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2009 Dec 7
In Somalia hundreds of students marched in Mogadishu's streets in the first known protest against Islamic militants, as Somalia's government warned that militants are planning suicide attacks against key installations in Mogadishu.
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2009 Dec 7
South Africa offered to slash the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent by 2025, but in exchange wants rich nations to expand aid for poor countries to cope with climate change.
Links: Environment, South Africa     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
In Sudan southern protesters torched offices of the ruling party after Khartoum police arrested 3 southern leaders and dozens of protesters in a crackdown against a pro-reform demonstration. Pagan Amum, Yassir Arman and Abbas Gumma from the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) were freed after a few hours.
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2009 Dec 7
Brazilian authorities arrested 11 people in an alleged US work-visa scam that raked in more than $50 million from thousands of Brazilians since 2002. Some of those scammed went to the US and wound up as illegal aliens because promised jobs didn't exist.
Links: Brazil, USA, Scam     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
In China 8 children died in a crush after someone stumbled while hundreds of children leaving their evening classes raced down the narrow stairway closest to their dormitory in Xiangxiang city, Hunan province.
Links: China, Tragedy, Kids     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Dec 7
Kenyan police arrested a suspected weapons smuggler with up to 100,000 bullets and an assortment of guns, a huge cache in a country with stringent gun laws.
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2009 Dec 7
President Hugo Chavez said that Venezuela has received thousands of Russian-made missiles and rocket launchers as part of his government's military preparations for a possible armed conflict with neighboring Colombia.
Links: Russia, Venezuela     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
Pres. Obama met with Turkey’s PM Recep Erdogan, who stressed the role of diplomacy in persuading Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. Erdogan made clear his unwillingness to back new coercion and said he was willing to mediate negotiations.
Links: Turkey, USA, Iran, ObamaB     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
In New York a federal jury convicted Joseph Bruno, a former NY state Senate leader, on 2 counts of corruption.
Links: USA, New York, Corruption     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
Government forces in the Central African Republic attacked rebel positions near the border with Chad to prevent them from storming a key northern town. Several fighters from the rebel Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) were reported killed as well as 2 government soldiers.
Links: Central African Rep.     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2009 Dec 7
Rick Hendricks, SF-based composer and steel guitar player, passed away of brain cancer as a huge gathering of the musical cohorts and many friends assembled at the Amnesia club, San Francisco's home of bluegrass and roots music, on Valencia Street.
Links: USA, SF, Pop&Rock, Bluegrass     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
Scientists at Stanford University in California reported that they have successfully turned paper coated with ink made of silver and carbon nanomaterials into a "paper battery" that holds promise for new types of lightweight, high-performance energy storage.
Links: USA, Technology, SF Bay Area     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
In Turkey a Kurdish rebel group, acting on its own initiative, carried out an assault in the central city of Tokat killing 7 Turkish soldiers. 3 soldiers were also wounded in the rebel ambush on a military vehicle.
Links: Turkey, Kurds     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
Virgin Galactic unveiled its first commercial spaceship, the VSS Enterprise, at the Mohave Air and Space Port in California. Initial trips to the edge of space were expected to cost $200,000 per person.
Links: USA, California, Space     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 Dec 7
In Utah Susan Powell (28) was last seen at her West Valley City home as her husband, Josh Powell, took their two boys (ages 2 and 4) on a camping trip. Powell later claimed she ran off with another man. In 2012 authorities found her blood in the family home and a hand-written note expressing fear about her husband.
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2009 Dec 7
A Pakistani convoy embarked to Waziristan from Peshawar as a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police check point, killing 11 people.
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2010 Dec 7
Pres. Obama reached a deal with GOP leaders to extend all tax cuts in return for an extension of unemployment benefits.
Links: USA, Labor, Taxes, ObamaB     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
The New York Times reported that US officials believe the militant group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, has acquired an arsenal of some 50,000 rockets and missiles, raising fears of an enlarged conflict with Israel. Iran and Syria were named as the sources.
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2010 Dec 7
The three-yearly OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report said the United States has fallen from top of the class to average in world education rankings and warned of US economic losses from the trend. America came 26th in a ranking of high school math scores.
Links: USA, Math, OECD, Education     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
In California 52 Filipino hospital workers sued their employer, Delano Regional Medical Center, alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English.
Links: USA, California, Philippines, Language     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Dec 7
Data released on education in California indicated that in 2009 some 37% of African American students in public schools had dropped out. The Hispanic dropout rate was 27%. The general dropout rate in SF was 9%, in Oakland it was 40%.
Links: USA, California, Education     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
In Connecticut the maker of Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer in what is believed to be the first wrongful-death settlement won from a chewing tobacco company.
Links: USA, Smoking, Connecticut, Lawsuit     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange was remanded in custody until December 14 by a London court after he said he would fight extradition to Sweden where he faces rape allegations.
Links: Britain, Sweden, Internet     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
Elizabeth Edwards (b.1949), separated wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, died in North Carolina of cancer.
Links: USA, North Carolina     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, a senior US Marine general in Afghanistan, declared the battle in the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah "essentially over."
Links: USA, Afghan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Dec 7
John James Audubon's "Birds of America," a rare blend of art, natural history and craftsmanship, sold for more than $10.27 million at a London auction, making it the world's most expensive book.
Links: Britain, USA, Birds     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
China hit back at the United States and its Asian allies for their refusal to talk to North Korea, saying dialogue was the only way to calm escalating tension on the divided Korean peninsula.
Links: USA, China, North Korea     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
In central China an explosion at a coal mine killed 26 miners who were working despite an order to halt production, while a mine tunnel collapse elsewhere left four dead in the latest accidents to strike the country's mining industry.
Links: China, Labor, Tragedy     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
Hendrik Coetzee (35), an acclaimed South African outdoorsman, was dragged from his craft by a crocodile on the Lukuga River in Congo. 2 Americans watched, horrified, and paddled to safety. Coetzee was leading a kayaking expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo. In 2004 he had kayaked down the Nile, four months and 4,200 miles, from source to sea.
Links: South Africa, CongoDRC, Reptile     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
The EU conceded that its previous bank stress tests were not stringent enough as it confirmed that it will start a new round in February, while the continent's strongest economies bet they can sort out the region's debt crisis without the need to top up bailout funds.
Links: EU, Banking     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Dec 7
An expert report submitted to the French foreign ministry said respected French epidemiologist Professor Renaud Piarroux conducted a study in Haiti last month and concluded the epidemic began with an imported strain of the disease that could be traced back to the Nepalese base.
Links: Haiti, France, Nepal, Microbiology     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
Georgia said it has arrested six people, all of them Georgian citizens, suspected of being agents for Russia and accused them of staging a series of explosions, including one outside the US Embassy in the capital.
Links: Georgia, Russia, Espionage     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
Leaders of six US-allied Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs. The 2-day gathering of leaders from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman followed the publication of leaked US diplomatic memos that revealed deeper concern among Gulf Arab leaders over Tehran's nuclear program than had previously been known.
Links: Qatar, UAR, Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Nuclear     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
In Haiti furious supporters of an apparently eliminated candidate set fires and manned barricades in the streets of Port-au-Prince after officials announced that government protege Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat would advance to a runoff in presidential elections.
Links: Haiti, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
In India a bomb hidden in a metal canister exploded in Varanasi as thousands gathered for a Hindu ceremony, killing a toddler and triggering a stampede that left many others wounded.
Links: India, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Dec 7
Israel expressed disappointment with Argentina's recognition of a Palestinian state in territories Israel occupied in 1967, saying they undercut American-led efforts to create such a state through negotiations with Israel.
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2010 Dec 7
In Israel 3 dozen top rabbis threw their support behind a religious ruling barring Jews from selling or renting homes to non-Jews, an indication of growing radicalism within the rabbinical community at a time of mounting friction between Israeli Arabs and Jews.
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2010 Dec 7
In the Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo, the man who the UN says lost the country’s presidential election, went ahead with naming his new cabinet anyway. He tapped Charles Ble Goude as minister of youth, professional education and employment. Goude was sanctioned in 2006 by both the US and UN. He has been accused of making repeated public statements advocating violence against foreigners and UN installations and personnel.
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2010 Dec 7
Mexico's Defense Department said soldiers killed six assailants in a clash in the northern state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas. In Cancun police said they found the bodies of three men who had been shot to death in neighborhoods far from where UN Climate Change conference was taking place. The body of a fourth man was found in another Cancun neighborhood.
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2010 Dec 7
Nigeria's anti-corruption agency charged former US Vice President Dick Cheney over a bribery scheme involving oil services firm Halliburton Co. during the time he served as its top executive. A Nigerian court charged Charles Okah, the brother of an alleged militant, and three other suspects with treason and terrorism over the October 1 Independence Day twin car bombings that killed 12 people.
Links: USA, Oil, Nigeria     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 Dec 7
In Norway Nobel officials said China and 18 other countries have declined to attend this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, as China unleashed a new barrage deriding the decision.
Links: China, Nobel Prize, Norway     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
In Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying the top official in the restive Baluchistan province, wounding 9 people but leaving the chief minister unscathed.
Links: Pakistan, Suicide, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
In Saudi Arabia the Omma Conference magazine said in a statement posted on its website that police arrested its editor Mohammed Al-Abdul Karim at his home and took him to Hayer prison outside the capital Riyadh. In an article last week, Al-Abdul Karim predicted that Abdullah's death might cause the oil-rich kingdom to fall apart.
Links: Saudi Arabia, Journalism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 Dec 7
South Korea's Pres. Lee Myung-bak promised to transform five islands that lie along the tense maritime border with North Korea into "military fortresses" impervious to the kind of deadly attack the rival neighbor launched last month.
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2010 Dec 7
In Switzerland 6 world powers wrapped up two days of "substantive" talks with Iran on its contentious nuclear program, with the two sides agreeing to meet again in Istanbul next month.
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2010 Dec 7
In the Netherlands a teacher (27) was arrested on suspicion of molesting dozens of very young children. The man's computers containing child pornography were seized and he later confessed to dozens of sex crimes allegedly committed over the past year and a half.
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2010 Dec 7
Jordanian computer engineer Mohammed Rateb Qteishat (33) was killed by Iraqi forces in Mosul. He was an al-Qaida operative fighting American forces in Iraq. In 2006, he was sentenced to death in absentia in his native Jordan for plotting attacks on Americans in Jordan and attempting to blow up hotels in Amman.
Links: Iraq, Jordan     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Dec 7
In San Francisco police cleared the Occupy SF encampment in an early morning raid. Demonstrators returned in the evening and clashed with police. A half dozen people were arrested, but police pulled back as demonstrators refused to leave Justin Herman Plaza.
Links: USA, SF, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Dec 7
In Illinois a federal judge sentenced impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, giving little weight to Blagojevich's first-ever apology this morning since his arrest three years ago.
Links: USA, Illinois     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Dec 7
In Nevada 5 people were killed when a helicopter flying tourists over the Hoover Dam crashed into a mountain range bordering Lake Mead.
Links: USA, Air Crash, Nevada     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2011 Dec 7
In Pennsylvania prosecutors abandoned their 30-year push for the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther convicted in 1982 of killing police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal (58) will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Links: USA, Pennsylvania     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Dec 7
US scientists reported strong evidence that water flowed on Mars some 3.5 billion years ago. The evidence was based on the robot rover Opportunity finding a vein of gypsum (calcium sulfate) on the rim of a crater.
Links: USA, Mars, Robot     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Dec 7
TV and film star Harry Morgan (b.1915 as Harry Bratsberg) died in Los Angeles. He had played Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom MASH as well as Bill Gannon in Dragnet.
Links: USA, TV, Film Star     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Dec 7
In southern Afghanistan a minibus struck a roadside bomb, triggering an explosion that killed 19 Afghan civilians in Helmand province.
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2011 Dec 7
Bahrain's Health Ministry said a woman (27), who was seriously hurt during a recent anti-government protest, has died of her injuries. Bahrain halted trial proceedings for over 100 athletes and dropped all charges related to their participation in street protests against the island's Sunni monarchy. It was unclear what will happen to athletes already convicted.
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2011 Dec 7
The Brazilian government said it will invest more than $2 billion to curb the spread of crack cocaine.
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2011 Dec 7
Scotland Yard said Ilir Nazmi Kumbaro (58), a former Albanian intelligence chief, is on the run after failing to attend a Dec 1 extradition hearing in Britain over charges of torture and kidnap in his homeland.
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2011 Dec 7
Cambodia opened the Kamchay dam, the country's largest hydropower dam to date. The $280 million dollar Chinese-funded project has destroyed hundreds of hectares of forest and farmland and attracted criticism from environmental groups.
Links: China, Cambodia, Environment     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 Dec 7
Chinese authorities said police last week had arrested 608 suspects and rescued 178 children in busts of two separate child trafficking networks.
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2011 Dec 7
China inserted itself into the fight over oil between Sudan and its former territory South Sudan, sending a special envoy to try to break a deadlock between two rivals who often appear on the brink of renewed conflict.
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