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2011 Feb 24
Sudan's army attacked remnants of a divided rebel movement in the western Darfur region, setting off clashes that killed 25 of the fighters and two government soldiers.
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2011 Feb 24
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered his forces to offer "full protection" to anti-regime protesters and loyalists alike, after 15 people died in an uprising against his rule.
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2011 Feb 24
Somali pirates captured a sailboat carrying Danish couple Jan Quist Johansen his wife Birgit Marie and three children (12-16), along with two adult crew members, also Danes. All seven were released on September 6.
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2011 Feb 24
In Texas a fire at a Houston home used for daycare killed 4 children. Jessica Tata (22), accused of leaving the children unattended while a stovetop burner was on, was later charged with reckless injury to a child. She fled to her native Nigeria. On March 19 Tata was arrested in Nigeria and was returned to the US on March 21. On Nov 20, 2012, Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
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2012 Feb 24
In West Virginia a judge approved a settlement in a class-action suit by residents of Nitro who said Monsanto had polluted their area by burning dioxin wastes left over from the production of Agent Orange.
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2012 Feb 24
In Afghanistan anti-US protesters tried to storm a US consulate and march on NATO headquarters in Kabul as violent demonstrations over the burning of Korans pushed into a fourth day, pushing the death toll to 24 people.
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2012 Feb 24
Angola's state oil company Sonangol announced it is withdrawing from a natural-gas project in Iran due to international sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program.
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2012 Feb 24
A British legal filing indicated that fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov (48), accused of embezzling at least $5.0 billion (3.2 billion pounds) from his former Kazakh bank BTA, is believed to have fled Britain on a coach bound for France to escape a jail sentence for contempt of court.
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2012 Feb 24
Christopher Tappin (65), a retired British businessman, arrived in the United States after failing to overturn an extradition order. He was accused of plotting to sell missile components to Iran.
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2012 Feb 24
Greece launched its official offer for a massive bond swap designed to knock euro107 billion ($142 billion) off its debt held by banks and other private investors.
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2012 Feb 24
Haitian PM Garry Conille abruptly resigned his post, giving the country a new political crisis that is likely to distract the government and further delay efforts to rebuild from the devastating January 2010 earthquake. His resignation was thought to have stemmed from disagreements with Pres. Martelly and his inner circle.
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2012 Feb 24
Israeli warplanes launched an early morning strike at a Gaza target, hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel. Palestinian Talat Ramia (25) was shot and killed as he hurled exploding fireworks at Israeli forces in al-Ram.
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2012 Feb 24
Japan said some areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was wrecked last year by a massive tsunami will likely remain permanently off-limits.
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2012 Feb 24
The UN said clashes between the army and Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have forced 126,400 people to flee their homes since mid-January and called for $35.6 million (26.5 million euros) to cover the needs of those displaced by the escalating conflict.
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2012 Feb 24
In New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble Discoverer in a bid to prevent it sailing to the Arctic, where it has been contracted by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell to conduct exploratory drilling. On Feb 27 police arrested Lawless along with five other Greenpeace activists.
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2012 Feb 24
In Nigeria suspected members of the Boko Haram sect gunned down five worshippers inside a mosque as evening prayers ended in Kano. Gunmen suspected of being Boko Haram Islamists killed a dozen people when they razed a police station after failing to storm a jail in Gombe city.
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2012 Feb 24
Pakistan publicly called on the Taliban for the first time to engage the Afghan government in US-backed peace talks, a potentially significant move that could help pave the way for a settlement to end the decade-long war. Suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades attacked a police station, killing four officers in the second attack in as many days in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Militants attacked troops deployed in Khyber tribal district and the ensuing fighting left three soldiers and seven militants dead. Hundreds of Pakistani activists took to the streets, chanting "Death to America", demanding that their leaders resign and setting fire to a US flag over the burning of Korans in Afghanistan.
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2012 Feb 24
Russia welcomed the appointment of Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League envoy for the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate ceasefire to evacuate wounded from the city of Homs.
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2012 Feb 24
Serbia and its one-time province of Kosovo reached agreement on two key issues that will significantly enhance Serbia's chances of becoming an official candidate for EU membership next week. The agreements allow Kosovo to represent itself in international conferences and spell out the technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders and border crossings.
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2012 Feb 24
In southern Somalia a missile strike killed four Al-Qaeda allied Shebab rebels, as the extremists were squeezed on three fronts by regional forces.
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2012 Feb 24
Syrian government troops shelled rebel-held areas in central Syria, killing at least 22 people. Thousands of people in dozens of towns across Syria staged anti-regime protests under the slogan: "We will revolt for your sake, Baba Amr," referring to the besieged Homs neighborhood that has become the center of the Syrian revolt. The Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent evacuated seven Syrians wounded in shelling by regime forces as well as 20 sick women and children. They were taken to Homs' Al-Amine hospital.
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2012 Feb 24
The Tanzania-based UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda referred fugitive suspect Fulgence Kayishema's case to Kigali, the second such handover after initially refusing to do so on account that Rwandan courts could not guarantee fair trials.
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2012 Feb 24
In Turkey doctors at Hacettepe University transplanted two arms and two legs on Sevket Cavdar (27). He had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was accidentally electrocuted. The world's 1st quadruple limb transplant soon failed due to tissue incompatibility.
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2012 Feb 24
Tunisian police wielding batons beat back several dozen pro-Syrian protesters trying to enter the venue of an international meeting on the Syria crisis. The US secretary of state and other leading Western and Arab officials were in Tunis for the "Friends of Syria" meeting aimed at increasing pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime over its bloody crackdown on the opposition.
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2012 Feb 24
Zimbabwe's national airline suspended all its flights indefinitely, after the latest revival effort collapsed this week. The struggling carrier battled against debts reported in December at $140 million.
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2012 Feb 24
The Interamerican Court of Human Rights condemned the Chilean government for denying Magistrate Karen Atala custody of her three daughters because she is a lesbian. Atala filed a complaint with the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights in Nov. 2004 after Chile's Supreme Court decided to give custody of her daughters to her ex-husband because she is lesbian.
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2013 Feb 24
In the 85th Annual Academy Awards Jennifer Lawrence wins the Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for "Lincoln”; Best Picture went to "Argo." A Best Picture/Best Director split occurred since Ben Affleck was curiously not nominated for the award.
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2013 Feb 24
Afghanistan's president said all US special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in Kabul and outlying areas, leaving at least 7 dead, including the 4 bombers.
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2013 Feb 24
Cuba's parliament reconvened with new membership. Raul Castro announced that he will step down in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel (52) as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession.
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2013 Feb 24
Greek Cypriots voted for a new president. Conservative opposition party leader Nicos Anastasiades garnered 45.46% of the vote in the first round of voting, some 18 points over communist-backed Stavros Malas. With nearly all the votes counted, Anastasiades had 57.48% of the ballots, far ahead of Malas' 42.52%.
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2013 Feb 24
In Egypt thousands of brick workers blocked railroad tracks from a southern city to Cairo for a second day to protest rising industrial oil prices, causing the cancellation of some services. Residents of Port Said pressed their general strike which entered its second week.
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2013 Feb 24
In Ethiopia 11 African countries signed a UN-drafted peace deal to stabilize Congo, where rebels allegedly backed by neighboring countries last year threatened to oust the government.
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2013 Feb 24
In Greece a helicopter swooped down on the Trikala prison courtyard as armed men on board fired on guards and lowered a rope to help convicted killer Panagiotis Vlastos make his fourth attempt to escape from a Greek prison. Vlastos was wounded the helicopter was grounded in the failed escape.
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2013 Feb 24
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported that Gen. Hamid Tabatabaei, a commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, has been killed in the country's Kurdish northwest.
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2013 Feb 24
Italy began 2 days of parliamentary elections.
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2013 Feb 24
Palestinians called for an international investigation of Israel's treatment of detained Palestinians, after a 30-year-old Palestinian died in custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of West Bank protests.
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2013 Feb 24
Syrian rebels used captured tanks to launch a fresh offensive on a government complex housing a police academy in Aleppo as they continued to log a string of strategic victories against President Bashar Assad's troops who countered with airstrikes.
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2013 Feb 24
Syrian comedian Yassin Bakoush (75) was killed by a mortar round that landed on his car in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus. SANA state news said he was killed by a rebel mortar round. The anti-regime Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was a rocket-propelled grenade launched by government troops.
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2013 Feb 24
Zimbabwe's broke coalition government said it has raised enough money privately to pay for a referendum on a new constitution scheduled March 16.
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2014 Feb 24
Harold Ramis (b.1944), American writer, director and actor, died at his Chicago-area home. His film work included Meatballs” (1979), “Caddyshack” (1980), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Groundhog Day” (1993), and “Analyze This” (1999).
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2014 Feb 24
In Central African Republic Chadian peacekeepers shot dead 3 civilians in a Christian neighborhood of Bangui. Witnesses said anti-Balaka Christian militiamen killed at least 70 Muslims in the remote southwest village of Guen earlier this month.
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2014 Feb 24
The military-installed government of Egyptian PM Hazem al-Beblawi said it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely bring army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power. Beblawi said the his government would remain in a caretaker role until the interim president signs off on the resignations.
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2014 Feb 24
Indian attorney general Ghoolam Vahanvati told the Supreme Court the prosecution did not intend to proceed against Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, accused of killing two fisherman, under the anti-piracy section of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts. The sailors said they mistook two fishermen for pirates during the incident in February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state.
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2014 Feb 24
Indian soldiers killed 7 rebels in a gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
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2014 Feb 24
Indonesian officials said floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains killed at least 11 people in Papua province.
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2014 Feb 24
In Iraq Atheel al-Nujaifi, governor of Nineveh province and the parliament speaker's brother, survived the third attempt on his life this month, as violence across the country killed 35 people.
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2014 Feb 24
Two Israeli raids hit a Hezbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria. Lebanon's National News Agency soon confirmed the report, adding that the raids struck the countryside of the Lebanese border town of Nabi Sheet.
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2014 Feb 24
In Lebanon actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie completed a surprise 3-day visit to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement Syria's three-year conflict has created.
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2014 Feb 24
Libyan police found 7 Egyptian Christians shot dead on a beach outside Benghazi. This was the second such execution-style killing in Libya since the start of the year.
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2014 Feb 24
In Morocco hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and stones stormed the six-meter (20-foot) high double barbed wire border fence in a bid to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla, with about 100 of them making it across.
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2014 Feb 24
In northwest Pakistan unknown gunmen near Miranshah killed Asmatullah Shaheen Bitani, a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, along with 3 of his aides. 2 security guards were killed and more than a dozen people wounded in a suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in Peshawar.
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2014 Feb 24
Hamas authorities said Gaza police have arrested family members over the deaths of two Palestinian teenage girls, one of them the victim of a suspected "honor" killing.”
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2014 Feb 24
A Russian court sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years over a protest against President Vladimir Putin as police detained hundreds of supporters outside.
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2014 Feb 24
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for a week by a court for resisting arrest at a protest over the convictions of activists for attacking police at a 2012 rally against President Putin. On Feb 28 a Moscow court put Navalny under house arrest, forbidding him from using the Internet or communicating with anyone outside his family.
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2014 Feb 24
In Saudi Arabia three security officers were wounded, one critically, by gunfire outside a police station in a flashpoint village in the mostly Shi'ite Muslim area of Qatif.
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2014 Feb 24
In central Syria air raids on rebel-held towns killed 18 people. Airstrikes killed some 10 people in the northern city of Sheikh Khader.
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2014 Feb 24
Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protests in Bangkok, has been staying outside the city and ruled out resigning despite a series of deadly attacks heaping pressure on her administration.
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2014 Feb 24
Uganda's Pres. Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality, defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors and a US warning that it will complicate relations.
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2014 Feb 24
Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for months against his rule. The head of the city administration in Sevastopol quit amid the turmoil, and protesters replaced a Ukrainian flag near the city hall building with a Russian flag. Andriy Klyuyev, President Viktor Yanukovych's chief of staff until Sunday, was wounded by gunfire and hospitalized.
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2014 Feb 24
In Uruguay Carlos Paez Vilaro (90), a self-trained painter, sculptor, screenwriter, musician and architect, died. He championed Afro-Uruguayan Candombe music and dance, created colorful murals in dozens of cities around the world, and built a huge "living sculpture" that became an iconic 50-room hotel.
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