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2013 Oct 12
In Iraq a pickup truck packed with explosives blew up at an Iraqi vegetable market, killing 17 and wounding dozens.
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2013 Oct 12
In Italy divers found an additional 20 bodies off the island of Lampedusa, bringing the still provisional death toll from an October 3 shipwreck to 359.
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2013 Oct 12
In Niger thousands of people protested against French nuclear firm Areva, which has been mining uranium in the impoverished country for nearly 50 years.
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2013 Oct 12
Typhoon Nari pounded the northern Philippines, killing 13 people, ripping roofs off thousands of buildings, and leaving more than two million without power.
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2013 Oct 12
Russian police arrested 67 people after a fight broke out between gay rights activists and their opponents at a demonstration in St. Petersburg.
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2013 Oct 12
In Spain thousands of people gathered in Barcelona to demonstrate against a proposed Catalonia split away from Spain.
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2013 Oct 12
In Syria two mortar rounds slammed into the central Abu Rummaneh neighbourhood of Damascus, killing a child and wounding 11 people. Tank shells fired by Syrian government forces slammed into a building in the southern city of Daraa, killing at least 11 people, including women and children.
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2013 Oct 12
In Vietnam a blast at a fireworks factory killed at least 24 people. Police blamed other explosives stored at the site for the accident which also left many injured at the Z121 military facility north of Hanoi.
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2013 Oct 12
In Yemen thousands of separatists demanding secession took to the streets of Aden to mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South Yemen.
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2014 Oct 12
US Defense officials said Turkey will allow American and coalition troops to use its bases against Islamic State militants in Syria.
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2014 Oct 12
A US federal judge struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages.
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2014 Oct 12
In northern and eastern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants led a string of attacks on police and civilians, killing at least 14 people.
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2014 Oct 12
Bolivians voted in a presidential election. President Evo Morales coasted to victory, winning an unprecedented third term with 61 percent of the vote.
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2014 Oct 12
Bosnia held general elections. Some 3.3 million voters were eligible to cast ballots to elect three members -- a Croat, a Muslim and a Serb -- to the joint presidency, as well as a new central parliament. They will also elect assemblies for the two entities and a president in Republika Srpska. Nationalist candidates from Bosnia's Croat, Muslim and Serb communities won the country's three-man presidency.
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2014 Oct 12
In Cambodia freelance journalist Taing Try (49) was shot in the forehead and died instantly at a remote forestry site in Kratie province. He was investigating illegal logging in the region. Police soon detained three men, including a timber trader, believed to be linked to the murder.
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2014 Oct 12
In Central African Republic eight armed men, belonging to a rebel group known as the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC), abducted Polish priest Mateusz Dziedzic in the town of Baboua. They wanted to exchange the kidnapped missionary for their leader, who is currently imprisoned in Cameroon.
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2014 Oct 12
Chinese police stormed into a conference room outside Beijing where rights lawyers were meeting to discuss wrongful cases and broke up the gathering. Chinese scholar and rights advocate Guo Yushan, founder of an influential non-governmental think tank, was detained on the criminal charge of provoking troubles.
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2014 Oct 12
In Cairo, Egypt, US Sec. of State John Kerry presided over a conference on peace in the Middle East and announced an additional $212 million in US aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Qatar said it would provide $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for Gaza, while fellow Gulf Arab states Kuwait and United Arab Emirates promised $200 million each. Germany also announced it would contribute 50 million euros ($63 million) to reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
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2014 Oct 12
Egyptian police backed by armored vehicles stormed the campuses of at least two prominent universities to quell anti-government protests by students.
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2014 Oct 12
In Hungary PM Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party was the clear winner in municipal elections. The far-right Jobbik party made significant gains in rural areas, where it has become the main challenger to Orban's Fidesz party.
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2014 Oct 12
In India Cyclone Hudhud pounded a large swath of the eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds, killing at least 41 people and causing major damage to buildings and crops.
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2014 Oct 12
In Iraq a triple suicide bombing killed 26 Kurdish security forces in Diyala province. A roadside bomb killed the police chief of the western Anbar province.
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2014 Oct 12
In Japan at least 35 people were reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong, packing winds of up to 180 km (110 miles) per hour and heavy rain, hit the southern island of Okinawa.
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2014 Oct 12
In western Libya a hospital official said fighting over Kikla between Islamist militias and rival groups has killed at least 23 people.
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2014 Oct 12
In Mozambique brawling supporters of Frelimo and opposition party Renamo clashed in the northern city of Nampula, where 23 people were injured and 13 others arrested ahead of legislative and provincial elections on Oct 15.
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2014 Oct 12
In Somalia a car bomb exploded outside a café in Mogadishu killing 11 people. Gunmen shot and seriously wounded Abdirisak Jama, a Somali journalist working for a London-based television channel, in an attack outside his home in Mogadishu.
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2014 Oct 12
The US Central Command said warplanes from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates conducted four airstrikes in Syria over the weekend, including three in Kobani that destroyed an Islamic State fighting position and staging area.
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2014 Oct 12
In China four ethnic Uighurs armed with knives and explosives killed at least 22 people, mostly Han Chinese, in Kashgar Prefecture. Dozens were injured before police shot and killed the attackers.
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2015 Oct 12
In Kansas City, Mo., 2 firefighters were killed after a wall from a burning building collapsed on them.
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2015 Oct 12
Dell and investment firm Silver Lake confirmed that they would acquire EMC Corp. for about $67 billion.
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2015 Oct 12
In Afghanistan fighting intensified around the city of Ghazni, as Taliban militants threatened to seize a second provincial capital after briefly occupying Kunduz in the north last month. Toorpakai Olfat, local UN staffer, was shot and killed by two gunmen on a motorbike as she was on her way to work in Kandahar.
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2015 Oct 12
An Albanian court acquitted Ardian Fullani, a former governor of the country's central bank, of charges of abuse of office over the theft of millions of dollars from bank reserves.
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2015 Oct 12
Princeton Prof. Angus Deaton (69), a British-born economist, won the 2015 economics Nobel Prize for his work on consumption, poverty and welfare that has helped governments to improve policy through tools such as household surveys and tax changes.
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2015 Oct 12
In China Jiang Jiemin, who earlier led the country's biggest petroleum company, and a deputy party chief in populous Sichuan province were convicted of corruption and sentenced to 16 and 13 years in prison, respectively.
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2015 Oct 12
Chinese authorities announced the arrests of 16 suspected members of a smuggling ring and the seizure of hundreds of kilograms (pounds) of ivory along with rhino horns and bear paws.
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2015 Oct 12
The EU demanded the "immediate" halt of Russian air strikes against moderate Syrian rebel groups and warned a lasting peace was impossible under Moscow-backed President Bashar al-Assad.
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2015 Oct 12
In Finland Iraqi asylum seekers rallied in central Helsinki and signed a petition against plans to negotiate a deal with Baghdad that could lead to their deportation, arguing that their country should not be considered safe.
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2015 Oct 12
In France police arrested several Air France workers at their homes as investigators tracked down protesters who hounded executives from a meeting about mass job cuts last week and tore the clothes of two fleeing managers.
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2015 Oct 12
In Israel a Palestinian identified as Mustafa al-Khatib (18) attacked a policeman with a knife at an entrance to Jerusalem's Old City and was shot dead by security forces. A female attacker stabbed an Israeli policeman near the force's headquarters in Jerusalem and was shot and wounded by the victim.

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2015 Oct 12
Palestinian Ahmed Manasra (12) wounded two Israelis in a knife attack in an Israeli settlement north of Jerusalem along with his 15-year-old cousin. The cousin was shot and killed by an Israeli passerby, while Manasra was wounded. In 2016 Manasra was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In 2017 Manasra’s sentence was reduced to nine and a half years.
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2015 Oct 12
A Kurdish militia that has been fighting Islamic State in Syria with help from US-led air strikes has joined forces with Arab groups in an alliance announced on that may be a prelude to an attack on the jihadists' base of operations in Raqqa.
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2015 Oct 12
In the Philippines gunmen killed a town mayor and wounded his vice mayor and at least three other companions in an ambush while they were traveling in a van in a far-flung southern region.
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2015 Oct 12
Russia’s Gazprom resumed gas supplies to Ukraine after receiving prepayment of $234 million from Kiev, assuaging European fears about a new energy crisis ahead of the winter heating season.
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2015 Oct 12
Syrian army and allied forces supported by Russian warplanes made further advances as they pressed an offensive against insurgents, in the fiercest clashes for nearly a week. Two Iranian senior Revolutionary Guards officers were killed fighting Islamic State. Pro-government forces including the Lebanese group Hezbollah captured the southern part of Kafr Nabuda. At least 25 government fighters were killed.
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2015 Oct 12
In Turkey hundreds of people marched through Istanbul and Ankara to condemn the slaughter by suicide bombers at a weekend peace rally.
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2016 Oct 12
Wells Fargo & Co. announced that CEO John Stumpf (63) has retired effective immediately. He will be succeeded by Tim Sloan, the banks president and chief operating officer.
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2016 Oct 12
In San Francisco Richard Simmons, the owner Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Café in North Beach, died. Simmons had purchased the bar in 1968 while working as a bartender across the street at Vesuvio’s.
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2016 Oct 12
In Rhode Island Guatemala City Mayor Alvaro Arzu and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza signed a sister city agreement at Providence City Hall.
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2016 Oct 12
Burundi lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in support of a plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, something no country has ever done. A county wishing to withdraw from the ICC must write to the UN secretary-general stating its intention, and the withdrawal takes effect a year after the day the secretary-general receives the letter.
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2016 Oct 12
Egypt's military announced it will host Russian troops for war games along the Mediterranean coast, the latest step in the two countries' rapprochement and another sign of Moscow flexing its muscles in the Middle East.
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2016 Oct 12
France's government approved a decree creating a National Guard to bolster security against extremist attacks across the country.
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2016 Oct 12
In Germany Jaber Albakr (22), a Syrian man arrested for a bomb plot on October 10, killed himself in a prison cell in Leipzig.
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2016 Oct 12
The Indian army said a three-day standoff with suspected rebels in Kashmir has ended after government forces killed two militants inside a building in Pampore town. The building was extensively damaged in the fighting.
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2016 Oct 12
In Mexico Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte, who faces federal corruption investigations, said that he will step down almost two months before his term ends.
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2016 Oct 12
In northeastern Nigeria 8 people were killed when a suspected female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near a camp housing displaced people in Maiduguri, Borno state.
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2016 Oct 12
In Syria rebels supported by Turkish tanks and US-led coalition air strikes pushed toward the Islamic State stronghold of Dabiq. Turkey’s military said clashes and air strikes over the past 24 hours have killed 47 jihadists. An airstrike hit the biggest market on the rebel-held side of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people and leveling buildings. Shelling on government-held parts of Aleppo killed 8 people.
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2016 Oct 12
It was reported that Turkey has fired hundreds of senior military staff serving at NATO in Europe and the United States following July's coup attempt, broadening a purge to include some of the armed forces' best-trained officials.
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2016 Oct 12
In Yemen forces loyal to the exiled government clashed with Houthi fighters over a strategic town close to the border with Saudi Arabia in a sign a new front may be opening in the 19-month-old civil war.
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2016 Oct 12
Hong Kong held a swearing-in ceremony for recently chosen legislators. Three were declared unqualified to take their posts as they snubbed China during the chaotic ceremony.
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2017 Oct 12
Vietnam officials said recent heavy rain in northern and central Vietnam have triggered floods and landslides that killed 46 people and left 33 people missing in the worst such disaster in years.
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