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2008 Oct 12
European leaders hammered out action to confront the financial crisis, adding their voices to a global chorus of demands for coordinated action against the turmoil.
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2008 Oct 12
In Iraq Qassim al-Aboudi, the spokesman for the election commission, said there's not enough time to organize a ballot this year but that it will take place soon after the New Year. 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed in the Yarmouk district of Baghdad. A car bomb exploded in a commercial street of southwestern Baghdad, killing 7 people and wounding 9 others. Another car bomb in Mosul killed 6 people. A Christian music store owner was shot to death in Mosul, the latest in a series of killings that has caused thousands of members of the religious minority to flee the city. Iraq deployed around 1,000 police in Christian areas of Mosul as thousands of members of the minority group fled the worst violence against them in 5 years. A spate of attacks on Christians in Mosul since September 28 had killed at least 11 people.
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2008 Oct 12
Lithuanians voted in a general election likely to mark comebacks for ex-president Rolandas Paksas or former political star Viktor Uspaskich. A non-binding referendum was also on the ballot as part of a battle to delay the closure of Ignalina, a Soviet-era nuclear power station which provides 70 percent of Lithuania's electricity. Voters dealt a major blow to Lithuania's leftist government by boosting the conservative opposition as well as some populist leaders, including an impeached ex-president, in weekend elections. Homeland Union leader Andrius Kubilius said he was ready to form a new Cabinet after his party won the most votes in the first round, receiving 19.2 percent. The governing Social Democratic Party, which has controlled the prime minister's office since 2001, finished fourth with 11.7 percent.
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2008 Oct 12
North Korea said it will resume dismantling its main nuclear facilities, hours after the US removed the communist country from a list of states Washington says sponsor terrorism.
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2008 Oct 12
Pakistani helicopter gunships bombed a meeting of Islamic militants linked to Al-Qaeda near the border with Afghanistan. Among the dead were two Taliban commanders and 12 potential suicide bombers. More than 24 extremists with links to Al-Qaeda were killed near the Afghan border in the Bajaur tribal region.
Links: Pakistan, Suicide     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2008 Oct 12
A Soyuz spacecraft with two Americans and a Russian on board lifted off from Kazakhstan for the international space station. The Soyuz TMA-13 capsule carried American computer game millionaire Richard Garriott, US astronaut Michael Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov.
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2008 Oct 12
Pope Benedict XVI gave the Roman Catholic church four new saints, including an Indian woman whose canonization is seen as a morale boost to Christians in India who have suffered Hindu violence. They included Sister Alphonsa (1910-1946) of the Immaculate Conception, a nun from southern India and Indiaís first woman saint; Gaetano Errico (1791-1860), a Neapolitan priest who founded a missionary order in the 19th century; Sister Maria Bernarda, born as Verena Buetler (1848-1924) in Switzerland, who worked as a nun in Ecuador and Colombia; and Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran (1832-1869), a 19th century laywoman from Ecuador who helped the sick and the poor.
Links: Italy, Ecuador, India, Switzerland, Vatican     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2008 Oct 12
Dozens of renowned British writers came out against new anti-terrorism legislation, publishing a collection of satire, essays, fiction and poetry to protest a proposal allowing police to hold suspects without charge for up to 42 days. The next day the House of Lords rejected the plan and the government said it would abandon the proposal.
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2008 Oct 12
Sri Lankaís soldiers destroyed three bunkers and captured four others after battles that killed 15 rebels near their administrative capital of Kilinochchi. Separate clashes in the same area killed four rebels and one soldier. In the northern Jaffna peninsula, troops killed four rebels along the front lines while a rebel mortar attack killed two soldiers. Clashes in Mullaitivu killed four rebels and wounded one soldier.
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2008 Oct 12
In California Hans Florine (44) and Yuji Hirayama (39) broke their own World Record for the fastest climb up the Nose of El Capitan (2:37:5) in Yosemite National Park. They first record was set on Jul 2 with a time of 2:43:33.
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2008 Oct 12
The United Arab Emirates said it would guarantee domestic bank deposits and with Saudi Arabia promised fresh financial support to domestic banks.
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2008 Oct 12
Somali forces from semiautonomous Puntland unsuccessfully raided a hijacked ships. 2 pirates were killed.
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2008 Oct 12
An angry crowd in central Mexico attacked police and helped nearly three dozen illegal Central American immigrants escape from custody after hearing that officers had allegedly sold the migrants to human smugglers in the farming town of Rafael Lara Grajales, Puebla state.
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2008 Oct 12
In Venezuela Pres. Chaves, on Indigenous Resistance Day, presented the Yukpa Indians titles to some blocks of land. This fell short of the 150,000 acres they claimed as ancestral territory.
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2009 Oct 12
Americans Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) and Oliver Williamson (b.1932) won the Nobel economics prize for their work in economic governance. Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel prize for economics, specialized in the study of common resource pools.
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2009 Oct 12
Afghanistan's election watchdog changed its fraud-tallying rules for the second time in less than a week, switching back to a formula that lowers the chance of overturning President Hamid Karzai's first-round win. Under the new rules the commission will not take into account which candidate it finds benefited most from any fraud. One of the two Afghans on the UN-backed commission looking into vote fraud in the August presidential election resigned, citing interference by foreigners.
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2009 Oct 12
Britainís PM Gordon Brown announced on Monday a 16-billion-pound sale of state assets including a rail link between London and the Channel Tunnel to cut soaring debt caused by economic crisis.
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2009 Oct 12
A court in China's far western Xinjiang region sentenced six men to death for murder and other crimes committed during ethnic riots that killed nearly 200 people. A seventh man was given life imprisonment.
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2009 Oct 12
In Italy Mohamed Game (35), a Libyan, hurled a home-made bomb at the Santa Barbara police barracks in Milan, losing his hand from the blast and slightly wounding a policeman on duty outside. Game had lived in Italy since 2003 and had never been a suspect. Italian police detained two more suspects and found a large quantity of bomb-making chemicals during overnight searches.
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2009 Oct 12
North Korea test-fired five short-range missiles off its east coast and banned ships from the area from October 10-20.
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2009 Oct 12
In Pakistan a teenage suicide car bombing targeting troops killed 45 people, including 6 security people, in northwest Shangla district as the Taliban pledged to mobilize fighters across the country for more strikes.
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2009 Oct 12
Russian PM Vladimir Putin landed in China in an effort to bolster energy, political and military ties between the former rival nations turned strategic partners.
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2009 Oct 12
A Sudanese court sentenced 4 Islamists to death for a 2nd time for the murder of a US diplomat John Granville and his driver in Khartoum last year. The sentencing came after the mother of John Granville, who worked with the US Agency for Intíl. Development (USAID), and the wife of driver Abdel Rahman Abbas both demanded the men be executed.
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2009 Oct 12
The United Arab Emirates' highest court convicted an American citizen on terrorism-related charges amid claims that torture was used to extract a confession. The court sentenced Naji Hamdan (43) to 18 months in prison, but he should be freed soon because the sentence counts time served and he was detained last year. Hamdan was arrested in the UAE in August 2008 and charged in June 2009 with supporting terrorism, working with terrorist organizations and being a member of a terrorist group.
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2009 Oct 12
Nestle said its Zimbabwe banking is back to normal just days after newspapers reported that the government froze their accounts and ordered an audit after the company stopped buying milk from a farm owned by President Robert Mugabe's wife.
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2009 Oct 12
Yoani Sanchez, a Cuban blogger, was denied government permission to travel to New York to receive a top journalism prize. She has become an international sensation for offering frank criticism of her country's communist system. In May Cuban authorities had denied Sanchez permission to fly to Madrid to accept the Ortega y Gasset Prize in digital journalism for creating her Generation Y blog (2007), which gets more than 1 million hits a month. Around the same time, Time magazine deemed Sanchez one of the world's 100 most influential people.
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2009 Oct 12
Gabon's constitutional court said Ali Bongo, the son of the country's longtime dictator, won the Aug. 30 presidential elections that opposition candidates said were fraudulent.
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2009 Oct 12
Syria's Pres. Bashar Assad issued a decree banning smoking in public places, joining an anti-smoking trend already under way in other Arab countries. The decree will go into effect in six months and ban smoking in restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theaters, schools, official functions and on public transport. Offenders will be fined 2,000 Syrian pounds, about $45.
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2009 Oct 12
Don Young of Des Moines, Iowa, won the 39th Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival with his 1,658-pound pumpkin. It broke the year-old record of 1,528 pounds. His first prize of $9,948 came out to $6 per pound. The world record had just been set on Oct 10 in Ohio by a 1,725-pound Atlantic giant pumpkin.
Links: USA, California, Iowa, Agriculture     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Oct 12
In Senegal cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke (34) was on holiday when he was found dead in his room. Belgian cycling officials said his death was caused by a lung embolism. Vandenbroucke won the weeklong Paris-Nice spring race in 1998 and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic a year later before his career was marred by a doping scandal.
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2009 Oct 12
In Venezuela thousands of people congregated for candlelit rituals on a remote mountainside where adherents make an annual pilgrimage to pay homage to an indigenous goddess known as Maria Lionza. The traditions, hundreds of years old, draw on elements of the Afro-Caribbean religion Santeria and indigenous rituals, as well as Catholicism. Believers often ask for spiritual healing or protection from witchcraft, or thank the goddess for curing an illness.
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2009 Oct 12
In SF Eric Buschman (49) was stabbed to death on the 300 block of Athens Street in the Excelsior District. On Oct 22 police arrested Charlie Fonilloa Sekona (20), man who had been put into a mental health program for assaulting a Costco worker, as a suspect. Police believed the stabbing was random.
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2010 Oct 12
The Obama administration lifted the deep-water drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico. Actual resumption was still weeks to months away.
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2010 Oct 12
A US federal judge ordered an immediate halt to military discharges under the ďdonít ask, donít tellĒ policy. District Judge Virginia Phillips of Riverside, Ca., had ruled the 1993 law unconstitutional on Sep 9.
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2010 Oct 12
In Afghanistan a commander and 3 other militants from the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based faction of the Taliban with close ties to al-Qaida, were killed in a firefight overnight with NATO and Afghan forces in eastern Khost province's Spera district.
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2010 Oct 12
In Afghanistan a cargo plane, carrying NATO supplies went down east of Kabul shortly after taking off from Bagram Air Field. The bodies of 5 of 8 people on board were recovered the next day. The plane, owned by United Arab Emirates-based TransAfrik, was under contract by the US-based company National Air Cargo.
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2010 Oct 12
In Algeria 5 people were killed when a remote control bomb exploded on a construction site in Tlidgen.
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2010 Oct 12
Australian PM Julia Gillard renewed her backing for a controversial Internet filter, saying it was driven by a "moral question."
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2010 Oct 12
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood accused the government of cracking down ahead of November's parliamentary election. Police had arrested at least 28 members of the Islamist group over the last 2 days. An Egyptian regulatory body set new rules for companies sending text messages to multiple mobile phones, a step that activists say will stifle efforts to mobilize voters before the elections, which are to be held in the last week of November.
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2010 Oct 12
In Ethiopia senior leaders of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a breakaway rebel faction, gathered in Addis Ababa to sign a peace deal with the government. The government claimed the breakaway group represents around 80 percent of the ONLF.
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2010 Oct 12
In France hundreds of thousands of workers, students and functionaries staged protests, the 4th this month, aimed to reverse a new law requiring people to work until 62 rather than 60 before receiving their retirement pensions.
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2010 Oct 12
A Greek tanker, the Mindoro, collided with a container ship, the Cypriot-flagged Jork Ranger, 20 miles (30 km) off the Dutch coast and briefly leaked jet fuel into the North Sea.
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2010 Oct 12
In India a second doping case in two days, and again involving a Nigerian runner, was reported. Both cases involved Methylhexaneamine. It was also found in about a dozen Indian athletes in recent months.
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2010 Oct 12
In Iran 18 members of the powerful Revolutionary Guard were killed in an explosion that struck the force's base in the city of Khoramabad. The blast was caused by a fire that had reached the ammunition storage area. 14 other troops were wounded.
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2010 Oct 12
In Iraq Al-Qaida's umbrella group threatened to kidnap family members of Iraqi politicians and ministers unless the wife and children of its slain leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, are released from prison.
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2010 Oct 12
In Japan residents of Taiji village, notorious for the dolphin hunt documented in the film "The Cove," slaughtered a pod of dolphins but spared the youngest animals.
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2010 Oct 12
Mexican soldiers captured Seiki Ogata, an alleged Tabasco state Zetas gang leader, along with 5 other gang members. Ogata was suspected of organizing the massacre of a dead marine Melquisedet Anguloís family last Dec., just days after Angulo had been killed during a raid in Cuernavaca, that left drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva dead. Authorities in Sinaloa state said they found 3 beheaded bodies along a highway that leads to the town of Imala. The bodies were accompanied with a message that accused them of being kidnappers. The decapitated head of police commander Rolando Flores was found in a suitcase outside a Mexican Army base. He had been investigating the reported shooting of an American tourist on Falcon Lake. Pirates have robbed boaters and fisherman on the Mexican side. Motorists found a decapitated body underneath a bridge on a road leading to the beachside neighborhood of Playas de Tijuana. Earlier in the day police found a human head inside a bag in another Tijuana neighborhood, but it did not belong to the body found underneath the bridge.
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2010 Oct 12
Hurricane Paula, the ninth hurricane of the busy 2010 Atlantic season, churned toward the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
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2010 Oct 12
In Mozambique 17 prisoners cut the bars at Nampula Industrial Penitentiary before escaping. They were among 99 inmates recently transferred to Nampula from neighboring provinces. One fugitive was soon re-captured.
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2010 Oct 12
In northwestern Pakistan suspected militants killed 3 anti-Taliban tribal elders in the Bazai area of the Mohmand tribal region, the latest in a string of attacks against tribesmen who dare stand up to the Islamist insurgents.
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2010 Oct 12
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III granted amnesty to officers and soldiers accused of plotting to overthrow his predecessor. Only a handful of the original 300 troops who took up arms against then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in July 2003 remained in military custody on charges of mutiny and coup attempt.
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2010 Oct 12
In central Poland a van crammed with farm workers crashed head-on into a truck after apparently trying to overtake another vehicle in dense fog, killing all 18 people on board.
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2010 Oct 12
In eastern Ukraine a train crashed into a crowded bus, killing 43 people on the bus, including two children, and injuring nearly a dozen others. PM Mykola Azarov ordered his government to pay the family of each of the dead victims 100,000 hryvna ($12,600). He also instructed transport officials to install automated crossing gates at all the nation's railway crossings to prevent cars, buses and trucks from ignoring the siren.
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2010 Oct 12
At the United Nations Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa were elected to join the big guns on the UN Security Council for two years, starting in January.
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2010 Oct 12
Pope Benedict XVI formally created a new Vatican office to revive Christianity in Europe, his latest attempt to counter secular trends in traditionally Christian countries.
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2010 Oct 12
In Yemen Al-Qaida's offshoot warned it is setting up a "new army" to overthrow the country's president in response to his US-backed counterterrorism campaign and said it would fill its ranks with snipers and bomb makers.
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2011 Oct 12
US troops arrived in Uganda. On Oct 14 President Barack Obama announced he is dispatching about 100 US troops, mostly special operations forces, to central Africa to advise in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities across several countries.
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2011 Oct 12
The US Congress approved free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work.
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2011 Oct 12
In Seal Beach, Ca., a gunman burst through the door of a hair salon and began shooting. The shooter then stepped outside, shot a man sitting in a truck in the parking lot and sped off. 8 people, including his wife, were killed and another one left in critical condition. Police arrested Scott Dekraai (42) about a half-mile from the Salon Meritage. He was the ex-husband of stylist Michelle Fournier, who worked there. On April 28, 2014, Dekraai agreed to plead guilty. In 2017 Dekraai was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms in prison.
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2011 Oct 12
The City Council in Harrisburg, Pa., filed for bankruptcy, despite opposition by the Mayor Linda Thompson and state Gov. Tom Corbett. Harrisburg faced $300 million in debt connected to a city-owned rubbish incinerator.
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