tens of thousands of earthquake victims, and the government appealed for more international aid to cope with the country's deadliest disaster in a generation. The confirmed death toll from the May 12 quake rose to 34,073.
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2008 May 19
In southern India police said locally brewed liquor apparently tainted with lethal chemicals killed at least 59 people over the weekend. By May 21 the death toll rose to 156.
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2008 May 19
The Iraqi Interior Ministry reported the arrest of Abdul-Khaliq al-Sabawi, a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure in the northern city of Mosul, where security forces have been carrying out an intensified crackdown to root out the terror network. Lt. Col. Farhan Qassim, the police chief of the southern town of Suq al-Shiyoukh, was killed by a bomb that exploded in his office. Suspected Sunni insurgents near the Syrian border ambushed a minibus carrying Iraqi recruits killing all 11 passengers.
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2008 May 19
In Ireland UN chief Ban Ki-Moon called for a "visionary" global deal to ban cluster bombs, as delegates from over 100 countries opened a conference aimed at outlawing the lethal weapons.
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2008 May 19
Myanmar declared three days of mourning for cyclone victims after agreeing to an international aid effort led by its Southeast Asian neighbors to help two million survivors in dire need.
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2008 May 19
In western Nepal 36 people were killed when an overcrowded bus careened off a mountain highway into a river. Another 10 were presumed dead.
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2008 May 19
In the Philippines a man strafed several houses during a shooting spree in a town south of Manila, killing eight people and wounding six others. Five of the dead were children aged 4-12 years who were sleeping inside their homes in Calamba town. The lone suspect escaped.
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2008 May 19
In South Africa police fired rubber bullets and made arrests to try to quell outbursts of anti-foreigner violence in and around Johannesburg, as the death toll reached 22.
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2008 May 19
Suspected members of a Basque separatist group allegedly exploded a car bomb in a northern Basque town, causing considerable damage but no injuries.
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2008 May 19
In Turkey a law extending a smoking ban to most enclosed areas — including taxis, ferries and shopping malls — came into effect in the nicotine-addicted nation.
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2008 May 19
Zimbabwe's opposition party accused the country's military of plotting to assassinate the group's presidential candidate using snipers.
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2008 May 19
The US Justice Department said international investigators have busted a vast Internet fraud network and charged 38 suspects, most of them Romanians living in the US.
Links: Romania, USA, Internet     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 May 19
Federal regulators said eight former AOL Time Warner Inc. executives fraudulently inflated the company's online advertising revenues by more than $1 billion between 2000 and 2002.
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2008 May 19
Al Gore received a $1 million prize on Monday for his environmental work from an Israeli fund. The Dan David Foundation awarded the former vice president its annual "present" prize for alerting the world to the crisis from the overuse of fossil fuels.
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2008 May 19
Huntington Hartford (b.1911), the deep-pocketed A&P grocery heir who burned through most of a $100 million fortune in a series of fruitless business and cultural endeavors before his life unraveled, died at his home in Lyford Cay, Nassau, in the Bahamas.
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2008 May 19
Argentine farmers announced plans to suspend a 13-day strike and resume grain sales, paving the way for talks with the government to end contentious export restrictions.
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2008 May 19
British lawmakers voted to approve controversial plans to allow the use of animal-human embryos for research.
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2008 May 19
Japan’s tourism ministry named Hello Kitty as its choice to represent the country in China and Hong Kong, two places where she is wildly popular among kids and young women.
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2008 May 19
Google made available a free service allowing customers to manage their medical records online at www.google.com/health.
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2008 May 19
Nissan Motor Co. and NEC corp. announced plans to begin mass-producing lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. Nissan and Renault planned to have an all-electric car in the US and Japan by 2010.
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2008 May 19
In Mexico the military took over the town of Zirandaro near Texas after all 20 of its police officers were either killed, run out of town or quit.
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2008 May 19
Matrook al-Faleh was arrested at King Saud University in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where he teaches political science. A rights group said it came after al-Faleh publicly criticized conditions in a prison where two other human rights activists are serving jail terms. Faleh was released in January, 2009.
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2009 May 19
Michael Martin, the Speaker of Britain's lower house, said he would step down in June after criticism of his handling of a scandal over lawmakers' expenses that has badly tarnished the reputation of the "Mother of Parliaments." The last Speaker to be forced from the post was John Trevor, who lost the confidence of the house in 1695 for taking a bribe.
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2009 May 19
In London, England, a protest outside parliament turned violent early as relief agencies and governments called for urgent humanitarian aid after Sri Lanka announced defeat for Tamil Tiger rebels.
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2009 May 19
China and Brazil signed a raft of agreements in Beijing including a $10 billion loan for the South American country's state energy company and a deal to send oil to China amid stronger ties between the two developing world giants.
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2009 May 19
China’s government Web site said Liu Youjun (46), a senior official in southern Guangdong province, has been detained in an apparent corruption sweep that has already targeted other major figures in the wealthy region on the cutting-edge of China's economic reforms.
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2009 May 19
In India newly elected Congress lawmakers formally chose PM Manmohan Singh as their leader for a second term, clearing the way for the swearing in of his new government this week.
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2009 May 19
Environmental groups in Indonesia said Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the world's largest paper companies, plans to clear a large swath of unprotected forest in Indonesia being used as a sanctuary for critically endangered orangutans.
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2009 May 19
Italian police arrested Franco Letizia (31), one of the country's "most-dangerous" fugitives, in raids that netted at least 70 suspected members of the Naples-based Camorra crime syndicate. The search for dozens more was still under way.
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2009 May 19
Malawi held elections. Voters chose between re-electing Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika (75) or replacing him with challenger John Tembo (77) backed by his predecessor. The race between Mutharika and Tembo was too close to predict going into the polls. Mutharika, a former World Bank official credited with bringing economic gains to the southern African nation of 12 million, won the national election with about 66% of the vote.
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2009 May 19
Russia announced it has created a commission to fight what President Dmitry Medvedev says are efforts to hurt his country by falsifying history, part of a campaign to promote the Kremlin's views and silence those who question them.
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2009 May 19
Russia and the US held talks in Moscow aimed at cutting stockpiles of nuclear weapons, a move that could herald a thaw in relations between the former Cold War foes.
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2009 May 19
A Spanish court sentenced three senior army officers to prison for knowingly misidentifying the bodies of 30 peacekeepers killed in a plane crash on May 26, 2003, in northwestern Turkey. 32 of the Spaniards were identified correctly but relatives of the other 30 got the wrong bodies.
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2009 May 19
In Somalia witnesses said that Ethiopian troops have crossed the border and appear to be stationing themselves at a strategic crossroads. Ethiopia denied the reports. Witnesses said they saw Ethiopian troops in the Somali town of Kalabeyr, 14 miles (22 km) from the Ethiopian border and 11 miles (18 km) north of Belet Weyne, the provincial capital of the Hiran region.
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2009 May 19
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally named Bill Clinton as its special envoy to Haiti.
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2009 May 19
President Barack Obama announced a new fuel and emission standard that he says will, at last, put the United States on the road to a cleaner environment and better fuel efficiency.
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2009 May 19
Scientists in New York unveiled the skeleton of what they said could be the common ancestor to humans, apes and other primates. The tiny creature, officially known as Darwinius masillae, but dubbed Ida, lived 47 million years ago and is unusually well preserved. The monkey-like creature, discovered in 1983, was preserved through the ages in Germany's Messel Pit, a crater rich in Eocene Epoch fossils. New analysis soon followed saying Darwinius does not belong in the same primate category as monkeys, apes and humans. Instead, the analysis concluded, it falls into the other major grouping, which includes lemurs.
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2009 May 19
In Afghanistan an airstrike by NATO-led forces killed eight Afghan civilians following a battle with militants in southern Helmand province, where Afghan troops also killed 25 militants. This was the beginning of a 4-day operation.
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2009 May 19
Colombian lawmakers approved a proposal for voters to decide in a referendum whether to change the constitution and let President Alvaro Uribe seek a third term.
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2009 May 19
Inmates at a Mexico City prison rioted over restrictions on visits due to swine flu, as the country reported two more confirmed deaths, raising the toll to 74 nationwide.
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2009 May 19
The UN Security Council said that it had asked the Congolese government to investigate and arrest five high-ranking army officers known to have committed atrocities.
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2009 May 19
California voters defeated 5 of 6 propositions aimed to reduce the state’s $21.3 billion budget deficit. Voters approved Prop. 1F, which barred elected officials from receiving pay raises when the state’s reserve fund has a deficit larger than 1% of the general fund.
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