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2012 Mar 13
A Pakistani court jailed Naseem Ahmed (42) for life for burning a Koran. The Muslim man said he would appeal the sentence, professing his innocence and saying he had no idea that a Koran was among a pile of books he set alight.
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2012 Mar 13
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Russia will abide by existing contracts to deliver weapons to Syria despite Pres. Assad's yearlong crackdown on the opposition.
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2012 Mar 13
Russian and South Korean scientists signed a deal on joint research intended to recreate a woolly mammoth, an animal which last walked the earth some 10,000 years ago.
Links: Russia, South Korea, Animal, BioTech     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Mar 13
Somalia's Shebab rebels banned the aid group Save the Children from operating in regions under their control. It accused Save the Children of distributing expired porridge to children, as well as corruption and failing to comply with the rules laid down by the Al Qaeda-linked group.
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2012 Mar 13
South African wildlife dealer Jacques Els (39) was sentenced to eight years in jail over 38 horns cut off sedated rhinos. Els was arrested in 2010 after buying the horns for 760,000 rands ($100,000, 77,000 euros) from game farm manager Tommie Fourie who drugged the animals and cut off their trademark spikes. Els claimed the horns were removed from the animals "to protect them from poaching."
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2012 Mar 13
In Switzerland a bus carrying Belgian students returning from a ski holiday crashed into a wall in a tunnel near Sierre, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds and six adults. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries.
Links: Switzerland, Tragedy, Bus Crash     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2012 Mar 13
The Syrian army recaptured the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, a major base that military defectors had held for months. An international rights group, meanwhile, said the regime was mining the border with Turkey. The LCC and the Observatory said that bodies of six people were found today near the village of Maaret Shoureen in Idlib province.
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2012 Mar 13
The Zimbabwean government and mining firm Zimplats reached an agreement to transfer a 51 percent stake to local investors, as required by the country's controversial "indigenization" policy.
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2012 Mar 13
In Bahrain vandals smashed the windows of one of country’s oldest Shiite mosques and ransacked offices and prayer areas, making sure to pull down some framed parchments with Quranic verses. Shiite clerics claim at least 38 mosques and affiliated sites, such as charity offices, have been destroyed since the revolt began in February 2011.
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2012 Mar 13
In Colombia oil tankers carrying oil from the Ombu field in Caqueta came under fire from guerrillas leaving 2 civilians dead.
Links: Colombia, Oil     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2012 Mar 13
Some 3,000 people gathered in Liverpool, England, for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress.
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2012 Mar 13
Japan, the EU and the US brought a case to the World Trade Organization (WTO) alleging that China was exporting too little of tungsten, molybdenum and 17 rare earth elements.
Links: USA, China, Japan, EU, WTO     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Mar 13
In Nigeria a strike at Aero Contractors Co. of Nigeria Ltd., halted flights "temporarily."
Links: Aviation, Nigeria     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Mar 13
In New York Kurt Myers (64) started a fire in his apartment in Mohawk and then killed two customers in a nearby barbershop. He then drove to nearby Herkimer and killed two more people before holing up in an abandoned building. Myers was killed the next day in an exchange of gunfire with police.
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2013 Mar 13
Shares of Silver Spring Networks (SSNI) of Redwood City, Ca., closed at $22 in an IPO of 4.75 million shares on the NYSE. The maker of smart meter technology jumped nearly 30% from the $17 offer.
Links: USA, Technology, SF Bay Area, NYSE, IPO     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
2013 Mar 13
Afghan intelligence agents killed five suspected suicide bombers and arrested two others, all members of the militant Haqqani network, during a raid in which a truck was seized with 7,200 pounds of explosive on the outskirts of Kabul.
Links: Afghan, Terrorism     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Mar 13
In Afghanistan several people were killed and injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of sports fans watching a buzkashi game in Kunduz province.
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2013 Mar 13
Bahrain’s public prosecutor's office said six people have been detained over the last couple of days for allegedly defaming the country's ruler on Twitter.
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2013 Mar 13
Croatia's parliament approved the withdrawal of some 100 peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights amid fears they could be targeted by Syrian government troops fighting the rebels.
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2013 Mar 13
In Egypt a leaked report concluded that police were behind the killing of nearly 900 protesters in Tahrir Square during the 18-day uprising that began on Jan 25, 2011.
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2013 Mar 13
German authorities banned three ultraconservative Islamic groups, including one whose Internet propaganda videos helped inspire the extremist who killed two American airmen at Frankfurt airport in 2011.
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2013 Mar 13
Greenland held elections. Aleqa Hammond (47) looked set to be Greenland's first female prime minister after her social democratic Siumut party won 42 percent of the 31-seat parliament on a platform of greater control and heavier taxation of foreign mining.
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2013 Mar 13
Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq freed eight captured Turkish soldiers and officials as part of peace efforts between Turkey and the rebel group aimed at ending a decades-long conflict.
Links: Iraq, Turkey, Kurds     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Mar 13
Scientists said that the number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 59% this year, falling to its lowest level since record keeping began 20 years ago.
Links: Italy, Mexico, Insects     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Mar 13
New Zealand lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage, all but assuring that it will soon become law.
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2013 Mar 13
In Karachi, Pakistan, gunmen shot and killed pioneering activist Perween Rahman (54), the director of the Orangi Pilot Project, who helped bring services like sewer and water to the city's poorest neighborhoods.
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2013 Mar 13
In southwest Pakistan gunmen abducted two female Czech tourists and their police guard as they were traveling on a bus through troubled Baluchistan province.
Links: Pakistan, Czech Rep.     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Mar 13
In Saudi Arabia 7 men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery were beheaded, more than a week after their families and a rights group appealed to the king for clemency. One of the men told The Associated Press in early March that he was only 15 when he was arrested as part of a ring that stole jewelry in 2004 and 2005. Nasser al-Qahtani said he was tortured to confess and had no access to lawyers.
Links: Mayhem, Saudi Arabia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2013 Mar 13
Syrian government troops fought fierce battles with rebels for control of key neighborhoods in the north of Damascus. A European Union staff member was killed in a rocket attack in an opposition stronghold south of the capital. Fighting also raged in other cities, including in Homs, where the regime pounded rebel positions with artillery and carried out several airstrikes on the Baba Amr district.
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2013 Mar 13
Tunisian vendor Adel Khedhri (27) died of full-body burns a day after setting himself ablaze. He was from a poor town in northwestern Tunisia and had struggled to find a steady job to support his mother and siblings.
Links: Suicide, Tunisia     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2013 Mar 13
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (76), known for his work with the poor in Buenos Aires' slums, was elected as the 266th Pope. He became the first Jesuit pope and first non-European since the Middle Ages and decided to call himself Francis after St. Francis of Assisi.
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2013 Mar 13
Zimbabwe's official election body said it will not back down on its ban preventing a leading human rights group from monitoring a referendum o0n a new constitution on March 16.
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2013 Mar 13
Ken Salazar, US Interior Sec., announced plans for two large federal solar projects in the California desert.
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2013 Mar 13
Chile officially opened the $1.3 billion Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the world’s most powerful radio telescope. It consisted of 66 dishes.
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2013 Mar 13
The 2012 A.M Turing Award for computer scientists was awarded to Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali of MIT.
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2014 Mar 13
The Colorado Court of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment 64 took effect in Dec 1012, are eligible to have their convictions for possessing small amount of marijuana dismissed. The amendment allowed adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
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2014 Mar 13
In Texas Rashad Charjuan Owens (21) drove drunk into a crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin leaving 2 people dead and 23 injured. 9 remained hospitalized in critical condition. A 3rd person died of her injuries on March 17.
Links: USA, Tragedy, Texas, Drunk     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Mar 13
US border agent Esteban Manzanares (32) committed suicide. He was accused of kidnapping and assaulting an immigrant woman, her daughter and another girl a day earlier in Mission, Texas.
Links: USA, Sex, Texas     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Mar 13
US authorities said Ahmed Bel Bacha (44), held for 12 years without charge at Guantanamo Bay, has been turned over to the Algerian government. This reduced the Gitmo prisoner population to 154.
Links: Algeria, USA, Gitmo     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Mar 13
In Texas a suspected drunk driver plowed into a crowd of SXSW festival-goers in Austin early today, killing 2 people and injuring 23.
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2014 Mar 13
Bosnian police said the driver of a city bus was killed when a man threw a hand grenade into the vehicle as it stood at a bus stop in Banja Luka.
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2014 Mar 13
Edward Haughey (70), Northern Ireland's wealthiest man, died after his helicopter crashed in thick fog in eastern England. He had founded Norbrook Laboratories, a world-leading veterinary drugs company.
Links: Britain, Air Crash, Northern Ireland     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Mar 13
The Toronto National Post reported that a new generation of mutant lice have become immune to poisons of decades past and constituted 97.1% of all Canadian head lice cases.
Links: Canada, Insects, Hair     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2014 Mar 13
Police in southwestern China took away veteran activist Huang Qi, who runs a rights monitoring website, and seized his computers and mobile phones in Chengdu.
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2014 Mar 13
Czech priest and intellectual Tomas Halik (65) won the 2014 Templeton Prize. Halik pushed for religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and became a leading advocate of dialogue among different faiths and non-believers.
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2014 Mar 13
East African heads of state met in Addis Ababa in the latest push for peace in war-torn South Sudan, where almost three months of raging conflict has left thousands dead.
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2014 Mar 13
Egypt brokered a ceasefire aimed at ending a flare-up of rocket attacks from Gaza on Israeli towns and Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian enclave.
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2014 Mar 13
In Egypt an attack on an army bus killed one officer and wounded three others in Cairo. The army blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, who in turn strongly condemned the attack.
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2014 Mar 13
El Salvador’s electoral court said Sanchez Ceren (69), the leftist candidate of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), won the March 9 presidential election with got 50.1% of the votes.
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2014 Mar 13
The Paris-based OECD said it has postponed all activities related to Russia's accession to the organization following a request from its 34 members.
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2014 Mar 13
Germany's Angela Merkel warned Moscow that it risked "massive" political and economic damage if it refused to change course on Ukraine.
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2014 Mar 13
In Germany Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was found guilty and sentenced to 3½ years in prison for evading millions of euros (dollars) in tax through an undeclared Swiss bank account.
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2014 Mar 13
Israeli warplanes pounded 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state as Gaza militants resumed rocket fire. Israel’s defense ministry shut down the Kerem Shalom goods crossing into southern Gaza following rocket fire over the border.
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2014 Mar 13
In Lebanon clashes broke out in Tripoli after gunmen fatally shot a Sunni man who had Alawite relatives and lived in a mostly Alawite area of the city.
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2014 Mar 13
Madagascar said it has restored ties with the International Monetary Fund for the first time since a coup in 2009.
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2014 Mar 13
Malaysian police arrested 62 people who had illegally crossed the porous border between Thailand and Malaysia.
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2014 Mar 13
In Mexico a top leader of the self-defense movement in Michoacan state was charged in the murder of two members of a rival vigilante faction.
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2014 Mar 13
New Zealand's Reserve Bank raised its benchmark interest rate by quarter of a percentage point to 2.75 percent after holding it at a record low for three years.
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2014 Mar 13
In northern Nigeria attackers returned to Marabar Kindo village in Katsina state and gunned down another 7 villagers.
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2014 Mar 13
Russia said it will impose symmetrical sanctions if the United States and European Union impose their own.
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