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2006 Jul 17
In Moscow full trading began in the shares of Rosneft Oil Co. The company raised $10.4 billion with shares at $7.55. The next day a London court dismissed a blocking plea by Yukos and full trading began in London.
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2007 Jul 17
The US offered additional food aid to Zimbabwe to ease its famine but criticized what it said were reckless actions by Pres. Robert Mugabe to try to deal with the problem.
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2007 Jul 17
An international think-tank said China's smog-choked cities and contaminated waterways are leaving many people sick and unable to work, in turn fomenting unrest and threatening the country's economic growth.
Links: China, Environment     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jul 17
A foreman from a kiln in north China where workers were beaten and forced to work 18-hour days was sentenced to life in jail and another man was sentenced to death for the beating death of a laborer. A total of 29 people were convicted in seven different courts in Shanxi for their roles in the slavery scandal.
Links: China, Labor     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jul 17
It was reported that the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and WFP estimated that the cereal deficit for East Timor this year and next will reach 86,364 tons. With commercial imports anticipated at 71,000 tons, the shortfall needs to be filled through food assistance.
Links: UN, Food, Timor-Leste     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2007 Jul 17
Lawmakers loyal to anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said they are ending a nearly five-week boycott of parliament sessions after officials accepted their demands for rebuilding a Shiite shrine damaged by bombings. In eastern Baghdad a suicide driver detonated his vehicle near an Iraqi army patrol in Zayouna, a mostly Shiite area, killing 10 people including six civilians. The bodies of two security guards were found in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour, two days after they were kidnapped from the office of a cell phone company where they worked. 29 members of a Shiite tribe were massacred overnight in Diyala province when dozens of suspected Sunni gunmen raided their village near Muqdadiyah. The dead included four women. 3 American soldiers were killed in separate bombings in Baghdad.
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2007 Jul 17
In Lebanon militants continued to resist the army's advance. Security officials said Army troops are making "significant" gains in their long-running battle against al-Qaida-inspired fighters barricaded inside a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. At least 60 militants and more than 20 civilians have been killed in fighting since May 20.
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2007 Jul 17
Najib Razak, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said Malaysia is an Islamic state and not a secular one, while carefully assuring members of minority faiths that their rights will be protected. More than 60% of Malaysia's 27 million people are Muslim Malays and Islam is the official religion under the country's constitution. But while the constitution defines the ethnic majority Malays as Muslims it also guarantees freedom of religion.
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2007 Jul 17
A suicide bomber killed four Pakistanis, including three soldiers, in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, hours after pro-Taliban militants vowed to launch attacks on security forces. An apparent suicide bomber in Islamabad killed 16 people and injured 44 at a rally where the former chief justice was scheduled to speak.
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2007 Jul 17
Russia vowed a "targeted and appropriate" response to Britain's expulsion of four diplomats in a mounting confrontation over the probe into the radiation poisoning death of a former KGB officer.
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2007 Jul 17
Syria’s Pres. Bashar Assad was sworn in for a 2nd, seven-year term in office.
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2007 Jul 17
In southern Thailand twin bomb attacks killed one policeman and wounded 18 other people, as the junta formally extended a state of emergency in the region.
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2007 Jul 17
In western Ukraine a train carrying yellow phosphorus derailed, releasing a cloud of toxic gas into the air over 14 villages. 20 people were hospitalized and hundreds evacuated.
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2007 Jul 17
It was reported that the high price of copper, trading at around $3.65 per pound, had led to some two dozen deaths in the US related to copper theft over the past year.
Links: USA, Economics, Robbery     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jul 17
The US freed 16 Saudis from Guantanamo and flew them home, where they were taken into custody for investigation of possible links to terrorism.
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2007 Jul 17
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a TAM airlines Airbus-320 slammed into a gas station and a TAM building and burst into flames after trying to land on a short, rain-slicked runway at Congonhas airport. All 187 people aboard were killed along with 12 on the ground.
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2007 Jul 17
Cambodia's government issued a directive preventing Christians from promoting their religion in public places, or using money or other means to persuade people to convert.
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2007 Jul 17
Libya's foreign minister said the death sentences for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV have been commuted to life in prison. The ruling came after the families of the children each received $1 million and agreed to drop their demand for the execution of the six.
Links: Bulgaria, Libya, Palestine, AIDS     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jul 17
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said it has been unable to fight a major fire along a key oil supply pipeline because of unrest in southern Nigeria's Ogoniland region. The fire, raging for more than a month, has affected the company's Trans-Niger pipeline that passes through six villages whose residents are hostile to the company.
Links: Oil, Netherlands, Nigeria, Fire     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jul 17
The California State Water Resources Control board passed a 70-year mercury cleanup plan for the SF Bay.
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2007 Jul 17
In Virginia Michael Vick, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, was indicted by a federal grand jury along with 3 others on charges related to competitive dog fighting. In Dec. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.
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2007 Jul 17
Whole Foods launched an internal investigation after it became public that CEO John Mackey had for many years posted critical comments online against Wild Oats prior to a planned acquisition of the firm this year.
Links: USA, Food, Corp. Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jul 17
Jim Nicholson, Secretary of the US Veteran’s Administration abruptly resigned in the wake of charges of shoddy health care for veterans injured in the Iraq war.
Links: Iraq, USA, Medical, Govm’t. Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2007 Jul 17
The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 14,000 for the first time before ending the day at 13,918.22.
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2007 Jul 17
A British court sentenced Yassin Nassari (27), a British-born Syrian cleric, to 3½ years in prison for bringing missile plans into Britain in 2006. He had led a branch of the Islamic Society at the Univ. of Westminster. Nassari served just over seven months of his sentence.
Links: Britain, Syria, Islam     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Jul 17
In western Afghanistan US Special Forces and Afghan troops called in airstrikes during a raid on a militant cell, killing 15 insurgents while freeing 15 hostages in Herat province. Taliban militants attacked a convoy carrying supplies for NATO forces in Zabul. A following gunbattle killed an Afghan security worker and wounded five.
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2008 Jul 17
Algeria and Germany wound up two days of talks in Algiers with a call for more economic cooperation between the two countries.
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2008 Jul 17
Argentina's Senate narrowly rejected a grain-export tax package, a government-backed proposal that has led to nationwide farm strikes and regional food shortages.
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2008 Jul 17
In Sidney, Australia, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a stinging attack on pop culture, consumerism and "false idols" to 150,000 mainly teenaged Catholic pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day.
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2008 Jul 17
A new company of Chinese engineers deployed to Sudan's war-torn western region of Darfur, boosting the number of UN-led peacekeeping troops to 8,000.
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2008 Jul 17
In Amman, Jordan, a gunman shot and wounded six people near a Roman amphitheater. He shot himself in the head as he was chased by police, and was in critical condition. A police official identified the assailant as Thaer al-Weheidi (19), a resident of Baqaa camp, the largest of 11 Palestinian refugee settlements in Jordan. Al-Weheidi died on July 22.
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2008 Jul 17
Kuwait's official news agency says the tiny Gulf country has named an ambassador to Iraq for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War.
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2008 Jul 17
Sri Lankan air force jets bombed a group of ethnic Tamil rebels. Troops attacked rebel bunkers along the front lines in the Vavuniya area, killing 10 Tamil Tiger fighters. Fighting in the area also killed four soldiers, while a fifth soldier was missing in action. Fighting in Welioya killed nine rebels and one soldier, while another rebel was killed in Jaffna.
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2008 Jul 17
An organization claiming to represent groups involved in southern Thailand's Muslim insurgency announced it will end all violence in the region as of July 14. Former army commander and Defense Minister Chetta Thanajaro said the organization that made the announcement represented 11 different underground groups operating in southern Thailand.
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2008 Jul 17
It was reported that the US debt amounted to $455,000 per household. By September the national debt reached $10 trillion and obliged the national debt clock in New York’s Times Square to move its dollar sign to make room.
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2008 Jul 17
The US Treasury moved to freeze assets of four Algerians it said were leaders of an al Qaeda-affiliated group responsible for deadly bombings in Algeria last month.
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2008 Jul 17
In Algeria a truck and a bus collided on one of the main highways in the Relizane region killing 7 people with 28 seriously injured.
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2008 Jul 17
Belgium's King Albert II refused to accept the resignation of the prime minister and his government, calling on key officials to redouble efforts to resolve a longtime disagreement over more self-rule for the country's Dutch and French speakers.
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2008 Jul 17
Macedonia's main opposition party walked out of parliament after its deputy leader was arrested and charged in a corruption probe.
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2008 Jul 17
Nigerian villagers blew up a key crude oil supply pipeline operated by Agip, the Nigerian subsidiary of Italian group Eni, cutting production.
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2008 Jul 17
Violent protests erupted at Pakistan's main stock market as growing economic and political uncertainty pushed Pakistani shares to a new 18-month low.
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2008 Jul 17
A survey team member said a Russian government audit has revealed that up to 50,000 pieces are missing from the country’s museums, everything from Pre-Revolutionary medals and weapons to precious works of art.
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2008 Jul 17
An official of the Swiss bank UBS announced that it was halting its offshore banking services for US citizens after it came under scathing criticism for facilitating massive tax evasion.
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2008 Jul 17
Venezuela's ruling party pledged to seek to reform the nation's constitution to let President Hugo Chavez seek indefinite re-election.
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2008 Jul 17
Kay Ryan (b.1945) of Fairfax, Ca., was named the 16th poet laureate of the US. She was selected by James Billington, the Librarian of Congress.
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2008 Jul 17
The US government lifted a salmonella warning on tomatoes, but still warned caution on fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers.
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2008 Jul 17
California became the first US state to approve green building standards.
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2008 Jul 17
Six prominent members of Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC met this day with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega according to Nicaragua’s La Prensa newspaper. The members of the guerrilla organization arrived in Nicaragua in a Cessna airplane from Venezuela. Both Ortega and Venezuela denied the newspaper report.
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2008 Jul 17
Wikimania 2008 opened in to Alexandria, Egypt, for a 3-day tradecraft meeting. The gathering of online encyclopedia creators drew some 650 Wikipedians from 45 countries.
Links: Egypt, Historian, Internet     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Jul 17
Andy Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), led a global day of action targeting KKR-owned sites in 25 countries, calling for an end to favorable tax treatment of private equity.
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2008 Jul 17
Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman once identified as a possible al-Qaida associate, was arrested by Afghan police, who found recipes for explosives and descriptions of New York landmarks in her handbag. [see Aug 5]
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2009 Jul 17
In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a vehicle, killing a British soldier and 11 civilians, including five children. In Nangarhar province, a gunfight broke out between Taliban fighters and local civilians after militants fired at an Afghan army officer who had come to visit his relatives. 3 militants and two civilians were killed and one civilian was missing. Eleven militants were captured, eight of them Pakistanis.
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2009 Jul 17
In Indonesia suicide attacks at the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta killed 9 people including 2 suspected suicide bombers and wounded 53. Suspicion quickly fell on Jemaah Islamiyah and anti-terror desk chief, Ansyaad Mbai, said evidence pointed to Malaysian-born extremist Noordin Mohammed Top. In 2010 the South Jakarta District Court found Amid Abdillah guilty of violating the Anti-Terror Law by helping a splinter of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah plan the suicide bombings. The same court has earlier sentenced Saefudin Zuhri, an in-law of Top, and Aris Susanto to eight years in prison for assisting and harboring Top and two other suspects.
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2009 Jul 17
In Iran tens of thousands of government opponents packed Iran's main Islamic prayer sermon, chanting "freedom, freedom" and other slogans as their top clerical backer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a sermon bluntly criticizing the country's leadership over the crackdown on election protests. Outside, pro-government Basiji militiamen in front of a line of riot police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who chanted "death to the dictator" and called on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to resign.
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2009 Jul 17
In Iraq two bombs exploded around 3 a.m. in Karmah near the house of police Capt. Bahjat Khawam. The bombs were planted under the police officer's car and near a gate to his house. The officer's daughter (12) and a granddaughter (4) were killed in the attack. In Baghdad bombings killed 3 Iraqis and injured over 40 others. One bomb planted under a bridge killed a married couple who were among hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims heading to a shrine to commemorate Imam Mousa al-Kazim.
Links: Iraq, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Jul 17
In Japan 10 senior citizen climbers were found dead in the northern mountains of Hokkaido, apparently from hypothermia. Police began investigating possible negligence by the tour organizers.
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2009 Jul 17
In Pakistan a missile believed to have been fired by a US drone killed five militants in North Waziristan, a tribal region known as a haven for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters. Militants destroyed two NATO fuel tankers in separate roadside bomb attacks in the Khyber tribal region, one of the two land routes for supplies going to Afghanistan.
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2009 Jul 17
Russia said it would lift a ban on live pigs and raw pork imports from the US state of Wisconsin and Canada's Ontario province from July 18 due to what it said was a "stabilization" of the situation of the H1N1 virus in those places.
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2009 Jul 17
The UN said an international accord requiring governments to publicly identify sites of environmental pollution will come into force on Oct. 8.
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2009 Jul 17
Walter Cronkite (b.1916), TV journalist, died with his family by his side at his Manhattan home after a long illness. On April 16, 1962, he replaced Douglas Edwards as anchor of the CBS "Evening News." Polls in 1972 and 1974 had pronounced Cronkite the "most trusted man in America."
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