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February 24, 2006 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Iraqi officials ordered a daytime curfew in Baghdad and nearby provinces today as the death toll climbed past 100 in two days of sectarian attacks that began after the bombing of one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites. In the bloodiest incident Thursday, gunmen shot dead 47 people at a fake checkpoint north of Baghdad and left their bodies in a ditch. The escalating violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims has convulsed the nation and raised fears of civil war.
February 14, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
A rumpled Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants, one in pajamas, were forced to appear in court Monday without their attorneys and face witnesses reluctant to testify against them, at a messy trial session marked by frequent shouting matches.
April 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Six family members who were beaten to death last weekend were attacked with so much force that each died almost instantly, a county coroner said in Leola. Jesse Dee Wise, 21, the grandson of the oldest victim, admitted killing his relatives and dumping their bodies in the basement of the family home, police said.
July 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazilian police occupied two Rio de Janeiro slums in search of a drug kingpin suspected of ordering a massacre of as many as 18 people, whose bodies were dumped on city streets this week. A security secretariat spokeswoman said criminals opened fire when officers invaded the hillside slums known as Kerosene and Sao Carlos in search of Tiago Teixeira, the 21-year-old kingpin known as Coelho, or Rabbit, in Portuguese.
March 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen posing as security forces killed 21 people on a highway in southeastern Iran near the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan, the chief of police said. Iranian police called the assailants rebels. But there are no well-known opposition groups in southeastern Iran, a region known for drug trafficking.
November 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Militiamen allied with Sudan's government killed about 50 civilians in Darfur, and witnesses reported seeing men in military officers' garb with the attackers, the United Nations said. Citing witnesses, the U.N. said mostly boys and elderly men died in the attack Sunday by 300 to 500 militiamen who swarmed villages and a relief camp.
October 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Indian government has deferred the hanging of its most notorious criminal, Mohammed Afzal, convicted for his role in the December 2001 attack on Parliament that killed 14 people. A Home Ministry spokesman said the delay of the execution scheduled today was required to give President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam time to consider a clemency petition. Afzal, a Kashmiri Muslim, is the only person condemned to death for the attack on Parliament.
May 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The body count grew in Sao Paulo as Brazilian police killed 22 more suspects, taking the death toll to 156 since violence began Friday. Officers lost 41 colleagues during the unrest. Police did not identify the latest slain suspects, media reported. Rights activists said they feared innocent people might have been killed.
February 3, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
The court trying Saddam Hussein adjourned Thursday for 11 days without resolving an impasse that has left the defendants' dock strangely empty. Until the deposed president and other defendants walked out this week, the landmark trial was teetering on the edge of chaos. Hussein's televised anti-American rants had raised the troubling question of whether the proceedings were giving him a platform to stoke an insurgency led in part by his Sunni Muslim Arab followers.
December 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Militiamen on horseback ambushed a refugee convoy in Sudan's western region of Darfur, executing about 30 civilians, the United Nations and aid workers said Sunday. African Union peacekeepers called to investigate were briefly taken hostage by other refugees, the U.N. reported. The aid workers and a U.N. statement said pro-government militiamen known as janjaweed ambushed a truck Saturday outside Sirba, on a road near the border with Chad.
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