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What happend on December 20th 2005

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UN warns of fresh Darfur threat

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 0:51
related countries: Sudan Sudan

The UN's humanitarian chief says killings and rapes are threatening the humanitarian effort in Sudan's Darfur.
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Netanyahu wins Likud leader poll

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 2:59
related countries: Israel Israel

Former PM Binyamin Netanyahu is named as the new leader of Israel's right-wing Likud party.
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US Mafia godfather Gigante dies

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 4:23
related countries: United States United States

Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, one of the leading mafia godfathers has died in prison, authorities say.
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Australian faces death in Vietnam

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 5:58
related countries: Vietnam Vietnam, Aruba Aruba

An Australian of Vietnamese origin is sentenced to death for drug trafficking, a court official in Vietnam confirms.
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Tamil Tigers urged to end unrest

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 6:26
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Norway Norway, United States United States

The EU, the US, Japan and Norway urge Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels to end violence "immediately".
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Chad fightback 'kills 300 rebels'

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 6:32
related countries: Chad Chad, Sudan Sudan

Chad says its armed forces killed 300 rebels who attacked a town near the border with Sudan.
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Indonesia pilot jailed for murder

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 6:44
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia

A Jakarta court sentences an airline pilot to 14 years in jail for poisoning human rights activist Munir Thalib.
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India spinners skittle Sri Lanka

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 6:50
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble mop up Sri Lanka for 206 at lunch on day three of the third Test in Ahmedabad.
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Capsized migrant boat 'kills 30'

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 6:55
related countries: Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Up to 30 African migrants are feared dead as their boat capsizes in strong winds in the Atlantic.
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Tokyo Stock Exchange boss quits

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 7:26
related countries: Japan Japan

Tokyo Stock Exchange president Takuo Tsurushima resigns after a 40bn yen trading error.
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Cheney visits quake-hit Pakistan

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 7:33
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

US Vice President Dick Cheney is in Pakistan to tour areas affected by the October earthquake.
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Venezuela gives Exxon ultimatum

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 7:52
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

The world's largest oil firm, ExxonMobil, is told to agree a joint venture with Venezuela or risk losing oil concessions.
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China climbs economic rankings

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 7:55
related countries: China China

China moves up the world economic rankings after reporting that its output was much larger than estimated.
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India parliament probes 'bribes'

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 8:36
related countries: India India

India's parliament speaker orders an investigation after more MPs are seen on TV allegedly seeking bribes.
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Nigeria plane lands after scare

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 9:24
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria, Ghana Ghana

A Nigerian plane makes a safe emergency landing in Ghana after hydraulic failure - following two recent fatal crashes.
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Afghan attack targets Nato troops

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 9:31
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Italy Italy
related places: Herat

Three Italian peacekeepers are injured in an apparent suicide attack in the Afghan city of Herat, Nato says.
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Kikwete fears for Zanzibar future

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 9:32
related countries: Tanzania Tanzania
related places: Zanzibar

Tanzania's President-elect Jakaya Kikwete tells the BBC that calming tensions in Zanzibar is his "biggest concern" after recent poll violence.
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Cricket: S Africa deny Australia

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 9:50
related countries: South Africa South Africa, Australia Australia

Jacques Rudolph hits an unbeaten 102 as South Africa hold out for a draw in the first Test against Australia.
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'Sharp rise' in Bush popularity

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 9:51
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Bush

An opinion poll suggests high voter turnout in Iraq has boosted US President George W Bush's approval ratings.
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Gunmen seize Bethlehem City Hall

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 11:19
related countries: West Bank West Bank
related places: Bethlehem

Gunmen briefly seize City Hall in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, in an apparent dispute over pay.
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Israeli PM Sharon leaves hospital

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 11:57
related countries: Israel Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon leaves hospital in Jerusalem two days after suffering a minor stroke.
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N Korea to resume nuclear plans

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 12:13
related countries: North Korea North Korea

North Korea says it will resume building two nuclear reactors, renewing concerns about its ambitions.
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Man arrested over 21 July attacks

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 12:45
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Anti-terrorism police arrest a 23-year-old man at Gatwick airport over the 21 July failed attacks in London.
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Germans release Lebanese hijacker

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 13:29
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Germany Germany, United States United States

A Hezbollah member jailed for life for killing a US Navy diver is freed, German officials say.
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Toxic leak set to hit Russia city

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 13:47
related countries: Russia Russia, China China
related places: Khabarovsk

Residents of Khabarovsk brace for the arrival of a chemical river spill from China to the south.
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Italy facing bank 'power vacuum'

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 14:02
related countries: Italy Italy

Italy's opposition leader calls on the government to quickly replace former central bank boss Antonio Fazio.
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First post-tsunami birth op baby

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 14:28
related countries: India India

An Indian woman who lost her children in the tsunami is the first to give birth after surgery to reverse a tubectomy.
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Uganda 'respects' DR Congo ruling

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 15:38
related countries: Uganda Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

Uganda "respects" a world court ruling that it was wrong to invade DR Congo, a minister tells the BBC.
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Ukraine rejects Russia gas threat

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 15:48
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, Russia Russia

Ukraine dismisses threats by Russia's Gazprom to cut off its gas supplies unless new prices are agreed.
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Quake road bus plunge 'kills 24'

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 16:12
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Kashmir

Police say at least 24 people have died after a bus plunged off a road in quake-hit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
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Deadly blast on Nigeria pipeline

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 16:38
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria, Niger Niger

Unidentified gunmen blow up a pipeline in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region, officials say.
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Egyptian hunger striker 'better'

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 16:41
related countries: Egypt Egypt

The condition of Egyptian politician Ayman Nour, on hunger strike for 11 days, has improved slightly.
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Blair clash over EU budget deal

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 16:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Tony Blair tells Eurosceptic MEPs it "is 2005, not 1945" after he is accused of being "outclassed" in EU talks.
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Serbs tried over Srebrenica video

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 17:25
related countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
related places: Srebrenica

A former Serbian policeman denies any part in the killing of six Bosnian Muslims during the Srebrenica massacre.
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Peruvian ex-airline chief jailed

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 17:40
related countries: Peru Peru, United States United States

A court in Peru sentences to 20 years in jail a former airline owner whom the US accuses of being a "drugs kingpin".
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Turkish MPs probe honour killings

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 17:58
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkish MPs visits the south of the country to undertake the first ever survey into honour killings.
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Syria to help new UN investigator

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 18:41
related countries: Syria Syria

Syria's foreign minister says his country will co-operate with the next head of the UN inquiry into the killing of Rafik Hariri.
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'Intelligent design' teaching ban

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 18:54
related countries: United States United States

A US court rules it is unconstitutional to use public funds to teach that life was created by a higher power.
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Sunni bloc rejects Baghdad vote

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 18:56
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

Iraq's main Sunni Arab alliance rejects the partial results of last week's election in Baghdad province.
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Dozens hurt in Italy train crash

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 19:25
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

Two trains collide at a station south of Rome, injuring at least 40 people, four of them seriously.
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Ex-Qwest boss faces fraud charges

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 20:32
related countries: United States United States

The former boss of US telecoms giant Qwest is indicted on 42 counts of insider trading.
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US 'seeks justice' for hijacker

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 21:25
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Germany Germany, United States United States

The US says it will try to bring to trial a Lebanese hijacker freed by Germany last week.
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UK cuts Uganda aid in poll fears

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 22:02
related countries: Uganda Uganda, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain cuts its aid to Uganda by £15m because of concerns about the country's slow progress to democracy.
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US 'winning war' on e-mail spam

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 22:04
related countries: United States United States

The number of unsolicited e-mails received in the US has dropped thanks to new measures, a report finds.
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DR Congo 'backs new constitution'

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 22:32
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

Early results from a referendum in DR Congo show a large majority back a new constitution.
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Federal death sentence for woman

Tuesday 20th of December 2005, 22:42
related countries: United States United States

A federal judge in the United States sentences a woman to death for the first time in more than 50 years.
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