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2005 Aug 12
Peter Hommerson, a fugitive charged with killing a wealthy Illinois couple on Jan 23, 1996, was captured at a Mexican resort after tourists recognized him from a crime watch television program.
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2005 Aug 12
In Sri Lanka foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar (73), an ethnic Tamil, was shot in the head and heart after finishing a swim at his home. Tamil Tiger rebels denied involvement.
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2005 Aug 12
Suriname's Pres. Ronald Venetiaan (69) was inaugurated to a second term, calling for national unity following elections that weakened his government's hold on Parliament and swelled the ranks of a party led by a former dictator.
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2005 Aug 12
Venezuela’s Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said American citizens could be denied visas to visit Venezuela in response to a US decision to revoke the visas of three Venezuelan military officers.
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2005 Aug 12
Oil for September delivery closed at a record $66.86 per barrel.
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2005 Aug 12
An Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., lifted the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on a 72 million-mile mission to study Mars.
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2006 Aug 12
The Ugandan army killed Raska Lukwiya, the third in command of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army and war crimes fugitive, which could affect the stalled south Sudan-mediated peace talks.
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2006 Aug 12
Afghanistan's Health Ministry said the worsening security situation contributed to a fourfold rise in polio cases this year, almost entirely in the insurgency-wracked south. A highway police commander was killed by a blast on his way to work in eastern Lagman province.
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2006 Aug 12
Rashid Rauf and Tayib Rauf (22), brothers arrested in Pakistan and England, emerged as key figures in the suspected plot to destroy US-bound aircraft during flight. Prominent Muslims in Britain accused the government of encouraging extremism through its foreign policy.
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2006 Aug 12
The government said PM Nouri al-Maliki had banned the Kurdistan Workers Party, a rebel group fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey, from operating in Baghdad. Two people were killed in the southern city of Basra when a bomb exploded at a shop selling CDs featuring sermons and interviews of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Police found a dozen bodies trapped in a grate in the Tigris River, and a roadside bomb killed two US soldiers on a foot patrol south of Baghdad as nearly 50 violent deaths were reported across Iraq.
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2006 Aug 12
Israel staged wide-ranging airstrikes and sent commandos into the Hezbollah heartland as the UN raced to begin enforcing its new cease-fire blueprint and stop the heavy fighting still raging in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said the militant organization would abide by the UN cease-fire resolution but would keep fighting as long as Israeli troops remained in southern Lebanon. Israel lost 24 soldiers, including five on a helicopter shot out of the air by guerrillas.
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2006 Aug 12
In Indian Kashmir 7 people, including two civilians mistaken by the army for Islamic guerrillas, died as a strike paralyzed life in the region's main city.
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2006 Aug 12
Sri Lankan rebels attacked a key naval base as they mounted a fierce push to retake a northeastern peninsula considered the traditional home of the country's ethnic Tamils. Sri Lankan war planes bombed Tiger rebel positions as the fiercest fighting since a 2002 ceasefire left at least 127 people dead. A Sri Lanka government spokesman said the Tamil Tiger rebels offered to renew peace talks. Weeks of intense fighting brought Sri Lanka close to resuming its civil war. Ketheesh Loganathan, a Tamil senior peace official, was assassinated. He was deputy chief of the secretariat which coordinated the government's side of a Norway-brokered peace process.
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2006 Aug 12
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution seeking a "full cessation" of violence between Israel and Hezbollah, offering the region its best chance yet for peace after a month of fighting that has killed more than 800 people and inflamed Mideast tensions.
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2006 Aug 12
President Joseph Kabila's share of the vote in Congo's historic elections rose above 50% as 1 million more votes were counted and certified.
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2006 Aug 12
A passenger bus skidded off a highway in central Mexico and rolled down a 320-foot slope, killing 13 people and injuring a dozen others.
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2006 Aug 12
Nigeria pulled thousands of troops out of the Bakassi peninsula ahead of an August 12 UN deadline for a complete withdrawal, but many residents said they would resist a handover to Cameroon.
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2006 Aug 12
In Northern Ireland about 15,000 Protestants paraded through Londonderry, predominantly Roman Catholic city, following a night of Catholic rioting.
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2006 Aug 12
Hundreds of paratroopers joined the struggle to control scores of forest fires in northwestern Spain. A total of 24 people have been arrested since Aug. 1 on suspicion of deliberately starting many of the fires.
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2006 Aug 12
Thousands of people gathered across from the White House, even though President Bush was out of town, to condemn US and Israeli policies in the Middle East. In SF thousands of protesters decried US Mideast policy and Israel’s military actions in Lebanon and Palestine. A smaller group demonstrated on behalf of Israel.
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2006 Aug 12
Oil smuggling in Iraq was said to be worth $4 billion a year.
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2006 Aug 12
In northern Italy the stabbed body of Hina Saleem (21) was found in the garden of the family home at Sarezzo. She was killed by her father because she refused to conform to an Islamic lifestyle. News reports said the family had been insisting on an arranged marriage with a cousin in Pakistan. The father and three other men, including her uncle, were charged with premeditated murder and hiding the body.
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2007 Aug 12
Afghanistan and Pakistan pledged to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in their respective tribal regions and fight the opium trade financing Islamic militants. Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf told more than 600 Afghan and Pakistani tribal leaders that the two countries have been mired in the rise of militancy, extremism and radicalism while the rest of the world races forward with economic development. He spoke at the closing session of a four-day US-backed cross-border jirga, or tribal council, aimed at finding ways to stem Afghanistan's rising bloodshed. In southern Afghanistan police and army soldiers battled militants in Kandahar province's Shohrawak district. The joint Afghan forces thwarted a planned militant ambush at the district chief's compound, and the ensuing clash left nine militants dead. During a cleanup operation after the battle, a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in the same district, killing five officers and wounding two others.
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2007 Aug 12
In India suspected rebels killed four Hindi-speaking migrant workers before dawn and 3 more bodies were found from an earlier killing in the insurgency-wracked northeast, bringing the death toll from a week of violence to 30.
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2007 Aug 12
In Indonesia nearly 90,000 followers of Hizbut Tahrir, a hard-line Sunni organization with an estimated million members, packed a stadium in Jakarta, calling for the creation of an Islamic state.
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2007 Aug 12
In Somalia 2 suspects were arrested in the deaths of two prominent Somali journalists who were killed within hours of each other.
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2007 Aug 12
In Sri Lanka suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a powerful land mine against a military patrol in the Jaffna peninsula, killing a soldier and wounding at least 16 others. Another civilian was killed and four others were injured when the LTTE fired mortars at a northeastern village in Weli Oya.
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2007 Aug 12
In southeast Turkey 12 were injured, three of them seriously, when Kurdish guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb.
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2007 Aug 12
Merv Griffin (82), television talk show host and entrepreneur, died. He created the TV game show “Jeopardy” in 1964 and sold the rights for the show to Coca-Cola for $250 million in 1986.
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2007 Aug 12
In southwest Missouri a gunman opened fire at the First Congregational Church killing three people and wounded five. The local Micronesian congregation rented the church for its services and the gunman, also Micronesian, deliberately targeted elders of the congregation. Suspect Eiken Elam Saimon was charged with murder. On March 20, 2009, Saimon (54) pleaded guilty to 3 counts of murder.
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2007 Aug 12
A Hong Kong-based human rights group said a chemical plant leaked arsenic into a river in southern China that supplies water to at least 20,000 people. High levels of arsenic and other chemicals already have killed at least 10,000 fish in the Chongan, a 43-mile river in Guizhou province.
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2007 Aug 12
Up to five militants were killed and 13 others detained during a raid on Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City. The US military claimed those they rounded up in that raid were linked to Tehran’s elite Quds Force.
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2007 Aug 12
In southern Nigeria a foreigner taken hostage amid increased lawlessness died of an illness while being taken to a hospital.
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2007 Aug 12
In north-eastern Zimbabwe at least 9 people were killed and around 50 injured when a bus collided with a car.
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2007 Aug 12
Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin, said he was dropping out of the Republican presidential campaign following his 6th place finish in Iowa’s straw poll.
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2007 Aug 12
A woman (29) in Bali died from infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
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2007 Aug 12
A video was posted on Russian ultranationalist sites of the Internet showing the brutal execution of two men from Central Asia and the Caucasus. The man who posted the video turned himself on Aug 14 in Maikop, capital of the southern Russian republic of Adygei.
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2007 Aug 12
A Canadian woman (35) gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.
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2007 Aug 12
Ronald Bracewell (86), retired Stanford professor, died. He co-wrote the first text on radio astronomy and helped develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The Australian-born engineer also led the 1961 construction of the 32-dish radio telescope at Stanford and authored a book on 350 species of trees on the Stanford campus.
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2007 Aug 12
In England Gerry Tobin was shot in the back of the head as he rode home from an annual biker event, the Bulldog Bash, in Warwickshire. Police later arrested 3 men in connection with the shooting death of the Canadian Hells Angel biker on the M40 motorway.
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2007 Aug 12
In Mansoura, Egypt, Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel-Aziz (12) died days after he was arrested and allegedly tortured by police after he was detained on suspicion of having stolen four packs of tea.
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2007 Aug 12
Tiger Woods captured the PGA Championship to win at least one major for the third straight season and run his career total to 13.
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2008 Aug 12
Two-thirds of US corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.
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2008 Aug 12
Tesco, the biggest British retailer, announced plans to open wholesale grocery stores in India that will supply goods to hypermarkets owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Group.
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2008 Aug 12
Cambodia's genocide tribunal formally indicted Kaing Guek Eav (aka Duch), a former prison chief of the country's notorious Khmer Rouge, paving the way for a historic trial.
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2008 Aug 12
Knife-wielding assailants attacked a road checkpoint in China's troubled far west, killing three guards and raising the death toll to 31 from a surge in violence coinciding with the Beijing Olympics. A bus accident in western China killed 24 students and parents.
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2008 Aug 12
Georgia's Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili said his government will declare that its breakaway regions are occupied territories and will designate Russian peacekeepers as occupying forces. Russia ordered a halt to military action in Georgia, after five days of air and land attacks sent Georgia's army into headlong retreat and left towns and military bases destroyed. A Dutch television journalist was killed overnight when Russian warplanes bombed the central Georgian city of Gori. Russia later counted 133 civilian deaths in South Ossetia. Rights activists later said fewer than 100 civilians were killed in South Ossetia. The war cost some 850 lives and left over 35,000 displaced civilians, mot of the Georgian.
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2008 Aug 12
Indian security forces shot dead 15 Muslim demonstrators in Kashmir amid a wave of anger against New Delhi's control over the disputed region.
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2008 Aug 12
A male suicide bomber, dressed as a woman, struck an Iraqi army convoy carrying senior officials in Baqouba, killing at least two people. US soldiers over the last 24 hours captured nine suspected militants linked to what the military called an Iranian-backed group known as the Hezbollah Brigades in northern Baghdad.
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2008 Aug 12
The Lebanese parliament overwhelmingly approved the country's national unity Cabinet after a five-day debate on a controversial policy that upholds Hezbollah's right to keep its weapons.
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2008 Aug 12
Nigerian militants claimed they had destroyed a pipeline supplying gas to a key oil refinery in southern Rivers state.
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2008 Aug 12
A roadside bomb destroyed an air force truck on a bridge in Pakistan's volatile northwest and killed up to 14 people. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it "an open war" and retaliation for recent military operations in the region. A suspected American missile strike targeting an alleged militant gathering point killed at least nine people, including foreigners near Angore Adda in the South Waziristan. Two intelligence officials said between 22 and 25 people died, including Arabs, Turkmen and Pakistani militants.
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2008 Aug 12
Muslim guerrillas began withdrawing from several occupied southern Philippine villages following fierce fighting with government troops that has displaced nearly 160,000 civilians during harvest time.
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2008 Aug 12
Spanish officials said local police acting on a tip-off from US authorities have seized 1.4 tons of cocaine and arrested eight South American suspects, 6 from Colombia and 2 from Venezuela.
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2008 Aug 12
Security forces in Gambia arrested Rear Adm. Bubo Na Tchuto, the suspected leader of an alleged plot to topple the government in nearby Guinea-Bissau.
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2008 Aug 12
Sudan's army began a massive operation to wipe out rebel bases in Darfur's far north. The army attacked with more than 200 vehicles in Wadi Atron, near the Sudanese-Libyan border and took control of areas which had for years been under the control of rebels who want more autonomy for the region. North Darfur is part of Sudan's oil Block 12A operated by a consortium led by the Saudi Arabian company al-Qahtani. Chinese companies dominate Sudan's budding oil sector which produces more than 500,000 barrels per day of crude.
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2008 Aug 12
Venezuela raised the regulated prices of foods ranging from bread to beef by up to 50 percent and removed price controls from other goods in a bid to ease sporadic shortages in supermarkets.
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2008 Aug 12
In California state and federal officials celebrated the official transfer of 3,300 acres from the US Army to the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, which will oversee the redevelopment of the 28,000-acre base on Monterey Bay.
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2008 Aug 12
The US Navy agreed to restrict loud sonar blasts from anti-submarine vessels in large areas of the world’s oceans to protect whales and other vulnerable creatures.
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2008 Aug 12
Chicago’s archdiocese agreed to pay over $12.6 million to settle suits by 16 people who accused priests of sex abuse. This brought the total thus far $65 million for some 250 claims over the last 30 years.
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