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2009 Jul 17
The Republic of Congo's top opposition politician, Mathias Dzon, filed for an annulment of the incumbent president's re-election and claimed there had been vote-rigging and intimidation.
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2009 Jul 17
In Nouakchott, Mauritania, police exchanged fire with suspected Islamic extremists, killing one and wounding another who was wearing explosives wrapped around his body. A 3rd suspect reportedly escaped.
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2009 Jul 17
Mexico's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point, dropping the interbank rate to 4.5% to stimulate a recession-dogged economy.
Links: Mexico, Economics, Banking     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jul 17
In Namibia 2 European journalists were fined $625 (US) by a court for filming the annual seal hunt along the coast of the southern African nation. On July 31 British investigative journalist Jim Wilckens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers were found guilty of violating the Marine Resources Act by entering a restricted area without permission.
Links: Animal, Namibia, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jul 17
In Ecuador a US anti-narcotics force flew its last surveillance mission from Ecuador's Pacific Coast. The force had begun dismantling its operation and would be out of the country by September, two months before the end of its lease.
Links: Ecuador, USA, Drugs     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Jul 17
The Malian army announced that it had killed 26 "Islamist fighters" in the far north of the country.
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2009 Jul 17
In Douglas, Georgia, federal authorities arrested Cecil Stephen Haire (51), the so-called “limping bandit.” He was said to have robbed 23 banks across the Southwest over the last 3 years.
Links: GeorgiaUS, USA, Robbery     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Jul 17
In China government officials in Beijing descended on the Open Constitution Initiative (OCI), a public interest lawyer’s group that challenged abuse and corruption by state and local governments. They took away almost everything the group owned and tax authorities ordered it to pay $207,900.
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2009 Jul 17
Leszek Kolakowski (b.1927), Polish-born Oxford philosopher and historian of ideas, died in Oxford. “We Learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are.” His work included the 3-volume series “Main currents of Marxism: Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution” (1976).
Links: Britain, Poland, Historian, Philosophy, Quote     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Jul 17
In Afghanistan a British and an American soldier died in Taliban-style bomb attacks. Another NATO soldier was killed in a separate attack. 4 Afghan policemen died when insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Gereshk district of Helmand province. One Afghan soldier died and another was wounded in Sabari district of Khost province after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
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2010 Jul 17
In Albania 14 people died and 12 others were injured, many of them seriously, when a bus fell off a cliff 140 km (87 miles) north of the capital, Tirana.
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2010 Jul 17
In China 28 miners were killed when an electrical cable caught fire inside a coal shaft in northern Shaanxi province. There were no survivors. 8 coal miners died when a blaze engulfed a mine in central Henan province.
Links: China, Labor     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Jul 17
Typhoon Conson weakened as it headed toward Vietnam, after passing over the Chinese island of Hainan where falling billboards killed at least two people.
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2010 Jul 17
In France rioters exchanged gunfire with police in Grenoble early in the day, setting fire to shops and cars after police shot dead a man accused of robbing a casino.
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2010 Jul 17
In Kenya Pastor John Kamau and accomplice Samuel Chege Gitau were arrested with a substance believed to be ammonium nitrate, a detonator and a safety fuse.
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2010 Jul 17
In Mexico 4 policemen were shot dead by unknown assailants on a rural road near the port of Acapulco. Six other violent deaths were recorded in Ciudad Juarez including a man and his daughter were shot by gunmen who entered his home early in the day.
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2010 Jul 17
In central Nigeria Muslims attacked a Christian village, killing eight people with machetes and burning seven houses and a church in fresh religious violence.
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2010 Jul 17
In northwest Pakistan suspected militants ambushed a convoy of vehicles being escorted by security forces, killing 18 people, including two women in the Kurram region. 6 people were injured when two bomb blasts hit a market in Lahore, damaging two Internet cafes. Jet fighters killed 18 militants in strikes on suspected hideouts in the Orakzai region.
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2010 Jul 17
Gaza's Hamas rulers banned women from smoking water pipes in cafes, calling it a practice that destroys marriages and sullies the image of the Palestinian people.
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2010 Jul 17
In Poland thousands of gays and lesbians from around Europe marched through Warsaw to demand equal rights and more tolerance toward homosexuals.
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2010 Jul 17
In Puerto Rico US federal authorities arrested Jose Figueroa Agosto (45), a fugitive alleged drug kingpin, after a decade-long chase through the Caribbean marked by his narrow escapes and public taunting that he paid off police to remain free.
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2010 Jul 17
Lithuania’s state-owned forests reportedly amounted to 830,000 hectares or 3204 square miles and were operated by 42 companies. Government plans called for a single forestry company charged with managing the industry on a commercial basis.
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2010 Jul 17
Hong Kong adopted its first minimum wage law, but no rate was yet set
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2011 Jul 17
A 90-day deadline passed on the American government, under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, for asking permission from Congress for continuing hostilities against Libya. Pres. Obama held that America’s supporting role no longer amounts to hostilities.
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2011 Jul 17
Afghanistan began handing responsibility for security from NATO soldiers to its own troops, igniting a process designed to leave the country free of foreign combat forces by 2014. Afghan and NATO troops killed at least 13 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar province after an overnight gunbattle ended with an airstrike on a building occupied by the insurgents. Gunmen wearing suicide vests attacked the home of Jan Mohammed Khan, an adviser to President Karzai, killing him and Uruzgan lawmaker Mohammed Ashim Watanwal. One attacker was killed and the other blew himself up.
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2011 Jul 17
Christian Martinez, an Australian convert to Islam, was pinned down and lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol by a group of 4 Muslim men who broke into his Sidney home to punish him for breaking sharia law. Two of the men were soon charged with aggravated breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offense.
Links: Australia, Liquor, Islam     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Jul 17
Bahrain's main Shiite opposition bloc, Al-Wefaq, said it was pulling out of a national dialogue with the government on political reform because the initiative was not serious.
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2011 Jul 17
London police arrested Rebekah Brooks (43), Rupert Murdoch's former British CEO, in the phone hacking and police bribery scandal. The former News of the World editor said she was assisting the police with their inquiries.
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2011 Jul 17
The Central African Republic government and a 500-man breakaway faction of the country's last active rebel movement, a dissident faction of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), signed a peace deal in Nzako.
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2011 Jul 17
In Chile a man boarded a subway train, pulled out a gun and began shooting at the Plaza Maipu station in the southwestern part of Santiago. He killed two people and wounded four more before leaving the station and killing himself.
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2011 Jul 17
Egypt's PM Essam Sharaf named 12 new Cabinet members in a reshuffle under pressure from protesters demanding a purge of remnants of the former regime.
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2011 Jul 17
In India officers in the western state of Gujarat, the scene of serial blasts in 2008, arrested Sahazad Rangrez and recovered eight live bombs from his possession. Rangrez's wife Reshma reported him to the police after suffering domestic violence.
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2011 Jul 17
In Indonesia the Mount Lokon volcano on northern Sulawesi island erupted again and released the greatest amount of energy so far, shooting soot and debris 11,400 feet (3,500 meters) into the sky.
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2011 Jul 17
Several Iranian Kurdish rebels based in Iraq were wounded in hours of clashes with Tehran's forces along the two countries' border.
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2011 Jul 17
In Iraq a roadside bomb targeting a security patrol killed one policeman and a passer-by in western Baghdad. An American soldier died in Iraq in a noncombat incident.
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2011 Jul 17
Japan’s female soccer team, fourth place finishers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, came from behind twice to beat world-number ones and twice champions the United States 3-1 on penalties in the final of the World Cup in Frankfurt. It was the first football World Cup title for any Asian country.
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2011 Jul 17
In Libya rebel attacks on the eastern oil city of Brega stretched into their fourth day, with reports of pitched battles in the residential areas. NATO jets destroyed a military storage facility and other targets in Tripoli's eastern outskirts.
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2011 Jul 17
In Morocco thousands of demonstrators, including Islamists, held peaceful rallies in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers to demand greater political reforms and social justice.
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2011 Jul 17
A spokesman for the Hamas-run medical services in the Gaza Strip, said 4 children and 3 adults suffered moderate injuries in air strikes in the northern Beit Hanun area. Israel denied it had carried out any such raid.
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2011 Jul 17
Voters in the tiny west African archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe voted for their next president. 54% of the country's 200,000 people have been described as poor by the UN Development Program (UNDP). Former strongman Manuel Pinto da Costa led the field with 35.85% of the vote. Speaker Evaristo Carvalho was second with 21.82% and will challenge the 73-year-old former president on July 24.
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2011 Jul 17
Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed the town of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon. Security forces reportedly have rounded up more than 500 people, including a leading dissident, across the country over the past two days. 6 bodies from various sects were found dumped in Homs, apparently in revenge attacks. Pro-government thugs called shabiha then went on a rampage, opening fire in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods in Homs.
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2011 Jul 17
In southern Thailand a girl (5) and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair.
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2011 Jul 17
In Tunisia 6 police officers were injured, four seriously, in a series of overnight attacks on police stations and public buildings in cities across the country.
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2011 Jul 17
In Uruguay Juan Maria Bordaberry (b.1928), former President-turned-dictator, died at home, where he was serving a 30-year sentence for killings and disappearances during his country's war against so-called subversives.
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2011 Jul 17
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba to begin chemotherapy nearly a month after surgery to remove a tumor.
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2011 Jul 17
Vietnamese police rounded up at least 10 people as they broke up an anti-China rally for the 2nd weekend running in a series of protests over tensions in the South China Sea.
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2011 Jul 17
In Yemen hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded streets across the country to demand the ouster of President Saleh. Thousands of the embattled leader's supporters staged counter rallies to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of his rule.
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2011 Jul 17
In Switzerland the son of an American UN diplomat was attacked by up to a dozen assailants in Geneva, who beat him with metal rods and attempted to throw him into the river Rhone before a passing cyclist raised the alarm.
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2011 Jul 17
In Georgia US Army Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui (24) died suddenly in the middle of her pregnancy at Fort Stewart. In 2013 the Army charged her husband with murder and casuing the deth of his unborn son. He was accused of of using insurance money from her death to buy weapons for an anti-government militia group.
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2012 Jul 17
In Alameda, California, a civil jury ordered convicted murderer Hans Reiser (48) to pay $60 million to his young son and daughter for strangling their mother in 2006.
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2012 Jul 17
Two Afghan police and three civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Bati Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province. 9 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on an army post in Helmand province.
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2012 Jul 17
Britain’s visiting minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, said Britain will give its poor former colony Malawi additional aid of 24 million pounds for its economic recovery program.
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2012 Jul 17
London-based HSBC apologized for failing to apply anti-laundering rules as US lawmakers accused it of giving Iran, terrorists and drug dealers access to the US financial system.
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2012 Jul 17
India's Jindal Steel and Power scrapped plans to invest $2.1 billion in a Bolivian mining project and blamed the South American nation's "non-friendly business attitude" for the deal's collapse.
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2012 Jul 17
Iraq's government urged all its citizens living in Syria to return home immediately to escape the escalating civil war.
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2012 Jul 17
In Israel the centrist Kadima Party broke from PM Netanyahu’s right-wing government prompted by a dispute over a bill to draft religious students into the military.
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2012 Jul 17
Mali's interim PM Cheick Modibo Diarra presented a roadmap for rescuing his country from a post-coup crisis to the region's lead mediator. It laid out a one-year plan for a return to constitutional rule, and the formation of a unity government to oversee the transition.
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2012 Jul 17
Malian journalists went on strike for a day of "dead press," and marched in Bamako to protest recent attacks against journalists by armed men believed to be linked to the former junta.
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2012 Jul 17
In central Nigeria a ten-year-old boy was killed when an assailant fired a heavy weapon at an Islamic school in the city of Jos.
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2012 Jul 17
Romania's interim President Cris Antonescu signed a new law that requires a majority of registered voters to take part in a referendum for it to be valid, giving suspended President Traian Basescu a fighting chance of remaining in office when his impeachment comes up for a public vote.
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