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2011 Aug 12
A Chinese bullet train manufacturer recalled 54 trains in a new embarrassment for a problem-plagued prestige project following a July crash that killed 40 people.
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2011 Aug 12
In Egypt hundreds of protesters rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square, briefly scuffling with riot police and defying the military rulers who are eager to prevent any demonstrations in the iconic square since forcefully clearing a weekslong sit-in by youth activists last week.
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2011 Aug 12
The Italian government approved $65 billion in additional emergency austerity measures over the next two years in an effort to balance the budget by 2013. Tax hikes and cuts to local government were included.
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2011 Aug 12
Libya's news agency, JANA, reported that those carrying a satellite phone without a permit could be sentenced to death as punishment for treason.
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2011 Aug 12
Mexico’s official National Human Rights Commission complained that Mexican police and soldiers regularly burst into homes, plant evidence and take people's possessions. It said the violations have increased as the war against drug cartels has grown more intense.
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2011 Aug 12
A Dutch court sent two Somalis to jail for up to seven years for hijacking a South African yacht last year and seizing a South African couple who are still missing. Three others also were convicted of piracy. The five men were caught by the Dutch navy in the Gulf of Aden in November, heavily armed with machine guns and bazookas.
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2011 Aug 12
In Nigeria cleric Liman Bana (65) died after sustaining gunshot wounds while walking home from conducting prayers at the main mosque in Ngala, a border town with Chad. Police blamed the attack on the Boko Haram group.
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2011 Aug 12
In Pakistan Taliban militants ambushed a police van taking two of their comrades back to jail after a trip to the dentist, freeing the captives. Three police guards were killed in the incident in Peshawar.
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2011 Aug 12
In the southern Philippines two men were killed when a bomb they were allegedly carrying exploded prematurely along a highway.
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2011 Aug 12
Poland's PM Donald Tusk lambasted prosecutors for giving Belarusian police confidential financial information on Ales Belyatsky, a prominent human rights activist. The information contributed to his arrest and allowed Belarusian authorities to file criminal charges against him.
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2011 Aug 12
Stockholm Film Festival organizers say French actress Isabelle Huppert (53) will be honored with its 2011 lifetime achievement award for a career in movie and television spanning almost four decades.
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2011 Aug 12
Syrian activists said troops and tanks stormed the town of Khan Sheikhon in the northern province of Idlib amid heavy gunfire. Syrian soldiers opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters who flooded the streets shouting "We will not kneel!" Security forces killed at least 15 protesters. The US stepped up calls for a global trade embargo on oil and gas from Syria. Four people were killed in Aleppo as security forces attacked protesters.
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2011 Aug 12
A Tunisian court handed down prison terms for members and collaborators of the former first lady for trying to illegally flee with jewels and cash as the regime collapsed. But it dismissed charges against Ali Seriati, the once powerful head of presidential security.
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2011 Aug 12
In Yemen hundreds of thousands poured onto the streets of major cities and towns, demanding the country's embattled president step down. Thousands of Saleh loyalists gathered for prayers in a mosque near the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa.
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2011 Aug 12
Albrecht Muth called police saying he had discovered Viola Drath (91), his wife of 20 years, murdered at their Georgetown home. On Jan 16, 2014, Albrecht Muth (49) was convicted of her murder.
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2012 Aug 12
The US Navy USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with the Japanese-owned, Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
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2012 Aug 12
Ruggiero Ricci (b.1918), SF-born violin virtuoso, died at his home in Palm Springs.
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2012 Aug 12
In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed district government chief Faridullah Niazi and three of his bodyguards in Laghman province.
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2012 Aug 12
Bahrain sentenced a 19-year-old man two-years in jail for defaming one of the Prophet Muhammad's wives. The court heard how the unnamed man "posted filthy and depraved comments" on a website that slandered Muhammad's wife Aisha.
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2012 Aug 12
Marathon man Stephen Kiprotich delivered Uganda's second ever Olympics gold medal, celebrating victory in the shadow of Buckingham Palace as the curtain slowly dropped on the 2012 Games. Uganda’s last gold medal came 40 years ago when 400m hurdler John Akii-Bua struck gold at the Munich Games. The closing ceremony was billed as a diverse "Symphony of British Music."
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2012 Aug 12
Egypt's President Morsi announced a surprise decision to retire the defense minister and chief of staff and seize back the powers the military grabbed from his office. Security forces killed 6 suspected militants during raids on hideouts in two villages in northern Sinai. They seized landmines, an anti-aircraft missile, heavy machine-guns and grenades. Separately 3 policemen were killed and four others injured when their car turned over while chasing a group of criminals in central Sinai.
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2012 Aug 12
In Iraq twin bombings and a shooting in and around Baghdad killed five people, including three Iraqi policemen.
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2012 Aug 12
In Italy Hundreds of Wind Jet airline passengers became stranded due to the failure of Alitalia's deal to purchase the Sicily-based low-cost carrier.
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2012 Aug 12
In Kenya three Russian-made Mi-24 combat helicopters from Uganda went down in a remote mountainous region. One was found a day later, with all seven servicemen on board rescued. 3 soldiers were later confirmed dead in another crash. 8 surviving Ugandan servicemen were found on Aug 14. The helicopters were flying to Somalia to support African Union troops battling Shebab insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda.
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2012 Aug 12
In Mali up to 60,000 people gathered for a giant peace rally in Bamako. The country was split in two after Islamists wrested control of the vast desert north following a March coup in the capital Bamako.
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2012 Aug 12
In Mexico gunmen shot dead Matehuala, San Luis Potosi state, Mayor-elect Edgar Morales Perez and aide Francisco Hernandez Colunga as they returned from a birthday party.
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2012 Aug 12
In Nigeria a senior officer said troops killed 20 suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, an account quickly denied by the militant group. Military commander Victor Ebhaleme said one soldier had been killed and two others injured in the raid. Suspected Islamists attacked a military patrol in the northeastern city of Damaturu.
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2012 Aug 12
In South Africa violent clashes broke out at the mine run by Lonmin, the world's third largest platinum producer, in a battle for dominance between the leading National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the smaller Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). 8 people were killed in the clashes. The next day two police officers, responding to the clashes, were hacked to death. In 2015 South African prosecutors charged 17 miners with murder over the killing of 10 people during a violent wildcat strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine.
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2012 Aug 12
In South Africa Bulelani Mabhayi (39) was arrested after an elderly woman was founded hacked to death the night before in the Eastern Cape village of Tholeni. He was being charged with a string of unresolved rapes and murders in the village where 19 women have been slain since 2009.
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2012 Aug 12
Spain’s regional governments reported 10 wildfires raging across the country, including fires on the Canary islands of La Gomera and Tenerife.
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2012 Aug 12
The Syrian army pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo, while both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed a planned meeting on the 17-month conflict.
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2012 Aug 12
UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced an initiative to protect oceans from pollution and over-fishing and to combat rising sea levels which threaten hundreds of millions of the world's people, marking the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
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2012 Aug 12
Joe Kubert, American comic artist and teacher, died in New Jersey. He drew figures in “Sgt. Rock,” “The Haunted Tank” and Enemy Ace.” In 1976 Kubert and his wife founded the Kubert School, the nation’s only trade school for comic book artists.
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2012 Aug 12
In Louisiana the Bayou Corne sinkhole opened up. It stretched 325 feet across, guzzled water from adjacent swamps and belched methane from beneath the surface. By late 2013 it had expanded to 25 acres and continued to grow. The Napoleonville salt dome, 700 feet below Bayou Corne, had been used to store propane, butane and natural gas and to make salt water for chemical factories in the area. The collapse of a cavern wall was believed to cause the formation of Bayou Corne.
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2012 Aug 12
In Syria Austin Tyce, an American journalist, disappeared while covering the country’s civil war.
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2013 Aug 12
A federal jury in Boston found James "Whitey" Bulger guilty of conspiracy and racketeering charges that will likely put him behind bars for the rest of his life.
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2013 Aug 12
A US federal judge said the NYC Police Dept. deliberately violated the civil rights of twns of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy, and an independent monitor is needed to oversee major changes.
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2013 Aug 12
Algeria's chief prosecutor said an international arrest warrant has been issued for former OPEC president Chakib Khelil for his alleged role in a bribery scandal involving Algeria's state oil company, Sonatrach. It was issued two weeks ago but only announced today. The warrant also named eight other people, including Khelil's wife, their two children, and a nephew of a former Algerian foreign minister.
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2013 Aug 12
The City of London Corporation said it has demanded that ad-firm Renew pull the plug on a network of high-tech trash cans, which measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones to follow commuters as they pass by.
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2013 Aug 12
In Cambodia final but unratified election results were released reaffirming the victory by the ruling Cambodian People's Party. The angered opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said they should have been delayed until there was an impartial probe of alleged electoral irregularities. Provisional results said the CPP won 68 seats while the CNRP gained 55.
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2013 Aug 12
In China the Xinjiang government said a court has sentenced two people to death and another to life imprisonment over deadly violence last April. Two defendants were given 9-year jail sentences.
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2013 Aug 12
Egyptian authorities postponed a move to disperse two Cairo sit-ins by supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi to "avoid bloodshed." Islamist supporters stepped up rallies to demand his return to power.
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2013 Aug 12
India launced its first home-built aircraft carrier, the Vikrant. It was expected to enter service in 2018.

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2013 Aug 12
In Iraq at least 16 people were killed and 41 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a crowded cafe in Balad. Hours later 6 people were killed and 17 others wounded in a bomb explosion near a restaurant in Baqouba. Gunmen near Mosul intercepted a car carrying 3 soldiers and shot them dead. A suicide car bomber drove his vehicle into an army checkpoint near Fallujah, killing 5 soldiers.
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2013 Aug 12
Israel named 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed this week under a deal enabling US-backed peace talks to resume. Palestinians said these have been undermined by newly announced plans to expand Israeli settlements.
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2013 Aug 12
In Mali Soumalia Cisse, the opponent of former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, conceded defeat in an election aimed at restoring stability to a country wracked by a rebellion, a coup and an Islamic insurgency.
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2013 Aug 12
Nigeria became the first African country to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty marking "resolute and unyielding" efforts to deny arms to terrorists, pirates and bandits.
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2013 Aug 12
Typhoon Utor battered the northern Philippines, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rain across cities and food-growing plains. The storm left at least two people dead and 44 missing.
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2013 Aug 12
Tunisia carried out air strikes on Islamist militants holed up in the Mount Chaambi area near the Algerian border.
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2013 Aug 12
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1266, allowing transgender youth to sue school facilities and join groups with their gender identity.
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2013 Aug 12
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed to revive the old science-fiction vac-train concept to carry passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles at over 1,200kph.
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2014 Aug 12
Another 130 US troops arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.
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2014 Aug 12
A US federal judge upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds.
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2014 Aug 12
The New-York based Human Rights Watch called for an international commission of inquiry into mass killings by Egyptian security forces last summer, saying they likely amount to crimes against humanity.
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2014 Aug 12
Lauren Bacall (b.1924), American film and theater actress, died. She had starred in over 40 films including “To Have and Have Not” (1940), “The Big Sleep” (1946) and “Key Largo” (1948) with Humphrey Bogart, whom she married in 1945.
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2014 Aug 12
Argentina halted a brief pilot strike that stranded thousands of passengers in Buenos Aires as the Labor Ministry ordered the two sides to accept mediation.
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2014 Aug 12
Britain said it will send Chinook helicopters to help refugees trapped in northern Iraq, particularly on Mount Sinjar.
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2014 Aug 12
Canada said it will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa.
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2014 Aug 12
In China actor Gao Hu (40), who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou's 2011 movie "The Flowers of War," was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine, part of a wave of detentions in China's sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades.
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2014 Aug 12
In Ecuador a 5.1 magnitude earthquake left at least 4 people dead in the Quito region.
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