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2006        Apr 1, Former hostage Jill Carroll arrived in Germany, where she strongly disavowed statements she had made during captivity in Iraq and shortly after her release, saying she had been repeatedly threatened.
    (AP, 4/1/07)
2006        Apr 1, In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb wounded five US troops when it hit their vehicle. A suicide attack on a US-led coalition convoy in the country's south killed the bomber but hurt no one else. In southern Afghanistan a Taliban rebel posing as a traveler shot dead four policemen at a remote checkpoint after eating dinner with them and sleeping in their quarters. A fifth officer shot the rebel dead.
    (AP, 4/1/06)(AP, 4/2/06)
2006        Apr 1, Cracking down on visitors who come to Brazil for sex, police raided clubs in Natal known for using call girls and strippers, detaining 118 foreigners to discourage what authorities called "sexual tourism."
    (AP, 4/1/06)
2006        Apr 1, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Australia for a visit aimed at finalizing a uranium supply deal and speeding up free trade negotiations between the two nations.
    (AFP, 4/1/06)
2006        Apr 1, In eastern China a blast at an explosives plant killed at least 20 workers and injured two. Nine workers were missing.
    (AP, 4/2/06)
2006        Apr 1, Calls emerged within the Shiite alliance Saturday for PM Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step aside as the bloc's nominee for another term as pressure mounted against him from Sunni Arab and Kurdish politicians.
    (AP, 4/1/06)
2006        Apr 1, A US Apache helicopter crashed southwest of Baghdad. It was believed to have been shot down and the two crew members were presumed dead. Iraqi police reported that at least 39 bodies were found in several neighborhoods of Baghdad. Joint US-Iraqi troops killed four insurgents and wounded another after two failed attacks near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad. Two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in central Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/2/06)
2006        Apr 1, In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic militants attacked a military base in a tribal region, killing one soldier and injuring four others.
    (AP, 4/2/06)
2006        Apr 1, A Soyuz capsule docked with the international space station (ISS), bringing Brazil's first astronaut, a new Russian-American crew and a fresh load of supplies, equipment and experiments.
    (AP, 4/1/06)
2006        Apr 1, Three explorers from Britain and New Zealand claimed to be the first to have traveled the Nile from its mouth to its "true source" deep in Rwanda's lush Nyungwe rainforest.
    (Reuters, 4/1/06)
2006        Apr 1, Karl Bushby was briefly detained after walking from Alaska across the icy Bering Straits into Russian territory, a treacherous crossing for which he was joined by Dmitri Kieffer, a French-born US citizen who videotaped the adventure. Authorities confiscated the two men's passports and other belongings, effectively making it impossible for them to move. Bushby was on a quest to trek around the world. Bushby set out on foot from southern Chile on November 1, 1998 with the intention of walking back to his home in the northern English city of Hull, a 36,000-mile (58,000-kilometer) odyssey that he was scheduled to complete by 2010. On April 14 a Russian court ordered the deportation of the British adventurer for illegally crossing into Russia, dealing a potentially fatal blow to his dream of walking around the world.
    (AFP, 4/6/06)(AFP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 1, Tens of thousands of people gathered at a rally in the northern city of Bilbao to call for greater Basque self-determination and negotiations between the Spanish government and separatists.
    (AP, 4/1/06)
2006        Apr 1, Fresh clashes between Kurdish protesters and police in southeast Turkey killed one protester and injured 10.
    (Reuters, 4/1/06)

2006        Apr 2, Thunderstorms packing tornadoes and hail as big as softballs ripped through eight US states, killing at least 27 people. Tennessee was hit hardest, with tornadoes striking five western counties and killing 23 people, including an infant. Severe thunderstorms, many producing tornadoes, also struck parts of Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Strong wind was blamed or at least three deaths in Missouri.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 2, It was reported that Cecilia Fire Thunder, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, had joined with 14 co-chairs to form the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families. The group planned a referendum in favor of abortion.
    (SSFC, 4/2/06, p.A4)
2006        Apr 2, Alcatel SA and Lucent Technologies Inc. said that the French telecom equipment maker would acquire its US rival. The deal valued Lucent at about $13.5 billion (11.1 billion euros) in a stock swap that would form a major new global player. Headquarters would be in Paris and about 8,800 jobs would be cut.
    (AP, 4/2/06)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.63)
2006        Apr 2, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants shot dead 9 policemen and wounded three others. Insurgents fatally shot a Turkish road engineer and burned his body in Nimroz province.
    (AP, 4/2/06)(WSJ, 4/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 2, The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that four Egyptians have caught bird flu, including two who died from the virus.
    (Reuters, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 2, In France the contested First Job Contract appeared in the Official Journal, where new laws are recorded.
    (WSJ, 4/3/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 2, Iran announced its second major new missile test within days, saying it has successfully fired a high-speed torpedo called Hoot (whale), capable of destroying huge warships and submarines.
    (AP, 4/3/06)(SFC, 4/3/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 2, Iraqi police reported that at least 3 more bodies were found in several neighborhoods of Baghdad. A Sunni clerical association announced that gunmen had assassinated a Sunni Arab sheik, Abdul-Minaam Awad, in his village of Zobaa 40 miles west of Baghdad. 6 insurgents died while manufacturing a homemade bomb inside a house in Madain, about 15 miles southeast of Baghdad. Drive-by shooters killed a police captain outside his home in Baghdad's Dora neighborhood. 5 Marines were killed and one was injured when the seven-ton US military truck rolled over in a flash food. 4 American troops were killed by hostile fire. Gunmen killed a Shiite man and three of his relatives at their home in southern Baghdad. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made a surprise trip to Iraq to urge its leaders to form a unified government.
    (AP, 4/2/06)(AP, 4/3/06)(AP, 4/2/07)
2006        Apr 2, Mauritanian officials said a boat packed with West Africans trying to reach Europe collided with a fishing vessel, leaving 32 of the migrants missing and believed drowned.
    (CP, 4/2/06)
2006        Apr 2, In Pakistan’s neighboring South Waziristan the bullet-riddled body of Maulana Zahir Shah, was found. The cleric was killed by suspected Islamic militants over suspicion he was a spy for the US and Britain. Ten people including five tribal police were killed and 13 injured in separate bomb blasts in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan.
    (AP, 4/2/06)(AFP, 4/2/06)
2006        Apr 2, Thailand citizens voted in snap parliamentary elections. Thailand's PM urged citizens to ignore an opposition boycott, saying the vote was crucial to ending the country's deepening political stalemate amid demands for his resignation. Bombs exploded at three polling stations in restive southern Thailand, injuring four soldiers and a police officer.
    (AP, 4/2/06)
2006        Apr 2, In southeastern Turkey one protester died after police opened fire to disperse Kurdish demonstrators, raising the death toll in six days of street violence to nine. A group of men stopped a passenger bus and tossed gasoline bombs at it, sending the vehicle careening into pedestrians and killing 3 in Istanbul as pro-Kurdish riots continued to spread. The countrywide death toll from nearly a week of unrest climbed to 15.
    (AP, 4/2/06)(AP, 4/3/06)

2006        Apr 3, The Pentagon released 2,733 pages of declassified transcripts of Guantanamo Bay detainee hearings.
    (SFC, 4/4/06, p.A4)
2006        Apr 3, In Boston a 10-ton construction platform collapsed and fell 13 stories killing 3 people on Boylston St.
    (SFC, 4/4/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 3, Denver area transit workers went on strike for the 1st time in 24 years. A tentative contract was reached on April 5.
    (SFC, 4/4/06, p.A3)(SFC, 4/6/06, p.A18)
2006        Apr 3, David Wittig, former chairman and CEO of Westar Energy, was sentenced in Kansas to 18 years in prison for defrauding the company. Former VP David Lake was sentenced to 15 years. Both men were ordered to pay fines of $5 million each.
    (WSJ, 4/4/06, p.C3)
2006        Apr 3, Florida beat UCLA, 73-57, to win its first NCAA title in men's basketball.
    (AP, 4/3/07)
2006        Apr 3, Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins and Joe Dumars were among six people elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 4/3/07)
2006        Apr 3, Constellation Brands and Vincor Int’l., Canada’s largest wine company announced plans for a $1.3 billion merger.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.F2)
2006        Apr 3, Australia agreed to sell China uranium for nuclear power stations despite concerns that Beijing could divert the material to atomic weapons.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, Czech officials declared a state of emergency in seven flood-hit regions while rivers continued to rise in neighboring European countries, forcing evacuations in some areas. Flooding was also reported in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, The National Bank of Greece paid $2.8 billion for 46% of Finansbank, Turkey’s 3rd largest bank. It planned a public offer for a controlling stake.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.74)
2006        Apr 3, In western Guatemala 4 young men accused of trying to rob a school were whipped by their parents in a sentence dictated by Mayan elders.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, A suicide truck bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in northeastern Baghdad as worshippers were leaving after evening prayers, killing at least 10 people and wounding 30. A car bombing in Baghdad's eastern Shiite slum of Sadr City killed at least two civilians and wounded six others, including a 9-year-old boy. 4 people were wounded when a car bomb struck the central district of Karradah in Baghdad. Six people, a navy officer, two policemen, two workers at an electrical plant and a boy, were killed by drive-by shooters in a market area of the southern city of Basra.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, PM Bertie Ahern pledged that Ireland will legalize civil partnerships for gay couples, as he opened new offices for the country's main gay rights group.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, In Jordan a bomb exploded at a shop selling Iraqi scrap metal, killing two people and wounding four.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, Dozens of Mexican newspapers, frustrated by fruitless police probes of slain and missing journalists, simultaneously published the first in a series of reports on the cases.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, Morocco’s state news agency MAP said security forces were holding nine suspected al Qaeda activists. Local newspapers said they were part of a ring that plotted bomb attacks in France, Italy and Morocco.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, The chief of Nepal's communist rebels promised to suspend attacks on the capital ahead of a planned nationwide strike, a first sign of easing tensions in a battle of nerves between the king's government and its opponents.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed five people riding a minibus and security forces shot dead two suspected militants in North Waziristan province.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, Negotiations in Vienna on the future of Kosovo appeared to founder as UN mediators struggled to overcome Serb demands for autonomy within the majority Albanian territory.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, Former Liberian President Charles Taylor pleaded not guilty before an international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone, denying he'd helped destabilize West Africa through killings, sexual slavery and sending children into combat.
    (AP, 4/3/07)
2006        Apr 3, A senior South African policeman went on a shooting rampage in Johannesburg, killing eight people, including a 2-year-old baby, before being shot dead by colleagues. A pedestrian was killed during a police chase of the suspect.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 3, Jan Egeland, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in Sudan, said the government barred him from visiting Darfur to prevent him seeing poor conditions there.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, Mohammed al-Maghout (72), a Syrian poet and playwright known for his satirical depictions of authoritarian Arab regimes, died of a stroke at his home in Damascus.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, PM Thaksin claimed victory in Thailand's general election that followed weeks of anti-government protests, saying his party won more than half of the popular vote, the threshold he had set for staying in office.
    (AP, 4/3/06)
2006        Apr 3, Venezuela seized control of oil fields from France's Total SA and Italy's Eni SPA in a show of force against those resisting President Hugo Chavez's efforts to pry more profits from the industry at a time of high oil prices.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 3, Dao Dinh Binh (61) Vietnam's transport minister resigned and his deputy was arrested in a major corruption scandal in which public officials embezzled millions of dollars in government funds. The reformist newspapers Thanh Nien (Young people) and Tuoi Tre (Youth Daily) had published a joint expose of the transport ministry’s road building unit. In 2009 the government refused to renew the contracts for the papers.
    (AFP, 4/4/06)(Econ, 1/17/09, p.43)

2006        Apr 4, Republican Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House of Representatives' fallen majority leader, announced the end of a re-election fight he was in jeopardy of losing and said he would soon step down from the US Congress.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, In Massachusetts legislators passed a bill requiring all citizens to have health insurance. Gov. Romney signed it on April 12. The cost of the plan was estimated at $1 billion, about as much as the state spends on the uninsured. A dearth of primary-care physicians threatened to undermine the program.
    (WSJ, 4/5/06, p.A1)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.35)(SFC, 4/12/06, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.B1)
2006        Apr 4, Maryland beat Duke, 78-75, in overtime to win its first NCAA women's basketball title.
    (AP, 4/4/07)
2006        Apr 4, Computer Sciences Corp. said it plans to cut about 5,000 jobs, or about 6 percent of its work force, over two years and is considering selling the company.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Arab diplomats said top intelligence officers from several Arab countries and Turkey have been meeting secretly to coordinate their governments' strategies in case civil war erupts in Iraq and in an attempt to block Iran's interference in the war-torn nation.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 4, A boatload of 52 dazed and exhausted African men arrived at the Canary Islands, the latest of a stream of desperate migrants risking everything on the open sea for a slim chance at life in Europe.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, In Colombia authorities announced the arrests of 7 active and retired police and army officers working for one of Colombia's largest cocaine cartels, who used commercial cargo planes to ship drugs to the US.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Wen Jiabao arrived in Fiji as the first Chinese premier to visit the Pacific islands, seeking to deepen China's influence in the region and contain Taiwan's diplomatic clout.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Human Rights Watch said tens of thousands of street children across Congo risk being recruited by political parties to create chaos, intimidate voters and contest the results of up-coming elections.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, In France a nationwide strike shut down the Eiffel Tower and snarled air and rail travel for the second time in a week while students barricaded themselves in schools to protest a jobs measure that has riven the country and put the government in crisis mode.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Mphasis BFL Ltd., an Indian software services company, welcomed a $380 million bid by Electronic Data Systems for a 52% stake.
    (WSJ, 4/5/06, p.B3)
2006        Apr 4, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran is prepared to negotiate on the large-scale enrichment of uranium but will never abandon its right to enrich uranium.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, The Iraq tribunal announced new criminal charges against Saddam Hussein and six others, accusing them of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from a 1980s crackdown against Kurds. A car bomb exploded in a mostly Shiite area of eastern Baghdad, killing at least 10 and wounding 28. Another blast in Baghdad killed a woman and two of her young sons.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Denis Donaldson (55), former British agent inside Sinn Fein, was killed by shotgun blasts in northwest Ireland.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 4, Israeli warplanes fired three missiles into the presidential compound of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, wounding 2 people and leaving deep craters in the ground.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Kuwaiti women voted and ran as candidates for the first time in a municipal election in the conservative country's capital, but initial reports indicated not many women were casting ballots.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Charles Taylor appeared in a UN-backed court in Sierra Leone with 11 counts of crimes against humanity and other violations of int’l. law.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.46)
2006        Apr 4, The South Korean ship 628 Dongwon was seized by eight armed assailants, who approached in two speed boats firing guns off the coast of Somalia. 25 crew members were reported safe and officials sought their release. The sailors were released July 30 after more than $800,000 in ransom was paid.
    (AP, 4/5/06)(AP, 7/30/06)
2006        Apr 4, Thailand’s Embattled PM Thaksin Shinawatra abruptly announced he will step down from office, bowing to a mounting opposition campaign seeking his ouster over allegations of corruption and abuse of power.
    (AP, 4/4/06)
2006        Apr 4, Venezuelan authorities found the bullet-ridden bodies of three Canadian boys who had been kidnapped more than a month ago. John Faddoul (17), along with his brothers Kevin (13) and Jason (12) were abducted Feb. 23 when unidentified men dressed as police stopped their car at a checkpoint in Caracas as the boys were on their way to school.
    (AP, 4/5/06)

2006        Apr 5, Seattle customs authorities arrested 18 men and 4 women who had arrived from China in a 40-foot cargo container.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 5, Katie Couric announced she was leaving NBC's "Today" show to become anchor of "The CBS Evening News."
    (AP, 4/5/07)
2006        Apr 5, Mike Pressler, the lacrosse coach of Duke Univ., resigned amid allegations that 3 players had raped a stripper at an off-campus party in March. Duke cancelled the lacrosse season. The rape charges were later dropped, but the players still faced allegations of sexual offense and kidnapping; all maintained their innocence.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.A2)(AP, 4/5/07)
2006        Apr 5, Apple Corp. introduced free software to allow users of its latest Mac models to run MS Windows.
    (Reuters, 4/5/06)(WSJ, 4/6/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 5, SF picked Google and EarthLink to bring free Internet access to the city.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 5, Brown-Forman said it will lay off 76 people and close its Fetzer Vineyards’ Valley Oaks Hospitality Center in Hopland. Brown-Forman acquired Fetzer in 1992.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.F2)
2006        Apr 5, Allan Kaprow (b.1927), an artist who coined the term “happenings" in the late 1950s, died at his home in Encinitas, Ca. In 1966 he published “Assemblage, Environments, and Happenings."
    (SFC, 4/11/06, p.B5)(WSJ, 4/27/06, p.D7)
2006        Apr 5, Gene Pitney (b.1941), US singer and songwriter and pop music star of the 1960s, died during a tour of Britain. His chart-topping hits included “Town Without Pity" (1961) "Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa" and "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart."
    (AP, 4/5/06)(SFC, 4/6/06, p.B7)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.86)
2006        Apr 5, In Afghanistan coalition forces killed an insurgent and dropped 2,000-pound bombs on a band of Taliban.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 5, A Brazilian congressional investigative committee gave its final approval to a report recommending prosecution of over 100 people linked to a campaign finance and corruption scheme run by former members of the governing Workers Party.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Britain reiterated its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and rejected Argentina's claims in a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office began criminal proceedings against nine individuals and five companies it alleges fixed the price of two widely prescribed generic drugs sold to the country's free National Health Service (NHS).
    (AFP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said London would press for Romania to be granted membership of the European Union "as soon as possible" as he praised the country's work against people trafficking.
    (AFP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Cuban coast guard officials fatally shot a suspected migrant smuggler and arrested two others after confronting them in an apparent operation to ferry 39 migrants out of the country on a US-registered speedboat. State television later said that the migrant smuggler who was fatally shot had left the island as a migrant himself three weeks earlier, but returned as a crew member on the same boat to repay a debt.
    (AP, 4/7/06)(AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 5, In France demonstrators blocked roads, rail lines and mail delivery trucks in a second straight day of protests to demand the repeal of a divisive jobs law, while unions vowed they would not compromise in talks with President Jacques Chirac's ruling party on the issue.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, In Indonesia an explosion in the headquarters of the paramilitary police command in the western city of Medan killed two officers and injured several others.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, A video posted on the Internet in the name of an extremist group claimed to show Iraqi insurgents dragging the burning body of a US pilot on the ground after the April 1 crash of an Apache helicopter.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, In Iraq a Sunni professor was found dead hours after he was abducted in the southern city of Basra.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, In Nepal police detained dozens of opposition politicians and ordered a night curfew to thwart a planned general strike aiming to pressure King Gyanendra to restore democracy.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Pakistani security forces and suspected Islamic militants battled for a second day near the Afghan border, leaving four soldiers and 16 fighters dead.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, PM Ismail Haniyeh said the new Hamas-led government is broke and missed the April 1 monthly pay date for tens of thousands of Palestinian public workers.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, In the Solomon Islands former premier Sir Allan Kemakeza narrowly clung to his seat in parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 5, Militants who captured the South Korean fishing vessel off the coast of Somalia denied they were pirates and said they were defending their waters from illegal fishing.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Sudan said it would allow UN Undersecretary Jan Egeland to visit Darfur.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Thailand’s PM Thaksin Shinawatra handed over power to a longtime friend and fellow police officer, less than 24 hours after saying he would step down over allegations of corruption and abuse of power.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, Actor Michael Douglas presented UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with an award for his dedication to ridding the world of land mines, marking the first international day to honor the cause.
    (AP, 4/5/06)
2006        Apr 5, In Venezuela Jorge Aguirre, a photographer for the Caracas daily El Mundo, was shot and killed on the way to an anti-crime protest. He managed to take a picture of his assailant fleeing on a motorcycle. Homicide charges were filed on April 15 against Boris Lenis Blanco (33), a police officer, who was arrested April 13.
    (AP, 4/16/06)

2006        Apr 6, Newly released court records cited Lewis "Scooter" Libby saying that in the summer of 2003 President Bush told Vice President Cheney to tell the vice president's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, to disclose highly classified information regarding Iraq intelligence in order to try and discredit legitimate criticism of the administration.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Louis Eppolito (57) and Steven Caracappa (64), former NYC detectives, were convicted of moonlighting as hit men for Anthony Casso, a Luchese family underboss from 1986-1990.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 6, At the death penalty trial of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani described his own harrowing experience in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2006        Apr 6, US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) apologized for an altercation in which she'd entered a Capitol building unrecognized, refused to stop when asked by a police officer and then hit him.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2006        Apr 6, Maine’s Gov. John Baldacci signed legislation to allow stiffer penalties for those convicted of attacks on homeless people.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 6, Gold futures climbed to a 25-year high of 601.90 in Asian trading and settled at 599.70 per ounce in NY.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.D1)
2006        Apr 6, In California 3 ski patrollers were killed when snow collapsed around a volcanic gas vent at Mammoth Lakes.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A2)
2006        Apr 6, A manuscript called the Judas Gospel, probably copied from the original Greek, was unveiled. Discovered in the 1970s near Minya, Egypt, the volume, including the gospel and other documents, was sold to an Egyptian antiquities dealer in 1978. Researchers ruled that the manuscript is most likely authentic and declared with confidence that it was consistent with a date of approximately A.D. 280.
    (Reuters, 4/6/06)(LiveScience, 4/8/13)
2006        Apr 6, A mortar blast near the main US military base in Afghanistan left a civilian dead.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Britain's national farming union said tests have confirmed a dead swan found in Scotland had the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Colombia bombs exploded on two buses in a working class district of Bogota, injuring two dozen passengers, including three children with burns over half their body.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, A government minister said Egypt has found two more people infected with the bird flu virus, bringing the number of human cases in the country to 11.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Guatemala Mario Pivaral, an opposition congressman, was shot to death as he stepped out of his party's headquarters, the 2nd lawmaker assassinated in the past two years.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Students protesting a new labor law put more pressure on France's embattled government by blocking roads, trains and a convoy of parts heading to the factory that builds the world's largest airliner.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Shiite politicians also blocked a bid to have parliament try to break the deadlock on forming a new government. A car bomb exploded in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, killing at least 13 people.
    (AP, 4/6/06)(SFC, 4/7/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 6, An Iraqi soldier allegedly shot and killed a US Marine at a base near the Syrian border. Another American Marine then wounded the Iraqi soldier. One US service member was killed by a roadside bomb near Beiji and another in action in Anbar province.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 6, Israeli President Moshe Katsav formally chose acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to form Israel's next government.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Japan said it would launch free trade talks with six Gulf kingdoms that provide three-quarters of its oil imports, during a visit by a Saudi crown prince aimed at expanding business ties.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, At least 28 people received medical attention after suspected pickpockets used pepper-spray to escape police at a Tokyo train station. Media reports said the suspects are believed to be members of a South Korean organized pickpocket gang which has preyed on Japan's train system.
    (AFP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, An attack in Laos killed 26 Hmong civilians, mainly unarmed women and children. In June the US called on communist-ruled Laos to investigate the murder of the Hmong civilians amid allegations that Lao military forces had killed the group.
    (AFP, 6/2/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Mexico hundreds of machete-wielding farmers opposed to a hydroelectric dam project briefly seized a pumping plant, cutting off much of the water supply to Acapulco just days before tourists flock to the Pacific resort for their Easter vacations.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, In Nepal police arrested 300 protesters in Katmandu, chasing them down narrow lanes and beating them with batons on the first day of a general strike to demand the king restore democracy. Maoist rebels said they had shot down an army helicopter for the first time, during clashes in which police reported five of their officers and three guerrillas killed.
    (AP, 4/6/06)(AFP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Palestinian PM Ismail Haniya said his Hamas-led government would study any Israeli offer for negotiations following an unprecedented peace overture to the UN.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Russian prosecutors said Vasily Aleksanian, an executive recently assigned to saving Yukos, Russia's former biggest oil producer, from bankruptcy was arrested on charges of embezzlement and money-laundering.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, It was reported that Russian health and sanitary officials had imposed a ban on Georgian and Moldovan wines effective May 1. Authorities said the wines contained pesticides and heavy metals. The ban was soon extended to brandy and sparkling wines.
    (AP, 4/6/06)
2006        Apr 6, Cheese and butter from the Danish company Arla were back on supermarket shelves in Saudi Arabia after an Islamic group ended a boycott of the dairy producer sparked by Denmark's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 4/6/06)

2006        Apr 7, The US Court of International Law ruled that US Customs violated a provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in applying a law known as the Byrd amendment to antidumping and countervailing duties on goods from Canada and Mexico.
    (Reuters, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, Republican leaders called on Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., to step down from his ranking post on the House ethics committee because of allegations that he provided legislative earmarks benefiting companies and individuals who helped make him a millionaire.
    (SFC, 4/8/06, p.A4)
2006        Apr 7, Dena Schlosser, charged with murder for cutting off her baby daughter Margaret's arms in what her lawyers portrayed as a religious frenzy, was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a judge in McKinney, Texas.
    (AP, 4/7/07)
2006        Apr 7, In Tennessee 10 people were killed as tornadoes hit the area for the 2nd time in a week.
    (AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 7, It was reported that scientists at MIT had harnessed a replicating virus, that binds to gold and cobalt oxide, to create a nanotechnology battery.
    (WSJ, 4/7/06, p.B2)
2006        Apr 7, In southern Algeria gunmen attacked a convoy of customs agents traveling through the desert, killing 13 and wounding eight others.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, Australian PM John Howard moved to ease Indonesian outrage over a decision to grant visas to asylum-seekers from Papua, saying his government would review the process.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, In Austria a 2-day meeting began in Vienna for European Imams aimed at creating a distinct identity for European Muslims.
    (SFC, 4/7/06, p.A16)
2006        Apr 7, A British judge ruled that author Dan Brown did not steal ideas for "The Da Vinci Code" from a nonfiction work.
    (AP, 4/7/07)
2006        Apr 7, Britain’s BAE Systems announced plans to sell its stake in aircraft maker Airbus to its French-German partner EADS.
    (AFP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 7, In Chile an appeals court upheld the indictment of former dictator Gen. Pinochet on charges of evading up to $3 million in taxes related to secret accounts in foreign banks.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, The EU said it has cut off direct aid payments to the Hamas-led Palestinian government because of its refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, A bus skidded off a narrow mountain road and plunged into a river in a remote region of Indian Kashmir and dozens were feared dead.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, A toned-down edition of Playboy magazine went on sale in Indonesia, defying threats of protests by Islamic hardliners in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, At least 2 suicide attackers, one wearing a woman's cloaks, blew themselves up at the Buratha Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad, killing some 79-90 people and wounding scores. One US service member died of wounds suffered while on patrol in western Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/7/06)(AP, 4/8/06)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.48)
2006        Apr 7, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man during an overnight arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, Israeli missiles slammed into a car in Gaza City, killing two members of a Palestinian rocket squad in the 2nd deadly airstrike since the Islamic militant group Hamas assumed power last week. An Israeli airstrike killed six Palestinian militants and wounded five at a militant training camp in central Gaza.
    (AP, 4/8/06)(SFC, 4/8/06, p.A7)
2006        Apr 7, Japan’s health and welfare ministry said the nation’s population shrank in the year through November 2005, the first annual decrease on record, confirming an earlier government prediction.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, In Nepal police fired tear gas and fought frenzied street battles with protesters on the second day of a strike called by government adversaries of King Gyanendra. Protesters said 150 people were arrested.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, It was reported that some AIDS patients in South Africa were choosing cash disability grants over advanced AIDS drugs in order to sustain their families.
    (WSJ, 4/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 7, In Turkey a suicide bomber blew herself up injuring 2 people, including a suspected accomplice. Turkish forces killed 6 Kurdish rebels in Sirnak.
    (WSJ, 4/8/06, p.A1)(AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 7, The UN appealed for $426 million to help victims of drought in Horn of Africa, where more than 40 percent of people are undernourished and thousands have died because of complications due to hunger.
    (AP, 4/7/06)
2006        Apr 7, Venezuela Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez said that five suspects were being charged with willful homicide in the slayings of the 3 Faddoul brothers, whose bodies were found April 4. Supporters of President Hugo Chavez pelted the car of the US ambassador with eggs and tomatoes, then chased after his convoy on motorcycles.
    (AP, 4/7/06)(AP, 4/8/06)

2006        Apr 8, The New Yorker magazine reported in its April 17 issue that the administration of Pres. George W. Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility.
    (AFP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 8, Democratic Party leaders in Vermont passed a motion asking Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.
    (Reuters, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 8, The US cost to date of the Iraq war was put at $250 billion. Estimates suggested that the costs could reach $2.24 trillion by 2015.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.33)
2006        Apr 8, In western Afghanistan a suicide car bomb outside a NATO military base in Herat city killed two Afghans and wounded seven others.
    (AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 8, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a third five-year term and used the occasion to lash out at his foreign critics.
    (AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 8, In Canada 8 men were found dead inside abandoned vehicles in a remote wooded area of a farmer's property. All were all from greater Toronto and all knew each other.
    (AP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 8, The Rolling Stones made their debut in mainland China with a censored, but still raucous, concert in Shanghai.
    (AP, 4/8/07)
2006        Apr 8, Harley-Davidson Inc. opened its first dealership in China, with promises to bring its trademark easy-riding attitude to bikers in the world's most sought-after market.
    (AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 8, In Ghana an overloaded motorboat carrying about 150 passengers on Lake Volta, and 110 people are missing and feared dead. Only 40 people are known to have survived the sinking.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 8, Police found four headless bodies showing signs of torture that were dumped on a farm about 20 mile north of Baghdad. 7 other bodies were found in 3 Baghdad neighborhoods. A mortar round hit a house near the Education Ministry in central Baghdad, killing two men. In the southern neighborhood of Dora, gunmen killed a Shiite cigarette vendor and police found the body of a man killed by a roadside bomb near a highway. 6 Shiite pilgrims were blown up by a suicide car bomber on a road leading to Shiite shrines south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/8/06)(AFP, 4/8/06)(SSFC, 4/9/06, p.A14)
2006        Apr 8, In Nepal security forces fired on anti-monarch demonstrators in separate marches, killing one and wounding five.
    (AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 8, In Nigeria at least a dozen people drowned when an overcrowded dugout canoe capsized in a remote creek in the delta region. 5 employees of a contractor to US oil company Chevron were among the dead. Nigerian newspapers said at least 20 people died, adding 12 bodies had been recovered.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 8, North Korea's top negotiator to stalled six-way talks on Pyongyang's nuclear arms program began discussions with other envoys involved in the negotiations in an effort to put the process back on track.
    (Reuters, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 8, Thousands of Russians left behind by their country's economic boom came out onto the streets to protest at what they said was the widening gulf between rich and poor.
    (AP, 4/8/06)
2006        Apr 8, Turkish forces killed a Kurdish rebel outside Batman and arrested a Kurdish suspect in a deadly bombing at a seaside resort last year. 2 soldiers were killed by a land mine blast in Elazig.
    (AP, 4/8/06)

2006        Apr 9, The White House sought to dampen the idea of a military strike on Iran, saying the United States was conducting “normal defense and intelligence planning" in response to Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
    (AP, 4/9/07)
2006        Apr 9, More than half a million people in 10 US states rallied for immigrant rights.
    (AP, 4/9/07)
2006        Apr 9, In Afghan 2 bombs exploded within minutes of each other in Kandahar, wounding 11 people.
    (AP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9, In Austria a gathering of Imams and Islamic leaders urged European governments to launch affirmative action-style programs and streamline citizenship paths to help ease integration for the continent's 33 million Muslims.
    (AP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazilian architect, was named winner of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize. His work included the Brazilian Sculpture Museum in Sao Paulo.
    (SFC, 4/10/06, p.A2)
2006        Apr 9, Croatia’s Pres. Stjepan Mesic visited the SF Bay Area, home to some 50,000 Croatians, for economic support. Croatia’s population stood at about 4.5 million people.
    (SFC, 4/10/06, p.A2)
2006        Apr 9, Hungary's ruling Socialists appeared to hold a narrow lead in the first round of parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9, A Beauty pageant was held in a Baghdad social club and the initial winner, Tamar Goregian, gave back the crown four days later. Silva Shahakian, an Iraqi Christian, received the title of Miss Iraq when the initial winner stepped down after receiving death threats and two other runners-up also bowed out. Shahakian soon went into hiding.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 9, Five roadside bombs killed at least three people in Iraq, the three-year anniversary of the Baghdad's fall to US forces. American troops killed eight suspected insurgents during a raid north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9, Israel's security Cabinet recommended that the government cut all ties with the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and declare it a "hostile entity." Israeli artillery fire killed a Palestinian police officer and wounded 16 people in Gaza, as Israel escalated its retaliation for militant rocket strikes and put pressure on the new Hamas-led government that refuses to stop the attacks.
    (AP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9-2006 Apr 10, Italy held parliamentary elections. Conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi faced a strong challenge from his center-left opponent Romano Prodi in a bitter campaign marked by disenchantment over Italy's stagnant economy.
    (AP, 4/9/06)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.28)
2006        Apr 9, A capsule carrying a Russian, American and Brazilian landed in Kazakhstan following a weeklong trip to the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SSFC, 4/9/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 9, In Nepal security forces fired at anti-monarchy demonstrators in eastern Nepal, killing at least one man.
    (AP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9, In Pakistan provincial police chief Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqub said "The federal government has declared Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) as terrorist organization over its involvement in sabotage and subversive activities."
    (AFP, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9, In Pakistan at least 29 women and children were suffocated or crushed to death in a stampede at a religious gathering in southern Pakistan. More than 70 people were injured.
    (Reuters, 4/9/06)
2006        Apr 9, Peruvians faced a close, three-way presidential contest that put their Andean nation on a leftist track akin to Venezuela and Bolivia. Ollanta Humala (43), a former army officer, won with only 31% of the vote.
    (AP, 4/9/06)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.42)
2006        Apr 9, A Swiss investigator has issued an international arrest warrant for Iran's former intelligence chief in the killing of an exiled Iranian opposition leader. It demands the arrest of Ali Fallahian, intelligence minister from 1989-1997, on grounds he "decided and ordered the execution of Kazem Rajavi." Rajavi was shot to death in Geneva in 1990.
    (AP, 4/9/06)

2006        Apr 10, Tens of thousands of immigrants spilled into the streets of Atlanta and other US cities in a national day of action billed as a "campaign for immigrants' dignity." Some 200,000 gathered in DC; 10,000 in San Jose, Ca., and 5000 in SF.
    (AP, 4/10/06)(SFC, 4/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 10, Former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling began testifying in his fraud and conspiracy trial in Houston, declaring himself “absolutely innocent."
    (AP, 4/10/07)
2006        Apr 10, In northwestern Afghanistan gunmen killed five medical workers, while two policemen and a truck driver transporting food for US-led coalition troops were slain in bombings and shootings in a southern Taliban stronghold.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, Mark Vaile, Australia's trade minister, said he did not read a string of diplomatic cables warning that the country's monopoly wheat exporter allegedly was paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, Australian scientists reported the discovery of an "anti-freeze gene" that allows Antarctic grass to survive at minus 30°C, saying it could prevent multi-million-dollar crop losses from frost.
    (www.techimo.com/newsapp/index.pl?photo=16314)
2006        Apr 10, In Canada 5 men were charged in the slayings of 8 people who were found on an isolated farm in Ontario in what police called an "internal cleansing" of a motorcycle gang. Most of the victims were either full or associate members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 10, It was reported that China has agreed to open a corridor through its tightly restricted airspace. This could save airlines $30 million a year in fuel and trim an average half hour off flight times between China and Europe.
    (WSJ, 4/10/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 10, In China an explosion in a hospital parking garage killed at least 30 people. The blast occurred in an underground garage at a hospital for the staff of the Xuangang Coal and Electricity Co. Ltd. in Shanxi province's Yuanping county. Local authorities found explosives at the site.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 10, In northwest China a truck crashed into a minivan and a passenger bus after its brakes failed, killing at least 26 people and injuring 24.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, Cuba and Venezuela signed agreements for a joint venture to revamp an unfinished Soviet-era refinery in Cuba and supply it with oil from Venezuela.
    (WSJ, 4/12/06, p.A7)
2006        Apr 10, Egypt’s Health and Population Minister Hatem el-Gabali said a 12th case of human bird flu has been found.
    (Reuters, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 10, The EU barred Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and dozens of his senior officials from entering any bloc countries to protest his re-election last month in a vote that international observers said was rigged.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, EU foreign ministers endorsed a freeze of aid to the Palestinian government but said they would seek alternative ways of providing money for humanitarian projects.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, French President Jacques Chirac threw out part of a youth labor law that triggered massive protests and strikes, bowing to intense pressure from students and unions and dealing a blow to his loyal premier in a bid to end the crisis.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, Haiti's interim leader PM Gerard Latortue announced a probe into the finances of all government agencies amid allegations of corruption by state officials in the aftermath of a bloody revolt that toppled the previous government.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, In Indonesia separatist rebels armed with bows and arrows stormed a military post in Papua province, sparking a battle that killed two soldiers and two attackers.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 10, Israel suspended formal security ties with the Palestinians in a bid to further isolate the new Hamas government one day after declaring it a hostile entity.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, A Kenyan military plane carrying politicians to a peace conference crashed while attempting to land in northern Kenya, killing a Cabinet minister, six other politicians and at least seven other people.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, Salman Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest film stars, was sent to prison for five years for killing a protected antelope.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, In northern India a fire swept through tents at a trade fair in a consumer electronics show in the town of Meerut, killing at least 52 people.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 10, Lebanon arrested 9 Lebanese and Palestinians suspected of plotting the assassination of Hezbollah’s leader.
    (WSJ, 4/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 10, Mexican soldiers seized 128 suitcases packed with 5.6 metric tons of cocaine worth more than $100 million from a commercial plane arriving from Venezuela. Smugglers had purchased the DC-9 plane with laundered funds transferred through US banks Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America. In 2010 court papers said a gang under Walid Makled operated the DC-9 and flew the cocaine from Simon Bolivar International to Campeche, Mexico. Makled was arrested Aug 19, 2010 in Colombia in the border city of Cucuta. In Nov 2010 Colombia denied an extradition request for Makled by the US, saying that the suspect will be sent back to face charges in his home country.
    (AP, 4/12/06)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.D1)(AP, 11/17/10)
2006        Apr 10, In Maputo, Mozambique, African leaders launched a campaign to get every child in school by 2015, and Britain responded by pledging $15 billion in education aid to developing countries over the next decade.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, In Nepal security forces fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons to break up democracy rallies as the political crisis deepened.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10-2006 Apr 12, About 25 people were killed in three days of skirmishes between two Nigerian tribes over ownership of land in the central state of Plateau.
    (Reuters, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 10, Hadil Ghaben (8) was killed when 2 Israeli shells blew huge holes in a concrete block house in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. The girl's mother and seven siblings were hurt in the attack.
    (AP, 4/11/06)

2006        Apr 11, In New Jersey a jury awarded $9 million in punitive damages to a man who blamed his heart attack on Vioxx, finding that manufacturer Merck & Co. failed to warn about the risks of its arthritis drug and misrepresented the risks to physicians.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 11, In Michigan Proof (Deshaun Holton), a member of rap group D12 and a close friend of Eminem, was shot to death early today at a Detroit nightclub along Eight Mile Road. Keith Bender, shot by rapper Proof (32), just before Proof himself was killed, died of his wounds on April 18.
    (AP, 4/11/06)(AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 11, June Pointer (52), the youngest of the Pointer Sisters, died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 4/11/07)
2006        Apr 11, In eastern Afghanistan a rocket slammed into a packed school yard near a US-led coalition base, killing seven children and wounding 34 other people. Police blamed Taliban militants for the explosion at the Salabagh School in Asadabad, Kunar province.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 11, Colombia’s attorney general said the bodies of more than 30 people had been found in a series of mass graves in a violent area of Northern Santander province, home to drug traffickers, far-right paramilitaries and leftist guerrillas. Most of the villagers blamed a bloc of far-right paramilitaries that operated there until its demobilization in 2004.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 11, A European spacecraft went into orbit around Venus on a mission to explore the mysterious atmosphere of Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 11, Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani said that Iran has enriched uranium using 164 centrifuges, a major development in nuclear fuel cycle technology.
    (AP, 4/11/06)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.47)
2006        Apr 11, In Iraq a bomb exploded on a minibus in a Shiite area, killing three people. 5 US soldiers were killed including 3 from an IED north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/11/06)(WSJ, 4/12/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 11, Israel's Cabinet declared PM Ariel Sharon permanently incapacitated, officially ending his five-year tenure.
    (AP, 4/11/07)
2006        Apr 11, Center-left challenger Romano Prodi claimed an outright electoral victory over Premier Silvio Berlusconi before official results were in, but the slim margin could return Italy to political paralysis and instability.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 11, Bernardo Provenzano (73), Italy's reputed No. 1 Mafia boss, was arrested at a farmhouse in Sicily after frustrating investigators' efforts to catch him during more than 40 years on the run.
    (AP, 4/11/06)(SFC, 4/12/06, p.A7)
2006        Apr 11, In Karachi, Pakistan, a bomb exploded during evening prayers at a park, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 100. The bombing killed the entire leadership of Sunni Tehreek, a moderate Muslim group.
    (SFC, 4/12/06, p.A13)(AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 11, In Peru with 80% of the votes counted Ollanta Humala led with 30.3%. Former president Alan Garcia (56) held a narrow lead over pro-business former Congresswoman Lourdes Flores (46) in the race to face Ollanta Humala (43) in a presidential runoff vote.
    (AP, 4/11/06)(AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 11, In Spain a judge handed down the first indictments in the Madrid train bombings, charging 29 people with murder, terrorism or other crimes after a two-year investigation.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 11, In northeast Sri Lanka a mine  exploded and killed 10 sailors in a military bus.
    (SFC, 4/12/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 11, The UN said it has ended its policy of unrestricted political contacts with the Palestinians and will now assess every request for political talks with the new Hamas-run government.
    (AP, 4/11/06)
2006        Apr 11, The UN Security Council demanded that the Sudanese government and rebels reach agreement by April 30 to end the conflict in Darfur.
    (AP, 4/11/06)

2006        Apr 12, The US Treasury Department said "transactions with the Palestinian Authority by US persons are prohibited, unless licensed." It said the decision was based on "existing terrorism sanctions."
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 12, Jurors in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial listened to a recording of terrified shouts and cries in the cockpit as desperate passengers twice charged panicked hijackers during the final half hour of doomed United Flight 93 on Sept. 11.
    (AP, 4/12/07)
2006        Apr 12, Police checking on a home in Leola, Pennsylvania, discovered a gruesome scene: the bodies of six people, some wrapped in sheets and blankets in the basement, and blood, bone fragments and a hammer upstairs. Jesse Dee Wise (21) was charged the next day for the murder of 6 relatives.
    (AP, 4/13/06)(SFC, 4/14/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 12, The Indiana Toll Road was leased for $3.8 billion to a Spanish-Australian consortium that is to maintain and run it for 75 years.
    (WSJ, 4/13/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 12, Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt defended the search engine's cooperation with Chinese censorship as he announced the creation of a Beijing research center and unveiled a Chinese-language brand name.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, The Rev. William Sloane Coffin (81), a former Yale chaplain known for Vietnam-era peace activism, died in Strafford, Vt.
    (AP, 4/12/07)
2006        Apr 12, Walter Clyde Pearson (77), US poker champion, died in Nevada. He won the 1973 World Series of Poker championship and introduced the “freeze-out" style of tournament poker where all players start with the same amount of chips and the winner takes all.
    (SSFC, 4/16/06, p.B7)
2006        Apr 12, Joe Van Holsbeeck (17) was stabbed to death at the Brussels Central train station in a robbery by 2 men for his MP3 player. On August 2 a Polish teen, suspected in the murder, was extradited to Belgium and taken into police custody.
    (AP, 8/2/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Van_Holsbeeck)
2006        Apr 12, In Brazil federal prosecutors charged a former top presidential aide and dozens of others with trying to bribe legislators into supporting Brazil's ruling party.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Britain and the US called for sanctions against four Sudanese who have blocked peace efforts and violated human rights in the conflict-wracked Darfur region.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Officials said Canadian and US police have broken up a criminal ring that smuggled dozens of Indian and Pakistani nationals into the US at a cost of up to $35,000 each.
    (Reuters, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, The final leg of Canada's contentious seal hunt moved to the ice floes off northeastern Newfoundland and Labrador, with sealers expected to harvest another 234,000 harp seal pups.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 12-2006 Apr 13, Sudanese Janjaweed militia with local Chadian recruits shot or hacked to death 118 villagers in eastern Chad in a bloody spillover of violence from Sudan's Darfur region.
    (Reuters, 5/25/06)
2006        Apr 12, In southern China thousands of villagers clashed with police over government plans to tear down sluice gates built for irrigation, leaving one woman dead and several people injured.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 12, Authorities said Colombia's biggest right-wing paramilitary group has disbanded as part of an ongoing peace process, but some renegade factions continued to operate.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Government troops and UN peacekeepers launched a fresh military offensive in Congo's restive east, targeting Rwandan Hutu rebels blamed for attacking civilians at home and in Congo.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Ecuador's Environment Minister Ana Alban said some 5,000 Ecuadorians illegally residing in the ecologically fragile Galapagos Islands will face deportation to the mainland.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, France's lower house of parliament approved a compromise youth job plan to replace a measure that triggered nationwide protests and plunged the country into crisis.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, An Indian court struck down a controversial order banning dance bars in the financial hub of Mumbai, bringing cheers from champions of the drinking houses.
    (AFP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Raj Kumar (77), Indian movie star, died in Bangalore.
    (AP, 4/12/07)
2006        Apr 12, In Jakarta, Indonesia, some 150 members of the Islamic Defenders' Front, protesting Playboy's decision to launch an Indonesian edition of the magazine, clashed with police and stoned the company's editorial offices.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Iran’s deputy nuclear chief said the country intends to move toward large-scale uranium enrichment involving 54,000 centrifuges, signaling its resolve to expand a program the international community has insisted it halt.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, In Iraq car and roadside bombings killed 13 people, including three US soldiers, and injured dozens. Gunmen in Baghdad hunted down three different government employees and shot them dead on their way to work. A car bomb exploded as worshippers were leaving a Shiite mosque near Baqouba, killing 26 people and injuring 32 others. The US military in Iraq detained Bilal Hussein (35), an Iraqi citizen and an Associated Press photographer. He was accused of being a security threat but charges were never filed and no public hearing was permitted. 5 months later military officials said Hussein was being held for "imperative reasons of security" under UN resolutions. In the few years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the US military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law.
    (AP, 4/12/06)(WSJ, 4/13/06, p.A1)(AP, 9/17/06)
2006        Apr 12, The Israeli army killed to Al Aqsa infiltrators trying to enter from Gaza.
    (WSJ, 4/13/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 12, Italian police arrested three people suspected of aiding Italy's No. 1 fugitive and reputed Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, who was captured a day earlier.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, In Kyrgyzstan Edil Baisalov, leader of a coalition of civic groups called For Democracy and Civil Society, suffered a gunshot wound in the back of the head when he was leaving his office in the capital, Bishkek. Baisalov has led a campaign against a bid by alleged criminal boss Ryspek Akmatbayev to become a lawmaker.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Malaysia abandoned plans to build a controversial new bridge to Singapore, saying that the city-state's demand for airspace access in return for its agreement was unacceptable.
    (AFP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Two people were killed in a grenade attack on a restaurant and a shop owner was gunned down as violence shook towns on Mexico's resort-studded Pacific coast.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 12, In southern Nepal police shot and killed an anti-government protester as authorities foiled pro-democracy activists' plans to hold a mass rally in the heart of Katmandu and detained dozens of demonstrators.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, In Karachi, Pakistan, mobs of youths rioted for a second straight day to protest a suicide bombing that killed at least 56 people, which a top Pakistani official said was aimed at "eliminating" the leadership of a moderate Sunni Muslim group.
    (AP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Pakistani army helicopters struck a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan in an attempt to kill a wanted senior al-Qaida operative. Seven suspected militants and two children were believed killed. Mohsin Musa Matawalli Atwah (45), an Egyptian and al-Qaida member wanted for his suspected role in the bombings of US embassies in East Africa, was killed.
    (AP, 4/13/06)(SFC, 4/14/06, p.A15)
2006        Apr 12, In northeastern Sri Lanka 2 explosions in a market killed 17 people in the town of Trincomalee and cast a cloud over upcoming peace talks.
    (AP, 4/13/06)(AFP, 4/29/06)

2006        Apr 13, Two more retired US generals called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign, bringing the total to 6 this month, claiming the chief architect of the Iraq war and subsequent American occupation should be held accountable for the chaos there.
    (Reuters, 4/14/06)(WSJ, 4/14/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 13, Confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui expressed no remorse for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks as he took the stand for the second time in his death-penalty trial in Alexandria, Va.
    (AP, 4/13/07)
2006        Apr 13, In California an independent task force issued a 29-page report faulting UC executives and the Board of Regents for lack of oversight in pay practices and the use of public funds.
    (SFC, 4/14/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 13, The Nebraska Legislature voted to divide the Omaha school system into 3 districts, one mostly black, one mostly white, and one largely Hispanic. Gov. Dave Heineman signed the measure into law, effective July 2008.
    (SFC, 4/14/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 13, It was reported that Iowa had counted at least 515 cases of mumps this year, where it had previously averaged 5 cases per year. Another 100 cases were reported in Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Illinois.
    (SFC, 4/1/06, p.A3)(SFC, 4/12/06, p.A14)
2006        Apr 13, In Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest a black bear killed a 6-year-old girl and critically injured her mother and 2-year-old brother.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 13, European scientists released new photos of Venus’ south pole from the orbiting Venus Express spacecraft. The images revealed a mass of sulfuric acid clouds swirling in 220 mph winds.
    (SFC, 4/14/06, p.A2)
2006        Apr 13, A military court convicted a British air force doctor of disobeying orders and sentenced him to eight months in prison after he called the Iraq war illegal and refused to return for a third tour of duty.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, The Danube reached record-high levels in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, flooding fertile farmland as authorities in southeastern Europe considered ordering evacuations.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, In Chad government troops using tanks and attack helicopters repelled a rebel assault on N’Djamena, Chad's capital. At least 100 rebels were killed. President Deby went on state-run radio to assure residents he remained in control, and he blamed Sudan, whose Darfur crisis has spilled over into his country.
    (AP, 4/13/06)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.50)
2006        Apr 13, China's controversial choice for a Tibetan holy figure made his first major appearance before an international audience, saying Tibetan Buddhists should be patriotic and "defend the nation."
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong met with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis in Beijing. Zeng said the relations between China and Lithuania are developing smoothly with frequent high-level contacts and fruitful cooperation in economic and cultural sectors.
    (http://news.xinhuanet.com)
2006        Apr 13, In western Colombia mudslides roared down on settlements, killing at least 10 people, leaving dozens missing and blocking a key highway to the Pacific coast.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 13, Bayer AG made its official takeover bid for fellow German drugmaker Schering AG, offering 16.5 billion euros ($20.01 billion), slightly more than its previous 16.3 billion euro ($19.76 billion) offer that Schering's board had recommended be accepted.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, In India distraught fans smashed cars, burned buses and battled with police in the southern Indian city of Bangalore after they were prevented from seeing the body of Raj Kumar (77), an Indian film icon who died this week.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, In Indonesia police asked Playboy magazine to stop publishing its Indonesian edition out of fears it could enrage Muslims. Officials of the publication said they were considering the request.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, Al-Qaida's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged all Muslims to support insurgents fighting in Iraq "for the dignity of Islam" and said the "enemy has begun to falter," according to a video posted on the Internet.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, In Iraq dozens of policemen were missing and some 20-30 were dead after insurgents ambushed a police convoy near a US base. By the next day only 35 of 80 policemen had returned to Najaf, after picking up new vehicles at the US base of Taji. In western Iraq 2 US Marines were killed and 22 wounded two of them critically, in fighting in Anbar province.
    (AP, 4/14/06)(SFC, 4/15/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 13, Dame Muriel Spark (b.1918) died in Tuscany, Italy. Her spare and humorous novels made her one of the most admired British writers of the post World War II years. Her work of 23 novels, included the autobiographical "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1961), which was later adapted for a Broadway hit (1966) and a movie. In 2010 Martin Stannard authored “Muriel Spark: The Biography."
    (AP, 4/15/06)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.83)(SFC, 6/12/10, p.E2)
2006        Apr 13, In Jordan security forces stormed a prison to put down a riot after inmates claimed they had taken two policemen hostage. One prisoner was killed in the clashes while 15 police and 20 inmates were injured.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, In Nepal police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on hundreds of lawyers protesting in Katmandu, the eighth day of pro-democracy demonstrations.
    (AP, 4/13/06)
2006        Apr 13, In Russia a group of young men beat inhabitants with metal bars, killing a man and a woman and leaving an 80-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl gravely wounded. 9 people were later arrested in connection with the attack on the Roma camp in the southern Volgograd region.
    (AP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 13, The three parties that were central to Ukraine's Orange Revolution signed a protocol aimed at advancing the formation of a coalition government and ending their wrangling after last month's elections.
    (AP, 4/13/06)

2006        Apr 14, President Bush rebuffed recommendations from a growing number of retired generals that he replace Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, saying, “He has my full support."
    (AP, 4/14/07)
2006        Apr 14, Kobe Bryant broke the Los Angeles Lakers’ single-season scoring record, getting 50 points to eclipse Elgin Baylor’s long-standing total of 2,719 points in a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
    (AP, 4/14/07)
2006        Apr 14, In Oklahoma Kevin Ray Underwood (26) was arrested after investigators found the body of Jamie Rose Bolin (10), missing since April 12, in a bedroom closet in his apartment. The girl's unclothed body was inside a large plastic tub. Police said she was killed as part of the neighbor's elaborate plan to eat human flesh. On February 29 2008, a jury found him guilty of first degree murder after deliberating for twenty-three minutes. This quick verdict was attributed to the showing of Underwood's videotaped confession. On Thursday, April 3, 2008, McClain County District Judge Candace Blalock approved a recommended death sentence.
    (AP, 4/16/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Ray_Underwood)
2006        Apr 14, Tornadoes hit the campus of the Univ. of Iowa in Iowa City. One person was killed outside of town.
    (WSJ, 4/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 14, In southern Afghanistan a suicide car bomber rammed a British military convoy and 3 soldiers were wounded. More than 3,000 British troops had moved into Helmand province as part of a NATO mission to expand its presence there. They planned to train Afghan forces, operating from a new $80 million army barracks, to hunt druglords and destroy opium stockpiles. A bomb planted by Taliban militants hit a government convoy in the east of the country near the town of Khost, killing three policemen and injuring two others.
    (AFP, 4/14/06)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.38)
2006        Apr 14, Afghan security forces backed by coalition helicopters attacked a suspected Taliban hideout in southern Afghanistan, setting off an intense gunbattle that killed 41 rebels. It was later reported that Afghan police may have been killed by the US-led coalition forces.
    (AP, 4/15/06)(AP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 14, Miguel Reale (95), widely considered one of the chief architects of Brazil's civil code, died of a heart attack.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, The Central African Republic said it has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity allegedly committed by its former president and a Congolese vice president. Government spokesman Celestin Gamou said CAR suspects ex-President Ange-Felix Patasse and Congo Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba of ordering or committing murder and rape against civilians, as well as of embezzling funds and destroying public and private property.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, Chad broke off diplomatic relations with Sudan and threatened to expel 200,000 Sudanese refugees, blaming its neighbor for a rebel attack that killed 350 in the capital.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, Cuba ordered the expulsion of a Czech diplomat, accusing him of spying for the United States. Stanislav Kazecky, who was in charge of political, cultural and media affairs for the Czech embassy, was given 72 hours to leave.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, In Egypt worshippers at three Christian churches came under attack from knife-wielding assailants during Mass. Police said one worshipper was killed and more than a dozen wounded in the simultaneous attacks in the northern city of Alexandria.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, Five publishers, all members of Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood, were detained as they prepared to publish material criticizing Egypt's emergency law.
    (AFP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 14, In India 2 bombs exploded at New Delhi's main mosque shortly after hundreds of worshippers offered Friday prayers, injuring at least 13 people.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, In Indonesia a passenger train bound for Jakarta crashed into another train stopped at Gubuk station, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 25.
    (AP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 14,  A roadside bomb exploded in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, killing three Iraqi soldiers. In the southern city of Basra, four gunmen killed the director of traffic police as he was driving to work. At least one civilian was killed in fierce fighting between insurgents and the army in Fallujah.
    (AP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 14, Mahmut Bakalli (70), Kosovo's communist-era leader, died of throat cancer. He lead the disputed province's communists in the late 1970s and early 1980s, stepping down following disagreements with the central body of the Yugoslav Communist Party over the handling of unrest by ethnic Albanian students.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, In Kashmir a series of grenade attacks by suspected separatist rebels shook Srinagar, killing five people and wounding at least 18.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, Commercial life halted in several Pakistani cities in a strike called by an Islamic party to protest this week's suicide attack that killed its top leaders and some 50 others.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, In the Philippines at least 11 devotees were nailed to crosses during Good Friday reenactments of Christ's final hours.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, A bankruptcy supervisor at the shattered Yukos oil company said that he had won a temporary injunction from a New York court banning the company from selling its assets as it goes into bankruptcy hearings.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, Russia's OAO GAZ automaker agreed to buy DaimlerChrysler AG production lines in suburban Detroit and move them to Russia, where it will produce DaimlerChrysler cars under license.
    (AP, 4/14/06)
2006        Apr 14, Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was hospitalized after another prisoner slashed him in the face while he slept. In 2011 Alexander Kuchma, Khodorkovsky's former cellmate, told a Russian online publication that authorities forced him to attack the jailed tycoon and falsify a sexual harassment suit.
    (AP, 4/15/06)(AP, 5/16/11)
2006        Apr 14, Security forces at a Shiite mosque in northern Yemen fought with supporters of a slain anti-US cleric in a clash that left at least four people dead.
    (AP, 4/15/06)

2006        Apr 15, Stanford Univ. said it will use a $3.3 million gift from the Malone Family Foundation of Englewood, Colo., to offer an online high school for gifted students.
    (SSFC, 4/16/06, p.B2)
2006        Apr 15, In Redwood City, Ca., 3 men were shot and killed at the Headquarters Bar.
    (SFC, 4/16/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 15, In Oakland, Ca., Renardo Williams was shot in the chest. Police presented Williams with a picture of Ronald Ross and Williams identified Ross as the shooter. Williams and the son of the real shooter, Steven Embrey Sr., later recanted their story. In 2013 Ross (51) was freed from after nearly 7 years behind bars. In 2014 Ross filed a $32 million civil rights lawsuit against Oakland.
    (SFC, 2/23/13, p.C1)(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.C4)
2006        Apr 15, Taliban fighters simultaneously attacked two police checkpoints on a southern Afghan highway, and up to 14 militants were killed or wounded in the ensuing gunbattle. Suspected Taliban attacked coalition and Afghan army troops with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades in central Uruzgan province, sparking a gunbattle that killed three attackers. Suspected Taliban shot and killed a district administrator in Helmand province. US-led coalition forces using warplanes and artillery clashed with a small band of militants holed up in a house and a cave complex in Kunar province in fighting that killed seven Afghan civilians and wounded three. The US airstrike aimed at militants in eastern Kunar province mistakenly killed seven civilians.
    (AP, 4/16/06)(AP, 4/15/07)
2006        Apr 15, Bangladesh said it will vaccinate about 18 million children aged 5 and under to combat polio, which recently re-emerged after authorities believed it had been eradicated five years ago.
    (AP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 15, Cambodian soldiers departed to Sudan for a UN-backed landmine clearing operation, saying they hoped they could use their experience recovering from civil war to help the war-torn Sudanese.
    (AFP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 15, Chad threatened to cut off its flow of oil unless the World Bank releases $125 million frozen in a dispute over how the central African country should spend its oil revenues.
    (AP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 15, In southern Chechnya rebels killed two Russian soldiers and wounded five others in an ambush.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 15, China announced tariff cuts on imports of fruit and fish from Taiwan, offering the self-ruled island new trade concessions in an effort to boost sentiment for uniting with the communist mainland.
    (AP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 15, China reported that the orbiting capsule of its Shenzhou VI spacecraft, which was launched into space six months ago, has returned to earth after orbiting 2,920 times.
    (AP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 15, Shiite politicians suggested a formula for replacing their nominee for prime minister to break the deadlock over Iraq's new unity government. At least 12 Iraqis died in a car bombing near a Baghdad restaurant and other attacks. 4 US Marines were killed in combat in western Anbar province.
    (AP, 4/15/06)(AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 15, In Libya US singer Lionel Richie jived and rocked for an adoring audience in a concert to mark the 20th anniversary of a US raid on the North African country. Libya renewed a demand that Washington apologize and pay compensation.
    (AP, 4/15/06)(Reuters, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 15, Palestinian police sealed off a main road and briefly stormed a government building in the central Gaza town of Khan Younis, angered by the Hamas-led government's failure to pay them.
    (AP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 15, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz began a two-day visit to Pakistan during which he is expected to discuss a possible arms deal.
    (AFP, 4/15/06)
2006        Apr 15-2006 Apr 17, In southern Sudan 15 people including 11 civilians were killed in clashes between militia fighters, straining a deal that ended the country's north-south civil war.
    (Reuters, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 15, Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated mines near two military vehicles in northeastern Sri Lanka, killing eight people in separate attacks.
    (AP, 4/16/06)

2006        Apr 16, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), an American private equity firm, announced that it was buying 85% of Flextronics Software Systems (FSS) for $600 million in cash and $250 million in interest due in 8 years.
    (Econ, 4/22/06, p.62)
2006        Apr 16, Stephen Marshall, a Canadian man suspected of murdering two registered sex offenders in their Maine homes, took his own life with a gun on a crowded bus in Boston.
    (Reuters, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 16, Canada confirmed a new case of mad cow disease. Canadian cattle ranchers were still recovering from a two-year ban on their beef in the US.
    (AP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 16, Chad's Pres. Deby promised the UN that refugees from Sudan's Darfur region will not be forcibly returned.
    (AP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 16, In Egypt police fired live ammunition into the air and lobbed tear gas into rioting crowds of Christians and Muslims in a third day of sectarian violence in Alexandria. Egyptian police detained 43 university students on suspicion of membership in the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest Islamic fundamentalist group.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, A 37-year-old Ethiopian-born German man suffered life-threatening head and brain injuries in a beating at a tram stop in Potsdam. On April 19 a 15-strong Nigerian delegation was to check into Potsdam's Voltaire Hotel and stay for a week, but pulled out after hearing about the weekend attack.
    (AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 16, In northern Greece a passenger train crashed into a truck at a crossing and derailed, killing four people and injuring at least 40.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, In India heavily armed Maoist rebels (Naxalites) killed 10 police officers in an attack in eastern Chhattisgarh state. The Maoists, who have bases in 11 of India's 29 states, say they are fighting to restore the rights of neglected tribes and landless farmers.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, State-run television reported that Iran will give the financially strapped Palestinian Authority $50 million in aid.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, In Iraq 6 people were killed during a raid as American troops hunted down an al-Qaida suspect at a safehouse south of Baghdad. In Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a shopping bag on a minibus killed 4 passengers. A car bombing near a market in the town of Mahmudiyah, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad left 10 dead and 25 wounded.
    (AFP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, The Rev. Cesar Torres (42) killed Veronica Andrade Salinas (22), who was pregnant, at his parish on Mexico City's eastern outskirts. He used a kitchen knife to cut off her head and hack her body to pieces, which he packed the pieces into plastic bags and dumped near a cemetery in Chimalhuacan. The couple had an 18-month-old daughter. Torres admitted to the murder on April 19.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 16, Nepal's sidelined political parties called for a massive pro-democracy protest in the capital on April 20 and urged citizens to stop paying taxes and utility bills to help bring down the royal government.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines, said in an Easter announcement that she would commute the death sentences of some 1,200 convicts, including about a dozen al-Qaida-linked militants.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, Suspected pro-Taliban militants beheaded two tribesmen in a remote part of Pakistan for allegedly working for US forces across the border in Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 16, In Spain a bus carrying Boy Scouts overturned on a northern highway, killing at least four people, including three minors.
    (AP, 4/16/06)
2006        Apr 16, In his first Easter message as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI urged nations to use diplomacy to defuse nuclear crises and prayed that Palestinians would one day have their own state alongside Israel.
    (AP, 4/16/07)

2006        Apr 17, In the Boston Marathon was won by Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot in a record time of 2:07:14. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won among the women in 2:23:38.
    (WSJ, 4/18/06, p.A1)(AP, 4/17/07)
2006        Apr 17, In California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a law mandating names-based reporting of HIV cases.
    (SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 17, Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a sweeping immigration bill that supporters and critics say gives the state some of the toughest measures against illegal immigrants in the nation.
    (AP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 17, In Chicago a jury convicted former Gov. George Ryan of steering state contracts and leases to political insiders during his term as secretary of state in the 1990s and then governor for one term. He was later sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison,
    (SFC, 4/118/06, p.A5)(AP, 4/17/07)
2006        Apr 17, Oil closed at a record $70.40 per barrel in NY trading. This was the 1st time it had closed above $70 in NY.
    (SFC, 4/18/06, p.D1)
2006        Apr 17, Afghan and US soldiers killed five militants during a Operation Mountain Lion targeting Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in a volatile eastern region near Pakistan. Some 6,000 mainly British, Canadian and Dutch troops have started moving into the rebellious southern provinces.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 17, Jean Bernard (b.1907), French doctor, died. His research on blood disease helped to found the discipline of hematology.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 17, In central Iraq a car apparently driven by a suicide bomber exploded in front of a US observation post. At least one civilian was killed and seven wounded in a gunbattle between insurgents and the Iraqi army in northern Baghdad. Police recovered 17 bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad as rebels killed nine people in fresh attacks across the country. At least 5 insurgents were killed and two Iraqi troops wounded in fighting. The body of Taha al-Mutlaq, the brother of the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue leader, was discovered in a Shiite area of western Baghdad. He had disappeared last month en route to Salahuddin province north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/17/06)(AFP, 4/17/06)(AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 17, Israeli soldiers holed up in a home in Nablus opened fire on stone-throwing protesters outside the building, wounding two people, including a 13-year-old boy. Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, blew himself up outside a fast-food restaurant in Tel Aviv during the Passover holiday, killing 9 other people and wounding at least 49 in the deadliest Palestinian attack in more than a year. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. Daniel Wultz (16) of Florida was among 11 people killed in the restaurant attack. In 2012 an Israeli advocacy group won a $323 million judgement in US court against Iran and Syria for supporting Palestinian militants involved in the attack.
    (AP, 4/17/06)(SFC, 4/18/06, p.A1)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.47)(SFC, 5/16/12, p.A2)
2006        Apr 17, In Indian Kashmir 2 guards were killed and a politician injured in a gun attack by suspected Islamic militants. The army announced it had arrested 10 rebels and killed two others.
    (AFP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 17, In Mexico an overcrowded bus speeding home from a religious festival veered off a highway emergency ramp and crashed through a metal barrier, plunging more than 650 feet into a ravine near Maltrata, a town about 125 miles east of the capital. 58 people were killed. There were 2 survivors.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 17, In Nepal security forces in a southern town shot into a crowd marching on the main highway to protest the royal dictatorship, killing one and wounding five. Nepal deployed the army to ensure that food reaches the capital and threatened to impose a new state of emergency, the 12th day of a strike in which neither the king or opposition is backing down.
    (AP, 4/17/06)(AFP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 17, In central Peru a passenger bus tumbled off a mountain road and came to rest in a gorge, killing at least 25 people on board in Jaucan district.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 17, Qatar said it would give the Palestinian government $50 million in aid to help make up for a shortfall after the US and the EU cut off funding.
    (AP, 4/17/06)
2006        Apr 17, Somalia granted the US Navy permission to patrol coastal waters to combat piracy.
    (WSJ, 4/18/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 17, In northern Sri Lanka land mines blasts in killed 4 soldiers and 2 Tamil Tiger rebels, raising the death toll from a week of bloody unrest to at least 50.
    (AP, 4/17/06)

2006        Apr 18, Pres. Bush nominated former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman to head the White House budget office.
    (SFC, 4/19/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 18, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Washington state, toured the Redmond campus of Microsoft and had dinner at the home of MS Corp. Chairman Bill Gates.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 18, In a plea deal unsealed in federal court, US contractor Philip Bloom admitted that between December 2003 and December 2005, he conspired with some public officials, including several U.S. Army officers, to rig bids on Iraq rebuilding contracts.
    (Reuters, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Two Duke University lacrosse players were arrested on charges of raping and kidnapping a stripper hired to dance at an off-campus party on March 13. The DA said he hoped to charge a third person soon. A Dec pre-trial hearing disclosed that no DNA material from the players had been found in the stripper and that this information had been withheld in an initial report. DNA evidence from several other men was found. In late December rape counts were dropped when the alleged victim changed her story. On April 11, 2007, all charges were dropped. Stuart Taylor and K.C. Johnson soon authored “Until Proven Innocent" (2007), their evaluation of the incident and following trial.
    (AP, 4/18/06)(WSJ, 12/23/06, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/24/06, p.A18)(Econ, 9/15/07, p.46)
2006        Apr 18, In SF thousands gathered for the 100 year anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.
    (SFC, 4/19/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 18, Josephine Crawford (84), a Galloway Township widow, hit a $10 million jackpot, the biggest in the history of casino gambling in Atlantic City, NJ.
    (AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 18, In Rhode Island the 1940 Jamestown Bridge was demolished. It connected North Kingstown and Jamestown and was replaced by the Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge.
    (SFC, 4/19/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 18, Australia said it will send up to 110 troops to the Solomon Islands to help restore calm after the election of a new prime minister sparked rioting.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Christian Schwarz-Schilling, Bosnia's international administrator, said the international community should end its decade-long control and allow Bosnia to assume the responsibilities of a "normal" democracy.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, In northern Baghdad clashes left 5 Iraqis dead and six people, including civilians, wounded. A bomb exploded at a Baghdad cafe frequented by police in the eastern neighborhood of Suleikh, killing at least three policemen and four civilians and wounding more than 20 other people. Authorities discovered 15 dead men shot in the head in various parts of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/18/06)(SFC, 4/19/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 18, Israel decided to revoke the Jerusalem residency rights of four Hamas lawmakers, a response to a suicide bombing that killed nine civilians in a Tel Aviv restaurant. Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a metal workshop in Gaza City.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Jordan accused Hamas activists of smuggling missiles and other weapons into the kingdom and said it was canceling a planned visit of the Palestinian foreign minister, the second diplomatic snub for the Hamas-led government in a week. Jordan later reported that it had detained more than 20 Hamas activists for smuggling arms from Syria.
    (AP, 4/18/06)(AP, 5/10/06)
2006        Apr 18, In Kenya officials said the Sabaki River, swollen by heavy rains, had overflowed its banks, forcing at least 10,000 people to flee their homes.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, In Mongolia thousands of demonstrators marched outside government headquarters, burning effigies of the nation's leaders and demanding their resignations because of alleged corruption and the mishandling of mineral wealth.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, In Morocco an appeals court upheld record damages imposed on a weekly newsmagazine in a defamation suit that some rights groups say the government is using to intimidate independent media.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Noor Jehan, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, was shot 5 times by male relatives over a rebuffed marriage proposal and left for dead on the outskirts of Karachi. She died at a hospital in Karachi on May 21.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        Apr 18, A security official said Saudi authorities arrested five suspected terrorists linked to the February 24 deadly attack on the world's largest oil processing facility.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Mobs of Solomon Islanders looted stores, torched buildings and cars, and pelted police with stones after lawmakers elected Snyder Rini as the new prime minister. He associated with a previous administration accused of corruption. Seven officers were injured.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Thailand's government said it will extend a state of emergency in southern Thailand as part of measures to combat a Muslim insurgency that has left over 1,000 people dead.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Greenpeace said in a new report that more than 90,000 people were likely to die of cancers caused by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, countering a United Nations report that predicted the death toll would be around 4,000.
    (AP, 4/18/06)
2006        Apr 18, Vietnam's communist party opened its 10th five-yearly congress. The 8-day session,  likely to reshuffle the national leadership, opened with a stern warning from party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh that corruption threatens the regime's survival. During the session Bloc 8406, a new dissident group, emerged with a “manifesto on freedom and democracy."
    (AFP, 4/18/06)(Econ, 4/26/08, SR p.16)

2006        Apr 19, White House press secretary Scott McClellan announced his resignation as part of a shake-up of President George W. Bush's senior aides. White House political mastermind Karl Rove surrendered his role as chief policy coordinator.
    (AP, 4/19/07)
2006        Apr 19, The US government released the most extensive list yet of the hundreds of detainees who have been held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Nearly all 558 on the list were labeled enemy combatants, but only a handful of whom have faced formal charges.
    (AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 19, The 2006 US estimated cost of the war in Iraq was put at $94 billion.
    (SFC, 4/20/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 19, US Immigration agents arrested 7 executives and 1,187 illegal immigrants employed by IFCO Systems, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of crates and pallets, as part of a crackdown on employers of illegal workers.
    (AP, 4/19/06)(SFC, 4/21/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 19, In Croatia workers who have been occupying a tobacco factory in Zagreb for nearly two weeks asked the chief state prosecutor to investigate their claims that the facility was illegally sold to a local tobacco giant.
    (AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 19, Cuba agreed to buy another $30 million in food from Nebraska, strengthening trade relations with the US farm state already selling corn, wheat, soybeans and other products to the communist island.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, Ecuador approved revisions to its Hydrocarbons Law to increase state revenue from private crude-oil producers. The changes became effective on April 25.
    (WSJ, 4/21/06, p.A7)(WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 19, The Egyptian government said it had arrested a group of 22 militant Islamists planning bomb attacks on tourist targets, a gas pipeline near Cairo and Muslim and Christian religious leaders. The statement listed 22 members, led by a 26-year-old humanities student named Ahmed Mohamed Ali Gabr.
    (Reuters, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, In Guatemala a mob burned a man and a woman to death after accusing them of several child abductions in the predominantly Mayan town of Sumpango, where residents have long claimed youngsters are snatched and the police do nothing.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, Militants broke into two schools in a mainly Shiite district of Baghdad and allegedly killed a school guard in front of students and a teacher as he arrived. The attack occurred at the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi elementary schools in Baghdad's Shaab neighborhood. Police in the neighborhood denied that the attack occurred.
    (AP, 4/19/06)(AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 19, A top Italian court confirmed the slim electoral victory of center-left economist Romano Prodi over Premier Silvio Berlusconi, according to Italian television.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, Japan defied South Korean protests and dispatched two ships to begin a maritime survey near disputed islets between the two nations, raising the stakes in the territorial standoff.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, In Kyrgyzstan Pres. Bakiyev threatened to expel American troops from the Central Asian nation unless the US agrees to pay more for its military presence.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, The Mexican Congress enacted a law that allows journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources.
    (SFC, 4/20/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 19, In southeastern Nepal security forces opened fire on thousands of pro-democracy protesters, killing at least 4 and wounding several others.
    (AFP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, Nigerian militants killed two people in a car bomb attack on an army barracks in the southern city of Port Harcourt, extending a four-month onslaught against the world's eighth largest oil exporter.
    (Reuters, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 19, Hyundai Motor Co. said its chairman and his son will donate $1.1 billion worth of personal assets to the public amid a slush fund scandal engulfing South Korea's largest automaker.
    (AP, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, A UN spokesman said Sudan has refused to grant visas for a UN military assessment mission planning a UN peacekeeping operation in Darfur.
    (Reuters, 4/19/06)
2006        Apr 19, In Venezuela a riot erupted at a western prison, leaving 10 inmates dead and one wounded. A day earlier authorities had seized weapons and illegal drugs from gang members in the jail.
    (AP, 4/19/06)

2006        Apr 20, Pres. Bush welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House as the two leaders embarked on talks aimed at cooling tensions over a yawning US-China trade gap. Bush urged Hui Jintao to make trade concessions, improve human rights and exert more influence over North Korea. The 2 leaders broke no new ground on sensitive issues.
    (AP, 4/20/06)(SFC, 4/21/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 20, The CIA fired Mary McCarthy, a top intelligence analyst, who admitted leaking classified information about a network of secret CIA prisons. She had provided information that contributed to a Washington Post story last year disclosing secret US prisons in Eastern Europe.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 20, John Negroponte, US National Intelligence Director, said the US employs almost 100,000 people in 16 federal departments and agencies dealing with intelligence.
    (SFC, 4/21/06, p.A18)
2006        Apr 20, America’s FDA issued a statement saying that smoked marijuana has no accepted medical use in treatment in the US. Medicinal use of marijuana was well established around the world.
    (Econ, 4/29/06, p.83)
2006        Apr 20, Arkansas Republican Governor Mike Huckabee signed a $1.10 state minimum wage increase into law to be effective Oct 1. The previous minimum was at the federal standard of $5.15 per hour.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mrppf)
2006        Apr 20, Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill into law that offered government-sanctioned elective classes on the Bible in public high schools. He also signed a bill permitting the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses.
    (SFC, 4/21/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 20, In Columbus, Kansas, 5 teenage boys were arrested for threatening to carry out a shooting spree at their high school on the anniversary of the Columbine bloodbath.
    (SFC, 4/25/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 20, In SF federal and local agents raided a chapter of the Hells Angels in the Dogpatch neighborhood of Potrero Hill. They found a pound of methamphetamine. Agents targeted 16 locations including Livermore and San Mateo County recovering weapons and a total of 6 pounds of methamphetamine.
    (SFC, 4/21/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 20, Oil jumped to a fresh record high above $74 a barrel after a steep drop in US gasoline inventories fueled fears of tight summer supplies at a time of growing anxiety over Iran's exports.
    (Reuters, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 20, Scott Crossfield, the hotshot test pilot who in 1953 became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was killed in the crash of his small plane in Georgia.
    (AP, 4/20/07)
2006        Apr 20, Stanley Hiller Jr. (b.1925), boy-wonder and helicopter pioneer, died in California.
    (SSFC, 4/23/06, p.B7)
2006        Apr 20, Suspected Taliban militants killed six Afghan policemen in Afghanistan's volatile south and burned four of their bodies. US military said a soldier was killed in a clash while inspecting a weapons cache in the central Uruzgan province's district of Dihrawud.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 20, The Belgian parliament narrowly approved a bill to grant same-sex couples equal rights in adoption. Belgium became the fourth European Union member state to allow same-sex couples equal rights in adoption, after Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 20, China denied it is engaged in industrial espionage in Canada, calling accusations by Ottawa's foreign minister baseless and irresponsible.
    (AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 20, In northeastern Colombia leftist rebels ambushed a military convoy, killing 16 soldiers and secret police officers in the deadliest attack on security forces this year.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 20, In northeastern India a bus carrying wedding guests veered off a road and plunged into a lake, killing at least 64 people. Another bus crash later in the day killed at least 15 people.
    (AP, 4/20/06)(AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 20, Bowing to intense pressure, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari agreed to abandon his claim to another term.
    (AP, 4/20/07)
2006        Apr 20, In Mexico a violent confrontation between 800 federal and state police agents and more than 500 striking steelworkers left two workers dead and dozens of workers and police agents injured at the Siderurgica Lazaro Cardenas-Las Truchas, SA (Sicartsa) steel plant in the port city of Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacan. The decapitated heads of two police officials were found dumped in front of a government building in Acapulco.
    (http://ww4report.com/node/1879)(AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 20, Nepalese police opened fire on thousands of pro-democracy protesters marching toward the capital in defiance of a government-imposed curfew, killing at least three and wounding dozens.
    (AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 20, Militants ambushed a convoy of Pakistani troops in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing seven soldiers and wounding 22. A suspected foreign Islamic militant linked to al-Qaida and a security official were killed in a gunfight at a roadblock near Afghan border.
    (AP, 4/20/06)
2006        Apr 20, Tamil Tiger rebels announced they were indefinitely postponing talks aimed at saving a truce with the Sri Lankan government as 4 more people were killed in fresh violence.
    (AFP, 4/20/06)

2006        Apr 21, Pres. Bush began a 4-day visit to California. He denied Gov. Schwarzenegger’s request for federal funds to repair Bay Area levees.
    (SFC, 4/22/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 21, Chinese President Hu Jintao wrapped up his US tour with a visit to Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
    (AP, 4/21/07)
2006        Apr 21, Crude oil futures closed at $75.17 a barrel in New York for the first time, amid increasing concerns about the Iranian nuclear crisis and a US gasoline supply crunch.
    (AP, 4/22/06)(WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 21, G-7 ministers met in Washington DC. They said the world economy remains buoyant but cited threats from oil market developments, global imbalances and growing protectionism.
    (WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A4)
2006        Apr 21, The US Justice Dept. gave assent to a Georgia law requiring photo IDs to vote.
    (WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 21, Miss Kentucky was crowned Miss USA in the 55th annual pageant. Tara Elizabeth Conner (20) of Russell Springs, was crowned by Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina, who is Miss USA 2005.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, In western Bangladesh dozens of people were feared to have drowned when a bus packed with about 50 wedding guests plunged into a river.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, The Cambodian PM Hun Sen ruled out sending troops to Iraq, rejecting a request by the US for non-combat forces to assist with humanitarian work.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, Canada said 2 RCMP members are heading to Sudan to assist the UN mission there in training and supporting Sudanese police and, where possible, advising them on policing methods.
    (CP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, A bomb exploded on a roadside in Chechnya where schoolchildren were cleaning up trash, killing a boy and wounding five other children.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 21, In China Tong Daning, an official from the social security fund, was executed on charges of spying for rival Taiwan. Government employees were then required to watch a video about the case. Tong had passed information to the island's leaders about China's currency regime, allowing them to avoid massive losses due to exchange rate changes.
    (AP, 8/8/06)(AP, 8/29/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tong_Daning)
2006        Apr 21, In Haiti polling stations were nearly empty in a crucial legislative runoff. Hundreds of candidates from more than a dozen parties sought 127 legislative seats.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, Shiite politicians nominated Nouri al-Maliki as Iraq's prime minister after outgoing PM Ibrahim al-Jaafari gave up his bid for another term. 6 off-duty Iraqi soldiers were captured and shot execution-style outside a restaurant in Beiji in northern Iraq. In Baghdad, a Shiite baker was killed in a drive-by shooting as he headed to work, and the bullet-riddled bodies of four other Iraqis were found in the capital. A senior UN official said some 15,000 detainees are being held in Iraq by government ministries in violation of Iraqi law, and nearly as many are being held by US-led multinational forces.
    (AP, 4/21/06)(AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 21, A senior military commander said Israel is actively preparing to reoccupy the Gaza Strip and a powerful lawmaker said the entire Palestinian Cabinet could be targeted for assassination after the appointment of a wanted militant to head a new security force.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, Nepal's king vowed to return power to the people of this Himalayan kingdom after weeks of massive protests and increasing international pressure. King Gyanendra called on the seven main political parties to name a prime minister as soon as possible.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blocked Hamas' plans to set up a shadow security force, which was to be made up of militants and to be headed by the No. 2 on Israel's wanted list.
    (AP, 4/21/06)
2006        Apr 21, Russia began delivering advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Belarus.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 21, US aviation authorities upgraded Venezuela's safety ranking, averting a ban that would have blocked most US airlines from flying to the country.
    (AP, 4/22/06)

2006        Apr 22, In Alaska 6 seventh-graders were arrested in North Pole, just outside of Fairbanks, for conspiracy to commit murder during an assault on their school. Authorities found weapons in their homes.
    (AP, 4/25/06)
2006        Apr 22, In Spring, Texas 2 white teenagers severely beat and sodomized a Hispanic boy (16) who had tried to kiss a Hispanic girl (12). David Henry Tuck and 17-year-old were later charged with aggravated sexual assault. The beaten boy was in critical condition.
    (SFC, 4/28/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 22, The 2-day Maker Faire began in San Mateo, Ca., as a gathering of tinkerers to display their gadgets.
    (Econ, 5/3/08, p.87)(http://makezine.com/faire/2006/)
2006        Apr 22, Ed Davis, former LA police chief (1969-1978) and California state representative (1980-1992), died in San Luis Obispo.
    (SSFC, 4/23/06, p.B7)
2006        Apr 22, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb exploded as a Canadian armored vehicle drove by, killing four soldiers.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Two British scientists reported that the long-term effects of the Chernobyl disaster could cause up to 66,000 extra deaths from cancer, 15 times more than UN officials predicted last year. Their report was titled "The Other Report on Chernobyl."
    (AFP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, In Colombia Pedro Gil Trujillo, a city council member in Rivera, was arrested while giving a live radio interview by telephone for allegedly masterminding a guerrilla attack that killed nine of his colleagues on Feb 27.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Gunmen burst into the home of Satyadeo Sawh (50), Guyana's agriculture minister, and fatally shot him along with two relatives and a security guard.
    (AP, 4/22/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.42)
2006        Apr 22, In India Pramod Mahajan (56), the general secretary of the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, was shot and critically wounded by his brother. Pramod Mahajan died from his wounds on May 3.
    (AP, 4/23/06)(AP, 5/4/06)
2006        Apr 22, The population of Kerala, India, was reported to be about 33 million. It boasted over 91% literacy. The per capita income was about half that of Goa, India’s richest state. Some 3.5 million Keralans worked abroad, 85% in the Middle East.
    (Econ, 4/22/06, p.43)
2006        Apr 22, Iran's envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog agency said the Islamic republic had reached a "basic deal" with the Kremlin to form a joint uranium enrichment venture on Russian territory, state-run television reported.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Iraq president formally designated Shiite politician Jawad al-Maliki to form a new government, starting a process aimed at healing ethnic and religious wounds and pulling the nation out of insurgency and sectarian strife. Parliament elected President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, to a second term and gave the post of parliament speaker to Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, a Sunni Arab. Suspected insurgents set off two bombs in a public market in northern Iraq, the second one timed to hit emergency crews arriving at the scene, and the blasts killed at least two Iraqis and wounded 17.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, In Fallujah, Iraq, Sheik Shaukit al-Kubaisi, a Sunni cleric and imam of a local mosque, was killed by gunmen. 5 US soldiers were killed in bombings in southern Baghdad. US and Iraqi forces fought an hour-long gunbattle with insurgents in Ramadi.
    (AP, 4/22/06)(AP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 22, Alida Valli (84), Italian movie star, died in Rome. She appeared in over 100 films that included “The Third Man" (1949).
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.B7)
2006        Apr 22, Japan and South Korea defused a tense standoff over disputed waters, with Japan withdrawing a plan to survey the area and South Korea delaying plans to submit name proposals for underwater features.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Morocco's King Mohammed VI pardoned all prisoners from the disputed territory of Western Sahara currently being held in jails in the kingdom.
    (AFP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Nepali security opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters marching toward the royal palace in defiance of a curfew, as opposition leaders rejected the king's proposals for restoring democracy.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Saudi Arabia and China signed defense, security and trade agreements in Riyadh on the first day of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Hassan al-Turabi, a Sudanese Islamist leader who once protected Al-Qaeda supremo Osama bin Laden, was branded an apostate by the country's Muslim scholars for taking a liberal stand on women's rights.
    (AFP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 22, In eastern Ukraine homemade bombs exploded in lockers at two supermarkets, wounding as many as 14 people.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Thousands of Venezuelans lay in the outlines of bodies chalked on a main avenue to protest against President Hugo Chavez's handling of violent crime, while supporters held a separate demonstration backing his social policies.
    (AP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr 22, Vietnam welcomed Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who then spoke in Hanoi on Vietnam’s potential in IT development.
    (SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A14)

2006        Apr 23, Some 10,000 people marched in SF to denounce a bill in the US House of Representatives that would make illegal immigration a felony. Latinos organized a day of protests in over 100 cities. As many as 500,000 marched in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 4/24/06, p.A1)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.14)
2006        Apr 23, In Alaska 2 small planes collided midair and crashed about 20 miles north of Anchorage, killing five people.
    (AP, 4/24/06)
2006        Apr 23, In Maryland Katrina Denise Powe (31) and Mystery Toma Hillian (9) were found dead in an apartment in District Heights. A 12-year-old boy was charged with the murders.
    (SFC, 4/25/06, p.A5)
2006        Apr 23,  It was reported that Massachusetts has decided to begin requiring doctors to state the names of anyone testing positive for HIV.
    (SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 23, Afghan security forces surrounded Taliban fighters hiding in a village in southern Ghazni province, launching a gunbattle that killed at least three militants and a police officer. Another policeman was killed and two others were wounded in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province when suspected Taliban militants attacked a road construction company.
    (AP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 23, Osama bin Laden issued new threats in an audiotape broadcast on Arab television and accused the United States and Europe of supporting a "Zionist" war on Islam by cutting off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
    (AP, 4/23/07)
2006        Apr 23, In Canada the bodies of Marc Richardson (42), his wife Debra (48), and son Jacob (8) were discovered stabbed to death in their family home in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Their daughter Jasmine (12) and her boyfriend Jeremy Steinke (23) were arrested the next day in Saskatchewan. With them were a bag of bloodstained clothing, knives and a purse belonging to the preteen's mother. In 2007 a jury found Jasmine guilty of first-degree murder for helping her adult boyfriend stab her parents and little brother to death. Jasmine was sentenced to serve four years in custody and another 4-1/2 years under community supervision.
    (Reuters, 7/6/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richardson_family_murders)(AP, 11/9/07)
2006        Apr 23, Powerful waves capsized a boat carrying Dominican migrants near a popular surfing beach off the coast of Puerto Rico killing at least five people. Small boats frequently attempt to smuggle migrants from the Dominican Republic to the US Caribbean territory, a roughly 70-mile journey across the often-perilous Mona Passage.
    (AP, 4/24/06)
2006        Apr 23, In Hungary Socialist PM Ferenc Gyurcsany's coalition won the runoff parliamentary ballots, becoming Hungary's first administration to win re-election since communism fell.
    (AP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 23, In Iraq 3 US soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad. More than 20 Iraqis also died in other violence, including 7 who were killed in 3 explosions that occurred just outside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad
    (AP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 23, Japan agreed to pay 59% of the $10.3 billion cost in transferring 8,000 US Marines from Okinawa to Guam.
    (SFC, 4/24/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/24/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 23, In Mongolia some 200 demonstrators have ended their protests over alleged government corruption and the mishandling of mineral wealth after the country's leaders agreed to investigate their complaints.
    (AP, 4/24/06)
2006        Apr 23, Nepali police fired rubber bullets at thousands of protesters, struggling to enforce a curfew imposed to keep persistent pro-democracy demonstrators off the streets in the Himalayan country's deepening crisis.
    (AP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 23, In North Korea 2 troop trains packed with soldiers collided head-on leaving more than 1,000 dead. A Buddhist humanitarian aid group reported the tragedy June1.
    (AFP, 6/1/06)
2006        Apr 23, The militant Hamas group and the rival Fatah Party agreed to work together to restore calm following violent clashes and mass protests across the Palestinian areas over their struggle for control over security forces.
    (AP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 23, It was reported that Sweden has allowed the letter 'W' into the mainstream of the Swedish language. The Swedish language, according to the Swedish Academy, now has 29 letters instead of 28.
    (AP, 4/23/06)
2006        Apr 23, Opponents of Thailand's outgoing prime minister wore black and tore up their ballots to protest parliamentary elections they said were unfair. Weekend elections failed to fill several seats in Parliament, deepening the country's political crisis.
    (AP, 4/23/06)(AP, 4/24/06)

2006        Apr 24, Speaking in Irvine, Calif., President Bush said those calling for massive deportation of the estimated 11 million foreigners living illegally in the United States were not being realistic.
    (AP, 4/24/07)
2006        Apr 24, Sanjay Kumar, the former CEO of Computer Associates International Inc., pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges in a massive accounting scandal at the Long Island-based software company.
    (AP, 4/25/06)
2006        Apr 24, Scott McNealy (51) stepped down as CEO of Sun Microsystems. He was replaced by Jonathan Schwartz, who had served as chief operating officer.
    (SFC, 4/25/06, p.C1)
2006        Apr 24, Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum (91), the spiritual leader of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect, died in New York.
    (AP, 4/24/07)
2006        Apr 24, In Afghanistan a US-leased Antonov-32 plane carrying counternarcotics officials crashed into a nomad settlement while trying to avoid a truck on a runway during landing. 2 Ukrainian crewmen were killed along with 3 people on the ground, including 2 girls sleeping in their homes. In southern Afghanistan US-led coalition warplanes bombed a suspected Taliban camp in Helmand province, killing 3 insurgents. 5 more militants and one policeman died in a gunbattle in the Miana Shien district.
    (AFP, 4/24/06)(AP, 4/25/06)(WSJ, 4/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 24, In Rio de Janeiro a law went into effect requiring “women-only" cars on subway and above ground trains.
    (SSFC, 4/30/06, p.G2)
2006        Apr 24, A tiny ecological car was launched in Britain after three years of research financed by the EU. The three-wheeled vehicle runs on natural gas and consumes 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94 miles per gallon). Known as the Clever, Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban Transport, the car is easy to park and can transport a driver and one passenger, seated in the back.
    (AFP, 4/24/06)
2006        Apr 24, In Egypt 3 explosions rocked the resort city of Dahab at the height of the tourist season, killing 21 people and wounding more than 80. 3 of the dead were thought to be suicide bombers.
    (AP, 4/25/06)(AP, 5/2/06)
2006        Apr 24, In Haiti partial results indicated that President-elect Rene Preval's party had won at least 11 of 30 senate seats in the parliamentary runoff.
    (AP, 4/24/06)
2006        Apr 24, In Iraq 7 car bombs exploded across Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding dozens, as politicians met to try to finalize a new Cabinet. Mortar attacks killed at least 15 people. Police discovered 28 bodies in Baghdad and Mosul, 15 of them security forces recruits.
    (AP, 4/24/06)(SFC, 4/25/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 24, In northern Nepal communist rebels stormed army bases and government buildings in a bold assault. A night-long gunfight left six people dead. In the capital, security forces fired rubber bullets on crowds of pro-democracy protesters. King Gayendra appeared on national television shortly before midnight and read words that restored the parliament.
    (AP, 4/24/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.44)
2006        Apr 24, In the Philippines government prosecutors filed rebellion charges against a former senator, six leftist lawmakers and 42 others suspected of plotting a coup in February against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
    (AP, 4/24/06)
2006        Apr 24, Sri Lanka's military accused ethnic Tamil minority rebels of killing six Sinhalese rice farmers working in their fields to provoke ethnic rioting.
    (AP, 4/24/06)
2006        Apr 24, In Turkmenistan Gurbanbibi Atajanova, former chief state prosecutor, was charged with corruption. She begged not to be sent to prison after being accused of possessing 25 houses, 36 cars and 2,000 head of cattle.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.39)(http://turkmenistan.neweurasia.net/?cat=3)
2006        Apr 24, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party re-elected its leader, General Secretary Nong Duc Manh (65), for a second five-year term. The Congress approved a new five-year plan with targets for improving infrastructure and making Vietnam a modern industrial nation by 2020.
    (AFP, 4/24/06)(Econ, 8/5/06, p.38)

2006        Apr 25, President Bush ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand and possibly dampen prices at the pump. He also halted for the summer the purchase of crude oil for the government's emergency reserve.
    (AP, 4/25/06)
2006        Apr 25, US Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Richard Lawless estimated that Tokyo will pay some $26 billion for the realignment of the US military in Japan. The number shocked Japanese officials.
    (AP, 4/27/06)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.26)

2006        Apr 25, California legislators demanded that UC reveal details of extra pay and perks to dozens of top executives following an audit that found 91 exceptions to policy and procedures over the past decade. In Feb. Pres. Dynes had appeared before the state Senate Education Committee to apologize for the compensation scandal.
    (SFC, 4/26/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/07, p.A4)
2006        Apr 25, Hamid Hayat (23) of Lodi, Ca., was convicted by a federal jury of providing material support to terrorists as a result of his training in a terrorist camp in Pakistan (2003-2005). His father’s case ended in a mistrial. In 2014 lawyers appealed the conviction and 24-year sentence saying Hayat’s lawyer was inexperienced and that the camp in Pakistan has already been dismantled before he supposedly attended it.
    (SFC, 4/26/06, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/14, p.D1)
2006        Apr 25, Charles Clarke, Britain’s Home Secretary, said that since 1999 Britain had freed 1,023 foreign prisoners, including murderers, rapists and pedophiles, who should have been considered for deportation at the time of their release.
    (Reuters, 4/25/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.59)
2006        Apr 25, The fox population in London was reported to be an estimated 10,000.
    (WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 25, Canada’s central bank raised its overnight interest rate a 6th straight time, a quarter point to 4%.
    (WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 25, Jane Jacobs (89), American-born Canadian writer and activist, died. Her books included “The Death and Life of Great American Cities" (1961).
    (WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A1)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.97)
2006        Apr 25, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said that the country is ready to transfer its nuclear technology to other countries. Tehran threatened to halt all cooperation with the UN atomic energy agency if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions, warning that it might hide its nuclear program if the West takes any other "harsh measures."
    (AP, 4/25/06)
2006        Apr 25, In a rare video posted on the Internet, al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden and said any government formed in Iraq would be merely a "stooge." A bomb hidden in a minibus exploded near the offices of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in eastern Baghdad, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding three.
    (AP, 4/25/06)(AP, 4/25/07)
2006        Apr 25, In Nepal tens of thousands of people celebrated in the streets and weeks of pro-democracy protests were called off after the king gave in to a key demand to reinstate parliament. Girija Prasad Koirala began his 4th term as prime minister. He succeeded Sher Bahadur Deuba.   
    (AP, 4/25/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girija_Prasad_Koirala)
2006        Apr 25, Pakistani attack helicopters pounded suspected Islamic militant hideouts near the Afghan border as clashes killed three militants and two soldiers. In northwestern Pakistan the body of Khan Mati, a taxi driver missing since April 17, was found. Suspected Islamic militants decapitated him over suspicions he was a US spy and a frequent visitor to an American military base in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 4/25/06)(AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 25, In Puerto Rico Gov. Acevedo Vila warned in a televised address that "Beginning next Monday, May 1, the majority of agencies of the central government will not be able to operate." Puerto Rico's House of Representatives wants to impose a 4 percent sales tax instead and has refused to review the governor's plan. The island now has no sales tax.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 25, Russia launched a satellite for Israel that the Israelis say will be used to spy on Iran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 4/25/06)
2006        Apr 25, A pregnant suicide bomber blew herself up in front of a car carrying Sri Lanka's highest-ranking general, killing 8 people and badly injuring the top officer.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 25, The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on four men accused of atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region, the first time it has moved to punish those responsible for three years of conflict that has left 180,000 dead.
    (AP, 4/25/06)

2006        Apr 26, Pres. Bush formally named Tony Snow, a Fox News commentator, to be his press secretary.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 26, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Iraq, where they embraced the country's fledgling leaders as independent and focused on the future.
    (AP, 4/26/07)
2006        Apr 26, Florida lawmakers agreed to shut down the state’s juvenile boot camps in response to the Jan 6 death of a boy (14), who was beaten by guards. They would be replaced with a new, less militaristic program.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 26, It was reported that John Prescott (67), Britain’s deputy prime minister, had engaged in a 2-year affair with his much younger secretary, Tracey Temple.
    (Econ, 4/29/06, p.60)
2006        Apr 26, Negotiators in Canada reached an agreement to compensate some 80,000 Canadian Indians who attended government-financed schools where many suffered physical and sexual abuse. Nearly $2 billion would be paid out as damages to survivors of the schools.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A12)
2006        Apr 26, About 2,500 foreign construction workers rioted over wages and working conditions at a building site in Dubai, smashing equipment and vehicles in the second violent protest by construction workers in a month in the fast-growing city. "We get 450 dirhams ($123) a month," one worker said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution. "It's not enough. We can't save any money."
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 26, In Egypt 2 suicide bombers struck outside the main base of the multinational peacekeeping force near the Gaza border in Sinai, killing themselves but causing no other casualties.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, EU Parliament investigators said the CIA has conducted more than 1,000 undeclared flights over European territory since 2001, a clear violation of an international treaty.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, In Iraq US Marines killed Hashim Ibrahim Awad (52) in Hamdaniya for allegedly setting a land mine. On June 21 the US military announced murder and kidnapping charges against 7 Marines and a Navy corpsman in connection with Awad’s death. Lance Cpl. Jerry Shumate (21) was accused of killing Awad. On Oct 6 Corpsman Melson J. Bacos (21) pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy and agreed to testify about what he saw. On Nov 15 Pfc. John J. Jodka III pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to 18 months in custody. On Nov 16 Lance Cpl. Tyler Jackson was sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to reduced charges. On Nov 21 Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr. pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. In 2007 a military jury in San Diego handed a bad conduct discharge to Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas, convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy to murder in the execution of Awad. Marine Cpl. Marshall Magincalda was found guilty of conspiracy, but acquitted of premeditated murder and kidnapping.
    (SFC, 6/22/06, p.A13)(SFC, 6/22/06, p.A13)(SFC, 9/13/06, p.A12)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.A3)(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A17)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A19)(SFC, 11/22/06, p.A10)(SFC, 8/2/07, p.A13)
2006        Apr 26, A Mexican boycott urged people to shun all products from U.S. businesses on May 1, a sort of "Day Without Americans," timed to coincide with the "Day Without Immigrants" boycott planned by activists north of the border.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, In southern Mexico a speeding truck loaded with Guatemalan migrants en route to the United States collided head-on with another truck, killing 10 migrants and injuring 16.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 26, In southwestern Nepal soldiers killed six villagers after thousands of civilians tried to overrun an army camp. The killings were not believed to be connected to the political turmoil that has gripped Nepal for weeks.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, President Vladimir Putin ordered a giant new oil pipeline to be routed away from Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake and home to hundreds of unique species.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, Snyder Rini, the new Solomon Islands prime minister whose election last week sparked two days of rioting and looting in the archipelago's capital, resigned after losing support in Parliament.
    (AP, 4/26/06)
2006        Apr 26, In Sri Lanka escalating violence between government forces and Tamil rebels left at least 15 civilians dead and 15,000 Tamil villagers fleeing for their lives.
    (AFP, 4/26/06)

2006        Apr 27, The Bush administration announced that it had reached a tentative agreement with Canada to settle the long-running trade battle over softwood lumber.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, Alberto Gonzales, the US Attorney General, said police nationwide had arrested 9,037 people in a roundup of fugitives from April 17 to 23, including over 1,100 sex offenders.
    (WSJ, 4/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 27, The US states joined by environmentalists sued the federal government to compel it to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions blamed for global warming.
    (WSJ, 4/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 27, The publisher of the teen novel “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life" pulled the book off the market after its author, Harvard student Kaavya Viswanathan acknowledged that numerous passages had been lifted from another writer.
    (AP, 4/27/07)
2006        Apr 27, In NYC construction began at the site of the World Trade Center on a project to build 5 towers by 2012.
    (WSJ, 4/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 27, A fiery crash in the San Francisco’s Castro District killed one person and left at least 8 vehicle gutted.
    (SFC, 4/28/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 27, Austria, in its role as current president of the EU, began a poster campaign called "Temptress Europe" designed to reawaken Europeans to the continent's "sensuous" side.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 27, Thousands of Bulgarians demonstrated against a deal to allow US troops to use military facilities in the country.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, Canadian and US scientists reported success with an experimental vaccine against the Marburg virus in monkeys, even if the shot is given after infection.
    (SFC, 4/27/06, p.A7)
2006        Apr 27, China's central bank raised interest rates by .27% in the government's strongest move yet to cool an economy verging on overheating. The news sent resource stocks, oil and commodity prices lower around the world.
    (AP, 4/27/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.43)
2006        Apr 27, Liliana Gaviria (52), sister of the former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria (1990-1994), died in a botched kidnapping in the province of Risaralda, 110 miles west of Bogota. She was real estate agent and owner of a transport company. On Feb 26, 2010, Beatriz Villalba (25) was arrested after being under observation for four months. She had been conducting spying operations for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in Bogota. Prosecutors alleged that Villalba was in charge of buying a building and modifying a vehicle used in the abduction and transportation of Liliana Gaviria Trujillo. Gaviria's bodyguard was shot dead during the kidnapping in Pereira.
    (AP, 4/28/06)(AP, 2/26/10)
2006        Apr 27, Indian student doctors staged a one-day strike at state-run hospitals in New Delhi to protest government plans to boost quotas for the poor in top education institutes.
    (AFP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, Iran's UN ambassador denounced Israel's election as a vice-chair of the U.N. Disarmament Commission, calling the Jewish state a threat to peace in the Middle East.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 27, A sister of Iraq's new Sunni Arab vice president was killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad, a day after the politician called for the Sunni-dominated insurgency to be crushed by force. In southern Iraq a bomb blast rocked an Italian convoy at a base, killing three Italian soldiers and a Romanian.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, Israel's military intelligence chief said in a published interview that Iran has received its first batch of North Korean-made surface-to-surface missiles that put European countries within firing range.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, Israeli aircraft fired missiles at two cars in Gaza packed with rockets, killing one Islamic Jihad militant and critically wounding another.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 26, Malaysia’s central bank raised its main interest rate by a quarter point to 3.5%.
    (WSJ, 4/27/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr 27, Reports from Myanmar and Thailand said Myanmar troops were waging their biggest military offensive in almost a decade and have uprooted more than 11,000 ethnic minority civilians in a campaign punctuated by torture, killings and the burning of villages.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, Nepal's communist rebels pledged to halt attacks for three months to give the Himalayan country a chance for peace as a new government takes over in the wake of bloody protests that forced the king to reinstate parliament.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, A Dutch agency said the number of reported cases of legal euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide in the Netherlands increased in 2005 for the third year in a row. Doctors reported 1,933 cases in 2005, up from 1,886 in 2004 and 1,815 in 2003.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, In Nigeria President Hu Jintao said China wants a "strategic partnership" with Africa, seeking to add a new political dimension to a blossoming economic romance. China agreed to commit $4 billion for infrastructure in exchange for 4 oil drilling licenses.
    (Reuters, 4/27/06)(WSJ, 4/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 27, Russia’s Agriculture Ministry said it has banned all imports of poultry and poultry products in connection with violations of veterinary regulations. Moscow claimed to have found diseased chickens and insufficient veterinary monitoring on US poultry farms, but there were also Russia media reports linking the ban to the country's unhappiness over US President George W. Bush's decision to impose hefty tariffs on foreign steel imports.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, In South Korea state prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo amid a bribery and slush fund scandal that has rocked the large automaker.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, In Sri Lanka rebels said some 40,000 civilians fled homes in northeastern Sri Lanka to escape government airstrikes on Tamil rebel areas in recent days that have killed at least a dozen people. In northern Sri Lanka mine attacks killed five military personnel and wounded another five. Police found five headless corpses near Colombo.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, Turkey said it has deployed more than 30,000 additional troops in its predominantly Kurdish southeast and along its rugged border with Iraq and Iran to fight Kurdish guerrillas and stop them from coming across the frontier.
    (AP, 4/27/06)
2006        Apr 27, The UN panel overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait said the UN has paid out a $248 million installment to cover claims for losses and damages.
    (AP, 4/27/06)

2006        Apr 28, President George W. Bush approved Dubai's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with US plants that supply the Pentagon.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, Five member of US Congress were willingly arrested and led away from the Sudanese Embassy in plastic handcuffs after protesting the Sudanese government's alleged role in atrocities in the Darfur region.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, The US government adopted a federal advisory council’s recommendations for deep cuts to the 2006 salmon season for California and Oregon.
    (SFC, 4/29/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 28, Attorneys for Rush Limbaugh, who had been accused by Florida prosecutors of "doctor shopping" for painkillers, announced a deal under which a single prescription fraud charge against the talk show host would be dismissed after 18 months provided he stayed drug-free and did not violate any laws.
    (AP, 4/28/07)
2006        Apr 28, Storms battered eastern Texas with wind up to 100 mph and hail the size of baseballs.
    (AP, 4/28/07)
2006        Apr 28, Rhode Island, America's smallest state, was reported to be seeking to become the first state to offer a wireless broadband network from border to border. The Rhode Island Wireless Innovation Networks (RI-WINs) was expected to be fully in place by 2007, providing wireless connectivity throughout the state, whose land mass of about 1,045 square miles is only slightly more than double the size of metropolitan Los Angeles.
    (Reuters, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, Ellen DeGeneres swept the Daytime Emmy awards, winning best talk show host for the second time and earning talk show honors for the third consecutive year.
    (AP, 4/28/07)
2006        Apr 28, It was reported that a research team at UC Berkeley had created microscopic versions of compound eyes as used by insects.
    (SFC, 4/28/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 28, NASA launched 2 weather satellites designed to provide the 1st 3-D views of Earth’s clouds and help predict how cloud cover contributes to global warming.
    (SFC, 4/29/06, p.A10)
2006        Apr 28, Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Taliban militants to end the violence raging across the country and join forces with the new government to help Afghanistan's reconstruction. NATO foreign ministers reaffirmed the alliance's readiness to nearly double its peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, where violence is increasing.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, In Brazil police charged Antonio Palocci, a former finance minister, with four crimes, including money laundering. He was viewed as the architect of Brazil's economic recovery.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, launched a charity in memory of his late mother Princess Diana to help AIDS orphans in Lesotho.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, In Bulgaria Secretary Rice signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement, which included a US lease of 3 bases in Bulgaria.
    (www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/2006/65423.htm)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.62)
2006        Apr 28, Canadian currency topped out at C$1.1162 to the US dollar, or 89.59 US cents, its highest level since June 1978, rising for the sixth straight session.
    (Reuters, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, Chinese President Hu Jintao signed an oil exploration contract with Kenya, the latest in a series of deals designed to keep Africa's natural resources flowing to China's booming economy.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, It was reported Baiyangdian Lake in northern China's Hebei province was choking for its life. Large-scale fish deaths have occurred regularly since the 1980s as excessive amounts of untreated industrial waste water and raw sewage, coupled with drought and constantly falling water levels, have left fish farms decimated.
    (AFP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, Representatives of the Colombian government and that nation's second largest rebel group wrapped up four days of talks in Cuba without resolution, but agreed to meet again after their country's May 28 elections.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, A cargo plane carrying telecom equipment crashed in eastern Congo, killing as many as eight passengers and crew on board. Another aircraft carrying three people disappeared in the same region.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, In East Timor hundreds of former soldiers burned cars and shops in Dili, sparking violent clashes with police that left at least two people dead and 27 injured. The soldiers, who were dismissed last month for striking against "discriminatory" working conditions, have held near-daily rallies in Dili this week demanding that their grievances be heard.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, US forces killed a local al-Qaida in Iraq leader and two other insurgents in a raid north of Baghdad. Roadside bombs killed an American soldier and an Iraqi policeman. The death toll in two days of fighting in Baqouba climbed to 58, including seven Iraqi soldiers.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, A senior Israeli military official said Palestinian militants have smuggled dozens of Katyusha rockets into the Gaza Strip, potentially threatening towns well inside Israel.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, Mexican lawmakers approved a bill that would allow people to possess small amounts of cocaine, heroin, even ecstasy for their personal use.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 28, Mexican police in Tijuana found the body of a US citizen kidnapped nearly 3 weeks earlier. They said he had been beaten, strangled, stripped naked and stashed in the trunk of a car. George Kwok Choi Chu, a seafood wholesaler, worked in Tijuana but lived across the border in San Diego.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 28, It was reported that Morocco has just graduated its first team of women preachers to be deployed as a vanguard in the kingdom's fight against any slide towards Islamic extremism. A pioneer group of 50 Morchidat, or guides, finished a 12-month course in early April. They were trained to "accompany and orient" Muslim faithful, notably in prisons, hospitals and schools.
    (AFP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, Nepal's Parliament reconvened for the first time in four years, and legislators proposed a cease-fire with the Himalayan country's Maoist rebels and elections for a constitutional assembly.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, More than 45,000 Puerto Ricans marched through the streets of San Juan demanding politicians resolve a budget impasse that could lead to a government shutdown next week.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, In South Korea prosecutors arrested Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo in an embezzlement and slush fund scandal.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, The UN food agency said it is cutting rations in half for about 3 million refugees in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region because of a shortage of money, calling it "scandalous" that it has to stretch out supplies while it pleads for funds.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, A powerful group of developing nations blocked reform proposals that would have given Secretary-General Kofi Annan more budget power, and rich countries warned the move could push the world body toward financial crisis.
    (AP, 4/28/06)
2006        Apr 28, An official said Vietnam needs more than $400 million to fight bird flu and prepare for a potential pandemic over the next five years, and expects about half to come from international donors.
    (AP, 4/28/06)

2006        Apr 29, Thousands of US anti-war demonstrators converged on lower Manhattan to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006         Apr 29, A rock slide at Ferguson Ridge, 8 miles west of El Portal, Ca., shut down the Highway 140 connection to Yosemite National Park.
    (SSFC, 6/25/06, p.B1)
2006        Apr 29, John Kenneth Galbraith (97), an influential liberal Canadian-born economist and author, died in Massachusetts. His more than 40 works included “American Capitalism" (1952), "The Affluent Society" (1958), in which he argued that the US had become rich in consumer goods but poor in social services and “The New Industrial State" (1967).
    (Reuters, 4/30/06)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.86)
2006        Apr 29, Afghan security forces clashed with Taliban militants hiding in a cave complex in the southern Helmand province, killing 11 insurgents after militants killed three policemen and wounded another in an ambush. An Afghan cell phone company confirmed that an Indian contractor was being held hostage by the Taliban. Afghan soldiers and police attacked a Taliban camp co miles north of Lashkar Gah and killed at least 2 militants.
    (AP, 4/30/06)(SSFC, 4/30/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 29, Bolivia's new left-leaning president, Evo Morales, signed a pact with Cuba and Venezuela on rejecting US-backed free trade and promising a socialist version of regional commerce and cooperation. Bolivia became the 3rd member of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).
    (AP, 4/29/06)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.38)
2006        Apr 29, A cyclone hit Burma with 150 mph winds. Scattered deaths and injuries were reported.
    (SSFC, 4/30/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 29, A coalition of Chinese Web activists launched a petition decrying censorship of the Internet and challenging the legality of government information controls on China's more than 100 million net users.
    (Reuters, 5/1/06)
2006        Apr 29, In northwestern China a gas explosion at a coal mine killed at least 30 miners and left eight missing at the Wayaobao Coal Mine in Shaanxi province.
    (AP, 4/30/06)(AP, 5/1/06)
2006        Apr 29, It was reported that just over 8% of workers in France belonged to a trade union compared with 12% in America and nearly 30% in Britain.
    (Econ, 4/29/06, p.54)
2006        Apr 29, In Hong Kong while riding a bus Elvis Ho asked Roger Chan to lower his voice while talking on his cellphone. Chan proceeded to berate Ho for nearly 6 minutes and the encounter was captured on video camera by another passenger, Jon Fong. The video became famous as “Bus Uncle." Some phrases in the video, such as “I’ve got pressure" and “It’s not over," quickly became part of Hong Kong’s lexicon.
    (WSJ, 6/6/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 29, In central India 13 people abducted by insurgents were found dead but 37 others were freed. 2 people were found dead a day earlier. Rebels had abducted 52 people from a single village in the district of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh state on April 25.
    (AFP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, In Iraq 6 people were killed in scattered violence. A top Iraqi official said sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes. A US Army soldier died when a roadside bomb hit his convoy near Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, In Kyrgyzstan thousands of protesters demanding reform gathered in the main square in Bishkek but dispersed peacefully after President Bakiyev and PM Felix Kulov addressed the crowd.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, Newly returned Nepalese legislators demanded that King Gyanendra be stripped of control over the 90,000-strong army, fearing he could use it to regain power after his recent concession to weeks of pro-democracy protests.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, A car bombing in the Nigerian oil city of Warri destroyed at least five tanker trucks. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), which demands more local control over the southern delta's oil wealth, said it had used a mobile phone to detonate 30 kg (66 lb) of dynamite in the bombing.
    (Reuters, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 29, North Korea claimed that the US conducted about 160 spy flights against the communist state this month.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, Peru recalled its ambassador from Venezuela over what it called President Hugo Chavez's "persistent and flagrant interference" in its upcoming presidential elections.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, In the Philippines military intelligence agents captured Abdasil Malangka Dima, an alleged member of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group, in Isabela, the capital of the southern island province of Basilan. He was allegedly involved in the abduction of three Americans, including a missionary couple, from a resort five years ago.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, A Qatar newspaper reported that Qatar has frozen bilateral free trade talks with the US, saying Washington was imposing preconditions that were not in Doha's interest.
    (AP, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki to suspend enriching uranium and ensure full-scale cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.
    (Reuters, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, The UN said reports of a Ugandan army incursion into Congo were "credible" after peacekeepers conducted a verification mission in the remote northeastern border region.
    (Reuters, 4/29/06)
2006        Apr 29, Scientists tried to discover why some 400 dolphins washed up dead on a beach popular with tourists on the northern coast of Zanzibar.
    (AP, 4/29/06)(WSJ, 4/29/06, p.A1)

2006        Apr 30, Some 100,000 rallied in Washington DC, SF and other US cities to urge the Bush administration to take decisive action to stop the genocide in Darfur.
    (SFC, 5/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 30, It was reported that on average a family of four should expect to pay $261 a day for food and lodging when traveling in the US this summer.
    (SSFC, 4/30/06, p.G2)
2006        Apr 30, In San Francisco Daniel Elizalde (17) shot and killed Karl Bartolome (19) as Bartolome walked with his girlfriend and nephew at Lisbon and Persia streets in the Excelsior district. Elizalde later pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life.
    (SFC, 12/25/09, p.D2)(http://tinyurl.com/ydhpjr4)
2006        Apr 30, In Afghanistan Edward Caraballo (44), an American jailed for two years in Kabul on charges of torturing alleged terrorists in a makeshift jail, was freed two months early after a government decree. Police found an Indian hostage's beheaded body in southern Afghanistan. Taliban militants said they shot the hostage dead as he tried to escape.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, In Australia rescuers made voice contact with two miners trapped a half mile beneath the earth for nearly a week. Todd Russell (34) and Brant Webb (37) were trapped April 25 when a small earthquake caused a rock collapse at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine. One of their co-workers was killed in the quake.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        Apr 30, A fisherman off Barbados found a boat with the bodies of 11 men from Senegal. The boat had left Senegal Christmas eve with 52 migrant people and was apparently bound for the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Apr 30, British environment ministry officials said work has begun to cull chickens at two more poultry farms in eastern England after the suspected discovery there of the H7 strain of bird flu.
    (AFP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, China successfully tested a locally made magnetic levitation train, the first time the country has achieved the feat without using foreign technology. The 20-ton test maglev train ran steadily on a 1,400-foot experimental line in the provincial capital of Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan province.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        Apr 30, Congo's electoral commission said that national elections, the first in 40 years for the violence-plagued central African nation, will take place July 30, about a month later than planned.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, Egypt's parliament agreed to a two-year extension of emergency law requested by the government while it prepares replacement anti-terrorism laws. Egyptian security forces hunting bombers behind attacks last week in the Sinai peninsula fought gunbattles with suspects and killed 3 of them.
    (AP, 4/30/06)(AFP, 5/2/06)
2006        Apr 30, In Ethiopia visiting Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has said he backed plans for an expanded United Nations Security Council, adding that he would present his country's position at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa.
    (AFP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, In Iraq the office of President Jalal Talabani said he had met with representatives of seven armed groups and was optimistic they may agree to lay down their weapons. Bombs and drive-by shootings killed 12 people. The bodies of 7 Iraqi men, who apparently were kidnapped and tortured, were found in three areas of the capital. Three security contractors were killed and two others injured in a roadside bomb attack 30 miles south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/30/06)(AP, 5/1/06)
2006        Apr 30, Israel's Cabinet voted to modify the route of its West Bank separation barrier to put thousands of Palestinians on the "Palestinian" side of the enclosure.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, Suspected Islamic militants raided a village in Indian-controlled Kashmir and killed 22 Hindus, lining them outside their homes and shooting them execution-style. Police found the bodies of 4 of 13 Hindu cattle grazers who were abducted over the weekend by suspected Islamic militants. 9 more bodies were found the next day.
    (AFP, 5/1/06)(AP, 5/1/06)
2006        Apr 30, Laotians voted for a new parliament in a largely symbolic exercise since all the candidates belonged to the communist party. But in an effort to bring in fresh faces, only about a quarter were incumbents.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, Nepal's Parliament called for a cease-fire with Maoist insurgents and elections for an assembly to rewrite the constitution, as the new PM Girija Prasad Koirala (84) urged the rebels to sit down for talks.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, In Pakistan an army spokesman said Mohammed Farooq, a senior Pakistani scientist suspected of helping leak nuclear weapons technology to Iran, Libya, and North Korea, has been released after two years in detention.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, Saudi King Abdullah issued a decree lowering domestic gasoline prices by about 25%. That would lower the cost to about 16 cents per liter.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, Serbia braced for suspension of EU aid and trade talks as deadline expired for the arrest of war-crimes fugitive Ratco Mladic.
    (WSJ, 5/2/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 30, In eastern Sri Lanka at least 18 rebels were killed and many wounded when Tamil Tiger guerrillas launched a major attack against a breakaway faction.
    (AP, 4/30/06)
2006        Apr 30, The Sudanese government said it was ready to sign a draft peace deal with rebels from its Darfur region, but the rebels said they still had reservations about the agreement.
    (AP, 4/30/06)

2006        Apr, A report produced by the US National Intelligence Ground Center said more than 500 chemical munitions have been discovered in Iraq since 2003. They were produced in the 1980s for the Iran-Iraq war.
    (www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=15738)
2006        Apr, Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the US government’s top environmental prosecutor, purchased a $980,000 vacation home at Kiawah Island, SC, along with J. Steven Griles, an oil and gas lobbyist, and Donald R. Duncan, a vice-president for ConocoPhilips. 9 months later Wooldridge agreed to let ConocoPhillips delay a half-billion-dollar pollution cleanup.
    (SFC, 2/15/07, p.A6)
2006        Apr, As of this month Google held 43% of the US search engine market share. This reached 50% counting AOL, which used Google’s search engine technology; Yahoo had 28%, MSN had 13% and Ask, owned by IAC/Interactive Corp, had 6%.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.65)
2006        Apr, In Afghanistan delegates gathered in Kabul for a discussion on new information and communications technology. Invitations to the conference were sent on a Morse telegraph system.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.45)
2006        Apr, A group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of priests.
    (AP, 4/5/12)(http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfarrer-Initiative)
2006        Apr, Anwar Kamal Marwat, a PML-Nawaz politician in Peshawar, Pakistan, led 4,000 tribesmen in an attack on a neighboring Pushtun tribe and killed 80 people. They incurred a fine of $60,000.
    (Econ, 7/8/06, Survey p.7)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.36)
2006        Apr, China and Turkmenistan signed a gas-supply deal. Operations of the pipeline was scheduled to start in 2009.
    (WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A8)
2006        Apr, France released 2 Slovenian brown bears in the Pyrenees and planned to add five more to boost genetic diversity.
    (Econ, 5/13/06, p.60)
2006        Apr, Archeologists unearthed a major Maya Indian royal burial site in the Guatemalan jungle, discovering jade jewelry and a jaguar pelt from more than 1,500 years ago. The tomb, found by archeologist Hector Escobedo contained a king of the El Peru Waka city.
    (Reuters, 5/4/06)
2006        Apr, Investigators for India's monopoly monitors accused US biotech group Monsanto, which has a tight grip on the GM market, of overpricing its cotton seeds, charging so-called "technology fees" on seed packets. Indian government officials said more than 8,900 farmers had died from suicide in four states since 2001. Rising costs and the failure of a government minimum pricing policy had contributed to the farmers' deaths.
    (AFP, 4/22/06)
2006        Apr, Jamaican police arrested botanist George Proctor at the capital's airport as he was about to board a plane to the United States. Prosecutors later said Proctor had given a co-conspirator $90,000 to kill 4 women. In 2010 Proctor (89) was sentenced to four years in prison for conspiring to kill his wife and three other women who lived in the couple's home. The wife and the three women, whose identities and relationship to the couple have never been released by authorities, were not harmed.
    (AP, 2/3/10)
2006        Apr, IKEA opened its first store in Japan.
    (Econ, 5/13/06, p.69)
2006        Apr, Peru’s Legislature approved a trade pact with the US. The US Congress and Senate approved the free trade agreement in late 2007.
    (WSJ, 12/5/07, p.A6)
2006        Apr, Saudi Arabia announced plans to build an electrified fence along its 560-mile border with Iraq.
    (WSJ, 9/13/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr, Somalia’s transitional government named Mohamud Hassan Ali (52), a resident of Minnesota since 2000, as mayor of Mogadishu. His uncle had served as mayor of Mogadishu from 1959-1963.
    (SSFC, 6/11/06, p.A22)
2006        Apr, In South Africa the government unveiled a project to build a luxury, four-star hotel at Freedom Square in Soweto.
    (AFP, 5/20/06)
2006        Apr, Basdeo Panday, former Trinidad prime minister, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for corruption.
    (Econ, 7/22/06, p.40)

2006        May 1, The EU imposed additional retaliatory sanctions valued at $9.1 million against the US in response to antidumping measures that were ruled illegal.
    (WSJ, 5/1/06, p.A10)
2006        May 1, The US Supreme Court ruled that Anna Nicole Smith could pursue part of her late husband's oil fortune.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2006        May 1, A Florida judge sentenced former professor Sami Al-Arian (48) to another year and a half in prison before he will be deported in his terrorism conspiracy case. Al-Arian signed a plea agreement April 14 in which he admitted providing support to members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Thousands of people rallied in cities across the US for what organizers called “A Day Without Immigrants." An estimated 100,000 gathered in San Jose, Ca., 400,000 in Chicago, 400,000 in Los Angeles and some 75,000 in Denver.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.A1)
2006        May 1, In the SF Bay Area KQED of SF and KTEH of San Jose announced their merger under the name Northern California Public Broadcasting.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.A1)
2006        May 1, Pure Digital Technologies released its new $130 Pure Digital Point & Shoot Video Camcorder.
    (WSJ, 5/3/06, p.D1)
2006        May 1, Workers around the world held May Day rallies to press for better factory conditions and higher wages in mostly peaceful marches. Activists the Philippines used the holiday to show their opposition to their government in tense protests watched by police.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Belarus more than 1,000 protesters carrying banned flags marched through Minsk to demand the release of jailed opposition leaders who had pledged to work for the removal of President Alexander Lukashenko.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales ordered the oil and gas sector nationalized, threatening to evict foreign companies unless they cede control over production within six months. The biggest natural gas field was operated by Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras.
    (AP, 5/2/06)(SFC, 5/2/06, p.A3)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.37)
2006        May 1, Egyptian security forces fatally shot three men wanted in terrorist bombings that killed at least 18 people in a coastal Sinai Peninsula resort on April 24. A police officer was also killed.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 1, In western India police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse battling mobs of Hindus and Muslims, killing two people as hundreds rioted after authorities demolished a small Muslim shrine.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In southern India a truck carrying mangos toppled over, killing 20 workers riding on board to unload them.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In northern India a sodium tank exploded at a paper factory, sparking a blaze that killed at least nine nightshift workers and trapped hundreds more. One official said 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Indonesia 3 Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison for helping shelter Southeast Asia's top terrorist mastermind and financing bombings.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Israel interim PM Ehud Olmert announced his Cabinet appointments, naming Tzipi Livni as vice premier and foreign minister. Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian woman and wounded her two daughters when they fired on a West Bank house that an Islamic Jihad militant was hiding in.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Locals in Macao rioted in protests against outsiders, who were finding jobs while many middle-aged Macanese remained jobless.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.40)
2006        May 1, A day-long protest dubbed "A Day Without Gringos" drew thousands of Mexicans into the streets and kept many away from US-owned supermarkets and fast-food restaurants to support rallies in the United States demanding immigration reform.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, The government of Puerto Rico ran out of money, forcing the US commonwealth to close public schools and shut down government offices, putting almost 100,000 people out of work.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Rwandan Hutu rebels attacked a village and an army camp in a raid that left 7 residents dead. Congolese troops killed six rebels during an attack at an army camp that also claimed the lives of a soldier and his wife.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 1, Under pressure from the US rebels in Sudan's Darfur region agreed to continue negotiations in Nigeria with the Sudanese government after rejecting a peace proposal that would end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Turkey, police fired pepper spray and tear gas to disperse demonstrators denouncing the IMF and the United States.
    (AP, 5/2/06)

2006        May 2, Louis Rukeyser (73) died in Connecticut. The best-selling author, columnist, lecturer and television host had delivered pun-filled, commonsense commentary on complicated business and economic news.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 2, In Minnesota a small, spiral-shaped snail that clones itself and is native to New Zealand has been discovered in Duluth-Superior Harbor and the St. Louis River estuary, raising concerns about the impact of another invasive species.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 2, A pre-dawn fire in NYC raged through a 21-acre site. It destroyed 15 industrial buildings and was the worst city fire in 10 years.
    (http://nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/home2.shtml)(WSJ, 5/27/06, p.P9)
2006        May 2, Joseph Clark was executed at a state prison in Lucasville, Ohio. After Clark was finally pronounced dead, 86 minutes after the process began, an autopsy showed 19 needle puncture wounds from the process. In 2007 Irma Clark filed suit in the Cincinnati, Ohio, district court, alleging her son was exposed to "excessive suffering" violating the US constitution.
    (AFP, 7/3/07)
2006        May 2, A suspected suicide attacker set off a car bomb on a road between the Afghan capital Kabul and a main US military base, killing himself and a civilian.
    (AFP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Bolivia's leftist government said it would extend control over mining, forestry and other sectors of the economy. Foreign governments warned relations could be damaged. Soldiers guarded natural gas fields and refineries across Bolivia after President Evo Morales ordered the sector nationalized, threatening to evict foreign companies unless they cede control over production within six months.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Canada's new government released its first federal budget, offering broad tax cuts and pledging to shore up the country's security with spending increases for the military, border security and policing.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, The Canadian dollar cracked 90 US cents, setting a new 28-year high and helping Canadians to realize cheaper US imports of everything from vegetables and clothing to computers.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, China's official Xinhua News Agency said glaciers in western China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau, known as the "roof of the world," are melting at a rate of 7 percent annually due to global warming.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, In Colombia the entire municipal council of Villavieja resigned and fled to Neiva in Huila province, fearing for their lives amid a spate of political killings.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 2, In western India at least 30 people were killed when a crowded bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river. The bus, which had a capacity of 58 but was carrying 69 passengers, was traveling from Kashimira town to Thane, near Mumbai.
    (AFP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, In Iran a court sentenced two Swedes to three years in prison each for photographing military installations. The two men, both in their 30s, were convicted of photographing military buildings and telecommunications equipment on Qeshm, an Iranian island in the Strait of Hormuz.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Iraq's parliament speaker said in a nationally televised speech that the new government's top priority will be ending widespread bloodshed in cities such as Baghdad. But insurgents launched new attacks, killing at least seven Iraqis and a US soldier. US soldiers raided an al-Qaeda site and killed 10 insurgents, including 3 in suicide vests. German engineers Rene Braeunlich and Thomas Nitzschke were released unharmed following 99 days in captivity.
    (AP, 5/2/06)(WSJ, 5/3/06, p.A1)(AP, 5/3/07)
2006        May 2, PM Silvio Berlusconi, the longest-serving leader in postwar Italy, resigned to make way for a center-left government led by Romano Prodi.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Nepal's new prime minister announced a seven-member Cabinet, designating a communist as his deputy and foreign minister.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, In Norway 3 key suspects were convicted in the theft of the Edvard Munch masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna" and sentenced to between four and eight years in prison. The works were snatched by masked gunmen from the Munch Museum in Oslo in August 2004. They are still missing.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, An explosion destroyed a building inside a Palestinian national security compound in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two police officers and wounding seven others.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse called for immediate peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, saying his tiny tropical island had seen enough violence. Gunmen stormed the offices of the Uthayan newspaper in Jaffna, 400 kilometers north of the capital Colombo, killing a manager and another employee. The next day the government said the murders were timed to embarrass it as Sri Lanka hosted UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebrations, while the rebel Tamil Tigers blamed government forces for the attack.
    (AP, 5/2/06)(AFP, 5/3/06)

2006        May 3 In their second meeting at the White House, President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to keep pressing Iran on its nuclear program as other allies took the issue to the United Nations.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, The Bush administration released a 234-page report on avian flu saying a global bird flu epidemic could disable the US economy. It called for stockpiling antiviral medication and new vaccine development.
    (SFC, 5/4/06, p.A11)
2006        May 3, A federal jury in Alexandria, Va., rejected the death penalty for al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, deciding he should spend life in prison for his role in 9/11; as he was led from the courtroom, Moussaoui taunted, "America, you lost. ... I won."
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2006        May 3, Vernon Jackson (53), owner of iGate, pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Virginia, to bribing Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., with more than $400,000 to promote the Kentucky’s firm’s high tech business in Africa between 2001 and 2005.
    (SFC, 5/4/06, p.A3)
2006        May 3, The US Postal Service said it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents to 42 cents, and proposed a "forever" stamp that people could use as hedge against future rate increases.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, US federal agents conducted raids in California targeting a SF-based cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking operation. 19 indictments were unsealed.
    (SFC, 5/4/06, p.B2)
2006        May 3, Sotheby’s auction house sold “Dora Maar au Chat," a painting by Pablo Picasso, for a $95.2 million, the 2nd highest amount for a painting at auction.
    (SFC, 5/5/06, p.A7)
2006        May 3, A burglary at a VA data analyst's home in Aspen Hill, Md., included loss of a laptop with personal data for 26.5 million veterans and military personnel. The burglary was disclosed May 22 and the VA first said the data was for 50,000 veterans and military personnel. On June 29 federal officials reported that the laptop was recovered.
    (AP, 6/9/06)(SFC, 6/30/06, p.A1)
2006        May 3, In western Afghanistan suspected Taliban gunmen killed a judge.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, An Armenian Airbus A-320 crashed in stormy weather off Russia's Black Sea coast while readying to land at the Sochi resort, killing all 113 people on board, most of them Armenians.
    (AP, 5/3/06)(WSJ, 5/3/06, p.A1)
2006        May 3, Australia raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to 5.75%. This sent its currency to a seven-month peak against the US dollar.
    (www.indiainfoline.com/news/news.asp?dat=77648)
2006        May 3, Bolivia's decision to nationalize its natural gas industry drew challenges from Brazil as top officials pledged to defend current gas contracts and suspend investment in the Bolivian industry.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, A decade-old ban on British beef, triggered by the mad cow crisis in the mid-1990s, was officially lifted, allowing cattle farmers to resume exports.
    (AFP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Britain and France introduced a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Iran abandon its uranium enrichment program, possibly setting the stage for sanctions if Tehran does not comply.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Chadians voted for president despite no real alternatives to incumbent Idriss Deby, who rebuffed calls to delay the election in this emerging African oil exporter in favor of peace talks with rebels.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, China's state-approved Catholic church installed a bishop without Vatican approval, the second this week.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Owners of a coal mine in China's central Henan province falsely claimed that five workers were killed and seven injured in a blast, when 66 miners were underground. An investigation by the county government later revealed that 10 workers were killed and 18 were injured in the accident which occurred in Yegou village.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 3, The European Commission fined 7 companies a total of $489.8 (388.1 euros) for running a cartel in bleaching chemicals.
    (WSJ, 5/4/06, p.A2)
2006        May 3, In New Delhi Muslim separatists met India's prime minister for fresh peace talks on the future of Kashmir. Hours before the talks were due to begin, four rebels and three security men died in gunbattles in Kashmir.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, India and Pakistan agreed to launch a truck service and a second passenger bus route this summer linking the parts of Kashmir held by each country.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, The guardian of Budhia Singh, a five-year-old Indian boy who runs 50 kilometers (31 miles) a day, denied media accusations he was flogging him for personal gain. When Budhia’s father died two years ago, his mother, a dish washer in Bhubaneswar, was unable to provide for her four children and sold Budhia to a man for 800 rupees (20 dollars).
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, In northern India, a driver apparently lost control of his speeding bus, veering off a bridge into a dry river bed near Rampur, a town in Uttar Pradesh state. 21 people were killed and 26 were injured.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Indonesian police detained the heads of the state electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and a state fertilizer firm as suspects in corruption cases.
    (AFP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, Sunni insurgents boldly attacked fellow Sunni Arabs, the latest in a growing campaign against those who cooperate with the US-backed Iraqi government. A suicide bomber cloaked in explosives killed two policemen and 13 police recruits gathered in Fallujah. Three more of the new Iraqi soldiers were found dead in Khaldiyah. The bodies of 20 Iraqi men were found in several areas of the capital, apparent victims of death squads that kidnap civilians of rival Muslim sects, torture them, and dump their bodies. In Wasit province southeast of Baghdad, masked gunmen broke into the home of a Shiite family, killing the husband, two of his sons and his sister.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Mexican President Vicente Fox refused to sign a drug decriminalization bill, hours after US officials warned the plan could encourage "drug tourism."
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, In Mexico one person was killed as machete-wielding protesters near Mexico City clashed with police, blocking highways, throwing molotov cocktails and briefly seizing six officers. The residents attacked police after several of their companions were arrested in the nearby town of Texcoco.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, Nepal's Cabinet declared a cease-fire with communist rebels and will no longer designate them as a terrorist group. Nepal's rebel chief ruled out disarming his forces and launched a scathing attack on the nation's new political leadership, according to the Maoists' website.
    (AP, 5/3/06)(AFP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, In Pakistan gunmen attacked a police post in a remote northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three policemen.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, Peru confirmed that ex-President Garcia placed 2nd in the April 9 voting and will face nationalist Ollanta Humala in a June 4 runoff.
    (WSJ, 5/4/06, p.A1)
2006        May 3, The European Union suspended aid and trade talks with Serbia after Belgrade failed to deliver fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic to the U.N. war crimes tribunal.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, The Alexandros T, a bulk carrier, sank off the South African coast with 33 crewmen. The sip sank in heavy seas on its way from Brazil to China. Five managed to reach life rafts in time and one was rescued with a life vest.
    (AP, 5/4/06)

2006        May 4, In Virginia US Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Zacarias Moussaoui to prison for life, to "die with a whimper," for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He declared: "God save Osama bin Laden, you will never get him." The US military released video footage of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in which the al-Qaida leader was seen wearing American tennis shoes and unable to operate his automatic rifle.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2006        May 4, A US federal court ruled that over 9,500 victims of human rights abuses under Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) were entitled to $35 million in a US account, which he established in 1972. Damages awarded in 1995 reached nearly $2 million.
    (SFC, 5/5/06, p.B7)
2006        May 4, A US government study said some 300,000 US children have been diagnosed with autism.
    (SFC, 5/5/06, p.A8)
2006        May 4, Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar pledged fealty to al Qaeda. He controlled a large network in eastern Afghanistan.
    (WSJ, 5/5/06, p.A1)
2006        May 4, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met with Argentina’s Pres. Nestor Kirchner, Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez and Bolivia’s Pres. Morales in response to Bolivia’s decision to nationalize its oil and gas industry. Morales offered to refrain from cutting off supplies and to negotiate prices.
    (Econ, 5/13/06, p.43)
2006        May 4, Britain took command of NATO's Afghan peacekeeping force as a tide of violence raised apprehension about the alliance's planned takeover of security duties across the country from US forces.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Cambodia's highest judicial body approved 30 Cambodian and UN judges to preside over a long-awaited genocide tribunal for surviving Khmer Rouge leaders.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Chinese weather specialists used chemicals to engineer Beijing's heaviest rainfall of the year, helping to relieve drought and rinse dust from China's capital.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 4, Over Chinese and Russian opposition, Western nations circulated a UN Security Council resolution that would demand Iran abandon uranium enrichment or face the threat of unspecified further measures, a possible reference to sanctions.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Palaniappan Chidambaram, India's finance minister, warned that a slowdown in the US may trigger a worldwide recession that if "disorderly" will hit emerging market economies hard. Speaking at the 39th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), he said global economic growth continued to depend heavily on the US economy.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of people waiting outside a heavily guarded court building in Baghdad, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding 52. Two US soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Lithuania hosted leaders from the European Union, United States and the burgeoning democracies in the Black Sea region at a summit on the future of the EU and the NATO military alliance. Vice President Dick Cheney, in remarks that caused a stir in neighboring Russia, accused President Vladimir Putin of restricting the rights of citizens and said that "no legitimate interest is served" by turning energy resources into implements of blackmail.
    (www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=1746272&C=europe)(AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Just before dawn hundreds of law enforcement officials fired tear gas and crashed through human barricades to take control of San Salvador Atenco, a rebellious town outside Mexico City, hours after protesters released six badly beaten police hostages.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, In Nepal Communist rebels agreed to a new round of peace talks with the government, raising hopes for an end to a decade-old insurgency that has killed 13,000 people.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Norman Caldera asked Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to butt out of his country's political affairs after Chavez signed a favorable oil pact with dozens of leftist Nicaraguan mayors.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 4, Puerto Rico moved a step closer to resolving a partial government shutdown as the island's Senate voted to impose a sales tax of 5.9% and a new levy on large corporations.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Thousands of police armed with batons stormed an abandoned school in South Korea to evict activists who were protesting plans to expand a US military base, sparking clashes that resulted in dozens of injuries.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, The Vatican excommunicated two bishops ordained by China's state-controlled church without the pope's consent, escalating tensions as the two sides explored preliminary moves toward improving ties.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he was withdrawing his ambassador from Peru as a matter of principle after Peru called home its ambassador.
    (AP, 5/4/06)

2006        May 5, CIA Director Porter Goss resigned in a second-term shake-up of President Bush's team.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
2006        May 5, The US State Department disclosed that Albania has agreed to take in five Chinese, ethnic Uighur detainees, held at Guantanamo Bay. They were flown to Albania the next day.
    (AP, 5/5/06)(WSJ, 5/6/06, p.A1)
2006        May 5, The US State Department said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has waived a law to make Myanmar refugees, almost all of whom back an armed group fighting the Yangon military junta, eligible for resettlement into the US.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, Porter Goss (67), US CIA director, resigned under pressure after 18 months on the job.
    (SFC, 5/6/06, p.A3)
2006        May 5, Valerie Plame, former CIA agent, agreed to sell her memoir for $2.5 million. The book, whose working title is "Fair Game," is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2007 by Crown Publishing, an imprint of Random House.
    (www.rightnation.us/forums/index.php?showtopic=102710)
2006        May 5, A spokesman for Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn said Nevadans will be able to buy prescription drugs from Canada over the Internet starting next week, despite objections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, The DJIA rose 138 points to a 6-year high. A report of modest job growth triggered hopes that the Federal Reserve will soon end interest rate hikes.
    (SFC, 5/6/06, p.C1)
2006        May 5, Forbes Magazine in an article titled, "Fortunes Of Kings, Queens And Dictators," put Fidel Castro in 7th place in a group of 10 world leaders with "lofty positions and vast fortunes." The magazine estimated Castro's personal wealth to be $900 million, nearly double that of the $500 million of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and just under Prince Albert II of Monaco's estimated $1 billion. Forbes said it assumed Castro has economic control over a web of state-owned companies including a convention center, a retail conglomerate and an enterprise that sells Cuban-produced pharmaceuticals. On May 15 Castro and Cuba’s Central Bank President Francisco Soberon denied the claims. Soberon said that all the money made from those companies is pumped back into the island's economy, into sectors including health, education, science, security, defense and solidarity projects with other countries.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 5, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the investment company controlled by Warren Buffett, said it purchased an 80% stake in Iscar, a privately held Israeli metalworking firm for $5 billion.
    (http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/05/news/companies/berkshire/index.htm)
2006        May 5, In eastern Afghanistan a US-led coalition military transport helicopter crashed while conducting combat operations, killing all 10 American soldiers on board. The CH-47 Chinook crashed while on a mission in support of Operation Mountain Lion, an offensive to root out Taliban and al-Qaida militants near the border with Pakistan.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 5, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two Italian soldiers and wounded four as they were traveling to help Afghan police hurt in an attack near Kabul.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, British PM Tony Blair shuffled his Cabinet, replacing Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
2006        May 5, In Windsor, Canada, Const. John Atkinson (37) was shot to death as he approached two men involved in a drug transaction in a parking lot outside a convenience store. Nikkolas Brennan and Cody Defausses, both 18, were charged with first-degree murder. Atkinson, a father of two, was the first officer slain in the force's history of more than 120 years.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 5, In central China explosions rocked two Internet cafes in Hefei, the capital of Anhui province, killing two people, injuring four.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 5, The European Commission said safety belts will have to be used in all seats on tour buses and vans across the European Union.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, A roadside bomb killed three US soldiers south of Baghdad. Coalition forces shot to death three insurgents in Samarra, the site of the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February that set off a wave of sectarian killings in Iraq. An American soldier was killed by the roadside bomb in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/5/06)(AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 5, An Israeli air strike killed 5 members of a group with close ties to the ruling Hamas movement in a Gaza City neighborhood training ground for militants.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 5, In Srinagar a strike and protests to force the government to reveal names of people caught up in a prostitution scandal paralyzed the summer capital of Indian Kashmir and injured 20 people.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, Vice President Dick Cheney traveled to Kazakhstan for talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Cheney promoted export routes for vast oil and gas reserves that would bypass Russia and supply the West directly.
    (AP, 5/5/06)(SFC, 5/6/06, p.A3)
2006        May 5, In Nicaragua riot police stormed a government building and evicted about 200 striking doctors who invaded it hours earlier in an effort to force President Enrique Bolanos to restart wage negotiations.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, In Warsaw 2 parties that opposed Poland's entry into the EU joined the government, raising hopes for an end to six months of political wrangling.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, In Moscow a jury voted to acquit Kazbek Dukuzov (32) and Musa Vakhayev (42), the two men in the July 2004 death of Paul Klebnikov, a 41-year-old New Yorker of Russian descent and editor of the Forbes Russian edition. The Moscow City Court official handed down the verdict the next day. Prosecutors said they would appeal the acquittal.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 5, A court in Russia's Far East overturned a deportation ruling for US and British adventurers accused of illegally crossing the border by walking across the frozen Bering Straight from Alaska.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, In South Africa Anthony Wakaba Mutheki, a Kenyan-born artist who once hawked his works for as little as $1 apiece, was reported to have become one of Africa's hottest young talents, fetching up to $12,000 for his paintings.
    (Reuters, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, South Korean protesters clashed with police for the second day at a planned site for a new US military base, leaving scores of people wounded, some seriously. A military training jet crashed during an air show in South Korea. The pilot was presumed killed, but no spectators were hurt.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, Sri Lanka's navy and air force hit Tamil Tiger targets on land and sea in the island's northwest, while a policeman died in a fragmentation mine attack, further straining a battered 2002 ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, Sudan's government and the largest Darfur rebel group agreed to sign a peace plan, marking major progress in an internationally backed effort to end the death and destruction in western Sudan. Two other rebel factions rejected the deal. The Abuja deal allocates an initial $30 million in compensation from the government for more than 3 million Darfuris the United Nations says were affected by the conflict. Opposition groups in the camps dismissed the $10 per person payout as a joke.
    (Reuters, 5/5/06)(AP, 6/6/06)

2006        May 6, Vice President Dick Cheney met with President Stipe Mesic of Croatia, the final stop of a three-nation tour dominated by the issue of political reform in countries making the post-Cold War transition toward democracy.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2006        May 6, Lillian Gertrud Asplund (99), the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, died in Shrewsbury, Mass.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2006        May 6, Chen Li (b.1929), a Chinese journalist and former editor-in-chief of China Daily, the communist government's main English-language newspaper, died in Beijing.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 6, Gen. Frantisek Perina (b.1911), a Czech WWII fighter ace who fought against Nazi Germany in the French and British air forces died in Prague.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, In Athens, Greece, some 30,000 people marched in an anti-war and anti-globalization demonstration that also saw anarchist attacks on banks, shops and police vehicles. The march was organized by the European Social Forum, which was holding a four-day meeting on the outskirts of Athens.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, At least seven people, including three Iraqi army officers and two children, were killed and seven others kidnapped in a series of rebel attacks across Iraq.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, A chemical weapons expert for a major Islamic extremist group was killed by security forces in Baghdad. Ali Wali, a member of Ansar al-Islam, died during a raid on a suspected militant safe house in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 6, A British military helicopter crashed in Basra and the 5 people were killed. Flight Lieutenant Sarah Mulvihill died in the crash in the southern city of Basra along with Wing Commander John Coxen, Lieutenant Commander Darren Chapman, Lieutenant David Dobson and Marine Paul Collins. Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to at least one armored vehicle that rushed to the scene. Four Iraqi adults and a child were reported killed during in the melee when Shiite gunmen exchanged fire with British soldiers. 2 insurgents were killed in Tikrit while they were planting a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 5/6/06)(AP, 5/7/06)(AFP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 6, Teachers at five schools in the West Bank city of Hebron went on strike, demanding their overdue paychecks in the first sign of unrest by public employees. Hundreds of government workers, most of them supporters of Abbas' moderate Fatah faction, also protested in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, Singaporeans voted in legislative elections. The ruling party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. It has won every general election held in the island nation since it became independent in 1965.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, A local rights group said Zimbabwe state security agents have stepped up the use of torture against government opponents, with 19 cases reported in March compared with three during the previous two months.
    (Reuters, 5/6/06)

2006        May 7, Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed the NATO membership aspirations of Croatia, Albania and Macedonia.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 7, Golden West Financial Corp. of Oakland, Ca., agreed to sell itself to Wachovia Corp. for $25.5 billion. Investors soon expressed skepticism calling the transaction risky and too costly.
    (AP, 5/8/06)(SFC, 5/8/06, p.A1)
2006        May 7, Taliban militia fighters ambushed a police patrol in southern Afghanistan, sparking an hour-long gunbattle that killed two policemen and one attacker.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 7, China's official Roman Catholic church named a new bishop, reportedly with papal approval, as Beijing rejected Vatican criticism of the unauthorized ordination of two other bishops.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 7, Iran's hard-line parliament threatened to pass legislation that would force the Tehran government to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
2006        May 7, In Iraq 3 car bombs rocked northern Baghdad within a span of half an hour while another struck Karbala, killing at least 17 and wounding 44. Elsewhere in Iraq, the bound and bullet-ridden bodies of 8 men were found in eastern Baghdad. Two other bodies with bullet wounds were found separately in eastern Baghdad. An American soldier was killed and one wounded near Tal Afar while US troops were helping Iraqi forces attack a building where insurgents were firing at civilians and soldiers. A total of about 30 Iraqis were killed in Baghdad and Karbala. Over the last 24 hours 51 bodies were found in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/7/06)(AP, 5/8/06)(SFC, 5/8/06, p.A3)
2006        May 7, Israeli police armed with batons evicted dozens of Jewish squatters from a Palestinian home in West Bank city of Hebron, in an important test for Israel's new government and its plans to uproot tens of thousands of settlers.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 7, In Northern Ireland Michael McIlveen (15), a Roman Catholic teenager, was hospitalized in critical condition after being bludgeoning with baseball bats in the overwhelmingly Protestant town of Ballymena. He died the next day. Police interrogated 5 Protestant men on suspicion of the attack.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 7, In Pakistan an 11-year-old boy was strangled by relatives who killed him rather than obey a tribal elders' order for them to marry one of their womenfolk to the child.
    (Reuters, 5/8/06)
2006        May 7, Officials said pirates who hijacked a cargo ship off the coast of Somalia and killed one of its crew members have released the vessel after holding it for a week.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 7, In Sri Lanka a senior Japanese envoy began talks with government officials to try to save the peace process. Tamil rebels said troops abducted 8 men in the island's north.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 7, A fire broke out at a club in the Thai resort town of Pattaya, killing at least seven people and injuring at least 49.
    (AP, 5/7/06)

2006        May 8, The White House said it will nominate General Michael Hayden to run the CIA and defended the move to name a top military officer to run the civilian intelligence agency.
    (AFP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, US federal Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles sentenced "botmaster" Jeanson Ancheta (20) to 57 months in jail for taking control of an array of computers he had corralled into his "Botnet."
    (AFP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 8, Florida’s Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency and called in the state National Guard to help fight wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and blanketed highways with thick smoke.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 8, Hawaii abandoned gas-price controls after 8 months.
    (WSJ, 5/9/06, p.A1)
2006        May 8, A former top aide to Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate in the corruption and influence-peddling investigation involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
    (Reuters, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Stunt artist David Blaine emerged weak and wrinkly from a week spent submerged within an eight-foot snow globe-like tank in the plaza of New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, but without a world record for holding his breath.
    (AP, 5/8/07)
2006        May 8, Silicon Graphics, a pioneer of 3-D visualization technology, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
    (SFC, 5/9/06, p.C1)
2006        May 8, Thermo Electron said it will acquire Fisher Scientific for $10.6 billion.
    (SFC, 5/9/06, p.C2)
2006        May 8, In Afghanistan US airstrikes on a cave complex near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan killed four Taliban militants and destroyed a truck loaded with rockets.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Argentina requested the extradition of five former Uruguayan military officers and a former police officer wanted in the 1976 disappearance of Maria Claudia Garcia, the missing daughter-in-law of poet Juan Gelman.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, In China Bai Ningyang (19) walked into a Gongyi kindergarten in central Henan, locked the door and set fire to two gasoline cans. Local authorities said 13 children and one teacher were injured in addition to three students killed. Ningyang was captured the next day.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 8, Oscar Arias (65), Nobel Peace Prize winner (1987), returned to the Costa Rican presidency, hoping to use his skills as a mediator to unite a country sharply divided over free trade with the United States.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Indian voters braved blistering summer heat as marathon state elections drew to a close with ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi looking set to regain her parliamentary seat in a by-election. The death toll from a heat wave rose to 34.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Indonesia said it supported Iran's right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful means ahead of a visit to the country by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote to President Bush, proposing "new solutions" to their differences in the first letter from an Iranian head of state to an American president in 27 years.
    (AP, 5/8/07)
2006        May 8, In Iraq a roadside bomb killed a US soldier. A car bomb went off near a main courthouse in western Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 10. In eastern Baghdad, a car bomb exploded during morning rush hour near a police patrol on Palestine street in eastern Baghdad, killing two policemen and wounding 12 Iraqis. Gunmen killed 4 police officers in Ramadi and 2 Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit. Violence across Iraq left at least 34 dead.
    (AP, 5/8/06)(Reuters, 5/8/06)(WSJ, 5/9/06, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)
2006        May 8, A report said UN peacekeepers, aid workers and teachers are having sex with Liberian girls as young as 8 in return for money, food or favors, threatening efforts to rebuild a nation wrecked by war.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, In the Hague the UN war crimes court sentenced Ivica Rajic, a Bosnian Croat former militia leader, to 12 years in prison. Rajic admitted that forces under his command operating in the Muslim village of Stupni Do in central Bosnia in October 1993 "forced Bosnian Muslim civilians out of their homes and hiding places, robbed them of their valuables, willfully killed Muslim men, women and children and sexually assaulted Muslim women".
    (AFP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, In Gaza rival gunmen from Hamas and Fatah fought with assault rifles and missiles, killing 3 militants in the bloodiest internal fighting since Hamas came to power six weeks ago.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Five lawmakers who took refuge in the Philippine legislature for two months while facing coup accusations walked out of the building in triumph after a court dismissed the charges.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Puerto Rico's governor and legislative leaders have agreed to abide by the recommendations of a commission seeking a solution to a fiscal crisis that has partially closed the island's government.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 8, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said he was considering a plea for clemency from Pasteur Bizimungu, the nation's first post-genocide president (1994-2000). Bizimungu was in jail for crimes including inciting ethnic violence and embezzling state funds.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, A judge acquitted former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape in a politically charged trial that left in tatters his aspirations to lead South Africa.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 8, Darfur refugees rioted and forced the UN humanitarian chief to rush from their camp, then later attacked African peacekeepers and killed a translator in a sign of deep tensions in Sudan’s war torn region despite a fragile peace deal. Arab militias, known as Janjaweed, attacked Labado town in South Darfur, killing and injuring up to 50 people. The AU has a base in Labado town.
    (AP, 5/8/06)(Reuters, 5/20/06)
2006        May 8, A senior American diplomat pledged US support to impoverished Tajikistan in improving security and expanding economic opportunities and political plurality.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
 2006        May 8, Thailand's Constitutional Court invalidated last month's parliamentary elections and ordered fresh polls in a bid to end a political impasse that has left the country unable to form a new government.
    (AP, 5/8/06)

2006        May 9, The United States bowed to pressure from its allies and agreed to support a new program to temporarily funnel additional aid directly to the Palestinian people.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas signed a health reform package to provide health insurance to as many as 25,000 uninsured residents.
    (SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)
2006        May 9, Cory Anthony Booker (b.1969) was elected the 36th mayor of Newark, New Jersey. The Democratic politician and former Newark Councilman and community activist had run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002 against longtime incumbent Sharpe James. Booker inherited a $44 million deficit from James, who had boasted of a $30 million surplus.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Booker)
2006        May 9, Gold futures closed above $700 for the 1st time since 1980.
    (SFC, 5/10/06, p.C1)(WSJ, 5/10/06, p.C1)
2006        May 9, Tornadoes swept through two North Texas towns after dark, reducing houses to bare concrete slabs in a path of destruction that left three people dead and 10 injured.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, Victor Gonzalez, former butcher, murdered his roofing foreman Wilfredo Pinto.  He then dismembered and bagged the body parts and scattered them on NYC street corners. In 2009 Gonzalez was convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 4/9/09, p.A4)(www.mahalo.com/Victor_Gonzalez)
2006        May 9, Australia's government unveiled a big-spending "boom budget" that will use a projected 10 billion dollar (7.7 billion US) surplus to finance across-the-board tax cuts and build up the military and national security agencies.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In Beaconsfield, Australia, Brant Webb and Todd Russell were rescued from a mine more than a half mile underground. A small earthquake on April 25 trapped Webb and Russell in the 4-foot-tall safety cage they were working in under tons of rock. Mourners gathered to bury, Larry Knight, who died in the same rock collapse.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, A plan by Bolivia's leftist government to redistribute up to 54,000 square miles of land to the poor generated protests by leaders in the wealthy province of Santa Cruz, the stronghold of opposition to leftist President Evo Morales.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, Bosnia's war crimes court launched the trial of 11 Bosnian Serbs charged over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, its first genocide trial since it opened last year.
    (Reuters, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, A land mine killed five Cambodian soldiers and maimed another as they tried to remove it from an area being developed to build a casino.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, The Canadian dollar hit a 28-year high against the US dollar, as the greenback came under broad selling pressure.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Authorities said Chinese and US had agents seized more than 300 pounds of cocaine in March smuggled from Colombia in the country's largest ever cocaine bust. Nine people involved in a drug ring were arrested in southern China.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In Egypt Nasser Khamis el-Mallahi, the leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group wanted for last month's bombings in Dahab, was killed in a gunbattle in the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, A German court handed down a life sentence for murder to Armin Meiwes, the German cannibal jailed for killing a man and feeding on his flesh, overturning a previous manslaughter conviction.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Officials said Iran will supply crude oil and equity investment to build an oil refinery in Indonesia that will supply China and provide Iran with a secure outlet in the face of possible sanctions.
    (WSJ, 5/10/06, p.A8)
2006        May 9, Iran's president declared in a letter to President Bush that democracy had failed worldwide and lamented "an ever-increasing global hatred" of the U.S. government. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swiftly rejected the letter, saying it didn't resolve questions about Tehran's suspect nuclear program.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In Iraq a suicide truck bomber hit a crowded public market in the northern city of Tal Afar, killing at least 19 people and wounding 35. In Suwayra police recovered the corpses on 11 people, 9 of whom had been beheaded. In Salahuddin province 3 Iraqi detainees were shot and killed by US soldiers near Samarra. On June 19 the US military announced murder charges against 4 US soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade. The soldiers said they were under orders to kill all military-age males on “Objective Murray." In 2007 Spec. Juston Graber pleaded guilty to reduced charges. On Jan 25, 2007, Pfc. Corey Clagett (22) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for murdering a detainee and taking part in the killing of 2 others. In 2007 Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard was found guilty on 3 counts of negligent homicide. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/9/06)(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)(SFC, 6/20/06, p.A4)(SFC, 7/22/06, p.A3)(SFC, 1/4/07, p.A3)(SFC, 1/26/07, p.A3)(SFC, 3/17/07, p.A3)(AFP, 3/20/07)
2006        May 9, Mexican lawmakers handed federal investigators a box of evidence that they claim shows that two of President Vicente Fox's stepsons were involved in fraud and illicit enrichment through real estate deals.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In eastern Nepal a school van plunged into a canal, killing at least nine students and leaving several others missing.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Renewed clashes between Hamas and Fatah militants wounded nine Palestinians, including five children, raising fears that Palestinian territories could erupt in a much wider conflagration.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Somalian factions said they have agreed to a truce following clashes between Islamic fighters and a warlord alliance that have killed about 60 people.
    (WSJ, 5/10/06, p.A1)
2006        May 9, UN members elected 47 countries to a new Human Rights Council. Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia won seats on the new UN Human Rights Council despite their poor human rights records. Two rights abusers, Iran and Venezuela, were defeated.
    (AP, 5/10/06)(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A17)

2006        May 10, The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the 16th time in a row by .25% to 5%. They said further moves may be needed to address inflation risks.
    (SFC, 5/11/06, p.C3)
2006        May 10, Daniel Biechele, a former rock-band manager whose pyrotechnics caused a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, was sentenced to four years in prison.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2006        May 10, Oklahoma became the last state to make tattoos legal when the governor Brad Henry signed legislation to license and regulate tattoo artists and parlors.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Val Guest (94), British movie director, died in Palm Desert, Calif.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2006        May 10, John Hicks (64), jazz pianist, died in NY.
    (SFC, 5/19/06, p.B5)
2006        May 10, A.M. Rosenthal (84), former New York Times executive editor, died.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2006        May 10, Soraya, a Colombian-American singer and songwriter, died of breast cancer in Miami.
    (SFC, 5/16/06, p.E1)
2006        May 10, In southern China a gas blast at the Aotian Coal Mine in Sichuan province killed 11 people and injured nine.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Colombia's top court voted to legalize abortion in specific cases, easing a complete ban on the procedure in this majority Roman Catholic nation.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, The UN reported an upsurge of rapes, killings and torture by Congo's security forces and warned that UN peacekeepers overseeing the postwar transition in the country could end their cooperation with the police and army.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, A Cuban pro-democracy activist presented a proposal for a new constitution with expanded freedoms for Cubans, calling for the right to criticize the government and operate private businesses.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, German customs authorities arrested four men, breaking up a smuggling ring that allegedly was supplying Iran with navigation equipment for military use.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In Iraq suspected insurgents opened fire on a bus near Baqouba, killing at least 11 people and wounding three.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, Israel said it will give the Palestinians until the end of the year to prove they are willing to negotiate a final peace deal, and will unilaterally set its final borders by 2008 if they don't. Israeli and Palestinian officials said the Israeli company that provides fuel to the Palestinian areas is cutting off supplies due to growing debts. Israel said it was willing to release millions of dollars in funds it has withheld from the Palestinians and was considering easing restrictions on the transport of goods between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 5/10/06)(AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, The Italian Parliament elected Giorgio Napolitano (80), a former Communist, to be president, paving the way for a government headed by center-left leader Romano Prodi to be formed within days.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In Kyrgyzstan a gunman in a passing car shot and killed Ryspek Akmatbayev, a reputed crime boss, who was recently elected to parliament.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In Lebanon a quarter-million-strong wave of workers, students and activists, some backed by pro-Syrian groups, marched through Beirut, protesting a proposed tax hike and calling for the anti-Syrian prime minister to resign.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In southern Nigeria a gunman riding a motorcycle shot to death an American oil worker on his way to the office.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said senior members of the rival Hamas and Fatah factions had forged a joint platform, including acceptance of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Puerto Rican officials resolved a budget impasse that put more than 95,000 public employees out of work, crippled government services and hurt business in this U.S. island territory.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, President Vladimir Putin called population declines of hundreds of thousands a year one of Russia's most serious problems and urged parliament to offer financial incentives for families to have more children. He used his state-of-the-nation speech to call for a big increase in military spending to protect Russian interests world-wide. He dismissed US criticism that the Kremlin is curtailing democratic freedoms.
    (AP, 5/10/06)(WSJ, 5/11/06, p.A1)
2006        May 10, Georgy Korniyenko (81), Soviet diplomat, died. He served at the Soviet Embassy in Washington during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and later was a deputy foreign minister.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Alexander Zinoviev (83), prominent Russian author, died in Moscow. Zinoviev's "The Yawning Heights" (1976), a satirical description of Soviet society, was published in Switzerland. It led to his ouster from his job at the Academy of Sciences and his dismissal from the Communist Party. He was forced to emigrate from the Soviet Union in 1978 for his satire aimed at the Communist regime. He had returned to Russia in 1999.
    (AP, 5/11/06)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.89)
2006        May 10, In Madrid, Spain, hundreds of thousands of small investors who fell victim to a stamp scam demonstrated to try to recover lost savings potentially amounting to billions of euros. A day earlier police arrested nine directors of two philately organizations, Afinsa and Forum Filatelico.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian made a surprise visit to Libya, after he turned down an offer to make a refueling stop in Alaska in an apparent sign of diplomatic pique.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In southern Thailand a bomb exploded at a tea shop near a busy market, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen.
    (AP, 5/10/06)

2006        May 11, Pres. Bush, responding to reports that the National Security Agency has collected telephone records of tens of millions of Americans, said authorities are not mining or trolling through the personal lives of ordinary Americans and that government efforts are focused on terrorists.
    (SFC, 5/12/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/06, p.A1)
2006        May 11, The US FDA approved the drug Chantix. It was developed by Pfizer to help smokers kick their habit. By mid-2009 the FDA had received reports of almost 100 suicides related to its use. Clinical trials had failed to test the product on people with mental illness.
    (http://tinyurl.com/273o47o)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A10)
2006        May 11, The Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved a plan to blanket the city's 135 square miles with a high-speed wireless Internet connection, a measure the mayor is expected to sign soon.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 11, In SF 2 officials of the defunct Pacific Cement company, including founder Ricardo Ramirez, were arraigned on felony and grand theft charges for using inferior concrete on Bay Area projects from 2001-2005. In 2008 Ramirez pleaded guilty to a single environmental count. He was expected to serve a year of home detention and pay $427,000 in fines and restitution.
    (SFC, 5/12/06, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/9/06, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/1/08, p.A1)
2006        May 11, A priest was convicted in Toledo, Ohio, of murdering a nun; the Rev. Gerald Robinson was immediately sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the 1980 death of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.
    (AP, 5/11/07)
2006        May 11, In Kingston, Tenn., deputy Bill Jones and a friend were shot and killed as they served felony warrants alleging aggravated assault. Jones was shot 33 times by two brothers at a rural farmhouse. Leon Houston (47) and his brother, Rocky Houston (46), were accused of shooting Jones and Mike Brown. Court records show the brothers had filed at least 15 federal lawsuits since 1991 against federal and state judges, police officers, clerks, attorneys and companies. Each petition claimed their civil rights were violated while trying to expose government fraud. All were dismissed.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 11, Environmentalists and authorities said about 100 oil-coated penguins have turned up dead in recent weeks off the coast of Argentina, most in a nature reserve near the frigid southernmost tip of Patagonia. The source of the oil was not known.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, Floyd Patterson (71), former heavyweight champion died in New Paltz, N.Y.
    (AP, 5/11/07)
2006        May 11, In Australia the local assembly of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which encompasses the national capital Canberra, adopted controversial legislation in a late night vote providing for civil unions between same-sex couples, the first such law in Australia.
    (AFP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 11, Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia reaffirmed her government's determination to crack down on Islamic militants who have killed at least 28 people in the past year.
    (AFP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, In Antwerp, Belgium, a gunman (18) shot and wounded a woman of Turkish descent, then he turned his rifle on a black woman from Mali and the 2-year-old white girl in her care, killing both. In 2007 Hans Van Themsche was sentenced to life in prison for the killings.
    (AP, 5/12/06)(AP, 10/11/07)
2006        May 11, Thousands of Egyptian riot police beat pro-democracy activists in Cairo, chasing and dragging them through the streets to break up a demonstration in support of judges who blew the whistle on election fraud.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 11, The EU and Latin America opened a three-day summit in Vienna with over 60 national leaders attending, including Venezuela's fiery, often anti-Washington President Hugo Chavez. Bolivian President Evo Morales said that foreign oil companies would not be compensated for oil and gas resources that have been nationalized, and European Union president Austria called for explanations.
    (AFP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, Indian communists swept to power in two of five state assembly elections. Sonia Gandhi, the chief of the ruling Congress party, easily won a parliamentary by-election.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, Iran's president said he was ready to negotiate with the United States and its allies over his country's nuclear program but he also suggested that any threats against Tehran would make the dialogue more difficult.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, In Iraq 2 US soldiers were killed near Batrah when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Another soldier died in a similar bombing near Zaybaq in a separate attack. 4 US Marines drowned when their tank rolled off a bridge and plunged into a canal, adding that while the accident occurred in a Sunni insurgent stronghold, it was not the result of an enemy action. Officials said a reporter, who worked for a pro-Sunni Iraqi television station, had been gunned down in Baghdad last week, making him at least the fourth media worker killed in Iraq this month.
    (AFP, 5/11/06)(AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 11, In Nepal Matrika Yadhav and Suresh Ale Magar, 2 top rebel Maoist leaders, walked free from jail after the new government dropped murder charges against them, marking the administration's first major release of militants.
    (AFP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, In Nigeria gunmen kidnapped at least two foreign oil workers from a bus in the southern city of Port Harcourt.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, The UN’s World Food Program said it has reached agreement with North Korea to resume food aid to the hunger-stricken country, but the operation will be smaller than it was before its suspension in December.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, In southwestern Pakistan 5 bombs ripped through a firing range at a police training school, killing six members of an anti-terrorism unit and wounding nine.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, In Somalia fighters loyal to secular warlords and Islamic extremists fired artillery and mortars at each other Mogadishu as hundreds of families fled violence that has killed at least 122 people over five days.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, Officials in Suriname said floods caused by days of rain have killed three people and left up to 22,000 others homeless along riverbanks of the remote central lowlands.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 11, Tamil Tiger rebels sank two Sri Lankan navy gunboats in sea battles and attacked a ferry transporting 700 soldiers. The military hit back with air strikes. At least 50 rebels were killed and 17 Sri Lankan sailors were missing.
    (AFP, 5/11/06)(WSJ, 5/12/06, p.A1)

2006        May 12, Tony Snow made his debut as White House press secretary.
    (AP, 5/12/07)
2006        May 12, US Federal authorities said the number of confirmed cases of a rare fungal eye infection that can cause blindness has climbed to 122, most of them contact-lens wearers who reported using Bausch & Lomb Inc.'s newest lens cleaner. In Oct, 2007, Bausch & Lomb was acquired by private equity firm Warburg Pincus for $3.67 billion. Chief Executive Ronald Zarrella said the deal would allow the company "to pursue the growth path we were on ... without a lot of outside distraction." Over the past year, away from the glare of public scrutiny, the optical products company quietly settled nearly 600 fungal-infection lawsuits with dozens more individual claims yet to be resolved. The cost so far: Upward of $250 million.
    (AP, 5/12/06)(AP, 6/1/09)
2006        May 12, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger proposed a $131 billion budget.
    (SFC, 5/13/06, p.A1)
2006        May 12, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher said he will complete his first term and seek a second one despite an indictment on misdemeanor charges that accuse him of illegally rewarding political supporters with state jobs.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, Jonathan Tisch (52), co-chairman of Loews Corp., announced a donation of $40 million to Tufts Univ., his alma mater.
    (WSJ, 5/12/06, p.W2)(www.tufts.edu/main.php?p=flash)
2006        May 12, Gold surged to 730.65 a troy ounce.
    (WSJ, 6/20/06, p.C12)
2006        May 12, Best Buy said it will pay $180 million for a majority stake in China’s Jiangsu Five Star Appliance. Co.
    (WSJ, 5/13/06, p.A6)
2006        May 12, It was announced that "King Kong" star and Oscar nominee Naomi Watts of Australia has agreed to serve as special representative for the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS).
    (AFP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, In western Afghanistan militants fired a rocket at a car carrying Unicef workers killing 2 Afghans and wounding a third.
    (WSJ, 5/13/06, p.A1)
2006        May 12, Relations between Brazil and Bolivia sank to their lowest point in a century, as the two sparred over Bolivia's nationalization of its energy sector and threats to seize Bolivian land held by Brazilian farmers.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, the head of Colombia's judicial police, said he was shocked to learn his brother, Juan David Naranjo (29), is suspected of involvement in a major European drug trafficking ring.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 12, Gamal Mubarak, the son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, met secretly with top White House officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney. Gamal is widely seen as his father's heir-apparent.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 12, In Ethiopia 9 bombs exploded in Addis Ababa, killing 4 people and wounding at least 26.
    (AP, 5/12/06)(WSJ, 5/13/06, p.A1)
2006        May 12, Indonesia dropped corruption charges against former strongman Suharto, disappointing those who struggled against his repressive rule and had long hoped to see him brought to justice.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, Eight Iraqis died in violence, including a soldier and a civilian killed in an armed confrontation between two Iraqi army units.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 12, Gunmen attacked border posts on both sides of the frontier between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, killing five people and injuring two.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, In southwestern Nigeria a ruptured pipeline exploded as villagers rushed to collect oil gushing from it and a local TV station said up to 200 people were feared dead. Militants threatened to destroy NLNG, a $13 billion natural gas export plant.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, A Palestinian was killed in a large Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, Vladimiro Montesinos, Peru's jailed ex-intelligence chief, was sentenced to 10 more years in prison and fined $15.2 million after pleading guilty to charges of illicit enrichment.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 12, A small boat sank during a tropical storm in the central Philippines, killing at least 21 people. Two other people were electrocuted in the storm, while floods submerged 16 villages.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 12, Russia's finance minister said that remaining restrictions on currency movement would be removed as of July 1, as Russia seeks to make the ruble fully convertible against a backdrop of oil-driven economic stability.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, Local media said Russian authorities had fired a string of high-ranking security and law enforcement officials in a shake up described as part of a Kremlin push to fight graft and cement control of key government agencies.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 12, South Korean prosecutors indicted disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk on charges of fraud, embezzlement and bioethics violations in a scandal over faked stem cell research that shook the scientific community.
    (AP, 5/12/06)
2006        May 12, Spain's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) agreed to the French bank BNP Paribas' purchase of its 14.75-percent stake in Italy's Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), saying it will reap 567 million euros (731 million dollars) in capital gains from the sale.
    (AP, 5/13/06)

2006        May 13, Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton helped Tulane University celebrate its "miracle" commencement, nine months after Hurricane Katrina put two-thirds of the campus under water and scattered students to more than 600 schools nationwide.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
2006        May 13, The US government filed a motion to intervene and seek dismissal of a lawsuit by a civil liberties group against AT&T Inc. over a federal program to monitor U.S. communications.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In Boston, Mass., unbeaten Ricky Hatton of England dethroned World Boxing Association welterweight champion Luis Collazo, lifting the title with a 12-round unanimous decision in his welterweight debut.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, In Algeria security forces found 28 bodies, most of them children, in a secluded cave used as a hideout by an Algerian Islamic militant group.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, The presidents of Brazil and Bolivia said they patched things up after days of accusations and threats.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, One of Brazil's most notorious gangs staged dozens of attacks on police before dawn, setting off gunbattles in three cities that killed at least 30 people, officials said. 74 of 140 prison uprisings were reported across Sao Paulo state. Authorities blamed the violence on the prison-based gang, First Command of the Capital (PCC), which formed in the aftermath of the 1992 massacre at Carandiru Penitentiary. It was later reported that a recording of Congressional talks to transfer gang leaders to a remote prison had been leaked to the PCC.
    (AP, 5/13/06)(SFC, 5/16/06, p.A7)(SFC, 5/23/06, p.A6)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.39)
2006        May 13, In central China a shaft collapsed in an iron mine, trapping eight miners 420 feet underground at the Dalongshan Iron Mine near Anqing City.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, An international charity said rich countries are not giving enough money to help fight a humanitarian crisis in Congo, where more than 1,000 people die daily from violence, hunger and disease.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, More than 11,000 people marched through Paris to protest a bill that would stiffen rules for immigrants in France and give authorities power to choose who can enter.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, PM Ferenc Gyurcsany announced a plan to stabilize Hungary's economy involving massive public sector layoffs, in an effort to get the country into the eurozone by 2010.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In southern Hungary a model airplane crashed into a crowd at an air show killing two spectators.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In central India 4 special police were killed and five people were injured when hundreds of Maoist rebels stormed a relief centre sheltering those fleeing guerrilla violence.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In Indonesia a summit of 8 large Muslim countries largely skirted a diplomatic nuclear crisis engulfing its member Iran but agreed that members should cooperate to develop atomic energy.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In central Indonesia a landslide at a sand pit killed 11 workers, burying their bodies beneath tons of mud and debris.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, In the Indian-controlled portion of disputed Kashmir suspected Islamic militants hurled a grenade at a Hindu political rally, killing two people and wounding at least 35.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In southeastern Iran armed bandits stopped four cars and killed 12 passengers on the road between the cities of Kerman and Bam.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, Gunmen killed Ahmed Midhat al-Mahmoud (22), the son of Iraq's top judge, along with two of his bodyguards and dumped their bodies in Baghdad. Other attacks outside Baghdad killed five Iraqis and a US soldier. The bodies of three other Iraqis who had been kidnapped and tortured were found in the capital. In Mosul suspected insurgents shot and killed Idrees Shihatha, a local tribal sheik, as he drove his car. In another part of Mosul, a drive-by shooting killed four Iraqis and wounded one.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In Iraq 2 British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb as they patrolled in an armored vehicle near the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, The Kenyan government banned smoking in public places in order to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of tobacco.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, Myanmar's ruling military acknowledged that its army is targeting the Karen ethnic minority, saying the offensive is necessary to suppress bombings and other anti-government attacks.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, Nepal's communist rebel chief put forth a peace plan that seeks the release of political prisoners, the dissolution of parliament and the constitution and the restructuring of the national army.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, A fishing trawler sank off New Zealand's South Island, killing three people on board and leaving three missing in treacherous seas.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, In Saroki, Pakistan thousands of people gathered for the funeral of Amir Cheema (28), a Pakistani student found dead in a German jail while awaiting trial for an alleged assault over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Cheema was found dead from suicide in his cell at the Moabit prison in Berlin on May 3.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, Poland’s general unemployment was running at 18% with youth unemployment at 40%.
    (Econ, 5/13/06, Survey p.3)
2006        May 13, Puerto Rican lawmakers approved the first key pieces of legislation aimed at resolving a budget crisis that has kept more than 100,000 public employees out of work since May 1.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In Somalia Islamic militia and secular fighters pounded each other with heavy artillery and mortar fire as the death toll rose to 142 in seven days of fighting for control of a neighborhood north of the Mogadishu.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, Thousands of activists held a candlelit vigil urging US troops to withdraw from South Korea, a week after violent clashes left 210 injured.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, Spanish police and rescue vessels intercepted six boats carrying over 460 sub-Saharan illegal migrants off the coast of the Canary Island of Tenerife. Officials said as many as 1,000 immigrants may have drowned on this route over just the last 6 months.
    (AP, 5/13/06)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.61)
2006        May 13, In Sudan 6 people were killed when demonstrators opposed to a peace deal the Sudanese government signed with Darfur rebels clashed with police in the war-torn region.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, Tamil rebels threatened to resume war if they are denied access to the sea and claimed government naval forces killed eight Tamil civilians in an attack in northern Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, A bomb exploded outside a garage in eastern Turkey, killing three children.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, The United Arab Emirates and South Korea signed a series of accords, including a memorandum of understanding on stockpiling Emirati oil in South Korea, on the second day of a visit by the South Korean president.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, Pope Benedict XVI named a new bishop for Vietnam, a country that lacks ties with the Vatican but has the second highest number of Catholics in Southeast Asia.
    (AP, 5/13/06)

2006        May 14, Mexican President Vicente Fox telephoned President Bush to express his concern about the border between the two nations, a day before Bush's planned Oval Office speech on immigration.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2006        May 14, Maine's governor declared a state of emergency in the southern most county, and the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire also declared states of emergency  as a 3-day deluge turned streets into rivers across New England, flooding homes up to their door knobs, forcing dozens of schools to close because the buses couldn't get through, and threatening dams and communities as rivers rise.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 14, Aras Baskauskas, a 24-year-old yoga instructor from Santa Monica, Calif., won "Survivor: Panama, Exile Island," the 12th edition of the CBS reality show.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2006        May 14, Lew Anderson (b.1922), who captivated young baby boomers as the Howdy Doody Show's final Clarabell the Clown, died in Hawthorne, NY. Anderson broke the clown's silence in the show's final episode in 1960. With trembling lips and a visible tear in his eye, he spoke the show's final words: "Goodbye, kids."
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 14, Marsha Spicer  (41) was raped and murdered in Lafayette County, Missouri. On July 31, 2008, Richard D. Davis (44) was found guilty of murder in her videotaped  sexual torture and slaying. In June 2008 Davis was convicted in the kidnapping and rape of Michelle Huff-Ricci (36), whose body was found in June, 2006. On Oct 10 Davis was sentenced to death.
    (http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2006/05/27/marsha-spicer-murder-51406/)(SFC, 8/1/08, p.A4)(AP, 10/10/08)
2006        May 14, Stanley Kunitz (b.1905), former US poet laureate (2000), died at his home in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 5/16/06, p.B5)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.83)
2006        May 14, A Bangladesh court sentenced 10 Islamic militants to life imprisonment and three others to 20 years in jail for their roles in deadly blasts across Bangladesh last year.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, Rene Preval was sworn in as Haiti's president for the second time in a decade. Prisoners rioted at Haiti's main prison, with gunfire heard within its walls and scores of inmates massing on the roof and holding what appeared to be two dead bodies.
    (AP, 5/14/06)(AP, 5/14/07)
2006        May 14, In Iraq 2 suicide car bombings killed 14 Iraqis and injured at least six near a main checkpoint leading to Baghdad's international airport. 5 roadside bombings in Baghdad killed 12 people with some 55 injured. Six Shiite shrines were damaged in a series of blasts around the Baqouba area northeast of the capital. US forces, planes and helicopters attacked an insurgent haven in Youssifiyah, killing 25 insurgents. Insurgents shot down a US helicopter south of Baghdad and killed two soldiers, bringing the weekend death toll of American service members to seven.
    (AP, 5/14/06)(AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 14, Israeli troops raided a village in the West Bank, killing 5 Palestinians, including a militant Israel blamed for several suicide bombings that have killed dozens of Israelis.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic militants stormed a roadside security post in a tribal region and shot dead an officer.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, Exiled former Pakistan prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif met in London and agreed to a “charter of democracy" and to join in opposition to the rule of Pres. Musharraf.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.46)
2006        May 14, Officials said a searing heatwave in central Pakistan has killed at least 84 people with temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in the past week.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, The armed Basque group ETA stated publicly for the first time since a ceasefire declaration in March that it still demands self-determination for the Basque Country.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, Syria detained Michel Kilo (66),  a prominent writer and democracy campaigner, who has long been one of the government's most outspoken critics.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 14, Vietnam’s state media said the US had clinched a bilateral market access deal with Vietnam that will help clear the path to its former wartime enemy joining the World Trade Organization.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)

2006        May 15, Pres. Bush asked Congress for $1.9 billion to permanently expand the civilian Border Patrol. He endorsed a guest worker program and a program for citizenship for many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. Bush also called for the development of a tamper-proof ID card for workers and pledged to send the National Guard to tighten security along the US border with Mexico.
    (SFC, 5/16/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/16/06, p.A1)
2006        May 15, The United States restored full diplomatic ties with Libya, rewarding the longtime pariah nation for scrapping its weapons of mass destruction programs.
    (Reuters, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, Washington banned all US arms sales to Venezuela, punishing President Hugo Chavez for his ties with Cuba and Iran and for what it believes is his inaction against guerrillas from neighboring Colombia.
    (Reuters, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, The Pentagon disclosed the names, ages and home countries of everyone held at the isolated Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in southeastern Cuba as a suspect in the U.S.-led war on terror. None of the most notorious terrorist suspects was included in the list, raising questions about their whereabouts.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 15, Valeant Pharmaceuticals received FDA approval to resume sales of Cesamet (also called nabilone) a synthetic version of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient of marijuana, which it bought from Lilly in 2004. Lilly received FDA approval in 1985, but withdrew it from the market in 1989 for commercial reasons.
    (SFC, 5/17/06, p.A3)
2006        May 15, In Brazil prison riots and attacks on police by a criminal gang extended into a 4th day, raising the reported death toll to 70.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, China's official exchange rate broke through the psychologically important 8 yuan per dollar level, its highest level in more than a decade, in a move traders said might signal Beijing's willingness to allow its currency to appreciate faster.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, Ecuador expelled Occidental Petroleum following a dispute over the sale of oil-drilling rights by Occidental to Canada’s EnCana Corp. without government approval. Occidental filed for international arbitration.
    (WSJ, 5/16/06, p.A12)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.41)
2006        May 15, A top official said the EU will support an Iranian nuclear program that cannot be put to military use and will boost political and economic cooperation if Tehran accepts international oversight.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, More than 12,000 doctors across Germany went on strike in the biggest walkout in the sector since a dispute over pay flared two months ago.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted violently, sending searing gas clouds and burning rocks down its scorched flanks and threatening villagers who refused to leave because of ancient mystical beliefs.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, In Iran Mohammadi-Ashtiani was convicted of having an "illicit relationship" with two men, according to her lawyer and London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International. Amnesty said she received 99 lashes as per her sentence but was subsequently accused of "adultery while being married" in September 2006 during the trial of a man accused of murdering her husband. In 2010 her sentence of death by stoning was temporarily halted.
    (AFP, 7/31/10)
2006        May 15, The chief judge formally charged Saddam Hussein with crimes against humanity, including torture of women and children, murder and the illegal arrest of 399 people in a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s. A defiant Saddam refused to enter a plea. Iraq's interior ministry arrested two al-Qaida in Iraq members: Salah Hussein Abdul-Razzaq in Ramadi and Omar Ahmed Salah in Baghdad. Two US soldiers from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb near Balad. Gunmen killed Nazar Abdel-Zahra, a manager of a local soccer team, near his home in the southern city of Basra.
    (AP, 5/15/06)(AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 15, In Nepal David Sharp (34), a British engineer, died  at about 1,000 feet into his descent from the summit of Mt. Everest. Dozens of people walked right past him, unwilling to risk their own ascents.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 15, Northern Ireland's legislature, shut down for more than three years, sprang back to life as a first step toward forming a Roman Catholic-Protestant administration, the elusive goal of the Good Friday peace accord eight years ago.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, The Palestine Liberation Organization reopened its Beirut office, closed since the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 15, Zimbabwe state media reported that police, carrying out a massive monthlong roundup, had detained thousands of capital residents, charging many were responsible for crime in Harare.
    (AP, 5/16/06)

2006        May 16, The Pentagon released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189 people on 9/11.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 16, The US State Department apologized to Bangladesh's national carrier, Biman, after a flight was barred from landing at New York's JFK Airport on May 13. The airline said that it would seek compensation for the financial losses it suffered due to the FAA decision.
    (AFP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Seven African-American members of the US Congress were arrested at the Embassy of Sudan, where they were protesting atrocities in that country's Darfur region.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 16, The US Postal Service approved a one-year trial that allows businesses to purchase custom postage from private companies that contract with the Postal Service.
    (SFC, 6/1/06, p.A1)
2006        May 16, After months of intense pressure, the director of Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum agreed to recommend to the museum's board to return ancient artifacts in its collections that Greece claims were illegally spirited out of the country.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Richard Hatch, who had won $1 million in the debut season of "Survivor," was sentenced in Providence, R.I., to more than four years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his reality TV prize and other income.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 16, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden, the winningest coaches in Division I-A football, were elected to the college football Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 16, Militants attacked a police post and a government office near Afghanistan's rugged eastern border with Pakistan and a gunbattle killed four people and wounded seven.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Bolivia's leftist government outlined its plan to redistribute idle land to poor peasants, ruling out mass expropriations and proposing instead the distribution of state-owned property.
    (Reuters, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, In Brazil an unprecedented crime wave, that killed at least 97 people and terrified the 18 million residents of Sao Paulo, seemed to be waning as stores reopened and bus service was fully restored. Police struck back at gangs that rampaged through Sao Paulo, killing 33 suspected gang members in less than 24 hours and frisking motorists at roadblocks while reporting only one death of their own.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Colombian-born Pablo Rayo Montano, one of the world's most hunted drug traffickers was arrested in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of an international crackdown. He was accused of shipping more than 70 tons of cocaine to the United States.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 16, Yang Tianshui, a freelance writer, was sentenced to 12 years in prison amid one of China's most severe media crackdowns since the 1980s. Yang was convicted after being accused of posting articles on foreign Web sites, receiving money from abroad and helping a would-be opposition party.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, In Colombia farmers and members of indigenous tribes clashed with police during protests against a free-trade agreement with the US and the re-election of President Alvaro Uribe, and protest leaders said an Indian farmer was killed.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, The UN mission Congo said Innocent Kaina, one of the founding members of a militia group in northeastern Congo, has been wounded and captured in fighting with the Congolese army.
    (Reuters, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Scientists warned that tropical forests, which house El Salvador's famed coffee plantations and provide habitat for migrating birds, are being depleted at an alarming rate.
    (Reuters, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Fiji's indigenous-dominated governing party led the Indian-dominated opposition after a second day of general election vote-counting, with voters polarized along racial lines.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, France's PM Dominique de Villepin was in the firing line as parliament debated a no confidence motion filed by the opposition over the Clearstream dirty tricks scandal. Jean-Luis Gergorin, a senior executive at EADS, was later identified as the anonymous informer who tried to link important politicians to secret bank accounts in Luxembourg.
    (AP, 5/16/06)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.63)
2006        May 16, Militants raided a parking lot in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. The shot dead 5 militiamen working as guards and left behind a car bomb that killed 18 would-be rescuers. A roadside bomb near Rasheed airfield killed a US soldier. Suspected insurgents attacked a police patrol in Kirkuk, killing two policeman. Gunmen in eastern Baghdad killed police 1st Sgt. Latif Abdullah, who worked in Interior Ministry intelligence.
    (AP, 5/16/06)(SFC, 5/17/06, p.A8)
2006        May 16, In Iraq gunmen kidnapped UAR diplomat Naji Rashid al-Nuaimi (28) as he left the home of the United Arab Emirates' cultural affairs attache in Baghdad's Mansour district. On May 30 it was reported that Al-Nuaimi was released.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 16, Irish rock star Bono began a new African tour in Lesotho where he planned to unveil a new initiative to fight AIDS in its ailing textile industry.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Italy’s top sporting body put the national football federation under emergency rule as prosecutors looked into a match-fixing scandal involving the Juventus team of Turin in 19 games in the 2004-05 season.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.53)
2006        May 16, Electronics giant Sony Corp said it will launch the world's first notebook personal computer equipped with a next-generation Blu-ray optical disk drive on June 24.
    (AFP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born member of Parliament, said she will resign and leave Holland after the government said she was improperly granted citizenship. She became an internationally known opponent of some violent types of Islam.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred deep under the South Pacific near an uninhabited chain of islands north of New Zealand.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, The Nigerian Senate rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed President Olusegun Obasanjo to run for a third term in office in 2007.
    (AFP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic militants ambushed a convoy of security forces, setting off a shootout that left at least 7 militants and one security official dead.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Shooting attacks in the Gaza Strip left one Hamas member dead and two others wounded.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Saudi newspapers reported that King Abdullah has told Saudi editors to stop publishing pictures of women as they could make young men go astray.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, In Somalia fighting between Islamic militias and rival secular fighters killed two people on the outskirts of Mogadishu, despite a weekend cease-fire ending days of bloodshed in the capital.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, South Korean prosecutors indicted Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo in an embezzlement and slush fund scandal. He was later convicted of embezzling $90 million from his company. In August, 2008, he was pardoned by Pres. Lee Myung-bak.
    (AP, 5/16/06)(Econ, 9/27/08, SR p.13)
2006        May 16, The UN Security Council passed a resolution pressing Sudan to cooperate with the United Nations as it prepares take over peacekeeping in Darfur from an underfunded African Union force.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
2006        May 16, Vietnam's PM Phan Van Khai (70) said he has nominated Deputy PM Nguyen Tan Dung (56) as his successor.
    (AP, 5/16/06)

2006        May 17, Pres. Bush signed tax cut legislation that substantially increased taxes on American working abroad in a provision that Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley included under Section 911 of the tax code.
    (Econ, 6/24/06, p.78)(www.centerfortaxstudies.com/blog/taxnews/2006/05/18/)
2006        May 17, The FBI began digging at a Michigan horse farm in search of the remains of former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa; the two-week search yielded no evidence.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 17, Stocks plunged after a stronger-than-expected rise in consumer inflation fueled Wall Street's fear that interest rates will keep climbing. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 214 points to end the day at 11205.61.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(SFC, 5/18/06, p.C1)
2006        May 17, Scientists reported the sequencing of the last chromosome in the Human Genome project, which began in 1990. Chromosome 1 is packed with 3,141 genes and linked to 350 illnesses including cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
    (Reuters, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, The US Food and Drug Administration said it approved Azilect, also called rasagiline, for use as an initial single-drug therapy for early Parkinson's disease. The FDA said Azilect, made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries of Israel, also has the potential to cause involuntary movements, hallucinations and lowered blood pressure.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, US Navy divers detonated explosives aboard the USS Oriskany, sending the retired aircraft carrier on a 212-foot plunge to bottom of the Gulf of Mexico 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., to create the world's largest intentional reef.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(www.irishmansoftware.com/Oriskany.htm)
2006        May 17, Broadway producer Cy Feuer died at age 95.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 17-2006 May 18, Some of the fiercest violence since the Taliban's 2001 ouster erupted across Afghanistan, with coalition forces engaging in multiple firefights, two suicide car bombs and a massive rebel assault on a small village. Up to 105 people were killed. An attack on a police and government headquarters in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province sparked eight hours of clashes with security forces. Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s operational commander, claimed control of 20 districts in southern Afghanistan with 12,000 fighters.
    (AP, 5/18/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.22)
2006        May 17, In Australia widespread evidence of child abuse in Aboriginal communities has sparked calls for the Australian government to take greater action to protect children at risk.
    (AFP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Brazil the body count grew in Sao Paulo as police, who lost 41 comrades in gang attacks, killed 22 more suspected criminals. Authorities said little about the latest deaths, generating criticism from rights groups.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, It was announced that Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney, had agreed to separate.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 17, In Canada 4 people were reported killed at a mine being decommissioned in the British Columbia. One of the victims may have gone undiscovered for two days. Kimberley area media said the victims may have been overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas, a highly toxic and explosive gas that is slightly heavier than air and tends to concentrate at the bottom of poorly ventilated areas.
    (Reuters, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Following a meeting of the State Council China announced a series of policy measures to rein in prices. These included levying profits taxes on real estate.
    (WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A6)
2006        May 17, Some 620,000 people were evacuated from southern China as Typhoon Chanchu, the strongest storm to hit the region at this time of year, churned towards the coastal province of Guangdong.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, The European Parliament approved 864.4 billion euro ($1.11 trillion) budget for 2007-2013. The budget would cost EU citizens 26 European cents a day to run the EU.
    (WSJ, 5/18/06, p.A7)
2006        May 17, Fiji's caretaker PM Laisenia Qarase claimed victory in parliamentary elections and said he was committed to improving the South Pacific country's relations between indigenous Fijians and the ethnic Indian minority.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Medical services in many parts of India were in chaos for a sixth day as student doctor protests intensified over a government plan to boost seats reserved for the poor in top universities.
    (AFP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Indonesia's bird flu toll jumped to 30 after the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed five family members had died of the virus.
    (AFP, 5/17/06)(SFC, 5/19/06, p.A3)
2006        May 17, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a possible European offer for incentives, including a light-water nuclear reactor, in return for allaying fears about his country's nuclear program by giving up uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Iraq 3 roadside bombs and a drive-by shooting targeted Iraqi forces in Baghdad, killing one policeman. The bodies of two Iraqi men, handcuffed and shot in the head, were found in western Baghdad. A US sailor died in fighting with insurgents in Anbar province. 15 Tae kwon do athletes were kidnapped in western Anbar province while driving to a training camp in neighboring Jordan. In 2009 Iraqi commandoes and US forces arrested a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of the tae kwon do team.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(AP, 5/18/06)(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A2)
2006        May 17, Israel's new defense minister reopened the main cargo crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, signaling a policy shift aimed at easing some of Israel's security restrictions on the Palestinians.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Romano Prodi became prime minister of Italy, forming the country's 61st postwar government more than a month after his center-left coalition narrowly won parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Libya Venezuela's anti-American president was given a warm welcome in Tripoli by Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Chavez and Gadhafi planned to discuss "social programs based on oil revenues."
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Under withering criticism, the Dutch immigration minister Rita Verdonk agreed to rethink her threat to revoke the citizenship of a Somali-born former lawmaker known for her opposition to fundamentalist Islam.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, A powerful bomb blew up a gas pipeline in a remote town of southwestern Pakistan, killing a 7-year-old girl.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, The Palestinians' defiant Hamas-led government sent a 3000-man force into the streets of Gaza, disregarding President Mahmoud Abbas' order banning the creation of the security body and raising the stakes in their deepening power struggle.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(WSJ, 5/18/06, p.A1)
2006        May 17, In southern Russia Ingushetia's Deputy Interior Minister Dzhabrail Kostoyev, two of his bodyguards and four civilians were killed when a sedan packed with explosives blocked a road on the outskirts of the region's main city of Nazran and blew up. A rebel ambush killed 5 Russian soldiers.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(WSJ, 5/18/06, p.A1)
2006        May 17, A secular alliance that is battling fundamentalist Islamic militias in Somalia charged that its rivals are bolstered by fighters from the Middle East, Pakistan and elsewhere, and said it has the bodies to prove it. The interim government said the US was supporting secular warlords fighting Islamic groups for control of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(SFC, 5/18/06, p.A11)
2006        May 17, In Sri Lanka a rebel sniper shot dead a soldier at a de facto front line while two civilians were killed elsewhere.
    (AFP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 17, The UN said armed militiamen had ignored a peace pact and  attacked several villages this week in Sudan's Darfur region, killing at least 11 people and wounding many others.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Turkey Alparslan Arslan (29), a lawyer, stormed into a meeting at Ankara’s highest administrative court and opened fire. One pro-secular judge was killed and 4 wounded. Arslan picked on the judges because they supported a ban on the Islamic headscarf in public places, schools and universities.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.49)(WSJ, 3/30/07, p.A1)

2006        May 18, Visiting one of the busiest crossing sectors between the US and Mexico, President Bush said in Yuma, Ariz., that it made sense to put up fencing along parts of the border but not to block off the entire 2,000 mile length to keep out illegal immigrants.
    (AP, 5/18/07)
2006        May 18, The US State Department said that 16,000 computers it bought from a US-based company partially owned by the Chinese government should be used only for unclassified work after a lawmaker criticized the purchase as potentially dangerous to national security.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, Prisoners with makeshift weapons battled guards trying to save a detainee pretending to commit suicide at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The coordinated attack left six prisoners injured.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 18, The US proposed that the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament negotiate a new treaty banning production of the nuclear material needed to make atomic bombs.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, A federal grand jury in LA indicted Milberg Weiss alleging a 20-year conspiracy by the law firm to funnel kickbacks to plaintiffs in dozens of securities class-action cases.
    (WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A1)
2006        May 18, In Florida Lionel Tate (19) was sentenced to 30 years in prison for violating probation by having a gun and robbing a pizza delivery man in 2005. The teenager had been convicted of murdering a 6-year-old girl in 1999 in what his attorneys initially claimed was a pro wrestling move.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, Burger King Holdings began trading on the NYSE at $17. The IPO closed up 2.9% at $17.50.
    (WSJ, 5/19/06, p.C3)
2006        May 18, Andrew Martinez, the famed Naked Guy at UC Berkeley (1992), died of suicide in a Santa Clara County Jail. In 2009 Santa Clara County agreed to pay $1 million to settle a wrongful death suit.
    (SFC, 5/19/09, p.B4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Martinez)
2006        May 18, In western Afghanistan a suicide car bomber rammed into two vehicles carrying foreigners, killing an American working on a counter-narcotics project and wounding two other people. A female Canadian soldier, army Captain Nichola Goddard, was killed in Kandahar.
    (AP, 5/18/06)(AFP, 5/19/06)(WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A1)
2006        May 18, In Australia officials released a 2005 statement in which Australia's national wheat exporter admitted paying money to Saddam Hussein's regime.
    (AFP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, Australian PM John Howard, during his first official visit to Ottawa, urged Canada to work with his country on climate change, much to the horror of environmentalists. Australia did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
    (AFP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, More than 600 Toronto police officers swooped down in coordinated pre-dawn raids across the city, arresting more than 78 people and seizing guns, drugs and large amounts of cash.
    (Reuters, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, A Canadian citizen and two US navy sailors were handed lengthy prison sentences for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into Australia stashed in the radar dome of a visiting warship.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, A smiling Alberto Fujimori left jail after almost seven months when Chile's Supreme Court granted the former Peruvian president bail as he fights extradition to face corruption and human rights charges.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, China reported a ban on Ao Mei Ding, a breast-enlarging liquid that was approved for general use in 2000. Some 300,000 women were injected with the liquid and some reported so much pain that they had their breasts removed.
    (SFC, 5/19/06, p.A17)
2006        May 18, In northern China an underground flood trapped as 56 miners in a coal mine in the Xinjing Coal Mine in Shanxi province. 9 mine managers were soon detained after apparently trying to conceal the scale of the disaster. The last of the bodies were recovered on June 28.
    (AP, 5/21/06)(AP, 5/22/06)(AFP, 6/28/06)
2006        May 18, Typhoon Chanchu pummeled southern China, killing at least eight people and leaving 27 Vietnamese fishermen missing after their boats sank in Chinese waters.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, In Cairo, Egypt, police beat pro-reform protesters in the streets and arrested more than 300 for the second week in a row as Egyptian courts dealt new setbacks to activists seeking greater democracy.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, At least 18 people were killed and a police chief narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in attacks in Baghdad and Basra. Coalition forces killed three insurgents and wounded 10 in fighting in and around the northern city of Mosul. In Karbala gunmen killed a math teacher and former senior Baath party member as he was leaving his house. In northern Kirkuk, police reported that two people had been killed in a drive-by shooting. They also said they found the beheaded body of woman labor activist affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic party. Four US soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle northwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, In Indian Kashmir one person was killed and 22 wounded in two grenade attacks by suspected Islamic militants at busy markets.
    (AFP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, In Kenya hundreds attended the burial of Robert Wambugu, a black man shot by Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley, one of Kenya's wealthiest landowners. In 2005 Cholmondeley was charged with murder in the shooting a Massai game warden investigating reports of illegal wildlife trading. The charge was dropped for lack of evidence.
    (AP, 5/18/06)(AFP, 5/7/09)
2006        May 18, A Karen group said Myanmar troops, who have driven an estimated 15,000 Karen villagers from their homes, are throwing more battalions into a widening offensive against the ethnic minority.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, In Nepal lawmakers moved to reduce dramatically the powers of the king, calling for him to be stripped of his legal immunity, authority over the army and exemption from paying taxes. The proclamation also declared Nepal a secular state, ending its unique status as the world's last Hindu kingdom.
    (AP, 5/18/06)(AFP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 18, Thousands of police loyal to moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas marched in a show of force, a day after the Hamas-led government deployed 3,000 heavily armed militants in a daring challenge.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, In South Africa a one-day national strike organized by the main trade union movement to protest poverty and unemployment hit production in the mining and car-manufacturing industries and had a patchy response in other sectors.
    (AP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 18, Sri Lanka asked donor nations to nudge Tamil Tigers to the table. EU officials agreed in principle to blacklist Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels as a "terrorist" group, in a move the rebels said would only lead to war in the country.
    (AFP, 5/18/06)(AFP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 18, Swiss astronomers reported the discovery of a 3-planet system circling the star HD69830 in the constellation Puppis.
    (SFC, 5/18/06, p.A6)

2006        May 19, Sony Corp.’s film “The Da Vinci Code," opened. It was directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan Brown’s best-selling 2003 novel. The weekend global debut produced $224 million, Hollywood’s 2nd highest behind “Star Wars: Episode III," which took in $253 million.
    (WSJ, 5/22/06, p.B4)
2006        May 19, The UN panel that monitors compliance with the world's anti-torture treaty said the United States should close its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and avoid using secret detention facilities in the war on terror. The report by the Committee Against Torture came as the US military disclosed that prisoners wielding improvised weapons had clashed with guards trying to save a detainee who was pretending to commit suicide.
    (AP, 5/19/06)(AP, 5/19/07)
2006        May 19, In Detroit 12 people died over the last 2 days from an overdose of a drug called fentanyl that was considered 80 times more powerful than morphine. Some fentanyl was being mixed with heroine. Officials reported over 100 confirmed overdose cases from the drug since last fall.
    (SSFC, 5/27/06, p.A21)
2006        May 19, The NRA opened its annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wayne LaPierre, executive VP, signed copies of his new book: “the Global War on Your Guns: Inside the UN Plan to destroy the Bill of Rights."
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.28)
2006        May 19, Freddie Garrity (69), lead singer of the 1960s British pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died in Wales.
    (AP, 5/19/07)
2006        May 19, Gunbattles in Helmand province killed at least 6 militants and one Afghan soldier. A US soldier was killed in Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 19, Roadside bombs and other attacks killed 10 Iraqis and wounded 26 people, including a US soldier riding through Baghdad in a minesweeper.
    (AP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, In Morocco the prime ministers of Morocco and Pakistan expressed hopes for closer bilateral ties, especially economically, after inking several agreements during a visit by Pakistan's Shaukat Aziz.
    (AP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, Nepal's new government declared a public holiday after parliament passed a proclamation stripping King Gyanendra of his powers and thousands of people staged a celebration rally.
    (AFP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, Nigeria sold to a state-owned Chinese group licenses to explore four oil blocks, underlining Beijing's increasing drive for energy resources. In exchange for the drilling rights, China agreed to invest two billion dollars in northern Nigeria's Kaduna refinery. The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), rejected the claim and described the allocation as a "bribe".
    (AFP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, A gun battle erupted between the new Hamas security force and rival Fatah forces in Gaza City, police officials said. Two police officers were wounded.
    (AP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, Officials said Russia stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in international AIDS funding because the World Bank has reclassified it as an upper middle-income country.
    (AP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, In South Africa Noziphu Bhengu (32), a victim of AIDS and quackery, died.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.89)
2006        May 19, In Sudan's Darfur region dozens were killed in a major attack by government-backed militias on Shearia town, the latest in a wave of raids since a peace deal was signed earlier this month.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 19, In southern Turkey a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh crashed into a parked transport truck, killing at least 40 people.
    (AP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, Ukraine cultural figures and celebrities criticized efforts to grant the Russian language special status, calling it an act of war against the Ukrainian language. Council officials said their decision is based on a European charter, which was ratified by the Ukrainian parliament in 2003, that protects regional and minority languages.
    (AP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, The Vatican said it had asked Rev. Marcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the conservative order Legionaries of Christ (1941), to renounce celebrating public Masses and live a life of "prayer and repentance" following its investigation into allegations he sexually abused seminarians.
    (AP, 5/19/06)
2006        May 19, In Vietnam 5 people convicted of heroin dealing were executed by firing squad. About 100 people were executed in Vietnam each year for drug-related offenses.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 19, An official said at least 150 Vietnamese fishermen were missing at sea and another 28 were found dead after getting caught in Typhoon Chanchu.
    (AP, 5/19/06)

2006        May 20, Federal agents searched the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana as part of a bribery investigation.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2006        May 20, In Maryland Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby, fractured an ankle at the start of the Preakness; Bernardini won the race. Barbaro was euthanized Jan 29, 2007, due to medical complications.
    (SSFC, 5/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/07)
2006        May 20, New Orleans Voters re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin, whose blunt style endeared him to some but outraged others after Hurricane Katrina, giving him four more years to oversee one of the largest rebuilding projects in U.S. history.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth for second place on the career list with his 714th home run.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2006        May 20, An explosion in the Darby Mine No. 1 coal mine in Harlan County, eastern Kentucky, killed five miners while one other miner was able to get out alive.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, In southern Afghanistan one French and 16 Afghan soldiers were killed and about 40 other troops were wounded in two firefights as rebels ambushed two Afghan army convoys and US forces. At least 9 Taliban militants were killed in the battle in Sangin district. 2 French special forces troops were killed in neighboring Kandahar province.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, Australian Aborigines rejected calls for military peacekeepers to protect indigenous women and children from violence, as a new report revealed high levels of sexual abuse of young indigenous males.
    (AFP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, In Brazil Sao Paulo's government refused to release the names of 109 people killed by police during a week of gangland violence, despite increased pressure from activists who said public confidence in law enforcement had been shaken.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, China held a ceremonial pouring of a final slab of cement for its Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province. The 600-foot dam cost at least $22 billion.
    (SFC, 5/18/06, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)
2006        May 20, President Hosni Mubarak opened the World Economic Forum in a booming Red Sea resort with a surprisingly tough speech that signaled deepening strains in the once-ironclad links with Egypt's American allies and benefactors. PM Ahmed Nazif said the Egyptian government is not in a hurry to change the country's political system.
    (Reuters, 5/20/06)(AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, Lordi, a Finnish metal band with monster masks and apocalyptic lyrics, won the Eurovision contest in Greece.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, India announced a one billion dollar package to revive its tea industry blighted by plummeting prices and a downturn in exports.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, Iraq's parliament approved a national unity government, achieving a goal Washington hopes will reduce violence so U.S. forces can eventually go home. But as the legislators met, a series of attacks killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, Irish police removed Afghan hunger-strikers from a Dublin cathedral, where some 40 protesters gathered on May 15 demanding asylum and warning they would kill themselves if officers came near.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, Chanchu, the most powerful storm to strike the South China Sea this early in the typhoon season, killed nearly 90 people in Asia over the past week. It was now weakened to a tropical storm and hovering off southern Japan. 198 Vietnamese fishermen remained missing.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20,  Lithuanian police arrested Vidmantas Sungaila (41) for driving his truck down the center of a two-lane highway 60 miles from Vilnius. Sungaila (41) registered 7.27 grams per liter of alcohol in his blood repeatedly on different devices. Medical experts say anything above 3.5 grams per liter of alcohol in the blood is lethal for most people. Lithuania has one of the worst road safety records in the EU. Last year 760 people died in traffic accidents in this country of 3.5 million residents. Most were alcohol-related.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 20, A bomb blast seriously wounded Tareq Abu Rajab, the Palestinian intelligence chief, at his headquarters in what security officials called an assassination attempt against a key ally of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. One bodyguard was killed.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, In Gaza City an Israeli missile killed Mohammed Dadouh, the top military commander of the militant group Islamic Jihad. A 2nd missile killed civilians: 3 generations of the Amen family, a grandmother, mother and son were killed, and a 4-year-old daughter and uncle were paralyzed. The Israeli Defense Ministry later decided to pay the Amen family’s medical expenses as "special humanitarian treatment."
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        May 20, South Korean media reported that 4 North Koreans had overpowered a security guard and scaled the wall of a US consulate in China in hopes of gaining asylum from their impoverished, communist country.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, A man wielding a box cutter attacked Park Geun-hye (54), the leader of South Korea's main opposition party, slashing her face during a campaign rally. Park's mother, Yook Young-soo, was fatally shot in 1974. Five years later, Park's father was assassinated by the then-chief of the state intelligence agency.
    (AP, 5/21/06)

2006        May 21, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the government has the legal authority to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information.
    (SFC, 5/22/06, p.A2)
2006        May 21, In Louisiana a shooting spree at The Ministry of Jesus Christ church in Baton Rouge left 4 people dead. Anthony Bell (25) then kidnapped his wife and killed her. He was charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and her grandparents, great aunt and a cousin.
    (AP, 5/22/06)(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A3)
2006        May 21, In Oregon demolition crews destroyed the 499-foot cooling tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. Demolition of the containment dome was scheduled in 2008.
    (SFC, 5/22/06, p.A2)
2006        May 21, In SF some 62,000 runners participated in the annual Bay to Breakers race. Gilbert Okari (27) of Kenya won in 34 minutes and 20 seconds. Among the women Ukrainian Tetyana Hladyr won in 39:09. Mayor Newsom finished the 7.46 miles in 59:04.
    (SFC, 5/22/06, p.A1)
2006        May 21, Katherine Dunham (96), a pioneering dancer, author and civil rights activist, died in New York.
    (AP, 5/21/07)
2006        May 21, Grand Ole Opry legend Billy Walker (77) died in a traffic accident along an Alabama interstate highway.
    (AP, 5/21/07)
2006        May 21, In Afghanistan a car bomb exploded on a busy road in Kabul, killing the driver of the car and two civilians.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, Greek Cypriots voted to elect a new parliament on this divided island, their first vote since rejecting a UN reunification plan. Voters put their weight behind parties in President Tassos Papadopoulos' governing coalition, a result likely to be seen as an endorsement of his rejection of a UN plan to reunify this war-divided island.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, In Egypt global business and political leaders focused on dialogue, democracy and development in the Middle East. 3 major players, Iran, Hamas and Syria, were absent.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, Iraq's new PM Nouri al-Maliki promised to use "maximum force" if necessary to end the brutal insurgent and sectarian violence racking his country. A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and injured 17 when he blew himself up in a downtown Baghdad restaurant frequented by police. The attack came as PM Nouri al-Maliki pledged to soon fill vacancies in his two key security ministries. Bombs and killings across Iraq left a total of 30 people dead.
    (AP, 5/21/06)(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A6)(AP, 5/21/07)
2006        May 21, The Israeli Cabinet approved the transfer of $11 million worth of medicine and health supplies to the Palestinians to help ease the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Officials said that Israel has approved plans to expand four Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a practice the United States has opposed in the past.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, Local authorities said boats carrying more than 400 migrants have been intercepted off Lampedusa over the past 48 hours, overwhelming the tiny island south of Sicily.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, Islamic militants dressed as policemen hurled grenades and shot into a rally by the ruling Congress party in India's portion of Kashmir, killing at least 7 people and wounding 22 others. Two attackers were killed.
    (AFP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, Kuwait's ruler dissolved parliament and called early elections amid a dispute between the government and lawmakers over electoral reform.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, A Kuwait criminal court acquitted five former Guantanamo detainees of charges that they collected money for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. Abdullah Salih al-Ajmi (29), released from Guantanamo in 2005, took part in a suicide bomb attack in Mosul in April, 2008.
    (AP, 5/21/06)(SFC, 5/8/08, p.A8)
2006        May 21, In Liberia tens of thousands of children marched against hunger, adding their voices to a global event to tackle food shortages that many in the war-battered west African nation have felt firsthand.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, Montenegro voted by a slim margin to secede from Serbia and form a separate nation, erasing the last vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.47)(AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 21, In Nigeria rock star and activist Bono told African finance ministers that the recent goodwill of wealthy industrialized countries toward Africa could dissipate unless the continent tackles corruption.
    (Reuters, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, Pakistan and Iran officials met again in Islamabad to discuss a proposed 1,735-mile pipeline that would deliver Iranian gas to Pakistan and India.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 21, In Sri Lanka 2 soldiers were killed and two others wounded in two separate Claymore mine attacks in the northeastern Trincomalee district and the northern district of Vavuniya. Figures maintained by the Scandinavian truce monitoring mission showed that 510 people were killed in Sri Lanka's embattled regions since December. Suspected rebels attacked the offices of three international aid groups in what appeared to be their first assault on foreigners. Tamil separatists denied the charge.
    (AFP, 5/21/06)(AP, 5/21/06)

2006        May 22, The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that police without a warrant can enter a home to break up a fight, overturning 3 Utah court findings.
    (WSJ, 5/23/06, p.A1)
2006        May 22, The Department of Veterans Affairs said personal data, including Social Security numbers of 26.5 million US veterans, was stolen from a VA employee after he took the information home without authorization.
    (AP, 5/22/07)
2006        May 22, AP reported that the Wyoming Department of Family Services has funneled tens of thousands of dollars to a grant program administered by a private religious corporation that has funded churches, ministries and religiously oriented anti-abortion centers.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, Braxton Bilbrey (7) of Arizona swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco in 47 minutes.
    (AP, 5/22/07)
2006        May 22, The NYSE under John Thain made a $10.2 billion cash and stock bid for Euronext NV, a European exchange operator, in an attempt to become the world’s first transatlantic stock trading center. Euronext had formed earlier as a combination of the Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels exchanges. The merged entity began trading April 4, 2007.
    (SFC, 5/23/06, p.C3)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.66)(WSJ, 4/5/07, p.C12)
2006        May 22, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it was withdrawing from the highly competitive South Korean retail market, agreeing to sell its 16 stores to the country's top discount chain.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, Seagate Technology, a disk-drive manufacturer, completed its acquisition of Maxtor Corp. and said it will fire some 6,000 Maxtor employees.
    (SFC, 5/23/06, p.C1)
2006        May 22, A US-led coalition said nighttime airstrike against Taliban rebels in a southern Afghan village killed up to 80 suspected militants. The local governor said 16 civilians were killed and 16 wounded in Azizi in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, In Bangladesh textile workers demanding better pay and one day off per week went on a rampage at Savar, an industrial town near Dhaka, setting fire to two factories and several buses.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, An explosion in an illegal Chinese coal mine in the village of Siyuangou in Henan province killed eight miners and left an undetermined number missing.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 22, Colombia's Interior Minister Sabas Pretelt said the peace process with far-right paramilitary gunmen was back on track, following days of tensions caused by a court ruling that tossed out part of a peace pact. In Jamundi 10 police officers in a US-trained unit were ambushed and killed in a ferocious attack by a platoon of 28 soldiers who unleashed a barrage of some 150 bullets and seven grenades. The attack stunned Colombians and severely embarrassed President Alvaro Uribe. An 11th man, an informant who led the police squad to the scene promising they would find a large stash of cocaine, was also found dead. When investigators removed his ski mask, they found a bullet hole in his head. In 2008 a judge gave a 54-year prison term to a cashiered army lieutenant colonel who was convicted of ordering the massacre of the anti-drug police. He also slapped near-maximum sentences of 52 years on the unit's second-in-command, and 50 years each on the other 13 soldiers involved. Senior police believed former Lt. Col. Byron Carvajal and his troops had been protecting a drug lord.
    (AP, 5/22/06)(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 5/8/08)
2006        May 22, Haiti’s President Rene Preval said he has nominated former Cabinet member and close ally Jacques Edouard Alexis as prime minister. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Edmond Mulet (b.1951) of Guatemala as his Special Representative in Haiti and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Mr. Mulet succeeded Júan Gabriel Valdés of Chile.
    (AP, 5/22/06)(www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/sga1007.doc.htm)
2006        May 22, India’s main market index, the Sensex, set a record for intra-day volatility. Share prices had fallen by nearly 20% within 2 weeks. The recent drop was seen as a correction following a 3-year boom.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.70)
2006        May 22, In Iraq car bombs and drive-by shootings killed 17 people, including seven police officers, hours before Iraq's parliament met for its first session after swearing in a new government.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, Fed up with legal stonewalling and political posturing, Lithuania's government announced that it would submit a bill on nationalizing Mazeikiu Nafta, the country's largest corporation and the only oil refinery in the Baltics. If approved, the unprecedented move would ostensibly end a slew of legal battles and intense competition surrounding the enterprise, while at the same time possibly opening a Pandora's box of litigation against the Lithuanian government.
    (http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/15498/)
2006        May 22, A court found the former chief executive and chief financial officer of Dutch retailer Royal Ahold NV guilty of fraud, but ruled the pair will not have to serve prison time.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, AP Television News opened a full-time office in North Korea, becoming the first Western news organization to provide regular coverage of that nation.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, Hamas militiamen and Palestinian police traded heavy fire near Gaza City's parliament building, killing the driver of the Jordanian ambassador and wounding six people in the worst internal fighting in recent weeks.
    (AP, 5/22/06)
2006        May 22, Dr. Lee Jong-wook (61) died following surgery for a blood clot on the brain. He spearheaded the World Health Organization's successive battles against SARS and bird flu and was the first South Korean to head a UN agency.
    (AP, 5/22/06)

2006        May 23, Pres. Bush met with Israel’s OM Olmert and urged him to reach out to Abbas as an alternative to dealing with Hamas.
    (WSJ, 5/24/06, p.A1)
2006        May 23, A US federal agency charged that employees at mortgage giant Fannie Mae manipulated accounting so that executives could collect millions in bonuses as senior management deceived investors and stonewalled regulators. Federal regulators expected a $400 million settlement.
    (AP, 5/23/06)(SFC, 5/24/06, p.C1)
2006        May 23, In a recording posted on the Internet, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden said neither Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in the US for the Sept. 11 attacks, nor anyone held at Guantanamo had anything to do with the al-Qaida operation.
    (AP, 5/23/07)
2006        May 23, ABC appointed Charles Gibson to replace Elizabeth Vargas as anchor of its "World News Tonight" evening newscast.
    (AP, 5/23/07)
2006        May 23, In California the Hercules City Council voted unanimously to use eminent domain to prevent Wal-Mart from building a bog box store on a 17-acre lot near the city’s waterfront on the SF Bay.
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.B1)
2006        May 23, Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's largest savings and loan, notified 1,400 workers in Washington and Florida that they will lose their jobs as part of the company's cost-saving strategy.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 23, MIT unveiled its first working prototype of its $100 laptop designed for the Third World under an initiative named “One Laptop Per Child."
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.C3)
2006        May 23, Lloyd Bentsen (b.1921), former Texas senator, died at his home in Houston. In 1988 Michael Dukakis picked him as his vice-president candidate. In 1993 he became Bill Clinton’s first treasury secretary.
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.A2)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.84)
2006        May 23, In Afghanistan Pres. Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation into US airstrikes on a village that killed at least 16 civilians and asked to meet with the US commander of forces. A land mine blew up under a vehicle carrying a team of Afghan health workers, killing a doctor, two nurses and their driver.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, In Bangladesh angry garment workers set fire to seven textile factories in and around the capital after news that an employee shot in the back during recent protests over better pay and working conditions had died.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Congo arrested a group of foreign security guards on suspicion of plotting a coup ahead of national elections. Interior Minister Theophile Mbemba said there were three Americans, 10 Nigerians and 12 South Africans among the group of 32 taken into custody. Mbemba said all the men had received visits from their respective ambassadors.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 23, Fighting between disgruntled former soldiers and the military left at least two people dead in East Timor, as Australia and New Zealand offered to provide troops to the tiny nation to help restore calm.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met the Shanghai bishop from the Chinese Catholic church on the final day of a visit in which rights issues took center stage alongside trade.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Warplanes from Greece and Turkey collided over the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos as they shadowed each other. Officials said the Turkish pilot was rescued unhurt, and a search was launched for the Greek pilot.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Iran’s government closed one of the country's top three newspapers, detaining its editor and cartoonist, Mana Neyestani, for publishing a caricature that caused members of Iran's Azeri minority to riot in protest. Amnesty International said in a report in 2007 that 19 people were reported killed in the unrest and hundreds arrested. Neyestani was released from jail after 3 months and fled the country with his wife. In 2012 he published his autobiographical comic book "An Iranian Metamorphosis," a Kafkaesque story recounting his 2006 jailing.
            (AP, 5/23/06)(AFP, 2/10/12)
2006        May 23, A bomb went off in a motorcycle parked in the courtyard of a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding at least nine, the deadliest of the attacks across Iraq that claimed 40 lives. A US soldier died when his patrol was attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades south of Balad.
    (AP, 5/23/06)(AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 23, Ibrahim Hamed (41), a top Hamas military commander, surrendered in Ramallah after Israeli troops surrounded his hideout and threatened to demolish it with him inside. He was linked by Israel to attacks that killed 78 people, including five Americans.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Italy's new deputy economics minister called the nation's economic situation "a disaster," saying the deficit in 2006 may exceed 4.5 percent of gross domestic product.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly, an Iraqi government contractor, confessed on Jordanian television to kidnapping and killing on the orders of al-Qaida in Iraq before he was lured to Jordan and arrested.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Mexico’s Pres. Fox began a five-day trip to the US in Utah before moving on to Washington state and California. Immigration was the major focus of Fox's trip as the US Senate considered legislation to strengthen border security
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, In Mexico 3 men were shot to death in two different attacks in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, bringing to at least 115 the number of people slain by violence this year.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 23, The Dutch parliament approved new anti-terrorism measures that make it easier to arrest suspects without strong evidence and hold them longer without charge.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Pakistani officials said at least 7 people have died and thousands of others have fallen sick after drinking contaminated water in Faisalabad, a city famous for its textile mills. The outbreak of gastroenteritis began May 14. The last two fatalities happened May 21.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, Serbia's president said he recognized the results of the independence vote in Montenegro that will separate the tiny Adriatic republic from its union with Serbia.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, A high-level UN delegation arrived in Sudan to press a reluctant government to accept a large force of U.N. peacekeepers in the strife-torn Darfur region.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, In Thailand PM Thaksin Shinawatra resumed his duties as challenges to his hold on power mounted even after a self-imposed leave of absence for seven weeks.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 23, In northern Thailand flash floods left thousands of people stranded on rooftops and trapped inside trains. 9 people were reported killed.
    (AP, 5/23/06)

2006        May 24, House Republican and Democratic leaders jointly demanded the FBI return documents taken in a Capitol Hill raid as part of a bribery investigation of Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana.
    (AP, 5/24/07)
2006        May 24, In Alabama Regions Financial Corp. and rival AmSouth Bancorp struck a $10 billion deal to merge.
    (WSJ, 5/25/06, p.A1)
2006        May 24, Taylor Hicks was named the new "American Idol" over runner-up Katharine McPhee.
    (AP, 5/24/07)
2006        May 24, The film “An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary on global warming, opened. The Davis Guggenheim film featured Al Gore.
    (WSJ, 5/26/06, p.W4)
2006        May 24, Vonage Holdings, an Internet-based phone company, began trading on the NYSE at $17 per share and closed at $14.85.
    (SFC, 5/25/06, p.C1)
2006        May 24, It was reported that Google will shut down 6 sites on its Orkut service in Brazil in response pressure from Brazilian law enforcement.
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.C3)
2006        May 24, Pogo (48), one of the oldest gorillas in the world, died at the SF Zoo.
    (SFC, 5/25/06, p.B1)
2006        May 24, In Afghanistan clashes left at least 24 militants and 5 Afghan soldiers dead. 13 insurgents and two police died in a battle in southern Helmand province's Sangin district.
    (WSJ, 5/25/06, p.A1)(AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 24, The African Union accepted a NATO offer to extend its assistance in Sudan's violent Darfur region, stressing its presence there would remain small.
    (Reuters, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appointed Abdelaziz Belkhadem as the country's prime minister.
    (AFP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, In northern Benin a tanker truck overturned and then exploded when people with lanterns began siphoning gasoline. At least 35 people were killed.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 24, In England 10 people were arrested in a sweep targeting support for terrorism outside Britain. Police served warrants at a number of addresses before dawn in an operation involving about 500 officers.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, The Bank of Canada raised its key overnight interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 4.25 percent, as expected, and signaled that it would not hike rates further at least for now.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, In Chile Paul Schaefer (84), the leader of now-dismantled Colonia Dignidad, was convicted of sexually abusing 25 children and sentenced to 20 years in jail. The colony was founded by German immigrants in southern Chile in the early 1960s.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 24, China's government on raised state-set gasoline and diesel prices by about 10 percent in response to soaring world oil prices.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 24, Election results indicated that Dominican President Leonel Fernandez's party won the recent legislative elections, which should enable him to carry out economic reforms.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 24, Dubai hosted the Middle East's first major international art auction.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, The EU, the US, Japan, China, Russia and others initialed a $12.8 billion agreement in Belgium to build an experimental fusion project they hope will lead to a cheaper, safer, cleaner and endless source of energy. The seven-party consortium, which also includes India and South Korea, agreed last year to build the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, in Cadarache, in the southern French region of Provence.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, International peacekeepers and troops from Australia and New Zealand were headed to East Timor to help restore order after gunbattles between disgruntled ex-soldiers and the military killed two people and wounded nine.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, Stone-throwing Iranian students fought police and Islamic vigilantes on in protest against restrictions imposed by the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
    (Reuters, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, Iraq announced the arrest in Lebanon of Bashar Sabawi Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti, a nephew of Saddam Hussein, for crimes allegedly committed after the fall of Saddam's regime. Drive-by shootings killed 12 people, including a provincial official in northern Iraq and two of his bodyguards. Authorities found the corpses of nine people who apparently had been kidnapped and tortured.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley (38), a descendant of Kenya's first white settlers, was charged with murder in the shooting of Robert Njoya Wambugu (37), who was shot in the back and died en route to a hospital. Cholmondeley’s attorney said the victim unleashed several dogs on Cholmondeley after the man was caught poaching an impala.  In 2009 Cholmondeley (40) was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 8 months in prison. He was released on Oct 23.
    (AP, 5/24/06)(AP, 5/14/09)(AP, 10/23/09)
2006        May 24, North Korea abruptly canceled groundbreaking test runs of trains across its highly guarded border with South Korea, citing an atmosphere of confrontation.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, Fierce gunbattles broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah, killing two Palestinians and wounding 30. A Gaza security chief loyal to the Palestinian president was killed when his car blew up, the second attack on a top commander in less than a week.
    (AP, 5/24/06)(AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 24, Philippine officials said the US States and the Philippines have forged a security arrangement covering threats such as terrorism, piracy, natural disasters and outbreaks of disease. The initiative was launched last year and diplomatic notes for carrying out the arrangement were exchanged in April.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, Russian prosecutors said St. Petersburg police have detained eight members of an extremist group suspected in racist murders, including the shooting of a Senegalese student outside a nightclub.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, In Sri Lanka 3 security personnel died in a mine blast as a Norwegian peace envoy arrived to salvage a collapsing ceasefire.
    (AFP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, A huge fire engulfed the cargo section of Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, temporarily disrupting air traffic and causing thousands to flee nearby terminals.
    (AP, 5/24/06)
2006        May 24, President Hugo Chavez said that Venezuela will buy Russian jets because of a dispute over parts for US-made aircraft, launching yet another verbal assault on Pres. Bush.
    (AP, 5/24/06)

2006        May 25, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the two politicians most responsible for beginning a war now highly unpopular with both their publics, acknowledged sour notes during a news conference at the White House.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 25, In Texas a jury found former Enron chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling guilty of fraud and conspiracy in the collapse of the energy giant. Mr. Lay died on July 25 and in October a judge vacated the conviction; Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
    (WSJ, 10/18/06, p.A1)(AP, 5/26/07)
2006        May 25, A major power outage stranded thousands of rush-hour commuters between New York and Washington, stopping trains inside sweltering tunnels and forcing many passengers to get out and walk.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, In the biggest IPO of the year, MasterCard Inc. (MA) sold shares for 46% of its equity. The IPO at $39 closed at $46.
    (AP, 5/25/06)(WSJ, 5/26/06, p.C3)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.72)
2006        May 25, Researchers confirmed that the human AIDS virus originated in a corner of Cameroon in wild chimpanzees. The first known human to be infected with HIV was a man from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1959.
    (SFC, 5/26/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 5/26/06, p.A1)
2006        May 25, PM John Howard increased Australia’s contingent to Timor-Leste to some 1,300 troops. 500 Malaysians and troops from New Zealand and Portugal were also deployed.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.15)
2006        May 25, In Belarus the Justice Ministry said it had asked a court to close down one of the country's leading human rights groups, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, The British government unveiled a major overhaul of the state pensions system, revealing that it will increase the retirement age and link benefits to earnings to avert a looming funding crisis as people live longer and have fewer children.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, China angrily rejected a US Defense Department report that says Beijing is a potential military threat, insisting that its multibillion-dollar buildup is defensive.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, In East Timor fierce gunbattles raged in Dili as international troops started arriving in the tiny nation to help quell a rebellion by disgruntled ex-soldiers. Soldiers fired on unarmed police killing 10 and wounding 27. At least 10 people died in other attacks.
    (AP, 5/25/06)(SFC, 5/26/06, p.A15)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.38)
2006        May 25, About 300 pro-reform judges staged a sit-in outside a downtown Cairo courthouse to demand the independence of Egypt's judiciary as thousands of riot police watched.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, India and Japan pledged to step up military cooperation, as Tokyo tries to move closer to the South Asian nation which is seeking to modernize its armed forces.
    (AFP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, Gunmen wounded an Iraqi general in southeast Baghdad and a blast killed three people in the heart of the capital.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, Desmond Dekker (b.1941), Jamaican singer, died. He brought the sound of Jamaican ska music to the world with songs such as "Israelites" (1968).
    (AP, 5/26/06)(SFC, 5/27/06, p.B5)
2006        May 25, In Kashmir PM Manmohan Singh said his country was "committed" to living in harmony with neighboring rival Pakistan and to resolving the issue of Kashmir with a lasting peace treaty. As he left militants killed four people, a man, two women and a child, in an explosion that blew up a bus carrying Indian tourists.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, A New York judge cleared the way for bankrupt oil giant Yukos to sell a controlling stake in Lithuanian oil refinery Mazeikiu Nafta.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mrma5)
2006        May 25, Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed the California legislature. He praised a US Senate which had just approved sweeping immigration reforms as a "monumental step forward" in the relationship between his country and the United States.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 25, A Nicaraguan appeals court granted former President Arnoldo Aleman an injunction against extradition, effectively blocking US and Panamanian efforts to try him on money laundering charges.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, A gunfight between a Palestinian security force and a Hamas militia killed one police officer and wounded four others in the latest outbreak of internal Palestinian fighting.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, Poland welcomed Pope Benedict XVI with cheers and fluttering yellow and white Vatican flags as the German-born pontiff started a four-day visit aimed at honoring predecessor John Paul II and healing wounds from World War II.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, Russian President Vladmir Putin and EU leaders met for a summit focused on EU concerns about Russia's reliability as a key energy supplier.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, In Somalia renewed fighting between Islamic militias and secular warlords killed at least 38 people in Mogadishu and sent thousands of frightened civilians running from their homes.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled that a law granting massage licenses only to the visually impaired was discriminatory against others who wanted to practice the trade.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nreer)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.49)
2006        May 25, Sudan said it would permit the UN to lay the groundwork for possible deployment of a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but cautioned that the world body's role would be smaller than some Security Council members want.
    (AP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, The son in law of Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian was detained after hours of questioning about his involvement in an alleged insider trading scandal which rocked the island.
    (AFP, 5/25/06)

2006        May 26, US Air Force General Michael Hayden won confirmation to be the 20th CIA director in a 78-15 Senate vote.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2006        May 26, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation making California the 1st state in the country to adopt comprehensive controls on fish farming.
    (SFC, 5/27/06, p.B2)
2006        May 26, American International Group Inc. said that one of its units had received approval from local Chinese regulators to provide group insurance there, as the world's largest insurer makes a push to boost its business in the world's most populous nation.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Researchers reported that a study involving 1200 marijuana users showed no increased incidence of 3 cancers that were studied from smoking marijuana.
    (SFC, 5/26/06, p.A2)
2006        May 26, Tiffany Marie Souers (b.1986), a Junior Civil Engineering major at Clemson University, was found dead in her apartment at The Reserve in Central, SC. In 2009 Jerry Buck Inman was sentenced to death for raping and strangling Souers.
    (www.clemsonwiki.com/wiki/Tiffany_Marie_Souers)(SFC, 4/23/09, p.A4)
2006        May 26, Cy Coben, American song writer, died in California. His songs included “A Good Woman’s Love" sung by Bill Monroe and other, and “Red Hot Women and Ice Cold Beer" sing by New Riders of the Purple Sage in 1977.
    (SFC, 6/12/06, p.B8)
2006        May 26, A US-led coalition strike on a militant training facility in Afghanistan's borderlands with Pakistan killed five suspected extremists. Nearly a dozen people were killed in fresh clashes between police and Taliban militants.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 26, In Belarus a monument to Soviet secret police founder Felix Dzerzhinsky was unveiled in Minsk, provoking protests from human rights defenders and opposition politicians.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Bosnia's war crimes court sentenced Bosnian Serb former officer Dragoje Paunovic to 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity during the country's 1992-95 war.
    (Reuters, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, News Corp.'s London-based newspaper The Times announced it will launch a US edition next month as part of a push to make the paper an international brand.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, In Bulgaria lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an agreement allowing US troops to use Bulgarian military facilities.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Hundreds of foreign troops struggled to keep East Timor from tipping into civil war amid widening violence, including a mob attack that killed six relatives of a government minister and set his house ablaze.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, The government of Estonia banned rallies near a statue in Tallinn marking the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany, moving to ease recent tensions between some ethnic Estonians and native Russian speakers.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Arcelor, Europe’s biggest steel maker, unveiled a plan to merge with Severstal, a Russian steelmaker. This was part of an effort to fend off a hostile bid by India’s Mittal Steel.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.58)
2006        May 26, In Germany a knife-wielding teenager went on a rampage and attacked pedestrians as they left a celebration in Berlin, wounding 27 people. The attacker (17) had mingled with crowds leaving a sound-and-light show inaugurating Berlin's new central rail station in the heart of the capital.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 26, In Iraq a powerful bomb exploded in an outdoor market in a majority Shiite part of east Baghdad, killing at least nine people and wounding 30.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Italy said it will pull 1,100 of its troops from Iraq in June, giving its first specific numbers about the planned withdrawal.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, In Naples, Italy, the body of a man was found in a manhole with a knife in his abdomen. He was soon identified as Lewis Brooks Miskell (49), a Canadian diplomat missing since March.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 26, In Lebanon security officials said a car bomb killed Mahmoud Majzoub (41), a leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and his brother Nidal (39). Islamic Jihad vowed retaliation. The Iran-backed militant group had persisted in attacking Israel while other major factions adhered to a cease-fire. Islamic Jihad is led by Ramadan Shallah, a Palestinian from Gaza who now lives in exile in Syria. It considers the 1979 Iranian Revolution to be the beginning of a new era for the Muslim world and wants to turn all of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza into an Islamic state. It rejects compromise with Israel.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, The Hamas-led government withdrew a controversial 3,000-member private militia from the streets of Gaza, saying it wanted to reduce friction with the rival Fatah movement.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, In Russia the only known militant to survive the Beslan school siege was convicted in the deaths of 331 people, many of them children, and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Yukos sold its 53.7% stake in Mazeikiai to the Polish PKN Orlen oil refining company for US$1.49 billion. Orlen signed the agreement in Amsterdam with the Yukos company’s Netherlands-registered subsidiary, Yukos International, which had all along held the legal title to that stake. The Lithuanian government had exercised its right to authorize this sale-and-purchase three days earlier.
    (http://cms2000.isn.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=16079)
2006        May 26, A Moscow court upheld a ban by city authorities on what would have been the Russian capital's first gay and lesbian pride parade. Organizers said they were considering flouting the prohibition. Russian police, militant Orthodox Christians and neo-fascists broke up a first ever gay rights march in Moscow, but the homosexuals claimed their short-lived protest as a "great victory."
    (AP, 5/27/06)(Reuters, 5/27/06)
2006        May 26, Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of The Venetian in Nevada, won a hotly-contested license to build Singapore's first casino. The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) opened in April  2010.
    (AP, 5/26/06)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)
2006        May 26, In Sudan one African Union soldier was killed and another critically wounded when heavily armed men ambushed a patrol not far from their base in West Darfur.
    (Reuters, 5/29/06)
2006        May 26, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez moved to expand his oil-rich country's influence in Bolivia with a set of accords to secure Venezuela's role in the impoverished Andean nation's recently nationalized energy industry.
    (AP, 5/26/06)

2006        May 27, Simultaneous wine tastings were held in London and Napa, Ca., to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a Paris tasting in which California wines won over French counterparts. In this session Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California and Bordeaux, aged 30 years or more, were tasted. California wines won the top 5 spots.
    (SFC, 6/1/06, p.F1)
2006        May 27, In southern California Phuong Le, his wife Ngoc Lam  and their son (6) were killed over an $80,000 debt. An 11-month old daughter was left unharmed and found 2 days later sitting next to her dead mother. In 2010 Quang Van Quan was sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for fatally stabbing the 3 family members.
    (http://tinyurl.com/256wo4u)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A6)
2006        May 27, Paul Gleason (67), film star, died of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos. His over 60 films included in "Trading Places" and "The Breakfast Club."
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 27, Michael Riffaterre (b.1924), literary theorist, died in Manhattan. His books included “Semiotics of Poetry" (1978).
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.B5)
2006        May 27, Seven leading child advocacy organizations said more than 2 million children under the age of 15 are living with HIV, almost all in sub-Saharan Africa where there is no access to treatment and death almost certain.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, It was reported that Colombia could become a net importer of oil by 2010.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.34)
2006        May 27, Congo released a group of South Africans, Nigerians and Americans arrested over what it called a suspected coup plot, saying it did not have time to try them itself before long-awaited national elections in July. In the volatile northeast Ituri district a Nepalese peacekeeper was killed and seven others were feared kidnapped by militiamen during a military operation. 2 peacekeepers were released on June 27. The remaining 5 were released July 8.
    (Reuters, 5/28/06)(AP, 5/29/06)(Reuters, 7/8/06)
2006        May 27, East Timor's capital descended into chaos as rival gangs set houses on fire and attacked each other with machetes and spears, defying international peacekeepers patrolling in armed vehicles and combat helicopters. The prime minister said a coup attempt was underway.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In Ethiopia 3 blasts in the town of Jijiga injured 42 people.
    (Reuters, 5/29/06)
2006        May 27, The EU agreed to give itself another year to sort out the impasse over its troubled constitution and build confidence in the bloc's plans for further expansion.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, Romeo Lucas Garcia (81), former Guatemalan President (1978-1982), died in Venezuela. His rule was marked by a bloody police raid on the Spanish Embassy.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 27, In central Indonesia a 6.3 magnitude earthquake flattened homes and hotels on Java Island as people slept, killing some 5,800 and injuring thousands more in the nation's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(SFC, 6/10/06, p.B8)
2006        May 27, A US Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter crashed in an insurgent stronghold in western Iraq, and two crew members were missing.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In Kyrgyzstan thousands of protesters demonstrated in the capital Bishkek to demand that the government undertake promised constitutional reforms.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 27, A Myanmar government official said Nobel Peace Prize-winning pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will remain under house arrest for another year.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was born in Namibia, where the family had traveled for privacy.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2006        May 27, The Hamas-led government sent its private militia back into the streets of Gaza, a day after withdrawing the force to help calm an increasingly bloody standoff with forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In Mogadishu, Somalia, Islamic militiamen and rival secular fighters traded machine-gun, rocket and mortar fire, killing at least eight and wounding a dozen as residents fled on foot or in hired minivans.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In South Africa 13 were killed on a highway after a pickup truck slammed into the back of a minibus taxi which exploded into flames.
    (Reuters, 5/28/06)
2006        May 27, Unemployment in Turkmenistan was estimated at over 70%. It was exacerbated by public sector layoffs and laws restricting job seekers to their home towns.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.40)

2006        May 28, In SF Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run passing the Babe Ruth record of 714 and approaching Hank Aaron’s 755 record.
    (SFC, 5/28/06, p.A1)
2006        May 28, Sam Hornish Jr. won the second-closest Indianapolis 500 ever.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
2006        May 28, In SF tens of thousands jammed the Mission District for the 28th annual Carnaval. 81 official units participated in the “Land of Childhood Dreams" parade.
    (SFC, 5/28/06, p.B1)
2006        May 28, Afghanistan and Iran pledged to crack down on drugs passing over their shared border as Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Tehran. Officials also signed seven agreements dealing with the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 28, Bangladesh increased development spending by 21% to a record 3.8 billion dollars for the new fiscal year to create more jobs and cut poverty ahead of general elections.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 28, The BBC reported that at least 1,000 troops have "deserted" the armed forces since the US-led war was launched in Iraq three years ago.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 28, President Alvaro Uribe won Colombia's presidential elections with 62% of the vote. The turnout was 45% of those eligible. Uribe became the first incumbent to win re-election in Colombia in more than a century, beating his nearest rival by more than 40 percentage points with pledges to continue fighting crime and reducing poverty.
    (AP, 5/28/06)(AP, 5/29/06)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.34)
2006        May 28, In East Timor rival gangs torched homes and battled each other with machetes in Dili, scattering and regrouping as Australian troops in armored vehicles rumbled toward the sound of gunfire.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 28, In France, the film “The Wind That Shakes the Barley," directed by Ken Loach, won the Palme d’Or prize (Golden Palm) at the 59th Cannes Film Festival. The film told the story of the Irish rebellion in the 1920s.
    (SFC, 5/28/06, p.A2)
2006        May 28, Sheik Osama al-Jadaan, a prominent Sunni Arab tribal leader, was assassinated in Baghdad. He had provided fighters to help battle al-Qaida in western Iraq.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 28, Lebanese guerrillas fired a barrage of rockets into northern Israel, wounding an Israeli soldier at a military base. Israel destroyed most of the military positions of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas along its northern border. Rocket and artillery exchanges killed two guerrillas in Lebanon and wounded two Israeli soldiers, two Lebanese civilians and six militants.
    (AP, 5/28/06)(AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 28, In northwestern Pakistan suspected militants shot dead tribal elder, Malik Takhti Khan, in a North Waziristan town while he was shopping at a weekly open-air market.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 28, Pope Benedict XVI urged some 900,000 Poles at a giant mass to fight growing secularism by spreading their Christian faith across Europe and the world. He visited Auschwitz.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)(WSJ, 5/30/06, p.A1)
2006        May 28, Sri Lankan police detained the drivers of 18 vehicles trying to smuggle explosives across a de facto frontier post into the government-controlled part of the Jaffna peninsula.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 28, Turkey’s culture and tourism minister said two pieces from the treasure of King Croesus that were returned to Turkey from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after a long legal battle have been stolen and replaced with fakes.
    (AP, 5/29/06)

2006        May 29, Pres. Bush in a Memorial Day message said the US must continue the war on terror in the names of those who have given their lives in the cause. He also signed into a law a bill limiting protests at military funerals.
    (WSJ, 5/30/06, p.A1)
2006        May 29, The U.S. military said the number of Guantanamo Bay detainees staging a hunger strike has grown from three to 75.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Washington DC Jordan's King Abdullah II met with President Bush and urged him to pursue Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Afghanistan 5 Canadian soldiers were hurt and up to six militants killed in a gunbattle west of Kandahar, while US-led coalition aircraft bombed Taliban militants meeting in remote Helmand province, reportedly killing dozens.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, A deadly traffic accident involving US troops left 5 people dead and sparked the worst rioting in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban regime, with hundreds of protesters looting shops and shouting "Death to America!" Some 25 people were killed and 107 injured in the riots. The unrest started after three US Humvee vehicles coming into the city from the outskirts rammed into a rush-hour traffic jam, hitting several civilian cars. On July 20 the US military said it was paying $112,000 in compensation to victims of the traffic accident involving an American cargo truck.
    (AP, 5/29/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.23)(AP, 7/21/06)
2006        May 29, A Belarus court sentenced Sergei Lyashkevich, an opposition campaign official, to five months in prison after convicting him of training and paying people to riot. Lyashkevich had directed opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich's campaign office in Shchuchin.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, Burundi's only hold-out rebel group began talks with the government in an effort to end the central African country's 12-year civil war.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Canada hundreds of thousands of frustrated commuters were forced to find alternate ways to work as subway stations across Toronto were shut down and buses and streetcars halted due to a labor dispute. Toronto transit workers were ordered back to work, ending a wildcat strike that stranded some 700,000 commuters and filled the streets of Canada's biggest city with extra cars, bicycles and pedestrians as commuters scrambled to get to work.
    (AP, 5/29/06)(Reuters, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, China and India pledged to deepen military exchanges during a visit by Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the latest sign of warming relations between the neighbors and one-time foes.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, French Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau ruled out changes to the EU's system of farm subsidies, saying he would prefer that the Doha trade talks fail instead.
    (AFP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), the US maker of computer chips, said it planned to invest 2.5 billion dollars (1.96 billion euros) in expanding capacity at its factory in Dresden, eastern Germany, over the next three years.
    (AFP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, A group of prominent Indians called for national talks between Maoist rebels and the government, while also demanding an end to a controversial anti-rebel campaign in the worst-affected state of Chhattisgarh.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Indonesia a boiling mud flow began from a volcano in Sidoarjo, east Java. By 2007 it covered 1.6 square miles destroying 4 villages and 25 factories and forced 16,000 people to leave their homes. The mud flow was triggered by the drilling operations for gas of Lapindo Brantas, an energy company whose major shareholder was the family-owned Bakrie Group. Aburizal Bakrie, head of economics in Yudhoyono’s cabinet, called it a natural disaster and tried to sell Lapindo to obscure offshore buyers. The sale was blocked and Bakrie was moved to the post of coordinating minister of public welfare. In Feb 2007 engineers began dropping large cement balls into the crater in an attempt to stem the flow. In 2008 international scientists said they are almost certain that the mud volcano was caused by faulty drilling of a gas exploration well. 
    (WSJ, 2/28/07, p.A1)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.58)(AP, 6/10/08)
2006        May 29, In Iraq 8 bombs killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens in the worst wave of violence to hit Baghdad in days. A car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing two British members of a CBS News crew, a US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter, and seriously injuring CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier. The Iraqi government captured Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samir al-Batawi, a key terror suspect who allegedly confessed to hundreds of beheadings. Samir al-Batawi was arrested by a terrorist combat unit in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/29/06)(AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 29, Israel announced it would fully participate in a NATO naval exercise for the first time, bolstering defense ties with the Western military alliance in the face of arch-foe Iran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In southwestern Nigeria a truck hauling iron rods lost control and crashed into several roadside buses as passengers were boarding, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 29, In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic militants fired at a car carrying Meherdil Khan Shamankhel, a pro-government tribal elder, killing him and wounding two other people in the vehicle.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 29, In Serbia an explosion ripped through a chemical plant near Belgrade, killing at least four people and injuring three. Police sealed off the Prva Iskra chemical factory, which produces explosives as well as toxic hydrofluoric acid, used as a component for household detergents.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to more talks to shore up the implementation of a collapsing ceasefire as the EU moved to ban them as a terrorist group.
    (AFP, 5/29/06)

2006        May 30, Treasury Secretary John Snow resigned, allowing President Bush to nominate Goldman Sachs Chairman Henry M. Paulson Jr. (b.1946) as his replacement.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.A1)
2006        May 30, US Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden was sworn in as CIA director.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 30, John Allen Muhammad was convicted of 6 Maryland sniper killings. He was already condemned to death in Virginia for his 2002 murder spree. On June 1 he was sentenced to 6 consecutive life terms without parole.
    (WSJ, 5/31/06, p.A1)(SFC, 6/2/06, p.A5)
2006        May 30, The FBI said it had found no trace of Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 30, The Pentagon said that the Sunni Arab heart of the Iraqi insurgency seems likely to hold its strength the rest of the year, and some of its leaders are now collaborating with al-Qaida terrorists.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30,  Actor Robert Sterling (88), who appeared in the ghostly 1950s comedy series "Topper," died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 30, Afghanistan's parliament approved a nonbinding motion calling on the government to prosecute the US soldiers responsible for a deadly road crash that sparked the worst riots in Kabul in years.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 30, A missionary group said more than one-quarter of Brazil's isolated Indian tribes face extinction unless the government defines their boundaries and gives them control of their land.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, In Bulgaria more than 10,000 people protested in the streets of Sofia to demand changes in the government's economic and social policy, which they blame for the country's rising cost of living.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, A nationwide protest by Chilean high school students demanding school reforms turned violent as police struggling to contain hundreds of raucous marchers opened fire with tear gas and water cannons. Some 600,000 pupils, backed by university students, teachers and many parents, walked out of classes.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.35)
2006        May 30, In East Timor machete-wielding mobs torched homes and ransacked buildings in Dili as desperate residents scuffled over scarce food and the president said he was taking over "sole responsibility" for the country's national security.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, In Gambia Lamin Cham, who works for the BBC's Africa service, was taken into custody by authorities as part of a government crackdown on a US-based Web site, Freedom Newspaper. Cham was released June 6. Authorities continued to hold 2 other journalists.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        May 30, India's government threatened to fire hundreds of government doctors striking to protest an affirmative action plan for low-caste Hindus and said replacements would prop up crippled medical services.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, Iran's foreign minister said that Tehran is ready to restart negotiations with the European Union on its nuclear program, but he ruled out direct talks with the US.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, Iraq's prime minister held meetings aimed at finding new defense and interior ministers. A bomb hidden in a plastic bag detonated outside a bakery in east Baghdad, killing at least nine people and injuring 10. Car bombs targeting Shiite areas devastated a bustling outdoor market and an auto dealership, part of a relentless onslaught that killed 54 people and prompted the US to deploy more troops to combat insurgents in western Iraq.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 30, Israel launched its first ground military operation inside the Gaza Strip since it pulled out of the region nearly a year ago, killing three members of a Palestinian rocket squad and a policeman in a fierce battle.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, In South Korea Daewoo Group founder Kim Woo-Choong (69) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement relating to the collapse of the firm under 82 billion dollars of debt in one of the world's largest corporate failures. Kim Woo-Choong had admitted to accounting fraud and embezzlement worth over $30 million.
    (AFP, 5/30/06)(Econ, 9/27/08, SR p.9)
2006        May 30, Emirati authorities said Naji Nuaimi, an Emirati diplomat held hostage in Iraq since May 16, has been released without ransom.
    (AP, 5/30/06)

2006        May 31, The US said it would join in face-to-face talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program if Tehran first agreed to put challenged atomic activities on hold; Iran dismissed the offer as "a propaganda move."
    (AP, 5/31/07)
2006        May 31, Florida’s Gov. Jeb Bush signed the Martin Lee Anderson Act, which replaced boot camps with education based juvenile detention centers.
    (Econ, 7/8/06, p.29)
2006        May 31, NBC's "Today" show threw a going-away party for 15-year host Katie Couric, who left to become anchor of "The CBS Evening News."
    (AP, 5/31/07)
2006        May 31, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban fighters fired a grenade at a police vehicle in southeastern Zabul province, killing the provincial deputy police chief and wounding three officers. In Uruzgan province hundreds of suspected Taliban fighters attacked the town of Chora and briefly occupied its police headquarters after driving out security forces.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, Smokers were required to light up outside across much of eastern Canada, as one of North America's most restrictive bans went into effect.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        May 31, The Canadian dollar hit its strongest level in 28 years against the dollar, piercing through a key chart level.
    (Reuters, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, China closed 201 Hebei clinics that aborted female fetuses and offered subsidies to families without sons to curb widespread gender engineering.
    (WSJ, 6/1/06, p.A1)
2006        May 31, In Chile police for a second day used water cannons to scatter demonstrations by high school students that turned violent when masked protesters started throwing rocks near downtown Santiago. President Michelle Bachelet fired the commander of the Santiago riot police, Col. Osvaldo Jara, in response to the initial clashes.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        May 31, The UN Security Council cut the number of peacekeepers deployed in Eritrea and Ethiopia by at least one-third while extending the UN mission's mandate for another four months.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, In France youths torched a dozen cars and hurled stones at police in a second night of violence in the troubled Paris suburbs, raising memories of rioting that rocked the nation last year.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, Greenpeace said nuclear waste from a storage facility is seeping into groundwater in the Champagne region of France and threatening vineyards that produce the sparkling wine.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, In Indonesia a local health official said preliminary tests have found that bird flu has killed another person, as the country struggles to get a grip on a spike in cases.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, Two Iraqi women were shot to death north of Baghdad after coalition forces fired on a vehicle that failed to stop at an observation post. Iraqi police and relatives said one of the women was about to give birth. Ali Jaafar (25), a sportscaster for state-run al-Iraqiya TV, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting near his home in southwestern Baghdad. A parked car packed with explosives hit a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least five policemen and wounding 14. At least 25 Iraqis were killed across the country.
    (AP, 5/31/06)(WSJ, 6/1/06, p.A1)
2006        May 31, A Dublin jury convicted Rev. Daniel Doherty, a Roman Catholic priest, of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1985.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, Kenya approved legislation that included provisions to punish those found guilty of child prostitution and sex tourism and trafficking. The new law aimed at curbing increasing sex abuse drew protest for failing to criminalize marital rape while penalizing false rape reports.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        May 31, Lithuania's three-party government collapsed with the withdrawal of the Labor Party, a key coalition partner being investigated on corruption allegations. PM Algirdas Brazauskas announced the Baltic country's government was resigning after an emergency meeting with his ministers.
    (AP, 5/31/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.50)
2006        May 31, Malaysia’s PM Abdullah Badawi announced a national 5-year plan. An elderly woman and three children were feared dead following a landslide in Kuala Lumpur that destroyed 43 homes.
    (AFP, 5/31/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.50)
2006        May 31, Dutch pedophiles registered a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage.
    (Reuters, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, Palestinian militants fired homemade rockets at an Israeli town near the Gaza Strip, and Israeli media reported that one landed near the home of Israel's defense minister.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, In Somalia Islamic militias and secular warlords resumed fighting for control of Mogadishu, killing at least 13 people and wounding 11 after a five-day lull.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, South Korea's main opposition party won 11 of 16 key regional posts in local elections, according to exit polls, riding to victory on nationwide sympathy for a leader wounded in a knife assault and widespread disenchantment with the government.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, Taiwan's president handed over day-to-day control of the island's government to the premier in the wake of a series of scandals. Pres. Chen Shui-bian pledged in a written statement night to give authority to Premier Su Tseng-chang to control Taiwan's Cabinet. Police on May 24 arrested Chen's son-in-law Chao Chien-min on suspicion he used insider information to profit on the purchases of shares in partly state-owned property company Taiwan Development Corp.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 31, The US and Vietnam signed a trade pact that removes one of the last major hurdles in Hanoi's bid to join the World Trade Organization.
    (AP, 5/31/06)

2006        May, A series of top secret US special operations were launched to locate, target, and kill key individuals in extremist groups. The campaign may have been the greatest factor in reducing violence in Iraq. This was revealed in Bob Woodward’s 2008 book “The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008."
    (SFC, 9/15/08, p.B11)
2006        May, Joseph Guerriero began publishing Success magazine in the US. The new Success targeted entrepreneurs balancing their work and home life.
    (www.dmnews.com/cms/dm-news/direct-mail/36493.html)
2006        May, Ernst & Young reported that China’s stock of non-performing loans added up to $911 billion, over 5 times the government’s March estimate of $164 billion. The People’s Bank of China called the report ridiculous and Ernst & Young soon withdrew it.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.78)
2006        May, The tribal council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota voted to ban all abortions and to temporarily suspend Cecilia Fire Thunder for soliciting donations for an abortion clinic without council approval.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.31)
2006        May, Austrian financial institutions and the government stepped in to stem a run on BAWAG, Austria’s 4th largest bank. Creditors alleged that BAWAG, owned by the OGB trade union federation, was complicit in the October 2005 bankruptcy of Refco.
    (Econ, 5/6/06, p.72)
2006        May, In Colombia brothers Arley Vallejo Cardona and Yon Garcia Cardona disappeared in Medellin. On July 31, 2009, a court sentenced 15 Colombian soldiers to as much as 30 years in prison for the slaying of the two brothers falsely identified as guerrillas.
    (AP, 8/3/09)
2006        May, Manvendra Singh Gohil, an Indian prince, was disowned by his family after he publicly announced he was gay. Homosexuality is outlawed in India by a 145-year-old law.
    (Reuters, 7/7/06)
2006        May, Mongolia imposed a windfall tax on profits from gold and copper extraction when prices reach specified levels.
    (Econ, 12/23/06, p.62)
2006        May, In Nigeria 30 men stormed the headquarters of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons in Abuja, destroying filing cabinets and boxes of documents. The same month, an investigator was murdered.
    (AP, 9/30/06)

2006        Jun 1, The US military said more Guantanamo Bay detainees have joined a hunger strike, raising the total to 89, and six of them were being force-fed.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 1, A contrite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took responsibility for the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 6/1/07)
2006        Jun 1, California Gov. Schwarzenegger reluctantly reached an agreement with the federal government to deploy 1,000 members of the California National Guard along the US-Mexico border.
    (SFC, 6/2/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 1, The Univ. of California ceded control of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to a consortium, the Los Alamos National Security, which included, UC, Bechtel, Washington Group Int’l., and BWX Technologies.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.85)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Alamos_National_Laboratory)
2006        Jun 1, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced a plan to use night-vision Webcams along the border and let Internet users serve as volunteer sentinels.
    (http://tinyurl.com/k7z7a)(WSJ, 6/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 1, The NYSE under John Thain agreed to acquire Paris-based Euronext NV, Europe’s 2nd largest stock exchange, for $10 billion.
    (SFC, 6/2/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 1, Katharine Close, a 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, rattled off "ursprache" to claim the title of America's best speller. For the first time in its 81-year history, the final rounds of the spelling bee were broadcast live on prime-time network TV.
    (AP, 6/2/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.31)
2006        Jun 1, In Indiana 7 Covarrubias family members, the youngest just 5 years old, were shot to death in their Indianapolis home. The next day police arrested suspect James Stewart (30) without incident after a traffic stop. A second suspect, Desmond Turner (28), turned himself in on June 3. Robbery was the suspected motive.
    (AP, 6/2-3/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A11)
2006        Jun 1, In western Afghanistan a suicide car bomb blew up near a convoy of Afghan and US-led coalition troops, killing the attacker but hurting no one else.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, In Vienna the US and 5 world powers agreed to offer Iran proposals that would bring it significant benefits if it halts its drive to master nuclear power.
    (SFC, 6/2/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/2/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 1, Bolivian doctors staged a 1-day strike to protest the presence of 600 Cuban physicians providing free care as Pres. Morales cultivates links to Castro.
    (WSJ, 6/2/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 1, East Timor President Xanana Gusmao made an emotional plea for peace after weeks of violence, as the rebel leader pressed him to oust the unpopular prime minister.
    (AFP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, Jorma Ollila stepped down as chief of Finland’s Nokia Corp. He was succeeded by Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. The new Nokia Nseries included the N73 camera-phone; the N91 phone, which doubled as an iPod-style music player; the N92, a mobile TV; and the N93, a mobile video camera.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.64)
2006        Jun 1, The German parliament overwhelmingly approved the government's plan to deploy German troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo during its July election, despite public skepticism about the mission.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, A German court jailed Sabine Hilschenz (40) for 15 years for killing eight of her newborn babies in the worst case of infanticide in the country's criminal history. She had buried them in flower pots and a fish tank at her parents’ home.
    (AFP, 6/1/06)(SFC, 4/8/08, p.A3)
2006        Jun 1, In eastern India a land mine thought to have been planted by communist rebels blew up a police jeep, killing 12 officers from a paramilitary police force.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, The Iraqi government decided to launch its own investigation into reports that US Marines killed unarmed civilians last year. The top US general in Iraq ordered American commanders to conduct ethical training on battlefield conduct. In Iraq a bomb struck a group of construction workers seeking jobs in central Baghdad, killing at least two and wounding 18. A mortar barrage struck a number of houses in Baghdad's southern Dora district. A first barrage of seven mortar rounds killed nine and wounded 40, while another five rounds killed four and wounded 29. Gunmen opened fire on Col. Ziyad Tariq, deputy-commander of the oil protection force in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing him and a bodyguard and wounding another bodyguard as they left a restaurant. Police set up roadblocks around the oil-rich southern city of Basra as a monthlong state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went into effect.
    (AP, 6/1/06)(AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 1, In Indian Kashmir a 3-day siege left 8 Muslim rebels and a paramilitary soldier dead as troops hunted down armed rebels in ongoing operations.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, Thousands of Shiite Muslims enraged by a TV comedy that mocked the leader of Hezbollah took to the streets of southern Beirut, burning car tires and blocking roads.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, In a published interview Monaco's Prince Albert II acknowledged he is the father of a second illegitimate child, a 14-year-old girl living in California.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, In southern Nigeria a major oil spill forced Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell to cut production by 50,000 barrels per day.
    (AFP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, In Pakistan officials said sewage contamination in Faisalabad's water system has caused an outbreak of gastroenteritis, sickening more than 19,000 people and killing nine. In southwestern Pakistan police raided a militant hideout and arrested Habib Ullah, a leader of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Sunni militant group, at a home in Quetta. He was the alleged mastermind of sectarian attacks that killed more than 100 Shiite Muslims in July, 2003, and March, 2004.
    (AP, 6/1/06)(AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 1, Several thousand police officers fired into the air and smashed windows of the Palestinian parliament building, raising fears of new unrest in Gaza after the Hamas-led government said it still cannot pay most of its workers.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, Chung Dong-young, the leader of South Korea's ruling party, resigned one day after the conservative opposition won 12 of 16 key regional posts in local elections.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, Spain's Supreme Court acquitted the only person convicted of involvement in the September 11 attacks in a trial last year of suspected Al Qaeda members. Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, known as Abu Dahdah, had been convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorist murder and sentenced to 27 years in jail. He will, however, continue to serve a 12 year sentence for leading a terrorist group.
    (Reuters, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, In Spain Rocio Jurado (61), hailed as the country’s greatest singer, died of cancer. Her recordings included 5 platinum and 30 gold records.
    (SFC, 6/2/06, p.B9)
2006        Jun 1, The US pledged "tangible military cooperation" with embattled Sri Lanka, but warned the government here against a return to war with Tamil Tiger rebels.
    (AFP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, Swedish lawmakers approved a law that makes it possible for the Scandinavian country to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if a UN-backed tribunal convicts him of war crimes.
    (AP, 6/1/06)
2006        Jun 1, In western Turkey a methane gas explosion ripped through a coal mine, killing 17 miners in the village of Odakoy in western Balikesir province.
    (AP, 6/2/06)

2006        Jun 2, The US government and 5 news organizations agreed to pay $1.65 million to Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear scientist, who claimed his privacy was violated by leaks that portrayed him as a spy.
    (SFC, 6/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 2, The board of Goldman Sachs appointed Lloyd C. Blankfein (51) to replace Henry Paulson Jr., recently selected to head the US Treasury, as CEO.
    (WSJ, 6/3/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 2, Vince Welnick (55), Grateful Dead pianist, died in California of apparent suicide. He had taken over as the Grateful Dead's keyboard player in 1990 after a succession of predecessors met untimely deaths.
    (Reuters, 6/4/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.B6)
2006        Jun 2, Four governments (Brazil, Chile, France, and Norway), the UN and the world's soccer federation launched a plan to use the proceeds of a new airline ticket tax to treat people in the developing world suffering from AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis. Countries that have either approved or say they expect to approve a new airline ticket tax include Britain, Cyprus, Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius and Nicaragua.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Afghanistan dozens of troops were dropped from coalition aircraft into a remote, mountainous district of Uruzgan province and recaptured the area which had been overrun by Taliban nearly three days earlier. Nearly 35 Taliban rebels were killed in the latest strikes as Afghan and coalition troops took back a district that had been in rebel hands for days.
    (AFP, 6/3/06)
2006        Jun 2, British police raided a house in east London house and arrested two men, shooting and wounding one of them. Police said the raid was a response to a specific threat of attack, refused to comment on news reports that the men were plotting to use a chemical weapon. Mohammed Abdul Kahar (23), who was injured in the dawn swoop, and Abul Koyair (20) were freed June 9 after being held for questioning for a week.
    (AP, 6/3/06)(AFP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Toronto, Canada, 17 people were arrested on "terrorism-related" charges including plotting attacks with fertilizer bombs on Canadian targets. The adult suspects from Toronto were Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, 25; Fahim Ahmad, 21; Jahmaal James, 23; and Asin Mohamed Durrani, 19. Those from Mississauga are Ghany; Shareef Abdelhaleen; Zakaria Amara, 20; Asad Ansari, 21; Saad Khalid, 19; and Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43. Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, were from Kingston. 14 men and 4 youths, dubbed the “Toronto 18," were originally charged. In 2009 Saad Khalid pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. On Jan 18, 2010, Saad Gaya (22), one of the "Toronto 18" group, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Zakaria Amara, the acknowledged ringleader, was sentenced to life in prison. In 2010 a Canadian jury convicted Asad Ansari and Steven Chand, the final two members of the "Toronto 18" extremist group, for their role in the bomb plot to blow up Toronto landmarks. On March 4, 2011, Abdelhaleen was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/4/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A1)(Reuters, 5/7/09)(Reuters, 9/3/09)(Reuters, 1/18/10)(SFC, 1/19/10, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/23/10)(SFC, 3/5/11, p.A2)
2006        Jun 2, Teck Cominco Ltd., a Canadian mining company, agreed to pay millions to assess whether pollution it dumped into the Columbia River damaged wildlife and public health in Washington state.
    (SFC, 6/3/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 2, Czechs cast ballots in a tight parliamentary race that revealed deep divisions over whether the nation needs bold reforms or the status quo. A forecast predicted the right wing Civic Democratic party of Mirek Topolanek would win legislative elections with 38% of the vote.
    (AP, 6/2-3/06)
2006        Jun 2, Two Egyptian security officers were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops after crossing the border into Israel.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq urged Sunnis to confront Shiites and ignore calls for reconciliation in a new audiotape posted on the Web, saying Shiite militias are killing and raping the Sunni Arab minority. 2 bombs struck in quick succession at a pet market in central Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 57. Some 10 minutes later, an explosion near a Shiite mosque in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Jadida killed two civilians and injured five.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Ireland passed an emergency bill on under-age sex, and the Supreme Court ordered a man at the center of the controversy to be reimprisoned for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Israel has begun laying the foundations for Maskiot, a new Jewish settlement deep in the West Bank, breaking a promise to Washington while strengthening its hold on a stretch of desert it wants to keep as it draws its final borders.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The UN Security Council added 1,500 peacekeepers to its mission in Ivory Coast in renewed efforts to restore order in the troubled West African country.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, A Japanese court convicted a US sailor of killing a Japanese woman during a Jan 3 robbery near Tokyo and sentenced him to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The 12th edition of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music opened in Fez, Morocco. It brought together spiritual and religious music from Syria, Iran, India, Mali, Latin America, Japan, Tibet, Azerbaijan and the Mediterranean under the theme of "harmonies."
    (AFP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Nepal tens of thousands of Maoist rebels and supporters thronged the heart of Kathmandu for their first mass meeting here to be addressed by senior leaders.
    (AFP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Norwegian rig owner Fred. Olsen Energy ASA said 8 foreign workers on an oil rig operating off Nigeria were kidnapped overnight. The workers, six British, one American and one Canadian, were aboard the drilling rig Bulford Dolphin when it was attacked during the night.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, In northwestern Pakistan 2 suicide attackers detonated an explosives-laden car amid a military convoy on a strategic road, killing four soldiers and wounding seven.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin removed his hawkish chief prosecutor in what analysts said was a tactical victory for moderates over hardliners in a Kremlin power struggle.
    (Reuters, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Clashes between Syrian security forces and Islamic militants in an area of Damascus filled with government buildings left five dead and four wounded.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Timor-Leste lawlessness raged in parts Dili as mobs looted government warehouses, stealing computers, office chairs and file cabinets. Foreign troops deployed to restore order were nowhere to be seen.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The United Nations General Assembly concluded a conference on AIDS by promising to set "ambitious national targets," but falling short of setting exact financial goals for the fight against the disease.
    (AP, 6/2/07)

2006        Jun 3, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, attending a security conference in Singapore, branded Iran the world's leading terrorist nation yet hoped Tehran seriously would consider incentives from the West in exchange for suspending suspect nuclear activities.
    (AP, 6/3/07)
2006        Jun 3, The 2006 World Philatelic Exposition ended in Washington, DC. It is held in the US every 10 years.
    (SFC, 5/30/06, p.A2)
2006        Jun 3, Doctors reported that a new experimental drug, lapatinib, from British-based GlaxoSmithKline PLC, delayed the growth of advanced breast cancer in women who had stopped responding to the drug Herceptin and were out of treatment options. The company planned to sell the drug under the name Tykerb.
    (AP, 6/3/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A5)
2006        Jun 3, John Finley Scott (b.1934), a retired UC Davis sociology professor, went missing from his home outside Davis, Ca. Much spattered blood was found in his bedroom and foyer. Scott was also known for inventing the mountain bike. In January 2007 Yolo County authorities arraigned his handyman, Charles Cunningham (38). Cunningham was charged with murdering a witness and five other felonies. In December Cunningham was sentenced to 31 years in prison.
    (www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/scott_john.html)(SFC, 12/5/07, p.B2)
2006        Jun 3, Afghanistan's government announced plans to replace dozens of police commanders, including the police chief in Kabul. In southern Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels attacked a police station in Miana Shien, but police repulsed them after a bloody battle that lasted several hours. Witnesses said 12 rebels were killed and at least as many wounded. 4 policemen and 18 Taliban were killed in a battle that erupted after rebels attacked a police post in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 6/3-4/06)
2006        Jun 3, Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales launched a sweeping land reform plan by handing over roughly 9,600 square miles of state-owned land to poor Indians. The ceremony came after talks broke down between Morales and agribusiness leaders on land reforms that involve handing out 77,000 square miles of government land, an area twice the size of Portugal, over the next five years.
    (AP, 6/3/06)
2006        Jun 3, British PM Tony Blair had a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI, at which the two men focused on the importance of inter-faith dialogue, in particular with "moderate Islam", in achieving peace.
    (AP, 6/3/06)
2006        Jun 3, In northeast China a suicide bomber attacked his former wife's wedding, killing at least eight other people and injuring five.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 3, In China a military transport plane carrying 40 crashed in eastern Anhui province. All 40 people aboard were killed. 2 Beijing-backed newspapers later reported that the plane was a surveillance aircraft carrying nearly 3 dozen electronics experts.
    (AP, 6/4/06)(AP, 6/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)
2006        Jun 3, Gunmen attacked a car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Baghdad, killing one diplomat and kidnapping four employees. Gunmen ambushed a police checkpoint in Baqouba, killing seven policemen and wounding five pedestrians. A suicide attacker blew up his car bomb at the main market in the oil-rich southern city of Basra, killing at least 27 people and injuring 67.
    (AP, 6/3/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A4)
2006        Jun 3, Montenegro's parliament declared independence from Serbia, forming Europe's newest country and dissolving the last vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/3/06)
2006        Jun 3, The body of Zoran Vukojevic, a key witness in the trial of the alleged assassins of Serbia's first democratic prime minister since World War II, was found outside Belgrade. Vukojevic, a member of so-called Zemun Clan criminal group accused of plotting PM Zoran Djindjic's 2003 killing, had testified in 2004 against his fellow gang members. Police also discovered the body of another Zemun Clan member, Zoran Povic, in central Belgrade.
    (AP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 3, In Somalia 5 people were killed in fighting between Islamic militiamen and their secular rivals on the outskirts of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/3/06)
2006        Jun 3, Thousands of Tibetan exiles cast their votes for a de facto prime minister. Voting for one of two candidates took place at 53 polling stations set up by the election commission in India, Nepal, North America, Europe, Australia and Taiwan.
    (AFP, 6/3/06)
2006        Jun 3, The long-awaited first shipment of Caspian oil from the new Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline got on its way from a Turkish port.
    (AFP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 3, President Hugo Chavez inaugurated a Venezuelan film studio to counter what he called Hollywood's cultural "dictatorship." Venezuela received 30,000 Russian-made assault rifles, the first shipment in a deal for 100,000 rifles.
    (AP, 6/3/06)

2006        Jun 4, The US military said dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees have abandoned a hunger strike, lowering the number of inmates refusing food to 18.
    (AP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 4, A suicide car bomb exploded in Kandahar city near a convoy carrying the governor of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, missing the apparent target but killing 3 civilians and injuring a dozen. In Farah province 4 policemen were killed. In Zabul province Afghan troops on a joint mission with soldiers from the US-led coalition killed around five Taliban fighters and arrested three more. In Helmand province troops with the US-led coalition and Afghan army clashed with a group of rebel fighters, five of whom were killed.
    (AP, 6/4/06)(AFP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 4-2006 Jun 5, In Afghanistan 17 suspected militants were killed in three operations. Two coalition soldiers were wounded in one of those battles.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 4, The Czech republic faced weeks of uncertainty or even fresh elections after a deadlock between center-right and leftist parties in weekend general elections.
    (AP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 4, In East Timor gangs burned half a dozen buildings near the airport in Dili as residents pleaded for a permanent police presence in their neighborhoods to stop the violence.
    (AP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 4, Nikos Palaiokostas (46), one of the most wanted men in Greece, pulled off a daring jail break, landing a helicopter in the Korydallos prison yard to pick up his brother and another inmate before fleeing in a fog of smoke.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 4, In India 9 people died in lightning strikes as the death toll from the early monsoon hit 118. Some 25,000 people were displaced by flooding.
    (AP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 4, Gunmen dragged passengers off 2 minibuses northeast of Baghdad and killed 21 people, including a dozen high school students. The attackers spared four Sunni Arabs in one the worst sectarian atrocities in recent weeks. A gunbattle broke out after Iraqi police surrounded a Sunni Arab mosque in the southern city of Basra, leaving at least 9 people dead.(AP, 6/4/06)(WSJ, 6/5/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 4, In Nigeria 8 foreign oil workers, kidnapped on June 2, were released. Police declined to say whether a ransom was paid and did not say who was responsible for the hostage-taking.
    (AP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 4, The Hamas-led Palestinian government rejected a deadline to accept a proposal that implicitly recognizes Israel, saying President Mahmoud Abbas' plan for a referendum on the matter is illegal. Members of a new, unarmed security force loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas deployed in Jenin in a move that residents feared could provoke clashes with rival factions.
    (AP, 6/4/06)(Reuters, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 4, Peruvians faced a choice in runoff presidential elections between former president Alan Garcia (57), and Ollanta Humala (43), a fiery political newcomer pledging to punish a corrupt political establishment. Garcia beat Humala, a nationalist backed by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, to regain control of the country 16 years after his first presidential term ended in economic ruin and rebel violence. Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party held only 36 of 120 seats in Congress.
    (AP, 6/4/06)(AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.36)
2006        Jun 4, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Vietnam for a visit aimed at boosting security ties with a former foe that now shares American wariness about China's rising military might.
    (AP, 6/4/06)

2006        Jun 5, More than 50 National Guardsmen from Utah became the first unit to work along the US-Mexico border as part of President Bush's crackdown on illegal immigration.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2006        Jun 5, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned of concern on core inflation. His remarks knocked the DJIA down 199 points to 11,048.72.
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.C1)
2006        Jun 5, Activists marked World Environment Day with the United Nations warning that desertification was a main obstacle to ending poverty and can trigger conflicts.
    (Reuters, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 5, Brookfield Properties Corp. said it will acquire Trizec Properties and its Canadian arm for $4.8 billion. The deal would create one of North America’s largest landlords.
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.C3)
2006        Jun 5, Frederick Franck (b.1909), Netherlands-born artist, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Warwick, NY. His art and writings reflected his deep interest in human spirituality. Franck wrote more than 30 books, including "The Zen of Seeing - Seeing/Drawing as Meditation" (1973), and "To Be Human Against All Odds" (1991).
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 5, In southern Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels stormed a highway police checkpost and killed five policemen, abducted four others and stole weapons.
    (AFP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Austria’s Bawag PSK bank agreed to pay at least $675 million to avoid prosecution and settle bankruptcy claims for its role in the collapse of Refco Inc, a US commodities brokerage firm.
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.C6)
2006        Jun 5, In Chile protesters clashed with police in Santiago as students stepped up demands for reforms to the country's educational system, saying new government concessions didn't go far enough.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 5, A top official said China's pollution problems cost the country more than $200 billion a year and called for better legal protection for grassroots groups so they can help clean up the environment.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Czech opposition leader Mirk Topolanek, whose party narrowly won the weekend's parliamentary elections, said he would seek a governing coalition. His Civic Democrats allied with the Christian Democrats and Greens took 100 seats of the lower house.
    (AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.50)
2006        Jun 5, Iceland's PM Halldor Asgrimsson (58) announced he was stepping down in the wake of his party's poor performance in recent local elections.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 5, Gunmen in police uniforms raided bus stations in central Baghdad, seizing at least 50 people, including drivers and passengers preparing to travel outside Iraq. At least 2 students were shot dead elsewhere in Baghdad. Mustafa Mohammed Jubouri was jailed for life by a Baghdad court for the kidnapping and killing in 2004 of aid activist Margaret Hassan, a British-born Iraqi citizen. At least 26 people died in Iraq, including 15 in Baghdad alone. In southern Iraq a bomb exploded near an Italian patrol killing one Italian soldier and wounding four.
    (AP, 6/5/06)(AFP, 6/5/06)(AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 5, In Japan investment manager Yoshiaki Murakami admitted that he had violated insider trading laws and said he would resign from his fund. He was arrested later in the day.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Liberia, the first African country led by a democratically elected woman, began recruiting women into its new postwar army.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Mexico proposed creating an environmental reserve (the Rio Bravo del Norte proposal) about 30 feet wide and 600 miles long on the Texas border, a "green wall" to protect the Rio Grande from the roads and staging areas that smugglers use to ferry drugs and migrants across the frontier.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Hamas militants stormed a Palestinian TV broadcast facility in the southern Gaza Strip, kicking workers out of the building and destroying equipment in a shooting rampage. A large explosion ripped through a house in northern Gaza, killing a member of the Hamas militant group and wounding two other people, including his 8-year-old son.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Levon Chakhmakhchyan, a regional lawmaker from Kalmykia, faced expulsion from Russia's upper house of parliament after federal security agents allegedly caught him accepting $300,000 in extorted money in a sting operation.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Serbian lawmakers proclaimed their republic a sovereign state after Montenegro decided to split from a union and dissolve the remnants of what was once Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, An Islamic militia said it has seized Somalia's capital after weeks of bloody fighting and 15 years of anarchy in this Horn of Africa nation, raising fears that the nation could fall under the sway of al-Qaida. Some 350 fighters and civilians had been killed over the past month with at least 2,000 wounded.
    (AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.44)
2006        Jun 5, In South Africa the Johannesburg stock exchange (JSE) became a listed company on its own exchange. The JSE was the 17th largest in the world and the largest in Africa. It listed only 25 foreign companies.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.72)
2006        Jun 5, Key Syrian opposition figures urged Syrians to work to oust President Bashar Assad by using acts of civil disobedience reminiscent to the upheaval that freed nations behind the Iron Curtain.
    (AP, 6/5/06)

2006        Jun 6, US Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson acknowledged a stolen computer contained personal data on about 2.2 million active-duty military, Guard and Reserve personnel, not just 50,000 as initially believed.
    (AP, 6/6/07)
2006        Jun 6, In South Dakota Bill Nguyen and his wife, Tina, stepped forward with the winning ticket for a nearly $117 million Powerball lottery jackpot, beating 1-in-146 million odds.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 6, The Ford Foundation launched an independent, African-led nonprofit that aims to give Africans greater opportunity to solve the continent's problems themselves. The Foundation committed $30 million to fund TrustAfrica, which has been developed over the past five years. It will now be based in Senegal's capital of Dakar and governed solely by Africans.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Frank Lanza (74), founder of US defense contractor L-3 Communications (1997), died in White Plains, NY.
    (WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 6, Billy Preston (b.1946), star rock ‘n’ roll keyboard player, died in Arizona. He worked with the Beatles (the fifth Beatle) and the Rolling Stones and wrote the 1974 Joe Cocker hit “You Are So Beautiful."
    (SFC, 6/7/06, p.B11)
2006        Jun 6, In eastern Afghanistan 3 people were killed when a motorbike being rigged up as a bomb exploded. A suspected suicide car bomb hit a US-led coalition convoy, injuring 3 American soldiers. A roadside bomb killed three Afghan soldiers in Kunar province. 2 American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province. 5 suspected militants were killed as Afghan and allied troops raided an area near the southern town of Tirin Kot.
    (AFP, 6/6/06)(AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 6, Diplomats in Austria said the US is prepared to provide Iran with some nuclear technology if it stops enriching uranium.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Bahrain's government said it had appointed its first woman judge. She is believed to be one of the first female judges in the entire Gulf region. Mona Al Kawari was appointed by order of the tiny Gulf kingdom's ruler, Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Bahrain has a Sunni Muslim-dominated government, but its Shiite majority has grown restive during the past few years, mounting frequent anti-government protests.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, In Brasilia a melee that erupted when hundreds of landless farmers demanding agrarian reforms demonstrated at Brazil's Congress injured 20 people.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Britain’s BAA, owners of Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick airports, accepted an $18.8 billion bid from Spain’s Grupo Ferrovial, led by Rafael del Pino.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.55)(Econ, 7/7/07, p.67)
2006        Jun 6, In Cambodia more than 1,000 police, many armed and in riot gear, evicted hundreds of families who had refused to leave a Phnom Penh shantytown, as authorities moved to end a standoff that has stalled millions of dollars in commercial development.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Chinese engineers blew up a temporary barrier used during construction of the Three Gorges Dam, unleashing the full force of the Yangtze River upon the world's largest hydroelectric project.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Some 2,000 protesters calling for the ouster of East Timor's PM Mari Alkatiri cruised around Parliament in a convoy of horn-blaring trucks and motorcycles, hours after mobs set fire to buildings and looted a warehouse filled with farm supplies.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, EU finance ministers slammed the door on Lithuania's plea to adopt the euro next year, saying the Baltic country has failed to put a lasting lid on inflation. Lithuania planned to appeal to EU government heads at a summit next week in Brussels, before a final decision is made in July.
    (http://tinyurl.com/h9r36)
2006        Jun 6, Haiti's president Rene Preval appointed a coalition government in an effort to unite the impoverished nation.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Santos Padilla (40), a leader of a violent kidnapping gang that abducted and killed the son of a former Honduran president in 1997, was among four inmates who escaped from a prison outside Tegucigalpa.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Gas prices in India rose 9.2%. Diesel prices rose 6.6%. The government left prices of cooking fuels and liquefied petroleum gas unchanged.
    (WSJ, 6/5/06, p.A10)
2006        Jun 6, In Iraq PM Nouri al-Maliki said that 2,500 Iraqi prisoners will be freed from US and Iraqi-run detention centers as part of reconciliation efforts. Police found 9 severed heads in fruit boxes in a village northeast of Baghdad, which followed a similar discovery there 2 days earlier. A decapitated body was found in Aziziyah. A roadside bomb missed a US military convoy in central Baghdad but killed a woman and wounded 3 other pedestrians. 3 local council workers were killed in a drive-by shooting in western Baghdad. 2 mortar rounds slammed into an eastern Baghdad neighborhood, killing 2 bystanders and wounding 9 others.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave the governing Hamas party on three more days to accept a document that implicitly recognizes Israel, threatening to bring the issue to a national referendum.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Qatar Petroleum and South Africa’s Sasol unveiled a new plant in Qatar to transform natural gas into a synthetic fuel similar to diesel by a process knows as gas-to-liquids (GTL). Sasol was also building a GTL plant in Nigeria with Chevron Texaco.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.58)
2006        Jun 6, South Korean PM Han Myung-Sook embarked on a four-nation European tour which will take her to France, Portugal, Bulgaria and Germany.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, The Spanish interior ministry said that 67 suspects had been arrested for accessing child porn on the Internet over the past five days. The international police operation arrested 38 in France, 10 in Spain, 9 in Slovakia, 7 in Belgium and 3 in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, Suspected Tamil rebels exploded bombs outside a naval base near Sri Lanka's capital, wounding two people while three others were killed in a similar attack elsewhere.
    (AFP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 6, The Vatican issued a sweeping condemnation of contraception, abortion, in-vitro fertilization and same-sex marriage, declaring that the traditional family has never been so threatened as in today's world.
    (AP, 6/6/06)

2006        Jun 7, The International Monetary Fund urged the Bush administration to set a more ambitious goal of eliminating the federal budget deficit over the next five years and said tax increases may be needed to accomplish that objective.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, US communications giant Motorola announced it is setting up a $100 million manufacturing facility in India to make mobile phone handsets and telecom network equipment.
    (AFP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, In Houston, Texas, Gabriel Granillo (14) was beaten by about a dozen gang members with baseball bats and tire irons. A teenage girl in the group stabbed him to death.
    (SFC, 6/8/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 7, In Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomber also was killed when explosives he was carrying into the offices of a Turkish construction company exploded prematurely.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, In Brazil a shootout between police and drug gangs in a Rio shantytown left 17 children injured, several hit by stray bullets even though their teacher ordered them to lie down on the floor when the shooting began.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, Britain’s University and College Union agreed to accept a 13.1% pay rise over the next 3 years.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.53)
2006        Jun 7, A Chinese government report said more than 60% of recent land acquisitions for construction in China are illegal, with the figure rising to 90% in some cities. The report demanded investigations.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, State-run media said storms pummeling southern China over the past week have killed at least 46 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, In Indonesia a defiant but demure second issue of the Indonesian edition of US adult glossy Playboy hit Jakarta's streets, weeks after publishers halted operations following violent protests by Muslim hardliners.
    (AFP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki released nearly 600 detainees, making good on a pledge intended to ease feuding between Sunni Arabs and Shiites. Violence was unabated with at least 14 deaths reported. Al-Zarqawi and five aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed in a remote area 30 miles from Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba. He was killed when US warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safehouse.
    (AP, 6/7-8/06)(WSJ, 6/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 7, Latvia's parliament approved a bill to publish the names of nearly 4,500 suspected Soviet secret police informants. The bill went to President Vaira Vike-Freiberga for approval. Should she veto it, Parliament can override it with a two-thirds majority vote.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, A Dutch court convicted Guus Kouwenhoven (64) of violating a UN arms embargo imposed on the regime of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and sentenced him to eight years in prison. The court found that he had traded guns for timber rights and used his lumber company to smuggle weapons that were later used by militias to commit atrocities against civilians in West Africa.
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, In southern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped five South Koreans in an overnight raid on a gas plant owned by Shell. 10 soldiers were killed in the raid.
    (AP, 6/7/06)(WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 7, Palestine’s Hamas-led government agreed to withdraw a controversial private militia from public areas of Gaza in an agreement with the rival Fatah movement aimed at halting weeks of bloody infighting. A border clash with Israeli soldiers left 3 Palestinians dead.
    (AP, 6/7/06)(WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 7, In Somalia Islamist leaders in control of Mogadishu agreed to talks with the country’s transitional government. A counter-offensive by rival warlords, supported by the US, still posed a threat.
    (SFC, 6/8/06, p.A18)
2006        Jun 7, A mine explosion in northeast Sri Lankan killed 8 civilians and wounded 14. Tamil Tiger rebels said the attack was carried out by government troops who had infiltrated an area held by the guerrillas.
    (AFP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, Swiss senator Dick Marty, the head of an investigation into alleged CIA clandestine prisons, said 14 European nations colluded with US intelligence in a "spider's web" of secret flights and detention centers that violated international human rights law. Marty asserted that at least 7 European governments were complicit in the transports.
    (AP, 6/7/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.49)
2006        Jun 7, In Syria Mohammad Ghanem, a journalist who edits a Web site and advocates greater rights for Kurds in Syria, was sentenced to a year in prison, but the military court commuted his sentence to six months. Ghanem was convicted on charges of "insulting the Syrian president, discrediting the Syrian government and fomenting sectarian unrest."
    (AP, 6/7/06)
2006        Jun 7, Turkey’s central bank unexpectedly raised its interest rate by 1.75%. This raised its overnight borrowing rate to 15%.
    (WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A13)
2006        Jun 7, Residential property in Kiev, Ukraine, was reported to have risen to $2,600 a square meter, from around $360 a square meter in mid-2002. Office property stood 25-30% above the residential cost, making Kiev 2nd only to Moscow as Eastern Europe’s most expensive market for office space.
    (WSJ, 6/6/06, p.B4)

2006        Jun 8, The US offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture of Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, a reputed Mexican drug cartel chieftain, whose group allegedly smuggles tons of cocaine and marijuana north each year.
    (AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 8, The US FDA approved the vaccine Gardasil, developed by Merck to prevent most cases of cervical cancer.
    (SFC, 6/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 8, A jury in Memphis, Tenn., convicted former state Sen. Roscoe Dixon for his role in the Tennessee Waltz bribery sting. He was convicted on all five counts, which centered on accepting $9,500 in bribe money to influence legislation that would have been beneficial to E-Cycle Management Inc., a fake company the FBI created to orchestrate the Waltz sting.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kt8od)(WSJ, 6/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 8, Richard Miller, writer, died in Monterey, Ca. His 13 books included “Bohemia: The Protoculture Then and Now" (1977).
    (SFC, 6/17/06, p.B5)
2006        Jun 8, Afghan troops killed 13 suspected Taliban rebels including two Pakistani nationals in an operation in southern Afghanistan. The US military released 33 Afghans from a prison at Bagram Air Base. Violence killed nine people around Afghanistan, including a regional security director and two Afghan aid workers.
    (AFP, 6/9/06)(AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 8, In Azerbaijan the Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania met in the presence of the two countries’ delegations following a one-on-one meeting.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ffjol)
2006        Jun 8, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, a pioneering lawyer and women's rights advocate from Bahrain, was elected UN General Assembly president, the first woman from the Middle East to take the post.
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        Jun 8, A boat carrying more than 70 people capsized in rough waters off Bangladesh's coast. Rescuers recovered at least 16 bodies.
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        Jun 8, In southern China the bank of a rain-swollen river collapsed, flooding 11 villages filled with sleeping people and causing an unknown number of deaths and injuries.
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        Jun 8, Fu Xiancai (47) was called into the Zigui County Public Security Bureau in Hubei province and criticized for his television appearance in which he criticized the government's treatment of people who were forced to relocate as a result of the Three Gorges dam project. He was attacked after leaving the police station and was paralyzed after assailants broke his neck. On July 26 the head of the security bureau's forensics department and another county official said that experts concluded the injuries were self-inflicted.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jun 8, The European Central Bank (ECB) meeting in Madrid raised its key interest rate by a quarter point to 2.75% amid worries that high oil prices would spur inflation. Stock markets in Asia tumbled to their lowest levels in months and European shares also declined amid anxiety that possible US interest rates hikes will slow global growth.
    (SFC, 6/9/06, p.D3)(AP, 6/8/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.75)
2006        Jun 8, It was reported that pollution in Hong Kong is worse than Los Angeles, the most polluted city in the United States, and claims around 2,000 lives a year.
    (AFP, 6/8/06)
2006        Jun 8, Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready to discuss "mutual concerns" over his country's nuclear program, but he refused to first suspend uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        Jun 8, Iraq's parliament approved three new key ministers, including a Sunni Arab to head the defense ministry. Bombs struck a busy outdoor market and a police patrol in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad. At least five bombs, most them packed in vehicles, detonated in and around Baghdad, killing at least 40 people. Gunmen kidnapped Muthanna al-Badri, a senior Iraqi oil official in Baghdad, as he was returning home from work. In Ghalbiyah, near where al-Zarqawi was killed, five civilians were killed and three were wounded in a firefight.
    (AP, 6/8/06)(AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 8, The Israeli military struck a PRC training camp in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. Abu Samhadana (43), Hamas government's top security chief, was killed when four missiles struck. 3 other militants were also killed and 10 wounded. Palestinians fired 2 rockets into Israel hitting a building in Sderot.
    (AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 8, In Nigeria militants released one Nigerian and five South Korean gas workers after a plea from the jailed militant leader in whose name they were abducted.
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        Jun 8, The Hamas-led government's 3,000-member private militia showed no signs of withdrawing from Gaza's streets despite a deal with the rival Fatah movement to remove it from public areas.
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        Jun 8, Breakaway factions from two rebel groups that rejected last month's peace accord for Sudan's violence-riven Darfur region signed declarations committing themselves to the pact. Southern Sudanese leaders said they are organizing peace talks with the rebel Lord's Resistance Army and the Ugandan government to try to end the brutal war in northern Uganda that has spilled across the border into their own country.
    (AP, 6/8/06)

2006        Jun 9, President Bush said the elimination of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi two days earlier "helps a lot" with security problems in Iraq but wouldn't bring an end to the war.
    (AP, 6/9/07)
2006        Jun 9, Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay, bowing to legal and ethical troubles, left the House of Representatives.
    (AP, 6/9/07)
2006        Jun 9, Leonard Herzenberg, Stanford geneticist and immunologist, was named a winner of the Kyoto Prize for his work in developing the Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS).
    (SFC, 6/9/06, p.B3)
2006        Jun 9, Bosnia's war crimes court said it would deliver Serb war crimes suspect Dragan Zelenovic to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague after he was handed over to Sarajevo by Russia. Zelenovic, a former policeman, was wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for atrocities committed against non-Serbs in the eastern Foca region during the 1992-95 war. In 2007 Zelenovic was convicted of raping women in Foca and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/9/06)(AP, 11/1/07)
2006        Jun 9, In Brazil police arrested 28 people suspected of operating an illegal logging ring in the Amazon rain forest and were looking for 46 more. Some 300 officers in five states were involved in the operation to shut down a gang accused of using phony permits to harvest rare tropical hardwoods.
    (AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 9, India announced a 218-million-dollar economic package to help Nepal's new government rebuild the troubled Himalayan country.
    (AFP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 9, In India at least five people died and six were injured when a bomb exploded in crowded marketplace in Gauhati, the main city in northeastern Assam state. Police blamed the blasts on the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) rebel group that has been fighting for an independent Assamese homeland since 1979.
    (AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 9, A roadside bomb hit a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, killing one person and wounding two, and three oil refinery workers were shot to death near Tikrit. 8 bullet-riddled bodies were found floating near Kut, and a firefight west of Baqouba killed five civilians and wounded three. A roadside bomb near Kirkuk killed a US soldier and wounded another.
    (AP, 6/9/06)(AP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 9, In Jamaica PM Portia Simpson Miller and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the first women to be elected heads of state in Jamaica and Chile, met in Kingston and said they will remove visa restrictions on travel between Chile and Jamaica and work toward establishing air links to improve trade.
    (AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 9, In Kenya police commissioner Hussein Ali deported Artur Margariyan and Arthur Sargsian, who claimed to be Armenian brothers, for mercenary activities including organizing police raids on television and newspaper offices.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.54)
2006        Jun 9, Palestinians fired rockets into Israel and vowed to avenge Israel's assassination of Abu Samhadana, the Hamas government's top security chief. Israeli artillery fired shells at targets in the northern Gaza Strip. 8 civilians, including 5 children, died and over 30 people were wounded at a beachside picnic. The Israeli government issued a statement of egret and launched an investigation. A separate Israeli strike killed 3 people in the northern Gaza Strip.
    (SFC, 6/10/06, p.A3)(AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 9, In Russia finance ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) nations gathered for talks in St. Petersburg. Russia offered to write off $700 million in poor-nation debt.
    (Reuters, 6/9/06)(WSJ, 6/10/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 9, In Russia gunmen shot and killed a police commander, his three young children, driver and bodyguard in the troubled southern province of Ingushetia.
    (AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 9, Tribal leaders rejected the possibility of UN peacekeepers replacing African Union forces in Darfur, with one chief threatening a "holy war" if non-African troops come to the Sudanese region.
    (AP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 9, In northern Tanzania an overloaded bus plunged off a bridge and into a river gorge, killing at least 54 people.
    (AP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 9, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b.1927), the world's longest-reigning monarch, began celebrating his 60th anniversary on the throne. He became the 9th king of the Chakri dynasty, succeeding his older brother, Ananda, killed by an unexplained shooting on June 9, 1946.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 9, A panel of Zimbabwe lawmakers reported that prisoners there face acute food shortages and are going weeks without soap or toilet paper.
    (AP, 6/9/06)

2006        Jun 10, In Minnesota a car crash left 3 people dead and two seriously injured. In 2015 a federal judge ordered Toyota to pay nearly $11 million to the victims  after a ruling that design flaw in the 1996 Camry was partially to blame. Jurors said Camry driver Koua Fong Lee was 40% responsible.
    (www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/287920781.html)(SFC, 2/4/15, p.A8)
2006        Jun 10, In New York Jazil cruised to victory, holding off Bluegrass Cat in the Belmont Stakes.
    (AP, 6/10/07)
2006        Jun 10, In NYC a firefighter’s monument was unveiled for the 343 who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    (SSFC, 6/11/06, p.A2)
2006        Jun 10, Three Guantanamo Bay detainees, 2 from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen,  hanged themselves with nooses made of sheets and clothes, bringing further condemnation of the isolated camp where hundreds of men have been held for years without charge. Yasser Talal al-Zahrani (21) of Saudi Arabia, captured in Pakistan in 2002, was one of the 3 Gitmo detainees who committed suicide.
    (AP, 6/11/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.92)
2006        Jun 10, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the intelligence chief of Kabul, missing him but killing three others. 2 suspected Taliban rebels were killed in fighting with Afghan soldiers in Zabul province. In Kandahar province a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying a district police chief and government head, missing them but killing two of their police guards. Gunmen killed four Afghan laborers working for an Indian road construction company as they were driving in Kandahar province. They stole $8,000 before killing them. The US-led coalition said the worst three weeks of violence since the fall of the Taliban have left more than 500 people dead.
    (AP, 6/10/06)(AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 10, Argentina reaffirmed its claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, known here as the Malvinas, and said it was ready for talks with Britain over the issue. Argentina and Britain have disputed the sovereignty of the remote south Atlantic islands since 1833.
    (AFP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 10, In Brazzaville, the Congo Republic, ministers from across Africa approved a draft democracy charter, laying down guidelines on elections and good governance in the world's poorest continent.
    (Reuters, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 10, In Costa Rica a Kansas high school student and teacher disappeared in the in the waters off Palo Seco beach. The bodies of 2 other students were recovered.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 10, Justine Henin-Hardenne won the French Open, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4.
    (AP, 6/10/07)
2006        Jun 10, In India deaths from the early monsoon storms reached at least 161 and flooding pushed the number of displaced up to 30,000.
    (SFC, 6/10/06, p.B8)
2006        Jun 10, A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol exploded in an outdoor market in Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 27. Insurgents signaled the fight is still on after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, posting an Internet video showing the beheading of three alleged Shiite death squad members in revenge for killing Sunnis.
    (AP, 6/10-11/06)
2006        Jun 10, In Calabria, Italy, killers shot a farmer who had filed complaints against people who had put a squeeze on him. Calabria’s ‘ndrangheta, a homebred Mafia, would often present bullets by post to intended targets.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.71)
2006        Jun 10, In Kashmir one person died and eight were injured when Indian troops opened fire on villagers protesting against the alleged desecration of a mosque by soldiers.
    (AP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 10, It was reported that a recent outbreak of polio in Namibia had killed 7 people and paralyzed another 33.
    (SFC, 6/10/06, p.A6)
2006        Jun 10, Nepal's Parliament stripped King Gyanendra of his veto power over the legislature, the latest measure to curtail his authority. Lawmakers also will no longer need to seek the approval of the king before signing a bill into law.
    (AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 10, Pakistani security forces destroyed a militant hideout in a pre-dawn strike near the Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants.
    (AP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 10, The ruling Hamas group fired a barrage of homemade rockets at Israel, hours after calling off a truce with Israel in anger over an artillery attack that killed seven civilians at a beachside picnic in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 10, In Poland several thousand people staged an international rally in Warsaw in support of gays, who complained of prejudice, hostility and violence.
    (AFP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 10, In St. Petersburg, Russia, finance ministers from the world's most industrialized nations (G8) said that global growth remains strong, but pointed at dangers from high energy prices and widening economic imbalances. US Treasury Secretary John Snow said the US and Russia had made progress in talks on Moscow's bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the two nations could reach a deal before next month's G-8 summit.
    (AP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 10, Tens of thousands of Spaniards marched in Madrid to demand the government not hold talks with Basque separatists.
    (AP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 10, At least five people were shot dead in Sri Lanka's restive northeast port district of Trincomalee and the main city of Colombo.
    (AFP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 10, Some 20,000 Taiwanese demonstrated in the capital, demanding the president resign over allegations some of his relatives engaged in insider trading.
    (AP, 6/10/06)

2006        Jun 11, In the Tony Awards in NYC the play “The History Boys" won best play and “Jersey Boys" won as best musical. The award for best actor went to Richard Griffiths of "The History Boys." Cynthia Nixon won best actress for her role in “Rabbit Hole."
    (Reuters, 6/11/06)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.E3)
2006        Jun 10, James Cameron (92), who survived an attempted lynching and went on to found America's Black Holocaust Museum, died in Milwaukee.
    (AP, 6/11/07)
2006        Jun 11, Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai said his government will give weapons to local tribesmen to help fight the surge in Taliban violence. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed 15 suspected militants, including Mullah Amanullah, a relative of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in Uruzgan province. Ten militants were killed in Helmand province's Sangin district in a battle involving Afghan and British forces.
    (AP, 6/12/06)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 11, In Bangladesh police fired tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing protesters demanding the prime minister's resignation in Dhaka, leaving dozens of people injured.
    (AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 11, A military transport plane crashed as it tried to land at an unlit airport at night in Chad's main eastern city, killing five people. Chad rebels claimed that they shot the C-130 military plane down at Abeche airport.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 11, Amnesty International released a report saying China's sales of military vehicles and weapons to Sudan, Nepal and Myanmar have aggravated conflicts and abetted violence and repressive rule in those countries.
    (AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 11, Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said the East Timorese government has asked the UN to form an "independent special inquiry commission" into violence that has left 21 dead.
    (AFP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 11, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said that his country wants "unconditional" nuclear talks and that a Western incentives package has "weak points."
    (AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 11, Iraqi and US officials released some 200 detainees from Abu Ghraib. Al-Maliki has promised to release 2,500 prisoners by the end of this month. At least five Iraqis were killed and a British soldier wounded in a firefight which broke out between Shiite militiamen and British troops in the southern city of Al-Amara. Al-Qaida in Iraq vowed "major attacks" after the death of leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a US airstrike.
    (AFP, 6/11/06)(AP, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/11/07)
2006        Jun 11, Jordan arrested four lawmakers who visited the family of slain terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. They were charged with "instigating sectarian strike" and "fueling national discord" and remained jailed, serving 15-day detention orders.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 11, Palestinian militants fired about 10 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, critically injuring an Israeli and nearly hitting a college in the southern Israel town of Sderot. In return Israeli aircraft struck a rocket-launching cell in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two militants from the Palestinians' ruling Hamas party.
    (AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 11, In the Philippines a grenade blast wounded eight people in a market in Batangas province. A nearly simultaneous explosion damaged a mobile police station in Manila.
    (AP, 6/11/06)
2006        Jun 11, Teams of veterinarians were sent to destroy domestic poultry in northern Ukraine after the first appearance of bird flu in the region.
    (Reuters, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 11, US troops sent to the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea to prepare for joint war games left Ukraine after two weeks of protests organized by pro-Russian parties prevented them from carrying out their mission.
    (AP, 6/12/06)

2006        Jun 12, US officials said that the Cuban government had cut off electricity to the US diplomatic mission in Havana on June 5 and that requests for power to be restored have gone unanswered. Power was restored the next day.
    (AP, 6/13/06)(AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 12, The US Supreme Court paved the way for more death row inmates to challenge execution by lethal injection. In an unanimous decision, the court allowed those condemned to die to make last-minute claims that the chemicals used are too painful, and therefore amount to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution's Eighth Amendment.
    (http://talkleft.com/new_archives/015070.html)
2006        Jun 12, FBI statistics confirmed that violent crime in the US was on the rise, posting its biggest one-year increase since 1991.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 12, In SF Superior Court Judge James Warren struck down a voter approved ban on handgun possession. Proposition H, pass last November, would have outlawed possession of handguns by all city residents except law enforcement officers and other who need guns for professional purposes.
    (SFC, 6/12/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 12, Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast as the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season quickly gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, Charla Mack was slashed to death in Reno, Nevada. Judge Chuck Weller (53) was shot and wounded the same day by a sniper. Police issued a murder warrant for Charla’s husband, David Mack (45), the next day and declared him a suspect in the shooting of Weller. Mack surrendered to Mexican police on June 23. In 2008 Mack was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/16/06, p.B6)(WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)(SFC, 2/9/08, p.A4)
2006        Jun 12, Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed 12 suspected militants in Kandahar province. Taliban militants killed Zulmai Khan, a district intelligence chief, in a drive-by shooting in the Ghazni provincial district of Waghuz.
    (AP, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 12, Gyorgy Ligeti (b.1923), Hungarian composer, died in Vienna, Austria. Stanley Kubrick used his scores in the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey." Ligeti’s opera “Le Grand Macabre," based on a play by Belgian surrealist Michel Ghelderode, premiered in Stockholm in 1978.
    (SFC, 6/12/06, p.B7)
2006        Jun 12, Brunei police said 3 men have been sentenced to a year in prison for sending cell phone video clips that were considered seditious and insulting to the royal family.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 12, Ken Thomson (82), Canadian newspaper tycoon, died. He helped transform his father's print empire into one of the world's biggest electronic publishers.
    (Reuters, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, In northern China a truck carrying the coal tar fell into the Dasha river in Shanxi province. Cleanup crews scrambled to absorb 60 tons of toxic coal tar accidentally dumped into a river before it reaches a reservoir serving a city of 10 million people.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 12, EU foreign ministers reached agreement with Cyprus on a formula to enable Turkey to take its first step in detailed accession talks with the 25-nation bloc.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, In Guinea students infuriated by a postponement of exams protested in Conakry, the capital and in Labe, with some throwing rocks and burning tires. The Red Cross said six people were killed during the demonstrations.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, Hungary’s director of national epidemic affairs some 1,200 people the northeast had fallen ill from drinking contaminated water. Flooding caused by heavy spring rainfall contaminated the spring water that flows into the city water system.
    (AP, 6/12/06)   
2006        Jun 12, US-led forces raided a house near a volatile city northeast of Baghdad, killing nine people, including two children. A suicide car bomber plowed into a gas station in northern Iraq, killing four civilians and wounding more than 40. A bomb also struck a minivan of workers in southern Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 10. A roadside bomb detonated next to a police patrol east of Kirkuk, but missed and struck a civilian car. One person was killed in the explosion, two more were injured. Two mortar rounds struck a neighborhood in southern Baghdad, killing three civilians just moments after gunmen strafed the area with random fire. Al-Qaida in Iraq said in a Web statement that a militant named Abu Hamza al-Muhajer was the group's new leader.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, In central Israel a crowded, high-speed commuter train derailed after slamming into a pickup truck at a crossing, killing five people and injuring 67.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, In Indian Kashmir at least nine people were killed in a series of attacks, including one close to a camp housing Hindu pilgrims, while a boy died in police firing. Suspected Islamic militants shot dead seven Indian laborers.
    (Reuters, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, Gale force winds battering northern New Zealand cut power to the nation's biggest city, while heavy snow from a cold snap collapsed roofs and blanketed much of the country's south.
    (AP, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb ripped through a roadside tea stall in Quetta, killing five people and wounding 17.
    (Reuters, 6/12/06)
2006        Jun 12, Hundreds of Palestinian security men loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas went on a rampage against the Hamas-led government, riddling the parliament building and Cabinet offices with bullets before setting them ablaze in retaliation for an attack by Hamas gunmen in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 6/12/06)

2006        Jun 13, President Bush, seeking to bolster support for Iraq's burgeoning government and US war policy at home, made a surprise visit to Iraq to meet newly named Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and discuss the next steps in the troubled 3-year-old war. A series of explosions struck the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least 15 people. Gunmen killed Ibrahim Seneid, an Iraqi journalist. He worked for a newspaper accused by insurgents of publishing US propaganda in the western city of Fallujah.
    (AP, 6/13/06)(AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 13, US Congressional investigators said fake aid to Katrina victims may have cost taxpayers up to $1.4 billion. A FEMA official found the claims hard to credit.
    (WSJ, 6/14/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 13, In Washington DC Karl Rove’s lawyer said special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald would not bring charges against Rove in a 3-year-old CIA leak case.
    (SFC, 6/14/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 13, The Illinois state agriculture department said a pest blamed for killing millions of trees across the Midwest has reached Illinois, prompting officials to prepare a detection and eradication plan they expect to begin within the next few weeks.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, In Millbrae, Ca., former restaurateur Fernand Wagner (78) and his wife Suzanne (68) were murdered at their home on the 600 block of Lomita Ave. The couple’s black Cadillac was later found in Daly City. On June 19 police in Oxnard, Ca., arrested Joseph Cua (52), employed by the Wagner’s as a property manager, in connection to the killings. Cua was charged with murder on June 22. Cua was convicted on June 27, 2008. On Dec 18 Cua was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/16/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/20/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/23/06, p.B9)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.B3)(SFC, 12/19/08, p.B12)
2006        Jun 13, Luis Jimenez (b.1940), Chicago sculptor, was killed in Hondo, New Mexico, while hoisting pieces of a massive mustang for final assembly. The work was installed at the Denver Airport in February, 2008.
    (SFC, 6/27/06, p.E2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Jim%C3%A9nez_(sculptor))(WSJ, 2/7/08, p.A1)
2006        Jun 13, Suspected Taliban militants killed one US soldier and wounded two in an attack in southern Helmand province, sparking a coalition retaliation that left 12 militants dead or wounded. A second coalition soldier was killed while fighting enemy forces in eastern Kunar province.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 13, Conservative PM John Howard's federal government has invoked special powers to invalidate a territory's law that had been the first in Australia giving legal recognition to same-sex relationships. On May 11 the Australian Capital Territory, which includes the national capital Canberra, became the first of Australia's six states and two territories to legally recognize gay and lesbian relationships.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, In Austria Western countries at a 35-nation UN meeting pushed for consensus on the need for Iran to freeze uranium enrichment, but diplomats said that most nonaligned countries were preparing to endorse Tehran's right to continue the work.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, China ordered civil servants to do without cars, elevators and air conditioning for one day as part of an energy-saving awareness campaign. Some 1,000 new cars were hitting the streets of Beijing every day as nitrogen dioxide levels exceeded WHO clean air guidelines by 78%.
    (AP, 6/13/06)(WSJ, 6/13/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 13, European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS), the parent company of Airbus, announced that its new 555-seat airliner would be delayed up to 7 months.
    (Econ, 6/24/06, p.69)
2006        Jun 13, Indian shares fell sharply, with the benchmark index tumbling 4.4% to its lowest point this year amid declines in global markets.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, Police in northern India village retrieved 48 bodies after a truck crowded with wedding guests veered off a mountain road and plunged into a deep gorge in Uttaranchal state.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, Charles Haughey (80), former Irish prime minister, died following a long battle with cancer. He served 4 terms as Ireland's PM (1979-1982 and 1987-1992) in a career overshadowed by ethical questions. He preached austerity, yet practiced prodigality.
    (AP, 6/13/06)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.101)
2006        Jun 13, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert said he had given the go ahead for a shipment of weapons to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, whose loyalists are engaged in bitter infighting with the militant Islamic Hamas. A failed Israeli airstrike targeting a key figure in Palestinian rocket attacks killed 9 people, including two children and three medical workers who rushed to the scene of an initial blast. 2 of the dead were members of the Islamic Jihad. An Israeli investigation into what caused an explosion on a Gaza beach that killed eight Palestinians said that the blast was most likely caused by a mine planted by Hamas militants against Israeli naval commandos and not an Israeli shell.
    (AP, 6/13/06)(AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 13, Toshihiko Fukui, Japan’s central bank governor, admitted that he was an early investor in the Murakami Fund. On June 5 Murakami admitted that he had violated insider trading laws.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.47)
2006        Jun 13, The UN Security Council eased a ban on weapons sales to Liberia so it could arm newly trained security forces. The US proposed lifting a UN embargo on Liberian timber exports.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, Nepal freed 190 jailed communist rebels after withdrawing terrorism cases against them as part of efforts to forge peace with the insurgents.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships destroyed a camp for suspected tribal militants in the insurgency-wracked southwestern part of the country, killing five suspects and capturing seven others near Dera Bugti.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 13, In the eastern Philippines 11 prisoners escaped from a jail after killing two guards and wounding two others. The inmates were led by a communist guerrilla, Jessie Galecio, who had escaped from jail twice before.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 13, Seven east African nations imposed travel bans on Somali warlords, who lost bloody battles with Islamist fighters over Mogadishu, and froze their assets in effort to push them into peace talks.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, In southern Sri Lanka at least 42 passengers were injured when two trains collided.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, UN chief Kofi Annan asked UN human rights chief Louise Arbour to help set up an independent enquiry commission to probe a recent wave of ethnic violence in East Timor.
    (AP, 6/13/06)

2006        Jun 14, President Bush, just back from a surprise visit to Iraq, dismissed calls for a US withdrawal as election-year politics and refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success that would allow troops to come home.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2006        Jun 14, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Donald Hall (77), former poet laureate of New Hampshire, as the next poet laureate of the US.
    (AP, 6/14/06)(http://tinyurl.com/hmh6j)
2006        Jun 14, In NYC Kenny Alexis (20), a homeless man, was arrested following a string of stabbings through Manhattan over a 13-hour period.
    (SFC, 6/15/06, p.A12)
2006        Jun 14, Shares of EADS, the parent company of Airbus, fell 26% following an announcement that its new 555-seat airliner would be delayed up to 7 months.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.68)
2006        Jun 14, A delegation from Kabul found prison conditions at Guantanamo humane and said the US will send home for trial all 96 Afghans held there.
    (WSJ, 6/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 14, Coalition and Afghan forces killed 26 suspected militants in fighting in eastern mountains, while in southern Afghanistan, more than 11,000 troops prepared for their biggest offensive since the fall of the Taliban five years ago.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Four Andean nations (Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru) agreed to chart new trade plans with the United States without Venezuela.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Azerbaijan and Armenia promised to continue talks over Nagorno-Karabakh despite two failed efforts this year by the Caucasus nations' presidents to resolve the status of the disputed enclave.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, China and Taiwan they've agreed to launch direct charter passenger flights between them during major holidays, a key trust-building step toward restoring regular direct flights cut five decades ago amid civil war.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Husky Energy, Cnooc’s Canadian partner, announced a large gas discovery under the South China Sea. In 2009 Husky confirmed the discovery saying the Liwan field could ultimately produce over 150 million cubic feet per day.
    (WSJ, 7/19/06, p.A8)(http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060614/to279.html?.v=30)(WSJ, 2/25/09, p.B3)
2006        Jun 14, Gunmen killed seven coca pickers in southwestern Colombia in an attack police blamed on leftist rebels.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, France's highest court upheld George Soros' conviction for insider trading in a case dating back nearly 20 years, and the billionaire investor vowed to fight the ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, India's largest film festival kicked off in Dubai, as a number of Bollywood stars descended on this booming Gulf city state where Indians make up the largest community.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14-2006 Jun 15, In Indian Kashmir suspected Islamic insurgents shot dead five Muslims, and exploded a bomb that injured four people.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 14, A French court handed down prison terms ranging from six months to 10 years for 25 Islamic radicals convicted of planning to carry out attacks on the Eiffel Tower and other targets in Paris. All but one had been accused of helping Islamic fighters in Chechnya.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, German drugmaker Merck KGaA agreed to sell its 21.8% stake in Schering AG to Bayer AG, clearing the way for Bayer to take over Schering and end a merger drama that saw Merck in a position to block the takeover. In the process Merck gained a windfall of some €400 million.
    (AP, 6/14/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.64)
2006        Jun 14, In Indonesia Abu Bakar Bashir (68), a reputed top leader of an al-Qaida-linked terror group that has been blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and other deadly attacks, walked free from prison after serving 26 months for conspiracy.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Tens of thousands of Iraqi police and soldiers searched cars and secured roads in Baghdad as PM Nouri al-Maliki launched a major security crackdown aimed at ending the violence that has devastated the capital.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, In Mexico some 3000 elements of the state ministerial police, preventive police and Oaxaca state firemen began to violently remove a sit-in of 70,000 workers from Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) with tear gas, smoke grenades, stun grenades and firearms. Thus far there have been 13 reported arrests, 4 injuries, 5 bullet wounds, and between 6 and 9 deaths, as well as a break-in to the Teachers' Union building and the destruction of the installations of Radio Plantón (a free/non-licensed community radio station that has been a point of reference for social movements in Oaxaca).
    (www.indymedia.org/en/2006/06/840911.shtml)
2006        Jun 14, Dozens of Palestinian civil servants stormed a parliamentary session to demand long-overdue salaries, attacking Hamas lawmakers and forcing the parliament speaker to flee the building. Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, who has been seeking to raise money for the financially strapped government, returned to the Gaza Strip with a suitcase full of cash. A Hamas militant was shot and killed outside his home in the Gaza town of Khan Younis after Hamas gunmen shot a security commander loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Somali lawmakers in Baidoa approved a peacekeeping mission for Somalia.  Islamic militia captured Jowhar from warlord Mohammed Dheere, a member of the US-backed Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT).
    (AP, 6/14/06)(AFP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 14, The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said his office had documented massacres with hundreds of victims in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region as well as hundreds of rape cases.
    (AFP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Pres. Hugo Chavez said Venezuela will buy 24 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets this year, and his government will build a factory to produce Kalashnikov assault rifles.
    (AP, 6/15/06)

2006        Jun 15, Pres. Bush announced plans to designate a new marine sanctuary in the area of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands encompassing nearly 140,000 square miles. The plan for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the nation’s 14th marine sanctuary, would end fishing in the area within 5 years. Formal designation was about a year away. Ricky Grigg (1937-2014), surfing trailblazer and oceanographer, gathered data along with colleagues to help establish the reserve.
    (SFC, 6/15/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 6/16/06, p.A1)(Econ, 1/10/09, p.70)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.C8)
2006        Jun 15, The US Senate allocated $60 million toward launching a UN peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region of Sudan.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, US House Democrats voted to strip embattled Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson of his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee.
    (AP, 6/15/07)
2006        Jun 15, A divided US Supreme Court made it easier for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting.
    (AP, 6/15/07)
2006        Jun 15, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said federal agents over the last 3 weeks had captured 2,179 illegal immigrants across the country in raids targeting child molesters, violent gang members and past deportees who re-entered the country. The crackdown, dubbed "Operation Return to Sender," kicked off on May 26. California topped the list with 722 arrests.
    (AP, 6/15/06)(SFC, 6/15/06, p.A6)
2006        Jun 15, A Colorado state appeals court ruled that a 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage. The court said that under English common law, which the state recognizes, it could be legal for girls at 12 and boys at 14 to enter common-law marriage.
    (SFC, 6/16/06, p.A4)
2006        Jul 15, A Chicago ban on the sale of foie gras became effective. This made Chicago the 1st American city to ban the food.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.37)
2006        Jun 15, Bill Gates (50) announced that he would hand over his role as chief architect of Microsoft to Ray Ozzie (50) in order to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    (Econ, 6/24/06, p.75)(AP, 6/15/07)
2006        Jun 15, In Idaho Alofa Time (50) drove into an oncoming car in downtown Boise and killed Samantha Nina Murphy (36) and daughter Jae Lynne Grimes (4). The severed head of Time’s wife's was tossed from his pickup truck in the suicide attempt.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 15, More than 10,000 Afghan and US-led coalition forces began a massive anti-Taliban operation across southern Afghanistan, while a bomb killed seven people riding a bus to a coalition base for work. Coalition forces killed 14 militants during combat operations linked to a large-scale anti-Taliban blitz. The offensive was launched in support of Operation Mountain Thrust, the largest anti-Taliban military campaign undertaken since the former regime's 2001 ouster in an American-led invasion. Operation Mountain Thrust began in mid-May with limited attacks and raids launched by coalition forces.
    (AP, 6/15/06)(AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 15, The environmental group WWF said toxic chemicals are harming Arctic animals including polar bears, beluga whales, seals and seabirds.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, In Brazil some 3 million evangelical Protestants staged a huge rally in of Sao Paulo, demonstrating their growing influence in the world's largest Roman Catholic country. Brazil was nearly 100% Roman Catholic a century ago, but the percentage dropped to 84% in 1995 and is 74% today.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, Britain promised to hold Liberia's Charles Taylor in jail if he is convicted of war crimes, paving the way for Liberia's former president to be tried in The Hague.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, In China a series of explosions rocked the Longxin Chemical Plant in the city of Longquan, Zhejiang province, destroying two factories and threatening to contaminate the Oujiang river, which empties into the East China Sea.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 15, In China students rioted at Shengda after learning that their the word Shengda would be added to their graduation certificates. The quasi-private college was affiliated with the prestigious Zhengzhou Univ. and up to now had just Zhengzhou Univ. printed on their degree certificates.
    (Econ, 8/12/06, p.33)
2006        Jun 15, The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a Russian and Chinese-led bloc of Asian states, said it plans to set up an expert group to boost computer security and help guard against threats to their regimes from the Internet. SCO members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) are mostly authoritarian states that maintain tight controls on communications technology, including the Internet.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, Geir Haarde became Iceland's new prime minister, marking a return to the office for Iceland's largest political party and a likely shift toward a tighter fiscal policy.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 15, The US military said American and Iraqi forces have carried out 452 raids since last week's killing of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and 104 insurgents were killed during those actions. Gunmen shot and killed 10 Shiites after pulling them off a bus in Baqouba. The US military said the man claiming to be the new al-Qaida in Iraq leader is Abu Ayyub al-Masri, an Egyptian with ties to Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri. Gunmen stormed a Sunni mosque near Tikrit, killing four people and wounding 15. Sheik Aqeel, a key terror leader linked to the deaths of at least seven coalition soldiers in roadside bombs, was captured in Karbala. The death toll of US servicemen and women in Iraq war reached 2,500.
    (AP, 6/15/06)(AP, 6/16/06)(AP, 6/15/07)
2006        Jun 15, The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Israel must move part of its barrier meant to keep Palestinian attackers out because it causes hardships to nearby West Bank residents. Palestinian militants fired five rockets at southern Israel, shortly after officials said Israeli threats had cowered the Hamas-led government into stopping the attacks. A Hamas government minister returned to the Gaza Strip with $2 million in his luggage for his money-starved government.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, The Serbian government recognized newly independent Montenegro, and said it would establish diplomatic ties with its former partner.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, In northern Sri Lanka a powerful land mine ripped through a packed bus, killing at least 64 people, including 15 school children in the worst act of violence since a 2002 cease-fire. Sri Lanka's air force responded by bombing rebel-held areas in the northeast.
    (AP, 6/15/06)(SFC, 6/15/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 15, Sudan said the International Criminal Court did not have jurisdiction over crimes in the violent Darfur region and no officials would be interrogated by the court.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 15, In Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents exploded bombs at 41 locations in 3 southern provinces in attacks on government offices, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 6/15/06)(SFC, 6/16/06, p.A20)
2006        Jun 15, This day was established as the First Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the UN’s World Health Organization to bring awareness to the much-ignored problem of elder abuse and neglect on an international level.
    (SSFC, 6/16/13, p.A4) 

2006        Jun 16, The US House rejected a timetable for pulling forces out of Iraq, 256-153.
    (AP, 6/16/07)
2006        Jun 16, In Martinez, Calif., Susan Polk was convicted of stabbing to death her millionaire psychotherapist husband, whom she had met as a 14-year-old girl in treatment.
    (AP, 6/16/07)
2006        Jun 16, In Oakland, Ca., an unofficial final tally showed former US Rep. Ron Dellums winning the mayor’s race by 155 votes with 50.18% of the vote.
    (SFC, 6/17/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 16, Barbara Epstein (77), co-founder and editor of the NY Review of Books (1963), died in NYC.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.79)
2006        Jun 16, Coalition forces pressed forward with a major offensive in southern Afghanistan, killing an estimated 45 insurgents in attacks on two Taliban militant camps. 2 coalition soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Asadabad district in eastern Kunar province. 4 highway policemen were killed in southern Kandahar province when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle. Three insurgents were killed in southern Helmand province when a bomb they were trying to plant near the road exploded.
    (AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 16, Bolivian President Evo Morales' leftist government says it will fight poverty, hunger and homelessness in South America's poorest nation by investing $6.8 billion through 2010, much of it with ambitious public works projects.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 16, Canada said it has detected a case of H5 avian flu in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island and plans further testing over the weekend to determine whether it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. On June 21 officials said it was not the pathogenic H5N1.
    (Reuters, 6/17/06)(Reuters, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 16, A joint UN and African Union delegation met Chadian President Idriss Deby to discuss the possible deployment of UN troops in Sudan's war-ravaged western Darfur region.
    (AFP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, China's central bank demanded that commercial banks raise reserves requirements by half a percentage point to restrain credit and investment growth, which it feared have been getting out of control.
    (AP, 6/16/06)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.82)
2006        Jun 16, In China cleanup crews scrambled to absorb toxic coal tar, from a June 12 spill, before it reaches the Wangkuai Reservoir of Baoding, a city of about 10 million people. Authorities tried to slow the spread of a toxic spill by building 51 makeshift dams along the tainted Dasha River and using fire trucks to pump out polluted water. In eastern China an explosion at a chemical plant in Anhui killed 16 people and injured 30.
    (AP, 6/16/06)(AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 16, East Timor rebel soldiers surrendered the first of their weapons to Australian peacekeepers, beginning a process deemed vital to ending months of bloody unrest.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, EU leaders gave Slovenia a green light to join the eurozone next year, launching a new wave of expansion for the currently 12-nation single currency club. EU leaders also gave their backing to the assessment of the EU's executive arm that Lithuania would not be ready to join the eurozone next year because inflation had overshot the limit required to join.
    (AFP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, Germany’s parliament approved a big increase in value-added tax, to take effect in 2007. Efforts to lower corporate taxes faced stiff opposition.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.71)
2006        Jun 16, India's cabinet gave its approval for signing and ratifying the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
    (AFP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 16, In Indonesia 2 men were found dead in the emergency bunker where they had sought shelter from erupting Mount Merapi.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, A shoe bomber blew himself up inside an important Shiite Mosque during prayers, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20. A mortar barrage struck a commercial area near the Taji air base in the northern Baghdad suburb of Saaba al-Bour, killing at least two people and wounding 16. Two US soldiers went missing after an attack that killed one of their comrades at a traffic checkpoint in the so-called "Triangle of Death" just south of Baghdad. Mansour Suleiman Mansour Khalifi al-Mashhadani, or Sheik Mansour, and two foreign fighters were killed as they tried to flee in a vehicle near the town of Youssifiyah. Mansour "reportedly served as a right-hand man of Zarqawi's, and also served as a liaison between al-Qaida in Iraq and the various tribes in the Youssifiyah area. Three 101st Airborne Division soldiers were killed in an attack while two others were abducted. Their mutilated bodies were found 3 days later. In 2008 Ibrahim al-Qaraghuli, Walid al-Kartani and Kazim al-Zubaie were the first to face court proceedings in the deaths of the three Americans. In 2008 al-Qaraghuli, a 29-year-old farmer, was convicted in the deaths of David J. Babineau (25) of Springfield, Mass.; Pfc. Kristian Menchaca (23) of Houston; and Pfc. Thomas Tucker (25) of Madras, Ore. The other two Iraqis on trial, Walid al-Kartani and Kazim al-Zubaie, were acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence.
    (AP, 6/16/06)(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/20/06)(AP, 6/16/07)(AP, 10/16/08)(AP, 10/28/08)
2006        Jun 16, In Indian Kashmir 2 civilians were killed and three policemen wounded when militants hurled grenades and raked a police motorcade with AK assault rifle fire in Srinagar’s northern Baramulla district.
    (AFP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 16, EU leaders agreed to channel aid to cash-starved Palestinians for health care, utilities and social services while still maintaining a funding freeze on the Hamas-led government.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, Japan's parliament enacted a bill that would impose sanctions on North Korea if it fails to cooperate in clearing up details of its past abductions of Japanese citizens.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, Nepal’s rebel leader Prachanda met with top government officials and said the Maoist rebels will join an interim government to be formed shortly.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, In southeast Nigeria at least six people were killed in the city of Onitsha when a feud between a separatist group and a transport union degenerated into street battles.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 16, Hayatullah Khan, a Pakistani journalist who reported on a US airstrike that killed an al-Qaida operative, was found shot to death in a remote tribal region six months after vanishing.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, Peru's President-elect Alan Garcia said that one of his first acts when he takes office will be cutting public salaries, including his own, and canceling plans to open an embassy in Turkey.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 16, In Moscow the world’s richest countries vowed to cooperate more closely on fighting terrorism with a particular focus on terrorist recruitment, cyber crime and the flow of dangerous people and cargo across borders. The commitment came at the end of a two-day meeting of G8 law enforcement and justice officials as part of Russia's G-8 presidency.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 16, In Somalia some 10,000 opponents of an international peacekeeping mission demonstrated in Mogadishu, which is controlled by an Islamic militia accused by the US of harboring wanted al-Qaida members.
    (AP, 6/16/06)
2006        Jun 16, Sri Lanka's air force pounded Tamil Tiger rebel positions for a second day in retaliation for a bus bombing that killed 64 people.
    (AP, 6/16/06)

2006        Jun 17, The Edmonton Oilers shut out the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 to take the Stanley Cup finals to a seventh and deciding game.
    (Reuters, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 17, The typical American chief executive earned 300 times the average wage, up tenfold from the 1970s.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.30)
2006        Jun 17, In Louisiana 5 people aged 16-19 were gunned down just outside the business district of  New Orleans.
    (SSFC, 6/18/06, p.A4)
2006        Jun 17, Arthur Franz (86), American film and TV actor, died in Oxnard, Ca. His numerous films included “The Sniper" (1952) and “Hellcats of the Navy" (1957).
    (SFC, 6/20/06, p.B5)
2006        Jun 17, British troops battled Taliban fighters near Kajaki dam in southern Helmand province killing six insurgents. One suicide attacker on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near a group of Afghan soldiers in southwestern Nimroz province, killing himself and wounding two soldiers and three bystanders. Seven militants and one police officer also were killed during a gunbattle that lasted until dawn in southern Kandahar.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 17, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza left to sign a cease-fire agreement with the country's last rebel group in neighboring Tanzania as his government works toward ending a 12-year conflict.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 17, In Chechnya Russian police killed rebel leader Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev in a special police operation in his hometown of Argun. An intelligence agent and a police officer were killed in the operation. One rebel also was killed and two rebels escaped.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 17, In Haiti kidnappers seized Ed Hughes, a Canadian missionary, from his residence and demanded $45,000 in ransom. After 5 days the ransom was lowered to $10,000. Hughes lost an arm in December 2005 trying to stop the abduction of Haitian-American missionary Daniel Phelusmar. Hughes was shot and badly wounded in the arm. Phelusmar was held hostage for four days.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 17, A series of explosions struck commercial areas in Baghdad within hours, killing at least 17 people.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 17, In Indian Kashmir suspected militants shot dead the owner of a public telephone office and separately a former rebel who was working with counter-insurgency police.
    (AFP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 17, PM Fouad Siniora said Lebanon will complain to the UN about Israel after a Lebanese man confessed to killing Hezbollah and Palestinian guerrillas on May 26 on the orders of Israeli intelligence.
    (Reuters, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 17, In Libya engineer Ismail Al Khazmi (30) was arrested. He died from injuries while in detention. A medical report dated November 15, 2006, said he had died of natural causes from a heart attack. A 2nd autopsy, performed by a committee of three forensic medical doctors on September 11, 2007, concluded that his death was injury induced… from blows with a hard, blunt object of some sort. In 2010 the human rights groups Alkarama, Trial and Human Rights Watch charged that an investigation into his death was opened, but that it was blocked by General Saleh Ragab, Libya's public security secretary.
    (AFP, 11/20/10)(http://tinyurl.com/248e9wo)
2006        Jun 17, Mexican authorities in Guadalajara arrested Pedro Castorena, the leader of a far-flung ring that allegedly made and distributed forged immigration and identification documents in the US. Castorena was indicted in Denver last July on charges of conspiracy, fraud, misuse of visas and money laundering.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 17, Slovaks voted in their first election since joining the EU, choosing between a record third term for PM Mikulas Dzurinda or a leftist pledging to overturn economic and social reforms. Smer, Slovakia's opposition leftist party led by Robert Fico, won the parliamentary elections, tapping into widespread public discontent over eight years of austere economic reforms.
    (AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.44)
2006        Jun 17, The leader of Somalia's increasingly powerful Islamic militia accused Ethiopian troops of crossing into the country, a charge Ethiopia denied.
    (AP, 6/17/06)
2006        Jun 17, Tamil Tiger rebels stormed a village in boats, firing grenade launchers at a police station near a navy base at the islet of Mannar. Military helicopters fired on the boats. Tiger rebels said they had killed 12 soldiers; the navy said three sailors were killed and eight were missing. The military said up to 30 rebels were killed in the fighting, but rebels acknowledged only two wounded. At least 52 people were killed as heavy sea and land battles erupted while Tamil Tiger rebels warned that the island would plunge in a "fatal war" if the military kept up air strikes. Sri Lankan troops stormed a church in Pesalai, a village north of Mannar, where some 200 Tamil civilians were seeking shelter, shooting and throwing grenades. The assault killed 5 people and injured 47.
    (AFP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)(SSFC, 6/18/06, p.A23)
2006        Jun 17, In Zambia inflation was reported to have fallen under 10%. The local currency, the kwacha, gained strength as the economy improved due to a lower debt burden and government moves toward a more market-oriented economy.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.56)

2006        Jun 18, American Delegates at the Episcopal General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, elected Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (52) as their next leader. She would become the first woman to lead any member of the global Anglican Communion.
    (SFC, 6/19/06, p.A2)
2006        Jun 18, Donald Reilly, prominent cartoonist, died in Norwalk, Con. His work included 1,107 cartoons and 16 covers for the New Yorker magazine.
    (SFC, 6/21/06, p.B7)
2006        Jun 18, In southern Afghanistan Taliban fighters ambushed two convoys carrying members of the same family, killing 32 people. US-led troops, backed by Afghan forces, raided a mountain Taliban stronghold near Tirin Kot, Uruzgan's provincial capital, and killed 7 militants.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 18, Burundi's government and the country's last rebel group agreed, while meeting in Tanzania, to end hostilities and sign a comprehensive cease-fire deal in two weeks.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 18, China's PM Wen Jiabao wrapped up a two-day visit to Cairo after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and signing 10 oil, natural gas and telecommunications deals. He was also scheduled to visit Ghana, Republic of Congo, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, China's PM Wen Jiabao went to Ghana, where he signed an agreement to lend the small West African nation about $66 million to fund a number of projects. China has leapfrogged Ghana's traditional trading partners India and Britain to become the West African nation's biggest foreign investor.
    (AFP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 18, In Egypt 2 brothers who led a gang that held more than 100 people hostage two years ago were hanged in Alexandria.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, Gunmen seized 10 workers from a bakery in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, while a car bomb exploded near a university in the northern city of Mosul, killing a woman and wounding 19 other people.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, Lt. Col. Omar el-Heib (43), a high-ranking Israeli Arab army officer, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for passing military secrets to one of Israel's most bitter enemies in exchange for money and drugs. He denied spying for Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, and accused the military court in Tel Aviv of racism after the sentence was handed down. El-Heib was gravely wounded by a Hezbollah roadside bombing while serving in Lebanon in 1996. Surgeons had to remove one of his eyes. The injuries left him partially paralyzed and with shards of metal still lodged in his head.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, In the Himalayan region of Indian Kashmir at least 23 people were killed and an equal number hurt when a truck filled with workers plunged into a gorge.
    (AFP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, Kazakhstan launched its first satellite into orbit.
    (SFC, 6/19/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 18, Pakistani troops battling an insurgent attack on a military post killed two suspected militants in a northwestern tribal region.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, Thousands of Palestinian government workers who have been living without salaries for nearly four months received food packets from the UN.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 18, Slovakia's leftist Smer party promised a radical break with economic reforms on after winning an election that showed voters' fatigue with the tough changes made during eight years of center-right rule.
    (Reuters, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, Catalans went to the polls in a referendum on giving their region increased autonomy, in a crucial test for Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as he seeks to rally support for peace talks with Basque separatists. Catalan voters overwhelmingly approved a blueprint that some fear could leave Spain's government cash-strapped and powerless.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, In northern Sri Lanka a mine blast blamed on Tamil Tigers rebels killed 3 police.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, In eastern Turkey a bomb explosion on a railway track destroyed eight carriages of a cargo train.
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 18, In Turkmenistan authorities arrested Ogulsapar Muradova, a reporter affiliated with Bulgaria-based Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, funded by the US. They detained her three adult children the next day. Muradova and two other rights defenders, Amankurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khajiyev, were sentenced from six to seven years. In September Muradova died while in prison.
    (AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 9/15/06)

2007        Jun 19, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea it would face consequences if it test-fired a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West Coast of the United States.
    (AP, 6/19/07)
2006        Jun 19, The US Supreme Court rolled back coverage of the Clean Water Act, but did not agree on how to define the waters protected by the act.
    (WSJ, 6/20/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 19, US Interior Chief Kempthorne set new rules making it harder for snowmobiles and off-road vehicles to get permission to ride in national parks.
    (WSJ, 6/20/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 19, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin asked the state to send National Guard troops to help patrol the city streets under a growing crime problem. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she would send National Guard troops and state police to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a bloody weekend in which six people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/20/06, p.A1)(AP, 6/19/07)
2006        Jun 19, It was reported that cosmetics magnate Ronald S. Lauder had purchased the Gustav Klimt portrait "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" (1907) for a record $135 million. This eclipsed the 2004 sale of Picasso’s “Boy With a Pipe" for $104.1 million.
    (SFC, 6/19/06, p.E2)
2006        Jun 19, In Raleigh, NC, the Carolina Hurricanes blunted an historic comeback bid by the Edmonton Oilers with a 3-1 Game Seven win to lift their first Stanley Cup.
    (Reuters, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 19, Faheem Khalid Lodhi (36), a Pakistani-born architect was convicted of plotting a terrorist attack in Australia. He was arrested in April 2004 at his home in suburban Sydney. The jury convicted Lodhi of charges relating to maps, chemical inquiries and bombmaking instructions. On August 23 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/19/06)(AP, 8/23/06)
2006        Jun 19, Egyptian authorities detained 31 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, bringing to nearly 700 the number of members arrested since a crackdown began in March.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 19, A parked car bomb struck an Iraqi army convoy, killing five people and wounding nine. An umbrella group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq claimed that it had kidnapped two American soldiers reported missing south of Baghdad, where 8,000 Iraqi and US troops were conducting a massive search. Hundreds of American and Iraqi troops backed by a US gunship pushed into an insurgent-infested section of eastern Ramadi. The bodies of two US soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca (23) of Houston, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker (25) of Madras, Ore., were found. The men were "killed in a barbaric way." Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility, and said the successor to slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had "slaughtered" them. The US Army said it has charged three soldiers in connection with the May 9 deaths of 3 Iraqis who were in military custody in northern Iraq. The US military captured a senior al Qaeda in Iraq member near an area where the group's leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a US air strike two weeks ago. Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was captured north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/19/06)(AP, 6/20/06)(Reuters, 6/23/06)AP, 9/6/06)
2006        Jun 19, It was reported that the Iraqi government was pumping millions of barrels of an oil refinery byproduct called “black oil" into a mountainous area called Makhul near the Tigris River where it was burned. The insurgency prevented the substance from being exported for further refining at more modern facilities.
    (SFC, 6/19/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 19, Israel's defense minister has ordered a review of the route of Israel's separation barrier to better reflect Palestinian concerns, a decision that could have significant implications for Israel's future borders.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 19, In Onitsha, Nigeria, 204 prison inmates were set free by the "hoodlums" who invaded the building at around 2:00 am. The attack on Onitsha prison came less than 24 hours after troops were deployed and a curfew imposed on the troubled city. Clashes between the banned Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), a separatist group, and police were reported to have left several people dead at the weekend.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 19, In Norway the prime ministers of 5 nations gathered at the northern island of Svalbard to lay the cornerstone for the Svalbard Int’l. Seed Vault. The site will hold millions of seed varieties to restock the planet in the case of a global catastrophe.
    (SFC, 6/19/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 19, In Pakistan militants in South Waziristan shot dead Nazimuddin Gangikhel, a senior Pakistani tribesman with close ties to the US-backed Afghan government.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 19, Sri Lanka invited Tamil Tiger rebels to negotiate peace and save their collapsing ceasefire as 2 more soldiers were killed in a weekend of violence that left over 50 people dead.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 19, The Sudanese government and the Eastern Front under Eritrean mediation signed a ceasefire agreement and pledged to work for a comprehensive settlement of their dispute.
    (AFP, 10/10/06)
2006        Jun 19, Swiss chocolate-maker Nestle AG said it will fatten up its weight-loss business by buying Jenny Craig Inc. for $600 million.
    (AP, 6/19/06)
2006        Jun 19, The UN inaugurated its new Human Rights Council. The 47-member council replaced the Human Rights Commission, which became discredited in recent years as rights-abusing countries conspired to escape condemnation. Muslim countries and various non-democracies held a majority of the 47 seats.
    (AP, 6/19/06)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.68)

2006        Jun 20, One of the largest US military exercises in decades got underway off Guam island in the western Pacific.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, The US Mint at West Point, NY, staged a promotion for the nation’s first 24-karat, pure gold one-ounce coin, the American Buffalo. The $50 gold piece design was based on the 1913 buffalo nickel designed by James Earle Fraser. Orders for the bullion version began June 19, and orders for the proof coin would begin June 22 at $875 per proof coin.
    (WSJ, 6/16/06, p.C3)(SFC, 6/21/06, p.C1)
2006        Jun 20, A Washington DC jury found former Bush administration official David Safavian guilty of covering up his dealings with Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff. Safavian was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the underlying conviction was thrown out by an appeals court in 2008. In Dec, 2008, Safavian was convicted of obstructing justice and lying. In Oct 2009 he was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
    (AP, 6/20/06)(SFC, 10/17/09, p.A6)
2006        Jun 20, A US defense official said the United States has moved its ground-based interceptor missile defense system from test mode to operational amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, National Guardsmen rolled into New Orleans to reinforce a depleted police department and battle a surge in violence.
    (AP, 6/20/07)
2006        Jun 20, CBS announced that Dan Rather, the anchorman who dominated CBS News for more than two decades, is leaving the network after 44 years.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, The Miami Heat won their first NBA title, beating the Dallas Mavericks 95-92 in Game 6.
    (AP, 6/20/07)
2006        Jun 20, Georgia Tech and IBM announced a microchip speed record of 500 billion cycles per second (500 gigahertz) by applying liquid helium to cool a chip to 451 degrees below zero.
    (SFC, 6/20/06, p.C3)
2006        Jun 20, In southern Afghanistan an explosion tore apart a coalition tank, killing one Romanian soldier and wounding four others. Afghan and coalition forces clashed with Taliban fighters in southern Helmand province, leaving 20 militants dead. Coalition soldiers accidentally fired on an unmarked police car in eastern Kunar province, killing 3 Afghan policemen and wounding 3.
    (AP, 6/20/06)(AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 20, British media reported that PM Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth II are to get two new dedicated aircraft, dubbed "Blair Force One" and "Blair Force Two."
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, Chad accused Sudan of cross-border attacks and urged the Security Council to meet over its neighbor's alleged "aggression and destabilization."
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, The UN said production of the coca plant used to make cocaine had increased by 8% in Colombia, to 330 square miles.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report that Congo's armed forces and police are responsible for the majority of documented abuses against children in the chaotic country, sometimes abducting kids to carry equipment or for sex.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, East Timor prosecutors ordered the arrest of Rogerio Lobato, the former interior minister, for supplying weapons to a hit squad tasked with eliminating the prime minister's political opponents. International troops tightened security across the capital as hundreds of protesters gathered to demand PM Mari Alkatiri's ouster.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, US-led forces killed 15 terror suspects and detained three others during raids in a village northeast of Baghdad. Residents said 13 civilians also were killed. 4 Marines were killed in insurgency-ridden Anbar province, three of them in a roadside bombing and a fourth in a separate operation. The US military recovered the booby-trapped bodies of two missing soldiers in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/20/06)(AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/20/07)
2006        Jun 20, Indonesian officials said a 14-year-year-old boy died of bird flu last week, raising the country's death toll to at least 39 people.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, Italian police arrested at least 45 people in an anti-Mafia crackdown in Sicily, including top bosses who had allegedly been in touch with Bernardo Provenzano, the reputed No. 1 boss picked up earlier this year.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, Japan ordered the withdrawal of its ground troops from Iraq, declaring the humanitarian mission a success and ending a groundbreaking dispatch that tested the limits of its pacifist postwar constitution.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, A second bus service rolled between the Indian and Pakistani zones of disputed Kashmir, a move hailed as a boost for the peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, A senior UN official marked World Refugee Day by welcoming home 125 Liberians from Sierra Leone where they lived for years seeking haven from Liberia's civil war. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was taken to a Dutch prison to await a UN war crimes trial for the killing, rape or mutilation of hundreds of thousands in West Africa.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, Lithuania plunged deeper into political crisis after lawmakers rejected their president's choice for prime minister, edging the Baltic country toward early elections and its 14th government in 15 years. 52 lawmakers voted in favor of and 48 against Social Democrat Zigmantas Balcytis, who was nominated last week to the premiership by President Valdas Adamkus. There were 32 abstentions.
    (AFP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, Two Filipino oil workers were kidnapped near the Nigerian oil city of Port Harcourt in the southern Niger Delta.
    (AFP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, Pakistani authorities negotiated a temporary truce after at least 14 people died and 35 were wounded in a gunbattle near Parachinar between two tribes over access to water.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, In Gaza City Mohammed Roka (5), Samia el-Sharif (5), and Bilal Al-hassi (16) were killed by an Israeli missile that hit a group of children, but didn't kill the militants in the targeted car. After the air attack went awry, Israel defended its pursuit of militants, but said it would "continue to take every precaution to keep civilians out of harm's way."
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 20, In Spain and France 12 people, including one of the founders of the Basque separatists ETA, were arrested in pre-dawn raids in a crackdown on illegal financing of the armed group.
    (AFP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, Sudanese state news said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ruled out letting UN troops into the Darfur region, saying he would not permit such a deployment as long as he was in power.
    (AP, 6/20/06)
2006        Jun 20, A US Embassy spokesman said the United States has asked Suriname to extradite a Guyanese man wanted on drug charges in New York. Shaheed Khan was arrested June 15 by authorities in Suriname.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 20, Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced plans to build three nuclear power plants by 2015 to meet the country's growing energy needs.
    (AP, 6/20/06)

2006        Jun 21, The US Marine Corps announced that seven Marines and a sailor had been charged with murdering an Iraqi civilian in April. The sailor and three Marines later pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2006        Jun 21, Federal prosecutors charged more than three dozen members of a Chicago street gang with running a drug ring that sold crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin and the potentially lethal prescription painkiller fentanyl.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Tallahassee, Florida, corrections officer Ralph Hill, an Air Force veteran, had smuggled a gun into the prison and opened fire on FBI agents and Justice Department investigators. Hill (43) and Justice Department special agent William "Buddy" Sentner (44) were killed, and a prison employee helping with the arrests was wounded. The federal agents were trying to arrest Hill and five others indicted in a sex-for-contraband scandal.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, A nonprofit think-tank said chief executive officers in the US earned 262 times the pay of an average worker in 2005, the second-highest level in the 40 years for which there is data.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, In California some 830 firefighters battled a fire in the Los Padres National Forest, which grew to an estimated 14,000 acres. It was 35% contained.
    (SFC, 6/22/06, p.B4)
2006        Jun 21, It was reported that the pair of moons orbiting Pluto were officially christened Nix and Hydra last week by the International Astronomical Union, which is in charge of approving celestial names.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Afghanistan 4 US soldiers were killed in a battle with Taliban insurgents in northeastern Nuristan province. 17 insurgents were killed after coalition forces surprised them setting up an ambush site near Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.A13)(AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 21, Australian soldiers in Baghdad mistakenly opened fire on Iraqi Trade Minister Abdul Falah al-Sudany's bodyguards, killing one and wounding three people. The Australian government apologized the next day.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, Scores of students chanting "Bush Go Home!" marched through Austria's capital to protest a visit by President Bush for the annual US-EU summit. The summit produced no breakthroughs but showed Bush moving toward better cooperation with Europe on Iran, energy, climate change and other fronts. Bush accused Iran of dragging its feet on a Western incentive package aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment activity.
    (AP, 6/21/06)(WSJ, 6/22/06, p.A4)(AP, 6/21/07)
2006        Jun 21, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao flew into South Africa on the fifth leg of an African tour where he is due to sign a nuclear cooperation pact and hold talks on the thorny question of textile imports from Beijing.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Juan Carlos Robinson Agramonte (49), a Communist official long held up as an example of Cuba’s future leadership, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for influence-peddling.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, East Timorese PM Mari Alkatiri likely will resign, his spokesman said, as the country's president and members of the beleaguered leader's own party joined a chorus of people saying he no longer had their trust.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Indian PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for an ambitious $4.2 billion metro rail scheme to tackle traffic woes in the western economic centre of Mumbai.
    (AFP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Indonesian officials said heavy rains unleashed floods and landslides on a Sulawesi island, killing at least 112 people.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country will respond in mid-August to the package of incentives on its nuclear program offered by the West. "We are studying the proposals. Hopefully, we will present our views about the package by mid-August."
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Khamis al-Obeidi, one of Saddam Hussein's main lawyers, was shot to death after he was abducted from his Baghdad home by men wearing police uniforms. This was the third killing of a member of the former leader's defense team since the trial started some eight months ago. An al-Qaida-led insurgent group said in an Internet statement that it has decided to kill four Russian Embassy workers, kidnapped on June 3, after a deadline for meeting its demands passed. A parked car bombing struck a Shiite slum in Baghdad, killing at least two people and wounding three. Gunmen abducted about 85 workers and family members at the end of a factory shift at the al-Nasr plant between Baghdad and Taji. About 30 of the hostages, mainly women and children, were released shortly after they were taken captive. A US soldier died south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/21/06)(AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, The Ivory Coast soccer team, the Elephants, won their 1st ever World Cup match in a Group C consolation game against Serbia-Montenegro 3-2. They lost their first 2 games against Argentina and the Netherlands.
    (http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/worldcup/team?statsId=615)
2006        Jun 21, Japan agreed to lift its ban on US beef imports, pending planned inspections of US meat processing plants.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Indian Kashmir 5 Hindu pilgrims were injured in a grenade attack on their bus by suspected Islamic militants. A senior rebel and a political activist were killed in separate incidents.
    (AFP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Nepal a small plane carrying nine Nepalese crashed into a mountain as it was approaching an airstrip.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Nigeria’s Pres. Olusegun removed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from the finance ministry and installed her as the foreign minister.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.46)(http://people.africadatabase.org/en/person/16262.html)
2006        Jun 21, In Karachi, Pakistan, police arrested Usman Kurd, a Sunni Muslim extremist, allegedly behind multiple attacks that killed more than 150 people, mainly Shiite Muslims, in southwestern Pakistan since 1999. 3 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 3 wounded when a bomb exploded near a military convoy in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. The attack came hours after a Pakistani military helicopter crashed into a dam shortly after take-off from Bannu, leaving one soldier dead and three missing.
    (AP, 6/21/06)(AFP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, The parties behind Ukraine's Orange Revolution agreed to form a coalition government, ending three months of tense talks to preserve a pro-Western government that has sought to shed Russia's influence.
    (AP, 6/21/06)

2006        Jun 22, The Bush administration confirmed it had gained access to international banking records as part of a classified program to choke off financial support for terrorism.
    (AP, 6/22/07)
2006        Jun 22, The US was eliminated from soccer’s World Cup by Ghana 2-1.
    (WSJ, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 22, The US Supreme Court expanded the definition of what constitutes “retaliatory discrimination" by employers against employees.
    (WSJ, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 22, The US national Academy of Sciences reported that the last few decades of the 20th century were warmer than any comparable period in the last 400 years.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 22, In Connecticut E. Forbes Smiley III (50), of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., admitted in federal court that he had stolen nearly 100 rare maps worth about $3 million in a case that sent librarians and investigators scurrying to review collections and recover stolen treasures.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 22, In Florida FBI agents arrested 7 people in the Liberty City area of Miami in connection with a nascent plot to attack the Sears Tower and federal buildings in south Florida. Narseal Batiste (32), the alleged ringleader, called the group “Seas of David." In 2009 five Miami men were convicted of plotting to start an anti-government insurrection by destroying Chicago's Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices. One man was acquitted.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.A10)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.26)(AP, 5/12/09)
2006        Jun 22, In San Jose, Ca., Mayor Ron Gonzales was arrested on charges in a garbage contract scandal that included bribery, conspiracy and misappropriation of funds. Joe Guerra, the mayor’s top aide, was also arrested on similar charges. Both posted $50,000 bail.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 22, Privacy advocates slammed AT&T Inc. for declaring that it owned its Internet and video customers' account information and could hand the data over to law enforcement if needed.
    (Reuters, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, A 2,585-acre fire approached Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona. The blaze started June 18 in a camp used by transients and spread quickly.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, Colorado's Gov. Bill Owens banned open burning and fireworks as a wildfire there grew to nearly 12,000 acres.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai urged the international community to reassess its approach to the war on terror, saying the deaths of hundreds of Afghans in fighting with US-led forces was "not acceptable." In eastern Afghanistan 5 Afghan aid workers were abducted, including 3 employed by a Swedish aid agency. The aid workers were released on June 25.
    (AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/25/06)(AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 22, In Australia a 176-year-old giant tortoise, believed to have been studied by famed English naturalist Charles Darwin, died after a short illness. Harriet was originally named Harry, as she was mistakenly identified as male, an error which was not rectified for more than a century.
    (AFP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 22, East Timor's president threatened to resign after the ruling party defied his orders to oust the prime minister.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, Hungarian PM Ferenc Gyurcsany said he and Pres. Bush had discussed calls to relax US rules which exclude citizens of nine of the bloc's 10 new member states, including Hungary, from visa waivers enjoyed by most of its other 15 member states. President Bush said war-weary Iraqis could learn from the Hungarians' long and bloody struggle against tyranny.
    (Reuters, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/22/07)
2006        Jun 22, Environmental activists warned that unregulated use of mercury in India is putting millions of people at risk, and the country has now become the world's second-largest user of the poisonous chemical.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, A ship carrying more than 100 passengers and crew sunk off Indonesia's Sumatra island in bad weather. 73 people were rescued. Soldiers in central Indonesia pulled bodies from villages razed by floods and landslides, bringing the death toll from days of heavy rain to more than 200 people.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, Iraqi police stormed a farm north of Baghdad and freed at least 17 people who were snatched a day earlier in a mass kidnapping of about 85 workers and family members at the end of a factory shift. An explosion of sectarian and revenge killings in Mosul over the past three days claimed 19 lives. The US military announced that four Marines were killed during operations in Anbar province, three of them in a roadside bombing.
    (AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/25/06)
2006        Jun 22, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert apologized for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in recent Israeli army airstrikes after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at an informal breakfast in Jordan.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, The Red Cross federation admitted Israel's Magen David Adom society simultaneously with the Palestine Red Crescent. An optional new emblem, dubbed the "red crystal," was adopted so that Israel could retain its red star of David instead of having to adopt the red cross or crescent used by the 184 other societies in the global movement.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, Liberia's truth commission formally began work to document atrocities committed during nearly a quarter-century of conflict including the country's 14-year civil war (1990-2004), which left some 250,000 dead.
    (AP, 6/23/06)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.48)
2006        Jun 22, The UN Security Council unanimously recommended that newly independent Montenegro become the 192nd member of the United Nations.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 22, Nepal's Maoist rebels said they are not prepared to disarm but are willing to put their army and their weapons under the supervision of the United Nations.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, Somalia's largely powerless government and the Islamic fighters who control the country's capital agreed to stop military action and recognize each other.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 22, Parties backing the "Orange Revolution" agreed to form a coalition government to keep the pro-Western administration on course for bringing Ukraine out of Russia's shadow and into the European mainstream.
    (AP, 6/22/06)

2006        Jun 23, Vice President Cheney denounced the revelation of an anti-terrorism program that tapped into an immense international database of confidential financial records.
    (AP, 6/23/07)
2006        Jun 23, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced he was leaving the Bush administration.
    (AP, 6/23/07)
2006        Jun 23, A US federal appeals court tossed out a controversial rule requiring hedge fund advisors to register with the SEC.
    (WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 23, Aaron Spelling (83), TV producer, died. He captivated generations of television viewers with shows like "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981) and "Beverly Hills 90210" and left an indelible stamp on American pop culture.
    (AP, 6/24/06)(SFC, 6/24/06, p.A2)
2006        Jun 23, Julian White (b.1930), American composer and pianist, died at his home in Kensington, Ca. His work included “The Montmorency Offertory" (1983) and the ballet “The Man Who Died" (1985).
    (SFC, 7/7/06, p.B9)
2006        Jun 23, In Afghanistan coalition troops fought more than 40 extremists during a five-hour gunbattle near the village of Mirabad, in southern Uruzgan province. Most of the militants were believed killed. Afghan and coalition forces battled a large group of militants in the Zharie district of Kandahar province, killing about 25 during the three hours of fighting. Provincial officials in Zabul said the decapitated bodies of four men, who were abducted at gunpoint earlier in the week, were discovered in Shahjoy district near the village of Chinoh.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 23, Bolivia’s energy minister said that he's seeking criminal charges against ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and others for allegedly cheating the state in a gas pipeline investment deal.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, A bankruptcy judge canceled the planned sale of Brazil's flagship Varig airline to a workers' group, throwing the future of the carrier into limbo and virtually ensuring more travel chaos ahead for ticket holders in Brazil and abroad.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 23, In Cameroon a truck carrying a load of sand slammed into a passenger bus, killing at least 34 people.
    (AP, 6/2306)
2006        Jun 23, Chinese PM Wen Jiabao arrived in Uganda, the final leg of a seven-nation African tour aimed at boosting ties and partnerships as well as shopping for resources for his country's fast-expanding economy.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, East Timor's president backed off a threat to resign, telling thousands of flag-waving supporters he would not abandon them as the country searched for a solution to weeks of political turmoil and bloody street battles.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, The leaders of EurAsEC countries convened in Minsk, Belarus, for the 16th session of the Interstate Council of Eurasian Economic Community. The Summit was attended by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyeva and the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmonov.
    (www.press-service.uz/en/content.scm?contentId=22610)
2006        Jun 23, Indian border guards killed four Bangladesh villagers in two separate shootings.
    (AFP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 23, UN bird flu experts said 7 recent deaths in Indonesia involved a viral mutation, but one that didn’t spread beyond that gathering.
    (WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 23, Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said Iran will halt gasoline imports from September 23 and start rationing gasoline supplies to motorists because of budget constraints.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and opened fire on US and Iraqi troops outside the heavily fortified Green Zone. A bomb struck a Sunni mosque northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 12 worshippers and wounding 15 in the same town where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was slain earlier this month. 3 armed members of the Mahdi army militia of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr were killed while battling US forces in eastern Baghdad. 5 Iraqi soldiers and 3 police died during the clashes on Haifa Street and 8 suspected insurgents were arrested. 5 bodies found in the Tigris River were confirmed as part of the group kidnapped June 21 in Taji. One US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad and another in a "non-combat incident" that was being investigated.
    (AP, 6/23/06)(AFP, 6/23/06)(AP, 6/24/06)(SFC, 6/24/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 23, Japan and Washington agreed to strengthen cooperation on missile defense amid concerns of a possible long-range rocket launch by North Korea.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, In Mexico Enrique Rueda Pacheco, the leader of about 70,000 striking teachers in southern Oaxaca state, said they won't interfere with the July 2 presidential election, and promised to meet with a civic commission to try to resolve their pay demands. The monthlong strike has left 1.3 million children in grade and high schools in Oaxaca without classes.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired three homemade rockets into Israel, hours after the Israeli prime minister pledged to push forward with airstrikes against the militants despite a recent string of civilian casualties.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, In the southern Philippines a car bomb exploded in a public market in Shariff Aguad as a convoy carrying a provincial governor was passing by, killing five people wounding 10 others.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, Poland's finance minister resigned after a prosecutor asked a court to investigate whether she collaborated with the country's communist-era secret police.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 23, In Serbia a popular Belgrade newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying top war crimes fugitive General Ratko Mladic had suffered "his third stroke" and was in grave condition, near death.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, In Somalia Martin Adler, a Swedish television cameraman, was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman during a demonstration in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/23/06)(www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2006/06/adler.html)
2006        Jun 23, Saudi security forces stormed a suspected al-Qaida hideout in Riyadh, killing six militants and arresting a seventh after an exchange of gunfire.
    (AP, 6/23/06)
2006        Jun 23, Turkey's top court indefinitely suspended the corruption trial of former PM Mesut Yilmaz on technical grounds, a move that amounts to the case being dropped.
    (AP, 6/23/06)

2006        Jun 24, Patsy Ramsey (49), who was thrust into the national spotlight by the unsolved slaying of her daughter JonBenet, died in Roswell, Ga.
    (AP, 6/24/07)
2006        Jun 24, Coalition and Afghan forces killed about 45 Taliban militants during the fighting in the Panjwayi district of southern Kandahar province. 2 coalition soldiers died from wounds.
    (AP, 6/25/06)
2006        Jun 24, Algeria’s state news reported that Algeria had agreed with Canada for early repayment of its debt totaling some $255 million, the eighth such accord with creditor countries since mid-May. Algeria has signed accords covering 3.25 billion of an estimated $8 billion. Apart from Canada, they cover France (1.6 billion), Portugal (20 million), the Netherlands (45 million), Belgium (225 million), Denmark (54.3 million), Austria (396 million) and Spain (690 million). Agreements would be concluded this week with Sweden, for $11 million, and Finland for 15 million. The main creditors still outstanding include Italy, which is owed $1.7 billion, and the United States, 1.2 billion.
    (AFP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced his bid for a second term, pledging to push harder to eradicate poverty in Latin America's largest country if re-elected.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, In Haiti Ed Hughes (72), a Canadian missionary, was released after kidnappers received a ransom raised by his friends and colleagues.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 24, Israeli troops briefly entered the Gaza Strip before dawn and arrested two Hamas militants, one of their first incursions into the Palestinian-controlled area since last summer's withdrawal.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, Iraqi agencies reported that at least 50,000 Iraqis had died since the 2003 US-led invasion, 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration. A roadside bomb struck a police patrol near the al-Sadiq University for Islamic Studies in a predominantly Shiite area in northern Baghdad, killing 2 policemen and wounding 3 others. Police found an unidentified body of a man who had been handcuffed, bound by the legs and shot to death in Baghdad. A roadside bomb aimed at a patrol of police commandos missed its target but killed a civilian and wounded 4 others in western Baghdad. In Kirkuk, a roadside bomb killed the local chief of intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mussa Hatam, along with two of his guards.  A US soldier was killed by a bomb during a foot patrol south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/24/06)(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.A18)
2006        Jun 24, Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group, fired Mwalimu Mati, the executive director of its Kenya chapter, accusing him of misusing at least $26,800 through double billing and other financial improprieties.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, Philippines’ President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed a law abolishing the death penalty, giving final approval to a measure that divided many Filipinos.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said security forces had arrested 42 suspected terrorists, including four foreign nationals, allegedly involved in earlier attacks across the kingdom. 27 of the detainees, including an Ethiopian and two Somalis, were rounded up May 9-23 in Riyadh, Mecca, the Eastern Region province and the Hafer al-Baten province that borders Iraq. An Iraqi and three Saudis were detained in a June 17 raid on a desert camp in Hafer al-Baten. Another nine, all Saudis, also were captured at a desert hideout in Hafer al-Baten. Two more suspected were arrested after the June 23 raid.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, In Somalia Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, a fundamentalist Muslim, who the US suspects of collaborating with al-Qaida terrorists, was named as the new leader of an Islamic militia that has seized control of Mogadishu. Aweys was aided by fighters loosely linked to the Shabab, the armed wing of Islamic Courts Union.
    (AP, 6/24/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.44)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.58)
2006        Jun 24, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers extended a deadline for EU truce monitors to withdraw from the island, while the army accused the rebels of shooting dead 2 soldiers in the northwest.
    (Reuters, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, In Timor-Leste thousands of protesters demanded the ouster of PM Mari Alkatiri, blaming him for provoking violence and political chaos.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, Vietnam's president, prime minister and chief of parliament all submitted their resignations, bowing out in a long-awaited internal shuffle to make way for a new generation of leaders.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 24, Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a US ally in the war on terrorism, said he would run for re-election this year despite earlier assurances that he would step down after 28 years in power.
    (AP, 6/24/06)

2006        Jun 25, SF celebrated its 36th annual Pride Parade. Some 200 groups passed before hundreds of thousands of spectators.
    (SFC, 6/26/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 25, In Denver, Colorado, Michael Ford burst into a sprawling Safeway Inc. warehouse, killing one person, wounding five others and sending terrified workers fleeing the building. The attacker was later killed in a shootout with police.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 25, Dr. Robert Scarborough (b.1953), a leading researcher in heart drugs, died of brain cancer. He led the development of Natrecor, used for acute heart failure, and Integrillin, used for the prevention of heart attacks.
    (SFC, 8/1/06, p.B5)
2006        Jun 25, Actress Nicole Kidman married country music star Keith Urban in Sydney, Australia.
    (AP, 6/25/07)
2006        Jun 25, It was reported that Iran had purchased 800 high-caliber sniper rifles made by Steyr Mannlicher, an Austrian firm.
    (SSFC, 6/25/06, Par p.7)
2006        Jun 25, Arcelor, based in Luxembourg, accepted Mittal Steel's 27-billion-euro ($34 billion) partnership offer. The new group, would be owned 50.6% by Arcelor shareholders and 49.4% by those of Mittal, of which 43% would be controlled by the Mittal family of India.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.56)
2006        Jun 25, In Afghanistan a coalition soldier was fatally wounded during combat operations in the Pech district of Kunar province. Pfc. Justin R. Davis (19) of Gaithersburg, Md., died in eastern Kunar province when he came in contact with indirect fire while on patrol during combat operations.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 7/1/06)
2006        Jun 25, Algerian soldiers launched a major assault on a hideout of Islamic insurgents, killing 19 militants, including the regional emir, Merouani (40).
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 25, In southern China flash flooding caused by torrential rain in Hunan province killed at least 21 people with another 6 missing.
    (AP, 6/25/06)(AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 25, PM Nouri al-Maliki offered an olive branch to insurgents who join in rebuilding Iraq and that lawmakers should set a timeline for the Iraqi military and police to take control of security nationwide. Maliki presented a 24-point national reconciliation plan to parliament aimed at stemming sectarian tensions and violence. An al-Qaida-linked group posted a Web video showing the killings of 3 Russian embassy workers abducted earlier this month in Iraq. A fourth also was said to have been killed.
    (AP, 6/25/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.42)
2006        Jun 25, Hamas militants infiltrated southern Israel through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip and attacked a tank with bombs and grenades, killing two crew members and kidnapping a third. Gilad Shalit (19), an Israeli corporal, was kidnapped. Israeli military officials said seven or eight militants crossed under a border fence through a tunnel that extended 300 yards inside Israel. Soldiers shot dead three gunmen. 3 groups claimed responsibility: the Islamic Army, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) and the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.
    (AP, 6/25/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.41)
2006        Jun 25, Italians voted in a constitutional referendum on whether to give regions more clout and shift power to the premier to encourage more stability in a country that has had 61 governments since World War II.
    (AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 25, Mauritanians voted overwhelmingly to limit presidential terms in a referendum aimed at ensuring they get a change of leadership at least once every 10 years.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 25, In Morocco police reported that 4 men were arrested in Rabat in connection with the February 22 theft of more than 53 million pounds from a Kent cash depot, considered Britain's biggest ever bank robbery.
    (AFP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 25, Two Filipino oil workers, kidnapped in Nigeria's southern oil delta, were released after five days in captivity.
    (AP, 6/25/06)
2006        Jun 25, Sudan suspended the work of all UN missions in Darfur except for UNICEF and the World Food Program, in response to the use of a UN helicopter to transport a rebel leader.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 25, An explosion in the popular Turkish Mediterranean resort town of Antalya killed three people and injured about 25 others.
    (AP, 6/25/06)

2006        Jun 26, President Bush said it was "disgraceful" that newspapers had disclosed a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorist suspects.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2006        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that Vermont's 1997 limits on contributions and spending in political campaigns are too low and improperly hinder the ability of candidates to raise money and speak to voters.
    (www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/26/supremecourt/main1751377.shtml)
2006        Jun 26, More than a foot of rain inundated Washington DC, toppling a 100-year-old elm tree on the White House lawn and causing flooding that closed major government departments.
    (WSJ, 6/27/06, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/07)
2006        Jun 26, Warren Buffett, the world's second-richest person, donated some $37 billion, more than 80% of his fortune, to foundations run by his friend Bill Gates and by the Buffett family. The Gates foundation received $31 billion.
    (SFC, 6/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 26, Fifteen finalists were named in the inaugural Purpose Prize, awarded to Americans over 60 who have used their experience and skills to tackle social problems. Prizes came from the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation.
    (SFC, 6/26/06, p.A2)
2006        Jun 26, GM said that 35,000 workers had accepted incentives to retire early.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.55)(http://tinyurl.com/e6ddb)
2006        Jun 26, In California 2 Navy jets collided near King City and one pilot was killed.
    (SFC, 6/27/06, p.B5)
2006        Jun 26, The Bank for Int’l. Settlements, the central banks’ bank, said a tightening of monetary policy would continue in an effort to keep inflation at bay.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.52)
2006        Jun 26, In southern Afghanistan 30 rebels and four Afghan soldiers died in a series of clashes. Coalition and Afghan forces killed 10 militants during a raid on a compound belonging to a weapons producer in the Shahidi Hassas district of Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 6/27/06)(SFC, 6/28/06, p.A13)
2006        Jun 26, In Brazil 12 men and one woman were killed in a gunfight with police outside a prison in Sao Bernardo do Campo, an industrial suburb on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. Acting on orders from imprisoned PCC leaders, they had planned to shoot as many as 60 guards from four lockups over a 10-day period as they headed to work or finished their shifts.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, Foundem, a small British shopping comparison site, discovered that all of its obvious comparison shopping keywords no longer applied for the company due to changes made by Google.
    (www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/19/google_hand_of_god/)
2006        Jun 26, Phelps Dodge Corp. said it would acquire Canada's Inco Ltd. and Falconbridge Ltd. for about $40 billion in a blockbuster deal to create the world's largest nickel miner and second-largest copper producer.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, An attack on an army camp in the Central African Republic (CAR) resulted in 33 deaths. The provisional toll included 11 CAR soldiers, two Chadian soldiers from the multinational force FOMUC and 20 attackers.
    (AFP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, East Timor's embattled PM Alkatiri resigned, setting off celebrations in the violence-scarred capital and raising hopes for an end to weeks of political turmoil and unrest.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, The EU urged all nations to sign a global convention against torture, calling the practice "cruel, inhuman and degrading" not only to victims but to those who inflict such treatment on people.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Thousands of doctors at municipal hospitals in Germany walked off the job in a strike that follows a recent round of walkouts by their counterparts at university-run clinics. A 2-year-old bear was killed by a hunter under sanction by officials in the southern state of Bavaria. Bruno was the first wild bear to be seen in Germany since 1835. The next day Italy's environment minister lodged an official protest with his German counterpart over the killing.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 26, In central Indonesia a police officer said floods triggered by heavy rain killed 22 people, the second such disaster in the sprawling nation in less than a week.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Gunmen attacked a convoy assigned to Iraq's most senior Sunni Arab politician, killing one bodyguard. Bombs killed at least 40 people at markets in Baqouba and Hillah, hours after key lawmakers said 7 Sunni Arab insurgent groups offered the government a conditional truce. A security company headed by Henry E. Wilkins, a former US State Department official, said it will oversee the $300 million construction of a large international airport in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Israel massed troops along the Gaza Strip border in preparation for what PM Ehud Olmert said would be a "broad and ongoing" operation against Palestinian militants following the abduction of an Israeli soldier.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Near-final returns showed Italians soundly rejected massive changes to the country's postwar constitution that proponents had argued would increase political stability and modernize the country.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, An official said Japan hopes to slash greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming with a revolutionary plan to pump 200 million tons of carbon dioxide into underground storage reservoirs by 2020 instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(WSJ, 6/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 26, Officials said Tokyo and Washington will deploy advanced Patriot interceptor missiles in Japan for the first time, amid concerns North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a long-range ballistic missile.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, In Mexico assailants armed with automatic rifles shot and killed a top policeman and his bodyguard as they drove home in the resort city of Cancun.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, Nigerian authorities re-arrested Gbenga Arulegba, the presenter of a political TV program, and charged him with sedition over a show critical of the president.
    (Reuters, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, In tribal-dominated northwestern Pakistan a suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint, killing six soldiers and wounding 10 others.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.40)
2006        Jun 26, A new survey said Moscow has eclipsed Tokyo as the world's most expensive city. The Russian capital moved up 3 spots from a year ago thanks to a recent property boom. South Korea's Seoul ranked second on the list, up from fifth last year.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, In Sri Lanka a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to a car carrying Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga, the country's third-highest-ranking military officer, killing the officer and three others.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 1/8/08)
2006        Jun 26, The Sudanese government lifted its partial suspension of UN work in conflict-wracked Darfur.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a published interview that Lebanon is becoming a shelter for al-Qaida-linked militants fleeing across the Syrian border after a crackdown by authorities there.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, In central Venezuela a riot by inmates fighting for control of cell blocks within a prison left seven prisoners dead and 11 wounded.
    (AP, 6/27/06)

2006        Jun 27, A constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the American flag died in a US Senate cliffhanger, falling one vote short of the 67 needed to send it to states for ratification.
    (AP, 6/27/07)
2006        Jun 27, US Surgeon General Richard Carmona issued a report that said secondhand smoke dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers.
    (SFC, 6/28/06, p.A11)
2006        Jun 27, Washington DC was scheduled to begin a campaign to screen every resident (14-84) for the AIDS virus. DC was experiencing the highest rate of new AIDS cases in the US.
    (SSFC, 6/25/06, p.A8)
2006        Jun 27, A US federal court in Hawaii authorized partial compensation of $2,000 each to about 7,500 victims of human rights abuses under late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 27, In California the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution to let the public vote on the November 7 ballot for the impeachment of President Bush.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 27, The City Council of Oakland, Ca., passed a measure to ban Styrofoam food packaging for restaurant takeout food effective January, 2007.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B3)
2006        Jun 27, Railroad Killer'' Angel Maturino Resendiz, linked to 15 murders, was executed in Texas for the slaying of physician Claudia Benton in 1998.
    (AP, 6/27/07)
2006        Jun 27, In Afghanistan 2 members of the UK armed forces were killed in action in Helmand province. 2 Afghan soldiers and 11 insurgents were killed in the fighting. 2 civilians died in a suicide blast aimed at a German patrol in the north.
    (AP, 6/27/06)(SFC, 6/28/06, p.A13)
2006        Jun 27, In northeastern Brazil a two-story abandoned building collapsed onto three houses and a construction supply store in Recife, killing 7 people and injuring 7 others.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 27, Archbishop Rowan Williams, head of the 80 million member Anglican Communion, suggested the communion could break up into a core of constituent churches willing to sign a doctrinal covenant on homosexuality and other thorny issues.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.52)
2006        Jun 27, Chechnya's new separatist leader named warlord Shamil Basayev, wanted by Russia for a string of shocking terrorist attacks, as his vice president in a move that could signal a radicalization of the Chechen rebel movement.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 27, China’s government said a law imposing fines on media that report emergencies such as riots and natural disasters without official approval could go into effect by October. A rights group urged Beijing to scrap it. Xinhua News said a cache of dynamite exploded in a house in northern Shaanxi province, killing at least 10 people and injuring 20.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, Egyptian security forces shot dead two men named as members of a group behind deadly bombings in Sinai tourist resorts.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, Ethiopia claimed to have killed more than 110 rebels allegedly sent by arch-foe Horn of Africa neighbor Eritrea to destabilize the country since the beginning of the month. Eritrea flatly rejected the claim.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, One of Iraq's largest Sunni Arab groups endorsed the prime minister's national reconciliation plan, and the government announced new benefits to help freed detainees return to normal lives. A suicide car bomb also struck a busy gas station in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least three people and wounding 17. A professor at a technology university in Baghdad was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the upscale neighborhood of Mansour. Police found the bullet-riddled bodies of five men, including three who were handcuffed, in two areas of Baghdad. A US Marine and a soldier were killed in separate attacks west and south of Baghdad, while another US soldier died the day before in the volatile Anbar province.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, The Cabinet of PM Bertie Ahern agreed to use the Republic of Ireland's Gaelic name, Eire (pronounced AIR-uh), during EU summits.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 27, Italy's ruling coalition agreed to withdraw as many as 400 soldiers from Afghanistan, dealing another blow to US-led military efforts overseas.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, A Japanese government white paper on youth said the number of child abuse cases reported in the year to March 2005 surged to 33,408 from 26,569 the year before, a rise of 25.7 percent.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, Netherlands’ Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk reversed a politically divisive decision of six weeks earlier, when she announced Hirsi Ali's 1997 naturalization was invalid because she lied on her asylum application.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 27, The rival Hamas and Fatah movements agreed on a plan implicitly recognizing Israel, after weeks of acrimonious negotiations aiming to lift crippling international aid sanctions. A Palestinian militant leader said a captured Israeli soldier was being held in a "secure place," and he claimed that his group also seized a Jewish settler in the West Bank. A massive explosion demolished a car traveling near the residence of President Mahmoud Abbas, killing an unknown number of people inside. The blast scattered debris and body parts up to 200 yards away. The Israeli army said it was not involved in the blast.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, In Mogadishu, Somalia, members of an Islamic militia that controls most of southern Somalia battled for a clan-held checkpoint, killing five people before declaring victory.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, Renegade Tamil militants killed at least four members of the Tamil Tiger rebel group in eastern Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, In Thailand prosecutors asked the Constitutional Court to disband both the governing Thai Rak Thai (TRT) and the main opposition Democrats for gross misconduct in the April elections. In southern Thailand 7 people were killed by suspected Islamic insurgents in attacks, including a bombing that left five security officers dead.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.38)(AFP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 27, Vietnamese legislators elected Nguyen Minh Triet (63), the Communist Party chief for Ho Chi Minh City, as the country's new president in a leadership shuffle. Triet, in turn, nominated Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, 56, to become the next PM.
    (AP, 6/27/06)

2006        Jun 28, Star Jones Reynolds was booted from "The View," one day after surprising ABC and Barbara Walters by saying on the air that she wouldn't be returning to the daytime talk show in the fall.
    (AP, 6/28/07)
2006        Jun 28, "Miracle on Ice" coach Herb Brooks and Patrick Roy, the NHL's winningest goaltender, were among four honorees elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 6/28/07)
2006        Jun 28, In California the San Jose City Council passed a nonbinding resolution (8-3) asking Mayor Gonzales to resign following his indictment on corruption charges.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 28, The US NBA approved switching to a synthetic basketball that promised improved control and more dunks next season.
    (WSJ, 6/29/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 28, The IPO of J. Crews closed at $25.55, 28% above the $20 offering price. CEO Mickey Drexler stepped in as head of the NY retailer in 2003.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.C1)
2006        Jun 28, At least 16 deaths in northeastern US states were blamed on the stormy weather and three people were missing. Rain on the East coast forced the evacuation of more than 2,200 people near a rising lake and washed out part of a four-lane highway.
    (AP, 6/28/06)(WSJ, 6/29/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 28, Published remarks by Algeria’s Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said about 200 Islamist fighters have so far surrendered under an amnesty aimed at ending years of violence.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Australia's PM Howard hailed his country's record liquid natural gas export contract with China as a symbol of blossoming trade between the countries during an inaugural ceremony with Premier Wen Jiabao at the Chinese gas terminal in Shenzen.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Belgian authorities confirmed the discovery of a second body in their search for two missing schoolgirls. Stepsisters, Stacy Lemmens (7) and Nathalie Mahy (10), had disappeared from a street party on June 10.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, About 150,000 people demanded autonomy for Bolivia's wealthiest state in one of the nation's largest demonstrations ever just four days before a national referendum on the issue.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 28, Canadian scientists said they have created the first device able to re-grow teeth and bones. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton filed patents earlier this month in the US for the tool based on low-intensity pulsed ultrasound technology after testing it on a dozen dental patients in Canada.
    (AFP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, In northern China an explosion at a coal mine killed at least 22 workers and injured 37. Five more people were missing following the explosion in the Wulong Coal Mine in Fuxin, a city in Liaoning province.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Stone-throwing youths attacked refugee camps and torched homes in East Timor, raising tensions as thousands of supporters of ex-premier Mari Alkatiri waited outside the capital Dili.
    (AFP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, HSBC said police had arrested an employee at an HSBC centre in Bangalore, India's technology hub, for allegedly taking 230,000 pounds from the accounts of 16 British account holders.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Iraq's PM Nouri-al-Maliki said that 11 insurgent groups have shown a willingness for reconciliation, but that any amnesty for insurgents would exclude militants who killed American forces or Iraqis. Eight of the 11 insurgent groups banded together to approach al-Maliki's government under The 1920 Revolution Brigade, which has claimed credit for killing US troops in the past. A security official said Iraqi forces had captured Yousri Fakher Mohammed Ali, a Tunisian also known as Abu Qudama, a key al-Qaida suspect wanted in the bombing of a Shiite shrine. The mastermind of the attack that brought the country to the brink of civil war was still at large. A suicide car bomber blew up himself near a Sunni mosque in a market south of the northeastern city of Baqouba, killing one person and wounding 12. A roadside bomb targeting a US convoy exploded in western Baghdad, killing an Iraqi civilian and wounding another. Gunmen killed Riyadh Abdul-Majid Zuaini, the customs director for central Baghdad, and his driver in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah.
    (AP, 6/28/06)(AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 28, Israeli tanks and troops entered southern Gaza in the early morning and planes attacked three bridges and knocked out electricity and water supplies for most of the 1.3 million residents of the Gaza Strip. An Israeli Cabinet minister accused the Hamas leader in Syria of ordering the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip and said he is a target for assassination. A Palestinian militant group threatened to kill an abducted Jewish settler if Israel doesn't stop its raid on the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Italy's center-left government won a confidence vote, a motion it had called itself in a political maneuver to gain more time to implement a package of reforms.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Gunmen shot and killed Ignacio Perales Gomez, a prominent Mexico City police investigator, outside his home. Perales was a lead investigator in several of the city's notable cases including that of jailed businessman Carlos Ahumada, a Mexico City construction mogul linked to a bribery scandal that rocked the country in 2004.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 28, Morocco and the US agreed to give the African country's exports to North America a boost.
    (AFP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Pakistani authorities released 50 detained tribesmen in a goodwill gesture in the northern tribal region. The releases came amid efforts to end four years of violence between pro-Taliban militants and the Pakistani military in the North and South Waziristan regions.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 28, Peru’s Congress overwhelmingly voted to ratify a free trade pact with the US, rejecting claims the treaty will hurt Peru's farmers by flooding the Andean nation with subsidized cotton, rice, corn and potatoes.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, The Kremlin press service said President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's special services to hunt down and "destroy" the killers of four Russian diplomats in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, Russian prosecutors asked media officials to close three popular teenage magazines, arguing the publications propagate sexual activity.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, A spokesman said the UN Development Program has halted a voluntary disarmament program in Uganda's troubled northeast amid new reports of rights abuses by government troops in the region.
    (AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 28, The UN General Assembly unanimously admitted the newly independent Republic of Montenegro as the 192nd member of the world body.
    (AP, 6/28/06)

2006        Jun 29, President George W. Bush welcomed PM Junichiro Koizumi as a good friend and thanked Japan for support in Iraq and handling common threats like terrorism and North Korea.
    (Reuters, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court rebuked President Bush and his anti-terror policies, ruling that his plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates US and international law. President Bush suggested he would seek Congress' approval to proceed with trying terrorism suspects before military tribunals.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, The US State Department said it had notified the Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan in a multibillion-dollar deal with Lockheed Martin Corp.
    (Reuters, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, A US federal advisory committee recommended that all 11-12 year-old girls receive immunization with Merck’s Gardasil, a new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 29, The US government announced it had recovered a stolen laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2006        Jun 29, In Newark, NJ, a district judge sentenced Andrew Mantovani (24) to 2 years and 8 months in prison for operating the largest online marketplace for stolen credit card and debit card information. Mantovani of Scottsdale, Ariz., was co-founder of Shadowcrew, one of a number of online bazaars for stolen personal information. To date 18 Shadowcrew members had pleaded guilty.
    (WSJ, 7/3/06, p.B5)
2006        Jun 29, The US Federal Reserved raised interest rates for the 17th consecutive time by a quarter point to 5.25%. The move sparked a 217 point rise in the DJIA as Wall Street sensed a softened stance on future rate increases.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.D1)(WSJ, 6/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 29, The US FDA approved the sale of Celgene’s Revlimid for use in combination with dexamethasone in patients with multiple myeloma. Celgene said it would sell the drug for $6,195 a month.
    (WSJ, 7/1/06, p.A4)
2006        Jun 29, The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Arkansas cannot ban gays from becoming foster parents, because there is no link between their sexual orientation and a child’s well-being.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.A20)
2006        Jun 29, California Gov. Schwarzenegger announced a $35 million aid package for salmon fisherman, affected by a federal near-closure of commercial fishing.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 29, The tribal council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota impeached Cecilia Fire Thunder for soliciting donations for an abortion clinic without council approval. The Council replaced her with Alex White Plume.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Tenet Healthcare announced a $900 million settlement with federal officials to end investigations into alleged overbilling of Medicare.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.D2)
2006        Jun 29, Google Inc. introduced an online payment service to rival PayPal.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.C1)(www.google.com/)
2006        Jun 29, East Coast rains, which began over the weekend, have been blamed for five deaths in Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, one in Virginia and three in New York.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Trade ministers struggled for a breakthrough in deadlocked global free trade talks as the US and EU accused each other of failing to come up with the necessary concessions.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, In southern Afghanistan British troops killed 12 suspected Taliban militants when their convoy was ambushed. Taliban militants ambushed a US convoy in eastern Kunar province, sparking a firefight that killed one civilian and wounded two. In southern Zabul province, Taliban fighters attacked a local district chief's office. Police killed two Taliban fighters and wounded four in the hour-long gunbattle.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 6/30/06)(SFC, 6/30/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 29, Argentina’s President Nestor Kirchner met Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales and agreed to a 47% price hike for the Bolivian natural gas Argentina needs to fuel South America's second-largest economy.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Brazil's Supreme Court ordered the release of Regivaldo Pereira Galvao, a rancher who had been jailed pending trial in connection with the killing last year of American Nun Dorothy Stang.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, PM Tony Blair said Britain will shut down Northern Ireland's legislature and forge a stronger partnership with the Irish government if the province's Catholic and Protestant politicians fail to reach a power-sharing deal by Nov. 24.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Delegates to the annual conference of the British Medical Association voted against the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia in Britain.
    (AFP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Canadian and US authorities said they have cracked a smuggling network that used aircraft and delivery spots in remote western parks to ship tons of drugs over the border.
    (Reuters, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, After a two-year search among more than 300,000 candidates nationwide, Colombia unveiled the new Juan Valdez, Carlos Castaneda (39), as the country's iconic coffee ambassador to the world.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, China’s government said Vice Adm. Wang Shouye (62), a deputy commander of China's navy, has been dismissed and stripped of a seat in parliament for corruption, one of the most senior military figures to be punished in a multiyear crackdown on rampant graft.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Honduras officials said floods caused by heavy rains have left four people dead, forced 1,500 others from their homes and caused more than $8 million in damage to croplands.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, In Indonesia Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, In Iraq a trash collector and the head of security for Baghdad University were slain. At least six other deaths were reported in Baghdad, including two merchants, a baker, an electrical worker and a woman sitting in her car with three of her sons, who were wounded. Police also found the body of a man who had been blindfolded, handcuffed and shot in the head in western Baghdad. Police in Kirkuk found the body of a 15-year-old girl who had been kidnapped five days ago. Iraqi and US-led coalition forces clashed with gunmen northeast of Baghdad after armed Shiites attacked a convoy of Sunni villagers in retaliation for a suicide attack. Snipers killed the head of the force, Col. Sami Abbas Hassan, and his two bodyguards. US and Iraqi forces, backed by air support, tried to restore calm, engaging in a fierce gunbattle that left three fighters dead and three wounded. A US soldier died in small arms fire in Mosul.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Israeli troops rounded up 27 Palestinian ministers and lawmakers from the ruling Hamas party, including the deputy prime minister, while forging ahead with a military campaign in Gaza meant to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen. Palestinian militants detonated a land mine near the border with Egypt, blowing open a large hole in a wall near the border. Israeli aircraft fired on a car carrying suspected Palestinian militants in Gaza City. One person was wounded. A missing 62-year-old man that Palestinian militants claimed to have kidnapped was found dead, apparently of natural causes. A Palestinian militant group said it killed an 18-year-old Israeli settler kidnapped earlier in the West Bank. Pro-Palestinian hackers shut down hundreds of Israeli Web sites as Israeli troops invaded southern Gaza after the abduction of an Israeli soldier.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(SFC, 6/29/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 29, Women in Kuwait voted in parliamentary elections for the first time, a vote that also inspired surprisingly vocal calls for reform and criticism of the ruling family. The elections were a victory for political reformists but a disappointment for female candidates, none of whom won a seat. The opposition won a big majority.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 6/30/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.40)
2006        Jun 29, Mexican police found a human head by the main entrance to Acapulco’s City Hall, the fourth such grisly discovery this year.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Four Pakistani men were hanged for gang-raping a Christian woman at gunpoint during a 1999 robbery.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Romania's PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu proposed withdrawing 890 troops from Iraq because of high casualty levels and the cost of the operation.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, The hard-line Muslim leaders who have seized control of much of southern Somalia claimed authority throughout the country in yet another blow to the largely powerless but internationally recognized interim government.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Spain officially announced the start of peace negotiations with the Basque separatist group ETA after formally informing parliament, and PM Zapatero warned that talks to end decades of bloodshed would be long and difficult.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Ukraine's opposition party prevented members of a newly formed ruling coalition from taking their seats in parliament, stopping a vote on returning ousted PM Yulia Tymoshenko to her former job.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, The new UN Human Rights Council overrode Canadian and Russian objections and passed a declaration to protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. The declaration asserted that indigenous peoples may have a right to restitution of land and resources taken from them. The Council also unanimously approved an international treaty that would ban states from abducting perceived enemies and hiding them in secret prisons or killing them.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(Reuters, 6/30/06)

2006        Jun 30, A US free-trade agreement with Guatemala took effect.
    (SFC, 7/1/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 30, US prosecutors asked a federal judge to force former Enron chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling to forfeit $183 million for their crimes at the collapsed energy company.
    (Reuters, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, The US Defense Dept. granted the Navy an exemption to use sonar during maritime exercises off both coasts for the next 6 months. This sidestepped a lawsuit that sought to protect whales near Hawaii from the noise.
    (SFC, 7/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 30, Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, whose Homeland Security nomination was withdrawn because of ethics questions, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of accepting $165,000 in improper gifts while serving as a top city official.
    (Reuters, 6/30/06)(WSJ, 7/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 30, Ralph’s Grocery Co. agreed to pay $70 million in restitution and fines as part of a plea agreement involving charges of hiring hundreds of workers under fake names during a 2003 strike and lockout in Southern California.
    (SFC, 7/1/06, p.C1)
2006        Jun 30, The US FDA gave Genentech approval to market Lucentis, a drug to restore sight to people suffering from the wet form of age-related macular degeneration.
    (SFC, 7/1/06, p.C1)
2006        Jun 30, In eastern Afghanistan Coalition soldiers tracked a group of militants to a safe house and killed 14 in an attack on the compound. Afghan and coalition forces also raided a village in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, killing one suspected militant and detaining eight others.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, China's ruling party must stamp out the rampant corruption that led to the convictions of thousands of officials last year, President Hu Jintao said as the Communist Party commemorated the 85th anniversary of its founding.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, Campaigning began for Congo's first multiparty elections in more than 4 decades. Troops fired into a crowd and killed 12 protesters in retaliation for the death of a soldier in Matadi.
    (AP, 6/30/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.41)
2006        Jun 30, Cuban librarians criticized attempts by the Miami-Dade County school board to ban a children's book that presents a positive depiction of life on the communist-run island.
    (AP, 7/1/06)
2006        Jun 30, PM Manmohan Singh promised his government will do all it can to help farmers in India's main cotton belt where crippling debts and falling prices have pushed many to suicide.
    (AFP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, The US military said 5 US Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three members of her family in Mahmoudiya. The soldiers also allegedly burned the body of the woman they are accused of raping. Police found three bodies that had been bound and shot in different areas Baghdad. A Marine was killed in fighting in the volatile Anbar province west of Baghdad. On Nov 15 Spc. James P. Barker (23) pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against other soldiers. The deal called for Barker to serve 90 years in prison, but he would be eligible for parole in 20 years.
    (AP, 6/30/06)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A19)
2006        Jun 30, A tired-sounding Osama bin Laden praised slain Iraq insurgent Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an audiotape.
    (AP, 6/30/07)
2006        Jun 30, An Israeli airstrike hit a car driving down a main road in Gaza City, and two people were injured.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, At least eight suspected Islamic militants trying to cross into India's portion of disputed Kashmir from the Pakistani side were killed during a gunbattle. Federal security forces shot dead music composer Inayatullah Bhat (31) near his home in Srinagar. The next day at least two dozen people were hurt as thousands of protesters hurled bricks and stones in a violent demonstration over his killing.
    (AP, 6/30/06)(AFP, 7/1/06)
2006        Jun 30, Pierluigi Bersani, Italian minister for economic development, rushed a decree through cabinet abolishing some of the more abstruse regulations in the services industry that throttled economic activity. This sparked wildcat protests by taxi drivers. The taxi strikes ended July 17 following concessions from the government.
    (Econ, 7/8/06, p.59)(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.G2)
2006        Jun 30, Former Mexican President Luis Echeverria was placed under house arrest on genocide charges stemming from a 1968 student massacre, an unprecedented move coming just two days before the country elects a new president. Authorities found two more human heads in front of a government office in Acapulco, accompanied with threatening messages linked to the drug trade.
    (AP, 7/1/06)
2006        Jun 30, The Dutch PM Jan Peter Balkenende and his Cabinet resigned after a split in its ranks over the citizenship case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent Somali-born critic of Islam.
    (AP, 6/30/07)
2006        Jun 30, Russia offered a $10 million reward for information on the killers of five Russian Embassy staff workers in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, Three Darfur rebel groups, that have refused to sign up to an African Union-mediated peace deal for the troubled western Sudanese region, formed a new alliance to fight Khartoum. Officials from the groups created the National Redemption Front (NRF) after talks in the Eritrean capital and reaffirmed their opposition to the Abuja peace agreement.
    (AFP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, The Vatican said it will release from its secret archives years of files on Pope Pius XI, whose pontificate spanned most of the period between the world wars.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to conclude its peacekeeping mission in Burundi on Dec. 31 and replace it with a UN office to help promote development and democracy in the central African nation.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, The UN General Assembly lifted a $950 million budget spending cap over objections from the US, which wanted to keep the lid to press for management reforms.
    (AP, 7/1/06)

2006        Jun, Aliaksei Vasileuski (20), a student from Belarus was stabbed to death in Maine.
    (AP, 9/15/06)
2006        Jun, In China a revision to the education law abolished the key-school system. For most of the Communist era a few key schools received extra money and other favors to nurture pockets of academic excellence.
    (Econ, 8/12/06, p.32)
2006        Jun, Students in Greece protested against a government move to introduce private, not-for-profit, universities. Such a move required a change in the constitution.
    (Econ, 7/8/06, p.46)
2006        Jun, India’s government press department reported that the number of civil and criminal cases pending before courts has exceeded 30 million, up from 20 million in 1997.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.40)
2006        Jun, In Iran a Revolutionary Guard engineering group won a $2.3 billion contract to develop part of a big gas field in Iran’s part of the Persian Gulf.
    (WSJ, 10/14/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun, Iran exported about 2.8 million barrels of oil per day, some 3% of world demand.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.46)
2006        Jun, In Japan a new traffic law went into effect that gave local police the authority to outsource control of illegal parking.
    (Econ, 1/6/07, p.36)
2006        Jun, Philippines’ President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gave her security forces a 2-year deadline and an extra 1 billion pesos ($19 million) to wipe out the communist New People’s Army (NPA).
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.37)
2006        Jun, Off the northern coast of Portugal Ocean Power Delivery began hooking up 3 Pelamis Wave Energy Converters to the national power grid. This was the first stage of a planned 24-megawatt wave-power farm.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, Survey p.11)
2006        Jun, Russian police arrested Alexander Pichushkin (32) for murder. He was accused of killing dozens of people in a Moscow park over several years and marking his slayings on a chessboard, with the goal of filling all 64 squares.
    (AP, 8/13/07)

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