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April 2, 2016

2016 Armenian–Azerbaijani clashes

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2016 Armenian–Azerbaijani clashes

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Azerbaijanian Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov has reportedly claimed that hostilities will escalate in the contested city of Stepanakert, in the Nagorno-Karabakh republic, if Armenian-backed separatists continue their shelling campaign of civilian settlements. The escalation came in the wake of a unilateral ceasefire agreed upon Saturday, as the Azeri Defence Ministry claimed that the separatists had refused to respect the agreement and resumed shelling military and civilian outposts with artillery near the conflicted border. However, an Armenian Defence Ministry spokesman disputed these claims and accused the Azeri Defence Ministry of attacking a bus near the Martakert district with a remote drone, killing five.

The conflict, which has been dormant since the end of a full-scale war over the region in 1994, exploded over the weekend with a reported 30 combatants killed from both sides. However, none of these claims have been independently verified.



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December 13, 2004

Man missing after an explosion in central Stockholm

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Man missing after an explosion in central Stockholm

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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Stockholm, Sweden –An explosion during the early hours of Wednesday blew a big hole in a house in central Stockholm. The tenant, a 48 year old man suspected of stealing valuable books from the Royal Library, is missing. Two persons were lightly injured in the explosion.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known. The apartment has been searched with specially trained dogs, but nothing was found. This does not rule out the possibility of explosives, just that none of the more common ones were used, according to Swedish police. Another possibility is a gas leak.

The whereabouts of the tenant is not known. Attempts to search the apartment for a body was stopped by further collapsing of the apartment. The apartment will, in accordance with the usual police routines, be secured before a crime scene investigation can be made.

The man had been in custody for a month on charges of theft from the Royal Library in Stockholm. He is suspected of having stolen books worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and has given a partial confession. Some books were found in his apartment on a previous occasion. He was released from custody this Friday.Thursday, December 9, 2004

Stockholm, Sweden –Claes-Göran Johansson, safety expert on Fortum, the gas provider, says that nothing indicated a gas explosion. “Normally such a large explosion would have started a fire”. He also claims that such a large explosion should not be possible by accident.Monday, December 13, 2004

Stockholm, Sweden –The body of the 48-year old has been found in the apartment in central Stockholm.

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December 9, 2004

Former Pantera-guitarist Dimebag Darrell killed on stage

Former Pantera-guitarist Dimebag Darrell killed on stage

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Thursday, December 9, 2004

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Nathan Gale, 25, jumped onstage during a concert with the band Damageplan and started shooting a handgun at band members, and then into the crowd. He killed four people, including former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, real name Darrell Abbott, who seems to have been the main target. Two others were wounded. The gunman was killed by a police officer responding to the call.

Damageplan was started by the brothers Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell when their former band Pantera split up.

Abbot’s death is noted worldwide by guitarists, musicians, and lovers of metal.

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December 8, 2004

Soldiers question U.S. Defense Secretary on issues during Kuwait visit

Soldiers question U.S. Defense Secretary on issues during Kuwait visit

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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Camp Buehring, Kuwait – U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, after a speech to U.S. soldiers at an American military base in Kuwait, was confronted by Iraq-bound soldiers raising their concerns over a variety of issues.

During a question-and-answer session of unscreened questions following his speech at Camp Buehring, Rumsfeld replied to soldier’s concerns over aging equipment and a lack of armor for military vehicles. One soldier, Spc. Thomas Wilson, received applause from the gathered troops after asking the defense secretary, “Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?” [1] Rumsfeld hesitated, then replied, “You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have.” Rumsfeld further clarified that the Pentagon was making all possible effort to provide the materials required as quickly as possible, but that it has been difficult to keep up with demand.

“It’s not a matter of money or desire,” Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb, the commander of Army forces in the Persian Gulf, told the troops after Mr. Rumsfeld asked him to address Specialist Wilson’s question. “It’s a matter of the logistics of being able to produce it” [2].

However, a recent claim by a company producing such armor for the Pentagon has contradicted this assertion. “We’ve been telling the Pentagon for months that we have the capacity to double our production,” [3] said Matt Salmon, a consultant for ArmorWorks of Tempe, AZ. ArmorWorks, which has a $30 million contract with the Pentagon to supply armor kits to be fitted on Humvee vehicles, claims to be operating at only half-capacity, with little to no interest shown by the Pentagon in increasing their output.

Rumsfeld also addressed an expressed concern regarding aging equipment by asserting that, although all units have equipment of various vintage, troops headed into a combat situation in Iraq are equipped with the newest and best equipment the military can provide [4].

Maj. Gen. Gary Speer, the deputy commanding general of U.S. forces in Kuwait, stated that every vehicle deploying to Iraq from Kuwait has at least “Level 3” armor protection. According to Speer, this means the vehicle has locally fabricated armor for its side panels, but not bulletproof windows or reinforced floorboards. He was not aware of soldiers retrieving used bulletproof glass or scrap metal from landfills.

It is difficult to estimate the seriousness of the problems cited by the soldiers, and the Army claims to be unaware of widespread shortages in necessary equipment. However, enough soldiers have expressed concern ([5][6][7]) since the start of combat in Iraq to have provoked a reevalution within the military on the amount and type of protection U.S. forces require in Iraq [8].

Rumsfeld also faced questions from the soldiers regarding the army’s ‘stop-loss’ policy and dismissed concerns over the allegation that Army troops receive better equipment than National Guard troops. “No way I can prove it, but I’m told that the army is breaking its neck to see that there is not a differentiation” in the quality of equipment[9].

Shortly after the speech, Rumsfeld continued on his way to Kabul to watch President Karzai be sworn in.

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December 6, 2004

E.C. President does not advise Portuguese referendum in light of current crisis

E.C. President does not advise Portuguese referendum in light of current crisis

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Monday, December 6, 2004

LISBON – The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, said holding a referendum on acceding to the European Constitution in Portugal is inadvisable, in light of the current political crisis in that country.

“A political crisis is surely not the best moment to discuss the European Constitution”, Barroso said to the press outside a colloquium about European Identity in Lisbon.

The E.C. President refused to comment on the current situation in Portugal, but admitted to have been “surprised” by the Portuguese President’s decision to call for new elections, ending the government’s term a full year early.

Barroso was the former Prime Minister of the current Portuguese government and leader of the ruling PSD party. He stepped down to accept the nomination for President of the European Commission, favouring current Prime-Minister Pedro Santana Lopes as his successor.

The Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio, announced his intention to dissolve the Parliament on Tuesday, November 30 and call for new elections. The decision is not yet final but should be settled no later than Friday, after the President has had an opportunity to consult political parties and others concerned. While it awaits the President’s decision, the Parliament will vote on the new State Budget for 2005 today, amid protests from the opposition.

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Calvin Murphy acquitted of molestation charges

Calvin Murphy acquitted of molestation charges

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Monday, December 6, 2004

Former Houston Rockets star Calvin Murphy, accused of molestation by five of daughters, was found not guilty by the jury, putting an end to the eight-month long trial.

The alleged incidents took place more than ten years ago, when the daughters, who are now grown, ranged in age from 6 to 16. They accused Murphy of fondling them and performing oral sex on them. Murphy has 14 children by nine women.

Murphy’s attorney claimed that the women’s accusations were false and that they were bitter because he did not treat them the same as he treated the children born to his ex-wife. Murphy’s two daughters who were products of his previous marriage came to his defense.

The jury indicated that they found the women’s statements unreliable. The former basketball star’s lawyers said three of the five daughters had been trying to claim $52,408 in death benefits left in a teachers retirement account belonging to their mother, Phyllis Davidson. Murphy had a 20-year relationship and four children with Davidson, who died in a car accident in 1996.

This year, the three daughters continued their grandmother’s attempt to stop Murphy from receiving the benefits. He was listed as the account’s beneficiary, according to court records.

On Feb. 20, letters went to Murphy, his three daughters and their grandmother that Murphy was the account’s rightful beneficiary. The money was never paid.

A month later, Murphy was arrested and charged with sexual abuse and indecency.

Because of the nature of the accusations, Murphy lost his job with the Houston Rockets, where he was a TV commentator. Murphy has not commented about if he has plans to return to a broadcasting career.

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Vanuatu PM accused of assaulting envoy

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu – Serge Vohor, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, recently came into spotlight as the newest battleground in the diplomatic war between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, was accused of pushing the ambassador from the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Bao Shusheng.

Mr. Bao, the newly-installed envoy from Beijing, yesterday complained to the press that he was “punched on the shoulder” by Mr. Vohor after the parliamentary session ended last Wednesday (December 1). Mr. Bao approached Mr. Vohor at the time to complain that the flag of Taiwan was still flying in the capital city, even after the council of ministers has already made the decision to take it down.

“I then approached him just outside of parliament where I waited for him again at the main entrance. He then shook his fist right in my face and punched me on my right shoulder.” said Mr. Bao, “I was shocked at what happened, but his bodyguards stepped in and the prime minister then rushed to his car. This has deeply offended me and my country.”

However Mr. Bao decided today not to file a formal protest or make a police report. The incident has been publicised on Vanuatu’s local newspapers, one of which called it “another indiscretion for which Vohor should resign”. Mr. Vohor had already faced a no-confidence vote by the opposition members of parliament before the incident for his decision to establish a diplomatic relationship with Taiwan.

The opposition MPs are confident that the no-confidence vote would pass in the parliament, as 16 more MPs have recently deserted Mr. Vohor and sided with the opposition, which now holds a 36 to 14 majority in the 52-member parliament, including the prime minister himself and the speaker.

Mr. Vohor has been in office for only four months and his position now seems precarious, after his secret visit to Taiwan last month. In this trip he signed a communique recognising the Republic of China (the official name of Taiwan) as a sovereign state. But the country’s council of ministers, which is Vanuatu’s ruling body, revoked the deal and reiterated to Beijing its commitment to the one-China policy, which is a pre-requesite for maintaining formal diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, which sees Taiwan as its 23rd province and the Republic of China as a defunct entity. Currently the Republic of China maintains formal diplomatic relationships with 27 countries, including Vanuatu.

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December 4, 2004

Twin bombings hit Baghdad\’s Green Zone

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Twin bombings hit Baghdad’s Green Zone

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Saturday, December 4, 2004

BAGHDAD – Two car bombs were detonated outside an Iraqi police station near the Green Zone here Saturday, killing 16 and wounding dozens.

The attacks occurred near the Checkpoint 2 entrance at 9:30 a.m. Immediately after the blasts, a small arms attack was launched by rebels on Checkpoint 1.

Entrances into the Green Zone, frequented by foreigners and journalists, were immediately sealed.

Among the four killed were police officers, and between 35 and 60 were reportedly wounded.

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November 22, 2004

Dan Rather resigns as anchor, to stay on as correspondent

Dan Rather resigns as anchor, to stay on as correspondent

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Monday, November 22, 2004

Dan Rather has announced that he will retire on March 9th, 2005 as anchor of CBS Evening News. He will continue to be a correspondent for both of the 60 Minutes shows.

It is reported that Rather’s leaving has nothing to do with a report in 2004 regarding US President Bush’s National Guard service that was widely reported to be factually false. A CBS panel is looking into that report.

Others believe that Rather is stepping down due to this report and investigation. Howard Kurtz, a reporter for the Washington Post, states that “It’s pretty clear that Dan Rather faced a very unpalatable choice… His contract had at least two more years to run. [Should he] step down now before the outside investigative report, commissioned by CBS News expected in the next few weeks about his botching — and the network’s botching — of that story about President Bush’s National Guard service? Rather [decided] today that it would be better for him to step down on his own terms.”

Dan Rather, 74, has been the anchor for CBS Evening News for 24 years, succeeding Walter Cronkite. Rather is the third most watched anchor on United States television.



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President of Brazil meets President of Russia

President of Brazil meets President of Russia

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Monday, November 22, 2004

BRASILIA, Brazil – The president of Brazil, Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, met with the president of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin, at about 12:00 in Brasilia.

The main discussion topics were the end of the embargo on the exportation of Brazilian meats, from animals such as bovines and pigs, to Russia and the interest of the Russian government in conquering the support of Brazil to enter the World Trade Organization.

Lula said Brazil will support Russia to enter the World Trade Organization, but Russia did not agree with the end of the embargo of Brazilian meat. Russia has forbidden the entrance of Brazilian meat in their country because there was a suspection of Brazilian cattle contamination by aftosa fever. Brazilian authorities said there is no danger and the cattle’s health has been monitored.

By another agreement Brazil will teach the Russians techniques of soccer and the Russians go to repass techniques of athletism and swimming.

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  1. Edla Lula,Russia seeks Brazilian support for WTO membership, ABr, November 22, 2004.
  2. Ellis Regina, President Putin visits Brazilian Congress, ABr, November 22, 2004.

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