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2012 Jul 17
A Saudi newspaper reported that a Lebanese man, nicknamed the "tattoo king," has been sentenced to one year in prison and 200 lashes. Charges included having met privately with women.
Links: Saudi Arabia, Islam     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Jul 17
In South Africa Madagascar's exiled former president Marc Ravalomanana was served with a summons at his hotel in Pretoria over a $23 million lawsuit filed by victims of 2009 unrest that led to his ouster.
Links: South Africa, Madagascar     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Jul 17
Spain successfully tapped bond market investors for €3.6 billion ($4.4 billion) in the first debt auction since the government's latest package of spending cuts and tax increases.
Links: Spain, Economics     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Jul 17
Syrian government forces backed by helicopter gunships battled rebels in heavy clashes in Damascus. The Muslim Brotherhood urged the Syrian people to rise up and back the rebels. The Israeli army intelligence chief said al-Assad has moved army forces from the Golan Heights area next to Israel toward Damascus and other internal conflict zones.
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2012 Jul 17
The UN food agency warned the unrest in northern Mali means that efforts to contain the threat of desert locusts are being hampered and appealed for $10 million (8.1 million euros) in aid. It said control operations cannot be carried out because of political conflict and that 30 trucks and other equipment had been looted.
Links: Mali, UN, Locusts     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2012 Jul 17
In Malaysia an Australian woman and a Nigerian man were arrested after one kg (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine was discovered in a car they were driving in Kuala Lumpur.
Links: Australia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Drugs     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Jul 17
The UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Int’l. Prize for Research in the Life Sciences went to scientists from Egypt, Mexico and South Africa. The prize was sponsored by Equatorial Guinea’s Pres. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who faced major allegations of corruption.
Links: UN, Equatorial Guinea     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
Robert Seldon Lady (59), a former CIA base chief convicted in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect from an Italian street, was detained in Panama after Italy requested his arrest in one of the most notorious episodes of the US program known as extraordinary rendition. After barely a day in detention, he was put on a plane to the US by the Panamanian government.
Links: Italy, Panama, USA, CIA     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
In Massachusetts a jogger discovered the body of Stephen Rakes (59) in woods on the side of a street in Lincoln. Rakes had hoped to testify in the trial of mobster James Bulger.
Links: USA, Massachusetts     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
In Afghanistan gunmen killed Afghan prosecutor Ahmad Wali Taheri in western Herat province. Taheri was the brother of Karzai's adviser on national security, Rangin Dafdar Spanta.
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2013 Jul 17
In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people involving Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
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2013 Jul 17
Britain legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.
Links: Britain, Gays     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
In Dubai Marte Deborah Dalelv (24), a Norwegian woman, was sentenced to 16 months in jail for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape. On July 19 she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city. Norwegian diplomats secured her release and she has been allowed to remain at the Norwegian Seamen's Center in central Dubai. She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for out-of-wedlock sex and alcohol consumption. On July 22 Dubai pardoned Dalelv.
Links: Norway, Dubai, Rape     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
Several hundred supporters of Egypt's deposed Pres. Morsi massed outside the Cabinet building in Cairo, expanding their protests denouncing the country's new government and demanding the reinstatement of the Islamist leader. Suspected militants killed 3 policemen and seriously wounded two in an attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
Links: Egypt, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
Greece's shaky coalition government scraped through a vote on a bill to sack public sector workers as thousands chanting anti-austerity slogans protested outside parliament.
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2013 Jul 17
Guinea government spokesman Albert Camara said that the army has been deployed to N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, to restore order. Officials later said 3 days of clashes in the southeast have killed 98 people and injured scores more.
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2013 Jul 17
In Iraq a bombing at a stream in Wajihiya where youngsters had sought refuge from the summer heat killed 4 people. Attacks targeting diners in cafes in Mosul and Baghdad killed at least 6 people.
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2013 Jul 17
Gunmen assassinated Mohammed Darrar Jammo (44), a pro-government Syrian journalist, at his home in southern Lebanon, shooting him nearly 30 times in the latest sign of Syria's civil war spilling over into its smaller neighbor. On July 19 the Lebanese army said the killers had been detained and their weapons seized. On July 30 Lebanese news reported that Jammo's Lebanese wife, Siham Younes, and her brother and nephew were arrested after an investigation showed they were behind the killing.
Links: Syria, Lebanon, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
In northeastern Nigeria mobile phone services returned in Yobe state, ending two months of signal blackout after a state of emergency was declared in areas struck by Islamist insurgents.
Links: Nigeria, Telecom     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
A Romanian museum official said that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing 7 multi-million-dollar paintings from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Musum (Nov 16, 2012) contains paint, canvas and nails. Olga Dogaru has claimed to have burned the stolen paintings last February after police began searching the village of Caracliu, where she lived. On July 22 Olga Dogaru told a Bucharest court that she did not burn the paintings in her stove.
Links: Romania, Netherlands, Museum     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2013 Jul 17
In Russia senior central bank officials disclosed their personal wealth, many of them for the first time. First Deputy Chairman Sergei Shvetso declared ownership of six apartments in Mexico and a home in the United States, possibly leaving him open to criticism as President Vladimir Putin campaigns to curtail holdings of foreign assets.
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2013 Jul 17
The Turkish military said a Syrian Kurdish party with links to Kurdish militants in Turkey has seized control of a Syrian border town after days of clashes with Islamist fighters.
Links: Turkey, Syria, Kurds     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida confirmed that Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri, the group's No. 2 figure and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed in a US drone strike. He had twice before been reported dead but the terror group later denied those reports.
Links: Yemen, al-Qaida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
The Online user database of two big companies were reportedly hacked by political hacktivists working in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The private data of the users of TrueCaller and TangoMe were compromised which included private details of their social networks.
Links: USA, Syria, Internet     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Jul 17
The American Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accused Barclay’s, a British bank, of manipulating energy prices in California and other states and slapped the bank with a $453 million fine. Barclay’s said its trading was legitimate.
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2013 Jul 17
In Oakland, Ca., Alaysha Carradine (8) was killed at a sleepover as bullets sprayed through an apartment door. Authorities later named Darnell Williams (22) as the shooter. On September 21, 2016, Williams (25) was sentenced to death.
Links: Murder, SF Bay Area, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal quickly silenced their wedding bells.
Links: USA, Gays, Florida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
Florida health officials reported the first domestically-acquired infections in the United States of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean. More than 230 chikungunya cases have been reported in Americans this year, but all the others were travelers believed to have been infected elsewhere.
Links: USA, Microbiology, Florida     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
In Massachusetts police recovered 12 human bodies from a storage unit in Weymouth, about 13 miles (20 km) southeast of Boston, rented by former funeral home operator Joseph O'Donnell (55). A day earlier police found cremated remains in a storage unit rented by O'Donnell in Somerville, just north of Boston.
Links: USA, Massachusetts     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
In NYC Eric Garner (43) died of a heart attack as he struggled under an apparent police choke hold as officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. In Aug 1 a medical examiner ruled that Garner’s death was caused by the choke hold. On Dec 3 a grand jury cleared the police officer involved. US Attorney General Eric Holder said federal authorities would conduct a civil rights investigation. On July 13, 2015, Garner’s family reached a $5.9 million settlement with NYC.
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2014 Jul 17
Microsoft said it will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year, 14% of its total work force, in an effort to make the company more nimble.
Links: USA, Labor, Computer     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
Elaine Stritch (b.1925), actress and singer, died at her home in Birmingham, Mi. Her films included “A Farewell to Arms” (1957), “September” (1987), “Out to Sea” (1997) and “Small Time Crooks” (2000).
Links: USA, Filmstar, Theater, Michigan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
In Afghanistan four militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul International Airport. All 4 were killed by police special forces.
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2014 Jul 17
Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.
Links: Australia, Environment     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
In Brazil China's President Xi Jinpin pressed a charm offensive with Latin America, signing deals with Brazil, meeting regional leaders and proposing a $20 billion infrastructure fund that highlights Beijing's growing interests in the region.
Links: Brazil, China     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Jul 17
Airbus said that its orders and commitments for 496 aircraft at England’s Farnborough International Airshow. Boeing, meanwhile, secured business for 201 airplanes.
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2014 Jul 17
Cambodian police arrested two more opposition members of parliament on charges of leading an insurrection.
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2014 Jul 17
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police laid 31 charges against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy over some $200,000 of falsified expenses.
Links: Canada, Govm’t. Scandal     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said heavy rains and landslides over the past week have killed at least 45 people in southern China and left 21 others missing.
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2014 Jul 17
A European court ordered Russia to pay damages for putting defendants in metal cages in court, a practice it condemned as "degrading treatment." The enclosures have held opposition figures, Greenpeace activists and untold numbers of less-prominent suspects across the country.
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2014 Jul 17
French President Francois Hollande began a visit to Ivory Coast to boost economic ties with a nation emerging from a long conflict that divided it and set back production. Ivory Coast still hosts hundreds of French companies. His 3-day tour proceeded to Niger and Chad.
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2014 Jul 17
France's parliament adopted a law calling for more use of probation and other measures to reduce overcrowding in a creaking prison system.
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2014 Jul 17
Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan pumped an experimental 20,000 barrels of light crude from an oilfield recently seized from the federal authorities. It was the first time the Kurds pumped oil from Bai Hassan field -- 55 km (35 miles) northwest of Kirkuk. The field used to average 190,000 barrels per day.
Links: Iraq, Oil, Kurds     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
In Iraq a bomb attack ripped through a sprawling Baghdad market, killing 5 people. An 18-year-old Australian man was later identified as the suicide bomber. In Taji a suicide bomber rammed his car into a military checkpoint, killing 7 people. Militants attacked the Turkuman town of Amirli overnight, striking from three directions. 9 insurgents and one soldier were killed in the fighting.
Links: Australia, Iraq     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
Israeli tank fire killed three people in southern Gaza moments before a humanitarian truce began at 0700 GMT. The Israeli army said it had foiled a "major terror attack" by a group of 13 militants who managed to enter southern Israel by tunnel and were seen heading towards Sufa kibbutz near the fence. Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel just as a five-hour UN humanitarian cease-fire expired.
Links: UN, Israel, Palestine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Jul 17
Israel launched a ground operation late today aimed at destroying tunnels and halting rocket fire by the enclave's Hamas rulers.
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2014 Jul 17
Japan said it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.
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2014 Jul 17
Lebanon filed a complaint against Israel at the UN Security Council, saying it had violated its sovereignty by opening fire on its territory in retaliation for rocket attacks. The foreign ministry said Israel fired 102 shells at Lebanon between July 11 and 14.
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2014 Jul 17
In Libya several shells hit the terminal of the main airport in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias for control of the airport continued for a fifth day.
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2014 Jul 17
Libya’s navy said it has retrieved the bodies of three would-be migrants and rescued almost 100 others after their boat sank.
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2014 Jul 17
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 298 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Officials strongly suspected the Boeing 777 was downed by a missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. More than half of the dead passengers, 189 people, were Dutch. Twenty-nine were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian, 9 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino, one Canadian, one New Zealand and 4 as yet unidentified. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Joep Lange, pioneering AIDS researcher, was among those killed.
Links: Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Air Crash, Aviation, Major Event     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
In Myanmar more than 700 workers protested in front of the South Korean Embassy to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.
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2014 Jul 17
Pakistani police fought for more than 10 hours with militants they said were planning to attack the home of PM Nawaz Sharif. An intelligence officer and two militants were killed when the shootout erupted during an overnight operation in the eastern city of Lahore.
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2014 Jul 17
Polish rescue services said 7 people have been killed after falling into a septic tank where they were overcome by toxic gas in the western village of Karczowka.
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2014 Jul 17
Puerto Rican health officials declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year.
Links: Microbiology, Puerto Rico     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Jul 17
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin lamented the latest round of US sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.
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2014 Jul 17
In Somalia one person died and another was seriously wounded when an explosive device attached to their car was remotely detonated in Mogadishu.
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2014 Jul 17
In South Korea a firefighting helicopter crashed near an apartment complex and school in the southern city of Gwangju, killing five.
Links: South Korea, Air Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
Sri Lanka's government said Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended the terms of a commission investigating missing people and possible war crimes in the country's 26-year civil war, bringing in foreign experts for the first time to advise on the inquiry.
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2014 Jul 17
In central Syria Islamic militants killed as many as 270 Syrian troops, guards and workers as they captured the Shaar (Shaer) gas field in the desert region of Palmyra following daylong clashes. At least 40 militants were also reported killed. The fate of more than 200 people captured in the facility was unknown. Military helicopters dropped barrels packed with explosives on Morek. More than 20 bombs were dropped by aircraft and least 15 people, including 4 civilians, were killed in the fighting.
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