Timeline 2007 January-March

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2007        Jan 1, The 9th-ranked Boise State Broncos completed a perfect season with a 43-42 overtime victory over No. 7 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Southern California beat Michigan 32-18 in the Rose Bowl.
    (AP, 1/1/07)
2007        Jan 1, In SF the minimum wage rose 3.6% to $9.14 per hour following a mandatory 2003 requirement for annual cost of living adjustments. SF police reported a decline in homicides to 85 in 2006, down from 96 in 2005.
    (SFC, 1/2/07, p.E1)
2007        Jan 1, In Washington DC a smoking ban passed in 2005 was extended to bars and nightclubs. The ban for smoking in restaurants and offices had taken effect in April 2006.
    (SFC, 1/2/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 1, In Denver, Colorado, Broncos football player Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting in the early morning and two people with him were injured. On October 8, 2008, Willie D. Clark (25) was indicted for the murder.
    (Reuters, 1/1/07)(AP, 10/9/08)
2007        Jan 1, Tillie Olsen (94), writer and SF labor activist, died. In 1961 she won the O. Henry Award for best short story for her “Tell me Riddle." In 2008 Ann Hershey completed her documentary “Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action."
    (SFC, 1/10/08, p.E1)
2007        Jan 1, Grand Ole Opry star Del Reeves died at age 74.
    (AP, 1/1/08)
2007        Jan 1, The government of President Evo Morales approved a decree requiring US citizens to obtain visas to enter Bolivia. Morales said the decree was "a matter of reciprocity." The US government requires Bolivians to obtain visas to enter the United States.
    (AP, 1/1/07)
2007        Jan 1, In Brazil Sergio Cabral took office as governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The state’s economy was valued at around $130 billion, about the same as that of Venezuela.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.50)
2007        Jan 1, Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU. Some 30,000 Israelis gained EU citizenship due to their dual registration in Romania.
    (WSJ, 10/4/07, p.A11)(AP, 1/1/07)
2007        Jan 1, China’s government began requiring all companies listed on the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock markets to prepare their accounts according to Int’l. Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The initial decision had been made in Nov 2005. New rules came into effect that allowed foreign reporters to go more or less where they pleased.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.13, 63)(Econ, 1/20/07, p.18)
2007        Jan 1, Li Zhaoxing, China's foreign minister, signed a string of accords in Benin as part of a whistle-stop tour of seven African nations as Beijing bolsters economic ties on the continent. From Benin Li flew to Equatorial Guinea ahead of visits in the coming days to Guinea-Bissau, Chad, the Central African Republic, Eritrea and Botswana.
    (AFP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 1, In Germany a government plan to encourage working couples to have children went into effect with benefits worth up to 25,200 euros (17,000 pounds).
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 1, Hong Kong became a mostly smoke-free city as a ban on smoking in many public places went into effect.
    (SFC, 1/1/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 1, Flight KI-574, an Indonesian passenger plane carrying 102 people, disappeared in stormy weather off Sulawesi island. Rescue teams were sent to search in the area where the Boeing 737-400 sent out a distress signal. In 2008 investigators said the pilots had accidentally disconnecting the plane's autopilot. A speed boat capsized in poor weather off the coast of Borneo island, killing 15 people.
    (AP, 1/1/07)(AP, 1/2/07)(AFP, 3/25/08)
2007        Jan 1, Iraqi authorities reported that 16,273 Iraqis, including 14,298 civilians, 1,348 police and 627 soldiers died violent deaths in 2006. Iraqi police reported finding the 40 handcuffed, blindfolded and bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad. The US military killed six Iraqis during a raid on the offices of a prominent Sunni political figure, where American forces believed al-Qaida fighters had taken refuge. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb southwest of Baghdad. The blast wounded three others, including an interpreter, as they talked with local residents about sectarian violence.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 1, A photographer for the French news agency Agence France Presse was kidnapped in Gaza City just before sundown.
    (AP, 1/1/07)
2007        Jan 1, Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian tanks and fighter jets captured the last major stronghold of a militant Islamic movement, while hundreds of Islamic fighters, many of them Arabs and South Asians, fled the town. PM Ali Mohamed Gedi set a 3-day deadline for gun collection.
    (AP, 1/1/07)(SFC, 1/3/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 1, South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon became the UN’s eighth secretary-general.
    (AP, 1/1/07)
2007        Jan 1, Slovenia adopted the euro, becoming the 13th EU nation to use the single European currency. The transition to the euro included a 14-day period for dual use of the euro and Slovene tolar.
    (WSJ, 12/30/06, p.A4)(AP, 1/1/07)

2007        Jan 2, The Wall Street Journal introduced a new print format.
    (WSJ, 1/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 2, Jim Gibbons, former Republican Representative in Congress, was sworn in as governor of Nevada. He soon faced FBI investigations over unreported gifts while serving on the House Intelligence and Armed Services committees.
    (WSJ, 2/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 2, US markets and federal agencies closed in respect for funeral rites for former Pres. Gerald Ford. Ford’s body was flown to Michigan for burial following services in the National Cathedral.
    (WSJ, 1/2/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 2, New York City commuter Wesley Autrey Sr. saved a 19-year-old student who had fallen onto subway tracks by leaping down and pulling the teen and himself into the trough between the tracks as a train passed over them.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2007        Jan 2, Garry Betty (49), chief executive of EarthLink Inc., died of cancer. Betty had led the company from 1995, one year after Sky Dayton founded the Internet service provider.
    (WSJ, 1/6/07, p.A4)
2007        Jan 2, An Australian Aborigine tribe was granted joint management rights over several state and national parks under a deal that recognizes its traditional ownership of the land.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, In Brazil an explosion in Sao Paulo ripped through a state police warehouse used to store guns and ammunition, killing one officer and injuring five.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, China's foreign minister continued his whistle-stop African tour in Equatorial Guinea, where he cancelled debt, promised aid and opened a new Chinese-built media centre.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, Ethiopian helicopters pursuing Somali Islamists missed their target and bombed a Kenyan border post, prompting Kenyan fighter planes to rush to the area. The gun collection program in Mogadishu began with little response. 2 Ethiopian soldiers were shot dead.
    (AFP, 1/2/07)(SFC, 1/3/07, p.A3)(Econ, 1/6/07, p.41)
2007        Jan 2, In France prisoner Nicolas Cocaign (b.1971) killed his cellmate killed Thierry Baudry. In 2010 Cocaign, who was in jail for armed robbery and was awaiting trial for attempted rape at the time, said he proceeded to eat part of the lung raw before frying the rest with onions on a camping stove and dining on the dish.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2007        Jan 2, Gunmen attacked the car of a provincial councilman northeast of Baghdad, killing the official and three relatives. A roadside bomb killed three Iraqi civilians and wounded seven others in eastern Baghdad. US troops killed a suspected al-Qaida weapons dealer and two other people in Baghdad raids. Police found 15 bodies dumped in northern Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, Teddy Kollek (b.1911), the legendary mayor of Jerusalem, died. He was born in Hungary, but was brought up mostly in Vienna. Kollek arrived in Palestine in 1934 and in 1965 was elected mayor of Jerusalem and served to 1993. He presided over the reunification of the city after the 1967 Mideast war and tried to balance the needs of its split Jewish and Arab populations.
    (AP, 1/2/07)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.78)
2007        Jan 2, Mexico said it is sending some 3,300 soldiers and federal police officers to fight drug gangs in the crime-plagued border city of Tijuana, which has become a major smuggling route for cocaine and methamphetamine entering the United States.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 2, In South Africa Oprah Winfrey opened a school for disadvantaged girls south of Johannesburg, fulfilling a promise she made to former President Nelson Mandela six years ago and giving more than 150 students a chance for a better future. The school later became embroiled in allegations of abuse; Winfrey apologized and promised an overhaul.
    (AP, 1/2/07)(AP, 1/2/08)
2007        Jan 2, Tamilnet.com said at least 15 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded when Sri Lankan air force jets "carpet bombed" territory held by the Tamil Tigers.
    (AFP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, New UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ran into trouble on his first day of work over Saddam Hussein's execution when he failed to state the United Nations' opposition to the death penalty and said capital punishment should be a decision of individual countries.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, A UN official said the UN will investigate a report of allegations of sexual abuse and child rape by peacekeepers operating in southern Sudan.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, Rival gangs battled for control of Uribana Prison in eastern Venezuela, killing 16 inmates and injuring 13. National Guard troops restored order after the riot broke out overnight. The death toll in riots this week rose to 22.
    (AP, 1/2/07)(AP, 1/3/07)

2007        Jan 3, Hundreds of hay bales fell from the sky across Colorado's rangeland as military helicopter and cargo plane crews delivered food to cattle that have been stranded by heavy snow and high drifts for a week.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 3, Bob Nardelli abruptly resigned as chairman and chief executive of The Home Depot Inc. after a six-year tenure that saw the world's largest home improvement store chain post big profits but left investors disheartened by poor stock performance. He left with a severance package of $210 million. He was succeeded by Frank Blake.
    (AP, 1/3/07)(SFC, 1/4/07, p.C1)(Econ, 1/6/07, p.54)
2007        Jan 3, C. William Verity Jr. (89), former US Commerce Secretary, died in Beaufort, SC.
    (AP, 1/3/08)
2007        Jan 3, Afghanistan’s the interior ministry said Afghan and NATO troops killed 17 rebels, including two commanders, in a sweep of a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed five Afghan security forces and wounded four as they patrolled with NATO troops.
    (AFP, 1/3/07)(AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 3, A key political alliance announced it would boycott this month's general elections in Bangladesh, deepening a political crisis that has crippled the South Asian country for months.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 3, Belarus vowed to charge fees for transshipped oil.
    (WSJ, 1/4/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 3, Mike Perham (14), a British teenager, became the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean, reaching the Caribbean island of Antigua after a six-week voyage. Perham was trailed by his father in another boat.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 3, It was reported that more than a million Chinese die each year of smoking related diseases. The toll was expected to double by 2025. A roadside bomb in southern China killed two children who found the explosive wrapped in a package and began playing with it in Shenzhen.
    (WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A1)(AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 3, China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing arrived in the central African nation of Guinea-Bissau for cooperation talks. His 7-nation tour reflected Chinese interest in Africa.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 3, In northern India ash-smeared and naked Hindu saints led millions of devotees in a pre-dawn holy dip at the meeting of three major rivers, starting a weeks-long pilgrimage to wash away their sins.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 3, Iraq arrested 3 men who were present at Saddam Hussein's execution, including the person believed to have recorded the event on a cell phone camera. US troops detained 23 people suspected of ties to senior al-Qaida leaders in raids in western Iraq. Police in Baghdad found 27 bodies, most of them with gunshot wounds to the head. Four Americans and an Austrian abducted in southern Iraq spoke briefly and appeared uninjured in a video.
    (AP, 1/3/07)(SFC, 1/4/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/4/07, p.A1)(AP, 1/3/08)
2007        Jan 3, Kenya sent extra troops to its border with Somalia to keep Islamic militants from entering the country after Ethiopian helicopters attacked a Kenyan border post by mistake while pursuing suspected fighters.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 3, Myanmar's military government freed nearly 3,000 convicts, but key political prisoners were not among those released.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 3, A Nigerian militant group said it had seized $545,000 sent by Italian oil firm Agip to obtain the release of 4 foreign workers kidnapped on Dec 7 but had kept the men hostage.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 3, In the northern Philippines a minibus carrying partygoers from a beach collided with a cargo truck, killing eight people and injuring 17.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 3, In Saudi Arabia Muslims circled the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, for a final time, bringing to a close what may have been the largest hajj pilgrimage ever.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 3, South Korea’s official media reported that Paek Nam Sun, North Korea's foreign minister and the country's top diplomat for nearly 10 years, has died at the age of 78.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 3, In Tunisia at least 14 people, including two security forces, were killed in the shootout in Soliman, 25 miles south of the capital, Tunis. Fifteen people were arrested. On Jan 12 the interior minister said nearly 30 Islamic extremists involved in a deadly gunbattle with police had blueprints of foreign embassies and documents naming foreign envoys.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 3, Turkmenistan's acting president, in his first campaign statement for next month's election, called for wider Internet access in the country and for improving pensions that were slashed last year.
    (AP, 1/4/07)

2007        Jan 4, The 110th Congress convened with Democrats in control of both the House and Senate for the first time in a dozen years. "Today we make history. Today we change the direction of our country," exulted Rep. Nancy Pelosi, poised to become the first woman speaker in history. The House of Representatives, after installing its new Democratic leadership, voted to ban lawmakers from flying on corporate jets and accepting gifts and meals from lobbyists. Keith Ellison of Minnesota's 5th District became the first Muslim member of Congress.
    (AP, 1/4/07)(AP, 1/4/08)
2007        Jan 4, The US Federal Trade Commission fined the marketers of four weight loss pills $25 million for making false advertising claims ranging from rapid weight loss to reducing the risk of cancer.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, Harriet Miers resigned as White House counsel.
    (AP, 1/4/08)
2007        Jan 4, Vincent Sardi Jr. (91), owner of Sardi's restaurant, the legendary Broadway watering hole, died in Berlin, Vt.
    (AP, 1/4/08)
2007        Jan 4, NATO and Afghan forces fought a three-hour ground battle with suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghan mountains, killing 15 of them. 3 suspected Taliban died when a land mine they were planting on a highway in Grieshk district exploded prematurely.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 4, US officials said Colombia has extradited to the US a police officer and a former policeman charged with helping smuggle more than 2 tons of cocaine into the US on cargo flights in 2005 and 2006.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, Pieces of a spent Russian rocket reentered the atmosphere over Colorado and Wyoming, showering parts of the western United States with space debris.
    (Reuters, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 4, John W. Simpson (1914-2007), former president of Westinghouse (1969-1977), died. He had worked with Adm. Rickover to create a nuclear US Navy.
    (WSJ, 1/20/07, p.A5)
2007        Jan 4, Victor Ramirez (27), a day laborer from El Salvador, was gunned down by 2 black teenagers in Richmond, Ca. Ramirez was taken off life support after 2 weeks and died Jan 19.
    (SFC, 1/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 4, Overshadowed by an Israeli raid into the Palestinian territories, a summit between Israel and Egypt achieved little in reviving the long-stalled Mideast peace process, highlighting instead the disagreements between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 4, Two car bombs exploded near a fuel station, killing 13 people and wounding 25 amid a relative downturn in violence in Baghdad during an Islamic holiday that ended this week.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen exchanged heavy fire in downtown Ramallah after undercover Israeli forces tried to arrest fugitives in the city's vegetable market. Four Palestinians were killed and 20 wounded. Pres. Abbas demanded $5 million in compensation for the damage to shops and cars in Ramallah. Fatah Col. Mohammed Ghayeb and six of his bodyguards were killed in factional fighting in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 1/4/07)(AP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 4, Musir Salem Jawher (28) from Bahrain won the 30th International Tiberias Marathon, around the Sea of Galilee. The Kenyan runner (Leonard Mucheru), adopted by Bahrain 4 years earlier, faced anger from Bahrain for running in an Israeli marathon.
    (WSJ, 4/16/07, p.A1)(www.tiberias-marathon.co.il/en/)
2007        Jan 4, Kenya said it has closed its border with Somalia in an apparent effort to keep Islamic militants and refugees from entering the country.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, Jorge Bajos Valverde, a Mexican state legislator, was gunned down in the center of Acapulco on his way to an interview at a radio and TV station.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 4, Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigeria has repaid 1.4 billion dollars (1.12 billion euros) to the so-called London Club of private creditors and that the rest of the debt will be cleared by March. At least 3 people were killed in violent clashes between farmers and nomads in the northwestern state of Zamfara. A 4th died in hospital the next day.
    (AFP, 1/4/07)(AFP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 4, Authorities lifted a ban on kite-flying in Pakistan’s Punjab province after the sport was forbidden last year following a series of deaths caused by glass-coated or metal reinforced kite strings. The ban was lifted ahead of Basant, Feb 25, an annual festival that heralds spring.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, Polish newspapers reported that Stanislaw Wielgus (67), who is poised to be sworn in as archbishop of Warsaw, was a "secret and conscious" collaborator with Poland's hated communist-era security forces from 1973-1978.
    (AFP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, A Somali government spokesman said government troops, backed by Ethiopian soldiers, were fighting about 600 Islamic militiamen in the south.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, Marais Viljoen (91), former president of South Africa (1979-1984), died. The post of president in the then apartheid state was largely ceremonial during his term.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 4, Police in the Basque region said they had found a bomb in northern Spain, five days after a Madrid car bombing, blamed on the separatist group ETA, killed 2 people.
    (AP, 1/4/07)(AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 4, Sudan described the alleged sexual abuse of children by UN peacekeepers in south Sudan as "outrageous" and said it would launch its own investigation into the affair.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2007        Jan 4, In Uzbekistan Elena Urlayeva, a prominent human rights advocate, was attacked and beaten by a group of women she said were sent by police. Urlayeva has accused the tightly controlled ex-Soviet state of abuse and torture.
    (AP, 1/5/07)

2007        Jan 5, Pres. Bush nominated Michael McConnell, a retired US Navy vice admiral, to be the next director of national intelligence (DNI). He would follow John Negroponte, who served 18 months as the 1st head over 16 intelligence agencies.
    (SFC, 1/6/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 5, The White House announced a planned shuffling of military leaders in the Iraq war. Adm. William Fallon ended up replacing Gen. John Abizaid as top US commander in the Middle East; Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus succeeded Gen. George Casey as top American general in Iraq; Casey replaced retiring Gen. Peter Schoomaker as Army chief of staff.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2007        Jan 5, US House Democrats approved new budget rules that required new spending or tax cuts to be paid for by other spending cuts or tax increases. The new rules also required lawmakers to disclose which spending items (earmarks), they have added to bills.
    (SFC, 1/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 5, SF signed a contract with EarthLink and Google to install and operate a free wireless Internet service across the city.
    (SFC, 1/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 5, Hitachi announced the 1st 1-terrabyte hard drive, eclipsing Seagate’s 750 gigabyte drives.
    (SFC, 1/5/07, p.C1)
2007        Jan 5, Momofuko Ando (b.1910), inventor of instant noodles (1958), died in Japan.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.94)
2007        Jan 5, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber in a car wounded four soldiers.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia and China have ratified a nuclear agreement clearing the way for the export of uranium to feed Beijing's giant nuclear power program.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, Bangladesh police over the last 2 days detained about 1,500 activists ahead of a two-day nationwide general strike aimed at forcing electoral reform and the postponement of a general election this month.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Chinese police raided an alleged terrorist camp in a western mountain region near the border with Pakistan, killing 18 suspects and arresting 17 at a training camp run by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). Critics accused Beijing of using claims of terrorism as an excuse to crack down on peaceful pro-independence sentiment and expressions of Uighur identity.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 5, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing met with Pres. Bozize of the Central African Republic. Zhaoxing was set to sign a series of accords as part of seven-nation tour highlighting China's increasing interest in the African continent.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, In central Congo a diamond mine collapsed in Tshikapa. 2 people were soon rescued and 15 bodies were later pulled from the mine. Further rescue efforts were abandoned. The group appeared to have been teenagers who hoped that recent rains had uncovered diamonds in the community mine.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 5, Leon Febres Cordero, Former President of Ecuador (1984-1988), resigned from Congress and political life, citing unspecified medical problems. His center-right Social Christian Party long dominated Ecuadorian politics.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Nicolas Cocaigne, a French prisoner in Rouen, confessed to killing his cellmate and then eating part of the man's body. Thierry Baudry's mutilated body was found Jan 3 by a guard at the prison. A third cellmate who claimed he slept though the attack was charged with complicity in homicide.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, A prominent Sunni Arab group charged that some officials in the Iraqi government have links with Shiite militias involved in sectarian violence and said authorities should be held responsible for any attacks by the armed groups. Mortar rounds killed four civilians on Baghdad's outskirts, and gunmen attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint north of the capital, killing four soldiers. Police in the southern city of Basra reported that an American contractor and two Iraqis were abducted. The 2 Iraqis were later found dead. The body of Ahmed Hadi Naji (28), an Associated Press employee, was found in Baghdad shot in the back of the head, 6 days after he was last seen by his family leaving for work. A US soldier died from combat wounds sustained in Iraq's Anbar province.
    (AP, 1/5/07)(AP, 1/6/07)(SFC, 1/6/07, p.A5)(AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 5, Mexican officials in Michoacan state said they had found nine bodies in a shallow grave in the city of Uruapan.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, In southern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped five Chinese workers fixing overhead telephone lines.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries warned that some 790,000 salmon and trout escaped from Norwegian fish farms in 2006, up 10% on the previous year and a trend that poses a serious threat to wild salmon.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, In Pakistan's part of Kashmir a landslide triggered by recent heavy rains swamped a minibus and a car on a narrow mountainous road, killing 15 people and injuring three others.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, In Gaza Adel Nasar, an anti-Hamas cleric, was shot by men in a car after he delivered a sermon warning that God would punish those responsible for seven killings the previous day.
    (AP, 1/5/07)(WSJ, 1/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 5, Stanislaw Wielgus, Warsaw's incoming archbishop, admitted he had cooperated with the Communist-era secret police and said he was leaving his fate in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, In Sri Lanka an explosion inside a passenger bus killed 6 people in Nittambuwa. Officials blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels, but the group denied any involvement.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Sudanese aircraft carried out strikes on Bamina and Gadir in North Darfur state near the border with Chad, endangering a fragile ceasefire.
    (AFP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 5, Taiwan's high-speed rail system welcomed its 1st paying passengers amid lingering safety concerns and embarrassing ticketing glitches. Construction of the system began in 2000 with an original launch date of October 2005, but a delay in the completion of the project's core electrical systems forced a postponement to October 2006.
    (AP, 1/4/07)(AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Tanzania's Foreign Minister Asha-Rose Migiro to the deputy secretary-general post at the UN, calling her a highly respected leader and outstanding manager who has championed the developing world. A senior UN official said the United Nations has investigated more than 300 members of UN peacekeeping missions for alleged sexual exploitation and abuse during the past three years and more than half were fired or sent home.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Senior doctors at Zimbabwe's state hospitals joined junior doctors in a strike over pay that has left patients stranded at the country's major medical centers. Health Minister David Parirenyatwa told state radio meanwhile that he had met with representatives of the striking doctors and that they had agreed to return to work.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)

2007        Jan 6, New Orleans considered a curfew as 8 slayings took place in the 1st week of the new year.
    (SSFC, 1/7/07, p.A10)
2007        Jan 6, In Colorado a huge snow slide knocked two cars off the road in a high pass and buried them.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 6, The body of Calvin Jenks (24), a Tennessee state trooper, was found beside his patrol car near the intersection of state highways 14 and 54. He was shot during a traffic stop. The next day police arrested two people they believed were responsible for the killing.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 6, In Knoxville, Tenn., Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were last seen as they left a friend’s apartment. Newsom’s shot and burned body was found the next day along some railroad tracks. Christian’s body was discovered 2 days later in a trash can at a house rented by one of the suspects. Both had been sexually assaulted. 4 black suspects and an accessory faced murder trials.
    (SFC, 5/19/07, p.A4)
2007        Jan 6, The body of Cha Vang (30), a Hmong man, was found hidden under a log in a Wisconsin wild life refuge. Vang had been shot and stabbed 5 times. On Nov 28 James Nichols (29) was sentenced to 69 years in prison for Vang’s murder.
    (SFC, 11/29/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 6, Pete Kleinow, film effects artist and guitarist for the Flying Burrito Brothers, died in Petaluma, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/16/07, p.B5)
2007        Jan 6, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a NATO vehicle, wounding one soldier.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, In Bangladesh at least 41 people were burned to death after fire engulfed a bus packed with migrant workers.
    (AFP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, Belarus stepped up its dispute with Russia over energy sales by announcing Saturday it has started a customs case against Transneft, Russia's pipeline operator.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, In southeastern Brazil officials said mudslides and flash floods triggered by torrential downpours killed at least 31 people and drove thousands from their homes during the past five days.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, David Whelan (60) and his son Andrew (35) trawled through a farmer's field near Harrogate, in northern England, when their metal detector squealed. The pair discovered a Viking trove of coins and jewelry was buried more than 1,000 years ago, a collection of items from Ireland, France, Russia and Scandinavia that testified to the raiders' international reach.
    (AP, 7/1907)
2007        Jan 6, China unveiled its Jian-10 multi-role indigenous fighter jet, marking a "historic leap forward" and narrowing a technological gap with major military powers.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, Cardinal Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi (b.1930), Congo's top Roman Catholic prelate, died in a Belgian hospital. He had warned of what he called international meddling in the country's recent landmark elections.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 6, Cindy Sheehan, American "peace mom," called for the closure of the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She and other activists arrived to draw attention to the nearly 400 terror suspects held at the remote site.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 6, Riots erupted overnight in a maximum-security prison in western El Salvador, leaving 21 inmates dead.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 6, Hong Kong reported that a wild bird found a few days earlier had tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (WSJ, 1/8/07, p.A5)
2007        Jan 6, In northeast India suspected separatist rebels fatally shot 13 sleeping migrant workers before dawn, adding to a string of attacks over two days that killed a total of 48 people and wounded at least 19.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, The Iraqi army reported killing 30 militants in a Sunni insurgent stronghold in the center of Baghdad. In Baghdad two car bombs killed four civilians. Across the country at least 8 more people were reported killed or found dead as a result of sectarian violence. 27 bodies were discovered in a heavily Sunni district just north of the Green Zone. Most of the victims showed signs of torture. A US soldier died after coming under fire in Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/6/07)(AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 6, Mexican federal and state police manned checkpoints within Tijuana’s city limits as local police suspended their patrols because soldiers sent to crack down on drug gangs and corruption seized most of their guns on suspicion they aided traffickers.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Hamas' paramilitary militia in the Gaza Strip illegal, raising the stakes in his standoff with the Islamic movement.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, Philippine troops killed six members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group, including one wanted by the US for involvement in the kidnapping of Americans.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, Seven people were killed in shootings across Puerto Rico, prompting the US territory's police chief to plead for tougher gun laws.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 6, Somalia's interim government indefinitely postponed plans to forcibly disarm Mogadishu as hundreds of people burned tires, looted vehicles and said they wouldn't give up their guns. Two people were reported killed and at 17 people wounded.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 6, In Meetiyagoda, Sri Lanka, an explosion inside a passenger bus killed 15 people. Officials blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels, but the group denied any involvement.
    (AP, 1/6/07)

2007        Jan 7, Newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, interviewed on CBS' "Face the Nation," said Democrats running Congress would not give President Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq.
    (AP, 1/7/08)
2007        Jan 7, The North American Int’l. Auto Show opened in Detroit. China’s Changfeng Group Co., made its first appearance at the international auto show in Detroit, Mich. China numbered over 100 automakers and industry consolidation was expected.
    (Econ, 1/6/07, p.54)(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.B1)
2007        Jan 7, Bobby Hamilton (49), NASCAR driver, died. He had won the 2001 Talladega 500.
    (AP, 1/7/08)
2007        Jan 7, In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle, killing a woman, her two newborn twin babies and the children's grandmother.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 7, Activists and police clashed in Bangladesh, injuring at least 50 people at the start of a three-day transport blockade aimed at derailing upcoming general elections.
    (Reuters, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 7, Staff at a logistics company in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province, found a human torso in a box seeping blood but marked as carrying medicine. Two days later, police in Beijing and Jiangyin, in eastern Jiangsu province, found a man's head and arms. On Jan 15 state media said Chinese police have detained a man and a woman suspected of killing a man and posting his body parts to three different cities.
    (Reuters, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 7, A helicopter crashed into the garden terrace of a restaurant in southeastern France, killing three people on the ground and severely injuring a fourth.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 7, Suspected separatists fatally shot eight people in India's northeast as army, police and paramilitary forces swept through a remote corner of the region after earlier militant attacks killed dozens.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 7, Three US airmen died in a car bombing in Baghdad, among at least 17 people killed in violence across Iraq as Iraqi troops launched a fresh battle to oust militias and pacify the capital. Two American soldiers were killed north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/7/07)(AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 7, In Israel former PM Ehud Barak announced his political comeback, saying he will run for the leadership of the Labor Party in a first step toward a possible bid at regaining the country's top office.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 7, In Jamaica the Accompong Maroons, descendants of freed African slaves, vowed to fight any plans for bauxite mining in the forested region where they have lived in semiautonomy for centuries. Sydney Peddie, the group's leader, said opening up the territory to mining would breach a treaty signed between the Maroons and the British in 1739, which gave the group nearly 25,000 acres in Cockpit Country, an inhospitable terrain of rocky cliffs and limestone towers.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 7, A senior Kenyan health official said about 75 people have died of Rift Valley fever (hemorrhagic fever) during the past three weeks and another 183 are infected with it. The last outbreak of the disease in East Africa was between 1997-1998, when 478 people died in Somalia and Kenya. Currently there was no human vaccine.
    (AP, 1/8/07)(WSJ, 1/9/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 7, Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters packed Gaza's main soccer stadium in a show of strength to boost the movement in its increasingly violent struggle against the Islamic militant group Hamas.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 7, Stanislaw Wielgus, Warsaw's new archbishop, resigned over his involvement with the communist-era secret police. The Vatican said his past actions had "gravely compromised his authority."
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 7, Russia stopped pumping oil into a pipeline network that crossed Belarus. The line delivered 12.5% of the EU’s oil needs.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.44)
2007        Jan 7, An American AC-130 gunship began attacking suspected al-Qaida positions in southern Somalia. The US airstrikes were the first offensive in the African country since 18 US troops were killed there in 1993. The main target was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who allegedly planned the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 225 people.
    (SFC, 1/11/07, p.A4)(AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 7, Eight Taiwanese banks took charge of a failing subsidiary of the country's Rebar conglomerate, just a day after the financial regulator rescued a private bank owned by the same group.
    (AFP, 1/7/07)

2007        Jan 8, USS Newport News nuclear-powered submarine collided with a Japanese oil tanker in the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world's oil supplies travel. The bow of the submarine was traveling submerged when it hit the stern of the supertanker Mogamigawa. Damage was light.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 8, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger proposed to extend medical insurance to all Californians, including illegal immigrants. He said the $12 billion cost would be spread among employers, individuals, insurers, government and health care providers.
    (SFC, 1/9/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 8, Ron Dellums was sworn in as Oakland’s 48th mayor.
    (SFC, 1/9/07, p.B1)
2007        Jan 8, A wildfire destroyed 5 multimillion dollar homes in Malibu, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.B10)
2007        Jan 8, In NYC an unidentified rotten-egg smell wafted over the city.
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.A2)
2007        Jan 8, In Texas police shut down 10 blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin after dozens of birds were found dead.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, General Electric Co. it agreed to buy oil services company Vetco Gray for $1.9 billion from a group of private equity funds.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, The San Francisco Hyatt Regency, opened in 1973, was sold by Strategic Hotel Capital LLC to Dune Capital Management and DiNapoli Capital Partners, privately held investment funds in a deal pegged at over $200 million.
    (SFC, 1/9/07, p.E3)
2007        Jan 8, Yvonne De Carlo (84), TV and film star, died. She played Moses' wife in "The Ten Commandments," but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's "The Munsters" (1964-1966). In her 1987 book, "Yvonne: An Autobiography," she listed 22 of her lovers, who included Howard Hughes, Burt Lancaster, Robert Stack, Robert Taylor, Billy Wilder, Aly Khan and an Iranian prince.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 8, Iwao Takamoto (81), creator of the Scooby-Doo cartoon character, died in Los Angeles. He also assisted in the designs of some of the biggest animated features and television shows, including "Cinderella," "Peter Pan," "Lady and the Tramp" and "The Flintstones."
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 8, Austria's two main political parties, the Social Democrats and the People's Party, agreed to form a new coalition government.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, In Bangladesh riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to disperse thousands of stone-throwing protesters in Dhaka, who are demanding postponement of this month's elections and electoral reforms.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, Backers of leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales set fire to the Cochabamba state capitol in a protest to demand the resignation of state Gov. Manfred Reyes Villa, who is allied with the conservative opposition.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 8, In Finland 2 newspaper editors were fined for publishing a letter that said violence against Jews was justified and that the Holocaust was acceptable.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 8, In Germany Mounir el Motassadeq, a Moroccan man convicted of aiding three of the four suicide pilots who committed the Sept. 11 attacks, was sentenced to the maximum of 15 years in prison for his role in the terror plot.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, Thousands of poor migrant laborers fled India's remote northeast despite a government promise of protection after dozens were massacred at the weekend by a powerful rebel group.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, In Iraq 9 workers, primarily Shiite, were killed in an ambush near Baghdad's airport. 6 bodies found in a largely Sunni neighborhood in southern Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, Israeli police arrested Yigal Saar, the US representative of the Israel Tax Authority, as part of a bribery and influence-peddling probe that has so far questioned the authority's top officials and an aide to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 8, Daniyal Akhmetov, the PM of oil-rich Kazakhstan, resigned in the wake of criticism of his performance by the heavy-handed president of the Central Asian country. Nazarbayev, who has ruled Kazakhstan as president since its independence in 1991, regularly replaced his prime ministers as he tried to secure his position and balance interests of various powerful elite groups.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, The Nigerian government withdrew a suit seeking to sack Vice President Atiku Abubakar for defecting to a party other than the one in which he was elected.
    (AFP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 8, Fatah gunmen released the deputy mayor of Nablus unharmed, two days after kidnapping him. Fatah militants torched stores of Hamas supporters in Ramallah and shot at the house of a top Hamas official. Agence France-Presse expressed gratitude for the release of a photographer who had been held hostage by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, Rev. Janusz Bielanski, head priest of Krakow's prestigious Wawel Cathedral, left his post amid allegations he collaborated with secret services of the communist era, a day after Warsaw's newly-appointed archbishop resigned in a scandal that shocked the nation.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, A senior Russian official said that Russia has been forced to stop delivering oil to Europe via Belarus after disruptions to the flow of exports it blamed on Minsk.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 8, Venezuela’s Pres. Hugo Chavez announced plans to nationalize power and telecommunications companies and make other bold changes to increase state control as he promised a more radical push toward socialism. Chavez stated that he had been a “communist" since at least 2002.
    (AP, 1/9/07)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.34)

2007        Jan 9, The Bush administration barred Bank Sepah, Iran’s oldest bank, from doing any future business in the US, accusing it of transferring Iranian missile payments to North Korea. Germany’s Commerzbank AG said it will stop handling dollar transactions for Iran at its new York branch by Jan 31.
    (AP, 1/10/07)(WSJ, 1/10/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 9, Pres. Bush lifted a ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol area.
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.A5)
2007        Jan 9, Mike Beebe, Democrat, was sworn in as the 45th Governor of the State of Arkansas.
    (www.governor.arkansas.gov/gov_biography.html)
2007        Jan 9, The National Park Service announced that it signed a 60-year lease with San Francisco developer to restore Fort Baker and build a hotel called “Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate."
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.B1)
2007        Jan 9, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the annual Macworld Expo in SF. The 4GB version would be sold for $499 starting in June. A television set add-on called Apple TV was planned to hit stores in February for $299. Apple dropped the word “Computer" from its name.
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.C1)(WSJ, 1/11/07, p.C1)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.57)
2007        Jan 9, Rex Farrance (59), a longtime editor for PC World, was shot to death during a robbery at his home in Pittsburg, Ca. Farrance had let his son grow medical marijuana. In September Tremaine Amos (25), Darryl Hudson (23) and Montrell Hall (23) were charged with murder in the commission of a robbery. In 2009 Hudson was convicted of murder, robbery and assault. Amos pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for testifying against Hall and Hudson. A mistrial was declared in Hall’s case. In a retrial Hall was convicted on Oct 9, 2009, of murder, assault, robbery and burglary.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.A1)(SFC, 9/26/07, p.B1)(SSFC, 6/21/09, p.B2)(SFC, 10/12/09, p.C4)
2007        Jan 9, An Australian zoo put a group of humans on display to raise awareness about primate conservation, with the proviso that they don't get up to any monkey business.
    (Reuters, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, Dhaka, Bangladesh, turned into a battlefield as protesters, demanding the scrapping of national elections, hurled bombs and rocks at police who responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The parties demanded the postponement of January 22 elections, alleging that they cannot be fair without massive changes to the voter list.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9 Britain’s Royal Mail released a set of six stamps depicting the iconic Beatles' album covers.
    (Reuters, 12/28/06)
2007        Jan 9, Freddy Munoz, a reporter for a state-controlled television network in Venezuela, was released from a Colombian jail, 52 days after his arrest on accusations of plotting bomb attacks with leftist rebels.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, Mikhail Prokhorov (41), chief executive of Russian mining giant OAO Norilsk Nickel, was detained in France for questioning as part of a crackdown on a suspected prostitution ring at an upscale ski resort.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 9, A landslide in a western Indonesian village killed up to 13 people, burying several homes and a small mosque.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, Iraqi and US soldiers, backed by American warplanes, battled suspected insurgents for hours in central Baghdad, and 50 militant fighters were killed. A cargo plane carrying Turkish construction workers crashed during landing at an airport near Baghdad, killing 32 people and injuring two. 4 members of a family died when their house in Baghdad's Sadr City section was destroyed. Police initially said the attack was from two mortar shells, but later a police official and witnesses said the home was fired on by US aircraft.
    (AP, 1/9/07)(AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 9, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived in China for a visit centered around boosting trade ties and discussions on Iran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, Carlo Ponti (b.1912), Italian film producer and longtime husband of Sophia Loren, died in Geneva. His productions included such films as “La Strada" and “Blowup." In 1965 he joined with David Lean to produce “Doctor Zhivago." Ponti first married Sophia Loren using lawyers in a proxy marriage in Mexico in 1957. They remarried again in France in 1966.
    (SFC, 1/11/07, p.B5)
2007        Jan 9, Japan launched its first full-fledged defense ministry since World War II as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to build a more assertive nation.
    (AFP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, Jordanian police killed one suspected al-Qaida member and detained a second in a crackdown that foiled a terrorist plot against Jordan.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, In Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has refused to accept his slim loss to President Felipe Calderon in July's election, launched a weekly TV show mocking the government's battle against crime and unemployment and promising to promote a law targeting Mexico's monopolies.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 9, Nigeria started paying more than 1,000 Biafran police pensioners, 37 years after the west African country ended a bloody civil war.
    (AFP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 9, More than 100 Indian fishermen left for home after Pakistan set them free in a goodwill gesture to its longtime rival.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, Philippine troops killed Binang Sali, a senior al-Qaida-linked militant, who allegedly led an urban terror unit of the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 9, In Somalia US AC-130 strikes were reported to have killed 10 al-Qaida suspects. Local officials said the toll was much higher and included civilians.
    (AP, 1/9/07)(WSJ, 1/10/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 9, Armed Basque separatist group ETA claimed responsibility for the bomb attack at Madrid airport that killed 2 people last week but said its ceasefire still held and it wanted peace.
    (AFP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 9, St. Lucian lawmakers made history in the Caribbean island when they selected two women to lead Parliament.
    (AP, 1/9/07)

2007        Jan 10, Pres. Bush said that an additional 21,500 US troops will head to Iraq soon to try improve the security situation mainly in Baghdad and the western province of Anbar. Bush’s plan became known as “the surge."
    (AP, 1/15/07)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.11)
2007        Jan 10, The Democratic-controlled US House voted 315-116 to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.
    (AP, 1/10/08)
2007        Jan 10, The US Postal Service honored Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), the First Lady of Song, with her own postage stamp.
    (AP, 1/10/07)(SFC, 1/10/07, p.E8)
2007        Jan 10, California State coastal regulators voted to impose restrictions on the US Navy's use of sonar, which has been linked to harmful effects on whales and other marine mammals.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 10, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger released a proposed $143.4 billion budget.
    (SFC, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 11, NATO forces overnight fought two large groups of suspected Taliban militants crossing the border from Pakistan, and scores of insurgents were killed. Some 150 militants under Jalaluddin Haqqani were killed by the US 10th Mountain Division.
    (AP, 1/11/07)(WSJ, 11/7/07, p.A16)
2007        Jan 10, Belarus lifted a duty it had imposed on Russian fuel transiting the country.
    (SFC, 1/11/07, p.A7)
2007        Jan 10, Bolivian President Evo Morales renewed his pledge to nationalize his country's mining industry, saying he would complete the task this year.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, Bosnia's state court jailed a Swede, a Turk and a Bosnian for up to 15 years four months for planning a suicide attack in Europe. All 3 men were Muslims and wanted to pressure Bosnia and European governments to withdraw forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, In England 2 RAF training helicopters collided in mid-air in Shropshire, with some reports claiming that one person was killed and three injured.
    (AFP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, China said 2006 its global trade surplus jumped nearly 75% from the previous year to a record $177.5 billion. Lan Chengzhang, who worked for the China Trade News, was beaten while visiting a mine in Hunyuan county in the northern province of Shanxi and died of an apparent brain hemorrhage the next day. His death sparked a media outcry and a police investigation. On June 27 the Intermediate People's Court of Linfen city in Shanxi province convicted Hou Zhenrun, the head of a small unlicensed mine outside the northern city of Datong, for organizing a gang of five men to beat reporter. Zhenrun sentenced to life in prison. The five men who beat the reporters received jail terms of 5-15 years. A sixth was sentenced to a year in jail for harboring the suspects.
    (AP, 1/10/07)(Reuters, 1/17/07)(AP, 6/28/07)
2007        Jan 10, Cuban dissident Manuel Valdes Tamayo (50) died. He was one of 75 activists jailed in a massive crackdown in 2003 and released a year later for health reasons.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 10, In Guinea shop, government and business workers held a general strike, heeding a union call for protests after President Lansana Conte decided to free two corruption suspects. Unions demanded that Mamadou Sylla and Fode Soumah, who have been charged with embezzling public funds and imprisoned in Conakry on December 6, be put back in jail. The strike threatened the world’s surplus of alumina, used to make aluminum. Guinea accounted for 10% of the world’s bauxite exports and 30% of its reserves.
    (AFP, 1/10/07)(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A13)
2007        Jan 10, Former Guinea-Bissau PM Carlos Gomes Jr. sought asylum at the local UN office, three days after he said President Vieira was behind the assassination of an ex-military commander last week.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, In northern Indian a 4-story building under construction in Allahabad collapsed, killing 10 workers and injuring at least 25.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, A 14-year-old Indonesian boy died from bird flu, just days after being hospitalized. It was the first H5N1 fatality in the country in six weeks.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, In central Iran a truck smashed into a bus, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 10, Bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least 99 people, including a US soldier who died from a gunshot wound in Diyala province. A suicide bomber killed four civilians in a crowd outside a police station in the northern city of Tal Afar.
    (AP, 1/10/07)(SFC, 1/11/07, p.A15)
2007        Jan 10, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, midway through an official visit to Beijing, said he received a candid assurance from China that it opposes Iran having a nuclear arsenal.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, Lebanese trade unions threatened to escalate protests unless the government drops plans to raise taxes, adding to troubles for Lebanon's US-backed prime minister amid an opposition campaign to bring him down.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, A new report alleged that Myanmar's military junta is allowing gold mines to pollute the world's largest wild tiger reserve and has promoted development that is destroying ethnic Kachin communities.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, In Nicaragua former revolutionary Daniel Ortega took office in a ceremony attended by more than a dozen world leaders.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, said Hamas acknowledges the existence of Israel but formal recognition by the group will only be considered when a Palestinian state has been created.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, In Russia Liana Askerova said she was detained as part of the investigation into the killing of Andrei Kozlov, the Central Bank first deputy chairman who was shot point-blank on Sept. 13 as he left a soccer game in Moscow.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 10, Militants kidnapped nine South Korean oil workers and one local worker in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria, bringing the total number of foreigners currently held hostage there to 18.
    (AFP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, US forces launched a third day of airstrikes in southern Somalia. At least four separate strikes were reported around Ras Kamboni, on the Somali coast near the Kenyan border. Unknown insurgents attacked a transitional government barracks and soldiers responded by sealing portions of Mogadishu and searching house to house for guns.
    (AP, 1/10/07)(SFC, 1/11/07, p.A4)
2007        Jan 10, In the southern Philippines a bomb exploded across the street from a public market, killing six people and wounding 22 others. A second blast in the region hours later wounded two people near a police outpost.
    (AP, 1/10/07)
2007        Jan 10, Sudan and rebel groups, prodded by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, agreed on a 60-day ceasefire, plus diplomatic efforts by the UN and African Union, to end the conflict in Darfur.
    (AFP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 10, Zimbabwe’s central statistics office (CSO) said inflation had hit a new record high of 1,281%, puncturing government hopes of reining in the galloping rate which has left households struggling to make ends meet.
    (AP, 1/10/07)

2007        Jan 11, President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq ran into a wall of criticism on Capitol Hill as administration officials drew confrontational challenges from both Democrats and Republicans.
    (AP, 1/11/08)
2007        Jan 11, The US government said Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside were found planted on US contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, A US federal judge ruled that the Vatican can be sued for damages by US victims of clerical sex abuse.
    (WSJ, 1/12/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 11, The Pentagon said it has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in Iraq.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 11, Fourteen members of an advisory board to Jimmy Carter's human rights organization resigned to protest his new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," which has been attacked as unfairly critical of Israel and riddled with inaccuracies.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, NATO forces overnight fought two large groups of suspected Taliban militants crossing the border from Pakistan, and scores of insurgents were killed.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, An Argentine judge ordered the arrest of the third wife of former political strongman Juan Domingo Peron, saying he has questions about her chaotic 20-month rule, a time when shadowy right-wing violence destabilized Argentina ahead of her political downfall. Isabel Peron has lived in exile in Spain since 1981.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 11, Iajuddin Ahmed, the president of Bangladesh, declared a state of emergency following weeks of violent protests and threats by a political alliance to disrupt general elections. Gen. Masud Uddin Chowdhury led a coup and forced the president to cancel elections and declare a state of emergency. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed was sworn in as head of Interim government.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6zr23k)(AP, 1/11/07)(Econ, 6/7/08, p.54)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.58)
2007        Jan 11, Protesters seeking the ouster of a Bolivian state governor for his opposition to leftist President Evo Morales battled with the governor's supporters in clashes that left two dead and more than 60 injured.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, Brazilian prosecutors sought the extradition of two church leaders arrested in the United States on money smuggling charges.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, The Bank of England (BoE) raised British interest rates by a quarter of a point to 5.25 percent to fight inflation.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, China destroyed its Feng Yun 1-C, an aging weather satellite launched in 1999, with a ballistic missile 537 miles above the Earth. The impact created about 28% of the junk currently floating in space. The US halted such tests in 1985 for fear of creating debris deadly to spacecraft.
    (WSJ, 1/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.38)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.26)
2007        Jan 11, Former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam was sentenced to life imprisonment, ending his 12-year trial in absentia for genocide and other crimes committed during his iron-fisted rule (1974-1991). Mariam lived comfortably in exile in Zimbabwe, where Pres. Robert Mugabe has said he won't deport Mengistu if he refrains from political activity.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, Indonesian police raided a house on Sulawesi Island where several alleged Islamic militants were staying, sparking a fierce gun and bomb battle that left one suspected terrorist dead.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, In Iraq US-led multinational forces detained six Iranians at Tehran's diplomatic mission in the northern city of Irbil. A suicide truck bomber hit the house of the head of the municipal council in Samarra, killing three people and wounding 33. Gunmen killed a professor driving home from the University of Mosul. Suspected Sunni insurgents set fire to a large oil pipeline in northern Iraq, interrupting the flow from the Kirkuk oil fields.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert ended a visit to China after talks with Chinese leaders on Iran's nuclear program and efforts to boost trade and economic ties.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, The Nigerian military said it has recovered the body of an officer who was abducted last week in the country's southern oil producing region.
    (AFP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, Oil flowed again through the main pipeline from Russia to Europe after Moscow and Belarus agreed to settle a dispute that has hurt Russia's reputation as an energy supplier.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, South Korean officials said that the bird flu virus had been transmitted to a human during a recent outbreak among poultry, but the person showed no symptoms of disease.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, The UN Security Council said it backs the speedy deployment of African troops to Somalia and strongly urges a dialogue among all political players, in addition to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
2007        Jan 11, Vietnam became the 150th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a milestone expected to launch an era of radical change as the communist nation enters the global economic mainstream.
    (AP, 1/11/07)

2007        Jan 12, Pres. Bush signed a bill into law that made it a crime to lie to obtain telephone records of private citizens, a procedure known as pretexting, following a 2006 case at Hewlett-Packard.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.C1)
2007        Jan 12, Durham County, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong asked to be removed from the Duke lacrosse rape investigation. State prosecutors later exonerated three suspects.
    (AP, 1/12/08)
2007        Jan 12, Francisco Javier Dominguez-Rivera (22) of Puebla, Mexico, was killed in a confrontation with the unidentified agent north of the US-Mexico border in Arizona between Bisbee and Douglas. On Jan 16 the Mexican government sent a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the fatal shooting.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 12, In California the Fresno-based Westlands Water District purchased 3,000 acres on the McCloud River for $35 million. They planned to sell the land to the federal government if officials and lawmakers decide to raise the nearby Shasta Dam.
    (SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 12, Jennifer Strange (28) of Rancho Cordova, Ca., died after guzzling a large quantity of water as part of a Sacramento KDND-FM radio show contest. In 2009 Entercom Sacramento LLC was found negligent and ordered to pay nearly $16.6 million to the family of Jennifer Strange.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/09, p.A8)
2007        Jan 12, In SF Mia Sagote (30) and Leslie Siliga (29) reportedly doused Leslie May (49), a homeless woman from the Tenderloin, with gasoline and burned her alive at Candlestick Point in retaliation for May’s report to police implicating them in a personal robbery. Sagote was convicted of murder, kidnapping and robbery on Oct 20, 2013. On Dec 20, 2013, Sagote was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 2/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)(SFC, 12/21/13, p.C3)
2007        Jan 12, In Missouri 2 missing boys were found at the suburban St. Louis home of Michael Devlin (41). William Ownby (13) had been missing for 5 days; Shawn Hornbeck (15) had been missing since Oct 2002. In October Devlin was sentenced to multiple life terms for kidnapping and sexual assault.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.A5)(SFC, 10/9/07, p.A6)(AP, 1/12/08)
2007        Jan 12, Larry Stewart (58), known as “Secret Santa" for the millions he passed out with no strings attached to people in need, died at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri of esophageal cancer. Stewart, from the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, made his millions in cable television and long-distance telephone service.
    (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,243578,00.html)
2007        Jan 12, A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-filled car into a two-vehicle convoy carrying foreigners south of Kabul, wounding at least one Afghan civilian.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, Fakhruddin Ahmed, a former Bangladesh central bank governor, was sworn in as head of the country's new interim government.
    (AFP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales proposed a new law to allow recall votes against elected officials, a move that would give protesters demanding the resignation of an opposition-aligned state governor a way to remove him from office.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 12, In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a hole being excavated for a new subway station collapsed, opening a huge crater that swallowed cars and dump trucks. A missing minibus was feared under the dirt.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 12, Severe gales and heavy rains powered by an Atlantic storm left at least one person dead and eight missing, sunk two fishing trawlers and disrupted travel across Britain and Ireland.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, Canada unveiled plans to spend more than $368 million over the next five years to protect its border from terrorist, economic and environmental threats.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 12, State media said China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting in part from the country's tough one-child policy becomes more pronounced. In northern China an underground gas explosion struck the Niuxinhui Coal Mine in the province of Shanxi killing 13 people with 9 injured. Police in southern China arrested 10 farmers in Botang in the impoverished region of Guangxi embroiled in a dispute with a paper mill over pollution they say is killing their crops and fouling their water sources.
    (AP, 1/12/07)(AP, 1/13/07)(AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 12, China and Russia blocked the Security Council from demanding an end to political repression and human rights violations in military-ruled Myanmar, rejecting a resolution proposed by the United States. South Africa sided with China and Russia.
    (AP, 1/13/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.47)
2007        Jan 12, East Timor and France signed non-aggression treaties with ASEAN member countries on the sidelines of the annual ASEAN summit in the Philippine resort city of Cebu. Both countries looked to strengthen ties with a bloc representing a sixth of the world's people.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 12, French authorities freed Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire, following four days of questioning in connection with an investigation into a suspected prostitution ring at the swank Alpine ski resort of Courchevel.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, The US Embassy in Athens came under fire from a rocket that exploded inside the modern glass-front building but caused no casualties in an attack police suspect was the work of Greek leftists.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, An American man dubbed by local media the "butcher of New York" was sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing and dismembering his Honduran wife. Andrew Gole (49) of Long Island, NY, confessed to strangling and cutting up his wife, Martha Isabel Moncada (28) with an electric saw in May 2003.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 12, In Iraq at least 19 people were reported killed or dead including 10 bullet-riddled bodies found in Baghdad and Khudr Younis al-Obaidi, an Iraqi journalist killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.A9)
2007        Jan 12, In Nigeria 9 South Korean pipeline workers and a Nigerian kidnapped in southern Nigeria were released with the help of a youth group.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, Roman Abramovich, Russian oil magnate, was reported to have ordered a new yacht called the Eclipse. It was under construction in Germany and was expected to measure over 525 feet, making it the largest privately owned yacht in the world.
    (WSJ, 1/12/07, p.W1)
2007        Jan 12, Russia reportedly agreed to slash the duty on oil exports to Belarus by 70% and Belarus will share with Moscow a substantial amount of profits from the refined oil products it sells to Europe.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, A government official said Somalia's warlords have agreed to disarm and join a new national army. Violence in the capital brought home the challenge of restoring order in this fractious and heavily armed country.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, In the tea growing region of central Sri Lanka at least 18 people were killed in landslides. The National Disaster Management Center said at least three people were killed and another 61,000 made homeless in south and central Sri Lanka in flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains.
    (AP, 1/12/07)(AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 12, A Darfur rebel group denied that it agreed to a cease-fire with the Sudanese government during a meeting this week with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
    (AP, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan 12, Ugandan rebels pulled out of peace talks with the government, dealing a blow to already faltering negotiations aimed at ending one of Africa's most brutal conflicts.
    (AP, 1/12/07)

2007        Jan 13, The North Carolina state attorney general's office agreed to take over the sexual assault case against three Duke University lacrosse players at the request of embattled Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong. All three players were later exonerated.
    (AP, 1/13/08)
2007        Jan 13, In SF the Muni Metro T-Third line began operations.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.B1)
2007        Jan 13, It was reported that Kink, a Web-based pornography distributor, had purchased the 1912 old armory building on Mission St. in San Francisco for $14.5 million.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.B1)
2007        Jan 13, In Huntington, W.Va, 9 people were killed in an apartment building fire.
    (AP, 1/13/08)
2007        Jan 13, In McDowell County, W.Va., 2 miners were killed when a roof collapsed inside the Brooks Run Mining Company's Cucumber coal mine.
    (AP, 1/13/08)
2007        Jan 13, It was reported that the Asian vulture had declined by up to 99% in the last decade due to poisoning from diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug for cattle. In 2006 India, Pakistan and Nepal banned the making and importing of the drug.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.39)
2007        Jan 13, In Afghanistan British marines, supported by Dutch and British attack helicopters, staged a pre-dawn attack on a mud-brick compound atop a barren hill where insurgents were thought hiding, setting off a battle that killed 16 suspected militants and one marine in Helmand province. US warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 13, ASEAN leaders meeting in the Philippines signed an agreement to regulate migrant workers.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.54)
2007        Jan 13, It was reported that thousands of birds had dropped dead over the past 3 weeks in Western Australia.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.B8)
2007        Jan 13, Bangladeshi police and soldiers arrested more than 2,500 people overnight and raided the homes of several political leaders after a new caretaker government was sworn in to quell unrest ahead of elections.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 13, A Bolivian air force plane crashed in a southern state, killing all eight people on board.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 13, In Canada groundbreaking took place in Calgary on the 58-story Encana tower, The Bow. In Dec 2008 construction was halted due to falling oil prices.
    (Econ, 1/17/09, p.40)(http://highriseconstruction.wordpress.com/2008/07/)
2007        Jan 13, China said Wang You-theng, founder of the Rebar Asia Pacific Group, left China for the US. You-theng had vanished earlier this month amid accusations he stole millions of dollars from his Taiwan company.
    (Reuters, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 13, Pranab Mukherjee, India’s foreign minister, visited Islamabad to discuss Sir Creek and other disputes. 2 days later Indian and Pakistani surveyors began mapping the creek in preparation for settling their maritime border there.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.52)
2007        Jan 13, In Iraq at least 11 people were killed or found dead, including a Sunni cleric who was shot to death near his home in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad and five who were slain in separate attacks in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 13, An Italian military tribunal gave life sentences in absentia to 10 German former SS men for massacring about 800 Italian villagers in 1944. They had laid waste to the villages of Marzabotto, Grizzana and Vado di Monzuno near Bologna, as the Germans retreated before Allied troops.
    (Reuters, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 13, It was reported that swarms of locusts had descended on the Mexican state of Yucatan and threatened over 12,000 acres of vegetation.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.B8)
2007        Jan 13, Suspected avian influenza was recorded in northern Nigeria's Sokoto State, a day after the disease reportedly infected 5,000 birds in nearby Kastina state.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 13, Somali lawmakers authorized the government to declare martial law as the country's internationally recognized leaders struggled to assert their authority after battling an Islamic movement that had controlled much of southern Somalia.
    (AP, 1/13/07)
2007        Jan 13, In southern Thailand a Buddhist man and his wife were working at a rubber plantation in Yala province when a group attacked them, shooting the man three times in the chest before beheading him and killing his wife. Another Buddhist was killed in a drive-by shooting in a separate attack in Yala. The Islamic insurgency, that flared in January 2004, has killed more than 1,900 people.
    (AP, 1/14/07)

2007        Jan 14, President Bush, facing opposition from both parties over his plan to send more troops to Iraq, said on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he had the authority to act no matter what Congress wanted. On "Fox News Sunday," Vice President Dick Cheney asserted that lawmakers' criticism would not influence Bush's plans and he dismissed any effort to "run a war by committee."
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2007        Jan 14, In Oklahoma a minivan carrying 12 people skidded off an icy highway and slammed into an oncoming tractor-trailer, killing seven.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Scientists said they have pinpointed a new gene (SORL1) linked to Alzheimer's disease, the incurable brain disorder that is the top cause of dementia in the elderly.
    (Reuters, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, Darlene Conley (72), a veteran stage, film and television actress, died in Los Angeles. She entertained daytime audiences for nearly two decades as the feisty fashion mogul Sally Spectra on "The Bold and the Beautiful."
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 14, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ate breakfast with soldiers from New York and Indiana at the main US base in Afghanistan before meeting with the top American general in Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. After leaving Kabul, Clinton went to Lahore, Pakistan, where she met with the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. A suicide bomber blew himself up near a convoy of foreign construction workers and Afghan soldiers in southern Afghanistan, wounding one civilian.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, ASEAN leaders meeting in the Philippines signed an agreement to liberalize the trade in services between China and ASEAN countries.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.54)
2007        Jan 14, Australia's Environment Minister Ian Campbell told national radio that Japanese whaling ships on their annual hunt in the Antarctic are banned from docking in Australia and should use restraint in looming clashes with protesters.
    (AFP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, Belarus held local elections. Government loyalists appeared to sweep the local elections, as President Alexander Lukashenko retained a firm grip over the former Soviet nation. Belarus opposition and human rights activists denounced the vote as rigged, and the United States and the European Union said it failed to meet democratic standards.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, France's interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, formally clinched the ruling conservatives' presidential nomination.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Guatemala's Pres. Oscar Berger declined to read his state-of-the nation speech to Congress, instead sending a written version to lawmakers after violent clashes erupted between protesting teachers and police outside the legislative building.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, The US military said 5 Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week were connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq. At least 78 people were reported killed or found dead, including 41 bullet-riddled bodies discovered in Baghdad. The US military also said two American soldiers died from roadside bombs in Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/14/07)(AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, A court convicted Sheik Talal Nasser Al Sabah, a member of Kuwait's ruling family, for drug trafficking and condemned him to death.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, Gunmen burst into the home of Jaime Meraz Martinez, a political leader in the northern Mexican state of Durango, and fatally shot him, two family members and an employee.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, In Nicaragua Iran's Pres. Ahmadinejad, touring Latin America in search of an alliance of "revolutionary countries," said the US is trying to hide its failures in Iraq by accusing his nation of funding insurgents there.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, In Nigeria 12 chiefs from various delta communities were killed overnight when assailants attacked their boat.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 14, Hurricane-strength winds whipped across southwestern Sweden, leaving more than 100,000 households without power and causing major disruptions in train and boat traffic across Scandinavia.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, An African Union delegation was in Somalia's capital to discuss the deployment of peacekeepers, as the government struggled to disarm Mogadishu residents reluctant to give up their guns after years of fending for themselves amid chaos.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Two passenger trains collided near a beach resort town south of Bangkok, killing three people and injuring more than 100 others.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Gulbakhor Turayeva, an Uzbek doctor and rights advocate, was arrested for allegedly possessing banned literature. She claimed to have seen hundreds of bodies in the bloody crackdown of the 2005 Andijan uprising.
    (AP, 1/17/07)

2007        Jan 15, In the 64th Golden Globe Awards the film "Babel" won for best dramatic film; "Dreamgirls" was named best musical or comedy; "Grey’s Anatomy" won best dramatic television series, while "Ugly Betty" won for best TV musical or comedy series. Forest Whitaker won the film actor award for “The Last King of Scotland; Helen Mirren won the film actress award for “The Queen."
    (SFC, 1/16/07, p.E1)(AP, 1/15/08)
2007        Jan 15, California’s top agricultural official said 3 days of freezing temperatures had ruined as much as 70% of the state’s citrus crop.
    (SFC, 1/16/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 15, The death toll from a powerful winter storm rose to 36 across six states as utility crews labored to restore service to hundreds of thousands of Missouri households and businesses enduring cold weather without electricity for heat and lights.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, Richard Musgrave (b.1910), German-born American economist and Harvard professor (1965-1981), died in Santa Cruz, Ca. His books included the classic textbook: “The Theory of Public Finance: A Study in Public Economy."
    (SFC, 1/22/07, p.B4)
2007        Jan 15, In southern Afghanistan NATO troops attacked a militant base in an operation that left one Western soldier dead and several wounded. 13 suspected Taliban militants were killed and 17 others were wounded during the clash with NATO troops. Gunmen in the east killed a deputy provincial council chief. Afghan agents arrested Abul Haq Haqiq, aka Dr. Mohammad Hanif, one of two spokesmen who often contacted journalists on behalf of the Taliban, in eastern Afghanistan. He said that fugitive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is under the protection of the ISI in Quetta. (ISI is Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency and Quetta is a city in southwestern Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.) Afghan officials have alleged some of the Taliban's leadership may be based there.
    (AP, 1/15/07)(AP, 1/16/07)(AFP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 15, A British prosecutor told a jury that 6 men plotted to kill London subway and bus passengers with bombs made from hydrogen peroxide and flour on July 21, 2005, two weeks after suicide bombers killed 52 commuters in the city. The devices failed to explode.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, It was reported that a team at the British institute that cloned Dolly the sheep have made a genetically engineered chicken that produces cancer drugs in its eggs. The proteins they chose were miR24, a monoclonal antibody with potential for treating melanoma, and human interferon b-1a, an immune system protein from a family of proteins that attacks tumors and viruses.
    (Reuters, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, More than 100 rebels attacked a northwestern town in the Central African Republic, sparking the first fighting with government troops in more than a month.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, Anti-government rebels in Chad said they have captured a new location in the far north of the central African country after ending a truce at the weekend. Chadian defense minister, General Bichara Issa Djadallah, denied the rebel claim.
    (AFP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, More than 500 armed militants in Chechnya and other parts of Russia's troubled North Caucasus surrendered to authorities as part of an amnesty that expired at day’s end.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, Bo Yibo (b.1908), one of China's first Communist revolutionaries and a member of the post-Mao circle of leaders known as the "eight immortals," died in Beijing.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 15, In Colombia Eugenio Montoya Sanchez (37), believed by authorities to be a leader of the Norte del Valle drug cartel, was captured following a shootout, ending a years-long hunt for a man wanted by American officials for allegedly smuggling tons of cocaine into the US. 2 cold-storage tanks owned by a Nestle supplier outside the town of San Vicente de Caguan were blown up in an attack also attributed to the FARC. Salvatore Mancuso became the 1st senior paramilitary leader to make a voluntary confession of his involvement in kidnappings and mass murders. Sanchez was later extradited to the US and in 2009 pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/16/07)(AP, 1/19/07)(Econ, 1/20/07, p.48)(SFC, 4/29/09, p.A4)
2007        Jan 15, In Ecuador nationalist Rafael Correa was sworn in as president. He pledged to fight a political establishment widely discredited as corrupt. He signed a decree calling a referendum for a Constituent Assembly and doubled a monthly welfare payment to $30 for some 1.3 million of the poorest people.
    (AP, 1/15/07)(Econ, 1/20/07, p.48)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.39)
2007        Jan 15, In India hundreds of Hindu holy men, naked but for the ash smeared on their bodies and an occasional marigold garland, led a sea of humanity to the waters of the Ganges River to wash away their sins at the apex of a weekslong pilgrimage.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, Two top aides to Saddam Hussein were hanged before dawn, and the head of one of them, the former Iraqi dictator's half brother Barzan Ibrahim, was severed from his body during the execution. 3 policemen were killed and two hurt when a roadside bomb targeted their car in a southeastern section of Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, The Israeli government published plans to build 44 homes in Israel's largest West Bank settlement, violating a pledge to the US as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in the region on a peace-seeking mission.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, An Israeli court ruled that a dead soldier's family can have his sperm impregnated into the body of a woman he never met.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 15, Kyrgyzstan Pres. Bakiyev signed into law constitutional amendments strengthening his powers that he had pushed through after threatening to dissolve parliament.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, President Felipe Calderon launched a program to create jobs for young Mexicans and curb the flow of millions of migrants to the United States.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, The editor and a journalist at a Moroccan news weekly that published jokes relating to Islam were convicted of insulting the religion. The court gave three-year suspended sentences to Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane, and to journalist Sanaa al-Aji. Both were barred from journalistic activity with Nichane for two months and the independent Arab-language magazine was suspended for two months. They were fined $9,280 each.
    (AP, 1/15/07)(AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 15, Nepal’s Parliament was dissolved and replaced by an interim legislature including former communist rebels, a major step to co-opt the ex-guerrillas into mainstream Nepalese politics after they agreed to end their decade-long insurgency. 4-time prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala became acting head of state, succeeding King Gyanendra.
    (AP, 1/15/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girija_Prasad_Koirala)
2007        Jan 15, Some 2,000 ethnic Pashtun tribesmen rallied in this Pakistani border town near Afghanistan to condemn the Pakistani government for new border control measures.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, Russian authorities began cracking down on millions of illegal migrants throughout Russia as new rules tightening government control of migration came into effect, prompting concerns that the country could face serious shortages of low-wage laborers.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, A cargo ship and a commuter hydrofoil collided near the entrance to the Sicilian port of Messina, killing four people and leaving dozens of passengers injured.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 15, Somali troops and allied Ethiopian soldiers conducted house-to-house searches, pursuing gunmen who carried out an attack in the northeastern part of the capital.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 15, In South Korea unionized workers at Hyundai Motor Co. began a promised partial strike amid a dispute with management over bonuses.
    (AP, 1/15/07)

2007        Jan 16, The US Senate voted to shine more light on thousands of expensive pet projects buried in legislation after the new Democratic majority bowed to a successful push by Republicans to make new disclosure rules even tougher than originally planned.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) launched his bid for the White House.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2007        Jan 16, Ron Carey (b.1935), TV and film actor, died in Los Angeles. He played Officer Carl Levitt in the Barney Miller (1976-1982) TV sitcom. His 15 movies included “High Anxiety" (1977) and “History of the World: Part I" (1981), both with Mel Brooks.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.B4)
2007        Jan 16 Pookie Hudson (72), lead singer for the Spaniels doo-wop group, died in Capitol Heights, Md.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2007        Jan 16, In southern Afghanistan NATO-led troops and Afghan forces detained a prominent Taliban commander during a raid on a compound.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 16, Canadian Trade Minister David Emerson signed a technology deal with China, on a visit aimed at reinvigorating relations with the Asian superpower that have been dented by Canada's blunt talk on human rights.
    (Reuters, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Chinese search engine Baidu.com and EMI Music launched an Internet venture that will let users listen to streaming music for free, adding to Baidu's growing entertainment business.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Colombian police found about $19 million belonging to a drug trafficking group buried under a house in the southwestern city of Cali. On Jan 12 police found $16 million hidden in a modest house in Cali.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, The European Parliament elected German conservative Hans-Gert Poettering as president of the chamber to replace outgoing Spanish Socialist Josep Borrell.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Indian PM Manmohan Singh reiterated his government's offer for talks with separatist rebels in restive northeast Assam state after recent violence left 73 people dead.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, An Indonesian passenger train jumped its tracks, sending a crowded rail car plunging nearly 20 feet near the central Javanese town of Purwokerto. Five people were reported killed and more than 250 injured.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Baghdad was struck by two bombings apparently targeting Shiite neighborhoods one near a university as students were leaving classes for the day that killed at least 31, and another at a used motorcycle marketplace that killed at least 15 people. The death toll across Iraq approached 150 including four who died when a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in a predominantly Shiite area of downtown Baghdad. Gianni Magazzeni, the chief of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq in Baghdad, said 34,452 civilians were killed and 36,685 were wounded last year.
    (AP, 1/16/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 16, In Israel Abir Aramin, a 10-year-old Palestinian girl, was hit by a rubber-coated bullet as she stood some distance from a demonstration. She died two days later in a Jerusalem hospital. In 2010 a Jerusalem court decided in a ruling that the Israeli state was responsible for the death of the girl. In 2011 an Israeli court ordered the government to pay $432,000 to the family of Abir.
    (AP, 8/18/10)(www.counterpunch.org/peled08082007.html)(AP, 9/26/11)
2007        Jan 16, In Kenya deaths due to Rift Valley fever (hemorrhagic fever) had climbed to at least 95 for the past month.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Pedro Diaz Parada, a drug cartel leader, was arrested in the southern state of Oaxaca and taken to Mexico City. This was the first major drug arrest under the administration of President Felipe Calderon.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 16, King Mohammed VI of Morocco launched work on a major road linking Fez to the Algerian border as part of construction on a north African highway stretching from Mauritania to Libya. Construction of the 328-kilometer road (204-mile) from Fez to the eastern city of Oudja, on the border with Algeria, is expected to cost 820 million euros (one billion dollars).
    (AFP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 16, Royal Dutch Shell evacuated staff from two oil installations in southern Nigeria and the military boosted troop levels in the volatile area after a dozen village elders were killed in a riverboat attack.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Pakistan's army destroyed suspected al-Qaida hideouts in an airstrike near the Afghan border, killing 10 people. A resident said the slain men were Afghan laborers.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, In the Philippines Jainal Antel Sali Jr. (41), popularly known as Abu Sulaiman, a top al-Qaida-linked militant, was killed. He was accused of kidnapping three Americans in 2001 and of masterminding one of Southeast Asia's worst terror attacks three years later. DNA evidence soon confirmed Sulaiman’s death.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 16, Russia said it had delivered new anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran and would consider further requests by Tehran for defensive weapons.
    (Reuters, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Spanish court officials said Spain has issued an international arrest warrant for three US soldiers after reopening a murder investigation into the killing of Spanish television cameraman Jose Couso in Iraq on Apr 18, 2003.
    (Reuters, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, In Sri Lanka fierce clashes for control of a stretch of rebel-held-land in eastern Batticaloa district left at least 16 dead. The military said it lost four soldiers and that 29 more were wounded during the battle. A pro-rebel Web site said only 12 guerrillas died. TamilNet said 40 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 16, Rebels said Sudanese government planes bombed Darfur rebel areas despite a declared truce.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Benon Sevan (69) of Cyprus, former UN oil-for-food chief, was charged with taking a $160,000 bribe to influence who could buy Iraqi oil during the $64 billion program that ran from 1996-2003. This brought to 14 the number of people charged in the case.
    (WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A6)

2007        Jan 17, A year after disclosure of a domestic spying program that President Bush maintained was within his authority to operate, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced the administration had shifted its position and would seek the approval of an independent panel of federal judges.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2007        Jan 17, Alaska’s newly elected Gov. Sarah Palin (42) delivered her 1st state speech.
    (http://community.adn.com/?q=adn/node/104605)
2007        Jan 17, The Doomsday Clock, created in 1947 and run by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, was nudged forward to 11:55 due to moves by Iran and North Korea. It reached 11:58 in 1953 and moved back to 11:43 in 1991.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.A10)
2007        Jan 17, In Texas James Waller, who spent 10 years behind bars for the rape of a boy, became the 12th person in Dallas County to be cleared by DNA evidence.
    (AP, 1/19/07)(http://tinyurl.com/27evec)
2007        Jan 17, A US snow and ice storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine and Indiana.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 17, The SF Police Commission approved Mayor Newsom’s request to add surveillance cameras at 8 additional high-crime locations.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.B3)
2007        Jan 17, Art Buchwald (81), columnist and author, died. For over four decades he chronicled the life and times of Washington DC with an infectious wit and endeared himself to many with his never-say-die battle with failing kidneys.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, In southern Australia firefighters battled to contain a wildfire that razed a number of homes amid soaring temperatures and warnings that the worst was yet to come.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Britain’s Guardian reported that senior executives at defense manufacturer BAE Systems have been named as suspects in a corruption inquiry being conducted by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into contracts with South Africa.
    (AFP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Chadian rebels captured the small town of Ade on the border with Sudan, the latest in a series of raids in the lawless east of the central African country.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In southern Colombia a pickup truck carrying 660 pounds of explosives destroyed a dairy plant owned by Swiss food giant Nestle SA, an attack police attributed to leftist rebels.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, Conservationists said rebels in eastern Congo, loyal to warlord Laurent Nkunda, have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. Congo’s army said Nkunda agreed two weeks ago to stop fighting government forces in exchange for a government promise not to pursue war crimes charges against him.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Greece protesters torched cars, broke bank windows and clashed with riot police during a student demonstration against plans to allow private universities to operate.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Honduras a concrete wall collapsed at a coffee warehouse in Villanueva, crushing six workers under tons of bagged coffee beans.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In India a bomb planted in a vegetable carton by suspected members of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) exploded in a market in Dispur. Two people, including a child, were killed and 12 people were injured in the attack.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents,_2007)
2007        Jan 17, A suicide car bomb struck a market in the Shiite district of Sadr City and police said 17 people died. Another suicide car bomb exploded earlier at a checkpoint in the city of Kirkuk after guards opened fire as the driver approached a police station. The blast killed eight people and injured dozens. A mortar attack on a residential area in Iskandariyah killed a woman and injured 10 people. Police found the body of an Iraqi policeman whose hands and legs had been bound hanging by electric wire, two days after he was kidnapped while going to his home in the same area. Gunmen in a car also opened fire on two brothers, aged 30 and 35, on their way to work as construction workers in Mahaweel, 35 miles south of Baghdad. One was killed and the other was wounded. In Baghdad, a civilian was killed in a drive-by shooting and police found 5 unidentified bodies. An attack in Baghdad on a convoy of a Western democracy institute killed a 28-year-old Ohio woman and three security contractors.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 17, Alice Lakwena, a Ugandan warrior priestess who led an insurgency in the 1980s, died at a Kenyan refugee camp. She was known as Alice Auma and claimed to have been possessed by a spirit called Lakwena, which gave her spiritual powers to protect her fighters from bullets by anointing them with oil. Her cousin, Joseph Kony, is the messianic leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.
    (AP, 1/18/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.87)
2007        Jan 17, Nepal's former communist guerrillas began an orderly handover of weapons to UN monitors, putting in motion a landmark peace deal that calls for thousands of fighters to disarm and be confined to camps.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Nigeria rebels released 5 Chinese telecommunications workers and an Italian oil worker abducted in the southern delta region. A female (22) in Lagos died from bird flu. This was Nigeria’s first confirmed fatality from Avian Influenza. Tests on 3 other deaths were inconclusive.
    (AP, 1/18/07)(AFP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 17, Russian prosecutors charged Alexei Frenkel, a bank officer, with organizing the murder of a senior Central Bank official who sought to clean up Russia's banking industry. Charges were formally entered against Frenkel in connection with the killing of Andrei Kozlov, who was shot at point-blank range on Sept. 13 as he left a soccer game in Moscow.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Russian lawmakers sharply criticized Estonia for possible plans to remove a 1947 statue that honors Red Army soldiers who helped drive Nazi forces from the Baltic nation. Last week the Estonian president signed into law a bill allowing for the removal of the statue. The monument upset many in the country that suffered five decades of Soviet occupation.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 17, A top Somali lawmaker closely associated with the recently ousted Islamic movement was voted out as speaker by parliament, a move that could undermine reconciliation efforts in the restive country.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, In Thailand suspected separatist rebels shot dead two Buddhist villagers in the Muslim-majority south. The insurgency there has killed more than 1,800 people in three years.
    (AFP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 17, Yevgeny Kushnaryov (55), described as "the right-hand man" to Ukraine's pro-Russian PM, Viktor Yanukovych, died from his wounds one day after being shot by one of his hunting companions.
    (www.alertnet.org/thenews/pictures/MOS11.htm)
2007        Jan 17, Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, urged mass protests against President Robert Mugabe's nearly 27-year-rule.
    (AFP, 1/17/07)

2007        Jan 18, The United States criticized China for conducting an anti-satellite weapons test in which an old Chinese weather satellite was destroyed by a ballistic missile on Jan 11.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned the US Congress that failure to take action soon to deal with the budgetary strains posed by an aging US population could lead to serious economic harm.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, Truck driver Tyrone Williams was spared the death penalty and sentenced in Houston to life in prison for his role in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants crammed in a sweltering tractor-trailer.
    (AP, 1/18/08)
2007        Jan 18, The heated controversy at ABC's top show, "Grey's Anatomy," boiled over as the network rebuked co-star Isaiah Washington for an anti-gay comment and Washington issued a lengthy apology.
    (AP, 1/18/08)
2007        Jan 18, A suicide bomber detonated his explosives next to Afghan soldiers in an eastern Afghan market, killing one soldier and wounding three.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, South America's most prominent leaders met in Rio for a two-day summit of the fractured Mercosur economic bloc. Leaders sought to refocus Mercosur on the needs of the region's poor as Venezuela's outspoken president called for remaking Mercosur to fit his vision of "21st century socialism."
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, In China hundreds of riot police clashed with villagers protesting against an alleged land grab by officials in the southern province of Guangdong.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 18, In Dubai a high-rise apartment building under construction caught fire, injuring up to 25 workers and trapping others in thick smoke as rescue crews scrambled to reach them.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, East Timor and the UN launched an appeal for $16.6 million to help resettle and reintegrate about 100,000 people displaced by violence which wracked the country last year.
    (AFP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, India prepared to send 125 of its crack policewomen to Liberia to act as UN peacekeepers, the first time the world body has deployed an all-female unit.
    (AFP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, In India a boat carrying people to a religious festival sank on the Krishna River. As many as 66 pilgrims were feared drowned.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 18, In Iraq at least 59 people were killed or found dead. 3 car bombs detonated within minutes of each other in front of a wholesale vegetable market near a Shiite enclave on the edge the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora in southern Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 30. The US military acknowledged that coalition forces had searched the Sudanese Embassy in Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/18/07)(SFC, 1/19/07, p.A10)
2007        Jan 18, President Felipe Calderon signed an accord with businesses to curb soaring tortilla prices and protect Mexico's poor from speculative sellers and a surge in the cost of corn driven by the US ethanol industry.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, Truck driver Albano Ramirez Santos tried to commit suicide by throwing himself onto the tracks of the Mexico City subway and was later beaten to death by police. Santos was reportedly despondent over the theft of his truck.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 18, Myanmar’s state media accused pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi of evading taxes by spending her money from the 1991 Nobel Peace prize and other awards overseas.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, A Philippine Marines platoon battled about 30 extremists under Abu Sayyaf veteran Radullan Sahiron in the Jolo town of Patikul. Ten Abu Sayyaf members and three government troops died in the hour-long fight, while three militants were captured.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's ambassador to Georgia to return to the Georgian capital after recalling him four months ago, saying that the two countries must "normalize" badly strained ties.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, South Korean regulators fined the Hyundai Motor Co. 23 billion won ($24.5 million) for violating competition rules.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.67)
2007        Jan 18, Borys Tarasyuk, Ukraine's foreign minister, accused the Cabinet of PM Yanukovych of cutting off funds to his ministry, leaving it unable to pay its employees or contribute dues to international organizations.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 18, Venezuelan lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill granting President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months so that he can impose sweeping economic, social and political change.
    (AP, 1/19/07)

2007        Jan 19, US deputy ambassador Mark Wallace charged that the UNDP operated "in blatant violation of UN rules" for years in North Korea. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded quickly to the accusations, calling on all UN funds and programs to conduct an urgent outside investigation into their operations.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 19, Former Ohio Rep. Bob Ney was sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for trading political favors for gifts and campaign donations from lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, North Carolina’s Gov. Mike Easley said Google will invest up to $600 million to build a data center in his state.
    (SFC, 1/20/07, p.C1)
2007        Jan 19, CNL Hotel & Resorts agreed to sell a collection of 8 resorts, including the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, Ca., to Morgan Stanley Real Estate for $6.6 billion.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.D4)
2007        Jan 19, The so-called "Storm Worm" swept into US email systems, cutting a wider swath of American email systems than within Europe.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/199062)
2007        Jan 19, Denny Doherty (66), one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, died at his home in Ontario, Canada. The group was known for their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin’" (1966) and "Monday, Monday."
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Belgian lawyers confirmed that a group of Belgian newspapers had asked Yahoo! Inc. to remove links to their archived stories from its Web search service, claiming they infringe copyright laws.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, British foreign secretary Margaret Beckett admitted that her government was aware of a secret CIA prison network before Pres. Bush acknowledged its existence in September.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 19, Europeans labored to restore services across the continent after hurricane-force winds toppled trees, brought down power lines and damaged buildings, killing at least 47 people and disrupting travel for tens of thousands.
    (AP, 1/19/07)(SFC, 1/20/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 19, An Egyptian woman died from bird flu after six days in hospital.
    (Reuters, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, The EU said it has donated an additional 3.95 million euros ($5 million) to support the implementation of the Nigeria-Cameroon boundary demarcation project.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 19, In Guinea 2 people were killed when police and troops opened fire on thousands of demonstrators, raising the death toll to five since a general strike was launched in the west African nation this month.
    (AFP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Iraqi and US forces arrested one of Muqtada al-Sadr's top aides in Baghdad as pressure increased on the radical Shiite cleric's militia ahead of a planned security crackdown in the capital. Al-Sadr said in an interview with an Italian newspaper that the crackdown had already begun and that 400 of his men had been arrested. A US Marine died from wounds due to enemy action in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar province. Another was killed by a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations in Ninevah province.
    (AP, 1/19/07)(AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 19, Israel said it had paid $100 million in frozen tax funds to the Palestinians and rescinded a contentious decision for a new West Bank settlement, strengthening the hand of moderate President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of crucial weekend talks in Damascus with his Hamas rivals.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Jordan's King Abdullah II told an Israeli newspaper that his country wants its own nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Mexico extradited four major drug traffickers to the US, including Osiel Cardenas, head of the so-called Gulf Cartel. President Felipe Calderon announced that 7,600 soldiers have massed in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero to go after drug gangs that have committed beheadings and other violence in the resort city of Acapulco in recent months.
    (AP, 1/19/07)(AP, 1/20/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.p33)
2007        Jan 19, Five Moroccans sent home from the Guantanamo US military camp in 2004 were acquitted of terrorism charges leveled at them on their return.
    (Reuters, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Mozambique officials said 4 people have died, hundreds of homes destroyed and more than 6,000 affected by torrential rains over the last two days.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, North Korea said it reached an agreement with the US during talks this week on its nuclear program, and the top US nuclear envoy expressed optimism that progress could be made when wider arms negotiations reconvene.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Pakistan's president discussed the "deteriorating situation" in the Middle East with his Iranian counterpart ahead of his tour of the region.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 19, A Polish court convicted two doctors and two ambulance workers of participating in a scheme in which 14 patients were allowed to die, or in some cases killed with muscle relaxants, in return for kickbacks from funeral homes. All received prison sentences, ranging from five years to life.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Rwanda's government said it has approved plans to scrap the death penalty, in a step which could remove a major obstacle to the transfer back home of defendants facing trial over the 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, The African Union agreed to deploy a long-discussed peacekeeping force in Somalia.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 19, Sri Lankan troops captured the main rebel bastion in the island's east. After weeks of fighting, at least 45 security forces and 331 Tiger rebels were killed in the battle for Vakarai.
    (AP, 1/19/07)
2007        Jan 19, Hrant Dink (53), a Turkish citizen of Armenian descent, was shot to death at the entrance to his newspaper's offices. The journalist had faced constant threats and legal proceedings as one of the most prominent voices of Turkey's shrinking Armenian community. Dink had called the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide. In 2012 Yasin Hayal was sentenced to life in prison for masterminding the killing, while another 19 were acquitted of charges of acting under a terrorist organization's orders.
    (AP, 1/19/07)(AP, 1/19/12)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.58)

2007        Jan 20, Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton embarked on a widely anticipated campaign for the White House. The former first lady, intent on becoming the first female president, said on her Web site: "I'm in and I'm in to win."
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 20, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback began a long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He withdrew in October.
    (AP, 1/20/08)
2007        Jan 20, George Smathers (b.1913), former 3-term US Senator from Florida, died. He helped pass bills to create Medicare, the Small Business Administration and Everglades National Park. He also pushed for federal holidays to be moved to Mondays and ardently supported the war in Vietnam.
    (SSFC, 1/21/07, p.A15)
2007        Jan 20, Richard Vollenweider (1922-2007), Swiss scientist, died. He developed methods for quantifying the eutrophication of freshwater. His methods were used to save Lake Erie and helped form the basis of the 1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Act.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ygrc3p)(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A8)
2007        Jan 20, The Taliban's governing body said it has decided to open schools in the areas controlled by the militants in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 20, Anselmo Oliveira Magalhaes (32), a man accused of helping steal more than $70 million in cash from a branch of Brazil's central bank in 2005, was found dead with a broken neck and his hands and feet tied inside a 75-foot well at a ranch in Santa Izabel. The bodies of two other men were found in the well, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they had any connection to the bank heist.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 20, The London Times said police had tracked down the man, who was introduced to former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko and his associates as "Vladislav", using details that the ex-agent recounted on his deathbed.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 20, The UN’s food agency said some 800,000 Burundians face a serious food crisis after devastating floods ravaged several regions of the tiny central African nation.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 20, Czech PM Mirek Topolanek said the US wants to build a radar base in the Czech Republic as part of its global missile defense system. Poland was also mentioned as a potential site. Russia in response warned of an arms race.
    (AP, 1/20/07)(WSJ, 1/22/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 20, Elite Iraqi police forces dropped off by US helicopters staged a raid against an al-Qaida-linked Sunni militant group, killing 15 insurgents and capturing five others. At least 25 American service members were killed in military operations in the deadliest day for US forces in two years, including 13 who died in a helicopter crash and five slain in an attack by militia fighters in Karbala. An American general later said Iranian forces helped plan the Karbala raid in which gunmen posed as an American security team and launched an attack that killed five US soldiers. Laith al-Khazali, a key member of a group called Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous), and his brother Qais, were later accused of organizing the Karbala raid. Laith al-Khazali was released in June, 2009, as part of national reconciliation efforts by the Iraqi government. 4 US soldiers and a Marine were killed during combat in Anbar province. In 2009 Shiite militant Laith al-Khazali, accused of being involved in the killings at Karbala, was released as part of "the wider Iraqi government reconciliation process of reaching out to groups that are willing to set aside violence in favor of taking part in the political process." In January, 2010, Qais al-Khazali was released by the Iraqi government.
    (AP, 1/20/07)(AP, 1/21/07)(WSJ, 1/22/07, p.A1)(AP, 7/2/07)(AP, 6/9/09)(SFC, 8/4/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/6/10, p.A3)
2007        Jan 20, In Nairobi, Kenya, more than 80,000 people from around the globe descended on the massive Kibera shanty-town, home for at least 700,000 of Kenya's poorest, to kick-off the seventh annual World Social Forum.
    (AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 20, In Mexico Rodolfo Rincon (54), who worked for the newspaper Tabasco Hoy, was last seen after he reported on local drug dealers. In 2010 Mexican authorities said he was killed by a drug cartel's hit men who dissolved his body in acid.
    (AP, 3/2/10)
2007        Jan 20, The Russian population was reported to be shrinking by some 750,000 people per year. New rules put severe restrictions on foreign workers in retail operations. Russia planned to make available 6 million work permits for migrants from poor ex-Soviet republics.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.61)
2007        Jan 20, Konstantin Borovko (25), a Russian television journalist, was beaten to death in Vladivostok. Colleagues said they did not think the killing was related to his work.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 20, The last major warlord in Somalia surrendered his weapons and 200 militiamen to the army, while an Islamic leader claimed responsibility for a string of guerrilla attacks and promised there would be more until the government agreed to talks. An Ethiopian military convoy was ambushed in a new round of deadly violence in the Somali capital Mogadishu, hours after the African Union agreed to send peacekeepers to the war-torn country. Kenya handed over 34 Islamic militiamen to Somalia's transitional government. A Somali government spokesman said that some of them may be senior leaders of the country's Islamic movement.
    (AP, 1/20/07)(AFP, 1/20/07)(AP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 20, Istanbul police arrested Ogun Samast, a teenage boy (16-17), for the fatal shooting of Hrant Dink, an ethnic Armenian journalist. Samast confessed to the murder.
    (AP, 1/21/07)

2007        Jan 21, New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 1/22/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 21, Lovie Smith became the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears won the NFC championship, beating the New Orleans Saints 39-14; Tony Dungy became the second when his Indianapolis Colts took the AFC title over the New England Patriots, 38-34.
    (AP, 1/21/08)
2007        Jan 21, More than a foot of snow fell on parts of northern Arizona, while children as far south as Tucson got a rare chance to play in the snow.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 21, Zdzislaw Rurarz, a former Polish ambassador to Japan, died of cancer in Virginia. He humiliated Poland's communist regime by defecting to the US in 1981 to protest its imposition of martial law.
    (AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 21, Louis Malcolm Boyd (b.1927), aka L.M. Boyd, master gatherer of random facts, died at his home in Seattle, Wa. He began his column in 1963 at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer using the pen name Mike Mailway. In SF the column was titled Grab Bag.
    (SSFC, 1/28/07, p.B3)
2007        Jan 21, Oil leaked from the Napoli, stricken freighter beached on the England’s southwest coast, Two containers of hazardous chemicals fell into the sea as salvage crews struggled to operate.
    (AFP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, Canada announced it will spend $25 million to protect, the Great Bear Rainforest, a 16-million-acre preserve that stretches 250 miles along British Columbia's rugged Pacific coastline, one of the largest intact temperate rainforests left in the world.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 21, The Danish container ship Eleonora Maersk, one of the largest ships in the world, was officially registered.
    (www.ships-info.info/mer-eleonora-maersk.htm)(Econ, 11/12/11, p.72)
2007        Jan 21, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Pres. Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for talks set to focus on securing guarantees for energy supplies to the EU. Putin promised to smooth energy flow to Europe.
    (AP, 1/21/07)(WSJ, 1/22/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 21, Embattled Guinean President Lansana Conte called on his country's armed forces to stand united in the face of a crippling general strike that has claimed 10 lives as pressure mounted for him to resign. The African Union called on Pres. Conte to pursue talks with trade union leaders to ease a 12-day-old strike.
    (AFP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, In India at least one person was killed and eight wounded in two separate explosions in the insurgency-hit northeastern state of Assam.
    (AFP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, A major 6.5-magnitude undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's northern Sulawesi province. The earthquake left four people dead and four injured.
    (AFP, 1/21/07)(AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 21, Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's bloc announced it is lifting its political boycott, some seven weeks after it began to protest the Iraqi prime minister's summit with President Bush. A bomb struck a small bus in Baghdad as it headed to a predominantly Shiite area, killing six passengers and wounding 10. Two US Marines were killed in separate attacks in the Anbar province. Another US soldier was killed in fighting south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/21/07)(AP, 1/22/07)(AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 21, Islamic Jihad militants launched homemade rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip in retaliation for Israel's continuing military operations against their group in the West Bank.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, Russian border police seized a Japanese fishing boat and its six crew members in disputed waters between the two countries, prompting the Japanese government to protest. The No. 38 Zuisho Maru was captured off Kunashiri Island, one of four disputed islands in a group the Japanese call the Northern Territories and the Russians call the Kurils.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 21, Serbs voted in parliamentary elections that could determine whether the troubled Balkan nation will continue with pro-Western reform or return to its nationalist past.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, a top leader of Somalia's ousted Islamic movement seen by the US as a potential key to preventing a widespread insurgency, surrendered to authorities and went under police protection in Nairobi.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 21, In Sri Lanka's northern waters Tiger rebels rammed an explosives-laden boat against a private merchant vessel operated by foreign crew, sparking a land, sea and air battle.
    (AFP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, Darfur rebels accused the Sudanese government of bombing its areas for two days, killing at least 17 civilians, in an attempt to delay a conference of rebel leaders.
    (AP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told US officials to "Go to hell, gringos!" and called Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "missy" on his weekly radio and TV show, lashing out at Washington for what he called unacceptable meddling in his country's affairs.
    (AP, 1/21/08)

2007        Jan 22, The US Supreme Court struck down a California sentencing law because it allowed judges to add years to a prison term based on their own fact finding. The court said juries must rule on any evidence used to justify longer prison terms.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/23/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 22, It was reported that federal officials had arrested 119 people in Contra Costa County, Ca., in a weeklong immigration crackdown that was part of “Operation Return to Sender." Immigration officials arrested over 750 illegals in the Los Angeles area. The operation has arrested 13,000 nationwide people since June 2006.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.B8)(WSJ, 1/24/06, p.A1)
2007        Jan 22, Intel and Sun Microsystems announced a major partnership under which Sun would begin selling business computers running on Intel’s Xeon microprocessors, while Intel will endorse and support sun’s Solaris operating system.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.D3)
2007        Jan 22, Nickel prices surged to an all-time peak above $37,000 per ton in London trading owing to concerns over dwindling stockpiles of the metal.
    (AFP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, Scientists warned that glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, and that most would be gone by 2037.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.A4)
2007        Jan 22, Brazil’s government announced a growth acceleration package.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.34)
2007        Jan 22, Hundreds of scavengers swooped onto a beach in southwest England and carted away motorcycles, wine barrels, car parts and tennis shoes spilling from a container ship damaged in recent storms and listing about a mile off shore.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, The EU threatened Sudan with sanctions if it refused to allow UN peacekeepers into war-torn Darfur, but rights groups and analysts said the warning was not enough to stop the killings.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, Abbe Pierre (b.1912), a French priest praised as a living legend for devoting his life to helping the homeless, using prayer and provocation to tackle misery, died in Paris. He founded the international Emmaus Community for the poor. Abbe Pierre, born as Henry Groues, served as a spokesman for France's conscience since the 1950s when he persuaded parliament to pass a law, still on the books, forbidding landlords to expel tenants during winter months.
    (AP, 1/22/07)(Econ, 2/3/07, p.87)
2007        Jan 22, In Guinea security forces fired on protesters marching on the presidential palace. At least 30 people were killed and over a hundred injured.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.48)
2007        Jan 22, In Indonesia 16 people, including a policeman, were shot dead and others wounded in a shootout with residents on Sulawesi, as police searched for suspected militants in the restive town of Poso.
    (AFP, 1/22/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.42)
2007        Jan 22, Iran barred 38 nuclear inspectors on a UN list from entering the country in what appeared to be retaliation for the UN sanctions imposed last month.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, A suicide bomber crashed his car into a central Baghdad market crowded with Shiites just seconds after another car bomb tore through the stalls where vendors were hawking DVDs and used clothing, leaving 88 dead in the bloodiest attack in two months. An Egyptian embassy worker was kidnapped in Baghdad while on a trip outside the compound. 137 people were killed or found dead across Iraq. Two US soldiers were killed in Iraq, one in fighting in Anbar province and the other in a roadside bombing.
    (AP, 1/22/07)(AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 22, Leftist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who took power earlier this month, said that he was slashing his salary and those of Cabinet members.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, In Northern Ireland a report was published that detailed how some in the old Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) protected a band of loyalist paramilitary killers.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.56)
2007        Jan 22, Pakistan's military lodged a protest saying US-led forces in Afghanistan mistakenly fired at a Pakistani border post and killed a soldier. A suicide car bomber attacked a military convoy in northwestern Pakistan, killing himself and at least four soldiers.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, Rosoboronexport chief Sergei Chemezov said Russia had fulfilled a contract to sell air defense missiles to Iran. This included 29 sophisticated missile systems under a $700 million contract signed in December 2005.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 22, Voting results in Serbia indicated that the ultra-nationalist Radicals won the most votes in parliamentary elections, but several pro-democratic groups collected enough seats to form a new government if they can unite.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, Klas Bergenstrand (61), the head of Sweden's intelligence agency, died from an apparent heart attack.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 22, In Turkey police said Yasin Hayal, a nationalist militant convicted of bombing a McDonald's restaurant in 2004, had confessed to inciting the killing of an ethnic Armenian journalist last week. Hayal said he provided a gun and money to the teenager who is suspected of carrying out the Jan 19 shooting.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2007        Jan 22, In northern Uganda a minibus with 21 people collided with a truck. The dead included 6 foreign missionaries, an American couple, a Dutch couple and two Kenyans.
    (Reuters, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 22, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that an external audit would be conducted of the UN Development Program in North Korea after the US alleged the program had funneled millions of dollars to Kim Jong Il's regime.
    (AP, 1/22/07)

2007        Jan 23, President Bush won cautious kudos in Europe and Asia for urging reduced dependence on oil and backing alternative energy sources in his State of the Union address, but his push for more troops in Iraq was widely derided. Bush called for 20% cut in gasoline consumption over the next decade.
    (AP, 1/24/07)(WSJ, 1/24/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 23, US customs rules went into effect calling for passports for US citizens returning by air from any country including Canada, Mexico and Caribbean nations.
    (SFC, 1/22/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 23, Two US inmates, a convicted rapist in Georgia and a man who was unjustly convicted of murder in New York but helped find the real killer from his prison cell, were granted their freedom after DNA tests proved their innocence.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 23, E. Howard Hunt (b.1918), leader of the 1972 Watergate break-in, died in Florida. He described the affair in his book “Under Cover: Memoirs of an American secret agent" (1974).
    (SFC, 1/24/07, p.B7)
2007        Jan 23, In eastern Afghanistan a bomber blew himself up amid a crowd of workers outside a US military base, killing as many as 10 and wounding more than a dozen others in the deadliest suicide attack in four months.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, Brazil said it had requested the US extradite two leaders of an evangelical church (Reborn in Christ) who allegedly used their followers' donations to buy mansions, a horse farm and apartments in Brazil and the US. Estevam Hernandes Filho (52) and his wife, Sonia Haddad Moraes Hernandes (48) were arrested by US customs agents in Miami earlier this month on charges of carrying a large sum of undeclared cash. The couple was sentenced to five months in prison, five months of house arrest and a probation period for failing to declare they were carrying more than $10,000 into the United States. They were also fined $60,000. Both returned to Brazil on Aug 1, 2009.
    (AP, 1/24/07)(AP, 8/2/09)
2007        Jan 23, British police arrested five men under anti-terror laws, in dawn raids reportedly linked to the escape of a terror suspect and the distribution of Islamist propaganda.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, British police set up roadblocks to try to hinder scavengers who descended on a southwest England beach to pick through shipping containers that washed ashore from a stranded cargo vessel.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, China Central Television banned all images and spoken references to pigs in order to avoid offending Muslims. The Year of the Pig was set to begin in February.
    (WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A1)
2007        Jan 23, Ethiopian troops who helped Somalia's government drive out a radical Islamic militia began withdrawing in military trucks and tanks.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, A special committee of the European Parliament approved a report alleging EU nations including Britain, Poland, Germany and Italy were aware of secret CIA flights over Europe and the abduction of terror suspects by US agents into clandestine detention centers.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, French doctors said that they had performed the world’s third partial face transplant on a man whose face was disfigured by severe tumors.
    (SFC, 1/24/07, p.A2)
2007        Jan 23, In northeast India suspected separatist rebels set off a large bomb in a crowded market in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, killing at least one person and wounding 12.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, The UN refugee agency said that men allegedly wearing uniforms of the Iraqi security forces abducted a group of 17 Palestinian refugees from a building rented by the agency in Baghdad. Two bombs struck separate Shiite targets in Baghdad, killing five people. A Blackwater USA security helicopter crashed in a Sunni neighborhood in central Baghdad and 5 men were shot execution style in the back of the head.
    (AP, 1/23/07)(AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 23, Bertie Ahern, taoiseach of Ireland, launched a $238 billion national-development plan for the economy over the next 7 years.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.54)
2007        Jan 23, A Jordanian man fatally shot his 17-year-old daughter whom he suspected of having sex despite a medical exam that proved her chastity. The man surrendered to police hours after the killing, saying he had done it for family honor. On average, about 20 women in the country are killed by their relatives in such cases each year.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 23, Hezbollah-led protesters paralyzed Lebanon, clashing with government supporters and burning tires and cars on roads in and around the capital to enforce a general strike aimed at toppling US-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. Three people were killed and more than 170 wounded.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 23, Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management said torrential rains in central Mozambique had claimed five lives and rendered more than 3,500 homeless since the weekend.
    (AFP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, In southern Nigeria unidentified assailants seized oil engineers, an American and a Briton, in the latest kidnapping.
    (Reuters, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, Dozens of masked gunmen claiming to be members of al-Qaida stormed an empty Gaza Strip beach resort and blew up a reception hall, saying they were sending a message to an ally of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, Ryszard Kapuscinski (b.1932), Belarus-born Polish writer and journalist, died following heart surgery. He gained international acclaim for his books chronicling wars, coups and revolutions in Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world. His books included "The Emperor" (1978), a chronicle of the decline of Haile Selassie's regime in Ethiopia. In 1981 he published "Shah of Shahs," a book about the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled Iran's Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. His last book “Travels With Herodotus" was published shortly after his death. In 2012 Artur Domoslawski’s “Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life" (2010), was translated to English by Antonia Lloyd Jones.
    (AP, 1/24/07)(WSJ, 6/9/07, p.P8)(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.M1)(Econ, 6/23/12, p.83)
2007        Jan 23, In northern Sri Lanka 2 roadside bombs exploded in Jaffna town, killing a government soldier and three civilians.
    (AP, 1/23/07)
2007        Jan 23, Hundreds of Venezuelans protested against a congressional measure that would grant President Hugo Chavez the power to pass laws by decree in areas from the economy to defense.
    (AP, 1/23/07)

2007        Jan 24, The Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed President Bush's plans for a troop buildup in Iraq as "not in the national interest" of the United States.
    (AP, 1/24/08)
2007        Jan 24, Ecuador's first female defense minister died in a collision of two helicopters that also killed her daughter and five members of the military.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 24, Egyptian security forces arrested seven members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood north of Cairo in a widening crackdown on the country's largest opposition movement.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, Jean-Francois Deniau (b.1928), a former French government minister, diplomat, sailor and novelist, died. His novel "Un Hero Tres Discret" (A Very Discreet Hero) told of an ordinary man who reinvented himself as a hero of the World War II Resistance. The book was adapted into a movie by director Jacques Audiard and given the English-language title "A Self Made Hero."
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, In Haiti UN troops traded gunfire with armed gangs after seizing an abandoned primary school that had been used to stage attacks on the peacekeepers. Witnesses said one person died and five were injured.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 24, India and Russia agreed two arms deals meant to bring bilateral military ties into a new era, a day before Russian President Vladimir Putin's arrival for a two-day summit.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, In India some 18,000 rickshaw operators went on strike in Kolkata to protest a ban on rickshaws by the Communist government of West Bengal.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.43)
2007        Jan 24, Iraqi and US troops clashed with gunmen in a Sunni insurgent stronghold north of the heavily fortified Green Zone. As many as 30 militants were killed and 27 captured.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, Israeli President Moshe Katsav, facing charges of rape and abuse of power, asked parliament to temporarily remove him from office in an effort to blunt growing calls for his resignation. Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and arrested two others, as the men tried to sneak into Israel from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, A study released about the trade in Malaysia found that catches of some grouper species and the endangered Napoleon wrasse fell by as much as 99% between 1995 to 2003, a period coinciding with soaring economic growth in countries where the exotic fish are a delicacy.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, In southern Mexico a bus plunged into a ravine in remote mountains, killing at least 29 people.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 24, Nicaraguan lawmakers approved a bill backed by President Daniel Ortega to create "people's councils" that some fear will resemble the defense committees that operated under the Sandinista government of the 1980s.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, In Somalia gunmen launched several mortars at Mogadishu International Airport, killing at least two people and wounding several others.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, A hijacker seized a Sudanese passenger plane carrying 103 people and forced the pilot to fly to the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, where he surrendered. The gunman wanted the plane to be flown to Britain but when told there was insufficient fuel agreed to go to the capital of neighbouring Chad. He said he wanted to draw attention to the Darfur conflict.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, Some 2,400 registered participants gathered at Davos, Switzerland, for the 4-day World Economic Forum, whose theme this year was: "The Shifting Power Equation."
    (AP, 1/24/07)

2007        Jan 25, A rare late work by Rembrandt depicting the Apostle James in prayer was sold in NYC for $25.8 million.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Ford Motor Co. lost $5.8 billion in the fourth quarter amid slumping sales and huge restructuring costs, pushing the automaker's deficit for the year to $12.7 billion, the largest in its 103-year history.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 24, Scientists reported that they had built the densest memory chip to date. It measured about 100 million bits per square centimeter, about 40 times as much as current memory chips. The chip was about the size of a white blood cell and held about 160,000 bits.
    (SFC, 1/25/07, p.C2)
2007        Jan 25, Officials said Afghanistan's heroin-producing poppies will not be sprayed with herbicide this year despite a record crop in 2006 and US pressure to allow the tactic. In southern Afghanistan a NATO airstrike destroyed a Taliban command post, killing a suspected senior militant leader. In eastern Afghanistan border police clashed with suspected militants in Gomal district in Paktika province, leaving 10 suspected Taliban and one police dead.
    (AP, 1/25/07)(AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 25, Australia’s PM John Howard announced multibillion-dollar water reforms aimed at easing Australia's record drought.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, China reported that its sizzling economy grew at 10.7% in 2006, its fastest rate in a decade, as the government struggled to contain the strains of an export-driven boom.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Guinea’s Health Ministry said battles between security forces and protesters earlier this week killed at least 59 people, almost double the toll previously reported.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Guyana's president hired former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik as a state security adviser despite criticism in this South American country over his record of alleged ethics violations.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 25, In India an angry crowd severely beat up two suspects who are accused of sexually assaulting and killing up to 20 children and women. The crowd pounced upon the two as they were being taken to a lockup by police after a court in Ghaziabad, a town on the outskirts of New Delhi, sent them to police custody for 15 days.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Iraq's prime minister told parliament that the coming US-Iraqi security sweep in Baghdad, dubbed "Operation Imposing Law," would not be the last battle against militants. A suicide car bomber struck a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in central Baghdad, killing at least 19 people and wounding 23. At least 3 policemen were among the dead.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Israel’s President Moshe Katsav, who insists he is the victim of a conspiracy, stepped aside after a parliamentary committee voted 13-11 to grant his request to do so. He preserved his immunity by taking a leave rather than resigning.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, International donors pledged $7.6 billion in aid and loans at a conference to raise money for Lebanon's U.S.-backed prime minister and his economic reform program. The US pledged to more than triple its economic aid to $770 million including $220 million in military aid. Government and opposition supporters clashed at a Beirut university campus. At least 3 people were reported killed.
    (AP, 1/25/07)(WSJ, 1/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 25, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi chaired a meeting of African presidents and other top officials to prepare for an African Union summit as conflicts rage on the continent.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, In southern Nigeria gunmen stormed the local offices of a major Chinese oil company, abducting seven Chinese employees and stealing a large amount of cash.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Nigeria divested 24.87% of its equity in the ailing Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria (PAN), while the French government also conceded to shed 30% interest in the company, which was turned over to ASD Motors Nigeria.
    (AFP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 25, In northwestern Pakistan a car bomb exploded in the shopping district of Hangu, killing at least two passers-by and wounding four other people.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India, hoping to use the two nations' decades-long friendship to push for deals in civilian nuclear cooperation, military hardware and trade expansion. Putin sealed a deal to construct more nuclear power plants in India.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, In southern Somalia gunmen attacked Ethiopian soldiers stationed there, killing one and wounding another.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, Ukraine’s PM Yanukovych said that he is working to complete a pipeline to carry Caspian-region oil directly to the EU.
    (WSJ, 1/27/06, p.A4)
2007        Jan 25, Uruguay’s left-wing government under Pres. Tabare Vazquez signed a trade and investment “framework agreement" with the US.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.39)
2007        Jan 25, Pope Benedict XVI met with Vietnam's PM Nguyen Tan Dung. Their talks marked an important step toward establishing diplomatic relations following decades of tension.
    (AP, 1/25/07)

2007        Jan 26, The White House said President Bush had authorized US forces in Iraq to take whatever actions were necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a threat to American troops or the public at large. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a news conference that a congressional resolution opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq undercut US commanders and emboldened the enemy.
    (AP, 1/26/08)
2007        Jan 26, The United States issued a formal rule banning exports of luxury items to North Korea, including jet skis, I-pods, jewelry and fancy cars, in an effort to put pressure on the communist leadership in Pyongyang.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, The Maine Legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. Idaho approved a similar bill on March 8.
    (AP, 2/4/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.36)
2007        Jan 26, Intel said it will begin using a new material on its next generation of chips making them more energy efficient. IBM also announced changes in its chip-making processes.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 26, It was reported that Dr. Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has come up with a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, Scientists reported that damage to one area of the brain was found to curb a smoker’s urge to smoke.
    (WSJ, 1/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 26, A US Navy helicopter crashed during a training mission in the ocean about 50 miles off the southeastern coast of California. One sailor was reported dead and 3 missing.
    (SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A2)
2007        Jan 26, In Afghanistan an assailant gunned down lawmaker Maulavi Mohammed Islam Mohammadi. He was the Taliban's governor of Bamiyan province and had overseen the destruction of two Buddha statues carved into a cliff under the former Taliban regime. In 2005 Mohammadi said: "It was foreigners like Chechens and Arabs with the Taliban who made the decision. They were crazy people. Even though I was governor, I had no power." A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the offices of an aid group in the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah. A policeman and two civilians were wounded.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, The last Islamic militant group still fighting in the 16-year-old civil war against Algeria's government said in an Internet statement posted that it had changed its name to highlight its allegiance to the Al-Qaeda network. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) said that it was changing its name to the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on the orders of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
    (AFP, 1/26/07)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.38)
2007        Jan 26, Argentina authorized officials to reveal state secrets if called to testify in human rights trials, a move intended to speed up prosecution of atrocities committed during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 26, British and American television stations reported that British police have concluded that a former Russian spy was poisoned by a lethal dose of radioactive Polonium-210 added to his tea at a London hotel.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, Andy Coulson resigned as editor of the News of the World over a phone hacking affair. Clive Goodman, the royal correspondent for the News of the World tabloid, was arrested along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for intercepting the voicemail messages of Britain’s royal family.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Coulson)(http://tinyurl.com/pwm6sur)
2007        Jan 26, Canada apologized to software engineer Maher Arar, who was deported to Syria by US agents after Canadian police mistakenly labeled him an Islamic extremist, and paid him C$10.5 million ($8.9 million) in compensation.
    (Reuters, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, China’s state media said police in northern China have detained three men for the deaths of two women last year whose corpses were sold as "ghost brides" to accompany dead men in the afterlife. The ghost bride tradition, called "minghun" or afterlife marriage, is common in the Loess Plateau region of northern China.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, In Germany Peter Hartz, Volkswagen human resources executive, was fined $750,000 and given a 2-year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to funding an account that provided special travel perks for employees.
    (www.wsws.org/articles/2007/jan2007/volk-j27.shtml)
2007        Jan 26, Inmates rioted at a prison on the outskirts of Guatemala City, leaving at least one person dead before 3,000 riot police and soldiers stormed the penitentiary.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, In western India a four-story boarding school collapsed, killing at least 11 girls and injuring 14. The school in Tichakpura, a village in Gujarat, served tribespeople in the area.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 26, An Iranian opposition group based in France claimed Iran has thousands of paid operatives working in neighboring Iraq.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Murtha, both vocal war critics, were in the Iraqi capital at the head of a delegation of House members on a fact-finding mission. A bomb hidden in a box holding pigeons tore through a crowded pet and livestock market in Baghdad, killed 15 people and wounded dozens. 38 bullet-riddled bodies were found in Baghdad. A former member of Saddam Hussein's ousted Baath Party and an interpreter who works for the US military were killed in two separate drive-by shootings in Kut. The body of a well-known Shiite boxer was found in central Baghdad near the dangerous street where he was kidnapped several days ago. A US Marine was killed in fighting in Anbar province.
    (AP, 1/26/07)(SFC, 1/27/07, p.A9)
2007        Jan 26, It was reported that scientists in Japan have developed a new technique for detecting explosives such as TNT in landmines or luggage using radio waves. The scientists created a device called superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), which has a very sensitive magnetic field sensor that detects nitrogen, an element found in many explosives, including TNT.
    (Reuters, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, In Kenya a regional director for the aid agency CARE was killed.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.G2)
2007        Jan 26, Six federal police officers involved in President Felipe Calderon's anti-drug operation were being investigated for extortion after they were videotaped taking money from a driver in the border city of Tijuana.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 26, Jim Anderton, New Zealand’s agriculture minister, declared Feb. 15 "National Lamb Day."
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, Officials at Davos, Switz., said Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, now depends 100 percent on imports of petroleum products due to the closure of its three refineries and canalization of pipelines.
    (AFP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 26, William James Fulton, a Protestant extremist was convicted on 48 terror counts and sentenced to 28 years in prison, following the longest criminal trial in Northern Ireland's history. The court found him guilty of killing a grandmother with a pipe bomb, wounding four police officers with a grenade, possessing firearms used for other killings, smuggling drugs and a host of other crimes.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, A Pakistani security guard died when he blocked a suicide bomber outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. At least seven other people were wounded.
    (AP, 1/26/07)(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 26, Hamas gunmen stormed the home of a militant from the rival Fatah movement, sparking a deadly gunbattle and capping a day of factional violence across the Gaza Strip that killed 16 people, including a 2-year-old boy.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 26, Martin Ngoga, Rwanda’s chief prosecutor, said Rwanda will release another 8,000 prisoners convicted or awaiting trial over the central African nation's 1994 genocide, raising fears among survivors of a fresh round of bloodletting.
    (Reuters, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, Singapore executed two Africans on drug trafficking charges despite pleas for clemency by Nigeria's president.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, In Somalia a spate of gunfire and mortar attacks in Mogadishu killed five people overnight and injured at least four others.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, In South Africa historian David Rattray (48) was found shot dead at his home in the eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province. On Feb 5 a court handed Sethe Nkwanyana (23) a 25-year prison term for armed robbery and the murder of Rattray. Nkwanyana said in court that Banozi Ndlovu shot Rattray.
    (AFP, 2/5/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.91)
2007        Jan 26, Darfur rebels said they would refuse peace talks and would fight African Union peacekeepers on the ground if Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir became chairman of the pan-African body. In southern Sudan gunmen killed an Indian peacekeeper and wounded 2 others.
    (Reuters, 1/26/07)(AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 26, The Swedish government announced an agreement with suborbital space-tourism company Virgin Galactic that Swedish officials believe will lead to midsummer and mid-winter flights of Virgin's SpaceshipTwo vehicle to observe the Aurora Borealis from Sweden.
    (www.space.com/news/070128_sweden_virgin.html)
2007        Jan 26, Suspected Muslim separatists ambushed police patrols and torched a school as PM Surayud Chulanont returned to southern Thailand for a third attempt at ending the bloody insurgency.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 26, The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the denial of the Holocaust, with only Iran rejecting it as an attempt by the United States and Israel to exploit the atrocity for their political interests.
    (AP, 1/26/07)
2007        Jan 26, Officials said Jody Williams, the US anti-landmine campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner, will lead a team of United Nations investigators to probe killings, rapes, destruction of villages and mass flight in Darfur.
    (AP, 1/26/07)

2007        Jan 27, Sundance Film Festival's grand-jury prize for best US drama went to "Padre Nuestro," an immigrant saga about a Mexican teen's heartbreaking search for his father in America.
    (AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 27, In Washington DC tens of thousands converged on the National Mall to oppose Pres. Bush’s plan for a troop increase in Iraq. Thousands marched in San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A15)
2007        Jan 27, In Oregon the new $57 million Portland Aerial Tram officially began operations. Two 78-passenger cabins carried commuters from the Banks of the Willamette to the campus of the Oregon Health and Sciences Univ. on Marquam Hill.
    (SFC, 1/29/07, p.A4)
2007        Jan 27, In China a gas explosion in the Yile Coal Mine in the southern town of Shuitang in Guizhou province killed at least 15 miners.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 27, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held up Congo's first elections in 46 years as a sign of hope for the rest of Africa, praising the country's fragile democracy on his first tour of the continent.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 27, Two car bombs in quick succession struck a market in a mainly Shiite district in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 40. US airstrikes killed 14 terror suspects and destroyed a safe house for foreign fighters during a raid south of Baqouba that also led to the capture of two other suspects. At least one rocket struck Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, and two people suffered minor injuries. Two mortar shells slammed into a residential district in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Hurriyah, killing two people and wounding seven others. Armed men who wore commando uniforms and drove cars with license plates commonly used by the Interior Ministry stormed a computer company and kidnapped seven people, including shoppers, in the mainly Christian neighborhood of Sina'a. A taxi driver was shot to death after he was caught in the crossfire during clashes in the northern city of Mosul. The bodies of five men were pulled from the Tigris River in Suwayrah. A US Marine died from wounds suffered in fighting in Anbar province, and two soldiers were fatally injured in separate bombings in the Baghdad area.
    (AP, 1/27/07)(AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 27, Guinea's union leaders ended a deadly 17-day strike after the president agreed to name a new prime minister with boosted powers.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 27, Gunmen carjacked a US Embassy vehicle on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital and killed two women in the car.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 27, Police in Tijuana, Mexico, got their guns back three weeks after they were forced to turn over weapons to federal authorities because of allegations they were colluding with drug traffickers.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 27, The Netherlands' government extradited Iraqi-born Wesam al Delaema (32), a naturalized Dutch citizen, to the US. He was charged with involvement in terror attacks on US troops in Iraq. In 2009 Delaema was sentenced in Washington DC to 25 years in prison. His actual term was up to the Netherlands. In 2010 a court in Rotterdam slashed the sentence to eight years and released him for time served.
    (AP, 1/28/07)(SFC, 4/17/09, p.A6)(AP, 10/13/10)
2007        Jan 27, A Belgian man working for a building materials company was murdered in the oil city of Warri, in Nigeria's Niger Delta. 2 suspects were arrested. Carjackers with AK-47s shot dead two women in a US embassy vehicle in Nairobi's western outskirts, and police killed two of the fleeing gunmen during a shootout in the nearby bush.
    (Reuters, 1/27/07)(Reuters, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 27, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, held talks with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf focusing on the fight against terror. A bomb went off near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing 15 people and wounding 35.
    (AFP, 1/27/07)(AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 27, A Belgian man working for a building materials company was murdered in the oil city of Warri, in Nigeria's Niger Delta. 2 suspects were arrested. Carjackers with AK-47s shot dead two women in a US embassy vehicle in Nairobi's western outskirts. Police killed two of the fleeing gunmen during a shootout in the nearby bush.
    (Reuters, 1/27/07)(Reuters, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 27, Andrei Lugovoi, the man reported by British media to be a suspect in the murder of a former Russian agent in London hit out at "lies, provocation and government propaganda," denying any role in the radiation poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 27, In Switzerland major powers at Davos agreed to resume global free trade talks. A meeting of the world's top commercial powers yielded only a vague pledge of commitment to global trade liberalization efforts, a disappointment after business and political leaders called for progress in the World Trade Organization talks.
    (AP, 1/27/07)
2007        Jan 27, In Yemen 6 security forces were killed and 20 others were injured in clashes with followers of Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi in Saada.
    (AP, 1/28/07)

2007        Jan 28, The comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Forest Whitaker won for his portrayal of Uganda's brutal dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" and Helen Mirren won for her performance as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen."
    (Reuters, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 28, Jim Gray (63), an acclaimed computer scientist, was last heard from shortly after he set out from San Francisco for the shark-infested waters of the Farallon Islands, about 25 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 28, Rev. Robert Drinan (b.1920), former Jesuit congressman from Massachusetts (1971-1981), died.
    (SFC, 1/30/07, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Drinan)
2007        Jan 28, Afghan Pres. Karzai told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that his security forces need to be stronger as the two discussed possible US troop increases.
    (AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 28, Officials said India will set up an aerospace defense command to shield itself against possible attacks from outer space.
    (AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 28, US-backed Iraqi forces killed 263 militants in a daylong battle near Najaf against a group called the Jund al-Samaa, or Soldiers of Heaven. The group's leader and foreign fighters were among the dead. The US military confirmed a report that a helicopter crashed during the battle and that the two crew members were killed. Mortar shells rained down on a girls' secondary school in a mostly Sunni area of western Baghdad, killing five pupils and wounding 20. At least seven other people died in a series of bombings and shootings across the capital, mostly in Shiite areas. Drive-by shooters killed a high-ranking Shiite official at the Iraqi industry and mines ministry, along with his 27-year-old daughter and two other people. Two car bombs exploded within a half-hour of each other in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, killing a total of 11 people and wounding 34. US troops captured 21 suspected terrorists including an al-Qaida courier in a series of raids in Baghdad and Sunni areas north and west of the capital. At least 61 people were killed and scores wounded across Iraq. Ghanim al-Qureyshi, the provincial police chief of Diyala province, said the mayor of Baqouba and 1,500 provincial police officers have been fired in a bid to end the raging violence.
    (AFP, 1/28/07)(AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 28, The Israeli government approved the appointment of Raleb Majadele, the country's first Muslim Cabinet member.
    (AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 28, Some 50 Nigerian rebels attacked a city centre police station in the Niger Delta and freed George Sobomabo, a top commander, arrested earlier that day. Militants released 125 inmates when they stormed the police station in Port Harcourt.
    (AFP, 1/28/07)(AFP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 28, Sinn Fein members overwhelmingly voted to begin cooperating with the Northern Ireland police, formally abandoning their decades-old hostility to legal law and order in the British territory.
    (AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 28, In southern Pakistan dozens of people sitting on the roof of a crowded passenger train were by hit by an overhead power line. At least 15 people were killed and 40 were injured.
    (AP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 28, Hamas and Fatah gunmen battled each other in the streets in an increasingly bloody power struggle that left more than two dozen Palestinians dead over the weekend. Palestinian gunmen shot dead a member of a Hamas police force and a senior Fatah intelligence official was abducted in Gaza as Saudi Arabia called for talks to end the spiraling violence.
    (AP, 1/28/07)(AFP, 1/28/07)
2007        Jan 28, In Somalia gunmen attacked a police station in Mogadishu, sparking an hour-long battle that killed two people just hours after two other stations were hit with machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
    (AP, 1/28/07)

2007        Jan 29, Deeply distrustful of Iran, President Bush said "we will respond firmly" if Tehran escalated its military actions in Iraq and threatened American forces or Iraqi citizens.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2007        Jan 29, Lauren Nelson, an aspiring Broadway star, was crowned Miss America, the second year in a row that a Miss Oklahoma has won the crown.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, Bayer said the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use of Bayer Schering Pharma AG's drug YAZ to allow it to be used to treat moderate acne in women who also want to use an oral contraceptive for birth control.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized because of medical complications eight months after his gruesome breakdown at the Preakness.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2007        Jan 29, Australia’s Queensland state planned to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water as a record drought threatens water supplies around the nation.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, An official said at least 33,000 people have been arrested in Bangladesh by the army, police and security forces since a state of emergency was imposed earlier this month.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, Paris City Hall announced it has selected French outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux SA to operate a new free bicycle service in the capital.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, The African Union chose Ghana to head the 53-member bloc, turning aside Sudan's bid for the second year in a row because of the worsening bloodshed in Darfur.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled there was enough evidence against Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese militiaman accused of recruiting child soldiers, to launch the new court's first trial.
    (Reuters, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, In Iraq a prominent Shiite leader said that setting up federal regions in Iraq would solve the country's problems, adding that Shiites are being subjected to mass killings but they should not retaliate by using violence. Bombings and mortar attacks targeting Shiites killed at least 15 people. A parked car bomb struck a bus carrying Shiites to a holy shrine in northern Baghdad, killing at least four people. Mortar rounds rained down on a Shiite neighborhood in the Sunni-dominated town of Jurf al-Sakhar. 10 people were killed, including three children and four women, and five other people were wounded. A US Marine was killed in fighting in Anbar province and an American soldier died in an accident northwest of Nasiriyah.
    (AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, Libya will not execute five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death last month, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said in a newspaper interview, calling their trial "unfair."
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, A truck crashed in northern Nigeria's Yobe state killing at least 35 people and seriously injuring another 37. A burst tire caused the truck loaded with cement as well as 72 people to veer off the road.
    (AFP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, In northwestern Pakistan 2 rockets exploded near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the city of Bannu, wounding 11 people, two seriously. A suicide bomber killed a police officer protecting a Shiite Muslim procession. In eastern Pakistan 2 brothers beat to death their sister and her lover with bricks for bringing shame upon the family with their out-of-wedlock affair. The woman had lived with her brothers in the village of Donga Bonga, Punjab province.
    (AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 29, A Palestinian suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Eilat, a southern Israeli resort town, killing three people and himself. The Palestinian who blew himself up was unemployed, despondent over the death of his baby daughter and driven to avenge his best friend's killing by Israeli troops. Hamas and Fatah gunmen battled each other across the Gaza Strip, attacking security compounds, knocking out an electrical transformer and kidnapping several local commanders in some of the most extensive factional fighting in recent weeks.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, Saudi Arabia said it would begin a 158,000 barrel-a-day cut in oil production effective Feb 1.
    (WSJ, 1/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 29, Turkish police arrested 46 suspected Islamic militants in operations in five provinces across the country.
    (AP, 1/29/07)

2007        Jan 30, The Windows Vista computer operating system from Microsoft went on sale in the consumer retail market.
    (SFC, 1/30/07, p.C1)
2007        Jan 30, The draft of a new global climate report said rising temperatures will leave millions more people hungry by 2080 and cause critical water shortages in China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States.
    (Reuters, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, In Florida 2 people shot and killed a sheriff's wife and a deputy before officers killed the suspects at the sheriff's home in Jackson County.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, A propane tank explosion leveled the Little General Store in Ghent, W.Va., killing four people.
    (AP, 1/30/08)
2007        Jan 30, Jeanne Kane, a member of the 1960s singing group the Kane Triplets, was shot and killed by her ex-husband John Galtieri, a retired NYC police officer. In 2009 Galtieri was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lhbevm)(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)
2007        Jan 30, Gordon S. Macklin (79), a founder of the Nasdaq stock exchange (1971) and a board member for Worldcom during its notorious accounting fraud, died of unknown causes.
    (http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070131/obit_macklin.html?.v=1)(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A8)
2007        Jan 30, Sidney Sheldon (89), American writer, died. He won awards in three careers, Broadway theater, movies and television, then at age 50 turned to writing best-selling novels about stalwart women who triumph in a hostile world of ruthless men.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, Britain shut down Northern Ireland's legislature and planned a new election to determine the fate of power-sharing, the central goal of the peace accord.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Manchester was chosen as the site for Britain's first Las Vegas-style supercasino.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, China’s Pres. Hu Jintao set out on an eight-nation tour of Africa. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said: “On the arms exports to Africa, China takes a cautious and responsible attitude."
    (AP, 1/30/07)(AFP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Colombia’s Supreme Court opened preliminary investigations into four more politicians for alleged ties to illegal right-wing militias after it was revealed they signed a 2001 letter of understanding with the paramilitary groups.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, Supporters of Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa armed with sticks and stones fought their way into the Congress building, demanding lawmakers call a referendum on whether the country's constitution should be rewritten.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, The African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended with a proposed peacekeeping force for Somalia still lacking firm commitments for thousands of troops.
    (Reuters, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Thousands of German workers took part in protests against a government plan to raise the retirement age to 67.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, The United Nations said it will send 350 more peacekeepers to Haiti in the latest effort to flush out armed gangs from the capital's slums.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, In Hong Kong Cheng Siwei, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, told the Financial Times in an interview: "There is a bubble going on. Investors should be concerned about the risks." He said 70% of the domestically traded companies were worthless and should be delisted.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.81)(http://tinyurl.com/2ubmjk)
2007        Jan 30, Reliance Industries opened 9 shops in and around Delhi. They were among the first supermarkets to appear in India.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.64)
2007        Jan 30, Assailants struck Shiite worshippers in three Iraqi cities, killing at least 39 people in bombings and ambushes during the climax of ceremonies marking Ashoura, the holiest day in the Shiite calendar. Mortar shells slammed into predominantly Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad hours later, killing at least five people and wounding 20. Bloodshed killed at least 58 people despite heightened security surrounding Ashoura ceremonies. A morgue official in the city of Kut said his facility received six more bodies from previously unreported Ashoura-related violence. Two US soldiers and one Marine died of wounds sustained due to enemy action in Anbar province.
    (AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, Another outbreak of bird flu was suspected in southern Japan after 23 chickens were found dead at a farm.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, The first all-female UN peacekeeping unit, made up of 103 women from India, arrived in Liberia to help the West African nation recover from 14 years of on-and-off civil war.
    (Reuters, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Jamal Khalifa, a Saudi citizen married to a sister of Osama bin Laden, was killed when gunmen broke into his house in village in Madagascar in an apparent robbery.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, Nigeria's Vice President Atiku Abubakar accused President Olusegun Obasanjo of buying arms to suppress unrest in the oil-rich Niger delta rather than pacifying the region with development.
    (AFP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, Pakistan's PM Musharraf appealed to the European Union to help repatriate some 3 million Afghan refugees, a move he said would help clear his country of militants blamed for attacks in border regions. A rocket or a grenade exploded at a Shiite procession, sparking violence in Hangu in which two Sunni Muslims were fatally shot and 13 other people were wounded, many of them policemen.
    (AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 30, Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh appealed to all Palestinians to prevent a resurgence in the internal violence that killed 36 people in recent days as a tenuous cease-fire took hold in the Gaza Strip. Gunmen killed a Hamas militant, but the cease-fire seemed to hold.
    (AP, 1/30/07)(WSJ, 1/31/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 30, The Saudi foreign minister said Saudi Arabia and Iran are working together to try to calm the crises in Iraq and Lebanon.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Somalia's president agreed to a national reconciliation conference to try to end 16 years of anarchy in the war-ravaged country.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Researchers said South Africa's AIDS epidemic, often regarded by health workers as a disease of the poor, is in fact spreading quickly among the country's richest and best educated people.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, In Sweden former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Darfur human rights activist Mossaad Mohamed Ali won the Olof Palme Prize for their work to protect human rights.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Borys Tarasyuk, Ukraine's pro-Western foreign minister, resigned saying a monthlong struggle between him and the government dominated by a Russia-leaning party risked damaging the country's international reputation.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 30, Venezuela said it plans to obtain air defense missiles to guard strategic sites such as oil refineries and major bridges against any air strike.
    (AP, 1/30/07)

2007        Jan 31, President Bush, visiting Wall Street, delivered his "State of the Economy" speech in which he took aim at lavish salaries and bonuses for corporate executives.
    (AP, 1/31/08)
2007        Jan 31, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden formally launched his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 1/31/08)
2007        Jan 31, The New York Stock Exchange announced a cooperative agreement with the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 31, The Ziff Davis Games Group handed out the 4th annual 1Up Awards for computer games. Nintendo’s “Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" won the top prize as selected by 13 million Ziff Davis users.
    (SFC, 2/2/07, p.C3)
2007        Jan 31, A special committee, invited by IMF managing director Rodrigo de Rato, proposed new ways for the IMF to fund itself. A loan to Turkey at this time accounted for two-thirds of the IMF’s outstanding credit.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.75)
2007        Jan 31, Molly Ivins (b.1944), political columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, died of breast cancer.
    (SFC, 2/1/07, p.B7)
2006        Jan 31, Jennifer Merritt (31) was shot in the arm and head while riding a bicycle in the San Francisco Ingleside Heights neighborhood. She died from her wounds on Feb 11. Police had no explanation.
    (SFC, 2/12/07, p.E6)
2007        Jan 31, The Afghan Parliament voted for an amnesty for leaders accused of war crimes during a quarter-century of fighting, arguing that it would help heal deep divisions.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 31, A senior AU official said 3 battalions of peacekeepers from Uganda and Nigeria are ready to be deployed in Somalia and will be airlifted in as soon as possible.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, The caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a deal with an Indian company to build a 240MW power station.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.39)
2007        Jan 31, British counterterrorism police arrested nine men in an alleged kidnapping plot. The plan reportedly involved torturing and beheading a British Muslim soldier and broadcasting the killing on the Internet.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, Canada's former Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas released a report saying China's military is harvesting organs from prison inmates, mostly Falungong practitioners, for large scale transplants including for foreign recipients.
    (AFP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Cameroon to begin his second African tour to boost ties with a continent that has many of the oil and commodity reserves the Asian giant needs for its ballooning economy.
    (Reuters, 1/31/07)
2007        Feb 1, Zhengzhou city authorities put Gao Yaojie under house arrest to stop her from traveling to Washington to be honored by a charity backed by Sen. Hillary Clinton. The retired Chinese doctor helped expose blood-buying schemes that infected thousands with HIV.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Jan 31, In Congo at least 37 people were killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters protesting against the results of governorship polls in western Bas-Congo province.
    (Reuters, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 31, Tata Steel said its $11.3 billion offer to acquire European steel maker Corus (formerly British Steel) is strategic to its global ambitions, even as the winning bid raised concerns that the deal's high cost could undermine the combined company's financial health.
    (AP, 1/31/07)(SSFC, 2/11/07, p.C3)
2007        Jan 31, Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a car carrying the chief Muslim leader in Ingushetia, seriously wounding the mufti and his son.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, A series of car bombs struck mostly Shiite areas in Baghdad, killing eight people, while a mortar attack on a Sunni neighborhood killed four in more retaliatory sectarian violence. The bodies of three Sunni professors and a student also turned up in the morgue, three days after they were abducted by gunmen from a law school in a predominantly Shiite area in northern Baghdad. A suicide bomber driving an oil truck blew himself up after he was stopped at a checkpoint near an Iraqi army headquarters north of Baghdad, wounding 9 soldiers. A parked car bomb also struck a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul killing one policeman and wounding two others. In the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi at least eight bodies were found with their hands and legs bound and showing signs of torture.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, In Mexico City some 75,000 unionists, farmers and leftists marched to protest price increases in basic foodstuffs like tortillas, a direct challenge to the new president's market-oriented economic policies blamed by some for widening the gulf between rich and poor.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 31, In Mexico a lesbian couple registered what officials called Mexico's first gay civil union in the northern city of Saltillo.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, A human rights group said its study of one of Nigeria's oil-producing states found that officials squandered or stole public money, some hospitals required patients to bring their own beds, and schools were running out of chalk.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, In a northwestern Pakistan a mortar round struck a home in Hangu, killing two men and wounding another amid sectarian tensions.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, Two Spanish men, both charged with providing explosives for Islamist train bombings in Madrid in 2004, were given jail sentences in a separate trial for selling explosives in 2001. The court in Asturias said it jailed former miner Jose Emilio Suarez-Trashorras and his brother-in-law, Antonio Toro, for 10 and 11-1/2 years respectively on charges of drugs and explosives trafficking.
    (Reuters, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, In eastern Sri Lanka suspected separatist Tamil rebels detonated a roadside bomb, killing six policemen and one civilian.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, A Congress wholly loyal to President Hugo Chavez met at a downtown plaza to give the Venezuelan leader authority to enact sweeping measures by presidential decree.
    (AP, 1/31/07)
2007        Jan 31, Officials said Vietnam's ruling Communist Party and the military will relinquish control of dozens of companies, ranging from hotels to telecoms, as part of an ongoing government overhaul. An oil spill from an unidentified source hit Vietnam's central coast, blackening popular resort beaches as thousands of local people help with the cleanup.
    (AP, 1/31/07)(AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 31, Zimbabwe's central bank chief Gideon Gono unveiled a battery of belt-tightening measures which include slashing the money supply and state spending to put the brakes on four-digit inflation. The Zimbabwe dollar traded at 250 against the greenback on the official market while fetching up to 4,200 on the black market.
    (AFP, 1/31/07)

2007        Jan, Avaaz, a web-based political movement, was launched with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens everywhere to help close the gap between the world we have and the world most people want.
    (Econ, 9/4/10, p.62)(www.avaaz.org/en/about.php)
2007        Jan, In California construction began on new execution chambers at San Quentin State Prison. Lawmakers did not learn of the project until April because it fell just under a $400,000 mark that would have required legislative approval. Construction was halted in April pending legislative approval. $725,000 was already spent on the new room.
    (SFC, 4/14/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/21/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan, Carl Malamud of Sebastopol, Ca., introduced www.public.resource.org, a web site offering a variety of public code manuals free online.
    (SFC, 9/27/08, p.B1)(www.public.resource.org)
2007        Jan, The culinary workers’ union in Nevada numbered some 51,000 members representing hotel and casino workers.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.30)
2007        Jan, Kashmir Khan, Taliban commander in Konar and Nuristan provinces, met for an interview with a Western journalist. He noted that Taliban enlistees get paid some $140 per month as compared to $100 paid by the Afghan National Army.
    (SSFC, 1/21/07, p.A12)
2007        Jan, In Antarctica the South Pole Telescope (SPT) opened to search signs of dark energy.
    (Econ, 3/31/07, p.87)
2007        Jan, In Barbados the George Washington House and Museum was completed following an 8-year restoration project. The site stood just outside Bridgetown.
    (SSFC, 2/18/07, p.G2)
2007        Jan, In Brazil the Mato Grosso do Sul state government stopped distributing food baskets to some 11,000 Guarani-Kaiowa Indians on the Dourados reservation, about 800 miles west of Rio de Janeiro when a new government was elected. The suspension worsened malnutrition among thousands of Indians, and at least two young children died.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Jan, In Cambodia villagers reported seeing a naked woman stealing food. Sal Lou (43) a retired police officer, identified her as his oldest child, Rochom P’ngieng, by a scar on her arm. P’ngieng (29) had vanished in 1989 while tending buffalo near the jungle in remote northern Rattanakiri province. In 2010 Rochom P’ngieng reportedly fled back to the forest.
    (www.salem-news.com/articles/july092008/jungle_girl_7-9-08.php)(AP, 5/28/10)
2007        Jan, In eastern England a 16-year-old girl lost nearly all her fingers after she put her hands in a bucket of plaster of Paris during an art lesson. She was attempting to make a sculpture of her own hands. In 2009 Giles School, in Boston, was ordered to pay 19,000 pounds ($30,140) for breaching health and safety regulations and also failing to report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
    (Reuters, 10/12/09)
2007        Jan, In Bulgaria 2 Chernobyl-era nuclear energy units were shut down at Kozloduy as an accession to Bulgaria’s joining the EU. This led to a cut in energy exports and to soaring energy prices in the Balkans.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.51)
2007        Jan, Police in China arrested Song Tiantang, who soon confessed to killing 6 women and selling their bodies to buyers of ghost brides. In the late 1990s he had been arrested for supplying the ghost bride market by just robbing graves.
    (Econ, 7/28/07, p.44)
2007        Jan, Work began on the Int’l. Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France. 34 nations collaborated to realize the ITER project's First Plasma in November 2019. The project was born at the Geneva Superpower Summit in November, 1985.
    (Econ, 9/3/11, p.79)(www.iter.org/factsfigures)
2007        Jan, Guinea-Bissau officials learned that Whoopi Goldberg (51) had taken a DNA test that indicated her ancestors came from the indigenous Papel and Bayote tribes. They soon extended to her a formal invitation to visit.
    (SFC, 2/8/07, p.A2)
2007        Jan, Police in India’s Jammu & Kashmir state turned up 5 bodies of Kashmiris buried as Pakistani militants. 8 police officers in the Ganderbal district were arrested including Hansraj Parihar, Ganderbal’s top policeman.
    (Econ, 2/17/07, p.44)
2007        Jan, In Kazakhstan police arrested a manager of the Atyrau Balyk cannery, charging him and 3 colleagues, who had fled to Russia, with poaching. The cannery had a monopoly in exporting Kazakhstan’s CITES-approved quota of sturgeon. An expert estimated that poaching on the Ural River could eliminate the sturgeon in 5-10 years.
    (SFC, 6/24/07, p.A2)
2007        Jan, The film “Bamako," by Mauritanian-born director Abderrahmane Sissako, opened in West Africa after premiering at the 2006 Cannes film festival. It took its broadest swipe at the "structural adjustment programs" championed by the World Bank and IMF during the world recession of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
    (Reuters, 1/12/07)
2007        Jan, Russia's Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling that the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society must close its doors. Rights advocates denounced the ruling, charging it was a Kremlin attempt to silence criticism of its conduct in the violence-wracked Chechnya region. The group has campaigned against the Russian government's war on separatists in Chechnya, and published reports alleging torture, abductions and killings of civilians by Russian forces and their pro-Moscow Chechen allies.
    (AP, 9/14/07)
2007        Jan, The World Bank called itself the "Knowledge Bank," and employed 10,000 people.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.67)

2007        Feb 1, The departing top US commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that improving security in Baghdad would take fewer than half as many extra troops as President Bush had chosen to commit.
    (AP, 2/1/08)
2007        Feb 1, The National Academy of Engineering announced that the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability would go to Abul Hussam, a chemistry professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He had developed an inexpensive, easy-to-make system for filtering arsenic from well water, and planned to use most of the $1 million engineering prize to distribute the filters to needy communities around the world.
    (AP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 1, Montana sued Wyoming in the Supreme Court saying its neighbor takes more Tongue- and Powder- River water that it is entitled to.
    (WSJ, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 1, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom admitted to having an affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, his campaign manager’s wife.
    (SFC, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 1, Coca-Cola announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire Fuze Beverage LLC in a deal estimated at $225-250 million. Fuze was launched in 2001.
    (WSJ, 2/2/07, p.B3)
2007        Feb 1, Oil giant Exxon Mobil topped its own record for the biggest annual profit by a US company last year, racking up earnings that amounted to $4.5 million an hour for the world's largest publicly traded oil company.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Whitney Balliett (80), jazz chronicler writer for the New Yorker magazine, died.
    (WSJ, 2/6/07, p.D5)
2007        Feb 1, John Bryan, underground press writer and editor, died in SF. He had started the Open City Press, San Francisco’s 1st alternative paper, in 1964.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.B7)
2007        Feb 1, The United States presented hundreds of armored vehicles and trucks and thousands of weapons to the Afghan army as Afghanistan braces for renewed fighting with Taliban-led insurgents. In southern Afghanistan Taliban militants overran Musa Qala, where a contentious peace agreement was negotiated last fall, roaming through the town center, burning its government compound and threatening elders. In eastern Paktika province coalition aircraft dropped two bombs, killing as many as seven militants.
    (AP, 2/1/07)(AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 1, Defense Secretary Des Browne said Britain will increase its military presence in southern Afghanistan by about 800 troops to 5,800 this summer.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Chadian rebels fighting to overthrow President Idriss Deby attacked the eastern border town of Adre on the main road route into Sudan's Darfur region.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, China’s Pres. Hu Jintao arrived in Liberia. He held talks with Liberian Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and address the parliament, before meeting some 500 Chinese peacekeepers. Jintao was also due to visit Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles during his 12-day tour.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, In Colombia President Alvaro Uribe ordered the seizure of assets belonging to demobilized paramilitary leaders after the killing of a woman who was leading a campaign to reclaim land stolen by the illegal militias.   
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Ahmed Abu Laban (60), Denmark's most prominent Muslim leader and a central figure in last year's uproar over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, died from cancer.
    (AP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 1, Ecuador’s government named Lorena Escudero (41) to be defense minister, to take over after the first female to hold the office was killed in a helicopter accident.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, A Lebanese publisher said the Egyptian government had censored several Egyptian and foreign titles at its annual book fair, including the classic novel "Zorba the Greek" as well as books by Czech author Milan Kundera.   
    (AFP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, In France top global warming experts huddled for a last day of talks with bureaucrats from more than 100 countries on a closely watched global warming report that could influence government and business policy worldwide.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, In France a ban on smoking in public spaces came into effect.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, A suicide attack in Hillah killed at least 73 people with 163 wounded. Mortar rounds slammed into a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad for the third day in a row, killing at least three people and wounding 10. At least 9 people were killed in Baghdad as a bomb tore through a minibus in a predominantly Shiite commercial district and mortars hit a Sunni area. A US soldier died of wounds sustained in fighting in Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/1/07)(AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 1, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched anniversary celebrations for Iran's Islamic Revolution with a defiant promise to push ahead with the country's controversial nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/1/08)
2007        Feb 1, Israeli troops killed two Palestinian gunmen in an exchange of fire in Nablus.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Gian Carlo Menotti (b.1911), Italian composer and Pulitzer Prize winner, died in Monaco. His operas included “The Medium" (1946) and “Amahl and the Night Visitors" (1951).
    (SFC, 2/2/07, p.B7)
2007        Feb 1, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon praised a new law that obligates federal and local authorities to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women, and he promised a "relentless" fight against gender-related abuse.   
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, A Nigerian oil worker abducted 2 days earlier from a facility operated by Addax Petroleum in southern Nigeria was found dead.   
    (AFP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Hamas officials in separate attacks, marring efforts to shore up a truce that brought relative quiet to Gaza after days of deadly factional violence.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Romanian President Traian Basescu told Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates that pirated Microsoft software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry.
    (AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Russia's Emergency Ministry planned to fly a chemical laboratory to the Omsk region in southern Siberia to analyze oily yellow and orange snow which has covered an area home to 27,000 people. Omsk is a heavily industrial city with a number of oil and gas refineries.   
    (Reuters, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 1, In South Africa 20 people, including four children, were killed in a car accident in Mpumalanga province.
    (AFP, 2/1/07)
2007        Feb 1, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, said child soldiers are increasingly being used in the war-torn region of Darfur, even as their use is on the decline elsewhere in Sudan.   
    (AP, 2/1/07)

2007        Feb 2, Scientists from 113 countries issued a report saying they have little doubt global warming is caused by man, and predicting that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level will "continue for centuries" no matter how much humans control their pollution. The 4th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published in Paris.
    (AP, 2/2/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.86)
2007        Feb 2, Gov. Rick Perry issued an order making Texas the 1st state to require schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
    (SFC, 2/3/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 2, Storms blew through central Florida, killing 21 people, flattening dozens of homes and a church and lifting a tractor trailer into the air.   
    (AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/2/08)
2007        Feb 2, Ivan Santos (15) was shot and killed in San Pablo, Ca. On Mar 22-23 Police arrested Ramon Alejandre (30), Roberto Garcia (21) and a boy (17) for shooting Santos, who was allegedly dressed like a rival gang member.
    (SFC, 3/24/07, p.B3)
2007        Feb 2, Joe Hunter (79), Motown’s first bandleader, died in Detroit, Mich.
    (SSFC, 2/4/07, p.B6)
2007        Feb 2, Billy Henderson (67), singer in the band called the Spinners, died in Florida. His songs included “I’ll Be Around" (1972) and other hits. The 5-member band had formed in 1954 in Ferndale, Mich.
    (SSFC, 2/4/07, p.B6)
2007        Feb 2, Eric von Schmidt (75), guitarist and painter, died in Connecticut. He was a mentor for Bob Dylan, who wrote the liner notes for Schmidt’s 1969 album: “Who Knocked the Brains Out of the Sky."
    (SFC, 2/5/07, p.B4)
2007        Feb 2, In Bolivia a high court ruled in favor of a Amauris Sanmartino, a Cuban dissident who was recently deported from Bolivia for criticizing President Evo Morales, saying a law prohibiting foreigners from involvement in the Andean country's politics is unconstitutional. Sanmartino went to Colombia and planned to relocate to Norway.
    (AP, 2/2/07)(AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 2, US Peace Corps volunteers flew to Cambodia to teach English at rural schools, marking the 45-year-old organization's first mission there.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, Abdoulaye Miskine, the head of one of the Central African Republic's main rebel groups, inked in Libya a peace deal described as "historic" by the government. Under the deal, which CAR's other main rebel factions are expected to sign up to, there will be an immediate ceasefire and Miskine's rebels will be integrated into civilian life or absorbed into the army. Rebel prisoners are to be freed.
    (AFP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 2, A mine explosion in China’s Henan province killed 24 coal miners at the Xing'an coal mine. Newspapers later reported that mining officials had said that seven miners had died in the blast, and that mine owner Fu Faming ordered miners back into the shaft to seal it with earth in an attempt to bury evidence of the deaths.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 2, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa dismissed the country's army commander, just over a week after a military helicopter crash killed Ecuador's first female defense minister.
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, A French court convicted dozens of people in a baby-trafficking case involving the sale of nearly two dozen Bulgarian infants over two years.
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, In northern India a crowded bus veered off a steep mountain road and fell into a gorge, killing at least 10 people and injuring 17 others.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, Iran said it will allow UN surveillance cameras at its Natanz nuclear complex.
    (WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 2, US forces killed 18 insurgents in fighting overnight after insurgents opened fire on the Americans from several positions in Ramadi. A roadside bomb struck a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, killing one officer. A US military helicopter went down near Taji and 2 crew members were killed.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)(SFC, 2/3/07, p.A4)
2007        Feb 2, UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari unveiled his long-awaited plan for Kosovo, a proposal recommending internationally supervised statehood for the contested province where separatists fought a bloody war with Serbia in the late 1990s.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim clerics published a religious edict prohibiting Muslims from killing their fellow countrymen, particularly other Muslims.
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, Fatah fighters stormed a Hamas-affiliated university for the second time, hours before the two political factions grappling for control of the Palestinian government said they had agreed on a new cease-fire. 17 people, including four children, were killed in renewed fighting before the announcement.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 2, Malaysia said it is ready to halt free trade talks with the United States after a US lawmaker called for a suspension in protest over an energy deal with Iran signed in January.   
    (AFP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan will erect fencing to reinforce parts of its porous mountain border with Afghanistan, acknowledging for the first time that some outgunned Pakistani frontier guards have allowed militants to cross. The United States handed over eight Cobra attack helicopters to Pakistan, which is under growing pressure to stop Taliban guerrillas crossing into Afghanistan to fight NATO forces.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)(Reuters, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, Suspected Muslim guerrillas stormed a Philippine jail and blasted a hole through a wall, freeing three alleged bombers and dozens of other inmates. In the southern Philippines 50 people were killed and 65 others injured when a tanker truck exploded as it was negotiating a downhill mountain road.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)(AP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 2, In Somalia an explosion at an Islamic school for women and girls in Mogadishu wounded at least seven people. At least three mortar attacks were launched overnight in the city by unknown attackers.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, Chinese President Hu Jintao offered Sudan assistance for the peaceful resolution of the Darfur conflict but ignored Western pressure to make future aid conditional on the progress made. Jintao agreed on closer economic cooperation with Sudan after sealing talks with a series of trade agreements. Jintao told Sudan's leader he must give the United Nations a bigger role in trying to resolve the conflict in Darfur.
    (AFP, 2/2/07)
2007        Feb 2, A ruling by Switzerland's highest court opened up the possibility that people with serious mental illnesses could be helped by doctors to take their own lives.
    (AP, 2/2/07)

2007        Feb 3, President Bush designated four central Florida counties disaster areas in the wake of tornadoes that ripped through the region, leaving 21 dead.
    (AP, 2/3/08)
2007        Feb 3, Britain scrambled to contain its first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu in domestic poultry after the virus was found at a farm run by Europe's biggest turkey producer. Some 2,500 turkeys had died since Feb 1 at the Bernard Matthews farm near Lowestoft in eastern England. Over 160,000 were culled over the next few days.
    (AP, 2/3/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.59)
2007        Feb 3, In Chile a fire swept through a small hotel in Punta Arenas, killing 10 foreign tourists, including two children, as they slept in their rooms. A large gas explosion rocked a historic area in the port city of Valparaiso, killing at least one person, injuring 11 more and causing extensive damage over three city blocks.
    (AP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 3, In southern China a tour bus traveling in the wrong lane on a highway plowed into an oncoming bus in Hechi, killing 13 passengers and injuring 75.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 3, Police said they found $19 million in cash under the floorboards of a house in Cali. The loot likely belonged to Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, among a dozen alleged top drug kingpins whom US authorities targeted for arrest using a $5 million reward for information. In the northeast an explosion tore through a makeshift coal mine, killing 32 miners.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 3, In Congo officials said clashes last week between security forces and demonstrators claiming electoral fraud left 97 people dead in several southwestern towns.
    (AP, 2/2/07)(AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 3, In India at least 19 laborers were crushed to death when a wall they were building collapsed near Mumbai.
    (AFP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 3, Indonesia’s Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will pursue its plans to develop nuclear power as part of efforts to find alternative energy sources to address its growing needs. Officials said flooding has killed at least 44 people and left more than 340,000 others homeless in Jakarta, as neck-high waters submerged large sections of the city. The flooding in Jakarta eventually left 52 people dead.
    (AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.48)
2007        Feb 3, Iraq's top Shiite cleric called for Muslim unity and an end to sectarian conflict, his first public statement in months on the worsening security crisis. A suicide truck bomber struck a market in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 137 people among the crowd buying food for evening meals, the most devastating strike in the capital in more than two months. A series of car bombs struck the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk in a 2-hour span, killing at least 2 people and wounding 30. 5 US soldiers died, 4 in fighting and one of an apparent heart attack.
    (AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 3, Maize reportedly occupied 90% of the cultivated land in Malawi.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.80)
2007        Feb 3, In Mexico thousands of protesters marched in Oaxaca to demand the resignation of the state governor. A man's chopped up body was discovered in Acapulco dumped in plastic garbage bags.
    (AP, 2/3/07)(Reuters, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 3, The Mahadhesi ethnic community in southeastern Nepal demanded that the region be turned into an autonomous state to end two weeks of unrest that has claimed at least 13 lives.
    (AFP, 2/3/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.43)
2007        Feb 3, Fatah and Hamas clashed at Cabinet ministries, universities and security headquarters in defiance of a truce that was to have calmed the seething Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 3, In northwest Pakistan a suspected Islamic militant rammed his explosive-laden car into a Pakistan army convoy near Tank, killing two soldiers and wounding six others.
    (AP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 3, The interior ministry spokesman said Saudi police have arrested 10 people who are accused of collecting donations and recruiting on behalf of militant groups.
    (AP, 2/3/07)
2007        Feb 3, Tens of thousands of people marched in Madrid to reject any negotiations with the Basque separatist group ETA, whose car bombing in the capital a month ago shattered a nascent peace process.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 3, In northern Vietnam 5 miners were killed when a large rock fell on them as they worked to extract zinc ore.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 3, Chinese President Hu Jintao brought his eight-nation African tour to Zambia, a copper-rich country where China's growing clout has prompted charges of exploitation and emerged as a volatile political issue.
    (AP, 2/3/07)

2007        Feb 4, Peyton Manning added the missing ingredient to his Hall of Fame credentials by leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
    (Reuters, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 4, Barbara McNair, black singer and actress, died in Los Angeles. Her films included “Change of Habit" (1969). She hosted the TV Barbara McNair Show from 1969-1972.
    (SFC, 2/5/07, p.B5)
2007        Feb 4, Gen. Dan McNeill, the highest-ranking US general to lead troops in Afghanistan, took command of 35,500 strong NATO-led force, putting an American face on the international mission after nine months of British command under Gen. David Richards. A NATO airstrike killed a senior Taliban leader riding in a car near Musa Qala.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, Bangladeshi security forces used emergency powers to detain 13 senior politicians and former government ministers. Some 3 million Muslim devotees raised their hands in prayer for global peace, putting aside their country's sometimes violent struggle with political corruption and Islamic extremists, at one of the world's largest religious gatherings. The annual World Congregation of Muslims, or "Bishwa Ijtema," has been held each year since 1966 on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi, just north of the capital, Dhaka.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, In eastern China a fire swept through a two-story building of shops and apartments, killing at least 17 people in Zhejiang province's Taizhou city.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, Armed kidnappers seized an American missionary as he left his church near Haiti's capital and have demanded a ransom for his release.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 4, In Iraq at least 103 people were killed or found dead, mostly in Baghdad. A roadside bomb struck a police patrol in a predominantly Sunni area in Baghdad, killing 4 policemen and wounding 3. The US command said it has ordered changes in helicopter flight operations. 4 had been shot down in the last 2 weeks. Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms seized Jalal Sharafi, the second secretary at the Iranian Embassy, as he drove through central Baghdad. Iran said it held the United States responsible for the diplomat's "safety and life."
    (AP, 2/4/07)(SFC, 2/5/07, p.A8)(AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 4, In Kenya a top Kenyan AIDS researcher was killed and an American woman traveling with him was shot in the face.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.G2)
2007        Feb 4, In Nigeria officials said 9 Chinese oil workers, abducted last month by militants in an armed attack in the southern delta, were released.
    (Reuters, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, In eastern Pakistan a passenger train crushed to death a group of six young boys as they played on a railway track.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, Hamas gunmen attacked bases of Fatah-allied troops with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, part of a four-day campaign by the Islamic militants to weaken the security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, In Nepal police opened fire on protesters in two towns, killing at least three people and wounding several more.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, A Philippine marine general and 19 others were released from a Muslim rebel camp where they were held for two days by guerrillas demanding more benefits under a 1996 peace accord.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, A Saudi newspaper reported that a Saudi Arabian judge sentenced 20 foreigners to receive lashes and spend several months in prison after convicting them of attending a party where alcohol was served and men and women danced.
    (AP, 2/4/07)
2007        Feb 4, In Turkmenistan an eight-story building collapsed in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir killing 5 people. A 15-year-old boy was rescued 36 hours later.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 4, In Zambia China’s President Hu Jintao pledged $800 million in investments, debt write-offs and a "showcase" free trade zone as he ended a tour there. Beijing's economic juggernaut has sparked tensions in Zambia.
    (AFP, 2/4/07)

2007        Feb 5, President Bush sent a $2.9 trillion spending plan to a Democratic-controlled Congress, proposing to spend billions more to fight the war in Iraq while squeezing the rest of government to meet his goal of eliminating the deficit in five years.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, The US insisted that Nicaragua destroy hundreds of Soviet-made surface-to-air missiles after President Daniel Ortega said the weapons were needed for the country's defense.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in Orlando, Fla., accused of trying to kidnap a perceived rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot.
    (AP, 2/5/08)
2007        Feb 5, Britain pressed ahead with a cull of 160,000 turkeys after the nation's first outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu in farmed poultry as Russia and Japan banned British poultry imports.
    (Reuters, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, A Cold War-era Soviet submarine that was being towed to Thailand sank off northwestern Denmark. The Soviet Union built more than 200 Whiskey-class submarines during the Cold War, many of which are now being offered for sale by private companies.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 5, In northern Germany 3 men and 3 women were found shot dead in a Chinese restaurant in the early hours in Sittensen. A 7th person died a day later. German police soon arrested two Vietnamese men in connection with the killings.
    (AFP, 2/5/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 5, In India a fire gutted a garment factory in eastern India, killing seven workers in Howrah, a suburb of Calcutta.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, Violence raked Baghdad as an Iraqi general took charge of the security operation in the capital and Iraqi police and soldiers manned new roadblocks, initial steps indicating the start of the long-anticipated joint operation with American forces to curb sectarian bloodshed. At least 29 people died in bomb and mortar attacks across the city, 15 of them as they waited to refill propane cooking tanks when two car bombs blew up in quick succession in south Baghdad. A soldier killed in a roadside bombing in Basra was the 100th British death attributed to hostile action since the US-led invasion in 2003. A US Marine was killed in fighting in the volatile Anbar province. US forces shot and killed Donald Tolfree of Owosso, Mich., a civilian contract truck driver at Camp Anaconda, the huge air base north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/5/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 5, China’s president Hu Jintao brought his eight-nation African tour to Namibia, a sparsely populated, mineral-rich desert country that hopes to benefit from an influx of Chinese investment and tourists.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, A home-made bomb ripped through a train station in Spain's Basque region. Police said it appeared to have been the work of Basque independence street gangs, rather than armed separatists ETA.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, Syria’s President Bashar Assad said cooperation, and negotiations, between Syria and the US could be the "last chance" to avoid full-scale civil war in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, In Hanoi, Vietnam, international aid experts from the World Bank, UN and other development agencies and 40 nations met for the Third International Roundtable on Managing For Development Results, a four-day conference aimed at making global development efforts more effective.
    (AFP, 2/5/07)
2007        Feb 5, Teachers across Zimbabwe began an indefinite industrial action to press for better salaries and better working conditions.
    (AFP, 2/5/07)

2007        Feb 6, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced to the Senate Armed Services Committee that President George W. Bush had given authority to create the new African Command. US Navy Rear Admiral Robert Moeller was named as Executive Director, head of the transition team for AFRICOM, with initial quarters in Germany.
    (AP, 2/6/07)(Econ, 6/16/07, p.55)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Africa_Command)
2007        Feb 6, An official said Lisa Marie Nowak (43), a NASA astronaut accused of trying to kidnap a romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections, will remain in jail because authorities planned to charge her with attempted first-degree murder.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, The San Mateo, Ca., Board of Supervisors adopted a ban on smoking at 17 parks, trails and a beach managed by the county.
    (SFC, 2/7/07, p.B1)
2007        Feb 6, It was reported that thieves have long targeted car stereos, air bags, high-intensity headlights, even pocket change from the ashtrays. But now they are slithering under vehicles and cutting away the catalytic converters.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, In Kentucky a fire engulfed a home in Bardstown killing 10 people.
    (SFC, 2/7/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 6, Frankie Laine (1913), pop singer born as Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago, died in San Diego. His songs included “Mule Train," Cool Water" and the theme song for “Rawhide." He had started in jazz but was sidetracked by arranger Mitch Miller.
    (SFC, 2/7/07, p.A2)
2007        Feb 6, More than 20,000 miners from across Bolivia marched into the capital, tossing sticks of dynamite that sent booming explosions echoing through the streets in a protest of President Evo Morales' plans for a steep hike in mining taxes.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, In Sao Paulo, Brazil, suspected gang members torched 3 buses and shot at police, raising concerns the violence could mushroom into a repeat of last year's crime wave.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 6, An underground explosion in a central Colombia coal mine killed eight workers, just days after a similar blast in the nation's northeast killed 32 miners.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 6, Church officials said The Episcopal Church has named a woman as bishop in Cuba, the first such appointment by the church in the developing world.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 6, In France nearly 60 nations pledged not to use children to wage war and to disarm and rehabilitate underage soldiers. The Paris Commitments agreement was seen as a strong moral step against the problem, though it carried no legal weight. They also signed a treaty that bans governments from holding people in secret detention, but the United States and some of its key European allies were not among them.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, In Honduras 3 Americans on a charity mission were killed and 17 other people were injured in a traffic accident.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 6, Iraqi and US forces set up more checkpoints in preparation for a security sweep in Baghdad amid complaints that the operation was moving too slowly.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, In Mexico more than a dozen armed assailants staged and videotaped simultaneous attacks against two offices of the state attorney general in Acapulco, killing five agents and two secretaries.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, Dutch media reported that the parties of the incoming centre-left Dutch government agreed to grant amnesty for some 30,000 failed asylum seekers who came to the Netherlands before April 2001.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, In Pakistan a suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a parking area at the international airport in Rawalpindi, which serves Pakistan's capital, wounding at least two police and killing himself.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, China’s President Hu Jintao vowed to forge a partnership of equals with South Africa as he held talks with his counterpart Thabo Mbeki.
    (AP, 2/6/07)

2007        Feb 7, The Washington Post reported that President George W. Bush has approved plans for the US Treasury Department to block US commercial bank transactions connected to Sudan's government, including those involving oil revenue.
    (AFP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of sales of Alli, a reduced-strength version of the prescription diet drug Xenical. The first diet pill for over the counter sale hit stores June 15.
    (AP, 2/8/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 7, Indictments were filed in New Jersey against 3 US Army Reserve officers for taking part in a bid-rigging scam that steered millions of dollars for Iraq reconstruction to a contractor in exchange for cash, luxury cars and jewelry.
    (SFC, 2/8/07, p.A12)
2007        Feb 7, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom met with Lithuania’s Pres. Valdas Adamkus at the Fairmont Hotel following an address at the World Affairs Council. Pres. Adamkus, accompanied by a Lithuanian business delegation, was here for a one week visit seeking US trade opportunities and potential investors.
    (www.president.lt/en/news.full/7476)
2007        Feb 7, Blowing snow and intense cold was blamed for two more deaths, a total of 13 nationwide since the cold settled in, and kept schools closed for a second and in some cases a third day across much of Ohio and West Virginia.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Chicago Equity Office Properties (EOP), America’s largest commercial landlord, accepted a cash offer from The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm that valued the company at nearly $39 billion (including debt).
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.80)
2007        Feb 7, Austrian authorities said they have uncovered a major international child pornography ring involving more than 2,360 suspects from 77 countries, including hundreds in the United States, who paid to view videos of young children being sexually abused.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, A twin-engine plane crashed in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, killing all six people aboard.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Six people were hurt by a third letter bomb in three days aimed at British motoring-related organizations and police are investigating if the attacks are part of a coordinated campaign.
    (Reuters, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Aron Groiss, director of research at the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, presented a study in London saying textbooks used in Iran's schools are instilling students with hatred toward the West, especially the United States, and urging them to become "martyrs" in a global holy war against countries perceived to be enemies of Islam.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp. said it will slash 2,900 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its workforce, over the next two years and shift another 1,000 employees to lower-cost locations like China, India and Mexico as North America's biggest maker of telephone equipment struggles to shore up its profits.
    (Reuters, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In central China an overcrowded passenger vehicle returning from a wedding party plunged off a cliff, killing 16 members of an extended family.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Colombia's top court ruled that gay couples, who have lived together for more than 2 years, should have the same rights to shared assets as heterosexual couples. The decision by the Constitutional Court marked the first recognition of gay couples' rights in Colombia.
    (AP, 2/9/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.34)
2007        Feb 7, Georgia signed a regional cooperation agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkey which included plans for a railway connecting the three countries.
    (WSJ, 2/28/07, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/2gbbgg)
2007        Feb 7, At least 15 people were killed in attacks across Iraq, including two employees of the government-funded Iraqi Media Network in Baghdad. A female census worker was shot to death while she was riding to work with her husband in the northern city of Mosul.  A Sea Knight CH-46 helicopter went down northwest of Baghdad, the fifth helicopter lost in Iraq in just over two weeks. All 7 aboard were killed. Four US Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province from wounds sustained due to enemy action in two separate incidents. Another 3 US soldiers were killed in fighting Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/7/07)(AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 7, An Italian judge ordered a U.S. soldier to stand trial in absentia for the fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence agent at a checkpoint in Baghdad on March 4, 2005.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Michel Niaucel, a French diplomat with the European Union in Ivory Coast, was shot to death in his home overnight. Niaucel was in charge of West Africa security operations for the EU.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe pledged to regain four disputed northern islands from Russia, saying it was time to end the bickering between Tokyo and Moscow over the prime fishing grounds.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, The US Embassy issued a travel advisory saying violent crime was on the increase in Kenya.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.G2)
2007        Feb 7, The Mozambique government said floods have killed 29 people and wrecked thousands of homes after torrential rain and hurricanes swept through the country in the past two weeks.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Gunmen seized a French oil worker in Nigeria's restive southern petroleum-producing region. Kidnappers there also seized a woman from the Philippines. Kidnappers released a British oil-worker after the man taken in a raid last month fell ill. President Olusegun Obasanjo called for a high-level meeting to address the violence.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Russia's defense minister laid out an ambitious plan for building new intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and possibly aircraft carriers.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Saudi Arabia rival Palestinian leaders began open-ended talks in Mecca optimistic that they could reach an agreement to end their bloody street battles and resume the peace process with Israel.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Somalia doctors said a cholera outbreak has killed more than 115 people and hospitalized 724 in towns where people were forced to use contaminated water from a flooded river.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In South Africa Chin’s President Hu Jintao promised to increase imports from Africa, responding to fears about the trade deficit that increased as China pumped unprecedented aid, investment and loans into the poor but resource-rich continent.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, The Spanish Civil Guard said authorities have arrested 52 people in a major crackdown on a suspected ring of antiquities looters from dozens of sites in southern Spain.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Sri Lanka Selliah Parameswar, a Hindu priest who welcomed President Mahinda Rajapakse to a former guerrilla bastion, was dragged out of his house in Batticaloa district and killed by a group of unidentified gunmen. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) blamed a breakaway group allegedly linked to government forces.
    (AFP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Officials in Venezuela confirmed that Venezuela will buy whatever legal products Bolivia can make from coca leaf as part of an effort to wean farmers from the cocaine industry.
    (SFC, 2/8/07, p.A2)
2007        Feb 7, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, under mounting pressure over a world record-busting inflation rate and escalating strike action in the public sector, sacked his finance minister. A union chief said 60 Zimbabwean junior doctors have been sacked from Harare's main hospital after going on strike in December demanding salary hikes.
    (AFP, 2/7/07)

2007        Feb 8, A federal judge in Fargo, N.D., sentenced Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to death for the slaying of college student Dru Sjodin.
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2007        Feb 8, The Museum for African Art unveiled plans for a new home in Manhattan, becoming the first major addition to New York's Museum Mile in 50 years.
    (Reuters, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, Anna Nicole Smith (b.1967), former Playboy centerfold (Miss May 1992) and wife of former oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II (1905-1995), died in Florida. Authorities later said Smith died of an accidental drug overdose of nine prescription medications, but an extensive six-week investigation found no signs of foul play. In 2010 her psychiatrist and boyfriend were convicted of conspiracy for filling her demands for prescription drugs.
    (AP, 2/8/07)(SFC, 2/9/07, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/07)(SFC, 10/29/10, p.A6)
2007        Feb 8, Joe Edwards (85), comics artist, died at his home in NY. He worked on the 1942 debut issue of Archie comics and later created the character Li'l Jinx.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 8, Benin, Nigeria, and Togo formed a new regional body aimed at fast-tracking the integration of their economies. The body, known as the Co-Prosperity Alliance Zone (COPAZ), was formally inaugurated following a mini-summit of Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo, Benin’s President Boni Yayi and Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe.
    (AFP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, In Cape Verde 3 Italian women, aged 17-33, were brutally attacked while vacationing, dragged into the woods, pelted with stones and left for dead at the bottom of a hole. One woman survived. 3 local men were arrested.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 8, State media said officials in eastern China plan to name and shame rich families who ignore the country's strict one-child policy and simply pay the fine for having a second or third baby. China executed Ismail Semed, an ethnic Muslim and member of the Uighur minority group in Xinjiang, for alleged separatist activities. Human rights groups condemned because they said the prosecution's case against him lacked evidence and his confession may have been coerced.
    (AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 8, Cuba deported reputed drug kingpin Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante to Colombia, which plans to extradite him to the United States to face trafficking and money laundering charges.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 8, In France teachers, tax collectors, railway workers and other public servants went on strike to protest job losses and demand higher pay.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, India’s air force chief S.P. Tyagi told reporters at the Bangalore air show that the government expects to sign a contract to buy 40 Russian Sukhoi-30 aircraft by the end of the fiscal year March 31.
    (AFP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, An object fell from the sky and killed 3 nomads in northern India’s Rajasthan state. The impact left a crater and the object was believed to have been a meteor.
    (SFC, 2/17/07, p.B6)
2007        Feb 8, In Indonesia fresh rains triggered more flooding, compounding the misery for hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. Irwandi Yusuf, a former rebel leader, was inaugurated as governor of Aceh province, cementing a peace deal to end 29 years of fighting that killed more than 15,000 people.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, Iraqi forces detained a senior Health Ministry official accused of corruption and helping to funnel millions of dollars to Shiite militiamen blamed for much of the recent sectarian violence in the capital. A parked car bomb exploded at a meat market in the predominantly Shiite town of Aziziyah killing 20 people and wounding 45. Car bombs struck Shiite targets in Baghdad and south of the capital. Gunmen burst into two houses belonging to Sunni Muslims northeast of Baghdad and killed at least 10 males after pushing the women and children aside. In northern Iraq a late night US airstrike hit a Kurdish position in Mosul, killing at least eight Kurdish troops and wounding six. The US military said it was looking into the report. A separate US airstrike killed eight suspected terrorists and destroyed a building south of Baghdad. A US airstrike killed 13 insurgents in a volatile area west of Baghdad. Local officials said 45 civilians, including women and children, died in the attack.
    (AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 8, China’s President Hu Jintao arrived in Mozambique on the penultimate stop in his 8-nation African tour.
    (AFP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, Nepal's government decided to replace the image of embattled King Gyanendra with an image of Everest, the world's highest mountain, on 10 rupee (13 cent) bills.
    (AFP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 8, North Korea agreed in principle to take initial steps toward dismantling its nuclear programs at the start of international talks seeking the first concrete progress on disarming Pyongyang.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, Welding equipment touched off an explosion at a West Bank gas station, killing at least eight people and wounded 17.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 8, A Fatah official in Saudi Arabia said that rival Palestinian factions had reached an agreement on how to divide up Cabinet posts in a power-sharing government.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, South Africa, burdened with one of the world's major HIV/AIDS epidemics, unveiled plans for its biggest AIDS vaccine trial.
    (Reuters, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, President Chen Shui-bian said the name 'Taiwan' would soon replace 'China' on the island's stamps, a move likely to anger Beijing.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, President Hugo Chavez's government moved to nationalize Venezuela's largest private electric company, signing an agreement to buy a controlling stake in Electricidad de Caracas from its US-based owner, AES Corp.
    (AP, 2/8/07)

2007        Feb 9, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Munich, Germany, that serial numbers and other markings on bombs suggested that Iranians were linked to deadly explosives used by Iraqi militants.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2007        Feb 9, Fred Everts (36), the former roommate of Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller (one of the nation's most prolific child molesters), was sentenced in San Jose, Ca., to at least 800 years in prison for sexually abusing three boys.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, Fortress Investment Group LLC, became the 1st private equity group to go public. Shares were issued on the NYSE at $18.50 and closed at $31.
    (WSJ, 2/10/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 9, It was reported that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have overcome a major obstacle in harnessing the full power and speed of the light waves for Internet fiber-optic networks.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Taliban militants ambushed a truck full of Afghan police in southern Afghanistan, killing four officers and injuring three. A separate gunfight left 11 Taliban fighters dead.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, Bolivia’s Pres. Evo Morales declared the Vinto tin smelter to be nationalized. Glencore, the Swiss based owner, demanded compensation saying the seizure violated a 1991 bilateral agreement between Bolivia and Switzerland.
    (Econ, 2/17/07, p.40)
2007        Feb 9, In London airline tycoon Richard Branson announced a $25 million prize for the first person to come up with a way of scrubbing greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere in the battle to beat global warming.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, British government scientists said the avian flu strain that hit the farm in Suffolk owned by poultry giant Bernard Matthews appeared to be identical to that found in Hungary, where Matthews owns local company Saga Foods.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, British bus and train operator FirstGroup PLC said it agreed to buy US-based bus company Laidlaw International Inc. in a 1.9 billion pound ($2.7 billion) deal.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Ian Richardson (b.1934), Scottish-born film and TV actor, died in London. He played the evil Francis Urquhart in 3 TV miniseries “House of Cards" (1990), “To Play the King" (1993) and “The final Cut" (1995).
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.B7)
2007        Feb 9, In Cambodia the American navy's USS Gary docked at Sihanoukville, becoming the first US military craft to visit the former communist country in more than 30 years.
    (AFP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, China’s state Food and Drug Administration vowed to probe up to 170,000 medicines produced by manufacturers, which allegedly bribed its sacked head Zheng Xiaoyu for production licenses. The top drug safety official was being investigated for bribery after a number of deaths and scandals were linked to shoddy medicines.
    (AFP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, In China envoys to international talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program struggled to find a compromise as differences emerged over a Chinese proposal on how to begin the disarmament process.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, A French appeals court ruled that Pierre Pinoncelli (78), who attacked Marcel Duchamp's famed porcelain urinal (fountain) with a hammer last year, does not have to pay $260,000 in damages. Pinoncelli urinated on "Fountain" during a 1993 exhibition in Nimes in southern France, and cut off his own finger as an expression of solidarity with Colombian-French politician Ingrid Betancourt, held hostage by leftist guerrillas in Colombia since 2002.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, In France Alcatel-Lucent SA said it plans to cut another 3,500 jobs after it swung to a loss in the fourth quarter, the first for which the telecom equipment maker reported combined earnings.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, In Guinea President Lansana Conte named Eugene Camara, a recently appointed cabinet member, as prime minister. The move was apparently aimed at appeasing union leaders who led a crippling two-week strike. Under an agreement signed by the two sides, the new PM cannot have previously served in the government.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Hundreds of UN peacekeepers raided Haiti's largest and most violent slum, seizing a portion of it in a six-hour gunbattle that left a gang member dead and two soldiers wounded.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, The UN atomic monitor suspended nearly half the technical aid it provides to Iran, a symbolically significant punishment for nuclear defiance that only North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq had faced in the past.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Gunmen dressed in Iraqi army uniforms swept into a village south of Baghdad, kidnapping 13 civilians and killing at least 11 of them. A British soldier was killed and three others were hurt in a roadside bomb attack in southern Iraq. 3 US soldiers died in an explosion in volatile Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/9/07)(AFP, 2/9/07)(AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, Israeli police stormed the grounds of Islam's third-holiest shrine, firing stun grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of Muslim worshippers who hurled stones, bottles and trash in an eruption of outrage over Israeli renovation nearby.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Nichiro Corp., a Japanese food company, recalled nearly 5 million cans of tuna after a customer found part of a box cutter blade in a can. The small piece of blade was found in a can of tuna produced in Vietnam in February 2006 and imported to Japan by a third company for sale by Nichiro.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, An official said flooding in central Mozambique threatened some 285,000 people.
    (AFP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Gazans rejoiced in the streets to celebrate a Hamas-Fatah power-sharing deal they hope will avert civil war, but Palestinian officials preached patience, saying implementing the agreement would be a challenge.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, The Kremlin said oil tycoon and Chelsea soccer club owner Abramovich will stay on as governor of the Chukotka region in northeastern Russia. Abramovich had submitted his resignation in December.
    (www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/business/4542629.html)
2007        Feb 9, In Vietnam the US ambassador said the US government will give Vietnam $400,000 toward cleaning up a former US military base contaminated by Agent Orange, its biggest step yet toward resolving one of the most contentious legacies of the Vietnam War.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, The United Nations agreed to a Serbian request to delay final talks on the fate of breakaway Kosovo province by a week to give Belgrade time to appoint delegates.
    (Reuters, 2/9/07)

2007        Feb 10, Democrat Barack Obama announced in Illinois that he is running for the White House in 2008.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a NATO convoy outside Kandahar city, killing himself but hurting no one else.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, Azerbaijan’s population, at about 8 million, was mostly Shia Muslim.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.49)
2007        Feb 10, It was reported that researchers in Bolivia had found that the more education a Tsimane villager had, the longer he was willing to delay gratification in return for a bigger reward.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.86)
2007        Feb 10, Canadian National Railway Co. said that 2,800 of its conductors and yard-service workers at its operations in Canada began a strike, a work stoppage that could affect the country's key shipments of grain, timber and other commodities.
    (Reuters, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, A group of scientists and nature lovers exploring tunnels on Tenerife in the Canary Islands became trapped underground and at least 6 of them died after apparently inhaling toxic gases.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Guinea at least four people were killed in Conakry as protesters rioted against the president's decision to appoint a political ally as prime minister.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Indian Kashmir 2 suspected Muslim rebels and a civilian died in a gunbattle with troops when militants opened fire on an army patrol.
    (AFP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, The death toll from massive flooding in Indonesia rose to 80.
    (AFP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Iraq Gen. David Petraeus (b.1952) took command of the 135,000-strong US force. Gunmen ambushed two Shiite houses south of Baghdad, killing three members of one family and wounding two of their neighbors. Gunmen killed eight new recruits for the police border forces as they were returning to their homes near the border with Syria.
    (AP, 2/10/07)(AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin, while visiting Munich for a security conference, warned that the increased use of military force by the US is creating a new arms race, with smaller nations turning toward developing nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 2/10/07)(WSJ, 2/12/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 10, In Somalia mortar attacks in a residential area and on a hotel in Mogadishu killed five people and injured 10. In Kismayo two people were killed after an explosion hit a rally in support of foreign peacekeepers, prompting government troops to fire into a crowd of thousands.
    (AP, 2/10/07)(AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 10, UN police in Kosovo fired teargas and rubber bullets during clashes with ethnic Albanians protesting against a UN plan on the fate of the breakaway Serbian province.
    (Reuters, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In South Korea a fire at a detention center killed 10 people and injured 17 others, mostly Chinese, who were waiting deportation for illegal entry to the country.
    (AP, 2/11/07)

2007        Feb 11, The Dixie Chicks won five Grammys in a defiant comeback after being shunned over their anti-President Bush comments about the Iraq war.
    (AP, 2/11/08)
2007        Feb 11, Harvard Univ. appointed Drew Gilpin Faust as its 28th and first female president.
    (SFC, 2/12/07, p.A5)
2007        Feb 11, Intel introduced a new super-processor at the opening of an int’l conference of chip scientists. The processor would be able to perform over 1 trillion mathematical calculations per second (teraflop), but commercial use would not be available for 5 years.
    (SFC, 2/12/07, p.A9)
2007        Feb 11, Scientists reported in the journal Nature that they had successfully prevented cleft palates in embryonic mice using a technique called chemical genetics.
    (SFC, 2/12/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 11, Helmand’s provincial governor said an estimated 700 foreign fighters are operating in a southern Afghan province where Taliban fighters overran a town earlier this month. Asserting a right to self-defense the commander of US forces in the region said American forces in eastern Afghanistan have launched artillery rounds into Pakistan to strike Taliban fighters who attack remote US outposts. A US service member died of a gunshot wound in northern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh's "banker to the poor" and Nobel Peace Prize winner, formally announced his willingness to form a new political party to take part in forthcoming elections. In May Yunus reversed his decision to enter politics.
    (AFP, 2/11/07)(Econ, 5/12/07, p.46)
2007        Feb 11, In Egypt Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr, known as Abu Omar, was released. The Egyptian Muslim preacher had been allegedly kidnapped by CIA agents off the streets of Milan, Italy, on Feb 17, 2003, and taken to Egypt. It was reported that since the end of December seven women have been stabbed by a dark-skinned man in his 20s in Cairo’s Maadi suburb, whose richer areas are home to numerous embassies and many foreigners.
    (AP, 2/12/07)(AFP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 11, In France socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal unveiled a long-awaited platform that promised to boost the minimum wage and pension payments.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, marking the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, vowed his country would not give up uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 2/11/08)
2007        Feb 11, A suicide truck bomber slammed into a crowd of police lining up for duty near Tikrit, collapsing the station and killing at least 30 people and wounding 50. 21 of the 30 killed were policemen. Minutes later, a roadside bomb struck a car on a highway on the western outskirts of Tikrit killing two civilians and wounding two others. A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a police patrol in the religiously mixed neighborhood of Ilam in southwestern Baghdad, killing one policeman. A parked car bomb exploded near an intersection, killing two people and wounding three in Mansour. A US soldier was killed after coming under small-arms fire northeast of Baghdad. A senior US intelligence officer said high-tech roadside bombs, that have proved particularly deadly to American soldiers, are manufactured in Iran and delivered to Iraq on orders from the "highest levels" of the Iranian government. Another US soldier was killed in fighting in Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/11/07)(AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 11, Israel successfully conducted its first nighttime test of the Arrow anti-missile system after sundown.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, Indian Kashmir was hit by clashes between police and protesters as separatists held a general strike marking the anniversary of the execution of a prominent rebel.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, In Kosovo 2 protesters injured the previous day in violent clashes with police died of their wounds.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, Stanley Ho’s casino and restaurants within Grand Lisboa opened in Macao. The hotel was expected to be completed in 2008.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.75)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Lisboa)
2007        Feb 11, Portugal held a national referendum on whether to discard its strict abortion law, a battle that pits the Socialist government against conservative parties and the Catholic Church. Almost 60% of voters approved the referendum allowing women to opt for abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy, however the turnout was only 44%.
    (AP, 2/11/07)(AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 11, President Vladimir Putin, making the first visit by a Russian leader to Saudi Arabia, met King Abdullah and other senior officials for talks that touched on regional tensions including Iraq and the Palestinian territories.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, A Syrian court sentenced Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a man believed to have known the Sept. 11 hijackers, to 12 years in prison for membership in the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, Voters cast ballots as Turkmenistan, ruled for more than two decades by an eccentric autocrat, held its first presidential election with more than one candidate, but still only one party.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 11, In Venezuela officials said President Hugo Chavez's government has drafted a decree allowing officials to take control of food distribution chains, including supermarkets and storage depots, if services are interrupted.
    (AP, 2/11/07)

2007        Feb 12, In Washington DC Lithuania’s Pres. Valdas Adamkus met with Pres. Bush ahead of an address at the National Press Club. He was accompanied by a Lithuanian business delegation seeking US trade opportunities and potential investors.
    (http://eupolitics.einnews.com/news/valdas-adamkus)
2007        Feb 12, In SF John Konstin, owner of John’s Grill on Ellis St., reported the weekend theft of his Maltese Falcon, a copy of the statuette used in the 1941 eponymous film.
    (SFC, 2/13/07, p.A1)
2007        Jun 12, In California the Berkeley City Council passed a new Public Commons Initiative to deal with myriad issues facing those living on the streets.
    (SFC, 6/14/07, p.B1)
2007        Feb 12, In upstate New York intense lake-effect snow squalls that buried communities along eastern Lake Ontario for nine straight days started up again. Unofficially, the squalls have dumped 12 feet, 2 inches of snow at Redfield.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, In Philadelphia, Penn., 3 men were shot to death in a marketing company conference room and another was critically injured by a gunman who killed himself as police closed in. The gunman had put a gig sum in a failed venture.
    (AP, 2/13/07)(WSJ, 2/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 12, In Salt Lake City, Utah, Sulejmen Talovic (18) opened fire on shoppers, killing five and wounding four others before police fatally shot him at the Trolley Square shopping mall. Talovic was armed with several rounds of ammunition and carried two guns. Ken Hammond, an off-duty officer, cornered Talovic and prevented further loss of life.
    (AP, 2/13/07)(SFC, 2/14/07, p.A6)
2007        Feb 12, Four Seasons Hotels, the manager of 74 luxury hotels, said that it had agreed to be taken private by Bill Gates, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and the company's chief executive for $3.8 billion, including debt.
    (http://tinyurl.com/cxfxxkg)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.70)
2007        Feb 12, Peter Ellenshaw (93), special effects artist for Walt Disney, died. He made it possible for Mary Poppins to fly and for 50 chimney sweeps to dance on London rooftops.
    (WSJ, 2/17/07, p.A4)
2007        Feb 12, Helmand Governor Asadullah Wafa said at least 700 Taliban fighters have crossed from Pakistan into Afghanistan to reinforce guerrillas attacking the key Kajaki dam, a major source of electricity and irrigation. Several Taliban fighters were killed in an attack targeting a senior guerrilla leader. NATO and Afghan forces killed 22 Taliban fighters in separate clashes over the last 3 days in the Kajaki district of Helmand province.
    (Reuters, 2/12/07)(AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 12, China's General Administration of Customs said surging trade surplus jumped 67% in January from the same month last year to $15.88 billion.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, EU foreign ministers approved plans for implementing UN sanctions against Iran, a move that is meant to punish Tehran over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, In Guatemala Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, announced the formation of an Indian-led political movement whose primary aim is to back her probable bid for the presidency this fall.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 12, An Iraqi court raised the sentence against Saddam Hussein's vice president to death by hanging for the killings of Shiites in the town of Dujail. Thunderous explosions and dense black smoke swirled through central Baghdad when 3 car bombs tore through a crowded marketplace, setting off secondary blasts and killing 81 people with 172 wounded.
    (AP, 2/12/07)(AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 12, Police conducted raids across northern Italy, breaking up a leftist militant group that was allegedly planning kidnappings or kneecappings of victims to finance its plots. The group traced back to the Red Brigades. Police said they arrested 15 suspects accused of belonging to the Politico-military Communist Party (PCPM) in Milan, Turin, Padua and other northern Italian cities. Police in 7 locations across Italy arrested 17 men, including four alleged arms traffickers: Massimo Bettinotti (39), Gianluca Squarzolo (39), Ermete Moretti (55), and Serafino Rossi (64). A 5th member, Vittorio Dordi, was believed to be in Congo, apparently involved in the diamond trade. The luggage of Squarzolo had yielded the original clue to the arms deal. They were involved in a $64 million deal negotiated with Libyan officials for some 500,000 Chinese-made assault rifles. Iraqi and Italian partners had haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into Iraq.
    (AP, 2/12/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.54)(AP, 8/13/07)(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A18)(AP, 4/12/08)
2007        Feb 12, A Japanese whaling ship issued a distress signal from Antarctic waters, after it collided with a protest boat trying to save whales from slaughter.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, Mozambique officials said soldiers and relief workers using helicopters and canoes have evacuated some 60,000 people from the flooded Zambezi River Valley in central Mozambique, where more than 100,000 others are at risk.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, A report issued by a human rights group accused Myanmar's military of killing, raping and torturing ethnic Karen women as part of its battle against the minority group over the past 25 years.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, Portugal's prime minister said he will enact more liberal abortion laws in the conservative Roman Catholic country even though his proposal to relax restrictions failed to win complete endorsement in a referendum.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, In Qatar Russia’s Putin and Qatari Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani announced they would explore the creation of a natural gas cartel to represent the interests of producer countries. Qatar sits atop the world's single largest gas field.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, Russian military prosecutors pledged to investigate allegations that young conscripts were forced into prostitution by fellow soldiers, the latest claim of rampant abuse in the nation's armed forces.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, In Somalia a mortar slammed into a home in Mogadishu, killing a father and his 6-year-old son as they slept and wounding four people.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, A vessel smuggling 120 people across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen capsized as it approached the coast. At least 30 Somali and Ethiopian migrants trying to reach the Arabian peninsula drowned.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 12, South Africa said it will build a second nuclear power plant generating more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
    (AFP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, Sri Lanka's navy said it destroyed a boat of the separatist Tamil Tiger movement and killed at least eight rebels off the country's east coast.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, Ma Ying-jeou, chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party (KMT), was indicted for embezzlement. He then defiantly announced he was running for president.
    (AFP, 2/13/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.44)
2007        Feb 12, Thailand, which has upset big drug companies by issuing patent-overriding licenses for generic versions of heart and HIV/AIDS pills, said it would issue more unless the firms cut prices.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, A state official said Turkmenistan planned to open its first public Internet cafes, signaling at least some liberalization under Interim President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, the presumed winner of its presidential election.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, Ugandan army raids in the northeast allegedly killed up to 66 children who were shot or crushed by armored vehicles and stampeding animals. Save the Children later called for an independent, international investigation into the reports.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Feb 12, Venezuela signed a preliminary agreement to purchase Verizon Communications Inc.'s stake in the country's largest telecommunications company, the latest move by President Hugo Chavez toward nationalizing strategic sectors of the economy.
    (AP, 2/12/07)
2007        Feb 12, Zimbabwe's central statistics office reported that the inflation rate, already the highest in the world, had soared again by more than 300 points to 1,593% in January.
    (AP, 2/12/07)

2007        Feb 13, With Democrats in control, House members debated Iraq in an emotional and historic faceoff over a war that Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned as a commitment with "no end in sight."
    (AP, 2/13/08)
2007        Feb 13, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the US plans to cancel $391 million in outstanding debt owed by Liberia, and she urged others to help the struggling West African nation.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, The US Commerce Department reported that the gap between what America sells abroad and what it imports rose to a record $763.6 billion last year, a 6.5% increase from the previous record of $716.7 billion set in 2005.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, Brent Wilkes, a former CIA official, was indicted on corruption charges related to ex-Congressman Randy Cunningham and defense contractors.
    (SFC, 2/14/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 13, David Passaro, a former CIA contract employee, was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison for beating Afghan detainee Abdul Wali in July, 2003. Wali died 48 hours after interrogation.
    (SFC, 2/14/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 13, Mitt Romney, former one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts, officially entered the 2008 presidential race. In what amounted to a made-for-TV coming-out tour, Romney announced his candidacy in Michigan, the place of his birth. His father George Romney, a Michigan governor in the 1960s and an AMC chief executive, made a short-lived attempt at the presidency four decades ago.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, A powerful storm and likely a tornado hit the New Orleans area killing an elderly woman, injuring at least 15 other people.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Richmond, Ca., Luz Maria Aguilar-Bucio (32), mother of 3, was killed with her fetus at home by shots from a high-powered assault rifle. In December Robert Valentino Hernandez III (19) and Robert Joe Leyva (22) were charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 12/19/07, p.B3)
2007        Feb 13, Charles Norwood (b.1941), tobacco-chewing conservative Georgia congressman, died of cancer and lung disease.
    (SFC, 2/14/07, p.B9)
2007        Feb 13, In Algeria 7 bombs went off almost simultaneously, killing six people east of the capital Algiers in an elaborate assault by suspected Islamist rebels. The Salafist group Call and Command claimed responsibility under its new name: al Qaeda in Islamic North Africa.
    (Reuters, 2/13/07)(SFC, 2/14/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 13, A Belgian court ruled that Google may not reproduce extracts from a variety of Belgian newspapers, imperiling one of the web search leader's most popular services if other courts follow suit.
    (Reuters, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Belgium a government-backed report blamed Belgian authorities and the ruling elite for collaborating with the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Brazil 2 students, who endured more than 60 hours without food and water, were rescued after being robbed and thrown into an abandoned well. Police entered a Rio slum and clashed with drug gangs in shootouts that killed six people, including at least four suspected gang members.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Canada D-Wave Systems, based in Burnaby near Vancouver, announced the existence of the world’s first practical quantum computer.
    (Econ, 2/17/07, p.81)
2007        Feb 13, Police and troops in Bangui, CAR, used live ammunition to disperse residents angered at the killing of two of their number by officers of the anti-banditry squad.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 13, Gan Yisheng, a senior party discipline and oversight official, said nearly 100,000 members of China's ruling Communist Party were punished last year for corruption, and that eradicating graft in the near future remains a huge challenge. A Chinese business executive was sentenced to death for swindling $385 million from investors in a bogus ant-breeding scheme. Wang Zhendong, chairman of Yingkou Donghua Trading Group Co., had promised returns of up to 60% for buying kits of ants and breeding equipment.
    (AFP, 2/13/07)(AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 13, In south-east Congo a freight train derailed and at least 20 people were killed.
    (AFP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 13, Ecuador's Congress approved holding a referendum on whether to create an assembly to rewrite the constitution, bowing to demands by the new leftist president who is seeking to weaken traditional political parties.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Ethiopia federal police said weekend clashes between Garbo and Borena nomads in the southeastern Oromia region with least 16 people killed. The clashes erupted after cattle were stolen from a rival group, sparking fresh revenge attacks.
    (AFP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Guinea citizens were banned from leaving their homes as a strict curfew took effect in this West African country after the president instituted martial law following days of deadly protests.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, India's central bank tightened monetary policy for a second time in two weeks to fight accelerating inflation, hiking the amount of cash commercial banks must keep on deposit. Inflation at 6.73% hit a 2-year high, despite 5 interest rate hikes in the past year. Italian PM Romano Prodi led a jumbo-sized trade delegation to India and called for closer ties for companies from his country with Indian industry in farming and manufacturing.
    (AP, 2/13/07)(AFP, 2/13/07)(WSJ, 2/17/07, p.B1)
2007        Feb 13, A suicide truck bomber blew himself up near a college and a ration office in a mainly Shiite area of the capital, killing at least 15 people with 27 wounded. Police discovered a booby-trapped ambulance about 500 yards away, but the explosives were defused. Hours later, a parked car bomb exploded near a bakery in another predominantly Shiite area in southeastern Baghdad, killing four people and wounding four. Iraq said it will close its borders with Syria and Iran for 72 hours as part of the drive to secure and pacify Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, Officials in the Ivory Coast said that Trafigura, a Dutch-based oil trading company, agreed to pay $197 million to secure the release of three executives from an Ivory Coast prison and settle claims that it dumped toxic waste that killed at least 10 people in the West African nation.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 13, Japan opened an international whaling conference by blasting a boycott by dozens of anti-whaling nations, saying their absence would block much-needed reforms of the commission that sets regulations.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a stronger international push for lasting Mideast peace and urged for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear standoff.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Lebanon bombs packed with metal pellets tore through two commuter buses in a mainly Christian area, a day before the second anniversary of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination. At least 3 people were killed and 20 wounded in the coordinated attack.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Nigeria gunmen released 24 Filipino sailors taken hostage in the lawless southern oil-producing region.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, North Korea agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for millions of dollars in aid. The agreement reached in Beijing said North Korea would close its nuclear plants within 60 days in return for aid and other inducements. North Korean state media said the pact required only a temporary suspension of the country's nuclear facilities.
    (AP, 2/13/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.28)
2007        Feb 13, Pakistan's ruling party introduced a bill to outlaw forced marriages, including under an ancient tribal custom in which women are married off in order to settle feuds.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, In Geneva the US clashed with China and Russia during a disarmament debate over how to prevent an arms race in outer space, and Washington criticized Beijing for its recent test of an anti-satellite missile. Russia and China, in turn, condemned the "one state" that refuses to consider a treaty banning space weapons, a reference to the US.
    (AP, 2/13/07)
2007        Feb 13, Military officials said clashes between the Yemeni army and followers of a Shiite rebel leader have killed 16 troops and 69 guerrillas during the past three days.
    (AP, 2/13/07)

2007        Feb 14, Challenged on the accuracy of US intelligence, President Bush told a news conference there was no doubt the Iranian government was providing armor-piercing weapons to kill American soldiers in Iraq, and he said he would fight any attempt by the Democratic-controlled Congress to cut off money for the war.
    (AP, 2/14/08)
2007        Feb 14, Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, acclaimed for his leadership after the September 11 attacks, confirmed he is running for US president in 2008, eliminating any lingering doubt about his candidacy.
    (Reuters, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 14, The Milton Friedman Foundation said each high school dropout costs Texas $3,168 a year in lost revenue, plus Medicaid and prison expenses.
    (WSJ, 2/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 14, Sleet stung the faces of pedestrians in New York and snow and ice coated windshields and streets as a Valentine's Day blizzard roared out of the Midwest and shut down parts of the Northeast.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, ConAgra recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at a Georgia plant because of a salmonella outbreak.
    (AP, 2/14/08)
2007        Feb 14, German-US auto giant DaimlerChrysler said it planned to axe 13,000 jobs at its loss-making Chrysler subsidiary as part of a broad restructuring plan aimed at returning the US unit to profitability by 2009. The bulk of the job losses will affect union workers, with 9,000 hourly jobs eliminated in the United States and 2,000 in Canada.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, NATO officials said warplanes struck a Taliban compound in southern Afghanistan with "precision munitions," killing an area commander and about 10 of his men. Villagers said the raid in the southern province of Helmand also killed civilians. NATO said Taliban fighters used children as human shields to flee heavy fighting this week during an operation by foreign and Afghan forces to clear rebels from around a key hydro-electric dam. In eastern Afghanistan US-led troops killed a suspected militant and detained 6 others, including one with alleged links to fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
    (AFP, 2/14/07)(Reuters, 2/14/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 14, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Bolivian President Evo Morales reached a deal late on how much Brazil will pay for Bolivian natural gas, apparently resolving an issue that has deeply divided the neighboring nations for a year.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, In Brazil violence cast a shadow over Rio's famed Carnival when gunmen killed Guaracy Paes Falcao (42), a leader of one of the premiere samba band groups. Falcao was with an unidentified woman who was also shot dead.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, In Ethiopia US former president Jimmy Carter announced distribution of thousands of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, in a drive that could save up to 100,000 lives annually.
    (AFP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, The European Parliament approved a controversial report accusing Britain, Germany, Italy and other European nations of turning a blind eye to CIA flights transporting terrorism suspects to secret prisons in an apparent breach of EU human rights standards.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, Deutsche Boerse, operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, said it has agreed to buy five percent of the Mumbai stock exchange for 42.7 million dollars (32.8 million euros).
    (AFP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, A car loaded with explosives blew up near a bus carrying members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Iran, killing 11 of them and wounding 31. An al-Qaida-linked Sunni militant group reportedly claimed responsibility. Within a week Nasrollah Shanbe Zehi was convicted and executed for the bombing.
    (AP, 2/14/07)(SFC, 2/20/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 14, The Iraqi government formally launched a long-awaited security crackdown in Baghdad. A parked car bomb struck a predominantly Shiite district elsewhere in central Baghdad, killing four civilians and wounding 10. In Mosul a suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi army patrol, killing one soldier and four civilians and wounding 20 other people.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, Mexican immigration agents allegedly locked 10 Guatemalan and two Salvadoran migrants in a trailer after they refused to pay a bribe against of $110 each. In late 2008 the country's National Human Rights Commission called for a government investigation.
    (AP, 12/31/08)
2007        Feb 14, Serbia's parliament overwhelmingly rejected a UN plan that would give virtual independence to the breakaway province of Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a conference of Anglican leaders opened as the 77 million-member church struggled with a potentially disastrous fight over the Bible and sexuality.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan's new president, took office a few minutes after the head of the central elections commission announced he had won Sunday's election with nearly 90 percent of the vote. He pledged to follow the ways of longtime autocrat Saparmurat Niyazov, but also promised changes in a country ruled for decades in an all-encompassing cult of personality. He also promised "development of private ownership and entrepreneurship," educational reforms, and more doctors and hospitals.
    (AP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb 14, UNICEF issued report on child well-being. Of 21 OECD countries the US and Britain ranked at the bottom.
    (www.tsunamigeneration.org/media/media_38299.html)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.57)

2007        Feb 15, Top US auditors told Congress that over $10 billion paid to military contractors for Iraq reconstruction and troop support was either excessive or unsupported by documents.
    (SFC, 2/16/07, p.A13)
2007        Feb 15, A US federal judge ordered a trial for a suit seeking $105 million from Sudan for aid to al-Qaeda in the USS Cole bombing that killed 17 in 2000.
    (WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 15, Jim Black (72), US House speaker from North Carolina, pleaded guilty to illegally taking thousands of dollars from chiropractors while pushing their legislative agenda. Black was sentenced to 5 years in prison for political corruption.
    (SFC, 7/31/07, p.A3)(http://preview.tinyurl.com/369jo9)
2007        Feb 15, A new version of the US $1 coin, paying tribute to American presidents, went into general circulation. A unknown number were mistakenly struck without their edge inscription “In God We Trust." George Washington appeared on the first coin.
    (AP, 2/15/07)(SFC, 3/8/07, p.A2)(AH, 4/07, p.10)
2007        Feb 15, Hundreds of drivers became stranded on a stretch of eastern Pennsylvania that had been hit by a monster storm. The National Guard was called in to deliver food and other necessities to a 50-mile line of vehicles trapped on I-78.
    (WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)(AP, 2/16/08)
2007        Feb 15, Hershey Co. said it would cut about 11 percent of its workforce and reduce the number of production lines it operates by more than a third as it spends as much as $575 million to overhaul its manufacturing. The Chicago-based US chocolate maker also said it will build a new, cost-efficient manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico.
    (Reuters, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, JetBlue Airways Corp. tried to calm a maelstrom of criticism, after passengers were left waiting on planes at a NY airport for as long as 11 hours during a snow and ice storm.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, Government scientists struggled to pinpoint the source of the first US salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter. Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand, both manufactured by ConAgra Foods. By June the number of cases grew to over 600 in 47 states.
    (AP, 2/16/07)(AP, 6/1/07)
2007        Feb 15, Scientists gathered in Atlanta, Ga., to find a way to stop a fungus killing the world’s frogs. Up to 170 species have gone extinct in the past decade.
    (WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 15, Robert Adler (93), co-inventor of the TV remote control, died in Boise, Idaho. He and Eugene Polley invented the Zenith Space Command remote control in 1956.
    (SFC, 2/17/07, p.A2)
2007        Feb 15, Ray Evans (b.1915), songwriter and longtime partner with Jay Livingston (d.2001), died. Their songs included “Whatever Will be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" and “Mona Lisa," as well as the themes for the TV series “Bonanza" and “Mr. Ed."
    (SSFC, 2/18/07, p.D7)
2007        Feb 15, A summit of African leaders opened in Cannes on the French Riviera. The crisis in Darfur and violence in Guinea overshadowed the summit, as well as perennial issues of poverty, development and AIDS. France won agreement from three involved African nations (Sudan, Chad and Central African Republic) that they would not support armed rebel movements on each other's territories.
    (AP, 2/15/07)(AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, Officials warned of a potential environmental disaster in Antarctica after fire erupted on a Japanese whaling ship, as the search continued for a missing crewmen from the crippled ship. The next day Japanese officials said the ship posed no environmental threat.
    (AP, 2/15/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 15, The Australian government said it was negotiating with the US on a plan to build a military satellite communications facility in Perth. Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said the two nations had negotiated for two years to build a number of ground-based communications systems around Australia.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, It was reported that shooting ranges continued to operate in Cambodia despite government  cancellation of licenses in 1997. Tourists were able to fire 30 rounds with an AK-47 for $30. Other offers included tossing grenades at chickens for $200 and killing a cow with a rocket-propelled grenade for $555.
    (SFC, 2/15/07, p.14)
2007        Feb 15, A fast-thinking pilot with passengers in cahoots fooled hijacker Mohamed Abderraman, a 32-year-old Mauritanian, by braking hard upon landing in Gran Canaria, then accelerating to knock the man down. When he fell, flight attendants threw boiling water in his face, and about 10 people pounced on him.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 15, Five Colombian congressmen, including the brother of the foreign minister, were arrested in a widening scandal linking the country's political class and far-right militias drew closer to the president.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 15, The Security Council voted unanimously to extend the nearly 18,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in Congo for two months to give the secretary-general time to recommend possible changes in its mandate following last year's successful elections.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, In Egypt police arrested 80 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, in what appeared to be a pre-emptive strike against the country's largest Islamic group ahead of elections and a key parliamentary debate.
    (Reuters, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, Nadia Abdel Hafez, an Egyptian woman (37), died of bird flu in a Cairo hospital and a boy, 5, became the 22nd Egyptian to test positive for the deadly disease.
    (Reuters, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 15, Estonian lawmakers narrowly approved a bill calling for the removal of a Soviet war memorial from their capital, ignoring Moscow's warning of "irreversible consequences" for relations between the two countries.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, Nokia, the world's leading maker of mobile phones, said it would shed some 700 jobs, with Finland taking the brunt of the cuts.
    (AFP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, In Germany Ernst Zundel (b.1939), a far-right activist, was convicted of incitement and sentenced to the maximum five years in prison for anti-Semitic activities, including contributing to a Web site dedicated to Holocaust denial.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, An adviser to Iraq's prime minister said that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in Iran, but denied he fled due to fear of arrest during an escalating security crackdown.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, Iraqi and US troops moved into a Sunni neighborhood in southern Baghdad, while insurgents struck back with car bombs that killed seven people. In southern Iraq, British troops sealed off the border with Iran to prevent weapons smuggling. Terror leader Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was wounded and an aide killed in a clash with Iraqi forces near Balad, north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/15/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 15, Assailants shot dead four police officers in the western Mexican city of Aguascalientes, the latest in a wave of slayings of law enforcement officers across Mexico.
    (AP, 2/15/07)
2007        Feb 15, Palestine’s PM Ismail Haniyeh and his government resigned and President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah appointed him to form the new team, based on last week's agreement in the Muslim holy city of Mecca to split power between the two rivals.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 15, A leftist student leader was murdered in the central Philippines, amid plans to set up special tribunals to try people suspected of carrying out extrajudicial killings. Farly Alcantara (22) was head of the League of Filipino Students at Camarines Norte State College.
    (AFP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 15, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin dismissed Alu Alkhanov, the president of the republic of Chechnya, and named its widely feared PM Ramzan Kadyrov as acting president.
    (AP, 2/16/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.62)
2007        Feb 15, Russia’s Pres. Vladimir Putin named Anatoly Serdyukov as defense minister, the country’s first civilian defense minister in 90 years.
    (AP, 11/5/10)(http://newstopics.jpost.com/topic/Anatoliy_Serdyukov)
2007        Feb 15, President Paul Kagame said in an interview published in The Times that Rwanda wants to join the Commonwealth, the 53-nation grouping of former British colonies, in what will be seen as a rebuke to France.
    (AFP, 2/15/07)

2007        Feb 16, The US House of Representatives voted 246-182 for a non-binding resolution opposing Pres. Bush’s plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. 17 Republicans voted in favor.
    (SFC, 2/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 16, An annual survey released Forbes.com said Raleigh, North Carolina, topped the list of the best US cities for getting a job.
    (Reuters, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, US coffee giant Starbucks, locked in a trademark tussle with Ethiopia, said it will not oppose Addis Ababa's bid to brand its coffee in America and pledged to pursue dialogue over the matter.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, Francisco Castaneda, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, died of penile cancer that went undiagnosed for more than a year while he was in state and federal custody in California. In 2010 a Los Angeles jury awarded his family $1.73 million.
    (SFC, 11/12/10, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/2atfmvw)
2007        Feb 16, A rebel commander said the Taliban have deployed 10,000 fighters for a spring offensive of "bloody attacks" against foreign troops in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, The ritual sacrifice of a snow-white llama symbolically marked President Evo Morales' nationalization of Bolivia's lone operating tin smelter.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 16, French President Jacques Chirac said US cotton subsidies were scandalous and immoral because they hurt African farmers.
    (Reuters, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, A spokesperson said the UN has allocated $2.35 million from an emergency fund to provide humanitarian aid to Guinea, which is in the midst of a tense nationwide strike.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, The number of Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad's sectarian violence fell drastically overnight. 10 bodies were reported by the morgue in the capital, compared to an average of 40 to 50 per day. A US Marine was killed during combat operations in western Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 16, An Italian judge indicted 26 Americans and five Italians in the abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect on a Milan street in what would be the first criminal trial stemming from the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The proceedings were later suspended pending a ruling on the Italian government's request to throw out the indictments.
    (AP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/16/08)
2007        Feb 16, Japan's Cabinet approved sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program under UN Security Council guidelines.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, Abdul Ghani, a Pakistani health official in charge of a campaign to inoculate children against polio, was killed in a bomb blast following rumors the vaccination was a US plot to sterilize them. Police in southern Pakistan announced they had arrested five suspected militants from the southern city of Karachi and Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad, and that the suspects were planning suicide attacks on foreigners and minority Shiite Muslims. Police also arrested three Islamic militants who were planning suicide attacks to take place at forthcoming Shiite Muslim gatherings in Sindh province.
    (AFP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 16, Peru’s President Alan Garcia said that he is selling the presidential airplane in an effort to curb "frivolous" expenses in his administration.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, In Poland Antoni Macierewicz (b.1948), vice-minister of national defense, authored a report on the recently disbanded WSI (military intelligence service) that named dozens of current and former agents.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, p.63)(www.warsawvoice.pl/view/13967)
2007        Feb 16, Russian prosecutors released more details on new theft and money laundering charges against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a jailed former oil tycoon, and increased by $2 billion the amount of money they say he and his partner stole from subsidiaries of OAS Yukos.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, In Serbia Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander, his secret police chief and five others were convicted of killing four people in an attack against a prominent opposition leader who survived.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, BBVA, Spain's number two bank, said it has reached an agreement to buy US bank Compass Bancshares for around 9.6 billion US dollars (7.4 billion euros) in the latest major foreign acquisition by a Spanish firm.
    (AFP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, Sri Lanka's navy said it destroyed two Tamil Tiger rebel boats as the craft were hauling hundreds of thousands of steel balls often used in bombs. Four rebel fighters were believed killed. Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lankan security forces of killing 39 civilians and blamed them for the disappearance of 39 others in the last two weeks.
    (AFP, 2/16/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, In Sudan heavy fighting took place between the Targem and Rezegat Maharia tribes in South Darfur state. Unconfirmed reports suggested that between 70 to 100 tribesmen were killed and 14 injured.
    (Reuters, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 16, A Turkish court sentenced seven suspected al-Qaida militants to life in prison for a pair of 2003 suicide bombings in Istanbul that killed 58 people, attacks prosecutors said were ordered by Osama bin Laden.
    (AP, 2/16/07)
2007        Feb 16, A Yemeni official said a boat loaded with Somali and Ethiopian migrants capsized in the Gulf of Aden during a night crossing in which at least 112 people died.
    (AP, 2/16/07)

2007        Feb 17, US Senate Republicans foiled a Democratic bid to repudiate President Bush's deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops to Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/17/08)
2007        Feb 17, At Camp Pendleton, Calif., Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington was sentenced to 8 years in military prison for his role in the kidnapping and killing of an Iraqi civilian.
    (AP, 2/17/08)
2007        Feb 17, In Cape Canaveral, Florida, a rocket carried 5 satellites into orbit as part of the THEMIS mission to study magnetic storms in the Earth’s atmosphere.
    (SSFC, 2/18/07, p.A4)
2007        Feb 17, In North Dakota More than 8,900 people flapped their arms and legs on the state Capitol grounds in an attempt to reclaim the record, which was snatched away about a year ago in Michigan. The snow angel category was created in 2002 when 1,791 people made snow angels on the Capitol grounds in North Dakota.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, In Chicago 3 women were found bludgeoned to death with a hammer in two apartments on the city's far North Side. Police had a suspect in custody. All were Assyrian Christians, and recent immigrants to the US.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 17, In southwestern Pennsylvania fire swept through a house in Waynesburg, killing six young children and a woman and injuring one other person.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan shot to death an Afghan civilian mistaken for a suicide bomber because of twine and straps protruding from his jacket.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 17, In Rio de Janeiro the Black Ball band, which has played carnival since 1918, opened the first full day of Carnival.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, About 40 prisoners escaped from a jail in East Timor, adding to security concerns as it prepares for elections following political turmoil and violence last year.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, Ecuador’s new leftist President Rafael Correa said he will resign if his supporters do not win control of an assembly to rewrite Ecuador's constitution.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, President Jacques Chirac awarded the Legion d'Honneur order to actor and director Clint Eastwood (76), calling his latest films lessons in humanity. Chirac said Eastwood's latest films "Flags of our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" showed the impasse that can follow from the blind use of force.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, Maurice Papon (96), a former French Cabinet minister, died. He was convicted of complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in deporting Jews during World War II and became a symbol of France’s collaboration with the Nazis.
    (AP, 2/17/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.99)
2007        Feb 17, Police in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh recovered 390 pieces of bones of newly born babies or fetuses from the backyard of a Christian missionary hospital. Last December, the government said 10 million girls had been killed by their parents in the past 20 years either before they were born or immediately after.
    (Reuters, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 17, In Iraq a suicide car bomber rammed into a crowded market in Kirkuk moments after a booby-trapped vehicle exploded, killing at least nine people and injuring 60. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced stop in Baghdad before heading for scheduled talks in Israel. Iraqi authorities foiled a potential suicide bomber near Karbala. A minivan came under fire after the driver failed to slowdown at a checkpoint, and then detonated the explosives and was killed in the blast. A US soldier in Baghdad was killed when an insurgent hurled a grenade at his vehicle. Another soldier died when a patrol came under fire north of Baghdad. A US Marine died in western Iraq.
    (AP, 2/17/07)(AP, 2/18/07)(AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 17, Some 70 thousand Italians under heavy police guard protested against the expansion of a US military base in Vicenza that has divided the center-left government.
    (Reuters, 2/17/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.61)
2007        Feb 17, Lesotho held elections. The ruling party, which has brought stability to the mountain kingdom, faced a new rival set up on a platform of change.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, Former Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman acknowledged for the first time that he spent $1.8 million in government money on jewelry and meals, mostly while he was abroad seeking aid following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 17, Nigerian hostage takers released an American oil worker in Port Harcourt.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 17, In southwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 15 people, including a judge, after blowing himself up inside a courtroom in Quetta.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, A US human rights watchdog that recently sent a team to Saudi Arabia to investigate abuses said in a new report the kingdom keeps thousands of prisoners in jail without charge, sentences children to death and oppresses women.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 17, Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in Iran to discuss Iraq and other Middle East issues with President Mahmoud Ahmadinajed.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2007        Feb 17, James Morris, the head of the UN food agency, said some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, a "terrible indictment of the world in 2007."
    (AP, 2/17/07)

2007        Feb 18, The United States sent eight more US F-22 stealth fighter planes to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa in their first full deployment overseas.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18, Scientists at a symposium on the neurobiology of chocolate reported that flavanols, a chemical found in cocoa beans, could be good for memory. They noted that chocolate usually looses its flavanols during processing.
    (SFC, 2/19/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 18, A US military helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan after its pilot reported engine failure, killing eight American troops and wounding 14. A roadside bomb killed four officers involved in opium poppy eradication in Farah province. In western Ghor province a clash between poppy farmers and police involved in eradication left one civilian dead and two wounded.
    (AP, 2/18/07)(AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 18, Albanians went to the polls in municipal elections. Allegations of vote-rigging flared within a few hours of polls opening, as the opposition accused PM Sali Berisha's Democratic Party of releasing false identity documents to allow some supporters to vote repeatedly. In Tirana Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi (34) faced Socialist Party leader and city mayor, Edi Rama (42).
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18, A Bangladesh anti-graft body named 50 people for having wealth that did not match their income. 30 arrests soon included 11 former ministers, lawmakers and businessmen with party links.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 18, British PM Tony Blair announced plans to overhaul gun laws after three teenage boys were shot dead in south London this month, prompting a national debate about guns and gangs among youths.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18, The Chinese flocked to temples, parks and Disneyland to pray, play, eat, and celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Pig. The celebrations extended to March 4.
    (AP, 2/18/07)(WSJ, 3/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 18, Egyptian authorities arrested Mohammed Sayed Saber (35), an Egyptian engineer from the country's nuclear energy agency, for spying for Israel, but the arrest was not announced until April 17.
    (AP, 4/17/07)
2007        Feb 18, Fierce inter-clan fighting killed at least 43 people in Ethiopia's southeastern Ogaden region, inhabited mainly by ethnic Somalis.
    (AFP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 18, India’s federal minister for women and child development said the government plans to open centers where people can abandon unwanted daughters in a bid to tackle the abortion of female fetuses and infanticide.
    (AFP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18 In northern India 2 bombs exploded on a train headed from India to Pakistan, sparking a fire that swept through two coaches and killed at least 68 people. Most of the dead were Pakistani. Officials said the attack was aimed at undermining the peace process between the rivals.
    (AP, 2/19/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.47)
2007        Feb 18, Twin landslides hit Indonesia's Java island, killing at least 12 people after they were buried under mounds of earth.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18, Israel and the US agreed ahead of a three-way meeting with the Palestinians to shun any new Palestinian government that does not renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept existing peace agreements.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18, Japanese researchers said they had grown normal-looking teeth from single cells in lab dishes, and transplanted them into mice.
    (Reuters, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18, Officials said the Mexican government will expand its anti-drug raids to two states across the border from Texas, deploying more than 3,000 soldiers, sailors and federal police.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 18, In Nigeria gunmen seized three Croatian workers. The men were abducted in the region's main city of Port Harcourt.
    (AFP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 18, In the southern Philippines an unidentified gunman fatally shot Hernani Pastolero (64), the editor of a weekly newspaper in front of his home in the village of Bulalo.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 18, In St. Petersburg, Russia, an explosion hit a McDonald's restaurant in the city center, injuring at least six people.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18, In Thailand 29 bombings and 20 other attacks rocked the country's four southernmost provinces. Most of the attacks took place in a span of 45 minutes.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 18, A bus and a truck carrying goods collided head-on in Uganda, killing 7 people and injuring 20. Police said 2,000 Ugandans die in road accidents on average each year.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 18, Zimbabwe riot police crushed an opposition rally amid government fears of a new street campaign against President Robert Mugabe. Morgan Tsvangirai cancelled a planned mass rally in Harare after police blocked supporters from attending the gathering in defiance of a court order.
    (AFP, 2/18/07)(Reuters, 2/19/07)

2007        Feb 19, New Jersey became the 3rd US state to offer civil unions for gay couples.
    (SFC, 2/20/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 19, XM Satellite Radio Holdings and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced an agreement to merge as equals. Sirius planned to XM shareholders $4.57 billion in stock.
    (SFC, 2/20/07, p.C1)
2007        Feb 19, Actress Janet Blair (85) died in Santa Monica, Calif.
    (AP, 2/19/08)
2007        Feb 19, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban insurgents briefly captured Bakwa, a small town in Farah province after police abandoned their posts.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, An official said Algeria has translated the Koran into the Berber language, Tamazight, for the first time, to promote Islam among a community that has long campaigned for more language and cultural rights.
    (Reuters, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, British police arrested a man near Cambridge in connection with a series of letter bombs sent to offices linked to traffic enforcement. On Feb 22 Miles Cooper (22), a primary school caretaker, was charged with 12 offences under the Explosive Substances Act and the Offences Against the Person Act.
    (AP, 2/19/07)(AFP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 19, Canada unexpectedly granted permanent resident status to Amir Kazemian (41), an Iranian, man who spent nearly three years in sanctuary in a Vancouver church before being arrested over the weekend. The Citizenship and Immigration officials granted him residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, Maria Consuelo Araujo, Colombia’s foreign minister, resigned as a growing scandal linking the political establishment and far-right paramilitaries claimed its first member of President Alvaro Uribe's Cabinet. 4 days earlier her brother, a senator, was jailed on charges of colluding with the paramilitaries and the kidnapping of a potential political rival. 2 clowns were shot and killed by an unidentified gunman during their performance of Circo del Sol de Cali, a traveling circus, in the eastern town of Cucuta.
    (AP, 2/19/07)(Reuters, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 19, Police found the charred bodies of three Salvadoran representatives to the Central American Parliament and their driver on a rural road outside Guatemala City.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
 2007        Feb 19, In Iraq gunmen ambushed a minivan on the main highway from Baghdad to Anbar. The attackers accused the 13 aboard of opposing al-Qaida in Iraq. All 13 were executed, including an elderly woman and two boys. A string of car bombings and other attacks claimed more than 40 civilian lives in Baghdad and elsewhere. Insurgents launched a brazen coordinated attack on a US combat post near Tarmiyah, sending in a suicide bomber and clashing with American troops. Six US service members were killed.
    (AP, 2/19/07)(AP, 2/20/07)(AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 19, Three-way talks between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli and Palestinian leaders, initially billed as a new US push to restart peace efforts, ended with little progress other than a commitment to meet again.
    (AP, 2/19/08)
2007        Feb 19, Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced that soldiers waging an offensive against drug traffickers will get a pay hike of 45 percent this year in a bid to insulate them from corruption. This coincided with a decision to lower his own pay by 10% and abolish pensions for Mexican presidents.
    (AP, 2/19/07)(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A7)
2007        Feb 19, In Pakistan suspected Islamic militants killed an Afghan refugee they accused of spying for the US and dumped his beheaded body by a road in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 19, Daniel Petru Corogeanu, a Romanian priest, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. In 2005 he had led a dayslong exorcism ritual with 4 nuns for Maricica Irina Cornici (23), a young nun, that ended with the woman's death. One of the nuns, Nicoleta Arcalianu, was sentenced to eight years in prison, and the other three, Adina Cepraga, Elena Otel and Simona Bardanas, received five-year sentences.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, a top Russian general, warned that Poland and the Czech Republic risk being targeted by Russian missiles if they agree to host a proposed US missile defense system.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, Rwanda released 8,000 prisoners accused of involvement in the country's 1994 genocide, prompting anger from survivors of the slaughter who fear new ethnic killings.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, A Saudi court ordered the bodies of four Sri Lankans to be displayed in a public square after being beheaded for armed robbery.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 19, Anglican leaders in Tanzania demanded that the US Episcopal Church unequivocally bar official prayers for gay couples and the consecration of more gay bishops to undo the damage that North Americans have caused the Anglican family.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 19, In Thailand violence continued as bombs exploded at four locations in the south, killing an army major and wounding two soldiers, three policemen and 13 civilians.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, Military officials said ongoing clashes between the Yemeni army and followers of a Shiite rebel leader in the north of the country have killed more than 100 people in the past five days.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2007        Feb 19, The EU extended sanctions on Zimbabwe for another year including an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze on President Robert Mugabe and other top officials.
    (AP, 2/19/07)

2007        Feb 20, In a victory for President Bush, a divided federal appeals court ruled that Guantanamo Bay detainees could not use the U.S. court system to challenge their indefinite imprisonment.
    (AP, 2/20/08)
2007        Feb 20, In New Orleans, thousands of hurricane-weary residents joined with rowdy visitors to celebrate the second Mardi Gras since Katrina.
    (AP, 2/20/08)
2007        Feb 20, Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Japan for a meeting with the emperor, dinner with the PM and a pep rally for US troops aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, It was reported that Jerry Yang (38), co-founder of Yahoo, will donate $75 million to Stanford Univ. Yang and David Filo founded Yahoo in March, 1995.
    (WSJ, 2/20/07, p.B5)
2007        Feb 20, Three men from Canada, Taiwan and the United States completed a 4,000 mile run across the Sahara Desert over 111 days to draw attention to the lack of access to water in many countries they crossed.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 20, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide attacker disguised as a health worker blew himself up at a hospital opening ceremony, wounding at least 6 US soldiers. An official said Afghan authorities raided dozens of guesthouses suspected of illegally serving alcohol and arrested 14 people, including five foreigners, in a crackdown on vice in this Islamic country.
    (AP, 2/20/07)(WSJ, 2/21/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 20, Claiming a world first for a national government, Australia’s Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said incandescent lightbulbs would be phased out by 2010 in favor of the more fuel-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
    (AFP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, Britain’s PM Tony Blair said its 7,100 man force in Iraq would be cut to 5,500 over the next few months.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, p.68)
2007        Feb 20, In Britain Ken Livingstone, London's socialist mayor, signed an agreement with Venezuela's state-owned oil company to provide discounted oil for the city's iconic red buses.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 20, The Canadian government and Bill Gates announced an initiative to establish a research institute to develop an AIDS vaccine, committing a total of $119 million to the project.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 20, Congo’s army and UN officials said days of clashes between the army and Rwandan and Congolese militias in eastern Congo have killed at least 23 combatants and forced thousands to flee.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 20, EU ministers agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below their 1990 level by 2020.
    (SFC, 2/21/07, p.C5)
2007        Feb 20, In southern India a river boat carrying children on a school trip capsized, and at least 18 children and four teachers drowned, a local official said. Sixteen children were missing.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, A car bomb and a suicide attacker killed at least 11 people across Baghdad. Later in the day a suicide bomber in Baghdad had struck a funeral procession and killed at least seven people. Outside Baghdad nearly 150 people were hospitalized complaining of breathing problems, vomiting and other ailments after a truck carrying a chlorine-based substance was hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad. The attack left 7 dead. A government statement said 3 officers of the Shiite-dominated police force have been cleared of allegations that they raped a Sunni woman in their custody. A raid on the car bomb factory near Karmah, in Anbar, uncovered a pickup truck and three other vehicles that were being prepared as car bombs.
    (AP, 2/20/07)(AFP, 2/22/07)(AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 20, Nigeria's court of appeal ruled that President Olusegun Obasanjo had no legal power to sack of his deputy president for having joined an opposition party.
    (AFP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, Pakistani authorities shut down a zoo in Islamabad and slaughtered dozens of birds after the deadly H5N1 flu virus was found in peacocks and geese. This marked the fourth case of the virus detected in Pakistan this month.
    (AFP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, Mohammad Sarwar, a suspected Islamist zealot, shot dead Zil-e-Huma (37), social welfare minister of the Punjab government, because he believed women should not be in politics. Sarwar was immediately arrested.
    (Reuters, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, In Somalia mortar rounds and rockets hit Mogadishu in a series of attacks that killed 15 people, including a 4-year-old boy, and wounded more than 40 others. The UN Security Council voted unanimously to authorize an African Union force to help stabilize Somalia.
    (AP, 2/20/07)(AFP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, Sri Lankan military aircraft bombed rebel-held territory, killing at least two villagers, as the military reported four more deaths.
    (AFP, 2/20/07)
2007        Feb 20, South Africa's environment minister announced long-awaited restrictions on hunting, declaring he was sickened by wealthy tourists shooting tame lions from the back of a truck and felling rhinos with a bow and arrow.
    (AP, 2/20/07)

2007        Feb 21, The government reported that US consumer prices jumped in January, a week after Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke warned that inflation remains the central bank's top concern.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Mayor Newsom and Philip Mangano, the government’s head of homelessness, announced that SF had received $19.7 million in federal funds to help fight homelessness.
    (SFC, 2/22/07, p.B1)
2007        Feb 21, The SF Police Commission approved a computerized system to track problematic behaviour by police officers.
    (SFC, 2/22/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 21, Food retailer Asda, owned by US group Wal-Mart, said it would create 8,000 jobs and build 18 new supermarkets across Britain this year.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, PM Tony Blair said Britain will withdraw around 1,600 troops from Iraq in the coming months and aims to further cut its 7,100-strong contingent by late summer if Iraqi forces can secure the country's south.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Ottawa took the first step to end a strike by Canadian National Railway workers that has spurred demands for government intervention by a chorus of shippers as well as an internecine union battle.
    (Reuters, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, A land mine killed five Colombian soldiers after a patrol chasing leftist rebels stumbled in to a mine field.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, In Costa Rica an American senior citizen (70) killed an alleged mugger with his bare hands. His traveling companions aboard a tour bus fended off two other assailants in the Atlantic coast city of Limon. The tourists left on their Carnival cruise ship after the incident and authorities did not plan to press charges against them.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 21, Denmark’s PM Rasmussen said that his country will withdraw its 460-member contingent from southern Iraq by August and transfer security responsibilities to Iraqi forces.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Security officials said Egyptian border and security authorities had arrested 23 Palestinians and Egyptians in the Sinai region, including one who was wearing an explosives belt and had crossed from Gaza to Egypt in an underground tunnel.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, In Ethiopia the UN humanitarian office said that 684 people have died in a diarrhea epidemic and that neighboring countries were also affected. Ethiopia’s government has refused to declare the phenomenon as a cholera epidemic, preferring to refer to it as "acute watery diarrhea."
    (AFP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 21, Europol said Police in seven European countries have broken up a network that carried out more than 200 carefully choreographed armed robberies of jewelry stores, and channeled $53 million in loot into drugs and real estate.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu announced that she will run for the presidency of Guatemala in the country's September elections, a move likely fuel talk about an Indian resurgence in Latin American politics.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, India said it has banned the export to Iran of all material, equipment and technology which could contribute to Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, India and Pakistan signed a deal to reduce the risk of a nuclear arms accident in a show of cooperation and defiance against terror attacks that killed 68 people from both countries.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, A suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint in the Shiite city of Najaf, killing at 13 people in the spiritual heartland of the militia factions led by Muqtada al-Sadr. A car bomb in the western Baghdad district of Bayya killed at least two and injured 31. Later, a car bomb in the neighborhood killed at least three people. The area is mixed between Sunni and Shiites. PM Nouri al-Maliki fired a top Sunni official who had called for an international investigation into the rape allegations leveled by a Sunni Arab woman against three members of the Shiite-dominated security forces. A tank truck carrying chlorine exploded killing 3 people and wounding at least 25. In Ramadi a six-hour battle broke out after insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked US troops from nearby buildings. A Marine spokesman said 12 insurgents were killed and there were no civilian casualties reported. Iraqi authorities said the dead included women and children.
    (AP, 2/21/07)(AFP, 2/22/07)(SFC, 2/22/07, p.A10)(AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 21, Israeli troops fatally shot a West Bank leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group who was involved in an attempted bombing near Tel Aviv. 93.6 RAM FM began broadcasting 20 independent news bulletins a day from studios in Jerusalem and the West Bank to a target audience of half a million English-speakers on both sides of the divide in the Holy Land.
    (AFP, 2/20/07)(AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, In Italy Premier Romano Prodi stepped down following an embarrassing parliamentary defeat of his government's proposed foreign policy program. His center-left government had been in power for just 9 months.
    (AP, 2/22/07)(SFC, 2/22/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 21, The Bank of Japan voted to raise interest rates by a quarter of a point to 0.5%.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, p.85)
2007        Feb 21, Lebanese anti-aircraft guns fired at Israeli warplanes over southern Lebanon, indicating that Lebanon's army is taking a new assertiveness toward Israel.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, At a regional meeting in Libya the leaders of Sudan and Chad said they agreed to redouble efforts to end violence spilling over their border from Darfur.
    (Reuters, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Human Rights Watch condemned Malaysia's plan to introduce tough laws that curb the movements of migrant employees and allow employers "to lock up workers."
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Montenegro police arrested Smail Tulja (67) in his home in Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on an international arrest warrant that the authorities received from FBI and Interpol agents. He was wanted for the killing and dismemberment of an elderly woman in New York City in 1990 and is also suspected in similar slayings of women throughout Europe.
    (AP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 21, In Nigeria a Lebanese hostage abducted along with three Italians in southern Nigeria was freed after being held for more than 10 weeks. MEND said the men guarding Saliba had been bribed to allow his escape. Two of the Italians abducted with Saliba were still being held by MEND. The third was freed on January 18 because of health problems. Gunmen killed two soldiers and wounded a third in the southern Niger delta.
    (AFP, 2/21/07)(AP, 2/22/07)(AFP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 21, Finance Minster Alexei Kudrin said that a new domestic offering for shares in Russia's largest state-controlled bank had brought in $8.8 billion.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Seven Saudis released from the US prison in Guantanamo Bay returned home and were promptly detained to see if they had terrorist connections.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, In Somalia gunmen fatally shot two local government officials in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 21, South Africa's finance minister painted an upbeat picture of the economy, forecasting five-percent annual growth to the end of the decade as he posted the first budget surplus in recent memory. Two people were arrested over the theft of jewelry worth more than 500,000 dollars from the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, Thailand police said suspected Islamic separatists had set ablaze Thailand's biggest rubber warehouse and shot dead four people in fresh attacks across the Muslim-majority southern provinces. A top economic aide to ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra resigned from his position in the current military-appointed government following sharp criticism from pro-democracy groups.
    (AFP, 2/21/07)(AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook southeastern Turkey. A five-story apartment building collapsed in Istanbul, killing at least two people and injuring more than two dozen others.
    (AP, 2/21/07)

2007        Feb 22, The Bush administration announced its plan to have US inspectors oversee Mexican trucking companies that carry cargo across the border.  Mexico responded to the US announcement by saying it will allow trucks from 100 US companies to travel across the border. The news that Mexican trucks will be allowed to haul freight deeper into the US drew an angry reaction the next day from labor leaders, safety advocates and members of Congress.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 22, The US General Accountability Office said it will cost at least $ 12 billion to clean up contamination from tens of thousands of gasoline storage tanks that were leaking underground.
    (SFC, 2/23/07, p.A9)
2007        Feb 22, A US federal judge ordered Microsoft to pay $1.52 billion to Alcatel-Lucent SA for infringing a patent on a fundamental technology for digital music.
    (WSJ, 2/23/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 22, Tongsun Park (71), a South Korean businessman, was sentenced in NY to 5 years in prison for accepting at least $2 million to work on Iraq’s behalf to influence the UN oil-for-food program.
    (SFC, 2/23/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 22, Police clashed with demonstrators protesting the visit of Vice President Dick Cheney hours before he arrived in Australia to thank one of Washington's staunchest supporters in the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 22, Female tennis stars hailed an announcement that women would receive the same prize money as men at this year's Wimbledon tennis championships after years of dogged campaigning.
    (AFP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 22, Britain's Ministry of Defense announced that Prince Harry, a second lieutenant in the British army, would be deployed to Iraq. Officials later reversed the decision because of insurgent threats.
    (AP, 2/22/08)
2007        Feb 22, In Colombia Jorge Noguera, a former director of the secret police under President Alvaro Uribe, was arrested and charged in connection with the murders of labor leaders and academics while collaborating with far-right militias responsible for some of Colombia's worst massacres. In Cali, Colombia, confused hit men on the lookout for two men in a white sedan gun down the wrong people. Then they spot their intended targets, in the same traffic jam 20 yards away. And killed them, too. It was all caught on a traffic camera.
    (AP, 2/23/07)(AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 22, Estonia's president vetoed legislation calling for the removal of a Soviet war memorial, averting at least temporarily a confrontation with Russia. Estonia chose Baltic herring over the pike in a government-sponsored contest to find a fish suitable to join the blue, black and white flag, the blue cornflower, limestone, and chimney swallow as national symbols.
    (AP, 2/22/07)(http://tinyurl.com/2l7acu)
2007        Feb 22, Abdel Kareem Nabil (22), an Egyptian blogger arrested in 2006, was convicted of insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak and sentenced to four years in prison in Egypt's first prosecution of a blogger. Nabil was convicted for calling Islam a brutal religion in a piece he wrote in 2005 after Muslim worshippers attacked a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria. In 2009 an Appeals court upheld his 4-year sentence. Nabil, aka Kareem Amer, was released on Nov 5, 2010, and then re-arrested, held for 11 days and beaten.
    (AP, 2/22/07)(AP, 12/22/09)(AP, 11/17/10)(Reuters, 11/24/10)
2007        Feb 22, Gambia expelled Fadzai Gwaradzimba, the UN chief representative in the country, after she expressed doubts over President Yahya Jammeh's claims to cure AIDS. Jammeh had claimed to have mystical powers and herbs to treat HIV/AIDS and asthma within three days.
    (www.aegis.com/news/afp/2007/AF070285.html)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.54)
2007        Feb 22, Lothar-Guenther Buchheim (89), the German author and art collector best known for his 1973 autobiographical novel, "Das Boot," died. In 1981, the book was turned into an acclaimed German film starring Juergen Prochnow that detailed the hopelessness of war and its effect on sailors living in the cramped confines of their submarine.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 22, In Guatemala a top police official and three other officers were arrested in the killings of three Central American Parliament members, including the son of the alleged founder of El Salvador's death squads.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 22, A fire broke out on an Indonesian ferry carrying 300 passengers. The number of dead, soon climbed to 49. Scores of passengers jumped into the sea and 120 people remained missing.
    (AFP, 2/23/07)(AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 22, The UN nuclear watchdog agency said Iran had ignored a Security Council ultimatum to freeze uranium enrichment, and instead had expanded its program by setting up hundreds of centrifuges.
    (AP, 2/22/08)
2007        Feb 22, An official said 4 Iraqi soldiers have been accused of raping a 50-year-old Sunni woman on Feb 8 and the attempted rape of her two daughters in the second allegation of sexual assault leveled against Iraqi forces this week. Issa Abdul-Razzaq Ahmed (22), a suspected al-Qaida-linked insurgent leader accused of financing attacks and recruiting fighters, was captured in southern Iraq. 3 US soldiers were killed in combat in Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/22/07)(AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 22, The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Syria has embarked on an "unprecedented" effort to bolster its armed forces with Iranian and Russian help.
    (AP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 22, A court ordered Malaysia's government to pay a 69-year-old British man $857,000 for seizing his passport and preventing him from leaving the country in Dec, 1981.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 22, In Mozambique roofs were blown off, trees uprooted and power lines cut by the force of a tropical cyclone which slammed into coastal regions. The storm killed four people and injured at least 70 in the resort town of Vilanculos, where thousands of homes were destroyed along with the hospital and power grid.
    (AFP, 2/22/07)(Reuters, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 22, Russia’s government approved a five-year financing plan aimed to decrease mortality from diseases including diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and cancer. The news came as the state statistics agency said Russia's population dropped by more than 560,000 last year to 142.2 million, a new post-Soviet low.
    (AP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 22, Sam Hinga Norman (67), a former government minister on trial for allegedly overseeing a militia accused of torturing and mutilating civilians during Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war, died at a Senegalese hospital.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 22, Extremists in Somalia threatened to carry out suicide attacks against African Union peacekeepers who are to begin deploying in the coming days.
    (AP, 2/22/07)
2007        Feb 22, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend the UN mission in East Timor for a year and beef up the international police force ahead of upcoming elections.
    (AP, 2/22/07)

2007        Feb 23, A Mississippi grand jury refused to bring any new charges in the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was beaten and shot after whistling at a white woman, declining to indict the woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, for manslaughter. Democrat Tom Vilsack abandoned his bid for the presidency.
    (AP, 2/23/08)
2007        Feb 23, Democrat Tom Vilsack abandoned his bid for the presidency.
    (AP, 2/23/08)
2007        Feb 23, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport became the first in the United States to begin testing new X-ray screening technology that can see through people's clothes.
    (AP, 2/23/08)
2007        Feb 23, In Kabul some 25,000 people, including top government figures and former fighters, rallied to support a proposed amnesty for Afghans suspected of war crimes.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, An Australian soldier opened fire on a group of East Timorese attacking him with steel arrows, killing one of the youths and critically wounding two.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, In northern England one commuter died and five were seriously injured when the high-speed London to Glasgow Virgin train, packed with 120 passengers and staff, derailed in the county of Cumbria.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 23, Canada's Supreme Court struck down the government's right to detain foreign terrorism suspects indefinitely and without trial, ruling that the system violates the country's bill of rights.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, Chadian PM Pascal Yoadimnadji (56) died at a Paris hospital following a brain hemorrhage.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, It was reported that China had established clinics to treat teens addicted to the Internet.
    (SFC, 2/23/07, p.A16)
2007        Feb 23, It was reported that Cuban press authorities have told certain Havana correspondents for the Chicago Tribune, the BBC and a major Mexican newspaper that they can no longer report from the island.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, Egyptian security forces discovered approximately 1 ton of explosives hidden underground near Egypt's border with Gaza.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, In Guatemala a 330-foot-deep sinkhole killed two teenage siblings when it swallowed about a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighborhood. A 3rd body was found the next day.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 23, In India the Toxics Link environmental group said India has generated 150,000 tons of electronic waste each year for the last 3 years, with no laws to regulate its disposal.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, In Iraq US troops arrested Amar al-Hakim, the son of Iraq's top Shiite politician, as he returned to the country from Iran. He was later released and US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad issued a rapid apology.
    (AP, 2/23/07)(AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 23, A fire raced through a home for the elderly and disabled in western Latvia leaving 25 people dead or missing.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, In Myanmar at least five protesters who took part in a rare demonstration that urged the ruling military junta to improve health care, education and economic conditions were taken into custody.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, In Nigeria gunmen shot dead a Lebanese engineer and kidnapped two Italians in two separate incidents in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt.
    (Reuters, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, North Korea asked the chief UN atomic inspector to visit four years after expelling his experts and dropping out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, In Norway 46 of 49 nations adopted a declaration calling for a 2008 treaty banning cluster bombs, saying the weapons kill and maim long after conflicts end and inflict "unacceptable harm" on civilians, particularly children. Some key arms makers including the US, Russia, Israel and China, snubbed the conference of 49 nations. Of those attending, Poland, Romania and Japan did not approve the final text.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, Pakistan successfully test-fired a new version of its long-range nuclear-capable missile, two days after Pakistani and Indian officials signed an agreement in New Delhi to reduce the risk of an accidental nuclear war between them.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23-2007 Feb 24, In Gaza City Mohammed Ghelban, a 28-year-old commander from Hamas' military wing, was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his home. A 22-year-old man from a Fatah family, Hazem Karouah, was killed several hours later, as was 75-year-old Ismail Sabah, who was caught in the cross-fire.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 23, A Somali official said Uganda's top military officials promised to help train a national army for Somalia and help provide security for its government.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, European cease-fire monitors said that nearly 4,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka in the past 15 months and they emphasized the importance that the government and the rebels adhere to the cease-fire.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, In Turkey Hilmi Aydogdu, leader of the Democratic Society Party's branch in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, was charged with inciting hatred and threatening public safety after suggesting that fellow Kurds would rise against the state and fight if Turkey ever attacked their Kurdish brethren in neighboring Iraq.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, Uganda's army said that 400 rebel Lord's Resistance Army fighters and their leaders have moved into the Central African Republic, dashing hopes of a renewal of stalled peace talks.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2007        Feb 23, Teachers across Zimbabwe called off a 3-week strike for better wages and working conditions after the government agreed to a near four-fold increase in their pay.
    (AP, 2/23/07)

2007        Feb 24, In the 27th annual Razzie Awards the film “Basic Instinct 2" was named worst picture of the year.
    (SSFC, 2/25/07, p.A2)
2007        Feb 24, The Virginia General Assembly, meeting in Richmond on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, voted unanimously to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 24, In Arkansas tornado winds injured 40 people and damaged dozens of homes and businesses. Much of the town of Dumas was destroyed. The Midwest storm system was blamed for 8 traffic deaths, 7 in Wisconsin and one in Kansas.
    (SFC, 2/26/07, p.A4)(Econ, 4/7/07, p.30)
2007        Feb 24, Herman Brix (b.1906), Olympic medalist (1928) and former film star, died. His film work included playing Tarzan in “The News Adventures of Tarzan" (1935). In his later film roles he worked under the name Bruce Bennet.
    (SFC, 3/1/07, p.B5)
2007        Feb 24, Broncos running back Damien Nash (24) collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis, less than two months after the slaying of teammate Darrent Williams.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 24, Paul Secon (b.1916), co-founder of Pottery Barn, died. He and his brother Morris opened their first store in Manhattan in 1950. Pottery Barn was later acquired by Williams-Sonoma.
    (WSJ, 3/10/07, p.A4)
2007        Feb 24, Bermuda was cited as the world’s richest country with a GDP per person estimated at $70,000.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007        Feb 24, Thousands of anti-war protesters converged on London, calling on PM Tony Blair to withdraw all of Britain's troops from Iraq and voicing fears over a potential conflict with Iran.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, In Burkina Faso the Fespaco film festival began. Hundreds of films made by Africans and people of African descent competed for the Yennenga stallion, a golden statue of a prancing horse.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.54)
2007        Feb 24, A tentative deal was reached to end a two-week-old strike by about 2,800 Canadian National Railway Co. employees that had provoked a threat of government intervention.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 24, The Cayman Islands were cited as the world’s 5-th largest banking center with $1.4 trillion in assets.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007        Feb 24, Eq. Guinea was cited as the world’s 3rd richest country with a GDP per person estimated at $50,000.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007        Feb 24, In India 16 police officers were killed when suspected rebels ambushed their patrol in northeast Manipur. In eastern India an ill Sabita Behera (30), was beaten to death by her in-laws. They suspected she had AIDS and feared she would infect the rest of the family.
    (Reuters, 2/26/07)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.50)
2007        Feb 24, Thousands of Shiites rallied in Najaf to protest the nearly 12-hour detention of the eldest son of Iraq's most influential Shiite politician as he crossed back from Iran. Iraqi commandos backed by US aircraft raided a Sunni insurgent base north of Baghdad, killing dozens. Local authorities said six children and their father were among the dead. Attacks in Baghdad killed at least seven civilians. A suicide truck bombing in Anbar province left 52 dead and 74 injured. The attack was on worshippers leaving a mosque in Habbaniyah. An arsenal was discovered north of Baghdad containing components for so-called EFPs, explosively formed projectiles that fire a slug of molten metal capable of penetrating armored vehicles. The weapons cache contained more than two dozen mortars and 15 rockets. There were enough metal disks to make 130 EFPs.
    (AP, 2/24/07)(AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 24, Israel denied a report in a British daily that it is seeking permission from the United States to fly its bombers over Iraq to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
    (AFP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, Italy's president asked Romano Prodi to stay on as premier and put his center-left government to a new vote of confidence in parliament.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, In southern Nepal police arrested at least 14 people after violence broke out between Maoists and supporters of ethnic groups.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, The foreign ministers of seven key Muslim nations started arriving in Pakistan for talks on a collective push to end the turmoil in the Middle East. Three Islamic militants died in eastern Pakistan when a powerful bomb they were carrying on a bicycle accidentally exploded in Cheecha Watni, Punjab province. Pakistani police arrested two men in southern Sindh province and accused them of hacking two young women to death for allegedly having sex outside marriage.
    (AP, 2/24/07)(AFP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ended his European tour without persuading any country to end crippling economic sanctions based on his power-sharing deal with the rival Islamic militant Hamas.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, In Spain thousands of people waving red-and-yellow Spanish flags protested in Madrid against a court ruling that shortened the prison sentence for one of the Basque separatist group ETA's most notorious killers.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

2007        Feb 25, Martin Scorsese's mob epic "The Departed" won best picture at the Academy Awards and earned the filmmaker the directing prize that had eluded him throughout his illustrious career. Forest Whittaker won for best actor in "The Last King of Scotland"  and Helen Mirren took the best actress trophy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen." Alan Arkin won the best supporting actor award for his role in “Little Miss Sunshine." Jennifer Hudson won the best supporting actress award for her role in “Dreamgirls."
    (AP, 2/26/07)(SFC, 2/26/07, p.D1)
2007        Feb 25, In Detroit Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan stressed religious unity during what was billed as his final major speech, saying the world was at war because Christians and Muslims were divided.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2007        Feb 25, In Bangladesh at least six prominent political figures were arrested as they appeared before an anti-corruption panel to explain how they amassed wealth far in excess of their income.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, In Brazil gunmen killed five people in a Sao Paulo slum in what police suspect was a drug-related crime, bringing to 21 the death toll from attacks this month in South America's biggest city.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, State news media reported that Cuba has opened an experimental wind farm, hoping alternative energy sources can one day ease occasional power shortages while reducing the island's dependence on oil.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, PM Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor told a cheering crowd in his hometown that he will run in April's presidential elections, vowing to help return peace and stability to the troubled nation.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Four imprisoned Guatemalan policemen were killed in their cells, days after being arrested in connection with the deaths of three Salvadoran politicians. Rioting inmates also took the warden and other prison officials hostage.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 25, Guinea's powerful union chiefs called off a crippling strike after the president agreed to appoint a new prime minister in an attempt to end simmering unrest that has killed scores of people this year. Conte later appointed Lansana Kouyate as prime minister, from a list approved by union leaders.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 9/29/09)
2007        Feb 25, In India a 6-day national meeting of Indian sex workers started in the city of Kolkata to press demands for labor rights and legal recognition as entertainment workers.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Levina 1, a charred Indonesian ferry, sank while investigators and journalists were on board inspecting the damage from a fire last week. At least one cameraman drowned and three other people were missing. The death toll from the Feb 22 fire continued to rise.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Iran’s Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would proceed with its nuclear program, comparing its nuclear drive to a train that has no reverse gear or brakes. Iran said it had successfully launched its first rocket into space for research purposes. The rocket reached an altitude of 150 kilometers (93 miles) but did not stay in orbit.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(AFP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, A suicide bomber struck outside a college campus in Baghdad, killing at least 41 people and injuring dozens. Earlier, two Katyusha rockets hit a Shiite enclave in southern Baghdad, killing at least 10, and a bomb near the fortified Green Zone claimed two lives. A separate car bombing in a Shiite district in central Baghdad killed at least one person and injured four. In Mosul US troops killed two gunmen in a raid and captured a suspected local leader of the insurgent group al-Qaida in Iraq. Iraqi and US troops killed 10 militants and seized six weapons stashes in raids in Diyala province.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Feb 25, Dozens of Israeli jeeps and armored vehicles poured into Nablus overnight, placing large areas of the city under curfew and conducting house-to-house arrest raids in one of the largest West Bank military operations in months.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, It was reported that Libya, 30 years after officially proclaiming itself socialist, is gradually opening up its banking system with a string of privatizations in the works and the establishment of foreign banks. In late January, the Central Bank of Libya announced its intention to sell a minority stake in one of the north African country's five state-owned commercial banks, Sahara Bank, to a "leading international financial institution."
    (AFP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Heavy rains from a cyclone sparked more flooding in Mozambique, worsening a humanitarian crisis that has already killed 45 people and forced 140,000 from their homes.
    (Reuters, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, In Nigeria riot police were deployed to quell communal clashes that have claimed several lives in the southern oil-rich Ogoniland.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Thieves in Oslo, Norway, stole a work of art by Jan Christensen called "Relative Value." It had pasted bills worth $16,300 on a sprawling 7-by-13 foot canvas.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 25, Pakistan PM Shaukat Aziz told foreign ministers from seven key Muslim states meeting in Islamabad that a joint push by the Islamic world is needed to end the turmoil in the Middle East.
    (AFP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, In eastern Pakistan at least 11 people were killed and more than 100 people injured by sharpened kite strings, stray bullets and other accidents at the annual two-day Basant kite-flying festival. Five of those who died were hit by stray bullets, including a 6-year-old boy who was struck in the head.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 25, Senegal held elections. President Abdoulaye Wade, seeking another five years in office, declared he was confident of winning the election outright and would avoid a runoff in the ballot to decide who will lead one of Africa's most stable democracies.
    (AP, 2/25/07)               
2007        Feb 25, Pirates hijacked a cargo ship delivering UN food aid to northeastern Somalia, at least the third time since 2005 that a vessel contracted to the United Nations has been hijacked off the country's dangerous coast.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 25, Vietnamese officials and state media said police have accused Nguyen Van Ly, a prominent dissident Catholic priest, of disseminating propaganda intended to undermine the communist government. Van Ly founded Bloc 8406, which called for democracy, in 2006.
    (AP, 2/25/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.49)

2007        Feb 26, A independent US Postal Regulatory Commission recommended a new “forever" stamp good for first class letters no matter how much rates go up. The panel also recommended a 2-cent increase in first-class rates to 41 cents.
    (SFC, 2/27/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 26, Former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned that the American economy might slip into recession by year's end.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, A US Treasury Department delegation was in Macau discussing with local officials how to resolve sanctions on a bank that allegedly was involved in North Korean money laundering and counterfeiting.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, Five Western US states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington) announced an agreement to create a regional effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
    (SFC, 2/27/07, p.A7)
2007        Feb 26, The SEC sued Blue Bottle, a Hong Kong firm, alleging they hacked into computer systems to get corporate news releases early and traded on that information, making a profit of $2.7 million.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.71)
2007        Feb 26, Texas' largest electricity producer, said it has agreed to be sold to a group of private-equity firms for about $32 billion in what would be the largest private buyout in US corporate history if shareholders go along.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, A storm that pounded the US Midwest brought snow and sleet across the Northeast, closing schools, turning highways sloppy and slowing air travelers. JetBlue canceled 68 flights because of snow.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, The World Vision humanitarian group said that more than 50% of children in refugee camps around Africa's volatile Great Lakes area have experienced some form of sexual abuse. The data, collected in camps in the Burundi, Congo (DRC), Tanzania, northern Uganda and Rwanda, said widespread poverty made children vulnerable to abuses.
    (AFP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 26, In Bangladesh a fire swept through a building that housed two private TV stations and a newspaper in Dhaka, killing at least three people and injuring scores.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, In Bolivia police said the body of Simon Matthew Boily (23), a Canadian cyclist, has been found in a mountain ravine more than a month after he set out on the "Highway of Death" from the La Paz on Jan 21.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the concrete awning of a hotel in the Copacabana beach district collapsed, killing two people and injuring six.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 26, Coordinated international efforts led to the capture in Brazil of Manuel Juan Cordero (67) a retired Uruguayan colonel wanted in "dirty war" probes in both Argentina and Uruguay. He was detained in Santana do Livramento, a town near the Uruguayan border where he was living.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 26, In London Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric and suspected key Al-Qaeda figure, lost an appeal against deportation from Britain to Jordan.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, China’s state media said falling water levels in the Yangtze River have left 1 million people short of drinking water.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, In Costa Rica tens of thousands of union members, farmers and political activists marched through San Jose to protest a free-trade pact with the US they say will be harmful to local businesses.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, Indonesian engineers dropped several large concrete balls into Lusi, a volcano, to try to stem a gushing mud eruption that has engulfed hundreds of homes and displaced 11,000 people. Over the next few weeks, authorities plan to drop nearly 1,500 balls, each weighing up to 88 pounds, into the crater that started spewing mud at a gas drilling field on Java island nine months ago.
    (AP, 2/26/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.79)
2007        Feb 26, The Iraqi Cabinet approved a draft law to manage the country's vast oil industry and distribute its wealth among the population, a major breakthrough in US efforts to press the country's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish groups to reach agreements to achieve stability. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq's Shiite vice president, escaped an apparent assassination attempt after a bomb exploded in municipal offices where he was making a speech, knocking him down with the force of the blast that left at least 10 people dead. A statement from the US military said that 63 weapons caches have been discovered during major US-Iraqi security sweeps around Baghdad that began Feb. 14. The arsenals included anti-aircraft weapons, armor-piercing bullets, bomb components and mortar rounds.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, Israeli troops sealed off the center of Nablus' old city with cement blocks and trash containers, and searched apartments for seven Palestinian fugitives whose names the army broadcast over local TV and radio stations.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, Officials said that after nearly a decade of trying, Japan has succeeded in establishing a network of spy satellites that can peer at any point on the globe.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, Audrius Bruzga (b.1966) became ambassador of Lithuania to the United States.
    (www.washdiplomat.com/ambprof/Lithuania.html)
2007        Feb 26, Malawi's vice president pleaded innocent to charges of treason and conspiring to murder the president at the start of his trial.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, Malaysia's securities watchdog said it has frozen two local bank accounts, shut down two Web sites and questioned several people suspected to be involved in a global Internet investment scam. In March 3 men were indicted by the US for securities fraud. The indictment named Jaisankar Marimuthu (32) of India, Thirugnanam Ramanathan (34), an Indian residing in Malaysia, and Chockalingam Ramanathan (33) of Chennai, India. The 1st two were arrested in Hong Kong, while the 3rd remained at large.
    (AP, 2/26/07)(WSJ, 3/13/07, p.B5)
2007        Feb 26, Four Mexican soldiers were arrested and accused of raping and murdering a 73-year-old woman a day earlier in a case that outraged Indian groups in Soledad Atzompa in Veracruz state. In May a special prosecutor found no evidence that soldiers beat and raped Ernestina Ascensio Rosario. An autopsy on Ascensio's body showed that she died of acute anemia from internal bleeding in her digestive tract.
    (AP, 3/1/07)(AP, 5/1/07)
2007        Feb 26, Nepal’s Cabinet appointed Gopal Man Shrestha to head the three-member committee, which will have a month to investigate, locate, seize and nationalize King Gyanendra's property.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 26, Pakistani security forces in Quetta reportedly captured Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, the former Taliban defense minister. US VP Cheney, accompanied by CIA deputy director Steve Kappes, made an unannounced stop in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan. Cheney held detailed talks with Pres. Musharraf, including a one-on-one lunch.
    (AP, 3/2/07)(www.nysun.com/article/49331)
2007        Feb 26, In Poland a new book, "Priests In The Face Of The Security Services" by Rev. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, dredged up more painful allegations from Poland's Communist era, naming some 30 Roman Catholic priests, including several bishops, as registered informants with the secret police.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, Three Frenchmen who lived in Saudi Arabia were killed by gunmen on the side of a desert road leading to the holy city of Medina in an area restricted to Muslims only. Soon after a 4th died from his wounds. An investigation later revealed that Waleed bin Mutlaq al-Radadi, among the kingdom's most wanted terrorists, was the mastermind and one of the triggermen in the shooting. Al-Radadi was killed on April 6 in a gunbattle with Saudi forces.
    (AP, 2/26/07)(AP, 4/18/07)
2007        Feb 26, Sudan rejected the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court in pressing charges over the conflict in Darfur, still ravaged by war and famine four years after the violence erupted.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, The United Nations' highest court exonerated Serbia of direct responsibility for the mass slaughter of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnia war, but ruled that it failed to prevent genocide.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 26, President Hugo Chavez ordered by decree the takeover of oil projects run by foreign oil companies in Venezuela's Orinoco River region.
    (AP, 2/26/07)

2007        Feb 27, The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 416.02 points, the worst drop since the 2001 terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
2007        Feb 27, Chicago’s Mayor Daly won a 6th term despite a City Hall corruption scandal.
    (WSJ, 2/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 27, CompUSA said it will close 126 retail stores by the end of May. The restructure would leave 103 stores and include a $440 million cash infusion from parent company US Commercial Corp., a holding company in Mexico City controlled by Carlos Slim.
    (SFC, 2/28/07, p.C3)
2007        Feb 27, Federated Dept. Stores posted a 4.9% rise in 4th quarter profit and said it will change its name to Macy’s Group Inc.
    (WSJ, 2/28/07, p.B3)
2007        Feb 27, In SF a 75-foot wide chunk of Telegraph Hill slid down a granite and sandstone slope above Broadway following recent rains. 120 residents were forced to leave their homes pending repair of the hillside, which could take months.
    (SFC, 2/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 27, A suicide bomber attacked the entrance to the main US military base in Afghanistan during a visit by VP Dick Cheney, killing up to 23 people and wounding 20. In Kandahar a suicide attacker targeting Afghan police blew himself up, wounding three people. Suspected Islamic militants captured and beheaded an Afghan teacher whom they accused of being a spy for the US. The man's body was found in a large sack dumped by a road near Jandola, a town in the South Waziristan tribal district.
    (AP, 2/27/07)(AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 27, In Brazil 3 French nationals who ran a nonprofit group that helps poor children were stabbed to death at their headquarters near Rio's Copacabana beach and authorities arrested three suspects. The slayings that left one of the victims decapitated were part of a botched scheme to protect a Brazilian accountant, Tarsio Wilson Ramires (25), accused of stealing money from the group.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, In Cambodia the US ambassador said direct US aid to support Cambodian government projects will resume following the lifting of a decade-old ban by Washington.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, The Canadian parliament voted to end two anti-terror measures adopted in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, one that allowed for preventive arrests and another that permitted forced testimony.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 27, In China stocks sold off sending the Shanghai composite index down 8.8% as rumors circulated that the government was considering new measures to tame speculation. The plunge, assisted by order routing problems on the NYSE, led to a 416 point drop in the DJIA.
    (SFC, 2/28/07, p.C8)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.11)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.70)
2007        Feb 27, China’s state media said scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, At least 2 Picasso paintings ("Maya and the Doll" and "Portrait of Jacqueline"), worth a total of nearly $66 million, were stolen overnight from the artist's granddaughter's house in Paris. The paintings were recovered August 7 and police took 3 people into custody.
    (AP, 2/28/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Feb 27, DaimlerChrysler AG, seeking to cut costs and boost sales in North America, said it will start selling Chinese-made cars in that market and western Europe as it tries to meet demand for smaller, more economical vehicles.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, Iraqi and US forces staged raids in Baghdad's main Shiite militant stronghold as part of politically sensitive forays into areas loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. At the popular Kabab Abu Ali restaurant, a bomb left in a plastic bag exploded during the busy lunch hours, killing at least three people and injuring 13. About the same time, a suicide bomber struck an area filled with restaurants and ice cream parlors. At least five people were killed and 13 injured. Earlier, a bomb-rigged car exploded in a parking lot, killing at least two people. Near Mosul a suicide bomber struck a factory, killing at least four people. A separate suicide car bombing in Mosul killed at least six policemen and injured 38 police and civilians. Three US soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast southwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, The Israeli army pulled its troops and armored vehicles out of the West Bank city of Nablus after a three-day operation targeting Palestinians militants.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, A report said Malaysian environmental and residents' groups are joining forces to buy swathes of forest in a desperate bid to save them from developers.
    (AFP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that the armed forces cannot kick out HIV-positive members because doing so is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Mexico's head of migration pledged to improve the agency's detention centers in response to criticism that Mexico fails to give Central American immigrants the same respect it demands for its own citizens in the United States.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 27, In southwestern Nepal at least two people were killed in a clash between former Maoist rebels and ethnic activists. A bus veered off a mountain highway and plunged into a river, killing at least 13 people and injuring another 25.
    (AP, 2/27/07)(AFP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 27, The International Criminal Court's prosecutor in Netherlands named Ahmed Muhammed Harun, a former Sudanese junior minister, and Ali Mohammed Ali Abd-al-Rahmann (aka Ali Kushayb), a janjaweed leader, as suspects in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region. Sudan rejected the legitimacy of the ICC, insisting it would try Darfur war criminals.
    (Reuters, 2/27/07)(AFP, 2/27/07)(Econ, 7/19/08, p.55)
2007        Feb 27, Pakistani officials said police are seeking 10 men, including several tribal elders, accused of pressuring a Pakistani woman to hand over her teenage daughter as payment for a 16-year-old poker debt.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, Peru's Congress passed a new law stiffening penalties for attacks on tourists, making the maximum sentence for murdering or severely injuring a tourist life in prison.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Feb 27, The UN said Somali authorities have arrested four suspects in the hijacking of a UN-chartered cargo ship delivering food aid. The MV Rozen, however, was still under the control of four pirates who remained aboard with 12 crew members as hostage. Attackers in Mogadishu killed Yusuf Mohamed Dhisow, the brother-in-law of Somalia's prime minister.
    (AP, 2/27/07)(AFP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, In Sri Lanka the US and Italian ambassadors were wounded when their helicopters came under fire from ethnic Tamil rebels who said they mistook them for a military target.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, In central Sweden 2 crowded commuter buses collided on a slippery road, killing six people and injuring nearly 50.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, Pridiyathorn Devakula, Thailand’s finance minister and deputy prime minister, quit.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.49)

2007        Feb 28, The US government said the nation has 754,000 homeless people, filling emergency shelters through the year and spilling into special seasonal shelters in the coldest months.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, A federal judge in Miami ruled that suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla was competent to stand trial on terrorism support charges, rejecting arguments that he was severely damaged by 3 1/2 years of interrogation and isolation in a military brig.
    (AP, 2/28/08)
2007        Feb 28, Sen. John McCain made it official that he is seeking the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and said he plans a formal announcement in April.
    (Reuters, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, A US military court in Florida sentenced Air Force Capt. Devery L. Taylor to 50 years in prison for raping 4 men and attempted rape of 2 others. A day earlier the court had found him guilty of drugging and kidnapping servicemen he had picked up in bars.
    (SFC, 3/1/07, p.A3)
2007        Feb 28, Albert Facchiano (96), a Genovese family mobster, pleaded guilty in Florida to racketeering conspiracy. His arrest record dated back 75 years.
    (SFC, 3/1/07, p.A4)
2007        Feb 28, A group of 12 North Korean refugees has arrived in the United States to seek asylum, the largest group from the communist nation to have recently defected there.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Feb 28, In Michigan Thomas Katona, a former county treasurer of a Lake Huron vacation community, was ordered to stand trial on charges that he looted $186,500 in public funds for a Nigerian investment scam. Katona was treasurer of Alcona County from 1993 until his dismissal late in 2006. On June 12 Katona (56) was sentenced for up to 14 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/28/07)(AP, 6/12/07)
2007        Feb 28, Wall Street rebounded fitfully from the previous session's 416-point plunge in the Dow industrials as investors took comfort from comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that he still expected moderate economic growth.
    (AP, 2/28/08)
2007        Feb 28, A US study said more than one-third of American women are infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) by the time they are 24 years old. Overall about one-quarter of women under age 60 are infected at any given time.
    (SFC, 2/28/07, p.A5)
2007        Feb 28, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (89), the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and "court philosopher" of the Kennedy administration, died in NY. He remained a proud liberal even as others dared not use the word. In 2007 Penguin Press published his “Journals: 1952-2000."
    (AP, 3/1/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.85)(Econ, 10/20/07, p.116)
2007        Feb 28, Martin Metal (88), a Berkeley sculptor, musician and poet, died.
    (SFC, 3/17/07, p.B5)
2007        Feb 28, In Belgium a mother killed her five children, then tried to commit suicide at the family's home. The four girls and a boy, aged between 4 and 14, were stabbed with a knife. The woman called emergency services, then tried to kill herself.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales officially declared months of deadly flooding a national disaster, committing some $50 million to the crisis that killed 35 people and affected some 72,000 families.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Feb 28, The Church of England's assembly affirmed existing teaching that homosexuality is no bar to full participation in the church but avoided the fractious debate within the Anglican Communion about accepting gay sexual relationships.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Lord Charles Forte (b.1908), Italian-born British businessman, died. He had parlayed a London soda shop in 1934 into one of the world’s largest hospitality businesses. He was knighted in 1970 and in 1982 PM Margaret Thatcher made him Baron of Ripley. He authored an autobiography in 1986.
    (WSJ, 3/3/07, p.A4)
2007        Feb 28, Burundi said that it will send 1,700 peacekeepers to Somalia as part of an 8,000-strong African Union force, while the first Ugandan contingent prepared to leave for the war-torn nation.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Djidda Moussa Outman, Chad's minister of foreign affairs, said that Chad had never accepted the idea of a military force of "whatever nature" on its eastern border.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Feb 28, An official report said China's population grew by almost 7 million people last year. China's National Bureau of Statistics said that the country's population was 1,314,480,000 at the end of 2006, an increase of 6.92 million people. Numbers also showed that China will overtake the US this year or in 2008 as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
    (AP, 2/28/07)(SFC, 3/5/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 28, Chinese stocks recovered following their worst plunge in a decade as regulators shifted into damage control, denying rumors of plans for a 20 percent capital gains tax on stock investments. A sandstorm with hurricane-strength wind gusts derailed a train in the far west, killing at least four people and injuring another 30.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, An Egyptian court ordered a freeze on the assets of 29 known financiers of the Muslim brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful opposition movement. An Egyptian with Canadian citizenship on trial for spying for Israel shouted from his courtroom cage that a confession had been extracted under torture.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, European airliner maker Airbus told unions that it would dispose of six factories and switch some work from France to Germany under a plan costing some 10,000 jobs.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, A boat carrying Haitian migrants caught fire off the coast of the Dominican Republic, leaving at least eight passengers dead and 44 missing.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Feb 28, The fifth of six former Guatemalan police officers suspected in the killings of three Salvadoran politicians and their driver turned himself. Prosecutors said the ex-officer allegedly bought the gasoline used to burn the victims.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Honduras named its first ambassador to Cuba in 45 years, completing the restoration of diplomatic ties with communist-run island that were severed during the Cold War.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, In Kashmir Indian officials charged 7 policemen in Srinagar with murdering a man and claiming he was an Islamic militant, the first charges in an alleged plot by officers to kill innocent people and earn rewards.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, In India finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram presented his annual budget speech. As inflation approached 7% he increased funds for education by 34% and money for health and family welfare by 22%. Defense spending was set to increase 7.8%.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.49)
2007        Feb 28, French author Dominique Lapierre opened the first of 15 schools planned in India with money raised by auctioning an iconic dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Indonesia said it is planning to ban local carriers from operating jetliners more than 10 years old as part of a safety campaign following a string of crashes and accidents.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his first visit to Khartoum, for talks with his Sudanese opposite number Omar al-Beshir.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, In Iraq a car bomb killed at least 10 people packed into a Baghdad market. US forces killed 8 suspected militants in a raid north of the city, and captured 6 others in separate operations around Baghdad. Guards outside the Bab al-Sheik police station in central Baghdad fired on a suicide truck bomber as he approached them. The bomber changed course and crashed into a cement barrier, detonating his explosives. An Algerian whose suicide payload was hidden in gas and chlorine bottles, was foiled when his path into Bab al-Sheikh police station in central Baghdad was blocked by a departing policeman's car. Two civilians were killed and two policemen and another civilian were wounded in the blast and exchange of gunfire. Two brothers of a leading Sunni lawmaker were gunned down in Muqdadiyah. In Mosul a high-ranking officer and his driver were killed in a drive-by shooting. The tortured body of another senior police officer was discovered in central Baghdad, about two months after the man disappeared. A US Marine was killed in the western Anbar province. 80 al-Qaida members were killed and 50 captured in fierce clashes between al-Qaida and residents of the village of Amiriyat near Fallujah, 45 kilometers (25 miles) west of Baghdad. The US military could not confirm the report. In 2010 video was made public of Iraqi police who appeared to lynch the failed suicide bomber at the Bab al-Sheikh police station. The police were shown stamping on the bomber's head and kicking his body and faced human rights charges.
    (AP, 2/28/07)(AP, 3/1/07)(AP, 3/2/07)(AFP, 5/1/10)
2007        Feb 28, Syria said it would participate in a Baghdad-organized conference of Iraq's neighbors that the US plans to attend. Iran said it was considering whether to take part.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinian militants in the West Bank town of Jenin and raided the nearby city of Nablus for the second time this week, placing tens of thousands of people under curfew.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Italian Premier Romano Prodi kept his fractious center-left coalition together to win a confidence vote in the Senate, ensuring the immediate survival of his nine-month-old government.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Japan and Russia looked to expand trade despite rocky relations as they agreed to cooperate on nuclear energy and in preventing disasters in disputed islands.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Officials said Japan has decided to pull its whaling fleet out of the Antarctic and end this year's whale hunt early after a deadly fire crippled its mother ship.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, In Namibia hundreds of people protested a visit by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, holding signs reading, "Go home dictator." The local National Society for Human Rights called Mugabe's three-day state visit an insult to Namibia.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, In Nigeria at least 50 people were feared dead when a ferry sank on the Nun River in the southern state of Bayelsa.
    (AFP, 3/2/07)
2007        Feb 28, An air force helicopter crashed in Peru's highlands, killing 3 military personnel and injuring an army general who commanded a military base in the area.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Feb 28, Vladimir Nikolayev, the mayor of Vladivostok, was stripped of his authority amid a criminal investigation into suspect land deals and embezzlement in the latest bout of corruption to hit the long-troubled Pacific port.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, Sri Lanka escalated sea and land attacks against Tamil Tigers and killed at least 18 people.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, A Swiss court acquitted seven men of providing logistical support to a Saudi terror cell in the first Swiss trial of alleged al-Qaida associates.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, It was reported that international developers planned a $4 billion resort and casino complex in Vietnam. The project, dubbed Ho Tram, would be on the South China Sea, a 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City.
    (WSJ, 2/28/07, p.B1)

2007        Feb, In SF Workers began moving into the new federal building at Seventh and Mission. The $144 million structure was designed by Thom Mayne.
    (SSFC, 2/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb, Coca-Cola and Nestle introduced Enviga, a new health drink containing green-tea extracts, caffeine and plant micronutrients.
    (Econ, 1/6/07, p.52)(SFC, 2/8/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb, Santiago, Chile, launched an overhaul of its public-transport system. For a year the program created a nightmare for the city’s commuters.
    (Econ, 2/9/08, p.40)
2007        Feb, In Colombia Pres. Uribe's administration started banning the sale of coca products outside the reservations where Indians have a constitutional right to grow the plant. Many Indians in the Andes, where coca is revered as a sacred plant and a matter of national pride in several countries, are angry that the US is importing coca leaves legally while their own coca products are banned. A loophole in a 1961 treaty allows coca leaves to be sold internationally if they are later distilled of their cocaine alkaloid to produce a "flavoring agent." Stepan Co., based in Northfield, Ill., buys about 55 tons of Peruvian coca leaves each year under a US Drug Enforcement Administration license.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        Feb, In Finland "The Prime Minister's Bride," a book by Susan Kuronen (36), a twice-divorced mother of three and the former girlfriend of PM Matti Vanhanen, was released as parliamentary campaigning began. It immediately hit the country's nonfiction best seller list.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Feb, In Cologne, Germany, Mina Ahadi, an Iranian-born woman, set up Europe’s first Muslim atheist group: The National Council of Ex-Muslims.
    (WSJ, 4/1207, p.A11)
2007        Feb, Ghana’s health budget per person was about $31 per year as calculated by the World Health Organization (WHO). Some 45% of the people lived on less than $1 per day, 79% on less than $2 per day, yet funerals tended to cost between $2,000 and $3,500.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, p.22)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.49)
2007        Feb, An Indian chili, the bhut jolokia, was accepted by Guinness World Records as the world’s spiciest chili. In 2010 the Indian military decided to use the bhut jolokia to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspected terrorists.
    (SFC, 3/24/10, p.A2)(www.thehottestpepper.com/)
2007        Feb, Mexican customs agent Jorge Santillan seized a truck crossing from Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico, carrying a grenade launcher and 17 grenades along with 18 rifles and 17 pistols. Days later, the agent was shot to death with a Kalashnikov assault rifle.
    (AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Feb, In South Africa 6 US nationals employed by the embassy in Pretoria were forced at gunpoint to lie on the floor during a raid on their home during which a gang stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment.
    (AFP, 2/14/07)
2007        Feb, In Brazil 21 political parties were represented in the 513-seat Congress.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.36)
2007        Feb, China's top leaders approved a program to build large commercial aircraft, lending crucial government support to plans to challenge the domination of Boeing and Airbus in the country's fast-growing aviation market. State-owned China Aviation Industry Corporation I, or AVIC I, planned to start making large aircraft by 2020.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Feb, An Egyptian publisher recalled copies of a book written by a controversial feminist after discovering it "offends religion." Nawal al Saadawi (b.1931), one of Egypt’s most renowned feminists, authored her play “God Resigns in the Summit Meeting." Religious leaders attacked the script without reading it on the grounds that Islam does not allow criticism of “God’s work." In 1965 she lost her job in Egypt’s Ministry of Health because of her political views. In 1981 she created the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, the nation’s first independent women’s organization.
    (http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/02/07/10102478.html)(SSFC, 5/6/07, p.F3)
2007        Feb, Estonia became the first country in the world to institute electronic voting for parliamentary elections.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonian_ID_card)
2007        Feb, In Iraq American forces began a serious crackdown on oil smuggling.
    (WSJ, 3/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb, Saudi Arabia arrested 10 intellectuals for signing a polite petition suggesting it was time for the kingdom to consider a transition to constitutional monarchy.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.54)
2007        Feb, A UN report said all lowland forests on Indonesia’s Borneo and Sumatra islands could be lost by 2022 at current logging rates of 2.8 million hectares a year.
    (WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A5)
2007        Feb, In Western Sahara Muhammad Abdelaziz, leader of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, marked the 31st birthday of his would-be state. An estimated 165,000 Sahrawi refugees languished in Algeria subsisting on foreign aid.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.43)

2007        Mar 1, The US Department of Defense notified Congress that it plans to sell Taiwan missiles worth $421 million dollars.
    (AFP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, The US Army general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center was relieved of command after disclosures about dilapidated buildings and inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers.
    (AP, 3/1/08)
2007        Mar 1, An independent commission concluded the US National Guard and Reserves weren't getting enough money or equipment.
    (AP, 3/1/08)
2007        Mar 1, The US military announced that it has sent home two Afghans and three Tajikistani detainees at Guantanamo Bay, leaving fewer that 400 prisoners at the naval base.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Deborah Palfrey (50) of Vallejo, Ca., was indicted in Washington DC for running a $2 million prostitution ring. She threatened to sell detailed phone records of her clients to pay for her defense. At least 132 women were employed by her firm in the Washington area from 1993-2006. On April 15, 2008, Palfrey was convicted of racketeering and other charges.
    (SFC, 3/3/07, p.B1)(SFC, 4/16/08, p.A2)
2007        Mar 1, Paul Joyal (53), a US expert on Russian intelligence, was hit several times as he returned home in Washington DC. The shooting came four days after Joyal alleged in a major television network interview that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in the radiation poisoning of a former KGB agent in London.
    (AFP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 1, A violent storm system ripped apart an Alabama high school as students hunkered inside and later tore through Georgia, hitting a hospital and raising the death toll to at least 20 across the Midwest and Southeast. Eight students died when a tornado struck Alabama’s Enterprise High School.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, NASA said the Cassini spacecraft has snapped never-before-seen images of Saturn showing the planet from perspectives above and below its ring system.
    (Reuters, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, In western Afghanistan a bomb targeting a provincial police chief's vehicle killed two people and wounded 53. Authorities in Helmand province found the bullet-riddled body of a kidnapped doctor.
    (AFP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Argentine President Nestor Kirchner trumpeted his government's performance on the economy and human rights during his state-of-the-nation address, and also defended his ties to Venezuelan leftist Hugo Chavez. Argentina under Kirchner had begun doctoring inflation statistics to keep them in single digits while the true rate this year rose to around 25%. The government was able to save some $500 million in payments on bonds linked to the consumer price index, but destroyed its credibility.
    (AP, 3/1/07)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.49)
2007        Mar 1, Belarus dismissed new financial sanctions imposed by the United States as politically senseless. President Alexander Lukashenko said his country was ready to normalize relations with Washington.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Belgian firefighters clashed with police, trading barrages from water cannons during a chaotic demonstration near the nation's parliament, injuring six people. The firefighters sought better working conditions, earlier retirement and better compensation when they are injured.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, In Brazil Slovenian Martin Strel approached the halfway point of his attempt to swim the entire length of the Amazon river, trying to avoid severe burns, alligators and the dreaded bloodsucking toothpick fish.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Britain confirmed it will withdraw its more than 600 remaining troops from Bosnia as concerns about security in the Balkan state ease.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Cynthia Carroll (49), former head of Canada’s Alcan Primary Metal Group, replaced Tony Trahar as CEO of Anglo American, the world’s 2nd biggest mining conglomerate.
    (Econ, 6/30/07, p.77)(www.miningmx.com/mining_fin/318860.htm)
2007        Mar 1, In Colombia a car bomb exploded in the southern city of Neiva, injuring 8 people in an apparent assassination attempt of the town's pro-government mayor by leftist rebels.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 1, In Denmark dozens of people were arrested after angry protesters threw cobblestones at police when an anti-terror squad started a disputed eviction of squatters from a building in downtown Copenhagen.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, In northern Ethiopia 15 European tourists were kidnapped in the Afar desert. The ARDUF has been fighting for years against Ethiopia and Eritrea over lands inhabited by ethnic Afar.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 1, EU officials launched the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, an effort to stamp out intolerance in the 27-nation bloc under a crush of immigrants.
    (SFC, 3/2/07, p.A14)
2007        Mar 1, In France, Germany and Spain workers at Airbus revolted against massive cutbacks, planning a strike next week in a warning to the company that its recovery strategy is in for a long, tough haul.
    (AFP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, The environment ministry in the state of Lower Saxony said a German man had obtained enriched uranium and buried it in his garden, raising concerns about the security of Germany's nuclear reactors.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, India’s government approved a proposal to merge 4 state-owned air-carriers in order to make them more competitive.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.59)
2007        Mar 1, Surender Koli, an Indian servant, confessed to killing and sexually assaulting at least 19 children and women and stuffing their dismembered remains into a storm drain outside the house where he worked.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 1, In Iraq one person killed in a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Up to 5 guests were killed and 10 injured when a car bomb exploded at a police officer’s wedding in Fallujah. An American Marine was killed in combat in Anbar province.
    (AP, 3/1/07)(AP, 3/2/07)(SFC, 3/2/07, p.A8)
2007        Mar 1, PM Shinzo Abe said there was no evidence Japan coerced Asian women into working as sex slaves during World War II, backtracking from a landmark 1993 statement in which the government acknowledged that it set up and ran brothels for its troops. A passenger train derailed in northern Japan after slamming into a truck, leaving dozens injured including 25 high school students.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Avalanches and landslides in Kashmir forced Indian security teams to airlift thousands of people to safe areas, while at least eight Pakistani soldiers were feared dead after they were buried under a snowslide near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 1, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI pardoned 8,836 prisoners to celebrate the birth of his baby girl. Princess Lalla Salma gave birth to a baby girl a day earlier. The king also reduced the sentences of 24,218 other prisoners.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 1, North Korea's No. 2 leader pledged his country's commitment to giving up its nuclear program amid intensifying diplomacy aimed at implementing Pyongyang's pledge to disarm.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Paraguay declared a state of emergency following a wave of dengue fever cases as concerns over the mosquito-borne illness rise across Latin America. Health officials have reported some 14,000 cases of the disease this year, with four deaths.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 1, In Peru church bells rang and a sea of confetti fluttered through Lima's historical central plaza at the stroke of noon, alerting Peruvians to synchronize their watches at the start of a nationwide campaign to promote punctuality.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, In Puerto Rico the US attorney's office in San Juan announced that a US federal grand jury indicted seven people in a case where terminally ill cancer patients were allegedly injected with a bogus cure made from the patients' own blood.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, President Vladimir Putin nominated Ramzan Kadyrov, a widely feared security chief, as the new president of Chechnya. Europe's human rights chief denounced torture and other rampant abuses in the war-battered region. Kadyrov, who previously had served as Chechnya's prime minister, has run a security force that is accused of abducting and abusing suspected rebels and civilians believed to be connected to them.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Senegal officials said President Abdoulaye Wade received 56 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff and easily win re-election in this West African nation.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Singapore’s American Chamber of Commerce said trade between Singapore and the United States rose 19 percent in 2006 from the year before, the second fastest growth rate among Washington's major trading partners.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, An advance team of an African peacekeeping force to Somalia arrived unannounced into the country.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2007        Mar 1, Zambia's Lands Minister Gladys Nyirongo acknowledged at a major conference on graft in Africa that "Corruption is everywhere, in the villages, wherever." Hours later she was sacked. President Levy Mwanawasa said: "She gave land to herself, her two daughters, her sons and her husband."
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 1, Zimbabwe's central bank introduced two new bank notes as it battles a four figure rate of inflation that is rapidly eroding the value of the local currency. Zimbabwe state media reported that the government has admitted that state agents are jamming radio broadcasts by foreign stations deemed hostile to President Robert Mugabe's government.
    (AP, 3/1/07)

2007        Mar 2, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired Army Secretary Francis Harvey as the Bush administration scrambled to respond to an outcry over poor treatment for veterans at the Army's top hospital.
    (Reuters, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, The US Energy and Defense departments chose Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to design the country’s first new nuclear warhead since the Cold War.
    (SFC, 3/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 2, A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio’s Mennonite-affiliated Bluffton University plunged off a highway ramp in Georgia and slammed into the pavement below, killing six people, injuring 29 and scattering sports equipment across the road. A 7th player died from his injuries on Mar 9.
    (AP, 3/2/07)(AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 2, Checkpoint Systems Inc. said it will provide Reno GmbH with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and store tagging systems. Reno GmbH plans to embed wireless chips in shoes sold at hundreds of stores across the continent.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2cpo45)
2007        Mar 2, Scientists scanning the deep interior of Earth have found evidence of a vast water reservoir beneath eastern Asia that is at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean.
    (www.livescience.com/environment/070228_beijing_anomoly.html)
2007        Mar 2, In western Afghanistan insurgents attacked a police post, leaving one police officer dead and two wounded. A mortar round landed on a US military outpost in the same Herat province, wounding 12 civilian Afghan workers and two Afghan soldiers.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 2, Brazilian police arrested 18 people accused of allowing illegal logging in the Amazon rain forest and were searching for 19 others, including environmental protection agents.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, The British Broadcasting Corp. said that it has signed a deal with Google Inc.'s YouTube that will allow the popular Web site to show excerpts of the broadcaster's news and entertainment programs.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, Bulgaria's Socialist-led government survived a no-confidence on a motion filed by the opposition, claiming that the government was unable to cope with a health care crisis.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, Chechnya's parliament approved Ramzan Kadyrov, a widely feared former security chief as president of the war-battered Russian republic in a nearly unanimous vote.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, China demanded the United States scrap a planned sale of hundreds of missiles to Taiwan, warning the deal would harm regional stability and bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, In Colombia prosecutors ordered the arrest of Alvaro Araujo Noguera, a prominent political boss, for alleged involvement in a kidnapping at the heart of a scandal tying the country’s political elite to right-wing paramilitary groups.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, Henri Troyat (95), French writer, died. He fled Russia's revolution as a child and went on to become one of France's most prolific, popular and respected authors.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 2, An al-Qaida-linked Sunni group said that it kidnapped 18 government workers and soldiers in retaliation for the alleged rape of a Sunni woman by members of the Shiite-dominated police force. Hours later, the government said the bodies of 14 security officers had been found. In Baghdad, a pair of car bombs killed 11 people in separate attacks.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, In Italy Premier Romano Prodi won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament, formally ending Italy's political crisis.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, Moammar Gadhafi said in an unusual debate that it was time for his long-isolated nation to open up to the world and that one day Libya won't need him as leader. Still, he insisted that the ruling ideology he has entrenched here for three decades is superior to Western democracy.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, In Morocco 12 Islamic militants were convicted of terrorism-related charges, including eight with alleged ties to al-Qaida who had volunteered to fight in Iraq.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 2, In Nigeria 7 people were shot dead and 10 others were seriously wounded when gunmen opened fire in a crowded district of Port Harcourt.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 2, In eastern Pakistan a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded near a car carrying a judge, seriously wounding him and killing at least three people in Multan.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, People caught smoking in bars and restaurants in Puerto Rico faced fines as a ban on lighting up in enclosed public spaces took effect.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, Ivan Safronov, a Russian military affairs writer for the daily Kommersant, fell to his death from a fifth-story window in Moscow. On Mar 6 his newspaper said he had received threats while gathering material for a report claiming Russia planned to provide sophisticated weapons to Syria and Iran.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 2, An explosion in a Slovakian ammunition factory killed two people, left six missing and injured 45, five seriously.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, In Somalia 4 mortar explosions rocked Mogadishu, wounding six people, including two children.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, South Korea delayed a full resumption of aid shipments to North Korea until the communist regime shuts down its main atomic reactor under an international agreement to take steps toward abandoning its nuclear weapons program. A South Korean activist said 80 North Korean refugees are hiding in various Asian countries and preparing to seek asylum in the United States. North and South Korea agreed to resume reunions of families that have been separated by their divided border.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, In the jungles of southern Thailand soldiers killed five suspected Muslim insurgents during a raid on a weapons training camp.
    (AP, 3/2/07)
2007        Mar 2, Venezuela accused US anti-drug agents of collaborating with traffickers and rejected Washington's allegations that rampant corruption has allowed illegal drug smuggling to thrive in the South American country.
    (AP, 3/3/07)

2007        Mar 3, In San Jose, Ca., members of the De Anza College baseball team gang-raped a girl at a house party. Members of the women’s soccer team rescued Jessica Gonzalez (17). In 2011 prosecutors said no criminal charges would be filed because the DA’s office could not prove that a crime occurred.
    (SFC, 10/15/11, p.C1)
2007        Mar 3, In Oklahoma Cherokee Nation members voted to revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as slaves.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 3, Warren Alpert (b.1920), philanthropist, died in NYC. In 1950 he formed Warren Equities Inc., which became one of the largest independent gasoline and convenience store marketers and one of the leading independent wholesale petroleum marketers in the Northeast.  In 1986 Alpert founded the Warren Alpert Foundation, a philanthropic effort devoted to supporting medical research and health care. On Jan 29 it was announced that he had donated $100 million to Rhode Island’s Brown Medical school.
    (WSJ, 3/5/07, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/25gd5v)
2007        Mar 3, A bomb blast in western Afghanistan killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 17 others. In southern Afghanistan 2 British soldiers were killed during a NATO combat operation.
    (AP, 3/3/07)(AFP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 3, In Algeria 4 workers from Russia and Ukraine and three Algerians were killed in a bomb attack on a bus near the town of Ain Defla, south of the capital Algiers.
    (AFP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 3, In Brazil gunmen killed five people in Rio de Janeiro's poor outskirts in an attack blamed on rival drug gangs.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 3, Britain sent a crisis team to Ethiopia in an effort to obtain the release of five British embassy workers or their relatives who were kidnapped along with a group of French while on a trip to remote northeastern Ethiopia. An Ethiopian administrator accused Eritrean forces of kidnapping a group of five Europeans and 13 Ethiopians in a remote part of Ethiopia, and taking them to a military camp near the Eritrean border. Several Ethiopians who were kidnapped along with five Britons touring the African country's remote northeast were found.
    (AP, 3/3/07)(Reuters, 3/3/07)(AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 3, CAR rebel and government military sources said rebels in the Central African Republic have attacked the northeastern town of Birao, which they had occupied for a month in November.
    (AFP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, In Colombia 4 police officers and a civilian were killed as officers moved a powerful bomb allegedly planted by leftist rebels as part of an attempt to kill a city mayor.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, In eastern Indonesian a bomb packed with nails exploded at a port in the city of Ambon, wounding 12 people. Landslides triggered by days of heavy rain killed at least 40 people in eastern Indonesia, and nearly 30 more were believed to be buried under the mud.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, Gunmen stormed the home of a Sunni family threatened with death for meeting with local Shiites, separating out the women and children and executing six men. American warplanes bombed an area near Taji, on Baghdad's northern outskirts, killing "key terrorists" who were using anti-aircraft artillery to fire at military helicopters. In a separate raid in the Taji area, nine suspected insurgents were captured, including two believed to be responsible for recruiting and helping foreign militants join the insurgency in Baghdad. At least 7 other people wee killed in shootings and roadside bombs.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, In central Japan an annual hunt for as many as 20,000 dolphins drew to a close. Herded since October the youngest and most attractive dolphins were put up for sale to theme parks for as much as $100,000.
    (SFC, 3/3/07, p.B6)
2007        Mar 3, In Kuwait a criminal court acquitted two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners of joining al-Qaida or the Taliban.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, In southern Mexico gunmen killed two members of Mexico's former ruling party in the mountain city of Tlapa in Guerrero state.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, In northern Morocco a bus skidded off a treacherous mountain road, killing nine people and injuring 45 others.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, Officials said Mozambican marines rescued more than 1,700 people, including 900 children, from flooding in central Mozambique.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, Pakistan successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, Pope Benedict named Kazimierz Nycz, a bishop with a spotless record, as archbishop of Warsaw to replace a prelate who resigned in disgrace after admitting he spied for the communist police.
    (Reuters, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, Russian police violently broke up an unauthorized opposition rally in St. Petersburg, clubbing dozens of activists before dragging them into waiting buses.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
2007        Mar 3, Saudi Arabia's king personally welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his arrival, a rapprochement many hope will help calm sectarian tensions threatening the Middle East. The leaders pledged to fight the spread of sectarian strife in the Middle East, which they said was the biggest danger facing the region.
    (AP, 3/3/07)(AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 3, A Yemen official said a hundred jailed Muslim extremists, including some who allegedly fought for al-Qaida in Iraq, had been released. Some had completed serving their sentences, while some of the others were acquitted for lack of evidence.
    (AP, 3/4/07)

2007        Mar 4, NAACP President Bruce S. Gordon announced he was quitting the civil rights organization after just 19 months at the helm, citing growing strain with board members over the group's management style and future operations.
    (AP, 3/4/08)
2007        Mar 4, Stephen Grant (37) of Mount Clemens, suspected of killing and dismembering his wife, was captured as he fled searchers, running through snow in northern Michigan. Tara Grant (34) was last seen on Feb 9. Stephen Grant reported her missing five days later.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, In NYC a videotape captured Rose Morat (101) as she repulsed an attack by a mugger in the vestibule of her apartment. A suspect was later arrested.
    (SFC, 4/28/07, p.A3)
2007        Mar 4, Thomas Eagleton (b.1929), former US Senator from Missouri, died. In 1972 he served as George McGovern’s nominee for vice-president until it was revealed that he had been hospitalized for psychiatric depression.
    (SFC, 3/5/07, p.D5)
2007        Mar 4, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide attack by an explosives-filled minivan hit an American convoy. US Marine Special Forces fleeing a militant ambush opened fire on civilian cars and pedestrians on a busy highway in Nangarhar province. As many as 19 people were killed and 34 wounded in the violence. The marine unit involved was soon ordered to leave Afghanistan. The attack was carried out by a breakaway faction of Hezb-e-Islami that was once led by Younis Khalis, a former mujahedeen commander who died last year. The group is now believed to be led by a son of Khalis. A US-led coalition airstrike destroyed a mud-brick home, killing nine people from four generations of an Afghan family during a clash between Western troops and militants. On May 23, 2008, Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, the commander of US Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, decided not to bring charges after reviewing the findings of a special tribunal.
    (AP, 3/4/07)(AP, 3/5/07)(SFC, 3/24/07, p.A8)(SFC, 1/9/08, p.A13)(AP, 5/24/08)
2007        Mar 4, In Algeria suspected Islamic militants attacked a police checkpoint with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, killing five officers and wounding three others.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, In the Central African Republic French fighter jets destroyed several rebel vehicles in retaliation for an attack on French troops.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, Chad named the former rebel leader Mahamat Nour Abdelkerim as its new defense minister in a major reshuffle of the volatile central African country's government.
    (AFP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, China said it will boost military spending by 17.8% this year, continuing more than a decade of double-digit annual increases that have raised concerns among the United States and China's neighbors.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, Copenhagen police arrested dozens of people in a third straight day of unrest triggered by the eviction of squatters from a disputed youth center.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, In East Timor International security forces backed by helicopters raided a rebel hide-out and killed four suspected insurgents, though their leader Alfredo Reinado escaped.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, Voting stations opened in Estonia's first Parliamentary election since joining the EU. PM Andrus Ansip's center-right Reform Party narrowly won parliamentary elections. Ansip's party had 27.8% of the votes, ahead of the left-leaning Center Party led by political veteran Edgar Savisaar, which had 26.1%. Ansip pledged to preserve the market-friendly policies credited with the Baltic nation's impressive growth. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves likely will ask Ansip to form the next government of the country of 1.3 million.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, In Ethiopia a group of French tourists who had also been missing since March 1 arrived in Mekele, the Afar region's capital, and said they had not been kidnapped, as was previously believed. Eritrea denied accusations that it was behind the disappearance of five kidnapped Britons.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, In eastern India suspected communist rebels assassinated lawmaker Sunil Mahato as he watched a soccer game being played. Two bodyguards and a civilian also were killed.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 4, Hundreds of US soldiers entered the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in the first major push into the area since an American-led security sweep began last month around Baghdad. US troops raided a mosque in Baghdad and captured three suspected insurgents hiding inside. At least 10 people died in violence, including three women and a child, all Shiite pilgrims heading to the holy city of Karbala, killed in a roadside bombing in Hillah. Two policemen were killed and three hurt in clashes the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. A British-Iraqi raid on a police intelligence headquarters in southern Iraq found 30 prisoners with signs of torture and an alleged death squad leader was captured.
    (AP, 3/4/07)(AP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 4, Ivory Coast's Pres. Laurent Gbagbo signed a peace accord with Guillaume Soro, the country's main rebel leader, calling for a new government to hold elections by the year's end, and for the dismantling of a vast buffer zone separating the two sides. The latest deal is the result of meetings between the two camps that started in early February under the oversight of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, An aide said PM Shinzo Abe will stand by Japan's 1993 apology over forcing Asian women to have sex with Japanese troops in the last century, after the leader's denial that Tokyo used coercion caused an international uproar.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, Officials said Kuwait's Cabinet has resigned in a widely expected move that pre-empts a vote of no-confidence in the health minister, who is a member of the ruling family. Kuwaiti governments have previously pre-empted votes of no-confidence by resigning and Cabinet reshuffles. Such moves have even led to dissolving parliament.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2007        Mar 4, Avalanches killed at least five skiers in the Swiss and French Alps following days of heavy snow.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 4, Thirty-six Yemenis with alleged ties to al-Qaida went on trial on charges they planned to take part in foiled suicide attacks on oil and gas installations in the country.
    (AP, 3/4/07)

2007        Mar 5, President Bush, facing criticism he'd been ignoring Latin America, said the US would spend tens of millions of dollars to improve education, housing and health care across the region.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
2007        Mar 5, In SF Richard Aicardi (19) and Brian Dwyer (19) were charged with felony assault and battery in the Jan 1 assault on members of Baker’s Dozen, a Yale singing group.
    (SFC, 3/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 5, In Hayward, Ca., 3 children, aged 3-4, were shot in a drive-by shooting at their home on the 27700 block of Seminole Way. Two 4-year-old sisters were left clinging to life. Datasha Wilson (4) died Mar 8.
    (SFC, 3/6/07, p.D1)(SFC, 3/10/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)
2007        Mar 5, John Baugh (b.1916), founder of SYSCO Corp., the restaurant supply giant, died in Texas. Mr. Baugh published a book about the company, "The SYSCO Story ... Thus Far!" in 2003.
    (http://tinyurl.com/m7wkuar)
2007        Mar 5, In southern Afghanistan NATO-led troops launched an offensive, dubbed Operation Achilles, against Taliban militants Helmand province where hundreds of militant fighters have massed in recent months. The UN drug agency chief said a "cancer of insurgency" in southern Afghanistan could drive the 2007 opium poppy harvest to record levels.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 5, African Union commission chief Alpha Oumar Konare urged Guinea's President Lansana Conte to step down as he voiced solidarity with recent protests against the veteran leader.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, in Austria a helicopter and a small plane collided in the air and crashed near a ski slope, killing all eight people aboard the two aircraft.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, In Brazil Bishop Ivo Lorscheiter (79), a prominent critic of the former military regime, died in Santa Maria. Lorscheiter, a leading advocate of liberation theology, had also squared off with the Vatican over his progressive beliefs.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 5, In Cambodia PM Hun Sen publicly rebuked members in the upper ranks of his Cambodian People’s Party for dodgy land deals as small farmers and slum-dwellers fell victim to land-grabbing.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.38)
2007        Mar 5, In Copenhagen, Denmark, demolition crews started tearing down a graffiti-sprayed brick building, prompting tears and cries of protest from youths whose eviction from the makeshift cultural center led to three nights of rioting. The Youth House served since 1982 as a popular cultural center for anarchists, punk rockers and left-wing groups. The squatters considered it free public housing, but courts ordered them out after the city sold the building to a Christian congregation. Ruth Evensen, leader of the small congregation that bought the Youth House in 2001, said the four-story structure had to be torn down because it was "a total wreck" and posed a fire hazard.
    (AP, 3/5/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.48)
2007        Mar 5, Badri Patarkatsishvili, one of the most famous Georgian oligarchs, left Georgia. His departure was announced in London as the relocation of his activities of "Georgia in the West," underscoring the desire to leave the country definitively. The millionaire, who holds first-rank influence in both finances and the media, co-holds one of the most important Georgian media concerns, Imedi, which includes a radio station and a television station.
    (www.caucaz.com/home_eng/breve_contenu.php?id=307)
2007        Mar 5, A suicide car bomber shattered a relative lull in Baghdad's violence, killing at least 38 people in a blast that touched off raging fires and a blizzard of bloodstained paper from a popular book market. Gunmen opened fire on Shiite pilgrims in several places around Baghdad, killing at least seven people. Six US soldiers died when a bomb exploded near their vehicles during a combat operation in Salahuddin province. Another three US soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack in Diyala province.
    (AP, 3/5/07)(AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 5, A Tokyo paper said Japan, the United States and India will carry out a joint military drill in the Pacific off Japan's coast amid concerns about China's military build-up.
    (AFP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, Kosovo's former PM Ramush Haradinaj went on trial in the Netherlands at the UN tribunal on war crimes charges related to his time as a guerrilla leader in the war against Serb forces between 1998-99. Haradinaj, a former regional commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), resigned as prime minister in 2005 after being indicted for murder, rape and torture allegedly committed by forces under his command.
    (Reuters, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, The bodies of two Pakistani tribesmen, accused of being US informers, were found near the Afghan border shot dead by suspected pro-Taliban militants.
    (Reuters, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, A daylong gunbattle between rival Palestinian factions raged in the streets of Gaza City as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and PM Ismail Haniyeh again failed to agree on the formation of a unity government.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, In Somalia gunmen shot dead five people in two separate attacks in the lawless capital of Mogadishu in an escalation of killings ahead of the planned deployment of African Union peacekeepers.
    (AFP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, In Sudan gunmen killed two African Union peacekeepers and critically wounded a third in the western Darfur region.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 5, In central Turkey a rock fall caused the roof of a hillside nightclub to collapse in the Cappadocia area, killing three people.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 5, John Holmes, the new UN humanitarian chief, said the UN plans to open an office in Jordan to deal with the increasingly serious humanitarian problems posed by 1.8 million Iraqis who have fled to neighboring countries and a similar number who have fled their homes and are still inside Iraq.
    (AP, 3/6/07)

2007        Mar 6, Democratic lawmakers accused the Bush administration of carrying out a political purge by firing at least 8 US attorneys.
    (SFC, 3/7/07, p.A3)
2007        Mar 6, Former US White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity. Sentencing was scheduled for June.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.27)
2007        Mar 6, More than 30 Vermont towns passed resolutions seeking to impeach President Bush, while at least 16 towns in the tiny New England state called on Washington to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 6, US Army medic Spc. Agustin Aguayo, who refused to return to Iraq because of his opposition to the war, was convicted in Germany of desertion at his court martial. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, far short of the maximum seven-year sentence.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, It was reported that Myers Development Co. of SF planned to start construction next month on its $428 million Mandalay Terrace project on the west side of San Bruno Mountain in South San Francisco. It included 12 and 21-story office towers.
    (SFC, 3/6/07, p.B6)
2007        Mar 6, Researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that pollution from Asia is helping generate stronger storms over the North Pacific, according to new research. Satellite measurements have shown an increase in tiny particles generated from coal burning in China and India in recent decades.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Ernest Gallo (97), who parlayed $5,900 and a wine recipe from a public library into the world's largest winemaking empire, died at his home in Modesto, Ca.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 6, In southern Afghanistan a remote-control bomb targeting a police vehicle on killed one policeman and wounded another in the Murja district of Helmand province. Afghan soldiers caught Mullah Mahmood, a senior Taliban commander at a checkpoint in Kandahar province. He was wearing a burqa, the all-encompassing Islamic veil worn by women. One British soldier and four Taliban fighters were killed. A Canadian soldier died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Enemy action was ruled out as the cause. The Taliban claimed that it had kidnapped 4 journalists, including a Briton and an Italian.
    (AP, 3/6/07)(AP, 3/7/07)(WSJ, 3/7/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 6, A fire raged through a congested slum in southeastern Bangladesh, killing at least 21 people, including 10 children.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Central African Republic forces (FACA) peacefully took back control of the airfield at Birao that they had abandoned following rebel attacks at the weekend.
    (AFP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, The government of Chad refused to allow the UN to send an advance mission to prepare for the possible deployment of UN peacekeepers, a setback to plans to help thousands of civilians caught in the spillover of the Darfur conflict in neighboring Sudan.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 6, An explosion at a coal mine in south China killed at least 15 workers.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 6, Fortunat Lumu, the head of Congo's atomic energy commission, was arrested along with an aide on suspicion of illegally selling uranium.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 6, In eastern Ethiopia 2 US troops were reported killed and another injured in a single-vehicle traffic accident.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, France and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to open a branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, despite criticism that the French government is peddling the country's artistic treasures.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Jean Baudrillard (b.1929), French philosopher and social theorist, died. He was best known for his writings on gender relations and consumerism.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.93)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baudrillard)
2007        Mar 6, In Ghana singer Stevie Wonder introduced pianist Kofi Vordzorgbe (13) to dignitaries celebrating 50 years of independence from British rule. Kofi was later brought to San Francisco, Ca., to continue his music studies.
    (SFC, 6/6/09, p.E1)
2007        Mar 6, Volkswagen's new chief executive Martin Winterkorn has been nominated as chairman of Swedish truck maker Scania in a new phase in the plans for a three-way tie-up with German group MAN. VW is Scania's biggest shareholder with a voting stake of 34 percent and traditionally holds the chair of the Swedish truck maker's supervisory board.
    (AFP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Guatemala's president ordered the national police to clean out corrupt officers and upgrade training after six members of the force were accused of killing three Central American Parliament members.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, In western India wildlife officials said poachers had killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary, removing their claws and bones and raising fears for the future of these rare cats. Tiger numbers in India had collapsed to around 1,800 in the wild, about half the world’s total.
    (AP, 3/6/07)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.41)
2007        Mar 6, In western Indonesia a 6.3 earthquake crumpled houses across a large swath of Sumatra Island, killing over 70 people and injuring hundreds.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 6, Iran said its former deputy defense minister was missing while on a private trip to neighboring Turkey, and its top police chief accused Western intelligence services of possibly kidnapping the official.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, In Iraq 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims streaming toward a shrine at Hillah, killing at least 120 people and wounding about 190. In the south Baghdad neighborhood of Dora gunmen pumped bullets into a minibus, killing all eight passengers inside. A car bomb nearby killed at least 7 people.
    (AP, 3/6/07)(AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 6, In Iraq US Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed two unarmed brothers as they herded cattle in a grove. Barbera faced a US military trial in 2014.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A6)
2007        Mar 6, Italian prosecutors cleared a physician who disconnected the respirator of a paralyzed man who had asked to die.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, In Mexico gunmen wounded Gen. Francisco Fernandez, the top security official in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco, and killed his driver.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 6, Moroccan officials arrested Saad Houssaini, an alleged member of a terrorist group that is believed linked to the 2004 Madrid bombings and 2003 attacks in Casablanca.
    (AFP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 6, Dutch judges ruled that a chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang is not a criminal organization, rejecting prosecutors' attempts to have the group outlawed.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, In northwestern Pakistan armed tribesmen attacked suspected Uzbek militants, triggering a battle in which 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed into law a package of anti-terror measures that has drawn protests as a threat to civil liberties.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Interfax news agency said 2 American women were hospitalized in Moscow for treatment of thallium poisoning. The women became ill Feb. 24 and were being treated at Moscow's Sklifosovsky clinic.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, In Somalia mortar rounds slammed into Mogadishu's airport during a ceremony welcoming the arrival of peacekeepers. At least 3 people were killed when a firefight erupted between unidentified insurgents and Ethiopian troops near a military base in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 3/6/07)(AFP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Sudan said it will try three Sudanese for crimes committed in Darfur, including a member of the country's security forces who is being sought by an international war crimes court.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Thailand's military-installed government took over the country's only independent television station and said it would be temporarily pulled off the air after it failed to pay millions of dollars in unpaid license fees.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 6, Venezuelan authorities arrested, Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, a retired National Guard general, on accusations that he plotted to overthrow President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 6, In Zimbabwe at least 34 people were killed when a train collided with a minibus at rail crossing on the outskirts of the capital Harare.
    (AP, 3/6/07)

2007        Mar 7, At least two people woke on their way to becoming millionaires. Someone bought a winning ticket for the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot in Dalton, Ga., and another winning ticket was purchased in Woodbine, N.J. Ed Nabors (52), a Georgia truck driver, stepped forward to claim half of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in US history. He elected to take his winnings in a lump sum instead of annual installments, and will get over $80 million after taxes.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 7, Sex offender John Evander Couey was found guilty in Miami of kidnapping, raping and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was buried alive.
    (AP, 3/7/08)
2007        Mar 7, In NYC 9 people, including 8 children, died inside their burning Bronx house. Another child died the next day.
    (AP, 3/8/07)(SFC, 3/9/07, p.A8)(SSFC, 3/11/07, p.A2)(AP, 3/7/08)
2007        Mar 7, In Afghanistan NATO forces fought Taliban militants in the second day of the alliance's largest-ever offensive. Mullah Abdul Qassim, a top Taliban commander in Helmand province told The Associated Press that his group has 4,000 fighters bracing to rebuff NATO's largest-ever offensive in southern Afghanistan. Suicide bombers are ready, land mines have been planted and helicopters will be targeted.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, Britain’s House of Commons voted 337-224 to introduce elections to the House of Lords.
    (SFC, 3/8/07, p.A3)
2007        Mar 7, In China a government directive said all pet dogs will be killed in a district of the southwestern city of Chongqing as part of an anti-rabies campaign. Residents of the city's Wanzhou district had until March 15 to hand over their dogs.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, Ecuador’s highest electoral court voted to dismiss 57 congressmen for allegedly interfering with a referendum on whether to rewrite the constitution, in an escalating fight over Ecuador's charter.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, In France a new law took effect that makes it a crime for anyone, who is not a professional journalist, to film real-world violence and distribute the images on the Internet. Critics call it a clumsy effort by authorities to battle "happy slapping," the youth fad of filming violent acts, which most often they have provoked, and spreading the images on the Web or between mobile phones.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, A packed Garuda Indonesia jetliner crash-landed and erupted in flames at Yogyakarta airport, killing 22 people trapped inside the burning wreckage. More than 115 others escaped through emergency exits as black smoke billowed behind them.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.40)
2007        Mar 7, In Iraq at least 11 Shiite pilgrims were killed by bombs and gunfire as they streamed toward a Muslim shrine ahead of a weekend holiday. Three American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. An Iraqi TV cameraman working for a privately owned Shiite station was among 22 people killed in a car bombing at a police checkpoint in south Baghdad. A suspected financier of insurgents was captured in Kirkuk province. A suicide attacker blew himself up in a cafe northeast of Baghdad, killing 30 people.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/8/07)(AP, 3/11/07)(AP, 3/7/08)
2007        Mar 7, In Indian-controlled Kashmir cable operators said 4 foreign television channels have been pulled from the air after Islamic militant groups demanded cable companies stop airing "obscene" shows.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, Israeli troops raided the Palestinian military headquarters in Ramallah and arrested 18 fugitives who had sought shelter there.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, The Israeli air force unveiled its newest unmanned aircraft, saying the plane can fly longer, faster and higher than any other surveillance aircraft.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, A Nigerian court cleared Vice President Atiku Abubakar to take part in next month's presidential poll, overturning a decision by the electoral commission to disqualify him.
    (AFP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 7, North Korea reported that it has slaughtered hundreds of cows and pigs after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The report said the sickened cows had been imported from Tieling, China.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 7, In Pakistan senior officials from India and Pakistan wrapped up the first meeting of a joint panel on counterterrorism set up in September under a peace process begun in 2004. They pledged to share information and help each other prevent terrorism. In southwestern Pakistan a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded near a vehicle carrying pro-government tribal elders, killing one of them and wounding 12 others.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, Russian nuclear energy officials hosted an Iranian delegation for talks on the construction of a Russian-built plant that has fallen behind schedule because of what Moscow said were delays in payments by Tehran.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, In Russia Vladimir Nikolayev, the mayor of Vladivostok, was ordered arrested amid a criminal investigation into suspect land deals and embezzlement in the latest bout of corruption to hit the long-troubled port.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, In Somalia a gunman shot dead two policemen south of Mogadishu, close to the airport where hundreds of African Union peacekeepers have begun deploying.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, Han Myung-sook,  South Korea's prime minister, stepped down saying she would think about running for the nation's top job. Han was the first woman to hold the government's No. 2 position, although the job is largely ceremonial in a country where power is concentrated around the president.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
2007        Mar 7, In Timor-Leste a three-judge panel found Rogerio Lobato, a former interior minister, guilty of fueling violence a year ago that ultimately led to the downfall of the government and sentenced him to 7 1/2 years in prison.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2007        Mar 7, Turk Telekom blocked access to Google's YouTube video-sharing site after a court ruling over videos deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.
    (AP, 3/7/07)

2007        Mar 8, President Bush opened a weeklong tour of Latin America in Brazil. Police clashed with students, environmentalists and left-leaning Brazilians protesting Bush’s visit and his push for an ethanol energy alliance. Local news media said at least 18 people were hurt and news photographs showed injured people being carried away.
    (AP, 3/8/07)(AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 8, House Democrats unveiled legislation that would require the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq by the fall of 2008; the White House said President Bush would veto it.
    (AP, 3/8/08)
2007        Mar 8, In his first news conference since taking over command of US forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus said insurgents were seeking to intensify attacks and that additional US forces would be sent to areas where militant groups were regrouping.
    (AP, 3/8/08)
2007        Mar 8, Winners were announced for the annual Ted Prize at the annual TED conference in Monterey, Ca., where attendees examined technology, entertainment and design.
    (SSFC, 3/11/07, p.D1)(www.ted.com/ted2007/)
2007        Mar 8, Dr. Martin Wikelski of Princeton Univ. along with colleagues proposed a satellite tracking system, the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS), based on one gram transmitters for the study of animal behaviour.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.80)
2007        Mar 8, In Hawaii a tour helicopter crashed at an airport on the island of Kauai, killing four people and critically injuring three.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 8, Fugitive Afghan rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar used a video to tell The Associated Press that his forces have ended cooperation with the Taliban and suggested that he was open to talks with embattled President Hamid Karzai. In northern Afghanistan gunmen killed a German aid worker and robbed his three Afghan colleagues. A suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy wounded five civilians in the country's south.
    (AP, 3/8/07)(AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, In Argentina a federal judge ordered former de facto president Reynaldo Bignone arrested in connection with human rights abuses stemming from the 1976-83 dictatorship.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 8, At least two people were killed when a cyclone slammed into Australia's northwest coast, paralyzing mining operations and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
    (AFP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 8, In Austria delegates to a 35-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency approved the suspension of nearly two dozen nuclear technical aid programs to Iran as part of UN sanctions imposed because its nuclear defiance.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, The security forces of Bangladesh's emergency interim government arrested six politicians over corruption allegations. They included Tarique Rahman, the son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, dubbed “Mr Ten Per Cent" for his alleged cut in almost any deal done by his mother’s government.
    (AP, 3/8/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.39)
2007        Mar 8, The British government bowed to pressure to improve conditions for Nepalese Gurkha soldiers who have served in the British armed forces for two centuries, granting them full pensions and other rights. Gurkhas began serving as part of the Indian army in British-run India in 1815. Since Indian independence in 1947, Gurkha pensions have been linked to those who served in the Indian army, not those in the British army.
    (AFP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, British actor John Inman (71), best known for his role as camp shop assistant Mr Humphries in the long-running BBC comedy "Are You Being Served?" died.
    (Reuters, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, The first regularly scheduled civilian passenger flight in six years arrived at Chechnya's main airport, in what officials say is yet another sign that normalcy has returned to the war-wracked Russian region.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, Chinese lawmakers formally introduced a hotly debated law to protect private property, saying that personal wealth in an increasingly prosperous China requires legal safeguards.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, The European Central Bank raised its key interest rate a quarter percentage point to 3.75%, a move aimed at keeping growth from moving too quickly.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, In Greece rioters protesting education reforms battled police for more than three hours, hurling Molotov cocktails and vandalizing businesses in central Athens, leaving more than 40 people injured.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, PM Shinzo Abe said that ruling party lawmakers will conduct a fresh investigation into the Japanese military's forced sexual slavery of women during World War II.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, Lebanese parliamentary leaders met for the first time in four months in an effort to end a power struggle that has divided the government and paralyzed the nation.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 8, In Malawi Garnet Halliday (50),  a senior Australian mining executive in charge of the development of a new uranium mine, died with his pilot when his chartered light aircraft crashed.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, Moroccan officials arrested Saad Houssaini, an alleged member of a terrorist group that is believed linked to the 2004 Madrid bombings and 2003 attacks in Casablanca.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 8, The Netherlands said it has ratified an accord to open to a long-secret archive of Nazi death camp records in Germany, another step toward giving scholars access to a vast collection of historically invaluable Holocaust documents.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, Palestinians desperate to cross into Egypt from Gaza surged toward a border terminal, throwing stones as security personnel fired their weapons to maintain control. Seven people were injured.
    (AP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, Portugal's parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion up until the 10th week of pregnancy, a major step in bringing this small Roman Catholic nation in line with most of its European neighbors.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 8, In Somalia insurgents ambushed a convoy of African Union peacekeepers sent to help stabilize Mogadishu, setting off a gunfight that killed at least 12 civilians.
    (AFP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, South Africa launched a new national plan to combat one of the world's highest rates of domestic violence on International Woman's Day.
    (AFP, 3/8/07)
2007        Mar 8, Syria’s Pres. Bashar Assad inaugurated the first stage of a joint Syrian-Iranian auto factory, test-driving one of the new cars and declaring that the project will boost cooperation between the allies.
    (AP, 3/9/07)

2007        Mar 9, President Bush heralded a new ethanol agreement with Brazil as a way to boost alternative fuels production across the Americas. One roadblock in the Bush-Silva ethanol talks is a 54-cent tariff the United States has imposed on every gallon of ethanol imported from Brazil. Bush said it's not up for discussion.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller acknowledged the FBI improperly used the Patriot Act to secretly pry out personal information about Americans; they apologized and vowed to prevent further illegal intrusions.
    (AP, 3/9/08)
2007        Mar 9, The US began a series of secret hearings to determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders at its prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be declared "enemy combatants" who can be held indefinitely and prosecuted by military tribunals.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 9, A US appeals court overturned a District of Columbia handgun ban.
    (WSJ, 3/10/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 9, Xinhua Finance Media shares made their debut on the NYSE raising $300 million. Fredy Bush (49), a US-born entrepreneur, served as CEO of Xinhua Finance Ltd., the Shanghai-based parent of the US listed company.
    (WSJ, 1/7/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 9, A report by the Police Executive Research Forum said slayings since 2004 have jumped over 10% among dozens of large US cities.
    (SFC, 3/9/07, p.A6)
2007        Mar 9, Brad Delp (55), lead singer of the rock band Boston, died at his home in New Hampshire. The group’s self-titled debut album in 1976 was one of the fastest selling I rock history.
    (SSFC, 3/11/07, p.B6)
2007        Mar 9, In Afghanistan a remote-controlled roadside bomb ripped through the vehicle of Mullah Naqeeb, an influential pro-government tribal elder, injuring him and nine others. 6 people died after being wounded in the bombing of the armored vehicle. The Afghan elder played a key role in dealing with the Taliban. Police detained five men in connection with the killing of a German aid worker in northern Afghanistan. The five were detained in the province of Sari Pul, where Dieter Ruebling, 65, worked for aid group German Agro Action. Two gunmen killed Ruebling and robbed his three Afghan colleagues after stopping their two vehicles near the village of Mirza Wolang in Sayyad district.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 9, Nearly 20,000 fans gathered at a stadium in Buenos Aires, not to watch soccer but to hear Hugo Chavez bash George W. Bush.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 9, Finance Minister Jin Renqing said China is creating an investment company to make more profitable use of its $1 trillion in foreign currency reserves, in a move that could change the flow of billions of dollars in global markets.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, Greek Cypriots demolished a wall along the boundary that for decades has split Europe's last divided capital, a dramatic gesture that officials hope will kick-start reconciliation on the Mediterranean island. Plastic and metal screens replaced the wall.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(SFC, 3/10/07, p.A3)
2007        Mar 9, Ethiopia's foreign minister said 5 European tourists who went missing last week in northeastern Ethiopia are being held by kidnappers in a remote tribal region.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, EU leaders agreed on a bold set of measures to fight global warming, pledging that a fifth of the bloc's energy will come from green power sources such as wind turbines and solar panels by 2020 and that 10% of European cars will run on biofuels.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(Econ, 3/17/07, p.59)
2007        Mar 9, In Iran Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent, disappeared from the island of Kish, a free trade zone. Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and became a private investigator. He was investigating cigarette smuggling in early 2007, and his family has said that effort took him to Iran. In 2010 the AP confirmed Levinson’s ties to the CIA. In late 2010 his family received proof that the father of seven was alive. In 2015 the US offered a $5 million reward to find Levinson.
         (AP, 3/4/11)(AFP, 3/4/11)(SFC, 12/14/13, p.A5)(Reuters, 3/9/15)
2007        Mar 9, US forces killed a suspected militant and captured 16 others in raids across Iraq.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, In Japan Aeon supermarket chain said it will take a 15% stake in troubled Daiei for 46.2 billion yen, or $393.5 million. The alliance would create Japan's biggest retail grouping.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, President Felipe Calderon proposed sweeping reforms to Mexico's justice system, including US-style trials and a unified criminal code. Mexican federal police detained 81 Chinese immigrants and 22 immigration agents after the Chinese were discovered hiding in the Cancun airport terminal, possibly with the protection of Mexican immigration officers.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 9, The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said Nigerian police routinely torture suspects, shooting them in the legs, beating them and hanging them from the ceiling for long periods. Royal Dutch Shell said that it has successfully contained a major oil spill in a production facility in southern Nigeria but yet to regain output loss of 187,000 barrels per day.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(AFP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, In Northern Ireland substantial election results showed the polar extremes of politics have strengthened their grip on the province's legislature, ensuring they will control any future Catholic-Protestant administration. Anna Lo (56), a Hong Kong native who has lived in Northern Ireland for 32 years, became the first ethnic minority to be elected to political office. Lo was one of seven people elected to the 108-member Northern Ireland Assembly from the Alliance Party, which seeks to draw support from all sides of the community.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 9, Pakistan's state media reported that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf replaced Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Islamic nation's chief justice, for "misuse of authority." Chaudhry refused to resign and mass demonstrations for his support soon followed.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.23)
2007        Mar 9, Thousands of people across Spain took part in rallies called by the right wing opposition to protest the Socialists government's decision to allow a hunger-striking Basque separatist serve out his jail term under house arrest.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, The Sri Lanka Defense Ministry said ground troops, backed by artillery, had captured three Tamil Tiger bases in the northeast in a major military operation. Anti-insurgency commandos overran a rebel base in eastern Sri Lanka, killing at least 20 guerrillas. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead four security personnel and four park officials inside a wildlife sanctuary as fighting escalated elsewhere on the island.
    (AP, 3/9/07)(AFP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 9, A prominent Turkish politician was convicted of breaching Swiss anti-racism laws by saying that the early 20th-century killing of Armenians could not be described as genocide. Perincek was charged with breaking Swiss law by denying during a visit to Switzerland in 2005 that the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians amounted to genocide. He was ordered to pay a fine of $2,450 and was given a suspended penalty of $7,360.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 9, Thailand's junta chief urged people living in restive Muslim-majority provinces to act as informants for security forces trying to quell three years of separatist unrest.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, Turkey lifted its ban on YouTube two days after a court ordered the Web site blocked because of videos that allegedly insulted the founder of modern Turkey.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2007        Mar 9, Zimbabwe state media said authorities have sealed off the eastern Marange diamond fields as part of measures to prevent plundering of the site.
    (AP, 3/9/07)

2007        Mar 10, President Bush in Uruguay said the FBI has addressed the problems that led to illegal prying into personal information on people in the US, but "there's more work to be done." Bush with President Tabare Vazquez who said he wanted to expand trade with the United States and increase scientific, technical and cultural exchanges. Bush also asked Congress for $3.2 billion to pay for 8,200 more U.S. troops needed in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of the 21,500-troop buildup he had announced in January 2007.
    (AP, 3/10/07)(AP, 3/10/08)
2007        Mar 10, Some 22,000 evangelical teenagers attended the BattleCry rally at AT&T Park in SF, where organizer Ron Luce (45) urged they become stalkers of god. Together with his wife Katie, Luce founded the Texas-based Teen Mania Ministries in 1986 in his van.
    (SSFC, 3/11/07, p.B3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Luce)
2007        Mar 10, In Texas Valerie Lopez (19), the mother of two young children whose decomposing bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags beneath a house this week, was arrested and charged with capital murder.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 10, Richard Jeni (49), a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular on the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide in West Hollywood.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0420732/)
2007        Mar 10, Afghanistan's lower house of parliament voted into law a revised resolution calling for an amnesty for groups suspected of perpetrating war crimes during a quarter century of fighting, but also recognizing the rights of victims to seek justice. A top Taliban commander issued a chilling threat, promising to kill a kidnapped Italian journalist unless the movement's arrested spokesmen were freed and a date was set for the withdrawal of Italian troops from Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan clashes between Afghan police and Taliban militants killed eight officers and two Taliban. In Zabul Taliban militants attacked police on the main highway between Kabul and Kandahar. A ½ hour gunfight left 2 Taliban dead and 4 wounded.
    (AP, 3/10/07)(AFP, 3/10/07)(AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 10, In a Web statement Islamic militants threatened to attack Germany and Austria unless the two European nations break ranks with the US and withdraw their personnel from Afghanistan. A separate, previously unknown Iraqi insurgent group released a video on the Web threatening to kill a German woman and her son kidnapped in Iraq unless Germany withdrew its troops from Afghanistan within 10 days.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 10, A flash flood killed six people in southern Algeria when torrential rains caused wadis to overflow, while high winds brought down trees and walls.
    (AFP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, In Colombia the US Embassy confirmed that American and Colombian soldiers had conducted a joint operation in the southern stronghold of leftist rebels who are holding three US military contractors, captured in Feb, 2004.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, In Iraq US and Iranian envoys traded harsh words and blamed each other for the country's crisis at a one-day international conference that some hoped would help end their 27-year diplomatic freeze. 69 delegates represented 13 countries and consented to form committees to address Iraq’s problems. A suicide blast at a checkpoint in Sadr City killed 20 people, including at least six Iraqi soldiers as international envoys met in the Iraqi capital to talk about stabilizing the violence-shattered country. Iraq's prime minister appealed for international help to sever networks aiding extremists and warned envoys from neighbors and world powers that Iraq's growing sectarian bloodshed could spill across the Middle East. US and Iraqi forces captured three suspected members of a bomb-making cell north in Tarmiyah north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/10/07)(AP, 3/11/07)(SSFC, 3/11/07, p.A15)
2007        Mar 10, An Iraqi insurgent group threatened to kill a German woman and her son kidnapped in Iraq unless Germany withdrew its troops from Afghanistan within 10 days, according to a video posted by the group.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, In Italy thousands of supporters of legislation that would grant legal rights to unmarried couples including gays rallied in Rome to urge lawmakers to resist Vatican pressure against the measure.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, In northern Mexico 8 people were killed and 11 were injured when a bus slammed into a tractor trailer carrying aluminum beams.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, Pakistani security forces killed three suspected Islamist militants in a clash in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, The Hamas-run Education Ministry rescinded its decision to pull an anthology of Palestinian folk tales from school libraries and destroy copies, reportedly over mild sexual innuendo, following a widespread public outcry.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, Serbia called on the United Nations to reject a Western-backed proposal for the independence of Kosovo as Serbs and Albanians ended a year of talks in Austria on the fate of the breakaway province.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, The South African government took possession of the first farm to be expropriated, in a move designed to silence criticism it is dragging its feet over land reform. Local people had been forced off Pniel Farm near Kimberley and into a shantytown in 1967.
    (AFP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, In South Korea riot police used a water cannon to break up a noisy but peaceful street protest in downtown Seoul against a proposed free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2007        Mar 10, The number of refugees in eastern Sri Lanka climbed past 100,000 after heavy fighting in rebel-held parts of the island forced thousands of civilians to flee their homes in recent days.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 10, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visited flood-ravaged Bolivia to show off the fact that his country has pledged 10 times more aid than the Bush administration. But local leaders gave him a cool reception, accusing him of meddling in Bolivian politics.
    (AP, 3/10/07)

2007        Mar 11, The US national debt was reported to be approaching $9 trillion. Some $240 billion would be spent this year paying interest on the half that’s held by public creditors, of which China and Japan are the largest.
    (SSFC, 3/11/07, p.D1)
2007        Mar 11, Most of the US switched to daylight saving time a few weeks earlier than usual.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar announced that his oil services company will soon shift its corporate headquarters from Houston to the Mideast financial powerhouse of Dubai.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 11, In Hawaii a tour helicopter crashed on Kauai and one person was killed. This was the 2nd fatal copter crash on the island in 4 days.
    (SFC, 3/12/07, p.A3)
2007        Mar 11, Betty Hutton (b.1921), film star, died in Palm Springs. Her films included “Annie Get Your Gun" (1950) and “Somebody Loves Me" (1952).
    (SFC, 3/14/07, p.A2)
2007        Mar 11, In Bolivia Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called for a socialist counterattack against the American "empire," taking his campaign to upstage President Bush's Latin American tour to a packed gymnasium in a poor, indigenous Bolivian city.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 11, In northeast China 22 miners were confirmed dead and the lives of seven others were feared lost in a coal mine flood on the previous day. The flood occurred in a pit belonging to the state-owned Fushun Mining Group in the province of Liaoning.
    (AFP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, In Colombia about 150 protesters attacked riot police with rocks and metal barriers and ripped down lampposts Bogota, just moments after President Bush landed for a six-hour visit. Bush put fighting poverty at the top of his agenda in Colombia and promised more aid and a trade deal for Pres. Uribe.
    (AP, 3/11/07)(WSJ, 3/12/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 11, Health Ministry and World Health Organization officials said a 4-year-old Egyptian boy has contracted the deadly bird flu virus, bringing to 24 the number of Egyptians who have tested positive for the disease.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, Jacques Chirac, admired and scorned during 12 years as France's president, announced he will not seek a third term in elections this spring, a widely expected move given his low popularity, his age and a conservative rival who has siphoned off his political base. His popularity had shrunk to 29% as unemployment stood at 8.6%.
    (AP, 3/11/07)(Econ, 3/17/07, p.27)
2007        Mar 11, Iranian TV quoted government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham as saying Ahmadinejad "intends to attend a UN Security Council meeting to be held on Iran's nuclear case in order to defend the rights of the Iranian nation in exploiting peaceful nuclear energy."
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 11, At least 58 people were killed in a spate of attacks across Iraq, including 31 Shiite pilgrims who died in a car bombing as they returned from a religious festival.
    (AFP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, Voters in Mauritania went to the polls with hopes that whoever wins the first presidential election since a coup two years ago will not plunge the country back into totalitarian rule.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, In Morocco a man with explosives hidden under his clothes had a dispute with the owner of an Internet café in Casablanca and a blast occurred as the two men were coming to blows. Another man at the scene who attempted to flee was arrested by police and found to be carrying explosives.
    (Reuters, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 11, Palestinian gunmen from Hamas and Fatah exchanged fire in the Gaza Strip, killing a local militia leader and wounding seven people.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, Russians voted in scattered regional ballots marred by complaints that opposition forces are being frozen out of the country's politics.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, In Somalia a 13-year-old boy and a woman were killed by stray bullets and five others were injured as Ethiopian troops protecting government installations battled with insurgents in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 11, Spain unveiled a towering monument to those killed three years ago in the bombings that ripped apart rush-hour commuter trains, a glass oval containing messages of condolence written in the aftermath of Europe's worst Islamic terror attack.
    (AP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, Sri Lanka's president chided his top police officers over a new wave of "execution-style" killings and demanded immediate action to end a climate of terror.
    (AFP, 3/11/07)
2007        Mar 11, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested as riot police thwarted a planned mass demonstration in Harare against President Robert Mugabe's government. Top opposition leaders were assaulted and tortured by police who broke up a prayer meeting planned to protest government policies. Tsvangirai suffered head injuries while in police custody. Opposition militant Gift Tandare was killed as police disbanded the prayer meeting. President Robert Mugabe (83) said in an interview that he intends to stand in the country's next presidential elections if they are held as scheduled in 2008.
    (AFP, 3/11/07)(Reuters, 3/12/07)(AP, 3/19/07)

2007        Mar 12, President Bush's message of goodwill in Latin America ran into a wall in Guatemala as he defended his efforts to establish a temporary worker program but gave no ground on the deportation of illegal workers.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, US lawmakers responded angrily over a weekend announcement by Texas-based Halliburton, a US oil services giant, that it is shifting its corporate headquarters to Dubai.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, Peter Smith, the highest-ranking American at UNESCO, sent a letter to director Koichiro Matsuura saying that fierce opposition to his reforms and the "negative climate" forced him to quit. Smith had served as associate director general for education. French business magazine Capital recently reported that Smith, a former Republican congressman from Vermont, had awarded seven contracts worth a total of $2 million to Washington-based Navigant Consulting without proper oversight from UNESCO's Executive Board.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 12, A New Jersey a jury reversed an earlier verdict and hit Merck with a total of $47.5 million in damages in a Vioxx case of an Idaho postal worker. To date Merck had won 9 cases lost 5 over its former arthritis pill.
    (SFC, 3/13/07, p.A9)
2007        Mar 12, In California a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction on the sale and planting of genetically modified alfalfa, Roundup Ready alfalfa, marketed by Monsanto.
    (WSJ, 3/13/07, p.B5)
2007        Mar 12, New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill that outlawed cockfighting. This left Louisiana as the only state to allow organized cockfighting.
    (WSJ, 3/13/07, p.A4)
2007        Mar 12, New Century Financial Corp. , the largest independent U.S. subprime mortgage lender, said its lenders plan to halt financing, pushing the company closer to bankruptcy amid dwindling cash and $8.4 billion in obligations that could come due immediately.
    (Reuters, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, New Jersey based Schering-Plough Corp. said it will buy the pharmaceuticals division of Akzo Nobel NV for 11 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in cash, acquiring the Organon brand of birth control and strengthening its drug pipeline with an anti-schizophrenia medication.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, R.E.M. and Van Halen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 3/12/08)
2007        Mar 12, Firefighters in Southern California faced another day of scorching heat and dry weather as they tried to corral a wind-whipped blaze that had already damaged two homes amid what is shaping up to be one of the driest years yet.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, In southern Afghanistan NATO and Afghan troops clashed with suspected insurgents, shortly before calling in an airstrike on a compound that left two militants dead.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, Australia's Muslims announced plans to form a political party to fight what they call growing Islamophobia spawned by the so-called war on terror.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, In outback Australia floodwaters flowed into the world's largest ephemeral lake, triggering a once-in-a-decade explosion of bird and fish life in place of arid salt flats. The Lake Eyre basin itself covers an area bigger than France, Germany and Italy. The basin last topped its maximum five meter depth in 1974.
    (Reuters, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, In Belgium officials said a man last week stole $28 million worth of diamonds from an Antwerp bank. He had been a trusted customer there for a year using a stolen Argentine passport. The bank discovered the theft on March 5, believing that someone took the stones that morning or the previous Friday from a vault used by pawnbrokers and diamond cutters.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, Preah Maha Ghosananda (78), Buddhist spiritual leader of Cambodia, died.
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.98)
2007        Mar 12, In central China villagers armed with bricks and rocks continued to clash with baton-wielding police over rising bus fares and at least 60 people were injured. A student died from wounds incurred a day earlier.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 12, Interpol launched an international call for the arrest of Alvaro Araujo Noguera (74), former Colombian congressman and father of Colombia’s former Foreign Minister Maria Consuelo Araujo. He was believed to have fled to Venezuela after being accused of colluding with right-wing paramilitaries to kidnap a political rival.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, In mountainous northern India a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a gorge, killing at least 18 people and injuring another 27.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 12, Iran issued a bank note with a nuclear symbol in a move seen as an assertion of its national will in the face of international sanctions over its insistence on enriching uranium.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said in a newly released interview that it's "indisputable" Iran is training and arming militants to fight against US-led troops in Iraq. Police found only nine bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad, apparent victims of Sunni-Shiite reprisal killings.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 12, Israel confirmed that it  has recalled Tsuriel Raphael, its ambassador to El Salvador, after he was found naked, bound and drunk two weeks earlier.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 12, In Kuwait a US military contractor was killed and three others injured in an accident that may have involved unexploded ordnance at the largest American military base.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, In Nigeria’s oil region hostage takers released 3 European captives. 2 Croatians and one Montenegrin seized Feb. 18 in Port Harcourt were in good health after their release to state officials.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, In Pakistan lawyers boycotted court proceedings, clashed with riot police, and burned an image of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a countrywide protest against the ouster of the country's top judge.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, In Gaza four masked gunmen abducted Alan Johnston, a BBC journalist. He was later reported to be held by the Dughmush clan and was released after several months.
    (AP, 3/13/07)(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A14)(AP, 3/12/08)
2007        Mar 12, In Puerto Rico union leader Wallis Rivera Rodriguez (51) was allegedly killed because he was going to reveal financial wrongdoing at an apartment complex. In 2009 Jose Juan Viera Morales was extradited from New Jersey to face murder charges and for conspiring to distribute drugs.
    (AP, 12/10/09)(http://tinyurl.com/ycq2d93)
2007        Mar 12, A new party, Just Russia, that promotes itself as an opposition group but supports Vladimir Putin took a prominent place on Russia's political stage after regional elections that further consolidated the president's hold on power.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, Authorities said Spanish police have arrested Brian David Anderson (61), a Canadian man suspected of helping finance Islamist terrorist activities. The Interior Ministry said Anderson is thought to be linked to a New York businessman, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, 53, who was charged last month with terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and money laundering.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, The Sri Lanka air force bombed a strategic Tamil Tiger jungle base in Thoppigala, killing at least eight rebels, including two senior guerrillas.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 12, In Suriname Desi Bouterse, a former military dictator, offered his first public apology for the 1982 killings of 15 critics of his military regime, saying he accepted political responsibility for the deaths but denied involvement.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2007        Mar 12, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shadowed his political foil President Bush on a tour of Western Hemisphere nations, stopping in Haiti after passing through Jamaica to promote aid packages and discuss development projects.
    (AP, 3/12/07)

2007        Mar 13, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales admitted mistakes in how the Justice Department handled the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors but said he wouldn't resign.
    (AP, 3/13/08)
2007        Mar 13, Federal agents in Connecticut raided New Haven police headquarters and charged the head of the narcotics division with stealing thousands of dollars planted by the FBI during sting operations.
    (AP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 13, In Alaska Lance Mackey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in nine days, five hours, eight minutes.
    (AP, 3/13/08)
2007        Mar 13, New Mexico got an official state neckwear, a real Western icon, the bolo tie.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, The US Mortgage Bankers Association reported that 13% of subprime borrowers were behind in their payments. It was estimated that 13% of all adjustable rate mortgages originated between 2004 and 2006 and were headed for repossession in the next few years.
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.79)
2007        Mar 13, Viacom filed a $1 billion suit against YouTube and parent company Google, to stop the publication of Viacom videos without authorization.
    (SFC, 3/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 13, Environmental group Greenpeace launched a fresh attack on genetically modified maize developed by US biotech giant Monsanto, saying that rats fed on one version developed liver and kidney problems.
    (Reuters, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Scientists reported the discovery of what appear to be sea-size bodies of liquid, probably methane or ethane, on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, with one about as big as Montana.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Entrepreneur Marc Hodosh (34) was named senior director of the Archon Genomics X Prize. His job was to offer $10 million to the first team of researchers that can accurately map the genetic codes of 100 people in 10 days for a cost of $10,000 or less per genome. The competition was launched in 2006 year by the nonprofit X Prize Foundation of Santa Monica, Calif., which also has sponsored races to build commercial spacecraft and fuel-efficient cars.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2vfp9b)(Econ, 12/8/07, p.94)
2007        Mar 13, In Boston Raymond Echavarria (23) dragged his ex-girlfriend, Xiomara Rhodes (21) into an elevator in the office building where she worked and ignited a can of gasoline. Investigators treated the slaying as a murder-suicide.
    (SFC, 3/16/07, p.A8)
2007        Mar 13, A suicide bomber crossed the border from Pakistan into southern Afghanistan and blew himself up in a crowded pedestrian area, killing three civilians and wounding eight.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Australia and Japan signed a groundbreaking defense pact in Tokyo that the leaders of both countries stressed was not aimed at reining in China, but the road ahead for a two-way trade deal looked rougher.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, The British government published its climate-change bill.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.60)
2007        Mar 13, Brazil announced that it will build a wall on a small portion of its border with Paraguay in an effort to combat contraband and smuggling.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Canada said it had the highest population growth rate among G-8 industrialized nations between 2001 and 2006, thanks to the arrival of 1.2 million immigrants.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, In Colombia Trino Luna, the governor of Magdalena province, surrendered to federal prosecutors, becoming the first opposition politician arrested as part of the widening scandal over links between the country's political elite and far-right militias.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Some 20 lawmakers fired last week by Ecuador's top electoral court for allegedly interfering with plans for a constitutional referendum forced their way past dozens of police guarding Congress and took up their seats.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Five Europeans, kidnapped in Ethiopia and held captive for 13 days, were released in good health in Eritrea. 8 Ethiopians kidnapped with the group were still missing.
    (AP, 3/14/07)(WSJ, 3/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 13, France's highest court rejected as unlawful the first marriage by a gay couple in France, annulling the union of the two men.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Iraq's Shiite prime minister made a groundbreaking and unannounced visit to Ramadi, the Sunni insurgent stronghold in Anbar province. A roadside bomb hit a minibus carrying Industry Ministry employees in northern Baghdad, killing two workers and wounding six. In Suwayrah police dragged two bodies out of Tigris River. The bodies showed signs of torture. In Kut gunmen killed Ibrahim Sasa, an interpreter working for coalition troops.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, In Jamaica Cricket’s World Cup began with the 1st match between Pakistan  and the West Indies. The ICC Cricket World Cup was hosted by the West Indies from March 13 to April 28, 2007.
    (http://edition.cnn.com/2007/SPORT/03/12/cricket.schedule/index.html)
2007        Mar 13, In Mexico Pres. Bush met with Pres. Felipe Calderon in Merida. Bush sought to soothe strained ties by promising to prod Congress to overhaul tough US immigration policies, but Mexican President Felipe Calderon criticized US plans for a 700-mile border fence. Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the US Embassy in Mexico City, attacking riot police with concrete blocks, metal bars and tearing down barricades to protest Bush's visit.
    (AP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/13/08)
2007        Mar 13, A Hamas military commander was killed in a shootout with Fatah gunmen shortly before the leaders of the two groups met to try to bridge their differences over a power-sharing deal.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Benedict XVI met for the highest-level Kremlin-Vatican talks in more than three years, focusing on easing tension between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians and finding common ground in denouncing intolerance and extremism.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, In Serbia former customs chief Mihalj Kertes, a key aide to late President Slobodan Milosevic, was charged for allegedly siphoning off millions of dollars of state money.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 13, Somalia's president came under mortar attack in his palace, hours after arriving for a rare visit to the increasingly violent capital, witnesses said. A 12-year-old boy was killed and three of his siblings were wounded in the shelling.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Alice Amafo, Suriname's youngest-ever Cabinet member, resigned amid reports she used thousands of dollars in government funds to pay for her 30th birthday party.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2007        Mar 13, Vietnam's former deputy trade minister and his son went on trial for accepting bribes for quotas to export textiles to the US, in a major graft case with 14 defendants.
    (AP, 3/13/07)

2007        Mar 14, President Bush, speaking from Mexico, said he was troubled by the Justice Department's misleading explanations to Congress of why it fired eight US attorneys, but said the firings were "entirely appropriate."
    (AP, 3/14/08)
2007        Mar 14, The Pentagon released the transcript of a military hearing in which Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said he "was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z."
    (AP, 3/14/08)
2007        Mar 14, The US Treasury Department said it would order US banks to sever ties with Banco Delta Asia in Macao for allegedly helping North Korea launder money. This was a move to unfreeze North Korean assets in the Macao bank.
    (AP, 3/15/07)(WSJ, 3/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 14, A US judge in Virginia ruled that Sudan should pay damages to the families of 17 sailors killed in the October 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.
    (Reuters, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, A US appeals court ruled that a California woman with an inoperable brain tumor may not smoke marijuana to ease her pain even though California voters have approved its medicinal use.
    (Reuters, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, John Sununu, US senator from New Hampshire, became the 1st Republican to say that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign over the firing of 8 US attorneys.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.31)
2007        Mar 14, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed legislation authorizing “civil confinement" of certain sex offenders who have finished their prison terms, but were still considered a threat.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.37)
2007        Mar 14, Bank of America agreed to pay $26 million to settle SEC allegations that from 1999 to 2001 its securities unit made improper trades using advanced knowledge of the firm’s stock research.
    (WSJ, 3/15/07, p.C3)
2007        Mar 14, Chiquita Brands Int’l., a Cincinnati-based banana company, agreed to pay a $25 million fine after admitting that it paid a Colombian terrorist group (AUC) for protection in a volatile farming region. Chiquita sold it Colombian banana operations in June, 2004.
    (SFC, 3/15/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 14, Regents of the Univ. of California voted to raise student fees by 7% and professional school fees by 12%. CSU trustees voted a 10% increase. This marked the 5th tuition hike in 6 years.
    (SFC, 3/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 14, In California part 1 of a 2-part, $3 million evaluation of education in state public schools indicated deep flaws in the system.
    (SFC, 3/15/07, p.B1)x
2007        Mar 14, In NYC David Gavin (32), with a fake beard and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition, fatally shot a pizzeria employee and two unarmed volunteer police officers in Greenwich Village before other officers shot him to death. Gavin was a former employee at the pizzeria.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck near a police convoy killing 5 people with 38 wounded. Attacks elsewhere left 4 more dead. At least six people were killed in an explosion in Kabul caused by gunpowder in shops selling ammunition for hunting rifles. 9 others were injured. An Italian journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan last week appeared in a video shown on television appealing to Premier Romano Prodi to work for his release.
    (AFP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/14/07)(SFC, 3/15/07, p.A9)
2007        Mar 14, In Argentina police clashed with protesters and ousted Gov. Angel Maza from his offices, after he refused to leave despite his suspension over corruption allegations. The La Rioja provincial legislature had voted the night before to suspend him and start impeachment proceedings over allegations that he manipulated bids for mining concessions.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, It was reported that wild camels in drought-stricken Australia were in plague proportions, damaging the environment and property. Australia claimed the world's largest wild camel population. An estimated one million feral camels, whose numbers double every eight years, competed for food and water with native animals and livestock.
    (Reuters, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, In Brazil a twin-engine plane was carrying $2.6 million worth of Brazilian reals crashed near the city of Salvador. Locals made off with bags of cash before rescuers arrived on the scene.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, Britain’s Parliament approved PM Tony Blair's program to replace the nation’s fleet of four nuclear-armed submarines.
    (AP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, In Denmark 7 people who raised money for Colombian guerrillas and Palestinian militants through T-shirt sales were charged under Denmark's anti-terror law.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, In Egypt a published decree said Mukbil Shakir, head of the Supreme Judicial Council, has named the country's first female judges despite opposition from conservative Muslims. Shakir appointed 31 women to judge or chief judge positions in Egypt's courts.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, Lucie Aubrac (b.1912), a hero of the French Resistance, died. She helped free her husband from the Gestapo. In 2000, Aubrac published "The Resistance Explained to my Grandchildren" about her experiences. She is also the author of the 1984 book "They'll Leave Exhilarated." French director Claude Berry made the hit 1997 movie "Lucie Aubrac," starring Carole Bouquet in the title role. Two other films, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 "The Army of Shadows" and the 1991 "Boulevard of the Swallows" by Jose Yanne, were also based on Aubrac's story.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, Farmers in eastern India angered by government plans to build an industrial park on their land fought police with rocks, machetes and pickaxes. At least 14 people were killed in Nandigram, West Bengal state.
    (AP, 3/14/07)(SFC, 6/18/07, p.A13)
2007        Mar 14, In northern Iraq suicide bombers struck a market and an Iraqi military checkpoint in Baghdad, killing at least 10 people. An Iraqi general warned extremists that they will be "smashed under the foot of the Iraqi people" if they resist efforts to end the violence in the country. A US soldier was killed in fighting in Anbar province. A Marine assigned to Multi National Force-West also died in Anbar in a non-combat-related incident.
    (AP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, A Japanese court overturned a landmark ruling ordering the Japanese government and a company to compensate Chinese who were forced to work as slave laborers in Japan during World War Two. The Tokyo High Court acknowledged that the state and the firm had violated the human rights of the 11 Chinese, but rejected the plaintiffs' demand for compensation because a 20-year statute of limitation had expired.
    (Reuters, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, Israeli and Palestinian envoys said that improving the economy can revive the peace process as they got to work on a Japanese initiative to create jobs in the West Bank.
    (AP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, In Italy 5 former members of Argentina's military were convicted in absentia of murdering three Italians during the Argentina’s "dirty war" (1976-83).
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, Italy and Russia said they wanted talks between Moscow and the European Union on a new strategic partnership agreement to start as soon as possible.
    (AP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, In northwestern Pakistan 2 men and a woman were stoned and shot to death on the orders of a tribal council that found them guilty of adultery.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 14, Philippine police stormed a courtroom to end a 24-hour hostage standoff, freeing all four captives who were held by a movie stuntman and his common-law wife. The gunman was killed when he dropped a grenade during the confrontation.
    (AP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, The Russian state-run company building a nuclear plant in Iran warned that Iranian payment delays may cause "irreversible" damage to the project, another strong signal of Moscow's annoyance with Tehran.
    (AP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, Thai prosecutors said they would charge the wife of deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra with tax evasion. In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents opened fire on nine Buddhists who were riding in a commuter van, killing all of them execution-style.
    (AP, 3/14/07)(AFP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, The chief UN nuclear inspector returned from a one-day trip to Pyongyang saying that North Korea was "fully committed" to an agreement that requires it to shutter its main nuclear reactor and let in inspectors as soon as the U.S. drops financial sanctions.
    (AP, 3/14/07)
2007        Mar 14, In Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai (54), the country's main opposition leader, said that police beat him repeatedly in the head, back, knees and arm and that he lost a lot of blood in an attack that seemed intended "to inflict as much harm as they could."
    (AP, 3/14/07)

2007        Mar 15, In the US Senate Republicans easily turned back Democratic legislation requiring a troop withdrawal from Iraq to begin within 120 days.
    (AP, 3/15/08)
2007        Mar 15, A revised transcript was released by the US military that said suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl and a central role in 30 other attacks and plots in the US and worldwide that killed thousands of victims.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, Standard & Poor's said an increase in US homes for sale as a result of subprime loan borrowers defaulting on their mortgages, in addition to less construction of new homes, is likely to depress gross domestic product growth.
    (Reuters, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, Cisco said it has acquired WebEx Communications for $3.2 billion in cash.
    (SFC, 3/16/07, p.C1)
2007        Mar 15, In Sacramento, Ca., a fire burned hundreds of feet of a railroad trestle at the American River causing part of the bridge to collapse. This halted passenger and freight traffic on Amtrak and the Union Pacific lines on the main east-west route in Northern California.
    (SFC, 3/16/07, p.A2)
2007        Mar 15, Scientists said a spacecraft orbiting Mars has scanned huge deposits of water ice at its south pole so plentiful they would blanket the planet in 36 feet of water if they were liquid.
    (Reuters, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, Stuart Rosenberg (79), a prolific director of series television and theatrical films, died at his home in Beverly Hills. He had partnered with Paul Newman on the widely popular prison drama "Cool Hand Luke" and several other movies.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 15, Bowie Kuhn (80), former baseball commissioner died in Jacksonville, Fla.
    (AP, 3/15/08)
2007        Mar 15, US-led coalition forces mistakenly killed five Afghan police in a clash in a southern province.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 15, Interpol said it plans to issue international requests for the arrest of five prominent Iranians and a Lebanese militant in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Argentina.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, Bulgaria, Russia and Greece signed a deal in Athens to build a 175-mile pipeline to transport Russian oil to a port in northern Greece.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, Human Rights Watch released a report that said Children in Burundi suffer serious abuses in prison, including torture, rape and food shortages, in a criminal justice system that treats them as adults.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, China expressed "deep regret" over a US decision to punish a Macau bank for allegedly helping North Korea launder money, foreshadowing the difficulties of enforcing an international agreement on the North's nuclear disarmament.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, A UN report said Colombian security forces killed civilians in several states last year and falsely labeled many as leftist rebels slain in combat.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, The EU said it would put pressure on members of the Southeast Asian regional grouping ASEAN at talks in Germany to urge Myanmar to improve its human rights record.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, A French court convicted a doctor in the poisoning death of a terminally ill cancer patient, in a trial that has raised the issue of euthanasia in France's presidential race.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, It was reported that the Pascha brothel in Cologne, Germany, hopes to capitalize on the growing number of retirees by offering a 50% discount for sex in the afternoon.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, In Hungary thousands of people protested against Socialist PM Ferenc Gyurcsany at ceremonies to mark the country's national holiday, demanding his resignation and shouting "traitor."
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, Communist rebels armed with rifles, hand grenades and petrol bombs attacked a police post in the jungles of eastern India, killing at least 55 officers. In eastern India farmers angry over plans to build an industrial park on their land torched a government office in a second day of unrest that has claimed 14 lives.
    (AP, 3/15/07)(AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 15, The six world powers reached an agreement on a draft resolution for a new package of sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. It included an embargo on arms exports and an asset freeze on more individuals and companies associated with Tehran's nuclear and missile programs.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, A suicide car bomber apparently targeting a senior city official struck an Iraqi military checkpoint in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least eight people. In Iskandariyah a bomb in a parked car exploded as a bus packed with workers passed by, killing at least four and wounding 24. The top official in Baghdad's Sadr City was seriously wounded when gunmen ambushed his convoy in eastern Baghdad, killing two of his bodyguards. A US soldier was killed in an explosion in Salahuddin province.
    (AP, 3/15/07)(AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 15, Jordan's military court sentenced to death four Iraqi al-Qaida militants charged with terror attacks on Jordanians in Iraq. Of the four, only one is in custody while the other three remain at large and were tried in absentia.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, The European Commission and the UN Development Program said Malaysia should empower its forest-dependent indigenous people to alleviate poverty and safeguard their environment.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, Mexican Federal agents seized the cash, eight luxury vehicles, seven weapons and a machine to make pills during a raid at a house in Lomas de Chapultepec. The attorney general later said the $206 million in cash seized was connected to one of the hemisphere's largest networks for trafficking pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in methamphetamines. The ring had been operating since 2004 and was run by a native of China who had gained Mexican citizenship. A recount put the cashed seized to over $207 million.
    (AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 15, Montenegro signed a stabilization and association agreement (SAA), usually the first step toward EU membership.
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.60)
2007        Mar 15, Nigeria’s electoral commission barred Vice President Atiku Abubakar from crucial elections, omitting his name from the roster of two dozen approved candidates. In southern Nigeria militants released two Italian oil workers who were kidnapped more than three months ago.
    (AP, 3/15/07)(AFP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, The rival Hamas and Fatah movements formed a long-elusive unity government, hoping to end bloody infighting and lead the Palestinians out of yearlong international isolation. Israel immediately said that it would not deal with the new government.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, In St. Petersburg Nikolai Zavadsky, the husband of a late curator at Russia's most famous museum, was convicted in the theft of dozens of art objects and sentenced to five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $283,000 in damages to the Hermitage.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, In Somalia a bomb blast destroyed two houses near Mogadishu, killing seven people, including four children.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 15, Spain’s Parliament passed a gender-equality bill aimed at getting more Spanish women into elected office and corporate boardrooms, and more men heating baby bottles and changing diapers.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, A rights group said Mukhammadali Karabayev, an Uzbek opposition activist, has been sentenced to six years in prison on extortion and fraud charges amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in the tightly controlled ex-Soviet republic.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2007        Mar 15, A defiant Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe told his critics of his government to "go hang" themselves in his first response to the arrest and assault of opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete went into talks with Mugabe following growing international condemnation of the crackdown on opposition demonstrators.
    (AFP, 3/15/07)

2007        Mar 16, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the top US nuclear envoy, said a dispute on North Korean funds held in a Macau bank has been resolved, potentially removing a key stumbling block that has bedeviled progress on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Former CIA operative Valerie Plame told a House committee that White House and State Department officials had "carelessly and recklessly" blown her cover in a politically motivated smear of her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, for publicly disputing President Bush's assertion that Saddam Hussein was on the brink of acquiring a nuclear bomb.
    (AP, 3/16/08)
2007        Mar 16, The Inter-American Development Bank announced it would forgive $4.4 billion in debt owed by five of the poorest countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The bank excused the foreign debts of Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti and Guyana in an announcement ahead of its annual meeting.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, In Wilmington, Del., Rachel L. Holt (35), who had pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old student.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 16, SF Mayor Newsom said he plans to open a new courthouse to crack down on nuisance crimes such as public urination, panhandling, graffiti and prostitution. Antwanisha Morgan (17) was shot and killed outside the Bayview community youth center. On March 29 a boy (14) was charged in the drive-by murder. Another suspect (17) was arrested April 2, and 2 more (aged 15 & 16) on April 5. In 2009 a juvenile court judge ruled that all 4 suspects participated in the slaying of Morgan.
    (SFC, 3/17/07, p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B1)(SFC, 3/30/07, p.B4)(SFC, 4/7/07, p.B2)(SFC, 1/17/09, p.B1)
2007        Mar 16, In San Francisco Ruby Ordenana (27), a transgender prostitute, was brutally killed. Her naked body was found in the Potrero Hill area near I-280. In 2009 DNA evidence tied her murder to Donzell Francis. In the interim Francis raped and brutalized at least 3 other transgender prostitutes. In 2010 SF prosecutors filed murder charges against Francis (41), who was already serving a 17-year prison sentence for another sexual assault.
    (SFC, 11/21/09, p.A1)(SFC, 4/28/10, p.C2)
2007        Mar 16, Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands, recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food after reports of kidney failure and deaths.
    (AP, 3/16/08)
2007        Mar 16, JetBlue canceled 215 flights because of a winter storm on the East Coast. The storm was blamed for as many as a dozen deaths and forced more than 3,600 flight cancellations.
    (AP, 3/16/07)(WSJ, 3/19/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 16, African ministers in Geneva said Washington's proposed farm policy overhaul threatens to worsen the plight of Africa's cotton farmers by providing fresh assistance to US producers.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, People all over Britain donned red noses and took part in fundraising events for the 11th annual Red Nose Day, with the money going to help disadvantaged people in Africa and Britain. The event, launched in 1985, is organized every two years by Comic Relief.
    (AFP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Cambodian and foreign judges reached a key agreement on procedures governing Cambodia's long-stalled Khmer Rouge tribunal.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, China's legislators passed a law providing the most sweeping protection for private businesses and property since the nation's move toward a more capitalist-style economy beginning in the late 1970s. The legislature approved a law to end three decades of blanket tax breaks for foreign investors, raising their rates to match those of Chinese companies.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Ethiopia called for international pressure to be applied on Eritrea, which it accuses of holding eight Ethiopians still missing after the release of five European captives.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, In eastern India thousands of activists burned buses and blocked roads to protest the recent killing of 14 farmers opposed to government plans to build an industrial park on their land.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, In Indonesia an official said Bird flu has killed a 32-year-old man, taking the death toll in the nation worst hit by the disease to 65.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Six major powers sent a strong signal to Iran that they remain united in seeking to rein in its nuclear ambitions, compromising on a sanctions package to step up pressure on the Islamic republic to suspend uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the Iraqi vice president, presented his country's economic and political reform plan at a UN conference, pledging to adopt a law to the Iraq's oil riches among its often feuding regions and a program to grant amnesty for insurgents who renounce violence. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr decried US forces as occupiers and called on his followers to shout “No, No America!" Three suicide bombers driving chlorine-laden trucks struck in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar province, killing two policemen and forcing about 350 Iraqi civilians and six US troops to seek treatment for exposure to the gas. gunmen killed a member of the governmental facilities protection service in Suwayrah. In Kirkuk 2 policemen were killed and three civilians wounded by a roadside bomb and a following ambush. A mortar attack against a Sunni mosque in the southeastern Baghdad neighborhood of Zafaraniyah killed one civilian and wounded two others. 4 US soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in mainly Shiite eastern Baghdad. The military said it found a sophisticated weapon at the site that was not detonated but was of the type that Washington believes is being supplied by Iran to Shiite militias.
    (AP, 3/16/07)(AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 16, Israeli leaders criticized the new Palestinian unity government, charging that the Hamas-Fatah coalition did not meet international conditions, including recognizing the Jewish state's right to exist. Three masked Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying the chief of the UN refugee mission in Gaza and tried to kidnap him. A Fatah intelligence official was killed in a nearby ambush.
    (AP, 3/16/07)(WSJ, 3/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 16, It was reported that Italy has banned schoolchildren from using mobile phones in class in an attempt to stop ringtones disrupting lessons and prevent pupils messing about with video cameras.
    (Reuters, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Laos confirmed its second human death from bird flu, a woman who died earlier this month, after results from a lab used by the World Health Organization (WHO).
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, In Mexico an economist and a journalist became the first couple united under Mexico City's new gay civil union law.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, In Nicaragua former president Arnoldo Aleman, convicted of money laundering and embezzlement, was freed from the conditions of his parole and allowed to travel around the country. Critics said was a ploy by President Daniel Ortega to weaken the opposition.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 16, Frenchman Gerard Laporal, kidnapped in Nigeria's southern oil capital Port Harcourt more than a month ago, was released.
    (AFP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, In Pakistan police fired tear gas at rock-throwing demonstrators and detained scores of political activists, including an opposition party leader and a former national president, in a bid to stifle protests at the ouster of the country’s top judge.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Portugal said it is closing its embassy in Baghdad because of security concerns.
    (AP, 3/16/07)
2007        Mar 16, Government officials said that Russia will build two nuclear reactors annually through 2015, and increase to four a year by 2020 in an effort to sharply increase atomic power generation, according to Russian news agencies.
    (AP, 3/16/07)

2007        Mar 17, An estimated 10-20 thousand protesters marched in Washington DC marking the 4th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq and demanding an end to the war there.
    (SSFC, 3/18/07, p.A10)
2007        Mar 17, John Backus (b.1924), programmer, died in Oregon. His development of the Fortran programming language in the 1950s changed how people interacted with computers and paved the way for modern software. Fortran, short for Formula Translation, reduced the number of programming statements necessary to operate a machine by a factor of 20. The Association for Computing Machinery gave Backus its 1977 Turing Award, one of the industry's highest accolades. Backus also won a National Medal of Science in 1975 and got the 1993 Charles Stark Draper Prize, the top honor from the National Academy of Engineering.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 17, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed a child and wounded a NATO soldier and three other people. More than 1,400 artifacts, protected from looters and the Taliban since 1999 at a museum-in-exile in Switzerland, were returned to the National Museum of Afghanistan. In western Afghanistan a two-hour clash between suspected Taliban militants and police left two officers dead. Taliban guerrillas chopped noses and ears of at least five truck drivers in eastern Afghanistan as punishment for transporting supplies to US-led troops.
    (AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/18/07)(Reuters, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 17, China's central bank said it will raise key interest rates by more than a quarter point to control a surge in bank lending and investment and to prevent consumer prices from rising. The 0.27% point hike in one-year deposit and lending benchmark rates will go into effect Mar 18. This was the 3rd rate hike in a year.
    (SSFC, 3/18/07, p.A18)(AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 17, Two cargo ships collided in the East China Sea, killing at least eight people. The collision occurred off Zhejiang province between a cargo ship from China and a Hong Kong-registered vessel. The Hong Kong ship, with 29 crew aboard, sank immediately.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 17, In France tens of thousands of people filled the streets of five cities to protest plans to build the next generation of nuclear reactors.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 17, Officials in Guatemala City said China is seeking to join the Inter-American Development Bank, Latin America's largest financing institution, as a way to fuel its economic development and increase its influence in the region.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 17, India’s West Bengal state government said it is dropping plans for an industrial zone after deadly riots by farmers furious that their land was being taken for the project.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 17, In Iraq bombings and shootings targeted police patrols, killing five policemen, including two who died after a suicide car bomber struck the checkpoint they were manning near a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad. 7 US troops were killed, including four by a roadside bomb while patrolling western Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 17, Lithuanian musicians, drum-beating Punjabis and West African dancers used Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade to celebrate their place in a booming Ireland that has become a land of immigrants.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 17, The Arenitas waste water treatment plant, that Mexican officials say will help prevent pollution of US waterways, was inaugurated in the city of Mexicali, across the border from Calexico, Calif.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 17, In Nigeria retired general Adetunji Olurin, who runs Ekiti State, warned he could invoke State of Emergency Laws against politicians bent on causing violence as April general elections draw near. Newspapers next day reported that he threatened to have troublemakers shot on sight to curb political violence. In central Nigeria 2 Asians and one Nigerian were kidnapped.
    (AFP, 3/18/07)(AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 17, North Korea warned it would not shut a nuclear plant until the United States lifted banking curbs, while Washington's envoy maintained the bank issue would not kill a budding disarmament deal.
    (Reuters, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 17, Authorities eased restrictions on Pakistan's chief justice and sacked 15 police for attacking a private news channel that had criticized the government's handling of the judge's dismissal.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 17, The new Hamas-Fatah coalition won overwhelming parliamentary approval, clearing a final formal hurdle before taking on the challenge of persuading a skeptical world to end a crippling yearlong boycott of the Palestinian government. Fatah counted 6 ministers, Hamas had 12, and 7 more went to independents and small, centrist parties.
    (AP, 3/16/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.51)
2007        Mar 17, A Russian Tu-134 airliner crash landed in heavy fog in the central Russian city of Samara, killing 6 people and injuring 26.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 17, In Spain film director Pedro Almodovar joined tens of thousands of people in a march through Madrid to protest the war in Iraq and to demand the closure of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2007        Mar 17, In southern Thailand attackers hurled explosives and opened fire on an Islamic school, killing three students and sparking a riot by angry Muslim villagers. Shortly after the attack, three Buddhists were shot dead in the same district.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 17, Half of Uganda’s 28 million population was reported to be under age 15.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.50)
2007        Mar 17, Three Zimbabwean opposition activists were arrested as they tried to leave the country, including two who were allegedly beaten by police and were going to South Africa to seek medical treatment. The African Union (AU) expressed "great concern" about Zimbabwe's crisis and called for human rights to be respected, after opposition members said they were beaten after an anti-government protest.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
 
2008        Mar 18, The US listed Shabab, the armed wing of the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia, as a terrorist organization.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/news/2008/03/sec-080318-voa01.htm)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.58)
2007        Mar 18, An estimated 3,000 protesters marched in SF to mark the 4th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq and demanding an end to the war there.
    (SFC, 3/19/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 18, Scientists said that after four years of intensive collaboration, 18 top mathematicians and computer scientists from the United States and Europe have successfully mapped E8, one of the largest and most complicated structures in mathematics. E8 was discovered over a century ago, in 1887, and until now, no one thought the structure could ever be understood.
    (AFP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 18, Afghanistan's Taliban said it had handed an Italian journalist, whom it captured two weeks ago and threatened to kill, to tribal elders pending a final deal for his release.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, Bangladeshi police filed extortion charges against Tarique Rahman, a former prime minister's son, who had been a powerful political leader in a country that ranks among the world's most corrupt.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Bangladesh Cholesh Ritchil, an activist of the Garos people, was tortured to death while in army custody. Father Eugene Homrich (79), a native of Muskegon, Mich., made the news public. Homrich began working with the Garos in 1956 when they numbered about 25,000 in the Modhupur forest. By 2007 illegal logging had reduced the forest to a tenth of its size to 23,000 square miles.
    (WSJ, 6/13/07, p.A1)(www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2007/s1945435.htm)
2007        Mar 18, In northern China a coal mine explosion killed 19 with two miners still missing and presumed dead in a mine in the suburbs of Shanxi province's Jincheng City.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 18, Officials said Cesare Battisti, a former Italian communist revolutionary who went into hiding in France two and a half years ago, was arrested in Brazil. In 1993 the former revolutionary was given a life sentence by an Italian court for his role in four murders committed in 1978 and 1979.
    (AFP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, Eurostar trains ran on a normal schedule following a trackside fire the fire, near the London terminus at Waterloo station, that brought chaos to the service over the previous two days.
    (AFP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Egypt over 100 mainly Islamist lawmakers walked out of parliament to protest government moves to push through constitutional laws that opponents fear will entrench the ruling party's grip on power.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, Finns voted in a parliamentary election in a tight race between PM Matti Vanhanen's Center Party, its left-leaning coalition partner and the Conservative opposition. The ruling centrist party of PM Matti Vanhanen retained power. The Center Party won 23.1% of the vote while the Conservatives had 22.3% and the Social Democrats 21.4%, according to provisional results.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, Iran's justice ministry said Shahram Jazayeri, a fugitive Iranian businessman, was arrested outside the country after escaping from authorities last month. Jazayeri had been sentenced in 2002 to 27 years in prison for embezzlement in a high-profile conviction.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Iraq gunmen opened fire on a minibus carrying civilians, killing seven men and wounding four others in Hibhib, just east of Baqouba. A car bomb killed seven Iraqis in a predominantly Shiite district of Baghdad. A roadside bomb hit an Iraqi police convoy in eastern Baghdad, killing two policemen and wounding five. In Shorja market, Baghdad's most popular central shopping district, a man tossed a grenade into a group of workers. One worker was killed and another was wounded. Eleven bodies were found, six in Baqouba, in Diwaniyah and four in Mosul, many with signs of torture and all apparently victims of sectarian killings. US troops captured 12 suspected militants in raids across Iraq.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Jamaica Bob Woolmer (58), Pakistan cricket coach, was found dead in his hotel room, hours after Pakistan was upset by Ireland and eliminated from advancing at the Cricket World Cup. A pathologist report found Woolmer's death was due to "asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation." An inquest into Woolmer's death ended with the Jamaican jury unable to reach a ruling.
    (AP, 3/21/07)(AP, 3/23/07)(AP, 3/18/08)
2007        Mar 18, In Japan 3 masked men stole 220-pound block of gold worth more than $2 million from the Ohashi Collection Kan museum in Takayama. 26 railways and 75 bus companies in the greater Tokyo area were scheduled to begin sharing a new stored value system called Pasmo.
    (AP, 3/19/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.72)
 2007        Mar 18, In Nigeria a senior veterinary official said the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus is spreading among poultry farms around Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city.
    (AFP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Pakistan the lawyer for a man convicted of killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl said he will file an appeal using an al-Qaida lieutenant's recent confession that he beheaded the reporter.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, Panamanian police working with agents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency  seized a boat off the nation's Pacific coast carrying 21.4 tons of cocaine in one of the biggest maritime cocaine busts anywhere on record.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Somalia insurgents struck the Mogadishu's seaport and former intelligence quarters, killing two people and injuring at least 16 who were caught in fighting that drew in Ethiopian and government troops.
    (AP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, The UN said a first group of Congolese refugees, who escaped a 2004 massacre at a camp in Burundi, left for the US to start a program to resettle more than 500 people.
    (AFP, 3/18/07)
2007        Mar 18, In Zimbabwe Nelson Chamisa, a spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was prevented from leaving the country and suffered serious injuries after being beaten up at Harare International Airport.
    (AFP, 3/18/07)

2007        Mar 19, President Bush marked the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war with a plea for patience to let his revised battle plan work; Congress' new Democratic leaders retorted that no patience remained.
    (AP, 3/19/08)
2007        Mar 19, US officials said that the United States and North Korea have resolved a dispute over $25 million in frozen North Korean funds, clearing the way for progress in dismantling the North's nuclear programs.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, The Airbus A380 made its first flight to North America to show off the superjumbo to potential US buyers and to the airports they hope will be flight bases for the double-decker jet. As a test a day earlier, Frankfurt air show organizers boarded more than 500 people onto the aircraft using two jetways with an impressive time of less than 20 minutes.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, Calvert DeForest (85), American TV character actor, died. He played Larry “Bud" Melman on the “Late Night With David Letterman" in the 1980s.
    (SFC, 3/21/07, p.B6)
2007        Mar 19, Luther Ingram (69), rhythm-and-blues singer-songwriter, died.
    (AP, 3/19/08)
2007        Mar 19, In Afghanistan Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo (52), kidnapped on March 5, was freed by the Taliban. His translator also was kidnapped and officials hope he will be released. However, their driver, Sayed Agha, was beheaded by the captors. The next day the Afghan government admitted to exchanging 5 Taliban prisoners for the Italian hostage as the UN and US led criticism of any negotiations with "terrorists." A suicide car bomber attacked a three-vehicle US Embassy convoy on a dangerous road in Kabul, killing an Afghan teenager and wounding 5 security personnel.
    (AP, 3/19/07)(AP, 3/20/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 19, In Azerbaijan 2 journalists accused of inciting religious hatred with an article that criticized Islam went on trial, both accusing authorities of waging a politically motivated prosecution.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, Brazil's airlines were trying to make up for lengthy flight delays after its troubled air traffic control system failed over the weekend.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, A Cambodian court official said that Prince Norodom Ranariddh has been charged with adultery for having a mistress while still being legally married to his wife.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, Jim Flaherty, Canada’s finance minister, announced the 10th successive annual fiscal surplus.
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.44)
2007        Mar 19, Egypt's parliament approved a controversial set of amendments to the constitution that the opposition has denounced as a blow to democracy. Critics said the amendments are meant to ease the succession of Pres. Mubarak’s son.
    (AP, 3/19/07)(WSJ, 3/21/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 19, In Guinea a bridge collapsed under the weight of a lorry overloaded with passengers and goods leaving 65 people dead.
    (Reuters, 3/20/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 19, In Indonesia an official announced that bird flu has killed a 21-year-old man, taking the death toll in the nation worst hit by the disease to 66. In Bali the Hindu majority marked the start of the Muslim year 1386 with the new year holiday called Nyepi, a day of silence, rest and reflection.
    (AP, 3/19/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.49)
2007        Mar 19, An explosion at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad killed at least eight worshippers, the fourth anniversary of the start of the war. About an hour later, four blasts occurred in a 35-minute period in different areas of Kirkuk killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 30. Khalaf Ghargan, the mayor of the small Shiite village of Dijelah was kidnapped on his way to work, and his bullet-riddled body was later found along a highway. Gunmen also attacked a police checkpoint northwest of Samarra killing one policeman and wounding three others. Iraqi and US troops engaged in a major operation as part of a security crackdown in the volatile Hurriyah neighborhood in northern Baghdad. The state-run Iraqiya network said six civilians were killed.
    (AP, 3/19/07)(AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 19, The Macau Monetary Authority said it would release 25 million dollars in North Korean funds frozen at a bank under US financial sanctions.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, In northwestern Pakistan pro-government tribesman and Uzbek militants clashed, leaving about 30 dead in fighting that began after an Arab was found shot to death in the area.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 19, In northern Lebanon rival Palestinian factions clashed in a refugee camp, shaking the camp with explosions and wounding at least two gunmen.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 19, Hamas militants claimed responsibility for a shooting that wounded an Israeli civilian near the border with the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, A methane gas explosion ripped through a Siberian coal mine, killing 110 miners in the country's worst mining disaster in more than a decade.
    (WSJ, 3/21/07, p.A1)(AP, 3/19/08)
2007        Mar 19, In South Africa waves reaching up to eight meters (26 feet) high pounded Durban, smashing windows and flooding businesses.
    (AFP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 19, Sudan's Pres. Bashir denied his government was involved in widespread human rights abuses in Darfur, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed in what the US says is the first genocide of this century. Amnesty International said 2 Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after a trial in which they had no lawyer and which used Arabic, not their first language. Sadia Idriss Fadul was sentenced on Feb 13 and Amouna Abdallah Daldoum on March 6 and their sentences could be carried out at any time.
    (Reuters, 3/19/07)(Reuters, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 19, In Thailand suspected Muslim separatists shot and killed three Buddhist women involved with a project for victims of the insurgency.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2007        Mar 19, A Yemen military official said government forces seized a number of bases belonging to Shiite rebels in northern Yemen following fighting that drove some 2,500 civilians from their homes. Military officials said that 144 Yemeni troops have been killed since January.
    (AP, 3/19/07)

2007        Mar 20, Pres. Bush vowed that his top aides will not testify under oath before congressional committees on the scandal involving the firing of 8 US attorneys.
    (SFC, 3/21/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 20, In Arizona the Hualapai Indian tribe invited a select few to the unveiling of the horseshoe-shaped deck over the Grand Canyon in advance of a public opening planned for March 28. Tour packages with deck access will range in price from $49.95 to $199. The deck, which juts 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge, will accommodate up to 120 guests at a time.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 20, Rescuers found Michael Auberry, a 12-year-old Boy Scout, who was dehydrated and disoriented after four days in the wooded mountains of North Carolina.
    (AP, 3/20/08)
2007        Mar 20, The second flight of Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) low-cost Falcon 1 rocket reached 200 miles altitude but did not make it to orbit due to the premature shutdown of its second-stage Kestrel engine. SpaceX launched the two-stage Falcon 1 rocket from its Omelek Island launch site in the Marshall Islands, but the rocket failed to reach its intended 425-mile (685-kilometer) orbit due to a roll control glitch.
    (http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon/f2/)
2007        Mar 20, The WWF conservation group said climate change, pollution, over extraction of water and development are killing some of the world's most famous rivers including China's Yangtze, India's Ganges and Africa's Nile.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, Albert Baez (b.1912), Mexican-American physicist, died. In 1948 he and Paul Kirkpatrick co-invented the X-ray reflection microscope for the study of living cells. His books included “The New College Physics: A Spiral Approach" (1967), and the memoir “A Year in Baghdad" (1988). Baez was also the father of singers Joan Baez and Mimi Farina.
    (SSFC, 3/25/07, p.B3)
2007        Mar 20, The African Union urged the UN Security Council to back a peace deal signed between Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and the opposition by gradually pulling its troops out of the country.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, Authorities in emergency-ruled Bangladesh said they have found "huge" amounts of undisclosed money in the bank accounts of dozens of prominent figures caught up in a major anti-graft drive.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, The British government said schools have the right to ban students from wearing Muslim veils if teachers believe the garments affect safety or pupils' learning. Britain ordered its military to stop using cluster bombs that lack self-destruct mechanisms in a decision intended to prevent the weapons, used as recently as the beginning of the Iraq war, from harming civilians.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, An explosion aboard the HMS Tireless, a nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine under an Arctic ice cap, killed two British sailors and injured a crewmember.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 20, China approved four foreign banks to begin local currency services to individual Chinese customers, opening up access to the country's 30 trillion yuan ($4 trillion; 3 euros trillion) in household savings and surging demand for credit cards and other financial services.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, Ecuador's constitutional crisis took a new twist as alternate lawmakers were escorted into Congress under the cover of darkness and sworn in to replace some of the legislators fired by the country's highest electoral court.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, Guatemala police arrested 4 people on suspicion of being among those who orchestrated the killings of three Salvadoran politicians and their driver in Feb 19.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 20, Taha Yassin Ramadan (69), Saddam Hussein's former deputy, was hanged before dawn, the fourth man to be executed in the killings of 148 Shiites following a 1982 assassination attempt against the former leader in the town of Dujail. At least 15 people were killed or found dead, most in Baghdad, as the war entered its fifth year. Iraqi and US troops backed by American warplanes battled al-Qaida-linked insurgents for more than five hours in clashes in Amiriyah, near Fallujah, that left eight killed and five Iraqi policemen wounded.
    (AP, 3/20/07)(AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 20, Ali Mussa Dakdouk, a senior Lebanese Hezbollah operative, was captured in southern Iraq.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Mar 20, Heavy rains triggered landslides that buried three homes in Pakistan's portion of Kashmir, leaving 31 people dead.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 20, A US diplomat met with the Palestinian finance minister, the first American contact with the new Palestinian government and a sign of a break in policy between Israel and its closest ally.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, In Peru 3 suspected leftist rebels were shot to death in a clash with troops in the highland jungle.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, Fire swept through a nursing home in southern Russia after the night watchman ignored two alarms, killing 62 people in the Azov Sea coast village of Kamyshevatskaya, where the closest fire station was nearly an hour's drive away.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, The commander of African Union forces in Somalia pleaded for reinforcements as the AU's security chief paid a flying visit to volatile Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, The Madrid government said El Hierro, one of the smallest of Spain's Canary Islands, is to receive 100 percent of its electricity supply from renewable energy sources.
    (AFP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, Russia confirmed that it has begun pulling out experts from the Iranian nuclear power plant they were helping build and that it is withholding nuclear fuel for Iran’s reactors.
    (SFC, 3/21/07, p.A3)
2007        Mar 20, Nyamko Sabuni (37), a Congolese immigrant and Sweden's first black minister, said the oppression of women and girls in the name of family honor has become an urgent problem in Sweden with the arrival of growing numbers of immigrants over the past few years.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2007        Mar 20, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa urged southern Africa to take a new approach to Zimbabwe, which he likened to a "sinking Titanic" as millions flee economic and political turmoil.
    (Reuters, 3/21/07)

2008        Mar 21, Former Vice President Al Gore made an emotional return to Congress as he pleaded with House and Senate committees to fight global warming; skeptical Republicans questioned the science behind his climate-change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2007        Mar 21, An industry trade group said US mortgage applications fell last week for the first time in four weeks, reflecting a drop in demand for home refinancing even as interest rates hovered near recent lows.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Texas investigators said Timothy Wayne Shepherd (27) confessed to strangling Tynesha Stewart (19) because he was angry she had begun a new relationship. Shepherd had dismembered and burned her body on a patio grill.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Afghanistan Dutch ministers urged the Afghan government to step up its presence and development in the troubled south, where Taliban insurgents are most entrenched, saying NATO cannot do it alone.
    (AFP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, Sonia Falcone, former Miss Bolivia (1988), was ordered to leave the United States after pleading guilty to employing four illegal immigrants as household servants at her $10.5 million mansion in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
    (www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/86326?source=rss&dest=STY-86326)
2007        Mar 21, Britain's leader-in-waiting Gordon Brown unexpectedly cut income tax along with business taxes in his 11th and probably final budget before he takes over from British PM Tony Blair as expected.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, PM Tony Blair said Britain would urge the EU to impose tougher sanctions on Zimbabwe, describing the situation there as "appalling, disgraceful and utterly tragic."
    (AFP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, The World Trade Organization (WTO) said Canada should dismantle "significant" trade barriers it uses to protect its wheat, dairy and other agricultural producers.
    (Reuters, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, The EU and the UN eased their diplomatic boycott of the Palestinian government, holding talks with non-Hamas ministers.
    (Reuters, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, French President Jacques Chirac endorsed the presidential bid of Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy despite their long rivalry.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Guatemala a top human rights official said a newly created international council of experts will oversee and protect extensive police archives exposing atrocities committed during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Indonesia 3 Islamic militants were found guilty of decapitating three Christian schoolgirls in 2005 and dumping their bloodied heads in nearby villages. They were sentenced to between 14 and 20 years.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 21, US troops killed five insurgents and destroyed a bomb-making factory north of Baghdad. In Sunni dominated west Baghdad they found arms caches including nitric acid and chlorine. Dozens more were detained after fierce clashes in a Sunni-dominated province west of the capital. Scattered violence killed at least nine people. A claim by the US military that insurgents used children in a weekend suicide attack raised concerns about new tactics being adopted by insurgents. Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a postgraduate female student at Basra University, Tuhfa Jaafar al-Bachay. Two US soldiers and a Marine were killed in combat.
    (AP, 3/21/07)(AP, 3/22/07)(WSJ, 3/22/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 21, Tens of thousands of Israeli workers launched an open-ended general strike that crippled the country's airports, seaports, railways, government offices, banks, the stock exchange and many other services. The strike by public service workers ended after just eight hours, when the Israeli government agreed to pay back wages.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In southern Nepal a fierce gunbattle near Gaur between former communist rebels and ethnic rights activists, the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF), left 29 dead, mostly Maoists, and 35 wounded.
    (AP, 3/22/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.51)
2007        Mar 21, A Nigerian Senate committee ruled that President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, acted "illegally" in the management of a petroleum fund and recommended them for prosecution. 5 people were killed in clashes over land in Ikare-Akoka in the southwestern state of Ondo.
    (AFP, 3/21/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 21, Thousands of protesters urged President Pervez Musharraf to quit over his removal of Pakistan's top judge, as the new acting chief justice flew back home and into the eye of the storm. In northwestern Pakistan fighting between local and Uzbek militants escalated, and the death toll from three days of clashes rose to at least 70.
    (AP, 3/21/07)(AFP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Somalia masked men believed to be Islamic militants dragged the corpses of two soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu and set their bodies on fire during fierce battles with government forces trying to consolidate their control. Medical officials at Mogadishu's three hospitals said they had recorded at least seven dead and 36 wounded by early afternoon. One fire-fight left 15 people killed. Un estimates said 40,000 of Mogadishu’s 2 million residents had fled the city.
    (AP, 3/21/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.54)

2007        Mar 22, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth made a joint announcement that he will continue his bid for the White House despite the recurrence of her breast cancer.
    (SFC, 3/23/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 22, A US federal judge dealt another blow to government efforts to control Internet pornography, striking down a 1998 US law that makes it a crime for commercial Web site operators to let children access "harmful" material.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, In southern California authorities said 5 people had been arrested for running a prostitution ring that offered sex with immigrant Chinese women.
    (SFC, 3/23/07, p.B6)
2007        Mar 22, In Hawaii Dorie-Ann Kahale and her five daughters moved from a homeless shelter to a mansion, courtesy of billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto, a Japanese real estate mogul, who is handing over eight of his multimillion-dollar homes to low-income Native Hawaiian families. Asked whether he was concerned about losing money on the effort, he laughed and said: "This is pocket money for me."
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 22, Missouri’s state board of education voted to take over the St. Louis school district, effective in mid-June.
    (Econ, 3/31/07, p.38)
2007        Mar 22, Fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in Helmand province killed at least 49 militants and 7 police in what appears to be the biggest independent operation yet by Afghan forces. Taliban commanders tried to negotiate an end to four days of battles between Pakistani tribesmen and foreign Al-Qaeda militants that have left at least 120 dead.
    (AP, 3/22/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 22, Rafik Khalifa (40), the head of a bank at the centre of Algeria's biggest corruption scandal, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison. Khalifa has been exiled in London since 2003, when hundreds of millions of dollars was discovered missing from the Khalifa Bank. Algeria has been seeking his extradition. The exiled former governor of the central bank, Abdelawahab Keramane, and five others were also sentenced in abstentia to 20 years in prison.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, Gordon Brown, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the government will grant 35 billion pounds to Northern Ireland over the next four years.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, Counter-terrorist police in England arrested three men in connection with the 2005 suicide attacks on the London transit system. London police said a man held hostage for nine days following a dispute between drugs gangs has been freed in Liverpool in what was the longest-running kidnap they have ever dealt with.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/22/08)
2007        Mar 22, In Congo heavy gunfire broke out in Kinshasa near the home of a former warlord who placed second in last fall's presidential vote. Soldiers deployed throughout the city, and residents fled in vehicles and on foot.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, The EU approved an aviation deal with the US that opens up restricted trans-Atlantic routes to new rivals, but bowed to British concerns in delaying when the agreement takes effect. The EU said Boeing has benefited from $23.7 billion in illegal state aid, hitting back at the US in a tit-for-tat row at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over plane subsidies.
    (AP, 3/22/07)(Reuters, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, France became the first country to open its files on UFOs when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, In Iraq a rocket landed near the prime minister's office during the first visit to Iraq by the head of the UN in nearly a year and a half, sending Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ducking unharmed behind a podium at a news conference. The US military announced that it had captured the leaders of a Shiite insurgent network "directly connected" to the killing in January of five American soldiers in Karbala by gunmen speaking English, wearing US military uniforms and carrying American weapons. The arrests of Qais Khazaali, his brother Laith Khazaali and several other members of the network took place over the past three days. In Baqouba the bullet-ridden body of a kidnapped local official and mother of three was found dumped on a city street, one day after masked gunmen stormed her house and took her away handcuffed. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in the western section of Baghdad while his unit was engaged in "route clearance operations."
    (AP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 22, A Japanese court sentenced Ryoji Miyauchi, former chief financial officer of dot-com company Livedoor, to 20 months in prison for inflating earnings reports.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, Brian Joubert became the first Frenchman in 42 years to win the world title by taking the men's event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo.
    (AP, 3/22/08)
2007        Mar 22, Malaysia and Thailand agreed to map out a series of socio-economic measures to end rising sectarian tensions and violence in the kingdom's insurgency-wracked south.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, In Mozambique an explosion at a weapons depot in a densely populated neighborhood of Maputo killed at least 96 people and left more than 400 injured, many of them children.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 22, Talks on halting North Korea's nuclear program broke down abruptly on with the country's chief nuclear envoy flying home after a dispute over money frozen in a Macau bank could not be resolved.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, In Pakistan lawyers held fresh protests over the removal of the chief justice, as an inquiry into the beating of attorneys by police at another demonstration got under way. Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile with the capability to avoid radar detection.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, South Korea said it would build a park in memory of victims of the U.S. Army's mass killing of South Korean refugees at the village of No Gun Ri.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, Somali and Ethiopian troops battled insurgents for a second day in Mogadishu. The Somali government said Al-Qaeda has named Aden Hashi Ayro, a ruthless Islamist commander, as its leader in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 3/22/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, Smugglers taking illegal migrants from Somalia to Yemen forced hundreds of Africans overboard in stormy seas in an effort to make a fast getaway from security forces. 31 bodies were found and nearly 90 people remained missing.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 22, Sudan temporarily suspended 52 non-governmental organizations working in Darfur as the new UN humanitarian chief began his first visit to the country, hoping to win aid groups better access to the region.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 22, Zimbabwe's Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube urged his countrymen to stand up to the iron-fisted government of President Robert Mugabe. State-media reported that the Zimbabwean government has urged African nations to join hands to fight domination by powerful Western countries. A Harare court ruled that injured activists could seek treatment abroad.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)(Reuters, 3/22/07)

2007        Mar 23, The US House voted for the first time to clamp a cutoff deadline on the Iraq war, agreeing by a thin margin to pull combat troops out by next year and pushing the new Democratic-led Congress ever closer to a showdown with President Bush.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 23, Former Interior Department official J. Steven Griles pleaded guilty to obstructing Congress, becoming the highest-ranking Bush administration official convicted in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.
    (Reuters, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, In Florida the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy was decommissioned after nearly 40 years of service.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, Rachel Smith of Tennessee bested 50 other aspiring beauty queens to win the title of Miss USA.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 23, In California an Alameda County judge released a draft report giving the state 60 days to stop killing fish or shut down pumps that send water to southern California.
    (SFC, 3/24/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 23, Militants ambushed a convoy carrying Afghan soldiers. In the ensuing clash, three suspected Taliban were killed and six were wounded.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 23, Australia called on South Africa to pressure Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to quit, saying the 83-year-old leader was a disaster for his country. South Africa defended its policy on Zimbabwe as the only way to approach Mugabe's authoritarian government and said African nations might convene a summit to deal with the crisis.
    (AFP, 3/23/07)(Reuters, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, Brazil's environmental agency approved a $2 billion project to shift the course of a major river in Brazil, a plan bitterly opposed by environmentalists. The Sao Francisco River project is meant to benefit some 12 million poor people by allowing large sections of the country's arid northeast to be irrigated.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 23, A Brazilian housewife was convicted and sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing her husband, chopping his body into small pieces and frying it. Rosanita Nery dos Santos (52) drugged her husband in his sleep, then stabbed him to death two years ago in Salvador, about 900 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, In Colombia Jorge Noguera, Pres. Alvaro Uribe's former spy chief, was freed from jail after a judge ruled his imprisonment for alleged links to far-right militias was illegal on procedural grounds.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, Congo's chief prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former warlord and senator, who took refuge inside a foreign embassy while his personal army and government troops fought in the capital. The head of Congo's army said in a nationally televised address that security forces had regained control of Kinshasa after two days of intense fighting against the militia of a former warlord who lost last year's presidential runoff. An aid group working with hospitals and morgues said more than 100 people died in two days of fighting. EU envoys later said the fighting left 600 dead.
    (AP, 3/23/07)(WSJ, 3/24/07, p.A1)(AP, 3/25/07)(WSJ, 3/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 23, A committee of the European Commission on plant health met to discuss measures to prevent further importation of palm trees infested with Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, an aggressive weevil that has infested palm trees around the Mediterranean.
    (WSJ, 3/24/07, p.A5)
2007        Mar 23, Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British sailors and marines who had boarded a merchant ship in Iraqi waters of the Persian Gulf as part of efforts to protect the Iraqi coastline and its oil terminals; they were held for 13 days.
    (AP, 3/23/07)(AP, 3/23/08)
2007        Mar 23, Iraq's deputy prime minister, a Sunni who crossed the country's sectarian divide to join the Shiite-led government, was wounded in a suicide bombing at a mosque in the courtyard of his home. Nine people were killed. A US soldier on a foot patrol was killed by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/23/07)(AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 23, A Japanese whaling ship returned to port from Antarctica with a catch of 508 whales, despite having its annual hunt cut short by a deadly fire.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, A human rights group said Kenya has deported more than 100 people from 19 countries to Somalia after they crossed the border between the two countries illegally during fighting earlier this year, and the deportees were subsequently arrested by Ethiopian troops.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, Maoist demonstrators displayed the bodies of 25 slain activists in open trucks to protest their killings in Nepal's restive south. Thousands demonstrated on the streets of the capital Katmandu two days after a fierce battle between the former communist rebels and supporters of an ethnic rights organization left 28 dead and more than 30 wounded in the town of Gaur.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, In southern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped three foreign construction workers, including a Dutch national, in two separate incidents.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, In Pakistan Ali Mohammed Jan Aurakzai, the North West Frontier Province governor, said clashes between Pakistani tribesmen and foreign militants near the Afghan border this week have left up to 160 people dead, including about 130 Uzbek and Chechen fighters. Officials said warring tribesmen and foreign Al-Qaeda militants have agreed to a ceasefire after four days of bloodshed in the border region.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, In Somalia a cargo plane was shot down by a missile during takeoff died. Ten of the crew died in the crash. Rescuers found a wounded crew member and took him to a Mogadishu hospital where he died while being treated. All crew members were either Ukrainian or Belarussian. Egi Azarian, acting head of Belarus-based Transaviaexport, confirmed that the company's plane was shot down.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 23, A South Korean presidential panel removed a year-old ban on research into the cloning of human embryonic stem cells.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, Sri Lankan troops advanced into territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels, shifting the battle lines to the island's north where the latest death toll on both sides hit 37.
    (AP, 3/23/07)
2007        Mar 23, The United Nations said nearly 800 people have died after a meningitis epidemic spread from Burkina Faso to eight other western African countries since the start of the year. Benin, Chad, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo have also been affected to differing degrees.
    (AFP, 3/23/07)

2007        Mar 24, It was reported that the total number of books in existence was estimated to be about 65 million.
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.93)
2007        Mar 24, Marshall Rogers, artist, died in Freemont, Ca. He drew the Batman comics in the 1970s with a mix of new detail and noirish fantasy.
    (SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D1)
2007        Mar 24, In Afghanistan militants attacked a police checkpoint near Tirin Kot in Uruzgan province in a clash that left two police and six militants dead. Afghan and US-led coalition troops repelled an attack by insurgents in eastern Paktika province, leaving 12 militants dead. A joint force of Afghan army, police and intelligence killed 11 Taliban militants in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. Separately, suspected Taliban insurgents clashed with villagers in western Afghanistan, leaving three militants killed and one villager wounded.
    (AP, 3/24/07)(AP, 3/25/07)(AFP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 24, Thieves in Cambodia poisoned a 62-year-old domesticated elephant and sawed off its tusks to sell on the black market. In 2008 2 men were arrested for the killing and faced up to 3 years in prison for the intentional destruction of private property.
    (AP, 3/27/07)(AP, 3/26/08)
2007        Mar 24, Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s poorest states, numbered some 170 million people.   
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.48)
2007        Mar 24, The UN Security Council unanimously voted to impose additional sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium, a move intended to show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly isolated.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 24, At least 74 people were killed or found dead in Iraq. A suicide truck bomber struck a police station in Dora, a mainly Sunni area in Baghdad, killing 20 people. 2 mortar shells landed on a Shiite enclave elsewhere in Dora, killing three people and wounding seven. Gunmen ambushed an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad's western Sunni neighborhood of Jami'a, killing a soldier and wounding two others. A militant also was killed in subsequent clashes. At least 11 other people were killed or found dead, including a civilian who died after a parked truck packed with explosives struck a Shiite mosque in Haswa, and the bullet-riddled bodies of 8 men showing signs of torture in Fallujah. The Islamic State in Iraq, an insurgent umbrella group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, purportedly claimed responsibility for three suicide bombings near the Anbar province city of Qaim, near the Syrian border, saying in an Internet statement that 45 policemen were killed and 48 were wounded. police said only six people had been killed, including five policemen, and 19 other people wounded. A US Marine was killed during combat in Anbar province.
    (AP, 3/24/07)(AP, 3/25/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 24, Japan's Miki Ando won the women's title at the World Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo, leading a 1-2 finish for the host country with Mao Asada second.
    (AP, 3/24/08)
2007        Mar 24, A senior judge from Pakistan's tiny Hindu minority was sworn in as acting chief justice amid a judicial crisis embroiling the government of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 24, Russian authorities broke up a demonstration against the government in Nizhny Novgorod, detaining hundreds of activists.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 24, Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels were locked in intense battles in the island's northeast, for a second straight day, as both sides reported heavy casualties.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 24, In Sudan 11 people were killed including 2 policemen and eight members of Darfur's former rebel Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM) in Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city. Abdel Shafee Jomaa Arabi, a senior rebel commander, was killed in an ambush in Darfur.
    (AFP, 3/24/07)(AFP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 24, Swedish truck maker Volvo said it has successfully acquired Japan's Nissan Diesel, the latest merger in the industry as companies prepare for more stringent emissions rules.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 24, In southwestern Zimbabwe a British woman and her 10-year-old daughter were killed by a rogue elephant while her husband escaped unhurt during a walking safari at Hwange National Park.
    (AFP, 3/27/07)(SSFC, 4/1/07, p.G2)

2007        Mar 25, In Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, William Huck Sr. (60) was arrested on child sex charges and has since told authorities he molested 40 children over a 30-year period.
    (AP, 4/6/07)
2007        Mar 25, Lynn Merrick (b.1921), leading lady in American Western films, died in Florida. Her over 40 films included “Two Gun Sheriff" (1940) and “I Love Trouble" (1948).
    (SFC, 4/3/07, p.D5)
2007        Mar 25, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants attacked a district office in Wardak province in a clash that left 15 militants and two officers dead. In Ghazni province Afghan police and soldiers launched a joint operation against militants in Andar district, which left five suspected Taliban dead and seven wounded.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 25, Armenia’s PM Andranik Margarian (55) died of heart failure. Serzh Sarkisian (Sargsyan), defense minister, was appointed prime minister.
    (AP, 3/25/07)(www.eurasianet.org/armenia/parties/serzh.html)
2007        Mar 25, In Belarus security forces prevented up to 1,500 opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko from protesting in the same square where unprecedented rallies shook the former Soviet republic a year ago.
    (AFP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, British PM Tony Blair said that the 15 British sailors and marines captured by Iran as they searched for smugglers off the Iraqi coast were not in Iranian waters and warned that Britain viewed their fate as a "fundamental" issue.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, European Union leaders celebrated half a century of unity by hailing the bloc's achievements in bolstering peace, democracy and prosperity, then pledged to end two years of deadlock over plans to radically overhaul the way the EU does business.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, In Germany Brigitte Mohnhaupt (57), a one-time leader Germany's Red Army Faction, was released after a quarter-century in prison for her involvement in some of the radical left-wing group's most notorious murders.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, Incumbent Donald Tsang trounced his challenger in Hong Kong's first contested leadership race since it returned to Chinese rule, but the losing candidate said the vote was rigged and demanded greater democracy. Tsang beat pro-democracy lawmaker Alan Leong 649-123 in the vote by an election committee loaded with tycoons and other elites.
    (AP, 3/25/07)(AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 25, Iran announced it was partially suspending cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog agency, citing what it called “illegal and bullying" Security Council sanctions imposed on the country for its refusal to stop enriching uranium.
    (AP, 3/25/08)
2007        Mar 25, Suspected Shiite militants bombed a Sunni mosque in Haswa in apparent retaliation for a suicide attack the day before against a Shiite shrine in the same city that killed 11 people. Gunmen and Iraqi security forces clashed in a Sunni area in central Baghdad. At least two people were killed in fighting. At least 27 Iraqis were reported killed. 5 US soldiers were killed in roadside bombings.
    (AP, 3/25/07)(SFC, 3/26/07, p.A5)
2007        Mar 25, A powerful earthquake struck central Japan, killing at least one person and injuring 170 others as it toppled buildings, triggered landslides and generated a small tsunami along the coast. The quake was followed throughout the day by aftershocks.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, Citizens of Mauritania went to the polls for the second time this month, choosing between two men vying to usher Mauritania into civilian rule. Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi won Mauritania’s first free presidential election.
    (AP, 3/25/07)(AP, 3/25/08)
2007        Mar 25, In Nigeria a diplomatic source said an Indian and a Lebanese man kidnapped in volatile southern Nigeria last week amid disputes over oil revenues have been released.
    (AFP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, Fire broke out in a Moscow striptease club in the early hours, killing 10 people.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, European leaders called for new international sanctions on Sudan over its treatment of civilians in Darfur, where the new UN humanitarian chief warned that humanitarian efforts were at risk of collapse.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, declaring the atmosphere "not fully ripe," shunned officials from the Islamic militant Hamas group. Ban Ki-Moon toured a Palestinian refugee camp and a stretch of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank, and said the visit strengthened his resolve to work for Mideast peace.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, In Somalia one of the elders involved in negotiations said talks between Ethiopian military officials and elders of the dominant Hawiye clan in Mogadishu have reached an impasse, threatening a two-day truce.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, In northern Sri Lanka thousands of Tamil civilians were on the run as troops and Tiger rebels traded artillery fire across a de facto border, with both sides claiming heavy casualties.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 25, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said that his administration plans to create "collective property" as part of sweeping reforms toward socialism, and that officials would move to seize control of large ranches and redistribute lands deemed "idle."
    (AP, 3/25/07)

2007        Mar 26, The US military concluded that high-ranking Army officers had made critical errors in reporting the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, but that there was no criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of the former NFL star by fellow soldiers. The findings were rejected by Tillman's family.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
2007        Mar 26, An American border inspector was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for taking cash and cars from smugglers, allowing them to shuttle illegal immigrants from Mexico into the United States.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, David Hicks, a 31-year-old former kangaroo skinner, entered a surprise guilty plea at the first session of the tribunals set up after the US Supreme Court struck down the Pentagon's previous efforts to try Guantanamo prisoners. Hicks was sentenced to seven years in prison; all but nine months' prison time was suspended. Hicks was returned to Australia to serve out his term, and was freed in December.
    (AP, 3/27/07)(AP, 3/26/08)
2007        Mar 26, A new study that suggested that an antioxidant found in blueberries and grapes may offer protection against colon cancer.
    (AFP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, Intel Corp. announced it will build a $2.5 billion chip factory in China, giving the US company a bigger presence in the booming Chinese market and boosting Beijing's efforts to attract high-tech investment. Intel also unveiled a prototype chip that uses optical connections to increase speed. Products using the technology were expected to appear within 3 years.
    (AP, 3/26/07)(WSJ, 3/26/07, p.B6)
2007        Mar 26, Four children and Pedro Rodriguez (28), their father, were found dead in the family's home in Frederick, Maryland. The mother Deysi M. Benitez (25) was missing. Her sister from El Salvador said she had been beaten by her husband and wanted to separate. Police concluded he had smothered the girls and killed the boy with a blow to the head, and then killed himself. The body of his wife, Deysi Benitez (25), an immigrant from El Salvador, was found Feb 29, 2008, 20 miles from their home in Frederick.
    (AP, 3/28/07)(AP, 4/17/08)
2007        Mar 26, A suicide bomber in a car attacked a NATO convoy in the southern province of Kandahar, killing himself but causing no alliance casualties. The US urged European countries to provide more troops for Afghanistan and to free them up for combat, as well as to provide further aid to the war-shattered country.
    (AP, 3/26/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 26, In Britain Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey agreed upon a $9.8 billion merger to create the country’s largest house builder.
    (AP, 3/26/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.65)
2007        Mar 26, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet fired her chief of staff and three other members of her Cabinet in response to a public transportation crisis that has badly damaged her government.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 26, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Russia on his third visit as national leader, seeking energy deals but also offering Moscow business opportunities and international cooperation as they expand ties.
    (Reuters, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, Egyptians were slow to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments that opponents condemned as a sham and a setback to democratic progress. Egyptian human rights groups later said that turnout for the referendum was only five percent, far lower than the 27 percent reported by the government.
    (AP, 3/26/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.57)(AP, 4/11/07)
2007        Mar 26, Nicolas Sarkozy resigned as French interior minister to focus on his presidential bid, recalling his successes but also challenges, including violence by poor young minorities.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, Guatemala's interior minister resigned in the wake of a scandal over police investigators' alleged involvement in the grisly murder of three Salvadoran politicians last month. Rioting gang members fired dozens of gunshots, killing three inmates, and took two guards and two food service workers hostage in a southern Guatemala prison.
    (AP, 3/26/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 26, In India New Delhi’s High Court imposed new measures aimed at deterring habitually bad drivers in the capital, including the smoking ban and a prohibition on using mobile phones while behind the wheel.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 26, Zalmay Khalilzad, the departing US ambassador, said American and Iraqi officials are seeking to persuade so-called "reconcilable insurgents" to join forces against al-Qaida. Iskandariyah authorities imposed an indefinite curfew after two people were killed and two others wounded in sectarian clashes sparked by an attack by suspected Shiite militants on a Sunni mosque. Kirkuk police said two elderly Chaldean Catholic nuns were stabbed multiple time by two intruders who raided their home near Kirkuk's Cathedral of the Virgin. The US military also announced the capture of leaders of a car-bombing ring blamed for killing hundreds of Iraqis.
    (AP, 3/26/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 26, Israel welcomed the idea of a regional peace summit and Saudi Arabia suggesting it would consider changes in a dormant peace initiative to make it more acceptable to Israel.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, An Italian prosecutor demanded a five-year jail sentence for conservative former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is accused of bribing a judge.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, under fire for denying that Japan forced women to work as sex slaves during World War II, offered a fresh apology but refused to clearly acknowledge Japan's responsibility for running the frontline brothels.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, Lindsay Ann Hawker (22), a British language teacher, was found naked in a sand-filled bathtub at an apartment outside Tokyo. She had been beaten and then suffocated. Police hunted for the prime suspect, a 28-year-old Japanese male. On Nov 10, 2009, Tatsuya Ichihashi was arrested as the only suspect in the murder, after he had spent over two years on the run and altered his appearance with plastic surgery. In 2011 Ichihashi admitted the killing but said it was accidental. On July 21 Ichihashi was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 3/29/07)(AFP, 12/2/09)(AFP, 7/4/11)(AFP, 7/21/11)
2007        Mar 26, A report by a special envoy for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended independence for Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo, supervised by the international community.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, In northern Nigeria at least 89 people burned to death in Kaduna when a tanker lorry caught fire as they were stealing fuel from it.
    (AFP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 26, The leaders of Northern Ireland's major Protestant and Catholic parties, sitting side by side for the first time in history, announced a breakthrough deal to forge a power-sharing administration May 8.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
2007        Mar 26, In Pakistan supporters of opposition parties rallied against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's removal of Pakistan's top judge, raising the stakes in a judicial crisis that threatens to undermine the military ruler's hold on power. In northwestern Pakistan police challenged a group of suspected militants at a high school in Tank after hearing that they wanted to recruit suicide bombers for holy war, sparking a gunbattle that left six people dead.
    (AP, 3/26/07)(WSJ, 3/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 26, Tamil rebels launched their first airstrike in the nearly quarter-decade conflict with Sri Lanka's government, using at least one small plane to bomb an air base outside the capital and killing three airmen.
    (AP, 3/26/07)

2007        Mar 27, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to meet every two weeks to discuss day-to-day issues, in a quickening diplomatic pace that eventually could spur talks on a final peace settlement.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, The US offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of a US-trained Malaysian engineer accused of involvement in a series of deadly bombings in the Philippines.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, Walter Anderson, the telecommunications entrepreneur who admitted hiding hundreds of millions of dollars from the IRS and District of Columbia tax collectors, was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to repay about $23 million to the city. But US District Judge Paul Friedman said he couldn't order Anderson to repay the federal government $100 million to $175 million because the Justice Department's binding plea agreement with Anderson listed the wrong statute.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, US Attorney John Brownlee announced that ITT Corp. has agreed to pay a $100 million penalty for illegally sending classified night-vision technology to China and other countries.
    (SFC, 3/28/07, p.A7)
2007        Mar 27, US National Football League (NFL) owners voted 30-2 to make the video replay system a permanent officiating tool.
    (AP, 3/27/08)
2007        Mar 27, SF city leaders approved a ban on plastic grocery bags after weeks of lobbying on both sides from environmentalists and a supermarket trade group. San Francisco would be the first US city to adopt such a rule if Mayor Gavin Newsom signs the ban as expected.
    (AP, 3/28/07)(SFC, 3/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 27, United Commercial Bank of San Francisco said  it had concluded negotiations to become the sole owner of the Business Development Bank of Shanghai. In 1992 the Business Development Bank of Shanghai was established as China’s first foreign-owned bank.
    (Econ, 4/7/07, p.73)
2007        Mar 27, Texas Governor Rick Perry's office said that he had signed a new law that expands Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves "without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces. The new law takes affect on September 1.
    (Reuters, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, The New York Stock Exchange won control of pan-European market operator Euronext, creating an entity worth 29 billion dollars linking trading platforms in six cities.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, Paul Lauterbur (77), the father of Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI), died. He shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003.
    (Econ, 4/7/07, p.84)
2007        Mar 27, In southern Afghanistan a suicide attacker dressed in army uniform blew himself up outside a provincial police headquarters, killing four policemen.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, Roxana Arias Becerra (32), a former Miss Bolivia (1993), was arrested on charges of carrying 1.8 pounds of cocaine while boarding a flight to the Brazilian border.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 27, British lawmakers unanimously passed an emergency bill to preserve the Northern Ireland Assembly and permit its Protestant and Catholic leaders to forge a historic administration by a new May 8 deadline.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, State media said China will pour billions of dollars into an airport, power plants, roads and education to help raise the standard of living of Tibetans over the next three years.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, In Cuba Faustino Oramas (95), a popular traditional singer and among the last original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, died of cancer.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 27, Egypt’s government said voters had overwhelmingly approved a set of controversial amendments to Egypt's constitution, a day after opposition groups massively boycotted the referendum. Egyptian blogs soon showed cell video clips of ballot stuffing.
    (AP, 3/27/07)(WSJ, 3/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 27, French riot police firing tear gas and brandishing batons clashed with bands of youths who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train station. Nine people were arrested.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 27, In Germany a board member of Siemens AG, Europe's biggest electronics and engineering company, was arrested in connection with an investigation of alleged payments to the head of a tiny labor union. A trail against 2 managers had begun on March 13, for use of funds to smooth contracts with Italy’s utility, Enel.
    (AP, 3/27/07)(Econ, 3/17/07, p.71)
2007        Mar 27, Guatemala named Adela Camacho de Torrebiarte (57), an anti-crime crusader, as its first female interior minister.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, In Iraq 2 nearly simultaneous truck bombs, including one detonated by remote control, ripped through markets in Tal Afar, killing at least 48 people and wounding dozens as violence surged outside the Iraqi capital. It was later reported that the main blast killed 152 people. A suicide car bomber killed at least 10 in a market near Ramadi and a mortar attack on a Shiite district area in southern Baghdad killed at least four people. Clashes broke in Iskandariyah after suspected Shiite militants broke into a Sunni mosque, leaving four Sunni militants dead and one Shiite militant wounded. A roadside bomb struck Iraqi police on a foot patrol in southeastern Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding two others. Another police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in eastern Baghdad. Harith Dhaher al-Dhari, a military leader of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, a major Sunni Arab insurgent group, was killed along with 2 associates west of Baghdad. Two Americans, a contractor and a soldier, were killed in a rocket attack on the heavy guarded Green Zone.
    (AP, 3/27/07)(Reuters, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 27, Ivory Coast rebels and mediators said Guillaume Soro, the main rebel leader, will become prime minister in a new government called for in the country's latest peace plan.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, In Japan a Cabinet official said an electrical glitch has knocked out a satellite in a spy network Japan hoped to use to gather intelligence on North Korea and other trouble spots around the world.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, Police in Mexico City kicked off a campaign to exchange guns for computers and other gifts in an attempt to reduce firearm deaths. Two bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags and sheets behind a television station in Mexico's port city of Veracruz, apparent victims of drug-related violence.
    (AP, 3/27/07)(AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 27, In Nigeria Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell confirmed that the federal government had charged it with the alleged loss of some "radioactive tools" belonging to one of its contractors. Shell denied reports that it had been involved in any dumping of toxic waste in Nigeria.
    (AFP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, Residents and officials said Pakistanis living along the Afghan border have signed a third peace deal with the government promising not to shelter foreign militants. In Islamabad female and male Islamic students on an anti-vice drive abducted Aunty Shamin, an alleged brothel owner, and locked her up at their fundamentalist seminary. A grenade attack in Bajaur killed 5 ISI officers.
    (AP, 3/27/07)(SFC, 3/29/07, p.A9)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.43)
2007        Mar 27, In Palestine’s northern Gaza Strip an earth embankment around a cesspool collapsed, spewing a river of sewage and mud that killed four people.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, A Tamil Tiger rebel drove an explosive-laden tractor to a military camp in eastern Sri Lanka, drawing fire from guards and triggering a blast at the entrance. At least seven people, including the bomber, were killed.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
2007        Mar 27, Swedish artist Hans Hedberg (89), known for his outsized fruit and egg ceramic sculptures and, died.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 27, In Kiev, Ukraine, a Russian businessman allied with Ukraine's president was killed by a sniper as he was escorted from a courthouse during a break in his extortion trial.
    (AP, 3/28/07)

2007        Mar 28, Circuit City, a US electronics retailer, fired 3,400 of its highest paid hourly workers and planned to hire replacements wiling to work for less. The laid-off workers were to get a severance package and a chance to reapply for their former jobs at lower pay.
    (SFC, 3/29/07, p.C3)
2007        Mar 28, The California Dept. of Agriculture ordered an intrastate quarantine on plants to fight the infestation of light brown apple moths. On May 2 the US Dept. of Agriculture ordered similar restrictions.
    (SFC, 5/4/07, p.C3)
2007        Mar 28, Discount retailer TJX Cos. revealed that information from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards was stolen over an 18-month period. The breach was initially disclosed in January.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 28, Jazz musician Tony Scott (85), a clarinetist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, died in Rome.
    (AP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 28, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber trying to blend in with street beggars exploded himself near a top intelligence official in a crowded part of Kabul, killing four people.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, In Australia a passenger ferry plowed into a pleasure boat under Sydney's iconic Harbor Bridge, killing at least 3 people, including two professional figure skating judges.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 28, Retired Gurkha soldiers staged a mass protest in London over Britain's refusal to give them full pensions and other rights.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, Briton Richard Rogers (73), the famed architect of a series of iconic buildings all over the world, was announced winner of the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
    (AFP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 28, In northern China an underground gas explosion killed 26 miners in a coal mine in Linfen city, Shanxi province. 6 workers were trapped underground after a subway construction site for the 2008 Beijing Olympics collapsed. Hopes for their survival were slim.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 28, Ecuador's highest electoral court fired a judge who tried to return half the country's legislators to their posts as a political crisis over the rewriting of the country's constitution deepened.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 28, In France an official at a Paris maternity hospital said Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun whose testimony of a mystery cure from Parkinson's disease will likely be accepted as the miracle the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, Guinean leaders agreed on the formation of a new government in a bid to end months of unrest and political crisis.
    (AFP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, Iran aired a video of 15 captured British sailors and marines; the lone female captive, shown in a white tunic and a black head scarf, said the British boats had "trespassed." The crew members were released April 4, 2007.
    (AP, 3/28/08)
2007        Mar 28, In Iraq Shiite militants and police enraged by massive truck bombings in the northwestern town of Tal Afar went on a revenge spree against Sunni residents there, killing as many as 60 people. Suicide bombers detonated explosives on trucks carrying highly toxic chlorine in Fallujah, wounding about 15 US and Iraqi security forces.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, Hundreds of Israeli police in riot gear dragged squatters from the ruins of the former Homesh settlement, ending a three-day showdown between the government and settlers trying to re-establish the settlement. Homesh was one of four settlements in the northern West Bank dismantled in 2005.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, A Japanese man was sentenced to death for murdering three people he lured through a suicide Web site by offering to die with them.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, In Tank, Pakistan, hundreds of militants fired rockets, killed one security official and kidnapped a school principal where police had slain two men accused of recruiting students for suicide attacks.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, Unidentified gunmen shot at a Hamas militant leader and his family during a car chase through Gaza City, injuring five people, including bystanders and a child. A small group of Arab lesbians quietly defied Islamist protesters and a social taboo to gather at a rare public conference in Haifa, Israeli. It was organized by Aswat, an organization for Arab lesbians with members in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, The health department of Philippines said HIV/AIDS is ravaging the large overseas work force, posing a long-term threat to one of Manila's key sources of foreign exchange. Jun Ducat (56), a Manila day-care center owner armed with grenades and guns, held more than 30 youngsters and teachers hostage on a bus, then freed them after a 10-hour standoff that he used to denounce corruption and demand better lives for impoverished children.
    (AFP, 3/28/07)(http://english.people.com.cn/200703/29/eng20070329_362055.html)
2007        Mar 28, Russia's scientific elite, in a rare show of disobedience to the Kremlin, voted against a government-proposed charter that would have transferred control of the historically independent Academy of Sciences to the state.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, Sudan and the UN signed an agreement to guarantee humanitarian access to refugees in Darfur. UN chief Ban Ki-moon tried to persuade President Omar al-Bashir to accept UN peacekeepers in Darfur, hours after al-Bashir flatly rejected the deployment.
    (AP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, In Tanzania 14 Southern African leaders meet for a two-day extraordinary summit on economic and political regional woes spurred by crises in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 3/28/07)
2007        Mar 28, Police stormed the offices of Zimbabwe's main opposition party and arrested leader Morgan Tsvangirai, hours before he planned to talk to reporters about a wave of political violence that had left him briefly hospitalized. Tsvangirai was released after several hours.
    (AP, 3/28/07)(AP, 3/29/07)

2007        Mar 29, A defiant, Democratic-controlled Senate approved legislation calling for the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq within a year.
    (AP, 3/29/08)
2007        Mar 29, Kyle Sampson, a former senior aide to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, directly implicated him in a scandal over the sacking of eight federal prosecutors, saying he had approved the dismissals.
    (AFP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 29, West Virginia beat Clemson, 78-73, for its first NIT title in 65 years.
    (AP, 3/29/08)
2007        Mar 29, A spring storm in the US spawned some 65 tornadoes from South Dakota to Texas leaving 4 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/30/07, p.A7)
2007        Mar 29, Johnny Castaneda of Richmond, Ca., a rising rapper and protégé of Mac Dre, died 6 hours after being found with gunshot wounds in a Vallejo parking lot.
    (SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D1)
2007        Mar 29, A NATO soldier was killed and three wounded during an operation in eastern Afghanistan. Suspected Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint manned by Afghan troops, leaving eight militants and five Afghan troops dead.
    (AP, 3/30/07)(AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 29, Brazil's government said it will provide free Internet access to native Indian tribes in the Amazon in an effort to help protect the world's biggest rain forest. The environment and communications ministers signed an agreement with the Forest People's Network to provide an Internet signal by satellite to 150 communities.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 29, Britain’s PM Tony Blair announced the creation of a new national security department to fight terrorism, as part of a radical overhaul of the 225-year-old Home Office.
    (AP, 3/29/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.66)
2007        Mar 29, Britain took its escalating crisis with Iran over 15 captured sailors to the UN Security Council, as Tehran said it would not release the only woman among the detainees.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn said Canada will cut back the number of harp seals that hunters can kill this year to 270,000 from 335,000 in 2006 because of bad ice conditions off its East Coast.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, Robert Marshall Vignola (50) of Hamden, Conn., an American entrepreneur who introduced foreign men to "young, sexy, exotic and beautiful Latin Women" via the Internet, was killed in the western city of Cali by gunmen on a motorcycle.
    (AP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 29, India's Supreme Court suspended a government program to reserve spots for lower-caste students at the country's top medical, engineering and professional schools.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, Indonesia reopened its border with East Timor because the fugitive rebel who caused its closure is no longer considered a threat.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, US Ambassador Ryan Crocker was sworn in as the new top US envoy to Iraq, saying he was taking over the "most critical foreign policy mission" facing his country. Iraq's government admitted that police were behind the vengeful slaughter of at least 70 Sunni Arabs in Tal Afar. 2 suicide attackers wearing explosives blew themselves up in the Shalal market, which was crowded with shoppers seeking provisions on the eve of the Muslim day of rest and prayer. At least 82 people were killed and 102 were wounded. At least 181 people were killed or found dead as Sunni insurgents apparently stepped up their campaign of bombings to derail the seven-week-old security sweep in Baghdad. A US soldier was killed and another was wounded during a patrol in southern Baghdad.
    (AFP, 3/29/07)(AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 29, In Tokyo the director of a research institute said Japanese scientists have developed an oral vaccine for Alzheimer's disease that has proven effective and safe in mice.
    (Reuters, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, In northern Mexico gunmen killed two police officers and six other people in less than 48 hours, the latest victims in a wave of drug-related violence.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 29, Northern Ireland's largest paramilitary group ousted one of its commanders in what it called an effort to crack down on criminal rackets. The Ulster Defense Association, an outlawed Protestant organization, removed Gary Fisher, a so-called "brigadier" of an area that includes predominantly Protestant northern suburbs of Belfast.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 29, In Pakistan a woman kidnapped by female seminary students and accused of running a brothel was freed after a hard-line cleric forced her to repent in public. A suicide bomber blew himself up among troops resting near an army base in Kharian, killing a soldier.
    (AP, 3/29/07)(AFP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, In northern New Zealand buildings were washed away, homes flooded and scores of buses and cars trapped by raging flood waters after the equivalent of three months of rainfall poured down in just 36 hours.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, Arab leaders at their summit in Riyadh agreed on a call for Israel to accept their land-for-peace offer and open direct negotiations with the Arabs. Unlike past summits that at times saw overt feuds break out, the gathering of Arab kings, emirs and presidents showed unusual public unity as it revived the peace offer, which they first made in 2002 only to meet rejection from Israel.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, Somali troops and their Ethiopian allies pounded insurgent positions in Mogadishu with bombs and tank shells, sending residents fleeing a surge in fighting that killed over 30 people including 7 Ethiopian soldiers.
    (AP, 3/29/07)(SFC, 3/30/07, p.A20)
2007        Mar 29, A Swiss man was jailed for 10 years for insulting Thailand's revered king by vandalizing his portraits during a drunken spree.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, In Tanzania African leaders rallied around President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, ignoring calls for tougher action against him and suggesting dialogue as the solution to his country's deepening political crisis.
    (Reuters, 3/29/07)

2007        Mar 30, President Bush went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he apologized to troops for shoddy conditions in outpatient housing.
    (AP, 3/30/08)
2007        Mar 30, The Pentagon released a transcript in which Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national of Yemeni descent, told a military hearing at Guantanamo that he was tortured into confessing that he was involved in the bombing of the USS Cole.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 30, A military judge at Guantanamo Bay said the prison sentence of David Hicks (31), an Australian detainee who pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism. would be limited to seven years under terms of a plea bargain. Marine Corps Judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann said all but nine months would be suspended. The deal required his silence about alleged abuse.
    (AP, 3/30/07)(AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 30, The Food and Drug Administration said it had found melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, in samples of Menu Foods pet food, as well as in wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the wet-style products.
    (AP, 3/30/08)
2007        Mar 30, The Bush administration, facing heavy pressure to deal with soaring trade deficits, said it is imposing economic sanctions against China to protect American paper producers from unfair Chinese government subsidies.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, It was reported that shark overfishing has led scallops to decline because their predators, mainly rays, aren’t being eaten.
    (WSJ, 3/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 30, Man Group PLC, the world's largest publicly traded hedge fund company, said it plans to split off its brokerage business, making it an independent company through an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, In Lombard, Illinois, Hubert D. Thompson (28), a former Michigan State football player, hurled James Malone (66) to his death from a 3rd floor apartment balcony. In 2009 an Illinois judge ruled Thompson not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered him confined to a mental institution. Thompson was once the nation’s top-rated defensive end prospect. He was ejected from the 2000 Citrus Bowl for fighting with a Florida offensive lineman.
    (SFC, 9/11/09, p.A9)(http://cbs2chicago.com/local/Lombard.standoff.Hubert.2.336248.html)
2007        Mar 30, Leaked extracts of a UN report said Australia will suffer more droughts, fires, floods and storms due to global warming and its famous Great Barrier Reef will be devastated by 2030.
    (AFP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, In Bangladesh 6 top Islamic militants convicted of killing two judges in a 2005 bomb attack in southern Bangladesh were hanged. Bangladesh officials said bird flu has spread to five more farms in central and northern districts.
    (AP, 3/30/07)(Reuters, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, A protest by air traffic controllers forced the suspension of flights from Brazilian airports, stranding thousands of travelers across the country.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 30, In Canada Menu Foods Income Fund, maker of the tainted pet foods at the center of this month's massive recall, said it is no longer using a Chinese supplier of wheat gluten after US officials found the chemical melamine in some of the recalled products.
    (Reuters, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 30, In El Salvador Maria Julia Hernandez (b.1939), a renowned human rights activist, died of a heart attack. She had aided victims of El Salvador's civil war.
    (AP, 3/31/07)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.97)
2007        Mar 30, A French architect claimed to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu was built. Jean-Pierre Houdin said advanced 3D technology had shown the main ramp which was used to haul the massive stones to the apex was contained 10-15 meters beneath the outer skin, tracing a pyramid within a pyramid.
    (Reuters, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, A leading German retailer said that it will pay $117.5 million to compensate a Jewish family for real estate that was taken by the Nazis and eventually resold to the firm. The Jewish Claims Conference said it will use an unspecified amount of the money from KarstadtQuelle AG to fund programs for Holocaust victims, and give the rest to heirs of the Wertheim family, which was been seeking compensation for 15 years.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, In Guinea a motorized wooden boat crowded with passengers and merchandise capsized offshore from Conakry, drowning at least 46 people and possibly dozens more.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, One of the 15 British service members held captive in Iran appeared on the government's Arabic-language TV and said he apologized "deeply" for entering Iranian waters without permission.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, The radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr issued a scathing attack on the US, following one of the country's bloodiest days, blaming Washington for Iraq's troubles and calling for a mass demonstration April 9, the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, Islamic countries pushed through a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council urging a global prohibition on the public defamation of religion, a response largely to the furor last year over caricatures published in a Danish newspaper of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 30, A video purportedly showing the beheading of a drug cartel hit man appeared on video-sharing Web site YouTube, and its makers called on Mexicans to kill more members of the gang.
    (AP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 30, Nepal's seven ruling political parties and the country's former Maoist rebels agreed to form a joint government, the latest step in ending a decade of civil war.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, In Pakistan fighting between local and foreign militants near the Afghan border killed 52 people.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, In Somalia insurgents shot down a helicopter gunship in Mogadishu and mortar shells slammed into a hospital in the worst fighting seen here in more than 15 years.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, Authorities arrested a man armed with a knife who hijacked a Sudan Airways plane while flying from Libya to Sudan.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 30, In an unprecedented show of support to empower the physically and mentally impaired, 80 countries signed a UN convention enshrining the rights of the world's 650 million disabled. 19 more ratifications are needed before the convention comes into force.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 30, A Vietnamese court sentenced a dissident Catholic priest to eight years in prison for anti-government activities after a dramatic trial in which the defendant shouted denunciations of the ruling Communist Party. A judge at Thua Thien Hue Provincial People's Court in central Vietnam sentenced Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly on charges of disseminating anti-government documents and communicating with pro-democracy activists overseas.
    (AP, 3/30/07)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y9Mzp-61fU)
2007        Mar 30, The World Health Organization (WHO) said demand for human organ transplants far exceeds supply, fueling a growth in "transplant tourism" to developing nations where organs can be bought.
    (AP, 3/30/07)

2007        Mar 31, President Bush again came to the defense of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, under criticism for his role in the firing of federal prosecutors, calling him "honorable and honest."
    (AP, 3/31/08)
2007        Mar 31, President Bush called for the release of 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran, calling their capture by Tehran "inexcusable behavior." The crew members were released on April 4.
    (AP, 3/31/08)
2007        Mar 31, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. said it was recalling all sizes and varieties of its Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. Purina said a limited amount of the food contained a contaminated wheat gluten from China.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 31, Berkeley Iceland closed in Berkeley, Ca., after 66 years of operation.
    (SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D1)
2007        Mar 31, Paul Watzlawick (b.1921), Austrian-born pioneering psychotherapist, died in Palo Alto, Ca. He held that people created their own misery by trying to force self-defeating solutions to trivial problems of the ego. His 22 books included “The Situation Is Hopeless but not Serious: The Pursuit of Unhappiness" (1993).
    (SFC, 4/4/07, p.B7)
2007        Mar 31, Luanda, Angola, built for half a million people was now home for at least 4 million, many of whom fled there during the civil war.
    (Econ, 3/31/07, p.58)
2007        Mar 31, It was reported that Antarctica held about 90% of the world’s ice.
    (Econ, 3/31/07, p.85)
2007        Mar 31, In Argentina authorities said rising rivers due to 5 days of rain in three provinces have forced some 38,000 people to flee their homes. The floodwaters have claimed 7 lives.
    (AP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 31, At least 22 Islamists were arrested in overnight raids as Bangladesh strengthened security nationwide.
    (AFP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 31, In Brazil air traffic controllers protesting working conditions ended their one-day strike after the government agreed to their demands.
    (AP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 31, Janjaweed militiamen killed up to 400 people in the volatile eastern border region near Sudan, leaving an "apocalyptic" scene of mass graves and destruction. Chadian officials initially said 65 people had died, but added that the toll was sure to rise.
    (AP, 4/10/07)
2007        Mar 31, In Eritrea a ban on female circumcision went into effect. A health survey by Eritrea's government in 2002 found 62 percent of circumcised women in the Red Sea state had the procedure done before their first birthday. Less than one percent had been performed by trained health professionals.
    (Reuters, 4/5/07)
2007        Mar 31, EU foreign ministers backed an Arab peace initiative and agreed to engage with ministers of the new Palestinian national unity government who are not members of the Islamist Hamas movement.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 31, A parked car exploded near a hospital in Baghdad's main Shiite district, the deadliest in a series of bombings that killed at least nine people and wounded dozens in Iraq.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 31, A report said Malaysia's top anti-corruption official, who is facing a police investigation into graft allegations against him, will not have his contract renewed.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 31, In southern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped a British oil worker from an offshore oil rig.
    (AP, 3/31/07)
2007        Mar 31, Pakistan successfully tested a short-range, nuclear-capable missile. Avalanches struck two villages in a remote part of northwest Pakistan, killing at least 29 people and leaving 14 others missing.
    (AP, 3/31/07)(AP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 31, In Somalia artillery fire and mortar shells rained down on Mogadishu as government troops and their Ethiopian allies continued a major offensive to quash a growing insurgency by Islamic militants. A Ugandan soldier was killed by artillery fire in Mogadishu, marking the first death among African Union peacekeepers deployed here.
    (AP, 3/31/07)(AFP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 31, In western Sudan at least 62 people were killed and 21 wounded in an attack on an Arab tribe in the Darfur region.
    (AFP, 4/1/07)
2007        Mar 31, In Zimbabwe the body of Edward Chikombo, an independent journalist, was found. He had been missing since March 29. A lawyer for another reporter arrested under sweeping media laws said he was assaulted and tortured in custody. Chikombo had conveyed the picture of Morgan Tsvangirai’s battered head (see March 24) to the wider world. On April 6 Zimbabwe police opened a murder investigation into his death.
    (AP, 4/6/07)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.36)

2007        Mar, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its annual policy conference in Washington DC. The US Congress had 30 Jewish members in the House and 13 in the Senate.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.38)
2007        Mar, Lawmakers in New Mexico passed bill penalizing drivers who come to New Mexico with drunk driving convictions from other states.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.37)
2007        Mar, The Website DoMyStuff.com, founded by Darren Berkovitz, went live as a hiring hall for personal assistants.
    (SSFC, 8/19/07, p.D1)
2007        Mar, An insect-borne virus that has killed tomato plants across Central America, Florida and Georgia was been detected in California for the first time. Tomato yellow leaf curl, has devastated crops in the Dominican Republican and in Mexico, forcing those countries to curtail the growing season to contain the spread of the disease. The bemisia white flies, which carry the disease, are native to Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties, but not to any counties in the Central Valley.
    (AP, 5/22/07)
2007        Mar, Some 47 bodies of bottlenose dolphins washed up on the shores near Galveston, Texas. Toxins off the Louisiana coast were suspected.
    (SFC, 3/19/07, p.A2)
2007        Mar, A study by the Int’l. Council on Clean Transportation said ships release more sulfur dioxide that all the world’s cars, trucks and buses combined.
    (WSJ, 11/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar, In Afghan a group of parliamentarians and members of government formed the National Unity Front. It proposed various constitutional reforms including the direct election of provincial governors. Many of the Front’s members stood accused of war crimes.
    (Econ, 4/28/07, p.46)
2007        Mar, Some 70,000 visitors descended on Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina, for the start of its annual grape harvest. Argentina ranked as the world’s 5th largest wine producer. Local grapes included Malbec (red) and Torrontes (white).
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.44)
2007        Mar, Britain's anti-fraud agency told a private OECD meeting in Paris that they had evidence that BAE paid more than 70 million pounds ($113 million) to a Saudi prince with influence over arms deal contracts. A US diplomatic cable regarding this was only made public in 2011.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2007        Mar, In Baqouba two Sunni and two Shiite Muslims founded the independent Iraq Radio and Television Network with technical help from the US military.
    (AP, 4/9/07)
2007        Mar, In Nepal a team of international researchers, tipped by a local sheep herder, discovered caves in the Mustang area containing manuscripts and paintings of Buddha dating back at least to the 12th century.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        Mar, Nepal’s population numbered some 28 million people. Brahmins, a priestly caste, and Chhetris, a warrior caste, comprised Nepal’s 2 highest Hindu castes. They made up about 28% of the population and have controlled the country since it was unified in the 18th century.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.39)
2007        Mar, In Nigeria it was reported that WARSHE (Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Exploitation) had carried out a recent survey in which 80% of over 300 women questioned at 4 universities said sexual harassment was their No. 1 concern. Even younger school girls complained of pressure for sex from teachers for better grades.
    (SFC, 3/26/07, p.A7)
2007        Mar, In Pakistan the Chamalang coal mine, which had been shuttered for more than 30 years, reopened after a deal was brokered between two warring tribes. By 2010 the mine, which taps into one of Asia's largest coal fields, produced more than $70 million worth of coal and employed about 70,000 people.
    (AP, 7/10/10)
2007        Mar, Tajik Pres. Emomalii Rakhmon de-Russified his own name, changing it from Emomali Rakhmonov, and he urged Tajiks to follow a 1989 law that discourages "-ov" and "-ev" endings that were widely added to surnames during the Communist era. He also ordered a ban on the use of cell phones and private cars at high schools, and then banned high school graduation parties, which had become elaborate and lavish.
    (AP, 3/27/07)

2007        Mar-2000 Apr, Ethiopia later said that during this period it killed at least a thousand Shabab fighters, the armed wing of Islamic courts in Somalia. Human-rights groups said most of the 1,670 recorded dead were civilians.
    (Econ, 6/2/07, p.47)

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