Timeline 2007 July-September

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2007        Jul 1, Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s compulsory health plan for Massachusetts went into force.
    (Econ, 7/7/07, p.30)
2007        Jul 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kennebunkport, Maine, for an overnight visit at the Bush family estate and talks with President Bush.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 1, In California the price for milk, set by the state Dept. of Food and Agriculture, rose to $1.98 per gallon, up from $1.06 a year ago.
    (SFC, 6/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 1, In NYC a ban on restaurant cooking with trans fats went into effect.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 1, Virginia became home of the $3,000 traffic ticket. In an effort to raise money for road projects, the state started to hit residents who commit serious traffic offenses with huge civil penalties. Beginning today Virginia added new civil charges to traffic fines. They range from $750 to $3,000 and will be added to existing fines and court costs.
    (USAT, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 1, In northeastern Utah a wildfire burned 46 square miles and killed 3 people working in a hayfield.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A7)
2007        Jul 1, In Oregon the bodies of David Cheryl Gibbs of the SF Bay Area and priest David Schwartz of Garden Grove, Ca., last seen on June 8, were found in the wreckage of their car 60 miles west of Portland. A motorist reported the accident to 911 on June 8, but emergency crews failed to find the wreck.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A1)(SFC, 7/3/07, p.B5)
2007        Jul 1, In Afghanistan a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a convoy of British forces in Gereshk district. One NATO soldier was killed and several soldiers and civilians wounded in the attack. A suicide car bomber killed one Afghan soldier and wounded eight others in the central province of Wardak.
    (AP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 1, Argentina’s official government news agency said President Nestor Kirchner has tapped his wife to take his place as the ruling coalition candidate in October presidential elections.
    (AP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 1, Australian media reported that PM John Howard is secretly planning to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq by February 2008. Howard denied the report, saying the idea was "absurd."
    (AFP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 1, Miroslav Lajcak, Slovak diplomat, took over as the EU's High Representative in Bosnia replacing Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling.
    (Econ, 6/30/07, p.60)
2007        Jul 1, British police arrested two people, a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, on a major highway in Cheshire, northern England, in a joint swoop by officers from London and Birmingham, Scotland Yard said in London in relation to the attack in Glasgow and 2 car bombs in London. A fifth suspect was arrested in Liverpool. 2 more arrests in the failed car bombings brought the total to 7.
    (AP, 7/1/07)(AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 1, England slammed the door on smoking in bars, workplaces and public buildings in what campaigners hail as the biggest boost to public health since the creation of the National Health Service in 1948.
    (AP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 1, A 3-day African Union summit focused on forging a closer federation among the 53 member states began in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
    (AFP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 1, A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed truck at a checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, killing five policemen. In eastern Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded near policemen, killing two. Gunmen in a vehicle opened fire on a minibus carrying Shiite day laborers in the mixed district of Saydiyah, killing one passenger and wounding four. The bullet-riddled body of a senior police commander was discovered in Basra. Col. Nasser Hamoud, who was in charge of the city's prisons, had been kidnapped along with three of his guards the day before. Five US service members were killed in fighting, including two soldiers who died in attacks in Baghdad and two soldiers and a Marine who died in fighting in western Anbar province.
    (AP, 7/1/07)(AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 1, Israel transferred millions of dollars worth of tax funds to the new Palestinian government, allowing it to pay its workers in full for the first time in a year, while skipping the ones who work for the Islamic Hamas in Gaza.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 1, Kenya police said 12 suspected criminals and members of a murderous sect were killed over the last 24 hours, as a fierce crackdown on surging crime intensified.
    (AFP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 1, In Namibia a seal hunt started with a planned run of five months saying it wants to save its fishing industry. The start followed a government announcement that it would allow the killing of 6,000 adult males and 80,000 pups, up by 20,000 in 2006.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 1, In Peru a passenger bus crashed into an oncoming truck killing 24 people.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 1, Portugal took over the rotating EU presidency.
    (Econ, 7/7/07, p.14)
2007        Jul 1, The state-run Sunday Mail said a senator from Zimbabwe's ruling party and 20 business people have been arrested for flouting a government-imposed ceiling on basic commodity prices.
    (AFP, 7/1/07)

2007        Jul 2, US President George W. Bush commuted a 30 month jail term imposed on a former top White House aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby for lying to federal investigators, sparking outrage from opposition Democrats.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 2, Russia’s Pres. Putin, while visiting Pres. Bush in Maine, proposed an alternative missile shield system to be jointly developed by the NATO-Russia Council.
    (SFC, 7/3/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 2, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano signed a bill imposing stiff penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
    (Econ, 7/7/07, p.35)(www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0702sanctions02-ON.html)
2007        Jul 2, Michael Woodbury (31), released May 4 from the Maine State Prison after serving five years for robbery and theft, killed three men during a botched robbery in Conway, NH. In August he pleaded guilty and was given a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Jul 2, Beverly Sills (b. 1929), American opera star, died in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 7/3/07, p.B5)
2007        Jul 2, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle on patrol, killing all 7 policemen on board. A doctor at Kandahar's main hospital said NATO forces killed one man and wounded 3. Taliban militants ambushed a police patrol in the Mizan district, killing one policeman. A 30-minute gun battle ensued, leaving 3 suspected Taliban dead.
    (AP, 7/2/07)(AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 2, Police in Australia arrested a 27-year-old Indian doctor over the foiled terror attacks in London and Glasgow, and were interviewing a second doctor in the case.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 2, Australia's second largest retailer Coles said it had agreed to a 22 billion dollar (18.7 billion US) buyout offer from conglomerate Wesfarmers, the largest corporate deal in Australian history.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, Researchers said the first test-tube baby created from an egg matured in the laboratory and then frozen has been born in Canada, in a breakthrough offering hope to women with cancer and others unsuited to normal IVF treatment.
    (Reuters, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, Brahim Deby (27), the son of Chad's president, was found dead with a head wound in the basement of his apartment building in a Paris suburb. Authorities treated the case as a murder investigation.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, Thomas Mooney (45), a senior American diplomat who disappeared four days ago with his car, was found dead on Cyprus in a rural area outside the capital.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, The European high speed train operators Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, SNCB, NS Hispeed, ÖBB, SBB and Eurostar UK and the high speed subsidiaries Thalys, Lyria and Alleo today announced the actual formation of Railteam. Its aim is to offer travelers seamless high-speed train travel across international borders in Western Europe.
    (www.railteam.eu/en/press-corner.php)
2007        Jul 2, Egyptian security sources said Sherif al-Filali, an Egyptian engineer who was convicted in 2002 of spying for Israel, has died in jail of a possible heart attack while serving a 15-year sentence.
    (Reuters, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, Count Gottfried von Bismarck (44), whose life of privileged excess as a descendant of Germany's "Iron Chancellor" was clouded by two deaths at his decadent parties, was found dead at his $10 million apartment in London's Chelsea district.
    (AP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 2, In Ghana African Union leaders gathered behind closed doors for a debate on how to beef up its continental system of government with Libya's Moamer Kadhafi leading a push to create a confederation of states.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, In Ghana 2 British girls were stopped with 300,000 pounds (443,000 euros, 610,000 dollars) worth of cocaine during a joint Ghanaian-British narcotics operation. They were found guilty on November 21 and were released on July 17, 2008.
    (AFP, 7/17/08)
2007        Jul 2, About 1,500 residents of a remote Guatemalan village rioted over the purported kidnappings of two children, burning down a police station and holding their mayor and another man hostage.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated an English-language satellite television channel to counter what he claims is the West's influence in covering news.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 2,  A US military Kiowa attack helicopter was shot down by insurgents south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 2, Nigerian university lecturers called off a more than three-month strike to press for improved working conditions.
    (AFP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's attempt to remove Pakistan's chief justice received a setback when a Supreme Court judge rejected government evidence and ordered a sweep of courts and judges' homes for spying devices.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, The UN and other agencies offered aid and helicopters to Pakistan after floods unleashed by a cyclone and days of torrential rain devastated 1.5 million people leaving over 600 people dead.
    (AFP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, Hamas arrested the spokesman of a shadowy group holding British reporter Alan Johnston, a move that could give it a bargaining chip to secure the Briton's release.
    (AP, 7/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, Somali gunmen shot dead a senior government official in Mogadishu. A teenager died when munitions left behind by African Union peacekeepers exploded.
    (Reuters, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 2, A South Korean court sentenced tycoon Kim Seung Youn to 18 months in prison over a beating attack earlier this year against bar workers involved in a scuffle with his son. The sentence was shelved on Sep 11, due his deteriorating health.
    (AP, 7/2/07)(SFC, 9/12/07, p.C5)
2007        Jul 2, In Yemen a suicide bomber plowed his car into people visiting a temple linked to the ancient Queen of Sheba, killing seven Spaniards and two Yemenis. A wounded Spanish woman died July 14. The suicide bomber was later identified as Abdu Mohammed Saad Ahmed (21), a Yemeni citizen.
    (AP, 7/3/07)(AP, 7/15/07)(AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Jul 2, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reissued a report on the Western Sahara that eliminated controversial recommendations on the future of the disputed region.
    (AP, 7/2/07)

2007        Jul 3, President Bush refused to rule out an eventual pardon for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after already commuting his prison sentence in the CIA leak case.
    (AP, 7/3/08)
2007        Jul 3, A Los Angeles jury awarded $6.2 million to firefighter Brenda Lee, who said she was harassed by colleagues because she is black and a lesbian. The harassment she said included someone mixing urine with her mouthwash.
    (AP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 3, Hilton Hotels Corp. said it has agreed to be acquired by the Blackstone Group LP for $18.5 billion in cash. The deal was valued at $26 billion including debt.
    (SFC, 7/4/07, p.C1)
2007        Jul 3, Boots Randolph (80), tenor sax player, died in Nashville, Tenn. His 1963 hit “Yakety Sax, written with guitarist James Rich," became the theme song for television’s “The Benny Hill Show."
    (SFC, 7/4/07, p.B5)
2007        Jul 3, Afghan and NATO forces clashed with Taliban militants in the southern Zhari district of Kandahar overnight, leaving 33 suspected insurgents dead. US-led coalition troops killed a suspected militant and detained two others during an operation in eastern Afghanistan.  Yousuf Ibrahim (35), from Saudi Arabia, was detained after a brief scuffle with police in Kabul. He had spent the last 8 years in Afghanistan, fighting alongside the Taliban.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, British police focused on at least four physicians with roots outside Britain, including a doctor seized at an Australian airport with a one-way ticket, in the investigation into failed car bombings in Glasgow and London.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, The US-made film "Nanking," documenting eyewitness accounts of atrocities committed by Japanese troops in China during World War Two, opened in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, China issued guidelines restricting organ transplants for foreigners, giving priority to Chinese patients in the government's latest effort to regulate procedures that have been criticized as profit-driven and unethical. Officials said that Chinese inspectors have found excessive amounts of additives and preservatives in dozens of children's snacks and seized hundreds of bottles of fake human blood protein from hospitals.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, In Germany striking train drivers brought parts of the rail network to a standstill, backing their demands for a large pay increase with a walkout that affected tens of thousands of commuters.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, In Ghana African leaders vowed to speed up the economic and political integration of their continent to pursue the goal of a United States of Africa, but they also agreed to study more closely how to achieve it.
    (Reuters, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 3, Indonesia barred Eni Faleomavaega, the Democrat congressman for American Samoa, from visiting Papua, but has denied the move is to cover up alleged human rights abuses in the remote region. Faleomavaega has been a critic of Jakarta's policies in Papua.
    (Reuters, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, Iran's leading reformist daily newspaper was ordered closed, less than two months after it was allowed to resume publishing.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, PM Nouri al-Maliki's Cabinet approved a draft oil law. In Baghdad, an Iraqi army lieutenant colonel and an Interior Ministry intelligence officer were killed in separate drive-by shootings. A car bomb hit the convoy of an Iraqi police colonel in Kirkuk, killing two passers-by and wounding 17. Oras Mohammed Abdul-Aziz was executed by hanging for his role in the August, 2003, blast that killed Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim and 84 other people.
    (AP, 7/3/07)(AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 3, A human rights group said Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq routinely torture detainees with methods including electric shock and hold them in overcrowded facilities without formal charges or access to legal aid.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, Fumio Kyuma, Japan's defense minister, resigned under an avalanche of criticism for suggesting that the United States was justified in dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because the attacks saved Japan from a Soviet invasion.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, Pakistani security forces clashed with militants outside the radical Lal Masjid mosque in Islamabad, where students have carried out a string of kidnappings of police officers and alleged prostitutes, killing at least 9 people.
    (SFC, 7/4/07, p.A5)
2007        Jul 3, South Korea enacted legislation to remove bureaucratic barriers in the security industry and help brokers, banks and insurers to consolidate. To date no foreign had listed on the Seoul stock exchange.
    (Econ, 7/14/07, p.78)
2007        Jul 3, Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero promised that every child born in Spain would receive a baby bonus of €2,500, according to national press reports.
    (Econ, 2/16/08, p.59)(http://piurl.com/5i)
2007        Jul 3, The Alinghi team from Switzerland successfully defended sailing's coveted America's Cup, beating Emirates Team New Zealand 5-2.
    (AP, 7/3/08)
2007        Jul 3, Venezuela’s energy minister said in newly published comments that Venezuela has agreed to sell gasoline to Iran.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jul 3, President Hugo Chavez said his government will nationalize Venezuela's privately owned hospitals and clinics if they fail to reduce health care costs.
    (AP, 7/3/07)

2007        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut emerged as the world's hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a record-setting yet repulsive triumph. Chestnut  ate 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 4, In SF some 300 skateboarders rolled down the Embarcadero in a 3-mile, police-escorted rally promoted by Emerica, an Orange County shoe and skateboard apparel company.
    (SFC, 7/5/07, p.B1)
2007        Jul 4, In California the Zaca wildfire began in Santa Barbara County. By the end of the month it had consumed 32,000 acres and was 70% contained.
    (SFC, 7/30/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 4, In Bridgeport, Conn., a mother and 3 children drowned after their van rolled into a park pond.
    (SFC, 7/6/07, p.A7)
2007        Jul 4, Johnny Frigo (90), jazz violinist and bassist, died in Chicago.
    (SFC, 7/6/07, p.B8)
2007        Jul 4, Bill Pinkney (81), the last survivor of the original members of the musical group The Drifters, died.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 4, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a NATO vehicle, killing six Canadian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter.
    (Reuters, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 4, On the historic occasion of their first summit, the EU and Brazil decided to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership, based on their close historical, cultural and economic ties. Brazil and EU leaders met in Lisbon, Portugal.
    (www.eu2007.pt/UE/vEN/Noticias_Documentos/20070704BRSUM.htm)(Econ, 7/7/07, p.40)
2007        Jul 4, In Chile Osvaldo Romo (70), a security agent who became a symbol of torture and repression under Gen. Augusto Pinochet's former military dictatorship, died in prison.
    (AP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 4, In northeast China a blast ripped through a karaoke parlor and bath house, killing 25 people and injuring 33 others. It was later reported that a coal mine owner, who ran the karaoke parlor, stored more than a ton of explosives in the basement.
    (AP, 7/5/07)(AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 4, Human Rights Watch accused the Ethiopian army of burning homes and displacing thousands of civilians in a crackdown on rebels in the volatile east.
    (AP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 4, In Ghana a drive towards forging a United States of Africa ran out of steam as leaders filed away from a summit without agreeing on a timeline for creating a new government for the continent.
    (AFP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 4, In India 13 passengers aboard the Karnataka Express from Bangalore to Delhi were found unconscious in their compartment. They had eaten cookies laced with sedatives offered by thieves and lost all their possessions.
    (SSFC, 7/15/07, p.G2)
2007        Jul 4, Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani (aka Abu Shahid), believed to be the most senior Iraqi in the al-Qaida in Iraq network, was captured in Mosul.
    (AP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 4, The foreign ministers of Israel and Morocco held their first publicly disclosed talks in years, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the heart of the discussion.
    (AP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 4, In Mexico heavy rains triggered the landslide on a remote winding road near the town of Eloxochitlan in the state of Puebla. As many as 60 passengers were thought to be buried in a bus on the rural road. 32 bodies were recovered.
    (AP, 7/5/07)(AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 4, Mexico’s financial website Sentido Comun reported that telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu (67) has overtaken Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the richest person on the planet.
    (AFP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 4, Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza sought to expand trade ties with Tanzania to boost development in the two impoverished African nations.
    (AFP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 4, In southern Nigeria armed men kidnapped five foreigners, the same day the country's most prominent militant group announced it would end a truce with the government.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 4, In Pakistan Maulana Abdul Aziz, one of the leaders of the radical-held Red Mosque, was arrested while fleeing his government-besieged mosque in a woman's burqa and high heels. He  said that the nearly 1,000 followers still inside should flee or surrender. At least 16 people, including eight militants, have been killed and scores injured in the standoff.
    (AP, 7/5/07)(Econ, 7/26/08, p.50)
2007        Jul 4, Palestinian gunmen released Alan Johnston, a British journalist, who had been kidnapped March 12.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 4, A top Panamanian prosecutor said tests show at least 94 people have died from taking medicine contaminated with diethylene glycol since July 2006 and that 293 more deaths are under investigation. Total deaths reached 116 from contaminated medications.
    (AP, 7/4/07)(AP, 5/10/08)
2007        Jul 4, Russia’s parliament authorized an exemption to Gazprom and OAO Transneft from limits on wielding arms. They would now be able to employ their own armed operatives.
    (WSJ, 1/5/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 4, The Black Sea resort of Sochi was elected the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, taking the Winter Games to Russia for the first time. Russia proposed to spend $12 million to stage the games at Sochi. Costs ended at $50 billion.
    (AP, 7/4/08)(Econ, 7/13/13, p.45)(Econ, 11/22/14, p.22)
2007        Jul 4, Taiwan's vice president kicked off a Latin American tour in the Dominican Republic, an ally rapidly increasing its economic and political ties with the island's diplomatic rival, China.
    (AP, 7/4/07)
2007        Jul 4, UN food agencies called for global backing for a "Green Revolution" in Africa to help the continent build stable agricultural systems and rescue tens of millions of people from poverty.
    (Reuters, 7/4/07)

2007        Jul 5, In a setback to President Bush's war strategy, GOP stalwart Sen. Pete Domenici said he wanted to see an end to combat operations and US troops heading home from Iraq by spring 2008.
    (AP, 7/5/08)
2007        Jul 5, Captain America was laid to rest in the latest issue of Marvel Comics' "Fallen Son." He landed on newsstands in March 1941, nine months before Pearl Harbor, delivering a punch to Hitler on the cover of his first issue.
    (AP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jul 5, It was reported that SF faced a $4.9 billion unfunded liability for health care for retiring city workers. Other local governments and school districts in California also faced unfunded costs.
    (SFC, 7/5/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 5, In Cleveland, Ohio, Terrance Hough (35), an off-duty fireman angered by a noisy Fourth of July party, shot and killed 3 people.
    (SFC, 7/6/07, p.A7)
2007        Jul 5, Kerwin Mathews 81, film star, died in SF. His 32 films included “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958) and “The 3 Worlds of Gulliver" (1960).
    (SSFC, 7/8/07, p.B6)
2007        Jul 5, Kingsley Wightman (91), longtime math and astronomy teacher at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, Ca., died (www.chabotspace.org).
    (SFC, 7/9/07, p.C4)
2007        Jul 5, A suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan blew himself up at a checkpoint, killing 10 police and wounding 11. A roadside bomb and clashes in the east left 3 NATO soldiers dead. In Uruzgan province 33 Taliban fighters were killed.
    (AP, 7/6/07)(AFP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 5, Ali Asgar Lobi, a former Bangladeshi MP who dodged more than 2.4 million dollars in unpaid tax, was sentenced to eight years in jail.
    (AFP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, A Belgian court sentenced Bernard Ntuyahaga (55), a former Rwandan army major, to 20 years in prison on for the murder of 10 Belgian peacekeepers and an undetermined number of Rwandan civilians at the start of the 1994 genocide.
    (Reuters, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, British media reported that a Scottish house had been used as a makeshift bomb factory to carry out the terror attacks in London and Scotland. Three "cyber-jihadis" who used the Internet to urge Muslims to wage holy war on non-believers were jailed for between six-and-a-half and 10 years in the first case of its kind in Britain. Morocco-born Younis Tsouli (23), an al-Qaida-inspired computer expert who dubbed himself "the jihadist James Bond," was sentenced to 10 years in prison for running a network of extremist Web sites. Accomplices Tariq al-Daour and Waseem Mughal also got prison terms.
    (AP, 7/5/07)(AFP, 7/5/07)(Econ, 7/14/07, p.29)
2007        Jul 5, Two thieves showed up at a London jeweler in a flashy car and made off with an even flashier haul, stealing about $20 million worth of diamonds and gems.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 5, The Bank of England raised its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 5.75 percent, the fifth increase this year, in an attempt to curb inflation.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, George Melly, English jazzman and writer, died in London of lung cancer.
    (Econ, 7/14/07, p.92)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Melly)
2007        Jul 5, China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Indonesia and said their countries should cooperate to defend the interests of developing nations as they work to enhance bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, Over a million people marched in Bogota, Colombia, to protest kidnappings and the recent killing of abducted politicians.
    (SFC, 7/6/07, p.A10)
2007        Jul 5, France’s Agriculture Ministry said 3 swans found dead in a pond in eastern France have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, Regine Crespin (80), the French opera great who took her personal magnetism and soprano voice to the world's leading stages, died.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, Shares of top real-estate firm DLF, which raised 2.24 billion dollars in India's biggest ever public share offering, leapt 36% on their first day of trade before retreating.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, Human Rights Watch released a report saying Indonesian security forces have killed and beat unarmed civilians, and on two occasions raped women during recent operations against separatists in Papua province. The 96-page report detailed 8 alleged killings by police and military officers in the province's central highlands since 2005 and several vicious beatings.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, In northern Iran Jafar Kiani, a man convicted of adultery, was stoned to death in Aghchekand, the first time in years that the country has confirmed such an execution.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 5, In southern Baghdad 18 people died after a car bomb blew up outside a photo shop where a wedding party waited as newlyweds had their pictures taken. Security forces found 24 bodies around Baghdad. US forces killed one militant and wounded 6 others in Sadr City. A bomb in Baghdad killed 2 US soldiers. 2 US Marines were killed in western Anbar province and a US soldier died in Baghdad.
    (SFC, 7/6/07, p.A3)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 5, Israeli troops crossed into the Gaza Strip and engaged Hamas militants in a fierce gunbattle that drew in Israeli aircraft, tanks and bulldozers. 11 militants were killed. A cameraman for Hamas TV, who lay wounded on the ground, came under more fire during a clash with Israeli troops. The shooting was captured on film and broadcast on al-Jazeera satellite television. Imad Ghanem had to have both legs amputated as a result of his injuries. Israel repatriated 4 Jordanian infiltrators who were serving life sentences in Israeli prisons for killing Israeli soldiers.
    (AP, 7/5/07)(AP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 5, Japanese police arrested an American sailor on suspicion of attempted murder after two women were stabbed near a naval base south of Tokyo. In 2008 a Japanese court found sailor Joshua David Williams (20) guilty of stabbing the two Japanese women sentenced him to eight years in prison.
    (AP, 7/5/07)(AP, 6/19/08)
2007        Jul 5, Mine workers across Mexico waged a 24-hour strike, hoping to achieve better safety standards and to improve collective labor's footing in the industry.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 5, In Mexico a small cargo jet failed to take off in Culiacan and barreled onto an adjacent highway, killing at least 9 people, including two soldiers assigned to the Mexican president's security detail.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 5, In Nigeria kidnappers snatched the 3-year-old daughter of a British worker as she was being taken to school.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, Peruvian public school teachers walked off the job to protest an education reform proposal that would require them to pass periodic competency exams. Education Minister Jose Antonio Chang called the effort a failure, saying only 15% of Peru's approximately 350,000 teachers failed to show up for work in the country.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 5, In the southern Philippines 9 inmates fled jail after attacking guards. Pursuing police officers fatally shot three of the escaped convicts and recaptured four others. Two other inmates from the jail in southern Cagayan de Oro city remained at large.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 5, Larisa Arap, a member of a Russian opposition group, was hospitalized in a psychiatric facility for criticizing a clinic's use of violence against mentally ill patients.
    (Reuters, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 5, Thailand's military junta unveiled a new outline constitution with controversial proposals that could limit the role of any future elected prime minister.
    (AFP, 7/5/07)

2007        Jul 6, In Las Vegas Steven Zegrean (51) opened fire on gamblers at the New York-New York casino and wounded 4 people before he was tackled by off-duty military reservists. On Oct 19, 2009, Zegrean was sentenced to 26-90 years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/7/07, p.A5)(SFC, 10/20/09, p.A5)
2007        Jul 6, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (b.1939), author of steamy genre novels, died in Princeton, Minn. She was widely credited with having founded the historical romance in its modern carnal incarnation. “The Flame and the Flower" (1972) was the 1st of her 13 novels.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.B8)
2007        Jul 6, Lois Wyse (80), advertising whiz, died in Manhattan. Her 65 books included “Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother" (1989).
    (SFC, 7/9/07, p.C4)
2007        Jul 6, Afghan and US-led coalition troops, using artillery and airstrikes, killed 33 Taliban fighters after the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in southern Uruzgan province. Officials said fighting in three separate regions of Afghanistan left more than 100 militants dead. About 60 militants died in a battle in Kunar province, but reports of civilian deaths were not confirmed. The next day a Kunar provincial deputy police chief said that 25 civilians and 20 militants were killed in clashes over three days.
    (AP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 6, Australia kicked off a round-the-world series of Live Earth music concerts designed to highlight climate change with a traditional Aboriginal welcome ceremony. Former US vice-president Al Gore appeared on video screens to launch the worldwide initiative.
    (AFP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 6, Austrian authorities arrested Michael Berger (35), an investment banker wanted by the FBI, who fled after being convicted of securities fraud in NYC more than five years ago.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 6, Canada named a former government security adviser to head the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the first time a civilian has held the post.
    (AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 6, Chile's securities regulator fined Sebastian Pinera, a leading right-wing politician and former presidential candidate, for insider trading of LAN Airlines SA stock.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 6, A former department head at China's drug regulation agency was sentenced to death on bribery charges. Cao Wenzhuang was given a two-year reprieve because he provided evidence that helped with the investigation of other cases. Chinese cat lovers mobilized online to save a truck load of cats from the cooking pot. A standoff continued for hours while cat lovers spread word of the incident online, eventually raising $1,320 in donations to buy the whole load of some 800 cats.
    (AP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 6, EU officials said they have asked Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to join patrols of Europe's border control agency in a bid to stop massive clandestine immigration.
    (AFP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 6, In France some 50 masked attackers smashed cars and clashed with police in northeast Paris. Three officers were injured.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 6, India’s Health Ministry released a report saying the number of Indians infected with HIV is between 2-3 million, half of what experts had previously estimated, and about 0.3% of the 1.1 billion population.
    (SFC, 7/7/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 6, A suicide bomber detonated a booby trapped car at a funeral in the Shiite Kurdish village of Zargoush, in the Sadiya region of Diyala province, killing 22 people. Four soldiers were killed in two roadside bomb attacks on their patrols, both in the capital. A suicide car bomber struck the Kurdish village of Ahmad Maref killing 26 people. A US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were killed when an explosively formed penetrator exploded near their patrol in southeastern Baghdad. A US soldier died of non battle-related cause and his death was under investigation.
    (AP, 7/7/07)(SFC, 7/7/07, p.A7)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 6, Israeli forces pulled out of the Gaza Strip. Their military incursion left 11 Palestinian militants dead and pushed Gaza's rival factions together in urging their people to fight back.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 6, In rural southern Nepal 9 children and two adults died when a tractor pulling a trailer carrying guests in a wedding procession skidded off a road and into a canal.
    (AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 6, The head of a radical mosque besieged by government forces in the heart of Pakistan's capital rejected calls for an unconditional surrender, saying he and his die-hard followers were ready for martyrdom.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 6, A Peruvian consumer protection agency closed a popular restaurant and imposed a stiff fine for repeatedly turning away dark-skinned people. The upscale suburb of Miraflores complied with the agency's request to close Cafe del Mar for 60 days. The restaurant also was fined $76,000 for its "discriminatory" entrance policy.
    (AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 6, Russian lawmakers passed a bill that cracks down on dissent and expands police surveillance authority ahead of 2008 elections.
    (WSJ, 1/7/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 6, In Somalia 5 children who stopped to play with a land mine on the way to prayers died when one of them threw the device against a wall, causing a blast that sent their bodies flying through the air.
    (AP, 7/6/07)
2007        Jul 6, In Sri Lanka soldiers intercepted a group of Tamil Tigers, killing 15, as they fled the jungle area of Thoppigala in the eastern district of Batticaloa. 4 people were killed elsewhere in the embattled island.
    (AFP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 6, Turkey's foreign minister said his government and military have agreed on plans for a possible cross-border operation against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 7/6/07)

2007        Jul 7, The 24-hour Live Earth music marathon reached the Western Hemisphere with rappers, rockers and country stars taking the stage at Live Earth concerts to fight climate change.
    (SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A4)(AP, 7/7/08)
2007        Jul 7, A Big Mac in the US cost an average $3.41. At current exchange rates the cheapest Big Mac was in China at $1.45, and the most expensive in New Zealand at $5.89.
    (Econ, 7/7/07, p.74)
2007        Jul 7, Wildfires in California consumed 17,000 acres in Inyo National Forest and 7,500 acres in Los Padres National Forest.  An 8,000-acre wildfire forced hundreds of people in the town of Winnemucca to leave their homes, one of more than a dozen blazes that charred a combined 55 square miles in northern Nevada. In Utah a 160,000-acre wildfire forced evacuations at Cove Fort and the Blundell Geothermal Power Plant. Wildfires also burned in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and Washington states.
    (AP, 7/8/07)(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A5)
2007        Jul 7, In Oregon Kent Couch (47) in his lawn chair with some snacks and a parachute rose to the sky under 105 large helium balloons. Nearly 9 hours later the gas station owner came back to earth in a farmer's field near Union, 193 miles from home. In September he had gotten off the ground for six hours.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 7, A global poll picked the Great Wall of China, Rome's Colosseum, India's Taj Mahal, Peru’s Macchu Picchu, Jordan’s Petra, Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid as the new seven wonders of the world. The campaign to name the new wonders was launched in 1999 by the Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 7, Barton Shackelford, former president of PG&E (1979-1985), died in Kentfield, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/16/07, p.C6)
2007        Jul 7, In Kandahar province Taliban fighters ambushed police traveling in between Ghorak and Mawiwand, sparking a six-hour battle. About 20 Taliban fighters were wounded in the engagement, and several police were missing. Taliban fighters beheaded two civilians they accused of being spies for the government or NATO. A roadside blast struck a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan and wounded four alliance soldiers.
    (AP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 7, A court in Algeria's Kabylie region sentenced Said Sahnoun, a correspondent for newspapers in sub-Saharan Africa, to 10 years in prison for spying for Israel.
    (Reuters, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 7, Algeria's state oil and gas company and KBR Inc., a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary, signed a $2.88 billion deal for a liquefied natural gas plant.
    (AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, Britain’s PM Gordon Brown pledged 14 million pounds in extra aid for parts of northern England hit by floods which killed at least four people.
    (AFP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, Jack Odell (b.1920), British creator of the Matchbox miniature toys (1953), died. The toys were made by Lesney Products, founded by Leslie and Rodney Smith in 1947. The company went public in 1960 and bankrupt in 1982, when it was sold to Hong Kong’s Universal International Ltd. In 1997 Mattel acquired Matchbox.
    (WSJ, 1/14/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 7, German scientists said a genetically engineered herpes virus, designed to kill cancer cells but leave normal tissue unharmed, has shown early promise in clinical tests.
    (Reuters, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, Authorities said floods in eastern India have left nearly a million people stranded from torrential monsoon rains.
    (AFP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, In Iraq a bombing in Armili, a farming town of 26,000, mostly Shiites from Iraq's ethnic Turkoman minority, killed over 130 people. Another car bomb attack against a military checkpoint in Baghdad killed at least 3 people and wounded 10. British troops came under heavy attack by militants in Basra, killing one soldier and wounding 3. An American soldier was killed in combat in Salahuddin province.
    (AFP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 7, In Indian-controlled Kashmir protesters clashed with police in Srinagar a day after a teenager was killed when police fired on a crowd protesting alleged human rights abuses.
    (AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, In Indonesia a speeding bus carrying a group of junior high school students and their teachers plunged into a 30-foot ravine on the main island of Java, killing 14 people. Poisonous fumes from the Indonesia’s Salak volcano killed six teenagers who were camping on the mountain.
    (AP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 7, Nepal's king celebrated his 60th birthday with a lavish ceremony at his palace that set off protests in the streets of Katmandu.
    (AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, President Pervez Musharraf told Islamist militants barricaded in a mosque to surrender or die, while concern grew for hundreds of women and children inside the besieged compound in the Pakistani capital.
    (Reuters, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, Pope Benedict XVI removed restrictions on celebrating the old form of the Latin Mass in a concession to traditional Catholics, but he stressed that he was in no way rolling back the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
    (AP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, Zimbabwe's government announced a new law making it an offense to defy steep price cuts ordered in an effort to control runaway inflation and a growing economic crisis.
    (AP, 7/7/07)

2007        Jul 8, In Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell ordered a range of government services shutdown after last minute negotiations failed to break a budget stalemate. The shutdown took about 24,000 workers off the job. A budget deal was hammered out the following night.
    (AP, 7/9/07)(SFC, 7/9/07, p.A3)(AP, 7/8/08)
2007        Jul 8, SF Bay Area police and FBI completed Operation Strikeout, a 3-day prostitution sweep that netted over 140 pimps, prostitutes and their customers. This included 50 prostitutes and 7 alleged johns arrested in SF.
    (SFC, 7/17/07, p.D3) 
2007        Jul 8, Boeing unveiled its first fully assembled 787 Dreamliner in Everett, Wash.
    (SFC, 7/9/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 8, In Oakland, Ca., Odell Roberson Jr., a transient drug addict, was found shot and killed. Police later determined that his killer used an AK-47 assault rifle linked to Your Black Muslim Bakery. In 2009 an indictment accused Yusuf Bey IV (23), the leader of the bakery, of murder for allegedly ordering the killing.
    (SFC, 10/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A1)
2007        Jul 8, Roger Federer won his fifth straight Wimbledon tennis championship, beating Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.
    (AP, 7/8/08)
2007        Jul 8, China’s state media said nearly 2,000 officials in central China's Hunan province have been caught breaking China's strict one-child policy. State media also said floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 26 people and left 17 missing in southwest Sichuan province in the last week.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will not offer mass pardons to prisoners on Bastille Day, keeping up his law-and-order reputation and breaking with tradition.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, In India at least four people drowned or were electrocuted over the weekend in the northwestern desert state of Rajasthan, bringing India's overall monsoon death toll to 177.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 8, Chandra Shekhar (b.1927), former Indian prime minister (1990), died from a blood-related illness. He served briefly during a period of political turmoil.
    (AFP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, Iran’s state TV said 4 fuel-smuggling trucks crashed into each other and caught fire in southeastern Iran, killing 13 people.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 8, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who leads the group Islamic State in Iraq, said in an audiotape that his Sunni fighters have been preparing for four years to wage a battle against Shiite-dominated Iran. He threatened to wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shiites in Iraq within two months. A suicide truck bomber killed 23 new Iraqi army recruits when he rammed into their vehicle south of Baghdad. A flurry of bombings in Baghdad killed 26 people. American special operations forces in a raid captured 12 militants in Baghdad who had broken away from the Mahdi Army, and had carried out attacks on US and Iraqi troops.
    (AP, 7/8/07)(Reuters, 7/8/07)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 8, The Israeli Cabinet approved the release of 250 Palestinian prisoners, in the government's latest gesture of support for moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his struggle against the Hamas militant group.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, Valdis Zatlers, a trauma surgeon with no prior political experience and widely publicized tax problems, was sworn in as Latvia's third president since the Baltic state gained independence in 1991.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, Libya invited international tenders for exploration of its onshore and offshore gas fields covering an area almost the size of Scotland.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 8, Two gunmen attacked a German couple photographing wildlife in Namibia, killing Johannes Fellinger (56), in front of his wife and taking her on a high-speed chase.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 8, In southern Nigeria a British toddler was released by gunmen and reunited with her parents, who said she was fine but hungry and covered in mosquito bites.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, Pakistan's army tried to blast through the wall of a besieged radical Islamic seminary to help free hostages held by a cleric and his militant supporters, leaving one commando dead.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, In the Philippines 2 small planes collided in the air and crashed in a rice field north of Manila, killing two Indian citizens and a Filipino flight instructor.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, Russia’s top security agency said it has declassified documents on millions of victims of Soviet-era repression (1920-1950), allowing relatives to request information about those who were executed or died of disease and starvation in prison.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, Spain's largest fighting bulls lived up to their fearsome reputation, goring two and crushing at least seven people as thousands of daredevils sprinted down narrow streets Sunday in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls.
    (AP, 7/8/07)
2007        Jul 8, Zimbabwe’s official media said police have arrested 16 more business leaders in a crackdown on those suspected of violating the government's order to slash prices by 50%.
    (AP, 7/8/07)

2007        Jul 9, President Bush directed former aides to defy congressional subpoenas, claiming executive privilege in resisting Congress' investigation into the firings of US attorneys.
    (AP, 7/9/08)
2007        Jul 9, Alaska’s former state Rep. Tom Anderson was convicted of taking thousands of dollars from a corrections company consultant in exchange for his help in the Legislature.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 9, US Sen. David Vitter, R-La., acknowledged that he was on the list of phone records just released by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the alleged “D.C. Madam."
    (SFC, 7/11/07, p.A6)
2007        Jul 9, The NAACP meeting in Detroit held a public burial for the N-word (nigger) racial slur. In 1944 the NAACP held a symbolic funeral in Detroit for Jim Crow.
    (SFC, 7/10/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 9, Northwest Biotherapeutics, a US-based biotech company, said it had won approval for commercial use of the world's first vaccine against brain cancer in Switzerland.
    (AFP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, Researchers said a pill developed by Pfizer to help people stop-smoking appears to also help curb heavy drinking by targeting a pleasure center in the brain. The drug called varenicline, began selling in the US last August under the brand name Chantix.
    (SFC, 7/10/07, p.A2)
2007        Jul 9, Novartis said the first skin patch to treat the dementia that can plague Alzheimer's patients has gained federal approval. The drug in the patch, called Exelon or rivastigmine, is the same as that now available in capsule form but provides a regular and continuous dose throughout the day.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, Charles Lane (b.1905), film actor, died in Santa Monica. He appeared in well over 250 roles on film and TV. His final screen appearance was in the 1995 TV movie “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes."
    (SFC, 7/11/07, p.A2)
2007        Jul 9, Afghan troops and the US-led coalition conducting a nighttime raid killed a Taliban leader but also two children caught in the crossfire. An exchange of small arms fire at an army base in Herat killed four Afghan soldiers.
    (AP, 7/9/07)(Reuters, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, A London jury convicted four Muslim militants of plotting to bomb London's public transport system.
    (AP, 7/9/08)
2007        Jul 9, Buenos Aires experienced its first major snowfall since June, 1918.
    (WSJ, 1/10/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 9, Canada announced plans to increase its Arctic military presence in an effort to assert sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, a potentially oil-rich region the United States claims is international territory.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, The UN-backed Okapi radio station said that Floribert Chui Bin Kositi, a former Congolese rebel leader, was beaten to death in Congo’s restive eastern Kivu region. He held a senior position in a state-run body monitoring food imports and recently ordered a large consignment of rice to be destroyed on the grounds that it was unfit for human consumption.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 9, The EU's top justice official said EU citizens will be protected by the US Privacy Act under an anti-terror deal with Washington on the sharing of trans-Atlantic air passenger data.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 9, In India’s Chattisgarh state an hours-long battle between police and Maoist rebels armed with machine guns and mortars ended with the deaths of 25 rebels and 24 police. The Maoist insurgency is now spread across 13 of India's 28 states and the rebels are believed to have 10,000-15,000 fighters in an increasingly well-armed force.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 9, In Indonesia prosecutors filed a civil lawsuit against former dictator Suharto (1921-2008), toppled in 1998, seeking $1.54 billion in damages and funds allegedly stolen from the state during his 32 years in power. He allegedly forced state banks and others to contribute millions to the Supersemar Foundation, much of which was siphoned off to companies run by members of his family and cronies.
    (AP, 7/9/07)(Econ, 7/14/07, p.48)
2007        Jul 9, Attacks in Baghdad killed 13 people as prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of violence that claimed more than 220 lives. A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi military bus north of Baghdad, killing 9 Iraqi soldiers and injuring 21. British warplanes struck the southern town of al-Majar al-Kabir near the Iranian border, killing three militants suspected of smuggling weapons into Iraq.
    (AP, 7/9/07)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 9, An appeals court freed Moldova's former defense minister, overturning his conviction for abusing his position in the 1997 sale of 21 fighter planes to the United States.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, In Nigeria gunmen attacked two southern oil installations, kidnapping two senior Nigerian employees of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and two foreigners.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf gave clerics more time to persuade defiant militants to lay down their arms and surrender a mosque they have defended against thousands of government troops.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, Poland’s PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski fired his deputy, Andrzej Lepper, over corruption allegations, throwing the future of Poland's conservative governing coalition into doubt and raising the possibility of early elections. Kaczynski also fired Sports Minister Tomasz Lipiec, of his own Law and Justice party.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 9, Zimbabwe police said more than 1,300 shop owners and business managers have been arrested as part of a crackdown on firms accused of flouting government-imposed price controls. Thousands of students were evicted from Zimbabwe's main university campus after they protested at the weekend against a decision to deny them food for not paying their fees.
    (AFP, 7/9/07)

2007        Jul 10, US President George W. Bush nominated Army Gen. William Ward, the highest ranking black in the US military, to lead the new Africa Command and coordinate military operations on the continent.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 10, Richard Carmona, ex-Surgeon General (2002-2006), told US Congress that he was kept in an ideological straightjacket on issues such as stem cells and birth control.
    (WSJ, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 10, Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed a law abolishing the state’s 2-year state of limitations on personal injury lawsuits for victims of child sex abuse.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 10, A judge in Los Angeles sentenced pizza deliveryman Chester Turner to death for murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and '90s.
    (AP, 7/10/08)
2007        Jul 10, In Baseball’s All-Star game the American League beat the National League 5-4  at AT&T Park in SF.
    (www.foxnews.com/photoessay/0,4644,2028,00.html)
2007        Jul 10, It was reported that more than 500 Tennessee streams are polluted with E. coli bacteria, according to information from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 10, In Florida a small plane trying to make an emergency landing crashed into a suburban Orlando neighborhood, killing both people aboard and starting two house fires that seriously burned two adults and a 10-year-old boy.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, Doug Marlette (57), Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and writer, died in a car accident near Holly Springs, Mississippi.
    (SFC, 7/11/07, p.B5)(AP, 7/10/08)
2007        Jul 10, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeted a NATO patrol in a marketplace in Dihrawud, Uruzgan province, killing at least 17 people, including 13 schoolchildren. 8 Dutch troops were wounded.
    (AP, 7/10/07)(WSJ, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 10, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that Brazil will budget about $540 million over eight years to complete its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment and possibly building a nuclear-powered submarine.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 10, The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate, by one-quarter point to 4.50%, for the first time in over a year and kept the door open to further hikes, saying inflation has been persistently higher than it expected.
    (Reuters, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, Activists said that a recent UN report showing Canadians use more marijuana than people in any other industrialized country is more evidence that the drug should be legalized. The 2007 World Drug Report found that 16.8% of Canadians between 15 and 64 used marijuana, at least once in the past year.
    (Reuters, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, China executed Zheng Xiaoyu (63), former head  (1997-2006) of its State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash. Zheng was convicted of taking cash and gifts worth $832,000 when he was in charge of the state administration.
    (AP, 7/10/07)(WSJ, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 10, Cyprus and Malta received approval from EU finance ministers to join the euro.
    (Econ, 7/14/07, p.57)
2007        Jul 10, EU finance ministers agreed to have Dominique Strauss-Kahn at top man at the IMF to replace Rodrigo de Rato, who will resign in October.
    (Econ, 7/14/07, p.12)(www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19691259/)
2007        Jul 10, The bulk log carrier Hai Tong No. 7 went down, 375 miles northwest of Guam, where it ran into Typhoon Man-yi. 9 of 22 crew members were dead or missing. The ship, owned by Fuzhou Haijing Shipping, was en route from Papua New Guinea to China.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 10, Railroad Development Corp., a Pittsburgh-based railroad company under Henry Posner III, planned to shut down Guatemala's only train service after years of fighting thieves, squatters and government-backed lawsuits. Posner expected to take his case to int’l. arbitration under CAFTA with a demand for $65 million in lost revenues and investments.
    (AP, 7/10/07)(WSJ, 1/23/07, p.A14)
2007        Jul 10, Extremists unleashed a barrage of more than a dozen mortars or rockets into the Green Zone, killing at least three people, including an American, and wounding 18 in an area once considered the safest in the Iraqi capital. Gunmen in Baghdad kidnapped a senior security official, Abdul Razzaq Aseel al-Assal, the director of the joint security committee in the city of Mosul. Hannelore Krause (61), a German woman who was kidnapped in Iraq, was released after 155 days in captivity, but her son was still held hostage. Sunni extremists attacked Sherween village northwest of Baghdad. A US and Iraqi army force moved into Sherween village and drove out the insurgents in a battle that left at least 19 extremists dead.
    (AP, 7/10/07)(AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 10, The Gaddafi Foundation charity said it has reached an accord with the families of HIV-infected Libyan children that ends the crisis of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for infecting them.
    (Reuters, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, Mexico's government called a series of gas pipeline explosions a threat to the nation's democratic institutions and vowed to step up security after a guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the blasts.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
 2007        Jul 10, Nigerian troops foiled an attempt by militants to kidnap workers at a Korean firm in southern Rivers state, killing one insurgent and injuring several others. Police said several people were injured and many houses and vehicles were destroyed in two days of fighting between two rival cult gangs in southern Ogoniland.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, Pakistani troops flushed out holdouts entrenched inside a women's religious school, taking control of the sprawling Red Mosque room by room in fighting that left about 50 militants and eight soldiers dead. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the chief cleric of the Red Mosque and brother of Abdul Aziz, was killed as Pakistani troops flushed out entrenched militants. Umme Hassan, the wife of Aziz and head of a seminary for female jihadists, escaped.
    (AP, 7/10/07)(Econ, 7/26/08, p.50)
2007        Jul 10, Some 50 Philippine marines were heading back to camp when they were attacked by about 300 suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in Tipo Tipo town on southern Basilan island. Troops recovered the bodies of 14 marines, some of them beheaded.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 10, Russian newspapers reported that thieves had stolen a collection of rare paintings worth millions of dollars from retired judge Kamo Manukyan. They were stored unguarded in his empty apartment. The 13 paintings stolen included works by Frenchman Georges-Pierre Seurat, the founder of neo-impressionism, Russian seascape painter Ivan Aivazovsky, and Russian expressionist Alexej Jawlenski.
    (Reuters, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, Sudan’s head of the civil defense authority said flash floods across central and eastern Sudan have killed 20 people and destroyed 15,000 houses, and predicted worse weather conditions to come.
    (Reuters, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.
    (AP, 7/10/07)
2007        Jul 10, Zimbabwe police said hundreds more business executives and store managers have been arrested as part of a crackdown on violations of a government-ordered price freeze.
    (AFP, 7/10/07)

2007        Jul 11, Lady Bird Johnson (b.1912), widow of former US Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969), died in Austin, Texas.
    (SFC, 7/12/07, p.A2)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.85)
2007        Jul 11, In San Francisco Joseph Konopka, a neighborhood activist, died at his home on Ashbury St. in the midst of erotic asphyxiation. Terry Frazier was soon arrested and charged with murder, robbery and burglary. In 2010 Frazier pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges.
    (SSFC, 3/21/10, p.C2)
2007        Jul 11, In Algeria a suicide bomber blew up a refrigerated truck loaded with explosives at a military encampment outside Algiers, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 35.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Manol Velev, a Bulgarian businessman, was shot and left in a coma. Velev was married to Bulgaria’s sports minister and had paid for the 2006 re-election campaign of Pres. Georgi Parvanov. Velev was released from the hospital on December 6, 2007 and faced extensive rehabilitation.
    (http://paper.standartnews.com/en/article.php?d=2007-12-06&article=9058)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.42)
2007        Jul 11, In Canada "Honest Ed" Mirvish (92), a colorful Toronto character who restored theaters, produced musicals, and ran a brash and cavernous discount store, died.
    (Reuters, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, China's food and drug agency announced stricter rules for approving new drugs. The government also ordered small, loosely regulated food producers to clean up their act.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Nick Young, British editor of the newsletter China Development Brief, said officials had ordered the shut down of the newsletter for violating a 1983 law on gathering statistics. Young had founded the publication in 1995.
    (SFC, 7/12/07, p.A11)
2007        Jul 11, Three firefighters died while battling a blaze in a forest on the Greek island of Crete.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 11, A passenger ship carrying 70 people disappeared off eastern Indonesia after reporting engine failure in stormy seas. The bodies of two children were found drifting in nearby waters along with several survivors.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Jordan's military court convicted and sentenced two militants to prison with hard labor for plotting to attack Americans living in the kingdom.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Kurdish leaders spoke out against a key oil law, raising further doubts over efforts to pass one of the political benchmarks sought by the United States.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Libya's Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the AIDS virus. But the verdict may not be the final word in the case.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, In western Mexico Honda, Hershey's and other multinational companies temporarily shut down their factories after rebels attacked a key natural gas pipeline.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 11, Nigeria's anti-corruption agency arrested two former governors who had refused to present themselves for questioning.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 11, Pakistani commandos cleared the warren-like Red Mosque complex of all its die-hard defenders, following an assault that ended a bloody eight-day siege and left more than 80 dead, including a pro-Taliban cleric.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Hamas boycotted the opening of the Palestinian parliament's new term, effectively allowing President Mahmoud Abbas to keep his moderate emergency Cabinet in power.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Rwanda’s state-run radio said the Senate has approved the abolition of the death penalty, a key step demanded by the international community to transfer genocide suspects to Rwandan courts.
    (AFP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Serbia rejected a new US-backed UN draft resolution on Kosovo, saying it would only lead to the province's independence.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, In southern Thailand suspected separatists over the last 24 hours shot dead 4 people including a government official, as the Thai premier began a two-day visit to the region.
    (AP, 7/11/07)
2007        Jul 11, Turkey's ambassador to Washington said that US weapons have been turning up in the hands of Kurdish guerrillas staging attacks in Turkey.
    (AP, 7/11/07)

2007        Jul 12, A Bush administration assessment said Iraq had achieved only limited military and political progress toward a democratic society; Iraqi leaders responded by insisting they were making progress.
    (AP, 7/12/08)
2007        Jul 12, Defying a White House veto threat, the US House of Representatives approved legislation to bring combat troops out of Iraq by April 1, 2008.
    (Reuters, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, A US government report was released saying undercover investigators, working for a fake firm, had obtained a license to buy enough radioactive material to build a "dirty bomb," amid little scrutiny from federal regulators.
    (Reuters, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, In New Jersey former Newark Mayor Sharpe James (71) was indicted on corruption charges. James stepped down as mayor in 2006 to serve as a state senator. Prosecutors alleged that James arranged the sale of 9 city-owned properties at a discounted rate to former girlfriend Tamika Riley from 2001 to 2005. Riley quickly sold the properties at a profit without required rehabilitation work. On April 16, 2008, James and his ex-mistress were convicted of corruption charges.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 4/10/08, p.A2)(SFC, 4/17/08, p.A4)
2007        Jul 12, The city of Oakland, Ca., sued garbage hauler Waste Management in an attempt to force the company to pick up trash during its 11-day lockout of truck drivers. Isaac Haqq, founder and principal of Oakland’s University Preparatory Charter Academy (2001), resigned amidst a cheating scandal. Several Uprep teachers blamed him for a culture of cheating and intimidation.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.B9)(SFC, 7/13/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 12, In Oakland, Ca., Michael John Wills, a sous chef, was shot and killed. Police later determined that his killer used an AK-47 assault rifle linked to Your Black Muslim Bakery.  In 2009 an indictment accused Yusuf Bey IV (23), the leader of the bakery, of murder for allegedly ordering the killing.
    (SFC, 10/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A1)
2007        Jul 12, Robert Quill (52) of Florida filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by Rev. Francis G. DeLuca, who worked for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, for 35 years. The suit alleged that church officials knew DeLuca was abusing boys as early as 1958.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 12, Arthur J. Kobacker (83), discount shoe store entrepreneur, died at his home in Florida. He set up his first dozen self-service shoe stores in 1960 starting with one in Pittsburgh. “I’ve run into customers who say they have 200 pairs of shoes in their closet because of us."
    (WSJ, 1/21/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 12, Philip Lum Jr., former mayor of Colma, Ca., was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for failing to report numerous free airline tickets from the Lucky Chances Casino in 1999 and 2000.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.B6)
2007        Jul 12, A coalition of US and Canadian cities along the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River, including Toronto and Chicago, vowed to cut water consumption 15% by 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, Jim Mitchell, co-founder of the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theater in SF, died of an apparent heart attack in Sonoma County, Ca. He and his brother Artie had opened the adult theater in 1969 and went on to pioneer pornographic films. In 1991 Jim shot Artie to death in Corte Madera and served just under 3 years at San Quentin Prison for voluntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 7/14/07, p.A7)
2007        Jul 12, HM Capital Partners LLC, a leading, Dallas-based private equity firm, and Booth Creek Management Corporation sold Swift & Company to Brazil’s JBS Friboi S.A., the largest beef processor in South America and one of the largest worldwide beef exporters. Swift was the 3rd largest processor of beef and pork in America and the biggest processor of beef in Australia.
    (Econ, 10/31/09, p.74)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JBS_USA)
2007        Jul 12, Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto launched a 38.1-billion-dollar offer for Canada's Alcan, trumping US rival Alcoa in a mammoth bid to create the world's largest aluminium company.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, In eastern Afghanistan US-led coalition and Afghan troops clashed with suspected Taliban militants, killing 11 rebels in Uruzgan province. A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol vehicle left 6 officers dead in Khost province. In an overnight operation in the Girishk district of Helmand province, the Afghan army and air strikes by multinational forces killed 20 rebels. A British soldier was killed and two others were wounded during an operation in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 7/12/07)(AFP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, Burkina Faso and Taiwan renewed a commitment to boost their diplomatic ties during a visit to the west African nation by Taiwan's Foreign Minister James Huang.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 12, China’s state media said nearly a half-million people fled a flood zone surrounding the swollen Huai River, while high waters in the south unleashed a plague of an estimated 2 billion field mice that were ravaging crops.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, French legislators approved a measure championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy that would encourage people to work beyond the 35-hour workweek by cutting taxes on overtime pay.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, France told Serbia its EU bid depends on letting Kosovo break away.
    (WSJ, 1/13/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 12, In Athens, Greece, a suburban passenger train collided with a freight train, injuring at least 53 people.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, An influential and conservative Islamic theological school in India said marriages of Muslim couples using Internet Web cameras were acceptable and legal.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, Iranian artillery shelled near Iraqi Kurd villages as Iranian troops clashed with Kurdish guerrillas making an incursion across the border.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, US troops raided a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad in a hunt for militiamen linked to Iran, sparking exchanges of fire and a mortar attack. 9 insurgents and two civilians were killed. Iraqi police said 19 people were killed, and residents said some of the casualties were caused by US helicopter fire. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen (22) and his assistant Saeed Chmagh (40) were killed in Baghdad in an area where US forces were battling militants. In southern Iraq, clashes erupted between Shiite militants and the Iraqi army, killing a soldier and a civilian in the city of Diwaniyah. Aircraft struck a group of militants planting a roadside bomb before dawn, killing five of the militants. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt near a wedding party in Tal Afar. 5 people were killed and 5 wounded. Robbers overnight stole about $680,000 from a bank in central Baghdad. The theft at the private Dar al-Salam bank was discovered by the bank manager when it opened in the morning, and suspicions fell on overnight guards. A detainee died from injuries after apparently being assaulted by other inmates at a US detention facility in Baghdad. On June 7, 2010, the US military said it is holding Army Specialist Bradley Manning of the 2nd Brigade 10th Mountain Division in pretrial confinement in Kuwait and that he is suspected of releasing classified information. A video released in April, 2010, showed US Army helicopters killing two journalists in the July 12, 2007, shooting.
    (AP, 7/12/07)(AP, 7/13/07)(AP, 4/6/10)(SFC, 8/23/13, p.C1)
2007        Jul 12, Israeli forces moved into the Gaza Strip in a hunt for weapons and wanted militants, sparking a fierce battle with Hamas militants that killed one Israeli soldier.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, The Lebanese army pounded a Palestinian refugee camp with artillery fire, but the military denied reports that the action was part of a final assault on the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants barricaded inside.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, News reports said Mexico’s Pres. Felipe Calderon has dispatched a new 5,000- strong elite military unit to guard strategic sites, including oil refineries and dams in the wake of recent guerrilla attacks on pipelines operated by Pemex.
    (SFC, 7/13/07, p.A10)
2007        Jul 12, Authorities announced a major crackdown on organized crime in Amsterdam's Red Light District, for the first time bringing national police investigators and tax authorities to bear on what had long been seen as a local problem.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 12, In Nigeria the 3-year-old son of town chief Eze Francis Amadi was grabbed by gunmen who smashed a window of his father's SUV in the fourth child kidnapping in the oil-rich south in less than two months. The boy was returned the next day.
    (AP, 7/12/07)(AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 12, Tens of thousands of Protestant hard-liners marched without trouble through Northern Ireland's streets in an annual event that once ignited conflict with Catholics, but passed peacefully this year, thanks to a succeeding peace process. An estimated 75,000 Orangemen accompanied by fife-and-drum units popularly known as "kick the pope" bands paraded through Belfast and 17 other cities and towns.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, In Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing three people and wounding three more in Miranshah. A bomb killed 5 people, including 3 police, and wounded several others outside a religious centre in the Himalayan tourist town of Mingora. Islamist protests broke out in several parts of Pakistan following the army raid on the pro-Taliban Red mosque.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, A Philippine ferry sank southeast of Manila. At least 129 people survived the sinking of the MV Blue Water Princess. 15 bodies were recovered and divers said they found many more.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 12, In Somalia insurgents fired more than two dozen mortar shells at government targets in Mogadishu overnight, including the president's home, in an apparent attempt to disrupt this weekend's reconciliation talks. At least 3 men were killed.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, South Africa banned the import of poultry products from Germany after an outbreak of the potentially fatal H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AFP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, In Spain charging bulls gored 7 people and seriously injured several others as this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona served up its longest and most dangerous run yet.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, Spanish Civil Guards heightened a battle over a $500 million treasure of gold and silver coins from a shipwreck when they seized the Ocean Alert, a vessel belonging to a Tampa, Fla.,-based company. The ship was released a week later.
    (AP, 7/12/07)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.51)
2007        Jul 12, Sudan’s Interior Ministry said flash floods across central and eastern Sudan have killed 30 people and destroyed 25,000 houses.
    (AFP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, In the Swiss Alps 6 soldiers on an alpine training exercise were killed when an avalanche sent them plummeting thousands of feet into a valley.
    (AP, 7/12/07)
2007        Jul 12, In southern Thailand suspected rebels killed five people.
    (AFP, 7/12/07)

2007        Jul 13, A US jury in Chicago found Conrad Black guilty of criminal fraud and obstruction of justice. Black and the others had been accused by US prosecutors of pilfering $60 million in payments that should have benefited Hollinger International, once the world's third-largest English language newspaper chain, and its shareholders. Black was sentenced to a 6 1/2-year sentence and began serving it at a federal prison in Florida.
    (Reuters, 7/13/07)(AP, 7/13/08)
2007        Jul 13, In southern Afghanistan NATO-led and Afghan troops clashed with Taliban militants, leaving 10 suspected militants dead.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, A court in Brazil issued an arrest warrant for self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky on charges of money-laundering, but he denied any involvement. The case dates back to 2004, when MSI spent millions of dollars acquiring new players, which raised the interest of Sao Paulo state prosecutors. They wanted to know more about the investment group, its Iranian-born president, Kia Joorabchian, and the origin of the money he and his unidentified partners injected into the club. Brazilian prosecutors said they have also issued an arrest warrant for Joorabchian, a British citizen.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began hosting the Pan American Games. An estimated 5,500 athletes from 42 countries participated in 38 sports. The games ended July 29.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Pan_American_Games)
2007        Jul 13, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its Web site that frozen poultry products from Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat processor, were found to be contaminated with salmonella. AQSIQ said other imports barred included frozen chicken feet from Sanderson Farms, Inc. tainted with residue of an anti-parasite drug, as well as frozen pork ribs from Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. containing a leanness-enhancing feed additive.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 13, French legislators approved a measure lowering the cap on tax burdens to 50% of income, despite resistance from leftists and even within the ruling conservative coalition.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, A French gendarme shot a superior officer dead in a Paris suburb before killing his own twin children and finally turning the gun on himself.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has agreed to answer lingering questions about its nuclear experiments and will let UN inspectors return to a plutonium-producing reactor it is building.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, In northern Iran at least 18 people were killed and 24 others injured in a road accident when a truck slammed into a bus full passengers.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, US forces battled Iraqi police and gunmen, killing six policemen, after an American raid captured an Iraqi police lieutenant accused of leading a cell of Shiite militiamen. 7 gunmen also died in the fight. A volley of at least four mortars were fired from the city's dangerous southern districts at the Green Zone. The mortars hit near the home of a senior Iraqi military official, killing two Iraqi soldiers. Khalid W. Hassan (23), an Iraqi journalist for The New York Times, was shot to death on his way to work. A US soldier was killed by small arms fire near Rusdi Mulla.
    (AP, 7/13/07)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 13, A powerful typhoon pounded Japan's southern Okinawa island chain, cutting power to tens of thousands of households and grounding flights with winds up to 100 mph.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, In north Lebanon Islamic militants fired back volleys of rockets at the Lebanese army as troops pounded the remaining suspected hideouts of the Fatah Islam fighters holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, Roman Robles-Cota (32), a police chief in the northern Mexican town of Sonoyta pleaded guilty to charges that he bribed a US Border Patrol agent in 2005 in an effort to help a smuggling operation.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, The main US development fund signed a $506.9 million aid agreement with Mozambique to promote economic growth and reduce poverty.
    (Reuters, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, In Nepal landslides in two mountainous districts killed at least 26 people and injured 17 more.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, In Pakistan Muslim protesters burnt effigies of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf and American icon "Uncle Sam" in mass rallies against this week's deadly Red Mosque army raid.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, Some 4,000 Palestinians remained stuck on the Egyptian side of the border with trouble finding food and shelter, shortages they blamed on local authorities who are indifferent to their plight.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, The Great Canary Telescope, one of the most powerful in the world, began spying on the universe, using its 34-foot wide mirror to search for planets similar to our own from a mountaintop on one of Spain's Canary Islands. The Canary Island observatory said institutes in Mexico and the US collaborated in the project, involving more than 1,000 people in nearly 100 companies.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 13, Andrew Natsios, the US envoy to Sudan, accused the country's government of resuming bombing civilian positions in its troubled Darfur region, and warned of a "disturbing" trend of Arab groups resettling in the area.
    (AP, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, UN officials said they are investigating allegations that Indian peacekeepers in Congo traded food and even military intelligence with Rwandan Hutu rebels in return for gold.
    (Reuters, 7/13/07)
2007        Jul 13, Authorities in Zimbabwe announced the arrest of hundreds more retailers and executives as part of an ongoing price crackdown as it emerged the head of the central bank had warned against the blitz.
    (AP, 7/13/07)

2007        Jul 14, The Los Angeles archdiocese agreed to a landmark $660 million clergy abuse settlement. Over 500 claimants will get an average payout in excess of $1.3 million.
    (AP, 7/15/07)(SSFC, 7/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 14, In Algeria about 50 members of the Al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb attacked two police stations in Yaourene village in Tizi Ouzou province, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Algiers. The Algerian army halted the attack and killed 4 in the northeastern Kabylie region.
    (Reuters, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 14, In London an Indian doctor arrested the same day his brother allegedly drove a Jeep Cherokee loaded with gas bombs into Glasgow's main airport was charged with a terrorism offense. A distant cousin in Australia was also charged in the failed attacks in London and Glasgow.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 14, Egyptian police said authorities have arrested 35 men suspected of membership in an al-Qaida- inspired group that planned to carry out attacks in Egypt.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 14, In southern France Pascal Payet (43), who was serving a 30-year sentence for a holdup on an armored truck that left a guard dead, escaped by helicopter from the Grasse prison. Payet had escaped from the Luynes prison in October 2001. In 2003, he helped organize the helicopter escape of three fellow inmates from the same prison. In September Payet was arrested along with 2 accomplices in Mataro, Spain.
    (AP, 7/17/07)(AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Jul 14, PM Nouri al-Maliki said that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security in the country when American troops leave "any time they want," though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training. A car bomb in Baghdad leveled a two-story apartment building, and a suicide bomber plowed his explosives-packed vehicle into a line of cars at a gas station. The two attacks killed at least eight people. A group of 24 Iranians escaped from detention in an Iraqi police station in the southern town of Badra. Four were quickly recaptured, but the remainder may have fled across the nearby border.
    (AP, 7/14/07)(AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 14, Lebanon's political factions including the pro-Syrian opposition Hezbollah began two days of talks in France to try to ease the deadlock paralyzing the nation.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 14, UN inspectors arrived in North Korea to monitor the communist country's long-anticipated promise to scale back its nuclear weapons program. North Korea said it had shut down its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
    (SSFC, 7/15/07, p.A4)(AP, 7/14/08)
2007        Jul 14, Islamic militants launched a deadly suicide attack, detonated a roadside bomb and fired rockets as thousands of Pakistani troops deployed to the northwestern frontier to thwart the launch of a holy war. A suicide bomber struck in North Waziristan, his explosives-laden vehicle killing at least 26 soldiers and wounding 29 others in a military convoy.
    (AP, 7/14/07)(AP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 14, Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad resigned as head of an emergency government and was immediately appointed to lead an interim Cabinet.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 14, Russia suspended its participation in a key European arms control treaty that governs deployment of troops on the continent. Under the moratorium, Russia will halt inspections and verifications of its military sites by NATO countries and will no longer limit the number of its conventional weapons. The treaty, between Russian and NATO members, was signed in 1990 and amended in 1999 to reflect changes since the breakup of the Soviet Union, adding the requirement that Moscow withdraw troops from the former Soviet republics of Moldova and Georgia. Russia has ratified the amended version, but the United States and other NATO members have refused to do so until Russia completely withdraws.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 14, Sri Lankan troops used war planes and long-range weapons to attack suspected Tamil Tiger positions as fresh fighting broke out. The clash with Tamil Tiger rebels killed at least 10 Sri Lankan soldiers and left 34 wounded.
    (AP, 7/14/07)
2007        Jul 14, Sudan arrested 14 alleged plotters including retired army officers. The next day the interior ministry accused an opposition leader of heading a plot to overthrow the regime by creating armed chaos that would lead to international intervention.
    (AFP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 14, A miner (29) died in western Uganda from the deadly Marburg virus, first discovered in 1967.
    (Econ, 8/18/07, p.40)
2007        Jul 14, Alexandre Robert (15), a French-Swiss youth, was raped by 3 UAR nationals in Dubai. The case went to court in November. On Dec 12 a panel of judges sentenced two Emirati men to 15 years in prison each in connection with a kidnapping and sexual attack on the French-Swiss boy.
    (Reuters, 11/7/07)(AP, 12/12/07)

2007        Jul 15, The Los Angeles Times reported that about 45 percent of all foreign militants targeting US troops and Iraqi security forces were from Saudi Arabia, 15 percent from Syria and Lebanon, and 10 percent from North Africa.
    (AFP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, In SF 2 coyotes, a male and female, were shot and killed in Golden Gate Park following recent attacks on leashed dogs.
    (SFC, 7/17/07, p.D1)
2007        Jul 15, In Cheyenne, Wyoming, Robin Munis was shot in the head just after midnight Saturday as she sang with the classic rock and country group Ty and the Twisters. Police searched for David Munis (36), a National Guardsman with sniper training who they suspect shot his wife. Police located David Munis’ pickup truck the next in rural Albany County. As they closed in on the suspect and called for him to surrender, Munis shot himself in the chest. He was flown to Laramie, Wyoming, where he was pronounced dead on July 18th.
    (AP, 7/15/07)(http://tinyurl.com/6669k3)
2007        Jul 15, A roadside bomb killed six Afghans working for a Western security company in the east of the country.
    (Reuters, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, Antun Gudelj (59), a Croatian man charged with killing three police officials in the early days of the 1991 Serb-Croat war, was extradited from Australia to Croatia to face a new trial after an earlier pardon.
    (AP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, Botswana's President Festus Mogae (67) announced that he is to stand down next year after a decade at the helm of the diamond-rich southern African nation.
    (AFP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, Britain released without charge 2 suspects in the failed car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow last month.
    (AFP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, JCDecaux launched a bike rental system in Paris.
    (Econ, 9/22/07, p.76)
2007        Jul 15, A minister said India's southern coastal Kerala state was reeling from an outbreak of mosquito-borne Chikungunya viral fever infections that have claimed 193 lives. Chikungunya, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, was first detected in 1955 in Africa and last year caused the deaths of some 200 people on the French Indian ocean island of Reunion. Federal health minister Anbumani Ramadoss told parliament last year that some 1.1 million Indians were infected with Chikungunya.
    (AFP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 15, A car bomb packed with explosives detonated in a central Baghdad square, killing 10 people and wounding 25. At least 18 other people were killed including 7 border guards in the northern Kani Khal area and 8 in shootings in the northern cities of Mosul and Kirkuk and several areas south of Baghdad. 22 bullet-riddled bodies were found dumped in various locations of Baghdad, apparently the latest victims of sectarian violence.
    (AP, 7/15/07)(AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 15, Mahmoud Darwish, the world's most recognized Palestinian poet, delivered a stinging tirade against Palestinian infighting in his first public appearance in decades in the Israeli city of Haifa.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 15, Typhoon Man-yi, one of the most powerful storms to hit Japan in decades, headed away from Tokyo after leaving four people dead or missing.
    (AFP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, A Libyan foundation confirmed that families of Libyan children infected with AIDS have accepted compensation topping 460 million dollars, which could lead to a death sentence on six foreign medics being lifted.
    (AFP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, Militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon fired more rockets that landed in farm fields outside the camp as the army bombarded suspected hideouts inside the besieged settlement. Politicians from Lebanon's divided factions held a second day of talks in France to try to ease 8 months of deadlock.
    (AP, 7/15/07)(AFP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, North Korea confirmed it has shut its nuclear reactor that provides the secretive state with material to make weapons-grade plutonium.
    (Reuters, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, Militants in northwest Pakistan disavowed a peace pact with the government. Suicide attacks and a roadside bomb together killed 44 people and wounded more than 100.
    (AP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, Marina Pisareva (47), the deputy head of a small Russian division of German media company Bertelsmann AG, was found dead at her summer house near Moscow, possibly stabbed with her own dagger.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 15, Spanish officials said police investigating a child pornography ring have arrested 66 people and seized computer hard drives containing 48 million photographs and video images. The nationwide sweep came after a 10-month investigation.
    (AP, 7/15/07)
2007        Jul 15, UN and African Union representatives gathered in Tripoli to evaluate Darfur.
    (AP, 7/15/07)

2007        Jul 16, Pres. Bush said he would call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region to a peace conference and urged Arabs to send Cabinet-level officials to a Fall meeting to be led by Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice.
    (SFC, 7/17/07, p.A7)(AP, 7/16/08)
2007        Jul 17, The US freed 16 Saudis from Guantanamo and flew them home, where they were taken into custody for investigation of possible links to terrorism.
    (WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 16, A man carrying a gun and declaring "I am the emperor" was shot and killed by security outside the offices of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.
    (AP, 7/16/08)
2007        Jul 16, Dikembe Mutombo (41), NBA basketball star, said he wants to score for his native Democratic Republic of Congo by financing a new hospital and training young hoops players. Mutombo invested $15 million (11 million euros) in the construction of the hospital, more than half the total cost.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. reached a tentative agreement to buy Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Wall Street Journal, for $5 billion.
    (SFC, 7/17/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 16, IHOP Corp. announced that it had sealed a deal to buy Applebee’s for about $2.1 billion. This would make IHOP the nation’s largest sit-down restaurant chain with 3,250 locations and sales of nearly $7 billion.
    (WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A2)
2007        Jul 16, An Amtrak train hit a car at a Florida crossing killing 4 occupants.
    (WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 16, Mark Sneed (50), president of Phillips Foods, died of a heart attack at his home in Riva, Md. He drove the company’s expansion to Asian suppliers for crab.
    (WSJ, 1/21/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 16, Afghanistan's government fired Abdul Sattar Murad, the governor of Kapisa province, days after he said Afghans are distancing themselves from Pres. Hamid Karzai and that a "vacuum of authority" is allowing the Taliban, al-Qaida and other groups to gain power. In southern Kandahar province suspected Taliban militants ambushed two police officers riding a bike in Zhari district, killing both.
    (AP, 7/17/07)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 16, Argentina’s President Nestor Kirchner's economy minister resigned after a prosecutor ordered her to testify about $64,000 in cash that was found in a bag in her office bathroom. Kirchner accepted Felisa Miceli's resignation and appointed economist and Industry Secretary Gustavo Peirano as her replacement.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Bangladesh police arrested former PM Sheikh Hasina on extortion charges, and she was ordered jailed pending trial.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Britain ordered the expulsion of four Russian diplomats because of Moscow's refusal to extradite the lead suspect in the fatal poisoning of a former KGB officer in London.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 16, The High Court in London upheld a ban on a teenager from wearing a so-called "purity ring" at school to signal her refusal of sex before marriage.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, The Canadian government agreed to disburse C$1.4 billion ($1.3 billion) in aid over 20 years to Quebec's 15,000 Cree to improve health, security and other services for the native Indians.
    (Reuters, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Orascom Construction Industries S.A.E. of Cairo said it is investing $115 million to acquire a 50% stake in a North Korean cement plant.
    (WSJ, 1/16/07, p.A6)
2007        Jul 16, In Ethiopia a court sentenced 35 opposition politicians and activists to life in prison and denied them the right to vote or run for public office for inciting violence in an attempt to overthrow the government. They had protested the alleged rigging of ’05 elections. Those facing life imprisonment include the leader of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, Hailu Shawel; Berhanu Nega, who was elected mayor of Addis Ababa; former Harvard scholar Mesfin Woldemariam; and former UN special envoy and former Norfolk (Va.) State University professor, Yacob Hailemariam.
    (AP, 7/16/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 16, A group representing thousands of children of Holocaust survivors filed a class-action lawsuit against the German government, demanding that Germany pay for their psychiatric care.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Haitian radio reported that US Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Guy Philippe (39), a former rebel leader and presidential candidate with alleged ties to drug traffickers.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Reliance Communications, India's second largest telecom company, said it paid 300 million dollars to buy US-based telecom firm Yipes Holdings to expand data services.
    (AFP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, A court in Iran sentenced Adnan Hassanpour (27), a journalist for the closed Kurdish-Persian weekly, to death on charges of endangering national security and propaganda against the state. Abdolvahed “Hiva" Botimar (29) was also sentenced to death by a revolutionary tribunal in Marivan.
    (http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=15054)
2007        Jul 16, In Iraq twin suicide car bombings exploded within 20 minutes of each other in Kirkuk, killing at least 85 people and wounding around 150 in attacks targeting a Kurdish political office and ripping through the Haseer outdoor market. A string of attacks in Baghdad killed at least 14 people. An American soldier died from wounds received the day before by a bombing in Ninevah province. American soldiers killed about a dozen insurgents during a three-hour gunfight in Fadhil. A US Marine died in a non-combat related incident in Anbar province.
    (AP, 7/16/07)(AP, 7/17/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 16, A 6.8 earthquake struck northwestern Japan, destroying hundreds of homes, buckling seaside bridges and causing a fire at one of the world's most powerful nuclear power plants. 11 people were killed and hundreds were injured. The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant suffered a slew of problems, including spilled waste drums, leaked radioactive water, fires and burst pipes.
    (AFP, 7/16/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.41)(AP, 7/16/08)
2007        Jul 16, In northern Lebanon fierce fighting erupted at a besieged Palestinian refugee camp as army troops pounded the remaining hideouts of al-Qaida-inspired militants holed up inside with artillery and tank fire. 4 soldiers were killed in fighting. Troops captured two militants while pursuing the fighters in the camp's old neighborhoods.
    (AP, 7/16/07)(AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 16, Health officials in Malawi prepared to launch a massive HIV testing program to identify tens of thousands of people unknowingly infected with the virus.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, In Mexico police fired tear gas to prevent hundreds of leftist protesters from reaching the venue of an international folk festival in Oaxaca, in the worst outbreak of violence in the troubled Mexican city since November.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Pakistan held crisis talks with tribal elders to save a peace deal with pro-Taliban militants, amid fears of fresh violence after 3 weekend suicide attacks left more than 70 dead.
    (AFP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Scotland’s University of Edinburgh confirmed that it had withdrawn an honorary doctorate awarded to Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe in 1984, because of concern over his human rights record.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, Public schools reopened in South Africa after seven weeks following a month-long strike by teachers and winter holidays.
    (AP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 16, In Venezuela RCTV resumed broadcasting on cable and satellite TV channels. The station had been pushed off public access on May 28.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.38)(www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=22903)
2007        Jul 16, Zimbabwean Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube was named in an adultery case. State radio reported that a woman, identified as Rosemary Sibanda, "admitted the affair" to the state broadcasting company. The radio report said the woman's husband, Onesimus Sibanda, was demanding $160,000 in damages.
    (AP, 7/16/07)

2007        Jul 17, The US offered additional food aid to Zimbabwe to ease its famine but criticized what it said were reckless actions by Pres. Robert Mugabe to try to deal with the problem.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Jim Nicholson, Secretary of the US Veteran’s Administration abruptly resigned in the wake of charges of shoddy health care for veterans injured in the Iraq war.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2007        Jul 17, The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 14,000 for the first time before ending the day at 13,918.22.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2007        Jul 17, The California State Water Resources Control board passed a 70-year mercury cleanup plan for the SF Bay.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.B1)
2007        Jul 17, In Virginia Michael Vick, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, was indicted by a federal grand jury along with 3 others on charges related to competitive dog fighting. In Dec. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.A6)(AP, 12/10/07)
2007        Jul 17, Whole Foods launched an internal investigation after it became public that CEO John Mackey had for many years posted critical comments online against Wild Oats prior to a planned acquisition of the firm this year.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.62)
2007        Jul 17, In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a TAM airlines Airbus-320 slammed into a gas station and a TAM building and burst into flames after trying to land on a short, rain-slicked runway at Congonhas airport. All 187 people aboard were killed along with 12 on the ground.
    (AP, 7/18/07)(AP, 7/17/08)
2007        Jul 17, A British court sentenced Yassin Nassari (27), a British-born Syrian cleric, to 3½ years in prison for bringing missile plans into Britain in 2006. He had led a branch of the Islamic Society at the Univ. of Westminster. Nassari served just over seven months of his sentence.
    (Econ, 1/9/10, p.61)(www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/28/terror.release)
2007        Jul 17, Cambodia's government issued a directive preventing Christians from promoting their religion in public places, or using money or other means to persuade people to convert.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, A foreman from a kiln in north China where workers were beaten and forced to work 18-hour days was sentenced to life in jail and another man was sentenced to death for the beating death of a laborer. A total of 29 people were convicted in seven different courts in Shanxi for their roles in the slavery scandal.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, An international think-tank said China's smog-choked cities and contaminated waterways are leaving many people sick and unable to work, in turn fomenting unrest and threatening the country's economic growth.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, It was reported that the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and WFP estimated that the cereal deficit for East Timor this year and next will reach 86,364 tons. With commercial imports anticipated at 71,000 tons, the shortfall needs to be filled through food assistance.
    (AFP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Lawmakers loyal to anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said they are ending a nearly five-week boycott of parliament sessions after officials accepted their demands for rebuilding a Shiite shrine damaged by bombings. In eastern Baghdad a suicide driver detonated his vehicle near an Iraqi army patrol in Zayouna, a mostly Shiite area, killing 10 people including six civilians. The bodies of two security guards were found in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour, two days after they were kidnapped from the office of a cell phone company where they worked. 29 members of a Shiite tribe were massacred overnight in Diyala province when dozens of suspected Sunni gunmen raided their village near Muqdadiyah. The dead included four women. 3 American soldiers were killed in separate bombings in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/17/07)(AP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 17, In Lebanon militants continued to resist the army's advance. Security officials said Army troops are making "significant" gains in their long-running battle against al-Qaida-inspired fighters barricaded inside a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. At least 60 militants and more than 20 civilians have been killed in fighting since May 20.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Libya's foreign minister said the death sentences for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV have been commuted to life in prison. The ruling came after the families of the children each received $1 million and agreed to drop their demand for the execution of the six.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Najib Razak, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said Malaysia is an Islamic state and not a secular one, while carefully assuring members of minority faiths that their rights will be protected. More than 60% of Malaysia's 27 million people are Muslim Malays and Islam is the official religion under the country's constitution. But while the constitution defines the ethnic majority Malays as Muslims it also guarantees freedom of religion.
    (AFP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said it has been unable to fight a major fire along a key oil supply pipeline because of unrest in southern Nigeria's Ogoniland region. The fire, raging for more than a month, has affected the company's Trans-Niger pipeline that passes through six villages whose residents are hostile to the company.
    (AFP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, A suicide bomber killed four Pakistanis, including three soldiers, in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, hours after pro-Taliban militants vowed to launch attacks on security forces. An apparent suicide bomber in Islamabad killed 16 people and injured 44 at a rally where the former chief justice was scheduled to speak.
    (SFC, 7/18/07, p.A13)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 17, Russia vowed a "targeted and appropriate" response to Britain's expulsion of four diplomats in a mounting confrontation over the probe into the radiation poisoning death of a former KGB officer.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Syria’s Pres. Bashar Assad was sworn in for a 2nd, seven-year term in office.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, In southern Thailand twin bomb attacks killed one policeman and wounded 18 other people, as the junta formally extended a state of emergency in the region.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, In western Ukraine a train carrying yellow phosphorus derailed, releasing a cloud of toxic gas into the air over 14 villages. 20 people were hospitalized and hundreds evacuated.
    (AP, 7/17/07)

2007        Jul 18, US President George W. Bush ordered the creation of a "working group" of top aides to review the safety of imports from China and all around the world. Michael Leavitt, Health and Human Services Secretary, was selected to chair the panel.
    (AP, 7/18/07)(SFC, 7/19/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 18, A massive geyser of steam and debris erupted through a midtown Manhattan street near Grand Central Terminal as an 83-year-old steam pipe ruptured. One woman, identified as Lois Baumerich (57) of Hawthorne, N.J., died from cardiac arrest.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 18, NYC and New Jersey claimed $170.2 million in anti-terrorism funds, LA and Long Beach, Ca., claimed $72.6 million, DC claimed $61.7 million, Chicago got $47.3 million, the SF Bay Area got $34.1 million and Houston got $25 million.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.B3)
2007        Jul 18, Jerry Hadley (b.1952), opera tenor, died in Poughkeepsie, NY. He had been in the hospital since July 10, when he was admitted after shooting himself with an air rifle.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.A2)
2007        Jul 18, Sekou Sundiata (b.1948), black poet and activist born as Robert Franklin Feaster, died of heart failure in Westchester, NY.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.B5)
2007        Jul 18, Suspected Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of Afghan police officers driving through Zabul province, killing six. Suicide bombers in Khost killed three police officers. Militants fatally shot two police officers in southern Kandahar province, where four suspected Taliban were killed in a clash with NATO and Afghan forces. In Paktia province, an attack on a road construction crew left one person from the Philippines dead and three guards wounded. Taliban fighters also ambushed police in Logar province, killing six of the officers. Armed men kidnapped two Germans and two Afghans working on a dam project in central Afghanistan. One of the Germans, Ruediger Diedrich, was found shot dead three days later; the others were later released.
    (AP, 7/18/07)(AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/18/08)
2007        Jul 18, Bosnia's war crimes court acquitted Momcilo Mandic, the most senior ethnic Serb official indicted by Bosnian authorities, of all charges related to crimes during the 1992-95 war.
    (Reuters, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 18, In London 3 Muslim men were jailed for 6 years for their role in a heated protest outside the Danish embassy in 2006, following the publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper making fun of the Prophet and of Muslims generally. A 4th man was sentenced to 4 years.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.55)
2007        Jul 18, Eritrean state media said Sudanese army commanders and former rebel leaders from the east of the country have signed a military deal in Asmara, bolstering a peace agreement signed last year. Bringing an end to 10 years of sporadic fighting, a peace deal was signed last year with the Sudanese government, which is to allocate the Eastern groups a total of 600 million dollars over five years for development.
    (AFP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 18, Guatemalan police rescued a two-month-old boy who had been stolen from his home and arrested four people who were allegedly preparing the baby for illegal adoption.
    (AP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 18, In India at least 26 people were killed and 15 others injured when a seven-story building collapsed in Mumbai.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, An armed group killed 11 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in clashes in the country's lawless southeast. A report said the Guards clashed with drug traffickers in a mountainous area near Iran's borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan and killed four of them.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 18, The Iraqi government said Turkish artillery and warplanes bombarded areas of northern Iraq and called on Turkey to stop military operations and resolve the conflict diplomatically. A series of roadside bombs exploded in separate areas of east Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding more than a dozen. US troops killed three al-Qaida suspects as they tried to slip out of Baqouba. 4 US soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter were killed in a roadside bombing in east Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/18/07)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 18, Two boats carrying would-be migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe sank between Italy and Libya, leaving five people dead, including a child. Eleven others were missing and presumed dead. An Italian Navy ship pulled 22 survivors from the water.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 18, A top Nigerian lawyer accused former president Olusegun Obasanjo of corruption and asked the anti-graft commission (EFCC) to investigate his financial activities while in office. A Nigerian oil official said the economy has lost more than one billion dollars a month and hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude a day since 2006 due to unrest in the Niger Delta. In northern Nigeria a radical Sunni Islamic preacher was shot dead near a mosque. Sunni Muslims in Sokoto said they suspected members of the rival Shiite community.
    (AFP, 7/18/07)(AFP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 18, Suspected militants attacked security forces in northwest Pakistan, killing 16 soldiers and wounding up to 21 others in two separate strikes against military convoys.
    (AP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 18, An explosion tore through a crowd of mourners at a cemetery in southern Russia, wounding at least 10 people, including four police officers. The funeral was for an ethnic Russian woman who had been fatally shot along with her two grown children July 16 in Ingushetia.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 18, South Korea's nuclear envoy said North Korea followed up the shutdown of its sole operating reactor with a pledge to disclose all its nuclear weapons programs and disable them by the end of the year.
    (AP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 18, Telecoms giant Ericsson said it had won a 2.0-billion-dollar order from India's Bharti Airtel to expand its network into rural areas, the largest order ever received by the Swedish company.
    (AP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 18, Thailand’s Computer Crime Act, intended to prevent cybercrimes, came into force. Most prosecutions that followed under the act were for online content that supposedly endangered national security.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)(www.prachatai.com/english/node/117)
2007        Jul 18, A Ukraine bus taking vacationers to the Black Sea overturned when its brakes failed, killing six people and injuring 46.
    (AP, 7/19/07)

2007        Jul 19, A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was demanding money from Bush administration officials she blamed for leaking her agency identity.
    (AP, 7/19/08)
2007        Jul 19, The prices of lead and tin hit historic peaks in London, supported by tight global supplies and fierce demand for both base metals.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, Taliban gunmen abducted 23 members of a South Korean church group in southern Afghanistan. The next day a purported spokesman for the Islamic militia said it will question them about their activities in Afghanistan before deciding their fate. Two hostages were fatally shot; the rest were later freed. In northern Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police station, killing one civilian and wounding 25 other people. In Helmand's Marja district, Taliban militants ambushed police, leaving six officers dead and two others wounded. 2 separate bombings in southern Afghanistan left five civilians dead, while a Taliban ambush killed six police officers. A car bomb targeting a US-led coalition convoy in Helmand province's Sangin district killed two civilians and wounded two coalition troops. A mine exploded under a civilian car in Kandahar province's Zhari district, killing three civilians.
    (AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/20/07)(AP, 7/19/08)
2007        Jul 19, The Armenian-controlled breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh held a presidential election amid a rumbling dispute with Azerbaijan over the mountainous enclave's unrecognized independence.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, Up to 50 migrants were missing in rough seas south of the Canary Islands after their boat capsized.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, In southern Hungary a tourist bus collided with a truck. The truck driver and six bus passengers were killed, and 16 others were injured.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, Lawmakers voted in an election widely expected to give India its first female president. Pratibha Patil (72), governor of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, was said to have been selected for her unswerving devotion to Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress party, and Gandhi's powerful family, which has historically controlled the party. Pratibha Patil was elected as the country's first female president in a vote seen as a victory for the hundreds of millions of Indian women who contend with widespread discrimination. An Indian anti-terror court sentenced three more men to death for their involvement in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai in 1993 which killed 257 people.
    (AP, 7/19/07)(AFP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 19, Sunni lawmakers ended their five-week boycott of parliament, raising hopes the factious assembly can make progress on benchmark legislation demanded by Washington. The bodies of two men with bullets in their heads were found dumped near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. A Kurdish political party member was ambushed and killed in eastern Mosul. Gunmen firing from a speeding car killed a bodyguard of a Sunni parliament member in Mosul. Assailants blew up two bridges in Haditha overnight. The US said two American soldiers have been charged with killing an Iraqi on June 23 near Kirkuk. Insurgents killed three British troops and two American soldiers in separate attacks in southern and central Iraq.
    (AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 19, In Pakistan 30 elders from several tribal regions in the northwest traveled to North Waziristan in the latest government-backed effort to persuade militants to reverse their decision to end a peace deal. 3 suicide bombings killed at least 51 people. A suicide bomber hit a convoy of Chinese workers passing though the main bazaar in Hub, killing 29 Pakistani bystanders and police, and prompting Musharraf to call for national unity against extremists. A suicide attacker detonated a bomb at a mosque in an army cantonment in the northwestern town of Kohat, killing at least 15 people. A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives when guards prevented him from entering the parade ground of a police academy in another northwestern town, Hangu. Six bystanders and one policeman died.
    (AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 19, About 2,000 people protested at the border terminal between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, demanding the crossing be opened to allow thousands of Palestinians trapped in Egypt to return.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, Peru's public school teachers ended a 15-day strike against a new law requiring them to take competency tests after government officials agreed to talks on their demand for better training.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 19, Rev. Giancarlo Bossi (57), an Italian priest held hostage for over a month in the southern Philippines, was released.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 19, Russia announced the tit-for-tat expulsion of four British diplomats, a visa ban on British officials and the suspension of bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation amid a mounting diplomatic row. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on Russia to honor Britain's request to extradite the chief suspect over the murder of former agent Alexander Litvinenko.
    (AFP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, A 30-minute gunbattle rocked Mogadishu in the hours before a long-awaited Somali peace conference was set to begin. At least two people were killed.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, Sudan’s head of civil defense said more than 50 people have been killed and 20 injured in the worst floods in living memory which have partially or completely destroyed 18,000 homes.
    (Reuters, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 19, A UN-backed court sentenced three former rebel leaders to prison, the first punishments handed down by the war crimes tribunal since it was set up five years ago after Sierra Leone's decade-long conflict ended. Alex Tamba Brima (35) and Santigie Borbor Kanu (42) were each given 50-year jail terms, while Brima Bazzy Kamara (39) received 45 years.
    (AP, 7/19/07)

2007        Jul 20, President Bush signed an executive order prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects.
    (AP, 7/20/08)
2007        Jul 20, Kevin Andre Smoot (43), a former executive of Eagle Global Logistics’ freight forwarding station in Houston, a company that shipped military cargo to Iraq, pleaded guilty to lying about a fraud scheme that bilked the government out of more than a million dollars. Smoot admitted that he lied to federal investigators who questioned him about a scheme to inflate invoices by adding a "war risk surcharge" of 50 cents for each kilogram of freight transported to Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 20, Purdue Pharma L.P., the maker of OxyContin, and 3 of its executives were ordered to pay a $634.5 million fine for misleading the public about the painkiller's risk of addiction.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 20, A 4.2 earthquake jolted San Francisco Bay area residents awake, breaking glass and rattling nerves, although there were no immediate reports of injuries.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, In Ohio an ambulance heading to a hospital was broadsided by a car in Crane Township and 5 people were killed including 3 EMT technicians and 2 patients.
    (SFC, 7/21/07, p.A3)
2007        Jul 20, Tammy Faye Messner (b.1942) died in Missouri. As Tammy Faye Bakker she had helped her husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire that collapsed in disgrace. She divorced her husband of 30 years, with whom she had two children, in 1992 while he was in prison for defrauding millions from followers of their PTL ("Praise the Lord" or "People that Love") television ministries. In 1993 she married Roe Messner, a former PTL contractor and chief builder of Heritage USA, a PTL theme park in South Carolina. In 1996 Messner was sentenced to 27 months in prison for federal bankruptcy fraud.
    (AP, 7/22/07)(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.B7)
2007        Jul 20, Pete Wilson (b.1945), TV anchor for KGO-TV in SF, died one day after a heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery at Stanford Hospital.
    (SSFC, 7/22/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 20, Angola, Namibia and South Africa launched a joint commission designed to lay the groundwork for a sustainable and environmental approach of their shared fishing grounds in the Atlantic Ocean.
    (AFP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, An election committee said Bako Saakian, Nagorno-Karabakh's former security chief, won the presidency of the Armenian-controlled breakaway region with 85% of the vote.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of La Paz to protest efforts to relocate Bolivia's capital in one of the largest demonstrations in the history of the Andean country. La Paz backers said switching the capital from Bolivia's largest city, with a metropolitan population of 1.7 million, to Sucre, population 250,000, would be expensive and divisive.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Sen. Antonio Carlos Peixoto de Magalhaes (79), one of Brazil's most influential politicians, died. He had held on to power as the country came under a military dictatorship and returned to democracy.
    (AP, 7/21/07)(SFC, 7/23/07, p.D6)
2007        Jul 20, China said it had shut down several firms at the heart of food and drug safety scares, including a chemical plant implicated in the deaths of 94 people in Panama. China also said that it "strongly opposed" decisions by the United States to initiate anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of some woven sacks and steel pipes from China. Total deaths in Panama reached 116 from contaminated medications.
    (AP, 7/20/07)(Reuters, 7/20/07)(AP, 5/10/08)
2007        Jul 20, In southern China a mentally ill man wielding a wrench wounded 18 children and a teacher in a kindergarten before fleeing on a motorcycle. Police nabbed the attacker at his home and sent him to hospital because he had stabbed himself in the stomach.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 20, A magnitude-6.1 quake hit far western Xinjiang's mountainous Tekes county. Chinese authorities relocated 8,250 people after the earthquake damaged and destroyed thousands of mud brick houses.
    (AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 20, Aid officials said clashes between rival militia groups in eastern Congo have killed nine fighters and reduced dozens of houses to smoldering ruins. The fighting erupted a week ago in Minembwe, about 120 miles southwest of the eastern lakeside city of Uvira.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Ecuador's Pres. Rafael Correa overturned a ban on the sale of shark fins, which are popular in Asia, but stipulated they can only be sold if the sharks are caught by fishermen accidentally.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Ethiopia pardoned and freed 38 opposition politicians and activists following international condemnation of their imprisonment and days after US lawmakers took steps to criticize the country's human rights record.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, A heat wave sweeping central and southeastern Europe killed at least 13 people this week, with soaring temperatures sparking forest fires, damaging crops and prompting calls to ban horse-drawn tourist carriages.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Two suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a priest and a prefect, were arrested in France on a warrant from an international court investigating the massacres. Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a Roman Catholic priest in Normandy, and Laurent Bucyibaruta, a former prefect, were jailed before possible extradition to Tanzania where the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is based.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, In Iraq 4 people were killed and three wounded when clashes broke out in the Shiite village of Ajemi near Khalis. A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier in Diyala province. Iraqi troops detained 46 suspected militants and killed five others in a new operation in eastern Diyala. A US airstrike killed six militants in Husseiniyah, according to US military, disputing claims by Iraqi officials and relatives of the victims that 18 civilians died in the attack.
    (AP, 7/20/07)(AP, 7/21/07)(AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 20, Israel released more than 250 Palestinian prisoners, aiming to bolster embattled President Mahmoud Abbas in his power struggle with the Islamic militants of Hamas.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, The UN said that it had confined a group of peacekeepers to their base in Ivory Coast after receiving allegations of widespread sexual abuse, the latest in a string of accusations of sexual violations by UN forces around the world.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Suspected Islamic rebels attacked Hindu pilgrims with hand grenades for the second time in a week in India's portion of Kashmir, wounding 11 people.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 20, Lebanon’s army used loudspeakers to urge Islamic extremists inside a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon to surrender, as sporadic fighting continued.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Officials said Liberia's former House speaker and an ex-military commander have been charged with treason for their involvement in an alleged coup plot.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Nigeria filed a new lawsuit against US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer claiming some 6.5 billion dollars in damages for deaths allegedly stemming from drug trials. In Sokoto, Nigeria's main Islamic city, mobs burned down houses in Shiite neighborhoods in apparent reprisal for the murder this week of a radical Sunni Muslim cleric. In northern Nigeria at least one person died and about 100 were detained in a series of dawn raids following sectarian clashes sparked by the killing of a popular Sunni cleric In southern Nigeria Gunmen killed a Lebanese businessman in his home. Later in the day attackers tried to ambush a truck carrying several foreign workers in what appeared to be a kidnapping attempt.
    (AFP, 7/20/07)(AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Pakistan’s Supreme Court reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, ruling that his suspension by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was illegal. Clashes broke out between Pakistani troops and militants in North Waziristan after a suicide car bomber hit a security checkpoint, killing four people. In northwestern Pakistan lightning and heavy rain caused landslides that destroyed homes in two villages, killing more than 70 people.
    (AP, 7/20/07)(AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 20, The WTO said Rwanda plans to import a generic HIV/AIDS medicine made in Canada, making it the first country to test a World Trade Organization waiver on drug patents.
    (Reuters, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, Rade Terzic, Serbia's former state prosecutor, was arrested on suspicion he belonged to a criminal gang linked to former President Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 7/20/07)
2007        Jul 20, On the Caribbean island of St. Maarten Georgia state athletes Randy Newton and Bryan Kilgore were killed. Michael Registe was later accused of the murders and faced extradition.
    (SSFC, 7/19/09, p.A6)
2007        Jul 20, President Thabo Mbeki hailed the launch of a rolling news network in South Africa as an opportunity to break free of Western news agendas and give a more rounded picture of the continent.
    (AP, 7/20/07)

2007        Jul 21, Doctors removed five small growths from President Bush's colon after he temporarily transferred the powers of his office to Vice President Dick Cheney under the rarely invoked 25th Amendment.
    (AP, 7/21/08)
2007        Jul 21, The protracted suspense finally lifted for Harry Potter fans who flooded bookshops worldwide to grab the series finale, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and find out whether author J.K. Rowling slays or spares the boy wizard.
    (AFP, 7/21/07)(AP, 7/21/08)
2007        Jul 21, A purported Taliban spokesman said the militia killed two German hostages because Germany didn't announce a troop withdrawal. The Afghan government, however, said one of the Germans died of a heart attack and that the second was still alive. Ruediger Diedrich, one of two Germans kidnapped in southern Afghanistan on July 18, was found dead. Germany has 3,000 soldiers in NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
    (AP, 7/21/07)(AP, 7/21/08)
2007        Jul 21, Security sources said a week-long offensive by Algerian special forces in a mountainous area east of Algiers has killed between eight and 11 Islamist militants.
    (AFP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, Helicopters rescued dozens of people following heavy rains and floods in England that also forced more than 2,000 motorists, homeowners and train passengers to spend the night in shelters.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, Jean Berchmans Ndayshimiye, the military leader of Burundi's last rebel group (FNL), escaped back to the bush, sparking fears of renewed civil conflict.
    (AFP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 21, Developers of the Burj Dubai, a 1,680-foot skyscraper still under construction in oil-rich Dubai, claimed that it has become the world's tallest building, surpassing Taiwan's Taipei 101 which has dominated the global skyline at 1,667 feet since 2004.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, A bomb left on a minibus also exploded shortly after noon in the predominantly Shiite area of Baladiyat in eastern Baghdad, killing at least five Iraqis and wounding 11. A mortar attack also struck the eastern outskirts of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding four. A top aide to Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was stabbed to death in the city of Najaf. American and Iraqi forces continued operations to clear Sunni extremists from Baqouba. Americans said earlier this week that they have killed at least 67 al-Qaida operatives in Baqouba, arrested 253, seized 63 weapons caches and have destroyed 151 roadside bombs since last month. A roadside bomb killed a US soldier.
    (AP, 7/21/07)(AP, 7/22/07)(AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 21, Italian police arrested three Moroccans, an imam and two of his aids, they accuse of being part of a militant cell that allegedly used a mosque in a central Italian city as a terror training camp.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, In southern Nigeria armed men seized the son (30) of a local chief near Port Harcourt.
    (AFP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 21, Attackers dressed in dark clothes and wielding metal pipes raided a camp of environmental protesters near Angarsk, Siberia, leaving one dead and several injured. Over 20 demonstrators had been camped out by a reservoir, about 2,600 miles east of Moscow, to protest nuclear waste processing at the state-owned Angarsk Electrolysis Chemical Plant.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, Jesus de Polanco (77), chairman of Spain's main media group Prisa and one of the country's richest men, died in Madrid.
    (AFP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, implicated by many in the international community in Darfur's genocide, visited the troubled region for the first time in the four-year conflict there.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, In northern Syria 2 buses collided head-on, killing 20 people and wounding 50.
    (AP, 7/21/07)
2007        Jul 21, Former US president Bill Clinton said his foundation had secured a deal for Zambia to access cheap HIV/AIDS drugs.
    (AFP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 21, Zimbabwe’s official Herald newspaper said the government had revived the Zimbabwe State Trading Corporation (ZSTC) to work alongside the state Zimbabwe Development Corporation (ZDC) "as vehicles for acquiring companies that it might want to take over for engaging in economic sabotage."
    (AP, 7/21/07)

2007        Jul 22, Cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 74.
    (AP, 7/22/08)
2007        Jul 22, Afghan villagers found the body of a German aid worker kidnapped in southern Afghanistan, while a delegation of South Korean officials arrived hours before a purported evening deadline set for 23 Korean hostages. A large group of Taliban had attacked a convoy in Helmand province, and the resulting battle in the Sangin district left more than 30 militants dead and many wounded. In Zabul province Afghan police forces reported killing 14 "enemies" during a 12-hour battle, including a Taliban commander identified as Mohammad Hassan.
    (AP, 7/22/07)(AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 22, Parliamentary and municipal elections were held across Cameroon, with longtime President Paul Biya's ruling party widely expected to dominate as it has for decades.
    (AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 22, China’s state media said record rainfall this week triggered floods, landslides and mud flows had killed 152 people and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands.
    (AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 22, Egyptian police shot and killed a Sudanese woman (28) and seriously wounded four others on the Sinai Peninsula as they tried to sneak into Israel. They were among 27 Darfur refugees caught by border guards in the desert after paying 700 dollars (500 euros) to a Bedouin smuggler.
    (AP, 7/22/07)(AFP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 22, A bus carrying Polish pilgrims from a holy site in the French Alps plunged off a steep mountain road, crashed into a river bed and burst into flames, killing 26 people.
    (AFP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 22, Indian police killed Shiv Kumar (Dadua), one of the country's most notorious bandits. He had ruled the ravines and forests of central India through a mixture of fear and love for three decades, with many hailing him as a modern-day Robin Hood.
    (AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 22, Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, the commander of US forces in northern Iraq, said he has proposed reducing his troop levels and shifting next year to missions focused less on direct combat. A senior officer working with the Interior Ministry was shot to death as he was driving his car in northeastern Baghdad. An Iraqi interpreter working for Americans in Kut, was killed by gunmen. A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint in a village north of Baghdad killing at least 3 people. A bomb on a motorcycle in central Baghdad killed 2 people and wounded 15. US troops in eastern Iraq detained two suspected weapons smugglers who may be linked to Iran's elite Quds force. In Iraq a roadside bomb killed another US soldier.
    (AP, 7/22/07)(AP, 7/23/07)(SFC, 7/23/07, p.A16)
2007        Jul 22, Israeli troops operating in the northern Gaza Strip shot and killed two Hamas gunmen. An Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip after they fired rockets at a nearby Israeli town.
    (AP, 7/22/07)(AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 22, In northern Lebanon 3 Lebanese soldiers were killed in sporadic fighting with al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp.
    (AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 22, Niger's PM Seyni Oumarou and military chiefs met neighboring Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to discuss cross-border cooperation against Tuareg-led rebels in Niger's desert north.
    (AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 22, Islamic militants detonated bombs close to military convoys and attacked government positions in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region, sparking gunfights that left 19 insurgents dead. A 45-member delegation of tribal elders was in North Waziristan on a government-backed mission to try to salvage the peace accord.
    (AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 22, The death toll from Romania's heat wave rose to 15 after 6 more people died as temperatures hovered around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
    (AP, 7/22/07)
2007        Jul 22, Turks voted for a new Parliament in a contest viewed as pivotal in determining the balance between Islam and secularism in this nation of more than 70 million. The Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin. The Justice and Development (AK) party won 47% of the vote. AK secured 341 of 550 seats in the parliament. Deniz Baykal’s  pro-secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) won 21%. Sebahat Tuncel (32) walked out of jail after she was elected to parliament along with 18 fellow members of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party.
    (AP, 7/23/07)(Econ, 7/28/07, p.51)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.45)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.60)

2007        Jul 23, In the first political debate of its kind, all eight Democratic Party contenders, appearing on CNN, fielded questions submitted by the public on the Internet video-sharing site YouTube.
    (AP, 7/23/08)
2007        Jul 23, US congressional investigators said the Agriculture Department has sent $1.1 billion in farm payments to more than 170,000 dead people over a seven-year period.
    (AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, The US FDA said people should immediately throw away more than 90 different products, from chili sauce to corned beef hash to dog food, produced at a Castleberry plant in Augusta, Ga., linked to a botulism outbreak.
    (AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, In San Francisco Seu Kuka (28) was gunned down in the Sunnydale Housing projects of Visitacion Valley. In 2010 Jamal Trulove was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced 50 years to live in prison. Trulove had appeared on a VH1 reality show, “I Love New York 2," just 3 months after the slaying. On March 11, 2015, a SF jury acquitted Trulove saying they had trouble reconciling the evidence.
    (SSFC, 10/17/10, p.C2)(SFC, 3/12/15, p.D1)
2007        Jul 23, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters were killed during a violent home invasion in Cheshire, Conn. Dr. William Petit, was badly beaten but escaped. His wife and one daughter were sexually assaulted. The girls, aged 11 and 17, were tied to their beds, doused in gasoline, and left to die in a fire. Steven Hayes (44) and Joshua Komisarjevsky (27), on parole at the time for other burglaries, were accused of their murder. Prosecutors later said they will seek the death penalty. On Nov 8, 2010, Hayes was sentenced to death. Komisarjevsky was convicted of murder in 2011 and was sentenced to death. In 2013 HBO aired “The Cheshire Murders," a documentary based on the case.
    (AP, 7/23/08)(AP, 10/5/10)(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A5)(SFC, 10/14/11, p.A6)(SFC, 12/10/11, p.A6)(SFC, 7/22/13, p.E1)
2007        Jul 23, Zhenli Ye Gon was arrested in a Maryland restaurant, four months after police discovered $207 million at his Mexico City mansion in what US officials have called the world's biggest seizure of drug cash. Mexican officials had 60 days to file their legal arguments for Ye Gon's extradition. Ye Gon has claimed that $150 million of the money belonged to Mexico's ruling party, and that he was forced to store it for party officials in his mansion under threat of death during the 2006 presidential race. Ye Gon later told US prosecutors he had sold tons of a chemical used to make methamphetamine on the black market.
    (AP, 7/24/07)(AP, 10/23/09)
2007        Jul 23, Genial comic Drew Carey was tapped to replace legend Bob Barker on the CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right."
    (AP, 7/23/08)
2007        Jul 23, In San Francisco Seu Kuka (28) was gunned down in the Sunnydale Housing projects of Visitacion Valley. In 2010 Jamal Trulove was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced 50 years to live in prison. Trulove had appeared on a VH1 reality show, “I Love New York 2," just 3 months after the slaying.
    (SSFC, 10/17/10, p.C2)
2007        Jul 23, In northern California a helicopter crashed while delivering water to firefighters in the Klamath National Forest, killing the pilot. More than 1,100 fire crews were battling a cluster of about 30 lightning-sparked fires covering 14 square miles near the Oregon state line. The fires started July 10 and had threatened up to 550 homes near the town of Happy Camp.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 23, A wildfire in southern Idaho had covered more than 880 square miles, growing by about 200 square miles in just 24 hours during the weekend. Fire officials said it threatened tracking and radar facilities at Mountain Home Air Force bombing and firing range, which is used by pilots training for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Firefighters in central Utah faced a threat of strong wind gusts as they battled a huge wildfire, where several small communities were evacuated.
    (AP, 7/23/07)(SFC, 7/23/07, p.A5)
2007        Jul 23, John Gilman (65), developer of FieldTurf, an artificial grass that replaced AstroTurf, died at his home in Montreal. The FieldTurf technology was based on patents filed by golfer Freddie Haas Jr.
    (WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A6)
2007        Jul 23, Mohammad Zahir Shah (b.1914), the last king of Afghanistan (1933-1973), died. In 2002 he had returned from 3 decades of exile to bless his country's fragile course toward democracy. In southern Afghanistan troops killed at least 75 militants in three separate battles, while the Taliban extended the deadline for the lives of 23 South Korean hostages until the evening of July 24. Norway said one if its soldiers was killed in Logar province, and NATO said a soldier was killed in the south. A roadside blast killed 4 US soldiers in eastern Paktika province.
    (AP, 7/23/07)(AP, 7/24/07)(Econ, 7/28/07, p.88)
2007        Jul 23, It was reported that Rio police had killed 449 people since January, many in clashes with drug traffickers, while more than 60 police officers lost their lives.
    (SFC, 7/23/07, p.A13)
2007        Jul 23, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in his new capacity as a Mideast envoy, opened his mission to help Palestinians build solid foundations for their future state.
    (AP, 7/23/08)
2007        Jul 23, Foreign Minister Peter MacKay said Canada will give the new Palestinian government C$8 million ($7.6 million) in direct aid and more could follow now that Hamas is no longer in the government.
    (Reuters, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, Fidel Castro suggested that a two-time Cuban Olympic boxing champion and his teammate had defected, blaming their disappearance at the Pan American Games in Brazil on American money.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 23, The European Union took the first step towards sending forces to Chad and the Central African Republican to help the United Nations protect refugees trapped in the violent region bordering Darfur.
    (AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, A Greek firefighting plane crashed, killing one of its two-member crew while trying to stop a forest fire reaching homes on the island of Evia.
    (Reuters, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, Indian officials said dozens of plastic bags stuffed with body parts believed to be from aborted female fetuses or newborn girls killed because their families wanted boys have been found in an abandoned well in eastern India.
    (AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, Officials said flash floods and landslides in central Indonesia have inundated villages, destroyed bridges and roads, and sent thousands fleeing their homes with over 80 people killed.
    (AFP, 7/24/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 23, Three parked cars exploded within 30 minutes in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad, killing at least 12 people. Another car packed with explosives blew up on the main road about 200 yards from an entry point to the US-controlled Green Zone, killing at least 4 Iraqis. Also in Baghdad a bomb exploded on a minibus near a busy commercial area, killing one person and wounding nine others. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol near the Iranian border, killing five troops. Also near the Iranian border, gunmen ambushed a convoy of trucks loaded with goods being sent from major wholesale markets in Baghdad to Khanaqin, 90 miles northeast of Baghdad. Five people were killed and three others kidnapped. In western Anbar province at least two policemen were killed and 10 wounded when a woman hiding an explosives belt under her Islamic gown blew herself up as she was about to be searched at a checkpoint on the western outskirts of Ramadi. At least 59 people were killed or found dead nationwide.
    (AP, 7/23/07)(AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 23, Israeli police said 9 Israelis suspected of trafficking in organs and humans have been arrested and remain in custody. The case was opened when an Israeli woman filed a police complaint charging that she was not paid after her kidney was removed in Ukraine.
    (AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, Nigerian police said at least 10 people were killed over the weekend and dozens sustained burns in the southern Delta state after adulterated kerosene they were using in their stoves exploded. In southwest Nigeria at least six people were killed and several trapped when a three-storey building under construction collapsed.
    (AFP, 7/23/07)(AFP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 23, In North Waziristan, Pakistan, 2 security posts came under rocket attack and an army convoy was attacked. At least 20 militants and two soldiers were killed in fighting.
    (AP, 7/23/07)(AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 23, Abel Mutsakani, the editor of an independent Zimbabwean news service based in South Africa, was shot and seriously wounded in Johannesburg.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 23, Spain arrested Roberto Florez Garcia in Tenerife, the Canary Islands, for selling the identity of Spanish spies and other information about the intelligence agency from 2001 until he left the service in 2004. Police accused him of being a double agent for Russia.
    (AP, 7/24/07)(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 23, An attempt to break an aviation speed record went horribly wrong when a small "experimental" plane crashed through an apartment building in the Swiss city of Basel, killing the pilot and injuring at least three other people.
    (AP, 7/23/07)
2007        Jul 23, The United Nations rejected Taiwan's application to become a member of the world body, citing UN adherence to the "one China" policy and its recognition of the Chinese government in Beijing.
    (AP, 7/24/07)

2007        Jul 24, President Bush, speaking at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina, sought to justify the Iraq war by citing intelligence reports he said showed a link between al-Qaida's operation in Iraq and the terror group that attacked the United States on Sept. 11.
    (AP, 7/24/08)
2007        Jul 24, The US minimum wage rose 70 cents to $5.85 an hour, the first increase in a decade.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, A grand jury in New Orleans refused to indict Dr. Anna Pou, who was accused of murdering four seriously ill hospital patients with drug injections during the desperate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 7/24/08)
2007        Jul 24, Prosecutor’s in California’s Contra Costa County announced charges against 34 students of graduates of Pleasant Hill community college for changes to transcript grades in exchange for cash.
    (SFC, 7/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 24, Florida began distributing playing cards to prison inmates with pictures and information regarding unsolved murder and missing person cases.
    (SFC, 7/25/07, p.A5)
2007        Jul 24, Westinghouse Electric Co., majority-owned by Toshiba Corp., signed a multi-billion-dollar contract to build 4 nuclear reactors in China.
    (WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A10)
2007        Jul 24, Intel Corp. said it has fabricated the first modulator made from silicon that can encode data onto a beam of light at a rate of 40 billion bits per second (gigabits). Such speeds represented a rate 40 times faster than most corporate data networks.
    (WSJ, 1/25/07, p.B4)
2007        Jul 24, Albert Ellis (b.1913), influential founded of a school of psychotherapy, died in NYC. In 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, which stressed self-control.
    (WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Ellis)
2007        Jul 24, Jolee Mohr (36) died in Chicago just weeks after beginning an experimental gene therapy treatment from Targeted Genetics to ease the pain the rheumatoid arthritis in her knee. Doctors later suspected an infection of Histoplasma capsulatum.
    (SSFC, 9/16/07, p.A21)(SFC, 9/18/07, p.A4)
2007        Jul 24, Riley Ann Sawyers (2) died after being whipped with belts and flung across a room like a rag doll. On October 29 her body, dubbed Baby Grace, was found inside a plastic box in Galveston Bay. In 2009 a jury convicted Riley's mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor (20), of capital murder. The conviction brought an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole. Her husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II (25), was convicted of capital murder on Nov 6, 2009, and was also expected to receive a life sentence.
    (AP, 2/3/09)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A4)(http://baby.grace.50megs.com/)
2007        Jul 24, Bamir Topi (50), a biologist, was sworn in as Albania's president, promising to help the poor Balkan country to become a member of NATO and the European Union. Topi was elected to a five-year term by parliament on July 20 after some opposition lawmakers ended their coalition's boycott and supported his appointment.
    (AP, 7/25/07)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.43)
2007        Jul 24, Former Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina was charged with extortion for allegedly demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars from a company seeking to build a power station.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentenced to life in prison in Libya for allegedly infecting children with HIV, came home to Bulgaria and were greeted with tears and hugs, and a presidential pardon that allowed them to walk free after 8 1/2 years behind bars. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Qatar mediated the release and hinted the Gulf country may have had a broader role in resolving the crisis.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, Cameroon President Paul Biya's governing party won a crushing victory in weekend polls as the opposition cried foul, saying the west African nation had not staged fair elections in years.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, In Canada a pipeline in a Vancouver suburb was ruptured, sending a geyser of oil shooting 12 meters (40 feet) into the air, coating neighborhood streets and spilling crude into an ocean inlet.
    (Reuters, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, Chinese officials said the FBI and Chinese police have busted two software piracy gangs and seized programs worth an estimated $500 million in a joint campaign that began in 2005.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, Heavy rain and extreme temperatures continued to batter Europe, with Britain caught in its worst floods in living memory while the Balkans sizzled in heatwaves that killed at least 35 people.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, The US and Iranian ambassadors to Iraq also began talks in Baghdad in a bid to find ways to use their influence to bring stability to Iraq. A suicide bomber struck a busy commercial center in the Shiite city of Hillah, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens as the streets were packed with shoppers and commuters.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua ordered the release of funds belonging to the government of the economic capital Lagos seized three years ago by his predecessor. Suspected ransom-seekers kidnapped the mother of the speaker of the state house of assembly in neighboring Bayelsa state.
    (AP, 7/24/07)(AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 24, Abdullah Mehsud, a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who led pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan after his release, died when he blew himself up with a grenade to avoid arrest. He was released in March 2004 and quickly took up arms again, leading militants in South Waziristan. The beheaded bodies of two soldiers abducted the previous night were found in the Bajur tribal area.
    (AP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, Mohammed Radad (20), was shot by Fatah-allied gunmen, when students aligned with the rival groups clashes on the campus of An Najah University in Nablus. Radad died from his wounds on July 27.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 24, Human Rights Watch said Rwandan police have killed at least 20 detainees in custody since November.
    (AFP, 7/24/07)
2007        Jul 24, Barcelona, Spain, faced Day Two of a major power outage.
    (AP, 7/24/07)

2007        Jul 25, A US presidential commission urged broad changes to veterans' care that would boost benefits for family members helping the wounded, establish an easy-to-use Web site for medical records and overhaul the way disability pay was awarded.
    (AP, 7/25/08)
2007        Jul 25, In the US over a dozen Muslims, including at least one Pakistani and several US citizens of Pakistani origin, were sentenced to imprisonment for their association with Lashkar-e-Taiba and for conspiracy to wage war against India.
    (WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)
2007        Jul 25, In Stockton, Ca., police arrested 51 alleged gang members and seized $400,000 worth of drugs following a 6-month investigation. Members and affiliates of the Norteno and south side Stockton gangs were arrested with state and federal warrants.
    (SFC, 7/27/07, p.B12)
2007        Jul 25, In SF faulty PG&E breakers caused a power outage that knocked out a number of Web sites.
    (SFC, 7/26/07, p.C1)
2007        Jul 25, In northern California the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan was unveiled. It called for spending $350 million over the next 30 years to preserve 30,000 acres of open space around Mt. Diablo. It also listed some 12,000 acres for new development.
    (SFC, 7/26/07, p.B1)
2007        Jul 25, IBM Corp. announced the creation of the Global Citizen's Portfolio, a suite of investments and programs to help IBM employees enhance their skills and expertise, in order to become global leaders, professionals and citizens. The program included the Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps.
    (http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/21937.wss)(Econ, 10/30/10, p.73)
2007        Jul 25, In Alaska a sightseeing plane crashed leaving a pilot and 2 couples from a visiting cruise ship dead.
    (WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 25, Afghan authorities found the bullet-riddled body Bae Hyung-kyu (42) in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, where 23 South Koreans were abducted July 19. Bae, a deputy pastor and a founder of Saemmul Presbyterian Church, was killed on his birthday. Militants said the hostage was sick and couldn't walk, and therefore was shot. 22 South Koreans were still believed held but were not suffering health problems. A German journalist and two Afghans colleagues apparently kidnapped by Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan were freed.
    (AP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 25, Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spain’s Foreign Minister arrived in Algeria on a visit aimed at strengthening cooperation in energy and sorting out a row with Madrid's top gas supplier.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, Tony Blair held talks on with the crown prince of Bahrain on his first regional tour as an international envoy for Middle East peace.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, British Defense Secretary Des Browne announced that Britain has agreed to let the US use a Royal Air Force base as part of its planned missile defense system. The British government said it will build two new aircraft carriers costing 3.9 billion pounds in a project which will support 10,000 British jobs over the next ten years.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, China said it will step up inspections on the use of antibiotics in fish farms, including chemicals that can cause cancer, after contaminants caused trading partners to block its seafood exports.
    (Reuters, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, Human Rights Watch said the escalating use of land mines by Colombian rebels is killing and mutilating hundreds annually, making this nation the world leader in mine victims.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, Ethiopian authorities ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to pull out of the volatile Ogaden region within 7 days for allegedly interfering in political issues. Five opposition members imprisoned since 2005 pleaded guilty to attempting to overthrow Ethiopia's government, but asked the judge for a pardon.
    (AFP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, French President Nicolas Sarkozy headed for talks with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, a day after the release of six foreign medics, in a signal of normalized ties between Europe and Tripoli. France and Libya signed a memorandum of understanding to build a Libyan nuclear reactor for water desalination and clinched a raft of other deals.
    (AP, 7/25/07)(AFP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, India inaugurated Pratibha Patil (72) as its 1st female president. She promised to fight for the rights of women and an end to the widespread practice of aborting female fetuses. In northeastern India 2 domesticated elephants went on a rampage through several villages, killing eight people and wounding five before being shot dead by police.
    (AFP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 25, Iranian authorities announced new arrests in the cases of two Iranian-Americans held on charges of conspiring against the government, saying that an unspecified number of Iranians had been detained.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc said it has suspended its membership in PM Nouri al-Maliki's coalition government, dealing a new setback to the Shiite leader's efforts to achieve national reconciliation. The Iraqi Accordance Front, which has six Cabinet members as well as 44 of parliament's 275 seats, said it was giving al-Maliki a week to meet their demands or it would quit his 14-month-old Cabinet altogether. 2 suicide bombings killed at least 50 cheering, dancing, flag-waving Iraqis celebrating the national soccer team's semifinal victory in the Asian Cup tournament. A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol on the road between Hillah and Diwaniyah, killed 5 Iraqi officers and wounding 2 as they were on their way home from an operation with US forces. A joint US-Iraqi force backed with helicopter gunships clashed with suspected Shiite militiamen when they raided several homes in eastern Baghdad. Six people were killed and 10 wounded. A senior police officer in Karbala escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb targeted his five-car convoy while he was on his way to work, but 3 of his guards were killed.
    (AP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 25, The foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan began a historic visit to Israel to formally present an Arab peace plan, saying they were extending "a hand of peace" on behalf of the region.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, Lebanese army troops unleashed barrages of artillery and tank shells at Islamic militants in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, The Nigerian government filed suit against three leading tobacco companies, seeking more than 40 billion dollars (29 billion euros) in damages for the cost of treating smoking-related diseases.
    (AFP, 11/7/07)
2007        Jul 25, A South Korean aid group said some 430 North Koreans have died of hunger in a northern region in the past month because of chronic food shortages.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, In northwestern Pakistan suspected militants fired four rockets into Bannu, killing 10 people as they slammed into houses and a mosque.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, Sudanese papers reported that another 16 people died in clashes between the two tribes when Aballa men fell on a band of Torjum, killing nine.
    (AFP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 25, The UN governor in Kosovo called on major powers to set a clear roadmap to the final status of Serbia's breakaway province, whose independence bid is blocked by Russia. Serbia warned the US and the EU not to recognize Kosovo's independence without UN consent, saying that would prompt an immediate response from Serbian authorities and could destabilize the region.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, Vietnam’s lawmakers overwhelmingly re-elected PM Nguyen Tan Dung, in hopes that strong growth and economic reforms would continue under his leadership.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 25, State television reported that Zimbabwe is to import 200,000 tons of the staple maize from Tanzania to avert widespread food shortages following a poor harvest. An international rights group said Zimbabwe's government routinely arrests and tortures women's rights activists as part of a crackdown on protests against President Mugabe and his policies.
    (AP, 7/25/07)

2007        Jul 26, The US Senate passed, 85-8, a measure intensifying national anti-terror efforts.
    (AP, 7/26/08)
2007        Jul 26, A federal judge in Boston ordered the government to pay a record nearly $102 million for the FBI's role in the 1968 wrongful murder convictions of four men. Judge Nancy Gertner powerfully condemned misconduct that she said ran "all the way up to the FBI director."
    (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/27/AR2007072700282.html)
2007        Jul 26, The DJIA suffered one of its worst losses of the year, closing down 311.50 to 13,473.57.
    (SFC, 7/27/07, p.D1)(AP, 7/26/08)
2007        Jul 26, Oakland, Ca., Mayor Ron Dellums brokered negotiations between the locked-out Teamsters’ Union and Waste Management following 25 days of accumulated trash.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 26, There was an explosion at a remote test facility in the Mojave Desert belonging to Scaled Composites LLC during testing of a new space tourism vehicle. 2 people died at the scene and one later died at a hospital after surgery.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 26, In southern Afghanistan US-led coalition forces and Afghan troops fought two separate battles with militants, killing more than 60 suspected Taliban insurgents. A British soldier was killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 7/26/07)(AFP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, Bhutan's prime minister and six members of his Cabinet resigned to pave the way for the 1st parliamentary elections in the Buddhist kingdom and its transition to democracy.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 25, Brazil's Pres. Lula da Silva fired Defense Minister Waldir Pires in response to a fatal jetliner crash that turned months of anger over breakdowns in the military-run national air system into a full-blown political crisis.
    (AP, 7/25/07)
2007        Jul 26, In London, England, Bachan Athwal (70), a British grandmother, faced life imprisonment after being convicted of the "honor killing" of her son's wife who she murdered after luring her to India. Her son (43) was also found guilty of murder. The two killed Sikh Heathrow Airport worker Surjit Kaur Athwal (27), who disappeared in December 1998 after she decided to walk out of her arranged marriage.
    (Reuters, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, A London court sentenced five students to jail for collecting information on bomb-making and terrorism.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, Canada nixed a decade-old policy that required prospective Sikh immigrants to change their last names to avoid confusion with other Sikhs.
    (Reuters, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, China’s state media said flooding in the far west has killed 32 people over the last 10 days, while a central city of 9 million was on high alert as the mighty Yangtze River approached dangerous heights. Runoff from a lead-zinc mine polluted the Zijiang river in Hunan province, cutting off supplies to the riverside city of Lengshuijiang and residents downstream.
    (AP, 7/26/07)(AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 26, East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta asked visiting Australian PM John Howard to keep Australian peacekeepers in the young nation until the end of 2008.
    (AFP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, The European Court of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to pay damages of $196,000 to the family members of 11 Chechen civilians killed by Russian soldiers in 2000, when security forces rampaged through Novye Aldi, setting fire to houses and killing at least 50 civilians.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 26, Juan Cruz Maiza, the alleged head of ETA’s logistics, was arrested in France along with two helpers.
    (Econ, 8/4/07, p.44)
2007        Jul 26, Germany's Identity Foundation said leading Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen (73) will be awarded the Meister Eckhart prize for his work on human development theory.
    (AFP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, In Indonesia a dozen Christian men were convicted and sentenced to up to 14 years in jail for beating to death and beheading two Muslims to avenge the government executions of three Christians last year.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, A parked car bomb exploded near a market in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 28 people and wounding 74. In northern Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of a police station, killing 7 people and wounding 13 in Mosul. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Diyala province; 3 more were killed in fighting in Anbar province.
    (AP, 7/26/07)(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A1)(AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 26, An Israeli airstrike targeting a car south of Gaza City killed 3 Islamic Jihad militants. Israeli forces also killed a Hamas militant during a military operation in the southern Gaza Strip. In the West Bank Israeli troops struck and seriously injured a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier. The man's family said he later died of his wounds.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, Jordan pleaded for international help to deal with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have fled here to avoid the violence at home, saying they cost the kingdom $1 billion a year in basic services.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, A court in Nigeria sentenced Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha, former Bayelso state governor, to two years in jail on charges of corruption and money laundering and ordered him to forfeit millions in property and cash. Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye, the new head of the navy, told a parliamentary commission about the suspected illegal bunkering on ships under naval guard and how the ex-officers allegedly dipped into the lucrative trade.
    (AP, 7/26/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 26, North Korea walked out of military talks with South Korea, ending 3 days of high-level negotiations with no agreement amid a lingering dispute over their shared sea border.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, Pakistan said it successfully test-fired a cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads deep into India.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, In Somalia 2 separate explosions killed at least five civilians in Mogadishu, where the government is struggling to contain a lethal insurgency.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 26, In northern Syria an explosion at an ordnance depot that was blamed on summer heat killed at least 15 soldiers and wounded 50 others.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, Turkish police arrested Maksym Yastremskiy (24), a Ukrainian data-theft suspect. The US Secret Service had been investigating him since 2004. Losses to US individuals from identity theft thieves, online and offline, totaled $49 billion in 2006.
    (WSJ, 8/10/07, p.A6)
2007        Jul 26, UN arms experts reported that Eritrea has secretly supplied "huge quantities of arms" to a Somali insurgent group with alleged ties to al-Qaida in violation of an international arms embargo and despite the deployment of African peacekeepers.
    (AP, 7/26/07)
2007        Jul 26, A bull named Shambo was taken away from a Hindu monastery at Skanda Vale, Wales, ending a long and public battle between Hindus who revere bulls and authorities who said he must be killed because he had tested positive for tuberculosis.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 26, Zimbabwe state media reported that nearly 5,000 store owners, managers and business executives have been arrested since the government began its campaign to slash prices last month.
    (AP, 7/26/07)

2007        Jul 27, The United States and India said they have worked out differences blocking the sharing of civilian nuclear fuel and technology, hailing a "historic milestone" accord that would reverse three decades of American anti-proliferation policy.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, Joe Nacchio, the former Qwest Communications chief who was forced to resign during a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, was sentenced to six years in prison for illegally selling $52 million in stock while not telling investors that his telecommunications company faced serious financial risks. On March 17, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit overturned his conviction on the basis of defense expert witness testimony that was improperly excluded, and ordered a new trial before a different trial judge.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Nacchio)
2007        Jul 27, California’s top court ruled that police can no longer seize vehicles of suspects in drug or prostitution arrests.
    (WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 27, SF Mayor Newsom signed a $6.06 billion spending package, the largest budget in SF history.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.B3)
2007        Jul 27, The DJIA ended down over 500 points in its worst week in 5 years.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.C1)
2007        Jul 27, In Phoenix, Arizona, 2 news helicopters covering a police chase on live television collided and crashed to the ground, killing all four people on board.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 27, Afghan and NATO troops over the last 24 hours clashed with Taliban insurgents and called in airstrikes, killing at least 50 suspected militants and dozens of civilians. The third British soldier to die in three days in southern Afghanistan was killed in a rocket attack.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 27, Mohamed Haneef (27), an Indian doctor, was freed from custody after Australia's chief prosecutor said that a charge linking him to failed terrorist bombings in Britain was a mistake. In 2010 Haneef accepted what his lawyer described as a "substantial" but confidential settlement for his ordeal in which authorities incorrectly linked him to failed car bombings at airports in London and Glasgow.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 12/21/10)
2007        Jul 27, In China 2 men were sentenced to death for masterminding a plan to steal oil from an underwater pipeline, a botched plot that caused an estimated $53 million in damages.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 27, French judges filed preliminary charges against former PM Dominique de Villepin for his suspected role in a smear campaign that targeted Nicolas Sarkozy before he became president.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, A fierce gunbattle broke out after a joint US-Iraqi force arrested a rogue Shiite militia leader in the holy city of Karbala, some 50 miles south of Baghdad, leading to an airstrike and the deaths of some 17 militants. A truck bomb in Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhood of Karrada killed at least 105 people and injured 193.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SFC, 9/20/07, p.A17)
2007        Jul 27, The Israeli army suspended an officer and five soldiers involved in wounding a Palestinian man July 26 in the southern West Bank and put all of their unit's operational duties on hold.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, Pakistan’s Pres. Musharraf held secret talks in Abu Dhabi with former PM Benazir Bhutto. In Islamabad hundreds of students clashed with security forces and a nearby bombing killed 13 people during the reopening of the Red Mosque for the first time since a bloody army raid to oust Islamic militants from the complex. In Quetta gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of Raziq Bugti, the official spokesman for a provincial government in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, killing him.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A14)
2007        Jul 27, Victor Frunza (72), a Romanian anti-communist dissident and writer, died in Denmark of a heart attack. He was forced to leave Romania in 1980 after writing a letter critical of the communist regime led by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. While in Romania, Frunza secretly wrote a history of communism in the country that was published in Denmark in 1984. He also wrote essays championing human rights and published a political magazine.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 27, Russia said it planned to send a small submarine to the ocean floor under the North Pole to stake a claim to the region.
    (WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 27, Sudan said it would appeal a US ruling ordering it to pay $7.9 million in compensation to the families of the 17 sailors killed in the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. The bombing was carried out by two Yemeni militants with Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network who had trained in Sudan. US federal Judge Robert Doumar ruled in mid-March that Sudan should be held accountable for the attack, and on July 25 ruled that it must pay compensation to the families.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, Zimbabwe's former finance minister Chris Kuruneri was acquitted by the high court for allegedly smuggling money abroad to build a house in South Africa.
    (AFP, 7/28/07)

2007        Jul 28, In California garbage workers in Alameda County approved a new contract with Waste Management ending a bitter 26-day lockout.
    (SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 28, It was reported that over 4,000 Hazaras, a Shia Muslim ethnic minority concentrated in Afghanistan’s central highlands, had been displaced from Behsood district, Wardak province, over the last 2 months by bands of Kuchi nomads. Some 200 ethnic Pushtun and Sunni Muslim nomads, together with their families and livestock, emptied about 65 Hazara villages and left about a dozen people dead.
    (Econ, 7/28/07, p.43)
2007        Jul 28-2007 Jul 29, Nearly 12,000 people were displaced and one person died in western Ethiopia in flash floods over the weekend.
    (AFP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 28, In southern India police shot dead at least eight protestors after a political demonstration turned violent. Police opened fire after hundreds of protestors burned furniture in a government office in a small town in Andhra Pradesh state, where communist parties campaigned for distribution of government land to the rural and urban poor.
    (Reuters, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 28, A parked car bomb exploded in a busy shopping street in predominantly Shiite eastern Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding 10. US troops captured 16 suspected insurgents during raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq in raids in the northern cities of Samarra and Tarmiyah.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 28, The Liberian government said it had lifted a six-year moratorium on the diamond trade, put in place after former President Charles Taylor was accused of using "blood diamonds" to fuel civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 28, Libya said the Czech Republic, Qatar and Bulgaria contributed to an international fund to support hundreds of children who contracted HIV at a Libyan hospital in the 1990s. Libya also denounced a decision by Bulgaria's president to pardon six medics from life jail terms in an AIDS case as a "betrayal" and an "illegal procedure."
    (Reuters, 7/28/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 28, Palestinian officials said Israel has agreed to allow at least 627 Palestinians who have been stranded in Egypt for weeks to pass into the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 28, Serbian police arrested Nikola Radosavljevic (38), a man suspected of killing 9 people and injuring another two in a shooting spree hours earlier in an eastern Serbian village.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 28, In Zimbabwe Arthur Mutambara, leader of the breakaway faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said on that the country could not wait for outsiders to liberate them from on-going political and economic problems.
    (AFP, 7/28/07)

2007        Jul 29, Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn took their place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 7/29/08)
2007        Jul 29, Scientists said they have identified two genes that may raise the risk of multiple sclerosis, lending insight into the causes of the debilitating disease.
    (Reuters, 7/29/07)(SFC, 7/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 29, Some 12,000 of 17,000 registered runners completed the 30th annual SF marathon.
    (SFC, 7/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 29, Tom Snyder (71), TV host, died in SF after a struggle with leukemia. His smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television and an inspiration for Dan Aykroyd on "Saturday Night Live." Snyder hosted The Tomorrow Show from 1973-1982.
    (AP, 7/30/07)(SFC, 7/31/07, p.E2)
2007        Jul 29, Britain’s PM Gordon Brown traveled to the United States, saying he planned to use the official visit to strengthen what Britain already considers its "most important bilateral relationship."
    (AP, 7/29/07)
2007        Jul 29, Dilip Ganguly (b.1949), journalist, died in Calcutta. His 21-year career at The Associated Press saw him report from Baghdad during the Gulf War, on the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and on stories across South Asia.
    (AP, 7/29/07)
2007        Jul 29, Whang Joung-il (52), a senior South Korean diplomat in Beijing, died hours after becoming ill after eating a tuna sandwich. His death left the envoy's family and his government asking China for an explanation.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Jul 29, Alberto Contador of Spain won the doping-scarred Tour de France.
    (AP, 7/29/08)
2007        Jul 29, French actor Michel Serrault died in Honfleur, France, at age 79.
    (AP, 7/29/08)
2007        Jul 29, Iraqi authorities announced a ban on vehicles and celebratory gunfire around Baghdad in an effort to prevent a repeat of violence that killed dozens celebrating Iraq's progress to the finals of Asia's top soccer tournament. Iraq celebrated their underdog national soccer team as it won the prestigious Asian Cup against Saudi Arabia. At least 5 people were killed and nearly 30 wounded by gunfire after the game. Gunmen opened fire on shoppers in a Shiite Turkomen village southwest of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, killing 7 people and wounding six. A bomb struck a minibus in eastern Baghdad, killing one passenger and wounding four others. A policeman was shot to death on his way to work southeast of Baghdad. Bombings, shootings and mortar attacks striking other targets killed at least 58 people nationwide.
    (AP, 7/29/07)(AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 29, In Japan exit polls showed that PM Shinzo Abe's ruling party suffered humiliating losses in parliamentary elections after a string of political scandals, but Abe said he did not plan to resign. Official election results showed the LDP and its junior coalition partner, the New Komeito, with a total of 103 seats, a 30-seat loss that left it far short of the 122 needed to control the house. The main opposition Democratic Party grabbed 112 seats, up from 81. For the 1st time in its history the LDP was no longer the biggest party in the upper house.
    (AP, 7/29/07)(AP, 7/30/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.35)
2007        Jul 29, France's visiting foreign minister succeeded in bringing together rival Lebanese factions who have had no contact for months but said he had not reached a breakthrough to ease the country's political crisis.
    (AP, 7/29/07)
2007        Jul 29, In Pakistan some 70 pro-Taliban militants occupied the shrine of renowned Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai and its accompanying mosque in the town of Lakarai in Mohmand tribal region.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 29, A 43-year-old Russian cargo plane crashed minutes after taking off from a Moscow airport, killing all seven crew on board.
    (AP, 7/29/07)
2007        Jul 29, In Somalia gun battles and grenade attacks killed two soldiers and two civilians in Mogadishu, where the government is struggling to contain a violent insurgency.
    (AP, 7/29/07)

2007        Jul 30, US President George W. Bush and Britain’s PM Gordon Brown held talks. Brown hoped to secure support for a Darfur peace deal and movement on stalled world trade talks. Bush and PM Brown, meeting at Camp David, forged a unified stand on Iraq.
    (AP, 7/30/07)(AP, 7/30/08)
2007        Jul 30, Jinzhou Chang (24), a Contra Costa college student, was shot and killed in El Cerrito, Ca., while helping his immigrant father make repairs at an apartment complex. Three 17-year-old boys were soon arrested and faced robbery and murder charges.
    (SFC, 8/9/07, p.B5)
2007        Jul 30, Bill Walsh (b.1931), former head coach of the SF 49ers football team, died at his Woodside home following a long battle with leukemia.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 30, A 2nd South Korean hostage was slain by the Taliban in central Afghanistan.
    (AP, 7/30/08)
2007        Jul 30, Bangladesh's High Court suspended former PM Sheikh Hasina's extortion trial and ordered her released on bail.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, A raging forest fire has destroyed thousands of acres of woodland on Spain's Gran Canaria island and forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, China tightened credit in a new effort to cool its sizzling economy, ordering banks to shrink the pool of money for lending by increasing their reserves for a sixth time this year.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, China’s state media said floods, landslides and mud flows triggered by torrential rains have killed 652 people in China so far this year, with more heavy rains in the forecast.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, A UN investigator said extreme sexual violence against women is pervasive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and local authorities do little to stop it or prosecute those responsible.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, Egyptian police clashed with Bedouins protesting a government order to demolish their houses along the Palestinian Gaza Strip's border, leaving dozens injured. Egyptian media have reported a government plan to force the Bedouins from a 500-foot-wide band of land along the border to prevent traffickers from digging tunnels used to smuggle weapons and people into Gaza.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, The European Commission said it was seeking a court injunction against Polish plans to build a key continental highway to prevent permanent damage to the Rospuda Valley, a "unique environmental site."
    (AFP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, It was reported that India’s Maharashtra state government has banned domesticated elephants from Mumbai, India's largest city, saying that forcing the animals to walk the city's chaotic, crowded and polluted streets was an act of cruelty. The ban took effect last week.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, UN inspectors visited a nuclear reactor being built in central Iran, a facility that has been off-limits since April. Iran's foreign ministry spokesman criticized a US plan to sell state-of-the-art weapons to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, Ayatollah Ali Meshkini (85), a founding member of Iran's Islamic regime and leader of an important government assembly, died.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, A minibus exploded in a Baghdad market, killing at least six people. Relief agencies said about 8 million Iraqis, nearly a third of the population, need immediate emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Iraq war. A US Marine was killed in combat operations in Anbar province.
    (AP, 7/30/07)(AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 30, An Israeli parliamentary committee voted unanimously to revoke the privileges of disgraced former president Moshe Katsav, who signed a plea bargain in June admitting he sexually harassed several female employees. An Israeli aircraft attacked a car carrying Palestinian militants, wounding two members of Islamic Jihad and the Gaza commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, Michelangelo Antonioni (b.1912), film director, died (94). He was one of Italy's most influential post-war film directors whose portrayals of modern angst and alienation won him a cult following. His films included the Oscar-nominated "Blowup," "Zabriskie Point" and the internationally acclaimed "L'Avventura" (The Adventure).
    (Reuters, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 30, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe rejected calls for his resignation, saying the country couldn't afford the resulting "power vacuum."
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, In northern Lebanon the army unleashed tank and artillery fire on the remaining hideouts of al-Qaida-inspired militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, The Mexican Miners and Metalworkers Union (SNTMMRM) struck Grupo Mexico to demand wage increases and improved safety conditions. Striking workers occupied the Cananea copper mine in the northern state of Sonora and continued into 2010.
    (Econ, 4/24/10, p.59)(www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1819816120100218)
2007        Jul 30, The body of Luis Lazaro Lara Morejon, a Cuban-American who was under investigation in a migrant smuggling case, was found riddled with bullets along a road outside Cancun, Mexico.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 30, In Pakistan 3 paramilitary soldiers and four civilians died in militant attacks in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    (Reuters, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, In the Philippines southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed to set up a regional human rights commission, overcoming fierce resistance from military-ruled Myanmar. Myanmar agreed not to veto discussion over the human rights commission at a November summit. 
    (AP, 7/30/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.36)
2007        Jul 30, Patriarch Teoctist (b.1915), head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, died in Bucharest, He made history when he invited the late John Paul II to his Orthodox country in 1999 but was criticized for being too close to former Communists.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, In Somalia insurgents attacked government buildings in Mogadishu, starting a gunbattle with troops that killed at least 4 people, including a four-year-old child. In the central town of Belet Weyne, two children and their father were killed when Ethiopian troops fired artillery shells into a residential area after a land mine exploded near their convoy. A land mine exploded near a bus in southern Mogadishu, killing 5 on board and wounding 3 others.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(AP, 8/1/07)
2007        Jul 30, Officials said at least 19 people have been killed and hundreds of homes destroyed by a series of forest fires which have swept through parts of northeastern South Africa.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 30, Ingmar Bergman (b.1918), Swedish film and stage director, died. The iconoclastic filmmaker was widely regarded as one of the great masters of modern cinema. His 1987 autobiography was titled "The Magic Lantern."
    (AP, 7/30/07)

2007        Jul 31, A US government watchdog group called for the removal of GOP Sen. Ted Stevens from his Senate committees, less than 24 hours after the FBI and IRS raided the senator’s Alaska home in connection with a public corruption probe centered in the state.
    (www.cqpolitics.com/2007/07/ethics_flaps_could_stir_compet.html)
2007        Jul 31, The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the US Congress, issued a report saying it could not account for 190,000 AK-47 rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, or about half the weapons earmarked for soldiers and police.
    (Reuters, 8/6/07)
2007        Jul 31, The US Army censured retired three-star Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger for a "perfect storm of mistakes, misjudgments and a failure of leadership" after the 2004 friendly-fire death in Afghanistan of Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
    (AP, 7/31/08)
2007        Jul 31, In California Michael Schneider (44), a Hillsborough real estate broker, pleaded no contest in Santa Clara County to 173 felony counts related to bilking investors out of more than $43 million. He faced as much as 169 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.B3)
2007        Jul 31, In northern California the governing board of Oakland’s troubled Univ. Preparatory Charter Academy closed the school leaving over 400 students in the lurch.
    (SFC, 8/1/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 31, Johnson & Johnson said it would reduce its global work force by up to 4 percent, or up to 4,820 jobs, to cut costs due to slumping sales of heart stents and its No. 2 drug, plus looming patent expirations.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. was expected to reach a definitive agreement to buy Dow Jones & Co. Inc., capping his three-month pursuit of the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, as the Bancroft gave approval for Murdoch's $60-per-share bid.
    (Reuters, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, A new study reported that drinking wine or beer every day increases the risk of bowel cancer. The British Daily Telegraph reported 35,000 people are diagnosed each year with bowel cancer and that  it kills 16,100 a year.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, Norman Cohn (92), English historian, died. He studied the links between apocalyptic Medieval sects and 20th century totalitarianism and genocide. His 1957 book: "Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages" drew parallels between millenarian movements in the Middle Ages and the rise of 20th-century totalitarianism.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Jul 31, In central Afghanistan police discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage, and the Taliban threatened to kill more captives if their demands were not met by a new deadline. A suicide car bomber blew himself up near a convoy of US troops on the outskirts of Kabul, leaving up to 7 civilians and three soldiers wounded.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, ASEAN Plus Three foreign ministers gathered in Manila on the eve of high-level security talks. ARF, which includes the United States, European Union, India, Pakistan, North and South Korea and other countries, and will also hold talks here on Aug 1-2.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, The British army marked a milestone of peacemaking as it formally ended its 38-year mission to bolster security in Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, In Cambodia Kang Kek Ieu (alias Duch), a former Khmer Rouge prison chief, was charged with crimes against humanity and detained by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal in the first legal action taken by the court against regime leaders.
    (AFP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, In Canada John Felderhof, the lone remaining key figure in the multibillion-dollar Bre-X gold fraud, was found not guilty. It took almost seven years to reach the not guilty verdict in the trial of the only person to be prosecuted in the massive Bre-X gold fraud, leading Canadians to ask once again if the country isn't too soft on corporate crime.
    (Reuters, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, China’s state media reported another 27 deaths from flooding and landslides in different parts of the country.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, In Egypt US Sec. of State Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a joint show of diplomatic force during two days of meetings with Arab allies, part of an 11th-hour effort to rally diplomatic and practical help for the US-backed Shiite-led government in Baghdad. The tour opened talks on a proposed US arms package for Arab states worth more than $20 billion. US officials extended a 10-year pledge to continue $1.3 billion in annual aid to Egypt’s military. Military aid to Israel was raised to $3 billion. Weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and 5 smaller monarchies was said to be $20 billion. Total US military aid to the region over the next decade amounted to $63 billion.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.39)
2007        Jul 31, An Indian anti-terror court sentenced Bollywood film star Sanjay Dutt to six years in jail for illegal weapons possession in connection with serial bombings in Mumbai in 1993. Dutt was freed on bail after 22 days in jail. In 2013 India's Supreme Court upheld the weapons conviction.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.38)(AP, 8/23/07)(AP, 3/21/13)
2007        Jul 31, In Iraq al-Maliki's government faced a threat by the main Sunni bloc in parliament to withdraw its Cabinet members if he doesn't meet a series of demands. At least 11 people were killed or found dead nationwide, including three Iraqi police in a drive-by shooting and one soldier in a roadside bombing. A teacher also was shot to death while driving to work in a mainly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad. An explosively-formed penetrator, or EFP, detonated near a US soldiers' patrol during combat operations, killing 3 with 6 wounded. Another US soldier was killed by small arms fire in a separate incident. Two US soldiers were killed in a mortar or rocket attack.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(AP, 8/1/07)(AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Jul 31, Pro-government and independent candidates swept local elections in Jordan, including the first-ever vote for city mayors. The Islamist main opposition group withdrew from Jordan's first mayoral elections and accused the government of fraud.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Jul 31, In Mexico the bodies of Josue Hernandez (32) and Anibal Sanchez (30), both agents with Mexico's Federal Agency of Investigation, were found in Guerrero state, where they were gathering intelligence on drug traffickers. The agents had taken part in a raid that discovered $205 million in cash in a Mexico City mansion.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Jul 31, In Mozambique 5 soldiers were killed when an army truck carrying munitions that were about to be destroyed exploded near the country's main airport.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, In Nigeria Peter Ogwuma, a staff (member) of Elf Petroleum, was abducted as he was about to leave the church for home.
    (AFP, 8/2/07)
2007        Jul 31, In northwestern Pakistan government troops backed by helicopter gunships repelled an attack on a military checkpoint near Miran Shah, killing 18 Islamic militants. A local lawmaker said the 18 people killed were tribesmen and not militants.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(SFC, 8/1/07, p.A15)(AFP, 8/2/07)
2007        Jul 31, In northern Sri Lanka hundreds of ethnic Sinhalese civilians fled three villages, claiming the government had failed to protect them from attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels.
    (AP, 7/31/07)
2007        Jul 31, A senior Sudanese official said floods and heavy rains have caused 23,000 mudbrick homes to collapse and killed at least 62 people across Sudan this month. In southern Darfur Mahria Arab tribesmen attacked Terjem Arabs killing over 60 Terjem. Conflict between Arab tribes was on the increase and included clashes between the Habanniya and Salamat tribes.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A16)
2007        Jul 31, The UN Security Council approved a 26,000 strong peacekeeping force for Darfur, to try to end 4 years of fighting that has killed over 200,000.
    (SFC, 8/1/07, p.A13)
2007        Jul 31, Zimbabwe's central bank introduced yet another higher denomination banknote as it grappled with runaway inflation which is rendering lower-value banknotes useless. The new 200,000-Zimbabwe dollar bearer check is worth 800 US dollars at the official rate and one US dollar at the parallel market rate.
    (AFP, 7/31/07)

2007        Jul, Filming started on the first international movie ever to be shot in Botswana, “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," a movie based on Alexander McCall Smith's hit book series of the same name.
    (CSM, 8/1/07)
2007        Jul, US Teamster Pres. James Hoffa sent a letter to Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad demanding the release of Mansour Ossanlou, a Bus Transport Workers Union leader, and condemned the Iranian government’s flagrant disdain for freedom of association and expression.
    (SSFC, 8/19/07, p.E3)
2007        Jul, Warren Winiarski sold his Stag’s Leap winery in Napa County to Italian winemaker Piero Antinori and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates of Washington state for $185 million.
    (SFC, 3/28/08, p.F6)
2007        Jul, Andy Coulson, former editor at News of the World, became the communications head for David Cameron, leader of the Britain’s opposition Conservative Party.
    (Econ, 7/16/11, p.26)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Coulson)
2007        Jul, In Indonesia the Constitutional Court again struck out clauses in the criminal code that made it a crime to insult senior figures.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.64)
2007        Jul, Authorities in Kazakhstan slapped a $609 million fine on a Chevron-led consortium developing the Tengiz oil field. The Kazakh ecological ministry cited environmental breaches stemming from the stockpiling of sulfur between 2003 and 2006. The consortium stripped sulfur from Tengiz oil, which is laced with hydrogen sulfide gas, and stored it as pellets in massive facilities, for later use in fertilizer.
    (WSJ, 10/4/07, p.A9)
2007        Jul, In Beirut, Lebanon, construction firms broke ground in the Dahiya district, a Shiite enclave razed by bombs during last year’s war with Israel. Hezbollah organized the project by collection war-compensation checks from volunteering residents.
    (WSJ, 9/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul, Tanger Med, a new seaport on northern Morocco, opened its frist docks. Over the next 8 years it was expected to become the largest container port in the Mediterranean.
    (Econ, 7/12/08, p.78)
2007        Jul, The Sanaag region of Somaliland, a former sultanate, declared independence and renamed itself Makhir with Badhan as its capital.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.56)
2007        Jul, Sri Lanka’s army declared that it had cleared the eastern part of the country from rebels for the first time in 14 years.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.44)

2007        Aug 1, A major bridge on I-35W over the Mississippi River collapsed in Minneapolis, Minn., at rush hour. Initial reports said at least 5 people were killed. The bridge dated to 1967. On Aug 9 Navy divers recovered two more bodies, including one identified as a former missionary who had been reported missing. Divers recovered an 8th victim on Aug 10 and a 9th on Aug 12. Two more victims were found on Aug 16. A 12th victim was found Aug 19. The 13th and last victim was found Aug 20. In 2008 Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a $38 million package to compensate victims of the collapse. In 2010 URS Corp., which had a contract to evaluate the bridge’s structural integrity, reached $5 million settlement with Minnesota. In August URS later agreed to pay over $52 million to settle claims by victims.
    (AP, 8/2/07)(SFC, 8/1/07, p.A5)(AP, 8/10/07)(SFC, 8/11/07, p.A5)(SFC, 8/13/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/17/07, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/07, p.A3)(AP, 8/21/07)(WSJ, 5/9/08, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)(SFC, 8/24/10, p.D1)
2007        Aug 1, SF police and homeless outreach workers rousted people sleeping in Golden Gate Park and other parks and encampments.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 1, Tommy Maken (74), Irish-American folk musician who performed for years with the Clancy Brothers, died in Dover, NH.
    (SFC, 8/4/07, p.B5)
2007        Aug 1, The bodies of 4 Afghan judges, kidnapped 11 days ago, were found in Ghazni province, the same province where 21 South Korean hostages were held. Afghanistan dropped leaflets in the area to warn of military action.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 1, The ASEAN summit got underway in Manila. Diplomats held dozens of meetings in the Philippine capital, using the annual gathering of nearly 30 nations to confer on everything from the North Korean crisis to the conflict in Darfur.
    (AP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, The South Australian Supreme Court ordered its own state government to pay Bruce Trevorrow $448,000 for damages caused when he was taken from his parents without their knowledge 50 years ago.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 1, Bangladesh officials said monsoon floods had misplaced or marooned 5 million people and left 40 dead.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 1, A financial watchdog said British Airways has been fined a record 121.5 million pounds (180 million euros, $246 million) after admitting collusion with Virgin Atlantic over fuel surcharges on tickets. British Airways and Korean Air (for collusion with Lufthansa) agreed to pay $300 million each in fines and plead guilty to federal charges that they colluded with other airlines to set ticket prices. In 2012 the fine against BA was reduced to £58.5 million.
    (AFP, 8/1/07)(SFC, 8/2/07, p.C2)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.48)(AFP, 4/19/12)
2007        Aug 1, In China 69 men trapped in a flooded Chinese coal mine for more than three days were pulled out alive, ending a terrifying ordeal in which they survived on milk and pumped-in oxygen.
    (AP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, A passenger train derailed in central Congo and eight cars tumbled off the tracks, killing about 100 people and trapping some passengers in the wreckage. People in the southeastern town of Moba attacked the UN office after a local radio station aired false rumors that the United Nations was to resettle Congolese ethnic Tutsis in the region. 4 UN military observers were wounded and 21 staff were evacuated.
    (AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 1, Denmark, France and Indonesia offered to contribute to a joint UN-African Union mission for Darfur, a 26,000-strong force expected to be made up mostly of peacekeepers from Africa with backup from Asian troops. Sudan accepted a UN resolution approving a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur.
    (AP, 8/1/07)(AFP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, A French court ruled that indictments for Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and another man, Laurent Bucyibaruta, violated the presumption of innocence. Rwanda had sought the extradition of the 2 men for their roles in the country's 1994 genocide.
    (Reuters, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 1, Guatemala's Congress voted to create a commission of foreign experts to investigate organized crime and police corruption.
    (AP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, An overcrowded boat evacuating people from a flooded village capsized in a rain-swollen river in northern India, killing at least 28 people. Dozens of people were killed across South Asia as surging flood waters caused by heavy monsoon rains forced millions from their homes.
    (AFP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, Iran publicly hanged seven men in the second round of collective executions in 10 days. The Web site of the state's broadcasting company said they were hanged on charges of rape, kidnapping and robbery in Mashad. Iran arrested more than 200 music fans at an underground rock concert that one official called a "satanic" gathering and authorities accused the youths of breaking Islamic law.
    (AP, 8/1/07)(AP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 1, Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced its withdrawal from the government, undermining efforts to seek reconciliation among the country's rival factions. Two bombing attacks in Baghdad killed at least 67 people. In one attack, 50 people were killed and 60 wounded when a suicide attacker exploded a fuel truck near a gas station in western Baghdad. Another 17 died in a separate car bomb attack in central Baghdad. A parked car bomb killed 3 people and wounded 5 in southern Baghdad in a mostly Christian area. Altogether at least 142 Iraqis were killed or found dead, including 70 who died in three separate bombings in Baghdad. One US soldiers was killed by a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 8/1/07)(AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 1, Norihiko Akagi, Japan's scandal-embroiled agriculture minister, stepped down, taking responsibility for a shattering election defeat for the ruling party. Akagi had been hit by an embarrassing accounting scandal, which was widely viewed as a major reason behind the ruling election loss.
    (AP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, Two Lebanese soldiers were killed in heavy fighting with al-Qaida-inspired militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 1, Russian explorers readied for a historic descent to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean under the North Pole as part of an expedition to claim the area for Russia.
    (AP, 8/1/07)       
2007        Aug 1, Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly said that it will reduce natural gas supplies to Belarus by 45 percent as of Aug 3 after Minsk failed to pay in full for previous gas shipments.
    (AP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, It was reported that more than 100 Serbian Gypsies have crossed the border illegally into neighboring Romania in recent days and filed applications for asylum claiming they were subject to abuse and attacks in Serbia.
    (AP, 8/1/07)
2007        Aug 1, South Korea’s Agriculture Ministry halted quarantine inspections of American beef shipments after finding a banned vertebral column in a recent shipment. Without such inspections, the beef cannot be brought to market.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 1, Rebels captured the town of Adila, where Sudanese troops were stationed to protect the only railway linking Darfur to the capital of Khartoum. Some 100 (Sudanese) soldiers or janjaweed were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 1, In southern Thailand a rebel ambush and bombs left 11 people dead.
    (SFC, 8/2/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 1, An opposition-aligned television channel (RCTV), already booted from the airwaves, faced a deadline to agree to carry speeches by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez or be yanked from the cable lineup.
    (AP, 8/1/07)

2007        Aug 2, Charles Simic (b.1938) of Concord, NH, a Yugoslav-born immigrant, was named to become the new US poet laureate, replacing Donald Hall beginning Sep 29.
    (SFC, 8/3/07, p.E20)
2007        Aug 2, A Marine Corps squad leader was convicted at Camp Pendleton, Calif., of murdering an Iraqi man (52) during a frustrated search for an insurgent in 2006. The next day Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing Hashim Ibrahim Awad (see Aug 3).
    (AP, 8/2/08)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A6)
2007        Aug 2, US federal agents arrested dozens of doctors accused of obtaining medical licenses through fraud or bribery, carrying out sweeping raids across Puerto Rico. The FDA accused 88 doctors of falsified credentials.
    (AP, 8/2/07)(WSJ, 8/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 2, A US appeals court ruled that Katrina victims cannot collect for damage from levee breaches.
    (WSJ, 8/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 2, FBI agents arrested Rahmat Abdhir (43), aka Sean Kasem and Sean Kalimin, in San Jose, Ca., for providing material support to his brother, Zulkifli Abdhir (41), a US-trained engineer and terror suspect in the Philippines.
    (SFC, 8/3/07, p.B5)
2007        Aug 2, Scientists warned that bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-like compound in plastic, is probably causing an array of serious reproductive disorders in people.
    (SFC, 8/3/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 2, In Washington state a helicopter with four people aboard crashed and burst into flames on the east slopes of the Cascade Range, starting a wildfire. By the next day it spread through dry timber to cover 300 to 400 acres.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 2, In Oakland, Ca., Chauncey Bailey (57), editor of the Oakland Post and former reporter for the Oakland Tribune, was shot and killed on his way to work by a masked gunman. In 2009 an indictment accused Yusuf Bey IV (23), the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, of murder for allegedly telling two of his followers to kill Bailey. In 2009 Devaughndre Broussard (21) pleaded guilty to 2 counts of voluntary manslaughter as part of a deal to secure testimony against Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey, another bakery figure. In 2012 Thomas Peele authored “Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist."
    (SFC, 8/3/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/09, p.B1)(SSFC, 2/26/12, p.F1)
2007        Aug 2, Armen Baliantz (b.1921), SF restaurateur born in China to Armenian parents, died. Her Bali’s Restaurant at Pacific and Battery, had closed in Feb, 1985.
    (SFC, 8/4/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 2, In southern Afghanistan US-led airstrikes in Helmand province killed at least 3 senior Taliban figures, including commander Mullah Rahim.
    (SFC, 8/4/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 2, In Brazil a strike by subway workers disrupted the commute of millions of people in Sao Paulo, causing huge traffic jams and long lines at bus stops.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 2, Bulgaria said it had decided to write off Libya's communist-era debt as a contribution to an international fund for the victims of an AIDS epidemic blamed by Tripoli on six Bulgarian medics.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, Canada dismissed Russia's claim to a large chunk of the resource-rich Arctic, saying the tactic was more suited to the 15th century than the real world.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, China’s state media reported that courts in northern China have sentenced 31 people, including a police officer, to prison terms of up to five years stemming from the use of slave labor in brick kilns. In east China a rising wave in the Qiantang River, known for its strong tides, engulfed 33 swimmers and visitors walking along a levee. At least eight were killed.
    (AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 2, Beijing and Washington agreed to cooperate more closely on product and food safety as the US recalled almost 1 million toys due to lead concerns. Mattel apologized to customers as it recalled nearly a million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were found to have excessive amounts of lead.
    (AP, 8/3/07)(SFC, 8/3/07, p.D1)(AP, 8/2/08)
2007        Aug 2, Officials said days of heavy monsoon rains have devastated large swaths of northern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 164 people, stranding millions and washing away vital crops.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, Much of Baghdad was without running water and had been for at least 24 hours. A suicide car bomber slammed into an Iraqi police station northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 13 people. Fadhil al-Akil (35), an aide to Iraq's top cleric, was killed in the Shiite city of Najaf. A mortar and rocket-propelled grenade landed on homes in Khan Bani Saad, a mixed town northeast of Baghdad, killing four civilians, two of them children. The US military said American and Iraqi troops had killed seven suspects and captured 22 others in two days of raids across Iraq. A total of 58 people were killed or found dead across the country. US troops killed Haitham Sabah Shaker Mohammed al-Badri, the al-Qaida in Iraq mastermind of the bombing that destroyed the golden dome of a famed sacred Shiite shrine last year. 3 US soldiers were killed in a single roadside bombing on Baghdad's east side. The blast wounded 11 other US troops. Another soldier was killed and three wounded in combat in western Baghdad. A US Marine was killed during combat in Iraq's western Anbar province.
    (AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/3/07)(AP, 8/4/07)(AP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 2, Lebanon's most senior Shiite Muslim cleric issued a religious edict banning honor killings, calling the custom of murdering a female relative for sexual misconduct "a repulsive act." More fierce fighting erupted as troops pounded the remaining Fatah Islam hideouts in the camp with artillery and tank fire. Two more Lebanese soldiers were killed in heavy fighting with the al-Qaida-inspired militants.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, A Libyan official said that Moammar Gadhafi's long-isolated country has signed contracts worth $405 million with French companies for missiles and communications equipment.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, An Islamic militant and a policeman died when officers foiled a suicide bombing at a Pakistani police school in Sargodha.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, In the Netherlands Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch maker of consumer goods and food products, announced that it would cut 20,000 jobs worldwide, 11 percent of its total workforce, over the next four years.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, Two deep-diving Russian mini-submarines descended more than 2 1/2 miles under North Pole ice to stake a flag on the ocean floor, part of a quest to bolster Russian claims to much of the Arctic's oil-and-mineral wealth.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying over 2.5 tons of supplies, equipment and gifts blasted off for the international space station.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, A 6.4-magnitude quake struck on the southern tip of Sakhalin island, just north of Japan. At least 2 people were killed and some 2,000 in Nevelsk moved to tent camps after the powerful earthquake left apartment buildings in ruins.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 2, Kafeel Ahmed (27), the suspect who was critically burned in a botched car bomb attempt at Glasgow Airport, died after 5 weeks in hospital from burns to 90% of his body.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 2, In Sierra Leone 2 former members of a pro-government militia were convicted of war crimes, the second round of rulings by a UN-backed court attempting to punish those most responsible for brutalities committed during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war. A boat traveling from Freetown to the northern town of Kassiri capsized in the mouth of the Little Scarcies River. At least 10 people were killed and 45 others left missing.
    (AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/3/07)(AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 2, In Somalia mortars slammed into homes in Mogadishu after fighting between insurgents and Ethiopian troops, killing 8 people, including a mother and her two daughters.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, In Thailand a lawyer said the wife of Thailand's deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra will seek 1.4 billion dollars in compensation from military-backed authorities that have frozen her assets.
    (AP, 8/2/07)
2007        Aug 2, In Yemen security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at former soldiers protesting in Aden demanding to be allowed back in the military. One person was reported killed. The protesters were largely members of the army of south Yemen who were ousted after being defeated by northern forces.
    (AP, 8/3/07)

2007        Aug 3, In Alaska Mindy Schloss (52), a nurse practitioner, was last seen alive in Anchorage. Her body was found on Sep 13 near Wasilla. In 2010 Joshua Alan Wade (29) acknowledged that he had shot and killed Schloss, who lived next door to him.
    (www.amw.com/missing_persons/recovered.cfm?id=47985)(SFC, 2/17/10, p.A6)
2007        Aug 3, A jury at Camp Pendleton, Calif., sentenced Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III to 15 years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi civilian during a fruitless search for an insurgent. In 2013 the military’s highest court overturned the Hutchins murder conviction saying his rights were violated during his interrogation in Iraq. On June 17, 2015, Hutchins was found guilty of unpremeditated murder.
    (AP, 8/3/08)(SFC, 6/27/13, p.A5)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A6)
2007        Aug 3, In Kentucky a judge ruled that 3 attorneys, accused of bilking their clients in a $200 million fen-phen settlement, must repay at least $62.1 million in settlement funds and interest.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 3, Oakland police arrested 7 people, including Yusuf Bey IV, in a predawn raid on Your Black Muslim Bakery and 3 homes in connection with 3 homicides including the Aug 2 murder of Oakland Post journalist Chauncey Bailey. The Post had been investigating the organization’s finances. Alameda County health inspectors shut down the bakery after finding health-code violations. A judge converted the bakery’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 liquidation setting Aug 9 as its last day of business.
    (SFC, 8/4/07, p.A1,6)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A11)
2007        Aug 3, American Home Mortgage released all but 750 of its 7,000 employees as it ran out of money, the latest victim of the subprime mortgage implosion.
    (SFC, 8/4/07, p.C2)   
2007        Aug 3, Two dogs belonging to actor Ving Rhames mauled Jacob Adams (40), a caretaker for the actor's dogs, to death at the star's Brentwood, Ca., home.
    (AP, 8/4/07)(AP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 3, It was reported that Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca is being strangled by city-fed pollution that is driving away local people who draw sustenance from its mythical waters.
    (AFP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 3, Four people were killed after a helicopter flying from northern England to southern Scotland crashed in northwest England. The wreckage was found the next day.
    (AFP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 3, China asserted the sole right to recognize living Buddhas, reincarnations of famous lamas that form the backbone of the religion's clergy. All future incarnations of living Buddhas related to Tibetan Buddhism must get government approval.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 3, China banned Indonesian seafood after checks turned up dangerous contamination. Indonesian authorities called the move an apparent reaction to an Indonesian ban on some tainted Chinese products. The Chinese administration said Indonesian products have been found to contain mercury and cadmium, metals that can accumulate in water and soil from burning garbage, mining or other industrial processes.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 3, Lenovo Group Ltd. said it will sell a basic personal computer aimed at China's vast but poor rural market and priced as low as $199.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 3, About 50 women occupied a central square in Makhachkala, Dagestan, declaring a hunger strike and vowing not to leave until authorities tell them what happened to their missing children. The president of Dagestan, Mukhu Aliev, admitted last month that 76 people have been kidnapped so far this year in Dagestan. In six of those cases, the abductors wore camouflage uniforms similar to those worn by law enforcement officers.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 3, The death toll in south Asia rose to at least 186 people killed. 19 million have been driven from their homes as heavy monsoon rains triggered floods, destroyed crops and submerged roads across a wide swath of northern India and Bangladesh. The UN child welfare agency said that in India alone, the number of dead from the monsoons topped 1,100.
    (AP, 8/3/07)(AFP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 3, In Tanzania Darfur's fractious rebel groups gathered for talks aimed at hammering out a united front, following UN approval of a beefed up peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 3, In Uganda gunmen on Lake Albert attacked a boat operated by Canada's Heritage Oil Corp., killing a British contractor. 3 armed patrol boats from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on the other side of the lake, had opened fire on Heritage's boat.
    (AP, 8/3/07)
2007        Aug 3, In Venezuela US actor Sean Penn accompanied Pres. Chavez on a visit to western Venezuela. "I'm also here as a journalist and so I owe it to that medium to wait until I've digested, fact-checked and finished my journey here" before saying more, Penn said. He thanked Chavez for the visit.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 3, Virgin Islands’ authorities arrested Kamal Thomas and charged him with first-degree murder and assault, as well as using a dangerous weapon while committing a crime. James Cockayne (21) of new Hope, Pa., was killed on June 19 near a shopping center.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 3, In Zimbabwe the Interception of Communication Act was published in the government gazette. The bill, signed by President Robert Mugabe, allows the state to eavesdrop on private phone conversations and monitor faxes and emails.
    (AFP, 8/3/07)

2007        Aug 4, President Bush toured the site of a collapsed highway bridge in Minneapolis, pledging to cut red tape that could delay rebuilding.
    (AP, 8/4/08)
2007        Aug 4, Barry Bonds of the SF Giants hit his 755th home run tying a 1976 record set by Hank Aaron. The Giants lost to the San Diego Padres 3-2 in 12 innings.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Aaron)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 4, Alex Rodriguez became at age 32 the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs with a first-inning homer in a 16-8 NY Yankee victory over Kansas City.
    (AP, 8/4/08)
2007        Aug 4, In Newark, New Jersey, 3 friends were forced to kneel against a wall behind an elementary school and were shot to death at close range, and a fourth was found about 30 feet away with gunshot and knife wounds to her head. Natasha Aerial (19) was listed in fair condition at Newark's University Hospital. Police identified her companions as her brother, Terrance Aerial (18), Ofemi Hightower (20), and Deshawn Harvey (20). On Aug 7 a 15-year-old boy was arrested in the case. On Aug 8 Jose Carranza (28), an illegal immigrant from Peru, was also arrested as a suspect. Two more suspects were arrested in suburban DC on Aug 18.
    (AP, 8/6/07)(www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,292911,00.html)(AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 4, Oakland, Ca., police said they have identified Devaughndre Broussard (19), a handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery, as the person responsible for the Aug 2, murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey. He was one of 7 men arrested a day earlier. It was later learned that Broussard falsely confessed to the killing at the urging of Yusuf Bey IV, head of the bakery. In 2011 Broussard (23) was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.
    (SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/07, p.B1)(SFC, 8/13/11, p.C2)
2007        Aug 4, Yousef Megahed (21) of Egypt and Ahmed Mohamed (24) of Kuwait, students from the Univ. of South Florida, were arrested following a speeding stop in the vicinity of the Naval Weapons Station, located in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Pipe bombs were found in their vehicle. They were later indicted for carrying explosives across state lines. In 2008 Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed pleaded guilty in a Tampa court to making a video demonstrating how to build a remote bomb detonator to help terrorists.
    (www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/17/fbi_backs_off_arrests13265/)(WSJ, 9/1/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/19/08, p.A2)
2007        Aug 4, NASA launched its Phoenix Mars Lander, a robotic dirt and ice digger, scheduled to land on Mars on May 25, 2008.
    (SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A10)
2007        Aug 4, Lee Hazlewood (b.1929), songwriter, died in Henderson, Nev. His songs included “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’," sung by Nancy Sinatra in 1966.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.D9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hazlewood)
2007        Aug 4, A suicide car bomber blew himself up next to a convoy of foreign troops just west of Kandahar city, killing two civilians who were nearby. Four civilians were killed in a roadside blast in Zhari district of Kandahar province.
    (AP, 8/4/07)(AFP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 4, Algerian newspapers reported that the army, stepping up a counter-offensive after attacks by al Qaeda's north Africa wing, has killed around 16 of the group's fighters in the past three days.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 4, In Bangladesh deaths from monsoon rains topped 200, with at least 16 more fatalities reported overnight. 7.5 million people have been either marooned or displaced from their homes.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 4, Thousands of Brazilians marched in Sao Paulo to denounce President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's government as corrupt and indifferent.
    (AP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 4, British PM Gordon Brown said that authorities were doing "everything in our power" to track the source of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and wipe out the animal illness before it wreaked economic devastation.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 4, A Hong Kong newspaper reported that China is cracking down on cable television operators who offer unauthorized foreign satellite broadcasts, the communist government's latest bid to maintain its monopoly on information.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 4, A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi Army convoy killed one civilian and wounded five others at a busy intersection in central Baghdad. In western Baghdad a mortar round landed on a house in Ghazaliyah, killing another civilian. In northern Iraq Salim Khudaeir, a police lieutenant colonel, was gunned down on his way to work. US forces killed four suspects in a raid targeting an insurgent group believed to be coordinating logistical support from Iran for Shiite militias in Iraq. The killings took place in the town of Qasirin in Diyala province. West of Tarmiyah US troops captured 20 suspects accused of having ties to a high-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq figure. Two more suspects were also arrested for alleged ties to another leader from the same group. Four more suspects were detained for alleged involvement in a sniper cell that employed 35 gunmen. In Kirkuk five people were captured, three accused of association with an al-Qaida media cell, and two for involvement in car bomb attacks. 3 US soldiers died Saturday south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/4/07)(AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 4, In Nepal the toll from monsoon-triggered flooding and landslides stood at 91, with most of the deaths in the Terai plains region on Nepal's southern border with India.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 4, Javed Hashmi, one of Pakistan's top opposition leaders, was released to the raucous cheers of supporters after four years in prison and immediately vowed to resume his campaign against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. He left prison a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail in his 23-year sentence on charges of treason and inciting an army mutiny against Musharraf. A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a busy bus station in Parachinar, North West Frontier Province, killing at least nine people and wounding 35 others. 4 soldiers and 10 militants were killed in a checkpoint shootout.
    (AP, 8/4/07)
2007        Aug 4, Two Palestinians were killed and six wounded in an Israeli air strike on two vehicles near the southern Gaza Strip's border with Egypt.
    (AP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 4, Zbigniew Krakowski (56), a Polish sea captain in charge of the 2,000-ton Jork, crashed his ship into an unmanned gas platform in the North Sea while drunk. The platform, owned by US firm ConocoPhillips, went out of action with losses at 615,000 pounds a month in revenue. In November Krakowski was jailed for 12 months.
    (AFP, 11/2/07)
2007        Aug 4, Serbian police exchanged fire with uniformed gunmen in an ethnic Albanian area of southern Serbia bordering the breakaway Kosovo province. One person was killed.
    (Reuters, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 4, Unemployment in Sierra Leone, with a population of some 6 million, stood at close to 80% with poverty and corruption widespread and endemic. The country’s Anti-Corruption Commission was now a lame duck as its $2 million annual funding was suspended by exasperated British donors.
    (Econ, 8/4/07, p.42)

2007        Aug 5, President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai began meeting at Camp David to discuss security issues in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 8/5/08)
2007        Aug 5, Scientists reported that the skin condition called rosacea is caused by an abundance of abnormal cathelicidin skin proteins.
    (SFC, 8/6/07, p.A10)
2007        Aug 5, Comedian Stanley Myron Handelman (b.1929) died in Panorama City, Calif.
    (AP, 8/5/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Myron_Handelman)
2007        Aug 5, In Afghanistan 3 policemen were killed when a remotely detonated mine tore through their vehicle in the eastern province of Kunar. A gunfight, which began the previous evening, left two policemen dead and two others wounded. At least four militants were killed. A roadside bomb typical of those deployed by the Taliban killed two Afghan civilians in the southern province of Kandahar. A policeman was killed in an overnight attack on his post by several Taliban rebels. Four police officers were killed in the southern province of Logar just south of the capital Kabul when they were ambushed on patrol overnight.
    (AFP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 5, Colombia's navy seized a 65-foot submarine that likely was used to haul tons of cocaine on part of its journey to the United States. The blue-colored, diesel-powered vessel had sophisticated communications systems and was capable of carrying up to 11 tons of cocaine.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 5, Two boxers (Guillermo Rigondeaux (25), Cuba's top boxer and a two-time Olympic bantamweight champion, and Erislandy Lara (24), an amateur welterweight world champion) deported by Brazil were back in Cuba after they disappeared during the Pan American Games last month and were arrested at a resort where officials said they partied and ran up an exorbitant bill.
    (AP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 5, The last men of a Danish battalion of 450 ground troops left Iraq.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 5, A group of armed, masked men burst into a museum in the southern French city of Nice and made off with a painting by French master Claude Monet and two others by Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel. The paintings were recovered on June 4, 2008, in a sting operation that captured 3 men near Marseilles.
    (AP, 8/5/07)(AP, 6/5/08)(WSJ, 8/22/08, p.W1)
2007        Aug 5, French Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (80) died. He was a Jew who converted to Catholicism and rose through church hierarchy to become one of the most influential Roman Catholic figures in France.
    (AP, 8/5/07)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.76)
2007        Aug 5, Iran showed off for the first time a new fighter jet said to be modeled on the American F-5 but built using domestic technology. The "Azarakhsh" (Lightning) jet, one of the first to be home-produced by Iran, made a successful flight in the central city of Isfahan.
    (AFP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 5, The US military said 80 suspected insurgents were detained in US and Iraqi raids in the Samarra area over the past week. 13 people were killed and 14 wounded by mortar shells in southeast Baghdad. 6 gunmen were killed and ten others arrested during clashes with Iraqi soldiers in Mosul. Fierce fighting was reported in northwest Baghdad around midday between Iraqi soldiers and members of the Mahdi Army. 60 bodies were found in a mainly Sunni area that had been under the control of al-Qaida in Iraq west of Baqouba. At least 29 people were killed or found dead in other parts of Iraq. The US military said its troops killed 4 suspects and detained 7 others in operations across the country targeting al-Qaida in Iraq. A US soldier was killed and two were wounded during fighting in eastern Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/5/07)(AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 5, Army and police patrols stood guard as thousands of Lebanese went to polling stations to vote in a key election to replace two assassinated lawmakers. A little-known opposition candidate defeated a former president in a tense parliament by-election that showed the divisions among Lebanon's once-dominant Christians. Pro-Syrian Parliament speaker Nabih Berri has said he would not recognize the results of the two by-elections because they were called by what he and the rest of the opposition consider an illegitimate government. The by-elections were held despite the refusal of the president, Lahoud, to approve them, as required.
    (AP, 8/5/07)(AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 5, Jose Guadalupe Osuna (51) of Mexico’s National Action Party won the elections for governor in Baha California. He defeated PRI candidate Jorge Hank, a former mayor of Tijuana and self-proclaimed billionaire with links to organized crime.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.A9)
2007        Aug 5, Mozambique state radio said authorities had seized thousands of boxes of counterfeit toothpaste that they fear may contain a potentially deadly chemical.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 5, In Nigeria 18 men were arrested in remote northern Bauchi state, where they were found with women's apparel as they prepared for a gay wedding. They faced charges of sodomy in a Nigerian Islamic court. They were accused of lesser crimes in court but angry crowds reacted violently. Three weeks later they were rearrested and charged with more severe crimes including indecent acts and faced 10 years in jail if found guilty.
    (AP, 8/10/07)(Econ, 10/13/07, p.49)
2007        Aug 5, A junior partner in Poland's ruling coalition said it was pulling out of the partnership and withdrawing its two ministers from government in a move that could set the scene for early legislative elections.
    (AFP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 5, Florian Pittis (63), Romanian actor and folk musician, died of cancer. He helped popularize Western rock bands in communist Romania.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 5, Darfur's fractious rebel groups held a third day of reconciliation talks in Tanzania in a bid to present a united front at future peace talks with Khartoum.
    (AP, 8/5/07)
2007        Aug 5, An official said Turkey's secular military expelled 10 officers for being "reactionary," a euphemism for Islamist activities, along with 13 others accused of lack of discipline.
    (AP, 8/5/07)

2007        Aug 6, President Bush wrapped up two days of talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at Camp David. Bush and Karzai ruled out making any concessions to the Taliban militants during their 2-day meeting at Camp David.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/6/08)
2007        Aug 6, A US federal judge in LA barred the Navy from using underwater sonar blasts for anti-submarine tests off California’s Channel Islands, due to potential harm to 30 species of marine mammals including 5 species of endangered whales.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.D2)
2007        Aug 6, In Utah 6 coal miners were trapped by a cave-in more than 1,500 feet below the surface at the Crandall Canyon Mine.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(SFC, 8/18/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 6, American Home Mortgage Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection, the latest casualty of a mortgage industry that has plunged into distress.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Cerberus Capital Management LP named Robert Nardelli, former CEO of Home Depot, to lead its newly acquired Chrysler unit.
    (WSJ, 8/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 6, Wal-Mart signed an agreement to start wholesale operations in India in equal partnership with Bharti Enterprises, an Indian conglomerate.
    (Econ, 8/11/07, p.59)
2007        Aug 6, Montana was under a state of emergency as firefighters battled several huge blazes. Residents near a state park on Michigan's Upper Peninsula were ordered to evacuate as another wildfire spread there.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Militants attacked police at a checkpoint in Zabul province, and the ensuing clash left five suspected militants dead. Militants attacked a police vehicle just outside Kandahar city, killing two officers and wounding eight others. Dutch soldiers fatally shot a motorcyclist who approached their convoy and failed to heed warning signals and shots.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 6, The European Commission announced a formal EU-wide import ban on meat and livestock from the British mainland following the outbreak there of foot and mouth disease. The outbreak halted British animal movement and the export ban was estimated to be costing the British meat industry some £10 million a week.
    (AP, 8/6/07)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.45)
2007        Aug 6, Independence hero Xanana Gusmao was named East Timor's new prime minister, triggering fresh violence in the capital.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Baron Elie Robert de Rothschild (90), who helped France's renowned Rothschild winemaking and banking dynasty recover from the ravages of World War II, died while vacationing at his Austrian hunting lodge.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Iran's leading reformist newspaper was shut down for the second time in a year after publishing an interview with a poet who called for greater gender equality.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Iranian and US diplomats held "frank and serious" expert-level talks in Baghdad on security issues in Iraq.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Iraq's political crisis worsened as five ministers loyal to former Iraqi leader Ayad Allawi announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings. A suicide bomber slammed his truck into a densely populated residential area in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, killing at least 28 people, including 19 children. 4 US soldiers were killed in a blast that also wounded 11 in Diyala province. One US soldier was killed and another wounded when their vehicle was targeted by an armor-piercing explosively formed penetrator in a western section of Baghdad. A British soldier died from injuries sustained in a gunbattle in Basra.
    (AP, 8/6/07)(AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 6, Ehud Olmert became the first Israeli PM to visit a Palestinian town since the outbreak of fighting seven years ago, meeting under heavy guard with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to talk about the creation of a Palestinian state.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Lebanon’s government said that police have killed Abu Hureira, the deputy commander of al-Qaida inspired militants. He was killed a few days ago by police in the northern port city of Tripoli, near the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp where Fatah Islam militants have been fighting Lebanese soldiers for more than two months.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Nigerian police said that they have arrested 17 people over the past two months on suspicion of carrying out kidnappings in the oil-rich south of the country. At least 17 people were killed in flooding in central Nigeria's Plateau state while more than 200 houses were washed away.
    (AP, 8/6/07)(AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 6, A Moscow court convicted Alexei Pichugin, former top security officer with the dismantled Yukos oil company in the deaths of 3 people, sentencing him to life in prison in a retrial. Russia deployed new air defense systems capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, and the air force chief said the weapon could be used to protect 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
    (AP, 8/6/07)(AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, South Africa stated its readiness to assist Guinea Bissau in tackling drug trafficking as the tiny west African nation has been used as a transit hub for European-bound cocaine.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, In Tanzania Darfur's rebel groups concluded four days of talks by agreeing on a common platform to soon enter final peace negotiations with the Sudanese government.
    (AFP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, PM Surayud Chulanont said Thailand will return some 8,000 ethnic Hmong refugees to Laos despite their claims that they face persecution in their homeland.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Vietnam’s disaster officials said the worst tropical storm to hit the country so far this year has killed nine people, while 14 others remain missing.
    (AP, 8/6/07)
2007        Aug 6, Zimbabwe police said at least 7,600 shop managers and business executives have been arrested in a crackdown on businesses accused of profiteering, as President Robert Mugabe vowed to continue the blitz.
    (AP, 8/6/07)

2007        Aug 7, In SF Barry Bonds his record breaking 756th homerun. He had just tied Hank Aaron’s record on August 4. The Giants lost to the Washington Nationals 8-6. The ball was later auctioned to fashion designer Marc Ecko for a record $752,467, which included a 20% buyer’s premium.
    (AP, 8/8/07)(SSFC, 9/16/07, p.B1)(SFC, 9/18/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 7, A US jury convicted Gregory Reyes (44), the former chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., on all counts in the government's first criminal trial of options backdating.
    (Reuters, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, The US FDA approved a new drug to help patients with AIDS. Pfizer’s Selzentry is the first anti-AIDS drug that blocks the CCR5 receptor, often used by the HIV virus to enter white blood cells.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 7, Scientists reported that a widespread die-off of frogs, toads and salamanders is primarily due to the chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Global climate change was believed to encourage the spread of the fungus.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 7, A group of 75 Taliban militants tried to overrun a US-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan, a rare frontal attack that left more than 20 militants dead. Taliban militants clashed with police in the same district where 23 South Koreans were abducted by Afghan insurgents. Four militants were killed and six wounded.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela would invest in a regasification plant for liquid natural gas for Argentina, which is weathering an energy crisis. Chavez was in Argentina as part of a regional tour.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, Administers in Vienna said that the mid-Pacific nation of Palau has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 139 the number of countries that have fully endorsed the pact. The treaty, which bans all nuclear explosions, will not enter into force until it has been ratified by 44 states listed in an annex that participated in a 1996 disarmament conference and have nuclear power or research reactors. Only 34 of the 44 countries have both signed and ratified the pact. The holdouts are China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea and the United States.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, The toll from severe floods across South Asia soared to nearly 1,900 and although water levels in the region's swollen rivers started to recede, millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal still faced hunger. About 40% of Bangladesh was under water.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.34)
2007        Aug 7, Britain called for the Bush administration to release five British residents held at Guantanamo Bay, a policy reversal that suggests new PM Gordon Brown is pursuing a tougher line with the US than his predecessor.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Britain’s Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said tests had confirmed a second foot-and-mouth outbreak in southern England as he awaited an initial report into biosecurity at a vaccine laboratory suspected of being at the center of the cases.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals Plc said that Health Canada had approved its cannabis-based medicine Sativex for treatment of cancer patients.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7,     Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia (44), an alleged Colombian drug kingpin wanted by the United States, was arrested in a luxury condominium on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He had extensive plastic surgery but was identified by Brazilian and American anti-drug agents using advanced voice recognition technology.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 7, China Daily reported that foreign exchange and public security authorities had closed down the operations of an illegal bank based in Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong. It did business in every province of the country and in the year and half to May had done some $544 million in unspecified transactions.
    (www.chinaknowledge.com/news/news-detail.aspx?ID=9654)
2007        Aug 7, State media said Chinese city traffic police have an average life expectancy of just 43 years because of the dire working conditions and pollution.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Mobs torched government buildings and foreign aid offices, as street violence triggered by the appointment of East Timor's new PM spread to Baucau, the 2nd-largest city. The former ruling Fretilin party won 21 seats in the 65-member Parliament, well short of a majority, but insisted it had the right to form the next government. Gusmao's party won 18, but formed a coalition that now comprises 37 seats.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, A European diplomat said that Russian officials told the Iranians about two weeks ago that Russian fuel roads to the Bushehr reactor would be held back as long as unresolved questions about Tehran's past nuclear activities remained.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Georgia accused Russia of "undisguised aggression," saying two Russian fighter jets intruded on its airspace and fired a missile that landed near a house. Russia denied the allegation.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Indian communist parties, which shore up the government, rejected a landmark nuclear pact between New Delhi and Washington saying it compromised India's sovereignty and imposed US influence. In northeastern Assam state, gunmen killed 4 traders in the village of Harinagar after they refused to pay about $1,200 each. Police blamed the militant group Dima Halam Daogah, which demands an autonomous state for people of the Dimasa tribe.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 7, Kurdish guerrillas killed a Turkish lieutenant in the southeast, as the Iraqi prime minister arrived for a visit. Turkey and Iraq agreed to try to root out a Kurdish rebel group from northern Iraq, but Iraq's prime minister said his parliament would have the final say on efforts to halt the guerrillas' cross-border attacks into Turkey. Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish government approved a regional oil law, paving the way for foreign investment in their northern oil and gas fields even as similar US-backed legislation for the entire country remained stalled. Two US Marines died west of Baghdad, one in fighting and the other in a non-combat incident that was under investigation.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 7, Israeli police, using sledgehammers, chain saws and power clippers, stormed a building in the biblical city of Hebron and dragged out hundreds of Jewish settlers who had holed up there illegally.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Ahmed Benchemsi, the publisher of two Moroccan weeklies charged with showing disrespect to the monarchy, defended himself, reserving the right to criticize his country's political system. A day earlier magistrates in Casablanca charged Benchemsi, the publisher of the Nishan and TelQuel weeklies, and ordered him to stand trial.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, ECOWAS said the last refugees from Liberia and Sierra Leone in Nigeria have been allowed to settle and they will have access to work, education and health on the same terms as Nigerians, West African regional bloc.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, In Nigeria 6 Russian hostages, kidnapped on June 3, were freed in the oil producing Niger Delta after two months in captivity. Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, acquired 77 percent of the Nigerian company Alscon in February.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, In Pakistan government forces attacked two militant bases with helicopter gunships and artillery in some of the army's toughest action in the lawless Afghan border region since militant attacks began surging last month. Low-level al-Qaida members, including Arabs and Chechens, were among 12 militant fighters killed. 2 gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on paramilitary forces in a town in North West Frontier Province, killing one.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, A large explosion in northern Gaza killed an 8-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister and injured five other children. Witnesses said a group of children stumbled upon a homemade rocket or a mortar shell and began playing with it. The device exploded, injuring all seven children, two of whom died later of their wounds.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Darfur rebel commanders shot down a government MiG 29 plane they say was bombing civilian villages in their areas in Sudan's Darfur region.
    (Reuters, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, A judge in Trinidad ordered three men extradited to the US to face charges in an alleged plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and a confidential US document said they planned to seek help from Iran.
    (AP, 8/7/07)

2007        Aug 8, The US space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of 7 took off from Cape Canaveral, Fl., on a special mission. Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan was part of the crew.
    (SFC, 8/9/07, p.A7)
2007        Aug 8, Researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reported that coral coverage in the Indo-Pacific, an area stretching from Indonesia's Sumatra island to French Polynesia, had dropped 20 percent in the past two decades. They said the decline was driven by climate change, disease and coastal development.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, In SF Donald Fisher (78) and his wife Doris, founders of Gap (a chain of clothing stores), announced plans to build the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio.
    (SFC, 8/8/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 8, Virgin America, part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, made its inaugural flight from JFK to San Francisco. For the first nine months of 2008 Virgin announced a $174.5 million loss on $259 million in revenue.
    (SFC, 1/3/11, p.D2)
2007        Aug 8, A tornado struck Brooklyn, NY. This was the first ever tornado in recorded history to touch down in Brooklyn. It was the first tornado to hit New York City since 2003, when a weak tornado touched down in Staten Island, and only the sixth tornado recorded in the city since 1950.
    (http://nymag.com/restaurants/features/37273/)(http://tinyurl.com/3a2npv)
2007        Aug 8, Melville Shavelson (90), comedy writer, producer and director, died in Studio City, Ca. His films included “Cast a Giant Shadow" (1966). His books included “How to Make a Jewish Movie."
    (SFC, 8/10/07, p.B9)
2007        Aug 8, Argentine authorities said they were investigating why Venezuelan businessman Antonini Wilson was carrying $800,000 in undeclared cash aboard an executive jet charted by Argentina's state energy company. In December US prosecutors said that the suitcase full of Venezuelan cash was intended to finance the presidential campaign of Cristina Kirchner.
    (AP, 8/8/07)(AP, 12/13/07)
2007        Aug 8, Australia's central bank hiked interest rates 0.25 points to a decade-high 6.5 percent in an unprecedented pre-election move that the government admitted creates a political headache.
    (AFP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, An Austrian federal court rejected Kazakhstan's request to have its ex-ambassador to Austria, a former son-in-law of the Central Asian nation's autocratic president, extradited to face kidnapping charges in his homeland.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, Researchers from Belgium and China said a simple blood test can detect early stage liver cancer and more accurately diagnose the disease that is a major killer in Asia and Africa.
    (Reuters, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 8, A British air force helicopter crashed near an army base in northern England, killing two military personnel and injuring 10.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 8, Beijing began the one-year countdown to the 2008 Olympics. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, acknowledged that Beijing's air pollution could force the postponement of outdoor events during next year's Olympics.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, An international team of researchers said the long-threatened Yangtze River dolphin in China is probably extinct. They also said this would mark the first whale or dolphin to be wiped out due to human activity.
    (Reuters, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, In southwest Colombia families confirmed that two military officers kidnapped four months ago by leftist rebels have died in captivity. Army Sgts. Alexander Cardona and Jesus Sol were taken hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), while on patrol near their homes.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 8, A report by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights detailed 567 cases of police torture in the last 14 years, of which 167 led to the victim’s death.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.38)(www.eohr.org/)
2007        Aug 8, Ethiopia said it had killed more than 500 rebels and captured 170 in the past two months during an offensive in the volatile but energy-rich Ogaden region bordering Somalia.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, Ma Lik (55), the leader of Hong Kong's leading pro-Beijing political party, DAB, died of complications from colon cancer.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, In northeastern India's Assam state suspected separatist rebels fatally shot 12 people in two separate attacks. Police suspect the attack was carried out jointly by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and another local insurgent group, the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front, which is fighting for autonomy for people of the Karbi tribe.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 8, Millions of people in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, voted for governor for the first time, the latest in a wave of local elections hailed as key to strengthening democracy in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki arrived in Iran for talks expected to focus on bilateral relations and overcoming "terrorism challenges." Iraqis told they will not get automatic asylum in Britain despite braving death threats to work alongside British troops will now have their cases reviewed. US-led forces swooped into the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City, killing 32 suspected militants and detaining 12 others in fighting and an airstrike targeting alleged smuggling networks from Iran. Police and witnesses said 9 civilians were killed in the attack.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian militants near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, Mauritania passed a law promising prison time for people who keep slaves, a monumental step in the northwest African nation's push to eliminate the long-standing practice. The government officially abolished slavery in 1981, but no one has ever been prosecuted for it and no law created a punishment.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 8, In Nigeria kidnappers released a British and a Bulgarian hostage in the southern oil region, while the young son of a local legislator was seized in a separate incident and gunbattles raged for a third day.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, Pakistani security forces killed three separatist militants after they were fired on while surveying a flood-hit area in southwestern Baluchistan province.
    (Reuters, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, In South Africa Pres. Mbeki dismissed deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge following reports that she had gone to Spain to attend an AIDS conference without his permission. AIDS activists have been highly critical of her boss, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who promoted garlic and lemons as a remedy for AIDS and mistrusted antiretroviral medicines.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 8, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez took a campaign of petrodollar diplomacy to Uruguay, seeking stronger political ties while offering energy aid from one of the world's largest oil producers.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, In Vietnam officials said at least 34 people have died and 17 more were missing and feared dead after Tropical Storm Pabuk lashed the country.
    (AP, 8/8/07)

2007        Aug 9, President Bush held a news conference in which he publicly prodded Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, his embattled war-on-terror partner, to hold free presidential elections, share intelligence and take "swift action" against terrorist leaders in his country.
    (AP, 8/9/08)
2007        Aug 9, David Beckham made his long-awaited Major League Soccer debut, entering in the 72nd minute of the Los Angeles Galaxy's 1-0 loss to D.C. United.
    (AP, 8/9/08)
2007        Aug 9, The US Federal Reserve injected $24 billion to the banking system in the wake of a credit squeeze due to failing subprime mortgages and another $38 billion the next day. The European Central Bank (ECB) offered unlimited loans at 4% to stem the credit squeeze as it extended to Europe.
    (Econ, 8/18/07, p.64)(WSJ, 11/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 9, WuXi PharmaTech, a Chinese pharmaceutical research firm, began trading on the NYSE at $14 per share. By Sep 22 its shares had doubled in value.
    (Econ, 9/22/07, p.79)
2007        Aug 9, President Hamid Karzai said extremism that plagues Afghanistan has crept across the border into Pakistan, at the opening of a 4-day meeting between more than 600 Pakistani and Afghan tribal leaders.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, China banned exports by two toy manufacturers whose products were subject to major recalls in the United States.
    (AP, 8/9/08)
2007        Aug 9, A government news agency reported that 2 former bank employees were sentenced to death for stealing $6.7 million from their branch's vault in northern China. Most of the money was spent on lottery tickets.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, The death toll from the worst monsoon floods to hit South Asia in decades passed 2,000 even as torrents of muddy water receded from millions of acres of farmland and rains shifted west.
    (AFP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, Newly declassified documents said Canadian intelligence officials suspected that Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen detained by the US in 2002 as a terror suspect and deported, had been sent to a third country for torture as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program. Arar was detained in September 2002 by US authorities during a flight stopover in New York while returning home to Canada from a vacation in Tunisia.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 9, In Canada 2 people were killed and six people wounded in an early-morning shooting in a Vancouver restaurant.
    (Reuters, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, In Ecuador Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to help Ecuador build a $5 billion oil refinery, as the socialist leader pledged to spread his government's oil wealth to another South American ally.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 9, French bank BNP Paribas announced big losses on subprime mortgage investments. This marked the beginning of a global economic crisis.
    (Econ, 8/4/12, p.63)
2007        Aug 9, Iranian officials told Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki that they were doing everything they could to help stabilize his nation, but only a US pullout would bring true peace.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, In Iraq tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on a golden-domed shrine in northern Baghdad. 7 pilgrims were killed and four wounded when gunmen in a speeding car opened fire and threw hand grenades at them as they were en route to Baghdad from the Dabouniyah area. Gunmen fired on Iraqi soldiers guarding pilgrims in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Yarmouk in western Baghdad, prompting a battle and panic that left one attacker dead and one soldier and three pilgrims wounded. A bomb exploded near the house of a Shiite family, killing a man and his wife, and wounding three, including a 5-year-old child, in the religiously mixed neighborhood of Baiyaa in western Baghdad. 2 British soldiers were killed and two others were seriously wounded when a roadside bomb hit their convoy north of the Rumaylah oil fields west of Basra.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, Lithuanian military leaders welcomed home its small contingent of combat troops from Iraq. The 50 troops were withdrawn last week from the southern Iraqi city of Basra, where they had been serving under Danish command. Lithuania also has 137 soldiers and officers deployed in Afghanistan. In June lawmakers approved plans to send 420 troops to the Middle East, the Balkans, the trans-Caucasus republics and other locations.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, A disaster management agency said more than 520,000 people need urgent food aid in Mozambique while 600,000 face famine between now and April next year.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf decided against declaring a state of emergency in Pakistan and will press ahead with plans to hold free and fair elections.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf extremists ambushed a truckload of troops going to market, then fought a gunbattle with soldiers in pursuit. The death toll included 25 soldiers and 27 militants on the volatile southern island of Jolo.
    (AP, 8/9/07)(AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 9, A small airplane plunged into the sea moments after taking off from the French Polynesian resort island of Moorea, apparently killing all 20 people aboard in the territory's worst-ever plane crash.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 9, Officials said a total of 28 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed by a series of forest fires which swept through parts of South Africa and Swaziland since the end of last month.
    (AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 9, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies more than doubled its Sudan floods appeal to almost 5.5 million Swiss francs (4.6 million dollars, 3.3 million euros) after flood waters rose above levels set in 1988.
    (AP, 8/9/07)

2007        Aug 10, The United States launched an expedition toward the Arctic to map the sea floor off Alaska.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, Federal regulators said that they are pulling $200 million in funding from the Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital a troubled hospital that serves one of LA’s poorest neighborhoods, forcing it to all but shut down. The hospital was built after the 1965 Watts riots to bring health care to poor, minority communities in south Los Angeles.
    (AP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 10, In southern Indiana 3 men were killed in a coal mine when a nylon sling used to transport supplies up and down a shaft got caught, causing the bucket the men were riding in to tip and send them plummeting more than 500 feet to their deaths.
    (WSJ, 8/11/07, p.A1)(AP, 8/10/08)
2007        Aug 10, PM Gordon Brown said that foot-and-mouth disease had been contained within a small area of England, despite tests for a suspected new outbreak in a herd several miles from the initial cluster of cases.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, Canada's prime minister announced plans for an army training center and a deepwater port on the third day of an Arctic trip meant to assert sovereignty over a region.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, Congo's ruling coalition in Brazzaville was declared the winner of legislative elections, despite opposition charges of electoral fraud.
    (AFP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, Denmark was reported to be planning a monthlong expedition, to begin Aug 12, to seek evidence that the Lomonosov Ridge, a 1,240-mile underwater mountain range, is attached to the Danish territory of Greenland, making it a geological extension of the Arctic island.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, In East Timor dozens of attackers raided the Salesian Don Bosco convent and raped several female students, including one around 8 years old.
    (AP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 10, The European Central Bank injected another $83.8 billion into the banking system amid signs that bad US mortgages were digging deeper into the world economy. Europe's main stock markets slumped further, with London and Paris shedding more than 3.0 percent, amid turmoil ignited by concerns about a weak US housing sector.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, In India a government report said 77% of Indians, about 836 million people, live on less than half a dollar a day in one of the world's hottest economies. Suspected separatist rebels gunned down a group of migrant workers as they slept and bombed two markets in the insurgency-wracked northeast, bringing the total number of people killed in a week of violence to 23. Police have blamed the violence on the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom and the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front.
    (Reuters, 8/10/07)(AP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 10, A car bomb struck a market in a Kurdish area in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens. Scattered violence struck Iraqis nationwide, with at least 15 people killed or found dead. South of Baghdad, the US military said a helicopter was forced down, leaving two soldiers injured.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, Japan and the US signed an agreement aimed at protecting classified military information to be shared by the two countries promoting closer defense cooperation.
    (AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, Malawi said it will deploy 800 troops to Darfur in Sudan to serve in the future United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force.
    (AFP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, A Dutch cruise ship rescued 14 African migrants after their boat capsized in rough Mediterranean waters as they tried to reach Europe, while authorities searched for 11 other passengers who were feared drowned.
    (AP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 10, In Nigeria gunmen kidnapped an American manager from oil services firm Hydrodive as he traveled to work in Port Harcourt, where gunfire rang out across the region’s main city for a fifth day.
    (Reuters, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, In Puerto Rico a police officer shot and killed Miguel Caceres Cruz during a struggle at a traffic jam. Javier Pagan Cruz, the officer who fired the shots, was convicted of murder and a weapons charge and sentenced to 109 years in prison. Prosecutors later said two associate police could have prevented the slaying. In 2011 a jury acquitted the two police officers of being accessories to murder.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico_Police_Department)(AP, 3/26/11)
2007        Aug 10, The Sudanese Media Centre said security forces have handed 33 suspects accused of trying to overthrow the government to the justice ministry for investigation.
    (Reuters, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 10, A Security Council resolution authorized the UN, at the request of the Iraqi government, to promote political talks among Iraqis and a regional dialogue on issues including border security, energy and refugees as well as help tackling the country's worsening humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 8/11/07)

2007        Aug 11, President George W. Bush welcomed France's Pres. Sarkozy to the Bush family's oceanfront home in Maine for a private meeting, boat ride and picnic fare.
    (www.cbc.ca/world/story/2007/08/11/bush-sarkozy.html)
2007        Aug 11, Republican Mitt Romney (b.1947) won the first test of the 2008 White House race, using a big wallet and broad organization to muscle aside a field of rivals in a low-turnout Iowa straw poll. Mike Huckabee (b.1955), former governor of Arkansas, came in second.
    (Reuters, 8/11/07)(WSJ, 8/13/07, p.A5)
2007        Aug 11, Zhang Shuhong, who co-owned Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd., killed himself at a warehouse, days after China announced it had temporarily banned exports by the company.
    (AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 11, It was reported that citizen’s in 5 of Egypt’s 26 governorates have been suffering a dire shortage of drinking water.
    (Econ, 8/11/07, p.40)
2007        Aug 11, In Guatemala 46 children believed abducted or coerced from their parents were rescued from Casa Quivira, an adoption home catering to foreigners run by Clifford Phillips of Deland, Fla., and his Guatemalan wife and attorney, Sandra Gonzalez.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 11, The int’l. medical charity Doctors Without Borders said it has been stopped from working in a Maoist-hit area of India, after being accused of treating banned rebels.
    (AFP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 11, Iran’s state-run news network said Iran and Iraq have signed an agreement to build pipelines for the transfer of Iraqi crude oil and oil products.
    (AFP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 11, A powerful roadside bomb killed Khalil Jalil Hamza, the governor of Qadisiyah province and the police chief. The southern province has seen fierce internal fighting between Shiite factions. Militants bombed the house of a prominent anti-al-Qaida Sunni cleric, seriously wounding him and killing three of his relatives in what appeared to be an increased campaign against Sunnis who have turned against the terror network. The bodies of four men abducted a week ago were found chopped into pieces in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad. A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded another while they were driving on the highway south of Baghdad. A local tribal leader in Albu Khalifa, a village west of Baghdad, was gunned down by militants who broke into his home. Gunmen ambushed a police patrol southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, killing three officers and wounding another. The US military reported the death of a Task Force Lightning soldier in a non-combat incident. 5 American soldiers were killed in southeastern Baghdad, including four in an ambush bombing after a sniper felled a soldier.
    (AP, 8/11/07)(AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 11, Hamas militiamen detained 32 Fatah supporters across Gaza, half of them after breaking up a bachelor's party and beating guests with clubs and chairs.
    (AP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 11, Sierra Leone held its first elections since UN peacekeepers left nearly two years ago, a vote that will test whether the diamond-rich West African country can transfer power peacefully after years of conflict. The opposition won a parliamentary majority, but the presidential race faced a runoff in September.
    (AP, 8/11/07)(WSJ, 8/24/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 11, In Somalia 2 prominent radio journalists were assassinated in Mogadishu within hours of each other, one just outside his office and the other as he returned from his colleague's burial.
    (AP, 8/11/07)
2007        Aug 11, In northeast Sri Lanka security forces shot dead five suspected LTTE cadres as they tried to lay landmines. Two gunmen riding on a motorbike shot dead a Muslim man in the eastern district of Ampara.
    (AFP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 11, A security official said disarmament has finally started in south Sudan's state of Eastern Equatoria under a 2005 peace deal now it has been made possible by the departure of Ugandan rebels.
    (Reuters, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 11, Togo national television said 3 new cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu have been detected in poultry on farms in Sigbehoue, 45 kilometers east of the capital.
    (AFP, 8/11/07)

2007        Aug 12, Tiger Woods captured the PGA Championship to win at least one major for the third straight season and run his career total to 13.
    (AP, 8/12/08)
2007        Aug 12, Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin, said he was dropping out of the Republican presidential campaign following his 6th place finish in Iowa’s straw poll.
    (SFC, 8/13/07, p.A2)
2007        Aug 12, Ronald Bracewell (86), retired Stanford professor, died. He co-wrote the first text on radio astronomy and helped develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The Australian-born engineer also led the 1961 construction of the 32-dish radio telescope at Stanford and authored a book on 350 species of trees on the Stanford campus.
    (SFC, 8/16/07, p.B11)
2007        Aug 12, A Canadian woman (35) gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.
    (AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 12, In southwest Missouri a gunman opened fire at the First Congregational Church killing three people and wounded five. The local Micronesian congregation rented the church for its services and the gunman, also Micronesian, deliberately targeted elders of the congregation. Suspect Eiken Elam Saimon was charged with murder. On March 20, 2009, Saimon (54) pleaded guilty to 3 counts of murder.
    (AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/12/08)(SFC, 3/21/09, p.A4)
2007        Aug 12, Merv Griffin (82), television talk show host and entrepreneur, died. He created the TV game show “Jeopardy" in 1964 and sold the rights for the show to Coca-Cola for $250 million in 1986.
    (AP, 8/13/07)(SFC, 8/13/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 12, Afghanistan and Pakistan pledged to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in their respective tribal regions and fight the opium trade financing Islamic militants. Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf told more than 600 Afghan and Pakistani tribal leaders that the two countries have been mired in the rise of militancy, extremism and radicalism while the rest of the world races forward with economic development. He spoke at the closing session of a four-day US-backed cross-border jirga, or tribal council, aimed at finding ways to stem Afghanistan's rising bloodshed. In southern Afghanistan police and army soldiers battled militants in Kandahar province's Shohrawak district. The joint Afghan forces thwarted a planned militant ambush at the district chief's compound, and the ensuing clash left nine militants dead. During a cleanup operation after the battle, a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in the same district, killing five officers and wounding two others.
    (AFP, 8/12/07)(AP, 8/12/07)(AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 12, In England Gerry Tobin was shot in the back of the head as he rode home from an annual biker event, the Bulldog Bash, in Warwickshire. Police later arrested 3 men in connection with the shooting death of the Canadian Hells Angel biker on the M40 motorway.
    (Reuters, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 12, In Mansoura, Egypt, Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel-Aziz (12) died days after he was arrested and allegedly tortured by police after he was detained on suspicion of having stolen four packs of tea.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2mo43a)
2007        Aug 12, A Hong Kong-based human rights group said a chemical plant leaked arsenic into a river in southern China that supplies water to at least 20,000 people. High levels of arsenic and other chemicals already have killed at least 10,000 fish in the Chongan, a 43-mile river in Guizhou province.
    (AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 12, In India suspected rebels killed four Hindi-speaking migrant workers before dawn and 3 more bodies were found from an earlier killing in the insurgency-wracked northeast, bringing the death toll from a week of violence to 30.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 12, In Indonesia nearly 90,000 followers of Hizbut Tahrir, a hard-line Sunni organization with an estimated million members, packed a stadium in Jakarta, calling for the creation of an Islamic state.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 12, A woman (29) in Bali died from infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (www.news-medical.net/?id=28736)
2007        Aug 12, Up to five militants were killed and 13 others detained during a raid on Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City. The US military claimed those they rounded up in that raid were linked to Tehran’s elite Quds Force.
    (AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 12, In southern Nigeria a foreigner taken hostage amid increased lawlessness died of an illness while being taken to a hospital.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 12, A video was posted on Russian ultranationalist sites of the Internet showing the brutal execution of two men from Central Asia and the Caucasus. The man who posted the video turned himself on Aug 14 in Maikop, capital of the southern Russian republic of Adygei.
    (AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 12, In Somalia 2 suspects were arrested in the deaths of two prominent Somali journalists who were killed within hours of each other.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 12, In Sri Lanka suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a powerful land mine against a military patrol in the Jaffna peninsula, killing a soldier and wounding at least 16 others. Another civilian was killed and four others were injured when the LTTE fired mortars at a northeastern village in Weli Oya.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 12, In southeast Turkey 12 were injured, three of them seriously, when Kurdish guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 12, In north-eastern Zimbabwe at least 9 people were killed and around 50 injured when a bus collided with a car.
    (AFP, 8/13/07)

2007        Aug 13, Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, announced his retirement effective at the end of the month.
    (WSJ, 8/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 13, Brooke Astor (b.1902), philanthropist, died at her Holy Hill estate in NY.
    (SFC, 8/13/07, p.B5)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.79)
2007        Aug 13, Phil Rizzuto (89), Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop and broadcaster died in West Orange, N.J.
    (AP, 8/13/08)
2007        Aug 13, In Afghanistan 2 women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in mid-July were freed on a rural roadside and then driven to a US base. A German held hostage said in a telephone conversation orchestrated by his captors that he was in ill health and the Taliban had threatened him with death. In southern Afghanistan 6 civilians were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade blew up their vehicle when Taliban militia attacked a military convoy. A separate clash between troops and insurgents in Ghazni province, further north, left four Taliban dead.
    (AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 13, According to new data China's inflation rate accelerated to the highest monthly rate in a decade, driven by a 15.4% surge in food prices over the year-earlier period. Officials said China is still freeing people, including children, forced to work as slaves in illegal brick factories, two months after the scandal involving the brick yards was exposed. A bridge under construction in the central Hunan city of Fenghuang collapsed as workers removed scaffolding from its facade, killing 64 people.
    (AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/13/08)
2007        Aug 13, A boat carrying illegal immigrants capsized off France's Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, killing at least 17 people, eight of them children. The boat carrying 38 people was en route from the Comoros Islands about 125 miles to the northwest when it overturned while trying to evade the French coast guard.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 13, US troops in Iraq launched a major assault against Al-Qaeda-linked militants and alleged Iranian-aided extremist groups as a Sunni leader accused Iran of plotting genocide against his people. The US military also said it had arrested a top "financier" of Iraqi extremist groups believed to be supported by Tehran’s Quds Force in a Baghdad raid. 3 US soldiers were killed in an explosion near their vehicle in northwestern Ninevah province. Another died of wounds sustained during combat operations in western Baghdad.
    (AFP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 13, In Malaysia 20 people died after an express bus overturned on the main highway, tearing off the vehicle's roof and flinging seats into the air in what officials said was the country's worst traffic disaster. The toll rose to 22 after 2 injured people died later.
    (AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 13, Armed pirates attacked a Malaysian barge in the Malacca Strait and kidnapped 2 Indonesian crew, in the first high sea abduction in the busy waterway in more than 2 years.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 13, AkzoNobel, a Dutch chemicals group under Hans Wijers, made a cash offer for the British firm ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) under John McAdam for $16 billion. The deal turned Akzo into the world’s biggest maker of paints.
    (Econ, 10/04/08, p.72)(www.ici.com/main/cms/cmRender.asp?i=2162)
2007        Aug 13, A monsoon storm unleashed landslides and collapsed houses in a village in Pakistan's mountainous northwest, killing 22 people.
    (AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 13, Hamas militiamen beat protesters with clubs and rifle butts to try to stop a demonstration by political opponents in the Gaza Strip, but hundreds chanting "We want freedom" defied the ban.
    (AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 13, Poland's fractious governing coalition came to an end when the country's president dismissed four Cabinet ministers from two junior partners, clearing the way for an early election expected this fall.
    (AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 13, A bomb explosion threw the Neva Express train, which was en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg, off the tracks and injuring 60 people. Suspicion fell on representatives of extremist nationalist organizations.
    (AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 13, In South Korea a family of five fell to their deaths from a Ferris wheel after two cars collided at an amusement park in the southern city of Busan.
    (AP, 8/13/07)
2007        Aug 13, In central Vietnam the death toll from a tropical storm that caused widespread flooding hit 70 after five more bodies were recovered, while six people were still missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 8/13/07)

2007        Aug 14, Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle Endeavour and space station into a classroom for her first educational session from orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, who died in the 1986 Challenger disaster.
    (AP, 8/14/08)
2007        Aug 14, In New Jersey the Newark Community Foundation, launched last month, said it will help pay for Community Eye, a surveillance system tailored towards gun crime.
    (Econ, 8/18/07, p.27)
2007        Aug 14, Toy-making giant Mattel Inc. issued recalls for some 18 million Chinese-made toys that contained magnets which children could swallow. Mattel also recalled 436,000 toy cars daubed with lead-based paint.
    (AP, 8/14/07)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.58)
2007        Aug 14, It was reported that Pulickel Ajayan and colleagues at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had developed a flexible battery using carbon nanotubes and cellulose.
    (www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-08-14-2925644111_x.htm)
2007        Aug 14, Phil Rizzuto (89), the Hall of Fame shortstop during the Yankees' dynasty years and beloved by a generation of fans for exclaiming "Holy cow!" as a broadcaster, died.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 14, A NATO soldier was killed when a joint ISAF-NATO patrol was ambushed by Taliban insurgents in eastern Paktia province.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 14, A new study said nearly every Australian city will have to find new water supplies over the next decade as climate change and population growth stretch the nation's already limited water resources.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 14, In Brazil police arrested Oscar Maroni Jr., for racketeering and trafficking in women. Maroni, known as the Larry Flynt of Brazil, was also under pressure to stop construction of his 11-story Oscar’s Hotel at the edge of the Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, which was cited for impacting air safety.
    (WSJ, 9/5/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 14, In Iraq four suicide truck bombers struck nearly simultaneously in Qahataniya killing at least 400 victims. Estimates soon rose to over 500 and later to 796. The victims were members of a small Kurdish sect, the Yazidis, who have been the target of Muslim extremists who consider them infidels. The US military blamed al-Qaida. A suicide truck bomber struck the Thiraa Dijla bridge in Taji, sending cars plunging into the river and killing at least 10 people in the 2nd attack on the span in 3 months. Local officials said four civilians, including a 3-year-old girl, were killed and five wounded during a raid by joint US-Iraqi forces in Sadr City. The US military said 4 gunmen were killed and 8 detained after a fierce gunfight, but it had no reports of civilian deaths. Extremists abducted five officials from an Oil Ministry compound in the capital in a raid using gunmen dressed as security officers. Nine US soldiers were reported killed, including five in a helicopter crash.
    (AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/15/07)(AP, 8/16/07)(http://tinyurl.com/8abt4y5)
2007        Aug 14, Benjamin Netanyahu won elections as leader of Israel's hardline Likud Party. Israeli troops and aircraft attacked Islamic militants in the southern Gaza Strip. Four fighters and two civilians died in the clashes and 26 people were wounded. Separately, two security officers for Gaza's Hamas rulers were reported killed in fierce fighting with the powerful Palestinian Doghmush clan.
    (AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 14, Gunmen in southern Nigeria abducted the mother of a state lawmaker, the latest in a spate of kidnappings targeting the children and elderly parents of local politicians.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 14, North Korean officials said that 200 people were dead or missing across the country due to floods caused by days of heavy rains. On Aug 17 an international aid group said over 300 were dead or missing from the floods. The toll was later raised to 600.
    (AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 14, Tikhon Khrennikov (94), Stalin’s music master, died. His 1939 opera “Into the Storm," based on a novel by Nikolai Virta, was the first in which Lenin appeared as a character on the stage.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.77)
2007        Aug 14, In Somalia a local human rights group said fighting in Mogadishu has killed 31 civilians and wounded 60 in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 14, A Taiwanese court acquitted opposition presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou of corruption charges, giving a big boost to the campaign of a politician who backs better relations with rival China.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 14, A Thailand judge issued arrest warrants for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife for failing to appear at their trial on corruption-related charges.
    (AP, 8/14/07)
2007        Aug 14, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist, filed his candidacy for president, risking a fresh government showdown with army-backed secularist forces.
    (AP, 8/14/07)

2007        Aug 15, Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to felony charges in an NBA betting scheme. He faced up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. A federal judge later sentenced Donaghy to 15 months behind bars.
    (WSJ, 8/16/07, p.A1)(AP, 8/15/08)
2007        Aug 15, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Michael Thomas Joyce, an appeals court judge, was indicted on charges of scamming $440,000 from insurers by claiming he suffered debilitating injuries in a car crash, even while he golfed, skated and went scuba diving.
    (AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 15, Max Roach (b.1924), jazz drummer, died in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 8/16/07, p.B11)
2007        Aug 15, In Afghanistan US led ground troops and airstrikes targeted "hundreds of foreign fighters" dug into positions in the Tora Bora region of eastern Nangarhar province. 2 German police officers and a German foreign ministry employee were killed in Kabul, in a bomb attack claimed by the Taliban.
    (AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 15, In Germany 6 Italian men were fatally shot in the head in the western city of Duisburg, an execution-style killing that Italy's interior minister said appeared to be a feud between two Italian organized crime clans. On March 12, 2009, Dutch police arrested Giovanni Strangio (30), an Italian man wanted for the killings in Duisburg.
    (AP, 8/15/07)(AP, 3/13/09)
2007        Aug 15, State radio reported that Iran has detained two Chinese nationals on charges of spying on its military and nuclear facilities. A drug crackdown was launched throughout Iran and police seized more than 54 kilos (118 pounds) of heroin and crack from the gang in airports in Tehran and several other cities. In the operation 90 members of a drug network, including 85 Africans from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana as well as two Pakistanis, were arrested.
    (AP, 8/15/07)(AFP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 15, In Mosul a bomb in a parked car killed a civilian and wounded ten others. 5 people were killed in an ambush on a minibus carrying civilians near Khalis. South of Baghdad a suicide car bomber killed two people and wounded seven. US troops killed 11 suspected terrorists and detained four others in operations against al-Qaida in central and northern Iraq. Two US soldiers were killed and six wounded in fighting north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/15/07)(AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 15, Japan's foreign minister launched plans for a joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial park in the West Bank that he said would promote peace in the region through prosperity.
    (AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 15, In Kenya hundreds of journalists wearing black gags marched silently through Nairobi to protest a proposed law that would allow courts to compel reporters to reveal their sources.
    (AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 15, Maputo's interior ministry said South Africa has intensified the repatriation of Mozambican illegal immigrants, going from 400 to a weekly average of more than 600.
    (AFP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 15, A magnitude-8.0 trembler rocked Peru's coast, toppling buildings leaving some 610 people dead and 36,000 homes damaged. State doctors called off a national strike to handle the emergency. Two prisons collapsed and 600 prisoners escaped. About a third gave themselves up over the next week. Tremors destroyed 80% of Pisco, where 148 people died when the city cathedral collapsed.
    (AP, 8/16/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.35)(SSFC, 4/6/08, p.A14)(Econ, 8/16/08, p.37)
2007        Aug 15, Sergei Sinkonen and another conscript came upon the officers celebrating a wedding not far from their unit at the Plesetsk  cosmodrome in northwestern Russia. The officers thought the conscripts had fled and beat them with army belts, and put Sinkonen in a kennel with guard dogs, where he was found the next morning in serious condition. Sinkonen died Aug 27.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 15, Official media said severe floods have destroyed more than a tenth of North Korea's farmland at the height of the growing season.
    (AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 15, Hordes of shoppers desperate to buy sugar amid severe shortages stampeded at a shopping complex in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, killing a 15-year-old boy and a security guard.
    (AP, 8/16/07)

2007        Aug 16, The US offered Israel an unprecedented $30 billion military aid package.
    (AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 16, Jose Padilla, a US citizen held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks. Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb," was later sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison on the unrelated terror support charges.
    (AP, 8/17/08)
2007        Aug 16, US authorities indicted Igor Klopow (24), a Russian national, for his role in an ID theft gang that targeted wealthy individuals. Klopow was lured to the US and arrested under the Brooklyn Bridge.
    (WSJ, 8/17/07, p.B2)
2007        Aug 16, A new Jefferson one dollar coin went into circulation nationwide. It followed the Washington coin, which was introduced in February, and the John Adams coin, introduced in May. The coin honoring James Madison was scheduled to go into circulation in November.
    (AP, 8/15/07)
2007        Aug 16, US officials said C&D Distributors in Lexington, South Carolina, collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to a Texas base. The firm was run by sisters Charlene Corley and Darlene Wooten (d.2006). The owners had exploited a flaw in an automated Defense Department purchasing system: bills for shipping to combat areas or US bases that were labeled “priority" were usually paid automatically.
    (www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=ardg6DwCCMFI&refer=home)(Reuters, 8/16/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.31)
2007        Aug 16, Kathleen Culhane (40), former private investigator in California, was sentenced  to  5 years in state prison for forging documents to save the lives of Death Row inmates.
    (SFC, 8/16/07, p.B5)
2007        Aug 16, CARE spokeswoman Alina Labrada said the donation of wheat and other crops does not help in regions where people consistently go hungry because local farming has been weakened by international competition. The Atlanta-based group turned down $46 million worth of US food aid, arguing that the way the American government distributes its help hurts poor farmers.
    (AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 16, In Utah the search for six miners missing deep underground was abruptly halted after a second cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured at least six others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach them. The search for six trapped miners at the Crandall Canyon Mine was later abandoned. In 2012 mine operator Genwal Resources Inc. agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor criminal charges and pay a $500,000 fine.
    (AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/16/08)(SFC, 3/10/12, p.A6)
2007        Aug 16, In Afghanistan 6 civilians, including 3 children, were killed by the mortar and machine-gun attack on the village of Nangarkhel, Paktika province. Two other civilians died of their wounds in a hospital. 7 Polish soldiers were later charged with war crimes. On Jun 1, 2011, a military court in Poland acquitted the soldiers saying there was not enough evidence to support war crime charges. On March 19, 2015, four Polish soldiers were cleared of war crimes over the killing of the six civilians, but were convicted of lesser charges for which three of them were given suspended sentences.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nangar_Khel_incident)(AP, 6/1/11)(Reuters, 3/19/15)
2007        Aug 16, Australia’s PM John Howard said he would lift a ban on selling uranium to India, subject to strict conditions.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.40)
2007        Aug 16, It was reported that a highly infectious swine virus, blue pork disease, had spread to 25 of China’s 33 provinces, prompting pork shortages and an 85% increase in pork prices over the last year.
    (SFC, 8/16/07, p.A15)
2007        Aug 16, In Greece a huge forest fire burned two dozen homes, animals and cars in the northern outskirts of Athens before firefighters extinguished most of it.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 16, A conservation group said mercury used by gold miners has seeped into rivers and streams and sickened scores of Indian villagers in rural Guyana.
    (AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 16, The Iraqi prime minister and president announced a new alliance of moderate Shiites and Kurds in a push to save the crumbing government, saying a key Sunni bloc refused to join but the door remained open to them. In Baghdad, a car bomb struck a parking garage in a central commercial district during the morning rush hour, killing at least nine people and wounding 17. US troops clashed with suspected Sunni insurgents holed up in a mosque north of Baghdad and launched an air-to-ground Hellfire missile into the structure. One American soldier was killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 8/16/07)(AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 16, Japan sizzled through its hottest day on record as a heat wave claimed at least nine lives and threatened power supplies strained by a recent earthquake. The mercury hit 105.6 degrees in the western city of Tajimi in the afternoon, breaking a previous national record of 105.4 degrees set in 1933.
    (AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 16, Uganda announced plans to send 250 extra soldiers to a peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu, but Somalia's government warned they were not enough and urged other African nations to commit troops.
    (Reuters, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 16, Opponents of President Hugo Chavez vowed to block his plans to radically overhaul the constitution, warning the changes would give him unlimited power and cripple democracy in Venezuela.
    (AP, 8/16/07)
2007        Aug 16, The 14-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in Lusaka, Zambia for its 27th summit. The 2-day summit provided scant hope for the people of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe rejected the need for political reform at the summit of regional leaders that is meant to find ways to ease the country's political and economic crisis.
    (AP, 8/16/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.43)(www.dfa.gov.za/docs/2007/sadc0820.htm)

2007        Aug 17, The US Federal Reserve cut the primary discount rate, a dramatic move aimed at easing worries about tightening credit and calming global financial markets.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson ordered the state Health Department to resume planning of a medical marijuana program despite the agency's worries about possible federal prosecution.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 17, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed a district chief and 3 of his children. 5 civilians were reported killed in fighting between NATO soldiers and Taliban in the east. Insurgents holed up in buildings and trenches attacked Afghan police and coalition forces near Fire Base Robinson. Nearly a dozen suspected militants were killed in the ensuing battle.
    (AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 17, Bill Deedes (b.1913), British journalist and politician, died in Kent, England. He is the only person in Britain to have been both a member of the British cabinet and the editor of a major daily newspaper.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Deedes)
2007        Aug 17, The Criminal Intelligence Service Canada annual report estimated that there are 950 organized crime groups operating in the country.
    (Reuters, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, Hurricane Dean tore through the eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Martinique, ripping roofs from buildings, downing trees and knocking out power. 100 mph winds ruined the entire banana harvest on St. Lucia and Martinique and battered the banana industry in Dominica.
    (AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 17, In eastern China a dike on the Wen river in Shandong province broke, sending water gushing into 2 mines run by the Huayuan Mining Co. in the city of Xintai. 181 miners were killed. In 2008 two managers were sentenced to 7 years in prison for their roles in the accident.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.58)(AP, 4/17/08)(AP, 8/17/08)
2007        Aug 17, Borse Dubai made a $3.95 billion takeover bid for OMX AB, challenging US-based Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. for ownership of the Stockholm-based Nordic stock exchange operator.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, PM Nouri al-Maliki told Sunni tribal chieftains in Tikrit that all Iraqis must join to crush al-Qaida in Iraq and extremist Shiite militias "to save our coming generations." The Ansar al-Sunna group posted a video showing the execution of Alaa Abboud Fartous Diab, a Defense Ministry official accused of working with US forces.
    (AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 17, Nigerian authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Port Harcourt after security forces and gang members clashed in battles that left dozens dead.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, In Peru six strong aftershocks struck as the death toll from the Aug 15 8.0 earthquake  passed 500.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, Romania and the US started military training exercises to test installations that will become the first US facilities in the former Soviet bloc, a plan opposed by Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 17, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that he had ordered the military to resume regular long-range flights of strategic bombers.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, The six members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held their first joint maneuvers on Russian land in a demonstration of their growing military ties and a shared desire to counter US global clout. The presidents of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan attended the unprecedented joint military exercises in Chelyabinsk near the Kazakh border.
    (AFP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, Serbia said it was time to return its security forces to Kosovo, a move that could derail last-ditch talks on the fate of the Albanian-majority territory before they begin.
    (Reuters, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, Saudi King Abdullah ordered two aid packages worth 20 million dollars each be dispatched to Sudan and Mauritania to help the impoverished African countries hit by severe floods.
    (AFP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, In the first trial of a minister from South Africa’s white racist government, former law and order Minister Adriaan Vlok and his police chief Johannes Van der Merwe were both sentenced to 10 years. However, they will not have to spend any time in prison if they commit no crimes for five years. Three other former top security officials were given five-year suspended sentences for their role in the 1989 plot to assassinate Frank Chikane.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, The UN announced that the Netherlands has agreed to host the tribunal that will prosecute suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
    (AP, 8/17/07)
2007        Aug 17, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa officially launched a peacekeeping brigade as part of a planned SADC standby force to be deployed on peace missions and to tackle disarmament and humanitarian crises on the continent.
    (Reuters, 8/17/07)(www.dfa.gov.za/docs/2007/sadc0820.htm)

2007        Aug 18, A seven-alarm fire ripped through the former Deutsche Bank next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan, killing two firefighters who were responding to the blaze.
    (AP, 8/19/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.34)
2007        Aug 18, Michael K. Deaver (69), adviser to President Reagan, died in Bethesda, Md.
    (AP, 8/18/08)
2007        Aug 18, Hurricane Dean barreled across the eastern Caribbean and took aim at Hispaniola, Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with forecasters saying it could turn into a monster Category 5 storm within 72 hours. Dean claimed at least six lives as it began sweeping past the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, In southern Afghanistan a suicide car bomber detonated near a convoy of private security forces, killing four Afghan guards and 11 civilians, including 3 women and 2 children. Armed assailants abducted a German woman from a restaurant in Kabul.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, It was reported that Albanian migrants sent home almost $1 billion a year to support jobless family members and to build homes. New business was said to be discouraged by blackmail and intimidation from existing firms with licenses going to political cronies in the face of a corrupt judiciary.
    (Econ, 8/18/07, p.46)
2007        Aug 18, In Britain a man died and six other people were missing after a fire gutted a hotel in the popular seaside resort of Newquay.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, Chile’s national poverty line was reported to be $90 per month. The richest tenth of the population garnered 38.6% of the national income.
    (Econ, 8/18/07, p.23)
2007        Aug 18, It was reported that China faced a major shortage of skilled talent including doctors with only 4,000 general practitioners. Lawyers numbered about 122,000. An average of 2,200 new pilots per year will be needed to keep up with the growth in air travel. Accountants, technicians and good managers were also reported to be in short supply.
    (Econ, 8/18/07, p.59)
2007        Aug 18, UNESCO said a joint mission of several UN agencies is conducting an emergency investigation into the shooting of endangered mountain gorillas in a Democratic Republic of Congo national park. In the last two months, seven of the primates have been killed in separate incidents in the Virunga park.
    (AP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 18, Two men hijacked a Turkish passenger plane from Cyprus bound for Istanbul, holding several people hostage for more than four hours before surrendering.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, Ethiopia freed 32 opposition members who had been detained for post-election violence in 2005.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, In Germany 2 Africans were attacked by right-wing extremists in Mainz, the same night as a brutal mob assault on eight Indians in the country's former communist east.
    (AFP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 18, About 16 mortar shells rained on houses in the Sharqiya residential area in Khalis, a Shiite enclave north of Baghdad, killing at least 7 people. Overnight a series of bombs struck commercial areas in Kirkuk, killing at least four people and wounding 38.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, Kazakhs headed to the polls in parliamentary elections seen as a key test of authoritarian Pres. Nursultan Nazarbayev's pledge to boost democracy in this oil-rich nation. Nur Otan, the party of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, won all 98 available seats in the lower parliament. The tally was quickly condemned by the opposition.
    (AFP, 8/18/07)(AP, 8/19/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.42)
2007        Aug 18, In northern Lebanon gunbattles with Islamic extremists in a Palestinian refugee camp left one soldier dead. Another died of wounds the next day.
    (AP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 18, In Peru President Alan Garcia called for the orderly distribution of emergency supplies as desperate victims of a magnitude-8 earthquake on the southern coast looted markets and blocked arriving aid trucks. The death toll climbed to 540.
    (AP, 8/18/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 18, In the Philippines 16 troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed in clashes between government forces and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, Rival clan militias fought over scarce pasture land and wells in central Somalia, leaving 18 people dead and 15 wounded.
    (AP, 8/18/07)
2007        Aug 18, A powerful typhoon slammed into Taiwan, killing at least one person, forcing thousands to evacuate and disrupting power supplies across the already-saturated landscape.
    (AP, 8/18/07)

2007        Aug 19, US Customs seized a submarine-like vessel filled with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine off the Guatemalan coast.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 19, Elvira Arellano (32), an illegal immigrant who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year to avoid being separated from her American-born son, was deported from the US to Mexico, where she vowed to continue her campaign to change US immigration laws.
    (AP, 8/21/07)(AP, 8/19/08)
2007        Aug 19, The US space shuttle Endeavour departed hastily from the International Space Station, ending a construction mission a day early in order to land before Hurricane Dean threatens its Houston control center.
    (AP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 19, Fierce storms from the upper Mississippi to Texas since last week left 22 people dead. Six people died in floodwaters across Oklahoma after heavy rains from the remains of Tropical Storm Erin drenched the state. As much as 9 inches of rain fell across a wide swath of Oklahoma, leaving roadways under 5 feet of water. 8 people were reported dead in Texas and 6 dead in Minnesota.
    (Reuters, 8/20/07)(SFC, 8/21/07, p.A6)(AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 19, In southern Afghanistan, dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan army compound, and the ensuing gunbattle left 10 suspected militants dead and 4 others wounded. A Canadian soldier was killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb near Kandahar.
    (AP, 8/19/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 19, Simultaneous grenade attacks were launched on the homes of five Burundian politicians who recently criticized the president, injuring three but failing to harm the targets.
    (AFP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 19, In China at least 36 people were killed as Typhoon Sepat hit the mainland after more 1.3 million people were evacuated as a precaution. In eastern China At least 14 people died and 59 were injured when a container spilled molten aluminum with a temperature of 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit at a factory.
    (AP, 8/19/07)(AP, 8/20/07)(AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 19, In east Baghdad a mortar barrage slammed into a mainly Shiite neighborhood, killing 12 including women and children and wounding 31. French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner arrived in Baghdad on a groundbreaking visit after years of icy relations with the US over Iraq. In central Baghdad gunmen driving several cars waylaid a minibus headed for Sadr City, the capital's Shiite enclave, and abducted 15 passengers, A top US general said American forces are tracking about 50 members of an elite Iranian force who have crossed the border into southern Iraq to train Shiite militia fighters.
    (AP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 19, Israel said it would expel refugees from Sudan's war torn Darfur region, touching off hot debate over whether the Jewish state, founded after the Nazi genocide, has a duty to take in people fleeing persecution.
    (AP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 19, Israel opened a crossing with the Gaza Strip to let in fuel shipments, but tens of thousands of homes remained without electricity because fuel for a major Gaza power company hadn't arrived. The EU cut off vital funding to a Gaza power plant, forcing it to shut down the last of its generators and darken tens of thousands of Palestinian homes. Palestinian Information Minister Riad Maliki said the EU ceased payment "because Hamas took over the electric company and started collecting the revenues and taking them to its pocket."
    (AP, 8/19/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 19, The Israeli government and Holocaust survivors struck a deal on a special allowance for Israelis who lived through the Nazi genocide. It guaranteed Israelis who survived the Nazi ghettos and concentration camps a monthly stipend of $284.
    (AP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 19, Jamaicans headed inland and tourists fled the country as Hurricane Dean headed for a direct hit on the island. Dean hit Jamaica as a Category 4 storm.
    (AP, 8/19/07)(WSJ, 8/20/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 19, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom won an overwhelming victory in a referendum on the Maldives' future form of government, a poll seen as an informal vote of confidence in his three-decade rule of the tiny Indian Ocean nation.
    (AP, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 19, Pakistan army helicopter gunships killed at least 15 al-Qaeda militants, mostly Uzbeks, in a pre-dawn raid near the Afghan border. Intelligence officials in Mir Ali said two women and two children also died in the strike.
    (Reuters, 8/19/07)
2007        Aug 19, In Sudan armed raiders killed a policeman and wounded four others in an attack on a refugee camp in Darfur.
    (Reuters, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 19, A new constitution for Thailand, that is to usher in December general elections and end military rule, was approved by millions of voters in the country’s first ever nationwide referendum. This was the 18th constitution since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.
    (AP, 8/19/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.38)

2007        Aug 20, The lawyer for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said Vick will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. Vick could spend the next few American football seasons behind bars.
    (AFP, 8/20/07)(WSJ, 8/21/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 20, In Minnesota divers discovered the body of Gregory Jolstad, a 45-year-old construction worker who was part of the crew resurfacing the Interstate 35W bridge when it fell Aug. 1 during the evening rush hour. The discovery brought the official death toll to 13. Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the emergency response costs alone would be more than $8 million.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 20, The Nasdaq Stock Market, facing a challenge to its bid for a Nordic exchange, abandoned hopes to acquire the London Stock Exchange and said it will offload its 31% stake in the exchange.
    (AP, 8/20/07)(SFC, 8/21/07, p.C3)
2007        Aug 20, Leona Helmsley (87), the NYC hotelier who went to prison as a tax cheat and was reviled as the "queen of mean," died at her home in Greenwich, Conn.
    (AP, 8/20/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.79)
2007        Aug 20, In Kabul 4 suspected kidnappers were captured as Afghan police freed Christina Meier, a German aid worker who had been snatched from a restaurant while she ate with her husband.
    (AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, Britain eased restrictions on the movement of cattle and sheep to following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southern England.
    (AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, In Canada Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and President Bush worked to craft a plan to secure their borders in the event of a terrorist strike or other emergency without creating traffic tie-ups that slowed commerce at crossings after the Sept. 11 attacks. Protesters and riot police clashed outside the posh Canadian resort where the leaders were meeting.
    (AP, 8/20/07)(Reuters, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 20, In China Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer, said that the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), aka as blue-ear pig disease, head been brought under control. He said 257,000 pigs in 26 provinces had been infected. 68,000 had died from the disease and 175,000 were destroyed.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.41)
2007        Aug 20, South African President Thabo Mbeki arrived in Kinshasa for a working visit aimed at boosting relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
    (AFP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, In Egypt 4 terror suspects were convicted by a security court and sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in 3 attacks that killed two French tourists and an American in April, 2005. Five other suspects, including two women, received jail sentences that ranged from one to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 20, Iraq's embattled PM Nouri al-Maliki came to Syria on his first visit here as prime minister amid efforts to garner neighbors' support for curbing violence at home. Syria said Iraq should set a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops. A roadside bomb killed Mohammed Ali al-Hassani (52), the governor of the predominantly Shiite Muthanna province, along with his driver and guard. Two bombings struck the Shiite district of Sadr City and a busy market district elsewhere in Baghdad, killing at least 7 people and wounding more than 20. Thousands rallied against the US in Sadr City, waving Iraqi flags and shouting "No, no to America."
    (AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, In Okinawa, Japan, passengers used emergency slides to evacuate a China Airlines Boeing 737-800 just minutes before the plane burst into a fireball on the tarmac. All 165 people aboard escaped unhurt, including the pilot, who jumped from the cockpit at the last second.
    (AP, 8/20/07)(AP, 8/20/08)
2007        Aug 20, A report showed tiny fish farms have helped 1,200 poor families hit by AIDS in Malawi to raise their incomes and improve their diets in a scheme being expanded to other African nations.
    (AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, Tens of thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera as Hurricane Dean roared toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
    (AP, 8/20/08)
2007        Aug 20, A crowded bus veered off a mountainous road in western Nepal, killing at least 19 people.
    (AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car at a roadside security post, killing at least three troops and wounding at least eight others. A passenger bus plunged off a mountain road into a river bank in northern Pakistan, killing 25 people and injuring eight.
    (AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, In Turkey Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul won most votes in the first round of a presidential election, but did not secure the two-thirds majority needed in parliament for an outright win.
    (Reuters, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 20, In Turkey Festus Okey (21), a Nigerian immigrant, was shot and killed while in police custody.
    (AP, 12/13/11)(http://www.hyd.org.tr/?pid=515)
2007        Aug 20, The UN Security Council authorized an African Union force in chaotic Somalia for another six months and asked the secretary-general to develop plans for a possible UN troop replacement.
    (Reuters, 8/20/07)

2007        Aug 21, A research firm said US foreclosure filings rose 9 percent from June to July and surged 93 percent over the same period last year, with Nevada, Georgia and Michigan accounting for the highest foreclosure rates nationwide.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, The US shuttle Endeavour landed in Florida following a 13-day assembly mission on the international space station.
    (SFC, 8/22/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 21, California state senators ended a 52-day budget impasse and agreed on a $145 million spending plan for 2007-2008.
    (SFC, 8/22/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 21, The board of MGM Mirage approved a deal with Dubai World in which the holding company for  the Persian Gulf state will eventually acquire a 9.5% stake and 50% ownership in the Las Vegas CityCenter project.
    (WSJ, 8/22/07, p.A3)
2007        Aug 21, An Australian court ruled that the country's immigration minister wrongly revoked a work visa for an Indian doctor who was briefly accused of links with a failed British car bomb plot in June.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Students in emergency-ruled Bangladesh clashed with police for a second day demanding that the army withdraw from Dhaka university campus.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, China’s government announced that mainland citizens would be allowed to invest in Hong Kong. State media reported that a test run of traffic controls to clear Beijing's smoggy skies for next year's Olympic Games successfully improved air quality. Media also reported that China will execute people who sabotage the electricity supply, reversing recent steps to rein in widespread use of the death penalty.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.86)(http://tinyurl.com/2ugksh)(AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, The European Central Bank provided more cash for banks that have been clamoring for money, injecting $370.6 billion in its normal weekly refinancing.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, The EU said it will resume vital fuel aid to the Gaza Strip's electric company, money the bloc suspended because of suspicions that Gaza's Hamas rulers were diverting revenues.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Haleh Esfandiari, a detained Iranian-American academic accused of conspiring against the government, was freed on bail from the Tehran prison where she had been jailed since early May. Esfandiari, director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was freed on $333,000 bail.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, In Iraq French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called on Europe to play a bigger role in Iraq because "the Americans will not be able to get this country out of difficulty alone." The postwar Iraqi tribunal trying former Saddam Hussein aides opened its third proceeding, putting former Defense Minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," and 14 other men on trial.
    (AP, 8/21/07)(AP, 8/21/08)
2007        Aug 21, The Israeli army said ground forces fired at gunmen who approached the Israel-Gaza border fence. The Islamic Jihad group said three militants on a mission against Israel were killed. Palestinians fired three rockets into Israel including one that hit an empty kindergarten in the town of Sderot near Gaza. Israeli troops targeted two figures spotted near a rocket launcher in an area of northern Gaza where a rocket had been fired into Israel earlier. The fire killed a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old who were members of the same extended family. The army said Palestinian rocket teams have been known to send young children to retrieve rocket launchers after firing.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe arrived in New Delhi to firm up billions of dollars of investment projects, expand trade ties and discuss India's controversial nuclear cooperation deal.
    (AFP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Hurricane Dean slammed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico as a roaring Category 5 hurricane, the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two decades. Dean made landfall after killing 13 people in the Caribbean.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 21, In Northern Ireland animal rights officials seized more than a dozen dogs bred for combat in the latest crackdown on illegal dogfighting.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 21, Russian news agencies reported that authorities have detained a high-level narcotics officer they say was behind large-scale drug sales over the Internet.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Hana Ponicka (85), a Slovak writer and former anti-communist dissident, died.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 21, The leader of India's ruling party, Sonia Gandhi, arrived in South Africa for a three-day visit in a bid to strengthen ties between the two nations.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Sudanese forces surrounded and attacked Darfur's most volatile camp to flush out rebels they say are behind recent attacks on police.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Hundreds of people held an anti-gay protest in Uganda's capital, denouncing what they called an "immoral" lifestyle and demanding the deportation of an American journalist writing about gay rights in the deeply conservative country.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Venezuela's National Assembly, dominated by allies of President Hugo Chavez, gave unanimous initial approval to constitutional reforms that would allow him to run for re-election and possibly govern for decades to come.
    (AP, 8/22/07)

2007        Aug 22, Western US states and Canadian provinces agreed to cut greenhouse emissions 15% by 2020 in the latest regional pact to regulate the gases, an approach opposed by US President George W. Bush.
    (Reuters, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, US Army Major John Cockerham, his wife and sister were indicted in a suspected scheme to accept millions of dollars in bribes for Defense Department contracts in Iraq and Kuwait.
    (Reuters, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, The Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.
    (AP, 8/22/08)
2007        Aug 22, It was reported that some US lawyers in NYC had crossed the $1,000 per hour billing mark.
    (WSJ, 8/22/07, p.B1)
2007        Aug 22, The US FDA approved expanded use of J&J’s antipsychotic Risperdal in adolescents.
    (WSJ, 8/23/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 22, The death toll across the Upper Midwest and from the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin that swept Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri over the past week rose to at least 26. Three people were electrocuted by lightning at a bus stop in Madison, Wis.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 22, Grace Paley (84), poet and short story writer, died in Thetford Hill, Vt.
    (AP, 8/22/08)
2007        Aug 22, Taliban militants wearing Afghan army uniforms attacked a remote NATO base in eastern Afghanistan, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding 11 alliance soldiers. In southern Afghanistan 2 Canadian soldiers and an interpreter were killed and two journalists injured during an attack.
    (AP, 8/22/07)(Reuters, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, In Bangladesh clashes between police and students demanding an end to emergency rule spilled into the streets of the capital, prompting the government to impose an indefinite curfew in six cities.
    (AP, 8/22/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.42)
2007        Aug 22, Rhys Jones (11) was killed as he was kicking a ball around with friends outside a pub in Liverpool, north-west England. Police soon arrested five young people, including two girls, in relation to his murder. On Dec 16, 2008, Sean Mercer (18) was found guilty of murdering Jones and was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison.
    (AFP, 8/25/07)(AFP, 4/16/08)(AP, 12/16/08)
2007        Aug 22, A distributor said Chinese-made blankets containing high levels of formaldehyde have been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, amid rising global concern over the safety of products from China.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, Denmark's government said Somali pirates released the crew of a hijacked Danish cargo ship after receiving a ransom payment.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, In Estonia prosecutors said Arnold Meri (88), cousin of Estonia's late president Lennart Meri, committed genocide by helping deport his countrymen to Siberia in 1949.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 22, State media reported that a volcanic eruption in northeastern Ethiopia killed five people and displaced more than 2,000 others. The volcano in the Afar region started spewing lava on August 12 and the eruption lasted for three days.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, In Ingushetia, Russia, one serviceman was killed and five were wounded when gunmen attacked their armored personnel carrier with grenades and automatic weapons fire.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 22, PM Nouri al-Maliki said: “No one has the right to place timetables on the Iraq government." In northern Iraq a blast at a police station in Beiji killed 25 policemen and 20 civilians. 57 civilians and 23 officers were wounded. A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in the center of Tikrit, killing one officer and wounding another, along with two civilians. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle set off a blast near four police vehicles parked near grocery stores in Muqdadiyah, killing six people and wounding 35 others. A twin vehicle bombing at a joint US-Iraqi outpost in north Baghdad killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded 11 Americans. A Black Hawk helicopter went down in northern Iraq, killing all 14 US soldiers aboard. A US soldier was killed and four were wounded in combat operations west of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/22/07)(AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 22, Israeli aircraft killed one Hamas militant and wounded three others in an airstrike in Gaza City.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, Hurricane Dean closed in on the Mexican mainland, battering oil platforms on the Bay of Campeche. Dean was downgraded to a tropical storm as it drenched central Mexico.
    (AP, 8/22/07)(WSJ, 8/23/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 22, In Myanmar hundreds of pro-democracy activists marched to protest the government's fuel price hikes. The military junta arrested 13 top dissidents and deployed gangs of spade-wielding supporters on the streets of Yangon. The unannounced price hike sparked anti-government protests that led to the "saffron rebellion," which was crushed by the military government leaving at least 15 dead and thousands arrested. 
    (Reuters, 8/22/07)(AP, 1/1/12) 
2007        Aug 22, Suspected militants attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan before dawn, triggering a shootout that left three soldiers dead.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, Russia nominated Josef Tosovsky, a former Czech prime minister and head of that country's central bank, to head the International Monetary Fund, a move that put the Kremlin and the European Union at odds. The Czech Republic repudiated the move and endorsed the EU’s choice.
    (AP, 8/22/07)(WSJ, 8/23/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 22, Wind-whipped fires that have been ravaging parts of Sicily consumed a hotel near the port city of Messina, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 8/22/07)
2007        Aug 22, Zimbabwe's main opposition party denounced a two-month voter registration program as a sham, saying its aim was to boost President Robert Mugabe's chances of victory in next year's elections. State media reported that Zimbabwe's government has authorized retailers to raise the prices of basic goods in order to ease widespread shortages which followed the imposition of price cuts.
    (AFP, 8/22/07)(AP, 8/22/07)

2007        Aug 23, Ohio’s Gov. Ted Strickland said more than 1,000 people were flooded out of their homes after heavy rain that swamped communities across the Midwest sent Ohio's rivers spilling over their banks.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, University of Minnesota astronomers announced that they have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. The 1 billion light years across of nothing represented an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 23, In southern Afghanistan a bomb dropped by a US fighter jet was believed to have killed 3 British soldiers in Helmand province. Two other soldiers were injured.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 23, Bangladesh's army-backed interim government briefly relaxed a curfew, allowing residents of the capital the chance to stock up on essentials and those stranded at airports and elsewhere to return home.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, In Ponte Nova, Brazil, at least 25 prisoners died after inmates broke out of a cellblock and set a fire in an apparent attempt to settle scores with a rival gang.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, The Montreal World Film Festival, which endured a near-death experience two years ago when key government subsidies were suspended, kicked off its 31st edition with a new lease on life.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 23, The government of Chad said it will adhere to a program designed to put pressure on countries to be open about revenues from exports of oil, natural gas and minerals.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, The Bank of China revealed that it held a $9.6 billion exposure to securities backed by American subprime mortgages.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.67)
2007        Aug 23, More than 800 Colombian refugees crossed over the border to Ecuador from the violence-ravaged department of Narino. The UN estimated that about 3 million Colombians have been driven from their homes by violence without leaving the country, making it the largest internal refugee population in the world after Sudan.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 23, A shootout in Chechnya's capital left two policemen and a rebel dead. A group of about 30 camouflage-clad gunmen set on fire the houses of two police officers and the local administration building in the Chechen village of Yandi.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 23, In Dagestan, Russia, gunmen ambushed security forces, killing three people and wounding 17.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 23, Hundreds of rampaging youths torched dozens of houses and clashed across East Timor, leaving at least two people dead, in violence sparked by the appointment of independence hero Xanana Gusmao as prime minister.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, The EU relaxed a ban on exports of British livestock, meat and dairy products that was imposed after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southeastern England earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, State-run TV reported that Iran has developed a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb, the latest in a recent series of announcements heralding new weapons systems.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, Suspected al-Qaida fighters attacked the Sunni Ibrahim al-Yahya village east of Baqouba and killed a leader who had led the community in an uprising against the terrorist organization. A nearby Shiite village came under attack, again by suspected al-Qaida fighters, and a total of 17 people, including seven women, were killed. 7 people were kidnapped. Two of the abducted men were later found shot in the head on a road leading out of town. The rest of the captives were women, and their fate was unknown. 10 attackers were killed as villagers fought back. A police vehicle rushing to the attack scene crashed and 2 policemen were killed. 60 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fighters hit national police facilities in a coordinated attack in Samarra, sparking two hours of fighting that saw three people killed and more than a dozen insurgents captured.
    (AP, 8/23/07)(Reuters, 8/23/07)(AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 23, A cluster bomb left over from last year's Hezbollah-Israel war exploded in southern Lebanon, killing a Lebanese mine-clearing expert and wounding three others who were trying to dismantle it.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, The remnants of Hurricane Dean dumped heavy rain across central Mexico, drenching mudslide-prone mountains as it pushed its way inland after slamming into the nation's Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm. Thousands of Mayan Indians lost homes as Hurricane Dean blew through the Yucatan peninsula, but their real wealth was the trees, now scattered and broken in the storm's wake. Village after village is carpeted with fallen mangoes, oranges, guanabanas and mameys that will never be harvested. Across Mexico at least 10 people died from the storm.
    (AP, 8/23/07)(WSJ, 8/24/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 23, In Myanmar defiant pro-democracy activists took to the streets for the third time this week, forming a human chain to try to prevent officers from dragging them into waiting trucks and buses.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, In Pakistan a Supreme Court ruling said former PM Nawaz Sharif, a key rival to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, can return to Pakistan from exile.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, A Russian scientist said that fresh test results back his country's legal bid to take control of the Arctic. Russian geologists have previously estimated the Arctic seabed has at least 9 to 10 billion tons of fuel equivalent, about the same as Russia's total oil reserves.
    (AP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, Rwanda's exiled opposition groups dismissed as insulting the appointment of General Kerenzi Karake, a Rwandan general, as deputy chief of a planned peace force for Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
    (AFP, 8/23/07)
2007        Aug 23, Sudan summoned the envoy of the European Commission and the Canadian charge d'affaires and informed them they were considered persona non grata because they interfered in Sudanese affairs. The UN chief called on the Sudanese military to remove troops remaining in southern Sudan, expressing disappointment that a July 9 deadline was not met as called for in a 2005 peace deal.
    (AFP, 8/24/07)(AP, 8/24/07)

2007        Aug 24, A US federal appeals court revived California’s request for at least $1 billion in refunds for electricity customers due to overcharges during the Enron debacle.
    (SFC, 8/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 24, In California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the overdue state budget after cutting $703 million in exchange for the support of Senate Republicans. Line-item cuts included $527 million in health and human services, $70 million in raises to state workers and $39 million in prison funding.
    (SFC, 8/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 24, A judge in Inverness, Fla., sentenced John Evander Couey to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in 2005, raping her and burying her alive.
    (AP, 8/24/08)
2007        Aug 24, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick admitted he participated in an illegal dogfighting operation and was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.
    (Reuters, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 24, In Mississippi Klansman James Ford Seale (71) was sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for his role in the 1964 deaths of Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee.
    (WSJ, 8/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 24, In Afghanistan insurgents attacked a police patrol in eastern Paktika province, sparking a gunbattle that killed six militants and one officer.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 24, In Canada 11 people were hurt and two killed after a hot air balloon caught fire as it left for a sunset flight in British Columbia. A pickup truck driven by an elderly man struck a pre-wedding party near Vancouver, killing six people and injuring 17.
    (Reuters, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 24, In China Meng Xianchen and Meng Xianyou surfaced after more than 130 hours trapped in an illegal mine in Beijing's Fangshan district.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 24, Georgia said it fired on a Russian plane flying over its territory. The Tbilisi City Court, behind closed doors, convicted 13 people from minor opposition parties for plotting a violent overthrow of the government. Maia Topuria, the lead defendant and head of the pro-Moscow Justice party, was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison.
    (WSJ, 8/25/07, p.A1)(www.geotimes.ge/index.php?m=home&newsid=6353)
2007        Aug 24, Major wildfires broke out in Greece, burning half a million acres and claiming 65 lives in 11 days.
    (AP, 8/24/08)
2007        Aug 24, A car bomb exploded in northern Baghdad, killing seven passers-by and wounding dozens of others in an apparent sectarian attack near the capital's most important Shiite shrine. US and Iraqi forces killed two insurgents and arrested seven others during raids on two villages along the road linking Baghdad with the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Iraqi security forces killed a man suspected of links to the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida front group. Ten other al-Qaida suspects were arrested in the raid northeast of Baghdad. US helicopters blasted rooftops in a Shiite neighborhood of north Baghdad in a gunfight that left 8 Shiite gunmen dead. Iraqi police and hospital officials said the dead included a woman and a young boy. Sixteen other people were wounded, including four women and three boys in their early teens who had been sleeping on the roofs to escape the summer heat. One US soldier was killed in an explosion in Salahuddin province.
    (AP, 8/24/07)(AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 24, In Jordan former Iraqi President Abdel-Rahman Aref (91), overthrown more than 35 years ago in a coup that brought Saddam Hussein's Baath party to power, died in Amman.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 24, A deal was reached with Islamic extremists holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon to allow their families to leave the besieged area. The UN Security Council voted unanimously to keep peacekeepers in Lebanon for another 12 months.
    (AP, 8/24/07)(AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 24, Mozambique’s health minister said large amounts of drugs, which have been imported into Mozambique with the aid of the international community, end up being sold on the black market at home and abroad.
    (AFP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 24, Myanmar's military junta moved swiftly to crush the latest in a series of protests against fuel price hikes, arresting more than 10 activists in front of Yangon City Hall before they could launch any action.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 24, In Pakistan six soldiers were killed in a suicide attack and roadside bombing near Miran Shah. Hours later the army said a month of fierce fighting near the Afghan border has killed about 250 militants and 60 Pakistani troops. Pro-Taliban militants kidnapped an army officer, two guards and a government official near an army base. A Pakistani army helicopter had fired on a vehicle near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing three suspected militants. A villager said the slain men were not militants.
    (AP, 8/24/07)(AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 24, Hamas security agents clashed with supporters of the rival Fatah movement, firing into the air and beating journalists covering a demonstration against the Islamic militant group's rule in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 24, Russia issued an international warrant for the arrest of Mikhail Gutseriyev, two days after the death in Moscow of his 21-year-old son. Chingiskhan Gutseriyev died in his sleep after a minor car accident, raising suspicions that he was killed to send a message to his father. On Sep 5 a court upheld a warrant for his arrest and refused to lift a freeze on the shares of his company, Russneft. The freeze has blocked a sale that would have handed him an estimated $3 billion.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Aug 24, In Somalia gunmen shot and killed Abdulkadir Moallim Kaskey, a Somali radio journalist, in southwestern Gedo province.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 24, In Spain a van loaded with explosives blew up outside a police station in the Basque city of Durango, slightly injuring two officers in what appeared to be the first major attack by the separatist group ETA since it called off a cease-fire in June.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
2007        Aug 24, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul failed to win enough votes in the second round of a presidential election, but is expected to clinch the post next week. A clash between troops and Kurdish rebels near Turkey's southeast border with Iraq left 10 rebels and two soldiers dead.
    (Reuters, 8/24/07)(AP, 8/25/07)

2007        Aug 25, Wyoming Republicans decided to hold their delegate selection process on Jan 5, 2008, before both Iowa and New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.A8)
2007        Aug 25, SF held its 2nd annual Jug Band Festival at the Golden Gate Park band shell. The annual Renaissance Fair also took place in GG park for a 4th year.
    (eyewitness)(www.sffaire.com/)
2007        Aug 25, A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy carrying foreigners near the Afghan capital Kabul. Two foreigners and four Afghans were wounded. A roadside bomb killed two Afghans guarding a convoy carrying supplies for NATO-led forces in Kandahar province, while eight suspected insurgents and a police officer died in fighting elsewhere in the country. Afghan soldiers in neighboring Helmand province shot and killed two suspected Taliban fighters as they attempted to plant a roadside bomb. In southern Afghanistan clashes between coalition troops and Taliban fighters left at least 18 civilians dead according to witnesses. NATO officials said no noncombatants were killed. 12 Taliban fighters were killed by artillery fire along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border after insurgents attacked a military post with rockets and mortars. US-led and Afghan troops struck Taliban positions inside Pakistan in fresh clashes with the extremist Islamic militia that left at least 19 rebels dead. A Pakistani military spokesman denied any permission was given. Afghan troops clashed with rebel fighters in southern Zabul province and killed nine of them. 3 suspected militants, one of them a foreign national, were arrested in Paktia province, dressed in all-covering burqas worn by most Afghan women. Dozens of Taliban guerrillas attacked police in the eastern province of Nangarhar, injuring a district chief and one of his guards before they were repelled.
    (AP, 8/25/07)(AP, 8/26/07)(AFP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 25, In Buenos Aires an Argentine couple captured the stage category at the World Tango Championships, followed by Chilean and Japanese pairs.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 25, Australia's multi-billion dollar racing industry was plunged into turmoil on after an outbreak of equine influenza triggered a national lockdown.
    (Reuters, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, Raymond Barre (b.1924), a tough-speaking former French prime minister (1976-1981) and economist, died.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, A senior official of the separatist region said a plane of uncertain origin went down over Abkhazia, a day after Georgia reported that its forces fired on a plane believed to be Russian that had violated the country's airspace.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, A German federal lab confirmed that tests have found that birds at a poultry farm in southern Germany died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, and some 160,000 birds were being slaughtered as a precaution.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 25, In Germany more than 1 million revelers, many scantily dressed, danced their way through the streets of Essen to sound of whistles blowing and techno music for the Love Parade's debut in its new home, western Germany's industrial Ruhr region.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, Massive forest fires swept uncontrolled across Greece for a second day and killed at least 41 people in the south of the country, including several children.
    (Reuters, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, In Hungary some 56 Magyar Garda members, wearing black uniforms and black caps, were sworn in during the ceremony at Buda Castle. Lajos Fur, former defense minister, inaugurated the neo-fascist, self-styled civil defense group organized by the far right Jobik party.
    (www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,502184,00.html)
2007        Aug 25, In Hyderabad, India, where Hindu-Muslim animosity runs deep, a pair of almost simultaneous bombings blamed on Islamic extremists tore through a popular family restaurant and an outdoor arena, killing 43 people. Another 19 bombs were discovered and made safe in the area. In Hyderabad, Muslims make up 40 percent of the population of 7 million. Officials blamed foreign militants.
    (AP, 8/26/07)(WSJ, 8/27/07, p.A1)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.34)
2007        Aug 25, Iraqi and US soldiers arrested 54 suspected al-Qaida members in a joint operation on the outskirts of Baqouba.
    (SFC, 8/27/07, p.A13)
2007        Aug 25, Two Palestinian militants infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip, attacking an Israeli military position before soldiers tracked them down and killed them. Militants detonated a bomb near the border fence in southern Gaza, lightly wounding four soldiers. Militants also fired several mortars into southern Israel, causing no injuries.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, It was reported that Liberia had some 2,511 ships registered under its flag, the world’s 2nd largest fleet after Panama, which had 7,357. The population was reported to be 3.3 million, with two-thirds of the people living on less than a dollar a day. Since 2000 the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry, a Virginia-based company, managed the registry.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.44)
2007        Aug 25, Myanmar's state media reported that military junta has detained at least 63 activists who protested massive fuel-price hikes over the last week, as the government pursued its clampdown on the increasingly daring demonstrations.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, Pakistan successfully test-fired a new air-launched cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
    (AP, 8/25/07)
2007        Aug 25, Sudan said it will allow an EU envoy it ordered out of the country to remain until his tenure expires next month, following an EU apology.
    (AP, 8/25/07)

2007        Aug 26, In northern California the 17th annual Cotati Accordion Festival ended with some 5,000 people and 30 bands attending the 2-day event. Day tickets rose to $17.50.
    (SFC, 8/27/07, p.D2)
2007        Aug 26, The $95 million Hawaii Superferry made its maiden run from Honolulu to Maui as environmentalists protested. The 349-foot giant catamaran, named Alakai, carried over 500 passengers and 150 cars for the 3-hour trip. The special one-way $5 fares will soon rise to over $240 for one passenger and a car.
    (SFC, 8/27/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 26, Afghan police killed six suspected militants during a one-hour gunbattle in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan. Unidentified assailants shot and killed a soldier from the 37-nation strong security assistance force during a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan. A Dutch soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. In southern Zabul province, Afghan and coalition troops clashed with insurgents in Daychopan district, killing four suspected Taliban and wounding four others. Afghan troops destroyed a heroin laboratory in Helmand province after battling Taliban fighters guarding the facility.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 26, A road bridge linking Tajikistan and Afghanistan paid for by the US was officially opened at a ceremony attended by the presidents of the two Central Asian countries.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Australia released a new draft citizenship test. The 40-page document outlining citizenship application procedures said migrants who want to become Australian citizens will have to be able to correctly identify the country's prime minister and national flower.
    (AFP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Massive fires consuming large areas of southern Greece for a third day raced toward the site of the ancient Olympics, engulfing villages and forests as the flames reached one of the most revered sites of antiquity.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Iran vowed to use a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb against its enemies and unveiled mass production of the new weapon.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki lashed out at American critics, saying Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who had called for his ouster should "come to their senses." A US helicopter attacked two Kurdish police outposts, killing four policemen and wounding eight. A spokesman for the Kurdish Peshmerga militia believed the attack was mistaken friendly fire. Waves of Shiite pilgrims descended on Karbala for the Shabaniyah festival marking the birth of the 9th century Hidden Imam. A woman making the 50-mile trek from Baghdad was shot to death by men in a passing car in the southwest of the capital.
    (AP, 8/26/07)(AP, 8/26/08)
2007        Aug 26, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber in a car killed four policemen and wounded two in an attack in Swat.
    (Reuters, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, The moderate Palestinian government began implementing the closure of 103 institutions in the West Bank and Gaza in an apparent crackdown against the Islamic Hamas.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 26, In Manila, Philippines, economic ministers of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety. The move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from international markets.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, In Somalia bombings and grenade attacks killed two schoolboys and three other people in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, In eastern Uganda a truck carrying soldiers and their families overturned, killing 72 people and injuring 40 others.
    (AP, 8/27/07)

2007        Aug 27, Officials announced that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had resigned, ending a months long standoff with critics who questioned his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department. Pres. Bush accepted his resignation Aug 24. Solicitor General Paul Clement will be acting attorney general until a replacement is found.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said in a statement he was not involved in any inappropriate conduct when he was arrested at the Minneapolis airport and should have not pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that Craig was arrested June 11 by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in an airport restroom.
    (AP, 8/27/08)
2007        Aug 27, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick apologized for "using bad judgment and making bad decisions" and vowed to redeem himself after pleading guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.
    (AP, 8/27/08)
2007        Aug 27, Police arrested Paul Devoe III (43) in Shirley, NY, following 5 recent murders in Texas and one in Pennsylvania. On December 19, 2007, the Texas Travis County District Attorney announced his office's intention to pursue the death penalty. In 2009 Devoe was sentenced to death for the 2007 slaying of two Jonestown, Texas, teenage girls.
     (SFC, 8/28/07, p.A6)(www.nytimes.com/2007/08/28/us/28texas.html)(SFC, 10/9/09, p.A4)
2007        Aug 27, The US-led coalition in Afghanistan accused Taliban militants of falsely reporting civilian casualties to discredit Afghan and international forces. Afghan and US-led coalition troops killed up to 21 suspected Taliban militants in 3 separate clashes in southern Afghanistan. A roadside blast killed 4 Afghan soldiers in the east. 3 American and 2 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in the Ghazi Abad district of eastern Kunar province. A NATO trooper died in a nearby area.
    (AP, 8/27/07)(Reuters, 8/27/07)(AP, 8/28/07)(AFP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 27, In Colombia the Bogota stock exchange launched the sale of up to 20% of state-owned Ecopetrol’s shares.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.31)
2007        Aug 27, Ethiopia ordered six Norwegian diplomats to leave the country by Sept. 15, expressing "dissatisfaction" with Norway's conduct in the Horn of Africa region.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, Pres. Sarkozy called for a clear timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq as he outlined an assertive role for France in other world hotspots. Sarkozy urged EU nations to accept a greater share of defense spending to cope with escalating global threats.
    (AFP, 8/27/07)(Reuters, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, The French government said a tax official cheated the government out of 600,000 euros ($820,000) by creating a phantom identity as a university professor and claiming a salary for some 15 years.
    (Reuters, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 27, In Greece the worst wildfires in living memory have killed 63 people and tore through town and forest alike. In the last 24 hours, 89 new fires broke out. Arson is often suspected, mostly to clear land for development.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, A sniper killed a Shiite pilgrim on a Baghdad bridge while another was killed and six injured in other attacks as tens of thousands of faithful made their way to the southern city of Karbala for a major religious commemoration. At least five people were killed in Karbala as scuffles broke out between police and pilgrims. North of Baghdad hundreds of US and Iraqi forces backed by helicopters and jet fighters killed 33 Sunni insurgents who were holding back the water supply to the Shiite town of Khalis. In Fallujah a mosque suicide bombing left 11 dead and 10 people were wounded in an attack that targeted an anti-al-Qaida Sunni sheik who had just returned from Syria.
    (AP, 8/27/07)(AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 27, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that security officials fear Hamas' exiled leadership in Syria is working to renew suicide attacks against Israel in an effort to derail peace efforts by Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israeli intelligence assessed that Islamic Hamas militants have smuggled 40 tons of weapons into the Gaza Strip since the group wrested control of the territory in June.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, Morocco's former interior minister, Driss Basri (69), died in a Paris hospital, to be mourned in some circles as a loyal servant of the crown and condemned by others as a ruthless axeman.
    (AFP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, About 50 pro-democracy activists were arrested outside Yangon, as the Myanmar junta clamped down on dissent following a series of protests last week against a sharp hike in fuel prices.
    (AFP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, An official said the Dutch government will spend $38 million over the next four years to prevent both the growth of Islamic fundamentalism and right-wing nationalism.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, Gunmen in southern Nigeria set free Peter Agwuna, a Nigerian supervisor for the Elf oil group, who was seized in Port Harcourt about a month ago.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 27, Pakistan's PM Aziz called for reconciliation between the country's main political parties as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf prepares to seek re-election. But he said the government had no plans to allow two banned opposition leaders to become premiers again. In northwest Pakistan militants and soldiers exchanged fire, killing one militant and injuring three civilians and a soldier in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, Panama’s cabinet resigned after a tainted medicine scandal and the government’s failure to implement construction safety standards.
    (WSJ, 8/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 27, Russia announced the arrest of 10 people in the killing of journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. Russia's top prosecutor said a Chechen crime boss, Russian police and security officers were involved in the death of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya. But he suggested that someone outside Russia masterminded the killing of the frequent Kremlin critic.
    (AP, 8/27/07)(AP, 8/27/08)
2007        Aug 27, In South Africa Hewlett-Packard became the first multinational to be exempted from selling 30 percent of its business in South Africa to black investors. Under an agreement reached with the government, the company will instead invest millions of dollars in a new business institute to provide training for 1,800 students over the next six years.
    (AFP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, A Sudanese criminal court dismissed the case against nine people on trial in connection with the beheading of Mohammed Taha, a prominent journalist, and brought formal charges against 10 other defendants. CARE’s country director Paul Barker said the Sudanese government's Humanitarian Aid Commission had given him 72 hours to leave the country without giving reasons for the decision.
    (AP, 8/27/07)(Reuters, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 27, Taiwan's leading computer vendor Acer Inc moved to substantially boost its market share by acquiring US rival Gateway amid a major consolidation among the world's top computer companies. Acer said it would pay $710 million for Gateway.
    (AP, 8/27/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.60)
2007        Aug 27, The UN opened in Vienna its latest round of talks on global warming.
    (WSJ, 8/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 27, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, a Vatican-backed charter airline service, made its inaugural flight, aiming to carry pilgrims to such Catholic shrines as Lourdes, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela and the Holy Land.
    (AP, 8/27/07)

2007        Aug 28, The US Census Bureau released its latest report on income, poverty and health insurance in the US. It noted a continuing increase in the number and proportion of Americans who lacked health insurance.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.24)
2007        Aug 28, A day after reports surfaced of his June arrest at the Minneapolis airport, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told a news conference the only thing he had done wrong was to plead guilty after a police complaint of lewd conduct in a men's room; Craig also declared, "I am not gay. I never have been gay."
    (AP, 8/28/08)
2007        Aug 28,  A military court at Fort Meade, Md., acquitted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan of failing to control US soldiers who abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but found him guilty of disobeying an order not to discuss the investigation. However, that conviction was later thrown out.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
2007        Aug 28, EarthLink, the Atlanta-based Internet provider, announced that it no longer believed that providing citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco was viable for the company. Chicago abandoned plans for a city-wide Wi-Fi network to access the Internet as EarthLink underwent restructuring.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.A1)(www.fool.com/investing/general/2007/08/30/too-windy-for-wi-fi.aspx)
2007        Aug 28, Burning Man became Burnt Man four days early, and a San Francisco performance artist was arrested on suspicion of igniting the signature figure of the counterculture festival in the remote Nevada desert.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, In North Carolina Dwayne Allen Dail (39), a man who remained in prison for 18 years after being wrongly convicted of a 1987 child rape, was released after new DNA testing cleared him of the crime. In October of 2007 he received a pardon from Gov. Mike Easley based on his innocence. Dail also received some compensation from the state; he was eligible for $20,000 per year of incarceration.
    (AP, 8/28/07)(www.innocenceproject.org/Content/832.php)
2007        Aug 28, The annual Small Arms Survey said there are nine guns for every 10 people in the United States, with about 270 million firearms in circulation. Worldwide, civilians now have access to 650 million small arms, from handguns to semiautomatic rifles, an arsenal that far outstrips what is held by police and militaries.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 28, Arthur Jones (80), inventor of the Nautilus exercise equipment (1970), died. In 1986 he agreed to sell the business to Travis Ward of Texas for $23 million.
    (SFC, 8/29/07, p.B7)(WSJ, 9/1/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 28, Paul MacCready (b.1925), designer of the Gossamer Albatross, died in California. His bicycle powered plane crossed the English Channel in 1979. He founded AeroVironment in 1971 to monitor air pollution.
    (www.sas.org/maccready.htm)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.88)
2007        Aug 28, Miyoshi Umeki (b.1929), Japanese-born actress, died in Licking, Mo. She was the first Asian performer to win an Oscar, which she and Red Buttons received for their supporting roles in the 1957 film “Sayonara."
    (SFC, 9/12/07, p.A17)
2007        Aug 28, The Taliban agreed to free 19 South Korean church volunteers held hostage since July after the government in Seoul pledged to end all missionary work and keep a promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked NATO troops helping build a bridge, killing three soldiers. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed more than 100 suspected Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan. The clash left one Afghan soldier dead.
    (AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 28, In Azerbaijan a 16-story high-rise under construction in Baku collapsed killing at least 12 people and leaving others trapped in the rubble. The head of the construction company and another company executive were arrested. They began construction of the building in 2002 without authorization.
    (SFC, 8/29/07, p.A3)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 28, Brazil's Supreme Court charged one of the president's closest confidants with conspiracy in a corruption scandal that has toppled much of his inner circle. Analysts said Jose Dirceu, one of 40 people indicted, would rather spend years in prison than go down swinging against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. This was the first time ever that Brazil’s highest court has brought criminal charges against politicians.
    (AP, 8/28/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.32)
2007        Aug 28, Africa's Great Lakes nations (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda) vowed to eliminate rebel groups roaming their territory and spurring insecurity in the continent's most volatile region.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, Ethiopia justified its decision to expel Norwegian diplomats arguing that Oslo was interfering in its internal affairs and destabilizing the Horn of Africa.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, Foreign firefighters and aircraft joined in battling wildfires that have destroyed some of Greece's lushest landscape. The death toll from 5 days of blazes rose to at least 64.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, Police ordered a curfew in the Shiite city of Karbala and ordered more than one million pilgrims to leave after two days of violence. A city council member in Karbala reported 38 dead and 231 injured in fighting when gunmen believed from the Mahdi Army began firing on security forces and Badr guards. 2 days of bloody clashes in Karbala claimed at least 52 lives.
    (AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 28, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tackled the major issues dividing the two sides at their meeting, final borders, Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, In Kenya a crash in the Kisii area killed 22 people when the bus they were traveling in rammed a truck head-on.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 28, Las Vegas Sands opened its $2.4 billion Venetian Macao, the world's largest casino-resort, as part of Macau's heady transformation from gambling haven to Asia's top entertainment draw.
    (WSJ, 6/13/07, p.B1)(AFP, 8/28/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.62)
2007        Aug 28, Pro-democracy supporters expanded their protests against Myanmar's military, marching through the streets of the port town of Sittwe while attempting to rally in the main city Yangon.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, Jose Maria Sison (68), a Philippine communist leader, accused of commanding a rebel uprising from exile for more than 20 years was arrested by Dutch police in Utrecht on suspicion of ordering the murder of two former allies in his home country. He was accused of ordering the killings in 2003 and 2004 of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara, who were gunned down in the Philippines.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 28, A Pakistani cabinet minister and a ruling party MP said they had resigned to protest President Pervez Musharraf's plan to remain army chief. Pro-Taliban militants released 19 Pakistani soldiers who were abducted earlier this month in the rugged tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, Journalists and diplomats said Saudi Arabia has banned the influential Arab newspaper Al Hayat from distribution in the kingdom, just days after it reported a Saudi man had served as a key figure for an al-Qaida front group in Iraq.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, Organizers in Scotland said the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's biggest arts festival, this year broke its attendance record by selling 1.7 million tickets.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
2007        Aug 28, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul (56), a devout Muslim with a background in political Islam, won the presidency, in a major triumph for the Islamic-rooted government after months of confrontation with the secular establishment.
    (AP, 8/28/07)

2007        Aug 29, Fellow Republicans called on Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to resign and party leaders pushed him from senior committee posts as fallout continued over his arrest at a Minneapolis airport restroom and guilty plea to disorderly conduct.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
2007        Aug 29, US service officials said the Army will examine as many as 18,000 contracts awarded over the past four years to support US forces in Iraq to determine how many are tainted by waste, fraud and abuse.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, The US Air Force accidentally flew a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber from North Dakota to Louisiana. On October 19 the Air Force said 70 service members would be punished for widespread disregard of rules.
    (SFC, 10/20/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 29, New research said arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting more than 70 countries and 137 million people. The country worst affected is Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to die from cancers of the lung, bladder and skin caused by arsenic.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 29, Alfred Peet (b.1920), Dutch-born specialty coffee pioneer, died in Oregon. His first shop opened in Berkeley, Ca., in 1966. He sold the business in 1979, but stayed on as a coffee buyer until 1984, when Baldwin and Reynolds, co-owners of Starbucks, along with other investors bought 4 Bay Area locations of Peet’s. They later sold the chain to Howard Shultz, who entered a no-compete agreement with Peet’s in the Bay Area. Peet’s became a public company in 2001.
    (SFC, 9/1/07, p.C1)
2007        Aug 29,  Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was wrongly linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, was found dead in his west Georgia home; he was 44.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
2007        Aug 29, Taliban militants released 12 of 19 South Korean captives they promised to free under a deal struck with the South Korean government to resolve a nearly six-week hostage crisis. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in eastern Afghanistan, killing four civilians and two Afghan soldiers. A Canadian soldier, based in the Afghan capital Kabul, died of a gunshot wound after he was found injured in his room.
    (AFP, 8/29/07)(Reuters, 8/29/07)(AP, 8/29/08)
2007        Aug 29, Britain unveiled a statue of Nelson Mandela outside the houses of Parliament, honoring the South African anti-apartheid campaigner as one of the great leaders of his era.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, China began selling $79 billion in bonds to finance a state agency that will invest the country's foreign currency reserves.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, It was reported that more than 100 people have died in a remote part of Congo, including all those who attended the funerals of two village chiefs, in what health officials fear is an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, Pierre Messmer (b.1916), a member of the French Resistance who was the country's prime minister from 1972 to 1974, died.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, Hong Kong police arrested two men accused of trying to smuggle more than 7,000 live pet turtles to mainland China.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 29, In India the world-famous Taj Mahal was closed to tourists after officials in the city of Agra imposed a curfew following rioting that left one person dead and 50 hurt. Rioters fought pitched battles with police, pelting them with stones, glass bottles and setting vehicles alight, after a speeding truck crushed four Muslims to death. Officials in the eastern state of Orissa said at least 105 people have died of cholera and some 6,000 people are suffering from diseases caused by drinking dirty water.
    (AFP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, A group of eight Iranians, including two diplomats, were released by US forces after being detained a day earlier because unauthorized weapons were found in their cars. An aide said Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force. Marines from the 5th Regimental Combat Team killed 12 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fighters and destroyed two vehicles in fighting near the Anbar city of Fallujah. 4 al-Qaida fighters and two Sunni tribesmen opposed to the terror movement were killed in gunfights in Haqlaniyah. 2 US service members, a Marine and an Army soldier, were killed in fighting in Anbar province. An American soldier died from wounds suffered the day before in fighting near the northern city of Kirkuk. A US soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack during combat operations in Iraq's eastern Diyala province.
    (AP, 8/29/07)(AP, 8/30/07)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 29, The three cousins, 10-year-old Mahmoud Ghazal, 10-year-old Sara Ghazal and 12-year-old Yehiya Ghazal, were killed when Israeli troops combating Palestinian rocket squads spotted figures moving near rocket launchers in northern Gaza and ordered a strike.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Aug 29, The 11-day Venice Film Festival opened for its 75th anniversary edition.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.E5)
2007        Aug 29, Lithuania's top politicians attended an official ceremony in Vilnius to unveil probably the first monument in the world honoring basketball, which is said to be the second religion of this Baltic country.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2omkbv)
2007        Aug 29, In Myanmar pro-government gangs on trucks staked out key streets in Yangon as the country's military rulers sought to crush a rare wave of dissent by pro-democracy activists protesting fuel price increases.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, A senior official said Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and former rival Benazir Bhutto have reached an agreement regarding Musharraf's military role, a key step toward a power-sharing deal.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, JEM and Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) attacked an army base in the Kordofan region next to Darfur, which they said was the logistical and supply centre for ongoing attacks in South Darfur. The rebels said 15 soldiers were killed. The government later reported that 41 people were killed in the Kordofan region. Officials said floods across Sudan have killed 101 people, spread disease and destroyed livelihoods by wiping out agricultural crops.
    (Reuters, 8/29/07)(Reuters, 8/30/07)(Reuters, 9/1/07)
2007        Aug 29, Thousands of hardline supporters of Robert Mugabe marched through Harare, denouncing the Zimbabwe president's Western critics and endorsing his controversial program of farm seizures. Zimbabwe's state media called on the government to sever ties with Australia, accusing PM John Howard's government of seeking to topple Pres. Mugabe.
    (AP, 8/29/07)

2007        Aug 30, In a serious breach of nuclear security, a US B-52 bomber armed with six nuclear warheads flew cross-country unnoticed; the Air Force later punished 70 people.
    (AP, 8/30/08)
2007        Aug 30, A draft report by US congressional auditors said that the Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush's Iraq war strategy.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, In Michigan the Legislature approved moving the state’s presidential nomination to Jan 15, just days after national Democrats vowed to punish states that vote too early. A suspected serial killer was arrested in the deaths of 5 women over the last month.
    (SFC, 8/31/07, p.A6,16)
2007        Aug 30, Taliban militants released the last 7 South Korean hostages. Mullah Brother, a wanted Taliban insurgent leader in Afghanistan, was killed in a US-led raid in the southern province of Helmand.
    (AFP, 8/30/07)(Reuters, 8/30/07)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, A major new study said nearly 10 percent of Australians are living in poverty despite a booming economy, but its findings were disputed by PM John Howard.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, A speeding train carrying hundreds of commuters slammed into an empty train near Rio de Janeiro, killing eight people and injuring more than 80.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, In London a diamond-encrusted skull by British artist Damien Hirst (41) sold for 100 million dollars (75 million euros), a record price for work sold by a living artist.
    (AFP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, Michael Jackson (65), a leading world beer critic, died in London. He praised the brews of Belgium and his books "The Great Beers of Belgium" and "World Guide to Beer" introduced them to many export markets, including the United States.
    (AP, 8/31/07)(www.beerhunter.com/)
2007        Aug 30, Canadian police arrested Adel Arnaout (37), with three home-made bombs in the trunk of his car. The arrest was connected to an investigation into letter bombs delivered recently to three homes in and around Toronto.
    (Reuters, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, Chilean police arrested at least 750 people as protesters’ calls for higher wages and better working conditions led to looting in Santiago.
    (WSJ, 8/31/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 30, China’s government said it has replaced five Cabinet ministers, including the finance minister and the head of the secret police, just weeks ahead of a major Communist Party meeting that will set the country's policies for the next five years. The official Xinhua News Agency said China removed four officials accused of corruption from its legislature. State media said China's top legislature has adopted a measure allowing the government to seize private homes on state-owned land, as long as owners are compensated and properly resettled.
    (AP, 8/30/07)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, Hundreds of Colombian peasants returned home from Ecuador after the government promised to protect them from leftist rebels trying to sabotage a coca eradication campaign.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, In Croatia six men were killed and seven badly injured when they were trapped battling a fierce forest blaze on Kornat Island. 8 men were soon detained on suspicion of arson. PM Ivo Sanader promised an investigation saying it was the biggest tragedy in Croatian firefighting.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, Addis Ababa city officials said Ethiopia will try to remove tens of thousands of beggars from the streets to create a more "conducive" atmosphere for coming Millennium celebrations. Still using the Julian calendar, abandoned by the West in the 16th century, Ethiopia enters its new millennium on September 12 with a huge concert expected to draw hundreds of thousands of partygoers and international celebrities.
    (Reuters, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, Pres. Sarkozy became the first ruling head of state to address the Medef, France’s leading business organization. He laid out the second stage of his economic reforms, including a wholesale review of tax and social security contributions.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.59)
2007        Aug 30, Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened to rescind the order unless the Iraqi government stops detaining his followers in Karbala and elsewhere within the next 48 hours. In the southeastern city of Nasiriyah about 20 gunmen attacked a Badr headquarters. The attack caused no injuries, but the building was partially burned.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, A cargo ship, anchored about 2 miles from Israel's coast near the port city of Haifa, when it was hit by the Salamis Glory, a Cypriot passenger ship. 11 crew escaped from the sinking cargo ship. The first mate and engineer, both residents of Slovakia, were missing.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, Hundreds of police raided a small town in southern Italy and arrested more than 30 suspected members of organized crime clans believed to be involved in a feud that killed six Italians in Germany earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, The Rome-based Hands Off Cain, an anti-death penalty group, reported that more people were put to death in 2006, 5,628, than in either of the previous two years. China alone accounting for 5,000 executions.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, In Kisii, Kenya, an oil tanker truck rolled down a hill and smashed into four minibuses, killing 29 people and injuring more than 30. The death toll was expected to rise.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, Kosovo's PM Agim Ceku vowed to declare independence unilaterally if internationally brokered talks do not "open a way for us," staking out a tough position as the latest round of negotiations began in Vienna.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, A transport vehicle hit a land mine in tense northern Mali, killing 10 people.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 30, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf rejected pressure from former premier Benazir Bhutto to make a snap decision on a power-sharing deal that would see him quit as army chief. Pro-Taliban fighters, led by Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud, captured over 200 Pakistani troops in South Waziristan. On Nov 4 they released 211 troops. Baitullah Mehsud had this year cobbled together the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which became known as the Pakistani Taliban.
    (AP, 8/30/07)(AP, 11/4/07)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.34)
2007        Aug 30, Dozens of Sri Lankan journalists took to the streets to condemn censorship and support a columnist who exposed alleged corruption in the purchase of second-hand supersonic jets.
    (AFP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, Darfur rebels accused the Sudanese government of bombing South Darfur, the latest attack in an aerial campaign that has driven thousands of people from their homes over the past month.
    (Reuters, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 30, The UN nuclear agency said that Iran was producing less nuclear fuel than expected and praised Tehran for "a significant step forward" in explaining past atomic actions that have raised suspicions.
    (AP, 8/30/07)

2007        Aug 31, President Bush met privately at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who conveyed their concern about a growing strain on troops and their families from long and repeated combat tours in Iraq. Bush also announced a set of modest proposals to deal with an alarming rise in mortgage defaults.
    (AP, 8/31/08)
2007        Aug 31,  Mike Nifong, the disgraced former district attorney of Durham County, N.C., was sentenced to a day in jail after being held in criminal contempt of court for lying to a judge when pursuing rape charges against three falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players.
    (AP, 8/31/08)
2007        Aug 31, A federal appeals court allowed the US Navy to resume underwater sonar blasts in anti-submarine warfare tests off of Southern California, saying military needs come before whales. A federal judge ruled that giant pumps in northern California supplying water to southern California were killing smelt and would have to be shut down for much of the year.
    (SFC, 9/1/07, p.B3)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.36)
2007        Aug 31, In Iowa Polk County Judge Robert Hanson cleared the way gay marriage when he ruled that a state law allowing marriage only between a man and woman violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection. County attorney John Sarcone said the county would appeal to the state Supreme Court, and he immediately sought a stay that would prevent gay couples from seeking a marriage license until the appeal is resolved.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, The 34th annual Telluride Film Festival opened in Colorado.
    (SFC, 9/3/07, p.E1)
2007        Aug 31, The World Trade Organization opened a formal investigation into allegations by the US and Mexico that China is providing illegal subsidies for a range of industries.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, In eastern Afghanistan a barrage of rockets missed a US-led coalition base but hit houses in the nearby village of Babul, killing 10 civilians and wounding seven. Outside the gates of the Kabul airport, a suicide car bomber targeting a patrol of German soldiers killed two Afghan soldiers and wounded 10 others. A senior Afghan official close to the negotiations alleged the South Koreans paid a ransom for their released hostages. In southern Helmand province, a combined police and US-led coalition patrol came under attack with mortar, rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire. In the fight that ensued, "almost two dozen" insurgents were killed. More than 20 insurgents were killed and 11 others were detained, while officers also discovered a bomb-making factory in the remote Pitigal Valley border region. Afghan police attacked a group of Taliban who were planning to strike security forces in the central Afghan province of Ghazni, killing 18 and arresting six others.
    (AP, 8/31/07)(AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Aug 31, Australia and India agreed to study the possibility of a free trade agreement. Trade Minister Warren Truss said it was a natural result of New Delhi's rising economic power.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, In Vienna, Austria, negotiators from 158 countries reached basic agreement, at a UN conference on climate, on rough targets aimed at getting some of the world's biggest polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
    (AP, 8/31/07)(WSJ, 9/1/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 31, China officially put in place systems to recall unsafe food and toys, one of its strongest steps yet to deal with recurring quality problems. At least 12 miners were missing after an explosion in central China. Authorities continued their efforts to reach 181 workers trapped in flooded coal shafts for two weeks.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, Colombia's Alvaro Uribe and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez agreed to allow a representative of Colombia's largest guerrilla group to travel to Caracas for talks aimed at freeing dozens of rebel-held hostages, including three U.S. defense contractors.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, In Finland representatives of feuding Sunni and Shiite groups in Iraq began a 2-day meeting at a seminar behind closed doors to discuss ways of ending the bloodshed.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, Officials in Greece said all major blazes were under control, and firefighters were working to extinguish smaller fires in the southern part of the country. The fires cost the country at least $1.6 billion and left 67 people dead. The government provided 13,000 euros to those suffering losses.
    (AP, 8/31/07)(AP, 9/8/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.47)
2007        Aug 31, As of today at least 3,737 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 3,061 died as a result of hostile action. Iraqi health officials said up to 10 people have died from cholera in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 9/1/07)(SFC, 9/1/07, p.A6)
2007        Aug 31, Israeli divers found the bodies of two sailors missing in the Mediterranean Sea, 12 hours after their cargo ship sank in a collision with a passenger liner.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, Leading Japanese mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc. said it will tie up with broadband provider ACCA Networks to introduce ultra-fast mobile WiMAX technology.
    (AFP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, Lebanese army helicopters stepped up raids on al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp in the country's north after five soldiers were killed over the last 2 days.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, In southern Nepal tainted liquor killed at least 15 people and sickened several others on the outskirts of Janakpur over the last 2 days.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Aug 31, In Gaza a protest of Hamas rule by Fatah supporters turned violent when Hamas men began forcefully dispersing the crowd, firing in the air and beating demonstrators and reporters. Five people were wounded in the clashes, including two French journalists.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, A car bomb exploded near a police vehicle in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region, killing four police officers in Nazran, Ingushetia.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said  Russia will accept a partition of Serbia's Kosovo province if that is the solution agreed by Belgrade and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority. Both Serbia and the Kosovo Albanians have said they oppose partition but they have shown no sign of reaching agreement on the central issue of independence for Kosovo.
    (Reuters, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, In northwest Sri Lanka government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels traded artillery fire, with each side claiming heavy casualties against the other as well as among civilians.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Aug 31, The Thai government said it has lifted a four-month ban on YouTube after the popular video-sharing Web site's operator agreed not to allow videos that violate the country's laws or are deemed offensive to Thai people. 3 people including a state railway worker were shot dead in separate attacks in the restive Muslim-majority south.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, Turkey's PM Erdogan laid out a policy vision for the next five years that focuses on pursuing EU membership and defending the state's secular and democratic principles.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 31, State media said Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has banned all pay rises without authorization and given himself extra powers in a new bid to curb the world's highest inflation rate.
    (AP, 8/31/07)

2007        Aug, In London, England, Baby P (Peter Connelly) was 17 months old when he died in a blood-spattered cot, having spent much of his life being used as "a punchbag." Social workers, police and health professionals failed to save him despite 60 visits over eight months, during which time he suffered more than 50 horrific injuries. His mother (27) and 2 men were charged with causing the baby’s death. The trio received minimum prison terms of 5, 12 and 3 years respectively. Sharon Shoesmith was sacked as director of children's services from Haringey Council in December 2008 after a damning Ofsted report into her department's role into the death of Baby P. In 2010 Dr Jerome Ikwueke (63) was found guilty of misconduct after a series of failings during consultations with the toddler at his north London surgery.
    (AFP, 11/12/08)(AFP, 4/23/10)(AFP, 7/16/10)
2007        Aug, A financial crises that soon gripped all major economies was later said to have begun about this time.
    (Econ, 4/25/09, p.31)
2007        Aug, China’s President visited Kazakhstan. Soon after a it was announced that a new oil pipeline would be built from Kazakhstan to China, and that a new gas pipeline linking Turkmenistan with China would run through Kazakhstan.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.54)
2007        Aug, Iran and Turkey concluded a number of energy deals including the establishment of a joint company to carry Iranian natural gas via Turkey to Europe and the construction of three thermal power plants by Turkish companies in Iran.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.49)
2007        Aug, In Italy over a hundred people became ill in Castiglione di Cervia, near Ravenna, with a disease that was later identified as chikungunya, a tropical disease spread by the tiger mosquito. This was the first such outbreak in modern Europe.
    (SSFC, 12/23/07, p.A22)
2007        Aug, In Mali Ag Bahanga took up arms and kidnapped 36 soldiers, in spite of a peace pact signed in neighboring Algeria in July 2006. The last 22 of those troops were released on March 8, 2008, following intervention by Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.
    (AFP, 3/23/08)
2007        Aug, Dutch schools were forced to offer afternoon child-care following a government effort to get house-bound Dutch mothers to work.
    (Econ, 9/8/07, p.55)
2007        Aug, In Peru the body of Claudia Gomez was found in a large suitcase that washed up on a Pacific Ocean beach. William Trickett Smith II of Pennsylvania was extradited to Peru in 2010 to face charges that he killed his Peruvian wife, Claudia Gomez in early July at a hotel in Lima. Trickett entered a guilty plea on May 19, 2011. On May 23 he was sentenced to 35-years in prison and ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution to the family of Claudia Gomez.
    (AP, 5/20/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4xcl9xo)(AP, 5/23/11)
2007        Aug, A census in the Philippines put the population at almost 89 million.
    (Econ, 4/26/08, p.62)

2007        Sep 1, The Mountaineers of Boone, North Carolina, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college football history as  Appalachian State beat No. 5 Michigan 34-32.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 1,  Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in his second major league start, just hours after being called up by the Boston Red Sox. Buchholz struck out nine, walked three and hit one batter to give the Red Sox a 10-0 victory over Baltimore.
    (AP, 9/1/08)
2007        Sep 1, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig announced his resignation, saying he would leave office on Sept. 30, 2007, in the wake of fallout over his arrest and guilty plea in a Minnesota airport gay sex sting. However, Craig later reversed his decision, saying he would serve out the rest of his term.
    (AP, 9/1/08)
2007        Sep 1, It was reported that it is now more expensive to execute someone in the US that to jail him for life. In North Carolina each capital case was said to cost some $2 million to legal fees.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.21)
2007        Sep 1, In eastern Tennessee a small plane carrying 5 Jehovah’s Witness ministers crashed in the Cherokee National Forest killing all 5 aboard.
    (SFC, 9/3/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 1, The industry ministry of Algiers announced that Algeria is inviting bids to privatize 13 companies in the electronics, iron, and public works sectors.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 1, Life expectancy in Andorra was reported to be longer than in any other world country, while the same in Swaziland was reported to be the shortest.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.14)
2007        Sep 1, Police arrested four suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA in south-west France, believed to be linked to the deadly Madrid airport bomb in December.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, A US Navy hospital ship Comfort brought state-of-the-art medical care to Haiti during a regional goodwill mission aimed at countering leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's influence.
    (AP, 9/7/07)(http://tinyurl.com/2squrt)
2007        Sep 1, It was reported that Mumbai, India, had a population of 14 million, making it the largest city in south Asia. The UN said it expected Mumbai to reach 25 million by 2015.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.33)
2007        Sep 1, In Basra gunmen on a motorcycle assassinated Muslim al-Batat, an aide to the country's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. US National Public Radio said a draft report from the US embassy in Baghdad says PM Maliki's government is failing to stop officials from committing fraud and is undermining its own watchdog agency, preventing it from carrying out effective investigations. The Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, dropped a precision bomb on two suspected insurgents believed to be preparing to plant roadside bombs. This was the US Army's first-ever use of a drone aircraft to kill enemy fighters in Iraq.
    (AP, 9/1/07)(AFP, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 1, Takehiko Endo, Japan's latest agricultural minister, acknowledged that a private farming group he leads exaggerated weather damage to the 1999 grape harvest in order to receive government compensation, which amounted to $9,930.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 1, In Mexico Tropical Storm Henriette dumped heavy rains on Acapulco, flooding streets and prompting officials to close more than 1,000 schools, while Tropical Storm Felix formed in the Caribbean.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, In Morocco Renault-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn signed a deal to build an assembly plant in Tangiers, with a planned investment of one billion euros (1.36 billion dollars) and final capacity of 400,000 vehicles.
    (AFP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, North Korea and the US began face-to-face talks in Geneva aimed at reaching an agreement on how to proceed with Pyongyang's denuclearization pledge.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, Former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto said in London that talks on a power sharing deal with President Pervez Musharraf had stalled but she would return to Pakistan very soon even without an agreement. A suicide bombing killed four Pakistani troops near the Afghan border, as tribal elders met with Islamic militants elsewhere to seek the release of at least 120 Pakistani soldiers. In Karachi a section of a newly constructed highway bridge came crashing down. At least 6 people were killed and 13 others injured. Authorities suspended six officials from the state-run National Highway Authority, which is responsible for supervising highways in Pakistan, and the National Logistic Cell, a military-run construction company that built the Karachi bridge.
    (Reuters, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 1, Hamas gunmen opened fire on their own supporters, killing a teenager at a protest on the Gaza-Egypt border, as tens of thousands of flag-waving Hamas supporters gathered at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt to demand it be reopened.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, In Panama Pedro Miguel Gonzalez Pinzon, a man wanted in the US on charges of involvement in the killing of an American soldier 15 years ago in Panama, was elected president of that country's congress.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, In Poland 2 small planes collided during an acrobatic display at the Radom Air Show killing both pilots.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, The population of Tanzania was about 39 million, with a GDP per head of $860.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.44)
2007        Sep 1, In Venezuela more than two dozen Colombian prisoners arrested three years ago in an alleged plot against President Hugo Chavez were freed in a goodwill gesture he hopes will help facilitate a prisoner exchange in Colombia.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed five human bird flu cases in Vietnam, four of them fatal. The four, including two women, died between June 21 and August 3 while a fifth person, a 29-year-old man, had recovered.
    (Reuters, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, Hundreds of riot police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of retired officers and soldiers in southern Yemen who were demanding to be allowed back into the military. The protesters were largely members of the army of south Yemen who were ousted after being defeated by northern forces.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Sep 1, State media reported that Zimbabwe's government will allow hotels, restaurants and bars to raise their rates by up to 50 percent. A woman and a child were killed in stampedes at an agriculture show in Harare packed with people lured by scarce snack foods and cheap Chinese toys and exhibitors hoping to skirt a government price freeze and sell their animals.
    (AP, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/2/07)

2007        Sep 2, In SF a free concert in Golden Gate Park celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love featuring dozens of veterans of the era. Boots Hughston bankrolled the $120,000 budget for the party.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.E1)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A9)
2007        Sep 2,  Hurricane Felix strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 storm as it toppled trees and flooded homes on a cluster of Dutch islands before churning its way into the open waters of the Caribbean.
    (AP, 9/2/08)   
2007        Sep 2, Detained former Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed was charged in a new graft case as part of the emergency government's corruption crackdown.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In central Chinese 4 boats carrying the toxic chemical methanol caught fire in Wuhan, causing one boat to sink and prompting fears of drinking water contamination.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, In western Colombia 10 soldiers were killed in a clash with leftist FARC rebels. Five more were missing.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In Copenhagen, Denmark, a protest by hundreds of youth activists turned violent, with protesters setting fire to street barricades and cars and smashing shop windows. Officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd. The unrest started after a demonstration the previous day commemorating the Youth House, a makeshift cultural center for the city's anarchists and disaffected youth that was demolished in March.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Ethiopian rebels declared a ceasefire to allow a UN mission to tour the eastern Ogaden region and assess alleged rights violations and a worsening humanitarian situation.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Dozens of Muslim clerics issued an edict against the construction of Indonesia's first nuclear power plant on seismically charged Java island, saying the potential dangers far outweighed the benefits.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, Iran's president claimed that his country is now running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium for its controversial nuclear program. Haleh Esfandiari (67), an Iranian-American academic imprisoned for months and accused of trying to create a "soft revolution" in Iran was permitted to leave the country and rejoin her family.
    (AP, 9/2/07)(AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, It was reported that at least 1,809 civilians had been killed in August across Iraq, compared to 1,760 in July. This brought to 27,564 the number of civilians killed since the Associated Press began collecting data on April 28, 2005. A US soldier was killed and three others injured when a roadside bomb blew up next to their patrol outside of Baghdad.
    (SSFC, 9/2/07, p.A20)(AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, Israeli police recommended that former Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson be indicted on charges of stealing millions from a union he headed in 2003.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In Lebanon the last militant stronghold of a Palestinian refugee camp devastated by more than 3 months of fighting fell to the army. The army killed 39 militants and captured at least 15 others as they tried to break out of the Nahr el-Bared camp. 5 soldiers were killed in the 2-day fight, raising to 158 the number of troops killed in the conflict that began May 20. The dead also included over 20 civilians and over 60 militants. Shaker Abbsi, leader of the Fatah al Islam militants, managed to escape.
    (AP, 9/2/07)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A13)(SFC, 9/11/07, p.A4)
2007        Sep 2, In Nepal 3 bombs exploded almost simultaneously in and around Katmandu, killing at least two people and injuring 13 in the first attack on Katmandu since a communist insurgency ended last year.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Following two days of talks in Geneva, Christopher Hill, the chief US negotiator,  said North Korea had agreed to account for and disable its atomic programs by the end of the year; the head of the North Korean delegation said his country's willingness to cooperate was clear, but he did not cite any dates.
    (AP, 9/2/08)
2007        Sep 2, Pro-Taliban militants said they had abducted scores of Pakistani soldiers, demanding the withdrawal of troops from tribal areas near the Afghan border in exchange for their release.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Temasek, Singapore’s state-owned investment company, said it would take a 8.3% stake in China Eastern Airlines and Singapore Airlines announced a 15.7% stake.
    (Econ, 9/29/07, p.68)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Eastern_Airlines)
2007        Sep 2, Sri Lanka said that troops captured a Tamil Tiger naval base during a weekend advance into rebel-held territory that the guerrillas said killed nine civilians.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In Yemen riot police opened fire on a demonstration by retired officers and soldiers, killing two people and wounding more than 20 on the second day of protests demanding the right to rejoin the army.
    (AP, 9/3/07)

2007        Sep 3, The Financial Times, citing unnamed officials, reported that the People's Liberation Army hacked into a computer system in the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates in June. China denied the allegations.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 3, Jerry Lewis raised nearly $64 million during his annual Labor Day Telethon.
    (AP, 9/3/08)
2007        Sep 3, Steve Fossett (b.1944), tycoon turned record seeker, disappeared in Nevada after flying from the Flying M Ranch, owned by billionaire Baron Hilton. In 2002 Fosset became the 1st person to fly around the world in a balloon. In 2006 Fossett authored his autobiography “Chasing the Wind." A search was formally suspended on Oct 2. On Feb 15, 2008, an Illinois court declared him legally dead. In 2008 wreckage of his plane was found on Oct 1 in the rugged eastern mountains of California. 
    (SFC, 9/5/07, p.A8)(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 2/16/08, p.B5)(Econ, 2/23/08, p.106)(Reuters, 10/2/08)
2007        Sep 3, The SF Bay Bridge reopened 11 hours earlier than scheduled following the replacement of a section of the upper deck east of Treasure Island.
    (SFC, 9/4/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 3, A fire began east of Morgan Hill, Ca., that burned 47,760 acres in and around Henry W. Coe State Park. Margaret Pavese was later charged with a misdemeanor for accidentally starting the fire when burning trash enar her cabin.
    (SFC, 9/27/07, p.B2)
2007        Sep 3, Hurricane Felix, having passed the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire with little damage, rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm and churned toward Central America, where forecasters said it could arrive as a "potentially catastrophic" storm.
    (AP, 9/3/07)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A17)
2007        Sep 3, In California temperatures headed back toward triple digits, the seventh day of a heat wave that has contributed to blackouts leaving thousands without air conditioning.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, Climate change activists staged a break-in at an Australian power station as a pattern of guerrilla-style raids emerged ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Sydney.
    (AFP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia and one of her sons were arrested on charges of corruption and misuse of power.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, A woman joined the protectors of the Crown Jewels as one of the famed Beefeaters of the Tower of London, becoming the first female Yeoman Warder since the corps of Tower guards was created in 1485.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, Bulgaria donated $56.6 million in Soviet-era debt owned by Libya as its contribution to a deal that led to the release of 6 medics convicted of infecting Libyan children with HIV.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, In eastern China about 2,000 ex-soldiers took part in riots that began and spread over a 775-mile stretch in the cities of Baotou, Wuhan, and Baoji. Demobilized soldiers are frequently rewarded for their service with government jobs, and 6,000 of them were sent to 12 different railway schools in July for two years of training. However, they were angered by run-down dormitories, bad but expensive food and a lack of study materials, At least 20 people were injured and five arrested when riot police moved in to quell the disturbances.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 3, Congolese officials reported killing 28 soldiers loyal to Gen. Nkunda, a renegade army officer, in exchanges of machine gun and heavy weapons fire lasting several hours.
    (Reuters, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 3, President Nicolas Sarkozy said France and Jordan want to work "hand-in-hand" to help resolve crises in the Middle East, following talks with King Abdullah II.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, The French government tied up the long-delayed merger of Suez and state-owned Gaz de France, giving the country another world energy champion in a sector that Paris was eager to protect from foreigners.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, Iraqi soldiers hoisted the nation's flag over the Basra palace compound after British troops withdrew from their last garrison in the city, leaving the country's second biggest city largely in the hands in the hands of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. In a statement posted on an Islamic Web site, the Islamic State of Iraq, made up of 8 insurgent groups, including al-Qaida in Iraq, said its leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi chose Mohammed Khalil al-Badria for the education position. The so-called 10-member "Islamic Cabinet" was set up in April to challenge the Iraqi government. President Bush made a surprise visit to al-Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, hoping to bolster his case that the buildup of US troops is helping stabilizing the country.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, Ireland’s government said almost all the children who could not find elementary school places in a Dublin suburb this year were black.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, Jamaica's main opposition won a narrow election victory, according to preliminary results, but Portia Simpson Miller, the country's first female prime minister, said the race was too close to call and the ruling party would not concede defeat.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 3, Takehiko Endo, Japan's scandal-hit farm minister, resigned dealing a fresh blow to PM Shinzo Abe just a week after he reshuffled his cabinet in the hope of cleaning up the government's image.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, In Lebanon troops exchanged fire with fleeing militants killing 4 and capturing 2.
    (SFC, 9/4/07, p.A14)
2007        Sep 3, A Lithuanian research center launched a Web site that allows the public to access original KGB documents online. The site kgbdocuments.eu contains working documents from various KGB departments, as well as descriptive articles on the activities of Soviet state security agencies in Lithuania from 1940 to 1991.
    (www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/18701/)
2007        Sep 3, In southwestern Nigeria at least 20 people were killed when a bus collided with a fuel tanker.
    (AFP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 3, A spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the US has decided to remove North Korea from a list of terrorism-sponsoring states and lift sanctions against it.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, Panamanian President Martin Torrijos celebrated the start of construction on two wider sets of locks being added to both sides of the Panama canal.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Sudan in a bid to jumpstart the peace process in strife-torn Darfur ahead of a massive joint UN-African Union peacekeeping operation.
    (AFP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, A Thai court issued arrest warrants for former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife over their alleged violations of stock-trading laws.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 3, The Zimbabwean government completed its takeover of the country's leading cooking oil manufacturer by acquiring US food giant H.J Heinz's 49% stake for 6.8 million dollars.
    (AFP, 9/3/07)

2007        Sep 4, US President George W. Bush arrived in Sydney for a regional summit with the city locked down in the biggest security operation in Australian history.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, Mattel Inc.'s reputation took another hit after the world's largest toy maker announced a third major recall of Chinese-made toys in little more than a month because of excessive amounts of lead paint.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 4, In Florida Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne resigned after agreeing to plead guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud charges.
    (SFC, 9/5/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 4, New York city’s first Arab-language school opened.
    (Econ, 9/8/07, p.36)
2007        Sep 4, 5-nation war games began in the Bay of Bengal. Indian and US aircraft carriers launched fighter jets into the air as American submarines cruised below Japanese, Australian and Singaporean warships.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 4, Afghan security forces in overnight fighting said they have killed Mullah Mateen, a Taliban commander alleged to be behind the July kidnappings of 23 South Korean church workers. The Taliban denied the dead man was one of their militants. Up to 27 other insurgents were also slain. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said 7 insurgents were killed in the clash, all of them ordinary fighters. He said the Taliban had no commander called Mullah Mateen, and said he did not know who the government was referring to. Afghan and coalition soldiers in Shah Wali Kot district, in southern Kandahar province, came under attack while on patrol. They fought back before calling in air support and over a dozen insurgents were killed in the engagement. About 18 miles away, insurgents sheltering in a traditional low-walled Afghan compound attacked another joint patrol. Airstrikes later pounded the position, killing six insurgents.
    (AP, 9/4/07)(AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 4, In Australia 2 Indonesians were jailed over a people-smuggling operation to bring 83 Sri Lankans into Australia. The two pleaded guilty to smuggling 83 Sri Lankans into Australian waters in February near Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
    (AFP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, A skirmish near the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh killed two Azerbaijani soldiers and three Armenian troops.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 4, A Eurostar train shattered the record for the quickest rail journey between Paris and London, using a new high-speed track that shaved some 30 minutes off the previous fastest time. The 306 mile (492 kilometer) journey from the Gare du Nord in Paris to Saint Pancras took just two hours, three minutes and 39 seconds from station to station.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, Most of London's sprawling transport network shut down after maintenance workers walked off the job, arousing commuter anger and drawing warnings the strike will inconvenience millions of Britons. Subway maintenance workers agreed to cut short the strike.
    (AP, 9/4/07)(AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, Jane Tomlinson (43), terminal cancer sufferer, died in London following a 7-year battle against the disease. Tomlinson had raised thousands of pounds after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer by taking on a series of grueling physical challenges.
    (AFP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, Canada’s PM Stephen Harper suspended Parliament and reconvened a new session on October 16, setting up a vote of confidence in his minority Conservative government that could trigger an election.
    (Reuters, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 4, An official said China's environmental watchdog has closed down 400 factories since it started a national campaign in July to tackle water pollution.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, Rangers and 300 villagers abandoned a gorilla reserve in eastern Congo as government soldiers battled troops loyal to a renegade general in sections of Virunga park. The UN said ten thousand Congolese refugees have fled to neighboring Uganda following clashes between the Congolese army and renegade troops in its eastern provinces.
    (Reuters, 9/4/07)(AP, 9/4/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.52)
2007        Sep 4, Denmark's intelligence service arrested eight Islamic militants linked to leading al-Qaida figures, and said the suspects were plotting an attack involving explosives.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, It was reported that Ethiopian authorities plan to kill tens of thousands of stray dogs in the capital using strychnine-laced meat, saying they want to eradicate rabies before next week's celebration of the Coptic millennium.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, In Germany 3 suspected Islamic terrorists from an al-Qaida-influenced group nursing "profound hatred of U.S. citizens" were arrested on suspicious of plotting imminent, massive bomb attacks on US facilities in Germany. In 2008 Fritz Martin Gelowicz (29), Daniel Martin Schneider (22) and Adem Yilmaz (29) were charged with membership in a terrorist organization.
    (AP, 9/5/07)(SFC, 9/3/08, p.A8)
2007        Sep 4, Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani was picked to head a key clerical body empowered with choosing or dismissing the country's supreme leader, state media reported, in a vote seen as a setback for hard-liners in Iran's ruling establishment.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, An Iraqi appeals court upheld death sentences imposed against "Chemical Ali" al-Majid and two other Saddam Hussein lieutenants convicted of crimes against humanity for their roles in a massacre of Kurds. 3 separate attacks in Baghdad killed four US soldiers and at least 11 civilians.
    (AP, 9/4/07)(AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 4, Hurricane Felix roared ashore as a fearsome Category 5 storm, the first time in recorded history that two top-scale storms have made landfall in the same season. The storm hit near the swampy Nicaragua-Honduras border, home to thousands of stranded Miskito Indians dependent on canoes to make their way to safety. Some 332 people left dead or missing.
    (AP, 9/4/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.45)
2007        Sep 4, Nigeria’s national news agency said Nigeria will spend 950 million naira (7.3 million dollars/ 5.3 million euros) to resettle nationals living in the disputed Bakassi Peninsula ceded to Cameroon last year.
    (AFP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, A senior US diplomat said North Korea remains on a list of states that sponsor terrorism, dismissing North Korean claims that Washington decided to remove the designation.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, In Pakistan suicide bombers attacked a bus filled with government workers and a commercial area near Islamabad, killing at least 25 people and deepening the sense of crisis in a country beset with political uncertainty and Islamic militants.
    (AP, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, In Russia’s Voronezh region an explosion killed three people at a sugar refinery owned by Prodimex Group, one of the country's largest producers.
    (Reuters, 9/4/07)
2007        Sep 4, Alain Robert climbed to the top of Moscow’s 795-feet-high West Federation Tower, in less than a half-hour using a ladder.
    (AP, 9/5/07)

2007        Sep 5, Fred Thompson (b.1942), former Tennessee Senator (1994-2002) as well as film and TV character actor, announced himself as a formal Republican candidate for the US presidency on the Jay Leno show. Thompson quit the race on Jan 22, 2008.
    (SFC, 9/6/07, p.A4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Thompson)(SFC, 1/23/08, p.A11)
2007        Sep 5, Contest organizers in Tucson, Az., said Kelly McBee, a 30-year-old mother of three from northern Wyoming, is the new Mrs. America. McBee won the national crown in a ceremony at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 5, Coroners in Southern California said as many as 28 people may have died of heat-related causes during the last 8-day run of hot weather.
    (SFC, 9/6/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 5, In Virginia US Rep. Paul Gillmor (68), a Republican from Ohio, was found dead in his apartment in Arlington.
    (SFC, 9/6/07, p.A7)
2007        Sep 5, Afghan and US-led coalition troops killed more than 40 suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan. 13 mine-clearing workers were kidnapped in Paktia province.
    (AP, 9/5/07)(AP, 9/6/07)(AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 5, In Australia President Bush urged Pacific Rim nations to band together on tackling global warming, saying all major polluters must be part of any solution.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, The Belgian-based International Polar Foundation unveiled what it claimed to be the world's first zero-emissions polar science station in Antarctica to conduct research on climate change.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Chinese authorities said two late-night radio shows that discussed sex and drugs have been banned for damaging young people and being "extremely pornographic."
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 5, German officials announced that three militants from an Islamic group linked to al-Qaida were planning "imminent" bomb attacks against Americans in Germany when an elite anti-terrorist unit raided their small-town hideout.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2007        Sep 5, The ship Oceanic II, dubbed the Scholar Ship, became home to some 200 students from 35 countries and embarked from Piraeus, Greece, as a seaborne university funded by Royal Caribbean Cruises. A 16-week semester included stops in Lisbon, Panama City, Auckland, Shanghai and other places for just under $20,000.
    (SFC, 9/12/07, p.61)
2007        Sep 5, In Guatemala 2 candidates from Nobel Laureate and presidential hopeful Rigoberta Menchu's political party were shot dead amid a wave of campaign-related violence that has claimed about 50 lives.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, In Karbala US forces captured an Iraqi believed to be working as the local contact to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps's elite Quds Force to supply Shiite militias with Iranian-made weapons.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said Israel will grant citizenship to some of the estimated 300 refugees from Sudan's violence-ridden Darfur region who have already arrived.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Japan and North Korea held talks for the first time in six months in a bid to ease tensions amid signs of cautious optimism for progress from the arch-foes. The meeting in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator is part of a working group set up by six-nation talks designed to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons programs.
    (AFP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Hurricane Henriette threatened Mexico's mainland after punishing the Los Cabos resorts.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, North Korea said it had arrested spies working for an unspecified foreign country who were collecting intelligence on the communist state's military and state secrets.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Militants freed six soldiers who were among more than 100 Pakistani troops abducted over the weekend near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame said that his country was no longer interested in joining the southern African grouping SADC in order to avoid "overlapping" roles with other blocs.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Canada’s ambassador to Zimbabwe said the number of people facing serious food shortages there is expected to grow to 4.1 million over the first quarter of next year.
    (AP, 9/5/07)

2007        Sep 6, A Pentagon spokesman said 16 detainees from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to the custody of Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 6, FBI agents arrested 12 people, including 11 public officials, in New Jersey on charges of taking bribes in exchange for influencing the awarding of public contracts. Mims Hackett Jr., mayor of Orange, was among those arrested.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A2)
2007        Sep 6, Authorities in Colorado arrested Norman Hsu (56), a fugitive political fundraiser. Hsu had failed to appear in a Redwood City, Ca., courtroom on Sep 5, following bail over a 1992 fraud conviction. It was later reported that Hsu had recently received $40 million from Source Financing Investors LLC, an investment fund run by Joel Rosenman, one of the creators of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and that the money was missing. On Sep 19 the fund filed suit against Hsu.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/12/07, p.A1)(SFC, 9/20/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 6, Martin Villegas, Mexican boot maker to world leaders, including President Bush and Vicente Fox, was arrested in Colorado along with two other Mexican nationals and two US residents following a three-year undercover operation by US Fish and Wildlife Service agents. The five allegedly made 25 illegal shipments of banned skins into the US since 2005.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 6, A jury in St. Francisville, La., acquitted Sal and Mabel Mangano, the owners of a nursing home where 35 patients died after Hurricane Katrina, of negligent homicide and cruelty charges.
    (AP, 9/7/08)
2007        Sep 6, A cocktail of artificial colors and the commonly-used preservative sodium benzoate are linked to hyperactivity in children, according to a ground-breaking study published by The Lancet.
    (AFP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, Scientists reported that the Israeli acute paralysis virus, first identified in the Middle East in 2004, is associated with the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which was wreaking havoc on commercial bees in the US.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A8)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.83)
2007        Sep 6, Madeleine L’Engle (b.1918), author, died in Litchfield, Conn. Her more than 60 books included “A Wrinkle in Time" (1962), winner of the 1963 Newberry Medal for best American children’s book.
    (SFC, 9/8/07, p.A2)
2007        Sep 6, Alex (31), a gifted African Grey parrot that could count to six, identify colors and even express frustration with repetitive scientific trials, died at Brandeis Univ., Mass., after 30 years of helping researchers better understand the avian brain.
    (AP, 9/12/07)(Econ, 9/22/07, p.103)
2007        Sep 6, Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed "more than 20" insurgents in an eight-hour battle that saw coalition aircraft bombing and strafing enemy positions in Kandahar province.  Two NATO soldiers were killed in two separate bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 6, In Algeria a bomb ripped through a crowd waiting for the Algerian president to arrive in Batna, killing 22 people and injuring more than 107.
    (AFP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 6, Australian PM John Howard said he would tell Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would not approve the sale of uranium to Moscow if there was any possibility it could be resold to Iran or Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, In Australia Pacific Rim nations agreed that climate change was of "vital interest," but officials squabbled over whether their leaders should include energy efficiency targets in a statement at their annual summit. China’s President Hu Jintao, on the defensive over recalls of tainted toothpaste, pet food and toys, told President Bush that Beijing was stepping up product safety inspections.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, Media reports said China has created its first agency to combat corruption, a rampant problem that the country's communist leadership has said is a threat to their rule. State media also reported that Chinese computer hackers are infiltrating British government networks, giving them access to secret information.
    (AP, 9/7/07)(AFP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, Ayman Ismail Hassan, one of the key witnesses and co-defendants in the trial of Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour, was found hanged in his prison cell in Cairo. "I confessed to forgery under pressure from officers from state security," Hassan told reporters on June 30, 2005, after his lawyer told the court he had changed his plea to not guilty.
    (Reuters, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, Fiji's military-led government imposed a monthlong state of emergency, accusing the prime minister who was ousted in a coup last year of seeking to "destabilize" the South Pacific nation.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 6, German police hunted for about a dozen people suspected of plotting massive bomb attacks against Americans in a plot whose discovery fanned debate over increasing official surveillance powers.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, Indonesia and Russia signed a $1 billion defense deal that will allow Indonesia to buy dozens of helicopters, tanks and submarines, part of visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to boost his country's military clout in Asia.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, The Iraqi government announced it was adding millions of dollars to the budget of the western province of Anbar to help rebuild the region. Gunmen opened fire on Sunni worshippers in a drive-by shooting following evening prayers in Kirkuk, killing at least three people and wounding four. American and Iraqi Special Forces clashed with suspected Shiite militiamen in western Baghdad before calling in airstrikes. Residents and police said at least 14 people were killed. A roadside bomb exploded next to a group of construction workers in the predominantly Shiite area of Zafaraniyah, killing one and injuring five. Authorities discovered five bodies, two in Baghdad's southern Dora area and 3 in the western Amil area, all blindfolded and shot with their hands bound. In Tikrit a car bomb near a gas station killed two civilians and wounded 14 others. In several operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq, US troops killed six terrorist suspects and detained 25 others. Four US Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 9/6/07)(AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 6, Legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (71), who brought opera to the masses with his powerful voice and jovial personality, died of pancreatic cancer in Modena.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, Israeli troops backed by tanks and bulldozers crossed into southern Gaza to strike at Palestinian militants and 10 militants were killed. Palestinian militants said fighters in a pickup truck and jeep crashed through a fence on the Gaza-Israel border and attacked an Israeli army post. An Israeli airstrike hit in Syria where it was believed weapons, being sent from Iran to the militant Islamic group in Lebanon, were stored. It was later reported that the airstrike was aimed at a partly constructed nuclear reactor.
    (AP, 9/6/07)(AP, 9/12/07)(SSFC, 10/14/07, p.A19)
2007        Sep 6, Jamaica's electoral office confirmed the Labor Party's victory in a close election, sealing its return to power after 18 years in opposition. The center right JLP won 50.1% of the popular vote and 32 of 60 seats in parliament.
    (AP, 9/7/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.42)
2007        Sep 6, Japan and North Korea wrapped up a rare meeting without a breakthrough in an emotional row over kidnappings, but they pledged to keep talking amid small signs of hope between the arch-rivals.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, In Nicaragua the death toll from Hurricane Felix rose to more than 40 as rescuers searched the seas and civil defense workers reached isolated communities devastated by the Category 5 storm. Scores of others remained missing.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, In Nigeria 5 people, including two policemen, were shot dead in a failed attempt to rob a bank in Lagos.
    (AFP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, In Paraguay former Gen. Lino Cesar Oviedo (67) was released from prison after serving 5 years of a 10-year sentence. He quickly declared his ambition to govern the country.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 6, An unmanned Russian rocket carrying a Japanese communications satellite malfunctioned after liftoff, sending parts crashing in an uninhabited part of Kazakhstan and triggering concerns about environmental damage.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, The US and Chinese presidents set aside their differences on Taiwan and put pressure on the island to drop plans for a referendum on UN membership.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 6, Mark Weil (55), an Uzbek theater director whose productions caused controversy in the tightly controlled former Soviet republic, was stabbed to death outside his home in Tashkent. The llkhom Theater of Tashkent, which Weil founded in 1(SFC, 5/16/08, p.)976, was the first independent theater in the Soviet Union.
    (AP, 9/8/07)(SFC, 5/17/08, p.E10)
2007        Sep 6, Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, as the elder statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate continued his visit to Italy amid an international push for peace in the Middle East.
    (AP, 9/6/07)

2007        Sep 7, A US federal judge said Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 US service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut, in a ruling that left survivors and families shedding tears of joy. A day later Iran rejected the ruling.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 7, The California Legislature, for the 2nd time in three years, approved a bill to give same-sex couples the right to marry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it.
    (SFC, 6/27/15, p.A14)
2007        Sep 7, The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said it has agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy, the second-largest payment by a diocese. The agreement caps more than four years of negotiations in state and federal courts.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, In a new video released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden made no overt threats but lectured Americans on the Iraq war and criticized global capitalism, calling its leaders the real terrorists. He also urged Americans to convert to Islam in order to end the war in Iraq.
    (AP, 9/8/07)(SFC, 9/8/07, p.A6)
2007        Sep 7, Bako Saakian, the former security chief of Nagorno-Karabakh, was sworn as the new president of the Armenian-controlled breakaway region.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, In Australia Pacific Rim negotiators agreed on a joint statement on global warming that would ask developing nations to commit to energy efficiency targets and acknowledge that wealthy countries have greater responsibility for the problem.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Leaders of Australia and Russia signed a deal to export Australian uranium to fuel Russian nuclear reactors, but promised it would not be transferred to Iran's disputed atomic program.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Chad for talks with President Idriss Deby Itno on the Darfur crisis in neighbouring Sudan, and the plight of refugees who have fled to his country.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, China's securities regulator said it has approved an application by China Construction Bank, the nation's biggest mortgage lender, to issue shares in what could be one of China's biggest initial public offerings. Chinese stocks broke their winning streak, with the benchmark index falling 2.2 percent after the central bank raised the amount of reserves banks are required to hold.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Renegade Congolese General Laurent Nkunda said the Congolese army had attacked his position, breaking a fragile ceasefire negotiated by United Nations mediators in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, The government of Gibraltar called a general election and dissolved the British colony's parliament. Chief Minister Peter Caruana set the elections for Oct. 11.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Sunni, Shiite, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and Shinto leaders gathered in Greenland for a 6-day coastal tour and symposium called "The Arctic: Mirror of Life," designed to focus global attention on climate change.
    (www.enn.com/climate/commentary/22800)(Econ, 9/22/07, p.70)
2007        Sep 7, Guyana officials said pirate attacks along its rivers and Atlantic coast have prompted the South American country to set up an emergency radio network for boaters and place special markings on engines to track stolen equipment.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 7, In northwestern India a large truck crammed with Hindu pilgrims crashed into a gorge, killing at least 85 people and injuring 64.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 7, Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Eshagh al-Fayyadh, one of the top four Shiite clerics in Iraq, called on Muslims to keep religion out of politics and not use mosques and religious events for the interest of political groups, sects or personalities. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol near Baqouba, killing one soldier and wounding two, while another roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded four others southeast of Baghdad. 3 men were killed in an operation targeting a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader north of Baghdad. Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, conceded that the buildup of American combat forces has fallen short of its goal of prompting Iraqi political progress. A US Marine died in Iraq's Anbar province in a non-combat situation.
    (AP, 9/7/07)(AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 7, The Kenya Wildlife Service warned in a report that wild animals are vanishing from Nairobi National Park, Kenya's oldest game reserve which borders the airport at Nairobi.
    (AFP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Moroccans began voting in parliamentary elections likely to make the country's leading political force an Islamist party that has tapped into people's mounting disillusionment with the parties in power. The main opposition Islamist party failed to make its hoped-for breakthrough in legislative elections, marked by an historic low turnout of only 41 percent. Voters handed power to a secular conservative party that is a member of the ruling coalition.
    (AP, 9/7/07)(AFP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 7, In Nicaragua rescuers scooped bodies from the open sea as the death toll from Hurricane Felix neared 100.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, In Pakistan lawyers said government has reopened corruption cases against former PM Nawaz Sharif. A court ordered the arrest of his brother in a murder case, three days before their expected return to Pakistan to challenge its Pres. Gen. Musharraf. In northwest Pakistan suspected Islamic militants beheaded two women on the outskirts of Bannu after accusing them of being prostitutes. In Mingora, a town south of Bannu, a bomb blast destroyed 48 shops in a downtown market, 33 of them selling music and movie CDs. Suspected militants shot dead the son and a nephew of a pro-government tribal elder in Bajur, a tribally governed region bordering Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Hamas security forces armed with rifles and clubs beat Fatah supporters trying to hold street prayers to protest the Islamic group's rule in Gaza. Hamas men also assaulted at least seven Palestinian journalists and detained five.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Poland's parliament voted to dissolve itself, forcing an election that the government had sought to end persistent political turbulence. President Lech Kaczynski set the vote for Oct. 21, two years ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Portuguese police suggested that Kate McCann (39), the mother of a toddler whose disappearance sparked international headlines, accidentally killed her daughter Madeleine, who disappeared on May 3.
    (AFP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 7, Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Holocaust victims, extending his "sadness, repentance and friendship" to the Jewish people as he began a 3-day pilgrimage to Austria.
    (AP, 9/7/07)

2007        Sep 8, In SF “The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity" opened at the Palace of Fine Arts. The singularity term was used to describe the day when machines become smart enough to reprogram themselves. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, was the principal backer.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A16)
2007        Sep 8, In Nevada Darrin Tuck (26) handed in a videotape to Nevada authorities. The graphic video depicted a 2003 sexual assault on a 2-year-old girl. Chester Arthur Stiles was tracked down following a nationwide manhunt. In 2009 Stiles was sentenced to 21 terms of life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/30/09, p.A4)(www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=49286)
2007        Sep 8, In Odessa, Texas, 2 police officers responding to a domestic disturbance were killed and a third was critically wounded by a gunman who led authorities on an hours-long standoff. Gunman Larry White (58) was shot in the abdomen but was in stable condition.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 8, Deputies in Big Creek, West Virginia, found Megan Williams (20), who was sexually abused, beaten and stabbed while held captive for at least a week. She was repeatedly called a racial slur during the attacks in Big Creek, about 35 miles southwest of Charleston. Six people, all white, including a mother and son and a mother and daughter, were arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of the black woman. The suspects pleaded guilty and were sent to prison. In 2009 Williams, while living in Ohio, said she had lied about the abuse in 2007 in order to get back at her boyfriend, who had beaten her.
    (AP, 9/11/07)(SFC, 9/11/07, p.A9)(SFC, 10/22/09, p.A6)
2007        Sep 8, In Washington state 5 members of the Makah tribe killed a California gray whale with harpoons and a rifle without tribal approval. In October a federal grand jury charged the 5 Makah men with misdemeanor counts.
    (SFC, 9/10/07, p.A4)(SFC, 10/5/07, p.A4)
2007        Sep 8, The Afghan defense ministry said at least 50 Taliban rebels have been killed in two days of operations by Afghan and US-led troops across southern Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan 2 British soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack and a number of other troops were wounded.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, A booby-trapped car exploded at a barracks housing coast guard officials, killing 30 officers in Algeria's second terror attack this week. Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility. The suicide bomber was reported to be a 15-year-old student.
    (AP, 9/8/07)(AP, 9/9/07)(AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 8, Asia Pacific leaders overcame differences on climate change to agree to take action against greenhouse gases at a key summit protected by the tightest security in Australian history.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, In Austria Pope Benedict XVI blasted Europeans for being selfish and not having enough children, in a sermon at the 850-year-old pilgrimage site of Mariazell.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, Hundreds of colleges reopened in Bangladesh, two weeks after the country's military-backed government shut them down to quell nationwide student unrest.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, It was reported that China has 126 airports, 57 of which can handle private planes. This was compared to 500 airports in the US that can handle big commercial airliners, and some 10,000 that handle smaller planes.
    (Econ, 9/8/07, p.69)
2007        Sep 8, In Colombia the Red Cross said it has recovered all 11 bodies presumed to be lawmakers who were killed in a shootout while held hostage by leftist rebels.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, Congo and Uganda signed an agreement to immediately move refugee camps 93 miles from their shared border to improve security.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 8, A small Sunni Arab bloc ended its parliamentary boycott, returning to the legislature as it considers key benchmark legislation demanded by Washington amid increasing pressure to end the political deadlock. A suicide bomber drove through a checkpoint and blew up his car in Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City, killing at least 15 people in an attack apparently aimed at a nearby market. A bomb went off midday at a crowded market in the Shiite city of Kufa, 100 miles south of Baghdad, killing four and injuring five. Gunmen in Najaf killed Mohammed al-Qarawi, director of tribal affairs in anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office. A mortar shell hit a house in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baladiyat in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding three.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, Taiwan-born Ang Lee's erotic spy thriller "Lust, Caution" won the Venice Film Festival's top award, two years after he captured the same prize here with "Brokeback Mountain."
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 8, A late night riot broke out in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Terengganu after a group of opposition parties, including the main Islamist party, held an illegal rally. Malaysian police fired live rounds to quell the riot wounding two men.
    (Reuters, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 8, The Rev. Ian Paisley said he is stepping down as leader of the hard-line Protestant church he founded 56 years ago, a decision his opponents say was inevitable after he angered many by cooperating with Sinn Fein to form a Northern Ireland government.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 8, In the Netherlands Carlos Hartmann (41), of Tecumseh, Mich., killed Thijs Geers (22), a Dutch student, on a train platform in the southern city of Roosendaal. Hartmann hoped to punish the Netherlands for its government's support of the war in Iraq and confessed to axing the student to death after failing to find a soldier to kill.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 8, Saudi Arabia and an influential Lebanese politician joined calls by Pakistan for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to scrap plans to return to the country next week.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, Voting began in Sierra Leone's presidential runoff, a ballot to choose the West African nation's first new leader since UN peacekeepers withdrew two years ago.
    (AP, 9/8/07)
2007        Sep 8, In Sri Lanka military officials said at least 21 people were killed in fresh violence in the embattled northern and eastern regions over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 9/8/07)

2007        Sep 9, In the 2007 MTV Music Video Awards the winners included: Video of the Year: Rihanna, "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z; Male Artist of the Year: Justin Timberlake; Female Artist of the Year: Fergie. Britney Spears performed her new single "Gimme More" in a much-criticized comeback attempt at the event in Las Vegas.
    (AP, 9/10/07)(AP, 9/9/08)
2007        Sep 9, Phil Frank (64), longtime resident of Sausalito, Ca., and creator of the Farley and Elderberries comic strips, announced his retirement. His Farley strip had run in the SF Chronicle for decades.
    (SSFC, 9/9/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 9, The remains of Sam (7) and Lindsey (8) Porter were found near the Missouri River in Sugar Creek, Mo. They had been missing since their disappearance on June 5, 2004. On November 20 their father, Dan Porter (44), already in jail for their kidnapping, was charged in their shootings.
    (SFC, 11/21/07, p.A4)(www.kmbc.com/news/14090631/detail.html)
2007        Sep 9, In Utah searchers found the body of Camille Cleverley (22) at the base of a cliff near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo. The Brigham Young Univ. student had been missing for over a week.
    (SFC, 9/10/07, p.A4)
2007        Sep 9, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said he was ready to hold talks with Taliban militants in an effort to end their bloody insurgency against his US-backed administration.
    (AFP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, Large swathes of Bangladesh were underwater again after heavy rains, adding to the misery of millions hit by flooding that has killed more than 830 people since late July.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, The British couple named as suspects in the disappearance of their 4-year-old daughter returned to England, days after being grilled by Portuguese police about new forensic evidence authorities believe ties them to the case.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, Bishop Han Dingxiang (71), who led an underground congregation of Roman Catholics and was repeatedly detained in China for his loyalty to the Vatican, died in police custody. He died while being treated in a hospital for an unspecified illness.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 9, Volkswagen announced the Up! At the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 6,000 euro ($8,300) is a small car intended for emerging markets.
    (Econ, 9/15/07, p.78)
2007        Sep 9, Guatemala held presidential elections. Front runners Alvaro Colom, candidate of the center left National Unity of Hope party, and Otto Perez Molina, of the conservative Patriotic Party, were virtually tied in recent polls. The 2 candidates faced a presidential runoff in November after a close first-round vote.
    (SSFC, 9/9/07, p.A1)(AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 9, In southern India a highway overpass collapsed in Hyderabad, crushing vehicles and injuring pedestrians taking shelter from a rainstorm. At least 2 people were killed. officials said they feared 20 people had died.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 9, Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged neighbors to prevent "terrorists and killers" from crossing into his country and warned that the violence in Iraq could spill across its borders. A mortar attack in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad killed one person, and an explosion in a booby-trapped minibus south of the capital, in Mahmoudiya, also killed one. A coordinated attack on a police station in Hajaj, a predominantly Sunni village in northern Iraq, left five policemen and four civilians dead before the gunmen were driven off with the help of residents. A US airstrike in northern Iraq killed an insurgent suspected to be behind the quadruple suicide bombings in August against communities of Yazidis.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, Israeli police said they have cracked a cell of young Israeli neo-Nazis accused in a string of attacks on foreign workers, religious Jews, drug addicts and gays. Eight immigrants from the former Soviet Union were arrested in recent days in connection with at least 15 attacks, and a ninth fled the country.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, In northern Mexico a truck carrying 25 tons of ammonium nitrate blew up after colliding with another vehicle, killing at least 37 people, including three reporters who came to the scene near Sacramento.
    (AP, 9/10/07)(Econ, 9/15/07, p.40)
2007        Sep 9, Moroccan nationalist party Istiqlal vowed to keep an alliance with socialists after emerging as the surprise winner in elections marred by the lowest turnout ever in the north African nation.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, Pakistani police manned roadblocks and rounded up supporters of former PM Nawaz Sharif as he prepared to end seven years in exile and return to Pakistan to lead a campaign to topple the country's US-allied military ruler. Suspected pro-Taliban militants ambushed a military convoy in troubled northwestern Pakistan, triggering a shootout that killed 10 militants and wounded seven soldiers.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, Shepherds from 32 countries joined their Spanish colleagues to lead flocks of sheep through the streets of downtown Madrid in defense of ancient grazing routes threatened by urban sprawl and manmade frontiers. Modern-day Madrid lies squarely in the way of two venerable north-south routes, one dating back to 1372.
    (AP, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, Southern Sudanese officials said government troops have agreed to end their siege of 61 south Sudanese soldiers, resolving a stand-off that risked undermining the north-south peace deal.
    (Reuters, 9/9/07)
2007        Sep 9, Thousands of protesters blocked a central Taipei street and displayed candles in the shape of the Chinese character for "fart" to demand that Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian step down over suspected corruption.
    (AP, 9/9/07)

2007        Sep 10, America's top commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified before Congress about the unpopular Iraq war. Petraeus said last winter's buildup in US troops had met its military objectives "in large measure" and that he envisions the withdrawal of roughly 30,000 US troops by next summer. MoveOn.org, an online network of Americans opposed to the war, published a full-page ad in the NY Times with a banner headline saying “General Petraeus or General Betray Us."
    (AP, 9/11/07)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.35)
2007        Sep 10, In Chicago mobsters James Marcello (65), Joseph Lombardo (78), Frank Calabrese (70) and Paul Schiro (70) were convicted of all counts including racketeering, conspiracy, bribery, illegal gambling and tax fraud. Anthony Doyle (62), a retired police officer, was also convicted for leaking information to the mob known as The Outfit.
    (SFC, 9/11/07, p.A5)
2007        Sep 10, Kenneth John Freeman (44), an American man accused of raping his daughter and posting the videos on the Internet, agreed to be extradited from Hong Kong to the United States.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, UC Berkeley announced a $113 million gift from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation of Menlo Park, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/11/07, p.D1)
2007        Sep 10, Blackstone Group LP bought a 20% stake in a Chinese chemical company in its first deal in the country since a Chinese government fund bought into the US private equity firm.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, US defense research company QinetiQ announced that an unmanned solar-powered aircraft had soared for 54 hours more than 50,000 feet above New Mexico and may hold the record for unmanned flight.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, It was reported that John Kanzius of Erie, Pa., had accidentally discovered a way to burn salt water when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, Dame Anita Roddick (64), founder of Body Shop, died after suffering a major brain hemorrhage. She used her international cosmetics chain to promote eco-friendly practices long before they were widely fashionable. She had opened her first shop in Brighton in 1976 and sold the business in 2006 to L’Oreal for $1.1 billion.
    (AP, 9/10/07)(Econ, 9/15/07, p.80)
2007        Sep 10, Jane Wyman (b.1917), filmstar and the 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca. her work included roles in 86 films and 350 television shows. She won an Oscar for her role a deaf rape victim in the 1948 film “Johnny Belinda."
    (SFC, 9/11/07, p.A2)
2007        Sep 10, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorized rickshaw set off his explosives in a crowded area killing 28 people in Gereshk, Helmand province. Children selling chewing gum and cigarettes were among the victims of the blast.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, Bangladesh's military-backed government lifted an eight-month emergency ban on indoor politics as it promised democracy would be restored by the end of 2008. A Dhaka-based human rights group said 126 people had been killed by law enforcement agencies since the emergency rule began with at least 22 tortured to death.
    (AP, 9/10/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.43)
2007        Sep 10, Canada's top election official stuck to his controversial ruling allowing Muslim women to stay veiled when voting, despite protests from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 10, In Colombia soldiers swarmed onto a farm and captured Diego Montoya, one of the world's most wanted drug traffickers hiding in bushes in his underwear. He led the Norte del Valle cartel and was captured along with an uncle and three other cartel members. He was extradited to the US in 2008 and in 2009 was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/11/07)(Reuters, 10/22/09)
2007        Sep 10, Congolese authorities blocked Frederic Bintsamou, an ex-rebel chief, from entering Brazzaville to take up duties as a deputy minister under a peace deal, but promised they were still adhering to the "principle" of his inclusion in the government.
    (AFP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, Indonesia’s Supreme Court ordered Time magazine to pay $106 million in damages for defaming former Indonesian dictator Suharto by alleging in a May 1999 story that his family amassed billions of dollars during his 32-year rule. Lower courts had earlier ruled in Time’s favor. Time appealed the decision.
    (AP, 9/10/07)(Econ, 5/10/08, p.70)
2007        Sep 10, PM Nouri al-Maliki told lawmakers that Iraqi forces were not ready to take over security from the US military across the country. US and Iraqi troops backed by helicopters killed three civilians in the Shiite slum of Sadr City in a pre-dawn raid on the home of a suspected militia leader. A bomb blew up around noon near the Shiite Buratha mosque in northern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding six others. An insurgent group in Iraq posted a videotape that showed a German hostage who has been held for more than six months and threatened to kill him unless Germany withdrew its troops from Afghanistan within 10 days. The US command said that a US soldier, whose patrol in the Kirkuk area was hit with rockets a day earlier, had died from injuries sustained in the attack. In the Sunni city of Samarra US and Iraqi troops got into a fierce firefight with suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fighters in a morning assault. 12 of the insurgents were killed and 3 US soldiers were wounded. In western Baghdad 7 US soldiers were killed in a vehicle accident that also claimed the lives of two detainees. Another US soldier was killed and two were injured when their vehicle overturned east of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, It was reported that the regional government of Kurdistan had signed a deal with Dallas-based Hunt Oil Co. to explore for oil in their region.
    (WSJ, 9/10/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 10, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Jerusalem to discuss guidelines for resuming peace negotiations.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, Lithuanian PM Gediminas Kirkilas said at a Seimas session that Lithuania will increase its tariffs for transiting natural gas to the Kaliningrad region proportionally to any gas hikes in the price Russia charges its Lithuanian customers.
    (www.interfax.com/3/311558/news.aspx)
2007        Sep 10, Several explosions in Veracruz state, believed to be the work of saboteurs, ripped apart natural gas pipelines for Mexico's state oil monopoly. The explosions forced the evacuation of some 12,000 people. The so-called People's Revolutionary Army (EPR) claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 10, In central Mexico a bus carrying worshippers on a pilgrimage to a famous shrine plunged into a valley, killing nine passengers and leaving 38 injured.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 10, Final election results showed that Morocco's conservative Istiqlal party won the most seats in parliamentary elections, allowing it to form the next government with its current ruling coalition allies.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, Former PM Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan from a seven-year exile, hoping to campaign against the country's US-allied military ruler, but was immediately charged with corruption and deported to Saudi Arabia hours later. Pro-Taliban militants freed more than 260 Pakistani troops who were kidnapped nearly two weeks ago in a restive tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/10/07)
2007        Sep 10, Sudanese government forces resumed air strikes in Darfur with an attack on a town that killed more than a dozen civilians.
    (AP, 9/10/07)

2007        Sep 11, Osama bin Laden urged sympathizers to join the "caravan" of martyrs as he praised one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers in a new video that emerged to mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, In northeast Alabama a US Army helicopter on a training flight in foggy weather struck a power line and crashed, killing all three soldiers on board.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 11, Douglas Eugene "Gene" Savoy, explorer, died at age 80 in Reno, Nev. He discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru and led long-distance sailing adventures to learn more about ancient cultures. Savoy wrote dozens of books, including "Antisuyo: The Search for the Lost Cities of the Amazon" (1970) about his early discoveries in Peru, and "On the Trail of the Feathered Serpent" (1974) about some of his sea journeys.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 11, Keyboardist Joe Zawinul (b.1932), who played with Miles Davis and helped shape jazz fusion with his band Weather Report, died in his native city of Vienna.
    (Reuters, 9/11/07)(SFC, 9/21/07, p.B6)
2007        Sep 11, Six Congolese soldiers were detained by the Burundian navy for repeatedly attacking fishing boats on Lake Tanganyika and stealing their catch.
    (AFP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 11, China signed an agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the United States.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, The World Health Organization issued an alert urging more doctors to travel to Congo to combat an outbreak of Ebola fever, which kills nearly all of those it infects and has no cure or treatment.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, The European Commission has ditched its attempt to impose the metric system on Ireland and Britain, where a grocer was once convicted of selling bananas by the pound rather than by the kilo. The EU said it will lift all remaining restrictions on British meat and livestock next month after veterinary experts agreed that the threat from a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak was over.
    (AP, 9/11/07)(AFP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, A militant group called Islamic Jihad Union claimed responsibility for foiled bombings that targeted Ramstein US Air Base as well as US and Uzbek consulates in Germany.
    (AP, 9/11/08)
2007        Sep 11, India's Supreme Court gave permission for ship breakers to dismantle a former French cruise liner, the Blue Lady, that environmentalists say is lined with toxic asbestos.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, Iran opened the doors of its most feared prison to journalists, allowing them to interview Kian Tajbakhsh, a jailed Iranian-American academic in a move seen as an effort to blunt criticism of the country's human rights record.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, Iraqi health officials said the cholera epidemic in northern Iraq has infected some 7,000 people and could reach Baghdad within a few weeks. Insurgents fired rockets or mortars at the sprawling garrison that houses the headquarters of American forces in Iraq, killing one person and wounding 11 coalition soldiers.
    (AP, 9/12/07)(SFC, 9/12/07, p.A14)
2007        Sep 11, A Palestinian rocket exploded in an Israeli army base, wounding more than 40 soldiers as they slept in their tents and drawing calls for a major military operation against militants launching rockets from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, In Jamaica Bruce Golding was sworn in as the new prime minister and pledged a tougher approach to crime. He said he wants to resume executions, provide officers with better forensic training and equipment, deploy more police to trouble spots and modernize a backlogged judicial system. Killings in 2005 placed Jamaica, with a population of about 2.8 million, among the most violent nations in the world.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 11, Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited India's technology hub of Bangalore to get a feel for the success of its outsourcing companies, and to encourage them to invest more in Mexico.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, In Kashmir 20 people were hurt when thousands of Kashmiri protesters clashed with Indian police over the killing of an alleged militant who they say was just a college student. Police said Mohammed Ramzan Shah (20) died during a gunfight Sep 11 in the state's northern Kupwara district. Shah's brother said "He was arrested by the army Sep 10 when he was on his way to attend a function at his aunt's place."
    (AFP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, In Nigeria journalist Tope Abiola was beaten unconscious by prison guards and police as he photographed the bodies of some of the inmates killed by police who used live bullets to foil a jail break attempt at Agodi prison. At least eight inmates were killed and another 14 seriously injured in the riot.
    (AFP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 11, American, Russian and Chinese nuclear experts began a rare visit to North Korea to examine ways of disabling the country's main nuclear facilities so they can no longer produce bombs.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, Lawyers for former PM Nawaz Sharif filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging his expulsion to Saudi Arabia, setting up another confrontation between the judiciary and Pakistan's military ruler as he battles to hold onto power. A suicide bomber killed 17 people in northwest Pakistan as police tried to arrest him in Dera Ismail Khan. Islamic militants tried to blow up a statue of the Buddha carved into a mountainside in the small village of Jehanabad but did not damage the structure. The statue was built around the 1st century, during the Gandhara era.
    (AP, 9/11/07)(AFP, 9/11/07)(AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 11, State television reported that the Russian military has successfully tested what it described as the world's most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb. The Russian bomb is a "thermobaric" weapon that explodes in an intense fireball combined with a devastating blast. It explodes in a terrifying nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction through a massive shock wave created by the air burst and high temperature.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 11, Syria complained to the UN about Israeli "aggression and violation of sovereignty" after what a US official said was Sep 6 airstrike deep in Syria.
    (AP, 9/11/07)(AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 11, Turkish authorities thwarted a bombing, possibly timed to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, as police found and defused more than 600 pounds of explosives in a minibus parked near an Ankara market.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, In Zimbabwe Archbishop Pius Ncube, a leading critic of President Robert Mugabe, resigned after an adultery scandal but said he would not be silenced by the "wicked regime."
    (AFP, 9/11/07)

2007        Sep 12, The US SEC said it had filed civil fraud charges against Douglas Hamilton, Craig Johnson, James Kinney and Kenneth Taylor, the former vice presidents of finance for Toronto-based Nortel's optical, wireline, wireless and enterprise business units.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 12, Exxon Mobil Corp. said in a filing with the SEC that it had filed a request with the Int’l. Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes for arbitration over compensation from the Venezuelan government for seized oil production assets.
    (WSJ, 9/14/07, p.A9)
2007        Sep 12, Oil prices briefly topped a record $80 a barrel.
    (AP, 9/12/08)
2007        Sep 12, The World Conservation Union's 2007 Red List of Threatened Species reported that more than 16,300 species of animals and plants are on the verge of disappearing from the planet, with nearly 200 more species approaching extinction within the last year. Gorillas and orangutans were both classified as Critically Endangered.
    (www.livescience.com/animals/070912_red_list.html)
2007        Sep 12, Phil Frank (b.1943), creator of the Farley and Elderberries comic strips, died from a brain tumor in Bolinas, Ca. His Farley strip had run in the SF Chronicle for decades.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 12, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said that US and other military forces must leave Afghanistan before the militant group would consider holding peace talks with the Afghan government, backtracking from an earlier statement. Fighting in Afghanistan killed some 75 people as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, including 45 suspected Taliban militants who died in airstrikes and Afghan army gunfire.
    (AP, 9/12/07)(AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 12, The specter of foot and mouth disease returned to haunt Britain after a new suspected outbreak was detected close to last month's outbreak site.
    (AFP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, Canada’s defense minister said Canada will give a one-time payment of $19,200 to people who say their health was harmed by US military Agent Orange spray programs at a base in eastern Canada 40 years ago. The US military tested Agent Orange, Agent Purple and several other powerful defoliants on a small section of the base in Gagetown, New Brunswick, over seven days in 1966 and 1967. Roughly 4,500 people were expected to be eligible for the payment, at a total cost of $92 million.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 12, Police in Chile battled rampaging youths over night on the anniversary of the 1973 military coup. One officer was killed, 41 people injured with some 304 people arrested.
    (SFC, 9/13/07, p.A4)
2007        Sep 12, Beijing showed off its new multibillion-dollar airport terminal, a mammoth structure of glass and steel with a gracefully sloping roof that the owners said is meant to impress visitors to China's capital for the 2008 Olympics.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, Li Changjiang, the head of China's product safety agency, said the Chinese-made toys children receive for Christmas this year will be safe, pledging that problems over the use of dangerous lead paint will be resolved in time for holiday exports.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, Akmal Shaikh (51), a British citizen, was arrested in Urumqi, in China's western Xinjiang region, with four kg (8.8 pounds) of heroin. He was later convicted and sentenced to die on Dec 29, 2009. Supporters of Shaikh said he was duped into carrying the drugs for a criminal gang. If the death penalty is carried out, Shaikh would become the first national from a European Union country to be executed in China in 50 years.
    (AFP, 12/22/09)(www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=638)
2007        Sep 12, The Republic of Congo, the smaller, oil-rich western neighbor of the Democratic Republic of Congo, numbered about 3.7 million inhabitants.
    (AFP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, Ethiopia entered the third millennium 7 years after the rest of the world, amid lavish celebrations, religious fervor and messages of hope from the troubled country's leaders.
    (AFP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, A massive 8.4 earthquake struck Indonesia, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and triggering a tsunami that hit one city on the island of Sumatra.
    (AP, 9/12/07)(Reuters, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 12, Gunmen ambushed an Iraqi police checkpoint in the Gayara area south of Mosul before dawn, killing six officers in a sophisticated attack on fledgling Iraqi security installations. In Diyala's al Salam area, gunmen opened fire on a car at 9 a.m. killing two and wounding two others. An hour later in another area, assailants shot into a crowd in central Muqdadiyah killing two and wounding two. Other scattered violence left at least five other Iraqis dead, including a civilian killed by a roadside bomb on Palestine Street, a popular shopping district in Baghdad. The bomb targeted a passing convoy of SUVs, and left five other people wounded. Robbers dressed as police commandos hijacked an armored truck in eastern Baghdad, bound and gagged its guards, and made off with about $550,000 in Iraqi currency.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced he will resign, ending a troubled year-old government that has suffered a string of damaging scandals and a humiliating electoral defeat.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, Allies of Pakistan's military ruler blocked opposition leader Imran Khan from entering, Karachi, the country's biggest city, just days after the government sent a former prime minister back into exile. City police chief Azher Farooqi said the former cricket star was barred because his presence could cause unrest. Rebels armed with rocket launchers surrounded a security post on the outskirts of the troubled city of Bannu, which borders North Waziristan. They wounded a policeman and a soldier before whisking away 12 paramilitary troops. Pakistani helicopter gunships and artillery pounded pro-Taliban militant hideouts in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing up to 40 insurgents.
    (AP, 9/12/07)(AFP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, In the Philippines a court found former Pres. Joseph Estrada guilty of taking more than $85 million in bribes and kickbacks and sentenced him to life imprisonment, ending a trial that spanned 6 years.
    (SFC, 9/12/07, p.A19)
2007        Sep 12, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin dismissed his long-serving PM Mikhail Fradkov and nominated little-known Cabinet official Victor Zubkov (b.1941) to replace him in a surprise move that could put Zubkov in the running to replace Putin next year.
    (AP, 9/12/07)(WSJ, 9/13/07, p.A3)(Econ, 9/15/07, p.64)
2007        Sep 12, Serbia warned the EU it would not accept any decision on Kosovo taken outside the UN, and its ally Russia told the US to stop backing Kosovo independence while talks continue.
    (AP, 9/12/07)
2007        Sep 12, Turkish troops killed 4 Kurdish guerrillas in a the southeastern province of Siirt.
    (AP, 9/12/07)

2007        Sep 13, Pres. Bush in a nationwide address said the US engagement in Iraq would stretch beyond his presidency. Bush said he wanted gradual US troop withdrawals from the country and that 5,700 US forces in Iraq would be home by Christmas and at least 21,500 would return by July, 2008.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A1)(AP, 9/13/08)
2007        Sep 13, Bill Allen (70), former head of VECO Corp., testified in a federal corruption trial in Anchorage, that he had bribed 3 Alaska legislators, including the son of US Sen. Ted Stevens.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A9)
2007        Sep 13, In Philadelphia police chief Sylvester Johnson acknowledged that police alone could not quell the city’s deadly violence and planned to introduce “Call to Action: 10,000 Men," an effort to get volunteers on the streets as of Oct 21.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A5)
2007        Sep 13, The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for spying on the New York Jets during a game.
    (AP, 9/13/08)
2007        Sep 13, In Florida Shawn Sherwin Labeet (25) opened fire on 4 Miami-Dade county police officers during a traffic stop killing officer Jose Somohano (37). Labeet was found and killed hours later.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A6)
2007        Sep 13, Crude oil futures finished at their 3rd record in a row rising 18 cents to close above 80 for the first time at $80.09 a barrel.
    (WSJ, 9/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 13, Humberto, the first hurricane to hit the US Gulf Coast in two years, sneaked up on southeast Texas overnight and crashed ashore with heavy rains and 80 mph winds. One man died when a carport collapsed on him.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, The X PRIZE Foundation and Google Inc. announced the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize purse, so long as the task is completed by 2012.
    (www.googlelunarxprize.org/)(Econ, 9/15/07, p.100)
2007        Sep 13, Afghan police in Helmand province shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber before he could detonate his explosives.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, In London, England, Ian Strachan (30) and Sean McGuigan (40) were charged with blackmail. The two suspects had approached an unidentified royal family member in August and demanded $100,000 not to publicize a video allegedly showing the royal engaged in a sex act. The charges did not become public until Oct 28.
    (AP, 10/30/07)
2007        Sep 13, In central China a man threw six children from a balcony of their school. A girl (9) was killed and 2 others badly hurt.
    (Econ, 9/22/07, p.58)
2007        Sep 13, The UN said the repatriation of Congolese refugees from neighbouring Zambia was suspended, due to insecurity in the small town of Moba where they are headed.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, Three powerful earthquakes jolted Indonesia in less than 24 hours, triggering tsunami alerts and sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground. At least 10 people were killed in the tremors.
    (Reuters, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the most prominent figure in a US-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed with two of his bodyguards by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province, 10 days after he met with President Bush. In a helicopter assault mission in Karmah, Anbar province, three suspected insurgents were killed and three American soldiers were injured.
    (AP, 9/13/07)(AP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 13, The Jewish New Year of 5768 began and marked a year of agricultural sabbatical, known in Hebrew as "shmita." The commandment requires Jewish farmers in Israel to let their fields rest every seventh year, just as Jews are required to rest every seventh day. Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car in a Gaza refugee camp, injuring two members of the violent Islamic Jihad group.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, In Italy consumer groups held nationwide protests to draw attention to the burden placed on families by the rising cost of food, especially Italians' beloved staple, pasta.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, In the Marshall Islands legislation was introduced aiming to open up the communications sector by removing the telecom agency's exclusive rights. This was likely to become an issue ahead of national elections in November.
    (AFP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 13, In Mozambique a non-governmental organization working with the disabled said at least 440 sites are still heavily infested by landmines near residential districts in 3 provinces.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, In Pakistan militants attacked a military base near the Afghan border, sparking a battle that drew in army helicopters and left about 30 insurgents and two soldiers dead. In fighting near Razmak, a town in South Waziristan, army forces repelled repeated militant attacks, and tribesmen informed officials that up to 50 rebels died in counter-strikes. Two soldiers were killed and eight wounded. A suicide attacker penetrated Ghazi Tarbela base, a high-security military base about 60 miles south of Islamabad, and detonated an explosive-laden vehicle, killing 16 soldiers from an elite counterterrorism task force.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 13, In Moscow Shamil Burayev, the former head of a district in Chechnya, was arrested on suspicion of organizing the execution-style murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
    (AP, 9/15/07)

2007        Sep 14, US Pres. Bush signed the Honest leadership and Open Governance Act of 2007. It required that the names of sponsors of earmarks be disclosed openly and at an early stage. It also called for increasing transparency in bundling, the fund-raising strategy whereby one supporter coordinates contributions from many individuals. It also required senators who leave office to wait 2 years before taking a cushy job at a lobbying firm.
    (Econ, 9/22/07, p.42)
2007        Sep 14, Resigning US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales left the Justice Dept. following a farewell speech.
    (SFC, 9/15/07, p.A5)
2007        Sep 14, The Monitor Group of Cambridge issued a scathing review of the administration of the Univ. of California finding widespread poor performance in the UC president’s office and a broad lack of confidence in the office by the governing regents and 10 UC campuses.
    (SFC, 9/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 14, Two airplanes collided at the Reno National Championship Air Races, killing one pilot and injuring another in the third fatal crash at the event in four days.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 14, In Oakland, Ca., Amanda Pierre (89) was found stabbed to death and burned by Allen Thomas, her great nephew. Thomas was sentenced to prison for 16 years, plus life without the possibility of parole. The murder conviction was upheld in 2012.
    (SFC, 3/23/12, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/7hvabge)
2007        Sep 14, In Sacramento, Ca., Sean Aquitania and his 7-month-old-son were killed by robbers. On Oct 10, 2011, Oakland police arrested Donald Jeffrey Ortez-Lucero (27) in connection with the killings.
    (SFC, 10/12/11, p.C3)
2007        Sep 14, Afghan police in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province killed 3 Taliban commanders allegedly involved in the abduction of 23 South Koreans two months ago.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 14, In Algeria a bomb hidden in a bag exploded outside a compound housing police officials in Zemmouri, killing three people.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 14, Australian police confirmed that corrupt police officers were linked with a bloody gangland war which raged for years in the country's second largest city. Melbourne's criminal war began in the late 1990s and claimed 29 lives.
    (AFP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, The global credit crisis struck Northern Rock PLC, Britain’s 5th largest mortgage lender, as the Bank of England said it had approved emergency funding to help the bank overcome a liquidity crisis.
    (AP, 9/14/07)(Econ, 9/22/07, p.92)
2007        Sep 14, Human Rights Watch said that soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have massacred hundreds of people and burned villages, forcing civilians to flee, during a counter-insurgency campaign. The watchdog group blamed President Francois Bozize's elite guard for atrocities carried out since mid-2005, but said other military units, their rebel foes and bandit groups were also guilty.
    (AFP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, China’s government said it has ordered judges to use the death penalty more sparingly by showing leniency for murderers who cooperate with authorities and white collar criminals who help recoup their ill-gotten gains. Beijing also said it will give urban Chinese who break the one-child policy a black mark on their credit reports.
    (AP, 9/14/07)(WSJ, 9/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 14, A UN spokesman said UN peacekeepers have discovered three graves, each containing several bodies, at Rubare, a military base in eastern Congo recently abandoned by rebels loyal to a renegade Gen. Nkunda.
    (Reuters, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, Developers in Dubai said the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building since July, has also become the tallest free-standing structure on earth, reaching 1,822 feet. The over 700-meter (2,313 feet) Burj Dubai tower complex, a part of the Dubai Mall, was expected to be completed this year. The design was by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.57)(SFC, 3/31/05, p.A2)(AP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, Jacques Martin (b.1933), the French television personality once married to now-first lady Cecilia Sarkozy, died. Martin shot to fame as the host of a series of hit comedy shows on French television, including the satirical "Le Petit Rapporteur," a spoof newscast that ran from 1975-1976.
    (AP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, Georgia’s defense minister said Georgia will cut the size of its military contingent in Iraq from 2,000 soldiers and other personnel to around 300 by next summer.
    (AP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, Powerful earthquakes struck Indonesia for a third day, terrorizing thousands of people who slept outside in fear of tsunami and falling debris. The death toll reached 21 and  seismologists warned that the worst may be yet to come.
    (AP, 9/14/07)(Reuters, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 14, In Iraq some 1,500 mourners called for revenge as they buried the leader of the Sunni revolt against al-Qaida, Adbul-Sattar Abu Risha, who had been assassinated by a bomb claimed by an al-Qaida front. A suicide truck bomb hit a police checkpoint near Beiji, killing four policemen. South of Baghdad, unidentified gunmen killed three farmers who were taking their turn guarding a village. Farther south in the city of Hillah, gunmen attacked the home of Col. Hussein Ali Hassoon al Khafaji, an Iraqi army battalion commander, killing a guard and wounding another. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the possibility of cutting US troop levels in Iraq to 100,000 by the end of 2008, well beyond the cuts President Bush had approved.
    (AP, 9/14/07)(AP, 9/14/08)
2007        Sep 14, Japan's space agency launched its much-delayed lunar probe, beginning what it calls the largest mission to the moon since the US Apollo flights. The Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE), probe was launched aboard one of the space program's mainstay H-2A rockets from its launch-pad on remote Tanegashima island.
    (AP, 9/13/07)
2007        Sep 14, It was reported that researchers at Tokyo Univ. had developed a method, dubbed surrogate broodstocking, whereby they inject newly hatched, sterile Asian masu salmon with sperm-growing cells from rainbow trout. The grown salmon then produce trout.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A14)
2007        Sep 14, Eight members of Nigeria's ruling party seized by gunmen in the southern oil-producing state of Ondo last weekend were released.
    (AFP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 14, Her party said former PM Benazir Bhutto will return to Pakistan from an eight-year exile on Oct. 18. The government said she was free to come back but would have to face corruption cases against her.
    (AP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, Officials in Paraguay said fires have scorched 3 million acres and forced the evacuation of some 15,000 people. Protracted drought was cited along with illegal loggers, illicit hunters and clandestine marijuana farmers.
    (SFC, 9/15/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 14, Rwanda’s government said floods killed 15 people and left about 1,000 people homeless after 2 days of torrential downpours in the hills of northern Rwanda.
    (Reuters, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, A roadside bomb blast and clashes between soldiers and secessionist Tamil Tiger guerrillas across Sri Lanka's volatile north killed 29 people.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 14, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said his government is ready to implement a cease-fire with rebel forces at the start of peace talks over the conflict in Darfur, scheduled for next month in Libya.
    (AP, 9/14/07)
2007        Sep 14, Authorities in Uganda said the heaviest rainfall in 35 years has displaced 150,000 people since August with at least 9 reported deaths. 400,000 people were said to have lost their livelihoods.
    (SFC, 9/15/07, p.A3)

2007        Sep 15, In his Saturday radio address, President Bush said while "formidable challenges" remained in Iraq, the United States would start shifting more troops into support roles. Several thousand anti-war demonstrators marched through downtown Washington, DC, clashing with police at the foot of the Capitol steps where more than 190 protesters were arrested.
    (AP, 9/16/07)(AP, 9/15/08)
2007        Sep 15, Sarah Thomas became the first female official to work a game in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly I-A, serving as the line judge in the Jacksonville State-Memphis game.
    (AP, 9/15/08)
2007        Sep 15, Live music returned Treasure Island in SF Bay for the first time in almost 70 years as a 2-day festival organized by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment.
    (SSFC, 9/16/07, p.B3)
2007        Sep 15, Brett Somers (b.1924), Canada-born actress-comedian, died in Westport, Conn. She was best known as a panelist on the 1970s game show, Match Game.
    (AP, 9/15/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Somers)
2007        Sep 15, An estimated 40 insurgents armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Afghan police and coalition patrol in the Musa Qala district of nearby Helmand province. The joint forces repelled the attack and called in airstrikes, leaving a dozen suspected militants dead. A Bangladeshi development worker was kidnapped by unknown men in a brazen daytime attack on his office in Pul-i-Alam, about 30 miles south of Kabul.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 15, In China Zhao Yan (45), a Chinese researcher for the NY Times, was released from prison after serving three years of a fraud conviction that was strongly criticized by the international community.
    (AFP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 15, EU finance ministers and central bankers agreed in Portugal to step up co-operation among themselves to improve their handling of cross-border financial crises.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 15, Officials said nearly 13.5 million people have been marooned or displaced by floods in India and Bangladesh. The flooding in South Asia caused by the June-to-September monsoon has been described as the worst in decades, with more than 3,300 people killed. Landslides and floods in Nepal killed at least another 185 people since the start of monsoon.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 15, An al-Qaida front group warned it will hunt down and kill Sunni Arab tribal leaders who cooperate with the US and its Iraqi partners, saying the assassination of the leader of the revolt against the terror movement was just a beginning. Anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's followers announced their withdrawal from the Shiite alliance in parliament. Al-Sadr's followers hold 30 of the 275 parliament seats. An Iraqi soldier was killed when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Baqouba. Police and army officials said eight civilians also were killed and five others wounded in attacks in and around Baqouba. A car bomb struck a Baghdad bakery crowded with customers lining up for bread, killing at least 11 people as they ended their daytime Ramadan fast. The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq offered money for the murder of a Swedish cartoonist and his editor who recently produced images deemed insulting to Islam. Fallah Khalifa Hiyas Fayyas al-Jumayli, an Iraqi also known as Abu Khamis, was seized. The al-Qaida linked militant was believed responsible for the Sep 13 death of Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha.
    (AP, 9/15/07)(AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 15, Yasuo Fukuda (71), the front-runner to become Japan's next prime minister, vowed to extend his nation's support for US-led operations in Afghanistan. The Sept. 23 Liberal Democratic Party ballot to replace PM Shinzo Abe, who abruptly resigned earlier this week, will pit the liberal Fukuda against the more hawkish former Foreign Minister Taro Aso (66). Both candidates have said Japan cannot afford to drop out of the global war on terrorism.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 15, Lebanese troops captured Abu Salim Taha, the spokesman for Fatah Islam, and 3 other militants.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 15, In western Mexico a bus carrying tourists including passengers of a flight from Phoenix crashed, killing at least 17 people.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 15, Pakistan's ruling party assured President Gen. Pervez Musharraf he will be elected to a new five-year term, and the vote will likely take place the first week of October. Maulana Hassan Jan, a prominent pro-Taliban cleric, was shot and killed by assailants in a car in Peshawar. He was a senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a religious party that controls the provincial government of the Northwest Frontier province.
    (AP, 9/15/07)(SSFC, 9/16/07, p.A17)
2007        Sep 15, A meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in southern Peru and villagers were soon struck by a mysterious illness.
    (AFP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 15, Former world rally champion Colin McRae (39) and his five-year-old son were among four people killed in a helicopter crash in southern Scotland.
    (AFP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 15, In Sierra Leone with three-quarters of the vote counted opposition leader Ernest Bai Koroma held a commanding lead in the presidential runoff.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 15, Hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese took to the streets in support of the island's latest bid for UN membership, which has been criticized by China and the US.
    (AP, 9/15/07)
2007        Sep 15, In Thailand a roadside bomb planted by suspected separatist rebels killed one soldier and wounded five others in the insurgency-torn south. 2 men were killed in a drive-by shooting by suspected militants in Pattani province.
    (AP, 9/15/07)

2007        Sep 16, The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles. NBC won 7 awards, HBO and ABC both won 6. “The Sopranos" won for the best drama series and “30 Rock" won for the best comedy series.
    (AP, 9/17/07)(SFC, 9/17/07, p.E1)
2007        Sep 16, The Phoenix Mercury beat the Detroit Shock 108-92 to win their first WNBA title.
    (AP, 9/16/08)
2007        Sep 16, Police in Las Vegas arrested O.J. Simpson saying he was part of an armed group that broke into a hotel room on Sep 13 and snatched memorabilia that documented his sports career.
    (SFC, 9/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 16, It was reported that this year’s $150,000 Lasker Prize will go to Dr. Albert Starr of Portland, Ore., and Dr. Alain Carpentier of Paris, France, for their work in heart valve replacement. The Lasker Prize for basic research prize will go to Dr. Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller Univ. for discovering dendritic cells, which trigger defenses against germs.
    (SSFC, 9/16/07, p.A2)
2007        Sep 16, An out-of-control wildfire raged through the San Bernardino National Forest, keeping about 5,000 people from their homes in two mountain communities.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, In Garmser district of south Helmand province, Afghan and coalition forces using small-arms fire and airstrikes killed about 10 insurgents. Four other rebels were killed overnight in a battle that erupted after they attacked a police post in the eastern province of Paktia. Afghan and NATO troops came under fire in Surobi district, about 25 miles east of Kabul, and called in airstrikes, killing at least one suspected insurgent. The bombardment destroyed one house in the village of Gazbala, killing two men and wounding two others. General Dan McNeill, the top NATO commander, said a convoy of explosives seized last week by NATO troops in Afghanistan definitely came from Iran but not necessarily from the government in Tehran.
    (AFP, 9/16/07)(AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 16, State media reported that Chinese authorities had ordered the recall of tainted leukemia drugs blamed for leg pains and other problems, the latest crisis to strike the country's embattled food and drug industries.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, Bernard Kouchner, France's foreign minister, warned that the world should prepare for war if Iran obtains nuclear weapons and said European leaders were considering their own economic sanctions against the Islamic country.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, Greece's Conservative PM Costas Karamanlis won re-election with a slim majority in parliament as voters showed dissatisfaction with both major parties in the wake of a financial scandal and devastating forest fires that killed more than 65 people last month. The governing conservatives won 41.8 percent of the vote, giving them 152 of parliament's 300 seats, a loss of 13 seats. The Socialists took 38.1 percent, or 102 seats, a loss of 15 and the party's lowest number of parliament seats in 30 years.
    (AP, 9/16/07)(AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 16, The death toll from Indonesia's massive earthquake rose to 23 as more villagers started returning home.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, In Iraq a booby-trapped bicycle exploded near a cafe serving tea and food during Ramadan fasting hours, killing at least five people in Tuz Khormato. Dozens of fighters linked to the Sunni-dominated al-Qaida in Iraq streamed into Shiite villages north of Baghdad, torching homes and killing at least 15 residents in Jichan and Ghizlayat. Blackwater security contractors opened fire in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood of western Baghdad, killing 17 civilians. At least 39 people were killed or found dead nationwide. In 2008 5 Blackwater guards were indicted for the shootings that left 17 civilians dead. On Dec 31, 2009, a US judge dismissed the case against the Blackwater guards. In 2014 Matthew Murphy testified that he saw Paul Slough fire at least hand grenades into a car where a woman and her son died. On Oct 22, 2014, a US federal jury convicted four Blackwater guards for killing 14 Iraqis.
    (AP, 9/16/07)(Econ, 9/22/07, p.61)(AP, 9/16/08)(SFC, 12/6/08, p.A6)(AP, 1/1/10)(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)(SFC, 10/23/14, p.A8)
2007        Sep 16, Israeli fire killed two Palestinians in separate incidents in the West Bank, including a militant.
    (AFP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, In Jordan the US Embassy said the US has signed an accord with Jordan on the sidelines of a nuclear energy summit in Vienna, Austria, aimed at supporting the peaceful development of the kingdom's nascent nuclear program.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, An alliance of Pakistani opposition parties said they would resign from national and provincial assemblies if President Pervez Musharraf tried to seek re-election from the sitting parliament.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, In Peru an unofficial referendum was held in three districts affected by plans for developing a copper mine at Rio Blanco. Some 95% of the votes were against the 1.4 billion project planned by China’s Zijin Consortium, which had recently acquired the concession.
    (Econ, 9/22/07, p.51)
2007        Sep 16, In Russia former KGB officer Andrei Lugovoi, the sole suspect in the radiation poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, announced plans to run for parliament on the ticket of a pro-Kremlin ultranationalist party.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, Saudi King Abdullah oversaw the signing in Jiddah of a reconciliation agreement negotiated by several Somali factions in an attempt to stabilize their country and battle the Islamic opposition.
    (AP, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, Six South Koreans died and four were missing in South Korea after typhoon Nari hit the country's southern coast.
    (Reuters, 9/16/07)
2007        Sep 16, In Thailand a One-Two-Go Airlines passenger plane filled with foreign tourists crashed as it tried to land in pouring rain on the island of Phuket, splitting in two and bursting into flames. 89 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/17/07)(AP, 9/16/08)
2007        Sep 16, Reports said the Zimbabwean government has reversed a ban on pay increases put in place in a bid to curb the world's highest inflation rate.
    (AP, 9/16/07)

2007        Sep 17, President Bush, seeking to avert a possible confirmation fight over a more partisan candidate, chose retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, A US soldier in Kansas filed a lawsuit alleging a pattern of practices that discriminate against non-Christians in the military. A superior had threatened to file military charges against Spec. Jeremy Hall after he tried to convene a meeting for atheists and non-Christians.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 17, During a forum at the University of Florida, Andrew Meyer, a student with a history of taping his own practical jokes, was Tasered by campus police and arrested after repeatedly trying to question Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.
    (AP, 9/17/08)
2007        Sep 17, In Detroit Davontae Sanford (14) walked up to police at a murder scene on Runyon Street, where 4 people were murdered at a drug house, and immediately became a suspect. Sanford, who was illiterate and blind in one eye, pleaded guilty in 2008 and was sent to prison. In 2015 an imprisoned hitman signed an affidavit taking responsibility for the murders.
    (SFC, 4/16/15, p.A8)(http://truthinjustice.org/sanford.htm)
2007        Sep 17, Microsoft lost its appeal of a European antitrust order that obliges the technology giant to share communications code with rivals, sell a copy of Windows without Media Player and pay a $613 million fine, the largest ever by EU regulators.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh said it has created a $1.25 million fund to settle 32 lawsuits alleging abuse or injury by priests.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 18, In the SF Bay area the East Bay Regional Park District approved a $6.63 million deal to add the 1,476-acre Tyler Ranch to its holdings.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 17, Volunteers worldwide collected debris from beaches and waterways in a 22nd annual effort. A report by Ocean Conservancy in 2008 said 7.2 million items were gathered weighing 6 million pounds.
    (AP, 4/15/08)
2007        Sep 17, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber on foot entered a government office and blew himself up in the Nad Ali district center in Helmand province, killing 8 people, including 4 policemen. In Helmand province a gunbattle in Garmser district killed six suspected Taliban, while 9 others died in an airstrike in Kajaki district. An explosion killed a NATO soldier and wounded another.
    (AP, 9/17/07)(AP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 17, In London, England, panicky depositors converged on Northern Rock branches for a third day to grab savings from the beleaguered mortgage lender, the latest victim of a global credit crunch.
    (AFP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, Sotheby's canceled a London auction Set for Sep 18 after Alisher Usmanov, a Russian tycoon paid about 25 percent more than the estimated price for the art collection of the late cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. A government agency "presented some guarantees to Sotheby's that this transaction would be in the interest of the Russian Federation."
    (AP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 17, A new report said voracious beetles, that have ravaged more than 9 million hectares (35,000 square miles) of British Columbia's forests, have wiped out about 40 percent of the infested region's marketable pine trees.
    (Reuters, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, China and the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a draft accord in which China would lend $5 billion to modernize Congo’s decrepit infrastructure and rich but deteriorated mining sector. Congo’s government later announced that Chinese state-owned firms would build or refurbish various railways, roads and mines at accost of $12 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/18/07)(Econ, 3/15/08, SR p.3)
2007        Sep 17, German police arrested Augustin Ngirabatware, a former Rwandan minister, wanted by the International Tribunal on genocide charges related to Rwanda’s 1994 conflict. He was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity in October 2008 and pleaded not guilty. In 2009 prosecutor Wallace Kapaya said he has proof Ngirabatware stole money donated by the World Bank and IMF as well as cash from lenders including Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the US, Belgium and Canada to buy weapons and transport for the extremist Hutu militia known as the Interahamwe. Ngirabatware is the son-in-law of Felician Kabuga, Rwanda's most wanted genocide suspect.
    (AP, 9/20/07)(AP, 9/23/09)
2007        Sep 17, The Iraqi government said that it was revoking the license of an American security firm accused of involvement in the deaths of eight civilians in a firefight that followed a car bomb explosion near a State Department motorcade. Blackwater has an estimated 1,000 employees in Iraq, and at least $800 million in government contracts. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a busy market in Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 10 in an attack that apparently targeted a police patrol.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, The Mozambican government authorized soldiers to gun down wild animals who are seen as a threat to human beings after a new report highlighted an increase in the number of deadly attacks.
    (AFP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, Nepal's political leaders held emergency talks with former rebel Maoists to try to persuade the ultra-leftists not to storm out of the government and launch nationwide protests.
    (AFP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, Pakistan’s Election Commission announced a rule change that would apparently allow President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to seek a new, five-year term while still serving as army chief.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, Saudi Arabia announced it has signed a 4.43 billion pound (8.86 billion dollar) deal to buy 72 Eurofighter planes, after tortuous negotiations on one of the largest ever British export orders.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, In Scotland a jury at Glasgow's High Court found Mohammed Atif Siddique (21) guilty of four offenses under British terrorism laws and a separate offense of breaching the peace, carried out between March 1, 2003, and April 13, 2006. This included causing a disturbance by telling fellow students he planned to become a suicide bomber.
    (AP, 9/18/07)(AP, 2/9/10)
2007        Sep 17, Sierra Leone election officials declared opposition candidate Ernest Bai Koroma has won the presidential run-off.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who depicted Islam's Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog, said that police have taken him to a secret location and told him he cannot return home following a death threat from al-Qaida in Iraq.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, Ukrainian officials signed a $505 million contract with a French-led consortium for construction of a new shelter for the Chernobyl reactor, the site of the word's worst nuclear accident.
    (AP, 9/17/07)
2007        Sep 17, President Hugo Chavez threatened to take over any private schools refusing to submit to the oversight of his socialist government, a move some Venezuelans fear will impose leftist ideology in the classroom.
    (AP, 9/17/07)

2007        Sep 18, President Bush, cheered on by Iraq war veterans and their families on the White House's South Lawn, urged lawmakers to back his plan to withdraw some troops from Iraq but keep at least 130,000 through the summer of 2008 or longer.
    (AP, 9/18/08)
2007        Sep 18, The US Federal Reserve lowered interest rates by half a point triggering a rise in the DJIA of 336 points. The Dow close at 13,739.39. The federal funds rate was lowered to 4.75% and the discount rate was lowered to 5.25%.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.C1)(WSJ, 9/19/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 18, O.J. Simpson was charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping, in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room.
    (AP, 9/18/08)
2007        Sep 18, Maryland’s highest court, in a 4-3 decision, upheld a law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and said the 1973 ban on gay marriage does not discriminate on the basis of gender and does not deny any fundamental rights.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 18, New research said nearly half of an estimated 7,000 languages, spoken in the world today, are in danger of extinction.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.A16)
2007        Sep 18, It was reported that cranberry juice combats a wide range of bacteria, including those that cause stomach ulcers, gum disease and food-borne illnesses as well as urinary tract infections. Recent research suggested that astringent compounds in the berry, called proanthocyanidins, may work to prevent infection-causing bacteria from adhering to cells in the urinary tract.
    (WSJ, 9/18/07, p.D6)
2007        Sep 18, In the SF Bay area the East Bay Regional Park District approved a $6.63 million deal to add the 1,476-acre Tyler Ranch to its holdings.
    (SFC, 9/19/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 18, Afghan Mullah Abdullah Jan, the Taliban commander of Qara Bagh district in Ghazni province, was among 12 killed in the strike on a mud-brick housing compound overnight in neighboring Giro district.
    (AP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, In London shares in troubled mortgage lender Northern Rock rose on a promise by the central bank to back its deposits, but worried customers continued to line up to withdraw their savings.
    (AP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, Typhoon Wipha targeted China's booming eastern province of Zhejiang and the nation's financial capital, Shanghai, prompting evacuation of over 1.6 million people as ships were recalled to port.
    (Reuters, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, Parnaz Azima, an Iranian-American reporter who was trapped in Iran for months on suspicion of trying to stir up a revolution, was allowed to leave the country and return to the United States. Azima was one of the one of Radio Azadi’s, a US-funded service later renamed Radio Farda, original broadcasters in Prague. In March, 2008, an Iranian revolutionary court sentenced her to a one-year prison term in absentia for her “antirevolutionary" work.
    (AP, 9/18/07)(WSJ, 6/13/08, p.A10)
2007        Sep 18, The Iraqi government rolled back against Blackwater, suggesting the firm's operations were only suspended pending completion of a joint US-Iraqi investigation. The Ministry of Defense said 20 Iraqis were killed, considerably higher than the 11 dead reported before. The Iraqi Cabinet decided to review the status of all foreign security companies.  Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for all contracts of foreign securities firms to be annulled and blamed the government for failing to protect Iraqis. A car bombing occurred in a parking lot near the Health Ministry and a medical complex in central Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding 23. Another parked car bomb targeted a police patrol in Palestine Street, killing two civilians and wounding six. A parked car bomb also struck a busy market in northern Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 26. Two roadside bombs also killed a policeman and two civilians and wounded eight other people in separate attacks in predominantly Shiite areas of eastern Baghdad. A bomb exploded under an oil pipeline near the northern city of Beiji, causing huge quantities of crude oil to spill into the Tigris River. The US military blamed al-Qaida insurgents. An American soldier was killed in an attack in southern Baghdad. In Anbar province a US soldier died in a non-combat incident.
    (AP, 9/18/07)(AP, 9/19/07)(AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 18, In Italy local authorities said Milan central railway station's notorious Platform 21, which witnessed the deportation of hundreds of Jews in 1943-45, will host the city's first Holocaust memorial. The museum will open in two years' time and occupy 6,000 square meters of the underground rail network.
    (Reuters, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, Maoists stormed out of Nepal's government and vowed to disrupt upcoming elections after other parties refused to bow to the ex-rebels' demand for the monarchy to be immediately abolished.
    (AFP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, The Nigerian navy said that over the past 3 years it had seized 236 ships, tugboats and barges used for smuggling crude oil and petroleum products in the high seas and Niger delta.
    (AFP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, A government lawyer announced that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president.
    (AP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Taiwan's application to join the UN wasn't accepted for legal reasons linked to the 1971 UN resolution that gave China's seat to the Beijing-based People's Republic of China.
    (AP, 9/18/07)
2007        Sep 18, Zimbabwe's main opposition party reached an agreement with the government on the adoption of a bill which paves the way for joint presidential and legislative elections next year. Police said 17 police officers have been arrested on charges of corruption and trading in diamonds while guarding a mine in the country's eastern district.
    (AFP, 9/18/07)(AFP, 9/19/07)

2007        Sep 19, The US Senate blocked legislation that would have regulated the amount of time troops spent in combat, a blow for Democrats struggling to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies.
    (AP, 9/19/08)
2007        Sep 19, O.J. Simpson was released from jail after posting $125,000 bail in connection with the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors at a Las Vegas hotel.
    (AP, 9/19/08)
2007        Sep 19, Dan Rather (75) filed a $70 million lawsuit alleging that CBS and its former parent company intentionally botched the aftermath of a discredited story about President Bush's military service to curry favor with the administration.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 19, Topps Co. CEO Arthur Shorin said shareholders had approved a deal in which Michael Eisner’s Tornante Co. investment firm and Madison Dearborn Partners LLC would take the baseball card and candy company private for $9.75 per share.
    (SFC, 9/20/07, p.C3)
2007        Sep 19, The governing Board of Trustees of California State Univ. approved hefty executive pay increases ranging from 9-18 percent for Chancellor Charles Reed, his four top deputies and 23 campus presidents.
    (SFC, 9/20/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 19, In California AT&T set this day for ending its automated time of day phone service, saying it needed the prefix for new phone numbers.
    (SFC, 9/3/07, p.D1)
2007        Sep 19, Julian Walker (34) of Atlanta, Georgia, suspected in the slayings of his ex-wife and his girlfriend’s father, shot and killed himself after he was surrounded by police in Fairview Heights, Ill.
    (SFC, 9/20/07, p.A8)
2007        Sep 19, The US-led coalition accused the Taliban of using children as human shields during a battle in southern Afghanistan. The troops fought Taliban trying to flee a compound, and more than a dozen suspected militants were killed. 6 civilians, including women and children, died in Helmand province's Gereshk region after Taliban fighters fled fighting with NATO forces and sought shelter in the civilian homes. About 2,500 Afghan and NATO troops launched a new military operation in the Gereshk region of Helmand province. Militants attacked a private security company in Zabul province, killing one security guard. The ensuing gunbattle left one suspected insurgent dead. More than three dozen Taliban fighters were reported killed in Uruzgan province. In Kandahar province, an Afghan was killed and several others were wounded in a road accident involving a NATO patrol vehicle and a civilian car.  NATO said it was investigating a shipment of weapons intercepted near the border with Iran on Sep 6. Some 10,000 vaccinators began the weeklong campaign with the aim to vaccinate 1.3 million Afghan children against polio.
    (AP, 9/19/07)(AP, 9/20/07)(AP, 9/21/07)(AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 19, The Bank of England announced that it would inject 10 billion pounds into longer-term money markets next week amid the ongoing global credit squeeze.
    (AFP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Bachan Athwal (70), a London grandmother, was jailed for life for ordering the execution of Surjit Athwal, her cheating daughter-in-law in India, after discovering she was having an affair with a married man. Athwal’s 43-year-old son Sukhdave was also found guilty and jailed for a minimum 27-year term.
    (AFP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, In Cambodia Nuon Chea, the top surviving leader of the notorious Khmer Rouge, whose radical policies were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people, was charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic (CAR) dubbed as "grotesque" allegations from Human Rights Watch that his army was guilty of various abuses against civilians in the country.
    (AFP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, China’s government froze prices that it controls for the rest of the year, in the latest sign of mounting concern over inflation, which reached 6.5% in the year through August.
    (WSJ, 9/20/07, p.A6)
2007        Sep 19, Typhoon Wipha flooded streets and destroyed hundreds of homes as it swept through eastern China, but the storm eventually weakened and caused little overall damage in the financial center of Shanghai. One man was electrocuted.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Vlatko Pavletic (77), a former speaker of Croatia's parliament who served as acting president for two months beginning in Dec, 1999, died.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Gabriele Pauli (50), Bavaria's most glamorous politician, shocked the Catholic state in Germany by suggesting marriage should last just 7 years. She said after that time, couples should either agree to extend their marriage or it should be automatically dissolved.
    (Reuters, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 19, In Iran Kian Tajbakhsh, an urban planning consultant with the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute, was released after he spent four months in a notorious prison on suspicion of trying to stir up a revolution.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 19, Iraqi troops killed 14 militants in clashes in the northern city of Mosul, following a failed suicide car bomb attack on an Iraqi army base in the city's eastern sector. A roadside bomb in Mosul killed one Iraqi soldier and wounded three. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt near a US Army checkpoint outside Muqdadiyah, killing one civilian. In a pre-dawn raid in Balad Ruz, US troops killed one Iraqi insurgent who the military said was linked to Iran's paramilitary Quds Force. A US soldier was killed during combat operations in the west of the Iraqi capital and another one died of non-battle related causes.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Kyrgyzstan's Pres. Kurmanbek Bakiyev called a national referendum on changing the constitution to elect the Parliament by party list, a change that would hurt the country's many small parties and independent politicians.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Israel's Security Cabinet declared the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity" in order to cut off power and fuel supplies to the coastal strip.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Antoine Ghanem (64), an anti-Syrian lawmaker from the Christian Phalange Party, was killed in a blast in Beirut. Six other people also died.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI named Abbas El Fassi (67), a longtime government minister and the leader of a secular political party, as prime minister. He replaced Driss Jettou, a longtime businessman who had served since 2002.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, More than 2,000 monks protested across Myanmar for a 2nd straight day against the country's junta.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Nepal's Maoists kicked off a controversial campaign to oust the monarchy, a day after the ex-rebels stormed out of government in a blow to the Himalayan country's peace process.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, New Zealand police found the body of Anan Liu (27), a young Asian woman in a car outside the home of a three-year old toddler, Qian Xun Xue, nicknamed "Pumpkin," who was abandoned at a train station in Australia. The father Nai Zin Xue (54), a martial arts expert and magazine publisher, caught a flight to Los Angeles after abandoning the toddler. US authorities launched a manhunt for Xue, who was captured nearly five months later by six Chinese Americans near Atlanta, Georgia. In 2009 a New Zealand jury found him guilty of his wife's murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 9/19/07)(AP, 6/19/09)(AP, 7/30/09)
2007        Sep 19, In northwest Pakistan dozens of gunmen raided a checkpoint near a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida militants and abducted 7 soldiers. Authorities sent a delegation of tribal elders to South Waziristan to seek the release of a group of 260 soldiers abducted Aug. 30.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, In the Philippines the US embassy said the US government will spend 190 million dollars over the next five years on development aid projects in the troubled southern Philippines.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, In Moscow Iraq's foreign minister said Iraqi authorities have arrested a man suspected of organizing the murder of four Russian diplomats in Baghdad last year. Hoyshan Zebari identified the suspect as a man named Abu Nur and said he was a member of the terrorist group al-Qaida in Iraq.
    (AP, 9/19/07)
2007        Sep 19, Turkey's devout Muslim PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the constitution should be changed to remove a ban at universities on head scarves, the most potent symbol of the national divide over the role of religion in politics.
    (AP, 9/19/07)

2007        Sep 20, President Bush cited "some unsettling times" in the US housing and credit markets as he sought to assure jittery Americans that the economy basically is in good shape despite worries about a recession.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, A new US five-dollar bill with high-tech security features and new colors made a digital debut, the first time the US government has exclusively used the Internet to unveil its paper money.
    (AFP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Some 20,000 people gathered in Jena, Louisiana, to protest what they considered to be the overzealous prosecution of 6 black high school students charged with beating a white schoolmate last December.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.A3)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.33)
2007        Sep 20, The SF Giants told Barry Bonds, a 15-year baseball star with the Giants, that his career with the Giants would end with the conclusion of the 2007 season. The decision was made public the next day.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.A8)(SSFC, 9/23/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 20, In SF Supervisor Ed Jew (47) was charged with one count of mail fraud in an extortion scheme against immigrant operators of tapioca drink shops.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 20, Borse Dubai and Nasdaq, rivals to take over Nordic market operator OMX, said they had joined forces to acquire it together in a deal that gives Borse Dubai 19.99 percent of US-based Nasdaq and 28 percent of the London Stock Exchange.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, It was reported that Arizona Prof. Piere Balthazard planned to use data from brain scans of visionary leaders to plot a map of a “leader’s" brain. He then planned to use the map to help train others use their brains similarly.
    (WSJ, 9/20/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 20, Univ. of California regents voted substantial pay raises to faculty and sharply increased fees students pay at the university’s law, medical and other professional schools.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 20, NASA released satellite data that showed sea ice in the Arctic had shrunk one million square miles more this summer that the average melt over 24 years. This represented an area larger that Alaska and Texas combined. Arctic sea ice shrunk to a record 1.59 million square miles since NASA started recording satellite data in 1979.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.A1)(SFC, 9/17/08, p.A2)
2007        Sep 20, In Oakland, Ca., police Sgt. Pat Gonzales shot and killed Gary King Jr. (20). Officers found a loaded gun on King after the shooting. King was shot in the back. In 2009 Oakland was expected to pay $1.5 million to settle a federal civil rights suit filed by King’s family.
    (SFC, 9/12/09, p.C2)
2007        Sep 20, A gunbattle between Afghan police and insurgents left 20 suspected militants and four officers dead in Badghis province bordering Iran and Turkmenistan. A suicide bomber on a bicycle detonated his explosives near Afghan army soldiers in Ghazni province, wounding two soldiers.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, The British competition watchdog accused British supermarkets and dairies on of colluding to fix prices, resulting in customers being overcharged 270 million pounds (386 million euros, 542 million dollars) for dairy products.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, The Canadian dollar rose above parity with the US dollar for the first time in 31 years. The Canadian currency's commodity-fueled rise was helped by a sharply falling dollar.
    (Reuters, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Typhoon Wipha weakened as it slammed China with strong winds and torrential rains. At least nine people were reported killed as the storm destroyed thousands of homes and triggered landslides.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Estonia decided it will not allow a German-Russian consortium to conduct a survey of its exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea for a planned underwater gas pipeline.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, In a nationally televised interview, Pres. Sarkozy went further, saying he wants France to adopt immigration quotas by regions of the world and by occupation. With three months left in the year, police have caught at least 11,800 immigrants, less than half the 25,000 target, ordered by Pres. Sarkozy, who has ordered officials to pick up the pace.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 20, Floyd Landis lost his expensive and explosive case when two of three arbitrators upheld the results of a test that showed the 2006 Tour de France champion had used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory. Landis forfeited his Tour title and was subject to a two-year ban, retroactive to Jan. 30, 2007.
    (AP, 9/20/08)
2007        Sep 20, A clash between Georgian and separatist Abkhazian forces too place some 330 yards inside Abkhaz-held territory. Several Abkhaz soldiers were wounded and 2 former Russian military officers were killed.
    (SFC, 10/30/07, p.A6)
2007        Sep 20, German low-cost carrier Air Berlin said it would buy the carrier Condor from travel giant Thomas Cook, after swallowing two national rivals in less than a year.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, A UN decision awarded Guyana, rather than Suriname, most of a disputed area of coastal Atlantic Ocean, which may hold a large amount of undiscovered oil.
    (Econ, 9/29/07, p.44)
2007        Sep 20, Officials in India said torrential rains and thunderstorms over the last 4 days have killed at least 63 people in southern India, and flooded dozens of villages.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Iranian air force pilots made successful test flights in two of Iran's new domestically manufactured fighter jet. The Saegheh jet is a new generation of the Azarakhsh class of fighter planes. Both Azarakhsh and Saegheh mean lightening in Farsi.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 20, Iraqi soldiers arrested Col. Thamir Mohammed Ismail Husseini (Abu Turab), a high-ranking federal police official on suspicion of targeting Sunni Arabs in Baghdad for arrest and torture on behalf of radical Shiite militias.  An Iranian officer accused of smuggling powerful roadside bombs into Iraq was arrested. The suspect, a member of the Quds Force, an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, was detained in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah. A car bombing at an Iraqi checkpoint in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood killed two Iraqi soldiers and a civilian, and wounded seven others. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi police patrol near a stadium in eastern Baghdad, killing one officer and wounding 5 people. The chief judge of the mostly Shiite Karrada district court and his driver were shot by masked gunmen in eastern Baghdad. Both died of their wounds later in a hospital. The US military said 7 Shiite extremists were detained following a pre-dawn raid by Iraqi special forces and US troops in Sadr City. Residents claimed a civilian and a 5-year-old boy were killed in the raid. An American soldier was killed in an explosion in Diyala province.
    (AP, 9/20/07)(AP, 9/21/07)(SFC, 9/20/07, p.A11)
2007        Sep 20, Japan's Sharp Corp. said it had agreed to become the top shareholder in its financially troubled rival Pioneer Corp. as part of a broad business tie-up in response to growing competition.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Almost 1,000 Buddhist monks, protected by onlookers, marched through Myanmar's biggest city for a third straight day and pledged to keep alive the most sustained protests against the military government in at least a decade.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, In Niger Moussa Kaka, a reporter for Radio France International and director of a private radio station that has reported heavily on the Tuareg rebellion, was taken into custody for "conniving with the enemy" in his conversations with members of the Tuareg rebel group, the Niger Movement for Justice.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 20, A Nigerian government spokesman said Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala has sacked the entire 34,000-strong workforce in his Oyo state for refusing to heed a call to suspend their one-month-old strike over pay.
    (AFP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to rebel against President Pervez Musharraf in a new recording, saying his military's siege of a militant mosque stronghold this year makes him an infidel.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Spain’s Interior Ministry said Spanish police and the FBI had arrested two Pakistani nationals in a joint operation in Madrid and Barcelona on suspicion of being involved in financing international terrorism. The men, identified as Anar Muhammad Shan and Preces Mehmood Sandhu, were also held on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 20, Uganda declared a state of emergency in the worst flood-affected areas of the country as humanitarian workers tried to reach villages that have been cut off by water.
    (AP, 9/20/07)
2007        Sep 20, Zimbabwe lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of a constitutional amendment that critics say further consolidates ruling party power, but is hailed by the government and opposition as a breakthrough in easing the political and economic crisis.
    (AP, 9/20/07)

2007        Sep 21, The United States said it is donating 97 million dollars (69 million euros) to Ethiopia in recognition of the Horn of Africa country's "strategic importance."
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, US Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice said the US and France have agreed on increasing diplomatic and economic pressure to force Iran to abandon its nuclear program.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 21, Google filed with the EU competition regulator for permission to buy rival DoubleClick for $3.1 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, Chris Kavanagh, Berkeley rent board member, was arrested in Oakland, Ca., and charged with fraud for allegedly claiming a false residence in Berkeley to hold office there.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 21, Mattel Inc, apologized for damaging China's reputation after recent massive recalls of its Chinese-made toys, admitting it targeted some goods that were actually up to scratch.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, Kirby Archer (35) and Guillermo Zarabozo (19) hired the yacht Joe Cool in Miami for a ride to Bimini. Two days later the US Coast Guard found the yacht drifting and 12 miles away a life raft, drifting northward with the Gulf Stream current. In it were Archer and Zarabozo, with a supply of water, their luggage, and some other curious objects: a blow gun, darts, several knives, and 22 $100 bills. They said pirates had attacked the yacht and killed the 4-person crew. Arkansas prosecutors have accused Archer of robbing the Wal-Mart in Batesville, where he worked for less than a year as a customer service manager. On Oct 10 prosecutors charged the 2 men with murder. Archer later pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping. On Feb 19, 2009, Zarabozo was convicted of murder.
    (AP, 10/14/07)(SFC, 2/20/09, p.A10)
2007        Sep 21, One student was mortally wounded, another injured, at Delaware State University, and the campus was locked down as police searched for a gunman. On Sep 24 police arrested Loyer Braden (18), a DSU freshman on charges of attempted murder. He was later indicted on a second-degree murder charge.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A6)(AP, 9/21/08)
2007        Sep 21, Alice Ghostley (b.1926), the Tony Award-winning actress, died in LA. She was best known on television for playing Esmeralda on "Bewitched" (1969-1972 and Bernice on "Designing Women" (1987-1993).
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 21, The Rev. Rex Humbard (88), whose televangelism ministry once spanned the globe, died in Atlantis, Fla.
    (AP, 9/21/08)
2007        Sep 21, The Red Cross warned that a massive aid effort is needed to cope with floods in 18 countries across Africa that have already affected at least 1.5 million people and killed at least 270 in Ghana, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and other countries.
    (AFP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, A bomb attack in western Kabul against a convoy of French troops killed one French soldier and injured 8 Afghan civilians near the blast. Airstrikes against "anti-coalition militants" in the Garmsir district of Helmand province killed about 40 fighters.
    (AFP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, A bomb attack near a city east of Algiers injured two French citizens, one Italian and six Algerians, including five police.
    (AFP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, Australia’s ex-senator Bob Collins (b.1946), who served as a minister in the early 1990s, died, days before he was due to face a hearing on 21 charges of child sex abuse dating back three decades.
    (AFP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 21, Playboy opened its first store in Europe at the heart of London's shopping district, continuing its evolution from adult magazine to international merchandising brand.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, A new case of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed in cattle on a farm in southern England.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, In Canada, delegates from almost 200 countries agreed to eliminate ozone-depleting substances faster than originally planned. The agreement was reached at a conference in Montreal to mark the 20th anniversary of the Montreal protocol, which was designed to cut chemicals found to harm the ozone layer.
    (Reuters, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 21, Chile's Supreme Court ruled that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori must be extradited to face human rights and corruption charges in Peru.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, Iraqi officials said 25 people have been arrested linked to the assassination of Abu Risha, the leader of the US-backed revolt by Sunni Arab tribesmen in the western Anbar province against al-Qaida in Iraq. Cholera was confirmed in a baby in Basra, the farthest south the outbreak has been detected. American convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA resumed, four days after the US Embassy suspended all land travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials in response to the alleged killing of civilians by the security firm. Followers of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani refused to attend Friday sermons in their mosques in the southern city of Basra, in protest of the overnight assassination of two aides to the country's top Shiite cleric, one in Diwaniyah province and the other in the southern Basra area. A roadside bomb killed a Romanian soldier near Tallil in southern Iraq.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, In Myanmar about 1,500 Buddhist monks marched through downtown Yangon to protest against Myanmar's military government, beginning their fourth day of demonstrations at a pagoda that has long served as a national symbol for dissent.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, Sources said the presumed head of the Nigerian armed group the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), who goes under the name of Jomo Gbomo, has been arrested in Angola.
    (AFP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, North Korea and Syria held high-level talks in Pyongyang, amid suspicions that the two countries might be cooperating on a nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 9/21/07)
2007        Sep 21, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf appointed a new intelligence chief and promoted five other generals in a staff shake up just days after signaling he would quit the military if elected to a new five-year term. Outside the Supreme Court, hundreds of flag-waving supporters of Pakistan's biggest Islamic party held an anti-Musharraf rally as judges heard petitions challenging his right to run for re-election. Police said At least 27 people have died after consuming poisonous alcohol in southern Pakistan. Around 25 soldiers were released after hectic negotiations between a government-backed tribal jirga and rebels in South Waziristan.
    (AP, 9/21/07)(AFP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 21, Today was the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
    (AFP, 9/21/07)

2007        Sep 22, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki at the United Nations in their first face-to-face talks since a Baghdad shootout involving guards from a US company protecting American diplomats.
    (AP, 9/22/08)
2007        Sep 22, Afghan authorities said they had seized dozens of Iranian and Chinese-made weapons after a brief battle with Taliban fighters near the border with Iran. In northern Afghanistan NATO helicopters fired on a group of suspected insurgents in response to a rocket attack. Four Afghans died and 12 were wounded. 2 Italian soldiers and their two Afghan staff on a weekend patrol disappeared in western Afghanistan. In southern Zabul province the Taliban kidnapped three Afghan men accused of spying for the US and executed them.
    (AP, 9/22/07)(AP, 9/23/07)
2007        Sep 22, At least 25,000 textile workers defied a ban on protests in emergency-ruled Bangladesh to demand back-pay and bonuses in one of the country's biggest industrial zones.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, Marcel Marceau (b.1923), the world's best-known mime artist, died in Paris, France. For decades he moved audiences across the globe without uttering a single word.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7009040.stm)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.91)
2007        Sep 22, Gunmen ambushed an Iraqi police checkpoint in Baqouba, killing one officer and wounding five others. A civilian was killed in Khalis, a Shiite enclave near Baqouba in the volatile Diyala province, when gunmen opened fire on his car. An American soldier was killed and another wounded when an EFP hit their patrol in eastern Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/22/07)(AP, 9/23/07)
2007        Sep 22, In the central Myanmar city of Mandalay, a crowd of 10,000 people, including at least 4,000 Buddhist monks, marched in one of the largest demonstrations since the 1988 democracy uprising. About 1,000 monks, led by one holding his begging bowl upturned as a sign of protest, marched in Yangon for a 5th straight day. The anti-government demonstrations touched the doorstep of democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, Nigeria suspended a deal by a previous government allowing the private sector to run the country's federal government-owned "unity" schools.
    (AFP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was flown to his home country in police custody, one day after the Chilean Supreme Court authorized his extradition on human rights and corruption charges.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, North Korea's No. 2 leader met with a Syrian delegation in Pyongyang, amid suspicions of a secret nuclear connection between the two countries.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, In NW Pakistan a suicide bomber blew up his car near a paramilitary convoy, wounding a soldier. In neighboring Bajaur tribal district authorities reported that a soldier and two women were killed in overnight attacks by pro-Taliban militants. Also in Bajaur an Afghan national and a local tribesman were found shot dead outside Khar.
    (AFP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, Serbian PM Vojislav Kostunica warned the United States, NATO and Kosovo Albanians they would be responsible for devastating consequences if they "snatch" Kosovo and declare it independent.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, Yu Shyi-kun, the chairman of Taiwan's ruling party, resigned after prosecutors indicted him on graft charges. Annette Lu, the island's vice president facing similar charges, said she would fight the allegations.
    (AP, 9/22/07)
2007        Sep 22, To date 144 countries had ratified the UN Convention Against Torture. Holdouts included Sudan, North Korea, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and India.
    (Econ, 9/22/07, p.72)

2007        Sep 23, The 7-part, 15-hour opus “The War," by Ken Burns and co-director Lynn Novick, began on PBS. PBS later estimated 18.7 million viewers saw the airings of "The War," the first chapter of Ken Burns' seven-part documentary about World War II.
    (SSFC, 9/23/07, p.A1)(AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 23, The campaign group End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) said criminal gangs are trafficking hundreds of children into Britain and forcing them to work in cannabis factories, with at least one child per week being found by police.
    (AFP, 9/23/07)
2007        Sep 23, In Egypt thousands of workers at Ghazl el-Mahalla started a strike, demanding 150-day shares of annual profits, improved industrial safety, and raising the monthly bonuses. The strike started by 10,000 workers, has gone up to 15,000. Ghazl al-Mahallah is the biggest textile factory in the Middle East, with over 27,000 workers comprising its total labor force.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2o3aup)
2007        Sep 23, Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora witnessed the signing of three accords between state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise at Nay Pyi Taw, the administrative capital of Myanmar.
    (AFP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 23, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for New York to address the United Nations; state media quoted him as saying the American people were eager for different opinions about the world, and that he was looking forward to providing them with "correct and clear information."
    (AP, 9/23/08)
2007        Sep 23, The Israeli Cabinet voted overwhelmingly to release 90 Palestinian prisoners in an effort to shore up the moderate Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in his power struggle with Islamic Hamas militants.
    (AP, 9/23/07)
2007        Sep 23, Yasuo Fukuda, a veteran moderate, easily won election as Japan's ruling party president, pledging to keep a pro-US foreign policy and improve ties with Asia after he almost certainly becomes prime minister later this week.
    (AP, 9/23/07)
2007        Sep 23, In Myanmar some 20,000 people, led by Buddhist monks, protested against the junta. Riot police and barbed wire barricades blocked hundreds of monks and anti-government demonstrators from approaching the home of the detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a new show of force against a rising protest movement.
    (AP, 9/23/07)

2007        Sep 24, The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said that its 10-month “Operation Raw Deal" had resulted in 124 arrests in 27 states and 9 foreign countries. 56 steroid labs were seized along with $6.5 million and 232 kilograms of steroid powder produced in China.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A1)(www.attorneygeneral.gov/press.aspx?id=2204)
2007        Sep 24, More than 73,000 General Motors Corp workers walked off the job after marathon contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and GM stalled and the union called the first national strike since 1970 against the top U.S. automaker.
    (Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, In SF union-represented security officers at 14 buildings in the Financial District went on strike protesting contract negotiations that have been fruitless for 3 months. Workers returned to their jobs on Sep 27 following some progress in negotiations.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.C1)(SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)
2007        Sep 24, In Huntsville, Texas, two inmates wrested guns from guards, stole a pickup truck then ran over and killed a female guard. John Ray Falk (40) and Jerry Martin (37) were both arrested within hours following a huge manhunt.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A6)
2007        Sep 24, The annual $500,00 "genius award" MacArthur grants were given to 24 men and women. Bay Area winners included Claire Kremen for her studies on honey bees, and inventor Saul Griffith for his work to bring corrective eyewear to people in the Third World.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in NYC for a speech at Columbia University followed by a scheduled address to the UN General Assembly. Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense showdown at Columbia University.
    (AP, 9/24/07)(AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Dell Inc. announced a deal to launch a retail presence in China by selling computers through the country's biggest chain of electronics stores as it struggles to capture a bigger share of the booming market.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, A US navy MH60 helicopter crashed into a lake on the Pacific island of Guam, killing one crew member.
    (Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky (b.1919), German-born Stanford physicist, died. He led the construction of the Stanford Linear Accelerator following approval by Congress in 1961.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.B7)
2007        Sep 24, In western Afghanistan Italian special forces rescued two captive Italian intelligence agents from a militant convoy, killing at least eight kidnappers. Both kidnapped Italians were wounded in the raid, but one died from his wounds in Rome on Oct 4. In southern Afghanistan a Canadian soldier was killed and four were wounded during a military operation.
    (AP, 9/24/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)(AP, 10/4/07)
2007        Sep 24, An Australian man was conscious and spoke to his medical team during life-saving brain surgery in what doctors are claiming as a world-first procedure with cutting-edge technology.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Two Congolese troops and a Ugandan soldier were killed in clashes on the flashpoint border of Lake Albert where oil was recently discovered. Six civilians were killed when Ugandan soldiers opened fire on a Congolese passenger boat on Lake Albert.
    (AFP, 9/25/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, French PM Francois Fillon warned that the country's public finances were in a "critical" state and need drastic action to reduce worrying deficits.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Hungarian officials said that in an effort to bring prostitutes into the legal economy, they will allow sex workers to apply for an entrepreneur's permit, a move that could generate government revenues from an industry worth an estimated $1 billion annually.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Iran closed major border crossings with northeastern Iraq to protest the US detention of an Iranian official the military accused of weapons smuggling. The International Atomic Energy Agency technical officials began talks with Iran to resolve remaining issues surrounding the country's controversial nuclear program. Iran released from jail peace activist Ali Shakeri, the last of four Iranian-Americans imprisoned in recent months after being accused of stirring up a revolution.
    (AP, 9/24/07)(AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Iraq’s Pres. al-Maliki spoke in NYC at the Council on Foreign Relations. When  asked about the country's various problems, took a jab at the Bush administration, saying that the build-up of Iraq's forces after the collapse of Saddam's regime, was not handled properly. A suicide attacker struck a unity meeting of about 800 people in Baqouba, killing at least 24, including the city's police chief and other top officials.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Israel’s Supreme Court gave the country’s main land distributor 3 months to change its policy of selling property only to Jews.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 24, A powerful blast ripped through a shopping mall in the center of Pristina, Kosovo's capital, killing two and injuring 10 others.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, In Myanmar as many as 100,000 protesters led by a phalanx of barefoot monks marched through Yangon. The movement has grown in a week from faltering demonstrations to one rivaling the failed 1988 pro-democracy uprising.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Pakistani police intensified a crackdown that opposition parties say has left hundreds of activists in custody while the Supreme Court dismissed three challenges to the re-election bid of Pakistan's military leader.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin named a new government, tapping new economics and health ministers and retaining his foreign and defense ministers in an expected but largely cosmetic shuffle before parliamentary and presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, A group of UN experts monitoring Darfur said that serious human rights violations appeared to be continuing in the strife-torn western Sudanese region.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, The Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said that the European Commission had approved its Exelon skin patch to treat Alzheimer's disease.
    (AP, 9/24/07)

2007        Sep 25, President George W. Bush announced new US sanctions against Myanmar's military rulers and urged other countries to follow suit amid Myanmar's biggest anti-government protests in 20 years.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom suspended Ed Jew from his seat on the Board of Supervisors and swore in Carmen Chu (29), a deputy director in his office of policy and finance, as interim supervisor.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 25, Julian Revilleza (26), the accused mastermind of a grade-changing scandal at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Ca., and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, pleaded guilty to 15 felonies. As many as 400 grades were changed from 2000-2006. On Nov 26 Jeremy Tato (26) pleaded no contest to 8 felonies. On Nov 29 15 more people were charged in the scandal including Liberato Servo, identified as one of the scheme’s ringleaders. On Dec 14 the final set of charges were filed against 4 current or former students at Los Medanos.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.B2)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/30/07, p.B2)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.B3)
2007        Sep 25, NRG Energy of Princeton, NJ, submitted permission to build 2 nuclear reactors in Texas.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 25, In northern Plumas County, California, state Dept. of Fish and Game began poisoning Lake Davis to rid the reservoir of northern pike. A similar attempt in 1997 failed.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 25, Warren Jeffs, the leader of a polygamous Mormon splinter group, was convicted in St. George, Utah, of being an accomplice to rape for performing a wedding between a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl. Jeffs was later sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2007        Sep 25, A large swath of coastal land was secured by The Trust for Public Land, paving the way for the biggest expansion of the US Virgin Islands National Park since it was created more than 50 years ago. The pristine property on St. John, known as Estate Maho Bay, will be transferred to the National Park Service when federal funds become available in 2-3 years.
    (AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, In Afghanistan about 400 villagers blocked a major highway during a protest after two civilians, a father and son, were killed by international forces who were conducting a search operation in the Zhari district of Kandahar province.
    (AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, The US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called MQ-9 Reaper began operating in Afghanistan. It engaged in combat with a successful strike for the first time on October 27.
    (www.defense-update.com/newscast/1107/news/081107_reaper.htm)
2007        Sep 25, The World Health Organization said 8 more cases of Ebola have been identified in Congo, raising to 17 the number of people confirmed to have contracted the deadly illness.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, A jailed Egyptian militant committed suicide in his cell. Sayed Ragab Abdullah (45) had been jailed 15 days ago for alleged membership in an Islamic militant group.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addressing the United Nations, announced "the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed," and indicated Tehran would disregard Security Council resolutions imposed by what he called "arrogant powers."
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2007        Sep 25, A suicide car bomber struck the police headquarters in Basra, killing at least 3 officers and wounding 20 people. In Baghdad at least 7 people were killed, six in a car bombing on a shopping street in an eastern neighborhood near a line of pensioners outside a bank. A US soldier was killed during a small-arms attack in an eastern neighborhood of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/25/07)(AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, Israel's largest bank said it was severing its last remaining ties with Palestinian banks in Gaza, following the Israeli government's declaration of the coastal strip as an "enemy entity."
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Japan’s Parliament elected Yasuo Fukuda to be the prime minister, thrusting the moderate political insider into the job of taking on a resurgent opposition and rebuilding the scandal-scarred ruling party.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, In Indian Kashmir 5 suspected Muslim militants and a policeman were killed in three gunbattles in Poonch, Kupwara and Kulgam districts.
    (AFP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, Soldiers, including an army division that took part in the brutal suppression of a 1988 uprising, converged on Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, after thousands of monks and sympathizers defied government orders to stay out of politics and protested once again. The Buddhist monks marched out for an eighth day of peaceful protest despite orders to the Buddhist clergy to halt all political activity and return to their monasteries. Military leaders imposed a nighttime curfew and banned gatherings of more than 5 people.
    (AP, 9/25/07)(WSJ, 9/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 25, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the US of imposing a worldwide dictatorship and defended the right of Iran and North Korea to pursue nuclear technology in a speech before the UN General Assembly meeting.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Pakistan’s the attorney general said President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will stay on as army chief if he is not re-elected president, as the Supreme Court prepared for a ruling that could decide the fate of his bid for another five-year term.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, Haidar Abdel Shafi (88), medical doctor and founding member of the Palestine Liberation organization (PLO), died at his home in Gaza City. He had founded and directed the Gaza branch of the Red Crescent.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.101)(www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/26/africa/obits.php)
2007        Sep 25, Poland began publishing a list of public figures who either collaborated with or were spied on by its old secret police before 1989.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, In South Africa a two-week strike by some 50,000 workers that had halted output at Volkswagen AG , DaimlerChrysler (DAIGn.DE) and other car makers ended.
    (Reuters, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 25, Darfur rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim said he would carry on fighting during upcoming peace talks until a final settlement is reached to end the conflict in western Sudan.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told global leaders the world faces "a daunting array of challenges" in the coming year, from combating global warming and fighting poverty to ending the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region and promoting Mideast peace. He spoke at the opening of the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 25, The UN Security Council unanimously passed a French resolution endorsing sending a European Union-UN force to Chad and the Central African Republic to protect civilians reeling from a spillover of the Darfur conflict.
    (AP, 9/25/07)

2007        Sep 26, The United Auto Workers union and General Motors Corp reached a tentative contract, ending a national strike by 73,000 workers with a groundbreaking deal that includes a health-care trust fund. The Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) will be administered by the union and take on some $51 billion in health-care liabilities.
    (AP, 9/26/07)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.67)
2007        Sep 26, A judge declared a mistrial in Phil Spector's murder trial because the jury was deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting the music producer of killing actress Lana Clarkson.
    (AP, 9/26/08)
2007        Sep 26, Chevron Corp. Announced a $15 billion stock 3-year stock buyback program.
    (SFC, 9/27/07, p.C3)
2007        Sep 26, A new study by doctors of Kaiser Permanente said even moderate drinking increases the risk of breast cancer for women.
    (SFC, 9/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 26, Barry Bonds went 0 for 3 in his last baseball game with the SF Giants.
    (SFC, 9/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 26, Abu Dhabi signed a $1 billion deal with Warner Brothers to jointly produce big budget films and video games.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.76)(http://tinyurl.com/37xosj)
2007        Sep 26, In southern Afghanistan two battles that began the previous day killed more than 165 Taliban fighters and a US-led coalition soldier. Two foreign Red Cross workers who aided in freeing a group of South Korean hostages last month have been abducted in Afghanistan as they were trying to help secure the release of a German captive.
    (AP, 9/26/07)(AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 26, Canadian police charged the two co-founders of now-defunct Portus Alternative Asset Management Inc with 12 counts of fraud, money laundering, and possession of property obtained by crime, the result of a lengthy international investigation.
    (Reuters, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 26, The EU accused the US of trying to weaken aircraft maker Airbus and causing 27 billion dollars (19 billion euros) in losses by paying subsidies to US rival Boeing.
    (AFP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 26, The French government unveiled its 2008 budget with a deficit forecast at €41.7 billion ($58.8 billion).
    (Econ, 9/29/07, p.53)
2007        Sep 26, Iraq's PM al-Maliki in NYC said national reconciliation was the key to ending the daily barrage of violence in his country. He called on world leaders to help bring bickering factions together but offered few political solutions of his own. A wave of bombings and shootings swept Iraq, killing more than 50 people. A suicide truck bomber struck a Sunni tribal leader's house near the Syrian border, killing at least five people in the latest attack by suspected Sunni extremists on provincial officials and tribal figures. A parked car bomb exploded near a group of black market gasoline vendors in Shurqat, killing five people and wounding seven. At least eight people were killed and 10 wounded in scattered violence in Baqouba, while the bullet-riddled bodies of a Shiite man and three sons also were found left on a street in an eastern section of the city. Northeast of Baghdad a policeman was killed and two others injured in Khan Bani Saad, and a civilian was killed and one wounded by random gunfire in Khalis.
    (AP, 9/26/07)(AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 26, In Indian Kashmir 4 suspected Muslim militants were killed as they crossed into southern Poonch and northern Kupwara districts from the Pakistani-zone of the divided state. Government troops also shot dead two "wanted" commanders of the pro-Pakistan rebel group Hizbul Mujahedin in southern Doda district.
    (AFP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 26, An Israeli missile strike targeted a jeep carrying members of the Army of Islam. Five passengers were killed, the Army of Islam said. The Israeli military said the jeep was carrying rockets ready for use. In northern Gaza, Israeli tanks and bulldozers briefly entered the town of Beit Hanoun, following rocket fire from the area. At one point, a tank shell was fired toward a group of people between two houses, killing four and wounding 25.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 26, In Myanmar at least four people including three Buddhist monks were killed as security forces used weapons and tear gas to crush protests that have erupted nationwide against the military junta.
    (AFP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 26, Transparency International's 2007 index ranked Myanmar and Somalia as the most corrupt nations. Both received the lowest score of 1.4 out of 10. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were ranked the least corrupt, each scoring 9.4.
    (AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 26, The Nepali Congress party, the Maoists' main partner in last November's peace deal, endorsed a republican agenda, ending a traditional position of support for some kind of royal role in the impoverished Himalayan nation.
    (AFP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 26, Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (b.1917), the Dutch World War II resistance hero better known as the "Soldier of Orange," died at his home in Hawaii. His fame in the Netherlands leaped after he published his book, "Soldaat van Oranje" (Soldier of Orange) in 1971. He became known outside the country after the book was made into a film of the same name by director Paul Verhoeven in 1977, starring Rutger Hauer in the title role.
    (AP, 9/29/07)(SFC, 10/9/07, p.B4)
2007        Sep 26, Dr. Judith Asuni (60), A US aid worker, was arrested in the oil-rich Niger Delta along with German nationals Florian Orpitz (35), and Andy Lehmann (26), and one Nigerian, Danjuma Saidu. Asuni was said to have facilitated the Germans' visit to Nigeria and helped them enter the petroleum installation to film. Asuni was granted bail on Oct 23.
    (AFP, 10/7/07)(AP, 10/23/07)
2007        Sep 26, Russia unveiled its regional 95-seat Superjet-100, a government-backed effort to re-energize the country's ailing aviation industry and get into a market now dominated by Bombardier and Embraer.
    (AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 26, Officials said Turkey and Iraq have agreed to sign a counterterrorism deal cracking down on separatist Kurdish rebels holed up in bases in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 9/26/07)
2007        Sep 26, In southern Vietnam a section of a bridge under construction collapsed, killing at least 52 workers and injuring 97 others. The bridge was being built across the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong River, in the southern city of Can Tho.
    (AP, 9/26/07)

2007        Sep 27,  President Bush promised to take steps to reduce air traffic congestion and long delays that were leaving travelers grounded.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2007        Sep 27, The US Supreme Court halted the execution of Carlton Turner Jr. (28), a man convicted of killing his parents in Texas, after already agreeing to review lethal injection procedures in Kentucky. Turner was 19 when he shot Carlton Turner Sr., (43) and Tonya Turner (40) several times in the head. Turner was executed on Jul 10, 2008.
    (AP, 9/28/07)(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A4)
2007        Sep 27, The Cleveland adult toy firm GVA-TWN said they would acquire Good Vibrations, a SF sex toy retailer.
    (SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)
2007        Sep 27, In Oakland, Ca., 4 people were charged with growing marijuana that since 2001 was used in cookies and other packaged food made by Tainted Inc.
    (SFC, 9/28/07, p.B3)
2007        Sep 27, In Florida a spacecraft named Dawn blasted off aboard an unmanned Delta rocket on a mission to explore two giant asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn was powered by a trio of solar-powered electric engines that ionize and expel xenon gas. It could serve as a blueprint for future interplanetary transport.
    (Reuters, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Miles Cooper (27), a caretaker at a primary school in Cambridge, was convicted of sending a spate of letter bombs that hurt eight people in England and Wales earlier this year.
    (AFP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, China issued an evenhanded plea for calm in Myanmar, calling on all sides to show restraint.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Irakli Okruashvili, Georgia's hawkish former defense minister, was detained on corruption charges, days after he alleged that President Mikhail Saakashvili had ordered him to kill a prominent businessman.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled stopped in Bolivia, where he pledged $1 billion in investment. He pledged investment over the next five years to help the poor Andean nation tap its vast natural gas reserves, extract minerals, generate more electricity and fund agricultural and construction projects. He then visited Venezuela to meet President Hugo Chavez. Chavez embraced the Iranian leader, calling him "one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters" and "one of the great fighters for true peace."
    (AP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 27, Iraq's Sunni vice president held a rare meeting with the country's top Shiite cleric to seek support for a 25-point blueprint for political reform. A parked car bomb struck a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding two others.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, In Iraq a road bomb exploded under a US armored vehicle killing US Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson. Fingerprints were later found on adhesive tape used to make two bombs leading to the arrest and May 21, 2015, conviction in London of Anis Sardar. Sardar argued that he had become involved in the conflict in Iraq to protect Sunni villages from attack by Shi'ite militias.
    (Reuters, 5/22/15)
2007        Sep 27, Israeli forces killed two Gaza militants in a missile strike.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, In Myanmar troops cleared protesters from the streets of central Yangon, giving them 10 minutes to leave or be shot as the Myanmar junta intensified a two-day crackdown on the largest uprising in 20 years. At least nine people were killed, including a Japanese national. In December a UN investigator documented 31 people killed by the end of the crackdown in October.
    (Reuters, 9/27/07)(AP, 12/7/07)
2007        Sep 27, In Nigeria gunmen disguised as soldiers killed a Colombian oil worker and abducted two other foreigners in a raid on the construction yard of oil services company Saipem.
    (Reuters, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Pakistan's chief justice ordered the immediate release of detained opposition members as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf formalized his disputed candidacy for a new five-year term.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Somali and Ethiopian troops ordered thousands to vacate their homes in Mogadishu to allow the forces to search for arms and insurgents.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 27, In northern Sri Lanka the military said artillery fire, gunbattles and a bombing had killed 25 rebels, three civilians and a soldier. The civilian casualties occurred when a remote-control bomb went off in a government-controlled town.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, A UN tribunal convicted Mile Mrksic (60), a Serb army officer, of clearing the way for the torture and killing of 194 Croats seized from a hospital in a 1991 massacre. Veselin Sljivancanin (54), the area's chief security officer, was sentenced to five years for failing to protect the Croats from beatings and torture by the local Serb paramilitary forces and Territorial Defense units. Officer Miroslav Radic (45) was acquitted of any wrongdoing.
    (AP, 9/27/07)(WSJ, 9/28/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 28, The United States announced it would spend up to $25 million to pay for 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil for North Korea as part of an agreement to dismantle the North’s nuclear program.
    (AP, 9/28/08)
2007        Sep 28, The US government shut down NetBank Inc., an online bank with $2.5 billion in assets, due to excessive mortgage defaults.
    (SFC, 9/29/07, p.C1)
2007        Sep 28, A federal judge refused to block a new NYC city rule that requires taxi drivers to install global positioning systems and credit card machines in their cabs by Oct 1.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 28, It was reported that the average American has access to over $418,000 in intangible wealth as opposed to the average Mexican with $34,000. The World Bank compiled its measures of intangible wealth based on such factors as trust among people in a society, an efficient judicial system, clear property rights and effective government.
    (WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A9)
2007        Sep 28, Traveler Carol Anne Gotbaum of New York died in a holding cell at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix; authorities say Gotbaum accidentally asphyxiated herself after being chained to a bench.
    (AP, 9/28/08)
2007        Sep 28, Charles Griffith (1930-2007), screenwriter and director, died. He wrote the screenplay for the 1960 film “Little Shop of Horrors," which became a cult classic.
    (SFC, 10/12/07, p.B11)
2007        Sep 28, In Yuba City, Ca., Willie Dean Roberts Jr. (32) was dragged to death under a car. In 2010 2 Nortenos gang members were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (www.plumaslakelife.com/articles/ouellette-92634-marysville-roberts-sanudo.html)(SSFC, 6/20/10, p.A8)
2007        Sep 28, The IMF chose Dominique Strauss-Kahn, France’s former Socialist finance minister, as its new head, continuing the tradition of a European leading the organization.
    (WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A1)
2007        Sep 28, In Algiers an Arab-language daily reported that Hassan Hattab (40), one of the most hardline guerrilla chiefs opposed to Algeria's government, has surrendered. Hattab, aka Abou Hamza, founded the Salafist Movement for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 1998. Al Hayat, based in London, reported that Hattab was "arrested on September 22 by Algerian security services.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 28, Australia's Anglican Church said women can be appointed bishops for the first time, drawing immediate criticism from conservatives.
    (AFP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Britain's biggest water supplier was handed a fine of more than 12 million pounds for "inadequate" reporting to the industry regulator and poor customer service to its eight million customers.
    (AFP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Britain’s deputy chief veterinarian said bluetongue disease is circulating in Britain after being reported in a cow at the weekend in southern England.
    (AP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Georgia's capital, demanding that the president step down following the arrest of a former defense minister who accused the leader of involvement in a murder plot.
    (AP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki rejected a US Senate proposal calling for the decentralization of Iraq's government and giving more control to the country's ethnically divided regions, calling it a "catastrophe." A military panel acquitted U.S. Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval (22) on charges he killed two unarmed Iraqis, but it convicted him of planting evidence on one of the men in attempt to cover up the shooting.
    (AP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Japan suspended poultry imports from Canada after the H7N3 strain of avian influenza was found on a Saskatchewan chicken farm.
    (Reuters, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, In Mexico City more than 30 federal agents arrested Avila Beltran (46), who allegedly spent more than a decade working her way to the top echelons of Mexico's male-dominated drug trade.
    (AP, 10/4/07)
2007        Sep 28, Hurricane Lorenzo crashed into Mexico's Gulf coast before dawn, ripping apart shacks, uprooting trees and sending billboards flying through the air. At least 5 people died.
    (AP, 9/28/07)(AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 28, Myanmar soldiers clubbed and dragged away activists while firing tear gas and warning shots to break up demonstrations before they could grow, and the government cut Internet access, raising fears that a deadly crackdown was set to intensify. The US administration slapped visa bans on more than 30 members of the Myanmar junta and their families.
    (AP, 9/28/07)(AFP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 28, Pakistan's Supreme Court removed the main obstacle to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's bid for another 5 years in power as it dismissed legal challenges to his candidacy.
    (AP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Representatives of Serbia and the Kosovo Albanians opened the first face-to-face talks on the future of the breakaway Serbian province with international mediators in NYC.
    (Reuters, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Naval attack craft waged a three-hour sea battle with 20 Tamil Tiger boats off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, sinking three of the rebels' vessels and killing one of their top naval commanders.
    (AP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 28, Turkey and Iraq signed a counterterrorism pact aimed at cracking down on separatist Kurdish rebels who have been attacking Turkey from bases in Iraq.
    (AP, 9/28/07)

2007        Sep 29, President Bush signed a bill to prevent a government shutdown, but lambasted Democrats controlling Congress for sending him the stopgap measure while they continued to work on more than a dozen spending bills.
    (AP, 9/29/08)
2007        Sep 29, The Topps Meat Co. expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties to include 21.7 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that sickened more than a dozen people in eight US states.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, A Taliban suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform set off a huge explosion while trying to board a military bus in the capital, killing 30 people, most of them soldiers. Hours later, the Afghan president offered to meet personally with the Taliban leader for peace talks and give the militants a position in government. Four employees with the International Committee of the Red Cross, kidnapped earlier this week while negotiating the release of a German hostage, were freed in good health. Afghan insurgents ambushed a convoy of foreign troops in eastern Paktia province. After a brief gunbattle, airstrikes were called in that killed 11 militants. 3 Afghan civilians were killed during the clash of NATO-led forces with Taliban insurgents in Paktia. Another battle in Paktia between police and militants left one suspected insurgent dead. In neighboring Ghazni province, coalition forces fought with insurgents, killing two Taliban in Andar district. Police in Kandahar city discovered a landmine that exploded while they were trying to defuse it, killing two police.
    (AP, 9/29/07)(AP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, Lois Maxwell (b.1927), the woman James Bond never seduced, died in Western Australia. The Canadian-born actress, born as Lois Ruth Hooker, took on the Miss Moneypenny role in 1962 alongside Sean Connery in "Dr No," and continued for 14 Bond films. Her films also included "Bedtime For Bonzo" with Ronald Reagan.
    (AFP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 29, Egypt’s government and the striking workers in Mahalla el-Kobra announced a deal ending the textile worker’s strike after officials agreed to demands for three months' worth of profit-sharing bonuses.
    (AP, 10/2/07)
2007        Sep 29, Iran's parliament voted to designate the CIA and the US Army as "terrorist organizations," a largely symbolic response to a US Senate resolution seeking a similar designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, Three Iraqi soldiers and three civilians, killed in a suicide truck bombing near Mosul, were among 18 victims of sectarian violence across Iraq. Army sniper Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval (22) was sentenced to five months in prison, a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay for planting evidence in connection with the deaths of two Iraqi civilians. 3 Sunni clerics were killed in Mosul. US aircraft killed more than 20 al-Qaida in Iraq fighters who opened fire on an American air patrol northwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/29/07)(AFP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 29, In southern Japan more than 100,000 people protested against the central government's order to modify school textbooks which say the country's army forced civilians to commit mass suicide at the end of World War II.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 29, A bomb exploded at the entrance to a recreation park in the Maldives, wounding at least 12 foreign tourists.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 29, UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari flew into Myanmar carrying worldwide hopes he can persuade its ruling generals to use negotiations instead of guns to end mass protests. The streets of Myanmar's two biggest cities were eerily quiet after a brutal crackdown on demonstrators seeking to end 45 years of military rule. Soldiers quickly snuffed out one small demonstration in Yangon, dragging several men to waiting trucks.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 29, Riot police fired tear gas and used batons on protesting lawyers as Pakistan's Election Commission approved President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's candidacy for re-election.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 29, In Sudan a large force of rebels stormed an African Union peacekeeping base in Haskanita, Darfur, killing 12 soldiers and wounding 8 others in the biggest attack on the mission so far. More than 50 AU peacekeepers and support personnel were missing in action. In 2009 the International Criminal Court (ICC) said fighters commanded by Darfur rebel chief Bahar Idriss Abu Garda brutally murdered 12 African peacekeepers before looting their camp. In 2010 Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, suspected in the deadly attack, voluntarily surrendered in the Netherlands to the International Criminal Court to face war crimes charges.
    (AP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 10/8/07)(AFP, 10/19/09)(AP, 6/16/10)
2007        Sep 29, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish rebels ambushed a minibus carrying pro-government village guards and civilians and killed 12 people.
    (AP, 9/29/07)

2007        Sep 30, In SF the 24th annual Folsom Street Fair celebrated leather culture and sexual fetishism.
    (SFC, 10/1/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 30, In Burlingame, Ca., a shooting on Highway 101 killed Londell Wilson (25). Police used a stoplight photograph from a nearby exit to identify the car and on Oct 24 arrested Doyal “Ali" Malcolm Webber of Hayward (18) for the shooting. In 2009 Webber was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/25/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/24/09, p.C2)
2007        Sep 30, Taylor Bradford (21), a University of Memphis football player, was fatally shot on campus in what was believed to be a targeted attack. Classes for the next day were canceled as a precaution.
    (AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, So far this year, according to the Pan American Health Organization, 630,356 dengue cases have been reported in the Americas, most in Brazil, Venezuela, or Colombia, with 12,147 cases of hemorrhagic fever and 183 deaths. The Dominican Republic has reported 25 deaths, while Puerto Rico claimed 5,592 suspected cases and three deaths.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, President Hamid Karzai's office said that there is "serious debate" among some Taliban fighters about laying down arms, while a spokesman for the militants said they will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities until foreign troops leave. Two workers with the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) were abducted in the province of Logar about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Kabul. Taliban militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had US money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth as a warning to others not to use dollars. Taliban insurgents in Ghazni province ambushed a police convoy, killing eight officers.
    (AP, 9/30/07)(AFP, 10/1/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, a property tycoon and one of Bangladesh's richest men, his wife and three sons were sentenced in absentia to five years each in jail as part of a government anti-corruption drive.
    (AFP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, Milan Jelic (51), president of Bosnia's Serb Republic died of a heart attack after less than a year on the job.
    (AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, It was reported that China has banned television and radio ads for push-up bras, figure-enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist government's latest move to purge the nation's airwaves of what it calls social pollution.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, The people of Ecuador voted on electing a constitutional assembly to rewrite the constitution. Supporters of Pres. Correa won some 70 of the 130 assembly seats.
    (WSJ, 10/2/07, p.A8)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.40)
2007        Sep 30, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia broke the world record in winning the Berlin Marathon in two hours, four minutes and 26 seconds.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, Gunmen in the main northern Iraqi city of Mosul sprayed the car of a Sunni politician with bullets, killing him and three bodyguards. Iraqi soldiers killed 44 "terrorists" over the past 24 hours. The operations were centered in Salahuddin and Diyala provinces and around the city of Kirkuk.
    (AFP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, Myanmar's government unexpectedly allowed the country's leading opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, to leave house arrest briefly and meet with a UN envoy trying to persuade the junta to ease its crackdown against a pro-democracy uprising. Thousands of troops locked down Myanmar's largest cities, and scores of people were arrested overnight. In Mandalay, Myanmar's second largest city, security forces arrested dozens of university students who staged a street protest.
    (AP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, A trade union affiliated with former communist rebels attacked Nepal's largest newspaper office, destroying property and forcing a halt to publication. The Kantipur Publication, which publishes the privately run Nepali language newspaper Kantipur and English edition The Kathmandu Post, was attacked by supporters of the All Nepal Printing and Publication Workers' Union.
    (AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, Negotiators at North Korea's disarmament talks tentatively agreed to a draft plan on disabling the country's nuclear facilities by year's end.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, Pakistan's key opposition parties vowed to lodge a last-ditch Supreme Court challenge aimed at stopping President Pervez Musharraf standing for re-election on October 6. Pakistani journalists protested against police violence against colleagues covering a protest against President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad a day earlier.
    (AFP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, Scores of Palestinian militants who had been stranded in Egypt since Hamas seized Gaza in June returned to the territory.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, entered Russia's presidential race, elected overwhelmingly as the candidate for the country's beleaguered opposition coalition.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, Taiwan's ruling party passed a resolution asserting the island's separate identity from rival China and calling for a referendum on Taiwan's sovereignty, the latest in a series of moves aimed at strengthening the island's de-facto independence.
    (AP, 9/30/07)
2007        Sep 30, Thailand's General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led last year's coup, stepped down as head of the nation's junta, paving the way for him to join the cabinet.
    (AFP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, Ukrainians began voting in an early parliamentary election meant to bring an end to a months-long political standoff between the nation's two feuding leaders. Victor Yushchenko’s party earned only about 16% of the parliamentary vote. PM Viktor Yanukovych, had about 30% of the vote. Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc was leading with 33%.
    (AP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007        Sep 30, A volcanic explosion rocked Yemen’s tiny Jabal al-Tair island in the Red Sea, spewing lava and ash hundreds of feet into the air and forcing Yemeni authorities to evacuate a military base. 8 soldiers were missing.
    (AP, 10/1/07)

2007        Sep, A 3-year scientific study called “Explaining Religion" was begun and involved scholars from 14 universities and a range of disciplines. The €2 million study searched for biological reasons for belief in God.
    (Econ, 3/22/08, p.89)
2007        Sep, The world price of wheat rose to over $400 per ton, the highest ever recorded.
    (Econ, 12/8/07, p.81)
2007        Sep, In Missouri 2 St. Louis-area men disappeared. Their mutilated bodies were found weeks later in Missouri and Illinois. In 2009 police were reported to be investigating the Invaders motorcycle gang in connection with the two murders as well as a 2007 slaying of a gang member, who had possibly cooperated with authorities..
    (SFC, 5/4/09, p.A4)
2007        Sep, Sao Paulo, Brazil, passed an ordnance banning billboards effective as of January 1, 2008. Clear Channel, the world’s largest outdoor-advertising firm, sued to have it overturned.
    (Econ, 10/13/07, p.74)(www.iht.com/articles/2006/12/12/news/brazil.php)
2007        Sep, In China the National Grand Theater, also known as The Egg, opened opposite the Great Hall of the People. The opera house, a pet project of former Premier Jiang Zemin, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu at a cost of $360 million.
    (Econ, 10/13/07, p.43)
2007        Sep, The China Investment Corp. (CIC) was launched, with $200 billion in registered capital allocated from China's foreign exchange reserve, to mitigate the risks in China's huge foreign exchange reserve.
    (http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90776/90884/6298585.html)
2007        Sep, In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood circulated a draft of its first detailed political platform. It would bar women and Christians from becoming president and establish a board of Muslim clerics to oversee the government.
    (SFC, 10/11/07, p.A14)
2007        Sep, In Peru government ecologists spotted 21 members of a hitherto uncontacted tribe on the banks of the Rio de las Piedras. It was estimated that there are still 15 such groups.
    (Econ, 10/6/07, p.40)
2007        Sep, In Russia construction began in Moscow on Russia Tower, slated to be Europe’s tallest building, at over 1900 feet, on completion in 2012.
    (WSJ, 6/25/08, p.C14)
2007        Sep, Lotte, South Korea’s biggest department store chain, opened its first foreign store in Moscow, Russia.
    (Econ, 6/28/08, p.72)

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