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2003 Dec 7
Palestinian militants rejected a comprehensive truce offer to Israel despite intense pressure from Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and Egypt to sign onto a deal.
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2003 Dec 7
Russia held Duma elections. The pro-Kremlin United Russia party won about 36% of the vote. Ultra-nationalists and Communists each won 13%.
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2003 Dec 7
Saudi security forces stormed a gas station and killed one of the country's most wanted terrorist suspects and a second militant.
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2003 Dec 7
Daniel Morcombe (13) was last seen waiting for a bus in northern Queensland. In 2011 west coast truck driver Brett Peter Cowan (41) was charged with Morcombe's abduction, murder and interfering with his corpse. Police confirmed that three bones recently found at Beerburrum State Forest belonged to Morcombe.
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2003 Dec 7
The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, founded in 1942, was dissolved under Stephen Harper and merged into the Conservative party of Canada.
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2004 Dec 7
The mayor of Albania's capital Tirana, painter Edi Rama (40), was elected "World Mayor 2004" in an Internet competition organized by a London-based NGO.
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2004 Dec 7
Libya listed three conditions under which it is prepared to drop charges against five Bulgarian nurses condemned to death on suspect charges of spreading AIDS.
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2004 Dec 7
IBM and China’s Lenovo Group planned a joint PC venture. Lenovo was expected to pay some $2 billion for a majority share of IBM’s PC business. Lenovo announced a $1.75 billion cash and stock deal to acquire a majority interest in IBM’s PC business.
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2004 Dec 7
In Illinois after Babs the gorilla died at age 30, keepers at Brookfield Zoo, decided to allow surviving gorillas to mourn the most influential female in their social family. One by one, the gorillas filed into the Tropic World building where Babs' body lay, arms outstretched. Curator Melinda Pruett Jones called it a "gorilla wake."
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2004 Dec 7
The German-registered MSC Ilona was punctured during a collision night with the Panama-registered Hyundai Advance near the mouth of the Pearl River, northwest of Hong Kong. The collision of the container ships caused a huge oil spill and cleanup effort.
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2004 Dec 7
A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi National Guard patrol south of Baghdad, killing three guardsmen and wounding 11.
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2004 Dec 7
Hamas militants killed an Israeli soldier and wounded four with an explosion in a booby-trapped chicken coop. An Israeli aircraft fired a retaliatory missile at armed Palestinians near Gaza City leaving 4 gunmen dead.
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2004 Dec 7
Nigerian villagers lifted their blockade of three oil pumping stations in the volatile Niger Delta after energy giants Shell and ChevronTexaco agreed to discuss funding local development projects.
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2004 Dec 7
The US House of Representatives passed an intelligence network overhaul measure, 336-75.
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2004 Dec 7
Jay Van Andel (80) Amway co-founder died in Ada, Mich.
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2004 Dec 7
Singer Jerry Scoggins (93), who performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," the theme song to "The Beverly Hillbillies," died.
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2004 Dec 7
DragonMart, a 1.2km dragon-shaped mall in Dubai featuring Chinese products, opened its doors to the public as the biggest Chinese shopping mall outside of China.
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2005 Dec 7
A new economic report said a sustained decline will hit the U.S. housing market next year, costing the nation as many as 800,000 jobs.
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2005 Dec 7
An Afghan court cleared an American, but convicted two Britons and an Indian of gun-smuggling charges and gave them two-year suspended sentences, following a one-day trial that one of them called a "circus." Sargon Heinrich of Rio Vista, Cal., Naveen Joshi of India and Peter Eaton and Mike Shaw, both of Britain, had been jailed since their Oct. 13 arrests.
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2005 Dec 7
In Chile Gen. Augusto Pinochet was stripped of his legal immunity by an appeals court, allowing his trial in the disappearance of 29 additional dissidents during his 1973-90 dictatorship.
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2005 Dec 7
In northern China an explosion tore through the Liuguantun coal mine in Hebei province and killed at least 91 workers. Police arrested seven people accused of responsibility for a coal mine disaster.
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2005 Dec 7
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said that German Wings, a low-cost airline, had placed a firm order for 18 Airbus 319 airliners.
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2005 Dec 7
In Egypt police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds trying to break through blockades of polling stations in an opposition stronghold, the final day of parliamentary elections, and a hospital official said two people were killed.
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2005 Dec 7
In Iraq gunmen killed three police officers when they burst into a hospital in the northern city of Kirkuk and freed a wounded man who had been arrested for plotting to kill a judge in the Saddam Hussein trial.
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2005 Dec 7
Kazakhstan's Pres. Nursultan Nazarbayev was officially declared the winner of last weekend's election, while the opposition insisted the vote was manipulated.
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2005 Dec 7
An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car carrying Palestinian militants, killing at least one militant and wounding 10 others.
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2005 Dec 7
In Northern Ireland Chris Ward (24), a Northern Bank supervisor who claimed he aided a gang of robbers under the threat of death, was charged as a willing participant in the record Dec 20, 2004, $50 million heist.
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2005 Dec 7
In Russia an explosion, apparently caused by a natural gas leak, killed one person and injured at least five others at a Moscow apartment building.
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2005 Dec 7
In Miami, Florida, US Air Marshals shot and killed Rigoberto Alpizar on suspicion of having a bomb. No bomb was found, and federal officials later concluded there was no link to terrorism. Witnesses said his wife, Anne, frantically tried to explain he was bipolar, a mental illness also known as manic-depression, and was off his medication.
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2005 Dec 7
Some 25 American anti-war activists marched from the eastern Cuban city of Santiago toward the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay to protest treatment of terror suspects there.
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2005 Dec 7
The UN rejected an Eritrean order to expel Western members of the peacekeeping mission that monitors its tense border with Ethiopia amid concerns that war between the two countries could re-ignite.
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2005 Dec 7
The EU and host Canada piled pressure on the US to join an international pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit the predicted chaos from global warming.
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2005 Dec 7
European businesses rushed to sign up for the new ".eu" Internet domain name, putting in 100,000 Web site applications by the end of its first day available.
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2005 Dec 7
Honduras' ruling-party candidate for president conceded defeat, even though official results were still unavailable 10 days after the election because of vote-counting delays.
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2005 Dec 7
In Iraq gunmen kidnapped the 8-year-old son of a bodyguard for a judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein.
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2005 Dec 7
The Hague war crimes tribunal sentenced Miroslav Bralo (aka Cicko), a former Bosnian Croat soldier, to 20 years in jail on eight counts of war crimes and human rights abuses committed during the 1993 Muslim-Croat war in central Bosnia.
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2005 Dec 7
The governing African National Congress accepted the withdrawal of Jacob Zuma, its popular deputy president from leadership duties for the duration of his rape trial.
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2005 Dec 7
Spanish authorities arrested former Gen. Ante Gotovina, the top Croatian war crimes suspect, after four years on the run. He was captured in the Canary Islands when special police agents surprised him as he dined in a luxury beach hotel.
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2005 Dec 7
A UN court in Tanzania trying masterminds of Rwanda's genocide convicted Paul Bisengimana, former mayor of Gikoro, for abetting the 1994 slaughter, but dropped three counts including genocide.
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2005 Dec 7
US Congress voted to add nearly 5,000 acres of Rancho Corral de Tiera, an area between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, to California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Congress still needed to appropriate $15 million to buy the land from the Peninsula Open Space Trust.
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2005 Dec 7
New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine picked Rep. Menendez to serve out his Senate term. Wining the governorship let him appoint his own successor.
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2005 Dec 7
Australia’s Treasurer Peter Costello unveiled details of the nation’s Future Fund with seed capital of $13.56 billion to cover public service pension liabilities.
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2005 Dec 7
Peru and the US completed negotiations on a free-trade agreement.
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2005 Dec 7
In Thailand a 5-year-old boy became the country’s 2nd bird flu fatality in two months.
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2005 Dec 7
In Clearlake, Ca., Shannon Edmonds (31) shot and killed 2 of 3 intruders at his home. Renato Hughes Jr. (21), the 3rd intruder, was charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder under a controversial legal theory. In 2008 Hughes was acquitted of murder by a jury in Contra Costa County. He was found guilty of 2 lesser charges, assault and burglary. The jury deadlocked on a final charge of assault causing great bodily injury. On Sep 8 Hughes was sentenced to 8 years in prison with credit for 33 months in custody.
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2006 Dec 7
In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb targeting a NATO convoy killed two civilians in Kandahar. Elsewhere a district chief and a senior policemen were killed by Taliban gunmen.
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2006 Dec 7
Egyptian authorities expelled two Belgians and eight French terrorist suspects, but an American and another French citizen remained in Egyptian custody.
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2006 Dec 7
Fiji's newly-imposed premier, Jona Senilagakali (77), admitted the army ouster of the elected government was illegal and that elections could be two years away, but said the nation did not need Western-style democracy.
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2006 Dec 7
A Jordanian military court convicted three Syrians and one Iraqi and sentenced them to death for firing rockets at two US warships in August 2005.
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2006 Dec 7
Lebanon's Hezbollah-led opposition called for its supporters to take to the streets this weekend in a massive show of force, stepping up the pressure on the US-backed government, which has vowed not to give in to protesters.
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2006 Dec 7
Gunmen attacked a southern Nigerian oil installation belonging to a subsidiary of Italy's Eni SpA, taking three Italians hostage and killing another person.
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2006 Dec 7
The Prosecutor General's office said Russia has opened a criminal case in the poisoning death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko. The office also said it had opened a criminal investigation into the attempted killing of Dmitry Kovtun, one of at least two Russian businessmen who met Litvinenko in London's Millennium Hotel on Nov. 1, hours before the former spy fell fatally ill.
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2006 Dec 7
Islamic militants in control of most of southern Somalia warned that war will erupt over a UN decision authorizing an African force to protect the country's virtually powerless government.
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2006 Dec 7
The South African central bank raised its key lending rate by half a percentage point to 9.0%. In the wake of the repo rate increase, the country's four main commercial banks announced increases of their prime lending rates by half a point to 12.5%.
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2006 Dec 7
A series of bombings and shootings killed at least 23 people in Iraq, including a 7-year-old girl and two college professors. Iraqi police found 35 bullet-riddled bodies that had been bound and blindfolded and left in different parts of the capital. A roadside bomb killed an American soldier during a joint patrol with the Iraqi army.
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2006 Dec 7
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick (80), an unabashed apostle of Reagan era conservatism and the first woman U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, died.
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2006 Dec 7
Researchers said the Ebola virus may have killed more than 5,000 gorillas in West Africa (Congo-Gabon), enough to send them into extinction if people continue to hunt them.
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2006 Dec 7
In Armenia 3 teenagers and their grandmother set themselves on fire in Yerevan to protest what they said was authorities' inaction on investigating a relative's death, a family member said. Two of them were injured. They argued that the case was not being investigated because of discrimination against the Yazidi, a Kurdish ethnic group. About 50,000 Yazidi live in Armenia.
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2006 Dec 7
In northeastern Bulgaria a truck collided with a bus, sending both vehicles off a bridge into a river and killing at least 17 people.
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2006 Dec 7
The Constitutional Court ruled Indonesia's much-criticized truth and reconciliation commission to be illegal, casting doubt on whether victims of former dictator Suharto will ever see justice.
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