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2004 Canadian Federal Election

Conservative leadership race

2004 Taiwan Presidential Election

2004 U.S. Presidential Election

Democratic Presidential Primary

Bloody Sunday Inquiry

Exploration of Mars

Mars Exploration Rovers

Mars Express Orbiter

Bird flu

Hutton Inquiry

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Road Map to Peace

Kyoto Protocol

North Korean Crisis

Same-sex Marriage


War on Terrorism

Occupation of Iraq

Iraqi Insurgency

Iraq Timeline

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  • The Daily Mirror, a British tabloid, publishes the blacked out portion of a letter wherein Diana, Princess of Wales alleged that someone was trying to kill her. The relevant portion reads: "[M]y husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure & serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry." The part "my husband" (referring to Charles, Prince of Wales) had been previously blacked out, and the word "him" replaced with "Charles" in transcripts of the letter released by Diana's butler, Paul Burrell. [39336] The revelation comes on the same day the inquest into the death of Diana and her lover Dodi Al-Fayed is officially opened. [39337]
  • Pakistanmarker is cited as the source of nuclear weapon technology supplied to Libyamarker, Iranmarker and North Koreamarker. The components intercepted at sea by Italymarker en-route to Libya were fabricated in Malaysiamarker. There is no evidence that the Pakistani government of President Pervez Musharraf knew about the transfer of technology of Libya. [39338] [39339]

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  • Occupation of Iraq: Protests in the city of Amarahmarker because of unemployment occur. Police officers and soldiers open fire on demonstrators. Five or six are killed and one or eleven wounded. [39383]
  • In publicity for a new book for which former U.S.marker Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill is the primary source, 60 Minutes reveals O'Neill's claims that the Bush administration was making plans for an invasion of Iraq within days of Bush's inauguration. Bush officials note that regime change in Iraq had been official U.S. policy since 1998, three years before Bush took office. O'Neill, fired for his opposition to tax cuts, also characterized Bush as so disengaged in cabinet meetings that he "was like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people". On the positive side, O'Neill also described Bush as such a good listener that he (O'Neill) was able to give a non-stop monologue for nearly an hour in a one-on-one meeting. [39384]
  • SCO v. IBM: SCO Group claims that it has "low-level talks" with Google about a possible license agreement related to Linux.[39385]
  • Iraq and weapons of mass destruction: On January 9, 2004, Danish troops discovered decade-old mortar rounds containing suspicious liquid buried in Southern Iraqmarker. Initial tests now indicate that the rounds contain the banned chemical weapon blister gas. Final tests should be available in two days. [39386] [39387]
  • A speed boat carrying illegal immigrants from Albaniamarker, bound for Italymarker broke down and capsized. 11 people survived, while as many as 21 died due to drowning and exposure. Two have been arrested by Albanian authorities for people smuggling, while other senior officials have been implicated in connection with the tragedy. [39388] [39389] [39390]
  • American Idol host Ryan Seacrest officially takes over hosting duties of the popular radio program American Top 40. His predecessor, Casey Kasem, continues to host other similar programs.

January 11

  • Exploration of Mars: NASAmarker's Spirit rover now has its arm and all six of its wheels free, and only a single cable must be cut before it can turn and roll off its lander onto the soil of Mars. As that milestone is completed, scientists are taking opportunities to take extra pictures and gather other data.[39391]
  • Occupation of Iraq:
    • U.S. military records show that attacks against coalition soldiers have decreased by 22% in the four weeks following the capture of Saddam Hussein. [39392]
    • More protests in Amarahmarker take place. Demonstrators, many of them related to the victims of January 10, requested compensation. No significant violence reported. [39393]

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  • Planned NASA servicing missions for the Hubble Space Telescope are cancelled. Safety concerns are cited as the main reason behind the decision. [39449][39450]
  • Human cloning: Fertility expert Dr. Panos Zavos claims to have successfully transplanted a two week old embryo into a 35 year old woman. He said he had not done the act anywhere where "the spirit of the law" was against such a procedure. [39451]
  • George Papandreou of Greecemarker promised that he will suggest to sign a mutual agreement with Turkeymarker for lowering their defense military expenses. [39452] (Greek).
  • Protesters call for resignation of German Federal Police chief Ulrich Kersten: about 6,000 people demonstrates against moving Germany's Federal Police (BKA) headquarters from Wiesbadenmarker to Berlinmarker. [39453]

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  • 2004 Canadian Federal Election: Belinda Stronach officially announces her run for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. [39468]
  • Martha Stewart pleads not guilty to five criminal counts that include conspiracy, obstruction of justice and securities fraud stemming from a sale of ImClone stock in 2001. Conviction on any of the charges against her could put Ms. Stewart in federal prison. The five counts carry a total prison term of 30 years and a $1.25 million fine.[39469]
  • Colonel Rashid Abu Shbak of the Palestinian Authority, said that information was still coming in and the investigating team had been upgraded, but he had no new leads on who was behind the bombing attack of an Americanmarker diplomatic convoy on October 15, 2002. Three people died in the attack. U.S. officials have been stopped from going to Gazamarker since the attack. No decision has been made yet on when they might be allowed to return. Col. Shbak blamed Israelmarker for the lack of progress in the investigation.[39470]

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  • David Kay steps down from Iraq Survey Group. George Tenet names former UN weapons inspector Charles Duelfer to succeed Kay. [39479]
  • The International Monetary Fundmarker has joined the World Bank in forgiving US$4 billion of the $6.5bn debt owed by Nicaraguamarker, sharply reducing the nation's overall debt payments. [39480]
  • The European Space Agencymarker's Mars Express orbiter directly detects water ice in the southern polar region of the planet Mars. [39481] [39482]
  • NASAmarker's Spirit rover communicated with Earth in a signal detected by NASA's Deep Space Network antenna complex near Madrid, Spainmarker, at 12:34 Universal Time (4:34 am PST) this morning. The transmissions came during a communication window about 90 minutes after Spirit woke up for the morning on Mars. The signal lasted for 10 minutes at a data rate of 10 bits per second. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., plan to send commands to Spirit seeking additional data from the spacecraft during the subsequent few hours. [39483] The flight team for NASA's Spirit received data from the rover in another communication session that began at 13:26 Universal Time (5:26 am PST) and lasted 20 minutes at a data rate of 120 bits per second. [39484]
  • A Thaimarker man suspected of having bird flu died, according to the Public Health Ministry. [39485]
  • At least 51 people, including a bridegroom, were killed on Friday when a fire ripped through a makeshift wedding hall in the southern Indianmarker state of Tamil Nadumarker during a marriage ceremony.[39486]
  • An explosion has killed two people at Zhengzhoumarker railway station, one of the People's Republic of Chinamarker's biggest transport hubs.[39487]

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  • A 60-ton sperm whale carcass explodes in downtown Tainanmarker, Taiwanmarker, causing traffic delays and showering vehicles and pedestrians with blood and entrails. [39528]
  • A report submitted today to the State of Marylandmarker states that the electronic voting machine made by Diebold Election Systems "have such poor computer security and physical security that an election could be disrupted or even stolen by corrupt insiders or determined outsiders". The machines have been purchased by a number of states in the United Statesmarker. [39529] This is the third report to state that the machines do not meet the security requirements of an election. Previous reports are available online: [39530], [39531].
  • Hutton Inquiry: The BBC Director-General, Greg Dyke, resigns in the continuing fall-out from the report. Mr Dyke is the second high-ranking BBC official to resign. Mark Byford is appointed Acting Director-General. [39532] The UK media in general condemns the report as a whitewash. [39533]
  • The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades of Fatah claim responsibility for a suicide bombing aboard a city bus, in which Ali Yusuf Jaara, a member of the Palestinian police force, kills 10 Israelis and wounds more than 50, outside the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalemmarker. Simultaneously with the bombing, Shaul Mofaz, Israelimarker Defense Minister, is meeting with American envoys Wolfe and Sauterfield, who have requested an easing-up of conditions for the Palestinians. The explosion also coincides with a German-brokered prisoner swap between Israel and the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah. [39534] [39535] [39536]

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