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What happend on December 18th 2006

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Castro not dying, US envoys told

Monday 18th of December 2006, 1:09
related countries: Cuba Cuba, United States United States

Cuban officials tell visiting US congressmen that ailing leader Fidel Castro does not have a terminal illness.
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Cricket: Australia takes Ashes

Monday 18th of December 2006, 1:57
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Perth

Australia regain the Ashes after bowling England out for 350 on the final day of the third Test in Perth.
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Plea to release Iraqi aid workers

Monday 18th of December 2006, 2:29
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

The International Red Cross calls for the release of 20 aid workers, seized from the Red Crescent's Baghdad offices.
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Colin Powell: US losing Iraq war

Monday 18th of December 2006, 3:16
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell says overstretched US troops are losing the conflict in Iraq.
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Seven die in coca ambush in Peru

Monday 18th of December 2006, 4:41
related countries: Peru Peru

Five policeman and two state coca workers are killed in an ambush in the coca-growing region of Peru.
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Ruthless Aussies regain the Ashes

Monday 18th of December 2006, 5:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Perth

Australia recapture the Ashes after a 206-run win over England in the Perth Test.
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Indian soldier 'shoots himself'

Monday 18th of December 2006, 6:57
related countries: India India

The Indian army says one soldier has shot himself dead in Indian-administered Kashmir.
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India minister cleared of charge

Monday 18th of December 2006, 7:06
related countries: India India

A court in India acquits railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav in a long-running corruption case.
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Second stage starts in UAE polls

Monday 18th of December 2006, 8:41
related countries: United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

The second stage of voting begins in the UAE, where less than 1% of the population are allowed to vote.
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Melbourne 'terror group' in court

Monday 18th of December 2006, 9:10
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Thirteen men appear in a Melbourne court to deny charges they helped plot an attack on Australian soil.
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Berlusconi in US for heart checks

Monday 18th of December 2006, 9:14
related countries: Italy Italy, United States United States

Italy's ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has gone to the US for medical tests, after collapsing last month.
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Surprise at Nigerian party's pick

Monday 18th of December 2006, 9:50
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Nigeria's governing party chooses a little known Muslim governor as its candidate for next April's polls.
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Norwegian firms create oil giant

Monday 18th of December 2006, 9:54
related countries: Norway Norway

Norwegian energy giants Statoil and Norsk Hydro unveil plans to merge their offshore oil and natural gas operations.
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Three die in Nairobi slum clash

Monday 18th of December 2006, 10:30
related countries: Kenya Kenya
related places: Nairobi

Three people die and at least four are wounded in clashes involving police in Kenya's largest slum.
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Nagasaki bombing labelled crime

Monday 18th of December 2006, 10:43
related countries: Japan Japan, United States United States
related places: Nagasaki

A senior Japanese politician says the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 was inexcusable and a crime.
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Russia in gas row with Belarus

Monday 18th of December 2006, 10:59
related countries: Belarus Belarus

Russia and Belarus are no closer to resolving a dispute over demands that the latter pays more for gas imports.
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Vietnam marks markets opening

Monday 18th of December 2006, 11:08
related countries: Vietnam Vietnam

Vietnam marks the 20th anniversary of the Communist Party's decision to gradually abandon state socialism.
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Ex-diplomats urge Sudan sanctions

Monday 18th of December 2006, 11:10
related countries: Sudan Sudan

Former foreign ministers call for tough sanctions on Sudan unless it accepts international peacekeepers.
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Saddam's genocide trial resumes

Monday 18th of December 2006, 11:30
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Ex-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein appears in court as his genocide trial over the killing of Kurds resumes.
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N Korea demands end to sanctions

Monday 18th of December 2006, 11:38
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

North Korea will not halt its nuclear programme unless UN sanctions are lifted, it tells key six-nation talks.
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Abbas firm on Palestinian polls

Monday 18th of December 2006, 11:52
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Israel Israel, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas tells British PM Tony Blair he will push ahead with early elections.
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Cairn India float to raise £666m

Monday 18th of December 2006, 12:15
related countries: India India

Oil firm Cairn Energy says the flotation of its Indian business next year will raise about £666m.
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Red Crescent halts Baghdad work

Monday 18th of December 2006, 12:15
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

The Iraqi Red Crescent suspends operations in Baghdad a day after almost 30 people are kidnapped.
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Indian athlete fails gender test

Monday 18th of December 2006, 12:42
related countries: India India

A top Indian woman athlete who won a silver medal at a recent regional championship fails a gender test.
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Nigerians choose rival candidates

Monday 18th of December 2006, 13:38
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Nigeria's main opposition party meets to choose its candidate to challenge the PDP's Umara Yar'Adua in April's polls.
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New US defence secretary sworn in

Monday 18th of December 2006, 13:42
related countries: United States United States
related places: White House

Robert Gates is sworn in as US defence secretary in a private event at the White House.
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UN in $98m Haiti aid appeal

Monday 18th of December 2006, 14:01
related countries: Haiti Haiti

The UN appeals for $98m (£50.26m) to help Haiti recover from years of turmoil and meet humanitarian needs.
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Shell boss heads for Russia talks

Monday 18th of December 2006, 14:02
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Shell's boss will have talks in Moscow with Russia's energy minister over the $22bn Sakhalin-2 energy project.
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Ugandan LRA truce extended

Monday 18th of December 2006, 14:12
related countries: Uganda Uganda

Uganda's army and LRA rebels sign a new ceasefire extension deal, boosting the peace process in the north.
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Uruguay 'strangled' by Argentina

Monday 18th of December 2006, 15:37
related countries: Argentina Argentina

Uruguay accuses Argentina of turning a blind eye to protests over a planned pulp mill which are "strangling" its economy.
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Pro-democracy Bahrain cleric dies

Monday 18th of December 2006, 15:43
related countries: Bahrain Bahrain

One of the most prominent Shia clerics in Bahrain, Abdul Amir al-Jamri, dies at the age of 69.
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Poll blow for Iran's Ahmadinejad

Monday 18th of December 2006, 15:54
related countries: Iran Iran

Partial results from key polls in Iran suggest a setback for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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Guilty verdict over model murder

Monday 18th of December 2006, 16:09
related countries: India India

The son of a governing party politician in India is convicted of murdering a model in a case which sparked outrage.
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UK police 'wind up Moscow probe'

Monday 18th of December 2006, 16:35
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Moscow

British detectives investigating the murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko are said to be preparing to leave Moscow.
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Botswana bushmen ruling accepted

Monday 18th of December 2006, 16:58
related countries: Botswana Botswana

Botswana's government will not appeal against a court ruling allowing bushmen to return to the Kalahari desert.
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Iran switches dollar reserves

Monday 18th of December 2006, 16:59
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States
related places: Tehran

Iran is to move its foreign currency reserves from dollars to euros as the US continues to press for sanctions against Tehran.
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Romania exposes communist crimes

Monday 18th of December 2006, 17:34
related countries: Romania Romania

Up to two million people were killed or persecuted by the communists in Romania, an official report says.
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Bush signs US-India nuclear bill

Monday 18th of December 2006, 17:46
related countries: India India, United States United States

President Bush signs into law a historic agreement allowing the US to export civilian nuclear fuel to India.
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Fears of attack recede in Somalia

Monday 18th of December 2006, 18:53
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Both sides in the Somali conflict play down the significance of a deadline by Islamists for an attack.
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Iraqi ex-minister in jail escape

Monday 18th of December 2006, 18:59
related countries: Iraq Iraq

A former Iraqi cabinet minister escapes from a prison where he was serving a two-year sentence for corruption.
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France testing dead birds for flu

Monday 18th of December 2006, 20:30
related countries: France France

French authorities say they cannot rule out bird flu as they test samples from 4,000 chickens that died on a farm.
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Fifa: Cannavaro wins Fifa crown

Monday 18th of December 2006, 20:49
related countries: Italy Italy

Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is named Fifa World Player of the Year.
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Tight security for Mozart opera

Monday 18th of December 2006, 22:36
related countries: Germany Germany

The German Opera's controversial production of Mozart's Idomeneo goes ahead despite protest fears.
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Key Mexican drugs boss arrested

Monday 18th of December 2006, 22:50
related countries: Mexico Mexico
related places: Michoacan

Mexican police say they have captured a high-profile drugs lord - Ugly Poncho - in the western state of Michoacan.
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US cartoonist Joseph Barbera dies

Monday 18th of December 2006, 23:42
related countries: United States United States

Joseph Barbera, one half of the team that created The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo cartoons, dies, aged 95.
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