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World News Headlines of February 23

Gaddafi defiant as state teeters

Muammer Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, remains defiant in the face of mass protests calling for his resignation, saying that he intends to remain in power as parts of the country’s state structure appear to be disintegrating around him. Some fear that Libya’s state apparatus, once seen as a powerful and coherent entity is facing collapse as key…

Thachi re-elected Kosovo PM despite organ controversy

Continue reading the main story Related Stories EU studies Kosovo ‘organ traffic’ Report reignites Kosovo organ trafficking claim Cold reality for…

UN Security Council holds Libya meeting

THE UN Security Council has held formal consultations on the Libya crisis with western nations pressing for a strong statement on the violence roiling the North African nation. “There is even more concern after what was a very worrying speech by Muammar Gaddafi,” said one…

Christchurch quake: National emergency declared

The Government has declared a national state of emergency after yesterday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch. At least 75 people have been confirmed dead in the earthquake, with the toll expected to rise significantly as more bodies are found and identified. The earthquake has devastated the centre of Christchurch, destroying buildings and…

Algeria to lift state of emergency

Bowing to protests, the Cabinet adopts an ordinance to end measures that have barred peaceful demonstrations and limited political freedoms for 19 years. Share Related By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times…

Qaddafi: I will fight protesters, die a martyr

(CBS/AP) CAIRO – Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi vowed to fight protesters demanding his ouster and to die a “martyr,” shouting and pounding his fist in a furious speech on state TV. Qaddafi, swathed in brown robes and turban, spoke from a podium set up in the entrance of a bombed out building that appeared to be his Tripoli residence hit by U.S….

Bahrain Shiites Turn Out in Vast Protest

MANAMA, Bahrain — More than a hundred thousand protesters poured into the central Pearl Square here on Tuesday in an unbroken stream stretching back for miles along a central highway in the biggest antigovernment demonstration yet seen in this tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. Multimedia Graphic Political Unrest in North Africa and the Middle East…

India finds 31 guilty in deadly 2002 train burning

R.K. MISHRA Associated Press= AHMADABAD, India (AP) — A court investigating one of India’s worst outbursts of communal violence Tuesday found 31 Muslims guilty of setting fire to a train in which 60 Hindus were killed nine years ago. The court also acquitted 63 people of participating in the 2002 attack on the train packed with Hindu pilgrims in…

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Important Events on February 23

February 23: National Day in Brunei (1984)

Button of plutonium metal above a calcium chloride salt cake

  • 1739 – The identity of English highway man Dick Turpin, who had been living under an alias in York, was uncovered by his former schoolteacher, who recognised his handwriting, leading to Turpin’s arrest.
  • 1909 – The Silver Dart was flown off the ice of Baddeck Bay, a sub-basin of Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Breton Island, making it the first controlled powered flight in Canada and the British Empire.
  • 1941 – Plutonium (a button of the metal pictured) was first chemically identified by chemist Glenn T. Sea borg and his team at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • 1945 – World War II: In an Allied bombing run on Pforzheim, Germany, approximately 31% of the town’s population were killed and 83% of its buildings were destroyed.
  • 2007 – A Virgin Trains Pendolino express train from London Euston  to Glasgow Central derailed near Grayrigg, Cumbria, UK, killing one person and injuring 22.


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