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2011 Dec 7
In Colombia a hillside loosened by heavy rains collapsed on a bus, killing five adults and a boy. Rains since Sept. 1 have caused at least 140 deaths.
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2011 Dec 7
In CongoDRC with 89.2% of precincts counted, Pres. Kabila had 8.3 million out of the 17.3 million votes, or 48%. Tshisekedi was trailing with 5.9 million votes, or 34%.
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2011 Dec 7
Egypt's military ruler swore-in a new government that he says will have more powers than its predecessor. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi promised to transfer some of his ruling military council's executive powers to PM Kamal el-Ganzouri. The Freedom and Justice Party said in a statement that it won 36 of the 56 seats awarded to individual candidates in voting which concluded on Dec 6. A member of the junta said the army would have a final say over those appointed to write a new constitution next year.
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2011 Dec 7
Iran blocked an Internet website, http://iran.usembassy.gov/, the United States was touting as a "virtual embassy," and which senior MPs slammed as an attempt to deceive the Iranian people and divide them from the government.
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2011 Dec 7
In Iraq a series of attacks mainly targeting security forces killed at least 5 people.
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2011 Dec 7
Israeli warplanes hit targets east of Gaza City, killing one militant and injuring another two, with the military saying they were planning to fire rockets across the border.
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2011 Dec 7
Israel's official Holocaust memorial says it has received its largest private donation ever, a $25 million gift from US casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. He also owns a leading daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, which is distributed in Israel for free.
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2011 Dec 7
Italian police captured Michele Zagaria, one of the country’s most-wanted fugitive mobsters, arresting the last major boss of the Casalesi clan of the Neapolitan Camorra, one of Italy's bloodiest mafia clans.
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2011 Dec 7
Japan offered a "heartfelt apology" for the systematic mistreatment of Canadian prisoners during World War Two, helping to heal ties between the two nations.
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2011 Dec 7
The Kenyan parliament approved a plan for their troops in southern Somalia to join a 9,000 strong African Union force supporting the weak UN-backed government based in Mogadishu.
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2011 Dec 7
In Kenya hundreds of doctors from public medical facilities marched through Nairobi to demand a larger stock of drugs in their hospitals, better equipment and better pay.
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2011 Dec 7
In Mexico gunmen attacked an ambulance in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing the driver, two patients and a fourth person in the vehicle. Authorities reported six other slayings in addition to the ambulance attack.
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2011 Dec 7
In Nepal hundreds of Buddhists demonstrated in Katmandu to protest the appointment of Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal to head a project to develop Lumbini, an area where Buddha was believed born.
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2011 Dec 7
In Nigeria a powerful explosion rocked the northern city of Kaduna, killing 7 people, wounding many others. A Red Cross report said two men on a motorbike had stopped in front of an auto parts shop in Kaduna just before the explosion went off. The police's anti-bomb squad had concluded that the blast was accidental.
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2011 Dec 7
The US government said it is giving Paraguay more than $1 million in equipment and training to help it combat a small guerrilla band in the north of the country.
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2011 Dec 7
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Russian authorities should annul the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, as popular indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud. Thousands of Russians have rallied in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the last two days, facing off against tens of thousands of police and Interior Ministry troops. Popular anger boiled over into a 3rd straight night of protests with scores arrested in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
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2011 Dec 7
In South Africa an investigation commissioned by the government into the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq cleared Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe of corruption. The probe was ordered in 2006 by then president Thabo Mbeki, into what has become known in the country as "Oilgate," to look at allegations of kickbacks sourced by senior members of the ruling party from the State Oil Marketing Organization of Iraq (SOMO). The UN oil-for-food program ran from 1996 until 2003.
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2011 Dec 7
Sudan's ruling party approved a new coalition government, giving representation to 14 other parties but keeping the top cabinet posts.
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2011 Dec 7
Syria’s Pres. Assad, speaking to veteran journalist Barbara Walters in a rare interview to foreign media, said he was not responsible for the bloodshed and drew a distinction between himself and individual members of the military. Assad dismissed the death toll, estimated by the UN at more than 4,000 people, saying: "Who said that the United Nations is a credible institution?"
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2011 Dec 7
In Thailand Arisman Pongruangrong, a militant leader of Thailand's "Red Shirt" protest movement, surrendered to authorities on terrorism charges over his role in opposition rallies last year, after almost 20 months on the run.
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2011 Dec 7
Yemeni regime and opposition spokesmen accused each other's forces of shelling government and residential areas in the capital. The accusations come in advance of the expected declaration of a national unity government to take over from ministers allied with embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Militants linked to al-Qaida attacked an army post in the south but were driven back, leaving nine of their dead behind. One soldier was also killed in the night firefight east of Zinjibar in Abyan province.
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2011 Dec 7
US Pres. Obama and Canada’s PM Stephen Harper announced a new bilateral accord, called Beyond the Border, regarding trade and shared border security.
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2011 Dec 7
India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee confirmed that retail reform to allow foreign supermarkets into India would be indefinitely suspended.
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2011 Dec 7
In Argentina Czech national Karel Abelovsky (51) was nabbed for trying to board a transatlantic flight with 247 live animals including poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles packed in a bulging suitcase.
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2012 Dec 7
Belarus Pres. Lukashenko signed a decree banning some industrial workers from leaving their jobs, in an effort to stem an expodus of workers to Russia.
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2012 Dec 7
In Brazil Michael Misick, the former jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos islands, was arrested after having disappeared a couple years ago.
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2012 Dec 7
Canada’s PM Stephen Harper approved China's biggest ever foreign takeover, a $15.1 billion bid by state-controlled CNOOC Ltd for energy company Nexen Inc., but drew a line in the sand against future buys by state-owned enterprises. He also approved a smaller deal for a Canadian gas producer by Petronas, Malaysia’s state energy company.
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2012 Dec 7
On the French island of Corsica a man was shot dead and at least 17 houses were bombed. The vacation destination is also home to criminal gangs and a simmering homegrown nationalist movement.
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2012 Dec 7
Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets after midday prayers in rival rallies and marches across Cairo, as the standoff deepened over what opponents call the Islamist president's power grab, raising the specter of more violence.
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2012 Dec 7
Ghana voters lined up to select their next president and parliament in a ballot that is expected to mark its sixth transparent election. 8 presidential contenders included President John Dramani Mahama and his main challenger Nana Akufo-Addo.
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2012 Dec 7
Iran's border police confiscated over 11 tons of narcotics after fierce clashes with drug traffickers in the southeast, the biggest single consignment ever seized in Iran's war against drugs.
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2012 Dec 7
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan’s Miyagi prefecture. This was the same Japanese coast devastated by last year's massive quake and tsunami. There were no reports of deaths or serious damage.
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2012 Dec 7
In Kenya a grenade thrown at worshippers leaving a mosque in a Somali neighborhood of Nairobi killed 3 people and wounded 15.
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2012 Dec 7
The Dutch government approved a NATO request to send two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems to Turkey, following in Germany's footsteps.
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2012 Dec 7
Khaled Mashaal, the exiled Hamas chief, broke into tears as he arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit. Mashaal had left the West Bank as a child. He leads the Islamic militant movement from Qatar.
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2012 Dec 7
In Qatar nearly 200 countries failed to reach a deal on a global climate pact following a 2-week UN conference in Doha.
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2012 Dec 7
Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad declared Damascus International Airport a "legitimate target" in a bid to cut off regime supplies, as clashes between government troops and rebels forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this week.
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2012 Dec 7
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived back home in Caracas after 10 days of medical treatment in Cuba.
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2012 Dec 7
Zimbabwe's Pres. Mugabe said he would fire government ministers accused of soliciting for bribes in a bid to purge corruption from his party as loyalists met at a convention to map out a winning election strategy to end a conflict-ridden four-year-old coalition.
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2012 Dec 7
In London nurse Jacintha Saldanha (46) was discovered hanging by a scarf from a wardrobe in her nurses' quarters by a colleague and a member of security staff at London's King Edward VII Hospital. She had answered the phone on Dec 4 when two Australian disc jockeys called to seek information about the former Kate Middleton, who was being treated for severe morning sickness.
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2013 Dec 7
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said that Afghanistan's defense minister reassured him that a security agreement with the US will be signed in a timely manner.
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2013 Dec 7
A cold snap in the US led to at least 6 weather-related deaths in traffic accidents. Over 100,000 people in the Dallas area were without power as were thousands in other states.
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2013 Dec 7
Australia's first gay marriages were celebrated in the national capital Canberra, despite the prospect of a High Court decision ruling against the unions later this week.
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2013 Dec 7
In Colombia 8 people were killed in a bombing blamed on FARC rebels currently engaged in peace talks with the government. 6 soldiers and 2 civilians died when a vehicle loaded with explosives blew up in the small town of Inza.
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2013 Dec 7
An Egyptian court acquitted 155 people arrested during deadly clashes in the capital between Islamist protesters and police in October.
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2013 Dec 7
French President Francois Hollande said France will increase its troop deployment in Central African Republic to 1,600 soldiers by this evening. Operation Sangaris was named after a local butterfly. The African Union agreed to increase its troops there to 6,000.
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2013 Dec 7
In Bali, Indonesia, WTO leaders, ending a 4-day meeting, reached a deal to boost global trade. The Trade Facilitation Agreement was approved by the 159 member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping alive the possibility that a broader agreement to create a level playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached in the future.
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2013 Dec 7
In Iraq a bomb went off inside an outdoor market in the northern city of Mosul, killing two shoppers and wounding 15 others. An hour later 2 people were killed and seven others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on a road frequently used by military convoys in Mishahda village, just north of Baghdad. Attacks nationwide killed 16 people, nine of whom were shot dead at alcohol shops in Baghdad.
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2013 Dec 7
The Italian foreign ministry said Marcello Rizzo (55) has been kidnapped in the Niger felta of Nigeria. Rizzo was said to have disappeared several days earlier.
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2013 Dec 7
Two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left for the annual hunt in the Antarctic Sea. The three ships departed from the western port of Shimonoseki to join other ships to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and up to 50 fin whales through March.
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2013 Dec 7
In northern Kenya more than 10 people were killed in fighting in the town of Moyale where troops have been sent to stop a week of fighting between rival ethnic groups that has sent thousands fleeing into Ethiopia.
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2013 Dec 7
Moroccan police violently suppressed a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara against a planned EU fishing accord with Rabat that covers the disputed territory's waters.
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2013 Dec 7
North Korea freed Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old US veteran of the Korean War, after a weekslong detention.
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2013 Dec 7
Pakistan's Supreme Court identified six 'missing persons' who relatives say were disappeared by the country's army from a detention center and ordered the defence ministry to produce them.
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2013 Dec 7
A Palestinian boy, Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramah (15), died of a gunshot wound in the occupied West Bank. His father and two friends blamed Israeli troops guarding a nearby settlement for the shooting. The father said the boy had left a grocery store when he was shot from the nearby settlement, about 300 meters away.
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2013 Dec 7
Polish authorities said icy winter storms with hurricane-force winds battering northern Europe have claimed four more lives in Poland, where some 350,000 homes remained without power. This brought the reported death toll from the storms across north Europe to 14.
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2013 Dec 7
In northeastern Romania Chevron Oil Co. suspended exploration for shale gas after hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences.
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2013 Dec 7
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced the resignation of First Vice President Ali Taha. Taha was replaced by Lieutenant General Bakri Hassan Saleh.
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2013 Dec 7
Syria’s largest Islamist rebel force seized arms depots belonging to the mainstream Western-backed Free Syrian Army. The Observatory said the arms had been brought across the border from Turkey and that five fighters were killed. Government aircraft pounded Raqqa, a rebel-held city in the country's northeast, killing at least 18 people including five children.
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2013 Dec 7
Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out a political comeback for her influential self-exiled brother and said an unpopular amnesty bill that would have allowed him to return has been scrapped.
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