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2003 Aug 13
Chinese researchers reported that they had created hybrid embryos of human and rabbit DNA as a source for stem cells.
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2003 Aug 13
Arnold Schwarzenegger, candidate for governor of California, named Warren Buffett as his economic adviser. 135 candidates were certified.
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2003 Aug 13
Florida's legislature approved a bill that capped most medical malpractice damage awards at $500,000.
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2003 Aug 13
Iraq began pumping crude oil from its northern oil fields for the first time since the start of the war.
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2003 Aug 13
Libya agreed to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
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2003 Aug 13
Scientists are blaming global warming for falling fish harvests in Africa's Lake Tanganyika, threatening the diets of several poor nations.
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2003 Aug 13
In Iraq British Private Jason Smith (32) died of heat stroke as the local temperature passed the limits of available thermometers. An inquest in 2007 ruled that troops were not adequately advised on how to cope with high temperatures. In 2009 the British Ministry of Defense upheld an earlier judgment that the military had breached Smith’s right to life.
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2004 Aug 13
The FNL, a Burundian Hutu rebel faction, raided Gatumba camp, a UN refugee camp in western Burundi, shooting and hacking to death 160 people. The camp sheltered Congolese ethnic Tutsi refugees, known as the Banyamulenge.
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2004 Aug 13
Typhoon Rananim weakened to a tropical storm. The death toll from Rananim rose to 115, after it slammed into the China's southeastern coast.
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2004 Aug 13
In Colombia 3 outlawed paramilitary factions agreed to disarm immediately.
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2004 Aug 13
Hurricane Charley roared across Cuba, ripping apart roofs, downing power lines and yanking up huge palm trees on its way to Florida. Charley hit Florida with winds at 145mph. It flattened oceanfront homes, killed 23 people and left thousands more homeless.
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2004 Aug 13
Julia Child (91), the grande dame of US television cooking shows and books, died in Santa Barbara, Ca. During WWII she spent 3 years working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In 2006 Her memoir “My Life in France,” co-written with Alex Prud’homme, was published. In 1997 Noel Riley Fitch authored ”Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child.” In 2012 Bob Spitz authored “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.”
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2004 Aug 13
Australia's parliament approved a free trade pact with the United States.
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2004 Aug 13
The Olympics opened In Athens. A sea of athletes under 202 flags parted to let a Greek windsurfing champion jog across the stadium and climb to the Olympic cauldron, which dipped on its slender 102-foot arm to receive the spark from his torch. Women’s wrestling debuted as an Olympic sport.
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2004 Aug 13
In Calcutta a man convicted of raping and killing a schoolgirl was executed, becoming the first person hanged for their crimes in India in nearly a decade. Apartment guard Dhananjoy Chatterjee (42) was executed for the 1990 rape and murder of a teenage schoolgirl.
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2004 Aug 13
Iraqi officials and aides to a radical Shiite cleric negotiated to end fighting that has raged in the holy city of Najaf for 9 days, after American forces suspended an offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr's militia.
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2004 Aug 13
An Islamic Web site posted still pictures that purportedly show Iraqi militants beheading an Egyptian man they claim was spying for the U.S. military.
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2004 Aug 13
Lebanon criticized French efforts to ban the militant group Hezbollah's television station, saying the channel may be anti-Israeli but it is not anti-Semitic.
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2004 Aug 13
In the Maldives 3,000 people gathered outside the police headquarters demanding the release of prisoners. The government arrested 185 people, including a former minister and a one-time attorney general.
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2004 Aug 13
A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli security guard near a Jewish West Bank settlement before being slain himself.
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2004 Aug 13
A southern Philippines court sentenced 17 members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group to death for kidnapping nurses from a hospital there three years ago.
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2004 Aug 13
The first elements of a 300-strong African Union protection force left Kigali, Rwanda, for Sudan's troubled region of Darfur, Sudan.
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2005 Aug 13
Fires at a rate of 400 per day began breaking out in Portugal.
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2005 Aug 13
Khosraw Basheri (23) claimed a historic title of Mr. Afghanistan in the country’s first-ever national competition to select a top bodybuilder.
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2005 Aug 13
US Marines and Afghan troops launched an offensive to take a remote mountain valley from insurgents tied to the deadliest blow on American forces since the Taliban regime was ousted nearly four years ago.
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2005 Aug 13
In Iran at least 17 people were reported killed over the last 3 weeks and many more wounded during anti-government protests in the western province of Kurdistan.


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2005 Aug 13
In Iraq 3 soldiers were killed and one other wounded in a roadside bombing near Tuz Khormato, 95 miles north of Baghdad. Another soldier was killed at another roadside bombing.
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2005 Aug 13
An Italian newspaper reported that more than 100 Italian troops whose tours in southern Iraq have ended are not being replaced, apparently marking the beginning of the country's withdrawal from Iraq ahead of schedule.
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2005 Aug 13
A small plane carrying tourists crashed in southern Italy, killing at least two people.
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2005 Aug 13
In Indian Kashmir 9 people died in fresh fighting. Troops intensified search operations ahead of India's Aug 15 Independence Day, which separatists observe as a "black day".
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2005 Aug 13
Fernando Olivera, Peru's new foreign minister, said he was resigning his post, just two days after the uproar from his appointment sparked a major shake-up of President Alejandro Toledo's Cabinet.
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2005 Aug 13
Rival militias in arid southwestern Somalia battled for control over a village with pastures and wells. Twelve combatants died, and hundreds of residents fled.
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2005 Aug 13
James Petersen (51), a Univ. of Vermont anthropology professor on a research trip to Brazil, was killed while he was being robbed in Iranduba near the Amazon River. Three suspects were taken into custody.
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2005 Aug 13
David Lange (b.1942), former New Zealand prime minister (1984-1989), died in Auckland. He was the architect of new Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.
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2005 Aug 13
It was reported that Delhi’s water board (DJB) planned a $246 million water project with $140 million financed by the World Bank. As in many Indian cities 16 million people in Delhi suffered chronic water shortages.
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2005 Aug 13
The Pentagon said for the second time since the Iraq war began, it was replacing body armor for US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, citing a need for better protection.
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2005 Aug 13
A chunk of ice bigger than the area of Manhattan broke from the Ayles Ice Shelf at Ellesmere Island in Canada's far north. Scientists later said that it could wreak havoc if it starts to float westward toward oil-drilling regions and shipping lanes in 2007.
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2005 Aug 13
Britain's tax-funded National Health Service is unsustainable and should be scrapped, the country's most senior doctor said, but the country's largest health union warned that any change to the NHS' founding principles would lead to a "public outcry".
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2005 Aug 13
The death toll in India from water-borne diseases following floods in Bombay and surrounding areas two weeks ago rose to at least 125.
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2005 Aug 13
For the first time in a decade, the founders and top political leaders of Hamas gathered on the same stage, vowing to go on fighting Israel and claiming victory for its impending withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
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2005 Aug 13
Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency and deployed troops to search for suspects Saturday after the assassination of the foreign minister.
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2006 Aug 13
In Michigan City, Indiana, fire swept through a two-story house, killing at least six people. An unknown number of others were missing. It was not clear whether they had left the scene or were still inside the home.
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2006 Aug 13
The death toll from Typhoon Saomai, the strongest storm to hit China in 50 years, rose to 114 as more evacuees died when buildings used as shelters collapsed. China’s state media reported About 17 million people in southwest China don't have access to clean drinking water due to sustained drought.
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2006 Aug 13
On his 80th birthday, Fidel Castro cautioned Cubans that he faced a long recovery from surgery and advised them to prepare for "adverse news," but he urged them to stay optimistic.
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2006 Aug 13
Iraq's health minister, who is aligned to a powerful Shiite militia, claimed that US forces arrested seven of his personal guards in a surprise pre-dawn raid on his office. 4 vehicle bombs killed 63 Iraqis and wounded 140 in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
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2006 Aug 13
After a stormy debate, Israel's Cabinet approved a Mideast cease-fire, agreeing to silence the army's guns on Aug 14 at 8AM. The Israeli military embarked on a last-minute push to devastate Hezbollah guerrillas, rocketing south Beirut with at least 20 missiles. Israeli warplanes fired missiles into gasoline stations in the southern port city of Tyre, killing at least 12 people in those and other attacks. Hezbollah fired more than 150 rockets at northern Israel, killing an Israeli man. Two Israeli air raids on a village in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley killed at least seven people and wounded nearly two dozen.
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2006 Aug 13
Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels fought ground battles and artillery duels as the weekend death toll rose to 186. The rebels denied they were ready to talk peace. At least 15 people died in fighting around the St. Philip Neri Church in Allaiiddy, a predominantly Tamil village located on an island just west of the Jaffna Peninsula. The island, like the peninsula, is held by the government.
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2006 Aug 13
In Venezuela prison officials discovered that Carlos Ortega, an anti-Chavez union leader, had slipped out of the Ramo Verde prison west of Caracas, where he was serving a 16-year sentence for civil rebellion. Three convicted military officers also escaped.
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2006 Aug 13
The 16th International AIDS conference opened in Toronto with some 24,000 people in attendance.
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2006 Aug 13
In Afghanistan at least 5 Afghan troops and 25 militants were killed.
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2006 Aug 13
In Mexico a recount confirmed Calderon as the next president. Lopez Obrador vowed to mount new legal challenges.
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2006 Aug 13
In Turkey the PKK killed 2 policemen in a bomb attack near Tunceli.
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2007 Aug 13
In Afghanistan 2 women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in mid-July were freed on a rural roadside and then driven to a US base. A German held hostage said in a telephone conversation orchestrated by his captors that he was in ill health and the Taliban had threatened him with death. In southern Afghanistan 6 civilians were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade blew up their vehicle when Taliban militia attacked a military convoy. A separate clash between troops and insurgents in Ghazni province, further north, left four Taliban dead.
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2007 Aug 13
According to new data China's inflation rate accelerated to the highest monthly rate in a decade, driven by a 15.4% surge in food prices over the year-earlier period. Officials said China is still freeing people, including children, forced to work as slaves in illegal brick factories, two months after the scandal involving the brick yards was exposed. A bridge under construction in the central Hunan city of Fenghuang collapsed as workers removed scaffolding from its facade, killing 64 people.
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2007 Aug 13
US troops in Iraq launched a major assault against Al-Qaeda-linked militants and alleged Iranian-aided extremist groups as a Sunni leader accused Iran of plotting genocide against his people. The US military also said it had arrested a top "financier" of Iraqi extremist groups believed to be supported by Tehran’s Quds Force in a Baghdad raid. 3 US soldiers were killed in an explosion near their vehicle in northwestern Ninevah province. Another died of wounds sustained during combat operations in western Baghdad.
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2007 Aug 13
In Malaysia 20 people died after an express bus overturned on the main highway, tearing off the vehicle's roof and flinging seats into the air in what officials said was the country's worst traffic disaster. The toll rose to 22 after 2 injured people died later.
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2007 Aug 13
A monsoon storm unleashed landslides and collapsed houses in a village in Pakistan's mountainous northwest, killing 22 people.
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2007 Aug 13
Hamas militiamen beat protesters with clubs and rifle butts to try to stop a demonstration by political opponents in the Gaza Strip, but hundreds chanting "We want freedom" defied the ban.
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2007 Aug 13
Poland's fractious governing coalition came to an end when the country's president dismissed four Cabinet ministers from two junior partners, clearing the way for an early election expected this fall.
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2007 Aug 13
In South Korea a family of five fell to their deaths from a Ferris wheel after two cars collided at an amusement park in the southern city of Busan.
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