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2008        Apr 1, A top US immigration official said Washington has started deportation proceedings against thousands of Vietnamese living illegally in the US under a pact between the two countries.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, The US EPA took over cleanup of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, Ca., after failed efforts by Greka Oil & Gas to clean up a spill. 2 spills since last summer had left some 29,000 gallons of crude oil and toxin-laden water in a creek in Los Olivos.
    (SFC, 4/2/08, p.B6)
2008        Apr 1, Virginia’s Gov. Timothy Kaine ordered a moratorium on executions until the US Supreme Court decides whether lethal injections are constitutional.
    (SFC, 4/3/08, p.A6)
2008        Apr 1, A California state Senate committee declined to act on a bill by Senator Leland Yee to declare the Cow Palace in Daly City to be surplus property.
    (SFC, 4/2/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 1, In southwestern Afghanistan a suicide bomber hit a police compound, killing two officers and wounding five others in Nimroz province. A mine struck a civilian vehicle in southwestern Nimroz province, killing the driver and wounding two civilians.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez blasted striking farmers at a rally of 20,000 supporters, comparing their nearly three-week-old protest to a 1976 strike that sowed chaos one month before a military coup.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 1, An Australian court charged a Vietnam Airlines pilot with smuggling millions of dollars in drug profits out of the country. Quoc Viet Lai (58,) faced 40 counts of money laundering after allegedly taking 3.7 million dollars (3.4 million US) out of Australia between June 2005 and June 2006.
    (AFP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, In Bangladesh an official said Tareque Rahman, the son of detained former Bangladesh premier Khaleda Zia, has been formally charged with corruption as part of the military-backed government's anti-graft drive.
    (AFP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, Bolivian officials said Tristan Jay Amero (26), a California man convicted of hotel bombings that killed two people in Bolivia's capital, had died in prison. He was serving a 30-year sentence.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, In Botswana Seretse Ian Khama (b.1953), the half-white son of Botswana’s first president,  was sworn in as president. Festus Mogae retired after 10 years in office.
    (www.voanews.com/english/2008-04-01-voa55.cfm?rss=politics)
2008        Apr 1, In Brazil Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, a reputed Colombian drug lord whose cartel is accused of having shipped hundreds of tons of cocaine, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison in Brazil for crimes committed in that country.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 1, In Brazil protesters burned a bridge after police arrested Paulo Cesar Quartiero, president of Roraima rice growers association, for blocking a federal highway. Quartiero was later released on bail. A second bridge was set alight the next day. Police planned to begin clearing the remaining non-Indian settlers from the 4.2-million-acre Raposa Serra do Sol Indian reservation next week.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 1, Britain’s border agency (UKBA) was formed following the dismemberment 2007 of the Home Office.
    (Econ, 11/12/11, p.64)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Border_Agency)
2008        Apr 1, In France the stockmarket watchdog Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF) filed a formal complaint against the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, the parent company of Airbus, and more than a dozen current and former executives. It confirmed evidence of massive insider trading in shares of EADS in late 2005 and early 2006 in the knowledge that the A380 airbus program was in deep trouble.
    (Econ, 6/21/08, p.80)(http://tinyurl.com/3kd8vh)
2008        Apr 1, Hungary’s coalition partner pulled out of the government leaving the Socialists without a parliamentary majority.
    (WSJ, 4/2/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 1, India scrapped import duties on cooking oils and maize and extended a ban on pulse exports, escalating its fight against surging inflation driven by rises in global commodity prices.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki said in a statement that his office will recruit 10,000 more police and army forces and will move to enhance public services Basra. His comments came after a peace deal between radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi government brought a tense calm following a week of clashes. Interior Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, said that 200 people had been killed, 600 wounded and 170 suspects detained during operations in Basra. Britain froze plans to withdraw about 1,500 soldiers from its 4,000-strong military force this spring and hand over more security responsibility to the Iraqis.
    (AP, 4/1/08)(AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 1, In Kenya police tear gassed about 100 protesters who demonstrated in Nairobi against plans to increase the number of Cabinet posts.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, A woman's severed head was found on a Scottish beach. She was later identified as Jolanta Bledaite (35) from Alytus, Lithuania. On April 4 police arrested two Lithuanian men in connection with the murder.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 1, Strong fighting broke out in northern Sri Lanka as government troops launched a fresh offensive against Tiger rebels. The heavy fighting left 42 rebels and a soldier dead.
    (AP, 4/1/08)(AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 1, In Switzerland UBS AG's chairman abruptly resigned as the Swiss bank reported a first-quarter loss of $12.1 billion and said it would seek $15.1 billion in new capital.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, Poor countries at a UN conference in Thailand said they won't sign a global warming pact unless industrialized nations guarantee them billions of dollars needed to adapt to the impact of climate change.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, In Ukraine President Bush said he is putting his full weight behind the desire by Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO even though Russia is opposed and the alliance is split.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, Tanks took to the streets of southern Yemen cities to discourage rioting by disaffected youths and retired military officers over unfulfilled government promises to enlist them in the army.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Apr 1, In Zimbabwe an independent African monitor said top members of President Robert Mugabe's party worried the government may have lost weekend elections, even as a tediously slow release of results fueled fears of rigging. A ruling party projection said opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will beat President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe's crucial election, but be forced into a runoff vote in three weeks.
    (AP, 4/1/08)(Reuters, 4/1/08)

2008        Apr 2, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe singed legislation to repeal a botched marriage law, and reinstated 17 as the minimum age to marry for boys and 16 for girls.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 2, In Arkansas 3 men were presumed drowned when scaffolding underneath an Arkansas River bridge collapsed. They were working on a project to install a water main beneath the bridge for the Central Arkansas Water utility.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 2, Argentine farmers, rebelling over soaring export taxes on their crops, declared a 30-day truce suspending a three-week-long strike that has stripped grocery shelves of beef and produce, granting Cristina Fernandez a reprieve in the first major crisis of her presidency.
    (AP, 4/3/08)(WSJ, 4/3/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 2, Australia began pumping carbon dioxide underground to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, using a technology that locks dangerous gases deep in the Earth.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Chad's main rebel group urged former colonial ruler France to stop backing President Idriss Deby Itno and cease flying over rebel positions in the central African nation's restive east.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Diplomats said that China has given the UN nuclear watchdog intelligence linked to Tehran's alleged attempts to make nuclear arms.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Cubans snapped up DVD players, motorbikes and pressure cookers for the first time as Raul Castro's new government loosened controls on consumer goods and invited private farmers to plant tobacco, coffee and other crops on unused state land.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Norberto Collado Abreu, the helmsman of the Granma yacht that carried Fidel Castro from Mexico to Cuba to launch his revolution in 1956, died in Havana.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Newspapers reported that Egypt has ordered the seizure of the March 25 special edition of the German news magazine Der Spiegel after it was deemed to be insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.
    (AFP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, France pledged to send up to 1,000 troops to Afghanistan in a move that will avert a Canadian threat to pull its contingent out of NATO's war in the violent south.
    (Reuters, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, In northern Iraq, a suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi checkpoint west of Mosul, killing seven people, including a woman and a 5-year-old child. A US airstrike destroyed a house in the southern city of Basra, killing a militant, the US military said, and Iraqi witnesses and hospital officials said at least three civilians were among the dead. A roadside bomb targeting a US convoy exploded near a restaurant in Baghdad's main Shiite district of Sadr City, killing at least 3 Iraqi civilians and wounding 13. 4 US-allied fighters were killed and 4 others abducted at a fake checkpoint near Duluiyah.
    (AP, 4/2/08)(AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 2, Irish PM Bertie Ahern, one of Europe's longest serving leaders, announced that he will resign next month amid growing pressure over alleged financial irregularities.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, In Kazakhstan Zhaksybek Kulekeyev, a former government minister and head of the state railway company, was formally charged with taking a $100,000 bribe.
    (Econ, 4/12/08, p.49)
2008        Apr 2, Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party urged voters to reject a military-backed draft constitution, saying it was undemocratic and drafted under the junta's direct control.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, In New Zealand new government population figures showed that the Asian population is growing faster than any other ethnic group and will outnumber indigenous Maori by 2026.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Russia's foreign minister said that Moscow will not allow newly independent Kosovo to become a member of the UN.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Pyotr Kuznetsov, leader of a Russian doomsday cult, apparently tried to kill himself after most of his followers abandoned a bunker where they had been awaiting the end of the world for five months. The last 9 of 35 cult members emerged on May 16.
    (Reuters, 4/4/08)(SFC, 5/17/08, p.A3)
2008        Apr 2, In Sri Lanka government troops captured a strip of land from Tamil Tigers. 2 civilians were shot dead by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the Wilpattu wildlife park.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, Thailand's Health Ministry ordered hospitals and medical clinics to temporarily stop performing castrations for non-medical reasons, saying that the procedure performed on transsexuals needs stricter monitoring.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, In Yemen security forces killed one demonstrator and wounded four others in the fourth day of rioting that has engulfed the country's south.
    (AP, 4/2/08)
2008        Apr 2, In Zimbabwe the main opposition party claimed outright victory for its leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying he had won 50.3 percent of the vote compared to 43.8 percent for President Robert Mugabe.
    (AP, 4/2/08)

2008        Apr 3, President Bush won NATO's endorsement for his plan to build a missile defense system in Europe over Russian objections. The proposal also advanced with Czech officials announcing an agreement to install a missile tracking site for the system in their country. NATO decided not to put Georgia and Ukraine on track to join the alliance after vehement Russian opposition, but the alliance pledged that the strategically important Black Sea nations will become members one day.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, The whistleblowers who exposed maintenance and inspection problems at Southwest Airlines told Congress their jobs were threatened and their reports of noncompliance were ignored for years by their superiors.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, Corn prices jumped to a record $6 a bushel, driven up by an expected supply shortfall that will only add to Americans' growing grocery bill and further squeeze struggling ethanol producers.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, ATA Airlines discontinued all flights and filed for bankruptcy.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, It was reported that Nikolai Shaposhnikov and Lev Titarchuk had discovered a small black hole in the Milky Way with the aid of NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite. They presented the findings earlier this week at an American Astronomical Society conference. It was discovered alongside a normal star in a binary system called XTE J1650-500, named for its coordinates in the constellation Ara. The system was discovered in 2001.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, Wayne "Frosty Freeze" Frost (44), a hip-hop pioneer, died. His acrobatic performance with the legendary Rock Steady Crew in the 1983 movie "Flashdance" helped set off a worldwide breakdancing craze.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 3, In eastern Kunar province, a truck supplying fuel to NATO troops hit a roadside bomb that killed the Afghan driver.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 3, In Chile Yasna Provoste, Chile’s education minister, was impeached following the discovery of $560 million shortfall in the ministry for 2004-2006.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.48)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasna_Provoste)
2008        Apr 3, Hu Jia, a Buddhist Chinese dissident outspoken on Tibet and other sensitive topics, was jailed for three-and-a-half years, a conviction likely to become a focus of rights campaigns ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
    (Reuters, 4/3/08)(WSJ, 4/4/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 3, Ivan Korade (44), a retired Croatian army general suspected in a grisly quadruple murder, died during a shootout with police that also killed one officer. On April 1 Korade was charged with the March 27 killing of four people in his village of Velika Veternicka: a 16-year-old boy, his 62-year-old grandmother and two men, including a former Korade aide.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, Ledra Street, a main shopping street in Cyprus' divided capital that had come to symbolize the island's ethnic partition, reopened for the first time in 44 years, boosting hopes for a renewed drive to reunify Cyprus. Authorities were forced to close it for nearly two hours following a dispute over how to police the street.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, French protesters hurled bottles and stones at riot police who responded with tear gas during a march by high school students in Paris over teacher job cuts.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, Iraqi troops killed 7 militants and detained 16 in three separate incidents in the Basra area. A coalition air strike there killed two militants. A parked car bomb targeting a police patrol in western Baghdad killed at least one civilian and wounded 10 other people, including three officers. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol elsewhere in the predominantly Sunni Yarmouk neighborhood in the capital, killing one soldier and wounding three others. The office of Muqtada al-Sadr called for a "million-strong" turnout for an anti-American demonstration next week to mark the fifth anniversary of the capture of Baghdad by invading US troops. A US airman was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/3/08)(AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 3, Alitalia edged closer to bankruptcy protection after Air France-KLM abruptly broke off talks to buy the struggling national airline and Alitalia's chairman of seven months resigned in frustration.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, Japanese police arrested Olatunbosun Ugbogu (22), a Nigerian national serving in the US Navy, in the March 19 stabbing death of a taxi driver near an American naval base outside Tokyo. He was handed over to Japanese authorities just before the arrest under a bilateral security pact.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, Kenya’s president and opposition leader agreed on a cabinet as part of their power-sharing deal to end violence.
    (WSJ, 4/4/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 3, The UN tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj of murder, torture and rape of Serbs and non-Albanians during the Kosovo war.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 3, In Sri Lanka battles along the northern front lines left 21 rebels and five soldiers dead.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 3, In Suriname a twin-engine Antonov-AN28, operated by Surinamese carrier Blue Wing airlines, crashed on approach to an airstrip in the Benzdorp mining region, near the country's border with French Guiana. All 19 aboard were killed. Blue Wing, which has operated since 2002, was barred from landing at European airports in June 2006 after French aviation officials found safety deficiencies during an inspection of planes. The airline was removed from the blacklist in 2007 after a commission said the company had resolved the issues.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 3, In Tibet Wang Xiangming, the deputy Communist Party secretary of Lhasa, said 800 had been arrested in local violence, while another 280 had surrendered to take advantage of a police offer of leniency. New violence broke out in a volatile Tibetan region of western China, leaving eight people dead. Chinese police opened fire during a "riot" in a Tibetan populated area of southwest China.
    (AP, 4/3/08)(AP, 4/4/08)(AFP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 3, A group of about 200 Uighur Muslims demonstrated against China before the Olympic torch ceremony near Istanbul's Blue Mosque, one of Turkey's most famous tourist destinations.
    (AP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, Zimbabwe's ruling party geared up for a final battle to keep Robert Mugabe in power, saying it was ready for a presidential election run-off with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
    (AFP, 4/3/08)
2008        Apr 3, President Hugo Chavez ordered the nationalization of Venezuela's cement industry, saying his government cannot allow businesses to continue exporting raw materials needed to help tackle a domestic housing shortage.
    (AP, 4/4/08)

2008        Apr 4, The US labor Dept. reported that employers slashed 80,000 jobs in march, the most in five years, as the national unemployment rate climbed to 5.1 percent.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, Child welfare officials scrambled to find foster homes for dozens of girls removed from a secretive West Texas religious retreat built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs after a 16-year-old living there complained of physical abuse. By April 8 Texas had taken 416 children into protective custody. Some 140 women came along voluntarily. It was later reported that over half of the teenage girls from the Yearning for Zion Ranch had children or were pregnant. The number of 14-17 year old girls with children was later reduced as ages became confirmed. On May 22 a state appeals court ruled that authorities had no right to take children from the polygamist compound. In 2009 jurors convicted sect member Raymond Jessop (38) of sexually assaulting a girl, who became pregnant at age 16. By 2012 legal costs associated with the case approached $20 million.
    (AP, 4/5/08)(Econ, 4/12/08, p.36)(WSJ, 4/29/08, p.A1)(SFC, 5/17/08, p.A2)(SFC, 5/23/08, p.A2)(SFC, 11/6/09, p.A6)(SFC, 4/4/12, p.A6)
2008        Apr 4, In SF cyclist Tammy Thomas, Univ. of Oklahoma law student, was found guilty of lying to a federal grand jury about her use of banned drugs.
    (SFC, 4/5/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 4, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a Canadian soldier, while a suicide attack in the same region left three policemen and a civilian dead.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, In Argentina a court sentenced the adoptive parents of a baby born to a missing political prisoner to up to eight years in prison for concealing the child's identity, in a landmark case with roots in Argentina's dictatorship.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, In Brazil officials said floods triggered by two weeks of torrential downpours have killed at least 10 people and forced more than 30,000 people to flee their homes in the normally arid northeast.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, In London a prosecutor told a court that Assad Sarwar (27), a man accused of plotting to down trans-Atlantic airliners, was also developing plans to cripple nuclear power stations, a European gas pipeline and Britain's electricity grid.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, A Bulgarian official revealed that the country's communist-era border troops killed East Germans and others who tried to get to the West by sneaking across this Balkan country's borders during the Cold War. Documents detailed at least two cases in which citizens of then communist East Germany were killed, one in 1974 and one in 1988. Archives also showed that 22 Bulgarians were shot while trying to escape to Greece or Turkey between 1964 and 1967.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, Chile's Constitutional Court halted a government program that provided the contraceptive known as the "morning-after" pill free to women and girls as young as 14.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, In China the traditional Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day), was celebrated as an official holiday for the first time.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qingming_Festival)
2008        Apr 4, Interpol issued a "red notice" for the capture of Colombian rebel leader Rodrigo Granda, wanted in connection with the 2004 high-profile kidnapping and killing of Cecilia Cubas (31), the daughter of former Paraguay Pres. Raul Cubas.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, US President George W. Bush arrived in Croatia after a NATO summit at which leaders invited the former Yugoslav republic to join the 26-nation western alliance.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, At least three Haitians were killed and 25 others injured amid food riots and clashes with UN peacekeepers.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, Indonesia's Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a notorious militia leader accused in attacks that left about 1,000 people dead following East Timor's 1999 independence vote. With Eurico Guterres' upcoming release, all 18 suspects originally indicted will have been acquitted or set free.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, Iraq's prime minister ordered a nationwide freeze on raids against suspected Shiite militants after the leader of the biggest militia complained that arrests were continuing even after he ordered fighters off the streets. A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people and wounded 8 when he blew himself up during a policeman's funeral in Sadiyah. Military and police officials in Basra said a number of Iraqi soldiers and police were reported to have mutinied or refused to engage al-Sadr's militants during last week's fighting. A roadside bomb killed four policeman and wounded one in Hillah. In the Hayaniyah area of Basra a house was destroyed in an airstrike. Police said five people were killed, acknowledging they included an unspecified number of militants who had fired a mortar at Iraqi security forces.
    (AP, 4/4/08)(AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, An executive for a prominent Tuscan wine producer said authorities confiscated some 600,000 bottles of his company's 2003 Brunello di Montalcino, alleging too many bottles were produced for it to be entirely authentic.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, In Mexico two soldiers deserted and were later killed during a gunbattle with police in the state of Nuevo Leon. 3 state police officers and a civilian also died in the violence. The Mexican army said soldiers looking for drug traffickers found $6 million in cash inside a truck near the US border and arrested five men at the scene. The daily El Universal reported that five soldiers had been arrested for passing information to the Sinaloa alliance of Pacific Coast smugglers.
    (AP, 4/5/08)(Reuters, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, In the West Bank 12 members of the members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades fled the Palestinian-run Jneid Prison in Nablus, complaining that guards had pummeled them with clubs following a fight among the detainees.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, In Panama Cecilio Padron (66), a Cuban-American businessman tied to an influential anti-Castro organization, was kidnapped. He was released on Feb 23, 2009 following a $3 million ransom. Three national police officers and two civilians were later detained in connection with the kidnapping. The police were accused of handing Padron over to his kidnappers in exchange for $500 each.
    (AP, 3/4/09)
2008        Apr 4, President Gloria Arroyo announced major investments to overhaul the Philippine agriculture sector, as the country grapples with soaring rice prices that have raised fears of social unrest.
    (AFP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly criticized NATO's eastward expansion plans but ruled out chances of a new Cold War, insisting that Moscow wants to be friends with the Western military alliance.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, In Russia an explosion, apparently caused by an accident with gas-powered welding equipment in an apartment, ripped through a Moscow apartment tower, blowing out exterior walls, sparking a fire and killing at least three people.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, Pirate attackers off Somalia’s coast stormed the 288-foot Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean. French officials hoped to avoid using force to free the 30 crew members.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 4, Lee Kun-Hee (66), the head of South Korea's biggest business group, Samsung, appeared for questioning as part of a high-profile probe into an alleged multi-million dollar bribery slush fund.
    (AFP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, A South Korean official said quarantine workers have destroyed more than 100,000 chickens following the first outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu in the country in more than a year.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, Sri Lanka's air force bombed and destroyed a Tamil separatist training camp in the island's north.
    (AP, 4/4/08)
2008        Apr 4, In Thailand climate negotiators ended 5 days of talks. More than 160 nations agreed to consider how to reduce rapidly growing emissions from air and sea travel as they worked toward drafting an ambitious new treaty on global warming.
    (AFP, 4/4/08)(WSJ, 4/5/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 4, In Zimbabwe the ruling ZANU-PF party decided President Robert Mugabe should contest a runoff vote against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai if neither wins a majority in a presidential election. Hundreds of guerrilla war veterans who support President Robert Mugabe marched through the capital, raising fears he might turn to violence to prolong his rule. Authorities introduced a new 50 million bank note, state media reported. The new Zimbabwe dollar note is worth $1 in black market trading and can buy just three loaves of bread.
    (Reuters, 4/4/08)(AP, 4/4/08)

2008        Apr 5, Skybus Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Columbus, Ohio, shut down and filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest of the nation's airlines to fall because of rising fuel costs and a slowing economy.
    (AP, 4/5/08)(SFC, 4/8/08, p.D3)
2008        Apr 5, Charlton Heston (84), film star, died. he won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 5, Afghan and NATO forces killed 15 Taliban insurgents in separate raids in southern Afghanistan, where police also captured Abdul Jabar, a senior Taliban commander.
    (AFP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 5, British PM Gordon Brown called the current global economic crisis the largest challenge of its kind in centuries while addressing some of the world's key decision makers at a summit on climate change, the economy and global poverty.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 5, London Heathrow airport's new Terminal 5 was hit by fresh flights disruption when the baggage system suffered a major software problem.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 5, In Croatia President Bush celebrated NATO's expansion into former communist territory and urged further enlargement, highlighting differences with Moscow hours before final talks with outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 5, Iran said it would not make any concession in exchange for incentives offered by the West to halt sensitive atomic activities.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 5, Youssef Adel, an Assyrian Orthodox priest, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad. Elsewhere in Baghdad, a bomb exploded on a minibus carrying morning commuters on the busy Palestine Street, killing at least four passengers and wounding 15.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 5, In Japan G8 development officials began a two-day ministerial meeting in Tokyo on how to ease suffering in Africa and other impoverished states as well as bolster their efforts in foreign development aid.
    (AFP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 5, In Kashmir police fired tear gas to break up a protest by stone-throwing demonstrators against alleged prison abuses as a strike paralyzed life in revolt-hit Srinagar.
    (AFP, 4/5/08)
2008        Apr 5, Electoral officials said Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF took 30 seats in elections for the country's senate, or upper house of parliament, with the combined opposition taking the same number. The president and tribal chiefs are to appoint the remaining 93 seats. Opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai claimed outright victory in presidential elections and warned Robert Mugabe's ruling party would resort to violence to cling to power. 3 cattle ranchers were driven off their land, and equipment and livestock were seized.
    (Reuters, 4/5/08)(AFP, 4/5/08)(AP, 4/6/08)

2008        Apr 6, American evangelist John Hagee announced donations of $6 million to Israeli causes and said that Israel must remain in control of all of Jerusalem.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Texas Erick Daniel Davila (21) opened fire at a child’s birthday party killing Annette Stevenson (48), her granddaughter (5) died the next day.
    (SFC, 4/9/08, p.A4)
2008        Apr 6, US and Afghan forces attacked a remote village in a mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan following reports that an infamous insurgent leader was in the area. At least 16 people were killed.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, Thousands of anti-China protesters draped in Tibetan flags disrupted the Olympic torch relay through London, billed as a journey of harmony and peace.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Merritt, British Columbia, a girl and two boys aged 10, 8 and 5, were found dead by their mother in her trailer home. Allan Schoenborn (40), their father, was arrested April 16 in connection with the murders after local residents discovered him hiding in rugged bush.
    (Reuters, 4/16/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Egypt thousands of demonstrators angry about rising prices and stagnant salaries torched buildings, looted shops and hurled bricks at police who responded with tear gas in a northern industrial town as part of a nationwide strike. Three people were killed and more than 150 injured over two days of unrest in Mahalla, the culmination of more than a year of strikes by workers at a giant state-run textile factory.
    (AP, 4/7/08)(AP, 4/4/09)
2008        Apr 6, Iraqi troops backed by US forces battled Shiite fighters in Baghdad's Sadr City in clashes that killed 20 people and wounded more than 50 despite a cease-fire between the government and the militia. 3 US service members were killed and dozens wounded in rocket attacks on the fortified Green Zone. 2 more US soldiers died in roadside bombings.
    (AP, 4/6/08)(AP, 4/7/08)(SFC, 4/7/08, p.A17)
2008        Apr 6, In Japan the Group of Eight (G8) rich nations vowed to step up cooperation with emerging donors such as China and India and said they remained committed to a goal to double their own aid to Africa by 2010.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In southern Mexico a truck carrying Central American migrants in a hidden compartment plunged into a reservoir, killing at least eight people. Most of the migrants were believed to be from Guatemala.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, Montenegrins voted in the tiny Balkan state's first presidential election since it split from Serbia two years ago. President Filip Vujanovic won re-election by a landslide, cementing Montenegro's westward economic and political course since breaking away from Serbia two years ago.
    (AP, 4/6/08)(AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Nigeria unidentified gunmen i kidnapped an 11-year-old boy in Port Harcourt, wounding his mother and killing the family's police guard and their driver.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, A Palestinian boy (8) was killed by shrapnel in an explosion in the central Gaza Strip. The source of the shrapnel was not identified.
    (SFC, 4/7/08, p.A3)
2008        Apr 6, In Russia President George W. Bush and Russia's Vladimir Putin ended their last face-to-face meeting as heads of state with warm words for each other but no solution to their row over missile defense.
    (Reuters, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Somalia 4 people were killed in Mogadishu in separate attacks overnight, as violence raged in the shattered east African nation.
    (AFP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, Angry Sudanese border guards killed one civilian and wounded three others in a market after opening fire indiscriminately in Darfur's political capital.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 6, A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber assassinated Jeyaraj Fernandopulle (55), Sri Lanka's highways minister, as he opened a marathon in an attack that also killed 13 others and wounded 100.
    (AFP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, In Yemen a housing complex used by foreigners in the capital came under attack, with explosions shattering windows and prompting residents to evacuate with suitcases and boxes.
    (AP, 4/6/08)
2008        Apr 6, Zimbabwe’s state Sunday Mail newspaper reported that President Robert Mugabe's ruling party demanded a vote recount and a further delay in the release of presidential election results, prompting outrage from the opposition party. Several foreigners, including New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak, remained in custody after being charged with "illegally observing an election without official accreditation."
    (AP, 4/6/08)

2008        Apr 7, The Washington Post won 6 Pulitzer Prizes, the most in its history. Junot Diaz won the fiction award for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Tracy Letts won the drama award for “August: Osage County." Bob Dylan won a special citation for his life’s work.
    (SFC, 4/8/08, p.A8)
2008        Apr 7, In North Carolina Thomas Wright, a former state lawmaker, was convicted of mishandling charitable contributions and fraudulently obtaining a loan. He was sentenced to 6-8 years in prison.
    (WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A2)
2008        Apr 7, In Ohio 9 mortgage lenders agreed to modify adjustable-rate mortgages for borrowers facing foreclosure. In Pennsylvania mortgage companies and consumer advocates opened talks to help cash-strapped homeowners avoid foreclosure. Last week Maryland’s Gov. signed a measure creating a 150-day moratorium on foreclosures.
    (WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A4)
2008        Apr 7, Samuel (b.1913) Frankel, Detroit area developer and philanthropist, died. In the 1960s Frankel collaborated with Harry Cunningham to create the discount-store concept, building the first Kmart store. In 1969, he developed Somerset Mall. In 2005 he and his wife Jean provided a $20 million endowment to establish the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.
    (www.lsa.umich.edu/judaic/html/history_goals_3_2.htm)(http://tinyurl.com/5srvs6)
2008        Apr 7, In southern Afghanistan, militants attacked a police convoy in Uruzgan province, and the ensuing clash left 13 insurgents dead and five wounded. In the western province of Herat, Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint in Shindand district, killing two police officers and wounding another.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 7, In Australia 5 teenage boys armed with machetes and baseball bats invaded a Sydney high school, smashing classrooms and injuring 18 students and a teacher.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, In London a coroner's jury decided that Diana and Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by the reckless pursuit of vehicles chasing them, not as part of a murder conspiracy.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 7, In London Oleg Gordievsky, a double agent who became the most senior Soviet spy to defect to the West during the Cold War, said that he became sick after taking the pills at his home in southern England on Oct. 31.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, In Bulgaria gunmen killed Georgy Stoyev, the country’s best-known author of books on the mafia. The night before, Borislav Georgiev, the chief executive of a large energy company, was killed in his apartment building with two bullets to the head.
    (http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iOiGGOjL2rCkZuEhCa9kkLtaA5LA)
2008        Apr 7, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Zhang Rongkun, a Shanghai tycoon, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison in a pension funds scandal that toppled the city's communist party chief.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, China and New Zealand signed a free-trade agreement effective October 1.
    (www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-04/07/content_6596491.htm)(WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A14)
2008        Apr 7, A Chinese fishing boat capsized after colliding with a South Korean cargo ship off South Korea's southernmost island, leaving six Chinese sailors missing.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition force, called on Egyptians to boycott local council elections due on Tuesday in protest at the disqualification of most of its candidates.
    (Reuters, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, The EU opened the way for air travelers to use mobile phones to talk, text or send e-mails on planes throughout Europe's airspace.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, Security officials extinguished the Olympic torch three times as protests against China's human rights record turned a relay through Paris into a chaotic series of stops and starts. France's former sports minister, Jean-Francois Lamour, said that though the torch had been put out, the Olympic flame itself still burned in the lantern where it is kept overnight and on airplane flights.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, In Haiti protesters angered by high food prices flooded the streets of Port-au-Prince, forcing businesses and schools to close as unrest spread from the countryside. Witnesses said at least one person was killed by hotel security guards during a protest in the southern city of Les Cayes.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 7, Iraq’s prime minister issued his strongest warning yet to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to disband his Mahdi Army militia or face political isolation. The Sadrists said a move to ban them from elections would be unconstitutional. Hospital officials said nine more people were killed, including five children and two women, and dozens wounded as gunbattles continued. That pushed the two-day death toll to at least 25.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas resumed face-to-face negotiations, trying to push forward peace efforts after nearly two months marred by heavy Gaza Strip violence and new Israeli plans to expand settlements.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, Italian police arrested 38 suspects in a sweep against a clan of the 'ndrangheta organized crime syndicate accused of murder, extortion and arms and drug trafficking.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, Kosovo’s leaders signed the country’s new Constitution.
    (SFC, 4/8/08, p.A3)
2008        Apr 7, In Morocco 9 Islamists serving long sentences for the deadly 2003 Casablanca bombings escaped from Kenitra prison, north of Rabat. In January, 2009, Hicham Alami one of the escapees who had been sentenced to life, was captured in Algeria and returned to Morocco.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)(AP, 1/9/09)
2008        Apr 7, Nepal was rocked by two bombings, the latest violence to hit campaigning for this week's vote on the country's political future following a peace deal with Maoist rebels.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, Spanish officials said 2 people in Spain have died of the human variant of mad cow disease, in the first such fatalities since 2005. The two new victims apparently contracted the disease prior to 2001 and health controls on livestock and meat production are much tighter now than they were then. Spain has reported more than 700 cases of mad cow disease since it was first detected in this country in 2000.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, Switzerland's Novartis AG said it will spend about $39 billion in a two-step bid for a majority stake in U.S. eye-care company Alcon.
    (AP, 4/7/08)
2008        Apr 7, It was reported that Thailand’s market bubble in religious talismans had popped leaving many small business people in debt. The market in Jatukam Ramathep amulets had swelled to $1.5 billion in 2007.
    (WSJ, 4/7/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 7, In Yemen 7 people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in attacks the previous day against a residential complex for Westerners in San’a, Yemen's capital.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 7, Zimbabwe authorities released Barry Bearak, a NY Times journalist, along with an unidentified British citizen. They had been accused of reporting without official accreditation.
    (WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A10)

2008        Apr 8, Congressional auditors reported that federal employees charged millions of dollars for Internet dating, tailor-made suits, lingerie, lavish dinners and other questionable expenses to their government credit cards over a 15-month period.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, US Citizenship and Immigration Service closed the window for H1B visa applications one week after opening it, as the yearly cap of 65,000 for skilled workers and 20,000 for master’s and doctoral graduates was reached.
    (WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A12)
2008        Apr 8, Steven Karvellas (48), former board member of the New York Mercantile Exchange, pleaded guilty to 2 felony counts of illegal natural-gas trading.
    (WSJ, 4/9/08, p.C1)
2008        Apr 8, Washington Mutual Inc , the largest US savings and loan, said it obtained a $7 billion capital injection from private equity firm TPG Inc and other investors, but that mortgage problems will lead to a $1.1 billion quarterly loss and the elimination of 3,000 jobs.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, ConocoPhillips and BP said they will begin work immediately on a gas pipeline in Alaska, with completion in about 10 years and costs estimated at over $30 billion.
    (WSJ, 4/9/08, p.B1)
2008        Apr 8, IBM began shipping high-end computers built around the Power6 processor, the fastest chip to date.
    (SFC, 4/9/08, p.C1)
2008        Apr 8, Intel executives said their venture capital arm has completed its first round of investment in China and plans to invest an additional $500 million during the next several years.
    (WSJ, 4/9/08, p.B4)
2008        Apr 8, In southern Afghanistan militants killed 17 road workers, part of a spike in violence that has left 40 people dead in two days. 16 other construction workers were wounded in the attack in Zabul's Shinkay district. A Polish soldier died and one was wounded when a NATO patrol hit a roadside bomb in Ghazni province. Taliban militants ambushed a police patrol. An ensuing battle left four militants and a police officer dead in Zabul province.
    (AP, 4/8/08)(AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, An Australian man was sentenced to nearly three years in jail for shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter and temporarily blinding the pilot.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, English Channel tunnel operator Groupe Eurotunnel SA reported profits of $1.57 million for 2007, its first annual net profit, less than a year after the company nearly drowned in debt.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, Chilean police said Marko Kulju (26), a Finnish tourist who chipped an earlobe off an ancient Moai on Easter Island, is being allowed to go home after paying a US$17,000 (euro10,830) fine and agreeing not to return for three years.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, China denounced protesters who upstaged Olympic Games torch relays in London and Paris and asked the United States to ensure the next leg in San Francisco avoids similar mayhem. Olympic chiefs raised the prospect for the first time of abandoning the international legs of the Beijing Games torch relay, amid a wave of protests targeting the flame overseas.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, A Colombian court sentenced nine rebel leaders to 40 years in prison for killing a state governor, a former defense minister and eight others during a botched hostage-rescue operation in 2003. Six Colombian soldiers were killed after they walked into a mine field while pursuing a column of leftist guerrillas.
    (AP, 4/8/08)(AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, Dubai’s crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum bought 16 camels for $4.5 million, including one female camel for $2.7 million.
    (SFC, 4/9/08, p.A4)
2008        Apr 8, Egypt rushed to grant bonuses to workers amid riots over food costs. Turnout for local elections was later reckoned at under 5% under a boycott by the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (WSJ, 4/9/08, p.A1)(Econ, 9/13/08, p.32)
2008        Apr 8, In Guatemala gunmen killed Victor Rivera, a former top government security adviser, a week after he was fired by President Alvaro Colom amid complaints he had become too powerful.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, In Haiti hungry protesters stormed the presidential palace throwing rocks and demanding the resignation of Pres. Rene Preval over soaring food prices.
    (SFC, 4/9/08, p.A4)
2008        Apr 9, India ended its first-ever summit with African nations, aimed at deepening ties with the resource-rich continent and trying to ensure it is not eclipsed by Asian rival China.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, Indonesian Internet companies blocked access to YouTube and MySpace, heeding a government order aimed at stopping people from watching an anti-Islam film by a Dutch lawmaker.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned for the first time rocket and mortar attacks against the US-controlled Green Zone in Baghdad by supporters of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. A US soldier died from wounds sustained when his vehicle was destroyed in a roadside bombing the previous evening.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened to lift a seven-month freeze on his Mahdi Army militia if the Iraqi government does not halt attacks on his followers or set a timetable for a US withdrawal. military spokesman Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said a total of 82 militants, 36 civilians and 37 soldiers had been killed since March 16 in fighting in Baghdad, mostly in Sadr City.
    (AP, 4/8/08)(AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, Kenya’s opposition party suspended talks with the government and hundreds of backers set fires to protest delays in reaching a power-sharing agreement.
    (SFC, 4/9/08, p.A7)
2008        Apr 8, Libyan authorities released 90 members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group,  a group with suspected links to al-Qaida, after they renounced violence.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, In Mexico Pres. Calderon said he would ease some bureaucratic barriers, and allow Pemex to pay outside contractors a "bonus," not a percentage cut, for oil found in deep-water reserves.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, In Nepal police shot dead seven Maoists, and a man protesting the killing of an election candidate was also shot dead by police. An election candidate was assassinated in the west of the country.
    (AFP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, Nigeria's government filed graft charges against the daughter of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and two ministers sacked last month.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, In Pakistan a gas leak sparked an explosion and fire at a nuclear plant that is believed to produce enriched plutonium for the country’s atomic weapons program. Two workers were killed.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, In Palestine’s Hamas threatened to burst across the Israeli border to end Israel's blockade of Gaza if Egypt and Israel do not lift their blockade.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(WSJ, 4/9/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 8, A Peruvian court convicted a former general and three members of a military death squad of kidnapping and murder in a ruling that prosecutors say could set a precedent in the trial of former President Alberto Fujimori. Judges found them guilty of participating in the 1992 kidnapping and murder of nine students and a professor from La Cantuta University who were suspected of being rebel collaborators.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 8, A Philippine court sentenced 9 military officers to jail terms ranging from 12 to 40 years for taking part in a foiled coup plot against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2003.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, A Russian capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut and two cosmonauts blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, en route to the international space station.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, The riot-damaged market in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa opened its doors amid plans to allow foreign tourists to enter the restive region by the end of the month.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, The UN refugee agency unveiled a new partnership with Internet giant Google to help track refugees from Iraq to Darfur and raise public awareness of its work.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, In Vietnam a small military plane crashed near Hanoi, killing all five aboard.
    (AP, 4/8/08)
2008        Apr 8, Opposition officials accused Zimbabwe's ruling party of orchestrating a campaign of violence in remote rural areas in an effort to intimidate opponents of President Robert Mugabe ahead of a likely runoff election. A farmers' union said more than 60 mostly white Zimbabwean farmers have been evicted from their land by war veterans loyal to President Robert Mugabe since the weekend.
    (AP, 4/8/08)(Reuters, 4/8/08)

2008        Apr 9, In Washington US commander Gen. David Petraeus called for an open-ended suspension of US troop withdrawals this summer because of concern over the renewed fighting.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, The California Supreme Court rejected San Francisco’s appeal of a lower court ruling that limited its ability regulate handguns as approved by voters in 2005.
    (SFC, 4/10/08, p.B1)
2008        Apr 9, In SF officials rerouted the rout of the Beijing Olympic torch at the last minute avoiding most protestors and spectators.
    (SFC, 4/10/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 9, In Afghanistan international forces' warplanes dropped bombs on a group of Taliban militants traveling by motorcycle overnight, killing 3 insurgents in Zabul province.
    (AFP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, State media said China will ban smoking on school campuses as part of an effort to cut down on tobacco use before the Olympics.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, In Haiti a desperate appeal from Pres. Preval failed to restore order to Port-au-Prince, and bands of looters sacked stores, warehouses and government offices.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines cancelled all flights and went into liquidation as a result of high fuel costs.
    (SFC, 4/10/08, p.C4)
2008        Apr 9, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki told Pres. Bush during a 20-minute telephone conversation that Iraqi security forces are capable of carrying out their duties and US troops should be pulled out as the situation permits. 23 people, including 3 children, died in Baghdad's Sadr City as clashes between security forces and Shiite militiamen continued on the fifth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. 2 US soldiers died from non-combat related injuries. 3 US soldiers died in a roadside bombings in Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(AP, 4/10/08)(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A3)
2008        Apr 9, Japanese lawmakers approved Masaaki Shirakawa as the new central bank chief, ending a power vacuum that had left the nation's top economic job vacant for weeks with global markets in disarray.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, Nepal was hit by fresh violence, the eve of a landmark vote to decide the impoverished country's political destiny and scrap the monarchy.
    (AFP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, In Pakistan a street fight between pro- and anti-government attorneys broke out in Karachi leaving 7 people dead.
    (SFC, 4/10/08, p.A9)
2008        Apr 9, Palestinian militants crossed into southern Israel and killed two Israeli civilians in a surprise attack before fleeing back to the Gaza Strip. At least one of the militants who attacked the Israeli terminal delivering fuel to the Gaza Strip was killed. Israel sent tanks, troops and aircraft into the Palestinian territory after the raid, killing at least 8 Palestinians, including 3 civilians, and warned that more reprisals could be coming.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 9, In Peru 5 French tourists visiting the Nazca lines were killed when their small plane crashed after becoming tangled in power lines.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, Singapore's Media Development Authority, which regulates and censors media and the arts, said it fined StarHub S$10,000 (3,675 pounds) for airing a commercial for a song that featured "romanticized scenes" of lesbians kissing and portrayed the relationship as "acceptable."
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, The conservative party of South Korea's new president won an overall majority in parliamentary elections, according to TV exit polls, giving him the power to push through sweeping economic reforms. The GNP won 153 seats in the 299-member legislature.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(Econ, 4/12/08, p.50)
2008        Apr 9, Spanish astronomers announced the discovery of "GJ 436T," the smallest planet discovered to date outside the solar system, located 30 light years from earth.
    (AFP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, In Sudan gunmen attacked police from the African Union and UN peacekeeping force (UNAMID) in Darfur for the first time, pistol whipping one officer in the back of the neck. UNAMID police do not carry weapons and this particular patrol was on duty without protection.
    (AFP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 9, Thai police dropped charges against Viktor Bout (41), a Russian man accused of being one of the world's most prolific black market arms dealers, saying they will proceed with hearings to extradite him to the United States.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, President Hugo Chavez's government said it will nationalize Sidor, Venezuela's largest steel maker, bringing one more key industry under state control in its drive toward a socialist economy.
    (AP, 4/9/08)
2008        Apr 9, President Hugo Chavez's government said it will nationalize Sidor, Venezuela's largest steel maker and a unit of Ternium SA, bringing one more key industry under state control in its drive toward a socialist economy. Ternium, based in Luxembourg, was controlled by Argentine owners.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A9)
2008        Apr 9, International calls for Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe to release long-delayed results from a presidential vote mounted as ruling party militants continued to overrun white-owned farms and the opposition accused the government of waging a campaign of violence.
    (AP, 4/9/08)

2008        Apr 10, Most families in the April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech mass shootings agreed to an $11 million state settlement.
    (WSJ, 4/11/08, p.A2)
2008        Apr 10, In Oakland, Ca. Larae Brown, the former city controller, filed suit claiming she was fired last year after informing her superiors and elected officials of potentially disastrous flaws in the city’s bookkeeping.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.B1)
2008        Apr 10, In Virginia a jury convicted Rev. James Bevel (71), a noted civil rights figure, of incest after concluding he had sex with his teenage daughter 15 years ago. His had daughter testified that Bevel had begun molesting her at age 6.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.A4)
2008        Apr 10, The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to cancel the chinook salmon fishing season in an effort to reverse the disappearance of the fish.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 10, American Airlines cancelled 933 flights to inspect and repair wiring bundles in its MDF-80 aircraft.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 10, Powerful storms brought hail, heavy rain and possible tornadoes to Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, causing flooding and power outages for thousands of customers and at least one death.
    (AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, American Airlines canceled more than 900 flights to fix faulty wiring in hundreds of jets, marking the third straight day of mass groundings as company executives offered profuse apologies and travel vouchers to calm angry customers.
    (AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, In San Francisco Luis Solari (38) was shot and killed in an apparent incident of road rage. His 2 young sons survived as his car spun out of control before stopping on I-280.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.A1)
2008        Apr 10, In Kandahar city, Afghanistan, a suicide car bomber targeting a US-led coalition convoy killed 8 civilians and wounded 25 other people, including three coalition soldiers.
    (AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd met China's premier for talks expected to touch on what Rudd has called significant human rights problems in Tibet. Rudd said Chinese paramilitary police will not be allowed to run alongside the Olympic torch in Australia, after their heavy-handed tactics drew criticism in earlier legs of the relay.
    (AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, The Bank of England cut its key interest rate .25% to five%, balancing the risks of rising near-term inflation and economic slowdown spread by the credit crisis.
    (AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, The West's last remaining feudal system came to an end after the Privy Council endorsed a vote by locals on the tiny Channel Island of Sark to change the way they are governed.
    (Reuters, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, In China a police spokesman said authorities have detained 45 East Turkestan "terrorist" suspects (Uighurs), and foiled plots to carry out suicide bomb attacks and kidnap athletes to disrupt the Beijing Olympics.
    (Reuters, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, Berlin police found a body that is probably that of Anna Mikhalchuk (52), a missing Russian artist, who had been condemned by the Orthodox Church for an exhibit in her homeland. The death was an apparent suicide.
    (AP, 4/11/08)
2008        Apr 10, Iran reported that the SenIran Auto plant in Thies, Senegal's second largest city, has built its first Iran-Khodro Samand sedan. Iran Khodro is the largest carmaker in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa regions with annual production of more than one million various vehicles including cars, trucks and buses.
    (Econ, 2/6/10, p.49)
2008        Apr 10, A US airstrike targeted a building in Baghdad's Sadr City, hours after American soldiers clashed with Shiite militants in fighting that left 15 people dead. Police said the four killed in the air strike were civilians, including two brothers who were under 10 years old.
    (AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, Israel cut off all fuel supplies to Gaza's 1.4 million residents, one day after militants killed 2 civilians at a fuel terminal.
    (AP, 4/10/08)
2008        Apr 10, Leftist lawmakers took over both chambers of Mexico's Congress to protest President Felipe Calderon's energy reform bill, which would make