Return to home2006 Jan 1,
President Bush strongly defended his domestic spying program,
calling it legal as well as vital to thwarting terrorist attacks.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 1, Toronto wrapped up
2005 with 78 homicides, 52 of them gun-related.
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,
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2006 Jan 2, No. 4 Ohio State
beat No. 5 Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 2, In central
Indonesia flash floods swept away hundreds houses and schools,
killing at least 57 people.
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
(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.
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.
2006 Jan 2, A car exploded in
northern Gaza after nightfall, killing at least one Palestinian.
Witnesses said an Israeli aircraft was overhead.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 5, China’s government
announced the closing 5,290 coal mines in a safety crackdown on the
world's deadliest mining industry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 5, A shootout between
inmates at Honduras' biggest prison left at least 13 inmates dead
and another 30 wounded.
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
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.
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
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.
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
2006 Jan 5, Peru recalled its
ambassador from Venezuela, accusing President Hugo Chavez of
meddling in Peru's upcoming presidential race.
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
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
2006 Jan 6, The 115-year-old
Pilgrim Baptist Church of Chicago was destroyed by fire.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 6, A suicide car
bomber struck a police patrol in Baghdad, killing one officer.
2006 Jan 6, Israel’s PM Ariel
Sharon had emergency brain surgery for five hours after doctors
detected further bleeding and increasing pressure.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2006 Jan 7, US Representative
Tom DeLay (R-Texas), facing corruption charges, stepped down as
House majority leader.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
2006 Jan 8, A car ploughed into
a group of 12 cyclists in North Wales, killing four and leaving four
others seriously injured.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 8, The Islamic
militant group Hamas launched a TV station in the Gaza Strip as part
of its expansion into Palestinian politics.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 8, Three Turks were
reported to be infected with a deadly strain of bird flu in the
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 9, Confirmation
hearings opened in Washington for Supreme Court nominee Samuel
2006 Jan 9, "The Phantom of the
Opera" leapt past "Cats" to become the longest-running show in
2006 Jan 9, The US DJIA rose
52.59 to close at 11,011.9, its 1st close above 11,000 since Jun 7,
(SFC, 1/10/06, p.E1)
2006 Jan 9, Howard Stern began
his new Sirius Satellite radio show.
2006 Jan 9, Don Stewart (70),
soap opera actor (Guiding Light), died in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2006 Jan 10, Apple Computer CEO
Steve Jobs unveiled an iMac computer based on Intel chips.
2006 Jan 10, Bruce Sutter
became the 4th relief pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Jan 10, Panama's
agricultural minister resigned, accusing the US of pressuring the
Central American country to accept lower agricultural inspection
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.
2006 Jan 10, Spanish police
arrested 20 people, mostly Moroccans, linked to Islamic terrorism
and violence in Iraq in raids across Spain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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
2006 Jan 11, In Egypt a tour
bus carrying Australian tourists overturned on a wet highway,
killing six people and injuring at least 24.
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
2006 Jan 11, In Haiti clashes
between gangs and UN peacekeepers reportedly killed one person and
wounded at least 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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
2006 Jan 13, Raul Anguiano
(b.1915), Mexican painter, sculptor and muralist, died in Mexico
(SFC, 1/17/06, p.B5)
2006 Jan 13, Mongolia’s
Parliament voted to dissolve the government of PM Tsakhilganiin
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 13, Ukrainian
President Viktor Yushchenko said that his country should produce its
own nuclear fuel for power plants.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 14, In Nepal Maoist
rebels assaulted two police stations on the outskirts Kathmandu,
killing 12 and wounding six.
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.
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
(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
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.
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,
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
2006 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy,
killing three civilians, including a Canadian diplomat.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 15, Iran said it would
sponsor a conference to examine the scientific evidence supporting
2006 Jan 15, The US military
freed 509 Iraqi detainees from three prisons in Iraq, including two
journalists who work for Reuters.
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
2006 Jan 16, Colombia's
president ordered an investigation into allegations that outlawed
paramilitary groups have infiltrated congressional campaigns using
illegal drug money.
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.
2006 Jan 16, A US-registered
private jet crashed in the French Alps outside Bourdeau and 4 people
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 16, In Mongolia some
2,000 people gathered in the main square of Ulan Bator, demanding
their president resign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 17, The US SEC voted
on proposals for a massive revamp on how companies disclose
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 17, Taiwan's PM Frank
Hsieh announced his resignation, paving the way for a Cabinet
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 18, Egypt released 233
Sudanese migrants detained after security forces broke up a protest
camp in a Cairo square last month.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(AP, 1/18/06)(WSJ, 1/19/06, p.A1)(Econ, 1/21/06,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 19, In Bolivia a
flatbed truck drove off the side of the mountainous road near
Tarija, killing at least 38 people.
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.
2006 Jan 19, In Germany
environmentalists positioned a 55-foot dead whale in front of the
Japanese Embassy in Berlin to protest against Japanese
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Jan 19, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up at a Tel Aviv fast-food stand,
killing himself and wounding 15 people.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 19, Suspected Tamil
Tiger rebels exploded anti-personnel mines twice in eastern Sri
Lanka, killing four people and injuring 25 others.
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.
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.
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
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
2006 Jan 20, The US Treasury
Department issued a license allowing the Cubans to participate in
the 16-team World Baseball Classic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 20, A crowded bus
veered off a steep mountain road in Indian-controlled Kashmir,
killing at least 53 people.
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.
2006 Jan 20, In west Nepal
suspected communist rebels attacked a security checkpoint, killing
at least four policemen and injuring four others.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 21, In Afghanistan a
local police chief was killed in a suspected Taliban ambush in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 21, In southern Nepal
Maoist rebels and government forces clashed in Phapar Badi village,
killing 14 militants and six security forces.
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
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.
2006 Jan 21, Palestinian
security forces cast ballots for parliamentary candidates in the
official start of this week's Palestinian elections.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 22, Explosions hit
pipelines running through southern Russia, cutting the natural gas
supply to Georgia and Armenia during a cold snap.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Jan 23, US researchers
reported that chimpanzees may be more closely related to human
beings than they are to other apes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 24, US Supreme Court
nominee Samuel Alito won a 10-8 party-line approval from the Senate
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 24, In Brazil
rebellious inmates ended a one-day prison uprising in the remote
jungle state of Rondonia that left four dead.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 25, The UN said that
thousands of refugees were without help after riots forced it to
curtail operations in Ivory Coast.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 25, A minibus struck a
land mine in southwestern Pakistan, killing six passengers and
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
2006 Jan 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a rocket killed two police officers during a battle with
Taliban rebels in Paktika province.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 26, In southwestern
Pakistan suspected tribal militants blew up a stretch of railway
track, severing train links with rest of country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 27, Western Union
delivered its last telegram.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 27, Three French
citizens and a Haitian who were kidnapped near a volatile slum
outside of the capital were released unharmed.
2006 Jan 27, It was reported
that one of every two German oak trees was sick due to pollution and
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
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
(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.
2006 Jan 27, Malaysian
dissident politician Anwar Ibrahim sued former PM Mahathir Mohamad
for defamation after Mahathir refused to apologize for calling him a
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 28, Beijing prepared
to usher in the Lunar New Year with bang, after authorities lifted a
12-year ban on fireworks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan 29, In Iraq ABC news
anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were seriously
injured in a roadside bombing near Taji.
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,
2006 Jan 29, Sheik Sabah IV Al
Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah was sworn in as the new emir of Kuwait.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
(SFC, 1/31/06, p.E1)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.63)(AP,
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.
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
(SFC, 2/1/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.D2)(SFC,
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
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
2006 Jan 31, British lawmakers
watered down a bill banning religious hate speech, then narrowly
voted it into law.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Jan 31, NATO ended its
earthquake relief operation in Pakistan, the first big disaster
mission involving ground troops outside an alliance country.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jan, In Alberta, Canada,
Premier Ralph Klein disbursed prosperity checks of C$400 to every
adult in his province.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan, Mani Shankar Aiyar,
India’s petroleum minister, visited China and signed a series of
(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.
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.
2006 Jan, Vodka producers in
Russia began shutting down due to the lack of new government tax
(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
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.
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
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
(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.
2006 Feb 1, The journal Nature
reported that object UB313 is larger than Pluto according to German
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 2, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, a billionaire known for his philanthropy, anonymously
donated $100 million to Johns Hopkins University to support stem
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
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
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.
2006 Feb 2, Guatemalan police
said they have arrested 7 Christian fundamentalist vigilantes who
extorted travelers and may have killed five people they believed
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 2, Lebanese officials
said the bullet-ridden body of a 15-year-old shepherd was found in
disputed territory occupied by Israel.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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,
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"
(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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Feb 4, In Afghanistan a
land mine ripped through a police vehicle, killing six officers and
wounding four in Kandahar.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 4, A Palestinian man
stabbed five people on a minibus in central Israel, killing one
woman before passengers subdued him.
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Feb 5, In Detroit, Mich.,
the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks
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.
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.
2006 Feb 5, Actor Franklin
Cover (“The Jeffersons") died in Englewood, N.J., at age 77.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 5, Israeli aircraft
fired three missiles at a building used by militants in Gaza City,
killing three people and wounding five.
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.
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
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.
2006 Feb 5, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least 13
people and wounding 20 others.
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Feb 6, In Canada Stephen
Harper, dismissed less than two years ago as unelectable, was sworn
in as the country's 22nd PM.
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'
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Feb 6, In Morocco police
broke up an international network helping Indians migrate illegally
to Europe with 70 arrests.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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].
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
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.
2006 Feb 7, In western
Afghanistan a Turkish engineer, an Indian national and their driver
were killed when a bomb struck their vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
2006 Feb 7, Haitians jammed
polling stations as UN peacekeepers fanned out to guard the
country's first presidential election in nearly six years.
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
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.
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
2006 Feb 7, In Ivory Coast the
UN was due to enforce sanctions on three political leaders judged to
have blocked a peace process.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Feb 9, Australian senators
voted to remove an effective ban on abortion drug RU-486.
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.
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.
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
2006 Feb 9, A roadside bomb
blast killed two US Marines near the western Anbar province city of
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
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.
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.
2006 Feb 9, Moroccan state
media reported that the US has handed over three suspected Islamic
militants held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
2006 Feb 9, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez unleashed more criticism toward President Bush
and accused the US and Britain of planning to invade Iran.
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.
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
2006 Feb 10, Dr. Norman Shumway
(83), who performed the first successful heart transplant in the
U.S., died in Palo Alto, Calif.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Feb 11, An Egyptian
diplomat abducted at gunpoint in the Gaza Strip was released.
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.
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
2006 Feb 11, An Iraqi army
spokesman was assassinated in Basra.
2006 Feb 11, Italy dissolved
its parliament and scheduled elections for early April, opening a
campaign that pits Premier Silvio Berlusconi against a strong
2006 Feb 11, American Chad
Hedrick won the 5,000 meters in speedskating at the Olympics in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 14, Iran said it had
resumed uranium enrichment; Russia and France immediately called on
Iran to halt its work.
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
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.
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.
2006 Feb 14, The UN asked
Lebanon to explain reports of arms shipments crossing the Syrian
border destined for the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 15, Gunmen on a
motorcycle killed three Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver
in a remote tribal region of southwestern Pakistan.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 16, Two shipping
accidents off eastern China's Fujian province left 61 sailors
2006 Feb 16, Egypt confirmed
its first cases of H5N1 bird flu.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 16, Serbia rejected
European Union's guidelines for an independence vote in Montenegro,
increasing tensions within the troubled Balkan state.
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.
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
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.
2006 Feb 17, Two US CH-53E
helicopters crashed off the coast of Djibouti. Only 2 of 12 crew
2006 Feb 17, Louisiana
lawmakers voted to assume control of new Orleans levees from local
(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.
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.
2006 Feb 17, US-based Space
Adventures announced it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in
the United Arab Emirates.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
2006 Feb 17, Pakistan security
forces seized heavy weapons and munitions destined for Islamic
militants in a northwestern tribal region near Afghanistan.
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
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.
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
2006 Feb 18, Character actor
Richard Bright ("The Godfather") was struck and killed by a bus in
New York; he was 68.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 18, A spate of
roadside bombings in Baghdad and north of the capital killed a US
soldier and at least 11 Iraqis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2006 Feb 18, In southwestern
Pakistan insurgents blew up four gas pipelines and two people were
injured in landmine explosions in Baluchistan province.
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.
2006 Feb 18, Hamas legislator
Abdel Aziz Duaik, a geography professor from the West Bank, was
elected speaker of the new Palestinian parliament.
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
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.
2006 Feb 19, Jimmie Johnson won
the Daytona 500.
2006 Feb 19, The East rallied
from 21 points down for a 122-120 victory over the West in the NBA
2006 Feb 19, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban rebels attacked a police checkpost in
insurgency-hit, killing three policemen.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2006 Feb 19, In western India a
bomb exploded at a railway station in Ahmadabad, injuring at least
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.
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
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.
2006 Feb 19, An Israeli
aircraft attacked two Palestinians laying a bomb near the
Gaza-Israel border fence. Palestinians said two militants were
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.
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.
2006 Feb 19, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf arrived in China on a visit that analysts
said would focus on anti-terrorism cooperation, trade and
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.
2006 Feb 20, President George
Bush, visiting Milwaukee, outlined his energy proposals to help wean
the country off foreign oil.
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
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
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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,
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
2006 Feb 22, Bulgaria's
parliament endorsed a government decision to send a 120-member
non-combat unit to Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
(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
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,
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
2006 Feb 23, China warned Hong
Kong’s new Cardinal Joseph Zen that he should avoid mixing religion
(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
(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
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.
2006 Feb 23, Greece's seamen's
union called off a crippling eight-day strike and said it would
allow ships to begin sailing.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 23, A powerful
earthquake sent thousands of panicking people fleeing from swaying
buildings in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and killed at least two
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.
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
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
(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
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.
2006 Feb 24, South Dakota
lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
2006 Feb 24, Octavia Butler
(b.1947), African-American sci-fi writer, died in Seattle. Her 12
books included “Kindred" (1979).
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.
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"
(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.
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,
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.
2006 Feb 24, Rodney MacDonald
(34), Canada's youngest premier, was sworn into office in Nova
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb 24, Israel's air force
fired a missile at a group of Palestinian militants firing rockets
at Israeli targets.
2006 Feb 24, Julia Mancuso won
gold in the women's giant slalom at the Turin Olympics.
2006 Feb 24, Japan suspended
all French poultry imports and threatened a similar ban on the
Netherlands following reported cases of H5N1 bird flu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Feb 25, It was reported
that there were 691 billionaires worldwide, compared with 423 in
(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
(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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
2006 Feb 25, In Iraq leaders of
rival factions held an emergency meeting and agreed to condemn
(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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Feb 25, Portugal and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) signed an accord that
could lead to technology partnerships in the Iberian nation.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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."
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.
2006 Feb 27, Five California
state prison employees, who objected to questionable purchases for
inmate drug treatment programs, testified that they were told to
(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
(WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 27, Otis Chandler
(b.1927), former publisher of the LA Times (1960-1980), died in
(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
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.
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
(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
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
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
2006 Feb 27, In Burundi a
government official acknowledged that rogue soldiers and police
officers have executed and tortured suspected rebels and civilians.
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.
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
2006 Feb 27, In southern
Colombia rebels burst into a hotel where local government officials
were meeting and killed eight town councilors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
2006 Feb 27, A lab official
said Niger has become the second African country with confirmed
cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain.
2006 Feb 27, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb explosion on a railroad track derailed a passenger
train shortly after it was attacked by gunmen.
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
2006 Feb 28, The US Supreme
Court voted 8-0 to bar the use of racketeering laws against
(WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 28, The first Mardi
Gras since Hurricane Katrina drew a smaller-than-usual turnout.
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.
(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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Feb, The government of
Brazil exempted foreign buyers of reais denominated bonds from
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 1, Actor Jack Wild
(53), who'd played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 film "Oliver!,"
died in Bedfordshire, England.
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.
2006 Mar 1, Greek lawmakers
approved new legislation to lift a standing ban on cremation of the
2006 Mar 1, Two Haitian
security guards employed by the US Embassy were shot to death near
the American ambassador's official residence.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 2, The Senate voted to
renew the USA Patriot Act.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Mar 2, Libya released all
84 jailed members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement who had
been held since the late 1990s.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Mar 3, Detectives
investigating Britain's largest robbery discovered several million
pounds in cash at a warehouse in southeast London.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2006 Mar 4, Jenny McCarthy
received 3 Razzies: worst picture, worst actress and worst
screenplay as producer, for the gross-out romantic comedy “Dirty
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
2006 Mar 6, Baseball Hall of
Famer Kirby Puckett died in Phoenix at age 45.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2006 Mar 7, Ehud Olmert, the
acting Israeli premier, pledged a drastic cut in spending on Jewish
settlements in the West Bank.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 9, Pres. Bush signed a
weakened patriot Act into law, a day before parts of it were due to
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
2006 Mar 9, In Afghanistan’s
Helmand province a roadside bomb killed two Afghan soldiers when it
hit their convoy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 9, The French
parliament, despite protests by students and unions, enacted a
much-contested law to reduce youth unemployment by using contract
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
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.
2006 Mar 9, A German laboratory
said the H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in a weasel-like mammal
called a stone marten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 9, In southwestern
Nepal communist rebels attacked a security checkpoint with bombs,
killing at least three government security forces and wounding five.
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.
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
2006 Mar 9, In Turkey a bomb
set off by suspected Kurdish guerrillas killed three people and
injured 18 in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 10, Ohio State,
acknowledging eight of nine violations alleged by the NCAA, was
placed on three years' probation.
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.
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
2006 Mar 10, Opera singer Anna
Moffo died in New York at age 73.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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
2006 Mar 10, Prosecutors in
Milan said they have requested that Italian Premier Silvio
Berlusconi be indicted on corruption charges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 10, In Russia a bomb
exploded outside a government office in the southern city of
Makhachkala, killing a top-ranking police official.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Mar 11, Iran threatened to
use oil as a weapon if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions
over its nuclear program.
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
(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.
2006 Mar 11, In Jordan 2
militants were executed by hanging for the killing in Amman of a US
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.
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
(SFC, 3/13/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/14/06, p.A1)(Econ,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 13, News reports said
the world industrial-standards association has rejected China's
controversial wireless encryption standard for global use.
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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 13, Iranian lawmakers
approved spending $15 million to investigate alleged American
intervention in the country.
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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 13, Myanmar reported
its first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
2006 Mar 13, Nepal's royal
government offered amnesty, cash, jobs and land to communist rebels
who surrender in the next three months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 14, A Washington DC
judge ruled that the slaughter of horses for meat may continue in
(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
(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
(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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 14, Belarus
authorities arrested more opposition activists as Belarusians cast
early ballots for the March 19 presidential election.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 15, In southwest China
a boat carrying people home from a fair capsized while crossing a
river leaving at least 27 dead.
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.
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
2006 Mar 15, In France a
suspected gangland-style car explosion killed one man and injured
another on a highway north of Paris.
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
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,
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
2006 Mar 15, In Japan 4 people
suspected of committing group suicide were found dead inside a
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Mar 16, The 4th World
Water Forum opened in Mexico City.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 16, In southwestern
Pakistan 7 homemade bombs toppled two high-power electricity
transmission towers and disrupted power to thousands of homes for
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.
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.
2006 Mar 16, Queen Elizabeth II
arrived in the former British colony of Singapore for a two-day
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
2006 Mar 16, In eastern Turkey
a helicopter carrying military officers crashed, killing five
officers, and seriously injuring another.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 17, Former US Federal
Reserve Chairman and former treasury secretary G. William Miller
died at age 81.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2006 Mar 17, Israel set up a
quarantine and destroyed flocks after bird flu was found at 2 turkey
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 18, A Maoist-dictated
strike hobbled Nepal for a fifth day.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 18, Tens of thousands
of slogan-chanting Taiwanese took to the streets to protest rival
China's military threats against the island.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 19, Boxer Kevin Payne,
34, died one day after winning an eight-round welterweight bout in
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.
2006 Mar 19, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber was killed when he rammed his
vehicle into a coalition convoy.
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.
2006 Mar 19, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants detonated a roadside bomb near
a police van, killing seven people and wounding four others.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Mar 20, Venezuela agreed
to sell fuel under preferential terms to an El Salvador association
created by a group of leftist mayors.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 21, In Thailand
demonstrators seeking the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra
brought their protests to Bangkok's commercial district.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Mar 22, Israeli troops
raided the Aqwar Jaba West Bank refugee camp, killing a wanted
Palestinian militant and forcing two others to surrender.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 22, World Water Day.
The 1st WWD was designated 13 years ago by the UN General Assembly.
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.
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
(SFC, 3/24/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/3/07, p.B2)(SFC,
2006 Mar 23, Adolph Gasser
(b.1912), SF businessman and pioneer in the photographic industry,
(SFC, 4/3/06, p.B8)
2006 Mar 23, Sarah Caldwell
(82), conductor and opera company director died in Portland, Maine.
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
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
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.
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
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
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."
2006 Mar 23, Stephane Lambiel
of Switzerland won his second straight World Figure Skating
Championships title, in Calgary, Alberta.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Mar 24, Thousands of
people across the US protested against legislation cracking down on
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Mar 24, Officials said
Bulgaria and the US have reached an agreement allowing the US
military to use several military bases in Bulgaria.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2006 Mar 24-2006 Mar 25, In
southeastern Turkey government troops killed 14 Kurdish guerrillas
near the hamlet of Senyayla.
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,
2006 Mar 25, In Seattle, Wa.,
Aaron Kyle Huff (28) fatally shot 6 people at a party and then
(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."
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
2006 Mar 25, Afghan and US
troops backed by American aircraft fought suspected Taliban in
southern Afghanistan, leaving one US service member and seven
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
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.
2006 Mar 25, Kimmie Meissner
won the ladies' World Figure Skating Championships title in Calgary,
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Mar 27, Lyn Nofziger (81),
President Reagan's political adviser, died in Falls Church, Va.
2006 Mar 27, TV
producer-director Dan Curtis (78) died in Los Angeles.
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.
2006 Mar 27, Officials said a
roadside bombing killed three villagers and wounded two when it blew
up their car in southern Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
2006 Mar 27, Abu Umar, a major
Al-Qaeda figure in Iraq, was killed near Baquba.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2006 Mar 29, State media
reported that China has arrested 76 officials and recovered about
$510 million in misused funds following a national audit.
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
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
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.
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.
2006 Mar 29, Former Liberian
President Charles Taylor, accused of war crimes, was flown to Sierra
Leone after he was captured in northern Nigeria.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Mar 30, In western
Guatemala 4 people were killed and 12 others were injured in an
explosion at a home-based fireworks factory.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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
2006 Mar 31, A lucky Belgian
won the jackpot of 75,753,123 euros (53 million pounds) in the
European lottery EuroMillions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 Mar 31, A Portuguese court
convicted 96 people, including 81 police officers, in a corruption
case involving bribes for dismissed traffic fines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Mar, Inflation in Zimbabwe
touched 914%. Unemployment was estimated at 80%.
(SFC, 5/2/06, p.A2)