Timeline 2005 July - September

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2005        Jul 1, Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the US Supreme Court and a swing vote on abortion as well as other contentious issues, announced her retirement.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1-2005 Jul 2, Federal and local authorities arrested 27 suspects in the Bay Area in a sex trafficking operation. Another 18 people were arrested in southern California during nighttime raids for allegedly conspiring to smuggle South Korean women into the US to work as prostitutes at massage parlors and other businesses.
    (AP, 7/2/05)(SFC, 7/2/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 1, In St. Paul some state offices closed and about 9,000 state employees were jobless after parts of Minnesota's government shut down for the first time in state history, leaving most rest stops closed for the Independence Day weekend. Lawmakers failed to pass even a stopgap plan to keep the government up and running while negotiators keep working.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, In North Dakota a 14-mile, $28 million drainage channel, from Devil’s Lake to the Sheyenne River, was scheduled to open, but it was held up by heavy rains. Canada protested that polluted water would end up in Lake Winnipeg.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.34)
2005        Jul 1, The Mustang Ranch bordello reopened east of Reno with the generic name World Famous Brothel six years after the government shut it down and auctioned off its buildings and contents.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, Song, a low-fare unit of Delta Airlines, began service from SFO to JFK in NY.
    (SFC, 7/2/05, p.C1)
2005        Jul 1, IBM and Microsoft settled antitrust claims with IMB getting $775 million in cash and $75 million worth of software from Microsoft.
    (SFC, 7/2/05, p.C1)
2005        Jul 1, In Detroit Renaldo "Obie" Benson (69), a member of the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops, died.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 1, Luther Vandross (54), Grammy award winning singer, died in New Jersey.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 1,  In eastern Afghanistan a US airstrike in Kunar province resulted in casualties; Afghan officials said 48 people were killed, including 25 members of an extended family attending a wedding celebration; US officials later confirmed 34 dead. Hundreds of Afghan troops raided a Taliban hide-out in the mountains of central Afghanistan and 18 rebels and two soldiers were killed in fierce fighting.
    (SFC, 7/7/05, p.A14)(AP, 7/2/05)(AP, 7/1/06)
2005        Jul 1, Canadians celebrated Canada Day, the 60th anniversary of V-E Day and Canada's role in liberating the Netherlands, as well as the 100th anniversary of Alberta and Saskatchewan joining Confederation were all marked with music and tributes.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 1, China and Russia issued a declaration demanding respect for the right of all countries to develop free of outside interference.
    (SFC, 7/2/05, p.A14)
2005        Jul 1, In Dagestan, Russia, a bomb in Makhachkala killed 10 Russian troops.
    (WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005        Jul 1, Egypt and Israel signed a commercial agreement committing Egypt to export natural gas to Israel.
    (Econ, 3/28/09, p.56)(www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Peace/egisgas.html)
2005        Jul 1, An EU directive took effect banning lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and 2 types of brominated flame retardants. Some exceptions were allowed.
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.E1)
2005        Jul 1, Finland's crippling paper industry dispute ended but there were lingering fears that the seven-week shutdown could have wider repercussions beyond the loss of an estimated 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in export earnings.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, Germany's parliament voted no confidence in Gerhard Schroeder's government at the chancellor's own request, setting the stage for new elections amid economic sluggishness and growing discontent with proposed economic reforms.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, Police in Iceland charged Jon Asgeir Johannesson, multimillionaire and CEO of Baugur, with fraud. Baugur was taken private in 2003. In October the Supreme Court dismissed 32 of 40 charges. A district court acquitted him of the remaining 8 charges in March, 2006.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.54)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.A9)(WSJ, 7/11/06, p.A9)
2005        Jul 1, In Iraq gunmen killed Shiite cleric Kamal Ezz al-Deen al-Ghuraifi, an aide to Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, and 2 bodyguards in a drive-by shooting outside a Baghdad mosque. A suicide bomber detonated his car outside the party offices of PM Ibrahim al-Jaafari, killing one guard.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, The Defense Ministry gave clearance for the last Italians serving under the military draft to be discharged, marking the end of a 200-year-old practice.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, Italian police arrested two people accused of creating a "parallel" anti-terrorism police force that used government money and confidential police information.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, In Northern Ireland a Protestant construction worker sitting in a truck was shot to death in an attack in Belfast that police blamed on Protestant extremists.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 1, Russia's defense minister said that most university military departments will be closed by 2009, a decision that blocks a widely-used chance to avoid compulsory military service.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, An explosion believed to have been caused by a remote-controlled bomb ripped through a Russian military truck at a bath house in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killing at least 10 troops.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jul 1, On the island of Tobago Kitty Nichole Pepe (14) of Keene, N.Y., was stabbed to death in the village of Charlottville. On July 4 police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with her death. Pepe was the 5th homicide victim on the island of 55,000 people this year. In April, 2011, Sean Antoine (28) was convicted of manslaughter. In May he was sentenced to 19 years at hard labor.
    (AP, 7/3/05)(AP, 7/5/05)(AP, 5/16/11)
2005        Jul 1, In Ankara, Turkey, a suicide bomber who tried to enter the Justice Ministry was shot to death by police as he fled when metal detectors went off. Police identified the dead man as Eyup Beyaz, a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, an outlawed group that aims to topple the government and replace it with a Marxist one.
    (AP, 7/1/05)

2005        Jul 2, Venus Williams beat top-ranked Lindsay Davenport at Wimbledon 4-6, 7-6 (4), 9-7 for her fifth major title and her first in nearly four years.
    (AP, 7/2/06)
2005        Jul 2, Shasta Groene, an 8-year-old girl kidnapped six weeks earlier, was rescued at a Denny’s restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Joseph Edward Duncan III, a registered sex offender, was arrested and accused of kidnapping Shasta as well as killing members of Shasta's family. [see May 16, July 4] The remains of Shasta’s brother, Dylan Groene (9), were found 2 days later in western Montana.
    (AP, 7/2/06)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A18)(AP, 8/28/08)
2005        Jul 2, Ernest Lehman (89) Hollywood screenwriter, died. His work included the 1959 screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s film "North by Northwest."
    (SFC, 7/6/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 2, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb in Paktika province killed 4 policemen traveling in a convoy. Gov. Jan Mohammed Khan said 25 rebels and six Afghan soldiers were killed in a raid on a mountainous Taliban hideout in central Uruzgan province. US and Afghan forces killed 3 rebels after coming under attack twice near the southern city of Kandahar.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, A case of polio in Angola was reported by the UN’s WHO.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A2)
2005        Jul 2, Australia and New Zealand agreed on tough new measures to pressure Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to respect human rights, including a sports ban and action against him in the International Criminal Court.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, Two trains collided Saturday in Austria's Salzburg province, killing two people.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 2, A Dhaka-based rights group said Bangladeshi police and security forces had killed a record 236 people in the first six months of 2005.
    (AFP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, Live 8, the biggest and most ambitious series of rock concerts ever staged, swung into full action with a concert in London, the centerpiece of a 10 worldwide concerts aimed at pressuring the industrialized world to end African poverty.
    (AP, 7/2/05)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 2, A gas explosion at an illegal coal mine in central China killed 19 workers.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 2, An Egyptian judicial report was released that alleged the government forged turnout figures and forced state employees to fabricate results in a May referendum to allow first-ever multiparty presidential elections.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 2, Ihab al-Sherif, an Egyptian envoy, was kidnapped in Baghdad, weeks after arriving in the country. He was expected to become Iraq's first Arab ambassador since Iraq's new government took office. Al-Qaida later announced it had killed him.
    (AP, 7/3/05)(AP, 7/2/06)
2005        Jul 2, Estonia reigned supreme once again in the wife-carrying world championship, as Margo Uusorg sprinted home to win the Baltic country's eighth straight title.
    (Reuters, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, The Tour de France got under way as Lance Armstrong started his quest for a seventh straight title before retiring from cycling.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, A French woman in Lyon defied a threat of excommunication by the Roman Catholic Church and held a ceremony proclaiming herself a priest.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 2, Indian police detained close to 600 protesters as they demonstrated against moves to start the dredging of a controversial sea channel through the island chain between India and Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu at least 20 people were killed and 15 others injured in a blaze at a fireworks factory.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, Raging monsoons continued to submerge vast swaths of Indian countryside and forced the evacuation of half a million people.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, A suicide bomber strapped with explosives killed 20 people waiting outside a police recruiting center in Baghdad. 2 more struck in Hillah, a Shiite city south of the capital, in attacks that killed another 5 people.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, In Scotland tens of thousands of protesters clad in white streamed through the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, demanding that the leaders of the world's richest nations act to better the lives of the poorest.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, In eastern Turkey a bomb explosion killed six people and injured eight others on a passenger train. The second train was bombed as it rushed to help the first.
    (AFP, 7/2/05)(AP, 7/3/05)

2005        Jul 3, Roger Federer won his third consecutive Wimbledon title by beating Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
    (AP, 7/3/06)
2005        Jul 3, NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft collided with the comet Tempel 1, half the size of Manhattan, creating a brilliant cosmic smashup that capped a risky voyage to uncover the building blocks of life on Earth.
    (Reuters, 7/4/05)(SFC, 7/4/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 3, Gaylord Nelson (b.1916), former Wisconsin governor (1959-1963) and US senator (1963-1981), died. He founded Earth Day (1970), and helped spawn the modern environmental movement. Nelson was at the center of legislation that resulted in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (1968), the Clean Air Act (1970), and passage of the Endangered Species Act.
    (AP, 7/3/05)(SFC, 7/4/05, p.A2)(http://www.nelsonearthday.net/)
2005        Jul 3, Albanians held elections for a new parliament.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 3, One of Australia's 12 Apostles has disappeared. One of nine limestone stacks that made up the famous landmark off Australia's southern coast collapsed into the Indian Ocean.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 3, In India's Gujarat state the death toll from floods was raised to 132 people, where 25 million people were affected by the floods.
    (AFP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 3, A car bomb killed three Iraqi policemen north of Baghdad. 2 US soldiers were wounded in a suicide attack near a checkpoint in the western city of Ramadi.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 3, In Mexico State the former ruling party (PRI) added momentum for the upcoming presidential race with a crushing victory.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 3, In Saudi Arabia security forces killed al-Qaida leader Younis Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hayari (36), during a fierce gunbattle in eastern Riyadh. The Moroccan topped the nation's list of most-wanted militants.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2005        Jul 3, In St. Lucia leaders of the Caribbean Community, began to hold a four-day summit with only three of 15 members, Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados, saying they are ready to join a single market that would eliminate tariffs and ease migration for skilled workers and professionals in the region.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 3, Syrian’s new agency SANA reported that security forces had killed an Arab extremist who was trying to illegally cross into neighboring Lebanon with other suspected militants. 2 Syrian soldiers were also killed in the clash.
    (AP, 7/3/05)

2005        Jul 4, President Bush, during an Independence Day visit to Morgantown, W.Va., urged resolve in the war in Iraq and said that "the proper response is not retreat. It is courage."
    (AP, 7/4/06)
2005        Jul 4, A senior US defense official confirmed the deaths of two Navy SEALS that were missing in action in Afghanistan's northeast.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, Meeting in Georgia the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, the rule-making body for 1.3 million members, endorsed same-sex marriage with a resolution that called for equal marriage rights for all.
    (SFC, 7/5/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 4, Iowa’s Gov. Tom Vilsack gave all Iowa’s ex-prisoners the right to vote.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.23)
2005        Jul 4, In NYC Takeru Kobayashi (27) captured the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest for the 5th straight year, gobbling a nauseating 49 dogs in 12 minutes, but missing his own world record of 53 1/2, set at last year's July Fourth competition.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 4, Idaho authorities said they found the remains of Dylan Groene (9) in western Montana. [see July 2] In 2008 a jury recommended the death sentence for Joseph Edward Duncan III in the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of the 9-year-old boy.
    (SFC, 7/5/05, p.A3)(AP, 8/28/08)
2005        Jul 4, Hank Stram (82), Hall of Fame football coach, died in Covington, La.
    (AP, 7/4/06)
2005        Jul 4, June Haver (79), movie musical actress died.
    (AP, 7/4/06)
2005        Jul 4, In Afghanistan a provincial governor said a 2nd member of a missing elite US military team has been located in the rugged mountains near the Pakistan border.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, Al-Jazeera announced plans to launch an international, a satellite channel by March, 2006, that will beam English-language news to the US, and much of the rest of the world, from its base in tiny Qatar.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, In Austria  IAEA representatives of more than 100 countries gathered at the UN nuclear agency's Vienna headquarters to consider strengthening international laws meant to safeguard nuclear materials from theft and prevent terrorist attacks on atomic power plants.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, A British court upheld the government's ban on adoptions of Cambodian children. Six couples had gone to court to challenge the ban, which was imposed in June of last year.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, Burundi's main Hutu ex-rebel group, the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD), won a comfortable victory in legislative elections, taking 58.23% of the vote.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 4, In China protests began at the Jinxing Pharmaceutical plant in Xinchang, a town about 125 miles south of Shanghai, by local farmers angry over pollution.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 4, Egypt replaced the editors of all the top state-owned publications in the biggest reshuffle the media houses have seen in nearly 20 years.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, A UN official said boat carrying dozens of migrants fleeing Haiti sank off the island's coast, killing two people and leaving 11 others feared dead.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, In an illegal overflight an American Shadow-200 aircraft crashed about 38 miles inside Iranian territory in the province of Ilam. On Nov 7 Iran circulated letters at the UN protesting the violation of its territory and airspace.
    (AP, 11/8/05)
2005        Jul 4, US and Iraqi forces raided suspected insurgent safe houses near Baghdad International Airport, arresting at least 100 suspected militants, including foreign fighters.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, A Japanese parliamentary committee approved bills that would create the world's largest bank by privatizing the state-run postal system, which handles trillions of dollars in savings and insurance deposits.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 4, In Libya Moammar Gadhafi called on African nations to stop "begging" during the opening of an African summit attended by more than 50 leaders from this crisis-wracked continent. African Union (AU) chairman Olusegun Obasanjo called on rich nations to provide "massive" financial help rather than sympathy in its fight against poverty at their summit in Scotland this week. UN Sec-Gen. Kofi Annan announced the creation of a fund to promote democratic institutions and practices around the world, an idea first proposed by the Pres. Bush in Sep 2004.
    (AP, 7/4/05)(AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 4, In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, UN agencies met for a 3-day conference on bird flu virus and said the disease remains as dangerous as ever and nations must do more to prepare for a pandemic among humans.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, Mauritius' opposition Social Alliance claimed victory as counting from the Indian Ocean island's weekend election neared an end.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, A Moroccan court convicted and sentenced Taoufik Hanouichi and Mohcine Bouarfa to death. They were among those arrested in a sweep to dismantle militant Islamic networks following suicide bombings in Casablanca. Dozens of others were jailed. The two men were unlikely to be executed, as Morocco has had a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1993.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 4, In Edinburgh, Scotland, police scuffled with black-clad anarchists and antiglobalization protesters, and 450 demonstrators sat down in the road blocking an entrance to a naval base for nuclear submarines.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, The UN’s World Food Program (WFP) said it has suspended aid shipments to lawless Somalia after gunmen hijacked a vessel it chartered and demanded a $500,000 ransom.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jul 4, In Zimbabwe armed paramilitary police swept through a Harare township, pulling down more 100 prefabricated wooden cabins, including one with screaming children inside.
    (AP, 7/5/05)

2005        Jul 5, President Bush thanked Iraq war ally Denmark during a stopover in Copenhagen while en route to an international economic summit in Scotland.
    (AP, 7/5/06)
2005        Jul 5, A survey of US sheriffs was released in which most considered methamphetamine as the most serious problem facing their departments.
    (SFC, 7/6/05, p.A2)
2005        Jul 5, Police in Torrance, Ca., arrested 2 men for robbing gas stations. Investigations soon revealed that they were associated with Kevin James, an inmate at California State Prison in Sacramento, a founder of Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is Saheeh (JIS). The group was planning terrorist attacks in the LA area. Another participant was arrested Aug 2. In 2007 Kevin James (31) and Levar Haley Washington (28) pleaded guilty to conspiring to levy war against the US.
    (SFC, 9/1/05, p.A4)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.A3)
2005        Jul 5, At its Synod in Georgia(US) the United Church of Christ voted to use "economic leverage" to promote peace between Israel and Palestinians and to call for the dismantling of the Jewish state's security fence.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 5, A judge in Kentucky authorized a $120 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and hundreds of victims in child-molesting cases.
    (SFC, 7/6/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 5, Tropical Storm Cindy moved ashore, pelting the Louisiana coast with sideways rain and intermittent squalls.
    (AP, 7/5/06)
2005        Jul 5, James Stockdale (81), ex-POW and 1992 vice-presidential candidate with Ross Perot, died in Colorado. His 1984 autobiography was titled “In Love and War."
    (SFC, 7/6/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 5, An alliance of Russia, China and central Asian nations called for the US and coalition members in Afghanistan to set a date for withdrawing from member states, reflecting growing unease over America's regional military presence. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 5, It was reported that French and South African researchers had found that circumcision reduces the risk of AIDS by 70%.
    (WSJ, 7/5/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 5, Albania's opposition party headed by Sali Berisha, the country's former president (1992-1997), took the lead in parliamentary elections, but foreign monitors criticized the vote as falling short of international standards.
    (AP, 7/5/05)(Econ, 7/25/05, p.43)
2005        Jul 5, In Brazil a top official of the ruling Workers' Party stepped down, the second ally of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to resign this week amid new allegations regarding a bribes-for-votes scandal.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 5, Workers began removing a field of crosses at Berlin's former Checkpoint Charlie after a privately run museum lost a court battle to keep the memorial to people killed at the East German border during the Cold War.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 5, In India a suicide bomber blew up a security fence and gunmen used the breach to storm the Ram Janmabhoomi shrine complex in Ayodhya, setting off a two-hour gunbattle that left all six attackers dead. A Hindu mob razed a mosque at the site on Dec 6, 1992. Police later said that the 5 gunmen who attacked the site in Uttar Pradesh state were Islamic militants who came from Pakistan, adding that two gun-runners linked to the assault have been arrested in Kashmir.
    (AP, 7/5/05)(WSJ, 7/6/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 5, At least 100 suspected insurgents, including foreigners, were arrested in a new military operation by US and Iraqi security forces. Insurgents mounted attacks against Arab and Muslim diplomats in Iraq, wounding Bahrain's top envoy in a kidnapping attempt. Pakistan's ambassador also escaped an assault on his convoy.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 5, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi issued an audiotape announcing the formation of the Omar Brigade to kill Shia. Sunni clerics had recently accused the Shia Badr Brigade of sending hit squads against Sunnis.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.41)
2005        Jul 5, A US soldier from Task Force Liberty was killed and two were wounded by a roadside bomb northeast of Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 5, In Kashmir suspected Islamic militants shot dead five people, two of them Indian soldiers guarding the de facto border with Pakistan. The soldiers were killed during a clash with militants near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 5, In Pakistan police arrested 7 men in Chaniot, Punjab province, who a week earlier allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped a married woman in retaliation for her cousin's affair with one of the suspect's daughters.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 5, Hamas rejected an invitation from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to join his government.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 5, A Peruvian judge ordered the arrest of 118 current and retired military officials for their alleged involvement in the May 14, 1988, massacre of peasants in an Andean village and subsequent violations in the area.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 5, In the southern Russian region of Dagestan an explosion tore through a police post, killing at least one officer and wounding 3.
    (AP, 7/5/05)
2005        Jul 5, Sudan and two Darfur rebel groups signed a "declaration of principles" aimed at helping bring peace to Darfur, but failed to reach a comprehensive deal to stop the violence that has left tens of thousands dead.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 5, Thousands of poor ethnic Hmong refugees from Laos were living without shelter in northern Thailand, forced from their homes under a Thai campaign to pressure them to return to their native land. Landlords said the government had set a July 4 deadline for them to evict the some 6,500 refugees from their bamboo shelters.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 5, The United Arab Emirates (UAR), under international pressure to stop child abuse in a traditional desert sport, banned the use of underage riders in camel racing.
    (AP, 7/5/05)

2005        Jul 6, NY Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed for refusing to name her CIA-leak source (2003) for a never-written article on CIA officer Valerie Plame. She was freed after 85 days when Lewis Libby (55), chief of staff for VP Cheney, released her from a claim of confidentiality. She agreed to testify before a federal grand jury.
    (WSJ, 7/6/05, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/05, p.A4)
2005        Jul 6, Crude oil for August delivery rose $1.69 to settle at a record $61.28 per barrel.
    (SFC, 7/7/05, p.C1)
2005        Jul 6, L. Patrick Gray III (88), acting FBI director during Nixon’s Watergate crisis, died in Florida.
    (SFC, 7/7/05, p.A15)
2005        Jul 6, Author Evan Hunter (78) died in Weston, Conn.
    (AP, 7/6/06)
2005        Jul 6, Brazil’s Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva named 3 cabinet ministers from a centrist party to shore up support for his governing coalition, mired in charges of buying votes in Congress.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 6, London was awarded the 2012 Olympics, upsetting European rival Paris in the final round of voting to take the games back to the British capital for the first time since 1948. Costs for the 2112 Olympics were originally estimated at £2.4 billion. By 2006 the costs rose to £4.7 billion.
    (AP, 7/6/05)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.57)
2005        Jul 6, Canada asked Washington to persuade a US court to dismiss a lawsuit against Talisman Energy Inc. that alleges the Calgary-based oil company aided genocide in southern Sudan. The suit was filed in a New York district court in 2001 by the Presbyterian Church of Sudan. Talisman sold its 25% interest in Sudan's main oil project for $771 million in 2003.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 6, A Chilean court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution for his alleged role in the killing of 119 dissidents in the early years of his dictatorship.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 6, China unveiled its 1st index of manufacturing-purchasing activity.
    (WSJ, 7/7/05, p.A11)
2005        Jul 6, In northeastern China a bomb exploded in a shopping mall, injuring 47 people but causing no deaths. Xinhua News said Ma Yuanxi, had fled China after being suspected of murder but sneaked back into the country seeking revenge in a dispute with another man.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 6, In Haiti hundreds of peacekeepers stormed Cite Soleil, part of an effort to clamp down on politically aligned gangs that have been accused of waging a campaign of violence to destabilize Haiti ahead of October and November elections. Gang leader Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme was killed in the raid.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2005        Jul 6, In Iraq gunmen killed 4 policemen and wounded at least 9 more in separate attacks in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 6, In Jordan over 170 leading Muslim scholars in Amman concluded an Int’l Islamic Conference. They affirmed their authority and announced a mutual recognition between Islam’s 8 main schools of legal interpretation: 4 Sunni, 2 Shia, the Ibadis of Oman and the small but prestigious Zahiri school.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)(www.asmasociety.org/home/)
2005        Jul 6, In Kashmir Indian troops shot dead, Hizbul Mujahedin, a self-styled divisional commander of the region's main rebel group in the northern district of Baramulla.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 6, In Mexico Omar Pimentel (37), Nuevo Laredo's new police chief, survived his 1st day on the job with 3 bodyguards shadowing his every move, but one of his police officers was killed and 2 other policemen badly wounded by shots fired from a truck at their private car.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 6, In Acapulco, Mexico, gunmen fired a spray of bullets at Jose Ruben Robles Catalan, a former Guerrero state official as he entered a hotel lobby with his 6-year-old grandson, killing him and his chauffeur.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 6, Monaco’s Prince Albert admitted that he had fathered a boy with a French-Togolese women in 2003.
    (SFC, 7/7/05, p.A20)
2005        Jul 6, Myanmar's military government released about 240 prisoners, including political detainees and opposition politicians.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 6, A shootout between police and gunmen with automatic weapons left a bystander and two of the gunmen dead in the southern Russian region of Dagestan.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 6, In Scotland G-8 leaders scaled back goals for relieving African poverty and combating global warming under US opposition to British PM Tony Blair's ambitious objectives. Riot police with attack dogs beat back demonstrators as thousands marched near the site of the Group of Eight summit, demanding action from the world's leaders on poverty reduction and climate change.
    (AP, 7/6/05)(AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 6, Sudan's National Assembly unanimously passed a new constitution that steps away from complete Islamic rule and paves the way for a Christian former rebel leader to be inaugurated as first vice president later this week.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2005        Jul 6, Hikmet Fidan, prominent Kurdish politician and critic of Abdullah Ocalan, was killed in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Police said he was killed by the PKK.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.48)

2005        Jul 7, Morgan Stanley disclosed that Philip Purdell had been given an exit package worth an estimated $113.7 million. 2 days earlier John Mack was signed on as CEO on a contract worth as much as $25 million a year.
    (SFC, 7/8/05, p.C1)
2005        Jul 7, Gustaf Sobin (69), American-born writer and poet, died in France. His work included the 2000 novel “The Fly-Truffler."
    (SFC, 7/13/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 7, A Human Rights Watch report said numerous officials in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government are implicated in war crimes that took place at the start of the country's bloody civil war in the early 1990s.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, In Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina, NATO troops arrested Aleksandar Karadzic, the son of top Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic, who is wanted for alleged genocide including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
    (AFP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, Four blasts rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour, sending bloodied victims fleeing. 52 were killed in the subway blasts, including 13 on the bus, and London hospitals reported more than 700 wounded. A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim of responsibility, saying they were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007 British police arrested 3 suspects. [see ref URL for CNN timeline on the bombing] In 2008 a jury failed to convict 3 Britons accused of helping the suicide bombers. In 2009 three men were found not guilty of helping to plan the suicide bombings, although two were convicted on lesser charges.
    (AP, 7/7-8/05)(http://tinyurl.com/dxvlb)(AP, 7/11/05)(WSJ, 3/23/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/2/08, p.A6)(AFP, 4/28/09)(AFP, 1/19/15)
2005        Jul 7, Al-Qaida in Iraq said in a Web statement that it has killed Ihab al-Sherif, Egypt's top envoy in Iraq, posting a video of the blindfolded diplomat identifying himself.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, Egypt recalled its staff to Cairo and said it will temporarily shut its diplomatic mission in Iraq.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, Hurricane Dennis, a Category 4 storm with 135-mph winds,  left 10 people dead in Haiti and some 100 missing.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2005        Jul 7, The 150-ton KMP Digul sank off Papua province, Indonesia, while en route from the port town of Merauke to Tanah Merah. As many as 200 were feared dead.
    (AP, 7/9/05)(AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 7, Iraq's president called for national unity as mortar attacks killed 4 civilians in the northern city of Mosul and police opened fire on demonstrators in Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit, wounding 4.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, About 600 US Marines and Iraqi soldiers launched Operation Scimitar near Fallujah, the fourth counterinsurgency operation in less than a month.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2005        Jul 7, Ali Shakir, the head of Iraq's karate union, was kidnapped south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2005        Jul 7, Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer quit the Iraqi dictator's Jordan-based legal team, saying some of the team's American members were trying to control the defense and tone down his criticism of the U.S. presence in Iraq.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker asked his citizens to pass a referendum in favor of the EU Constitution.
    (WSJ, 7/8/05, p.A5)
2005        Jul 7, In Pakistan 2 masked gunmen opened fire on an intelligence officer in a remote northwestern tribal region, killing him before fleeing.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, Romania's PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu said his Cabinet would resign and early elections would be called after a court blocked essential justice reforms required by the EU.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2005        Jul 7, In Scotland world leaders united in a show of solidarity to condemn the deadly bombings in London as an attack on all nations and vowed to defeat the terrorists responsible.
    (AP, 7/7/05)

2005        Jul 8, Australia granted fugitive former Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin a permanent visa allowing him to stay in the country indefinitely.
    (AFP, 7/8/05)
2005        Jul 8, In Austria an 89-nation UN conference approved broadening a treaty meant to keep nuclear material from the hands of terrorists, opening the way for states to ratify the agreement. The Convention of the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material originally obligated the 112 countries that have accepted it to protect nuclear material during international transport. The amended version expands such protection to materials at nuclear facilities, in domestic storage and during domestic transport or use.
    (AP, 7/8/05)
2005        Jul 8, Jorge Alberto Uribe, Colombia's defense minister, resigned amid criticism over his handling of the country's counterinsurgency war and his alleged relationship with a jailed female drug trafficker.
    (AP, 7/8/05)
2005        Jul 8, Police said that the bombs used in London's terrorist attacks held less than 10 pounds of explosives each.
    (AP, 7/8/05)
2005        Jul 8, In China Exxon Mobil Corp., Saudi Aramco and top Asian refiner Sinopec signed a $3.5 billion deal to expand a refinery in south China, sealing what they called the country's largest oil project.
    (Reuters, 7/8/05)
2005        Jul 8, Hurricane Dennis slammed Cuba, sweeping away coastal homes and sending waves crashing over Havana's seawall. At least 10 people were killed.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2005        Jul 8, Shares of Gas de France (GDF), a 20% stake in the state monopoly, began to trade following the plans of PM Dominique de Villepin. The IPO was expected to fetch up to $6 billion. A sale of shares in Electricite de France was set for October.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.56)
2005        Jul 8, An Israeli security guard shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a protest against Israel's West Bank separation barrier.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2005        Jul 8, In Italy a judge convicted and sentenced to life in prison three members of the Red Brigades terrorist group for the 1999 killing of a government labor adviser, court officials said. A fourth was convicted and sentenced to nine years.
    (AP, 7/8/05)
2005        Jul 8, In rural southeastern Mexico a series of explosions at a natural gas pipeline killed two people and set fire to houses, cars and cattle near Cunduacan.
    (AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 8, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's presidency was in tatters, her base of support eroding by the hour, as former backers abandoned the Philippine leader and added to calls for her resignation over an election scandal.
    (AP, 7/8/05)
2005        Jul 8, In Scotland G8 world leaders concluded an economic summit shaken by terrorism, offering an "alternative to the hatred," a $50 billion aid package for Africa and up to $3 billion in additional support for the Palestinians. They pledged new joint efforts against terrorism in response to the deadly London bombings the day before.
    (AP, 7/8/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.74)
2005        Jul 8, John Garang, the rebel leader in a two-decade civil war for southern autonomy, returned to Sudan's capital for the first time in 22 years to take up his new position as first vice president in the government he once fought.
    (AP, 7/8/05)

2005        Jul 9, Pres. Bush signed the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005, supported by business interests, which made it easier for companies to send out junk faxes.
    (SFC, 7/13/05, p.C1)
2005        Jul 9, Minnesota Gov. Jim Pawlenty signed a temporary spending plan and lawmakers agreed on the outline of a 2-year budget.
    (SSFC, 7/10/05, p.A3)
2006        Jul 9, A panda cub, later named Tai Shan, was born at the National Zoo in Washington.
    (AP, 7/9/06)
2005        Jul 9, It was reported the world’s 439 nuclear reactors produce about 16% of the world’s electricity. US reactors numbered 103 plants with capacity utilization at over 90%.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.59)
2005        Jul 9, Hurricane Dennis left at least 32 people dead in the Caribbean and moved toward Pensacola, Florida.
    (SSFC, 7/10/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 9, The US military released another batch of 76 Afghan prisoners as part of ongoing efforts to promote national reconciliation. A purported Taliban spokesman said that the group has beheaded a missing American commando, but he offered no proof. The body of the commando was found the next day.
    (AP, 7/9/06)
2005        Jul 9, Suspected Taliban gunmen ambushed an Afghani government border patrol in the desert near the frontier with Pakistan, killing 10 soldiers and beheading their bodies.
    (AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 9, The leader of Brazil's governing Workers Party stepped down, the third ally of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to resign this week amid charges of buying votes in Congress.
    (AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 9, In Congo DRC Rwandan rebels burned 39 people alive, mostly women and children, when they torched the village of Mtulumamba in eastern Congo in what some locals said was punishment for supporting UN peacekeepers.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 9, It was reported that a recent Internet announcement said that Ibrahim Youssef al-Shammari would serve as official spokesman for the Islamic Army of Iraq and the Army of the Mujahideen, 2 groups thought to be linked to the former Baath Party.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.39)
2005        Jul 9, Khamis Farhan Khalaf Abd al-Fahdawi (known as Abu Seba), a senior lieutenant of al-Qaida in Iraq, was arrested following operations in the Ramadi. He was a key suspect in the kidnap-slaying of an Egyptian envoy and attacks on senior diplomats from Pakistan and Bahrain.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 9, North Korea said it will rejoin six-nation nuclear arms talks on July 25.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2005        Jul 9, The 110-ton barge left Magadan, Russia, on a two-day journey to Okhotsk, sent out a distress signal during severe weather, then lost communication. 6 of 10 sailors were rescued 3 days later.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 9, In Sudan John Garang, the former rebel leader who spent 21 years fighting Khartoum's government, was sworn in as first vice president. Garang and Pres. Omar el-Bashir signed into being Sudan's new constitution.
    (AP, 7/9/05)(AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 9, In southeastern Turkey a land mine believed to have been planted by Kurdish rebels killed 3 soldiers. Two other land mines injured seven people in separate explosions.
    (AP, 7/10/05)

2005        Jul 10, Police in LA killed Jose Raul Pena (34) as well as Susie Marie Lopez (19 months) as Pena fired at police while holding the child.
    (SFC, 7/12/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 10, Hurricane Dennis swamped homes, ripped off roofs and felled power lines and trees when it hurtled into northwest Florida and Alabama with 120-mph (190-kph) winds. The storm left at least 16 dead in Haiti. Dennis killed at least 16 people in Cuba, damaged or destroyed 15,000 homes and caused an estimated $1.4 billion in property damage. Dennis killed at least 62 people, the majority in the Caribbean.
    (Reuters, 7/11/05)(WSJ, 7/11/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/12/05)(AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 10, In Mississippi 2 Canadian National Railroad freight trains collided outside Bentonia and 4 crewmen were killed.
    (WSJ, 7/11/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 10, In eastern Afghanistan the body of a missing US commando was located in Kunar province. The location and disposition of the service member's remains indicate he died while fighting off enemy terrorists on or about June 28.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 10, In Britain a Pakistani man was killed in a suspected racial attack in the central city of Nottingham.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 10, In Canada 2 small biplanes simulating a World War I dogfight collided at an air show in Saskatchewan, killing both pilots instantly.
    (AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 10, China said torrential rains in the southwest have killed 65 people over the past two weeks and forced more than 428,000 to flee their homes in flood-prone areas.
    (AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 10, Vidal Cerrato (63), a former vice president of Honduras (1998-2001) and a representative of the Central American Parliament, died.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 10, In India suspected Naga rebels bombed an army convoy, killing two soldiers and critically wounding six others in Manipur.
    (Reuters, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 10, In Iraq Abdullah Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan al Shadad (or Abu Abdul Aziz), another al-Qaida in Iraq lieutenant,  was captured.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 10, A man strapped with explosives blew himself up at an Iraqi military recruiting center in Baghdad killing 25 people. 2 US Marines were killed by indirect fire in Hit. 4 insurgents were killed in Tal Afar. 2 suicide car bombers killed at least 7 Iraqi customs officials along the Syrian border. 8 members of a Shiite family, including a 2-year-old, were shot to death in their sleep. The father suspected it was a sectarian crime. The body of kidnapped Iraqi karate association chief Ali Shakir was found floating in the Tigris river southeast of Baghdad. An Iraqi commando brigade detained 10 Sunnis, who were later found tortured and suffocated in a container. Attacks left over 50 people dead.
    (AP, 7/10/05)(SFC, 7/11/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/12/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 10, Kyrgyzstan held presidential elections. With more than three-quarters of the ballots counted from 95 percent of the districts, Kurmanbek Bakiev (Bakiyev) received nearly 89 percent of the vote. He had teamed up with Felix Kulov, his most serious rival, by promising him the position of prime minister.
    (AP, 7/11/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.39)
2005        Jul 10, Luxembourg voters ratified the EU’s proposed constitution referendum.
    (AP, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 10, In Northern Ireland police using a steel barricade prevented Protestant hard-liners from parading through the main Catholic section of Portadown.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 10, Puerto Ricans voted to do away with half their lawmakers, endorsing a referendum for a one-house legislature.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 10, In Sri Lanka 4 Tiger rebels were killed at their LTTE office in Trimcomalee, despite a ceasefire. Violence in the area quickly escalated. The government denied responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 10, Sudan's new presidency on Sunday lifted the state of emergency in Sudan, except in the conflict-torn regions of Darfur and the east.
    (Reuters, 7/10/05)
2005        Jul 10, On Turkey's Aegean coast a bomb exploded in a popular resort town of Cesme, wounding about 20 people, including two foreign tourists.
    (AP, 7/10/05)

2005        Jul 11, Frances Langford (b.1913), singer and entertainer, died. The 1935 song “I’m in the Mood for Love" by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh was her signature piece.
    (SFC, 7/12/05, p.B5)
2005        Jul 11, In Afghanistan 4 suspected terrorists escaped from the main US base, the first time anyone has broken out of the heavily guarded detention facility. Omar al-Farouq was one of the four suspected Arab terrorists to escape from the detention facility at Bagram. Born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, he was considered one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in 2002 and turned him over to the US. On Nov 2 Indonesian anti-terrorism official, Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai, sharply criticized the US government for failing to inform him that al-Farouq was no longer behind bars.
    (AP, 7/11/05)(AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Jul 11-2005 Jul 12, Fighting between rebels and Afghan and American forces in Zabul province left 17 insurgents dead.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 11, Joao Batista Ramos da Silva, a Brazilian congressman and an ordained minister of the evangelical Christian Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, was detained with 6 other people as they tried to board a private jet with seven suitcases stuffed with cash. Ramos said the $2.6 million in Brazilian reals was from tithes collected during religious services
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 11, It was reported kidnappers in Brazil were targeting the mothers of top soccer players with 5 mothers kidnapped in the last 7 months.
    (SFC, 7/11/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 11, British investigators found the images of 4 young men carrying backpacks in King's Cross station at about 8:30 a.m., 20 minutes before the Jul 7 subway explosions.
    (AP, 7/13/05)(AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 11, The Deh Cho First Nations of the Northwest Territories agreed to a deal with the Canadian government to get meaningful participation in the environmental assessment and regulatory review of the $5.7 billion Mackenzie Valley Pipeline for gas project.
    (WSJ, 7/12/05, p.A15)
2005        Jul 11, In China an explosion in the Shenlong Coal Mine in the far west Xinjiang region killed at least 76 miners. 7 were still reported missing.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 11, In Iraq US troops killed 10 more insurgents in the northern city of Tel Afar. 6 civilians were reported killed in the Tal Afar fighting. Insurgents stormed an Iraqi army checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing 12 people, including 9 soldiers.
    (AP, 7/11/05)(Reuters, 7/11/05)(SFC, 7/12/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 11, Deputy PM Shimon Peres said Israel is asking the US for $2.2 billion in additional aid to help fund its upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 11, A judge ordered the arrest and isolation of 3 senior officers of the Banco di Credito Cooperativo Sofige Gela, a small bank on Sicily’s southern coast. They had been under investigation for aiding and abetting the Mafia.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.72)
2005        Jul 11, Hugo Alberto Wallace (36), a divorced entrepreneur, was kidnapped as he left a movie theater in Mexico City. In 2007 Brenda Quevedo was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, after Maria Isabel Miranda, the mother of Wallace, received a tip and tracked her down. Frustrated with investigators' lack of progress in her son's 2005 kidnapping, Miranda launched her own investigation, tracking down five suspects. In 2009 Quevedo was extradited to Mexico.
    (www.nytimes.com/2006/04/04/world/americas/04kidnapping.html)(AP, 9/26/09)
2005        Jul 11, The Dutch market research firm, VNU, announced its acquisition of IMS Health, the leading supplier of research to pharmaceutical firms, for $7 billion.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.60)
2005        Jul 11, A boat rescuing flood-hit Pakistani villagers hit a power cable and 14 people, including eight children, were electrocuted.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 11, Russian prosecutors said they have opened a criminal investigation into former PM Mikhail Kasyanov (Misha 2%), a potential presidential candidate, for abuse of office.
    (AP, 7/11/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.48)
2005        Jul 11, Russian news media reported that Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter, has signed a $300 million deal to sell jet fighter engines to China.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 11, In Russia at least 20 people were killed after arsonists set fire to a store in the northern city of Ukhta.
    (Reuters, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 11, A SA government report said more than 6.5 million of South Africa's 47 million people could be infected with HIV.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 11, Kurdish guerrillas kidnapped a Turkish soldier after stopping dozens of cars at a makeshift roadblock in the southeast.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 11, Thailand reported the discovery of 10 new cases of bird flu just as it was about to declare the country free of the disease.
    (AP, 7/11/05)
2005        Jul 11, In Trinidad a bomb exploded in a trash bin in downtown Port-of-Spain on Monday, injuring 14 people.
    (AP, 7/11/05)

2005        Jul 12, Miguel Tejada and Mark Teixeira led the American League to a 7-5 win over the National League in Detroit for the AL's eighth straight All-Star victory.
    (AP, 7/12/06)
2005        Jul 12, Francisco Rodriguez (21) was shot and killed in Redwood City, Ca. Josue Raul Orozco (14), a Sereno gang member, was later arrested for the murder of the rival gang member. Orozco escaped from the Youth Service Center in San Mateo in 2008 on Feb 14 and was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, on Sep 17.
    (SFC, 9/19/08, p.B2)(http://sfist.com/2008/03/13/17yearold_josue.php)
2005        Jul 12, In Brazil Luiz Gushiken, Pres. Lula’s communications wizard, was stripped of ministerial status following reports that his business partners had been blessed with fat federal contracts.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.33)
2005        Jul 12, British police closed Luton's train station and carried out 9 controlled explosions on a parked car, which the BBC reported contained explosives. At least 3 Britons from Leeds of Pakistani descent were suspected of carrying out the July 7 attacks that killed 54 and injured 700. Surveillance cameras captured the men as they arrived in the capital 20 minutes before the explosions began.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 12, BP said it has sent teams to fix its 'Thunder Horse' oil platform, which has been listing since Hurricane Dennis hit the Gulf of Mexico. The platform, located 150 miles (250 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans, was slipping by around 20-30 degrees following the passing of the storm, but no injuries or leaks were reported.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 12, In Costa Rica a fire at the Calderon Guardia Hospital killed 19 people. 2 more people died later from complications. The building lacked proper fire exits. On Oct 7 the country's top investigator said died the fire was set deliberately.
    (WSJ, 7/13/05, p.A1)(AP, 10/8/05)
2005        Jul 12, A raid by hundreds of Ethiopian bandits on a remote village in northern Kenya, left at least 45 people dead, including more than two dozen children. Kenyan security forces pursued the bandits, who numbered between 300 and 500, and killed 16 of them.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 12, French company Technip SA said it has been awarded an $800 million contract by Chevron Corp. to develop its largest Nigerian oil project.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 12, India’s Supreme Court scrapped a controversial immigration law, making it easier for authorities to crack down on illegal aliens, a move likely to curb Bangladeshi migrants in the country's northeast.
    (Reuters, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 12, In Iraq armed men stormed a house in Baghdad, killing 4 Iraqi human rights activists and wounding another.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 12, Antonio Fazio, governor of the Bank of Italy, informed his friend Gianpiero Fiorani, head of Banca Popolare Italiana (BPI), that BPI’s bid for the Antonveneta bank had received a go ahead before making the news public.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.67)(WSJ, 9/13/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 12, A car bomb hit the motorcade of Elias Murr, Lebanon's outgoing deputy prime minister, wounding him and killing at least one other person.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 12, Prince Albert II (47) was formally instated as ruler of Monaco.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 12, Two gun attacks in Belfast left one man dead and another critically wounded on the eve of Northern Ireland's tensest day of the year — the divisive "Twelfth" holiday of mass Protestant marches.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2005        Jul 12, Mohammed Bouyeri, a Muslim extremist on trial in the slaying of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, unexpectedly confessed in court, saying he was driven by religious conviction. Bouyeri was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 7/12/06)
2005        Jul 12, Sami Abu Khalil (18), from the West Bank village of Atil, detonated 22 pounds of explosives strapped to his body outside a shopping mall in Netanya. He killed two 16-year-old girls and a 31-year-old woman. A 50-year-old woman died in the hospital the next day.
    (AP, 7/13/05)

2005        Jul 13, Bernie Ebbers (63), former CEO of WorldCom, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in fraud orchestrating the biggest corporate accounting fraud in US history.
    (WSJ, 7/14/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 13, In Virginia a federal judge sentenced Ali Timini (41), a prominent Muslim spiritual leader, to life in prison for inciting his followers for violent jihad against the US. Timini was convicted in April.
    (SFC, 7/14/05, p.A9)
2005        Jul 13, The National Hockey league and the players’ union reached an agreement in principle on a 6-year labor deal ending a lockout that canceled the last season. It included a team wage limit of $39 million and a 24% reduction in current salaries.
    (WSJ, 7/14/05, p.D1)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.36)
2005        Jul 13, The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council issued a report that said more than 11,000 people caught some sort of infection in Pennsylvania hospitals last year and nearly 1,800 died from them.
    (Reuters, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, The White Holly, a retrofitted WW II Navy freighter, embarked from SF Bay on a 7,000 mile roundtrip cruise to study coral reef decay.
    (SFC, 7/14/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 13, A fuel gauge that mistakenly read full instead of empty forced NASA to call off the first shuttle launch in 2½  years.
    (AP, 7/13/06)
2005        Jul 13, It was reported that a triple-star system, HD 188753, is located 149 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. The primary star is like our Sun, weighing 1.06 solar masses.  The other two stars form a tightly bound pair, which is separated from the primary by approximately the Sun-Saturn distance.
    (www.space.com/scienceastronomy/050713_triple_sun.html)
2005        Jul 13, In Afghanistan a suspected Taliban gunmen killed Saleh Mohammed, a senior pro-government Muslim cleric in Helmand province.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, PM John Howard said Australia will send 150 elite troops to Afghanistan by September to fight a growing tide of violence by remnants of the Taliban and al-Qaida.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, British police identified 3 of the July 7 bombers as Shahzad Tanweer (22), Mohammed Sidique Khan (30), and Hasib Hussain (19), the bomber on the N0. 30 bus. The 4th suicide bomber was identified the next day as Lindsey Germaine (19), a Jamaican-born Briton.
    (SFC, 7/30/05, p.A11)
2005        Jul 13, Opposition movements from across Egypt's political spectrum joined in opposition to President Hosni Mubarak with calls for a boycott of September's presidential vote.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, Egypt announced it was launching a campaign for the return of five of its most precious artifacts from museums abroad, including the Rosetta Stone in London and the graceful bust of Nefertiti in Berlin.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, Rudy Therassan, Haiti's former national police commander (2201-2003), was sentenced to almost 15 years in prison. He was accused of protecting Colombian cocaine shipments through his destitute homeland. He pleaded guilty in federal court in April to conspiring to import at least 22 pounds of cocaine into the US and laundering money.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 13, In India an Islamic trust claimed ownership of the Taj Mahal and demanded a slice of tourist revenue from the 17th-century monument to love, but the government-run group charged with its upkeep vowed to challenge that claim in court.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, The US military filed charges against 11 US soldiers for assaulting detainees in Baghdad. A suicide car bomb exploded next to US troops handing out candy and toys, killing more than two dozen people, including 18 children and teenagers and an American soldier.
    (AP, 7/16/05)(AP, 7/13/06)
2005        Jul 13, Israeli troops reoccupied the West Bank city of Tulkarem early, killing a Palestinian policeman in a firefight and arresting five Islamic Jihad activists after the militant group killed four Israelis in a suicide bombing.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, In Brescia, Italy, a judge convicted two North Africans of belonging to an extremist cell alleged to have planned attacks, including one against Milan's subway. Moroccan Mohamed Rafik was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison and Tunisian Kamel Hamraoui to three years and four months.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, In Kenya in an apparent revenge attack, men believed to be from the Gabra tribe killed 10 members of the rival Borana tribe as they were being driven to a seminar in Marsabit, 250 miles northeast of Nairobi.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 13, In southern Pakistan 3 trains collided in a deadly chain reaction after a train driver misread a signal, killing 133 people and injuring hundreds in the country's worst crash in more than a decade.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 13, Thousands of Peruvians protested against a proposed US-trade pact that a UN investigator warned would put medicines out of reach of millions of poor people.
    (Reuters, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, Pressure grew for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to quit as her opponents staged the largest rally against her so far.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2005        Jul 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree stripping the security services of control over a number of detention centers, satisfying a long-standing request by Europe's top human rights body.
    (AP, 7/13/05)

2005        Jul 14, US Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, ending a two-day stay in the hospital, pledged to continue working as long as his health permitted. He died in September 3, 2005.
    (AP, 7/14/06)
2005        Jul 14, The US budget office said it expects a 2005 federal deficit of $333 billion, down 20% from a previous estimate and $79 billion below the record posted for 2004.
    (SFC, 7/14/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 14, A US appeals court overturned the 2003 “mad cow" ban on beef imports from Canada. The USDA said it would lift restrictions within days.
    (WSJ, 7/15/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 14, US and Afghan soldiers fought Taliban insurgent near the Pakistan border inside Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Rehmatullah Raufi, the top army commander in Paktia, said the Afghan base was attacked in the Lwara area. The next day Pakistani troops found the bodies of 24 suspected Taliban militants. Pakistan protested the US cross-border raid.
    (AP, 7/15/05)(WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 14, In Colombia commandos acting on a tip seized Jose Aldemar Rendon, as he was jogging outside Medellin. Rendon was a suspected leader of the Norte del Valle cartel drug cartel believed to have trafficked half the cocaine sold in the United States in the 1990s. In Maria la Baja the local paramilitary group disbanded and handed over its weapons under a peace agreement with the government.
    (AP, 7/15/05)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.41)
2005        Jul 14, The body of Jacques Roche, a well-known Haitian journalist, was found shot to death with signs of torture, 5 days after he was seized while driving in the capital.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 14, Indian troops recovered the bodies of 5 Islamic militants as they hunted rebels high in the rugged Himalayas in northern Indian Kashmir. 7 people died in other violence. A spokesman identified one of the slain rebels as Abu Lukman, a senior member of the region's main rebel group Hizbul Mujahedin.
    (AFP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 14, In Iraq 2 US Marines were killed by roadside bomb near the Jordanian border.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 14, In Iraq 2 suicide bombers struck near the Green Zone in central Baghdad, but a third was wounded and captured by US and Iraqi security forces, officials said. At least 9 people were wounded in the blasts. Gunmen killed five Iraqi employees of an American base in Baqouba. At least 9 policemen also were killed in separate attacks nationwide. 
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2005        Jul 14, In central Kenya Luigi Locati (76), the bishop of Isiolo diocese, was shot to death in what appeared to be an attempted robbery. Five men shot and killed the Bishop after a row over cash donated to the Isiolo diocese. In 2014 Father Waqo Guyo was named as the mastermind of the plot. He and four others were sentenced to death on Nov 6, 2014.
    (AP, 7/15/05)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2005        Jul 14, In southern Thailand at least 60 insurgents plunged Yala city into darkness by destroying electrical transformers, then roamed the streets with fire-bombs, explosives and guns, targeting an area near a hotel, convenience stores, a restaurant and the railway station. Suspected Islamic separatists set off 5 bombs and exchanged gunfire with security personnel in an attack, killing a police officer and wounding 19 other people.
    (AP, 7/14/05)(AP, 7/17/05)

2005        Jul 15, A US federal appeals court ruled that a Guantanamo detainee who once was Osama bin Laden's driver could be tried by military tribunal. However, the Supreme Court in June 2006 struck down the tribunals, saying they violated U.S. and international law.
    (AP, 7/15/06)
2005        Jul 15, In SF District Court federal prosecutors in the BALCO case dropped 40 of 42 indictments against 3 men accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to elite athletes.
    (SFC, 7/16/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 15, Bankrupt Enron Corp. agreed to pay up to 1.52 billion dollars to settle charges of market manipulation during the energy crisis that hit California and other western US states in 2000 and 2001.
    (AFP, 7/16/05)
2005        Jul 15, California Gov. Schwarzenegger said he would quit his 2nd job as editor of two bodybuilding magazines following criticism of the lucrative moonlighting. Following this he soon severed ties with the Arnold Classic, a premier bodybuilding event.
    (SFC, 7/15/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 15, Suspected Taliban gunmen kidnapped and hanged a pro-government tribal leader in southern Afghanistan. Agha Jan was kidnapped the previous day with his two sons, brother and two nephews from his home in southern Zabul province. The relatives were released unharmed. Suspected Taliban fighters raided a police post in southern Afghanistan, killing 7 policemen and losing 5 of their own men.
    (AP, 7/15/05)(AP, 7/16/05)
2005        Jul 15, Officials said heavy rains and flash floods have killed 20 people and inundated tens of thousands of homes in Bulgaria and Romania.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 15, An official said police in Egypt said they had arrested Magdy el-Nashar (33), an Egyptian biochemist, sought in the probe of the London bombings. He was taken into custody upon his arrival in Cairo from abroad.
    (AP, 7/15/05)   
2005        Jul 15, Hurricane Emily blew over Grenada and gathered force in the eastern Caribbean with winds of 135 mph. At least one person was killed.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 15, In India hardline Hindu activists broke the windows of a cinema, burned posters and shouted "traitor" in protests against leading actor Salman Khan who Indian media said had boasted of links with the underworld.
    (Reuters, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 15, Indonesian authorities said 3 people had died of suspected bird flu in the last 10 days. They had no contact with poultry and raised concern over human-to-human transmission. A small farm nearby was hit by the virus a few months earlier. This raised the regionwide deaths from bird flu to 57, mostly in Thailand and Vietnam
    (WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A10)(WSJ, 7/22/05, p.A10)
2005        Jul 15, In Iraq a frenzy of attacks killed at least 30 people in 12 suicide bombings. 2 US Marines were killed in a roadside bombing near the Jordanian border. A suicide car bomb exploded on a bridge overlooking the home of President Jalal Talabani, killing three of his guards. In Nasiriyah, judge Nurredin Ahmed, a Kurd from the northern oil centre of Kirkuk, was shot dead at his home. Akram Ahmed Rasul al-Bayati, a major general in the old regime's disbanded military, and his son Ali, a policeman, were killed after being arrested by police commandos on July 10.
    (AP, 7/16/05)(AFP, 7/16/05)(SFC, 7/16/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 15, The Israeli military launched an airstrike at a van carrying a group of Hamas militants and a cache of homemade rockets in a Gaza City street, killing 4 people.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 15, Two Japanese tankers collided in the Pacific Ocean off the central Japan coast, sparking a blaze that killed one sailor and left five others missing.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 15, Nepal's king appointed a dozen loyalists to ministerial jobs.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 15, In Serbia a court convicted 4 former members of the Avengers, a Serbian paramilitary force, of abducting 16 Muslims from a bus in October, 1992, and taking them to Bosnia to be tortured and executed. The men in custody, Djordje Sevic and Dragutin Dragicevic, got 15 and 20 years respectively. Two others, Milan Lukic and Oliver Krsmanovic, were on the run and were tried in absentia, and received 20-year jail terms
    (AP, 7/16/05)
2005        Jul 15, In South Africa a passenger bus plunged down a ravine near the southcentral coast, killing at least 24 people.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2005        Jul 15, Thailand's government, reeling from bold attacks by suspected separatists in the Muslim-dominated south, granted PM Thaksin Shinawatra sweeping powers to tap phones, directly command security forces and order curfews.
    (AP, 7/15/05)

2005        Jul 16, J.K. Rawling’s latest book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the 6th of the series, went on sale.
    (SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 16, In Australia Sir Ronald Wilson (82), a former World War II fighter pilot who became a respected Australian judge and headed a national inquiry into the "stolen generations" of Aboriginal children, died.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 16, The death toll from the July 7 bombings in London rose to 55 as a badly wounded young architect succumbed 9 days after being rescued. British PM Tony Blair warned that an "evil ideology" of Islamic extremism was bent on spreading terror through the West.
    (SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A17)(AP, 7/16/06)
2005        Jul 16, A small plane from Costa Rica, piloted by the son of a former owner of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, crashed off the Pacific Coast, killing six people.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 16, A Russian-made plane that disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff in Equatorial Guinea crashed with 55 people aboard.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 16, In Finland Indonesia's government and Aceh rebels reached a tentative peace deal to end a 29-year insurgency in the tsunami-devastated province. They agreed to sign a peace accord on Aug 15 in exchange for more autonomy.
    (AP, 7/17/05)(WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 16, Security forces in India's portion of Kashmir killed at least 17 suspected Islamic militants, including 13 rebels who had entered the region from Pakistan.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 16, Iran said it had arrested 200 people and deported another 800, all of whom were said to be linked to al-Qaida.
    (SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 16, In Baghdad a suicide car bomber attacked police commandos in the southern district of Dura, killing one commando and three civilians, two of them children. A 2nd Baghdad suicide bomber blew up a car in an attack targeting a passing US military convoy. One civilian was killed. A 3rd bomber blew himself up in a police station in Mosul, killing 4 policemen and wounding 18 more. A 4th bomber blew himself up in the Jabala area, when Iraqi police tried to arrest him. The explosion wounded two policemen and four civilians. 3 British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in a rare attack in the relatively stable southern part of the country.
    (AFP, 7/16/05)
2005        Jul 16, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew up a fuel truck near a crowded vegetable market outside a Shiite mosque in Musayyib killing 98 people. A suspected mastermind of the attack was captured later during a raid by Iraqi forces in which two of his associates were killed.
    (Reuters, 7/17/05)(AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 16, US forces in Iraq began setting up a base 3 miles from the Rawah, a crossroads town and smuggling route near the Syrian border.
    (SSFC, 7/31/05, p.A20)
2005        Jul 16, Israeli troops raided towns across the West Bank, arresting 26 suspected Palestinian militants. Israeli aircraft launched a series of airstrikes in Gaza City and the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.
    (AP, 7/16/05)
2005        Jul 16, Hurricane Emily skirted Jamaica with winds spiking at 155 mph.
    (SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 16, In Lagos a court convicted Amaka Anajemba, a Nigerian woman, of helping defraud a Brazilian bank of $242 million in the country's biggest international fraud case. She was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and ordered to give up $25.5 million in cash and assets. Banco Noroeste of Sao Paolo, Brazil, was reportedly fleeced of some $242 million over seven years until 2001.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 16, Pakistani security officials said 3 of the 4 London suicide bombers recently visited Pakistan. Investigators probed whether they met with Al-Qaeda-linked militant groups.
    (AP, 7/16/05)
2005        Jul 16, Pakistani soldiers fought militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border. 18 people, mostly women and children, died in the clash.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 16, A Russian air force helicopter carrying border guards crashed in mountainous southern Chechnya, killing eight people.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 16, In Turkey a bomb blast destroyed a minibus near Kusadasi, a popular Aegean Sea beach, killing 5 people, including at least 2 foreigners. Initial reports implicating a female suicide bomber were soon changed to a remote controlled or timer bomb as the cause.
    (Reuters, 7/16/05)(AP, 7/17/05)

2005        Jul 17, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper said a 2003 phone call with White House political adviser Karl Rove was the first he heard about the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson apparently working for the CIA.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 17, Whirlpool Corp. offered to buy fellow appliance maker Maytag Corp. for $1.37 billion in cash and stock, topping an earlier offer that Maytag had accepted from an investment group.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 17, The North American Solar Challenge, a race for solar powered cars, began in Austin, Texas. It was set to end Jul 27 in Calgary, Canada.
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.A13)
2005        Jul 17, Meleia Willis-Starbuck (19) was shot dead on College Ave. in Berkeley, Ca., by Christopher Hollis (21), a close friend. In 2008 a jury convicted Hollis of voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 24 years in state prison.
    (SFC, 7/18/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/22/05, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/08, p.B1)(SFC, 7/12/08, p.B3)
2005        Jul 17, Geraldine Fitzgerald (91), stage and screen actress, died in NYC. Her films included “Dark Victory" (1939), “Ten North Frederick" (1958) and “Rachel Rachel" (1968).
    (SFC, 7/20/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 17, The 168-page Afghanistan Justice Project report was issued and covered human rights abuses since the late 1970s. It holds several top officials and candidates in national elections, scheduled for September, among those responsible for mass arrests, tortures and executions.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 17, Tiger Woods closed with a 2-under 70 to win the British Open for his tenth career major.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2005        Jul 17, Sir Edward Heath (b.1916), PM of England (1970-1974), died. He led England into what is now the EU but lost the Conservative Party leadership to Margaret Thatcher.
    (AP, 7/17/05)(SFC, 7/18/05, p.B6)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.80)
2005        Jul 17, Egypt demanded that institutions in Britain and Belgium return two pharaonic reliefs it says were chipped off tombs and stolen 30 years ago, threatening to end their archaeological work here if they refuse.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, In Iraq The Iraqi Special Tribunal filed its first criminal case against Saddam Hussein for a 1982 massacre of Shiites. Adel Karim, a deputy minister for industrial development, said Iraq wants to launch a privatization program that would end state monopolies over industry. Suicide strikes killed 22 people in the Baghdad area.
    (AP, 7/17/05)(AP, 7/17/06)
2005        Jul 17, In Paraguay some 360 villagers marched on Asuncion to lobby for the expropriation of 128,500 acres of land containing their town of Puerto Casado, owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. The South Korean based church had purchased a 1.48 million-acre property in 2000.
    (WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A10)
2005        Jul 17, Officials said heavy rains and flash floods have killed 20 people in the past week and inundated tens of thousands of homes in Romania. Death for the month reached 26.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, Pilots at Asiana Airlines, South Korea's No. 2 carrier, went on strike.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 17, In central Spain 11 firefighters trying to extinguish a forest fire sparked by a smoldering barbeque were killed.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, The Sudanese council of ministers held its last meeting in Khartoum ahead of the formation of a power-sharing cabinet that will include southern former rebels.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, In Thailand an emergency decree was signed into law that granted PM Shinawatra sweeping powers to tap phones, directly command security forces and order curfews. It also granted immunity to security forces in emergency zones.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.40)
2005        Jul 17, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, leader of this Arab nation for more than a quarter-century, said he will not run in next year's elections, and he urged political parties to nominate "young blood" to lead the country.
    (AP, 7/17/05)

2005        Jul 18, President Bush told India's PM Singh he wants to expand economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries but was expected to pledge only token help for India's nuclear energy technology. America agreed to grant India “full civil nuclear energy cooperation."
    (AP, 7/18/05)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.37)
2005        Jul 18, The United States extradited a Moroccan held at Guantanamo Bay who was indicted in Spain for his alleged links to an al-Qaida cell.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 18, In Alabama Eric Rudolph was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a 1998 abortion clinic bombing in Birmingham. On Aug 22 he was sentenced to 4 life terms for the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta, and 1997 attacks on an abortion clinic and gay nightclub.
    (SFC, 7/19/05, p.A3)(WSJ, 8/23/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 18, California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation to allow construction to go forward on the new eastern half of the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 7/19/05, p.B1)
2005        Jul 18, California reinstated a program to issue identity cards to patients who have been prescribed medical marijuana.
    (SFC, 7/19/05, p.B1)
2005        Jul 18, San Diego acting Mayor Michael Zucchet and councilman Ralph Inzunza were convicted in federal court of taking illegal campaign cash from a strip club owner. Councilwoman Toni Atkins succeeded Zucchet.
    (SFC, 7/19/05, p.A10)
2005        Jul 18, News Corporation announced it was buying Intermix Media, owner of MySpace.com, for $580 million.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.68)(www.newscorp.com/news/news_251.html)
2005        Jul 18, LaToyia Figueroa, who was five months' pregnant, was last seen in West Philadelphia. Police recovered her remains a month later. On August 20, 2005, They arrested Steven Poaches, her former boyfriend and the father of the unborn child. On October 17, 2006, in a nonjury trial, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina found Stephen Poaches, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old LaToyia Figueroa and her fetus. Poaches waived his right to appeal and, in exchange, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. He was given an automatic life sentence with no parole.
    (AP, 8/20/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaToyia_Figueroa)
2005        Jul 18, Paul Duke (78), former anchor of the NBC news show “Washington Week in Review," died. He began moderating the show in 1974.
    (SFC, 7/20/05, p.B6)
2005        Jul 18, Gen. William Westmoreland (b.1914) died. As commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, Westmoreland oversaw the introduction of ground troops in South Vietnam and a dramatic increase in the number of U.S. troops there. In vain, he sought permission to engage enemy forces in their sanctuaries in Cambodia, Laos and North Vietnam.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 18, Argentina issued dollar bonds for the 1st time since its massive default in 2001.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.34)
2005        Jul 18, A British jury convicted Faryadi Sarwar Zardad, a former Afghan warlord, of torture and hostage-taking (1991-1996). It was the first trial in Britain of a foreigner for crimes committed in his homeland. The next day Zardad was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/19/05)(AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 18, China evacuated over 600,000 people from coastal areas after typhoon Haitang slammed into Taiwan, killing up to four people.
    (Reuters, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 18, The EU said it will allow member countries to adopt different approaches in patenting biotech drug innovations.
    (WSJ, 7/19/05, p.A12)
2005        Jul 18, Under orders from an international court, Guatemala apologized for the government-directed massacre of 226 people in Plan de Sanchez on July 18, 1982.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 18, Bayan Jabr, Iraq's interior minister, accused Syria of not making a serious effort to crack down on insurgents in its territory or prevent them from crossing into Iraq, adding that he had pictures and addresses of militant leaders in Syria.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 18, Insurgents killed 8 police and government workers in seven separate shootings across central Iraq. Ambushes and shootings across Iraq left at least 26 people dead.
    (AP, 7/18/05)(SFC, 7/19/05, p.A11)
2005        Jul 18, Lebanon's newly elected Parliament, dominated by an anti-Syrian coalition, approved an amnesty motion for the release of former Christian warlord Samir Geagea, who was linked to the 1987 bombing death of PM Rashid Karami.
    (AP, 7/18/05)(SFC, 7/19/05, p.A9)
2005        Jul 18, Malaysia launched its first bond fund on the stock exchange as part of an Asian scheme to augment underdeveloped capital markets.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 18, Hurricane Emily slammed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a powerful Category 4 storm.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 18, Pakistani police arrested a man accused of killing 14 homeless people in the past three weeks by bludgeoning them to death with bricks.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 18, Pakistan arrested 5 Taliban leaders.
    (WSJ, 7/19/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 18, Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander, his secret police chief and five others were convicted and sentenced for the 2000 killing of Ivan Stambolic, former Serbian president who was Milosevic's political rival.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 18, In a program to be screened on ABC TV, the fisheries chief of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific says Japan poured money into the country in exchange for its support over whaling and cheap access to tuna. Similar charges were made by former officials from the tiny Caribbean nations of Dominica and Grenada.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 18, Suriname's parliament was deadlocked over choosing a new president, with no candidate securing the two-thirds majority needed to become the leader.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 18, In Turkey 4 soldiers were killed when the PKK detonated a bomb in Hakkari.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.48)

2005        Jul 19, President Bush announced his choice of federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. (50) to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Roberts ended up succeeding Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died in September 2005.
    (AP, 7/20/05)(SFC, 7/20/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/19/06)
2005        Jul 19, In Phoenix, Az., a blistering 4-day heat wave was blamed for the deaths of 12 people. 10 were homeless; the other two were elderly women.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 19, Computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. said it will cut 14,500 jobs and overhaul its retirement program in a restructuring plan designed to save $1.9 billion annually.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, Miroslav Bralo (37), former Bosnian Croat special forces soldier, pleaded guilty to war crimes at the Yugoslav tribunal in the Hague. Bralo was a member of an infamous unit, known as "the Jokers," responsible for attacks on Bosnian Muslim villages in the Lasva Valley of central Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, British firm SABMiller announced a $7.8 billion purchase of Grupo Empresarial Bavaria, South America’s 2nd largest brewer.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.61)
2005        Jul 19, Insurgents set off a bomb near a police minibus in breakaway Chechnya after luring the security forces into a trap, killing 14 people, including two children, and wounding more than 20 others.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 19, Egypt said that Magdy el-Nashar, the detained chemist wanted by Britain for questioning about the London bombings, had no links to the July 7 attacks or to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, In Guatemala a judge issued an arrest warrant for former President Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004) in connection with the alleged misuse of millions of dollars during his tenure. Portillo, who fled to Mexico, is accused of authorizing the transfer of $16 million from the finance department to the defense department, where investigators allege much of it was converted to cash and pocketed by officials close to Portillo.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, Iran publicly executed two teenagers accusing them of raping a 13-year-old boy and having gay sex, according to Iran's ISNA news agency. Before Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were executed in Edalat ("Justice") Square in Mashhad, they were held in prison for 14 months and lashed 228 times.
    (AP, 7/22/05)(http://tinyurl.com/q7qyt)
2005        Jul 19, One of the Sunni Arabs appointed to a committee to draft Iraq's constitution was assassinated in a drive-by shooting. Mijbil Issa was gunned down, along with two bodyguards, in the Karradah area of Baghdad. Gunmen opened fire on a minibus carrying Iraqi workers to a U.S. airbase in central Iraq, killing 13.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, US Army soldier Lavena Johnson (b.1985) of Missouri was apparently raped and murdered while on duty in Iraq. A DOD report said she had killed herself.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVena_Johnson)(Econ, 10/19/13, p.35)
2005        Jul 19, Israeli police encircled thousands of Gaza withdrawal opponents, confining them to a fenced-in farming village to prevent them from marching to the nearby Gaza Strip. Israeli and Palestinian leaders announced a fresh truce.
    (AP, 7/19/05)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.41)
2005        Jul 19, Fouad Siniora succeeded Najib Mikati as PM of Lebanon.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouad_Siniora)
2005        Jul 19, In Mexico City soccer coach Ruben Omar Romano was kidnapped following a practice session with his team Cruz Azul.
    (SFC, 7/21/05, p.A6)
2005        Jul 19, In Nepal police broke up a demonstration in the capital by hundreds of students protesting the king's seizure of absolute power.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, In Niger some 3.6 million people were in need of food, among them 800,000 malnourished children. About 150,000 could die unless food arrives quickly in the impoverished West African nation of 13 million.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, In Senegal ministers, entrepreneurs and trade experts from 35 African countries and the US began to plot ways to give African goods a better shot at US markets and find means to boost non-oil exports from the poorest continent. Senegal was one of 37 African countries eligible to participate in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), signed in 2000 by US president Bill Clinton that gives African exports duty-free status on the US market.
    (AFP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, In his first decrees as Sudan's No. 2 leader, former rebel chief John Garang dissolved his guerrilla movement and dismissed all government officials in 10 southern states.
    (AP, 7/19/05)
2005        Jul 19, A top Turkish general said the US had given direct orders for the capture of rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leaders in Iraq.
    (AP, 7/19/05)

2005        Jul 20, A day after being tapped by President Bush, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts paid courtesy calls on senators while a conservative group purchased TV ad time in support of his nomination and abortion rights groups staged protests.
    (AP, 7/20/06)
2005        Jul 20, Eastman Kodak Co. said it is cutting as many as 10,000 more jobs as the company that turned picture-taking into a hobby for the masses navigates a tough transition from film to digital photography.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, SF Bay Area air quality officials imposed the toughest regulations in the nation to reduce flaring in the East Bay’s 5 oil refineries.
    (SFC, 7/21/05, p.B1)
2005        Jul 20, Actor James Doohan (85), who transported the crew of "Star Trek" through space on the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died. He has asked that his ashes be blasted into space.
    (AFP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 20, Two Afghans released from Guantanamo Bay claimed about 180 Afghans at the U.S. detention facility were on a hunger strike to protest alleged mistreatment and to push for freedom.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 20, Cambodia handed over some 107 Montagnards, a largely Christian hilltribe people, to Vietnamese authorities. More than 1,000 Montagnards fled to Cambodia after security forces put down demonstrations in Vietnam's Central Highlands in 2001 against land confiscation and religious persecution of ethnic minorities. In January, Vietnam, Cambodia and the UNHCR signed a memorandum of understanding to resettle or repatriate about 700 ethnic minority Vietnamese who were estimated at the time to be in Cambodia.
    (AFP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, Haitang was downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved into southeast China, leaving a trail of destruction. The death toll in Taiwan and in China rose to 15.
    (AFP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, Canada legalized gay marriage, becoming the world's 4th nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, In India the Chattisgarh state government said it will begin supplying arms to tribespeople who have formed vigilante groups to protect themselves from attacks by Maoist rebels.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 20, Sunni Muslim members on a committee drafting Iraq's new constitution suspended their participation in the wake of a colleague's assassination, saying they need more security. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside an army recruiting center in central Baghdad, killing at least 10 people.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, A Milan prosecutor sought arrest warrants for six more purported CIA operatives, accusing them of helping plan the kidnapping of an Egyptian radical Muslim cleric.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, In Kashmir a car bomb blew up an army jeep, killing 5 soldiers and at least one civilian and injuring 20 others near a school in an elite neighborhood of Srinagar.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, Japanese electronics giant Hitachi said it has become the first foreign company to win certification from US transport authorities for its bomb-detection equipment, opening up major new markets.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, In Kenya riot police beat demonstrators with truncheons and fired tear gas canisters as protests in Nairobi persisted over proposed constitutional amendments that critics say leave the president with too much power.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 20, In Lebanon PM-designate Fuad Siniora announced a cabinet of 24 ministers. The lineup for the first time included a member of the Hizb Allah movement. Mohammed Fneish became energy minister. Hizb Allah ally Tarrad Hamadeh retained the post of labor minister.
    (http://tinyurl.com/m8ctm)
2005        Jul 20, In Mexico more than 1,000 people marched through the streets of the colonial capital of southern Oaxaca state to demand that picketers disband a blockade that has trapped journalists inside a newspaper building for about a month.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 20, Hurricane Emily slammed into northeastern Mexico with 125 mph winds.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, In Palestine the ruling Fatah movement and the Islamic Hamas agreed to end several days of clashes in northern Gaza that took the lives of two bystanders.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, President Vladimir Putin said Russia won't allow foreign organizations to finance political activities in the country.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 20, Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a former priest of the Holy Family parish in the Rwandan capital Kigali, was charged in a sealed indictment with genocide, rape, assassination and extermination, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Tanzania. The charges were made public in 2007.
    (AFP, 6/21/07)
2005        Jul 20, In Yemen at least 11 people were killed in clashes with police after rioters threw stones and set fires in streets to protest against subsidy cuts that nearly doubled petrol prices.
    (AP, 7/20/05)

2005        Jul 21, The House voted to extend the USA Patriot Act.
    (AP, 7/21/06)
2005        Jul 21, A US appeals court ordered the government to sell the Unabomber’s property and give the proceeds to victims of his bombings.
    (WSJ, 7/22/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 21, Sealed court documents were filed in which the U.S. Attorney's Office initiated attempts to seize the home of U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, alleging that the California Republican's $3.5 million estate in Rancho Santa Fe, a San Diego suburb, was purchased with bribe money. In 2006 prosecutors alleged that Brent Wilkes, a San Diego businessman, paid Cunningham over $626,000 in bribes between 2000 and 2004 to win government contracts for his companies.
    (AP, 8/19/05)(SSFC, 5/14/06, p.A18)
2005        Jul 21, US and Canadian authorities reported the shutdown of a newly completed 100-yard border crossing tunnel outside Lynden, Wa., intended for smuggling marijuana.
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 21, The US Centers for Disease Control reported that the bodies of American children and adults contained over 100 toxic substance including pyrethroids, a pesticide ingredient, and phthalates, found in beauty products and soft plastics.
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.A12)
2005        Jul 21, In Phoenix, Az., a blistering heat wave was blamed for the deaths of 18 people. 14 were thought to be homeless; 3 were elderly women.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, Airbus said it has received an order for 20 of its twin-aisle A330 passenger jets from Air China, in a deal worth about 3.2 billion euros ($3.9 billion) at list prices.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, Long John Baldry (64), British blues musician, died in Canada.
    (WSJ, 7/25/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 21, Suspected Taliban rebels ambushed a car carrying a local administrator in southern Afghanistan. Gul Mohammed, an acting deputy district chief, and his unidentified driver were killed when militants opened fire on their car in Helmand province.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 21, In Brazil an Indian rights group warned that wildcat miners who have entered the Yanomami Indians' Amazon reservation have brought guns and diseases that threaten the stone-age tribe. An estimated 500 prospectors have invaded the reservation, which is rich in gold, magnesium and niobium.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, Explosions struck 3 London Underground stations and a bus at midday in a chilling but less deadly replay of the suicide bombings that killed 56 people two weeks ago. One person was seriously wounded. In 2007 a British prosecutor told a jury that 6 men plotted to kill London subway and bus passengers with bombs made from hydrogen peroxide and flour on July 21, 2005, two weeks after suicide bombers killed 52 commuters in the city. The devices failed to explode. In 2007 a jury convicted Muktar Said Ibrahim (29), Yassin Omar (26), Ramzi Mohammed (25), and Hussain Osman (28) for conspiracy to murder. The jury failed to reach a verdict for Manfo Kwaku Asiedu (34) and Adel Yahya (24). The 4 convicted men were sentenced to life in prison. In 2007 Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, who was born in Ghana, admitted a charge of conspiracy to cause explosions over the failed bombings. Asiedu was supposed to be carrying a fifth bomb on the day but ended up dumping the rucksack with his device in a park in north London. Asiedu was sentenced to 33 years in prison. In 2008 Siraj Ali (33), Muhedin Ali (29), Ismail Abdurahman (25), Wahbi Mohammed (25) and Abdul Sherif (30), were convicted on 22 charges of failing to disclose information about terrorism and assisting an offender. They included the brothers of two of the July 21, 2005 bombers.
    (AP, 7/21/05)(AP, 1/15/07)(AP, 7/11/07)(Reuters, 11/9/07)(AP, 11/20/07)(AFP, 2/4/08)
2005        Jul 21, China scrapped the yuan's peg to the US dollar and tied it to a basket of currencies revaluing the yuan by 2.1 percent and leaving the door open to further rises.
    (Reuters, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, Germany's Pres. Horst Koehler agreed to dissolve parliament and hold early elections Sept. 18 that could give the country its first woman chancellor.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, Hong Kong said it would maintain its 21-year-old peg to the US dollar.
    (Econ, 8/6/05, p.60)
2005        Jul 21, In Indonesia the first suspect to face charges in the 2004 bombing of the Australian Embassy was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for assisting the attack's perpetrators, but was cleared of more serious charges.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, The chief of Algeria's diplomatic mission, Ali Belaroussi, and fellow envoy Azzedine Belkadi were seized at gunpoint from the upscale Mansour district of western Baghdad. In an Internet statement 2 days later al-Qaida in Iraq said it was responsible. Al-Qaida later announced it had killed the diplomats.
    (AP, 7/23/05)(AP, 7/21/06)
2005        Jul 21, In Indian Kashmir 2 bus passengers were killed and three were wounded when they were caught in an exchange of fire between militants and soldiers.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, A Kurdish party official said Kurdish leaders have presented a redrawn map with a larger Kurdistan to the Iraqi National Assembly for consideration in the new constitution.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, The aid agency Oxfam said about 3.6 million people face starvation in Niger unless the international community responds urgently to the food crisis there.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, A truck strike paralyzed fuel deliveries across Puerto Rico.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, Russian and US officials inaugurated a new U.S-financed command center aimed at improving Russia's ability to prevent trafficking of nuclear materials.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, Russia reported its 1st case of bird flu in Siberia’s Novosibirsk region.
    (WSJ, 7/22/05, p.A10)
2005        Jul 21, Sudanese security officers roughed up members of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's entourage; Rice demanded and got an apology.
    (AP, 7/21/06)
2005        Jul 21, Turkish forces killed 5 Kurdish rebels, including a woman, in a gunbattle in the southeast.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 21, Venezuelan leaders condemned a U.S. decision to transmit broadcasts to this South American country to ensure its citizens receive "accurate news."
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2005        Jul 21, In Yemen protesters clashed with security forces for a 2nd day after the government reduced subsidies on oil products. The violence in the capital and elsewhere left four dead and seven injured. 2 days of rioting left 16 people dead.
    (AP, 7/21/05)(SFC, 7/22/05, p.A14)

2005        Jul 22, In Irving, Texas, Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers, said it plans to cut about 6,000 jobs and sell or close up to 20 manufacturing plants.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, Researchers estimated that deaths of North Atlantic right whales may be underreported by as much as 83 percent annually. At least eight whales have died in the last 16 months, and only 350 of the animals are believed to exist.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 22, George Wallace (88), stage and screen actor, died in Los Angeles. He played Commando Cody in the 1952 film serial “Radar Men from the Moon."
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 22, In London a man, who appeared to be South Asian, was slain by officers at the Stockwell subway station. Police said the man was challenged and refused to obey instructions. The next day police identified the man as Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician, and said he was not related the bombings and expressed regret for his death. Menezes was shot in the head 7 times. In 2009 the Metropolitan police agreed to a compensation deal with the family of de Menezes.
    (AP, 7/22/05)(AP, 7/23/05)(Econ, 7/22/06, p.18)(AFP, 11/23/09)
2005        Jul 22, In Germany a pilot died when his ultralight plane crashed near the German parliament. He was questioned over the disappearance of his wife and expressed "suicidal intentions" before the flight.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 22, Insurgents targeted two Iraqi police patrols in Baghdad, leaving at least five people dead.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, The Italian government approved a package of anti-terrorism measures that allow authorities to take DNA samples from suspects and jail those who provide explosives training.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, Japan's Parliament approved legislation authorizing the defense chief to shoot down missiles without permission from the prime minister or Cabinet, boosting a missile defense system Japan is working on with the United States.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, In Kashmir separatist militants fighting Indian rule in the country's only Muslim-majority state said they would not allow minority Hindus who fled the region after the revolt broke out 16 years ago to return.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, In Lebanon a bomb exploded on a narrow street crowded with bars and restaurants, wounding 12 people just hours after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited the area.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 22, Mexican authorities raided a kidnapping ring that filmed its victims being held inside a cage and beaten. An abducted businessman was freed and five people were arrested. The gang operated in Mexico City and outlying areas in Puebla and Mexico State.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 22, Former Myanmar PM Khin Nyunt received a 44-year suspended sentence after being convicted on eight charges including bribery and corruption.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, North Korea offered to abandon its nuclear weapons if the two sides in the Korean War sign a peace agreement to replace the 1953 cease-fire that halted hostilities but did not resolve the conflict.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, In Pakistan more than 2,000 supporters of a coalition of radical Muslim groups rallied in Islamabad to condemn a crackdown on Islamic militants that has netted more than 200 suspects.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, Assailants killed five tribal elders who had helped Pakistan's army hunt for al-Qaida-linked militants in a remote, lawless region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, Truck drivers in Puerto Rico ended a three-day strike that paralyzed gasoline deliveries.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, Spain banned lighting fires in open spaces nationwide until November. This was Spain’s worst drought since 1947. Spaniards will no longer allowed to smoke as they take a Sunday stroll in the woods, under new government rules aimed at curbing the risk of fires such as a recent one in which 11 firefighters died in Guadalajara.
    (Reuters, 7/25/05)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.47)
2005        Jul 22, Taiwan will allow computer maker Lenovo Ltd. to become the first mainland Chinese company to establish a subsidiary on the island in a significant step forward in commercial ties between the two rivals.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2005        Jul 22, At a meeting of Andean presidents Pres. Chavez proposed Petroandina, under which oil-producing countries would cooperate on pipelines and refining.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.33)
2005        Jul 22, Seniat, Venezuela’s tax authority, presented Harvest Natural Resources with an $85 million retroactive income tax bill. Royal Dutch Shell received a bill a week earlier and was seeking talks on its bill.
    (WSJ, 7/25/05, p.A13)

2005        Jul 23, Myron Florin (85), accordionist with Lawrence Welk, died in California.
    (WSJ, 7/25/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 23, In southern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants fatally shot a district judge.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 23, The man shot at the Stockwell subway station on July 22 was identified as Jean Charles de Menezes (27) of Brazil. London police acknowledged that Menezes had nothing to do with recent bombings on the city’s transit system. Brazil's government demanded an explanation for the fatal police shooting of a Brazilian citizen on a London subway car.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2005        Jul 23, The Colombian government offered to buy farmers' illegal crops of coca, in the latest effort to stem illegal drug production in this South American nation. Pres. Alvaro Uribe said in a speech that farmers would have to sign a document promising to never again cultivate illegal crops in order to get the money. The government would destroy the purchased crop.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2005        Jul 23, In Egypt a rapid series of car bombs and another blast ripped through a luxury hotel and a coffeeshop in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, killing at least 83 people. The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, a group citing ties to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the bombings. The previously unknown Mujahedi Masr or "Holy Warriors of Egypt" group disputed the claims of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, al-Qaida, and said five of its own members died carrying out seven explosions.
    (AP, 7/23/05)(AP, 7/24/05)(Econ, 7/30/05, p.40)
2005        Jul 23, Kristina Miller (27) of Peachtree City, Ga., was the only American killed in the  blasts at the Egyptian resort at Sharm el-Sheik.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 23, In Abidjan, Ivory Coast, unidentified assailants attacked two security force posts, sparking gunfights that reportedly killed at least four people.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2005        Jul 23, A magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook the Tokyo area, injuring at least 27 people.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 23, In Turkey a bomb exploded at an Istanbul cafe frequented by tourists, injuring at least two people.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2005        Jul 23, In Umm Al-Quwain, UAR, a $3.3 billion deal for the Khor al-Beidah lagoon complex was signed. A few days later developers announced Umm Al-Quwain's desert interior would be the site for a new city that could eventually house as many as 500,000 people.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Jul 23, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe arrived in Beijing for a visit expected to include a plea for oil and food to aid his state's failing economy.
    (AP, 7/23/05)

2005        Jul 24, Lance Armstrong closed out his amazing career with a 7th consecutive Tour de France victory.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2005        Jul 24, Four unions said they would boycott the AFL-CIO convention in Chicago. The Service Employees and Teamsters said they would quit the group.
    (SFC, 7/25/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 24, In southern Afghanistan more than a dozen suspected militants attacked a US patrol, and the resulting firefight left one American soldier dead and another wounded. A roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, striking a US military convoy and wounding six American troops.
    (AP, 7/24/05)(AP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 24, Sir Richard Doll (92), the British scientist who first established a link between smoking and lung cancer, died in Oxford, England.
    (AP, 7/24/06)
2005        Jul 24, In Egypt an explosive detonated as it was being carried by Sami Gamal Ahmad (33), to the tourist area of Kerdassa, a bazaar of souvenir shops near the Pyramids of Giza. Ahmad was severely injured.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2005        Jul 24, In Ethiopia 6 separate bombings hit across the country's ethnic Somali province. A 5-year-old girl was among those killed in the wave of violence, which took place before a voter registration drive.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 24, A 7.2 earthquake hit India's southern Andaman and Nicobar Islands and part of Indonesia. No tsunami came, and no injuries or damage were reported.
    (AP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 24, Indian troops in Kashmir killed 3 innocent teenagers after troops mistook them for militants. Demonstrations followed among angry Kashmiri Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, largely Hindu India's only Muslim-majority state.
    (Reuters, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 24, Iran's state-run media reported that its hard-line judiciary had acknowledged widespread human rights violations in prisons, including the use of torture.
    (AP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 24, Iraqi police said a suicide attacker slammed a truck loaded with explosives into sand barriers outside a Baghdad police station, killing at least 39 people and wounding 30. A US Marine was killed in combat operations near Rutbah. 4 US troops were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/24/05)(SFC, 7/25/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/27/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 24, In Nepal police used batons to break up a protest by supporters of the detained former prime minister, leaving about 15 demonstrators and 10 police injured.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2005        Jul 24, In northern Nigeria a long-haul passenger bus skidded off a bridge and tumbled into a river after the driver fell asleep, and 56 people were killed.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2005        Jul 24, Palestinian militants killed two Israeli motorists in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops killed 2 of the gunmen. A suicide bomber was caught near an Israeli communal farm with a belt packed with 11 pounds of explosives.
    (AP, 7/24/05)(WSJ, 7/25/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 24, Telesur, a new TV station backed by Venezuela's government, began transmitting in various countries across Latin America. The station, funded by Venezuela and also backed by Argentina, Uruguay and Cuba, has drawn concern in the US Congress, where House members last week approved a measure to transmit radio and television broadcasts to Venezuela to ensure citizens receive "accurate news."
    (AP, 7/24/05)(Econ, 7/30/05, p.33)

2005        Jul 25, Corporal Dustin Berg, an Indiana National Guard soldier, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of an Iraqi police officer. He was later sentenced to 18 months in military prison.
    (AP, 7/25/06)
2005        Jul 25, The Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees Int’l. Union broke from the AFL-CIO as 1,000 delegates gathered in Chicago for the federation’s 50th annual convention. They formed a coalition called Change to Win with 5 other unions with a mission to emphasize organizing rather than supporting like-minded politicians.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 25, Sony BMG Music Entertainment agreed to pay $10 million to non-profit entities and to stop paying radio stations to feature its artists. A 1960 federal law barred record companies from offering payola, undisclosed financial incentives for airplay.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.D3)
2005        Jul 25, Hershey Co. of Pennsylvania announced the acquisition of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker Inc. of Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.D1)
2005        Jul 25, Intel announced plans to build a $3 billion computer microprocessor fabrication plant in Arizona.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.D1)
2005        Jul 25, San Leandro, Ca., police officer Nels Niemi was shot and killed by a convicted methamphetamine user. Police arrested Irving Alexander Ramirez the next day in Daly City. In 2007 Ramirez was convicted of first-degree murder. On Aug 3 he was sentenced to die by lethal injection.
    (SFC, 7/27/05, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.B1)(SFC, 8/4/07, p.B2)
2005        Jul 25, In Virginia 4 adult Scout leaders from Alaska were killed on the opening day of their Jamboree when a tent pole apparently struck a power line.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 25, Ford Rainey (96), stage and screen actor, died in Santa Monica, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 25, Fighting between Taliban rebels and U.S. and Afghan forces in Uruzgan province killed about 50 suspected militants, in the deadliest clashes in weeks ahead of crucial legislative elections. The fighting killed one US and one Afghan soldier.
    (AP, 7/26/05)(SFC, 7/26/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 25, In Gonzaga, Brazil, hundreds of relatives and friends of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot to death in London after being mistaken for a terrorist, marched along the cobblestone streets of his hometown, demanding the arrest of the British police who fired the fatal shots.
    (AP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, British police identified 2 suspects in the July 21 bombings: Muktar Said Ibrahim (27) and Yasin Hassan Omar (24)
    (SFC, 7/30/05, p.A11)
2005        Jul 25, A wildlife charity warned that large carnivorous mice on the British-ruled island of Gough in the south Atlantic are eating seabird chicks alive in mass feeding frenzies, threatening several species' survival.
    (AFP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, Indian and Pakistani trucks laden with goods rolled across the border for the first time in 50 years.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 25, Indian army said it had shot dead five militants in Kupwara district of Kashmir when they were trying to sneak into India from the Pakistani side.
    (Reuters, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, In India violence erupted when about 1,000 angry Honda workers protested the dismissal of four colleagues in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 25, In Iraq Sunni Arab members of a committee drafting Iraq's new constitution ended their boycott, six days after they walked out to protest the assassinations of two fellow Sunni constitution framers. A US soldier was killed when a roadside bomb exploded under his vehicle near Samarra north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, Baghdad was hit by twin suicide car bombs that killed at least 8 people as Australian PM John Howard made a surprise visit there.
    (AFP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, Israel expressed outrage that Pope Benedict XVI failed to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis. Pope Benedict urged dialogue with the best elements of Islam.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 25, An appeals court in Milan, Italy, issued arrest warrants for six more purported CIA operatives accused of helping plan the 2003 kidnapping of a radical Egyptian Muslim cleric.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 25, Magistrates in Italy impounded BPI’s shares in Antonveneta. 2 days later Consob, Italy’s stockmarket regulator, froze BPI’s offer for up to 90 days. [see Jul 12]
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.57)
2005        Jul 25, Nepal's main political parties rejected an appeal by the country's Maoist rebels for talks to plan joint opposition to King Gyanendra's seizure of power, saying the guerrillas should stop killing civilians first.
    (Reuters, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, North Korean and US negotiators held a rare one-on-one meeting in Beijing amid a flurry of contacts between delegations to the six-nation talks aimed at persuading the communist nation to relinquish its nuclear program.
    (AP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, Opposition lawmakers in the Philippine parliament filed impeachment proceedings against President Gloria Arroyo, accusing her of vote-rigging and other allegations.
    (AP, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, Saudi authorities arrested a number of suspected militants in Arar, Medina and Riyadh. Among those arrested Mohammed Saeed Mohammed al-Sayam al-Umari (25) was No. 10 on Saudi list of 36 most wanted terrorists.
    (AP, 8/27/05)

2005        Jul 26, Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2 1/2-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious. Its mission was to resupply the space station and deliver a new gyroscope and storage platform.
    (AP, 7/26/05)(SFC, 7/27/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 26, Danny Simon (86), TV comedy writer and older brother of Neil Simon, died in Portland, Ore.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 26, In Afghanistan more than 1,000 stone-throwing protesters tried to break into Bagram, the main U.S. base to free eight detained villagers, and Afghan troops fired warning shots and used clubs to beat the mob back. U.S. troops also fired into the air.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, In Afghanistan US military officials moved to defuse tension after a riot outside their main base by handing 6 villagers, accused of being bombmakers, over to local authorities.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 26, In Argentina provincial Sen. Victor Hugo Luna offered a bill that would confiscate 196,000 acres from US rancher Peter McBride’s Taco Pampa property in La Paz in order to recognize land rights of local goat herders. McBride had purchased his 286,000 acres for $500,000.
    (WSJ, 8/23/05, p.A9)
2005        Jul 26, A government-commissioned study said Australia will become warmer and drier with average national temperatures rising as much as two degrees Celsius and rainfall decreasing significantly by 2030.
    (AFP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, Chinese health officials reported that over the last 4 weeks an unidentified illness has killed 19 farmers and sickened 80 in southwestern China after they butchered sick pigs or sheep. The pigs in question were infected with streptococcus bacteria, a common pathogen in humans and domestic animals.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, Six-party nuclear disarmament talks opened in Beijing after a 13-month boycott by North Korea, and the communist nation's envoy said his country was ready to work on eliminating atomic weapons from the Korean Peninsula.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, In Dagestan, Russia, the head of traffic police in Izberbash was killed at a traffic stop.
    (WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005        Jul 26, Investigators have identified a suicide bomber in the weekend attacks that killed scores in this Red Sea resort, saying he was an Egyptian with Islamic militant ties. DNA tests identified him as Youssef Badran, an Egyptian Sinai resident.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, A third previously unknown Islamist group, Tawhid and Jihad Group in Egypt, claimed responsibility on the Internet for the bomb attacks on Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort in which as many as 88 people were killed. It said it was responsible for bomb attacks that ripped through the resort town of Taba last October, killing 34 people.
    (AP, 7/26/05)(Econ, 7/30/05, p.40)
2005        Jul 26, Pernod Ricard SA said it has completed its takeover of British rival Allied Domecq PLC to become the world's second-largest wines and spirits maker. The acquired brands included Ballantine’s, Malibu and Beefeater.
    (AP, 7/26/05)(WSJ, 9/7/05, p.B2)
2005        Jul 26, In India women and men armed with truncheons and stones attacked police in Gurgaon where violent clashes between protesting Honda workers and police a day earlier reportedly injured 700 people.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, In Indonesia a 2nd suspect tried in September's deadly bombing at the Australian Embassy was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for helping transport materials used in the attack. Agus Ahmad (31) told the South Jakarta District Court he believed six bags given to him by a friend contained crystal stones, but the three judges did not believe him.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, Al-Qaida in Iraq said it had condemned to death two Algerian diplomats who were abducted in Baghdad. A video made public showed the men blindfolded and in captivity.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, Officials said Jerusalem planners have approved the construction of a new Jewish neighborhood in the city's Muslim Quarter.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, John Goldson (69), a prominent British hotelier, was killed in Kenya’s central Rift Valley when he went to investigate a break-in by about seven gunmen at the lodge outside Naivasha, some 90 kilometers (55 miles) northwest of Nairobi. In 2006 police arrested Ibrahim Abdi Noor, believed to be the leader of the gang that shot and killed Goldson.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2005        Jul 26, In Lebanon Samir Geagea (53), a notorious anti-Syrian Christian warlord, was released after 11 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, Myanmar agreed to forgo its chairmanship of Southeast Asia's bloc next year to avoid a damaging Western boycott of the group's meetings.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 26, Nepal's former prime minister and a member of his Cabinet were convicted of embezzlement by the king's anti-corruption commission and sentenced to two years in prison.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 26, A boat ferrying passengers between remote villages sank in a southwestern Nigerian river, killing at least 18 people.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 26, A Dutch court sentenced Mohammed Bouyeri (27), the killer of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, to life in prison. He was linked to the “Hofstad Group," some of whom were accused of wild plans to blow up Schiphol airport, the Dutch parliament and a nuclear reactor.
    (AP, 7/26/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.13)

2005        Jul 27, The US House approved the Central America trade pact, CAFTA, 217-215. It is aimed at reducing trade barriers among the US, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
    (WSJ, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 27, Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian who'd plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium, was sentenced to 22 years in prison by a judge in Seattle.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2005        Jul 27, The US charged Iraqi-born Wasem al Delaema (32), a Dutch citizen, with conspiring to kill Americans in Iraq and asked the Dutch government to extradite him for prosecution. Authorities alleged al Delaema was one of several men calling themselves the Fighters of Fallujah who plotted attacks near that Iraqi city in October 2003. In 2010 a Dutch court reduced his sentenced to 8 years and released him.
    (AP, 7/30/05)(AP, 10/13/10)
2005        Jul 27, Wal-Mart filed suit in Arkansas against former Vice Chairman Thomas Coughlin for alleged fraud using company cards for bogus expenses.
    (WSJ, 7/28/05, p.B2)
2005        Jul 27, NASA grounded the shuttle fleet after admitting a large piece of foam had fallen off the Jul 26 Discovery launch.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 27, In Miami, Florida, Arthur Teele Jr., a former city commissioner, committed suicide in the lobby of the Miami Herald. He had been recently indicted on federal charges that included mail fraud and money laundering. Columnist Jim DeFede was fired shortly thereafter after admitting that he had just taped a conversation with Teele, but without direct consent.
    (SFC, 7/29/05, p.A4)
2005        Jul 27, Robert Wright (90), composer and lyricist, died in Miami. His work in collaboration with George Forrest included the Broadway musicals “Song of Norway" (1944) and “Kismet" (1953).
    (SFC, 7/30/05, p.B4)
2005        Jul 27, Environment Minister Ian Campbell said Australia and the US have been secretly negotiating a new international pact on greenhouse gas emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which they refused to sign. The other participants in the pact to use cleaner energy technologies to curb climate-changing pollution included China, India, Japan, South Korea.
    (AP, 7/27/05)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 27, British police arrested 4 men in raids in Birmingham including Yasin Hassan Omar, who was suspected of being a member of the gang that carried out botched bombings last week in London.
    (Reuters, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, It was reported that some Chinese beer makers used small quantities of formaldehyde to improve color and prevent sediment from forming during storage. Major producers did they did not use the additive. The practice was abandoned in the West.
    (WSJ, 7/27/05, p.B9)
2005        Jul 27, In Ethiopia state media reported that police had arrested 25 people in connection with a series of bombings that killed five and injured 31 in an apparent attempt to disrupt elections in an eastern province.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, A French court convicted 62 defendants in a mass pedophilia trial and sentenced some of them to up to 28 years in prison for their roles in a network that systematically raped and prostituted children in western France.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, France Telecom bought an 80% stake in Amena, Spain’s 3rd largest mobile telephone operator.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.54)
2005        Jul 27, The heaviest rainfall ever recorded in India shut down the financial hub Bombay, snapped communication lines and closed airports. Officials said at least 633 people had died across India in two months of monsoon downpours.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, There was a massive fire on an oil platform in India's biggest oil field. Ships and helicopters rescued more than 350 survivors. 10 people were confirmed dead with several still missing.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 27, Iran said it will restart some nuclear activities as soon as August and that it has fully developed solid-fuel technology in producing missiles, a major breakthrough that increases the accuracy of missiles hitting targets.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, Iraqi commandos captured Hamdi Tantawi, an Egyptian said to be an associate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's 2nd in command. Iraq's most feared terror group said it had killed two kidnapped Algerian diplomats.
    (AP, 7/27/05)(AP, 7/27/06)
2005        Jul 27, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian stone-thrower during an arrest raid that caught a wanted Islamic Jihad militant in this West Bank town.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, Bishop Jovan Vraniskovski in Skopje, Macedonia, was sentenced to at least 18 months in jail for “instigating national and religious hatred."
    (Econ, 9/10/05, p.50)
2005        Jul 27, North Korea said it would give up its nuclear weapons only after the alleged US atomic threat is removed from the divided peninsula and relations with the US are normalized.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, Officials reported that Pakistani security forces have rounded up about 600 suspected militants and Islamic clerics in a week-long crackdown that followed the July 7 London attacks.
    (AFP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, In eastern Pakistan Hashim Qadeer, an Islamic militant who set up the initial meeting (Jan 23, 2002) between Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and his kidnappers, was arrested. The suspect was a member of two outlawed militant groups, Harkat-ul Mujahedeen and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 27, Rescuers found the bodies of four South Korean soldiers, a day after they were swept away by a fast moving river during training exercises near the border with North Korea.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, The UN started evacuating more than 400 refugees from a camp in Kyrgyzstan and will fly them to a third country to keep them from being sent home to Uzbekistan where they fear prosecution. Uzbekistan has been pressuring Kyrgyzstan to hand over the refugees, and Kyrgyz officials relented in recent weeks, sending at least 87 of them back.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, A UN envoy presented her report condemning Zimbabwe's sweeping slum clearance to the Security Council, despite opposition from China, Russia and African countries, and called for urgent assistance to help those who have lost their homes and jobs.
    (AP, 7/27/05)

2005        Jul 28, Assistant Secretary of State David Welch told the US House International Relations Committee said Iranian cadres are training Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee sent a bill by Sen. Chuck Hagel to the then GOP-run Senate. The legislation would have regulated and trimmed Freddie Mac and its sister company, Fannie Mae. Shortly after this Freddie Mac began making payments to DCI, a Republican consulting firm. DCI undermined support for the bill in a campaign targeting 17 Republican senators in 13 states. The measure died at the end of the 109th Congress.
    (AP, 10/20/08)
2005        Jul 28, A new clinical study reported that the herbal remedy echinacea does not ward off cold symptoms and does not help speed recovery from colds.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 28, Scientists reported that the variety of tuna, marlin, swordfish and other big ocean predators has declined up to 50 percent over the past half-century due to overfishing. The variety of species has dropped by as much as 50% in the past 50 years.
    (AP, 7/28/05)(SFC, 7/29/05, p.A4)
2005        Jul 28, NASA said space shuttle Discovery had escaped any serious damage from the potentially deadly piece of foam that broke off from the fuel tank during liftoff and looked safe to fly home in a week.
    (AP, 7/28/06)
2005        Jul 28, Arthur Zankel, financier and philanthropist, fell to his death from his ninth-floor apartment on NYC’s Upper East Side. Police called it an apparent suicide. In 2006 details of his will indicated donations of $120 million that included some $40 million for Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and $22 million to Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall.
    (www.nysun.com/article/17769)(WSJ, 6/2/06, p.W2)
2005        Jul 28, Scientists from China, France, Japan and the USA reported their 1st detection of antineutrinos from deep within the Earth’s mantle. They used the KamLAND detector in Japan.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.A2)
2005        Jul 28, Stephen McCullagh (29), an assistant scoutmaster from St. Helena, and Boy Scout Ryan Collins (13) were killed by lightning in Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada.
    (SFC, 8/6/05, p.B2)
2005        Jul 28, The main body of Canadian soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan has begun arriving in the treacherous Kandahar region. They're part of what will be a 250-strong provincial reconstruction team, the first such team Canada has sent to Afghanistan.
    (CP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, A team of anti-drug investigators, lawyers and judges will start prosecuting major narcotics cases in Afghanistan, the world's largest opium and heroin producer, as part of a new UN program.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, Anti-terrorist officers arrested nine men in dawn raids in connection with the botched July 21 attacks on London's transit system, bringing to 20 the number of people police have in custody, including one of the alleged bombers.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, Chechnya’s Shamil Basayev, linked to a dozen deadly attacks on civilians, admitted he was a terrorist in an interview being broadcast on ABC News' "Nightline." The Kremlin denounced the network's decision to run the interview, which was conducted by well-known Russian journalist Andrei Babitsky.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 28, President Hosni Mubarak announced his bid to run in Egypt's first multicandidate elections on Sept. 7, promising new legislation to "besiege" terrorism and replace the country's much-criticized emergency laws.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak called for an extraordinary Arab summit to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh on August 3, just days after the deadly attacks in the Red Sea resort.
    (AFP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, DaimlerChrysler said CEO Juergen Schrempp, architect of the controversial merger between Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corp., will step down and turn the top job over to Chrysler head Dieter Zetsche.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, In India opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani was charged in court with inciting religious riots that triggered the razing of a mosque in 1992 and left thousands dead.
    (Reuters, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, Record-breaking rains paralyzed Bombay and its surrounding state. B.M. Kulkarni, head of Maharashtra state's police emergency control room, said that 273 people had died in Mumbai and at least 513 in other parts of the state.
    (AFP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, An explosion on a passenger train in northern India killed two people and injured at least 20 others.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, Indonesia brushed off a call in a UN report for an international tribunal to try Indonesian and militia leaders blamed for a bloody 1999 rampage in East Timor.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, ICANN transferred the Internet .iq name to Iraq’s telecommunications regulator. InfoCom Corp., which sold computers and Web services in the Middle East, got the .iq assignment in 1997, but was indicted in 2002 for funneling money to a member of Hamas. InfoCom was convicted in April 2005.
    (SFC, 8/6/05, p.C2)
2005        Jul 28, Insurgents launched coordinated attacks against Iraqi army checkpoints northeast of Baghdad, killing 6 Iraqi soldiers, police said. Roadside bombs killed 2 US soldiers. A bomb ignited a train carrying fuel in the south of Iraq's capital and 2 people were killed. In western Iraq 2 US Marines were killed by insurgent gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades. The Marines reported killing 9 insurgents, 5 believed to be Syrians, during an engagement in the same small village.
    (AP, 7/28/05)(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 28, Jamie Leigh Jones, a Halliburton/KBR employee in Baghdad, Iraq, was allegedly drugged, raped and held against her will at Camp Hope by seven KBR employees. On May 16, 2007, she filed a lawsuit against the company and the employees which the Department of Justice failed to act upon. On December 19, 2007, she testified before Congress. The Department of Justice had been subpoenaed to also testify; they failed to appear or send a reason for declining to appear. In 2011 Jones (26) lost her lawsuit against KBR.
    (www.jamiesfoundation.org/Jamie.htm)(http://tinyurl.com/2tm4g4)(AP, 7/8/11)
2005        Jul 28, The Irish Republican Army announced it will renounce violence and resume disarmament in a dramatic declaration designed to revive Northern Ireland's peace process.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir suspected Islamic militants raided the village of Dhoob, separated the villagers by religion and killed 5 Hindus by slitting their throats.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 28, The Concepcion Volcano on the island of Ometepe in southwestern Lake Nicaragua erupted at least four times. Concepcion has registered 17 eruptions since 1883. The last was in 1999.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said all the estimated 1,400 foreign nationals studying in the country's madrassas would have to leave the Islamic seminaries.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 28, In Panama a 2-day summit started for 25 members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Venezuela said it will continue offering crude on favorable terms, and even in barter trades, to countries in the region. Thirteen of the 15 members of the narrower Caribbean Community group, or Caricom, mainly island nations, have already signed onto Venezuela's oil initiative.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 28, In Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Russia, 2 police officers were shot to death.
    (WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005        Jul 28, An official reported anonymously that Haroon Rashid Aswat (31) has been arrested in the border town of Livingstone, having crossed into Zambia from Zimbabwe. Aswat was sought in connection with the July 7 attacks in London that killed 56 people.
    (AP, 7/29/05)

2005        Jul 29, The US Senate approved the nomination of Karen Hughes, a former political adviser to President Bush, as the State Department's top public relations official, and Rep. Christopher Cox to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 29, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist threw his support behind House-passed legislation to expand federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research, breaking with President Bush and religious conservatives.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, US Congress approved a $286.4 billion transit bill following a 22-month delay.
    (SFC, 7/30/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 29, The U.S. Army said it will pull out of 13 bases in southern Germany as part of its repositioning of American forces around the world.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, The United Food and Commercial Workers with 1.4 million members departed the AFC-CIO. It planned to focus on recruiting new members along with the departing Teamsters and Service Employees.
    (SFC, 7/30/05, p.C2)
2005        Jul 29, Cabaret singer Hildegarde (99), whose career spanned almost seven decades, died in New York.
    (AP, 7/29/06)
2005        Jul 29, Al McKibbon (86), jazz bassist, died in LA. He brought a masterly fusion of jazz and Latin music to the George Shearing quintet and other groups in the 1940s and '50s.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Jul 29, Scientists reported that a 10th planet, bigger than Pluto, is farthest-known object in the solar system. It was currently 9 billion miles away from the sun, or about three times Pluto's current distance from the Sun and orbited the Sun once every 560 years. It was temporarily named 2003 UB313 (Xena). The same scientists reported 2 more objects in the Kuiper Belt on Sep 8 and named the trio Xena, Santa and Easterbunny.
    (AP, 7/30/05)(Econ, 8/6/05, p.64)(SFC, 9/9/05, p.A5)
2005        Jul 29, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a US-sponsored resolution expanding UN sanctions against al-Qaida terrorists and Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers to affiliates and splinter groups.
    (AP, 7/29/06)
2005        Jul 29, The UN's cancer research agency added hormone pills to the list of substances that can cause cancer.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, Thousands of Bangladeshi Islamic activists staged a noisy protest in the capital Dhaka after US congressman Tom Tancredo suggested the US might consider bombing holy sites, including Mecca. Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo made the comment on July 14 in answer to a radio host's question about a possible response to any hypothetical nuclear terrorist attack on the US.
    (Reuters, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, London police raided 2 apartments in West London and arrested three people connected to the failed July 21 transit bombings.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, The British army began closing or demolishing military installations in the Irish Republican Army's rural heartland in a rapid response to the IRA's declaration to renounce violence and disarm.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, Xinhua News said China plans to sign a deal next month to buy 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jetliners in a deal worth $6 billion.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend an arms embargo and other sanctions against Congo for another year.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, The U.N. mission to Haiti said it will receive 750 more peacekeeping troops to help control the violence that threatens to undermine fall elections.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, In Honduras Timothy Markey, a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery attempt at a Roman Catholic shrine outside Tegucigalpa.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 29, In western India the death toll from record monsoon rains approached 900.
    (AFP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, Osman Hussain (27), a Briton with Ethiopian citizenship, was arrested in Rome after investigators traced his cell phone calls across Europe. He is accused of trying to attack the Shepherd's Bush subway station in west London.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 29, A suicide attacker detonated an explosives belt in a crowd of Iraqi army recruits in Rabiya near the Syrian border, killing at least 52 and wounding 93. After the blast, US and Iraqi troops opened fire believing they were under attack. Some of the army recruits were killed by the gunfire.
    (AP, 7/29/05)(SFC, 7/30/05, p.A3)(AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 29, In Kashmir 15 people, including six journalists, were wounded during a fierce gunbattle between troops and Muslim rebels in Srinagar. Rebels killed 2 soldiers in a grenade and gun attack on a police patrol.
    (AP, 7/29/05)(AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 29, The ASEAN summit concluded in Vientiane, Laos. Australia agreed to sign a non-aggression pact with the group in exchange for an invitation to another summit, where ASEAN hopes to start work on an East Asian free-trade area.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.39)
2005        Jul 29, Thousands of Rwandan prisoners began streaming out of jail, following a government decision to free 36,000 inmates, the majority of whom have confessed to taking part in the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, Turkey signed an accord extending its customs union with the EU to Cyprus and other new EU members, a key step toward opening membership talks with the bloc.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, A plane with 440 Uzbek refugees left Kyrgyzstan for Romania.
    (AP, 7/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, Uzbekistan notified the State Department that US military aircraft and personnel must leave Karshi-Khanabad air base, commonly referred to as K2, that has been an important hub for American military operations in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 7/30/05)

2005        Jul 30, President Bush was pronounced "fit for duty" after a checkup that showed that the 59-year-old commander in chief, an avid mountain bike rider, had lost eight pounds since his last physical exam in December 2004.
    (AP, 7/30/06)
2005        Jul 30, Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., received $100,000 at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Virginia, to use for bribing Abubakar Atiku, vice-president of Nigeria. Vernon Jackson, a Kentucky businessman, later admitted to paying over $400,000 in bribes to secure deals for his telecommunications company in Nigeria and other African countries. Documents released in 2005 said an FBI informant recorded a video of the transaction.
    (SFC, 5/22/06, p.A3)
2005        Jul 30, In central Afghanistan thousands of rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition have been seized in the largest cache of militant weapons discovered in months.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 30, In England Anthony Walker (18), a black teenager who was followed late July 29 through a Liverpool park by a group of men shouting racist taunts, died after an attacker embedded an ax in his skull.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 30, The death toll in China from a mysterious pig-borne disease continued to rise, with several more cities affected. Sichuan province in southwestern China has launched a campaign to educate poor, illiterate farmers not to slaughter sick pigs or eat their meat after an outbreak of swine flu hit about 100 villages and killed at least 34 people.
    (Reuters, AFP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 30, In southern China a brick wall collapsed at a festival, killing seven people and injuring 22. The wall fell during the opening ceremony of an annual "torch festival" celebrated by the Yi ethnic minority in Yunnan province's Yuanyang county.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 30, Leaders of a Colombian right-wing paramilitary faction, believed to be one of the most heavily involved in drug trafficking, demobilized their troops and said they wanted to form a political party. Nearly 700 fighters in the "Southern Liberators" unit of the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces turned in their weapons at a ceremony in Tamiango.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 30, The CzechTek rave, attended by some 5000 fans, was broken up by some 1000 riot police.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.44)(http://czechtek.muzika.cz/)
2005        Jul 30, In Egypt police and government supporters beat pro-reform activists with batons, sometimes kicking them as they on lay the ground, during a protest against President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he would run for re-election for a fifth time.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 30, Wim Duisenberg (b.1935), Dutch-born first chief of the European Central Bank who helped create the euro currency, was found dead at a home in Faucon, France.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 30, In India the discovery of more bodies pushed the death toll from this week's monsoon floods in Bombay to more than 850. Officials warned it will likely rise to around 1,000.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 30, In southern Iraq 2 British contractors guarding a consulate convoy were killed by a roadside bomb. A car bomb exploded near the National Theater in Baghdad, killing 5 people, including 3 policemen. Assailants in military garb tried to assassinate a prominent Sunni Arab leader. 5 US soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in two separate incidents in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/30/05)(AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 30, In Kashmir militants holed up in buildings on a busy street in Srinagar fired at security forces during a raid.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 30, Maoist guerrillas in eastern Nepal kidnapped seven civil servants.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 30, A Russian oil tanker slammed into a St. Petersburg bridge, leaking diesel oil into the Neva River.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2005        Jul 30, A Russia newspaper reported that a strain of bird flu harmful to humans has been found in an outbreak of the disease in Siberia. The administration of Novosibirsk ordered the slaughter of 65,000 domestic fowl in 14 villages.
    (AP, 7/30/05)(WSJ, 8/2/05, p.A9)

2005        Jul 31, The US Dept. of Justice released its 1st statistical report on rape behind bars. It estimated 8,210 allegations of sexual violence in American jails in 2004.
    (Econ, 8/6/05, p.25)
2005        Jul 31, The HMAS Brisbane, a decommissioned U.S.-built Australian naval destroyer (1966-2001), was scuttled with explosives off the coast of Queensland. The vessel sank evenly to its resting point about 115 feet beneath the surface to become an artificial reef and a major diving attraction.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 31, Police arrested seven people during a raid on an apartment in southern England, bringing to 21 the number in custody in the relentless hunt for accomplices in the failed July 21 transit bombings in London.
    (AP, 7/31/06)
2005        Jul 31, Jeong Jang shot a 3-under 69 to win the Women's British Open by four strokes.
    (AP, 7/31/06)
2005        Jul 31, Police in eastern Germany found the remains of nine newborn babies buried in a garden and arrested a woman (39) believed to be their mother.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Jul 31, A Honduran official said police had arrested Erlan Colindres, a 13-year-old gang member, and Manuel Romero, his teenaged bodyguard, for the July 29 killing of Timothy Markey, a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent, during an apparent bungled robbery.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 31, In India authorities warned residents to remain home after new heavy rains pounded Bombay and the surrounding state, as the official death toll from last week's record-breaking monsoon rains hit 910.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 31, Hasan Rowhani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, said his European counterparts have proposed a guarantee that Iran will not be invaded if Tehran agrees to permanently halt uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 31, A car bomb exploded south of Baghdad, killing five civilians and wounding 10, including two policemen.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 31, In southern Mexico former soldier Oscar Flores (35) killed his wife, infant nephew and a police officer in a vicious rampage that left 10 people dead before being wounded by police and killed by an angry crowd.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Jul 31, Maoist rebels freed seven government officials they had seized in eastern Nepal, and all were safe and in good health.
    (AP, 7/31/05)
2005        Jul 31, John Garang (60), Sudan's vice president and former southern rebel leader, died when the helicopter he was flying in crashed into a mountain in southern Sudan in bad weather killing him and the other 13 people on board.
    (AP, 8/1/05)

2005        Jul, The California Supreme Court ruled that favoritism could be used as evidence in cases of sexual harassment.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.30)
2005        Jul, Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, a student from El Salvador, was indicted for selling spyware. He had created and sold an $89 program called Loverspy for users to help catch cheating lovers. In 2013 Perez-Melara (33) was added to the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminals list.
    (SFC, 11/8/13, p.A16)
2005        Jul, Pennsylvania legislators increase their salaries 16 percent to 34 percent to at least $81,050, more than any state except California, and crafted the package in secret without debate or public scrutiny. They also found a way around a constitutional provision barring them from collecting any salary increase during the term in which it is approved. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell signed the bill into law. A lawsuit was soon filed in state court challenging the legality of paying the raises early as unvouchered expenses, though no hearing date has been set. A ruling against the unvouchered expenses would nullify the entire law, including their raises.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Jul, MyPublicInfo launched its public information profile (PIP) product, which allowed Americans to view personal identity information from thousands of databases across the country for a fee of $79.95.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.59)
2005        Jul, Disney said it will be shutting down DisneyToon Studios in Australia, its last remaining facility creating hand-drawn animation.
    (WSJ, 8/9/05, p.D8)
2005        Jul, A paper by Francis Crick (d.2004) and his collaborator Christof Koch appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the royal society. It addressed the neurological basis of human consciousness. They suggested various regions of the cortex could be bound together into one cohesive, conscious experience by the claustrum, a thin sheet of grey matter beneath part of the cortex.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.73)
2005        Jul, In Afghanistan 2 US soldiers punched detainees at a forward operating base in Uruzgan province. In 2006 Army Spc. James Hayes was reduced to private and forfeited all pay and allowances for 4 months. Army Sgt. Kevin Myricks received a reduction in rank and was sentenced to 6 months confinement.
    (SSFC, 1/29/06, p.A3)(AP, 1/30/06)
2005        Jul, It was reported that Britain had begun developing Connecting for Health (CFH), a planned information technology upgrade for its National Health Service.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.52)
2005        Jul, Britain banned Kenya’s minister Chris Murungaru from visiting Britain. No reason was given but allegations of corruption in Kenya were believed to be a major factor.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.38)
2005        Jul, Li Guang, a teacher in a teacher in China’s northwestern Changhe township, was sentenced to death for raping 23 fourth- and fifth-grade students.
    (AP, 6/13/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2005        Jul, Airborne researchers during the summer counted just 683 hippos on the Congolese side of Lake Edward, which straddles the Congo-Uganda border. In the 1970s researchers counted a record 9,600 hippos in the same area. The reduction of hippos and their dung, due to heavy poaching during civil strife, caused a severed drop in the population of tilapia fish.
    (WSJ, 11/19/05, p.A1)
2004        Jul, A court in Saint-Omer, northern France, convicted 10 out of 17 defendants on pedophilia charges relating to the abuse of 18 children between 1995 and 2000. 6 of the 10 convicted were acquitted in 2005.
    (AP, 12/02/05)
2005        Jul, In India officials in Bangalore began enforcing the “Licensing and Controlling of Public Entertainment Order." Bars, cabarets and establishments with live bands were closed. “The legislature was worried that such places are corrupting the minds of the young."
    (WSJ, 11/7/05, p.A12)
2005        Jul, VSNL, India’s top operator of int’l. calls, said it would buy Teleglobe, the world’s largest int’l. wholesale VOIP carrier. Telecom firms around the world were reported to be migrating to voice over internet protocol.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.53)
2005        Jul,  Nearly 700 of the 1,100 bodies brought to Baghdad's central morgue had fatal gunshot wounds. Iraqi government statistics showed that targeted killings had almost doubled over the last 12 months despite increases in the numbers of policemen on the streets and Iraqi national guard patrols.
    (LAT, 9/11/05)
2005        Jul, Israel’s Knesset passed capital market reforms.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.68)
2005        Jul, Italian police arrested two Slovenians who allegedly mailed steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and other customers around the world.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Jul, Mali officials estimated that 4 million people faced starvation in Mali and Niger, due to drought and locusts from the previous year. 10% of the Mali’s population faced starvation.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)
2005        Jul, Montenegro agreed to pay Croatia $460,000 in war compensation for cattle taken by its soldiers in June, 1991.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.46)
2005        Jul, US Embassy officials in Panama said in a confidential diplomatic cable that they had "credible and compelling information" that Panama Supreme Court Justice Winston Spadafora took bribes to influence court cases. The cables were only made public in 2011 by the WikiLeaks organization.
    (AP, 6/1/11)
2005        Jul, In Russia the 1st Logan cars, made by Renault, went on sale. They were made at the former Moskvitch plant in Moscow.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.58)
2005        Jul, Unemployment in Slovakia stood at 15.2%.
    (WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A7)
2005        Jul, St. Kitts closed its state-owned sugar company after annual losses had reached 3% of GDP.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.45)
2005        Jul, The World Commission on water estimated that by 2025 half of the world’s 4 billion people would be living under conditions of severe water stress.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.73)

2005        Aug 1, President Bush sidestepped the Senate and installed embattled nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton would only be able to serve until the end of the current Congress i.e. December 2006.
    (AP, 8/1/05)(Econ, 8/6/05, p.23)
2005        Aug 1, Michael Chertoff, US Sec. of Homeland Security, said most of 582 alleged gang members recently arrested in a 2-week nationwide sweep, could be deported for immigration violations.
    (SFC, 8/2/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 1, The California State Supreme Court ruled that state businesses must treat same-sex domestic couples the same as married couples.
    (SFC, 8/2/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 1, Rafael Palmeiro, Baltimore Orioles star, was suspended for 10 days for use of steroids. The action raised the possibility of a perjury probe.
    (SFC, 8/2/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 1, The Oregon state legislature passed the nation’s strictest anti-methamphetamine measure requiring prescriptions for many over-the-counter cold medications. Gov. Ted Kulongoski was expected to sign it within 5-10 days. It posed a challenge to the FDA in regulating medicines.
    (WSJ, 8/1/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 1, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt premiered their current TV cable and satellite channel. In 2008 Current Media planned an IPO to raise $100 million.
    (www.current.tv/news/nypost080205.html)(SFC, 1/29/08, p.B1)
2005        Aug 1-2005 Sep 2, An American man and 11 Chinese citizens were arrested in a counterfeit medicine scheme that spanned 11 countries and involved millions of dollars worth of fake drugs.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Aug 1, In Brazil Rep. Valdemar Costa Neto, president of the government-allied Liberal Party resigned from Congress, the first lawmaker to step down in a widening corruption scandal that has plagued the government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Aug 1, Britain revealed a two-year plan for slashing its army garrison and base network to peacetime levels in Northern Ireland in a dramatic, detailed response to Irish Republican Army peace moves.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Aug 1, In Cambodia 2 men who said their confessions were coerced by police were convicted of murder in the death of a prominent labor union leader. Chea Vichea, the former head of Cambodia's Free Trade Union of Workers, was gunned down in January 2004 at a roadside newsstand in the capital, Phnom Penh. The union leader was an outspoken critic of government corruption and human rights abuses.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 1, In Cristales, Colombia, more than 2,000 outlawed paramilitary fighters, from the "Heroes of Granada" faction of the AUC, laid down their arms in return for amnesty. Commander Diego Murillo, an accused drug lord indicted on trafficking charges in the US, stood by and watched. In 2008 Murillo (47) was extradited to the US and pleaded guilty to drug-smuggling charges.
    (AP, 8/1/05)(WSJ, 6/18/08, p.A2)
2005        Aug 1, In northern Colombia a roadside bomb exploded as a police convoy traveled down a rural highway, killing at least 15 officers.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 1, Egyptian police cornered a main suspect in the Sharm el-Sheik bombings in his mountain hideout and killed him in a shootout that also fatally wounded his wife. The couple's 4-year-old daughter also was wounded.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Aug 1, Iraq announced that it will begin rationing gasoline over the next few months to cope with a continuing fuel shortage.
    (SFC, 8/2/05, p.A5)
2005        Aug 1, In western Iraq six US Marines were killed in Haditha. A 7th Marine was killed by a car bomb in Hit.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 1, Japan said it would retaliate against America’s abuse of WTO anti-dumping rules with a 15% duty on 15 American products.
    (Econ, 8/6/05, p.62)
2005        Aug 1, A prosecutor said that Kyrgyzstan will send 15 Uzbeks asylum seekers back to their home country, despite pleas from the United Nations and rights groups that it violates international treaties on refugees.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Aug 1, In Tonala, Mexico, assailants threw grenades into a crowded cockfighting ring before dawn, killing four people and wounding 25 others.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 1, In Nigeria protesting Akabuka villagers demanding more jobs for their community forced the Nigerian branch of Total SA to shut down the Obagi onshore oil field.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 1, King Fahd (83), Saudi ruler since 1982, died at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh. He moved Saudi Arabia closer to the US but ruled the nation in name only since suffering a stroke in 1995. His half brother, Crown Prince Abdullah, was named to replace him.
    (AP, 8/1/05)(Econ, 8/6/05, p.71)
2005        Aug 1, Rioters burned cars and threw stones in Sudan's capital following news of the death of VP John Garanga in a helicopter crash. Garang's longtime deputy, Silva Kiir, was quickly named to succeed him as head of his Sudan People's Liberation Army and as president of south Sudan. 36 people died in riots.
    (AP, 8/1/05)(AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 1, Trucks loaded with produce and other merchandise began crossing into Syria from Lebanon on their way to Gulf countries after Syria eased restrictions that left them stranded for nearly four weeks in the border area.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2005        Aug 1, The directors of Turkey's eight privately owned Kurdish language schools announced they were closing them due to bureaucratic hurdles and Kurdish demands for the language to be part of the regular school curriculum.
    (AP, 8/1/05)

2005        Aug 2, President Bush signed a free trade pact with five Central American nations and the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 8/2/06)
2005        Aug 2, A federal appeals court ruled  that a 117-year-old policy of admitting only Native Hawaiians to the exclusive Kamehameha Schools amounts to unlawful racial discrimination.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 2, Seattle pitcher Ryan Franklin was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
    (AP, 8/2/06)
2005        Aug 2, Belarusian police arrested two leaders of an ethnic Polish cultural group after seizing the group's headquarters, raising already heightened tensions between the neighboring countries.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 2, An Air France jet skidded off a Toronto runway and burst into flames, prompting 309 passengers and crew to slide down escape chutes. In Dec, 2009, a Canadian judge approved a C$12 million ($11.4 million) class-action settlement with 184 passengers of the Air France jet.
    (AP, 8/3/05)(Reuters, 12/31/09)
2005        Aug 2, France, Britain and Germany hardened their tone toward Iran, warning that Tehran risked triggering an international crisis and could face U.N. sanctions if it follows through with a threat to resume its nuclear program.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 2, Georgia’s Pres, Saakashvili said he is counting on US help to facedown Moscow and reassert control over Abkhazia and Southern Ossetia.
    (WSJ, 8/2/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 2, Forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra province covered Kuala Lumpur and 32 other areas of Malaysia with a smoky haze.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 2, Hassan Moghaddas, an Iranian judge who sentenced several reformist dissidents to jail, including hunger-striking reporter Akbar Ganji, was shot dead in his car by a lone gunman riding a motorcycle.
    (Reuters, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 2, A roadside bomb targeting a US military convoy exploded at the entrance to a tunnel in central Baghdad, and at least 29 civilians were wounded. American freelance journalist Steven Vincent was found shot to death in Basra after being abducted by armed men. Vincent had been shot multiple times after he and his Iraqi translator were abducted at gunpoint hours earlier. He had been writing about the rise of conservative Shiite Islam and the corruption of the Iraqi police.
    (www.nytimes.com/2005/08/03/international/middleeast/03cnd-iraq.html?_r=1)(AP, 8/2/05)(AP, 8/2/06)
2005        Aug 2, North Korea's main envoy said his country won't give up its nuclear weapons until an alleged U.S. atomic threat against the communist nation is eliminated, the first public comments from the North after eight days of six-party negotiations.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 2, A 3-year old Palestinian boy was killed and 9 Palestinians were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip when rockets launched by militants misfired and landed in Palestinian areas.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 2, The Russian Foreign Ministry said it will not renew the accreditation of ABC-TV after it broadcast an interview with a notorious Chechen warlord.
    (AP, 8/2/05)
2005        Aug 2, Violent mobs surged again into the streets of Sudan's capital sparked by the death of Sudanese vice president and former southern rebel leader John Garang.
    (AP, 8/2/05)

2005        Aug 3, Luis Diaz (67), a Florida man who spent 26 years in prison on rape charges, was released after a judge exonerated him because new DNA evidence cast doubts on his guilt. Authorities believed at the time the former cook was Miami's infamous "Bird Road rapist" blamed for attacks on at least 25 women between 1977 and 1979.
    (AFP, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 3, The FBI raided the Maryland residence of Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar as part of a probe into whether a US congressman made or approved payments to officials in West Africa.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 3, NASA astronaut Steve Robinson successfully pulled 2 protruding gap fillers from the underside of the shuttle Discovery.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 3, Some 2,000 Afghan security forces rushed to an eastern province after dozens of suspected Taliban rebels wearing army uniforms killed 8 police and soldiers in an attack on a region that has been largely peaceful in recent months.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 3, British police charged Ismael Abdurahman (23) of South London, arrested on July 28, on an offense relating to terrorism.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.A10)
2005        Aug 3, In Canada 43 of 140 train cars left the tracks at Wabamun, Alberta. Some of the cars contained bunker fuel oil, used in liquid asphalt and to power barges and ships. 15 of those cars, as well as a car full of lubricating oil, began to leak into Wabamun lake.
    (CP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 3, China's UN ambassador said the US and China have agreed to work together to block a plan to expand the powerful UN Security Council.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 3, German shoemaker Adidas-Salomon AG said it will buy Reebok for $3.8 billion, giving the company about 20 percent of the US market and the potential to better challenge leader Nike Inc. on its home turf.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 3, An Iraqi Airways plane landed at Istanbul airport and then took off again for Baghdad, inaugurating its Iraq-Turkey route after a 14-year hiatus.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 3, About 1,000 U.S. Marines and Iraqi forces launched attacks in western Iraq in operation Quick Strike, aimed at disrupting insurgents and foreign fighters in the Euphrates River valley. A Marine amphibious assault vehicle on patrol during combat operations near the Syrian border hit a roadside bomb. 14 Marines and a civilian interpreter were killed. A US Marine was killed by small-arms fire in Ramadi.
    (AP, 8/3/05)(AP, 8/4/05)(AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 3, A group of Mauritanian army officers, including Colonel Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, announced the overthrow of Pres. Maaouiya Ould Taya. The Military Council for Justice and Democracy named Col. Ely Mohammed Vall as temporary leader. Vall installed 17-member ruling junta and a 24-member cabinet of technocrats to govern the country. The junta promised to create true democratic institutions after a 2-year transitional period. A quick return to calm indicated acceptance of Taya's bloodless overthrow. The UN and EU denounced the coup and Washington called for Taya to be restored to power.
    (AP, 8/3/05)(AP, 8/5/05)(WSJ, 8/5/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A7)(Econ, 8/16/08, p.50)
2005        Aug 3, Dutch authorities seized 5 tons of cocaine, valued at $275 million, hidden in reels of steel cable in the Port of Rotterdam in what was described as one of the country's biggest drug busts. 13 suspects (aged 15-50) from the Netherlands, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Greece and the US, were arrested later.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Aug 3, UN agencies increased their appeals to a total of $75 million to help 2.5 million people in desperate need of food in Niger.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 3, Islamic Jihad, a major Palestinian militant group, declared that it would fire no more rockets at Israelis through Israel's planned Gaza Strip withdrawal, after a deadly barrage inadvertently killed a 5-year-old Palestinian boy.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 3, Southern Sudanese Arabs fled Juba after ethnic Africans angered by the death of their popular rebel leader went on a two-day rampage, chasing Arabs in the street and burning Arab shops and homes. At least 18 people were killed. Northern and southern Sudanese leaders called for calm during a third day of clashes in the capital that have killed at least 84 people since the death of former southern rebel John Garang. Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir announced the launch of a committee to probe the death of vice president John Garang.
    (AP-Reuters, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 3, Suriname's president Ronald Venetiaan easily won re-election in a vote by an assembly of regional councils, ending a heated battle that had left the South American country's leadership in limbo for more than two months.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2005        Aug 3, According to Amnesty International 2 Yemeni men said they were held in solitary confinement in secret, underground US detention facilities in an unknown country and interrogated by masked men for more than 18 months without being charged or allowed any contact with the outside world.
    (AP, 8/4/05)

2005        Aug 4, In Washington DC Steven Rosen (53) and Keith Weissman (53), former employees of a pro-Israeli lobbying group, were indicted for passing classified information to foreign officials beginning in 1999.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.A11)
2005        Aug 4, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a $5.3 billion SF city budget.
    (SFC, 8/5/05, p.B4)
2005        Aug 4, Milton Campbell (70), blues singer, died in Memphis, Ten.
    (SFC, 8/5/05, p.B7)
2005        Aug 4, A roadside bomb exploded near a US military vehicle near the Afghan border with Pakistan, killing an American service member and wounding another. 2 US service members drowned after their Humvee slid into a river during an operation targeting insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 4, Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, threatened more destruction in London in a videotape aired on Al-Jazeera. He also threatened the United States with tens of thousands of military dead if it did not withdraw from Iraq; President Bush responded by saying, "We will stay the course, we will complete the job."
    (AP, 8/4/06)
2005        Aug 4, The Bank of England cut official interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to 4.5 percent, noting the risk that already sluggish household spending and investment growth in Britain could slow further.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 4, India’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court's death sentence on Mohammed Afzal, a resident of south Kashmir. Afzal was found guilty of involvement in the December 2001 parliament raid in which five gunmen killed nine people before being shot dead.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 4, In Bali a truth commission set up by Indonesia and East Timor began work, seeking to deflect growing calls for an international tribunal to probe the tiny territory's bloody independence vote in 1999.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 4, A car bomb hit members of a radical Shiite militia in northern Iraq as attacks nationwide killed at least 11 people. Unidentified gunmen attacked an Iraqi army patrol in a town north of Baghdad, killing four Iraqi troops. An American soldier assigned to a unit in Mosul was killed in action.
    (AP, 8/4/05)(AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 4, Israel announced plans to expand a settlement near Jerusalem even as it prepares to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 4, Eden Natan Zada (19), an Israeli soldier absent without leave, opened fire while riding a bus in Shfaram, killing 4 Israeli Arabs and wounding 13. A video released later shows him being beaten to death by the crowd immediately after, while he was still on the bus.
    (AP, 8/4/05)(SFC, 8/5/05, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Natan-Zada)
2005        Aug 4, A Jordanian prosecutor said Jordan has arrested 17 militants linked to al-Qaida who were allegedly plotting to attack U.S. troops and Jordanian intelligence agents.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 4, In Northern Ireland some 40 police officers were injured trying to break up a five-hour riot by Protestant militants who burned 10 cars and a double-decker bus in Belfast. The mob claimed to be venting their anger over recent police raids on the homes of Protestant paramilitary figures in the area. About 15 homes were raided and six men arrested shortly before the riot began.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 4, North Korea's envoy to disarmament talks said that Pyongyang insists on retaining the right to "peaceful nuclear activities," a condition that other delegates say has deadlocked the talks.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 4, Pakistan's Supreme Court blocked a proposal by an Islamist-controlled provincial government to introduce what critics say would be a Taliban-style judicial system enforced by religious police.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 4, A mini-submarine carrying seven Russians became caught on an underwater antenna 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; the men were rescued three days later with help from a British vessel.
    (AP, 8/4/06)
2005        Aug 4, South Korean researchers reported their successful cloning of a dog. The puppy was born 3 months earlier and was the only success of 1,095 embryos. In 2006 Dr. Hwang Woo Suk’s stem cell work was discredited but the cloning of Snuppy supported.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.A15)(WSJ, 12/24/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/10/06, p.A1)
2005        Aug 4, The Sudanese Red Crescent (SRC) said at least 130 people have been killed and around 350 injured after 3 days of violence following the death of former rebel leader and First Vice President John Garang.
    (Reuters, 8/4/05)
2005        Aug 4, In Turkey an explosion in a trash can in an Istanbul suburb killed a mother and daughter and injured five others as they left a wedding party.
    (AP, 8/4/05)

2005        Aug 5, VP Dick Cheney, accompanied by former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, paid respects to new Saudi King Abdullah (81).
    (AP, 8/5/05)(Econ, 8/6/05, p.10)
2005        Aug 5, US military sources said a California Army National Guard Unit charged unauthorized “rent" to Iraqi-owned businesses inside Baghdad’s Green Zone to raise money for a “soldiers fund."
    (SFC, 8/6/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 5, The NCAA announced it would shut American Indian nicknames and images out of postseason tournaments.
    (AP, 8/5/06)
2005        Aug 5, Hunter Kelly (8), whose battle with a nervous system disease inspired a fundraising crusade by his father, Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, died in Orchard Park, N.Y.
    (AP, 8/5/06)
2005        Aug 5, PM Tony Blair announced strict new measures that would allow Britain to deport foreigners who preach hatred, sponsor violence or belong to extremist groups.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, A CN Rail freight trail derailed about 30 kilometers north of Squamish, BC, sending 9 cars plunging into the Cheakamus River canyon and causing a toxic spill. One of the derailed cars was loaded with about 51,000 liters of sodium hydroxide, a highly corrosive liquid.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 5, China’s government said Ching Cheong, a Hong-Kong based reporter, has been charged with spying for Taiwan. China accusing him of obtaining huge amounts of classified information under an alias.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, Baidu.com, a Chinese search engine, went public on Nasdaq and closed up 354% at $122.54. it was named after a 900-year-old Song Dynasty love poem about the search for a beautiful woman.
    (SFC, 8/6/05, p.C1)(Econ, 8/13/05, p.50)
2005        Aug 5, Haiti’s American ambassador said the US will provide Haitian police with firearms and tear gas to aid the fight against militants ahead of elections this fall.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, India's PM Manmohan Singh took charge of a nationwide program to save the endangered Bengal tiger, the national animal that experts say is threatened by poachers and angry villagers.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, European negotiators offered Iran long term support for its civilian nuclear program, including access to nuclear fuel, in exchange for a binding commitment not to develop atomic weapons. Iran rejected the offer.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, In Indonesia Denver-based mining giant Newmont went on trial in a high-profile legal battle over charges its Indonesian unit, Newmont Minahasa Raya, dumped toxic waste and polluted Buyat Bay in North Sulawesi, causing health problems to residents.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, US and Iraqi troops repelled a series of coordinated insurgent attacks in southern Baghdad, killing six rebels and capturing 12. At nearly the same time, a suicide attacker drove a truck loaded with explosives into a nearby Iraqi army checkpoint, killing an Iraqi soldier. A suicide car bomber tried to attack another Iraqi position in the area, but a US tank fired and hit the car, killing the driver and causing the car bomb to explode prematurely.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 5, It was reported that 3 men linked to the Irish Republican Army, who were convicted of training rebels in Colombia, have returned surreptitiously to Ireland, eight months after going on the run. Colombia demanded their extradition.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, Police in Kashmir detained at least 10 protesters as hundreds demonstrated against the death sentence handed out to a Kashmiri Muslim for a raid on the country's parliament four years ago.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, The UN appealed for $80 million to fight a food crisis threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands in Niger.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, Russia's Agriculture ministry said bird flu has been officially confirmed in two more Russian regions, and the disease may also be spreading in Northern Kazakhstan.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, A Russian Priz AS-28 mini-submarine carrying 7 sailors snagged on a fishing net and was stuck 625 feet down on the Pacific floor off the Kamchatka Peninsula. It had only enough air for crewmen to survive one day. The US was rushing an unmanned vehicle there to help in rescue efforts.
    (AP, 8/5/05)(SFC, 8/6/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 5, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish rebels killed 5 Turkish soldiers in a rocket attack.
    (AP, 8/5/05)

2005        Aug 6, Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier-son, Casey, was killed in Iraq, began a weeks-long protest outside President Bush's ranch in Texas.
    (AP, 8/6/06)
2005        Aug 6, Robin Cook (59), former British Foreign Secretary, who quit Prime Minister Tony Blair's Cabinet in 2003 to protest the Iraq war, died after collapsing on a Scottish mountain while walking with his wife.
    (AP, 8/6/05)(Econ, 8/13/05, p.75)
2005        Aug 6-2005 Aug 7, In Sao Paulo, Brazil, thieves tunneled 260 feet to a Central Bank vault and stole some $70 million, in what has been described as the biggest such robbery ever in Brazil. On Feb 25, 2008, police arrested Antonio Jussivan Alves dos Santos, the leader of the thieving gang.  In March he was sentenced to nearly 50 years in jail.
    (AP, 8/8/05)(AP, 3/6/08)
2005        Aug 6, In Central African Republic an overloaded boat carrying hundreds of people has sunk on a river, and at least 13 people were reported dead and dozens more missing.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 6-2005 Aug 8, Tropical Storm Matsa hit China’s eastern province of Zhejiang. 13 people were killed since it hit the mainland as a typhoon. Beijing's Municipal Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters was preparing to evacuate as many as 40,000 people in the mountains north of Beijing as Tropical Storm Matsa approached.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 6, Ibrahim Ferrer Planas, Cuban singer, died. In 1996 he recorded with Ry Cooder for the "Buena Vista Social Club" which was followed by his own solo album.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.68)
2005        Aug 6-2005 Aug 14, Helsinki, Finland, hosted the 10th IAAF World Championships. The International Amateur Athletic Federation was founded in 1912 by 17 national athletic federations who saw the need for a governing authority, for an athletic program, for standardized technical equipment and world records.
    (www.helsinki2005.fi/index.php?&Lang=eng)
2005        Aug 6, India airlifted tons of food and medicines to Manipur where tribesmen campaigning for a separate homeland have blocked roads and cut off supplies for nearly 2 months. Naga tribesmen living in Manipur began the blockade on June 19, leading to a severe shortage of food and fuel in the state's capital Imphal.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 6, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a telephone hotline to prevent accidental nuclear conflict and also agreed to notify each other before testing ballistic missiles.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 6, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in as Iran's president, saying he wants peaceful relations with the world but rejecting outside pressure to change course.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 6, Iran rejected Europe's proposal for ending the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, saying it was "unacceptable" because it did not give the country the right to enrich uranium.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 6, Sunni Arab members of the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution rejected Kurdish demands for a federal state.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 6, In Iraq a US patrol with Task Force Liberty was hit in the city of Samarra. All the soldiers were transported to a coalition medical facility where two of them died from wounds.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 6, Leonardo Rodriguez Alcaine (b.1919), Mexican trade union leader and a long-serving legislator of the Revolutionary Institutional Party, died. He presided over the Workers' Confederation of Mexico (CTM) from July 21, 1997 until his death.
    (Econ, 11/12/05, p.39)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_Rodr%C3%ADguez_Alcaine)
2005        Aug 6, Palestinian judges and lawyers shut down the Palestinian legal system until further notice to protest recent attacks against senior legal officials.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 6, In Turkey Lu'ai Sakra, a Syrian with links to al-Qaida, was arrested for plotting to slam speedboats packed with explosives into cruise ships filled with Israeli tourists.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 6, A Tunis Air jet carrying 35 passengers went down in the sea off the Sicilian coast, and rescuers were on their way. 16 people were killed, while 23 survived. A bad fuel gauge on the Tuninter plane caused the crash. On March 23, 2009, the Tunisian pilot who paused to pray instead of taking emergency measures before crash-landing his plane, was sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot. Another five employees of Tuninter, a subsidiary of Tunisair, were sentenced to between 8 and 9 years in jail.
    (AP, 8/5/05)(AP, 8/7/05)(WSJ, 9/8/05, p.A1)(Reuters, 3/24/09)

2005        Aug 7, Peter Jennings (67), Canadian-born ABC broadcaster, died of cancer. He had delivered the news to Americans each night in five separate decades.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 7, A British remote-controlled vehicle cut away undersea cables that snarled a Russian mini-submarine in deep waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula allowing it to surface. 7 people trapped for nearly 3 days on the mini-sub were rescued.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, In southern China rescuers attempted to reach 123 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine.
    (AP, 8/7/05)(AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 7, In India's northeast Assam state suspected separatist rebels blew up a crucial oil pipeline and nearby homes, shutting down operations.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, In central Iraq a suicide bomber driving an empty fuel tanker detonated his vehicle near a police station, killing at least two people. Three Iraqi soldiers and two Oil Ministry employees were killed in two separate drive-by shootings in Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigned from his post to protest next week's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7-2005 Aug 8, In Nepal communist insurgents overran about 200 troops 340 miles northwest of Kathmandu and killed at least 40 soldiers in fierce clashes between the military and Maoist rebels.
    (AP, 8/9/05)(AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 7, Envoys to North Korean disarmament talks suspended their meetings for three weeks, deadlocked over the North's insistence on retaining a peaceful nuclear program.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, Thousands of miners stopped work for the first strike in South Africa's key gold sector since 1987 after wage negotiations collapsed last week.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, Benon Sevan (67), the former head of the scandal-tainted oil-for-food program, resigned from the UN hours before he was expected to be accused of getting kickbacks from the $67 billion operation.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 7, Voters across Venezuela cast ballots to select thousands of local officials in elections that could predict how well President Hugo Chavez's political allies will fare in key congressional elections in December. Chavez accused the US Drug Enforcement Agency of using its agents as spies and said he was suspending cooperation with the DEA.
    (AP, 8/7/05)(SFC, 8/8/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 7, Zambia deported Haroon Rashid Aswat (31), a Briton who has been questioned in connection with the July 7 London transit bombings and is suspected of links to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 8/7/05)

2005        Aug 8, Pres. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act. The bill gave billions in tax breaks to encourage homegrown energy production. Under the new law, effective March 2007, Daylight Saving Time would begin three weeks earlier than previously, on the second Sunday in March. DST would be extended by one week to the first Sunday in November.
    (www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html)(AP, 8/8/06)
2005        Aug 8, After orbiting the Earth for nearly two weeks, astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery were told to circle the planet for another day as bad weather in Florida forced NASA to delay Monday's scheduled landing.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, In California 42 inmates were injured when a simmering dispute between two ethnic groups erupted into the largest riot at San Quentin State Prison in 23 years.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 8, Crude-oil prices rallied to a new high above $63 a barrel.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, Barbara Bel Geddes (82), stage and screen actress, died in Maine. She was best known for her role as the matriarch on the TV series “Dallas."
    (SFC, 8/10/05, p.B7)
2005        Aug 8, John H. Johnson (b.1919) founding publisher of Ebony (1945), Jet (1951), and Ebony Man (1985), died in Chicago.
    (HN, 11/1/98)(SFC, 8/8/05, p.B4)(AP, 8/8/06)
2005        Aug 8, In southern Afghanistan one US service member and at least 16 suspected Taliban rebels were killed in fighting.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 8-2005 Aug 9, In Afghanistan US airstrikes during operations against militants killed civilians and wounded others, including an infant according to local villagers.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 8, Milan Lukic, a former Bosnia Serb paramilitary leader, was captured in Argentina. He was wanted by a U.N. tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, The EU head office gave its clearance for the import of a genetically modified corn product made by American biotechnology company Monsanto Co. for use in animal feed.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, India and Pakistan agreed to extend a two-year-old cease-fire in disputed Kashmir, but did not discuss the question of reducing their military presence there.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, In eastern India suspected rebels launched renewed attacks overnight on pipelines, leaving oil operations in the remote region in critical shape.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, Health officials in Indonesia reported 205 children with polio.
    (WSJ, 8/9/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 8, Iran resumed uranium conversion activities at its Isfahan nuclear facility, a step that Europeans and the US warned would prompt them to seek UN sanctions against Tehran.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, In Iraq armed men deposed Baghdad’s Mayor Alaa al-Tamini. They installed Hussein al-Tahaan, a member of the Badr organization, and governor of Baghdad province.
    (SFC, 8/10/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 8, Japanese lawmakers rejected legislation to split up and sell the nation's postal service, leading PM Junichiro Koizumi to call snap elections next month. He promised to make the vote a referendum on his reform plan and pledged to resign if it fails.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, In Saudi Arabia King Abdullah pardoned 4 prominent activists who were jailed after criticizing the strict religious environment and the slow pace of democratic reform.
    (AP, 8/8/05)

2005        Aug 9, The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point to 3.5%. It marked the 10th increase since tightening began in 2004.
    (SFC, 8/10/05, p.C1)
2005        Aug 9, The US State Department said the US will begin issuing electronic passports in December to help tighten border and identity security.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 9, A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ordered a new trial after agreeing with defense attorneys who challenged the 2001 convictions five Cuban intelligence agents. All five acknowledged being Cuban agents but said they were spying on "terrorist" exile groups opposed to Castro, not the U.S. government.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 9, Charles McCoy Jr. pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and 10 other charges in a series of Ohio highway shootings and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/9/06)
2005        Aug 9, Officials in San Jose, Ca., opened their new $390 million, 18-story City Hall. It was designed by Richard Meier with an original budget of $214 million.
    (SFC, 8/10/05, p.B4)
2005        Aug 9, In Tennessee inmate George Hyatte escaped after his wife shot and killed a guard escorting him outside the Kingston courthouse. A tip from a cabbie the next day led police to arrest George and Jennifer Hyatte at a budget motel in Columbus, Ohio.
    (SFC, 8/10/05, p.A6)(AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 9, Discovery and its crew of seven glided back to Earth ending a 14-day test of space shuttle safety. NASA’s STS 114 flight was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia
    (AP, 8/9/05)(Econ, 8/13/05, p.68)
2005        Aug 9, Abe Hirschfield, immigrant multi-millionaire, died in NYC. Hirschfield was born in Poland but grew up in Israel. His 1986 autobiography was titled “An Accidental Wedding."
    (SFC, 8/10/05, p.B7)
2005        Aug 9, Matthew McGrory (32), the deep-voiced 7-foot-plus actor who moved from appearances on Howard Stern's radio show to a high-profile role as a gentle giant in the movie "Big Fish," died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 9, Judith Rossner (b.1935) author of "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1975), died.
    (SFEC, 10/5/97, BR p.4)(SFC, 8/12/05, p.B9)
2005        Aug 9, A roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan killed a US service member, the fifth American casualty in a week. Suspected Taliban rebels gunned down an Afghan woman accused of spying for the coalition.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 9, Qari Amadullah, a suspected Taliban rebel leader, died in heavy fighting in eastern Afghanistan. 5 other militants were killed and 3 US soldiers were wounded during the clash.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 9, Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia and China are negotiating an agreement to allow Australia to export uranium to China for peaceful purposes.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 9, In Chechnya gunmen sprayed bullets at a car in Grozny, killing one person, wounding a child in the head, and setting the vehicle ablaze.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 9, China’s official media reported that 123 miners trapped in south China have little chance of survival. One body was recovered the next day.
    (AP, 8/9/05)(AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 9, In Ethiopia the National Electoral Board released results for the May 15 election. The ruling coalition captured a majority in parliamentary elections shadowed by fraud allegations and deadly violence.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 9, Suez, a French water and power company, announced a $14 billion purchase of 49.9% of the shares of Electrabel, a Belgian electricity firm.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.52)
2005        Aug 9, A suicide bomber struck near a US convoy in Baghdad and gunmen opened fire on police patrols around the city in attacks that killed at least 16 people.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 9, In Iraq 4 American soldiers were killed when insurgents attacked their patrol in the northern city of Beiji, and a car bomb targeting a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol in Baghdad killed seven people, including one US soldier.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 9, Murders in Jamaica reached 1,028, up 25% from 2004.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.32)
2005        Aug 9, In Pakistan Derik Cyprian, a former Cabinet minister who disappeared Aug. 2, was found strangled to death on a dirt road on the outskirts of Lahore.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 9, South Africa’s Johannesburg Women’s Jail reopened its doors as a museum.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.74)
2005        Aug 9, In Sudan Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the commander of the Sudan People's Liberation Army was inaugurated as Sudan's first vice president and president of the new, autonomous southern government.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 9, Francois Dalle (87), former chief executive of L'Oreal (1957-1984) and credited with transforming the French cosmetics company into a global giant, died in Geneva.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 9, Six of Venezuela's indigenous communities received title to their ancestral lands in a ceremony that Venezuela's president said reversed centuries of injustice. An estimated 300,000 Venezuelans belong to 28 indigenous groups, many living in the country's sparsely populated southeast.
    (AP, 8/9/05)

2005        Aug 10, Pres. Bush visited a Caterpillar plant in Illinois where he signed a $286.4 billion highway bill. It was the most expensive US public works program to date.
    (WSJ, 8/11/05, p.A1)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.38)
2005        Aug 10, Industry group figures showed that applications for US home mortgages fell last week, its third consecutive drop, as refinancing activity waned and interest rates reached four-month highs.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, David Myers (47), former WorldCom controller, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his high-ranking role in the largest accounting fraud in U.S. history. Buford Yates, ex-director of general accounting, received the same sentence.
    (SFC, 8/11/05, p.C3)
2005        Aug 10, Tennessee prison inmate George Hyatte and his wife, Jennifer, surrendered in Columbus, Ohio, a day after she'd allegedly ambushed two prison guards at a courthouse, killing one of them, to help her husband escape. Jennifer Hyatte was later sentenced to life in prison by agreeing to testify against her husband. George Hyatte, already facing 41 years of incarceration, awaited trial in the murder of Wayne Morgan and escaping jail.
    (AP, 8/10/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_courthouse_shooting)
2005        Aug 10, A fire destroyed an egg facility in Michigan and killed some 250,000 chickens.
    (WSJ, 8/11/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 10, Oil reached record highs as prices for September delivery touched $65 per barrel and closed at $64.90.
    (SFC, 8/11/05, p.C1)
2005        Aug 10, In Brazil impeachment proceedings began against Rep. Jose Dirceu, a federal legislator and a former top Cabinet official, in connection with a bribery scandal that has rocked President Luiz Inacio da Silva's Workers' Party.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, In Brazil authorities said they had identified some of the Sao Paulo bank heist thieves and were looking into the possibility the heist was pulled off by the First Capital Command, one of Brazil's most notorious organized crime groups.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 10, The castaway television thriller "Lost" debuted as the most watched U.S. import on British television since soap opera "Dallas" captivated fans more than 20 years ago. The US premier was September 22, 2004.
    (AP, 8/11/05)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0411008/episodes#season-1)
2005        Aug 10, Canada won a ruling against the US under NAFTA ordering the US to drop  punitive duties on Canadian softwood and refund $4 billion already collected. The US refused to comply and won support from the WTO.
    (www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2005/2005-08-12-04.asp)(Econ, 9/10/05, p.38)
2005        Aug 10, In Chile Gen. Augusto Pinochet's wife and younger son were arrested and charged as accomplices in a tax evasion case linked to an investigation into the former dictator's multimillion dollar fortune overseas.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, Congolese Vice President Azeria Ruberwa met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Ruberwa talked of his government's concerns about 14 Congolese men, suspected of plotting a coup, who were in Uganda. Rugunda said 8 men left before the expulsion order. The other six were given 48 hours to leave.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 10, The Sikorsky 76 helicopter on a scheduled flight from Tallinn to Helsinki, Finland, went down with 2 pilots and 12 passengers about 3 miles off the coast of Estonia.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, In Haiti police stormed a volatile slum in Port-au-Prince in an attack on well-armed gangs that witnesses said left at least five people dead.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, Iran removed the final seals from equipment at a uranium conversion plant as U.N. inspectors watched, paving the way for Tehran to fully open the facility despite European and U.S. calls for it to maintain the suspension of its nuclear program.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, Gunmen kidnapped Brig. Gen. Khudayer Abbas, a senior Iraqi Interior Ministry official, as he drove his car in central Baghdad. A suicide bomber killed six people and wounded 14 when he drove a car at a police patrol in the Ghazaliya district of western Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/10/05)(Reuters, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, A UN agency reported the 1st avian flu appearance in Mongolia and said 80 migratory birds have died near the Siberian border.
    (WSJ, 8/11/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 10, Thomas Devlin (15) was attacked and stabbed to death as he walked home with friends in north Belfast.
    (http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/violence/deaths2005draft.htm)(AP, 10/20/07)
2005        Aug 10, In the southern Philippines a series of powerful explosions described as terrorist attacks ripped through Zamboanga city and injured at least 14 people.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, An assailant beat a Polish envoy near Poland's Moscow embassy, drawing diplomatic protests over the second such attack in four days.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 10, Russia’s Defense Ministry said more than 3,450 Russian troops have been killed in Chechnya since federal forces re-entered the southern Russian region six years ago.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2005        Aug 10, South Korea ordered an end to a 25-day strike by unionized pilots at Asiana Airlines.
    (WSJ, 8/11/05, p.A11)
2005        Aug 10, In Venezuela lawmakers approved a transfer of $14 million (30.6 billion bolivars) as seed money for a new Treasury Bank to handle government banking needs.
    (WSJ, 8/11/05, p.A11)

2005        Aug 11, President Bush expressed sympathy for war protesters like Cindy Sheehan, the mother camped outside his Texas ranch demanding answers for her solider-son's death, but said he believed it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home immediately.
    (AP, 8/11/06)
2005        Aug 11, Scott Sullivan, former WorldCom finance chief, was sentenced to five years in prison for his high-ranking role in the largest accounting fraud in U.S. history.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, It was reported that an anonymous donor will give $25 million to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to construct a new building for its executive education program.
    (SFC, 8/11/05, p.C1)
2005        Aug 11, Qualcomm announced that it would buy Flarion for some $600 million in order to gain access to post-3G network technology.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.51)
2005        Aug 11, Yahoo agreed to pay $1 billion in cash and turn over its Chinese operations to Alibaba in return for a 40% stake in the Chinese e-commerce company. Jack Ma started Alibaba.com in 1999 to support small business people in China.
    (WSJ, 8/12/05, p.A1,B1)
2005        Aug 11, A team of scientists from 10 countries reported that they had deciphered the genetic code of rice. This was the first cereal crop to be sequenced.
    (SFC, 8/11/05, p.A6)(Econ, 5/10/14, p.14)
2005        Aug 11, Scientists reported the discovery of an asteroid with 2 small moons. Asteroid 87 Sylvia was about 175 miles in diameter and circled the sun between the orbits of mars and Jupiter.
    (SFC, 8/11/05, p.A2)
2005        Aug 11, In Afghanistan a US service member was killed in Paktika province, the sixth American fatality in a week. An American soldier was killed and two others were wounded in an explosives training accident in central Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 8/11/05)(AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 11, Argentina and Venezuela signed an accord to set up a joint trust fund aimed at providing export financing to small businesses. Presidents Kirchner and Chavez signed a series of accords during the Chavez visit that included an expansion of Venezuelan fuel oil imports. Kirchner thanked Chavez for the purchase of $500 million of Argentine government bonds over the last few months.
    (WSJ, 8/12/05, p.A7)
2005        Aug 11, In Vienna the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) unanimously approved a resolution demanding that Iran suspend all nuclear activities it resumed earlier this week.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Thirty-five Bangladeshi children who worked as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates arrived home to an uncertain future as part of a United Nations-sponsored program. The UAE now plans to use robots to race camels rather than children.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, A one-day strike by British Airways baggage handlers and other ground staff forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights to and from Heathrow Airport.
    (AP, 8/11/06)
2005        Aug 11, Brazilian police said they recovered a small percentage of the currency stolen from the Central Bank in one of the world's biggest heists. Brazil's Central Bank released an official statement saying that the amount stolen was $70 million, instead of the $67.8 million it reported earlier.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 11, Beijing ordered an investigation into the cause of a flood at a coal shaft in southern China. Hopes of finding survivors among the 122 miners still trapped underground all but disappeared.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, El Salvador sent its fifth contingent of 380 soldiers to Iraq for humanitarian missions. President Tony Saca said it was in the same spirit as the countries that helped El Salvador during its 12-year civil war.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Manmohan Singh, India's first Sikh prime minister, apologized for riots two decades ago that killed nearly 3,000 Sikhs and were blamed on the Congress.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Indian officials said waterborne diseases have killed at least 46 people in Bombay in the past four days following widespread floods in the city last month.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a former army general, and the Timorese ex-guerrilla fighter Xanana Gusmao witnessed the signing of documents appointing the 10 members of the Commission for Truth and Friendship.
    (AFP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, In Iraq gunmen killed at least 16 people in attacks across the country, including one that left a young girl wounded and her parents dead.
    (AFP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, An ex-soldier was sentenced to eight years in prison for fatally shooting British activist Tom Hurndall in April, 2003. It was the first case in which an Israeli soldier was convicted of killing a foreigner during more than four years of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a Haitian rebel leader who once led a paramilitary group accused of killing and torturing thousands of people, was released from prison.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 11, Lebanese police arrested Omar Bakri, the Islamic cleric who is being investigated in Britain for his remarks on the London bombings.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Pakistan test fired its first cruise missile without warning archrival India under a new treaty requiring notification of tests involving missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Foreign Ministry said the missile notification agreement formalized by the two nuclear-armed nations over the weekend did not cover cruise missiles.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Peru's PM Carlos Ferrero quit unexpectedly in an apparent protest against President Alejandro Toledo's appointment of an unpopular political ally as foreign minister.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 11, The two unions representing 90,000 striking South African gold miners agreed to accept management's latest offer and return to work, ending the worst strike in 18 years in the world's largest gold-producing nation.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, A senior South Korean official said that North Korea has the right to a peaceful nuclear program, a view conflicting with Washington in its disagreement with the hard-line Pyongyang regime that has snagged disarmament talks.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Southern leader Salva Kiir Mayardit was sworn in as Sudan's 1st vice president.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, A judge in Suriname convicted the son of a former dictator of leading a ring that trafficked in cocaine, illegal arms and stolen luxury cars, sentencing him to 8 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Uganda police arrested Andrew Mwenda a day after the KFM radio station he works for was shut down following threats from President Yoweri Museveni to close media outlets that report conspiracies about the Garang's death.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 11, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend its mission in Iraq, reaffirming its leading role in helping to promote a national dialogue which is crucial for the country's political stability and unity.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Venezuela's major newspapers calculated that pro-Chavez candidates won some 47 percent of city council posts across the country, while opposition candidates won 17 percent and other independent parties had 18 percent of posts in the Aug 7 elections.
    (AP, 8/11/05)

2005        Aug 12, The US Agriculture Dept. said it expected corn yields to be lower this year in 29 of 33 corn-producing states due to drought in the Midwest. This year’s drought was more localized and farmers in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri had a good year.
    (SFC, 8/15/05, p.A2)
2005        Aug 12, Patrick Sheehan filed for divorce in Solano County, Ca., as his wife, Cindy Sheehan (48), entered her 2nd week camping outside Pres. Bush’s retreat in Crawford, Texas. Their son Casey (24) was killed in Iraq in 2004.
    (SFC, 8/16/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 12, It was reported that Dr. Jan T. Vilcek donated an estimated $125 million to the NYU School of Medicine through a percentage of future royalties from sales of Remicade, which treats symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
    (WSJ, 8/12/05, p.W1)
2005        Aug 12, Oil for September delivery closed at a record $66.86 per barrel.
    (SFC, 8/13/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 12, Residents of Wright, Wyoming, had just 5 minutes warning before a tornado tore into a mobile home park, killing two people and destroying dozens of homes.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 12, An Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., lifted the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on a 72 million-mile mission to study Mars.
    (SFC, 8/13/05, p.A4)
2005        Aug 12, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban guerrillas ambushed a vehicle carrying police in southern Zabul province's Arghandab district, sparking a gunbattle that killed 3 militants.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, Police detained four men in connection with one of the world's biggest heists and recovered more than $2 million of the $70 million stolen from Brazil's Central Bank. The recovered cash was found hidden in 3 pickup trucks that were on a vehicle transporter truck located several hundred miles from the Central Bank vault in Fortaleza. In 2008 police arrested Jossivam Alves dos Santos, the suspected leader of the gang which carried out the heist. Less than $10 million of the money has been recovered.
    (AP, 8/13/05)(AP, 2/27/08)
2005        Aug 12, In Brazil Celio Marcelo da Silva (32), a prison escapee believed to have masterminded last year's abduction of the mother of a Brazilian soccer star, was arrested. In 2003 da Silva tunneled his way out of a Sao Paulo prison where he was serving a 38-year sentence for murder and robbery.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 12, At least 70,000 travelers were left stranded as British Airways canceled all flights to and from Heathrow Airport after catering staff, baggage handlers and other ground crew walked off the job in wildcat strikes at the height of the summer tourism season.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, Liu Jinbao, a former president of state-owned Bank of China's Hong Kong branch fired in May, 2003, received a suspended death sentence for embezzlement in an apparent effort by Beijing to help restore faith in its scandal-plagued banks as they prepare to sell shares abroad. Mr. Liu was convicted of embezzling $1.8 million with others plus and additional amount for himself.
    (AP, 8/12/05)(WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A11)
2005        Aug 12, A small boat overloaded with 113 illegal immigrants capsized and sank in rough waters off Colombia's Pacific coast. An Ecuadoran fishing boat found 9 survivors 2 days later. In Nov. Ecuadoran police arrested a married couple for being part of a gang of 11 human traffickers who charged as much as $12,000 per person for passage to the US.
    (AP, 8/18/05)(AP, 11/15/05)
2005        Aug 12, Leaders of Georgia and Ukraine called for an alliance that would champion democracy in the former Soviet lands.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, A German court convicted Holger Pfahls, former deputy defense minister, of accepting illegal payments and evading taxes while serving in the government of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, Victims of India's 1984 anti-Sikh riots rejected apologies from Premier Manmohan Singh and vowed to intensify demands for the prosecution of politicians blamed for the massacre that claimed 4,000 lives.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, Suspected Islamic militants raided a remote mountain village in India's Jammu-Kashmir state and attacked 2 Hindu families as they dined together, killing 5 people.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 12, In Iraq Sunni Arab leaders rejected calls for a Shiite federal region to be enshrined in the constitution.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, In Iraq a US soldier was found dead of a gunshot wound.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 12, Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia spread to more cities in Malaysia, as millions prayed in mosques and temples for rain to wash away the hazardous haze.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, Lebanon freed the radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri, hours after Britain declared he would not be allowed to return to its shores.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, A Mexican judge issued an arrest warrant for Gen. Francisco Quiros, accused of ordering the disappearance of leftist folk singer Rosendo Radilla on Aug 25, 1974. Quiros was already in prison serving a drug sentence.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, New regulations in Tijuana, Mexico, called for the city to issue electronic cards to replace pink, pocket-size health history books given to Tijuana's 4,700 registered prostitutes. The new standards were modeled after those in the Mexican cities of Monterrey and Acapulco.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Aug 12, Peter Hommerson, a fugitive charged with killing a wealthy Illinois couple on Jan 23, 1996, was captured at a Mexican resort after tourists recognized him from a crime watch television program.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, The Nepali army said faulty Indian assault rifles were partly responsible for its heavy death toll in a gun battle with Maoist rebels as troops hunted for 75 soldiers still missing after the fighting.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, In Sri Lanka foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar (73), an ethnic Tamil, was shot in the head and heart after finishing a swim at his home. Tamil Tiger rebels denied involvement.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 12, Suriname's Pres. Ronald Venetiaan (69) was inaugurated to a second term, calling for national unity following elections that weakened his government's hold on Parliament and swelled the ranks of a party led by a former dictator.
    (AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 12, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to give more rights to the Kurdish minority in a speech in Diyarbakir.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.40)(http://tinyurl.com/cmzxz)
2005        Aug 12, Venezuela’s Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said American citizens could be denied visas to visit Venezuela in response to a US decision to revoke the visas of three Venezuelan military officers.
    (AP, 8/12/05)

2005        Aug 13, The Pentagon said for the second time since the Iraq war began, it was replacing body armor for US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, citing a need for better protection.
    (AP, 8/13/06)
2005        Aug 13, Khosraw Basheri (23) claimed a historic title of Mr. Afghanistan in the country’s first-ever national competition to select a top bodybuilder.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, US Marines and Afghan troops launched an offensive to take a remote mountain valley from insurgents tied to the deadliest blow on American forces since the Taliban regime was ousted nearly four years ago.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, James Petersen (51), a Univ. of Vermont anthropology professor on a research trip to Brazil, was killed while he was being robbed in Iranduba near the Amazon River. Three suspects were taken into custody.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, Britain's tax-funded National Health Service is unsustainable and should be scrapped, the country's most senior doctor said, but the country's largest health union warned that any change to the NHS' founding principles would lead to a "public outcry".
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 13, A chunk of ice bigger than the area of Manhattan broke from the Ayles Ice Shelf at Ellesmere Island in Canada's far north. Scientists later said that it could wreak havoc if it starts to float westward toward oil-drilling regions and shipping lanes in 2007.
    (AP, 12/29/06)
2005        Aug 13, It was reported that Delhi’s water board (DJB) planned a $246 million water project with $140 million financed by the World Bank. As in many Indian cities 16 million people in Delhi suffered chronic water shortages.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.53)
2005        Aug 13, The death toll in India from water-borne diseases following floods in Bombay and surrounding areas two weeks ago rose to at least 125.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 13, In Indian Kashmir 9 people died in fresh fighting. Troops intensified search operations ahead of India's Aug 15 Independence Day, which separatists observe as a "black day".
    (AFP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, In Iran at least 17 people were reported killed over the last 3 weeks and many more wounded during anti-government protests in the western province of Kurdistan.
    (AP, 8/13/05)(SSFC, 8/14/05, p.A15)
2005        Aug 13, In Iraq 3 soldiers were killed and one other wounded in a roadside bombing near Tuz Khormato, 95 miles north of Baghdad. Another soldier was killed at another roadside bombing.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, An Italian newspaper reported that more than 100 Italian troops whose tours in southern Iraq have ended are not being replaced, apparently marking the beginning of the country's withdrawal from Iraq ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, A small plane carrying tourists crashed in southern Italy, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, For the first time in a decade, the founders and top political leaders of Hamas gathered on the same stage, vowing to go on fighting Israel and claiming victory for its impending withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 13, David Lange (b.1942), former New Zealand prime minister (1984-1989), died in Auckland. He was the architect of new Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.
    (WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/bsgp2)
2005        Aug 13, Fernando Olivera, Peru's new foreign minister, said he was resigning his post, just two days after the uproar from his appointment sparked a major shake-up of President Alejandro Toledo's Cabinet.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 13, Fires at a rate of 400 per day began breaking out in Portugal.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.42)
2005        Aug 13, Rival militias in arid southwestern Somalia battled for control over a village with pastures and wells. Twelve combatants died, and hundreds of residents fled.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 13, Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency and deployed troops to search for suspects Saturday after the assassination of the foreign minister.
    (AP, 8/13/05)

2005        Aug 14, Cristeta Comerford was named the new White House chef, the first woman to hold the post.
    (AP, 8/14/06)
2005        Aug 14, The FBI and antivirus software companies began to notice that a computer virus called Zotob had started to spread [see Aug 16].
    (WSJ, 11/21/06, p.A13)
2005        Aug 14, It was reported that the Detroit area had more than 12,000 abandoned homes, a byproduct of decades of layoffs at the city's auto plants and white flight to the suburbs.
    (AFP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 14, Fighting across southern Afghanistan left 28 suspected Taliban rebels dead. In Zabul province Afghan forces attacked a group of suspected militants, killing 16 of them and arresting one. In neighboring Uruzgan province's Dehrawud district, a gunbattle between Afghan soldiers and insurgents left five militants dead.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 14, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika unveiled a draft charter for peace and national reconciliation that will be put to a referendum on September 29.
    (AFP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 14, A land mine exploded in Chechnya when Russia troops came to the aid of a local official whose home was under attack by rebels, killing a senior Russian military officer and four other soldiers.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 14, A Cypriot airliner, Helios Air 737, crashed into a hill north of Athens, killing all 121 people on board. An inquiry in 2006 ruled pilots erred in setting pressurization controls. On April 20, 2012, three executives of a defunct Cypriot airline and a British engineer were each sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for their role in Greece's worst air crash. The ruling came four months after a Cypriot court acquitted the three executives during a separate hearing over the accident.
    (AP, 8/14/05)(WSJ, 10/11/06, p.A1)(Reuters, 4/21/12)
2005        Aug 14, Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced that it had identified those responsible for the July 23 terrorist attack at Sharm el-Sheik.
    (SFC, 8/15/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 14, In Iraq a US soldier on a patrol was killed and 3 others wounded in a blast east of Rutbah, 250 miles west of Baghdad. 30 bodies were found in a grave south of Baghdad that was 10-14 days old. One insurgent was killed in the raid that led to the grave and 13 others were detained.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 14, Israel sealed the Gaza Strip to Israeli civilians, signaling the start of the historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 8/14/06)
2005        Aug 14, A legal source said Jordan will charge London-based radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada (44) with plotting to stage terrorist attacks when he is extradited from Britain.
    (AFP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 14, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Kyrgyzstan’s new president, pledged in his inaugural speech that the former Soviet Central Asian nation, which hosts both US and Russian military bases, will pursue an independent foreign policy under his leadership.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 14, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf urged the country to reject conservative religious forces saying they were a hurdle to progress and wanted to push the country into backwardness.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2005        Aug 14, Security forces arrested 12 minority Tamils before dawn in connection with the assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister, and a Tamil lawmaker said only a peace deal could stop such killings in a country many fear is sliding back to war.
    (AP, 8/14/05)

2005        Aug 15, US prosecutors said 4 former Wall Street brokers have been indicted for a scheme allowing day traders to eavesdrop on internal communications and profit by trading ahead of large share orders and subsequent price movements.
    (Reuters, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 15, Reliant Energy agreed to pay $135.4 million in cash to California and to forgo $299.5 million it claims it is owed to settle allegations of energy manipulation during the energy crises 5 years earlier.
    (SFC, 8/16/05, p.D1)
2005        Aug 15, Delta Air Lines said it is selling its feeder carrier, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, to SkyWest for $425 million.
    (SFC, 8/16/05, p.D3)
2005        Aug 15, Hershey announced the acquisition of Joseph Schmidt, a SF chocolate maker.
    (SFC, 8/16/05, p.D1)
2005        Aug 15, James Dougherty (84), the retired Los Angeles detective who was the first husband of Marilyn Monroe, died in San Rafael, Calif.
    (AP, 8/15/06)
2005        Aug 15, Bulgaria's three largest parties formed a coalition under a Socialist prime minister, resolving seven weeks of stalemate threatening to hold up the Balkan state's aspirations for EU entry in 2007.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 15, Canada’s CBC locked out 5,300 of its 9,000 employees following 15 months of unsuccessful talks with the Canadian Media Guild, a merger of 3 unions.
    (Econ, 10/1/05, p.37)
2005        Aug 15, A powerful car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in Chechnya's capital, killing two people, including a child, and wounding at least 11 others.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 15, In northeast Colombia suspected rebels killed two Catholic priests, ambushing their car with gunfire and explosives as they drove down a country road.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 15, In Egypt’s the Sinai Peninsula a crude roadside bomb blasted a vehicle belonging to international peacekeepers, lightly wounding two Canadians.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 15, Near-simultaneous attacks and riots at 7 Guatemalan prisons left 31 inmates dead. They showed the organizational power of Central America's gangs, whose members communicate between prisons through cell phones and visitors.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 15, Indonesia and Aceh rebels signed a peace treaty in Helsinki to end nearly 30 years of fighting that killed 15,000 people, but rebel leaders voiced concern about government troops remaining in the region.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 15, Iraq’s parliament failed to meet a key deadline for finishing a new constitution and voted to give itself another week on a new draft constitution.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.37)(AP, 8/15/06)
2005        Aug 15, Israel began to pull out from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation. Asher Weisgen (Weisgan), an Israeli settler, murdered four Palestinians under his employ and wounded a fifth near Shilo in an effort to prevent Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. On Sep 27, 2006, Weisgan was sentenced to 4 consecutive life terms plus 12 years and ordered to pay $53,000 to the families of those killed and $23,000 to Rauhi Kassab, who survived.
    (AP, 8/15/05)(http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/135780/index.php)
2005        Aug 15, Italy’s Interior Minister said Italy has arrested 141 people in a security swoop following the bombings in London and Egypt last month and remains at high risk from an attack by Islamic militants. Expulsion procedures had begun against 701 people.
    (Reuters, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 15, New Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev appointed Felix Kulov, a former opposition politician who was jailed under the country's ousted Soviet-era leader, as acting prime minister.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2005        Aug 15, Singapore hosted maritime exercises aimed at stopping shipments of weapons of mass destruction. The drills are part of the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). Other participants in the Deep Saber exercises included Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Russia and the US.
    (AP, 8/15/05)

2005        Aug 16, Pres. Bush selected Donald Winter of Northrup Grumman to be Navy secretary and Michael Wynne, Pentagon aide, as Air Force head.
    (WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 16, The Bush administration reduced the estimated value of recreation in national forests from $111 billion to $11 billion. Environmentalists warned the new Forest Service assessment could be used to justify increased logging.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.A4)
2005        Aug 16, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman secured a deal for his state to export $17 million in agricultural goods to communist Cuba. The first US shipment of great northern beans to the island since Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, Several new computer worms hit systems running MS Windows 2000. On Aug 25 authorities in Morocco arrested Farid Essebar (18) for writing the Zotob worm. Atilla Ekici (21) was arrested in Turkey for paying Essebar to write the worm. In 2006 Morocco sentenced Farid Essebar (19) to 2 years in prison and Achraf Bahlouo (21) to one year for their role in unleashing the Zotob worm. Ekici’s trial continued in Turkey.
    (SFC, 8/27/05, p.A2)(WSJ, 9/14/06, p.B3)(WSJ, 11/21/06, p.A1)
2005        Aug 16, J.P. Morgan Chase agreed to pay $350 million to settle claims over the role it played in the fraud that led to the collapse of Enron in 2001.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.C3)
2005        Aug 16, Francy Boland (75), jazz pianist, died in Geneva, Sw.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.B7)
2005        Aug 16, Vassar Clements (77), fiddle virtuoso, died in Nashville, Ten. He recorded on more than 2,000 albums in various styles from bluegrass to classical.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.B7)
2005        Aug 16, Two helicopters carrying NATO-led forces to prepare for next month's elections crashed in the desert in western Afghanistan, killing at least 17 Spanish troops.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, It was reported that scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antimicrobial drugs for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills HIV.
    (Reuters, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, In Britain an official investigation contradicted the police account of the July 21 killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician from Brazil.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.A12)
2005        Aug 16, Bulgaria's Parliament overwhelmingly approved historian Sergei Stanishev (39), the leader of the Socialist Party, as the country's new prime minister bringing to power his socialist-liberal coalition government.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, A university professor in Shanghai said is he is offering China's first class on homosexuality and gay culture and that several hundred students have applied for the 100 openings.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 16, In Taize, France, Brother Roger, the 90-year-old founder of an ecumenical religious community dedicated to peace and reconciliation, was knifed to death by an apparently deranged Romanian woman at an evening prayer service attended by 2,500 people. Brother Roger founded the Taize religious community in 1940 emphasizing the need for all Christians to come together in peace, love and reconciliation.
    (AP, 8/17/05)(WSJ, 8/18/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 16, A top Indian official said Indian and Chinese oil firms will sign agreements aimed at bidding jointly for foreign oil and gas projects and reducing cut-throat competition.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, Iraqi leaders, a day after failing to meet their deadline, expressed confidence they would overcome differences over key issues like the role of Islam and the power of regional governments and finish the new constitution by next week.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, Israeli security forces clashed with hundreds of opponents of Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, arresting dozens of people in the roughest confrontation between troops and settlers since the start of the operation.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, A 7.2 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, triggering landslides, sending a shower of ceiling debris into a crowded indoor swimming pool and shaking skyscrapers as far away as Tokyo. At least 59 people were reportedly injured.
    (AP, 8/16/05)(WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 16, North Korean officials visited South Korea's parliament for the first time in a symbolic gesture of reconciliation with their democratic rivals.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 16, Peru’s President Alejandro Toledo swore in a new Cabinet with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the former finance minister, as prime minister and cabinet chief.
    (AP, 8/16/05)(WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A9)
2005        Aug 16, Russia's Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision banning the National Bolshevik Party, handing a rare victory to the radical youth organization known for flamboyant acts of political protest.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, Russia said an outbreak of bird flu in Chelyabinsk was dangerous to humans, as teams of sanitary workers destroyed birds in Siberia in an attempt to prevent the westward spread of the deadly virus.
    (AP, 8/16/05)
2005        Aug 16, A chartered jet filled with tourists returning home from Panama to the French Caribbean island of Martinique crashed in western Venezuela, killing all 160 people on board. The pilot had been attempting an emergency landing after both engines failed.
    (AP, 8/16/05)(WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A1)

2005        Aug 17, Hundreds of anti-war vigils were held nationwide, part of an effort spurred by Cindy Sheehan's protest near President Bush's Texas ranch in memory of her son Casey, who was killed in Iraq.
    (AP, 8/17/06)
2005        Aug 17, Researchers from Greenpeace Int’l reported that toxic waste from electronic devices discarded in the US and dismantled in China and India was posing a sever problem around Guiyu, China, and New Delhi, India.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.C3)
2005        Aug 17, John Bahcall (70), astrophysicist and force behind the Hubble telescope, died.
    (WSJ, 8/22/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 17, Australian scientists said that cyclone Ingrid, which lashed northeastern Australia in March, inflicted damage on 10 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, Nearly 500 homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded nearly simultaneously across Bangladesh, killing 2 people, including a young boy, and wounding at least 73. The attacks were later attributed to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB). 7 leaders of JMB were later arrested and 6 were to be hanged in 2007. In 2008 a court in northwestern Bangladesh sentenced seven Islamic militants to life in prison after finding them guilty of carrying the bombings.
    (AP, 8/17/05)(Econ, 8/27/05, p.35)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.40)(AP, 1/31/08)
2005        Aug 17, China announced a broad crackdown on all media harmful to young people.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.33)
2005        Aug 17, India’s Andhra Pradesh state banned a violent Maoist rebel group, two days after rebels killed 10 people, including a lawmaker and bureaucrat.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, In Iraq 3 car bombs exploded near a bus station and hospital in Baghdad, killing at least 43 people and wounding 89 in the deadliest attacks in the capital in weeks. A series of insurgent attacks also killed 11 Iraqis, including six soldiers assigned to protect oil pipelines in northern Iraq.
    (AFP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, Israeli troops entered Gaza's largest synagogue to remove hundreds of worshippers, who had formed long lines and swayed in prayer. A right-wing West Bank settler opposed to Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip set herself on fire in southern Israel, suffering life-threatening burns on 70% of her body.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, Libya called on the Bulgarian government to negotiate a payment to win amnesty for five Bulgarian medics and a Palestinian sentenced to death for allegedly infecting 400 children with the AIDS virus.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 17, Norwegian officials said 3 unarmed Polish researchers stranded on a remote Arctic island were rescued by helicopter as polar bears were closing in on them. The escape took place on an island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 650 miles from the North Pole.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, In Paraguay US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with President Nicanor Duarte Frutos and was meeting with Minister of Defense Roberto Gonzalez Segovia, in part, to gauge their views on the escalating involvement of Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, Top Republic of Congo officials were acquitted of genocide and war crimes charges stemming from the disappearance of 350 refugees who had returned home during a cease-fire in the country's civil war.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, Officials said Russia is investigating bird deaths in a region west of the Ural mountains in what could become the 1st case of the deadly bird flu virus spreading to Europe.
    (AP, 8/17/05)

2005        Aug 18, It was reported that US Defense Dept. data-mining operation, Able Danger, had identified Mohamed Atta and 3 other Sep 11 hijackers by name in mid-2000.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.A5)
2005        Aug 18, Cindy Sheehan, who'd started an anti-war demonstration near President Bush's Texas ranch nearly two weeks earlier, left the camp after learning her mother had suffered a stroke, but told supporters the protest would go on.
    (AP, 8/18/06)
2005        Aug 18, In Kansas BTK killer Dennis Rader (60) was sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms after a hearing where family members spoke of their grief and loss from his 1974-1991 murder spree.
    (AP, 8/19/05)(WSJ, 8/19/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 18, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft pleaded no contest to charges that he broke state ethics law by failing to report golf outings and other gifts. A judge found him guilty and fined him $4,000.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, It was reported that an anthrax outbreak had killed hundreds of cattle in parts of the Great Plains, forcing quarantines and devastating Dakota ranchers who worry how they will recover financially. Two ranches in Texas were quarantined last month after anthrax was found in cattle, horses and deer.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, In Afghanistan a US Marine and an Afghan soldier were killed during battles with militants in eastern Kunar province ahead of next month's landmark elections. 2 American soldiers were killed in the south.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 18, British bank Royal Bank of Scotland (RBoS) announced that it would lead a consortium to buy a 10-percent stake in Bank of China for 3.1 billion dollars (2.5 billion euros).
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, Andronico Luksic (78), Chilean billionaire, died. His holding included beach resorts in Croatia, where his father was born.
    (SFC, 8/30/05, p.B4)
2005        Aug 18, China and Russia began unprecedented joint military exercises involving air, sea and land forces, as commanders from both nations insisted the war games weren't meant to intimidate other countries.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, In rural Colombia gunmen dragged a Catholic priest out of a classroom and shot him to death, bringing to 3 the number of clergy killed there this week.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 18, Ecuador’s president said protests have completely halted national oil production despite imposition of emergency rule in 2 Amazon provinces.
    (WSJ, 8/19/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 18, Egyptian police detained Hassan el-Arishi, a suspected mastermind behind the July 23 deadly attacks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 18, Pope Benedict XVI began his first foreign trip as pontiff, leaving Rome to take part in the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, In India the death toll in an encephalitis outbreak in Uttar Pradesh rose to 90 with more deaths being reported due to the water-born disease.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, In Iraq 4 American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad. Jasim Waheeb, an investigative judge from Baghdad, was shot to death with his.
    (AP, 8/18/05)(SFC, 8/19/05, p.A3)
2005         Aug 18, Israeli forces stormed the synagogue Neve Dekalim to remove about 1,500 protesters inside. This was the main synagogue of the Gaza Strip Jewish settlement and one of the last bastions of resistance to the Gaza pullout.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, The three IRA-linked fugitives who fled convictions in Colombia surrendered to Irish police after eight months on the run.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, In Nicaragua Miskito Indian leaders asked government and human rights investigators to probe allegations that at least 150 of their people were killed under the Sandinistas during the 1980s.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, Nigerian media quoted Pres. Obasanjo as saying police violations "ranged from extra-judicial killings to torture and unlawful detention." He singled out an incident in June in which policemen in the capital, Abuja, allegedly killed six people returning from a night outing after branding them armed robbers. Six policemen were charged in the killings. Among those accused is Danjuma Ibrahim, the second-ranking policeman in the city.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 18, In Pakistan a homemade bomb exploded near a polling station as clashes between supporters of rival candidates in Pakistani municipal elections left 7 dead and 82 injured.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 18, In Peru US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, seeking to promote stability in Latin America, met with Pres. Alejandro Toledo.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, Saleh Mohammed al-Aoofi, Al-Qaida's leader in Saudi Arabia, was killed along with 5 others during clashes with police in the western city of Medina. Majed Hamed Abdullah al-Haasiri (29), who was No. 14 on a list of 36 most wanted terrorists sought for connection to terror attacks in the kingdom dating back to 2003, was killed in a shootout with police in Riyadh.
    (AP, 8/18/05)(AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 18, Western Sahara guerrillas released their last Moroccan prisoners, 404 soldiers held for up to 20 years from a long-ended war over the barren but phosphate-rich region.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2005        Aug 18, In Uganda 222 MPs voted in support at the third reading of the Constitution (Amendment) (No.3) Bill, 2005, which seeks to remove presidential term limits, among others. The number exceeded the required two-thirds by 26 votes.
    (www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/451331)
2005        Aug 18, A pride of lions attacked a Japanese woman (50) visiting the Lion and Cheetah Park at Norton, a Zimbabwe wildlife park. She died the next day.
    (AP, 8/21/05)

2005        Aug 19, A Texas jury awarded Carol Ernst, widow of Robert Ernst, $253 million charging Merck Corp. liable for the heart-related death of Robert Ernst. $229 million was in punitive damages. Texas caps on punitive damages reduced that figure to about $26 million; Merck planned to appeal.
    (WSJ, 8/22/05, p.A1)(AP, 8/19/06)
2005        Aug 19, Morgan Stanley said it will start trading Russian stocks, bonds and currency instruments as early as next month as top investment banks flock to the country to profit from its soaring markets.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 19, In California Skylar James Deleon (26), a former child actor, was charged with luring John Jarvi to Mexico in December of 2003, slitting his throat and leaving the body by the side of a road. Deleon was already facing trial for hijacking a yacht and throwing the owners overboard in Nov 2004.
    (Reuters, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 19, Some 4,430 mechanics at Northwest Airlines, based in Eagan, Minnesota, went on strike at midnight as a 30-day cooling off period expired. The airline called for $176 million in concessions including 2,000 job cuts.
    (SFC, 8/20/05, p.A4)(SFC, 8/26/05, p.C3)
2005        Aug 19, An Alabama gas station owner was run over and killed when he tried to stop a driver from leaving without paying a $52 gas bill.
    (SFC, 8/22/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 19, Dennis Lynds (81), mystery writer, died in Santa Barbara, Ca. His Dan Fortune private eye series, written under the pseudonym Michael Collins, included some 20 books.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.B7)
2005        Aug 19, In Algeria Islamic militants killed six hikers in the forests of Ravin Bleu in the Batna region, 530 kilometers east of Algiers.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 19, Antonio Palocci, Brazil’s finance minister, was accused of taking monthly payments from a rubbish collection firm when he was mayor of Riberao Preta in Sao Paulo state. The news caused speculators to dump Brazilian bonds, shares and the real.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.33)
2005        Aug 19, Indian troops opened fire on Bangladeshi workers and soldiers to stop them building a river embankment close to the border. Bangladeshi troops fired back.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 19, In western Bangladesh 2 suspected Maoist rebels were killed while a bomb they were making exploded.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 19, Mo Mowlam (55), British politician, died after hitting her head in a fall in Canterbury, England. Her no-nonsense negotiating as Northern Ireland secretary helped forge the province's landmark peace accord.
    (AP, 8/19/05)(AP, 8/19/06)
2005        Aug 19, Pierre Nkurunziza (40), a former Hutu rebel leader, was chosen by lawmakers as Burundi's president, culminating an internationally mediated effort that hopes to bring peace to a central African nation wrecked by a dozen years of ethnic war. Burundi’s 12-year civil war left as many as 300,000 people dead.
    (AP, 8/20/05)(Econ, 3/29/14, p.50)
2005        Aug 19, Eleven Colombian soldiers were ordered arrested in the killing of an Indian tribal leader who was dragged from his home and later found shot to death.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 19, The Danish pump-making company Grundfos said that two of its employees accepted bribes from Iraqi officials under the United Nations' tainted oil-for-food program.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 19, Ecuador’s defense minister quit.
    (WSJ, 8/22/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 19, In Germany Mounir El Motassadeq (31), a Moroccan man accused of helping the Sept. 11 hijackers was convicted, of membership in a terrorist organization but was acquitted of direct involvement in the attacks on the US. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 19, Pope Benedict XVI warned of rising anti-Semitism and hostility to foreigners, winning a standing ovation from members of Germany's oldest Jewish community during a visit to a rebuilt synagogue that had been destroyed by the Nazis.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 19, India’s Wadia group, an industrial conglomerate best known for its textile brand Bombay Dyeing, said it will launch a low-cost airline in October and is in talks with Airbus and Boeing Co. to buy 50 new jets over the next five to seven years.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 19, In Iraq gunmen in Mosul abducted and publicly executed 3 Sunni Arab activists working to encourage voter participation.
    (SFC, 8/20/05, p.A7)
2005        Aug 19, Attackers fired at least three rockets from Jordan, with one narrowly missing a US Navy ship docked at Aqaba and killing a Jordanian soldier. It was the most serious militant attack on the Navy since the USS Cole was bombed in 2000.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 19, A Kurdish rebel group fighting for autonomy in Turkey's southeast announced a one-month cease-fire and said it planned to pursue indirect negotiations with the government.
    (AP, 8/20/05)

2005        Aug 20, Northwest Airlines mechanics went on strike rather than accept pay cuts and layoffs; Northwest hired replacement workers.
    (AP, 8/20/06)
2005        Aug 20, With a deafening boom, the ashes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson were blown into the sky above Woody Creek, Colo.
    (AP, 8/20/06)
2005        Aug 20, Thomas Herrion (b.1981), San Francisco offensive lineman, collapsed in the locker room and died in Denver, shortly after the 49ers played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game. Herrion's was the NFL's first football-related death since Vikings tackle Korey Stringer died of heatstroke in 2001.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Herrion)(AP, 8/20/06)
2005        Aug 20, In southern Afghanistan at least 20 people were killed and 28 others injured when two buses collided on a highway.
    (AFP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide strike called by the opposition to protest at a wave of bombings earlier in the week linked to an Islamic extremist group.
    (AFP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Bangladeshi and Indian border guards negotiated a ceasefire, halting a gunbattle that flared over disputed construction work along the frontier.
    (Reuters, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Protesters demanding the closure of an eastern China battery factory they say is spewing lead into the environment clashed with police, and dozens of people were injured.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 20, In Colombia a leftist rebel group acknowledged that its fighters killed two Catholic priests earlier this week, but said the killing was a mistake and promised to punish those responsible.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 20, Cuba and Panama restored diplomatic ties, one year after they were broken off in a dispute sparked by the decision by Panama's previous president to pardon four Cuban exiles accused of trying to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, In Cuba the Latin American School of Medical Science, created as a regional initiative in 1998 after two hurricanes devastated Caribbean and Central American nations, graduated its first class of 1,500 students.
    (AP, 8/21/05)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.35)
2005        Aug 20, A bomb detonated by remote control killed at least three police officers in the troubled southern Russian region of Dagestan and wounded several more.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Hundreds of German far right extremists marched through Berlin and gathered for a rally in former Nazi hotbed Nuremberg after a meeting to honor Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess was banned.
    (Reuters, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, In Haiti black-uniformed riot police ordered all participants to lie down and allowed hooded attackers to hack to death as many as 20 people during a soccer tournament in the slum of Martissant.
    (Econ, 9/3/05, p.36)
2005        Aug 20, Indian troops shot dead a Hindu fighting for the biggest Islamic separatist rebel group in Indian Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, In Iraq a US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, General Mathias Doue, former head of the Ivory Coast armed forces, said that the departure of Pres. Laurent Gbagbo is the condition for a return to peace.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.40)
2005        Aug 20, Libya will free 131 political prisoners, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, said Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who heads a foundation dedicated to improving the country's image.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 20, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas signed a decree appropriating Jewish settlement land and scheduled elections for Jan 25. In a challenge to Abbas, dozens of masked Hamas gunmen took over Gaza City's central square and announced they would not stop attacks on Israel, despite Israel's ongoing withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 8/20/05)(SSFC, 8/21/05, p.A13)
2005        Aug 20, Interfax reported that health officials in the western Siberian region of Omsk may have found the virus on a farm with up to 142,000 birds. Outbreaks were already confirmed in 40 Russian villages across western Siberia, while 78 other small settlements had suspected cases.
    (Reuters, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, The 184-pound "Unspunnenstein," named after the site of Switzerland's most revered stone-throwing contest, was stolen from a hotel in the central Swiss city of Interlaken where it was on display before the competition scheduled for Sept. 3-4.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Paul Wolfowitz on his first visit to India as World Bank president said the World Bank would lend up to $3 billion a year over the next three years to India for various development programs. The Bank lent $2.9 billion to India in the financial year to June 2005, more than double $1.4 billion lent the year before, making Asia's third-largest economy the multilateral lending institution's largest borrower.
    (AP, 8/20/05)

2005        Aug 21-2005 Aug 22, US federal authorities indicted 87 Asians and US citizens on charges of smuggling counterfeit money, drugs and cigarettes into the US.
    (SFC, 8/23/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 21, Harvard scientists said they have fused an adult skin cell with an embryonic stem cell in a potentially dramatic development that could lead to the creation of useful stem cells without first having to create and destroy human embryos.
    (AP, 8/22/05)(SFC, 8/22/05, p.A2)
2005        Aug 21, Robert Moog (b.1934), developer of the music synthesizer (1964), died in NC. The 1968 hit record “Switched-On-Bach" by Walter Carlos (Wendy Carlos) used the Moog synthesizer and Carlos used it to produce the soundtrack for “A Clockwork Orange" (1971).
    (SFC, 8/23/05, p.B5)(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.D10)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.77)
2005        Aug 21, Afghan forces and US Marines killed more than 40 suspected militants in an operation against insurgents in the Koregnal Valley, believed responsible for twin attacks that killed 19 troops in June.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 21, A roadside bomb killed four US soldiers and wounded three others as they patrolled southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 21, Bangladeshi and Indian border officials resolved a dispute over embankment building on a river cutting across their frontier that led to heavy firing by border troops.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 21, A merchant vessel rescued 3 people north of Matanzas, Cuba, after 5 days at sea. No one else was found. 31 people were believed killed in the Florida Straits in their attempt to reach the US.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 21, Protests in Ecuador's northeast Amazon region that brought oil production to a halt were suspended after demonstrators and the government agreed to a truce.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 21, Egyptian police arrested 300 people as security forces deployed 2,100 men backed by armored vehicles in the Sinai Peninsula for a massive sweep through the rugged desert region in search of terrorists involved in a series of recent bombings.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 21, Voting in eastern Ethiopia ended peacefully, as elite forces, pro-government militia and police patrolled streets to secure the region's delayed elections. Dr. Berhanu Nega (b.1958) was elected mayor of Addis Ababa. He was jailed in Kaliti Prison following riots in October from where he authored a book entitled “Dawn of Freedom." Nega, the founder of Ginbot 7, was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 after he moved to exile in the US.
    (AP, 8/22/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berhanu_Nega)(Econ, 10/28/06, p.56)(AP, 9/15/11)
2005        Aug 21, Pope Benedict XVI triumphantly ended his four-day trip to his native Germany, celebrating an open-air Mass for a million people in Cologne.
    (AP, 8/21/06)
2005        Aug 21, Thousands of troops poured into four Gaza settlements, the final phase of removing settlers from the coastal strip.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2005        Aug 21, Security forces arrested 10 suspected militants from Pakistan's North Waziristan region and recovered weapons, wigs and women's outfits from a fake madrassa.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 21, In Scotland Rory Blackhall (11), from Livingston in West Lothian, was found asphyxiated.
    (AFP, 8/23/05)

2005        Aug 22, During a speech in Salt Lake City, President Bush compared the fight against terrorism to both world wars and other great conflicts of the 20th century.
    (AP, 8/22/06)
2005        Aug 22, The California Supreme Court ruled that lesbian and gay partners who plan a family and raise children should be considered legal parents after a breakup.
    (SFC, 8/23/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 22, Connecticut sued the federal government seeking relief from a requirement that it scrap its own education testing program in favor of one the state said will not help children but will cost millions.
    (SFC, 8/23/05, p.A4)
2005        Aug 22, Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that American agents assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism." Robertson later apologized, saying he had spoken out of frustration.
    (AP, 8/23/06)
2005        Aug 22, Harrah’s said it has agreed to buy the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for $370 million.
    (WSJ, 8/23/05, p.D6)
2005        Aug 22, Scientists reported the development of a cancer-fighting compound that can sneak past a protective blood barrier in the brain, enabling it to fight brain cancer.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, A development agency said nearly half of Asia's 1.27 billion children live in poverty, deprived of food, safe drinking water, health or shelter.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, In southeastern Bangladesh unusually high tides partially submerged two offshore islands, forcing nearly 20,000 residents to flee their flooded homes.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, The Greek Orthodox Church in the Holy Land elected a new patriarch to succeed their ousted leader, who fell from grace over a controversial east Jerusalem land deal.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, Hours before a midnight deadline, Shiites and Kurds reached an agreement on a draft constitution and were trying to persuade Sunni Arabs to go along with their compromises.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, Iraq's oil exports were shut down by a power cut due to sabotage attacks 2 days earlier. The shut down darkened parts of central and southern Iraq, including the country's only functioning oil export terminals.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, The last Jewish settlers left Gaza, making way for the Palestinian government.
    (AP, 8/22/06)
2005        Aug 22, In Lebanon a bombing wounded five people in Beirut.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 22, In southern Nepal a land mine planted by suspected communist rebels killed at least four police officers and injured three others.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, In Portugal wildfires fanned by high winds burned out of control, destroying more than 10 houses on the outskirts of Coimbra, Portugal's third-largest city, forcing 50 people to leave their homes amid the country's worst drought in years.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, Romania’s PM Calin Tariceanu reshuffled his center-right government, replacing four ministers including those in charge of finance and European integration after criticism of several cabinet members.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. launched an assembly line producing its Spectra model at a Russian factory.
    (AP, 8/22/05)
2005        Aug 22, The brother of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was sworn in as foreign minister to replace Lakshman Kadirgamar, assassinated by suspected rebels.
    (AP, 8/22/05)

2005        Aug 23, President Bush said he understood the anguish of war protester Cindy Sheehan, but said fulfilling demands like hers for withdrawal from Iraq would weaken the US.
    (AP, 8/23/06)
2005        Aug 23, The Bush administration announced new rules for the corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, first created in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 8/24/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 23, NYC said it will install 1,000 surveillance cameras and 3,000 motion sensors in its subways and rail stations in a new deal with Lockheed Martin.
    (SFC, 8/24/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 23, Brock Peters (b.1927), who gave a heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died. He began his Hollywood career in the landmark productions of "Carmen Jones" and "Porgy and Bess."
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 23, In Arizona 2 employees were gunned down outside a Wal-Mart store in Glendale, a Phoenix suburb. In 2009 Ed Liu, the accused gunman, was committed to a mental hospital  instead of a trial on murder charges. Liu was accused of shooting Patrick Graham (35) and Anthony Spangler (18) as they collected shopping carts.
    (http://tinyurl.com/boc95v)(SSFC, 2/22/09, p.A8)
2005        Aug 23, In Richmond, Ca., Glenn Wilson (17) shot and killed Terence Lionel Martin, a maintenance worker for the West Contra Costa School District, after Martin tried to break up a fight between Wilson and his pregnant girlfriend. In 2007 Wilson was convicted of 2nd degree murder and faced up to 40 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/6/07, p.B3)(http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_/ai_n15813134)
2005        Aug 23, In Aruba a court ruled that lesbian couple has the right to register their marriage rejecting a government appeal in a case that has exposed a cultural rift between Holland and its former colony.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, Australians who take drugs into Asia are stupid and should not expect to be bailed out by the Australian government, PM John Howard said after another two Australians were detained in Indonesia over drugs.
    (Reuters, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, Australia’s government and moderate Muslim leaders pledged to join forces in the fight against terrorism and blend Australian values with Islamic teachings at mosques and schools.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, A British woman who can only move her head, eyes and mouth sailed across the English Channel and into the record books on board a modified boat she controlled by sucking or blowing into straws.
    (AFP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, China submitted legislation to cut income taxes on its poorest workers.
    (WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A9)
2005        Aug 23, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak vowed to work towards a long-envisaged free trade agreement with the US as he called for stronger economic ties with Washington.
    (AFP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, A week of heavy flooding in Western and Central Europe left at least 26 people dead.
    (WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 23, India’s Lok Sabha approved legislation which seeks to guarantee 100 days of employment a year to every rural household across the country.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, In India an apartment building collapse in downtown Bombay, killed 11 people, injured 17 and left more than a dozen trapped under the rubble.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, Iraq's al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for the Aug 19 rocket attack that barely missed U.S. warships docked in the Jordanian port of Aqaba.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, A US soldier, an American contractor and five Iraqis were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a city north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, Israeli soldiers cleared 2 militant strongholds without major violence, completing the country's historic evacuation of 25 settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, Japanese electronics giants Sony and Toshiba said they would go ahead with incompatible formats for next-generation DVDs after talks to reach a common standard failed.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, Stores across Japan started taking orders for the Roborior, a watermelon-sized eyeball on wheels that glows purple, blue and orange. Roborior can function as a virtual guard dog that can sense break-ins using infrared sensors, notify homeowners by calling their cellular phones, and send the owner's cell phone videos from its digital camera.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, Officials said Nepal's main political parties will hold talks with Maoists on forming a broad front against King Gyanendra provided the rebels keep to their promise to stop killing civilians.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, TANS Peru Flight 204, a Boeing 737-200 with 100 people on board, split in two after an emergency landing during a fierce storm, killing at least 41 people. The pilot tried to land in a marsh to soften the impact but the landing split the aircraft in two. The plane was enroute from Lima to Pucallpa and landed 20 miles from Pucallpa.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 23, UN officials called on African ministers meeting in Mozambique to declare TB and emergency in the area.
    (WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A1)

2005        Aug 24, US military said the Pentagon has ordered 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to provide security in advance of two upcoming votes.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, A federal commission voted against closing the New London submarine base in Groton, Conn., and the Portsmouth shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
    (AP, 8/24/06)
2005        Aug 24, Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 8/24/06)
2005        Aug 24, Hawaii planned caps on rising gas prices effective Sep 1.
    (WSJ, 8/25/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 24, The New York Times reported that officials in nine northeastern US states have reached a preliminary agreement to freeze power plant emissions at their current levels and then reduce them by 10 percent by 2020.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Tropical Depression 12 strengthened into Tropical Storm Katrina over the central Bahamas; a hurricane warning was issued for the southeastern Florida coast.
    (AP, 8/24/06)
2005        Aug 24, In Dublin, Ga., a girl shot, killed and robbed Fredrick Williams (25) and Reante Stanley (26) after they had given her and a 14-year-old friend a ride to a motel. The girls stole about $200 from the men. Lakeisha Davis (15) of Dublin was charged with murder and armed robbery. The 14-year-old, who was not immediately identified, was tried in juvenile court on a charge of theft. In 2008 Davis was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.A3)(www.prisontalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-143798.html)
2005        Aug 24, In Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province coalition aircraft killed 5 alleged insurgents after a firefight with troops on the ground.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 24, The US-led coalition and Afghan forces killed Payenda Mohammed, a suspected Taliban commander and three of his fighters in the country's south.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 24, Strong thunderstorms rolled through Argentina and Uruguay, slowing air traffic, felling trees and leaving at least eight people dead.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Brazilian police arrested Francisco Antonio Cadena Collazzos, a Colombian man accused of being an unofficial ambassador for Colombia's largest rebel group.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Brazilian officials said an 80-year-old woman filmed drug traffickers near her Copacabana beach apartment for two years and delivered 22 films to police, triggering a massive raid against a slum drug gang. Police arrested 15 suspected traffickers, including two Rio de Janeiro state police officers.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Jack Slipper (81), Scotland Yard detective, died. He pursued one of the fugitives from Britain's "Great Train Robbery" across many years and two continents.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Chinese share prices surged after the government issued new market guidelines and pledged to push ahead with shareholding reforms.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, In southern China a bus swerved to avoid an oncoming bicycle and veered onto a roadside crowded with pedestrians in Shenzhen, killing 19 people and injuring 16.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, In northwest Colombia suspected leftist guerrillas killed at least 14 peasant farmers who were cultivating coca near Puerto Valdivia.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 24, Government officials from Ecuador and Venezuela singed a preliminary agreement by which Venezuela would lend Ecuador a million barrels of crude oil between September and October. A loan of naphtha and diesel was also part of the deal.
    (WSJ, 8/25/05, p.A7)
2005        Aug 24, Egyptian security forces besieging parts of rugged northern Sinai clashed with gunmen and arrested 26 people during a massive search for suspects linked to the recent attacks in the peninsula.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Israel and Egypt reached an agreement to have 750 Egyptian troops take control of a volatile Egypt-Gaza border area from Israeli forces.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, A Hong Kong judge ruled that laws against gay sex, including one that demands a life sentence for men under 21 who engage in sodomy, are unconstitutional and discriminatory.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Officials in India said the death toll from an outbreak of encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh has increased to 178, with more than 60 deaths reported in the past five days.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Sunni insurgents killed 13 people in a series of raids in Baghdad. Sadr fighters attacked pro-government Badr militia and fighting raged in 5 cities.
    (WSJ, 8/25/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 24, Rumors of a coup in Myanmar's ruling military junta weakened the Southeast Asian nation's currency and boosted the price of gold in local trading.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Israeli Army is expected to leave the Gaza Strip by Oct. 4 at the latest.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky lashed out at the Kremlin and announced a hunger strike to support his business partner, Platon Lebedev, who was moved into an isolation cell on Aug 19.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said it has suspended grants to Uganda based on evidence of serious financial mismanagement.
    (SFC, 8/25/05, p.A5)
2005        Aug 24, Venezuela condemned American religious broadcaster Pat Robertson for suggesting President Hugo Chavez should be killed, saying he committed a crime that is punishable in the United States.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2005        Aug 24, In Vietnam a man died of bird flu in Hanoi raising the regional toll to 62.
    (WSJ, 9/1/05, p.A13)

2005        Aug 25, The US base closing commission voted to shut down the Army’s historic Walter Reed hospital as it endorsed much of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s broader plan to streamline support services across the Army, Navy and Air Force.
    (AP, 8/25/06)
2005        Aug 25, California sued 39 pharmaceutical companies for allegedly inflating prices.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 25, in Southern California summer heat and the loss of key transmission lines forced power officials to impose rolling blackouts, leaving as many as half a million people without power for an hour at a time.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, Hurricane Katrina plodded across South Florida and left 4 people dead.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 25, A joint U.S.-Afghan patrol spotted a rebel observation post and A-10 warplanes and attack helicopters were called in, killing five suspected militants.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, Thousands of Chinese and Russian troops wrapped up their historic first joint military exercises with a mock invasion by paratroopers on China's east coast. The eight-day exercises with 7,000 Chinese troops and 1,800 Russians underscored growing military ties between the former Cold War enemies.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, In China Monsignor Xie Shiguang (88), the bishop of Mingdong, died of leukemia. He was first arrested in 1955 by Chinese authorities "because of his loyalty and obedience to the pope," and released a year later. He was next arrested in 1958 and stayed in jail until his release in 1980. Xie was also jailed from 1984-1987, and finally for two years starting in 1990, and was kept under surveillance by authorities until his death.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 25, Two Egyptian police officers were killed in a bomb blast in the northern Sinai.
    (AFP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, Haiti recalled its top diplomat to the Dominican Republic after 3 Haitian migrants were beaten and burned to death in an attack that has added to growing tensions between the uneasy Caribbean neighbors.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, In India more than two dozen people died of encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll from an outbreak in the region over 200.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, UNICEF said a measles outbreak on Indonesia's Sumba island has killed five children and sickened 711 others.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, In an illegal overflight an American Hermes aircraft crashed 125 miles inside Iranian territory in the Khoram Abad area.
    (AP, 11/8/05)
2005        Aug 25, The bodies of 36 men were discovered in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, on a road leading to Iran. On Aug 29 a leader of Iraq's largest Sunni political group blamed Shiite-led security forces for the deaths of 36 Sunnis found shot in the head and said such acts could have unforeseen consequences.
    (AP, 8/25/05)(SFC, 8/26/05, p.A12)(AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 25, An Israeli military raid on the West Bank refugee camp of Tulkarem left five militants dead. Palestinians said at least two of the dead were unarmed teenagers who were neighbors of the wanted men but didn't belong to any militant group. An Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed to death in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, In central Mexico a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks and flooded the town of Aguililla, leaving five people dead and five others missing.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 25, Clashes between rival political gangs in Pakistan left 11 people dead and dozens more injured as voters went to the polls in the second round of key local elections.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, In Mozambique regional health ministers unanimously agreed to declare tuberculosis an African emergency.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 25, African ministers and international donors unveiled a 1.1-billion-dollar (894 million euro) strategy to boost catches, build fish farms and develop the seafood sector after a high-level meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Redevelopment (NEPAD) Fish for All Summit, in Abuja, Nigeria.
    (AP, 8/25/05)(www.nepad.org/)
2005        Aug 25, In the southern Russian city of Nazran 2 bombs exploded, wounding the second-highest-ranking official in the mostly Muslim region of Ingushetia and killing his driver, in what was described as an assassination attempt.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, Two bombs exploded on a roadside in Ingushetia, wounding the southern Russian republic's prime minister in an apparent assassination attempt.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, In Sweden robbers toting automatic weapons crashed a tractor through the wall of a Securitas compound in a Stockholm suburb. Swedish media reported that the robbers got away with 60 million kronor (euro6.4 million, US$7.86 million), which would make it one of the largest cash robberies ever in the country. 2 men, aged 35 and 32, were arrested Sep 15 in northern Stockholm on suspicion of involvement in the robbery.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Aug 25, Rescue workers began evacuating more people from submerged sections of the Swiss capital as central and southern Europe struggled with the aftermath of flooding that has killed at least 42 people.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2005        Aug 25, Rebels in northern Uganda ambushed a truckload of civilians that included school children and killed 7 people, prompting an army counterattack that left three rebels dead.
    (AP, 8/28/05)

2005        Apr 26, Florida’s Gov. Bush signed legislation giving people the right to meet “force with force," effective Oct 1. Utility crews in South Florida scrambled to restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by Hurricane Katrina, which continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (SFC, 4/27/05, p.A5)(AP, 8/26/06)
2005        Aug 26, In SF the new Int’l. Hotel, with 88 studio and 16 one-bedroom apartments, re-opened at 848 Kearny Street. Over 50 tenants from the original “I-Hotel" were evicted Aug 4, 1977. 12 people from the original hotel were 1st in line as 7,500 applicants vied for apartments.
    (SFC, 8/27/05, p.B1)
2005        Aug 26, In eastern Afghanistan a bomb killed a US service member and wounded four when it exploded near their armored vehicle in Paktika province.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 26, Fire raced through a crowded Paris apartment building housing African immigrants, trapping residents in their sleep and killing 17 people, most of them believed to be children.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, India’s Maharashtra government planned to ban most plastic bags, blaming them for choking drains and causing floods a month ago that left more than 1,000 people dead.
    (Reuters, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In India nearly 5,000 people held a rally as shops and businesses shut down in Amritsar, the hometown of Sarabjeet Singh facing death by hanging in Pakistan for allegedly spying. They demanded clemency and his immediate return home.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In India 24 people were drowned when flash floods inundated hundreds of villages around a commercial town in Uttar Pradesh.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 26, In Indian Kashmir at least 15 people, including three soldiers, were wounded when suspected Islamist rebels threw five grenades at different places in Sopore. 4 people, including 2 militants, were killed in separate shootouts across the region in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, An Iranian daredevil died while attempting to break the world record for jumping over buses on a motorcycle. Javad Palizbanian (44) was trying to leap over 22 buses parked side-by-side when his motorbike came down on the 13th bus.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 26, Shiite negotiators, prodded by Pres. Bush, offered what they called their final compromise proposal to Sunnis Arabs to try to break the impasse over Iraq's new constitution.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In Iraq US warplanes launched multiple airstrikes against a suspected "terrorist safe house" in the western Anbar province, destroying the building where up to 50 militants were believed to be hiding.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, A Pakistani military court sentenced five men to death for their roles in a 2003 suicide plot to kill President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky ended his nearly weeklong hunger strike after hearing that his business partner Platon Lebedev was transferred from solitary confinement to a regular cell.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In Kazan, Russia, tens of thousands of Tatars, Russians and others packed the main square for a gala concert to celebrate the millennial anniversary of the Volga River city.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, The first South Korean tourists visited historic sites in Kaesong, North Korea, set to become only the 2nd destination in the communist nation that can be visited by ordinary citizens of its southern neighbor.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 26, Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled that President Chandrika Kumaratunga's final term expires in December, ending her controversial 11-year reign and clearing the way for a vote before November 21.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, The UN food relief agency said that it's battling to feed 90,000 Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees displaced in eastern Sudan mainly due to a serious funding shortfall.
    (AP, 8/27/05)

2005        Aug 27, President Bush asked Americans in his weekly radio address to be patient with the US military mission in Iraq as thousands of pro-Bush and anti-war demonstrators competed for attention in his tiny hometown of Crawford, Texas.
    (AP, 8/27/06)
2005        Aug 27, US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said US home prices could fall as the housing surge "inevitably" slows. He cast doubt on central banks' ability to sway such asset values.
    (Reuters, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 27, John Dobson, Connecticut-based telescope inventor, celebrated his 90th birthday in SF at the Randall Museum.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.B1)
2005        Aug 27, Coastal residents jammed freeways and gas stations as they rushed to get out of the way of Hurricane Katrina, which was headed toward New Orleans.
    (AP, 8/27/06)
2005        Aug 27, Sunni negotiator Fakhri al-Qaisi said that the Sunnis have submitted counter-proposals on the constitution to the parliament speaker and will meet later with the U.S. ambassador.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 27, The US military has released nearly 1,000 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison after Iraqi authorities requested that they be set free.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 27, Kyodo News said Kenichi Shinoda, an ex-gang boss in Nagoya and formerly the Yamaguchi-gumi's number-two, became the sixth head of the 90-year-old yakuza gang in a ceremony in the western port city of Kobe. Japan's biggest underworld syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, formally appointed its new don, marking the first change of power for the dreaded group in 16 years.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 27, A drive-by shooting in Kosovo killed two Serbs and wounded two more. Serbia's PM Vojislav Kostunica blamed the shooting on ethnic Albanians.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 27, North Korea demanded the US rescind its recent appointment of a special envoy on human rights in the communist country, warning the position could hurt international efforts to end the North's nuclear weapons program. Washington announced last week that Jay Lefkowitz, a former adviser to President Bush, will be in charge of promoting efforts to "improve the human rights of the long-suffering North Korean people."
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 27, Stanislaw Dziwisz (66), Pope John Paul II's longtime aide, was installed as archbishop of Krakow.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 27, In Sweden the HSB Turning Torso skyscraper was completed and became the new landmark for the city of Malmo.
    (Econ, 2/2/13, SR p.8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turning_Torso)
2005        Aug 27, UN member states agreed to let about 30 nations take the lead in trying to resolve major differences over an action plan world leaders can adopt at next month's summit.
    (AP, 8/27/05)

2005        Aug 28, In Louisiana Mayor Ray Nagin ordered an immediate evacuation for all of New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants, as Hurricane Katrina bore down with wind revved up to nearly 175 mph and a threat of a massive storm surge.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, won the Little League World Series title with a 7-6 win over the defending champions from Willemstad, Curacao.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
2005        Aug 28, In Afghanistan 6 rebels died in a clash with Afghan police.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 28, Bangladesh said it may reduce its work week from 6 to 5 days and raise fuel prices to control soaring energy costs that have strained its economy.
    (AFP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, A committee of China’s male-dominated parliament amended the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Women. It made sexual harassment of women unlawful and stipulated that equality between men and women is a basic state policy.
    (Econ, 9/3/05, p.38)
2005        Aug 28, Egyptian authorities released senior Muslim Brotherhood member Mahmoud Ezzat after holding him without trial for more than three months. 8 other jailed members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood also were ordered freed.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, India’s PM Manmohan Singh, the first Indian premier to visit Afghanistan in nearly 3 decades, pledged with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to battle terrorism amid rising violence in the war-battered country.
    (AFP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels killed a candidate running in next month's legislative elections.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, Militants attacked a joint patrol by Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces near Kabul, and an ensuing firefight left one suspected rebel dead and two others wounded.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 28, The French civil aviation authority made public for the 1st time a list on its Internet site of airlines banned to land due to safety reasons. They included: Air Koryo of North Korea; Air St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands; International Air Services of Liberia; Thailand's Phuket Airlines; and Linhas Aereas de Mocambique and Transairways, both from Mozambique.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 28, Aasiya Andrabi, Indian Kashmir's leading female separatist, formed a squad to raid brothels and appealed to people for help in reporting cases of adultery.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, Iran rejected what it termed conditional negotiations with Europe over Tehran's nuclear program and said it wanted instead to have talks with the UN's international nuclear watchdog agency.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, Iraqi negotiators finished the country's new constitution without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs who helped prepare it, dealing a blow to the Bush administration and setting the stage for a bitter campaign leading up to an October referendum.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, A Reuters television sound technician was killed and a cameraman was injured while trying to cover a Baghdad gunbattle involving insurgents and US troops. Police said the men were fired on by American forces. In 2008 a Pentagon report concluded that death of the Reuters journalist was justified.
    (AP, 8/28/05)(WSJ, 6/18/08, p.A1)
2005        Aug 28, In Israel Omri Sharon, the oldest son of PM Ariel Sharon, was indicted on corruption charges in connection with 1999 fund-raising activities for one of his father's election campaigns.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, In Israel a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the central bus station in Beersheba during morning rush hour, critically wounding two security guards.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, In the Philippines a bomb stashed in a pack of clothes exploded on a ferry in Basilan as it was loading passengers, injuring at least 30 people, including nine children.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, A Jewish student was attacked by 7 young men near the Central Synagogue School in Kiev, where he studied. He remained in a coma after 2 days and Ukraine's Pres. Yushchenko condemned the brutal beating and ordered senior officials to take personal control of the case.
    (AP, 8/30/05)

2005        Aug 29, In NYC 8 former executives of the KPMG accounting firm were indicted for fraud. KPMG admitted setting up fraudulent tax shelters and agreed to pay $456 million in penalties.
    (SFC, 8/30/05, p.C3)
2005        Aug 29, A Connecticut man known on the Internet as "illwill" pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges relating to the theft of the source code to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating software, considered among the company's crown jewels. William Genovese, Jr. (28) admitted selling the source code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. On January 27, 2006, he was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
    (AP, 8/29/05)(www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/genovesePlea.htm)
2005        Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., as a Category 3 storm. Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, letting in rain as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside. In Mississippi many of the 13 floating casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport smashed historic homes and buildings. The Grand Casino Biloxi destroyed the historic Hotel Tivoli. Storm surges and winds from Katrina unleashed at least 40 oil spills and some 193,000 barrels of oil and other petrochemicals were driven across fragile marshy ecosystems southeast of New Orleans. The death toll from Katrina eventually reached at least 1,600. An estimated 300 Louisiana residents died out of state; some 230 people perished in Mississippi. Property damage estimates were in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
    (SFC, 9/6/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/06)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.36)
2005        Aug 29, In New Orleans 34 people died at a Tenet Healthcare hospital after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power and the temperature inside the building rose to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). The hospital’s windows couldn’t be opened.  On July 22, 2011, a judge approved a $25 million class-action settlement over the deaths of the patients. The Dallas-based company settled 11 other cases over Katrina.
    (SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/4kbb8dp)
2005        Aug 29, An oil rig tore free of its moorings as Hurricane Katrina lashed the Alabama coast, before surging downriver and smashing into a suspension bridge. 92% of crude and 83% of natural gas production were shut down, as Gulf of Mexico rigs were evacuated.
    (AFP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 29-2005 Sep 5, The annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada planned to introduce BORG2, an event within the main event concentrating on art projects.
    (SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A20)
2005        Aug 29, Jude Wanniski (b.1936), economist and journalist, died. He coined the term supply-side economics in 1975 to describe the theory that cutting personal income tax rates would lead to increased investment and create economic growth. In 1978 he authored “The Way the World Works."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jude_Wanniski)(WSJ, 9/1/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 29, Ontario became the 1st province in Canada to ban the pit bull dog. The pit bull was already banned in several cities across Canada. In the US it was already banned in Denver, Miami and Cincinnati.
    (SFC, 8/30/05, p.A2)
2005        Aug 29, Egypt's intelligence chief met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to shore up the strained cease-fire with Israel and discuss freedom of movement across Gaza's borders.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, In France firefighters said 7 people, including 4 children, died in an apartment fire in Paris.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 29, Thousands of Sunni demonstrators rallied in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit to denounce Iraq's new constitution a day after negotiators finished the new charter without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, In northern Iraq a US Army helicopter made a forced landing under hostile fire, and one soldier was killed and another injured.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, In Sri Lanka attackers on a bicycle hurled grenades at a Tamil-language newspaper office in the capital of Colombo, killing a security guard.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, A Swedish nuclear power plant shut down one of its three reactors because of an abnormal accumulation of jellyfish in the cooling system.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with President Hugo Chavez in hopes of reducing tensions between the US and Venezuela after religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called for the assassination of Chavez.
    (AP, 8/30/05)

2005        Aug 30, A US Congressional study said the US is the largest supplier of weapons to developing nations, delivering more than $9.6 billion in arms to Near East and Asian countries last year.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, A US federal court ordered Palestinian Authority assets in the US frozen in order to pay a $116 million judgement for the 1996 killing of an American in Israel.
    (WSJ, 8/31/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 30, The death toll in Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina passed 100. Flooding reached 11 feet in Mobile, Ala. Breaches in at least 2 levees from Lake Pontchartrain put parts of New Orleans under 20 feet of water. Mayor Ray Nagin estimated that 80% of New Orleans was flooded. Tourists snapped pictures of looters in the French Quarter.
    (AP, 8/30/05)(SFC, 8/31/05, p.A10)
2005        Aug 30, Afghan and U.S. ground troops, backed by attack helicopters, raided a Taliban camp in the mountains of southern Afghanistan, killing nine suspected militants.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 30, In Australia protesters demanding an end to the Iraq war and a cut in Third World debt broke through a steel fence around the Sydney Opera House at the start of the Forbes Global CEO Conference.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, Australia and New Zealand lobbied the United Nations Security Council to indict Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, Britain announced plans, the first by any Western country, to ban the downloading and possession of violent sexual images.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, In China tobacco smugglers from Shangdeng were intercepted by authorities from nearby Yantang and 2 smugglers ended up killed. Shangdeng residents sacked the Yantang City Hall in response.
    (SFC, 12/9/05, p.A25)
2005        Aug 30, It was reported that China's top lender, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, is selling a 10 percent stake to investment bank Goldman Sachs, American Express and the German insurer Allianz. ICBC is also shedding $17.3 billion in bad loans to prepare for an overseas listing.
    (AP, 8/31/05)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.67)
2005        Aug 30, In Germany Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit defended his decision to welcome a leather and fetish enthusiasts to the German capital and accused his conservative critics of being "small-minded."
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, India and Pakistan agreed to release hundreds of fishermen and other civilians in each other's jails, a goodwill measure that comes as part of a peace process between the two countries.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, US warplanes launched strikes in western Iraq which killed an al Qaeda militant named Abu Islam among other fighters. A hospital source said at least 47 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, Lebanon's PM Fuad Saniora said the commander of the Presidential Guards, three former security chiefs and a former lawmaker are suspects in the Feb 14 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, The UN said it was alarmed by the rising number of disappearances in Nepal's civil war and blamed both government troops and Maoist rebels. The state National Human Rights Commission said since 1996 almost 1,000 people had disappeared in the conflict. The 2005 UN report said no less than 136 people had disappeared in 2004.
    (AP, 8/30/05)(Econ, 11/19/05, p.45)
2005        Aug 30, Nicaragua's highest court granted former President Arnoldo Aleman conditional release from house arrest, overturning the ruling of a previous court.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, In the Philippines impeachment proceedings against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo fell into chaos, as opposition lawmakers walked out of a committee hearing and claimed her backers were unjustly trying to quash the case.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, South Africa's foreign ministry called a halt to its role as peace mediator in strife-torn Ivory Coast, saying it was in "no mood" to consider new demands from rebels threatening to boycott October elections.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, South Korea rolled out its first supersonic trainer jet as President Roh Moo-Hyun vowed to boost the country's aerospace and defense industries.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, UN officials said the 9 UN agencies involved in the oil-for-food program have agreed to pay Iraq about $40 million in oil proceeds they received in 2003 to finish their work but never spent.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 30, Zimbabwe lawmakers endorsed a constitutional overhaul that sharply restricts property rights and allows Zimbabwe's government to deny passports to its critics.
    (AP, 8/30/05)

2005        Aug 31, The Bush administration said it will release oil from federal petroleum reserves to help refiners affected by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said there was a significant number of dead bodies in the water'' following Hurricane Katrina; Nagin ordered virtually the entire police force to abandon search-and-rescue efforts and instead stop thieves who were becoming increasingly hostile. President Bush pledged to do all in our power'' to save lives and provide sustenance but cautioned that recovery of the Gulf Coast would take years.
    (AP, 8/31/05)(AP, 8/31/06)
2005        Aug 31, At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina's refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, began traveling in a bus convoy to Houston and will be sheltered at the 40-year-old Astrodome, which hasn't been used for professional sporting events in years. New Orleans Mayor Nagin called for a total evacuation. He said hundreds were dead and ordered police to stop looters.
    (AP, 8/31/05)(SFC, 9/1/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 31, Theodore Sarbin (b.1911), noted UC Berkeley psychology professor, died. In 1990 he co-wrote the report “Gays in Uniform: The Pentagon’s Secret Reports," which prompted Pres. Clinton’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell."
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.B4)
2005        Aug 31, Militants kidnapped David Addison, a British engineer, and his interpreter after an attack in western Afghanistan that left at least three policemen dead. Addison’s body was found Sep 3.
    (AP, 9/1/05)(Reuters, 9/3/05)
2005        Aug 31, Joseph Rotblat (b.1908), Polish-born British physicist and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1995), died in London. In 1957 he helped found the Pugwash Conference on science and world affairs. His work on nuclear fallout was a major contribution to the agreement of the Partial Test Ban Treaty (1963). In 2012 Andrew Brown authored “Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience: The Life and Work of Joseph Rotblat."
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Rotblat)(Econ, 3/31/12, p.94)
2005        Aug 31, The Chinese government signed an agreement with the UN human rights agency to collaborate on reforming China's legal system in preparation for adopting a key UN treaty on civil and political rights.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, A government newspaper reported that China is suspending production at 7,000 coal mines, nearly one-third of the nationwide total, in a safety crackdown on the accident-plagued industry.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government needs to cut fuel subsidies, in effect raising gasoline prices for the public, to lift the nation's beleaguered currency and stave off an economic crisis.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, Indonesia released hundreds of Acehnese rebel prisoners, honoring a major concession in a recent peace deal and triggering tearful reunions as the former inmates returned to their tsunami-devastated homeland.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, In Iraq panic engulfed thousands of Shiites marching across a bridge in a religious procession after rumors spread that a suicide bomber was about to attack, triggering a stampede that killed over 960 people. Hundreds of thousands of Shiites had been marching across the bridge, which links Baghdad's Shiite Kazimiyah district with heavily Sunni Azamiyah. They were heading for the tomb of Imam Mousa al-Kadhim (d.799), an 8th century Shiite saint, about a mile from the span.
    (AP, 9/1/05)(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4203784.stm)
2005        Aug 31, In Iraq a US soldier was shot to death in Iskandariya.
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 31, In the Ivory Coast a UN peacekeeper was killed in a knife attack in a northern rebel stronghold of the war-divided country.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, A new report said police last January in Papua New Guinea had collared a teen suspected of picking the pocket of a soldier and dispensed their own justice. The officers beat him, slammed his head into a truck and burned him.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Aug 31, In the Philippines a congressional committee voted to quash all impeachment complaints against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with the opposition boycotting.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, In Russia Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the billionaire oil tycoon who was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment in a politically charged trial this year, said he will run for a seat in the national parliament.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, Some 200 Somalis and Ethiopians left Somalia's semiautonomous Puntland region in two boats. Smugglers making the illegal crossing from Somalia to Yemen forced passengers into the Red Sea at gunpoint 10 miles from the Yemeni coastline, leaving at least 57 dead and about 100 missing.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Aug 31, A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom that hooks onto an attacker's penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.
    (Reuters, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, Conservationists in South Africa unveiled a $30 million plan to save the great apes of Africa, which are under threat of extinction from man and disease. The plan designated 12 sites in five countries for emergency programs: Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, In Spain tens of thousands of people armed with 100 tons of plum tomatoes took part in the "Tomatina," joyously splattering each other in the town of Bunol.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish novelist, was charged with insulting his country's national character and could face prison. In February Pamuk was quoted as saying in an interview with a Swiss newspaper magazine: "Thirty-thousand Kurds and one million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares to talk about it."
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2005        Aug 31, Zimbabwe state television said the country has paid back 120 million dollars of its 300-million-dollar (245-million-euro) debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which had threatened to expel Harare for arrears.
    (AFP, 8/31/05)

2005        Aug, The Chicago Sun Times exposed a “hired truck" scandal wherein Chicago paid politically connected truck owners to do little or no work. A federal investigation found that many city department hiring practices were rigged. Federal officials questioned Mayor Richard M. Daley for 2 hours.
    (Econ, 9/3/05, p.33)
2005        Aug, Sheik Khalifa, ruler of Abu Dhabi, signed Law No. 19, which formally abandoned the old property regime and permitted the sale of freehold rights by citizens and in certain areas 99-year leases by foreigners.
    (WSJ, 10/21/05, p.A10)
2005        Aug, A report, only made public in 2008, marked confidential and bearing the official seal of Spain's Defense Ministry charged that Pakistan's spy service was helping arm Taliban insurgents for assassination plots against the Afghan government.
    (AP, 10/1/08)
2005        Aug, Iraq’s interim administration under Ibrahim al-Jaafari passed Decree 8750, which provided for state control of the finances of all of Iraq’s trade unions.
    (Econ, 5/6/06, p.47)
2005        Aug, Researchers in Tokyo announced their fabrication of flexible webs of plastic the include temperature and pressure sensors suitable for use a e-skin for robots.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.63)
2005        Aug, The UN appealed for $88 million to feed the people of Malawi. The World Bank said it would give $30 million.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.55)
2005        Aug, In Nigeria Amaka Anajemba was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and ordered to return $25.5 million of the $242 million she helped to steal from a Brazilian bank.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug, OPEC’s oil output hit a 26-year peak and began declining.
    (WSJ, 3/4/06, p.A2)
2005        Aug, Paraguay’s Pres. Nicanor Duarte Frutos backed a bill to seize some land and buildings held by Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.32)
2005        Aug, Saudi Arabia granted a 15% pay raise to government employees, their 1st pay raise in 22 years.
    (Econ, 1/7/06, Survey p.11)
2005        Aug, Mikhail Yevdokimov, the governor of the Altai region of Siberia, was killed when the speeding car he was riding in smashed into a tree after colliding with the car driven by Oleg Shcherbinsky. In 2006 Shcherbinsky was sentenced to four years in a labor camp for his role in the car crash. Shcherbinsky had testified that the governor was traveling at least 125 mph and that he had no time to avoid the collision.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2005        Aug, Turkey sold a 55% share in Turk Telecom to Saudi Oger and Telecom Italia for $6.55 billion.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.64}
2005        Aug, In Caracas, Venezuela, 3 male students were shot to death while dropping off a friend at her home in a dangerous slum. In 2006 a court sentenced 19 soldiers and five police to prison terms of 10 to 30 years in the shooting deaths of the 3 students.
    (AP, 8/31/06)

2005        Sep 1, The United States slapped extra curbs on Chinese imports, hours after talks on a formula to deal with China's surging textile shipments ended in failure.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued "a desperate SOS" as anger mounted across the ruined city, with thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims increasingly hungry, desperate and tired of waiting for buses to take them out. New Orleans descended into anarchy, as corpses lay abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out and storm survivors battled for seats on the buses that would carry them away from the chaos. Fights and trash fires broke out at the hot and stinking Superdome and anger and unrest mounted across New Orleans, as National Guardsmen in armored vehicles poured in to help restore order across the increasingly lawless and desperate city.
    (AP, 9/1/05)(AP, 9/1/06)
2005        Sep 1, The California Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 1, A SF jury awarded $27 million to the family of Elizabeth Dominguez (4), who was killed on Feb 11, 2003, when she was hit by a Muni truck at Potrero Ave and 24th. SF appealed and settled the case in 2008 for $21 million.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.B1)(SFC, 3/6/08, p.B2)
2005        Sep 1, It was reported that 13% (64 of 490) of the female students at Timken Senior High School in, Canton, Ohio are pregnant. One girl, eight months pregnant, said she believes the school's abstinence-based sex education program isn't enough.
    (AP, 9/1/05)(http://cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=238435)
2005        Sep 1, The Swiss firm Novartis AG said it is offering $4.5 billion in cash for the remaining stake in Chiron Corp. to complete its takeover of the US-based biotech company.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, In Afghanistan the bodies of 2 Japanese tourists were found. The two Japanese teachers, technical arts teacher Jun Fukusho (44), and female English teacher Shinobu Hasegawa (30), had been missing for 3 weeks.
    (AFP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 1, in Afghanistan Taliban insurgents stabbed to death Mullah Amir Akhund, a pro-government Islamic cleric, in Helmand province.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 1, Opposition leader Sali Berisha's coalition was officially declared winner of Albania's July 3 parliamentary elections, following weeks of delays in confirming final results.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, Al-Qaida's No. 2 made the terror group's first direct claim of responsibility for the July 7 bombings in London in a videotape.
    (AP, 9/1/06)
2005        Sep 1, Nearly 600,000 people were evacuated as Typhoon Talim plowed into southern China, forcing authorities to shut down schools, highways and airports.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, The European Commission proposed new rules for the 25 European Union nations to establish common standards on immigration and asylum.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, A Hong Kong jury convicted Nancy Kissel of murdering her wealthy investment banker husband in Nov, 2003, by drugging him with a milkshake laced with sedatives and beating him to death in their luxury apartment. She received a mandatory life sentence.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, Iraq hanged three convicted murderers, the first executions since the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein. 2 US soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/1/05)(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 1, In Japan Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital received a bomb threat linked to demands that its medical school increase their admissions. 10 other major university hospitals received similar threats but no explosives were found.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 1, Libyan authorities pardoned 1,675 Libyan and foreign prisoners serving time for minor crimes to mark the 36th anniversary of the revolution, which brought Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to power.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 1, President Vicente Fox, in his last state-of-the-nation address, urged citizens to stay committed to Mexico's newfound democracy and to remind them that they are in charge of the nation's future.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 1, The foreign ministers of Israel and Pakistan, a Muslim country that has long taken a hard line against the Jewish state, met publicly for the first time, a diplomatic breakthrough that both ministers linked to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, In Italy a summer music hit has sparked a war of words between left-wingers and neo-fascists who claim the Colombian pop song, "La camisa negra" ("The black shirt"), as their anthem.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, In Peru Wilbert Elqui Meza was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for a 2002 car bombing that killed 10 people outside the U.S. Embassy. Meza was the only one of eight defendants convicted of carrying out the attack. 2 women received 20-year sentences and a third women was handed a 25-year sentence for belonging to the Shining Path, Maoist-oriented rebel group. Four others were acquitted of all charges.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 1, Typhoon Talim left Taiwan leaving 3 people killed and 59 injured. Strong winds and heavy rains, forced offices, schools and financial markets to close.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, Turkey insisted that it has fulfilled conditions for EU membership, as foreign ministers of the 25-nation group started meeting in Wales to assess the predominantly Muslim nation's efforts to join the bloc.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 1, Vadim Kouznetsov, the chair of a powerful UN budget committee, was arrested by the FBI on money laundering charges. Kouznetsov, who heads the General Assembly panel that oversees the UN budget, was the 2nd Russian UN official to be arrested by the FBI for alleged money laundering in recent weeks. On Aug. 8, Alexander Yakovlev, a Russian who worked in the UN procurement office, was arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from a company seeking an oil-for-food contract.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 1, The UN said a cholera epidemic spreading across West Africa has sickened tens of thousands of people this year and killed nearly 500 amid a long-term deterioration in health services in one of the world's poorest regions.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2005        Sep 1, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez offering planeloads of soldiers and aid workers to help American victims of Hurricane Katrina, while at the same time taking aim at the US government for its handling of the crisis. He called Bush "the king of vacations" and noted he had been at his Texas ranch and when the storm hit and didn't provide leadership.
    (AP, 9/1/05)

2005        Sep 2, Pres. Bush made a tour of damages from Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Mississippi and New Orleans. He acknowledged that current relief results were not acceptable. A National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans to bring relief suffering multitudes and put down the looting and violence. Scorched by criticism about sluggish federal help, President Bush acknowledged the government's failure to stop lawlessness and help desperate people during a daylong tour of the Gulf Coast. During a live TV benefit concert, rapper Kanye West went off-script to sharply criticize Bush.
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/05)(AP, 9/2/06)
2005        Sep 2, FEMA signed a 6-month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines for 3 ships to help in relief operations from Hurricane Katrina at a cost of $236 million.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.A12)
2005        Sep 2, In New Orleans Henry Glover (31) was shot and killed by police, who then burned his body. In 2010 a US federal grand jury indicted 3 current and 2 former New Orleans police officers in the shooting of Henry Glover (31). On Dec 9, 2010, former officer David Warren was found guilty of manslaughter. Officer Gregory McRae was found guilty of burning Glover’s body in a car. In 2012 an appeals court overturned Warren’s conviction and scheduled a new trial. On Dec 11, 2013, a federal jury acquitted David Warren of a civil rights violation and a firearm charge. In 2014 Gregory McRae (53) already imprisoned for burning Henry Glover's body, was re-sentenced to 17-years, 3-month in prison. On April 1, 2015, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse classified Glover’s death as a homicide.
     (SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)(SFC, 12/10/10, p.A14)(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A8)(AP, 8/15/14)(SFC, 4/2/15, p.A5)
2005        Sep 2, In New Orleans police Officer Ronald Mitchell shot and killed Danny Brumfeld (45) outside the city’s convention center. In 2011 Mitchell was convicted of lying about the aftermath of the deadly shooting.
    (http://noladefender.com/category/tags/danny-brumfeld)(SFC, 12/10/11, p.A6)
2005        Sep 2, The US Labor Department reported the August unemployment rate was 4.9%, a four-year low.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2005        Sep 2, Machinists at Boeing Co. went on a nearly monthlong strike.
    (AP, 9/2/06)   
2005        Sep 2, Davis Crippen (75), technical manual editor, died in Piermont, New York. From 1939 he had amassed a comic book collection that was valued in the millions.
    (WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/jly4g)
2005        Sep 2, Bob Denver (70), TV and film star, died. He played the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on “The Many Loves of Dobbie Gillis" TV series (1959), and Willie Gilligan on “Gilligan’s Island" (1964-1967).
    (SFC, 9/7/05, p.B7)
2005        Sep 2, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded the University of Hawaii a grant of nearly $25 million for the construction of a regional biocontainment laboratory. The lab will conduct biodefense and emerging infectious disease research.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 2, Suspected Taliban gunmen kidnapped a district government chief, a candidate for legislature and three other people after ambushing their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 2, The African Union said it is suspending peacekeeper deployments to Sudan's war-torn western Darfur region for nearly three weeks due to lack of jet fuel and heavy rains.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, A powerful storm packing winds of up to 70 mph slammed into southern Brazil, killing and least one person and injuring five others.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Bulgaria said it has begun preparations to withdraw its 400 troops from Iraq.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, The US Embassy in Cambodia said the US has established a $2 million endowment (DC-Cam) to assist a Cambodian group researching crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge government in the late 1970s.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, China said it plans to end a 1998 prohibition on direct sales on Dec. 1, clearing the way for such companies as Avon Products Inc. to expand into its booming market for cosmetics and other consumer products.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, China’s government said torrential rains and flooding from Typhoon Talim killed at least 10 people and left 15 missing in eastern China.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Provisional results indicated that Ethiopia's ruling party won all 31 seats being contested in repeat elections following fraud allegations.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, EU governments said Europe will dip into its emergency stocks of gasoline to help the US through an energy crisis due to Hurricane Katrina.
    (Reuters, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, French police evicted about 140 mainly African squatters, some sobbing or screaming, from two dilapidated buildings in Paris as authorities began a sweep of dwellings deemed fire hazards following two deadly blazes.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Some 5,000 US and Iraqi troops launched an assault at Tal Afar and at least 30 insurgents were killed.
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 2, Israel's vice premier, Ehud Olmert, said Israel has frozen plans to expand its largest West Bank settlement and will only revive the project with US consent.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Cabinet approved a reform program for Italy's central bank that includes a seven-year fixed term for the Bank of Italy governor.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Former Nepali PM Girija Prasad Koirala vowed to intensify anti-king protests, a day after he won a 3rd term as chief of Nepal's oldest political party, the Nepali Congress.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said the Beslan school siege would be thoroughly investigated to establish whether official incompetence contributed to the deaths of 331 hostages.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Two Russian citizens formerly held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were released from custody after investigators found no evidence of their involvement in terrorism-related activity.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, A bomb exploded in a pile of garbage in the capital of the southern Russian region of Dagestan, killing a serviceman and wounding five others who had been searching for explosives.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, In South Korea an apparent gas explosion sparked a fire at a public bathhouse building, killing at least five people and injuring 43 others.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, A team of South Korean scientists said they have developed a new technology that could open the way to make new devices that could replace current silicon-based semiconductors. The team led by Kim Hyun-Tak of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) said they had successfully manufactured a "Mott Insulator, named after Sir Nevill Mott, a British scientist who won the 1977 Nobel Physics Prize.
    (AFP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Syrian troops clashed with members of the Jund al-Sham Islamic militant organization in the northern city of Hama. Five militants were killed.
    (AP, 9/3/05)

2005        Sep 3, President Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration intensified efforts to rescue survivors and send aid to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast in the face of criticism it did not act quickly enough.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 3, In Nevada over 35,000 people gathered in the Black Rock Desert for the 20th burning of the Burning Man.
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.A25)
2005        Sep 3, US Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist (80), 33 years on the Supreme Court died in Arlington, Va. He oversaw the high court's conservative shift and presided over the impeachment trial of President Clinton.
    (AP, 9/4/05)(Econ, 9/10/05, p.83)
2005        Sep 3, Chinese President Hu Jintao postponed his official visit to Washington next week due to Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 3, An Egyptian court ruled that non-governmental groups will be allowed to monitor the nation's first multi-candidate presidential election next week.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 3, Volkswagen said it plans to cut 10,000 jobs from its workforce over the next few years as it reduces production.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 3, In eastern India 23 policemen and a civilian were killed in a powerful landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state.
    (Reuters, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 3, Insurgents launched a series of assaults in Baquba, Kirkuk and Samarra, killing at least 28 people.
    (AP, 9/3/05)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A22)
2005        Sep 3, In Tlacotepec, Mexico, 75 miles north of Acapulco, fireworks stored at a building that also illicitly sold gasoline exploded, killing seven people and injuring four.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 3, Communist rebels in Nepal said that they were unilaterally suspending attacks for the next three months.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 3, Hamas' secretive military wing emerged from hiding, naming commanders and detailing how they attacked Israelis as part of a competition with the Palestinian Authority over who will get credit for Israel's pullout from Gaza.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 3, The Gulf emirate of Qatar announced it will donate 100 million dollars to relief efforts for the US victims of Hurricane Katrina. The funds included a $17.5 million grant to Xavier University in New Orleans, which serves mostly black Americans.
    (AFP, 9/3/05)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.48)
2005        Sep 3, It was reported that Venezuela’s worker co-operatives under Pres. Chavez had increased from less than 1000 in 1998 to an estimated 67,000.
    (Econ, 9/3/05, p.34)

2005        Sep 4, US Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said the death toll from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath is in the thousands.
    (AP, 9/4/05)
2005        Sep 4, In New Orleans police killed at least 4 people, who allegedly shot at contractors. The official Louisiana state death toll due to Hurricane Katrina stood at 59 but the number was expected to rise to thousands. In 2008 federal officials opened an investigations into shootings on the Danziger Bridge where 2 people were killed and 4 wounded. In 2010 former Lt. Michael Lohman pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct justice. He and others filed false reports to make the shootings on the Danziger Bridge seem justifiable. On April 16, 2010, officer Robert Barrios was charged with conspiring to obstruct justice in relation to the bridge shootings.
    (SFC, 9/5/05, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/08, p.A5)(SFC, 2/25/10, p.A4)(SFC, 4/17/10, p.A4)
2005        Sep 4, European Union and NATO said the US has asked for emergency assistance, requesting blankets, first aid kits, water trucks and food for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/4/05)
2005        Sep 4, In southern Afghanistan 13 suspected Taliban fighters were killed in fighting with US and Afghan forces in Kandahar province. More than 40 suspected militants were arrested.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 4, In France fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building south of Paris, killing 16 people, two of them children. 4 people were detained in connection with the suspected arson attack. 3 teenage girls confessed to starting the fire.
    (AP, 9/4/05)(AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 4, In Iraq US troops killed 7 insurgents in Tal Afar, including six who fired at the Americans from a mosque.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 4, The oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Kuwait said it will donate $500 million in aid to U.S. relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/4/05)
2005        Sep 4, In Nepal police fired tear gas and used bamboo batons to stop pro-democracy demonstrators from marching into the capital's center, arresting former PM Girija Prasad Koirala (80) and dozens of other protesters.
    (AP, 9/4/05)
2005        Sep 4, Pakistan's opposition called for a country-wide strike to press their demand for the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf.
    (AP, 9/4/05)
2005        Sep 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked navy chief Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov. The military faced criticism over its handling of a mini-submarine accident last month.
    (AP, 9/4/05)
2005        Sep 4, Saudi Arabia said it had signed a bilateral free trade agreement with the US.
    (www.bilaterals.org/article.php3?id_article=2640)
2005        Sep 4, In eastern Saudi Arabia police fought running gun battles with al-Qaida militants in Dammam in clashes that killed two extremists and a police officer. The militants aimed to attack oil facilities.
    (AP, 9/4/05)(WSJ, 2/25/06, p.A1)
2005        Sep 4, In Turkey a group of nationalist Turks attacked dozens of buses carrying pro-Kurdish demonstrators with stones, following violent clashes between Kurdish demonstrators and police in Istanbul.
    (AP, 9/4/05)

2005        Sep 5, President Bush nominated John Roberts (50) to succeed William H. Rehnquist as chief justice and called on the Senate to confirm him before the Supreme Court opens its fall term on Oct. 3. Roberts could shape the court for decades to come. President Bush and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, during a Gulf Coast tour, consoled Hurricane Katrina victims and thanked relief workers.
    (AP, 9/5/05)(AP, 9/5/06)
2005        Sep 5, A nuclear-powered US Navy submarine collided with a Turkish cargo ship in the Persian Gulf. Nobody was injured and both ships appeared to suffer only superficial damage.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Jerry Rice ended an NFL career that included three Super Bowls and records for most career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
    (AP, 9/5/06)
2005        Sep 5, Taylor Behl (17), a Virginia Commonwealth University student, disappeared. Her body was found in Mathews County, about 70 miles east of Richmond, a month later. Behl’s body was found in a shallow grave with the help of photos on Benjamin Fawley’s Web site. In 2006 Fawley (39) was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her death.
    (AP, 8/10/06)
2005        Sep 5, In the town of Soelden, Austria, a 1,500-pound chunk of concrete being used for construction at a ski resort fell from a helicopter and hit a gondola cable, hurling dozens of passengers to the ground and killing 9 Germans. In 2006 the helicopter pilot was convicted of criminal negligence and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
    (AP, 9/5/05)(AP, 6/23/06)
2005        Sep 5, China said the death toll from last week's Typhoon Talim climbed by 13 to at least 95 on the mainland, with another 30 people missing.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, China and the EU reached an agreement to unblock some 77 million garments held up at European borders after Chinese textile imports broke through 2005 quota limits.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Suspected rebels dynamited six energy pylons, leaving more than 2.3 million people in southwestern Colombia without electricity.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 5, In eastern Congo a Russian-made airplane crashed in the forest, killing 7, including 3 Russian crew members.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Egypt an actor knocked over a candle on a stage filled with billowing paper, starting a blaze that killed at least 32 people at the Culture Palace in Beni Suef.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Egypt a bus in Abu Swaylim village collided with a car and then plunged into a canal, killing 7 people, leaving at least 5 missing and presumed drowned, and injuring 14.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Indonesia a domestic jetliner slammed into a crowded neighborhood after taking off from Medan, bursting into flames and killing at 143 people including 44 on the ground. 18 passengers survived the crash, including an 18-month-old boy.
    (AP, 9/6/05)(AP, 9/5/06)
2005        Sep 5, Insurgents launched a surprise attack on Baghdad's heavily guarded Interior Ministry building, killing two police officers and wounding several others. In southern Iraq, two British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. In the northern city of Tal Afar, bodies of 3 district leaders were found. The 3 had turned down demands by insurgents to cooperate in their fight with US and Iraqi forces. 8 Iraqi civilians, including 5 children, were killed in fighting there. Another 25 Iraqi civilians died in other incidents in Baghdad, Baqouba and elsewhere.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Kashmir's main political separatist alliance started peace talks with the Indian prime minister, seeking trust and an easing of harsh military controls in the troubled region.
    (Reuters, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova (1944-2006), linked for decades to the ethnic Albanian majority's anti-Serb struggle, said he has lung cancer, but he pledged to stay in office as the U.N.-run province nears crucial talks on its future.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said that his Central Asian nation will allow the US military base on its territory for as long as necessary to bring stability to Afghanistan, but he also said the rent will increase.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Nepal more than a dozen demonstrators were hurt in violent clashes with police, the 3rd day of protests against King Gyanendra's seizure of power seven months ago. Authorities released more than 50 pro-democracy protesters detained over the weekend.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Nigerian unions dropped a threat to hold a nationwide general strike but instead vowed to launch a series of mass street rallies to protest against rising petrol prices.
    (AFP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, An explosion destroyed a house after nightfall in Gaza City, killing four people and injuring at least 30. It belonged to a well-known family of supporters of the Islamic militant group Hamas, but the Israeli military denied having anything to do with the blast.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, UBS said it will sell three of Switzerland's oldest private banks and asset manager GAM to Julius Baer for 5.6 billion Swiss francs ($4.6 billion), to enable it to focus on its own private banking business.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In the Ukraine Oleksandr Zinchenko, a close aide to President Viktor Yushchenko who was a chief organizer of the "Orange Revolution" protests, said he had resigned from the government because of systemic corruption.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 5, A Venezuela official said a state governor allied to leftist Pres. Hugo Chavez has ordered troops to seize an abandoned tomato-processing plant owned by the H.J. Heinz Co.
    (AP, 9/5/05)

2005        Sep 6, Pres. Bush said the US government could end up spending as much as $200 billion to care for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. President Bush and Congress pledged to open separate investigations into the sluggish federal response to Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans' broken levees.
    (WSJ, 9/7/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/6/06)
2005        Sep 6, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin instructed law enforcement officers and the US military to evacuate all holdouts for their own safety. He warned that the fetid water could spread disease and that natural gas was leaking all over town.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, The California Legislature became the first legislative body in the nation to approve same-sex marriages, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger later vetoed the bill.
    (SFC, 9/7/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/6/06)
2005        Sep 6, The SF Board of Education voted to invoke a compatibility clause as schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman resigned. She said she would remain until June 30, 2006.
    (SFC, 9/7/05, p.B1)
2005        Sep 6, The Wikipedia, which surged this year to become the most popular reference site on the Web, was fast overtaking several major news sites as the place where people swarm for context on breaking events. The online encyclopedia, based in St. Petersburg, Fla., was written entirely by volunteers.
    (Reuters, 9/6/05)(SFC, 12/6/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 6, Jack Real (90), aviation pioneer, died in Ca. He helped develop the Apache helicopter and wrote the book “The Asylum of Howard Hughes" (2003) about his friendship with billionaire Howard Hughes.
    (SFC, 9/15/05, p.B7)(http://tinyurl.com/7bsk4)
2005        Sep 6, Australia staged a high seas arrest of a Cambodian-flagged ship with an international crew suspected of fishing illegally in sub-Antarctic waters.
    (AFP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 6, In Australia Donna Fitchett (46) murdered her 2 sons aged 9 & 11. She was first convicted in 2008 and sentenced to 24 years prison. She appealed her conviction and was granted a retrial in May, 2010. A jury again found her guilty after she admitted drugging her sons and then strangling one and smothering the other. On Sep 1, 2010, she was sentenced her to 27 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/1/10)
2005        Sep 6, In Brazil thousands of anti-corruption demonstrators rallied in Sao Paulo, demanding harsh punishment for politicians caught up in a bribery scandal shaking the administration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, China’s state media reported that Muslim separatists in western China have carried out 260 attacks in the past decade, killing 160 people and injuring 440.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6,    Eugenia Charles (b.1919), former PM of Dominica (1980-1995), died. She invited Ronald Reagan to invade Grenada in 1983.
    (SFC, 9/8/05, p.B7)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.90)
2005        Sep 6, Dominican Republic legislators overwhelmingly approved a free-trade agreement with the US and five Central American countries, rejecting arguments that the pact would devastate the domestic sugar industry. The other five countries are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Costa Rica and Nicaragua had not yet ratified the pact.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, In Iraq US Marine jets attacked two bridges across the Euphrates River near the Syrian border to prevent insurgents from moving foreign fighters and munitions toward Baghdad and other cities. 2 US troops were reported killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/6/05)(WSJ, 9/7/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 6, Israel said it its has authorized construction of 117 homes in one of the West Bank's largest settlements and approved preliminary plans for another 3,000 housing units there, despite repeated US appeals to freeze settlement expansion.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, Italy's Fiat SpA is to launch a new version of its Punto, Fiat's most popular model. The company has sold 6 million Puntos since launching the car in 1993. In 1997 the Punto became the best-selling car in Europe, with 600,000 models sold.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 6, Nine countries: Antigua, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, Suriname, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Dominican Republic, signed oil deals with Venezuela in Jamaica. Cuba and Jamaica had previously signed. Chavez urged Caribbean governments to consider Cuba-style socialism as an alternative to capitalism.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 6, In Jamaica opposition-led protests left one person dead.
    (WSJ, 9/8/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 6, Japan said it had completed the 20-year privatization of the nation's biggest telecommunications company.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, Typhoon Nabi lashed southern Japan and South Korea driving more than 300,000 people from their homes. At least 9 people were killed, and 16 people were missing, including two in South Korea.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, Pakistan said it has sent 9,500 more troops to the border with Afghanistan to prevent infiltration by militants intent on disrupting Afghan elections later this month.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, Rwanda said Maj. Gen. Laurent Munyakazi has been arrested on suspicion of playing a key role in the 1994 genocide in which more than half a million Tutsis and moderates from the Hutu majority were killed.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, Father Guy Theunis, a Belgian priest, was arrested in Rwanda on suspicion of involvement in the 1994 genocide. Judicial sources said Theunis was accused of republishing extracts of items from an extremist magazine known as "Kangura" which they said incited hatred and violence.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 6, Saudi security forces stormed a villa in Dammam where Islamic militants were holed up, ending 3 days of fierce fighting that killed 4 policemen and a number of militants.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, Lars Erik Petersson, former chief executive of Sweden's largest insurer, Skandia, was charged with fraud for allegedly handing out large bonuses to other executives without board approval.
    (AP, 9/6/05)

2005        Sep 7, President Bush led the nation in a final tribute to William H. Rehnquist, remembering the 16th chief justice as the Supreme Court’s steady leader and a man of lifetime integrity.
    (AP, 9/7/06)
2005        Sep 7, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage "out of respect for the will of the people." He cited Proposition 22, a ballot measure passed in 2000 that defined marriage in California.
    (AP, 9/8/05)(SFC, 9/8/05, p.A5)
2005        Sep 7, Police and soldiers went house to house in New Orleans to try to coax the last stubborn holdouts into leaving the storm-shattered city. More than 30 patients were reportedly found dead overcome by floods at the St. Rita’s nursing home in suburban New Orleans. Police in Gretna, Louisiana, pushed back victims trying to leave New Orleans on the Crescent City Connection, and refused passage.
    (AFP, 9/8/05)(AP, 9/7/06)(SFC, 9/9/05, p.B10)
2005        Sep 7, Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs introduced a long-anticipated music-playing cell phone, the Motorola Rokr, and surprised the faithful with the new iPod nano.
    (AP, 9/8/05)(WSJ, 9/8/05, p.B1)
2005        Sep 7, Hundreds of Afghan refugees attacked a UN refugee agency office in northwest Pakistan in protest at delays in repatriating them. Pakistan has ordered the closure of all refugee camps in its semi-autonomous tribal regions because of security concerns. It originally gave an August 31 deadline but it has since given them until September 15.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 7, In Colombia leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitary fighters battled in La Esmeralda village, leaving 15 people dead, including two children, in a fight over territory and the cocaine trade.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 7, Egyptians voted in the country's first-ever contested presidential election, but charges of fraud and a big boycott rally marred balloting that longtime leader Hosni Mubarak portrayed as a major democratic reform.
    (AP, 9/7/05)
2005        Sep 7, European Union governments backed a deal to unblock Chinese textiles held at EU borders, ending a trade dispute that saw some 77 million garments pile up after imports broke through 2005 limits.
    (AP, 9/7/05)
2005        Sep 7, In India the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was notified. It guaranteed all rural households 100 days of employment a year.
    (Econ, 3/20/10, p.50)(www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/255264)
2005        Sep 7, Iran offered to send the US 20 million barrels of crude oil to help it overcome the devastation of Hurricane Katrina if Washington waives trade sanctions.
    (AP, 9/7/05)
2005        Sep 7, Iraqi and US forces encircled the insurgent stronghold of Tal Afar, and the Iraqi military announced the arrest of 200 suspected insurgents, most of them foreign fighters. A roadside bomb struck a convoy of American security guards in the southern city of Basra, killing four US contractors. A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car outside a takeout restaurant in Basra, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15. US troops rescued American Roy Hallums, held hostage 10 months.
    (AP, 9/7/05) (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 7, About 100 masked militants stormed the heavily guarded home of Moussa Arafat (65), Gaza's former security chief, dragged him out in his pajamas and killed him in a burst of gunfire days before Israel was to hand over Gaza. The Popular Resistance Committees, a violent group made up largely of former members of the Fatah movement of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 9/7/05)
2005        Sep 7, Investigators strongly criticized UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his deputy and the Security Council for allowing Saddam Hussein to bilk some $10.2 billion from the giant humanitarian operation.
    (AP, 9/7/05)
2005        Sep 7, A powerful tropical storm churned northward through the Sea of Japan, killing at least 16 people and leaving landslides and flooded towns in its wake.
    (AP, 9/7/05)
2005        Sep 7, North Korea offered to return the USS Pueblo, captured in 1968, if a top-level official agrees to visit.
    (WSJ, 9/8/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 7, In Trinidad Jason Raymond-Guillen, the 19-year-old son of a newspaper editor, was seized outside his home by kidnappers who demanded a $2 million ransom.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 7, Farmers and other experts said Zimbabwe, once a regional breadbasket, is facing its worst agricultural season since independence in 1980, with shortages of seed, fertilizer and equipment threatening next year's harvest before it even has been planted.
    (AP, 9/7/05)

2005        Sep 8, US Congress hastened to provide an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina; President Bush pledged to make it "easy and simple as possible" for uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect food stamps and other government benefits. Tropical Storm Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane as it stalled 70 miles off the northeast Florida coast. New Orleans was still 60% flooded.
    (WSJ, 9/9/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/8/06)
2005        Sep 8, A German military plane carrying 15 tons of military rations for survivors of Hurricane Katrina was sent back by US authorities because it did not have the required authorization.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 8, US grain prices were reported down as grain elevators along the Mississippi filled to capacity and grain handling due to Katrina fell to 63%. Early harvests from Arkansas were particularly hit.
    (WSJ, 9/8/05, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/9/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 8, A symposium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., brought together scholars from 17 states and three countries to discuss bluegrass music.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 8, News Corp. said it has signed a $650 million deal to buy IGN Entertainment, a Brisbane, Ca., network of Web sites for video gaming and other digital entertainment.
    (SFC, 9/9/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 8, Lewis Platt (b.1941), former CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1992-1999) and director at Boeing Corp., died.
    (SFC, 9/10/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 8, Bangladesh police seized about 200 small bombs, some explosives, dozens of detonators and leaflets on jihad, or holy war, during a raid on a house in Dhaka.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 8, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Canada for his first state visit, celebrating 35 years of diplomatic ties and rapidly expanding trade and energy agreements with Canada.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, El Salvador said that “Operation International" simultaneous raids this week in El Salvador, the US, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico netted 660 dangerous gang members.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 8, In Egypt President Hosni Mubarak took an overwhelming early lead in his country's first-ever contested presidential race in a ballot marred by low turnout and widespread reports of voter intimidation.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin sealed an agreement to build a Baltic Sea gas pipeline aimed at boosting Russia's gas sales to Europe and securing uninterrupted energy supplies for Germany.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, Indonesian militant Abdul Fatah, alias Heri Segu, received a seven-year prison sentence for his role in plotting last year's suicide bombing at the Australian Embassy, blamed on a regional terror group linked to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, In Iraq US jets dropped 500-pound J-Dam bombs on the insurgent-controlled neighborhood of Sarai in Tal Afar, where most of the 200,000 population had fled. Iraqi police reported finding 17 bullet-riddled bodies near Baghdad.
    (SFC, 9/9/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 8, A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives-laden BMW in the center of Baghdad targeting a passing convoy of private American security agents.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, The UN raised the alarm about mounting violence in Iraq blamed on pro-government militias and urged the authorities to look into reports of systematic torture in police stations.
    (Reuters, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, Wyeth Co. officially opened a $2 billion Irish production facility, a move that will make the US company the biggest pharmaceutical employer in Ireland.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, A Mexican army convoy began crossing into the US to bring aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, A UN agency said a plague of rats caused by snake hunting is threatening thousands of Miskito Indians with famine in a remote corner of Nicaragua's jungle, while vampire bats are raising concerns about rabies. The rat population has boomed in Miskito territories as people hunt more snakes, the rats' natural predator, for food and for their skins.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, In Pakistan Mufti Mohammed Sabir, a suspected Islamic militant, was arrested in Karachi after a shootout. He was wanted in connection with making a car bomb used in a suicide attack May 8, 2002, that killed 15 people, including 11 French engineers.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, The Saudi Interior Ministry said security forces killed five of Saudi Arabia's most-wanted al-Qaida militants in a three-day battle in an eastern city earlier this week and arrested 11 other suspects.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas ambushed a police patrol in the island's restive northeast, killing two constables and wounding six.
    (AFP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, In northeastern Syria security forces clashed with Islamic militants, killing one and arresting three others in the country's latest move against a group accused of planning bomb attacks.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko dismissed his Cabinet amid swirling allegations of corruption, saying members of the fragile coalition formed after last year's Orange Revolution had turned on one another.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2005        Sep 8, In the Virgin Islands Elena Lin Yee was arrested and charged with impersonating a US government official and misuse of official documents. Yee used fake credentials to pose as a US ambassador to Grenada, the wife of a former US ambassador to the UN and a US ambassador-at-large.
    (AP, 9/9/05)

2005        Sep 9, The Bush administration removed Mike Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, from the Gulf Coast disaster zone and ordered him back to Washington. FEMA discontinued a debit card program that gave victims cards worth $2000.
    (SFC, 9/10/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 9, Leandro Aragoncillo, an FBI intelligence analyst at Fort Monmouth, and a former official with the Philippines National Police were arrested, charged in a federal criminal complaint with acting as unregistered agents of a foreign official and passing classified information to that official and others in the Republic of the Philippines.
    (www.usdoj.gov/usao/nj/publicaffairs/NJ_Press/files/arag0912_r.htm)
2005        Sep 9, A military spokesman said the US military is tube-feeding more than a dozen of the 89 terror suspects on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 9, A Nevada couple pleaded guilty in San Jose, Calif., to all charges related to planting a human fingertip in a bowl of Wendy's chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast food restaurant chain.
    (AP, 9/9/06)
2005        Sep 9, In SF a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Octavia Blvd. and Market Street to mark the opening of Octavia Blvd., and the culmination of a long battle to rid Hayes Valley of the 1959 Central Freeway.
    (SFC, 1/3/07, p.B1)
2005        Sep 9, Hewlett-Packard introduced a line of TV sets equipped with hard drives and the ability to connect to wireless networks.
    (SFC, 9/9/05, p.C3)
2005        Sep 9, Afghan and coalition forces killed 30 enemies and captured 60 others during an operation in Grishk district of Helmand.
    (AFP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 9, The presidents of Bolivia, Brazil and Peru inaugurated an $810 million highway project to connect Brazil's Atlantic coast to Peru's Pacific ports before the end of the decade.
    (AP, 9/9/05)w
2005        Sep 9, China deployed a fleet of 5 warships near a gas field in the East China Sea, an area disputed by China and Japan.
    (SSFC, 9/11/05, p.A12)
2005        Sep 9, It was reported that China Telecom has started blocking access to Skype, a popular Internet telephone service that is threatening its long-distance revenue.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, Croatia's government said that army officers can give lessons about the 1991 Serbo-Croat war in elementary schools, despite critics' claims the move marks a return to communist-style links between schools and the military.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, Pro-government newspapers trumpeted President Hosni Mubarak's re-election victory after preliminary results showed he swept Egypt's first contested race for his job. The turnout was 23%.
    (AP, 9/9/05)(Reuters, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, The body that controls French winemaking said makers of Bordeaux wines have been told to reduce their output this year by about 12% because of overproduction and falling prices.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, Indian border guards killed 3 Bangladeshi villagers after they had strayed across the border near the eastern Bangladesh town of Akhaura. India and Bangladesh share a 4,095-kilometre (2,539-mile) border, which India is busy fencing in a bid to cut the level of illegal immigration.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, The Baghdad International Airport, the country's only reliable link to the outside world, closed in an embarrassing pay dispute between the government and a British security company.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Cabinet approved a bill to limit the use of phone taps, legislation prompted after conversations recorded during a bank takeover investigation were leaked to the media this summer.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, Japanese software company Access Co., maker of the NetFront Internet browser for mobile devices, said it has agreed to buy PalmSource Inc., maker of the Palm operating system for handheld computers and cell phones, for $324 million in cash.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, NATO nations agreed to use alliance ships and aircraft to rush European aid to the US Gulf Coast in response to an American request for more help to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 9, Latin American and US officials stepped up pressure against legislative efforts to oust Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos, whose anti-corruption campaign has driven lawmakers of his own party into alliance with rivals.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, In Pakistan 3 suspected foreign militants were arrested after a shootout with Pakistani forces near Afghanistan. A bystander was killed and her son wounded by stray bullets during the clash near Miran Shah, capital of the North Waziristan tribal area.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 9, A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2005        Sep 9, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe signed amendments that adopted constitutional changes that make it easier for the state to seize private property and prevent opponents from traveling abroad to criticize his 25-year rule. The constitutional overhaul stripped landowners of their right to appeal expropriation of their property by the state and declared all real estate is now on a 99-year lease from the government.
    (AP, 9/12/05)

2005        Sep 10, Cadaver dogs and boatloads of forensic workers fanned out across New Orleans to collect the corpses left behind by Hurricane Katrina; cleanup crews towed away abandoned cars and even began readying a hotel for reopening.
    (AP, 9/10/06)
2005        Sep 10, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (81), the singer and guitarist who built a 50-year career playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died in his hometown of Orange, Texas, where he had gone to escape Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 10, E. Stewart Williams, Palm Springs architect, died in Palm Springs. He designed Frank Sinatra’s 1st Palm Springs home in 1947.
    (SFC, 11/9/05, p.B11)
2005        Sep 10, Afghan soldiers reportedly tried to assassinate Rahim Wardak, the country's defense minister, by shooting at his convoy at Kabul's main airport. Wardak had already left his vehicle and was unhurt. Nine suspects, all soldiers, were arrested in the attack. The next day Afghanistan said the shootout was not an assassination attempt, but an internecine battle between groups of soldiers.
    (AP, 9/10/05)(WSJ, 9/12/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 10, In Azerbaijan more than 2,000 orange-clad opposition members rallied in Baku, demanding that President Ilhan Aliev resign and that authorities ensure that parliamentary elections in November are free and fair.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 10, Chinese President Hu Jintao urged Canada to expand its investment in the Asian giant and pledged to improve living standards in the world's most populous country.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 10, In the Republic of Congo a plane crashed north of Brazzaville, killing 13 people.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 10, A defiant Egyptian opposition ratcheted up the pressure on President Hosni Mubarak, after he was reelected with the votes of only one-fifth of the electorate.
    (AFP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 10, More than 500 U.S.-trained Georgian soldiers left for Iraq as part of a regular rotation of troops by the former Soviet republic.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 10, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq's only reliable and relatively safe link to the outside world, reopened after being closed for a day in a payments dispute between the government and a British security firm.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 10, It was reported that the student populations at the Univ. of Rome numbered 180,000; at the National Univ. of Mexico it was over 200,000; and at Turkey’s Anadolu Univ. it numbered some 530,000.
    (Econ, 9/10/05, Survey p.4)
2005        Sep 10, In Ivory Coast Guillaume Soro, head of the former rebel New Forces (FN), insisted that his side no longer recognized South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki as a mediator. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan admitted that next month's planned presidential election would have to be abandoned.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 10, In Northern Ireland Protestant extremists threw homemade grenades, gasoline bombs and other makeshift weapons and at least a dozen police and two civilians were wounded in the latest fury over a restricted Belfast parade. Most of the rioting took place in Belfast’s ten most disadvantaged wards.
    (AP, 9/11/05)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.57)
2005        Sep 10, Masked gunmen abducted Lorenzo Cremonesi of the Corriere della Serra daily, an Italian journalist in the Gaza Strip town of Deir El-Balah. He was released after a few hours.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 10, In Mexico 7 Guatemala men were caught near the Guatemalan border with six large-caliber rifles and 1,600 rounds of ammunition. They faced charges of weapons trafficking.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 10-2005 Sep 13, A Pakistani army operation in North Waziristan destroyed a major al-Qaida hide-out. The army arrested 21 suspected militants, including foreigners, and a government official accused of helping them in a remote northwestern tribal region near Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 10, Syrian President Bashar Assad met with leaders of 10 militant Palestinian groups based in Syria, defying U.S. pressure to crack down on these groups. Syria's official news agency SANA reported Assad urged the radical Palestinian leaders, including Khaled Mashaal, the political leader of the militant Hamas group, to close ranks and continue the struggle in order to achieve their goal of an independent Palestinian state.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2005        Sep 10, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe arrived in Cuba, criticizing the International Monetary Fund, even though the organization a day earlier deferred a decision for six months on whether to expel the African nation.
    (AP, 9/10/05)

2005        Sep 11, Pres. Bush arrived in New Orleans for a 3rd visit. The airport announced that it will resume some commercial flights this week and the largest levee breech was reported closed.
    (SFC, 9/12/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 11, Chris Schenkel (82), sportscaster, died in Fort Wayne, Ind.
    (AP, 9/11/06)
2005        Sep 11, Typhoon Khanun made a direct hit on Taizhou city in prosperous eastern China after nearly a million villagers and farmers had been evacuated from flimsy coastal and hillside huts to safety.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 11, About 5,000 Iraqi soldiers, backed by a 3,500-strong American armored force, reported 156 insurgents killed and 246 captured. The force discovered a big bomb factory, 18 weapons caches and the tunnel network in the ancient Sarai neighborhood of Tal Afar. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb near Samarra. US deaths to date since the start of the war in March, 2003, numbered 1,897. Britain reported at least 96 dead.
    (AP, 9/11/05)(SFC, 9/12/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 11, A British serviceman was killed and three injured in a late-morning bomb attack in Iraq's southern Basra province.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 11, The German firm Allianz, Europe’s biggest insurer, opted for pan-European status as part of a merger and restructure.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.64)
2005        Sep 11, Israel's Cabinet voted unanimously to end its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip, clearing the way to complete the country's withdrawal from the area and turn it over to Palestinian control.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 11, Japanese voters handed PM Junichiro Koizumi's ruling coalition a landslide victory in elections for the lower house of parliament.
    (AP, 9/11/06)
2005        Sep 11, A leading newspaper said Japan plans to demand a cut in its contributions to the UN budget from 2007 after the failure of its high-profile campaign to win a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 11, In Jordan 12 Islamic militants screamed praise for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as a Jordanian court jailed them for up to three years for plotting terrorist strikes against the American and Israeli embassies.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 11, Mexico's ruling National Action Party gave former Energy Secretary Felipe Calderon a surprise victory in the first round of its three-part presidential primary.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2005        Sep 11, A Rwandan community court charged Guy Theunis (60), a Belgian missionary, with inciting and planning the 1994 genocide that left more than half a million people dead.
    (AP, 9/12/05)

2005        Sep 12, Michael Brown, the director of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), resigned after being recalled to Washington amid criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Officials reported that 45 bodies were found at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans. This raised the official death toll from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana to 280.
    (Reuters, 9/12/05)(SFC, 9/13/05, p.A8)
2005        Sep 12, At the start of his confirmation hearing, US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts pledged to judge with humility and without fear or favor'' if approved as the nation's 17th chief justice.
    (AP, 9/12/06)
2005        Sep 12, In California worker error at Toluca Lake caused a power outage in the LA area. Most of the power was restored within 90 minutes.
    (SFC, 9/13/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 12, Oracle Corp. confirmed that CEO Larry Ellison would pay $100 million to a charity to settle charges of insider trading.
    (SFC, 9/13/05, p.D1)
2005        Sep 12, EBay has agreed to buy fast-growing Internet start-up Skype for up to $4.1 billion in cash and shares, in a move to tap new sources of growth and add free Web telephone calls to its online auctions. Niklos Zennstrom of Sweden and Janus Friis of Denmark founded Skype using a programming team from Estonia.
    (AP, 9/12/05)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.69)
2005        Sep 12, Business software maker Oracle Corp. said it is buying struggling rival Siebel Systems Inc. for about $5.85 billion, continuing a recent shopping spree that has eliminated two of its biggest competitors in nine months.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, An official said China will no longer consider death tolls and other relevant information about natural disasters to be state secrets in a move aimed at boosting government transparency.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, In Colombia Porfirio Ramirez (42) and his son, Linsen Ramirez (22), hijacked  a Colombian airline. The father in a wheelchair dodged a checkpoint and smuggled grenades onto a plane. All passengers and crew were eventually freed unharmed. The elder hijacker said he hijacked the plane to bring attention to a case in which he was partially paralyzed by a police bullet during a raid on his house some 14 years ago and had unsuccessfully sought government compensation.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 12, An international environmental group warned that only 887 hippos are left in Congo, and that they will be extinct in the African country. The latest aerial survey puts the hippopotamus population in northeastern Congo's Virunga National Park down to under 1,000 animals, compared to some 29,000 in 1974.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, President Jacques Chirac, following a weeklong hospital stay, met with India's PM Singh.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, The new Hong Kong Disneyland theme park on Lantau Island opened. Zeng Qinghong, China’s vice-president, presided over opening ceremonies.
    (SSFC, 9/18/05, p.C2)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.44)
2005        Sep 12, A huge car bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant in Baghdad's upscale Mansour neighborhood. At least one person was killed and 17 were wounded.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, In Japan PM Junichiro Koizumi's triumph in parliamentary polls handed the leader a new mandate to harness his revitalized ruling party and turn promises into action for a range of sweeping economic reforms.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, King Abdullah II of Jordan paid Pope Benedict XVI a visit, saying he wanted to foster an honest dialogue between the West and moderate Islam.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, In Mexico Chinese President Hu Jintao promised Mexican leaders that he would crack down on the millions of dollars worth of Chinese contraband entering their nation, goods that undermine Mexican businesses ranging from sandal makers to religious icon sellers.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, Armed men broke into an upscale Amsterdam home and kidnapped Claudia Melchers (37), the daughter of a millionaire whose fortune came from selling chemicals, including to Iraq in the 1980s. Her children were left unharmed.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 12, Protestant extremists attacked Northern Ireland police and British troops into a third day, littering streets with rubble and burned-out vehicles in violence sparked by anger over a restricted parade.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, Norwegians lined up at polling stations in what promised to be a close race between a governing center-right coalition advocating lower taxes and a left-leaning opposition that wants to spend more of the Nordic nation's oil wealth on the welfare system. Jens Stoltenberg, head of the Labor Party, and 2 allied parties won 87 of the parliament’s 169 seats.
    (AP, 9/12/05)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.51)
2005        Sep 12, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf offered to construct a security fence to deter incursion of militants and drug merchants from Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, Joyous Gazans flooded into empty Jewish settlements and Palestinians climbed ropes and clambered over walls to the Egyptian side of Rafah to join a chaotic celebration of the end of 38 years of Israeli military rule over the Gaza Strip. Palestinians set fire to abandoned synagogues.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, Samsung Electronics of South Korea unveiled the world's first 16-gigabit NAND flash memory chip, a device the firm said will usher in a new era in data storage.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, Syria consented to a UN investigator's request to question top officials about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a probe that increases the pressure on an increasingly isolated Damascus.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2005        Sep 12, Turkey sold a 51% stake in Tupras, an oil refinery, for $4.1 billion to a consortium of Koc Holding and Royal Dutch/Shell.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.64)
2005        Sep 12, A senior UN official said traffickers have been shifting to the manufacture of amphetamine-type drugs in Asia as cultivation and production of heroin drops sharply.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 12, Uzbekistan, increasingly hostile toward foreign non-governmental organizations it accuses of fomenting revolution in the ex-Soviet state, shut a second US charity in four days.
    (AP, 9/13/05)

2005        Sep 13, Pres. Bush said he accepted responsibility for shortcomings in the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
    (SFC, 9/14/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 13, Pres. Bush met briefly with Chinese Pres. Hu Jintao in NYC on the sidelines of the opening session of the UN General Assembly. Bush sought China's help to stop nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and Iran and won a pledge from President Hu Jintao to step up pressure on Pyongyang.
    (SFC, 9/14/05, p.C1)(AP, 9/13/06)
2005        Sep 13, It was reported that nearly 40 more detainees have joined a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for terror suspects, bringing the total to 128.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, Louisiana authorities charged the owners of a New Orleans area nursing home with negligent homicide in the deaths of 34 patients in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The state death toll was raised to 423.
    (SFC, 9/14/05, p.A10)
2005        Sep 13, The New Orleans Airport resumed commercial operations.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 13, In Afghanistan the bodies of 7 men, killed by suspected Taliban rebels, were found in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan, along with the cards that entitled them to vote in upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 13, Sredoje Lukic, a top Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect, surrendered to the Serb authorities in Bosnia. He was indicted by a UN tribunal in 2000 for some of the worst atrocities in the Bosnian war.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, Julio Cesar Turbay (89), former Colombian President (1978-1982), died. He negotiated the release in 1980 of dozens of diplomats held hostage by leftist rebels for 61 days.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, Iwan Darmawan Mutho, alias Rois (30), an Indonesian Islamic militant, vowed revenge after he was sentenced to death for plotting a deadly bombing at the Australian embassy which was allegedly funded by Osama bin Laden.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, US forces along the Euphrates River attacked the insurgent stronghold of Haditha, capturing a militant with ties to al-Qaida in Iraq and killing four others.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, The Dutch government said it plans to open an electronic file, effective Jan 1, 2007, on every child at birth as a tool to spot and protect the troubled kids of the future.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, Negotiations aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program resumed in Beijing after a monthlong recess, but prospects for progress were uncertain as Pyongyang remained insistent on its right to use civilian atomic technology.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, Norway's PM Kjell Magne Bondevik, who presided over four years of unprecedented prosperity fueled by high oil prices, said he will resign after a left-wing opposition bloc won parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, Tens of thousands of people filled the center of Gaza City for the biggest Hamas demonstration ever seen here, celebrating Israel's pullout and listening to Hamas leaders vowing to continue the fight until Israelis leave the rest of the Palestinian areas.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2005        Sep 13, The customs chiefs at Moscow's international airport and the Pacific port of Nakhodka were suspended pending a smuggling investigation. Sheremetyevo Airport chief Igor Volkov and Nakhodka port chief Alexei Kotlyarov were suspended for a month.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 13, The UN General Assembly approved a watered-down, 35-page reform document after months of hard bargaining. The current text refers the issue back to the president of the General Assembly for further negotiations “with the aim of establishing the mandate, modalities, functions, size, composition, membership, working methods and procedures for the council." 
    (AP, 9/14/05)(http://tinyurl.com/lfzje)
2005        Sep 13, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez extended a preferential oil trade deal to 13 Caribbean countries in what he says is part of a plan to challenge U.S. economic domination of the region. The plan includes a $50 million fund to pay for social programs across the Caribbean, similar to those Chavez has started at home with rising oil profits.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 13, The World Bank proposed a new accounting method that includes natural and human wealth.
    (www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30267)

2005        Sep 14, A US federal judge in Sacramento ruled that requiring children to recite a Pledge of Allegiance that contains the phrase “under God" in public schools is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 9/15/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 14, The US Coast Guard, acting on Colombian intelligence, intercepted a ship towing an unmanned submarine-like vessel that held more than 2 tons of cocaine. Separately, 2.5 tons of cocaine were discovered hidden in the oil tanks of a ship docked in the Colombian Pacific port of Buenaventura.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 14, The Port of New Orleans resumed commercial operations. Officials said damage to agriculture in the Gulf states due to Hurricane Katrina has topped $3 billion.
    (AP, 9/14/05)(SFC, 9/15/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 14, Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines, America’s 3rd and 4th largest airlines, filed for bankruptcy.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.59)
2005        Sep 14, Robert Wise (91), film editor turned director, died of heart failure. He was nominated for seven Academy Awards, had hits in a variety of genres and worked with Orson Welles on "Citizen Kane." But he gained his greatest acclaim and four Oscars, with the big-budget productions of "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music." In 1996 he became the 26th recipient of the American Film Institute’s life achievement award.
    (AP, 9/15/05)(SFC, 9/16/05, p.B8)
2005        Sep 14, In Afghanistan about 40 gunmen attacked a police post in the mountainous Char-Chilo district of Uruzgan province. Police killed three of the attackers and arrested one after a two-hour gunbattle. A bomb exploded along a road frequently traveled by U.S.-led and Afghan army forces near Tirin Kot, the provincial capital, blowing up a civilian vehicle and killing three passengers.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 14, In Australia the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Total Wellbeing Diet book was reported to have already sold 370,000 copies. Publishers targeted sales of one million to the country of just 20 million people.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, Brazil’s police arrested 43 people during raids on clandestine rings sneaking an increasing number of Brazilians into the United States, Europe and Mexico.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 14, Britain declared that the Ulster Volunteer Force, a major outlawed Protestant group in Northern Ireland, has abandoned its 11-year-old truce and is an enemy of the peace once again.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, Chile’s Supreme Court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution, paving the way for a trial of the former dictator for his alleged role in the disappearance and killing of 15 dissidents during his 1973-90 regime.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 14, Egypt said it had found an arms-smuggling tunnel under the Gaza border, and Palestinians crossing the frontier were warned to return by sunset when passport controls will be reimposed.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, In NYC Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted US unilateralism, militarism and privilege and called for the UN to promote spirituality. The conservative Muslim leader advanced unusual broad concepts, including recommendations that the UN "institutionalize justice at the international level" and ensure all members have "equal rights."
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 14, A leading Shiite lawmaker said Iraq's draft constitution has been finalized and will be sent to the United Nations to be printed.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, More than a dozen explosions ripped through Baghdad in rapid succession, killing at least 160 people and wounding 570 in a series of attacks that began with a suicide car bombing that targeted laborers assembled to find work for the day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 9/14/05)(SFC, 9/15/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 14, Gunmen wearing military uniforms surrounded a village north of Baghdad and executed 17 men.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, In Nepal police fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons as 7,000 people poured into the center of the Nepalese capital in continuing pro-democracy rallies.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, In Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle murdered a minority Shiite Muslim in Quetta before fleeing.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, Former Russian PM Mikhail Kasyanov said he plans to run in the 2008 presidential election. He urged Russia's fragmented opposition to unite or face at least another decade of undemocratic rule.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, In Geneva the UN refugee and food agencies' chiefs made a joint appeal to donors for more money to alleviate shortages of survival rations for people displaced by war across Africa.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, Taiwan failed for the 13th straight year to get a seat at the United Nations, a move that has been blocked annually since 1993 by archrival China and its allies.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2005        Sep 14, In NYC UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to world leaders marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations to help restore confidence in the world body. He also said that UN members had failed to achieve the profound reform the global organization needed on its 60th anniversary. President Bush urged compassion for the needy and pressed the global community to "put the terrorists on notice" by cracking down on any activities that could incite deadly attacks.
    (AP, 9/14/05)

2005        Sep 15, Pres. Bush gave a speech from New Orleans outlining government plans to rebuild the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina, as the disaster death toll passed the 700 mark. His proposals included the creation of a “Gulf Opportunity Zone" and “Worker Recovery Accounts."
    (AP, 9/15/05)(SFC, 9/16/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 15, The US government agreed to stockpile $100 million worth of inoculations against bird flu under a contract with French vaccine maker Sanofi-Pasteur.
    (SFC, 9/16/05, p.A4)
2005        Sep 15, In the 4th and final day of Senate confirmation hearings on John Roberts’ appointment as chief justice, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said “You may very well possess the most powerful intellect of any person to come before the Senate for this position."
    (SFC, 9/16/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 15, The American Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (Fincen) branded Banco Delta Asia of Macau as a willing pawn for the North Korean government to engage in corrupt financial activities. This cause a $38 million run on the bank. The ploy persuaded other lenders to sever ties with North Korea and dealing a significant blow to North Korea’s financial system.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.90)(WSJ, 2/13/06, p.A7)
2005        Sep 15, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill to reduce obesity in schools.
    (SFC, 9/16/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 15, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced indictments against 8 former senior executives of Marsh & McLennan for bid rigging and price fixing in the insurance industry.
    (SFC, 9/16/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 15, The Massachusetts state Legislature voted to override Gov. Mitt Romney's veto of a measure that will expand access to emergency contraception.
    (AP, 9/15/05)   
2005        Sep 15, Yahoo introduced a search feature for instant answers at www.next.yahoo.com.
    (SFC, 9/15/05, p.C2)
2005        Sep 15, Hurricane Ophelia weakened slightly as it crawled along the North Carolina coast. Early indications were that the storm had not caused the severe flooding many feared.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, Guy Green (91), who won an Academy Award for cinematography for the 1946 film "Great Expectations," died of heart and kidney failure at his Beverly Hills home.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 15, Producer Sid Luft (89), who was credited with reviving the career of his then-wife, Judy Garland, died in Santa Monica, Calif.
    (AP, 9/15/06)
2005        Sep 15, Suspected Taliban gunmen in Helmand province shot and killed Abdul Hadi, a candidate in Afghanistan's legislative elections after dragging him from his house.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 15, British police arrested Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, leader of the oil-rich southern Nigerian state of Bayelsa, as part of a money laundering investigation.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 15, China’s Pres. Hu Jintao spoke at the UN and called for a “harmonious world."
    (Econ, 11/19/05, p.23)
2005        Sep 15, Colombian authorities seized $4.5 million worth of counterfeit American currency during a raid on a clandestine printing workshop in south Bogota. The network had been sending the money to Ecuador and Venezuela, where the U.S. dollar is widely accepted as legal tender.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, In the eastern Indian state of Bihar a fire engulfed three illegal firecracker factories in a village, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, In northeastern India a fire broke out in a damaged oil well, and Russian experts were summoned to inspect the site.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, Separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province started handing over weapons to international monitors.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, Iran's Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is willing to provide nuclear technology to other Muslim states. Hours later, European nations renewed an offer of economic incentives if the Mideast nation would halt its uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, Iraq’s PM Ibrahim al-Jaafari, speaking at a news conference in Dearborn, Mich., condemned the latest round of bombings that left scores of his countrymen dead, and vowed that his government's "rational, political struggle" would prevail over "criminal acts."
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, Two suicide car bombers struck within a minute of each other and a half-mile apart in southern Baghdad, killing 7 policemen and raising the day's death toll from blasts in the capital to at least 31.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, A US Marine was killed in an “indirect fire explosion" at Camp Ramadi in the western province of al-Anbar.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 15, Israel called for wider meetings with Arab nations and said efforts were under way to arrange summit talks with Qatar, a day after Qatar urged the Arab world to open up to the Jewish state following its Gaza Strip withdrawal.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, Israel's Supreme Court upheld the legality of Israel's West Bank security barrier, rejecting a ruling by the International Court of Justice that the barrier violates Palestinian rights and should be torn down. It also ruled that part of the barrier imposed major hardship on Palestinian villagers and must be rerouted.
    (AP, 9/15/05)(SFC, 9/16/05, p.A7)
2005        Sep 15, A Russian Su-27 fighter bomber crashed in Lithuania during a flight across the former Soviet republic to the Russian Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, A fire engulfed Mexico's most famous fireworks market, setting off a chain of explosions in Tultepec, a town northeast of the nation's capital. The fire destroyed hundreds of open-air stands just ahead of Independence Day celebrations.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, North Korea said it won't give up its nuclear weapons without receiving a reactor for generating power, stalling six-nation talks on Pyongyang's atomic programs.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, Russia launched experimental broadcasts of a 24-hour English-language satellite TV news channel aimed at polishing its image abroad and presenting foreign audiences with its view of the world.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, The Saudi government ordered a Jiddah chamber of commerce to allow female voters and candidates.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 15, In Serbia a judge ordered the arrest of the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for failing to attend her corruption trial in Belgrade.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, The UN General Assembly adopted the concept of “responsibility to protect" (R2P) during its World summit in NYC.
    (Econ, 6/28/08, p.51)(http://tinyurl.com/669gvu)
2005        Sep 15, Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez took Pres. Bush to task in front of a global summit for waging war in Iraq without UN consent and won rousing applause for his critique.
    (AP, 9/16/05)

2005        Sep 16, President Bush ruled out raising taxes to pay the massive costs of Gulf Coast reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, saying other government spending had to be cut to pay for the recovery effort.
    (AP, 9/16/06)
2005        Sep 16, The Univ. of Michigan’s preliminary index of US consumer sentiment fell to 76.9 from 89.1 last month.
    (SFC, 9/17/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 16, Gordon Gould (d.2005), laser pioneer, died. In 1957 as a Columbia Univ. doctoral student, Gould came up with a process for concentrating visible light as opposed to microwaves of a maser. He was the 1st to use the term laser.
    (Econ, 6/11/05, TQ p.28)(WSJ, 9/20/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 16, In London the Property Derivatives Interest Group (PDIG) was launched. It aimed to spread information on using property derivatives to buy and sell exposure to the property market without having to buy or sell the actual property.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.78)
2005        Sep 16, In Brazil federal prosecutors charged six men accused of stealing $70 million from Brazil's Central Bank last August in one of the world's biggest bank robberies. 3 men were arrested shortly after the robbery, and another 3 were still at large.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 16, Mike Tyson arrived in Chechnya to open a boxing match.
    (WSJ, 9/17/05, p.W12)
2005        Sep 16, It was reported that a mutating strain of stem rust fungus, dubbed Ug99, was spreading across East Africa and threatened crops worldwide. It was 1st discovered in Ugandan wheat crops in 1999.
    (SFC, 9/17/05, p.B8)
2005        Sep 16, The French civil aviation authority DGAC said it has banned flights by Cameroon Airlines for an indefinite period, citing safety concerns.
    (AFP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, The Greek government said it would give cash bonuses to Greek mothers who have more than two babies, in an effort to boost the country's birth rate as the population ages.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, In Haiti investigative Judge Cluny P. Jules decided that former PM Yvon Neptune and 29 others should stand trial for the February 2004 massacre in the western town of St. Marc. A list of calls from Neptune's cell phone showed that he had spoken for at least 350 minutes with the alleged perpetrators of the killings from Feb. 7 to Feb 13, when the killings were either being organized or taking place at St. Marc.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 16, India's government ordered the state railway to accomplish the seemingly impossible: revamp the network, one of the world's largest, and get rid of the bugs, rats, filth and surly workers.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 16, Indonesia's ailing airline PT Garuda Indonesia said it signed a $2 billion deal with aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. to upgrade the company's fleet.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, A suicide car bomber struck as worshippers were leaving a Shiite mosque in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khormato killing 11 people. Militants killed at least 14 more people across the country as the Sunni-dominated insurgency pressed its "all-out war" to destabilize the country.
    (AP, 9/16/05)(SFC, 9/17/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 16, In Iraq 3 US soldiers were killed near Baghdad.
    (SFC, 9/20/05, p.A14)
2005        Sep 16, Israeli PM Ariel Sharon met with Jordan's King Abdullah II, their first talks in months and a further sign of warming relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world after Israel's Gaza withdrawal.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, Premier Silvio Berlusconi declared Italy's mission in Iraq "an absolute and total" success, and said Italy would continue to reduce its military presence there.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, Italian officials said they have captured Paolo Di Lauro (52), an alleged top boss of the Camorra crime syndicate, dealing what they said was a serious blow to organized crime in the Naples area.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, In Osaka Susumu Kitagawa (58), convicted of robbing, raping and killing two women in the 1980s, was executed. This was Japan's first hanging of the year. His execution left 74 people on death row in Japan.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, In Lebanon a powerful bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood of eastern Beirut, killing at least one person and wounding 23.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, The Lithuanian government denied Moscow's requests to hand over a Russian pilot whose fighter jet crashed in the NATO member's territory after violating its airspace, saying it must first complete an investigation.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, The Volcano of Fire in western Mexico blasted ash and gas three miles high, with an explosion that was heard in villages 10 miles from the crater.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, In Nepal police arrested 87 journalists as they gathered in Kathmandu to protest media restrictions while thousands of pro-democracy activists demonstrated elsewhere in the city to demand an end to absolute royal rule. About 200 of those protesters were also arrested.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, North Korea announced the introduction of the Stalinist country's first credit card, but just how it would work was unclear.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, South Korea and North and South Korea pledged to work to ensure peace and reduce military tensions on their divided peninsula.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, Thousands of Palestinians broke through Egyptian and Palestinian Authority lines on the Gaza border, pouring into Egypt in defiance of government attempts to secure the frontier.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, A cargo steamer overturned and sank in the Russian far northern river port of Dudinka. The steamer, licensed for 33 tons, was carrying 92 tons of fruit and vegetables. It was not licensed to carry passengers, but up to 10 people aside from the 5-man crew could have been aboard.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, UN Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan announced that a group of six US-based foundations is committing $200 million over five years to support universities in 7 African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda) including a project to significantly improve Internet access. The Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford and MacArthur foundations were extending their involvement in an earlier project, while the Andrew W. Mellon and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations began participating for the first time.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, The UN said the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica has grown to near record size this year, suggesting 20 years of pollution controls have so far had little effect.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2005        Sep 16, A 3-day UN summit, billed as the largest gathering of world leaders in history, ended and achieved far less than U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had hoped. The final document represented the lowest common denominator that all 151 member states could agree on after months of negotiations.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 16, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he has documentary evidence that the United States plans to invade his country. Chavez, interviewed on ABC's "Nightline," said the plan is called "Balboa" and involves aircraft carriers and planes.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 16, Zimbabwe's Pres. Mugabe said that his government will take a stake in privately operated mining enterprises, but he does not intend to nationalize the industry as he has commercial farmland.
    (AP, 9/16/05)

2005        Sep 17, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Libya the US was committed to closer relations with its former enemy, which promised to work harder to fight terrorism.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 17, Dow Jones, under chief executive Peter Kann, launched a new “Weekend" edition of the Wall Street Journal. Over 30 members of the Bancroft family owned 30% of Dow Jones shares and 62% of its voting rights.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.63)
2005        Sep 17, A Chicago commuter train was going almost 60 mph above the speed limit just before it derailed, killing two people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 17, The UN urged Afghans to defy rebel violence and turn out in large numbers to vote in landmark legislative elections. Fierce battles near the capital and elsewhere killed nine militants and three policemen.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 17, Chile’s Pres. Lagos signed a reform of the constitution that deleted what he called “authoritarian enclaves" left in place from the dictatorship.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.38)(www.americas.org/item_21936)
2005        Sep 17, In China the 13-part TV series “Wise Man Takes All" premiered. It was backed by Vincent Lo, a Hong Kong and Chinese property tycoon, who modeled it after rival Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice."
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.67)
2005        Sep 17, A French special forces soldier was killed and one was seriously wounded when their vehicle struck a mine while patrolling in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 17, Germany’s 172nd Oktoberfest opened and will run to Oct 3.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        Sep 17, The Indonesian government signed a contract with state oil company Pertamina and US oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp to develop Cepu block.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 17, The US military said that coalition forces in Mosul had arrested two alleged leaders of the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group. The military also said that Iraqi forces and US troops killed two insurgents and captured six in the city of Tal Afar.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 17, In Iraq a suicide car bomb wrecked three vehicles in a US convoy near Abu Ghraib prison, and insurgents fired seven mortar shells at the jail and used grenades to damage three armored vehicles in another American convoy in the area.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2005        Sep 17, A car bomb near an outdoor market in a Shiite village east of Baghdad killed at least 30 people. At least 40 people were killed across Iraq.
    (SSFC, 9/18/05, p.A14)
2005        Sep 17, In Iraq insurgents assassinated Faris Nasir Hussein, a Kurdish member of parliament.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 17, In Japan DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) members, stunned by the loss of a third of their 177 seats in the lower house of parliament, chose Seiji Maehara (43) as their new leader.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.50)
2005        Sep 17, PM Helen Clark's ruling Labor Party pulled slightly ahead in New Zealand's general election, despite a surge in support for the conservative opposition. A new political party representing New Zealand's Maori won 4 of 7 Parliament seats set aside for indigenous people in elections dominated by an opposition party's vow to scrap Maori privileges.
    (AP, 9/17/05)

2005        Sep 18, "Everybody Loves Raymond" won the Emmy for best comedy in its final season; first-year hit "Lost" was named best drama.
    (AP, 9/18/06)
2005        Sep 18, Former US president Bill Clinton sharply criticized George W. Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 18, Tropical Storm Rita formed southeast of the Florida Keys.
    (AP, 9/18/06)
2005        Sep 18, Joel Hirschhorn (67), songwriter, died. He shared 2 best theme Oscars with Al Kasha: one for “The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure (1972); the other for “We May Never Love Like This Again," from the film “The Towering Inferno" (1974).
    (SFC, 9/21/05, p.B6)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0072308/)
2005        Sep 18, Afghans chose a legislature for the first time in decades, embracing their newly recovered democratic rights and braving threats of Taliban attacks to cast votes in schools, tents and mosques. The turnout was reported to be a disappointing 50%. 19 polling stations were attacked by Taliban insurgents and a dozen people were killed. Women won seats in 13 of the 34 provinces. The Hazara underclass claimed 43 seats out of 249, despite being 9-13% of the population.
    (WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.17)(Econ, 10/22/05, p.46)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.45)
2005        Sep 18, Exit polls showed conservative challenger Angela Merkel's party leading in German parliamentary elections but falling short of the majority she needed to form a center-right coalition as the nation's first female chancellor. Merkel's bloc won the most votes in elections, but fell short of a clear mandate to govern.
    (AP, 9/18/05)(AP, 9/18/06)
2005        Sep 18, In Indonesia the main zoo Jakarta was shut down after 19 of its birds died of the avian influenza that has killed four people in the sprawling country.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 18, Iran said that it has no plans to resume uranium enrichment soon but warned that it might change its mind if the International Atomic Energy Agency asks the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 18, Iraq's parliament signed off on revisions to the country's draft constitution as a leading lawmaker declared that acceptance of the new charter was a matter for the people.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 18, In Iraq police found 20 bodies shot to death and dumped in the Tigris River north of the capital, where there was no major violence for the first time in five days. 4 more were found handcuffed and shot in east Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 18, Armed Shiite militiamen from the outlawed Mahdi Army demonstrated in central Basra after British soldiers arrested their local leader on charges of terrorism. British forces confirmed they had arrested "three prominent individuals".
    (AP, 9/19/05)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.55)
2005        Sep 18, Fakher Haider (38), an Iraqi journalist working for The New York Times, was abducted him from his home in the southern city of Basra by men claiming to be police officers. His body was found the next day.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 18, Yegor Yakovlev (75), a journalist whose weekly Soviet newspaper became a flagship of openness during the glasnost era of Mikhail Gorbachev, died.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 18, At least 2.2 million people die of work-related accidents and diseases around the world each year, the UN International Labour Organization said in a report, adding that the estimate was 10 percent higher than in 2002. The report was to be released at the 17th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Orlando, Florida, which runs to Sep 22.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2005        Sep 18, Leaders from developing nations took the speaker's platform on the second day of the annual UN General Assembly debate to criticize rich countries for not doing enough to ease the plight of the world's poorest people.
    (AP, 9/19/05)

2005        Sep 19, The US government has told a Texas court that Pope Benedict XVI should be given immunity from a lawsuit accusing him of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys by a seminarian. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Peter Keisler said that, as pope, Benedict enjoys immunity as the head of a state, the Vatican. He said that allowing the lawsuit to proceed would be "incompatible with the United States' foreign policy interests."
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 19, Officials ordered residents evacuated from the lower Florida Keys as Tropical Storm Rita headed toward the island chain, threatening to grow into a hurricane with a potential 8-foot storm surge.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, facing pressure from Washington and Hurricane Rita on the way, halted his campaign to repopulate his city and ordered the few residents and business owners who had returned to leave again. Mandatory evacuation would begin Sep 21.
    (AP, 9/20/05)(SFC, 9/20/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 19, A new report by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said that of the estimated 3,000 foreign fighters in Iraq, the largest number, about 20 percent, comes from Algeria, followed by Syria and Yemen with about 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively. About 15 percent come from Sudan, 12 percent from Saudi Arabia, 5 percent from Egypt, and the rest from other countries.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 19, L. Dennis Kozlowski (58), former Tyco International Ltd. CEO, was sentenced 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison for looting the company of hundreds of millions of dollars. Tyco's former finance chief, Mark Swartz (44) received the same sentence. NY State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus ordered the defendants to pay a total of $134 million in restitution to Tyco. In addition, the judge fined Kozlowski $70 million, and Swartz $35 million.
    (AP, 9/20/05)(SFC, 9/20/05, p.D1)
2005        Sep 19, The Secular Coalition for America, a new lobbying organization “whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the US," began operations with former Nevada State Senator Lori Lipman Brown as director/lobbyist.
    (www.open.org/~lloydk/HAS/NL2005/news11.htm)
2005        Sep 19, The MacArthur Foundation announced the 25 winners of its genius awards.
    (SFC, 9/20/05, p.B1)
2005        Sep 19, Researchers reported that partially paralyzed mice recovered following stem cell shots.
    (SFC, 9/20/05, p.A4)
2005        Sep 19, NASA administrator Michael Griffin said a $104 billion program to return to the moon by 2018 would feature new “Crew Exploration Vehicles," to replace the shuttle fleet.
    (SFC, 9/20/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 19, In SF Arkelylius Collins (20) was murdered at Third and Kirkwood in a hail of gunfire. Terrel Rollins (22) was injured. In 2006 Daniel Dennard (21) and Deonte Bennett (21), members of the Oakdale Mob, were indicted on charges of murder. Rollins was killed on May 4, 2006, and Dennard was released. On July 19, 2008, Dennard was shot and killed on Bayshore Blvd. not far from where Rollins had been murdered. In 2009 Bennett was arrested and charged in an alleged murder for hire plot.
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.B2)(SFC, 7/21/08, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/09, p.B8)
2005         Sep 19, In Ohio Katelind Caudill (13) was shot and killed by Melvin Keeling (43) because she told authorities her best friend was being molested. Keeling fled the Cincinnati area. He was also sought for the killing of 2 convenience store clerks, Lisa Kendall (29) and Kendora Furr (38) at the Family Express store in Remington, Indiana. On Sep 28 more than a dozen investigators on the Keeling task force combed the woods in Gary, Indiana and found the fugitive's wallet, ID and other personal items a few blocks from where Keeling abandoned his van. Tracking dogs also followed Keeling's scent from the wooded area to nearby train tracks. He was an apparent suicide.
    (SFC, 9/22/05, p.A6)(www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=34686)
2005        Sep 19, Rescue teams searched for two Argentine men whose snowmobile plunged into a deep ice crevasse in Antarctica over the weekend, but hopes of pulling them out alive were fading.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, Mark Latham, former head of Australia’s Labor Party, published “The Latham Diaries," the story of the Labor Party from 1996-2005, and a sobering account of the state of Australian democracy 100 years after Federation.
    (www.mup.unimelb.edu.au/catalogue/0-522-85215-7.html)
2005        Sep 19, Belgium issued an international arrest warrant for Chad's former leader Hissene Habre, charging him with atrocities during his 1982-90 rule. Habre, who lives in exile in Senegal, is being pursued under Belgium's "universal jurisdiction" laws, which allow for prosecutions for crimes against humanity wherever they were committed.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 19, Brazil issued its 1st int’l. bond in its own currency. Brazil’s export boom had driven the real upwards against the dollar.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.90)
2005        Sep 19, In a statement aired on a pan-Arab TV station, Al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahri said his terror network had carried out the July 7 London bombings.
    (AP, 9/19/06)
2005        Sep 19, Classrooms and chairs were scarce at crowded Burundian primary schools as 500,000 children, nearly double last year's enrollment, showed up for the first day of classes following the elimination of fees.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, The World Wildlife Federation said severely depleted cod stocks in the Grand Banks off Canada's east coast face being totally wiped out by illegal fishing.
    (Reuters, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, China's state media reported that its family planning agency admitted that officials in the eastern province of Shandong had carried out forced abortions and sterilizations. Time magazine last week reported that at least 7,000 people in Shandong were forcibly sterilized earlier this year by officials under pressure to limit the growth of the country's massive population.
    (AFP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, Colombian troops raided a sprawling clandestine drug laboratory run by a paramilitary group that was capable of producing 10 tons of cocaine a month. In a separate operation, the military seized six tons of marijuana allegedly belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the country's main leftist rebel group.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 19-2005 Sep 29, In Ethiopia authorities arrested 859 opposition members across the country and security forces killed one opposition member in the Amhara region, 250 miles south of the capital, Addis Ababa.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 19, French police probing a ring which allegedly recruited Muslim fighters for the anti-US insurgency in Iraq arrested six men in the Paris area.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, In Guatemala gang members armed with guns and grenades burst inside a youth prison and slaughtered 12 inmates, leaving behind a gruesome, bloody scene. Members of the Mara Salvatrucha launched a well-organized attack on imprisoned members of the rival Mara 18 gang as they slept at Etapa II, or Phase II prison.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 19, India said it would increase vaccine production to protect against future outbreaks of Japanese encephalitis as the death toll from the disease rose to 765 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The encephalitis is transmitted from pigs to humans by mosquitoes. Japanese encephalitis first surfaced in Uttar Pradesh in 1978. Over 4,000 people have died in the state since the disease first hit. A quarter of survivors are left disabled.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, A severe storm ripped through southern India, killing at least 18 people and leaving some 50,000 homeless. Most of the victims were either electrocuted or died in house collapses as overnight rains triggered flooding in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 19, An Indonesian warship fired on a Chinese fishing fleet it suspected of using illegal nets, killing one crew member and wounding two others in the Arafuru sea off Papua Island.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 19, In Iraq a nephew of Saddam Hussein was sentenced to life in prison for funding Iraq's violent insurgency and for bomb-making.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, Four US soldiers died in two roadside bombings near the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 19, Iraqi police detained two British soldiers in the southern port city of Basra, following a shooting incident. British forces smashed jail walls to free 2 British commandos detained earlier in the day by Iraqi police. Iraqi officials said at least 2 civilians were killed.
    (AP, 9/19/05)(SFC, 9/20/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 19, In Mexico a special federal prosecutor sought the arrest of ex-President Luis Echeverria and other former officials for their alleged involvement in the massacre of student protesters in 1968.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, North Korea agreed to stop building nuclear weapons and allow international inspections in exchange for energy aid, economic cooperation and security assurances, a breakthrough that marked a first step toward disarmament after two years of six-nation talks.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the Gaza-Egypt border will reopen only as part of an international agreement, quashing speculation Egypt and the Palestinians might operate a crossing without Israel's blessing.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2005        Sep 19, Rebel groups said militias backed by the Sudanese government killed 30 people over the weekend in fresh attacks in Darfur, threatening new peace talks under way in Nigeria. The Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said 17 people were killed in Korbia in northern Darfur Sep 17 and 13 died in attacks on Jabel Marra in the west on Sep 18.
    (Reuters, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 19, Lukman B. Lima, a veteran leader of Thailand's insurgency, issued a warning: militants from Indonesia and Arab nations might join the fight for a separate homeland if the Thai government continues a crackdown that's provoking a new generation of Muslim fighters.
    (AP, 9/23/05)

2005        Sep 20, Pres. Bush made his 5th visit to Katrina’s disaster zone on the Gulf Coast.
    (WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 20, The White House said Pres George W. Bush has named his homeland security adviser, Fran Townsend, to lead an internal inquiry into the much-criticized federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, The US Federal Reserve raised its short-term interest-rate target for the 11th consecutive time a quarter point to 3.75%. The DJIA fell 76.11 to 10481.52.
    (WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 20, The Sacramento Monarchs won their first championship with a 62-59 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals.
    (www.wnba.com/about_us/greatest_moments_020508.html)
2005        Sep 20, Rita strengthened into a growing hurricane as it lashed the Florida Keys with heavy rain and strong wind, threatening the island chain with a storm surge of up to 6 feet and sparking fears the storm could eventually bring new misery to the Gulf Coast.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, Federated Department Stores announced that it would convert all of its 62 Field’s stores to the Macy’s name. Federated acquired May Dept. stores, the parent of Marshall Field’s, earlier in the year.
    (WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A15)
2005        Sep 20, A new study said an ingredient in green tea that researchers think might fight cancer may also protect the brain from the memory-destroying Alzheimer's disease.
    (Reuters, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, President Hamid Karzai challenged the need for major foreign military operations in Afghanistan, saying air strikes are no longer effective and that U.S.-led coalition forces should focus on rooting out terror bases and support networks.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, Simon Wiesenthal (96), the Holocaust survivor who helped track down Nazi war criminals following World War II, then spent the later decades of his life fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice against all people, died in Austria. In 2010 Tom Segev authored “Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends."
    (AP, 9/20/05)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.102)(SSFC, 10/3/10, p.F5)
2005        Sep 20, In Bolivia a fire that has devoured more than 247,000 acres of Amazon forest burned out of control near the Brazilian border.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, Canada’s Federal Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan said Canada is trying to build international momentum to combat overfishing.
    (CP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, In Chechnya gunmen launched two separate attacks, killing one police officer and wounding four others.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 20, Croatia issued an international arrest warrant for Milivoj Aschner (92), a former police chief in eastern Croatia and requested that Austria extradite him. Aschner allegedly enforced racist laws in 1941-1942 under Croatia's World War II Nazi puppet regime, which persecuted tens of thousands of Jews, Gypsies and Serbs.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 20, Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), told the Daily Telegraph that she believed General Ante Gotovina was being sheltered in a Franciscan monastery in Croatia. The Vatican denied any knowledge.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, Egyptian police stopped Palestinians from returning to Gaza, causing a crowd of more than 1,000 people to gather near the crossing here, as officials from the two sides met to discuss the border situation.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, A US Air Force officer taking part in a military exercise was killed in a road accident in northern Egypt.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, Hundreds of Ethiopians who claim their ancestors were forced to convert from Judaism began a three-day hunger strike at a prayer house to press the Israeli government to let them migrate to the Jewish state.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 20, Top politicians on both sides of Germany's political standoff agreed a bipartisan "grand coalition" linking Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats and challenger Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats would be the best way out of the post election muddle.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, A Guyana jury convicted Patricia Alves (43) of manslaughter for killing a friend during an exorcism ritual. Alves was found guilty of killing Kamille Seenauth (34) on Feb. 15, 2002. She allegedly beat Seenauth in an attempt to drive evil spirits out of her. On Sep 28 Alves was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/21/05)(AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 20, In Iraq a child died and another was injured when terrorists used them as human shields during Coalition raids of three terrorist safe houses in Mosul. The bureau chief of an Iraqi daily newspaper and a woman working for Iraq's state-run television were shot and killed by assailants in separate attacks in Mosul. An angry mob of insurgents attacked a convoy of American contractors when they got lost in Duluiyah, a town north of Baghdad, killing four and wounding two. A US soldier died in a roadside blast north of Baghdad. Total US troop deaths reached 1,904.
    (AP, 9/20/05)(AP, 9/21/05)(AP, 10/23/05)
2005        Sep 20, Fiat of Italy struck a deal with Zastava of Kragujevac, Serbia, to make up to 16,000 cars a year. Zastava’s arms plant made a recent $3.8 million contract with Iraq. 
    (Econ, 10/1/05, p.47)
2005        Sep 20, Nepalese police arrested more than 400 people in protests against King Gyanendra's rule.
    (AFP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, In Nigeria dozens of soldiers and police arrested Moujahid Dokubo-Asari, the main militia leader in Nigeria's south, at his office in the oil city of Port Harcourt. A militia with a history of violence in Nigeria's oil-rich south threatened to blow up oil installations if the government did not release its arrested leader.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, North Korea insisted it won't dismantle its nuclear weapons program until the US gives it civilian nuclear reactors, casting doubt on a disarmament agreement reached a day earlier during international talks.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, Sudanese soldiers inflicted "heavy casualties" in driving off rebels who overran a town in the troubled Darfur region.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 20, Ukraine’s Pres. Viktor Yushchenko failed to win support for his candidate as premier. Yuri Yekhanurov, a middle-of-the-road technocrat and ally of the president, won 223 votes, three short of the required majority in the 450-seat assembly.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2005        Sep 20, In Tashkent 15 men pleaded guilty to participating in an uprising in eastern Uzbekistan in May that led to what human rights groups say was a government crackdown that left more than 700 dead.
    (AP, 9/20/05)

2005        Sep 21, Hurricane Rita intensified into a Category 5 storm with 140 mph winds and threatened to devastate the Texas coast or already-battered Louisiana by week's end. More than 1.3 million people in Texas and Louisiana were evacuated The death toll from Katrina topped 1,000.
    (AP, 9/21/05)(SFC, 9/22/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/06)
2005        Sep 21, A grand jury report in Philadelphia charged 2 former Catholic leaders, Cardinal John Krol and Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, with a coverup of sexual abuse and named 63 priests with records of abusive behaviour. No criminal charges could be filed because of limits of state law.
    (SFC, 9/22/05, p.A7)
2005        Sep 21, In Salt Lake City, Utah, Mayor Rocky Anderson signed an executive order granting domestic partner benefits to city workers.
    (SFC, 9/22/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 21, A JetBlue Airbus circled Southern California for hours, crippled by a faulty landing gear, while inside the cabin, passengers were able to watch the drama unfold on live television; the plane landed safely.
    (AP, 9/21/06)
2005        Sep 21, Stephen M. Ressa (27) of Rialto, Ca., drove a stolen car into a crowd on the Las Vegas Strip killing 2 people and injuring dozens.
    (SFC, 9/23/05, p.A6)
2005        Sep 21, Molly Yard (93), former National Organization for Women president died in Pittsburgh.
    (AP, 9/21/06)
2005        Sep 21, The speaker of Brazil's lower house resigned amid charges he extorted bribes from a local businessman, the latest casualty of corruption scandals that have rocked Brazil's government.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, A court convicted Rev. Denis Vadeboncoeur (65), a Canadian priest, of raping a teenage member of his Normandy parish and sentenced him to 12 years in prison, the second conviction for the clergyman who went to jail for similar crimes in Quebec.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, EU nations agreed that Turkey must recognize EU member Cyprus during its membership talks, warning that non-recognition could lead to paralysis in the negotiations.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, India said at least 64 people have died and hundreds of thousands displaced after powerful storms left a trail of devastation across the Indian and Bangladeshi coasts in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, Indonesia scrambled to calm public fears of a possible bird flu epidemic after two more children suspected of having the disease died in the capital of Jakarta.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, At least eight people were killed in a gun battle in Baghdad between troops and insurgents.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, Gunmen in Mosul shot to death Ahlam Youssef, an engineer who works for al-Iraqiya television, and her husband, said Bassem al-Fadli, a manager at the station's headquarters in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, About 500 civilians and policemen, some waving pistols and AK-47s, rallied in the southern city of Basra and denounced "British aggression" following London's decision to use force to free two of its soldiers being held by Iraqi police.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, The UN World Food Program warned that its emergency operations in Iraq, which feed about 3 million people, were at risk because donors have only come up with 44 percent of the necessary money.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, Domenica Siniscalco, Italy's economy minister, resigned in a row over the Bank of Italy and the budget, dealing a major blow to PM Silvio Berlusconi months before an election that polls say he is likely to lose.
    (AP, 9/22/05)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.61)
2005        Sep 21, Japan's Parliament re-elected Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister following the ruling coalition's landslide electoral victory last week, and he pledged to plow ahead with privatization of the postal service and other reforms.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, Unidentified gunmen in Bishkek killed Bayaman Erkinbayev (38), a Kyrgyz lawmaker and wealthy businessman. He had survived an assassination attempt 5 months ago.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 21, In Lebanon police arrested four men who allegedly sold cell phone chips to members of the plot to assassinate former PM Rafik Hariri.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 21, A cabinet minister who helped lead Mexico's anti-drug fight, his deputy and seven others died in a helicopter crash in the mountains west of Mexico City. The helicopter, carrying Public Safety Secretary Ramon Martin Huerta, Federal Preventive Police Chief Tomas Valencia, five other passengers and a crew of two, had taken off from a military parade ground in Mexico City.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 21, North Korea accused the US of intending to disarm the communist country and then "crush it to death with nuclear weapons," two days after a landmark disarmament agreement that was expected to ease tensions.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, In eastern Pakistan a fireworks explosion triggered a fire at a roadside restaurant, leaving five people dead and fifteen injured.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, Pilots of a chartered jet carrying 289 Gambian soccer fans faked the need for an emergency landing in Peru so passengers could watch their nation's team play a key match.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 21, The Kremlin issued a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Jordanian King Abdullah II, delivered personally by Moscow-backed Chechen President Alu Alkhanov during his Middle Eastern tour. Putin said in the letter that the situation in Chechnya was "steadily normalizing." Jordan has a large Chechen Diaspora.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, Russian authorities blamed a hepatitis A outbreak in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia's third largest city, on an accident in the sewer network. More than 790 people, including 149 children under age 14, remained hospitalized.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, In Saudi Arabia 2 men were beheaded in Riyadh, after being convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, South Korea announced it was developing highly sophisticated combat robots that could complement the roles of human soldiers on battlefields.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2005        Sep 21, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the United States and 10 other key countries to ratify the 1996 nuclear test-ban treaty so it can finally take effect, but like Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea, the U.S. administration refuses to do so. It has been signed by 175 countries and ratified by 123 countries. But it will only take effect when 44 countries that participated in the Conference on Disarmament in 1996 and possessed nuclear research and power reactors have ratified it. To date, 33 of the 44 countries have ratified the treaty, but there seems little prospects of getting all 11 holdouts to change their positions.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 21, In Venezuela Pres. Chavez said his government would cancel existing mining concessions and not award new ones.
    (WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A15)

2005        Sep 22, John Roberts' nomination as chief justice cleared the US Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 13-5.
    (AP, 9/22/06)
2005        Sep 22, Hurricane Rita, weakened to Category 4 status, closed on the Texas coast, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing on a frustratingly slow, bumper-to-bumper exodus.
    (AP, 9/22/06)
2005        Sep 22, Delta Air Lines Inc. said it will cut up to 9,000 jobs, or 17% of the work force at its flagship service, and reduce pay and make changes to its route network to focus more on international flying as it moves swiftly to restructure its costs in bankruptcy.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, A group of Hong Kong investors purchased the Bank of America Center in San Francisco for $1.05 billion. Donald Trump had in interest in the deal from a previous sale by the investment group in NYC.
    (WSJ, 9/23/05, p.B3)
2005        Sep 22, In Massachusetts Holli Strickland (33) died of gunshot wounds, along with her grandmother Constance F. Young (71) in what police said was either a double suicide or murder-suicide in Young's West Springfield apartment. They had been released from jail 2 days earlier following charges of severe abuse of Haleigh Poutre (11), who was hospitalized in a vegetative state after her brain stem was partly sheared.
    (SFC, 12/6/05, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/7jeol)
2005        Sep 22, Boxer Leavander Johnson (35) died from injuries suffered in a Sep 17 Los Vegas boxing match with Jesus Chavez. The match was telecast on HBO.
    (WSJ, 9/29/05, p.D10)
2005        Sep 22, In southern Afghanistan 10 insurgents and an Afghan soldier were killed in an operation to arrest a top Taliban commander.
    (AFP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 22, In Algeria Al Qaeda-aligned Islamic militants killed 10 people, including seven soldiers, in separate ambushes. The ambushes were blamed on the GSPC, which is split on whether to support a September 29 referendum on a partial amnesty in exchange for laying down their arms.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 22, In Britain 8 Zimbabwean soccer players and two officials deserted their teams after a tour, joining thousands of fellow citizens who have sought refuge abroad over a serious political and economic crisis at home.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 22, In Colombia suspected rebels killed 10 police officers driving down a remote highway outside La Cruz, ambushing their truck with gunfire and homemade gas cylinder bombs.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, Alberto Giraldo (70), the journalist who spent five years in jail for his role in the Cali cocaine cartel's funding of former Colombian President Ernesto Samper's election campaign, died. Viviana Leon, his 2nd wife, said that before his death Giraldo wrote a book, yet to be published, detailing how Cali cartel bosses Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela donated $5 million to Samper's successful 1994 run for the presidency.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, France announced financial incentives for parents to have a 3rd child, hoping to boost its fertility rate by helping people to better juggle the demands of work and family life.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, In India police said 4 Maoist rebels were killed in two separate gunbattles with police in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AFP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, An Indonesian court sentenced the last of six Muslim militants accused in the 2004 suicide bombing at the Australian Embassy to 10 years in prison for helping the alleged masterminds carry out the attack.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, British troops in the city of Basra greatly reduced their presence in the streets, apparently responding to a provincial governor's call to sever cooperation until London apologized for storming a police station to free two of its soldiers.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, About 150 clerics and tribal leaders from Iraq's Sunni Arab minority called for the rejection of the country's draft constitution in an upcoming referendum, saying that it would lead to the fragmentation of Iraq. Small arms fire in Ramadi killed one US soldier.
    (AP, 9/22/05)(SFC, 9/24/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 22, Japan's finance ministry said government debt, already the highest in the industrialized world, rose 1.7% to a record high of 795.8 trillion yen ($7.1 trillion) at the end of June.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 22, In Japan Sony Corp. said it will cut about 10,000 jobs, close 11 plants and shrink or terminate 15 unprofitable operations in an ambitious restructuring bid to revive its stumbling electronics business.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, In Nigeria police said Moujahid Dokubo-Asari, a separatist militia leader, will be charged with treason, a capital offense. His arrest set off tense protests in the oil heartland. Dokubo-Asari said his Ijaw ethnic group and the other people of the Niger delta should break away from Nigeria and take control of the billions of dollars of oil flowing from their land.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, Boatloads of Nigerian guerrilla fighters armed with rifles, machetes and dynamite launched a drive to hijack oil installations in the waterways of the Niger Delta, after a judge jailed their leader.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 22, In Pakistan 2 bombings in Lahore killed six people and injured 26.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, Peru's Congress passed legislation that would require public institutions to consider open-source software as an alternative to proprietary systems such as Windows.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 22, A Russian court rejected Mikhail Khodorkovsky's appeal of his conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges, but reduced the oil tycoon's prison sentence from 9 years to 8.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, In Scotland a judge sentenced a British lord to 16 months in prison for causing a fire at a hotel. Lord Mike Watson (56) admitted to setting fire to a curtain after having several drinks at the Scottish Politician of the Year awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Nov. 12.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, South Africa's government moved for the first time to seize land from a white farmer, saying that negotiations to buy the property to hand over to black claimants were taking too long.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2005        Sep 22, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko forged an awkward alliance with Viktor Yanukovych's Party of the Regions, his archrival and Orange Revolution enemy, to get his choice for new PM through parliament. Parliament approved Yuriy Yekhanurov with 289 votes.
    (AP, 9/22/05)

2005        Sep 23, G7 finance ministers and central bankers concluded a meeting in Washington and agreed to meet again in December in London and bid farewell to Chairman Alan Greenspan. They focused their attention on lopsided global economic progress and rising oil prices.
    (AFP, 9/24/05)(WSJ, 9/24/05, p.A4)
2005        Sep 23, Lester Crawford, commissioner of the US FDA, resigned. He had just been confirmed on July 18.
    (SFC, 9/24/05, p.A2)
2005        Sep 23, Hurricane Rita, dropped to Category 4, moved toward the Texas and Louisiana coast with 135 mph winds, creating monumental traffic jams along evacuation routes and raising fears of a crippling blow to the nation's oil-refining industry.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, In New Orleans water poured over a patched levee, cascading into one of the city's lowest-lying neighborhoods and heightening fears that Hurricane Rita would re-flood this devastated city.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, In Texas a bus carrying elderly evacuees from Hurricane Rita caught fire and was rocked by explosions on a gridlocked highway near Dallas, killing 23 people. In 2006 James Maples (65), owner of the bus, was acquitted of a safety violation but convicted on 2 lesser counts. His company Global Limo was found guilty on all charges.
    (AP, 9/23/05)(SFC, 10/4/06, p.A3)
2005        Sep 23, Scientists reported that the transplant of the nearly entire human chromosome 21 in mice in a medical and technical breakthrough that could reveal new insights into Down's syndrome and other disorders.
    (Reuters, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, Arubans voted for a prime minister and all 21 seats in the parliament in a race that has focused on immigration and frustration over stagnant salaries lagging behind inflation.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, A US embassy official said the US is to help its Caspian Sea ally Azerbaijan build a radar station on its border with Iran and another near Russia.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, A British convert to Islam was jailed for 15 years after being convicted in London on two charges of possessing of articles for use in terrorism. Andrew Rowe (34), arrested in Oct, 2003, was found guilty of having a book containing notes on how to fire a mortar bomb, plus details of a secret communication code. He was jailed for 7½  years for each charge.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, The People’s Bank of China said the yuan would be allowed to fluctuate by 3% a day against the euro, yen and other non-dollar currencies, compared with a 1.5% previous limit. Movements against the dollar remained limited to 0.3%.
    (Econ, 10/1/05, p.71)
2005        Sep 23, Colombia's 2nd-largest rebel group, the ELN, accepted an offer from Venezuela to host peace talks between the guerrillas and the Colombian government.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 23, Maarike Harro, director of the National Institute for Health Development said the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in every 100 people in Estonia in the 15 to 49 age group may be infected with HIV.
    (AFP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, In Egypt Seoudi Ali Salem, a Qatari man participating in an informal car race, killed five people and injured 32 when his speeding car slammed into a crowd sitting on a grassy median strip on the airport road. Salem fled the scene with another driver.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 23, In Haiti Dumarsais Simeus (65), owner of a Texas-based food services company, was rejected as a presidential candidate because he has US citizenship. Simeus appealed the decision.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 23, The newly opened Hong Kong Disneyland said it prefers that its 5,000 workers not unionize as activists described tough work conditions at the park such as long hours, harsh turnarounds and lack of breaks.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, A suicide bomber detonated hidden explosives on a small bus in Baghdad, killing 6 people. 2 American soldiers died in separate attacks. A roadside bomb killed a US Army soldier whose convoy was patrolling Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/23/05)(SFC, 9/24/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 23, Sinn Fein and Irish government leaders said the outlawed Irish Republican Army is ready to dispose of its stockpiled arms in a long-sought peace move, possibly within the next week, after their first meeting in eight months.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 23, The Lithuanian film “Dievu Miskas) Forest of the Gods, based on the 1957 memoir by Balys Sruoga (1896-1947), premiered in Lithuania. It was directed by Algimantas Puipa.
    (http://www.obuolys.lt/kinozona/filmas/1558/)
2005        Sep 23, Lithuania’s defense minister said the crash of a Russian military jet in Lithuania was almost certainly accidental and the pilot will be sent home when the investigation ends, but he criticized Moscow for sending a plane armed with missiles into the country's airspace.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il ordered his aides to arrange a meeting with a high-ranking U.S. official, possibly with President Bush.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, Religious schools in Pakistan agreed to register with the government on condition the process is approved by parliament and they don't have to reveal their sources of funding.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, Palestinians took charge of a border for the first time ever, allowing thousands to cross between the Gaza Strip and Egypt in a temporary opening of the frontier.
    (AP, 9/23/05)
2005        Sep 23, In Gaza’s Jebaliya refugee camp a truck filled with masked militants and homemade weapons exploded at a Hamas rally, killing at least 15 Palestinians and wounding 80, including children. Hamas blamed Israel and unleashed a barrage of rocket fire that lasted through the night.
    (AP, 9/24/05)(SSFC, 9/25/05, A3)
2005        Sep 23, In the southern Philippines 3 teenagers were killed and at least 8 others wounded when a retired army sergeant threw a grenade at a group of boys at a town fiesta.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 23, In Puerto Rico FBI agents shot and killed Filiberto Ojeda Rios (72), a Puerto Rican nationalist leader wanted in the 1983 robbery of a Connecticut armored truck.
    (AP, 9/25/05)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.82)
2005        Sep 23, In Puerto Rico real estate developer Adam Anhang (b.1973), a Canadian businessman, was killed. His wife, Aura Vazquez, sued Anhang's parents six months after Anhang was beaten and stabbed to death. She accused them of seizing control of his estate and blocking her from it. Vazquez was later charged by a US grand jury with offering a man $3 million to kill Anhang. Jonathan Roman Rivera (22) spent eight months in maximum security prison after he was sentenced to 105 years for the slaying. Rivera was released in June 2008 after another man, Alex Pabon Colon, was indicted for the murder. In 2009 Rivera sued more than a dozen police officials and prosecutors for his ordeal, seeking $12 million in damages. In 2014 Spain agreed to extradite Vazquez to the US.
    (http://www.121s.com/viewtopic.php?t=594)(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 8/17/11)(AP, 1/10/14)
2005        Sep 23, Police in the breakaway republic of Somaliland raided houses in the capital, Hargeisa, where al-Qaida militants were believed holed up and captured four suspects after a shootout. A fifth suspect was arrested 20 miles away. Pres. Dahir Riyale Kahnin said the men were mostly locals trained at a camp outside Mogadishu, Somalia.
    (AP, 9/23/05)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.43)
2005        Sep 23, The UN Security Council extended the peacekeeping mission in Sudan by six months.
    (AP, 9/23/05)

2005        Sep 24, The 184-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank opened their annual meetings in Washington DC. They were ready to act on a breakthrough deal that would forgive more than $40 billion owed by the poorest nations.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, The US deficit was reported to be over $700 billion. The growing deficit put negative pressure on the dollar causing foreign lenders to demand higher interest rates.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, Sur. p.22)
2005        Sep 24, The anti-war march in Washington DC drew tens of thousands. In SF an anti-war march from Dolores park to Jefferson Square drew 20-50 thousand people.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A1)
2005        Sep 24, The 2nd annual Love Parade began at Market and Second streets in SF and was followed by a celebration at the Civic Center Plaza. 24 floats carried some 200 DJs.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A21)
2005        Sep 24, Hurricane Rita, reduced to Category 3, made landfall east of Sabine Pass, on the Texas-Louisiana line, smashing windows, sparking fires and knocking power out to more than 1 million customers, but largely sparing vulnerable Houston and already reeling New Orleans. Within hours it weakened to Category 2.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, Thomas Ross Bond (b.1926), child star, died in Los Angeles. He played Butch the bully in the "Our Gang" and "The Little Rascals" serials of the 1930s. In the 1940s, Bond played Jimmy Olsen in two Superman movies and appeared as Joey Pepper in several installments of the "Five Little Peppers" serial.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 24, Monica Lozada-Rivadineira (26), an immigrant from Bolivia, disappeared in NYC. Her daughter, Valery, was found in the evening wandering barefoot in Queens. On Oct 6 Police found her body in a Pennsylvania landfill and police said she was killed by her boyfriend. In 2006 Cesar Ascarruna (32) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/7/05)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A3)
2005        Sep 24, Aruba election board officials reported that the ruling party kept its majority in parliament in legislative elections for all 21 seats.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, Thousands of people marched through central London demanding that British PM Tony Blair withdraw British troops from Iraq. Marches also took place in the US and Europe.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, India's western state of Gujarat was on flood alert after two days of lashing monsoon rains that killed at least 15 people.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, A suicide car bomber driving at high speed exploded his vehicle near an Iraqi army checkpoint in downtown Baghdad, killing three soldiers and an Iraqi civilian.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, In Iraq 2 insurgents from al-Qaida in Iraq were captured during raids in the Baghdad. They were identified as Walid Muhammad Farhan Juwar al-Zubaydi, also known as "the Barber," and Ibrahim Muhammad Subhi Khayri al-Rihawi.
    (AP, 10/15/05)
2005        Sep 24, Israel killed at least two Hamas militants in a missile strike and moved artillery cannons to the Gaza border, launching what it vowed would be a "crushing" response to a Hamas rocket barrage on Israeli towns. An air strike caused heavy damage to the Al-Arkam school run by Hamas.
    (AP, 9/24/05)(SSFC, 9/25/05, A3)
2005        Sep 24, Turkish scholars at a twice-canceled conference on the massacre of Armenians in the early 20th century cautiously discussed the politically charged topic, avoiding inflammatory language as protesters denounced the gathering as traitorous.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, The 35-nation board of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency approved a resolution that could lead to Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council for violating a nuclear arms control treaty, something the United States has been urging for years.
    (AP, 9/24/05)

2005        Sep 25, Pres. Bush said Congress should consider giving the Defense Dept. the lead role in responding to natural disasters. Houston began a staggered re-entry plan following Hurricane Rita and commercial flights resumed to the area.
    (WSJ, 9/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 25, In Washington DC a landmark agreement to forgive billions of dollars of debt for poor countries sailed toward final approval by finance ministers after the IMF agreed how to pay for it.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, It was reported that US Senate leader Bill Frist sold HCA stock worth $12 million between January and June this year. The assets were allegedly in a blind trust, but Frist was kept informed of account activities by the trust administrators. The stock dropped following the sales when HCA warned it would not meet expectations.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A3)
2005        Sep 25, The 22nd annual Folsom Street Fair, a homage to leather fetishists, took place in SF and drew an estimated 300,000 people.
    (SFC, 9/26/05, p.B3)
2005        Sep 25, M. Scott Peck (b.1936), psychiatrist and author of “The Road Less Traveled" (1978), died at his home in Warren, Conn.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.B7)
2005        Sep 25, Don Adams (82), TV star born as Donald James Yarmy, died in LA. He played Maxwell Smart on the “Get Smart" TV show from 1965-1970 along with co-star Barbara Feldon.
    (SFC, 9/27/05, p.B5)
2005        Sep 25, A US Chinook helicopter crashed in remote mountains of southern Afghanistan, killing all five crew members on board.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, In Australia 20 high-tech solar-powered cars from 10 countries set off on a 3,000 kilometer (1,860 mile) race across the vast outback in the 8th World Solar Challenge. The Nuna team of the Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands scored a hat-trick with their third victory in a row; their Nuna 3 won with a record average speed of 103 km/h.
    (AP, 9/25/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Solar_Challenge)
2005        Sep 25, In Britain Rochelle Holness (15) vanished after she let home to call her boyfriend from a telephone box. Her mutilated body was later found in five black plastic bin bags near a rubbish chute in Catford, south London. In 2006 John McGrady (48), a convicted rapist and former butcher, was sentenced to life in prison for the killing.
    (AFP, 5/16/06)
2005        Sep 25, The partially-clothed body of Sally Anne Bowman (18), whose was found lying in the driveway of her home in Croydon, south London. In 2008 a jury at London's Central Criminal Court found Mark Dixie (37) guilty of killing the aspiring model. A judge recommended he serve at least 34 years.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/22/ukcrime3)
2005        Sep 25, China’s government said it is imposing new regulations to control content on its news Web sites, another step in its ongoing effort to police a rapidly expanding Internet population.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, In Germany Porsche announced that it plans to take a stake of around 20% in VW in a move that would help shield Europe's biggest car maker from a hostile takeover.
    (AFP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 25, A group of pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong crossed into mainland China for the first time since being barred for criticizing Beijing after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. They put their case for electoral reform directly to a Chinese communist leader for the first time, but complained that they were rebuffed.
    (Reuters, 9/25/05)(AFP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A magnitude 5.6 undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, Iran rejected a resolution by the UN nuclear watchdog agency that put it one step away from Security Council referral, calling the move "illegal and illogical" and orchestrated by the United States.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A suicide car bomber struck an Interior Ministry convoy in Baghdad, killing seven police commandos and two civilians. Earlier, a bomb mounted on a bicycle blew apart a music store in Hillah, south of the capital, killing one. US forces in Sadr City killed at least eight Shiite gunmen and wounding five. In western Iraq a US soldier was killed when his vehicle rolled over during a patrol.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, Iraqi and US authorities killed Abdullah Abu Azzam (Abdullah Najim Abdullah Mohamed Al-Jawari), the No. 2 official in the al-Qaida in Iraq organization, in a raid in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 25, Israeli aircraft blasted suspected Palestinian weapons facilities in Gaza and authorities arrested hundreds of militants in the West Bank, launching an offensive against the Islamic group Hamas after it bombarded Israeli towns with rockets. Hamas announced it would no longer use Gaza Strip as a staging ground for attacks against Israel.
    (AP, 9/25/05)(SFC, 9/26/05, A4)
2005        Sep 25, Italy's government stripped Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio of his authority to represent the country at a World Bank meeting.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A bomb rigged to the car of May Chidiac, a prominent journalist for an anti-Syrian television station, exploded severing her arm and leg in the latest in a string of targeted explosions in Lebanon.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A 7.0 earthquake hit northern Peru, near Moyobamba, causing power outages and cutting phone service throughout much of the region. 4 people were reported killed in Lamas.
    (AP, 9/26/05)(SFC, 9/26/05, A3)
2005        Sep 25, Polish voters cast their ballots in a parliamentary election expected to deal a crushing defeat to an ex-communist government plagued by scandal and high unemployment and lead to a coalition government between two conservative parties. Voters embraced two center-right parties that have promised tax cuts and clean government.
    (AP, 9/25/05)(AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 25, Some 774 Rwandans convicted by community courts for their role in the 1994 genocide began excavating stones for road construction as punishment for their role in the killings of more than a half-million people in this small central African nation. The convicts were tried by the newly established community courts, known as Gacaca. At least 760,000 Rwandans were accused of committing crimes during the genocide.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir met with King Abdullah in the Saudi city of Jeddah to discuss cooperation between their countries and regional developments.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 25, A majority of the Swiss electorate voted to allow citizens of the 10 new EU member states to work in Switzerland, according to the final results of a national referendum.
    (AP, 9/25/05)

2005        Sep 26, Cindy Sheehan (48), the California mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, was arrested along with a number of others for demonstrating against the war in Iraq in front of the White House without a permit. 40 people were arrested for demonstrating at the Pentagon.
    (SFC, 9/27/05, p.A2)
2005        Sep 26, A military court in Texas convicted Pfc. Lynndie England (22) on 6 of 7 counts of conspiracy and maltreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. England was found guilty of one count of conspiracy, four counts of maltreating detainees and one count of committing an indecent act. She was acquitted on a second conspiracy count. She was the next day sentenced to 3 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/27/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 26, In Mineola, NY, ex-Roslyn schools chief Frank Tassone (58) admitted he stole millions of dollars in taxpayer money to finance everything from his breakfast bagel to European jaunts on the Concorde. Records showed that Tassone and a former school official withdrew the district's money from ATMs almost every day between February 2001 and October 2002, with Tassone taking out a monthly average of $21,747. As part of a plea bargain Tassone will spend four to 12 years in prison and pay back an estimated $2 million.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, A judge in El Paso, Texas, cited conventions against sending a person to a country where he could face torture. Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban militant, was wanted in Venezuela for a 1976 airliner bombing. President Hugo Chavez said the decision by a US immigration judge in the case of Posada protects a terrorist and shows the "cynicism of the empire," a term he uses for President Bush's government.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 26, Dr. Milan Henzl, Czech-born obstetrician and gynecologist, died in Palo Alto, Ca. As a research scientist at Syntex he developed the anti-fungal drug butoconazole (Femstat) for yeast infections and nafarelin (Synarel) for endometriosis.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.B7)
2005        Sep 26, Leo Sternbach (97), Austrian-born chemist and inventor of valium, died in North Carolina. He had created an entirely new class of tranquilizers named benzodiazepines, which were safer and more effective than previous treatments such as barbiturates, opiates, alcohol and herbs. His other breakthroughs included the sleeping pills Dalmane and Mogadon, Klonopin for epileptic seizures and Arfonad, for limiting bleeding during brain surgery.
    (http://anxiety-panic.com/history/h-1960.htm)(SFC, 10/1/05, p.B4)
2005        Sep 26, A drug policy group said Afghanistan could reduce its destabilizing heroin trade by licensing an opium crop to produce medical morphine for export, but the UN dismissed the idea as unlikely to work and the government called it premature.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, In Afghanistan 2 US troops were killed in separate militant attacks.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 26, Archaeologists in northern Austria reported finding the remains of two newborns dating back 27,000 years while excavating a hillside near Krems. The newborns were buried beneath mammoth bones and with a string of 31 beads, suggesting that the internment involved some sort of ritual.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, China's navy commissioned the first in a new class of domestically designed and built warships. The missile frigate Wenzhou, named after a port city in eastern China, entered service at a ceremony attended by East China Fleet commander Zhao Guojun.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 26, Typhoon Damrey slammed into southern China's resort island of Hainan, killing at least two people, collapsing houses and sweeping away rice, rubber and banana crops.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, Dubai launched its Dubai Int’l. Financial Exchange (DIFX). Its 1st securities were certificates linked to the world’s main stock market indices and issued by Deutsche Bank, one of its founding members.
    (Econ, 10/1/05, p.71)
2005        Sep 26, The death of a 27-year-old woman took Indonesia's death toll from bird flu to six as the government announced that 400,000 tablets of donated medicine to fight the virus would soon arrive in the country.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, The US military freed 500 Iraqi detainees from Abu Ghraib prison, a goodwill gesture requested by the Iraqi government ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, An al-Qaeda leader in the northern city of Mosul surrendered to the Iraqi military. Abu Nasser, another al-Qaeda leader, died along with several others in a raid on the group's headquarters in Karabila. A US Marine was killed by a roadside bomb in the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 26, A US Marine commander said insurgents loyal to al-Zarqawi had taken over at least 5 Iraqi towns on the border with Syria, ordering residents to leave of face death.
    (SFC, 9/27/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 26, Roadside bombs killed three US soldiers in two separate attacks. A suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint guarding several government ministries, killing at least six people and wounding 13. Elsewhere five teachers and their driver who were shot to death in a classroom by suspected insurgents disguised as policemen.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, The Canadian general who supervised the tortuous process said the Irish Republican Army has given up its entire arsenal of weapons.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, Israeli aircraft attacked suspected weapons factories throughout the Gaza Strip, pushing forward an offensive against Palestinian militants despite a pledge by a top Hamas leader to halt rocket fire against Israel.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi was cleared of charges of false bookkeeping in a case involving funding for the former Socialist party.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, Japan's Cabinet approved legislation to privatize the country's trillion-dollar postal service, pushing ahead with its plan to create the world's largest financial institution.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26-2005 Sep 27, Intense rains throughout southern Mexico and parts of Central America caused rivers to overflow, killing at least 3 people and forcing thousands to flee their homes.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 26, Dutch bank ABN Amro said it had signed a contract with Banca Popolare Italiana and its allies to buy their 39.37 percent stake in Banca Antonveneta for a total outlay of 3.2 billion euros (3.85 billion dollars).
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, In Peru Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman, whose messianic communist vision inspired a rebellion that left almost 70,000 people dead, went on trial again with his attorney predicting he'll receive the same life sentence that was thrown out two years ago.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, Spain’s high court convicted 18 Muslim immigrants of terrorism-related charges. Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, a suspected al-Qaida cell leader, was sentenced to 27 years in prison. He was convicted of conspiring to commit murder in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks in the US, concluding Europe's biggest trial of alleged members of the terrorist group. Among those convicted was an Al-Jazeera TV correspondent, who had interviewed bin Laden. He was sentenced to 7 years.
    (Reuters, 9/26/05)(SFC, 9/27/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 26, The UN high commissioner for human rights said at least 400 and as many as 500 people were killed in political violence in Togo since the Feb 5 death of Pres. Gnassingbe Eyadema, and security forces were mostly to blame.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 26, In Tashkent 3 defendants accused of launching a revolt to bring Islamic rule to Uzbekistan told a court they trained at military camps in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, backing the government's claim of a conspiracy that included foreign fighters and funding.
    (AP, 9/26/05)
2005        Sep 26, Hugo de los Reyes Chavez, father of Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez and governor of Barinas state, ordered the seizure of a plant owned by the country's largest food company, the latest move in the federal government's land reform program.
    (AP, 9/26/05)

2005        Sep 27, Former FEMA director Michael Brown angrily blamed the Louisiana governor, the New Orleans mayor and even the Bush White House that appointed him for the dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in a fiery appearance before Congress; in response, lawmakers alternately lambasted and mocked the former official.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2005        Sep 27, New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass stepped down from his post 4 weeks after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2005        Sep 27, Army reservist Lynndie England was sentenced to three years behind bars for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2005        Sep 27, NASA and other institutions reported a huge galaxy, HUDF-JD2, dating from about 800 million years after the Big Bang. Odds on the date were given at 75%. The galaxy was said to be unusually massive and mature for its place in the young universe.
    (SFC, 10/10/05, p.A4)
2005        Sep 27, A research team from Hong Kong reported that the horseshoe bat is the source of the SARS virus. A 2nd team from China, Australia and the US reported similar findings 2 days later. The syndrome 1st appeared in China in 2002 and killed 774 people worldwide.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A12)
2005        Sep 27, In Afghanistan Ali Ahmad Jalali, the Interior Minister, resigned and said some senior officials were involved in drugs and corruption.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.A14)
2005        Sep 27, An American supervisor for USPI, a Houston-based security firm, allegedly shot to death his Afghan interpreter after a quarrel. Officials said Noor Ahmad (37) was shot in the head at a compound of his employer, U.S. Protection and Investigations, at Tut village in Farah province's Gulistan district in western Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 27, Australian PM John Howard won unanimous support from state premiers for tough new counter-terrorism laws, including detention without charge and electronic tagging of suspects.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, In Colombia government spraying of coca plant killer was reported to be driving growers and traffickers out of their usual territory into national parks where spraying is banned. Here they are burning thousands of acres of virgin rain forest and poisoning rivers with chemicals.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, A suicide bomber attacked Iraqis applying for jobs as policemen in Baqouba, 30 miles north of Baghdad, killing nine and wounding 21. US and Iraqi authorities said their forces had killed Abdullah Abu Azzam, the No. 2 official in the al-Qaida in Iraq organization, in a weekend raid in Baghdad, claiming to have struck a "painful blow" to the country's most feared insurgent group.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, In Iraq NATO's top brass opened a long-awaited training academy for the Iraqi military that the alliance say will significantly increase its role in the country.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, In southern Iraq police found the bodies of 22 Iraqi men who had been shot in the head and dumped in a deserted area of Badrah district northeast of Kut and 100 miles southeast of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, Protestant politicians rejected the Irish Republican Army's disarmament as inadequate, and said they would not share power in Northern Ireland's government with the IRA's political party Sinn Fein for years, if ever.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, Israel hit Gaza with shells and airstrikes to suppress rocket fire and detained 379 West Bank militants in an overnight sweep against Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists.
    (AP, 9/27/05)(WSJ, 9/28/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 27, Andre Rieu introduced violinist, Akim Camara (b.10/27/2001), during his 'Flying Dutchman Concert' at Parkstad Stadium in the Netherlands. Akim played Concerto G Major op.11 with the Johan Strauss Orchestra.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akim_Camara)
2005        Sep 27, At least 18 people were killed and 40 others injured when two passenger buses crashed head on along Peru's coastal Panamerican highway.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, The leader of Poland's Law and Justice party (PiS) said he would begin talks to form a new center-right coalition government after the final count confirmed its election victory. PiS won by promising to uproot the uklad, a network of ex-spies, corrupt businessmen and political insiders, who have dominated Poland since 1989.
    (AP, 9/27/05)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.54)
2005        Sep 27, In Russia Pres. Putin fielded questions on live coast-to-coast television and rebuffed the idea of holding on to the presidency past 2008.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.A10)
2005        Sep 27, Russia’s navy said it successfully test-launched a newly-developed intercontinental ballistic missile.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 27, In South Africa Brett Kebble (41), a mining entrepreneur, African National Congress supporter and cultural philanthropist, was found shot to death in Johannesburg. His business dealings had come under scrutiny. Drug trafficker Glen Agliotti was implicated in the murder. Jackie Selebi, South Africa’s chief of police, later admitted to being a friend to Agliotti. In 2010 a judge dropped murder charges against Agliotti.
    (AP, 9/28/05)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.50)(Reuters, 11/25/10)
2005        Sep 27, A senior US State Department official said the president of Uzbekistan made it clear that American forces must leave their air base in the Central Asian country, and the U.S. intends to do so "without further discussion."
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, After killing at least 31 people in China and the Philippines, Typhoon Damrey slammed ashore in Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people.
    (AP, 9/27/05)

2005        Sep 28, President George W. Bush waived some defense export restrictions on Libya to allow U.S. companies to participate in destroying Tripoli's chemical weapons and to refurbish eight transport planes.
    (Reuters, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, Tom DeLay, a powerful political ally of President George W. Bush, stepped down as head of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives after being indicted in Texas on a campaign finance charge. He was the 1st House leader to be indicted in more than a century.
    (AFP, 9/29/05)(SFC, 9/29/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 28, A newly designed $10 bill was unveiled featuring splashes of orange, yellow and red to go with the traditional green. The bills will not actually go into circulation until early next year.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, In NYC a groundbreaking ceremony unveiled the $3 million memorial design by Rodney Leon, a Yale-trained architect who has lived in West Africa. As many as 20,000 slaves and free blacks who helped build New York's economy from docks to warehouses will be honored with a memorial near their burial ground. Closed in 1794, the five-acre burial ground was forgotten as a construction landfill eventually buried it 20 feet underground. When the cemetery was rediscovered during construction of a federal office tower in 1991, community pressure prompted the government to abandon the project.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, It was reported that General Electric has agreed to pay $100 million for a 7% stake in China’s Shenzhen Development Bank.
    (WSJ, 9/29/05, p.A2)
2005        Sep 28, A high-speed Amtrak Acela hit a car at a crossing in Waterford, Conn., killing 2 people and causing major Northeast Corridor delays.
    (WSJ, 9/29/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 28, Afghan and US forces arrested Gafar, a Taliban commander suspected in bomb attacks against coalition forces, during a raid in the Andar district of Ghazni province, where he tried to conceal his identity by dressing as a woman.
    (AP, 10/1/05)
2005        Sep 28, A suspected suicide attacker detonated a bomb outside an Afghan military training center in Kabul, killing nine people and wounding 28.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, Argentina’s Senate removed Antonio Boggiano from the Supreme Court finding him guilty of arbitrary, biased and inconsistent rulings. He was last of justices left from the 1990 Supreme Court additions made under Pres. Menem.
    (Econ, 10/8/05, p.46)
2005        Sep 28, In Australia a team from Holland, known more for its windmills than its sunshine, won a four-day, 1,860 mile, international solar-powered car race across deserts, notching up their third straight victory. The "Challenge," to design and build a car capable of crossing Australia on the power of daylight, was launched in 1987 and teams and individuals from corporations and universities throughout the world take part.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 28, Brazilian police recovered about $4.3 million of the $70 million stolen last month in a heist from Brazil's Central Bank, making five arrests in one of the world's biggest bank robberies.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, China announced color-coded emergency measures to avert or handle an influenza pandemic amid fears that a deadly strain of bird flu could mutate and infect millions of people around the world.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, In Colombia a man in a wheelchair who hijacked an airliner two weeks ago was ordered released from jail on a court technicality, a decision that sent officials scrambling to issue a new arrest warrant. Porfirio Ramirez and his 17-year-old son Linsen armed with hand grenades, seized the Aires airliner with 24 people aboard on Sept. 12, surrendering five hours later at a Bogota airport without injuring anyone. A judge ordered the release saying that prosecutors had presented insufficient evidence at a hearing to keep holding the man.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 28, Egyptian police in the Sinai peninsula shot dead two men suspected of organizing bombings which killed 67 people in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in July.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 28, French police commandos swooped onto the deck of a ferry seized by striking unionized sailors in the Mediterranean Sea, recapturing the vessel and steering it back toward France. Butler Capital Partners, the private investment firm picked by the government to take over ferry operator SNCM, said 350-400 jobs might be lost in the privatization.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, Germany's outgoing parliament voted overwhelmingly to keep its troops in Afghanistan for another year.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, In Haiti Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, a jailed Catholic priest who was suspended from his religious duties for political activities, appealed to church authorities to reverse a punishment that supporters claim was intended to halt his growing influence in the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, A woman strapped with explosives and disguised as a man blew herself up outside an Iraqi army recruiting center in the northern town of Tal Afar, killing 7 other people and wounding at least 35 in the first known attack by a female suicide bomber in the country's bloody insurgency.
    (AP, 9/28/05)(SFC, 9/29/05, p.A12)
2005        Sep 28, In Najaf, Iraq, an attacker set off an explosion in the home of a bodyguard of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, killing two people and wounding five others.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, In Iraq 5 US soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Ramadi.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 28, Widening its five-day campaign against Palestinian militants, Israel for the first time fired live artillery shells into the Gaza Strip and shut down 15 West Bank offices suspected of distributing money to families of suicide bombers.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said a $5.2 billion project to build flood barriers to save Venice from its high tides will go forward.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 28, In Indian Kashmir 6 Islamic militants were killed in two shootouts including one near the border with Pakistan, while suspected rebels killed a civilian. 4 militants were killed in a gunbattle that erupted when police raided a militant hideout in the northern district of Kupwara near the ceasefire Line of Control with Pakistan. Two other rebels died in a fierce gunfight that broke out when soldiers launched a search for militants in a village in the central district of Budgam.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 28, In Nigeria 2 oil workers, one Briton and the other from Ireland, were kidnapped in the southern delta.
    (Reuters, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 28, In Pakistan a security official said agents raided a home near the capital of Islamabad and arrested Asif Chotto, the reputed head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an al-Qaida-linked militant group accused of killing hundreds of minority Shiites.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, Gazprom, the world's largest natural-gas producer, signed an agreement to buy a majority stake in the Sibneft oil company for $13.01 billion from Roman Abramovitch and associates. The deal will significantly further the state-controlled company's stature in the oil sector as Russian President Vladimir Putin moves to recapture government influence in the lucrative energy industry. Gazprom re-registered Sibneft in St. Petersburg depriving Chukotka a big chunk of tax revenue.
    (AP, 9/28/05)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.57)(WSJ, 1/10/06, p.A14)
2005        Sep 28, Jan Egeland, UN humanitarian chief, said escalating violence in the Sudanese region of Darfur is threatening to halt aid work as increasing numbers of international staff come under attack.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 28, An unprecedented attack on a displaced persons' camp in Sudan's embattled Darfur region reportedly killed 29 people. UN reports said up to 300 armed Arab men on horses and camels attacked the camp in northwest Darfur and burned about 80 makeshift shelters.
    (AP, 9/29/05)

2005        Sep 29, John Glover Roberts Jr., confirmed by the Senate to lead the Supreme Court, became the 17th chief justice of the US.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill to give same sex couples the right to marry in the state.
    (SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2005        Sep 29, In southern California a wind-whipped brush fire quickly doubled in size to at least 7,000 acres, destroying at least one home and prompting evacuations in the San Fernando Valley as flames rose along a ridge for miles.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, NY Times reporter Judith Miller was released from 85 days of federal detention after agreeing to testify in a criminal probe into the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2005        Sep 29, US federal agents raided an Illinois laboratory where the steroid that ignited the BALCO scandal is suspected to have been created. Chemist Patrick Arnold was believed to be the man who resurrected the 1960s steroid norbolethone as “the clear," later known as tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A5)
2005        Sep 29, The Oregon Supreme Court held yesterday that its State Constitution protects live sex shows and nude dancing, also voiding a 4' limitation.
    (http://talkleft.com/new_archives/012567.html)
2005        Sep 29, E-Trade Financial Corp. said that it will buy BrownCo from JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.6 billion.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 29, Benjamin DeMott (b.1924), former Amherst professor and cultural critic, died in Worthington, Mass. His books included “The Imperial Middle: Why Americans Can’t Think Straight About Class" (1990).
    (SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A21)
2005        Sep 29, In southern Afghanistan an attack killed one US and one Afghan soldier.
    (SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 29, Algerians voted on a peace plan the government says will help turn the page on a brutal Islamic insurgency that left an estimated 120,000 dead. Critics, however, say the plan will whitewash past crimes.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Officials announced that Rupert Murdoch's Asian broadcast business is buying a 20 percent stake in the Indonesian television network ANTV.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Brazil an Amazon River passenger ship crashed into two barges and sank, leaving at least eight people dead and a dozen missing.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, Canada’s Supreme Court cleared the way for the government of British Columbia to sue cigarette companies for the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses and to seek damages dating back 50 years as well as costs for future smoking-related maladies.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 29, In India thousands of airport workers backed by civil servants and state-run bank and insurance company employees held a one-day nationwide strike to protest government privatization plans they fear will affect their jobs.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, A bus accident in India's portion of Kashmir has left 44 people dead and 42 others injured.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, Thousands of students, truck drivers and laborers rallied across Indonesia to protest impending fuel price hikes, some blocking roads with burning tires and throwing stones outside a house belonging to the vice president.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Baghdad US forces raided the homes of two officials from a prominent Sunni Arab organization, arresting bodyguards and confiscating weapons. 12 Iraqis were killed in a number of shootings and other attacks in the capital.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Three suicide attackers exploded near-simultaneous car bombs in the heart of Balad, a mainly Shiite town, killing 62 people and wounding 70 amid a new surge of violence before an Oct. 15 referendum on Iraq's constitution.
    (AP, 9/29/05)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A14)
2005        Sep 29, Israeli soldiers killed 3 Palestinian gunmen in arrest raids in the West Bank, pressing on with a major offensive against militants even as Palestinian officials said they have begun enforcing a ban on public weapons displays.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Japan Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. reported a new chip that uses the common electric socket as your home's connection to broadband, doing away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a wireless network device.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Editors of five Kazakh opposition newspapers ended a hunger strike after reaching a deal with a new printing house that would allow them to return to business after being forced to shut down.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Hundreds of African migrants charged a razor-wire border fence at a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco before dawn, and five people were killed and 50 injured, prompting Spain to send troops to secure the frontier.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Detectives said the IRA is still in business as owners of pubs and clubs, smugglers of fuel and cigarettes, bank robbers by night and property investors by day. Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau, the United Kingdom Assets Recovery Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland estimate that IRA rackets generate more than $20 million annually.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Hamas captured up to 1/3 of the votes in Palestinian municipal elections. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party won in 51 of 104 municipalities, to 13 for the Hamas militant group.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A10)(AP, 10/1/05)
2005        Sep 29, Clashes between Pakistani troops with militants suspected of links with al-Qaida in remote tribal regions near the Afghan border left at least 4 soldiers dead.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 29, Residents of the breakaway Somaliland voted in the 1st multiparty parliamentary elections since the region separated from Somalia more than a decade ago.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of computer memory chips, announced that it plans to invest $33 billion over seven years to build a chip research and development facility and eight manufacturing lines south of Seoul.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, In Sweden Saab said it plans to recall almost 300,000 cars worldwide because of a problem with the ignition system.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, Northern Vietnam reported at least 57 people dead and widespread destruction from the aftermath of Typhoon Damrey.
    (AFP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, The UN warned that a global flu pandemic could kill as many as 150 million people if the world fails to prepare for an expected mutation of the bird flu virus enabling it to spread from human to human.
    (AP, 9/29/05)

2005        Sep 30, The US federal deficit for the fiscal year ending on this day stood at $319 billion, down from $413 billion in 2004.
    (SFC, 10/15/05, p.A7)
2005        Sep 30, The FAA gave Chicago the go-ahead for a $15 billion expansion of O’Hare Airport. The project required razing nearly 500 homes, a cemetery the relocating of nearly 200 businesses in the suburbs of Bensenville, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village.
    (SFC, 10/1/05, p.A10)
2005        Sep 30, Out of jail after 85 days, New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified before a grand jury investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
    (AP, 9/30/06)
2005        Sep 30, In Georgia 6 men were killed in a string of robberies targeting Hispanic immigrants at trailer parks in and around Tifton. Four suspects were arrested and charged with murder and other offenses.
    (AP, 9/30/06)
2005        Sep 30, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin invited residents of some of the city's most popular neighborhoods to return at their own risk beginning today, a move that could bring back about one-third of the city's half-million inhabitants.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, Google submitted a competitive bid to provide SF free wireless Internet access using Wi-Fi technology.
    (SFC, 10/1/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 30, Eugene Beals (86), inventor of the turkey pop-up timer, died on Thetis Island in BC, Canada. He led a team that developed a prototype in the late 1960s under the name Dun-Rite Co., which was sold to 3M in 1973. 3M later sold it to Volk Enterprises of Georgia.
    (SSFC, 10/9/05, p.A32)
2005        Sep 30, Official referendum results showed Algerians overwhelmingly approved a peace plan that provides a broad amnesty for Islamic extremists, but which critics denounced as a whitewash of crimes committed during a bloody internal war. The Charter on Peace and National Reconciliation granted a broad amnesty to militants and offered some financial compensation to families of at least 6,000 “disappeared."
    (AP, 9/30/05)(Econ, 10/8/05, p.56)
2005        Sep 30, Olga de Alaketu (80), the high priestess of one the oldest temples of the Afro-Brazilian religion Condomble, was buried. She had died of complications from diabetes. Alaketu presided over the Ile Maroia Laji "terreiro," as Candomble temples are known, which was established in 1636, making it one of the oldest in the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, where the religion is based.
    (AP, 10/1/05)
2005        Sep 30, The Shanghai Daily reported that Home Depot had received approval to invest $15.5 million in stores in China.
    (SFC, 10/1/05, p.C1)
2005        Sep 30, Thousands of foreign militiamen in Congo appeared to ignore this day’s deadline to leave this central African country or be evicted by force.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Death threats against the artists soon followed with protest strikes in Kashmir, condemnation from Muslim leaders worldwide and even criticism from the UN. The paper refused to apologize for publishing the drawings, citing freedom of speech, a right cherished in this northern European country of 5.4 million, that also refused to prosecute an artist who depicted a crucified Jesus Christ with an erection. Kurt Westergaard created one of the cartoons, which featured the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. In 2008 Westergaard offered to sell the cartoon. In 2009 Jytte Klausen authored “The Cartoons That Shook the World."
    (AP, 12/9/05)(WSJ, 2/29/08, p.A1)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.97)
2005        Sep 30, The EU insisted that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a showdown with the United States on the future of Internet governance.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, In Meghalaya state, northeastern India, police opened fire on stone-throwing students in two towns, killing 12 of them protesting a government decision to shift a state education board to an area dominated by a different tribe.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, In India at least 14 people died after drinking illegal home-brewed liquor sold at unauthorized shops in the remote northeast. The death toll was likely to rise because 61 others were hospitalized after drinking the noxious brew in Tezpur, a town 110 miles north of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.
    (AP, 10/1/05)
2005        Sep 30, In Indonesia riot police fired tear gas at about 100 rock-throwing students who were among thousands demonstrating on the eve of drastic fuel price increases, which President Yudhoyono defended as the only way to stave off an economic crisis.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, Sunni-led insurgents killed at least nine people with a car bomb in a crowded vegetable market this Friday, the Muslim day of worship.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants in a shootout, while Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement made an unexpectedly strong showing against rival Hamas in local elections in dozens of West Bank towns and villages.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, A bus carrying high school students on a pilgrimage to Czestochowa, a 14th century monastery and Poland's most sacred Roman Catholic shrine, collided with a truck and burst into flames, killing 12 people.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, In South Africa Mark Scott-Crossley, a white farmer convicted in the murder of one of his former black workers, was sentenced to life in prison. Co-defendant Simon Mathebula was sentenced to 15 years. In Jan 31, 2004, Nelson Chisale (41), who had been fired two months earlier for apparently running a personal errand during work hours, was beaten with machetes, tied up, driven to a nearby lion reserve, and thrown over the fence.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, South American presidents committed themselves to establishing a continental free trade zone. The South American summit was attended by the presidents of Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.
    (AP, 10/1/05)
2005        Sep 30, Catalonia's parliament approved a new charter that called the wealthy region in northeastern Spain "a nation," wording that has some worried that the region is heading toward a break with Spain.
    (AP, 9/30/05)

2005        Sep, The FBI raided the home of spammer Alan M. Ralsky (60) in a Detroit suburb seizing financial records, computers and disks. Ralsky has said that he has 150 million or more e-mail addresses, and he has been a target of anti-spam efforts for years.
    (AP, 10/17/05)
2005        Sep, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp acquired MySpace.com, an Internet social networking website, for $580 million. In 2011 Murdoch sold MySpace for $35 million.
    (SSFC, 10/23/05, p.A1)(Econ, 7/16/11, p.26)
2005        Sep, In Canada Dalton McGuinty, premier of Ontario, decided to prohibit all settlement of family matters based on religious principles under the 1991 Arbitration Act.
    (Econ, 2/16/08, p.66)
2005        Sep, In China the Univ. of Nottingham opened a $68 million branch in Ningbo. Britain’s Univ. of Liverpool also began a joint-venture university with China in Suzhou.
    (Econ, 11/12/05, p.46)(www.liv.ac.uk/newsroom/press_releases/2005/10/china.htm)
2005        Sep, Chinese surgeons at Guangzhou General Hospital performed a successful penis transplant. They were forced to remove it after 2 weeks because of psychological problems experienced by the man and his wife. Guangzhou is the Mandarin for Canton.
    (SFC, 9/20/06, p.A2)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.18)
2005        Sep, The TV show “Ethiopian Idols" began in Ethiopia. Judges planned to whittle 2,000 contestants down to 96 and then let the public elect a winner.
    (SFC, 1/9/06, p.A2)
2005        Sep, Tariq Krim (32), French entrepreneur, launched Netvibes. It provided users the ability to oversee their favorite blogs from a single page.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.68)
2005        Sep, Telebid, a German online auction, was launched. It used purchased-credits, instead of symbolic offers, for bidding. Over the next few years it expanded into Austria, Canada, Spain, Britain and America. In 2008 it changed its name to Swoopo.
    (Econ, 8/15/09, p.58)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swoopo)
2005        Sep, In Iraq army recruits traveling by bus from Karbala to Qaim were stopped by gunmen and taken away. In 2008 a mass grave was found near Qaim containing the remains of 34 people, including 2 women, believed to be the army recruits abducted in 2005.
    (SFC, 10/23/08, p.A11)
2005        Sep, The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked IESE Business School, an arm of Spain’s Univ. of Navarre, as the world’s top business school.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.81)
2005        Sep, Interpol, Int’l. Criminal Police Organization, voted unanimously to admit its 184th member, Turkmenistan. Interpol's General Secretariat in Lyon, France, provides a fast and reliable communication system that links police around the globe.
    (SSFC, 10/23/05, p.E3)(www.interpol.int/Public/Icpo/introduction.asp)
2005        Sep, The World Bank’s “World Development Report" argued that the bank and world governments should focus on equality of opportunity. It advocated policies that would challenge the privileged and empower the disenfranchised.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.94)
2005        Sep, The average inflation rate for the G7 economies rose to an estimated 3.2%, mainly due to the price of oil.
    (Econ, 10/22/05, p.81)
2005        Sep, In Mexico Bishop Ramon Godinez declared that drug traffickers often donate to the church. He argued that the money is "purified" once it passes through parish doors.
    (AP, 10/5/05)
2005        Sep, Henrik Syse (39), professor of philosophy, began work as in-house ethicist for Norway’s Petroleum Fund. His books included “Paths to a Good Life: Philosophical Reflections on Everyday Ethics."
    (WSJ, 12/1/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep, The novel “The Girls of Riyadh" by Rajaa al-Sanie (23) was published in Lebanon. Only pirated copies were available in Saudi Arabia. Rajaa Alsanea wrote the novel as a series of anonymous e-mails about the protagonists. In 2007 the book became available in English.
    (SFC, 12/16/05, p.A29)(WSJ, 6/29/07, p.W2)
2005        Sep, In Thailand a weekly talk show on government run TV hosted by Sondhi Limthongkul, founder of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), was cancelled. Weekly rallies soon followed in which Mr. Sondhi unveiled fresh allegations of official corruption and misconduct.
    (Econ, 12/17/05, p.42)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.47)
2005        Sep, Some National Guard generals in Venezuela, suspected of easing drug movement through the country, were quietly removed from their posts.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.48)

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