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2014 Aug 12
Danish officials said a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated sausages may have killed 10 people during the past few months. A small meat producer in Copenhagen was closed down Aug 11.
Links: Microbiology, Denmark     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Aug 12
Egypt's top religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, describing it as a corrupt, extremist organization that is damaging Islam.
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2014 Aug 12
India’s PM Narendra Modi ahead of a visit to Kargil, Kashmir, said Pakistan was waging a "proxy war" in the disputed region.
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2014 Aug 12
Iraq's incumbent PM Haider al-Abadi ordered the security forces not intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister, amid fears that he might go to any lengths to stay in power.
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2014 Aug 12
Kenya Wildlife Direct chief executive Paula Kahumbu delivered a petition on this World Elephant Day calling for the arrest of Feizal Ali Mohamed, whom Wildlife Direct alleges is a Mombasa-based businessman evading an arrest warrant in relation to a massive ivory seizure in June.
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2014 Aug 12
In Liberia Fatu Sherrif (12) died overnight of Ebola in the village of Ballajah. She had been shunned and locked away with her mother's body for a week after most residents fled to the forest to escape an outbreak of the virus. In Liberia alone, some 599 cases have been diagnosed with 323 deaths.
Links: Liberia, Microbiology, Tragedy, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Aug 12
Libya’s new parliament agreed that the next president would be elected by a popular vote as lawmakers sought to overcome a confrontation between two armed factions. Tripoli police chief Col. Mohammed Sweissi, who supported the battle against Islamist militias, was killed after he came under attack by masked gunmen after leaving a meeting in the Tajoura neighborhood. Two associates were abducted.
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2014 Aug 12
Mexico’s Buen Tono newspaper reported that Octavio Rojas, a police beat reporter, was shot and killed in Cosolapa, Oaxaca state.
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2014 Aug 12
Philippine security forces captured Jovito Palparan (63), a fugitive former army general. He had been on the run since December 2011 after a court issued a warrant for his arrest in the kidnapping and disappearance of left-wing student activists Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in Bulacan province north of Manila in 2006.
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2014 Aug 12
Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.
Links: Russia, Egypt     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Aug 12
Russia said it has begun military exercises in the Kurile Islands in the Pacific Ocean, a move likely to anger Japan, which also lays claim to them.
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2014 Aug 12
A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid traveled some 500 km (300 miles) to the southwestern Russian town of Voronezh as it headed for eastern Ukraine, but Kiev said it would only allow the goods through under the close supervision of the international Red Cross.
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2014 Aug 12
South Africa said around 250,000 Zimbabweans living in the country on temporary visas due to expire this year can get three-year extensions, delaying a possible mass expulsion of workers.
Links: South Africa, Zimbabwe     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Aug 12
The Spanish sea rescue service said it has picked up more than 900 migrants trying to enter Spain clandestinely by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in boats from north Africa over the past two days. Some 700 migrants stormed border fences to try to enter Spain's northwest African enclave city of Melilla from Morocco. Some 30 migrants managed to enter the city.
Links: Spain, Morocco, Migrant     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Aug 12
A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments. Miguel Parajes (75) had worked for the San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic aid group, and had been helping to treat people with Ebola in Liberia when he became ill and was evacuated.
Links: Spain, Microbiology     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2014 Aug 12
Sudanese security agents arrested Mariam al-Mahdi, deputy leader of the opposition Umma Party led by her father Sadiq al-Mahdi, after it reached a deal in Paris to cooperate with rebels.
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2014 Aug 12
In northern Turkey a coal mine collapse trapped up to nine people inside.
Links: Turkey, Labor     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Aug 12
UN rights monitors called for the global community to take urgent action to avoid a potential genocide against the Yazidi community in Iraq. 20,000-30,000 Yazidi people were reported trapped on Mount Sinjar. An Iraqi helicopter crashed while delivering aid to the displaced Yazidis.
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2014 Aug 12
UN Security Council envoys warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.
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2014 Aug 12
The Vatican called on Muslim religious leaders to condemn "unspeakable criminal acts" by Islamic State militants who have taken a series of cities in northern Iraq.
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2014 Aug 12
In Indonesia the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack (62), a Chicago-based woman, was found in a bloodied suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Her daughter, Heather Mack (19) and boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer (21) were arrested on Aug 13 and detained as suspects. Schaeffer later confessed to the murder and Heather Mack acknowledged helping him stuff the body into the suitcase.
Links: USA, Indonesia, Murder     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Aug 12
Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed Tibetan protesters, wounding at least 10 people, before they detained the protesters and rounded up more male villagers in the southwestern province of Sichuan. One protester identified as Lo Palsang committed suicide while in custody while another unnamed person died from untreated wounds. 3 more protesters died later in jail after being denied medical treatment.
Links: China, Tibet, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Aug 12
In Waldo, Florida, Police Chief Mike Szabo was suspended, apparently in response to an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into suspected improprieties in the way officers write tickets. On Aug 26 at a Waldo City Council meeting, a group of police officers said they had been ordered by Szabo to write at least 12 tickets per 12-hour shift or face repercussions. Ticket quotas are illegal under Florida law.
Links: USA, Florida, Mad Police     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Aug 12
In northern California the Jerusalem Fire running rampant through drought-parched vegetation grew by several thousand acres overnight, as firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading.
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2015 Aug 12
Texas executed Daniel Lee Lopez (27) for fatally striking a police lieutenant with an SUV during a chase in 2009.
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2015 Aug 12
Kraft Heinz said it is cutting 2,500 jobs in the US and Canada, including about 700 in Northfield, Ill., where the company is headquartered.
Links: Canada, USA, Labor, Food     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Aug 12
In Afghanistan Taliban fighters disguised in police uniforms infiltrated a security forces compound in Helmand province and killed 14 security personnel. The Taliban used US-built Humvees with mounted machine guns.
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2015 Aug 12
British publishing company Pearson said it has agreed to sell its 50-percent stake in The Economist Group, owner of prestigious magazine The Economist, for $730 million (663 million euros), split between The Economist Group itself and Italian investment firm Exor, which is controlled by the Agnelli family.
Links: Italy, Britain, M&A, Magazine     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Aug 12
Chad’s Pres. Idriss Deby said Boko Haram has a new commander named Mahamat Daoud, said to have replaced Abubakar Shekau, and that Daoud is willing to negotiate with Nigeria’s new government.
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2015 Aug 12
China cut the yuan's value against the dollar for the second consecutive day. The yuan hit a four-year low falling for a second day.
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2015 Aug 12
In China two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeastern port city of Tianjin. Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics was identified as the owner of the site. On Aug 15 police confirmed for the first time the presence of deadly sodium cyanide at the site of the blast as a series of new explosions were heard and small fires broke out. In September the final death toll was set at 173 with no hope of finding 8 missing. Residents whose homes were destroyed were offered 2,000 yuan ($312) for three months.
Links: China, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Aug 12
In northern China more than 60 people were missing after a landslide buried the living quarters of a mining company under one million cubic meters of earth in Shanyang county, Shaanxi province.
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2015 Aug 12
Islamic State sympathizers circulated an image that appears to show the grisly aftermath of the beheading of Tomislav Salopek, a Croatian hostage abducted in Egypt.
Links: Egypt, Croatia, Mayhem     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2015 Aug 12
Estonia’s Agriculture ministry spokeswoman Karin Volmer said a total of 15,700 pigs have been killed to prevent the spread of African swine fever since the first case was reported there on July 21.
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2015 Aug 12
Guinea Bissau's Pres. Jose Mario Vaz dismissed the government late today because of a deepening power struggle with PM Domingos Simoes Pereira.
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2015 Aug 12
Indonesia’s Pres. Joko Widodo fired four Cabinet ministers in a much anticipated reshuffle as the government struggles to improve the economy.
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2015 Aug 12
Indonesian authorities seized the Thai-owned Silver Sea 2, a massive refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish. It was escorted about 80 miles (130 km) to a naval base in Sabang.
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2015 Aug 12
Libya’s rival factions met for a second day of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva. The warring factions ended two days with a pledge to end the political crisis and military conflict in the country within weeks.
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2015 Aug 12
A Malaysian opposition party filed a civil lawsuit against PM Najib Razak for alleged election offenses involving $700 million in his bank accounts.
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2015 Aug 12
Myanmar's health minister scrapped plans to fill more of the 300 vacancies at his ministry with military personnel, after thousands of people joined a rare online protest against eight initial appointments. The Black Ribbon Movement, launched this week by medical workers and doctors following the appointments, called on the government to end the "militarization" of the ministry.
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2015 Aug 12
In Nigeria a helicopter, owned by Bristow Group of Houston, Texas, crashed as it traveled from an oil rig into a lagoon in Lagos, killing 6 people.
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2015 Aug 12
In southern Pakistan gunmen killed 4 policemen in Karachi. The military said it has captured militants involved in a plot to attack Independence Day celebrations on August 14. including Bakhat Zaman, the deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban.
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2015 Aug 12
In South Korea Choi Hyun-yeol (80) set himself on fire during a protest calling for Japan to apologize for forcing Korean girls and women to work in military brothels during World War II. He was in critical condition with burns to his neck, face, and upper torso.
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2015 Aug 12
A South Korean media report said Choe Yong Gon (63), North Korea's vice premier, was executed by firing squad this year after showing discontent with the policies of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
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2015 Aug 12
In Syria heavy rebel shelling and government airstrikes around Damascus killed at least 36 people and wounded scores more in a surge in violence just hours before the arrival of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
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2015 Aug 12
Syria's warring parties declared a 48-hour ceasefire in two frontline areas after unprecedented mediation from Turkey and Iran. The ceasefire halted fighting in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and in a pair of Shi'ite Muslim villages in Idlib province.
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2015 Aug 12
A Turkish soldier and two fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed when militants attacked a military outpost in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
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2015 Aug 12
A UN report said a measles outbreak in the copper-mining Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 315 people and infected at least 20,000.
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2015 Aug 12
In Venezuela Daniel Ceballos, the former mayor of the restive western city of San Cristobal, was granted house arrest on medical grounds while awaiting trial for his alleged role in inciting violence during last year's anti-government protests.
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2015 Aug 12
In eastern Yemen a suspected US drone strike killed 5 al Qaeda men in their car while they were traveling on a coast road east of the port of Mukalla.
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2015 Aug 12
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon said that he has fired Senegalese Gen. Babacar Gaye, head of the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, over the force’s handling of sexual and other misconduct allegations.
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2015 Aug 12
In Iraq’s Kurdish region Farhad Jaafar Mahmood and wives Khuncha Hassan Ismaeil and Berivan Haider Karim were hanged following convictions in April last year over the kidnapping and murder of two girls.
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2015 Aug 12
Redel Kentel Jones (30), a black woman, was killed by police in the 4100 block of Marlton Avenue in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles following an $80 robbery at a pharmacy. Courtyana Franklin, a woman who said she witnessed the shooting, said she watched the events unfold from the side view mirror of her car, and in her version, Jones was running from officers when she was shot. On July 12, 2016, a police commission announced that the shooting was justified.
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2016 Aug 12
Fiji's men's sevens rugby team won the country’s first ever Olympic medal with a 43-7 victory over Great Britain.
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2016 Aug 12
Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax return and criticized her Republican rival Donald Trump for bucking a long-standing tradition by failing to do the same.
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2016 Aug 12
Torrential downpours in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi caused flooding that killed at least two men, left two people injured and forced residents to evacuate homes throughout the region.
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2016 Aug 12
Lebron James signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers giving the NBA superstar $31 million next season.
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2016 Aug 12
In Virginia Lisa Borinstein (52) of Indiana, two of her four children and a foreign exchange student, were among six people killed in a small plane crash after an aborted landing at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg.
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2016 Aug 12
Staff on the Eurostar rail service between Britain and mainland Europe started four days of strike action although the company insisted there would be minimal disruption to services.
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2016 Aug 12
The Chinese Swimming Association said Chen Xinyi tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after she finished fourth in the women's 100-meter butterfly in the Rio Olympics on August 7, missing a bronze medal by nine-hundredths of a second.
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