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2014 Jul 17
In northern Syria Jihadists in Tabaqa, Raqa province, accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death.
Links: Syria, Sex, Islam     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
A Swaziland lawyer said two government critics have been found guilty of contempt of court after publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to judicial independence.
Links: Swaziland, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
Syrian government forces pounded the central town of Morek in an attempt to wrest it from rebels.
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2014 Jul 17
In eastern Ukraine separatists carried out 27 attacks on army checkpoints and positions of government forces over the last 24 hours leaving 5 Ukrainian servicemen killed.
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2014 Jul 17
Ukraine's SBU security agency released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit a passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.
Links: Ukraine, Malaysia, Air Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Jul 17
In Wyoming, Michigan, the body of Brooke Slocum (18) was found in the trunk of Brady Oestrike (31). Her boyfriend Charles Oppenheimer (25) was found decapitated a day earlier. The couple had connected with Oestrike on Craigslist and arranged a sexual encounter. Oestrike fled a police chase and fatally shot himself after crashing his car.
Links: USA, Mayhem, Sex, Murder, Michigan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Jul 17
In the Philippines three aid workers were abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province. All three were freed after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the rebels to release the captives.
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2015 Jul 17
A fast-moving wildfire swept across a freeway in a Southern California mountain pass. Some 30 vehicles were destroyed or damaged and the main freeway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas was forced to close, though two southbound lanes were later reopened. There were no reports of serious injuries.
Links: USA, California, Fire     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Jul 17
In Maine Anthony Lord (35), a registered US sex offender, was arrested on suspicion of killing two men, shooting three people and kidnapping a woman in an overnight crime spree.
Links: USA, Murder, Maine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Jul 17
In Michigan Michelle Blair (36) of Detroit was sentenced to life in prison. In June she had pleaded guilty to killing two of her four children and storing their bodies in a home freezer.
Links: USA, Murder, Michigan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2015 Jul 17
In New York former US Rep. Michael Grimm (45) was sentenced to eight months in jail for tax evasion.
Links: USA, New York, Taxes     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Jul 17
In Algeria 9 soldiers were killed in a militant ambush in the rugged Ain Defla province. Al-Qaida's North Africa branch claimed responsibility for the attack, putting the toll at 14.
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2015 Jul 17
In England an explosion ripped through the mill in the village of Bosley, in Cheshire. Three men and a woman, believed to be at the site, were missing.
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2015 Jul 17
Chadian troops killed 19 insurgents after Boko Haram attacked an army post on the fringes of Lake Chad.
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2015 Jul 17
Chinese state media said police have detained Wang Lin, a well-connected self-proclaimed master of the spiritual martial art of Qigong, on suspicion of the murder of a disciple. The case has gripped China with lurid tales of wealth and magic. Wang was detained in Jiangxi province over the alleged kidnapping and death of a businessman, provincial legislator and disciple called Zou Yong earlier this month.
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2015 Jul 17
Cyprus' largest bank said it has sold off more than three quarters of its Russian operations to limit its exposure to risk and to concentrate on its core, domestic business.
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2015 Jul 17
Egyptian security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters traded gunfire that killed at least 6 people after clashes erupted during a demonstration in Cairo.
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2015 Jul 17
The EU approved a short-term loan of 7.16 billion euros ($7.8 billion) to Greece allowing it to meet a huge payment to the ECB and repay the IMF while a new bailout is still being ratified.
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2015 Jul 17
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh warned that death row inmates should expect to have their sentences implemented, apparently signalling an end to a three-year unofficial moratorium on executions.
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2015 Jul 17
German lawmakers voted in favor of Berlin starting negotiations on a third bailout program for Greece, but a sizeable minority opposed the talks, in a setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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2015 Jul 17
In Iraq a powerful blast killed at least 115 people in an attack on a crowded marketplace in the town of Khan Beni Saad, Diyala province. At least 170 people were wounded. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
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2015 Jul 17
Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of soaring costs and said it will reopen bidding for a new plan, in a stunning reversal that leaves the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main venue. The $13.6 billion design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was likened to a giant turtle.
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2015 Jul 17
Powerful Typhoon Nangka lashed Japan, killing at least 2 people and triggering floods.
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2015 Jul 17
The Mexican Attorney General's office said it had arrested seven officials over suspected involvement in the jail break of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
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2015 Jul 17
In northeastern Nigeria 3 young female suicide bombers killed at least 13 people in Damaturu as worshippers gathered to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday. Army spokesman Sani Usman gave a toll of 9 dead and 18 wounded.
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2015 Jul 17
Norway’s Univ. of Oslo said convicted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (36) has been admitted to the University’s political science program, although he will stay in his cell to study.
Links: Norway, Education     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Jul 17
Portugal's government said it has approved new procedures it hopes will remove legal obstacles that have halted granting residence permits to wealthy investors from outside the European Union. A new law covering the program came into force July 1. But the government failed to set required administrative procedures, leaving the Foreigners' Service unable to issue permits.
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2015 Jul 17
In the central Philippines a wall in a vast coal pit collapsed, killing 5 workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago at the open Panian pit on Semirara Island.
Links: Philippines, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Jul 17
Romania's President Klaus Iohannis refused to pass into law a series of tax cuts backed by the center-left governing coalition saying they could lead to "domestic and external risks," including unsustainable economic growth. Iohannis said Romania needed higher revenues in order to hike spending in defense to 2 percent in 2017 in line with NATO demands.
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2015 Jul 17
In southern Somalia African Union troops launched Operation Jubba Corridor, a new offensive against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, vowing to flush the insurgents out of rural areas.
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2015 Jul 17
In South Africa 239 commuters were injured in a rush hour train collision when a moving train crashed into the back of a stationary train traveling from the Johannesburg city center to the township of Soweto.
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2015 Jul 17
Syrian authorities released more than 240 prisoners, many of whom were detained under "anti-terror" laws, to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.
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2015 Jul 17
The Ukrainian parliament voted to call local elections across the country in October, but not in the rebel-occupied east.
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2015 Jul 17
In Ukraine Maria Gaidar was appointed as deputy governor of Odessa, now led by former Georgian Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili. Gaidar (32), the only daughter of Russia’s 1992 reformist prime minister Yegor Gaidar, served as deputy governor in Russia's Kirov region in 2009-2011 and advised Moscow's deputy mayor in 2012-2013.
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2015 Jul 17
A Yemeni government spokesman said that government troops are consolidating control of the southern port city of Aden, with only a few "terrorist pockets" of Shiite rebels remaining to be cleared out.
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2016 Jul 17
US Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a series of agreements between the US and Australia to create an "unprecedented" international research database of cancer patients as he kicked off a three-day visit in Melbourne.
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2016 Jul 17
The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group resumed air strikes from a Turkish air base that were suspended after a failed military coup d'etat.
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2016 Jul 17
In Florida David Owens (29) entered the Parrish Medical Center and fatally shot patient Cynthia Zingsheim (88) and employee Carrie Rouzer (36) in an apparent random shooting. Owens was tackled by security guards as he left.
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2016 Jul 17
In Louisiana ex-US Marine and Iraq war veteran Gavin Long (29) shot and killed Baton Rouge police officers Matthew Gerald, Montrell Jackson (32) and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola. Three other officers were wounded and Long was killed in a gunfight. Long had searched online for the officers involved in the July 5 shooting that killed Alton Sterling.
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2016 Jul 17
In Wisconsin a domestic violence suspect opened fire on a Milwaukee police officer who was sitting in his squad car early today, seriously wounding him before fleeing and apparently killing himself shortly afterward. The suspect, a 20-year-old man from the suburb of West Allis, had two felonies on his arrest record.
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2016 Jul 17
In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked security outposts on the Sangin district center, Helmand province, but faced fierce resistance from Afghan forces and were pushed back as US warplanes conducted at least two air strikes over the next 48 hours. Dozens of militants were reported killed in the fighting.
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2016 Jul 17
The African Union opened a summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali. The renewed fighting in South Sudan dominated discussions.
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2016 Jul 17
In Armenia 31 armed supporters of a jailed opposition leader attacked a police station in Yerevan, killing one officer, wounding three and taking several others hostage. They demanded the release of Jirair Sefilian, who was arrested last month. The opposition group repeated its call for the government to resign.
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2016 Jul 17
A court in Bahrain ordered al-Wefaq, the country's main Shiite opposition group, to be dissolved deepening a crackdown on dissent.
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2016 Jul 17
Cameroon said 11 hostages were freed following 16 months of captivity, after having been abducted by a militia group from the Central African Republic. Two hostages died while in captivity.
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2016 Jul 17
In Egypt a Muslim mob attacked the families of two Coptic priests with knives and batons in the village of Tahna al-Gabal late today. Family member Fam Khalaf (27) was killed and the father of one of the priests was wounded.
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2016 Jul 17
Police in India said at least 19 people died and six others were blinded after drinking toxic bootleg liquor. Another 50 people fell ill after consuming the home-brewed liquor on July 15 and were being treated in hospitals in Etah district in Uttar Pradesh state.
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2016 Jul 17
Authorities in India's portion of Kashmir shut down printing presses and temporarily banned newspapers from publishing in a sweeping information blackout after days of anti-India protests left dozens of people dead in the volatile region. A strict curfew continued for the ninth straight day.
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2016 Jul 17
Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man (20) carrying pipe bombs and knives in his bag at a light railway station in Jerusalem during the morning rush hour.
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2016 Jul 17
Two Israeli soldiers were killed and three injured after a grenade one of the troops was holding exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
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2016 Jul 17
In Libya 3 French special forces soldiers were killed. Officials in Libya later said the Islamist militia shot down a helicopter near Benghazi. The deaths provided the first confirmation that France has troops in the country where the Islamic State group has several bases.
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2016 Jul 17
Malaysia Airlines struck a deal to settle damages claims for most victims of its MH17 flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine two years ago.
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2016 Jul 17
Morocco asked the African Union (AU) to readmit it to an organisation it left in 1984, as it steps up efforts to win support from member states for a plan offering conditional autonomy to the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
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2016 Jul 17
In South Africa philanthropist Bill Gates delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture ahead of Mandela Day and said that his foundation will invest another $5 billion in Africa over the next five years.
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2016 Jul 17
South Korean authorities arrested senior prosecutor Jin Kyung-joo for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars following shady stock transaction deals with a leading online game maker.
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2016 Jul 17
Pro-Syrian government forces reached the only main road into the rebel-held part of Aleppo, further tightening their control around opposition areas of the main northern city.
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2016 Jul 17
The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister saying that 6,000 people had been detained in the investigation, including three of the country's top generals and hundreds of soldiers.
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2016 Jul 17
Caravans of Venezuelan families drove for hours on bandit-plagued highways to a checkpoint on the Colombian border where they'll be able to cross and hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. This was the second weekend in a row that the socialist government has opened the long-closed border connecting Venezuela to Colombia.
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2016 Jul 17
Dozens of Vietnamese who gathered for an anti-China protest in central Hanoi were taken away by authorities as they tried to rally support for an international tribunal's ruling rejecting Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.
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2017 Jul 17
A US Republican drive in the Senate to come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act fell apart when two more Republican senators came out against their party's legislation.
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