Timeline 2010 April - June

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2010        Apr 1, US President Barack Obama called on Chinese President Hu Jintao to join forces on the Iranian nuclear standoff as he stepped up efforts to block Tehran's atomic program.
    (AFP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 1, The US national board for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, closed its California state affiliate field offices. The group, formed in 1970, was under pressure due to videotapes in 2009 of ACORN allegedly assisting a proposed prostitution ring. In 2013 the makers of the secretly filmed video agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit with Juan Carlos Vera, who said he was just trying to get information from James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the makers of the video.
    (http://tinyurl.com/54o77a)(SFC, 4/2/10, p.c2)(SFC, 2/9/13, p.A5)
2010        Apr 1, In Fremont, Ca., the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant (NUMMI) produced its last Toyota Corolla after 25 years of operations building cars the Toyota Way.
    (SFC, 4/2/10, p.A1)
2010        Apr 1, Massachusetts regulators issued their first batch of health care price controls, rejecting the vast majority of small business health premium increases sought this year by the state's major insurers. Insurers said caps on their charges are justified only if there are similar caps on the costs that health care providers, such as doctors and hospital networks, charge them. That is the subject of pending legislation.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, A US federal judge struck down a Wisconsin law that prohibits transgender inmates from receiving taxpayer funded hormone therapy to alter their appearance.
    (SFC, 4/2/10, p.A7)
2010        Apr 1, John Forsythe (b.1918), TV and movie actor, died at his home in Santa Ynez, Ca. His films included “The Trouble with Harry" (1955) and “Topaz" (1969). His TV roles included “Bachelor Father" (1957-1962), “Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981), and “Dynasty" (1981-1989).
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.C2)
2010        Apr 1, Dr. Henry Edward Roberts (b.1941), American engineer and medical doctor, died in Georgia. In 1975 he developed and introduced the MITS Altair 8800. His Micro Instrumentation & Telemetry Systems of Albuquerque, N.M., sold the build-it-yourself kit by mail-order and Bill Gates and Paul Allen developed the first software program for it.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Roberts_%28computers%29)(SFC, 4/2/10, p.C7)
2010        Apr 1, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused foreign powers of orchestrating enormous fraud in elections that returned him to power last year. Kosuke Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist and veteran of war zones, went missing after traveling to a Taliban controlled area in the north. Tsuneoka was released on Sep 4 in good health and was at the Japanese Embassy in Kabul.
    (AFP, 4/2/10)(AP, 9/5/10)
2010        Apr 1, In Brazil Pedro Alcantara de Souza, who headed a union of landless farmers in Para, was shot in the head five times by two men on motorcycles on the outskirts of Redencao.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 1, Britain said it will create the world's largest marine reserve by banning fishing around the Chagos Islands, a U.K.-owned archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The cluster of 55 islands is spread across about a quarter of a million square miles of ocean.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, Colombia's largest rebel group, FARC, turned over the remains of police Maj. Julian Guevara, who died while being held captive. This was the guerrillas' latest gesture aimed at prodding the government into negotiating a prisoner exchange. Guevara was captured by the FARC in November 1998 and he died in January 2006 while still a prisoner.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 1, In Cuba some small state-run barber shops and beauty salons were turned over to employees on a trial basis, a significant step toward loosening strict controls on the state-run retail sector.
    (SFC, 4/14/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 1, An explosion near Dagestan's border with Chechnya killed two suspected militants.
    (AP, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 1, Former Greek PM Tzannis Tzannetakis (b.1927) died. He led a short-lived coalition government in 1989 while the country was rocked by corruption scandals and political turmoil. His former career in the Greek navy ended abruptly when he resigned from the military in opposition to a 1967-74 dictatorship led by a group of ultra-right army colonels. He was jailed and sent into exile. Tzannetakis began a 30-year career in politics after the military regime collapsed.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 1, In Guinea-Bissau renegade soldiers seized the head of the armed forces and briefly detained PM Carlos Gomes Jr. in an apparent coup attempt in the tiny, coup-plagued African nation where the president was assassinated last year. Hours later, the mutinous soldiers released the prime minister, but the head of the armed forces Zamora Induta remained under guard at a military base while Antonio Ndjai, his No. 2, appeared to be in control.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, In India the Right to Education Act came into effect. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), was passed by the Indian parliament on 4 August 2009.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_Children_to_Free_and_Compulsory_Education_Act)
2010        Apr 1, India began a yearlong census of its billion-plus population in which it plans to photograph and fingerprint every citizen over the age of 15 to create a national database and then issue its first national identity cards.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, An Israeli military judge ordered the release of 10 Palestinians, including a senior Fatah official, detained at a March 27 protest march through a West Bank checkpoint.
    (AFP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, Kenya's parliament unanimously passed a draft constitution that is one of several key reforms experts say are needed to avoid a repeat of political violence that shook the country after the disputed 2007 election. This set the stage for Kenya to go to a referendum on the draft charter within 90 days, marking the final steps in a decades-long process to rewrite the constitution.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 1, The International Criminal Court announced that it will investigate members of Kenya's two ruling parties on charges that they instigated violence that killed more than 1,000 people after the disputed 2007 presidential election.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, Nigerian authorities charged 20 people over their roles in sectarian clashes that killed hundreds in central Plateau state last month, and some could face the death penalty.
    (Reuters, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, A North Korea a senior economist said private markets closed temporarily due to a delay in setting prices after a currency redenomination, but the economy has stabilized and markets reopened.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, Pakistani troops stormed militant positions and helicopters destroyed vehicles carrying insurgents near the Afghan border, killing 28 suspected militants and forcing thousands of civilians to flee.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, In northeastern Peru a mudslide killed five people in the town of Cancejos.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 1, Suspected Somali pirates fired on a US Navy warship off East Africa in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate. The USS Nicholas returned fire on the pirate skiff, sinking it and confiscating a nearby mothership. The Navy took five pirates into custody.
    (AP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, In Thailand 6 people were shot dead by suspected militants and 10 police officers were wounded by a roadside bomb in the latest attacks in Thailand's restive south.
    (AFP, 4/1/10)
2010        Apr 1, In Uganda a presidential adviser said more than 5,000 people whose lips and ears were cut off by rebels waging a more than 20-year insurgency in northern Uganda will receive compensation from the government.
    (AP, 4/1/10) 
2010        Apr 1, In Yemen about 40 southern separatists reportedly escaped from a prison after a guard lobbed a hand grenade to disperse an inmates' protest at the facility in Daleh. Yemen's interior ministry denied the police report. Police shot dead one protester and wounded five others in Radfan as they opened fire to disperse a demonstration led by southern separatists.
    (AP, 4/1/10)(AFP, 4/1/10)

2010        Apr 2, The US economy posted its largest job gain in three years in March, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent for the third straight month.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Michael Anthony Nelson (38) of Orlando, Florida, on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hijacking a New York attorney’s good name. In 1999 Nelson had stolen over $700,000 in loans by creating a fake bank and served 5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.A1)
2010        Apr 2, In Minnesota a fire swept through a 2-story building that housed several apartments and an Irish pub killing 6 people including 3 children in Minneapolis.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.A5)
2010        Apr 2, In Washington state an explosion at a Tesoro Corp. refinery killed 4 people in Anacortes, about 70 miles north of Seattle.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.A5)
2010        Apr 2, In northern Afghanistan 3 German soldiers were killed in heavy fighting and five were severely wounded southwest of Kunduz city. German soldiers traveling to the scene of the deadly firefight with Taliban insurgents accidentally killed six Afghan troops.
    (AP, 4/2/10)(AP, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 2, Cambodia bristled at a US decision to cut a small military aid program to protest the December deportation of Muslim asylum seekers to China, saying if they deserved protection the United States could have offered it.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, In northeastern Central African Republic troops killed 10 rebels in a clash in the region of Ndele. Teachers there were protesting the murder of a pregnant teacher killed on March 30 by members of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), which was behind the attack on the march. The Association of Residents of Upper Mbomou (Assoredehmbo), grouping people in three eastern CAR districts, said that the number of local people kidnapped by the LRA was more than 400, while the number killed in rebel attacks was more than 200 since February 2008. In an open letter to PM Faustin-Archange Touadera the group recommended the forming of self-defense militias and urged the government to set up an army base.
    (AFP, 4/2/10)(AFP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 2, In Egypt former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei issued a public call for change in defiance of an emergency law banning gatherings critical of the authorities.
    (Reuters, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, Iran's top nuclear envoy called for negotiations without threat of sanctions, following meetings in Beijing in the wake of US reports saying China had dropped its opposition to possible new UN measures against Iran.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, In Iraq Ammar al-Hakim, who heads the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, offered support for Ayad Allawi, a secular candidate for prime minister in Iraq, a major blow to the incumbent Nouri al-Maliki. Gunmen trying to pass themselves off as US and Iraqi soldiers raided a Sunni village outside Baghdad and killed at least 24 people in an execution-style attack.
    (AP, 4/2/10)(http://tinyurl.com/yb6qm8d)
2010        Apr 2, It was reported that researchers, at Israeli weapons maker Rafael, were putting the final touches on a tank-mounted miniature anti-missile system, Trophy, that detects incoming projectiles and shoots them down before they reach tanks equipped with the system.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, In southern Kazakhstan a Russian rocket carrying 2 Russian and one American astronauts blasted off, kicking off a tightly packed schedule at the International Space Station in the coming days.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, In Mexico 5 gunmen died in a shootout with soldiers in the northern border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas state. A shootout between rival gangs at a nightclub in Tampico left seven people dead. At least 15 people were killed throughout Tamaulipas. In the border city of Tijuana police found the bodies of 3 men who had been shot to death in a residential area. 13 inmates escaped when armed men stormed a prison in the northern border city of Reynosa. A shootout in Nuevo Laredo between soldiers and suspected drug cartel gunmen killed two children and wounded five of their relatives who were caught in the crossfire. Two suspected gunmen were also killed.
    (AP, 4/2/10)(AP, 4/3/10)(AP, 4/4/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 2, Pakistan submitted to parliament a sweeping package of landmark constitutional reforms, stripping Pres. Asif Ali Zardari of key powers in a move to bolster parliamentary democracy. Pakistan's attorney general resigned, accusing the government of preventing him from carrying out Supreme Court orders to reopen old graft investigations into Pres. Zardari.
    (AFP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, In northeastern Peru landslides caused by heavy rains hit Porvenir, killing at least 23 people and leaving 25 others missing. At least 54 people were injured.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, In the Philippines at least 23 devotees were nailed to crosses in San Fernando city to mark Good Friday.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 2, The Russian Kommersant newspaper reported that Dzhanet Abdurakhmanova (17) of Dagestan, a widow of a slain Islamist rebel, was one of the two female suicide bombers who attacked Moscow's subway on March 31. Her husband, Umalat Magomedov, was described as an Islamist militant leader killed by government forces in December. The paper said the 2nd subway bomber has been has been tentatively identified as Markha Ustarkhanova  (20) from Chechnya, the widow of a militant leader killed last October while he was preparing to assassinate Chechen Pres. Ramzan Kadyrov. The 2nd female was later identified as Maryam Sharipova (28), a teacher from Dagestan.
    (AP, 4/2/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 2, Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin made his first visit to Venezuela. Pres. Chavez, ahead of the visit, said Russia has offered to help Venezuela set up its own space industry, including a satellite launch site. Officials planned to sign new agreements for energy projects in Venezuela, as well as industrial, commercial and agriculture projects. Putin also planned to hold talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed Turkmenistan to improve its human rights record, opening a trip through ex-Soviet Central Asia where complaints of violations are extensive.
    (AP, 4/2/10)
2010        Apr 2, In Yemen Elham Assi (13) bled to death hours after she spoke to her mother and just days after she was married to a 23-year-old man, in the deeply poor village of Shueba. She was tied down and forced to have sex by her husband, according to later interviews with the child's mother, police and medical reports. A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament's constitutional committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic. The committee is expected to make a final decision on the legislation this month.
    (AP, 4/10/10)

2010        Apr 3, In Portland, Maine, about two dozen women drew a crowd of onlookers when they shed their shirts and marched downtown to promote what they call equal-opportunity public toplessness.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 3, Apple Inc. began selling its much-anticipated iPad, drawing eager customers intent on being among the first owners of a tablet-style device that the company is hoping to convince more people they actually need. Some 300,000 iPads were sold the first day.
    (AP, 4/3/10)(SFC, 4/6/10, p.D1)
2010        Apr 3, In Los Angeles Nerse Arthur Galstyan (28), an Armenian national killed, 4 people in a restaurant following a dispute and escaped the scene.
    (SFC, 4/10/10, p.A4)
2010        Apr 3, The upper house of Afghanistan's parliament backed a decree by President Hamid Karzai that limits foreigners' role in elections, giving him a victory in a dispute that has led to a quarrel with the White House.
    (Reuters, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 3, Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd announced the country’s first population minister, citing concerns about sustainability as the number of people is tipped to balloon within decades.
    (AFP, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 3, The 230-meter (754-ft) Shen Neng I, a bulk coal carrier, was on its way to China when it ran aground on a shoal off offshore from the Australian city of Rockhampton. Australian government officials said the stranded ship was leaking oil into the sea and is in danger of breaking up and damaging the Great Barrier Reef. The ship was refloated on April 12.
    (Reuters, 4/4/10)(AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 3, In Dagestan 3 militants there opened fire on police in a drive-by shooting, killing one and injuring another.
    (AP, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 3, In Egypt police arrested Ahmed Mahanna, owner of Dawin publishing, and confiscated copies of "ElBaradei and the Dream of a Green Revolution," a book calling for political change and lauding the former head of the UN nuclear agency, Mohammed ElBaradei.
    (AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 3, Gunmen in Iraqi military uniforms raided a village outside Baghdad and killed at least 24 people in an execution-style attack, apparently targeting a Sunni group that revolted against al-Qaida and helped turn the tide of the Iraq war.
    (AP, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 3, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeatedly criticized Kyrgyzstan for human rights problems, a strong rebuke to the country once regarded as former Soviet Central Asia's "island of democracy."
    (AP, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 3, In Mexico 13 members of a family were traveling in a vehicle in an area where the Defense Department said soldiers were pursing a convoy of gunmen in the northern state of Tamaulipas. 2 boys were killed by soldiers. The army later said the family got caught in crossfire during the confrontation, in which five other members of the family were wounded. In June Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said soldiers apparently altered the crime scene to try to blame the deaths on drug cartel gunmen.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Apr 3, It was reported that some 4.5 million animals in Mongolia had perished over the last 3 months. A dry summer in 2009 followed by low temperatures and a heavy snow cover, a phenomenon called the zud, afflicted 19 of the countries 21 provinces.
    (Econ, 4/3/10, p.44)
2010        Apr 3, In Nigeria at least two people were killed when police fired live rounds to disperse a group of protesting youths in a suburb of Lagos.
    (AFP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 3, Pakistani troops fought gunbattles and bombed militant hide-outs in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, leaving six soldiers and 30 militants dead.
    (AP, 4/3/10)
2010        Apr 3, In Somalia at least 13 people were killed in overnight fighting in Mogadishu. Hizbul Islam's Moalim Hashi Mohamed Farah ordered radio stations to stop broadcasting music and said he has invited foreign fighters to the Horn of Africa nation.
    (AP, 4/3/10)(AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 3, In South Africa Eugene Terreblanche (69), the leader of a white supremacist group, was attacked and killed by a 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy who worked for him on his farm outside Ventersdorp, about 110 km (68 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, following a dispute over pay. The alleged attackers were arrested and charged with murder.
    (AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 3, In Thailand tens of thousands of protesters swarmed Bangkok's tourist heartland, defying a warning to leave or face arrest.
    (AFP, 4/3/10)

2010        Apr 4, In Bolivia allies of leftist President Evo Morales made modest advances in state and local elections, according to independent exit polls.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 4, In northern Congo some 100-150 Enyele rebels attacked Mbandaka, capital of Congo's northern Equateur province. A UN peacekeeper from Ghana was fatally shot while in a car. A UN civilian and a South African pilot died during the fighting. At least 36 people, including policemen, an army officer and militiamen, died in the clashes between the Enyele and Munzale tribesmen reportedly over farming and fishing rights.
    (AP, 4/5/10)(AP, 4/6/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.51)
2010        Apr 4, In Dagestan 2 powerful explosions derailed a cargo train but no one was injured.
    (AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 4, A Dubai appeals court upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant. They were arrested in November and convicted of inappropriate behavior and illegal drinking. Ayman Najafi and Charlotte Adams, both in their 20s, were arrested after an Emirati woman claimed they exchanged a passionate kiss in a restaurant where she and her daughter were having dinner.
    (AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 4, In France masked men brandishing assault rifles burst into a crowded casino in Lyon, fired shots at the ceiling and made off with about euro28,000 ($37,800).
    (AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 4, In Iraq suicide attackers detonated three car bombs near embassies in Baghdad, killing over 40 people and wounding more than 200 in back-to-back attacks. Security forces shot and killed a man wearing a suicide belt before he could detonate a fourth bomb-rigged car near the former Germany Embassy, which is now a bank. An earlier blast, believed to be caused by a bomb underneath a parked car killed one civilian and injured nine others.
    (AP, 4/4/10)(AFP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 4, Israel allowed the first commercial shipment of clothes and shoes into the Gaza Strip since 2008 but said its policy towards the territory's Hamas rulers had not changed.
    (AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 4, A 7.3 magnitude earthquake centered just south of the US border near Mexicali killed two people in Mexico and injured at least 100.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 4, Pakistani security forces killed 38 militants in two separate operations in the Orakzai tribal area near the Afghan border where the army recently launched an offensive targeting the Pakistani Taliban.
    (AP, 4/4/10)
2010        Apr 4, In the Philippines Carl Rieth (72), a Filipino businessman of Swiss descent, was kidnapped from his beach-front home on the southern Zamboanga peninsula. On June 16 Philippine troops rescued Reith.
    (AFP, 4/6/10)(AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Apr 4, Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean seized the Taipan, a Germany-flagged freighter. The Dutch navy captured 10 Somalis hours after the seizure. In 2012 the Somalis were convicted on piracy charges and sentenced to prison terms of 2-7 years.
    (SFC, 10/20/12, p.A2)
2010        Apr 4, The South Korean Samho Dream oil supertanker was bound for the US with 24 crew members when was hijacked off the coast of Somalia by Somali pirates. On Nov 6 South a Korean news agency said the ship was freed following a ransom payment.
    (AFP, 4/4/10)(AP, 4/5/10)(AP, 11/6/10)
2010        Apr 4, A US-Russian space team sent their Easter greetings down to Earth after their Soyuz spacecraft docked flawlessly at the International Space Station. The rotating calendars of the Christian West and the Christian East agreed on the same date for Easter.
    (AP, 4/4/10)(Econ, 4/3/10, p.85)
2010        Apr 4, In Uzbekistan UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the drying up of the Aral Sea one of the planet's most shocking disasters and urged Central Asian leaders to step up efforts to solve the problem.
    (AP, 4/4/10)

2010        Apr 5, The Discovery space shuttle launched with 7 astronauts, including 3 women, for a rendezvous with the int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 4/6/10, p.A6)
2010        Apr 5, In NYC 4 people were shot and dozens of people were arrested in a mile-long stretch of Manhattan near Times Square in mayhem following the city's annual auto show.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 5, In West Virginia a huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 coal miners at Massey Energy Co.'s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston. It was the worst US mining disaster since 1984. Four missing miners were found dead on April 10. In 2009 the US Mine Safety and health Administration (MHSA) had cited the mine 515 times, often for problems with its ventilation and escape route plans. On Feb 22, 2012, mine superintendent Gary May (43) was charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government. May became the 2nd employee of Massey to face prosecution in the case.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/10/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.32)(SFC, 2/23/12, p.A9)
2010        Apr 5, In Afghanistan NATO forces killed 10 militants in a raid on a compound in Nangarhar province's Khogyani district. Gunmen seriously wounded an Afghan provincial councilwoman in a drive-by shooting in Pul-e Khumri, capital of northern Baghlan province. In Helmand province 4 insurgents and 4 civilians died in a NATO airstrike.
    (AP, 4/5/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 5, In northern Congo UN-backed government forces retook the Mbandaka provincial airport from rebels. In eastern Congo 2 soldiers shot and killed national radio journalist Patient Chebeya Bakome. Bakome's brother said the soldiers shot Bakome in front of his wife and took his phone and money. Beni police arrested the 2 soldiers.
    (AP, 4/5/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Ethiopia a British geologist (39) working on behalf of the state-run Malaysian energy company Petronas was shot dead near Danot town.
    (Reuters, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Iraq a Shiite couple and four of their children were gunned down in their home outside Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Mexico five men were killed when gunmen opened fire on their car outside a shopping mall in Mazatlan, in the northeastern state of Sinaloa.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Mongolia over 5,000 protesters surged through the center of Ulan Bator demanding that the government of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party and the Mongolian Democratic Party fulfill promises from the 2008 elections to crack down on graft and better distribute the country's mining wealth.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Nigeria fresh clashes erupted between groups of Christian and Muslim youths in the central city of Jos, leaving one dead as security forces restored order.
    (AFP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Peru a 2nd day of clashes between police and protesting miners left 6 miners dead as the government tried to put restrictions on unregulated gold mining in the southern jingle region of Madre de Dios.
    (SFC, 4/6/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 5, PM Vladimir Putin said Russia may sell $5 billion worth of weapons to Venezuela following his visit to the South American nation.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 5, In northwest Pakistan Islamist militants attacked a US consulate in Peshawar with car bombs and grenades, killing 8 people. 4 militants were killed during the attack. Hours earlier 45 people died in a suicide attack on a political rally in the town of Timergarah in Lower Dir.
    (AP, 4/5/10)(AFP, 4/5/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Russia’s Ingushetia region a suicide bomber killed two policemen.
    (Reuters, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 5, In Thailand thousands of defiant anti-government demonstrators fanned out to other parts of Thailand's capital and threatened businesses with ties to the government after ignoring police orders to leave Bangkok's paralyzed commercial district.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 5, Turkish police detained 19 officers, including four generals, as part of an investigation into an alleged plot by elements of the fiercely secular military seeking to topple the Islamic-rooted government.
    (AP, 4/5/10)
2010        Apr 5, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Uzbekistan to fulfill its international human rights commitments and take further steps toward improving the repressive political climate in the Central Asian nation.
    (AP, 4/5/10)

2010        Apr 6, Louisiana authorities said a pipeline has spilled some 18,000 gallons of crude oil into a canal in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge about 60 miles southeast of New Orleans.
    (SFC, 4/7/10, p.A8)
2010        Apr 6, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proclaimed April to be Confederate History Month with no mention of slavery. The next day he conceded that this was a major omission and amended the document to acknowledge the state’s complicated past.
    (SFC, 4/8/10, p.A4)
2010        Apr 6, Wilma Mankiller (64), the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, died.
    (Econ, 4/24/10, p.84)
2010        Apr 6, In western Afghanistan 27 insurgents were killed in ground fighting and airstrikes in Badghis province, in what appeared to be a major blow to Taliban influence in the region.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Australia announced its fifth rate hike since October and said borrowing costs would continue to rise as growth and inflation return to normal after the global crisis.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Brazil 14 straight hours of rain swamped Rio de Janeiro and killed at least eight people in the city. 3 more died in Rio de Janeiro state. 5 were also are missing in a mudslide. The death toll eventually reached 246.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/9/10)(AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 6, PM Gordon Brown announced that Britain will hold a national election on May 6. The bitterly contested race will be dominated by a recession-wracked economy and a sense that 13 years of Labour rule may be coming to an end.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, The Canadian dollar rose to one-for-one footing with the US currency, hitting its strongest level since July 2008, boosted by rising commodity prices and expectations for higher domestic interest rates.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, A group of Canadian researchers released a report saying a cyber-espionage group based in southwest China stole documents from the Indian Defense Ministry and emails from the Dalai Lama's office.
    (Reuters, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, China said it had executed a Japanese man for drug smuggling, the first execution of a Japanese citizen since the countries established relations in 1972. Mitsunobu Akano (65) was convicted in 2008 of attempting to smuggle 2.5 kg (4.8 pounds) of drugs from China to Japan in 2006. He was executed in Liaoning province.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In central Colombia Hector Jose Buitrago (71), a veteran paramilitary leader and reputed founder of a bloody right-wing militia faction, was arrested after more than a decade on the lam.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Ecuador 20 columnists and contributors to the state newspaper El Telegrafo said they will no longer write for the paper because of alleged censorship.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Egyptian police beat and dragged off protesters to disperse a gathering of a few dozen in downtown Cairo calling for constitutional reforms and fairer presidential elections. The next day Egypt's prosecutor general ordered the release of all the protesters arrested during the demonstration.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 6, An African Union conference on maritime security opened in Ethiopia. Somali Deputy PM Abdulrahman Adan Ibrahim Ibbi called for outside help to clear toxic waste dumped illegally on his country's vast coastline, arguing that the fight against dumping goes hand in hand with the fight against piracy.
    (AFP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 6, Moody's Investor Service downgraded Iceland's debt ratings outlook to negative from stable over concerns about the tiny island nation's ability to tap the foreign credit it needs to stay afloat.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In eastern India Maoist rebels launched a series of devastating attacks on government forces patrolling the forests of Chattisgarh state, killing 76 armed policemen in the deadliest strike against the state in the 43-year insurgency.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.45)
2010        Apr 6, In Iraq at least five bombs ripped through apartment buildings across Baghdad and another struck a market, killing some 50 people and wounding more than 160. Officials blamed al-Qaida in Iraq insurgents for the violence.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AFP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 6, Israel began distributing millions of protection kits against biochemical warfare, Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai announced, stressing the campaign was not linked to any imminent threat.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Kyrgyzstan hundreds of protesters angry over rising heat and power prices seized a government building in Talas, took a governor hostage and clashed with troops after trying to seize a regional governor.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.43)
2010        Apr 6, In Mexico suspected cartel gunmen wounded two soldiers in an unprecedented grenade attack on army housing in the Gulf coast city of Tampico. 7 prison guards were reported arrested for alleged complicity in the April 2 jailbreak in Reynosa. In Guerrero state police found the bodies of two men who were shot to death and had their hands and feet bound with tape. The bodies of 12 murder victims, 8 of them partially burned, were found outside the town of Xalisco, Nayarit state. In Nuevo Leon state gunmen kidnapped Oliver Garcia, police chief of the town of Los Aldamas, from his home and the two officers from police headquarters.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 6, Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan installed his new cabinet, appointing senior Goldman Sachs executive Olusegun Aganga as his new finance minister. Jonathan also named former mines minister Deziani Allison-Madueke and Godsday Orubebe as the new oil and Niger Delta ministers. Police said that religious massacres have stopped, but "secret" killings of Christians and Muslims continue on a smaller scale across central Nigeria, claiming more than 30 lives this year.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Pakistani police killed two suspected suicide bombers during a raid in the Mittani area on the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AP, 4/6/10) 
2010        Apr 6, Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said the new US-Russian arms control treaty is a much better deal for Russia than its predecessor, but Moscow reserves the right to withdraw from it if a planned US missile defense system grows into a threat.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Somali pirates aboard the Faize Osamani tried to attack the MV Rising Sun. A hostage onboard the hijacked Indian cargo dhow drowned after the ship was used to attack another vessel and navies intervened. A warship from Oman arrived and 9 hostages jumped overboard to try to swim away from the pirates. One drowned and the other 8 were rescued. The US destroyer USS McFaul arrived on the scene after the Omani forces and helped persuade the ten pirates to surrender, which they did after throwing their weapons overboard.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 6, In Thailand tens of thousands of red-shirted protesters took over sections of Bangkok, pelting police with eggs and dancing in the streets as they pushed through barricades to press the prime minister to call new elections.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized as "unacceptable" Uzbekistan's placing of land mines along parts of its border with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan that have not been delineated.
    (AP, 4/6/10)
2010        Apr 6, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said that eight Colombians have been arrested as suspected spies and charged that several carried identification indicating they are members of neighboring Colombia's military. He said the suspects, who were detained more than a week ago, had computers and satellite telephones and were using cameras to take photographs of Venezuela's power plants.
    (AP, 4/7/10)

2010        Apr 7, An Emeryville, Ca., drug analysis laboratory was raided as part of 3-year DEA investigation dubbed “Operation Lude Behavior." 3 men at the lab were among 22 charged in a nationwide Quaalude trafficking ring.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.C5)
2010        Apr 7, Afghan and foreign troops killed several insurgents during an operation to capture a senior Taliban commander suspected of providing materials used in making roadside bombs. 2 insurgents were captured during the operation in Helmand province's Kajaki Sofla.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 7, Bangladesh deployed the army to guard water pumps in the capital Dhaka after acute shortages triggered widespread protests.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, In Brazil rains kept pummeling Rio de Janeiro as officials scrambled to restore transit after at least 96 people were killed by landslides and floods.
    (Reuters, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, China and India signed an agreement to set up a hot line linking their top leaders.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, Innovation for the Development and Protection of the Environment (IDPE) said that from March 3-28 Congo government troops killed 7 hippos and 5 elephants as well as five antelopes, four baboons, three chimpanzees and two buffalo in Virunga national Park, a UNESCO world heritage. The soldiers "use their wives and cousins to sell the meat" in villages near the park, the IDPE said in a report that included photos of decomposing elephant carcasses.
    (AFP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 7, Auto giants Renault, Nissan and Daimler launched a partnership to save billions of euros and accelerate sales of low-pollution electric cars.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, In Indonesia a magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook Indonesia's northwest island of Sumatra, triggering a small tsunami, snapping power lines and sending panicked residents rushing for higher ground.
    (AP, 4/7/10) 
2010        Apr 7, In Iraq spokesman Salah al-Obeidi announced that a survey of supporters of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr voted 24% for him to support Shiite politician Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who was interim prime minister from 2005 to 2006. Iraq's incumbent PM Nouri al-Maliki and his chief rival Ayad Allawi received only 10% and 9% of votes respectively. In northern Iraq 2 American soldiers died in combat while conducting a patrol.
    (AP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 7, Israel’s police said 6 Israelis have been detained on suspicion of running an international organ trafficking ring and breaking promises to donors to pay for their removed kidneys.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, In Kyrgyzstan anti-government unrest rocked Bishkek as thousands of protesters stormed the main government building, set fire to the prosecutor's office and looted state TV headquarters. At least 83 people were killed and some 1500 injured in clashes nationwide.
    (AP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/8/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.46)
2010        Apr 7, In Mexico police in the border state of Nuevo Leon found the bodies of a police chief and two police officers who had been kidnapped a day earlier. In the central state of Morelos, gunmen attacked the offices of federal prosecutors in the city of Cuernavaca, killing a guard. A bystander was killed during a shootout between gunmen and federal police in the town of Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas state, on the Guatemalan border.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 7, In northwestern Pakistan militants attached a bomb to a tanker carrying fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, destroying the vehicle and killing a boy who was riding in a van behind it.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, Somali pirates off the coast of Kenya hijacked the MV Yasin C, a Turkish vessel with 25 crew onboard, the day after a hostage drowned during a separate encounter between naval forces and a pirated vessel. The crew locked themselves in the engine room and realized that the pirates had left the ship on April 9.
    (AP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 7, South Africa's governing party said it has asked all its wings to stop singing controversial songs including one with lyrics that encourage people to shoot white farmers which some blame for the slaying of a white supremacist leader.
    (AP, 4/7/10) 
2010        Apr 7, In Spain Baltasar Garzon (54), the judge who became an international hero by going after Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden, was indicted for having dared to investigate what is arguably Spain's own biggest unresolved case: atrocities committed during and after its ruinous Civil War.
    (AP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, In Switzerland the Solar Impulse aircraft, a pioneering Swiss bid to fly around the world on solar energy, successfully completed its first test flight.
    (AFP, 4/7/10)
2010        Apr 7, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, handing the army broad powers to restore order after anti-government protesters broke into Parliament, forcing some lawmakers to flee by helicopter.
    (AP, 4/7/10)

2010        Apr 8, The US EPA sent a notice of violation to the Chemical Waste Management, the largest hazardous waste facility in the West, involving federal laws on the disposal of PCBs. Neighbors blamed the landfill near Kettleman City, Ca., for at least 11 birth defects since 2007.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.C10)
2010        Apr 8, A federal judge in New Orleans awarded seven Virginia families $2.6 million in damages to pay for the removal of sulfur-emitting drywall made in China that has been linked to corrosion and possible health effects. The decision could affect thousands of other US homeowners whose homes were made with the defective wallboard.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that the Board of Higher Education had the authority to dump the Univ. of North Dakota “Fighting Sioux" nickname.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.A8)
2010        Apr 8, An asteroid, called 2010 GA6, flew within the orbit of the moon as it passed Earth at 7:06 p.m. EDT (2306 GMT). The relatively small space rock, about 71 feet (22m) wide was discovered by astronomers with the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Az.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yd4dy5z)
2010        Apr 8, Afghan police thwarted a major attack in Kabul, arresting five would-be suicide bombers, the largest such group apprehended in the capital. In Helmand province a local Taliban commander killed a Marjah tribal leader, his nephew and three others. In eastern Afghanistan one international service member died in combat with insurgents. A US Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Zabul province, killing 3 service members and one government contractor. It was the first combat crash of the tilt-rotor aircraft, each valued at nearly $70 million.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(AP, 4/9/10)(SFC, 4/10/10, p.A3)
2010        Apr 8, The inaugural 3-day conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) opened at King’s College, Cambridge, England. The institute was sponsored by renowned investor  George Soros.
    (Econ, 4/17/10, p.86)
2010        Apr 8, In Brazil authorities said at least 200 people were buried and feared dead under the latest landslide in the Morro Bumba slum in Niteroi, neighboring Rio de Janeiro. 205 people were already known to have died this week in slides triggered by the record rains.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 8, Canada’s annual seal hunt began with this year’s quota raised by 50,000 to 330,000 due to a rising seal herd population estimated at 6.9 million.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 8, In Prague President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the biggest nuclear arms pact in a generation and envisioned a day when they can compromise on the divisive issue of missile defense. Obama and Medvedev warned Iran of possible sanctions over its nuclear program shortly after signing the disarmament deal.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(AFP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, In Denmark scores of Carlsberg brewery workers walked off the job after the company tightened rules on workplace drinking. A new policy only allowed them to drink beer during lunch in the canteen.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 8, The European Space Agency launched CryoSat 2 on a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite was designed to measure the effects of climate change on the Earth’s polar ice caps.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 8, Greece's borrowing costs spiked higher for a third day, intensifying the country's debt crisis and suggesting a eurozone rescue plan is providing little support for Athens' struggle to avoid default.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, Greece and Turkey agreed to strengthen contacts between their militaries to reduce the chance of conflict between two countries that almost went to war in the mid-1990s.
    (Reuters, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, Israel lifted months of censorship on a military espionage case, confirming the house arrest of Anat Kamm (23), a former female soldier, charged with leaking more than 2,000 military documents to a newspaper. She had been arrested in Dec 2009. PM Netanyahu abruptly called off a trip to Washington just days before he was slated to attend a conference there on the spread of nuclear weapons, fearing Israel would be singled out over its own nuclear program. On Oct 31, 2011, Kamm was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison. In Dec 2012, her sentence was cut by a year, to 3 ½ years. Anat Kam was freed on Jan 26, 2014.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(AP, 4/9/10)(AP, 10/31/11)(AP, 12/31/12)(AFP, 1/26/14)
2010        Apr 8, Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev told a Russian radio station he is not admitting defeat despite a bloody uprising and the formation of an interim government. Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva, a former foreign minister, said earlier parliament was dissolved and she would head an interim government that would rule for six months until elections were held. Otunbayeva replaced PM Daniyar Usenov following his resignation. The country's new defense chief said that the nation's 5 million people now have nothing to fear from the security forces.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(SFC, 4/9/10, p.A2)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.43)
2010        Apr 8, In Lebanon heavy clashes erupted in a Palestinian military camp in a remote eastern part of the country as a result of infighting among Palestinian factions. The camp is run by the Syrian-backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, In Mexico police detained Bruce Beresford-Redman (38), the producer of "Pimp My Ride" and formerly of "Survivor," as a suspect after finding the body of Monica Beresford-Redman in a sewer at Cancun's Moon Palace resort, where the family was on vacation. Authorities determined she died the night of April 5. At least 80 gunmen terrorized the town of Maycoba in Sonora state for several hours and killed four people.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 8, North Korea said it had scrapped a tourism deal with South Korea and would "freeze" some assets owned by Seoul at a mountain resort in the communist state.
    (AFP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, Pakistan's National Assembly unanimously passed a set of constitutional reforms, curbing the powers of President Asif Ali Zardari and transferring them to the prime minister and parliament.
    (Reuters, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, The Philippine Supreme Court overturned a decision barring a gay rights group from contesting national elections in May and recognized it as a legitimate political party for the first time.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, The World Bank approved a $3.75 billion loan to help South Africa build a coal-fired power plant over opposition from the United States and environmental groups. The USD 3.75 billion loan to Eskom Holdings Limited, which has proved highly controversial, will help Eskom bring online new power generation capabilities designed to help South Africa meet growing power demand and avoid power blackouts similar to those that occurred in 2008.
    (AP, 4/9/10)(http://tinyurl.com/2ceah45)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.53)
2010        Apr 8, Sri Lankans voted in parliamentary elections. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition won the first postwar parliamentary elections further consolidating his political dominance after the battlefield defeat of the Tamil Tigers last year.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 8, Thailand's beleaguered government shut down a satellite television station and Web sites of anti-government demonstrators after declaring a state of emergency, while the activists vowed to retaliate by escalating their nearly monthlong protests.
    (AP, 4/8/10)
2010        Apr 8, Uruguay's La Republica newspaper reported that a Catholic priest who fled home to Uruguay and was defrocked after a nun accused him of raping three children in Bolivia has been living with his family for more than a year, with the full knowledge of Uruguayan church officials, despite an Interpol warrant for his arrest. Juan Jose Santana has been a fugitive from justice since being charged in May 2008 with raping three children ages 12 to 17.
    (AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 8, In Zimbabwe retired bishop Abel Muzorewa (85) died. He was the first black leader of the former Rhodesia and later became an opponent of Zimbabwe's Pres. Mugabe.
    (AP, 4/10/10)

2010        Apr 9, US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, Meinhardt Raabe (94), who played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" (1938) and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead," died in Florida. He was about 3 1/2 feet tall when the movie was made but eventually grew to about 4 1/2 feet. He toured the country for 30 years in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, promoting hot dogs as "Little Oscar, the World's Smallest Chef."
    (AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 9, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a small bus in the Kushki Kuhna district of the western province of Herat, killing three civilians and wounding five. An international patrol discovered 2,500 pounds (1,130 kg) of marijuana seeds in a vacant residential compound in Helmand's Reg district. NATO said the seeds would be destroyed as part of efforts to cut funding for insurgents from the drug trade.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, Australia suspended refugee applications from Afghans for 6 months and 3 months for Sri Lankans, citing improved conditions in those countries. Human rights advocates expressed concern about the move and an immigrant group condemned it.
    (AP, 4/9/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.47)
2010        Apr 9, Antanas Mockus, Colombian presidential candidate and popular former mayor of Bogota, revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Mockus said he is in the earlier stages of the degenerative disease and it would not affect his ability to be president.
    (AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 9, In Congo 7 Congolese and one Swiss national, staff members of the Red Cross, were seized near the town of Fizi in South Kivu province by the Mai Mai Yakutumba rebels. The workers were released on April 16.
    (AP, 4/13/10)(AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 9, In Ethiopia Communications Minister Bereket Simon announced that leaders of the United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF), a rebel group in the southeastern Somali region, has agreed to lay down arms after decades of guerrilla war.
    (AFP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, In Germany delegates from 175 countries began a 3-day meeting in Bonn on a new global warming agreement.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, France and Italy agreed to cooperate more closely to increase nuclear power generation and vowed to come to the aid of debt-laden Greece in order to defend the euro.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, In Ingushetia a female suicide bomber killed herself after shooting dead a policeman  in Ekazhevo. 3 other militants were killed in Ekazhevo in gunfights with police.
    (Reuters, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, Iran unveiled a third generation of domestically built centrifuges as the country pushes ahead with plans to accelerate a uranium enrichment program that has alarmed world powers fearful of the nuclear program's aims.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, In central Mexico police found the bodies of two men hanging from a bridge in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos state, along with a message claiming that federal authorities are protecting an alleged drug kingpin. A late night attacker threw an explosive device over the wall around the US consulate in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, breaking windows and startling employees inside but causing no injuries.
    (AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 9, In the Netherlands the Political Reformed Party, known by its Dutch acronym SGP, a fundamentalist Christian political party led entirely by men, was told by the Netherlands' Supreme Court that it must accept women in leadership roles.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, Nigerian gunmen kidnapped three Syrian expatriates and one Lebanese worker near the oil hub Port Harcourt. A police officer attached to the construction firm was killed when gunmen launched the attack. The 4 kidnapped men were released on April 12.
    (AP, 4/9/10)(AFP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 9, Pakistani security forces killed 29 militants in two troubled tribal regions near Afghanistan, as troops pressed on with operations aimed at flushing out insurgents who have threatened the state.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, In Somalia witnesses said Islamists were seizing radio transmitters that let the local population hear news programs from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Al-Shabab said the BBC broadcasts anti-Islamic propaganda.
    (AP, 4/9/10)
2010        Apr 9, Thai anti-government protesters stormed into a telecom company compound where authorities had shut down their vital TV channel, as soldiers and riot police failed to hold them back with tear gas and water cannons.
    (AP, 4/9/10)

2010        Apr 10, A US warship captured six suspected pirates after a battle off the Horn of Africa, the Navy's third direct encounter with seafaring bandits in less than two weeks. On Aug 17 a federal judge in Richmond, Va., threw out piracy charges against the 6 Somali men, saying the government had not shown that the men violated US piracy law. On Nov 29 Jama Idle Ibrahim, a Somali citizen, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the attack.
    (AP, 4/10/10)(SFC, 8/18/10, p.A4)(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A9)
2010        Apr 10, Dixie Carter (b.1939), "Designing Women" (1986-1993) star, died. Her Southern charm and natural beauty had won her a host of television roles. She appeared in TV soap operas in the 1970s, but did not become a national star until her recurring roles on "Diff'rent Strokes" and another series, "Filthy Rich," in the 1980s. She married actor Hal Holbrook in 1984. The two had met four years earlier while making the TV movie "The Killing of Randy Webster," and although attracted to one another, each had suffered two failed marriages and were wary at first.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 10, Afghan officials said 2 Italian doctors are among nine people detained in an alleged plot to kill Helmand's provincial governor. On April 18 Afghan authorities released three Italian medical workers who had been detained for a week, clearing them of allegations they were part of a Taliban plot to kill a provincial governor.
    (AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 10, Bolivian delegate Pablo Solon confirmed that the US reduced aid after Bolivia opposed the adoption of the Copenhagen Accord brokered at the UN climate summit last December in the Danish capital. The Washington Post reported on April 9 that the US is cutting $3 million to Bolivia and $2.5 million to Ecuador from its Global Climate Change initiative.
    (AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 10, The border between Chad and Sudan reopened seven years after the Darfur conflict forced its closure, in another sign of improved relations between the former foes.
    (AFP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 10, French explorer Jean-Louis Etienne (63) made the first Arctic crossing by balloon, landing in the tundra of eastern Siberia five days after taking off in Norway.
    (AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 10, Greek police arrested six people suspected of being members of Revolutionary Struggle, a terrorist group accused of a rocket strike against the US Embassy and the shooting of a riot policeman.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 10, In western Iran assailants blasted open a prison wall with rocket propelled grenades, allowing 2 convicted murderers to escape from the central prison in the city of Ilam. 5 people convicted of drug trafficking were hanged at a prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
    (Reuters, 4/10/10)(AFP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 10, In Iraq five people including a child were killed in a pair of attacks near the northern city of Mosul. A second roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol south of Mosul went off around noon, killing a soldier and a child.
    (AP, 4/10/10)
2010        Apr 10, Kuwait deported back to Egypt at least 21 supporters of leading pro-reform Egyptian activist and former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei, a day after arresting them. Some 20 more Egyptians were still being detained in Kuwait.
    (AFP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 10, In Mexico the body of Enrique Villicana Palomares, a columnist for the daily newspaper The Voice of Michoacan, was found in Morelia with his throat slit. He had been reported missing last week after he didn't make it to a university where he taught writing.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 10, Pakistani airstrikes killed nearly 100 suspected militants in two northwest tribal regions, an apparent intensification of efforts by the army to mop up Taliban fighters fleeing a military operation farther south. Up to 71 civilians were killed in the strike by Pakistani jets near the Afghan border. Military officials initially said 42 militants were killed in a gunfight and two air strikes in the Tirah valley, but tribesmen later said up to 61 civilians were killed. A security official estimated that 15 civilians died.
    (AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/13/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 10, Polish President Lech Kaczynski (60) and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96. The 26-year-old Tupolev was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police. On board were the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces. Also killed were the national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers.
    (AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 10, Thai soldiers and police fought pitched battles with anti-government demonstrators in streets enveloped in tear gas, but troops later retreated and asked protesters to do the same. At least 23 people were killed, including a Japanese journalist, and more than 500 wounded, according to hospital officials. Hiro Muramoto (43), a Japanese TV cameraman who worked for Reuters for more than 15 years, was among those killed in the bloody clash.
    (AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.16)
2010        Apr 10, In Togo more than 6,000 opposition demonstrators took to the streets in the West African nation to protest the March presidential election results.
    (AP, 4/10/10)

2010        Apr 11, In Texas more than 20,000 people gathered at tailgate parties and other spots to watch fireworks go off one last time over Texas Stadium before a ton of dynamite lit up the Dallas Cowboys' longtime home and brought it to the ground. The Cowboys played 38 seasons in Texas Stadium, winning five Super Bowls during that time.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Taliban insurgents to lay down their arms and air their grievances while visiting a violent northern province, adding that foreign forces would not leave the country as long as fighting continued.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, In Honduras a shootout between rival street gangs battling for control of the drug trade killed nine people overnight on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 11, Hungarians voted in a general election that looked likely to bring the right-wing Fidesz party back to power, while giving the far-right Jobbik its first ticket into parliament. The National Election Office said the party led by former PM Viktor Orban got 52.8 percent of the votes in the first round, followed by the governing Socialist Party  with 19.3 percent. Jobbik, a far-right party with anti-Gypsy and extreme nationalist agenda got 16.7 percent, over three times as much as any other far-right party since the country's return to democracy from communism in 1990.
    (AFP, 4/11/10)(AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, In India’s Manipur state Naga tribes people began a blockade to the rest of India to protest Manipur’s announcement of local elections in Naga-inhabited areas in June.
    (Econ, 5/22/10, p.46)
2010        Apr 11, In Indonesia police arrested 6 terror suspects including Abu Musa (35), a suspect in the 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, and Yusuf Arifin (25), who is said to have received militant training in the southern Philippines. The other four were wanted in connection with a failed plot to assassinate Indonesia's president last year.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 11, In Iran Sharq, a prominent pro-reform daily, reappeared on newsstands after a three-year ban. Sharq was closed by the Press Supervisory Board, run by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, in 2007 for publishing an interview with a "counter-revolutionary" poet abroad.
    (Reuters, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki's political party said its investigation into the March 7 parliamentary election has thrown into question some 750,000 votes, enough to change the results of the nationwide poll.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, Israel's military issued new orders that human rights groups warned could lead to the expulsion of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank. The orders have been posted on the Web site of the military prosecutor and are to go into effect April 13.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, In Nigeria suspected Muslim ethnic Fulani attackers burned homes in a Christian village near the city of Jos, which has been at the centre of tit-for-tat attacks this year which have left hundreds dead.
    (AFP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 11, North Korea informed South Korea that it will begin quitting a joint tourism project in the communist country this week, in another setback to relations between the countries.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, In Pakistan fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 10 suspected insurgents as part of a military operation that has eliminated more than 300 fighters in the last three weeks.
    (AP, 4/11/10)
2010        Apr 11, Somali pirates hijacked the St. Vincent and Grenadines-flagged Rak Afrikana cargo ship west of the island nation of the Seychelles. The ship and 25 crew members were released on March 9, 2011.
    (AP, 4/11/10)(AP, 3/10/11)
2010        Apr 11, The Sudanese people began voting in a 3-day election that will decide whether President Omar al-Bashir wins another term despite his indictment on charges he committed international war crimes in Darfur. Voters were left with few alternatives after al-Bashir's main challengers boycotted the race, claiming it was not fair. In addition to the president, the country was also electing a national parliament, local governors and parliaments and president of the semiautonomous government of South Sudan. 4 peacekeepers with the joint UN-African Union force (UNAMID) in the western Sudanese region of Darfur went missing. The 4 peacekeepers were released on April 26.
    (AP, 4/11/10)(AFP, 4/12/10)(AFP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 11, In Thailand anti-government protesters dug into their encampments around Bangkok and rejected talk of negotiations after a monthlong standoff escalated into clashes that have left 21 people dead in the country’s worst political violence in nearly two decades.
    (AP, 4/11/10)

2010        Apr 12, President Barack Obama and presidents, prime ministers and other top officials from 47 countries started work on a battle plan to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands. Egypt called for world powers to press both Iran and Israel on nuclear weapons, saying that the Middle East should be a zone free of the ultra-destructive arms. China said sanctions were not the answer to the Iranian atomic standoff. Iran's envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog spurned the US nuclear summit, saying any decision taken at the conference is not binding on nations absent from the event.
    (AP, 4/12/10)(AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, The United States and Brazil signed an agreement meant to bolster military ties, but Brazil's Defense Minister Nelson Jobim did not offer any hint about a key defense contract sought by U.S.-based Boeing Co.
    (Reuters, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, Winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced. Liaquat Ahamed won the history category for his book “Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World" (2009).
    (SFC, 4/13/10, p.A8)
2010        Apr 12, In Afghanistan international troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians in Kandahar province, killing four people, setting off anti-American protests in a key southern city where coalition forces hoped to rally the public for a coming offensive against the Taliban. In Kandahar city, 3 suicide bombers attacked an Afghan intelligence services compound, but security forces repelled them. Roadside bombs killed four policemen and two Afghan soldiers in Faryab province's Ghormach district. 3 women died when mortars fired by suspected insurgents hit their homes in Kapisa province. 2 people were wounded when their tractor ran over a mine in the far southwestern province of Nimroz.
    (AP, 4/12/10)(AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, In Argentina Luis Caicedo Velandia was arrested as he walked near a Buenos Aires shopping mall and placed under extremely high security. the suspected Colombian drug trafficker, who operated under the radar for years in Argentina, was later described as a ringleader capable of giving direct orders to Colombia's most-wanted cocaine kingpins and with close ties to Mexico's feared Sinaloa cartel.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, In Brazil rancher Vitalmiro Moura, accused of ordering the 2005 murder of US nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang, was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Moura was previously convicted of Stang's murder and then acquitted in an automatic retrial. That decision was overturned last year on a technicality.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, In Brazil the threat of new mudslides forced officials to begin evicting 2,600 families from at-risk areas as they embarked on a slum demolition program on Rio de Janeiro's hills.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, A British scientific expedition said it has discovered the world's deepest known underwater volcanic vent off the Cayman Islands.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, Canadian PM Stephen Harper said Canada will return spent nuclear fuel to its supplier, the United States, as part of a global drive to secure fissile materials.
    (Reuters, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, China eased requirements for companies to qualify for government purchasing of technology after a plan to favor domestic technology was met with heavy criticism from other countries and business groups.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, A mentally ill Chinese man rampaged with a meat cleaver near an elementary school, hacking to death a second grader and an elderly woman. Five others were wounded in the second random attack on schoolchildren in China in three weeks. Yang Jiaqin (40) chased his victims through Xizhen village of the southern Guangxi region not long after classes ended.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, An Egyptian activist said Mohammed ElBaradei, emerging opposition leader and former head of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency, has called for a boycott of the upcoming elections. ElBaradei has turned his focus to promoting electoral reforms and constitutional amendments that would allow a credible rival candidate to run in next year's presidential election.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, Neofonie, the German maker of a new tablet PC, the WePad, was reportedly setting out to rival Apple's iPad with the promise of even more technology such as a bigger screen, a webcam and USB ports. When it hits stores starting late July, it will also boast a complete open source office package.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, In Guatemala Noe Vasquez, the chief of the anti-drug office in the Peten region, was arrested along with 2 other police agents for allegedly passing information to Mexico's Zetas drug gang.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, Indonesian police raided a home used by suspected terrorists in the far western province of Aceh, fatally shooting Enal Tao (38), allegedly involved in the beheadings of 3 Christian girls. Two other suspects were arrested at the house in Cot Irie village on the outskirts of Banda Aceh.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew up a car in Mosul killing a policeman and a civilian, as two soldiers were killed near Baghdad.
    (AFP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, In northern Italy a landslide threw a passenger train from its tracks near the border with Austria, killing nine people and injuring 28. A large irrigation pipe burst at a higher elevation as the 2-car train passed below.
    (AFP, 4/12/10)(SFC, 4/13/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 12, Mexican and US officials said 3 Mexican cartels have joined forces to destroy the Zetas gang of hit men that has grown into a feared drug trafficking outfit with reach into Central America. Police found the body of a man whose face had been skinned in Cuernavaca. In nearby Temixco, a man and his pregnant wife were killed by gunmen who left a threatening message.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant lawmakers appointed David Ford their first justice minister, a power-sharing landmark that IRA dissidents protested by bombing the local base of Britain's spy agency MI5.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, In Pakistan dozens of militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons attacked two security checkpoints in the villages of Shireen Dara and Sangrana. Security forces successfully repelled the attack, but two soldiers were killed and three others wounded. After the battles subsided, authorities found the bodies of 15 dead militants around the two checkpoints. Intelligence officials said insurgents removed the bodies of at least 26 others who were killed. 13 civilians were reportedly killed in a US missile strike elsewhere in North Waziristan. Pakistan intelligence officials said the missile attack close to the town of Miran Shah  killed four suspected militants.
    (AP, 4/12/10)(AP, 4/13/10)    
2010        Apr 12, In Russia Eduard Chuvashov, a judge of Moscow's City Court, was found shot to death in the stairwell of his apartment building. He was the judge in several high-profile cases, including the February sentencing of 9 skinhead gang members who killed 6 non-Slavs.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, Observers urged Sudan to extend voting in its first open elections in 24 years after thousands of ballots were cast incorrectly and polling faced serious delays in many areas of Africa's largest country.
    (Reuters, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, A Swiss court rejected Hannibal Gadhafi's demand for 100,000 Swiss francs ($94,500) in reparations for the publication of a police mug shot from his 2008 arrest in Geneva. Gadhafi was arrested in 2008 for allegedly beating up his servants in a luxury hotel. He was later released and charges were dropped.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, Thailand's Election Commission ruled that the ruling party be dissolved for alleged misuse of poll donations, in a potential victory for anti-government protesters who paraded slain comrades through Bangkok to press the prime minister to resign.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2010        Apr 12, The Vatican responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and clerics worldwide should report such crimes to police if they are required to by law.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 12, In Venezuela knife-wielding prison inmates killed seven other prisoners and wounded 10 guards during an outbreak of violence at the Santa Ana Prison.
    (AP, 4/12/10)

2010        Apr 13, US officials said President Barack Obama is reviving the NASA crew capsule concept that he had canceled with the rest of the moon program earlier this year, in a move that will mean more jobs and less reliance on the Russians. The space capsule, called Orion, will go unmanned to the International Space Station to stand by as an emergency vehicle to return astronauts home.
    (AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 13, In Washington, DC, the leaders of 47 nations agreed to a voluntary program to prevent weapons-grade nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists.
    (SFC, 4/14/10, p.A2)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.67)
2010        Apr 13, In the SF Bay Area Parima Parineh (56) was killed at her Woodside home. She had a $31 million life insurance policy. May 23, 2013, her husband Pooroushasb Parineh (67), was convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.C2)
2010        Apr 13, Chilean Roman Catholic priest Ricardo Munoz Quinteros (55) was charged with 8 cases of sexually abusing minors, including his own daughter.
    (SFC, 4/15/10, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/y552yje)
2010        Apr 13, A top Chilean executive, Roberto Baudrand (59), was found dead in his Havana apartment after being detained by Cuban authorities investigating his company, which is owned by a revolutionary-turned-businessman and friend of Fidel Castro. Baudrand was general manager of Alimentos Rio Zaza SA and served as point man in Cuba for business leader Max Marambio.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 13, Ethiopian authorities and the European Union signed accords allowing EU observers to monitor May's general elections in the Horn of Africa country.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to the ruins of the Haitian capital, a high-profile reminder that hundreds of thousands remain in desperate straits three months after the earthquake.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, Indian Sikhs celebrated World Turban Day to demonstrate the importance of retaining the headgear rather than adopting Western-style haircuts.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, In Indian Kashmir one person was killed and 24 hurt during a strike to protest the conviction of six Muslims, including a Kashmiri separatist, for a 1996 bombing in New Delhi.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, In India a cyclone demolished ten of thousands of mud huts, killing 137 villagers in the northeastern parts of West Bengal and Bihar states. Officials later said more than 200,000 houses were fully or severely damaged by the storm, which packed wind speeds of 120 kph (75 mph).
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)(AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 13, In Iraq a bomb planted inside a Baghdad liquor store killed three people and wounded seven.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, Israel's Supreme Court permitted an Israeli-Arab author to travel to Lebanon to receive a literary award. Ala Hlehel (35) was invited to the Beirut39 Festival this week, but laws in enemy nations prevented him from going. Hlehel is acclaimed for a collection of short stories called "The Circus" and a play.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, Gaza's Hamas rulers ordered residents to shut smuggling tunnels along the border with Egypt indefinitely, cutting off the economic lifeline for 1.5 million Palestinians in the impoverished territory. An Israeli spokesman said at least 2 Palestinian militants were killed and 2 wounded when Israeli troops shot at them as they tried to plant explosives near the border.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(SFC, 4/14/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 13, Kyrgyzstan's deposed president said he will resign if the interim authorities guarantee his security, and the head of the security services said he was ready to make such a promise. Kyrgyzstan's interim leader said her government will extend the lease of a US air base key to the war in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, In northern Mexico two soldiers and two gunmen died in a shootout. Soldiers patrolling in the border state of Nuevo Leon gave chase to six suspicious cars that crossed into neighboring Tamaulipas state, where a gunbattle ensued in the town of Comales.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 13, Nicaragua removed and destroyed its last anti-personnel mine. On June 22 the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining, or GICHD, said Nicaragua has become the last country in Central America to clear its territory of the banned weapon.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Apr 13, Nigeria's anti-corruption agency sought the arrest of Chief James Ibori, a former governor of the oil-rich Delta State (1999-2007), suspected of siphoning off millions of dollars of state assets. Hundreds of Nigerian youths rallied in the commercial capital Lagos demanding Acting President Goodluck Jonathan implement much needed electoral reforms to ensure credible national polls next year.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)(Reuters, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, Norway’s Nokia Corp. launched three less-expensive smart phones, including its first model expected to sell for under euro100 ($135), in a strong move to grab new customers in emerging markets.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, In the Philippines Muslim militants disguised as policemen and soldiers detonated bombs and opened fire in a series of coordinated attacks in southern in Isabela city, triggering clashes that killed at least 13 people. The death toll included three marines, a police officer and three militants, including Bensar Indama, the brother of militant leader Puruji Indama, whose body was found in a police uniform.
    (AP, 4/13/10)(AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 13, Somali radio stations stopped playing music after hardline militants called it un-Islamic and ordered stations to take songs off the air. Somalis in Mogadishu could still listen to music on two stations: one that the government controls and another funded by the UN.
    (AP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, Sudanese trickled into polling stations following a two-day extension of the vote aimed at making up for a chaotic start to the country's first competitive election in over two decades.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, Zimbabwe's government withdrew a controversial law that would have seen foreign firms forced to cede 51 percent of their shares to locals.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, In Zimbabwe at least 25 people were burned to death and two dozen others injured when a bus collided with a truck laden with fertilizer on a highway in the northwest.
    (Reuters, 4/14/10)

2010        Apr 14, Pres. Obama signed an executive order freezing the assets of Somali militias. The order could make it illegal for US ship owners to pay ransoms to Somali pirates.
    (SFC, 4/15/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 14, The US and South Africa signed a deal in Washington, DC, to boost diplomatic exchanges, a new sign of the importance the US administration accords Pretoria's role in the region.
    (AFP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 14, Six major powers wrapped up what they said was a "very constructive" meeting on fresh UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but diplomats cautioned against expecting early adoption.
    (AFP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, Federal agents in northern California arrested 18 people on charges of defrauding banks and lenders with bogus mortgage loan applications. Losses totaled at least $10 million from 2005 to 2009.
    (SFC, 4/15/10, p.C3)
2010        Apr 14, In Los Angeles Dr. Daniel Healy (45) was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for dispensing over a million hydrocodone tablets for cash. He made nearly $700,000 in 2008 from selling the powerful painkiller.
    (SFC, 4/15/10, p.A7)
2010        Apr 14, In Chicago James Larry (32) shot and killed his pregnant wife, infant son and 2 nieces in their home.
    (SFC, 4/17/10, p.A4)
2010        Apr 14, In Argentina Dmitry Medvedev used the first-ever visit by a Russian president to Argentina to urge the countries to boost economic ties and cooperate more on nuclear energy.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 14, Australian police arrested a Chinese ship captain and senior officer and charged them with damaging the Great Barrier Reef, more than a week after their coal carrier ran aground and tore a two-mile (three km) gash in the protected area.
    (AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, An Australia officials said swarms of locusts have infested a huge area of eastern Australia, roughly the size of Spain, ravaging farmland following recent floods.
    (AFP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, In Brazil a federal judge in Para state delayed the April 20 auction for construction of what would be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project. The $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam was cleared for construction Feb. 1 by Brazil's Environment Ministry and bidding was set for next week.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 14, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Indian PM Manmohan Singh arrived in Brazil to participate in bilateral meetings with the leaders of other emerging economies and a BRIC summit on April 16.
    (AFP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 14, In China Wen Qiang (55), a former police chief in the southwestern city of Chongqing, was sentenced to death, in a sprawling gangland corruption case that has riveted the country. Wen was also found guilty of raping a university student in 2007 and 2008. Wen was detained in August and accused of protecting the gang operations masterminded by his sister-in-law, Xie Caiping (46), known as the "godmother" of the Chongqing underworld. Wen's wife was sentenced to 8 years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for protecting gang members.
    (AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, In western China a series of strong earthquakes struck a mountainous area of Tibet, killing some 2,064 people and injuring more than 10,000, as houses made of mud and wood collapsed. 5 days later 3 people were pulled alive from the rubble. On May 31 the toll was raised to 2,698 with 270 still missing.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)(AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/19/10)(AP, 5/31/10)
2010        Apr 14, El Salvador President Mauricio Funes said Mexico's Zeta drug gang has entered El Salvador and has made contact with local gangs in what appears to be an exploration of opportunities.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 14, Egypt's state news agency reported that 10 African nations have failed to conclude a long delayed new agreement for sharing water from the Nile and will call for closer cooperation instead.
    (AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, In Iceland a volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air, closing a major road and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters.
    (AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, In Indonesia protesters wielding machetes, sticks and petrol bombs clashed with riot police near the main seaport of Tanjung Priok in northern Jakarta in a series of running battles over a Muslim cleric's tomb, wounding 90 people. The bloody clashes left three dead and 156 wounded.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 14, In Iraq gunmen killed Sheik Ghazi Jabouri (48), a Sunni cleric, outside a Baghdad mosque where he had just finished leading morning prayers in the latest wave of attacks in the Iraqi capital that left five people dead. Iraqi police arrested members of a militant network allegedly behind the April 4 suicide car bombings against three embassies in Baghdad, which killed 46 people. The arrests were based on evidence given by a failed bomber caught on the day of the attacks. On May 4 videotaped confessions were shown of a man identified as the failed suicide bomber, Haitham Ahmed Khalaf, and the network's alleged ringleader, Mubarak Mohammed Abbas.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 5/4/10)
2010        Apr 14, Israeli police arrested Uri Lupolianski, a former mayor of Jerusalem (2003-2008), in connection with a multimillion-dollar bribery scandal that has been linked to a key confidant of former PM Ehud Olmert. The bribes were allegedly given during construction of the massive Holyland complex in the 1990s.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.47)(AFP, 1/5/12)
2010        Apr 14, In Mexico a cargo plane crashed while trying to land overnight in the northern city of Monterrey, killing at least four crew members. A fifth crew member was missing and presumed dead.
    (AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, In Nicaragua the opposition Liberal Constitutionalist party accused President Daniel Ortega of usurping power by issuing a decree extending the terms of two Supreme Court justices whose terms have ended.
    (AP, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, The 3-island territory of Tokelau declared itself a whale sanctuary, adding a huge patch of sea to the total protected area of more than 7 million square miles that is off limits to hunting in the Pacific Ocean. About 1,500 people live in Tokelau, a UN protectorate that remains a colony of New Zealand and lies about 300 miles (500 km) north of Samoa.
    (AP, 4/14/10) 
2010        Apr 14, Sudan's ruling party said it would invite opposition groups to join the government if it won elections, in an apparent bid to heal rifts over fraud accusations and faltering peace deals.
    (Reuters, 4/14/10)
2010        Apr 14, Thailand's "Red Shirt" protesters poured into Bangkok's commercial heart, saying they were ready for the "final round" in their fight to overthrow the embattled government.
    (AFP, 4/14/10)

2010        Apr 15, The White House released a statement by Obama instructing his Health and Human Services secretary to draft rules requiring hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments to grant all patients the right to designate people, including gay and lesbian partners, who can visit and consult with them at crucial moments.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 15, President Barack Obama set a goal to visit an asteroid by 2025. Obama outlined NASA's new path during a visit to the Kennedy Space Center.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 15, A US Senate panel report was released saying some of the largest US health insurers are changing their accounting practices to book administration costs as medical costs in an attempt to circumvent new industry reforms.
    (Reuters, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, In Washington, DC, several thousand Tea Party protesters marked tax day with a rally in Freedom Plaza capping a national protest tour that began in Nevada.
    (SFC, 4/16/10, p.A12)
2010        Apr 15, US federal agents, some in black hoods, swarmed over five Arizona shuttle businesses in a major crackdown on human trafficking, arresting dozens of van operators and smugglers accused of transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 15, In the San Francisco Bay Area BART officials stripped officers of Tasers days after a sergeant fired his stun gun at a boy (13) on his bicycle fleeing from an altercation with police in Richmond. Bay Area Rapid Transit police had begun using Tasers in December, 2008.
    (SFC, 4/16/10, p.A1)
2010        Apr 15, It was reported that researchers were warning of a new blight on the ocean: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over thousands of square miles (kilometers) in a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, In southern Afghanistan a car bomb outside hotel in Kandahar city, injuring at least 6 people. A few hours later an Afghan civilian and two security guards were killed when the car slammed into a compound in Kandahar used by foreign security firms. A scrap metal dealer and four children helping him were killed by a suspected homemade bomb as they loaded materials collected door-to-door in rural Kandahar. Fighting in the north of the country left four German troops dead. One civilian was killed and one injured when a bomb blew up beneath the tractor they were riding near Gardez in the eastern province of Paktika. 5 Afghan UN employees were missing after their vehicles were hijacked in northern Baghlan province. The UN employees were freed in a military operation on May 17.
    (AP, 4/15/10)(AFP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010        Apr 15, British TV broadcast the country’s first live debate between leaders of its 3 main political parties.
    (Econ, 4/17/10, p.60)
2010        Apr 15, British airport operator BAA Ltd. said all flights at London's Heathrow Airport have been suspended for the rest of the day, causing travel chaos as ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano halted air traffic across Europe.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, In Canada the city of Vancouver released documents indicating it spent more than C$554 million ($554 million) as host of this year's Winter Olympics, much of it related to building the athletes village. The federal government and the province of British Columbia also paid the C$585 million cost to build and refurbish competition venues in Vancouver, and at the nearby mountain resort of Whistler.
    (Reuters, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 15, A new study by Oxfam said the number of rapes carried out by civilians in eastern Congo has increased by 17-fold in the last few years. It said sexual assaults long perpetrated by armed groups are spreading across the population.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, In Cuba historian Esteban Morales posted an article on a state Web site saying corruption at the highest levels of government posed the greatest threat to Cuba’s communist government.
    (SFC, 4/16/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 15, German authorities said they have targeted nine suspects, including former staff of Hewlett-Packard, in a probe into whether the world's top PC maker paid bribes to win business in Russia.
    (Reuters, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, Police in Guatemala said a 13-year-old boy has confessed to shooting a woman to death for a payment of about $12.50. The boy could face 6 years in a juvenile custody facility if convicted.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, Israel customs officials said they already have confiscated about 10 iPads since Israel announced new regulations this week. The iPad banned anyone from bringing an iPad into the country until officials certify that they are in compliance with local transmitter standards. Israel lifted a ban on April 25.
    (AP, 4/15/10)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 15, Deposed Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev' left the country for neighboring Kazakhstan, just hours after gunfire erupted at a rally where he was speaking to supporters.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, In Myanmar 3 bombs exploded at a water festival in the former capital Yangon, killing 8 people and wounding 94. State TV blamed "destructive elements" for the attacks.
    (Reuters, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, In Nigeria the burnt bodies of a Pentecostal pastor, Ishaya Kadah, and his wife, Selina, were discovered by the police in Boto village, two days after they were kidnapped.
    (AFP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 15, The Hamas government executed two men accused of collaborating with Israel. Mohammed Ismail (36) was convicted of planting devices in the cars of militants, presumably to help track them. Nasser Abu Freh (33), a former Palestinian police captain before the Hamas takeover, allegedly started receiving money to work with Israel in 1998. The bullet-riddled bodies of the men, convicted by military tribunals in 2008 and 2009, were dumped by armed men at Gaza City's main hospital before dawn. It was the first time the death penalty has been carried out in Gaza since Hamas violently seized power in the coastal area in 2007.
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Russia has suspended all adoptions to US families until the two countries can agree on procedures, a week after Torry Hansen, an American woman in Tennessee, sent her adopted son, Artyom Saveliev (7), back to Russia on a plane by himself.
    (AP, 4/15/10)(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A5)
2010        Apr 15, Human Rights Watch, a leading international rights group, called on Senegal's government to clamp down on Islamic schools whose leaders are subjecting tens of thousands of children to forced begging and daily beatings in conditions it says are "akin to slavery."
    (AP, 4/15/10)
2010        Apr 15, Sudanese voters cast ballots on the last day of landmark elections. Sudan's ruling party said that the southern army had killed 9 people, including at least 5 of its officials, stoking tensions during voting in the first open elections in 24 years. Commission official Abel Alier said on April 26 that al-Bashir had garnered 68% of over 10 million valid ballots.
    (Reuters, 4/15/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 15, In Switzerland 3 people, members of the Italian terrorist group Il Silvestre, were arrested with explosives in traffic two miles from an IBM nanotech center near Zurich. The alleged eco-terrorists went on trial in July, 2011.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3hsk53d)(SFC, 7/20/11, p.A2)
2010        Apr 15, Venezuelan authorities were reported to be investigating the deaths of six Yanomami Indians, including two children, in a remote community in the Amazon. Prosecutors believed that four adults, a man and three women, died after drinking water contaminated by illegal miners, and that the two children were apparently killed.
    (AP, 4/15/10)

2010        Apr 16, The US government accused Wall Street's most powerful firm of fraud, saying Goldman Sachs & Co. sold mortgage investments without telling the buyers that the securities were crafted with input from a client who was betting on them to fail. Lloyd Blankfein, chairman of Goldman Sachs & Co., called this day: “One of the worst of my professional life." Fabrice Tourre, a charged employee, denied misleading investors. Tourre had helped Paulson & Co., a hedge fund, create a complex security named Abacus out of mortgage-backed bonds in order the fund to profit from an anticipated collapse in the housing market.
    (AP, 4/17/10)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.77)(Econ, 7/20/13, p.62)
2010        Apr 16, US federal prosecutors in North Carolina charged Gary Jackson, the former president of Blackwater Worldwide, and 4 other senior company officials with weapons violations and making false statements. A 15 count indictment charged that they tried to hide purchases of weapons and trying to hide gifts of expensive weapons to Jordanian officials as the company tried to win contracts.
    (SFC, 4/17/10, p.A5)
2010        Apr 16, US banking regulators shut down 8 banks, including 2 in northern California, 3 in Florida, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts, and one in Michigan, bringing the total this year to 50. In 2009 140 banks failed in the US compared to 25 in 2008 and 3 in 2007.
    (SFC, 4/19/10, p.D3)
2010        Apr 16, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, In Oakland, Ca., Tian Sheng Yu (59) was beaten to death on the 1800 block of Telegraph Ave., after he confronted 2 teenagers for punching his son (27). Suspect Lavonte Drummer (18) turned himself in on April 19 and suspect Dominic Davis (18) was arrested the same afternoon. Yu died from his injuries on April 20. On March 27, 2012, both men pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 4/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.C5)
2010        Apr 16, Daryl Gates (83), the blunt former Los Angeles police chief best known for his handling of the Rodney King beating and 1992 race riots, died.
    (Reuters, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, Renowned management thinker Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad (b.1941), aka C.K., died in San Diego. His books included “Competing for the Future" (1996),which was co-written with his former pupil, Gary Hamel and “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits" (2004).
    (Econ, 4/24/10, p.69)
2010        Apr 16, Argentina offered to swap defaulted bonds at a third of their nominal value in a bid to regain access to financial markets after defaulting on them in 2001. The proposed restructuring involves 20 billion dollars in debt and nine billion dollars in interest accumulated since 2005 and should be completed within 40 days.
    (AFP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, Brazil arrested Nestor Caro Chapparro, said to be one of Colombia's top four drug traffickers. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has accused Chapparro of smuggling more than 5,000 kg of cocaine from Brazil to the US in the late 1990s.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, A judge in the capital of Brasilia reversed a decision to suspend contract bidding scheduled for next week and also overturned the suspension of the environmental license for the 11,000-megawatt Belo Monte dam.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, Officials in the Central African Republic said armed attackers have shot dead a soldier escorting electoral commission staff.
    (AFP, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 16, A Chinese court jailed three people who posted material on the Internet to help an illiterate woman pressure authorities to reinvestigate her daughter's death, in a trial that attracted scores of supporters.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, Volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland and left a widening arc of grounded aircraft across Europe, as thousands of planes stayed on the tarmac to avoid the hazardous cloud. Travel chaos engulfed major European cities and the UN warned of possible health risks from falling ash.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, A German court convicted ultraconservative British Bishop Richard Williamson of incitement for denying the Holocaust in a television interview. The court ordered the Roman Catholic bishop  to pay a fine of euro10,000 ($13,544).
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, In eastern Haiti 4 soldiers died in the fiery crash of a Spanish military helicopter in the rugged mountains of the Fond Verrettes area.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, India banned some phone users in insurgency-hit Kashmir from sending SMS text messages, causing anger on the streets and provoking the wrath of the volatile region's chief minister. Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah termed the ban "harassment."
    (AFP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, Renault announced that it has pulled out of a joint venture with Indian car manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra, which produced its first car for the growing South Asian market, the Logan.
    (AFP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, In Iran cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, the acting prayer leader of Tehran, said women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.
    (SFC, 4/20/10, p.A4)
2010        Apr 16, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian militant along the border fence between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as he planted a bomb along the fence. Palestinian residents and the Israeli military said Jewish settlers vandalized property overnight in the Palestinian village of Jen Safout in the West Bank. Raed Hamad (27), a Palestinian prisoner, died in an Israeli prison. he had been in solitary confinement for the last 18 months. Lawyer Tareq Barghouth said his client required psychological help but none was provided during his five years in detention.
    (AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 16, Lebanese residents dismantled a barbed wire fence set up by Israeli troops in a disputed border area, leading to a call for restraint by UN peacekeepers in the tense region. Army clashes with a powerful clan in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek wounded 10 people, including five soldiers.
    (AFP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, In Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a hospital emergency room where Shiite Muslims were mourning a slain bank manager, killing 10 people including a journalist and two policemen in Quetta. A suspected US missile strike killed four alleged militants in the Toorkhel area in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 16, In South Africa 7 suspects waived their right to bail in a case in which they are accused of recruiting women and at least one 16-year-old from across South Africa and bringing them to Ermelo, where they were treated like slaves and forced into prostitution.
    (AP, 4/16/10)

2010        Apr 17, In southern Afghanistan a NATO solider was killed by a roadside bomb. 2 Dutch marines were killed in southern Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 17, Cuban tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina (b.1919), an international symbol of the island's cigar-making prowess, died.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 17, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said Ecuador will move to take over the operations of foreign oil companies in the country unless they sign new contracts agreeing to increased state control over the sector.
    (Reuters, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 17, A lingering volcanic ash plume forced extended no-fly restrictions over much of Europe, as Icelandic scientists warned that volcanic activity had increased and showed no sign of abating, a portent of more travel chaos to come. Nearly 17,000 flights to and from Europe were cancelled out of about 22,000 on a normal day.
    (AP, 4/17/10)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.63)
2010        Apr 17, In northern Iraq an American soldier was killed and 3 others were wounded in a helicopter crash near Tikrit.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 17, In northern Myanmar a series of bombs exploded at a controversial hydropower project site being jointly built by a Chinese company.
    (Reuters, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 17, In Nigeria at least five people were killed and several wounded when two oil tankers collided and burst into flames in southwest Ogun state.
    (AFP, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 17, In northwest Pakistan 2 suicide bombers dressed in burqas struck a crowd of displaced people collecting aid handouts, killing 42 people and wounding more than 60 at the Kacha Pukha camp on the outskirts of the garrison city of Kohat.
    (AFP, 4/17/10)(AFP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 17, Hamas and Fatah closed ranks to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day to protest against Israel for continuing to keep some 6,600 Palestinian militants in jail. This was the first joint initiative by the bitter rivals since Fatah was routed from Gaza in 2007.
    (AFP, 4/17/10)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.48)
2010        Apr 17, International monitors said that Sudan's first multiparty elections in more than two decades failed to meet international standards, an assessment that diminishes hopes the voting would set the nation on the road to peace and democracy. Preliminary results from the presidential race showed incumbent Omar al-Bashir had won between 88% and 94% of votes counted after his most credible challengers dropped out of the race in protest.
    (AP, 4/17/10)
2010        Apr 17, Yemeni authorities arrested three alleged Al-Qaeda members accused of killing two policemen and blowing up an official's vehicle in the southern province of Abyan.
    (AFP, 4/21/10)

2010        Apr 18, The Int’l. Cannabis and Hemp Expo closed at the Cow Palace, Daly City, Ca. it was the first trade show in the US to allow on-site pot smoking and attracted some 15,000 enthusiasts over the weekend.
    (SFC, 4/19/10, p.C1)
2010        Apr 18, The Afghan Interior Ministry said at least 29 militants, including two commanders, have been killed over four days of intense fighting aimed at protecting supply routes through northern Afghanistan. One person was killed and 14 wounded when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in the town of Dawlatabad in northern Faryab province.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 18, Chinese President Hu Jintao called on rescuers to keep searching for survivors as he visited victims of a powerful quake in Tibet that left some 2,064 dead.
    (AP, 4/18/10)(AP, 4/19/10)(AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 18, Turkish Cypriots voted for a new leader, aware that their choice could lead to a deadlock in peace talks and possibly jeopardize Turkey's bid for EU membership. Nationalist Dervis Eroglu narrowly defeated leftist incumbent Mehmet Ali Talat in the election with 50.38 percent of the vote, promising to continue reunification talks with rival Greek Cypriots. Talat drew 42.85 percent. With a clear mandate, there is little incentive for Eroglu to abandon his support for two separate states on the island.
    (AP, 4/18/10)(AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 18, Iran’s pro-reform Sharq daily said that filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad was convicted on charges of spreading propaganda against the clerical establishment and insulting the country's leaders. Nourizad was arrested in November after writing a protest letter to the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to apologize to the nation for the bloody crackdown on the opposition movement after the disputed June presidential elections. In May it was later reported that Nourizad was beaten in prison and had gone on a hunger strike.
    (AP, 4/18/10)(AP, 5/20/10)
2010        Apr 18, In Iraq Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq, were killed in a nighttime raid on their safehouse near Tikrit. 4 dead men were identified as al-Masri, his assistant, al-Baghdadi and al-Baghdadi's son. An American soldier died of non-combat related injuries.
    (AP, 4/19/10)(AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 18, In Nigeria gunmen abducted two Germans who sought respite along a beach in the oil-rich and violent southern region.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 18, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a police station in the Kohat area, killing a child and six other civilians. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 18, In the Philippines Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said he has ordered prosecutors to remove the names of Zaldy Ampatuan, a former governor of a Muslim autonomous region, and his brother-in-law Akhmad from the charge sheets for lack of strong evidence linking them to the planning and staging of the Nov 23, 2009, carnage in Maguindanao's Ampatuan township.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 18, In Somalia at least 10 people died, including five government soldiers, when a land mine exploded near a police station in south Mogadishu overnight.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 18, Somali pirates hijacked three Thai fishing vessels, the MV Prantalay 11, 12, and 14, with 77 crew aboard more than 1,200 miles (1,930 km) off the Somali coast, the farthest-off-shore attack to date.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 18, Thailand's military declared Bangkok's main shopping boulevard unsafe because of large crowds of anti-government protesters and sent soldiers to nearby high-rise buildings to watch for any violence. The elite-backed "Yellow Shirts" vowed to take action if the government fails to deal with red-clad protesters within a week, raising fears of clashes between the rival groups.
    (AP, 4/18/10)(AFP, 4/18/10) 
2010        Apr 18, Turkey's navy commandos aboard the TCG Gelibolu frigate captured 13 Somali-based pirates in the Indian Ocean. They destroyed two skiffs and confiscated other pirate material.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 18, Pope Benedict XVI met in Malta with a group of clerical sex-abuse victims and promised them with tears in his eyes that the Catholic Church would seek justice for pedophile priests and implement "effective measures" to protect young people from abuse. 10 Maltese men came forward earlier this month saying they wanted to meet with the pope to tell him their stories and to request an apology. They said they were abused by 4 priests at a Catholic orphanage.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 18, In Yemen soldiers killed 2 suspected members of al-Qaida wanted by police and arrested a third in an exchange of fire at a checkpoint near the country's Red Sea coast.
    (AP, 4/18/10)
2010        Apr 18, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe pledged to move ahead with plans to hand over 51 percent control of businesses to blacks under a controversial program. Addressing a rally to mark 30 years of independence from Britain, Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to end political violence and focus on rebuilding a devastated economy.
    (Reuters, 4/18/10)

2010        Apr 19, Arizona lawmakers passed a controversial immigration bill requiring police in the state that borders Mexico to determine if people are in the United States illegally, a measure critics say is open to racial profiling.
    (Reuters, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 19, San Diego, Ca., Sheriff Bill Gore said that 24 documented gang members and eight gang associates have been booked on suspicion of various offenses following the two-day multi-agency operation called "Allied Shield."
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, In Los Angeles Brian Alexik (34) slipped out the back window of his apartment as detectives interviewed local tenants regarding a gas odor. Detectives found a cache of loaded weapons, including an AK-47, next to a mosaic depicting the CIA seal. They found equipment for counterfeiting money. High-powered binoculars were trained on the US Federal Reserve building next door. Alexik had been paying about $4,000 cash for his rent but had recently stopped paying and was on the verge of getting evicted. He allegedly had been bleaching low-denomination bills then using a printer to change the value to $100 or $50. In all, police recovered about $15,000 in bogus bills. Alexik was caught on June 3.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Apr 19, Winners of the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prizes, known as the "green Nobels," were honored in San Francisco. Sereivathana Tuy of Cambodia won for his efforts in stopping farmers from killing elephants. Randall Arauz of Costa Rica won for his campaign to halt the maiming and killing of sharks for their fins. Humberto Rios Labrada (47) of Cuba won for his campaign to shift farming practices toward increasing diversity and reducing chemical use. Malgorzata Gorska of Poland won for her fight to stop a highway through the Rospuda Valley, one of Poland’s last vestiges of untouched wilderness. Thuli Makama of Swaziland won for her efforts in getting citizen participation on the Swaziland board in charge of the environment. She helped prompt investigations into allegations of private park rangers killing suspected poachers in sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy. Lynn Henning of the USA won for exposing polluting practices of livestock ranches in Michigan.
    (AP, 4/19/10)(SFC, 4/19/10, p.A1)
2010        Apr 19, In Oregon Jorge Ortiz-Oliva (40), the kingpin of one of the biggest drug organizations in Oregon history, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 19, In Tennessee a man opened fire outside the Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville killing a woman and injuring 2 others before committing suicide.
    (SFC, 4/20/10, p.A6)
2010        Apr 19, The Afghan intelligence service said security forces have arrested nine members of a terrorist cell and seized nearly a quarter-ton of explosives, foiling a plot to stage suicide bombings and other attacks in Kabul. In southern Kandahar province, a remote-controlled bomb planted on a donkey exploded near a police checkpoint, killing three children aged 11, 12 and 15. An American soldier was killed and several wounded in an explosion at an Afghan National Army facility just outside Kabul. 3 students and a police officer were killed in crossfire between foreign soldiers and insurgents in eastern Khost province. Insurgents killed Azizullah Yarmal, the vice mayor of the southern city of Kandahar, as he prayed at a mosque.
    (AP, 4/19/10)(AFP, 4/20/10)(AP, 4/20/10)(AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 19, Algeria's Energy Minister Chakib Khelil said 11 major natural gas exporting countries have decided to work towards a long term plan to index prices with oil.
    (AFP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 19, In Australia Carl Williams, known as the baby-faced killer, was killed in Victoria state's highest security prison by a fellow inmate who attacked him with part of an exercise bike.
    (www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/19/2876669.htm)(AFP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 19, The chief of British Airways said test flights have proven that the blanket restrictions EU governments have imposed on flights because of volcanic ash are unnecessary. The airline industry said it has lost at least $1 billion due to five days of closed airports. A senior Western diplomat says several NATO F-16 fighters suffered engine damage after flying through the volcanic ash cloud covering large parts of Europe.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, China’s government passed amendments revising the Border Quarantine Law as well as China's Law on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens. The changes were effective immediately. This lifted a two-decade-old ban on people with HIV and AIDS from entering the country, just as it is about to welcome the world to the Shanghai Expo on May 1.
    (AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 19, In western India police found 12 fetuses dumped near a garbage bin in Ahmadabad, the main city of Gujarat state.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ruled 8-1 that a 45-year-old law banning religious blasphemy was constitutional. The law limited officially recognized religions to six: Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam and Protestantism. Up to 5 years in prison could be imposed for anyone found guilty of heresy.
    (SFC, 4/20/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 19, In Iran a senior adviser said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has approved the location for a new uranium enrichment facility Iran plans to begin building over the next year.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, In Iran the semi-official Fars news agency reported that the Press Supervisory Board ordered the pro-reform Bahar daily closed for "spreading doubts on fundamental issues such as elections. The official IRNA news agency reported that Iran has sentenced prominent political activists Mohsen Mirdamadi, Mostafa Tajzadeh and Davood Soleimani to six years in prison each for involvement in the country's post-election turmoil. They were convicted of spreading propaganda against Iran.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, An Iraqi panel investigating election complaints ordered a recount of more than 2.5 million votes cast in Baghdad during the March 7 election, agreeing to a demand by PM Nouri al-Maliki that could swing the outcome in his favor.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak said Israel must recognize that the world will not put up with decades more of Israeli rule over the Palestinian people.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, The Nigerian army averted an attack by suspected Muslim extremists on a mainly Christian village in the flashpoint central Plateau State, killing two gunmen. 2 Christian farmers were killed and two others went missing in fresh attacks by suspected Muslim-Fulani nomads in central Plateau State.
    (AFP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, The Chosun Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper published in Tokyo, said mobile phone subscriptions are spreading fast in North Korea and could number 600,000 by the end of this year. In December 2008, North Korea introduced a 3G mobile phone network in a joint venture with Cairo-based Orascom Telecom.
    (AFP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, In Pakistan at least 23 people including police officials were killed in a suicide bombing in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar. Hours earlier a boy (8) was killed and at least ten people were injured in a bombing outside a high school in Peshawar. A later explosion Boharh Bazaar slightly damaged a parked car and two shops.
    (AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, In Puerto Rico the naked body of Ashley Santiago Ocasio (31), born as Juan Antonio), was found at his home in the town of Corozal. Rico Ashley Santiago Ocasio (31), a transgender beauty salon owner with high cheekbones and a flair for fashion, had been shot in the head. Her car was missing and there were no signs of a break-in.
    (www.dosmanzanas.com/tag/ashley-santiago)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 19, The Slovenian parliament ratified a border arbitration deal with Croatia vital for Zagreb's EU membership bid, but the deal still faces a much tougher test at a June referendum in Slovenia.
    (Reuters, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 19, In Venezuela former boxing champ Edwin Valero committed suicide in his jail cell just hours after he was arrested in his wife's killing.
    (AP, 4/19/10)

2010        Apr 20, The US Supreme Court struck down a federal law aimed at banning videos that show graphic violence against animals, saying it violates the right to free speech.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, America’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved the second of 2 exchanges that would allow trading of contracts based on films’ box-office takings.
    (Econ, 4/24/10, p.74)
2010        Apr 20, The space shuttle Discovery landed in Florida ending its 15-day voyage to the int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 4/21/10, p.A8)
2010        Apr 20, An explosion and fire damaged an oil rig and critically injured 7 people off the coast of Louisiana leaving 11 workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon rig sank 2 days later. Officials feared as much as 336,000 gallons of crude oil a day could be rising from the sea floor nearly 5,000 feet below. On April 23 no oil appeared to be leaking from the well head at the ocean floor, nor was any leaking at the water's surface. On April 25 it was reported that some 1000 barrels per day were leaking from 2 conduit sources related to the sunken oil rig. An internal investigation later said the deadly blowout was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding. In June it was reported that BP had been trying to seal cracks in the Macondo well more than 2 months before the explosion.
    (AFP, 4/21/10)(AFP, 4/23/10)(AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 5/8/10)(SFC, 6/18/10, p.A13)
2010        Apr 20, Dorothy Height (98), a longtime leader of the US civil rights movement and the chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women, died in Washington, DC.
    (Reuters, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Argentina's last dictator, Reynaldo Bignone (82), was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for kidnappings and torture during the nation's 1976-1983 military regime.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, A UN court delivered a long-awaited ruling rejecting Argentina's claim that an Uruguayan pulp mill pollutes their shared river. Both sides said the decision by the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands gave them what they need to resolve their differences, with Argentina taking heart from a part of the ruling that said Uruguay did not properly inform it about the project. Argentine activists were still blocking the main bridge across the river and refused to give up their fight. Activists in June voted to lift their four-year bridge blockade.
    (AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Apr 20, Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd said he had reached agreement with all but one of Australia's states on major health reforms which he hopes will spearhead his 2010 re-election campaign.
    (Reuters, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Bolivia’s Pres. Evo Morales said that men should stay away from eating chicken if they want to maintain their hair and virility. He said chicken producers inject the birds with female hormones. Producers in the US, EU and other countries abandoned the use of hormones in poultry several decades ago.
    (SFC, 4/21/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 20, Brazil speedily awarded the tender for the controversial Belo Monte hydro-electric dam projected to be the world's third-largest, despite fierce opposition from environmentalists. The tender was awarded to Norte Energia, a consortium led by Chesf, a subsidiary of the state electricity company Electrobras, after a series of court injunctions that had blocked and unblocked the auction process. The reservoir of the dammed Xingu river will cover 516 square km. and leave scores of villages awash.
    (AFP, 4/20/10)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.34)
2010        Apr 20, Airplanes gradually took to the skies after five days of being grounded by a volcanic ash cloud that has devastated European travel. Only limited flights were allowed to resume at some European airports and UK authorities said London airports would remained closed for at least another day due to new danger from the invisible ash cloud.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Colombian Gen. Fernando Joya and five other members of the military died in a helicopter collision at a base in the nation's southwest.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 20, In Dagestan assailants gunned down two traffic policemen who pulled over their car in the provincial capital, Makhachkala.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Ethiopia said that it would go ahead with a new deal with six other countries on sharing the waters of the Nile and accused Egypt of "dragging its feet" on a more equitable treaty.
    (AFP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, In Honduras a gunman fatally shot journalist Georgino Orellana (48) in the head as he was leaving a television studio in the city of San Pedro Sula.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 20, India’s trade ministry said it will launch a formal dispute against the EU at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over EU seizures of Indian generic drugs.
    (Reuters, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, In Iran an explosion in a car killed 2 people and wounded 8 in the western city of Ilam. The car was not a gas-powered vehicle of the sort that has seen a number of accidental explosions in recent years.
    (AFP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Iraqi and US troops killed Ahmed al-Obeidi (Ahmad Ali Abbas Dahir al-Ubayd), a regional leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, in an early morning raid in the northern province of Ninevah. Five family members of a local chief of an anti-Qaeda militia were gunned down in their homes in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, with the children also beheaded. A police colonel and his driver were killed by a roadside bomb in the western city of Hit, while 7 other policemen and 4 civilians were injured in bombings in Ramadi and Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/20/10)(AFP, 4/20/10)(SFC, 4/23/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 20, Kyrgyzstan's ousted president was in exile in Belarus, as the interim authorities controlling the Kyrgyz capital warned he would be imprisoned if he tried to return to the Central Asian country.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, In Malaysia ruling party lawmaker Bung Mokhtar Radin (50) and actress Zizie Ezette A. Samad, his second wife, pleaded guilty to entering into a polygamous marriage without official consent amid a debate over Islamic morality among politicians.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Mexican state police reported that three men were found shot to death in a taxi in Acapulco.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 20, The Dutch Supreme Court overturned the acquittal of Guus Kouwenhoven, a businessman accused of supplying arms to former Liberian strongman Charles Taylor, and ordered a new appeals hearing in the case. He had been convicted in 2006 of breaching a UN arms embargo by trading weapons for timber in Liberia and sentenced to eight years imprisonment, but the conviction was overturned in 2008.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Pakistani officials said several senior Pakistani police and intelligence officials have been removed from their posts after a damning April 15 UN report into the killing of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.
    (AFP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Gaza's Hamas rulers burned nearly 2 million pills of Tramadol, a painkiller many Gazans take recreationally because they say it relaxes them and provides temporary relief from the territory's hardships.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Rwanda’s army announced that 2 senior generals have been arrested over accusations of corruption and misconduct.
    (AFP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, In Saudi Arabia a police official said that the head of the powerful religious police has fired the chief of the Mecca branch for advocating the mixing of the sexes. Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi's suggestion in a newspaper interview this week that men and women should be left to mingle freely directly clashed with a central preoccupation of the force.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 20, In Serbia Biljana Kovacevic Vuco (58), one of Serbia's most prominent human rights activists, died. She played an important role in Serbia's fledgling human rights and anti-war movement during the 1990s rule of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
    (AP, 4/20/10)
2010        Apr 20, Two Somali radio stations said the government has ordered them to close for obeying a week-old order by an Islamic militant group to stop playing music. Officials at Somaliweyn and Tusmo radio stations said they won't obey the government order to resume playing music and shut down. The government order was rescinded minutes after it was issued.
    (AP, 4/20/10)(SFC, 4/21/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 20, In South Korea two North Korean army majors were arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill Hwang Jang-yop (87), a high-profile defector. Jang-yop was one of North Korea's most powerful officials when he fled the impoverished nation 13 years ago in a defection that reportedly enraged Kim Jong Il.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 20, South Africa’s biggest agricultural union, Agri SA, said 2 farmers are attacked every day in South Africa and two killed per week.
    (AFP, 4/20/10)

2010        Apr 21, US Treasury officials unveiled a new $100 bill at a news conference.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100421/ts_ynews/ynews_ts1718)
2010        Apr 21, In Arizona the Havasupai Indian tribe ended a 7-year legal fight with Arizona State Univ. over blood samples members gave to university researchers for diabetes research that were also used to study schizophrenia, inbreeding and ancient population migration. Tribal members called it a case of genetic piracy.
    (SFC, 4/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Apr 21, In Florida Nevin Shapiro (41), a leading Univ. of Miami athletics patron, was put under federal custody on charges of running a $900 million Ponzi scheme in which he duped investors into thinking they were paying into a successful grocery brokerage business.
    (SFC, 4/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Apr 21, In Mississippi Richard Barrett (67), a white supremacist lawyer, was fatally stabbed and beaten at his home in Pearl. The next morning the house was set on fire and Vincent McGee (22), a black neighbor, was charged with murder. On April 23 three others were charged with accessories after the fact and arson. In 1966 Barrett had founded a supremacist group called the Nationalist Movement, but it never amounted to much.
    (SFC, 4/24/10, p.A7)
2010        Apr 21, Afghan and NATO officials announced that authorities captured a local Taliban commander, Mullah Faqir, earlier this month after a gunbattle in Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 21, The Algerian Defense Ministry said Algeria, Mauritania, Mali and Niger are opening a joint military headquarters in the Algerian city Tamanrasset, in a united effort to combat terrorism and kidnapping in northwestern Africa. The Committee of Joint Chiefs (CEMOC) was based in  Tamanrasset.
    (AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 12/20/11)
2010        Apr 21, In Bosnia war veterans protested proposed cuts in state benefits and set fire to a regional government building before being dispersed by riot police.
    (SFC, 4/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 21, Egypt charged five leading members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, including a Saudi, Awadh al-Qarani, with money laundering and raising funds abroad, in the latest government effort targeting the country's largest opposition movement.
    (AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 21, Germany recognized 14 US soldiers serving in Afghanistan for risking their lives to help German soldiers in a firefight on April 2, Good Friday, awarding them the country's Gold Cross medal.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 21, In Iraq US diplomats visited a Baghdad prison that PM al-Maliki has ordered closed. The prison on the grounds of the Old Muthanna military airfield had been undisclosed and held hundreds of detainees from northern Iraq.
    (SFC, 4/22/10, p.A5)
2010        Apr 21, In Mexico police found the bound bodies of two men in Cuernavaca, alongside a banner that threatened to kill 25 more drug cartel members. The message said 25 of Beltran Leyva's henchmen are being held and interrogated in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco and would be executed soon. Dozens of gunmen burst into a Holiday Inn and another hotel in the northern city of Monterrey, searching from room-to-room and abducting at least six people. Troops battled a suspected drug gang in a wealthy neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City and captured Jose Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, an alleged major trafficker with a $2 million US bounty on his head. 14 other suspected drug traffickers were arrested in the shootout that left 3 people dead and two alleged traffickers wounded.
    (AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 21, In Paraguay an attack by suspected leftist guerrillas killed a police officer and three laborers at a farm. Deputy Interior Minister Carmelo Caballero blamed the attack on the Paraguayan People's Army, a leftist group that has been linked to bank robberies and kidnappings in the past decade. He said guerrillas apparently were trying to steal animals.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 21, In the Philippines an electrical fire forced a cargo plane's pilots to attempt an emergency landing in a Philippine rice field when the Russian-made Antonov-12 aircraft burst into flames, killing three of its six crew. The dead included two Russian ground engineers and a Bulgarian.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 21, Rwandan opposition leader and presidential hopeful Victoire Ingabire was arrested on charges of denying the 1994 genocide and "collaborating with a terrorist organization." Ingabire was handed conditional freedom the next day, but was barred from travelling out of the capital city, Kigali.
    (AP, 4/21/10)(AFP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 21, In Somalia residents said 5 headless bodies have been found in a rebel-held area of Mogadishu. They suspected the Islamist militant group al-Shabab killed the men because they had helped construct the parliament building. The men had been missing for the last five days. Residents said clashes in central Somalia killed 12 people, mostly combatants.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 21, Four suspected Somali pirates carrying AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade seized the Panamanian-flagged, Liberian-owned Voc Daisy, a bulk carrier with 21 crew on board, the fourth ship pirates have seized in less than a week.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 21, A South African luxury train carrying foreign tourists, most of them Americans, sped out of control downhill and derailed near Pretoria, killing two Rovos Rail crew members as coaches flipped and crumpled against one another. A 3rd crew member soon died from injuries in a hospital. 
    (AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 21, In Sri Lanka veteran politician Dissanayake Mudiyansalage Jayaratne took the oath of office as the country’s 20th prime minister.
    (AP, 4/21/10) 
2010        Apr 21, In Syria a smoking ban that few are expected to abide by went into effect. The law, which also forbids the sale of cigarettes to minors, was approved six months ago by President Bashar Assad, a British-trained eye doctor. A 1996 decree issued by Assad's late father, President Hafez Assad, had banned smoking in government offices, hospitals and the airport. A 2004 law banned smoking in internet cafes and another law in 2006 made buses, railway stations, movie theaters, parks and cultural centers smoke-free, with violators facing a fine of about $10 and three months in jail. But the bans were often flouted and not strictly enforced.
    (AP, 4/21/10)
2010        Apr 21, The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed to extend the stay of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol to 2042 after the existing lease expires in 2017. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Kiev will receive large discounts on gas shipments in return for certainty over the base's future, $100 for every 1,000 cubic meters of gas or 30 percent if the benchmark price falls below $330.
    (AP, 4/21/10)(SFC, 4/22/10, p.A2)

2010        Apr 22, The US National Research Council released a study that found the level of acid in oceans increasing by 30% since the start of the Industrial Revolution, some 200 years ago. This came on the 40th observance of Earth Day.
    (SFC, 4/23/10, p.A16)
2010        Apr 22, In Jefferson City, Missouri, Chris Shaw (29), a tattooed father of three, came forward as the $258 million winner of the 10th-largest Powerball jackpot ever.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 22, CenturyTel Inc., the fifth-largest US local-phone company, said that it will buy Qwest Communications International Inc., the third-largest, in a stock swap worth $10.6 billion to gain the benefits of scale in a shrinking business.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Codexis, a Redwood City, Calif.-based developer of biocatalysts for drug and biofuel production, launched its initial public offering at $13 per share. Codexis was founded in 2002 as a spin-out from drug developer Maxygen, which now owns about 21.3%.
    (Econ, 10/30/10, p.85)(http://tinyurl.com/2ea3fxy)
2010        Apr 22, In San Francisco Alicia Parlette (28), former copy editor, died at UCSF of cancer. Her diagnosis of incurable cancer at age 23 led to “Alicia’s Story," a 17-part series in the SF Chronicle.
    (SFC, 4/23/10, p.C5)
2010        Apr 22, The world’s first cloned polo pony was born in the US.
    (www.thehorse.com/articles/25447/first-cloned-polo-pony-is-born)
2010        Apr 22, The Int’l. Whaling Commission (IWC), under Chilean chairman Crishan Maquieira, unveiled a peace plan whereby the current moratorium would be lifted for a decade if whalers would agree to sharp reductions in their catch. The plan will be considered at the June meeting of the IWC in Morocco.
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.62)
2010        Apr 22, Afghan and NATO forces came under heavy fire while searching a compound in eastern Logar province, sparking a gunbattle that killed two US soldiers and five insurgents.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 22, Armenia suspended ratification of peace accords with Turkey, setting back to square one US-backed efforts to bury a century of hostility between the neighbors.
    (Reuters, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Belgian Premier Yves Leterme's government collapsed after negotiations broke down to resolve a long-simmering dispute between Dutch and French-speaking politicians over a bilingual voting district.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, In Burkina Faso Health Minister Seydou Bouda said a strain of meningitis, called X, has killed 718 people out of 5,118 cases in the West African country since January.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 22, European airports sent thousands of planes into the sky after a week of unprecedented disruptions, with airlines piling on more flights and bigger planes to try to get as many people home as possible.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Markets hammered Greece after the EU revised the debt-ridden country's deficit and debt figures upwards, sending the country's borrowing costs to unsustainably high levels and pushing Athens closer to calling for an expensive rescue.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, In Iraq an American soldier died of injuries that were not a result of combat.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 22, Israel unveiled an indictment against five of its citizens, including a retired army general, charging them with operating a nationwide organ trafficking ring that ensnared dozens of potential victims.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Al-Qaida in North Africa kidnapped Frenchman Michel Germaneau (78) in northern Niger. On May 14 a militant Web site said it wanted to trade him for the group's prisoners in France and other nations. A day before the kidnapping, four Sahara Desert nations opened a joint military headquarters in the Algerian city of Tamanrasset to combat terrorism and trafficking. On July 25 al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said it had killed the 78-year-old French hostage in retaliation for the killing of six al-Qaida members in a recent raid by Mauritanian forces aided by the French military.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(AP, 7/25/10)
2010        Apr 22, Nigeria’s Acting President Goodluck Jonathan approved a 4.6 trillion naira (31-billion-dollar) budget that increased spending by about 50%. He also signed a bill that gives preferential treatment to Nigerian companies wanting to take part in the country's oil industry.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 22, Pakistan security forces, backed by tanks and artillery, killed at least 20 Taliban militants in a clash in the northwestern region of Orakzai. One soldier was killed in the fighting. Militants ambushed a Pakistani army convoy traveling in North Waziristan that is mostly home to insurgent groups focused on the war in neighboring Afghanistan, killing eight soldiers. Intelligence officials said tribesmen joined local Taliban fighters to stage the ambush after a 15-year-old boy in the area was allegedly shot to death by an earlier group of traveling soldiers.
    (Reuters, 4/22/10)(AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 22, A South Korean news report said the South Korea's military believes a torpedo fired from a North Korean submarine sank its navy ship last month, based on intelligence gathered jointly with the United States.
    (Reuters, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Sri Lanka's detained former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, briefly emerged from custody for the opening of parliament and accused the government of planning to silence his "fight for democracy." He was briefly allowed out of custody to attend parliament, in which he won a seat in parliamentary elections two weeks ago.
    (AFP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, In Thailand a series of blasts were detonated near a massive encampment of anti-government protesters in Bangkok, wounding as many as 28 people. At least one person was reported killed.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, The UN World Health Organization and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) asked for funds for vaccinations saying almost 200 children have died of measles in 16 African countries in the first three months of this year.
    (AFP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Irish Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare, who acknowledged failing to report abuse to police, while a German bishop also offered to step down.
    (AP, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Venezuelan authorities raided eight drug laboratories near the Colombian border, seizing 4.5 tons of cocaine in one of the largest hauls in recent times.
    (Reuters, 4/22/10)
2010        Apr 22, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a meeting of two leaders united in fierce opposition to the West.
    (AP, 4/22/10)

2010        Apr 23, Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law SB1070, a bill that supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration. Arizona, with an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, was the nation's busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico.
    (AP, 4/24/10)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.25)
2010        Apr 23, Belgium's longest serving bishop, Roger Vangheluwe (73) the Bishop of Bruges, resigned, saying he was "enormously sorry" for having sexually abused a young boy about 25 years ago. It later was established that the victim was his nephew. In 2011 the Vatican clarified the punishment against Vangheluwe after Belgian bishops reported that he had merely been sent outside Belgium for spiritual and psychological counseling.
    (AP, 4/23/10)(AP, 4/12/11)
2010        Apr 23, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said he is creating a "Mother Earth Ministry" to promote the planet's rights and says that he would like to establish an international court with the power to punish nations that fail to obey emissions-reduction agreements. Morales revealed the plans as he launched a campaign to plant 10 million trees, equal to Bolivia's population, by April 22, 2011.
    (AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 23, Chinese police in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, detained Tagyal, a prominent Tibetan intellectual. Tagyal had recently authored “The Line Between Earth and Sky," in which he praised the activism of monks during the Tibetan unrest of 2008. 
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.42)
2010        Apr 23, In El Salvador gunmen shot and seriously wounded First Secretary Guillermo Medina Alfaro, a Mexican diplomat who worked with the international police agency Interpol. Police said the diplomat's wife was killed.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 23, Greece asked for the activation of a financial rescue plan by the eurozone and International Monetary Fund, in the hope it will help the heavily indebted country out of a major crisis and give it the breathing space to put its finances in order.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 23, Diplomats said Iran has agreed to give the UN nuclear monitoring agency greater inspection and monitoring rights to a sensitive site where it is enriching uranium to higher levels.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 23, In Iraq a series of bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite worshippers killed 72 people, including 25 near the main Baghdad office of an anti-US Shiite cleric. An Iraqi soldier was killed as he stormed a house west of Baghdad where insurgents had stockpiled explosives.
    (AP, 4/23/10)(AFP, 4/23/10)(AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 23, NATO ministers meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, agreed to begin handing over control of Afghanistan to the Afghan government this year, a process that if successful would enable President Barack Obama to meet his target date of July 2011 for starting to bring US troops home.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 23, In Mexico gunmen ambushed two police vehicles at a busy intersection in Ciudad Juarez, killing 7 officers and a 17-year-old boy who was passing by. Police in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero said they found the bodies of five men who had been shot to death lying on a dirt road near the state capital, Chilpancingo. Three of the men were brothers, all in their 20s. In central Morelos state, federal police and the Mexican army raided two ranch homes and arrested 15 men near the town of Amacuzac. The men were suspected of working for alleged drug trafficker Jose Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, who was arrested April 21 in Mexico City.
    (AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 23, North Korea said it will confiscate five South Korean-owned properties at a jointly operated mountain resort in the isolated communist country, a development likely to worsen already-soured relations.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 23, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders, an idea he said was recently proposed for restarting peace talks.
    (AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 23, In Russia two-time Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Natalia Lavrova (25) was killed with her sister in a car accident. Lavrova was Russia's only rhythmic gymnast to win two Olympic gold medals, in team competitions at the Sydney and Athens Olympics in 2000 and 2004.
    (AP, 4/23/10)
2010        Apr 23, In Sudan an announcement that Unity state incumbent Taban Deng had retained his post in this month's election was followed by protests in the state capital Bentiu that left two people shot dead by police and a third wounded. Supporters of Deng's main rival Angelina Teny, wife of south Sudan's vice president Riek Machar, were accused of trying to wreck a local radio station. The National Election Commission also announced that Beshir's ruling National Congress Party had won the posts of governor in North Darfur and West Darfur, with results for South Darfur yet to be released.
    (AFP, 4/23/10)

2010        Apr 24, In Mississippi a devastating tornado sliced through the state killing 10 people including 3 children. Tornadoes also were reported in Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama with 2 deaths in Alabama.
    (AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 24, The Texas Rangers filed for bankruptcy. Hicks Sports Group, the holding company that owns the Rangers, stopped paying interest on its $525 million of debts last year.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.64)
2010        Apr 24, Angus Maddison (83), British economic historian and chiffrephile (a lover of figures) died. His life work included 20 books and 130 article plus 19 volumes that he edited or co-authored. 
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.80)(Econ, 10/4/14, p.82)
2010        Apr 24, In Chile Paul Schaefer (89), a former Nazi soldier, died in a prison. He had founded Colonia Dignidad, a secretive, commune-like colony of German immigrants and was serving time for child molestation and human rights abuses dating to the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
    (AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 24, China replaced Wang Lequan (65), the unpopular Communist Party boss for western Xinjiang province, months after ethnic riots there killed nearly 200. The Xinhua News Agency said Wang had been appointed as deputy secretary of a political committee of the Central Committee. It is not known if he is still a member of the party's Politburo, the 25-member body near the pinnacle of power in China. He was replaced by Zhang Chunxian (56), party boss of southern Hunan province since November 2006. The Dalian city government ordered the mayor of Zhuanghe city to resign for his "mismanagement" of an April 13 incident in which he ignored scores of villagers who knelt in front of government offices to appeal for an investigation into official corruption.
    (AP, 4/24/10)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 24, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that Iran has amnestied 110 "terrorists" since it captured the leader of a Sunni insurgency in southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province in February. Provincial governor Ali Mohammad Azad said 300 militants had "expressed regret" for their actions since Abdolmalek Rigi's arrest.
    (AFP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 24, In Mexico gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a convoy carrying the top security official of the western state of Michoacan, killing four and wounding 10. In the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, the dismembered bodies of three men were found in plastic bags inside a home outside the resort of Acapulco. A hand-lettered sign blamed the three dead men for the April 14 shooting that killed six people on Acapulco's main boulevard. Prosecutors in Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, announced the arrest of a man suspected of participating in last year's killing of an anti-crime activist and a neighbor, both of whom lived in rural Chihuahua but held dual US citizenship. Ubaldo Rohan was charged with acting as a lookout in the kidnapping of activist Benjamin LeBaron's brother, Eric. After LeBaron protested the kidnapped, he and a neighbor were killed [see July 7, 2009]. 
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 24, In New Zealand 3 airmen were killed and a fourth seriously hurt after a military helicopter en route to a military memorial flyover crashed on farmland north of Wellington.
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 24, Nigeria and the United States agreed to work together to counter the spread of nuclear weapons. The agreement was announced following a meeting between US undersecretary of state for political affairs William Burns with acting Pres. Goodluck Jonathan.
    (AFP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 24, In Nigeria Edo Ugbagwu (42), a justice reporter for the daily newspaper The Nation, died in a shooting after some sort of confrontation at his home in Lagos. Two journalists working for a Christian magazine were stabbed to death by a mob in a predominantly Muslim suburb in the flashpoint Nigerian city of Jos. Kidnappers seized the commissioner of the environment in southern oil-rich Bayelsa State, along with her mother-in-law, during a private visit to Abia state. Mrs. Victoria Denenu and her mother-in-law were released on April 29.
    (AP, 4/26/10)(AFP, 4/26/10)(AFP, 4/27/10)(AFP, 5/1/10)
2010        Apr 24, In northwest Pakistan a suicide attack on a prison van wounded at least 10 policemen in Timergarah. Troops waging an offensive in the Orakzai tribal region killed 20 suspected Taliban insurgents. Gunmen torched 6 NATO oil tankers killing 4 police officers in the Chakwal district of Punjab province.
    (AP, 4/24/10)(SSFC, 4/25/10, p.A7) 
2010        Apr 24, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called for an "open political dialogue" between Palestinian groups and both Israeli and Jewish organizations around the world.
    (AFP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 24, Paraguay lawmakers gave Pres. Fernando Lugo and the army emergency powers resembling martial law to pursue a guerrilla group known for its kidnappings in the north of the country.
    (AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 24, In Peru police Gen. Luis Muguruza, who commanded a police operation against an Indian road blockade last June that resulted in 33 deaths, was named a member of the Interior Ministry's human rights commission, according to a decree published in the government's official gazette.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 24, A Russian Proton rocket carrying a US AMC 49 telecommunications satellite was launched into orbit from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
    (AFP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 24, In Spain tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid and other Spanish cities in a boisterous show of support for Judge Baltasar Garzon, who has been indicted on charges of abusing his authority by investigating atrocities committed during the civil war and the early years of Gen. Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
    (AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 24, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva rejected scaled-back demands that he dissolve Parliament in 30 days, prompting anti-government protesters to pull out of negotiations and dashing hopes for an imminent resolution to the country's political crisis.
    (AP, 4/24/10)
2010        Apr 24, Ukraine's political opposition sought to rally people against a decision by President Viktor Yanukovich to allow the Russian navy to stay in Ukraine's Crimea until 2042.
    (Reuters, 4/24/10)

2010        Apr 25, In California Fresno police began a crackdown on gangs after 3 people were killed in separate shootings. By May 10 police made some 648 arrests including 216 for felony offenses.
    (SFC, 5/10/10, p.A4)
2010        Apr 25, Dorothy Provine (75), film and TV actress, died at her home in Washington state. Her films included “Live Fast, Die Young" (1958) and “The Great Race" (1965).
    (SFC, 5/1/10, p.C4)
2010        Apr 25, Phuong Le (24) of Suisun city, Ca., was last seen at a bookstore in Fairfield, Ca. Her body was found on May 7 in rural Napa County.
    (SFC, 5/8/10, p.C3)
2010        Apr 25, In Afghanistan 13 girls became sick in northern Kunduz province. Another 47 had complained of dizziness and nausea the day before, and 23 fell ill on April 21. A strange odor in their classrooms, prompted an investigation into whether they were targeted by militants who oppose education for girls or victims of mass hysteria. Hundreds of people blocked a main road in Logar province, and burned several trucks to protest what they said were civilian deaths in NATO operations. In southern Zabul province a suicide bomber attacked private security guards while they were at a bazaar, killing four Afghans and wounding 12. One Afghan police officer was killed and another was wounded during an attack on a militant compound in the Wordoch district of Badakshkhan province northeast of Kabul. 2 militants were killed in the operation. Government forces on a mission to eradicate poppies in eastern Nangrahar province came under fire. During the gunbattle three Afghans were killed. Six Taliban militants were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 25, Austria's president easily secured a second term, deflecting a challenge by a far-right politician who had criticized the country's anti-Nazi law. Incumbent Heinz Fischer, a Social Democrat, won 78.9 percent of the vote, trouncing his main rival, Barbara Rosenkranz  of the anti-foreigner and anti-European Union Freedom Party, who netted 15.6 percent.
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, Kifah Hassan, chief executive of Iraqi Airways, had his passport seized and the plane he arrived on was impounded at Gatwick Airport in a long-running legal dispute with Kuwait Airways. The dispute dated back to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait  in 1990, when, according to the oil-rich emirate, 10 of its planes and aircraft parts were plundered after its airport was seized.
    (AFP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 25, Colombian police said they have captured Danit Doria Castillo, a leading figure in a drug trafficking, right-wing militia group.
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, Cuba held elections to fill municipal assemblies across the island in a vote the communist government says belies criticism in Washington and Europe that Fidel Castro's half-century old revolution is not democratic.
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, Police in Hong Kong seized 820 pounds (372 kg) of cocaine from a suburban house that was reportedly part of a botched drug shipment sent to the southern Chinese territory by mistake. Police later said they have arrested eight people, four men and four women aged 22 to 84, in connection to the case, their largest seizure to date.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 25, Hungarians went to the polls for the second round of general elections. The center-right Fidesz party, led by Viktor Orban, a former prime minister who promised to restore "law and order" and pull Hungary out of recession, won a two-thirds parliamentary majority.
    (AFP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, In Iraq troops raided the town of al-Safra and arrested Burhan Mahmoud Mohammed, a local leader of the Islamic State of Iraq. An explosion inside an iron factory in Irbil killed five workers, including two Indians, two Arabs, a Kurd, and wounded 15.
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, In Japan nearly 100,000 protesters attended a rally on Okinawa to demonstrate against a US air base in a row that is dominating Japan's national politics and souring its ties with Washington.
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, Malaysia's government scored a narrow win in a tense by-election billed as a referendum on PM Najib Razak's planned economic reforms and his first year in office.
    (Reuters, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, In the Philippines a huge fire sweeping through a shantytown outside Manila destroyed about 600 houses leaving one person dead and some 10,000 people homeless.
    (AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 25, In Sudan clashes continued for a 4th day in Darfur between Arab nomads and south Sudan's army along the country's volatile north-south border. Local tribal officials reported more than 50 Arab nomads were killed in the fighting with soldiers from the southern Sudan's People Liberation Army.
    (AP, 4/25/10)
2010        Apr 25, A hot air balloon carrying 14 people crashed in the desert south of Dubai, killing at least two.
    (AP, 4/25/10)

2010        Apr 26, Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega extradited was from the US to France to face money laundering charges in a French courtroom, opening up a whole new legal battle for the strongman who spent two decades behind bars in Florida for drug trafficking.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, Massachusetts-based Charles River Laboratories International Inc., a medical research equipment and services company, announced plans to buy WuXi PharmaTech, a Chinese pharmaceutical outsourcing company, for $1.6 billion.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, due to April 20 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, extended over some 1,800 square miles. Robot submarines were in use to close valves atop the well. Officials said engineers have begun constructing a giant dome to place over the leaking oil well.
    (SFC, 4/27/10, p.A6)(AFP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Afghanistan two explosions killed two civilians and injured one police officer and one civilian in Kandahar. Another policeman was injured in the blast in the city's north. The wave of violence in Kandahar has forced the UN to tell more than 200 of its Afghan employees there to stay home. Several foreign UN employees have been temporarily moved to Kabul.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Belgium King Albert II accepted the government's resignation after negotiations failed to resolve a long-simmering dispute between Dutch- and French-speaking politicians over a bilingual voting district in and around Brussels.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Fred Halliday (64), English professor of int’l. politics, died. He authored over 20 books and was significant for his work on the Middle East.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.86)
2010        Apr 26, Canada signaled a split with allies, ahead of a G8 aid ministers' meeting, by saying it would not help groups that fund abortions as part of a push to boost maternal health in the world's poorest nations.
    (Reuters, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Chile's Roman Catholic Church was shaken by a series of dramatic televised interviews of men alleging they were abused by a respected former priest. Early the next morning a bombing that damaged a church's facade.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Ethiopia gunmen shot dead an opposition party activist, days after the government accused the party of killing a policeman in the same region.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Guatemala the Santiaguito volcano showered sand and ash over a large western area in an "unusual" and "violent" eruption.
    (AFP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, A Haitian judge said he has dismissed kidnapping and criminal association charges against 10 American missionaries detained for trying to take a busload of children out of the country after the Jan. 12 earthquake.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Hungary's central bank cut its main interest rate by a quarter point to a new all-time low of 5.25 percent, continuing its run of monetary easing as inflation appears under control and financial investors more confident in the country's stability.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Iran’s state television reported that Iran is cutting red tape and easing ownership rules to encourage foreign investment in stocks and bonds, as the major oil producer faces further UN sanctions over its nuclear work.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, An Iraqi court disqualified 52 candidates from the country's parliamentary elections, including two who won seats, and threw out their votes in a decision that could potentially change the outcome of the March 7 vote.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Municipal officials said the Israeli government has imposed a de facto freeze on new Jewish construction in Jerusalem's disputed eastern sector. The decision was made despite PM Benjamin Netanyahu's public insistence that building would not be stopped in the face of US pressure. Israeli troops killed Hamas activist Ali Sweiti, a wanted Palestinian militant in a raid on a West Bank house. Sweiti was wanted in five shooting attacks, one of which killed a paramilitary policeman in 2004.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Italian police arrested Giovanni Tegano (70), a veteran mobster who was on the run for 17 years, in a house in Reggio Calabria. He was among the most wanted men of the 'Ndrangheta organized crime group.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Malaysia a policeman fired a shot that killed Aminulrasyid Amzah (14). On May 10 prosecutors charged officer Jenain Subi with fatally shooting the teenager, an incident that triggered a national outcry over claims of police brutality. Activists say Malaysia's police have fatally shot more than 180 suspects, half of them Indonesians, since 2007.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        Apr 26, Mexico’s Interior Secretary Fernandez Gomez-Mont said drug cartels have changed tactics and are turning more attacks on authorities, rather than focusing their fire on rivals gangs. Troops killed three suspected kidnappers and freed seven of their captives during a raid on a ranch in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. Two rotting bodies were found in a truck near the ranch.
    (AP, 4/26/10)(AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 26, Morocco’s government said security forces have broken up a militant cell with links to al Qaeda that was planning assassinations and acts of sabotage targeting the security services and foreign interests.
    (Reuters, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the leader of the opposition Maoists, urged the public to support a nationwide street protest aimed at toppling the current government.
    (AFP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, A Nigerian court charged the country's ruling party chairman over a series of corruption allegations, creating a criminal case against the most powerful man blocking the acting president from running in next year's election. Vincent Ogbulafor faced 16 counts accusing him of funneling money toward fictitious projects during his service as minister of special duties.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, In Pakistan US missiles killed four alleged Taliban insurgents in the northwest, while three other militant suspects were slain in a shootout with local security forces elsewhere in the region. The body of an anti-Taliban tribal elder was found in the Bajur tribal region. The killers left a note on the body of Maulana Abdul Haleem stating "any one found involved in helping the government against the Taliban will meet the same fate."
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed a law banning Palestinians from working in Israeli settlements and selling settlement goods, with violators facing up to five years in prison and stiff fines.
    (AP, 4/26/10)
2010        Apr 26, Thailand's elite-backed "Yellow Shirts" called for a state of martial law to end anti-government protests as the rival "Red Shirts" blocked police convoys heading to the strife-torn capital.
    (AFP, 4/26/10) 
2010        Apr 26, In Yemen the British ambassador narrowly escaped a suicide attack, when a young man (20) in a school uniform detonated his explosives belt near his armored car at a poor neighborhood of San'a. 3 bystanders were wounded.
    (AP, 4/26/10)

2010        Apr 27, It was reported that Fritz Maytag, owner of the SF-based Anchor Brewing Co., has sold the company to the Griffon Group, run by Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio.
    (SFC, 4/27/10, p.A1)
2010        Apr 27, The Oklahoma Senate voted to override Gov. Brad. Henry’s veto of two abortion bills, one that an abortion-rights group has said would be among the nation’s strictest measures against the procedure. On July 19 Oklahoma County District Judge Noma Gurich granted an injunction blocking enforcement of the abortion law.
    (SFC, 4/28/10, p.A6)(SFC, 7/20/10, p.A4)
2010        Apr 27, A Texas inmate, Samuel Bustamante (40), was executed evening for fatally stabbing an illegal immigrant during an attempted robbery a dozen years ago. Bustamante was convicted of the 1998 slaying of Rafael Alvarado (27), a Mexican national in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston, who became a target of what Bustamante and some of his friends called "shopping trips" where they would hunt illegal immigrants, then beat and rob them.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO soldier was killed following a gun attack.
    (AFP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, Brazil, a UN Security Council member, demanded that Iran guarantee its nuclear program has no military aims, saying the crisis has become the single most important security issue in the world.
    (AFP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, British researchers reported that a single sigmoidoscopy between ages 55 and 64 can reduce deaths by at least 43%.
    (SFC, 4/28/10, p.A8)
2010        Apr 27, Czech Republic vice premier Martin Bartak said the government has approved an agreement with the United States on scientific cooperation in defense research.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, Germany officially opened its first offshore wind farm in the North Sea after years of delays and technical problems. The $340 million test field, Alpha Ventus, consisted of 12 windmills.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, India’s foreign ministry said a female diplomat, Mrs. Gupta (53), working in the Indian embassy in Islamabad has been arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan. Strikes to protest rising food and fuel prices shut down air, rail and road traffic in several parts of India.
    (AFP, 4/27/10)(SSFC, 5/2/10, p.M3)
2010        Apr 27, Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in an overnight mortar attack on a security station in a Shiite neighborhood in northern Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, In Kyrgyzstan the leader of the interim authorities said ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been charged with organizing mass killings in the deadly uprising that forced him from office in this Central Asian country earlier this month.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, The Mexican Senate passed a measure to make soldiers accountable to civilian courts for abuses involving civilians, and ensure the use of troops in actions like the offensive against drug cartels is temporary. Gunmen attacked a caravan of rights observers and leftists near the restive town of San Juan Copala in southern Oaxaca state, killing Finnish human rights worker Jyri Jaakkola and Mexican political activist Beatriz Carino Trujillo. An Italian man and a Belgian man were still unaccounted for more than 24 hours after the ambush. The National Network of Human Rights Civic Organizations said another Finn, three Mexicans and two journalists from the Mexican magazine Contralinea were also missing. The army reported that it freed 16 hostages at a house in Sabinas Hidalgo, a town near the northern city of Monterrey. One of the hostages was a 1-year-old child. 4 inmates were killed when an armed gang stormed a prison in the northern town of Altamira. 29 officers in four patrol vehicles were detained in the resort city of Acapulco after being stopped and searched by navy personnel. Searchers found a 33-pound (15-kg) bag of marijuana in one of the vehicles and 36 non-regulation firearms overall, mostly machine pistols and assault rifles.
    (AP, 4/27/10)(AP, 4/29/10)(AP, 4/28/10)(AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 27, In Nepal Oh Eun-sun (44), a South Korean mountaineer, became the first woman to scale the world's 14 highest mountains, crawling on all fours as she reached the last summit. She reached the summit of  Annapurna 13 years after she scaled her first Himalayan mountain, Gasherbrum II, in 1997. She scaled Everest in 2004.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, Pakistani troops killed 13 suspected insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region near Afghanistan. 8 militants died after a battle over a checkpoint in the Bezod area of Orakzai. Airstrikes killed five more in the Kasha area.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, Sierra Leone launched a program to provide free health care to mothers and children in the West African nation, which suffers from high rates of maternal and child mortality. UNICEF says it will distribute $6 million in medicines.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, Singapore previewed the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino, owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
    (http://tinyurl.com/4lqzq5g)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)
2010        Apr 27, In Somalia a truck full of explosives pulled up to a new AU base in Mogadishu. Two soldiers opened fire on the truck and were wounded along with 2 civilians when the explosion went off. The suicide attacker was the only one to die in the attack. Later at least 14 civilians were killed during a prolonged battle between government soldiers and Islamic insurgents.
    (AP, 4/27/10)(SFC, 4/28/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 27, In Thailand anti-government protesters forced a rush hour shutdown of Bangkok's busy elevated train system and promised to expand protests that have plunged the Thai capital into chaos by sending teams of demonstrators throughout the city.
    (AP, 4/27/10)
2010        Apr 27, Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as deputies scuffled and hurled smoke bombs during a tumultuous session that ratified a bitterly contested deal with Russia extending a naval base lease.
    (AFP, 4/27/10)

2010        Apr 28, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry was emphatic at a hastily called news conference that a new leak was discharging 5,000 barrels a day of sweet crude, not the 1,000 barrels officials had estimated for days since the Deepwater Horizons drilling rig exploded and sank 50 miles off the Louisiana Coast. Shrimpers in Louisiana filed a class-action lawsuit against oil giant BP Plc and owners of the drilling platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, as claims for economic losses anticipated from the disaster began to mount.
    (AP, 4/29/10)(Reuters, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 28, The US Supreme Court refused to order the removal of a cross from the Mohave National Preserve  in southern California. Veterans of Foreign Wars had placed a cross there in 1934 to honor soldiers killed in WWI. The first wooden cross was later replaced by a metal cross, which was around May 9-10, 2010.
    (www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=69916)
2010        Apr 28, Sempra Energy, the parent company of San Diego Gas and Electric Co., agreed to pay $410 million to settle claims that it played Enron-style games with California’s electricity market during the 2000-2001 energy crises.
    (SFC, 4/28/10, p.D1)
2010        Apr 28, The International Olympic Committee, acting on evidence that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the 2000 Games in Sidney, stripped China of the women's team bronze medal. China was ordered to give the medal back, allowing the United States to claim it instead.
    (AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 28, Palm Inc. a pioneer in the smart phone business that couldn't quite make the comeback it needed, agreed to be bought out by Hewlett-Packard Co. for about $1.4 billion in cash. Palm was founded in 1992 by Donna Dubinsky and Jeff Hawkins and helped originate the handheld computing market with its Palm Pilot "personal digital assistants" in the 1990s.
    (AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 28, Scientists reported that infrared analysis of asteroid 24 Themis indicated that it contained evidence of water ice as well as organic compounds. Themis, a 120-mile wide asteroid, stood as one of the largest in the solar system.
    (SFC, 4/28/10, p.A6)
2010        Apr 28, In Beijing France and China said they would work together to consider an overhaul of the global monetary system, at the start of a state visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
    (AFP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 28, In southern China Chen Kangbing (33) wielding a knife broke into a primary school and stabbed 15 students and a teacher in Leizhou city, the same day another school attacker was executed for killing eight children last month. Xu Yuyuan (47) was found guilty of attempted homicide in mid-May by the Taizhou Intermediate Court in Jiangsu province. He was executed on May 30. Kangbing was sentenced to death on June 11.
    (AP, 4/28/10)(AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Apr 28, An Egyptian court convicted 26 men of spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and plotting attacks in Egypt, and gave them prison sentences ranging from six months to life. A Hamas security official in charge of the tunnel area along the border said Egyptians had filled a passage with some type of crowd dispersal gas killing four Palestinians. The next day Egypt denied the charges saying fires sparked by such explosions could use up all the oxygen in the tunnel and people caught inside could suffocate.
    (AP, 4/28/10)(AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 28, Bangladesh Labor and Manpower Minister Mosharraf Hossain said Bangladesh will raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers, as workers staged another mass protest that blocked the country's main highway.
    (AFP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 28, EU Pres. Herman Van Rompuy said he is fully confident that debt-laden Greece will receive the financial assistance it needs in time to address its debt problems and to preserve eurozone stability. Greece faced a May 19 deadline, when around euro 10 billion of debt comes due.
    (AP, 4/28/10) 
2010        Apr 28, In Iraq former PM Ayad Allawi, the front-runner in the recent parliamentary elections, called for the formation of an impartial, internationally supervised caretaker government to prevent the country from sliding into violence and counter what he says are efforts to change the vote results. The US military said an American soldier has been killed by a roadside blast in the Diyala province in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 28, In Mexico gunmen stormed into a bar, dragged out eight people and killed them in the parking lot, the first of several shootings in Ciudad Juarez that left 16 dead, including a man in a wheelchair. In the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, gunmen killed, Jose Santiago Agustino, the mayor of the small town of Zapotitlan Tablas, while he was in the state capital of Chilpancingo. In 2009 he had complained that a government hospital built in his region more than a decade earlier had never opened.
    (AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 28, Nigeria's senate ordered a probe into Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima (49) for his alleged marriage to a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, after the national rights watchdog and other 10 groups accused him of shaming the country. Gunmen seized four officers of an agency responsible for combating counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the southern state of Abia.
    (AFP, 4/28/10)(AFP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 28, In Pakistan security forces have killed seven suspected insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region near Afghanistan.
    (AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 28, Dunkin' Donuts said it is returning to Russia, following an 11-year absence, with plans to tap growing appetite for coffee and sweets by opening up to 20 outlets in Moscow this year.
    (AP, 4/28/10)
2010        Apr 28, In Sudan around 2,000 people gathered in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, after discovering that the scheme had collapsed. Police used tear gas to break up a protest by hundreds of investors who lost money in a Ponzi scheme that stretched across Sudan's strife-ridden Darfur region and beyond.
    (Reuters, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 28, Thai security forces fired into a crowd of anti-government protesters during a clash just outside Bangkok as they tried to keep the Red Shirts from expanding their demonstrations from a base in the capital. One soldier was killed, and at least 18 protesters were hurt.
    (AP, 4/28/10)

2010        Apr 29, The US Navy said the first US women allowed to serve aboard submarines will be reporting for duty by 2012.
    (AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, Alabama shrimpers filed a class-action lawsuit against oil giant BP Plc and owners of the drilling platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, as claims for economic losses anticipated from the disaster began to mount.
    (Reuters, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 29, ChronoZoom was first publicly announced and demonstrated at the University of California, Berkeley during the 97th Annual Faculty Research Lecture series. On Apr 12, 2011, Professor Alvarez introduced ChronoZoom, a free interactive zoomable timeline for the history of everything being developed at UC Berkeley. By 2012 there were about 30 people working on the project at Microsoft Research, Moscow State Univ. and the Univ. of Calif.
    (http://eps.berkeley.edu/~saekow/chronozoom/introductionvideo/index.html)(Econ, 6/2/12, TQ p.10)
2010        Apr 29, In Oakland, Ca., Parking director Noel Pinto issued a memo curtailing nighttime parking enforcement, effecting as of May 13. The recently begun practice had enraged local residents.
    (SFC, 5/11/10, p.C3)
2010        Apr 29, Australia said it will force tobacco companies to strip all logos and color from their packaging, in a move aimed at driving people away from smoking.
    (SFC, 4/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 29, A giant NASA science balloon crashed during take-off in Australia, destroying its multi-million-dollar payload, toppling a large car and narrowly missing frightened observers.
    (AFP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, NATO troops in Nangarhar province raided the home of a prominent Afghan lawmaker overnight, killing one of her relatives. In Laghman province a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near an Afghan army training facility, killing a soldier.
    (AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, Belgium's lower house of parliament banned burqa-type Islamic dress in public, but the measure faced a challenge in the Senate which will delay early enactment of the law. There were two abstentions. No one voted against.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 29, The president of the Central African Republic scrapped plans to hold polls May 16 after the elections commission told him it would be unable to organize them in time.
    (AFP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, In eastern China a knife-wielding jobless man, Xu Yuyuan (47), attacked a kindergarten class of 4-year-olds, slashing 29 children and 3 teachers in what an expert said was a copycat rampage of two other episodes at Chinese schools in the past month. On May 15 Xu Yuyuan was sentenced to death. He appealed the death sentence, saying the punishment was too severe considering no one was killed.
    (AP, 4/29/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        Apr 29, Colombian authorities detained Congressman Luis Carlos Restrepo Orozco on allegations of receiving drug money.
    (AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, Avigdor Arikha (b.1929), Holocaust surviving artist, died in Paris. He was perhaps the best painter from life in the last decades of the 20th century.
    (Econ, 5/15/10, p.94)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avigdor_Arikha)
2010        Apr 29, The prime ministers of India and Pakistan agreed to resume peace talks between their top diplomats and work toward rebuilding trust shattered by the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militants.
    (AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, Iraq's election commission said recounting all the ballots from the key Baghdad province will take around 2 to 3 weeks, further delaying the formation of a long awaited new government. 8 people were killed and 20 injured in car bomb outside a Baghdad liquor store. Iraq's banned Baath party, booted out of power in the 2003 US-led invasion, held its first public meeting in the Syrian capital.
    (AP, 4/29/10)(AFP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 29, Mexican police said that a crowd of villagers in Guerrero state chased down a group of alleged kidnappers, freed their victims and shot 3 men to death. The men had apparently entered the hamlet of La Union, near the coastal resort of Zihuatanejo, and abducted a man and two boys. They allegedly also shot another man to death.
    (AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, In Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed a lawsuit with  the country’s Supreme Court in an attempt to prevent the dissolution of her party under a controversial new election law.
    (AFP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, Thailand's "Red Shirt" protesters called on the European Union to send observers to prevent a crackdown by the army, but the government warned others not to meddle in its internal affairs. Theo-establishment activists demanded military action against anti-government protesters and an end to "anarchy" in the capital.
    (AFP, 4/29/10)(AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, In Venezuela Father Esteban Woods (68), an American priest, was slain inside his apartment in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz.
    (AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Apr 29, In Vietnam a Javan rhino, one of the world's rarest large mammals, was found shot dead with its horn chopped off in a southern national park, a suspected victim of poachers. There were only three to five Javan rhinos believed left in Vietnam. The animal was first caught on camera at the park in 1999.
    (AP, 5/10/10)

2010        Apr 30, Oil from a leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico began washing ashore in the southern US state of Louisiana, threatening an ecological disaster.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, In NYC an indictment was unsealed against Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff for scheming to provide computer systems expertise and other goods and services to Al-Qaida. Ion June 18, 2012, Hanafi pleaded guilty federal charges of conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist organization.
    (SFC, 5/1/10, p.A5)(SFC, 6/19/12, p.A8)
2010        Apr 30, In Arkansas several tornadoes ripped through the state, killing a woman and injuring two dozen others. Leveled homes, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees were scattered across central Arkansas.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        Apr 30, Peter Lopez (60), a successful entertainment attorney who was married to actress Catherine Bach, was found dead at his home in the Encino Hills, Ca., in an apparent suicide.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        Mar 30, Jadin Wong (b.1913), Chinese-American dancer and actress, died. She appeared in dozens of films including “Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation" (1939).
    (SFC, 5/12/10, p.C5)
2010        Apr 30, In southern Afghanistan foreign troops killed two women and a girl as they traveled by car.
    (AFP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, In Albania tens of thousands of people thronged the main square of Tirana and demanded a partial recount of the election that the opposition claims involved vote-rigging.
    (SFC, 5/1/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 30, In Argentina over 2,000 adolescents in schools across the province of Mendoza skipped classes and met in a plaza in a mass truancy organized on Facebook. A judge in Mendoza soon ordered Facebook to shut groups created by minors to organize the truancy.
    (SFC, 5/13/10, p.A2)
2010        Apr 30, Shanghai kicked off the six-month World Expo with a star-studded gala ceremony set to end in a lavish blaze of fireworks and light along the city's river-front. The World Expo officially opened on May 1. Closing date was set for Oct 31.
    (AFP, 4/30/10)(AP, 5/1/10)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.42)
2010        Apr 30, A Chinese farmer attacked kindergarten students with a hammer, injuring five, before burning himself to death in China's third such assault in as many days and prompting the government to demand stricter school security nationwide.
    (AP, 4/30/10)  
2010        Apr 30, The EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said that China is willing to discuss sanctions on Iran as long as they are carefully targeted and bolster efforts to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, Ireland mourned the shock loss of one of the nation's best-known broadcasters, Gerry Ryan (53), who was found dead in his Dublin apartment after failing to broadcast his morning radio show, an Irish institution.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, Jordanian doctor Humam Khalili Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, who killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan late last year, called on Muslims to wage jihad and become martyrs in a posthumous message posted on extremist websites.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, Kurdish rebels killed four Turkish soldiers and wounded seven others in eastern Turkey in the largest attack on troops in several months.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        Apr 30, Hezbollah's leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said in published remarks that Hezbollah can strike infrastructure deep inside Israel if a new war breaks out, but refused to confirm whether or not the Lebanon-based militants have long-range Scud missiles.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, Mexican authorities rescued two journalists who had been stranded for nearly three days among feuding militants after a caravan of rights activists was caught in a deadly ambush in southern Oaxaca state.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, A Nigerian court sentenced six Ghanaians and a Nigerian to 8 years in prison each after they were found guilty of stealing 4,000 tons of oil products. Rebels in the restive Niger Delta claimed to have blown up a Shell pipeline in the creeks of the southern oil producing region and threatened further attacks.
    (AFP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, In Pakistan Khalid Khawaja, a former intelligence officer, was found shot dead in a northwest tribal region. Khawaja went missing in late March with another ex-intelligence official, Sultan Amir Tarar, and journalist Asad Qureshi. There was no word on the fate of the two others. Pakistani troops pressing an anti-Taliban offensive into a second month in a lawless tribal district near the Afghan border killed at least eight militants. Taliban militants blew up a state-run girls' school in Sadiqabad village in Bajaur, another of Pakistan's seven tribal districts where militants have destroyed 89 schools.
    (AP, 4/30/10)(AFP, 4/30/10)(AP, 9/9/10)
2010        Apr 30, Panama police found an arsenal of assault rifles, grenades and almost a half million rounds of ammunition at the home of Professor Vinicio Jimenez, a Guatemalan-born sociology professor. Their raid netted 47 assault rifles, 24 machine pistols, 487,900 rounds of ammunition and almost 4,000 grenades and grenade-style munitions.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        Apr 30, In Puerto Rico regulators shut down three banks that had struggled to stay afloat during Puerto Rico's grinding, four-year recession. A judge in Puerto Rico sentenced two former police officers to prison for the beating death of a suspect who was detained in 2003 for allegedly stealing a patrol car.
    (AP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, In Russia Vera Trifonova (53), who was reported to have diabetes and chronic kidney failure, died in the Matrosskaya Tishina jail. Trifonova, the head of a real estate company, had been jailed since December on fraud charges. The next day Pres. Medvedev ordered investigators to determine why another person has died in the same Moscow jail where lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died last year of an untreated illness.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        Apr 30, In south Sudan at least seven people were killed after men said to be affiliated with a defeated candidate in regional elections attacked an army base.
    (AFP, 4/30/10)
2010        Apr 30, Taiwan carried out a death sentence for the first time since 2005, executing 4 inmates as a heated debate rages on the island over whether capital punishment should be abolished.
    (AP, 5/1/10) 

2010        Apr, In Alaska Kip Lynch, a former army soldier, shot and killed his wife Racquell (19) and their 8-month old baby, Kyirsta. Their bodies remained in the family's Anchorage apartment for a weekend before they were discovered. Lynch had shot himself but recovered. He was found guilty in June 2011 and in 2012 was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 1/20/12)
2010        Apr, Amanda Hocking (b.1984) of Minnesota began selling her “Trylle" vampire-romances as e-books. By March, 2011, she had sold over a million copies of her nine books and earned two million dollars from sales, previously unheard of for self-published authors.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Hocking)
2010        Apr, British treasure hunter Dave Crisp, using a metal detector, located some 52,500 Roman coins in a field in southwestern England. The find included more than 760 coins from the reign of Carausius, the Roman naval officer who seized power in 286 and ruled until he was assassinated in 293.
    (AP, 7/8/10)
2010        Apr, In Bulgaria former defense minister Nicolay Tsonev was arrested in a hospital as part of a broad crackdown against organized crime.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.54)
2010        Apr, In Canada some 100 dogs appeared to have been "slaughtered" inhumanely, shortly after the end of the Winter Games. The incident became public after an employee of Outdoor Adventures Whistler filed a compensation claim with the province, saying he was suffering from stress after being forced to shoot the animals and bury them.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2010        Apr, China’s policymakers imposed new curbs on housing speculation, raising down-payment requirements and mortgage rates.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.73)
2010        Apr, In Guinea-Bissau Colonel Samba Diallo, deputy director of military intelligence, was arrested with other top officers on suspicion of involvement in a March 2009 attack that killed armed forces chief of staff Gen. Batiste Tagme na Waie. Diallo He was released after 8 months in detention.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)
2010        Apr, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that Gen. Ashkenazi's four-year term would not be extended by a year, as is customary. In 2011 it was reported that the action was a result of Ashkenazi’s objection to a proposal to attack Iranian nuclear sites.
    (Reuters, 1/12/11)
2010        Apr, In Senegal a new $27 million, 50-meter statue of a nuclear family, titled the “Monument of African Resistance," was officially opened in Dakar. It was financed by public funds and designed by North Koreans. Pres. Abdoulaye Wade demanded that 35% of proceeds from visitors should go in perpetuity to his own foundation, to be run by his daughter.
    (Econ, 2/27/10, p.54)
2010        Apr, In Switzerland a police probe began after muddy, encrusted urns filled with human ashes were discovered accidentally by divers near Zurich's extravagantly wealthy "Gold Coast" only 5 miles (8 km) from the city center. Speculation connected the urns to Dignitas, a Swiss group that has helped hundreds of people, including Americans, Britons, Germans and Frenchmen, take their lives in recent years. A probe against Dignitas founder Ludwig A. Minelli in connection with the urns was dropped July 28.
    (AP, 4/28/10)(AP, 8/4/10)
2010        Apr, Uighur journalist Memetjan Abdulla (33), who worked for an official Chinese radio service, was sentenced to life imprisonment for transmitting information about the 2009 ethnic riots in western China.
    (AP, 12/24/10)
2010        Apr, The World Bank formally set up the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program with G20 donors pledging $900 million. Leaders at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in September 2009 had called on the World Bank to “work with interested donors and organizations to develop a multilateral trust fund to scale up agricultural assistance to low income countries."
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/4qwtyaz)

2010        Apr - 2010 Sep, In Mexico at least 11,333 migrants were kidnapped over this 6-month period.
    (AP, 2/22/11)(http://tinyurl.com/6jkl5zb)

2010        May 1, The worst US oil spill in decades reached into precious shoreline habitat along the Gulf Coast as documents emerged showing British Petroleum downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at the offshore rig that exploded.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, In Minnesota a suburban St. Paul police officer was killed during an ambush, setting off a massive manhunt that ended with one suspect dead and another in custody.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, NYC police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square. The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the failed car bomb attack.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, In South Carolina Lee County Sheriff E. J. Melvin was arrested after the FBI caught him calling drug dealers to tip them off or extort them after receiving a list of possible dealers in his county.
    (SFC, 5/4/10, p.A4)
2010        May 1, Elisabeth Mandala (18), a Texas high school student, and two Mexican men were found dead in a crashed pickup truck near Mina, in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. Autopsies revealed that all three died from severe blows to the head and body. Mandala, a senior at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, was last seen April 27 leaving her mother's home. The two men killed were taxi driver Luis Angel Estrella Mondragon (44) and merchant Dante Ruiz Siller (38).
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 1, American actress Helen Wagner (b.1918) died. She played mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" for more than a half-century. Wagner opened "As the World Turns" when it premiered on April 2, 1956, with the words: "Good morning, dear."
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 1, Tens of thousands of workers marched in cities from Hong Kong to Istanbul to mark international worker's day, demanding more jobs, better work conditions and higher wages.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, In Albania 22 opposition Socialist lawmakers and 180 supporters launched a hunger strike to press the government to allow a partial recount of an election they claim was tainted by vote-rigging. The government of PM Sali Berisha, who narrowly won the June 28 general election controlling 75 of parliament's 140 seats, called their demands illegal.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Arab nations endorsed indirect peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, a move that likely paves the way for the start of long-stalled US-brokered negotiations.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales nationalized 4 electricity generators, 2 of which had European owners or partners. He skipped the May Day parade as some marchers carried signs denouncing his purchase of a new French Dassault jet.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.40)
2010        May 1, In Brazil a jury convicted a rancher of orchestrating the murder of US nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang. Regivaldo Galvao, the last of five defendants to stand trial in the case, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The verdict came two weeks after another rancher, Vitalmiro Moura, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of collaborating with Galvao. Galvao was soon released on bail pending an appeal.
    (AP, 5/1/10)(AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 1, In China World Expo 2010 officially opened in Shanghai. Two-wheeled Electric Networked Vehicles (EN-Vs) were unveiled at Expo 2010. They used a balancing system developed by Segway.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.42)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.87)
2010        May 1, Cuba quietly began requiring foreign tourists and Cubans who live overseas to hold travel insurance approved by island authorities, while making those who don't have coverage buy a local policy that can cost over $3 a day.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 1, Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central Athens and other Greek cities for May Day rallies fueled by anger at expected harsh austerity measures needed to secure rescue loans for near-bankrupt Greece.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, In Iraq gunmen robbed a jewelry store in northern Baghdad and killed its owner. As they were making their escape, a car bomb exploded nearby, killing three policemen who were responding to the robbery.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Kuwaiti media reported that seven people were arrested in a sweep of a suspected spy cell.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 1, In Mexico 5 people were killed in a gunbattle between gang members and soldiers in Camargo, a small town in Tamaulipas state, which borders Nuevo Leon.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 1, The leader of Nepal's Maoists called a nationwide general strike, stepping up pressure on the government to quit as tens of thousands of his supporters demonstrated in Kathmandu.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Nigeria's navy seized a Greek-flagged vessel carrying more than 80 tons of stolen crude oil and arrested its crew in a crackdown on a multi-million dollar smuggling racket.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 1, In Pakistan a suicide bomber killed five people in the Swat Valley, fuelling fears of a Taliban comeback in the area a year after a major army offensive routed the group.
    (Reuters, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Hundreds of Russian opposition activists rallied in Moscow, shouting slogans comparing PM Vladimir Putin to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in a rare protest approved by the authorities.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, In Somalia two bombs exploded inside a small mosque in the Bakara market district of Mogadishu killing at least 32 people.
    (AP, 5/1/10)(AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, In Sudan the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Darfur’s main rebel group, warned that the government has brought the Darfur peace process to an end by launching a military offensive.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI would name a papal delegate to govern the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ and that a special commission would study its founding constitutions to reform it. The decisions were made after five Vatican investigators reported to the pope about their eight-month global inquiry into the order after its late founder was so thoroughly discredited by revelations of his double life.
    (AP, 5/2/10)

2010        May 2, Louisiana's 2.4-billion-dollar a year commercial and recreational fishing industry was dealt its first major blow from the April 20 oil spill, as the US government banned activities for 10 days due to health concerns.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Tennessee more rain and storms loomed as emergency officials coped with evacuations and closed roads from heavy flooding that claimed five lives. Weekend thunderstorms killed at least 31 people with 19 dead in Tennessee, 6 in Mississippi and 6 in Kentucky. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Nashville over two days, nearly doubling the previous record of 6.68 inches that fell in the wake of Hurricane Fredrick in 1979.
    (AP, 5/2/10)(AP, 5/3/10)(AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A8)
2010        May 2, United Airlines said it has agreed to buy Continental in a $3 billion-plus deal that would create the world's largest carrier with a commanding position in several top US cities.
    (AP, 5/3/10)(SFC, 5/3/10, p.D1)
2010        May 2, Lynn Redgrave (b.1943), British-born actress, died at her home in Kent, Conn. She achieved acclaim for her role in “Georgy Girl" (1966).
    (SFC, 5/4/10, p.C5) 
2010        May 2, In southern Afghanistan a British soldier died in an explosion while protecting fellow troops as they returned from a patrol.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Australia said it would impose taxes worth billions of dollars on mining companies to tap the profits of an Asia-driven commodities surge, prompting warnings it could "kill" the boom.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, China raised the proportion of deposits that lenders must keep in reserve at the central bank, another step in its months-old campaign to mop up excess cash in the economy at a time when inflation is on the rise.
    (Reuters, 5/3/10)
2010        May 2, Cuba allowed a small group of dissidents to hold a protest march after the country's top Roman Catholic clergyman negotiated with authorities, ending three straight weeks of ugly confrontations.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Egyptian police shot dead two African migrants in separate incidents near the border with Israel.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Ethiopia’s information minister said police have arrested 10 suspected Islamic militants they believe were sent by Eritrea to carry out attacks to upset May 23 general elections.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Greece reached agreement with the EU and the International Monetary Fund on rescue loans to keep Athens from defaulting on its debts, a deal that will impose harsh cuts on the county's 11 million people for years.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Iran the Fars news agency reported that 9 bronze statues, some of famous Iranians and costing thousands of dollars, have been stolen in Tehran in what is said to be serial thievery.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Iraq 2 bombs exploded minutes apart near buses carrying Christian students in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least one bystander and injuring around 100 others.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Moshe Hirsch (86), an American-born anti-Zionist rabbi and close associate of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died in Jerusalem. Hirsch was a leading figure in Neturei Karta, a tiny ultra-Orthodox sect that opposes Israel's existence as a Jewish state and has embraced its enemies. Neturei Karta, which is Aramaic for "Guardians of the City," was founded some 70 years ago in Jerusalem by Jews who opposed the drive to establish the state of Israel.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 2, In Jamaica a sleeping 5-year-old boy died after his throat was slashed. Police soon charged Jermaine Gushman (34) with the murder saying he may have done it to get back at the boy's father.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 2, In Mexico 5 people were trampled to death when a gunshot fired at a cattle fair sent a panic-stricken crowd rushing for the exits in Guadalupe, outside the industrial city of Monterrey, already on edge from rampant drug violence.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Nepal Maoist opposition supporters armed with bamboo sticks enforced a general strike that closed transportation, schools and markets across the country to demand the prime minister's resignation.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Norsk Hydro announced that it was acquiring  the aluminium assets of Vale, a Brazilian mining giant, in a deal valued at $4.9 billion.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.65)
2010        May 2, Pakistani army helicopter gunships pounded insurgent hideouts in the northwest, killing at least 22 militants.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Hamas Deputy Finance Minister Ismail Mahfouz denied that the Islamic militants are caught in a cash crunch, but said Hamas is having trouble getting money into blockaded Gaza.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Somalia dozens of fighters from one of Somalia's most powerful rebel groups moved into Haradhere, a northern town where pirates operate, sending the pirates fleeing in a development that could upend the piracy trade.
    (AP, 5/2/10)(SFC, 5/3/10, p.A2)
2010        May 2, In Sudan gunfire broke out and ambulance sirens wailed as hundreds of angry victims of a failed pyramid scheme protested in the Darfur region. Police opened fire as the protesters tried to march on the house of the state governor. At least 3 people died in the clashes.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)(Reuters, 5/5/10)

2010        May 3, Faisal Shahzad (30), a US citizen who had recently returned from a five-month trip to his native Pakistan, was arrested at a New York airport on charges that on May 1 he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        May 3, The US renewed sanctions against Damascus, saying Syria has made some progress containing terror networks that use the country to infiltrate Iraq but that Damascus continues to support terrorists and pursue weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 3, Some 20 students at UC Berkeley began a hunger strike demanding that the school denounce Arizona’s new immigration law, drop charges against protesters from anti-fee hike occupation, rehire laid-off janitors and declare Berkeley a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.C2)
2010        May 3, Karl Kasten (b.1916), painter,  printmaker and UC Berkeley professor, died.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.C5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Kasten)
2010        May 3, Nick Rogers (30), former NFL player and Georgia Tech star, died in a one-car accident. He was killed about 1:30 a.m. when his car hit a utility pole in College Park, near Atlanta, Georgia.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, Rabbi David Forman, founder of Rabbis for Human Rights, a prominent group defending Palestinians, died in Dallas, Texas. Forman founded Rabbis for Human Rights in 1988 and led it until 1992. He served as its chairman again from 2002-2003.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, Prosecutors said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle allegations that it improperly handled and dumped hazardous waste at stores across California in a case that led to changes in the retailer's practices nationwide.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, George Huguely (22), a men's lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, was arrested hours after the body of Yeardley Love (22), a female lacrosse player, was found in her apartment. He has been charged with murder.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/4/10, p.A4)
2010        May 3, In southern Afghanistan two NATO service members died, one from a roadside bomb, the other in a vehicle accident. A joint operation between Afghan and NATO forces killed five militants in central Afghanistan. Several militants also were arrested in the operation in Gezeb district of Daykundi province. In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed one civilian outside the Camp Chapman CIA base.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/4/10, p.A2)
2010        May 3, In Argentina a judge widened the case against former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla (1976-1981) to include an additional 49 cases of kidnapping, torture and murder. These include victims whose bodies have been identified by forensic experts.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Energy giant BP vowed to pay "all necessary and appropriate clean-up costs" from the US oil pollution disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil has been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico since a deepwater oil rig operated by BP exploded and sank on April 20 killing 11 men.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In Burundi attackers chopped off the limbs of a 5-year-old albino boy and pulled out his mother's eye, killing them over the belief that their body parts would bring wealth and success. Ten assailants armed with guns and grenades killed Desire Vyegura (5) and his mother, Susann Vyegura. Thoma Vyegura, who was not albino, was also killed while trying to protect his daughter and grandson.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 3, In Egypt police used batons and splintered wooden sticks to beat several protesters from a crowd of about 400 people, mostly from opposition groups and social movements, that turned out near the government headquarters in downtown Cairo.
    (Reuters, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Egypt's oil ministry said it has signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing with two Chinese companies to build a $2 billion refinery that would be its largest such plant.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, The leaders of Israel and Egypt met to discuss the renewal of the Middle East peace process ahead of US-backed indirect negotiations between the Palestinians and the Jewish state.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will provide euro22.4 billion ($29.6 billion) to help bailout Greece over a three-year period, part of a wider plan aimed at keeping Greece afloat and protecting their shared euro currency.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In Grenada Steve Gorrie (36) walked into a precinct station with two severed human heads in a bucket and presented his haul to horrified police. Police later found two hacked-up, headless bodies in a rural field, including the owner of a local tavern.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 3, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seized center stage at the opening of a monthlong debate at the United Nations on how to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. But behind the scenes, UN Security Council powers were discussing ways to punish Iran for defying their demands that it curb nuclear activities that could be used to make bombs.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, Kuwait said that several suspects are being questioned in connection with a busted spy cell which a local newspaper said had been working for Iran.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Kyrgyzstan's interim government offered cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of fugitive relatives and colleagues of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Rewards from $20,000 to $100,000 were offered to those who can help find them, colossal bounties in a country where the average salary is $130 per month. Bakiyev’s brother Zhanybek was wanted for ordering police to open fire on protestors.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived on a luxury 17-car train in China, in what would be his first journey abroad in years as his regime faces a worsening economy and speculation it may have torpedoed a South Korean warship.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In India Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab (22), a Pakistani national, was found guilty for his role in the 60-hour siege (Nov 26-28, 2008) that left 166 people dead. He was convicted on most of the 86 charges against him and faced the death penalty. The next day Judge M.L. Tahaliyani imposed the death penalty against Kasab on four counts of murder, waging war against India, conspiracy and terrorism offences.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)(AFP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 3, In Iraq two American soldiers died from injuries sustained in separate incidents unrelated to combat. Sardasht Othman (23), a Kurdish journalist, was kidnapped in front of the campus of University of Salahuddin in the regional capital of Irbil. His handcuffed and bullet-riddled body was found four days later outside the Kurdish region in Mosul.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, A team of Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian environmental scientists said large stretches of the biblical Jordan River could dry up by 2011. In 1847, a US Naval officer visiting the area reported on the "deafening roar of the tumultuous waters."
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, In Mexico gunmen drove up to a soccer field and shot five men to death as they played early Monday near the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Mohamed Abed Al-Jabri (b.1935), Moroccan Islamic philosopher, critic and political ideologue for a socialist opposition party, died in Casablanca.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)(http://tinyurl.com/2ahph72)
2010        May 3, Nigeria's private pay TV station NN24 began a 24-hour news coverage service in a first for the west African country. Nigerian police freed a Ghanaian woman after a shootout with her kidnappers in the restive oil city of Port Harcourt. The kidnappers seized another woman, Rita Oparaocha, an employee of the state ministry of works and housing after snatching her car.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)(AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, In Pakistan suspected US missiles killed four alleged militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, while a top US general arrived to discuss the countries' efforts in the war against Islamist extremists.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Paraguay’s Pres. Fernando Lugo and Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva met under a heavy police presence in a rough outpost called Pedro Juan Caballero on the Paraguayan side and Ponta Pora in Brazil in a joint effort to fight to drug-trafficking. Lugo's ministers were frustrated by the Paraguayan Senate's vote last week to delay until 2013 a personal income tax that would generate nearly $37 million a year that Lugo desperately needs to fund troops and provisions of martial law he has declared across five states in pursuit of the guerrillas.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, In Saudi Arabia 2 people died in the flooding caused by violent thunderstorms which paralyzed Riyadh this week.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 3, In Senegal lawmakers from 27 African countries gathered in Dakar for a two-day conference to push for a UN ban on female genital mutilation as a breach of human rights. Senegal hoped to eradicate the practice completely by 2015.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In South Africa police officers found Emmanuel "Lolly" Jackson's body, a flamboyant strip club owner, shot several times in a house near Johannesburg after receiving a call from a man who said he wanted to surrender. The caller, known as George Smith or George Louca, fled to his native Cyprus. In Sep, 2011, the charred body of Jackson's lawyer was found in the burned remains of his car near Johannesburg. Days later, Jackson's former business partner, Mark Andrews, was found dead on an isolated stretch of highway near Johannesburg. Local media have linked other deaths since 2009 to Jackson.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(AP, 10/2/11)
2010        May 3, Sri Lanka's court of appeal suspended a court martial probing ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka who is charged with engaging in politics while in uniform.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Darfur's most powerful rebel group said it was suspending peace talks with Sudan's government, accusing Khartoum of attacking villages and military positions in breach of a ceasefire. In South Sudan a renegade army general said he had taken command of a body of soldiers and demanded the removal of the man who beat him in recent elections. South Sudan's army accused George Athor of masterminding an attack on one of its bases on April 30 and plotting further assaults after he lost in the race to become governor of the oil-producing south's Jonglei state last week.
    (AP, 5/3/10)(Reuters, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva promised to produce a political roadmap that would end a stand-off with "Red Shirt" protesters after the country's deadliest civil violence in almost two decades.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)

2010        May 4, Ohio voters passed ballot proposal Issue 1. It allowed the state to issue $700 million of bonds to finance research and development for the so-called “Third Frontier" program, which was launched in 2002
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.34)(http://tinyurl.com/25tu3te)
2010        May 4, In Afghanistan Hayat Khan, a tribal elder, was gunned down while he was shopping in the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the latest targeted killing ahead of a NATO-led operation there that will be a critical test of the Afghan war. A former member of southern Zabul province's women's affairs department was fatally shot. In northern Kunduz province Taliban militants killed two civilians they accused of spying for the government.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, The leaders of South America named former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner as their secretary-general, setting aside their differences in hopes that the 12-nation Unasur group can consolidate into a regional force for unity, development and democracy-building.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Alfredo Martinez de Hoz (84), the powerful economy minister who ran Argentina's finances during most of the dictatorship (1976-1983), was arrested and his bank accounts were frozen. The arrest followed a Supreme Court ruling last week deeming unconstitutional a 1990 presidential pardon granted to Martinez de Hoz and former dictator Jorge Videla.
    (AFP, 5/4/10)(AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 4, British Petroleum said efforts to contain a giant oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico are costing nearly four million pounds a day. Winds pushed a giant slick towards fragile wetlands on the US coast as efforts intensified to bottle up a ruptured oil well causing the growing environmental disaster.
    (AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, The Croatian government and the UN said Justice Minister Ivan Simonovic has been chosen to be assistant UN secretary-general for human rights.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, French lawmakers decided to return 16 tattooed and mummified Maori heads to New Zealand, ending years of debate on what to do with the human remains acquired long ago by French museums seeking exotic curiosities.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Greek protesters unfurled banners over the defensive walls of the ancient Acropolis, the country's most famous monument, to protest harsh new austerity measures as strikes began across the country.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Iceland's volcanic ash renewed its threat to European air space, forcing Ireland to shut services temporarily for the first time in 12 days. Ireland and Britain lifted flight restrictions after temporarily closing airspace due to the return of ash.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Iran called for independent verification of US claims it has pared its stockpile of nuclear warheads back to 5,113 and queried whether Washington was justified in holding such a lethal load.
    (AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, In Iran 5 Kurdish rebels, including two women, were killed after they battled Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in the western province of Kermanshah.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 4, Iraq's two main Shiite blocs seeking to govern the country signed an agreement that gives the final decision on all their political disputes to top Shiite clerics. The provision would likely further alienate Iraq's Sunni minority, which already feels excluded by Shiite dominance and had been hoping that March's election would boost their say in power. Sardasht Osman (22) was kidnapped in the regional capital Arbil. He had written articles critical of the rule of Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani. His corpse was found a day later in Mosul with a single bullet to the head. On Sep 15 an investigative committee formed by Barzani said that Osman was killed because of his ties to an extremist group.
    (AP, 5/5/10)(AFP, 9/16/10)
2010        May 4, In Mexico two Colombians were arrested at Mexico City's international airport as they allegedly prepared to board a flight to Panama trying to smuggle out more than $350,000 in cash in various currencies.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 4, Tin Tun Aung, secretary of the Myanmar Travel Entrepreneurs Association, said tourist visas, which are normally arranged days in advance at an embassy abroad, will be now be available at international airports in Mandalay and the biggest city, Yangon.
    (Reuters, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, In Nepal armed police escorted fuel and food trucks into Katmandu on the third day of a crippling general strike called by former Maoist rebels demanding the PM's resignation.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Royal Dutch Shell said it spilled nearly 14,000 tons of oil into the creeks of the Niger Delta in 2009 and blamed thieves and militants for the environmental damage.
    (SFC, 5/5/10, p.A2)
2010        May 4, Fires ripped through a mosque and an olive grove in two West Bank villages, and local Palestinians accused Jewish settlers of deliberately setting the blazes.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, The Philippine election commission ordered the recall of 76,000 memory cards to be used in the country's first automated elections next week after some were found to be defective, heightening jitters over a possible failure of the new system.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Spain’s Interior Ministry said Spain has taken in a second former inmate from the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects. Another Guantanamo detainee was sent to Bulgaria. This left about 181 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/5/10, p.A2)
2010        May 4, Taiwan opened a tourism office in Beijing that represents the island's first official presence in China's capital since the two sides split amid civil war in 1949.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Thai anti-government protesters welcomed a proposed compromise to end the violent political crisis that has paralyzed central Bangkok for nearly two months, but asked for more details on the plan before wrapping up their demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, In Venezuela a riot at the Santa Ana Prison in the western state of Tachira, one of the country’s most violent prisons, left eight inmates dead and three injured.
    (AP, 5/5/10)

2010        May 5, The US Coast Guard said BP PLC has managed to cap one of three leaks at a deepwater oil well, but the work is not expected to reduce the overall flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The well has been spewing at least 210,000 gallons per day since an April 20 explosion at a rig 50 miles off Louisiana.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, The US federal government said it will allow people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras to stay another 18 months in the US with temporary legal status. A new expiration date was set for Jan 5, 2012. The temporary legal status has been extended repeatedly since Hurricane Mitch devastated the region in 1998.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, US mediator George Mitchell launched Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after a break of more than a year, starting a shuttle mission between a hard-line Israeli government and a Palestinian administration in control of only part of its territory.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, In southwestern Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers disguised as police attacked a government compound in Nimroz province. 8 attackers blew themselves up and police shot the ninth. Two police officers and a provincial council member died. 3 explosions targeted the vehicles of private development companies in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Zabul. One person was killed and 11 were wounded in the blasts. Floodwaters coursed through several villages while residents slept in western Herat province. At least 20 people were killed and 30 injured.
    (AP, 5/5/10)(AP, 6/11/10)
2010        May 5, Brazilian local media reported that Brazil is to build a 483-million-dollar nuclear reactor to produce radioactive material for medical use as well as industrial-grade enriched uranium.
    (AFP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 5, Britain and Ireland grounded flights again after a fresh cloud of ash swept in from the Icelandic volcano which sparked unprecedented air travel chaos in Europe last month.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, CBC News reported that the Bank of Montreal is suing lawyers, brokers and some of its own employees for an alleged C$140 million ($136 million) mortgage scam that may have involved hundreds of people.
    (Reuters, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, In the east of the Central African Republic 2 people were killed and two wounded in an attack on an aid vehicle blamed on Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
    (AFP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 5, China said it would punish officials who failed to fulfill emissions reduction targets, warning the nation's current environmental situation was extremely serious.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, Congo’s government information minister said civilians who were being recruited to a new rebel movement in Congo's northwest captured the group's leader and he now will stand trial for war crimes. Odjani was captured by youths he was trying to recruit in the village of Dongo. In eastern Congo 80 people were missing and feared dead after an overloaded canoe capsized on a river. 45 people were rescued from the Congo River near the city of Kindu, the capital of Congo's eastern Maniema province.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 5, Cuba reported its worst sugar harvest since 1905.
    (SFC, 5/6/10, p.A2)
2010        May 5, In Greece 3 people died when an Athens bank went up in flames as over 50,000 Greeks took to the streets to protest harsh spending cuts aimed at saving the country from bankruptcy.
    (AP, 5/5/10)(Econ, 7/3/10, p.50)
2010        May 5, Kuwaiti and Saudi officials said an Iranian espionage group has been dismantled in Kuwait.  The cell was reportedly acting on behalf of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 5, Nepal's Maoist opposition blocked streets leading to key government offices on the fourth day of their crippling general strike to demand the prime minister's resignation, while the government vowed not to bow to protesters' pressure.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, A Pakistani anti-terror court acquitted four men put on trial over the 2008 bombing of the five-star Marriott hotel in Islamabad that killed at least 60 people. Suspects Rana Ilyas, Dr Mohammad Usman Safi, Hameed Afzal and Tehseenullah Jan, were arrested in Islamabad and the neighboring garrison city of Rawalpindi in October, one month after the devastating bomb.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, Somali pirates hijacked the China-bound oil tanker MV Moscow University 350 miles off the coast of Yemen with 23 Russian crew and crude oil worth $52 million on board.
    (Reuters, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, In South Africa 23 people died and 15 were badly injured when a bus overturned. The privately-registered bus accident was on the road despite being suspended for poor roadworthiness. The owner of the bus was soon charged with murder.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)(AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 5, Sri Lanka's parliament voted to scale back tough state of emergency laws that were first introduced 27 years ago to deal with separatist Tamil rebels.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, Sudan’s justice minister said police investigating an investment scam in the Darfur region have collected bounced checks and receipts for up to $27 million and arrested 58 people. The south Sudan armed forces said clashes over livestock between members of two large tribes killed 26 people in the south Sudan state of Warrap.
    (Reuters, 5/6/10)(AFP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 5, Ukraine Communists unveiled a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in front of the party's office in the city of Zaporizhya., sparking the anger of Ukrainian nationalists.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 5, Yukiya Amano, the head of the UN atomic watchdog, asked for international input on an Arab-led push to have Israel join the Nonproliferation Treaty, in a move that adds to pressure on the Jewish state to disclose its unacknowledged nuclear arsenal.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 5, Yemen slapped a last-minute ban on a meeting of Arab parliamentarians to discuss the crisis in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)

2010        May 6, The US FCC announced a plan to classify the last mile of internet access as a telecommunications service.
    (Econ, 5/15/10, p.86)
2010        May 6, The Dow Jones fell nearly 1000 points in intraday trading, but recovered to close at 10,520.32, down 347.8. Unrest in Greece and a trading glitch were cited as causes. After 5 months regulators said the “flash crash" was sparked by a sloppily executed sell order of one mutual fund group when the market was already jittery over economic turmoil in Europe.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A1)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.107)
2010        May 6, In Ramapo, NY, Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (51) was charged with raping a 16-year-old runaway who police said was forced into prostitution by a man who had beaten her up. Third-degree rape is a charge levied when the victim is under the age of consent, which is 17 in New York.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, SFJazz unveiled plans for the new 3-story, $60 million SF Jazz Center to rise at the corner of Fell and Franklin streets.
    (SFC, 5/6/10, p.A1)
2010        May 6, An E.coli outbreak, possibly linked to tainted lettuce, sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan prompting a recall throughout much of the US. Freshway Food in Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and Washington DC.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A4)
2010        May 6, In California Joseph Mercado (27) shot and killed Serena Tarin, his ex-girlfriend, as well as her father and brother. 6 other family members escaped the rampage in Hawaiian Gardens, LA County. Mercado was arrested by police after a bullet grazed his head.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.C6)
2010        May 6, Afghan officials said the Taliban have ordered mobile phone operators to shut down their networks during the night in a northern Afghan province, a sign of the militants' increasing influence in a once peaceful area. A NATO service member was killed in a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. Another died from a mortar or rocket attack in the east.
    (Reuters, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, Julio Alberto Poch (57), a pilot who allegedly flew death flights for Argentina's military dictatorship, was extradited from Spain. Spain acted on Argentina's request, arresting him in front of his passengers and family during a stop in Valencia on what was supposed to be his final flight back to the Netherlands before retiring from Transavia.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, Britain held national elections expected to deny all three major parties an outright majority, meaning the first so-called hung Parliament since 1974 is likely. David Cameron claimed the mantle of power after the Conservatives won the most seats in the election, though not enough to form a majority. Labour came in second, which for the first time since the 1970s produced no outright winner. Labour could still govern with the help of the Liberal Democrats.
    (AP, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, In China a tornado and strong winds swept through the southwest early in the day, killing at least 58 people and injuring nearly 200. The southwestern municipality of Chongqing was the worst hit after a tornado and gale-force winds killed 29 people. 10 were left dead in Hunan province and 6 dead in Guangdong province. Torrential rain in the eastern province of Jiangxi killed seven people. 6 people died in rain-triggered landslides in the southwestern province of Guizhou.
    (AP, 5/6/10)(AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, A Chinese media report said North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il told President Hu Jintao during his secretive trip to Beijing that he is ready to return to stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations.
    (AFP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, Wan Yanhai, a prominent Chinese AIDS activist, fled China for the United States with his wife and 4-year-old daughter to escape increasing government harassment of him and his organization. Wan, a former Health Ministry official, founded the Aizhixing Institute in 1994 to raise awareness and fight discrimination.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 6, In southern Ethiopia attackers hurled a bomb at a political meeting in Adaba, killing two people and wounding 14 others just over two weeks before national elections. On May 20 Tadesse Haile was sentenced to death for throwing hand grenades into the packed stadium. He was also convicted on planting bombs close to a construction site on May 5.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)(AFP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 6, Israel declined to address the international pressure that's been mounting for it to join the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, saying only that its refusal to acknowledge or deny it possesses atomic weapons is a pillar of its military deterrence.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, In Kashmir a fierce gunbattle between Muslim rebels and Indian security forces in the Indian-controlled portion killed six insurgents and two soldiers.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, Myanmar leaders of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party said they would continue working as a social movement after a new election law forced its dissolution as a political party at midnight.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson crashed to a shock defeat in the general election after a sex and cash scandal involving his wife battered his reputation.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan (52) was sworn as president of the oil-rich African nation riven by religious and political divisions, hours after the death of the incumbent Umaru Yar'Adua (58). Jonathan vowed that electoral reform and fighting graft would be top priorities.
    (Reuters, 5/6/10)   
2010        May 6, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas accused Hamas of smuggling large amounts of weapons into the West Bank as part of the militant group's efforts to undermine his administration.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, In Paraguay Jesus Ortiz, alleged EPP logistics coordinator, was captured.
    (Econ, 5/15/10, p.42)
2010        May 6, Russian forces freed a hijacked Russian oil tanker and rescued its crew in a helicopter-backed operation that killed a Somali pirate. Investigators said the 10 captured pirates, who seized the China-bound MV Moscow University in the Gulf of Aden, will be brought to Moscow for prosecution.
    (Reuters, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, In southern Sudan government troops clashed with soldiers loyal to renegade General George Athor, leaving 53 dead and ending hopes of a negotiated end to his mini revolt.
    (Reuters, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, A Taiwanese fishing boat, the Tai Yuan 227, was hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast who demanded a ransom for the crew.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 6, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would dissolve Parliament in September, paving the way for new elections demanded by anti-government protesters if they end their crippling occupation of Bangkok's commercial district.
    (AP, 5/6/10)

2010        May 7, In California former Burbank middle school teacher Amy Victoria Beck (33) was sentenced to 2 years in prison for unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child. Back had pleaded no contest to having sex with a former student (14).
    (SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)
2010        May 7, In southern California CHP officer Danny Benavides (39) was killed when his patrol plane went down near Highway 78 in Imperial County.
    (SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A8)
2010        May 7, It was reported that JetBlue has formed a partnership with South African Airways that will allow travelers to fly on both airlines with a single ticket. Starting May 12 JetBlue customers will be able to travel to 40 international cities served by South African Airways.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, It was reported that bisphenol-A (BPA), contained in the lining of most US canned foods, has been found in the urine of 93% of tested adults and children. The hormone mimicker leaches from cans into foods, especially acidic content like tomatoes.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A14)
2010        May 7, Int’l. scientists reported that Eurasians today carry 1-4% of Neanderthal DNA. Analysis of the Neanderthal genome indicated that it was 99.5% identical to modern humans.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A1)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.79)
2010        May 7, Dave Fisher (b.1940), lead singer for the Highwaymen folk group, died at his home in Rye, NY. In 1958 Fisher connected with Bob Burnett, Steve Butts, Chan Daniels and Steve Trott, at Wesleyan Univ. in Connecticut to form the Clansmen, a name they picked for the Irish and Scottish folk music influences they drew upon. As soon as their music started to build a following in the Northeast, their manager came up with the name the Highwaymen, a nod to the early 20th century poem by Alfred Noyes. Their hit songs included “Michael" (1961), “Cotton Fields" (1962), written by blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, and its reverse side “The Gypsy Rover." The group disbanded in 1964.
    (www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/arts/music/13fisher.html)
2010        May 7, Walter Hickel (b.1919), former governor of Alaska and US Interior chief (1969-1970) under Pres. Nixon, died in Anchorage. 
    (SSFC, 5/9/10, p.C8)
2010        May 7, Bernard Schoenbaum (89), cartoonist, died at his home in Queens, NY. His work included over 300 cartoons for the New Yorker magazine.
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.C5)
2010        May 7, Afghan civilians traveling south of the capital of Kabul died when their vehicle hit a large roadside bomb. A NATO service member died following an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/7/10)(AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 7, In China lawyers Tang Jitian and Liu Wei were informed by Beijing judicial authorities that they had lost their credentials. They had represented a member of an outlawed spiritual movement. The next day Jitian and Wei said the penalty was designed to scare other lawyers away from taking on sensitive human rights cases.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 7, A Dubai newspaper reported that local police have identified five new suspects in the January slaying of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas operative in the Gulf city-state.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the country's richest man Mukesh Ambani in his long-running feud with his brother Anil over a family deal to share the nation's largest gas find.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, In Iraq gunmen late at night attacked a car in downtown Kirkuk carrying two members of the Peshmerga, the military force of the nearby Kurdish autonomous region, killing one and injuring the other.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 7, Japanese researchers said they had found high mercury levels in residents of the dolphin-hunting town of Taiji, but no cases of related illness.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, A Lithuanian appeals court said a gay pride parade in Vilnius can go ahead as planned this weekend, overturning a ban imposed by a lower court that cited security concerns.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, In Mexico a groom and two members of his wedding party snatched at gunpoint as they left the church in Ciudad Juarez. Their bodies, along with a fourth body of someone who had not been identified and might not have been at the wedding, were found May 10.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 7, In Myanmar a faction of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition declared it will form its own political party to contest Myanmar's first elections in two decades, a day after the democracy icon's party disbanded to boycott the vote it says will be flawed.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, In Nepal protesters pleading for the end of a crippling strike called by former Maoist rebels clashed with the communists across Nepal. Shots were fired amid the chaos in one western town, wounding five people.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said it had deferred crude shipments from its Bonny Light terminal in the Niger Delta for two months due to a fire that has hampered production.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, In Pakistan gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in the northwest Mansehra district killing four officers.
    (AP, 5/7/10) 
2010        May 7, Russia’s Defense Ministry said the pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast of Somalia have been released because of "imperfections" in international law, a claim that sparked skepticism, and even suspicion the pirates might have been killed.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, Russia's parliament defeated a motion that would have prevented Americans from adopting Russian children.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, Spain’s central bank said the country has scraped out of recession after six quarters of economic shrinkage, becoming the last major world economy to return to growth after the global financial crisis.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, In Sudan gunmen killed two Egyptian peacekeepers and wounded three more in an ambush on their convoy in south Darfur. Police soon arrested two men in the South Darfur area of Edd al Fursan and were hunting down the rest of a seven-man bandit gang blamed for the attack.
    (AP, 5/7/10)(Reuters, 5/10/10)
2010        May 7, In Tajikistan a mudslide in a remote southern region killed seven people, including four children after the banks of the Tebalai river ruptured. The death toll from the mudslides and floods soon rose to 24 and increases were considered possible.
    (AP, 5/7/10)(AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 7, The Turkish parliament narrowly approved a series of constitutional amendments that opposition parties say are designed to give the Islamic-rooted government leverage over the largely secular judiciary.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, The Turkish air force struck Kurdish rebel hideouts in neighboring northern Iraq after an attack inside Turkey left two soldiers dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 7, In Venezuela Retired Gen. Raul Baduel, former defense minister and critic of President Hugo Chavez, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after being convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power. In the same case, Col. Hernan Medina Marval was sentenced to 8 years, 11 months in prison.
    (AP, 5/8/10)

2010        May 8, In Utah GOP delegates voted to bar Sen. Bob Bennett (76) from seeking a fourth term, making him the first congressional incumbent to be ousted this year and demonstrates the challenges candidates face from the right in 2010.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 8, BP’s first attempt to divert a major crude spill was foiled and it could be at least a day before another attempt at putting a lid on the well could be made. Meanwhile, thick blobs of tar washed up on Alabama's white sand beaches, yet another sign the spill was worsening.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 8, In eastern Afghanistan private security guards opened fire and killed a 30-year-old civilian after the guards' vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Wardak province.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, Hundreds of flights between Europe and North America were either delayed or canceled due to the spreading cloud of volcanic ash stretching across much of the northern Atlantic. Spain shut 19 northern airports including Barcelona because of the cloud of ash.
    (AP, 5/8/10)(Reuters, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, In southeastern China Zhou Yezhong (36) stabbed to death 8 people including his wife, elderly mother and young daughter in Chengyuan village in Jiangxi province. Another two people were killed and three wounded in a stabbing spree by a man (42) in Hong Kong.
    (AFP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 8, Costa Rica inaugurated Laura Chinchilla as its first woman leader, replacing Nobel laureate Oscar Arias with his former vice president and protege.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, It was reported that Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed has sold luxury London department store Harrods to Qatar Holding, the Gulf royal family's investment arm.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Europe will set up an intervention mechanism to calm markets rattled by the Greek debt crisis.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, Bishop Walter Mixa, a leading German bishop who has acknowledged slapping children and is being investigated for sexual abuse of minors and financial misconduct, lost his job as Pope Benedict XVI continued cleaning house.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, In Hungary Andor Lilienthal (99), the last surviving member of 27 original grandmaster chess players, died in Budapest.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, In northern India at least 52 people were killed and scores injured by heavy rains over the past two days. The worst hit areas were the central and eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, where 35 people died and some 50 were injured. The other 17 casualties were reported from neighboring Bihar state. Maoist rebels in central India blew up an army truck killing 8 paramilitary soldiers and wounding 2 others in a densely forested area in Bijapur district of Chattisgarh state.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)(AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, Iran voiced optimism about Turkish and Brazilian mediation efforts in its nuclear dispute with the West, welcoming in principle ideas aimed at reviving a stalled fuel deal with major powers.
    (Reuters, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, In northern Iraq bombs planted inside the home of a policeman exploded, killing him, his mother and one other resident. The bombing was one of several attacks around Iraq's north that killed a total of nine people since the previous evening. The kidnapped teenage son of a wealthy Sufi sheik was found dead. Mohammed Tahir Said (16) was kidnapped on April 27 and a $250,000 ransom was demanded. Hundreds of students and other activists rallied to protest the kidnap and murder of Sardasht Othman, a Kurdish journalist in northern Iraq, with many blaming the regional government for his death. 
    (AP, 5/8/10)(AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 8, Opponents of Lithuania's first gay pride parade threw smoke bombs and tried to break through a barrier but were stopped by police firing tear gas.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, In Mexico Mario Villanueva, former governor of the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo (1993-1999), was turned over to US authorities at the international airport in Toluca. He faced charges of helping a cartel smuggling cocaine through the resort of Cancun en route to the US market. Villanueva spent two years in hiding before he was arrested in Cancun in 2001.  3 headless bodies were found just outside of Acapulco. The bodies of 5 other men were found with multiple gunshot wounds in a car north of Acapulco.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A5)
2010        May 8, In Mexico Joaquin Capilla (b.1928), the country’s top Olympic-medal recipient, died. Capilla brought home medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaqu%C3%ADn_Capilla)
2010        May 8, In northern Mexico the body of Ronald C. Ryan (67), a US citizen from Phoenix, Az., was found the partially buried near a creek on the outskirts of Santa Ana, Sonora state. He had been reported missing May 3. State police had reported detaining three men the following day who had left Ryan's pickup truck at a carwash in Santa Ana.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 8, In Nepal markets reopened for business, vehicles returned to the streets and some banks allowed customers to withdraw cash after the former communist rebels ended their debilitating general strike after six days. The top leaders of the Maoist party decided late the previous evening to end the strike since it was making life difficult.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, Pakistan successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, as the Islamic nation's leader urged the world to recognize it as a legitimate nuclear power.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, Palestinian leaders gave their backing for indirect peace talks with Israel, clearing the way for the Obama administration's first sustained on-the-ground Mideast peace effort. Mideast envoy George Mitchell will now shuttle between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders for up to four months to try to narrow the vast gaps on the terms of Palestinian statehood. Four Palestinians were injured and four others went missing when a smuggling tunnel on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt collapsed.
    (AP, 5/8/10)(AFP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev turned over scores of volumes from an investigation into the Katyn massacre to his Polish counterpart, a move underlining Moscow's new willingness to repair long-troubled relations with Warsaw.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 8, In western Siberia 2 explosions tore through the Raspadskaya mine just before midnight, killing at least 66 workers and injuring 41 others. A further 24 people remained trapped in the mine, Russia's largest underground coal mine, including rescue workers.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/12/10)(AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 8, Somali pirates off East Africa, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic guns, hijacked the Marida Marguerite, a chemical tanker, with 22 crew members on board. The ship was reported released on Dec 28.
    (AP, 5/8/10)(AP, 12/28/10)
2010        May 8, Thailand's government and "Red Shirt" protesters committed themselves to a faltering peace process despite twin attacks that left two police officers dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)

2010        May 9, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Washington had evidence that Pakistani Taliban were behind a failed car bomb attack in the heart of New York City.
    (AFP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, Lena Horne (b.1917), jazz singer and actress, died in NYC at age 92. She was known for her plaintive signature song "Stormy Weather" and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them. In 1942's "Panama Hattie," her first movie with MGM, she sang Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," winning critical acclaim.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 9, In Afghanistan an insurgent rocket, apparently fired at a NATO convoy, missed its target and hit a civilian vehicle in southern Helmand province killing four civilians. A NATO service members died in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 9, Australia's government said 5 people are feared dead and 59 people were rescued from a disabled boat carrying suspected asylum-seekers in the Indian Ocean.
    (Reuters, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, European Union leaders agreed to provide $572 billion in new loans and $78 billion under an existing lending program to contain its spreading government debt crisis and keep it from tearing the euro currency apart and derailing the global economic recovery. An IMF contribution of $325 million would raise the amount to over $975 million. The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) fund was conjured up as a backstop for Eurozone countries should they shut out of bond markets. On Sep 20 it was given a AAA grade by the three major ratings agencies.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Financial_Stability_Facility)(AP, 5/10/10)(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A2)(SFC, 5/11/10, p.D2)(Econ, 9/25/10, p.83)
2010        May 9, A plume of volcanic ash snaked its way through southern France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, shutting down airports and disrupting flights across Europe.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Germany Angela Merkel's center-right coalition lost control of Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, in an election that also erased its majority in the upper house of parliament, making the country harder to run. The defeat followed a stumbling start for Merkel's new national coalition government, which took power in October.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 9, In Indonesia an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 rattled the North Sumatra province, prompting a brief local tsunami watch, knocking out power and damaging some homes.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened what is being dubbed as the Middle East's biggest car plant set up by Iranian state-run automobile company Saipa.
    (AFP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, Iran hanged five Kurdish activists, including one woman, convicted of membership of armed opposition groups and involvement in bombings.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Iran Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was sentenced in absentia to more than 13 years in prison and 74 lashes, raising concerns about a new government crackdown ahead of the anniversary of disputed presidential elections.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 9, The second round of Lebanon's municipal elections kicked off in Beirut and the Bekaa region, respectively dominated by PM Saad Hariri and the Shiite party Hezbollah.
    (AFP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Nepal riot police clashed with thousands of communists demonstrating outside the government's main offices in Katmandu, injuring several protesters and police officers.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Pakistan 10 people were killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan. 9 of the 10 were said to be militants.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A2)
2010        May 9, The Palestinians announced the official start of indirect peace talks with Israel after a 17-month breakdown, while Israel's leader urged a quick transition to face-to-face negotiations to tackle the hardest issues. Israeli-Arab leaders launched a boycott of 1000 companies that produce Jewish settlement-made products, following Palestinian Authority Pres. Abbas’ call for a similar ban by West Bank Arabs.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A4)

2010        May 10, President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan (50) to the Supreme Court, pushing the former law school dean toward the pinnacle of her profession and positioning the United States to have three women justices for the first time in its history.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A5)
2010        May 10, Several tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma and Kansas. 5 people were killed and dozens more injured. Flattened homes, toppled semitrailers and downed power lines were left behind.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 10, Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Washington, seeking to show a united front with the United States during a pivotal time in the nine-year war. In northeast Afghanistan heavy rain sent floodwaters tearing through villages, killing at least 10 people and destroying hundreds of homes. A roadside bomb struck a car in southeastern Zabul province, killing two civilians. Afghan and NATO forces killed 18 militants and arrested six in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province. The NATO alliance killed "several insurgents" in Khost.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 10, The Central African Republic's parliament voted to extend President Francois Bozize’s mandate until presidential and legislative elections can be held.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Chile Mauhannas Saif ur Rehnab (28) of Pakistan was detained under terms of Chile's anti-terror law after officials detected traces of TNT on him when he visited the US embassy in Santiago. On May 15 he was set free pending an investigation, but could not leave Chile and must check in with a judge every two weeks.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 10, EU finance ministers agree to a €500 billion “stabilization fund" for euro-zone countries.
    (Econ, 6/12/10, p.83)
2010        May 10, In Haiti police fired tear gas outside the ruins of the national palace to control 2,000 demonstrators calling for President Rene Preval's resignation in the largest political protest since the Jan. 12 earthquake. The driver for the Pan-American Development Foundation was kidnapped along with a British contractor. The contractor was released after four days. The body of the driver was found dead on May 15.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 10, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Hillah textile factory in a crowd that gathered after two car bombings at the same spot. At least 50 people were killed and 140 wounded. Attacks killed 119 people across the country, the deadliest day this year. After Hillah, Basra was the hardest hit, with the morgue reporting a total of 30 people dying in three bombings.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 10, Israel said it will press forward with construction of new housing for Jews in east Jerusalem, drawing Palestinian accusations that the plans could undermine newly relaunched peace talks. Israeli police said two Israeli Arabs were under arrest on suspicions they spied for the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. Police detained Amir Makhoul, the brother of a former member of Israel's parliament, on April 26 and the other suspect on May 6.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) accepted Israel into its ranks, capping a lengthy effort by the Jewish state to join the exclusive club in the face of stiff opposition from the Palestinians.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, Italian anti-mafia police said they have broken up an unusual alliance of Italy's three main crime syndicates controlling wholesale produce markets, including price fixing.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Kuwait a criminal court acquitted eight Kuwaitis allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda of plotting to attack a key US military base in the emirate.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Pakistan army troops rooting out extremist militants in the country's northwest clashed with Taliban fighters, leaving 9 troops and 37 militants dead.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In the Philippines the military reported 37 incidents of election day violence, with at least nine dead and 12 wounded. That tally was low by the standards of past Philippine elections. Frontrunner Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino was poised for a decisive victory despite technical problems which caused long delays but did not derail the polls as feared. Aquino grabbed over 40% of the estimated 37.5 million votes cast in the country's first automated polls.
    (Reuters, 5/10/10)(AFP, 5/11/10) 
2010        May 10, In Puerto Rico a group of people including nine American Airlines employees pleaded guilty to a drug-smuggling scheme that spanned a decade and targeted cities across the United States. They were arrested in September as part of a joint investigation called "Operation Heavy Cargo."
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Rwanda Bernard Hategekimana (aka Mukingo), the former managing editor of a Rwandan newspaper was sentenced by a gacaca court to life in prison after being convicted for his role in inciting the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, Serbian war crimes prosecutors said a mass grave has been discovered in Serbia believed to contain the bodies of 250 ethnic Albanians who were killed in Kosovo during the 1998-99 Serbian crackdown on separatists.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(SFC, 5/11/10, p.A2)
2010        May 10, In Zimbabwe a judge acquitted top prime minister's aide Roy Bennett of all charges in a terrorism case that had strained Zimbabwe's struggling coalition government since it was forged more than a year ago.
    (AP, 5/10/10)

2010        May 11, The Obama administration announced a shift in national drug policy that would treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue.
    (SFC, 5/12/10, p.A4)
2010        May 11, The Obama administration announced plans to reorganize the Mineral Management Services, the federal Interior Dept. agency that regulates offshore drilling.
    (SFC, 5/12/10, p.A4)
2010        May 11, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure. The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district's Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 11, In Richmond, Ca., city officials signed an agreement with Chevron Corp., which operates the Richmond refinery, to provide the city $114 million over the next 15 years.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.C1)
2010        May 11, Afghanistan's government, facing international pressure to wipe out corruption, said it had dissolved 152 Afghan and 20 international aid organizations, some for misconduct. A bomb attack killed two US service members in southern Afghanistan. In northern Kunduz province about 50 students at a girls' school were hospitalized after losing consciousness or vomiting in what the top local health official called a suspected poison gas attack. 4 teachers and 9 students were hospitalized after a bomb went off underneath a stairwell at a boys' school in the Smalhail district of eastern Khost province. In the Mizan district of southern Zabul province, a rocket fired in clashes between allied and Taliban fighters hit a civilian home, killing two girls and injuring a mother and son.
    (AFP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 11, In Albania Endrit Llambaj (19) stormed into a classroom in the southern town of Elbasan with a handgun and ordered all the students out except 20-year-old Gerta Baja. 3 shots were fired and Baja was found dead at her desk. Llambaj ran away from the school but fatally shot himself a few hundred yards away as police chased him.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, The government of Belize said it will stop sending appeals cases to the colonial-era British Privy Council starting June 1. The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice will hear all Belize court appeals filed after May 31.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, Britain’s PM Gordon Brown resigned ending 5 days of uncertainty after last week's general election left the country with no clear winner. Queen Elizabeth II named David Cameron (43) as the new prime minister.
    (AP, 5/12/10)(AFP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 11, Egypt's government called for a two-year extension of the country's controversial emergency law but claimed its use would now be limited. Human rights activists dismissed the changes and warned the law would continue to be used to suppress dissent.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, Mohamed Ibrahim, an Egyptian-American university botany professor teaching in the United States, was arrested at Cairo airport after arriving on a direct flight from New York carrying two pistols, 250 bullets, two swords and 11 knives in his luggage.
    (Reuters, 5/12/10)
2010        May 11, French lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution, 434-0, asserting that face-covering Muslim veils are contrary to the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity.
    (SFC, 5/12/10, p.A2)
2010        May 11, Indonesia's former chief detective, Gen. Susno Duadji, who has recently exposed corruption among government and police officials, was arrested on allegations that he accepted a bribe in 2008.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, Iran said that Brazil and Turkey have offered a promising new proposal for a nuclear fuel deal as Tehran steps up a diplomatic push to stave off new UN sanctions over its disputed nuclear program. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, could hold talks with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in Turkey. The Fars news agency reported that Iranian border guards have arrested 9 Iraqi fishermen in Iranian waters in the Shatt al-Arab waterway in recent days.
    (AP, 5/11/10)(AFP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, Iran’s Fars news agency reported that Iranian border guards have arrested 9 Iraqi fishermen in Iranian waters in the Shatt al-Arab waterway in recent days.
    (AFP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, The Irish government passed a law outlawing the sale of many “head shop" products. Anyone caught selling cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy substitutes  would face up to life in prison and any caught in possession would face up to 7 years in jail.
    (SSFC, 5/16/10, p.A4)
2010        May 11, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused nuclear power North Korea of supplying Syria with weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, In Jamaica the gunbattle began when unknown assailants shot at a patrol car in Waterford, near the capital of Kingston. Bystander Josephine Brown (45), the mother of 5 children, was hit and killed when police returned fire.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 11, In Jordan John Zinn (33), president and chief executive officer of South Carolina-based Defense Venture Group, died. A top security official said an investigation showed that Zinn was "highly intoxicated." He was in Amman for a military exhibition. Security officials said he fell to his death from the second floor of a deserted building in Amman. Preliminary reports show no indication of foul play or attempted suicide.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 11, Volcanic ash from Iceland wound its way down to North Africa and curled over to Turkey, forcing authorities to shut down Casablanca airport in Morocco as well as airports in Spain and airspace over Turkey.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, In Kuwait writer Mohammad Abdulqader al-Jassem (54) was detained on charges of instigating to overthrow the regime. The next day he began a hunger strike to protest the accusations. On Dec 15 Kuwait's appeals court reduced to three months a one-year jail term given to a al-Jassem for allegedly slandering the prime minister.
    (AP, 5/19/10)(http://tinyurl.com/26zlwm3)(AP, 12/15/10)
2010        May 11, Nigerian Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima (49), under fire over marrying a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, justified his actions by saying he was following in the footsteps of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, who had married a nine-year-old girl, Aishatu.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, In Pakistan US drone aircraft killed at least 24 suspected militants in two attacks in North Waziristan, a major al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary.
    (Reuters, 5/11/10)
2010        May 11, In Puerto Rico hundreds of police and federal agents raided a public housing complex and arrested more than three dozen people allegedly involved in selling an estimated $65 million worth of drugs.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 11, Russia's Pres. Medvedev said that Israeli-Arab tensions threaten to draw the Middle East into a new catastrophe, as he added Moscow's weight to a diplomatic push to ease antagonism between Israel and Syria. While in Syria, Medvedev unnerved Israel by paying a visit to Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.
    (AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 11, In Sweden a maritime museum said a "giant herring" measuring 3.5 meters (11.4 feet) had been discovered off Sweden's western coast -- the first such fish found in the Scandinavian country in more than 130 years.
    (AFP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 11, Thai anti-government demonstrators insisted that they would continue their two-month protest until the country's top leaders face criminal charges for a violent crackdown on their rallies, rejecting a government gesture of concession.
    (AP, 5/11/10)

2010        May 12, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met at the White House in a show of unity aimed at patching over differences at a pivotal time in the nearly nine-year-old war.
    (Reuters, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, In San Francisco Mayor Newsom presided over the official dedication of a 3-story, 15-ton Buddha sculpture, “Three heads Six Arms" by artist Zhang Huan, to mark the city’s 30th anniversary sister city relationship with Shanghai. The one year lease expired and the work was dismantled on Feb 15, 2011, for return to Zhang Huan.
    (SFC, 5/13/10, p.C1)(SFC, 2/14/11, p.C1)
2010        May 12, In southern Afghanistan violence erupted where an American and a Romanian soldier were killed. Attackers on motorcycles shot and killed the No. 2 prisons official in the southern province of Kandahar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for assassinating the prison official and an explosion injured at least three people. A bomb exploded near a police training center in Kandahar city, injuring at least three people. Allied forces killed five insurgents after a joint patrol came under fire in the Sangin district of Helmand province while searching for a Pakistan-based Taliban commander.
    (AP, 5/12/10)(AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 12, In the Bahamas Clive Tomlinson, a Jamaican, was killed. On May 14 authorities charged Daniel Andres Ayo (27) and Luis Mendez (39), two tourists from Florida, with the killing during what police say was a drug deal gone bad.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 12, Britain's first coalition government since 1945 unveiled its ministerial team on and said it would speed up efforts to cut the country's budget deficit as it emerges from a deep recession. A deal was struck between Cameron’s Conservative party and the third-placed Liberal Democrats with Nick Clegg (43) to serve as deputy premier. The Conservatives became parliament's largest party after last week's election, but fell 20 seats short of an outright majority. With the LibDems, they will have a majority of 76 seats.
    (Reuters, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, In northwest China 7 children and the owners of a kindergarten were hacked to death in Nanzheng county, a rural corner of Shaanxi province. Wu Huanming (48) used a kitchen cleaver to kill five boys and two girls as well as the mother-son team who owned and ran the private kindergarten. He then returned home and committed suicide. This latest in a string of assaults on schools, prompted officials to vow to "strike hard" to calm public alarm.
    (Reuters, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, In Dubai James Ibori, former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state (1999-2007), was arrested on a UK warrant. Nigerian anti-graft agency chief Farida Waziri said Ibori was wanted on charges of stealing 44 billion naira ($292 million) in state funds while he was in office. In July Ibori was scheduled for extradition to Britain.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(AFP, 7/26/10)
2010        May 12, German software titan SAP agreed to buy database company Sybase, based in Dublin, Ca., for $5.8 billion.
    (SFC, 5/13/10, p.D1)
2010        May 12, The European Union set out plans to vet member state budgets before national parliaments do in a power-grab that could trigger a divisive referendum in Britain and provoked Swedish anger. Spain announced big public sector wage cuts and market sentiment buoyed by positive growth figures as several states shook off recession.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, In Indonesia 5 suspected terrorists were killed in two raids, the latest in a series of anti-terror operations nationwide. 3 were killed in Cawang, East Jakarta, and 2 others in the West Java city of Cikampek. One of the suspects killed in the second raid was Saptono, who was involved in a suicide car bomb attack which killed 10 people outside the Australian embassy in 2004. Two days of raids around Java also detained 20 people.
    (AFP, 5/12/10)(Econ, 5/22/10, p.45)
2010        May 12, In Iraq more than a thousand Kurds poured into the streets of the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah in a growing wave of outrage, blaming authorities for the kidnapping and murder of a young Kurdish journalist. A late night car bomb tore through a cafe in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood killing nine people. It appeared to have detonated prematurely, also blowing up three suspected militants in the vehicle. The dead included young people who had gathered to drink tea and play dominoes. A roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in Baghdad's central al-Nahda square, killing a bystander and wounding 8 others, including five policemen. An Iraqi army lieutenant was shot dead by a sniper in the afternoon while manning a checkpoint in New Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/12/10)(AP, 5/13/10)(SFC, 5/13/10, p.A2)(AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 12, Kazakh lawmakers approved amendments to the constitution that will give President Nursultan Nazarbayev lifetime immunity from prosecution for acts committed during his rule and the right to approve important national and foreign policies after he retires.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 12, A Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330-200 carrying 104 people crashed on approach to Tripoli's airport. Ruben van Assouw, a Dutch boy (9), was the only known survivor. The Royal Dutch Tourism Board said 61 of the dead came from the Netherlands.
    (AP, 5/12/10)(AFP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 12, Macedonian police said a shootout between police and an armed group near the country's border with Kosovo has left four people dead. Police had intercepted them attempting to smuggle weapons across the border from Kosovo.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, Mexico’s army overran a Zeta camp in Nuevo Leone state seizing 55,000 rounds of ammunition, 109 grenades and 124 heavy weapons among other booty.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.46)
2010        May 12, Former Nigerian minister Nasir el-Rufai appeared in court on charges of doling out government lands to associates and family members during his four years in office. The minister of the federal capital territory (FCT) Abuja from 2003 to 2007 faced charges of criminal conspiracy and abuse of office following an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
    (AFP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 12, Pakistani Taliban shot and killed two men whom they accused of spying for the United States, while a bomb ripped through a NATO oil tanker near the Afghan border and killed a passer-by.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, Peru’s Health Ministry reported that an estimated 1.5 million or 5% of its citizens were alcoholics, and that it was now the 2nd leading cause of illness and death.
    (SSFC, 5/16/10, p.A4)
2010        May 12, In South Korea there were two separate cases of suspected group suicide. 4 women and one man — all in their 20s and 30s — were found dead inside a parked car in Hwaseong. 2 of the five left suicide notes. 3 men were found dead hours later in Chuncheon, about 85 km (50 miles) east of Seoul.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, Spain’s PM Zapatero announced sweeping spending cuts totaling $19 billion that included 5% pay cuts for civil servants and 15% cuts for government ministers.
    (SFC, 5/13/10, p.A3)
2010        May 12, Turkey and Russia signed agreements for the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant and the development of a pipeline project to carry Russian oil from the Black Sea, through Turkey to the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
2010        May 12, The UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan said Clashes between rival Arab tribes have claimed 107 lives since March in Darfur, warning of a buildup of government and rebel troops in the region.
    (AFP, 5/12/10)

2010        May 13, US Attorney General Eric Holder said 3 Pakistani men had been taken into custody in a series of raids related to the May 1 failed Time Square car bombing.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 13, The Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona businesses, making it the largest city to take such action to protest the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Richmond, Ca., 3 men were killed in a drive-by shooting.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.C1)
2010        May 13, Tribune Media Service in Chicago said that it will cease syndication of the Little Orphan Annie comic strip on June 13.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.A6)
2010        May 13, Ruth Chew (90), author of children’s fantasy books, died in Castro Valley, Ca. She published 29 children’s books including “Trapped in Time."
    (SSFC, 6/6/10, p.C8)
2010        May 23, Ohio executed Michael Beuke, a hitchhiker who killed a motorist in 1983. Beuke recited prayers for 17 minutes before he was executed. On Nov 18 new state prison rules were announced under which the final words of condemned prisoners could be edited or shortened.
    (SFC, 11/19/10, p.A7)
2010        May 13, In Afghanistan officials said at least three dozen suspected insurgents were killed in two days of joint NATO and Afghan operations across the country. A NATO service member died following in a roadside bombing in the restive south.
    (AP, 5/13/10)(AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 13, In China a man who spent 11 years in jail after being tortured into confessing to the murder of a man who wasn't even dead was been given $96,000 in government compensation. Zhao Zuohai (57) was recently released from prison after the man he was convicted of killing more than a decade ago reappeared in their home village last month. Henan province Chief Justice Hu Ye was soon suspended over the case.
    (AP, 5/13/10)(AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 13, In Dagestan 5 repairmen on their way to fix a cell phone tower in the southern province of Russia were killed in an explosion and subsequent gun attack.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Greece a powerful bomb blast outside the country’s largest prison left one woman injured and nearby homes damaged.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Iraq a roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in Baghdad's central al-Nahda square, killing a bystander and wounding eight others, including five policemen. 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed and seven wounded when a bomb they were trying to defuse exploded along the road connecting Baghdad with Mahmudiyah.
    (AP, 5/13/10)(AFP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, The Israeli government asked the fishermen to stop fishing in the Sea of Galilee. Officials said a decade of overfishing has left the aquatic population of the biblical body of water in danger. The fishing ban was approved by PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet last month and will be in effect for two years.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 13, In Kyrgyzstan opponents of the interim rulers stormed two regional government headquarters, threatening the delicate peace that has reigned since the violent overthrow of the president last month.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Mexico gunmen burst into the farm supplies business of Jose Guajardo Varela and killed him and his son, after he ignored warnings to drop his bid for mayor of Valle Hermosa, Tamaulipas state. The leader of the conservative National Action Party said the victim and other candidates had received threats. 4 policemen in Chiapas state were killed and two others seriously wounded when gunmen attacked a convoy carrying payments for a government anti-poverty program.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 13, In Nigeria Vincent Ogbulafor, chairman of the ruling People's Democratic Party, wrote that he would be resigning his post following accusations of embezzling government money. The move pushed aside the most powerful man blocking the nation's new president from running in next year's election.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 13, In Abuja, Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC) sealed a $23 billion deal to build three refineries and a petrochemical complex.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 13, A Palestinian teenager (16) was found dead from a gunshot wound near his village in the West Bank. Palestinians said he was likely shot by an Israeli settler while throwing stones at cars.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 13, South African and Chinese companies announced plans to build a $217 million cement plant in South Africa, in one of China's biggest investments in the country.
    (AFP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Thailand Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol, a renegade army officer accused of marshaling a paramilitary force among the Red Shirt protesters, was shot in the head, apparently by a sniper, and taken to a hospital.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, The UN General Assembly approved all 14 candidates for the 14 seats on the 47-member Human Rights Council. Human rights groups criticized the poor human rights records 7 of the candidates: Angola, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Qatar, Thailand and Uganda.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.A2)
2010        May 13, The Venezuelan government said the Aban Pearl offshore natural gas platform has sunk into the sea, and 95 workers have been safely rescued.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Zimbabwe thousands of mine workers went on strike for better pay after negotiations with employers collapsed.
    (AP, 5/13/10)

2010        May 14, In New Jersey 34 alleged members and associates of the Lucchese crime family were indicted in connection with an illegal gambling operation.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A4)
2010        May 14, In Tennessee truck driver Bruce Mendenhall (59) was convicted in the June 2007 death of a woman at a Nashville truck stop. Authorities said he preyed on prostitutes at truck stops. Mendenhall has also been charged with killing women in Lebanon, Ten., Indianapolis and Birmingham, Ala.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A4)
2010        May 14, The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral for its final voyage with a crew of 6 heading to the Int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A5)
2010        May 14, In eastern Afghanistan hundreds of protesters brandished sticks, threw stones and burned an American flag as they accused NATO forces of killing civilians in an overnight raid, but the alliance said eight insurgents were killed in the attack. NATO said at least nine insurgents were killed the previous night during a pursuit of suspected militants in the Tarnak Wa Jaldak district of eastern Zabul province. An American service member died in an insurgent attack in the east. A suicide bomber in Gardez jumped in front of a vehicle in a convoy of the governor of eastern Paktiya province, who narrowly escaped the attack. A civilian was killed and four other people injured. Afghan and coalition forces conducted sweeps across Afghanistan that left at least 30 militants dead, while insurgents in the east killed five security guards in an ambush on a convoy. 8 militants were killed and two others wounded in a joint raid by Afghan and coalition forces in Nangahar province.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In Algeria a moderate earthquake killed two people and injured 43 others.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, The Algerian army killed three armed Islamic militants in the east of the country. Several weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles, were seized in the operation.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In Australia the body of Nona Belomesoff (18) was found in an isolated bushland area. Christopher James Dannevig (20) was charged with her murder. He had allegedly set up a fake identity on Facebook and enticed Belomesoff to a nature reserve in Sydney's southwest on May 12.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 14, British lawmaker Stephen Timms (54), a member of Parliament for the constituency of East Ham and the former financial secretary to the Treasury, was stabbed by Roshonara Choudhry (21) during an advice session with his constituents. His injuries were not life-threatening and the women was arrested. Choudhry was convicted on Nov 2 of trying to murder Timms in retaliation for his support for the Iraq conflict. The next day she was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/3/10)
2010        May 14, In eastern Central African Republic villagers at Guerekindo killed two Ugandan rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army in a self-defense initiative.
    (AFP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 14, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said four robbers were sentenced to death as part of a 27-member gang who robbed a dozen tombs near the capital of the central province of Hunan in 2008 and 2009. The other robbers got prison terms.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In China Internet service was restored to Xinjiang province, 10 months after it was blocked following deadly rioting in Urumqi, the regional capital.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A2)
2010        May 14, Four African countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda) signed a new treaty on the equitable sharing of the Nile waters despite strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan, who have the lion's share of the river waters. The new agreement, the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework, is to replace a 1959 accord between Egypt and Sudan that gives them control of more than 90 percent of the water flow. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit warned at the weekend that Cairo's water rights were a "red line" and threatened legal action if a partial deal is reached.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Hungary Gabor Vona, the leader of Hungary's nationalist Jobbik party, wore a banned black vest while taking his oath of office. The Hungarian Guard was disbanded last year and its black outfits banned, although the group has continued its activities.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In central India a bus carrying wedding guests hit a high-tension electricity line, killing 28 people on board, mostly women and children, who were on their way back from the ceremony in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh state.
    (Reuters, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, Iraq’s election commission said a full recount of votes for Baghdad province from the parliamentary elections showed no fraud or major irregularities and is unlikely to change the vote's final results. Al-Qaida in Iraq's new leader warned Shiites that "dark days soaked with blood" lie ahead and that a new campaign of attacks was under way. The Iraqi insurgent umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq, named al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman as its new minister of war, replacing the Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, killed in a US-Iraqi military strike on a safe house in April. Within hours of the warning, a car bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad just after Friday prayers, wounding 20 worshippers.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Indian Kashmir 4 policemen and 2 civilians were injured in a grenade attack by suspected Muslim militants, minutes after protesters and police clashed.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, An Indonesian official said police have foiled a plot to assassinate the president and other top officials, massacre foreigners in Mumbai-style terrorist attacks and declare an Islamic state.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Kyrgyzstan gunfire erupted as hundreds of interim government backers fought supporters of deposed Pres. Kurmanbek Bakiyev for control over regional government buildings. At least one person was killed and more than 60 injured in the worst violence since last month's forceful government change.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, Greece and Turkey held a joint cabinet meeting in Athens in a new effort to overcome old grudges and economic cooperation amidst the Greek debt crises. A powerful bomb exploded inside a courthouse in the northern city of Thessaloniki, sending smoke billowing in the building and wounding one person.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(SFC, 5/15/10, p.A2)
2010        May 14, In Mexico gunmen killed six men and wounded two more in a drive-by shooting near a kindergarten in Loma Blanca, a small town outside the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In southern Nigeria gunmen sporting military uniforms kidnapped four Lebanese road construction workers in an attack that left a soldier and a gang member dead in Abia state. The 4 workers were freed on May 22.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AFP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 14, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency quoted a senior Russian arms trader as saying Russia has signed deals with Syria under which it will sell it warplanes, anti-tank weapons and air defense systems. Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation chief Mikhail Dmitriyev said Russia will sell MiG-29 fighter jets, Pantsyr short-range air defense systems and armored vehicles. He didn't give any numbers or provide any further details.
    (Reuters, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In central Somalia 3 gunmen killed a World Food Program contracted driver in what is believed to be clan-related violence.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In South Africa Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert (70), anti-apartheid activist, died. The former South African legislator helped chart a way out of apartheid by leading fellow whites into talks with exiled black leaders.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Spain Judge Baltasar Garzon (54), the crusading judge who indicted Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden, was suspended for allegedly overstepping his jurisdiction in a probe of one of Spain's biggest cases, atrocities committed during and after the nation's ruinous civil war. Human rights groups called Garzon's suspension a sad day for the Spanish justice system.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Sudan government troops killed 108 fighters from the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in the Jebel Moon area of western Darfur. Government forces also battled JEM rebels near Nyala in south Darfur where 27 police and 33 rebels were killed. Forces loyal to a renegade south Sudanese general clashed with government troops for the fourth time in two weeks, leaving at least five soldiers dead.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(Reuters, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Sweden the home of cartoonist Lars Vilks, who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, was hit by a suspected arson attack.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, Thai troops fired bullets at anti-government protesters and explosions thundered in the heart of Bangkok. An army push to clear the streets and end a two-month political standoff sparked clashes that left 5 people dead and dozens wounded. Demonstrators the next day accused the government snipers of picking people off with head shots.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)

2010        May 15, Oil leaking from the ruptured well pipe in the Gulf of Mexico washed ashore in two new locations, as BP’s latest attempt to contain the spill faltered. Experts warned that the spill may be growing more than ten times faster than previous Coast Guard estimates of 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, In Fresno, Ca., police arrested 60 people and impounded 37 vehicles as part of  crackdown on gangs that began last month.
    (SFC, 5/17/10, p.A4)
2010        May 15, In Maryland jockey Martin Garcia rode “Lookin At Lucky" to victory in the Preakness Stakes.
    (SFC, 5/17/10, p.A1)
2010        May 15, Afghan police officers came under attack from insurgents while working to defuse a roadside bomb in eastern Paktia province. One militant was killed and two others arrested after a gunbattle. Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, boasted that the group had kidnapped and killed 4 Afghan interpreters in Khost province. Insurgents attacked a convoy in Andar district of Ghazni province, killing one private security guard and injuring two others.
    (AP, 5/16/10)(SSFC, 5/16/10, p.A7)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 15, In Australia Jessica Watson (16) became the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, nonstop and unassisted when she cruised into Sydney Harbor in her pink, 34-foot (10m) yacht to a rock star welcome of thousands. Her feat will not be considered an official world record, because the World Speed Sailing Record Council discontinued its "youngest" category.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, In Brazil a fire destroyed what may be the world's largest scientific collection of dead snakes, spiders and scorpions. The Instituto Butantan’s collection of nearly 80,000 specimens was the main source for research on thousands of species.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 15, British PM David Cameron and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed to strengthen ties between London and Kabul in the first meeting between the new British PM and a foreign leader.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, In Cuba hundreds of gay and lesbian activists, some dressed in drag and others sporting multicolored flags representing sexual diversity, marched and danced through the streets of Havana along with the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro as part of a celebration aimed at eliminating homophobia around the world.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, In central India Maoist rebels kidnapped and killed six villagers in a thickly forested area of Chattisgarh state, alleging that the men were police informants. Their bodies were found the next day. The rebels were currently present in 20 of the country's 28 states with an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 fighters.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 15, In Iran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi confirmed the death sentence for six opposition activists arrested in protests after last year's disputed presidential election. They included Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Alireza Ghanbari, who were arrested after opposition protests during the Shiite mourning holiday of Ashura last December. Mohammad Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghai were arrested in September.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, The Israeli army gunfire killed farmer Fuad Abu Matar (75) and wounded another Palestinian near northern Gaza's border with the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, Moshe Greenberg (81), an influential Bible scholar, died in Jerusalem. His work won the first-ever Israel Prize for biblical studies (1994). His definitive two-volume commentary on the Book of Ezekiel described, among other things, how the prohibition of murder became an unbreakable taboo with the Abrahamic religions because of the rise of a belief in man's connection to God.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 15, Former Mexican presidential candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos (69) disappeared. His abandoned car was found near his ranch in the central state of Queretaro. Four young men were found decapitated in northern Durango state. A message on the windshield of a pickup, allegedly signed by the Zetas gang, said the victims were involved in an attack at a bar in the neighboring city of Torreon that killed eight people earlier in the day. Cevallos was released on Nov 26 after the family paid a ransom of around $20 million.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AP, 5/16/10)(Reuters, 11/27/10)
2010        May 15, Niger government spokesman Mahamane Laouali Dan Dah said that more than 21,000 tons of food would be given to 1.5 million people in need.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, In Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed at least five people in the northwest Khyber tribal region. Militants armed with assault rifles kidnapped about 60 people in a troubled tribal region in the northwest in the Kurram region after ambushing their vehicles.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, Bitter Palestinian rivals marched together in a rare show of unity as they marked 62 years of displacement in the war surrounding Israel's creation. The Egyptian border post at Rafah in southern Gaza was opened for the first time in 10 weeks. Some 300 Palestinians crossed the border and that 8,000 others were expected to follow during the opening due to last three days.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 15, In Rwanda 2 people were killed and 27 others wounded during two separate grenade attacks in the capital Kigali.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 15, Sudanese authorities arrested Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi and closed his newspaper, sparking a furious reaction from the country's opposition. A coalition of 17 opposition parties, including the heavyweight Umma party, signed a statement condemning Turabi's arrest as a "violation against freedoms and democratic transformation and the constitution."
    (AFP, 5/16/10)(Econ, 6/5/10, p.54)
2010        May 15, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva defended the deadly army crackdown on the Red Shirt protesters besieging the capital, saying there was no turning back as clashes raged in the center of Bangkok. Violence Bangkok claimed 8 more lives as the embattled premier vowed no turning back and the army threatened a crackdown on thousands of protesters.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AFP, 5/15/10)

2010        May 16, Oil from a blown-out well is forming huge underwater plumes as much as 10 miles long below the visible slick in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists said as BP wrestled for a third day with its latest contraption for slowing the nearly month-old gusher.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Rima Fakih (b.1986), a Lebanese-born immigrant and crowned as Miss Michigan, became the first Arab-American woman to win the Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rima_Fakih)
2010        May 16, In Detroit, Michigan, Aiyana Jones (7) was killed by a Detroit police officer during a raid at the girl's home. State police were brought in to investigate the shooting. Detroit police were searching for a homicide suspect when they burst in and an officer's gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck. The police were being shadowed by a reality television crew. In Oct 2011 officer Joseph Weekley was indicted for involuntary manslaughter. On Jan 30, 2015, the last charges against Weekly were dismissed after two trials ended without verdicts.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(SFC, 10/5/11, p.A7)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A7)
2010        May 16, In NYC 2 off-duty police officers were killed and 4 women injured when their car hit a guardrail in the Bronx.
    (SFC, 5/17/10, p.A4)
2010        May 16, An Afghan official said a mystery disease infecting opium poppies in Afghanistan could cut this year's illicit crop in some areas by up to 70 percent. A US service member was killed following an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. 2 militants on a motorbike opened fire on a car belonging to a National Security Directorate official who was on his way to work. The intelligence official's driver was killed. The appellate court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force reported that drug-traffickers from the provinces of Nangarhar, Herat, Kapisa, Helmand, Panjshir, Kunar, Kandahar and Wardak were fined and sentenced to prison last week. Militants shot and killed Rahman Gul, a prominent Muslim cleric who had called for peace, along with two members of his family in Kunar province. 2 US service members died in southern Afghanistan. One was killed in an insurgent attack, and the other died of injuries sustained a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 16, In eastern Bangladesh a speeding bus plunged off a bridge after slamming into another bus, killing 11 people and injuring 32 others.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, In Brazil Marina Silva, former rubber tapper turned environmentalist, joined the presidential race as candidate for the small Green Party on Sunday, pledging clean government and sustainable development.
    (Reuters, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Aviation officials closed airports in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland due to a drifting, dense cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, About 20 armed pirates boarded the MV North Spirit, a cargo ship carrying fertilizer and soya beans, as it docked off Cameroon's commercial capital of Douala. Pirates kidnapped two Russian sailors during the attack.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 16, In China Xie Yulin (20), a cleaver-wielding man, attacked and wounded 6 women before jumping to his death in the southern city of Foshan. One of the women died the next day.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 16, In Cuba the government said private farmers will purchase supplies directly in future instead of having them allocated by the state, in the latest concession to their demands for more autonomy.
    (Reuters, 5/17/10)
2010        May 16, Dominicans were expected to expand the ruling party's strong congressional majority elections that could strengthen President Leonel Fernandez's grip over the legislature.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Egyptian police shot and killed a Sudanese migrant as he attempted to cross the border illegally into neighboring Israel.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Clotilde Reiss (24), a young French academic who battled spying charges in Iran for more than 10 months, returned to France and thanked President Nicolas Sarkozy and other officials for insisting on her innocence and pressing for her release.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Hong Kong held by-elections triggered by pro-democracy lawmakers seeking to pressure Beijing into speeding up the pace of electoral reform in the territory. Most Hong Kongers stayed away from special elections that five opposition lawmakers had triggered. A low turnout returned five opposition legislators who had resigned. Beijing loyalists called the engineered election a failure.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 16, In India at least two people died in a stampede at a railway station in New Delhi as thousands of passengers waited to board trains.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, In Iran Brazil's Pres. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva met with Iranian leaders to try to broker a compromise in the international standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, even as the US says new sanctions are the only way to force Iran's cooperation.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, In Iran acclaimed filmmaker and opposition supporter Jafar Panahi went on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. He was this month freed on a bail of around 200,000 US dollars. Panahi is known for his gritty, socially critical movies such as the "Circle," which bagged the 2000 Venice Golden Lion award, "Crimson Gold," and "Offside," winner of the 2006 Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival.
    (AP, 5/19/10)(AP, 1/19/11)
2010        May 16, Iran arrested Mohsen Armin, a senior member of the banned reformist party, the Organization of Mujahedeen of the Islamic Revolution. He was released from Tehran's Evin prison in July after posting a bail of $200,000.
    (AFP, 7/25/10)
2010        May 16, Honduran strongman Oswaldo Lopez Arellano (89) died. He led two military coups and served as president from 1963-1971 and 1972-1975.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 16, Israel inaugurated a huge new desalination facility on its Mediterranean seashore, with a network of pipes beneath the beach reaching far into the ocean. The $425 million Hadera plant is the world's largest using reverse osmosis technology.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Thousands of Japanese linked hands and encircled a Marine Corps base in Okinawa to protest its presence on the island, putting more pressure on Tokyo to resolve an impasse over the base's future.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Pakistan’s military killed 58 suspected militants in the northwestern Orakzai tribal region with a mix of airstrikes and ground combat, the latest violence in a months-long campaign to rout Taliban fighters from a mountainous area near the Afghan border. Militants who kidnapped 60 people at gunpoint the day before released 40 of their hostages. Another 10 people told the local government they managed to escape the militants. The kidnappers kept the wealthier men so they could demand ransom from their families.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Hamas police wielding clubs beat and pushed residents out of dozens of homes in the southern Gaza town of Rafah before knocking the buildings down with bulldozers. Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said the homes were built illegally on government land. Residents said between 30 and 40 homes were torn down.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, In the Philippines Muslim guerrillas said that they were ready to enter into peace talks with Philippine president-apparent Benigno Aquino III after years of little progress under his predecessor.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi resigned from the helm of Al-Watan daily in a move believed linked to official displeasure with articles critical of the state's harsh Islamic rules.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, In Singapore Oliver Fricker (32), a Swiss citizen, broke into a train depot with an accomplice and painted graffiti on two subway carriages. On June 25 a court sentenced Fricker to five months' jail and three strokes of a cane. On Aug 18 he asked a judge to reduce his five-month jail term for graffiti, but instead got two months added to his sentence, showing the lengths the city-state will go to maintain its reputation as a safe and clean place.
    (AP, 8/18/10)
2010        May 16, In Somalia Islamist rebels shelled the newly rebuilt parliament in Mogadishu, sparking clashes with government forces and African Union peacekeepers that left 11 civilians dead.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Thailand's main emergency medical center said 30 people have been killed in four days of street fighting between Red Shirt protesters and troops in central Bangkok. The latest deaths raise to 59 the number of people killed in related violence since April 10. Most of the dead are civilians.
    (AP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 16, Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped two Chinese engineers and their government escorts in the country's volatile south. Kidnappers released the engineers after several days of mediation.
    (AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 16, Zimbabwe's PM Morgan Tsvangirai called for an immediate Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit to resolve major disagreements stalling a power-sharing government with his long-time rival President Robert Mugabe.
    (AP, 5/16/10)

2010        May 17, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, The US Treasury Dept.; received a $1.9 billion loan repayment from Chrysler Holding. The Treasury had made a $4 billion loan to the carmaker in January 2009. The loan was reduced by $500 million when assets of Old Chrysler were sold to the new company in June. The latest payment cleared Chrysler of obligations incurred as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.D2)
2010        May 17, A new analysis of US health data linked children's attention-deficit disorder with exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, US researchers said eating bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats can raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes, in a study that identifies the real bad boys of the meat counter.
    (Reuters, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Insurance giant Prudential said it will raise £14.5 billion from the sale of new shares to help fund a record takeover of Asian insurer AIA.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, BP said it was siphoning more than one-fifth of the oil that has been spewing into the Gulf for almost a month, as worries escalated that the ooze may reach a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast. The US Coast Guard said 20 tar balls have been found off Key West, Fla., but the agency stopped short of saying whether they came from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In northern Afghanistan a Pamir Airways passenger plane crashed with 44 people on board. The British Embassy in Kabul confirmed that three British nationals were among 6 foreigners on the plane. Poor weather hampered search efforts. No survivors were found. 5 Afghan UN staffers kidnapped in northern Afghanistan a month ago were freed in a military operation. 2 Italian soldiers in the NATO mission were killed by a roadside bomb while riding in a convoy near the western city of Herat. Two other soldiers were wounded. Two other NATO service members died in separate bomb attacks.
    (AFP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 17, France decided to send home an Iranian agent it had jailed for murdering the Shah's last prime minister, two days after Tehran freed a young French academic accused of spying. Ali Vakili Rad was serving a life sentence for stabbing Shapour Bakhtiar to death at his home outside Paris in August 1991.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, A group of French technology firms know as the association for digital Economy in France called on local governments to partner with private companies to build a network of data centers and shared cloud platforms catering to French needs.
    (SFC, 5/31/10, p.D5)
2010        May 17, Haitian protesters marched to the collapsed national palace for a second straight Monday to criticize President Rene Preval, saying he failed the nation in the aftermath of its catastrophic earthquake. The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In central India a Maoist land mine blew up a bus filled with police and civilians as it drove through Chhattisgarh state, killing at least 35 people.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Iran agreed to ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in a surprise nuclear fuel swap deal that could ease the international standoff over the country's disputed atomic program and deflate a US-led push for tougher sanctions. The deal was reached in talks between Brazils’ Pres. Silva, Turkey’s PM Erdogan and Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(SFC, 5/17/10, p.A2)
2010        May 17, An Iraqi official said security forces have detained Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani, an al-Qaida militant suspected of planning an attack targeting the World Cup in South Africa next month. Al-Qahtani entered Iraq in 2004 and was suspected in several attacks in the capital and elsewhere in the country. Assailants disguised in Iraqi military uniforms beheaded a Sunni cleric and stuck his head on an electricity pole in Sadiyah, where he had preached against al-Qaida.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Jamaica's PM Bruce Golding said he will allow Christopher "Dudus" Coke, a reputed drug kingpin, to be extradited to the US, ending a nine-month fight with Washington but raising fears of a violent backlash from the suspect's supporters.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, The Mexican army said it has detained Crispin Borunda, an alleged lieutenant of the Ciudad Juarez-based Carrillo Fuentes cartel, who escaped from a US prison two decades ago. A statement said Borunda tried to flee on foot and fired at soldiers before being caught last week in the capital of the border state of Chihuahua. Soldiers seized another suspect and five weapons. 6 of the 11 municipal officers in La Union, Guerrero state, resigned after armed men ambushed and wounded two of their officers. Several other Mexican towns have seen mass police resignations because of cartel violence or threats. In Mexico State, on the outskirts of Mexico City, residents of a town beat a man death on suspicion of robbing a young couple of 200 pesos (about $16) and a cell phone. Juan Padilla Juarez (28), an alleged member of the La Linea gang, was arrested in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. He had allegedly participated in the killing of 10 people. Police in northern Mexico arrested 8 men who allegedly kidnapped migrants trying to reach the US. An investigation led to the arrest of 3 more suspects a day later.
    (AP, 5/18/10)(AP, 5/18/10)(AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 17, Nicaragua’s navy chief, Capt. Roger Gonzalez Diaz, said Mexico's La Familia cartel is moving heavily into Central America and dominates much of the drug trade through the region. He said officials would take tough measures to prevent the trade.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, A report by civil liberties group Open Society Justice Initiative alleged that Nigeria's federal police force kills with impunity, extorts those it's charged to protect and rapes arrested prostitutes as a "fringe benefit" of the job.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Outgoing Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo swore in a new chief justice whose appointment has been questioned by her apparent successor, sparking fears of a constitutional crisis. Communist guerrillas freed town Mayor Roberto Luna and his four bodyguards after 12 days of jungle captivity in which the rebels interrogated him.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In the Philippines a helicopter carrying Quezon Gov. Rafael Nantes, two security personnel and the pilot, crashed into houses south of Manila, killing all four people aboard and a girl on the ground.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Portugal’s Pres. Anibal Cavaco Silva said he would not veto a new law allowing same-sex marriages because majority liberal lawmakers would only override his decision.
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.A3)
2010        May 17, Russian Pres. Medvedev visited Kiev, Ukraine, and oversaw the signing of several cooperation deals with the new Moscow-friendly leadership of Pres. Viktor Yanukovych.
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.A2) 
2010        May 17, Somalia’s Pres. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed dissolved the Cabinet to overcome divisions that have paralyzed his administration in the face of an al-Qaida linked Islamist insurgency. The UN-backed government currently only controls a few city blocks in the capital of Mogadishu and has failed to deliver either security or services to its people.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In South Africa a strike by rail workers left two million commuters stranded just 24 days from the kick-off of the World Cup.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, The Thai government said it would accept a cease-fire offer from a Red Shirt protest leader if their fighters return to their camp in central Bangkok, as street battles that have killed 37 people raged for a fifth day.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, In northern Turkey rescue teams strived to reach workers trapped hundreds of meters underground after a powerful methane gas explosion in the Karadon state-run coal mine near the northern Black Sea port of Zonguldak. On May 20 rescuers found the bodies of 28 miners. 2 miners remained missing.
    (AFP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/20/10)

2010        May 18, Arizona voters approved a 1% sales tax increase.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n2mdega)
2010        May 18, Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder announced he would resign from Congress, effective May 21, because he had an affair with a staffer.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, A discovery of tar balls on Florida's Key West fanned fears that a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill was spreading through ocean currents, as energy giant BP Plc worked to capture more of the crude leaking from its gushing deep-water well.
    (Reuters, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy in Kabul, killing six troops 5 American and one Canadian. Twelve Afghan civilians also died, many of them on a public bus in rush-hour traffic.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, Britain’s new chancellor George Osborne called for a freeze to the EU's 2011 budget, saying it was "unacceptable" for Brussels to demand a huge increase.
    (AFP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, Britain rebuffed a new appeal by Argentina to resume talks with London over the long-disputed Falklands Islands in the south Atlantic.
    (AFP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, Martin Smith (45) was flown back from Spain to Britain, the same day as the bodies of his children were found dead in the coastal resort of Lloret de Mar, Spain. His wife, Lianne Smith (43), was arrested on suspicion of the murder of his two children Rebecca (5) and Daniel (11 months). Lianne Smith was charged with murder on May 21.
    (AFP, 5/19/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 18, Most of Canada's largest forestry companies announced a groundbreaking deal with environmental groups that will restrict logging in the country's vast northern forests.
    (Reuters, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, In China Huang Guangyu, a school drop-out who became China's richest man by building an electronics and home appliance empire, was jailed for 14 years for bribery and insider trading. He had admitted to paying bribes totaling 4.56m yuan to five government officials between 2006 and 2008. A Beijing court ordered Huang, in his 40s, to pay a fine of 600 million yuan ($88 million). Authorities seized another 200 million yuan in assets as part of his conviction.
    (AFP, 5/18/10)(Econ, 5/22/10, p.69)
2010        May 18, In Colombia Rogelio Martinez (51) gunmen intercepted a mototaxi and shot  him at least three times near his residence in San Onofre, Sucre province. Martinez lived with 52 displaced families locked in a dispute with a paramilitary group over a 556-hectare (1,374-acre) farm called "La Alemania."
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 18, Ethiopia's main rebel group claimed to have captured an army garrison town and killed 94 government soldiers in a major operation. The Ethiopian government denied the town had been captured and said the attack had been successfully repelled.
    (AFP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, Greece received a 14.5 billion euro ($18 billion) loan from the EU and can now repay its immediate debt, but still faces a mammoth task to claw its way out of recession.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, Haitian President Rene Preval pledged to step down as scheduled next year, rebuking critics who say he is using the post-earthquake emergency to hold onto power.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, India’s home minister said the government is willing to begin peace talks with Maoist rebels, but only if the insurgents halt all attacks for 72 hours.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, In Iraq Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani, an alleged al-Qaida militant said he had talked to friends about attacking Danish and Dutch teams at the World Cup in South Africa next month to avenge insults against the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 18, An Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman said Israel has fined Global CST, a local security consulting firm, for negotiating a deal last year to provide arms and military training to Guinea's military junta without the state's prior approval. Global CST said it was not fined, but was instead ordered to spend the money to tighten its oversight procedures to avoid similar "errors" in the future.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, In Kyrgyzstan several thousand people tried to storm a university in a burst of ethnic violence that left at least 2 people dead and 50 wounded, prompting the interim government to call a local state of emergency.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 18, In Malawi a gay couple, arrested after throwing a party to celebrate their engagement in this conservative southern African country, were convicted of unnatural acts and gross indecency. On May 20 a judge sentenced the couple to the maximum 14 years in prison with hard labor under Malawi's anti-gay legislation. On May 29 President Bingu wa Mutharika announced a pardon and ordered their release. 
    (AP, 5/18/10)(AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 18, Mexico’s Attorney General's Office announced that a judge handed down a prison sentence of almost 22 years against Jaime Gonzalez Duran, also known as "The Hummer," for money laundering  and weapons possession.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, In Mexico City Javier Covarrubias (20) left his house and took his 2 children to a park. There he allegedly asphyxiated 1 1/2-year-old Isis Liliana, and a half hour later he asphyxiated 2 1/2-year-old Darien Isai. He soon reported his two children kidnapped but then changed his story and said he really gave them to a woman to settle a debt of 25,000 pesos, or about $1,925. The bodies of the children were found on June 8.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        May 18, In Nigeria both houses of parliament voted to approve Namadi Sambo, a northern Muslim, as new vice president of the country, maintaining a delicate religious and geographical balance in power.
    (AFP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 11 people when he attacked a police patrol in an area where many citizens fled last year to escape a large army offensive against the Taliban.
    (AP, 5/18/10) 
2010        May 18, Gaza's Hamas rulers executed 3 convicted killers and dropped off their bullet-riddled bodies at a hospital. One allegedly participated in the 2003 slaying of a young woman whose body was later tossed in a garbage bin. The other two men were accused of murdering money changers in two separate incidents. Hamas began carrying out formal executions in April, and today's killings brought the total number of prisoners put to death to five.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, In southern Poland 2 days of flooding killed at least 9 people. Officials closed the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site to protect its Holocaust archives and artifacts. Heavy rains that began in central Europe last weekend also caused flooding in areas of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with rivers bursting their banks and inundating low-lying homes and roads, and cutting off villages.
    (AP, 5/18/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 18, The boss of Russia's Raspadskaya mine quit after PM Vladimir Putin assailed him over explosions that killed 66 people and could be prosecuted following a safety probe into the tragedy.
    (Reuters, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, In northern Somalia security forces in the semiautonomous region of Puntland arrested 12 pirates, including a prominent gang member  whose assets were frozen by the US Treasury Department last month. Abshir Abdillahi, who is also known as Abshir Boyah, was captured as he tried to flee the town of Garowe.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 18, A female American aid worker, Flavia Wagner (35), and two Sudanese colleagues were ambushed and abducted by gunmen in Abu Ajura, South Darfur state. On Aug 30 the foreign ministry said police had freed Wagner in the Abu Agora area south of Nyala.
    (AFP, 5/18/10)(AFP, 8/30/10)
2010        May 18, The Thai government rejected a proposal for peace talks with leaders of the Red Shirt protesters to end the deadly mayhem gripping Bangkok, saying negotiations cannot start until the demonstrators disperse.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, A Yemeni security court convicted six Somalis for piracy and sentenced them to death for seizing an oil tanker. Six other convicted pirates received 10 year prison sentences and the pirates must together pay $2 million compensation to an Aden refinery company, which owned a tanker that was seized in April, 2009.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 18, Amnesty International accused Zimbabwe's unity government of failing to provide for victims of a mass eviction blitz five years ago that left 700,000 people destitute.
    (AFP, 5/17/10)

2010        May 19, Khalid Ouazzani (32) of Kansas City, Mo., admitted that he sent $23,500 to Al-Qaeda between 2007-2008. The Morocco-born auto parts dealer became a US citizen in 2006.
    (SFC, 5/20/10, p.A6)
2010        May 19, In Afghanistan insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault against the giant US-run Bagram Air Field, killing an American contractor and wounding nine troops in the second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and around the capital in as many days. 10 guerrillas were killed including 4 with suicide vests.
    (AP, 5/19/10)(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A3)
2010        May 19, The Bahrain-based USS McFaul discovered the Panamanian-flagged M/V Iceberg I with as many as 50 pirates and more than 20 crew members on board. It says the location of the hijacked ship was previously unknown. The McFaul followed the ship for more than a day and a half before the pirates turned back toward the Somali coast.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 19, Nick Clegg, Britain's new deputy leader, says he'll scrap an unpopular national identity card program, limit the retention of DNA samples and tightly regulate the use of closed circuit TV cameras in a sweeping civil liberties drive.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, The Burundian government said in a statement that it had given Neela Ghoshal, a Human Rights Watch researcher, until June 5 to leave the country. Burundi is due to hold its first round of elections after nearly 16 years of civil war May 23. Presidential polls are scheduled for June 28.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 19, Chadian authorities at Ndjamena airport refused entry to Khalil Ibrahim and a number of other JEM members who had arrived from the Libyan capital Tripoli. Chadian authorities confiscated their passports and refused to let them into Chadian territory and ordered them to go back to Libya. Khalil and his delegation had planned to head to Darfur through Chad.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, In China at least five men armed with knives burst into the dormitory of a vocational college in Haikou, the capital of the southern island province of Hainan, and slashed nine students, one of them seriously.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, The French government decided to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil in public. The legislation was forwarded to Parliament.
    (SFC, 5/20/10, p.A2)
2010        May 19, India's auction of 3G bandwidth for mobile telephone services ended, with final bids earning the government close to 15 billion dollars -- double its own estimate.
    (AFP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, Iran dismissed as "illegitimate" a draft UN Security Council resolution seeking to impose harsher sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, Kenya signed a new treaty for the equitable sharing of waters of the Nile after four other upstream countries inked the deal last week.
    (AFP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, In southern Kyrgyzstan ethnic violence broke out in Jalalabad. Ethnic Kyrgyz supporters of ousted Pres. Bakiyev clashed with the Uzbek minority, supporters of the interim government.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A2)
2010        May 19, Mexican police found the mummified bodies of two women and three men stuffed in plastic bags in a pickup truck left near a highway in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua. University authorities in Ciudad Juarez also reported that a freshman had been found dead, wrapped in a blanket at a local fairground. Authorities said about 88 tons (80 metric tons) of a precursor chemical used to make methamphetamines had been seized at the Pacific Coast seaport of Manzanillo.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 19, NATO and Russia said they will boost efforts to develop a joint system to protect their troops from attack by short-range missiles.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will spend more than $2 billion to sharply reduce the burning off of natural gas at its oil wells in Nigeria, gases that when burned contribute to global warming and sicken people living nearby.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, Pakistan's government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook amid anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, Tens of thousands of Romanians rallied in Bucharest to protest planned wage cuts as a budget crises impacted the ailing economy.
    (SFC, 5/20/10, p.A2)
2010        May 19, John Shepherd-Barron (84), the Scotsman credited with inventing the world's first automatic cash machine, died after a short illness. The first automatic teller machine, now known as ATMs, was installed at a branch of Barclays Plc in a north London suburb on June 27, 1967.
    (AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 19, Downtown Bangkok, Thailand, became a battleground as an army assault forced anti-government protest leaders to surrender, enraging followers who shot grenades and set fire to landmark buildings, cloaking the skyline in black smoke. The Central World mall was in charred ruins. Italian freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi (48) was killed by gunfire in clashes between the military and demonstrators. A 2013 inquest said Polenghi was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers.
    (AP, 5/19/10)(Econ, 5/29/10, p.46)(AP, 2/28/11)(AP, 5/29/13)
2010        May 19, Zimbabwe's Chamber of Mines proposed a compromise in the government's drive to force foreign firms to give 51 percent stakes to locals, saying 15 percent local shareholding for mines was enough.
    (AP, 5/19/10)

2010        May 20, US researchers announced that they have produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA. They said the world's first synthetic cell, JCV1-syn1.0, is more a re-creation of existing life, changing one simple type of bacterium into another, than a built-from-scratch kind. Genome-mapping pioneer J. Craig Venter said his team's project paves the way for designing organisms that work differently from the way nature intended for a wide range of uses.
    (AP, 5/21/10)(Econ, 6/19/10, SR p.11)
2010        May 20, Mexican President Felipe Calderon also took his opposition to a new Arizona immigration law to Congress, saying it "ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree." Calderon also urged the US Congress to reinstate a ban on assault weapons to help cut cross-border gun smuggling and reduce drug gang violence for its southern neighbor.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(Reuters, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Arkansas 2 police officers were shot dead after pulling over a van with Ohio plates on I-40. A short time later 2 suspects were killed in a separate shootout in a Wal-Mart parking lot in West Memphis.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.A4)
2010        May 20, In Oakland, Ca., police arrested at least 26 people as part of a crackdown targeting members of the Ghost Town street gang. The arrests capped a 5-month operation dubbed Ghostbusters.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.C5)
2010        May 20, In Florida a jury in Broward County handed down a $29.1 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to Connie Buonomo (77), a widow who said her husband started smoking as a teenager. Matthew Buonomo (80) died in 2008 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    (SFC, 5/22/10, p.A4)
2010        May 20, Tesla Motors announced that it will use a $50 million investment from Toyota Corp. to help it buy the recently closed Nummi auto plant in Fremont, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.A1)
2010        May 20, Australian police raided 12 properties associated with Agape Ministries, led by Rocco Leo, and netted 15 guns, slow-burning fuses, detonators, extendable batons and 35,000 rounds of ammunition.
    (www.apologeticsindex.org/1666-agape-ministries)(AFP, 6/27/11)
2010        May 20, In Brazil a court ordered the arrest of a Polish priest suspected of sexually abusing a teenager in a Rio de Janeiro suburb and turning his parish home into what the judge described as an "erotic dungeon" for sex with adolescents. State prosecutors have accused Marcin Michael Strachanowski (44) of handcuffing a former altar boy (16) to a bed 3 years ago in the parish house where the priest lived and threatening to kill the youth if he spoke of the abuse.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, BP conceded that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, Supermarket chain Asda said that it is to sell cancer drugs at cost-price and called on its peers who make massive profits on the treatments to follow suit. The group, owned by US supermarket giant Wal-Mart, said its initiative follows the success of a similar scheme by Asda for in-vitro fertility (IVF) treatments.
    (AFP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, Britain's coalition government outlined a joint legislative program, promising support for the Afghanistan war, a new drive toward Middle East peace and a "close and frank" relationship with the United States.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, Chinese officials said Ma Yaohai (53), a college professor accused of organizing a swingers club and holding private orgies, has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, in a case that touched off national debate about sexual freedom. Ma, along with 21 other people, was arrested and charged last year under a 1997 law.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In France a lone thief stole five paintings valued at $123 million, including major works by Picasso and Matisse, in an overnight heist from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(SFC, 5/21/10, p.A2)
2010        May 20, French police arrested the leader of Basque separatist group ETA and his second in command, calling it an important blow but not a death knell for the violent organization.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Greece more than 20,000 protesters marched to parliament, as unions challenged harsh austerity measures by staging their fourth general strike this year.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In India Cyclone Laila slammed into the southeast, toppling power lines and plunging a large swath of coastal Andhra Pradesh state into darkness. Heavy rains and strong winds claimed at least 23 lives.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Iran 3 Americans, jailed for 10 months, hugged and kissed their mothers in an emotional reunion after the women arrived on a mission to secure the release of their children. One of the prisoners said they all hoped to go home together in the trio's first public comments since their arrest.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Iraq a US Division-North soldier died of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. The circumstances surrounding that incident were under investigation.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 20, Israel released Mohammed Abu Teir, a Hamas lawmaker. He was arrested nearly four years ago following the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Gaza militants in a deadly cross-border raid.
    (AFP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In southern Kyrgyzstan more than 2,000 supporters of the deposed president rallied near Jalal Abad, a town wracked by ethnic violence.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Madagascar soldiers and police clashed in what a police colonel described as a failed mutiny, leaving one police officer dead and five wounded. Lt. Col. Raymond Andrianjafy and several others were soon arrested pending investigations.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 20, In the Maldives 15 representatives of the Afghan government met with 7 Taliban members for talks, which would continue over the weekend. A Taliban statement the next day said those at the talks claiming to be from the Taliban are no longer active members and have "surrendered" to President Hamid Karzai's government.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.A2)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Mexico gunbattles between security forces and armed attackers killed nine people in two states along the US border. Federal police announced the capture of Jose Manuel Garcia, the Sinaloa cartel's alleged chief operator in Mexico state. In the state of Coahuila, 2 police officers and 3 gunmen died in a shootout in Torreon. In Ciudad Juarez federal police detained Luis Humberto Hernandez, an alleged gang member accused of participating in 11 killings. Timoteo Alejandro Ramirez and his wife Cleriberta Castro were killed by gunmen from a rival faction of San Juan Copala in southern Oaxaca state. Ramirez was the leader of the town's autonomy movement.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, A multinational team blamed North Korea for sinking the South Korean corvette with a torpedo in March, claiming 46 lives, prompting an angry denial from Pyongyang and a threat of war if it is punished.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, The Pakistani government blocked access to YouTube because of "sacrilegious" content on the video-sharing website, signaling a growing Internet crackdown against sites deemed offensive to the country's majority Muslim population.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Pakistan a British couple and their daughter were shot dead at a cemetery near Gujarat as part of a family feud while visiting for a wedding. Reports named them as Mohammad Yousaf, his wife Pervaiz and their daughter Tanya (22), from Nelson in Lancashire.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Sudan Darfur's most militarized rebel group (JEM), said it had killed 200 Sudanese government troops in the western region over the previous 2 days, but the army denied the toll in the latest fighting to cloud troubled peace talks.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, The Thai government declared it had mostly quelled 10 weeks of violent protests in the capital as buildings still smoldered, troops rooted out small pockets of resistance and residents attempted to return to normal life.
    (AP, 5/20/10)

2010        May 21, In San Francisco the city planning commission approved a plan to open a medical marijuana facility in the Sunset District, despite objections by area residents.
    (SFC, 5/22/10, p.C1)
2010        May 21, The Texas State Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum that amended or watered down the teaching of civil rights, slavery, America’s relationship with the UN and hundreds of other items.
    (SFC, 5/22/10, p.A6)
2010        May 21, European Union finance ministers started laying out new, tougher rules for their public finances in the hopes of winning back market confidence and preventing a repeat of the debt crisis that is threatening the euro.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, In Bolivia retired Gen. Gary Prado, famous for capturing Ernesto "Che" Guevara, was ordered held under house arrest in connection with an alleged plot against President Evo Morales. Prosecutors alleged that Prado had exchanged "ultrasecret" encrypted e-mail with Eduardo Rozsa, a Bolivian-born Hungarian who was slain in an April 2009 raid by an elite police unit.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 21, In China some 1900 workers at a Honda auto parts factory in Guangdong province went on strike demanding higher pay. Monthly pay at the facility in Foshan city was about $117 per month. Similar companies paid between $292 and $365 a month. Honda announced a settlement on June 4.
    (www.china.org.cn/business/2010-05/28/content_20133668.htm)(SSFC, 5/30/10, p.A4)(AP, 6/4/10)
2010        May 21, Three Americans jailed in Iran for 10 months met with their mothers a second time as Iranian authorities used their visit to underline their complaints about their own citizens detained by the United States.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, In Iraq a car bombing at an open-air market in Khalis, a Shiite town northeast of Baghdad, left 30 people dead. A US Division-North soldier was killed near Mosul in an incident that was put under investigation.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 21, In Indian Kashmir thousands of people turned out to pay tribute to two slain separatist leaders as a one-day strike called to mark the occasion closed shops and businesses.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, Mexican officials said Jose Manuel Garcia, a senior member of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico's largest criminal gangs, has been arrested along with a cache of weapons, money and drugs.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, Nigerian officials and residents said hundreds of Niger nationals, mostly women and children, have flooded into the country in search of food.
    (AFP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 21, Norwegian browser developer Opera Software said it is moving its data processing capacity to a newly-built center in Iceland, one of the first foreign investment deals for the crisis-hit island as it tries to rebuild its economy.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, Pakistani protesters shouted "Death to Facebook", "Death to America" and burnt US flags, venting growing anger over "sacrilegious" caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, Two Palestinian militants, Nader Abu Dakkar (17) and Hamdi Abu Hammad (17) infiltrated Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip but were killed in a firefight with Israeli troops. The Israeli military launched aerial raids overnight in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, following a rocket attack the previous evening. No one was injured or killed in the sorties.
    (AP, 5/21/10)(AFP, 5/21/10)(AFP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 21, Spain convicted 3 members of Basque separatist group ETA of detonating a car bomb at Madrid airport in 2006 that killed two Ecuadorians.
    (Reuters, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, In southern Sudan President Salva Kiir was sworn in eight months ahead of a scheduled referendum on whether the south will secede from the north. The south and the northern government, led by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, must still negotiate how the two regions will share oil revenues and divide access to the Nile River waters before the referendum.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 21, Yemen’s Pres. Saleh extended an olive branch to the opposition, offering to form a national unity government and announcing an amnesty for imprisoned southern separatists and Shiite rebels.
    (AFP, 5/22/10)

2010        May 22, Jordan Romero (13), an eighth-grader from California, became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest, surpassing the previous record set by Temba Tsheri (16) of Nepal.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 22, Martin Gardner (b.1914), American writer on mathematics, died. His books included “The Annotated Alice" (1960).
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.94)
2010        May 22, In southern Afghanistan 3 foreign soldiers and one civilian working with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in two separate incidents. At least a dozen people were killed south of Kabul after US troops spotted two insurgents trying to plant bombs. The Taliban staged a nighttime assault on Kandahar Air Base that wounded a number of coalition soldiers and civilian employees.
    (AFP, 5/22/10)(AP, 5/22/10)(AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 22, A Chilean appeals court ordered Mohammad Saif Ur Rehman Khan, a Pakistani, man back into a high-security prison, saying the chemicals allegedly found on his possessions at the US Embassy and inside his apartment could only have come from direct contact with explosives.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 22,  At the Cannes film festival “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," a surreal tale of the afterlife with giant monkeys and an erotic catfish scored gold for Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
    (AFP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 22, An Air India Express plane trying to land at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames at dawn, killing 158 people. There were 8 survivors. An investigative panel later said Serb flight commander had slept through more than half the flight and was disoriented during landing.
    (AP, 5/22/10)(SFC, 11/20/10, p.A2)
2010        May 22, Nigerian youths in Jos hacked to death 3 Muslim herders and burned their bodies.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 22, In Pakistan an overnight US missile strike killed two foreign militant suspects and eight Pakistanis near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 22, In Poland Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 22, In Slovakia authorities in Bratislava called off the country’s first-ever gay pride parade following attacks by neo-Nazis.
    (SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A6)
2010        May 22, Spanish railway workers called for a one-day stoppage on May 28 in protest at proposed changes in working conditions.
    (Reuters, 5/22/10)
2010        May 22, Thailand's government displayed to foreign diplomats a huge cache of weapons it said had been confiscated from anti-government protesters, to quash criticism of a deadly crackdown. The recent clashes and blasts left 91 dead and 1,900 injured.
    (AFP, 5/22/10)(Econ, 7/10/10, p.39)(Econ, 9/18/10, p.58)
2010        May 22, Dozens of nations, meeting in Istanbul at a UN-sponsored conference for Somalia, pledged to help Somalia build a strong police and military, achieve peace and stability and eradicate piracy that has plagued international maritime trade.
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 22, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced an amnesty for journalists being tried or convicted of press offences to mark the 20th anniversary of the unification of north and South Yemen.
    (AFP, 5/22/10)

2010        May 23, The US government threatened to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico if it doesn't do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the needed know-how. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the state is not waiting for federal approval to begin building sand barriers to protect the coastline from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, In New Jersey a crowd of some 30-35 thousand gathered at the Statehouse in Trenton to protest Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget cuts. Christie has called for workers to accept wage freezes and contribute to their health benefits.
    (SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A9)
2010        May 23, Jose Lima (1972-2010), a right-hand Dominican pitcher who was a 20-game winner and an All-Star during a 13-year major league career, died in Pasadena, Ca., of an apparent heart attack.
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, British screenwriter Simon Monjack (39), the husband of Brittany Murphy, was found dead at his Los Angeles home, five months after the Hollywood actress died. Murphy, best known for her major roles in "Clueless," "Girl Interrupted," and "8 Mile" in 2002, died Dec. 20, at age 32 after collapsing in her home.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 23, Britain's Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson said she was "very sorry" for her lapse of judgment after she was recorded apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew in return for 500,000 pounds ($724,000).
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, In southern China a fuel rod at the Guangdong Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station experienced a "very small leakage" that increased radioactivity levels slightly in the nuclear reactor's cooling water. The plant supplies power to Hong Kong.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        May 23, In Colombia leftist rebels killed nine marines and wounded two in a firefight. The marines were attacked when they entered a rebel camp in Solano, a municipality in the southern state of Caqueta.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 23, Ethiopia held Parliamentary elections. PM Meles Zenawi rejected opposition complaints of fraud elections and said he expected to win on the strength of his economic record. The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and allied parties won 534 seats out of 536 declared, giving PM Meles Zenawi most seats in the 547-member parliament. The EU observation mission released its final report on Nov 8. It said the electoral process was short of international standards concerning transparency, and that state resources were used in the ruling party's campaign.
    (Reuters, 5/23/10)(Reuters, 5/26/10)(AP, 11/8/10)
2010        May 23, Iran said it will abandon an offer to ship some of its uranium stockpile abroad if the United States imposes new sanctions. Iran's intelligence minister said he had no doubt three US citizens arrested last July near the Iraq border were spies and called on Washington to propose a prisoner swap to secure their release.
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, The Iraqi cabinet said in a statement that a court has sentenced to death a man accused of the kidnapping and killing of five Russian embassy civil servants.
    (Reuters, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, In Jamaica masked men defending a reputed drug lord sought by the United States torched a police station and traded gunfire with security forces in a patchwork of barricaded slums in Kingston.
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, In Nigeria fresh violence between Muslims and Christians in Jos left one person dead and another seriously wounded, a day after three others were killed. 15 suspects were arrested for the previous day’s killings. Gunmen in the delta seized 3 Chinese technicians. The men were freed on May 29.
    (AP, 5/23/10)(AFP, 5/23/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 23, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that his country plans to boost trade with Egypt, during a visit to Cairo where he met with President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AFP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, In Gaza masked gunmen stormed a UN-run Gaza summer camp early on Sunday and set it on fire, threatening "harsh measures" against the Gaza director of UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
    (AFP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, Dozens of American soldiers and a battery of Patriot missiles arrived in Poland, where they will spend the next two years teaching the Polish military to operate the advanced guided missile system at a base just a few miles from the Russian border.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 23, In Somalia Islamist militants attacked the presidential compound and other government positions in Mogadishu. At least 15 people were killed and 30 others wounded.
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 23, The Swedish 1885 “Treskilling Yellow" postage stamp retained its title as the world’s most expensive stamp following an auction in Geneva. In 1996 it had sold for a record $2.3 million. The price this year was not revealed.
    (SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A6)
2010        May 23, Anwar Al-Awlaki, a US-born radical preacher who has encouraged Muslims to kill American soldiers, called for the killing of US civilians in his first video released by a Yemeni offshoot of al-Qaida.
    (AP, 5/23/10)

2010        May 24, Pres. Obama signed into law the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act.
    (Econ, 11/13/10, p.58)(www.enoughproject.org/LRA)
2010        May 24, The US Supreme Court ruled that a group of African Americans may sue the city of Chicago for discriminatory use of an application test that kept them from being hired as firefighters.
    (SFC, 5/25/10, p.A4)
2010        May 24, Brian Thomas Mettenbrink of Nebraska was sentenced to one year in federal prison for his role in a cyber attack on the Church of Scientology.
    (SFC, 5/25/10, p.A4)
2010        May 24, Afghan authorities announced the arrest of seven people in last week's car suicide car bombing that killed six NATO soldiers, including three American colonels and a Canadian colonel.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Australia demanded that Israel withdraw an embassy official from the country, saying the Jewish state was behind fake Australian passports linked to the killing of a Hamas operative.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched TV Brasil, a new Portuguese-language network based in Mozambique's capital Maputo and tasked with "saying good things" about Brazil. From Maputo, the new channel will be broadcast to more than 40 countries, mostly in Africa and Latin America.
    (AFP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Britain's new coalition government outlined more than 6 billion pounds ($8.7 billion) in spending cuts, including scaling back computer purchases, official cars for ministers and first-class air travel, but warned that these are only first steps toward slashing the nation's record budget deficit.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, British Airways cabin crew started a five-day strike, throwing travel plans for thousands of passengers into disarray after last-ditch efforts to avert the action collapsed.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Burundians turned out in droves to vote in local polls marking the first phase of an electoral marathon, the first of a series of polls in which the tiny African nation will also vote for representatives to parliament and its next president.
    (AFP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, In southern China a head-on collision between two buses killed 10 people and injured an additional 43 early Monday in the second major bus accident in two days.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, In Colombia a retired police major said that President Alvaro Uribe's younger brother, Santiago Uribe, commanded a right-wing death squad in the early 1990s from the family's cattle ranch. He estimated the militia killed at least 50 people.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 24, The UN said an Indian UN peacekeeper and two Congolese nationals were killed in an ambush in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Costa Rica's unicameral congress voted itself a 60 percent pay raise less than a month after legislators took office. The next day President Laura Chinchilla said she will veto the pay bill unless congress finds days to offset the cost in other areas. Costa Rica's congress shelved a final vote on the pay raise after Pres. Chinchilla promised to veto the measure.
    (AP, 5/26/10)(AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 24, An international human rights group said that Ethiopia's national election was marred by repression and intimidation, while the government said the vote was free and fair.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, In Germany Daryush Shokof (55), a Berlin resident and Iranian dissident, disappeared in Cologne, the day he planned to board a train to Paris to promote his new film "Iran Zendan," or "Iran Prison." The small independent movie is highly critical of the Iranian regime and shows scenes of torture and rape in an Iranian prison. It was shown once last month to a closed audience of friends at a Berlin theater and then posted on YouTube, but has since been removed. On June 5, almost two weeks after he went missing, Shokof was found by a group of teenagers, drenched, exhausted and confused, near the Rhine river in Cologne, and taken to a hospital.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        May 24, Guatemalan authorities said they will require DNA tests for all babies offered for adoption following allegations of child theft that led the government to impose a two-year freeze on international adoptions.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Iran hanged the brother of captured Sunni militant leader Abdolmalek Rigi for "terrorism" in the city of Zahedan in Sistan-Baluchestan province in the southeast.
    (AFP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Iran’s state IRNA news agency reported that police launched a crackdown on irreverent social behavior, seizing some 60 cars over the weekend whose drivers were deemed to be harassing women.
    (AFP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, Iran, seeking to evade new UN sanctions, formally submitted its plan to swap some of its enriched uranium for reactor fuel and said the onus was on world powers to defuse tensions by accepting the deal.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, In Iraq gunmen in Mosul killed newly elected lawmaker Bashar Mohammed Hamid Ahmed, part of a Sunni-backed list that narrowly won the March elections.
    (SFC, 5/25/10, p.A2)
2010        May 24, Israel's military announced it plans to further ease restrictions on Palestinian travel in the West Bank, delivering what appeared to be a first in a series of gestures requested by the US as part of renewed peace talks.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, In Jamaica more than 1,000 police and soldiers assaulted a public housing complex occupied by heavily armed gangsters defending Christopher "Dudus" Coke, an alleged drug lord wanted by the US. 2 police officers were killed and at least six wounded since the previous night, and at least one Jamaican soldier was shot dead during today's fighting at Tivoli Gardens.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 24, Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri made his first official visit to Washington as premier and planned to discuss Mideast security issues and peace efforts with Pres. Barack Obama.
    (AP, 5/23/10)
2010        May 24, It was reported that Malagasy timer barons were robbing Madagascar of its sylvan heritage, illegally cutting down scarce species of rosewood trees in poorly protected national parks, and exporting most of the valuable logs to China.
    (SFC, 5/25/10, p.A2)
2010        May 24, South Korea's Pres. Lee Myung-bak cut trade to North Korea vowing the country would "pay a price" for a torpedo attack that killed 46 sailors, and promised to haul its impoverished neighbor before the UN Security Council. Lee Myung-bak said that the country will take Pyongyang to the UN Security Council, suspend inter-Korean exchanges and ban North Korean ships from passing through its waters.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, In Thailand opposition leaders moved to impeach PM Abhisit Vejjajiva for his handling of rioting and violence in Bangkok, and an army official said the capital would remain under curfew for another week as a precaution against further unrest.
    (AP, 5/24/10)
2010        May 24, In Trinidad and Tobago attorney Kamla Persad-Bissessar (59) was elected as the first female prime minister. Preliminary elections results indicated that Persad-Bissessar and her five-party People's Partnership coalition won 29 of 41 seats in parliament.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 24, In Yemen tribal gunmen kidnapped two American tourists and demanded the release of a jailed tribesman for the pair. The tourists were released the next day after Pres. Saleh agreed to free a prisoner held by the state.
    (AP, 5/24/10)(SFC, 5/26/10, p.A2)

2010        May 25, US and Chinese officials signed accords on trade finance, China’s gas reserves and credit arrangements, but gave no indication of any progress on issues involving the value of China’s currency.
    (SFC, 5/26/10, p.A3)
2010        May 25, The Dow Jones industrials plunged below 10,000 as investors worried about a global economic slowdown and tensions between North and South Korea turned away from stocks.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, The US EPA barred Texas from issuing an operating permit to a refinery on Corpus Christi and said it would do the same to dozens in other cases in which it believes the state is violating the Clean Air Act.
    (SFC, 5/26/10, p.A4)
2010        May 25, Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to up to 5 years in prison for violating the terms of his probation relating his 2008 conviction for lying under oath about an affair.
    (SFC, 5/26/10, p.A4)
2010        May 25, In Alaska several thousand barrels of crude spilled from the trans-Alaska pipeline and overflowed a storage tank. The spill was in a containment area with an impermeable liner.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.A8)
2010        May 25, In Algeria Atmane Touati, alias Abu El Abbas, became one of four members of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQMI, to turn himself in after his wife "convinced her husband to abandon the criminal horde and come home."
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 25, In Argentina some 2 million people and eight heads of state from across South America took to the streets of Buenos Aires in celebration of 200 years since its revolution.
    (AFP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 25, Chad's government succeeded in forcing a 3,300-strong UN peacekeeping force operating in Chad and the Central African Republic to pull out by the end of this year.  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that a dramatic shortfall in donations for Chad's agriculture relief puts 2 million people at risk of hunger.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, Ethiopian police shot dead two opposition members in the sensitive Oromia region following the elections. One man was shot May 24 after trying to storm an office where ballots were being counted. The other was shot today by a policeman whom he had beaten during the same incident.
    (Reuters, 5/26/10)
2010        May 25, In Germany a private security firm's plan to deploy more than 100 ex-soldiers to Somalia to work for a warlord triggered intense media coverage and was harshly criticized by lawmakers, some of them calling it a possible violation of UN sanctions against the war-ridden East African country. Thomas Kaeltegaertner, the head of Asgaard German Security Group, said the company would be in charge of providing security and protection for persons, buildings and convoys in Somalia as well as educating Somali security personnel.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, In Iraq some 17 masked gunmen shot up a gold jewelry market in Baghdad, killing 15 people before they fled with a large quantity of gold in their arms.
    (AP, 5/25/10)(SFC, 5/26/10, p.A2)
2010        May 25, More than 500 Israeli academics have denounced the government decision banning famed Jewish-American linguist Noam Chomsky from entering the West Bank last week. Chomsky (81), an outspoken critic of Israel, was to speak at a West Bank university last week when Israeli authorities barred him from entering from neighboring Jordan. The Interior Ministry later said the border agent had made a mistake and Chomsky was welcome to return.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, Mexican federal police arrested Gregorio Sanchez, the mayor of the resort city of Cancun, on drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime charges, the latest blow to 2010 state and local elections already marred by violence and allegations of drug cartel involvement. On June 1 Sanchez was charged with drug trafficking ties, forcing him to end his campaign for governor in a scandal that has shaken Mexico's upcoming state elections.
    (AP, 5/26/10)(AP, 6/1/10)
2010        May 25, North Korea declared that it would sever all communication and relations with Seoul as punishment for blaming it for the sinking of a South Korean warship.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, Eight ships carrying 10,000 tons of donated supplies and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists were making their way toward blockaded Gaza, and a likely weekend showdown with the Israeli navy.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, In Peru a judge granted parole to Lori Berenson (40), the New York activist who has spent 15 years in Peruvian prisons on a conviction of aiding leftist rebels. However, the judge said that Berenson cannot leave Peru until her sentence for terrorist collaboration ends in November 2015.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, In the Singapore Strait emergency teams scrambled to contain thousands of tons of crude oil that spilled into waters near one of the world's busiest ports after two ships collided. Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said in its latest update that 5,000 tons of crude had leaked from the Malaysian-registered tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3.
    (AFP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, Suriname held elections. The political party of former dictator Desi Bouterse (64) was the biggest winner, as the convicted drug trafficker mounted a political comeback despite facing trial for the execution of 15 opponents in the 1980s. Bouterse's party captured 40 percent of the popular vote and 23 seats in parliament with a populist campaign that featured pledges to build more houses and increase social security spending.
    (AP, 5/26/10)(AP, 8/12/10)
2010        May 25, A Thai court issued an arrest warrant for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges, accusing the fugitive former leader of fomenting two months of unrest in Bangkok that left 88 people dead.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, In southern Turkey a bus carrying Russian tourists skidded off a highway and fell off a bridge, killing 16 people and injuring 25 others.
    (AP, 5/25/10)
2010        May 25, Venezuela's top anti-corruption official barred two opponents of President Hugo Chavez from holding public office, preventing them from running in September legislative elections. The decision blocked candidacies by former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales and former Sucre state Gov. Ramon Martinez.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 25, In Yemen an overnight airstrike on what was believed to be an al-Qaida hide-out in a remote province accidentally killed a provincial deputy governor and his two bodyguards. The strike was later identified as a secret mission by the US military. Angry tribesmen attacked an oil pipeline, petrol stations and government installations to avenge the accidental death.
    (AP, 5/25/10)(AFP, 5/25/10)(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.A8)

2010        May 26, In Afghanistan a car bomb exploded outside a small NATO military base in Kandahar City, wounding two Afghans and destroying several cars. A British soldier was shot dead while on foot patrol in southern Helmand province. In eastern Nuristan province, police have been battling hundreds of insurgents for four days. Militants made a push to capture all of Barg-e-Matal district on the Pakistan border, sparking heavy fighting throughout the area. A senior border police official said he had credible reports that Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah was killed. At least seven militants and one police officer have died so far in the fighting in Nuristan's Barg-e-Matal district.
    (AP, 5/26/10)(AFP, 5/26/10)(AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, In Argentina Angie Sanclemente Valencia (30), a Colombian model accused of leading a drug-trafficking gang that persuaded pretty young women to smuggle cocaine to Mexico, was arrested after evading Argentine police for five months.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Vampire saga "Twilight" took home three prizes from the ITV1 awards at London's Royal Festival Hall. The "Twilight Saga: New Moon", the second in the series, was named best fantasy film, while its British star Robert Pattinson took the award for best performance.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, Canada announced that it will spend nearly $1 billion on security for next months G8 and G20 summits.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.A2)
2010        May 26, Ethiopian opposition groups rejected results of parliamentary elections which gave long-time ruler Meles Zenawi a landslide win, and demanded fresh polls.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In France Eugene Rwamucyo, a Rwandan doctor accused of participation in the 1994 Tutsi genocide, was arrested. He was dismissed from his hospital post in northern France last month, and was wanted by Kigali for allegedly planning and carrying out atrocities in the Butare region of southern Rwanda.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, In Greece a horde of frogs caused a two-hour closure on a major highway near the city of Thessaloniki. The city's traffic police chief said that the "millions" of frogs were probably looking for food.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In Hong Kong a 10th employee of iPhone-maker Foxconn jumped to his death, just hours after the company's chairman promised to make life better for employees at the sprawling production site in southern China.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, Hungary‘s new government gave ethnic Magyars abroad the right to Hungarian passports.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.60)(http://tinyurl.com/2amef5g)
2010        May 26, Iraq's government dissolved state-owned Iraqi Airways over a decades-old financial dispute dating back to Saddam Hussein's invasion of his oil-rich neighbor Kuwait. A lawyer for Kuwait Airways called the Iraqi government's strategy a "cynical tactic" and said it will not end the dispute because Kuwait will still hold the government accountable for the debt.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi bowed to market concerns about his country's high debt load and bloated public sector, springing euro24 billion in spending cuts on an unsuspecting public just weeks after ruling out painful measures.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Jamaican security forces claimed a tenuous hold over the slum stronghold of a gang leader sought by the US, but only after battles that killed at least 44 civilians.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Mexican marines arrested Manzanillo port Captain Jorge Arturo Castaneda, accusing him of drug trafficking ties. The port had become a hot spot for the smuggling of methamphetamine precursor chemicals. In the northern city of Piedras Negras, a soldier was killed and another wounded when gunmen ambushed army troops inspecting flood-risk zones. Sergio Adrian Martinez, a former state police officer and member of the Arturo Beltran Leyva carte, was killed in a gunbattle with soldiers in the northern city of Monterrey.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, In Morocco Islamists were outraged by the visit of gay pop star Elton John, while the royal palace, government and his many fans backed his appearance in Rabat.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, Palestinian hospital officials say 15 people were wounded in overnight Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. The strikes came after the Israeli military reported that Palestinian militants had blown up a donkey cart filled with dynamite near the concrete wall that separates Gaza from Israel and fired several mortar rounds into Israel. No Israelis were injured.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In Peru Indian leader Alberto Pizango was detained upon arrival in Peru's capital from Nicaragua, where he fled 11 months ago to avoid charges over violent protests against proposed oil and gas exploration in the Amazon.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In southern Russia an explosion tore through the center of Stavropol killing 5 people and wounding at least 20 as locals gathered for a Chechen dance concert.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.A2)
2010        May 26, The International Criminal Court reported Sudan to the UN Security Council for refusing to arrest a government minister and a militia leader suspected of war crimes in Darfur. Judges at the court say that Khartoum has refused to hand over Humanitarian Affairs Minister Ahmed Harun and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb. The court ordered the men arrested in 2007 on 51 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In Turkey four rebels were killed in a clash in eastern Tunceli province, bringing the overall rebel death toll to 23 since last week's air assault on rebel camps in northern Iraq's Hakurk, Zap and Qandil Mountain regions.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, A UN official said some 3,200 Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife have crossed into Togo in recent days.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Zimbabwe licensed four private daily newspapers, including the banned Daily News, a sign the new unity government is following through on promises to open up the media to non-state run publications.
    (Reuters, 5/26/10)

2010        May 27, BP Plc wrestled to plug its gushing deepwater Gulf of Mexico well in the latest attempt to control the source of a catastrophic five-week-old oil spill. Pres. Obama extended a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling and ordered floating rigs to stop work on 33 exploratory wells. The government gave the go-ahead for an ambitious plan to construct several barrier islands to reduce the amount of oil from the giant Gulf of Mexico spill from coming ashore. Officials raised estimates of the spill from 210,000 to at least half a million gallons a day.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)(AFP, 5/28/10)(SFC, 5/28/10, p.A8)
2010        May 27, In Utica, NY, Jerome Feldman, a former psychiatrist, was sentenced to over 15 years in jail for duping people out of $400,000 with false promises of organ transplants in the Philippines.
    (SFC, 5/28/10, p.A8)
2010        May 27, In Florida a Delta 4 rocket at Cape Canaveral carried a new generation GPS satellite into space. A dozen such Boeing-built satellites will be launched over the next several years to replace the 20-year-old systems now in service.
    (SFC, 5/29/10, p.A4)
2010        May 27, UN experts said rebel groups in eastern Congo are illegally imposing taxes on trucks and pedestrians and receiving local, regional and international support in violation of UN sanctions.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Danish container shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said it has sold its British supermarket chain Netto to Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda Stores Ltd. for 778 million pounds ($1.1 billion).
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In France thousands of workers staged strikes across the country to protest government plans to raise the retirement age past 60, one of the lowest in Europe.
    (SFC, 5/28/10, p.A2)
2010        May 27, Authorities closed Guatemala's international airport after the nearby Pacaya volcano showered as much as 3 inches (8 centimeters) of ash over parts of the city. A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles (25 km) south of Guatemala City.
    (AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 27, Indian President Pratibha Patil sought to soothe trade disputes and recent border tensions in meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In India temperatures close to 50 degrees Celsius gripped large swathes of the country, killing dozens of people as the country waited for the annual monsoon rains.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Indonesia authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Israel indicted two prominent activists from its Arab minority for allegedly spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, deepening a case that has raised tensions with the country's Arab minority.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Israel said a flotilla of activist aid boats bound for Gaza was a "cheap political stunt" as it unveiled a port facility where it intends to divert the boats and detain those on board.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Israel officially joined the OECD club of rich economies. PM Benjamin Netanyahu attended a ceremony at the Paris headquarters of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as it welcomed Israel along with Estonia, Slovenia and Chile to the 31-nation grouping.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Jamaican security forces kicked down doors and arrested dozens of people in a bullet-pocked slum, and said the death toll from four days of fighting sparked by the search for a reputed drug lord has risen to 73.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Mexico's Supreme Court upheld a law requiring hospitals to offer rape victims a morning-after birth control pill, rejecting an appeal that argued the pill's effect constitutes the equivalent of an abortion.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In northwest Pakistan insurgents shot and killed a pro-government tribal elder, his wife and a son, while a clash elsewhere in the volatile region left a police officer and two militants dead.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Pakistan restored access to popular video website YouTube, but Facebook and 1,200 web pages remained blocked as a row about "blasphemous" content on the Internet rumbled into a second week.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Peru Lori Berenson (40), a New Yorker convicted of terrorist collaboration, walked out of prison with a smile on her face, then pushed through mobs of reporters before settling into a neighborhood that met her with hostility.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, South Africa's state-owned logistics group Transnet said it had signed a wage deal with a transport union, ending a three-week rail and ports strike.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, South Korean warships fired guns and dropped anti-submarine bombs in a large-scale military exercise, a week after Seoul accused North Korea of shooting a torpedo that sank a navy frigate in March. North Korean declared it would scrap an accord with the South designed to prevent armed clashes at their maritime border, and warned of "immediate physical strikes" if any South Korean ships enter its waters.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Spain emergency measures to cut a bloated deficit passed by one vote in parliament, saving the Socialist government from an embarrassing defeat and suggesting the depth of resistance to the spreading austerity measures aimed at halting Europe's government debt crisis.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Sudan's president was sworn in on for another five-year term after an election marred by boycotts and fraud allegations, the only head of state to be re-elected while facing an international arrest warrant for war crimes.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Turkey one soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a clash near the town of Uludere, close to the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, A Yemeni soldier was killed and four other people wounded in an attack on a military vehicle in the southern province of Daleh. Provincial officials blamed separatist militants.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)

2010        May 28, US Regulators shut down three banks in Florida and one each in Nevada and California, bringing the number of US bank failures this year to 78.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 28, In Alaska a backpacker shot and killed a grizzly bear with his handgun in Denali National Park. A man and woman reported that they were hiking when the bear emerged from trailside brush and charged the woman.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 28, Hawaii became the first US state to ban the sale or possession of shark fins, used in the creation of some Chinese delicacies, in an effort to help prevent their overfishing.
    (SFC, 5/29/10, p.A4)
2010        May 28, A US federal judge in Albany, NY, issued an injunction barring Gov. Paterson from imposing furloughs on about 100,000 state workers and withholding their raises. Unions had argued that the provisions violate the US Constitution.
    (SFC, 5/29/10, p.A4)
2010        May 28, BP made progress toward plugging its Gulf of Mexico oil spill with mud but said it won't know for two more days if the fix will really work.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Jonathan Trappe (36) of Raleigh, North Carolina, crossed the English Channel carried by a bundle of helium balloons, ending a quiet and serene flight by touching down in a French cabbage patch.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Gary Coleman (b.1968), the child star from television show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986), died in Provo, Utah.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 28, In a breakthrough after a decade of deadlock, the Non-Proliferation Treaty's 189 nations proposed new steps towards nuclear disarmament and making the Middle East free of atomic weapons. The next day Israel condemned the NPT plan.
    (AFP, 5/29/10)(SSFC, 5/30/10, p.A5)
2010        May 28, Afghan forces battled militants in a remote region near the Pakistan border for a sixth day, as officials tried to confirm reports that a key Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in the fighting. The US military suffered its 1,000th death in the nearly 9-year-old Afghan war. In eastern Afghanistan militants ambushed an Afghan police convoy in Paktia province, killing five officers with a roadside bomb and opening fire before fleeing when NATO aircraft started a bombardment. A senior Taliban leader in Baghlan province was killed in a NATO airstrike. The man, who was not named, was said to be the Taliban's "shadow governor" of the region and was responsible for organizing and directing attacks on coalition forces.
    (AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 28, US Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and other dignitaries officially launched the construction of a rail link between northern Afghanistan and neighboring Uzbekistan.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Mexican migrant Anastasio Hernandez (42) was shocked by a Customs and Border Protection agent at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego. A US coroner later ruled his death a homicide. On March 16, 2011, his family filed wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government charging that Hernandez was beaten by immigration agents before one of them fired a stun gun several times as he lie on the ground.
    (AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/8/10)(AP, 3/17/11)
2010        May 28, Australia said it will challenge Japan's whale hunting in the Antarctic at the International Court of Justice, a major legal escalation in its campaign to ban the practice despite Tokyo's insistence on the right to so-called scientific whaling.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Stephen Griffiths (40), a British criminology student, described himself as "the crossbow cannibal" when he appeared in court to face charges that he murdered three prostitutes in northern England.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, The UN, bowing to pressure from Congo's President Joseph Kabila, agreed to withdraw up to 2,000 peacekeeping troops and redefine the remaining force as a "stabilization" mission in his nation to coincide with its 50th anniversary of independence on June 30.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, In Ecuador strong explosions rocked the Tungurahua volcano, prompting evacuations of hundreds of people from nearby villages.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 28, In eastern India suspected Maoist rebels derailed an overnight passenger train, triggering a crash with an oncoming cargo train that killed 145 people near the small town of Sardiha, about 90 miles (150km) west of Calcutta in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 5/28/10)(Reuters, 5/29/10)(AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 28, Indonesia said it will impose a 2-year moratorium on large-scale clearance of rainforests, effective as off January 2011, in return for $1 billion grant from Norway to fund projects as part of the REDD plan (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation).
    (http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0527-hance_moratorium.html)(Econ, 10/30/10, p.44)
2010        May 28, In Iraq robbers stole $5.5 million from a bank near the Iraqi city of Najaf after a policeman drugged fellow bank guards by slipping sleeping medication into their tea.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, The Israeli army reopened a key highway to Palestinian traffic after the supreme court ordered the lifting of a 10-year-old ban which had turned Route 443 into an Israelis-only road.
    (AFP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, In Kingston, Jamaica, the Coronation Market was gutted in an early morning blaze. It stood next to the bullet-pocked complex of Tivoli Gardens, where security forces have conducted a slum raid that left scores of people dead in gun battles since May 24.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Japan and Washington agreed to keep a contentious US Marine base in Okinawa, with PM Yukio Hatoyama highlighting the importance of the Japanese-American security alliance amid rising tension on the nearby Korean peninsula.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Konstantin Yaroshenko (41) was arrested in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, by US agents for alleged drug smuggling, and then extradited to New York. On July 21 the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US of "kidnapping" the Russian pilot.
    (AP, 7/21/10)
2010        May 28, In southern Mexico people in the Indian village of Zaragoza disarmed and seized about 20 police officers and demanded the cancellation of arrest warrants that arose from a local land dispute in Guerrero state.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 28, Nepal's PM Madhav Kumar agreed to resign after the former communist rebels supported his proposal to extend the term of parliament so it can draft a new constitution to end years of civil war and strife.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, In Northern Ireland a man was shot dead on the Shankill Road in Belfast, a staunchly Protestant area of Northern Ireland's capital. Gunman walked up behind Bobby Moffett on a busy street, shot him once in the torso, then twice more as he lay on the sidewalk. On Sep 15 a panel of terrorism experts ruled that a Protestant militant group in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Volunteer Force, killed Moffett and broke its promise to renounce violence.
    (AFP, 5/28/10)(AP, 9/15/10)
2010        May 28, In eastern Pakistan suspected Islamist militants attacked two mosques packed with hundreds of worshippers from a minority sect, holding hostages and battling police. 93 people died, and dozens were wounded in the worst attack ever against the Ahmadi sect.
    (AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 28, Rwandan authorities arrested Minnesota lawyer Peter Erlinder (62) over allegations of denying the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people were slaughtered. Under a 2003 law, persons condemned for denying or grossly minimizing genocide, attempting to justify genocide or destroy evidence related to it are liable to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 in prison. In April Erlinder filed a lawsuit in the US alleging that current Rwandan President Paul Kagame ordered the shooting down of a plane carrying then-leader Juvenal Habyarimana, an event that triggered the bloodshed 16 years ago. Erlinder was released on medical grounds on June 19 and returned home on June 22. Erlinder said he has never denied there was a genocide in Rwanda, but did dispute the conventional story line of what happened.
    (Reuters, 5/28/10)(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/20/10)(AP, 6/22/10)
2010        May 28, In South Africa an expert with the country's national parks said poachers killed a record number of rhinos in South Africa last year and are already on track to surpass that number again in 2010.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, A South Korean couple were convicted of abandoning their newborn daughter, who starved to death while they addictively played an online game raising a virtual child.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, The Spanish city of Lleida, population of 135,000, barred women from wearing face-covering Islamic veils inside its municipal buildings.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Sudan's autonomous southern government announced, during a visit by UN relief chief John Holmes, that it had earmarked $35 million (€28 million) to fight food shortage.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, A Swiss man fined for nude hiking won an appeal of the 100-franc ($87) penalty because a court decided that the charge of "indecent behavior" did not apply.
    (AP, 5/28/10)

2010        May 29, The worst oil spill in US history hit its 40th day with Gulf residents clinging to the tenuous hope that BP's complicated "top kill" operation will plug the gushing well.
    (Reuters, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Daly City, Ca., a rave at the Cow Palace left 2 people dead due to drug use. The event drew some 16,500 attendees who paid about $85 each at the door.
    (SFC, 6/16/10, p.A10)
2010        May 29, Dennis Hopper (b.1936), film star, died in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. He brought the counterculture to Hollywood with "Easy Rider" (1969) and led a career marked by successes, failures and comebacks. He also had parts in such favorites as "Rebel Without a Cause," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "Hoosiers."
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, Taliban insurgents claimed a victory when they captured an Afghan government outpost in a remote mountainous region near the Pakistan border. Officials said up to a dozen Taliban-linked militants, including their commander, were killed when NATO and Afghan troops backed by air support struck their sanctuaries in the northern Baghlan mountains.
    (AP, 5/29/10)(AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, The premier of China, North Korea's main ally, offered condolences to South Korea for the sinking of a warship blamed on Pyongyang after promising that Beijing, under pressure to punish the North, would not defend any country guilty of the attack.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In China 17 miners were killed by a dynamite explosion at the Shuguang Coal Mine in Chenzhou city, Hunan province.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, The 55th annual Eurovision song competition was expected to be watched by more than 120 million viewers in 39 European countries as well as in Burma, Australia and New Zealand. Norway's public broadcaster NRK spent 200 million kroner (25 million euros, 30 million dollars) to host the show.
    (AFP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, Tropical Storm Agatha made landfall near the border of Guatemala and Mexico  with wind speeds of up to 45 mph (75 kph), then weakened into a tropical depression. The  torrential rains in the first tropical storm of the 2010 season triggered deadly landslides. The death toll reached 15 but authorities said the number could rise. In El Salvador rains delivered by Agatha triggered at least 140 landslides throughout the country killing two adults and a 10-year-old child.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, In Guatemala a cavernous and almost perfectly round sinkhole swallowed an entire intersection in Guatemala City during a tropical storm, spooking people in the neighborhood but exciting geologists. The hole was 66 feet (20m) across and plunged nearly 100 feet (30m) deep.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        May 29, Hong Kong police confiscated a statue mourning victims of China's 1989 crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square and arrested 13 activists, in what critics called an escalation in political censorship in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, Indian railway authorities canceled all night trains in West Bengal state one day after a passenger express train derailed and was hit by a cargo train. The government accused Maoist rebels of sabotaging the tracks.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, Police in Indian Kashmir fired teargas to disperse thousands of villagers protesting against what they said was the staged killing of three Muslims by the security forces.
    (AFP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, A fire at an Iranian oil well at the Naft Shahr border region near the Iraq border killed three people and injured 10 more.
    (Reuters, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, A Kurdish newspaper said imprisoned Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan has accused Turkey of ignoring his calls to establish dialogue with his rebels and that he would withdraw from the process, leaving his rebel command in charge.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Mexico the body of a prison warden kidnapped by gunmen earlier in the day was found dismembered and scattered in several locations in a Morelos state adjacent to the Mexican capital. Police found an abandoned silver mine scattered with bodies outside Taxco, Guerrero state. At least 64 bodies were eventually recovered in what appeared to be a dumping ground for victims of organized crime.
    (Reuters, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/7/10)(SFC, 6/25/10, p.A3)
2010        May 29, Palestinian security officials and witnesses said Israeli warplanes launched six overnight raids on the Islamist-run Gaza Strip, adding that nobody was wounded in the attacks. An Israeli military spokesman said only that two air raids had taken place, and that they targeted a tunnel in the south linking Gaza to Israel and a weapons workshop in the north.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Russia 2 Gay Pride parades were held without arrests in Moscow, the first time the notoriously intolerant Russian authorities have not intervened since the inaugural attempt to hold the event in the capital in 2006.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Russia DDT rock star Yuri Shevchuk engaged PM Putin during a televised meeting to promote a charity concert for children. Shevchuk called for anti government protests to be allowed and accused police of serving “their bosses and their pockets, not the people." Putin said “People’s rights to express their disapproval should be protected."
    (SFC, 6/1/10, p.A6)
2010        May 29, Turkey’s military said 3 security forces members were killed and two soldiers were wounded in clashes with Kurdish rebels in southeast Turkey.
    (Reuters, 5/29/10)

2010        May 30, With BP declaring failure in its latest attempt to plug the uncontrolled gusher feeding the worst oil spill in US history, the company is turning to yet another mix of risky undersea robot maneuvers and long shot odds to keep crude from flowing into the Gulf. White House energy czar Carol Browner said oil might keep leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for months until relief wells are completed.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Indianapolis Marco Andretti earned his first podium finish of the season at the Indy 500 following an extensive video review that showed three cars illegally passed the 23-year-old under caution in the race's final yards.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, Peter Orlovsky (76), poet and partner of Allen Ginsberg, died in Vermont.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.C5)
2010        May 30, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in remote northeastern Badakhshan province, killing 7 officers. NATO helicopters raided a militant hideout in Panjwayi district, killing up to 8 insurgents. A local farmer at the Kandahar city hospital said that the strike had injured 4 civilians, including his father. Elsewhere in Kandahar, Afghan men evacuating wounded relatives said NATO helicopters struck their mudbrick homes, killing one and injuring 4 others. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO and US forces, stressed that progress toward real stability in Afghanistan will be slow as international troops painstakingly try to win over a population that includes its enemies and has little trust in the government. In Khost province men using rocket-propelled grenades and bombs blew up a barely completed school built with int’l. aid at a cost of $220,000.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)(SFC, 5/31/10, p.A3)
2010        May 30, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, amid a growing corruption scandal, fired the CEO and all top managers at Sonatrach, the state-owned oil firm that dominates the North African country's economy.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, Bangladesh said it has blocked the popular social networking website Facebook over a page that urges people to draw images of Islam's prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, British Airways cabin crew started a fresh five-day strike with little sign of a breakthrough in the long-running dispute between their union and the airline.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Cameroon at least 45 people died after a bus overturned in the West African nation during an overnight journey.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, Authorities in Central America struggled to clear roads of debris and reach cut-off communities due to landslides and flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Agatha. The death toll rose to include 165 people in Guatemala; in Honduras at least 18 deaths were linked to the storm; El Salvador President Mauricio Funes warned that the danger had not yet passed and reported 10 deaths.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)(AP, 6/1/10)(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/6/10)(AP, 6/16/10)
2010        May 30, China's security and judicial authorities, embarrassed by a murder victim who turned up a decade after his "killer" was convicted, issued rules to make it harder to convict suspects based on confessions secured under duress. Authorities said such evidence would be thrown out in death penalty cases that are under appeal.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, Colombia held presidential elections. Juan Manuel Santos (58), who helped craft the wildly popular security policies of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, won 47 percent of the vote to top a field of nine candidates. Antanas Mockus (58), the son of Lithuanian immigrants who stressed clean government and promised a tax increase, got 22 percent. A former two-time mayor of the Colombian capital, he catapulted into contention in pre-election polls only to falter at the ballot box. A run-off was set for June 20. Insurgents killed 10 policemen and soldiers on election day.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)(Econ, 6/5/10, p.43)(Econ, 6/26/10, p.39)
2010        May 30, Voters in Georgia chose local leaders in the first ballot since President Mikhail Saakashvili led the country into a disastrous war with neighboring Russia nearly two years ago. Candidates from President Saakashvili's party dominated local elections, according to preliminary results.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, In India at least 30 people, including 10 children, were burnt alive when a bus bound for the southern city of Bangalore ploughed into a roadblock and caught fire.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Japan a small party decided to leave PM Yukio Hatoyama's ruling coalition over his broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base off Okinawa island, as he faced calls Sunday to resign and dim prospects in upcoming elections.
    (AP, 5/30/10)  
2010        May 30, In Kosovo riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to separate hundreds of ethnic Albanian protesters and Serbs voting in local Serbian elections in the tensely divided town of Mitrovica.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Montenegro Ivan Vracar allegedly pulled a pistol on him and killed Dragan Dudic, the owner of the Maximus disco and other enterprises. Dudic was being investigated in connection with money laundering and was a close associate of Darko Saric, a man on the run and who is accused of being the kingpin of a major drug smuggling gang.
    (www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2010/05/montenegrin_murder)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.63)
2010        May 30, In northern Nigeria a chlorine gas leak led 300 people to fall ill after a welder cut into a tank of the noxious gas in Kaduna.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Pakistan fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 18 suspected fighters. Militants in the neighboring Kurram tribal area opened fire on a passenger vehicle, killing two women and wounding four other people.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists set sail for the Gaza Strip from international waters off the coast of Cyprus, edging closer to an expected naval showdown with Israeli gunships determined to stop them.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Peru Stephany Flores (21) was killed in a room at a Lima hotel where Joran van der Sloot (22), long suspected in the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of US teen Natalee Holloway, had been staying. Her body was found on June 2. Chilean police captured van der Sloot on June 3 as he was heading to the country's Pacific coast. On June 4 Van der Sloot was handcuffed and placed aboard a police Cessna 310 in the Chilean capital of Santiago for extradition to Peru. After 3 days in custody van der Sloot admitted to killing Flores.
    (AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/8/10)
2010        May 30, Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir dissolved the government four days after he was sworn in for a new term, ahead of the formation of a fresh cabinet line-up.
    (AFP, 5/30/10) 

2010        May 31, The US Congress allowed emergency health care assistance for unemployed workers to expire, and seemed unwilling to renew it despite pleas from Pres. Barack Obama.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        May 31, It was reported that Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns.
    (www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d2f3f04e-6ccf-11df-91c8-00144feab49a.html)
2010        May 31, Astronomers noticed that a galaxy quickly increased in brightness by a factor of hundreds. Over the next year a star was ripped apart and devoured by a black hole. Light from this event had taken about 2 billion years to reach Earth.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.C11)
2010        May 31, Louise Bourgeois (1911), Paris-born artist, died in NYC. The figures in her 1984 “Nature Study" lacked heads but had multiple breasts, phalluses and claws. Her “Crouching Spider" sculpture was installed at Pier 14 in San Francisco and stayed their from 2003 to 2009.
    (SFC, 6/2/10, p.C4)(Econ, 6/12/10, p.97)
2010        May 31, Chris Haney (b.1950), co-creator of the Trivial Pursuit (1979) game, died in Toronto.
    (SFC, 6/2/10, p.C4)
2010        May 31, Afghan authorities suspended two Christian foreign aid groups on suspicion of proselytizing in the strictly Islamic nation and said a follow-up investigation would include whether other groups were trying to convert Muslims. US-based Church World Service and Norwegian Church Aid will not be allowed to operate while the allegations are investigated. About 180 Taliban attacked a police post in the Purchaman district in southwestern Farah province, triggering hours of fighting that killed 15 insurgents. A NATO service member was killed by a makeshift bomb in southern Afghanistan. In Khost province on Pakistan's border, NATO and Afghan forces captured several commanders of the Haqqani group.
    (AP, 5/31/10)(AP, 6/1/10)
2010        May 31, Australia filed an international lawsuit against Japan arguing that its whale cull does not qualify for a scientific exemption to a 1986 ban. Japan said the next day that it would staunchly defend its research hunt that kills hundreds of whales per year.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        May 31, French President Nicolas Sarkozy opened a France-Africa summit saying Africa will fuel world economic growth for decades to come and must have a stronger voice in global affairs. Guinea Bissau's Pres. Malam Bacai Sanha, among the 38 African leaders attending the summit in Nice, called for an international effort to help him fight drug trafficking in his west African country.
    (AP, 5/31/10)(AFP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, German President Horst Koehler resigned in a surprise move after being criticized for reportedly linking military deployments abroad with the country's economic interests, creating a new headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, Business leaders from Ghana and Zimbabwe met in Accra to forge closer economic and trade cooperation between the two African countries.
    (AFP, 6/1/10)
2010        May 31, Hungary‘s new government passed a bill submitted by the new center-right government to introduce a National Unity Day on June 4.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.60)(http://tinyurl.com/2btntca)
2010        May 31, Indonesia's failure to ban tobacco advertising or enforce laws against smoking in bars and restaurants came under heavy fire as the UN marked world anti-tobacco day.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, In Iraq 4 people were killed and several others wounded in separate attacks. Among the dead was Nael al-Azami, a prominent local leader of anti-insurgent Sunni forces known as Awakening Councils, who was shot by two gunmen armed with silenced pistols. A series of other early morning blasts across Baghdad wounded 11 more people.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing 9 passengers on the Mavi Marmara in a predawn raid that set off worldwide condemnation and a diplomatic crisis. At least 4 of the 9 dead were Turkish. A massive protest broke out in Turkey, Israel's longtime Muslim ally, which unofficially supported the mission. Ankara announced it would recall its ambassador and call off military exercises with the Jewish state. The flotilla of three cargo ships and three passenger ships carrying 10,000 tons of aid and 700 activists was carrying items that Israel bars from reaching Gaza, like cement and other building materials. Israeli police said 16 pro-Palestinian activists from the flotilla were sent to jail following the deadly confrontation. Turkey sent three planes to bring back some 20 Turks wounded during clashes that broke out when Israeli commandos raided the Turkish vessel.
    (AP, 5/31/10)(AP, 6/1/10)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.54)
2010        May 31, Italy posted a financial-stabilization decree aimed at tax cheats.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.53)
2010        May 31, Kurdish rebels launched a rocket attack on a military vehicle near naval base in southern Turkey, killing six soldiers and wounding seven.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, A Malaysian government official, Malacca Chief Minister Mohamad Ali Rustam, defended an Indian company's plans to build an animal testing medicine lab in his state, saying that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, At least nine people died and 40 were missing and feared dead after a boat sank off the coast of northern Mozambique. All of those aboard the ship were Somali.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        May 31, Pakistan lifted a ban on Facebook after officials from the social networking site apologized for a page deemed offensive to Muslims and removed its contents.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, Al-Qaida announced that its No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, had been killed along with members of his family, perhaps one of the most severe blows to the terror movement since the US campaign against al-Qaida began. A US official said al-Yazid was believed to have died in a US missile strike about a week ago in Pakistan. Gunmen disguised in police uniforms attacked a hospital in Lahore killing 6 people in a failed attempt to free a captured militant being treated there. The militant was part of a group that killed 93 people on May 28 in an assault on the Ahmadi sect.
    (AP, 5/31/10)(SFC, 6/1/10, p.A2)
2010        May 31, South Africa’s African National Congress decided to discipline trade union boss Zwelinzima Vavi, who last week said the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), which he heads, was concerned that senior ANC members were exploiting political connections to accumulate personal wealth.
    (Reuters, 6/1/10)
2010        May 31, In southern Sudan renegade general George Athor said 3 top officers who quit south Sudan's army over alleged fraud in national elections are coordinating attacks in the oil-producing region, but the army played down the threat.
    (Reuters, 6/1/10)
2010        May 31, UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for African nations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court by arresting fugitive Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, and some of his commanders.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 31, The UN atomic agency said Iran has amassed more than two tons of enriched uranium in a report that heightened Western concerns about the country developing the ability to produce a nuclear weapon.
    (AP, 5/31/10)

2010        May, US undercover FBI agent 4599, portraying himself as a La Cosa Nostra member, was introduced to Raymond “Shrimp Boy" Chow, a SF Chinatown gangster who had claimed to have gone straight. This led to indictments of gun trafficking and bribery in 2014 against Chow, California state Sen. Leland Yee and 24 others.
    (SFC, 3/28/14, p.A8)
2010        May, In Suffolk County, NY, Shannon Gilbert (24), a prostitute, was reported missing after fleeing a client’s home in Oak Beach. In December 2011, New York investigators found bones in the wetlands of Long Island and soon identified them as belonging to Gilbert.
    (SSFC, 12/18/11, p.A15)(http://tinyurl.com/8y52x8g)
2010        May, American journalist Helen Thomas observed that Israelis should get "out of Palestine." Her comments against the Israeli occupation forced her into retirement and were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2010        May, In Afghanistan Sayed Mussa was arrested in late May after an Afghan television station broadcast images of alleged Christian baptisms in Kabul. He was released in Feb, 2011, after an intense campaign by international diplomatic missions and Christian activists.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2010        May, In Iraq some 337 people were killed this month including 275 civilians, as compared to 328 in April.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.48)
2010        May, Malaysia's Islamic Shariah courts appointed their first female judges. The news was not made public until July.
    (AP, 7/8/10)
2010        May, A Mauritanian court sentenced Ould Haiba and two other men, who all claimed to be members of an al-Qaida offshoot, to death for the 2007 murder of four French tourists who were picnicking on the side of a highway in eastern Mauritania on Christmas Eve. Maarouf Ould Haiba died on May 12, 2014, after being on a hunger strike for some time.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2010        May, Serbia and Croatia announced plans for a regional center to fight organized crime.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.54)
2010        May, Clashes in west Sudan's Darfur region cost almost 600 lives this month, the highest monthly death toll since peacekeepers were deployed in 2008.
    (AFP, 6/7/10)
2010        May, In Thailand state troops ended the “red shirt" protests with the loss of 91 lives.
    (Econ, 2/19/11, p.42)
2010        May, Venezuelan agents, while investigating the theft of powdered milk, discovered that some 30,000 tons of food were rotting in Puerto Cabello. The find came amidst growing shortages at PDVAL, the state-run grocery company.
    (Econ, 6/12/10, p.43)

2010        Jun 1, The US Supreme Court ruled that suspects must explicitly tell police they want to be silent to invoke Miranda protections during criminal interrogations, a decision one dissenting justice said turns defendants' rights "upside down."
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, In Van Nuys, Ca., a porn actor went on a rampage with a machete-style weapon killing a fellow adult-film performer. Herbert Hin Wong (30) was killed in the attack. Suspect Stephen Clancy Hills (34) died on June 5 of head injuries after he fell from a hillside following an 8-hour standoff with police.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.A10)
2010        Jun 1, US helicopters flew Afghan troops into a district of Nuristan province, overrun by the Taliban, and recaptured Barg-e-Matal, the main town, without firing a shot. 54 militants were killed or wounded in fighting and airstrikes before this operation began. 2 police died.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, Christie Ibori-Ibie was found guilty by London's Southwark Crown Court on charges of aiding her brother James Ibori, the former governor of Delta state, who himself stands accused of siphoning nearly 300 million dollars of public funds in Nigeria.
    (AFP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 1, In Burundi 5 presidential candidates in upcoming elections said they're withdrawing from the race because of rigged voting. The candidates announced their withdrawal following a May 24 vote that opposition parties said were rigged by the ruling party, which received 64 percent of votes. Four rounds of voting remain.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate from emergency low levels, but said the European debt crisis made its next move highly unpredictable. The rate hike, to 0.5 percent from 0.25 percent, made Canada the first of the G7 major industrialized countries to begin hiking interest rates after the global financial crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, China called on Iran to improve its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, after the agency said in a report that Tehran was pressing ahead with its controversial atomic program.
    (AFP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, In China bank guard Zhu Jun (46), angry over a legal ruling in his divorce, opened fire with a machine gun and two pistols in a court building in the city of Yongzhou, shooting 3 judges dead and wounding 3 others before killing himself.
    (AFP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, Egyptians elected members of parliament's upper house, in a poll marked by widespread voter apathy, charges of irregularities and a clash in which three policemen were wounded. Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party scored an overwhelming victory in upper house elections amid accusations of irregularities and a low voter turnout.
    (AFP, 6/1/10)(AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 1, In Germany 3 experts working to defuse a bomb from World War II were killed when the device exploded, injuring six others. Construction workers in Goettingen had found the 65-year-old explosive device about seven yards (meters) below the ground on an empty where the city is currently building a sport arena.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 1, Iraq's Supreme Court took the first major step toward resolving the nation's election crisis, ratifying the results and declaring a secular alliance the biggest winner in the March 7 parliamentary vote. The election results gave 91 seats to the Iraqiya political alliance led by Ayad Allawi, a former prime minister and secular Shiite. The alliance is heavily backed by Iraq's once-dominant Sunni Arab minority. The US military withdrew from the last 9 checkpoints of the Green Zone.
    (AP, 6/1/10)(SFC, 6/2/10, p.A3)
2010        Jun 1, Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip said three of its members have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza. The Israeli military confirmed it carried out an airstrike, and Gaza's chief medical examiner also says there were three deaths. The fighters were killed shortly after firing rockets into southern Israel. Israeli authorities said the rockets landed in open areas and caused no injuries.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, PM Bruce Golding said Jamaica will launch a sustained assault on gangs that control poor communities across the island and fuel one of the world's highest murder rates.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 1, A court in Morocco sentenced Ibrahim Lee Murray (32), a cage fighter with British and Moroccan nationality, to 10 years in jail for Britain's biggest cash robbery carried out on Feb 22, 2006.
    (AFP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 1, Pro-Palestinian activists sent another boat to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, Philippine officials said elementary and high schools will start teaching basic sex education as a pilot program in the conservative Roman Catholic nation, brushing aside concerns by church leaders that it may encourage promiscuity among the youth.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva defended himself against a censure motion in Parliament and said there would be an independent investigation into whether the army used undue force to clear anti-government protesters from Bangkok's streets.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, Turkey's prime minister declared that Israel had carried out a "bloody massacre" by killing nine people on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship and said the two countries had reached a turning point in their long-standing alliance.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, Ukraine's new president, accused by opponents of moving the country into Moscow's orbit, outlined a foreign policy bill that ditches his predecessor's aim to join NATO but keeps EU membership as a long-term goal.
    (AP, 6/1/10)
2010        Jun 1, In Zimbabwe a taxi van crashed head-on into a military bus, killing 16 people and seriously injuring three others.
    (AP, 6/2/10)

2010        Jun 2, President Barack Obama expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, a move likely to be welcomed by gay rights activists who have questioned his commitment to their causes.
    (Reuters, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill. It divided the state into 12 regions and gave each one the power to decide on its own transport projects.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.33)
2010        Jun 2, In San Francisco a driver sent 4 bicyclists to hospital following a 6-minute rampage over 3 neighborhoods in the Mission and Potrero Hill districts. The car was found but the driver had escaped. On June 5 police identified the suspect as David Mark Clark (39) of Albany, Ca. Clark was charged on June 7 with trying to run down and kill bicyclists.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.A14)(SFC, 6/8/10, p.C2)
2010        Jun 2, Taliban militants launched a suicide attack on Afghanistan's national peace conference as President Hamid Karzai interrupted his opening remarks to reassure nervous delegates hearing the thump of rockets and rattle of gunfire outside. At least two attackers were killed in fighting with Afghan security forces near the giant tent erected for the 3-day gathering. Five militants were killed and eight others in addition to district-level Taliban commander, Mullah Habibullah, were arrested in the operation in Sayed Abad district of Wardak province. In Zabul province an operation by NATO and Afghan forces killed five Taliban insurgents. A clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants left four civilians dead in Helmand province. A roadside bombing in the same province killed four other civilians.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, In Bangladesh a four-story apartment building constructed on a former canal collapsed in Dhaka, burying nearby shanties and killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, BP Plc forged ahead with its latest effort to curb the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico as the British energy giant's shares fell anew as the US government launched criminal and civil probes into the disaster.
    (Reuters, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, In northwestern England Derrick Bird (52), a taxi driver described as quiet but friendly, went on a shooting spree across a picturesque rural area, killing 12 people, including his twin brother, and wounding 11 before apparently turning the gun on himself.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 2, Foxconn, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, announced a 30% pay increase for its workers in China.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.48)
2010        Jun 2, In CongoDRC the body of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire of Voix des Sans Voix, or Voice of the Voiceless, was found in his car in a suburb of Kinshasa. The next day Navi Pillay, the top UN human rights official said the victim had suffered a pattern of intimidation because of his work. For the past two decades, Voix des Sans Voix had worked to document human rights abuses across Congo, focusing on corruption in the military and foreign support for militias. On June 4 several police officers were arrested as part of a preliminary investigation into the death of Bahizire.
    (AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 2, A century-old Ethiopian prayer book stolen decades ago was returned to the African nation after American collector Gerald Weiner, who held it, agreed to the restitution.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, France's former top anti-terrorism judge said the Turkish Islamic charity behind the flotilla of aid ships that was raided by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza had ties to terrorism networks, including a 1999 al-Qaida plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, It was reported that Iran has barred private schools from teaching music, saying it clashes with the establishment’s Islamic values. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned 81 jailed opposition supporters who had been found guilty of having a role in the unrest triggered by last June's disputed presidential election.
    (SFC, 6/2/10, p.A2)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, In Iraq a US soldier died in Baghdad in a noncombat related accident.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, Israel was deported the last of the nearly 700 foreign activists detained in a deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Palestinians in the blockaded, Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israel came under renewed pressure at an urgent session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, as countries lined up to condemn its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla and urge an impartial probe.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AFP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama resigned to improve his party's chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Two Mexican federal police officers were killed in a clash with gunmen in northern Nuevo Leon state.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, The US Embassy said that Polish police arrested Alexsander Efrosman, a businessman from Staten Island, New York, in Krakow last weekend. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission said in a complaint filed in 2005 that Efrosman, who also goes by Alex Besser, stole about $5 million from customers of two fraudulent hedge funds that he claimed to manage, Century Maxim Fund, Inc. and AJR Capital Inc.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, The crew of a Libyan-owned cargo ship pounced on their sleeping Somali captors, disarmed the pirates and killed five of them, regaining control of their vessel, the MV Rim, that had been hijacked on Feb 2.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A3)
2010        Jun 2, Pakistan and Spain expressed their joint commitment to fight terrorism as they signed a broad bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing cooperation on security, trade and other issues.
    (AFP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Somali pirates hijacked a cargo ship, the QSM Dubai in the Gulf of Aden. The ship flying a Panamanian flag, sailed from Brazil and included a crew of 24. The next day an official in the semiautonomous Somali region of Puntland said security forces in his northern region stormed the QSM Dubai and freed it after pirates refused pleas to surrender and instead killed the Pakistani captain of the ship.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, Sudanese security forces beat up and arrested several leaders of a doctors' syndicate which had called for strike action.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, South Sudan army forces clashed with insurgents in Unity state leaving 9 people dead including one soldier and eight men loyal to renegade commander Galwak Gai.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said 14,579 people committed suicide last year, with people over 61 accounting for about one-third of the deaths. Yonhap said the National Police Agency provided the figures.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, The Stockholm Int’l. Peace Research Institute said that world military spending grew 5.9% from 2008-2009 and that the US accounted for some 54% of the increase.
    (SFC, 6/2/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 2, Thailand's prime minister survived a no-confidence vote that was called after anti-government protests crippled the capital and 89 people were killed in street battles.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately in the wake of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, Yemeni security officials said authorities have detained several foreigners, including Americans, Britons and an Australian woman, in connection with an investigation into al-Qaida's increased activity in the country. Shyloh Giddins of Australia was among several foreigners taken into custody during the probe. She was initially placed on house arrest May 14, along with her two children, and later held in a prison. She was released with her 2 children on June 11 and deported home.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/11/10)

2010        Jun 3, BP sliced off a pipe with giant shears in the latest bid to curtail the worst spill in US history, but the cut was jagged and placing a cap over the gusher will now be more challenging. BP's top executive acknowledged the global oil giant was unprepared to fight a catastrophic deepwater oil spill as engineers were forced yet again to reconfigure plans for executing their latest gambit to control the Gulf of Mexico gusher. Robots a mile beneath the Gulf positioned a cap over the main pipe on the leaking well Thursday night and an inverted funnel-like system, wrapped in hoses and more sophisticated than previous devices, started pumping oil and gas to a tanker on the surface. A very rough estimate of current collection was estimated at about 42,000 gallons a day. An estimated 500,000 to 1 million gallons of crude was believed to be leaking daily. The federal government slapped BP with a $69 million bill to cover initial costs of responding to the oil spill.
    (AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 3, Former Massachusetts state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson pleaded guilty to 8 counts of attempted extortion. The Boston Democrat had been captured on video stuffing bribe money into her sweater and bra.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 3, A federal jury in Minneapolis found vendors Russell and Abby Cole guilty of using an online auction to defraud Best Buy of $41.6 million between 2003-2007. The vendors had the help of Robert Bossany, a Best Buy employee.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.E3)
2010        Jun 3, NYC agreed to pay $9.9 million to Barry Gibbs, an innocent man who spent 19 years behind bars after being framed by a police dept. detective who had doubled as a killer for the mob.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 3, In Ohio Hor Akl and his wife Amera Akl were taken into custody in Toledo for conspiring to provide thousands of dollars to Hezbollah.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 3, This year’s Kavli Prizes were announced. 8 winners were awarded in 3 categories including neuroscience, astrophysics and nanoscience.
    (www.kavlifoundation.org/2010-kavli-prizes)(SFC, 6/9/10, p.C4)
2010        Jun 3, In Azerbaijan journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, jailed since 2007, went on a hunger strike demanding his release after Europe's top human rights court in April ruled that his imprisonment was illegal.
    (Reuters, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, In Bangladesh an illegal chemical warehouse fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through one of Dhaka's most densely populated areas, killing at least 117 people.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 3, Roz Savage (42), a British environmentalist, became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean as she landed in Madang, Papua New guinea. She covered nearly 7,000 miles in three separate legs beginning May 25, 2008, when she departed from San Francisco.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.C3)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 3, In Brussels, Belgium, a lone gunman, an Iranian refugee (47), rose near the end of a court session and gunned down Judge Isabelle Brandon and her clerk Andre Bellemans, then fled from the courthouse on foot. The suspect was caught eight hours later in a park a mile (1.5 km) away after a brief exchange of gunfire with police. The slain magistrate had ordered his eviction in 2007 from a house after a rent dispute.
    (AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 3, Britain's financial regulator said it had slapped a record £33.32 million fine on a unit of US banking giant JP Morgan for having failed to properly protect client money over a period of seven years.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, Cuba urged people to save water amid what it is calling a "critical" and "tense" drought that has left reservoirs at 40 percent capacity.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, The European Commission announced it has sent a final warning to Britain over its failure to comply with EU air quality rules, due to the levels of dangerous airborne particles in London and Gibraltar.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, Israel rejected calls from the UN and others for an international investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla but left the door open to foreign involvement. The Foreign Press Association demanded that Israel’s military stop using the captured material without permission and identify the source of the video already released. The material appeared Wednesday on the army's YouTube site labeled as "captured."
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, Nigeria's parliament approved a constitutional amendment on transferring presidential powers, aimed at avoiding a repeat of a crisis when the late President Umaru Yar'Adua fell seriously ill last year.
    (Reuters, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, In Russia a male crew of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and a Chinese began a 520-day experiment in a windowless capsule, to simulate a 250-day journey to Mars, a 30-day surface exploration phase and 240 days return trip.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 3, In Geneva WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said swine flu is still a pandemic, even though the most activity appears to have passed. Last week WHO confirmed 18,114 deaths from swine flu worldwide since that start of the outbreak in April, 2009.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 3, In Somalia at least 17 civilians were killed during heavy shelling and fierce gunbattles between government forces and Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, Suriname's former dictator and the man who led a rebel army against his military regime agreed to form a coalition government, uniting two adversaries with little in common beyond matching drug-trafficking convictions in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, In Turkey Luigi Padovese, the pope's apostolic vicar in Anatolia, was stabbed to death in his home in the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun. Police detained suspect Murat A, the bishop's driver who worked for him for the past four and a half years.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 3, Ukraine's Parliament, prodded by pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych, approved a bill that cements the country's neutrality and prevents it from joining NATO.
    (AP, 6/3/10)

2010        Jun 4, Anamika Veeramani (14), an Indian-American from North Royalton, Ohio, won the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. She claimed a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 4, Mahmoud Reza Banki (33), an Ivy League-educated man whose family sent him millions of dollars from Iran, was convicted of violating the Iran trade embargo and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Banki, born in Tehran, faced up to 25 years in prison. He has been a US citizen since 1996.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, In Oregon Kyron Horman (7) was last seen at his Portland school. A criminal investigation was opened on June 13.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 4, Workers for Bank of America Corp, one of the nation's largest employers, sued the company for allegedly failing to pay overtime and other wages.
    (Reuters, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 4, Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap US-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, The Falcon 9, a SpaceX test rocket, blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage and reached orbit. Space Exploration Technologies was founded by Elon Musk, an Internet entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal. NASA hoped to use the rocket to haul cargo.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A9)
2010        Jun 4, Richard Dunn (73), a longtime character actor who frequently collaborated with comics Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, died after being unconscious several days. He often appeared on "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup. Dunn also had bit parts on shows including "Nip/Tuck," "Weeds" and "House."
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, John Wooden (99), college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood, died. He built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 4, An Afghan national peace conference urged the government to take formal steps toward negotiating with insurgents, boosting President Hamid Karzai's plans to open talks with the Taliban. NATO forces said NATO and Afghan troops have killed Mullah Zergay, a top Taliban commander for Kandahar city, along with several of his guards last week. 2 British soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with insurgents in southern Helmand province. NATO aircraft pounded a target in Kunar province, killing 9 Taliban militants including 3 Pakistanis. Three insurgents were killed and four wounded in a gunbattle with Afghan forces in Ghazni province.
    (AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 4, Brazil’s Congress passed its “ficha limpa" (clean record) law. It barred candidates for eight years following a conviction for vote buying or misuse of public funds.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, SR p.15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficha_Limpa)
2010        Jun 4, Burundi's main Tutsi party followed five opposition parties in pulling out from the central African nation's June presidential poll, leaving serving leader Pierre Nkurunziza as the sole candidate.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 4, A University of Chile study, ordered up by the country's Supreme Court, said late dictator Augusto Pinochet (1915-2006) had amassed a fortune of $21 million, of which less than 10 percent was justified by his military salary.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 4, France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux was convicted of making racist comments and ordered to pay compensation in an controversy that prompted calls for his resignation. He was also fined euro750 ($900) and ordered to pay euro2,000 ($2,400) to an anti-racism group.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marked the bloody 1989 Tiananmen crackdown with a candle-lit vigil, as agitation against Beijing intensifies in the former British colony.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, Iran's top authority accused the pro-reform opposition of betraying the legacy of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as hundreds of thousands rallied to mark the 21st anniversary of the revolutionary leader's death.
    (Reuters, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, In Japan Naoto Kan (63), a straight-talking populist, was named the new prime minister. He faced a host of daunting tasks, from reviving the nation's stagnant economy to cutting back its ballooning national debt.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq announced they had ended their unilateral ceasefire with Turkey a day after Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani met Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and pledged "all efforts" to stop rising rebel violence.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, A Lebanese policeman died after he was critically wounded by a bomblet from a cluster bomb, one of millions dropped by Israel during a devastating 2006 war with Hezbollah.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, Robert Kelley, a former senior UN nuclear inspector, said secret documents and hundreds of photos smuggled out of Myanmar by an army defector indicate its military regime is trying to develop nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, A Dutch court ordered 10 suspected Somali pirates to be extradited to Germany, where Hamburg prosecutors want to charge them with hijacking a German container ship.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, A senior Nigerian official said lead poisoning caused by illegal gold mining has killed 163 Nigerians, including 111 children, since March in several northern remote villages.
    (Reuters, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, A North Korean border guard shot and killed three Chinese citizens and wounded a fourth on the countries' border, apparently on suspicion they were crossing the border for illegal trade. China son lodged a formal diplomatic protest.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 4, The Rachel Corrie activist ship kept its course for a June 5 arrival in Gaza as world anger simmered over Israel's deadly raid on an earlier blockade-busting bid.
    (AFP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, South Korea handed over a letter officially referring North Korea to the UN Security Council over the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which left 46 sailors killed.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, In South Korea finance chiefs of the Group of 20 leading economies worked to craft an agenda for keeping the global recovery on track and fending off future crises, sidestepping conflicts to present a united show of support for Europe's $1 trillion bailout.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, Turkey’s Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said Turkey will reduce economic and defense ties with Israel, but bilateral cooperation will not be entirely frozen after the Gaza ship raid.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, Pope Benedict XVI began a pilgrimage to Cyprus bringing a message of peace to the region as Greek Cypriot leaders made a blistering attack on Turkey for its occupation of northern Cyprus.
    (AP, 6/4/10)
2010        Jun 4, In Zambia press freedom campaigner and newspaper publisher Fred M'membe was sentenced to four months imprisonment with hard labor. He was convicted of publishing critical comment on state maternity services after an editor faced pornography charges for e-mailing officials photos of the woman giving birth to illustrate the consequences of a health workers' strike. She was later acquitted.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 4, Zimbabwe's first private daily newspaper hit the streets to break a state monopoly established years ago after President Robert Mugabe's government banned a pro-opposition newspaper over a registration dispute.
    (Reuters, 6/4/10)

2010        Jun 5, President Barack Obama on his 3rd visit to Louisiana said that he will stand with Gulf Coast residents "until they are made whole" from the oil spill catastrophe. The containment cap placed on the gusher near the sea floor trapped about 441,000 gallons of oil, up from around 250,000 gallons of oil a day earlier. It's not clear how much is still escaping; an estimated 500,000 to 1 million gallons of crude is believed to be leaking daily.
    (AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, Mohamed Mahmood Alessa (20) and Carlos Eduardo Almonte (26) of New Jersey were arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on their way to join a jihadist group in Somalia. Both had bragged about wanting to wage holy war against the United States both at home and internationally.
    (AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, In Afghanistan a bomb exploded outside the provincial governor's office in Kandahar city, killing one policeman and wounding at least 14 civilians. Afghan and foreign forces killed 25 Taliban militants in two separate military operations in central Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, A Cairo court upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women of their citizenship in a case that has highlighted national sentiment towards Israel.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Germany and Russia declared that the five world powers negotiating with Iran support a fresh set of international sanctions, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said they could pass soon.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Hungary's government said it aimed to meet this year's budget deficit target, seeking to draw a line under "exaggerated" talk of a possible Greek-style debt crisis that unnerved global markets a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Israeli forces boarded the Rachel Corrie after it ignored orders not to head for Gaza, but there was no repetition of the bloody violence that erupted when commandos stormed an aid boat earlier in the week.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, A senior Kurdish official in northern Iraq said Iranian troops have crossed the Iraqi border in pursuit of Iranian Kurdish rebels. Jabar Yawar, a deputy minister in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, said that 35 Iranian soldiers remain in the Iraqi village of Perdunaz after crossing the border on June 3.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, In the Philippines the military said Al-Qaida-linked militants have fatally shot three abducted rubber farm workers after their families failed to pay a ransom. Gunmen led by senior Abu Sayyaf commander Furuji Indama seized the three men from a passenger minibus on May 27. They demanded 3 million pesos ($64,000) in ransom from their families. Muslim militants killed two villagers after fatally shooting three hostages, apparently to avenge the deaths of comrades in a government assault in the southern Philippines.
    (AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for a global fund to fight ecological catastrophes like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as he sought to burnish his credentials as a green leader.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Rwanda hosted UN World Environment Day with a ceremony to name 11 endangered baby mountain gorillas in which Internet users worldwide were for the first time able to take part.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, In South Africa AIDS awareness groups said they are protesting a ban by the world soccer body FIFA on distributing health related information and condoms at World Cup stadiums and fan events in South Africa.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, In Venezuela Gustavo Azocar, a journalist-turned-politician who had planned to run in September, became the latest in a series of candidates kept out of the race by Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russian, an ally of Pres. Chavez. The government began to take control of an archive of documents that belonged to independence hero Simon Bolivar.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, A Yemeni colonel and two of his bodyguards were killed in an attack by suspected Al-Qaeda members near the city of Marib east of the capital. Suspected al-Qaida operative, Ghalib al-Zayedi, surrendered after lengthy mediation efforts to Marib's Governor Naji bin Ali al-Zayedi, who is also his cousin.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/7/10)

2010        Jun 6, In Ohio a tornado killed 5 people. The tornado that hit Wood and Ottawa counties had estimated winds of up to 165 mph and was by far the most severe of four confirmed tornadoes to strike northern Ohio over the weekend.
    (AP, 6/7/10)(AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 6, Robert Radnitz (b.1924), film producer, died at his Malibu home. His films included “Sounder," one of the top rated films of 1972.
    (SFC, 6/11/10, p.C7)
2010        Jun 6, In Afghanistan 5 NATO soldiers were killed in a day of violence which left another six dead and 26 wounded. President Hamid Karzai ordered a review of all cases of suspected insurgents in jails in Afghanistan and called for the release of those being held without sufficient evidence. Pres. Karzai accepted the resignations of Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh after an investigation into a June 2 Taliban attack.
    (AFP, 6/6/10)(Reuters, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 6, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates hand delivered a letter from Pres. Obama to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev during a meeting to improve relations with the former Soviet republic that helps move supplies and soldiers to the US-led war in landlocked Afghanistan.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 6, Australia’s attorney general said police have been asked to investigate internet giant Google over possible breaches of telecommunications privacy laws. The investigation followed complaints from members of the public about activities of Google employees while taking photographs for Google Maps, the search engine's maps page. Google said it would cooperate with the investigation.
    (Reuters, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Brazil millions of gays and lesbians jammed several of Sao Paulo's main avenues for the 14th annual gay pride parade in South America's largest city.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 6, Egyptian police beat a young businessman (28) to death on an Alexandria street after he posted a video on the Internet of officers sharing the spoils from a drug bust among themselves. Images of Khaled Said's broken body were soon posted on social networking websites, where activists dubbed him the "martyr of the emergency law." On June 23 Egypt's state prosecutor said that a second autopsy confirmed that Said had in fact died of asphyxia after swallowing a bag of marijuana. Prosecutors later charged plainclothes policemen Mahmoud Salah and Awad Ismail Suleiman with illegal arrest and harsh treatment, falling far short of demands by the victim's family for a murder charge. In 2011 a medical panel said that Said died of asphyxiation after he was beaten, and a bag had been placed in his mouth after he fell unconscious. In October, 2011, two policemen accused of beating Khaled Said to death, were convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. The convictions were overturned on appeal. Mahmoud Salah and Awad Ismail Suleiman were freed on June 1, 2013, pending a retrial. On March 3, 2014, Salah and Suleiman were sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/11/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)(AP, 7/27/10)(AFP, 9/25/11)(AP, 10/26/11)(AP, 6/1/13)(Reuters, 3/3/14)
2010        Jun 6, In western Indonesia 10 children died when a suspension bridge collapsed. Rescuers were searching for three others still missing.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Iraq a car bomb exploded outside a Baghdad police station in the deadliest of a pair of attacks that killed six people in the capital.
    (AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Israel Rabbi Jacob Milgrom (87), considered by many as the world's foremost authority on the biblical book of Leviticus, died. Milgrom wrote a three-volume series on Leviticus, interpreting Jewish dietary and purification rituals as well as the Bible's position on homosexuality. He concluded the ban on homosexuality applies only to Jewish men.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Kenya police arrested Philip Onyancha after tracking him down through a mobile phone he was using to send ransom demands to the family of a 9-year-old kidnap victim. Onyancha soon confessed to killing 19 people in three years and told police he was planning to kill 100 people.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Mexico police discovered six dead bodies in a cavern near the tourist resort of Cancun, three of them cut open and their hearts removed. Armed men in two cars barged into a girl's coming-out party in the southwestern town of Coyuca de Catalan, sparking a deadly gunbattle. Two partygoers and one attacker were killed.
    (AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Pakistan heavy rains and winds lashed the port city of Karachi as Cyclone Phet swirled along the coastline after claiming the lives of 15 people in Oman.
    (AFP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 6, Russia urged NATO forces in Afghanistan to crack down harder on drug production and smuggling, and offered to help put a security ring around the country.
    (AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Sudan a tribal leader said clashes between rival Arab tribes in the western region of Darfur killed 41 people in three days. Fighting broke out on June 3 when "members of the Rezeigat tribe attacked a village west of the town of Kass" in South Darfur.
    (AFP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 6, In Yemen Hamza Ali Saleh al-Dayan, an al-Qaida operative, turned himself in to authorities in northeastern Marib province, the second such surrender in two days. He is believed to have trained suicide bombers and helped plan the July 2007 suicide attack that killed seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis in the same province.
    (AP, 6/7/10)

2010        Jun 7, The US military said it is holding Army Specialist Bradley Manning of the 2nd Brigade 10th Mountain Division in pretrial confinement in Kuwait and that he is suspected of releasing classified information. A video last April showed US Army helicopters killing two journalists in a 2007 shooting [see July 12, 2007]. Manning had leaked the video on Wikileaks.
    (AP, 6/8/10)(Econ, 6/12/10, p.67)
2010        Jun 7, US Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis visited Fremont, Ca., and announced a $19 million federal grant to help thousands of workers who lost their jobs when the NUMMI car plant closed in April.
    (SFC, 6/8/10, p.D1)
2010        Jun 7, A US Border Patrol agent shot and killed Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca (14) after a confrontation at an international bridge near downtown El Paso.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 7, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed 2 bills aimed at reigning in the 1,100 medical marijuana dispensaries that have opened around the state. About half the existing dispensaries were expected to continue under the new rules.
    (SFC, 6/8/10, p.A5)
2010        Jun 7, Melinda Gates said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $1.5 billion over 5 years to support maternal and health care projects abroad.
    (SFC, 6/8/10, p.A5)
2010        Jun 7, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4.
    (SFC, 6/8/10, p.D1)
2010        Jun 7, A natural gas explosion in northern Texas killed one member of a crew installing utility poles. Authorities the next day were trying to determine if the gas line had been marked before digging started.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 7, Chrysler Group LLC said it is recalling nearly 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers because of brake or wiring problems that could become safety issues.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, In Afghanistan 10 deaths marked the deadliest day of the year for ISAF. The dead included 7 Americans, 2 Australians and a French Legionnaire. They were killed in five separate insurgent attacks in the south and east of the country. Two civilian contractors training police, an American and a Nepalese, also died in a suicide attack in Kandahar city. In Badghis, Afghan special forces backed by US helicopter gunships battled insurgents for 12 hours overnight in a remote Taliban-controlled region, killing 23 militants.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 7, The Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) awarded Walmart Brazil  and its CEO Hector Nunez the inaugural C.K. Prahalad  Award for Global Sustainability Leadership for their historic work to preserve the Amazon.
    (PRNewswire, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 7, China’s Xinhua News Agency said the death toll from flooding and rain-triggered landslides in southern China has climbed to 53 after the bodies of all missing people were recovered. Three days of heavy rain that began May 31 destroyed 11,000 homes and forced the evacuation of 200,000 people.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, A commission named by Ecuador's left-leaning government to investigate human rights violations in the previous quarter century blamed late right-wing President Leon Febres Cordero for two-thirds of such cases. Elsie Monge, president of the so-called truth commission, said that the 1984-88 Cordero administration was marked by "a climate of fear and anxiety."
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, An Egyptian security official declared the blockade of Gaza a failure and said his country will keep its border with the Palestinian territory open indefinitely.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, In Guatemala Spaniard Carlos Castresana, the chief of a UN commission responsible for battling corruption and crime in the country, resigned accusing the country of failing to keep up its end of the deal. Castresana said one reason for the resignation was the appointment of Conrado Reyes as Guatemala's attorney general, accusing him of having a history of ties to organized crime.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 7, An Indian court convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of "death by negligence" for their roles in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy that left an estimated 15,000 people dead more than a quarter century ago in the world's worst industrial disaster. The former employees, many of them in their 70s, were sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay fines of 100,000 rupees ($2,175) apiece. All seven were released on bail shortly after the verdict.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, Iranian state television showed a video of a man it identified as a missing nuclear scientist, who said he had been abducted and taken to the United States. The scientist, Shahram Amiri, disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. US media reports in March said he defected to the US and is assisting the CIA in efforts to undermine Iran's nuclear program. Iran has repeatedly said Amiri was abducted by the US.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, Iran's first women-only bank branch opened, allowing women to manage their finances without dealing with unrelated men, something likely to appeal to religious families who oppose mingling between the sexes.
    (Reuters, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, The Iranian Red Crescent said that it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory by Iran's archfoe Israel.
    (AFP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, In Iraq attackers targeted police and anti-insurgent fighters in a campaign of intimidation that left at least 13 people dead, including three killed when a car bomb loaded with ball bearings exploded in a Baghdad shopping area.
    (AP, 6/7/10)(SFC, 6/8/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 7, The Israeli navy killed 4 Palestinian militants in diver suits off the coast of Gaza before dawn. Palestinian officials said Israel fired a missile at Palestinian militants near the Gaza border, wounding one. The bodies of two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire washed ashore a day later, bringing to six the total number of alleged militants killed by the navy raid.
    (AP, 6/7/10)(AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 7, Mordechai Eliyahu (81), a former chief rabbi who encouraged Israelis to oppose removal of settlements and blamed Reform Jewry for the Holocaust died in Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, Kyrgyzstan's fragile interim government suffered its first major defection as Edil Baisalov, the acting president's chief of staff, announced his resignation and disclosed plans to create a new political party.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, In Mexico a prison fight in the border city of Ciudad Juarez left three inmates dead. A federal agent was also badly beaten during the fight.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 7, In North Korea the brother-in-law of Kim Jong Il (68) was promoted to the No. 2 spot in the secretive nation's leadership, a position that could allow him to become the next ruler or a kingmaker who will decide which of Kim's sons succeeds his father. Jang Song Thaek already had immense power as the head of intelligence and the political overlord of the prosecutor's office, the police and the courts. Kim Yong-Il, who is unrelated to the leader, was replaced as premier by Choe Yong-Rim who headed the Pyongyang branch of the ruling communist party.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, In Portugal a lesbian couple wed in the country’s first same-sex ceremony since the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law allowing gay marriage last month.
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, Spanish healthcare company Grifols SA said it had acquired Talecris Biotherapeutics, based in North Carolina, for euro2.8 billion ($3.4 billion).
    (AP, 6/7/10)
2010        Jun 7, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a long-awaited deal on the transit of gas to Europe seen as crucial to plans to reduce the continent's dependence on Russian gas.
    (AFP, 6/7/10)

2010        Jun 8, The US Supreme Court derailed a key part of Arizona's campaign finance system by at least temporarily blocking extra money for publicly funded candidates outspent by privately financed rivals or targeted by independent groups' spending.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, Voters in 12 states expressed their anger with Washington and special interests by defeating a $10 million union campaign to unseat Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D), who had the courage to stand up against their special interest legislation, promoting women outsiders who have run public companies but never held office, and supporting candidates aligned with Tea Party  values. In the California governor’s race, Meg Whitman’s victory over state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner places her in a faceoff against the quintessential career politician—Jerry Brown, governor of California from 1975 to 1983, then mayor of Oakland and now the state attorney general.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 8, Nader Modanlo, a Potomac, Md., resident, was arrested on charges he secretly brokered the launch from Russia of the first Iranian-owned satellite in 2005, in violation of the US sanctions against Iran. His trial was expected to begin in October 2012.
    (www.iranwatch.org/suppliers/records/nader-modanlo.html)(AP, 6/27/11)
2010        Jun 8, General Motors Co. said it was recalling about 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to address a problem with a heated windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a fire, its second recall over the issue in two years.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In Afghanistan 2 American troops were killed by a roadside bomb and a British soldier was shot dead on patrol. Kandahar's provincial government said in a statement that Afghan and NATO troops had battled Taliban militants in the Mianshen district, killing 14 insurgents. The Interior Ministry said seven Afghan private security guards were killed two separate attacks in eastern Ghazni province.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In northeastern Brazil Jose Agostinho Pereira (54) was jailed for keeping his daughter imprisoned for 12 years in a remote fishing village. Police said he had raped her repeatedly and had seven children with her. The man was also accused of abusing a young girl he had with his daughter. In Feb, 2011, Pereira was decapitated by fellow inmates who broke into his cell in the city of Pinheiro.
    (AP, 6/9/10)(AP, 2/9/11)
2010        Jun 8, Britain’s state-owned bank Northern Rock said that it plans to cut up to 650 jobs by the end of 2010 as part of an ongoing restructuring process after a government bailout.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, Britain’s Anglican Communion suspended US Episcopalians from serving on ecumenical bodies because of the election of lesbian Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool as an assistant bishop in Los Angeles on June 5.
    (SFC, 6/9/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 8, China's Xinhua news agency said iPhone maker Foxconn International Holdings will no longer pay compensation to families of employees who kill themselves to discourage further suicides. Foxconn employed some 800,000 people, half of whom worked and lived in Shenzhen’s Foxconn City.
    (Reuters, 6/8/10)(Econ, 5/29/10, p.67)
2010        Jun 8, In China a couple attacked two judges and four court officers with sulphuric acid as they were attempting to seize their home in southern Guangxi province over a loan dispute.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 8, A report by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) charged that a consortium led by Swedish Lundin Petroleum is partly to blame for war crimes  committed in Sudan between 1997 and 2003.
    (AFP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In Egypt Coptic Pope Shenouda rejected a court ruling that Coptic men could remarry following divorce, except in cases of separation following adultery, saying the decision was against the church's principles and reflected interference in its affairs.
    (Reuters, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In France Maurice Dufresse, a former agent for the DGSE counterintelligence agency, was detained for questioning. The Defense Ministry had filed a complaint against Dufresse, who wrote his book "Twenty-Five Years in the Secret Services" under the pen-name Pierre Siramy. Among other things, the book describes how spies recruit sources and various espionage affairs.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 8, France officially opened up its online gaming market, granting 17 licenses to 11 operators three days before the start of the soccer World Cup in South Africa. Online betting on horses, sport and poker was legalized.
    (AFP, 6/8/10)(Econ, 7/17/10, p.70)
2010        Jun 8, Hungary's new PM Victor Orban said he would cut public wages, overhaul the tax system and ban mortgage lending in foreign currencies as he strove to reassure nervous investors he can contain the budget deficit. Orban said he would introduce a flat 16 percent income tax.
    (Reuters, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In Iraq 5 people were killed, including a policeman and a soldier, in bomb attacks and shootings in and around Baghdad.
    (AFP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, Israeli settlers clashed with police after the demolition of two shacks built in the West Bank settlement of Beit El.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 8, In Mexico six inmates had their throats cut and died in a prison in Culiacan, Sinaloa state.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 8, The Pakistani Taliban staged a public execution in front of hundreds of tribesmen in North Waziristan after an Islamic court convicted the man of killing two brothers.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In the Philippines a congressional count said Benigno Aquino III won more than 15 million votes in the May election, about 5.7 million ahead of his closest opponent, ousted leader Joseph Estrada, who pledged to support him. The 50-year-old bachelor and economics graduate will officially become the nation's 15th president on June 30.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, A Russian source close to Security Council talks told reporters that UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program have been "completely agreed upon."
    (Reuters, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In Russia 4 soldiers were charged with stealing bank cards belonging to an official who died in the April 10 crash that killed Poland’s Pres. Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
    (SFC, 6/9/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 8, Singapore launched a global manhunt for Lloyd Dane Alexander, a Briton suspected of involvement in a train vandalism case that raised doubts about the security of key installations in the city state. Alexander was accused of being the accomplice of a Swiss business consultant, Oliver Fricker (32), who was on bail in Singapore. Both men could face jail, fines and caning for allegedly breaking into a protected subway depot and spray-painting elaborate graffiti on a parked train in May. On June 25 a court sentenced Fricker to five months' jail and three strokes of a cane.
    (AFP, 6/8/10)(AFP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 8, South Africa opened the continent's first high-speed rail link, just in time to whisk a mass influx of World Cup fans Cup from the country's main airport into uptown Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, A Taiwan court acquitted the island's imprisoned former Pres. Chen Shui-bian of embezzling from a special diplomatic fund. Prosecutors failed to provide evidence that Chen Shui-bian gave $330,000 to son Chen Chih-chung while he was studying in the US.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, In Thailand a drive-by bombing near a mosque wounded 23 people in the turbulent south. Police the next day called it an attack by Muslim insurgents.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 8, At the Vatican groups that have long demanded that women be ordained Roman Catholic priests took advantage of the Vatican's crisis over clerical sex abuse to press their cause, demanding the Vatican open discussions on letting women join the priesthood.
    (AP, 6/8/10)
2010        Jun 8, The UN refugee agency said it is being expelled from Libya without explanation despite being responsible for thousands of refugees in the North African country. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees received a note from Libyan authorities last week ordering it to cease its work and leave the country.
    (AP, 6/8/10)

2010        Jun 9, The Chicago Blackhawks ended 49 years of Stanley Cup frustration with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers that clinched the National Hockey League's best-of-seven championship series.
    (Reuters, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 9, The US, Russia and France dismissed a proposal by Iran to swap some of its enriched uranium for reactor fuel hours before an expected UN Security Council vote on new sanctions. The UN Security Council endorsed a 4th round of sanctions against Iran.
    (AP, 6/9/10)(Econ, 6/12/10, p.15)
2010        Jun 9, US officials arrested 429 individuals in 16 states as part of the 22-month Project Deliverance operation targeting illegal drugs from Mexico. Agents seized over 90 pounds of heroin, 2,900 pounds of marijuana, other illegal drugs and over $5 million.
    (SFC, 6/11/10, p.A8)
2010        Jun 9, A US district Court in Manhattan sentenced Syed Hashmi (30), a Pakistani American, to 15 years in prison for helping an Al-Qaida operative supply raincoats, ponchos and waterproof socks to militants in Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 6/10/10, p.A5)
2010        Jun 9, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged 10 million dollars to coax telecommunications and finance companies to set up mobile phone banking services for Haiti's poor.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, In southern Afghanistan Insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter and killed four American troops in Helmand province. A local official said the Taliban hanged a 7-year-old boy in public in Helmand province for alleged spying. A 12-13 year-old suicide bomber detonated his vest at a wedding party for a family with ties to police in the Taliban's heartland, killing over 40 people and wounding dozens more in Nadahan village in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province. Insurgents dragged a Kandahar provincial council member, Amir Mohammad Noorzai, from his house and fatally shot him.
    (AP, 6/9/10)(AP, 6/10/10)(SFC, 6/10/10, p.A2)(SFC, 6/11/10, p.A2) 
2010        Jun 9, The Bosnian war crimes court indicted three members of a Bosnian Serb paramilitary group over killings, torture and detention of Muslims in eastern Bosnia early in the 1992-95 war. Milan Kornjaca (56) Milorad Zivkovic 54) and Dusko Tadic (46) were charged with taking part in a widespread and systematic attack on Muslim civilians in the town of Cajnice from mid-April to end-May 1992.
    (Reuters, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, In Prague nonbinding international rules for returning real estate stolen by the Nazis were presented following agreement by 40 countries.
    (AP, 6/9/10)     
2010        Jun 9, The Technology Academy of Finland awarded Michael Graetzel of Switzerland, a German-born chemist, the international Millennium Technology Prize for inventing low-cost solar cells used in renewable energy. The prize included euro800,000 ($960,000).
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, In Iraq a suicide bomber riding on a motorcycle killed two bystanders while targeting an American military convoy in Muqdadiyah. Masked gunmen killed three jewelers before fleeing with a large amount of gold in a sophisticated attack Basra, underscoring fears that street crime is soaring as sectarian fighting wanes.
    (AP, 6/9/10)(AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 9, Israel eased a three-year blockade of Gaza to allow in some previously banned food items in an effort to defuse the worldwide furor over its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound international flotilla. But critics said the step falls far short of what is needed in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Vandals defaced a mosque in northern Israel, a day after Israeli troops demolished unauthorized construction in a West Bank settlement.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, Libya and Greece signed an accord that paves the way for "strategic cooperation" between the two countries during the Greek premier's visit to the oil-rich country. The memorandum of understanding envisages cooperation" in the areas of investment, energy, tourism, food production, finance and renewable energy.
    (AFP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 9, Mexican officials said its has navy found more than 44 pounds (20kg) of explosives in a trendy residential neighborhood in the capital after exchanging information with US authorities.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, The Netherlands held parliamentary elections. Voters appeared likely to shift the Netherlands to the right in national elections dominated by concerns over the rising national debt and discontent over immigration. Dutch politicians scrambled the next day to sort out who will form the country's next government, after polarized voters backed parties on both the right and the left with very different ideas on budget cuts and Muslim immigration. With 99.5 percent of votes counted, the pro-business VVD led Labor 31 seats to 30 in the 150-seat parliament.
    (AP, 6/9/10)(AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 9, In Pakistan gunmen in an overnight raid attacked military vehicles and goods destined for NATO in Afghanistan, torching up to 60 trailers and killing seven people in an unprecedented assault near Islamabad.
    (AFP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, Russia said it had captured Ali Taziyev, from Ingushetia province, an insurgent ringleader responsible for hundreds of deaths in the troubled North Caucasus region, where the Kremlin is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency.
    (Reuters, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, In Senegal the French flag was lowered at a military base and the West African country's colors hoisted in a ceremony to mark the start of a handover of French bases.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, In South Africa an armed gang stole electronic equipment from a team of Portuguese journalists during a robbery at their lodge near Johannesburg. The next day China’s state media reported that an armed gang had stolen money and a camera from four Chinese journalists covering the World Cup.
    (AFP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 9, Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse began his first foreign trip to influential neighbor India since being re-elected, in a visit that drew protests from Indian Tamils.
    (AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Jun 9, Zimbabwe’s farmers' union said at least 16 white farmers have come under attack over the last week, including several South African nationals and a farm owned by Malaysian investors. The attackers were trying to evict them, although many of the farmers have court orders allowing them to stay on their land.
    (AFP, 6/9/10)

2010        Jun 10, A judge in the US District Court for the District of Utah granted Novell's request for declaratory judgment and ruled against SCO's claims of slander and breach of implied covenant of good faith. He also said that SCO is obligated to recognize Novell's waiver of SCO's claims against IBM and other companies that use Linux. He ordered the case closed.
    (PCWorld, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 10, In San Francisco the office tower at 333 Market St. was sold to a group of South Korean investors including the Korean Teacher’s Credit Union and Korean Federation of community Credit Cooperatives for $333 million. Wells Fargo occupied 100% of the rentable space with a lease that runs to 2026. Wells Fargo also provided a $200 million loan at 4.5% to the buyers.
    (SFC, 6/12/10, p.D1)
2010        Jun 10, Two Bosnian Serbs, Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara, were convicted of genocide and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, the harshest judgment ever delivered by the UN war crimes tribunal on the Balkan wars. It was a dramatic conclusion to the largest trial conducted by the tribunal.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Britain’s PM David Cameron made his first official visit to Afghanistan, ruling out the prospect of sending extra forces and calling for quicker progress to bring troops home.
    (AFP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, BP shares fell in London as US politicians pressed the British oil company to halt its dividend payments and fork out greater compensation for American workers and companies devastated by the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, A Congo military court sentenced to death a British-Norwegian national and a Norwegian convicted of espionage and murder. Joshua French, the dual national, and Tjostolv Moland, both former Norwegian soldiers, were convicted last year of murdering their driver and attempting to murder a witness. The alleged motive is unknown. A lawyer said the two witnesses who testified against them were awarded large sums of money in compensation and have changed their stories countless times.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Egypt launched a campaign to enforce a smoking ban in the scenic seaside city of Alexandria, no small feat in a nation where four out of 10 men use tobacco.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Guatemala's Constitutional Court removed the new attorney general amid allegations of corruption. Conrado Reyes denied the allegations, but promised to comply with the court's ruling and cede office.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 10, India’s government took steps to make divorce easier as nuptial breakdown becomes more common. The proposed amendment, which was passed by a cabinet meeting chaired by PM Manmohan Singh, will include "irretrievable breakdown of marriage" as a legal justification for divorce for the first time.
    (AFP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Iran said it will review relations with the UN nuclear watchdog a day after the UN Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Tehran over its disputed nuclear program. Russia looked set to freeze the sale to Tehran of S300 air defense missiles in response to new UN sanctions on Iran.
    (AP, 6/10/10)(AFP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, An Iranian state-owned newspaper said three policemen in western Iran have been killed by a roadside bomb detonated by Kurdish rebels. Members of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PEJAK) were blamed.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, In Kyrgyzstan five simultaneous attacks by masked men carrying guns took place in Osh. The perpetrators were said to be Bakiyev-financed criminal gangs and ethnic Uzbek groups financed by someone else.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.27)
2010        Jun 10, In Vilnius, Lithuania, representatives of the local Jewish community, the diplomatic corps and others met to participate in the first display of books compiled by American Wyman Brent (47). Brent spearheaded the formation of the Litvak Studies Institute, an interdisciplinary academic and arts centre devoted to the language, literature, history, culture and future of Lithuanian Jewry.
    (www.litvakstudiesinstitute.org/)
2010        Jun 10, A Malaysian businessmen, Badrul Zaman P.S. Mohamed (58), who was held without trial for three years (1991-1994) under the harsh Internal Security Act won 3.3 million ringgit ($1 million) in damages from the government in a landmark court verdict.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, In Mexico a gang of gunmen in Chihuahua city raided a drug rehabilitation center late at night in the border state capital and killed 19 people. In Madero a gang of gunmen killed at least 20 people in a series of armed confrontations and shootings in at least five different locations in the city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
    (AP, 6/11/10)(AFP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 10, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed one person and wounded three in the southern port city of Karachi. It exploded in a parking area near a neighborhood where many naval officers reside.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Peru began exporting gas from its Camisea field under a contract with Spain’s Respol.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.44)
2010        Jun 10, In Puerto Rico Jose Claudio Montes, also known as "Chiki Bazooka," was captured by the FBI inside a housing project where he allegedly controlled the trade of heroin, cocaine and marijuana. 532 pounds (241kg) of cocaine was seized hidden on a pleasure craft named "La Burla" — Spanish for "Mockery." It was intercepted off Puerto Rico's west coast. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested the two Puerto Rican men and one Dominican man aboard.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 10, In Saudi Arabia a government-owned daily reported that a Saudi court has convicted a man and sentenced him to four months in prison and 90 lashes for kissing a woman in a mall.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Serbia's police caught Milos Simovic (31), a fugitive convicted of taking part in the assassination of Serbia's PM Zoran Djindjic seven years ago.
    (AP, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, In South Africa a third British national was confirmed dead after an overland truck carrying British students crashed.
    (AFP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 10, A South Korean 2-stage Naro rocket carrying a climate observation satellite apparently exploded 137 seconds into its flight, the country's second major space setback in less than a year.
    (AP, 6/10/10)(SFC, 6/11/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 10, In Sudan 4 Islamists sentenced to hang for the 2008 New Year's murder of US diplomat John Granville and his driver in Khartoum escaped the Kober prison in Khartoum.
    (AFP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 10, Turkey called the imposition of UN sanctions on Iran a "mistake" and said that it and Brazil would continue to seek a diplomatic solution to remove concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
    (Reuters, 6/10/10)
2010        Jun 10, Venezuela’s Pres. Hugo Chavez said he wants Venezuelans to stop drinking so much alcohol and ordered the military to crack down on businesses selling beer on the streets or after legal hours.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 10, The Zimbabwe state wildlife authority said poachers last week killed 10 elephants in a single attack in southeastern Gonarezhou national park. All the tusks were removed, leaving the carcasses on a river bank.
    (AP, 6/10/10)

2010        Jun 11, A US federal grand jury indicted 3 current and 2 former New Orleans police officers in the shooting of Henry Glover (31) on Sep 2, 2005, and then burning his body.
    (SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)
2010        Jun 11, Valdez Villareal, a Texas-born man suspected of leading a Mexican drug cartel, was charged in federal court in Atlanta with distributing thousands of pounds of cocaine to the eastern US from 2004-2006. Authorities were offering a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to his capture.
    (SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)
2010        Jun 11, Vanguard Health Systems, owned by the Blackstone Group, signed an agreement for the acquisition of the 8 hospitals of the Detroit Medical Center for $417 million.
    (Econ, 7/24/10, p.64)(http://tinyurl.com/392p7bb)
2010        Jun 11, In Salt Lake City an underground pipeline broke sending oil into a creek that ultimately flows into the Great Salt Lake. The pipeline was shut off the next day as the 21,000 gallon spill coated some 300 birds at area creeks. Chevron said it would pay for cleanup.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 11, In Arkansas flash floods swept through a popular campground, killing at least 19 people in and around the Albert Pike Recreation Area.
    (AP, 6/12/10)(AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 11, NATO leaders declared that the alliance had regained the initiative in the Afghan war, promising that the gains could result in a handover of security responsibilities in some parts of the country to local authorities by year's end. Two US troops and at least 11 civilians died in violence across southern Afghanistan, including one attack in which a suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up in a bazaar.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, In Algeria a suicide bomber rammed a truck into the barracks of an elite police unit in a village east of Algiers. At least nine people died, including four police officers and one Chinese worker.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, A Credit Suisse analyst, briefed by BP’s Chief of Staff, said in a research note that BP expects the total bill for the clean up of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to be $3-6 billion.
    (Reuters, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, Norman Macrae, deputy editor of The Economist (1965-1988), died.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.88)
2010        Jun 11, In China a construction crew in the south-central city of Changsha completed a 15-story hotel in just six days.
    (http://tinyurl.com/237rlpo)
2010        Jun 11, Roman Catholic leaders announced that Cuban authorities have agreed to free Ariel Sigler, an ill political prisoner, and transfer six others to jails nearer home, the latest in a rare series of concessions from a government not known for its tolerance of dissent.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 11, Ethiopian rebels said the military had killed 71 civilians in the last month as part of a growing crackdown in a region where international oil and gas companies are exploring.
    (Reuters, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, A Finnish court sentenced former Rwandan pastor, Francois Bazaramba, to life imprisonment for committing genocide against the Tutsi minority in his home country in 1994.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, In India Reliance Industries said it will pay 48 billion rupees ($1 billion) for a 95 percent stake in Infotel Broadband, the only company to win pan-India broadband wireless spectrum in a government auction. The auction yielded 383 billion rupees ($8.2 billion) in spectrum fees.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, A car bomb struck a joint US-Iraqi military convoy north of Baghdad, killing at least five people, including two American troops. 3 people were killed when a bomb hidden in a pile of trash exploded at a market in southern Baghdad. That explosion, in the capital's Dora neighborhood, wounded 10 people.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, Israeli police said an unidentified Palestinian man was shot dead after he struck two Israeli police officers with his car in east Jerusalem.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, Japan's new PM Naoto Kan pledged a fiscal policy overhaul to reduce the country's massive public debt mountain, warning of a Greece-style meltdown.
    (AFP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 11, In Kashmir a cycle of protests began after Tufail Ahmed Mattoo (17) was killed by a tear gas shell near Srinagar’s main mosque.
    (Econ, 7/10/10, p.42)(Econ, 8/7/10, p.38)
2010        Jun 11, In southern Kyrgyzstan clashes between the ethnic Kyrgyz and the minority Uzbek community erupted overnight and killed at least 37 people leaving more than 450 wounded in Osh. Officials declared a state of emergency in part of the Central Asian nation that hosts US and Russian military bases.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, In Mexico former state police detective Irvin Solano was arrested in central Morelos state. He was accused of becoming a top enforcer for Edgar Valdez Villareal, a US-born drug trafficker.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 11, In northwestern Pakistan a volley of US missiles killed 15 alleged militants in an extremist stronghold, the second such strike in less than 12 hours.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, Russia signaled it was scrapping the controversial sale of S-300 missiles to Iran in a major shift the Kremlin said was needed after fresh UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, The World Cup kicked off with unfancied hosts South Africa taking on Mexico in front of 85,000 spectators in a packed Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Host nation South Africa got their continent's first World Cup off to a thrilling start by scoring the tournament's opening goal in a spirited 1-1 draw with Mexico.
    (AFP, 6/11/10)(AFP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 11, Taiwan's High Court upheld former President Chen Shui-bian's conviction on graft charges but cut his life sentence to 20 years, in a small victory for the man who once excited great passions on the island but is now largely ignored.
    (AP, 6/11/10)
2010        Jun 11, Venezuelan authorities issued an arrest warrant for Guillermo Zuloaga, the owner of a television channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez. Zuloaga served as president and majority shareholder of Globovision, the country's only remaining channel on the airwaves that is stridently opposed to Chavez.
    (AP, 6/12/10)

2010        Jun 12, A French fishing vessel rescued Abby Sunderland (16), a California teenager from her crippled sailboat in the turbulent southern Indian Ocean, bringing relief to her family but ending her around-the-world sailing effort. Sunderland had set out from Los Angeles County's Marina del Rey on Jan. 23, trying to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo and nonstop.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 12, In the Bahamas J. Wallace Tutt III, a South Florida interior designer whose elegant creations were popular with movie stars, models and fashion icons, was found dead in a grassy area of the island known as "The Narrows."
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 12, Food critic Egon Ronay (b.1915), whose eponymous restaurant guides helped Britain embrace fine dining after years of postwar austerity, died. Ronay left communist Hungary for Britain in 1946 and began writing about food for The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 1957 he produced the first Egon Ronay Guide to British restaurants, modeled on France's Michelin guides.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 12, China’s government reported that unusually heavy seasonal flooding in southeast China has killed at least 155 people and forced more than 1.3 million to flee as water levels in some areas reached at their highest in more than a decade.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 12, French PM Francois Fillon said France will slash state spending by 45 billion euros (54.5 billion dollars) in the next 3 years to get its public deficit back down to 3%.
    (AFP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 12, Germany’s federal prosecutor's office said that Polish authorities have arrested an alleged Mossad spy from Israel wanted in connection with the slaying of a Hamas agent in Dubai. A man using the name of Uri Brodsky was arrested in early June upon his arrival in Poland because of a European arrest warrant issued by Germany and Germany is now seeking his extradition.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 12, Iranian police arrested 91 people as the nation marked the anniversary of last year's disputed presidential election.
    (AFP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 12, In Iraq American-backed Iraqi security forces killed 2 suspected insurgents and arrested 7 other south of Baghdad. Iraqi officials said the killed were civilians.
    (SSFC, 6/13/10, p.A5)
2010        Jun 12, In Ivory Coast two people were killed and 30 wounded in a stampede at a reggae concert in the rebel-controlled city of Bouake. Local reggae star Alpha Blondy had organized the concert to promote peace and reconciliation in the West African nation.
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 12, In Mexico a government media tour to promote tourism in the southwest went awry when machete-wielding Indians briefly kidnapped 13 reporters on the trip. 15 people trying to film a beer commercial were also abducted. The indigenous communal landowners were upset that Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona beer, had not asked their permission to film the commercial on their property. They were all released unharmed but the Indians refused to return cameras and other equipment.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 12, North Korea vowed to launch an all-out attack against South Korean loudspeakers and other propaganda facilities along their heavily fortified border, warning it could even turn Seoul into a "sea of flame."
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 12, Pakistani fighter jets destroyed several militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 10 insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region.
    (AP, 6/12/10)
2010        Jun 12, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded three loggers in apparent retaliation for government offensives near Maluso town on Basilan island.
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 12, Slovakia's three party governing coalition fought for survival in a parliamentary election, challenged in a tight race by the center-right opposition. Voters handed PM Robert Fico a setback by giving the center-right opposition a majority.
    (AP, 6/12/10)(AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 12, In Switzerland a bus carrying 48 Canadian tourists crashed in the canton of Valais, killing two people and injuring at least 15 others, five of them seriously.
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 12, Yemeni tribesmen blew up an oil pipeline outside the provincial capital, Marib, after the government recently bombed the area in retaliation for an attack on a military convoy.
    (AP, 6/12/10)

2010        Jun 13, In the 64th Tony Awards “Red," John Logan’s drama about painter Mark Rothko, won as the top drama. A revival of August Wilson’s “Fences" and the musical “Memphis" also won top honors.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.D1)
2010        Jun 13, Spirit Airlines announced that it has canceled all flights through Jun 15 as a pilot’s strike continued into a 2nd day.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 13, Jimmy Dean, former country singer and sausage entrepreneur, died at his home in Virginia. His 1961 song “Big Bad John" won him a Grammy. In 1969 he started the Jimmy Dean Meat Co., which he sold to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984.
    (SFC, 6/14/10, p.C4)
2010        Jun 13, In central Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked a police post, sparking a day-long battle which killed 8 policemen, 4 civilians and 9 militants in the Kijran district of Day Kundi province.
    (AFP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 13, Belgium voters gave a stunning win in general elections to the New Flemish Alliance, a separatist party that wants Dutch and French-speakers to end years of acrimonious linguistic disputes, or go their own way and break up Belgium.
    (Reuters, 6/13/10)(AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 13, The London School of Economics issued new research report saying Pakistan's main spy agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even represented on the group's leadership council despite US pressure to sever ties and billions in aid to combat the militants.
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 13, The London-based Mo Ibrahim Foundation said that for the second year in a row its $5 million annual prize for good governance in Africa will not be awarded.
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 13, Colombian soldiers freed two high-ranking police officers and an army sergeant who were among the longest-held rebel captives during a raid in the nation's southern jungle. The rescue operation freed police Gen. Luis Mendieta and Col. Enrique Murillo, both captured by leftist FARC, guerrillas in a November 1998 siege of the eastern provincial capital of Mitu. Sgt. Arbey Delgado and Lt. Col. William Donato were taken in August of the same year during a rebel attack on an anti-drug outpost in the southern jungle town of Miraflores. Donato was found the next day.
    (AP, 6/13/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 13, Egyptian security forces in Cairo hit protesters and knocked some to the ground before rounding dozens up at a demonstration against a police beating that killed a young man a week ago.
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 13, Iran and Pakistan formally signed a $7 billion export deal which commits the Islamic republic to supplying its eastern neighbor with natural gas from 2014.
    (Reuters, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 13, In Iraq gunmen trying to rob the central bank in Baghdad battled security forces for hours after bombs ripped through a nearby area, leaving as many as 26 dead, including 3 suicide bombers. Police blamed al Qaeda in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/13/10)(SFC, 6/14/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 13, Japan’s Hayabusa space probe, which scientists hope contains material from the surface of an asteroid returned to Earth, landed in the remote Australian outback following a 7-year journey.
    (AFP, 6/13/10)(SFC, 6/15/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 13, In Kenya 2 grenade blasts ripped through a downtown Nairobi park at dusk as a rally against the country's proposed constitution was concluding. 6 people were killed as the crowd of thousands stampeded out of the park after the second explosion. Those at the rally opposed the draft constitution because it would allow abortions in life-threatening pregnancies and recognize Islamic courts. The draft will be voted on Aug 4.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)(Econ, 6/19/10, p.50)
2010        Jun 13, Kyrgyz mobs burned Uzbek villages and slaughtered their residents in the worst ethnic rioting this Central Asian nation has seen in 20 years. Officials said more than 75,000 Uzbek refugees have fled the rising ethnic violence, amid reports of Kyrgyz mobs torching Uzbek villages and slaughtering their residents. At least 371 people were killed in the rioting that began on June 10.
    (AP, 6/13/10)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.44)
2010        Jun 13, Libya said that Switzerland has paid $1.5 million for mistreating Moammar Gadhafi's son during his arrest there in 2008, and Switzerland expected the return of Max Goeldi , a citizen held in Tripoli, as the countries ended a two-year diplomatic row.
    (AP, 6/13/10)
2010        Jun 13, In Mexico 9 people were killed when a plane belonging to a politician running for governor in Quintana Roo state crashed. Roberto Borge, the powerful Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)'s candidate for governor, was not aboard at the time.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 13, Nepal’s PM Madhav Kumar Nepal and Forest Minister Deepak Bohara summoned conservation officials and the chiefs of police and army ordering them to come up with a strategy to halt the killing of endangered rhinos. 28 of the endangered animals had been killed over the past 11 months.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 13, An American armed with a pistol and a 40-inch (102-cm) sword was detained in northern Pakistan and told investigators he was on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden. He was identified as Gary Brooks Faulkner (52), a Californian construction worker. Faulkner returned to the US on June 23 with no charges filed against him.
    (AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 13, Amr Moussa, the head of the 22-member Arab League, met with the top Hamas leader in Gaza, PM Ismail Haniyeh, in a significant diplomatic boost for Hamas.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 13, In the central Philippines a bus rented by Iranian medical students plunged into a ravine while negotiating a mountain road, killing 21 people and injuring 26 others.
    (AP, 6/13/10)(AP, 6/14/10)

2010        Jun 14, US authorities gave BP permission to start burning oil and gas piped up from its broken seafloor well as part of a pledge to more than triple how much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, Lisette Lee, a California woman traveling to Ohio on a private jet, was arrested at the Columbus airport with 506 pounds of marijuana stashed in 13 suitcases.
    (SFC, 6/17/10, p.A8)
2010        Jun 14, Floodwaters inundated parts of Oklahoma City following 10 inches of rain.
    (SFC, 6/15/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 14, A spokesman for Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai's said US geologists have discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, possibly amounting to $1 trillion. Militants attacked Afghan and NATO forces outside of Jalalabad city. The resulting firefight left two police officers and five attackers dead. Roadside bombs killed four police officers in Wardak province and one in Kandahar province. A remote-controlled explosive killed four people in Helmand province. A second roadside bomb killed two others in western Herat province.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, Britain’s new Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) put the deficit for the financial year to March 2011 at £155 billion ($299 billion), or 10.5% of GDP.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.57)
2010        Jun 14, Indian security forces killed 10 Maoists in an operation  that involved about 2,000 men to clear a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand. One paramilitary policeman was also killed in the fighting, which began late the previous evening.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, In northern India at least 52 people drowned after a boat capsized on the Ganges river in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, Iran’s state radio said Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza, a move likely to be considered provocative by Israel which accuses Tehran of arming Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers.
    (Reuters, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, An Iranian airport official said 71 Iranian women "improperly" dressed were prevented from boarding flights in recent months, as a police crackdown on the behavior of young people intensified.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, The Israeli Cabinet approved an investigation into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in an effort to counter international criticism as the EU pressed Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza, deeming it "unacceptable." Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in the West Bank, killing an Israeli police officer and wounding two others. On July 19 the Shin Bet security service said five Palestinians, accused of being members of a Hamas cell, have been arrested for killing the Israeli policeman.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 7/19/10)
2010        Jun 14, Iraq's new parliament convened for just under 20 minutes in what was little more than a symbolic inaugural session because of unresolved differences over key government positions.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Mexico Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim and Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced that foundations run by Gates and Slim will each donate $50 million to the 150 million 2015 Meso-American Health Initiative. The Spanish government will contribute the rest.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Mexico gunmen killed 15 federal police officers in separate attacks. 12 officers died in an ambush near a high school in the western state of Michoacan. 3 gunmen were also killed in a clash with soldiers in Michoacan. Assailants killed 3 more officers in Chihuahua City. At least 29 inmates were killed as rival gangs clashed inside a prison in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, In North Korea the relatives of former economic official Pak Nam Gi and other officials were collected and forcibly loaded into a wagon before being sent to the prison camp. The information was made public on July 6 by Seoul-based Good Friends on its website.
    (AP, 7/7/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Peru thousands of workers blocked a key highway, risking clashes with police at La Oroya where Doe Run, a US-owned smelter, is at the center of a bitter year-long environmental dispute. The protest marked the start of an indefinite strike to compel the government to push back a July 15 deadline imposed on the US firm Doe Run to comply with new environmental regulations.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, In the southern Philippines a brazen gunman shot and killed Desidario Camangyan (52) of Sunshine FM radio, as he hosted a singing contest before shocked spectators in Davao Oriental province's Manay township.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Spain Barcelona City Mayor Jordi Hereu announced a measure to bar the use of face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. He insisted it was not specifically religious saying it is aimed at all dress that impedes identification, and thus includes motorcycle helmets and ski masks.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, Some 100,000 minority Uzbeks fleeing a purge by mobs of Kyrgyz massed at the border, as the deadliest ethnic violence to hit this Central Asian nation in decades as fires raged in the southern city of Osh for a fourth day.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, Vietnam and the US agreed to US financing worth 500 million dollars aimed at boosting American exports for high-priority infrastructure projects in the communist country.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)

2010        Jun 15, The White House said President Barack Obama has extended U.S. economic sanctions on North Korea for another year, citing the continuing threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear program.
    (Reuters, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 15, The US Federal Reserve adopted new rules aimed at protecting credit card consumers from getting socked by lofty late payment charges and other penalty fees. Credit card companies were barred from charging a penalty fee more than $25 for paying a late bill, and for penalty fees higher that the amount associated with violations. Inactivity fees were also banned. The rules take effect August 22.
    (SFC, 6/16/10, p.D3)
2010        Jun 15, Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto announced it was investing 469 million US dollars to develop a nickel and copper mine in northern Michigan. Construction of the Kennecott Eagle mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula will begin this year.
    (AFP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 15, In Afghanistan 5 international coalition troops died and an Afghan district official, his son and a body guard were assassinated in Kandahar province where the Taliban are targeting people loyal to the government and its foreign partners. Militants attacked a police checkpoint in eastern Ghazni province before dawn, killing five officers and wounding one.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, In southeastern Bangladesh powerful landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 53 people, striking a coastal area as people slept and burying many alive inside their homes.
    (AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/16/10) 
2010        Jun 15, In southeastern France at least 25 people were killed and another 12 missing after flash floods hit the Var region, turning city streets into meters-high (feet-high) brown rivers that swept away cars, trees and parts of houses.
    (AP, 6/16/10)(AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 15, An epic 12-year investigation into Northern Ireland's biggest mass killing by British soldiers reached a bittersweet climax as relatives of the 13 Catholic demonstrators killed on "Bloody Sunday" began reading a 5,000-page report into why the 1972 slaughter happened. The probe ruled that British soldiers were entirely to blame for the killings.
    (AP, 6/15/10)(SFC, 6/16/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 15, Iran signed contracts worth 21 billion dollars with local firms to develop six gas fields, some of them awarded to the elite Revolutionary Guards.
    (AFP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, In Iraq Saleh Mahdi Saleh, head of Sadiyah's municipal council, was taken into custody and charged with terrorism and police found 11 pounds (5kg) of TNT and three remote controlled devices. Police acted on the confession of Saleh's son who was arrested two days ago on terrorism charges and said his family kept explosives in their home. A roadside bomb in the northern town of al-Hajaj, about 80 miles (130 km) north of Baghdad, exploded as a car was driving by, killing the driver and wounding a passenger. One American soldier died in Baghdad of injuries sustained in a noncombat related accident.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, Ireland's government called on Israel to withdraw a staffer at its Dublin embassy over the use of fake passports in the January assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai.
    (Reuters, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, Italian police arrested Nicola Schiavone, a powerful mobster of the Camorra crime syndicate, in his villa in Casal di Principe, a small town north of Naples. He is the son of imprisoned mobster Francesco Schiavone, reputedly the longtime top boss  of the clan. Another of the elder Schiavone's sons was arrested last month.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, The Int’l. Red Cross said several hundred people have been killed in Kyrgyzstan since rioting began on June 10. The interim government blamed the inner circle of former Pres. Bakiyev for inciting the rioting. Uzbekistan closed its borders saying it could take no more refugees.
    (AP, 6/15/10)(SFC, 6/16/10, p.A5)(Econ, 6/19/10, p.26)
2010        Jun 15, President Felipe Calderon appealed to Mexicans to support the fight against organized crime just hours after troops killed 15 suspected gang members, part of a surge in violence that has June headed toward being the deadliest month yet in his drug war.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 15, The international aid group Mercy Corps said it has suspended its operations in Pakistan after kidnappers killed one of its employees. 4 Pakistani employees of Mercy Corps were abducted Feb. 18 as they drove to one of their offices in Quetta. The agency recently learned that a 52-year-old driver in the group, a father of nine identified only as Habibullah, had been slain earlier this month. There was no word on the fate of the other three staffers.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, Interpol said it has arrested Moussa Hamdan (38), a Lebanese national suspected of funneling money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, in Paraguay in the tri-border area with Argentina and Brazil.
    (AFP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 15, South Sudan's army clashed with forces loyal to renegade militia leader George Athor, a day after flushing him out of his hideout in the region's Jonglei oil state. At least 20 people were killed in fresh fighting between rival Sudanese tribes in western Darfur.
    (Reuters, 6/16/10)(AFP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, The Swiss parliament approved a treaty with the US that will hand thousands of files on suspected tax cheats to US authorities, but obstacles remain that could delay the deal for several more months.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, A Uganda army spokesman said at least 10 Ugandan soldiers were killed last month while pursuing Lord's Resistance Army rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). Lt. Colonel Felix Kulayigye said an unknown Sudanese militia, not the LRA, was the likely culprit.
    (AFP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 15, In Venezuela Guillermo Zuloaga, the majority owner of the country's only opposition-aligned TV station, was confirmed to have left the country to avoid an arrest warrant as multiple cases brought by authorities leave Globovision facing an uncertain future. In the meantime the channel will be headed by Maria Fernanda Flores, a member of the board of directors, along with Carlos Zuloaga, a son of the owner.
    (AP, 6/16/10)

2010        Jun 16, BP under pressure from Pres. Obama agreed to set aside $20 billion in a spill recovery escrow program to compensate Gulf Coast fishermen and others who have lost work and wages from the 8-week old massive oil spill.
    (SFC, 6/17/10, p.A8)
2010        Jun 16, In northern Afghanistan a roadside bombing killed two US service members. US and Afghan forces conducted an operation in Baghi Shirkat in which 12 militants were killed, including two local Taliban commanders. 3 Afghans working for a private security company were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Muqar district of Ghazni province.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, Prosecutors in Aruba said they want to take Joran van der Sloot up on his offer to discuss the unsolved disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 16, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (63) announced he is divorcing his Malaysian wife after five years of marriage. He had married Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim (30), a former Malaysian TV news journalist, in 2005.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, In China at least 90 people died and 50 were missing after torrential downpours in southern China triggered heavy floods. The provinces of Fujian and Sichuan, in the southeast and southwest respectively, as well as the southern region of Guangxi were the hardest hit.
    (AFP, 6/16/10)(AFP, 6/18/10)(AP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 16, In Colombia a gas explosion at the San Fernando coal mine in Antioquia province,  left at least 34 people dead, with dozens of miners still trapped.
    (AP, 6/17/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 16, The French government unveiled plans to raise the retirement age to 62 in a sweeping overhaul of the pensions system that labor unions have vowed to fight to the end.
    (AFP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, In Haiti Marc Louis Bazin (b.1932), former prime minister of Haiti (1992-1993), died. He lost Haiti's first free presidential election in 1990.
    (AP, 6/16/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Bazin)
2010        Jun 16, Indonesia was hit by a series of powerful earthquakes. At least 17 people were killed and more than 4,600 others left homeless.
    (AP, 6/16/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 16, Iran's nuclear chief said his country is designing a new atomic research reactor in another snub of international efforts to curb the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, In Iraq 2 separate blasts in eastern Baghdad killed one person and wounded eight people.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, Human Rights Watch called on Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to ban the practice of female genital mutilation, and said in a new report that the majority of women in the self-ruled region undergo the medically risky and emotionally painful procedure.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, Israeli officials they will significantly ease its bruising land blockade of the Gaza Strip, in an effort to blunt the widespread international criticism that has followed a deadly Israeli commando raid on a blockade-busting flotilla. Israeli troops shot and killed a drug smuggler on the Egyptian border. Egypt said he was among a group of seven armed men trying to bring drugs into Israel.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, In Kazakhstan 2 US and a Russian crewmate blasted off for the int’l. space station in a Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft. A woman in the US crew doubled the ISS female crew to an all time high.
    (SFC, 6/16/10, p.A2)(SFC, 6/18/10, p.A10)
2010        Jun 16, In Mexico Alain Escutia (20) and Emilio Palacios (22) were arrested in the Michoacan state capital of Morelia for their role in the June 14 attack that left 12 police officers dead in Michoacan.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 16, Ruben Dario Granda, the brother of a top Colombian guerrilla leader, arrived in Managua, where president Daniel Ortega had granted him political asylum earlier this month. Granda is the brother of Rodrigo Granda, known as the "foreign minister" of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 16, In Puerto Rico negotiators reached an agreement to end a strike that has paralyzed the University of Puerto Rico for nearly two months. On June 21 students ratified the agreement.
    (AP, 6/17/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 16, In Russia’s North Caucasus region 4 policemen were killed and 3 wounded in the Kostek village in the province of Dagestan during a siege that left five militants dead. In a separate incident, four gunmen were killed after they refused police orders to pull over and opened fire on the officers. Two police died in further attacks, one in Dagestan and another in the nearby Kabardino-Balkaria province.
    (AP, 6/16/10)
2010        Jun 16, Spain embarked on shaking up its economy with labor market reforms designed to encourage companies to hire, enacting long-awaited structural changes as it struggles to reassure markets and investors who are worried over its public finances and pushing Spanish borrowing costs to new highs.
    (AP, 6/16/10)

2010        Jun 17, The Los Angeles Lakers basketball team won their 16th championship following a gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 17, The US Justice Dept. said it has arrested 485 people since March in the largest nationwide mortgage-fraud crackdown of its kind.
    (SFC, 6/18/10, p.D3)
2010        Jun 17, The US Agricultural Dept. announced that Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 17, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka (47), UCSF stem cell researcher, learned that he was awarded the $550,000 Kyoto Prize by Japan’s Inamori Foundation. He had discovered a technique for transforming adult skin cells into “pluripotent" stem cells without resorting to human embryos.
    (SFC, 6/18/10, p.C2)
2010        Jun 17, In Minnesota tornadoes ripped through Wadena, part of a turbulent system that fueled twisters across the state and killed at least three people.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 17, Toyota said it will restart the delayed construction of its Mississippi plant, which will provide 2,000 jobs and be up and running by the fall of next year.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Officials and reports said floods and landslides triggered by incessant monsoon rains in Bangladesh and Myanmar have killed more than 100 people.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Brazil suspended retaliatory measures against US goods over a cotton subsidy dispute, freezing until 2012 a long-running row that has demonstrated the South American nation's trade clout.
    (Reuters, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, European Union leaders agreed tighter sanctions against Iran, including measures to block oil and gas investment and curtail its refining and natural gas capability.
    (Reuters, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Iceland’s parliament voted to create what supporters hoped will be the world’s strongest protections for free speech and journalism, passing measures intended to make Iceland a safe haven for investigative reporting.
    (SFC, 6/18/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 17, In Iraq an anti-al-Qaida fighter and four family members were killed as they slept in their garden to escape the heat in a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, In Israel tens of thousands of black-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews staged mass demonstrations to protest a Supreme Court ruling forcing the integration of a religious girls' school.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Israel agreed to ease its three-year-old land blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, hoping to quell international outrage over its deadly raid on a flotilla bound for the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Japanese PM Naoto Kan's ruling party outlined its determination to rebuild the nation's finances and slash its deficit in its new manifesto ahead of elections next month.
    (AFP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report released saying Somalis seeking safety must first get past abusive Kenyan police trying to take what little they have left. Kenya's police rejected the report.
    (Reuters, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, The United Nations said some 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, dramatically increasing the official estimate of a crisis that has left throngs of desperate, fearful refugees without enough food and water in grim camps along the Uzbek border.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, In Kosovo Bajram Asllani (29) of Mitrovica was arrested and accused of being part of a terrorism plot that originated in North Carolina among people who planned attacks both at a US military installation and abroad.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, In Mexico police in southern Guerrero state found the bodies of two men who had been tortured in the town of Tepecoacuilco. In the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, two 15-year-old girls were among 15 people killed in a 24-hour period. Soldiers acting on a tip raided 3 houses in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, and found over $1 million in cash, guns, drugs and expensive jewelry.
    (AP, 6/17/10)(AP, 6/18/10)(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 17, A Dutch court sentenced five Somali pirates, the first to stand trial in Europe, to five years in prison for attacking a Dutch Antilles-flagged ship in 2009.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Royal Dutch Shell PLC warned Nigeria that $40 billion of planned investments in the oil-rich nation could be in jeopardy if lawmakers pass a proposed bill to overhaul the petroleum industry. Government officials say the bill would allow more oil money  to return to Nigeria's people. The bill also would require the government-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., which partners with all foreign oil firms, to seek profits like a private business and not rely on government subsidies.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, In Paraguay two police officers were killed in a confrontation with a guerrilla group in the north of the country. The clash involved five or six members of the Paraguayan People's Army. At least one guerrilla was wounded after the confrontation with a team of about 50 special agents.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, In Peru American activist Lori Berenson (40) apologized in a letter to Peru for her “crime of collaboration with terrorism." Berenson asked a government panel to commute her 20-year sentence for aiding the leftist Tupac Amuru Revolutionary Movement.
    (SFC, 6/18/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 17, Russia's children's rights ombudsman said Russian and US negotiators have agreed to set up licensed adoption agencies and allow monitors to visit the homes of adopted children as part of a new accord.
    (AP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Russia PM Putin agreed to support a $1 billion joint US-Russian venture to drill for oil in the Black Sea. San Ramon, Ca., based Chevron and Russia’s state-owned Rosneft signed the agreement to develop the Val Shatsky deposit, which could contain up to 860 million tons of crude.
    (SFC, 6/18/10, p.D3)
2010        Jun 17, The United Nations said it will set up a panel to probe war crimes in Sri Lanka despite repeated protests from the island's hawkish government.
    (AFP, 6/17/10)
2010        Jun 17, Vietnam's communist-dominated National Assembly voted to replace firing squads with lethal injections. As of 2012 no executions were conducted because the EU refused to export the required lethal drugs.
    (AFP, 6/17/10)(SFC, 11/2/12, p.A2)

2010        Jun 18, In Connecticut Eddie Perez, the fist Latino mayor of Hartford, announced that he would step down after being convicted of 5 corruption charges.
    (SFC, 6/19/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 18, It was reported that Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, has given UC San Francisco $100 million to build a children’s hospital in the UCSF Mission Bay campus. The $1.5 billion complex was scheduled for completion in 2014.
    (SFC, 6/18/10, p.C1)
2010        Jun 18, Gold for August delivery rose at a record level of $1258.30 and ounce. It had hit $1263.70 an ounce earlier in the day.
    (SFC, 6/19/10, p.D6)
2010        Jun 18, In Utah death row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner (49), who had used a gun to fatally shoot two men, suffered the same fate as he was executed by a team of marksmen, the first time Utah used the firing squad to carry out a death sentence in 14 years.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, NATO said 2 Americans have died in southern Afghanistan where militants have stepped up their attacks as NATO and Afghan forces ramp up security in Taliban strongholds.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18-2010 Jun 19, A firefight between Armenia and Azerbaijan left 5 people dead in northern Karabakh.
    (Econ, 7/10/10, p.54)(www.eurasianet.org/node/61373)
2010        Jun 18, Finnish PM Matti Vanhanen resigned to allow the ruling Center Party's new leader, Mari Kiviniemi (41) to succeed him as the head of the country's coalition government.
    (AP, 6/18/10)(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 18, In Haiti UN and Haitian police raided a crowded earthquake survivor camp to capture 30 criminal suspects in the biggest law-enforcement operation since the Jan. 12 earthquake.
    (AP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 18, India handed over to Pakistan a new dossier of evidence related to the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, ahead of talks next week between top foreign ministry officials.
    (AP, 6/18/10) 
2010        Jun 18, In Iraq at least 5 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a car bombing in Tuz Khormato, a mainly Shiite Turkomen town, 210 km north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, In Italy Pierino Gelmini (85), a politically connected former priest, was indicted on charges he sexually molested 12 young men who were being treated at the drug rehabilitation center he founded in Italy.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, Kyrgyzstan's interim Pres. Roza Otunbayeva said that 2,000 people may have died in the ethnic clashes that have rocked the country's south, many times her government's official estimate, as she made her first visit to a riot-hit city since the unrest erupted.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, In Mexico police in Cancun found 12 decomposing bodies in four caverns and were searching for more cadavers in violence blamed on drug gangs in the resort city. 11 Mexican soldiers died in the crash of a military helicopter carrying troops for anti-drug missions.
    (AP, 6/19/10)(AP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 18, Myanmar state media reported that days of flooding and landslides caused by monsoon downpours have killed 57 people in its northwest.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, North Korea cancelled a scheduled World Cup press conference, just hours after being confronted by rumors that four of their players had defected while in South Africa.
    (AFP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 18, Jose Saramago (b.1922), 1998 Nobel-winning Portuguese writer, died at his home in the Canary Islands. His 1992 novel “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" was condemned by Portugal’s ministry of culture as heretical. He accused the government of censorship and moved to the Canary Islands.
    (SFC, 6/19/10, p.C6)(Econ, 7/10/10, p.83)
2010        Jun 18, Romania's finance ministry said the cash-strapped government is asking for donations to a solidarity fund set up to boost budget revenues and cushion the impact of the economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, In Somalia witnesses said five government soldiers, four fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group and three civilians died during the one-hour battle in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, A South Korean Air Force fighter jet crashed into the sea after a training mission and its two pilots were killed.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, In  western Sudan 50 people were killed as rival Arab tribes clashed for the third time this month in the Darfur region.
    (AFP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 18, Turkey's military said it killed as many as 120 Kurdish rebels in an air raid on rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month and a daylong incursion by elite commandos into Iraq this week. Maj. Gen. Fahri Kir said another 30 Kurdish rebels were killed inside Turkey since March in anti-rebel operations. He said the Turkish losses were 43 in the same period.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, The UN said a recent measles outbreak in eastern and southern Africa has killed more than 700 people, threatening to reverse gains made over several years to stem the disease.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, Venezuela called on Interpol for the capture of Guillermo Zuloaga (67), a government opponent who owns a critical television channel, who recently fled the country after authorities sought to arrest him. Authorities believed Zuloaga was in Miami, along with Nelson Mezerhane, who owns a minority stake in Globovision.
    (AP, 6/18/10)
2010        Jun 18, Parts of Zimbabwe and most of neighboring Zambia suffered a massive blackout for about 10 hours, as a fault crippled the hydro-electric dam that supplies most of the countries' power.
    (AFP, 6/18/10)

2010        Jun 19, In California Jimmy Schlager (56) attacked his stepdaughter's family as they ate lunch at a restaurant in San Bernadino, killing her husband (33) and 6-year-old son, wounding the woman (29) and another child, and then fatally shooting himself.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 19, Manute Bol (47), a lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 19, Two Afghan policemen were killed and five others were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Gereshk district. A NATO rocket landed on a house in Qarghay district of Laghman province, killing two women and injuring two other adults. 10 militants were killed and eight others wounded in a 30-minute clash in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 19, A plane carrying a group of Australian mining executives disappeared en route from Cameroon to Congo-Brazzaville. All 11 on board were killed wiping out the entire board of the Sundance Resources company including mining tycoon Ken Talbot. The wreckage was found June 21 in the Congo jungle.
    (AFP, 6/20/10)(AFP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 19, China’s central bank said it will gradually make the yuan's exchange rate more flexible a week before a G20 summit, strongly suggesting that it was ready to break the currency's 23-month-old dollar peg.
    (Reuters, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 19, Former French PM Dominique de Villepin launched a new political movement to act as an alternative to the policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy, his longtime rival.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 19, In Germany tens of thousands of gays, lesbians and other revelers marched and danced in downtown Berlin for the German capital's annual gay pride celebration, which featured a colorful parade through the heart of the city.
    (AP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 19, In India at least 100 tourists were stranded by an indefinite strike in Darjeeling, as a Gorkha political party campaigned for an autonomous Gorkha homeland. The tourists had to be escorted out by police.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.N3)
2010        Jun 19, An Iranian newspaper, the Economic daily Pool (Money), voluntarily suspended publication after being warned by the national press watchdog for printing "false material."
    (AFP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 19, In Iraq a protest over electricity shortages in the southern port city of Basra turned deadly with troops fatally shooting one demonstrator. A series of bombings and a rocket attack struck Baghdad late in the day, killing five people.
    (AP, 6/19/10)(AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 19, A top US envoy called for an independent investigation into the violence that has devastated southern Kyrgyzstan, as amateur video emerged of unarmed Uzbeks gathering to defend their town during the attacks.
    (AP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 19, Carlos Monsivais (b.1938), renowned Mexican journalist, critic and political activist  died in Mexico City. His death was confirmed by the Estanquillo Museum that Monsivais founded in 2006 with his extensive collection of pop art pieces ranging from comic books to miniature reproductions of household objects.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 19, It was reported that the North Korean government has lifted all restrictions on private markets in a desperate attempt reduce food shortages.
    (SFC, 6/19/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 19, In Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed 13 people in the North Waziristan tribal region. A roadside bomb aimed at police in the country's volatile northwest killed a civilian and wounded eight people. Gunmen opened fire on police at a court in the southern city of Karachi; one police officer and an attacker were killed. Gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying an area police chief, Abdul Wahab, in the southwestern city of Quetta, wounding him critically.
    (AP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 19, In South Africa exiled Rwandan Lt.-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa was shot and wounded in what his wife called a Rwandan-backed assassination attempt, a charge the Kigali government dismissed as "preposterous." In 2011 six accused men, three Rwandans and three Tanzanians, stood trial for the shooting.
    (Reuters, 6/19/10)(AFP, 7/1/11)
2010        Jun 19, In South Africa Rev. Nico Smith (81), a white pastor who challenged South Africa's apartheid system by moving with his wife into a black township in the 1980s, died of a heart attack.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 19, Turkish warplanes launched air raids at suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq after a rebel attack on a military outpost in Turkey touched off clashes in which eight soldiers and 12 PKK rebel fighters died.
    (AP, 6/19/10)
2010        Jun 19, In Yemen 4 suspected al-Qaida gunmen blasted their way into the intelligence headquarters of Aden, Yemen's second largest city, and freed several detainees in the group's most spectacular operation since a US-backed government crackdown began late last year. The attack left 11 people dead.
    (AP, 6/19/10)(AP, 6/21/10)

2010        Jun 20, In Montana a tornado ripped the roof off the 10,000 seat Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings. No injuries were reported.
    (SFC, 6/21/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 20, In southern Afghanistan 2 bombs set up in push carts exploded minutes apart in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province. 3 Taliban militants were killed and 33 others were wounded in a clash with police. A NATO rocket, apparently targeting an airport in the Behsud district of Nangarhar province, struck a house, killing two children and injuring three men and a woman.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 20, China’s government said major rivers have burst their banks in southern China, triggering massive floods in 10 provinces and forcing 860,000 to flee their homes. Dozens were missing with more storms forecast. The death toll soon rose to 377.
    (AP, 6/20/10)(AP, 6/21/10)(AP, 6/25/10)(SSFC, 6/27/10, p.N3)
2010        Jun 20, In Colombia polls showed a huge lead for former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos (58). Santos won 69% of the vote, the largest margin in modern Colombian history.
    (AP, 6/20/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 20, In El Salvador gang members set a bus afire near the capital, killing at least 14 of the people aboard.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 20, Egyptian security forces beat and arrested dozens of protesters when they attempted to march through downtown Cairo in the latest demonstration against police brutality following the June 6 death of a young man.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 20, Indian troops fired on hundreds of demonstrators who tried to torch a paramilitary bunker in Kashmir, killing one person and wounding at least five. More were injured in subsequent clashes.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 20, In Iran Abdulmalik Rigi, head of Jundallah, was hanged for leading the Sunni insurgent group active near the country's border with Pakistan.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 20, In Iraq two suicide car bombers struck a crowded area outside a state-run bank in Baghdad, killing 27 people. Police and morgue officials said the decomposed bodies of six women and a man were found buried in the backyard of a deserted house in the religiously mixed Zayouna neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. The seven victims apparently were killed two to three months ago. In Tikrit at least 5 people were killed by a suicide bomber as police and onlookers responded to a roadside bomb, apparently set as a trap.
    (AP, 6/20/10)(SFC, 6/21/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 20, The Israeli government approved the construction of a massive new water desalination plant to help the arid country deal with a severe shortage.
    (AFP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 20, Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo asked a state prosecutor to investigate whether Interior Minister Desire Tagro has been skimming state funds. Gbagbo specifically mentioned payments made by Dutch oil-trading company Trafigura to victims of a 2006 toxic waste spill in Abidjan.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 20, In Mexico a mayor and another man in the southern state of Oaxaca were killed by assailants in a dispute apparently motivated by a disagreement over a mine. A man and his 12-year-old daughter were detained in Guerrero state for allegedly killing a neighboring land owner in a dispute over land.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 20, Moldova authorities detained 2 former policemen and another person on suspicion of trying to sell four pounds (nearly two kg) of uranium on the black market, but it was unclear if this was enough for a "dirty bomb." The uranium-238 had a value of euro9 million ($11.35 million). This was not made public until Aug 25.
    (AP, 8/25/10)
2010        Jun 20, Poles voted for a new head of state after president Lech Kaczynski perished in an air disaster. Poland's centrist presidential candidate Bronislaw Komorowski faced a tight run-off vote against his right-wing rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski on July 4 after beating him by only a few percentage points in today’s vote.
    (AFP, 6/20/10)(Reuters, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 20, Turkish forces pushed into northern Iraq, killing 4 people, including a girl (15), as they hit back against hideouts of Kurdish rebels who killed 12 soldiers over the last 2 days.
    (AFP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 20, The Vatican pledged that Naples’ Cardinal Crescensio Sepe would cooperated in an alleged corruption probe over his real transactions and other dealings.
    (SFC, 6/21/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 20, Yemen said it has arrested the suspected mastermind of the spectacular June 19 attack on Aden’s intelligence headquarters, which freed detainees and left 11 people dead.
    (AP, 6/20/10)
2010        Jun 20, Zimbabwe arrested two Pakistani men for using fake passports. State media later said one man is potentially linked to the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai. Suspect Imran Muhammad (33) was wanted in Pakistan for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead. The second man was identified as Chaudry Parvez Ahmed.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jun 21,  The US White House slapped BP with a new 51-million-dollar bill, the third sent to the British energy giant and its partners for government expenses incurred in efforts to halt the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP revealed it has so far spent two billion dollars on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, after an internal BP document suggested the gusher might be spewing far faster than initially feared.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court lifted a nationwide ban on a genetically modified alfalfa. The injunction, imposed by a federal judge in San Francisco, prevented farmers from planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa seed.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 21, In Daly City, Ca., Alexander Castenon (26), a barbeque restaurant worker, was shot in the head on the 6200 block of Mission St. On May 4, 2011, 3 suspected MS-13 gang members were indicted by a federal grand jury for the murder. In 2014 the three gang members were sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.C3)(SFC, 10/24/14, p.D3)
2010        Jun 21, In NYC Faisal Shahzad (30), a Pakistani-born US citizen, pleaded guilty to all charges related to his May 1 driving of a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 21, In Texas David Brown Jr. (27), the son of Dallas Police chief David Brown, was killed by police after he killed Jeremy McMillan (23) and Officer Craig Shaw (37) as police arrived on the scene of the McMillan’s shooting.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 21, In Arizona the Schultz fire around Flagstaff spread to 8,850 acres as some 300 firefighters battled the blaze.
    (SFC, 6/21/10, p.A5)
2010        Jun 21, In southern Afghanistan 3 Australian commandos and a US soldier were killed when a helicopter crashed in Kandahar province, where NATO forces are mounting an ambitious campaign to flush out Taliban militants. 5 other NATO service members, including 4 Americans, were killed in separate attacks in the east and south. A UN survey warned that 8 percent of Afghans suffer from drug addiction, a rate twice the global average and a "major" growing problem for the world's leading narcotic producer. Afghan and US officials said up to 26 Taliban suspects have been freed from jails in Afghanistan as part of efforts to persuade Islamist insurgents to make peace. 
    (AFP, 6/21/10)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 21, In Burundi the president of the ruling party's youth league was assassinated by unknown gunmen.
    (AFP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 21, In central China at least 47 miners were killed when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in Pingdingshan city, Henan province.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In southern China floodwaters breached the Changkai levee on the Fu River in Jiangxi province, forcing some 88,000 people to relocate from their homes in the nearby city of Fuzhou.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 21, In the Congo Republic at least 76 people were killed and 745 injured after a train accident in the southern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 21, Egypt's government confirmed that oil has leaked from one of several rigs operating off the coast of the Red Sea resort Hurghada and has polluted about 100 miles (160 km) of coastline including tourist beach resorts. The government has kept quiet about the leak for days.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Ethiopia's election board confirmed PM Meles Zenawi's landslide victory in a May 23 election disputed by opposition parties and criticized by the EU and the United States.
    (Reuters, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In India a group of government ministers, appointed to suggest remedies for the 1984 disaster at Bhopal, made its recommendations. As many as 100,000 people continued to suffer chronic sickness from the poisonous gas that leaked from a Union Carbide plant.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.43)
2010        Jun 21, In Indonesia the discovery of three dead Javan rhinos has intensified efforts to save one of the world's most endangered mammals from extinction, with an electric fence being built around a new sanctuary and breeding ground.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, An Iranian newspaper said police have issued warnings to 62,000 women who were "badly veiled" in the Shiite holy province of Qom as part of a clampdown on dress and behavior.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Iran said it has banned two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the country because they had leaked "false" information about Iran's disputed nuclear program.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In Iraq riot police used water hoses to disperse an angry crowd protesting lengthy power outages in Nasiriyah, where soaring temperatures have pushed tensions to a boiling point. Many impoverished Iraqis in the south have been left without air conditioning or fans despite high humidity and summer temperatures that frequently rise above 110 degrees.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, The Japanese distributor for the “The Cove," a documentary about dolphin hunting in Japan, said the film would be in 6 Japanese theaters on July 3.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 21, Kyrgyz government forces swept into an ethnic Uzbek village, beating men and women with rifle butts in an assault that left at least two dead and more than 20 wounded.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Lebanese authorities granted permission for a blockade-busting ship with activists and aid on board  to sail first to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In Mexico assailants sprayed a town hall with gunfire close to midnight, killing at least three police officers in Nuevo Leon state.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 21, Morocco’s official MAP news agency said security forces have broken up a Palestinian-led radical Islamist cell that was planning attacks in the north African country.
    (Reuters, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Russia started cutting most natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbor Belarus over what it claims is a debt of nearly $200 million, threatening to rekindle political disputes in the region over energy policy.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, South Korea said abnormally high radiation levels were detected near the border between the two Koreas on may 15, days after North Korea claimed to have mastered a complex technology key to manufacturing a hydrogen bomb.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In Sudan more than two dozen gunmen attacked Rwandan peacekeepers in the ravaged Darfur region, killing three of them in an hour-long fire fight.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Sweden's public prosecutor opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Swedes working for a consortium of oil companies during the Sudanese civil war may have been complicit in human rights abuses.
    (Reuters, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Turkish commando units rappelled down from helicopters and mechanized infantry units blocked escape routes of Kurdish rebels in a major operation along the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
 2010        Jun 21, A United Arab Emirates reported that the UAR has closed down 40 international and local firms as part of a crackdown on companies that violate UN sanctions on Iran.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, The UN Human Rights Council unanimously elected Thailand's ambassador in Geneva as its president for the coming year. Sihasak Phuangketkeow succeeds Belgium's Alex Van Meeuwen after being nominated as the Asian region's sole candidate.
    (AP, 6/21/10)

2010        Jun 22, The Obama administration unveiled a multi-agency strategy to combat homelessness. The 67-page plan was called “Opening Doors."
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.36)
2010        Jun 22, General Stanley McChrystal, the US military commander in Afghanistan, was summoned to the White House after he and his aides mocked and criticized top officials including President Barack Obama in an explosive interview with Rolling Stone magazine. US defense officials said Duncan Boothby, a senior media aide to McChrystal, has resigned after a magazine article portrayed the military commander and his team making critical comments about the Obama administration.
    (AFP, 6/22/10)(Reuters, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, A US congressional hearing was held on a new report titled “Warlond Inc., which focused on the Pentagon's system of outsourcing to private companies the job of moving supplies in Afghanistan. According to the report, "The principal private security subcontractors are warlords, strongmen, commanders and militia leaders who compete with the Afghan central government for power and authority." The report described a mafia of politically warlords enriched by contracts to protect NATO convoys, which some also allegedly attack.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.30)(http://tinyurl.com/2722o2r)
2010        Jun 22, In New Orleans US District Judge Martin Feldman struck down the Obama administration’s 6-month ban on deep-water drilling. It was later disclosed that Feldman was heavily invested in the oil and gas industry last year, according to his 2009 financial disclosure.
    (SFC, 6/23/10, p.A6)(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100625/ts_ynews/ynews_ts2856)
2010        Jun 22, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' 10-1 vote in favor of an ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to disclose the phones' specific absorption rate, or SAR, to customers.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Florida Kenneth Wayne McLeod (48) was found dead in an apparent suicide. On June 24 a US federal judge in Miami issued an order freezing the assets of the estate of the McLeod, his consulting firm and an affiliated investment firm. The SEC alleged that McLeod and associated firms had defrauded an estimated 260 investors starting in 1988 in an alleged $34 million Ponzi scheme, which targeted federal employees.
    (SFC, 6/26/10, p.D3)
2010        Jun 22, Austin Heap (26) launched Proxyheap, the precursor to anti-censorship software called Haystack. He soon received a license from the US treasury, State Dept. and commerce Dept. to export it to Iran. The software was withdrawn on Sep 10 due to security issues.
    (Econ, 9/18/10, p.75)
2010        Jun 22, In northern Afghanistan Dr. Azizullah Safari, the head of a provincial health department, was killed by a bomb planted in his private clinic in Kunduz province. Two NATO service members were killed in attacks. NATO and Afghan forces captured a senior Taliban figure in an overnight raid. A British marine was killed, taking the Britain’s military death toll in the war-torn country to 303.
    (AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 22, Australia reinstated race discrimination laws in the remote Northern Territory region after suspending them for three years to pursue a controversial crime crackdown in poor Aboriginal townships. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said: "Reinstating the RDA (Racial Discrimination Act) restores dignity and helps Indigenous Australians to take ownership of their lives and to drive change in the Northern Territory."
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the shutdown of transit of Russian gas to Europe, escalating a new "gas war" after Moscow slashed supplies to Minsk in a debt dispute. Belarus said Gazprom owes it 217 million dollars in transit fees.
    (AFP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Brazil floods after days of driving rain killed at least 51 people in the northeast, and left another 120,000 people homeless. After some days the number of missing dropped to 76.
    (AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)(AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 22, Britain announced the toughest cuts to public spending in decades and new tax rises in an emergency budget aimed at sharply reducing the country's record debts.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Britain, France and Germany committed to levying a fee on banks to shield taxpayers from the cost of resolving financial crises and said they would ask other countries to join them.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Britain an 1878 self-portrait by Edouard Manet sold for 22.4 million pounds at Sotheby's auction house in London, setting a new record for a work by the master impressionist.
    (AFP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Burundi 2 people were reported killed and several wounded overnight in the latest spate of attacks to rock the East African nation amid a tense electoral crisis.
    (AFP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, In southern India a speeding truck rammed into two tractors pulling trolleys loaded with guests returning from a wedding, killing 18 people, including the groom.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Iran's state television says the country will send an aid ship to the blockaded Gaza Strip with 1,100 tons of relief supplies.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Iraq bombs killed at least nine Iraqis, including two leaders of government-backed Sunni militias that have fought al-Qaida in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Israel's defense minister criticized the approval by a Jerusalem planning body of a plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes in the disputed eastern part of the city to make room for an Israeli tourist center, saying it lacked "common sense" and "a sense of timing."
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Israel launched a spy satellite called "Ofek 9" increasing Israel's capacity to keep an eye on enemies like Iran.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Israeli archaeologists uncovered the heaviest and most valuable gold coin ever found in Israel. The 2,200-year-old coin weighs an ounce (28 grams) and was found at the Tel Kedesh site near the Lebanon border.
    (AP, 8/11/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Jamaica reputed drug baron Christopher "Dudus" Coke (42) sought out a preacher's advice and tried to turn himself in to US marshals. He was caught by police at a highway checkpoint before he could get there. 73 people were killed in the process of catching Coke. He was later extradited to the US. On Dec 8, 2011, PM Andrew Holness said a US surveillance plane helped monitor the deadly raid.
    (AP, 6/23/10)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.46)(AP, 12/9/11)
2010        Jun 22, Kyrgyzstan troops reportedly beat several dozen men and women in an Uzbek neighborhood in Osh in a raid that deepened refugees' fears about returning to an area seared by an eruption of deadly ethnic violence.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, defying a warning from Washington, promised to go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the US levies additional sanctions. Pakistani troops backed by fighter jets killed 43 militants and wounded two dozen others in the Orakzai tribal region. 4 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Peru's coca crop grew for a fourth straight year, according to the UN, edging the country closer to Colombia in overall cultivation of the raw material of cocaine.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 22, Philippine marines killed two Muslim rebels in two clashes on Jolo island.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 22, Puerto Rican Sen. Hector Martinez Maldonado (41) was indicted for allegedly supporting legislation in favor of a private security company in exchange for a trip to Las Vegas to watch a boxing match. Martinez was first elected senator in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He resigned in March as head of an important judicial committee citing a federal investigation, but he denied any wrongdoing.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, Russia’s Pres. Medvedev arrived in California, where he planned to have dinner in San Francisco with Gov. Schwarzenegger. A tour of Silicon Valley was scheduled for the next day along with a speech at Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.D1)
2010        Jun 22, A Saudi court convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and sentenced them to flogging and prison terms.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, South Africa went out with heads high, despite being the only hosts ever to exit the World Cup's first round, but France headed home in shame and Latin American giants Argentina cruised into the second round. Troubled France crashed out of the World Cup losing 2-1 to South Africa.
    (AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Sudan 2 German humanitarian workers were abducted when unknown gunmen swooped on the offices of the THW group in south Darfur. Fighting between government troops and rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement killed 50 people and wounded 101 in Sudan's Darfur region. The release of the German aid workers was announced on July 27.
    (AFP, 6/23/10)(AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Syria a severe 4-year drought was reported to be devastating rural communities, forcing them to abandon the country's traditional breadbasket in the northeast for cities in search of employment.
    (AFP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 22, In Turkey Kurdish rebels detonated a remote-controlled bomb in Istanbul, killing 5 people and wounding 12 on a bus carrying military personnel and their families.
    (AP, 6/22/10)

2010        Jun 23, Pres. Barack Obama met with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, his top Afghanistan commander, to decide whether to fire him over inflammatory comments that angered the White House and threatened to undermine the war effort. McChrystal resigned and Obama chose General David Petraeus, an architect of the Afghan campaign, to take over as commander in Kabul.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, The Obama administration announced that it will station an unmanned aerial drone in Texas as part of its stepped-up surveillance of criminal trafficking along the Mexican border.
    (SFC, 6/24/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 23, An industry source said the CIA has hired Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, to guard facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The contract was said to be worth about $100 million.
    (SFC, 6/24/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 23, In Michigan former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (40) was indicted on federal fraud and tax charges. He was accused of turning a charity into a private slush fund.
    (SFC, 6/24/10, p.A9)
2010        Jun 23, The TV show “As the World Turns," daytime TV’s oldest drama, wrapped up production. The show premiered in 1956. the last show will air on Sep 17, 2010.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 23, Illinois state and federal officials said an Asian carp has been found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive species out of the Great Lakes, prompting renewed calls for swift action to block their advance. Commercial fishermen landed the 3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 23, Embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward handed over the handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Bob Dudley (54), an American executive brought up in Mississippi, one of the states affected by the disaster. BP reinstalled an oil containment system sucking up crude from a ruptured pipe in the Gulf of Mexico, which had been removed following a collision with a robotic submarine.
    (AP, 6/23/10)(AFP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 23, In southern Afghanistan 4 British soldiers were killed in a vehicle crash.
    (AFP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 23, Australian PM Kevin Rudd announced a shock ballot to fight a challenge from his deputy Julia Gillard, raising the prospect of the country's first female head of government. Rudd emerged from marathon late-night talks with Gillard and other ministers to tell a hastily convened press conference the vote would be held early on June 24.
    (AFP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In Bosnia firefighters and volunteers worked overnight and into the day to evacuate dozens of towns and villages due to flooding.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, British Foreign Secretary William Hague pledged to deepen strategic relations with Pakistan as he paid his first visit to Islamabad since the new government in London took power.
    (AFP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, British-based risk consultancy Maplecroft said African nations led by Mauritania, Somalia and Sudan have the most precarious water supplies in the world.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In London Picasso’s “Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto" sold for nearly $52 million. Andrew Lloyd-Webber sold the painting to benefit his charitable foundation.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 23, Bulgaria says it will send 65 more troops to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan in early September.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In Canada 7 people were killed when a small plane crashed near Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City in Eastern Canada.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, China stepped in to provide Cambodia with more than 250 military vehicles after the United States earlier suspended a similar shipment when the Cambodian government deported 20 asylum seekers.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In Cairo Abdel Hamid Musa Abu Aqrab, a top Egyptian militant leader, was sentenced to death for killing two police commanders in 1992 and 1993 and for organizing bomb attacks against security officials and tourists in the 1990s. Aqrab headed the military wing of Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiya group. The group was also blamed for a failed 1995 assassination attempt on President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa. A judge at the state security court referred Abu Aqrab's case for confirmation by Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, in a procedural step that almost always confirms the death penalty.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In Hong Kong thousands of protestors chanting slogans and blaring vuvuzelas faced off as legislators debated a controversial plan to enact limited political reforms in the Chinese territory. Pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators attacked a proposal for limited political reforms made by the territory's Beijing-appointed government and tried to stall a vote expected to go in the administration's favor.
    (AP, 6/23/10) 
2010        Jun 23, In Indonesia an elite anti-terrorism squad arrested Abdullah Sunata, the country’s most-wanted man, and two other suspects after raiding their hide-out on the country's main island of Java. At least one person was killed and several weapons seized, including a bomb in a backpack.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, Iran's nuclear chief said his country has produced 17 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent, defying UN demands to halt the controversial program.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In Iraq 7 police officers were killed in suicide bombings and a checkpoint shooting in Mosul.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 23, Israeli troops overnight arrested four Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, among them Shadi Amwasi (30), a former intelligence officer.
    (AFP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, Japan placed Paul Watson (59), the Canadian founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a US-based anti-whaling organization, on an international wanted list for allegedly masterminding the group's disruption of Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 23, Lithuania said its Russian gas supplies, which transit through Belarus, had been cut by 30 percent as a result of Russia's energy dispute with Belarus.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In the southern Philippines about 30 hooded attackers, believed to be Abu Sayyaf militants, shot and hacked horrified victims as they ran for their lives. Four people died and six were wounded in the ambush on a village road on Basilan island.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 23, Romania's most notorious television journalist and his producer were formally arrested and detained for 29 days on charges of blackmailing and threatening a mayor. Dan Diaconescu and producer Doru Parv were arrested after a 7-hour overnight court hearing. They were charged with demanding money from Ion Motz, the mayor of Zarand village, to avoid broadcasting compromising material about him.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, South Korean and Japanese activists floated hundreds of thousands of leaflets by balloon toward the border with North Korea to condemn the country's government amid tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In Spain 12 people died and 14 others were injured when a passenger train slammed into a group of young revelers who crossed a railway track instead of using a crowded underground passageway at the Castelldefels Playa station some 25 km (15 miles) south of Barcelona.
    (AFP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 23, The Swedish Dock Workers Union launched a week-long blockade of cargo to and from Israel to protest the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last month.
    (AFP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, In Syria a court in Damascus convicted Muhannad al-Hassani (44),  a leading Syrian lawyer and rights activist, of spreading false information and sentenced him to three years in prison. He was also charged with "weakening national sentiments," a term often used in Syria against those who challenge the regime.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 23, Mohamed Mzali (b.1925), former Tunisian prime minister (1980-1986) and a longtime member of the International Olympic Committee, died in Paris after a long illness.
    (AP, 6/24/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Mzali)
2010        Jun 23, Venezuela said it will nationalize a fleet of oil rigs belonging to US company Helmerich and Payne. The 11 drilling rigs have been idled for months following a dispute over $49 million in pending payments by the state oil company PDVSA. On June 26 the oil minister said Venezuela will pay Helmerich and Payne for the fleet of seized oil rigs, warning that five drills at a Chevron venture were also at risk of nationalization.
    (Reuters, 6/24/10)(Reuters, 6/26/10)

2010        Jun 24, President Barack Obama hosted Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the White House. They appeared to get along like a couple of buddies.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 24, The US Congress approved tough new unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's energy and banking sectors, which could also hurt companies from other countries doing business with Tehran.
    (Reuters, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 24, The US Supreme Court ruled that disclosing the names of people who sign initiative petitions generally does not violate their right to free speech.
    {Supreme Court, USA}
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A5)
2010        Jun 24, The California Budget Project issued a report titled “Making Ends Meet." It estimated that a single adult must earn nearly $32,000 to live in San Francisco and that 2 working parents with 2 children must take in a little more than $84,000 to get by in the city.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.D1)
2010        Jun 24, The Oakland, Ca., City Council voted to lay off 80 of the city’s 776 police officers as it slashed at a $30.5 million budget deficit.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A1)
2010        Jun 24, In San Francisco Walter Shorenstein (95), a pre-eminent real estate developer, die at his home. He controlled 130 buildings nationwide.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A1)
2010        Jun 24, The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that European law does not require countries to grant same-sex couples the right to marry, even if some states have already done so. The ECHR is part of the Council of Europe, which promotes democracy and the rule of law among its 47 member states.
    (Reuters, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 24, Julia Gillard (48), a Welsh-born lawyer, became Australia's first female prime minister after the once hugely popular Kevin Rudd fell victim to a party coup less than three years after taking office. Gillard moved to revive a stalled carbon trading scheme, pledging more consultation with industry and voters to win support for an issue that has split the nation.
    (AP, 6/24/10)(Reuters, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 24, Afghan and NATO coalition troops destroyed a bomb factory and killed a Taliban district commander in Kandahar province. In all, 15 insurgents were killed in the attack.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 24, In Belgium police raided the home and former office of recently retired Archbishop Godfried Danneels as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. Separately police seized the records of an independent panel investigating sexual abuse by priests.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 24, Chinese President Hu Jintao called for a new start and a firming of Sino-Canadian ties, despite new irritants, during a state visit to Canada ahead of G8 and G20 summits in the Toronto area.
    (AFP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 24, In China Karma Samdrup, a Tibetan environmentalist once praised as a model philanthropist, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of grave robbing and dealing in looted antiquities. Supporters said the case was aimed at punishing his activism.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 24, In Ethiopia a government minister said that a faction of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), seeking a separate state in the west of the country  has agreed to lay down its arms following talks in Germany.
    (AFP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 24, In France workers around the country went on strike to protest Pres. Sarkozy’s plans to raise the retirement age by 2 years to 62. Unions stage nearly 200 marches in several cities over a broad reform of the money-losing pension system.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 24, Germany's Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that an assisted suicide can not be punished if it is carried out based on a patient's prior request.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 24, In Greece a letter bomb in Athens killed police officer Giorgos Vassilakis (50), a close aide to the law enforcement minister. The device had been hidden in an envelope originally sent by mail on June 18 to minister Michalis Chryssohoidis' political office.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 24, Indian authorities arrested a key separatist leader and 40 other activists in a bid to quell spiraling protests in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/24/10)   
2010        Jun 24, Indian and Pakistani diplomats pledged to strive for sustained dialogue to get their fragile relations back on track and deny militants space to derail reconciliation efforts.
    (AFP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 24, In Iraq 2 police officers were killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 24, Libya justified its closure of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in a statement that included claims its representative had offered refugee status in exchange for sex.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 24, In Mexico police in the border city of Mexicali arrested Manuel Garibay (52), a purported top figure in Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. 6 gunmen died in two shootouts in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. Another five gunmen died after clashing with soldiers in Ciudad Mier, which is also in Tamaulipas.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 24, Norwegian Cruise Line’s $1.2 billion, 4,100 passenger Epic cruise ship, began its maiden transatlantic voyage from Southampton, UK, and arrived in New York on July 1.
    (www.epic.ncl.com/the-latest/in-the-news/article/?jid=152)
2010        Jun 24, Noorsat, the operator which handles the broadcasting of Al-Aqsa TV to parts of Europe and throughout the Middle East, shut down the broadcasts of Al-Aqsa TV, a Gaza-based television station accused of inciting hatred of Jews and Israel.
    (AFP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 24, The Police Service of Northern Ireland arrested Fermin Vila Michelena (40), a Basque separatist, in central Belfast. Michelena faced three Spanish arrest warrants over a string of ETA attacks. A ministry statement accused Michelena of membership in an ETA terror cell that committed four car-bomb attacks in Spain  in 2001.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 24, In Rwanda journalist Jean-Leonard Rugambage, the acting editor of Umuvugizi, a banned local-language newspaper, was shot dead in Kigali. Didace Nduguyangu and Antoine Karemera were arrested the day after the killing. On Oct 29 Rwanda’s High Court sentenced both of them to life in prison.
    (AFP, 6/25/10)(AFP, 10/31/10)
2010        Jun 24, Venezuela said it has captured Luis Frank Tello Candelo (47), a suspected Colombian drug smuggler, who is wanted on cocaine charges in the United States and who has allegedly collaborated with Mexico's Zetas drug gang.
    (AP, 6/24/10)

2010        Jun 25, President Barack Obama declared victory after congressional negotiators reached a dawn agreement on a sweeping overhaul of rules overseeing Wall Street. The congressional compromise overhauled the US banking system and called for an international effort to prevent future economic meltdowns.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Richmond, Va., Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant with Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Michael Vick in a 2007 federal dogfighting charge, died in a shooting. Vick had pleaded guilty to the 2007 charges. Police said Vick has not been ruled out as suspect or person of interest in the shooting which occurred shortly after a birthday party for Vick had ended at a club. An investigation was ongoing. 
    (AP, 7/01/10)
2010        Jun 25, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, agreed in a meeting to start using Chinese characters for suffixes handed out by Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan-based Internet registries. It started allowing Arabic earlier this year.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Afghanistan 3 international troops, including 2 American, were reported killed. The bodies of 11 men, some beheaded, were found in Uruzgan province. NATO and Afghan forces in Logar province killed Ghulam Sakhi, a Taliban commander involved in making and deploying IEDs. Afghan and NATO forces also killed several insurgents in an air strike night in the southern province of Zabul.
    (AP, 6/25/10)(AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 25, New Australia PM Julia Gillard pledged to end a mining tax row as soon as possible after spending her first day in power speaking to world leaders and assuring Washington of Canberra's commitment to Afghanistan.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Austria the world's largest gold coin has been sold at auction for euro3.27 million ($4 million). The 2007 maple leaf coin with a face value of 1 million Canadian dollars ($960,000) weighed 220 pounds (100 kg) with a diameter of 21 inches (53 cm).
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Canada G8 leaders gathered for an opening day of talks during which the group failed to resolve a dispute over the proper mix of government spending and deficit reductions needed to keep the global economy on track. Canada’s PM Harper announced that the G8 leaders had pledged to contribute $5 billion over the next five years to an initiative to support health care for mothers and children in poor countries.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 25, Chinese official said a huge bright green algae bloom is blanketing the sea off China's east coast and wind is driving it closer to land. The current outbreak has nearly doubled in size since it was first spotted June 14 near eastern Shandong province and now measures about 110 square miles (300 square km).
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Egypt several thousand people, joined by top opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, protested what they call authorities' systematic use torture in the largest demonstration yet sparked by the alleged beating death of a young man by police this month.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, In southern France Giuseppe Falsone, an Italian mobster and one of the country's top 30 most wanted fugitives, was arrested in Marseille.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, Georgian police cordoned off the central square in Gori and at night toppled the a statue of former Russian dictator George Stalin.
    (Econ, 8/21/10, p.41)
2010        Jun 25, Hong Kong's legislature agreed to add 10 elected seats, completing a set of Beijing-backed electoral changes that critics say reinforce the territory's undemocratic political system.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, India detained a Pakistan-bound cargo ship carrying a "huge quantity" of explosives and other weapons at a harbor in eastern India. Police identified the vessel as the MV Aegean Glory and said it was registered in Panama.
    (AFP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Indonesia 10 people were killed in a fire that ripped through the packed Redboxx Café nightclub in Surabaya in the early hours, including a mother and the baby she apparently gave birth to during the tragedy.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, Israeli warplanes raided the Gaza Strip overnight killing a Palestinian and wounding another.
    (AFP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, Thousands of Italians took to the streets to protest public spending cuts. Demonstrators demanded that PM Berlusconi modify his plan to freeze pubic sector salaries and slash local government funding.
    (SFC, 6/26/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 25, Kyrgyz authorities said they have arrested Sandjar Bakiyev (27), a nephew of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and charged him with helping organize the ethnic rioting that tore apart this Central Asian nation's south.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, Macedonian authorities said they have broken up an antiquities smuggling ring and recovered thousands of valuable artifacts. Police charged 2 police officers and a former mayor with attempting to sell antiquities abroad.
    (SFC, 6/26/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 25, Malaysia banned three works of political cartoons that criticize the government, but one of the artists, Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (aka Zunar), said he was obligated to highlight issues other cartoonists would not.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, Malaysia's government scrapped a plan to let non-Muslims bet on international sports, bowing to public criticism that it would promote gambling. PM Najib Razak announced authorities have revoked their approval for Ascot Sports, a company linked to Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan, to run betting on sports.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Morocco a 5-day meeting of the International Whaling Commission ended. Native people of Greenland won a long battle to extend their annual whale hunt to humpbacks, overriding objections from conservation-minded members of the IWC. A 2008 investigation showed about one-fourth of the whales the Greenlanders caught were sold on the market in violation of the commission's rules.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 25, Russian fisheries official Boris Simonov, suspected of accepting bribes, tossed 10 million rubles ($322,000) from his car after a police chase and a crash on a busy Moscow highway. Simonov's boss, Roman Postnikov, who oversaw two Moscow rivers, was arrested on suspicion of forging a contract that allowed a fishing firm operate without the proper documents.
    (Reuters, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 25, In Venezuela it was reported that fish and birds covered with tar-like oil are washing up on the eastern shores of Lake Maracaibo, angering fishermen who fear their livelihood is at stake because of the country's state-run oil company.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jun 26, Pennsylvania police found the bodies of three men and a woman, each stabbed multiple times, in the brick twin house in Northampton. Steven Zernhelt (53), a married father of three, was stabbed to death as he responded to screams next door. Police discovered the bodies after responding to a car crash about a half-mile from the house. The driver, Eric Ballard (36), was covered in blood and police knew it wasn't all from the crash. Ballard was charged the next day with the stabbing murder of his former girlfriend and 3 others.
    (AP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 26, In Fort Edward, NY, a fire at a 2-story house killed 6 children ages 1-12.
    (SFC, 6/28/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 26, In Utah 5 young people from Ogden, aged 16-22, were killed as they tried to pass another vehicle while returning from a camping trip.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A8)
2010        Jun 26, In Afghanistan Adm. Mike Mullen, the US military's top officer assured, President Hamid Karzai that Gen. Petraeus, new NATO commander, will pursue the same war strategy crafted by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal. NATO announced the death of three more alliance soldiers following two Taliban-style bomb attacks in the south of the country.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, Britain’s newspaper, The Times, reported that the country's new government intends to impose a temporary limit on the number of foreign workers from outside the European Union it allows into the country.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Canada G8 world leaders turned their attention to thorny foreign policy problems. The United States and Japan pushed for a strong condemnation of North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship. The G20 meeting in the evening with a dinner at the Royal York, one of Toronto's oldest hotels. Police made more than 400 arrests after black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful protesters at the global economic summit and went on a rampage in downtown Toronto that lasted into the early morning hours. The latest estimate for security costs was put at $897 million.
    (AP, 6/26/10)(AP, 6/27/10)(SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 26, In northwestern China an overloaded bus traveling to a funeral veered off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine, killing 11 people and injuring 31.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, Chinese authorities sentenced Dorje Tashi, one of Tibet's richest businessmen, to life in prison in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, for helping exile groups.
    (AP, 8/12/10)
2010        Jun 26, Egyptian security officials said that Israeli soldiers shot dead a suspected Egyptian drug smuggler after he illegally crossed the border with the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In eastern India an overcrowded bus collided head-on into a truck along a sharp curve on a highway, killing 23 people and injuring 15 others in Bihar state.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, An Iranian lawmaker said the country's plan to send a blockade-busting ship from Iran to Gaza has been canceled.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In western Iraq gunmen raided a jewelry shop in Fallujah, killing four people before fleeing with a large amount of gold. One policeman was killed and five others wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near a patrol in the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, Algirdas Brazauskas (77), Lithuania's first post-independence president (1993-1998), died at his home. In 2000 he returned to politics and was elected prime minister.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, In southern Mexico a mob armed with clubs, stones and guns attacked a political rally, sparking hours of clashes that left three people dead and six more wounded in the town of Nachig, Chiapas state. 9 people were killed when gunmen opened fire in a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua city, Durango state.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Mexico City thousands of people took part in a gay pride parade, celebrating the city's historic decision six months ago to become the first city in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage.
    (AFP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Pakistan twin low intensity bomb blasts hit a CD market in the eastern city of Lahore wounding four people and creating havoc in the area.
    (AFP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In the Philippines journalist Nestor Bedolido was killed in Digos City, Davao del Sur. He was the 3rd journalist killed in the Philippines in 5 days and the 103rd media worker killed there since 2001.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 26, Voters in Somaliland queued for hours and thronged polling stations for the second presidential election held in the self-declared republic. Early indications showed Pres. Kahin losing to Ahmed Silanyo.
    (AP, 6/26/10)(Econ, 7/3/10, p.45)
2010        Jun 26, In South Africa the 3-day FORTUNE/TIME/CNN Global Forum got under way with the theme "The New Global Opportunity."
    (www.fortuneconferences.com/global/)
2010        Jun 26, In South Africa Ghana became only the third African team ever to make the World Cup quarter-finals, as its team beat the US 2-1.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Taiwan tens of thousands of opposition supporters chanted anti-communist slogans as they marched in Taipei to protest a planned trade agreement with rival China that they say will undermine the island's self-rule and harm its economy.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on Latin America and the Arab world to fight what he called America's imperialist and capitalist interests abroad.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jun 27, San Francisco held its 40th annual Gay Pride Parade undeterred by a fatal shooting the previous evening in the Castro neighborhood.
    (SFC, 6/28/10, p.A1)
2010             Jun 27, It was reported that Vienna residents have become victims of burglary in recent weeks. The Austrian interior ministry suspected that many of the burglars were from the Republic of Georgia and were supported by the Georgian Mafia. The alleged local head, a restaurant owner in Vienna, has been arrested. Police suspected the burglaries were part of plan to finance a coup against Georgian Pres. Saakashvili.
            (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 27, In Afghanistan 4 Norwegian soldiers died after a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Faryab province. NATO forces killing a local leader of the Haqqani group, a Taliban faction with close ties to al-Qaida, in an airstrike in Khost province. The leader, known only as Satar, was responsible for planting roadside bombs in the area. The US-led operation, began in the region around Kunar province. 2 US troops were killed in the operation. Up to 150 Taliban insurgents were killed in battles along the Kunar border.
    (AP, 6/27/10)(AP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 27, Bangladesh security forces arrested over 200 activists as the main opposition party led a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike to protest alleged government misrule.
    (AP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 27, Burundi's police overnight arrested six senior officials from an opposition party, as the troubled central African nation prepared for a controversial presidential election.
    (AFP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, In Canada G20 leaders agreed on a deal to cut national deficits in half within three years and to stabilize the ratio of public debt to gross domestic product by 2016.
    (AFP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 27, A new UN report cited political repression as one of the main forces preventing Egyptian youths, who make up a quarter of the population, from participating in the country's development.
    (AP, 6/27/10)   
2010        Jun 27, In Ethiopia water minister of Egypt and Sudan said they will not be forced into signing a new deal on the sharing of the Nile's waters. Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda inked a framework in March, 2010, replacing a 1929 colonial-era treaty between Egypt and Britain which gave Cairo veto power over upstream projects. A two-day meeting concluded of regional water ministers concluded with Egypt handing over the body's chair to Ethiopia.
    (AFP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, Authorities in Georgia tore down another monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, In Ghana an illegal mine collapsed trapping about 80 miners.
    (SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 27, Junta-ruled Guinea held its first free election since independence more than half a century ago, a historic vote laden with hope the bedraggled West African nation will finally end decades of harsh military rule and launch a new democratic era.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, Iceland's PM Johanna Sigurdardottir (68) married her partner under a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 27, In Israel Admiral Mike Mullen, the top US military officer, held talks in Tel Aviv with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other members of the military's top brass. Mullen's meetings focused on Iran's nuclear program and the situation in Syria and Lebanon.
    (AFP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, In Indian Kashmir another man was killed when paramilitary forces fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters who had defied a strict curfew.
    (AFP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, Kyrgyzstan held a referendum on a new constitution, amid deadly ethnic tensions. The interim government hoped it would legitimize their hold on power until new elections in October. Interim Pres. Roza Otunbayeva said voters have approved a new constitution that will allow the nation to form a legitimate government after months of turmoil.
    (AP, 6/26/10)(AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, In Pakistan suspected US missiles struck a militant compound in the northwest, killing at least three people in an area teeming with Taliban and al-Qaida fighters.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, Philippine troops attacked a communist rebel camp to rescue an abducted soldier and a militiaman in the country's south, killing at least two communist guerrillas but failing to find the captives.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, It was reported that thousands of Puerto Ricans have been caught up in a lucrative document-fraud scheme to hide illegal immigrants in the United States. The island government's only answer so far is to void every Puerto Rican birth certificate as of July 1 and require about 5 million people, including 1.4 million on the US mainland, to reapply for new ones with security features. New birth certificates will be issued starting July 1, and all old birth certificates will be annulled by Sept. 30.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 27, Pope Benedict denounced as "surprising and deplorable" raids by Belgian police on Church offices and the home of a cardinal this week during an investigation into pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests.
    (Reuters, 6/27/10)

2010        Jun 28, The US and the EU signed a deal to share financial data in suspected terrorist cases.
    (SFC, 6/29/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 28, The Supreme Court held that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The court, in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, forever changed the terms of debate over the right to bear arms. The 5-4 vote extended principles the court laid out in 2008, when it struck down a handgun ban in Washington, D.C.
    (AP, 6/29/10)(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100628/pl_ynews/ynews_pl2876)
2010        Jun 28, The US Supreme Court in Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (08-1371) ruled that a public university is not required to subsidize student groups with discriminatory membership policies.
    (SFC, 6/29/10, p.A1)
2010        Jun 28, The FBI announced the arrests of 10 alleged deep cover Russian agents after tracking the suspects for years. They were accused of attempting to infiltrate US policymaking circles while posing as ordinary citizens. All 10 were charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the US attorney general. The offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. An 11th person allegedly involved in the Russian spy ring  was arrested the next day in Cyprus.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 28, Chicago’s former police Cmdr. Jon Burge (b.1947) was convicted of lying about the torture of suspects and was sentenced to 4½ years in prison. In 2012 the City Council approved settlements totaling $7.17 million to resolved lawsuits by 2 men who alleged they were victims of police torture during the tenure of Burge.
    (SFC, 7/24/12, p.A4)
2010        Jun 28, Robert C. Byrd (b.1917), the longest serving member of the US Senate, died. The fiery orator and hard-charging power broker had steered billions of federal dollars to his beloved West Virginia.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, In Afghanistan NATO said that a Taliban commander was among several armed people killed during a search operation in Kandahar, but residents claimed the troops killed eight innocent civilians, including two elderly men. In eastern Ghazni province, a minivan exploded when it struck a roadside bomb in Andar district. At least eight people were killed and two wounded in the blast. 4 Afghan National Police officers were killed by a roadside bomb in the Dularam district of Farah province.
    (AP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 28, The British Home Office unveiled plans to limit the numbers coming to live and work in the country for the first time, cutting visas for skilled non-EU migrants by five percent.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, Burundi began voting for a president. Incumbent Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza was the lone candidate.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, In southwestern China a landslide caused by heavy rains trapped at least 107 people, and there was little hope for their survival.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, In Cuba President Bashar Assad of Syria sat down with Raul Castro as part of his first tour of Latin America, a trip that is taking him to meetings with many of the region's left-leaning governments.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, In Iraq attacks in Baghdad killed two women civilians and an intelligence officer, while two policemen died trying to defuse a bomb.
    (AFP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, Israel's internal security service said 7 Israeli Arabs inspired by al-Qaida have been indicted in the killing of an Israeli cab driver and other attacks on Jews and Christians.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, In Indian Kashmir 2 separatist protesters were killed when security forces opened fire to disperse angry demonstrations.
    (AFP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, In Mexico gunmen ambushed campaign caravan of Rodolfo Torre (46) less than a week before he was expected to win the governor's race in Tamaulipas, a state torn by a turf  battle between two rival drug cartels. Torre and 4 other people were killed: three of the candidate's bodyguards and a state lawmaker. In Guerrero state reported Juan Rodriguez Rios and his wife were shot dead inside an Internet café they operated in Coyuca de Benitez.
    (AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 28, Four Pakistani soldiers were killed when Taliban militants ambushed an army patrol in the tribal district of Bajaur near the Afghan border. A truck carrying chemicals accidentally exploded in southern Pakistan after pressure built up in its storage tank, killing 18 people and wounding 40.
    (AFP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, In central Gaza 2 dozen masked men vandalized a UN summer camp for children, burning and slashing tents, toys and a plastic swimming pool. It was the second such attack in just over a month.
    (AP, 6/28/10)
2010        Jun 28, Somali pirates hijacked the Singaporean-flagged Golden Blessing carrying a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze off the northern tip of Somalia and took the 19 Chinese sailors onboard hostage. A ransom was paid and the hostages were freed on Nov 6.
    (AP, 6/28/10)(http://allafrica.com/stories/201011081306.html)
2010        Jun 28, South African media said Mozambicans and Thais children (9-16) were discovered a week earlier by South African border police during an inspection at the Komatipoort crossing between South Africa and Mozambique.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 28, Sudan said will close its border crossings with Libya next month as it ramps up security on the frontier in response to banditry. Leaders from the Misseriya and Rizeigat groups signed a reconciliation deal in the West Darfur town of Zalingei, raising hopes for an end to fighting that has killed more than 200 people since March.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)(Reuters, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 28, In Switzerland Alfred Donath (78), a Jewish activist who helped Holocaust victims and their heirs recover money from Swiss banks, died. Donath was the vice president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities when Swiss banks reached an out-of-court settlement in 1998 to pay Holocaust victims and their heirs $1.25 billion. He led the organization from 2000 to 2008.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 28, Pope Benedict XVI announced the creation of a new Vatican office to fight secularization and "re-evangelize" the West, a tacit acknowledgment that his attempts to reinvigorate Christianity in Europe haven't succeeded and need a new boost.
    (AP, 6/29/10)

2010        Jun 29, President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah voiced "strong support" for international efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program, which the West says masks a secret drive to develop the capability for an atomic bomb.
    (Reuters, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Google Inc said it will stop automatically rerouting users in China to an uncensored search page, a move that aims to preserve its operating license and signals a fight to save the firm's Chinese business.
    (Reuters, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, American car maker Tesla Motors began trading shares in an IPO offered at $17. Trading closed at $23.89.
    (SFC, 6/30/10, p.A1)
2010        Jun 29, Strengthening Tropical Storm Alex was expected to become a hurricane as it swirled toward the Gulf coast of northern Mexico and southern Texas, where authorities were readying emergency shelters and distributing sandbags.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Afghan police said 16 people, including civilians and policemen, were killed in separate attacks blamed on the Taliban over the last 24 hours. A UN vehicle was shot up at a busy traffic circle in Kabul, and at least one person was wounded.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Rudolf Leopold (85), renowned Austrian museum director and art collector, died. He is credited with assembling the country's largest and most important private art collection.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Taiwan’s government signed an Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (EFCA) with China.
    (Econ, 7/3/10, p.39)
2010        Jun 29, A Colombian court handed down the first prison sentences to leaders of the illegal far-right militias that demobilized under a peace pact with President Alvaro Uribe's government. Edward Cobos, better known as "Diego Vecino," and Uber Banquez, alias "Juancho Dique," each received the maximum of eight years in prison dictated by the Justice and Peace law under which they surrendered. A Colombian court said Luis Caicedo Velandia, arrested in April in Argentina, has agreed to be extradited to the US on drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Congolese Gen. Amuli Bahigwa said the army has killed 80 rebels from neighboring Rwanda and Uganda who crossed into volatile eastern Congo. Bahigwa said the army killed the rebels in an operation that started June 1. He said four soldiers were killed and that Ugandan rebels killed eight civilians.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Cyprus the alleged paymaster of a Russian spy ring was arrested on an Interpol warrant while trying to board a flight to Budapest, Hungary, two days after his 10 alleged co-conspirators were arrested in the United States. His companion, a beautiful younger woman, was allowed to fly out. The suspect, who called himself Christopher Metsos, vanished after handing over a Canadian passport that claimed he was 54 and got released on bail.
    (AP, 7/11/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Greece fewer than 20,000 people took to the streets to protest a planned overhaul of the state pension system.
    (Econ, 7/3/10, p.50) 
2010        Jun 29, In India gunmen believed to be Maoist rebels killed at least 26 paramilitary personnel during a roadside ambush in Chattisgarh state.
    (SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 29, An Indonesian court sentenced 8 Iranians to life in prison for smuggling hundreds of methamphetamine tablets in their stomachs into the resort island of Bali. The Jakarta Post newspaper, quoting police, said Iranian drugs syndicates have become the main suppliers of heroin  and crystal methamphetamine to Indonesia, replacing West African countries.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Iraq a series of bombings claimed 13 lives, including four policemen, a Baghdad provincial council official, an Iraqi army general and a 9-year-old girl.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Indian Kashmir police and paramilitary troops fired on thousands of anti-India protesters, killing at least three teenagers in Anantnag in the worst street violence in a year.
    (AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 29, In Kenya doctors drilled a hole in the head of PM Raila Odinga to drain fluids that were putting pressure on his brain.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 29, The Maldivian cabinet resigned en masse after a threat by the opposition to bring a vote of no confidence in parliament against every minister. Pres. Mohammed Nasheed remained in office.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, The government of Mexico lifted the alert for swine flu, officially ending the health emergency in the country where the illness first appeared 14 months ago.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Mexico Miguel Ortiz Miranda, alias El Tyson, a key suspect in the April 24 ambush of Michoacan’s state security chief, was arrested in Morelia.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A3) 
2010        Jun 29, In New Zealand rare memorabilia of former French Emperor Napoleon 1st, including a lock of hair cut from his head after he died in exile in 1821 on the remote island of St. Helena, fetched 140,000 New Zealand dollars ($97,000) at auction.
    (AP, 7/01/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Pakistan suspected US missiles hit a house in the South Waziristan tribal region. 8 militants including an Egyptian allied with Al-Qaida were killed.
    (AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 29, Philippine Pres. Beningno Aquino III said that one of his first acts will be to create a Truth Commission to probe the corruption he and his backers say flourished under former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
    (WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A11)
2010        Jun 29, In Romania authorities said ten people have died and three were missing after heavy rains and flooding in the northeast.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Thailand Karl Joseph Kraus (90), a Berlin-born Australian, was arrested at his home near the northern city of Chiang Mai, where police confiscated about 100 photographs of naked children. He was charged with raping four young sisters whom he allegedly lured to his home with imported chocolates and English lessons.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 29, Uganda’s  Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye confirmed the ADF are attacking a Congolese town called Mutwanga and have killed 16 civilians. The Allied Democratic Forces, a group that claims it is fighting for equality for Muslims, battled Ugandan forces in country's Rwenzori region near the DRC, with the heaviest fighting occurring between 1996 and 2001.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)

2010        Jun 30, In Alabama a grand jury indicted Joran van der Sloot on charges that he tried to extort $250,000 from Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, a teenager who disappeared during a 2005 trip to Aruba.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 30, The San Francisco fiscal year ended. Parking meter revenue generated $38 million for the fiscal year. Revenue from expired meter fines added almost $29 million. Meter rates have been raised in 1992, 2003, 2005 and 2009.
    (SFC, 10/7/10, p.A10)
2010        Jun 30, Allyn Ferguson (b.1924), Emmy-winning composer, died at his home in Los Angeles County. He co-wrote the theme music for the TV series “Charlie’s Angels" and “Barney Miller," as well as numerous other series.
    (SFC, 6/30/10, p.C5)
2010        Jun 30, In eastern Afghanistan militants set off a car bomb and stormed the entrance to a major NATO air base outside Jalalabad city. 8 insurgents died in the failed assault. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said six suicide attackers killed 32 foreign and Afghan security forces at the airport. NATO said a US trooper died of wounds sustained in a gunbattle with insurgents. Two patients waiting for a doctor were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his vest of explosives behind a clinic in the Dularam district of Farah province. 43 insurgents were reported killed or captured in a 3-day operation aimed at disrupting insurgents in Panjwai district of Kandahar province. Afghan and int’l. troops captured Mullah Nazar Mohammad, the Taliban district chief of Now Zad and Mullah Malang, a Taliban commander in Baghran, Helmand province. Some Taliban were killed or wounded.
    (AP, 6/30/10)(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A10)(SFC, 7/2/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 30, In Algeria Al Qaeda-linked militants killed 11 Algerian paramilitary police in the oil-rich state's deadliest attack in a year.
    (AFP, 7/1/10)(SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 30, The British the Supreme Court ruled that British troops are not protected by human rights laws on the battlefield, after the government argued that such protection could hamper military decision-making.
    (AFP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 30, In Burundi politicians boycotting the elections dismissed the results as a sham.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 30, China threw open the gates of its secretive Central Party School, offering foreign journalists a rare but carefully scripted peek at the leafy campus where the country's Communist elite are trained.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 30, In Colombia former hostage Ingrid Betancourt filed a request with Colombia's Defense Ministry to pay her $6.8 million for damages she suffered during six years in rebel captivity. She sought the payment for herself, her two children, mother and sister. Betancourt later said that despite seeking damages, she has no intention of suing Colombia for the money.
    (AP, 7/10/10)(AP, 7/12/10)
2010        Jun 30, Amnesty International released a report saying Cuba uses repressive laws, a well-oiled state security apparatus and complicit courts to stifle political dissent as it harasses, spies on and imprisons those who openly oppose its communist system.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 30, In Germany Christine Wulff, a former state governor. was elected president after 3 rounds of voting. He was Chancellor’s Merkel’s candidate.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 30, In Guinea a group of candidates running in what many hoped would be the country's first free election since independence denounced what they called widespread fraud in the poll.
    (AP, 6/30/10) 
2010        Jun 30, The Israeli army said an Israeli soldier and several civilians have been arrested for allegedly passing information to the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and smuggling drugs across the border.
    (AFP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 30, In Mexico a 6.2 earthquake, centered in Oaxaca, killed at least one man.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 30, Nepal's PM Madhav Kumar Nepal announced his resignation, bowing to pressure from opposition Maoists who have been demanding his ouster in parliament and on the streets.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 30, In Pakistan Samiullah Khan, a deputy administrator in the Orakzai tribal region, said the aerial bombings have destroyed six Taliban hide-outs in the region leaving at least 20 militants dead.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 30, In the Philippines Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as the country’s 15th president. He promised to prosecute the corrupt and banish poverty as he urged Filipinos to help him in a job he likened to a biblical burden.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 30, A South African health official said botched circumcisions performed during traditional initiation rites have killed 40 boys and put more than 100 in hospital this month.
    (AFP, 6/30/10)

2010        Jun, In Vermont Brian Boland (61) orchestrated the construction of “Vermontasaurus," a 25-foot-tall, 122-foot-long wooden dinosaur on the edge of his property. Local and state officials soon called for permits totaling some $422 plus safety tests.
    (SFC, 7/12/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun, A US Congressional report said the Watan Group, run by relatives of President Hamid Karzai, bribed Afghan officials to get exclusive control over a key NATO supply route in southern Afghanistan and paid Taliban commanders to avoid attacks along the highway. As of Dec 6 Watan was given a "proposed debarment status," which prevented it from signing new contracts with the US government or renewing existing contracts.
    (AP, 12/9/10)
2010        Jun, The US Treasury Department sanctioned three Mozambican businesses allegedly connected to Mohamed Bachir Suleman, a Mozambique man, whose name was added by the Obama administration to a list of international drug kingpins. In Dec, 2010, newly released WikiLeaks documents referred to Suleman often, saying he "uses his FRELIMO party connections, as well as his shopping mall, supermarkets, and hotels to import narcotics and launder money without official scrutiny."
    (AP, 12/10/10)
2010        Jun, Karl Rove, a Republican strategist, co-founded the 501(c)(4) non-profit Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a spinoff of American Crossroads.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Crossroads)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.30)
2010        Jun, Stuxnet, computer malware, was first detected by VirusBlokAda, a security firm in Belarus. It was tailored for Siemens supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other industrial facilities. It was able to recognize a specific facility's control network and then destroy it. The code had a technology fingerprint of the control system it was seeking and would go into action automatically when it found its target. In September German computer security researcher Ralph Langner said he suspected that Stuxnet's mark was the Bushehr nuclear facility in Iran. Unspecified problems have been blamed for a delay in getting the facility fully operational. Stuxnet used 4 main exploits, packets of computer code that allow hackers to infiltrate or gain control of computers running software with design flaws.
    (AP, 9/24/10)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.63)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.65)
2010        Jun, China began  allowing most of the country to pay for imports in yuan and for 365 Chinese companies top sell exports for currency. In December the number was increased to 67,359 companies.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.85)
2010        Jun, Indonesia’s Tempo news magazine ran a cover story revealing that over a dozen senior police officials had suspicious bank accounts, some of which held millions of dollars. A week later an anti-corruption activist, who helped expose the accounts, was brutally beaten by unknown men.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.56)
2010        Jun, In southern Kyrgyzstan rioting and pogroms this month took over 400 lives.
    (Econ, 4/20/13, p.46)

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