Timeline 2006 January to March

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2006        Jan 1, President Bush strongly defended his domestic spying program, calling it legal as well as vital to thwarting terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 1/1/07)
2006        Jan 1, The California Energy Commission introduced mandatory standby requirement for various electronic devices.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, Survey p.34)
2006        Jan 1, Raging bushfires have destroyed at least 10 homes and threatened scores more in southeast Australia as a scorching heat wave hit Sydney with its hottest New Year's Day on record.
    (AFP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, Ketamine, an anesthetic and niche club drug, was labeled a Class C drug in the United Kingdom. It was developed by Parke-Davis in 1962 as part of an effort to find a safer anesthetic alternative to phencyclidine (PCP), which was likely to cause hallucinations, neurotoxicity and seizures.
    (Eon, 11/19/11, p.59)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketamine)
2006        Jan 1, The Royal Mail's 350-year-long monopoly of the letter-delivery business in Britain ended, as new rules kicked in to allow rival operators to win a slice of the market.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2006        Jan 1, Toronto wrapped up 2005 with 78 homicides, 52 of them gun-related.
    (CP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 1, The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) failed to start due to legal and regulatory reforms. Juan Carlos Paiz of the Guatemalan Union of Nontraditional Products blamed the US in large part for the delay, saying Washington was requiring too much of its poorer partners. The 6 participating nations included, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua,
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, In China a new policy took effect that allowed listed companies to grant stock options to senior executives and certain employees as incentives.
    (WSJ, 1/6/06, p.A8)
2005        Jan 1, Denmark’s PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in response to cartoons published by Jyllands-Posten depicting the prophet Muhammad, condemned in his new year’s speech any attempt to demonize groups of people on the basis of religion or ethnic background.
    (Econ, 1/7/06, p.44)
2006        Jan 1, East African leaders said that millions of people in the region faced hunger because poor rains had affected vital crops and pasture. Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania faced acute food shortages.
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, In Haiti 2 kidnapped American journalists, who said their captors threatened to kill them, were freed after friends and family assembled a ransom for their release.
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, Officials said a cold snap sweeping northern India has killed another five homeless people, taking the toll to 101 since the start of December.
    (AFP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, An Islamic militant group kidnapped nine Iranian soldiers near that country's border with Pakistan. On Jan 4 Al-Arabiya said the group threatened to kill them unless the Tehran government released 16 members from prison.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 1, Insurgents exploded 13 car bombs across Iraq, including eight in Baghdad within a three-hour span, but the New Year's Day onslaught killed no one and injured only 20 people.
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, Subcomandante Marcos (b.1957), identified by the Mexican government as Rafael Guillen, began a tour of 31 Mexican states under the name “Delegate Zero." The leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebels, wearing a ski mask to protect his identity, railed against the government and free trade to kick off a six-month tour of Mexico aimed at reshaping the nation's politics.
    (WSJ, 1/5/06, p.A12)(AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 1, Norway passed legislation requiring every publicly traded company in Norway to have 40% women on its board by Jan 1 2008.
    (www.nytimes.com/2006/01/12/international/europe/12oslo.html)
2006        Jan 1, A coalition of thousands of Islamic schools vowed to resist a Pakistani government plan to deport their foreign students, calling the proposal immoral.
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, Palestinian security forces stormed a building where an Italian hostage was being held, freeing the man after a shootout with his kidnappers.
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, Russia took over the annual presidency of the G8 club of industrialized democracies for the first time from Britain on New Year's Day.
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, Russia's natural gas monopoly halted sales to Ukraine in a price dispute and began reducing pressure in transmission lines that also carry substantial supplies to western Europe. Supplies of natural gas to Poland have been hit by cuts imposed by Russia on the amount of gas entering the pipeline system in neighbouring Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 1/1/06)(AFP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, Spanish smokers faced a wrenching change New Year's Day as a nationwide ban on tobacco in the workplace came into force in a country known for its smoky bars.
    (AP, 1/1/06)
2006        Jan 1, In Venezuela 32 privately operated oil fields returned to state control. A 2001 hydrocarbons law had required oil production to be carried out by companies majority-owned by the government.
    (WSJ, 1/3/06, p.A14)
2006        Jan 1, In northern Yemen tribesmen kidnapped five Italians, a day after the government negotiated the release of five Germans held hostage. Tribesmen soon freed three Italian women, who were among a group of five Italian tourists, and pressed for the release of kinsmen held by the authorities.
    (Reuters, 1/1/06)

2006        Jan 2, No. 4 Ohio State beat No. 5 Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2006        Jan 2, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in 7 northern counties making them eligible for disaster aid. The aid was soon extended to 16 more counties.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.A1)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.B1)
2006        Jan 2, Grass fires in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas left at least 4 people dead with over 250 structures burned.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.A4)
2006        Jan 2, In Tallmansville, West Virginia, an explosion at the Sago coal mine trapped 13 miners more than a mile underground. After 1½ days 12 miners were found dead. Randal McCloy (27) was the lone survivor.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 2, Independence Air, formerly known as Atlantic Coast Airlines, said it will shut down on Jan 5. The DC based carrier only began operations Jun 16, 2004.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.E1)
2006        Jan 2, The Afghan government said it has ordered the US Embassy, the UN and other organizations to remove security barriers that are blocking streets in Afghanistan's capital and causing traffic jams.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, In Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomber detonated explosives in a car near a US military convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, killing himself and wounding an American soldier and two passers-by. Suspected Taliban gunmen killed an Afghan aid worker who was praying in a mosque in southern Afghanistan. A policeman was killed in a separate firefight with militants.
    (AP, 1/2/06)(AFP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, In eastern Australia 5 people were killed when a plane carrying a group of skydivers plunged into a dam near Brisbane.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, China’s Xinhua News reported that the nation’s GDP grew 9.8% in 2005.
    (WSJ, 1/3/06, p.A14)
2006        Jan 2, The roof of an ice rink with about 50 people inside collapsed after a heavy snowfall in a town in the Bavarian Alps killing 15 people, most of them teens and children.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 2, In India’s Orissa state police shot and killed 12 tribals who were seeking to block construction of a steel plant in Kalinga Nagar. Tensions were heightened after the "tribals hacked to death a senior constable." Hundreds of protesters, some armed with bows and arrows, soon blocked a highway to protest the police shooting.
    (AFP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, In central Indonesia flash floods swept away hundreds houses and schools, killing at least 57 people.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, In Iraq the main Sunni Arab group, the Iraqi Accordance Front, and Kurdish regional Pres. Massoud Barzani agreed on broad outlines for a coalition government.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.A5)
2006        Jan 2, A suicide car bomber targeted a busload of police recruits north of Baghdad, killing seven people, and gunmen in the capital killed five workers.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, US aircraft bombed a house in Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding four. Iraqis claimed an innocent family was killed. US military said a recon drone had recorded men planting a roadside bomb and traced them to the building.
    (AP, 1/3/06)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 2, An Israeli intelligence report said Palestinians have smuggled anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip along with tons of other military hardware since Israel withdrew in September.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, A car exploded in northern Gaza after nightfall, killing at least one Palestinian. Witnesses said an Israeli aircraft was overhead.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, More than 130 Libyan political prisoners, mostly members of the banned opposition Muslim Brotherhood group, started a hunger strike in a Tripoli prison, saying the government broke its promise to release them.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, The leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebels, wearing a ski mask to protect his identity, railed against the country's government and free trade to kick off a six-month tour of Mexico aimed at reshaping the nation's politics.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, Communist rebels in Nepal announced they would end a four-month cease-fire, saying they had to take up arms to defend themselves against government attacks.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly accused Ukraine of diverting about $25 million worth of Russian gas intended for other customers, a day after Moscow halted deliveries to Kiev in a price dispute whose effects were spreading across Europe.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, A heavily-criticized Russia promised to restore full gas supplies to Europe after Germany warned that its dispute with Ukraine over deliveries could hurt its long-term credibility as an energy supplier.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, In Sri Lanka 5 civilians suspected of working for separatist rebels were allegedly killed when their grenades exploded before they could hurl them at troops. Forensic tests showed that the victims had been shot dead. The incident referred to as Trincomalee massacre happened when 5 minority Sri Lankan Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead.
    (AP, 1/3/06)(AP, 2/14/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Trincomalee_massacre)
2006        Jan 2, Kizza Besigye, Uganda's main opposition leader, was released on bail, and greeted some 12,000 cheering supporters outside the courthouse where he is on trial for charges he says were fabricated to keep him out of next month's presidential election.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, Yemeni tribal and state officials said 3 Italian women kidnapped in north Yemen have refused to go free until their abductors release two Italian men held with them.
    (AP, 1/2/06)

2006        Jan 3, Jack Abramoff, the US lobbyist who spawned a congressional corruption scandal, pleaded guilty to 3 felonies and pledged to cooperate in a criminal probe edging closer to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 3, In Pennsylvania the Dover School Board rescinded its policy of presenting intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in high school biology classes.
    (SFC, 1/4/06, p.A2)
2006        Jan 3, Rhode Island became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that patients who use the drug can still be prosecuted under federal law.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 3, The US DJIA rose 129.91 to 10847.41 on expectations for an end to interest rate increases based the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve meeting in December.
    (WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 3, The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that 47 journalists were killed in 2005, and that more than three-quarters were murdered to silence their criticism of punish them for their work. Iraq accounted for 22 of the deaths.
    (WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A9)
2006        Jan 3, The UN secretariat of the Convention on Int’l. Trade in Endangered Species ordered a temporary halt to the global export of caviar to compel nations to demonstrate that their fishing practices are not pushing caviar producing fish to extinction.
    (SFC, 1/4/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A9)
2006        Jan 3, Armed men beheaded a teacher in the central Afghan town of Qalat, the latest in a string of attacks against educators at schools where girls study. Officials blamed Taliban militants.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 3, Argentina repaid $9.57 billion in debt to the International Monetary Fund, a measure officials depicted as a means to help reclaim Argentina's economic independence.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 3, A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Egypt will deport 654 Sudanese refugees who were violently evicted from a protest camp in a Cairo park last week.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 3, A top official said Iran has decided to resume research into nuclear fuel production in a statement certain to increase concerns that Iran is moving toward production of nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 3, Gunmen attacked a car carrying construction workers in western Baghdad, killing three and wounding two. Gunmen in the same neighborhood fired on a car carrying civilians, killing two and wounding three. The sister of Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr was kidnapped and her bodyguard killed. The nephew of Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Yasiri, Baghdad rescue police commander, was kidnapped.
    (AP, 1/3/06)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 3, Urbano Lazzaro (81), a resistance fighter credited with arresting fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at the end of World War II, died in Vercelli, Italy.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 3, In Japan Yoshie Sato (56) was killed near the Yokosuka base. Japanese media later reported that a US serviceman (21) had admitted to US military authorities to killing her.
    (AFP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 3, Peru formally asked Chile to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori so he can be tried on human rights and corruption charges.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 3, Russian and Ukrainian officials agreed to resume talks on resolving a dispute over the price of natural gas that has reverberated across the continent and left Ukraine cut off from its supplies.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 3, Serb officials acknowledged that war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic was drawing an army pension until at least mid-November 2005.
    (WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 3, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez offered Bolivia's president-elect Evo Morales diesel fuel, trade benefits and help in financing his social reforms as the two leftists cemented ties, reasserting their opposition to US policy in Latin America.
    (AP, 1/3/06)

2006        Jan 4, The US Supreme Court allowed federal prosecutors to take custody of “enemy combatant" Jose Padilla so he could face criminal charges.
    (SFC, 1/5/06, p.A5)
2006        Jan 4, A US federal appeals court in Atlanta reinstated a $54.6 million verdict against two retired Salvadoran generals, Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova (67), and Jose Guillermo Garcia (72), accused of torture during the civil war (1980-1992) in their home country.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 4, The Univ. of Texas Longhorns scored a 41-38 win over Southern California in the Rose Bowl. Official tickets sold for $175 and resellers on the internet hawked them for as much as $3000.
    (AP, 1/5/06)(Econ, 1/7/06, p.58)
2006        Jan 4, In a triple-overtime game that began Jan. 3 and finished after midnight, No. 3 Penn State beat No. 22 Florida State 26-23 in the Orange Bowl.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2006        Jan 4, Scientists said protected ocean areas are needed to save deep-sea fish which have been driven to near extinction by commercial fishing.
    (Reuters, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, Chad's President Idriss Deby urged the UN to take control of Sudan's volatile Darfur region because he said Khartoum was using the conflict there to destabilize neighboring states.
    (Reuters, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, In China’s central province of Hunan a mismanaged silt clean-up project allowed the industrial chemical cadmium, which can cause neurological disorders and cancer, to flood out of a smelting works and into the Xiangjiang River.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 4, Two Egyptian guards were shot dead at the border with Gaza after armed Palestinians made a hole in the border wall. Palestinian militants angry at the jailing of their leader stole two bulldozers and smashed through the border wall between Gaza and Egypt.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said France will create a special police force to ensure security for railway passengers after a band of marauding youths robbed and sexually assaulted train travelers Jan 1 in southeast France.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, In Indonesia landslides triggered by heavy rains swept down on a village on Java island, burying homes beneath tons of mud and leaving dozens of people missing and feared dead. The number of dead or missing from days of wet weather rose to over 200.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 4, An Iraqi Interior Ministry official said more than 7,000 Iraqis, most of them civilians, were killed in violence in 2005, the first year that Iraqi officials have kept such records.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, In Iraq a suicide bomber killed 32 mourners and wounded dozens at a funeral for the nephew of a Shiite politician, one of several attacks across the country that killed a total of 53 people.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, Israel’s PM Ariel Sharon was rushed to an operating room to staunch a brain hemorrhage; his official powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
    (WSJ, 1/5/06, p.A1)(AP, 1/4/07)
2006        Jan 4, The world’s largest bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), opened for business with $1.6 trillion in assets.
    (Econ, 1/7/06, p.64)
2006        Jan 4, The Russian and Ukrainian natural gas companies agreed on a plan to resume gas shipments to Ukraine that allowed both sides to claim victory after a commercial and political dispute that had raised fears of gas shortages in Europe.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, In Tanzania rocks and boulders tumbled down Mount Kilimanjaro and crashed into tents where tourists were sleeping, killing 3 American climbers and seriously injuring 2.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 4, Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (62), the emir of Dubai and prominent owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses, died during a visit to Australia.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 4, Intel asked the Vietnamese government for a license to build a chip plant worth 605 million dollars in southern Ho Chi Minh City. Regulators approved the plans in February.
    (AFP, 1/5/06)(WSJ, 2/24/06, p.A6)

2006        Jan 5, Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that Israeli PM Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land." Robertson later apologized.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2006        Jan 5, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger in his State of the State speech called for over $222 billion for public works projects.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 5, The Florida Supreme Court struck down the voucher system that allowed some children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense, saying that it violates the state constitution's requirement of a uniform system of free public schools.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Afghanistan a suicide attacker in Kandahar detonated explosives strapped to his body during a visit by the US ambassador, killing 10 Afghans and wounding 50.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, The wife of Dragomir Abazovic, a Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect, was killed in a shoot-out when European Union (EUFOR) peacekeepers moved in to arrest her husband at their home. Abazovic and the couple's 11-year-old son were also shot and injured.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, The UN said around 2,000 Rwandan Hutu refugees have arrived in Burundi in the past month, many saying they feel insecure in Rwanda or are being refused permission to cultivate their land.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, China’s government announced the closing 5,290 coal mines in a safety crackdown on the world's deadliest mining industry.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In China Feng Bingxian (59), a businessman who led investors against the government seizure of oil fields in northern China, was convicted along with 2 co-defendants of organizing illegal protests and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/6/06, p.A8)
2006        Jan 5, In China an oil spill occurred at Gongyi city in neighboring Henan province when a frozen pipe broke, causing six tons of oil to spill into a tributary of the Yellow River.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 5, In western China violent blizzards have forced the evacuation of 97,000 people in a largely Muslim region of Xinjiang, as the nation braced for its worst winter in 20 years.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Colombia local TV reported that 2 soldiers had been arrested for giving weapons to leftist rebels, their main battlefield enemy, in exchange for cocaine. 14 FARC guerrillas and two soldiers were killed in clashes in a coca-growing area on the edge Sierra Macarena National Park in southern Colombia.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, In France a 76-year-old performance artist was arrested after attacking Marcel Duchamp's  (1917) "Fountain," a porcelain urinal, with a hammer at the Pompidou Center.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, The leader of Haiti's largest business association called for a general strike next week to protest the wave of kidnappings that has sparked fear in the capital and contributed to the chaos that prompted authorities to postpone elections.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, A shootout between inmates at Honduras' biggest prison left at least 13 inmates dead and another 30 wounded.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, A suicide bomber infiltrated a line of police recruits in Ramadi, killing at least 58 and wounding dozens including a US Marine and soldier. 11 US troops were slain during the day. 5 soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb south of Karbala. 2 soldiers were killed in the Baghdad area when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. 2 US Marines were killed by separate small arms attacks while conducting combat operations in Fallujah. An explosion near one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines killed at least 5 people. The day’s death toll rose to at least 136 people in a series of attacks as politicians tried to form a coalition government.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, Iraq's largest oil refinery closed again, a day after insurgents ambushed a convoy of tanker trucks carrying gas from the facility.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Israel’s PM Ariel Sharon (77) fought for his life following seven hours of emergency surgery to stop widespread bleeding in his brain. The massive stroke made it unlikely that he would return to power. Vice Premier Ehud Olmert was named acting PM and convened the Cabinet for a special session.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Suspected rebels killed 3 police and wounded 4 more in attacks across Nepal, while hundreds of protesters marched through Kathmandu, demanding restoration of democracy.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Pakistan said it had taken all "appropriate action" to break up the underground nuclear network run by its former chief nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Peru recalled its ambassador from Venezuela, accusing President Hugo Chavez of meddling in Peru's upcoming presidential race.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Saudi Arabia a building used as a hostel by pilgrims in Mecca collapsed as millions of Muslims converged for the annual hajj, and at least 76 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, A Turkish teenager whose brother died of bird flu also succumbed to the disease. Fatma Kocyigit (15) died in a hospital in the eastern city of Van, four days after the death of her brother, Mehmet Ali Kocyigit (14). The children helped raise poultry on a small farm in the eastern town of Dogubeyazit, close to Iranian border, and were in close contact with sick birds. Their 11-year-old sister died the next day.
    (AP, 1/5/06)(AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Venezuela a viaduct, carrying the motorway that crosses the mountains between Caracas and the int’l. airport, was closed due to geologic and structural problems. Travel time one way rose up to 5 hours.
    (Econ, 1/14/06, p.44)

2006        Jan 6, Al-Qaida's No. 2 official, Ayman al-Zawahri, said in a videotape that a recent US decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq represented "the victory of Islam."
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2006        Jan 6, The 115-year-old Pilgrim Baptist Church of Chicago was destroyed by fire.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2006        Jan 6, In Florida Martin Lee Anderson (14) died a day after he was brutally beaten at a juvenile detention boot camp. Videotape showed that he was punched and kicked. A 2nd autopsy on Mar 13 indicated that Anderson did not die of natural causes. An earlier autopsy said his death was due to a sickle cell trait. In May 2007 the Florida state legislature agreed to pay Anderson’s family $5 million to settle civil claims. On Oct 12, 2007, an all-white jury acquitted 8 former boot camp workers of manslaughter.
    (AP, 2/17/06)(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A4)(SFC, 10/13/07, p.A4)
2006        Jan 6, Lou Rawls (72), singer, died in Los Angeles. He started as a church choir boy and went on to sell more than 40 million albums. He won three Grammy Awards in a career that spanned nearly five decades and a range of genres. His 1st solo release was the 1962 jazz album “Stormy Monday" recorded with the Les McCann Trio.
    (AP, 1/6/06)(SFC, 1/6/06, p.B5)
2006        Jan 6, Hugh Thompson Jr., a former Army helicopter pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai massacre, died in Alexandria, La., at age 62.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2006        Jan 6, Bulgarian officials said Gazprom was pushing it to switch to a system in which it pays transit fees and charges Sofia market prices. Bulgaria rejected the offer and said its current is good to 2010.
    (WSJ, 1/9/06, p.A11)
2006        Jan 6, In China a farmer angry over a court ruling set off a bomb in a courthouse in Gansu province, killing himself and four other people. Qian Wenzhao (62) was angry over a ruling in a property dispute involving the house of his late son and daughter-in-law.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 6, A study published in Britain's leading medical journal said war-ravaged Congo is suffering the world's deadliest humanitarian crisis, with 38,000 people dying each month mostly from easily treatable diseases.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, An Indian Supreme Court panel accused France of violating an international treaty on hazardous waste movement by sending an asbestos-laden warship to be scrapped in an Indian shipyard.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, A suicide car bomber struck a police patrol in Baghdad, killing one officer.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, Israel’s PM Ariel Sharon had emergency brain surgery for five hours after doctors detected further bleeding and increasing pressure.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, The Kazakhstan Parliament voted to ditch the Central Asian state's old national anthem in favor of "My Kazakhstan," a song written in 1956 and adapted by Pres. Nazarbayev.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, Liberia's President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf agreed to pay out benefits and pensions to widows of soldiers killed in a civil war after they blocked roads in the capital Monrovia in protest.
    (Reuters, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, Comandante Ramona (47), a leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebel movement and an advocate for women's rights, died after a decade-long struggle with a kidney disease.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, Morocco's King Mohammed, under pressure from human rights groups to apologize for more than four decades of past repression by the state, offered his sympathy for the victims.
    (Reuters, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, Nigeria’s government anti-AIDS agency said it will double the number of centers where AIDS patients can get free drugs in the next three months as part of a major drive to widen access to treatment.
    (Reuters, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, Stalinist North Korea demanded billions of dollars in compensation for alleged atrocities against its prisoners of war and spies formerly held in South Korea. The demand sparked outrage among politicians in Seoul.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 6, Venezuela said it will expand a program to provide discounted home heating oil to low-income Americans, bringing savings to some Indian tribes in Maine.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, Vietnam said it was prepared to join some UN peacekeeping operations for the first time in a move seen as a major shift in its attitude towards the world body.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 6, In Yemen 5 Italian hostages were freed in good health after six days in captivity when their kidnappers surrendered to government troops.
    (AP, 1/6/06)

2006        Jan 7, US Representative Tom DeLay (R-Texas), facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2006        Jan 7, In East Palo Alto, Ca., police officer Richard May (38) was gunned down after responding to a report of a fight at a taqueria. Alberto Alvarez (23) was arrested the next day. In 2009 a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and recommended that he be executed. On Feb 8, 2010, a judge sentenced Alvarez to death.
    (SFC, 1/9/06, p.A1)(SFC, 11/26/09, p.C2)(SFC, 12/23/09, p.C2)(SFC, 2/9/10, p.C2)
2006        Jan 7, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb blew up as a van packed with police cadets and trainers was driving through the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing a passer-by and wounding a police colonel and driver.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, In eastern Australia a 21-year-old woman died after a shark attack near North Stradbroke Island. A camper on a nearby beach said the woman had been scuba diving in waist-deep water at the time of the attack.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, Heinrich Harrer (93), an Austrian mountaineer and former Nazi who became a friend and tutor of the young Dalai Lama, died. Actor Brad Pitt played Harrer in the 1997 film "Seven Years in Tibet," which was based on Harrer's 1953 memoir of his time in Tibet.
    (AP, 1/7/06)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.83)
2006        Jan 7, A study reported by Brazilian media said more than 1,000 children have been living underneath highway overpasses, inside tunnels and on city squares in Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, The World Bank under Paul Wolfowitz halted all lending to Chad saying the country broke a deal to use oil money to cut poverty.
    (WSJ, 1/7/06, p.A1)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.69)
2006        Jan 7, China's ruling Communist Party called on its members to do more to fight widespread corruption and politically explosive problems such as unpaid back wages for migrant workers.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, In Haiti Brazilian Lt. Gen. Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar, commander of UN peacekeepers, was found dead in an apparent suicide in a room at the Montana hotel in Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, In India folk singer Bant Singh lost both arms and a leg in an attack after he dared to challenge high-caste landlords in his area of the northwestern state of Punjab who had raped his 17-year-old daughter. Singh's tenacity and refusal to keep quiet led to the conviction of the seven men accused of raping his daughter.
    (AFP, 2/21/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bant_Singh)
2006        Jan 7, In Iraq gunmen kidnapped Jill Carroll, a female American journalist, and killed her Iraqi translator in western Baghdad. Carroll was freed almost three months later.
    (AP, 1/7/07)(www.csmonitor.com/2006/0110/p01s04-woiq.html)
2006        Jan 7, Talib Enezy Ghadban, an Iraqi detainee held at the US-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, died in custody. The military said he died of complications from an apparent stroke and an investigation was under way.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Jan 7, A US Black Hawk helicopter crashed in northern Iraq, killing all 12 Americans believed to be aboard. 2 US Marines were killed by roadside bombs in separate incidents.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 7, The French engineer, Bernard Planche (52), was pushed out of a car near a checkpoint in a Baghdad suburb. He had been kidnapped Dec 5.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 7, Visiting Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said it was hoped Britain's 8,000 troops would start to withdraw from Iraq in a matter of months.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, Japanese police arrested William Oliver Reese (21), an American sailor, on charges of robbing and beating a Japanese woman to death. Reese was accused of robbing Yoshie Sato (56) of $129.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, Environmentalists continued attempts to thwart Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, as both sides accused each other of underhand tactics in the high-seas struggle.
    (AFP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, Cross border firing at a Pakistani village near the Afghan border killed eight people in Saidgi village. Pakistan protested the incident to the US military.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 7, In Pakistan assailants armed with rockets and assault rifles attacked a newly built checkpoint near the Afghan border before dawn, killing all eight security forces.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, In Pakistan some 50 survivors of the Oct 8 earthquake commandeered 2 UN relief helicopters to flee the disaster zone.
    (WSJ, 1/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 7, In Sri Lanka an explosives-rigged fishing boat rammed a navy patrol, killing 13 sailors in a suspected rebel attack.
    (AP, 1/7/06)
2006        Jan 7, American singer Harry Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including the actor Danny Glover and the Princeton University scholar Cornel West in a meeting with Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 1/8/06)

2006        Jan 8, The cost of a US 1st class postage stamp rose to 39 cents.
    (WSJ, 1/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 8, Wildfires in the southwest US spread to Arkansas and Colorado destroying 9 more homes. Over the last 2 weeks the fires in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas have destroyed 475 homes and left 5 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/9/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 8, In Washington DC David E. Rosenbaum (63), a recently retired journalist for the NY Times, died from injuries suffered in a robbery on Jan 6. Michael Hamlin (24) and Percy Jordan Jr. (42) were soon arrested and charged with felony murder. Both men were convicted of murder. In 2007 Hamlin was sentenced to 26 years in prison after he pleaded guilty and testified against his cousin.
    (SFC, 1/14/06, p.A3)(SFC, 10/25/06, p.A3)(SFC, 1/4/07, p.A3)
2006        Jan 8, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban gunmen burned down a primary school in the southern city of Kandahar, the latest in a spate of attacks against teachers and institutions that educate girls.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, A car ploughed into a group of 12 cyclists in North Wales, killing four and leaving four others seriously injured.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, State media said China will invest more than $3 billion over the next five years to clean up the Songhua River, a key source of drinking water for tens of millions of people that was polluted in November by a toxic spill that flowed into Russia.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, The Indian capital of Delhi saw its first winter frost in 70 years as a cold wave sweeping in from the frigid heights of the Himalayas. The death toll from the cold rose to 137 people in northern India.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, In Iraq 3 Marines were killed by small arms attacks in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad. 5 people were killed in separate attacks in Baghdad, including a policeman killed by a suicide car bomber that targeted an Interior Ministry patrol. Seven others were wounded.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, Almost 500 would-be illegal immigrants have arrived on Italy's Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, between Sicily and North Africa, in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, Greenpeace claimed a Japanese whaling ship deliberately rammed its ship Arctic Sunrise, denting the ship's bow but causing no injuries. Greenpeace said it would continue hounding Japan's whaling fleet in Antarctic waters despite the damaging collision.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 8, Jordan's parliament approved a law that prevents Amman handing over US citizens accused of war crimes to the international criminal court (ICC).
    (Reuters, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, The US and South Korea withdrew their last remaining staff from the site of two North Korean nuclear reactors, ending a decade-old construction project amid rekindled tension over the North's nuclear ambitions.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, In Morocco a senior official said Royal Air Maroc (RAM), encouraged by its majority shareholdings in the national airlines of Senegal and Gabon, is planning a major expansion of routes in Africa.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, The UN envoy to Myanmar, Razali Ismail of Malaysia, said he had quit his post after being refused entry for the past 2 years to the military-ruled country where he pushed for reforms.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, Nigeria's multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas company Nigeria NLNG said it had shipped the first cargo of gas from its fourth production plant to the US.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, The Islamic militant group Hamas launched a TV station in the Gaza Strip as part of its expansion into Palestinian politics.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 8, In the Philippines fire raced through a dormitory in Manila's congested university district, killing at least eight people, including some clustered near a second-floor exit.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, In Tajikistan a fire swept through a home for mentally disabled children in the capital of Dushanbe, killing 13 children before firefighters arrived.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, In Turkey Anatolia news reported that a court has approved the release of Mehmet Ali Agca (46), the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, saying he completed his prison term.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, Three Turks were reported to be infected with a deadly strain of bird flu in the capital Ankara.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, In Venezuela American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 1/8/06)

2006        Jan 9, The US charged a husband and wife Florida Int’l. Univ. employees, one a teacher, with spying for decades for Castro’s regime in Cuba.
    (WSJ, 1/10/06, p.A1)(www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-10-voa7.cfm)
2006        Jan 9, The US sent 15 migrants back to Cuba after officials concluded that the section of the partially collapsed bridge where they landed did not count as dry land under the government's policy because it was no longer connected to any of the Keys.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 9, Confirmation hearings opened in Washington for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2006        Jan 9, "The Phantom of the Opera" leapt past "Cats" to become the longest-running show in Broadway history.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2006        Jan 9, The US DJIA rose 52.59 to close at 11,011.9, its 1st close above 11,000 since Jun 7, 2001.
    (SFC, 1/10/06, p.E1)
2006        Jan 9, Howard Stern began his new Sirius Satellite radio show.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, Don Stewart (70), soap opera actor (Guiding Light), died in Santa Barbara, Calif.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2006        Jan 9, Taliban leader Mullah Omar purportedly warned of a coming surge in violence, clearly rejecting the Afghan president's proposal a day earlier to "get in touch" if he wants to talk peace.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing and called China an "ideological ally," a day after he invited the communist country to develop Bolivia's vast gas reserves.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, In Chile a judge granted bail to former military strongman Augusto Pinochet in the case of nine dissidents who disappeared during his dictatorship, but the general will remain under house arrest while another court reviews the decision.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, China and Japan agreed to hold new talks to resolve a dispute over gas deposits in the East China Sea that could help ease their increasingly strained relations.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, China’s state-controlled oil company CNOOC Ltd. said it is paying $2.3 billion for a 45 percent stake in a Nigerian oil field.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, The US launched a diplomatic initiative to try to mark the contested border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a dispute that led to a 2 1/2-year war in an area where both countries are again massing troops.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, In Haiti business ground to a halt in a general strike called to protest a wave of kidnappings that has terrified people and cast a shadow over already troubled efforts to restore democracy.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, Experts urged the Indian government to enforce laws against prenatal gender checks and to work to change attitudes after a study showed up to 10 million female fetuses may have been selectively aborted in India over the past two decades.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, Iran state TV reported that 14 alleged members of an Islamic extremist group had been detained. The group in late December grabbed and held nine soldiers hostage.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 9, In northwestern Iran a small military passenger jet crashed, killing at least 13 people, including the commander of the ground forces of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, In Iraq insurgents exploded a suicide car bomb and launched two mortar shells at the Interior Ministry during National Police Day celebrations, killing 29 people and injuring 18.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, Israel permitted Palestinian politicians to campaign in disputed Jerusalem, reversing an initial ban and clearing an obstacle to holding Palestinian parliament elections on Jan. 25.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, The death toll from snowstorms that have blasted northern and central Japan since early December rose to 71 after three people died while clearing snow.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
2006        Jan 9, Diplomats from Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Dominican Republic demanded guest worker programs and the legalization of undocumented migrants in the United States, while criticizing a US proposal for tougher border enforcement.
    (AP, 1/10/06)(Econ, 1/14/06, p.40)
2006        Jan 9, In Turkey a Health Ministry official said preliminary tests showed five more people have been infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.
    (AP, 1/9/06)

2006        Jan 10, Oil magnate Boone Pickens donated $165 million to Oklahoma State Univ. for the development of new sports facilities. The 100-acre site under consideration in Stillwater faced problems with low-income residents.
    (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=ncf&id=2286807)(WSJ, 3/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 10, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs unveiled an iMac computer based on Intel chips.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2006        Jan 10, Bruce Sutter became the 4th relief pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2006        Jan 10, Australia said it will send an extra 110 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the fight against Islamist militants, increasing its presence in the country to about 300.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10-2006 Jan 11, The bodies of 24 Haitian migrants, who apparently suffocated crossing the border in a sealed truck, were found in the Dominican Republic. The victims were among 69 Haitians, mostly adult men, who were driven across the border illegally at the northern Dominican town of Dajabon.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 10, European airlines lost a legal bid that aimed to strike down new EU rules guaranteeing passengers compensation for flight delays or cancellations.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, The European Commission ordered that Greece allow genetically modified corn seed (GMO) to be planted there despite objections by Greek farmers.
    (WSJ, 1/11/06, p.A13)
2006        Jan 10, Iran removed UN seals on uranium enrichment equipment and resumed nuclear research Tuesday, defying demands it maintain a two-year freeze on its nuclear program and sparking an outcry from the US and Europe.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il passed through China on the way to Russia, a source with knowledge of the stopover said. South Korean and Japanese media said Kim was making a secret visit to China.
    (Reuters, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, A battle between Pakistani security forces and suspected Islamic militants firing rockets and assault rifles left 21 dead in a tribal region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, Panama's agricultural minister resigned, accusing the US of pressuring the Central American country to accept lower agricultural inspection standards.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, Peru's National Election Board formally rejected a bid by jailed former President Alberto Fujimori to run in April's presidential race, citing a congressional ban on his holding public office.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, Spanish police arrested 20 people, mostly Moroccans, linked to Islamic terrorism and violence in Iraq in raids across Spain.
    (AFP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, In Thailand protesters pushed through a police barricade outside a hotel where negotiators were trying to hammer out a US-Thai free trade pact, as demonstrations against the deal gained momentum but failed to disrupt the talks.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, Preliminary tests showed another person in Turkey has tested positive for a deadly strain of bird flu, raising the number in the country to 15. The number of people hospitalized with symptoms climbed to about 70.
    (AP, 1/10/06)
2006        Jan 10, Ukraine’s Parliament fired the Cabinet because of a new deal with Russia that nearly doubled what Ukraine pays for natural gas. PM Yuri Yekhanurov and the justice minister, however, said the vote was nonbinding and vowed that the current Cabinet would continue working.
    (AP, 1/10/06)

2006        Jan 11, The US Interior Dept. agreed to open some 400,000 acres on Alaska’s North Slope for exploratory oil drilling.
    (SFC, 1/12/06, p.A6)
2006        Jan 11, Sarasota, Florida, was named the 2005 meanest city in America by the national Coalition for the Homeless after the city council banned sleeping outside overnight without permission on public or private property.
    (www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-01-13-homeless-cities_x.htm)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.28)
2006        Jan 11, Latin American and US scientists reported that as many as 112 species of frogs have disappeared since 1980. Some 65 amphibian species in Central and South America had also disappeared. Global warming was suspected.
    (SFC, 1/12/06, p.A7)
2006        Jan 11, The Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate opened in Sidney. It brought together senior ministers from the US, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea and India, along with executives from energy and resource firms. The US and Australia insisted at the opening of a two-day climate change conference that industry leaders can be relied upon to voluntarily slash emissions blamed for heating the earth's atmosphere.
    (AP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, British PM Tony Blair said that Western countries were likely to seek economic sanctions against Iran after Tehran restarted its nuclear program, but a powerful cleric said it would not curtail its research.
    (AP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, Samir Ait Mohamed, an Algerian-born man accused of helping in the plot to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the millennium, was quietly deported from Canada to an unknown destination after years fighting for refugee status there.
    (AP, 1/13/06)(WSJ, 1/14/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 11, New customs figures indicated that China's trade surplus surged to $101.9 billion in 2005, more than triple the $32 billion gap recorded the year before.
    (AP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, The WHO said 2 more people sickened by bird flu in China have died, bringing the total number of humans killed by the disease in the country to five.
    (AP, 1/11/06)   
2006        Jan 11, Congo officials said a new constitution for was approved by a landslide vote, paving the way for historic presidential and parliamentary elections in March.
    (AP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, Egypt released 164 Sudanese migrants who were detained last month when police evicted them from a city park in a violent operation that brought international condemnation.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 11, In Egypt a tour bus carrying Australian tourists overturned on a wet highway, killing six people and injuring at least 24.
    (AP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, In Georgia a court convicted a man of trying to assassinate President Bush and the leader of Georgia during a rally last year, and it sentenced him to life in prison. Vladimir Arutyunian (27) also was convicted of killing a policeman during a shootout while authorities were trying to arrest him several weeks after the May 10, 2005, grenade incident.
    (AP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, In Haiti clashes between gangs and UN peacekeepers reportedly killed one person and wounded at least 17.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 11, In Indonesia police arrested 12 suspects in the killings of 2 American teachers in a 2002 ambush. The suspects include Anthonius Wamang, who was indicted by a US grand jury in 2004 on two counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder and other related offenses in connection with the slayings.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 11, In Iraq US troops in Baghdad killed 6 insurgents, including 2 wearing explosive belts.
    (WSJ, 1/12/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 11, Felipe Calderon, ruling-party presidential hopeful, registered his campaign with election officials, saying he understands the problems facing common Mexicans and will stem the flow of migrants who head north in search of higher-paying jobs.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 11, The Mongolian People’s Revolution Party (MPRP) pulled out of the government, accusing the current leadership of failing to fight corruption and worsening poverty in the former communist country. The move would leave the government without the minimum number of seats required to stay in power.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 11, In Nigeria gunmen stormed an offshore oil platform run Royal Dutch Shell and kidnapped four foreign oil workers. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Nigerian Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility. The four were freed nearly three weeks later.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.47)(AP, 1/11/07)
2006        Jan 11, The British weekly New Scientist said Norway is to build a "doomsday vault" in a mountain close to the North Pole that will house a vast seed bank to ensure food supplies in the event of catastrophic climate change, nuclear war or rising sea levels.
    (AFP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, Pakistani security forces killed 12 suspected militants in a gunfight following the deaths of 3 soldiers whose vehicle struck a land mine in the country's restive southwest.
    (AP, 1/11/06)
2006        Jan 11, In Russia a knife-wielding man (20) shouting "I will kill Jews!" attacked a synagogue in downtown Moscow, slashing and stabbing at 9 people before the son of a rabbi wrestled him to the ground. In September Alexander Koptsev was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/11/06)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.59)(AP, 9/15/06)
2006        Jan 11, Rebel sources said Sudanese troops had entered Hamesh Koreb, a town in eastern Sudan, and threatened to evict ex-southern rebels in a move that could threaten a landmark year-old peace deal.
    (AFP, 1/11/06)

2006        Jan 12, The US mint began shipping a new Jefferson nickel.
    (SFC, 1/13/06, p.C1)
2006        Jan 12, In Palm Springs, Ca., Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Ban of Cahuilla Indians, apologized to other tribal leaders for the scandal tied to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He addressed tribal leaders on the 2nd day of a 3-day conference for casino-operating tribes. Abramoff and associates had collected some $66 million from 6 American Indian tribes seeking influence in Washington.
    (SFC, 1/13/06, p.B14)
2006        Jan 12, The United Farm Workers left the AFL-CIO to join 5 other unions in a new confederation due to a rift over organizing tactics.
    (WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 12, The winning entry in New Jersey’s slogan contest was: "New Jersey: "Come See For Yourself."
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, Houston became the largest school district in the country to adopt a merit pay plan for teachers that focuses on students' tests scores.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 12, Nikon announced that it would no longer make most film cameras. A week later Minolta said it was quitting the camera business.
    (Econ, 2/4/06, p.75)
2006        Jan 12, Starbucks announced plans to promote a new film, ramping up its ambition to move into the entertainment business.
    (WSJ, 1/12/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 12, In Fort Lauderdale 4 youths went cruising to beat up some bums. Norris Gaynor (45), a homeless man, was beaten to death with baseball bats in one of 3 attacks. A surveillance camera captured the beating of Jacques Pierre in one of the non-lethal attacks. [see Jan 15]
    (SFC, 9/5/08, p.A5)
2006        Jan 12, Australia and East Timor agreed to equally share revenue from the Greater Sunrise natural gas project in the Timor Sea.
    (WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A8)
2006        Jan 12, In Bahrain an official said Prince Faisal (15), the sixth son of the king, Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, was killed in an accident while driving a car.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, The British, French and German foreign ministers said that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program had reached a "dead end" and the Islamic republic should be referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, China’s government released a white paper outlining its African policy.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.44)
2006        Jan 12, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing gave four million US dollars to Dakar within hours of his arrival in Senegal, the latest west African country to have recently ditched Taiwan in favor of mighty Beijing.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, In Ecuador police used tear gas to disperse about 2,000 demonstrators after they burned an American flag in front of the government palace to protest a free trade pact with the United States.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, EU governments refused to ascribe market-economy status to 13 Chinese shoemakers, opening the way for duties to be imposed on their imports to Europe.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, A German court convicted Amin Lokman Mohamed (33), an Iraqi man, of aiding a terror group in his home country and sentenced him to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, In Lucknow, India, police said 4 men, who were arrested last week on charges of spreading homosexuality, were running a secret Internet club for homosexuals. Homosexuality is illegal in India. Activists called for their release.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, Italy's Air One said it will buy 30 Airbus A320s under a $1.8 billion deal for delivery by 2008 and plans to exercise an option to buy 10 more planes this year.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, In Kenya gunmen shot and killed, Joan Wells Root (69), a well-known British environmentalist and wildlife filmmaker, at her home in the central Rift Valley.
    (AFP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 12, Hundreds of protesters stormed the headquarters of Mongolia's biggest political party (MPRP), one day after it pulled out of the country's 15-month-old ruling coalition.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, A Palestinian militant blew himself up and two other Palestinians were killed in a gunbattle with Israeli troops during an arrest raid in the West Bank town of Jenin.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, Thousands of Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual during the hajj tripped over luggage, causing a crush in which 363 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2006        Jan 12, Spanish police detained Omar Nakcha (23), a Moroccan whom they suspect of being the leader of two extremist groups recruiting volunteers to fight in Iraq.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, In Sri Lanka at least 9 sailors died when a bus they were traveling on was blown up by a mine.
    (Econ, 1/14/06, p.47)
2006        Jan 12, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he wants the US and European countries to help form a tough mobile force that would stop the bloodshed, rape and plunder in Sudan's Darfur region.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, Mehmet Ali Agca (48), the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from prison after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey for the plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish journalist.
    (AP, 1/12/06)
2006        Jan 12, Turkey’s government said 2 more Turks tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in preliminary tests, bringing the total number of human infections to 18.
    (AP, 1/12/06)

2006        Jan 13, President Bush met with Germany's new chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the White House. German's security services faced the prospect of a parliamentary inquiry, triggered by reports that German agents in Baghdad had helped the United States pinpoint bombing targets on April 7, 2003. Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier confirmed that Germany had 2 agents in Baghdad, who helped American with coordinates for non-targets.
    (Reuters, 1/13/06)(WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A1)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.49)(AP, 1/13/07)
2006        Jan 13, US attorneys general in 12 states said that the Bush administration's plan to ease rules on reporting legal toxin releases would compromise the public's right to know about possible health risks in their neighborhoods.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, NBC's Nashville affiliate closed "The Book of Daniel" after the show, whose main character is a pill-popping Episcopal priest with a gay son and a pot-dealing daughter, drew thousands of complaints.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, North Dakota State University's North Central Research Center, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and other partners described plans for a station in Minot to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles using wind power.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, The population of New Orleans was estimated at 40% of its original 460,000.
    (WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 13, Eldon Dedini, cartoonist, died in Carmel, California. His ribald drawings appeared in the New Yorker and Playboy magazines.
    (SFC, 1/19/06, p.B7)
2006        Jan 13, In the Bahamas the Compleat Angler Hotel on North Bimini Island was destroyed by fire. The hotel's owner Julian Brown helped the guests escape before disappearing in the flames to fight the fire. The hotel claimed to be a one-time writing headquarters for Ernest Hemingway and advertised room No. 1 as the place where Hemingway worked on "To Have and Have Not."
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, Bolivia's president-elect ended an around-the-world tour with a promise to respect foreign investments and vowed not to nationalize the Bolivian operations of Brazil's state oil company Petrobras SA.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, A battle for livestock between Ethiopian and Kenyan nomads left 38 people dead in drought-stricken northern Kenya, in the remote village of Lokamarinyang, along the Kenya-Ethiopia border. The fighting killed 30 of the Dongiro raiders and eight Kenyans, all of them women and children. A drought that has impoverished some 11.5 million people in the area, most of them nomads, has exacerbated tensions between the tribes.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 13, Maimuma Taal-Ndure, Gambia’s director of aviation, was arraigned on charges of economic crime, mostly related to the improvement of Banjul Airport. Taal-Ndure had resisted efforts transfer aviation agency funds to another government agency. Her case was dismissed following a trial that stretched over 18 months.
    (WSJ, 12/24/07, p.A8)
2006        Jan 13, Iran threatened to block inspections of its nuclear sites if confronted by the UN Security Council over its atomic activities. The hard-line president reaffirmed his country's intention to produce nuclear energy.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, A US Army reconnaissance helicopter was shot down by insurgents in the northern city of Mosul, killing its two pilots.
    (AP, 1/13/06)(SFC, 1/14/06, p.A6)
2006        Jan 13, In Lithuania Mykolas Burokevicius (78), former Communist Party leader, was freed from Lukiskes Prison after serving 12 years for murder and other crimes.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, Raul Anguiano (b.1915), Mexican painter, sculptor and muralist, died in Mexico City.
    (SFC, 1/17/06, p.B5)
2006        Jan 13, Mongolia’s Parliament voted to dissolve the government of PM Tsakhilganiin Elbegdorj.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 13, A Hong Kong newspaper reported that North Korea's secretive leader Kim Jong Il is on a two-day visit to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, A local lawmaker said a US airstrike on a Pakistani village near the border with Afghanistan killed at least 17 people, including women and children. The American military said it had no reports of an attack. The provincial government said at least four foreign terrorists died in the purported US airstrike aimed at al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Damadola. The strike destroyed three houses and killed 18 people. The US missile strike in Pakistan killed a relative of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri and a terror suspect.
    (AP, 1/17/06)(AP, 1/13/07)
2006        Jan 13, A Philippine judge issued arrest warrants for four US Marines charged with rape, putting pressure on the United States to hand them over to Philippine authorities.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, In southern Russia a bus transporting workers after their shift at a local factory collided with a train, killing at least 21 people and severely injuring five.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, South Korea agreed to resume imports of some American beef, banned two years ago over fears of mad cow disease. The US government pressed South Korea to accept all US beef imports.
    (AFP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, Sudan rejected a suggestion by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the United States and Europe help set up a possible mobile force in Darfur to supplement African troops now on the ground.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said that his country should produce its own nuclear fuel for power plants.
    (AP, 1/13/06)
2006        Jan 13, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on blasted an attempt by the US to block Spain from selling Venezuela 12 military planes with American parts.
    (AP, 1/13/06)

2006        Jan 14, Johnny Weir won his third straight title at the US Figure Skating championships; Sasha Cohen won the women's division; Michelle Kwan was given a berth on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2006        Jan 14, It was reported that Dr. Alexandra Imre and colleagues of the Univ. of Notre Dame, Indiana, had constructed logic gates from tiny magnets. Until this time electrical charge was used for data processing, while electrical spin was used for data storage.
    (Econ, 1/14/06, p.78)
2006        Jan 14, Christopher Penley (15) was shot by a SWAT team in a Longwood, Fl., middle school when his pellet gun was mistaken for real pistol. Penley died the next day.
    (SSFC, 1/15/06, p.A5)
2006        Jan 14, Shelley Winters (b.1922), Hollywood film star born in St. Louis as Shirley Schrift, died in Beverly Hills. Her 99 films included “A Patch of Blue" (1965) and “Lolita" (1962).
    (SSFC, 1/15/06, p.B7)
2006        Jan 14, In Afghanistan gunmen killed Mohammed Khaksar, a former Taliban leader. He had renounced the hard-line Islamic regime after it was ousted in late 2001 and had since supported Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, In southern China scores of protesters were wounded and a girl was killed as hundreds of police used electric batons and tear gas to quell a land protest.
    (AP, 1/15/06)(WSJ, 1/17/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 14, Egypt and France were locked in legal wrangling over a decommissioned aircraft carrier containing asbestos, leaving the French warship stranded off the Egyptian coast for the third day running.
    (AFP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, The European Commission cleared 3 types of genetically modified corn made by Monsanto Co. for use in the EU.
    (WSJ, 1/16/06, p.A13)
2006        Jan 14, The chief judge in Saddam Hussein's trial (Rizgar Mohammed Amin) submitted his resignation. He was succeeded by Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman. An Iraqi sailor was killed and nine were captured by an Iranian Navy vessel during a skirmish in the Gulf near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Iraqi coast guardsmen were pursuing suspected oil smugglers in disputed territorial waters. 
    (AP, 1/17/06)(SFC, 1/18/06, p.A7)(AP, 1/14/07)
2006        Jan 14, Tens of thousands of women marched through Milan to demand Italy keep its liberal abortion law intact while gays rallied in Rome to push for legal recognition for homosexual couples.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said the death toll from heavy snow reached 87 as relatively mild weather over the weekend sparked several avalanches.
    (AFP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, In Bamako, Mali, China unveiled plans to boost its ties with Africa, outlining a new relationship with the continent based on a "win-win" concept of economic and military cooperation.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 14, In Nepal Maoist rebels assaulted two police stations on the outskirts Kathmandu, killing 12 and wounding six.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, Sadatu Abubakar Rimi, the wife of a senior Nigerian opposition figure, was hacked to death in the early hours by suspected hired assassins.
    (Reuters, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, Pakistan condemned a purported CIA airstrike on a border village, and said it was protesting to the U.S. Embassy over the attack that killed at least 18 people.
    (AP, 1/14/06)(WSJ, 1/16/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 14, In southwestern Romania 7 miners were killed and five injured in a gas explosion at a mine. Union leaders blamed it on a lack of investment in safety measures.
    (AP, 1/14/06)

2006        Jan 15, A spokesman said Rep Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican implicated in a lobbying corruption investigation, will step aside temporarily as chairman of the US House Administration Committee.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 15, Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, arrested Brian Hooks and Thomas Daugherty, two teenagers charged with murdering Norris Gaynor (45), a homeless man. Three such attacks were conducted in the early hours of January 12, leaving Gaynor dead and two others seriously wounded. In 2008 Brian Hooks (21) and Thomas Dougherty (19) faced trial for murder and attempted murder. 2 other youths played lesser roles. On Oct 23 Dougherty was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)(SFC, 9/5/08, p.A5)(SFC, 10/24/08, p.A4)
2006        Jan 15, The NASA space capsule, Stardust, returned safely to Earth in a desert near Salt Lake City with the first dust ever fetched from a comet, a cosmic bounty that scientists hope will yield clues to how the solar system formed.
    (http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/photo/er.html)(AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, In southern Afghanistan a suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy, killing three civilians, including a Canadian diplomat.
    (AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, Chileans voted in a presidential runoff election that pitted Michelle Bachelet, a socialist pediatrician promising to maintain the country's free-market policies, against Sebastian Pinera, a Harvard-trained economist and multimillionaire businessman vowing to fight poverty. Michelle Bachelet (54) won the elections with 53% of the vote, compared to 46% for Pinera.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 15, Finnish President Tarja Halonen won the first round of the country's presidential election, but failed to obtain an absolute majority and will be forced into a runoff.
    (AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, Iran’s Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed his 1st budget bill. The government expected some $36 billion in oil revenues, promised to build 300,000 housing units and planned to maintain energy subsidies amounting to 10% of GDP.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.45)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinezhad)
2006        Jan 15, Iran said it would sponsor a conference to examine the scientific evidence supporting the Holocaust.
    (AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, The US military freed 509 Iraqi detainees from three prisons in Iraq, including two journalists who work for Reuters.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, Israel’s acting PM Ehud Olmert faced his first major test when he led his Cabinet in a unanimous decision to let Palestinians vote in Jerusalem later this month.
    (AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, Crown prince Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, in his mid-70s and ailing himself, assumed the throne of Kuwait following the death of emir Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
    (AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, In Malaysia a homemade bomb filled with nails and bullet casings exploded outside a shopping mall on Penang island, killing one man and injuring another.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 15, Separatist gunmen shot dead several Nigerian troops and overran an oil plant run by the Anglo-Dutch Shell, amid fears for the safety of four kidnapped foreign workers. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Nigerian Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility. MEND told Shell to pay $1.5 billion to the state of Bayelsa for pollution it said Shell has caused.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.47)
2006        Jan 15, North Korea news reported that North Korea has awarded a medal for the first time to an American, Ellsworth Culver (1927-2005), the late leader of Mercy Corps, a U.S.-based aid group, for his efforts to help the communist state fight hunger and poverty.
    (AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, An overcrowded boat capsized during a religious sea parade in a remote central Philippine province, and at least 16 people drowned and more were missing.
    (AP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, Taiwan's ruling party elected a former close aide to President Chen Shui-bian as its new leader, a move seen as an endorsement of Chen and his pro-independence stance.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 15, A Turkish girl died from suspected bird flu, while her brother was critically ill in hospital after testing positive for the virus.
    (Reuters, 1/15/06)

2006        Jan 16, The Palestinian film "Paradise Now," which explores the lives of a pair of suicide bombers, won the Golden Globe for best foreign film. "Brokeback Mountain" won four Golden Globes, including best motion picture drama; "Lost" won best dramatic television series while "Desperate Housewives" won for best musical or comedy series.
    (AP, 1/17/06)(AP, 1/16/07)
2006        Jan 16, A suicide bomber on a motorbike drove up to a crowd watching a wrestling match in Spin Boldak, an Afghan border town, killing 23 people and wounding at least 30 others. A bomb hit a convoy of Afghan army trucks loaded with troops as they were driving through Kandahar, killing four people and wounding 16.
    (AP, 1/16/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006        Jan 16, A lawyer told a government inquiry that Australia's wheat exporter, AWB Ltd., knowingly provided hundreds of millions of dollars in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime and deceived the United Nations about the payments under the oil-for-food program.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Chinese state media reported that foreign currency reserves rose 34% last year to a record $818.9 billion.
    (SFC, 1/17/06, p.C5)
2006        Jan 16-2006 Jan 18, In southwestern China workers protesting the sale of a factory in Chengdu clashed for three days with baton-wielding police. According to Boxun.com, an overseas-hosted Chinese-language Web site, the factory was worth $37 million, but was going to be sold for $9.9 million.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 16, Colombia's president ordered an investigation into allegations that outlawed paramilitary groups have infiltrated congressional campaigns using illegal drug money.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, In Strasbourg, France, demonstrators fought with police and smashed windows at the European Parliament building during a protest over a proposal to make port operations in the European Union more competitive.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, A US-registered private jet crashed in the French Alps outside Bourdeau and 4 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 16, State radio reported that Iran has allocated the equivalent of $215 million for the construction of what would be its second and third nuclear power plants.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, In Baghdad, Iraq, a car bomb detonated next to a police convoy, killing a 6-year-old child and five police officers. A US military helicopter crashed north of Baghdad killing the two crew members. It was the third American chopper to go down in 10 days.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Israeli police seized buildings and rooftops in a Jewish settler enclave in Hebron, restoring order after three days of riots sparked by plans to evict Israeli squatters from an abandoned Palestinian market.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Galymzhan Zhakiyanov (41), a Kazakh opposition leader jailed for more than three years, returned home, to the cheers of hundreds of supporters. The leader of the now-disbanded Democratic Choice party, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2002 on abuse-of-office charges.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pledged a "fundamental break" with Liberia's violent past as she was sworn in as president, carving her name into history as Africa's first elected female head of state.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, In Mongolia some 2,000 people gathered in the main square of Ulan Bator, demanding their president resign.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Deputy PM Alexander Zhukov said more money entered Russia than left it last year for the first time in the country's post-Soviet history.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Turkish health officials said preliminary tests have confirmed that a girl (12) who died was infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, raising Turkey's death toll to four.
    (AP, 1/16/06)

2006        Jan 17, The US rejected a Philippine request to hand over 4 Marines to be tried for rape, setting off anti-American protests in Manila and elsewhere.
    (WSJ, 1/18/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 17, Civil liberties groups filed lawsuits in NYC and Detroit seeking to block President Bush's domestic eavesdropping program, arguing the electronic surveillance of American citizens was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, The US Supreme Court told the Justice Department to butt out of the private decisions of terminally ill patients in Oregon, the only state that specifically allows physician-assisted suicide. The court ruled 6-3 ruling that Congress hadn't given the Justice Department authority to take such action.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 17, The US SEC voted on proposals for a massive revamp on how companies disclose executive pay.
    (WSJ, 1/17/06, p.C1)
2006        Jan 17, California executed Clarence Ray Allen, its oldest death row inmate, minutes after his 76th birthday, despite arguments that putting to death an elderly, blind and wheelchair-bound man was cruel and unusual punishment. He was sentenced to death in 1982 for hiring a hit man who killed a witness and two bystanders.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Austria said it will honor an arbitration court decision and give five precious Gustav Klimt paintings to a California woman who says the Nazis stole them from her Jewish family.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Outgoing President Eduardo Rodriguez fired Bolivia's army chief over his decision to have 28 Chinese shoulder-launched missiles destroyed in the US.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Cambodia, under US pressure, released four prominent government critics from a Phnom Penh prison but said they will still face defamation charges.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Ghana first lady Laura Bush announced a US-backed program to provide 15 million textbooks for students in sub-Saharan Africa where more than one-third of primary school aged children are not enrolled in school.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Haiti gunmen killed two Jordanian UN peacekeepers and seriously wounded a third at a checkpoint in Cite Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Subur Sugiarto, an alleged key aide to a Malaysian fugitive blamed for a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Indonesia, was captured in the central Javanese town of Boyolali en route to Jakarta. A local officer alleged that Sugiarto was "a henchman" of Noordin Top, who is believed to be a senior member of the al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 17, Iran lifted its ban on CNN, a day after the government barred the US network from the country because of its mistranslation of nuclear comments by Pres. Ahmadinejad.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Iraq masked gunmen killed two people in attacks on an election headquarters and a Kurdish political party office in the northern city of Kirkuk. Hostage American reporter Jill Carroll appeared in a silent 20-second video aired by Al-Jazeera television, which said her abductors had given the United States 72 hours to free female prisoners in Iraq or she would be killed. Carroll was freed unharmed on March 30, 2006.
    (AP, 1/17/06)(AP, 1/17/07)
2006        Jan 17, Thousands of pro-Syrian Lebanese chanting "Death to America" protested near the US Embassy against what they called American meddling in the country's affairs.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared to have left China after meeting Chinese leaders in Beijing to discuss six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
    (Reuters, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Napoleon Ortigoza (73), a former army captain who spent a third of his life in Paraguay jail as a political prisoner, died in a hospital. Ortigoza was imprisoned in 1962 by Alfredo Stroessner's security apparatus on charges of conspiring to topple the right-wing military strongman.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 17, In the Philippines 4 officers, accused of leading hundreds of troops in a failed 2003 mutiny, escaped from an army prison. The army lieutenants were identified as Lawrence San Juan, Sonny Sarmiento, Nathaniel Rabonza and Patricio Bumindang.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Russia's foreign minister indicated that Moscow was not ready to support moves by the U.S. and its European allies to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program, while the West stepped up pressure on Tehran.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, In Russia 2 people died of exposure and 14 more were hospitalized in a single day as temperatures plunged in Moscow dropping from about freezing to minus-28 Celsius (minus-18 Fahrenheit) overnight.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Suspected Tiger rebels set off two more mines and fought a gunbattle with troops leaving 3 people dead. The United Nations urged talks and peace-broker Norway made a fresh bid to pull Sri Lanka back from the brink of war.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 17, Taiwan's PM Frank Hsieh announced his resignation, paving the way for a Cabinet reshuffle.
    (AP, 1/17/06)

2006        Jan 18, Pres. Bush ordered assets of Asef Shawkat, head of Syria’s military intelligence, to be frozen and barred trade with him because of violent meddling in Lebanon.
    (WSJ, 1/19/06, p.A1)(www.iht.com/getina/files/303997.html)
2006        Jan 18, The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a lower court was wrong to strike down New Hampshire abortion restrictions, but steered clear of a major ruling on the volatile issue.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18-2006 Jan 19, The US Justice Dept. filed a motion requiring Google to disclose information about consumer Web searches. Google refused to comply.
    (WSJ, 1/20/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 18, Knicks forward Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern for his wife and was ejected without a scuffle during New York's overtime loss at Chicago. He was suspended for five games.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2006        Jan 18, Thomas Murphy, former head of General Motors (1974-1981), died in Florida.
    (WSJ, 1/19/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 18, In China senior envoys from the United States, North Korea and China held a "beneficial" meeting on the stalled six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 18, In China alarmed by the spread of bird flu beyond East Asia, nations pledged nearly $2 billion to fight the disease, far exceeding expectations at the fundraising conference in Beijing. The US promised $334 million.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, In Colombia some 3,000 armed troops were deployed to the Sierra Macarena National Park, one of Colombia's most pristine national parks, as part of an operation to clear the rebel-controlled region of coca plants and the laboratories used to make cocaine.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, President Fidel Castro announced a long-awaited renovation of Cuba's energy system to combat blackouts that have afflicted the island nation for the past two summers.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, Egypt released 233 Sudanese migrants detained after security forces broke up a protest camp in a Cairo square last month.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 18, The European Parliament rejected plans to liberalize port services across the European Union that had sparked mass strikes by dock workers and a violent protest in front of the EU legislature in France.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, In Germany thousands of doctors marched through Berlin to demand changes to the state health care system, including better pay and less bureaucracy.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, In Iraq gunmen killed at least 10 security guards and seized an African engineer from Malawi in an ambush. 2 Americans were killed in a roadside bombing in Basra. The sister of Iraq's interior minister was freed by kidnappers about two weeks after being seized in Baghdad. The bodies of three men were found in a Baghdad apartment with gunshot wounds to the head. Sadad al-Batah, a Sunni Arab tribal leader related to Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi, was killed along with his nephew and a third person. 30 people were dragged from their cars and shot execution style in Nibaei.
    (AP, 1/18/06)(SFC, 1/19/06, p.A8)
2006        Jan 18, Former PM Shimon Peres said Israel would be ready to open negotiations with the Palestinians on a permanent peace accord after Israeli elections on March 28.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, In western Ivory Coast 4 pro-government protesters were killed when UN peacekeepers opened fire to repel an attack on their base in a third day of anti-UN riots.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, Japan's main stock market index tumbled for a second day led by a sell-off in technology shares in a session that was halted 20 minutes early because of heavy trading volume amid a widening criminal investigation of the Internet startup Livedoor. Technical glitches forced an emergency closing for the 1st time in the exchanges 57-year history.
    (AP, 1/18/06)(WSJ, 1/19/06, p.A1)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.64)
2006        Jan 18, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said he is committed to a peaceful resolution of the standoff over his country's nuclear ambitions, as Pyongyang confirmed that the reclusive Kim had visited China over the past week.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, Interfax news reported that Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom has reduced supplies to European customers because of a cold snap at home.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, Gervan Lubbe, a South African inventor, was reported to have developed an anti-malaria wristwatch to help combat one of Africa's biggest killers by monitoring the blood of those who wear it and sounding an alarm when the parasite is detected.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, Syrian authorities released five pro-democracy activists, including two prominent former legislators, after they had served nearly four years of their five-year prison sentences.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 18, In Thailand 2 fishermen were sentenced to death in the rape and murder of a British tourist, a crime that prompted the PM to demand the maximum penalty. Bualoi Posit (23) and Wichai Somkhaoyai (24) pleaded guilty to the New Year's Day slaying of Katherine Horton, a 21-year-old student from Wales.
    (AP, 1/18/06)
2006        Jan 18, An American couple claiming to be of Lao royal descent were shot dead in northeastern Thailand. Anouwong Sethathirath IV (49) and Oulayvanh Sethathirath (38) were killed at a Buddhist monastery in Nong Khai. The next day Thai police said they might have been targeted by Laos' government on suspicions that they were working against the communist regime.
    (AP, 1/19/06)

2006        Jan 19, The Bush administration issued a 42-page Justice Dept. white paper to support the president’s domestic spying program. Vice President Cheney defended the administration's domestic surveillance program, calling it an essential tool in monitoring al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.
    (SFC, 1/20/06, p.A10)(AP, 1/19/07)
2006        Jan 19-2015 Jul, NASA launched its New Horizons spacecraft on a mission to Pluto following a 2-day delay. Scientists won't be able to receive data on Pluto until at least July 2015, the earliest date the mission is expected to arrive.
    (SFC, 1/20/06, p.A5)
2006        Jan 19, Global News Blog: a weblog of Global Geopolitics Net, began breaking news and analysis on global security and intelligence issues. The site is sponsored by the Eurasia Research Center. Alan Fogelquist, the site editor, is a historian and geopolitical analyst.
    (http://globalnewsblog.com/blog/?m=200601)
2006        Jan 19, Lifeline Systems Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Royal Philips Electronics under which Philips will acquire Lifeline, a leader in personal emergency response services. Royal Philips Electronics NV paid $750 million for Massachusetts based Lifeline.
    (WSJ, 1/11/07, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/334w4c)
2006        Jan 19, In West Virginia 19 miners escaped after a conveyor belt caught fire inside Aracoma Coal's Alma No. 1 mine. The bodies of 2 others, who failed to escape, were recovered Jan 21 and Gov. Joe Manchin said he planned to introduce legislation dealing with rapid responses in emergencies. In September 2 miners with safety responsibilities at the mine committed suicide.
    (AP, 1/22/06)(WSJ, 9/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 19, Wilson Pickett (b.1941), soul music pioneer, died in Reston, Va. His hits included “Mustang Sally" (1966) and “In the Midnight Hour" (1965).
    (SFC, 1/20/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 19, Al-Jazeera broadcast portions of an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a possible truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Dragan Vasiljkovic, a Serbian-Australian man accused of ordering the torture of Croats during the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia, was arrested in Sydney. Authorities said Vasiljkovic trained and commanded a unit of the Croatian Serb special forces known as the "Kninjas." At the time, the rebels were engaged in a major campaign of ethnic cleansing, forcing tens of thousands of local Croats to flee their homes.
    (Reuters, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 19, In Bolivia a flatbed truck drove off the side of the mountainous road near Tarija, killing at least 38 people.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 19, Pres. Chirac said France would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack against it, reaffirming the need for its nuclear deterrent.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, In Germany environmentalists positioned a 55-foot dead whale in front of the Japanese Embassy in Berlin to protest against Japanese whale-hunting.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, President Omar Bongo (69) of Gabon, was sworn in for another 7-year term. Bongo has been president since Dec. 2, 1967, taking over upon the death of Leon M'Ba, the country's only other head of state since independence from France in 1960. Gabon produces about 290,000 barrels of oil a day and boasts sub-Saharan Africa's third largest reserves, around 2.5 billion barrels. Half the country still lives below the poverty line.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, In northeastern Hungary a Slovak military plane crashed as it ferried troops back from Kosovo, killing at least 42 people. Only one person survived the crash of the AN-24 aircraft.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 19, India said that it had agreed to pay the Czech Republic 20 million dollars to resolve a trade dispute dating back to the Cold War. The move was announced at the end of a three-day visit by Czech President Jiri Paroubek.
    (AFP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, In India Jet Airways confirmed that it has agreed to buy Sahara Airlines for $500 million in cash. In 2005 Jet overtook the government owned Indian Airlines as India’s largest domestic carrier.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.60)
2006        Jan 19, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a visit to Syria to consolidate an old alliance made increasingly crucial as both countries face mounting US pressure and the threat of international sanctions.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, In Iraq 2 near-simultaneous bombings targeted a crowded downtown Baghdad coffee shop and nearby restaurant, killing at least 23 people and wounding 26.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Italy’s defense minister said Italy will withdraw all its troops from Iraq by the end of this year, in the first official timetable for Rome to end its mission.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Violent street protests erupted in Ivory Coast for a fourth day as hundreds of government supporters ignored the president's call to stay home, angry about a deadly firefight involving UN peacekeepers.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Nepal's royalist government detained nearly 80 activists and cut off mobile phone services to foil organizers of an anti-government rally.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Nigerian kidnappers said their US hostage was gravely ill and threatened to kill three other foreign oil workers held captive if he died.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 19, Pakistani security officials said Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, an al-Qaida explosives and chemical weapons expert and a relative of the terror network's No. 2 leader, were among four top operatives believed killed in a US missile strike last week, as authorities arrested five more militant suspects.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at a Tel Aviv fast-food stand, killing himself and wounding 15 people.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, A Philippine congressional committee approved a resolution calling on the government to abrogate an accord allowing large-scale American military exercises in the country after US officials refused to hand over four US Marines accused of rape.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Another seven people died overnight in Moscow and concerns over energy supplies in Russia and Europe grew as record bone-chilling cold forced cutbacks.
    (AFP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels exploded anti-personnel mines twice in eastern Sri Lanka, killing four people and injuring 25 others.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, A Swedish man who confessed to killing two women and drinking their blood was charged with double murder. The 29-year-old man was arrested in October on suspicion of stabbing the women to death in two separate attacks.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Syria asserted that Iran had a right to atomic technology and said Western objections to Tehran's nuclear ambitions were not persuasive.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Taiwan's president appointed Su Tseng-chang, a popular politician and former party chief, as the island's next premier in a move aimed at regaining support for the ruling party ahead of the 2008 presidential election.
    (AP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, Venezuelan officials said that they have approved a new anti-drug agreement with the US, months after suspended cooperation amid allegations of US spying.
    (AP, 1/19/06)

2006        Jan 20, The US Treasury Department issued a license allowing the Cubans to participate in the 16-team World Baseball Classic.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, A federal judge ordered Los Angeles to pay $1.1 million in legal costs to the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. as sanctions for intentionally withholding evidence during the family's civil lawsuit trial.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 20, Michael Fortier, the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trials, was released from federal prison after serving more than 10 years for failing to warn authorities about the plot.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2006        Jan 20, FirstEnergy agreed to a record $28 million fine as workers at its Ohio Davis-Besse nuclear power station were accused of providing false statements on cleaning and inspections at the reactor vessel head.
    (WSJ, 1/21/06, p.A6)
2006        Jan 20, Greenpeace said that its two vessels shadowing the Japanese whaling fleet in the icy Southern Ocean were ending their protests because their fuel and food were running short.
    (Reuters, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, In Chile former dictator Augusto Pinochet was stripped of immunity from prosecution on charges involving 59 cases of torture and kidnapping at a secret detention center where hundreds of dissidents were held.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, In Ethiopia at least two people were killed and 36 injured, three seriously, after commotion erupted in Addis Ababa on the final day of celebrations marking the 2-day Orthodox Epiphany, or Timkat.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, German factory workers at Swedish home-appliances maker AB Electrolux launched a strike, demanding a better severance package when the plant shuts down late next year.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, In Haiti a judge dropped charges against Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste (59), a supporter of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in the death of a journalist, but indicted him on two lesser counts.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, In India a bomb exploded at the entrance of a state-owned petroleum Refinery in the northeastern state of Assam, leaving 10 people injured.
    (AFP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, Indonesian security forces opened fire on a group of protesters outside a central Papua police station, killing one person and injuring two.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 20, Iran’s Central Bank Governor said Iran moving its foreign currency reserves out of European banks as a pre-emptive measure against any possible UN sanctions over its nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, Iraq’s election commission said an alliance of Shiite religious parties won the most seats in Iraq's new parliament but not enough to rule without coalition partners.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, A top Sunni politician appealed for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll and urged US and Iraqi forces to stop arresting Iraqi women as a deadline set by the reporter's kidnappers was set to lapse.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, Japan halted imports of US beef just a month after lifting a ban, following the discovery of spinal material in a shipment that should have been removed due to the risk of mad cow disease.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, A crowded bus veered off a steep mountain road in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 53 people.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, Kuwait’s PM Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah agreed to take charge of Kuwait due to the poor health of the new emir. The move was perceived as a first step toward his eventually taking over the top office.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, In west Nepal suspected communist rebels attacked a security checkpoint, killing at least four policemen and injuring four others.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, In Papua New Guinea a landslide sent mud and boulders smashing through a remote village, killing at least eight people and leaving five more missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 20, The head of Russia's atomic energy agency said that Iran is ready for detailed discussions on the proposal to conduct Iran's uranium enrichment in Russia.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, Russia's coldest winter in a generation killed 7 more people overnight lifting the reported death toll to 123 putting huge pressure on the Soviet-era heating and power network.
    (Reuters, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, Taiwan allowed students and tour groups to fly direct to China for the first time in the third annual installment of symbolic Chinese New Year flights aimed at warming tense relations with the mainland.
    (AP, 1/20/06)
2006        Jan 20, Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, returned to prison, after an appeals court ruled that he should serve more time for the killing of a Turkish journalist and other crimes.
    (AP, 1/20/06)

2006        Jan 21, In Colorado a military jury convicted Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr., an Army interrogator, of negligent homicide. During an interrogation on Nov 26, 2003, he put a sleeping bag over the head of Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush and sat on his chest as the man suffocated.
    (AP, 1/22/06)(SSFC, 1/22/06, p.D4)
2006        Jan 21, In Las Vegas Manny Pacquiao avenged his defeat 10 months ago and handed Erik Morales the worst beating of his career before finally stopping him in the 10th round of their 130-pound showdown.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 21, In Las Vegas Jennifer Berry, a 22-year-old ballerina from Oklahoma, was crowned Miss America. The pageant went without coverage from a major television network for the first time since 1954, but aired on Country Music Television.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 21, Rescuers in West Virginia found the bodies of two miners who'd disappeared after a conveyor belt caught fire deep inside a coal mine.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2006        Jan 21, Ashok Malhotra (43) was shot dead at 2380 Aberdeen Way in Richmond, Ca. 2 suspects, Ishtiaq Hussain (38) and Jose Antonio Barajas (22) were arrested Jan 24 following a chase at the Canadian border, where Hussain was shot.
    (SFC, 1/25/06, p.B4)
2006        Jan 21, Afghanistan formally approved a five-year development plan, the Afghanistan Compact, to be presented to its international supporters at a key conference in London at the end of this month.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, In Afghanistan a local police chief was killed in a suspected Taliban ambush in Ghazni province.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 21, In Bangladesh at least 15 people were injured as police and opposition supporters fought street battles in Dhaka ahead of a nationwide strike called by opposition parties. The Awami League and its 13 left-leaning allies called for a Sunday strike to press for removal of the chief election commissioner and two newly appointed commissioners.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, A lost whale that strayed up the Thames in central London was gently lifted onto a barge as crowds lined the river banks to watch a unique rescue operation. Wally, a young bottle-nosed whale, died while being returned to the sea.
    (AFP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 21, In Colombia a video, released by Colombian guerrillas, showed 12 kidnapped lawmakers pleading with their government to work with Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez to help obtain their release.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, Ilan Halimi (23), a mobile phone salesman in northeast Paris, was kidnapped. He was found 3 weeks later naked, handcuffed and covered with burn marks near railroad tracks in the Essonne region south of Paris. He died en route to a hospital. On Feb 20 a judge placed six men and a woman under investigation for the alleged plot to kidnap and kill on religious, racial or ethnic motives. Gang leader Youssef Fofana was later sentenced to life in prison for the murder.
    (AP, 2/20/06)(Econ, 3/1/14, p.83)
2006        Jan 21, Guyana's government deployed soldiers to protect flood control gates and reservoirs after saboteurs set fire to drainage systems in coastal areas threatened by recent flooding. Since December, flooding has covered thousands of acres in waist-deep water and displaced more than 5,000 people.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, In Iraq Sunni Arab politicians called for a government of national unity and signaled they will use their increased numbers in parliament to curb the power of rival Shiites, who have claimed the biggest number of seats in the new legislature.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, A spate of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least eight Iraqis. Britain announced the death of a British security worker in a roadside blast.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova (61), the ethnic Albanian leader and embodiment of the province's decades-long struggle for independence from Serbia, died of lung cancer.
    (AP, 1/21/06)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.84)
2006        Jan 21, The families of 426 HIV-infected Libyan children asked for $12 million in compensation for each child as part of efforts to resolve the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor charged with intentionally infecting the children.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 21, In Nepal police fired tear gas to disperse activists protesting the Nepalese king's seizure of absolute power last year. At least 300 people were arrested and 50 were injured.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, In southern Nepal Maoist rebels and government forces clashed in Phapar Badi village, killing 14 militants and six security forces.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 21, In Nigeria, a police spokesman said 14 suspects have been arrested following clashes in Lagos earlier this week in which three people were killed.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, A helicopter used by the Red Cross for earthquake relief operations in Pakistan went missing with seven crew members on board. The wreckage of the copter and the bodies of the seven people on board were found in June 2006.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2006        Jan 21, Palestinian security forces cast ballots for parliamentary candidates in the official start of this week's Palestinian elections.
    (AP, 1/21/06)
2006        Jan 21, US Navy vessels sent warning shots and captured the crew of a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean off Somalia's coast. The US Navy boarded the pirate ship and detained 26 men for questioning. Sailors aboard the dhow told Navy investigators that pirates hijacked the vessel six days ago near Mogadishu and thereafter used it to stage pirate attacks on merchant ships.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 21, African nations were split over Sudan's bid to head the African Union, a move which could scuttle peace talks in the country's Darfur region and damage Africa's efforts to improve its image abroad.
    (AP, 1/21/06)

2006        Jan 22, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points, the second-highest in NBA history, in the Los Angeles Lakers' 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2006        Jan 22, The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC title game over the Denver Broncos 34-17. The Seattle Seahawks claimed the NFC title over the Carolina Panthers 34-14.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2006        Jan 22, In Massachusetts the bodies of Rachel (27) and 9-month-old daughter Lillian Entwistle were found in their home in Hopkinton. Rachel was shot in the head and the young baby in the body. They had been killed as much as 3 days earlier. On Jan 27 Neil Entwistle (27) was seen leaving his parents home in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, accompanied by two plain-clothes detectives. He was soon extradited back to Massachusetts. In 2008 Entwistle was convicted of murder.
    (AP, 1/27/06)(SFC, 6/26/08, p.A2)
2006        Jan 22, An Afghan boy and four men, including staff of a US security firm, were freed after being briefly kidnapped by Taliban rebels.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, In Afghanistan 7 Taliban rebels escaped from Policharki Prison, the main high-security prison outside Kabul. 10 prison guards suspected of aiding the escape were arrested.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 22, An opposition-sponsored strike closed shops and shut down public transport across Bangladesh as authorities deployed thousands of security forces to deter violence.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, Evo Morales, Bolivia's first Indian president, took office with a promise to lift his nation's struggling indigenous majority out of centuries of poverty and discrimination.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, Cambodia held its first Senate election. PM Hun Sen's ruling party secured a landslide victory. Only 123 parliamentarians and 11,261 members of commune councilors, local administrative bodies, were able to vote.
    (AFP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 22, Xinhua News reported that US-based General Electric has won an 196-million-dollar bid to help build China's West-East Gas Pipeline.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, Georgia began receiving natural gas late in the day from Azerbaijan following explosions on pipelines in southern Russia that cut off delivery of gas to Georgia and its neighbor Armenia during a cold snap.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 22, Iran said it was not withdrawing its foreign currency reserves from European banks, despite reports late last week that it already had begun the process.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, The US military confirmed that the last of 2 Reuters journalists detained by US military in Iraq was freed after nearly eight months without being charged. 2 others were released Jan 15.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 22, Bomb blasts, shootings and rocket-propelled grenade attacks killed at least 13 people throughout Iraq, including a policeman's four children. Sunni Arab leaders opposed anyone linked with sectarian violence being given ministries in the next government. 2 American airmen died in a roadside bombings near Taji. Another car bomb exploded on a highway about 20 miles south of Baghdad, killing one Iraqi civilian and wounding four others. Drive-by gunmen shot dead a doctor who worked at the Iraqi Health Ministry as he drove to work in Baghdad's Saydiyah neighborhood.
    (AP, 1/22/06)(AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 22, An Israeli aircraft fired at three Palestinian gunmen trying to infiltrate Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing one man and wounding the other two.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, In Nepal an electoral candidate in Janakpur was murdered.
    (Econ, 1/28/06, p.40)
2006        Jan 22, Thousands of angry Pakistanis protested against a US airstrike that killed civilians, chanting "Long live Osama bin Laden!" as anti-American rallies in the country entered their second week.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, Portugal voted in a presidential election. Anibal Cavaco Silva (66), a former centre-right prime minister (1985-1995), won over his five left-wing rivals. He has pledged to help lead Portugal out of an economic slump and supports deeper European Union integration.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 22, Explosions hit pipelines running through southern Russia, cutting the natural gas supply to Georgia and Armenia during a cold snap.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir urged the world to provide more equipment and other support for cash-strapped African forces monitoring a tentative truce in Sudan's violent Darfur region.
    (AP, 1/22/06)
2006        Jan 22, Sudanese police raided a human rights meeting, seized documents and laptops and briefly detained participants on the eve of an African summit in the country.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 22, The UN refugee agency said a smuggler's boat capsized off the coast of Yemen, killing at least 22 people. Twenty-eight were reported missing.
    (AP, 1/22/06)

2006        Jan 23, The US government cleared Pakistan from the threat of having its trade preferences withdrawn after the country took action to clamp down on copyright theft. The announcement coincided with a visit to Washington by Pakistani PM Shaukat Aziz, who told the US Chamber of Commerce that his government was serious about clamping down on copycat piracy.
    (AFP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, A US military jury at Fort Carson, Colo., ordered a reprimand, but no jail time, for an Army interrogator convicted of killing an Iraqi general.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2006        Jan 23, The US Trade Representative's Office said a 2nd layer of sanctions on Ukraine has been removed because of that country's progress in fighting piracy of US music and films.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, The US Treasury Department briefed South Korean officials on its investigations into suspected illegal financial activities by North Korea that Washington says helped fund Pyongyang's nuclear arms program.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill requiring mines to use electronic devices to track trapped miners and to stockpile oxygen to help keep them alive.
    (SFC, 1/24/06, p.A4)
2006        Jan 23, Alan Crotzer (45) was freed in Florida after DNA testing and other evidence convinced prosecutors he was not involved in the 1981 armed robbery and rapes that led to a 130-year prison sentence. DNA has been used to clear at least 172 people wrongly convicted of crimes in 31 states since 1989, according to the Innocence Project.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, US researchers reported  that chimpanzees may be more closely related to human beings than they are to other apes.
    (Reuters, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, Albertson's Inc., the nation's second biggest traditional grocery store chain, said it has agreed to sell the company. The deal was valued at about $17.4 billion in cash and stock and debt to an investment group including supermarket chain Supervalu Inc. and drugstore chain CVS Corp. In June the new owners announced the closure of 37 underperforming stores in Northern California. In 2007 the remaining stores were renamed under the Lucky name.
    (AP, 1/23/06)(SFC, 1/24/06, p.E1)(SFC, 6/8/06, p.C1)(SFC, 7/19/07, p.C3)
2006        Jan 23, Ford Motor Co., the nation's second-largest automaker, said that it will cut 25,000 to 30,000 jobs and idle 14 facilities by 2012 as part of a restructuring designed to reverse a $1.6 billion loss last year in its North American operations.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, African leaders began their annual summit in disarray, failing to resolve dissension over Sudan's bid to chair the 53-state body. An AU official said 5 African leaders have asked Sudan to withdraw its bid to head the African Union because the appointment could sink Darfur peace talks and dent the group's credibility.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, In Australia commercial fishing was banned in Sydney's harbor due to dangerous levels of poisonous dioxin being found in prawns and fish. Prawn fishing had already been banned a month earlier. Greenpeace said some of the pollution originated in Homebush Bay on the Parramatta River, some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Sydney Harbor Bridge. From 1957 to 1976 Union Carbide made chlorinated herbicides there, including 2,4,5,-T a component of the infamous Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, Wildfires raged across southern Australia. A firefighter was killed as a fire truck overturned speeding to a blaze. Distraught ranchers shot cattle injured by the flames.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, In northwest Bangladesh 6 people were killed and around 100 were wounded when police opened fire on a crowd of 10,000 rioting farmers demanding improved electricity supply.
    (AFP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, Belgian brewer InBev NV, the world's largest brewery by volume, said it has agreed to buy the largest brewer in China's Fujian province for 614 million euros ($740 million).
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, In Bolivia Evo Morales appointed a Marxist energy minister and a Cabinet of Indians, intellectuals and union leaders, backing his promise to establish a socialist shape.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, Canadians began voting on whether to send their Liberal Party packing after 13 years. Conservatives won and Stephen Harper pledged to quickly carry out his campaign promises to cut taxes, get tough on crime and repair strained ties with Washington.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, Canadian officials said a cow from Alberta had tested positive for mad cow disease.
    (SFC, 1/24/06, p.A5)
2006        Jan 23, In Chile Gen. Augusto Pinochet's wife and four grown children were indicted and ordered arrested on charges of tax evasion related to the former dictator's multimillion-dollar accounts at overseas banks.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, China's Ministry of Health announced the country's 10th human case of bird flu infection after a 29-year-old woman from the southwest of the country was diagnosed with the H5N1 virus.
    (Reuters, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, Saudi King Abdullah met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing, amid efforts by China to secure overseas oil and gas reserves for its power-hungry economy.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, Ugandan rebels killed eight Guatemalan peacekeepers in Congo in an ambush near the border with Sudan. The gunbattle also left 15 attackers dead.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, A senior envoy said Iran will immediately retaliate if referred to the UN Security Council next week by forging ahead with developing a full-scale uranium enrichment program.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, A suicide car bomber killed at least three Iraqis Monday near the Green Zone housing the US Embassy and Iraqi government. 2 American servicemen died in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. 2 Marines died in a vehicle accident in western Iraq. Armed men, some wearing police commando uniforms, raided homes and a mosque in a predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhood of northern Baghdad. They shot and killed three men on the spot and detained more than 20.
    (AP, 1/23/06)(AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, Takafumi Horie, chief executive of Japanese Internet portal Livedoor, was arrested for alleged securities law violations in a scandal that has caused a week of turmoil in Japan's stock market. On Jan 25 Horie resigned from the board of Livedoor.
    (AP, 1/23/06)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.60)
2006        Jan 23, In Kenya a five-story building collapsed in central Nairobi with more than 280 construction workers inside, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 60. The government next day said the owner and contractor of a building were rushing workers to complete the structure before the concrete on lower levels had set.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, In Mali a closing ceremony was held for a gathering of the World Social Forum. Other gatherings were set for Pakistan and Venezuela. The first World Social Forum was held in Brazil in 2001 and coincides each year with the market-friendly World Economic Forum of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
    (AP, 1/24/06)(SFC, 1/24/06, p.A2)
2006        Jan 23, Raul Osiel Marroquin was arrested in Mexico City. On Jan 26 he described killing four gay men. His arrest was the 1st confirmation of a serial killer targeting homosexuals.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 23, In Montenegro a packed passenger train derailed and plunged into a steep river canyon outside the capital of Podgorica, killing at least 44 people and injuring more than 135, more than half of them children.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 23, Nepal's royal government vowed to hold municipal elections next month despite a boycott by major parties, street protests, a candidate's assassination and rebel violence that killed 26 over the weekend.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, Russia's main intelligence agency said it had uncovered spying by four British diplomats, using electronic equipment inside a fake rock, and accused them of channeling funds to non-governmental organizations, including one of the country's most well-known human rights watchdogs.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 23, The family of Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra sold their controlling stake in the telecom Shin Corp. for $1.87 billion to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Legal loopholes were used to avoid taxes on the sale.
    (WSJ, 2/6/06, p.C10)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.39)
2006        Jan 23, A Turkish court dropped charges against Orhan Pamuk, the country's best-known novelist, for insulting "Turkishness," ending a high-profile trial that outraged Western observers and cast doubt on Turkey's commitment to free speech. He had been charged under articles 301 and 305 of the penal code.
    (AP, 1/23/06)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.50)
2006        Jan 23, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) appealed for $805 million to provide aid to children and mothers in 29 emergencies worldwide.
    (AP, 1/23/06)

2006        Jan 24, US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito won a 10-8 party-line approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2006        Jan 24, A US coalition of electric utilities kicked off a national campaign to push auto makers to make plug-in hybrids. UC Prof. Andrew Frank began configuring electric motors with rechargeable batteries and small gasoline engines in the 1990s.
    (WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A4)
2006        Jan 24, Disney announced that it had agreed to acquire Pixar Animation Studios in a stock deal valued at $7.4 billion.
    (http://tinyurl.com/af74n)
2006        Jan 24, FedEx Corp. said it would take over local distribution from its Chinese joint-venture partner DTW Group in a $400 million buyout.
    (WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A2)
2006        Jan 24, Fayard Nicholas (b.1914), the elder half of the Nicholas Brothers tap dancing duo, died in Los Angeles. The story of the dancing brothers was chronicled in the 2000 book “Brotherhood in Rhythm" by Constance Valis Hill.
    (SSFC, 1/29/06, p.B7)(news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/article341244.ece)
2006        Jan 24, Character actor Chris Penn, younger brother of Oscar-winner Sean Penn, was found dead at an apartment near the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 24, Officials said 4 people were killed in Carlsbad, Ca., when a twin-engine plane from Idaho skidded off an airport runway and burst into flames.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, At least 10 men in Mexican military-style uniforms crossed the Rio Grande into the United States on a marijuana-smuggling foray, leading to an armed confrontation with Texas law officers near Neely's Crossing, Texas. The three sport utility vehicles made a quick U-turn and headed south toward the border, a few miles away.
    (AP, 9/6/09)
2006        Jan 24, Vienna's subway tracks cracked, German authorities shut a key canal to ships after it iced up, and a zoo moved its penguins indoors as a deadly deep freeze tightened its arctic grip on much of Europe.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, In Brazil rebellious inmates ended a one-day prison uprising in the remote jungle state of Rondonia that left four dead.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, The British government unveiled a plan to put one million of the 2.7 million people on incapacity benefits back to work within the next decade, saving huge sums of taxpayers' money.
    (AFP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, Banaz Mahmod (20) was raped, beaten, strangled, stuffed in a suitcase and buried in a back garden in Birmingham, England, on her father's orders for becoming involved with a man of whom he did not approve. Mahmod's father was given a life sentence in 2007 for ordering the killing. In 2010 two of her Kurdish cousins were jailed for life by a London court for murdering Mahmod because her family disapproved of her boyfriend.
    (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5263475.ece)(AP, 11/10/10)
2006        Jan 24, China shut down Bing Dian, a newspaper supplement known for its in-depth reporting on sensitive issues, the latest measure by the communist government to tighten control over the media.
    (AP, 1/25/06)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.39)
2006        Jan 24, Fidel Castro accused the US of seeking to rupture the minimum remaining diplomatic ties with his country, addressing tens of thousands of Cubans before starting a march outside the American mission in Havana.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, Shafik Handal (75), leader of the Salvadoran left, died of a heart attack in San Salvador. The ex-guerrilla commander had fought US-backed troops during the country's 12-year civil war.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, Georgia’s energy minister said Iran has expressed a readiness to export natural gas to Georgia to make up for a sharp drop in Russian deliveries.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, In Germany automaker DaimlerChrysler AG said that it would cut administrative staff by 20 percent worldwide over three years, dropping 6,000 jobs in order to save some $1.2 billion a year and make the company leaner and more profitable.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, India's central bank raised short-term borrowing rate a quarter percent point to 5.5 percent, citing fears of inflation amid strong economic growth.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, In Iran 2 bombs exploded in a bank and outside a government building in Ahvaz, a southwestern city with a history of violence involving members of Iran's Arab minority. 6 people were killed and 46 others wounded. A Web site claiming to represent Arab secessionists in the Ahvaz region said they carried out the attack. On June 8 a court found 9 defendants to be enemies of God, and sentenced them to death. 15 other defendants received sentences ranging from seven to 30 years in prison. In July Iran's Supreme Court confirmed death sentences for five Iranian Arab separatists convicted for the bombings.
    (AP, 1/24/06)(AP, 6/28/06)(AP, 7/30/06)
2006        Jan 24, In northern Iraq gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped two German engineers. Both were later released. British troops detained several police officers among more than a dozen people linked to a series of killings, bombings and kidnappings in the southern city of Basra. US Marines and Iraqi soldiers killed 7 insurgents in Ramadi. Mahmoud Zaal (30), a cameraman for the Baghdad TV network, was mistaken for a combatant and killed by Marine fire.
    (SFC, 1/26/06, p.A10)(AP, 1/24/07)
2006        Jan 24, Biotechnology company Amgen Inc. said it will build a manufacturing plant in Ireland to supply its growing European customer base.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, Japan launched the leading rocket in its space program for the first time in nearly a year, putting into orbit one of the world's largest land observation satellites to monitor natural disasters.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, Kuwait’s Parliament voted unanimously to oust the ailing emir, ending a nine-day leadership crisis by temporarily handing power to the Cabinet headed by PM Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, A Mexican government commission said it will distribute at least 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert to curb the death toll among illegal border crossers.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, In Mongolia some 1,000 protesters gathered in Ulan Bator, calling for the resignation of the president and an end to corruption.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, In Kathmandu, Nepal, police fired tear gas and beat pro-democracy activists with batons, hours after authorities lifted a ban on demonstrations. Communist rebels fighting to topple Nepal's monarchy staged a major assault on Nepalgunj, a western border town, that left at least eight people dead, but security forces repulsed the insurgents.
    (AP, 1/24/06)(AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 24, In Port Harcourt, Nigeria, an armed gang dressed in police uniform attacked the offices of Agip oil company, a unit of Italy's ENI, and at least 9 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, Palestinian gunmen in Nablus linked to the ruling Fatah movement killed Abu Ahmed Hassouna (44), one of their party leaders, increasing tensions on the eve of parliamentary balloting.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, A government spokesman said Sudan has withdrawn from the competition to lead the African Union amid criticism of its human rights record. Diplomats said the presidency would go to the Republic of Congo.
    (AP, 1/24/06)
2006        Jan 24, In Venezuela activists gathering for the six-day World Social Forum in Caracas. 2 other gatherings were set in Mali and Pakistan. The World Social Forum was first held in Brazil in 2001 and coincides each year with the market-friendly World Economic Forum of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
    (AP, 1/24/06)(SFC, 1/24/06, p.A2)

2006        Jan 25, Republicans John McCain and Tom Coburn said they're putting their colleagues on notice: They will challenge special projects that senators insert into spending bills until the practice stops.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, US authorities discovered what they say is the largest and most sophisticated tunnel under their border with Mexico, one that was used by drug trafficking gangs. The tunnel began near Tijuana’s airport and ended 2,400 feet away in a warehouse on the US side of the border. The find included 2 tons of marijuana.
    (AFP, 1/27/06)(SFC, 1/27/06, p.B14)
2006        Jan 25, Hattie McDaniel, the first black actress to win an Academy Award, was honored with a U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp. McDaniel became the 29th person honored in the Postal Service's long-running Black Heritage stamp series.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, "Survivor" Richard Hatch was convicted in Providence, R.I., of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings. He was later sentenced to more than four years in prison.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2006        Jan 25, Ameriprise Financial Inc. said it has notified about 226,000 people that their names and other personal data were stored on a laptop computer that was stolen from an employee's vehicle.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, Konami Digital Entertainment reported that West Virginia school officials had struck a partnership to use Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution video game in all of its 765 public schools to attack a youth obesity problem.
    (SFC, 1/25/06, p.C1)
2006        Jan 25, Microsoft offered to license access to its source code for Windows in an effort to fend off pressure from US and EU authorities.
    (WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 25, The US-based UPN and WB television broadcast networks agreed to merge.
    (SFC, 1/26/06, p.E1)
2006        Jan 25, Heart device maker Guidant Corp. agreed to be bought by Boston Scientific Corp. for $80 per share, or about $27 billion, and terminated an agreement to be acquired by Johnson & Johnson.
    (Reuters, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, It was reported that Wyoming rancher Allen Cook (57), with no connection to the University of Pittsburgh, has given the school 4,700 acres of land littered with dinosaur fossils.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, In Florida a car full of siblings headed home was crushed between a truck and a stopped school bus, killing the seven adopted children just two miles from where they lived.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, In Australia emergency crews rushed to clean up 10,000 liters of fuel oil that fouled mangroves off Gladstone City near the Great Barrier Reef after two vessels collided.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, The older daughter of former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was detained upon arrival in Washington after failing to obey a summons by a Chilean judge, who indicted her on tax evasion charges.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, Google Inc. launched a search engine in China that censors material about human rights, Tibet and other topics sensitive to Beijing, defending the move as a trade-off granting Chinese greater access to other information.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, In Haiti 2 French missionaries and two Haitians were kidnapped near Cite Soleil, a volatile slum outside Port-au-Prince. Last month, there were 162 reported kidnap cases in Haiti, and January has seen 37 so far. The actual number is probably much higher because victims' families often prefer to negotiate with kidnappers rather than notify police.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said that Tehran views Moscow's offer to have Iran's uranium enriched in Russia as a positive development but no agreement has been reached between the countries.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, The Iraqi Ministry of Justice said it would release 5 of 8 female detainees as part of a larger release program. Police in Baghdad reported the discovery of 10 blindfolded men in water-holding tanks at a sewage treatment facility. Insurgents in Kirkuk killed 2 city officials.
    (SFC, 1/26/06, p.A10)(SFC, 1/27/06, p.A10)
2006        Jan 25, Kamal Said Qadir (48), an Austrian citizen sentenced by a court in northern Iraq to 25 years in prison last month after being convicted of dishonoring the Kurdish cause, was released from custody. After moving to Austria a few years ago, he wrote articles that accused the powerful Kurdistan Democratic Party of corruption.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, In Iraq a US soldier was killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb blast south of Baghdad, while three Iraqi police died in a similar attack.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, Iraqi police shot dead a Sunni cleric at a checkpoint north of Baghdad. Gunmen killed a policeman in the capital's Sadr City neighborhood.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, The UN said that thousands of refugees were without help after riots forced it to curtail operations in Ivory Coast.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, Juana Barraza (48) was arrested while fleeing from a home where an elderly woman was slain. She was suspected to be the serial murderer known as the "Mataviejitas," or "Little Old Lady Killer." Barraza's fingerprints matched those left at the scene of 10 other murders, plus at the scene of an attempted murder.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 25, Mongolia's president and parliament approved Mieagombo Enkhbold (41), the chairman of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, as the new prime minister, a major step toward rebuilding the former communist country's collapsed government.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, A minibus struck a land mine in southwestern Pakistan, killing six passengers and wounding five.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, Palestinians cast ballots in their first parliamentary election in a decade. Hamas won a huge majority in parliamentary elections as Palestinian voters rejected the longtime rule of the Fatah Party, throwing the future of Mideast peacemaking into question. Hamas counted up to 6 leaderships: notional chief Khaled Meshal in exile in Damascus; Ismail Haniyeh and other heavyweights in the Gaza Strip; members in the West Bank; convicted prisoners in Israeli jails; unconvicted prisoners detained in Israeli military jails; and heads of the armed wing.
    (AP, 1/26/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.51)
2006        Jan 25, Sri Lanka's president and the leader of Tamil Tiger rebels agreed on to resume peace talks.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, The World Economic Forum opened in Davos, Switzerland. 15 heads of state, top business leaders and celebrities attended the session to brainstorm on key issues facing the globe, including high oil prices, Iran's nuclear ambitions, new business models and the shifting balance of power in Asia.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, An Arctic weather front wreaked more havoc across a wide swath of eastern Europe, killing 53 people overnight in Ukraine alone and severely disrupted transport networks in half-a-dozen countries.
    (AFP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, Pope Benedict XVI said in his first encyclical, "God is Love," that the Roman Catholic Church has no desire to govern states or set public policy, but can't remain silent when its charity is needed to ease suffering around the world.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, In Venezuela thousands of activists marched through Caracas demanding an end to the war in Iraq and shouting slogans against U.S. imperialism at the opening of the World Social Forum backed by President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 1/25/06)
2006        Jan 25, Venezuela’s VP Jose Vicente Rangel said that some Venezuelan military officers have been detained after they allegedly passed information to US officials.
    (AP, 1/26/06)

2006        Jan 26, President Bush said that Hamas cannot be a partner for Middle East peacemaking without renouncing violence, and he reiterated that the United States will not deal with Palestinian leaders who do not recognize Israel's right to exist.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, The Arizona Supreme Court ordered first-term Republican Rep. David Burnell Smith to leave office at midnight for violating a state's public campaign financing system during his 2004 primary race.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 26, California legislators became the 1st in the US to designate secondhand tobacco smoke as a toxic air contaminant.
    (SFC, 1/27/06, p.B1)
2006        Jan 26, The US federal deficit was projected to widen to $360 billion in fiscal 2006.
    (WSJ, 1/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 26, Confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces."
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2006        Jan 26, In eastern Afghanistan a rocket killed two police officers during a battle with Taliban rebels in Paktika province.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, Britain said it will send at least another 4,000 troops, four times its current deployment, to Afghanistan in coming months as a NATO mission expands into a dangerous region rife with Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, British port and ferries group P&O said it has accepted a takeover bid from Singapore's PSA International worth 3.545 billion pounds (5.2 billion euros, 6.4 billion dollars).
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, Colombian authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities in collaboration with US officials and dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 26, Iran's Civil Aviation Organization said it has proposed resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States after more than 25 years, despite political hostilities between the two countries.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, In Iraq the US military released five Iraqi women detainees, a move demanded by the kidnappers of an American reporter to spare her life, but an official said the release was coincidental.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, Mexico said it will suspend its plan to distribute maps to migrants wanting to cross the US border illegally. An official said the decision was made because the maps would show anti-immigrant groups where migrants likely would gather.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, Under request from Pakistan Interpol said it has issued international notices seeking the arrest of former PM Benazir Bhutto and her husband on corruption charges. Both were currently visiting the US.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, In southwestern Pakistan suspected tribal militants blew up a stretch of railway track, severing train links with rest of country.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said he was ready to maintain a cease-fire with Israel forged in February 2005 if Israel does likewise, but that the Islamic group will respond to attacks. Hamas supporters raised their flag over the Palestinian parliament and rushed into the building amid clashes with Fatah loyalists.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan 26, Russian military prosecutors and top officers pledged a thorough inquiry into one of the most brutal hazing incidents in the Russian military in years. Doctors said  the legs and genitals of Pvt. Andrei Sychev (18) were amputated after a New Year's Eve incident at the Chelyabinsk Tank Academy. On Sep 26 a Chelyabinsk military court found Junior Sergeant Alexander Sivyakov guilty of abuse of power that led to severe bodily harm, and sentenced him to four years in prison.
    (AP, 1/26/06)(AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Jan 26, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in Denmark to protest a published series of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Protests spread across the Muslim world for weeks, and dozens of people were killed.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2006        Jan 26, Serbian police arrested Jovo Djogo, the former chief of security for Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic, over suspicions he is helping the war crimes fugitive avoid justice. Djogo was a close aide to the Bosnian Serb political and military leadership from the start of the former Yugoslav republic's 1992-1995 war.
    (AFP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 26, A South Korean court ordered Dow Chemical and Monsanto, US manufacturers of the defoliant Agent Orange, to pay $62.5 million in medical compensation to 20,000 Korean veterans of the Vietnam War and their families.
    (AP, 1/26/06)(WSJ, 1/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 26, In Sri Lanka a rocket propelled grenade shot at rebel vehicles in the east of the island killed a rebel commander. Rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said government forces fired the grenade a day after a deal to end a three-year deadlock in talks.
    (AFP, 1/27/06)

2006        Jan 27, A US government report said economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter to the weakest pace in three years as consumers spent less robustly, growth in home building eased and businesses were less eager to boost investments.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Lawmakers in Washington state passed a gay rights bill and Gov. Chris Gregoire said she will sign it on Jan 31.
    (SFC, 1/28/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 27, Police in Houston, Texas, said they had arrested 8 gang members from New Orleans as suspects in 11 slayings.
    (SFC, 1/28/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 27, The first inhalable version of insulin, "Exubera," won federal approval.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2006        Jan 27, Microsoft Corp's founder Bill Gates in Davos, Switzerland, pledged $900 million to fight tuberculosis, kick-starting a $31 billion funding drive against a disease which kills one person every 15 seconds.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Western Union delivered its last telegram.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2006        Jan 27, Belgium’s food safety agency closed 96 pig and chicken farms as it traced the source of dioxins found by a Dutch firm last week back to a vat of Belgian pork fat.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 27, Bolivia’s Pres. Evo Morales cut his salary by more than half and declared no Cabinet minister can collect a higher wage than his own, with the savings to be used to hire more public school teachers.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a sudden flood caused by heavy rains killed at least four people in the underground parking garage of a shopping mall.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 27, British port operator Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. switched prospective suitors for the second time after Dubai Ports World raised its offer for the company to almost $7 billion, trumping an offer from Singapore's PSA International Ltd.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Christopher Lloyd (84), iconoclastic English gardener, died.
    (Econ, 2/4/06, p.78)
2006        Jan 27, Five Caribbean islands held their last parliamentary elections as members of a unified Netherlands Antilles. Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius have set a target date of July 1, 2007 for breaking off to form their own governments.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, China's biggest lender, state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, signed a $3.78 billion investment deal with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., American Express Co. and Germany's Allianz AG.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Mittal Steel, the world's biggest steel producer, launched a takeover bid worth 18.6 billion euros (22.7 billion dollars) for European group Arcelor in an ambitious attempt to create a dominant global giant.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Georgia's president said that Iran had agreed to start providing emergency gas supplies to the Caucasus mountain nation as early as this weekend, signaling an end to an energy crisis made worse by an extreme cold snap.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Johannes Rau (75), former German president (1999-2004), died. He urged his country to open up to foreigners and promoted deeper ties with Israel.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Three French citizens and a Haitian who were kidnapped near a volatile slum outside of the capital were released unharmed.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, It was reported that one of every two German oak trees was sick due to pollution and global warming.
    (www.dawn.com/2006/01/27/int14.htm)
2006        Jan 27, In Honduras Manuel Zelaya was inaugurated as the new president. He promised to fight corruption and help criminal and gang members become useful citizens.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Basra's governor threatened to stop dealing with British forces unless they release several Iraqis detained this week, including policemen suspected of links to local killings and kidnappings. Iraqi special forces backed by US troops raided houses in Baghdad and detained 60 suspected insurgents.
    (AP, 1/27/06)(WSJ, 1/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 27, Libya said it is heading toward allowing private newspapers, radio and television news in what has been a state-controlled media environment for more than 30 years.
    (AFP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Malaysian dissident politician Anwar Ibrahim sued former PM Mahathir Mohamad for defamation after Mahathir refused to apologize for calling him a homosexual.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, Angel Hidalgo Espinosa, the leader of a farmers' group in Mexico's southern Chiapas state, was convicted in the 2001 slayings of 8 peasants and sentenced to 37 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, In Mexico authorities got into a shootout with drug traffickers in Acapulco and at least 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/28/06, p.A6)
2006        Jan 27-2006 Jan 28, In Nepal 11 Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow the monarchy and two soldiers were killed in a battle in the eastern part of the kingdom.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 27, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamas to form a new government after his vanquished Fatah Party rejected a role in the Cabinet and Israel ruled out peace talks. In the wake of Hamas' triumph in Palestinian parliamentary elections, thousands of outraged Fatah supporters burned cars and fired in the air across the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 1/27/06)(AP, 1/27/07)
2006        Jan 27, A Panamanian ship collided with two other vessels near the Peruvian port of Callao, splitting in two and leaving one sailor missing.
    (AP, 1/27/06)
2006        Jan 27, The UN said killings, rapes and indiscriminate attacks on civilians continue in Darfur, accusing Sudanese soldiers of apparently coordinating with armed militia in terrorizing the troubled region.
    (AP, 1/27/06)

2006        Jan 28, A 20-million US dollar FA-18 Hornet strike fighter jet was lost when it crashed during a training exercise off the Queensland coast.
    (AFP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 28, Close to 200 teams in NYC participated in the 3rd annual Idiotarod, a race of shopping carts pulled by a human team.
    (WSJ, 2/2/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 28, In southern Arkansas police found the bodies of 3 children lying side-by-side on a bed in their home after Paula Eleazar Mendez (43), their mother, said she smothered them.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 28, Warren Mundine, previously an advisor on Aboriginal issues to the conservative government of PM John Howard, took over the role of Australian Labor Party president. The first Aborigine to be elected president of an Australian political party, Mundine said that he wanted to enter parliament after his term finishes.
    (AFP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, A 2-day European conference on the future of the EU ended in Salzburg, Austria. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that Europe must face globalization head-on and not shy away from the issue.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, Beijing prepared to usher in the Lunar New Year with bang, after authorities lifted a 12-year ban on fireworks.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, China’s state-owned CNOOC began gas production at the Chunxiao field near the disputed border region with Japan.
    (WSJ, 4/6/06, p.A13)
2006        Jan 28, Karnataka Governor T.N. Chaturvedi invited H.D. Kumaraswamy (b.1959), son of former Indian PM H.D. Deve Gowda, to form the government in the state after Dharam Singh resigned earlier in the day.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.D.Kumaraswamy)
2006        Jan 28, The UN Children Fund (UNICEF) said 3 more children have contracted polio in Indonesia, bringing the total cases to 302 since the crippling disease resurfaced last year.
    (AFP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, Iran's foreign minister said Tehran and Moscow have agreed to expand the number of countries participating in the plan to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia, describing a compromise that could satisfy U.S. concerns about the nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, According to a new tape the kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill them unless all Iraqi prisoners are released from Iraqi and US prisons. The aired tape was date Jan 21. The 4 workers disappeared last Nov 26.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, A Sunni Arab leader condemned recent police crackdowns on Sunni neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital and demanded government protection from further raids. At least eight people were killed in attacks across Iraq. A US soldier was killed in a roadside bomb blast in Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/28/06)(SFC, 1/30/06, p.A7)
2006        Jan 28, At least 8 people were killed in a gunfight between Indian security forces and Kashmir rebels.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri (106), a leader of the Kabbalah school of Jewish mystical thought who wielded great influence over Israeli politics, died in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 28, North Korea warned of nuclear war and vowed to strengthen its deterrent forces as it demanded that Washington show evidence backing its allegation that the communist regime is counterfeiting US money.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, In Pakistan suspected tribal rebels have fired rockets at a major gas field, blasted a main power line and tried to blow up a rail track in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan.
    (AFP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, Fatah activists marched to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' compound, police briefly stormed the parliament building in Gaza and security forces clashed with Hamas gunmen as the long-ruling party lashed out in anger for its devastating election loss.
    (AP, 1/28/06)
2006        Jan 28, In southern Poland an exhibition hall collapsed during a racing pigeon show in Katowice, killing at least 65 people and injuring 160. On June 26 three men, who helped design the exhibition hall, were arrested on suspicion of endangering lives by failing to meet building codes.
    (AP, 1/31/06)(SFC, 2/1/06, p.A3)(AP, 6/26/06)

2006        Jan 29, Nam June Paik (74), the avant-garde artist credited with inventing video art in the 1960s by combining multiple TV screens with sculpture, music and live performers, died in Miami, Fla. In a 1974 report commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Paik wrote of a telecommunications network of the future he called the "Electronic Super Highway," predicting it "will become our springboard for new and surprising human endeavors."
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 29, Heavy rains in Brazil led to the deaths of 12 people in Rio de Janeiro, including six people killed when an underground shopping mall garage filled with water.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, The Chinese New Year ushered in the year of the Dog. As many as 10 million dogs were slaughtered annually for food consumption in China. Fireworks explosions killed 36 people and injured hundreds more in China as traditional Lunar New Year celebrations led to much mayhem as well as joy across the nation.
    (SSFC, 1/29/06, p.A3)(AFP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 29, In eastern Congo rebels in Rutshuru forced a local radio station off the air after a wave of fighting and looting in the troubled Central African nation.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Jan 29, Denmark's PM said his government could not act against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed after Libya closed its embassy in Copenhagen amid growing Muslim anger over the dispute.
    (Reuters, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, Finland's first female president said she was confident of re-election in a runoff vote. Polls suggested a close race after a steady surge in support for her conservative challenger. Pres. Tarja Halonen clinched a narrow re-election victory over a rival with a pro-alliance agenda. She won a new six-year term with 51.8 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 1/29/06)(AFP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 29, Avalanches swept away skiers and at least one hiker in the French Alps, killing five people over the weekend.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, In Iraq ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were seriously injured in a roadside bombing near Taji.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, Car bombs exploded in a synchronized spree of attacks outside at least four churches in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least three Iraqis and wounding 9. US troops killed three suspected insurgents wearing Iraqi police uniforms in Kirkuk. A bomb killed 11 people in a shop selling sweets in the town of Iskindiraya south of Baghdad overnight. Violence killed at least 20 people, including 13 Iraqi policemen and soldiers. A car bomb killed 4 Iraqi soldiers in Uja. Former Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Idham was assassinated near Tikrit.
    (AP, 1/29/06)(Reuters, 1/29/06)(SFC, 1/30/06, p.A7)
2006        Jan 29, Sheik Sabah IV Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah was sworn in as the new emir of Kuwait.
    (AP, 1/29/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabah_Al-Ahmad_Al-Jaber_Al-Sabah)
2006        Jan 29, The Mexican government said the US Border Patrol in New Mexico arrested Francisco Javier Gutierrez, a Mexican immigration official, who was allegedly trying to help a group of undocumented migrants sneak into the US.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 29, A Pakistani express train with up to 600 passengers aboard derailed, killing at least three people and injuring as many as 40.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou-Nguesso launched his role as a top African peace mediator, meeting with the prime minister of civil war-divided Ivory Coast days after taking over as African Union head.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, In Bucharest, Romania, a stray dog killed a Japanese businessman. The mayor called for a crash program of canine sterilization and euthanasia to control the city’s 60,000 stray dogs.
    (www.inyourpocket.com/romania/bucharest/en/)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.48)
2006        Jan 29, Russia resumed sending natural gas to Georgia after finishing repairs to a major pipeline damaged by mysterious blasts a week earlier.
    (AP, 1/29/06)

2006        Jan 30, Pres. Bush nominated Edward Lazear, Stanford Univ. prof. of economics, as his chief economics adviser, replacing Ben Bernanke, the new chairman-select of the Federal Reserve.
    (SFC, 1/31/06, p.E1)
2006        Jan 30, The Smithsonian Institute selected a space on the National Mall near the Washington Monument as the site of Its National Museum of African American History and Culture.
    (SFC, 1/31/06, p.A2)
2006        Jan 30, Exxon Mobil posted record profits for any US company: $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005 and $36.13 billion for the year.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2006        Jan 30, In Goleta, Ca., Jennifer San Marco, a female ex-postal worker, opened fire at a mail processing plant, killing 5 people before committing suicide. A former neighbor was found slain the next day and a critically wounded worker died Feb 1.
    (AP, 1/31/06)(SFC, 2/2/06, p.A4)
2006        Jan 30, Playwright Wendy Wasserstein (55) died. She celebrated women confronting feminism, careers, love and motherhood in such works as "The Heidi Chronicles" and "The Sisters Rosensweig." She was the first woman to win both a Tony and Pulitzer prize. In 2011 Julie Salamon authored “Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein."
    (AP, 1/30/06)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.78)
2006        Jan 30, Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) announced that it would build the country's largest wind farm as part of efforts to meet its legal obligation to invest in renewable energy. The 95 megawatt facility would cost 236 million dollars (177 million US dollars) and use 45 wind turbines over an area of 14 square kilometers (5.6 square miles) near the town of Hallett in South Australia.
    (AFP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 30, The University of Vienna announced that it plans to build a new Holocaust research center in honor of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 30, Music retailers said the Rock band Arctic Monkeys have smashed the British record for the fastest-selling debut album of all time.
    (AFP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 30, Chile’s President-elect Michelle Bachelet unveiled a Cabinet that fulfilled her campaign promise to give half the jobs to women and kept a balance among the four parties in her center-left coalition.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 30, Feng Xiliang (86), a US-trained journalist, died in Beijing. In 1978 he helped to launch the China Daily, the communist government's main English-language newspaper.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Jan 30, The controversy over Danish caricatures of Prophet Muhammad escalated as gunmen seized an EU office in Gaza and Muslims appealed for a trade boycott of Danish products. Denmark called for its citizens in the Middle East to exercise vigilance. A roadside bomb targeted a joint Danish-Iraqi military patrol near the southern city of Basra.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 30, Iran’s Interior Ministry said 7 Iranian soldiers kidnapped last month by Jundallah, (God's Brigade), have been freed. No word was given on the fate of 2 other kidnapped soldiers.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 30, European Union foreign ministers called on Hamas to recognize the state of Israel, renounce violence and disarm. “It is the view of the Quartet (UN, EU, American and Russia) that all members of a future Palestinian government must be committed to nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Roadmap. We urge both parties to respect their existing agreements, including on movement and access."
    (AP, 1/30/06)(http://tinyurl.com/fut5w)
2006        Jan 30, Iraqi and UN health officials said a 15-year-old girl who died this month was a victim of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, the first confirmed case of the disease in the Middle East.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 30, In Iraq US soldiers backed by warplanes killed two militants in Ramadi, while at least one Iraqi policeman died and dozens were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on their base south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 30, In Nigeria 4 foreign oil workers were released after being held hostage for more than two weeks by a militia demanding that residents in southern Nigeria benefit more from its energy wealth.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 30, In Adana, Turkey, a bomb exploded at a Turkish-American friendship association in a southern city that hosts a US air base, wounding five Turks.
    (AP, 1/30/06)

2006        Jan 31, Pres. Bush in his State of the Union address appeared to tone down his criticism of North Korea and concerns over the growing competitiveness of China and India. Bush had harsh words for Iran and the militant Palestinian group Hamas and raised concerns over Indonesia. He also defended the legality of his wiretaps program and called for the US to quit its addiction to oil.
    (AP, 2/1/06)(SFC, 2/1/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 31, The US Senate confirmed Samuel Alito as the 110th Supreme Court justice. The 58-42 vote tilted the court rightward.
    (WSJ, 2/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 31, Alan Greenspan (79) served the last day of his 18-year tenure as chairman of the US Federal Reserve. At Greenspan's final meeting, the central bank voted to boost its target for the federal funds rate to 4.5 percent. It was the 14th quarter-point move in a credit-tightening campaign that began 19 months ago. The US Senate approved Ben Bernanke (52), Princeton Univ. prof. of economics, as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
    (SFC, 1/31/06, p.E1)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.63)(AP, 1/31/07)
2006        Jan 31, In Arkansas Tom Coughlin (57), a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. vice chairman who was a protege of founder Sam Walton, pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges, admitting that he stole money, gift cards and merchandise from the world's largest retailer.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, In El Cerrito, Ca., Edward Wycoff (37) stabbed and bludgeoned to death his sister Julie Wycoff Rogers (47) and her husband Paul Rogers (48) at their home 1467 Rifle Range Road. He had hoped to adopt his niece and nephew after the killings. In 2009 Wycoff was convicted of murder with special circumstances and was sentenced by a jury to die by lethal injection.
    (SFC, 2/1/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.D2)(SFC, 11/6/09, p.C2)
2006        Jan 31, In Texas opening arguments began in the Enron trial against former Chairman Kenneth Lay and former Pres. Jeffrey Skilling.
    (WSJ, 1/31/06, p.C1)
2006        Jan 30, Coretta Scott King (78), the widow of Martin Luther King Jr, died of respiratory failure at a clinic in Mexico. She had turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality.
    (AP, 1/31/06)(SFC, 2/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 31, Moira Shearer, ballerina and film star (Red Shoes), died in England.
    (WSJ, 2/2/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 31, Envoys from nearly 70 nations and international bodies vowed to maintain their financial support for Afghanistan, which is still plagued by violence and poverty more than four years after the fall of the Taliban.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling (b.1930), former German cabinet minister, was appointed as the EU's High Representative in Bosnia, succeeding Lord Ashdown.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Schwarz-Schilling)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.60)
2006        Jan 31, British lawmakers watered down a bill banning religious hate speech, then narrowly voted it into law.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, Chile received two US F-16 warplanes out of 10 it had ordered as part of a major military upgrade that has worried some of its South American neighbors.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, In Colombia thousands of right-wing paramilitary fighters accused of drug trafficking by the US turned over more than 1,000 weapons in one of the largest disarmament ceremonies to date.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, In Egypt 14 tourists from Hong Kong were killed and 30 wounded when their bus spun off the road along the Red Sea coast in one of the deadliest crashes involving foreign nationals in recent years.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, An international human rights group said thousands of school and college students have been detained over the past three months in continued unrest in Ethiopia.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, French PM Dominique de Villepin made a televised address urging French and other European chief executives to be better organized to resist attacks by foreign companies. The statement was made in response to the takeover of Arcelor by Mittal Steel.
    (Econ, 2/4/06, p.56)
2006        Jan 31, An official said India's air force was ready to handle civilian air traffic control as protesting airport workers threatened to strike after the government opened bids to privatize the two biggest airports.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, India and Pakistan signed an agreement to restart a second cross-border train service next month, the latest step in peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, Iran struck back at the Big Five's decision to refer the country's nuclear file to the Security Council, saying the move has no legal justification and would be the end of diplomacy.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, A British soldier was killed in a roadside bombing, the second member of the country's armed forces to die in Iraq in as many days and the 100th fatality since the conflict began nearly three years ago.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, In Iraq the bodies of 11 men were found in western Baghdad. Some had been shot repeatedly and bore marks of torture. Gunmen killed 2 members of the Dawra district council. Gunmen killed Malik Razoki Abd, a district council member in western Baghdad.
    (SFC, 2/1/06, p.A8)
2006        Jan 31, Israeli troops killed two Islamic Jihad militants, including Nidal Abu Saada, the group's top leader in the West Bank, during a shootout that erupted during an arrest raid.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, Japan said it will begin withdrawing its troops from Iraq in March and complete the pullout by May, ending its largest military mission since the end of World War II.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, Myanmar's military government adjourned a constitution-drafting convention after almost two months of deliberations, delegates said, amid growing frustration with the slow pace of democratic reforms. Karen insurgents, marking nearly six decades of fighting, said there was little chance Myanmar's military rulers would come to the negotiating table and end their bloody campaign against the ethnic minorities.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, NATO ended its earthquake relief operation in Pakistan, the first big disaster mission involving ground troops outside an alliance country.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, North Korea renewed its commitment to stalled nuclear disarmament talks, while at the same time vowing to strengthen its stockpile of atomic weapons to counter what it called extreme US hostility.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, In the Economist Intelligence Unit's biannual survey Oslo was reported to have overtaken Tokyo as the world's most expensive city. Tokyo had held the top spot for 14 years. Of 17 US cities featured in the survey, the most expensive were New York (27th), Chicago and Los Angeles (tied for 35th), and San Francisco (40th).
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Jan 31, The Philippine health department warned that an AIDS crisis threatens the country as the number of people who are HIV carriers has doubled in just over three years.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, Philippines troops killed at least 18 communist rebels in their bloodiest clash in months. The clash happened outside Santa Ignacia town in Tarlac province, about 80 miles north of Manila.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, George Koval (1913), American-born Soviet spy, died in Moscow. In 1932 his family moved from Iowa to Birobidzhan, a Siberian city that Stalin promoted as a secular Jewish homeland. From 1940 to 1948 Koval, groomed as a Russian spy, was able to infiltrate the Manhattan Project. He fled the US after the war. In 2007 Pres. Putin posthumously awarded him Russia’s highest award.
    (SFC, 11/12/07, p.A12)
2006        Jan 31, Saudi Arabia and Jordan pressed the Islamic militant group Hamas to moderate its stand on Israel and to entice the defeated Fatah party into a deal to share power.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered a grim assessment of Kosovo's progress toward stability, saying in a report that the region had fallen behind in efforts to create a multiethnic and democratic society.
    (AP, 1/31/06)

2006        Jan, In Arkansas Riceland Rice, the world’s largest miller and marketer of rice, became aware of genetically modified rice in its commercial bins. In July American agricultural officials learned that unapproved rice had been found in commercial bins in Arkansas and Missouri. The EU soon demanded that rice be tested and certified.
    (Econ, 9/16/06, p.43)
2006        Jan, In California LiveWell Medical Clinic, modeled after a chain of mall-based clinics in the Philippines called Healthway Medical, opened in San Bruno’s Tanforan Shopping Center. QuickHealth, which 1st opened in San Mateo in 2005, opened a 2nd outlet in SF with a flat fee of $39 to see a doctor and a range of services at fixed prices.
    (SFC, 2/21/06, p.C1)
2006        Jan, An Illinois law took effect banning investment in Sudan-related bonds, private equity and stock due to genocide in the Darfur region.
    (SSFC, 10/1/06, p.C6)
2006        Jan, Arthur Mumphrey was released from prison in Texas after his lawyer found DNA evidence clearing him in the rape of a 13-year-old girl. Mumphrey had been sentenced in 1986 to 35 years in prison. He awarded more than $450,000 after spending 18 years in prison for a sexual assault conviction. His brother, Charles, confessed to the rape while serving time in jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, shortly after his brother's release.
    (AP, 11/10/06)
2006        Jan, The US National Science Foundation launched 2 initiatives improve the Internet. The Global Environment for Networking Innovations (GENI) planned an advance test bed network for piloting new protocols and applications. The Future Internet Design (FIND) planned to examine how best to equip the internet for the needs of the future.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, Survey p.32)
2006        Jan, Hewlett-Packard announced that it will open a global delivery service center in Sofia, Bulgaria, in June with some 1000 Bulgarian employees.
    (SFC, 5/16/06, p.C1)(http://iinbulgaria.com/newsletter/html/biin-37.html)
2006        Jan, Faisal Wangita (25), son of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, was part of a 40-strong gang that attacked Somali teenager Mahir Osman (18), in a busy street in north London. Osman was stabbed 20 times, attacked with baseball bats, bottles and hammers, punched and kicked and died within a minute. In 2007 13 people were convicted over the attack at two trials that ended in April, including three men found guilty of murder. Wangita was acquitted of murder but was then jailed for five years for conspiracy to wound and violent disorder for apparently kicking Osman when he was on the ground.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2006        Jan, In Alberta, Canada, Premier Ralph Klein disbursed prosperity checks of C$400 to every adult in his province.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.39)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_Bonus)
2006        Jan, A free trade agreement between the Morocco and the US came into force and covered industrial and agricultural goods, intellectual property, services, customs, employment, the environment and telecommunications.
    (AFP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jan, The presidents of Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil met in Brazil and promised to come up with the first set of preliminary studies in March for a $20 billion, 5,000-mile gas pipeline, stretching from Venezuela to Argentina.
    (AP, 1/26/06)
2006        Jan, In Egypt El-Kabir (21), a Cairo minibus driver, intervened in an argument between police and his cousin. Kabir was arrested by police, who sodomized with a wooden pole and filmed the incident on video. The tape later made it onto the Internet and in 2007 a judge ordered 2 police officers into custody pending trial.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2006        Jan, In Germany Mario Mederake (36), an unemployed laborer, snatched Stephanie Rudolph (13) off the street as she was on her way to school in Dresden. Over the course of the next 36 days, Mederake turned her into his "sex slave", raping her more than 100 times.
    (AFP, 11/6/06)
2006        Jan, Mani Shankar Aiyar, India’s petroleum minister, visited China and signed a series of cooperation agreements.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.59)
2006        Jan, Italy’s PM Silvio Berlusconi sent out letters telling the parents of some 600,000 babies born in 2005 how to receive a 1,000 euro "baby bonus" from the state. The letter was sent to all families with a new-born, including immigrants, even though the cash bonus was meant only for Italian babies. In April the Economy Ministry asked all those who claimed the money but were not entitled to it, estimated at 3,000 immigrant families, to pay it back.
    (Reuters, 4/21/06)
2006        Jan, In the Hague Col. Vidoje Blagojevic (56), Bosnian Serb wartime commander of the Bratunac brigade, was convicted of war crimes and complicity in genocide by the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal. In 2007 an appeals panel overturned the charge of complicity in genocide.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2006        Jan, Vodka producers in Russia began shutting down due to the lack of new government tax stickers.
    (WSJ, 2/10/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan, Suriname’s Trade Minister Siegfried Gilds stepped down after prosecutors named him a suspect in a money laundering investigation. In 2007 he stood trial on charges of money laundering and participating in a criminal organization.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2006        Jan, In Turkmenistan some 100,000 people had their pensions cancelled and another 250,000 pensions were severely cut back.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.40)

2006        Feb 1, The US Congress passed the Deficit Reduction Act which included lopping off $12.7 billion form the student loan program.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.71)
2006        Feb 1, In his first case on the Supreme Court, new Justice Samuel Alito split with the court's conservatives, refusing to let Missouri execute a death-row inmate contesting lethal injection.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2006        Feb 1, New SEC rules went into effect for many hedge funds. US funds with over 15 American investors were required to register.
    (Econ, 4/1/06, p.61)
2006        Feb 1, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Wa., offered a $45.7 million settlement to 75 people who said they were molested by priests.
    (SFC, 2/2/06, p.A7)
2006        Feb 1, United Airlines left bankruptcy after a painful restructuring that lasted more than three years.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2006        Feb 1, In West Virginia the deaths of 2 mine workers prompted Gov. Joe Manchin to call for all coal companies in the state to halt production and perform safety checks.
    (SFC, 2/2/06, p.A5)
2006        Feb 1, Burger King's parent company said it plans to sell shares to the public for the first time in the fast-food chain's 52-year history, part of its attempt to recoup ground lost in fierce competition with rivals McDonald's Corp. and Wendy's International Inc.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, The journal Nature reported that object UB313 is larger than Pluto according to German heat calculations.
    (WSJ, 2/2/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 1, A provincial governor said avalanches in northeast Afghanistan have killed at least 18 people and destroyed dozens of homes in the past week.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up at an army checkpoint, killing five Afghans and wounding four.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 1, A joint British and Irish report said the Irish Republican Army has halted violence but is still gathering intelligence on enemies and remains deeply involved in organized crime.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, In southern England thieves driving Jeeps forced entry to the Ramsbury Manor, a property tycoon Harry Hyams, stealing around 300 museum-grade artifacts. The value of the stolen art was later put at $142 million.
    (AP, 4/24/06)(http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=171132006)
2006        Feb 1, In northern China a blast at the Sihe Coal Mine, the subsidiary of a state-owned coal mine, killed 23 workers and injured 53 others in Shanxi Province.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, Colombia's attorney general charged seven soldiers in the shooting deaths of five members of a peasant family, including a 6-month-old baby.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, Two top Egyptian officials called on Hamas to recognize Israel, disarm and honor past peace deals, the latest sign Arab governments are pushing the militant group to moderate after its surprise election victory.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, French and German newspapers republished caricatures of the prophet Muhammad in what they called a defense of freedom of expression.
    (SFC, 2/2/06, p.A10)
2006        Feb 1, In eastern Indonesia naval vessels picked up 114 survivors from a passenger ferry that went down in rough seas, but there was no sign of dozens of others still missing.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, Saddam Hussein and four other defendants refused to attend their trial, and their defense attorneys boycotted the proceedings, demanding the removal of the chief judge they claim is biased against the former Iraqi leader.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, A bomb exploded alongside a group of Iraqi men waiting for work in eastern Baghdad, killing at least eight and wounding more than 50. A key Sunni Arab leader threatened to call for a nationwide "uprising" unless the Shiite interior minister is replaced.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, A roadside bomb blast killed three US soldiers south of Baghdad, while a fourth soldier died the same day from wounds sustained in a small-arms fire attack in the capital's southwest. A US Marine was fatally wounded during combat near the western city of Fallujah.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 1, Israeli forces completed the evacuation of the Amona West Bank settlement outpost, ending a violent operation in which dozens of people were injured in clashes between police and Jewish settlers.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, Israel said it froze this month's transfer of $45 million in tax rebates and customs payments to the Palestinian Authority while it reviews its options following the Hamas victory in last week's parliamentary election. A senior Palestinian official said Saudi Arabia and Qatar pledged Wednesday to transfer millions to ease the crisis.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, In Kenya Four suspended senior officials of the City Council of Nairobi were charged with negligence in the Jan 23 collapse of a building in Nairobi that killed at least 17 people and injured more than 100.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, Liberia’s Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf fired top officials appointed by a transitional administration to help run the Finance Ministry, a perceived center of corruption.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 1, Nepal's king pledged to hold national elections within 15 months, the one-year anniversary of his power grab, and claimed success in fighting communist rebels, despite an overnight attack that killed at least 20 security forces.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Feb 1, In Amsterdam an experimental ban on smoking marijuana went into effect intended to reduce loitering and petty crime. “No toking" signs appeared as part of the ban on the street in "De Baarsjes," one of the city's poorer neighborhoods. Amsterdam soon began selling the "no toking" signs to prevent the official ones from being stolen as collector's items.
    (AP, 2/4/06)

2006        Feb 2, US House Republicans elected Ohio Rep. John Boehner as majority leader to replace Texas Rep. Tom DeLay.
    (WSJ, 2/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 2, In California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced that it will install a battery of machine guns to deter terrorists. The Gatling guns will be capable of firing 4,000 rounds a minute from 6 barrels with a range of nearly a mile.
    (SFC, 2/4/06, p.B1)
2006        Feb 2, Tornadoes tore through New Orleans neighborhoods that had been hit hard by Hurricane Katrina five months earlier.
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2006        Feb 2, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire known for his philanthropy, anonymously donated $100 million to Johns Hopkins University to support stem cell research.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, United Airlines' new stock debuted on the Nasdaq Stock Market, a day after the carrier emerged from bankruptcy following a three-year restructuring.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, In New Bedford, Mass., Jacob D. Robida (18) used a hatchet and a gun to attack 3 patrons at a gay bar. On Feb 4 in Arkansas Robida shot himself after he killed a Gassville police officer and a woman in his car. He died the next day.
    (AP, 2/3/06)(AP, 2/5/06)(SFC, 2/8/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 2, Climate experts confirmed the start of La Nina, a mild cooling of the tropical Pacific Ocean. It often coincides with more numerous hurricanes, a wetter Pacific Northwest and a drier South.
    (SFC, 2/3/06, p.A18)
2006        Feb 2, German alternative-power company Solarworld AG said it will buy businesses from Shell to take over as the top maker of solar power equipment in the US.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, The Greek government reported that mobile phones belonging to top Greek military and government officials, including the prime minister and the US embassy, were tapped for nearly a year beginning in the weeks before the 2004 Olympic games. It was not known who was responsible for the taps, which numbered about 100.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, Guatemalan police said they have arrested 7 Christian fundamentalist vigilantes who extorted travelers and may have killed five people they believed were criminals.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, Honduras numbered 24 state prisons, but only one, the National Penitentiary, was actually built to house inmates. Prison facilities built for 6,000 prisoners housed 13,000.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, Eight survivors were rescued two days after an overcrowded Indonesian ferry sank in rough seas on the western side of Timor island. At least 20 people were still missing.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, A US helicopter fired rockets into a crowded Shiite neighborhood of eastern Baghdad, killing a young woman, after the aircraft was fired on. In eastern Baghdad 2 bombs exploded about 20 minutes apart, killing at least 11 Iraqis and wounding dozens. A US soldier was killed in a roadside bombing north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/2/06)(SFC, 2/4/06, p.A7)
2006        Feb 2, In Iraq a mortar attack on the Northern Oil. Co. in Kirkuk resulted in devastating pipeline fires and a shut down of all oil operations in the area. The director of the plant was arrested 2 days later along with several employees and police officials and all were charged with helping to orchestrate the attack.
    (SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A18)
2006        Feb 2, Italy's government won a vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament on a broad decree that includes financing for the country's mission in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, Lebanese officials said the bullet-ridden body of a 15-year-old shepherd was found in disputed territory occupied by Israel.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, Mexican authorities captured Oscar Arriola Marquez, leader of the Arriola Marquez cartel, wanted in the US on cocaine trafficking and money laundering charges, and ranked among the world's most-wanted fugitives.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 2, In Nepal the homes of 3 mayoral candidates loyal to the king were bombed, a week before nationwide municipal elections that insurgents have called a sham and vowed to disrupt.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, Armed militants, angered by a cartoon drawing of the Prophet Muhammad published in European media, surrounded EU offices in Gaza and threatened to kidnap foreigners as outrage over the caricatures spread across the Islamic world. A fatwa was issued by Yussuf al-Qaradawi, a Brotherhood sheikh with his own program on al-Jazeera. Other radical groups joined the fray. Although there is no Quranic injunction against images, Islam in its early years came into contact with a version of Christianity that was militantly iconoclastic and some Muslim theologians issued fatwas against any depiction of the Godhead.
    (AP, 2/2/06)(WSJ, 2/8/06, p.A16)
2006        Feb 2, South Korea decided to begin talks with the US toward achieving a free trade agreement between the two countries.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, South Korea's spy agency said that North Korea was not currently producing counterfeit currency, apparently contradicting US allegations that have become the latest obstacle in nuclear disarmament talks with the communist country.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, In Russia 3 bombs ripped through slot-machine parlors in the southern city of Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, killing at least two people and injuring up to 25 others.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 2, Russia and Ukraine announced the signing of an agreement finalizing their Jan 4 compromise on natural gas prices.
    (WSJ, 2/3/06, p.A10)
2006        Feb 2, The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop of Detroit, Thomas Gumbleton, a liberal voice in the US church who recently revealed that a priest abused him 60 years ago.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 2, President Hugo Chavez said that Venezuela is expelling a US Navy officer for allegedly passing secret information from the Venezuelan military to the Pentagon and warned he will throw out all US military attaches if further espionage occurs.
    (AP, 2/2/06)

2006        Feb 3, Responding to Venezuela's expulsion of a US naval officer from Caracas, the State Department declared a senior Venezuelan diplomat persona non grata and gave her 72 hours to leave the United States.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, PG&E agreed to pay $295 million to settle lawsuits over drinking wells contaminated with the toxic chemical chromium.
    (SFC, 2/4/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 3, Merck & Co. received approval from the US FDA to begin marketing RotaTeq, a vaccine for rotavirus, an intestinal virus that annually kills nearly half a million children around the world.
    (WSJ, 2/4/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 3, A Kama Sutra worm was set to activate. It was designed to corrupt unprotected documents using the most common file types, including ".doc," ".pdf," and ".zip."
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 3, In Alabama 5 small Baptist churches were found burned to the ground in Bibb County. 4 of the churches had white congregations, one was black. On Dec 20 three former college students, aged 19-20, pleaded guilty to burning 9 churches over 2 nights. In 2007 Benjamin N. Moseley and Matthew L. Cloyd were sentenced to 8 years in prison. Russell L. DeBusk Jr., who only took part in the 1st burnings, was sentenced to 7 years [see Feb 7].
    (SFC, 2/4/06, p.A3)(SFC, 12/21/06, p.A3)(SFC, 4/10/07, p.A5)
2006        Feb 3, Al Lewis (95), TV sitcom actor, died. He played officer Schnauzer in “Car 54, Where Are Your?" (1961-1963) and the patriarch in “The Munsters" (1964-1966).
    (SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 3, In southern Afghanistan fierce fighting involving US warplanes and Afghan troops left at least 16 Taliban rebels and three police dead.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, In Bangladesh nearly 1,150 people were arrested in Dhaka, a day before opposition supporters were due to converge on the city in a campaign to oust the government.
    (AFP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 3, British author Phillippe Sands said in a new edition of his 2005 "Lawless World" that Pres. Bush commented in a White House meeting with Tony Blair on Jan. 31, 2003, that the US intended to go to war even if inspectors failed to find evidence of a banned weapons program. Sands cited a memo of the meeting as saying Bush also told Blair that military intervention was scheduled for March 2003 even without UN backing.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, Some 200,000 Cubans crowded Revolution Plaza for a ceremony granting Hugo Chavez UNESCO's 2005 Jose Marti International Prize. President Castro himself handed over the framed certificate to Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez. UNESCO introduced the Marti prize in 1994 to recognize an individual or institution contributing to the unity and integration of countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, An Egyptian passenger ferry carrying 1,408 people, mostly Egyptian workers returning from Saudi Arabia, sank in the Red Sea overnight. The 35-year-old ship, "Al-Salam Boccaccio 98," went down 40 miles off the Egyptian port of Hurghada between midnight and 2 a.m. Rescue boats picked up at least 362 survivors from the ferry that caught fire and sank in the Red Sea, apparently so fast there was no time for a distress signal. But more than 1,000 missing passengers and crew were feared drowned. The report into the sinking found the ship was overloaded and using forged documents to hide a shortage of safety equipment. In 2008 an Egyptian court acquitted in absentia Mamdouh Ismail, the owner of the ferry and his son, of negligence and corruption. Ismail, is a member of parliament's upper house, and his son Amr was a top executive in the ferry company. In 2009 Mamdouh Ismail was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and negligence and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 2/3/06)(AP, 2/4/06)(AP, 4/19/06)(AP, 7/27/08)(AP, 3/11/09)
2006        Feb 3, BNP Paribas, France’s 2nd largest bank by assets, declared that it was buying a 48% stake in Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), Italy’s 6th largest bank, and that it would bid for the rest.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.70)
2006        Feb 3, Indian health officials reported that over 5,600 new cases of chikungunya, a crippling and incurable mosquito-born disease, had infected people on the island of Reunion.
    (www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L04459988.htm)
2006        Feb 3, Iran warned it no longer would consider a Kremlin proposal to move its uranium enrichment program to Russia if it is referred to the UN Security Council for allegedly violating a nuclear arms control treaty.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, The bullet-riddled bodies of 14 Sunni Arab men purportedly seized by Shiite-led forces last week were found in Baghdad. The next day a prominent Sunni politician accused the government of pushing Iraq toward "civil war." Iraqi police rounded up nearly 60 people in Baghdad and Basra in a security crackdown.
    (AP, 2/4/06)(SFC, 2/4/06, p.A7)
2006        Feb 3, A study by the Israeli Research Institute for Economic and Social Affairs determined that more than $14 billion has been spent on West Bank settlements since capturing the territory in 1967.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, Japan’s parliament enacted a law awarding compensation to former leprosy sufferers who were forced into isolated leper colonies in Taiwan and Korea by Japan's imperial government decades ago.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, Hezbollah guerrillas attacked an Israeli military position in a disputed part of the south Lebanon border, provoking a swift Israeli airstrike on suspected Hezbollah sites.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, Malaysia's national carmaker Proton renewed its alliance with Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. with a technical pact that involves jointly developing new vehicles.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, The Muslim world erupted in anger after cartoons they found offensive were re-published in Europe. Streets in Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Palestine, Pakistan and Turkey filled with demonstrators calling for boycotts of European goods and burning the flag of Denmark, where the cartoons first appeared.
    (SFC, 2/4/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 3, A pro-government candidate in Nepal's municipal election died after being shot by communist rebels, the 2nd person to be assassinated ahead of next week's polls.
    (AP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 3, Foreign Minister Ben Bot said Netherlands will send 1,200 additional troops to Afghanistan, the day after parliament gave the green light to the deployment.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, North and South Korea agreed to hold military talks on the level of generals for the first time in nearly two years and the South said they would focus on preventing naval clashes.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, In Russia Stanislav Dmitriyevsky, the head of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society in Nizhny Novgorod, was convicted of inciting ethnic hatred, a verdict he condemned as part of a state assault on non-governmental organizations. Dmitriyevsky had campaigned against rights abuses in Chechnya.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, Mas Selamat Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted man, believed to have planned bomb and plane-crash attacks on the island's airport, was deported to Singapore following his arrest in Indonesia under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
    (Reuters, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 3, The $10 million Turkish film "Valley of the Wolves Iraq" opened in Turkey. It fed off the increasingly negative feelings many Turks harbored toward Americans. In the most expensive Turkish movie ever made, American soldiers in Iraq crash a wedding and pump a little boy full of lead in front of his mother.
    (AP, 2/2/06)
2006        Feb 3, Some 55,000 Darfuris fled Janjaweed attacks in Mershing, Sudan. Panic-stricken refugees stampeded, trampling to death about 13 infants. Another 220 children disappeared during the flight.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.46)(http://tinyurl.com/s4pj4)
2006        Feb 3, The UN Security Council authorized planning for the expected UN takeover of peacekeeping operations in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
2006        Feb 3, Jamal al-Badawi, a man considered a mastermind of the USS Cole bombing that killed 17 sailors in a Yemeni port in 2000, was among 23 people who escaped from a Yemen prison. At least 13 of the 23 escapees were convicted al-Qaida fighters, who escaped via a 140-yard-long tunnel dug by the prisoners and co-conspirators outside.
    (AP, 2/5/06)

2006        Feb 4, In Arkansas Jacob D. Robida (18) shot himself after he killed a Gassville police officer and a woman in his car. Robida died the next day. 2 days earlier Robida had used a hatchet and a gun to attack 3 patrons at a gay bar in Mass.
    (AP, 2/3/06)(AP, 2/5/06)(SFC, 2/8/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 4, In Southern California nearly 2,000 inmates rioted at the Castaic North County Correctional Facility, throwing mattresses and banging heads against bunk beds, in an uproar that officials said stemmed from racial tensions. One inmate was killed.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 4, Betty Friedan (85), feminist crusader and author of “The Feminine Mystique" (1963), died at her home in Washington. In 1966 she co-founded the National organization for Women (NOW).
    (SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A6)(Econ, 2/11/06, p.82)
2006        Feb 4, About 250 Afghan forces fought more than 200 rebels in the area's fiercest fighting in months. At least 19 people were killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    (AP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 4, In Afghanistan a land mine ripped through a police vehicle, killing six officers and wounding four in Kandahar.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 4, In Sao Paulo, Brazil, thousands of fans surged through security barriers at an autograph session for a wildly popular Mexican band, leaving three people crushed to death and 38 injured.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 4, Dumarsais Simeus (65), a presidential candidate whose name was dropped from the ballot despite two Haitian Supreme Court rulings, said the interim president, the prime minister and the electoral council should be jailed.
    (AP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 4, Indian airport workers called off a four-day anti-privatization strike that had created chaos at the nation's airports after the government promised them job security.
    (AP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 4, The ISNA news agency reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the cancellation of economic contracts with countries where the media have carried cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
    (AFP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 4, The UN nuclear watchdog reported Iran to the UN Security Council in a resolution expressing concern that Tehran's nuclear program may not be "exclusively for peaceful purposes." Iran retaliated immediately, saying it would resume uranium enrichment at its main plant instead of in Russia.
    (AP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 4, A three-day energy meeting in Mexico City wrapped up after moving to a Mexican-owned hotel. It was the first private-sector oil summit between Cuba and the US. The meeting between Cuban officials and US energy executives was moved to another hotel after the Hotel Maria Isabel Sheraton asked the Cubans to leave. On Feb 6 Mexico launched an investigation into whether the US government pressured the American-owned hotel into expelling Cuban guests.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 4, A Palestinian man stabbed five people on a minibus in central Israel, killing one woman before passengers subdued him.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 4, Jihad Momani, a Jordanian tabloid editor, was arrested after his newspaper published controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, while an investigation was launched into a second weekly newspaper that also printed the cartoons. Momani, editor-in-chief of the weekly gossip newspaper Shihane, was fired from his job the previous day.
    (AFP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 4, In the Philippines thousands of people lined up outside a stadium near Manila to watch a TV game show surged toward the gates in the mistaken belief they were open, and at least 88 people were trampled to death. Over 300 people were injured.
    (AFP, 2/4/06)
2006        Feb 4, Rage against caricatures of Islam's revered prophet poured out across the Muslim world. Aggrieved believers in Syria called for executions, stormed, European buildings and torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus. In Gaza Palestinians marched through the streets, storming European buildings and burning German and Danish flags.
    (AP, 2/4/06)(AP, 2/4/07)
2006        Feb 4, In South Africa Zoliswa Nkonyana (19), a lesbian, was stoned, kicked and stabbed to death just meters (yards) from her Cape Town home. In 2011 four men were convicted of her murder. On Feb 1, 2012, the 4 men were sentenced to 18 years in prison.
    (www.tac.org.za/userfiles/Zoliswa%20Nkonyana%20Joint%20Statement.pdf)(AFP, 2/1/12)
2006        Feb 4, Tens of thousands of people filled a plaza near the Thai parliament, chanting slogans demanding that PM Thaksin Shinawatra step down amid allegations of official corruption. Thaksin said he would step down if the king asked.
    (AP, 2/4/06)

2006        Feb 5, In Detroit, Mich., the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks 21-10.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006         Feb 5, Alan Shalleck, writer and director, was beaten and stabbed to death at his Boynton Beach home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He had collaborated with the co-creator of "Curious George" to bring the mischievous monkey to TV and a series of book sequels. In 2007 Rex Ditto (31) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing. His co-defendant and former lover, Vincent Puglisi (56) was scheduled for trial in early 2008.
    (AP, 10/19/07)
2006        Feb 5, Jacob Robida, suspected of an attack at a Massachusetts gay bar, the killing of an Arkansas officer and the slaying of a mother of three, was mortally wounded in a shootout with authorities.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2006        Feb 5, Actor Franklin Cover (“The Jeffersons") died in Englewood, N.J., at age 77.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2006        Feb 5, In Afghanistan 172 Taliban and other Islamist fighters surrendered as part of a government amnesty scheme, vowing to lay down arms and work to rebuild the country.
    (AFP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, In Bangladesh at least 40,000 opposition supporters converged on Dhaka to demand the ouster of the government after a three-day protest march marked by heavy security and the arrest of key activists.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Cambodia's king pardoned exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy who was sentenced to jail for defamation, in a move officials said was at the request of PM Hun Sen.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Costa Rica held elections and former pres. Oscar Arias was expected to win.
    (SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A19)
2006        Feb 5, Iran ended all voluntary cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog but said it was open to a proposal to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia, softening its earlier response to being reported to the Security Council over fears it wants to produce nuclear arms.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, The head of a government watchdog agency said Iraqi authorities issued arrest warrants for Meshaan al-Jiburi, a Sunni Arab member of parliament and his son, Yazin, accusing them of embezzling millions of dollars meant to protect vulnerable oil pipelines.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, In Iraq the bullet-riddled bodies of two Shiites were found in the latest round of killings between rival Sunni and Shiite groups.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Israeli aircraft fired three missiles at a building used by militants in Gaza City, killing three people and wounding five.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Israel agreed to make a crucial payment of $54 million in tax and customs revenues to the Palestinians, but officials said future transfers will be halted once Hamas militants form the next Palestinian government.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Thousands of Muslims rampaged in Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Embassy, burning Danish flags and lobbing stones at a Maronite Catholic church as violent protests spread over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, A general strike called by communist rebels to disrupt elections in Nepal forced schools and markets to close, and highways and city streets remained deserted in much of this Himalayan nation.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20 others.
    (AP, 2/5/06)
2006        Feb 5, Andrea Santoro (60), an Italian Roman Catholic priest, was shot dead in his Santa Maria church by a 16-year-old boy in the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon. In 2007 the teen was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison, but was expected to serve only 10.
    (AP, 2/5/06)(AP, 10/4/07)

2006        Feb 6, President George W. Bush proposed a $2.77 trillion budget for 2007 that cuts domestic programs from Medicare to community policing while bolstering security spending, even as he seeks to tame a soaring deficit. The budget reduced funding for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, created by Pres. Clinton in 1993, from $27 million to $5 million with the goal of closing it down.
    (AP, 2/6/06)(SFC, 3/1/06, p.A5)
2006        Feb 6, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defended the Bush administration's eavesdropping program before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui disrupted the opening of his sentencing trial in Alexandria, Va., and was tossed out of court.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2006        Feb 6, Prosper.com, an Internet company to link borrowers and lenders, went live with its website. Chris Larsen, co-founder of Pleasanton’s E-Loan, co-founded Prosper backed by $20 million in venture capital. Puerto Rican bank Popular Inc. purchase E-loan for $300 million in 2005.
    (SFC, 3/6/06, p.C1)(Econ, 2/25/06, p.79)
2006        Feb 6, Royal Caribbean Intl. announced that it has ordered the world’s largest and most expense cruise ship. The $1.24 billion ship, capable of holding 6,400 passengers, will be built by Norway’s Aker Yards.
    (SFC, 2/7/06, p.C1)
2006        Feb 6, Afghan security forces opened fire on demonstrators, leaving at least four dead, as increasingly violent protests erupted around the world over published caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. European and Muslim politicians pleaded for calm.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, A US soldier was killed when his patrol came under attack in central Afghanistan while a militant was killed in a separate incident in the east.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, In eastern Australia police investigating the deaths of 13 hospital patients recommended charging Dr. Jayant Patel, an Indian-born American surgeon, with four counts of manslaughter and six counts of grievous bodily harm.  On June 29, 2010, Patel (60) was found guilty of killing three of his patients and grievously harming another.
    (AP, 2/6/06)(AP, 6/29/10)
2006        Feb 6, Australian police arrested three men over a shipment of almost 46 kilograms (101 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine hidden in a speedboat imported from Canada.
    (AFP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, In Canada Stephen Harper, dismissed less than two years ago as unelectable, was sworn in as the country's 22nd PM.
    (CP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, China’s banking watchdog said it unearthed irregularities involving some $95 billion at mainland banks in 2005.
    (WSJ, 2/7/06, p.A13)
2006        Feb 6, In Costa Rica with 78% of the votes counted, former president Arias had 40.7% compared to 40 percent for opposition figure Otton Solis of the Citizens' Action Party.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, Analysts and companies said the boycott of Danish goods called by Islamic countries to protest the publication of Prophet Muhammad caricatures was costing Danish businesses more than $1 million a day.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, El Salvador said it will send another contingent of 380 soldiers to Iraq, making it the country's sixth group to serve six-month rotations in the war-torn nation.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, Isabelle Dinoire, the Frenchwoman who'd received the world's first partial face transplant, showed off her new features at a news conference.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2006        Feb 6, Public employees in the southern German state of Baden Wuerttemberg walked off the job in protest of plans to make them work longer without increasing their pay.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, India's benchmark stock index charged past the 10,000 mark for the first time, but couldn't hold the level and ended at 9,980.42, still a record close.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, Austrian and Danish embassies in Iran were attacked in protests over the publication of Prophet Muhammad caricatures.
    (WSJ, 2/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 6, Police uncovered the bullet-riddled bodies of two Sunni brothers in Baghdad. Gunmen also shot and killed a retired teacher, aged 60, and wounded his son in another drive-by shooting in southern Baghdad. Drive-by gunmen and roadside bombs killed at least 11 people across Iraq.
    (AP, 2/6/06)(AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, In Iraq 3 US Marines were killed by a bomb blast in Hit, 85 miles west of Baghdad. Another Marine died from wounds caused by a bomb blast a day earlier in an unspecified location within Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, In Rome, Italy, a bus loaded with Turkish tourists veered off a road in the Italian capital and slid about 50 feet down a ravine, killing 12 people.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, Israeli forces fired a missile at a car in the northern Gaza Strip after nightfall killing two Palestinian militants, including a man described as a senior commander.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, In Ivory Coast 12 villagers were shot and hacked to death in an apparent grudge attack over a pay dispute not far from the western town of Guiglo.
    (Reuters, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said that it was buying nuclear plant builder Westinghouse Electric Co., the US-based unit of the British government's British Nuclear Fuels PLC, for $5.4 billion.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, In Morocco police broke up an international network helping Indians migrate illegally to Europe with 70 arrests.
    (AFP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, John Sawyers, political director of the British foreign office, told a group of Kosovo Serbs that the contact group of 5 western countries had decided that Kosovo should have independence.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.50)
2006        Feb 6, Sudanese officials said some seven people were killed in southern Sudan in recent clashes between renegade armed militias and the south Sudan army, despite a 2005 peace deal to end Africa's longest civil war there.
    (Reuters, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced he was establishing a foundation for agriculture and women's education in his home continent of Africa as he received a 500,000-dollar environment prize.
    (AFP, 2/6/06)

2006         Feb 7, The US Dept. of Defense submitted a budget request for $439.3 billion for FY 2007. This was over 7% more than for FY 2006.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.29)(http://tinyurl.com/rvmbl)
2006        Feb 7, US federal Judge Kathryn Ferguson penalized the law firm of Gilbert, Heintz & Randolph $13 million for conflicts of interest while working on the Congoleum asbestos bankruptcy, while at the same time representing some 10,000 people with asbestos claims against the New Jersey flooring manufacturer.
    (WSJ, 4/24/06, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/lg4qf)
2006        Feb 7, Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet was charged with financing a nationwide gambling ring based out of New Jersey.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2006        Feb 7, SF Supervisor Chris Daly placed a resolution on the board’s consent calendar calling for the impeachment of Pres. Bush and VP Cheney.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.B1)
2006        Feb 7, Alabama state officials reported four more rural Baptist churches following rash of suspected arsons that burned five others south of Birmingham last week [see Feb 3].
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board sent a letter to casinos expressing concern about “gangster rap."
    (WSJ, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 7, General Motors Corp., under shareholder pressure to return to profitability, announced it is cutting in half its yearly dividend to $1 a share and reducing the salaries of its chairman and senior leadership team.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Microsoft said it will offer a new security service to PC users for $49.95 per year.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.C3)
2006        Feb 7, In southern Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomber blew up a guard post outside police headquarters in Kandahar, killing 13 people and wounded 11.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In western Afghanistan a Turkish engineer, an Indian national and their driver were killed when a bomb struck their vehicle.
     (AFP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, NATO peacekeepers exchanged fire with protesters who attacked their base in the second straight day of violent demonstrations in Afghanistan over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. One demonstrator was killed and dozens wounded.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Mario Condello (53), an Australian underworld figure due to face court on incitement to murder charges, was shot dead in his driveway overnight, bringing the toll in a gangland war to 28. Melbourne's gang war began in 1998 when self-styled "Godfather" Alphonse Gangitano, 40, was shot dead in his laundry.
    (Reuters, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales asked the US to reconsider a proposed cut in anti-drug aid, and called on the world to strengthen drug-fighting alliances.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Indians from Brazil and four other South American countries called for the "resurrection" of an Indian nation, the 250th anniversary of the killing of a tribal chief by European soldiers.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, A British jury convicted firebrand Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri of inciting followers to kill non-Muslims in speeches at his London mosque, which has been linked to Sept. 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui and "shoe bomber" Richard Reid.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Officials in Canada announced an agreement to close 5 million acres in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rain Forest to logging. Loggers will be guaranteed a right to selectively cut in 10 million acres of the forest.
    (SFC, 2/7/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 7, An apparent gas explosion destroyed a two-story military barracks in Chechnya, killing at least two people and injuring 32.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, An aid group that provides food to tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Chechnya suspended its operations after Chechen officials banned all Danish organizations because of the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Ramon Isaza (65), a founder of Colombia's anti-rebel paramilitary movement, laid down his weapon, ending nearly three decades of outlawed, jungle warfare. Isaza was joined by 990 fighters from his Medio Magdalena Bloc of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, handing over 754 weapons, 15 vehicles and abundant munitions.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Costa Rican electoral officials began counting votes by hand in a laborious effort to determine the winner of one of the country's closest presidential races in history.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Germany Mounir el Motassadeq (31), a Moroccan convicted of belonging to a terrorist cell that included three Sept. 11 hijackers, was freed from prison after a federal court ruled he shouldn't be jailed with appeals still pending.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Haitians jammed polling stations as UN peacekeepers fanned out to guard the country's first presidential election in nearly six years.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Indonesia scientists exploring an isolated jungle in remote Papua province reported the discovery of dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies and plants, as well as mammals hunted to near extinction elsewhere.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, A prominent Iranian newspaper said it would hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West extends the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Masked gunmen assassinated a Sunni Arab cleric who headed the city council in once-restive city of Fallujah, and two bombs exploded minutes apart near a central Baghdad square, killing at least seven people and wounding 20.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Ivory Coast the UN was due to enforce sanctions on three political leaders judged to have blocked a peace process.
    (Reuters, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Kuwait's new Emir Sheik Sabah Al Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah (76) turned to his brother, Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah (68), as the new crown prince and successor to the throne. Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah (65) was appointed PM and directed to form a new government.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, The owner of a Mexican newspaper in Nuevo Laredo said there will be no more investigative coverage of drug gangs, a day after the paper's offices were sprayed with bullets and a reporter hospitalized with five gunshots.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Nepal Communist rebels killed at least seven security forces and wounded 15 in two overnight attacks. Government troops were given orders to shoot anyone who tries to disrupt municipal elections.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, A ship with 2,000 tons of donated rice from India arrived in North Korea. The Indian government has donated humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, to North Korea on nine occasions since 1995.
    (AFP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Russia announced that it would pay off a big chunk of its sovereign debt ahead of schedule this year. Russia also announced plans to forgive $668 million owed to Moscow by 16 of the world’s highly indebted countries.
    (WSJ, 2/8/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 7, It was reported that Russia’s Yukos oil company, which says it owes $6.3 billion in back tax claims, has sold a 49 percent stake in Slovak pipeline operator Transpetrol for $105 million, to Russia’s Russneft oil company.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, South Korean conglomerate Samsung Group said it would donate more than $800 million in corporate and private assets to charity as part of an apology for several recent scandals.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Chandrika Kumaratunga, Sri Lanka's former president (1994-2005), returned her expensive retirement gift, a 1.5 acre (0.68 hectare) area of land near the national parliament to the state, after legal action was filed against her.
    (AFP, 2/8/06)

2006        Feb 8, President Bush condemned deadly rioting sparked by cartoons of the prophet Muhammad as he urged foreign leaders to halt the spreading violence.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2006        Feb 8, In the 48th annual Grammy Awards U2 captured five Grammy awards for their album "How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," including album of the year.
    (SFC, 2/9/06, p.A2)(AP, 2/8/07)
2006        Feb 8, The NY Times reported that Representative Heather Wilson of New Mexico, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, said in an interview that she had "serious concerns" about the Bush administration's domestic spying program.
    (AFP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, Steve Fossett (61) soared out over the Atlantic from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a quest to break the 25,000-mile record for the world's longest aircraft flight. The 80-hour voyage would break the airplane distance record of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the lightweight Voyager aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, as well as the balloon record of 25,361 miles set by the Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 8, Afghanistan lauded a decision by the United States, Russia and Germany to cancel its debts to the three countries, totaling more than $10 billion.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, In Afghan police shot four protesters to death to stop hundreds from marching on a southern US military base, as Islamic organizations called for an end to deadly rioting across the Muslim world over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, Australia and New Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back of strengthening trade ties, but stopped short of endorsing a single currency.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, China's Ministry of Health announced one more human case of bird flu, bringing the number of the country's confirmed cases in humans to eleven.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, A deputy minister said  Ecuador is not likely to extend a deal that allows the United States to use an anti-narcotics air base on its territory due to a surge in sentiment against the American military presence.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, Egypt's antiquities chief announced that American archaeologists from the Univ. of Memphis have uncovered an 18th Dynasty tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, the first uncovered there since King Tutankhamen’s in 1922. The 18th Dynasty ruled from around 1560 B.C. to 1085 B.C.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 8, A dispute over the fate of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem threatened to ignite tensions as workers removed skeletons from the site despite Muslim pleas for the work to end. Israeli developers and archaeologists were removing the tombs to make room for the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a multi-million-dollar Museum of Tolerance, dedicated in part to promoting understanding among different religions.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, The Italian Senate approved a bill that would dramatically increase the number of women elected to parliament in a country with one of the lowest number of female lawmakers in Europe.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 8, Japan and North Korea ended five days of high-level talks aimed at establishing diplomatic relations without any agreements, citing major differences on the North's abduction of Japanese nationals and its nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, Kenya’s government and the UN said  Kenya needs $221.5 million in aid to help feed 3.5 million people threatened by starvation due to drought and avoid a "massive humanitarian catastrophe."
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, In Libya the leaders of Sudan and Chad signed a peace agreement to end increasing tension over Sudan's Darfur region, pledging to normalize diplomatic relations and deny refuge to each other's rebel groups. A communique issued by Sudan, Chad and Libya, as well as Burkino Faso, Congo and the Central African Republic, whose leaders attended the talks, said a committee of African countries overseen by Libya would monitor the implementation of the deal.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 8, A rebel attack and an army shooting of protesters marred Nepal's first elections in seven years, as few voters turned out at schools, shrines and temples for municipal balloting seen as a referendum on the king. At least six people were killed.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, The World Organization for Animal Health said the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has been detected on a large commercial chicken farm in Nigeria, the first reported outbreak in Africa. Researchers later reported that 3 different strains of bird flu had entered Nigeria and most closely resembled those identified in Egypt, Mongolia and Russia.
    (AP, 2/8/06)(SFC, 7/6/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 8, Hundreds of Palestinians attacked an international observer mission in Hebron, throwing stones and smashing windows as dozens of foreigners were trapped inside.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8, Khaled Batch, a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group, said the group rejects the idea of a long-term truce with Israel and will not join a Hamas-led government. Islamic Jihad, which is believed to be funded, in part, by Iran, boycotted last month's Palestinian parliament election.
    (AP, 2/8/06)
2006        Feb 8,  In Thailand skydivers from 31 countries set a new world record of 400 people holding hands in a midair free-fall formation.
    (AP, 2/8/06)

2006        Feb 9, President Bush outlined details of an alleged plot to hijack an airliner and fly it into a skyscraper in Los Angeles. The next day security officials and terrorism experts in Southeast Asia said Malaysian engineer Zaini Zakaria (38) was among three men al-Qaida was preparing to take part in an attack on Los Angeles. Zaini has been detained without trial under the Internal Security Act in Malaysia since he surrendered in December 2002.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, The US Treasury Dept. sold $14 billion of 30-year bonds at 5.52%. The last 30-year auction was on Aug. 15, 2001.
    (SFC, 2/10/06, p.D3)
2006        Feb 9, Neil Entwistle (27), a British man, whose wife and daughter were found shot dead in their Massachusetts home, was arrested in Britain and charged with murder.
    (AFP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, American International Group, Inc. (AIG), agreed to pay $1.64 billion to resolve allegations that it used deceptive accounting practices to mislead investors and regulatory agencies.
    (SFC, 2/10/06, p.D3)
2006        Feb 9, Sir Freddie Laker (83), pioneer of low-cost airline travel, died in Florida.
    (WSJ, 2/11/06, p.A1)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.82)
2006        Feb 9, An Australian inquiry into alleged kickbacks paid to Iraq under the UN oil-for-food program claimed its first scalp with the resignation of Andrew Lindberg, the chief executive of wheat exporter AWB.
    (AFP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Afghanistan hundreds of Shiite Muslims and Sunnis clashed in Herat during an important Shiite festival, exchanging fire, hurling grenades and burning mosques. At least five people were killed and 51 injured.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Australian senators voted to remove an effective ban on abortion drug RU-486.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer and the world's third-biggest retailer, said it is preparing to take on number-one Wal-Mart on its own turf after unveiling plans to set up shop in the US next year.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Rene Preval took a strong lead in Haiti's presidential election, with most of the first votes counted going to the former president who is seen as a champion of the poor.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, In central Indonesia an Islamic teacher named Sahal, suspected of involvement in a Southeast Asian terrorist network, was arrested in the town of Poso.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 9, A roadside bomb blast killed two US Marines near the western Anbar province city of Fallujah.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, Kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll appeared in a video aired on a private Kuwaiti TV channel, appealing for her supporters to do whatever it takes to win her release and saying "there is a very short time." She was freed on March 30, 2006.
    (AP, 2/9/06)(AP, 2/9/07)
2006        Feb 9, Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government easily won a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on a bill that included financing the country's military in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, An Italian judge dismissed an atheist's petition that a small-town priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed. Luigi Cascioli, a 72-year-old retired agronomist, had accused the Rev. Enrico Righi of violating two laws with the assertion, which he called a deceptive fable propagated by the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, Japanese officials said 45 cows at a farm in northern Japan were suspected of having mad cow disease and will be destroyed.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Moroccan state media reported that the US has handed over three suspected Islamic militants held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
    (Reuters, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Nepal thousands of opposition protesters flooded the streets of Kathmandu, as early results showed pro-government candidates sweeping local elections that were marred by rebel attacks, the shooting of protesters and low turnout.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Some 58 containers were swept from the P&O Nedlloyd ship Mondriaan, which got caught in a storm about 9 miles off the coast of the island of Terschelling, in the North Sea. The next day thousands of tennis shoes, aluminum briefcases and children's toys washed onto the beach of a Dutch island, drawing crowds of treasure-hunting residents.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, Health authorities imposed a quarantine on poultry farms across northern Nigeria. 2 more states reported cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.
    (AP, 2/9/06)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.A8)
2006        Feb 9, North Korea has requested 150,000 tons of fertilizer from South Korea, months after it demanded that the UN World Food Program halt emergency food shipments.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier province a suspected suicide bombing and gunfire killed at least 29 minority Shiite Muslims and gunmen killed at least four more people in an attack on a bus in Hangu.
    (AP, 2/9/06)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 9, Palestinian prosecutors froze bank accounts and seized assets of dozens of suspects in a widening corruption probe of senior government officials believed to have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Two masked gunmen shot out the tires of a diplomatic vehicle and kidnapped Egypt's military attache to the Palestinian Authority, in a brazen daylight abduction just outside the heavily guarded Egyptian mission in Gaza City.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited leaders of Hamas to Moscow, saying his country does not see the Palestinian group as a terrorist organization.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Spanish police in Madrid arrested Ricardo Taddei (63), a former Argentine police officer, wanted in connection with kidnappings and torture during his country's "dirty war" against leftist dissidents.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Turkey a bomb attack wounded at least 17 people at an Internet cafe in Istanbul. A hardline Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unleashed more criticism toward President Bush and accused the US and Britain of planning to invade Iran.
    (AP, 2/9/06)

2006        Feb 10, Former federal disaster chief Michael Brown told a Senate committee he had alerted the White House to how bad things were in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and agreed with senators who said he'd been made a scapegoat for government failures.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2006        Feb 10, The FBI and the California attorney general’s office said they had begun investigations in the theft by an int’l. counterfeiting ring of debit card numbers belonging to as many as 200,000 consumers.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 10, J Dilla (32), a founding member of hip-hop act Slum Village, died in Los Angeles. The Detroit-hailing rapper/producer succumbed to complications from lupus.
    (Reuters, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 10, Dr. Norman Shumway (83), who performed the first successful heart transplant in the U.S., died in Palo Alto, Calif.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2006        Feb 10, In Afghanistan 8 soldiers were killed in an area NATO peacekeepers were set to enter.
    (WSJ, 2/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 10, Tens of thousands of Muslims demonstrated against cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in Afghanistan, Kenya, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A12)
2006        Feb 10, The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiated one-on-one on ways to end the 18-year conflict over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, but reached no conclusion and planned more talks.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Azerbaijan’s Health Ministry said a British laboratory had confirmed the H5N1 strain of bird flu in wild ducks and swans on its Absheron Peninsula. WHO said 88 people have died from bird flu since 2003.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A8)
2006        Feb 10, Sam Rainsy, an exiled Cambodian opposition leader, returned home to cheering crowds of supporters after a royal pardon ended his long feud with PM Hun Sen.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, China's Ministry of Health said a woman had died of bird flu in the central province of Hunan, the eighth person killed by the virus in the country.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Volkswagen announced that it would cut up to 20,000 jobs over the next 3 years from its western German workforce of 103,000, as well as demanding longer hours for no extra pay. The company share price rose 15% on the announcement.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.57)
2006        Feb 10, Greece and Italy said they had found swans with the H5N1 bird flu virus, the first known cases in the European Union of wild birds with the deadly strain of the disease.
    (Reuters, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 10, Hong Kong’s government announced that a dead chicken and Japanese White-eye found in Hong Kong have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In northern India Swami Sadanand Sant Gyaneshwar, a Hindu religious leader, and seven of his followers were shot and killed near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 10, A car bomb exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in Baghdad, killing at least 8 people. Masked gunmen appeared at the scene later, killing one woman and wounding several other people near the blast-damaged building.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Opening ceremonies were held in Turin, Italy, for the 20th Winter Olympics. Cross-country skier and gold medalist Stefania Belmondo lit the caldron.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/10/07)
2006        Feb 10, A leading marine conservation organization said Japan's stock of whale meat from hunting for scientific research is so large that the country has begun selling it as dog food.
    (Reuters, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Kosovo lawmakers elected Fatmir Sejdiu (54), a moderate new president, paving the way for the start of talks on the province's future status.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In Myanmar government officials said Win Aung, a former foreign minister ousted in a Cabinet reshuffle by the country's ruling military junta, has been put on trial for corruption charges.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In western Nepal communist rebels clashed with soldiers, leaving seven people dead, as the royal government announced its mostly uncontested candidates swept discredited local elections.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, The editor of a small Christian newspaper in Norway apologized for offending Muslims by reprinting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in January.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In northwestern Pakistan Shiites and Sunnis battled each other with rockets and gunfire, raising the death toll of two days of Muslim sectarian violence to 38.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, FBI agents in Puerto Rico searched five homes and a business to thwart what the agency said was a "domestic terrorist attack" planned by militants favoring independence for the US island territory.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In southern Russia 2 days of fighting in a town in the Stavropol region, 25 miles north of Chechnya, left 12 suspected rebels and seven policemen dead.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 10, In Sicily NATO defense ministers sought to calm Islamic anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad at a counterterrorism meeting with Arab countries including Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Mauritania.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In Turkey a Syrian was charged with masterminding suicide bombings that killed 58 people in Istanbul, and Turkish prosecutors claimed that Osama bin Laden personally ordered him to carry out terror attacks in this pro-Western country. Loa'i Mohammad Haj Bakr al-Saqa (32) was accused of serving as a point man between al-Qaida and homegrown militants behind the series of suicide bombings in Istanbul in 2003, said the indictment. It said al-Saqa gave the Turkish militants about $170,000. He was captured in Turkey in August after an alleged failed plot to attack Israeli cruise ships in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, The UN said Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo a $3.6 million bill for UN property and equipment damaged or lost during January riots.
    (Reuters, 2/10/06)

2006        Feb 11, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington (78), a hunting companion, during a weekend quail hunting trip at the 50,000-acre Armstrong ranch in Texas. Whittington, peppered with bird shot, was in stable condition.
    (AP, 2/13/06)   
2006        Feb 11, Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates, won approval from a secretive US panel for a $6.8 billion deal to take over operations at six American ports.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2006        Feb 11, Adventurer Steve Fossett completed the longest nonstop flight in aviation history, flying 26,389 miles in about 76 hours, but he had to land early in southern England because of mechanical problems.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, It was reported that the town of Hull was one of many in central Iowa whose groundwater has been contaminated by farm chemicals. It pinned hopes for its future water supply on the new Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, due to open in 2018. The system planned to pump Missouri River water across South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.33)
2006        Feb 11, Peter Benchley (65), "Jaws" author, died in Princeton, N.J.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2006        Feb 11, The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan failed to reach agreement after two days of talks on how to end the bloody conflict over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, Nova Scotia's Conservative party chose Cape Bretoner Rodney MacDonald, a professional fiddler and former gym teacher, as their leader and the province's new premier following a dramatic convention in Halifax.
    (CP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, Denmark said it has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, An Egyptian diplomat abducted at gunpoint in the Gaza Strip was released.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, In Indian Kashmir 8 people, including three security personnel, were killed in separate overnight clashes and rebel attacks. An Islamic separatist women's group, known for its fierce opposition to Western-style romance, vowed to prevent couples celebrating Valentine's Day.
    (AFP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, Iran's president rejected US and European pressure to freeze the country's nuclear program and hinted that Iran may withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, An Iraqi army spokesman was assassinated in Basra.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, Italy dissolved its parliament and scheduled elections for early April, opening a campaign that pits Premier Silvio Berlusconi against a strong center-left opponent.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, American Chad Hedrick won the 5,000 meters in speedskating at the Olympics in Turin, Italy.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2006        Feb 11, Altynbek Sarsenbayev (43), a Kazakh former minister and leading member of the political opposition, was abducted in Almaty. He was found shot dead 2 days later along with his bodyguard and driver later near Almaty. Sarsenbaev held a senior position in Alban, a subdivision of the Elder Horde, one of Kazakhstan’s 3 great traditional tribal groupings. Relatives and supporters of Sarsenbayev accused authorities of covering up for those behind the high-profile killing as 10 defendants faced trial on June 15.
    (AP, 2/13/06)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.44)(AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Feb 11, In Pakistan tribal insurgents killed three soldiers and injured 10 others in two attacks on paramilitary forces in southwestern Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, Suspected US military fire struck the tent of a nomad family on the Pakistan side of the rugged border with Afghanistan, killing two women and injuring at least four children.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 11, In Moscow G-8 finance ministers called for stepped up efforts to ensure a stable worldwide energy supply.
    (SSFC, 2/12/06, p.A23)
2006        Feb 11, In Sri Lanka a suspected separatist rebel boat carrying explosives blew up, apparently killing at least four men on board.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 11, In southern Sudan a military transport plane blew a tire while landing at Aweil, swerved off the runway and exploded, killing all 20 people on board.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 11, Thailand's PM Shinawatra, facing growing calls for his resignation, agreed to hold a national referendum on amending the country's constitution.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11-2006 Feb 15, The Pacific archipelago of Tokelau, population ~1,500, voted in a referendum (349-232) to remain as a territory of New Zealand rather than becoming a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokelau_self-determination_referendum,_2006)
2006        Feb 11, In Tunis US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and leaders of Tunisia pledged to build closer military ties to help combat Islamic extremism.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 11, It was reported that drought in northern Vietnam threatened 740,000 acres of rice as the level of the Red River continued to fall to its lowest level in over 100 years.
    (SFC, 6/4/04, A1)

2006        Feb 12, A major storm slammed the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states with nearly 2 feet of windblown snow, nearing record levels as it blacked out thousands of customers and shut down air travel from Washington to Boston. A record 26.9 inches of snow fell in New York's Central Park.
    (AP, 2/12/06)(AP, 2/12/07)
2006        Feb 12, In Kansas, Toby Young (48), a married mother and dog trainer, helped John Manard (27), a man convicted of felony murder, escape from a Lansing Correctional Facility. They were caught Feb 24 in Tennessee. Young was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Manard was given an additional 10 years to his life sentence.
    (SFC, 2/17/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 2/9/08, p.A1)
2006        Feb 12, In Algiers Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with senior government leaders on what Pentagon officials said they believe to be the first visit to Algeria by a US defense secretary.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Bangladesh's main opposition party the Awami League ended its 13-month boycott of parliament and tabled proposals to reform the country's election system.
    (AFP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said the international community must provide $680 million in aid for Congo this year to stop a humanitarian disaster that kills as many people as the 2004 Asian tsunami every six months.
    (Reuters, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Greek archaeologists said they had discovered the largest underground tomb in Greek antiquity in the ancient northern city of Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Iran reaffirmed its commitment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a day after its hard-line president implied Tehran was considering withdrawing from the pact after being reported to the UN Security Council.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Shiite lawmakers chose incumbent Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be Iraq's new prime minister, taking a key step in forming a government nearly two months after national elections.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Video images of British soldiers allegedly beating Iraqi youths with batons and fists aired throughout the Middle East and Britain, outraging locals and prompting British Prime Minister Tony Blair to vow a full investigation.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Bomb blasts and shootings killed at least three people in Baghdad and north of the Iraqi capital, including an Education Ministry official and an elderly woman. At least 22 people were wounded.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, Injured figure skater Michelle Kwan withdrew from the Turin Olympics (she was replaced on the US team by Emily Hughes). Snowboarding superstar Shaun White, known as "The Flying Tomato," beat American teammate Danny Kass to win the Olympic gold medal.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2006        Feb 12, Myanmar's leader Senior General Than Shwe lashed out at the US and the EU over their sanctions against his regime, amid rising global pressure for it to reform.
    (AP, 2/12/06)
2006        Feb 12, In South Africa British PM Tony Blair, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and 5 other leaders pledged to push for a new global trade deal that will help poor countries. The 2-day summit in Hammanskraal was the 7th meeting of center-left leaders since the Progressive Governance Network was created in 1999 by Blair and former US president Bill Clinton. Also attending were South Africa President Thabo Mbeki, South Korean PM Lee Hae-Chan, Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi, Swedish PM Goeran Persson and New Zealand PM Helen Clark.
    (AFP, 2/12/06)

2006        Feb 13, US government investigators told the Senate that FEMA has let nearly 11,000 unused manufactured homes deteriorate on old runways and open fields in Arkansas, and spent $416,000 per person to house a few hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees for a short time in Alabama last fall. Auditors reported that millions of dollars in disaster aid had been squandered, paying for such items as a $450 tattoo and $375-a-day beachfront condos.
    (USAT, 2/14/06)(AP, 2/13/07)
2006        Feb 13, Joey Cheek (26), American speedskater, won a gold medal in the 500-meter sprint in Turin, Italy, and announced that he would donate his $25,000 award from the US Olympic Committee Olympic Aid, founded by Olav Koss in 1994 and direct it to a refugee program in Chad. Hannah Teter won gold and Gretchen Bleiler won silver in the halfpipe. Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin won the gold medal in pairs figure skating, extending Russia's four-decade dominance of the event.
    (SFC, 2/14/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/13/07)
2006        Feb 13, A bomb hit a US military vehicle in central Afghanistan, killing four American troops.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, President Evo Morales appealed to the Bush administration to extradite a former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, who fled to the US amid an uprising that left about 60 people dead after a military crackdown on demonstrators.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva created two new national parks in the Amazon rain forest and expanded another to protect an environmentally sensitive region where the government plans a major highway project.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 13, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Benaissa, agreed to boost economic ties between the two countries and hold an annual business forum to this end.
    (AFP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, Testimony presented in an annual UN human rights report said Colombian security forces had killed civilians and covered it up by dressing the bodies as Marxist guerrillas.
    (Reuters, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, The UN launched a $680 million aid plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo, complaining the world remained ignorant of what it called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two.
    (Reuters, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, DP World, a ports operator owned by the government of Dubai (UAR), paid $6.8 billion to acquire P&O, a British firm which runs a global network of maritime terminals including 6 American ports.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.33)
2006        Feb 13, Ilan Halimi (23), a young Jewish man, died in a Paris suburb after being kidnapped on Jan 21 and tortured for 24 days. The trial of a self-proclaimed "gang of barbarians" accused of killing him went on trial in 2009. Among the 27 defendants was the girl who is alleged to have been used as bait to capture Halimi and young men accused of taking part in the abduction and guarding the captive. Youssouf Fofana, the leader of the "barbarians," fled to the Ivory Coast but was extradited to France on March 4, 2006. On July 10, 2009, a Paris court convicted Fofana (28) for the kidnapping, torture and murder Halimi and sentenced him to life in prison. 24 others, including 8 women, also were found guilty in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi. On Dec 17, 2010, an appeals court upheld the convictions of 16 people for their roles in Halimi’s murder.
    (AP, 4/29/09)(AP, 7/11/09)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A2)
2006        Feb 13, In Germany some 22,000 public workers in 8 of 16 federal states stopped work to protest an expanded workweek with no increase in pay.
    (WSJ, 2/13/06, p.A7)
2006        Feb 13, In Haiti election results showed the former president Preval slipping further below the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, In Indonesia 2 Australians were sentenced to death for trying to smuggle 18.3 pounds of heroin in 2005 from the Indonesian resort island of Bali to their homeland. In February, 2015, Myuran Sukumaran (33) and Andrew Chan (31) faced immediate execution.
    (AP, 2/14/06)(SFC, 2/15/15, p.A6)(SSFC, 2/15/15, p.A6)
2006        Feb 13, Diplomats said Iran has started small-scale enrichment of uranium, a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or bombs. Talks with Moscow on moving Iranian enrichment to Russia as a way ensuring Iran has no direct control were put on indefinite hold.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, In Baghdad a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt in a line of Iraqis waiting to receive government payments, killing 8 people and wounding about 30, including children. 11 other people were killed in attacks elsewhere in the country, including five members of a Shiite religious party and four policemen, among them a colonel.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, In Monterrey, Mexico, 2 police chiefs, Hector Ayala and Javier Garcia, were shot and killed within hours of each other in a violence-plagued region near the US where drug smugglers have been battling for control of key routes across the border.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 13, In Nepal a controversial anti-corruption body set up by Nepal's King Gyanendra was dissolved, paving the way for the release of jailed ousted PM Sher Bahadur Deuba.
    (AFP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, A transit strike in Managua, Nicaragua, entered a 2nd week, as workers demanded that the government subsidize their fuel and gas prices.
    (SFC, 2/14/06, p.A5)
2006        Feb 13, In northwestern Pakistan police fired tear gas and wielded batons to stop about 7,000 students protesting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from marching on the governor's residence.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, In Lahore gunmen on a motorcycle killed Ahmad Javed Khawaja (72), a Pakistani doctor who spent six months in jail on suspicions of harboring al-Qaida suspects and possessing illegal weapons.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, The outgoing Palestinian parliament passed legislation giving Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas the power to appoint a court that could veto legislation passed by the new Hamas-led parliament to be sworn in this week.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, In North Ossetia 6 women whose relatives were victims of the 2004 Beslan school hostage seizure were on hunger strike for a fifth day, protesting what they say are efforts by authorities to prematurely end the trial of the only alleged remaining attacker.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, In Spain survivors and relatives of people killed in terrorist attacks worldwide gathered to share stories of their common tragedy, discuss ways to fight the scourge and hear what governments plan to do to make their citizens safer.
    (AP, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 13, In Turkey a bomb exploded at an Istanbul supermarket during the afternoon rush, injuring 15 people. A Kurdish news agency reported that a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 2/13/06)

2006        Feb 14, The Bush administration announced it will step up enforcement of US trade laws governing China, following a top-to-bottom review of America's trading relationship with the Asian giant.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, The NY Times reported that the US and Israel are considering a campaign to starve the Palestinian Authority of cash so Palestinians would grow disillusioned with their incoming militant Hamas rulers and return ousted Fatah moderates to power.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, In Texas lawyer Harry Whittington, who was accidentally injured 3 days earlier by birdshot fired by VP Cheney, suffered a minor heart attack.
    (SFC, 2/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 14, Pharmaceutical maker AstraZeneca PLC said that it has decided to withdraw its controversial anticoagulant Exanta from the market and terminate its development because of links to liver injury.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, Sanyo and Nokia announced they will set up a joint venture to make advanced cell phones, underlining the ambitions of the Japanese and Finnish manufacturers to grow globally in the competitive mobile market.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, The UNHCR said the floods last week left more than 50,000 Sahrawi refugees homeless, destroying up to half of the mud-brick houses in their camps of Awserd, Smara and Laayoune in the Tindouf region of western Algeria. Tents, blankets and other emergency aid were being rushed to the camps in the Algerian Sahara hit by rare torrential rains.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 14, Two Australians were sentenced to death by firing squad for leading a drug smuggling ring on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, verdicts that could strain ties between the countries. Andrew Chan (22) and Myuran Sukumaran (24) had masterminded the trafficking of 18 pounds of heroin to their homeland.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, In Porto Alegre, Brazil, leaders and envoys from across Christianity opened their most ambitious gathering in nearly a decade with a host of troubles on their agenda, from the faith's many internal rifts to easing discord with Islam, even as it deepens over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, Britain's lower house of Parliament voted to ban smoking in all public places in England, including pubs, both public and private.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, In southern China toxic wastewater was flushed untreated into a river, prompting the government to cut water supplies to 28,000 people in Guanyin for at least four days. A power plant on the upper reaches of the Yuexi River in Sichuan province was to blame for the pollution.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 14, The Egyptian parliament approved the two-year postponement of municipal polls despite objections from opposition Islamists and the US. President Hosni Mubarak issued a decree last week calling for the delay of the elections which was passed by parliament's upper chamber on Feb 12 and approved this day in two readings by the lower chamber.
    (AFP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 14, The UN said 13 Eritreans employed by the UN peacekeeping mission in Eritrea have been detained by local authorities and another 30 are in hiding for fear of being arrested.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, Iran said it had resumed uranium enrichment; Russia and France immediately called on Iran to halt its work.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2006        Feb 14, Gunmen attacked a group of Iraqi Shiites working on a farm north of Baghdad, killing 11 and wounding two. A roadside bomb killed a US Marine in western Baghdad in one of two attacks that also wounded six coalition military personnel.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, An Israeli court sentenced the eldest son of ailing PM Ariel Sharon to 9 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to illegally raising funds for one of his father's political campaigns.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, At Turin, American Ted Ligety won Olympic gold in men's combined skiing, while Bode Miller was disqualified for straddling a gate.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2006        Feb 14, The UN asked Lebanon to explain reports of arms shipments crossing the Syrian border destined for the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, armed men forced their way into a hospital and killed a teenager under treatment for an earlier attempt on his life.
    (SFC, 2/18/06, p.A10)
2006        Feb 14, Bilal Lamrani (21), a Dutch Muslim, was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting murder and attempting to recruit prison inmates to carry out terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, In Pakistan thousands of protesters rampaged through Islamabad and Lahore, storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses and a provincial assembly in Pakistan's worst violence against the Prophet Muhammad drawings. At least two people were killed and 11 injured.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, A senior Russian official said Russia will not pay more to base its Black Sea Fleet in a Ukrainian port, rebuffing Ukrainian demands and setting the stage for the latest dispute between the ex-Soviet neighbors.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, Darfur rebels said they had shot down a government helicopter and captured the only surviving crew member, named as Captain Muawiya Zubeir.
    (AP, 2/14/06)
2006        Feb 14, Zimbabwe police arrested at least 60 women who took part in a march with a Valentine's Day theme calling for love and harmony and protesting food shortages and alleged human rights violations.
    (CP, 2/14/06)

2006         Feb 15, Vice President Dick Cheney accepted blame for accidentally shooting a hunting companion, calling it “one of the worst days of my life," but was defiantly unapologetic in a Fox News Channel interview about not publicly disclosing the accident until the next day.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2006        Feb 15, A US Republican-led House committee report, “A Failure of Initiative," cited major failures at all levels of government in the handling of Hurricane Katrina. Several top Bush administration officials were singled out for criticism. Testifying before the Senate, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledged delayed aid and fumbled coordination in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
    (SFC, 2/16/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/15/07)
2006        Feb 15, Members of Congress blasted four US tech giants (Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Google Inc.) accusing the companies of willingly helping China oppress internal dissent in return for access to a booming Internet market.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, Ben Bernanke made his debut before the US Congress as Federal Reserve chairman. He said inflation is still a risk and suggested that interest rate increases are not over.
    (WSJ, 2/16/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 15, Merril Lynch handed its $544 million fund operation to Black Rock in exchange for just under half of the combined firm. Black Hawk financed the $9.8 billion transaction with its own stock.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.73)
2006        Feb 15, Police in Los Angeles, Ca., busted 8 people connected to an int’l. car theft ring. The racket, disguised as a charity group, was linked to Chechnya and police believed proceeds from the stolen cars was used to finance Chechen terrorist operations.
    (WSJ, 12/29/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 15, Robert Rich (92), inventor of frozen non-dairy topping, died. In 1990 he was among the 1st 4 people inducted into the Frozen Food Hall of Fame.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.89)
2006        Feb 15, Afghan President Hamid Karzai pressed his Pakistani counterpart on to root out militants Afghanistan claims have launched a spate of recent cross-border suicide bombings.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, The beheaded bodies of two Afghan intelligence agents were found dumped in western Afghanistan as the first of thousands of British troop reinforcements arrived in the south. The intelligence agents had been captured in Farah province two days ago by suspected remnants of the Taliban.
    (AFP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, An Australian television network broadcast photographs and video clips Wednesday that it said were previously unpublished images of the abuse of Iraqis held in US military custody at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. Many of the images broadcast were more graphic than those previously published, showing what appear to be dead bodies, as well as wounded people and prisoners performing sex acts.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, British lawmakers voted to ban glorifying terrorism, giving PM Tony Blair a badly needed victory on a measure he said was key to preventing future attacks.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, A Chilean environmental agency approved ambitious plans for an open-pit mine high in the Andes mountains were unanimously, but the project's future remained unclear because the agency rejected its most controversial aspect, relocating three glaciers to reach the gold underneath.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, China announced a plan to combat widespread pollution and leave a better environment for future generations, citing the need to stave off possible social instability.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, In southern Colombia hundreds of paramilitary fighters handed in their weapons and renounced violence in a ceremony. Rebels attacked a crew that was removing coca plants from one of Colombia's national parks and killed at least six police guards.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, President Jacques Chirac ordered the Clemenceau, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, to return to France after a top administrative court suspended its transfer to India.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, Germany said further tests had confirmed H5N1 bird flu in two swans, prompting other European countries to step up efforts to prevent the virus infecting domestic livestock.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, Rene Preval was declared the winner of Haiti's presidential election under an agreement between the interim government and electoral council.
    (AP, 2/16/06)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.35)
2006        Feb 15, Nermine Othman, Iraq's human rights minister, said that some 170 Iraqis were tortured last year in a secret prison in Baghdad and she would recommend prosecutions of officials, including judges who did not report the abuses. The torture occurred in Interior Ministry buildings, including one in Baghdad's Jadriyah district.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, A bomb exploded on a central Baghdad street, killing three girls and a boy walking to school. The dead included two sisters and their brother. At least 14 other people, including six policemen, died in car bombings and shootings across the Iraqi capital. In July, 2006, Spc. Nathan Lynn (21) of South Williamsport, Penn., was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and conspiracy to obstruct justice over the death of Gani Ahmed Zaben during a Feb. 15 raid on a suspect's house.
    (AP, 2/15/06)(AP, 7/23/06)
2006        Feb 15, A Jordanian military court sentenced to death nine men, including al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, for a plot to carry out a chemical attack against the kingdom. Al-Zarqawi and three others received the death penalty in absentia.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, In central Mexico a bus careened off a windy highway and into a ravine in the Sierra Gorda mountains, killing 23 people and injuring 14.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 15, In Nepal insurgents ambushed an army patrol near the village of Bibeke, about 150 miles west of Kathmandu, killing at least three soldiers and injuring two others.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, More than 70,000 people joined Pakistan's biggest protest yet against Prophet Muhammad cartoons, burning movie theaters, a KFC restaurant and a South Korean-run bus station. Three people died and dozens were injured in two cities.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, Pakistan deported nearly 600 Afghans who had been jailed in the southern city of Karachi for up to six months on charges of illegal immigration.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, Gunmen on a motorcycle killed three Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver in a remote tribal region of southwestern Pakistan.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, In Peru Arndt Hubert Kupper (36) and Eva Noruzka la Torre (22), a German man and his Peruvian wife, were arrested for trafficking Peruvian babies to adoptive parents in Europe through an Internet site.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 15, Russia's foreign minister said that Iran must eliminate international concerns it could use its nuclear program to make weapons before Moscow will support Tehran's right to domestically enrich uranium.
    (AP, 2/15/06)
2006        Feb 15, Kurdish protesters armed with firebombs and stones battled with Turkish police to mark the seventh anniversary of guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan's capture.
    (AP, 2/15/06)

2006        Feb 16, President Bush said he was satisfied with Vice President Dick Cheney's explanation about his shooting accident; Texas authorities said they had closed their investigation without filing any charges.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2006        Feb 16, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether a top aide improperly helped direct nearly $50 million in Pentagon spending to clients represented by her husband. His request followed a USA TODAY report that he secured $48.7 million in projects for six clients of the aide's spouse's firm.
    (USAT, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Scientists reported that glaciers in Greenland were melting twice as fast as previously believed. The melting of glaciers in South America and in the Himalayas was also accelerating due to global warming.
    (SFC, 2/17/06, p.A14)
2006        Feb 16, The UN released a report saying the US should shut down the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and either release all detainees or bring them to trial.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, In Afghanistan the bodies of two Italian aid workers were found in a guarded compound in Kabul. The Italian news agency ANSA said the two could have died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective stove in the compound.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, Australia's parliament stripped regulatory control of an abortion drug from the country's health minister, a staunch Roman Catholic who once warned of an "epidemic" of abortion in Australia.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, A Belgian court found three men guilty of belonging to an Islamic group linked to terrorist attacks in Madrid and Casablanca and sentenced them to at least six years in jail.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, In China Li Datong said the Bing Dian newspaper supplement, known for hard-hitting coverage of sensitive issues, will resume publication March 1. However he and deputy editor Lu Yuegang were removed from their posts and transferred to the News Research Institute, another department of the China Youth Daily.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, Two shipping accidents off eastern China's Fujian province left 61 sailors missing.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Egypt confirmed its first cases of H5N1 bird flu.
    (Reuters, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Indonesia signed an agreement with Newmont Gold Corp. to drop a civil  suit in exchange for $30 million to be paid over 10 years for a fund to monitor environmental and community development.
    (WSJ, 2/17/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 16, A top official said Iraq's Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into claims that Shiite-led death squads have been operating in the country. Attacks around the country killed at least 19 people, including six Iraqis in a car bombing and three sheiks in a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 2/16/06)(WSJ, 2/17/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 16, In Baghdad, Iraq, gunmen wearing Iraqi special forces uniforms kidnapped Ghalib Abdul Hussein Kubba, director-general of the Basra International Bank, and his son after killing five of their bodyguards.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, In southern Iraq 2 Macedonians working for a cleaning company were abducted in Basra. A $1 million ransom was demanded for their release.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 16, Russia's Evgeni Plushenko beat world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland by an unfathomable 27.12 points to win the gold medal in men's figure skating at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2006        Feb 16, In Karachi, Pakistan, some 40 thousand people shouting "God is Great!" marched and burned effigies of the Danish prime minister in the country's fourth day of protests over cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, A human rights group said that homophobic rhetoric has escalated in Poland since a socially conservative party came to power, threatening the rights of gays and lesbians.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, In Romania authorities investigating the leak of secret military documents, including details on coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, arrested Marian Garleanu, a Romanian journalist, for possession of leaked material. Garleanu denied any wrongdoing and said he was targeted because he has repeatedly exposed corruption in the Ministry of Defense.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 16, Serbia rejected European Union's guidelines for an independence vote in Montenegro, increasing tensions within the troubled Balkan state.
    (AP, 2/16/06)
2006        Feb 16, A government spokesman said a swan found in Slovenia this month died of the lethal H5N1 avian flu virus strain, according to laboratory tests performed in Italy.
    (Reuters, 2/16/06)

2006        Feb 17, Harry Whittington, the lawyer shot by Vice President Dick Cheney while quail hunting, left a Corpus Christi, Texas, hospital, saying "accidents do and will happen."
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2006        Feb 17, A federal jury in New Orleans cleared Merck and Co. in the death of a 53-year-old Florida man who had taken the painkiller Vioxx.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2006        Feb 17, Two US CH-53E helicopters crashed off the coast of Djibouti. Only 2 of 12 crew members survived.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 17, Louisiana lawmakers voted to assume control of new Orleans levees from local boards.
    (WSJ, 2/18/06, p.A1)   
2006        Feb 17, A fierce storm system swept across the Midwest moving eastward, ripping the roof off an Indiana church, pelting Arkansas with hail and cutting power to thousands in Michigan.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, Radio Shack Corp. , whose chief executive has admitted to lying on his resume, said quarterly profit fell 62 percent after a switch in wireless providers led to an inventory write-down, sending its shares to a nearly three-year low. The company announced a new turnaround plan that includes closing 400 to 700 company-operated stores.
    (Reuters, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, US-based Space Adventures announced it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 17, Ray Barreto (76), a Grammy-winning Latin jazz percussionist, died in New Jersey.
    (SFC, 2/18/06, p.B5)
2006        Feb 17, William Cowsill (58), lead singer of the family band The Cowsills, died in Calgary, Alberta. The pop family band was the inspiration for “The Partridge Family" TV series (1970-1974).
    (SFC, 2/21/06, p.B4)(AP, 2/17/07)
2006        Feb 17, UN and government officials said 6 Congolese soldiers died of hunger in an army training camp that ran out of food in the east of the country.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, French President Jacques Chirac has arrived for his first visit to Thailand as head of state, with Paris hoping to secure lucrative contracts in one of the most dynamic countries in the region.
    (AFP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, In Iraq authorities also found the bodies of three men who had been bound and shot in the head in northern Baghdad. 2 gunmen stormed into a fashion accessories store in southern Baghdad's Maalif area and killed two brothers working there. Drive-by gunmen killed a cigarette salesman in Husseiniyah, a town about 20 miles northeast of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, An Iraqi contractor pleaded guilty to adding $1.14 million in fraudulent surcharges after Halliburton hired his company to fly in military cargo.
    (WSJ, 2/18/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 17, In western Japan 2 young children were found stabbed on a roadside, one dead and the other seriously injured.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, In Benghazi, Libya, 11 people were killed or wounded during a riot at the Italian consulate when police firing bullets and tear gas tried to contain more than 1,000 demonstrators hurling rocks and bottles. The Libyans were angry over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AFP, 2/18/06)(Econ, 3/26/11, p.32)
2006        Feb 17, Nepal's Supreme Court ordered the royalist government to release 37 political detainees who opposed the king's rule, while communist insurgents freed two abducted officials amid a major army offensive in the southwest.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 17, Pakistan security forces seized heavy weapons and munitions destined for Islamic militants in a northwestern tribal region near Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, A Pakistani cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad, as thousands joined street protests and Denmark temporarily closed its embassy and advised its citizens to leave the country.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, In the eastern Philippines a rain-soaked mountainside disintegrated into a torrent of mud, swallowing hundreds of houses and an elementary school in sludge three stories high. 1,800 people were missing and feared dead, which included nearly every man, woman and child who lived in Guinsaugon. Logging in the area was cited as a contributing factor. 8.5 million acres of forests had been logged in the Philippines over the last 15 years.
    (AP, 2/18/06)(SFC, 2/18/06, p.A9)
2006        Feb 17, Russian prosecutors opened an investigation into the editor of a newspaper that reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, and another paper was ordered closed after publishing a cartoon depicting Muhammad along with Jesus, Moses and Buddha.
    (AP, 2/17/06)
2006        Feb 17, David Sampson, America’s Deputy Sec. of Commerce, announced in Kiev that the US now recognized Ukraine as a market economy.
    (Econ, 11/4/06, p.86)

2006        Feb 18, Eight workers at a meat processing plant in Nebraska won a record $365 million Powerball jackpot.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2006        Feb 18, Character actor Richard Bright ("The Godfather") was struck and killed by a bus in New York; he was 68.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2006        Feb 18, In the US thousands of people remained without power after a winter storm packing wind gusts of up to 77 mph rolled across the Northeast, downing trees and power lines. Four people were killed.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, In Brazil a coalition of American churches sharply denounced the US-led war in Iraq, accusing Washington of "raining down terror" and apologizing to other nations for "the violence, degradation and poverty our nation has sown." Christian leaders explored the question: Should churches use their investment portfolios to protest Israeli policies toward Palestinians?
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, More than 10,000 angry people protested in central London against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons that have infuriated many in the Muslim world.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, The Democratic Republic of Congo adopted a new constitution aimed at bringing an end to decades of dictatorship, war and chaos in the vast country, and paving the way for elections by mid-2006.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, India confirmed the H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens. Iran confirmed the virus in wild swans. Indonesia confirmed its 19th death from the virus. Germany France and Austria reported more dead birds. Nigeria claimed to be bringing the virus under control.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, India and Pakistan restored train service along a line that was severed during their war 40 years ago, establishing a second rail link between the two South Asian rivals.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, A spate of roadside bombings in Baghdad and north of the capital killed a US soldier and at least 11 Iraqis.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, A German plane from Azerbaijan went missing in northern Iraq. 5 Germans and an Iraqi on board were found dead the next day.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 18, Italy's Reforms Minister Roberto Calderoli resigned following deadly clashes in Libya over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that he had made into T-shirts and wore on state television.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, In Italy Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway outwaited the weather and outran the field to successfully defend the men's super-G title for his record eighth Olympic Alpine medal. American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.
    (AP, 2/18/06)(AP, 2/18/07)
2006        Feb 18, Conservation officials said a searing drought in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania has killed dozens of hippopotamuses and other wild animals, and disrupted the annual migration of wildebeests and zebras between the two East African nations.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 18, Libya suspended Nasr al-Mabrouk, its interior minister, citing an "excessive use of force" in riots the day before that left at least 10 people dead in the bloodiest protest yet against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons roiling the Muslim world.
    (AFP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, Nepal's communist insurgents called for an indefinite nationwide strike to begin Apr 3 as the country's major political parties prepared for a weekend protest amid growing anger at the king's autocratic rule.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, In Nigeria armed militants carried out a wave of attacks across the troubled Niger delta, blowing up oil and gas pipelines and seizing nine foreign oil workers: 3 Americans, a Briton, 2 Egyptians, 2 Thais and one Filipino. Royal Dutch Shell suspended exports from the 380,000 barrel-a-day Forcados terminal after militants bombed the tanker loading platform.
    (Reuters, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 18, In southwestern Pakistan insurgents blew up four gas pipelines and two people were injured in landmine explosions in Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamas to form the next Palestinian government, but demanded that the Islamic militant group recognize existing peace deals and fall in line with his moderate policies, including negotiations with Israel.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, Hamas legislator Abdel Aziz Duaik, a geography professor from the West Bank, was elected speaker of the new Palestinian parliament.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, On the southern Philippine island of Jolo, janitor for US troops was killed and 13 people wounded in an explosion near an army base. Abu Sayyaf was suspected.
    (AP, 2/18/06)
2006        Feb 18, The WHO said a cholera outbreak in south Sudan has claimed 52 lives with more than 2,000 cases of the deadly disease.
    (AP, 2/18/06)

2006        Feb 19, Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2006        Feb 19, The East rallied from 21 points down for a 122-120 victory over the West in the NBA All-Star Game.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2006        Feb 19, In southern Afghanistan Taliban rebels attacked a police checkpost in insurgency-hit, killing three policemen.
    (AFP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, Almost five months after publishing 12 cartoons of the prophet to highlight what it described as self-censorship, Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper printed a full-page apology in a Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper.
    (AFP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, French President Jacques Chirac arrived in India for a whistle-stop visit aimed at bolstering trade and civilian nuclear cooperation with the emerging economic powerhouse.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, Jacques Bernard, the head of Haiti's electoral council, fled the country after opponents threatened his life and burned down his farmhouse nearly two weeks after disputed elections.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 19, India and France both confirmed their first outbreak of the deadly strain of bird flu among fowl. Health officials and farm workers in western India began slaughtering a half-million birds to check the spread of the disease.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, India's private Kingfisher Airlines signed a deal to purchase 15 French ATR 72-500 aircraft for 270 million dollars, with the option to buy another 20. Kingfisher began operations in May and has a 7.6 percent share of the domestic market.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, In western India a bomb exploded at a railway station in Ahmadabad, injuring at least 13 people.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, Gunmen ambushed a convoy of trucks carrying construction material to US military north of Baghdad, killing four Iraqi drivers. A police general also died in a roadside bombing in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, Israel's Cabinet approved an immediate freeze on the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money to the Palestinians in its first response to the takeover of the Palestinian parliament by the militant group Hamas.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, said that members would meet this week to hammer out a plan for sending millions of dollars a month to the Palestinian Authority, despite US attempts to stop the flow of money to the new Hamas-led government.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, An Israeli aircraft attacked two Palestinians laying a bomb near the Gaza-Israel border fence. Palestinians said two militants were killed.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, A gas explosion in a northern Mexico coal mine trapped 65 miners some 600 feet below ground with a limited supply of oxygen. In 2007 a judge ordered the arrest of 5 mine managers and inspectors on charges of negligent homicide in the deaths of the miners.
    (AP, 2/19/06)(WSJ, 2/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 3/20/07)
2006        Feb 19, Ismail Haniyeh (46), a Gaza lawmaker seen as a leader of Hamas' pragmatic wing, was nominated to be Palestinian prime minister.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, Pakistani security forces arrested hundreds of Islamic hard-liners, virtually sealed off the capital and used gunfire and tear gas to quell protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 19, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf arrived in China on a visit that analysts said would focus on anti-terrorism cooperation, trade and technological assistance.
    (AFP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, In Peru Hector Aponte, a Shining Path guerrilla commander believed responsible for an ambush that killed eight policemen in December, was killed in a shootout with authorities in the Huallaga Valley. Aponte was a top commander under Comrade Artemio, one of the last original Shining Path leaders still at large.
    (AP, 2/20/06)

2006        Feb 20, President George Bush, visiting Milwaukee, outlined his energy proposals to help wean the country off foreign oil.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2006        Feb 20, A senior US official said Vietnam and the US have resumed their human rights dialogue after a three-year suspension, renewing links with "productive" talks.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco outlined a $7.5 billion rebuilding, relocation and buyout plan for residents whose homes were damaged by last year’s hurricanes.
    (SFC, 2/21/06, p.A4)
2006        Feb 20, Scientists feared that leaping, hyperactive Asian carp, silver and bighead carp, will reach the US Great Lakes, devour the base of the food chain and spoil drinking water for 40 million people. The carp, which escaped lagoons in Arkansas during late 1990s flooding, could set off an ecological collapse in the lakes.
    (Reuters, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, Curt Gowdy (1919), Montana-born sports announcer, died in Fla.
    (SFC, 2/21/06, p.B5)
2006        Feb 20, Archbishop Paul C. Marcinkus (84), a former Vatican bank chief linked to a huge Italian banking scandal in the 1980s, was found dead in his home in Sun City, Ariz.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2006        Feb 20, In Austria right-wing British historian David Irving (67) pleaded guilty to charges of denying the Holocaust and conceded that he was wrong to say there were no Nazi gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, Milan Lukic, a Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect who had been indicted by a UN tribunal in connection with atrocities during the former war in Bosnia, was extradited from Argentina to The Hague.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, In Congo Reuters obtained a copy of a 2005 report of a parliamentary investigation, established to probe business deals signed during Congo's 1996-1997 and 1998-2003 wars. The report said dozens of government contracts struck during Congo's wars must be renegotiated, some companies closed and leading individuals brought to justice.
    (Reuters, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, Farmers clashed on the island of Crete with striking seamen who kept Greece's ports closed for a fifth day. The protest has caused food and gasoline supply problems for some Greek islands, and forced farmers to dump perishable goods.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, Zalmay Khalilzad, US ambassador to Iraq, warned Iraqi politicians they risk a loss of American support if they do not establish a genuine national unity government, saying the US will not invest its resources in institutions run by sectarians. At least 24 people, including an American soldier, were killed by bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere. Two Macedonian contractors were freed by kidnappers four days after they were abducted in Basra.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, In Iraq the governing council of Karbala province said it was suspending contact with US forces over the behavior of soldiers during a visit to the governor's office two days ago.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, At the Turin Olympics, Tanith Belbin and partner Ben Agosto snapped the US medals drought in figure skating with a silver; Russians Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov won the gold.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2006        Feb 20, Liberia's president inaugurated a truth commission to investigate crimes and human rights abuses committed in the war-battered country over the last quarter century.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, In Nigeria militants in southern Nigeria destroyed an oil pipeline and blew up a boat in violence that has cut about 20 percent of crude production in Africa's oil giant.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, Hamas began coalition talks to form the Palestinians' first government led by Islamic militants after winning the nod from moderate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, Russian and Iranian negotiators concluded a day of talks on Moscow's offer to enrich uranium for Iran and agreed to continue.
    (AP, 2/20/06)
2006        Feb 20, UN mediated talks on the future status of Kosovo opened in Vienna as Serbs and ethnic Albanians staked out tough positions. The talks produced no agreement and were scheduled to resume in a month.
    (AP, 2/21/06)

2006        Feb 21, Pres. Bush said he would veto any legislation blocking a deal for a state-owned company in Dubai to manage port terminals in US cities. Bush was not aware of the pending sale of the port operations until after aides approved the deal.
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 21, The US Supreme Court ruled that federal narcotics do not trump the religious expression rights of a Brazilian-based sect that uses a hallucinogenic tea in a sacrament. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, with some 130 members in the US, had filed suit after federal authorities intercepted a shipment of hoasca, whose ingredients included a hallucinogenic plant, and threatened prosecution.
    (WSJ, 2/22/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 21, US federal courts in Ohio charged 3 men, originally from Jordan and Lebanon, with conspiring to kill US forces in Iraq.
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 21, In California the execution of Michael Morales at San Quentin was put on hold after 2 anesthesiologists backed out of assuring that he would be unconscious while dying per a requirement by US District Judge Jeremy Fogel.
    (SFC, 2/23/06, p.A14)
2006        Feb 21, Stefan Eriksson (44) was involved in the crash of a million-dollar Ferrari Enzo in northern Malibu, Ca. In 2005 he and some partners had racked up some $400 million in losses in Gizmondo, a London-based subsidiary of Tiger Telematics, that was developing a handheld gaming device. Prior to Gizmondo Eriksson had served time in a Swedish prison for counterfeiting. Eriksson was arrested on April 8 for failing to make payments on 3 cars worth $3.5 million. On Nov 7 Eriksson was sentenced to 3 years in prison for embezzlement and gun possession.
    (SSFC, 4/9/06, p.A1)(SFC, 4/10/06, p.A2)(SFC, 11/8/06, p.A4)
2006        Feb 21, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Italy signed a deal under which it will return antiquities Italy says were looted in exchange for long-term loans of other artifacts.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury Secretary, announced his resignation as president of Harvard Univ. effective at the end of the academic year.
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 2/22/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 21, Google announced that it hired Dr. Larry Brilliant (61) as executive director of Google.org, a charitable effort funded by some $1 billion.
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.C1)
2006        Feb 21, Taser Intl. said it is working to deliver electricity to the human body using 12-guage shotgun shells. Test models of the XREP reached 100 feet. The US military challenged the company to extend the range to 330 feet.
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 21, Donald Herbert (44), a brain-injured Buffalo, N.Y., firefighter who suddenly spoke after nearly a decade in a near-vegetative state, died.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2006        Feb 21, The Chinese government issued a plan with promises to spend more on schools, health care and aid for farmers in the poor countryside, where communist leaders worry about potentially explosive unrest over poverty and other problems.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, The commander of Colombia's army, Gen. Reinaldo Castellanos, resigned amid a scandal in which 21 soldiers were allegedly beaten, branded or sexually assaulted by their superiors.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, Greek seamen extended until early Friday a rolling strike that has shut down ports since last week, causing food and fuel supply problems and halting many exports.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, Tests confirmed H5N1 in three birds found dead in Hungary, making the country the seventh EU nation with an outbreak of the deadly strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, In Iraq a car bomb exploded on a street packed with shoppers in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 28. Elsewhere 8 other Iraqis were killed.
    (AP, 2/21/06)(WSJ, 2/22/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 21, Japan's trade minister arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the highest-level contact between the two countries since relations soured last October.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, Kazakhstan's intelligence agency said that five of its employees were among the six arrested suspects in the Feb 11 murder of Altynbek Sarsenbayev, a leader of the opposition Nagyz Ak Zhol party.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, In Cancun, Mexico, Domenico Ianiero, 59, and his wife, Annunziata, 55, of Woodbridge, Ont., were found in their hotel rooms at the all-inclusive five-star resort on the Mayan Riviera in the early morning. Their throats had been slashed. The crime apparently took place after a rehearsal dinner ahead of a wedding in which the Lily, one of the Ianieros' twin girls, was to be married at the resort. Prosecutors in Cancun said two Canadian women were suspected in the killing and had fled to Canada.
    (CP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 21, Christian mobs rampaged through the southern Nigerian city of Onitsha, burning mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, In Pakistan 11 Islamic militants were sentenced to death for an assassination attempt on a Pakistani army general that killed 10 people in 2004.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, Hamas presented its choice for Palestinian prime minister. Ismail Haniyeh (43), a pragmatic former university administrator, and the Islamic militant group reached out to other factions, including Fatah, to join a broad-based Cabinet that might stand a chance of gaining international approval.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, In Peru Miguel Toledo (36), a nephew of Pres. Alejandro Toledo, was given a four-year suspended sentence on charges he drugged and raped a 22-year-old woman in 2004.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 21, Portugal's President Jorge Sampaio was granted honorary citizenship of East Timor as he began a three-day official trip to the former Portuguese colony.
    (AFP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, The weekly Nash Region became the second Russian newspaper in a week to shut down amid heightened sensitivities about portrayals of Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/21/06)
2006        Feb 21, It was reported that the Stockholm chapter of the biker gang Hell's Angels is being investigated for fraud after police found 70 percent of members were certified as depressed by the same doctor and were getting state sickness benefits.
    (Reuters, 2/21/06)

2006        Feb 22, South Dakota’s Senate advanced a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure. The law, which would punish doctors who perform the operation with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Michael Rounds and people on both sides of the issue say he is unlikely to veto it.
    (Reuters, 2/22/06)(WSJ, 2/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 22, In Lincoln, Nebraska, 8 workers at a meat processing plant claimed the record $365 million Powerball jackpot.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, A Rhode Island jury found 3 companies, Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and Millennium Holdings, liable for creating a public nuisance by selling lead paint decades ago, and that the companies should pay to clean it up from homes and buildings in the state.
    (WSJ, 2/23/06, p.D7)
2006        Feb 22-2006 Feb 25, The annual Technology Entertainment Design (TED) conference took place in Monterey, Ca., with over 900 participants.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 22, In northern Afghanistan a bomb exploded near a NATO peacekeeping convoy, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding 12 people.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Former US President Bill Clinton and Australia announced plans to combat AIDS in China, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea, warning that 40 percent of all new infections could be in the Asia-Pacific region by 2010.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, In England thieves impersonated police officers and robbed the equivalent of up to $85 million from Securitas Cash Management Ltd., a cash center at Tonbridge in Kent county, in one of the largest heists in British history. In 2008 five men were convicted over country's biggest cash robbery, which saw some 53 million pounds stolen in southeast England. In 2009 Paul Allen (31) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the robbery. Allen had fled to Morocco after the robbery and was extradited last year. In 2010 Ibrahim Lee Murray (32), believed to be the mastermind of the robbery, was sentenced in Morocco to 10 years in jail on various charges including membership of a criminal gang, theft with an armed weapon, wearing an illegal uniform and kidnapping.
    (Reuters, 2/23/06)(AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 1/28/08)(AP, 10/5/09)(AP, 6/3/10)
2006        Feb 22, Bulgaria's parliament endorsed a government decision to send a 120-member non-combat unit to Iraq.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, In China Yu Dongyue, a man who was jailed for throwing paint on Mao Zedong's portrait overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square during pro-democracy protests in 1989, was released after nearly 17 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 22, Wu Hao, Chinese filmmaker, was detained for allegedly working on a documentary film on Christian churches not recognized by the Chinese government. Wu had returned to China in 2004 after 12 years in the US. He was released on July 11.
    (WSJ, 7/3/06, p.A1)(AP, 7/11/06)
2006        Feb 22, In Costa Rica results from the Feb 5 elections indicated that Oscar Arias, a free trade proponent, had won Costa Rica's presidential election by 18,167 votes, one of the country's closest races ever.
    (AP, 2/22/06)(WSJ, 2/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 22, In Ecuador 2 dozen pipeline workers held hostage by protesters escaped as soldiers and police battled to end violent demonstrations that have interrupted the flow of crude through the country's two main pipelines.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Imprisoned Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour asked US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to look into whether Egypt can benefit from a US offer to help developing countries develop nuclear energy.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Michaela Giersberg, a nursing assistant, was convicted in Bonn, Germany, of killing 9 women she had been caring for from 2003-2005. She was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Indonesia said a 27-year-old woman died of bird flu earlier in the week in Jakarta and authorities prepared to scour the capital for infected poultry.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, In Indonesia's Papua province production at the world's largest gold and copper mine, run by a local unit of New Orleans-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, was suspended after illegal miners blocked the road leading to the site.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Iran offered to help finance a Palestinian Authority run by the Hamas militant group, state radio said in a report that brought a quick warning from Israel that it would do all it could legally to stop the Palestinians from receiving the money.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, In Iraq suspected Sunni extremists dressed as police set off a large explosion that heavily damaged the golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra, one of Iraq's most famous Shiite shrines. The attack spawned mass protests and triggered reprisal attacks against Sunni mosques. The shrine contains the tombs of the 10th and 11th imams, Ali al-Hadi, who died in 868 A.D., and his son Hassan al-Askari, who died in 874 A.D. and was the father of Al-Mahdi, the hidden imam. Atwar Bahjat, a well-known Iraqi TV journalist, was abducted while covering the bombing. In 2009 police arrested Yasser Mohammad al-Takhy in southwest Baghdad along with three others for the rape and murder of Bahjat. In 2011 Yusri Fakhir, a Tunisian man, was convicted and executed for the bombing of the Askariya shrine.  
    (AP, 2/22/06)(WSJ, 2/23/06, p.A1)(AP, 8/5/09)(AP, 11/17/11)
2006        Feb 22, In Iraq 7 US soldiers were killed by a roadside bombs in Hawija north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/23/06)(SFC, 2/24/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 22, A Tokyo court convicted and sentenced Fusako Shigenobu (60), a founder of the Japanese Red Army terrorist group, to 20 years in prison for kidnapping and attempted murder in a 1974 attack on the French Embassy in the Hague.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 22, Kazakhstan's intelligence chief resigned after several of his subordinates were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the slaying of an opposition leader. Erzhan Utembaev, the top administrative official of the Senate, was arrested for ordering the murder of opposition leader Altynbek Sarsenbayev.
    (AP, 2/22/06)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.40)
2006        Feb 22, In Nepal police raided the house of Krishna Sitaula, a senior opposition leader instrumental in organizing anti-government protests, and arrested him two days after he was freed by the Supreme Court on similar charges.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, In Nigeria at least 20 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the eastern Nigerian city of Onitsha. Gangs of rioters armed with machetes and shotguns poured through the streets of the mainly Christian southern city as the death toll from days of Christian-Muslim violence across Nigeria rose to at least 93.
    (AP, 2/22/06)(Reuters, 2/22/06)(SFC, 2/23/06, p.A13)
2006        Feb 22, In the Philippines thousands of activists seeking President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's ouster clashed with riot police in Manila as they tried to march to a monument to the 1986 "people power" revolt.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Serb security officials insisted that top war crimes fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic had been located and that authorities were trying to persuade him to give himself up.
    (AP, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero expressed reticence about a takeover bid for leading domestic electricity group Endesa by E.ON of Germany, saying national interest was paramount. In July Spain’s energy regulator (CNE) imposed 19 conditions on the bid for Endesa. On Aug 25 EU regulators warned that government restrictions on E.ON’s bid were illegal.
    (AP, 2/22/06)(Econ, 9/2/06, p.58)
2006        Feb 22, A secret list compiled for the UN Security council said Sudan's interior and defense ministers and its national intelligence chief are among 17 people the UN Security Council should punish for blocking peace in Darfur.
    (Reuters, 2/22/06)
2006        Feb 22, Pope Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals, including John Paul II's longtime private secretary and prelates from Boston and Hong Kong, adding his first installment to the elite group of churchmen who will elect his successor.
    (AP, 2/22/06)

2006        Feb 23, A US federal judge ordered the Pentagon on to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press by March 3, a move which would force the government to break its secrecy and reveal the most comprehensive list yet of those who have been imprisoned there.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, The US State Department said that North Korea has agreed to hold talks with the US on its alleged counterfeiting and money laundering activities that led to US sanctions and a breakdown in six-nation nuclear negotiations.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, A United Arab Emirates company volunteered to postpone its takeover of significant operations at six major US seaports, giving the White House more time to convince skeptical lawmakers the deal posed no increased risks from terrorism.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2006        Feb 23, In NYC Michael Mastromarino, owner of Biomedical Tissue Services in New Jersey, was charged along with 3 others of selling body parts for use in transplants across the US. Joseph Nicelli, owner of a Brooklyn funeral home, was among those charged.
    (SFC, 2/24/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 23, A New Zealand teenager hacked into the University of Pennsylvania computer system. Owen Thor Walker (18), known by his online name "AKILL," also was linked to a network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers and skimming millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts. In 2008 Walker was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in fines but avoided a conviction so that he can help police solve computer crimes.
    (AP, 7/15/08)
2006        Feb 23, Environmental Health published a study that found the chromium industry had withheld key data from the government involving the health risks of workers exposed to the carcinogenic metal.
    (SFC, 2/24/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 23, A fire raged through a Bangladesh textile mill, killing at least 54 people in the three-story building inside an industrial park in Chittagong.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 23, China warned Hong Kong’s new Cardinal Joseph Zen that he should avoid mixing religion and politics.
    (WSJ, 2/24/06, p.A4)
2006        Feb 23, China’s Lenovo Group, the world’s 3rd largest computer maker, announced it was introducing low-priced desktop an notebook computers in the US and other countries.
    (SFC, 2/24/06, p.D1)
2006        Feb 23, In China a coal mine explosion in eastern Shandong province killed 15 miners and injured 12 others. The mine belonged to the Zaozhuang Mining Group Co.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, A top UN humanitarian official said thousands of civilians have taken refuge on floating islands in the lakes of Congo's Katanga province to escape rape and murder by government and militia fighters.
    (Reuters, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, Greece's seamen's union called off a crippling eight-day strike and said it would allow ships to begin sailing.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, Gunmen pulled factory workers off buses northeast of Baghdad and shot dead 47 of them. They left their bodies in a ditch as militia battles and sectarian reprisals followed the bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine. Sunni Arabs suspended their participation in talks on a new government. The bodies of 23 men were found dumped at six sites in Baghdad, most of them in predominantly Shiite parts of the city. In total over 100 people were killed across Iraq.
    (AP, 2/23/06)(SFC, 2/24/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 23, The bodies of 3 Iraqi Sunni journalists were found near Samarra. They included Atwar Bahjat, a well-known correspondent for Al-Arabiya television, and her colleagues engineer Adnan Khairullah and cameraman Khalid Mahmoud.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 23, Israeli troops killed five Palestinians, including three fugitive gunmen, and seriously wounded a sixth man during an arrest sweep in the Balata refugee camp. The sweep, which began Feb 20, left a total of 8 Palestinians dead and over 50 injured.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, Japan's Shizuka Arakawa stunned favorites Sasha Cohen of the United States and Irina Slutskaya of Russia to claim the women's figure skating gold medal at the Turin Winter Olympics.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2006        Feb 23, Tens of thousands of Lebanese Shiites beat their chests in mourning and shouted anti-American slogans in a rally to protest the bombing of a Muslim shrine in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, A powerful earthquake sent thousands of panicking people fleeing from swaying buildings in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and killed at least two people.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, Christians in the southern Nigerian city of Onitsha burned Muslim corpses and defaced wrecked mosques, showing little repentance after days of sectarian violence that has killed more than 120 people across the country.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, In Russia the concave, snow-covered roof of Moscow’s Basmanny market collapsed, killing at least 66 people.
    (WSJ, 2/24/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 23, Ugandan voters lined up to choose between a leader who has ruled for 20 years and four challengers in the country's first multiparty elections in two decades.
    (AP, 2/23/06)
2006        Feb 23, Venezuela said it will prohibit Continental and Delta Airlines from flying into this South American nation. Initially effective March 1, the ban was soon delayed to Mar 30. The ban was in response to a 1996 FAA ban on commercial jets registered in Venezuela, because Venezuela allegedly didn't meet international safety standards. Venezuelan officials say they have improved safety standards since then.
    (AP, 2/24/06)(WSJ, 2/27/06, p.A6)

2006        Feb 24, Mitchell Wade, a US defense contractor, pleaded guilty to conspiring with former Rep. Randy Cunningham of San Diego County with bribes and help in evading taxes in exchange for over $150 million in government contracts since 2002.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.A4)
2006        Feb 24, Judge Walter Steed, a small-town judge with three wives, was ordered removed from the bench by the Utah Supreme Court for violating the state's bigamy law.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Georgia Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. of Fulton County Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Kirk S. Wright (35), a hedge fund manager, for fraud. Wright’s Int’l. Management Associates LLC was suspected of up to $185 million in losses.
    (WSJ, 3/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 24, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger issued an emergency declaration to speed improvement on 24 severely eroded portions of Bay Area delta levees.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 24, In North Carolina more than a thousand flounder, spot and pin fish beached themselves at the Marine Corps' New River air base, and then swam away. State and local wildlife experts believed it was related to a popular phenomenon known in coastal Alabama as "jubilee." Scientists know that a jubilee occurs when variety of factors deoxygenate the water, forcing fish to the shore.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 24, South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2006        Feb 24, Octavia Butler (b.1947), African-American sci-fi writer, died in Seattle. Her 12 books included “Kindred" (1979).
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_Butler)
2006        Feb 24, Michael Joyce (63), conservative US Catholic Democrat, died. He ran 2 of the right’s biggest treasure troves, the John Olin Foundation (1979-1985). And the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (1985-2001).
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.30)
2006        Feb 24, Don Knotts (81), comedian and film star, died in Los Angeles. His half-century career included more than 25 films and seven TV series.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 24, Dennis Weaver (b.1924), TV and film actor, died in Colorado. He played Chester Goode in the “Gunsmoke" TV series and Sam McCloud in “McCloud" (1970-1977).
    (SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 24, In Afghanistan Canadian troops officially took over the fight on the front lines of Kandahar province from their American allies.
    (CP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began its yearly carnival. Officials expected some 600,000 tourists for this year's celebrations. Gunmen overpowered museum security guards and stole four paintings by European masters, using the cover of Rio's Carnival to make their getaway,
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from office for four weeks for bringing his office into disrepute. In Feb 2005 Livingstone compared Oliver Finegold, a Jewish reporter from the Evening Standard to a Nazi concentration camp guard: “You are just doing it because you’re paid to, aren’t you?"
    (AP, 2/24/06)(SFC, 2/25/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 24, Detectives investigating what could the biggest cash robbery in British history recovered a "significant amount" of the money from a van just miles from the heist site in Tonbridge in Kent.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Rodney MacDonald (34), Canada's youngest premier, was sworn into office in Nova Scotia.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, Colombia suspended arrest warrants for leaders of the National Liberation Army, the South American nation's second-largest rebel group, as part of preliminary peace talks in Cuba.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In northwest Colombia Pedro Juan Moreno, a leading senatorial candidate and former adviser to President Alvaro Uribe, was killed along with three other people in a helicopter crash in a mountainous rainforest region.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, The EU opened an in-depth antitrust probe into mining company Inco Ltd.'s $11 billion planned purchase of Falconbridge Ltd., a deal that would create the world's largest nickel producer.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, French legal authorities refused to extradite to Lebanon Zouheir Mohammad Assediq, an ex-Syrian intelligence officer, to answer questions about the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafiq el-Hariri.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 24, India and the United States said they had made some progress toward a landmark nuclear deal but more work was needed to try and clinch it in time for President George W. Bush's visit to New Delhi next week.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Iraq Abu Asma, (aka Abu Anas and Akram Mahmud al-Mushhadani), Al-Qaida in Iraq's leader in northern Baghdad, was killed in a raid. Gunmen stormed a house south of Baghdad and shot dead five Shiite men.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Israel's air force fired a missile at a group of Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israeli targets.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Julia Mancuso won gold in the women's giant slalom at the Turin Olympics.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2006        Feb 24, Japan suspended all French poultry imports and threatened a similar ban on the Netherlands following reported cases of H5N1 bird flu.
    (Reuters, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, A prominent Malaysian newspaper avoided punishment for publishing a cartoon about the Prophet Muhammad drawings controversy, offering an apology that was accepted by the government.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Christian youths armed with machetes, stones and clubs attacked Muslims in the southeastern Nigerian city of Enugu. A Reuters witness saw a mob beat one man to death. Sectarian violence spread to three more Nigerian cities, claiming at least seven lives and pushing up the death toll in days of killings to at least 127.
    (Reuters, 2/24/06)(AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, A Nigerian court ordered Royal Dutch Shell PLC to pay southern communities $1.5 billion (1.2 billion euros) in compensation for environmental pollution and degradation in the oil-rich Niger Delta.  Shell appealed against the court's decision.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Northern Ireland a gang stole $350,000 from a bank in Belfast. The tactics used were similar to the Feb 22 robbery in London.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Pakistan thousands of Muslims defied a ban on rallies in Islamabad, joining protesters across the country in condemning the Prophet Muhammad cartoons printed by some Western newspapers.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In the Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency, saying she had quashed a coup plot, and the military confined troops to their camps to keep them from joining growing protests against her rule.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Polish TV reported that police had arrested about 30 people in several countries across Europe in a sting operation against a suspected child-porn ring.
    (Reuters, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Suicide bombers in explosives-laden cars attempted to attack an oil processing facility at the Abqaiq facility  that handles about two-thirds of Saudi Arabia's petroleum output, but were stopped when guards opened fire on them, causing the cars to explode.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission released its report formalizing its preliminary ruling against Microsoft late last year. MS vowed to appeal the decision which concluded that MS had abused its market dominance. The commission ordered MS to offer alternative versions of Windows.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Thailand's embattled PM Shinawatra dissolved parliament, a move forcing national elections three years early and guaranteeing a showdown with his political opponents.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, It was reported that Uruguay’s Pres. Tabare Vazquez backed two enormous plants that would produce the raw material for paper on Uruguay's border with Argentina while protesters, worried about the plants' impact on Argentina's environment, have repeatedly blockaded border bridges, stalling crucial truck and tourist traffic.
    (AP, 2/24/06)

2006        Feb 25, A senior US diplomat said the US will continue to give humanitarian aid to ease the plight of the Palestinians despite militant group Hamas's victory in elections.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Rhode Island Brown University announced it will stop investing in companies that do business in Sudan because the country has been accused of genocide.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, It was reported that researchers in SF had discovered a new virus, dubbed XMRV, inside tumors of some men with prostate cancer.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 25, The population on Earth was projected to hit 6.5 billion people.
    (www.livescience.com/othernews/060224_world_population.html)
2006        Feb 25, It was reported that there were 691 billionaires worldwide, compared with 423 in 1996.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, Survey p.3)
2006        Feb 25, Darren McGavin (83), TV and film star, died of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital. His 5 TV series included “Mike Hammer" and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker."
    (AP, 2/26/06)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B8)
2006        Feb 25, An Afghan court found Asadullah Sarwari (64), a communist-era intelligence chief, guilty of ordering hundreds of killings and sentenced him to death.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Afghanistan hundreds of inmates, including convicted al-Qaida and Taliban militants, waving knives and wielding clubs made from furniture overpowered guards and took control of parts of Policharki Prison, a high-security prison in Kabul.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Bangladesh a 5-story building undergoing renovations collapsed in the Tejgaon district of Dhaka, crushing tin-roof homes in a surrounding shantytown. At least 18 people were killed and more were feared trapped.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 25, British police said two men were arrested near Maidstone in Kent in southeast England in connection with what may be Britain's biggest bank robbery.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Canada's Clara Hughes celebrated her Olympic Games 5000m speedskating gold medal by revealing that she was going to donate every penny she has in her bank account to charity. Hughes will donate 10,000 dollars to the Right to Play organization which aims to encourage disadvantaged youngsters to improve themselves through sport.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, China Xinhua News reported that an orphanage director and nine other people in Hengyang had been sentenced to prison for buying and selling scores of infants who were adopted by foreign parents. Another 22 officials were fired in the case in Hunan province.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, China warned of the threat of a massive avian flu outbreak among birds in the country as it reported two new human cases, a girl in eastern Zhejiang province and a woman farmer in neighboring Anhui province.
    (Reuters, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, In southern Colombia leftist rebels killed 9 people in an attack on a passenger bus that defied a guerrilla-imposed traffic ban.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, India reported an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in a 2nd state. At least two infected chickens were discovered at a farm in the Utchal area of Gujarat.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Indonesia's Papua province protesters obstructing access to a mine owned by a unit of US firm Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. called off their blockade.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Indonesia raised its death toll due to the H5N1 strain of bird flu to 20 after tests confirm that a woman (27) had succumbed to H5N1 in Jakarta on Feb 20.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Iraq leaders of rival factions held an emergency meeting and agreed to condemn sectarian violence.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 25, A car bomb exploded in Karbala, a Shiite holy city, killing 5 people. In Buhriz 13 members of one Shiite family were gunned down northeast Baghdad. The surge of attacks killed at least 30 people despite heightened security aimed at curbing sectarian violence following the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine. The government extended the daytime curfew for a second day in Baghdad and the flashpoint provinces of Babil, Diyala and Salaheddin, where the shrine bombing took place. The bodies of 14 Iraqi police commandos were found near a Sunni mosque in southern Baghdad. Gunmen fired on the funeral procession of correspondent Atwar Bahjat and bombed an Iraqi military patrol that was escorting mourners. At least three people were killed and six injured.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Riots broke out in Dublin, Ireland, as republican demonstrators mounted a counter-march to a scheduled loyalist rally. Damages were estimated at $12 million.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.48)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Dublin_Republican_riots)
2006        Feb 25, In Indian Kashmir Thousands of Shiite Muslims held noisy demonstrations for a third straight day to protest the bombing of a revered shrine in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Apolo Anton Ohno upset favored South Korean Ahn Hyun-soo to win the gold in the 500-meter short track speedskating event at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2006        Feb 25, In Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller, a Cabinet minister was positioned to become Jamaica's next prime minister and first female head of government, after narrowly beating a former Rastafarian in internal elections to head the country's ruling party.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Mexico mining officials said there was little hope of finding any of miners alive from the Feb 19 gas explosion at the Industrial Minera Mexico mine near San Juan Sabinas.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 25, In northern Nigeria 35 were killed and five were injured when two buses collided head-on and caught fire at Kwarna-Jagga in Jigawa state.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 25, Portugal and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) signed an accord that could lead to technology partnerships in the Iberian nation.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, Uganda’s election commission declared that President Yoweri Museveni (62) overwhelmingly won re-election in the first multiparty elections in 25 years. The national electoral commission counted ballots at each polling station and immediately announced the results. Adding up those results, the opposition and local media also produced a total count starkly different from the official total. They suggested that fraud was occurring at a national center where the total vote was tallied. Museveni and his National Resistance Movement dominated state-run radio and television and used state resources to campaign.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 25, In Zimbabwe Arthur Mutambara, a former NASA researcher, was elected as president of a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He vowed to unite his divided party against the regime of Robert Mugabe which he accused of creating chaos in the country.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)

2006        Feb 26, The Bush administration said it has accepted a proposal from Dubai Ports World for a 45-day review of national security implications of its plans to take control of operations at 6 US ports.
    (SFC, 2/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 26, Sixty former Taliban, including 5 high-ranking figures, surrendered as part of a government amnesty scheme and vowed to lay down arms and work to rebuild Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, In Australia Joseph Terrence Thomas (32), a former taxi driver known as "Jihad Jack" and alleged by prosecutors to be an agent for Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, was convicted of receiving funds from the group but acquitted on more serious terrorism charges.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, British police searching for thieves who got away with around $87 million from a security company said they found weapons and $2.3 million in a van they believe the gang used.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, Hans Singer (95), British development theorist, died. He helped set up the UN Development Program. His work with Raul Prebisch of Argentina led to the Prebisch-Singer thesis which said that the benefits of trade were distributed unequally between countries that imported agricultural commodities and those that exported them, to the disadvantage of the exporters.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, p.79)
2006        Feb 26, In Canada, 19 Catholic priests singed an open letter in Montreal’s La Presse newspaper denouncing Vatican opposition to gay marriage and having homosexuals into the priesthood.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Feb 26, Egypt's antiquities chief said archaeologists had discovered a pharaonic sun temple with large statues believed to be of King Ramses II (1270-1213BC) under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, In Guyana gunmen on a rampage left 8 people dead and a dozen bystanders wounded on the outskirts of Georgetown. About 15 gunmen armed with rifles tried to rob a gas station when security guards responded. They escaped with about $40.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 26, Iran's nuclear chief said an agreement was reached with Moscow to set up a joint uranium enrichment facility on Russian soil, a deal that could assuage global concerns that Tehran wants to build atomic bombs.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, In Iraq bomb blasts and gunfire killed over 2 dozen people, including 3 US soldiers. A ban on driving in Baghdad and its suburbs kept daytime attacks down. Mortal shells at night hit the Shiite quarter killing 16 people with 53 wounded.
    (AP, 2/26/06)(SFC, 2/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 26, On the final day of the Turin Winter Olympics, Sweden beat Finland 3-2 to win the men's hockey gold. Germany led the gold medal count with 29. The US won 25 medals including 9 gold, Canada won 24, Austria 23 and Russia 22. Drew Lachey leaped to victory with professional partner Cheryl Burke on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Shizuka Arakawa won a gold medal for Japan in figure skating.
    (SFC, 2/27/06, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/26/07)
2006        Feb 26, In Pakistan about 25,000 people, some chanting "Death to America," rallied against the Prophet Muhammad caricatures in Karachi, but police prevented a rally in the eastern city of Lahore by arresting the religious ringleader and detaining scores of supporters. Assailants fired rockets at the home of a provincial Cabinet in Pakistan's restive southwestern Baluchistan province, killing a guest and wounding eight other people.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, In the Philippines a challenge to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's state of emergency ended peacefully after disgruntled marine officers ended a five-hour standoff that started when their commander was relieved of duties.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, More than 1,000 demonstrators chanting anti-FBI slogans and carrying Puerto Rican flags marched through the capital of this U.S. island territory.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, The Saudi Interior Ministry identified two Feb 24 attackers as Abdullah Abdul-Aziz al-Tweijri and Mohammed Saleh al-Gheith. Both were on a list of the 15 most-wanted terrorists the kingdom issued in June.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 26, In Thailand some 50 thousand people gathered in Bangkok for a new mass rally to demand the ousting of PM Thaksin Shinawatra as opposition parties said they were considering boycotting a snap election which he has called in response.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 26, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said three al-Qaida convicts among the two dozen who escaped earlier this month have turned themselves in.
    (AP, 2/26/06)

2006        Feb 27, The US and Colombia reached a free trade agreement after nearly 2 years of negotiations. The pact needed approval by the legislatures of both countries.
    (WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 27, US District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami ordered US federal officials to "use their best efforts" to help the Cubans return to the United States. Moreno wrote that "those Cuban refugees who reached American soil in early January 2006 were removed to Cuba illegally."
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Feb 27, The US Labor Dept. reduced the acceptable lever of workplace exposure for hexavalent chromium to 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The old 1971 standard was 52 micrograms per cubic meter.
    (SFC, 2/28/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 27, Connecticut state officials said Venezuela will provide 4.8 million gallons of heating oil at a 40% discount to households that qualify for state home heat assistance. Venezuela has also sent shipments to Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The Bronx in New York City also joined the program.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, Five California state prison employees, who objected to questionable purchases for inmate drug treatment programs, testified that they were told to stay quiet.
    (SFC, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 27, Experts in a hearing on the collapse of several fish species in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta of northern California said that contributing factors included water exports, pesticides, non-native species and poisonous algae. Giant pumps near Tracy, which moved water south, also ground up many fish.
    (SFC, 2/28/06, p.B8)
2006        Feb 27, Effa Manley (d.1981 at age 81), co-owner of the Negro League Newark Eagles (1935-1948), became the 1st woman elected to the baseball hall of fame. She was elected along with 17 other Negro League players and officials.
    (WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 27, Otis Chandler (b.1927), former publisher of the LA Times (1960-1980), died in Ojai, Ca.
    (SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.81)
2006        Feb 27, Retired Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott (97), author of "God Is My Co-Pilot," died in Warner Robins, Ga.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2006        Feb 27, In Afghanistan kidnappers freed one of two Nepalese abducted earlier this month outside Kabul. The second died of an illness in captivity, and his body was released.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 27, In Afghanistan security forces backed by tanks and heavy guns surrounded Kabul's notorious Policharki Prison as authorities negotiated with rioting prisoners controlling most of the facility. A government negotiator said four inmates were killed during the rebellion blamed on al-Qaida and Taliban militants. Officials had forced prisoners to wear uniforms following the escape of 7 Taliban inmates. This sparked a four-day riot that left six inmates dead and 40 injured. In April 2 of the escapees were captured in Bulgaria and 2 in Uzbekistan.
    (AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 5/15/06)
2006        Feb 27, Bosnia's veterinary office said tests at the EU reference laboratory had confirmed its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in two wild swans.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code," was accused in Britain's High Court of taking material for his blockbuster conspiracy thriller from a 1982 book about the Holy Grail. The court ruled in favor of Brown's publisher, Random House, the actual target of the breach-of-copyright lawsuit.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2006        Feb 27, Britain’s Women and Work Commission published a report on the gender pay gap, currently measured at 17% less per hour than men.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.51)
2006        Feb 27, British utility National Grid PLC said it agreed to buy New York-based electricity and natural-gas distributor KeySpan Corp. for $7.3 billion in a deal that would create the third-largest energy delivery utility in the United States.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In Burundi a government official acknowledged that rogue soldiers and police officers have executed and tortured suspected rebels and civilians.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In China the trial of 17 members of the Three Ranks of Servants church began in the northeastern city of Shuangyashan. The trial involved the alleged killings of 20 members of Eastern Lightning, one of China's many unregistered church groups.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 27, China’s Commerce Ministry said Avon Products Inc. has received approval to become the first company to resume direct sales in China following an eight-year ban.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In southern Colombia rebels burst into a hotel where local government officials were meeting and killed eight town councilors.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In Egypt an official said a Liberian-flagged tanker, Grigoroussa 1, lost 3,000 tons of heavy fuel in the Suez Canal after a collision with a quay caused a leak.
    (AFP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, EU foreign ministers threatened to freeze talks with Serbia on its membership bid, setting a March deadline for Belgrade to hand over war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, The EU agreed to grant $145 million in urgent aid to the Palestinians before a government led by the Islamic militant group Hamas takes power, a move aimed at preventing a financial collapse that could add to the chaos in the Middle East.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, France began vaccinating 300,000 domestic fowl against bird flu.
    (WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 27, India's PM Singh outlined a formula on how the government will separate its civilian and military nuclear programs as it tries to clinch a landmark nuclear deal with Washington.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Japan that Tehran would not suspend its atomic research and development, casting doubt over whether a Russian agreement would defuse a crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, A top Sunni figure said Sunni Arabs are ready to end their boycott of talks to form a new government if rival Shiites return mosques seized in last week's sectarian attacks and meet other unspecified demands. A daytime curfew ended in Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/27/06)(WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 27, A security official said Iraqi Interior Ministry forces had captured Abu al-Farouq, a top aide to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, along with 5 other operatives during a raid in al-Bakr in western Iraq.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, A US soldier was killed by small-arms fire west of Baghdad. At least 2,292 members of the US military have died since the war began, according to an AP count. Iraqi officials reported 36 people killed in violence that included a fierce gunbattle between Iraqi commandos and insurgents southeast of the capital.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 27, Israel said it will not hold peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas because he is powerless to enforce agreements while the Islamic militant group Hamas controls his government.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Japan's second biggest sheet glass maker, said that it will pay about $3 billion for the remaining 80 percent stake in Britain's Pilkington PLC, which makes glass for cars and buildings.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, Omurbek Tekebayev, the speaker of Kyrgyzstan's parliament, stepped down in response to the president's criticism of lawmakers. Tekebayev had submitted his resignation on Feb. 10 after saying that President Kurmanbek Bakiyev "should go hang himself if he is a man."
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In the Netherlands the International Court of Justice heard arguments by Bosnia accusing Serbia of genocide, the first time a state has faced trial for humanity's worst crime.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, A lab official said Niger has become the second African country with confirmed cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb explosion on a railroad track derailed a passenger train shortly after it was attacked by gunmen.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In the Philippines police filed charges of rebellion against 16 people suspected of plotting to overthrow President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as dozens of protesters attempted to storm the legislature. Among those charged were former opposition Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, a veteran of past coup attempts in the 1990s, five members of the House of Representatives, a communist rebel leader and some soldiers. In 2009 a military tribunal acquitted 11 officers of plotting the foiled coup. The defendants were among a total of 28 military officers who were detained following the alleged plan to force Arroyo from power.
    (AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 10/15/09)
2006        Feb 27, Saudi security forces in Riyadh shot dead five suspected terrorists believed to be involved in a foiled attack on the world's biggest oil processing complex. A sixth suspect was arrested. Fahd Faraaj al-Juwair, the leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, and two men who helped attack the world's largest oil-processing complex were among five militants killed during the police raids.
    (AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 27, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian terminated the governmental committee responsible for unifying with rival China, significantly deepening tensions with Beijing and defying opinion in Washington. The National Unification Council had been inactive for 6 years.
    (AP, 2/27/06)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.38)
2006        Feb 27, In Yemen a firing squad executed Abed Abdul Razak Kamel, an Islamic militant who killed three American missionaries in a south Yemen hospital in 2002.
    (AP, 2/27/06)

2006        Feb 28, The US Supreme Court voted 8-0 to bar the use of racketeering laws against antiabortion protesters.
    (WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 28, The first Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina drew a smaller-than-usual turnout.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2006        Feb 28, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution (7-3) asking the city’s Democratic congressional delegation to seek the impeachment of Pres. Bush.
    (SFC, 3/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 28, In Gas City, Indiana, a museum chronicling the short life of James Dean closed after struggling financially since its opening in 2004. David Loehr said he would soon be setting up a small display in the National Automotive & Truck Museum in Auburn.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Feb 28, The US FDA approved a selegeline skin patch to treat depression. Somerset Pharmaceuticals said the drug will be marketed as Emsam. Selegiline as approved in pill form in 1989 to help treat Parkinson’s disease.
    (SFC, 3/1/06, p.A12)
2006        Feb 28, US coffee giant Starbucks Corp said it planned to begin selling Rwandan specialty coffee in 5,000 outlets across the US from next month.
    (Reuters, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, Bob Fu, a US-based activist and a Chinese legal scholar, said leaders of an underground Chinese church, who are accused of killing of 20 members of a rival group, were tortured into confessing in a crackdown on unofficial religious organizations.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, Owen Chamberlain (b.1920) Nobel Prize winning physicist (1959), died in Berkeley, Ca. He and Emilio Segre shared the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physics for their 1955 discovery of the anti-proton.
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.B7)
2006        Feb 28, In Afghan police fired at inmates trying to push down a gate at Kabul's main jail as about 2,000 prisoners resumed rioting after a 24-hour pause in violence. One inmate died and three were wounded in the renewed fighting. A US soldier was killed by an IED.
    (AP, 2/28/06)(WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 28, A Bangladesh court sentenced 21 Islamic militants, aged 21-25, to death for their part in a deadly wave of blasts that saw more than 400 bombs explode almost simultaneously across the country on Aug 17, 2005. All were members of the militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and were sentenced under the country's Explosive Substances Act."
    (AFP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, The UN refugee agency said fighting between soldiers and rebels in eastern Chad was sending civilians fleeing across the border to Sudan’s Darfur region and were being targeted by Sudanese militia.
    (SFC, 3/1/06, p.A10)
2006        Feb 28, Sergei Abramov, the Kremlin-backed PM of war-battered Chechnya, said he was stepping down to give way to Ramzan Kadyrov (29), the widely feared head of a shadowy security service.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Feb 28, Chinese President Hu Jintao denounced the Taiwanese president's decision to scrap an agency dedicated to uniting Taiwan with the communist mainland, and warned that Beijing will not permit the self-ruled island to pursue formal independence.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, In El Salvador thousands of street vendors, university students and labor unionists marched in San Salvador against a regional free trade accord with the US, which they say will hurt small businesses and organized labor.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, The deadly strain of bird flu was confirmed in a cat in northern Germany, the first time the virus has been identified in a mammal in the 25 nations of the European Union.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, Palaniappan Chidambaram, India’s finance minister, unveiled the budget for the new fiscal year. It forecast growth at 8.1% and included a 7.2% increase in defense spending to $20 billion.
    (WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A6)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.38)
2006        Feb 28, In central India suspected Maoist militants (Naxalites) attacked a group of trucks jammed with passengers, killing 23 people and injuring 33.
    (AP, 2/28/06)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.45)
2006        Feb 28, A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt at a crowded gas station killing 23 people with 51 injured. 9 bullet-riddled bodies, including that of a Sunni Muslim tribal sheik, were found off a road southeast of Baghdad. Sunnis and Shiites in Baghdad traded bombings and mortar fire mainly at religious targets, killing at least 75 people.
    (AP, 2/28/06)(AP, 3/1/06)(SFC, 3/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 28, Iraqi border guards captured, Abdullah Salah al-Harbi, a Saudi who admitted he was involved in the suicide attack on the Abqaiq oil facility in Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Feb 28, A car bomb targeted a British patrol in Amarah, 180 miles from Baghdad, and 2 British soldiers were killed. The deaths raised the British toll in the Iraq conflict to 103.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, The Malaysian government sharply raised fuel prices to trim a ballooning fuel-subsidy bill. Interest rates and inflation were expected to rise as a result.
    (WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A7)
2006        Feb 28, Mexico City officials moved to shut down a US-owned hotel that angered many Mexicans when it kicked out a Cuban delegation under pressure from Washington. The Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel would be closed because it was in violation of building codes. The hotel could reopen when it had corrected the violations and paid a $15,000 fine. The threat of closure was dropped the next day.
    (AP, 3/1/06)(AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Feb 28, Some 4,000 Mexican miners struck copper mines owned by the operator of the coal mine where 65 men died in an explosion last week.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, Nigerian separatist militants stormed a tanker ship working in the Niger Delta and took a large sum of cash, 12 days after they kidnapped nine foreign oil workers from another vessel. The insurgent spokesman said the tanker captain had parted with 500,000 naira as a "goodwill token" during the encounter, although a shipping industry source put the sum at two million naira (15,500 dollars / 13,000 euros).
    (AFP, 3/1/06)
2006        Feb 28, In Peru 2 buses crashed head-on in the southern Andes, killing 12 people, including one American tourist. Nearly 50 people were injured.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Feb 28, A top UN envoy said Sudan has begun a campaign to keep African Union troops in Darfur and prevent a UN force from taking over efforts to restore peace there. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi rejected the replacement of an AU force in the Sudanese region of Darfur by UN peacekeepers.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
2006        Feb 28, Uganda's main opposition party pledged to challenge President Yoweri Museveni's re-election in court, charging that many people were barred from voting and some returns were falsified.
    (AP, 2/28/06)

2006        Feb, The government of Brazil exempted foreign buyers of reais denominated bonds from income tax.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.78)
2006        Feb, Four works of art and other objects, including paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Monet and Dali, were stolen from the Museu Chacara do Ceu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by 4 armed men during Carnival. Local media estimated the paintings' worth at around $50 million.
    (AP, 2/12/08)
2006        Feb, China’s main television and film regulator banned TV shows and movies that blend animated characters with live-action actors. The move was aimed to nurture local animators.
    (SFC, 2/24/06, p.E10)
2006        Feb, China detained an Australian and later convicted under China's state security laws. James Sun, a former Chinese air force employee, was helping to recruit foreign students to Australia when he was seized by security police and detained as he headed to dinner. Sun was accused of "seducing" a former air force colleague into copying more than 1,000 top-secret and classified documents, and of passing them to the Taiwanese. He was found guilty in late 2007 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2011 the foreign ministry in Canberra confirmed the story.
    (AFP, 2/1/11)
2006        Feb, About 500 East Timorese soldiers deserted in protest against alleged discrimination and over-zealous surveillance. The fledgling East Timorese army has about 1500 regular soldiers and 1500 reservists.
    (http://tinyurl.com/egj85)
2006        Feb, Iranian security forces, according to a Kurdish group, killed 10 demonstrators.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.42)
2006        Feb, Mauritania began pumping oil for export. 40% of its 3 million people lived below the poverty line.
    (AP, 4/24/06)
2006        Feb, In Somalia a warlord alliance, the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT), was created with US support in a bid to curb the growing influence of the Islamic courts, hunt down the extremists they are accused of sheltering and disrupt feared plans for new terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Feb, In Sweden a painting by Swedish writer and painter August Strindberg (1849-1912) was stolen from a Stockholm museum. The 1893 painting "Svartsjukans Natt," or "Jealousy's Night," was valued at $1.5 million. In 2008 police recovered the work and arrested 2 suspects.
    (AP, 3/8/08)
2006        Feb, In Venezuela parliamentary hearings exposed some $1.5 million in bribes, kickbacks and commissions involving the opening of the new Ezequiel Zamora Agroindustrial Sugar Complex in Sabaneta, Barinas state, where the father of Hugo Chavez is governor.
    (Econ, 4/1/06, p.31)

2006        Mar 1, President Bush, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, vowed to stand by this emerging democracy and "not cut and run" in the face of rising violence. He also predicted Osama bin Laden would be captured despite a futile five-year hunt.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, The Cape Town Convention, aimed to cut the risk of financing the purchase or lease of aircraft, became effective. It made it easier for creditors to seize airplanes from deadbeat carriers.
    (WSJ, 2/27/06, p.A4)
2006        Mar 1, A senior official said authorities have regained control of Afghanistan's Policharki prison after four days of rioting allegedly sparked by al-Qaida and Taliban convicts. 6 inmates were killed in the revolt.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, Algeria said it will release more than 2,000 Islamist ex-fighters soon under an amnesty to promote reconciliation after years of conflict in the oil-exporting country.
    (Reuters, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 1, British police charged three suspects in the $92 million robbery at a cash depot in southeastern England, the world's largest known peacetime theft.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, Actor Jack Wild (53), who'd played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 film "Oliver!," died in Bedfordshire, England.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2006        Mar 1, China moved ahead with 3 new internet address suffixes in the Chinese language, as national variants to .cn, .com and .net.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.61)
2006        Mar 1, Congolese army soldiers fighting alongside U.N. peacekeepers against ethnic militiamen mutinied and ransacked a UN camp in the east of the vast country. Hundreds of peacekeepers and thousands of government troops have fought for three days to dislodge militia fighters from the town of Tchei in northeastern Ituri district, where ethnic violence has killed 60,000 people since 1999.
    (Reuters, 3/1/06)(Reuters, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 1, El Salvador became the first Central American nation to join a regional free trade agreement with the United States.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, Greek lawmakers approved new legislation to lift a standing ban on cremation of the dead.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, Two Haitian security guards employed by the US Embassy were shot to death near the American ambassador's official residence.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 1, In India tens of thousands of Indians waving black and white flags and chanting "Death to Bush!" rallied in New Delhi to protest a visit by President Bush.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, In Iraq a car bomb near a traffic police office in a primarily Shiite neighborhood in southeast Baghdad killed at least 23 people and wounded 58. A bomb hidden under a car detonated as a police patrol passed near downtown Tahrir Square. 3 civilians died and 15 were wounded. Mortar shells fell on 3 houses in the mixed Sunni-Shiite town of Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad, killing 3 civilians. A fifth mortar shell slammed into the mixed Qadisiyah neighborhood in west Baghdad, killing a woman and wounding a child. At least 47 people were killed as sectarian and insurgent killings continued.   
    (AP, 3/1/06)(WSJ, 3/2/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 1, It was reported that Japan was on the verge of a shift in monetary policy. An end to a policy of easy money, begun in 2001 to spur spending, was expected to have a major effect on global financial markets as interest rates got forced up.
    (WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 1, Inmates of Juweideh prison released Jordan's top prison official along with a half-dozen police officers they had taken hostage, ending a 14-hour riot in 3 prisons that broke out over the fate of two convicted al-Qaida killers.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 1, Kosovo PM Bajram Kosumi resigned, days after the start of crucial talks on whether the province will gain full independence or remain part of Serbia.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 1, Security forces in western Nepal found 29 bodies of soldiers and suspected rebels at the site of a fierce clash. Five insurgents were reported killed in an accidental explosion.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, In Nigeria militants released six foreign oil workers, including a diabetic Texan celebrating his 69th birthday, taken captive last month to press fighters' demands for a greater share of oil revenues generated in this restive southern state.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships struck a militant hide-out in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 45 fighters, including a Chechen commander linked to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, Palestinian leaders returned some $30 million of $46 million that the US donated directly to the government and will send back the rest before the militant Hamas organization takes over. The current government, led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' moderate Fatah Party, agreed under US pressure to return about $46 million in unspent direct donations. The Palestinian Authority gets about $1 billion of its annual $1.9 billion budget from overseas donors, with European nations the largest contributors.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 1, An explosion in a car in Gaza City killed rocket maker Khaled Dahdouh (45), Islamic Jihad's top military commander in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military, which carries out pinpointed attacks against militants in the coastal strip, said it was not involved. Palestinian militants shot and killed a Jewish settler traveling on a road near the settlement of Tapuah.
    (AP, 3/1/06)
2006        Mar 1, Russia reported that some 495,000 birds had died from H5N1 bird flu in regions near the Caspian and Black seas since Feb 3.
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.A6)

2006        Mar 2, On his first trip to India, President Bush and his Indian counterpart agreed on a landmark nuclear energy agreement that deepens ties between the world's oldest and largest democracies.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, The Senate voted to renew the USA Patriot Act.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2006        Mar 2, "Killer nurse" Charles Cullen, who'd killed at least 29 patients, was sentenced in Somerville, N.J., to spend the rest of his life in prison. In 2010 a jury awarded $95 million in damages to families of 8 people who claimed their loved ones were among those killed by Cullen.
    (AP, 3/2/07)(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A8)
2006        Mar 2, LA prosecutors said 19 people, many of them former police officers or with police connections, have been charged with staging home robberies in Southern California to steal drugs, money and weapons.
    (Reuters, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, The US Federal Reserve began shipping a new colorized $10 bill to commercial banks.
    (WSJ, 3/3/06, p.C3)
2006        Mar 2, It was reported that Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, hoped that the new town of Ave Maria in southwestern Florida would be governed under strict Roman Catholic principles. The town was being constructed around Ave Maria Univ. east of Naples. The town and university, bankrolled by Monaghan with $250 million, were set to open in 2007.
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.A2)
2006        Mar 2, General Motors Corp. said it has made major steps in developing a commercially viable hydrogen-powered vehicle and expects it can get the emission-free cars into dealerships in the next four to nine years.
    (AFP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, An oil spill in Alaska curtailed Prudhoe Bay production. At least 265,000 gallons spilled onto the tundra from a British Petroleum (BP) line handling 100,000 barrels per day. The spill of 5,000 barrels was the largest in the field’s 29-year history. In 2011 a $25 million settlement was reached with a BP subsidiary for the spill.
    (WSJ, 3/3/06, p.A1)(SFC, 3/11/06, p.A4)(SSFC, 8/13/06, p.A18)(SFC, 5/4/11, p.A6)
2006        Mar 2, Garrett Scott (37), documentary film maker, died in Coronado, Ca., of cardiac arrest. His 2005 film “Occupation: Dreamland" was based on footage shot with co-director Ian Olds, while embedded with the 82nd Airborne in Fallujah, Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.B5)
2006        Mar 2, In Bangladesh Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the fugitive leader of an Islamic militant group wanted for a deadly wave of bombings. surrendered to police after a 33-hour siege. Rahman, who fought in the Afghan war after graduating from Medina University in Saudi Arabia, formed the Jamayetul Mujahideen in the late 1990s.
    (AFP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko defiantly told his Western critics to stay out of his country's affairs, while an opposition rival for the presidency was beaten by security forces and detained.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, In Croatia 8 former soldiers were convicted of torturing ethnic Serbs in a wartime prison, four years after they were cleared of the same charges in a trial later annulled as being flawed.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, It was reported that Cuban academics hoping to attend a gathering of Latin America experts in Puerto Rico had been denied visas by the American government, marking the latest in the current US administration's trend of shutting out Cubans.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, The European Central Bank raised its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 2.5 percent amid worries about inflation.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, Haiti's newly elected Pres. Rene Preval met with Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez in Santo Domingo amid rising tensions between their countries over immigration and security.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 2, A bomb ripped through a vegetable market in a Shiite section of Baghdad killing 38 people. A leading Sunni politician escaped an attack on his convoy as unrelenting violence pushing Iraq toward civil war.
    (AP, 3/2/06)(WSJ, 3/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 2, John Pace, the former UN human rights chief in Iraq said human rights abuses in Iraq are as bad now as they were under Saddam Hussein. It was reported that sectarian evictions by Sunnis and Shiites were growing in Baghdad neighborhoods
    (AP, 3/2/06)(SFC, 3/2/06, p.A12)
2006        Mar 2, Tommaso Onofri, a 17-month-old epileptic boy, was kidnapped from his home in Casalbaroncolo, near Parma, Italy. His body was found April 1. He was killed by blows to the head with a shovel. Suspects Mario Alessi, a construction worker, and Salvatore Raimondi have been accusing each other of killing the child shortly after the kidnapping. A woman was accused of complicity in the kidnapping.
    (AP, 3/7/06)(AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Mar 2, In Kenya masked gunmen identifying themselves as police raided the country's oldest newspaper and its sister television station, two days after three journalists were detained for a story about Kenya's president. The closures of The Standard and the Kenya Television Network, ordered by security minister John Michuki, appeared to mark the first time a Kenyan government has shut down the operations of a major media company.
    (AP, 3/2/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.52)
2006        Mar 2, Kosovo's president, Fatmir Sejdiu, issued a statement calling on Lt. Gen. Agim Ceku (44), a former leader of the now disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, to become prime minister and form a new government.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, Libya released all 84 jailed members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement who had been held since the late 1990s.
    (AFP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, North and South Korea opened high-level military talks for the first time in almost two years, aiming to reduce tension along the world's most heavily fortified border and prevent accidental naval skirmishes.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, In Pakistan a suicide attacker rammed a car packed with explosives into a vehicle carrying an American diplomat in Karachi, killing diplomat David Foy and 3 other people before President Bush's visit to Pakistan. Fifty-two people were wounded. An Uzbek national, arrested in Pakistan in July, told interrogators that Al-Qaeda had organized the suicide attack.
    (AFP, 7/26/06)(AP, 3/2/07)
2006        Mar 2, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in a published interview that the al-Qaida terror network has infiltrated the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, Puerto Rico's Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila signed into law a ban on smoking in enclosed public places, the toughest anti-tobacco prohibition in the Caribbean.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 2, In South Africa early results put the ruling African National Congress well ahead in local elections, despite voter unhappiness with the rate of progress in improving the lives of poor blacks.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, South Africa joined a growing list of countries inviting Hamas leaders for talks, raising Israeli concerns that the international front against the Islamic militants is crumbling.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, Venezuela's VP Jose Vicente Rangel said that the US was the world's biggest consumer of illegal drugs and had no "moral authority" to criticize Venezuela for failing to control narcotics.
    (AP, 3/2/06)
2006        Mar 2, Vietnam announced it has commuted the death sentence of Nguyen Van Chinh (45), a convicted Australian drug trafficker, to life imprisonment after heavy lobbying by the Australian government.
    (AP, 3/2/06)

2006        Mar 3, President Bush arrived in Pakistan to meet with top officials, including President Pervez Musharraf, to discuss the war on terror. Thousands rallied across Pakistan against cartoons of Prophet Muhammad and a planned visit by President Bush as radical Islamic groups called a strike that shut shops and businesses in several major cities.
    (AP, 3/3/06)(AP, 3/3/07)
2006        Mar 3, The Pentagon released the names and home countries of many detainees who have been held at the isolated military prison for up to four years. A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Associated Press forced the Department of Defense afternoon to turn over some 5,000 pages of transcripts from closed-door hearings on the detainees.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 3, US army Gen. George Casey said the US military would continue paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories favorable to the US after an inquiry found no fault with the practice. The practice would be illegal in the US.
    (SFC, 3/4/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 3, Former US Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (64), who pleaded guilty last year to taking $2.4 million in bribes, was sentenced by a federal judge in San Diego, Ca., to eight years and four months in prison.
    (Reuters, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 3, Research In Motion, the Canadian maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, agreed to pay $612.5 million to NTP, a small Virginia intellectual properties firm, to settle all claims in a 4-year patent dispute.
    (SFC, 3/4/06, p.C1)(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 3, Officials in southern California said archaeologists, excavating a housing development site, had found a prehistoric milling area at the base of the Angeles National Forest estimated to be 8,000 years old. Workers removed and catalogued about 100 tools and implements used by the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe. Azusa Land Partners is developing 1,250 homes on the 520-acre site.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, In Austria talks between EU negotiators and Iran over its nuclear ambitions broke up without any agreement, paving the way for potential UN Security Council action against Tehran as early as next week.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10 assault rifles and a pistol were stolen from a barracks by seven gunmen wearing army-issued camouflage gear and ninja masks. The gunmen overpowered three guards, stole the weapons from a small depot and sped away in at least two cars waiting outside the building.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 3, Detectives investigating Britain's largest robbery discovered several million pounds in cash at a warehouse in southeast London.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, A US trade envoy said China is failing to do enough to prevent growing product piracy and could be forced to answer formal complaints over it in the World Trade Organization if it doesn't take more aggressive action.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, In Ecuador a judge released former President Lucio Gutierrez from prison, ruling he broke no law by accusing his successor of conspiring to oust him from power.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, Egypt arrested Rashad Bayyumi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, along with 7 members of Egypt's main opposition group. Bayyumi sits on the Brotherhood's 13-member Guidance Bureau. 3 more members were arrested the next day.
    (AFP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 3, Scientists reported the discovery of a 19-mile wide crater in Egypt’s Sahara desert. The newfound crater, named Kebira, was likely carved by a space rock that was itself roughly 0.75 miles wide in an event that would have been quite a shock, destroying everything for hundreds of miles. It was discovered in satellite images by Boston University researchers Farouk El-Baz and Eman Ghoneim.
    (http://tinyurl.com/rukmd)
2006        Mar 3, The UN Security Council called on Eritrea to lift a ban on UN helicopter flights in its airspace, saying it imposes an "unacceptable restriction" that endangers the safety of United Nations staff in the country.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, Anger against U.S. President George W. Bush swept through parts of India as protesters burned his effigy and carried posters of Osama bin Laden, and rioting demonstrators clashed with Hindus in a northern city, leaving at least one dead.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, Iran offered to suspend full-scale uranium enrichment for up to two years during discussion in Moscow. The proposal reflected Tehran's attempts to escape UN Security Council action over the activity, which can be used to make nuclear arms.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 3, Iraqi security forces in bulletproof vests took to the streets in the bloodied capital to enforce a daytime ban on private vehicles in an effort to blunt a surge of sectarian violence that has pushed Iraq to the edge of civil war. Insurgents attacks near Baghdad killed 19 people.
    (AP, 3/3/06)(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 3, It was reported that Save the Children USA, a Connecticut-based humanitarian organization, will withdraw from Iraq due to deteriorating security there.
    (SFC, 3/3/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 3, An Israeli couple set off a series of firecrackers in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. The church was built on the site where Christians believe the Angel Gabriel appeared before the Virgin Mary and foretold the birth of Jesus.
    (AP, 3/4/06)(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 3, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teenager and wounded a second person during an early morning raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3-2006 Mar 5, Wooden canoes, carrying West Africans seeking a better life in Europe, foundered off the coast of Mauritania over 3 days leaving at least 45 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.A3)(Reuters, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 3, Khaled Mashaal, Hamas' political leader, rejected any discussion about the militant group's refusal to recognize Israel, dealing a setback to Moscow's efforts to persuade it to soften its stance.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, In the Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lifted a week-old state of emergency, justifying the controversial decree by claiming a coup plot had been "a clear and present danger." Isabela City Mayor Luis Biel II was shot and killed outside his office. Bodyguards killed the gunman.
    (AP, 3/3/06)(http://tinyurl.com/ytgzu6)
2006        Mar 3, South Korea rejected North Korea's demand that the countries redraw their western sea border, ending two days of high-level military talks without agreement.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, An EU executive said Sweden's first case of mad cow disease has been confirmed by the European Union's central laboratory.
    (AP, 3/3/06)
2006        Mar 3, Zimbabwe’s minister of mines announced that 51% of all foreign mining shareholdings would have to be transferred to the government.
    (Econ, 3/18/06, p.64)

2006        Mar 4, The US Army announced it would start a criminal investigation into the 2004 friendly fire death of former professional football player Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2006        Mar 4, Jenny McCarthy received 3 Razzies: worst picture, worst actress and worst screenplay as producer, for the gross-out romantic comedy “Dirty Love."
    (SSFC, 3/5/06, p.A2)
2006        Mar 4, Some 10,000 fans paid $50 to $450 to watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
    (WSJ, 3/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 4, A bomb killed four Afghan intelligence agents when it blew up under their vehicle as they were driving near the southern provincial capital of Lashkargah in Helmand province.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, In Afghanistan Taliban militia fatally shot Mohammad Hashim, a UN engineer, in the Bala Buluk district of Farah province, where he was doing rural rehabilitation work.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 4, Algeria began releasing former Islamist fighters from prison, fulfilling an amnesty aimed at promoting national reconciliation after more than a decade of conflict.
    (Reuters, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Detectives investigating Britain's largest cash robbery arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of the Feb 22 robbery in south London. Five people have been charged so far in the case.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Cambodia deported an American for running websites that promoted the impoverished kingdom as a destination for people who wanted to end their lives. Californian Roger Graham, 57, who owned the Blue Mountain Coffee and Internet Cafe in the quiet coastal backwater of Kampot, had advertised his avid support of euthanasia, or mercy killing, on his websites www.euthanasiaincambodia.com and www.asian-hearts.com.
    (AFP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Chechnya's Parliament unanimously approved Ramzan Kadyrov (29), the head of a security force widely accused of human rights abuses, as PM of the war-battered republic.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, A government spokesman said China's military budget will rise 14.7% this year to $35.3 billion. China’s National People's Congress, largely a rubber-stamp for decisions taken at the top level of the Chinese Communist Party, approved a 14.7% increase in military spending to 35 billion dollars (27 billion euros). Although this is paltry compared to the 419 billion dollar (325 billion euro) US defense budget in 2006, the Pentagon last year estimated that China's defense spending was two to three times the publicly announced figure.
    (AP, 3/4/06)(AP, 8/17/06)
2006        Mar 4, The French the defense ministry said a French special forces officer was killed in clashes with Taliban forces in southern Afghanistan. This was the second French soldier to be killed in action in Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Youssef Fofana, the suspected leader of a gang accused of torturing to death a young Jewish man near Paris, was extradited from the Ivory Coast to France.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, In India hundreds of Hindu protesters rampaged through the town of Sanvodem in the coastal state of Goa, storming a police station, beating officers, looting Muslim shops and burning vehicles and buildings.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Indonesia raised its death toll due to the H5N1 strain of bird flu to 21 after tests confirm that a boy (3) had succumbed to H5N1 in central Java.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Iraq's Kurdish president said that he joined Sunni Arab and secular politicians in trying to block the Shiite Muslim prime minister from a second term because Ibrahim al-Jaafari has become a divisive figure.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, The Arab League said it will open offices in Iraq for the first time since the 2003 US-led invasion, part of its efforts to help reconcile the country's Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish communities.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, President Bush and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf recommitted their nations to the difficult task of hunting down terrorists still hiding here and across the globe. Police detained former cricket star Imran Khan and arrested dozens of his opposition party's supporters to block a rally against President Bush. Bush praised Pakistan's fight against terrorism as unfaltering but turned down an appeal for the same civilian nuclear help the US intends to give India.
    (AP, 3/4/06)(AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 4, Final results showed that South Africa's governing African National Congress won two-thirds of council seats in local elections. President Thabo Mbeki vowed to repay the confidence shown by voters in the ruling African National Congress and speed up delivery of services to millions of poor blacks.
    (AP, 3/4/06)(AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 4, Supporters of the Basque separatist group ETA clashed with riot police in northern Spain to protest the deaths of two jailed members of the militant organization.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Sri Lanka said it will put the clock back by half an hour and revert to its original time after a 10-year experiment that largely failed to save energy. "The change will take place from the Tamil and Sinhala New Year on April 13."
    (AFP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, An armed group attacked a Tamil Tiger rebel checkpoint in eastern Sri Lanka, killing two guerrillas in what the rebels called a "serious" violation of the country's cease-fire.
    (AP, 3/4/06)
2006        Mar 4, Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir repeated his country's refusal to allow any UN-led troop intervention in strife-torn Darfur, but still insisted Khartoum was committed to working with the world community.
    (AFP, 3/4/06)

2006        Mar 5, The film Crash" won best picture in the Academy Awards. Lead-acting Oscars went to Philip Seymour Hoffman as author Truman Capote in "Capote" and Reese Witherspoon as country singer June Carter in "Walk the Line," while corporate thrillers earned supporting-performer Oscars for George Clooney in "Syriana" and Rachel Weisz in "The Constant Gardener. "Brokeback Mountain" filmmaker Ang Lee won the best-director award.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 5, AT&T Inc. said it would buy BellSouth Corp. for $67 billion to acquire the rest of Cingular Wireless it does not already own, and expand into the southeastern US to gain heft to battle growing competition from cable television and Internet companies.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 5, In Algeria a young man injured three police officers and was then killed by a policeman in Zeralda, a suburb of Algiers, triggering riots in which youths attacked public buildings.
    (AFP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 5, Premier Wen Jiabao opened the annual session of China's figurehead parliament with promises to spread prosperity to the restive countryside and predictions of fast but steady economic growth.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai said on Sunday that anti-dumping duties by the European Union and U.S. threats of more trade complaints contradict the spirit of free trade and add to global protectionism.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, In eastern Congo UN troops killed several militia fighters during heavy clashes after a joint operation with the government army was aborted by a mutiny among its soldiers.
    (Reuters, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 5, Jacques Bernard, a top election official who fled Haiti under threat, returned to help organize a legislative runoff needed to form a new government.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 5, Egyptian security forces arrested three more members of the Muslim Brotherhood, taking to 15 the number of Islamists from the banned opposition group arrested in the last few days.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, French President Jacques Chirac on a trip to Saudi Arabia preached greater tolerance and respect after the publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad a month ago whipped up protests around the world.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Iran warned it will start large-scale uranium enrichment if it is referred to the UN Security Council because of international concerns over its nuclear program.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, In Iraq 8 people were killed in bombings and clashes around the country. Two British newspapers, the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Mirror, quoting unnamed senior British Army sources, said the coalition intended to reduce its presence on the ground over the next 12 months, while withdrawing forces into bases. The US military strongly denied news reports that coalition forces have finalized plans to quit Iraq.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, A top political ally said Israel’s acting PM Ehud Olmert plans to withdraw from more West Bank settlements immediately after forming the next government and to set Israel's final borders within four years if it wins upcoming elections.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, In Japan thousands of protesters gathered on the southern island of Okinawa to rally against plans to relocate the Futenma US air base there, with reports saying the protesters numbered as many as 35,000.
    (AP, 3/5/06)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.46)
2006        Mar 5, State TV said Libya had named a new prime minister, Baghdadi Mahmudi, as part of a major cabinet reshuffle. Mahmudi replaced former premier Shukri Ghanem, who had held the post since 2003. Ghanem would no longer be part of the cabinet but would head the state-owned Libya National Oil.
    (AFP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Malaysian PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched an information offensive to counter public dismay after the government imposed the country's biggest ever fuel price hikes.
    (AFP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Nigerian militants threatened to halve the country's oil output by cutting another one million barrels a day this month in their campaign to gain more autonomy for the southern delta region.
    (Reuters, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Hundreds of people lugging bags and bundles of clothes fled Miran Shah, a northwestern Pakistan, town after a battle between pro-Taliban tribesmen and security forces killed at least 51 people. The fighting came just days after the army attacked a suspected al-Qaida camp in the village of Saidgi near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Tens of thousands of people massed in Pakistan and Turkey to protest cartoons of Islam's Prophet, Muhammad, that have fired anger throughout the Muslim world.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Milan Babic (50), the Serb leader of a rebel republic in Croatia and one of the key figures in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, committed suicide in prison in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 5, Tens of thousands of Thais marched to Government House, demanding the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra in the fourth protest against him in as many weeks.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, In Yemen Hezam Ali Hassan (17) and Khaled Saleh (18), convicted of trying to kill US ambassador Edmund Hull in 2003, were sentenced to five years in prison.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
2006        Mar 5, Zimbabwe state media reported that foreign hunters have bid a total of $1.5 million to shoot leopards, lions, elephants and buffaloes in Zimbabwe this year.
    (AP, 3/5/06)

2006        Mar 6, The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota signed a sweeping state abortion ban. It was an intentional provocation to set up a legal challenge to the 1973 Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision that made abortion legal. Abortion-rights groups were able to get enough signatures to put the measure to a vote, and the ban was rejected in the November election.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.A8)(AP, 3/6/07)
2006        Mar 6, A San Francisco judge ordered the Univ. of California to pay over $33.8 million to some 40,000 students, who claimed their fees had been improperly raised.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 6, General Motors Corp. said it will sell a 17.4% stake in Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. for $2 billion, scaling down its share in an effort to gain much-needed cash. GM and Suzuki said the partnership between the automakers will continue.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, US scientists issued a forecast that the next sunspot cycle would start in late 2007 or 2008 and peak in 2012. Solar storms in the 11-year cycle could disrupt power and communications around the world.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.A5)
2006        Mar 6, Dana Reeve (44), singer, actress and non-smoker, died of lung cancer. She won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her "Superman" husband, Christopher Reeve (d.2004), through his decade of near-total paralysis.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 6, Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett died in Phoenix at age 45.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2006        Mar 6-2006 Mar 7, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged heavy gunfire and mortars at several points along their border in the most serious fighting in months.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 6, PM John Howard in New Delhi said Australia will consider selling uranium to India if it is convinced about New Delhi's commitment to follow global nuclear safeguards for its civilian atomic reactors.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Austrian authorities said several cats have tested positive for the deadly strain of bird flu in their first reported case of the disease spreading to an animal other than a bird.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Bangladesh's second top Islamist militant was captured after a gunbattle with security forces. Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, chief of the outlawed Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh group (JMB), was arrested along with his wife at his hideout with two of his associates in the northern district of Mymensingh.
    (Reuters, 3/6/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.45)
2006        Mar 6, President Evo Morales accused the US government of trying to intimidate Bolivia by announcing it would cut some aid because of a disagreement over the appointment of a military commander.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, A Chinese lawmaker called for police to tape interrogations in possible death penalty cases following widespread complaints of confessions being forced by torture.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, France's highest administrative body ruled that Sikhs must remove their turbans for driver's license photos, calling it a question of public security and not a restriction on freedom of religion.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, German drugmaker Bayer AG said its fourth-quarter profit fell 33% after it set aside 275 million euros ($330.5 million) to settle claims that it colluded on prices of rubber and plastic in the US.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, In Iraq explosions killed at least 10 people and wounded 36 in Baghdad and Baqouba. In Iraq 2 men were burned to death in their car after a shootout with Iraqi police in Basra. Security officials said the victims were British citizens. A car bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol exploded near a market north of Baghdad, killing at least five people. A Sunni general in charge of Baghdad defenses was killed by snipers. Attacks across Iraq killed at least 25 people.
    (AP, 3/6/06)(WSJ, 3/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 6, Israeli aircraft blew up a truck carrying Islamic Jihad militants, killing two of them and three bystanders, including two children. The Israeli military confirmed it attacked the truck, saying the target was one of the dead men, Islamic Jihad operative Moner Sukar, who had carried out rocket attacks against Israel.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Zeev Rosenstein (51), a suspected Israeli mob boss, was extradited to the US. Rosenstein was suspected in the distribution of more than 1 million Ecstasy pills in the US, mostly in NY and Miami.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, In Mexico Diego Santoy (21) was captured at a police roadblock in the southern state of Oaxaca, four days after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Erika Pena, 18, strangled her 3-year-old sister and stabbed to death her 7-year-old brother.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 6, Nigeria unveiled details of spending plans in its record 14.8-billion-dollar (12.3-billion-euro) federal budget and made ambitious predictions for strong economic growth.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Pakistani authorities clamped a curfew on a Miran Shah and negotiated with tribesmen to try to end three days of clashes that have left more than 120 pro-Taliban rebels dead. Thousands of residents joined an exodus out of the town.
    (AFP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, In comments aimed at Afghanistan's leader, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said that the "bad-mouthing" of his country must stop and that Pakistani officials have caught terrorists "and will continue to do so."
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Hamas lawmakers in Palestine voted to revoke decisions made by the Fatah-led parliament at its last meeting in February, including more power for Pres. Abbas.
    (WSJ, 3/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 6, President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law that allows the Russian military to shoot down hijacked planes, the latest in a series of bills passed following terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Russia's environmental agency gave final approval to a much-criticized plan to build a 2,550-mile oil pipeline past Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, In Seoul representatives of South Korea and the US agreed to begin negotiations in June on establishing a free trade agreement. A block away movie actors, directors and farmers staged protests against any such deal.
    (AFP, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Leaders from the main Darfur rebel group renounced Abdel Wahed Mohamed el-Nur, their party president, saying he was acting unilaterally and endangering fragile peace talks.
    (Reuters, 3/6/06)
2006        Mar 6, Sandjar Umarov, chairman of the opposition Sunshine Uzbekistan group, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison on charges of organizing a criminal group, tax evasion and money laundering. Umarov pleaded innocent to all charges.
    (AP, 3/6/06)

2006        Mar 7, The Bush administration drew a hard line on Iran, warning of "meaningful consequences" if the Islamic government did not back away from an international confrontation over its disputed nuclear program.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2006        Mar 7-2006 Mar 8, The NYSE under John Thain consummated its purchase of Archipelago Holdings, an electronic trading system partly owned by Goldman Sachs. It began trading as a for-profit public company, NYSE Group Inc., on Mar 8 under the symbol NYX. Thain was formerly employed by Goldman.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.C1)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.67)
2006        Mar 7, Gordon Parks (93), black photographer, writer and film director, died in NY. His semi-autobiographical novel “The Learning Tree“ became a best seller in 1963. His films included “Shaft" (1971) and “Leadbelly" (1976).
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.A2)
2006        Mar 7, In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mayor Anibal Ibarra was removed from office over allegations that poor government safety regulation contributed to the death of 194 people in a December 2004 nightclub fire.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 7, Britain unveiled a new system for screening immigrants. Entry would depend on points accumulated in any one of 5 proposed tiers.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, p.52)
2006        Mar 7, In Colombia the 70-member La Gaitana company of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), handed over 63 weapons and a small aircraft during a ceremony near Alvarado, a town 50 miles west of Bogota. Various of the men who posed as guerrillas later testified that they were not insurgents but rather thieves, indigents and unemployed who were recruited by a jailed former FARC fighter and paid at least $250 each for participating.
    (AP, 3/7/06)(AP, 2/10/12)
2006        Mar 7, Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias was declared Costa Rica's president-elect.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2006        Mar 7, In France protesters opposed to a government plan to reduce joblessness by making it easier to fire young workers rallied throughout the country, disrupting airports, schools and the Paris Metro.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, In Varanasi, India, explosions rocked a packed railway station and crowded Hindu temple in Hinduism's holiest city. At least 10 people died in the explosions at the train station, and five were killed in the blast at the temple. Five people died overnight in hospitals. Indian police shot dead Salar, an Islamic militant suspected of links to a triple bombing. He was found with a pistol and 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of explosives after he was shot on the outskirts of the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow, 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Varanasi.
    (AP, 3/8/06)(AFP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 7, A four-year-old Indonesian boy became the latest suspected human casualty of bird flu as the virus spread in Nigeria and Poland. A Russian virus expert warned that a human pandemic was highly likely and told the government to get ready.
    (AFP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, In central Indonesia a 66-foot-high mountain of sand collapsed onto diggers, killing at least 11 people in Cipatat village near West Java's provincial capital of Bandung.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the IAEA, the UN nuclear agency, to compensate Iran for suspending its nuclear activities since 2003.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, Iraq's president postponed a decision on when to call the new parliament into session after the dominant Shiite alliance requested a delay to resolve a deadlock over the composition of the government. Bombings, gunfire and mortars across Iraq left at least 11 people dead and more than a dozen wounded.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, A US military patrol and Iraqi police discovered 18 bodies, many of them handcuffed and strangled, in an abandoned minibus in Baghdad. Bombings, mortar blasts and gunfire killed 19 people. Police also reported finding four bullet-riddled bodies, two with their eyes gouged out. A US soldier was killed and 4 others wounded by a bomb explosion in Tal Afar. A US Marine was killed by insurgents in Anbar province.
    (AP, 3/8/06)(SFC, 3/9/06, p.A9)
2006        Mar 7, Iraqi forces captured Mohammed Hila Hammad Obeidi, also known as Abu Ayman, the prime suspect in last year's kidnapping of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena. His capture was not announced until April 6 due to DNA tests to verify his identity.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Mar 7, The Irish Supreme Court ruled that Brendan "Bik" McFarlane, a legendary Irish Republican Army figure who in 1983 oversaw the biggest prison breakout in British history, should stand trial for kidnapping.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, Ehud Olmert, the acting Israeli premier, pledged a drastic cut in spending on Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, Ali Farka Toure (b.1939), a traditional African musician who won two Grammy Awards, died in his home in Bamako, Mali, after a long illness.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, Malaysia said it has lifted a ban on US beef imports in place for more than two years, to make up for a shortage after it restricted access to Australian and New Zealand beef.
    (AFP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, More than 20,000 union workers marched in downtown Mexico City, accusing the government of meddling in the affairs of the national miners union by seeking to oust its leader.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, heavily armed assailants killed a state police chief and an officer and wounded two more officers in a brazen midmorning ambush.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, Hundreds of communist rebels attacked security bases overnight and bombed government buildings in eastern Nepal, sparking battles that left at least 13 people dead.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, The World Bank announced a $42 million grant to the Palestinian Authority, which was plunged into a financial crisis by a drop in revenues after the Islamic militant group Hamas won Palestinian parliament elections in January.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, In Sweden masked gunmen crashed through an airport fence at the Landvetter airport outside Goteborg, held up luggage handlers unloading crates of foreign currency from an airliner, and left behind a suspicious package that looked like a bomb.
    (AP, 3/7/06)
2006        Mar 7, Venezuela's solidly pro-Chavez National Assembly gave final approval to changes in the flag proposed by the socialist president: an eighth star and a turnabout of the horse that until now has galloped to the right.
    (AP, 3/8/06)

2006        Mar 8, Six months after Hurricane Katrina, President Bush got a close-up look at the remaining mountains of debris, abandoned homes and boarded-up businesses in New Orleans. The Hornets played their first game at The New Orleans Arena since Katrina; they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-107.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2006        Mar 8, US federal law enforcement officials arrested 3 college students, Matthew Lee Cloyd (20), Benjamin Nathan Moseley (19) and Russell Lee DeBusk Jr. (19), for the string of church arsons that destroyed or damaged nine rural churches in Alabama last month.
    (AP, 3/8/06)(SFC, 3/9/06, p.A4)
2006        Mar 8, NFL owners agreed to the players' union proposal, extending the collective bargaining agreement for six years.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2006        Mar 8, Researchers reported that single viral gene nef played a significant role in the pathogenesis of AIDS.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zmdlv)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.87)
2006        Mar 8, In eastern Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels hiding in a walled compound battled with security forces, and a militant and a woman were killed.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 8, Argentina suspended most beef exports for at least 180 days to prevent surging int’l. beef prices from pushing local prices beyond the power of Argentine families. Exceptions included the EU due to a quota program and countries with bilateral beef-import accords.
    (WSJ, 3/10/06, p.A15)
2006        Mar 8, Thousands of women from villages and cities across patriarchal Asia took to the streets for International Women's Day to press for freedom, equal rights and an end to discriminatory laws.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, Brazil’s central bank dropped its benchmark interest rate by .75% to 16.5%.
    (WSJ, 3/10/06, p.A15)
2006        Mar 8, In Brazil about 2,000 highly organized farm workers, mostly women, invaded a plantation owned by a big paper and pulp company about 700 miles south of Sao Paulo. They uprooted saplings and destroyed a laboratory in an environmental rampage. Via Campesina said it organized the invasion "to denounce the social and environmental impact of the growing green desert created by eucalyptus monoculture."
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, Britain issued new rules for diplomats to stop the publishing of tell-all memoirs such as a recent portrayal of Prime Minister Tony Blair as starstruck and senior ministers as "political pygmies."
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, Chinese officials promised to crack down on seizures of farmland for redevelopment that were fueling unrest, saying as many as 1 million farmers lose their land each year and are paid too little for it. Communist leaders launched China's most ambitious initiative in decades, promising billions of dollars in social spending and farm aid to help the 800 million people in its neglected countryside catch up with its booming cities.
    (AP, 3/8/06)(AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 8, Xinhua News reported that a court in southern China has sentenced 16 officials to jail terms of up to six years in connection with The Aug 7, 2005, coal mine flood that killed 123 people.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, In Ecuador soldiers fired tear gas to disperse rock-throwing oil workers, hours after President Alfredo Palacio declared a state of emergency in three jungle provinces to quell a strike and regain control of oil installations.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, French government attempts to stop Internet users downloading music and movies ratcheted up a notch when Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy blasted the widespread practice as theft.
    (AFP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, A German minister claimed that deadly bird flu was moving closer to infecting humans in Europe after two more cats died of the virus. China reported its 10th human fatality.
    (AFP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, Iran threatened the US with "harm and pain" for its role in hauling Tehran before the UN Security Council over its nuclear program. America's ambassador to the United Nations said Iran's comments reflected the menace it poses.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, In Baghdad, Iraq, gunmen in camouflage uniforms stormed the offices of a private security company and kidnapped as many as 50 employees. Police found the bodies of four handcuffed and strangled men in an open field in east Baghdad. Another body, shot in the head, was found near a shop in an eastern suburb. Bombings, gunfire and other violence claimed at least seven other lives.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8-2006 Mar 9, In Japan 9 people in two groups were found asphyxiated in sealed cars, apparently the latest cases of group suicides that have surged there. A record 91 people died in 34 Internet-linked suicide cases last year, up from 55 people in 19 cases in 2004.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 8, A Jordanian military court convicted 11 militants, including five fugitives, of running a network that recruited and smuggled fighters into Iraq to attack US forces.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, In Kuwait Mishaal al-Shimmiri, a Muslim fundamentalist convicted in absentia and sentenced to 10 years in prison for belonging to a terrorist group, turned himself in to an appeals court hearing a case that stemmed from clashes with police in Jan 2005.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 8, Malaysia and the US announced that they have agreed to begin negotiating a free trade deal to eliminate trade barriers between the two nations.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, In Nigeria government sources said the head of the Nigerian military in the oil-producing Niger Delta has been removed from his post on suspicion of involvement in the theft of crude oil. Militants killed at least 5 soldiers in a firefight during an attack by the army in the southern Niger Delta.
    (Reuters, 3/9/06)(AFP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 8, Train services linking Pakistan with neighboring Iran were suspended indefinitely following bombings and rocket attacks on the rail in southwestern Pakistan.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, Legislators of Sark, a tiny self-governing island in the English Channel, voted to swap its feudal government for democracy. After around 450 years of rule almost exclusively by landowners, the smallest independent state in the British commonwealth will allow each of the 600 residents to stand for election.
    (AP, 3/8/06)
2006        Mar 8, Western powers sought to persuade Sudan to agree to a weak African Union peacekeeping force being turned into a more robust UN mission to stop killing in the Darfur region. Thousands of Sudanese protested in Khartoum against any deployment of UN troops in Darfur.
    (Reuters, 3/8/06)
 2006        Mar 8, In Kampala, Uganda, a church wall collapsed during a thunderstorm. 23 people were killed and nearly 100 injured. A criminal investigation was launched the next day.
    (AP, 3/9/06)

2006        Mar 9, Pres. Bush signed a weakened patriot Act into law, a day before parts of it were due to expire.
    (SFC, 3/10/06, p.A5)
2006        Mar 9, Dubai Ports World bowed to pressure from the US Congress and announced that it will sell off its US operations to a US owner.
    (SFC, 3/10/06, p.A18)
2006        Mar 9, The US Commerce Dept. reported that the US trade gap for January  widened to a record $68.51 billion.
    (WSJ, 3/10/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 9, Claude Allen, who stepped down last month as Bush's top domestic policy adviser, was arrested in Maryland on charges he swindled two stores out of more than $5,000.
    (Reuters, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 9, Exxon Mobil Corp. said it would appeal the ruling by a US judge to allow villagers to sue the oil giant for alleged abuses by Indonesian troops at facilities it operated in Aceh province.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, California authorities ordered Michael Jackson to shut down his Neverland Valley Ranch and fined the pop star $169,000 for failing to pay his employees or maintain proper insurance.
    (Reuters, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off its mysterious Project Origami, unveiling a computer that's about the size of a large paperback book but runs a full version of the Windows XP operating system.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, Google announced that it has bought Upstartle LLC, whose Writely.com service allows users to create, edit and share documents online.
    (WSJ, 3/10/06, p.A16)
2006        Mar 9, Scientists from Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico reported that they produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit.
    (www.livescience.com/technology/060308_sandia_z.html)
2006        Mar 9, Scientists reported that images from the Cassini spacecraft showed plumes of water shooting from fissures near a heated region of Enceladus, a 300-mile wide moon of Saturn.
    (SFC, 3/10/06, p.A8)
2006        Mar 9, World Kidney Day, celebrated on the 2nd Thursday in March, began with the theme “Are your kidneys ok?"
    (www.worldkidneyday.org/about/#all-about-the-day)
2006        Mar 9, In Afghanistan’s Helmand province a roadside bomb killed two Afghan soldiers when it hit their convoy.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 9, In Argentina Raul Castells opened a soup kitchen in the posh Puerto Madero section of Buenos Aires near an outlet to the River Plate, with volunteers serving fried bread cakes and hot herbal tea to about 600 people.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 9, An Argentine air force plane providing aid for Bolivian flood victims crashed outside of La Paz, killing all six people on board.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, The Bahamas Court of Appeals ruled that Atain Takitota (41), a Japanese amnesiac who was kept in a Bahamas prison and an immigration center for eight years without being charged, was held unlawfully. He was awarded $500,000 "for the loss of eight years and two months" of his life.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 9, John Profumo (91), a former British Cabinet minister, died. His 1963 liaison with a prostitute nearly brought down a government after revelations that the call girl was also involved with a Soviet spy. Profumo was Britain's secretary of state for war when he was involved with Christine Keeler at the same time she was seeing a Soviet naval attache and intelligence agent.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 9, More than 300 police backed by British and Irish troops mounted dawn raids on the home turf of Thomas "Slab" Murphy, reputedly the Irish Republican Army's veteran chief of staff and its most lucrative smuggler.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, A flood at a mine in southwestern China killed 7 miners and injured 3 others. In central China a coal mine explosion and fire killed 3 miners and left six others missing.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, The Colombian navy seized a 60-foot long submarine that likely was used to haul tons of cocaine out to sea for shipment to the United States.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 9, The French parliament, despite protests by students and unions, enacted a much-contested law to reduce youth unemployment by using contract jobs.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 9, In France Christophe Fauviau (46), a father who drugged his children's tennis opponents leading to one player's death, was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, About 8,000 Georgians took to the streets for the capital's biggest anti-government demonstration since President Mikhail Saakashvili was swept to power after leading the Rose Revolution protests more than two years ago.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, A German laboratory said the H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in a weasel-like mammal called a stone marten.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, In southern Germany a delivery van struck a funeral procession after the driver had a fatal heart attack. The crash killed two mourners.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei and its president said that Tehran would not abandon its nuclear program and rejected its referral to the U.N. Security Council as unjust.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, Iraq hanged 13 insurgents, marking the first time militants have been executed in the country since the U.S.-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein nearly three years ago.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, The body of Tom Fox (54), an American man taken hostage with three other Christian peace activists in Nov 26, 2005, was found near a railroad line in Baghdad with gunshots to his head and chest.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 9, A dust storm enveloped Baghdad as explosions killed 11 people and wounded 19, all civilians. The US military confirmed that a mass abduction from a security firm was the work of kidnappers masquerading as Interior Ministry commandos.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, The Bank of Japan abandoned the super-easy monetary policy it has kept for five years, saying it will gradually raise interest rates and start to cut the excess cash in the banking system amid signs of economic recovery.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, In southwestern Nepal communist rebels attacked a security checkpoint with bombs, killing at least three government security forces and wounding five.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, A fuel oil spill from a chemical plant in southeastern Norway threatened hundreds of birds in a salt water nature preserve, while snow and ice hampered a cleanup operation. Nearly 200 barrels leaked during the transfer of fuel oil from a ship on March 4, but because of ice in the harbor area the oil was not visible and was not discovered before the ice broke up on March 8.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said new customs rules imposed by Ukraine to tighten its border with Moldova's breakaway region violate a 1997 agreement and are an attempt to pressure the separatist Russian-speaking enclave.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, In Turkey a bomb set off by suspected Kurdish guerrillas killed three people and injured 18 in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.
    (AP, 3/9/06)
2006        Mar 9, In Turkey a bus carrying about 40 people drove off a road and plunged into a river before dawn, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 11.
    (AP, 3/9/06)

2006        Mar 10, The US Treasury said February’s deficit of $119.2 billion set a one-month record. It cited early tax filing, hurricane aid and Medicare drug costs.
    (SFC, 3/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 10, Bill Campbell (52), former mayor if Atlanta, Georgia (1994-2002), was convicted of tax evasion, but acquitted for corruption charges. In June he was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison and fined $6,300.
    (WSJ, 6/14/06, p.A1)(http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=nation_world&id=4267799)
2006        Mar 10, Ohio State, acknowledging eight of nine violations alleged by the NCAA, was placed on three years' probation.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2006        Mar 10, Hoisting American flags into the air, tens of thousands of immigrants, mostly Latino, from the Chicago area marched downtown in a display of support for immigrant rights as a bill to stiffen border enforcement awaits action in the U.S. Senate.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 10, In Alaska another oil leak was detected on a 2nd North Slope transmission pipeline. This followed the recently plugged leak discovered on Mar 2.
    (SFC, 3/11/06, p.A4)
2006        Mar 10, A NASA spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, slipped into orbit around the Red Planet.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2006        Mar 10, Opera singer Anna Moffo died in New York at age 73.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2006        Mar 10, The African Union decided to extend its peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region for six months to give itself time to negotiate a peace agreement, but it promised to transfer control to the United Nations once that is accomplished.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, In Bahrain riot police clashed with demonstrators burning tires and garbage at a suburban shopping center in Manama, and at least 11 people were wounded. The demonstration began as a peaceful protest by about 175 people who were demanding the release of 20 supporters of a cleric who have been detained since Dec 24. The government did not want demonstrations while the tiny island state hosted thousands of foreigners who had come for the Formula 1 Grand Prix on Mar 12.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, Belarus told a group of EU legislators who were planning to monitor the upcoming presidential vote to stay home, labeling them troublemakers.
    (WSJ, 3/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 10, Cuba said it will open embassies in four more Caribbean countries, a move that will give it a diplomatic presence in all 15 Caribbean Community nations.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, Tamer Yusri Yassin, who worked in Qatar and is considered the founder of a group of 14 people involved in terrorist attacks, was allegedly extradited to Egypt from Qatar. The next day Qatar denied that Yassin was extradited. Yassin was one of 14 people referred for trial by the public prosecutor this week for involvement in two Cairo bombings on April 7 and April 30, 2005.
    (AFP, 3/11/06)(Reuters, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 10, Legal experts from Ethiopia and Eritrea flew to London for talks with international mediators to discuss demarcating their common border.
    (Reuters, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, The EU threatened legal action against member states that create biotech-free growing zones in their countries, warning that doing so would violate EU trade rules.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, The EU threatened to cut off aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian government "unless it seeks peace by peaceful means," its strongest signal to the new leadership.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, The EU and the US signed a new wine deal that allows the US to export wines made using practices many European vintners shun. The bilateral accord resolved most elements of a 2-decade-long dispute over wine making methods and names.
    (SFC, 3/11/06, p.C1)(WSJ, 3/11/06, p.A4)
2006        Mar 10, An Indonesian health ministry official said Bird flu has killed its 22nd human victim there, a 12-year-old girl, according to tests by the WHO's Hong Kong laboratory.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, President Jalal Talabani issued a decree ordering Iraq's new parliament to hold its first session March 19. Bombings and shootings killed at least 17 people. A suicide truck bomb ripped through a line of vehicles waiting at a checkpoint in Fallujah, killing at least 7 civilians.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, Acting PM Ehud Olmert presented a sweeping vision for Israel's future in published interviews, saying he will dismantle most West Bank settlements, fortify remaining settlement blocs and set the nation's borders by 2010.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, Prosecutors in Milan said they have requested that Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi be indicted on corruption charges.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, Japan, the second largest contributor to the UN, called for minimum dues for permanent members of the Security Council, forcing China and Russia to pay more or lose their seats.
    (AFP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, Kosovo's parliament elected Agim Ceku (45), a former ethnic Albanian guerrilla commander, as the new PM. Ceku said that anything short of independence from Serbia was "out of the question," but emphasized after his election that respect for the province's Serb minority would be a priority for his government.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, An anchorman for a Mexican radio station was shot to death by gunmen waiting for him in the bushes in front of his house in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, A Netherlands court convicted 9 Muslims of belonging to a terrorist group because they incited hatred for non-Muslims. Among the defendants was Mohammed Bouyeri, the convicted killer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
    (AP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, In southwestern Pakistan a crowded bus carrying a wedding party hit an anti-tank mine in Baluchistan province, killing 28 people, mostly women and children.
    (AFP, 3/10/06)
2006        Mar 10, Pakistani soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked a suspected militant hideout near Miran Shah, the volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, and killed about 30 militants.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 10, In Russia a bomb exploded outside a government office in the southern city of Makhachkala, killing a top-ranking police official.
    (AP, 3/10/06)

2006        Mar 11, Investors began to recoil from almost any asset class that looked risky.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.74)
2006        Mar 11, Rural house fires in Tennessee and Indiana killed 15 members of two families, and most of the victims were children.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 11, In Afghanistan’s Helmand province the bodies of 2 policemen, kidnapped from their homes a day earlier, were found beheaded and dumped in the desert. A roadside bomb hit a police patrol in Helmand's Nad Ali district, killing a policeman and wounding five others.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, Authorities in Central African Republic accused exiled former President Ange-Felix Patasse of forming a rebel movement and recruiting fighters to overthrow the government.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 11, Michelle Bachelet, a Socialist pediatrician who suffered prison, torture and exile under Chile's military dictatorship, was sworn in as the nation's first female president.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, A Chinese activist who documented villagers' claims of forced abortions and sterilizations was detained while trying to report the beating of his cousin. Chen Guangcheng, his older brother and his cousin were taken away in a police van and other vehicles from their home village of Dongshigu in Shandong, as they were on their way to file a police report.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 11, Police stormed France's famed Sorbonne University to dislodge students occupying the building in protest of a new national employment measure, hours after the demonstrators hurled furniture and ladders from the landmark's windows.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, Iran threatened to use oil as a weapon if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions over its nuclear program.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, In Iraq at least six people including Amjad Hameed (45), director of Iraq’s public TV channel and a human rights activist, were killed in drive-by shootings.
    (AP, 3/11/06)(SSFC, 3/12/06, p.A10)
2006        Mar 11, Premier Silvio Berlusconi denounced Italy's judiciary as a danger to democracy and promised changes to the system as he tries to hold on to the premiership in next month's election.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, In Jordan 2 militants were executed by hanging for the killing in Amman of a US diplomat.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, Nepalese officials said a 15-year-old boy, whose followers believe he is the reincarnation of Buddha, has disappeared after 10 months of meditation in the jungle.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 11, In the Netherlands former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic (b.1941), the so-called "butcher of the Balkans" being tried for war crimes after orchestrating a decade of bloodshed during his country's breakup, was found dead in his prison cell. Milosevic spent nearly five years at a UN detention facility in Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague. An autopsy showed that he died of a heart attack. A Dutch toxicologist said he took unprescribed pills that neutralized heart medication.
    (SFC, 3/13/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/14/06, p.A1)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.83)
2006        Mar 11, In Lahore, Pakistan, hundreds of kites filled the skies on the opening day of a traditional spring festival, despite a ban that followed the deaths of seven people killed by glass-coated or wire kite strings.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 11, In Sudan 5 members of the main opposition group in eastern Sudan were arrested or detained, in a move party officials said hindered any chance to start long-delayed peace talks.
    (Reuters, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, Turkish and Kurdish intellectuals gathered under tight security for a major 2-day conference in Istanbul to discuss a peaceful resolution to the 22-year-old Kurdish conflict.
    (AP, 3/11/06)
2006        Mar 11, In Zimbabwe lawmaker Giles Mutseyekwa of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and seven others were formally charged with violating security laws. The eight were rounded up on Mar 7-8 after security agents had arrested one of the suspects identified as Mike Peter Hitschmann over an arms cache found at his home in Mutare.
    (AFP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 11, Zimbabwe’s Central Statistical Office said inflation was 782 percent for the 12 months that ended in February. Moffat Nyoni, acting director of the government-run Statistical Office, said prices of food and nonalcoholic beverages rose 824 percent during that time.
    (AP, 3/11/06)

2006        Mar 12, Capital One said it was buying North Fork, a NY bank, for $14.6 billion in cash and shares. Capital One was spun off from Virginia’s Signet Bank in 1994 as a pure credit-card company.
    (Econ, 3/18/06, p.69)
2006        Mar 12-2006 Mar 13, Swarms of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest states of Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It caused so much damage in Springfield, Ill., that the mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 12, In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb exploded as a US armored vehicle drove by, killing four American service members. In Kabul a suicide car bomb exploded into the convoy of an Afghan politician leading reconciliation efforts with the Taliban militia, injuring him and killing four other people.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Australia for a five-day state visit that has reignited the simmering debate over whether she should remain the country's head of state.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, The Cameroon government announced its first case of bird flu, becoming the fourth African country to be struck by the virus. New cases were also reported in Poland and Greece.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 12, In Colombia supporters of President Alvaro Uribe dominated the congressional elections in which candidates defined themselves by their views of the Colombian leader. Voters in Sucre re-elected Alvaro Garcia to the Senate and Erik Morris to the chamber of Representatives. Both men and another senator from Sucre were later charged with financing right-wing paramilitary groups.
    (AP, 3/13/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.40)
2006        Mar 12, El Salvador held elections. The next day the conservative ruling party claimed several victories over former leftist rebels in elections for congressional seats and mayorships across the country.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 12, Iran said it had ruled out a proposal to move its uranium enrichment program to Russia, further complicating the international dispute over the country's nuclear program.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, The Iraqi Defense and Interior ministries signed an agreement requiring them to conduct all raids jointly, in a bid to stop the operations of alleged death squads masquerading as police commandos. Bomb blasts, rocket and gunfire killed over 50 people in eastern Baghdad’s Sadr City and injured over 200. Gunmen and explosions left 12 Iraqis dead elsewhere in Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/12/06)(AP, 3/13/06)(SFC, 3/13/06, p.A10)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.47)
2006        Mar 12, In Iraq a family of 4 in the Khasir Abyad area, about 6 miles north of Mahmoudiya, were found killed. They included Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, who had been raped and shot in the face, her sister and her parents. A neighbor said the Abeer was 14 years old and her sister 10. In June up to 5 US soldiers of the 502nd Infantry Regiment were placed under investigation for the murders. On June 3 federal prosecutors charged former Army Pfc. Steven Green with the rape and killing of Abeer and her family. In 2007 Sgt. Paul Cortez (24) was sentenced to 100 years in prison for the gang rape and murder. Pfc. Jesse Spielman was sentenced to 110 years in prison. 3 other soldiers who pleaded guilty received sentences of 5 to 100 years. In 2009 Pfc. Steven Green was convicted of rape and murder. On September 4 a Kentucky court sentenced him to 5 consecutive life sentences.
    (SFC, 7/3/06, p.A6)(AP, 7/3/06)(SFC, 2/23/07, p.A3)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A16)(AP, 5/22/09)(SFC, 9/5/09, p.A2)
2006        Mar 12, Residents of Iwakuni, a southern Japanese city, voted no in an unprecedented non-binding referendum on whether to host the relocation of an additional US naval air wing.
    (AFP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, In Jordan 5 Islamic militants were convicted of plotting terrorist attacks on Jordanian intelligence agents, foreign tourists and upscale hotels and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, In northwestern Pakistan villagers found the bodies two tribesmen shot dead by suspected Islamic militants, with a note on one of the bodies warning that anyone who spied for the US would meet the same fate.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, In Lahore, Pakistan, skies normally alive with colorful kites to mark a spring festival were largely empty after police arrested 1,400 people over three days to enforce a ban imposed because of a series of fatal accidents.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, African Union mediators presented cease-fire proposals for the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, asking rebels and the Sudanese government to work together to end military activity against relief supply routes and refugee camps.
    (AP, 3/12/06)
2006        Mar 12, Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Taipei to protest the Taiwanese president's decision to abolish a committee responsible for unification with rival China.
    (AP, 3/12/06)

2006        Mar 13, The US Agriculture Dept. confirmed that a cow in Alabama had tested positive for mad cow disease. The animal had not entered the food supply for people of animals. This case of the disease, as well as one from Texas in 2005, was later reported as atypical.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.A3)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.A6)
2006        Mar 13, The 47 lacrosse players at Duke Univ., North Carolina, paid a couple of strippers to entertain them. Events this night led to the arrest of 2 players on April 18. In 2014 William Cohan authored “The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities."
    (Econ, 9/15/07, p.46)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.83)
2006        Mar 13, Deadly tornadoes raked the Midwest while wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2006        Mar 13, The Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Black Sabboth, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols at a ceremony in NYC.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.A2)
2006        Mar 13, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced a merger with the Institute for Welcoming Resources, a religious group representing 1,400 Protestant organizations that unconditionally welcome gays and lesbians.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.A2)
2006        Mar 13, US Credit-card issuer Capital One Financial Corp. said it has agreed to buy North Fork Bancorp. Inc. in a stock and cash deal worth about $14.6 billion.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, The McClatchy Co. said it has reached a deal to buy Knight Ridder Inc., the second-largest U.S. newspaper publisher, for about $4.5 billion in cash and stock. McClatchy will also assume about $2 billion in Knight Ridder's debt.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. said it will build a $1.2 billion factory in West Point, Ga., its first in the US. Toyota said it will build a plant in Lafayette, Ind.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.D3)
2006        Mar 13, Heart researchers said clogging of arteries by plaque was reversed through aggressive use of an anticholesterol statin.
    (WSJ, 3/14/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 13, Peter Tomarken (63), former host of the 1980s TV game show "Press Your Luck," and his wife, Kathleen Abigail Tomarken (41), were killed along with 2 others when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay, Ca.
    (www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,18559,00.html?fdnews)
2006        Mar 13, Maureen Stapleton (b.1925), film and stage actress, died in Lenox, Mass.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.B5)
2006        Mar 13, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghanistan's defense minister, said the national army will be fully operational within four to five years and ready to take over more responsibility for security from international troops.
    (Reuters, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, A UN agency said bird flu has been found at two sites in Afghanistan and there's a high risk that tests could prove it to be the deadly H5N1 strain.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Bangladesh riot police fired tear gas in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing activists who tried to march in support of a general strike.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Rana Abdel Rahim Koleilat (39), a fugitive bank executive wanted for questioning in the U.N. probe of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination, was arrested in Brazil on an unrelated charge. She offered officers up to $200,000 to release her and was arrested on a charge of attempted bribery. In 2003 Koleilat made headlines in Lebanon and Europe in connection with questions about her role in the disappearance of $300 million from the private Medina Bank where she worked. The funds' disappearance was the worst financial scandal at a Lebanese bank since the country's 1975-90 civil war.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Defense Secretary John Reid said Britain will cut its forces in Iraq by 10 percent, a reduction of about 800 troops, by May because Iraqi security forces are becoming more capable of handling security.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, In London 6 men participated in a drug trial and soon became seriously ill. The men had been given does of TGN1412, a monoclonal antibody developed by TeGenero AG of Wuerzburg, Germany, for treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and leukemia.
    (AP, 3/16/06)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.78)
2006        Mar 13, Newly inaugurated President Michelle Bachelet said that all Chileans older than 60 will immediately begin receiving free care at public hospitals.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, News reports said the world industrial-standards association has rejected China's controversial wireless encryption standard for global use.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Liu Zhijun, China’s minister of railways, announced $25 billion plans to build two new high-speed train lines linking Shanghai with Beijing (1320km) and another linking Shanghai and Hangzhou (175km). Plans included the use of magnetic levitation technology that can reach speeds of 260 mph.
    (AP, 3/13/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.69)
2006        Mar 13, Germany's public sector strikes entered their sixth week developing into a test of union strength and exposing cracks between the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Merck KGaA, a maker of pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals, launched a 15-billion-euro (18-billion-dollar) hostile takeover bid for Berlin-based rival Schering, opening the way for a bitter bidding battle.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Indonesia's state-run oil and gas company Pertamina and Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to jointly operate the country's largest untapped oil field, ending a five-year dispute that had shaken foreign investors' confidence in the sprawling archipelago.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Iranian lawmakers approved spending $15 million to investigate alleged American intervention in the country.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Iraqi officials received a report alleging that American soldiers had killed a family of 4 in the Khasir Abyad area, about 6 miles north of Mahmoudiya. Police found four hanged men dangling from electricity pylons in a Baghdad Shiite slum, hours after car bombs and mortars shells ripped through teeming market streets, killing at least 58 people and wounding more than 200. An armed group that says it was created with government backing to drive al-Qaida fighters out of a restive Iraqi province claimed that it had killed five top members of the terrorist group. 2 US soldiers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, were killed in fighting in Anbar province.
    (AP, 3/13/06)(AP, 3/15/06)(AP, 7/1/06)
2006        Mar 13, The Tokyo Stock Exchange said shares of disgraced Japanese Internet startup Livedoor Co. will be delisted from the exchange next month over alleged securities law violations.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Leaders of Lebanon's rival factions resumed talks after a weeklong break in an attempt to agree on the biggest issues that divide the country, the fate of the pro-Syrian president and the U.N. call for Hezbollah's disarmament.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Mexico’s attorney general said he will close a special prosecutor's office dedicated to investigating atrocities committed by the government during its two-decade campaign to weed out suspected guerrillas and leftists.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Myanmar reported its first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Nepal's royal government offered amnesty, cash, jobs and land to communist rebels who surrender in the next three months.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, In Nigeria and official report said ethnic and religious fighting, land disputes and communal conflicts have driven more than three million Nigerians from their homes since the return to democracy in 1999.
    (Reuters, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, A Spanish judge indicted 32 people for allegedly plotting to drive a truck packed with explosives into a courthouse that has been the hub for anti-terrorism investigations. Authorities suspected that Mohamed Achraf was planning to ram a truck loaded with 1,100 pounds of explosives into the court in downtown Madrid.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 13, Jan Egeland, the UN humanitarian chief, said increasing violence has left hundreds of thousands of civilians in Sudan's Darfur region without food and facing the prospect of widespread disease and death within weeks.
    (AP, 3/13/06)
2006        Mar 13, Pope Benedict XVI and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks at the Vatican about Iran, Iraq and the prospects for lasting peace in the Middle East.
    (AP, 3/13/06)

2006        Mar 14, A Washington DC judge ruled that the slaughter of horses for meat may continue in the US.
    (SFC, 3/15/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 14, In California scores of FBI agents and local police raided 14 homes and arrested 9 members of the drug trafficking Project Trojans gang in Contra Costa County.
    (SFC, 3/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 14, In Hawaii an 1890s-era plantation dam failed in the rugged hills above northern Kauai, sending water and mud surging through two homes and wiping out the only highway. Searchers found one person dead and were looking for at least seven others, some of them children who hadn't been seen since the deluge. The torrent of water killed seven people.
    (AP, 3/15/06)(AP, 3/14/07)
2006        Mar 14, Afghanistan's president demanded greater cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism following claims the neighboring country has been supporting militant attacks here. Islamabad criticized the remarks and said Afghanistan must do more to battle terrorism.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, A spokesman said NATO peacekeepers in northern Afghanistan had found the biggest weapons cache in recent years including 80 tons of TNT and 25,000 landmines. The weapons were stored underground in old Soviet bunkers.
    (Reuters, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, The WHO said it believed test results showing three young women in Azerbaijan had died of bird flu were reliable, but it awaited final confirmation from a British laboratory.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, Belarus authorities arrested more opposition activists as Belarusians cast early ballots for the March 19 presidential election.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, In Brazil military officials said weapons stolen from an army barracks have been found. The theft triggered a massive search of Rio de Janeiro's crime infested shantytowns.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, Premier Wen Jiabao vowed to crack down on seizures of farmland for redevelopment, a source of rising rural anger in China, but stopped short of saying whether the communist government might allow farmers to own land. The 10-day session of the National People’s Congress closed as delegates approved a budget that promised more cash for farmers and a new 5-year economic plan.
    (AP, 3/14/06)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.42)
2006        Mar 14, China refused to take back 39,000 citizens who have been refused entry to the US and are languishing in detention centers.
    (WSJ, 3/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 14, China and Russia objected to a tough UN Security Council statement backed by the United States, Britain and France calling for a report in two weeks on Iran's compliance with demands that it suspend uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, EU trade chief Peter Mandelson told China to remove barriers on imports of European goods if it wants to be recognized as a market economy by the 25-nation bloc.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, Lennart Meri (b.1929), Estonia’s former president (1992-2001), died overnight in Tallinn. The writer, film director and statesman’s relentless struggle against communist oppression helped the Baltic nation break free from the Soviet Union in 1991. Among his most well-known films is the 1977 documentary "The Winds of the Milky Way," describing the lives of Finno-Ugric people, which won a silver medal at the New York Film Festival but was banned in the Soviet Union for its culturally sensitive content.
    (AP, 3/14/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.90)
2006        Mar 14, Hungary’s PM Ferenc Gyurcsany said Hungarian researchers have devised a vaccine for humans against the current form of the H5N1 bird flu virus. “If the virus were to mutate, we would not have to experiment with new technology but would be able to manufacture a real vaccine within eight weeks."
    (AFP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, A marine researcher said rising sea temperatures caused by global warming could kill off the Indian Ocean's coral reefs in the next 50 years, threatening vital marine life.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 14, Iraqi police over the past 24 hours found the bodies of at least 87 people killed by execution-style shootings, a gruesome wave of apparent sectarian reprisal slayings. 29 of the bodies, dressed only in underwear, were dug out of a single grave in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/14/06)(AP, 3/14/07)
2006        Mar 14, Israel’s acting PM Ehud Olmert pledged to annex the Ariel Jewish settlement deep in the West Bank, a message aimed at appeasing settlers alarmed by his plans to withdraw from large parts of the West Bank over the next four years.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, Israeli forces driving bulldozers and firing tank shells and missiles burst into a Palestinian prison and removed dozens of inmates in a raid targeting prisoners convicted of killing an Israeli Cabinet minister. Palestinian gunmen kidnapped an American teacher at a university in the West Bank following the raid by Israeli forces. A UN aid agency and the International Committee of the Red Cross said they were temporarily pulling all foreign staff out of the West Bank and Gaza, after gunmen kidnapped nine foreigners in just a few hours.
    (AP, 3/14/06)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.49)
2006        Mar 14, In Italy 2 local trains collided head-on outside a station near Milan, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, Jordan indicted Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, and 7 others for the November bombings in Amman.
    (SFC, 3/15/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 14, Mexico announced a new deepwater oil discovery that could exceed the declining reserves at the giant offshore Cantarell field.
    (WSJ, 3/14/06, p.A11)
2006        Mar 14, South Korea's PM Lee Hae-chan resigned after drawing a firestorm of criticism for playing golf March 1, rather than overseeing the government's response to a railway strike.
    (AP, 3/14/06)
2006        Mar 14, Thailand's PM Thaksin Shinawatra vowed to declare an emergency if anti-government protests turned violent, as tens of thousands marched on his office to demand his resignation for alleged corruption.
    (AP, 3/14/06)

2006        Mar 15, The US FCC proposed a record fine of $3.6 million against dozens of CBS stations and affiliates in a crackdown on indecent television programming.
    (SFC, 3/16/06, p.A2)
2006        Mar 15, US federal authorities announced charges against 27 people in an Int’l. Internet child-porn scheme.
    (SFC, 3/16/06, p.A7)
2006        Mar 15, Veteran musher Jeff King drove his dog team into the Bering Sea town of Nome, Alaska, to capture the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the world's premier dog-sled event, for the fourth time.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, Lawrence Edward Woods (60), a transient with 2 guns, shot and killed 2 people inside a Denny’s restaurant in Pismo Beach, Ca. He wounded 2 others and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 3/16/06, p.B5)
2006        Mar 15, Afghan authorities said preliminary test results from a U.N. lab left them "99 percent certain" that the country's first bird flu outbreak was the deadly H5N1 strain.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was greeted with protests, as well as pomp, when she arrived in the southern Australian city Melbourne to open the Commonwealth Games.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, Officials in Azerbaijan said a dog had died of bird flu in Baku on Mar 9. 3 human victims, who died over the past few weeks, were thought to have been infected through contact with birds.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, A British serviceman facing his first day of a court martial contended that the war in Iraq is illegal. Flight Lt. Malcolm Kendall-Smith, a Royal Air Force medic, is the first British officer accused of refusing to serve in Iraq.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, In China 8 aphorisms by Pres. Hu Jintao were issued on a $1 poster with plain, black Chinese characters above a photo of the Great Wall: Love, do not harm the motherland. Serve, don't disserve the people. Uphold science; don't be ignorant and unenlightened. Work hard; don't be lazy and hate work. Be united and help each other; don't gain benefits at the expense of others. Be honest and trustworthy, not profit-mongering at the expense of your values. Be disciplined and law-abiding instead of chaotic and lawless. Know plain living and hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 15, In southwest China a boat carrying people home from a fair capsized while crossing a river leaving at least 27 dead.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, It was reported that the Dominican Republic is looking to Washington for help recovering at least $80 million in damages from a US utility it accuses of dumping thousands of tons of coal ash on the country's beaches, sickening residents and harming the tourism industry. The government says 82,000 tons of coal ash were shipped from an AES plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico, and left on beaches in Manzanillo and the Samana Bay port town of Arroyo Barril between October 2003 and March 2004 without proper government permits.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, Alfredo Castillo, Ecuador's interior minister, resigned as protests over a US free trade plan spread from the Andean highlands to the oil-producing southeast jungle, where police clashed with demonstrators. His comments appeared to support the protesters and showed disloyalty to Pres. Palacio.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, In France a suspected gangland-style car explosion killed one man and injured another on a highway north of Paris.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, In Indonesia protesters, demanding the closure of a US-owned gold mine in Papua, clashed with police in the second day of violent protests in the province.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, Saddam Hussein, testifying for the first time in his trial, called on Iraqis to stop killing each other and instead fight US troops; the judge reprimanded him for making a rambling, political speech and ordered the TV cameras switched off. US forces bombed a house during a raid north of Baghdad, killing 13 people, mostly women and children, while insurgent attacks elsewhere left four dead. In Baqouba, a suicide bomber on a bicycle missed a police patrol and killed at least two civilians. Interior Ministry officials announced another driving ban, from 8 p.m. Mar 15 to 4 p.m. Mar 16, to protect against car and suicide bombs while the Iraqi parliament meets for the first session since the Dec. 15 election. On June 3 the US military said that it had found no wrongdoing by American troops accused of intentionally killing civilians during a raid in Ishaqi village north of Baghdad. In 2011 the Iraqi government revived a probe into allegations that US forces shot and killed civilians.
    (AP, 3/15/06)(AP, 6/3/06)(AP, 3/15/07)(AP, 9/2/11)
2006        Mar 15, In Ivory Coast Guillaume Soro, a leader of the rebel New Forces, joined a national unity government as minister of development.
    (SFC, 3/16/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 15, It was reported that Japanese scientists had unveiled a robotic fish that could one day be used to observe fish in the ocean or survey oil platforms for damage.
    (Reuters, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, In Japan 4 people suspected of committing group suicide were found dead inside a parked car.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, In the Netherlands 2 Bosnian Muslim army commanders were convicted of war crimes for failing to rein in foreign Muslim volunteers who murdered and tortured Bosnian Croats and Serbs in a 1990s "holy war."
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 15, Palestinian militants released the last four foreigners they had seized a day earlier to protest an Israeli military raid on a West Bank prison. Meanwhile, Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas called the raid an "unforgivable crime."
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, South Korea formally opened new immigration checkpoints for travelers crossing the heavily fortified border with North Korea, symbolizing Seoul's hopes for boosting exchanges with its longtime communist foe.
    (AP, 3/15/06)
2006        Mar 15, Gunmen attacked a compound of the UN refugee agency in the town of Yei in southern Sudan, killing one person and critically wounding two others.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 15, Sweden recorded its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, saying European laboratory tests confirm two wild birds found dead in the southeast were infected with the virus.
    (AP, 3/15/06)

2006        Mar 16, Pres. Bush named Idaho Gov. Dirk Kemphorne (54) as the new secretary of the interior to succeed Gail Norton, who resigned earlier this month.
    (SFC, 3/17/06, p.A4)
2006        Mar 16, The White House issued a 49-page security strategy report that listed Iran as the single country that may pose the biggest danger to the US and reaffirmed pre-emptive military actions as a central tenet of US security policy.
    (WSJ, 3/16/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 16, The US Senate approved a $781 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority aimed at averting a possible government default on debt this month. The Senate narrowly passed a $2.8 trillion election-year budget blueprint.
    (Reuters, 3/16/06)(AP, 3/15/07)
2006        Mar 16, US Federal drug agents raided several “marijuana candy factories" in Oakland and Emeryville, Ca., seizing hundreds of sodas and candies with such names as Trippy, Stoney Rancher, Toka-Cola and Budtela.
    (SFC, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 16, The Univ. of California regents, citing genocide in Darfur, voted to divest UC of tens of millions of securities from 9 foreign companies doing business with Sudan.
    (SFC, 3/17/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 16, NASA released data backing the Big Bang theory that the universe sprang from marble size to infinity in less than a trillion-trillionth second.
    (WSJ, 3/17/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 16, The Afghanistan government said lab tests have confirmed the first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In Afghanistan the trial of Abdul Rahman (41) began. He was arrested last month after his family accused him of becoming a Christian. Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada said Rahman was charged with rejecting Islam and could be sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, a crime under the country's Islamic laws.
    (AP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 16, In Congo a defense ministry source said Defense Minister Adolphe Onusumba had written to the head of the army asking him to suspend or arrest General Widi Mbuilu Divioka, the army commander in Katanga province. The general was being accused of diverting military food trains for private business after at least 20 soldiers died from hunger or malnutrition at a southern camp.
    (Reuters, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, Timor-Leste’s PM Mari Alkatiri sacked almost half the country’s 1,400-strong army for going on strike effective as of March 1.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.38)(http://tinyurl.com/egj85)
2006        Mar 16, Ecuador's Supreme Court released former President Gustavo Noboa from house arrest after reducing charges against him for allegedly mishandling the country's foreign debt negotiations during his three-year term.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In northern Honduras a speeding bus crashed into a small van carrying a group of US soldiers, killing two and injuring one.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In Indonesia protesters killed four security officers after clashes broke out during a rally demanding the closure of a US-owned gold mine in Papua. The officers were either hacked or burned to death.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In Iran rebels under Abdolmalek Rigi, posing as security forces, killed 22 people on the southeastern Zabol-Zahedan road in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
    (AP, 3/17/06)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.43)
2006        Mar 16, Iraq's new parliament was sworn in, with parties still deadlocked over the next government. Iraqi police found 25 bodies discarded in various parts of Baghdad overnight. The new parliament met briefly for the first time but did no business and adjourned after just 40 minutes, unable to agree on a speaker, let alone a prime minister. US forces, joined by Iraqi troops, launched “Operation Swarmer," the largest air assault since the US-led invasion, targeting insurgent strongholds north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/16/06)(AP, 3/15/07)
2006        Mar 16, Israeli troops surrounded two houses in the West Bank town of Jenin, setting off a fierce gunbattle with Palestinian militants that left one Israeli soldier dead and forced the surrender of five wanted men.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, The 4th World Water Forum opened in Mexico City.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, The PM of Mauritania asked the West for help in sealing his borders as migrants from elsewhere in Africa were overwhelming the country as they set out from there on an often deadly voyage to Europe.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 4 plainclothes federal police agents were killed after an unknown number of gunmen sprayed the unmarked pickup truck they were riding in with more than 30 bullets. The slayings came a day after 600 new members of the Federal Preventative Police arrived in Nuevo Laredo as part of extra-security efforts.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In southwestern Pakistan 7 homemade bombs toppled two high-power electricity transmission towers and disrupted power to thousands of homes for several hours.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, The World Bank warned that the Palestinian economy will be devastated if Israel and the international community follow through on threats to cut off financial assistance once Hamas assumes power.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, G-8 energy ministers meeting in Moscow called for market-oriented approaches to increasing supplies and said significant investments would be needed in the production, transportation and processing of resources.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, Queen Elizabeth II arrived in the former British colony of Singapore for a two-day state visit.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In Sri Lanka thousands of civil servants demanding higher salaries marched in Colombo, part of a daylong nationwide strike that paralyzed the government.
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2006        Mar 16, In eastern Turkey a helicopter carrying military officers crashed, killing five officers, and seriously injuring another.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 16, Uganda's army said the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels had left a south Sudanese hideout and joined his deputy in the jungles of neighboring Congo.
    (AP, 3/16/06)

2006        Mar 17, A US federal appeals court blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from easing clean air rules on aging power plants, refineries and factories, one of the regulatory changes that had been among the top environmental priorities of the White House.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 17, US Federal regulators reported the deaths of two more women who had taken the abortion pill RU-486; Planned Parenthood, which had provided the pills to the women, said it would immediately stop disregarding the approved instructions for the drug's use.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2006        Mar 17, The new Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology opened in Menlo Park, Ca., as part of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Researchers there planned to focus on investigations on the dark matter and dark energy components of the universe.
    (SFC, 3/18/06, p.B4)
2006        Mar 17, Oleg Cassini (92), who designed the dresses that helped make Jacqueline Kennedy the most glamorous first lady in history, died on Long Island, NY.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 17, Former US Federal Reserve Chairman and former treasury secretary G. William Miller died at age 81.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2006        Mar 17, In Vienna, Austria, ethnic Albanian and Serbian officials laid out their demands at UN-mediated talks on the future of Kosovo, one of the most intractable disputes left over from the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the bodies of four men believed to be kidnapped Macedonians, a day after the remains were recovered. Five police were killed and three wounded.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Bangladesh confirmed the country's first case of polio in nearly six years, prompting plans to resume mass vaccinations against the crippling disease next month.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Britain’s PM Tony Blair's Labour Party revealed it had received 24.5 million dollars in loans from individual supporters as a furor over the party's secret funding deepened.
    (AP, 3/17/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.65)
2006        Mar 17, Mohammed Ajmal Khan (31), a British man who bought equipment which might have been used in attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, was jailed after he admitted being a "terrorist quartermaster." He had been trying to buy night vision and thermal imaging equipment when arrested in 2003 and also worked closely with Masaud Khan and Seifullah Chapman, both given long jail terms in the US in 2004 for terrorism-related offences.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Statistics Canada reported that the nation's net worth hit $4.5 trillion, or $137,000 a head, at the end of 2005.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, A Chinese court dropped charges against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times who was accused of leaking state secrets, about a month ahead of a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington. Zhao Yan, who worked for the Times' Beijing bureau, was detained in September 2004.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, A Chinese court jailed teacher Ren Ziyuan (27) for 10 years for publishing anti-government views on the Internet, continuing an official crackdown on Web-based dissidents.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Yuan Baojing, a Chinese tycoon once worth more than $360 million, and two accomplices were executed by lethal injection. Yuan (40) was convicted last year of hiring a hit man in a failed plot to kill a business partner who had caused Yuan's company to lose $11 million in futures trading.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 17, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese militia leader accused of conscripting and enlisting children aged under 15 for warfare (1998-2002), became the first suspect sent for trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands.
    (Reuters, 3/17/06)(WSJ, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 17, Nearly 1,000 Egyptian judges held a half-hour silent protest to demonstrate for full judicial independence and against the government's order to interrogate six of their colleagues who criticized recent elections.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Indian PM Manmohan Singh thanked Russia for its decision to supply uranium to two fuel-starved Indian nuclear reactors, during a visit to New Delhi by Russian Premier Mikhail Fradkov.
    (AFP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Some 93 whales began beaching themselves in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province. About 50 died as local villagers dragged at least 40 back to the open sea.
    (AFP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 17, Akbar Ganji (46), an Iranian dissident journalist, was freed after spending most of his six-year prison term in solitary confinement. He vowed to keep criticizing the hard-line clerical regime. Ganji was jailed in 2000 after reporting on the killings of five dissidents by Intelligence Ministry agents.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 17, In Iraq the Muslim pilgrims' road to the holy city of Karbala was a highway of bullets and bombs for Shiites. Drive-by shootings and roadside and bus bombs killed or wounded 19 people.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Israel set up a quarantine and destroyed flocks after bird flu was found at 2 turkey farms.
    (WSJ, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 17, Officials in Japan said they have confirmed the country's first case of mad cow disease in cattle raised to provide meat.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Liberia said it has asked Nigeria to hand over former Pres. Charles Taylor, who is living there in exile and wanted on war crimes charges for his role in Sierra Leone's civil war.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, A bus carrying dozens of teenagers on a school field trip toppled off a bridge on the outskirts of Mexico's capital, killing 7 people and injuring at least 28.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 17, A helicopter evacuated the five conservation workers from Raoul Island, a nature reserve in New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands. An erupting volcano forced the conservation team to abandon a missing colleague on the South Pacific island. The last known eruption on Raoul Island, about 625 miles northeast of the New Zealand city of Auckland, was on Nov. 21, 1964, from a vent close to Green Lake.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, Exiled Syrian opposition figures in Belgium formed a united front, calling for a transitional government to prepare for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad's regime.
    (AP, 3/17/06)
2006        Mar 17, In Uruguay 7 residents of Young were killed when they were run over by a train they were pushing as part of a reality television show aimed at raising funds for a local hospital.
    (AP, 3/17/06)

2006        Mar 18, Anti-war protesters marched in Australia, Asia, Turkey and Europe in demonstrations that marked the third anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq with a demand that coalition troops pull out.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, Bill Beutel (75), the longtime television news anchor and host of the show that became ABC's "Good Morning America" (1975-2001), died in Pinehurst, NC.
    (AP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 18, In Afghanistan at least nine policemen, a former governor, his four companions and a security guard were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan blamed on the Taliban.
    (AFP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, In Algeria Farouk Ksentini, the head of the government human rights body said up to 200,000 Algerians have died in a 15-year Islamic insurgency.
    (AFP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, A mudslide swept down on a scouting expedition in central Colombia, killing nine young hikers and leaving two others missing. The scouts had just been bathing and practicing knots when they were carried away.
    (AP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 18, In Cuba the wives and mothers of about two dozen political prisoners marched along several of the city's main avenues, singing hymns and carrying signs reading "amnesty" to commemorate the third anniversary of the crackdown that put their husbands behind bars.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, Egypt's health ministry said a 30-year-old Egyptian woman has died of bird flu, the country's first human victim of the virus.
    (Reuters, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, As many as 1.5 million people took to the streets of French cities in a show of strength over a contested new labor law, the government's First Employment Contract (CPE), as police deployed in force in Paris to head off the risk of violence. An open-ended contract for under 26-year-olds that can be terminated within the first two years without explanation, the CPE is supposed to encourage employers to take on young staff by removing some of the financial risks involved. Police made 170 arrests.
    (AP, 3/18/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.53)
2006        Mar 18, Indonesian authorities said they have detained another 11 people in Papua province after three policemen and a soldier died in clashes with protesters demanding closure of a giant mine run by US-based Freeport-McMoran Cooper & Gold Inc. 57 people had already been detained after the March 16 violence in the provincial capital, Jayapura, on the northeastern shore of Papua. Shooting into the air, the security forces pulled people out of their cars, kicking and beating them.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said 16 men were found dead with their hands tied and bullets in their heads.
    (SSFC, 3/19/06, p.A14)
2006        Mar 18, The US military released more than 350 detainees in Iraq. The releases were recommended by a review committee consisting of US officers and Iraqi officials from the ministries of human rights, justice and interior, which found no reason to hold them.
    (AP, 3/20/06)   
2006        Mar 18, A Maoist-dictated strike hobbled Nepal for a fifth day.
    (AFP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, Hamas said it has formed a government two weeks before a deadline but apparently without coalition partners that might have softened the Islamic militant group's image.
    (AP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, Slobodan Milosevic was laid to rest in a makeshift grave dug in the backyard of the family estate in Pozarevac, eastern Serbia. About 80,000 people attended the farewell ceremony in Belgrade, while some 20,000 mourned the former leader in Pozarevac.
    (AP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 18, Tens of thousands of slogan-chanting Taiwanese took to the streets to protest rival China's military threats against the island.
    (AFP, 3/18/06)
2006        Mar 18, Two US Navy warships exchanged gunfire with suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, and one suspect was killed and five others were wounded.
    (AP, 3/18/06)

2006        Mar 19, President Bush marked the anniversary of the Iraq war by touting efforts to build democracy there, without ever mentioning the word "war." Thousands of anti-war protesters around the world demanded coalition troops leave Iraq, but demonstrations in many countries were far smaller than anticipated on the third anniversary of the US-led invasion.
    (AP, 3/19/06)(AP, 3/19/07)
2006        Mar 19, Tennessee's Candace Parker became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game, jamming one-handed on a breakaway just 6:12 into the Lady Vols' 102-54 victory against Army.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2006        Mar 19, Boxer Kevin Payne, 34, died one day after winning an eight-round welterweight bout in Evansville, Ind.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2006        Mar 19, Australian Prime Minister John Howard's Liberal Party was defeated at the weekend in two state elections where Labor governments held on to power.
    (AP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 19, In southern Afghanistan a suicide car bomber was killed when he rammed his vehicle into a coalition convoy.
    (AP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 19, In Belarus exit poll results gave hard-line incumbent Alexander Lukashenko an overwhelming lead in the presidential vote. The opposition candidate said he would not recognize the results. In 2009 Lukashenko said in an interview that he took 93% of the vote in the polls, but had the number reduced for "psychological" reasons.
    (AP, 3/19/06)(AFP, 8/27/09)
2006        Mar 19, Newmont Mining suspended exploration on Indonesia's Sumbawa Island after unidentified people torched a camp for its workers. A local subsidiary said the "unlawful and violent action" by around 50 people had forced it close the Elang camp and suspend exploration activities in the area.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 19, In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic militants detonated a roadside bomb near a police van, killing seven people and wounding four others.
    (AP, 3/19/06)
2006        Mar 19, In Seville, Spain, Muslim and Jewish leaders met in a rare face-to-face forum and appealed to their faithful not to view each other as enemies and keep religion from being hijacked by extremists. The 4-day meeting, called the Second World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, was sponsored by Hommes de Parole, a peace foundation based in Paris.
    (AP, 3/19/06)

2006        Mar 20, President Bush defended his Iraq record against skeptical questioning at the City Club in Cleveland. Protesters marking the third anniversary of the Iraq war made their voices heard around the world, with the largest marches in London, Portland and Chicago, though in numbers that were often lower than in previous years.
    (AP, 3/20/06)(AP, 3/20/07)
2006        Mar 20, Paul Tagliabue announced he would step down as NFL commissioner after 16 years.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2006        Mar 20, In San Diego, Ca., Japan’s baseball team beat Cuba 10-6 in the World Baseball Classic. The US team was embarrassingly knocked out in the second of the four rounds.
    (http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SPORT/03/21/baseball.japan.ap/)
2006        Mar 20, Otto Zehm (36), a mentally ill man, died after being struck and tasered at a convenience store in Spokane, Wa. In 2011 officer Karl Thompson was found guilty of using violating Zehm’s civil rights by using excessive force and making a false statement.
    (SFC, 11/3/11, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Zehm)
2006        Mar 20, The most powerful storm to hit Australia in three decades laid waste to its northeastern coast, mowing down sugar and banana plantations with 180 mph winds but causing no deaths or serious injuries.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Bangladesh PM Begum Khaleda Zia began her first visit to India in five years. India and Bangladesh will be trying to rebuild confidence and end distrust that has crept into their relationship.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, European observers said that Belarus' presidential election did not meet international standards for a free and fair vote because of widespread detentions and intimidation.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Save the Children, a British charity, said some 9 million children in Africa have lost a mother to AIDS, calling on donors to sharply increase aid to meet their needs.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, A Chinese cargo ship hit an anchored freighter and sank off South Korea's west coast, killing at least three Chinese crew members.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, In Ecuador police fired tear gas at dozens of Indian demonstrators trying to reach the government palace in Quito to protest free-trade talks with Washington.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Chairman Michael Dell, speaking in Bangalore, India, said Dell Inc. plans to double the number of its employees in India to 20,000 in three years.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Suspected insurgents killed least seven policemen with roadside bombs on the third anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, and authorities reported finding 10 more bullet-riddled bodies dumped in the capital. One was that of a 13-year-old girl. Insurgents and sectarian gangs killed at least 39 people.
    (AP, 3/20/06)(SFC, 3/21/06, p.F7)
2006        Mar 20, Millions of Shiite pilgrims, some of them flogging themselves with chains, surrounded a shrine in the holy city of Karbala to commemorate the 40th and final day of symbolic mourning for the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said Saddam Hussein should still be considered Iraq's legal president and the current government illegitimate as it was elected under an occupation regime.
    (AFP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, In Nepal About 1,000 pro-democracy activists marched in Kathmandu demanding King Gyanendra free political detainees and give up powers he seized last year.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Palestinian gunmen from the ousted Fatah Party stormed government buildings, briefly took over a power plant and blocked a vital road in the Gaza Strip, injecting more chaos into the volatile area as Hamas militants readied to take power.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov told his nation's youth to read his book Rukhnama three times a day in order to go to heaven.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Venezuela agreed to sell fuel under preferential terms to an El Salvador association created by a group of leftist mayors.
    (AP, 3/20/06)

2006        Mar 21, Pres. Bush said that the war in Iraq might outlast his presidency. Bush predicted American forces would remain in Iraq for years and that it would be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, Bush declared, "I'm optimistic we'll succeed."
    (SFC, 3/22/06, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/07)
2006        Mar 21, President Bush welcomed Liberia’s Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the White House, calling Africa's first democratically elected female head of state "a pioneer."
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Sgt. Michael J. Smith, an Army dog handler at Abu Ghraib, was convicted at Fort Meade, Md., of abusing prisoners. Smith was later sentenced to 179 days in prison.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2006        Mar 21, Twitter, an Internet service that allows users to send short messages in response to the question: “What are you doing," was co-founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. The company had begun as a side project at Odeo, an ailing podcasting business bankrolled by Evan Williams. By 2011 tweets per day exceeded 230 million.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter)(Econ, 10/1/11, p.68)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.84)
2006        Mar 21, Afghan security forces attacked a group of suspected Taliban rebels after they crossed the border into Kandahar from neighboring Pakistan, killing at least 17 of them. 4 suspected Taliban rebels were killed by Afghan military forces in neighboring Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 3/22/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006        Mar 21, An earthquake hit the northeast Algerian town of Laalam east of Algiers killing at least four people and injuring 53.
    (AFP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Argentina's naval chief said he has ordered all in-country intelligence operations by the navy to be temporarily suspended while officials probe reports of spying at the southern Admiral Zar naval air base.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Troops began delivering aid to an estimated 7,000 people who lost their homes to the cyclone that battered Australia's northeastern coast.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The WHO said 5 people had died of bird flu in Azerbaijan, raising the worldwide death toll from the H5N1 strain to 103.
    (SFC, 3/22/06, p.A4)
2006        Mar 21, Royal Dutch Shell said it paid $465 million Canadian dollars for the rights to explore 219,000 acres in Alberta’s oil sands.
    (WSJ, 3/22/06, p.A14)
2006        Mar 21, In Chile 13 retired army officers were indicted on homicide charges for their participation in the Caravan of Death under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The new warrants were issued against officers who were serving at regiments visited by the Caravan and allegedly helped the repression by participating in illegal executions and burials.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on to deepen energy cooperation, as Russian gas giant Gazprom said it would look to meet some needs of oil and gas-hungry China.
    (Reuters, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The Ecuadorian government declared a state of emergency in four provinces to curb nine days of Indian protests against a proposed free-trade deal with the US.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The EU said it would pay for half of a 16 million euro ($19 million) international promotion campaign to sell European-produced foods such as fruits, cheese and wine in 11 countries, including the United States, China, Japan and Canada.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Some 30% of French people consider themselves at least somewhat racist, according to a report submitted to the government, prompting concerns that racism is becoming socially acceptable.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Insurgents stormed a jail around dawn in the Sunni majority town of Muqdadiya, killing 19 police and a courthouse guard in a prison break that freed 33 prisoners and left 10 attackers dead.
    (AP, 3/21/06)(SFC, 3/22/06, p.A13)
2006        Mar 21, Israel reopened the Gaza Strip's main cargo crossing to alleviate a food shortage in the area.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Israel indicted two West Bank Palestinians on charges of belonging to al-Qaida and plotting to carry out a double bombing for the group in Jerusalem, the first time Palestinians have been formally linked to the terror network.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Japanese police found three bodies inside a parked van in what is believed to be the latest example of a recent trend of group suicides.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, A Kadhafi Foundation official said Libya is to return properties confiscated in the mid-1970s and pay compensation to their former owners, under a cabinet decree.
    (AFP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Algimantas Dailide, an 85-year-old man deported from Florida, went on trial in his native Lithuania on charges of helping Nazis round up Jews during World War II. Dailide was convicted on March 27 of helping Nazis murder Jews during World War II, but the judge said the man was too frail to serve prison time.
    (AP, 3/21/06)(AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 21, Nepalese soldiers hunted down communist rebels in the northern mountains as insurgents, some on motorbikes, attacked police stations. The day of violence left at least 33 people dead.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Nigeria launched its first census for 15 years. Residents remained indoors on government orders on the first day of the controversial census.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, In Peru Victor Polay (54), the leader of the Tupac Amaru guerrilla group, was sentenced to 32 years in prison in a civilian retrial. The group grabbed the world's attention nearly 10 years ago with a takeover of the Japanese ambassador's residence.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The UN appealed for nearly $327 million in aid to help starving people in southern Somalia, which is suffering its worst drought in a decade.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Sweden's foreign minister resigned, accused of lying about shutting down a far-right Web site that solicited cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, In Thailand demonstrators seeking the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra brought their protests to Bangkok's commercial district.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, More than 100,000 Turkish Kurds celebrated the ancient spring festival of Newroz with dancing, singing and calls for political reform and the release of jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, An international audit concluded there are tens of thousands of dead voters listed on Venezuela's voter rolls, but the country's top electoral official said that those errors are being fixed and do not amount to significant flaws.
    (AP, 3/21/06)

2006        Mar 22, The US government announced charges against 50 leftist Colombian guerrilla leaders in connection with shipments of $25 billion in cocaine to the US and other countries.
    (SFC, 3/23/06, p.A9)
2006        Mar 22, In Tennessee, Matthew Winkler (31), a minister at Selmer's Church of Christ, was found dead in the parsonage after he missed an evening service and church members went searching for him. On March 24 Tennessee authorities said they would charge Mary Winkler, the minister's wife with first-degree murder. In 2007 Mary Winkler was sentenced to 3 years in prison. She had testified that her husband abused her physically and emotionally.
    (AP, 3/24/06)(AP, 6/9/07)
2006        Mar 22, General Motors Corp. and the auto parts supplier it once owned, Delphi Corp., announced deals with the United Auto Workers that would offer buyouts to 13,000 hourly Delphi employees and up to 100,000 hourly GM workers represented by the United Auto Workers.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, In Bolivia bombs exploded inside two low-budget hotels in La Paz overnight, killing two people and wounding seven. Triston Jay Amero (24), an American from Placerville, Ca., and Alda Ribeiro (45), of Uruguay, were arrested in connection with the bombings. Amero had earlier described himself as “the Superman of Loosers."
    (AP, 3/22/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.B12)
2006        Mar 22, In Brazil the US Embassy said agents from the US Department of Homeland Security will soon be helping Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay combat money laundering and terrorism financing.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 22, A ferry carrying 150 passengers sank off the coast of Cameroon, and 23 people were rescued. The rest were feared dead. The ferry was bound for Gabon from Nigeria with passengers from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
    (AP, 3/23/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)
2006        Mar 22, In Canada a BC Ferries sank in the middle of the night after hitting Gil Island near the village of Hartley Bay, on its scheduled route down the rugged British Columbia coast. 99 passengers and crew made it to lifeboats, but 2 passengers failed to escape.
    (Reuters, 3/12/08)
2006        Mar 22, In northern Chile a tour bus swerved to avoid an approaching truck and tumbled 300 feet down a mountainside, killing 12 American tourists and injuring two others.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 22, An Ethiopian court dropped charges of treason, attempted genocide and other crimes against 18 people, including five Voice of America journalists, accused of attempting to overthrow the government.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, The EU approved a first-ever joint blacklist of nearly 100 mostly African airlines considered to be unsafe, in a move spurred by a spate of fatal crashes last year. The list, effective March 25, bans 92 airlines from plying EU skies all together and puts restrictions on another three from flying certain types of airplanes into the 25-nation bloc.
    (AFP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, Pierre Clostermann (85), French fighter pilot and WW II hero, died. In 1948 he published the story of his exploits under the title “Le Grand Cirque." The English version was titled “The Big Show."
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.85)
2006        Mar 22, Indonesia's Papua remained tense with hundreds of students hiding in the jungle to evade a police manhunt, as the death toll from riots over a US-run mine rose to six.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, Insurgents attacked a police station for a second day in a row, but US and Iraqi forces captured 50 of them after a two-hour gunbattle.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, Israeli troops raided the Aqwar Jaba West Bank refugee camp, killing a wanted Palestinian militant and forcing two others to surrender.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, In Mexico Omar Pimentel (38), the police chief of the border city of Nuevo Laredo, resigned. He said he was tired from the stress of working in a city dominated by drug cartels fighting a bloody turf war.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 22, In the Netherlands an appeals chamber of the UN war crimes court dropped the life sentence of Bosnian Serb Milomir Stakic and instead sentenced him to 40 years for overseeing detention camps in Bosnia.
    (AFP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, In Nigeria heavy winds ripped away much of the top nine floors of a fire-weakened building in Lagos, raining debris on mostly empty streets and leaving people on lower floors waving frantically for help.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, The Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire, ending a decades-long campaign of violence and closing the door on one of Western Europe's last active armed separatist movements.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, In Thailand a truck crashed through a railroad crossing barrier and slammed into a passenger train in Ratchaburi, causing a derailment and killing at least six people.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, The UN gave a green light to abolish the discredited Human Rights Commission on June 16, clearing the way for the new Human Rights Council to become the UN's main rights watchdog.
    (AP, 3/22/06)
2006        Mar 22, World Water Day. The 1st WWD was designated 13 years ago by the UN General Assembly.
    (AFP, 3/22/06)

2006        Mar 23, The US Federal Reserve ceased publication of the M3 monetary aggregate.
    (www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h6/discm3.htm)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.78)
2006        Mar 23, The US CDC said a new form of TB, called Extensively drug resistant TB (XDR-TB), posed challenges to efforts to bring the disease under control.
    (WSJ, 3/24/06, p.B2)
2006        Mar 23, Police took DNA samples from 46 members of the Duke University lacrosse team after a woman hired to dance for a party charged she'd been raped.
    (AP, 3/23/07)(SFC, 4/12/07, p.A2)
2006        Mar 23, General Motors Corp. said that it is raising nearly $9 billion in cash by selling a majority interest in its commercial mortgage division and sprucing up the finances of the auto loan and insurance business the struggling automaker is still trying to sell.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, Sundance Cinemas said it had signed a purchase agreement for the AMC Kabuki multiplex in San Francisco. Sundance hoped to develop a national chain.
    (SFC, 3/24/06, p.B6)
2006        Mar 23, Karen Eklund (31) of Antioch was shot 11-20 times and killed by police in SF following a 40-mile pursuit that ended in Mission Terrace. She had been sought on a federal warrant in an identity-theft case. In 2007 her daughter (14) filed suit against the CHP saying the killing was unjustified. On April 6, 2011, a federal appeals court overturned a jury’s verdict of wrongdoing and $60,000 in damages against CHP Officer Steven Margraf.
    (SFC, 3/24/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/3/07, p.B2)(SFC, 4/7/11, p.C2)
2006        Mar 23, Adolph Gasser (b.1912), SF businessman and pioneer in the photographic industry, died.
    (SFC, 4/3/06, p.B8)
2006        Mar 23, Sarah Caldwell (82), conductor and opera company director died in Portland, Maine.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2006        Mar 23, Desmond T. Doss Sr. (87), a conscientious objector whose achievements as a noncombatant earned him a Medal of Honor in World War II, died in Piedmont, Ala.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2006        Mar 23, In southern Afghanistan a police chief was killed by his own guard. Coalition forces announced the killing of six Taliban members in Oruzgan province.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, In central Afghanistan a huge explosion ripped through a depot of confiscated munitions in a depot in the Jabalussaraj district of Parwan province, killing two people and injuring 45, and damaging scores of houses. Initial investigations indicated the blast was caused by a spark from an electric cable.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 23, Mike Horn (39) of South Africa and Borge Ousland (43) of Norway completed a 620-mile trek without outside supplies or help from dog sleds to the North Pole after 64 days of walking, skiing, climbing, swimming across ice openings.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 23, The Australian air force sank a North Korean cargo ship for target practice. It had been seized in 2003 after being used to smuggle heroin into Australia.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, Belarussian protestors camped out for a fifth day in central Minsk as an opposition party leader released from prison declared that President Alexander Lukashenko's regime was at a "dead-end."
    (AFP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland won his second straight World Figure Skating Championships title, in Calgary, Alberta.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2006        Mar 23, A Danish soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq. He was the third Danish soldier to die in the conflict.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, German prosecutors said 2 former employees of Siemens AG's Power Generation branch have been charged with offering bribes totaling some 6 million euros ($7.3 million) to secure contracts from Italian gas companies.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, In India Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the governing coalition, stepped down as a member of Parliament amid inter-party feuding over a once-obscure election law and a growing controversy about whether she also held another job.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, US and British troops freed three Christian peace activists in rural Iraq without firing a shot, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street. At least 56 Iraqis died in violence, including a car bombing that killed 25 people in the third major attack on a police lockup in three days. A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance to the Interior Ministry Major Crimes unit in Baghdad's central Karradah district, killing 10 civilians and 15 policemen employed there.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, Human rights campaigners said Nigerian separatists have attacked census officials with acid and machetes in a violent campaign for the southeastern region to boycott the headcount. A violent start to Nigeria’s first census in 15 years left at least 10 dead and scores of others injured.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf ordered all foreign militants to leave Pakistan or be killed. Pakistan protested the killing by Afghan soldiers of 14 people Pakistan claims were its citizens, the latest source of tension between the neighboring countries amid increasing violence along their rugged border.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, Computer-savvy Philippine protesters took civil disobedience to cyberspace, launching a "virtual sit-in" campaign that urged online activists to overwhelm the police Web site with numerous hits.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, Pope Benedict XVI convened the College of Cardinals for the first time since his election last year, inviting its members to share their concerns about the challenges facing the Catholic Church before adding 15 new members to their ranks.
    (AP, 3/23/06)
2006        Mar 23, The US ambassador said that the US and Venezuela had reached a temporary agreement that will avoid a proposed ban on flights by most US airlines to Venezuela.
    (AP, 3/23/06)

2006        Mar 24, Thousands of people across the US protested against legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2006        Mar 24, It was reported that Iraqi documents captured by US forces in 2003 say Russian intelligence had sources inside the American military that enabled it to feed information about U.S. troop movements and battle plans to Saddam Hussein. Russia quickly denied that it provided information on US troops movements and plans to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006         Mar 24, In Selmer, Tenn., Mary Winkler was charged with shooting to death her minister husband, Matthew Winkler, in the parsonage of their church.  In 2007 Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
    (AP, 3/24/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Winkler)
2006        Mar 24, A partly reusable commercial rocket developed by a California entrepreneur failed during its maiden launch from a Pacific island. Space Exploration Technology's Falcon 1, designed to carry payloads to orbit at low cost, lifted off from Kwajalein Atoll about 2:35 p.m. PST, but a Webcast provided by the company immediately lost its picture.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, Google stock traded up 7% to $365.80 following news that it would be added to the S&P 500 index on March 31.
    (SFC, 3/24/06, p.C1)
2006        Mar 24, Wendy’s Int’l. spun off Tim Hortons, a coffee-and-doughnut chain dominant in Canada. It was co-founded in 1964 by hockey player Tim Horton. Wendy’s, which acquired it in 1995, retained an 82.7% stake.
    (Econ, 4/1/06, p.56)
2006        Mar 24, Scientists reported glaciers and ice sheets were melting faster than previously thought and could raise sea levels by 13-20 feet by the end of the century.
    (SFC, 3/24/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 24, In Belarus police stormed the opposition tent camp in Minsk and rounded up hundreds of demonstrators who had spent a fourth night protesting President Alexander Lukashenko's victory in a disputed election. The US joined European nations in imposing sanctions on Belarus in retaliation for the crackdown on political protesters.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, Officials said Bulgaria and the US have reached an agreement allowing the US military to use several military bases in Bulgaria.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, The $24 million musical production of "Lord of the Rings" at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre met mixed reviews as critics applauded its leaping orcs and menacing dark riders, but got lost in the tangled plots of Middle Earth.
    (Reuters, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 24, A group of Cuban migrants who reached an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys only to be sent back to Cuba received official confirmation from American officials that they can return to the US for good on humanitarian visas.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, In southern Ecuador a plane crashed into the side of a tire factory in Cuenca, killing five of the 14 people aboard.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, In eastern France a large explosion rocked a chemistry school, killing a professor and injuring another person. About 10 people were unaccounted for.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, Bayer AG's 16.3 billion euro ($19.6 billion) offer for drugmaker Schering AG was embraced by its target as German rival Merck abandoned its own takeover offer.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, German scientists reported that they had isolated sperm-producing stem cells from mice that have similar properties to embryonic stem cells.
    (WSJ, 3/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 24, India's PM invited Pakistan to join his country in a "treaty of peace, security and friendship" to end nearly six decades of tension between the nuclear-armed nations.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, Indonesia recalled its ambassador in Australia in response to the granting of temporary asylum to 42 of 43 Papuans who landed in northern Australia by boat in January. The asylum request from the 43rd Papuan is still being considered.
    (AFP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 24, American and Iraqi troops swept the oil-rich region of Kirkuk for suspected insurgents and captured dozens. Across Iraq drive-by shootings, roadside bombings and sectarian violence killed at least 51 people including 2 US soldiers.
    (AP, 3/24/06)(WSJ, 3/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 24, In Italy the film “Il caimano" (The Cayman), directed by Nanni Moretti, was released. It was loosely about PM Silvio Berlusconi, but not the anti-Berlusconi diatribe that had been expected.
    (Econ, 4/1/06, p.42)
2006        Mar 24, A Japanese court ordered the shutdown of Japan's second-largest nuclear reactor in response to a lawsuit by residents who feared it could leak dangerous radiation during a powerful earthquake.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, In Japan Naha District Court official Tatsuhiko Toguchi said a US military civilian employee was sentenced to nine years in prison for two rapes on Okinawa. Dag A. Thompson (36) was sentenced for the rapes which took place in 1998 and 2004.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, The Mexican government said a US-owned hotel that expelled Cuban guests under pressure from the Treasury Department must pay $112,000 in fines for violating Mexican commerce law.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, Pope Benedict XVI installed his first group of cardinals, promoting 15 prelates, including two Americans, to the elite club that chooses his successor.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 15 suspected Taliban sympathizers in the latest flare-up of violence near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, In Mogadishu, Somalia, 13 people were killed as fighting continued between Islamic militia fighters and forces opposed to fundamentalist clerics. 3 days of clashes left at least 73 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/25/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 24, The UN Security Council voted keep UN peacekeepers in Sudan to monitor an accord ending a 21-year civil war and authorized planning for the expected extension of the UN force's operations to Darfur.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24-2006 Mar 25, In southeastern Turkey government troops killed 14 Kurdish guerrillas near the hamlet of Senyayla.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

2006        Mar 25, Some 500,000 people rallied in Los Angeles to protest legislation in Congress that would tighten enforcement against undocumented immigrants and erect more walls along the southern border.
    (SSFC, 3/26/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 25, In SF an evangelical Christian concert, dubbed “Battle Cry for a Generation," drew some 25,000 teens to AT&T Park.
    (SSFC, 3/26/06, p.B1)
2006        Mar 25, Aderian Gaines (36) was shot and killed while hosting a party for teenagers in Berkeley, Ca. On March 29 SWAT teams arrested James Freeman (29) in Berkeley and Antonio Harris (18) in Oakland for the murder of Gaines. On Nov 27 Harris was sentenced to 9 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/30/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/26/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/28/06, p.B3)
2006        Mar 25, In Seattle, Wa., Aaron Kyle Huff (28) fatally shot 6 people at a party and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 3/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 25, Buck Owens, US country singer, (76) died. The flashy rhinestone cowboy shaped the sound of country music with hits like "Act Naturally" and brought the genre to TV on the long-running "Hee Haw."
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, Richard Fleischer (b.1916), film director, died in Woodland Hills, Ca. His films included “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954) and “Conan the Destroyer" (1984). His 1993 memoir was titled "Just Tell Me When to Cry."
    (http://tinyurl.com/mdyck)
2006        Mar 25, Afghan and US troops backed by American aircraft fought suspected Taliban in southern Afghanistan, leaving one US service member and seven militants dead.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, Researchers said a prototype scramjet engine, that could ultimately lead to two-hour jet flights from Australia to Britain, was launched in the South Australian outback.
    (AFP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, In Belarus riot police clashed with protesters in Minsk, forcing demonstrators back and hitting several with truncheons. Four explosions were heard, apparently percussion grenades set off by police.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, Kimmie Meissner won the ladies' World Figure Skating Championships title in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2006        Mar 25, Canadian hunters started shooting and clubbing harp seal pups at the start of an annual hunt that is the focus of a tech-savvy protest by animal rights groups.
    (Reuters, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, It was reported that Finnish 15-year-olds have the highest level of mathematical skills, scientific knowledge and reading literacy of any rich industrialized country.
    (Econ, 3/25/06, p.58)
2006        Mar 25, In Haiti 17 human skulls were found in a trash-strewn wooded lot outside Port-au-Prince, including at least some discovered inside a container that had been tossed from a passing car.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, In India PM Manmohan Singh and Iranian Vice-President Rahim Mashaee held talks in New Delhi during which they stressed the need to strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in the energy sector.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, It was reported that Indonesia was losing almost 2m hectares of forest a year, an area the size of Massachusetts or Wales. Timber stock continued to disappear at a rate of 3% a year and over the last 15 years has resulted in a loss of a third of the country’s stock.
    (Econ, 3/25/06, p.73)
2006        Mar 25, In Iraq more than 50 people were killed in violence, many in a gunbattle between Shiite militia forces and insurgents south of Baghdad. A bomb exploded in a booth for traffic police in north Baghdad, killing four civilians.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, Morocco's King Mohammed VI wrapped up a 6-day visit to Western Sahara with talks on a plan to give the territory greater autonomy which will be submitted soon to the UN.
    (AFP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, Nigeria said it will send back to Liberia exiled ex-president and one-time warlord Charles Taylor, wanted for trial on war crimes by a UN-backed court.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, Nigeria announced a two-day extension of a controversial census to allow for everyone in Africa's most populous nation to be counted despite delays caused by poor organization and violence.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, In Pakistan police said they had arrested 57 renegade tribesmen over the last 24 hours in connection with recent bomb and rocket attacks that have killed several people in southwestern Pakistan.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, In Somalia hundreds of heavily armed Islamic militiamen launched an offensive to try to capture a key port and airstrip on the northeastern outskirts of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, Suspected Tamil Tigers blew up their fishing boat to avoid capture by a navy patrol off the west coast of Sri Lanka, leaving six rebels dead and eight sailors missing.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 25, Taiwan’s annual 8-day Matsu festival began. Tradition says she originated in the 11th century in China's southern Fujian province, directly across from Taiwan. Once revered as a protector of mariners and a guarantor of bountiful harvests, she is now seen as an all-purpose purveyor of health, wealth and happiness.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 25, Tens of thousands rallied in Bangkok, begging their king to intervene in a last-ditch effort to force PM Thaksin Shinawatra from office.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
2006        Mar 25, The Vatican's foreign minister said that the "time is ripe" for the Holy See and Beijing to establish diplomatic relations, and confirmed it is ready to move its embassy from Taiwan.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

2006        Mar 26, In Florida Paul Dana, a 30-year-old rookie in the Indy Racing League, died at Jackson Memorial Hospital from multiple trauma suffered in the crash during the final morning practice for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300.
    (www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/14193716.htm)
2006        Mar 26, An Afghan court dismissed a case against Abdul Rahman, who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence. Officials said he will be released soon.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, In Bangladesh 19 people were injured in clashes between political parties as the nation marked its 35th Independence Day anniversary under tight security for fear of Islamic militant attacks.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, The Chinese partner of Time Warner’s consumer products unit said the studio division plans to open some 200 stores in China over the coming years as demand for branded merchandise increases in China.
    (Reuters, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, Georgian police stormed a prison in Tbilisi after inmates rioted in an escape attempt from Ortochala prison, sparking a gun battle that left two guards and an unknown number of inmates dead.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 26, Iraqi Interior Ministry officials said authorities arrested Arkan al-Bawi, a police major from Diyala province, for taking part in death squads. Iraqi authorities said that US forces raided an Interior Ministry building and arrested 40 policemen after discovering 17 non-Iraqi prisoners in the facility.
    (Reuters, 3/26/06)(AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, Police found 30 more victims of the sectarian slaughter ravaging Iraq, most of them beheaded, dumped on a village road north of Baghdad. At least 16 Iraqis were killed in a US-backed raid at the Mustafa mosque complex in a Shiite neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad. At least 69 people were reported killed in one of the bloodiest days in weeks.
    (AP, 3/26/06)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.40)
2006        Mar 26-2006 Mar 27, In Iraq two days of violence left at least 151 dead.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 26, The UN said it did not expect Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah guerillas by force but hoped they would join the Lebanese army.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, In Mexico the bodies of six men, blindfolded, handcuffed and shot to death, were found packed inside a pickup truck on the side of a highway leading to the Texas border.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, A rights group said Myanmar's military rulers have launched an offensive against separatist guerrillas, attacking villages and forcing thousands to flee in an attempt to quash a five-decade insurgency by Karen ethnic rebels.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, In southwest Pakistan rebel tribesmen set off a bomb near the home of a senior government official and launched a separate attack on a military post, triggering a gunbattle that left two attackers and a soldier dead.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, Hamas pressed Arab leaders gathering for a summit in Sudan to triple their financial support to Palestinians and provide it fast, saying its government will need around $170 million a month, mostly for salaries.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, A smoking ban in enclosed public places took effect in Scotland, although a poll showed that a fifth of all Scottish smokers planned to ignore the new law.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
2006        Mar 26, Ukrainians cast ballots in a parliamentary election that could tip this divided ex-Soviet republic back toward Russia just 16 months after the Orange Revolution helped put it on a westward course.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

2006        Mar 27, The US Senate Judiciary Committee approved a proposal to legalize undocumented migrants and provide temporary work visas. Mexicans cheered the approval and credited huge marches of migrants across the US as the decisive factor behind the vote.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 27, Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified at his federal trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2006        Mar 27, In SF several thousand protesters marched down Market Street in a peaceful call for legal status for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the US.
    (SFC, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 27, It was reported that European researchers have developed "neuro-chips" in which living brain cells and silicon circuits are coupled together.
    (www.livescience.com/humanbiology/060327_neuro_chips.html)
2006        Mar 27, Lyn Nofziger (81), President Reagan's political adviser, died in Falls Church, Va.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2006        Mar 27, TV producer-director Dan Curtis (78) died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2006        Mar 27, Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity, quickly vanished after he was released from prison, apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still demanding his death.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 27, Officials said a roadside bombing killed three villagers and wounded two when it blew up their car in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, Finance Minister Antonio Palocci, the architect of Brazil's economic recovery and market-friendly fiscal policy, resigned after becoming caught up in a political scandal. His office was party to the illegal disclosure of payments to a bank account belonging to a witness against him in a corruption case.
    (AP, 3/27/06)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.32)
2006        Mar 27, Ian Hamilton Finlay, British artist and poet, died.
    (FT, 3/29/06, p.10)
2006        Mar 27, In Ethiopia a series of blasts killed one person and injured several others in Addis Ababa, the first fatality in a string of mysterious explosions in the capital.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, In Haiti scavengers found 10 human skulls in a trash heap, the second such grisly find in as many days in Port-au-Prince, where authorities speculated that the bones may have come from a Voodoo ritual.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, Shiite leaders cut off political talks and denounced the US over a weekend raid that they said killed worshippers in a mosque. In northern Iraq a suicide bombing killed at least 40 people at an army recruitment center in Kasak.
    (AP, 3/27/06)(SFC, 3/28/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 27, Gunmen kidnapped 16 employees of an Iraqi trading company in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, In an audiotape broadcast Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's chief deputy, purportedly called for Arab leaders to back Iraq's Sunni-backed insurgency.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, Abu Umar, a major Al-Qaeda figure in Iraq, was killed near Baquba.
    (AFP, 4/13/06)
2006        Mar 27, PM Silvio Berlusconi said on radio that he does not want Italy to become a multiethnic, multicultural country, drawing plaudits from a right-wing ally and criticism from center-left opponents.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 27, Japan's parliament passed the nation's most austere budget in 8 years, marking another achievement for PM Junichiro Koizumi and his efforts to cut the huge public debt.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, Malaysia’s government said it will end subsidies to flag carrier Malaysia Airlines and let it operate only 19 domestic routes, in competition with budget carrier AirAsia, under a major restructuring that will shed thousands of jobs.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, Nepalese army helicopters launched an attack on a gathering of communist rebels in the mountains of north-central Nepal, killing at least four people.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, The Dutch Equal Treatment Commission ruled that a Muslim woman who refuses to shake men's hands for religious reasons cannot be barred from a Dutch teacher-training program.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 27, In Nigeria a weeklong census ended as workers scrambled to tally everyone across Africa's most-populous nation, but many remained uncounted in the exercise, marred by violence and the lack of forms, census takers and money.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, Militants demanding control of revenues from Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta released their last remaining foreign hostages, two Americans and a Briton, but the group threatened to continue attacks on oil installations.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, Gunmen loyal to rival pro-Taliban clerics fought street battles in Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, leaving at least 25 people dead.
    (AFP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 27, In the Philippines a bomb exploded in a grocery store on southern Jolo island, killing 9 people and wounding 20. Police said an extortion attempt by suspected militants was likely behind the bombing.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 27, “Shooting Dogs," a new film on Rwanda's genocide, reduced many survivors to tears at its premiere in Kigali. The film's title refers to the way UN troops shot dogs eating the corpses that littered the streets of the Rwandan capital. The next day President Paul Kagame said the movie would help to ensure memories of the mass murder were kept alive.
    (Reuters, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 27, Stanislaw Lem (b.1921), Polish science fiction writer, died in Poland. His work included “His Master’s Voice" (1968). His best-known work, "Solaris," was adapted into films by director Andrei Tarkovsky (1972) and by Steven Soderbergh (2002). That version starred George Clooney and Natascha McElhone.
    (AP, 3/27/06)(WSJ, 4/8/06, p.P14)
2006        Mar 27, In Ukraine early election results showed pro-Russia party led by Viktor Yanukovych taking the largest number of votes, followed by the president's former ally, Yulia Tymoshenko. President Viktor Yushchenko's party was a distant third, a stinging rebuke to his West-leaning administration. Yanukovych's party, which has pledged to make Russian a second state language, drop plans to join NATO and restore frayed ties with Moscow, was dominating in the Russian-speaking east and south.
    (AP, 3/27/06)

2006        Mar 28, President Bush announced that White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, The US Federal Reserve under new chairman Ben Bernanke raised its key federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point to 4.75%.
    (SFC, 3/29/06, p.C1)
2006        Mar 28, Caspar W. Weinberger (b.1917), former US defense secretary under Pres. Reagan, died.
    (SFC, 3/29/06, p.B9)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.71)
2006        Mar 28, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb blew up a vehicle carrying Afghan army soldiers, killing six of them.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, Rights advocates said some 20 detained opposition supporters have gone on hunger strike to protest conditions at a Belarusian jail holding 400 opposition supporters, as authorities continued to crackdown on dissent following the disputed March 19 election.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, In China new regulations viewed on the Health Ministry's Web site forbade the buying and selling of organs and require that donors give written permission for their organs to be transplanted.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, Some 1-3 million protesters poured onto France's streets and absent workers hobbled transport services in the first nationwide strike against a new labor law for youths, increasing pressure on the embattled PM to withdraw the contested measure.
    (AP, 3/28/06)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.22)
2006        Mar 28, It was reported that France produced 78% of its electricity from nuclear power.
    (WSJ, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 28, The German state of Bavaria announced a ban on the use of cell phones in schools to prevent students from viewing images of pornography and extreme violence.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, Three groups of gunmen kidnapped 24 Iraqis from a currency exchange and two electronics stores in Baghdad, while a car bomb exploded south of the capital as police exchanged fire with two suicide bombers at a police station, wounding a dozen people. Two US soldiers were killed and three wounded in two attacks outside Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/28/06)(AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 28, Israelis voted in an election billed as a referendum on the future of the West Bank, with the leading candidate, acting PM Ehud Olmert, promising to pull back from most of the territory and draw Israel's final borders by 2010. The Kadima Party won the parliamentary elections. Two Israelis were killed in an explosion in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip border.
    (AP, 3/28/06)(AP, 3/28/07)
2006        Mar 28, President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati announced the formation of the world's third-largest marine reserve at the 8th UN conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity under way this week in Brazil.
    (Reuters, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, Officials said former Liberian President Charles Taylor disappeared from his Nigerian haven, days after his hosts agreed to transfer him to a war crimes tribunal for the murder, rape and maiming of more than a half-million Africans. Taylor was arrested trying to cross the border into Cameroon. He then was flown back to Liberia.
    (AP, 3/28/06)(AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 28, A Mexican judge ordered an Argentine journalist to remove references to one of the first lady's sons in a book that claims he benefited financially from his family's political connections. The book "Cronicas Malditas," or roughly "Accursed Chronicles" (2005), alleged that two of Sahagun's three sons, principally Manuel Bribiesca, had used their connections to get preferential treatment on federal government work contracts during the administration of President Vicente Fox, which began in December 2000.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, The Palestinian parliament overwhelming approved the new Hamas Cabinet, setting the stage for the new administration to take office later this week.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, In South Korea prosecutors formally arrested the top executive of an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co. in an investigation into suspicions that South Korea's largest carmaker created slush funds through its 39 subsidiaries for bribery.
    (AP, 3/28/06)(WSJ, 4/8/06, p.1)
2006        Mar 28, Spain’s ENCE said it will suspend construction of a controversial pulp mill in Uruguay to allow Argentina and Uruguay to resolved their differences over the environmental impact of the project. In October ENCE announced that it was abandoning the project.
    (FT, 3/29/06, p.8)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.46)
2006        Mar 28, In Sudan Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa called on Arab leaders to move toward a goal of "entering the nuclear club" and making use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. The absence of at least 10 heads of state, including President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, raised concerns of a lackluster summit.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, In Sudan Arab leaders promised to fund African soldiers in Darfur from October this year, despite international pressure to allow the United Nations to take over the mission.
    (Reuters, 3/28/06)
2006        Mar 28, Thousands of Kurdish protesters rampaged after funerals for 4 Kurdish PKK guerrillas killed by Turkish troops. They hurled firebombs at armored police vehicles and smashed windows at a police station. 2 Kurds were killed and 40 people injured.
    (AP, 3/29/06)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.54)
2006        Mar 28, Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko met separately with both his estranged Orange Revolution ally and an old pro-Moscow adversary as he sought to form a coalition after most voters rejected his party in weekend parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 3/28/06)

2006        Mar 29, Jack Abramoff, the US lobbyist who spawned a congressional corruption scandal, drew a 6-year prison term in a Florida fraud case.
    (WSJ, 3/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 29, Henry Farrell, a writer born as Charles Farrell Myers (1920), died in Los Angeles. His melodramatic thrillers spurred a genre of horror movies that included “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" and Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte."
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.B7)
2006        Mar 29, In San Francisco Linda Woo was found inside a car in her garage with her 2 unconscious children. Her daughter 3 died in the attempted suicide. Her 4-year old son suffered brain injuries. In 2009 Woo was sentenced 25 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 11/27/09, p.C2)
2006        Mar 29, The first total eclipse in years plunged Ghana into daytime darkness, a solar show sweeping northeast from Brazil to Mongolia.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, Afghanistan's parliament demanded that the government prevent a man who faced the death penalty for abandoning Islam for Christianity from being able to flee the country. Italy granted asylum to Abdul Rahman (41) and the Foreign Ministry said he would arrive there "soon," maybe within the day.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, In southern Afghanistan militants attacked a coalition forces base, sparking a battle that killed 32 suspected Taliban militants. Friendly fire was later suspected in the deaths of one American and one Canadian soldier.
    (AP, 3/29/06)(WSJ, 4/5/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 29, British lawmakers approved a measure requiring Britons applying for passports to get an identity card or be entered into a computer database, paving the way for the country's first national ID since World War II.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen said that Yash Ghai, a UN human rights representative, was no longer welcome in the Southeast Asian nation after the envoy criticized the government's crackdown on dissent.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, State media reported that China has arrested 76 officials and recovered about $510 million in misused funds following a national audit.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, A group of 27 Danish Muslim organizations have filed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper that first published the caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 29, In Germany factory workers at Ford, Infineon, DaimlerChrysler and other companies in Germany temporarily walked off their jobs as part of a series of warning strikes to put pressure on employers over demands for higher wages.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, Gunmen lined up 14 employees working at an electronics trading company in Baghdad and shot them all, killing eight and wounding six.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, After declaring victory in Israel's elections, acting PM Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party said it would quickly form a broad ruling coalition that will carry out its plan to pull out of much of the West Bank and draw Israel's borders by 2010.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, accused of war crimes, was flown to Sierra Leone after he was captured in northern Nigeria.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2006        Mar 30, The Mexican Senate approved a broadcasting law that passes the power to license and regulate broadcasting to the telecommunications regulator.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.40)
2006        Mar 29, Palestine’s Hamas party formally took power, and the newly installed prime minister pledged to cooperate with President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the defeated Fatah party. The Bush administration and Canada cut all official ties as the new government was sworn in.
    (AP, 3/29/06)(SFC, 3/30/06, p.A12)
2006        Mar 29, The Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi authorities had arrested 40 suspected members of al-Qaida, including some allegedly involved in last month's attempted bombing of a key oil complex, and seized a large cache of weapons and explosives.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, Serbs in northern Kosovo warned the UN that the province would split in two if the Albanian majority clinches independence in talks this year.
    (Reuters, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, Some 20 Filipino seamen were seized after their oil tanker, the United Arab Emirates-registered MT LIN1, offloaded its cargo at a southern Somali port. The men were released in July 15 following negotiations.
    (AP, 7/16/06)
2006        Mar 29, In South Africa a fire swept through a downtown Johannesburg building, killing 12 people and injuring 33 others trapped inside by locked security gates and belongings piled in passageways.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, In Thailand tens of thousands of protesters seeking the ouster of PM Thaksin Shinawatra descended on Bangkok's busiest shopping district, disrupting business and traffic in the heart of the capital.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, In Thailand 7 decomposed bodies found in a jungle near the border with Myanmar. The remains of four Hmong Americans are believed to be among the dead. Eight men, including four Hmong with US citizenship, were reported missing March 16.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, In southeastern Turkey riot police fired water cannons and used pepper spray to disperse stone-throwing Kurdish rioters in a second day of violence that an official said left at least three people dead and 250 injured.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, The UN Security Council demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, the first time the body directly urged Tehran to clear up suspicions that it was seeking nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2006        Mar 29, In Venezuela the body of Filippo Sindoni (74), a prominent businessman who owned a TV station, newspaper and pasta company, was found a day after he was abducted by men wearing police uniforms.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 29, In Vietnam activists and Vietnam War veterans wrapped up a global conference on Agent Orange with a plea to the US government and chemical companies to take responsibility for health problems linked to the wartime defoliant.
    (AP, 3/29/06)

2006        Mar 30, Pres. Bush arrived in Cancun, Mexico, for 2 days of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks with Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Mexico’s Pres. Fox.
    (Reuters, 3/30/06)(WSJ, 3/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 30, The Bush administration said that it is filing a trade case against China before the World Trade Organization in a dispute involving auto parts from the US and other nations.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, The Massachusetts top court said gay couples can’t marry in Massachusetts if they are from US states where same-sex unions are prohibited.
    (WSJ, 3/31/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar 30, US Major League Baseball began its investigation into alleged steroid use by Barry Bonds and others.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2006        Mar 30, The Translational Genomics Research Institute announced that researchers have identified a genetic cause for epilepsy, which could lead to the development of medicines to treat epilepsy and autism.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, In eastern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants killed a district chief and three of his staff in an ambush. In the south rebels killed a police commander and his brother.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, Researchers reported in the journal Science that record levels of greenhouse gases may be trapping heat above the ice sheets of Antarctica.
    (SFC, 3/31/06, p.A2)
2006        Mar 30, Researchers in Australia's Outback launched a test flight of a supersonic jet designed to fly 10 times faster than conventional airplanes.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, Australia's remote northwest shore was lashed by 80 mph winds as Cyclone Glenda made landfall. There were no immediate reports of substantial damage.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, A cruise boat carrying some 130 people capsized in calm Gulf waters only a few hundred yards off the Bahrain coast. 58 people were killed. In 2007 the owner of a dinner cruise boat was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
    (SFC, 3/31/06, p.A11)(AP, 4/2/07)(AP, 5/24/07)
2006        Mar 30, China said it would spend 1.2 billion dollars cleaning up the Songhua River following a major chemical spill last year that contaminated water supplies for millions of people.
    (AFP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was appointed chairman of the consortium building a strategically vital gas pipeline linking Russia's vast reserves with German markets, and awarded a salary of about $300,000.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, Germany's metal-working sector was hit by a second consecutive day of strikes as members of the giant IG Metall union applied more pressure for a five-percent pay rise.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, In western Guatemala 4 people were killed and 12 others were injured in an explosion at a home-based fireworks factory.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, In Iraq Jill Carroll, a freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor, was set free nearly three months after she was kidnapped in a bloody ambush that killed her translator. She said she had been treated well. Assailants in speeding cars gunned down a police commando as he was leaving his house in south Baghdad, and drive-by shooters killed a lawyer as she got out of a taxi in the southern city of Basra.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, John McGahern (71), Irish writer, died in Dublin. His stark depiction of love and despair in repressive rural Ireland made him one of his country's most acclaimed fiction writers.
    (www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/books/31mcgahern.html)
2006        Mar 30, In Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller (60) became Jamaica's prime minister and first female head of government.
    (Econ, 3/25/06, p.42)(AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, Japan and the US pledged to work together to defend intellectual property rights amid concern in both countries about piracy in rapidly growing China.
    (AFP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, Mexico’s Congress passed legislation dubbed the Televisa Law" confirming the country’s longstanding TV duopoly. President Vicente Fox officially signed off on controversial reforms to the country’s Federal Radio and Television law on April 11. In 2007 the legislation faced court actions.
    (http://cbrayton.wordpress.com/2007/05/11/mexico-the-birth-of-the-televisa-law/)
2006        Mar 30, A Palestinian militant killed four Israelis in a suicide bombing in the West Bank, weeks after being released from a Palestinian prison.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 30, The EU, Russia, the UN and the US warned the Hamas-led Palestinian government that it must recognize Israel and seek peace talks if it wants to be guaranteed continued aid.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, A Russian-American crew and Marcos Pontes, Brazil’s 1st astronaut, lifted off in a Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft to dock with the int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 3/31/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 30, Russia's natural-gas monopoly OAO Gazprom said that Belarus must pay European rates for its gas, an apparent bargaining ploy to win control over its neighbor's gas pipeline system and one that could stir trouble between the allies.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, Spain's lower house of parliament approved a divisive proposal to grant greater autonomy to Catalonia and boost the wealthy region's tax collecting and judicial powers.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, In southeast Turkey violent protests by thousands of Kurdish demonstrators left at least 20 hurt as protesters hurled firebombs and police opened fire to disperse the crowds.
    (AP, 3/3006)
2006        Mar 30, In the UAR hours after a human rights group blasted the United Arab Emirates for what it called wanton abuses of Asian workers, the country's labor minister said a law in the works will give laborers the right to form trade unions and bargain collectively.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
2006        Mar 30, In Uganda a fire destroyed a school dormitory in Kabarole where the children had been reading by candlelight, killing at least 10 of the students.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 30, Uruguay said it will repay $630 million to the IMF ahead of schedule, clearing all its 2006 obligations to the agency in a sign of the country's improving economic health.
    (AP, 3/30/06)

2006        Mar 31, President Bush, closing a three-nation NAFTA summit, defended requiring secure documents from border-crossing Canadians and pushed Mexico to prevent more of its people from illegally entering America.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, Auto parts maker Delphi Corp. moved to void its U.S. labor contracts, cut up to 8,500 salaried workers and close or sell a third of its plants globally as it attempts to slash costs and restructure in order to exit bankruptcy.
    (Reuters, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, A provincial governor said Afghan authorities have detained a border police commander from the Achakzai tribe accused in the killings of 17 Pakistanis on March 21. Taliban insurgents raided several police posts in Helmand province and six of the attackers were killed. A suicide car-bomber was killed when he blew himself up as he tried to ram his vehicle into an Afghan army convoy in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 3/31/06)(Reuters, 3/31/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006        Mar 31, Australian police arrested and charged three men with alleged links with a terrorist organization after counter-terrorism teams swooped on Melbourne's northern suburbs.
    (Reuters, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, In Austria Gertraud Arzberger (33), who stuffed the bodies of two of her four newborn infants in a freezer and entombed two others in plastic buckets filled with cement, was convicted of three counts of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Her live-in companion, Johannes Genser (39), was convicted as an accessory and was sentenced to 15 years.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, A lucky Belgian won the jackpot of 75,753,123 euros (53 million pounds) in the European lottery EuroMillions.
    (Reuters, 4/1/06)
2006        Mar 31, Military and police forces took control of Bolivia's major airports, one day after hundreds of striking airline workers blocked runways and disrupted flights to three airports.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, A plane carrying 19 people crashed in a mountainous region outside Rio de Janeiro, killing all aboard. A small LET 410 twin-engine plane belonging to the local Team airline went missing about 20 minutes after leaving the city of Macae.
    (AP, 4/1/06)
2006        Mar 31, In China Hu Jia, a prominent AIDS activist, said he would sue the government for improperly detaining him. Jia, released on March 28, accused Chinese security forces of abducting and holding him for 41 days.
    (AP, 4/1/06)
2006        Mar 31, French President Jacques Chirac offered to soften a labor law that makes it easier to fire young workers, but the student and labor leaders who have organized nationwide strikes rejected his compromise and repeated calls for the measure's repeal.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, Indonesia said it has confirmed its 23rd bird flu fatality by tests carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO). Local tests showed another patient is infected.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, The air force chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards said Iran successfully test-fired a new missile, the Fajir-3, with the ability to avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously.
    (AP, 3/31/06)(SFC, 4/3/06, p.A3)
2006        Mar 31, In western Iran 3 strong earthquakes and several aftershocks reduced villages to rubble, killing 70 people and injuring about 1,200 others.
    (AP, 3/31/06)(AP, 3/31/07)
2006        Mar 31, In Iraq a mortar round slammed into a street in northeastern Baghdad, killing three women when shrapnel hit their home, and soldiers discovered the bullet-riddled bodies of six men wearing handcuffs in western Baghdad. Gunmen attacked a minibus carrying Shiites northeast of Baghdad, killing six men and wounding one woman. At least 18 other people were killed elsewhere, including three ice cream vendors and a butcher, many in drive-by shootings.
    (AP, 3/31/06)(AP, 4/1/06)
2006        Mar 31, Japan's opposition party suffered a fresh humiliation when its leadership resigned en masse over a fake e-mail scandal, handing PM Junichiro Koizumi an uncontested grip on power in his last six months in office.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, Jordanian health officials announced the kingdom's first human case of the bird flu in a worker (31) believed to have contracted the deadly strain in his home village in Egypt.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, Abu Yousef Abu Quka, a top commander of a small militant Palestinian group, was killed when his car mysteriously exploded in flames. A shootout between rival Palestinian factions erupted shortly after the blast.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, A Portuguese court convicted 96 people, including 81 police officers, in a corruption case involving bribes for dismissed traffic fines.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, Prosecutors in Warsaw filed charges against Poland's last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, in connection with his imposition of martial law in 1981 as the Soviet-backed regime tried to crush the Solidarity pro-democracy movement.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, The EU gave Serbia an extra month to hand over genocide suspect Ratko Mladic or face suspension of its talks on closer EU ties, after being reassured of progress in the manhunt.
    (AFP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, In Sri Lanka the ruling coalition won an overwhelming victory in local elections, according to results released by the government, a result seen as an endorsement of the president's negotiations with Tamil Tiger rebels.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, Swiss prosecutors said they have filed charges against 19 former top executives and board members of the defunct Swissair for their part in the national airline's 2001 bankruptcy.
    (AP, 3/31/06)
2006        Mar 31, In Tonga Dr. Fred Sevele agreed to serve as PM, making him the first commoner to lead the government in living memory.
    (www.taimiotonga.com/Taimi/News.asp?db=1&N_ID=448)(Econ, 3/17/07, p.47)
2006        Mar 31, In Turkey a bomb hidden in a garbage can exploded near an Istanbul bus stop, killing a street vendor and injuring 13 people. Fighting between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish guerrillas killed a 3-year-old boy and brought to 7 the number of fatalities in the 4th day of clashes.
    (AP, 3/31/06)(SFC, 4/1/06, p.A5)

2006        Mar, The report “Towards 2020 Science," organized by Microsoft Corp., was published in a special issue of Nature. The work by some 34 leading scientists examined how developments in computing might influence science as a whole.
    (http://research.microsoft.com/towards2020science/nature.htm)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.83)
2006        Mar, Sebastian Pinera, Chilean businessman and politician, paid some $6 million for 1,150 square km. on Chiloe Island and planned to invest some 20 million over the next 5 years to develop ecotourism there.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, p.74)(www.businesschile.cl/portada.php?w=old&lan=en&id=63)
2006        Mar, China announced the 1st retail fuel price increases in 8 months. Beijing taxi drivers believed that the government’s fear of wildcat strikes was the main reason why they were not allowed to install 2-way radio systems.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.44)
2006        Mar, Gambia police closed the leading opposition paper, The Independent, after it published an article that incorrectly named a former interior minister among 23 people arrested for plotting a coup attempt. The paper printed a front-page retraction the next day, but the story ran up against a harsh new law that mandates prison sentences of at least six months for printing falsehoods. Daba Marena, director general of Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency, was arrested for allegedly taking part in a coup attempt. Amnesty Int’l. later said he may have been “extra-judicially executed." In 2010 US-exiled Musa Saidykhan, former editor of The Independent, asked a regional court to order his government to pay him two million dollars in damages for alleged torture over the botched coup story.
    (AP, 7/31/06)(WSJ, 12/24/07, p.A8)(AFP, 6/3/10)
2006        Mar, Iceland’s currency and stock market fell as its current-account deficit stood at 16% of GDP. Similar problems due to high current-account deficits faced New Zealand, Australia, Turkey and Hungary.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.19)
2006        Mar, In India a top government official in Krishna, a district of Andhra Pradesh state, temporarily shut 50 branch offices of four microfinance institutions (MFIs), on the grounds of charging exorbitant rates.
    (Econ, 8/19/06, p.62)
2006        Mar, Rabbinical leaders announced that some 6,000 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe in India's northeast were descendants of ancient Israelites or one of the Biblical 10 lost tribes. In November 200 members of the tribe moved to Israel.
    (AFP, 11/16/06)
2006        Mar, Persian Gulf stock markets suffered their 1st serious correction after years of 6-7% annual gains. Stock market reversals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAR, along with Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia triggered outrage among local small investors.
    (WSJ, 3/27/06, p.C1)
2006        Mar, In Spain a dozen councilors from the southern resort of Marbella were arrested for graft related to construction projects.
    (Econ, 9/16/06, p.61)
2006        Mar, In South Africa a program was launched to train 375 traditional healers to test patients for AIDS, keep records, and refer patients to clinics for antiretroviral drugs.
    (WSJ, 5/5/06, p.A1)
2006        Mar, In Soweto, South Africa, construction began on the black-owned $96 million Maponya Mall, the first of its kind in the township.
    (AFP, 5/20/06)
2006        Mar, Inflation in Zimbabwe touched 914%. Unemployment was estimated at 80%.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.A2)

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