Timeline 2009 July - September
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2009 Jul 1,
California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal state of
emergency after Lawmakers failed to balance the state's main
checkbook. State Controller John Chiang said his office is prepared
to issue IOUs totaling $3.3 billion in July.
2009 Jul 1, Utah ditched a
40-year-old requirement for bar customers to fill out applications
and pay a fee to become a member of a private club before entering a
(SFC, 7/2/09, p.A5)
2009 Jul 1, The Financial Times
reported that Citigroup Inc increased interest rates on up to 15
million US credit card accounts just months before curbs on such
rises come into effect.
2009 Jul 1, A US federal “cash
for clunkers" scheme went into effect providing incentives for car
(Econ, 7/11/09, p.66)
2009 Jul 1, US car giants
General Motors and Ford suspended operations on their production
lines in Russia as the deepening economic crisis squeezes Russian
consumers' demand for new cars.
2009 Jul 1, Karl Malden (b.1912
as Mladen Sekulovich), Academy Award-winning actor, died. His
intelligent characterizations on stage, screen and television made
him a star despite his plain looks. His more than 50 film credits
included "Patton," "Pollyanna," "Fear Strikes Out," "The Sting II,"
"Bombers B-52," "Cheyenne Autumn," and "All Fall Down." Malden
gained his greatest fame as Lt. Mike Stone in the 1970s television
show "The Streets of San Francisco," in which Michael Douglas played
the veteran detective's junior partner.
(AP, 7/2/09)(SFC, 7/2/09, p.A8)
2009 Jul 1, In southern
Afghanistan an explosion killed two NATO troops and wounded six
2009 Jul 1, Albania's governing
Democrats claimed they won weekend parliamentary elections, but the
opposition Socialists accused PM Sali Berisha's party of attempting
to snatch victory. Near complete results showed the Democrats were
ahead by just over one percentage point. It was unclear whether
Berisha had secured enough seats in parliament needed to govern
2009 Jul 1, In Argentina Juan
Luis Manzur, a doctor and vice governor in Tucuman province,
replaced Health Minister Graciela Ocana, who resigned on June 29 as
concerns over the virus rose. He announced plans to boost public
health spending by $263 million this year and said pregnant women
could miss work for 15 days to avoid contracting swine flu.
2009 Jul 1, Bolivia enacted
what animal rights defenders called the world's first law that
prohibits the use of animals in circuses. A handful of other
countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, but the
Bolivian ban includes domestic animals as well. The law would become
effective on July 1, 2010.
(AP, 7/30/09)(AP, 4/16/10)
2009 Jul 1, In Brazil Sao Paulo
state officials launched what they say is Latin America's first
passenger bus with an electric engine powered by hydrogen fuel
cells. The bus will start test runs on the streets of Sao Paulo in
August and will be joined by three similarly powered vehicles next
2009 Jul 1, British actress
Mollie Sugden (86), best-known for her role as Mrs. Slocombe in the
television comedy series "Are You Being Served?" (1972-1985), died.
2009 Jul 1, In Germany Marwa
al-Sherbini (31), a pregnant Muslim woman from Egypt, was stabbed to
death in a Dresden courtroom as her young son (3) watched. She was
involved in a court case against her neighbor for calling her a
terrorist and was set to testify against him when Alex Wiens (28)
stabbed her at least 16 times inside the courtroom. Her husband,
Elwy Okaz, who was in Germany on a research fellowship, came to her
aid and was also stabbed by Wiens and shot in the leg by a security
guard who initially mistook him for the attacker. On Nov 11 Wiens
was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 7/6/09)(AFP, 11/11/09)
2009 Jul 1, In Honduras
thousands demonstrated for the return of ousted Pres. Manuel Zelaya.
Thousands more rallied in favor of the military-backed government.
The Organization of American States said Honduran coup leaders have
three days to restore deposed President Manuel Zelaya to power,
before Honduras risks being suspended from the group.
(AP, 6/30/09)(SFC, 7/2/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 1, The Indian
government announced a rise in petrol and diesel fuel prices, saying
its hand had been forced by the increase in global crude oil prices.
2009 Jul 1, In India Tyeb Mehta
(b.1925), a celebrated modernist painter, died in Mumbai.
(SSFC, 7/5/09, p.C8)
2009 Jul 1, In Iran opposition
leader Mir Hossein Mousavi reasserted his claim that the June 12
election was illegitimate, and demanded that Iran's cleric-led
government release all political prisoners and institute electoral
reforms and press freedoms. A reformist political group said that
authorities banned the daily Etemad-e-Melli (National Confidence)
newspaper allied to presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi after he
denounced Iran's government as "illegitimate" because of claims of
voting fraud. Former President Mohammad Khatami lashed out at what
he termed "a poisonous security situation" in the wake of violent
(AP, 7/1/09)(AP, 7/2/09)
2009 Jul 1, In Iran Clotilde
Reiss (24), a French academic, was among the hundreds of people
detained following the disputed presidential elections. She was
released on bail after a month and a half and later convicted of
provoking unrest and spying. In May, 2010, she was released after
paying a $300,000 fine.
(AP, 5/15/10)(AP, 5/16/10)
2009 Jul 1, Iraq's government
approved a BP-led consortium's offer to develop a giant southern oil
field near Basra, moving forward with the only deal struck during a
disappointing international oil auction. On Oct 16 the Iraqi
government approved the deal by BP and its Chinese partner CNPC to
develop the 17.8 billion barrel Rumaila field, the 2nd largest in
the Middle East. A bombing in Kirkuk killed at least 30 people.
(AP, 7/1/09)(AP, 7/2/09)(AP, 10/17/09)(Econ,
2009 Jul 1, In Libya an African
Union summit opened.
2009 Jul 1, In Namibia the
annual seal hunt opened despite objections by animal welfare groups.
Hunters were expected to club over 90,000 seals including 85,000
pups by Nov 15.
(SFC, 7/7/09, p.A2)(AFP, 8/4/09)
2009 Jul 1, In Nicaragua
Managua Mayor Alexis Arguello (b.1952), a three-time world boxing
champion, was found dead at his home. The La Prensa newspaper
reported he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest in an
2009 Jul 1, Nigeria's President
Umaru Yar'Adua extended an amnesty offer to the jailed rebel leader
Henry Okah, detained on treason charges for over 18 months.
2009 Jul 1, In northwestern
Pakistan tribesmen attacked Taliban hide-outs, killing 28 militants
and suffering seven fatalities themselves. The intensifying battles
prompted them to ask for army troops to help. A new opinion poll was
released saying 81 percent of Pakistanis view the fundamentalist
Muslim militants as a critical threat to the country.
2009 Jul 1, Businessman Ricardo
Martinelli (57) was sworn in as Panama's new president, promising to
start the biggest job-creation push ever in the country. Martinelli
said he wants to make the nation of 3.3 million inhabitants the best
place to do business in Latin America.
2009 Jul 1, In Russia thousands
of casinos, slot-machine parlors and betting halls across the
country shut down, complying with sweeping new restrictions that
require all gambling business to relocate to four remote regions of
the country. Lawmakers had signed the casino closure law in 2006.
Under the new law, casinos and slot machines will be allowed to
operate only in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea; the Primorsky region
on the Pacific coast; the mountainous Altai region in Siberia; and
near the southern cities of Krasnodar and Rostov.
2009 Jul 1, In San Sebastian,
Spain, a meeting was underway of five regional fisheries management
organizations, tasked primarily with protecting tuna populations
worldwide. The groups representing 80 countries met for the first
time in two years to assess stocks of the fish and determine what
more can be done to save the 23 tuna populations, nine of which are
2009 Jul 1, Darfur rebels
signed an accord with one of Sudan's main opposition parties in
Cairo, agreeing to push for a new transitional government, a move
that will infuriate Khartoum.
2009 Jul 1, Sweden took over
the rotating presidency of the EU.
(Econ, 7/4/09, p.51)
2009 Jul 1, Switzerland said it
had refused a request to extradite a Rwandan national wanted in his
own country for alleged genocide and war crimes. Other European
countries have also refused extradition requests arguing that
suspects cannot at present receive a fair trial in the country.
2009 Jul 1, In southern
Thailand a rampaging elephant stomped three rubber tappers to death
after it was left to wander freely by its handler.
2009 Jul 1, Zimbabwe's former
finance minister Simba Makoni launched a new opposition party that
promises to "clean up" the country's political landscape.
2009 Jul 2, The US Labor dept.
reported that employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in
June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5
percent, suggesting that the economy's road to recovery will be
2009 Jul 2, In NYC federal
marshals seized disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's $7 million
Manhattan penthouse and forced his wife to move out and leave her
possessions behind, including a fur coat she had asked to take with
2009 Jul 2, California State
Controller John Chiang began to issuing IOUs to pay taxpayer refunds
and vendors. On July 9 the SEC classified the IOUs as municipal
securities subject to regulation to prevent their being traded by
entrepreneurs in an open secondary market.
(SFC, 7/10/09, p.A1, 12)
2009 Jul 2, In South Carolina 2
victims were found in their family's small furniture and appliance
shop near downtown Gaffney around closing time. Stephen Tyler (45)
was killed. His daughter, Abby Tyler (15) died from her wounds on
July 4. A day earlier and about seven miles away, family
members found the bodies of Hazel Linder (83) and her 50-year-old
daughter, Gena Linder Parker, bound and shot in Linder's home. The
killing spree began June 27, about 10 miles from Tyler Home Center,
where peach farmer Kline Cash (63) was found shot in his living
(AP, 7/4/09)(SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A11)
2009 Jul 2, Thousands of US
Marines poured from helicopters and armored vehicles into
Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan in Operation
Khanjar (Strike of the Sword), the first major operation under
President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country. A
parallel British operation, Panchai Palang (Panther’s Claw), fought
the Taliban for control of the Nad Ali district. The Taliban
responded with their own Operation Foladi (Iron Net).
(AP, 7/2/09)(AP, 7/6/09)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.40)
2009 Jul 2, A British RAF
Tornado fighter aircraft crashed in a remote area of Scotland.
2009 Jul 2, Canada said it has
forgiven C$2.3 million in debt owed by Haiti as part of a plan that
aims to relieve the world's poorest countries of C$1.3 billion in
2009 Jul 2, Pina Bausch
(b.1940), influential German choreographer and dancer, died. She was
the artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, founded in 1973.
(SFC, 7/4/09, p.B3)
2009 Jul 2, A top Indian court
issued a landmark ruling that decriminalized gay sex between
consenting adults by declaring a colonial-era ban on homosexuality
unconstitutional. The decision applied only to the territory of the
capital, New Delhi. In December 2013 two Supreme Court judges
overturned the ruling.
(AFP, 7/2/09)(SFC, 7/3/09, p.A5)(Econ, 10/11/14,
2009 Jul 2, In Iraq bombings
killed at least three people in the Baghdad area in the first
significant violence since Iraqi forces assumed responsibility for
securing cities after the withdrawal of US combat troops from urban
areas earlier this week.
2009 Jul 2, Manabu Kurita
caught a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass on Lake Biwa, Japan's
largest lake. On Jan 8, 2010, the Florida-based International Game
Fish Association credited him with tying the 77-year-old world
record for catching the biggest largemouth bass.
2009 Jul 2, Amnesty
International accused Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes
in the most comprehensive report on the recent Gaza war. Both sides
rejected the findings.
2009 Jul 2, Liberia's truth and
reconciliation commission recommended that ex-President Charles
Taylor and seven other former warlords be prosecuted for crimes
against humanity for their alleged roles in the West African
country's civil war.
2009 Jul 2, African heads of
state meeting in Libya discussed a drastic new decision against the
International Criminal Court that would in practice give Sudan's
president impunity from prosecution for war crimes by the ICC, a
draft document at the AU summit showed. Leaders also struggled to
overcome divisions on a proposed "African government", as Libyan
leader Moamer Kadhafi pressed for a powerful new continental
(AP, 7/2/09)(AFP, 7/2/09)
2009 Jul 2, In Nepal landslides
triggered by monsoon rains swept through three villages in the
mountainous west, burying homes and killing at least nine people.
2009 Jul 2, North Korea
test-fired four short-range missiles, further stoking tension in the
region that was already high due to Pyongyang's nuclear test and
threats to boost its nuclear arsenal in response to UN sanctions.
2009 Jul 2, In Rawalpindi,
Pakistan, a suicide bomber targeted employees of a nuclear facility
left 29 people wounded. Near Peshawar, the main city in the
northwest, a roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded five
more. Maulvi Nazir, a powerful militant chieftain in the frontier
region of South Waziristan, declared a cease-fire against security
2009 Jul 2, In Peru two buses
crashed head-on on a mountain road near Lake Titicaca, killing at
least 23 people and injuring 50 more.
2009 Jul 2, South Africa urged
its public service doctors to halt wildcat strikes and accept a
revised wage offer after low salaries and abysmal working conditions
led them to abandon patients.
2009 Jul 2, Spain's
intelligence chief, Alberto Saiz, resigned amid allegations he used
government money to go on hunting and fishing trips and had staffers
remodel his house.
2009 Jul 2, The BBC reported
that Syria’s Pres. Assad has issued a presidential decree ordering
honor killers to face at least 2 years in prison.
2009 Jul 2, The UN nuclear
agency's governing board (IAEA) chose Yukiya Amano, a veteran
Japanese diplomat as its new head. The term of the present head,
Mohamed ElBaradei, ends in November.
2009 Jul 2, In Vietnam an
official said for every 100 girls born to Vietnamese families, there
are 112 boys born, a disparity in the sex ratio that has been
rapidly increasing in recent years. The rising imbalance was blamed
on a cultural preference for boys who can continue the bloodline and
the belief that boys can better care for parents as they age.
2009 Jul 3, Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin announced her decision to leave office more than a year early,
effective July 26. The announcement left open the possibility of a
2009 Jul 3, In Washington state
federal agents said they have arrested 31 people and busted a drug
trafficking ring that was directed by a cartel in Jalisco, Mexico.
The 2-week Operation Arctic Chill seized 23 guns including a .50
Desert Eagle pistol and an AK-47-type assault rifle.
(SFC, 7/4/09, p.A5)
2009 Jul 3, The “Dog Days of
Summer" officially begin and continue to August 11. This period got
its name from the Egyptian belief that the Dog Star, Sirius, added
heat to Earth as it rose and fell with the sun during this period.
(SFC, 7/3/09, p.D8)
2009 Jul 3, US Marines moved
into villages in Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan,
meeting little resistance as they tried to win over local chiefs on
the second day of the biggest military operation here since the fall
of the Taliban government in 2001. In southeast Afghanistan two US
soldiers were killed when their base came under attack. The attack
included an attempted suicide truck bombing of the base in the Zirok
district of southeastern Paktika province. As many as 30 Taliban
insurgents might have been killed when troops called in air strikes.
(AP, 7/3/09)(AP, 7/6/09)
2009 Jul 3, Algeria, Niger and
Nigeria signed an accord to build a 10-billion-dollar trans-Saharan
gas pipeline linking vast reserves in Nigeria to Europe.
2009 Jul 3, Australia announced
a 155 million US dollar package for isolated Aboriginal communities,
after a new report revealed shocking levels of child abuse among the
2009 Jul 3, In Brazil prison
guards foiled a new attempt to smuggle a cell phone into Danilo
Pinheiro prison near the city of Sorocaba by a carrier pigeon
wearing a tiny backpack. Police said that the practice is becoming
2009 Jul 3, In London a fire
ripped through the 12-story Lakanal House block of Sceaux Gardens
Estate, a 1960s-era public housing block in south London,
killing six people including a newborn baby.
2009 Jul 3, Ayatollah Ahmad
Jannati, a top Iranian cleric, said that some of the detained
Iranian staffers of the British Embassy in Tehran will be put on
trial, and he accused Britain of a role in instigating widespread
protests that erupted over the country's disputed presidential
2009 Jul 3, In Kashmir police
used batons and tear gas to break up fresh anti-India protests, with
more than two dozen people injured in the clashes in Srinagar and
2009 Jul 3, In Libya
peacekeepers in Somalia and the war crimes warrant for Sudan's
president dominated the final day of an African Union summit, after
a late-night compromise on a new regional authority. Africa's
leaders agreed to denounce the International Criminal Court and
refuse to extradite Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who has been
indicted for crimes against humanity in Darfur.
(AFP, 7/3/09)(AP, 7/3/09)
2009 Jul 3, In Mexico City
kidnappers opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles during an attempted
rescue of the victim. The rescue failed with catastrophic errors.
When police fired back, two commanders, including the chief of the
city's elite rapid response force, were shot from behind by their
own officers. Meanwhile, one of the kidnappers inside the home
fatally shot Yolanda Ceballos (50) before killing himself. Seven
other kidnappers were captured. Anti-kidnapping chief Juan Maya
Aviles was later suspended.
2009 Jul 3, In Pakistan US
missiles slammed into the hideout of Taliban commander Noor Wali,
allied to warlord Baitullah Mehsud in the tribal belt in South
Waziristan. Another missile strike hit an insurgent communications
center in Kokat Khel. The strikes reportedly killed a total of 17
people. Pakistani warplanes bombed suspected militant hide-outs,
killing at least four insurgents and wounding seven others. The
Pakistani military said at least 13 militants and four local
tribesmen were killed over the last 24 hours in the districts of
Swat and Dir. A Pakistani helicopter crash killed 26 security
personnel on the mountainous border of the Orakzai and Khyber ethnic
Pashtun tribal regions. The Taliban claimed responsibility, but a
senior security official said the military MI-17 helicopter had
crashed due to a technical fault. Ehsan, alias Abu Jandal, a
mid-level Taliban commander, was killed in Qambar area.
(AFP, 7/3/09)(AP, 7/3/09)(AFP, 7/4/09)(SFC,
7/4/09, p.A3)(AFP, 7/5/09)
2009 Jul 3, A top Kremlin aide
said Russia will allow the US to ship weapons across its territory
to Afghanistan, in a gesture aimed at bolstering US military
operations and improving strained ties between Washington and
2009 Jul 3, In Sudan gunmen
kidnapped an Irish and Ugandan women from the office of the Irish
aid group Goal in the North Darfur city of Kutum. A Sudanese
watchman was also seized before being released later. Arab tribes
supported by the government were implicated. Sharon Commins (33) and
her Ugandan colleague, Hilda Kuwuki (42), were released on Oct 18.
(AFP, 7/4/09)(AP, 10/18/09)(AFP, 10/24/09)
2009 Jul 3, Sudanese police
arrested 13 women in a raid on a Khartoum cafe for wearing trousers
in violation of the country's strict Islamic law. 10 of them were
flogged inside a Khartoum police station. One of those arrested,
journalist Lubna Hussein, said she is challenging the charges, which
can be punishable by up to 40 lashes.
(AP, 7/13/09)(AP, 7/21/09)
2009 Jul 3, The head of
Venezuela's telecommunications regulatory agency said that 240 radio
stations will have their licenses revoked for failing to update
their registrations with the government. The government now controls
six television channels, including the Caracas-based international
network Telesur, two national radio networks and other smaller media
outlets including 600 radio stations and 72 community TV stations.
2009 Jul 4, Attacks began on
more than two dozen Internet sites in the United States and South
Korea and some were disabled by hackers. South Korea's spy agency
later said the attacks were possibly linked to North Korea. Some of
the affected US government Web sites, such as the Treasury
Department, Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service, were still
reporting problems days after it started during the July 4 holiday.
(Reuters, 7/8/09)(AP, 7/8/09)
2009 Jul 4, NYC police arrested
a dozen people and seized 33 pounds of heroin worth $30 million that
was stuffed inside Build-A-Bear toys.
(SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A11)
2009 Jul 4, In North Carolina 2
workers were killed when a truckload of fireworks exploded on a dock
at the southern end of Ocracoke Island. 2 others soon died from
(AP, 7/5/09)(SFC, 7/6/09, p.A10)
2009 Jul 4, In Tennessee Steve
McNair (36), a four-time Pro Bowl selection, was found dead with
multiple gunshot wounds on a sofa in his Nashville condominium
living room. Sahel Kazemi, (20), discovered near him, was killed by
a single gunshot wound. McNair was married with four children.
2009 Jul 4, Drake Levin
(b.1946), blues guitarist and former lead guitarist for Paul Revere
and the Raiders, died of cancer in SF.
(SFC, 7/17/09, p.D5)
2009 Jul 4, In Afghanistan
insurgent attacks in Helmand province killed 3 British soldiers.
Gunmen in the east abducted 16 mine-clearing personnel working for
the United Nations as they traveled between Paktia and Khost
(Reuters, 7/4/09)(AP, 7/5/09)(AP, 7/6/09)
2009 Jul 4, Albania's
opposition Socialists charged that the ruling Democrats were
improperly trying to influence the country's lengthy vote count by
declaring victory before all ballots from last week's national
election were tallied.
2009 Jul 4, In Canada an
explosion damaged a natural gas pipeline in northeast British
Columbia, the sixth attack on an energy facility in that area in
recent months. In a letter to a local newspaper the bomber gave
EnCana until mid-October to cease operations in the area, or face
(Reuters, 7/4/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.32)
2009 Jul 4, A joint
French-Spanish operation captured 3 suspected members of ETA in the
French city of Pau.
(SFC, 7/6/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 4, The OAS suspended
Honduras participation in the organization because of last week's
2009 Jul 4, In Mali dozens of
people were killed during clashes in the Timbuktu region between the
army and Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters.
2009 Jul 4, In Myanmar UN chief
Ban Ki-moon gave a rare public speech outlining his vision for a
democratic Myanmar, just hours after the ruling junta refused to let
him meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
2009 Jul 4, Nigeria's rebel
group MEND threatened to thwart a 10-billion-dollar trans-Saharan
gas pipeline linking vast reserves in Nigeria to Europe. The army
vowed to protect the project. Rebels Sichem Peace oil tanker
and its six crew members. The ship and crew were freed July 21 after
spending 18 days in captivity in the Niger Delta.
(AFP, 7/4/09)(AP, 7/22/09)
2009 Jul 4, North Korea fired
seven ballistic missiles off its eastern coast, in a violation of UN
resolutions and an apparent message of defiance to the US on its
2009 Jul 4, Pakistani warplanes
and helicopter gunships pounded Taliban positions in the country's
volatile northwest, killing at least 12 suspected insurgents.
Clashes between tribesmen and Taliban fighters left 16 people dead
in the remote Mohmand region. Army helicopters attacked a militant
position in the area the previous day’s helicopter crash and struck
a militant bunker on a peak. 10 bodies were reported found lying
(AP, 7/4/09)(Reuters, 7/4/09)
2009 Jul 5, In Florida 2
monorail trains crashed in the Magic Kingdom section of Walt Disney
World, killing one train's operator.
2009 Jul 5, John Bachar
(b.1957), free-style rock climber, fell to his death from a dike
wall in the eastern Sierra near Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
2009 Jul 5, Terry Herbert (55),
an unemployed treasure hunter, unearthed the biggest hoard of
Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found in a country field in
Staffordshire. The trove of at least 1,350 items, including five
kilos (11 pounds) of gold and a smaller amount of silver, was found
by Herbert with a metal detector near his home in Burntwood, some 15
miles north of Birmingham. It is believed to date from the seventh
century AD, and may have belonged to Saxon royalty. It was later
valued at more than three million pounds, to be split equally
between the man who found it and the owner of the land.
2009 Jul 5, Bulgaria held
parliamentary elections. The Conservative opposition center-right
GERB party, led by ex-wrestler Boyko Borisov, won elections with
39.7% of the vote as voters punished the governing Socialists for
failing to crack down on corruption.
(Reuters, 7/5/09)(AP, 7/6/09)(Econ, 7/11/09,
p.52)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.51)
2009 Jul 5, In China’s far west
protesters from a Muslim ethnic group clashed with police, with
activists saying police fired shots in the air and used batons to
disperse a crowd that had swelled to nearly 1,000. Over the next few
days some 192 people were killed and over 800 wounded in protests
that roiled Urumqi, the capital of western Xinjiang province. State
media said at least 20 people have died and more than 670,000 had to
be evacuated in China after torrential rain and floods destroyed
houses, damaged roads and caused rivers to overflow.
(AP, 7/5/09)(AFP, 7/5/09)(Time.com, 7/6/09)(AP,
2009 Jul 5, Guinea-Bissau said
the second round of presidential elections has been brought forward
to July 26 to enable farmers to continue harvesting unhindered.
2009 Jul 5, Honduras' ousted
President Manuel Zelaya said he was getting on a flight home to
reclaim his post, accompanied by the UN General Assembly president
and a group of journalists. The interim government said it ordered
the military to prevent the landing of Zelaya's plane. Soldiers
clashed with thousands of Zelaya backers massed at the airport in
hopes of welcoming home the deposed leader removed a week earlier.
Isis Obed Murillo Mencia (19) was killed by soldiers as a crowd
tried to break through an airport fence. Pilots of the plane loaned
by Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez circled the airport and decided not
to risk a crash.
(AP, 7/5/09)(AP, 7/6/09)(SFC, 7/7/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 5, Iran said it has
released a British-Greek journalist held for more than two weeks
following its disputed presidential elections as dissent continued.
Ali Reza Beheshti, the son of a prominent Iranian revolutionary
icon, made a rare public push for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's
removal from office. The Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and
Researchers, a pro-reform Iranian clerical group, said the outcome
of last month's presidential vote was "invalid," even though Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has upheld the result.
(AP, 7/5/09)(Reuters, 7/5/09)
2009 Jul 5, In Iraq an attack
on the checkpoint in western Baghdad killed two Iraqi police
officers and three soldiers.
2009 Jul 5, Mexicans voted in
midterm congressional elections. The old Institutional Revolutionary
Party made a big comeback in defiance of those who had written off
what is still the country's biggest and most representative party.
The PAN will lose some of its 206 seats in the lower house, and the
PRI stands to more than double its 106 seats.
(AP, 7/5/09)(AP, 7/6/09)
2009 Jul 5, Nigerian rebels
announced they had launched a fresh attack on an oil facility run by
the Anglo-Dutch group Shell in the restive Niger Delta. The
militants destroyed a Chevron oil pipeline junction in the latest
attack on Nigeria's key money earner since the government offered an
(AP, 7/5/09)(AFP, 7/6/09)
2009 Jul 5, Pakistani fighter
jets targeted suspected Taliban hide-outs in a tribal region near
Afghanistan, killing as many as six people in North Waziristan.
Gunship helicopters shelled militant hideouts at Mangaltan area of
Charbagh town. At least ten militants were killed in the shelling.
At least three militants were killed and many injured in shelling in
the Orakzai region. Elsewhere in the northwest, two bomb explosions
killed two people and wounded 15 more in Upper Dir district.
(AP, 7/5/09)(AFP, 7/5/09)
2009 Jul 5, In the southern
Philippines suspected Muslim guerrillas detonated a bomb near a
Roman Catholic cathedral in Cotabato city, killing at least five
people and wounding 46.
2009 Jul 5, In Somalia heavy
shelling between rebels and government forces near the presidential
palace killed at least 12 people. PM Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
looked for help from more African Union peacekeepers.
2009 Jul 5, An official
Zimbabwe newspaper reported that the government has promised to
withdraw soldiers from diamond fields in the east, a week after a
rights group alleged the military was committing killings and abuses
in the area.
2009 Jul 6, In San Francisco
crews cleaning a homeless encampment in McLaren Park discovered a
body later identified as Ronnie Brown (32), who was last seen in San
Leandro on Oct 20, 2007. Brown, aka Allah, was on parole for a
weapons conviction and had been associated with people connected to
Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery.
(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A13)
2009 Jul 6, In North Carolina
suspected killer Patrick Burris (41), a career criminal paroled just
two months ago, was shot to death by officers investigating a
burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, 30 miles from Gaffney, SC,
where the killing spree started June 27.
2009 Jul 6, Robert McNamara
(b.1916), former US defense secretary, died. He was one of the main
architects of the US war in Vietnam (1961-1968). McNamara wrote or
co-authored 11 books on topics that mainly focused on issues of
defense and development, the most recent one in 2001.
2009 Jul 6, In northern
Afghanistan four US soldiers were among six people killed by a
roadside bomb in Kunduz province. Two Americans were killed in a
roadside blast in southern Afghanistan. An American soldier died in
a firefight with militants in the east. In southern Kandahar, a
suicide bomber killed two people when he drove a car packed with
explosives toward a line of truck drivers waiting to supply foreign
troops. The Taliban movement said they had launched a guerrilla
operation to thwart a major assault by newly deployed US Marines on
their Helmand strongholds. 3 NATO troops died in a helicopter crash
in Zabul province.
(AP, 7/6/09)(AFP, 7/6/09)(AP, 7/7/09)
2009 Jul 6, The 2nd Panafrican
Festival opened in Algiers and was scheduled to last to July 20. The
first Panafrican Festival took place back in 1969.
2009 Jul 6, In Croatia
deputy Jadranka Kosor (b.1953), a former journalist, was confirmed
as the new prime minister.
2009 Jul 6, Ethnic Somali
rebels (ONLF) in Ethiopia's Ogaden region claimed they killed 90
government troops in recent clashes, but the government denied any
losses, claiming victory instead.
2009 Jul 6, Honduras' interim
government closed its main airport to all flights after blocking the
runway to prevent the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
2009 Jul 6, In western India
people began falling ill after a night of drinking tainted
home-brewed liquor. The death toll soon rose to at least 112.
(AP, 7/8/09)(AP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 6, In Iraq a car bomb
targeted a police patrol in Mosul but missed, killing an 18-year-old
man and injuring eight other bystanders.
2009 Jul 6, Israel deported
Cynthia McKinney, a former US congresswoman, Mairead Corrigan
Maguire, a Nobel peace prize laureate, and other activists who were
arrested and jailed after trying to break the naval blockade of the
Gaza Strip. The Israeli navy seized their boat last week as it tried
to sail with medical supplies from Cyprus to Gaza.
2009 Jul 6, Liberia's truth and
reconciliation commission recommended barring President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf and dozens of other high-profile figures from public
office for 30 years for supporting armed groups in the country's
2009 Jul 6, Nepal's national
assembly sat for the first time in more than two months after the
Maoist party agreed to halt protests that have paralyzed parliament.
2009 Jul 6, In Russia President
Barack Obama opened his first Moscow summit with confidence. Obama
and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev struck a preliminary deal to
reduce their stockpiles of nuclear warheads to as few as 1,500 each,
pointing the two countries' arsenals toward lower levels than in any
previous arms control agreement.
2009 Jul 6, Vasily Aksyonov
(b.1932), Russian novelist and Soviet dissident, died in Moscow. He
was forced into exile in 1980 after being branded as “anti-Soviet"
and lived in the US for over two decades. His over 20 novels
included “The Moscow Saga" (1994), which was adopted for a popular
TV series in 2004.
(SFC, 7/8/09, p.D5)
2009 Jul 6, The office of South
Korea's Pres. Lee Myung-bak said he will donate about 33.1 billion
won ($26 million), almost all of his personal fortune, to establish
a new youth scholarship program.
2009 Jul 6, Vatican Radio began
airing advertisements for the first time in its 80-year history.
Vatican debt last year was pegged at $22 Million.
(SFC, 7/27/09, p.D3)
2009 Jul 6, In Yemen a barber
was publicly executed after he was found guilty of raping and
killing an 11-year-old boy who came to his shop for a haircut. The
barber was arrested in December 2008 and confessed during a January
trial to raping the boy inside his salon, killing him and cutting up
his body before dumping it outside San'a.
2009 Jul 7, Google announced
its new operating system, Google Chrome OS, which would initially
target low cost netbooks.
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.C1)
2009 Jul 7, Ron Nicolino
(b.1939), artist and former resident of Point Richmond, Ca., died of
cancer. He had attempted to string a collection of bras across the
Grand Canyon in the mid-1990s, but was unable to get federal
permission. Instead he and Ellen Duffy concocted the creation of a
bra ball. A dispute led each one to create their own versions.
Nicolino’s 1,600 pound “Big Giant Bra Ball" was left with his mother
in Washington state.
(SFC, 7/16/09, p.D7)
2009 Jul 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a hand grenade thrown at a police vehicle exploded in a
crowd, killing one civilian and wounding 28 others in Khost
province. A British soldier died in an explosion in Helmand
province. He was the 7th British soldier killed in Afghanistan in a
week. Hundreds of insurgents attacked police posts and a government
building in eastern Nuristan province. The attacks continued into
the next day leaving 6 policemen and 21 insurgents dead. (AP,
2009 Jul 7, British officials
unveiled a memorial of 52 steel pillars in a London park, one for
each victim of the July 7, 2005, attacks on the city's transit
2009 Jul 7, The Cameroonian
newspaper Le Jour said five Chinese workers were abducted off the
oil-rich Bakassi peninsula in Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.
2009 Jul 7, Canadian officials
said they had identified yet another new flu virus, this one a
mixture of human and swine influenzas, in two farm workers in
2009 Jul 7, In China mobs of
Han Chinese wielding meat cleavers and clubs and groups of Muslim
Uighur men beat people in the streets of Urumqi, the capital of
Xinjiang region. The government imposed a curfew as it tried to stem
communal violence. The official Xinhua News Agency said that 1,434
suspects had been arrested, and that checkpoints had been set up to
stop rioters from escaping.
2009 Jul 7, In Egypt 22 people
were killed in two separate accidents on the notoriously dangerous
road between the capital Cairo and the southern city of Minya.
2009 Jul 7, Ethiopia's
parliament adopted a new anti-terrorism bill despite criticism by
rights groups that the legislation violates civil liberties.
2009 Jul 7, In India at least
16 people were killed and 25 injured after a fire tore through a
firecracker factory in Madurai.
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 7, In Italy Matteo
Salvini, a member of the often xenophobic, anti-immigrant Northern
League party, resigned his seat in the lower chamber of Parliament
after being filmed singing a racist chant about Naples and its
2009 Jul 7, In northern Mexico
an anti-crime activist and a neighbor were killed by gunmen believed
linked to a drug cartel. Anti-crime activists said the slaying of
Benjamin LeBaron, a US citizen, in Chihuahua state was the first
time one of their own had been killed for denouncing crime and
called it a chilling warning. Jose Rodolfo Escajeda, a lieutenant
and one of the main operators of the Juarez cartel, was later
presumed responsible for the killing of LeBaron and a neighbor near
Nuevo Casas Grandes.
(AP, 7/8/09)(AP, 9/6/09)
2009 Jul 7, In Pakistan a US
missile strike pulverized a compound in a stronghold of Taliban
warlord Baitullah Mehsud, killing 16 foreign and local militants in
South Waziristan. Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and nine
security personnel wounded in three bomb attacks in North and South
Waziristan. The military said that four militants were killed,
including a brother of Ibn-e-Amin, one of the most-wanted Taliban
commanders in the Swat valley.
2009 Jul 7, In the Philippines
a crude bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded in a port city on
southern Jolo island where al-Qaida-linked militants are active,
killing at least two people and wounding 24.
2009 Jul 7, In Moscow President
Barack Obama asked the Russian people to "forge a lasting
partnership" with the US, but he acknowledged after talks with PM
Vladimir Putin that on divisive issues there won't be "a meeting of
the minds anytime soon.
2009 Jul 7, Spanish police
arrested Jorge Alberto Soza (72), an ex-Argentine police official
suspected of human rights abuses committed during the South American
country's dirty war. Soza was wanted in Argentina in connection with
18 cases of kidnapping and torture between 1975 and 1977 when he was
an assistant Federal Police commissioner and chief delegate in the
southern Argentine city of Neuquen.
2009 Jul 7, Pope Benedict XVI
called for a radical rethinking of global economy in “Caritas et
Verite" (Charity in Truth) his 3rd encyclical.
(SFC, 7/8/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 8, In SF Philip Day
(63), former head of SF City College, was charged with 8 felonies
for using public funds for political donations and other banned
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 8, In Chesnee, North
Carolina, Ricky Lee Blackwell shot a girl (8) twice in the driveway
of a home where he had taken her and his estranged wife to swim and
play. The girl's father was dating Blackwell's estranged wife.
Blackwell shot himself as police closed in. He was taken to a
hospital but his condition wasn't released.
2009 Jul 8, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb attack killed two NATO soldiers.
2009 Jul 8, Australia said
Chinese authorities had detained Stern Hu, Rio Tinto Ltd's top iron
ore negotiator, as well as three other Rio employees on suspicion of
espionage and stealing state secrets, threatening to strain already
2009 Jul 8, Australian
residents of rural Bundanoon, hoping to protect the earth and their
wallets, voted to ban the sale of bottled water, the first community
in the country, and possibly the world, to take such a drastic step
in the growing backlash against the industry.
2009 Jul 8, Azerbaijan police
arrested Adnan Hadzhizade, a video blogger and member of the "OL!"
opposition movement, and Emin Milli, a youth activist who also runs
an Internet TV program, after a fight in a Baku cafe with two
unknown men. Both were charged with hooliganism. A Baku court
decision soon ordered two months of pretrial detention for Milli and
Hadzhizade, which prompted criticism from international journalism
2009 Jul 8, The British
government set out plans to toughen regulation of its banking
sector, including greater oversight of bonuses paid to staff.
2009 Jul 8, British scientists
claimed to have created human sperm from embryonic stem cells for
the first time. Several critics said the sperm cells were clearly
abnormal. The paper was retracted by the end of the month because
two paragraphs in its introduction had been plagiarized. Experts
acknowledged that concerns might be raised about the study's
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A5)(AP, 7/31/09)
2009 Jul 8, In China hundreds
of helmeted troops in riot gear swarmed the central square of
Urumqi, capital of western Xinjiang, after ethnic riots left some
192 dead. The city's Communist Party boss promised those behind the
killings would be executed. On July 11 China said 137 of the riot
victims were Han while 46 were Uighurs and one was a Hui, another
Muslim group. Uighurs on the streets of Urumqi, and from exile
activist groups disputed the new figures.
(AP, 7/8/09)(AP, 7/11/09)(AP, 7/15/09)
2009 Jul 8, In France some 60
youths rioted outside Saint-Etienne after hearing that man had tried
to hang himself in jail. Mohamed Benmouna (21) died soon after at a
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 8, In Haiti Bill
Clinton said a lack of coordination among aid groups and Haitian
leaders is hurting efforts to ease poverty in the Caribbean nation,
as he wrapped up his first trip here as a special UN envoy.
2009 Jul 8, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a second term. Exit polls
gave him a massive lead in only the second presidential vote since
the fall of Suharto. Yudhoyono won 61% of the vote. Jusuf Kalla, his
former vice-president, won 12%. Megawati Sukarnoputri won 27%.
(AP, 7/8/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, SR p.4)
2009 Jul 8, In Iraq car bombs
in two Shiite villages near Mosul killed 16 civilians and injured
more than two dozen.
2009 Jul 8, The Irish
government said Irish voters who rejected the EU's Lisbon Treaty
last year will be asked to vote again Oct. 2 on the long-delayed
blueprint for reform.
2009 Jul 8, G8 Leaders met in
L'Aquila, Italy, for talks on threats to global security and
stability at a summit where climate change, a continuing global
economic crisis, nuclear proliferation and world hunger took top
2009 Jul 8, Protesters in
Indian Kashmir set fire to a police van and stoned other security
vehicles after the body of a missing young man was recovered in the
regional capital Srinagar.
2009 Jul 8, Malaysian education
officials announced that they will abandon the use of English to
teach math and science, bowing to protesters who demanded more use
of the national Malay language.
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 8, In Mexico
investigators found a severed head and two arms inside a plastic bag
in the of Ario de Rosales, Michoacan state.
2009 Jul 8, Nigerian MEND
militants said they blew up two key oil pipelines as they stepped up
attacks in response to a government amnesty offer.
2009 Jul 8, In Pakistan a US
drone fired 6 missiles and killed 10 suspected militants at a
training camp about 35 kilometers northeast of Wana. At least 35
suspected militants were killed in a second US missile strike
targeting insurgents in the northwest tribal belt.
(AFP, 7/8/09)(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 8, Saudi officials
said a criminal court has convicted and sentenced an al-Qaida
militant to death and given more 330 others jail terms, fines and
travel bans in the country's first known terrorism trials for
suspected members of the terror network. The 330 are believed to be
among the 991 suspected militants that Interior Minister Prince
Nayef has said had been charged with participating in terrorist
attacks over the past five years.
2009 Jul 8, Somali pirates
seized a Turkish ship with 23 crew and were being shadowed by a
Turkish warship in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates first surrounded
the Horizon-1 in speed boats and then boarded the ship, which was
carrying sulfate from Saudi Arabia to Jordan.
2009 Jul 8, A senior UN
official said fighting between tribes in southern Sudan has
increasingly targeted women and children and likely killed more than
1,000 people since January.
2009 Jul 8, Switzerland's
government said it would forbid the Swiss bank UBS AG from complying
with any court-ordered transfer of data on tens of thousands of
American clients to the US government, and would consider seizing
documents to prevent that.
2009 Jul 9, In Florida Byrd and
Melanie Billings were killed at their sprawling home near Pensacola.
The wealthy Florida couple had 4 children and adopted 12 others with
developmental disabilities and other problems. Three men were soon
arrested in connection with the slayings. In 2010 a jury found
Patrick Gonzalez Jr. guilty of 2 counts of 1st degree murder and one
count of robber. He had led a group of men dressed as ninjas in the
(AP, 7/13/09)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A5)(SFC, 10/29/10,
2009 Jul 9, An Afghan
government spokesman said President Hamid Karzai has pardoned five
heroin smugglers, at least one of them a relative of a man who heads
Karzai's campaign for re-election next month. A truck rigged with
explosives blew up near Kabul killing 25 people including 13 primary
school students. Militants attacked a district headquarters in the
southern province of Zabul, sparking a clash in which 15 Taliban
were killed. 30 insurgents planting bombs in a road in Zabul were
killed in an Afghan military ambush. Overnight clashes with troops
killed 27 suspected militants in Helmand.
(Reuters, 7/9/09)(AFP, 7/9/09)
2009 Jul 9, An African Union
panel said former UN chief Kofi Annan handed the International
Criminal Court the names of key suspects in Kenya's post-poll
violence which he helped end last year.
2009 Jul 9, The US deported
Luis Arce Gomez (71), a key figure in Bolivia's last military
dictatorship, back home to serve a 30-year prison sentence for
crimes including genocide and political assassinations. Gomez, known
as "the minister of cocaine," took part in the July 1980 coup led by
then-Gen. Luis Garcia Meza and backed by drug traffickers.
2009 Jul 9, In China a 6.0
earthquake rocked Yunnan province, killing one person and destroying
thousands of houses. More than 400,000 people left their homes
following the tremor that left at least one person dead.
2009 Jul 9, Egypt’s Interior
Ministry said authorities have arrested 25 militants with links to
al-Qaida on suspicion of plotting attacks on oil pipelines and ships
in the Suez Canal.
2009 Jul 9, In Iran hundreds of
young men and women chanted "death to the dictator" and fled
baton-wielding police in Tehran as opposition activists sought to
revive street protests despite authorities' vows to "smash" any new
2009 Jul 9, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombings in Tal Afar, in Nineveh province, killed 38 people and
wounded 66. Tal Afar is mainly home to minority Turkmen of the
Shiite Muslim faith. In Baghdad, 8 people were killed and 30 wounded
by two bombs in a market in Sadr City, a poor, Shiite Muslim area.
10 more people were killed by bombs elsewhere in Baghdad. US forces
released five Iranian officials detained in January 2007 in northern
Iraq on suspicion of aiding local Shiite militants. An Iranian
television report identified the men as Mohsen Bagheri, Mahmoud
Farhadi, Majid Ghaemi, Majid Dagheri and Abbas Jami. A car driver
was killed in a head-on collision with a US Army Stryker vehicle,
the lead vehicle of a US-Iraqi convoy in western Diyala province.
(Reuters, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)(AP,
2009 Jul 9, In Italy the G8
opened their summit to include the G5, which made their fifth
straight appearance at the annual summit, albeit as guests, to
discuss climate change, development aid, global economic growth and
2009 Jul 9, Mexican police
found four mutilated bodies in plastic bags on the side of a highway
in La Huacana, Michoacan state.
2009 Jul 9, In Nigeria Henry
Okah, a key militant in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta detained
since September 2007, accepted President Umaru Yar'Adua recent offer
of unconditional amnesty. Armed robbers killed six police officers
as they fled after a raid on a commercial bank at Idi-Iroko, a
Nigerian border town with Benin.
2009 Jul 9, Pakistan’s
government announced a plan to allow some 2 million people who fled
the offensive to return home next week, saying the region was now
secure and essential services restored. A landmine killed five
paramilitary soldiers and wounded four others in the
insurgency-plagued province of Baluchistan. Dozens of militants
overran a police post and killed four officers in the northwest city
(AFP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 9-2009 Aug 2, Saudi
Arabian authorities arrested 44 suspected militants who sought to
recruit youths and finance their "deviant activities" through
2009 Jul 9, In South Africa
World Cup organizers said a strike by construction workers entered
its second day as negotiators meet to try and resolve the standoff.
2009 Jul 9, South Korean Web
sites were attacked again after a wave of Web site outages in the US
and South Korea that several officials suspect North Korea was
2009 Jul 9, The Swedish
government said it will expel Sylvere Ahorugeze (53) within three
weeks, fulfilling a request from authorities in Rwanda and marking
the first time an EU nation has sent back a suspect to face charges
in the 1994 genocide.
2009 Jul 9, The UN passed a
resolution extending the lifetime of the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda to next year. The latest extension is the second
for the Tanzania-based court which had originally been scheduled
wind up its lower court cases by December 2008, but had its life
extended to December 2009.
2009 Jul 9, In Venezuela’s top
telecommunications official said President Hugo Chavez's government
is imposing new regulations on cable television while revoking the
licenses of more than 200 radio stations.
2009 Jul 10, General Motors
emerged from bankruptcy protection. CEO Fritz Henderson said the new
GM will be far faster and more responsive to customers than the old
one, and it will make money and repay government loans faster than
2009 Jul 10, A US plant
scientists said late blight, which caused the Irish Potato Famine of
the 1840s and 1850s, is killing potato and tomato plants in home
gardens from Maine to Ohio and threatening commercial and organic
2009 Jul 10, Police in Illinois
closed a black cemetery in Alsip and declared it a crime scene after
former employees were accused of dumping hundreds of unearthed
corpses in a scheme to resell their plots.
(SFC, 7/11/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 10,
Kenneth Stampp (b.1913), US Berkeley historian, died. His books
included “The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Antebellum South"
(1956) and “The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877" (1965).
(SFC, 7/22/09, p.D5)
2009 Jul 10, In Afghanistan 8
British soldiers were reported killed over the last 24 hours. A US
service member wounded in June in Afghanistan died in the US.
(AP, 7/11/09)(AP, 7/12/09)
2009 Jul 10, Millions of
Argentines stayed home from work, churches in Bolivia canceled Mass
and Ecuador announced its first fatalities from swine flu, as the
virus continued its spread during the South American winter season.
2009 Jul 10, Britain’s the last
ever Royal Show closed in Warwickshire. The agricultural jamboree,
intended to spread innovation among farmers, ended a 170 year run.
(Econ, 7/11/09, p.57)
2009 Jul 10, In China
boisterous crowds turned up at mosques in riot-hit parts of Urumqi,
ignoring orders canceling Friday prayers due to the ethnic violence
and forcing officials to let them in.
2009 Jul 10, China’s state
media said 4 detained Rio Tinto Ltd. employees are accused of paying
bribes for secret information about China's stance in iron ore price
talks. A Chinese steel executive, also detained along with four Rio
Tinto employees, was being investigated for leaking China's "bottom
line" on iron ore prices. Chinalco denied the move was payback for a
(AP, 7/10/09)(Reuters, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 10, In Iraq an
American soldier in Iraq shot and killed a truck driver who did not
respond to warnings to stop on a highway between Tikrit and Balad.
2009 Jul 10, In Italy the 3-day
G8 summit came to close. World leaders launched a $15 billion
initiative to help farmers in poor countries boost production in a
shift in the way the West tackles world hunger.
2009 Jul 10, Nigerian militants
claimed to have blown up for a second time a recently repaired oil
pipeline operated by US petroleum giant Chevron.
2009 Jul 10, Earl Haig (91),
Scottish artist and son of WWI Field Marshal Douglas Haig, died. He
developed his gift for painting as a prisoner of war in World War
2009 Jul 10, Somali residents
said Islamist insurgent fighters in Baidoa have beheaded seven
people accused of abandoning their religion and of espionage, in the
largest mass execution since the Islamists were chased from power
two and a half years ago.
2009 Jul 10, South Korea’s spy
agency told lawmakers that a research institute affiliated with the
North's Ministry of People's Armed Forces received an order on June
7 to "destroy the South Korean puppet communications networks in an
instant." The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported that the North has
between 500-1,000 hacking specialists.
2009 Jul 10, In Spain charging
bull gored a young Spanish man to death at Pamplona's San Fermin
festival, the first such fatality in nearly 15 years. Nine others
were injured in a particularly dangerous and chaotic chapter of the
running of the bulls.
2009 Jul 10, In Switzerland
British conductor Edward Downes (b.1924) died with his wife Joan
(74) at an assisted suicide clinic. He was a longtime stalwart at
the Royal Opera and maestro of the first-ever performance at
Sydney's iconic Opera House.
2009 Jul 10, At the Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI stressed the church's opposition to abortion and
stem cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama.
2009 Jul 10, Zimbabwe's army
and police refused to vacate diamond fields where security forces
are accused of human rights abuses, despite a pledge last week for
their withdrawal. Finance Minister Tendai Biti said the government
will provide 142 million dollars in aid to small-scale farmers as
the country struggles to revive its shattered agricultural sector.
(AFP, 7/10/09)(AP, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 11, In Afghanistan
bomb blasts killed 2 US Marines in Helmand province. At least six
police officers were killed by roadside bombs, two in southern
Helmand province and at least four south of Kabul in Logar province.
In a gunbattle in eastern Paktia province between insurgents and
Afghan police, two militants and one police officer were killed.
(AP, 7/12/09)(SFC, 7/13/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 11, It was reported
that Brazilian police were investigating some 660 “secret acts"
passed by the Senate since 1995 which have awarded jobs and pay
raises members of staff.
(Econ, 7/11/09, p.39)
2009 Jul 11, In Brazil the body
of Arturo Gatti (37), former Canadian boxing champion, was found in
a hotel room at the northeastern Porto de Galinhas resort. He was
apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at
the scene with blood stains. His wife, Amanda Rodrigues (23), was
soon taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation. A
police inquiry later concluded that he committed suicide using the
strap of a rucksack on a staircase in the early hours of the
(AP, 7/12/09)(Reuters, 7/31/09)
2009 Jul 11, In Ghana US Pres.
Obama met with Ghanaian President John Atta Mills. Obama praised and
scolded the continent of his ancestors, asserting forces of tyranny
and corruption must yield if Africa is to achieve its promise.
2009 Jul 11, A ferry capsized
off Haiti's southern coast, killing at least five people.
Authorities said it wasn't clear how many people were on board, but
as many as two dozen could be missing.
2009 Jul 11, In India 2 boats
capsized in the Wainganga River in western Bhandara district leaving
26 women drowned.
(SFC, 7/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 11, In Indonesia an
Australian working for the Indonesian subsidiary of US-based mining
giant Freeport McMoRan was shot dead by unknown attackers in Papua.
2009 Jul 11, In Iraq a car bomb
has exploded in Gugjeli a Shiite village in northern Iraq, killing
at least four people. Another 6 people died in bombings in Baghdad.
(AP, 7/11/09)(SSFC, 7/12/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 11, In Israel 2
religious Jews were stabbed and another was beaten in a fight with
secular Jews in Jerusalem.
2009 Jul 11, In Mexico gunmen
boldly attacked federal forces across the western state of Michoacan
following the capture of Arnoldo Rueda Medina, an alleged member of
La Familia drug cartel. In Zitacuaro, a mountain town famous for its
Monarch butterfly nesting grounds, 3 federal agents were killed, and
two soldiers were fatally shot in the town of Zamora. Two federal
agents were killed and three others were wounded along a highway
between Morelia and the port City of Lazaro Cardenas when dozens of
gunmen ambushed their patrol cars.
2009 Jul 11, In central
Pakistan police killed one suspected militant and seized a truckload
of automatic weapons and explosives after a five-hour shootout at a
religious school in Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab province. A clash with
militants in South Waziristan killed a soldier. Gunmen killed 5
police officers and a forestry official responding to reports of a
dead body in Mansehra.
(AP, 7/11/09)(AP, 7/12/09)(SFC, 7/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 11, Peru’s President
Alan Garcia shuffled his Cabinet following months of protests,
replacing seven of 16 ministers and naming a new chief, the third
person to hold the post in nine months.
2009 Jul 11, In Somalia a
foreign fighter and Nor Daqli, head of security for the capital,
were among 16 people killed in fighting between UN-backed government
forces and Islamist insurgents in the north of Mogadishu.
2009 Jul 12, In Novato,
California, James Raphael Mitchell (27) allegedly bludgeoned to
death Danielle Keller, the mother of his one-year-old daughter. He
was arrested late the same day. Mitchell’s father, Jim Mitchell, was
the co-founder of San Francisco’s x-rated O’Farrell Theater. In 2011
Mitchell testified he did not kill Keller and had fought off two
attackers at her home on the day of her death. Mitchell was
convicted of 1st degree murder on July 12, 2011. On Aug 16 Mitchell
was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A1)(SFC, 7/6/11, p.C5)(SFC,
7/13/11, p.C3)(SFC, 8/17/11, p.C3)
2009 Jul 12, Ben Novack Jr.
(53) was killed in a NY hotel room. His mother was killed at her
Fort Lauderdale home three months earlier on April 4. In 2012 Narcy
Novack (55), the Fort Lauderdale wife of Ben, and her brother,
Cristobal Veliz (58), were found guilty in White Plains, NY, of
orchestrating the murders in a grab for the family estate. On Dec
17, 2012, Narcy Novack was sentenced to life in prison.
p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/6mdhvmf)(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A7)
2009 Jul 12, Colombia’s
President Alvaro Uribe delivered reparations totaling nearly $1
million to 279 victims of Colombia's long-running conflict.
2009 Jul 12, The Republic of
Congo held elections. Pres. Denis Sassou-Nguesso was re-elected with
78.6% of the vote.
(SFC, 7/16/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 12, Hondurans enjoyed
their first night of unfettered freedom in two weeks after the
interim government lifted a curfew imposed following the ouster of
President Manuel Zelaya.
2009 Jul 12, Indian Maoists
killed at least 30 policemen, including a senior officer, in two
separate ambushes in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh. A section of
a bridge being built for the New Delhi metro rail system collapsed,
crushing to death 5 workers and injuring 13 in a major setback to
the project that officials hope to complete before the 2010
2009 Jul 12, In Indonesia
gunmen killed a security guard working for US mining conglomerate
Freeport, then ambushed police responding to the attack blamed on
separatist rebels in one of Indonesia's most underdeveloped and
2009 Jul 12, Five Iranian
officials held in Iraq for more than two years by US forces returned
home after the US released them under pressure from the Iraqi
government. They were handed over to Iraqi officials on July 9. The
Iranians were detained in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil in
January 2007. At the time, US authorities said the men included the
operations chief and other members of Iran's elite Quds Force, which
is accused of arming and training Iraqi militants.
2009 Jul 12, In Iraq bombings
in or near churches killed at least four people, including one that
happened as worshippers were leaving Mass in eastern Baghdad. It was
reported that below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the
Euphrates and Tigris rivers have left Iraq bone dry for a second
straight year, wrecking swaths of farm land, threatening drinking
water supplies and intensifying fierce sandstorms that have coated
the country in brown dust. The severity of the drought has resulted
in a testy water dispute between Iraq and Turkey, which has built
five dams along the Euphrates upstream from where it enters western
2009 Jul 12, In Kyrgyzstan
government critic Almaz Tashiyev (Tashiev) died of complications
from head injuries after surgery. Relatives said he told them before
the operation that he had been beaten by eight police officers
earlier in the week. His death came after a series of attacks on
reporters and shortly before next week's presidential election,
reinforcing concerns about the risks faced by independent
journalists in the Central Asian nation. Junior lieutenant Shukurbek
Nurmatov was arrested July 16 on suspicion of being involved in the
(AP, 7/13/09)(AP, 7/17/09)(Econ, 8/1/09, p.38)
2009 Jul 12, Mexican federal
agents captured 2 suspects in connection with a series of attacks on
federal forces across Michoacan state that left 5 officers and 2
2009 Jul 12, Nigerian rebels
took their battle with the government into the country's main city,
targeting an oil tanker loading facility in Lagos harbor in an
unprecedented attack there.
2009 Jul 12, Pakistani fighter
jets pounded suspected militant hide-outs in the South Waziristan
tribal region as part of ongoing operations against Pakistani
Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. At least 8 militants were killed. A
military statement described continued reports of unrest in the Swat
valley, including a remote-controlled bomb that wounded 7 tribal
police officers in the past 24 hours.
2009 Jul 12, Somali government
forces with the help of African Union tanks fought Islamic militants
in the capital, with clashes killing at least seven people.
Witnesses said dozens of people were killed and some 150 wounded.
(AFP, 7/12/09)(AP, 7/13/09)
2009 Jul 12, In Spain 10 people
were injured, two of them seriously, in the Pamplona bull run, two
days after a man was gored to death by a bull.
2009 Jul 12, Swiss police
divers harpooned a zander fish, which was 70 centimeters (two feet
three inches) long and weighed eight kilos (17.5 pounds), after it
bit six swimmers over the weekend in Lac Majeur.
2009 Jul 12, Thailand's swine
flu death toll rose to 18 as the government confirmed three more
fatalities and opened a vaccine plant to prevent tens of thousands
of infections across the country.
2009 Jul 13, The US Fisheries
Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
issued a ban on krill fishing within 200 miles of the Pacific coast
of California, Oregon and Washington due to concerns that commercial
krill fishing threatened food sources for fish, whales and
(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 13, In southern
Afghanistan 2 US Marines were killed in a hostile incident. An
insurgent attack in eastern Nuristan province killed a US soldier.
The police chief of Jalrez district in Wardak province was killed
along with 3 officers in a roadside blast.
(AP, 7/14/09)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 13, British and
Israeli officials said Britain has revoked several licenses granted
to British companies to sell weapons parts to Israel because of
concerns over their use in Israel's recent war in the Gaza Strip.
2009 Jul 13, In China police
shot dead two Uighur men and wounded a third on the streets of
Urumqi, where tens of thousands of troops are stationed to restore
calm a week after deadly ethnic riots.
2009 Jul 13, China's Health
Ministry ordered a hospital to stop using electric shock therapy to
cure youths of Internet addiction, saying there was no scientific
evidence it worked.
2009 Jul 13, In Cuba the body
of Rev. Mariano Arroyo Merino (74) was discovered in his room at the
parish he served in the coastal neighborhood of Regla, situated on
Havana Bay across from the capital. Authorities were still
investigating the death of another Spanish priest, the Rev. Eduardo
de la Fuente Serrano, whose body was found in a remote, sparsely
populated area just outside the capital in mid-February.
2009 Jul 13, In Germany retired
auto worker John Demjanjuk was formally charged with 27,900 counts
of acting as an accessory to murder, one for every person who died
at Sobibor during the time he is accused of serving as a guard at
the Nazi death camp.
2009 Jul 13, German automobile
group Daimler said it sold 40 percent of its stake in US electric
car maker Tesla Motors to United Arab Emirate's Aabar Investments
group to boost development of low-emission vehicles.
2009 Jul 13, Munich Re, the
world’s largest reinsurance group, invited 20 large companies to
join it in forming a consortium called Desertec to build a legion of
solar power stations in Africa and Arabia and connect them to
(Econ, 7/11/09, p.83)
2009 Jul 13, In Indonesia a
policeman's body was found at the bottom of a ravine near the
Indonesian operations of US mining conglomerate Freeport, raising
the death toll from a series of weekend ambushes in restive Papua
province to three.
2009 Jul 13, Iraqi authorities
imposed vehicle bans in two mostly Christian towns and increased
security around churches in Baghdad after attacks targeting the
Christian minority. An Iraqi soldier was killed when a bomb attached
to his private vehicle exploded at noon in an area of northern
2009 Jul 13, Japan passed a law
that will allow children to receive organ transplants for the first
time, reversing a ban that doomed many young patients or forced them
to seek medical care abroad.
2009 Jul 13, Former Lebanese PM
Amin al-Hafez (83) died. He served a turbulent two-month term in
1973 before he was forced to resign.
2009 Jul 13, Mexican
prosecutors said they found the bound, blindfolded and tortured
bodies of a dozen people on a roadside near La Huacana in the
western state of Michoacan. The 12 bodies were soon identified as
federal agents investigating organized crime.
(AP, 7/14/09)(AP, 7/15/09)(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 13, Mexico and the US
announced that they were working on a protocol for sharing
information in arms trafficking cases.
(AP, 7/14/09)(AP, 8/6/09)
2009 Jul 13, Pakistan began
sending home about two million people displaced two months ago by
the army's assault on Taliban militants in the Swat valley. An
explosion in Punjab province destroyed a house used as a religious
seminary, killing at least nine people, seven of them children, and
leaving many others in critical condition.
2009 Jul 13, In Russia 5
suspected militants and two law enforcement officers were killed in
separate attacks in the south. The militants were killed in two
separate gunbattles in Chechnya, while Interior Ministry troops in
Dagestan died in an ambush by insurgents.
2009 Jul 13, South Korea
reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (67) has
life-threatening pancreatic cancer, days after fresh images of him
looking gaunt spurred speculation that his health was worsening
following a reported stroke last year.
2009 Jul 13, Turkey and four EU
countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary) formally agreed
to route the Nabucco natural gas pipeline across their territories,
pushing ahead with a US- and EU-backed attempt to make Europe less
dependent on Russian gas.
(AP, 7/13/09)(Econ, 7/18/09, p.47)
2009 Jul 13, Uganda said it
would arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he enters the
country, an unusual stance after a summit of African leaders
denounced the international arrest warrant against al-Bashir.
2009 Jul 13, The UN’s highest
court set travel rules for the Nicaraguan river that borders Costa
Rica, affirming freedom for Costa Rican boats while upholding
Nicaragua's right to regulate traffic.
2009 Jul 13, In Zimbabwe
militants from President Robert Mugabe's party disrupted the start
of a national conference aimed at drawing up a new constitution.
2009 Jul 14, President Barack
Obama unveiled a $12 billion initiative to boost community colleges
and propel the United States toward his goal of having the highest
proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
2009 Jul 14, Episcopalians
meeting in Anaheim, NY, declared gays and lesbians eligible any
(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 14, Exxon Mobil said
it would put $300 million into an effort to create a new generation
of biofuels, and to add $300 if plans with Synthetic Genomics, a San
Diego firm under Craig Venter, proved successful.
(Econ, 7/18/09, p.78)
2009 Jul 14, In San Francisco
Rev. Floyd Lotito (74), founder of St. Anthony’s Dining Room (1981)
died after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The St. Anthony
free-meal program currently served nearly 2,600 meals per day.
(SFC, 7/20/09, p.C5)
2009 Jul 14, The Int’l.
Accounting Standards Board (IASB) proposed to put all financial
assets into 2 buckets. Loans and securities would be in one and held
at cost; all others would be in another and held at fair value.
(Econ, 7/18/09, p.74)
2009 Jul 14, In Afghanistan a
NATO-contracted helicopter was shot down killing six Ukrainian crew
members on board and an Afghan child on the ground in Helmand
province. A roadside bomb killed one Italian soldier and wounded
three others in western Afghanistan. Another roadside blast hit a
civilian vehicle in Uruzgan province, killing three people and
wounded six others. US coalition and Afghan forces searched
compounds in Kandahar and found bomb-making materials, mortar
rounds, AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and 100 pounds (45
kilograms) of opium.
(AP, 7/14/09)(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A2)(AP, 7/26/09)
2009 Jul 14, The European
Parliament elected ex-Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek as its
president, making him the first leader from a former Soviet bloc
country to hold one of the top European Union posts.
2009 Jul 14, Iran’s official
IRNA news agency reported that authorities in the southeastern city
of Zahedan hanged 13 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group convicted
of bombings and killings in the area. The report said Abdulhamid
Rigi, brother of Abdulmalik Rigi, leader of the group known as
Jundallah or soldiers of God, had been scheduled to be hanged along
with the 13 men, but his execution was postponed.
2009 Jul 14, In Iraq one person
was killed and 9 others were wounded when a bomb exploded near an
Internet cafe late at night in south Baghdad. Two traffic policemen
were killed in eastern Baghdad by 2 gunmen who refused to stop at a
checkpoint near the fortified Green Zone.
2009 Jul 14, Lithuania's
Parliament approved a censorship bill that sharply curbs the
spreading of public information that lawmakers say could harm the
mental, physical, intellectual and moral development of youngsters.
The bill comes into law on March 2010 at the latest.
2009 Jul 14, In Nairobi, Kenya,
authorities seized over 660 pounds of illegal ivory and black
rhinoceros horn, some of it still bloody, on a Mozambique-to-Asia
(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 14, Nigeria's main
militant group declared a 60-day truce, effective July 15, in its
"oil war" with the government after the release of its leader Henry
Okah under an amnesty deal.
2009 Jul 14, In Pakistan
fighting overnight in the lawless tribal belt killed 23 Taliban
militants. An attack in the Khyber region destroyed an oil tanker
supplying NATO forces based across the border in Afghanistan and
left 2 civilians dead. Troops killed 13 militants in the latest
clashes in the Swat Valley, underscoring the region's fragile
security even as refugees displaced by fighting return home.
(AFP, 7/14/09)(AP, 7/15/09)
2009 Jul 14, In Russia 6 men
emerged from three months of isolation in Soviet-era metal tubes
after completing an experiment simulating a mission to Mars.
2009 Jul 14, In Somalia two
French officials working as security advisers to the Somali
government were kidnapped in Mogadishu. Agent Marc Aubriere managed
to escape on August 26. Secret-agent Alexx Denis remained captive.
(Reuters, 7/14/09)(AP, 8/26/09)(SFC, 8/27/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.45)
2009 Jul 14, South Korean
police said hackers extracted files from computers they contaminated
with the virus that triggered cyberattacks last week in the United
States and South Korea, a sign that they tried to steal information
from the victims. North Korea has supposedly trained an elite group
of hackers at Mirim College, its military school.
(AP, 7/14/09)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.62)
2009 Jul 14, In Tanzania
Tharcisse Renzaho, the former prefect of Rwandan capital Kigali, was
sentenced to life for genocide-related crimes by the UN-backed war
crimes court trying masterminds of the country's 1994 massacre.
2009 Jul 14, Venezuela's oil
minister Rafael Ramirez said workers at the state oil company must
support President Hugo Chavez's endeavors or be suspected of
conspiring against his socialist revolution.
2009 Jul 14, Zimbabwe's
constitution talks, violently disrupted by militant backers of
President Robert Mugabe, resumed with calls for tolerance in work on
a charter meant to pave the way to fresh polls.
2009 Jul 15, Space shuttle
Endeavour rocketed toward the international space station as
engineers on Earth pored over launch pictures that showed debris
breaking off the fuel tank and striking the craft.
2009 Jul 15, In Alaska Anthony
Rollins, a 13-year decorated Anchorage police officer, was arrested
after being indicted for assaulting multiple women while on duty.
(SFC, 7/16/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 15, California tax
officials said a bill to tax and regulate marijuana in California
like alcohol would generate nearly $1.4 billion in revenue for the
2009 Jul 15, In Afghanistan at
least 4 civilians were killed and 13 were wounded in a late night
airstrike on the southern village of Shawalikot. 3 police were
killed by a suicide car bomber in Nimroz province, and two Afghan
army soldiers died in two other attacks in the south. NATO forces
killed two insurgents in an attack in the east.
2009 Jul 15, Luxury carmaker
Jaguar, owned by India's Tata Motors, announced it would end
Liverpool production of its X-Type car by the end of the year with
the loss of up to 300 jobs.
2009 Jul 15, In China the
former head of oil giant Sinopec was sentenced to death after being
found guilty of corrupt practices over many years, but state press
reported that he will likely not be executed. The Beijing court had
found Chen Tonghai guilty of graft amounting to 195.7 million yuan
(28.8 million dollars) when he served in top Sinopec ranks from 1999
2009 Jul 15, In Egypt the
two-day Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) opened in Sharm-El-Sheik. 50
leaders from the 118-nation grouping of mostly of African, Asian and
Latin American nations gathered for their 15th meeting to address
the world's biggest problems, such as terrorism and financial
instability. Cuba's Pres. Raul Castro called for an international
financial system that better takes into account developing countries
2009 Jul 15, The EU urged
Canada to restore visa-free travel for Czech visitors, removed by
Ottawa after hundreds of Roma from the central European country
2009 Jul 15, Honduras' interim
government suggested that backers of ousted President Manuel Zelaya
were taking up arms to return him to power and it reinstated an
overnight curfew it had lifted only days earlier.
2009 Jul 15, In Ingushetia
police officials said that the body of Natalya Estemirova (b.1959),
a prominent rights activist, was found not far from the main city of
Nazran, hours after she was kidnapped in Chechnya.
(AP, 7/15/09)(Econ, 7/25/09, p.23)
2009 Jul 15, In Iran a
Russian-made Caspian Airlines TU-154 jet plane carrying nearly 170
people crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini
International Airport. It was headed to the Armenian capital
Yerevan. All on board were killed.
2009 Jul 15, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed six people, including an Iraqi policeman, in an attack
on security forces in Ramadi, a former insurgent stronghold in
western Anbar province. A bombing in Sadr City killed 5 people.
(AP, 7/15/09)(SFC, 7/16/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 15, A court in
Indian-run Kashmir ordered the arrest of four police officers for
allegedly destroying evidence in the rape and murder of two women
that triggered violent protests last month.
2009 Jul 15, In northwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded at a police checkpoint, killing a
paramilitary soldier and a police officer and wounding six policemen
in the Bannu area.
2009 Jul 15, In the Philippines
five employees of a logging company, including a woman, were seized
by eight guerrillas belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
in Kapai township in Lanao del Sur province. Army troops and police
rescued the victims on July 18 near Kapai without a fire fight.
Basit Kauyag was identified as the leader of the kidnappers.
2009 Jul 15, Mazen Abdul-Jawad
(32), a Saudi man, appeared on the Lebanese-based LBC satellite TV
station’s "Bold Red Line" program and shocked Saudis by publicly
confessing to sexual exploits. More than 200 people soon filed legal
complaints against Abdul-Jawad, dubbed a "sex braggart" by the
media, and many Saudis said he should be severely punished. On July
31 Abdul-Jawad was detained for questioning. The Jiddah offices of
the LBC station were closed soon thereafter.
(AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/9/09)
2009 Jul 15, In Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov led a ceremony for channeling
water across hundreds of miles to create Golden Age Lake in the
heart of the barren Karakum Desert, in a Soviet-style engineering
feat that some experts fear could unleash an environmental
2009 Jul 15, In Venezuela
National Guard troops seized a police station controlled by a
leading opponent of President Hugo Chavez, sparking clashes between
soldiers and protesters that authorities said injured eight people.
2009 Jul 16, Michelle Cawthra,
a former Colorado Dept. of Revenue supervisor, said love for her
ex-boyfriend Hysear Randell led her to steal $11 million in
unclaimed tax refunds from the state over a 2-year period. Randell
was on trial in Denver for theft, forgery, computer crimes and
(SFC, 7/17/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 16, In Phoenix,
Arizona, 4 boys, all Liberian refugees (9-14) lured a Liberian girl
(8) to a storage shed and raped her. Charges against one of the
boys, aged 8, were dropped on Dec 16 after a judge ruled the boy was
not competent to stand trial.
(SFC, 8/10/09, p.A4)(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A12)
2009 Jul 16, In Chicago Willis
Tower was introduced to Chicago by Mayor Richard M. Daley and others
during a public Sears Tower renaming ceremony hosted by Willis Group
Holdings. The London-based insurance brokerage secured the naming
rights as part an agreement to lease 140,000 square feet of space,
and has said it plans to bring hundreds of jobs to the city.
2009 Jul 16, CIT Group Inc.
shares tumbled 75% as its inability to get emergency government
funding raised expectations that the commercial lender will file for
(AP, 7/16/09)(SFC, 7/17/09, p.C1)
2009 Jul 16, In California the
UC Board of Regents cut $813 million from US budgets and approved
pay raises, dividends and other benefits for over two dozen
(http://tinyurl.com/n3hcj3)(SFC, 8/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 16, Jeffrey Locker
(52), a debt-ridden motivational speaker, was found strangled and
stabbed in his car in East Harlem, hours after he was seen buying
condoms. In 2011 jurors found Kenneth Minor guilty of helping Locker
(SFC, 3/4/11, p.A10)
2009 Jul 16, In southeastern
Afghanistan local Taliban commanders threatened to kill a captured
American soldier unless the US military stops operations in Ghazni
province's Giro district and Paktika province's Khoshamand district.
The British soldier was killed during a foot patrol near Gereshk in
southern Helmand province.
(AP, 7/16/09)(AP, 7/17/09)
2009 Jul 16, Australia and
China traded warnings over Rio Tinto employees detained for spying,
as the United States urged Beijing to ensure transparency and fair
treatment for staff of foreign companies.
2009 Jul 16, The Chadian rebel
Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR) claimed the Chadian air force
attacked two villages in the southeastern Chadian region of Tissi.
Rebels claimed some 50 had been killed some 100 wounded. Sudan
accused Chad of launching air raids on its western region of Darfur.
2009 Jul 16, Colombian
authorities extradited to the United States Gerardo Aguilar (50),
alias "Cesar," a FARC rebel "jailer" captured in last year's July 2
rescue of three US military contractors and ex-presidential
candidate Ingrid Betancourt. He faced drug-trafficking charges,
kidnapping and other charges on an indictment in Washington, D.C.
2009 Jul 16, In Egypt 8 Serb
tourists and 3 Egyptians were killed when a truck on the wrong side
of the road hit their coach head-on along Egypt's Red Sea coast.
2009 Jul 16, In Marseilles,
France, a worker was killed immediately when the roof of a stage
being built for a Madonna concert fell apart on top of several
workers. Madonna canceled her scheduled July 19 performance. A
2nd worker died the next day.
2009 Jul 16, Iceland’s Althingi
(parliament) voted 33 to 28 to apply to join the EU.
(Econ, 7/25/09, p.50)
2009 Jul 16, The leaders of
India and Pakistan, following rare talks in Egypt, vowed to
cooperate in the fight against terror in the wake of the devastating
2009 Jul 16, In India Rita
Bahuguna Joshi, a leading politician of India's ruling Congress
party, was arrested and her house set on fire by activists after she
suggested that a rival leader be raped so she can better understand
the plight of rape victims.
2009 Jul 16, Iran announced
that Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of its nuclear agency, has
resigned, a move that may have been connected to the country's
postelection turmoil. Aghazadeh told the semiofficial ISNA news
agency that he submitted his resignation from Iran's Atomic Energy
Organization 20 days ago and also resigned from his other post as
one of Pres. Ahmadinejad's vice presidents.
2009 Jul 16, In Iraq 18 people
were injured in an explosion that targeted a minibus transporting
Shiite pilgrims to a holy shrine in Najaf. 3 US soldiers were killed
in a rocket attack on a base outside of Basra. On July 18 an
Iranian-backed militiaman confessed to the rocket attack near the
(AP, 7/16/09)(AP, 7/17/09)(AP, 7/18/09)
2009 Jul 16, In Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with police using horses and water
cannon in Jerusalem in the third day of rioting over the arrest of a
mentally ill Hasidic woman who authorities say was starving her
2009 Jul 16, Mexico’s Interior
Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said the government was pouring 1,500
federal police officers, 2,500 soldiers and 1,500 navy personnel
into Michoacan state, the home base for the violent La Familia
cartel led by Servando "La Tuta" Gomez.
2009 Jul 16, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed UN employee Zill-e-Usman (59) and a guard
during a failed kidnap attempt at a refugee camp near Peshawar, a
blow to humanitarian efforts to help civilians displaced by army
offensives against the Taliban.
(AP, 7/16/09)(SFC, 7/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 16, In Taiwan’s
southern city of Kaohsiung, more than 3,000 athletes and staff from
105 countries and territories marched into the World Games Stadium,
a new, eye-catching structure designed by renowned Japanese
architect Toyo Ito. China’s 100-strong delegation boycotted the
opening ceremony of the World Games in Taiwan, underscoring the
limits of the historic breakthrough in relations between Taipei and
2009 Jul 16, In Tajikistan 5
militants were killed in a gunfight at a remote military checkpoint
near the border with Afghanistan. Law enforcement agencies later
issued a joint statement claiming the perpetrators of the attack
were suspected terrorists with Russian citizenship. Authorities said
that earlier this month Mirzo Ziyoyev, a rebel commander in
Tajikistan's 1990s civil war, who later became a government
minister, was killed by members of a militant group he had allegedly
joined recently. The government said Azizov was a member of the
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, or IMU, an al-Qaida-linked militant
group that has operated in ex-Soviet Central Asia and Afghanistan.
2009 Jul 16, The UN Security
Council banned travel and froze assets of 10 North Korean
individuals and businesses linked to the country’s nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.
(SFC, 7/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 17, In Douglas,
Georgia, federal authorities arrested Cecil Stephen Haire (51), the
so-called “limping bandit." He was said to have robbed 23 banks
across the Southwest over the last 3 years.
(SFC, 7/22/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 17, Walter
Cronkite (b.1916), TV journalist, died with his family by his side
at his Manhattan home after a long illness. On April 16, 1962, he
replaced Douglas Edwards as anchor of the CBS "Evening News." Polls
in 1972 and 1974 had pronounced Cronkite the "most trusted man in
2009 Jul 17, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a vehicle, killing a
British soldier and 11 civilians, including five children. In
Nangarhar province, a gunfight broke out between Taliban fighters
and local civilians after militants fired at an Afghan army officer
who had come to visit his relatives. 3 militants and two civilians
were killed and one civilian was missing. Eleven militants were
captured, eight of them Pakistanis.
(AP, 7/17/09)(AP, 7/18/09)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 17, Leszek Kolakowski
(b.1927), Polish-born Oxford philosopher and historian of ideas,
died in Oxford. “We Learn history not in order to know how to behave
or how to succeed, but to know who we are." His work included the
3-volume series “Main currents of Marxism: Its Rise, Growth and
2009 Jul 17, In China
government officials in Beijing descended on the Open Constitution
Initiative (OCI), a public interest lawyer’s group that challenged
abuse and corruption by state and local governments. They took away
almost everything the group owned and tax authorities ordered it to
(Econ, 7/25/09, p.38)
2009 Jul 17, The Republic of
Congo's top opposition politician, Mathias Dzon, filed for an
annulment of the incumbent president's re-election and claimed there
had been vote-rigging and intimidation.
2009 Jul 17, In Ecuador a US
anti-narcotics force flew its last surveillance mission from
Ecuador's Pacific Coast. The force had begun dismantling its
operation and would be out of the country by September, two months
before the end of its lease.
2009 Jul 17, In Indonesia
suicide attacks at the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton hotels in
Jakarta killed 9 people including 2 suspected suicide bombers and
wounded 53. Suspicion quickly fell on Jemaah Islamiyah and
anti-terror desk chief, Ansyaad Mbai, said evidence pointed to
Malaysian-born extremist Noordin Mohammed Top. In 2010 the South
Jakarta District Court found Amid Abdillah guilty of violating the
Anti-Terror Law by helping a splinter of the Southeast Asian terror
network Jemaah Islamiyah plan the suicide bombings. The same court
has earlier sentenced Saefudin Zuhri, an in-law of Top, and Aris
Susanto to eight years in prison for assisting and harboring Top and
two other suspects.
(AP, 7/17/09)(AFP, 7/18/09)(AP, 7/21/09)(AP,
2009 Jul 17, In Iran tens of
thousands of government opponents packed Iran's main Islamic prayer
sermon, chanting "freedom, freedom" and other slogans as their top
clerical backer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a sermon bluntly
criticizing the country's leadership over the crackdown on election
protests. Outside, pro-government Basiji militiamen in front of a
line of riot police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who
chanted "death to the dictator" and called on President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad to resign.
2009 Jul 17, In Iraq two bombs
exploded around 3 a.m. in Karmah near the house of police Capt.
Bahjat Khawam. The bombs were planted under the police officer's car
and near a gate to his house. The officer's daughter (12) and a
granddaughter (4) were killed in the attack. In Baghdad bombings
killed 3 Iraqis and injured over 40 others. One bomb planted under a
bridge killed a married couple who were among hundreds of thousands
of Shiite pilgrims heading to a shrine to commemorate Imam Mousa
(AP, 7/17/09)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 17, In Japan 10 senior
citizen climbers were found dead in the northern mountains of
Hokkaido, apparently from hypothermia. Police began investigating
possible negligence by the tour organizers.
2009 Jul 17, The Malian army
announced that it had killed 26 "Islamist fighters" in the far north
of the country.
2009 Jul 17, In Nouakchott,
Mauritania, police exchanged fire with suspected Islamic extremists,
killing one and wounding another who was wearing explosives wrapped
around his body. A 3rd suspect reportedly escaped.
2009 Jul 17, Mexico's central
bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point,
dropping the interbank rate to 4.5% to stimulate a recession-dogged
2009 Jul 17, In Namibia 2
European journalists were fined $625 (US) by a court for filming the
annual seal hunt along the coast of the southern African nation. On
July 31 British investigative journalist Jim Wilckens and South
African cameraman Bart Smithers were found guilty of violating the
Marine Resources Act by entering a restricted area without
(AFP, 7/18/09)(AFP, 8/4/09)
2009 Jul 17, In Pakistan a
missile believed to have been fired by a US drone killed five
militants in North Waziristan, a tribal region known as a haven for
Taliban and al Qaeda fighters. Militants destroyed two NATO fuel
tankers in separate roadside bomb attacks in the Khyber tribal
region, one of the two land routes for supplies going to
2009 Jul 17, Russia said it
would lift a ban on live pigs and raw pork imports from the US state
of Wisconsin and Canada's Ontario province from July 18 due to what
it said was a "stabilization" of the situation of the H1N1 virus in
2009 Jul 17, The UN said an
international accord requiring governments to publicly identify
sites of environmental pollution will come into force on Oct. 8.
2009 Jul 18, In southern
Tennessee 5 people were found dead in two neighboring rural homes
near Fayetteville, and a sixth body was discovered at a business
about 30 miles away in Huntsville, Ala. Jacob Shaffer (30) of
Fayetteville was charged later that day with homicide.
2009 Jul 18, In Afghanistan a
US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed in central
Ghazni, killing the two crew members. A suicide driver blew up his
explosive-laden vehicle next to an Afghan army convoy in Zabul
province, killing three soldiers and wounding three others. 35
militants were killed during a joint operation by Afghan and
coalition troops in the Shah Walk Kot district of Kandahar province.
In Nangarhar province a suicide bomber attacked the Afghan-Pakistan
border crossing at Torkham, killing a border police officer and a
(AP, 7/18/09)(AP, 7/19/09)
2009 Jul 18, In Australian Min
Lin, his wife, two sons aged 12 and 9, and a female relative were
killed by blunt force trauma to the upper bodies and heads in their
home in a Sydney suburb. The family had run a convenience store for
more than six years after immigrating from China.
2009 Jul 18, In Canada wind and
dry conditions fueled large blazes that broke out in the rugged
hills along Okanagan Lake west of the city of Kelowna, British
Columbia, where housing subdivisions have encroached on the
surrounding forest in recent years.
2009 Jul 18, In Iraq a
government spokesman said the Iraqi Cabinet had approved a measure
to confiscate the assets of the family of toppled dictator Saddam
Hussein and 52 former close aides who had used their powers to take
over or misuse public properties or funds. A roadside bomb killed
three people, including the son of a tribal leader, near Fallujah.
In Mosul a police officer was killed after a bomb exploded at a
checkpoint. Also in Mosul a civilian was killed by unidentified
(AFP, 7/18/09)(SSFC, 7/19/09, p.A7)
2009 Jul 18, Mauritania held
post-coup elections. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a former military
general who ousted this Islamic nation's first freely elected
president, vied with 8 other candidates to become the legitimate
2009 Jul 18, Mexican soldiers
arrested Luis Ibarra, a suspected drug trafficker in the border city
of Tijuana. He was carrying jewelry, narcotics and $3.6 million in
cash. Ibarra belonged to a cell in charge of making and trafficking
methamphetamine for alleged drug kingpin Teodoro Garcia Simental.
2009 Jul 18, Pakistani
government warplanes flattened a suspected Taliban hide-out in the
northwest, killing nine associates of Taliban leader Baitullah
2009 Jul 18, Sudanese rebels
set free 60 captured government soldiers and policemen in north
Darfur. The detainees had been held by the Justice and Equality
Movement following recent armed clashes.
2009 Jul 19, Frank McCourt
(78), former NYC teacher and Irish-born author, died of cancer. He
won a Pulitzer Prize for his memoir “Angela’s Ashes" (1996).
(SFC, 7/20/09, p.C5)
2009 Jul 19, Warren Titus (94),
founder of the Royal Viking and Seabourn cruise ship lines, died at
a hospice in Marin County, Ca. He helped father the modern cruise
concept as president of Peninsular and Oriental Navigation Co.,
which later morphed into Princess Cruises. He left P.&O. to
start the Royal Viking Line in 1972. After the SF-based Royal Viking
went out of business in 1987, he was called by Atle Brynestad, a
Norwegian millionaire, to start Seabourn Cruise Lines.
(SFC, 7/31/09, p.D5)
2009 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a Russian-owned civilian Mi-8 helicopter crashed and
burst into flames shortly after takeoff from the Kandahar NATO base,
killing 16 civilians in the latest in a string of deadly aircraft
crashes in the country. Gunmen killed a candidate for provincial
council in Kunduz province as he was traveling to a campaign event.
The US military denounced the release of a video showing a soldier
captured in Afghanistan, describing the images as Taliban propaganda
that violated international law. 3 civilians were killed when German
troops opened fire on their pickup truck. In Farah province, a van
full of civilians hit a roadside bomb, killing 11 people on board,
including a child and his mother. A British soldier was killed by an
explosion while on a foot patrol in the Sangin region of Helmand
(AP, 7/19/09)(Reuters, 7/19/09)(AP, 7/20/09)
2009 Jul 19, An amateur
astronomer in Australia detected a new scar on Jupiter that covered
some 73 million square miles, a larger area than the Pacific ocean.
(SFC, 7/22/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 19, In
Kazakhstan more than 5,000 ethnic Uighurs rallied
in Almaty to protest China's use of deadly force to quash Uighur
protests this month.
2009 Jul 19,
In Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (b.1956), former head of the
junta that toppled the country’s first freely elected leader, won
the presidency in a vote his opponents decried as a fraudulent
"electoral coup." The final result gave Aziz 52.47% of the vote,
enabling him to avoid a runoff. The Constitutional Court declared
the result official on July 23, just hours after the head of the
election commission resigned over doubts about the ballot.
(AP, 7/19/09)(AP, 7/23/09)
2009 Jul 19, In Pakistan
at least 26 people died in heavy overnight rains in Karachi.
2009 Jul 19, Palestinian
authorities allowed Al-Jazeera to resume operations in the West
Bank, four days after banning the Arab satellite station over the
airing of a claim linking President Mahmoud Abbas to the death of
his legendary predecessor, Yasser Arafat.
2009 Jul 19,
Philippine officials said hundreds of marines and army troops have
been deployed to two islands in the southern Philippines for a new
offensive aimed at eradicating al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants
by the end of this year.
2009 Jul 19,
Sudan said it was committed to peace with neighboring Chad after
accusing it of bombing its western Darfur region last week, but also
warned it would not be held back if threatened.
2009 Jul 19,
In Thailand’s Yala province a 48-year-old rubber plantation owner
was shot dead in a drive-by shooting as he returned home by
motorcycle. In another attack a gold shopkeeper was killed after
suspect insurgents fired assault rifles into his shop in Narathiwat
province before fleeing on a motorcycle.
2009 Jul 19, In Turkey patrons
of a usually smoke-filled hookah bar stepped outside to light up as
a ban on indoor public smoking extended to bars, restaurants and
2009 Jul 20, The United States
and India agreed on a defense pact that takes a major step toward
allowing the sale of sophisticated US arms to the South Asian nation
as it modernizes its military. New Delhi also approved sites for two
US nuclear reactors.
2009 Jul 20, In California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and four legislative leaders agreed to bridge
a $26.3 billion gap between expenditures and the state's plummeting
revenues. The agreement composed of cuts, borrowing and fund shifts
was not expected to resolve California's financial problems as the
economy continues to struggle and tax revenue lags far behind the
level of the boom years.
2009 Jul 20, In Afghanistan 10
Taliban were killed and three other militants wounded while making
bombs in a house in Ghazni province. A roadside bomb killed 4 US
(AP, 7/21/09)(SFC, 7/21/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 20, Algeria’s Ministry
of Transport said the Chinese civil engineering group CCECC has won
3 contracts worth a total of 1.46 billion euros to build railways in
2009 Jul 20, In Australia
Adelaide-based Vaxine began swine flu vaccine trials with 300
subjects. Melbourne's CSL had 240 people in its seven-month trial,
which started Jul 22. The companies said their trials are the first
tests of a swine flu vaccine on humans.
2009 Jul 20, In eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo at least 24 people, most of them
civilians, were killed when rebels attacked an army base.
2009 Jul 20, In India Ajmal
Kasab (21), the lone surviving gunman in the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai
attacks, pleaded guilty and gave a detailed account of the plot, his
training in Pakistan and his role in the rampage that killed 171
people dead and paralyzed the city for three days.
(AP, 7/20/09)(SFC, 7/21/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 20, Iran's supreme
leader issued a tough warning to the opposition to back down after
pro-reform former president Mohammad Khatami called for a referendum
on the government's legitimacy.
2009 Jul 20, In Malaysia
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno (32), a Muslim woman, was sentenced to
six lashes and a fine of 5,000 ringgit ($1,400) for having a beer in
a nightclub in Dec 2007. She would become the first woman in
Malaysia to be given the punishment under Islamic law. Her caning
was delayed on Aug 24 because of the holy month of Ramadan. On Mar
30, 2010, the state's sultan spared her the caning and instead
ordered her to do 3 weeks of community service.
(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 8/19/09)(AP, 8/24/09)(AP,
2009 Jul 20, In Mexico 3 men
were killed outside a bar before dawn in Ciudad Juarez, across from
El Paso, Texas.
2009 Jul 20, Pakistani said
clashes between security forces and militants have left 20 people
dead in the northwest over the past 24 hours.
2009 Jul 20, A Palestinian
official said more than 30 Israeli settlers, some of them on
horseback, set fire to fields and olive trees and stoned Palestinian
cars during a rampage in the West Bank. Two Palestinians were
2009 Jul 20, Peru’s former
President Alberto Fujimori was convicted of embezzlement and
sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison after he admitted illegally
paying his spy chief $15 million in government funds.
2009 Jul 20, The Russian rights
group, where slain activist Natalia Estemirova worked, said it has
suspended operations in Chechnya because of safety fears for her
co-workers. Memorial said it will continue tracking human rights
abuses in nearby Ingushetia. A spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan
Kadyrov, who has condemned the murder and promised to find those
responsible, said a Moscow court had accepted a lawsuit from Kadyrov
against Memorial head Oleg Orlov for libel after the group's
chairman blamed Kadyrov for Estemirova's death.
2009 Jul 20, In Somalia Islamic
insurgents with alleged links with al-Qaida looted two United
Nations compounds in southern Somalia, and announced they will ban
three UN agencies from operating in areas the militants control.
2009 Jul 20, In South Africa 9
workers died when the roof of the mine shaft they were working in
collapsed and trapped them about half a mile (1 km) underground in
2009 Jul 20, In Thailand
Southeast Asian foreign ministers (ASEAN) endorsed the region's
first human rights watchdog, rejecting criticisms that the body
would be powerless to tackle rogue members such as Myanmar. 2
assailants on a motorcycle shot and killed a Buddhist man who was
traveling on a road in Pattani province.
(AFP, 7/20/09)(AP, 7/20/09)
2009 Jul 20, A UN war crimes
court in the Hague convicted Milan Lukic and Sredoje Lukic, two
Bosnian Serb cousins, for a "callous" 1992 killing spree that
included locking scores of Muslims in two houses and burning them
alive in Visegrad. He sentenced Milan to life in prison and Sredoje
to 30 years.
2009 Jul 20, In Venezuela
Alicia Torres, a judge handling one of Venezuela's most politically
charged cases, said that she was fired after complaining about
pressure to rule against an opponent of President Hugo Chavez.
Torres said last week she was pressured by a superior to prohibit
Guillermo Zuloaga, president and owner of the Globovision TV
channel, from leaving the country.
2009 Jul 20, Zambia's Catholic
bishops and the International Press Institute condemned the arrest
on obscenity charges of a newspaper editor who says she was trying
to draw attention to the consequences of a health workers' strike.
Chansa Kabwela, editor of the independent Post, was arrested last
week after e-mailing pictures of a woman giving birth in the streets
to policy makers and aid groups.
2009 Jul 21, The US Senate
voted to stop production of the F-22 fighter plane, handing
President Barack Obama a victory as he tries to rein in defense
2009 Jul 21, In Delaware
creditors charged in a court filing that racetrack operator Magna
Entertainment Corp fraudulently transferred more than $125 million
to companies controlled by Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach
before filing for bankruptcy.
2009 Jul 21, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals in SF ruled that police who tell
investigators about alleged corruption in their departments have no
constitutional protection for their statements and can be fired.
(SFC, 7/22/09, p.D2)
2009 Jul 21, Oakland, Ca.,
residents overwhelmingly voted to approve a first-of-its kind tax on
medical marijuana sold at the city's four cannabis dispensaries.
2009 Jul 21, John Dawson (64),
co-founder of the “New Riders of the Purple Sage" (1969), a
psychedelic country rock band, died at his home in San Miguel de
Allende, Mexico. His band released 8 albums from 1971-1976 including
the gold certified “The Adventures of Panama Red" (1973). His songs
included “Glendale Train." He was also a long time collaborator with
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
(SFC, 7/25/09, p.C4)
2009 Jul 21, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked three government buildings in Gardez and
a US base near Jalalabad and in near-simultaneous attacks, a
signature of major Taliban assaults. 8 insurgents and 5 Afghan
security forces died. Canadian troops were involved in two shooting
incidents in southern Afghanistan, killing a girl and wounding three
policemen. Afghan authorities said later that police arrested 7
would-be suicide bombers, who would have inflicted mayhem in further
(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 7/23/09)(AFP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jul 21, Several Chinese
Internet sites and parts of popular Web portals went offline amid
tightening controls that have already left mainland Web users
without access to Facebook, Twitter and other well-known social
2009 Jul 21, The general
manager of Dubai's Al Nassma said the world's first brand of
chocolate made with camels' milk plans to expand into new Arab
markets, Europe, Japan and the United States.
2009 Jul 21, French factory
workers angry over layoffs and cost cuts locked up their bosses at a
Michelin tire plant and a US-owned cigarette-paper mill. The
managers were released the next morning after regional officials
offered to mediate.
2009 Jul 21, Honduras’s interim
government ordered Venezuelan diplomats to leave the country in 72
hours as the int’l. community threatened new sanctions if
negotiations fail the resolve the overthrow of Pres. Manuel Zelaya.
(SFC, 7/22/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 21, Iran's supreme
leader handed a humiliation to Pres. Ahmadinejad, ordering him to
dismiss Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, his choice for top deputy, after the
appointment drew sharp condemnation from their hard-line base.
Mashai, a relative by marriage to Ahmadinejad, angered hard-liners
in 2008 when he said Iranians were "friends of all people in the
world, even Israelis." Ahmadinejad appeared to openly defy the
(AP, 7/22/09)(SFC, 7/22/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 21, In Iraq bombs
killed 19 people and wounded 80 across the country. 6 bombs exploded
in Baghdad killing 14 people and wounded at least 30 others. These
included 2 bombs near a group of day laborers in Baghdad's Sadr City
(AP, 7/21/09)(SFC, 7/22/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 21, Japan’s PM Taro
Aso dissolved the powerful lower house of the parliament and vowed
his divided ruling party will make a new start in national elections
next month despite forecasts it may lose the grip it has held on the
nation for most of the past 55 years.
2009 Jul 21, In southern Japan
torrential rains triggered floods and landslides, leaving at least
six people dead and 10 others missing, including elderly residents
at a nursing home.
2009 Jul 21, In southwest Kenya
a bus driver swerved at a sharp corner and collided with another
bus, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens.
2009 Jul 21, Mali's president's
office announced that Spain plans to help Mali fight Al-Qaeda of the
Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is active in the desert north of the
west African nation.
2009 Jul 21, Mexican police
detained a woman (65) in the deaths of two professional wrestlers
who were found drugged in a low-rent hotel in Mexico City on June
29. One of the diminutive wrestlers went by the name "La Parkita"
(Little Death") and wore a skeleton costume in the ring. The other
was known as "Espectrito Jr." An autopsy on the two wrestlers, who
were brothers, detected a substance found in eye drops that can
damage the nervous system when mixed with alcohol. Three bodies, one
of them headless, were found floating in an irrigation ditch in the
northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, where drug violence has
spiked despite the presence of thousands of soldiers. Police
captured four men, members of the La Familia drug cartel, accused of
slaying 12 federal agents on the weekend of July 12 and dumping
their bloodied bodies along a highway in President Felipe Calderon's
home state of Michoacan.
2009 Jul 21, Pakistan’s
military said 3 days of clashes between security forces and
militants in the northwest left more than 56 militants and six
soldiers dead. Pakistani fighter jets destroyed two suspected
militant hide-outs in South Waziristan, killing six men believed to
be associates of Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud.
(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 7/22/09)
2009 Jul 21, Spain’s foreign
minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, drove across the border to
Gibraltar to meet with British foreign secretary, David Miliband,
and Gibraltar chief minister, Pater Caruana. This was the first time
in over 300 years that a Spanish government minister had visited the
(Econ, 7/25/09, p.51)
2009 Jul 21, Sri Lanka welcomed
a tentative agreement with the IMF for a 2.5-billion-dollar bailout
as the country emerged from a near four-decade-long separatist war.
2009 Jul 21, In Turkey a father
and two sons allegedly opened fire in the eastern village in Elazig
province, killing six people and wounding seven others. They were
2009 Jul 21, The WHO said
that deaths from the H1N1 swine flu virus have double in the
past 3 weeks to over 700.
(SFC, 7/22/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 22, In Lynn,
Massachusetts, 6 boys, aged 7-15, used bricks to severely beat
Damien Merida (30), a Guatemalan immigrant, as he slept near
(http://tinyurl.com/l6cuf3)(SFC, 9/17/09, p.A7)
2009 Jul 22, Millions of Asians
turned their eyes skyward as dawn suddenly turned to darkness across
the continent in the longest total solar eclipse this century will
2009 Jul 22, Officials said
Afghanistan was repositioning forces to the south after complaints
too few are involved in major US and British offensives against the
Taliban. A convoy belonging to a minor presidential candidate,
former Taliban commander Mullah Salam Rocketi, was ambushed as he
returned to Kabul after campaigning in northern Baghlan and one of
his campaign officials was killed.
2009 Jul 22, The Algerian
government issued a decree effective as of August shifting the dates
of the weekend to Friday and Saturday in a move viewed as a boost
the North African nation's faltering economy. Algeria had observed
its weekends on Thursdays and Fridays since 1976 as do a few other
countries including Iran and Saudi Arabia.
2009 Jul 22, In Iraq gunmen in
four cars opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying Iranian pilgrims
through Iraq, killing five of them near the village of Kebasi. Some
35 others were wounded.
2009 Jul 22, Israel’s education
minister said the Israeli government will remove references to what
Palestinians call the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation from
textbooks for Arab schoolchildren. The reference to "al-naqba," the
Arabic word catastrophe as Palestinians call their defeat and exile
in the war over Israel's 1948 creation, was controversially inserted
by a dovish education minister for the first time in 2007.
2009 Jul 22, Italian
authorities seized some euro200 million ($284 million) in assets and
businesses owned by the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate, including the
Cafe de Paris of "La Dolce Vita" movie fame. 12 other restaurants,
apartments and luxury cars were also impounded in the operation.
2009 Jul 22, Malaysia’s PM
Najib Razak said a decision to expand TIA (1MDB) into a federal
entity was made to enable its benefits to reach a broad spectrum of
Malaysians rather than to the residents of only one state.
2009 Jul 22, Pakistan urged the
US to share intelligence from spy flights and arm its soldiers
against militants accused by Washington of plotting attacks from the
2009 Jul 22, Amnesty
International reported that Saudi Arabia is holding more than 3,000
people in secret detention and has used torture to extract
confessions in its anti-terrorism crackdown since the Sept. 11, 2001
2009 Jul 22, Somali Islamist
insurgents clashed with government forces and African Union
peacekeepers, killing 3 government, 3 insurgent fighters. The
renewed fighting between the radical Shebab militia and AU-backed
government forces killed at least 15 civilians in Mogadishu.
(AP, 7/23/09)(AFP, 7/24/09)
2009 Jul 22, South Africa
reported that wave of protests have erupted in townships across the
country over shoddy housing and public services, adding to pressure
on President Jacob Zuma to deliver on promises to fight poverty.
2009 Jul 22, An international
arbitration panel awarded the Sudanese government control over
almost all major oil reserves in a disputed region of Sudan that
erupted into violence last year between state forces and former
2009 Jul 23, US Vice President
Joe Biden pledged Washington's full support for Georgia a year after
its war with Russia and urged Moscow to abide by a ceasefire pact
and pull its troops back from two rebel regions.
2009 Jul 23, US Border Patrol
Agent Robert Rosas was killed near Campo, Ca. On July 25 Mexican
federal police detained four men suspected of involvement in the
killing of Rosas. Included was Ernesto Parra Valenzuela, identified
as the suspected killer of Rosas. In 2009 Christian Daniel Castro
Alvarez (17) pleaded guilty to murdering Rosas. On April 29, 2010,
Alvarez was sentenced to 40 years in prison. A 2nd suspect, Marcos
Manuel Rodriguez Perez, was arrested on April 11, 2011.
p.A4)(SFC, 11/21/09, p.A4)(AP, 4/29/10)(AP, 4/11/11)
2009 Jul 23, US
counter-terrorism officials said that Saad bin Laden (27), the
2nd-eldest son of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, was apparently
killed in a US missile strike inside Pakistan this year.
(SFC, 7/24/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 23, Federal
prosecutors arrested over 40 people in New Jersey and New York as
part of a major corruption and international money laundering
conspiracy probe. They included New Jersey Assemblyman Daniel Van
Pelt, Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis
Elwell and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini. Several rabbis in
New York and New Jersey were also arrested. Some were accused of
laundering tens of millions of dollars and of black-market
trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags.
(AP, 7/23/09)(AP, 7/24/09)
2009 Jul 23, The Columbus
Salame plant in South San Francisco, established in 1967, was
devastated by fire.
(SFC, 7/24/09, p.D2)
2009 Jul 23, In Michigan the
last edition of The Ann Arbor News rolled off the presses After 174
years, with a three-word headline: "Farewell, Ann Arbor." It is
being replaced by AnnArbor.com, an online news site that will
produce a print edition twice a week.
2009 Jul 23, E. Lynn Harris
(b.1955), pioneer of gay black fiction, died while promoting his
latest book in Los Angeles. Long before the secret world of closeted
black gay men came to light in America, Harris introduced a
generation of black women to the phenomenon known as the "down low."
His debut "Invisible Life" (1994) was a coming-of-age story that
dealt with the then-taboo topic.
2009 Jul 23, In Afghanistan an
operation conducted by US-led coalition forces in the Baidar area of
Gelan district killed eight Taliban, five of them foreigners.
2009 Jul 23, Arab health
ministers decided to ban children, the elderly and those with
chronic medical conditions from attending the annual Muslim
pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia this year in effort to slow the spread of
2009 Jul 23, Chinese
researchers reported that they have produced living mice from
connective tissue cells induced to revert to their embryonic state.
(SFC, 7/24/09, p.A11)
2009 Jul 23, In China a
landslide triggered by heavy rain hit a county in southwestern
Sichuan province, killing at least four people and leaving 53 others
2009 Jul 23, In China female
panda You You (pronounced Yo Yo) gave birth to the new cub at the
Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in southwestern Sichuan. This was
the first successful birth of a panda cub from artificial
insemination using frozen sperm, giving a new option for the
notoriously poor breeders.
2009 Jul 23, Iceland formally
applied to join the European Union but said it would not accept a
"rotten deal" for its fishing industry, a key sector of the island
nation's troubled economy.
2009 Jul 23, The wife of
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said that her brother
is among the hundreds arrested in Iran's postelection crackdown, and
she warned authorities not to publish any "forced confessions" from
him or other detainees.
2009 Jul 23, Israeli defense
officials said tests of a missile-defense system meant to shield
Israel from Iranian attack were aborted over the past week on three
occasions because of various malfunctions.
2009 Jul 23, In Japan Jerry Yu
(30), a US citizen who worked for a Japanese communications company
in Tokyo, was found dead of probable hypothermia off a trail just
below the peak of Mount Fuji. His colleague, Takeshi Nakamura (27),
was found dead the next day.
2009 Jul 23, In Kyrgyzstan
Almazbek Atambayev, the main opposition candidate, said he was no
longer taking part in this day’s presidential election, citing
widespread ballot-stuffing and the intimidation of election
monitors. Pres. Bakiyev (59) won another 5-year term with 76% of the
ballots. International monitors said the election was marred by
ballot-box stuffing and widespread irregularities in vote counting.
(AP, 7/23/09)(AP, 8/2/09)
2009 Jul 23, In Nigeria Wole
Soyinka, 1986 Nobel laureate in literature, slammed Nigeria's
handling of the crisis in the oil region and urged the government to
adopt a "holistic" approach in tackling it. Excerpts of the news
conference were reported the next day on private Channels
2009 Jul 23, In Pakistan the
Taliban denied claims that Maulana Fazlullah, architect of a brutal
uprising in Pakistan's Swat valley, was wounded and threatened to
unleash renewed holy war. Pakistan said on July 8 it had "credible"
information that Fazlullah was injured during a blistering offensive
designed to crush Taliban militants. Two policemen were killed and
three others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a checkpoint
in Shangla district. A bomb hidden in a supposed gift of a tape
recorder killed another policeman at a checkpoint outside the town
of Karak, which borders the Taliban-infested North Waziristan tribal
2009 Jul 23, The Philippine
government ordered its military to stop offensives against Muslim
separatist rebels in a bid to restart peace talks, a move welcomed
by the guerrillas.
2009 Jul 23, In Poland say
seven people died in violent storms.
2009 Jul 23, South Africa’s
President Jacob Zuma's new government warned protesters they must
respect the law as violent demonstrations against shoddy public
services spread across townships.
2009 Jul 23, Yemeni security
forces opened fire on thousands of protesters in the south chanting
anti-government slogans, killing 12 and wounding scores of others.
Demonstrations by former army members in southern Yemen demanding
political reforms have been occurring regularly since August, 2007.
2009 Jul 24, President Barack
Obama conceded his words, that a white police officer "acted
stupidly" when he arrested a black university scholar in his own
home, were ill-chosen. He invited both men to visit him at the White
House, but stopped short of publicly apologizing for his remark.
Obama said he had personally telephoned the two men, Harvard
professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt.
James Crowley, in an effort to end the rancorous back-and-forth over
the issue. The case began on July 20, when word broke that Gates
(58) had been arrested five days earlier at the 2-story home he
rents from Harvard.
2009 Jul 24, Pres. Obama
challenged states and school districts to raise academic standards
and improve teacher quality if they want a chance at some $5 billion
in new grants in the administration’s “Race to the Top" program.
(SFC, 7/25/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 24, The United States
transferred $200 million to the Palestinian government to help ease
a growing budget deficit.
2009 Jul 24, A federal minimum
wage increase took effect. Some economists said it could prolong the
recession by forcing small businesses to lay off the same workers
that the pay hike passed in better times was meant to help. The
increase to $7.25 meant 70 cents more an hour for the lowest-paid
workers in the 30 states that have lower minimums or no minimum
2009 Jul 24, The California
Senate approved a plan to close the state's $26 billion budget
deficit, providing a glimmer of hope after weeks of fiscal gloom.
2009 Jul 24, In Oakland, Ca., a
city parking department memo ordered parking officers to avoid
enforcing neighborhood parking violations in some wealthier
neighborhoods, but to continue enforcing the same violations in the
rest of the city.
(SFC, 2/25/10, p.A1)
2009 Jul 24, Isaiah M.K. Kalebu
(23) was arrested for breaking into a Seattle home and stabbing 2
women, one fatally. Kalebu had a history of mental illness.
(SSFC, 7/26/09, p.A12)
2009 Jul 24, In Afghanistan
four Taliban were killed in a clash with foreign forces In northern
Balkh province. Fighting killed two US soldiers. NATO troops came
under fire in the east and one NATO soldier was killed. Air strikes
followed killing several insurgents. Up to 12 insurgents were killed
in a gun battle with US-led troops in the eastern province of
(AFP, 7/24/09)(AP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jul 24, Burundi army
officials said 3 of its soldiers serving with African Union
peacekeepers in Somalia have died of a mysterious illness in a
Kenyan hospital where more than 10 others are being treated.
2009 Jul 24, Via Rail, Canada's
national passenger rail service, said it was shutting down service
after mediated talks with the Teamsters union failed to resolve a
contract dispute, and locomotive engineers walked off the job.
2009 Jul 24, A senior Chechen
official held talks in Norway with prominent separatist figure
Akhmed Zakayev, who said they had agreed to seek a political
settlement of rebellion in the south Russian region.
2009 Jul 24, In China some
30,000 steelworkers in Tonghua clashed with police in a protest over
plans to merge their mill with another company. Angry employees of
Tonghua Iron and Steel Group attacked Jianlong Steel general manager
Chen Guojun during the protest and beat him to death.
2009 Jul 24, The UN refugee
agency said 536,000 people have been chased from their homes in
eastern Congo this year as a result of clashes between government
forces and rebels linked to neighboring Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
2009 Jul 24, In southern
Croatia a passenger train derailed, killing at least six people and
injuring about 20.
2009 Jul 24, In Europe deadly
summer wild fires spread across Spain, France, Italy and Greece with
holidaymakers rescued from beaches and thousands of firefighters
brought into the battle.
2009 Jul 24, Ousted Honduras
President Manuel Zelaya stood on the edge of his country and called
on his fellow Hondurans to resist the coup-installed government. He
then quickly retreated back to Nicaraguan territory, saying he
wanted to avoid bloodshed and give negotiations another try.
2009 Jul 24, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caved into pressure from hardline clerics and
the country's supreme leader and allowed the resignation of his top
deputy, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, who last year angered conservatives
when he made friendly comments toward Israel.
2009 Jul 24, In Iran a Russian
Ilyushin-62 plane, operated by Tehran-based Aria Airlines and
carrying 153 passengers and crew, skidded off the runway and hit a
wall while landing in the northeastern city of Mashhad. 13 of the 16
people killed in the crash were members of the crew, 9 of them from
Kazakhstan. The plane landed at high speed and the tires failed.
2009 Jul 24, In northern Iraq
Fakri Hadi Gari, the deputy commander of a radical Sunni Islamic
group linked to al-Qaida, was arrested. Ansar al-Islam is believed
by the military to be behind attacks on US and Iraqi troops in
Mosul. Gari, also known as Abu Abbas and Mullah Halgurd, was
arrested with nine other suspected members. An American soldier died
of non-combat related injuries.
(AP, 8/4/09)(AP, 7/24/09)
2009 Jul 24, In Pakistan 10
militants were killed in Buner district and 29 were arrested
elsewhere in the region. Troops killed four militants in Swat and
destroyed a training camp and a militants' cave. In Upper Dir jets
pounded a suspected Taliban base, killing at least four militants.
(AFP, 7/24/09)(AFP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jul 24, The Arctic Sea, a
Maltese-flagged bulk carrier, was boarded by 8 attackers posing as
police. The timber carrying vessel was boarded off the Swedish
coast, searched by attackers, who reportedly tied up the crew for 12
hours. It disappeared following its last communication on July 28.
The failed to arrive at the Algerian port of Bejaia on August 4 as
planned. The 4,700-ton ship, originally called Okhotsk, built in
1991, had a Russian crew of 13 and was operated by a firm based in
the Russian port of Arkhangelsk. Russian naval warships tracked down
the ship off the Cape Verde islands and freed the crew. On August 18
Russia reported that eight people from Latvia, Estonia and Russia
had been arrested for piracy. On Aug 19 Yulia Latynina, a leading
Russian opposition journalist and commentator, reported that “the
Arctic Sea was carrying some sort of anti-aircraft or nuclear
contraption intended for a nice, peaceful country like Syria, and
they were caught with it." In March 2011 six men were convicted and
sentenced to 6-12 years in prison. Two others were already
(Reuters, 8/9/09)(Reuters, 8/18/09)(AP,
2009 Jul 24, The IMF approved a
$2.6 billion loan to Sri Lanka.
(Econ, 8/8/09, p.35)
2009 Jul 24, Turkish commandos
captured five pirates in the Gulf of Aden as part of an
international mission to curb piracy off the coast of Somalia.
2009 Jul 24, Zimbabwe's
coalition government launched a campaign of "national healing" and
reconciliation, with political leaders urging supporters to end
years of political violence and intimidation.
2009 Jul 25, In Afghanistan 7
suicide bombers tried to storm state targets in Khost, killing one
civilian and wounding others in the third Taliban commando raid in a
week. A British soldier was killed when a bomb exploded in southern
Helmand province. A US service member died during a clash with
insurgents in the south. Afghan elders struck the first local truce
with Taliban insurgents in northwestern Badghis province after
nearly three weeks of talks.
(AFP, 7/25/09)(AP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 25, In Algeria five
Islamists were killed by the army about 15 km (nine miles) east of
2009 Jul 25, Brazil agreed to
triple its compensation to Paraguay to operate the huge Itaipu
hydroelectric dam on their shared border, ending a decades-long
dispute between the neighbors. President Fernando Lugo persuaded
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to sign a deal
tripling Brazil's payments from $120 million to $360 million a year.
On Apr 6, 2011, Brazil's lower house of Congress finally approved
(AFP, 7/25/09)(AP, 4/21/11)
2009 Jul 25, In Britain a new
poll was released showing solid support for the right to die. The
Royal College of Nursing said it was adopting a neutral stance on
the issue after its research showed nurses were divided. The British
Medical Association remained opposed.
2009 Jul 25, In eastern China
more than 3,000 villagers of Shipu town, in Zhejiang province,
blocked a highway and clashed with police while protesting alleged
official corruption in a land compensation deal.
2009 Jul 25, Chinese state
television launched an Arabic-language channel beamed to the Middle
East and Africa as part of efforts to expand the communist
government's media influence abroad.
2009 Jul 25, In Colombia at
least 16 suspected FARC guerrillas and one soldier have been killed
in clashes over the last 24 hours.
2009 Jul 25, Iran's opposition
leaders appealed to the top clerics in the holy city of Qom to
pressure the ruling Islamic regime to release protesters and
activists, who they say have been tortured following last month's
disputed presidential election. Protesters across the world called
on Iran to end its clampdown on opposition activists, demanding the
release of hundreds rounded up during demonstrations against the
country's disputed election.
2009 Jul 25, Iraqis voted in
elections in the self-ruled Kurdish north. Regional Kurdish
President Massoud Barzani, who has been a consistent critic of the
central government, won re-election with almost 70% of the vote,
while the leading candidate from the opposition party, Kamal
Mirawdeli, received 25%. A coalition of the two ruling parties,
Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party and Iraqi President Jalal
Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, received a little over 57%
of the vote for the 111-seat parliament, while the opposition
Gorran, or Change, party took about 23%.
(AP, 7/25/09)(AP, 7/29/09)
2009 Jul 25, Mexican police
captured 11 suspected members of the La Familia cartel and seized a
methamphetamine lab in the western state of Michoacan.
2009 Jul 25, In Pakistan a
remote controlled bomb killed two Pakistani soldiers in the tribal
Bajaur district. Troops retaliated killing three suspected Taliban
2009 Jul 25, Swedish wireless
equipment maker LM Ericsson said it had penned a deal to buy a
majority of Nortel Networks' North American wireless business for
2009 Jul 25, In Sweden a woman
in her 40s and her five daughters were killed when they tried to
escape an apartment fire in a Stockholm suburb.
2009 Jul 25, Zimbabwe’s PM
Morgan Tsvangirai said compensation must be considered for victims
of political violence as the country held a weekend of national
2009 July 26, Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin stepped down and was replaced by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.
2009 Jul 26, In New York a car
crash in Briarcliff killed 8 people including 4 children. Diane
Schuler (36) was drunk and high on marijuana when she went the wrong
way on Taconic State Parkway and crashed into an SUV.
(SFC, 7/27/09, p.A4)(SFC, 8/5/09, p.A5)
2009 Jul 26, Merce Cunningham
(b.1919), avant-garde dancer and choreographer, died at his home in
(SFC, 7/28/09, p.A7)
2009 Jul 26, It was reported
that Marines in Helmand working alongside DEA-mentored Afghan police
seized 297 tons of poppy seeds, 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of heroin
and 300 pounds (135 kilograms) of opium in raids in mid-July. Some
1,200 pounds (550 kilograms) of hashish and 4,225 gallons (16,000
liters) of chemicals used to convert opium to heroin were also
2009 Jul 26, In northwestern
Algeria members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb killed two local
security officers in an ambush in the Mascara region.
2009 Jul 26, In Chechnya a
suicide bomber killed five people and wounded a number of others
near a concert hall in the capital. 4 policemen died trying to
prevent the bomber from entering the hall. 4 militants were found
dead after an explosion in the Nazran district of Ingushetia
province that borders Chechnya to the west.
2009 Jul 26, In Macao, China,
Fernando Chui (52), the sole candidate for chief executive in the
former Portuguese colony, was endorsed by a 300-member panel in the
first leadership change since Macao reverted to Chinese rule in
2009 Jul 26, Egypt's prosecutor
general officially charged 26 suspects, including two Lebanese and
five Palestinians, for spying for the militant group Hezbollah, as
well as plotting terrorist attacks and aiding militants in the Gaza
strip. Some were accused of planning to attack ships on the Suez
canal and tourists in Egypt.
(Reuters, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/26/09)
2009 Jul 26, Guinea-Bissau
voters went to the polls for a presidential runoff between two
former heads of state. The West African country’s veteran
leader was assassinated in March. On July 29 election officials
announced that Malam Bacai Sanha was the new president. Sanha took
63.39% of the runoff vote, beating opponent Kumba Yala, who took
(AFP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/29/09)
2009 Jul 26, India launched the
first nuclear-powered submarine built on its soil, asserting itself
as a world power. It joined 5 other countries that can design and
construct such vessels. The 367-foot (112-meter) -long submarine,
named "Arihant" or "Destroyer of Enemies," was sent for sea trials
at a ceremony attended by PM Manmohan Singh.
2009 Jul 26, Human Rights Watch
said Iranian authorities are spreading fear by arresting prominent
human rights lawyers to prevent them from representing protesters
detained in the aftermath of the country's disputed presidential
election. An appeals court found Iran's Industry, Minister Ali Akbar
Mehrabian, guilty of fraud, in a new embarrassment for President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad's office announced the dismissal of
Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi. No reasons were
given but the two had differed over top vice president Rahim Mashai.
(AP, 7/27/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 26, In Iraq 5 people
were killed in a daylight attack at a popular money exchange office,
a reflection of the increasing crime in Iraq even as violence is on
the decline. 5 more people, including 3 police officers, were killed
and 23 others wounded when a suicide bomber struck a Ramadi funeral
for a police officer, who had been killed the day before in a
roadside bomb attack.
(AP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 26, Hazem al-Braikan
(36), a Kuwaiti businessman linked to Citigroup and charged in the
United States with fraud, was found dead in his bed in Kuwait
City with a gunshot wound to the head and a handgun at his side. The
US SEC charged al-Braikan last week with scheming to make millions
by manipulating the stock of certain US companies.
2009 Jul 26, Gaza's top judge
said that he has ordered female lawyers to wear Muslim headscarves
when they appear in court, the latest sign that the Islamic militant
group is increasingly imposing its strict interpretation of Islamic
law on residents of the coastal strip.
2009 Jul 26, In northern
Nigeria Islamist militants attacked a police station in Bauchi.
Police killed over 50 militants and arrested more than 150 others.
The fundamentalists, known as Boko Haram (education is prohibited)
in the local Hausa language, clamored for the prohibition of western
education in Bauchi and Yobe states. In 2010 Nigerian police said 32
of its men were murdered in the Bauchi attack.
(AP, 7/26/09)(Reuters, 7/26/09)(Econ, 8/1/09,
2009 Jul 26, In Pakistan
Moulana Sufi Mohammad, the radical Islamic cleric who brokered a
peace deal with the Taliban in Swat, was arrested in the restive
northwest. Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of Moulana Fazllulah,
the leader of the Taliban in Swat and head of a banned Pakistani
Islamist rebel group called Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
2009 Jul 26, Somali government
troops took full control of Belet Weyne, the strategic western town
where the national security minister was killed last month.
2009 Jul 26, In Tajikistan a
small explosion hit the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. A 2nd small
explosion followed the next day. There were no injuries. A
high-profile meeting between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan
and Russia, was scheduled to start July 30 for talks on
communications and transportation.
2009 Jul 26, In Tanzania a bus
crashed into a truck in Korogwe killing 33 people.
(SSFC, 7/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 27, President Barack
Obama in Washington, DC, opened 2 days of high-level talks with
China. Obama called for deeper US-Chinese economic cooperation and
outlined a broad agenda for a positive relationship between two
countries that do not always see eye to eye.
2009 Jul 27, In North Carolina
Daniel Patrick Boyd (39) was arrested with his two sons and four
other North Carolina men. Prosecutors accused them of military-style
training at home and plotting "violent jihad" through a series of
terror attacks abroad. In 1991 Boyd and his brother were convicted
of bank robbery in Pakistan. They were also accused of carrying
identification showing they belonged to the radical Afghan guerrilla
group, Hezb-e-Islami, or Party of Islam. Each was sentenced to have
a foot and a hand cut off for the robbery, but the decision was
later overturned. In 2011 Zakarija Boyd (22) pleaded guilty to one
charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In
June, 2012, Anes Subasic was sentenced to 30 years in jail. On Aug
24, 2012, Daniel Patrick Boyd was sentenced to 18 years in
(AP, 7/28/09)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/25/12,
2009 Jul 27, Afghanistan’s
President Hamid Karzai said he wants new rules governing the conduct
of US-led forces in Afghanistan and would be willing to talk with
Taliban leaders who publicly renounce violence and endorse peace.
The British government announced the end of the first phase of
Operation Panther's Claw against the Taliban in southern
Afghanistan, saying it now needs to hold and build on the ground it
has cleared of insurgents. A Taliban rocket killed 4 civilians at
home in the central province of Ghazni overnight. A civilian was
killed in a bomb blast in eastern Khost province. The US military in
Afghanistan said it has stopped releasing body counts of insurgents
believed killed in operations because the tolls distract from the US
objective of protecting Afghans.
(AP, 7/27/09)(AFP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 27, Algerian papers
reported that security forces have killed five armed Islamic
extremists in the northeastern Tizi Ouzou region, about 100 km (60
miles) east of Algiers.
2009 Jul 27, In Canada union
officials in Toronto said they had reached a tentative deal to
settle a civic workers strike that had halted garbage collection and
many other city services for more than a month.
2009 Jul 27, In Colombia three
soldiers and two civilians were killed in a rifle and grenade attack
on a boat carrying coca eradication workers on the San Juan river in
Choco state. Six people were wounded and six more were missing.
2009 Jul 27, A Congo government
spokesman said The Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended
transmission of French broadcaster Radio France International (RFI).
2009 Jul 27, El Salvador
announced a decision to close schools nationwide for two weeks to
combat the spread of swine flu. El Salvador has already confirmed
545 cases of swine flu, including seven deaths.
2009 Jul 27, In Ethiopia Bashir
Ahmed Makhtal (36), an Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen, was found
guilty of being a member of a rebel group fighting for autonomy for
an ethnically Somali part of the country. Bashir was convicted of
membership in the ONLF and supporting terrorism in Ogaden, and could
face the death penalty. His grandfather was a founder of the ONLF.
On August 3 he was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related
(Reuters, 7/27/09)(AP, 8/3/09)
2009 Jul 27, European Union
nations gave their final approval to a ban on imports of seal
products in an effort to force Canada to end its annual seal hunt.
2009 Jul 27, An overloaded
sailboat carrying an estimated 200 Haitian migrants sank off the
Turks and Caicos Islands and as many as 85 people were missing.
2009 Jul 27, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the closure of Kahrizak
prison, where rights workers say protesters detained in the
country's election turmoil have died.
2009 Jul 27, In Iraq 2 people
were killed in bombings targeting police officers, considered the
weakest link among the Iraqi security forces that have taken the
lead from withdrawing American forces. The first bombing came in
eastern Baghdad, when a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol but
missed, killing one civilian. A short time later, a bomb attached to
a car exploded in Fallujah, killing a police captain.
2009 Jul 27, Mexico announced a
pilot program to have special courts handle cases involving addicted
offenders who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs.
2009 Jul 27, Amnesty Int’l.
launched a campaign to repeal Nicaragua’s 2006 total ban on
(SFC, 7/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 27, In Nigeria
Residents of Gamboru-Ngala in Borno state said heavily armed members
of a Nigerian Taliban sect stormed the town and went on the rampage,
burning a police headquarters, a church and a customs post. Police
put the death toll in weekend religious clashes at 65, including 5
2009 Jul 27, In Pakistan North
West Frontier Province Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said
security forces had rescued dozens of children aged 6 to 15 who the
Taliban were allegedly training as suicide bombers.
2009 Jul 27, Russia’s Interior
Ministry said Semyon Mogilevich, an alleged organized crime boss who
is also wanted in the US, was released from pretrial detention 18
months after his arrest in Moscow. He has been on the FBI's wanted
list since 2003, accused of manipulating the stock of a
Pennsylvania-based company, YBM Magnex Inc., which collapsed in
2009 Jul 27, In Somalia mortar
attacks by rebels disrupted a parliamentary session as heavy
fighting between the militia and African Union-backed government
forces killed 7 civilians.
2009 Jul 27, Thousands of South
African council workers went on strike to press for wage hikes,
crippling public services in Africa's biggest economy and piling
political pressure on new President Jacob Zuma.
2009 Jul 27, Sweden said it was
demanding an explanation as to why Swedish-made anti-tank rocket
launchers, sold to Venezuela years ago, were obtained by Colombia's
main rebel group. Three launchers were recovered in October in a
FARC arms cache belonging to a rebel commander known as "Jhon 40"
and Colombia only recently asked Sweden to confirm whether they had
been sold to Venezuela,
2009 Jul 27, The Taiwanese and
Chinese presidents swapped messages, the first such exchange since
the two sides split amid civil war 60 years ago.
2009 Jul 27, The leader of the
Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, led solemn prayers in
Kiev on the first day of 10-day visit aimed at reasserting Moscow's
dominance over church leaders in Ukraine.
2009 Jul 28, The US government
turned up the pressure on the interim government of Honduras to
accept the return of exiled President Manuel Zelaya, suspending the
diplomatic visas of four Honduran officials a month after a military
2009 Jul 28, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger cut a half billion more from the state budget and
signed a package of legislation to wipe out the state’s $24 billion
deficit. It was later reported that state lawmakers added 336
employees between January and the end of July adding about $14.4
million a year to the state payroll.
(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/9/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 28, Tennessee state
Sen. Paul Stanley (47) resigned in Nashville after his extramarital
affair with an intern (22) was revealed by an investigation into an
extortion case. McKensie Morrison’s boyfriend was charged with
trying to extort $10,000 from the GOP lawmaker.
(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 28, It was reported
that scientists claimed to have created a form of aluminum that's
nearly transparent to extreme ultraviolet radiation and which is a
new state of matter.
2009 Jul 28, At the EAA
AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Aabar Investments, an Abu
Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund, and Virgin Galactic signed a
strategic partnership in which Aabar would take a 32% stake in
Virgin Galactic for $280 million. To date Virgin Galactic has been
wholly owned and funded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.87)(http://tinyurl.com/y8gtjad)
2009 Jul 28, Tony Rosenthal
(b.1914), American artist and abstract sculptor, died in
Southampton, NY. He created the Regent’s Cube located in the
Regent’s Plaza at the Univ. of Michigan, his alma mater.
Commissioned by the Class of 1965 and officially titled “Endover,"
the revolving cube is one of three designed Rosenthal. It was
installed on Regents’ Plaza (the open space bounded by the LS&A
Building, Michigan Union and Fleming Building) in 1968. The others
are at home in New York City and Miami.
2009 Jul 28, Richard Holbrooke,
the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in Brussels
that Taliban militants are receiving more funding from sympathizers
abroad than from Afghanistan's illegal drug trade. NATO military
officials in Afghanistan have estimated that the Taliban raise
between $60-$100 million a year from the trade in illegal narcotics.
2009 Jul 28, The top UN
official in Afghanistan urged the Taliban not to disrupt elections,
as militants killed nine people, ambushed a presidential campaign
manager and fired rockets into a UN compound.
2009 Jul 28, Algeria's coast
guard arrested 19 illegal migrants in a dinghy off the western town
of Arzew, near Oran, as they tried to reach Europe.
2009 Jul 28, In Australia Shane
Kent (33), an Australian convert to Islam, admitted being part of a
terror cell that plotted to kill thousands of people by bombing
major sports events. The former forklift truck driver was about to
face a retrial on the charges, which he previously denied, after a
Supreme Court jury last September failed to reach a verdict.
2009 Jul 28, In Bangladesh the
heaviest rain in 53 years battered the capital, Dhaka, leaving at
least six people dead and stranding thousands in their swamped
2009 Jul 28, A majority of
people in Britain see the Afghan war as impossible to win, according
to a new poll taken amid steeply rising casualties and growing
government emphasis on finding a political solution to the conflict.
2009 Jul 28, Britain said it
will withdraw its remaining 100-odd troops in Iraq to Kuwait by the
end of the month after the Iraqi parliament failed to pass a deal
allowing them to stay to protect oil platforms and provide training.
2009 Jul 28, A court in
southwest China accepted the country's first lawsuit filed by an
environmental group against a local government. The All-China
Environmental Federation had filed the suit on behalf of residents
against the local land resources bureau in Qingzhen city in Guizhou
province, which sold land to a drink and ice cream processing plant
they allege is a threat to a scenic lake area.
2009 Jul 28, Fiji’s
self-appointed PM Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who took power in a
bloodless 2006 coup, said aged and ailing President Ratu Josefa
Iloilo will retire on July 30.
2009 Jul 28, An Iranian
parliament official said 140 people detained in Iran's postelection
turmoil have been released from Tehran's main prison Evin.
2009 Jul 28, Iraqi forces
raided Camp Ashraf, an Iranian opposition settlement north of
Baghdad. The standoff continued into the next day and left 11 people
dead. A gang made up of members of the presidential guard and led by
the head of security for the 2nd biggest Shia party robbed a bank in
central Baghdad killing 8 security guards. Initially police said the
gunmen made off with 8 billion Iraqi dinars ($6.9 million). Five
members of Iraq's security forces charged in the bank robbery went
on trial on Aug 23. They had allegedly made off with $4.8 million.
On Sep 2 four members of the security forces, convicted of the
robbery, were sentenced to hang.
(AP, 7/29/09)(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A2)(Econ, 8/8/09,
p.43)(AP, 8/23/09)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 28, President Felipe
Calderon said Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards
for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have
one. The body of Juan Daniel Martinez (48), a Mexican radio
journalist, was found beaten, gagged and partially buried the resort
city of Acapulco. Jose Ibarra, a federal agent who had been
investigating the Nov 13, 2008, killing of Mexican journalist
Armando Rodriguez, was shot dead at his home in the northern border
city of Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 7/28/09)(AP, 7/29/09)(AP, 7/30/09)
2009 Jul 28, In Morocco a man
accused of leading a terrorist network was sentenced to life in
prison for terror attacks in Morocco, holdups in Europe, large-scale
money laundering projects and arms trafficking. Abdelkader Belliraj
(51), a dual Moroccan-Belgian national, had faced the death penalty.
34 co-defendants were handed sentences ranging from 30 years in
prison to one-year suspended sentences.
2009 Jul 28, Nigerian
authorities imposed curfews and poured security forces onto the
streets of several northern towns after a two-day wave of Islamic
militant attacks against police killed dozens of people.
2009 Jul 28, In Pakistan the
decapitated body of a Pakistani police constable was discovered in
the Swat town of Sangota. The find was a sign that Taliban militants
have not given up the fight for the northwestern valley, despite the
nearly three-month-old army offensive there. A suicide car bomber
rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint in North Waziristan tribal
region, causing an explosion that killed 2 police and wounded 5
other security officials.
2009 Jul 28, The UN refugee
agency said thousands of Somalis are preparing to cross the Gulf of
Aden to Yemen after fleeing fighting around the capital of
2009 Jul 28, Venezuela’s Pres.
Hugo Chavez recalled his ambassador from Bogota and threatened to
halt Colombian imports after the neighboring country said anti-tank
weapons found in a rebel arms cache came from Venezuela.
2009 Jul 29, In Van Nuys, Ca.,
Sandro Karmryan was kidnapped. He was beaten and held captive for
days as his tormentors tried to negotiate a $1 million ransom. In
2011 Suren Garibyan (34) was sentenced to 17½ years in prison for
his role in the kidnapping.
(SFC, 4/27/11, p.C2)
2009 Jul 29, Microsoft Corp.
and Yahoo Inc. agreed to a 10-year Internet search partnership,
capping a convoluted pursuit that dragged on for years and finally
setting the stage for the rivals to make an all-out assault against
the dominance of Google Inc. The extended reach will allow Microsoft
to introduce its recently upgraded search engine, called Bing, to
2009 Jul 29, The anti-death
penalty group Hands Off Cain said the number of prisoners put to
death worldwide decreased in 2008. At least 5,727 executions were
carried out in 2008, down from 5,851 the year before. China
accounted for at least 5,000 executions, or 87.3$ of the
total, the same estimate as last year.
2009 Jul 29, The Algerian media
reported that the army has killed 16 Islamist extremists in separate
operations in recent days. The bodies of eight Islamists were
discovered on July 27-28 near Batna, 435 km (270 miles) southeast of
Algiers, after army shelling followed by a ground operation. 3 other
armed Islamists were killed in two ambushes near Tizi Ouzou, 110 km
(70 miles) east of the capital, on July 27-28. At least 11 Algerian
soldiers were killed in an ambush by Islamic extremists while they
escorted a military convoy in an Algerian tourist region outside the
coastal town of Damous. Five Islamists were killed when the soldiers
(AFP, 7/29/09)(AFP, 7/30/09)
2009 Jul 29, China’s state
media reported that contaminated drinking water has sickened more
than 2,600 people in northern China, including 59 who were
hospitalized with fevers, diarrhea, stomach aches and vomiting.
2009 Jul 29, In China Xu
Zhiyong (35), prominent legal scholar, was arrested in Beijing. A
week later he was accused of tax evasion. His group had tackled some
of China’s most politically sensitive cases.
2009 Jul 29, Cuban state media
said Russia and Cuba have signed agreements to search for oil in the
Gulf of Mexico. Moscow extended the island $150 million in credit
for construction materials and farm machinery.
2009 Jul 29, Germany entered
into deflation this month for the first time in 22 years according
to government statistics, with a projected 0.6% decline in prices
compared to one year ago.
2009 Jul 29, One of India’s
last queens, Maharani Gayatri Devi (90), died. She was feted as an
international style icon and spent time in jail after she became a
politician. Devi had married the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1939,
becoming a member of the royal family that effectively ruled the
city of Jaipur and the surrounding area of Rajasthan state. She
became a successful politician winning a seat in parliament in 1962
and retaining it twice in elections.
2009 Jul 29, Iran's top
diplomat in Bolivia said the Islamic republic has approved a $280
million low-interest loan for President Evo Morales' government to
use as it sees fit. Gas and oil exploration are possibilities.
2009 Jul 29, Ireland said it
has agreed to accept two inmates from the Guantanamo prison camp in
Cuba within the next two months.
2009 Jul 29, In Kyrgyzstan a
number of protestors were detained, as police suppressed a series of
demonstrations against the disputed re-election of President
Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Police said 42 protesters were detained in
Bishkek. The opposition reported that about 80 people were detained
2009 Jul 29, In Mexico gunmen
shot up and torched the home of Jesus Antonio Romero (39), a police
commander in Veracruz, killing the officer, his wife and his four
children, including a 6-year-old boy. He had been promoted a month
ago to deputy operations coordinator for the Veracruz-Boca del Rio
area, a hotbed of drug violence and a stronghold of the Zetas. In a
remote mountain town south of Ciudad Juarez, gunmen killed a
government welfare official and three police officers during a
robbery. Police announced the capture of six more suspected La
Familia members, including a man accused of being a chief financial
2009 Jul 29, Moldova held
elections. At least three people were killed and hundreds of others
arrested after protesters, some of whom used the social network
Twitter to organize after cell phone networks went down, stormed
parliament and the president's office. With 98% of the vote counted,
the four opposition parties had 50.9 percent to the Communists'
45.1%. A pro-European alliance of four parties won the most seats in
the 101-seat parliament but fell short of the 61 votes necessary to
elect a president.
(AP, 7/29/09)(AP, 7/30/09)(AP, 11/28/10)
2009 Jul 29, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI (45), on the eve of commemorations of his 10th
anniversary on the throne, granted pardons to 24,865 prisoners, and
commuted 32 death sentences.
2009 Jul 29, In northern
Nigeria troops struggled to crush an Islamist sect as the death toll
from four days of clashes surged past 300. Thousands of people were
forced from their homes. Militants attacked security forces in Yobe
state. Police said that 43 sect members were killed in a shootout
near the city of Potiskum. The government, which blames the Boko
Haram sect for instigating days of violence in the mostly Muslim
region, shelled and stormed the group's mosque and headquarters in
Maiduguri. Sect leader Mohammed Yusuf escaped along with about 300
followers but his deputy was killed.
(AFP, 7/29/09)(AP, 7/30/09)
2009 Jul 29, Drug maker Pfizer
Inc. confirmed that it has resolved a long-running legal dispute
with the Nigerian government over allegations that children there
were harmed in a 1996 Pfizer study of an experimental antibiotic
during a meningitis outbreak. The settlement reportedly called for a
$75 million payment by Pfizer.
2009 Jul 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through the parking area at a court in Dera
Ismail Khan, killing two men guarding a Shiite Muslim lawyer. Troops
waging an offensive elsewhere in the region killed at least four
suspected Taliban fighters over the last 24 hours.
2009 Jul 29, An unmanned
Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the international
space station to deliver supplies for its six-member crew.
2009 Jul 29, In South Africa a
ceremony was held for “Fire Walker," a new four-story sculpture in
Johannesburg. A plaque was unveiled with the names of the South
African artists who created it: William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx.
The three-dimensional steel conception by Marx was of a Kentridge
2009 Jul 29, In northern Spain
a powerful car bomb destroyed a police barracks housing officers and
their families in Burgos, injuring about 60 people and causing major
damage in the surrounding area. The attack was blamed on the Basque
separatist group ETA.
2009 Jul 29, A Sudanese court
adjourned the case of Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, a woman journalist
facing 40 lashes for wearing "indecent" trousers. 10 women had
already been whipped on July 3 for similar offences against Islamic
law. "I wish to resign from the UN, I wish this court case to
continue," Hussein told a packed courtroom before the judge
adjourned the case to August 4.
2009 Jul 29, In Tajikistan the
Pakistani and Tajik presidents pledged to step up efforts to fight
Islamist militants at a regional summit amid concerns about the
spread of violence from neighboring Afghanistan.
2009 Jul 29, Turkey's
government said it is prepared to grant more rights to the nation's
Kurds in an effort to end the 25-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels.
2009 Jul 29, In Zimbabwe the
British Broadcasting Corp. resumed broadcasting for the first time
since it was banned in 2001. The five-month-old coalition government
said it also was considering allowing CNN back.
2009 Jul 30, A US federal judge
ordered the release of Mohammed Jawad, a Guantanamo Bay detainee
accused of attacking US troops with a grenade on December 17, 2002.
American authorities claimed he was at least 16-years old at the
time of his arrest, but it later emerged he may have been as young
as 12-years old.
2009 Jul 30, Bill Leigon,
president of Hahn Family Wines in Soledad, Calif., said that visits
to the company's Web site have increased tenfold since news of an
Alabama ban on his Cycles Gladiator wine broke late last week.
Callers from across the country have been asking where they can buy
the wine. It was reported that the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage
Control Board had recently told stores and restaurants to quit
serving Cycles Gladiator wine because of a label that features a
nude nymph. The wine's label is copied from an 1895 French
advertising poster for Cycles Gladiator bicycles. It shows a side
view of a full-bodied nymph flying alongside a winged bicycle.
2009 Jul 30, The Taliban urged
Afghans to stay away from the Aug. 20 elections, dismissing the
balloting as an "American process" and threatening to block roads to
polling stations. In western Afghanistan a Taliban ambush on a NATO
convoy left nine insurgents and a policeman dead. A Taliban unit
ambushed a convoy of electoral material in Farah province.
Insurgents killed four Afghan soldiers in the gunbattle but the
ballots and other voting material were retrieved.
(AP, 7/30/09)(AP, 7/31/09)
2009 Jul 30, In China nearly a
thousand villagers gathered at government and police offices in
Zhentou township in Hunan province to highlight what they say is
deadly pollution being discharged from the Xianghe Chemical Factory
in nearby Liuyang city.
2009 Jul 30, A Hamburg court
ordered a German publisher to pay Sweden's Princess Madeleine
euro400,000 ($560,000) in damages for fabricating stories about her.
Sonnenverlag GmbH & Co KG magazines had carried false reports
about the 27-year-old princess being engaged and pregnant, among
other things. Sonnenverlag's parent company, Baden-Baden based
KLAMBT media group, confirmed the ruling.
2009 Jul 30, In Honduras Roger
Vallejo (38), a high school teacher in the capital of Tegucigalpa,
was wounded as thousands of Zelaya supporters blocked a highway and
clashed with security forces. Vallejo died of his wounds on Aug 1.
2009 Jul 30, Iranian police
fired tear gas and beat anti-government protesters with batons to
disperse thousands attending a graveside memorial for victims of
2009 Jul 30, In Iraq a bomb
blast in a building used by a Sunni-backed political group in Iraq's
Diyala province killed at least seven people. Government spokesman
Ali al-Dabbagh confirmed that seven people were killed when Iraqi
forces seized control of the Iranian Camp Ashraf on July 28. The
government said it will change the name of the camp to New Iraqi
Camp to remove the Iranian reference. The camp was originally named
for one of the founders of the People's Mujahedeen, Ashraf Rajavi.
2009 Jul 30, Italy approved the
use of the abortion drug RU-486, drawing fierce protests by the
Vatican. The Italian Drug Agency ruled that the drug cannot be sold
in drug stores but can only be administered by doctors in a
2009 Jul 30, Japanese astronaut
Koichi Wakata described his test of new underwear, called J-Wear, as
the shuttle Endeavour prepared to come home after over 2 weeks
aloft. Wakata tested the high-tech underwear for a month at a time
during his 4½ months aboard the ISS.
(SFC, 7/31/09, p.A9)
2009 Jul 30, A Libyan officials
said Libya and Canada have signed a memorandum of intent on nuclear
power. Since July 2007, Libya has signed three similar agreements
with France, Russia and Ukraine.
2009 Jul 30, North Korea's
military seized four South Korean fishermen after their boat strayed
into North Korean waters. The fishermen were released on Aug 29.
(AP, 7/31/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Jul 30, In northern
Nigeria security forces hunted door-to-door for Islamic militants
after killing more than 100 of them by storming the sect's compound.
A top rights group said innocent people were getting executed in the
process. Mohammed Yusuf (39), the leader of the Boko Haram movement,
was shot dead while in police detention. In February, 2011, seven
suspects accused of killing Yusuf were arraigned in a federal court.
Abubakar Shekau took over Boko Haram following the death of Yusuf.
(AP, 7/30/09)(Reuters, 7/31/09)(AP,
7/19/11)(Econ, 9/5/15, p.54)
2009 Jul 30, On the Spanish
island of Majorca 2 civil guard officers were killed when their
booby-trapped car exploded near a barracks.
2009 Jul 30, South African
President Jacob Zuma accepted "very substantial damages" from
Britain's Guardian newspaper over an article that wrongly suggested
he was a rapist.
2009 Jul 30, The UN Security
Council unanimously extended the mandate for the joint UN-African
Union peacekeeping mission which has been slowly deploying in
Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region.
2009 Jul 30, Venezuela's top
prosecutor, Attorney General Luisa Ortega, insisted that freedom of
expression in Venezuela "must be limited" and proposed legislation
that would slap additional restrictions on the country's news media.
2009 Jul 30, Zimbabwe’s Daily
News, a popular newspaper banned nearly six years ago, won a new
license to resume printing. It was renowned for its willingness to
criticize Pres. Robert Mugabe. CNN said Zimbabwe agreed last week to
allow it to resume working in the country.
2009 Jul 30, Zimbabwe's health
minister said a cholera epidemic has ended, after more than 4,200
deaths and 100,000 cases since last August, but warned new outbreaks
remain a threat.
2009 Jul 31, California
authorities said the white striped fruit fly has been found in
Southern California, marking the first detection of the Southeast
Asian pest in the Western Hemisphere. Several thousand traps were
soon placed in the La Verne area of eastern Los Angeles County,
where 7 of the flies were found.
(SFC, 8/1/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 31, A jury ordered
Joel Tenenbaum (b.1983), a student at Boston Univ., to pay damages
of $675,000 for sharing 30 songs over the Internet. He was later
ordered to destroy his illegal music files — but a judge declined to
force him to stop promoting the activity.
(Econ, 9/5/09, TQ
2009 Jul 31, The space shuttle
Endeavour returned to Florida after over 2 weeks aloft and a
successful construction job that boosted the size and power of the
international space station.
2009 Jul 31, In Afghanistan a
US service member died in the south of the country. In Geneva the UN
issued a report stating that the number of civilians killed in
conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24% so far this year, with
bombings by insurgent and airstrikes by international forces the
biggest single killers.
2009 Jul 31, UN human rights
experts asked Azerbaijan to stop curbing free speech and to protect
journalists from harassment, violence and even murder.
2009 Jul 31, In southeastern
Bangladesh landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains killed 10
2009 Jul 31, Britain's defense
ministry said Sikh soldiers have begun guarding the monarch and her
treasures. “Regiments take it in turn to stand in for the Household
Division and it just happens that two of the soldiers this time
round are Sikh."
2009 Jul 31, In Colombia at
least eight former officials of the domestic intelligence agency
surrendered to face criminal charges for allegedly spying illegally
on opponents of President Alvaro Uribe including judges, journalists
and human rights workers.
2009 Jul 31, Cuba suspended
plans for a Communist Party congress and lowered its 2009 economic
growth projection from 2.5% to 1.7%, as the island's economy
struggled through a "very serious" crisis.
2009 Jul 31, An Indian court
issued a warrant for the arrest of Warren Anderson, the former head
of the American chemical company responsible for a gas leak that
killed at least 10,000 people in Bhopal 25 years ago. Anderson was
the head of Union Carbide Corp. when its factory in the central
Indian city leaked 40 tons of poisonous gas on Dec. 3, 1984, in the
world's worst industrial disaster. In 1989, Union Carbide paid $470
million in compensation to the Indian government and said officials
were responsible for the cleanup. India said its efforts were slowed
when Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. took over Union Carbide
in 2001, seven years after Union Carbide sold its interest in the
2009 Jul 31, Iran detained 3
Americans after they mistakenly crossed the border from northern
Iraq. They crossed into Iranian territory while hiking in a
mountainous area near the town of Ahmed Awaa. Freelance journalist
Shane Bauer, Sara Shourd and Josh Fattal, all graduates of the
University of California, Berkeley, were detained after apparently
straying across the border while hiking in Iraq's northern Kurdish
(AP, 8/1/09)(AP, 11/9/09)
2009 Jul 31, In Iraq bombs
exploded near five Shiite mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 29
people, in an apparent coordinated attack that targeted worshippers
leaving Friday prayers. Iraqi police announced they had recovered
millions of dollars stolen on July 28 from a state-run bank in a
robbery that left eight guards dead.
2009 Jul 31, The Irish Times
newspaper won a long-running legal battle to protect the identity of
a key source who provided documents showing that former PM Bertie
Ahern was under investigation for corruption. Colm Keena and
Geraldine Kennedy had refused to comply with an October 2007 High
Court judgment ordering them to identify their source for the
confidential documents from a fact-finding tribunal into political
corruption. The scandal spurred Ahern to resign in May 2008 after 11
years in power.
2009 Jul 31, In Mexico
assailants gunned down five men and a woman in a pool hall in the
border city of Ciudad Juarez.
2009 Jul 31, Anuradha Koirala,
the founder of Nepalese charity Maiti Nepal, said British actress
Joanna Lumley has agreed to be its international ambassador. The
charity helps victims of human trafficking.
2009 Jul 31, Nigeria's national
police claimed victory over a radical Islamist sect after its leader
was killed by security forces. Experts warned revenge attacks could
occur and a leading human rights group demanded a probe into the
killing. At least 300 people were killed in violence that erupted in
several states around northern Nigeria since July 26.
2009 Jul 31, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ruled that former Pres. Pervez Musharraf's imposition of
emergency rule in 2007 was unconstitutional.
2009 Jul 31, Turkey's navy
commandos aboard a frigate captured seven pirates in the Gulf of
Aden off Somalia's coast. Turkish commandos had captured five other
pirates in a similar operation in the Gulf of Aden a week ago.
2009 Jul 31, Venezuelan
regulators revoked the broadcast rights of 34 radio stations for
allegedly failing to submit the proper paperwork to the broadcasting
regulator, deepening a rift between President Chavez's government
and the private media. Venezuelan lawmakers approved an election law
to redraw voting districts, a step that President Hugo Chavez's
opponents say will give his party a big advantage in next year's
(AP, 7/31/09)(AP, 8/1/09)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.32, 34)
2009 Jul 31, A new study by the
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and Vietnam's ministry of
defense said more than one-third of the land in six central
Vietnamese provinces remained contaminated with land mines and
unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War.
2009 Jul 31, Global Witness,
which monitors the exploitation of natural resources, backed calls
for a ban on trading in Zimbabwe diamonds due to human rights abuses
in mining of the gem.
2009 Jul, Los Angeles police
arrested Mohammad Reza Sadeghnia. Prosecutors said he tried to hire
a man to kill Jamshid Sharmahd, who ran a LA-based radio programming
for the Iranian opposition group Tondar. Sadeghnia spent a year in
jai and then was placed on probation and traveled to Iran. H e
failed to return for a court date and was declared a fugitive.
(SFC, 12/4/10, p.A7)
2009 Jul, California’s Air
Resources Board adopted a 24-mile threshold for ships bound for
state ports to begin using low sulfur fuel.
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.C5)
2009 Jul, Paul Romer (b.1955),
American economist, spoke at the TED conference and unveiled a bold
idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by
a coalition of nations.
2009 Jul, Oswaldo Juarez (21),
a Peruvian visiting Florida to study English, Juarez swallowed his
last pills, packed a few small suitcases and left the A.G. Holley
State Hospital following 19 months of treatment. He was the first US
case of a contagious, aggressive, especially drug-resistant form of
2009 Jul, Chinese authorities,
following riots in Xinjiang province, put the province under
electronic lockdown for the next 10 months. Clashes between Uighurs
and Hans left some 200 people dead in Urumqi.
(AP, 9/3/09)(Econ, 4/6/13, SR p.15)(Econ, 8/9/14,
2009 Jul, In Puerto Rico Police
Stephanie Rodriguez Pizarro died in a San Juan housing project after
she sought treatment to help with marital and financial troubles. A
spiritual healer allegedly dropped a candle into an alcohol bath
where she was undergoing a Santeria ritual. She died of
second-degree burns over half her body. In 2010 healer Jose Cadiz
Tapia (46) was charged with negligent homicide.
2009 Jul, Latvia’s leading
newspaper, Diena, along with sister publication Dienas Bizness, was
bought by Luxembourg based Nedela S.A. in a highly clandestine
transaction. The deal was initially structured as a loan to
Tralmaks' company Nedela, allowing it to buy the two papers from
then-owner, Sweden's Bonnier Business Press. The loan was later
restructured, placing the Rowlands as the new owners. The Rowland
Capital family office runs an asset management business, Blackfish
Capital Management, a London based company.
2009 Jul, Oman’s population was
estimated at 3.4 million.
(NYT 2011 Almanac, p.653)
2009 Aug 1, The new US
Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect to reimburse veterans for their full
undergraduate tuition at public colleges. An amount equivalent to
that tuition would go to veterans who choose private schools or
(SFC, 8/1/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 1, In San Francisco
David Wehrer (26) shot and killed himself when police caught up with
him 4 days after his partner, Robert Christopher (56), was found
dead in their Castro Street apartment.
(SFC, 8/17/09, p.C1)
2009 Aug 1, In Detroit a woman
(24) was shot killed during a street robbery by a boy (12).
(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 1, In Afghanistan 3 US
troops were killed by improvised explosives in Kandahar province and
a French soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in Kapisa
province. Two more ISAF troops were killed when two bomb blasts
struck their patrol in the south. A dozen rebels were killed in a
gunfight with police in the southwestern province of Nimroz. 4
Afghan soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside
bomb planted by "terrorists" in southern Helmand province. 3
policemen including a senior officer were killed when their vehicle
struck a roadside bomb in the northern province of Baghlan.
(AFP, 8/1/09)(AFP, 8/2/09)
2009 Aug 1, Australia's
centre-left ruling party voted for national recognition of same-sex
unions but stopped short of lifting a ban on gay marriage.
2009 Aug 1, Brazilian police
said they have busted a ring that allegedly sent some 200 women in
the last year to the United States, Europe and elsewhere to work as
prostitutes. Most of the women were recruited through the Internet
or Brazilian brothels and then sent to Las Vegas, the Dominican
Republic and France.
2009 Aug 1, Burundi said it has
deployed a third battalion of 850 soldiers to Mogadishu to reinforce
the African Union peacekeeping mission there. With the new troops,
more than 5,000 soldiers from Burundi and Uganda are now taking part
in the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which began in March 2007 and
has cost the lives of 17 Burundian soldiers.
2009 Aug 1, In Canada a fierce
thunderstorm caused an outdoor stage to collapse at the Big Valley
Jamboree in Camrose, a country music festival in central Alberta.
One person was killed and up to 40 others injured.
2009 Aug 1, Humanitarian groups
said members of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group,
have launched attacks against towns in the Central African Republic
that have left at least 10 people dead in the last two weeks. The
attacks by the LRA, launched from its rear bases in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, have also forced hundreds of people to flee their
2009 Aug 1, It was reported
that output from Chile’s fish farms was expected to be down 40% this
year due to infectious salmon anemia (ISA). The virus also led to
premature harvesting for fear other fish would catch the disease,
which apparently turned up in imported salmon eggs.
(Econ, 8/1/09, p.34)
2009 Aug 1, China’s Ziketan
town in Qinghai province was put under collective quarantine when
laboratory tests showed it had been struck by the highly virulent
disease. 2 of its residents had recently died from pneumonic plague,
which spreads through the air, making it easier to contract than
bubonic plague, which requires that a person is bitten by an
infected flea. Its fatality rate was up to 100% if left untreated,
compared with 60% for bubonic plague. The outbreak was first
detected on July 30.
(AFP, 8/2/09)(AP, 8/4/09)
2009 Aug 1, Chinese police
detained the head of the Xianghe Chemical Factory and the government
suspended the chief and deputy chief of the city's environment
2009 Aug 1, The war in Iraq
became an American-only effort after Britain and Australia, the last
of its international partners, pulled out. In Iraq a bomb hidden
inside a toilet struck a Sunni mosque south of Baghdad, injuring two
people, the latest in a wave of attacks against Islamic sites of
worship. Al-Jazeera television broadcast an audio clip purportedly
from Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top deputy of Saddam Hussein,
calling on Sunni insurgents to unite under one political umbrella.
2009 Aug 1, In Tel Aviv,
Israel, a gunman shot and killed two people, a man (26), who was a
counselor at the center, and a girl (17) at a youth club. This was
initially considered as the worst ever attack on homosexuals in
Israel. Eleven people were wounded, four of them seriously. In 2013
police arrested 4 suspects in connection with the killing and said
the shooting was no longer being considered as a hate crime.
(AP, 8/2/09)(AP, 6/7/13)
2009 Aug 1, Kyrgyzstan allowed
Russia to open a second military base on its territory, expanding
Moscow's military reach to balance against the US presence.
2009 Aug 1, Police broke up
Malaysia's biggest street protest in nearly two years, firing tear
gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of opposition supporters
demanding an end to a law that allows detention without trial.
2009 Aug 1, Two Moroccan
magazines were taken off news stands after they published an opinion
poll on the 10 years under the reign of King Mohammed VI. The poll
revealed that 91% of Moroccans who were interviewed say that the
performance of the reign of King Mohammed VI is positive or very
2009 Aug 1, Mozambique’s Pres.
Armando Guebuza inaugurated an 80-million-euro (113-million-dollar)
bridge over the Zambezi River, a major link for a country long
divided between north and south. Work on the bridge had begun in
2009 Aug 1, In Nigeria robbers
hijacked the bus on Sagamu-Benin expressway in Ogun State and forced
passengers to lie on a road at gunpoint as they ransacked their bus.
20 people were crushed to death as a truck ran into them.
2009 Aug 1, The Sydney Morning
Herald reported that North Korea is helping Myanmar build a secret
nuclear reactor and plutonium extraction plant to build an atomic
bomb within five years, citing the evidence of defectors. "In the
event that the testimony of the defectors is proved, the alleged
secret reactor could be capable of being operational and producing
one bomb a year, every year, after 2014."
2009 Aug 1, In Pakistan an
angry mob of Muslims killed six Christians and wounded dozens after
burning 40 houses and a church over the alleged desecration of the
Koran in Gojra village, Punjab province. Two men wounded by gunfire
died in the hospital overnight. A building collapsed in Karachi
killing at least 21 people.
(AFP, 8/1/09)(AP, 8/2/09)(SSFC, 8/2/09, p.A6)
2009 Aug 1, In the Philippines
former President Corazon Aquino (b.1933) died. The "people power"
uprising she led in 1986 brought down the repressive 20-year regime
of Ferdinand Marcos and served as an inspiration to nonviolent
resistance across the globe. Due to the time difference her death
was reported in the US on July 31.
2009 Aug 1, Authorities in the
separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia said two mortar shells
were fired into the territory from Georgia proper. Georgia denied
the claim and suggested it was a provocation ahead of the
anniversary of last year's war with Russia.
2009 Aug 2, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 American soldiers died in a complex militant ambush,
raising NATO's two-day August death toll to nine and continuing the
bloodiest period of the eight-year war for US and allied troops.
2009 Aug 2, In Austria
researchers unveiled two piano pieces recently identified as
childhood creations by Mozart (1756-1791). He likely wrote the two
newly attributed pieces when he was 7 or 8 years old, with his
father, Leopold, transcribing the notes as his son played them at
2009 Apr 2, Austrian
authorities arrested British-born Julius Meinl V (b.1959), head of
Meinl Bank, for suspected breach of trust and deception of
investors. He had spun much of his family’s property portfolio into
Meinl European Land (MEL). By 2007 MEL had lost €1.8 billion in an
attempt to support its share price. He was released after posting a
€100 million bail.
(Econ, 8/1/09, p.60)
2009 Aug 2, China reported that
police in the northwest region of Xinjiang have arrested hundreds of
people in connection with disturbances that left at least 197 people
2009 Aug 2, In Dagestan
militants shot and killed a police officer. In Ingushetia militants
killed three government workers.
2009 Aug 2, In eastern
Indonesia a plane carrying 16 people disappeared over a jungle-clad
and mountainous region of Papua. All aboard were killed.
(AP, 8/2/09)(AP, 8/5/09)
2009 Aug 2, In Iraq Tariq Aziz,
one of Saddam Hussein's best-known lieutenants, was convicted of
helping to plan the forced displacement of Kurds from northeastern
Iraq and sentenced to seven years in jail. The ruling came more than
four months after Aziz was sentenced to 15 years in prison for
crimes against humanity in the 1992 execution of Iraqi merchants.
Rania Ibrahim, a teenage Iraqi girl, was sentenced to seven and a
half years in prison for attempting to blow herself up at a
checkpoint in Baqouba in August, 2008. She claimed her husband's
female relatives strapped explosives on her. An explosives-laden car
exploded near an outdoor market in a mainly Sunni area of Haditha,
killing at least 5 people and wounding 34, raising concern that
sectarian violence could resurge.
(AP, 8/2/09)(SFC, 8/4/09, p.A2)(AP, 8/6/09)
2009 Aug 2, Mexican police
raided a church service in Apatzingan, Michoacan state, and arrested
Miguel Angel Beraza, a man known as "The Truck," and another
suspect. Beraza was suspected of moving a half ton of crystal
methamphetamine into the US each month and was said to be a
high-ranking lieutenant in the drug cartel known as La Familia.
2009 Aug 2, It was reported
that illegal blast fishing had become rampant in Nicaragua and was
spreading across Central America’s Pacific coast.
(SSFC, 8/2/09, p.A8)
2009 Aug 2, Red Cross and
Nigerian defense officials said more than 700 people were killed
during a 5-day uprising by a radical Islamic sect in the north. Over
700 dead bodies were given mass burial in Maiduguri town alone, as a
search for bodies continued.
2009 Aug 2, In Pakistan two
policemen were shot and killed by men who fled from a checkpoint in
the northwestern city of Peshawar. The military said that four
militants were killed and another 27, including a suspected local
commander, were arrested in several search-and-clearance operations
in Swat and nearby areas.
2009 Aug 2, In Peru attackers
believed to be Shining Path rebels killed three police officers and
two women in an assault on a remote police post in San Jose de Secce
in Ayacucho province, a coca-growing region.
2009 Aug 2, Stanley Robertson
(69), the last of Scotland’s traveling storytellers, died. He had
spent 47 years filleting fish for a living.
(Econ, 9/5/09, p.94)
2009 Aug 2, On the Spanish
Canary Island of La Palma strong winds fanned forest fires for a 2nd
day, and firefighters were forced to retreat as flames raged out of
control near two towns.
2009 Aug 2, In southeast Sudan
armed tribesmen attacked a fishing village where hundreds of
displaced people were camped near a river, leaving at least 185
people, most of them women and children, dead in the worst violence
in three months.
2009 Aug 2, In Zimbabwe 40
people were killed and 30 others injured when a bus overturned after
colliding with a lorry south of Harare.
(AP, 8/2/09)(AP, 8/3/09)
2009 Aug 3, Bank of America
agreed to pay $33 million to settle a complaint filed by the SEC
alleging that the bank misled investors over bonuses at Merrill
Lynch as BofA was finalizing its takeover of the securities firm in
(Econ, 8/8/09, p.63)
2009 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
bomb hidden in a rubbish bin exploded near a police convoy in Herat,
killing 12 people, including a woman and a girl and 2 police
officers, as a wave of Taliban violence gripped the nation ahead of
elections. An ambush in Faryab province killed an Afghan driver, but
his passenger, a Korean engineer, escaped without injury.
(AFP, 8/3/09)(SSFC, 8/2/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 3, Belgian authorities
recaptured Abdelhaq Melloul-Khayari, a convict who escaped twice in
as many weeks, including once from a Bruges prison by helicopter.
2009 Aug 3, Karlheinz Schreiber
(75), a German-Canadian arms dealer and key figure in a political
party financing scandal involving former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, was
extradited to Germany from Canada to face criminal charges after
losing a decade-long court battle. He was key figure in a
funding scandal which badly damaged Chancellor Angela Merkel's
conservatives a decade ago. Schreiber was arrested in Canada about
10 years ago, and is wanted by prosecutors in Augsburg for tax
evasion, fraud and bribery.
(AP, 8/3/09)(Reuters, 8/3/09)
2009 Aug 3, China’s state media
reported that more than 500 villagers in central China have been
found to have high concentrations of a dangerous metal in their
bodies after a series of leaks from the Changsha Xianghe Chemical
Plant in Hunan province's Zhentou township. 509 people were found to
have high concentrations of cadmium and 33 were hospitalized over
2009 Aug 3, Ecuadorean
President Rafael Correa, announced that "many" radio and TV
frequencies will revert to the state over what he called
irregularities in their licenses. He gave no specifics.
2009 Aug 3, Nikolaos Makarezos
(90), one of the leaders of the military dictatorship that ruled
Greece from 1967-1974, died. Makarezos, the junta's chief economic
policymaker, served as deputy prime minister and minister for
coordination under dictator George Papadopoulos.
2009 Aug 3, A seven-minute
video, apparently made by the Korps Brigade Mobil, or Brimob, the
paramilitary police, shows prisoner Yawen Wayeni lying in a jungle
clearing in eastern Indonesia moments after troops allegedly sliced
open his abdomen with a bayonet. Police said Wayeni, captured for
allegedly vandalizing several of their buildings and vehicles, was
shot in the thigh and stomach while resisting arrest and that he
died on the way to the hospital. The video was made public in the
Internet in 2010.
2009 Aug 3, In Iran Fahimeh
Mousavi-nejad, the wife of former Vice President Mohammad Abtahi on
trial for postelection violence, said his televised "confessions"
were made under pressure. Her husband was one of the top figures in
a trial that began Aug 1 for around 100 people detained in the
postelection crackdown. Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president in a ceremony
that sought to portray unity among the country's leadership but was
snubbed by prominent critics of the disputed election.
2009 Aug 3, In Iraq Asaib Ahl
al-Haq (League of the Righteous), a group believed to be responsible
for killing US soldiers and kidnapping British soldiers, agreed to
renounce violence following a weekend meeting with PM
al-Maliki. A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at a police
checkpoint in Saqlawiya. 3 civilians were killed and 7 people were
wounded including 3 police officers.
(SFC, 8/4/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 3, Israeli police said
that they had broken up an Israeli-American crime ring specializing
in tax fraud and money laundering in an operation codenamed
"American Pie." The chief suspect was Marvin Berkowitz (62) who
holds dual Israeli and US citizenship. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's
ultranationalist foreign minister, promised to step down if he is
charged after police recommended that he be indicted for a string of
alleged corruption offenses.
2009 Aug 3, Kenya's Pres. Mwai
Kibaki said all prisoners on death row will immediately have their
sentences commuted to life imprisonment. Kenya's 97 prisons were
built for a population of about 15,000 but currently have an inmate
population of more than 40,000.
2009 Aug 3, Anders Fogh
Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister, took office as NATO's new
secretary-general. He said his top priorities would be guiding the
war in Afghanistan to a successful conclusion, repairing ties with
Russia, and expanding NATO's partnership with moderate nations in
North Africa and the Middle East.
2009 Aug 3, The Palestinian
Fatah movement published a new platform saying it will keep pursuing
peace talks but reserves the right to resist Israeli occupation.
2009 Aug 3, In South Korea
thousands of riot police strengthened their siege of a troubled
South Korean auto firm, spraying liquid tear gas from a helicopter,
after talks to end a prolonged occupation by strikers collapsed.
2009 Aug 3, In Switzerland
there was an arson attack at Novartis CEO Daniel Vasella's lodge in
Bach, Austria. An attack on his mother's grave took place a week
earlier. The next day drug maker Novartis said animal rights
militants were responsible.
2009 Aug 3, In Venezuela a
far-left party led by Lina Ron attacked the opposition-aligned
Globovision TV station. The next day Pres. Chavez condemned the
attack and had Ron arrested for taking part in the assault.
(SFC, 8/3/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 4, A US federal court
panel ordered California to reduce its prison population by 40,000
over the next 2 years to meet constitutional standards for inmate
(SFC, 8/5/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 4, Sen. Charles
Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the SEC plans to ban so-called "flash
trading," where high-frequency traders can get information just
before it becomes public.
2009 Aug 4, SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom signed a $6.6 billion city budget, making it the city’s
biggest budget ever.
(SFC, 8/5/09, p.D1)
2009 Aug 4, In Bridgeville,
Pennsylvania, George Sodini (48) sprayed bullets into a fitness
class filled with women, killing three and then himself. He kept a
Web page in which he wrote about years of rejection by women and an
earlier plan for violence at the gym.
2009 Aug 4, In Afghanistan a
string of rockets slammed into Kabul at daybreak in the first major
attack on the relatively calm Afghan capital in the run-up to this
month's presidential election. A child and a man were lightly
wounded when they were hit by flying glass in residential areas next
to the airport, where most of the rockets landed. A suicide bomber
killed five people and wounded 18 in southern Zabul province.
2009 Aug 4, Antigua's highest
mountain, Boggy Peak, officially became "Mount Obama" as the small
Caribbean nation celebrated the American president on his birthday
and saluted him as a symbol of black achievement.
(AP, 8/4/09)(SFC, 8/5/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 4, Australian police
said they thwarted a terrorist plot in which extremists with ties to
an al-Qaida-linked Somali Islamist group planned to invade a
military base and open fire with automatic weapons until they were
shot dead themselves. Some 400 officers from state and national
security services took part in 19 raids on properties in Melbourne,
before dawn, arresting four men and detaining several others for
questioning. Police said all four arrested are Australian citizens
of Somali or Lebanese descent aged between 22 and 26.
2009 Aug 4, In Belgium three
prisoners escaped from the sprawling Palace of Justice courthouse in
central Brussels when two armed men burst into a court hearing and
took them with them, bringing the total to 12 over the past two
weeks. Five of the escaped inmates have been caught again, but seven
remained at large.
2009 Aug 4, Officials said a
forest fire on the Canary Island of La Palma was brought under
control and another that raged for two weeks in Spain's northern
Catalonia region has been extinguished.
2009 Aug 4, China’s state media
reported that police have formally arrested 83 people on charges
including murder and arson in connection with last month's deadly
rioting in the western region of Xinjiang.
2009 Aug 4, In northern China
an unfinished factory building collapsed as torrential rain hit the
city of Shijiazhuang. 17 people were reported killed.
2009 Aug 4, Haiti’s lawmakers
voted to more than double the minimum wage after long hours of
debate and clashes between police and protesters, who complained
they can't feed and shelter their families on the current pay of
about $1.75 a day.
2009 Aug 4, India’s Right to
Education Act (RTE) was passed. It included provisions for the
minimum size of playgrounds and the minimum level of teachers’
salaries effective in 2014.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.74)
2009 Aug 4, In eastern India at
least 11 people were killed and 15 others seriously injured after
being struck by lightning in Burdwan district in West Bengal state.
2009 Aug 4, The Lithuanian
ministry said that the Lithuanian-flagged refrigerator vessel
Saturnas, with a crew of 14, was attacked by unidentified
perpetrators off the coast of Nigeria. Five crew members were said
to have been taken hostage. The attackers did not seize the vessel
itself but left in a high-speed boat with the hostages. The 5
Lithuanian sailors were reported freed on Aug 14, ending their
(AFP, 8/4/09)(AFP, 8/14/09)
2009 Aug 4, In Mexico 4 bodies
were found in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. In the nearby town
of Llano Blanco, police chief Gerardo Silva (40) was found dead in a
pickup truck, shot five times.
2009 Aug 4, NATO's governing
body approved a plan to reorganize the alliance's command structure
in Afghanistan by setting up a new headquarters to handle the
day-to-day running of the war.
2009 Aug 4, In Niger clashes
erupted as citizens voted in a constitutional referendum to extend
President Mamadou Tandja's long rule amid low turnout after an
opposition boycott in the uranium-rich African nation. On Aug 7 the
Electoral Commission released provisional results saying that 92.5%
of votes cast supported a new constitution that would allow
President Mamadou Tandja to stay in power. About 68.3% of all
registered voters participated.
(AP, 8/4/09)(AP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 4, In North Korea
former US Pres. Bill Clinton met with North Korean leader Kim Jong
Il on the first day of a surprise visit to Pyongyang, with the
"exhaustive" talks covering a wide range of topics. Clinton was in
communist North Korea on a mission to secure the release of
Americans, who were arrested along the Chinese-North Korean border
in March and sentenced in June to 12 years of hard labor for illegal
entry and engaging in "hostile acts." After 140 days in custody, the
reporters were granted a pardon by North Korea.
(AP, 8/4/09)(AP, 8/5/09)
2009 Aug 4, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas launched his Fatah movement's first
conference in two decades with a call for his people to limit their
resistance to Israel to marches and protests and not to abandon
peace talks despite years of setbacks. The 3-day general assembly’s
main task was to elect a new central committee.
(AP, 8/4/09)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.42)
2009 Aug 4, Sudanese police
fired tear gas and beat women protesting outside a Sudanese court
during the trial of a female journalist accused of violating the
Islamic dress code by wearing trousers in public. The judge
adjourned Lubna Hussein's trial for a month to seek clarification
from Sudan's foreign ministry.
2009 Aug 4, In Thailand a
passenger plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a building
after landing on the Thai resort island of Samui, killing the chief
pilot and injuring at least seven people including foreign tourists.
2009 Aug 5, Euna Lee (36) and
Laura Ling (32), American journalists freed by North Korea, returned
home to the United States along with former Pres. Clinton for a
jubilant, emotional reunion with family members and friends they
hadn't seen since their arrests on March 17.
2009 Aug 5, Federal jurors in
Alexandria, Va., convicted former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson
on 11 0f 16 counts that included bribery, racketeering and money
laundering. The next day jurors said Jefferson must forfeit $470,000
in bribery receipts. On Nov 13 he was sentenced to 13 years in
(SFC, 8/6/09, p.A6)(SFC, 8/7/09, p.A5)(SFC,
2009 Aug 5, In Arizona Brenda
Arenas (15), was shot in the head during a botched carjacking in
Tucson. She died in her mother's arms soon after the attack. Her
3-year-old sister watched the crime from the backseat of the car. On
Jan 29, 2011, Orel Vasquez (20) Christian Vasquez (26), and Juan
Leon (29) approached a border crossing point at Nogales and told US
officers they were wanted for the shooting and were turning
2009 Aug 5, Outraged southern
Afghan villagers said that a pre-dawn airstrike by foreign troops
killed three children and a man in the latest case of civilian
deaths at the hands of Western troops. A US military spokeswoman
said a helicopter had fired on four insurgents carrying jugs on
motorcycles through a field away from a populated area of the local
district, Arghandab. In eastern Nangarhar province a roadside bomb
killed two tribal elders and four armed guards. Across southern
Afghanistan roadside explosions and a US airstrike killed at least
15 people, including members of a family who hit a mine on their way
to a wedding party.
(AP, 8/5/09)(AP, 8/6/09)
2009 Aug 5, Australian police
charged four men with planning to attack an army base and shoot
soldiers as the government considered whether to ban a Somalia
militant group linked to the plot.
2009 Aug 5, In Colombia David
Murcia Guzman, a Colombian businessman, was convicted in a notorious
pyramid scheme that authorities say bilked investors out of more
than $2.4 billion. Guzman was convicted of money laundering and
illegal wealth accumulation through the company he founded, DMG
Group Holdings SA. A New York court has sought his extradition.
Murcia was extradited to the US on Jan 5, 2009.
(AP, 8/5/09)(AP, 1/5/10)
2009 Aug 5, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
was sworn in for a second term as Iran's president while security
forces battled hundreds of protesters chanting "Death to the
Dictator" in the streets around parliament where the ceremony was
2009 Aug 5, Amos Kenan
(b.1927), Israeli artist and writer, died in Tel Aviv. As a member
of Israel's founding generation his writing and art helped define
modern Israeli culture. Kenan was party to several efforts to create
an alliance with the Palestinians. He helped pen a 1957 manifesto
calling for the creation of a Palestinian state in federation with
Israel at a time when few Israelis acknowledged the Palestinians'
existence as a national group.
2009 Aug 5, In Nairobi, Kenya,
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Kenya for
rampant graft and corruption as she made the case that business and
trade across Africa cannot grow without good governance and solid
2009 Aug 5, In Mexico 5 bodies,
one of them headless, were found in a van in the border city of
Ciudad Juarez. US Sen. Patrick Leahy a Democrat from Vermont,
delayed the release of $100 million of a $1.4 billion, three-year
package meant to help Mexico combat drug traffickers. Leahy said
Mexico needs effective police forces and a justice system that
2009 Aug 5, In Pakistan the 2nd
wife of Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone
attack targeting her husband at a home in the tribal belt near the
Afghan border. Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was also killed in the
US missile strike in South Waziristan. He had led a violent campaign
of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani
government. News of his death was not made public until 2 days
(AFP, 8/5/09)(AP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 5, In South Korea
helicopter-borne police commandos fought militant strikers at the
Ssangyong Motor Co.’s Pyeongtaek factory, seizing all but one key
(SFC, 8/5/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 5, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez said his government will buy dozens of Russian
tanks because Venezuela feels threatened by a pending deal for the
US military to increase its presence in neighboring Colombia.
2009 Aug 5, Zimbabwe's veteran
Vice-President Joseph Msika (86) died. His death was expected to
reignite debate over who will eventually succeed President Robert
2009 Aug 6, The US Senate
confirmed Justice Sonia Sotomajor to the Supreme Court on a largely
partisan vote of 68-31.
(SFC, 8/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 6, The Securities and
Exchange Commission said that former American International Group
Inc. CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg agreed to pay a $15 million fine
to settle fraud charges.
2009 Aug 6, Writer-director
John Hughes (b.1950) died of a heart attack while visiting family in
NYC. His films in the 1980s and '90s included "The Breakfast Club,"
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Home Alone." He also wrote or
directed such hits as "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Pretty in
Pink," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and "Uncle Buck."
2009 Aug 6, In western
Afghanistan four American service members were killed in a roadside
bombing. 3 British paratroopers were killed after their armored
vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb and Taliban opened fire during a
patrol with Afghan forces north of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.
Roadside bombs killed 5 policemen in Kandahar's Arghandab district.
An airstrike in Zabul province killed 3 suspected militants who were
planting a bomb on a road.
(AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 6, In Belgium a fire
killed nine elderly people at a care home in the Flemish town of
Melle. Officials later said it was probably caused by an electrical
2009 Aug 6, Two well-dressed
thieves walked into a London Bond Street jewelry store and, after
brandishing handguns at shop workers, made off with $65 million
worth of gems in one of Britain's biggest jewelry heists. The arrest
of one suspect was announced on Aug 12. On Sep 7 a 9th suspect,
David Joseph (22), was detained. On June 25, 2010, Aman Kassaye (24)
was convicted for his role in the robbery. On Aug 6, 2010, Kassaye
was sentenced to 23 years in jail. Three other men involved in the
robbery, Solomun Beyene, Clinton Mogg and Thomas Thomas, were
sentenced to 16 years each. Two others were cleared by the court.
(AP, 8/12/09)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A2)(SFC, 9/8/09,
p.A2)(AFP, 6/25/10)(AP, 8/6/10)
2009 Aug 6, DR Congo President
Joseph Kabila met his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in the
lakeside city of Goma for the first official bilateral talks between
the neighboring states in 13 years.
2009 Aug 6, Ethiopia’s Federal
High Court issued the guilty verdicts against 13 men, including a
US-based professor, convicted in absentia for plotting to overthrow
the government. Berhanu Nega, Ethiopian-born professor with US
nationality and teacher of economics at Philadelphia's Bucknell
Univ., was accused of masterminding a plan to topple PM Meles
2009 Aug 6, Iraq's cabinet
approved a bill to ban smoking in public places. A roadside bomb
struck a car full of Shiite pilgrims in southern Baghdad, killing
one and wounding four others. Gunmen broke into a goldsmith shop in
the western Baghdad district of Baiyaa, killing the owner and making
off with an unknown quantity of gold.
2009 Aug 6, Japan's first jury
trial since World War II concluded with a mixed group of citizens
and professional judges convicting a man of murder and sentencing
him to a tougher-than-expected 15 years in prison.
2009 Aug 6, In Mexico 11
people, including two police officers and nine gunmen, died
following a running battle between police and gunmen in the central
city of Pachuca.
2009 Aug 6, Nigeria began a
60-day amnesty for militants fighting in the country's oil-rich
Delta region, a government official said, but the main militant
group said it would not participate. A cache of weapons and
ammunitions was uncovered at an arms depot owned by Niger Delta
militant leader Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in Port Harcourt.
(AP, 8/6/09)(AFP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 6, Nigeria's northern
Kano state withdrew a landmark criminal and civil suit against US
drug group Pfizer over a 1996 drug trial that left 11 children dead
and 189 others deformed. The withdrawal of the suit followed a
75-million dollar (52 million euros) out-of-court settlement between
the two parties.
2009 Aug 6, In northern
Pakistan a bus veered off a narrow mountain road and plunged into a
river, leaving about 34 people, including 26 soldiers, missing and
presumed dead. Sardar Rustam Jamali, the excise and taxation
minister in the western province of Baluchistan, was killed when
robbers tried to steal his car in an eastern neighborhood of the
2009 Aug 6, In Paraguay Social
Development Minister Pablino Caceres said he would meet with a 6
protesters who have hammered long nails through their hands and tied
themselves to crosses or laid in coffins in an appeal for land.
2009 Aug 6, In the northern
Philippines heavy monsoon rains inundated wide areas, triggering
flash floods and landslides that killed 21 people, including two
French citizens and a Belgian who were touring Mount Pinatubo.
Typhoon Morakot left seven others missing in landslides and
(AP, 8/7/09)(AP, 8/9/09)
2009 Aug 6, Russia’s PM Putin
and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, signed an
agreements in Ankara that included the construction of part of the
South Stream gas pipeline through the Black Sea.
(AP, 8/6/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.47)
2009 Aug 6, US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Kenya, pledged to "expand
and extend" American support for Somalia's weak interim government
as it struggles against Islamist extremists believed linked to
2009 Aug 6, Juan Manuel
Inciarte Gallardo (55), a suspected member of the armed Basque group
ETA, was deported from Mexico and arrested in Spain, where he is
wanted for allegedly killing five Spanish police officers and a
pregnant wife of one of the officers. Inciarte allegedly took part
in the slaying of the five police officers and the pregnant wife of
one officer between 1983 and 1985. He was wanted on terrorism
2009 Aug 6, In South Korea
unionists who occupied a car plant in protest at mass layoffs agreed
to end a 77-day sit-in which halted production and sparked violent
clashes with police.
2009 Aug 6, Rescue workers
searched for missing people after the Princess Ashika ferry,
carrying 149 passengers and crew, sank overnight off the coast of
Tonga. 93 people were missing and feared dead.
(SFC, 8/6/09, p.A2)(AP, 8/9/09)
2009 Aug 6, In northern Yemen
local officials and the rebels said Shiite Muslim rebels have seized
a key control post on a strategic highway linking the capital San'a
with Saudi Arabia, overcoming an army brigade after 12 hours of
2009 Aug 7, Pres. Obama signed
into law a measure tripling the budget of the $1 billion incentive
“cash for clunkers" program.
(SFC, 8/8/09, p.A5)
2009 Aug 7, The US
Environmental Protection Agency said the US Department of
Agriculture has agreed to pay $30,000 in penalties for alleged
improper maintenance of underground storage tanks in Puerto Rico.
2009 Aug 7, In eastern
Afghanistan an American service member was killed in an attack on a
convoy. A blast in Kandahar's Zhari district killed an Afghan guard
escorting a NATO supply convoy.
2009 Aug 7, Britain’s Ministry
of Justice said Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs (79) has been
officially released from his prison sentence. Biggs earned notoriety
for his role in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, for which he was
sentenced to 30 years in prison. Escaping, he spent 35 years as a
celebrity fugitive, living a party lifestyle in Brazil before
2009 Aug 7, James Robinson
(71), a former California priest, arrived at London's Heathrow
Airport after being extradited from the United States. He was
charged with sexually abusing young boys when he served in the
United Kingdom between 1959 and 1983.
2009 Aug 7, In China Li Peiying
(60), the former head of Beijing airport's management company, was
executed following his conviction on corruption charges. He was
found guilty in February of accepting almost $4 million in bribes
and embezzling about $12 million in public money since 1995.
2009 Aug 7, Guatemala's top
three police officials were fired after hundreds of pounds of
cocaine allegedly disappeared from a shipment seized by authorities.
Interior Minister Raul Velazquez said police made the 1-ton seizure
on Aug 6, but when federal prosecutors weighed the drugs, 258 pounds
(117 kilograms) were missing.
2009 Aug 7, Indonesia's
anti-terrorism unit engaged in a shootout in Central Java during a
raid targeting suspected militants behind deadly bomb attacks in
Jakarta last month.
2009 Aug 7, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb devastated a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, one of a
series of attacks that killed at least 37 Shiite pilgrims and
worshippers. The deadliest blast occurred in Rasheediyah, north of
Mosul, when a suicide car bomb struck a mosque, killing at least 30
people and trapping dozens more underneath the rubble. In Baghdad 3
roadside bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims killed 7 people returning
2009 Aug 7, In Mexico Zambrano
Flores, a top lieutenant of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel,
was arrested in Tijuana. Police seized 10 rifles, 7 pistols, almost
4,000 rounds of ammunition during his arrest.
2009 Aug 7, Nepal's Maoists
launched a fresh round of protests, paralyzing parliament and
accusing the new government of failing to address their demands.
2009 Aug 7, Nigeria's President
Umaru Yar'Adua formally received the first set of 32 Niger Delta
militants who have surrendered their arms under an amnesty he
offered them in June and commended them for their "patriotism."
2009 Aug 7, In Pakistan a
deadly shooting reportedly took place at a meeting of top Taliban
commanders Hakimullah Mehsud (28), a deputy to Baitullah Mehsud and
the warlord's main spokesman, and Wali-ur Rehman, a senior commander
in Mehsud's umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement. They
had convened to discuss the choice of a successor to Baitullah
Mehsud. Both commanders later phoned international media
organizations to prove they were alive.
(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/12/09)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.34)
2009 Aug 7, A Peruvian
government prosecutor presented homicide charges against two police
generals and 15 other officers for a June government crackdown at an
Amazon highway blockade manned by Indians protesting development on
their ancestral lands. The criminal charges, which must be ratified
by a judge, were the first to implicate police in violence that left
at least 33 dead, including 23 police.
2009 Aug 7, Portugal said it
has agreed to take two Syrian detainees from Guantanamo prison.
2009 Aug 7, Sri Lankan
authorities questioned Selvarasa Pathmanathan, former chief arms
smuggler the new leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, after he was
arrested 2 days earlier in Southeast Asia and flown to Sri Lanka.
Rebels said he was arrested in Kuala Lumpur.
2009 Aug 7, International donor
the Global Fund, which had a financial dispute with Zimbabwe's
previous government, took the unusual step of giving $37.9 million
in aid directly to Zimbabwe's new unity government instead of
channeling it through private groups.
2009 Aug 8, Sonia Sotomayor was
sworn-in as the first Hispanic on the US Supreme Court.
2009 Aug 8, In Dinuba, Ca., a
car fleeing from police ran a stop sign and slammed into a pickup,
killing three people in the car and four young children in the
2009 Aug 8, In Chino, Ca., a
2-day prison riot began. It housed almost twice as many prisoners as
it was designed for and was typical of California’s 33 state
prisons. At this time California spent about $49,000 a year on each
prisoner, almost twice the national average.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.28)
2009 Aug 8, Continental Express
Flight 2816, en route with 47 passengers to Minneapolis from
Houston, was stranded overnight at Rochester, Minn., after being
forced to land due to storms. On Nov 24 the Dept. of Transportation
levied $175,000 in fines against Continental, ExpressJet and Mesaba
Airlines for keeping the plane on the tarmac.
(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A6)
2009 Aug 8, Near Hoboken, New
Jersey, 9 people died in an air collision over the Hudson River,
including 3 members of a Pennsylvania family in the private plane
and five Italian tourists and a pilot from New Jersey in a Liberty
(AP, 8/9/09)(SSFC, 8/9/09, p.A9)
2009 Aug 8, NATO helicopters
wounded five Afghan police by mistake during a battle with
insurgents in Ghazni province. A British soldier, serving with
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was killed by
an improvised explosive device (IED). A US soldier was killed in the
south in a hostile fire incident.
(Reuters, 8/8/09)(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 8, In China hundreds
of villagers rioted after news broke about the lead poisoning at the
Wugang Manganese Smelting Plant in Wenping township, central Hunan
province. A crowd of 600 to 700 people overturned four police cars
and smashed a local government sign. China later detained two
factory officials after 1,354 children were reported poisoned by
lead pollution from the manganese processing plant.
2009 Aug 8, India’s army said
its troops killed three Islamic militants along the de facto Kashmir
border, thwarting the seventh attempt by rebels to infiltrate from
Pakistan in a week.
2009 Aug 8, In northern India
landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 43 people in
three remote villages in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state.
2009 Aug 8, Indonesian police
reportedly killed Noordin Mohammad Top, the self-proclaimed
Southeast Asian commander of al-Qaida, in a 16-hour siege of a
village hide-out in Central Java. Authorities said they could not
confirm that a recovered body was that of the militant leader
without DNA tests. DNA tests failed to confirm Top’s death. Police
raided a house on the outskirts of Jakarta where they killed two
suspected militants and seized bombs and a car rigged to carry them.
The house was just 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the president's
(AP, 8/8/09)(AP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/12/09)
2009 Aug 8, In northern Italy
rules for officially condoned vigilante groups took effect.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.46)
2009 Aug 8, In Mauritania a
suicide bomber killed himself outside the French Embassy, wounding
two embassy guards and a woman in the street. An African branch of
Al-Qaida later said the attack was a response to the aggression of
"crusaders" including former colonial ruler France, and to
Mauritanian leaders against Islam and Muslims.
(AP, 8/8/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 8, In Mexico
assailants in the state of Guerrero opened fire on a car carrying a
couple and their 3-year-old son, killing all three. In Chihuahua
gunmen killed four people in an attack in a bar.
2009 Aug 8, In Moldova the four
pro-Western parties that upset the Communists in recent elections
agreed on a coalition deal to form a new government.
2009 Aug 8, Myanmar government
troops seized a weapons factory near the Chinese border after being
informed about it during a ministerial meeting with China on
combating transnational crime. This triggered several days of
clashes with an ethnic militia that sent more than 30,000 refugees
fleeing across the border into China.
2009 Aug 8, In Pakistan a
gunfight between militants and supporters of a pro-government tribal
elder killed 6 militants and 2 tribesmen in the Mohmand tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2009 Aug 8, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas was named head of his Fatah movements at his
party's first conference in two decades, strengthening the hand of
the Western-backed leader in his bid to revive peace talks with
2009 Aug 8, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev hailed the Russian victory in a war with Georgia a
year ago, saying the war had redrawn the map of the Caucasus for
2009 Aug 8, In Somalia’s pirate
stronghold of Harardhere, fighting over the last 24 hours killed at
least 12 people. A dispute over a car escalated as clan militias got
involved. Mortar shells slammed into a busy market in the capital,
Mogadishu, killing six people and wounding 18.
2009 Aug 8, In South Africa US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South African President Jacob
Zuma pledged to cement closer ties between their new
2009 Aug 8, Sri Lanka held
local elections near an area once dominated by the Tamil Tiger
rebels, but voters largely stayed away from the polls in the
violence-scarred region. Voter turnout was 22% in Jaffna and 52% in
Vavuniya, according to election monitors. The pro-Tiger Tamil
National Alliance (TNA) scored unexpected success with 8 of 23 seats
in Jaffna and 5 of 11 seats in Vavuniya.
(AP, 8/8/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.35)
2009 Aug 8, Typhoon Morakot
lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and downpours leaving at least one
person killed and five missing.
2009 Aug 8, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez said he's returning his ambassador to
Colombia, moving to resolve rising diplomatic tensions after weapons
sold to Venezuela were found in a rebel cache.
2009 Aug 9, In San Francisco
Bruce Sherman (66), accordionist and singer of sea chanteys,
(SSFC, 9/6/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 9, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker in a bomb-filled vehicle blew up close to a US-led
coalition military convoy in Nangarhar province, but did no harm to
the troops. 3 Afghan army soldiers were killed after their vehicle
was struck by a roadside bomb in Shahjoy district, Zabul province. A
US soldier was killed in the south in a hostile fire incident.
(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 9, US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in oil-rich Angola to
underscore America's presence in one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest
energy producers where America is competing with China for
2009 Aug 9, Typhoon Morakot
slammed into China's eastern coast, forcing the evacuation of nearly
a million people after earlier lashing Taiwan with torrential rains
that caused the island's worst flooding in 50 years and left dozens
missing and feared dead.
2009 Aug 9, The French
advertising group Publicis said it would buy the digital advertising
agency Razorfish from Microsoft for 530 million dollars (380 million
2009 Aug 9, Iran's police chief
acknowledged that detained protesters were abused in prison and the
country's top prosecutor said those responsible for the mistreatment
should be punished, in unusually pointed criticism of security
officials. Revolutionary Guard Commander Yadollah Javani called for
opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and former President Mohammad
Khatami to be put on trial.
2009 Aug 9, Iraqi authorities
arrested Daniel Fitzsimmons, a British contractor, on murder charges
over the shooting deaths of a British and an Australian contractor
in Baghdad's protected Green Zone. Two employees of ArmorGroup Iraq,
identified as Paul McGuigan of Britain and Darren Hoare of
Australia, were killed in the firearms incident. On Feb 28, 2011, An
Iraqi court convicted Fitzsimmons and sentenced him to 20 years in
prison, making him the first Westerner convicted in an Iraqi court
since the 2003 US invasion.
(AP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/10/09)(AP, 2/28/11)
2009 Aug 9, Italians newspapers
reported that burglars earlier in the week had made off with jewels
and cash worth 11 million euros (15.6 million dollars) from the
hotel room of a Saudi princess in Sardinia, sparking a diplomatic
incident. On Sep 15 Sardinia police said most of the jewels had been
(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 9/15/09)
2009 Aug 9, Madagascar's bitter
political rivals signed a power-sharing deal, agreeing to create an
interim government to end months of violence.
2009 Aug 9, In Mexico some 400
people marched in Guadalajara to protest the negative affects of
free trade and to demand benefits for retired Mexican laborers who
worked in the US as Pres. Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe
Calderon and Canadian PM Stephen Harper arrived for a two-day
2009 Aug 9, Mexican lawyer
Silvia Raquenel Villanueva, known for defending high-profile drug
trafficking suspects, was shot to death at a street market in the
northern city of Monterrey. Army soldiers killed two suspects in a
shootout with gunmen in the western state of Michoacan. Federal
police arrested Dimas Diaz, a drug cartel suspect they believe was
behind a plot to kill President Felipe Calderon in retaliation for
his crackdown on organized crime. Dia was the alleged financial
operator of the Pacific cartel.
2009 Aug 9, In Pakistan two
civilians and a policeman were killed when militants ambushed a
police convoy in the northwestern town of Bannu. Two Pakistani
soldiers were killed and four were wounded near Naurak village in
the troubled North Waziristan tribal district when a remote-control
bomb targeting a military convoy exploded. At least eight dead
bodies of suspected Taliban militants were found in different areas
of the northwestern Swat valley.
2009 Aug 9, Gaza militants
launched mortar shells at a border crossing between Gaza and Israel
just as Palestinian patients were being transferred into Israel for
2009 Aug 9, On the Spanish
island of Mallorca a small bomb exploded in a restaurant, causing
minor damage and no injuries. A caller, who said he was calling on
ETA's behalf, warned of the bomb.
2009 Aug 9, In southern Taiwan
Typhoon Morakot spawned a mudslide engulfing the mountain village of
Shiao Lin, burying up to 600 people. The official death toll from
Morakot stood at 14. Another 51, not including the people in Shiao
2009 Aug 10, In Oakland, Ca.,
Hassani Campbell (5) was reported missing by his foster parents
Louis Ross (38) and Jennifer Campbell (33). The couple were arrested
on Aug 28 on suspicion of killing the boy, who suffered from
(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 10, At least three
Afghan police and two civilians were killed in a brazen attack by
Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers on government buildings near
Kabul. A US soldier was killed in the south in a hostile fire
incident. 22 Taliban insurgents and two Afghan soldiers also died in
(Reuters, 8/10/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 10, Australia said it
has pledged 7.8 million US dollars this year to help save more than
100 indigenous languages which are in grave danger of dying out.
2009 Aug 10, Canada’s Nortel
Networks said its chief executive would step down immediately and
its board would shrink from nine directors to just three as the
bankrupt telecom equipment maker sheds its major assets.
2009 Aug 10, China said that it
has released more than 1,200 detainees held over the unrest in Tibet
last year while more than 700 people are still being held over last
month's riots in Xinjiang. China's police said they have installed
2.75 million surveillance cameras since 2003 and are expanding the
system into the largely neglected countryside.
2009 Aug 10, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton arrived in the strife-torn Democratic Republic
of Congo on the fourth leg of her seven-nation African tour. Clinton
said she would press Democratic Republic of Congo's government to
address the root causes of the conflict in the east and stop the use
of women as "weapons of war."
2009 Aug 10, In Cuba 14 people
were killed and at least 33 hospitalized after two trucks loaded
with passengers collided in the central Cuban province of Ciego de
2009 Aug 10, Leaders of the
Union of South American Nations (UNASUL), a 12-member group inspired
by Brazil, met in Quito, Ecuador, in an attempt to further
integration. Colombia’s Pres. Uribe did not attend, in part because
Ecuador broke of ties with Colombia last year.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.31)
2009 Aug 10, In Iraq a double
truck bombing tore through the village of a small Shiite ethnic
minority near the northern city of Mosul killing at least 35 people
in Khazna. 9 blasts wracked Baghdad in a wave of violence that
killed 22 people. All told more than 250 were left wounded.
(AP, 8/10/09)(SFC, 8/11/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 10, Israeli warplanes
bombed a smuggling tunnel along the Gaza-Egypt border in response to
Palestinian rocket and mortar fire, in a brief flare-up of violence
at a time of relative quiet in the volatile Palestinian territory.
2009 Aug 10, Typhoon Etau
slammed into the west coast of Japan. 13 people were killed in
raging floodwaters and landslides, and 10 others were missing.
2009 Aug 10, In Mexico Pres.
Obama huddled with the leaders of Mexico and Canada for a swift
North American summit, where the swine flu epidemic and knotty
disputes over cross-border trade dominated a lengthy agenda.
2009 Aug 10, Mexican soldiers
arrested Juan Daniel Carranco Salazar, the alleged leader of the
Gulf cartel's operations in the Caribbean resort of Cancun. State
prosecutors in Baja California announced their arrest of state
detective Sergio Alvarado Chong in the border city of Mexicali with
8 kilograms (17.64 pounds) of cocaine.
2009 Aug 10, New Zealand
announced that it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 20
percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
2009 Aug 10, In Pakistan attack
helicopters and artillery pounded militant hideouts following
clashes between rebels and security forces in North Waziristan. 3
militants were reported killed.
2009 Aug 10, In central
Slovakia 19 workers were trapped underground after a fire and
explosion hit the Handlova coal mine. The trapped workers were nine
miners who were initially sent to battle a blaze and 11 sent as
reinforcements as the fire grew. All were believed killed.
(AP, 8/10/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 11, The US Homeland
Security department was scheduled to return $2.4 million to Mexico's
tax administration, the first batch of money seized during a
binational investigation into smuggled oil that authorities expect
to lead to more arrests and seizures. So far this year, oil theft
was up 10 percent, and confirmed in 19 states, up from 13 in 2008.
2009 Aug 11, Former US
President Bill Clinton appointed the physician and Harvard
University professor Paul Farmer as the UN Deputy Special Envoy to
Haiti to assist in advancing the economic and social development of
the impoverished Caribbean nation.
2009 Aug 11, Bernard Madoff's
long-time deputy, Frank DiPascali, pleaded guilty to financial
crimes including helping others carry out Wall Street's biggest
investment fraud, but shed little more light in court on the
2009 Aug 11, North Carolina
Gov. Beverley Purdue signed the Racial Justice Act into law.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.34)(http://tinyurl.com/yj8xuzw)
2009 Aug 11, General Motors
Corp. said its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get
230 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving, more than four
times the mileage of the current champion, the Toyota Prius.
2009 Aug 11, Eunice Kennedy
Shriver (88), the sister of President John F. Kennedy, died at a
Hyannis hospital. She carried on the family's public service
tradition by founding the Special Olympics and championing the
rights of the mentally disabled. Shriver organized the first Special
Olympics in 1968 in Chicago.
2009 Aug 11, In Richmond, Ca.,
distraught boyfriend Nathaniel Burris (46) shot and killed toll
collector Deborah Ross (51) in her booth at the Richmond-San Rafael
Bridge. He also shot and killed Golden Gate Transit bus driver Ersie
Charles Everette III (58) in the parking lot and then escaped.
Burris was arrested later in the day in Placer County. Burris was
convicted of the double murder on Nov 7, 2012. On Nov 20 a jury
sentenced him to death.
(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A1)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A12)(SFC,
11/8/12, p.C3)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.C1)
2009 Aug 11, An Afghan official
said authorities have hired some 10,000 Afghan tribesmen to protect
this month's presidential election, raising the possibility that
village militias could be enlisted to fight against the Taliban. In
southern Afghanistan roadside bombs killed nine civilians. The body
of a Polish soldier, who had disappeared while under fire a day
earlier, was found in Ghazni province.
2009 Aug 11, In Brazil
authorities charged Bishop Edir Macedo and nine other people linked
to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God with siphoning off
billions of dollars in donations from his mostly poor followers to
buy jewelry, TV stations and other businesses for himself. Macedo,
who founded the church in 1977, owns a large television network,
three newspapers and several radio stations. He also owns a tourism
agency and an air taxi company.
2009 Aug 11, In Brazil police
were reported to be investigating the "Canal Livre" crime TV show
saying the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, was
suspected of commissioning at least five murders to boost his
ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in
violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.
2009 Aug 11, Canada signed a
free trade deal with Panama and said it wanted to conclude more such
agreements, given that talks to open up the global trading system
were going nowhere.
2009 Aug 11, In Chechnya Zarema
Sadulayeva, the head of the Save the Generation Chechen aid
group, and her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov, were found shot dead in
the trunk of their car a day after being kidnapped.
2009 Aug 11, China formally
arrested four employees of Anglo-American mining giant Rio Tinto
Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of
laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has
strained ties with key trading partner Australia.
2009 Aug 11, Authorities in the
Democratic Republic of Congo arrested Gregoire Ndahimana, a former
Rwandan mayor, for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide. Measures
were taken for him to be transferred to the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
2009 Aug 11, In Congo US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the Democratic
Republic of Congo to punish soldiers responsible for rape as she
toured the war-torn east. She also unveiled a $17 million plan to
help fight the sexual violence in eastern Congo.
(AFP, 8/11/09)(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 11, In France restive
youths in a Paris suburb torched a tourist bus and nearly a
half-dozen cars and hurled objects at police, in a night of
fullblown unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police on
Aug 9. Some witnesses claimed a police car hit the young
motorcyclist after he tried to flee a document check outside the
2009 Aug 11, In Honduras some
10,000 protesters arrived in Tegucigalpa after staging weeklong
walks across Honduras, producing one of the largest demonstrations
in support of Zelaya since he was ousted by the army June 28 and
flown out of the country.
2009 Aug 11, In Indonesia
UNAIDS regional director Prasada Rao cited a new report saying more
than 1.5 million women living with HIV in Asia were infected by
their partners and 50 million more are at risk of infection. Rao
spoke on the sidelines of the ninth International Congress on AIDS
in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), which is being held on the
Indonesian resort island of Bali.
2009 Aug 11, Iran's opposition
said at least 69 people have died in two months of postelection
unrest based on accounts from the victims' families, more than
double the official toll released by parliament. Mir Hossein
Mousavi, the top opposition leader, said that the abuse and death of
protesters detained after the disputed presidential elections shows
the need for "deep change" in the country, in the most sweeping call
for reform of the system to date.
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/12/09)
2009 Aug 11, In southeastern
Kenya assailants armed with arrows, spears and machetes killed
Campbell Bridges (72), a Scottish-born geologist, in an apparent
dispute over mining rights. In 1968 Bridges became the first to
record the discovery of gemstone-quality tsavorite, in Tanzania.
Tsavorite, mined in Tanzania and Kenya, is a green variety of garnet
that shines even before polishing. On Aug 19 Kenyan police arrested
Alfred Makogo Njiruka, the chairman of a small miners association
and the suspected mastermind in the killing of Bridges.
(AP, 8/13/09)(AP, 8/20/09)
2009 Aug 11, Kuwaiti
authorities announced they have arrested an al-Qaida-linked group
that was planning to attack Camp Arifjan, a key US military base in
Kuwait. 5 of the suspects are cousins who were convicted for
involvement in the 2002 attack on a group of US Marines training on
the Kuwaiti island of Failaka, where one Marine was killed and
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/13/09)
2009 Aug 11, Liechtenstein
raised the gate on its tax-haven fortress, making a deal enabling
London to snare about 5,000 British accounts holders with up to 3.0
billion pounds in secret deposits.
2009 Aug 11, In northern Mexico
Monterrey city police were told not to sit in parked patrol cars
observing traffic, because officials suspect they could be spying
for criminal gangs or drug cartels. Gunmen attacked a vehicle
carrying a prison director in Chihuahua, killing three bodyguards
and wounding two more seriously.
2009 Aug 11, A Myanmar court
convicted Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of violating her
house arrest by allowing John Yettaw, an uninvited American, to stay
at her home. The head of the military-ruled country ordered the
democracy leader to serve an 18-month sentence under house arrest.
Yettaw was also convicted, and had just spent a week in a prison
hospital for epileptic seizures.
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/15/09)
2009 Aug 11, In Pakistan police
officials in Islamabad confirmed that they had registered a criminal
case against former Pres. Pervez Musharraf for detaining 60 Supreme
Court judges and their families following emergency rule in 2007.
(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 11, In Pakistan at
least 10 militants were killed in a suspected US drone strike in
South Waziristan region, the same area where Pakistani Taliban
leader Baitullah Mehsud is said to have been killed last week.
2009 Aug 11, The Palestinian
Fatah movement ended a 4-day conference. Pres. Abbas was unanimously
re-elected as party head and a group of younger leaders were elected
to its top council, bolstering its credentials as the West's best
hope for Mideast peace. Also elected were Marwan Barghouti (50), a
firebrand militant leader now jailed by Israel and seen as a likely
future president, and Jibril Rajoub (56), a former aide to the late
Yasser Arafat who led several crackdowns against Hamas.
(AP, 8/11/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.41)
2009 Aug 11, In Papua New
Guinea a charter plane carrying 13 people to a popular tourist site
vanished on approach in bad weather to an airport nestled in rugged
terrain. No survivors were found in the wreckage, which was located
the next day in the mountainous Kokoda region.
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/12/09)
2009 Aug 11, In Somalia 4
European aid workers and two Kenyan pilots were released after being
held hostage for nine months.
2009 Aug 11, In South Africa a
report to the Parliament said first year students at 4 universities
were found to be unable to read or write properly. The country’s
education system was described as dysfunctional.
(SSFC, 8/16/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 11, Taiwanese
authorities put the confirmed death toll from Morakot at 62 and
listed 57 people as missing, but that did not include residents in
the village of Shiao Lin.
2009 Aug 11, A Thai court
rejected a US request to extradite Viktor Bout, an alleged Russian
arms smuggler dubbed the "Merchant of Death," dealing a setback to
American efforts to try him on charges of plotting to supply weapons
to Colombian rebels. The court rejected the extradition request
because Bout had not been accused of committing any crimes against
Thailand, which has not listed FARC as a terrorist group.
2009 Aug 11, Yemen’s government
launched "Operation Scorched Earth," an all-out offensive to stamp
out an uprising in the northern Saada province, after rebels claimed
they had wrested more control of the region from Sunni-led
(AP, 8/13/09)(AFP, 2/8/10)
2009 Aug 11, Two Yemenis jailed
in the United States over terrorism charges received a tumultuous
public welcome on their return home after serving more than six
years in prison. Sheik Mohammed Ali Hasan Al-Moayad (60) and his
assistant Mohammed Zayed were arrested in 2003 and convicted of
supporting terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida. Al-Moayad was
sentenced to 75 years in prison and Mohammed Zayed received 45
years, but on August 7 they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of
supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas and given six years
2009 Aug 12, Pres. Obama
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest
civilian honor, to 16 “agents of change."
(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A5)
2009 Aug 12, In Atlanta,
Georgia, Ehsanul Islam (23) was convicted of aiding terrorist groups
by sending videotapes of US landmarks overseas and plotting to
support “violent jihad." He faced a maximum of 60 years in prison.
(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 12, In Montana a
grizzly bear named Maximus, one of the largest in the state, was
found shot to death on a ranch near Dupuyer. He had stood 7½ feet
tall and weighed 800 lbs.
(SSFC, 8/23/09, p.A7)
2009 Aug 12, In southern
Afghanistan helicopter-borne US Marines backed by Harrier jets
stormed a Taliban-held town before dawn, launching a new operation
(Eastern Resolve 2) to uproot Taliban fighters from a longtime base
and provide security for next week's presidential election. Marines
said they killed between seven and 10 militants in Dahaneh and
seized about 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of opium, which the militants
use to finance their insurgency. A blast on a road in the Gereshk
district of Helmand province ripped through a vehicle carrying a
family, killing 11 people, including two women and nine men. In
Kandahar province three children were killed after they started
playing with a bomb which they had found on the side of the road
west of the provincial capital.
(AP, 8/12/09)(AP, 8/13/09)
2009 Aug 12, Australian forces
shot 2 Afghan policemen on a motorcycle at the Dorafshan checkpoint
near Tarin Kowt. One of the Afghans was shot 16 times and died. The
other was wounded. The Australian military later said the soldiers
did not know the men were police and were acting in self-defense.
2009 Aug 12, In Argentina
Retired Gen. Santiago Riveros and four other members of the military
were convicted and sentenced to long prison terms in the 1976
killing of Floreal Avellaneda (14), the son of a communist activist.
2009 Aug 12, Argentina’s
customs service confiscated a total of 4.2 metric tons (4.6 tons) of
pseudoephedrine, chemical that can be used to make methamphetamine,
at several government warehouses at the port in Buenos Aires during
an investigation into drug traffickers with ties to Mexico.
2009 Aug 12, In La Paz,
Bolivia, exploding envelopes wounded 7 people, 3 of them severely.
2009 Aug 12, In Chile Mapuche
activist Fabian Facundo Mendoza Collio (24) was shot and killed by
police during a confrontation with Mapuche Indians outside
Collipulli. Hours after the Collio was killed, an agricultural
warehouse in the area was set on fire, destroying about $1 million
worth of equipment.
2009 Aug 12, China’s state
media reported that authorities in northern China have shut down the
Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Co. in Shaanxi province after it was
found to have caused lead poisoning that sickened more than 300
children. Media later reported that 851 children in Changqing
township had tested positive for lead poisoning.
(AP, 8/12/09)(AP, 8/14/09)(AFP, 8/19/09)
2009 Aug 12, The WTO upheld
American complaints that China breaks trade commitments by the way
it regulates the import and distribution of foreign publications,
films and music. The initial complaint was filed in 2007 and was
later joined by the EU, Japan, Australia and others.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 12, A French teenager
(16) shot and killed his parents and twin brothers, apparently while
they were asleep in their home on the island of Corsica.
2009 Aug 12, In France a
35-year-old convert to Islam, identified only as Carole, complained
of religious discrimination after trying to go swimming in a
"burquini," a full-body swimsuit, in the town of Emerainville,
southeast of Paris. Officials insisted they banned the woman's use
of the Islam-friendly suit at a local pool because of France's pool
2009 Aug 12, In Honduras
supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya clashed with police in
Tegucigalpa and some of them attacked the second-ranking member of
2009 Aug 12, In Mexico’s border
city of Nuevo Laredo, city police found a bullet-ridden sport
utility vehicle belonging to the federal Communications and
Transportation Department crashed into a post on a street. There was
blood on the seats, and four department employees identified as
cargo inspectors were reported missing.
2009 Aug 12, In Nigeria US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged the government to take
a firmer line on corruption and offered US help to implement badly
needed electoral reforms in Africa's biggest energy producer.
2009 Aug 12, In northwestern
Pakistan's tribal belt clashes between Taliban militants and
followers of pro-government Turkistan Bitani left at least 70
(AP, 8/12/09)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 12, Philippine troops
overran two jungle camps of al-Qaida-linked militants in their
deadliest clash in years, with 23 soldiers and 31 guerrillas killed.
The two camps served as a stronghold and a bomb factory for the Abu
Sayyaf on Basilan. Troops found several bombs, booby traps and 15
assault rifles and grenade launchers.
2009 Aug 12, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Abkhazia and said Russia
will spend at least 15 billion rubles ($470 million) next year to
build Russian military bases in Abkhazia and tighten the separatist
Georgian region's borders.
2009 Aug 12, Chechen Interior
Ministry spokesman Magomed Deniyev said 2 policemen were killed in
separate attacks during the night as they returned to their homes.
2009 Aug 12, Ruslan
Amerkhanov, the construction minister in Russia's violence-plagued
Ingushetia, was shot to death in his office. Ingush Security Council
secretary Alexei Vorobyov said investigators believe the killing
could be related to recent audits of construction projects that
turned up building violations and misuse of funds.
2009 Aug 12, World Bank
President Robert Zoellick pledged to boost development aid to Rwanda
to help the rebuild the country ripped apart by genocide.
2009 Aug 12, In Somalia masked
gunmen killed five Pakistani preachers outside the Tawfiq Mosque in
Galkayo following morning prayers.
2009 Aug 12, Yemeni government
forces used artillery and aircraft to attack Shiite rebels near the
border with Saudi Arabia in an escalation of the five-year-old
conflict. A local government official said 20 rebels were killed. A
local Health Ministry official said 12 others died in fighting
across Saada and 51 were injured.
2009 Aug 12, Doctors at
Zimbabwe's state hospitals went on strike, demanding higher salaries
and payment of their monthly allowances.
2009 Aug 13, Legendary
guitarist and inventor Les Paul (94), who pioneered the design of
solid body Gibson electric guitars that bore his name, died at a New
York hospital of complications from pneumonia. Paul was born as
Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1915. He
created one of the first solid-body electric guitars in 1941, but it
took nearly 10 years before he, working with Gibson Guitar Corp.,
2009 Aug 13, Australian police
said a 20-year-old Australian man has been charged with infecting
more than 3,000 computers around the world with a virus designed to
capture banking and credit card data.
2009 Aug 13, It was reported
that millions of sockeye salmon have disappeared mysteriously from
the Fraser river on Canada's Pacific Coast. It was once known as the
world's most fertile spawning ground for sockeye. Up to 10.6 million
bright-red sockeye salmon were expected to return to spawn this
summer. The latest estimates say fewer than 1 million have returned.
The Canadian government has closed the river to commercial and
recreational sockeye fishing for the third straight year, hitting
the livelihood of nearby Indian reserves.
2009 Aug 13, In Chechnya a gun
battle between police and 2 suspected militants left the 2 militants
dead as well as 4 police officers.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 13, Chinese officials
retreated from a plan to install anti-pornography software on every
computer sold, but said Internet cafes, schools and other public
places must use the program.
(SFC, 8/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 13, In Dagestan some
10 men opened fire on a police post in Buinaksk, killing 4 officers.
The gunmen then entered a sauna complex nearby and killed 7 women
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 13, Ecuador’s Citizen
Participation Minister Doris Soliz called for the creation of local
citizen committees to defend the government and its "revolution,"
sparking criticism that the president aims to control opponents in a
system reminiscent of Cuba or Venezuela.
2009 Aug 13, The EU said it was
extending its sanctions on Myanmar to cover members of the judiciary
responsible for the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Aung
San Suu Kyi.
2009 Aug 13, In India thousands
of schools, colleges and cinemas shut down in Mumbai to combat the
spread of swine flu as the government struggled to contain public
2009 Aug 13, In Iran a group of
former reformist lawmakers appealed to a powerful clerical body to
investigate Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's qualification to
rule in an unprecedented challenge to the country's most powerful
man over the postelection crackdown.
2009 Aug 13, In Iraq a gunfight
erupted during an attempted bank heist in Baghdad, as a court
official announced that five members of Iraq's presidential guard
will go on trial later this month for their alleged roles in the
deadly July 28 robbery of Baghdad’s Rafidain Bank. In the northwest
city of Sinjar 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up at a popular
cafe killing 21 people and wounding 30 others.
(AP, 8/13/09)(SFC, 8/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 13, In Japan a woman
(23) crashed her moped when it hit a rope that was stretched across
the road. She suffered a fractured skull after being thrown from her
bike near western Tokyo's US Yokota Air Base. Police later arrested
four children, three boys and one girl aged between 15 and 18, of US
military personnel on suspicion of attempted murder.
2009 Aug 13, In Liberia US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the country’s post-war
transition to democracy and threw support behind President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf, who has faced calls to resign because she helped
fund a warlord.
2009 Aug 13, In Mexico state
security officials banned police from setting up sobriety
checkpoints in the northern city of Monterrey because they say the
officers routinely use them to extort motorists. Bishop Eduardo
Patino Leal was detained in the town of Huatusco, Veracruz state,
lost control of his vehicle and ran over 6 Indian street vendors,
2009 Aug 13, North Korea freed
Yu Seong-Jin (44), a South Korean worker it had detained since
March, raising hopes of better cross-border relations after 18
months of bitter hostility from the communist state.
2009 Aug 13, In northwest
Pakistan helicopter gunships pummeled the bases of Taliban commander
Hakimullah Mehsud, killing at least 12 insurgents as government
forces ratcheted up pressure on the militants following their top
leader's reported death. 2 intelligence officials said a suicide
bomber killed pro-government lashkar leader Malik Khadeen, who was
instrumental in fighting Uzbek militants operating with the Taliban
in South Waziristan. In the Bajur tribal area authorities found the
bodies of two anti-Taliban lashkar leaders near a security
checkpoint. The two lashkar commanders, Malik Sehar Gul and Malik
Jalindhar, had been kidnapped the night before.
2009 Aug 13, Scottish officials
said they were considering early release for the Lockerbie bomber,
leading to sharp debate among victims' relatives in the US and
Britain over whether he should be allowed to return home to Libya.
British media said Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi could soon be freed on
compassionate grounds because he is terminally ill with cancer.
2009 Aug 13, The crew of two
Egyptian fishing vessels overpowered Somali pirates after being held
hostage for four months and, with machetes and tools, killed at
least two pirates before sailing to freedom. The fight took place
near the coastal town of Las Qorey off the Gulf of Aden. The pirates
had demanded a ransom of $1.5 million.
2009 Aug 13, Taiwan deployed
thousands of extra troops as it faced growing public anger and
pressure to rescue people trapped by landslides. The confirmed death
toll from the destruction wreaked by the typhoon rose to at least
2009 Aug 13, In Venezuela
attackers injured 12 of the journalists as they passed out leaflets
warning against a new education law that critics fear could lead to
indoctrination in schools. Their fliers warned against a provision
for sanctions against reports that "produce terror" among children
or incite hate. The government condemned the violence and ordered an
2009 Aug 13, Yemeni warplanes
bombed a northern province bordering Saudi Arabia for a second
straight day, in an ongoing offensive that has brought casualties
and pushed the area close to an all-out war.
2009 Aug 14, Real estate lender
Colonial BancGroup Inc. was shut down by federal officials in the
biggest US bank failure this year. The FDIC, which was appointed
receiver of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Colonial and its about $25
billion in assets, said the failed bank's 346 branches in Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas will reopen at the normal times
starting on Aug 15 as offices of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T.
Regulators also closed four other banks: Community Bank of Arizona,
based in Phoenix; Union Bank, based in Gilbert, Ariz.; Community
Bank of Nevada, based in Las Vegas; and Dwelling House Savings and
Loan Association, located in Pittsburgh. The closures boosted to 77
the number of federally insured banks that have failed in 2009.
2009 Aug 14, Lynette “Squeaky"
Fromme (60), the Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to
assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, was released from a Texas
prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.
2009 Aug 14, It was reported
that in North Carolina nine women, who lived at the edges of the
poor community in Rocky Mount, have disappeared since 2005. Six
bodies have been found along rural roads just a few miles outside
town, most so decomposed that investigators could not tell how they
died. At least one of the women was strangled. All the deaths have
been classified as homicides. Three women were still missing.
2009 Aug 14, In California the
Lockheed fire in Santa Cruz County, which began on Aug 12, covered
over 5,000 acres and was only 15% contained. 9 big wildfires across
the state covered over 100,000 acres.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A8)
2009 Aug 14, Hillary Clinton
ended her whirlwind seven-nation African trip at Cape Verde, with a
tough love message that Africans must tackle their own problems.
2009 Aug 14, An Australian
judge ruled that Christian Rossiter (49), a quadriplegic man who
says he cannot "undertake any basic human functions," has the right
to direct a nursing home to stop feeding him and allow him to die.
(AP, 8/14/09)(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 14, In Dagestan gunmen
killed 2 traffic police officers in Makhachkala. 3 suspected
militants were killed in a separate episode.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 14, In Germany shares
in Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, plunged after it approved
a takeover of luxury auto manufacturer Porsche to create a sector
2009 Aug 14, In Honduras 2
dozen supporters of ousted Pres. Zelaya were charged with sedition
in an intensifying crackdown on protests against the coup-installed
2009 Aug 14, In Iraq
journalists took to the streets in Baghdad to protest what they say
is political pressure to silence the media. The rally came as
journalist Ahmed Abdul-Hussein was threatened with a lawsuit over
editorials related to the July 28 Baghdad bank robbery that left
eight security guards dead.
2009 Aug 14, In Libya a
delegation of US senators led by John McCain met with Libya's leader
to discuss the possible delivery of non-lethal defense equipment.
2009 Aug 14, In northern Mexico
a fight among prisoners killed 19 inmates and left more than 20
injured at the prison in the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango state.
The battle apparently involved inmates jailed on drug or organized
crime charges. Assailants in pickup trucks opened fire on Monclova
police chief Juan Carlos Pacheco as he headed home. Pacheco was not
hurt but three of the police officers guarding him died. Federal
police announced the capture of Hector Oyarzabal, an alleged La
Familia leader, who was described as director of the gang's drug
operations in several towns of the state of Mexico, which surrounds
most of Mexico City. In Ciudad Juarez two women and a man were found
shot to death in their car.
2009 Aug 14, Nigeria’s banking
chief said the government will inject US$2.55 billion into five
troubled banks, in Africa's first major bank rescue program since
the global credit crunch began. Central Bank Chief Sanusi Lamido
Sanusi also announced the sacking of the heads of five major banks
for piling up debts worth billions of dollars and poor management.
The heads of Afribank plc, Intercontinental Bank plc, Union Bank
plc, Oceanic Bank plc and Finbank plc were removed by Sanusi. The
Nigerian anti-graft agency soon froze the accounts of the sacked
directors for running the institutions into insolvency.
(AP, 8/14/09)(AFP, 8/22/09)
2009 Aug 14, In Nigeria the
number of polio cases caused by the vaccine was reported to have
doubled so far this year with 124 children paralyzed, compared to 62
in 2008, out of about 42 million children vaccinated. For every case
of paralysis, hundreds of other children don't develop symptoms, but
pass on the disease.
2009 Aug 14, Pakistan lifted a
ban on political activities in its tribal regions, granting the
areas close to Afghan border parliamentary representation for the
first time in the hopes it would reduce the grip of the Taliban
there. 3 bomb explosions killed a man and wounded 18 other people in
Baluchistan, an impoverished but oil-rich province where Baluch
nationalist groups have been fighting for more autonomy for decades.
2009 Aug 14, In the southern
Gaza town of Rafah on the Egyptian border fighting broke out when
Hamas security men surrounded a mosque where about 100 members of
Jund Ansar Allah, or the Soldiers of the Companions of God, were
holed up. Abdel-Latif Moussa, the leader of the group, defied Gaza's
Hamas rulers by declaring in a prayer sermon that the territory was
an Islamic emirate. 11 homemade rockets were launched from Gaza into
Egypt. Only five of the rockets detonated, injuring a young girl.
2009 Aug 14, A Swiss court
backed the government's plan to give aid agencies 7 million Swiss
francs ($6 million) seized from bank accounts linked to Haiti's
former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. The Duvalier
family, which wants to reclaim the money, can now appeal the case to
Switzerland's highest court. The accounts have been blocked since
2009 Aug 14, Taiwan's president
said floods and mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Morakot last weekend
have killed about 500 people on the island, as he called on rescue
crews to step up their efforts. Ma said the death toll includes 120
confirmed deaths, and about 380 people believed to be buried in the
debris of a landslide in Shiao Lin, the hardest-hit village. Taiwan
asked major world donors for heavy equipment to alleviate damages
from Typhoon Morakot. Aid offers were initially refused on Aug 11.
On Aug 23 the death toll from Typhoon Morakot was raised to at least
(AP, 8/14/09)(Reuters, 8/15/09)(AP, 8/23/09)
2009 Aug 14, A Taiwanese
telephone company said Seabed movements believed caused by Typhoon
Morakat damaged seven undersea cables linking Asian nations,
disrupting Internet and telephone services.
2009 Aug 14, In Venezuela
lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez gave final approval on to
legislation that has raised fears among government opponents of
impending socialist indoctrination in schools. The National Assembly
also approved a law that paves the way for the government to take
over private buildings and land in urban areas.
2009 Aug 15, In Georgia former
college professor Lothar Karl Schweder (77) and his wife Sherry (65)
were found mauled to death by dogs near their home in Lexington.
(SFC, 8/18/09, p.A7)
2009 Aug 15, In southern
California the body of Jasmine Fiore (28), a swimsuit model, was
found stuffed in a suitcase and dumped into a trash bin in Orange
County. Her husband Ryan Alexander Jenkins (32), a reality TV show
contestant and CEO of Skyhomes in Calgary, Canada, reported her
missing the same day. On Aug 20 Jenkins was charged with murder and
believed to be hiding in Canada. On Aug 23 Jenkins was found dead of
apparent suicide in a motel in Hope, British Columbia.
(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A5)(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A9)(Reuters,
2009 Aug 15, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb exploded outside the main gate of NATO's
headquarters five days before presidential elections, killing seven
and wounding 91 in the biggest attack in the Afghan capital in six
months. A British soldier succumbed to injuries sustained while out
on foot patrol in Helmand province, becoming the 201st British
military fatality in Afghanistan.
(AP, 8/15/09)(AFP, 8/16/09)
2009 Aug 15, In northern
Algeria an explosion followed by gunfire left one police officer
dead and two others wounded at a beach. A head-on collision between
a lorry and a minibus killed 16 people on the outskirts of the city
of Ghazaouet, including more than a dozen members of the same family
2009 Aug 15, Canada said it
will pay some farmers to stop raising hogs and offer loans to help
others restructure, assistance that drew praise from Canadian hog
farmers and concerns from a top US farmer group.
2009 Aug 15, In southern Chile
Manuel Calfiu, head of the Mapuche community Meli Wixan Mapu, said
dozens of Indian communities agreed to form the Mapuche Territorial
Alliance to fight for political autonomy, said after several days of
violence over land seizures.
2009 Aug 15, Three Iraqi men
herding cattle were killed after wandering into the middle of a
US-Iraqi mortar training exercise north of the Iraqi capital.
2009 Aug 15, In Kuwait a fire
at a wedding tent killed 57 women and children as it consumed the
structure in a blazing inferno lasting just three minutes. The
bridegroom’s ex-wife was later found to be the arsonist. In 2010 a
Kuwaiti appeals court confirmed a death sentence against Nasra
Yussef Mohammed al-Enezi (23). She had been convicted in March of
setting fire to the wedding tent as her husband took a second wife.
(AP, 8/16/09)(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/18/09,
2009 Aug 15, Japan's PM Taro
Aso expressed deep regret over the suffering his country inflicted
on Asian countries during World War II in a solemn ceremony that
marked the 64th anniversary of Tokyo's surrender.
2009 Aug 15, In Mexico the
dismembered body of Jesus Arroyo, a legal adviser for the leftist
Democratic Revolution Party, was found in an ice box in Ciudad
Altamirano, in Guerrero state. In Guadalajara singer Carlos Vicente
Ocaranza, who specialized in drug ballads, was shot to death outside
a bar. His manager died of wounds 2 days later. Ocaranza was better
known as "El Loco Elizalde," or The Crazy Elizalde, a reference to
his distant relation by marriage to Valentin Elizalde, a much more
famous musician, also killed by gunshots in 2006.
2009 Aug 15, In Myanmar US Sen.
Jim Webb won the release of John Yettaw (53), an American prisoner
convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for swimming
secretly to the residence of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu
2009 Aug 15, Nigeria's
anti-graft agency said it had recovered more than 50 billion naira
($320.5 million / €224.2 million) in looted funds and secured 70
convictions in the past year. Police in the western Nigerian state
of Niger raided the Darul Islam community and detained hundreds of
its members, weeks after an uprising by a radical sect killed almost
800 in the remote northeast. Sect leader Amrul Bashir Abdullahi
said: "We decided to create a camp for ourselves outside the
community because of the problems in the larger society. These are
problems of corruption, drunkenness, prostitution and so on which
(AFP, 8/15/09)(Reuters, 8/16/09)
2009 Aug 15, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint in
the northwestern Swat Valley, killing at least five people in a
reminder that extremists can still strike despite the military's
retaking of the area. Air strikes by government fighter jets killed
16 militants and destroyed several Taliban hideouts in tribal South
(AP, 8/15/09)(AFP, 8/17/09)
2009 Aug 15, In the Gaza Strip
Abdel-Latif Moussa, the leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group, blew
himself up during a shootout with Hamas security forces, ending
hours of violence sparked by a rebellious sermon at a Salafist
mosque near the Egyptian border. A total of 24 people, including six
Hamas police officers and an 11-year-old girl, were killed and 150
2009 Aug 15, In Peru farmers
freed 13 police officers and four civilians seized at a
hydroelectric dam in the Andean region after local officials agreed
to provide them with fertilizer.
2009 Aug 15, In Puerto Rico
Ricardo Lebron Berrios (23), a prisoner being taken to jail to face
car theft charges, allegedly shot one police officer to death and
gravely wounded a second, then escaped in their squad car.
2009 Aug 15, Somali pirates
found seven dead colleagues floating in the ocean and vowed to take
revenge against Egyptian fishermen they say killed them during an
August 13 escape.
2009 Aug 15, South Korea's
president renewed his offer of aid for impoverished North Korea if
it abandons its nuclear weapons and called for talks on the
reduction of conventional weapons along their heavily fortified
2009 Aug 15, Sri Lanka's Roman
Catholic leaders called for the release of ethnic Tamils held in
military-run displacement camps, saying they are confined like
prisoners behind barbed wire.
2009 Aug 15, Taiwan's President
Ma Ying-jeou bowed to public anger, apologizing for his government's
slow response to Typhoon Morakot, which devastated central and
southern parts of the island.
2009 Aug 15, Yemen widened a
military offensive against Shiite rebels in the country's north,
blasting the fighters' positions with artillery and airstrikes.
2009 Aug 16, Y.E. Yang (37) of
South Korea won the PGA Championship at Chaska, Minnesota, with a
2-under par 70 beating Tiger Woods who shot a 5 over par 75.
2009 Aug 16, In San Francisco
BART management and union leaders reached a tentative contract
agreement less that 6 hours before a planned strike to shut down the
regional rail system.
(SFC, 8/17/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 16, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai took part in a live television debate with two of his
main rivals running in this week's election, a first for an
incumbent head of state in the war-scarred country. The Afghan
defense ministry said that more than 30 rebels, including
foreigners, were killed in an operation pounding Taliban centers in
a bid to secure a northeast troublespot for key elections. Two US
troops and a US civilian died in gun and bomb attacks in eastern
Afghanistan. 3 British soldiers were killed in an explosion in the
(AFP, 8/16/09)(AFP, 8/17/09)
2009 Aug 16, Chinese
authorities in central Henan province called off the takeover of
Linzhou Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., a state-owned steel plant, after
workers protested and trapped an official in the factory office for
four days, the second time in a month that the country's
steelworkers have rallied to successfully avoid privatization.
2009 Aug 16, Iran expanded its
mass trial of opposition supporters, adding 25 more defendants
including a Jewish teenager who are accused of involvement in unrest
over the disputed presidential election.
2009 Aug 16, The US Peace Corps
says it has pulled more than 100 American volunteers out of
Mauritania for security reasons. The volunteers left for neighboring
Senegal and will not return to Mauritania.
2009 Aug 16, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il held talks with Hyun Jeong-eun, the head of South
Korea's Hyundai Group, in a rare meeting that could warm prospects
for a resumption of stalled cross-border projects.
2009 Aug 16, In Pakistan seven
suspected Taliban militants were killed during a gunfight with
soldiers in Kabal village, about 20 kilometers northwest of Mingora
in the Swat Valley. Police arrested militant commander Qari
Saifullah, a close Mehsud aide, as he was being treated in a private
hospital in Islamabad.
(AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 16, It was reported
that Peru has become the world’s largest “factory" of counterfeit US
dollars. Police were said to seize some $10 million in false dollars
each month in Lima alone. The Peruvian dollars were mostly found in
such countries as Italy, France, Germany and Ecuador. Gunmen robbed
12 foreigners on an ecological tourism trip to the Manu nature
reserve in the Tres Cruces area of the Cusco region.
(SSFC, 8/16/09, p.A4)(AP, 8/16/09)
2009 Aug 16, Two Russian air
force fighters rehearsing acrobatic maneuvers collided near Moscow,
killing one pilot and sending the jets crashing into nearby vacation
2009 Aug 16, An American cargo
plane arrived in Taiwan with supplies for victims of the recent
Typhoon Morakot disaster. It was the first American military
aircraft to land in Taiwan in the 30 years since the US severed its
diplomatic ties in favor of China.
(Econ, 8/22/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 16, In Uruguay some 20
dead Fraser's dolphins turned up this weekend on the Punta Negra
beach in Piriapolis outside Montevideo. Experts theorized the
tropical dolphins became disoriented or were carried there by
changing water currents.
2009 Aug 17, Albert Gonzalez
(28) of Miami, a former informant for the US Secret Service who
helped the agency hunt hackers, was indicted in New Jersey and
charged with conspiring with two other unnamed suspects to steal the
private information. He allegedly stole information from 130 million
credit and debit card accounts in what federal prosecutors called
the largest case of identity theft yet. He was already in jail
awaiting trial in a hacking case. On Aug 28 Gonzalez agreed to plead
guilty and serve up to 25 years in federal prison.
(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 17, In Afghanistan
former Uzbek militia chief General Abdul Rashid Dostum threw his
support behind President Hamid Karzai one day after returning from
exile in Turkey. Four minor candidates announced they were
withdrawing and throwing their support behind Karzai. A roadside
bomb in southern Afghanistan killed a US service member, while an
American civilian working for the military died after insurgents
attacked a patrol in the east.
2009 Aug 17, The Central
African Republic’s Communications Minister Cyriaque Gonda said on
state radio that the government has set a three-year timetable to
disarm, demobilize and reintegrate former rebels.
2009 Aug 17, Czech media
reported that two Russians have been ordered out of Prague,
including a deputy military attache. Prague has previously
complained about an increase in Russian spying that it linked to the
US plans. Russia responded by ordering two Czech diplomats out of
2009 Aug 17, In Ingushetia a
suicide bomber attacked a police station in Nazran city in Russia's
North Caucasus with an explosives-laden truck, killing at least 21
people and wounding more than 100 others. 9 officers were still
(AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 17, The new head of
Iran's judiciary suggested that he would prosecute security agents
accused of torture in the postelection crackdown, a nod from the
country's conservative leadership to widespread anger to reports
that jailed protesters were abused.
2009 Aug 17, Human Rights Watch
said Iraqi militiamen are torturing and killing gay men with
impunity in a systematic campaign that has spread from Baghdad to
several other cities.
2009 Aug 17, Israeli soldiers
mistakenly shot and wounded an Egyptian policeman near Eilat along
the border between the two countries.
2009 Aug 17, In Mexico at least
8 people were killed early in the day when gunmen opened fire in a
bar in drug-plagued Ciudad Juarez on the Texas border. Gunmen killed
a father and his 4-year-old son and wounded the mother as the family
drove on a highway near Ciudad Juarez. 2 girls, ages 12 and 14, died
after being struck by lightning on a soccer field during a religious
service in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas state. In
Monterrey four gunmen died in a shootout with soldiers and three
other suspects were detained. Three soldiers suffered light injuries
in the clash.
2009 Aug 17, North Korea said
it would restart tours to a scenic mountain resort and allow
reunions for families separated since the Korean War, a surprise
move that could help ease months of tensions with South Korea over
Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests.
2009 Aug 17, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb blast claimed by Taliban militants killed seven
people including children, as 31 insurgents were reported dead in a
fresh wave of unrest. Overnight in Swat's main town Mingora, a
suicide bomber blew himself up, wounding four soldiers as they tried
to arrest him. Security forces captured Maulvi Umar, the Pakistani
Taliban's top spokesman, and he acknowledged the death of the
group's leader in a recent US missile strike.
(AFP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 17, Russian media
reported that the Arctic Sea has been found near Cape Verde and that
the ship's 15-man Russian crew has been taken aboard a Russian naval
2009 Aug 17, In Russia powerful
explosion took place during repair work at the Sayano-Shushinskaya
hydroelectric plant in southern Siberia. The death toll soon reached
69 with 6 still missing and feared dead after an engine room was
suddenly flooded. The accident produced an oil spill and the slick
that floated down the Yenisei River.
(AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)(AP, 8/21/09)(AP,
2009 Aug 17, It was reported
that 200,000 Russian military officers faced early retirement, as
the government conducts a sweeping reform that will eliminate the
jobs of six out of every 10 members of its top-heavy officer corps.
2009 Aug 17, In Somalia gunmen
stormed a UN aid compound in Wajid overnight, sparking a gunbattle
that killed three of the attackers and wounded one. Hundreds of
pro-government militiamen rolled into Bula Hawa town near the Kenyan
border after al-Shabab fighters abandoned it.
2009 Aug 17, In Sweden the
Aftonbladet tabloid published an incendiary article claiming that
Israeli soldiers had harvested the organs of some Palestinians whom
they had shot. Israel quickly denounced the article, while Sweden
defended its freedom of expression.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.44)
2009 Aug 17, In Thailand
thousands of supporters of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra rallied in
central Bangkok and then marched to the royal palace, seeking a
pardon for the fugitive leader.
2009 Aug 17, Former Zambian
President Frederick Chiluba (1991-2001) was cleared of corruption
charges following a six-year trial after a magistrate ruled that
$500,000 of allegedly embezzled funds could not be traced to
(AP, 8/17/09)(Econ, 8/22/09, p.43)(Econ,
2009 Aug 18, Robert Novak (78),
political columnist, died in Washington DC after a battle with brain
cancer that was diagnosed in July 2008. He was a conservative,
pugilistic debater and proud owner of the "Prince of Darkness"
moniker, which he used in his 2007 memoir: "The Prince of Darkness:
50 Years Reporting in Washington." A column of his in 2003 outed
Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
2009 Aug 18, A Taliban suicide
bomber attacked a NATO convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing 8
people and wounding more than 50, just days before the presidential
election that the militant group has vowed to disrupt. A suicide
bomber struck the gates of an Afghan army base in the southern
Uruzgan province, killing 3 Afghan soldiers and two civilians. Two
US soldiers were killed and 3 wounded in a separate blast in eastern
(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/19/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 18, An international
claims commission in The Hague awarded Ethiopia slightly more than
Eritrea as it settled mutual claims worth hundreds of millions of
dollars for death, injury, rape, looting and destruction during
their two-year border conflict. This concluded a complex arbitration
that was part of the 2000 peace agreement closing out a border
conflict that cost tens of thousands of lives.
2009 Aug 18, In Indonesia a
dump truck, packed with more than 60 plantation workers and their
families, overturned and killing at least 25 with dozens injured. At
least three children were among the dead near Sampit town in Central
2009 Aug 18, Iraqi forces
seized a launcher loaded with 13 Iranian-made rockets after an
attack the previous day against the US base outside the southern
city of Basra.
2009 Aug 18, Israeli government
officials said Israel has quietly stopped approving new building
projects in the West Bank while publicly still refusing US demands
for an official settlement freeze.
2009 Aug 18, In Lebanon 8
members of an al-Qaida-inspired group sawed bars off their cell
windows in a high-security prison, scaled down the building using
blankets tied together, then stood on each other's shoulders to help
one jump over a wall and escape. Prison guards managed to stop the
other seven from fleeing. Officials described the escaped prisoner,
Taha al-Hajj Suleiman, as a Syrian militant and a "dangerous" member
of the Fatah Islam group. Suleiman was caught the next day in the
woods just north of the Roumieh prison.
(AP, 8/18/09)(AP, 8/19/09)
2009 Aug 18, In Mexico gunmen
shot up the offices of the Siglo de Torreon newspaper in Torreon,
(SFC, 8/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 18, In Mozambique an
overcrowded ferry with 50 people went down off the coast in a
northern province. 17 people were feared drowned.
2009 Aug 18, Pakistani
government and UN officials said flash floods have killed at least
27 people in the northwest, and that more than 80,000 have seen
their homes or crops destroyed.
2009 Aug 18, Russia's President
Dmitry Medvedev hosted Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres for talks
that were expected to focus on the Middle East and the Iranian
2009 Aug 18, Former South
Korean Pres. Kim Dae-jung (85) died. He spent years as a dissident
under a military dictatorship and later won the Nobel Peace Prize
for seeking reconciliation with communist North Korea.
2009 Aug 18, In Sudan clashes
between rival militias broke out in the southern oil-rich Unity
state, the latest to hit a region still recovering from two decades
of civil war.
2009 Aug 18, In Zimbabwe a
truck hit a bus head-on, killing 11 people including six members of
a family returning from a funeral.
2009 Aug 19, US authorities in
collaboration with Venezuela led to the seizure of about a ton of
cocaine aboard a ship in the Caribbean Sea. Two Venezuelans and a
Colombian were arrested.
2009 Aug 19, Don Hewitt (86), a
TV news pioneer, died. He created the "60 Minutes" news hour in 1968
and produced the popular CBS newsmagazine for 36 years.
2009 Aug 19, Afghan journalists
rejected a Foreign Ministry demand that they suspend the
broadcasting of news about attacks or violence on election day,
accusing the government of unconstitutional censorship. Police
stormed a bank in Kabul and killed three insurgents who had taken it
over, while a wave of attacks killed at least six election workers
around the country on the eve of the presidential election.
2009 Aug 19, Australia
celebrated the biggest trade deal in its history and said it proved
vital ties with China had survived a series of bruising rows. PM
Kevin Rudd said ExxonMobil's 41.3 billion US dollar liquefied
natural gas contract with PetroChina would create up to 6,000 jobs
and pump billions of dollars into the economy. PetroChina ordered
2.25 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year over two
decades from ExxonMobil's share of the still-undeveloped Gorgon
plant off Western Australia.
2009 Aug 19, Brazilian
prosecutors said Father Clodoveo Piazza, an Italian priest who ran
an award-winning shelter for homeless children in Brazil, has been
charged with sexually abusing boys for years and allowing visiting
foreigners to exploit the children. Piazza, now working as a
missionary in Mozambique, was charged along with another former
director of the nonprofit group Fraternal Help Organization, a
private group based in Salvador.
2009 Aug 19, London's
Metropolitan Police said two men were arrested in the Aug 6 robbery
of $66 million in jewelry. The Barnes Flying Squad, a specialist
unit that deals with armed robberies and high value thefts, made the
2009 Aug 19, French police with
Spanish help detained three suspected members of Basque separatist
group ETA in a French Alps ski resort and seized material for making
explosives, after a series of bombings claimed by the group on the
Spanish island of Mallorca.
2009 Aug 19, Germany launched a
campaign to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020, making
battery research a priority as it tries to position the country as a
2009 Aug 19, Rights group
Amnesty International alleged widespread abuse of protesters
demanding the return of the Honduran president ousted in a coup,
saying in a report that hundreds of people have been beaten and
detained under the interim government.
2009 Aug 19, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nominated Ahmad Vahidi as Defense Minister.
Vahidi had commanded a unit of the Revolutionary Guard known as the
Quds Force at the time of the July 18, 1994, attack on a Jewish
cultural center in Argentina. The Quds Force is involved in
operations abroad, including working with Lebanon's Hezbollah
militant group, which is accused to carrying out the Buenos Aires
2009 Aug 19, In Iraq a truck
bomb tore through the Foreign Ministry, knocking out concrete slabs
and windows and leaving a mass of charred cars outside killing at
least 65 people and wounding 250. A suicide truck bomber took aim at
the Finance Ministry complex causing part of a nearby overpass to
collapse killing least 28 people. A wave of explosions around
Baghdad killed at least 8 more people as mortars struck inside the
Green Zone. The total death toll from the string of blasts was later
set at 106. One of the suspected masterminds said in a confession
broadcast on Aug 23 that attackers paid $10,000 to get a bomb-laden
truck past checkpoints and next to the Finance Ministry. A US
soldier died of a non-combat related injury.
(AP, 8/19/09)(AP, 8/20/09)(AP, 8/23/09)(AP,
2009 Aug 19, Philippine troops
clashed with about 30 Muslim gunmen, who took over Mantangule islet
in the southern part of Palawan Island, killing at least seven and
2009 Aug 19, Saudi authorities
said they have arrested 44 suspected militants with al-Qaida links
in a yearlong sweep that also uncovered dozens of machine guns and
electronic circuits for bombs.
2009 Aug 19, In Sudan former
enemies from the north and south signed a deal aimed at bolstering
the 2005 peace deal that ended a 22-year civil war, the African
2009 Aug 19, Swiss banking
giant UBS AG agreed to turn over to the IRS the details of 4,450
accounts suspected of holding undeclared assets by American
customers, piercing Switzerland's long-standing tradition of banking
2009 Aug 19, Syrian President
Bashar Assad opened talks with Iranian officials in a visit expected
to include an appeal to free a French academic accused of plotting
to overthrow the Islamic regime.
2009 Aug 19, In Zimbabwe 10
lawmakers from PM Morgan Tsvangirai's party were arrested and
charged with disturbing the peace as they headed into the Finance
Ministry for a meeting.
2009 Aug 20, In Colorado a
Black Hawk helicopter crashed during training on Mount Massive, the
state’s 2nd highest mountain. 4 soldiers were killed in the crash.
(SFC, 8/21/09, p.A8)
2009 Aug 20, Afghans voted to
elect a president for only the second time in history as fears
emerged of poor turnout. Some $300 million was spent in
organizational costs alone. Top security officials said 26 civilians
and security forces have died in election-day militant attacks.
Insurgents launched scattered rocket, suicide and bomb attacks that
closed some polling sites. In northern Baghlan province, insurgent
attacks closed 14 polling sites, and several police were reported
killed. In southern Helmand province more than 20 rockets landed in
the capital of Lashkar Gah, including one near a line of voters that
killed a child. Initial election results weren't expected until Aug
22. Taliban militants cut off the nose and both ears of an Afghan
father of 8 he tried to vote. The attack became the third confirmed
report of the Taliban mutilating people who sought to cast ballots
in the electoral contest. Some 400 insurgent incidents took place
during the poll.
(AP, 8/20/09)(AP, 8/31/09)(Econ, 8/29/09,
p.35)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.40)
2009 Aug 20, Angola and South
Africa signed a number of trade agreements including cooperation in
the oil sector, following major bilateral talks aimed at
strengthening economic relations.
2009 Aug 20, Australia passed a
clean energy law requiring the country to produce 20 percent of its
power from renewable sources by 2020 in move that could draw
billions of dollars of green investment.
2009 Aug 20, A French
government-sponsored report was released saying that decomposing
algae covering some beaches in Brittany represent a serious health
risk and gases that can kill within minutes were detected on a beach
where a horse died last month.
2009 Aug 20, Usain Bolt of
Jamaica set a world record of 19.19 seconds in the 200 meters at the
world championships in Berlin, adding to the gold he won in the 100.
2009 Aug 20, Diplomats said
Iran has lifted a year-long ban and allowed UN nuclear inspectors to
visit a nearly completed nuclear reactor as well as granting greater
monitoring rights at another atomic site.
(SFC, 8/21/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 20, The Iraqi
government announced the detention of 11 army and police commanders,
accusing them of negligence in the previous day’s bombings. The
government also decided to keep concrete blast barriers around
potential targets. A bicycle bomb exploded near a restaurant in
Baghdad killing two people. There were three bombings in Babil
province, a region once so notorious for violence it was called the
Triangle of Death. A bomb attached to a minibus killed three and
wounded eight in Hillah, while two bombs at a market in Musayyib
(AP, 8/20/09)(AP, 8/21/09)(SFC, 8/21/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 20, Drug developer
Warner Chilcott, which focuses on women's healthcare and
dermatology, completed its move to Ireland from Bermuda.
2009 Aug 20, Italian customs
found a boat with five Eritrean survivors of what it called a
"shocking tragedy. Around 75 African migrants died in the
Mediterranean after their stranded boat ran out of food and water.
2009 Aug 20, The Association of
Parents of Disappeared People (APDP) said their workers have
discovered several unmarked graves containing about 1,500
unidentified bodies in Indian Kashmir, and alleged that some of
corpses were likely innocent people killed by government forces.
APDP said at least eight of the graves held more than one body.
2009 Aug 20, In Mexico the body
of leftist congressman Armando Chavarria was found in the passenger
seat of a vehicle in Guerrero’s state capital of Chilpancingo. State
police said three human heads were found in ice boxes in the
municipality of Coyuca de Catalan. The mutilated bodies were in bags
nearby. A message from alleged drug traffickers was also found.
2009 Aug 20, Pakistan's
military said that about 60 militants had surrendered to authorities
in northwest Swat valley, where the government claims to have
eliminated Taliban extremists. Baluchistan authorities found the
bodies of 10 policemen in a remote mountain pass. Earlier this week,
the separatist Baluch Republican Army called local media
organizations and said it had killed the remaining 10 of 25 police
officers kidnapped last month.
(AP, 8/20/09)(AP, 8/21/09)
2009 Aug 20, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin ordered that key parts of Russia's aging
infrastructure be checked and upgraded after a power plant accident
in Siberia left scores feared dead and strained the vast region's
power supply. The confirmed death toll in the power plant accident
rose to 17 after three more bodies were found. 57 were still
2009 Aug 20, Russian
authorities flew the suspected hijackers of the cargo vessel Arctic
Sea to Moscow and took off them for interrogation, dismissing
suggestions that the ship may have been carrying weapons.
2009 Aug 20, Kenny MacAskill,
Scotland’s justice secretary, freed Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (57),
former Libyan intelligence agent and alleged Lockerbie bomber (Dec
21, 1988), on compassionate grounds after eight years in jail
allowing him to go home to Libya to die. Al-Megrahi has terminal
prostate cancer and has been given less than three months to live.
In 2010 Professor Karol Sikora, who assessed for the Libyan
authorities, told The Sunday Times it was "embarrassing" that he had
outlived his three-month prognosis and that al-Megrahi could survive
for 10 years or longer. It was later reported that BP had promoted
the deal in order to protect a $900 million oil and gas exploration
deal off the Libyan Mediterranean coast.
(AP, 8/20/09)(Econ, 8/29/09, p.48)(AP,
7/03/10)(SFC, 7/16/10, p.A2)
2009 Aug 20, In central Somalia
fighting between government soldiers and Islamic insurgents killed
at least 40 people as the warring sides tried to gain ground in
(AP, 8/20/09)(SFC, 8/21/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 20, Swiss President
Hans-Rudolf Merz and Libyan PM al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi signed an
accord pledging to restore relations between the two countries and
to have Hannibal Gadhafi July 15, 2008, arrest examined by a joint
arbitration tribunal in London. The next day Merz defended his
apology to Libya for the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi's son, saying it
was the only way to secure the release of two Swiss citizens
detained by Tripoli.
2009 Aug 20, Taiwan's Cabinet
approved a NT$100 billion ($3 billion) reconstruction budget after
the island's worst typhoon in more than 50 years killed hundreds of
people and wiped out roads and bridges in the mountainous south.
2009 Aug 21, Guaranty Bank
became the 2nd-largest US bank to fail this year after the Texas
lender was shut down by regulators and most of its operations sold
at a loss of billions of dollars for the US government to a major
Spanish bank. Guaranty's failure, along with those of three small
banks in Georgia and Alabama, brought to 81 the number of US bank
failures this year.
2009 Aug 21, In Oakland, Ca.,
Ricardo Cortes Jr. (14), was shot and killed by gang member Julio
Montano. Gang member Francisco Zamora accompanied Montano and drove
him from the scene. They thought they were avenging a friend who had
been slain by a rival gang. Cortes had nothing to do with gangs. In
2010 Montano (23) and Zamora (29) were convicted of 1st degree
murder. On Dec 9 Montano was sentenced to 40 years to life in
prison. Zamora was sentenced 27 years to life.
(SFC, 10/1/10, p.C4)(SFC, 12/11/10, p.C1)
2009 Aug 21, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's campaign and chief rival Abdullah Abdullah both said
they had won Afghanistan's election, but Washington's chief envoy
warned candidates not to declare victory prematurely.
2009 Aug 21, Australian leader
Kevin Rudd and his trans-Tasman counterpart John Key chaired the
first-ever joint meeting of their cabinets, and said it had been a
valuable opportunity to discuss their joint challenges. They vowed
closer military ties and collaboration on climate change in the
2009 Aug 21, A massive oil and
gas leak forced the evacuation of an oil rig off Australia's
northwest coast. PTTEP Australasia, a branch of Thai-owned PTT
Exploration and Production Co. Ltd., said about 40 barrels of oil
had been discharged in the initial incident, and it was still
attempting to bring the leak under control at the rig, owned by
Norway's Seadrill. After 2 days PTTEP said plugging the leak will
take weeks. Government officials said there was little threat of
environmental damage. By the end of October an estimated 400 barrels
a day of oil continued leaking from the fissure off the Australian
coast. PTTEP Australasia has failed repeatedly to stop the leak but
said it is still trying.
(AFP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/23/09)(AP, 10/30/09)
2009 Aug 21, In Chechnya
suicide bombers on bicycles detonated explosives, killing at least
four police officers and a civilian in coordinated attacks in the
2009 Aug 21, Chile's health
ministry said it ordered a quarantine for two turkey farms outside
the port city of Valparaiso after genetic tests confirmed sick birds
were afflicted with the same swine flu virus circulating in humans.
2009 Aug 21, In Iraq a small
truck passed through an Iraqi police checkpoint in southern Baghdad
but was not searched minutes before exploding at the front gate of
the market, killing two and wounding 20.
2009 Aug 21, Mexico
decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin, a
move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the
government's grueling battle against drug traffickers. Gunmen killed
an army officer Capt. Alejandro Aranda and another man in a bowling
alley in Ciudad Juarez, a border city that has seen Mexico's highest
levels of drug-related violence in recent years.
(AP, 8/21/09)(AP, 8/22/09)
2009 Aug 21, New Zealanders
voted overwhelmingly to overturn a law that prohibits parents from
hitting children, according to the results of a nationwide
referendum, but the government said the law is working and won't be
changed. In the postal vote 87.6% of voters responded "No" to the
question: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a
criminal offense in New Zealand?"
2009 Aug 21, Leading Pakistani
Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was appointed the new head of
the militant group. Hakimullah (28), the military chief of
Baitullah's Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban
Movement, commanded 3 tribal regions and has a reputation as
Baitullah's most ruthless deputy. A US drone fired a missile into a
suspected militant hide-out in North Waziristan, killing 12 people
in an attempt to take out Siraj Haqqani, a jihadist commander
accused of attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan. Haqqani, a
prime suspect in suicide blasts in Kabul, held close ties to
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency and controlled a
swathe of territory in North Waziristan and eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/21/09)(SFC, 8/22/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 21, Philippine police
arrested Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja, also known as Khalil Pareja,
the alleged leader of a radical Islamist group believed to be
responsible for one of Southeast Asia's deadliest terror attacks.
Pareja is allegedly the leader of the Rajah Solaiman Movement, a
group of Christian converts to Islam. The group is believed to be
behind the 2004 ferry bombing that killed 116 people in Manila Bay.
It was the second-most deadly terrorist attack in Southeast Asia
after the 2002 attack on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that
killed 202 people.
2009 Aug 21, A landslide at
Portugal’s Maria Luisa beach in Albufeira on the Algarve coast
killed five people and injured at least four.
2009 Aug 21, Slovakia stopped
Hungary’s Pres. Laszlo Solyom from crossing its border. This was a
breach of EU rules on freedom of movement. Solyom had planned
to unveil a statue of St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary, in the
predominantly Hungarian city of Komarno. Slovakia’s government had
objected to the visit as the date coincided with the “Prague Spring"
of 1968, when Hungary, as part of the Warsaw pact, took part in the
Soviet crush of Czechoslovakia’s independence movement.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.46)
2009 Aug 21, In Somalia an
insurgent attack on a peacekeeping base sparked gunbattles that
killed at least 22 people, as the undermanned African peacekeeping
force tried to maintain the government's tenuous hold on Somalia's
2009 Aug 22, Vicki Cruse (40)
from Santa Paula, Calif., died in an accident during the World
Aerobatic Championships at Britain's Silverstone motor racing
circuit. She was a former member of the US national aerobatics team
and was the first woman to qualify to race in her class at the Reno
National Championship Air Races.
2009 Aug 22, The West
Australian town of Broome, with deep historical ties to Japan, voted
to sever its sister city relationship with the Japanese village of
Taiji to protest an annual dolphin slaughter near there. At an
extraordinary meeting on October 13 Broome rescinded the decision,
which it said was made in haste and without wide consultation, and
issued an apology to the Japanese community in Broome and Taiji,
their families and friends for any disrespect caused by council's
resolution. But it noted that it did not condone the harvest of
dolphins in Taiji, with which it forged sister-city relations in
(AP, 8/24/09)(AFP, 10/16/09)
2009 Aug 22, Colombian
authorities said police have captured Jose Armando Cadena Cabrera, a
guerrilla suspected of killing a US military contractor and a
Colombian soldier after their surveillance plane crashed in the
jungle in 2003.
2009 Aug 22, The EU published a
list of nearly 4,000 airlines that it says should reduce their
impact on the environment from 2012 or face being banned from
2009 Aug 22, Cologne
prosecutors said they are investigating 100 professors across
Germany on suspicion they took bribes to illegally help students
with their doctorates. The investigation has been going on for more
than a year after it emerged that a law professor at Hannover
University had organized degrees for 61 students whose exam results
were otherwise insufficient.
2009 Aug 22, India and Nepal
agreed to a new trade treaty as PM Madhav Kumar Nepal ended a
five-day official visit to the regional giant that both countries
hailed a great success.
2009 Aug 22, In Indonesia a
group of thieves killed an endangered Sumatran tiger in a zoo in
Jambi province on Sumatra island and stole most of its body. Police
suspected the theft was motivated by the animal's valuable fur and
bones. The number of Sumatran tigers has dwindled to about 250 from
about 1,000 in the 1970s, according to the Washington DC-based World
2009 Aug 22, In Iraq an attack
on a police checkpoint in the Azamiyah district of Baghdad left two
2009 Aug 22, In Italy a lucky
lotto player in Tuscany won Italy's record euro147.8 million ($211.8
million) state lottery, pocketing what has been billed as Europe's
2009 Aug 22, In Tijuana,
Mexico, at least three police officers were in critical condition
after gunmen opened fire on their patrol cars.
2009 Aug 22, In Nigeria a top
militant commander and nearly 1,000 of his followers surrendered to
the government, handing over rocket launchers, gunboats, guns and
bullets in the biggest move since a government amnesty began two
weeks ago. Ebikabowei "Boyloaf" Victor Ben, state commander for the
region's biggest armed group, the Movement for the Emancipation of
the Niger Delta (MEND), and 25 commanders under his leadership
delivered weapons to police overnight.
2009 Aug 22, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up to evade capture during a raid in
Kanju town in the troubled northwestern Swat Valley. Local media
said two security officials were killed and two others were wounded.
2009 Aug 22, In Somalia Islamic
insurgents attacked a government checkpoint in Mogadishu, sparking a
gunbattle that killed at least five people on the first day of the
Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
2009 Aug 22, In Tanzania a fire
ripped through a dormitory in the rural Iringa district, killing 12
schoolgirls and wounding 23 others. Preliminary investigations
indicated the fire was caused by a candle after a student fell
2009 Aug 22, Venezuelan police
dispersed opponents of Pres. Chavez's government as thousands
demonstrated both for and against an education law that critics fear
will lead to political indoctrination in schools.
2009 Aug 23, Afghan former
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, President Karzai's main
challenger, said he had evidence last week's election had been
widely rigged by the incumbent and that he had lodged more than 100
complaints. The Election Complaints Commission (ECC) said it had
received 225 complaints of which 35 had been labeled a priority. An
American service member died in an insurgent attack. Two Estonian
soldiers were killed after their unit stumbled on a roadside bomb in
southern Helmand province.
(Reuters, 8/23/09)(AP, 8/24/09)
2009 Aug 23, NATO military
commanders told US President Barack Obama's envoy on that they
needed more troops and other resources to beat back a resurgent
Taliban, particularly in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan
2009 Aug 23, In the Bahamas
Stefania Fernandez (18), Miss Venezuela, was the fairest of them all
once again, winning the 2009 Miss Universe crown for the second year
straight and the sixth time since the pageant's creation.
2009 Aug 23, A Chinese state
news agency reported that a drought in the north has left nearly 5
million people short of drinking water and damaged crops, while dry
weather in the south could cause more shortages.
2009 Aug 23, In Greece a raging
fire bore down on Athens' northern suburbs, prompting panicked
residents to battle the flames with tree limbs and buckets, and
police to order 10,000 people to evacuate one town immediately. The
fires ignited late on Aug 21; by today they were reported across an
area more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) wide.
2009 Aug 23, The Iraqi military
broadcast the confession of a Sunni man, Wisam Ali Khazim Ibrahim
(57), identified as the mastermind of one of two Aug 19 suicide
truck bombings targeting government buildings in Baghdad. In
northern Iraq gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Mosul, killing
one police officer. An American soldier died of injuries sustained
during an attack on a US patrol in the Iraqi capital.
2009 Aug 23, Mexican army
soldiers captured Luis Ricardo Magana. Prosecutors described him as
a leading member of the violent La Familia drug cartel. A team of
top US law enforcement officials began a three-day visit to Mexico
to explore ways to improve efforts against arms smuggling into
Mexico as part of joint efforts to combat drug gangs.
2009 Aug 23, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing on the outskirts in the northwestern city of
Peshawar killed three people and wounded 15 others. Police in
Karachi arrested seven members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
movement in a raid. The al-Qaida-linked movement is blamed for two
failed assassination attempts against former President Pervez
Musharraf and the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel
(AP, 8/23/09)(AP, 8/24/09)
2009 Aug 23, In Zimbabwe a
cabinet retreat by the unity government collapsed this weekend as
President Robert Mugabe's ministers walked out after the deputy
prime minister said last year's polls were fraudulent.
2009 Aug 24, A senior
administration said that Pres. Obama has approved establishment of
the new unit, to be known as the High-Value Detainee Interrogation
Group, which will be overseen by the National Security Council.
2009 Aug 24, The US government
cash for clunkers program ended.
(SFC, 8/24/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 24, Reader’s Digest,
founded in 1922, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The
company piled on debt following a $1.6 billion leveraged buyout in
2007 by investors led by Ripplewood Holdings LLC, a NY private
(SFC, 8/25/09, p.D3)
2009 Aug 24, In the San
Francisco Bay Area Alexander Robert Youshock (17), a former
Hillsdale High School student in San Mateo, lit 2 of 10 pipe bombs
before he was tackled by teachers. Youshock also carried a chain saw
and a sword and planned to attack students as the ran from the
(SFC, 8/25/09, p.A1)(SFC, 8/27/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 24, Mohammed Jawad
(~21), a Guantanamo prisoner once charged with wounding two US
soldiers and their interpreter was back home in Afghanistan, months
after a war crimes case against him unraveled when a military judge
ruled his confession was coerced.
2009 Aug 24, Argentine federal
police uncovered four tons (4,200 kilograms) of ephedrine worth
millions in oil drums and boxes to be sent to Mexico and the US. The
lead investigator called it the largest illegal shipment of the
methamphetamine precursor ever seized there.
2009 Aug 24, Bangladesh awarded
three offshore blocks to two global energy companies to explore for
gas in the Bay of Bengal. The US-based ConocoPhillips and Ireland's
Tullow Oil could start exploration work by early next year.
2009 Aug 24, In China 14
workers were killed in a gas explosion at a coal mine in northern
2009 Aug 24, In Honduras
foreign ministers from seven OAS nations launched a direct,
high-profile attempt to persuade the interim government to restore
ousted Pres. Manuel Zelaya. The delegation failed to win a pledge to
restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
(AP, 8/24/09)(AP, 8/25/09)
2009 Aug 24, In Iran
conservative rivals handed a new snub to Pres. Ahmadinejad,
appointing Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the man he fired from the
post of intelligence minister, as the country's state prosecutor.
Senior opposition figure Mahdi Karroubi made public an account of a
prisoner who was raped by jailers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei ordered the closure of Kahrizak prison, where at least 3
prisoners are known to have died.
(AP, 8/24/09)(SFC, 8/25/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 24, Iraqi lawmakers
said major Shiite groups have formed a new alliance that will
exclude Iraqi PM al-Maliki, a step likely to stoke fears of
increasing Iranian influence and shake up the political landscape
before January parliamentary elections. The new bloc, called the
Iraqi National Alliance, will include the largest Shiite party, the
Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, or SIIC, and anti-US cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr's bloc, which both have close ties to Tehran, as well as
some small Sunni and secular parties.
2009 Aug 24, Israeli soldiers
fired on a group of suspicious Palestinians across the border in
northern Gaza. 3 Palestinians were wounded. 2 mortar shells were
later fired from Gaza slightly wounding one soldier.
(SFC, 8/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 24, Kenya began its
first national census in a decade amid an outcry over one question
that asks people to identify their ethnic group, a contentious issue
in this East African nation. Kenya’s 2009 census put the population
at about 39 million.
(AP, 8/24/09)(Econ, 10/30/10, p.45)
2009 Aug 24, An American UN
peacekeeper under investigation for sexual exploitation and abuse of
minors in Liberia was found dead in his house in Monrovia. Sources
said it appeared that the American, a civilian in the Liberia
mission, known as UNMIL, had committed suicide due to the
2009 Aug 24, Mexican police in
the northern state of Sinaloa found four severed human heads in a
cooler by the side of a rural roadway.
2009 Aug 24, Myanmar police
seized more than 100 blocks of heroin and nearly 3 million
methamphetamine tablets near the border with Thailand in one of the
military-ruled country's largest drug seizures.
2009 Aug 24, Nigeria's
anti-graft agency EFCC declared two sacked bank directors wanted
over alleged frauds and running their institutions into insolvency.
2009 Aug 24, In the eastern
Pakistani city of Sargodha, police arrested six militants in two
raids. They were said to be linked to Mehsud's Taliban and had
planned to launch strikes next week on at least two places of
worship. Among the six was Zaid Mustafa, said to have recruited
potential suicide bombers for training in Afghanistan and who is
suspected of providing logistics, explosives and other support for
terror attacks in Lahore, Karachi or Rawalpindi. Gunmen shot dead an
Afghan television journalist and severely wounded his colleague in
2009 Aug 24, It was reported
that Peruvian police expecting to find a shipment of cocaine hidden
in a crate holding two live turkeys were surprised to discover the
drug surgically implanted inside the birds.
2009 Aug 24, In Rustenberg,
South Africa some 13,000 platinum miners at Impala Platinum, the
world's second-largest producer, downed tools over a pay dispute.
2009 Aug 24, The Stockholm
District Court threatened to fine Internet provider Black Internet
500,000 Swedish kronor (about $70,000) unless it stopped serving
Pirate Bay. Court documents showed the company has to comply with
the order until the ongoing case between Pirate Bay and the
entertainment industry is over.
2009 Aug 24, Taiwan's
government confirmed that 292 people were killed and 385 missing
after Typhoon Morakot struck the island and caused its worst
flooding in half a century earlier this month.
2009 Aug 25, The US White House
forecast a 10-year federal deficit of $9 trillion, more than the sum
of all previous deficits since America’s founding.
(SFC, 8/26/09, p.A6)
2009 Aug 25, US Senator Jim
Webb, back from a rare trip to Myanmar, called sanctions against the
military regime "overwhelmingly counter-productive" and asked the
opposition to consider taking part in upcoming elections.
2009 Aug 25, Sony Corp.
unveiled a new electronic book reader for the American market,
dubbed the “Daily Edition." It was scheduled to become available in
December for $399 and compete with Amazon’s Kindle.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.56)
2009 Aug 25, Sen. Edward M.
Kennedy (b.1932) of Massachusetts, died at his home on Cape Cod
after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was the last
surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the
most influential senators in history. His memoir “True Compass: A
Memoir" was published in September.
(AP, 8/26/09)(Econ, 9/19/09, p.97)
2009 Aug 25, New Mexico Gov.
Bill Richardson met with Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's
parliament, as well as members of the island's chamber of commerce
as he headed a trade mission there this week.
2009 Aug 25, The Afghan
election commission said President Hamid Karzai and top challenger
Abdullah Abdullah both have roughly 40% of the nationwide vote for
president with 10% of ballots counted. A large explosion detonated
in Kandahar and was followed by gunfire on the street afterward. A
major bombing killed at least 43 people and wounded 65 in Kandahar
just after dark.
(AP, 8/25/09)(AP, 8/26/09)
2009 Aug 25, Argentina's
Supreme Court ruled out prison for pot possession, saying the
government should go after major traffickers and provide treatment
instead of jail for consumers of marijuana.
2009 Aug 25, In Belize PM Dean
Barrow rushed thru the nationalization of Belize Telemedia, the
country’s dominant telecommunications company, and appointed a new
board of directors. This was seen locally as an escalation in
Barrow’s long standing dispute with Michael Ashcroft, a British peer
with interests in Belize Bank. In 2011 Belize’s Court of appeal
ruled that the nationalization was unconstitutional.
p.41)(http://tinyurl.com/ykson7t)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.30)
2009 Aug 25, Four Ethiopian
athletes, two women and two men, fled their hotel in London and
failed to make a connecting flight to Edinburgh ahead of the Falkirk
Cup athletics event.
2009 Aug 25, In Chechnya a
suicide bombing killed three police officers at a gas
station-carwash complex in the Shali region. Earlier in the day the
Chechen Interior Ministry said a policeman was killed and another
wounded in an overnight clash with militants.
(AP, 8/25/09)(AP, 8/28/09)
2009 Aug 25, Iraq recalled its
ambassador from Syria and demanded that Damascus hand over two
suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists it has linked to the Aug 19
2009 Aug 25, An Israeli air
strike on a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt killed
three Palestinians and wounded seven.
2009 Aug 25, The World Food
Program said that 3.8 million Kenyans need emergency food aid
because of a prolonged drought, which is even causing electrical
blackouts in the capital because there's not enough water for
2009 Aug 25, Nicaragua said it
will reroute the San Juan River on the border with Costa Rica. The
river has been at the center of a lengthy dispute between the two
Central American countries. The UN’s highest court last month set
travel rules for the San Juan River, affirming freedom for Costa
Rican boats to navigate the waterway while upholding Nicaragua's
right to regulate traffic. The judgment ended a four-year legal
battle. Under an 1858 treaty, the entire river belongs to Nicaragua
up to the Costa Rican bank, but Costa Rican ships have freedom of
navigation for commerce.
2009 Aug 25, The UN said
Somalia is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in 18 years, with
more than half of the population needing humanitarian aid amid an
2009 Aug 25, South Korea
launched its first rocket, just months after rival North Korea's
launch drew international anger, but space officials said the
satellite it carried failed to enter its intended orbit.
2009 Aug 25, Turkey's military
indicated that it would back government efforts to grant more rights
to Kurds and improve the economy of their region. The military,
however, drew the line at moves that would involve negotiating with
Kurdish rebels, harm Turkey's unity or make Kurdish an official
2009 Aug 25, An international
forum in Turkey sought to boost aid and investment in Pakistan as a
way to support its democratic institutions and curb violence there.
2009 Aug 26, In California
Phillip Garrido (58) and his wife Nancy (55) were arrested for their
1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard (11) from a bus stop
outside her home in South Lake Tahoe. Police freed Dugard and her 2
children who were fathered by Dugard, who had kept them in tents in
a fenced, backyard compound in Antioch, Ca.
2009 Aug 26, In southern
California the Station Fire began in Los Angeles County and soon
grew to become the largest wildfire in county history. It did not
get contained until Sep 1.
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 26, Dominick Dunne
(b.1925), novelist and Vanity Fair columnist, died. His books
included “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (1985), based on the 1955
Woodward murder case.
(SFC, 8/27/09, p.A9)
2009 Aug 26, Ellie Greenwich
(b.1940), songwriter, died. Her string of hits in the 1960s included
“Da Doo Ron Ron" (1963), “Chapel of Love" (1964) and “Be My Baby"
(1963). Many of her songs were done in collaboration with producer
Phil Spector and her husband Jeff Barry.
(SFC, 8/28/09, p.D5)
2009 Aug 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai widened his lead after officials released more partial
vote results. The latest returns boosted Karzai's standing to 44.8%
and Abdullah’s at 35.1%. The count was based on returns from 17% of
polling stations nationwide. In eastern Afghanistan a firefight left
as many as 12 militants dead. Reports of the death toll varied
widely. A spokesman of the governor of Paktika province said 12
militants died, while police said two were killed. The US military
did not report any deaths. 7 insurgents, including a wounded
commander, were detained.
(AP, 8/26/09)(AP, 8/27/09)
2009 Aug 26, Australia's
highest court ruled that the country's military justice system is
unconstitutional because its judges are not independent of the
military command, throwing into doubt 171 cases judged in the past
2009 Aug 26, A Brazilian
prosecutor in Amazonas state accused Wallace Souza, a former police
officer and TV crime show host, of attempting to have a federal
judge assassinated in 2007. Souza was already accused of setting up
at least 5 killings to boost his TV ratings. Souza was soon kicked
out of the state legislature and on Oct 5 police issued a warrant
for his arrest.
(SFC, 8/27/09, p.A2)(AP, 10/7/09)
2009 Aug 26, In Cambodia a
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge found Michael James Dodd of
Washington, DC, guilty of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl. He
was arrested in October 2008 at his rented house in Phnom Penh, in
the girl's company. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and
ordered to pay 20 million riel ($4,878) in compensation to the
2009 Aug 26, China’s state
media reported that the majority of transplanted organs in China
come from executed prisoners in a rare disclosure about an industry
often criticized for being opaque and unethical.
2009 Aug 26, In China six
members of an alleged "terror gang" were detained in the suburbs of
the city of Aksu, 675km (420 miles) southwest of Urumqi. The
Ministry of Public Security later said a "large quantity" of
materials and tools needed to make explosive devices was seized.
2009 Aug 26, In Colombia hooded
men in uniforms without insignias shot and killed 12 members of the
Awa indigenous group, including five children, on a reserve in a
region plagued by the cocaine trade.
2009 Aug 26, In the Republic of
Congo 7 people, including five Russian crew members, were killed
when a cargo plane crashed on the outskirts of Brazzaville.
2009 Aug 26, In Greece the
fires around Athens were put out or contained to small areas after
razing 80 square miles (210 square km) of forest and hillside scrub,
an area more than three times the size of Manhattan. It was the most
destructive blaze in decades in the Attica region, and the worst in
Greece since wildfires in 2007 killed 76 people and blackened 1,060
square miles (2,750 square km).
2009 Aug 26, Central America's
development bank said it is freezing credits to Honduras following
the June 28 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Many other
multilateral agencies and foreign governments have put Honduras aid
projects on hold, in the face of the interim government's refusal to
2009 Aug 26, A small Indonesian
ferry sank off the resort island of Bali, killing nine people while
three others are still missing.
2009 Aug 26, Abdul-Aziz
al-Hakim (b.1950), the scion of a revered clerical family, died of
lung cancer in Iran, the country that was long his key ally. He
channeled rising Shiite Muslim power after the fall of Saddam
Hussein to become one of Iraq's most influential politicians.
2009 Aug 26, In Mexico gunmen
in Ciudad Juarez killed Pablo Pasillas (33), the aide of a Mexican
federal agent investigating the death of a crime reporter, a month
after the first agent assigned to the case was shot dead. In a
separate attack, gunmen in the western town of Tlaquepaque wounded
Maximiano Barbosa, the founder of Mexico's most influential debtors
group, as well as his son.
2009 Aug 26, Nigerian
authorities arrested two dozen people wanted over massive debts owed
to troubled banks in a scandal that has rocked the country's
2009 Aug 26, In Bucharest,
Romania, fans at first politely applauded the Roma performers
sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread
discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies, and the cheers gave way to
jeers. Official Romanian data put the local Roma population at
2009 Aug 26, Top Russian
officials acknowledged for the first time that the Arctic Sea, a
ship hijacked last month in the Baltic Sea, might have been carrying
a suspicious cargo, deepening the mystery around its seizure.
2009 Aug 26, Russia, worried
about North Korean missile and nuclear tests, said it has deployed
sophisticated air defenses in its Far East region to protect against
any potential test mishap.
2009 Aug 26, Somali pirates in
the Gulf of Aden fired at a US Navy helicopter as it made a
surveillance flight over the Win Far, a Taiwanese-flagged fishing
vessel seized in April, the first such attack by pirates on an
American military aircraft.
2009 Aug 26, In South Africa
soldiers, demanding higher wages, tried to scale the fence at the
Union Buildings where President Jacob Zuma has his office. Police
used teargas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse the
soldiers, who marched despite a court order barring their protest.
2009 Aug 26, In Spain Bunol's
town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away
as Japan and Australia, took up arms with 100 tons of tomatoes in
the yearly food fight known as the "Tomatina," now in its 64th year.
2009 Aug 26, In Thailand
suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb outside a crowded
open-air restaurant during lunchtime, wounding 26 people.
(SFC, 8/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 26, Doctors at
Zimbabwe's state hospitals called off a crippling two-week strike,
broken by the reality that the government had no money to meet their
2009 Aug 27, Chicago's 9-story
old main post office, which dated from the 1920s and has been vacant
for more than a decade, was sold at auction for $40 million to
International Property Developers North America Inc, which did not
specify its plans.
2009 Aug 27, Toyota confirmed
that it would stop making cars at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Ca.,
idling some 4,700 workers.
(SFC, 8/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 27, In Afghanistan a
US service member died in a militant attack involving a roadside
bomb and gunfire, a death that pushed August into a tie with July as
the deadliest months of the eight-year war.
2009 Aug 27, A senior UN
official condemned Australia's controversial intervention into
remote Aboriginal communities, describing the measures as
discriminatory and finding entrenched racism in Australia.
2009 Aug 27, Mike Perham (17)
became the youngest person to sail solo around the world with
assistance, as he entered British waters after 156 days at sea. The
Guinness Book of World Records created a new category for Perham:
youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo, supported. His
father, Peter, sailed in a boat behind him, but did not offer
assistance, which Guinness defines as being accompanied on the boat
by another human being.
2009 Aug 27, In Honduras a plan
was made public in which the interim leader offered to resign and
back exiled President Manuel Zelaya's return home, provided the
ousted leader gives up his claim to the presidency.
2009 Aug 27, In Iraq car bombs
targeted primarily Iraqi troops in the city and a northern Baghdad
suburb, killing one and wounding 22 people. Iraqi forces tightened
security around Shiite mosques, shrines and political party offices
ahead of the funeral of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, a top Shiite leader,
who died in Iran a day earlier.
2009 Aug 27, In Mexico the
bodies of four farm workers were found dumped in a stable for bulls
in the western state of Michoacan. The bodies bore signs of torture
and had the letter "Z" carved into their foreheads, a possible
reference to the Zetas, hit men tied to the Gulf cartel. In the
northern state of Nuevo Leon, state Public Safety Secretary Aldo
Fasci said about 2,000 police officers across the state had been
fired over the last two years for suspected links to organized crime
and drug cartels. Speaking at a meeting of private security firms,
he said 500 others were dismissed for other causes.
2009 Aug 27, In Oaxaca, Mexico,
supporters of a teacher’s union tried to retake a school controlled
by Section 59 when gunfire erupted and teacher Antonio Norberto
Camacho was shot to death. Section 59 was created in the midst of
the protests led by Section 22 and anti-government groups in 2006.
2009 Aug 27, In Myanmar fresh
fighting erupted between government forces and an armed ethnic group
in the remote northeast, forcing tens of thousands to flee across
the border into China.
2009 Aug 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 19 security officers at the Torkham
security checkpoint, one of the main border crossings for convoys
ferrying NATO supplies into Afghanistan. A suspected US drone fired
two missiles at a militant hide-out in northwest Pakistan, killing
at least six people and wounding nine.
(AP, 8/27/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 27, In Russia Sergei
Mikhalkov (96), an author favored by Stalin who wrote the lyrics for
the Soviet and Russian national anthems, died. He fathered two noted
film directors. As a functionary and later chairman of the
government-regulated Soviet Writers' Union, Mikhalkov became an
integral part of the propaganda machine designed to indoctrinate
Soviet citizens and weed out dissidents.
(AP, 8/27/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.96)
2009 Aug 27, In Saudi Arabia a
suicide bomber targeted the assistant interior minister, Prince
Mohammed bin Nayef, and blew himself up just before going into a
gathering of well-wishers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in
Jiddah. Nayef was slightly wounded.
2009 Aug 27, In Sudan Martin
Luther Agwai, the outgoing military commander of the joint
UN-African Union (UNAMID) peacekeeping force in the western Sudan
region, said there is no more war in Darfur. Agwai defended his
soldiers against persistent criticism of their effectiveness,
insisting they have ended the massacres that long plagued the
Sudanese region. The Nigerian officer will be replaced next week by
Rwandan Patrick Nyamvumba.
2009 Aug 27, Taiwan's president
angered China with his surprise announcement that he has agreed to
let the Dalai Lama visit the island to comfort survivors of a
2009 Aug 27, A Turkish train
collided with a construction vehicle during a journey from Ankara to
Istanbul, derailing several carriages and leaving many people
2009 Aug 27, Uruguay lawmakers
approved a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt. The
99-seat Chamber or Representatives passed the bill 40-13, with the
remaining members absent. The law, still needing Senate approval,
was supported by socialist President Tabare Vazquez's Broad Front
coalition, which has already legalized gay civil unions and ended a
ban on homosexuals in the armed forces.
2009 Aug 27, Vietnam police
took Bui Thanh Hieu, who writes a blog under the pen name Nguoi Buon
Gio, or Wind Trader, into custody for questioning. Pham Doan Trang,
a writer for the popular online newspaper VietnamNet, was detained
the day before. Both were released on Sep 6.
2009 Aug 27, In Zimbabwe South
Africa’s President Jacob Zuma he met with PM Tsvangirai who has
accused Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of stalling on reforms and continuing
to attack and harass its activists.
2009 Aug 28, The space shuttle
Discovery with 7 astronauts blasted off from Cape Canaveral just
before midnight to bring supplies to the int’l. space station.
(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 28, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and
Monterey counties due to wild fires.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A10)
2009 Aug 28, Afghan Taliban
insurgents ambushed a police convoy, killing three policemen and
wounding about 30 others near Ghazni. In northern Afghanistan
foreign troops attacked a militant commander in Kunduz province,
killing him and his six men. A female militant who engaged troops
with an assault rifle and with ammunition packed to her chest was
among the dead. In eastern Afghanistan an American service member
died in a bomb blast that also wounded Cami McCormick, a CBS Radio
News correspondent. This made August the deadliest month of the
eight-year war for US forces.
(AP, 8/28/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Aug 28, PM Gordon Brown
said Britain will commit 665 million pounds ($1.08 billion) in aid
to help Pakistan stabilize its violent border areas and tackle the
underlying causes of extremism.
2009 Aug 28, In Cameroon a
petroleum-loaded cargo train collided with another train in the
southwest of the capital Yaounde. 2 firefighters were killed when 4
petroleum tankers exploded.
2009 Aug 28, Two Chechen
militants blew themselves up to escape capture, wounding three
policemen and three civilians in the process.
2009 Aug 28, In China 15 miners
died after inhaling poisonous gas at the Jicai Graphite Mine near
Chenzhou City in central Hunan province.
2009 Aug 28, Dagestan police
killed three militants who had opened fire on a police post in
Makhachkala, the capital. A policeman was shot dead in a separate
attack in the capital.
2009 Aug 28, Denmark announced
the 5 winners of its biennial Index design awards. The winners
included: Kiva.org, of the SF Bay Area for bringing money and
intellectual capital to the working poor; Better Place, of the SF
Bay Area for a clean energy system for all-electric cars; the
Freeplay fetal heart rate monitor; Philip Design for its India-team
designed safe kitchen stove for one-room homes; and Rotterdam-based
Pig 05049 for its list of 185 good and bad products made from a
(SFC, 8/29/09, p.E1)
2009 Aug 28, Iceland's
parliament approved a controversial deal to pay back billions of
euros (dollars) lost by British and Dutch savers in the collapse of
the online Icesave bank. The deal provided for the payment of 3.8
billion euros by 2023 to the British and Dutch governments for the
compensation they forked out to disgruntled savers.
2009 Aug 28, It was reported
that dozens of impoverished Indian farmers in southern Andhra
Pradesh state have killed themselves in recent weeks due to debt and
(SFC, 8/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 28, India's first moon
mission, launched amid much fanfare in 2008, came to an abrupt end
after the country's lunar craft lost contact with its controllers.
The satellite was launched on October 22 and then fired a
TV-set-sized probe painted in the green, white and orange colors of
the Indian flag which landed on the moon on November 14.
2009 Aug 28, In Indonesia the
overcrowded ferry Sari Mulia capsized in the Negara River in the
South Kalimantan province, leaving at least 19 people dead and 15
(AP, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 28, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the leaders of the opposition to be
prosecuted over the postelection turmoil, stepping up pressure
against the pro-reform movement that says he won the election by
fraud. Ahmadinejad also admitted for the first time that some
detained protesters were abused in custody but also denied any
government involvement, claiming instead that it was the work of
Iran's enemies and the opposition.
2009 Aug 28, In Iraq two
American soldiers died following an attack on a patrol in eastern
2009 Aug 28, In Mexico a convoy
of gunmen engaged state police in a running shootout that killed
five officers and possibly one of the attackers in the western
Mexico state of Jalisco. Americo Delgado (80), a lawyer for
convicted Mexican drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix, was found
stabbed to death in his home. Felix was in prison serving a
22-year-sentence on drug trafficking and organized crime charges and
was fighting extradition to the United States.
(AP, 8/28/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Aug 28, In Mozambique
talks aimed at determining who should lead Madagascar in a new
interim government ended in failure with the ousted president and
the man who replaced him in a military coup both claiming the right
to do so. The parties set a deadline of Sept. 4 to arrive at a
2009 Aug 28, A Pakistani court
ordered the government to lift any remaining restrictions on Abdul
Qadeer Khan, a scientist alleged to have spread nuclear technology
to Iran, North Korea and Libya. Mehdi-Muhammed Ghezali, a Swedish
national and former Guantanamo detainee, was arrested on the
outskirts of Dera Ghazi Khan in southern Pakistani town along with a
group of foreigners, including 7 Turks and 3 other Swedes, who
lacked proper immigration stamps. They were allegedly trying to join
al-Qaida in the lawless tribal areas.
2009 Aug 28, In Pakistan
helicopter gunships destroyed a training camp for suicide bombers in
the Swat Valley, killing six Taliban fighters, as scattered violence
killed 12 others in the region recently retaken by the army. 12
suspected foreign militants were arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan on the
edge of the South Waziristan tribal area, after they allegedly
sneaked into the country from Iran.
2009 Aug 28, Mehdi-Muhammed
Ghezali, a Swedish national and former Guantanamo detainee, was
arrested on the outskirts of Dera Ghazi Khan in southern Pakistani
town along with a group of foreigners, including 7 Turks and 3 other
Swedes, who lacked proper immigration stamps. They were allegedly
trying to join al-Qaida in the lawless tribal areas.
2009 Aug 28, In southern Sudan
the Lou-Nuer tribe attacked a village of the Dinka tribe in Twic
East County, leaving 46 people dead and 15 in critical condition.
The attackers wore new military uniforms and were using new machine
guns, but did not provide their identity.
(Reuters, 8/29/09)(AP, 9/1/09)
2009 Aug 28, In Thailand former
journalist Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced to 18 years in
prison for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a speech in
(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 28, NATO’s Sec. Gen.
Fogh Rasmussen ended a 2-day visit to Turkey where he got a
commitment for more Turkish troops to work on reconstruction
projects in Afghanistan.
2009 Aug 28, The United Arab
Emirates confirmed that it has seized a cargo ship earlier this
month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea.
Diplomats identified the vessel as a Bahamas-flagged cargo vessel,
the ANL Australia, carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other
2009 Aug 28, In Zimbabwe South
Africa’s President Jacob Zuma met with President Robert Mugabe and
other leaders and appeared cautiously optimistic that their
differences within the coalition government could be resolved.
2009 Aug 29, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County due
to a wild fire in Yosemite National Park.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A10)
2009 Aug 29, In San Francisco
the Outlands Music and Arts Festival continued in Golden Gate Park
for the 2nd of 3 days with 7 stages and nearly 100 bands. Ticket
prices were $95 for a single day and $225.50 for all 3 days.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.C2)
2009 Aug 29, In southeast
Georgia 7 people were found dead inside a dingy mobile home at a
trailer park built on the grounds of a historic US plantation near
Brunswick. One of two critically injured survivors died soon after.
Police arrested Guy Heinze Jr. (22), a family member who called 911
to report finding the people slain, but the charges were
drug-related and police wouldn't say if the man was a suspect in the
killings. On Sep 4 police Heinze on 8 counts of first-degree murder.
On Oct 25, 2013, Heinze was convicted on 8 counts of murder.
Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
(AP, 8/30/09)(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A5)(SFC, 9/5/09,
p.A6)(SFC, 10/26/13, p.A7)
2009 Aug 29, Chris Connor
(b.1927 as Mary Loutsenhizer), jazz singer of the 1950s and 1960s,
died. Her 2 charted hits included “I Miss You" (1956) and “Trust in
(SFC, 9/1/09, p.C5)
2009 Aug 29, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai widened his lead in the presidential race as new vote
tallies were released, inching closer to the 50 percent threshold of
votes he needs to avoid a run-off. The latest results show Karzai
ahead with 46.2% of the votes already counted against Abdullah's
2009 Aug 29, Australian
authorities intercepted a boat carrying 52 suspected asylum seekers,
the 18th such vessel to be discovered this year.
2009 Aug 29, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he pledged
to speed up the training of Afghan security forces.
2009 Aug 29, Britain’s Cairn
Energy began pumping crude from a vast oilfield in the Indian desert
state of Rajasthan that is set to increase the country's crude
output by 20 percent.
2009 Aug 29, The EU signed a
temporary trade pact with Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and
Madagascar calling for tariffs on European goods to be removed over
the next 15 years.
2009 Aug 29, In Iraq a suicide
truck bomber attacked a small police station in the remote village
of Hamad north of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people. a second
attack occurred near Mosul in the city of Sinjar, where a parked
truck bomb killed at least four people and wounded 23 others. A
suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 2 people in a market in
(AP, 8/29/09)(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A7)
2009 Aug 29, In northwestern
Mexico a shooting killed eight people partying on a seaside
boulevard in Navolato, Sinaloa state. Among the dead were two
brothers in their 30s who had a record of car theft, Investigators
were considering the possibility that the gunmen belonged to a
criminal gang known as the "Death Squad," which has been killing car
thieves in the region.
2009 Aug 29, Fighting erupted
in northeast Myanmar after days of clashes in which the leader of
ethnic forces said more than 30 government troops had been killed.
Hundreds of ethnic rebels fled clashes in northeastern Myanmar,
surrendering their weapons and uniforms to Chinese border police and
crossing to safety after several days of skirmishes with Myanmar
government troops. The UN and Chinese officials said up to 30,000
civilian refugees have streamed into China to escape the fighting.
(Reuters, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 29, Portugal’s
government said 2 Syrians previously held at Guantanamo Bay have
arrived in Portugal as free men.
2009 Aug 29, Somali witnesses
said hundreds of Ethiopian troops have crossed the border and seized
control of the Somali town of Belet Weyne from Islamist insurgents.
2009 Aug 29, In Sudan an armed
group kidnapped two foreign civilians working for the joint
UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur. The UNAMID workers,
a Nigerian man and a Zimbabwean woman, were released on Dec 13.
(AP, 8/29/09)(AFP, 12/13/09)
2009 Aug 30, In Utah a fire,
which already destroyed 3 houses and covered over 15 square miles,
threatened the rural town of New Harmony.
(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 30, Major allegations
of fraud in Afghanistan's presidential election topped 550, more
than doubling the figure investigators reported just two days
2009 Aug 30, British police
estimated that about 220,000 people turned up to dance, drink and
eat jerk chicken for the first of two days of the Notting Hill
Carnival in west London. The Afro-Caribbean carnival began the 1950s
in response to deteriorating race relations, and has been based in
Notting Hill since 1964.
2009 Aug 30, In Cameroon a
passenger train carrying about 1,000 people crashed in the northwest
of Yaounde. Nine people were killed in the crash and its aftermath.
2009 Aug 30, In eastern China
Yu Xiaochun (37) was going home when she was surrounded by five
Wal-Mart employees, four men and one woman, all in their 20s, who
accused her of shoplifting. They fought and Yu fell to the ground
and was taken to a hospital, where she died on Sept. 2. Two
employees, a man surnamed Liu and a man surnamed Yu, were detained
following her death.
2009 Aug 30, Gabon held free
elections for the first time in more than 41 years. 18 candidates
vied to replace the late President Omar Bongo, who ruled for more
than four decades and ran as the only candidate in many elections.
The leading contender was the dead ruler's son, Ali Bongo Ondimba
(50). He put up posters of himself every 30 feet (9 meters) on the
capital's main highway and crisscrossed the country in a private jet
to campaign. On Sep 3 Ali Bongo Ondimba was declared the winner with
41.7% of the vote.
(AP, 8/30/09)(AP, 9/3/09)
2009 Aug 30, Israeli legal
authorities indicted former PM Ehud Olmert on corruption charges,
the first criminal indictment ever filed against a current or past
Israeli prime minister. Olmert was accused of illegally accepting
funds from an American backer, double-billing for trips abroad and
concealing funds from a government watchdog.
2009 Aug 30, Japan's ruling
party conceded a crushing defeat as voters were poised to hand the
opposition a landslide victory in nationwide elections, driven by
economic anxiety and a powerful desire for change. The
left-of-center Democratic Party of Japan, under Yukio Hatoyama (62),
won 308 of the 480 seats in the lower house of parliament, ousting
the Liberal Democrats, who have governed Japan for all but 11 months
(AP, 8/30/09)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.29)
2009 Aug 30, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi and Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi laid the foundation
stone for an ambitious highway stretching along the entire Libyan
2009 Aug 30, The Myanmar junta
ended a news blackout about clashes with ethnic rebels near the
China border, saying three days of fighting killed 26 government
forces and at least eight rebels.
2009 Aug 30, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed 17 police recruits in the Swat Valley in the
deadliest attack since the army regained control over the
northwestern valley from the Taliban. After the blast, security
forces pursuing Taliban suspects killed 18 militants in a gunbattle
just outside Mingora.
(AP, 8/30/09)(AP, 8/31/09)
2009 Aug 30, In Zimbabwe
Godknows Dzoro Mtshakazi, a member of PM Morgan Tsvangirai's party,
was killed by soldiers in Shurugwi for playing a song praising
2009 Aug 31, In southern
California fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced to 59
years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he
lured to Los Angeles.
2009 Aug 31, In southern
California a massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly
doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes in a
20-mile-long swath of flame and smoke and surging toward a
mountaintop broadcasting complex. 2 firefighters died a day earlier
when their vehicle rolled down a mountainside amid the flames.
(AP, 8/31/09)(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 31, Florida’s Gov.
Crist signed a 20-year gambling pact with the Seminole Indian tribe,
which agreed to pay Florida $12.5 million a month for 30 months for
running, currently illegal, slot machines and blackjack games.
(Econ, 9/5/09, p.40)
2009 Aug 31, Deere & Co.,
the world's largest agricultural-equipment maker, said its board of
directors has approved a plan to establish a new manufacturing and
parts center in Russia.
2009 Aug 31, The Walt Disney
Co. said it is buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in
cash and stock, bringing such characters as Iron Man and Spider-Man
into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E.
2009 Aug 31, In Afghanistan 2
bombings killed two US service members, the last day of the
deadliest month of the war for US forces.
2009 Aug 31, In China a
demonstration occurred when angry villagers from Fujian province's
Fengwei town confronted 2,000 riot police over a wastewater
treatment plant that had fouled local air and water. At least 10
people were injured when the demonstrations turned violent and riot
police fired warning shots.
2009 Aug 31, Egyptian police
found the entrances to four tunnels and two tons of explosives
hidden near the border with Gaza. A day earlier they had thwarted an
attempt to smuggle 500 kg (1,100 lb) of explosives into Gaza.
2009 Aug 31, The European
Commission said an EU-wide transition of power-draining light bulbs
to more energy efficient ones will start Aug 1. The new rules follow
an agreement reached by the 27 EU governments last year to phase out
the traditional incandescent light bulb over three years starting
this year to help European countries lower greenhouse gas emissions.
2009 Aug 31, A Georgian court
sentenced a Turkish cargo ship captain to 24 years in prison for
smuggling and border violations.
2009 Aug 31, A Guatemalan court
convicted and sentenced a former paramilitary to 150 years in prison
for the forced disappearance of six people who were abducted and
presumably killed during the country's civil war. The sentence
against Felipe Cusanero represents 25 years for each victim who
disappeared between 1982 and 1984 from the village of Choatalum.
2009 Aug 31, Muhsin Mohammed
Muhsin (11) was kidnapped around noon on his way home from a
neighbor's funeral in Baghdad's eastern Shiite district of Sadr
City. Kidnappers demanded $100,000, but the father of six said he
only had $10,000. 3 days later police found the boy dumped in the
garbage with his head and hands chopped off. His body showed burns
and marks of torture.
2009 Aug 31, African leaders
gathered in Libya for a special summit to discuss the continent's
trouble spots, on the eve of celebrations to mark 40 years of Moamer
2009 Aug 31, Mexican
authorities said they have arrested four men accused of killing at
least 211 people for the Juarez cartel. The men allegedly belong to
La Linea, a gang of hit men for the Juarez cartel. One of the men
alone was accused of killing 97 people and another 87.
2009 Aug 31, Thousands of
Myanmar refugees headed home from China as fighting between
government troops and a rebel militia that left more than 30 people
dead appeared to be over.
2009 Aug 31, Nepal's PM Madhav
Kumar Nepal opened the first climate change conference of Himalayan
nations with a warning about the dangers of melting glaciers, floods
and violent storms for the region.
2009 Aug 31, The Nigerian
anti-graft agency filed charges against 16 bank chiefs arrested for
incurring billions of dollars in bad loans for five ailing banks.
2009 Aug 31, The Pakistani army
said it killed at least 45 Taliban militants over the last 24 hours
in scattered gunbattles across the northwestern Swat Valley.
2009 Aug 31, In Sri Lanka
reporter J.S. Tissainayagam, singled out by President Barack Obama
as an example of persecuted journalists around the globe, was
sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of violating the
country's harsh anti-terror law. He was arrested in March, 2008, and
indicted five months later under the anti-terror law.
2009 Aug 31, Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov said a base will be built at
the Caspian Sea port city of Turkmenbashi to help "effectively fight
smugglers, terrorists and any other forces." Turkmenistan is locked
in a dispute with Azerbaijan, on the opposite shore, over several
oil and gas fields.
2009 Aug, In Georgia Kristi
Cornwell (38), a former probation officer, disappeared in
Blairsville. Her bones were found on Jan 1, 2011. Scott Carringer,
the primary suspect in her disappearance, killed himself in the
spring of 2010 during a standoff with Atlanta police.
(SFC, 1/4/11, p.A5)
2009 Aug, Pennsylvania Central
Bucks East High School English teacher Natalie Munroe started a blog
for friends and family in suburban Philadelphia. Munroe blogged
about 85 times and only about 15 to 20 of the posts involved her
being a teacher. In 2011 she was suspended for the profanity-laced
blog in which she called her students "disengaged, lazy whiners,"
and daring to ask: “Why are today's students unmotivated, and what's
wrong with calling them out?"
2009 Aug, In China the Canton
Tower was topped out in Guangzhou. At 1,969 feet it was the world’s
tallest tower. It opened on Sep 30, 2010.
2009 Aug, In China a new
micro-blogging service (Sina Weibo), similar to Twitter, began
operating. Property mogul Pan Shiyi, co-founder of SOHO China, was
signed on for one of the first 20 accounts.
(Econ, 10/30/10, p.42)(Econ, 4/6/13, SR p.7)
2009 Aug, Colombia’s Supreme
Court suspended further extraditions of paramilitary leaders arguing
that the gravity of the drug charges they face in the US pales in
comparison with the mass murders and other enormities that they are
accused of in Colombia.
(Econ, 10/31/09, p.46)
2009 Aug, Aliaksandr
Barankov (27) arrived in Ecuador after fleeing fraud and extortion
charges in Belarus. He called the charges bogus, retribution for his
having exposed a petroleum-smuggling ring involving senior officials
of President Lukashenko's government, including relatives of the
2009 Aug, In Fiji Laisenia
Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry, rivals to military leader Commodore
Bainimarama, joined forces against him.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.53)
2009 Aug, Jamaica’s government
received an extradition request for Christopher "Dudus" Coke (40).
By late October it had only responded with requests for more
information about the gun and drug trafficking charges against the
reputed gang leader. Coke, the alleged leader of the "Shower Posse"
gang, is charged in the US Southern District of New York with
conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and conspiracy to
illegally traffic in firearms.
2009 Aug, In Mexico the
director of immigrant affairs in the southern border city of
Tapachula was found in a tub of cement, months after he was
(Econ, 9/26/09, p.48)
2009 Aug, In South Africa
construction began on the Northern Cape of the MeerKAT Precursor
Array (also known as KAT-7). The 7-dish array was a precursor for
MeerKAT which will consist of 64 dishes of 13.5 meters in diameter,
the most powerful in the southern hemisphere.
2009 Sep 1, A top State
Department official said the US has released $214 million of an aid
package to help Mexico fight drug trafficking, including funds for
five helicopters for the military to be delivered by year's end.
2009 Sep 1, In San Francisco
charges were filed against 5 workers of the Public Utilities
Commission and 2 workers at city approved vendors in a scam that
bilked the city of over $200,000 in goods from 2003-2007. Donnie
Alan Thomas and Miles Bonner, line workers making over $95,000 a
year, masterminded the scam. In 2011 Thomas pleaded guilty to 4
felony charges. Hatim Mansori (11) was stabbed on his first MUNI
ride by himself. No footage of his assailant was captured. Mansori
suffered life-threatening wounds, but was recovering.
(SFC, 9/2/09, p.D2)(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A13)(SFC,
2009 Sep 1, In Southern
California the Station wildfire continued to rage with 53 homes up
in smoke, thousands more threatened and new rounds of evacuations as
towering flames crackled close to foothill neighborhoods just 15
miles north of downtown Los Angeles. On Sep 3 investigators said the
fire was an act of arson. On Oct 17 the US Forest Service said the
250-square-mile Station fire was 100% contained, 52 days after it
(AP, 9/1/09)(SFC, 9/4/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/20/09,
2009 Sep 1, Idaho hunters began
stalking gray wolves, following their removal from the federal
endangered species a few months earlier. The quota for this season
was 220. The quota in Montana was set at 75.
(SFC, 9/2/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 1, In southern
Afghanistan an American service member died of wounds suffered in a
bombing the day before.
2009 Sep 1, In the Bahamas an
amended fisheries laws took effect to give full protection to all
sea turtles found in the Atlantic archipelago's waters by banning
the harvest, possession, purchase and sale of the endangered
reptiles, including their eggs.
2009 Sep 1, A Chilean judge
ordered the arrests of 129 former security officers on charges tied
to the disappearance of leftists and the slaying of the communist
party leadership during the Pinochet dictatorship.
2009 Sep 1, The 53-nation
Commonwealth says it has suspended Fiji automatically after it
failed to respond to a demand to begin restoring democracy to the
2009 Sep 1, Ammar al-Hakim
(38), the son of the late leader of Iraq's largest Shiite political
party, acknowledged setbacks and reached out to political rivals as
he formally replaced his father at the helm of the Iranian-backed
Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. Two American soldiers were killed in
a vehicle accident in northern Iraq.
(AP, 9/1/09)(AP, 9/3/09)
2009 Sep 1, In Japan dolphin
hunting season opened in Taijii. Over the next 6 months fishermen
were expected to catch about 2,300 of Japan’s annual quota of 20,000
dolphins, to be sold for meat and to aquariums.
(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A20)
2009 Sep 1, Malaysian police
arrested Alain Robert (47), a French climber nicknamed "Spiderman,"
after he scaled the iconic 88-story Petronas Twin Towers.
2009 Sep 1, Pakistani
government forces destroyed four militant bases and killed 40
insurgents of Lashkar-e-Islam in a new offensive near the Khyber
Pass, the main route for supplies to US and NATO troops in
Afghanistan. 43 militants were arrested.
2009 Sep 1, Mohammed Nayef (14)
one of three Palestinians who hurled Molotov cocktails at a guard
post near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, died of gunshot
shots from Israeli troops inflicted the previous evening. The Hamas
militant group said two of its fighters have been killed in the Gaza
2009 Sep 1, In Slovakia a new
language law was scheduled to come into force to promote the use of
Slovak in public. Hungarian speakers, who numbered about a fifth of
the population, viewed this as a direct attack on their right to
speak their mother-tongue.
(Econ, 8/1/09, p.47)
2009 Sep 1, South Africa’s
defense ministry said it has issued around 2,000 letters of
dismissal to soldiers who last week staged an illegal march and
tried to storm the seat of government.
2009 Sep 1, In Taiwan the wife
and adult children of Taiwan's former Pres. Chen Shui-bian were
convicted of perjury and sentenced to prison for lying to
investigators in a high-profile corruption case against the
ex-leader. Chen (58) was accused of embezzling $3.15 million during
his 2000-2008 presidency from a special presidential fund, receiving
bribes worth at least $9 million in connection with a government
land deal, and laundering some of the money through Swiss bank
2009 Sep 1, Ukrainian PM Yulia
Tymoshenko said Russia and Ukraine have resolved a long standing
dispute over natural gas supplies, after meeting her Russian
counterpart Vladimir Putin at a resort on the Baltic coast in
2009 Sep 2, US federal
prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in
fines for illegal drug promotions surrounding the marketing of 13
(SFC, 9/3/09, p.C1)
2009 Sep 2, BP announced the
discovery of oil at its new Tiber Prospect oil reserve in the Gulf
of Mexico. It later estimated the reserve held between 4 and 6
billion barrels of oil. Its Deepwater Horizon rig had drilled down 7
miles to reach the oil.
(http://tinyurl.com/mhnujo)(SSFC, 9/6/09, p.E4)
2009 Sep 2, A Taliban suicide
bomber killed Abdullah Laghmani, Afghanistan's deputy chief of
intelligence, during a visit to a mosque in Laghman province. The
blast east of Kabul also killed the executive director of Laghman's
governor's office, the head of Laghman's provincial council, two of
Laghmani's body guards, and 18 civilians. An intelligence officer
kidnapped a few days ago by Taliban militants in Kunduz province was
found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Baghlan city. 4
militants were killed overnight when a roadside bomb they were
planting detonated. On Dec 20 Abdul Rahman, a Taliban military
commander in Laghman, and three members of his insurgent network
were arrested for the murder of Laghmani.
(AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Sep 2, In central
Afghanistan American troops stormed through a hospital run by a
Swedish charity in Wardak province, breaking down doors and tying up
staff in a search for militants. The charity's country director
later said this went against an agreement between NATO forces and
charities working in the area, and was a clear violation of
internationally recognized rules and principles.
2009 Sep 2, In Algeria
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for closer economic ties
with Algeria, notably in the energy sector, during a two-day visit
2009 Sep 2, In Burkina Faso 5
people were killed and 150,000 left homeless as heavy rainfall
triggered flooding across West Africa.
2009 Sep 2, In Chile Judge
Manuel Valderrama said the accounts of General Pinochet and his
family reached a value of $25,978,602.79 shortly before his death in
December 2006. The investigating judge said that more than $20
million of the funds have no justifiable origin.
2009 Sep 2, In eastern China a
chemical explosion near Linyi city in Shandong province killed 18
people and injured 10 others.
2009 Sep 2, The IMF said China
is buying the equivalent of $50 billion of the International
Monetary Fund's first bond sale in a move that might boost Beijing's
standing in the Fund and help its quiet campaign to expand the reach
of its tightly controlled currency. Brazil, Russia and India have
also agreed to participate in the $80 billion issue.
2009 Sep 2, In El Salvador
Christian Poveda (52), a French filmmaker who recently made a
documentary about the lives of members of El Salvador's street
gangs, was found shot dead in Tonacatepeque, a rural region north of
San Salvador. Earlier this year, Poveda, made the documentary "La
Vida Loca," which follows the lives of members La 18 street gang and
received widespread attention in El Salvador. 4 Mara 18 members and
a policeman were soon detained. On Dec 16 police arrested 10 more
members of the Mara 18 gang. 9 other gang members already in prison
have also been charged in the case. On Mar 9, 2011 a court sentenced
10 gang members and a police officer to prison terms ranging from
four to 30 years. 20 additional defendants were acquitted, but 17 of
them were serving time for other crimes.
(AP, 9/3/09)(AP, 12/17/09)(AP, 3/10/11)
2009 Sep 2, In Germany 6
countries met for talks to try to address concerns about Iran's
nuclear program. The German government said it has received no
official word yet on new proposals that Tehran is pledging to make.
2009 Sep 2, In Greece a van
bomb exploded outside the Athens Stock Exchange, injuring a woman
and causing extensive damage to the building in what police said was
a coordinated double bombing that also targeted a government
building in the northern city of Thessaloniki.
2009 Sep 2, Authorities in
Guinea banned live political chat shows, the latest sign of
political unease after violent demonstrations and accusations of
phone censorship deepened a row over delayed elections. The military
junta that has run the world's top bauxite producer since a December
2008 coup is facing mounting opposition and criticism after it
delayed until 2010 elections which the military leader has not ruled
out standing in.
2009 Sep 2, In India a
helicopter carrying Y.S.R. Reddy (60), a powerful politician from
southern Andhra Pradesh state, disappeared in heavy rains as it flew
over a forested region largely controlled by Maoist rebels. Wreckage
and the bodies of all 5 aboard were found the next day.
(AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/3/09)
2009 Sep 2, A powerful 7.0
earthquake rattled southern Indonesia, killing at least 64 people
crushed by falling rock or collapsed buildings and sending thousands
fleeing outdoors for safety in the middle of the work day. More than
10,000 buildings were severely damaged.
(AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/4/09)
2009 Sep 2, Liberia's Defense
Minister Brownie Samukai said police had arrested six Pakistani men
earlier in the week who tried to enter Liberia on fake US passports
with possible intent to carry out terrorism.
2009 Sep 2, In Mexico gunmen
broke into a drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez, lined
people against a wall and shot 18 dead. The brazen attack followed
the killing of Jose Manuel Revuelta, the No. 2 security official in
Michoacan, President Felipe Calderon's home state. 2 bodyguards and
a truck driver were also killed in the crossfire. The federal
Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of its two top
officials in Quintana Roo, a state on the Yucatan Peninsula, for
allegedly protecting the Gulf and the Beltran Levya drug cartels.
Chihuahua state authorities said they were investigating reports
that rehabilitation centers have turned into hideouts for drug
smugglers being sought by police and hit men from rival gangs.
(AP, 9/3/09)(AP, 9/4/09)
2009 Sep 2, Dutch prosecutors
said they will charge an Arab cultural group under hate speech laws
for publishing a cartoon that suggests the death of 6 million Jews
during World War II is a fabrication.
2009 Sep 2, In Pakistan
government forces killed three suspected militants, captured 35
others and destroyed six of their bases on the second day of its new
offensive near Pakistan's famed Khyber Pass. Suspected militants
opened fire on a vehicle carrying the religious affairs minister,
wounding him and killing his driver in a brazen attack in the heart
of Islamabad. Hamid Saeed Kazmi had been critical of Muslim
extremists blamed for scores of attacks in Pakistan over the last 2½
2009 Sep 2, In Peru drug-funded
Shining Path rebels shot down an air force helicopter in the
coca-growing highlands of Junin province, killing three troops and
wounding five. The military said three rebels were arrested and
another four killed.
2009 Sep 2, In Thailand a
number of drive-by shootings in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani
and Yala left eight dead, including a Muslim teacher and his son
(13). Security forces raided a rubber plantation in Yala and a house
in Narathiwat, sparking separate gunbattles in which two suspected
insurgents were killed.
2009 Sep 2, Vietnamese
authorities arrested blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (30), who writes
under the pen name Me Nam, at her home in Nha Trang. Quynh's arrest
was the latest in a series of police moves against writers who
criticized government policies toward China. The government
tightened its rules for bloggers earlier this year, saying they must
restrict their writings to personal matters. Quynh was released on
(AP, 9/4/09)(AP, 9/12/09)
2009 Sep 3, Washington cut off
millions of dollars in aid to Honduras. Interim Pres. Roberto
Micheletti vowed that ousted Pres. Zelaya would not return to power
despite increasing international pressure.
2009 Sep 3, The San Francisco
Bay Bridge was completely shut down at 8pm to replace a 300-foot
section of the bridge as part of the project to replace the entire
eastern span by 2013. The bridge was expected to reopen on Sep 8.
The original estimated cost of $132 million was now projected at
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A14)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 3, The Ford Motor Co.
settled a lawsuit filed by residents of a northern New Jersey town
over toxic waste dumped there in the 1960s and '70s. Thousands of
tons of paint sludge and other toxic material from Ford's old Mahwah
factory were dumped in Ringwood, and residents sued in 2006 claiming
that the waste led to illnesses ranging from skin rashes to cancer,
and threatened the Wanaque Reservoir. The Record of Bergen County
reported that residents of Ringwood will receive about $10 million.
2009 Sep 3, In the US Virgin
Islands two ticket agent contractors who worked for Delta Airlines
and an airport employee were arrested after being indicted by a
federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to smuggle illegal
immigrants into the US.
2009 Sep 3, Sergio Saucedo
(30), a drug trafficker, was taken from his home in Horizon City,
outside of El Paso, Texas. He was murdered and mutilated in Ciudad
Juarez in retaliation for the loss of 700 pounds (315 kilos) of
marijuana seized by border patrol agents. His body was found on Sep
8. On April 1, 2011, the West Texas Federal Court jury found Cesar
Obregon-Reyes and Rafael Vega guilty of abducting Sergio Saucedo
from his home.
2009 Sep 3, SpaceX signed a
contract worth $50 million with ORBCOMM, a satellite communications
firm, to launch 18 satellites.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.87)
2009 Sep 3, The US Embassy in
Afghanistan said it has banned alcohol and assigned American
personnel to watch over the embassy's security guards following
allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living
2009 Sep 3, In Australia
millionaire Michael McGurk (45), a Scottish-born property developer,
was gunned down in front of his son (10) outside their exclusive
Sydney home. In 2007 McGurk had unsuccessfully tried to sue the
Sultan of Brunei over an alleged eight million US dollar agreement
to buy a 400-year-old gold-lined miniature Koran.
2009 Sep 3, Hundreds of Chinese
protested deteriorating public safety after a series of mysterious
syringe attacks further unnerved residents in the western Chinese
city of Urumqi where ethnic rioting in July killed nearly 200
2009 Sep 3, EU regulators
launched an antitrust probe into US software maker Oracle Corp.'s
takeover of Sun Microsystems Inc., saying they wanted to make sure
Oracle was committed to developing Sun's rival open-source database
2009 Sep 3, The government of
Gabon declared the eldest son of the late dictator Omar Bongo the
winner of weekend presidential elections, triggering a rampage in a
coastal city and allegations of fraud. Interior Minister
Jean-Francois Ndongou said Ali Bongo, the country's defense minister
who campaigned from a private jet and plastered the capital with
billboards, won with 41.7% of the vote. The top two opposition
leaders — Andre Mba Obame and Pierre Mamboundou — were nearly tied,
receiving 25.8% and 25.2% of the vote respectively.
2009 Sep 3, In India heavy rain
triggered a landslide in Sakinaka, a densely populated suburban
Mumbai slum killing at least 12 people and injuring 25 others. Many
others remained trapped under piles of mud and stones.
2009 Sep 3, In Iraq a car bomb
apparently targeting Osama al-Tikriti, the leader of Iraq's largest
Sunni political party (the Iraqi Islamic Party), wounded four people
in Baqouba. The politician escaped unharmed. Police arrested Adnan
al-Obeidi, the deputy transport minister, after he was allegedly
filmed taking a bribe in a sting operation. Police had filmed
al-Obeidi accepting a $100,000 bribe from a company doing work at
the Baghdad airport.
2009 Sep 3, In Iraq Ahmed
Hashim Abed, suspected of masterminding the March 31, 2004, attack
on Blackwater guards, was captured in a covert operation by US Navy
SEALs. Abed later alleged that he was beaten by US Navy SEALs. In
2010 two of the 3 accused Navy SEALs were acquitted. Petty Officer
2nd Class Matthew McCabe, of Perrysburg, Ohio, the SEAL charged with
assaulting Abed, was scheduled to be court-martialed May 3, 2010, in
2009 Sep 3, Japan’s Dainippon
Sumitomo Pharma Co. said it is acquiring US drug maker Sepracor
Inc., which makes insomnia drug Lunesta, for about $2.6 billion in
an effort to expand in the US market.
2009 Sep 3, In Kazakhstan a
court convicted Yevgenii Zhovtis of vehicular manslaughter and
sentenced him to 4 years in prison. Zhovtis, Kazakhstan’s best known
human rights activists, claimed he had been blinded by the lights of
an oncoming car when he hit a hit and killed a pedestrian on a
country road late at night.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.46)
2009 Sep 3, Myanmar-born Kyaw
Zaw Lwin, an American citizen also known as Nyi Nyi Aung, was
arrested when he arrived at Yangon airport. Lwin started a hunger
strike on Dec. 4 to protest conditions of political prisoners in
Myanmar. He ended his hunger strike Dec. 15 and was subsequently
placed in solitary confinement. On Jan 1, 2010, Lwin was charged for
forgery and violation of the foreign currency act. Lwin (40) was
released on March 18, 2010.
(AP, 12/29/09)(AP, 1/1/10)(AFP, 3/18/10)
2009 Sep 3, Russian’s Foreign
Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko warned Georgia that attempts to
block ships from reaching a Moscow-aligned separatist region of
Georgia could end in military intervention.
2009 Sep 3, Rwanda's state
radio reported that Alfred Mukezamfura, former speaker of
parliament, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for inciting
hatred during the 1994 genocide in which some 800,000 people died.
Mukezamfura fled the country in March to Belgium where he has sought
2009 Sep 3, In central Serbia a
series of explosions at an underground ammunition factory in Uzice
killed at least seven people and injured 15.
2009 Sep 3, In Thailand a bomb
hidden in a motorcycle parked outside a row of open-air shops and
restaurants in Pattani city exploded, killing a Buddhist man and
wounding 24 others.
2009 Sep 3, A water rights
battle over the historic Tigris and Euphrates rivers simmered, as
Iraq and Syria appealed for increased water flows to cope with
severe drought but Turkey said it was already too overstretched.
2009 Sep 4, A US federal
appeals court has ruled that former Attorney General John Ashcroft
can be sued by people who claim they were wrongfully detained as
material witnesses after 9/11, and called the government practice
"repugnant to the Constitution." The ruling allows Abdullah al-Kidd,
a US citizen, to proceed with a lawsuit that claims his
constitutional rights were violated when he was detained in 2003 as
a material witness in a federal terrorism case.
2009 Sep 4, US regulators
closed the First Bank of Kansas in Missouri, pushing to 85 the
number of US banks that have failed this year.
(SFC, 9/5/09, p.D1)
2009 Sep 4, The US Embassy in
Afghanistan says it has fired eight security guards following
allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living
quarters. Two other guards resigned and also left. All of them
appeared in photographs that depicted guards and supervisors in
various stages of nudity at parties flowing with alcohol. The
management team of the private contractor that provided the guards
was also to being replaced immediately.
2009 Sep 4, In northern
Afghanistan a US jet blasted two fuel tankers hijacked by the
Taliban in Kunduz province, setting off a huge fireball that killed
dozens of civilians who had rushed to the scene to collect fuel. As
many as 142 civilians died in the German-ordered NATO airstrike. A
French soldier was killed and nine others injured when their
vehicles were hit by a bomb near Bagram Air Base north of Kabul. A
Polish soldier was killed in the east. A French marine was killed in
an IED attack.
(AP, 9/4/09)(AFP, 9/5/09)(AP, 9/17/09)(AP,
10/8/09)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.37)
2009 Sep 4, Arab League chief
Amr Moussa, speaking in Italy, said any Israeli offer for a
settlement freeze that doesn't include east Jerusalem is
unacceptable and "will suspend the peace process." Aides of Israel’s
PM said Benjamin Netanyahu will approve hundreds of new housing
units in West Bank settlements before slowing settlement
construction, in an apparent snub of Washington's public demand for
a total settlement freeze.
2009 Sep 4, The Belgian
government said it has accepted a US request to take in one detainee
from U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
2009 Sep 4, In China security
forces in the far-west city of Urumqi used tear gas to break up
fresh protests, as thousands of Han Chinese demanded better security
after a reported spate of attacks with syringes.
2009 Sep 4, In Ingushetia a
roadside bomb blast ripped through a police car, killing three
officers and wounding two others. Ingush authorities shot dead 3
insurgents. One man, identified as Rustam Dzortov, was a suspected
ringleader of rebel operations in Ingushetia and had organized the
suicide bombing of Ingush President Yunus Bek Yevkurov's motorcade
earlier this year. The two others may have been planning a terrorist
act in Moscow. In neighboring Chechnya two suspected insurgents were
killed in a similar incident. The suspected insurgents were found to
have explosives strapped to them, hand grenades, and train tickets
(AP, 9/4/09)(AP, 9/5/09)
2009 Sep 4, Mexican federal
police detained Armando Medina (49), a small-town mayor of Mugica,
Michoacan state, on suspicion of aiding drug traffickers. This is
the same state where eight other city chiefs have been arrested
since May on similar charges. In the northern state of Durango, two
gunmen were killed in a shootout with federal police in the city of
Gomez Palacio. The federal government auctioned off property seized
from drug traffickers, smugglers, money launderers and tax evaders,
including a DC-9 jet that was used to transport 5.5 metric tons of
cocaine in 2006. The agency did not disclose the identity of winning
bidders. Mexican soldiers, acting on a tip about armed men, detained
Jose Rodolfo Escajeda in Nuevo Casas Grandes, in northern Chihuahua
state. The suspected drug gang leader was linked to a 2006 border
incursion by armed traffickers into Texas and the killing of an
anti-crime activist in July. Five gunmen and a bystander were killed
in a shootout at a lake that began when assailants opened fire on an
army patrol on the outskirts of the northern city of Monterrey. A
Ciudad Juarez police officer was shot to death outside his home.
(AP, 9/5/09)(AP, 9/6/09)
2009 Sep 4, Pakistan said
paramilitary troops have killed five suspected militants and
arrested 24 in an ongoing operation in the northwestern Khyber
2009 Sep 4, In southern Sudan
heavily armed fighters attacked an ethnic Dinka settlement in
Bony-Thiang, north of the state capital Malakal, killing 20 people.
Angry Dinka groups then launched a retaliatory raid on the nearby
Shilluk village of Bon, killing five people including a woman and
2009 Sep 4, In southern
Thailand bomb believed to have been planted by Islamic insurgents
exploded outside a restaurant where security forces were eating
breakfast, killing a policeman and wounding 12 other people.
2009 Sep 4, Thousands of
opponents of Hugo Chavez marched against the Venezuelan president
across Latin America, accusing him of everything from
authoritarianism to international meddling. The protests,
coordinated through Twitter and Facebook, drew more than 5,000
people in Bogota, and thousands more in the capitals of Venezuela
and Honduras. Smaller demonstrations were held in other Latin
American capitals, as well as New York and Madrid.
2009 Sep 5, Crews working on a
seismic retrofit of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge found what
authorities called a "significant crack" in the eastern span that
could keep the California landmark closed beyond a planned holiday
2009 Sep 5, In Louisiana Dennis
Carter Sr. (50) shot his estranged wife, son and 2-year-old grandson
to death and critically wounded his pregnant daughter-in-law at
their rural home, then killed himself as police tried to pull over
his car 20 minutes later.
2009 Sep 5, A small airplane
crashed into a Tulsa, Okla., park killing all 5 people on board.
(SSFC, 9/6/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 5, Milwaukee police
arrested Walter Ellis (49) after DNA evidence linked him to the
slaying of 9 women, including 8 suspected prostitutes, dating back
to 1986. On Feb 18, 2011, Ellis was convicted in the deaths of 7
women and faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A6)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A6)
2009 Sep 5, In Afghanistan a US
soldier serving in the NATO-led coalition died after coming under
fire in the east of the country. Gunmen snatched New York Times
reporter Stephen Farrell, who has dual British-Irish nationality,
and his interpreter Sultan Munadi, while they were reporting on the
aftermath of a NATO air strike on fuel tankers that killed scores of
people. On Sep 9 Farrell was freed in a raid that killed a British
soldier as well as Afghan translator Sultan Munadi (34).
(AFP, 9/5/09)(AFP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 5, The Group of 20
rich and developing countries held talks in London. They were
expected to commit to further efforts to boost growth, despite
fledging signs of an economic recovery. Top finance officials agreed
to curb hefty bankers’ bonuses, but the US and Britain shied away
from imposing a cap.
(AP, 9/5/09)(SSFC, 9/6/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 5, In Britain racially
charged violence erupted between a group protesting Islamic
extremism and counter-demonstrators in the central city of
Birmingham. Authorities arrested 90 people. The clashes erupted when
a rally by the English Defense League ran into counter-demonstrators
including anti-fascists and youths of South Asian descent.
2009 Sep 5, Keith Waterhouse
(80) a prolific British author, journalist and playwright, died.
Waterhouse was best known for the 1959 novel Billy Liar -- the story
of a day-dreamer who plans his escape from a depressing job as an
undertaker. It was made into a film in 1963.
2009 Sep 5, The sightseeing
boat Ilinden, carrying 55 Bulgarian tourists, sank in Lake Ohrid on
Macedonia's western border, and 15 people drowned.
(AP, 9/5/09)(AFP, 9/6/09)
2009 Sep 5, Chinese leaders
removed the Communist Party chief of the restive western city of
Urumqi, trying to appease public anger following sometimes violent
protests this week that the government worries could re-ignite
deadly ethnic rioting. The removal of Li Zhi came amid reports of
police again dispersing crowds outside Urumqi's government offices
using tear gas, and more unconfirmed reports of needle attacks.
2009 Sep 5, In Colombia a
grenade exploded in a crowd celebrating a national soccer team win
in Medellin, killing one person and wounding at least 30. Police
thought a reveler may have accidentally detonated the grenade by
2009 Sep 5, In Iraq hundreds of
Sunni Arabs opposed to the presence of Kurdish troops in disputed
areas of northern Iraq demonstrated against a plan to deploy a mixed
force of American, Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers in the area.
2009 Sep 5, In southern Mexico
gunmen killed Jose Francisco Fuentes Esperon (43), a state
congressional candidate, his wife (38) and two sons (9&13) in
their home in Villahermosa in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
Police later arrested a boy (16) and two young men for allegedly
killing Fuentes and his family. Chihuahua state prosecutors reported
that a severed human head was found placed on a car hood in the
border city of Ciudad Juarez, along with a message relating to drug
(AP, 9/5/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009 Sep 5, Gani Fawehinmi (71)
prominent Nigerian lawyer and rights activist died in Lagos after a
prolonged battle with cancer. Fawehinmi, holder of Nigeria's highest
legal title, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was an author,
publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights
lawyer and politician.
2009 Sep 5, Pakistan officials
said troops killed 43 alleged militants in an operation in the
Khyber tribal region while airstrikes left several more dead in the
stronghold of the new Taliban chief elsewhere in the northwest.
Government fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded militant
hide-outs in three villages of the Orakzai tribal region, the
stronghold of new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. The
tortured body of Akhtar Ali (28), operator of an electrical repair
shop, was dumped on the doorstep of the family home in Mingora. He
had been kidnapped on Sep 1. His death was believed to have resulted
from a case of mistaken identity.
(AP, 9/5/09)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.49)
2009 Sep 5, In Somalia at least
six civilians were killed and 18 others wounded in clashes that
erupted when insurgents attacked government and African Union forces
2009 Sep 5, In Sweden Tesfaldet
Tesloy (28), an illegal Eritrean immigrant who has lived in Sweden
for six years, appeared on TV to collect a tax-free lottery prize of
1.2 million Swedish crown (101,654 pounds). Sweden's attempts to
deport the man have failed due to his country's refusal to take him
back, highlighting a common problem for immigration officials.
2009 Sep 5, The IMF said
Zimbabwe has received about 400 million dollars, as Special Drawing
Rights, in support from the International Monetary Fund, part of its
broader effort to cushion the blows of the global economic crisis.
To convert the SDRs into hard currency, Zimbabwe would have to find
another country to buy them. Otherwise the money serves to bolster
Harare's meager foreign reserves.
2009 Sep 5, Milwaukee police
arrested Walter Ellis (49) after DNA evidence linked him to the
slaying of 9 women, including 8 suspected prostitutes, dating back
(SFC, 9/7/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 6, British PM Gordon
Brown said he would support compensation claims against Libya by
families of IRA victims who say Tripoli helped to arm the
2009 Sep 6, In Ecuador Lt. Col.
John Merino, President Rafael Correa's chief of security, died of
swine flu. Ecuador has reported 36 confirmed deaths from swine flu
as of last week, along with 1,382 infected.
2009 Sep 6, The El Salvador
navy said it has found 76 migrants aboard a boat in the Pacific.
They included 25 Bangladeshis, 25 Nepalese, 21 Eritreans and five
Ecuadoreans. The boat had set sail a week ago from the Ecuadorean
port of Manta.
2009 Sep 6, In Hong Kong a man
hurled acid at pedestrians in the Mong Kok shopping district, in the
neighborhood's fourth acid attack in a year. The attacker (28),
arrested nearby, targeted a couple strolling through the district,
but also hurt nine others.
2009 Sep 6, In Iran Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez sealed an agreement to export 20,000 barrels
per day of gasoline to Iran. The deal would give Tehran a cushion if
the West carries out threats of fuel sanctions over Iran's nuclear
program. The two countries also agreed to set up a bank together to
help finance joint projects.
2009 Sep 6, In Iraq a gunman
broke into a house in Mosul, killing a 3-year-old girl and her
grandmother before fleeing. Gunmen also attacked checkpoints in the
city, killing three policemen. In southeast Baghdad, a car parked
near a security checkpoint exploded, killing one person and wounding
2009 Sep 6, In Mexico attackers
shot four men to death in a motel parking lot in the border city of
2009 Sep 6, Pakistani military
destroyed two training centers and 17 militant homes. 2 people
kidnapped by militants were recovered. Troops killed 33 militants
during the latest action to pacify the Khyber Pass. Thousands of
civilians were reported fleeing the latest military operation in the
northwestern Khyber tribal region. 3 policemen were found fatally
shot, each by a single bullet to the head, west of Islamabad.
(AP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009 Sep 6, In the southern
Philippines the Superferry 9, carrying nearly 1,000 passengers, sank
leaving at least 9 people dead. After rescue efforts one passenger
was left unaccounted.
(AFP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009 Sep 6, Somali authorities,
who say they were not informed of a hostage exchange plan, stopped a
deal to swap three hostages held by Somali pirates with 23 suspected
pirates, who had been held in the Seychelles.
2009 Sep 6, Six South Koreans
camping and fishing along a river flowing from North Korea were
swept away when it suddenly doubled in height, because a new dam in
the North released a large amount of water without warning. On Oct
14 North Korea offered a rare apology for unleashing the dam water
and promised to alert Seoul to such measures in the future.
(AP, 9/6/09)(AP, 10/14/09)
2009 Sep 7, US snacks company
Kraft Foods launched a 10.2 billion pound bid for its British rival
Cadbury, with traders expecting the price to run higher as takeover
activity returns to the markets. Cadbury immediately rejected the
2009 Sep 7, In Tennessee 3
people were shot to death at a mobile home near Lafayette.
(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 7, Six American
tourists in Antigua were charged with assault and malicious damage
after refusing to pay a cab fare on Sep 4, which they thought was
excessive and later scuffling with police officers. They were
released on $5,000 bail each. Their Carnival Cruise Lines ship left
without them. On Oct 3 five New York tourists pleaded guilty to
fighting with plainclothes police officers after disputing the $100
cab fare. Prosecutors dropped charges against a sixth tourist.
(AP, 9/8/09)(AP, 10/3/09)
2009 Sep 7, Three British
Muslims were convicted of conspiring to kill thousands of civilians
by blowing up trans-Atlantic flights in mid-air with liquid
explosives disguised as soft drinks. Abdulla Ahmed Ali (28), Assad
Sarwar (29), and Tanvir Hussain (28) were found guilty of conspiracy
to murder by detonating explosives on aircraft. The men's arrests in
August 2006 had led to huge travel chaos. 5 others were also tried.
Umar Islam was convicted of conspiracy to murder. The jury failed to
reach a verdict on 3 others. Donald Stewart-Whyte was cleared.
(AP, 9/7/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.62)
2009 Sep 7, Gabon's main
opposition parties demanded authorities conduct a recount of a
disputed election the government said was won by the son of the
country's long-ruling president.
2009 Sep 7, In Guatemala four
prison officials were shot to death in three separate attacks that
authorities believed were retaliation for a jail crackdown.
Officials over the weekend had seized cell phones and moved inmates
to different prisons to break up an extortion ring.
2009 Sep 7, A small Indonesian
military plane crashed on Borneo with nine passengers and crew
aboard, killing four.
2009 Sep 7, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran will neither halt uranium enrichment nor
negotiate over its nuclear rights but is ready to sit and talk with
world powers over "global challenges."
2009 Sep 7, In western Iraq a
suicide car bomber targeted a line of vehicles stopped at a
checkpoint near Ramadi, killing eight people and wounding 16. In
Baghdad a bomb killed a driver as he approached a military
checkpoint in Sadr City district. Two children playing with a hand
grenade they found in a stream were killed when it exploded in the
northern city of Kirkuk. Abdul-Basit Turki, director general of the
Finance Ministry’s auditing department, was charged with wasting
public funds. Bombings killed at least 17 people nationwide.
(AP, 9/7/09)(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 7, Israel officially
approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in the West Bank,
deepening an already unprecedented rift with the US over Israeli
settlement expansion. Israel PM Netanyahu vanished from public view
in Israel for most of the day. His office said he had visited a
secret security facility. It was later confirmed that he had made a
secret trip to Russia, which included a meeting with the
Russia’s Pres. Dmitry Medvedev.
(AP, 9/7/09)(AP, 9/20/09)
2009 Sep 7, Yukio Hatoyama,
Japan's next prime minister, vowed to slash greenhouse gas emissions
by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020.
2009 Sep 7, Mexican President
Felipe Calderon accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eduardo
Medina-Mora, who was leading the battle against drug cartels, making
the biggest shake-up yet in his offensive against organized crime.
Calderon said he will send the Senate the nomination of Arturo
Chavez, a little known lawyer who has worked as both a state and
federal prosecutor, to replace Medina-Mora. In the Pacific port of
Lazaro Cardenas, about 150 federal police officers assigned to fight
cartels went on strike, saying they have not been paid in two months
or received hazard bonuses.
(AP, 9/7/09)(AP, 9/8/09)
2009 Sep 7, Five Pakistani
soldiers were killed in a land mine blast in the Taliban bastion of
South Waziristan. A suspected US missile strike killed 5 people at
Machi Khel village in North Waziristan close to the Afghan border.
Al-Qaida operations chief Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani national, was
later believed to be among the dead.
(AP, 9/7/09)(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A2)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 7, A Sudanese judge
convicted Lubna Hussein, a woman journalist, for violating the
public indecency law by wearing trousers outdoors and fined her
$200, but did not impose a feared flogging penalty. Hussein said she
will not pay a penny while still in court custody, wearing the same
trousers that had sparked her arrest.
2009 Sep 7, UK-based
Global Witness said they had found serious discrepancies in reports
of Sudan's oil revenues which could mean Khartoum's government was
underpaying its strife torn south by hundreds of millions of
2009 Sep 7, Taiwan's Premier
Liu Chao-shiuan resigned amid strong criticism of the government's
slow response to the most devastating storm to hit the island in 50
years. Pres. Ma Ying-jeou named Nationalist Party Secretary General
Wu Den-yih (61) to replace Liu.
2009 Sep 7, The UN’s Children's
Fund reacted furiously to Sri Lanka's decision to expel its
spokesman over his allegedly pro-rebel stance in the final stages of
the island's ethnic war. James Elder, communications chief for
UNICEF in Sri Lanka, was accused by the government of issuing
"propaganda" in support of the Tamil Tiger separatists before their
defeat at the hands of government forces in May.
2009 Sep 7, Turkish military
police stormed an Istanbul villa to rescue nine captive women whose
scantily clad images were posted online after they were recruited
for a television reality show. The women had been held captive for
about two months. About 14 people had been working on the show for
the Istanbul Grup Bilisim Electronic, Trade, Communication and
2009 Sep 8, Pres. Obama made a
speech aired on C-SPAN, addressed to school children encouraging
them to study hard and stay in school.
(SFC, 9/9/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 8, A review committee
on NASA, led by Norman Augustine, delivered a summary report saying
the agency does not have enough money to return to the moon. The
Augustine report also said that NASA should stop traveling to the
Int’l. Space Station and to low Earth orbit in general, leaving
these to the private sector.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.87)
2009 Sep 8, Philip Barry (52)
of Brooklyn was charged with operating an alleged $40 million Ponzi
scheme that stretched for three decades and apparently helped
finance a pornography business. He had turned himself in to
authorities in August after running the scheme for 31 years. Barry
spent a portion of his investors' money on real-estate purchases
that he hoped would appreciate. They did not.
2009 Sep 8, A US District judge
in San Francisco sentenced Williams “Boots" Del Biaggio III (41),
former co-owner of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, to over 8 years
in prison for bilking investors of million of dollars in a series of
schemes to help buy a stake in the Nashville Predators professional
hockey team and to pay off debts.
(SFC, 9/9/09, p.D3)
2009 Sep 8, The SF Bay Bridge
opened as work to fix a crack on the cantilever section of the
bridge was fixed ahead of schedule. Cars were allowed to start
crossing around 6:30 a.m.
2009 Sep 8, In Connecticut
Annie Le (24), a California graduate student at Yale, disappeared
after entering a laboratory building. She was due to be married on
Sep 13. On Sep 13 police found her body stuffed behind a wall in the
high-security laboratory building where she worked. On June 3, 2011,
Raymond Clark III was sentenced to 44 years in prison for the
(SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A16)(AP, 9/14/09)(SFC, 6/4/11,
2009 Sep 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai surpassed for the first time the 50% threshold needed
to avoid a run-off in the presidential election, according to
preliminary results, but with fraud allegations rising, a UN-backed
commission ordered a re-count of tainted ballots. A suicide car bomb
exploded outside the gates of the ISAF military airport in Kabul,
killing three civilians and wounding nine people, including four
(AP, 9/8/09)(AFP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 8, In Afghanistan
Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer (21) saved the lives of 13 Marines and
23 Afghan soldiers during a 6-hour fight the with Taliban that left
5 other US soldiers dead in Kunar province. Marine Staff Sgt. Juan
Rodriguez-Chavez accompanied Meyer. In 2011 the Kentucky farm boy
was awarded the US Medal of Honor. For his valor, Rodriguez-Chavez,
who hailed originally from Acuna, Mexico, would be awarded the Navy
(SFC, 9/15/11, p.A12)(AP, 9/15/11)
2009 Sep 8, Across northern
Argentina and southern Brazil a violent storm that spawned a tornado
and mudslides killed at least 15 people. Dozens were injured in the
winds and hail as their homes were destroyed.
2009 Sep 8, The British
government said the last remaining armed paramilitary groups in
Northern Ireland had pledged to decommission all their weapons
within six months. Hours later army experts in Northern Ireland
defused a massive roadside bomb, averting what could have been a
"devastating" explosion in the long-troubled British province.
(AP, 9/8/09)(AFP, 9/8/09)
2009 Sep 8, A British judge
sentenced Neil Lewington (44), a racist who planned to attack people
he considered "non-British," to at least six years in jail for
2009 Sep 8, Deutsche Telekom AG
and France Telecom SA said they intend to combine their British
mobile phone units, shaking up the country's intensely competitive
market and forming the country's biggest mobile operator. Analysts
said Nokia Siemens Networks, the key equipment vendor to British
operations of Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom, had most to lose
in the merger.
(AP, 9/8/09)(Reuters, 9/8/09)
2009 Sep 8, In central China's
Henan province an explosion at an illegal coal mine killed 42 miners
and left another 37 men trapped. Elsewhere in Henan province 13
workers were killed in gold mine fire sparked by the severing of
electrical wires in a cave-in.
(AP, 9/8/09)(AP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 8, Colombia’s
President Alvaro Uribe signed legislation calling for a national
referendum on amending the constitution to allow him to seek
re-election for a second time.
2009 Sep 8, In the Democratic
Republic of Congo two Norwegians were sentenced to death by a court
for murdering a Congolese man in the northeast of the country in
2009 Sep 8, A security official
said Egyptian border guards shot dead four sub-Saharan migrants as
they tried to illegally enter Israel.
2009 Sep 8, The EU said that a
member states could be allowed to ban gambling websites if its
intention was to stop crime.
2009 Sep 8, Guatemalan
President Alvaro Colom declared "a state of public calamity" to help
mobilize funds and resources to confront a food shortage that will
affect thousands of families.
2009 Sep 8, Iranian security
forces cracked down on the opposition's campaign to highlight
torture and abuse of prisoners in the country's postelection crisis,
shutting down offices of pro-reform leaders and arresting five of
their aides in a startling series of raids.
2009 Sep 8, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed Lt. Col. Zaid Hussein Khalaf, the head of an
anti-terrorism police unit, and four of his bodyguards in the
northern town of Armili, home to a large Shiite population. A
roadside bomb struck a police patrol near the town of Daqouq,
killing two policemen and wounding 3 others. A Health Ministry
official escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb hit
his convoy in the eastern part of Baghdad, but one ministry employee
died in the blast. Roadside bombs killed 4 US soldiers in separate
2009 Sep 8, Mike Bongiorno
(85), called Italy's "Quiz King," died. His big TV break came in the
1950s when he helped popularize the quiz show on Italian pubcaster
Rai. One of his biggest hits was "Lascia o Raddoppia?" (Double or
quits) the Italian version of "The $64,000 Question."
2009 Sep 8, Kenya replaced its
police chief on months after human rights groups complained that
some his officers killed and raped during the violent aftermath of
the disputed December 2007 elections, but activists said more
reforms are needed to restore confidence in a notoriously predatory
2009 Sep 8, In Mexico Police a
body with both arms cut off was found dumped on a street in the
border city of Ciudad Juarez. The court system in southern Tabasco
state said rural journalists Roberto Juarez and Lazaro Abreu Tejero
Sanchez have been arrested for allegedly working as informants for
the Zetas, a gang aligned with the Gulf drug cartel.
2009 Sep 8, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban militants attacked a group of boys on their way to
school, killing four and wounding three in Orakzai ethnic Pashtun
tribal region, because they were minority Shi'ite Muslims. Taliban
militants are from the majority Sunni community and attack Shi'ites
as part of their strategy to fight the government. Tribesmen
retaliated after the attack and killed at least two militants and
wounded several. Government aircraft attacked militants in a
village, 30 km (20 miles) east of Kalaya, killing six of them and
destroying four hideouts. Gunmen kidnapped a Greek man after killing
a police guard in the northern Chitral region on the Afghan border.
2009 Sep 8, Russia's foreign
minister rejected speculation that the Arctic Sea, a hijacked
Russian-crewed freighter, was carrying S-300 missiles possibly
destined for Iran. A Russian shipping expert and an EU anti-piracy
official have speculated that the vessel was carrying a clandestine
cargo, possibly S-300 surface-to-air missiles for Iran or Syria.
2009 Sep 8, Somalia graduated
its first 500 naval recruits hoping they would form the backbone of
the country’s first naval force in nearly two decades. 8 civilians
were killed and 31 wounded overnight during clashes pitting
insurgents against government and African Union forces in Mogadishu.
(SFC, 9/9/09, p.A2)(AFP, 9/8/09)
2009 Sep 8, Sudanese journalist
Lubna Ahmed Hussein, who spent a day in jail for refusing to pay a
fine for wearing "indecent trousers," vowed on her release to keep
up the battle against the law. The UN’s human rights office said
Sudan's conviction Hussein for indecency for wearing trousers
violates international law and is emblematic of wider gender
discrimination in the Islamic country.
(AFP, 9/8/09)(Reuters, 9/8/09)
2009 Sep 8, The Turkish
conglomerate, Dogan Yayin, was slapped with a 3.75 lira ($2.5
billion) fine for allegedly evading taxes in the transfer of assets
from one of its companies to another. This followed a $609 million
fine levied in February against Aydin Dogan’s conglomerate.
(http://tinyurl.com/mkkebw)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.72)
2009 Sep 8, In northwestern
Turkey flash floods triggered by torrential rains killed six people
and left swaths of lands awash. At least three people were reported
2009 Sep 8, Uganda’s defense
spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye, said Ugandan troops
have crossed into the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR) in
pursuit of Lord's Resistance Army rebels with Bangui's blessing.
2009 Sep 8, Yemen’s the
Interior Ministry said 4 Yemenis carrying explosives and guns had
been arrested near the US embassy in San'a.
2009 Sep 9, President Barack
Obama, in a major speech before Congress, promised to overhaul the
nation's health care system. Not a single Republican has endorsed
any of the plans approved so far by four House and Senate
committees. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., heckled Obama with a shout of
“You lie!" regarding Obama’s assertion of no planned medical care to
illegal immigrants. Wilson soon apologized but refused to do so on
the House floor.
(AP, 9/9/09)(SFC, 9/11/09, p.A18)
2009 Sep 9, The US, Britain,
Cyprus, Japan and Singapore signed on to an international plan, the
“New York Declaration," to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.
The New York Declaration is an agreement between the signatory flag
states which condemns acts of piracy and armed robbery against
vessels and seafarers and recognizes that self protection measures
taken by vessels can be highly effective in avoiding, delaying and
deterring acts of piracy. The nonbinding political document was
originally tabled on May 29, 2009.
2009 Sep 9, Lawyers said 3
Chinese Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay formally accepted an
offer to take up new lives in the Pacific island nation of Palau and
could be moved there as early as next month.
2009 Sep 9, California
Assemblyman Mike Duvall, R-Yorba Linda, resigned after a videotape
surfaced of his bragging about sexual exploits with 2 women, one of
whom reportedly worked as a lobbyist.
(SFC, 9/10/09, p.A11)
2009 Sep 9, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Camp Bastion NATO base in
southern Helmand province, killing at least two Afghan civilians and
wounding several foreign and local troops. British commandos freed
NY Times reporter Stephen Farrell (46) in a raid on a Taliban
hide-out in northern Afghanistan. Farrell and his translator had
been taken hostage on Sep 5. A British soldier died during the raid
as well as Afghan translator, Sultan Munadi (34) and 2 civilians.
(AFP, 9/9/09)(AP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 9, Australia announced
that it has launched a war crimes investigation into the 1975
killing of five Australian-based journalists during an attack by
Indonesian forces in East Timor.
2009 Sep 9, Colombian customs
agents said they seized $11.3 million in cash from a shipping
container in the nation's largest cargo port. Ret. Gen. Francisco
Pedraza was captured at the installations of the IV Brigade in
Medellin, Antioquia. He is being investigated for homicide, forced
displacement and terrorism as part of an investigation into the 2001
massacre of at least 26 people in Naya, Cauca state.
(AP, 9/9/09)(AP, 9/10/09)
2009 Sep 9, Dubai’s Sheikh
Mohammed al-Maktoum opened the Arabian Peninsula's first metro
system, the $7.6 billion project, hoping to capture the world's
spotlight on the catchy date of 9/9/09, whether the sleek system is
fully ready to go or not.
(AP, 9/9/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.52)
2009 Sep 9, In Ecuador Gloria
Daniela Lopez, a Los Angeles college student, was stabbed to death
in Ambato. Her body was found the next day with her throat slit. A
family friend later said she had been decapitated and possibly
raped. A local police investigation was said to be stalled because
she was American.
(SFC, 10/9/09, p.D5)
2009 Sep 9, Gabon’s opposition
claimed that violence in Port-Gentil, Gabon's second city, claimed
15 lives after last week's disputed presidential election, far more
than the official toll provided by the government.
2009 Sep 9, Grenada’s PM
Tillman Thomas said Grenada has sold some 100 Venezuelan-built
houses at a deep discount to people left homeless by Hurricane Ivan
in 2004. Venezuela financed the construction of 120 homes. They were
finished three years ago, but electrical inspections delayed their
sale. Valued at $92,000 each, the structures were sold for only
$2,000, to help cover the cost of the land title transfer. The
government selected mostly single mothers who were renting or living
with relatives. The unsold structures were planned to be used as
shelters for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
2009 Sep 9, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded outside a house in the flash point city of Kirkuk, killing
eight people inside the building and wounding one. US-backed Iraqi
soldiers raided a home in southeastern Baghdad before dawn, killing
two men inside and arresting an Iraqi soldier from an intelligence
unit. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi patrol in the Abu Ghraib
district, killing one soldier and injuring two others. An Iraqi army
colonel was killed by a bomb attached to his car in the insurgent
stronghold of Mosul.
2009 Sep 9, In Jamaica John A.
Terry (65), Britain’s honorary consul in Montego Bay, was found
strangled in bed with a note denouncing him as a homosexual.
(Econ, 9/19/09, p.49)(AP, 10/3/09)
2009 Sep 9, Conservationists
said poaching and drought-related hunger have killed more than 100
of Kenya's famous elephants in the north of the country so far this
year. Around 23,000 elephants live in Kenya but populations can be
devastated by poaching within a couple of years. A recent survey in
Chad showed its elephant population had declined from 3,800 to just
over 600 in the past three years.
2009 Sep 9, A Malaysian
government report said indigenous tribal girls have been sexually
abused by loggers in remote jungles on Borneo island, in the first
official verification of rape accusations involving timber
2009 Sep 9, In Mexico a
Bolivian-born man, clutching a Bible and claiming a divine mission,
hijacked a plane with more than 100 people aboard after takeoff from
Cancun. The incident ended quickly and without bloodshed when police
arrested Jose Flores (44) in Mexico City. Police in Morelia said
that they had seized eight counterfeit police and rescue vehicles
including an intensive care ambulance with official-looking logos
and paint jobs. The vehicles belonged to gang members who planned to
use them to conduct illegal activities. In 2011 Josmar Flores was
sentenced to seven years, seven months and 15 days in prison.
(Reuters, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 5/19/11)
2009 Sep 9, Salvadoran
authorities said they had arrested 4 alleged Mara 18 gang members
and a police officer in the Sep 2 slaying of French documentary
filmmaker Christian Poveda. The arrested officer was identified as
Jose Napoleon Espinoza, an agent assigned to the 911 emergency phone
system in Soyapango outside the capital, San Salvador.
2009 Sep 9, In Sierra Leone at
least 221 people, including many schoolchildren returning from
holidays, remained missing a day after the wooden Teh Teh ferry
capsized at sea. 39 people survived. 30 bodies were recovered and
all the missing were feared dead.
(AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/12/09)
2009 Sep 9, The Dalai Lama
received Slovakia's Jan Langos award for his promotion of human
rights and his leadership in the nonviolent campaign by Tibetans
seeking autonomy from China. The Jan Langos Foundation gives its
award to "an outstanding figure of the local defiance against
oppressed regimes and their security services" and to civil servants
and politicians who "endeavor for human dignity and freedom."
2009 Sep 9, A Somali Islamic
court cut off the hands of two men accused of theft and lashed
another accused of rape.
2009 Sep 9, In South Korea
performers from around the world have gathered on the South Korean
island of Jeju for this week's international Delphic Games,
popularly known as the "Culture Olympics." The first Delphic Games
of the modern era were held in Russia in 2000 and the second in
Malaysia in 2005.
2009 Sep 9, Spain’s PM
Rodriguez Zapatero told Parliament the 2010 budget would aim to
raise overall taxes by 1.5% of GDP in order to help meet demands of
the most needy. Unemployment, the worst in Europe, had reached 18%
and was still climbing.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.58)
2009 Sep 9, Thailand's national
police chief resigned after being transferred to an inactive post in
the wake of an official recommendation that he be prosecuted for his
role in a deadly crackdown against anti-government protesters last
2009 Sep 9, A teacher (29) in
Bangkok, Thailand, was captured on film beating a student (14) and
bashing his head against a blackboard. The 50-second clip, filmed by
a classmate using a mobile phone, was broadcast Sep 21 on a
nationally televised morning news program, sparking national outrage
and pledges from education officials to crack down on corporal
punishment in classrooms.
2009 Sep 9, In Turkey flash
floods roared across a major highway and a commercial district in
Istanbul, killing at least 32 people and forcing dozens to scramble
onto the roofs of cars and trucks. Some of the dead drowned inside
(Reuters, 9/9/09)(AFP, 9/10/09)
2009 Sep 9, A Uganda army
spokesman said government forces have rescued 100 kidnapped children
and young adults during an operation against the Lord’s Resistance
Army rebel group in neighboring Central African Republic.
2009 Sep 9, Uruguay’s Senate
gave final approval for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children,
making it the first country in Latin America to do so. The executive
branch will decide when the law takes effect.
(SFC, 9/10/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 9, In Yemen 17 rebels
were killed in an air strike, according to a government statement,
which said they were caught sneaking through the mountains near
Saada. Four men survived the attack and were in custody.
2009 Sep 10, NASA made a
successful first test of its Ares I rocket at promontory, Utah. It
was created as part of a plan to return to the moon, but a recent
panel said there isn’t enough money for the moon project.
(SFC, 9/11/09, p.A13)
2009 Sep 10, GM announced that
it agreed to the sale of 55% of Ruesselsheim-based Adam Opel and
Vauxhall unit to Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc.
and Russian lender Sberbank. Detroit-based GM will keep a 35% stake
and continue to work with Opel on developing vehicles, sharing
technology and engineering resources.
2009 Sep 10, The UN-backed
commission investigating fraud in Afghanistan's election issued its
first orders to exclude some ballots from the final tally, throwing
out votes from 83 polling stations in areas of strong support for
President Hamid Karzai. A US service member was killed in an attack
on a patrol. Another service member was killed after coming under
(AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/11/09)
2009 Sep 10, The African Union
joined international condemnation of a new "unity" government named
by Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina who overthrew the recognized
president this year.
2009 Sep 10, Australia
announced liquefied natural gas (LNG) deals worth up to 60 billion
US dollars with Japan and South Korea, raising its status as a major
2009 Sep 10, Guy Laliberte, the
Canadian billionaire founder of the Cirque du Soleil, said that he
aims to read a statement to the world about the planet's water
problems after taking a Russian rocket to the space station.
Laliberte and two others will blast off Sep 30 from the Russian
space program's Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. He said his
reading from space will be part of several shows in 14 cities around
the world beginning Oct 9.
2009 Sep 10, Colombia’s police
said they have seized $55 million in properties and assets from drug
traffickers in a 2 day operation in five cities in Antioquia state
and six cities in Cundinamarca state. The assets included shares in
a popular soccer team.
2009 Sep 10, A new book, whose
title translates as "Hold-Ups, Swindles and Treasons," by French
journalists Antonin Andre and Karim Rissouli, hit French stores
alleging that a vote last year to elect the leader of France's
Socialist Party was rigged, sparking further disarray among the
once-mighty champions of the left.
2009 Sep 10, Berlin won Spain's
prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for its contribution to
promoting peace and harmony.
2009 Sep 10, In India hundreds
of students, who were jammed into a narrow New Delhi school
staircase, panicked and set off a stampede that left five girls dead
and 31 other students injured. Mohammed Shahabuddin, a 12-year old
snack vendor, had to have his left leg amputated after Bihar state
railway police threw him out of a moving train when he failed to pay
them 10 rupees (20 cents) as a bribe. The boy had offered the
policemen five rupees, which was all the money he had.
(AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/11/09)
2009 Sep 10, In northern Iraq a
suicide truck bomber hit the Kurdish village of Wardek before dawn,
killing at least 25 people and injuring 50 others, in what appeared
to be the latest in a string of attacks targeting Kurds and other
ethnic and religious groups in the region. The government of the
semiautonomous Kurdish region arrested the head of the provincial
intelligence service, Brig. Abdul-Rahman Ali, on accusations he was
directly involved in the planning of an Aug. 13 bombing near Mosul.
3 successive bombs exploded at a popular market in the city of
Mahmoudiya, killing 4 people and wounding 30. Violence broke out at
Abu Ghraib prison and two prisoners were killed.
(AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/11/09)
2009 Sep 10, The Japanese space
agency successfully launched a new rocket carrying an unmanned cargo
ship on a $680 million maiden voyage to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 9/11/09, p.A9)
2009 Sep 10, Amnesty
International issued a new report saying Japan executes mentally ill
prisoners, some of whom are driven insane by harsh treatment while
on death row.
2009 Sep 10, Lebanese Prime
Minister-designate Saad Hariri said he is abandoning efforts to form
a new government after the Hezbollah-led parliament minority
rejected his list for a national unity Cabinet. This forced
President Michel Suleiman to start consultations with lawmakers from
scratch over naming a new premier.
2009 Sep 10, Mexican defense
dept. said soldiers have arrested Michael Escalante (29) of El Paso,
suspected of killing 18 people in a series of attacks this year in
violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.
2009 Sep 10, In northeast Nepal
a bus veered off a highway and plunged into a river, killing at
least 11 people and leaving about 20 missing and feared dead.
2009 Sep 10, In Russia
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez recognized the pro-Russian rebel
regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, a rare
boost to the Kremlin's campaign for their international acceptance.
2009 Sep 10, In Uganda at least
7 people were killed in clashes after the government prevented a
representative of the traditional ruler of the Buganda kingdom from
traveling to a region northeast of the capital for a political
(SFC, 9/11/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 10, Vietnamese and US
scientists wrapped up their annual meetings on Agent Orange,
launching a task force to examine health issues in areas where the
defoliant was used during the Vietnam War. Vietnam has said 1
million to 4 million of its citizens may have suffered serious
health consequences after being exposed to dioxin, a highly toxic
element in Agent Orange.
2009 Sep 10, A Yemeni army
statement said the government launched a new offensive against
Shiite rebels in the north, destroying many of their vehicles and
hideouts. The rebels said they have been able to keep the government
from entering the northern town of Saada, which has been at the
center of the rebellion.
2009 Sep 11, Pres. Obama
slapped punitive tariffs on all car and light truck tires entering
the US from China as the rising tide of imported tires hurt American
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 11, The US said it
would accept Iran's offer of wide-ranging talks with major powers
despite the Islamic Republic's stated refusal to discuss its nuclear
2009 Sep 11, In Richmond, Ca.,
Kaneesha Mallard (19) of Hercules and her boyfriend, Alfred Thomas
(20) of Vallejo, were killed by a spray of bullets while parked at
the snack shop of a Union 76 gas station.
(SFC, 9/17/09, p.D2)
2009 Sep 11, In Owosso,
Michigan, Harlan James Drake (33) killed an abortion protester
outside a school along with the owner of a nearby gravel pit.
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 11, Jim Carrol (60),
poet, addict and author, died in Manhattan following a heart attack.
His books included “Basketball Diaries" (1978), which was turned
into a 1995 movie. His 1980 song “People who Died" became a punk
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.D5)
2009 Sep 11, Larry Gelbart
(b.1928, comedy writer, died in Los Angeles. His work included
developing the MASH TV series and co-writing the books for the
Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
and the film “Tootsie." His 1998 memoir was titled “Laughing
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 11, Afghan former
foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, the chief challenger to
President Hamid Karzai, called for a full investigation of hundreds
of reports of fraud in the Aug. 20 presidential contest. 14
civilians were killed Uruzgan province when their vehicle hit a
roadside bomb in Churra district. In Kandahar six civilians were
killed by an improvised explosive device in the Maiwand district.
Four police were killed in Nangarhar when militants attacked a
border police checkpoint. In eastern Paktika province, a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives in Bermel district. Only the bomber
(AP, 9/11/09)(AP, 9/12/09)
2009 Sep 11, A risk consultancy
said Australians have overtaken Americans as the world's biggest
individual producers of carbon dioxide, which is blamed for global
warming. British firm Maplecroft placed Australia's per capita
output at 20.58 tons a year, some four percent higher than the
United States and top of a list of 185 countries.
2009 Sep 11, In Belgium the
Flemish education board banned religious symbols in all 700 secular
state schools under its control.
(Econ, 9/19/09, p.64)
2009 Sep 11, In Chile police
and hooded protesters clashed Santiago on the anniversary of the
1973 military coup that toppled elected President Salvador Allende.
State television reported one death amid the disturbances.
2009 Sep 11, Chinese officials
said mystery needle attacks appeared to spread in China's far
western region as authorities arrested nine new suspects in three
cities. Since last week, more than 500 people in Urumqi have
reported attacks, though only about 100 showed evidence of being
2009 Sep 11, In Colombia two
bombs being carried by donkeys exploded, killing two
coca-eradication workers and wounding six soldiers in Norte de
2009 Sep 11, In Cuba Juan
Almeida Bosque (b.1927), a comrade-in-arms of Fidel Castro since the
start of his guerrilla struggle more than a half-century ago, died
of a heart attack. Almeida was the only black commander among the
2009 Sep 11, In Germany 12
officers were injured in late night clashes with left-wing
demonstrators in Hamburg following a far-right rally.
2009 Sep 11, Europe's biggest
automaker Volkswagen said it planned to invest 4.0 billion euros
(5.8 billion dollars) to boost its presence in China over the next
2009 Sep 11, Authorities in
Guatemala arrested nine suspects, including five police officers, in
the May 10 killing of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, who accused
President Alvaro Colom of involvement in his death in a posthumously
2009 Sep 11, In Iraq prison
inmates at Abu Ghraib rioted for a 2nd day to demand better
conditions. The facility, now under Iraqi control, has been renamed
the Baghdad Central Prison.
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Sep 11, A Kenyan
magistrate sentenced Jon Cardon Wagner, an American who founded a
popular chain of coffee shops, to 15 years' imprisonment for the
statutory rape of three teenage Kenyan girls. Wagner's lawyer
Mohammed Nyaoga said his client is the victim of an extortion racket
and will appeal. Nairobi Java House began a culture of gourmet
coffee drinking nine years ago and now has eight coffee shops in the
2009 Sep 11, A senior Lebanese
military official said two rockets were fired toward Israel from the
town of Qlaileh inside Lebanon. Israel responded with a barrage of
14 rockets. No injuries or damage were reported.
(AP, 9/11/09)(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 11, Malaysian
authorities seized a consignment of 10,000 copies of the Bible sent
from Jakarta to Kuching in Sarawak state, because the
Indonesian-language books contained the word "Allah," a translation
that has been banned in this Muslim-majority country. Another 5,100
Bibles, also imported from Indonesia, were reportedly seized in
March. Church officials said Allah is not exclusive to Islam but is
an Arabic word that predates Islam.
2009 Sep 11, Mexican
authorities found at least $5 million hidden in a shipment of
ammonium sulfate at a Pacific coast port.
2009 Sep 11, The Pakistani
Military said it had arrested the Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan
and commanders Mahmood Khan, Fazle Ghaffar, Abdul Rehman and Sartaj
Ali in the suburbs of Mingora, striking its first direct blow
against the leadership of the insurgency in the one-time tourist
2009 Sep 11, In Peru lawyer
Alfredo Crespo announced the publication of a book of manuscripts
written in prison by Shining Path rebel leader Abimael Guzman. On
Sep 13 the justice minister asked a public prosecutor to file
"apology for terrorism" charges against Crespo.
2009 Sep 11, In Somalia mortars
slammed into Mogadishu, killing three civilians and at least 12 men
at a home for disabled veterans. Nearly a dozen other former
soldiers were wounded in the attack.
2009 Sep 11, In South Africa
reports on gender testing on running sensation Caster Semenya has
determined she has male and female sexual organs. This triggered
outrage and dealt a blow to her family, who may have been unaware of
the reported condition. There was worry about how the 18-year-old
will handle all this. Testing determined that Semenya has internal
testes, meaning the runner herself, who was raised in a poor
village, may have been unaware of such a condition. The condition is
generally referred to as intersexuality. The older term for someone
who has both male and female organs is hermaphrodite.
2009 Sep 11, South Africa and
the European Union started a summit expected to be dominated by
calls from African nations for sanctions against Zimbabwe to be
2009 Sep 11, Spain's government
agreed to send 220 more troops to Afghanistan, raising the total to
2009 Sep 11, In Spain
Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez paid a brief courtesy call on King Juan
Carlos and met briefly with PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to
discuss energy issues and Spanish investment in oil-rich Venezuela.
2009 Sep 11, Sri Lankan
authorities sent home nearly 10,000 war refugees amid growing
international concern for the nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians still
detained in government-run camps.
2009 Sep 11, A Taiwan court
sentenced ex-president Chen Shui-bian (58) to life in jail after a
corruption trial he claims was political revenge for his lifelong
push to declare independence from China. The court also handed a
life term to his wheelchair-bound wife Wu Shu-chen.
2009 Sep 11, In Uganda 3 people
including a child were shot dead in rioting in Kampala. Clashes
began on Sep 10 after the government prevented a representative of
the traditional ruler of the Buganda kingdom from traveling to a
region northeast of the capital for a political rally. The overall
death toll from the unrest rose to at least 24 following deaths in
(AP, 9/11/09)(AP, 9/12/09)(AP, 9/14/09)(Econ,
2009 Sep 11, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez returned home from a world tour. He said he
has signed military agreements with Russia and is soon expecting the
arrival of some "little rockets," which reach up to 186 miles
(300km) and are strictly for defense purposes.
2009 Sep 11, In Vietnam the
Canadian environmental firm Hatfield Consultants said new
environmental tests confirm extremely high levels of dioxin, the
toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, in people, fish and soil near
Danang airport, a former US air base where American troops stored
the herbicide during the Vietnam War.
2009 Sep 12, Researchers
reported finding dangerous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA) bacteria in sand and water for the first time at five
public beaches along the coast of Washington state.
2009 Sep 12, William E.
Sparkman (51), a US census worker, was found bound with duct tape
and a rope around his neck near a cemetery in Clay County in a
remote patch of Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest. The word
"fed" was scrawled on his chest. The area where Sparkman was found
has a history of problems with prescription drug and methamphetamine
trading. State police later said evidence at the death scene
indicated that it was staged as a murder and that Sparkman had
(AP, 9/24/09)(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 12, Dr. Norman Borlaug
(b.1914), Nobel Prize winner (1970), died at his Dallas home. He was
known as the father of the “green revolution" for his work in
high-yield crop varieties, which helped to more than double food
production between 1960 and 1990.
(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 12, Christopher Kelly
(51), former chief fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich, died in Chicago after being found slumped over in his
car the previous evening. An overdose of drugs was suspected. Kelly
faced at least 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud
charges in 2 separate cases.
(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 12, In Afghanistan a
Taliban ambush killed six private security guards working for a
construction company in the eastern province of Kunar. In Khost
province a suspected militant rocket attack killed three civilians
in Sabari district. In Kandahar 3 suicide bombers tried to attack an
office of the country's intelligence agency. Officers and the
bombers traded gunfire. One bomber blew himself up and killed an
intelligence officer, while the other bombers’ explosives went off
but didn't kill anyone. Coalition and Afghan forces killed 11
militants during an overnight raid in northern Kunduz province. In
Kunduz province a turncoat policeman poisoned 8 other officers at a
guard post, killed his commander and called in the Taliban who
beheaded or shot 7 other policemen. A roadside bomb killed two US
troops in the east. In western Afghanistan 3 US soldiers were killed
following a roadside bomb attack and small arms fire. Altogether 50
civilians, security forces and militants were killed in the spate of
attacks, including 20 noncombatants killed in two roadside bomb
explosions. In western Farah province a battle that included
airstrikes killed about 50 Taliban militants after an insurgent
ambush left 3 US troops and 7 Afghan soldiers dead.
(AP, 9/12/09)(AP, 9/13/09)(SSFC, 9/13/09,
p.A4)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 12, Australia
intercepted a boat carrying 83 suspected asylum seekers off its
northwest coast after it was spotted from the air by a military
patrol plane. Later in the day the Australian navy intercepted a
suspected people-smuggling boat carrying 65 asylum seekers off the
country's northwest coast.
(AFP, 9/12/09)(AFP, 9/13/09)
2009 Sep 12, President Evo
Morales said Bolivia has decided to buy a presidential plane from
Russia after Moscow offered to set up an aircraft maintenance center
in the South American nation. Defense Minister Walker San Miguel
announced in early August that Bolivia had agreed to purchase an
Antonov presidential plane with satellite phone, Internet links and
a meeting room from Russia for $30 million.
2009 Sep 12, In Chechnya three
police were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Grozny.
An alleged militant was killed in a separate incident in Chechnya.
2009 Sep 12, China decried a US
decision to impose added duty on Chinese-made tires, saying the move
sent a dangerous protectionist signal before a G20 summit and could
stoke reactions impeding global recovery. The tire duty was the
first time Washington has applied special "safeguard" provisions
Beijing agreed to before joining the WTO in 2001.
2009 Sep 12, A court in western
China's Xinjiang region sentenced three people to up to 15 years in
prison in the first trials over a series of mysterious syringe
attacks that led to mass protests against the local government. In
eastern China 3 people died and an additional 17 required medical
treatment after they were exposed to bags of a toxic chemical
illegally dumped by a factory in Dongyang.
(AP, 9/12/09)(AP, 9/16/09)
2009 Sep 12, Costa Rican
authorities detained 54 US-bound migrants from Africa and Nepal
after their boat arrived on the country's coast. Authorities also
took into custody three suspected Colombian smugglers who were
traveling with them.
2009 Sep 12, In Dagestan
security forces besieged a home and killed four alleged militants.
2009 Sep 12, Willy Ronis (99),
the last of the great French photographers, died. Lovers, nudes and
scenes from Paris streets were the mainstay of Ronis' photographs in
an award-winning career that began in the 1930s.
2009 Sep 12, In Iraq 2 bombs
exploded moments apart near the tomb of a revered Shiite religious
figure in central Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 22. A
bomb attached to a civilian car exploded in the northwest of
Baghdad, killing the driver and wounding two passengers. 4 people
were killed by a roadside bomb in Diyala province. In the northern
city of Mosul, a roadside bomb went off near an Iraqi army patrol,
prompting soldiers to open fire to scare off any attackers. A stray
bullet from the shooting killed a traffic policeman.
2009 Sep 12, In
Indian-administered Kashmir suspected Islamic militants set off a
powerful bomb blast killing three people and wounding at least seven
2009 Sep 12, In Lebanon Salah
Ezzedine (47), a Shiite businessman with connections to Hezbollah,
and his partner Youssef Faour were arrested on suspicion of cheating
investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. They charged with
2009 Sep 12, Mexican police
said they have found the bodies of five men dumped in a landfill
near the resort city of Acapulco. The men had been shot to death and
officers found a note with the bodies signed "The boss of bosses."
2009 Sep 12, In Pakistan
paramilitary troops destroyed three militant hide-outs and killed 22
insurgents. Officials said hundreds of tribal police in the
northwestern Khyber region have quit their jobs because of militant
2009 Sep 12, Uganda’s army
killed five rebels in the CAR, including Arit Santos, a commander of
the LRA insurgent group. Soldiers also seized 24 sub-machineguns,
several rounds of ammunition, medicine and laptop computers in the
2009 Sep 12, In Venezuela
opposition Mayor Lluvane Alvarez was shot by unidentified assailants
as he entered his home in western Tachira state, which is plagued by
crime related to drug trafficking and other illicit activities.
2009 Sep 12, Zimbabwe’s
President Robert Mugabe welcomed the first top-level European Union
delegation to visit in seven years with "open arms" and said talks
on implementing a power-sharing deal went well.
2009 Sep 13, Al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden described President Barack Obama as "powerless" to
stop the war in Afghanistan and threatened to step up guerrilla
warfare there in a new audiotape released to mark the anniversary of
the Sept. 11 attacks in the US.
2009 Sep 13, It was reported
that the hoki fish, harvested in the deep waters around New Zealand,
had declined substantially. Hoki, the main ingredient in McDonald’s
Fillet-O-Fish sandwich, was also used by Denny’s and Long John
Silver’s restaurants. From 1996 to 2001 some 275,000 tons were
harvested by factory trawlers. The allowed catch was reduced to
100,000 tons in 2007 and 2008.
(SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A20)
2009 Sep 13, The Afghan health
ministry said it has so far recorded 673 cases of cholera
countrywide in almost a third of the country's 34 provinces,
including Kabul. No deaths have been reported. A British soldier was
killed in an attack on a foot patrol in Helmand province. A 2nd NATO
service member died in a bomb blast in the south.
(AFP, 9/13/09)(AP, 9/14/09)
2009 Sep 13, Bolivia's Pres.
Evo Morales began a visit to Spain. His plans to nationalize
Bolivia’s electricity sector and how this might affect Spanish
companies will be among the top items on his agenda.
2009 Sep 13, In southern
Democratic Republic of Congo at least 14 people were dead and
another 34 missing after their boat sank in an isolated stretch of
the Lualaba river.
2009 Sep 13, In Hong Kong a
construction platform inside an elevator shaft collapsed, sending 5
workers 20 stories down to their deaths inside a skyscraper. One
worker was injured.
2009 Sep 13, In Iraq gunmen
broke into the home of a Kurdish policeman in Kirkuk, killing his
wife and three children execution-style with shots to the head as
they slept. Two separate police patrols were hit with roadside bombs
in southern Kirkuk, wounding six policemen. Four people were killed
in an area about 60 miles (100km) south of Mosul in a tribal
dispute. A civilian contractor was shot and killed on an American
military base in Tikrit. A US soldier was detained in connection
with the incident. US and Iraqi forces killed one fighter, captured
another and seized a truck loaded with weapons in Mosul, an area of
that remains an insurgent stronghold. Later Iraqi policemen
searching for the gunman who escaped clashed with insurgents. Two
policemen and two insurgents were killed.
(AP, 9/13/09)(AP, 9/14/09)
2009 Sep 13, In Israel Capt.
Asaf Ramon (21), the son of Ilan Ramon, Israel's first and only
astronaut, was killed when his F-16 warplane crashed on a routine
training flight. Ilan Ramon was one of seven crew members killed
when the Columbia exploded as it re-entered the atmosphere in 2003.
2009 Sep 13, In southeast
Kazakhstan 37 people were killed when a fire ripped through a
decrepit drugs treatment facility in Taldykorgan.
2009 Sep 13, In Pakistan a bomb
blast killed 3 paramilitary troops in the Mandiknas area of the
Khyber region. A suicide bomber was killed as he tried to attack a
security post in the Swat Valley.
(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 13, In central Russia
5 soldiers died in a fire at a military base in Tambov. A state news
report said the blaze may have destroyed sensitive security
(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 13, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed five
paramilitary troops in Yala province.
2009 Sep 13, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez said Russia has opened a $2.2 billion line of credit for
Venezuela to purchase weapons including armored vehicles and
2009 Sep 13, Zimbabwe's PM
Morgan Tsvangirai accused President Robert Mugabe of violating a
fledgling power-sharing deal. The EU said ties with Zimbabwe would
only normalize once a unity accord is properly implemented, but
pledged a further 90 million euro this year to assist the troubled
2009 Sep 14, The US attended
its first formal meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, saying it
will try to promote dialogue at a body it once avoided and heavily
2009 Sep 14, Google rolled out
Fast Flip, which lets users scroll through the contents of online
newspapers in much the same way as they leaf through pages in print.
2009 Sep 14, Jody Powell (65),
former White House press secretary for Jimmy Carter (1977-1981, died
of a heart attack at his home in Maryland.
(SFC, 9/15/09, p.C4)
2009 Sep 14, Patrick Swayze
(57), actor, died from pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles. He
personified a particular kind of masculine grace both on and off
screen, from his roles in films like "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" to
the way he carried himself in his long fight with cancer.
2009 Sep 14, Afghan and foreign
forces killed 27 Taliban militants in gunfights and an air strike in
a rebel stronghold of Kandahar province. A Taliban spokesman said
four militants were killed and five civilians died in the crossfire.
2009 Sep 14, In Australia
energy giants Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil agreed to develop the
massive Gorgon field, giving the final go-ahead to a liquefied
natural gas (LNG) project worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
2009 Sep 14, The leaders of
Brazil and Guyana met to inaugurate the $5 million Takutu River
Bridge, that is expected to boost trade between Brazil and the
Caribbean. Traffic began crossing the bridge nearly two months ago
but today’s ceremony was billed as its formal commissioning.
2009 Sep 14, A British judge
sentenced Abdulla Ahmed Ali (28), the ringleader of a plot to bring
down trans-Atlantic planes with liquid explosives, to at least 40
years in jail and three fellow British Muslims to long prison
2009 Sep 14, China filed a WTO
complaint over new US tariffs on Chinese tires, stepping up pressure
on Washington in the latest in a series of trade disputes.
2009 Sep 14, China broke ground
on its fourth space center. The new port on the southern island
province of Hainan, slated to go into use in 2013, highlights the
country's soaring space ambitions six years after it sent its first
man into orbit.
2009 Sep 14, France Telecom SA
summoned all 20,000 of its managers to a conference call in an
effort to respond to a string of 23 employee suicides that unions
blame partly on layoffs and restructuring at the telecommunications
2009 Sep 14, In Germany
Siegfried Wolf, the co-chief executive of Magna International Inc.,
said as many as 10,500 Opel jobs in Europe could be cut, including
nearly half of them in Germany. Opel employs some 49,000 workers in
Europe and has plants in Germany, Spain, Britain, Poland and
2009 Sep 14, In Indonesia
expanded Islamic law was passed by the regional parliament in Aceh
province. One key article regarding adultery threatened 100 cane
lashes for the unmarried and stoning to death for those who are
2009 Sep 14, In Iran
authorities arrested at least 7 children and grandchildren of senior
clerics in Qom in fresh pressure on religious leaders who sympathize
with the opposition.
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 14, In Mexico 31
police officers were arrested in Hidalgo state on suspicion of
collaborating with the Zetas, a gang of drug cartel hit men. 92
police were arrested there in June. Gunmen opened fire inside a
Ciudad Juarez hardware store, killing the woman who owned the store
and four other people, including a 19-year-old man. Minutes later an
armed gang killed five men riding in a pickup truck.
(AP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/16/09)
2009 Sep 14, Norway's
left-leaning government faced a splintered opposition in an election
focused on how to manage the Nordic nation's soaring oil wealth and
seal cracks in its welfare system. Jens Stoltenberg's Labor-led
coalition won 86 seats to keep a slim majority in the 169-seat
Parliament after using oil money to shield the welfare state from
the global recession.
(AP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/15/09)
2009 Sep 14, In Pakistan at
least 18 women and girls were killed in a stampede which broke out
as charity workers were handing out free flour to the poor in a
crowded neighborhood of Pakistan's financial capital Karachi.
2009 Sep 14, In Pakistan a US
missile slammed into a car at dawn, killing up to five militants in
the remote tribal belt near the Afghan border in the third attack in
a week. Nazimuddin, alias Yahyo, a top Uzbek militant, was believed
to be among the dead. Burqa-clad assailants armed with Kalashnikov
rifles and hand grenades attempted to attack an oil terminal in
Karachi, but were thwarted by a security guard who was gunned down
as the suspects escaped. Police later found a large cache of
rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), explosives, suicide vests, burqas
and other items apparently dumped by the suspects near a sewer in
the area. Fighter jets pounded suspected militant hide-outs and
killed five insurgents in the Salarzai area of the northwest Bajur
(AP, 9/15/09)(AFP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/15/09)(AP,
2009 Sep 14, Finance Minister
Diana Dragutinovic said Serbia will have to lay off about one-fifth
of its government employees, 14,000 people, to meet conditions set
by the International Monetary Fund to receive more financial aid. A
trade union representing state employees has already announced
strikes if the layoffs are carried out.
2009 Sep 14, In southern
Somalia foreign troops firing from 6 helicopters killed two people
in a car and then took two others captive in an insurgent-held
village near Barawe. Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan (30), a Kenyan citizen
and one of Africa's most wanted al-Qaida suspects, was one of the
dead. He was wanted for questioning in connection with the car
bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and the near simultaneous attempt
to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002. Forces from the US Joint
Special Operations Command were involved in the raid.
(AP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/15/09)
2009 Sep 14, The Saudi Interior
Ministry said on Jan 18, 2010, that an investigation has shown that
three Saudi militants were killed in a Sept. 14 blast outside the
country [see Afghanistan and Pakistan Sep 14, 2009].
2009 Sep 14, Vietnamese
scholars disbanded the Institute of Development Studies, the
country's first independent think tank, to protest a government
decree, effective Sep 15, restricting the right to conduct and
2009 Sep 15, The Obama
administration embraced cloud computing to help reduce government
waste and ease environmental impact.
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.C1)
2009 Sep 15, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed an executive order mandating that the state
Air Resources Board create a regulation requiring that 1/3 of energy
sold by utility companies in the state over the next decade come
from renewable sources.
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.A16)
2009 Sep 15, In California a
juice sucking grapevine moth, known as Lobesia botrana, was first
detected in the Oakville area of Napa County. In March, 2010, the
California Dept. of Food and Agriculture quarantined 162 square
miles of land in the area to halt the infestation.
(SFC, 3/12/10, p.A1)
2009 Sep 15, In northern
Afghanistan a mass grave was unearthed in Ali Abad district of
Kunduz province, containing at least 20 bodies believed to date from
the Soviet-backed government era. During Soviet-backed rule in the
late 1970s, a group of 35 people were arrested in Ali Abad district
and were never heard of again.
2009 Sep 15, Australia
announced shock plans to break up dominant telecommunications player
Telstra to boost competition as it presses ahead with a 37 billion
US dollar national broadband network.
2009 Sep 15, The Frankfurt auto
show opened. The French company Renault unveiled a lineup that
includes a purely electric sedan, without a backup internal
combustion engine. Renault says the vehicle will be in showrooms by
2009 Sep 15, In Guatemala the
bullet-ridden bodies of eight men suspected to be drug traffickers
were found in a frontier town near the Mexican border.
2009 Sep 15, Muntadhar al-Zeidi
(30), the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former President
George W. Bush, was released after nine months in prison and in a
defiant address, he accused Iraqi security forces of torturing him
with beatings, whippings and electric shocks. 3 rockets were fired
at Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, where visiting Vice
President Joe Biden was spending the night. A fourth rocket fell
short and hit a residential building, killing two and injuring five
others. US-Iraqi forces arrested three militants suspected of firing
(AP, 9/15/09)(AP, 9/16/09)
2009 Sep 15, Israeli and
Palestinian activists presented the most detailed vision yet of what
a peace deal could look like. It included more than 400 pages
crammed with maps, timetables for troop withdrawals and even a list
of weapons a non-militarized Palestine would be barred from having.
The UN Goldstone Commission accused Israel of having deliberately
committed war crimes during its 3-week attack on Gaza in January.
(AP, 9/15/09)(Econ, 9/19/09, p.14)
2009 Sep 15, In Kenya clashes
between the Samburu and Pokot tribes killed 24 people and wounded
dozens as the country's scorching drought exacerbates tensions over
land and water in the arid north.
2009 Sep 15, Lithuanian
lawmakers ousted their speaker in a no-confidence vote after he was
accused of links to an organized crime syndicate in the Baltic
state. Arunas Valinskas (42), a former showbiz personality who took
the political stage in last year's parliamentary election, denied
any wrongdoing and said he was the victim of a political vendetta by
former party allies, among others.
2009 Sep 15, In Mexico
firefighters found six bodies inside a burning car in Tijuana. In
Ciudad Juarez gunmen killed five people at a car wash. Gunmen burst
into a drug treatment center in Ciudad Juarez and shot to death 10
people, the second such mass killing this month.
(AP, 9/16/09)(AP, 9/16/09)
2009 Sep 15, In the Netherlands
the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal announced it has approved the early
release from prison of former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic
(79) after she served two-thirds of her 11-year sentence for
2009 Sep 15, Norway's PM Jens
Stoltenberg (50) said fighting climate change would be a priority in
his 2nd term after his left-leaning government beat a splintered
opposition to win re-election.
2009 Sep 15, In Puerto Rico
several employees of American Airlines were among a group of at
least 20 people arrested on suspicion of aiding a smuggling ring
that shipped drugs from Puerto Rico's main airport to the US
2009 Sep 15, Russian news
agencies said the country's coast guard warned that it will detain
Georgian ships entering the territorial waters of Abkhazia. Viktor
Turfanov, the head of the coastal division of the border guards
service, said that Georgia this year has intercepted more than 20
ships in Abkhazian waters.
2009 Sep 15, In Turkey security
talks failed over Syria's refusal to extradite some suspects accused
of deadly bombings in Baghdad. Senior Iraqi and Syrian diplomats
attended the talks.
2009 Sep 15, The UN refugee
agency said 16 African migrants have died and another 49 were
missing and presumed dead after trying to cross the Gulf of Aden in
three boats. One boat reached Yemen on Sep 13, one had capsized on
Sep 13 and one sank on Sep 14.
2009 Sep 16, Sen. Max Baucus
brought out the much-awaited Senate Finance Committee version of an
American health-system remake, a landmark $856 billion, 10-year
measure that starts a rough ride through Congress without visible
Republican backing. The 6 committee members received an average
$74,600 from health industry lobbyists through June. Chuck Grassley,
R-Iowa, led the group with $223,600. Baucus, D-Montana, was 2nd with
(AP, 9/16/09)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 16, In Pennsylvania
Andrew Mogilyansky, a wealthy Russian-American car exporter from
suburban Philadelphia, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for
procuring girls from a Russian orphanage to have sex with them.
(SFC, 9/17/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 16, Melvin Simon
(b.1926), co-owner with brother Herb of the Indiana Pacers
basketball franchise and chairman emeritus of Simon Property Group
Inc., the nation’s largest owner of retail real estate, died. A few
months before his death he signed a controversial will that excluded
a son and 2 sisters in favor of his 2nd wife.
2009 Sep 16, Afghanistan's
election commission released preliminary vote totals showing
President Hamid Karzai with 54.6 percent of the vote in the first
full results to be released since the country's Aug. 20 election. A
UN-backed group investigating fraud has ordered a massive audit and
recount of about 10 percent of the country's voting stations. A NATO
service member died from a bomb strike in the south.
(AP, 9/16/09)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 16, Brazil’s JBS
Friboi company announced that Texas-based chicken processor
Pilgrim’s Pride has agreed to be taken over for $800 million. This
and a pending acquisition with Bertin, another Brazilian firm, would
make JBS the world’s largest processor of meat.
2009 Sep 16, In Bulgaria Sport
Minister Svilen Neikov ordered a probe after the numbers 4, 15, 23,
24, 35 and 42 were selected by a machine, in a different order, on
consecutive draws televised live on Sept. 6 and Sept. 10. No one won
the Sept. 6 draw, but 18 people guessed correctly in the Sept. 10
contest and each received 10,164 leva ($7,585, euro5,150) in prize
2009 Sep 16, In Chechnya a
suicide bomber wounded six police officers in Grozny.
2009 Sep 16, The European
Parliament gave Jose Manuel Barroso another five-year term as
European Commission president, but its vote reflected lingering
misgivings about the conservative ex-Portuguese premier.
2009 Sep 16, Hungary said it
will accept a detainee from Guantanamo Bay, inching President Barack
Obama closer to his pledge to close the U.S. military detention
2009 Sep 16, In Iraq the US
military closed Camp Bucca, an isolated desert prison that was once
its largest lockup in Iraq, as it moved to release thousands of
detainees or transfer them to Iraqi custody before the end of the
year. American Marines shot and wounded an Iraqi man in the former
flashpoint city of Fallujah believing he was throwing a grenade at
them. Local police and witnesses said the object was only the man's
slipper. Al-Jumaili, a 30-year-old auto mechanic, said he ran after
throwing his slipper, but was slowed after a bullet grazed his leg.
(AP, 9/16/09)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 16, Israel rejected UN
calls to open an independent inquiry into its conduct in last
winter's Gaza Strip war and said it would launch a diplomatic
offensive to block any attempt to bring its soldiers before an
international war crimes tribunal. The Goldstone Commission report
had concluded that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes
during its December incursion into Gaza. It also concluded that
there was evidence that Palestinian armed groups had committed war
crimes against humanity.
(AP, 9/16/09)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A20)
2009 Sep 16, Japan opposition
leader Yukio Hatoyama took office as prime minister, naming a new
Cabinet and vowing to rebuild the economy and refocus Japan's place
on the world stage with his largely untested party. Japan’s debt was
almost 200% of GDP. Shizuka Kamei, founder of the People’s New Party
(PNP) (2005), took office as the new minister for financial and
(AP, 9/16/09)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.69)(Econ, 9/26/09,
2009 Sep 16, Kenyan government
trucks took 1,500 slum residents to new homes as part of a UN-backed
plan to eliminate the shantytowns that house more than half the
2009 Sep 16, Liberia's
parliament approved a new law to crack down on narco trafficking
amid concerns that druglords want to turn the west African nation
into a transit point.
2009 Sep 16, Mexican navy
personnel arrested of a suspect in the June 1 kidnapping of
Francisco Serrano, the customs administrator for the Gulf coast
state of Veracruz, who remains missing. Jose Osiris was captured in
the port of Veracruz along with 10 other people who may have been
accomplices. Guerrero state police reported they had found the
decomposed bodies of four men by the side of a highway. Because of
their poor condition, the cause of death and identity of the bodies
has not yet been established.
2009 Sep 16, Nigerian militants
(MEND) announced they will extend a cease-fire that expired
overnight by one month, holding off on attacks on oil installations
and kidnapping foreigners, but warned that the government must
address the group's grievances.
2009 Sep 16, Russia’s Finance
Minister Alexei Kudrin said Russia has reached a settlement with
Bank of New York Mellon over a $22.5 billion lawsuit against the
bank stemming from a 1990s money laundering scheme by one of its
executives. Russia would receive no less than $14 million for court
costs under the long-anticipated, out-of-court deal. The government
would also get a $4 billion discounted loan from the bank, an "act
of goodwill." The two-year court case stems from a decade-old
scandal in which a Bank of NY vice president and her husband were
convicted of illegally wiring $7.5 billion of Russian money into
accounts at the bank.
2009 Sep 16, Syrian President
Bashar Assad met with Turkey's PM Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss
ways to revive the stalled peace process between Syria and Israel, a
day after security talks with Iraq collapsed.
2009 Sep 16, In Venezuela the
collision of a truck carrying chlorine gas and a cargo vehicle
killed nine people and provoking breathing problems in 326 others.
2009 Sep 16, Yemeni warplanes
hit a makeshift camp for civilians fleeing fighting between the
government and Shiite rebels. Nearly 87 civilians were killed as
government warplanes hit a camp of people fleeing fighting in the
northern region of Saada.
(AP, 9/16/09)(SFC, 9/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 17, Pres. Obama said
he is abandoning Bush-era plans for a long-range missile defense
system based in Poland and the Czech Rep. Czechs and Poles expressed
rancor and relief that Obama was scrapping plans for the US missile
defense shield on their territories, reflecting deep divisions over
a proposal that had angered Russia.
(AP, 9/17/09)(SFC, 9/18/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 17, In Connecticut
Raymond Clark III (24) was arrested at a hotel and charged with
murdering Annie Le (24), whose body was found on Sep 13, stuffed in
the wall of a research building at Yale on what would have been her
wedding day. On March 17, 2011, Clark pleaded guilty to killing Le
and faced 44 years in prison.
(AP, 9/17/09)(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2009 Sep 17, In Washington
state Phillip Arnold Paul (47), a criminally insane killer, escaped
during a field trip to the Spokane County Fair that his mental
hospital organized. Paul was committed after he was acquitted by
reason of insanity in the 1987 slaying of an elderly woman, whose
body he soaked in gasoline to throw off search dogs. Paul was
re-captured on Sep 20.
(AP, 9/19/09)(SFC, 9/21/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 17, In Kabul,
Afghanistan, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives
into two Italian military vehicles killing six of those aboard and
wounding four. 10 Afghan civilians were also killed. A US service
member and a Canadian soldier died in separate roadside bomb
explosions in the south.
(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 9/18/09)
2009 Sep 17, In London the
musical play “Enron," written by Lucy Prebble, opened at the Royal
(Econ, 10/10/09, p.90)
2009 Sep 17, In Britain the
Communication Workers Union called for a national walkout following
a rolling program of local postal strikes that began in July. The
strikes over higher pay and job security have already caused a
backlog of 20 million letters and parcels, about a quarter of the
Royal Mail's daily volume.
2009 Sep 17, Chinese state
media said nine people have been killed and nine others are missing
after Typhoon Koppu roared into the southern province of Guangdong.
A knife-wielding man stabbed two guards to death and wounded 14 near
Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The attacker, a 46-year-old man, was
drunk at the time.
(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 9/19/09)
2009 Sep 17, In China a
knife-wielding man stabbed two guards to death and wounded 14 near
Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The attacker, a 46-year-old man, was
drunk at the time.
2009 Sep 17, An Egyptian judge
convicted two American couples of human trafficking in an illegal
adoptions case and sentenced them to two years in prison. The trial
highlighted bureaucratic entanglements and murky legislation on
adopting children in the predominantly Muslim country.
2009 Sep 17, In southern
Germany an 18-year-old student armed with an ax and knives lobbed
Molotov cocktails at his Carolinum High School in the Bavarian town
of Ansbach, wounding eight pupils and a teacher before he was shot
and arrested by police. In 2010 the student, identified as Georg R,
was convicted of 47 counts of attempted murder and order to 9 years
in youth detention and psychiatric care.
(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 4/29/10)
2009 Sep 17, Armed Indonesian
police stormed an Islamic militant hideout in a raid that killed
fugitive terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top (41) and 3 other
militants in central Java. Putri Munawaroh (21) was wounded and
arrested after police raided her house, sparking the gunbattle. In
2010 she was sentenced to 3 years in prison for harboring
(AFP, 9/17/09)(AP, 7/29/10)
2009 Sep 17, Myanmar's junta
announced amnesty to 7,114 convicts at prisons across the country,
but it was not immediately known if they included political
2009 Sep 17, Pakistan's
military killed 10 insurgents and said it had arrested Sher Muhammad
Qasab, a militant commander accused of beheading troops in the
northwestern Swat Valley.
2009 Sep 17, In
Pakistan-controlled Kashmir a speeding bus, whose driver apparently
was eager to break his daylong Ramadan fast, spun out of control and
plunged off a mountainous road, killing 25 people and injuring 30
2009 Sep 17, Serbian men
brutally attacked Brice Taton (28), a French soccer fan, in front of
a downtown cafe in the Serbian capital before Partizan Belgrade's
Europa Cup match against Toulouse. On Jan 25 a Belgrade court
convicted 14 Serbs of the fatal beating of Taton. Two of the
convicted remain at large and were tried in absentia.
2009 Sep 17, In Somalia
Islamist insurgents drove two stolen UN cars loaded with explosives
onto the main base of African Union peacekeepers and triggered
massive blasts that a witness said killed 21 people, including 4
suicide bombers, 16 officials from the government and AMISOM, the AU
peacekeeping force, and the Burundian deputy commander of the force.
Islamist insurgents said the attack was in revenge for a US commando
raid that killed an al-Qaida operative. An hour later missiles were
fired from the AU base strike rebel-controlled areas of Mogadishu,
killing seven people and wounded 16. It was later suspected that one
of the suicide bombers was a Somali-American teenager, Omar Mohamud
(18), of Seattle, Wa. Al-Shabab said the bombing was in retaliation
for a U.S. raid days earlier that killed an al-Qaida operative in
(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 9/18/09)(AP, 9/25/09)(AP,
2009 Sep 17, Spanish National
Court Judge Ismael Moreno indicted three alleged ex-Nazi death camp
guards, who are or were longtime residents of the United States,
charging them with being accessories to genocide and crimes against
humanity. Moreno issued international arrest warrants for the three:
Johann Leprich, Anton Tittjung and Josias Kumpf. The 18-page
indictment says Kumpf apparently lives now in Austria and other two
in the US.
2009 Sep 17, Spanish oil major
Repsol YPF said it had discovered oil off the coast of Sierra Leone,
its first find in the west African nation, along with its
Australian, American and British partners.
2009 Sep 17, Ugandan cricket
authorities said Six Ugandan cricketers are missing in Canada after
playing in a qualifying tournament for next year's World Cup.
2009 Sep 18, In Chicago 4
former members of a now-disbanded police unit admitted that they
used to barge into people’s homes and steal money. They were
sentenced to 6 months in jail and promised to cooperate in an
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 18, Mesac Damas (33),
a man with prior charges of domestic violence, left Miami on flight
to Haiti. The next day his wife and 5 children were found slain in
Naples, Fl. Damas was later arrested in Haiti and returned to the US
where he was charged with 6 counts of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 9/21/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/27/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 18, In Virginia the
bodies of four people were found at a Longwood University
professor's home near campus in Farmville, about 50 miles west of
Richmond. Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III (20) was arrested the
next day as he tried to catch a flight back to his home in Castro
Valley, California. McCroskey had recorded songs that spoke of
death, murder and mutilation under the name Syko Sam. His MySpace
Web page said he has only been rapping for a few months but has been
a fan for years of the horrorcore genre. The victims included his
girlfriend, Emma Niederbrock (16), her mother, Prof. Debra Kelley
(53), her father, Pastor Mark Niederbrock (50), and Emma’s best
friend, Melanie Wells (18). In 2010 McCroskey pleaded guilty to the
murders and was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 9/20/09)(SFC, 9/22/09, p.A12)(SFC, 9/23/09,
p.D1)(SFC, 9/21/10, p.A5)
2009 Sep 18, It was reported
that some 20-50 thousands birds have died along the shore of Utah’s
Great Salt Lake so far this year from avian botulism.
(SFC, 9/18/09, p.A21)
2009 Sep 18, Irving Kristol
(89), political writer and publisher, died in Washington DC. He was
known as the godfather of neoconservatism. In 1965 Kristol and
Daniel Bell founded the “Public Interest," a quarterly public policy
journal. Kristol’s books included “Neoconservatism: The
Autobiography of an Idea" (1995).
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A9)(Econ, 9/26/09, p.100)
2009 Sep 18, In Afghanistan
gunmen opened fire in a mosque in Jawzjan province, killing five men
and wounding another two.
2009 Sep 18, The African Union
announced it would impose sanctions on Guinea's junta leader,
Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, over his intention to run in upcoming
2009 Sep 18, Australia approved
a vaccine against swine flu and said it would start administering
the medicine this month to its most at-risk citizens, including
medical staff, pregnant women and the chronically ill. Regulators
approved CSL Ltd.'s vaccine for people above age 10, but the
Therapeutic Drug Administration was awaiting the results of more
clinical trials before approving it for younger children.
2009 Sep 18, In Vienna,
Austria, a 150-nation IAEA nuclear conference passed a resolution
directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first
time in 18 years. Iran hailed the vote as a "glorious moment." 49
voted for the resolution. 45 were against and 16 abstained from
endorsing or rejecting he document.
2009 Sep 18, Paul Gilles Nanda
(52), a Cameroonian employee of the Development Bank of Central
African States (BDEAC), was jailed in the Republic Congo. He had
compiled a document to disclose bad management at the bank with
evidence to back it up. The Austrian daily Oberosterreichische
Nachrichten revealed at the end of August that the BDEAC had lost 11
billion CFA francs during an affair in which international financier
Bernard Madoff stole billions of dollars from thousands of
2009 Sep 18, Canada-based oil
producer Verenex Energy Inc. agreed to be sold to the Libyan
Investment Authority for about $314.1 million Canadian ($293.7
million) in cash, after a better deal with a Chinese firm fell
2009 Sep 18, Colombia’s spy
chief, Felipe Munoz Gomez, said the domestic spy department will be
dismantled and a new agency will be set up to focus on intelligence
and counterintelligence work involving national security. This
followed a recent wiretapping scandal.
2009 Sep 18, In Ecuador the
last 15 US troops left the Pacific Manta air base, officially
closing the US military post in what Ecuador's government calls a
recovery of sovereignty.
2009 Sep 18, Angry French
farmers dumped millions of liters of fresh milk next to next the
famed Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most famous tourist sites,
to denounce the slumping cost of milk and an EU plan to end
production quotas, which could further drive prices down.
2009 Sep 18, In Hong Kong Du
Jun (41), a Beijing native and former managing director for Morgan
Stanley, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for insider trading. He
was also fined about $3 million.
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.D1)
2009 Sep 18, In India at least
nine Maoists and a soldier were killed when government troops
launched a major offensive against a rebel stronghold in the central
state of Chhattisgarh.
2009 Sep 18, In Iran
hard-liners attacked senior pro-reform leaders in the streets on
Quds Day as tens of thousands marched in competing mass
demonstrations by the opposition and government supporters.
Opposition protesters, chanting "death to the dictator," hurled
stones and bricks in clashes with security forces firing tear gas.
The Quds Day ceremony was established in 1979 by the leader of the
Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as an annual event
opposing Israel’s control of Jerusalem.
2009 Sep 18, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded at a market in Mahmoudiya, a region that was once the scene
of frequent attacks on Shiites, killing seven people and wounding 21
2009 Sep 18, Israelis welcomed
the Jewish New Year, grateful for the recent calm spell in the
region but skeptical that the coming year would see the achievement
of ever-elusive peace. It coincided this year with Eid al-Fitr, a
Muslim feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
2009 Sep 18, In Mexico City
Luis Felipe Hernandez Castillo (38), while scrawling graffiti inside
the downtown at the Balderas subway station, pulled out a gun and
began shooting when confronted by police, killing at least two
people and wounding five before being shot and subdued by officers.
2009 Sep 18, Myanmar released
at least 25 political detainees as part of an amnesty program. The
country was believed to be holding some 65,000 prisoners including
over 2,200 political detainees.
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 18, NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for the US, Russia
and NATO to link their missile defense systems against potential new
nuclear threats from Asia and the Middle East, saying that the old
foes must forget their lingering Cold War animosity.
2009 Sep 18, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide car bomb destroyed a 2-story hotel at a market in
Usterzai, a small mainly Shiite town, killing over 30 people and
trapping victims under smashed shops as families bought supplies for
a major religious festival.
(AFP, 9/18/09)(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A4)(AP, 9/20/09)
2009 Sep 18, In Poland a
methane leak in a coal mine set off an explosion that killed 12
miners in the southwestern city of Ruda Slaska.
2009 Sep 18, Puerto Rican
authorities captured Angel Ayala Vazquez, also known as "Angelo
Millones," an alleged dealer they say led a violent drug ring in at
least two sprawling housing projects in Puerto Rico and trafficked
narcotics to the US mainland.
2009 Sep 18, South Korean
scientists said they had developed a new transistor which moves
faster and consumes less energy than existing semiconductors, a
technology opening the way for no-booting computers.
2009 Sep 18, In Sudan Darfur
rebels accused Sudanese government forces of attacking their
positions over the last 2 days, weeks after a senior peacekeeper
said the region was no longer in a state of war.
2009 Sep 18, Turkey's military
said it was planning to spend close to $1 billion (euro680 million)
for its first long-range missile defense system.
2009 Sep 18, In Venezuela an
emergency meeting of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA)
took place in Caracas. Former presidents from Peru and Bolivia
joined newspaper editors from across the Americas in condemning what
they call a series of attempts by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,
and some of his allies, to clamp down on the news media.
2009 Sep 19, The FBI arrested
Najibullah Zazi (24) of the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado, on
charges of making false statements to federal agents in an ongoing
terror investigation. Supporting documents contend the man admitted
receiving weapons and explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan.
Also arrested were Zazi's father, Mohammed Wali Zazi (53) in Denver;
and an associate, Ahmad Wais Afzali (37) of Queens, NY. On Feb 22,
2010, Zazi pleaded guilty admitting that he had agreed to conduct an
Al-Qaida-led “martyrdom operation" in NYC.
(AP, 9/20/09)(SFC, 2/23/10, p.A6)
2009 Sep 19, NASA launched the
Black Brant XII to gather data on the highest clouds in the Earth's
2009 Sep 19, In Afghanistan two
children were killed when a suicide attacker, believed to have been
a woman, blew herself up in a crowded area of western Herat city. A
Danish soldier was killed and another injured after they came under
fire during a patrol in Helmand province. A suicide attacker drove a
vehicle into a Hungarian convoy morning in the northern city of
Pul-e-Khumri. The suicide attacker was killed, but there were no
casualties in the convoy. An American soldier died in fighting in
(AFP, 9/19/09)(AP, 9/19/09)(AP, 9/20/09)
2009 Sep 19, Australian
authorities delivered a formal apology to the many thousands of
people who were abused in state-run orphanages and children's homes
in decades past.
2009 Sep 19, In southeastern
China at least 16 people died and 14 were injured after a truck hit
a road maintenance vehicle from behind, sending it off a bridge.
2009 Sep 19, Colombia
extradited Nancy Conde Rubio (37), a captured leftist rebel who
unwittingly helped officials rescue 15 hostages, including three
American military contractors. She was bundled aboard a plane to
Florida to face charges of terrorism in a US federal court. Colombia
also sent back another woman and eight men to face charges in the US
related to drug trafficking.
2009 Sep 19, In the Dominican
Republic Angel Villanova (19), baseball player for the SF Giants,
allegedly shot and killed Mario Velete (25). Villanova had first
signed with the Giants in 2006 and had recently signed a contract
for $2.1 million.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 19, In Germany a
doctor (50) leading a group therapy session gave participants drugs
and other substances that killed two and hospitalized ten. One
person was left comatose and in critical condition.
2009 Sep 19, In Indonesia a
strong earthquake shook the popular resort island of Bali, injuring
at least seven people and sending panicked tourists and residents
fleeing out of homes and hotels.
2009 Sep 19, Maurizio
Montalbini (56), Italian sociologist, died. He had spent months
dwelling in caves to study how the mind and body cope with complete
isolation. In 1987 he claimed his first world record after spending
210 days alone in a cave in the Apennine mountains.
2009 Sep 19, In southern Mexico
gunmen attacked a group of illegal immigrants, killing one and
wounding five as well as an alleged people smuggler in Chiapas
2009 Sep 19, Off the Moroccan
coast an inflatable dinghy sank before dawn off Perejil, a rocky
Spanish-owned islet in the Mediterranean Sea. Some 42 would-be
illegal immigrants were crammed onto the boat. 11 migrants from
Niger and Senegal survived and 8 bodies were recovered. The next day
the 11 migrants were expelled from Morocco.
(AFP, 9/21/09)(AFP, 9/22/09)
2009 Sep 19, Nigeria’s
Information Minister Dora Akunyili said she's asked movie houses to
stop screening "District 9" because the South Africa-based sci-fi
movie about aliens and discrimination makes Nigerians look bad.
Akunyili said she has asked Sony for an apology and wants them to
edit out the Nigerian antagonists and the name of the main Nigerian
gangster Obesandjo, whose name closely resembles that of former
President Olusegun Obasanjo. The film brought in some US$37 million
(euro25.16 million) during its US debut weekend in August.
2009 Sep 19, Russia said it
will scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland since Washington
has dumped a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe. It also
harshly criticized Iran's president for new comments denying the
2009 Sep 19, Lt. Col.
Yelizaveta Mukasei (97), a Soviet spy who worked undercover in the
West with her husband, died in Moscow. Mukasei, whose code name was
Elza, lived in Los Angeles from 1939 to 1943 when her husband,
Mikhail, was working undercover there. Mikhail, whose code name was
Zephyr, died last year at age 101.
2009 Sep 19, Sweden's
centre-right government announced income tax cuts of 10 billion
kronor to stimulate the job market, its primary objective.
2009 Sep 19, Thai nationalists
clashed with police and villagers as they tried to march toward an
ancient temple on the Cambodian border, while anti-government
protesters in the capital marked the third anniversary of a coup
that continues to create political turmoil.
2009 Sep 19, Yemen offered a
conditional cease-fire to the Shiite rebels it is battling in the
north, following international concern over a deadly airstrike
against civilians displaced from the war zones.
2009 Sep 20, It was reported
that US Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel (79), the person most in charge
of writing the nation's tax laws, had neglected to pay taxes on
rental income from his vacation villa in the Dominican Republic, and
that he had also failed to report assets worth hundreds of thousands
of dollars on his annual disclosure forms, including a hard-to-miss
credit union account worth up to $500,000.
2009 Sep 20, In the 61st Annual
Primetime Emmys the winners included “Mad Men" won for best drama
series and “30 Rock" for best comedy series.
(SFC, 9/21/09, p.C3)
2009 Sep 20, Michele Dickerson
of Alameda County, Ca., won the $32 million state lottery. She
planned to take a $19.7 million lump sum before taxes.
(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A14)
2009 Sep 20, In San Francisco
Andres Siordia (19) killed 2 men and wounded a 3rd at Papa Potrero’s
Pizza. Police believed the shootings were in retaliation for the
slaying of Norteno gang member Michael Sanchez (21) on Sep 18.
(SFC, 9/24/09, p.D2)
2009 Sep 20, In Afghanistan
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said 2 US
soldiers were killed in a noncombat-related incident in the south.
The Afghan defense ministry said Afghan and foreign troops will halt
offensive operations in the war against Taliban-led insurgents for
the UN's International Day of Peace on Sep 21.
2009 Sep 20, Australian border
protection officials rescued 54 asylum seekers from a boat stranded
in northern waters.
2009 Sep 20, Cubans in their
multitudes flocked to sprawling Revolution Plaza for a massive
open-air "peace concert" headlined by Colombian rocker Juanes, an
event criticized by some Cuban-Americans who say the performers are
lending support to the island's communist government simply by
2009 Sep 20, German authorities
said al Qaeda threatened Germany with attacks for the second time
this weekend in an online video criticizing the country for its
deployment of troops in Afghanistan. The interior ministry
identified al Qaeda's messenger in the latest video as Bekkay
Harrach (32), a German-Moroccan.
2009 Sep 20, In Iraq a roadside
bomb exploded on a main road in Iskandariyah, 30 miles (50km) south
of Baghdad, killing the driver of a car and injuring four
passengers. A Black Hawk helicopter crashed at a Balad Air Base,
killing one US service member and injuring 12 others.
2009 Sep 20, An Israeli border
patrol fired at Palestinian militants planting a bomb at the Gaza
border fence. 2 men were killed and 3 wounded.
(SFC, 9/21/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 20, Trafigura, a
Netherlands-based oil trading company, said it has agreed to a
settlement with people who claim they fell ill after a tanker dumped
hundreds of tons of waste around the Ivory Coast's main city of
Abidjan in 2006. Trafigura paid Ivory Coast's government euro152
million (US$197 million) in 2007 to assist in cleaning up the waste
without admitting responsibility.
2009 Sep 20, In Nigeria Bayo
Ohu (45), assistant news editor at the influential Guardian
newspaper, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen as he answered a
knock at the front door of his house in a northern suburb of Lagos.
On March 15, 2010, police detained three suspects for the murder of
(AFP, 9/22/09)(AFP, 3/15/10)
2009 Sep 20, In Pakistan Sher
Muhammad Qasab, a feared Taliban commander known for beheading
opponents, died in custody from wounds sustained during a fierce
firefight with Pakistani security forces last week. The military
said security forces killed eight militants in search operations
throughout Swat over the last 24 hours and that 23 insurgents were
apprehended and another 22 surrendered. One of the militants killed
was a Taliban commander identified as Chamtu Khan.
2009 Sep 20, In the southern
Philippines clashes erupted when al-Qaida-linked militants resisted
attempts by government forces to serve arrest warrants on 3 of their
commanders. Troops took control of the Abu Sayyaf group's biggest
camp on the island of Jolo following rounds of air strikes.
(AP, 9/20/09)(AP, 9/21/09)
2009 Sep 20, Somali al-Shabab
insurgents attacked a town near the border with Ethiopia, killing at
least 10 people.
2009 Sep 20, The Sudanese army
said it has cleared several more areas of rebel control in North
Darfur province ahead of peace talks set for October. Rebels denied
the government claims. In southern Sudan Lou Nuer tribesman attacked
the village of Duk-Padiet in Jonglei state killing around 102
people, including 51 civilians and 23 attackers.
(AP, 9/20/09)(AFP, 9/21/09)
2009 Sep 21, Bob Woodward
released an exclusive 66-page report from Gen. Stanley McChrystal to
President Barack Obama about Afghanistan policy, the first major
national security leak and a sure sign that the celebrated
Washington Post reporter has penetrated yet another administration.
The report was presented to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on
August 30 and was being reviewed by the White House, with McChrystal
widely expected to make a formal request to increase the
62,000-strong US force.
2009 Sep 21, US prosecutors
said Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton
and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of
America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in
2009 Sep 21, The annual
MacArthur awards were announced with 24 recipients chosen as
winners. Each will receive $500,000, paid as quarterly installments
over five years. The grants, nicknamed the Genius Award, are given
by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
each year to typically 20 to 40 United States citizens or residents.
2009 Sep 21, The Philadelphia
Daily News reported that police officer Thomas Strain was put on
desk duty this month because of braids, even though the paper
reported dozens of black officers wear cornrows. The white officer,
who came to work with cornrows, was ordered by a black superior to
get a haircut because the braids violated department standards.
2009 Sep 21, In Illinois a
couple and their 3 children were found brutally slain in the central
farming community of Beason. On May 31, 2013, Christopher Harris
(34) was found guilty of beating 5 members of his ex-wife’s family
(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A10)(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A4)
2009 Sep 21, Coca Cola chose
the hip-hop song “Wavin’ Flag" by Somali-born singer K’naan (31) as
the anthem for the coming World Cup in South Africa. Born Keynaan
Warsame in Somalia’s seaside capital, Mogadishu, he is now a citizen
2009 Sep 21, Christian Rossiter
(49) an Australian quadriplegic died, ending an existence he had
described as a "living hell." On Aug 14 he had won a landmark legal
battle to starve himself to death by refusing food.
2009 Sep 21, Grant Kippen, the
Canadian head of the UN-backed panel investigating fraud in
Afghanistan's presidential vote, said the panel has agreed to allow
a recount of just a sampling of hundreds of thousands of suspect
ballots to speed the process. In southern Afghanistan a roadside
bomb killed an American service member.
(AP, 9/21/09)(AP, 9/22/09)
2009 Sep 21, A strong
6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the remote Himalayan kingdom of
Bhutan, killing at least 12 people and damaging monasteries and
(AP, 9/21/09)(AP, 9/22/09)
2009 Sep 21, Bisa Williams,
senior US diplomat in Cuba for the highest level talks in decades,
met with opposition activists in Havana. Williams led a delegation
with the USPS that held talks September 17 in a first round of talks
aimed at restarting bilateral mail service which was cut off in
2009 Sep 21, A Danish court
rejected the military's request to stop a book by a former special
forces soldier from being published. Denmark's armed forces had
asked the Bailiff's Court in Copenhagen to ban Thomas Rathsack's
book, "Ranger: At War With the Elite," for national security
reasons. It describes operations that he took part in as a member of
an army ranger unit in Afghanistan and Iraq.
2009 Sep 21, Gambian President
Yahya Jammeh warned that anyone who sought to destabilize the tiny
west African nation would be killed.
2009 Sep 21, In Honduras
deposed President Manuel Zelaya sneaked back into the country and
holed up at the Brazilian embassy to avoid threatened arrest.
2009 Sep 21, In Indonesia Akbar
Risuddin came into the world at a national record 19.2 pounds (8.7
kilograms). He was born to a diabetic mother in a 40-minute cesarean
delivery that was complicated because of his unusual weight and
size. Guinness World Records cites the heaviest baby as being born
in the US in 1879, weighing 23.75 pounds (10.4 kilograms). However,
it died 11 hours after birth. The book also cites 22.5-pound
(10.2-kilogram) babies born in Italy in 1955 and in South Africa in
2009 Sep 21, Gordon Wateridge
(78), a carer at the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home
during the 1970s on the Channel island of Jersey, was jailed for two
years for sexually assaulting teenage girls there.
2009 Sep 21, Mexican soldiers
raiding a drug gang safehouse in Monterrey found money-stuffed
envelopes earmarked for various police forces and one marked for
"press." Four people were arrested and $5 million in US and Mexican
currency was seized during the raid.
2009 Sep 21, In northwestern
Pakistan police officers foiled a plan to assassinate a regional
education minister when they took on four militants in a gunbattle
that ended with a teenage suicide bomber blowing himself up. Hafiz
Mohammed Saeed, founder of Laskhar-e-Taiba, was placed under house
arrest in Lahore for a 2nd time. His militant group was believed to
have masterminded the November, 2008, commando assault that left 171
dead in Mumbai.
(AP, 9/21/09)(SFC, 9/22/09, p.A3)
2009 Sep 21, Philippine marines
were ambushed by Abu Sayyaf fighters, as they were leaving a
newly-captured camp on Jolo Island, resulting in the deaths of 8
troopers and 5 guerrillas. Abu Sayyaf reinforcements had come in by
boat from the nearby islands of Basilan to help their comrades on
2009 Sep 21, Taiwan’s former
President Chen Shui-bian filed a petition to the US Court of Appeals
for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC, claiming that the US still
controls Taiwan because former colonial power Japan never officially
transferred the island to another nation after being defeated in
World War II.
2009 Sep 21, Zimbabwe teachers,
who went on strike over salaries at the start of the new school term
three weeks ago, returned to work after their union called off the
2009 Sep 22, The Massachusetts
state Senate approved a bill allowing the appointment of a temporary
replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. The measure had passed
the House last week.
(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A10)
2009 Sep 22, In Georgia
washed-out roads and flooded interstate highways around Atlanta
added to the misery after days of torrential rain in the Southeast
claimed at least eight lives.
2009 Sep 22, In Michigan
off-duty Canton police officer Edward Williams II (36), shot and
killed his wife (33), a Detroit police officer, in a library parking
lot before shooting himself. He soon after at a hospital.
(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/mlswtr)
2009 Sep 22, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb blast killed five people in western Farah province.
Eight others in the van were wounded.
2009 Sep 22, Britain’s Office
of Fair Trading (OFT) said it has imposed fines totaling 129.5
million pounds on 103 construction firms in England which it has
found had colluded with competitors on building contracts.
2009 Sep 22, China appealed at
the last minute against a World Trade Organization ruling upholding
parts of a US complaint about Chinese restrictions on imports of
films, books and other audio-visual material.
2009 Sep 22, A sharply divided
EU failed to protect the threatened bluefin tuna, as the bloc's
Mediterranean nations refused to back even a temporary a ban on
catching the fish prized by sushi aficionados. Greece, Cyprus,
Malta, Spain, France and Italy, with strong fishermen's lobbies at
home, insisted on continuing the hunt despite the precarious state
of the species. Conservation groups had earlier criticized the EU
for not pushing to list the bluefin tuna under the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species.
2009 Sep 22, French police
cleared out, then bulldozed, a squalid forest camp near the northern
city of Calais, detaining hundreds of illegal immigrants who had
hoped to slip across the English Channel into Britain.
2009 Sep 22, In western
Germany 5 people were killed in a bus accident at Radevormwald. It
broke through a crash barrier and plunged 65 feet (20 meters) into
the Wupper river.
2009 Sep 22, In Honduras
baton-wielding police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators,
chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where deposed President
Manuel Zelaya, who a day earlier had sneaked back into the country,
remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
2009 Sep 22, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said that Iran is stronger than ever and warned that its
military will "cut the hand" of anyone who attacks. But a military
parade where he spoke was marred when an air force plane crashed,
killing seven people.
2009 Sep 22, Mexican
authorities said there would be no compensation for Jacinta
Francisco Marcial, an Indian market vendor who was wrongfully
convicted of kidnapping and spent three years in prison, in a case
that provoked an international protest.
2009 Sep 22, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamist militants blew up an empty girls school
on the outskirts of the Peshawar.
2009 Sep 22, In Somalia Islamic
insurgents attacked an African Union peacekeeping base, sparking a
battle that killed at least 8 people and wounded more than a dozen.
2009 Sep 22, In Spain Julio
Alberto Poch, an Argentine-born pilot for a low-cost airline, was
arrested during a stopover in a Spanish airport on suspicion of
piloting planes that carried hundreds of dissidents to their deaths
during his country's 1976-1983 "dirty war." He was wanted for
questioning in four probes of more than 1,000 deaths during his time
as a pilot at the Navy Mechanics School.
2009 Sep 22, In Taiwan former
President Chen Shui-bian was indicted on new embezzlement charges
just weeks after being sentenced to life in prison.
2009 Sep 22, The UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced that flash floods
and lighting have claimed 187 lives and affected 635,273 people in
west Africa since the rainy season started in June. This included
103 dead in Sierra Leone, followed by Ghana (24), Mali (20), Ivory
Coast (19), Burkina Faso (8), Niger (7) and Senegal (6).
2009 Sep 22, Venezuelan police
have captured Julio Mendez (38), an American pilot wanted
since 2007 on cocaine smuggling charges in the United States.
2009 Sep 23, US President
Barack Obama delivered a stern message to global leaders to work
together to solve the world's most pressing problems in his maiden
speech to UN General Assembly. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
challenged world leaders to cleanse the globe of nuclear weapons,
tackle the threat of catastrophic climate change and combat growing
poverty from the global financial crisis.
(AFP, 9/23/09)(AP, 9/23/09)
2009 Sep 23, In San Mateo, Ca.,
a federal grand jury indicted Seth Sundberg (34), a branch manager
for a mortgage and financial business, with mail fraud and
falsifying a tax return. He had claimed a tax refund of just over $5
million after allegedly paying $5.7 million in taxes for receiving
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.C4)
2009 Sep 23, In Oakland, Ca.,
Damon Wessel (48) and Michael Caldwell (44) were shot and killed at
4075 Canon Ave. On Nov 18 Damon Joseph Ferreira (34), wanted for a
parole violation and for connection to the slayings, shot and killed
himself in Stockton as he was confronted by police.
(SFC, 11/19/09, p.C2)
2009 Sep 23, In Illinois
Michael Finton (29) was arrested in Springfield after federal
officials said he attempted to detonate what he believed to be
explosives in a van in Springfield. The FBI had provided the decoy
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 23, In Texas Maria
Refugia Camarillo (72), a Fort Worth grandmother, was sentenced to
nearly 4 years in prison for running a scheme in which her family
members married scores of foreigners seeking to stay in the US.
(SFC, 9/24/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 23, It was reported
that solar power company SolarCity and Dutch Bank RaboBank have
teamed together to build 5 recharging stations along Highway 101,
between the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles, to support the new Tesla
electric cars. The $109,000 roadster was limited to range of about
250 miles. Recharging would take 30-45 minutes. Fully charging the
cars took over 3 hours at a cost of about $4.
(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 23, John Hart
(b.1917), former film and TV star, died in Baha, Ca. He had
temporarily replaced Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger in 1952. His
career started with bit parts in “The Buccaneer" (1938). In 1947 he
played the title role in the 1947 serial “Jack Armstrong: The
All-American Boy." In 1957 he starred as Hawkeye in the TV series
“Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans."
(SFC, 9/24/09, p.D5)
2009 Sep 23, In Afghanistan a
family of seven died when their vehicle struck a bomb in Panjwayi
district, in Kandahar province. All in the car were killed including
two young children.
2009 Sep 23, The 20-member
African Leaders Malaria alliance began a campaign to stop malaria
from killing an estimated 1 million people in Africa each year.
(SFC, 9/24/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 23, Australia's worst
dust storm in 70 years blanketed the heavily populated east coast in
a cloud of red Outback grit, nearly closed the country's largest
airport and left millions of people coughing and sputtering in the
2009 Sep 23, An Australian
naval ship stopped a boat carrying 98 asylum seekers off the
country's northwest coast.
2009 Sep 23, Sidney Cambridge
(45) of Nassau, a prominent Bahamian lawyer, was indicted on US
federal corruption charges in a case that allegedly involves a South
Florida politician and nearly $1 million in laundered money. Also
charged in the case was Broward County Commissioner and Vice Mayor
Josephus Eggelletion, who was suspended pending the outcome of the
2009 Sep 23, In Canada the
Globe and Mail said Ford Motor Co's Canadian subsidiary faces a $1.8
billion shortfall in its pension plan, citing a company letter to
employees and retirees.
2009 Sep 23, Ethiopia said its
national electricity company has signed contracts with three Chinese
firms to develop hydro-electric projects and made preliminary
accords for wind power projects.
2009 Sep 23, Europe laid out
new proposals to police its banks and financial markets, seeking to
set an example on the eve of a summit of G20 major economies.
2009 Sep 23, England's top
prosecutor unveiled new guidelines that could decriminalize many
forms of assisted suicide, saying that most people who help close
friends or family kill themselves aren't likely to face charges.
2009 Sep 23, Honduras' interim
government extended an already long curfew after police skirmished
with backers of ousted President Manuel Zelaya throughout the night
and arrested more than 100 people for vandalism and looting. The
curfew was lifted for 6 hours to allow businesses to reopen and
people to restock supplies.
(AP, 9/23/09)(SFC, 9/24/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 23, In central India
an 820-foot (250m) chimney collapsed during bad weather killing 40
people. More than 100 workers were feared dead at the site in Korba,
Chhattisgarh state, where the giant chimney came crashing down on
the plant's cafeteria as the workers had tea. On Jan 11, 2010, 2
Chinese engineers and a project manager wee charged with culpable
homicide not amounting to murder. The arrests took to 7 the number
of people held in connection with the accident.
(AP, 9/24/09)(AFP, 9/24/09)(AFP, 1/11/10)
2009 Sep 23, Iranian police
warned shop owners against displaying female mannequins wearing
underwear or showing off their curves as part of a government
campaign against Western influence. Azar Mansouri, a senior leader
from reformist political party, Islamic Iran Participation Front,
was arrested during a widespread crackdown on opposition supporters
who challenged the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in
June 2009. In March 2010 Mansouri was sentenced to three years in
jail for plotting to harm national security.
2009 Sep 23, In Iraq a bomb in
southwestern Baghdad killed a woman and her 2 children. Other
bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul killed at least 7
Iraqi security personnel and a local politician. 5 al-Qaida-linked
prisoners awaiting execution and 11 other inmates broke out of a
prison, just before midnight, in Saddam Hussein's hometown of
Tikrit, prompting a massive manhunt. More than 100 prison officials
and guards were soon detained for questioning. 6 of the escaped
convicts, including 3 of the al-Qaida linked inmates, were arrested
by late Sep 25. Iraqi security teams recaptured two more of
prisoners on Sep 26.
(AP, 9/23/09)(AP, 9/24/09)(AP, 9/25/09)(AP,
2009 Sep 23, Israel's foreign
minister said that the summit of Israeli, US and Palestinian leaders
proved Israel could successfully fend off international pressure to
freeze West Bank settlement construction.
2009 Sep 23, Four Serbs were
arrested in Novo Brdo, Kosovo, 20 miles east of Pristina, under
suspicion of committing war crimes against Albanian civilians during
the 1998-1999 Kosovo war.
(SFC, 9/24/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 23, Officials in
Kyrgyzstan called for the death penalty to be reinstated and said
public executions could be carried out, a sharp reversal that will
likely draw international condemnation.
2009 Sep 23, Morocco’s interior
ministry said security services have arrested 24 members of a
"terrorist network" linked to Al-Qaeda that recruited volunteers for
suicide bombings in Iraq.
2009 Sep 23, Saudi Arabia
opened a new multibillion dollar coed university outside the coastal
city of Jeddah. The King Abdullah Science and Technology University,
or KAUST, boasts state-of-the-art labs, the world's 14th fastest
supercomputer and one of the biggest endowments worldwide. 817
students representing 61 different countries were currently
enrolled, with 314 beginning classes this month.
2009 Sep 23, Swedish police
held one suspect after armed robbers used a helicopter to stage a
spectacular raid on the roof of a cash storage facility belonging to
Anglo-Danish firm G4S in Vastberga, just south of Stockholm. On
August 2, 2010, ten men accused of stealing nearly 40 million kronor
($5 million) pleaded innocent as prosecutors opened their trial with
surveillance video of the brazen helicopter heist.
(Reuters, 9/23/09)(AP, 8/2/10)
2009 Sep 23, In Turkey heavy
rains in the northeast triggered floods and a landslide that killed
4 people. One person was reported missing.
2009 Sep 24, Massachusetts’
Gov. Deval Patrick named former Democratic Party chairman Paul G.
Kirk Jr. to temporarily fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.
The appointment will let Kirk, who was close friends with the
senator, serve in the post until voters pick a permanent replacement
in a Jan. 19 special election.
2009 Sep 24, A US federal jury
rejected a New Orleans family’s claims that a FEMA issued trailer
they lived in after Hurricane Katrina was defective and exposed them
to dangerous fumes. The trailer made by Gulf Stream Coach Inc. had
been occupied for 19 months by Alana Alexander and her son (12).
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 24, In California
thousands of students, professors and workers at UC campuses across
the state poured out of classrooms to rally against deep cuts to
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 24, In Chicago Derrion
Albert (16), a sophomore at Christian Fenger Academy High School,
was beaten to death as 2 groups of students from different
neighborhoods engaged in a fight following a shooting earlier in the
day. 4 teenagers were charged with murder. The melee was caught on
video. On Dec 8, 2010, a 15-year-old boy was convicted of
first-degree murder. 4 suspects were still awaiting trial. In 2011
the last of 5 convicted suspects was sentenced to 32 years in
2009 Sep 24, In Pennsylvania US
Pres. Obama hosted a 2-day meeting of the G20 as it opened in
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 24, In Texas Hosam
Maher Husein Smadi (19) parked what he thought was an explosive
laden truck in a parking garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place
office tower in Dallas. FBI agents had provided Smadi with the
truck. Smadi was indicted the next day.
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 24, Susan Atkins (61),
a follower of cult leader Charles Manson, died at a prison facility
in Chowchilla, Ca. Her remorseless witness stand confession to
killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world. She
had been suffering from brain cancer.
2009 Sep 24, Emile Norman
(b.1918), pioneering gay artist, died in Monterey, Ca.
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A12)
2009 Sep 24, Afghan officials
started a partial vote recount from last month's presidential
election in a long-awaited procedure due to bring to an end weeks of
uncertainty over the ballot. The process was expected to take about
two weeks. Four US soldiers died in southeastern Zabul province,
three of them killed when their Stryker vehicle hit a bomb, and the
fourth shot to death in an insurgent attack.
(Reuters, 9/25/09)(AP, 9/25/09)
2009 Sep 24, Australia said it
has created a massive nature reserve in the country's far north that
will be managed by Aborigines. The so-called Indigenous Protected
Areas in the Northern Territory contain rock art sites that are
50,000 years old and wilderness areas rivaling the nearby World
Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
2009 Sep 24, In Belgium 2 armed
robbers made off with a $1.1 million painting by Belgian surrealist
Rene Magritte, “Olympia" (1948), in a morning heist at a small
museum in Brussels.
2009 Sep 24, In the Central
African Republic 2 local employees of the Italian Coopi NGO were
killed when Lord's Resistance Army rebels attacked their vehicle.
2009 Sep 24, The Colombian
military discovered a mass grave holding 16 rebels believed killed
in combat, including a nephew of a top guerrilla commander. the FARC
fighters were believed killed during fighting in July and included a
nephew of the rebel band's No. 2 leader, Jorge Briceno.
2009 Sep 24, Two French
military fighter Rafale jets crashed into the Mediterranean Sea
during a training mission and one pilot was missing.
2009 Sep 24, The Clinton Global
Initiative announced $258 million in aid projects for Haiti. The 21
projects included a $2 million pledge by actor mat Damon’s Water.org
to get water and sanitation to 50,000 people.
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 24, In Honduras the
national curfew was lifted, but hundreds of troops and police
continued to ring the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where an
increasingly exhausted President Manuel Zelaya, his family and about
70 supporters, have been sheltered since he sneaked back into
Honduras on Sep 21.
2009 Sep 24, Ireland, the first
nation to tax plastic bags as a way to stop them littering the
countryside, announced plans to double its levy to a 44 euro cents
(59 US cents) per bag.
2009 Sep 24, Japan’s Tokyo Game
Show, billed as the world's largest computer entertainment fest,
kicked off with hopes that depressed sales of game consoles will
enjoy a holiday resurrection.
2009 Sep 24, In Mexico
Chihuahua state prosecutor Arturo Chavez, criticized for failing to
solve dozens of rapes and murders of women in his northern border
state, was confirmed as Mexico's attorney general and leader of the
nation's war on vicious drug cartels.
2009 Sep 24, In northwestern
Pakistan militants ambushed a convoy of prominent anti-Taliban
tribal elders, spraying their cars with gunfire and killing nine
people. Tribesmen killed two militants in the gunbattle. In a
separate attack militants killed two members of another anti-Taliban
committee in the Swat Valley to the northeast. Soldiers killed at
least six militants in the nearby Malakand region after insurgents
ambushed a vehicle carrying Pakistani troops near an Afghan refugee
camp. 10 suspects were arrested in operations over the past 24 hours
and 15 militants surrendered to security forces. A suspected US
missile strike killed 4 people near the town of Mir Ali in North
(AP, 9/24/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 24, In Puerto Rico
police officer Luis Martinez was killed in the northern coastal city
of Manati. In 2011 suspect Anthony Rivera Morales (23) was arrested
at a homeless shelter in New York and extradited back to the US
island territory to face murder charges.
2009 Sep 24, Spain said it has
disqualified a group of Israeli academics from a solar power design
competition because their university is in the West Bank, the latest
in a series of low-level European sanctions against Israel over its
2009 Sep 24, In Spain Garry
Kasparov soundly defeated Anatoly Karpov in an exhibition chess
match marking the 25th anniversary of their first title bout.
2009 Sep 24, Swiss lawmakers
decided not to join the European Union's anti-piracy efforts, amid
concern that participating in the mission off Somalia could violate
the Alpine nation's long-standing neutrality.
2009 Sep 24, In Thailand an
experimental combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines cut
the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31%, in the
world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers.
This was the first time an experimental vaccine has prevented
infection with the AIDS virus.
2009 Sep 24, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a historic resolution aimed at ridding
the world of nuclear weapons at a summit-level meeting chaired by
President Barack Obama.
2009 Sep 24, Venezuela’s
Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said the animated television
series "Family Guy." should be pulled from the airwaves because it
promotes the use of marijuana. He said that cable networks that
broadcast "Family Guy" would be fined by Venezuela's
telecommunications regulator if they refuse to dump the program.
2009 Sep 24, In Vietnam 9 North
Koreans took refuge in Denmark's embassy in Hanoi seeking political
asylum and passage to Seoul. On Oct 20 they left the mission and
were on their way to South Korea.
(Reuters, 10/20/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 25, US regulators shut
down Atlanta-based Georgian Bank, the 95th US bank to fail this year
as loan defaults rise in the worst financial climate in decades.
2009 Sep 25, In NYC the Clinton
Global Initiative launched the Global Impact Investing Network
(GIIN), a new asset class aiming to yield a financial return
alongside a social or environmental benefit.
2009 Sep 25, In Sacramento,
Ca., Garret Griffith Gililland III (28) pleaded not guilty to
charges that included 24 counts in an alleged $100 million
mortgage fraud ring. He was arrested last year in Spain and was
returned to the US to face federal fraud charges.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 25, Robbers in Pebble
Beach, Ca., allegedly stole some 30 pieces of art valued at $27
million. Angelo Amadio (31) and Dr. Ralph Kennaugh (62) said the
stolen art included paintings by Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse and
Vincent Van Gogh. Investigators on Oct 6 said the heist appeared to
be a scam.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.D3)(SFC, 10/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 25, In Pennsylvania
police arrested 83 people during protests at the meeting of the G20
Pittsburgh. A “People’s March" attracted nearly 5.000 people. The
G20 ended a 2-day meeting and reached a series of agreements aimed
at navigating the world out of recession. The alliance announced
that it will replace the G7 as the main forum for int’l. economic
cooperation. The G7 will now concentrate mainly on security issues.
10/3/09, p.88)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.51)
2009 Sep 25, In Maryland 4
bodies were found in a home in Mount Airy. Police said Charles
Dalton (38), a school janitor struggling to survive the recession,
killed his sleeping wife and 2 children before shooting himself with
a 12-guage shotgun.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 25, In South Carolina
a medical helicopter, which had just dropped off a patient in
Charleston, crashed near Georgetown killing the pilot, a flight
nurse and a paramedic.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 25, In Afghanistan an
American died of gunshot wounds from and insurgent attack in Nimroz
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 25, An Australian
court sentenced Belal Khazaal (39), a former Qantas Airways baggage
handler, to 12 years in prison for publishing a do-it-yourself jihad
book on the Internet. The book was titled "Provisions of the Rules
of Jihad: Short Judicial Rulings and Organizational Instructions for
Fighters and Mujahideen Against Infidels." Khazaal had also been
convicted in absentia by Lebanese military courts in 2003 and 2005
on terrorism-related charges.
2009 Sep 25, Authorities in
China's restive northwestern Xinjiang region charged 21 suspects
over deadly July unrest, the first reported criminal charges to
emerge from the violence.
2009 Sep 25, In Colombia the
chief prosecutor's office said it has unearthed the remains of 17
peasants tortured and killed at a ranch that belonged to the
since-slain, far-right militia leader Carlos Castano in Colombia's
northwest. The peasants were believed slain 10 to 12 years ago by
men under the command of Jesus Ignacio Roldan, alias "Monoleche," a
Castano lieutenant who later participated in the 2004 murder of the
right-wing militia leader.
2009 Sep 25, On the Dutch
Caribbean island of Curacao James Hogan (49), a US diplomat, was
reported missing by his wife. On Oct 1 authorities confirmed that
DNA on bloody clothes found along Baya Beach matched with Hogan.
Curacao, the headquarters of the Netherlands Antilles government,
lies about 40 miles (65km) off Venezuela's coast.
2009 Sep 25, The International
Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has revealed the existence of a
secret uranium-enrichment plant, a development that could heighten
fears about Tehran's ability to produce a nuclear weapon and
escalate its diplomatic confrontation with the West. Armed with the
disclosure President Barack Obama and the leaders of France and
Britain demanded that Tehran fully disclose its nuclear ambitions
"or be held accountable" to an impatient world community.
(AP, 9/25/09)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.51)
2009 Sep 25, In Iraq a
controlled explosion of weapons confiscated by the Iraqi military
went awry east of Mosul, killing 15 soldiers.
2009 Sep 25, An Israeli
airstrike killed 3 members of the Palestinian Jihad movement who
were allegedly on their way to fire rockets into Israel.
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 25, Japan's new
government launched an investigation into whether previous
administrations entered secret security pacts with Washington,
including one said to endorse US nuclear-armed ships despite a
policy of barring such weapons.
2009 Sep 25, Mexican police
arrested five men accused of dozens of murders, including two mass
killings at drug treatment centers in this northern Mexico border
2009 Sep 25, Palau announced to
the UN General Assembly that it is creating a shark and ray
sanctuary over some 240,000 square miles around its coastline. Palau
had just one boat to patrol the protected waters. Some 20,000 people
populated the 190-square mile archipelago.
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 25, Poland approved a
law making chemical castration mandatory for pedophiles in some
cases, sparking criticism from human rights groups.
2009 Sep 25, Puerto Rico's
government announced that it will lay off more than 16,000 public
workers in the US Caribbean territory, adding to an unemployment
rate higher than that of any US state.
2009 Sep 25, Spanish pianist
Alicia de Larrocha died (86). She thrilled music listeners for
decades with polished and enthralling interpretations of great
2009 Sep 25, UN officials said
tens of thousands of Yemenis displaced by warfare between the
government and Shiite rebels were stranded around the war zone with
aid agencies unable to reach them because of the intensified
2009 Sep 25, An environmental
group said a gecko with leopard-like spots on its body and a fanged
frog that eats birds are among 163 new species discovered last year
in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, which included Laos,
Thailand and Vietnam.
2009 Sep 26, In Afghanistan an
airstrike by international forces in Wardak province, bordering
Kabul, killed three Afghan civilians. 7 Taliban militants were
killed in a gunbattle with police in Kunduz province. 3 Afghan
civilians died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in western
Farah province. Two US service members died in the south, one from a
roadside bomb explosion and the other from an insurgent attack. 3
French soldiers were killed in a violent storm in northeastern
Kapisa province when one was struck by lightning and two others were
carried off by a flooding river. A 4th French soldier was killed
when an armored vehicle fell into a ravine.
2009 Sep 26, The Australian
town of Bundanoon pulled all bottled water from its shelves and
replaced it with refillable bottles in what is believed to be a
2009 Sep 26, In Belgium two
burglary suspects were killed after the excessive explosives they
were using to break into a bank's safe blew up the whole building.
2009 Sep 26, China reported
that medical tests have shown at least 121 children living near a
battery plant in eastern Fujian province are suffering from lead
poisoning, the latest in a recent string of such cases that have
affected hundreds. The government has ordered the Huaqiang Battery
Plant to shut about 10 days ago after local villagers approached the
authorities with test results showing lead poisoning in some
2009 Sep 26, Greek socialist
opposition leader George Papandreou (57), who is widely expected to
win the national election next weekend, said fighting endemic
corruption and creating a stimulus package are essential if Greece
is to emerge from a deep financial crisis.
2009 Sep 26, Ali Akbar Salehi,
Iran's nuclear chief, said his country will allow the UN nuclear
agency to inspect its newly revealed, still unfinished uranium
2009 Sep 26, In Iran, one day
before the sale of Telecommunication Co. of Iran (TCI), the
Pishgaman Kavir Yazd Cooperative Co. received a letter from the
Iranian Privatization Organization (IPO) stating that it wasn't
qualified to participate in the bid process.
2009 Sep 26, In northern Iraq a
US military drone crashed, hitting a regional office of Iraq's
largest Sunni political party in Mosul, an area that remains an
insurgent stronghold. At least six suspected insurgents were
killed in a raid by Iraqi police about 50 miles (85km) northwest of
Kirkuk. Gunmen killed an off-duty policeman during a drive-by
shooting in central Mosul.
2009 Sep 26, In Morocco Akhbar
Al Youm published a caricature of a member of the royal family,
Prince Moulay Ismail, cousin of King Mohammed VI. On Dec 29 an
appeal court in Casablanca upheld a four-year suspended jail term
for the chief editor of Akhbar Al Youm, Taoufiq Bouachrine, and
cartoonist Khalid Gueddar.
2009 Sep 26, In North Korea 97
older South Koreans reunited with 228 North Korean relatives at the
Diamond Mountain resort. This was the first reunion in nearly two
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 26, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 suicide car bombs killed 22 people and wounded about 150
others in separate attacks in Bannu and Peshawar, just days after
the Taliban warned suicide strikes were coming if the military
pressed forward with an offensive. A third bomb injured 4 in the
(AP, 9/26/09)(AP, 9/27/09)
2009 Sep 26, In the northern
Philippines nearly a month's worth of rain fell in six hours as
Tropical Storm Ketsana slammed ashore, stranding thousands on
rooftops in the capital's worst flooding in more than 42 years.
2009 Sep 26, In Rwanda at least
four people were killed and 52 injured when an unidentified man
lobbed a grenade into a crowd at a village market. Police suspect it
was an act of sabotage to sow terror in rural districts.
2009 Sep 26, In Spain "City of
Life and Death," Chinese director Lu Chuan's account of the Japanese
occupation of Nanjing in 1937, won top honors at the San Sebastian
2009 Sep 26, In Sri Lanka
soldiers fired on a group of war refugees trying to flee a camp in
the north of the island, wounding two.
2009 Sep 26, In Switzerland
director Roman Polanski (76) was taken into custody on a 31-year-old
US arrest warrant, where he traveled to receive an award at the
Zurich Film Festival for his lifetime work as a director. Polanski
fled the United States in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to
unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
(AP, 9/27/09)(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 26, Turkey's navy
commandos aboard a frigate captured seven pirates in the Gulf of
Aden off Somalia's coast.
2009 Sep 26, Pope Benedict XVI
criticized the communist era's fierce religious persecution as he
began a three-day pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, and urged the
heavily secular nation to rediscover its Christian roots.
2009 Sep 26, In Venezuela some
30 African and South American leaders met for a 2-day summit on
Margarita Island seeking to build on their alliances.
2009 Sep 27, Donald Fisher,
co-founder of the Gap Inc. (1969), died in SF. He and his wife began
collecting art as they founded their blue jeans outlet and by 2009
the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection had become one of the world’s
largest private holdings of late 20th and early 21st century art.
(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 27, William Safire
(b.1929), conservative columnist for the NY Times, died. Safire had
authored over a dozen books and won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary
in 1978, for his scathing articles on the financial affairs of
Carter White House budget director Bert Lance.
(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb explosion targeting Afghanistan's energy minister
killed four civilians in Herat province. In southern Afghanistan a
roadside explosion killed a British soldier on a vehicle patrol in
Helmand province. Taliban militants ambushed a truck convoy in
eastern Kunar province, killing six drivers and burning their
vehicles. A private van hit a roadside bomb in northern Faryab
province. Six of the people inside were killed and another seven
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009 Sep 27, Germans voted on
whether to give Chancellor Angela Merkel a second term, as the
country faces rising unemployment and threats by Islamic extremists
over Germany's role in Afghanistan. Voters ended the conservative
Merkel's right-left "grand coalition" and gave her a comfortable
center-right majority, thanks to a strong performance by her new
government ally, the business-oriented Free Democrats.
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009 Sep 27, Iran said it
successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills
by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the US
warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it
was secretly constructing.
2009 Sep 27, In Iran a
consortium of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a
multi-billion dollar business empire known as Setad, that is
controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, bid on a
controlling stake in Telecommunication Co of Iran, or TCI, which had
a near monopoly on landline telephone services. They won the stake
for $7.8 billion, Iran's largest privatization ever.
(AP, 9/28/09)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2009 Sep 27, Two Uzbeks,
including Oybek Jabbarov (31), freed from the Guantanamo Bay prison
arrived in Ireland. Amnesty International appealed to other EU
nations to deliver on pledges to give new homes to US terror
2009 Sep 27, Israeli police
used stun grenades to disperse Palestinian rioters at a volatile
Jerusalem site holy to Jews and Muslims. The compound is home to the
gold-capped Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa mosque, and Muslims see
it as their religion's third-holiest site after the Saudi Arabian
holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The site has been under Israeli
control since 1967, but is administered by a Muslim religious body
known as the Waqf.
2009 Sep 27, A New Zealand
teen, Cherelle May Dudfield (18), flashed her breasts at passing
cars and ended with up in a hospital after a distracted driver ran
into her. In Dec she was found guilty of disorderly behavior for the
prank and was fined $198.
2009 Sep 27, In the northern
Philippines rescuers plucked bodies from muddy floodwaters and saved
drenched survivors from rooftops. The death toll in the Philippines
from Typhoon Ketsana reached 246 with 42 missing. The economic cost
was nearly $100 million.
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep 27, Portugal voted in
parliamentary elections that are predicted to keep the Socialist
Party in power despite the highest jobless rate in over 20 years.
The center-left Socialist Party of PM Jose Socrates retained power
winning 36.5% of the vote compared with 29% for the center-right
Social Democratic Party. Turnout was about 60%.
(AP, 9/27/09)(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A2)(Econ, 10/3/09,
2009 Sep 27, It was reported
that some 300,000 Syrian farmers, herders and their families have
been forced by drought to abandon their homes for makeshift urban
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A18)
2009 Sep 27, Sudan’s President
Omar al-Beshir announced the immediate lifting of state censorship
on the press, meeting a key demand of the media ahead of Sudan's
first elections in almost 25 years.
2009 Sep 27, In Venezuela Pres.
Hugo Chavez proposed that South American and African nations unite
to create a cross-continental mining corporation to keep control of
their resources. Chavez made diplomatic inroads in Africa at a
summit of South American and African leaders where he offered
Venezuela's help in oil projects, mining and financial assistance.
Venezuela signed agreements to work together on oil projects with
South Africa, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and Cape Verde.
(Reuters, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009 Sep 28, In San Jose, Ca.,
Cristina Warthen (36), a Stanford law school graduate, was sentenced
to home detention for one year for tax evasion and ordered to pay
$243,000 in back taxes. She had run an escort service beginning in
2001 (touchofbrazil.net), and grossed $133,717 in 2003. In 2004 she
married David Warthen, co-founder of Ask Jeeves, later Ask.com. They
were later divorced.
(SFC, 9/29/09, p.C5)
2009 Sep 28, In Afghan three
civilians, including a woman, were killed when their car hit a bomb
in the road between Herat and Kandahar. A US team and Afghan
soldiers killed 30 Taliban fighters at a militant stronghold in
2009 Sep 28, Britain’s Business
Secretary Peter Mandelson said the government will extend its car
scrapping scheme with extra funding for an additional 100,000 cars
2009 Sep 28, Canada’s train
maker Bombardier Transportation says its Chinese joint venture has
been awarded a $4 billion contract to build 80 high-speed trains for
China's railway ministry.
2009 Sep 28, In China foreign
ministers from China, Japan and South Korea pledged to deepen
cooperation on non-proliferation and disarmament, as pressure grew
on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.
2009 Sep 28, Luis Alberto
Santacruz Echeverri, an alleged Colombian cocaine trafficker
arrested in the Dominican Republic, was extradited to the US to face
drug trafficking charges.
2009 Sep 28, In Ecuador
hundreds of Indians blocked the Pan American highway in several
provinces with rocks, tree trunks and burning tires to protest new
water, mining and oil laws.
2009 Sep 28, In Cairo, Egypt, a
2-day meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear
Nonproliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) opened. It was set up by
the governments of Australia and Japan to probe ideas on how to cut
the world's nuclear arms stockpile ahead of a UN conference on the
subject next year. Iran and Israel stated their positions on
disarmament separately during the gathering.
2009 Sep 28, Guinea’s
military's presidential guard shot at pro-democracy demonstrators in
Conakry, leaving at least 157 people dead. The government put the
death toll at 57. Eyewitnesses said security forces had stripped
female protesters and raped them in the streets. Other eyewitnesses
said soldiers had stabbed protesters with knives and bayonets. On
June 27, 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Pivi, an influential member
of the junta at the time and now minister for presidential security,
was charged over his alleged role in a stadium massacre.
(AP, 9/29/09)(AP, 10/2/09)(Reuters, 6/28/13)
2009 Sep 28, Honduras'
coup-installed government silenced two key dissident broadcasters
hours after it suspended civil liberties to prevent an uprising by
backers of ousted Pres. Manuel Zelaya. The measures were announced
just hours after Zelaya called on his backers to stage mass protest
marches in what he called a "final offensive" against the
government. Interim president Roberto Micheletti promised to restore
civil liberties and allow an Organization of American States
mediation team into the country, quickly backpedalling from tough
measures amid criticism from his own allies that he had gone too far
in his fight to stay in power.
(AP, 9/28/09)(AP, 9/29/09)
2009 Sep 28, In Iraq a tanker
truck packed with explosives ripped through a police outpost,
killing at least 7 people in a suicide attack at a former insurgent
stronghold outside Ramadi. In a separate attack, at least three
Iraqi soldiers were killed in a double roadside bombing in the
predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliyah in western Baghdad.
In southern Iraq, bomb attached to a bus exploded in mostly Shiite
southern Iraq, killing at least six. In northern Iraq, a roadside
bomb targeting a police patrol in Mosul killed two officers and
wounded two. The US military freed another 35 members of a group
linked to the abduction of five British citizens from Iraq's Finance
Ministry in 2007. The prisoner release means nearly 100 members of
Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, have left U.S. custody
since late last week. In total, about 250 have been freed since July
as talks intensify over the fate of Peter Moore, the sole British
hostage believed to be still alive.
2009 Sep 28, In Malaysia news
reports said a judge has upheld a court verdict to cane a Muslim
woman for drinking beer, re-igniting a controversy over Islamic
justice in this moderate Muslim-majority country. The chief Shariah
judge of Pahang state ruled that a Shariah High Court's verdict
against Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno (32) was correct and should stay.
2009 Sep 28, In Mexico 2
Canadian men were shot to death in execution-style slayings outside
an apartment building in the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta.
Gordon Douglas Kendall and Jeffrey Ronald Ivans were believed to be
involved in the drug trade. In Michoacan state police arrested three
federal agents for allegedly passing information to organized crime.
(AP, 9/28/09)(SFC, 9/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 28, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber killed five people including a prominent tribal
elder in Baka Khel, which lies close to Waziristan. One Pakistani
soldier was killed and seven others critically wounded in a militant
rocket attack on an army camp in the northwest. Hundreds of
civilians fled the Taliban and al-Qaida's main stronghold in the
2009 Sep 28, Guillermo Endara
(73), Panama’s former President (1989-1994), died. He led Panama to
democracy after the US invasion that toppled dictator Gen. Manuel
2009 Sep 28, In Peru former
President Alberto Fujimori, who already faces the prospect of
spending the rest of his life in prison, pleaded guilty to
authorizing illegal wiretaps and bribes of politicians, journalists
2009 Sep 28, In Romania Gen.
Nicolae Plesita (b.1929), a die-hard Communist and ruthless chief of
the Securitate secret police (1980-1984), died. He had arranged
shelter in Romania for terrorist Carlos the Jackal, and was tried
for the 1981 bombing in Munich of Radio Free Europe.
2009 Sep 28, In Somalia the
al-Shabab extremist Islamic group executed two Somali men in
Mogadishu, accusing them of being spies for foreign organizations.
Mortars and missiles pounded parts of Mogadishu, killing at least 13
civilians in two separate battles between Islamic militiamen and the
African Union peacekeeping force.
2009 Sep 28, South Korea's
parliament endorsed the appointment of economics professor Chung
Un-Chan as prime minister despite strong objections by opposition
2009 Sep 28, In Sudan a
Nigerian peacekeeper was killed and two Kenyan colleagues were
wounded in the troubled Darfur region when armed men ambushed their
2009 Sep 28, In Thailand
climate talks kicked off in Bangkok with the UN urging nations to
break the deadlock over a global warming deal that is supposed to be
finalized in just 70 days time, and warning that failure to act
would leave future generations fighting for survival.
2009 Sep 28, In Venezuela Pres.
Hugo Chavez and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi called for a new global
definition of terrorism. Meeting a day after the end of a summit of
African and South American leaders in Venezuela, the two men signed
a declaration urging a global conference be held to sketch out new
terms defining terrorism.
2009 Sep 29, The US signaled a
new approach to Myanmar as Kurt Campbell, assistant to the US Sec.
of State, met in NY with U Thaung, Myanmar’s minister of science,
technology and labor.
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.52)
2009 Sep 29, Norman Hsu (58),
former US Democratic fundraiser, was sentenced to over 24 years in
prison for fraud and breaking campaign finance laws. His decade long
Ponzi scheme collapsed in Sep. 2007 after he stole over $50 million
from investors. He must separately serve a 3 years sentence for a
conviction in California.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 29, Starbucks
premiered its new instant coffee, Via, with tens of thousands of
free samples nationwide. A 3-pack was priced at just under $1 per
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.C3)
2009 Sep 29, Toyota Motor Corp.
issued its largest-ever US recall, involving 3.8 million vehicles.
Toyota and the government warned owners to remove the mats from
their vehicles that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead
to a crash.
2009 Sep 29, Xerox launched a
$6.4 billion bid for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), an
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.80)
2009 Sep 29, In southern
Afghanistan at least 30 civilians were killed when a bus hit a
roadside bomb in an attack blamed on the Taliban.
2009 Sep 29, China said it has
completed a high-resolution, three-dimensional map of the entire
surface of the moon, in an important step towards a future lunar
2009 Sep 29, Ethiopian and
Kenyan authorities seized more than 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms)
of ivory from nearly 100 illegally killed elephants. Specially
trained dogs sniffed out a consignment of bloodstained tusks at
Kenya's national airport. Another shipment of tusks sent by the same
individual had been seized a day earlier at the airport in
2009 Sep 29, In India 2 boats
capsized in flooded rivers in eastern Bihar state during a major
Hindu festival, killing at least 27 people and leaving around 24
2009 Sep 29, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country built its newly revealed uranium enrichment
facility inside a mountain and next to a military site near the city
of Qom to ensure continuity of its nuclear activities in case of an
attack. Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi said the site will be open
to inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog.
2009 Sep 29, In northwest
Pakistan two suspected US missile strikes killed 13 militants. The
first attack killed six militants and wounded six others in South
Waziristan. A 2nd missile hit a house owned by a known Afghan
militant in North Waziristan killing 7 insurgents. Kalimullah
Mehsud, the brother of the new head of the Pakistani Taliban, was
said to be among several militants to die in one of the drone
(AP, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep 29, Paraguay's
interior minister Rafael Filizzola said 3 police chiefs imprisoned
for torture have finally have been fired after collecting their
salaries from behind bars since 1995. Filizzola called it
unfortunate that convicts Camilo Almada Morel, Lucilo Benitez and
Juan Martinez were able to collect pay for so long.
(AP, 9/29/09)(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 29, In the southern
Philippines 2 US soldiers were killed in the deadliest attack
against American troops there since they began helping local forces
stamp out Muslim extremists in 2001. In 2011 Arabi Sali, suspected
of involvement in the roadside bombing that killed the 2 US
soldiers, was arrested. On June 1, 2014, Miraji Bairulla, a bomb
expert of the rebel group the Moro National Liberation Front, was
arrested for his role in the attack.
(AFP, 9/29/09)(AP, 2/2/11)(AP, 6/1/14)
2009 Sep 29, In southern Puerto
Rico hundreds of US and local agents swept into a town to break up
violent drug rings accused of operating out of several public
2009 Sep 29, A magnitude
8.0-8.3 earthquake struck about 120 miles south of the islands of
Samoa, population about 180,000 people, and American Samoa, a US
territory of 65,000. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6
meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile
(1.5km) inland. At least 142 were killed in Samoa and at least 32 on
American Samoa and leaving dozens missing. Authorities in Tonga,
south of the Samoas, confirmed at least 9 dead. In 2010 new research
indicated that 2 great earthquakes caused the tsunami.
(AP, 9/30/09)(AFP, 10/1/09)(AP, 10/5/09)(SSFC,
10/11/09, p.A14)(SFC, 8/19/10, p.A2)
2009 Sep 29, Beauty queen Miss
Singapore World gave up her crown after it emerged that she had
stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree for lingerie. Ris Low
had come under public pressure to be stripped of her 2009 title,
after local media reported she stole seven credit cards last year
while working at a medical clinic, buying goods worth about S$8,000
($5,662) including gold anklets and phones.
2009 Sep 29, Typhoon Ketsana
slammed into central Vietnam, killing 74 as officials recovered more
bodies from the muck and swollen rivers along the country's long
coastline. 179 were reported injured and a dozen missing. In
neighboring Cambodia, at least 11 people were killed and 29 injured.
(Reuters, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep 30, The US fiscal year
ended with a budget deficit at a record $1.4 trillion.
(SFC, 10/17/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 30, The US government
and ICANN, the body in charge of assigning Internet addresses,
signed an agreement that allows for greater global participation in
the Internet domain name process. The agreement, which allows ICANN
to become a "private sector led organization," subjects ICANN to
periodic reviews by a panel that includes a US representative and
independent experts, essentially allowing the organization to no
longer report solely to the United States.
2009 Sep 30, In Arizona a new
law took effect allowing people with concealed weapons permits to
enter bars and restaurants, that haven’t posted signs banning guns.
Those carrying weapons would not be allowed to drink alcohol.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 30, Google rolled out
Google Wave for a test involving some 100,000 people. The product
was billed as a revolutionary way to collaborate online.
(Econ, 9/19/09, p.74)
2009 Sep 30, The Penske
Automotive Group Inc. announced it is walking away from a deal to
acquire the Saturn brand from GM, after being unable to find a
manufacturer to make Saturn cars when GM stops producing models
sometime after the end of 2011. The brand was set up in 1990 to
fight growing Japanese imports.
2009 Sep 30, In Nevada Karamjit
Kaur (16), a high school sophomore, disappeared in Reno. Police
suspected foul play. She was found with her brother-in-law on Oct 5
at a hotel in Merrillville, Ind.
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.A10)(SFC, 10/5/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 30, The 24 members of
UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee of Intangible Heritage granted
the tango dance and its music protected cultural status at its
meeting in Abu Dhabi. The designation may make Argentina and
Uruguay, which both claim to be tango's birthplace, eligible to
receive financial assistance from a specialized fund for
safeguarding cultural traditions.
2009 Sep 30, In southern
Afghanistan 9 civilians including six children were killed in a NATO
air strike targeting a Taliban position. Four armed Taliban were
also killed in the air attack in Khoshal village in Helmand
2009 Sep 30, The UN dismissed
Peter Galbraith, the top US diplomat at the UN mission in
Afghanistan, after he quarreled with Kai Eide, his European boss,
over the Afghan presidential election.
2009 Sep 30, Bangladesh awarded
a farmer who killed more than 83,000 rats and launched a monthlong
campaign nationwide to kill millions more, to protect crops and
reduce the need for food imports.
2009 Sep 30, The British Office
of Fair Trading said six recruitment companies have together been
fined almost 40 million pounds for price-fixing and the boycott of a
rival company. They had all breached Britain's 1998 Competition Act.
2009 Sep 30, Amnesty
International said tens of thousands of women who fled unrest in
Darfur face the daily threat or rape and violence in refugee camps
in neighboring Chad.
2009 Sep 30, China launched a
massive shut-down of bustling central Beijing on the eve of a
spectacular celebration of 60 years of Communist rule, with
authorities determined to leave nothing to chance.
2009 Sep 30, Colombian
authorities said a gunman on horseback killed German Herrera (41), a
town councilman in Castillo, and wounded an 11-year-old boy. Herrera
had been threatened by leftist FARC rebels active in the area. The
national councilman's federation said nine town councilmen have been
killed in Colombia this year, compared to 13 in all of 2008.
2009 Sep 30, In Ecuador a
battle in the southeastern jungle killed at least one Indian and
wounded 40 police and nine Indians on the Upano River in the
province of Morona Santiago. The Amazon Indian federation said 500
police provoked the violence by attacking Shuar Indians who were
blocking roads to protest resources legislation.
2009 Sep 30, A spokesman said
the US military has begun an exercise in Gabon with personnel from
25 African countries to improve command and control between forces
for possible peacekeeping or anti-terrorism missions. Africom,
headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, formally activated last
October, sponsored the exercise.
2009 Sep 30, An EU-commissioned
report said Georgia's attack on its breakaway South Ossetia region
marked the start of last year's war with Russia, which retaliated
with excessive force.
2009 Sep 30, Guinea's military
leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, banned all gatherings and
demonstrations and called for two days of mourning after troops
opened fire on 50,000 pro-democracy protesters at a stadium rally on
2009 Sep 30, In Honduras
soldiers and police enforced an emergency decree suspending civil
liberties despite promises by the coup-imposed government to lift
the measures criticized by its own allies as going too far.
2009 Sep 30, In southern India
a state-owned boat carrying 75 tourists capsized on a reservoir in
the remote Thekkady forest area in Kerala state, killing at least 17
people and leaving dozens missing.
2009 Sep 30, A 7.6 underwater
earthquake rocked western Indonesia, briefly triggering a tsunami
alert for countries along the Indian Ocean and sending panicked
residents out of their houses. The quake toppled buildings, cut
power and triggered a landslide on Sumatra island. The UN
later said 1,100 had been killed in and around Padang, a port city
of 900,000 that sits atop one of the world's most active seismic
fault lines along the Pacific "Ring of Fire." At least three
villages were obliterated by earthquake-triggered landslides that
buried as many as 644 people including a wedding party under
mountains of mud and debris.
(AFP, 9/30/09)(AP, 10/2/09)(Reuters, 10/2/09)(AP,
2009 Sep 30, In Iran Saeed
Hajjarian (55), considered a top architect and ideologue of the
movement pushing for more social and political freedoms, was
released on bail after more than three months in jail on charges of
inciting the country's postelection unrest.
2009 Sep 30, In Kazakhstan
Canadian circus billionaire Guy Laliberte blasted off in a Russian
Soyuz spaceship to become the world's seventh space tourist.
2009 Sep 30, Aaron Ringera,
Kenya's anti-corruption chief, resigned after weeks of public
protest and a parliamentary vote against his reappointment. Ringera
led the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission for five years before
President Mwai Kibaki reappointed him in August. The commission had
not successfully concluded one case of high-level corruption.
Ringera blamed the commission's lack of powers to prosecute.
2009 Sep 30, In North Korea a
ceremony marked the return of UN Development Program to the country.
UNDP withdrew its operations in March 2007 following allegations
that the agency had left itself open to exploitation by the
communist regime for money laundering and other illicit purposes. A
UN audit cleared UNDP of wrongdoing in June, 2008.
2009 Sep 30, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile attack killed 6 alleged militants just over the
border from Afghanistan, the 3rd such strike on the al-Qaida and
Taliban stronghold in 24 hours.
2009 Sep 30, In Peru a court
imposed a six-year prison sentence on disgraced ex-President Alberto
Fujimori, who already faced the prospect of spending the rest of his
life in a cell after three previous convictions. He also was fined
$9 million for authorizing wiretaps and bribes.
2009 Sep 30, In Venezuela more
than 150 university students ended a hunger strike after the
Organization of American States (OAS) agreed to hear their concerns
over alleged political persecution by President Hugo Chavez's
2009 Sep 30, The World Bank
announced a 74-million-dollar grant to revive Zimbabwe's agriculture
2009 Sep, General David
Petraeus issued a secret order authorizing an escalation that
included boosting military and intelligence assistance to help
Yemeni forces strike al Qaeda targets, as well as deployment of more
unmanned aerial drones to collect information and track high-value
2009 Sep, George Zimmermann, a
Pennsylvania landowner, filed suit against Atlas Energy Inc. for
polluting his soil and water in an attempt to link a natural gas
drilling technique with environmental contamination. Atlas was
exploiting the Marcellus Shale, a vast gas reserve that underlies
about two-thirds of Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia, Ohio
and New York State. Experts estimated that it contains enough
natural gas to meet total US demand for at least a decade. Baseline
tests on Zimmermann's water a year before drilling began were
"perfect," he said. In June, water tests found arsenic at 2,600
times acceptable levels, benzene at 44 times above limits and
naphthalene five times the federal standard.
2009 Sep, Huntington, West
Virginia, ranked as America’s fattest town, welcomed Jamie Oliver,
Britain’s famous Naked Chef, into its school district. His food
education program was turned into a reality television series called
2009 Sep, In the Dominican Rep.
Juan Almonte Herreras (51), a father of three who served as
secretary-general of the Dominican Commission of Human Rights, was
kidnapped and killed. The commission concluded that police had
kidnapped Almonte, tortured him and later set his body on fire. The
Inter-American Court of Human Rights accused the Dominican
government of conducting a lax investigation.
2009 Sep, Indonesia’s
Parliament, regarded as the most corrupt of Indonesia’s
institutions, passed a law weakening its Corruption Eradication
(Econ, 10/10/09, p.44)
2009 Sep, In Israel Rabbi Yosef
Shalom Elyashiv (99) outlawed the use of elevators. Jewish law, or
halacha, forbids the use of electrical items on the Sabbath. He also
has proclaimed that Jews could not wear Crocs shoes on Yom Kippur,
the Day of Atonement, because they were deemed too comfortable for
the somber fasting holiday.
2009 Sep, A US cable, revealed
in 2010, said that Kingston, Jamaica, Mayor Desmond McKenzie told a
US Embassy officer that his administration had collaborated for
years with local drug baron Christopher “Dudus" Coke to fight crime.
(SFC, 12/23/10, p.A5)
2009 Sep, Nigeria launched a
multi-million-dollar dredging exercise to boost navigation and
commerce on the Niger River. Then government planned to construct
seven ports to serve the 152 host communities along the river.
2009 Sep, Turkey banned
MySpace, an Internet-based social networking site.
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.67)
2009 Sep, Most of Uruguay’s
380,000 primary-school pupils had received an XO laptop, developed
by the One Laptop Per Child, an NGO based in Massachusetts. The
scheme at $260 per machine cost less than 5% of the country’s
education budget. Internet connection was still limited.
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.46)
2009 Sep, In Vietnam some 400
disciples of Thich Nhat Hanh, who has popularized Buddhism in the
West and sold millions of books worldwide, were forcibly evicted
from the Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong province. Since then, nearly
200 monks have taken refuge at the nearby Phuoc Hue pagoda, but they
have been ordered to leave by Dec. 31. On Dec 18 the disciples asked
for temporary asylum in France.
(AP, 12/17/09)(AFP, 12/18/09)
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