Timeline 2011 January - March

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2011        Jan 1, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched on cable TV.
    (SSFC, 12/26/10, Par p.4)
2011        Jan 1, A new policy in US Medicare became effective and began covering doctor costs for patient end-of-life counseling.
    (SSFC, 12/26/10, p.A10)
2011        Jan 1, Rick Snyder, a former president of Gateway Computers, began his first term as governor of Michigan. The Republican faced a state deficit of up to $1.8 billion.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.28)
2011        Jan 1, Republican Susana Martinez (51) was inaugurated as the first female governor of New Mexico.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, p.A10)
2011        Jan 1, Democrat Andrew Cuomo (53) was inaugurated the 56th governor of New York.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, p.A10)
2011        Jan 1, In Arkansas some 3,000 red-winged blackbirds died and fell from the sky over a 1-mile area of Beebe. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/2/11)(SFC, 1/4/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 1, In Ohio sheriff’s deputy Suzanne Hopper (40) was shot dead as she tried to photograph a footprint at a trailer park in Enon. Michael Ferryman (57), the suspected shooter, died in a gunbattle with police.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, p.A10)(SFC, 1/3/11, p.A4) 
2011        Jan 1, Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser told reporters in the flooded city of Bundaberg that  the flood disaster was of biblical proportions. Days of driving rain last week swamped northeastern Australia, with around 200,000 people affected by floodwaters in an area larger than France and Germany combined.
    (AP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, Brazil's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, took control of Latin America's biggest economy from outgoing popular leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a triumphant handover ceremony. Rousseff called for an overhaul of the tax code in her inaugural speech before Congress.
    (AFP, 1/1/10)(Reuters, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, In CongoDRC at least 67 women were raped in South and North Kivu provinces, including a teen-ager and two pregnant women. On Jan 21 Congo arrested Lt. Colonel Kibibi Mutwara, a senior army commander accused of ordering the rapes in Fizi. The arrest followed the detention of 10 other soldiers earlier in the week. On July 22, 2011, a UN report said investigators found at least 47 women were subjected to rape and other sexual assaults from Dec. 31, 2010, to Jan. 1, 2011 in an isolated and mountainous area of North Kivu province.
    (Reuters, 1/25/11)(AP, 7/22/11)
2011        Jan 1, In England rioting inmates caused heavy damage to Ford open prison, smashing windows and setting fires that engulfed buildings and spewed clouds of black smoke.
    (AP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, In Egypt a powerful bomb, possibly from a suicide attacker, exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria as a crowd of worshippers emerged from a New Years Mass, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80. The Gaza-based Army of Islam was later said to be behind the planning and execution of the attack. The attack sparked three days of Christian rioting in Cairo and several other cities.
    (AP, 1/1/10)(Reuters, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 1, Estonia became the first former Soviet republic to join the euro, Europe’s common currency.
    (SFC, 1/1/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 1, The new European External Action Service (EEAS) came into being.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.64)
2011        Jan 1, In Hungary a new media law went into effect the same day Hungary took over the rotating EU presidency from Belgium. The law greatly expanded the state's power to monitor and penalize private news outlets, including on the Internet. Publications deemed to be unbalanced or offensive in their coverage could face large fines.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 1, In India separatist leader Arabinda Rajkhowa (54) was released on bail, and said he was committed to peace talks with the Indian government to end his group's 30-year insurgency in the northeastern state of Assam.
    (AP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad fired 14 advisers as part of an ongoing shake-up of his administration. 4 kidnappers were put to death in Zahedan prison in the volatile border province of Sistan-Baluchestan. 8 convicted drug smugglers were also executed this week.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(Reuters, 1/1/11)
2011        Jan 1, Italy, one of the top users of plastic shopping bags in Europe, began banning them. Retailers warned of chaos as many stores braced for the switch.
    (Reuters, 12/29/10)
2011        Jan 1, Japan said it has logged 1.19 million deaths in 2010, the biggest number since 1947 when the health ministry's annual records began. As a result the population contracted by 123,000 people, which was the most ever and the fourth consecutive year of decline.
    (AP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, Japanese whalers shot water cannons at anti-whaling activists, hours after the activists tracked down the hunting fleet in the remote and icy seas off Antarctica.
    (AP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, Pakistan’s Pres. Zardari signed the 19th amendment to the constitution giving judges a freer hand in making judicial appointments.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.47)(http://tinyurl.com/6zl4d9t)
2011        Jan 1, In Pakistan suspected US drone aircraft strikes killed 14 Muslim militants in North Waziristan, suggesting there will no letup this year in a campaign Washington says is hurting al Qaeda-linked groups.
    (Reuters, 1/1/10)(AP, 2/25/12)
2010        Jan 1, Jawaher Abu Rahma (36), a Palestinian woman, died one day after allegedly inhaling massive amounts of tear gas fired by the Israeli military at a West Bank demonstration. On Jan 20 Israel's military said Rahma was the victim of a medical error and was not killed by tear gas.
    (AFP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 1, In Puerto Rico Justino Sanchez Diaz (48) attacked his family with gasoline and a blowtorch. 2 of his victims soon died from their wounds and Diaz was charged with murder. The mother of Diaz and Jesus Sanchez 4th died of their injuries on Jan 4. On Jan 6 Kate Donahue (25) of Seattle, who was engaged to Sanchez, died of her injuries. On Jan 29 Nereida Vazquez, who had been in an induced coma for weeks, died of a lung infection brought on by her injuries. In September Diaz was convicted of killing 6 people and was sentenced to 198 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/29/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(AP, 9/26/11)   
2011        Jan 1, A Russian passenger jet carrying 124 people caught fire as it taxied down a snowy runway and then exploded at a Siberian airport, killing three people and injuring 43, including six who were badly burned.
    (AP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, Somali pirates hijacked the MV Blida, a Greek-operated, Algerian-flagged bulk carrier. The crew included 17 Algerians, six Ukrainians including the captain, two Filipinos, an Indonesian and a Jordanian. On Oct 12 Algeria announced that pirates have released 2 of the ship’s 27 crewmen on humanitarian grounds. The MV Blida was released on Nov 3 after a bag full of money was parachuted down to the pirates from a plane.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.69)(AFP, 10/12/11)(AP, 11/3/11)(AFP, 11/20/11)
2011        Jan 1, In South Africa 10 people were killed in a stampede during the early hours of New Year's Day at a tavern in the Ipelegeng township in the largely rural North West province.
    (AP, 12/31/10)
2011        Jan 1, In South Korea one of five wild ducks found dead this week was confirmed to have been infected with a lethal strain of the bird flu virus, its first outbreak in over two years.
    (AFP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, In southern Thailand 2 bomb disposal policemen were killed and 9 other people wounded in a blast after warnings of New Year violence in the restive region.
    (AFP, 1/1/10)
2011        Jan 1, Yemen's parliament agreed in principle to make constitutional amendments that could see President Ali Abdullah Saleh rule for life, and will hold a formal vote on the matter later this year.
    (AFP, 1/1/10)

2011        Jan 2, Pres .Obama signed a $4.3 billion measure covering the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others sickened by toxic fumes following the 9/11 attack in NYC.
    (SFC, 1/3/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 2, Anne Francis (80), film and TV star, died. She played a sexy private eye in the TV series “Honey West," which aired from 1965-1966. Her films included “Bad Day at Black Rock" (1954) and “Blackboard Jungle" (1956).
    (SFC, 1/4/11, p.C5)
2011        Jan 2, In Afghanistan gunmen entered a mosque in Baghlan province's Markazi district, killing four civilians and wounding two. A fifth person was killed in a bombing outside a butcher's shop in Herat.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, Four Argentines were arrested in Spain for allegedly transporting almost a ton of cocaine in a private plane. They included Gustavo and Eduardo Julia, sons of the late former head of the Air Force Jose Julia, and Gaston Miret, son of Jose Miret, the former Air Force brigadier who was secretary of planning during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship. The cocaine was almost pure with a value of more than 30 million euros (about $39 million).
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 2, British actor Pete Postlethwaite (b.1946) died following a lengthy illness. He had earned an Oscar nomination for his role in "In the Name of the Father" (1994).
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, In China seven crew members were missing and feared drowned after their fishing boat sank in the Xijiang River in the southern province of Guangdong.
    (AP, 1/3/11) 
2011        Jan 2, Hong Kong democracy activist Szeto Wah (b.1931) died. He was a leading campaigner for the victims of Beijing's 1989 crackdown on protesters at Tiananmen Square, a voice for mainland dissidents, and founder of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szeto_Wah)
2011        Jan 2, In Iran Sahra Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian woman, was sentenced to death for drug smuggling. Bahrami reportedly was arrested in Dec 2009 after taking part in anti-government demonstrations. She also faced trial and the possibility of another death sentence, likely within two months, for allegedly belonging to an armed opposition group.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 2, Across Iraq bomb and gun attacks killed at least 9 people, including six members of the Iraqi security forces and a city engineer. Two American soldiers were killed during operations in central Iraq.
    (AFP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/3/11)(SFC, 1/3/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 2, Israel's PM Netanyahu said that he's ready to sit down with the Palestinian president for continuous one-on-one talks until they reach a peace deal. Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinian security sources said Mohammed Daraghmeh was trying to pass through the checkpoint on his way to work at a West Bank settlement and a row broke out with troops when they refused him passage.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AFP, 1/2/11)(AFP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, In Israel Eugene Perchikov, an Israeli doctor accused of killing two women in New York, bled to death in a Jerusalem jail after cutting himself with a prison-issued razor blade as his cellmates slept. US authorities believed he poisoned two women to death in order to collect their life insurance. Larysa Vasserman of Brooklyn, was slain in 2002, and Tatiana Korkhova of Manhattan, was murdered in 2004.
    (AP, 1/4/11)(http://tinyurl.com/25a9wh4)
2011        Jan 2, Mexican officials announced plans to shake-up of the corruption-ridden immigration institute, after a year that saw some of the worst atrocities against illegal migrants trekking through the country. Two boys ages 14 and 17 were shot to death in the remote mountain town of Alcozahuca, near the Oaxaca state line. 2 men dressed up in clown costumes were found executed in the city of Cardenas, Tabasco.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 2, In the Philippines a bus has collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of Manila, killing 7 members of a family who were returning home from a Christmas vacation. Landslides and floods, after days of heavy rain, killed at least 17 people including 8 children.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 2, In South Africa 7 people from neighboring families have been killed in a lightning strike in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal province. In neighboring Eastern Cape province, four others were killed and 20 injured in a New Year's Day lightning strike.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, Off southern Yemen at least one boat of African migrants capsized and dozens were feared drowned. The boat capsized near the Bab al-Mandab strait which links the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 5 migrants survived.
    (AFP, 1/4/11)

2011        Jan 3, Boston scientists and health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced that they are joining forces to bring a blood test for cancer to market. Four big cancer centers also will start studies using the experimental test this year. The test is so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, It was reported that Facebook has received a $450 million infusion from Goldman Sachs Group along with another $50 million from Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian firm already invested in Facebook and other social-media firms.
    (SFC, 1/4/11, p.D1)
2011        Jan 3, US Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, the senior Marine general in Afghanistan, said the leaders of the largest tribe in a Taliban stronghold in the southern Helmand province have pledged to halt insurgent attacks and expel foreign fighters.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, Australian military flights rushed to restock the coastal city of Rockhampton before it was cut off by floodwaters that have turned a huge swath of the Outback into a lake. Police confirmed two more deaths in the crisis.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff kicked off her government with a series of market-friendly signals, including new details on budget cuts and a report that she will turn to the private sector to help solve one of Brazil's biggest infrastructure bottlenecks, a badly needed new terminal at Sao Paulo's main international airport.
    (Reuters, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, Ed Miliband, Britain’s Labor leader, warned that the VAT rise from 17.5% to 20% will cost families £7.50 from January 4, and put 250,000 jobs at risk.
    (AFP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, China’s state television reported that Chinese scientists have mastered the technology for reprocessing nuclear fuel, potentially yielding additional power sources to keep the country's economy booming.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, Colombian authorities said that they have accused an army major and four other soldiers of killing three civilians and then falsely presenting their bodies as those of guerrillas slain in combat. Maj. Juan Carlos Del Rio Crespo and four other troops were charged in the 2002 killings of three members of the Agudelo family in Antioquia state.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, The Dominican Republic launched its first major crackdown on illegal Haitian immigrants since last year's devastating earthquake, rounding up and deporting hundreds of people in recent days. Human rights groups criticized the deportations, accusing authorities of stopping and questioning people based on their physical appearance.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 3, A Greek ministry statement said experts from Greece and the US have found rough axes and other tools, thought to be between 130,000 and 700,000 years, old close to shelters on the south coast of Crete. The island has been separated from the mainland for about five million years, so whoever made the tools must have traveled there by sea, a distance of at least 40 miles.
    (AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 3, In Guatemala City 7 people were killed and 15 others injured from a fire inside a passenger bus. Guatemalan authorities soon arrested four members of the Mara 18 street gang, including a woman (19) who police say left the bomb on the bus that was then detonated by cell phone. In the following days 2 more people died of the injuries.
    (AP, 1/3/11)(AFP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 3, In India a government environmental panel approved the initial stage of a project by POSCO of South Korea, to produce 4 million tons of steel on a 4,000-acre site in Orissa state. Activists opposed the project citing ecological damage.
    (Econ, 1/8/11, p.67)
2011        Jan 3, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car northeast of Baghdad, killing a passerby and injuring 33. A policeman was killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad and a Christian woman was shot to death by armed men who broke into her house.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, African leaders returned to Ivory Coast in their second visit in a week as they stepped up pressure on the country's renegade president to cede power more than a month after the election or face a military ouster.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, In Lebanon Ahmed Yamani (86), one of the founders of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, died in Beirut after a stroke. The PFLP was launched by the late Palestinian leader George Habash in December 1967, six months after the Arabs lost the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syria's Golan Heights to Israel.
    (AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 3, In Mexico the severed head of Ramses Mendoza (30) was found hanging from a bridge in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Hours earlier, a woman between 30 and 35 years old was found shot to death in another Tijuana neighborhood, also with a threatening message left nearby. Unidentified gunmen shot to death Sonora state's interim prison director, Erasto Ortiz Valencia, outside his home. The assistant police chief of the city of Empalme, near the coastal city of Guaymas, was also shot to death by a gunmen who fired an assault rifle from an SUV. Police in Acapulco reported they had found the bound bodies of four young men dumped on a main boulevard. Gunmen opened fire on people gathered at a street corner in the northern city of Monterrey, killing two adults and a 13-year-old boy.
    (AP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 3, In Nigeria a policeman was shot dead in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, where an Islamist sect last week killed at least 16 people in a series of religiously motivated attacks. Security officers killed 3 bystanders and arrested 7 suspected Boko Haram sect members, including a man they were chasing in Maiduguri movie theater.
    (Reuters, 1/3/11)(AFP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 3, Pakistani PM Yusuf Raza Gilani scrambled to save his ruling coalition after a key partner withdrew, plunging the country into a political crisis. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari threw his weight behind beleaguered PM Gilani.
    (AP, 1/3/11)(Reuters, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 3, In Sudan a Darfur alliance of rebel splinter factions said that it has agreed to sign a final peace settlement with the Sudanese government.
    (AP, 1/3/11)

2011        Jan 4, Pres. Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act, but Congress failed to adequately fund the program, a $1.4 billion overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system.
    (SFC, 1/5/11, p.A4)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A7)
2011        Jan 4, The Internal Revenue Service kicked off the US tax filing season, announcing that taxpayers will have until April 18, 2011 to file their 2010 returns and pay their tax bills because of a holiday on April 15.
    (Reuters, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 4, Owen Honors, Captain of the US aircraft carrier Enterprise, was permanently relieved of his command for making a series of ribald and offensive videos that aired on the ship’s closed-circuit TV system when he was second in command in 2006-207.
    (SFC, 1/5/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 4, Cornelius Dupree Jr., a Texas man, was declared innocent after 30 years in prison. He had at least two chances to make parole and be set free, if only he would admit he was a sex offender. Dupree refused to do so, doggedly maintaining his innocence in a 1979 rape and robbery. In the process he serving more time for a crime he didn't commit than any other Texas inmate exonerated by DNA evidence.
    (AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Officials in Louisiana said 500 birds were discovered dead, shortly after thousands of birds were discovered dead in neighboring Arkansas.
    (AFP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 4, The archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, filed for bankruptcy becoming the 8th in the US to do so. It had become besieged by lawsuits related to priests molesting boys.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.36)
2011        Jan 4, Motorola Corp. split into 2 companies: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions.
    (Econ, 1/1/11, p.57)
2011        Jan 4, Alireza Pahlavi (44), the former shah of Iran's youngest son, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Boston. He was the second of the four children of the late Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi and former Empress Farah Pahlavi to die in exile. His sister Leila was found dead of a drug overdose in 2001.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 4, Afghanistan's Pres. Karzai told foreign powers to stop meddling in the country's internal affairs. A bomb exploded in central Kabul, killing one police officer and wounding three other people. Hundreds of police swept through villages 220km northeast of Kabul, killing at least eight rebels in an operation against militants. In Kandahar province four rebels were killed when an IED they were planting on a road went off prematurely.
    (AP, 1/4/11)(AFP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Mick Karn (52), bass player in the 1980s group Japan, died in London. Karn, born in Cyprus as Andonis Michaelides, was co-founder of Japan along with David Sylvian and Steve Jansen. The group's 1982 album, "Tin Drum," included a hit song, "Ghosts."
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 4, In China a gunfight in Tai’an City of Shandong Province left four police officers dead and five people injured.
    (http://english.caing.com/2011-01-05/100214120.html)
2011        Jan 4, In India school principal Rupan Pathak fatally stabbed Raj Kishore Kesri (51), a Hindu nationalist lawmaker, while he was meeting with some of his supporters at his residence in eastern Bihar state. Pathak accused Kesri of sexually harassing her over a three-year period. Kesri's guards overpowered Pathak, who is in her early 40s, and beat her up.
    (AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Iran’s government confirmed that it has invited world powers and its allies in the Arab and developing world to tour Iranian nuclear sites before a high-profile meeting late this month on its disputed nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Italian protesters rallied against the Brazilian president's refusal to extradite ex-militant Cesare Battisti, amid government assurances that relations with Brazil will not be affected.
    (AFP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Mediators said Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo has agreed to negotiate a resolution to the crisis gripping the west African nation and lift a blockade around his rival's headquarters.
    (AFP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Kenya's industrialization minister resigned over a car imports scandal that will see the country's anti-graft agency taking him to court on corruption charges.
    (AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Mexican federal police announced they had arrested three US citizens in a sport utility vehicle loaded with 159 packages of marijuana hidden in the bodywork and gas tank. , Prosecutors said the David Romo, the leader of Mexico's Death Saint cult, has been detained on suspicion of participating in a kidnapping ring. Romo was one of nine suspects placed under a form of house arrest for 30 days pending investigation. The Mexican army detained the local operations leader for the Sinaloa cartel, Jesus de la Cruz Lopez, alias "The Tomato."
    (AP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 4, Pakistan's main opposition leader gave the government a three-day deadline to accept a list of demands if it wants to avert its possible collapse after the loss of its ruling majority in parliament. A gunman assassinated the governor of Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling party, in Islamabad. Salman Taseer was killed by Malik Mumtaz Qadri, one of his guards, because of Taseer’s opposition to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law. On Oct 1 Qadri was convicted and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 1/4/11)(Reuters, 1/4/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.45)(AP, 10/1/11)
2011        Jan 4, In Puerto Rico police officers seized nearly 200 bags of cocaine and roughly 30 bags each of heroin and marijuana. A caiman was tied near the drugs, which were found during a routine patrol in La Perla neighborhood of historic Old San Juan.
    (AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 4, Zambian prosecutors applied for arrest warrants after the mining officials Xiao Li Shan and Wu Jiu Hua failed to attend the preliminary hearing regarding the Oct 15 shooting of nearly a dozen miners at a Chinese-run coal mine.
    (AP, 1/4/11)

2011        Jan 5, Claiming power beneath the Capitol dome, resurgent Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives as the 112th Congress convened in an era of economic uncertainty. Dozens of tea party-backed lawmakers took office in both houses.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Federal prosecutors said IRS agent Albert Bront (51) pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to filing false tax returns for himself and two innocent relatives. The false tax form claims included bogus alimony and mortgage deductions.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 5, The US said it has decided against renewing a $215 million aid program for farming and infrastructure in Honduras.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, A US Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico that resulted in the death of Ramses Barron Torres (17), who was trying to illegally scale the border fence.
    (Reuters, 1/5/11)(SFC, 1/8/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 5, A US panel spread blame for the deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill beyond BP to Halliburton and Transocean, accusing all three of "systemic" management failures that could happen again. A full report was due in a week.
    (AFP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Nebraska Robert Butler Jr. (17) opened fire at Millard South High School in Omaha wounding his principal and killing the vice-principal before killing himself.
    (SFC, 1/6/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 5, In Oakland, Tennessee, explosions and a fire at the Kinematics Research ammunition plant killed one worker.
    (SFC, 1/6/11, p.A11)
2011        Jan 5, The USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned 1945-vintage submarine rescue ship, was scuttled in the clear Caribbean waters of the Cayman Islands, where officials say the sunken vessel will attract fish and tourists.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Afghanistan's intelligence agencies said that they have thwarted two major attacks in Kabul in the past 20 days: a plot to assassinate the country's first vice president and a bombing near the president's palace. NATO said two of its service members were killed by roadside bombs, one in southern Afghanistan and the second in the east.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Queensland's premier said Australia's record floods are causing catastrophic damage to infrastructure in the state of Queensland and have forced 75 percent of its coal mines, which fuel Asia's steel mills, to grind to a halt. Officials and scientists said the disastrous floods have spread to 40 towns and threatened the world-famous Great Barrier Reef as tons of sludge poured into the sea.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AFP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, A lawyer for the Belarus Helsinki Committee said police had seized computers at its office and taken its director in for questioning.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Brazil five sisters in Sao Paulo state went to police and accused their father of sexually abusing them for over 20 years.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 5, China’s state media said Beijing and Shanghai will be among the first places to put marriage databases online this year. The plan is to have records for all of China online by 2015. Officials were putting marriage records online so lovers and spouses could check for cheaters. The Ministry of Civil Affairs a few years ago said such a project would be operational by last year. The plan now is to have records for all of China online by 2015.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, French automaker Renault suspended three top managers suspected of leaking secrets about electric cars, the auto industry's big hope for the future. Renault and the French secret service suspected Chinese involvement in the affair. In March the firm apologized to the managers after it emerged police found no trace of bank accounts the accused men were alleged to have held and that the source of the spying allegations may have been a fraudster.
    (AFP, 1/7/11)(AFP, 4/11/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Guyana a grenade that exploded at a bus depot in Georgetown while still in the hands of the man carrying it. He was the only person killed and was described as a Guyana native who had been released from a US prison and deported back to his home country a few years ago. 19 people were wounded by shrapnel in the explosion, including a 4-year-old boy and his 76-year-old grandmother.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Indian officials said near-freezing temperatures and icy Himalayan winds have killed dozens of people in northern India over the past two weeks and forced schools to close in the capital. A sightseeing bus overturned and plunged into a gorge, killing 22 Indian tourists and injuring 12 others who were visiting Mussoorie at the foot of the Himalayas. The driver fled the scene but was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Iran hanged in public a man who committed a sensational murder captured on video, as well as a drug trafficker who was executed in a prison in the northeast of the country. Iranian media in October reported that Yaqub stabbed Mohammad Reza to death in public and in front of two policemen.
    (AFP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Iranian authorities arrested an American woman (55), reportedly with a microphone hidden in her teeth, on suspicion of spying. The woman was identified in Farsi as Hall Talayan (Hal Talaian, Hal Fayalan). State television first denied the report and then reversed itself saying the woman was arrested while filming a town on the Iran-Azerbaijan border. On Jan 9 state broadcaster IRIB said the woman was seeking an Iranian visa and never entered Iranian territory. She was denied entry and returned to Armenia on Jan 8. The US State Department confirmed that she was safe and not in Iranian custody.
    (AP, 1/6/11)(Reuters, 1/6/11)(AP, 1/8/11)(AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 5, Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (36) returned to Iraq. He led several Shiite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before going into exile in neighboring Iran at least three years ago.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Israeli troops killed two Palestinians along the Israel-Gaza border. Troops opened fire at two men trying to cross the border fence into Israel.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Japan a giant bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo, in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Mali an assailant hurled an explosive at France's embassy in Bamako in an attack that wounded two Malian security guards. The blast appeared to be small, however, and caused only minor damage to an outer gate of the building. A Malian later died of injuries sustained in the attack. On Nov 29 Bachir Simoun (24) of Tunisia was sentenced to death for the attack.
    (AP, 1/6/11)(AP, 11/29/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Mexico a gang of teenagers, most 15-years-old, were detained after a running shootout with officers in Ciudad Juarez. Acapulco police said they found the bodies of three men tossed into a sewer. The victims had been shot in the head and in the chest.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Morocco said it had arrested a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) among 26 others who planned to attack security services and rob banks using weapons they hid in an area of the disputed Western Sahara.
    (Reuters, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, North Korea proposed "unconditional" talks with Seoul to mend battered cross-border ties, in its most conciliatory remarks since cranking up tensions by shelling a South Korean island. South Korea dismissed the North Korean offer.
    (AFP, 1/5/11)(Reuters, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Swedish officials said 50 to 100 jackdaw birds, a type of crow. were found lying in a snow-covered street in the southwestern town of Falkoeping.
    (AFP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Turkey authorities searching for mass graves of Kurds, who disappeared in the 1990s, unearthed the bones of eight people in a field in Bitlis province in southeast Turkey.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Venezuela supporters and opponents of Hugo Chavez held rival rallies to mark the start of a new parliament shorn of power by the radical socialist leader's assumption of decree rule. Larry Tovar Acuna, a convicted drug trafficker who has been in and out of prison, was recaptured by Venezuelan authorities after a shootout with police.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Vietnam police roughed up Christian Marchant, an American diplomat, and repeatedly slammed a car door on his legs when he went to visit a prominent dissident. The encounter prompted a strong US protest.
    (AP, 1/6/11)

2011        Jan 6, President Barack Obama named banker and seasoned political fighter William Daley as his new chief of staff, hoping to rejuvenate both a White House storming into re-election mode and an economy still gasping for help.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 6, The Pentagon said the US will temporarily send 1,400 more Marines to Afghanistan in an effort to hold onto fragile security gains, but overall troop levels will not surpass previously announced limits.
    (Reuters, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, The US military said that it has sent a Guantanamo prisoner back to his native Algeria over the objections of his attorneys who said he feared being tortured in his homeland. Saiid Farhi had been held without charge at the US base in Cuba for nearly nine years. 173 prisoners remained at Guantanamo.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, It was reported that San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Clinic, operating since 1967, and Walden House, a substance abuse center started in 1969, had agreed to merge.
    (SFC, 1/6/11, p.C1)
2011        Jan 6, Donald J. Tyson (b.1930), chicken entrepreneur, died in Arkansas. He had built his father’s chicken business into the behemoth Tyson Foods.
    (SFC, 1/7/11, p.A9)
2011        Jan 6, Fresh unrest struck Algeria as protests over rising costs and unemployment spread after a night of rioting in the capital in which youths attacked a police station and torched shops.
    (AFP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, Authorities in Brazil said four people from the same family have died in a mudslide in the interior of Sao Paulo state. Civil defense officials said heavy flooding has killed at least 35 people and forced more than 30,000 out of their homes across the country.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, In Honduras Gunmen killed 4 women and 4 children, including an 18-month boy, and wounded three others in an attack on a minibus in the rural eastern province of Olancho.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, Israel's Supreme Court issued a ruling permitting the separation of men and women on some buses serving minority ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, but only if the passengers agree. The approval was for a trial period of a year.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, In Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, the man recognized as the winner of the recent presidential election, called for West African special forces to remove incumbent president Gbagbo in a commando operation. The UN mission in Ivory Coast said at least 210 people have been killed there since a presidential stand-off escalated in mid-December.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, In Mexico 2 purported drug dealers were arrested on suspicion of decapitating a man who owed them money and hanging his severed head from a bridge in the border city of Tijuana. 2 men were found shot to death in the trunk of a car parked outside the General Hospital in Tijuana. Their hands and feet were bound and their bodies bore signs of torture. Gunmen later attacked three men driving past a Tijuana shopping mall, killing one and wounding the other two. Gunmen shot to death Francisco Aparicio Mendez, the police chief of the town of Taretan, in western Michoacan state. In Ciudad Juarez the body of Susana Chavez was found strangled and mutilated after a night of partying with three teenagers, who were drunk and on drugs. She had led protests against the unsolved killings of women, but authorities said her killing had nothing to do with her activism. Her left arm chopped off. She was not identified until Jan 11.
    (AP, 1/6/11)(AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 6, In the Netherlands the daily Het Parool reported that prostitutes in Amsterdam will be required to pay taxes this year. Over 3,000 sex workers were affected by the move.
    (SFC, 1/7/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 6, Nigerians voted in a key state governor's ballot seen as a test ahead of April's nationwide elections, with massive security deployed amid fears of further violence.
    (AFP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, Pakistan's PM Gilani agreed to reverse an unpopular increase in fuel prices under pressure from opposition parties, as he sought to save his shaky government following the defection of a key coalition partner.
    (Reuters, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, Romanian witches angry about having to pay income taxes for the first time hurled poisonous mandrake into the Danube River to cast spells on the president and government.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 6, Spain's second most important lottery dished out euro840 million ($1.1 billion) in new year joy across a country struggling to emerge from recession, with the top prize tickets being sold in a working class area of Madrid.
    (AP, 1/6/11)

2011        Jan 7, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 for City Administrator Ed Lee to serve as interim mayor replacing Gavin Newsom, who was elected as California’s Lt. Gov.
    (SFC, 1/8/11, p.A1)
2011        Jan 7, Arizona police said they've found the bodies of two of the three men reported missing after test-driving a Jeep in the Salt River bottom in southwest Phoenix. The men reportedly took their Jeep out to the river bottom a day earlier to test the vehicle and never returned home.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 7, In Nevada a tip led police to the body of dancer Deborah Flores-Narvaez (31) in downtown Las Vegas. Police booked her boyfriend, Jason Griffith (32), on suspicion of murder.
    (SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A10)
2011        Jan 7, In NYC Carlos Castro (65), a Portuguese TV reporter, was found castrated and bludgeoned to death at the InterContinental Hotel. His young boyfriend, model Renato Seabra (21) was arrested by police.
    (SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A11)
2011        Jan 7, Former Laotian general Vang Pao (81), died in a Californian hospital. He once commanded a CIA-backed "secret army" of Hmong guerrillas during the Vietnam War. He fled to the United States in 1975 after communists ousted Laos' royal rulers, and was credited with helping negotiate the resettlement in America of tens of thousands of fellow Hmong. In 2007 Vang Pao was arrested in California along with eight others on conspiracy charges after authorities allegedly "interrupted a plot to overthrow the government of Laos by force and violence" according to the justice department. The charges were dropped in 2009.
    (AFP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, In southern Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in Spin Boldak assassinated a police commander named Ramazan and killed 16 others at a public bath. Criminal investigation police chief Farid Ahmad was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kandahar. Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul to protest Iran's blocking of thousands of fuel trucks at the border with Afghanistan, a step that has sent domestic fuel prices soaring as the country's harsh winter sets in. 3 NATO troops were killed in a roadside explosion.
    (AFP, 1/7/11)(SFC, 1/8/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 7, In Algeria fresh rioting broke out in Algiers as police deployed around mosques and authorities suspended soccer championship matches after violent protests over food prices and unemployment. Two demonstrators died in the spreading unrest over rising food prices.
    (Reuters, 1/7/11)(AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 7, Former British legislator David Chaytor (61) was jailed over the country's lawmakers' expense check scandal, becoming the first person to be imprisoned following the damaging affair which dented public trust in politics. Chaytor had held a House of Commons seat in the northern England town of Bury from 1997 to 2010. He was suspended by the Labour Party in 2009, and stepped down as a lawmaker ahead of a national election last May.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, Chile recognized Palestinian statehood, joining other South American nations in a push for Palestinians and Israelis to keep negotiating toward a lasting peace in the Middle East.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 7, German authorities stopped more than 4,700 farms from selling their meat and eggs as a precautionary measure after animal feed was found to be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. Authorities believed that some 150,000 tons of feed for poultry and swine containing industrial fat has been fed to livestock across Germany. The fat contained dioxins and should not have been in the food.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a 15-year-old girl, Felani, at an illegal crossing into Bangladesh from West Bengal. She was on her way to get married.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)
2011        Jan 7, In Iraq unidentified gunmen killed a family of five in a predawn attack on a home in Hussainya, 25km northeast of Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed Omar Kawasmeh, a 65-year-old Palestinian man, during a predawn raid to arrest a Hamas militant in the West Bank. The raid targeted one of six Hamas fighters released from prison a day earlier by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. 5 of the freed militants, including the target of the raid in which the man was killed, were arrested overnight.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, A Jamaica coast guard tried to stop a Honduran fishing boat in lobster- and conch-rich waters, fatally shooting the captain and wounding two crew members. Honduras' navy commander soon charged that the fishermen were unjustifiably attacked.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 7, In northern Mexico authorities found a bullet-ridden body that matches the description of Saul Vara Rivera (48), the mayor Zaragoza, a town near the Texas border, who disappeared two days earlier. The body was found in the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, In Niger two French citizens, Antoine de Leocour and Vincent Delory, were kidnapped by four armed men while dining at a restaurant in the capital, Niamey. It was later reported that Leocour was shot dead by his captives during a French rescue attempt and that Delory died in a vehicle carrying fuel after it was hit by weapons fire during the rescue attempt.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/09/french-hostages-killed-niger)(AFP, 1/5/12)
2011        Jan 7, In Nigeria's southern delta gunmen opened fire on a ceremony welcoming Timi Alaibe, a former presidential adviser on the region, back home in Bayelsa state. 2 people were killed and 6 others wounded, but Alaibe was not hurt. In central Nigeria Christian youths attacked a car full of Muslims returning from a wedding, killing seven people inside the vehicle and sparking retaliatory violence in Jos that left one other person dead. Gunmen opened fire at an open-air tavern in northeastern Nigeria, killing six people in Gombe.
    (AP, 1/8/11)(AFP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 7, A UN report said over 400 children have died in northern Nigeria’s Zamfara state due to lead poisoning related to mining a processing gold ore.
    (SFC, 1/8/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 7, Pakistan's ruling party avoided the collapse of its government after its reversal of unpopular economic reforms helped persuade a key ally not to defect to the opposition. But the economic concessions could cost Islamabad billions in international loans badly needed to stabilize its shaky economy.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, A Russia fishing vessel with about a dozen on board went missing off Russia's Pacific coast after sending a distress signal that it was sinking.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, South African authorities said at least 39 people have died in flooding and thunderstorms in the eastern part of the country since mid-December.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 7, In western Venezuela a 10-year-old girl survived a plane crash that killed the five other people on board, apparently her family members.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 7, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida fighters killed at least 17 Yemeni soldiers in a pair of ambushes in the country's restive south.
    (AP, 1/7/11)

2011        Jan 8, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (40) of Arizona was shot in the head when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents in Tucson. The dead included US District Judge John Roll (63); Christina Greene (9); Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman (30); Dorothy Morris (76); Dorwin Stoddard (76); and Phyllis Scheck (79). 9 others were wounded. Giffords underwent a two-hour surgery and remained unconscious. The shooter was in custody and was identified as Jared Loughner (22). On May 25 a federal judge declared that Loughner was incompetent to stand trial. Loughner, who has schizophrenia, was forcibly medicated at a Missouri prison medical facility so he can be competent to understand the charges against him. On Nov 8, 2012, he was ordered to serve the seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years in federal prison for the shootings.
    (AP, 1/8/11)(AP, 1/9/11)(SFC, 5/26/11, p.A7)    (AP, 11/8/12)
2011        Jan 8, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors picked Supervisor David Chiu to serve a 2nd term as board president.
    (SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A1)
2011        Jan 8, In Los Angeles a 2nd suspect was arrested regarding videotaped sexual assaults of profoundly disabled women at a residential care facility. As many as 10 suspects were possibly involved.
    (SFC, 1/10/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 8, In South Dakota Republican Dennis Daugaard (b.1953) began serving as state governor. By Fall of 2014 he repealed 3,724 regulations.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Daugaard)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.27)
2011        Jan 8, In Afghanistan 3 civilians, including a child, were killed in crossfire as militants battled NATO forces in Helmand province. 2 civilians were killed and three wounded when a rocket struck their home in Helmand. A roadside bomb killed a coalition soldier in the east.
    (AP, 1/9/11)(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 8, In Algeria Fresh protests erupted against soaring food prices as the government considered measures to limit the cost of staple foodstuffs to quell the unrest. 2 people were already dead and 400 injured in protests across the country since Jan 6. The government announced that it will cut the cost of sugar and cooking oil.
    (Reuters, 1/8/11)(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 8, In Australia almost a foot of rain in just a few hours renewed flood fears in the already waterlogged Queensland state, sending a surging river over its banks and into another large town. Some 20 buildings in Maryborough, where about 22,000 people live, were expected to be flooded after the river burst its banks in the overnight downpour.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, Investigators told Brazil’s G1 news website that 2 brothers have been charged with killing their father, a local Afro-Brazilian religious leader, by knocking him out with sleeping pills and then burying him alive in Maranhao state. The brothers told police their father was a violent man who drank too much and didn't accept their homosexuality.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, Former Czech foreign minister Jiri Dienstbier (b.1937) died. The reporter turned dissident had joined Vaclav Havel to help topple one of East Europe's most repressive regimes, and then served under Havel in Czechoslovakia's first post-communist government.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 8, France’s Pres. Sarkozy said 2 French hostages, kidnapped a day earlier in the Niger capital Niamey, were killed by their captors despite a rescue attempt by French forces.
    (SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 8, A spokesman for Germany's Agriculture Ministry said an overly high concentration of cancer-causing dioxin has for the first time been detected in samples of meat following the discovery that farm animals were fed contaminated feed.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, India said at least 22 people, many of them homeless, have died over the past three days in Uttar Pradesh state, pushing the death toll from two weeks of cold weather to 63.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, In India a 2-day cricket player auction for the Indian Premier League was watched by some 19 million people. 127 cricketers were sold for $62 million.
    (Econ, 1/15/11, p.70)
2011        Jan 8, Iran hanged 4 convicted drug traffickers in a prison in the central city of Isfahan. At least 179 people were executed in 2010.
    (AFP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to throw explosives at a West Bank checkpoint. A mortar attack from Gaza wounded 2 Thai workers in southern Israel.
    (AP, 1/8/11)(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 8, An Italian association for bird protection said that over 700 dead birds have been picked up since Jan. 1 from the streets of Faenza, about 30 miles (50 km) southeast of Bologna. They appeared to have overeaten sunflower seeds, which damage their livers and kidneys. The seeds were mostly waste from a nearby oil factory.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, Mexican police found the headless bodies of 14 men and a 15th intact corpse outside a shopping center in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. Narco-messages indicated the Sinaloa cartel killed the 15 men for trying to intrude on the gang's turf and extort residents. Also killed in Acapulco were two police officers; six people shot dead and stuffed in a taxi, their hands and feet bound; and four others elsewhere in the city. 10 people were kidnapped from a local discotheque. 3 of their bodies were found the next day. In Mexico City four young men were killed in a drive by shooting outside a grocery store.
    (AP, 1/8/11)(AP, 1/9/11)(AFP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 8, In Nigeria at least 11 people died around Jos from religious violence and a political rally gone awry.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 8, North Korea reiterated a proposal for unconditional talks with South Korea to ease tensions on the divided peninsula.
    (AP, 1/8/11)  
2011        Jan 8, In Spain tens of thousands of people marched in the Basque region to protest the government policy of shipping separatist prisoners convicted of terror to jails far from their homes.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, In Sudan 6 people were killed in clashes between rebel militias and south Sudan's army over the last 24 hours, a day before a referendum in which the south is expected to vote for independence. A spokesman for the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) said his forces ambushed fighters loyal to militia leader Galwak Gai in oil-producing Unity state on Jan 7 and Gai's men launched a counter-attack on Jan 8. Gai was among several southern militia leaders who rebelled after April elections, accusing the south's government of fraud. In Jonglei state deadly clashes between men commanded by militia leader David Yauyau and the southern military left at least one civilian dead.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, In Tunisia at least 10 people were killed in rioting in the western towns of Thala and Kasserine. 4 people died in the central-western town of Regueb. The opposition said at least 20 people were killed Thala and Kasserine.
    (AP, 1/9/11)(AP, 1/10/11)

2011        Jan 9, In San Francisco Police chief George Gascon was sworn in as the city’s first Latino district attorney. Outgoing Mayor Newsom offered him the job the previous day.
    (SFC, 1/10/11, p.A1)
2011        Jan 9, In Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz, NATO forces, in tandem with their Afghan counterparts, arrested five people in connection with a Dec. 19 attack that killed at least eight Afghan security soldiers and police in the area. Hundreds gathered in the main mosque in Kunduz to protest the arrest of Mullah Nurallah, the apparent target of the raid. Irate Afghan authorities denied that local forces were involved.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, Algerian authorities vowed to punish those responsible for nationwide food riots in which at least four people were reported killed and more than 800 injured.
    (AFP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, In Australia a swollen river submerged bridges and inundated homes and stores in Australia's already sodden Queensland state as more heavy rain added to the country's worst flooding in decades.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, British film director Peter Yates (b.1929) died in London. His films included “Bullitt" (1968) and “Breaking Away" (1979).
    (SFC, 1/11/11, p.C4)
2011        Jan 9, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang kicked off a business-focused state visit to Britain with the sealing of a renewable energy deal between Scottish and Chinese companies.
    (AFP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, In eastern India at least 12 Maoist rebels were killed in two separate clashes with police. 9 were killed in Orissa state and 3 rebels were killed in a clash with police in Bokaro district of neighboring Jharkhand state. According to the Home Ministry the rebels were present in 20 of India's 28 states and have an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 fighters.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, In northwestern Iran a passenger jet broke to pieces on impact while trying an emergency landing in a snowstorm killing at least 77 people in Orumiyeh. The Boeing-727, operated by Iran's national airline, carried 104 passengers and crew.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 9, Israeli organizers said at least 165 professors have declared a boycott against a contentious Israeli college in the West Bank, deepening an internal rift in Israel over the expansion of West Bank settlements. They said Ariel University Center is an "illegal settlement" intended to prevent Palestinians from establishing an independent state. Bulldozers demolished a wing of the Hotel Shepherd in Jerusalem to make way for a new Israeli enclave in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood.
    (AP, 1/9/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.50)
2011        Jan 9, In Italy a 74-year-old retiree in Genoa shot dead two neighbors and then his wife before turning the gun on himself. Jealousy appeared to be behind the rampage.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, Mexican authorities in Chihuahua state reported 17 people murdered over the weekend, 14 of them in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AFP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, In Nigeria witnesses heard gunshots and saw smoke rising from neighborhoods in the city of Jos. Gunmen attacked a church near the Maiduguri International Airport in a drive-by shooting. A police officer was killed and the church watchman wounded.
    (AP, 1/9/11)(AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 9, Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani bowed to a package of opposition demands to shore up his government after a week in which the ruling party briefly lost its majority in parliament. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Karachi to oppose any change to national blasphemy laws and to praise a man charged with murdering a provincial governor who had campaigned against the divisive legislation.
    (AFP, 1/9/11)(Reuters, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, In the Philippines more than a million Roman Catholics joined a raucous religious procession in Manila to honor a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ that they believe possesses mystical powers. Nearly 600 were treated for injuries.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, Sri Lanka's government said that at least nine people have been killed in floods and mudslides caused by heavy rain across the country. One person was reported missing and more than 55,000 people have become homeless and were housed in camps.
    (AP, 1/9/11) 
2011        Jan 9, In Sudan millions of jubilant south Sudanese started voting in an independence referendum expected to see their war-ravaged region emerge as Africa’s 54th sovereign state. Khartoum's government was expected to lose a third of its land, nearly a quarter of its population and much of its main moneymaker, oil. Armed Arab nomads clashed with tribespeople in the disputed Abyei region for the third day leaving 20 people dead. At least 36 people were reported dead in clashes over the last three days between tribespeople and Arab nomads near Sudan's north- south border.
    (Reuters, 1/9/11)(Reuters, 1/9/11)(AP, 1/10/11)(Econ, 1/8/11, p.11)
2011        Jan 9, In Thailand thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in Bangkok, saying they had learned lessons from chaotic violence last year and had a new strategy for the new year. A Red Shirt leader vowed to hold "frequent and symbolic gatherings" twice a month, a change from the large sit-in last year that lasted 10 weeks and prompted a violent crackdown.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, In Turkey PM Erdogan visited Kars and called for the destruction of a local monument near the Armenian border. The monument featured a divided human figure, with one half extending a hand to the other half. It was meant to symbolize the pain of division and the hope of reconciliation, and was sculpted from stone by Mehmet Aksoy, a prominent Turkish artist. Local authorities halted its construction on grounds that it was built on a historic military site, Timur Pasha emplacement, used to defend the city in the 16th century.
    (AP, 1/10/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.56)(http://tinyurl.com/4g4kpya)
2011        Jan 9, UAR media reports said Dubai’s Court of Cassation, the last stop in the appeal process, confirmed that the United Arab Emirates' strict indecency codes cover hand gestures and the deportation sentence would stand and upheld the deportation of a Pakistani man for a case of road rage that included a raised middle finger.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 9, In the US Virgin Islands a traffic stop led to the seizure of 228 kg (502 pounds) of cocaine from Miguel Pascual, a Dominican national. The drugs had an approximate street value of more than $6 million.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 9, In Yemen masked men on motorcycles attacked a government vehicle on its way to deposit cash in Zinjibar, killing 3 electricity workers and a guard.
    (Econ, 1/15/11, p.51)

2011        Jan 10, In Texas Tom DeLay, former US House Majority Leader, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for a scheme to influence elections.
    (SFC, 1/11/11, p.A7)
2011        Jan 10, Texas authorities heralded the capture of Billie Joe Harris (53), a suspected serial rapist believed to have attacked a dozen elderly women in the past two years.
    (SFC, 1/11/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 10, The publisher of Playboy magazine said it has agreed to a sweetened offer by founder Hugh Hefner to take the company private. The price of $6.15 a share is an 18 percent premium over the Jan 7 closing price and valued the company at about $207 million.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, North Carolina-based Duke Energy announced that it would buy Progress Energy for $13.7 billion.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.39)
2011        Jan 10, NASA said it has spotted a tiny, rocky planet about the size of Earth doing a speedy orbit of a star outside our solar system. Named Kepler-10b its scorching temperatures are too hot for life.
    (AFP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 10, Joe Gores, mystery writer, died in San Anselmo, Ca. His 16 published novels included “Spade and Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Maltese Falcon.’"
    (SFC, 1/14/11, p.C5)
2011        Jan 10, In southern Afghanistan 3 policemen were killed in a car bombing claimed by the Taliban in Kandahar province. Vice President Joe Biden arrived on a trip for talks with President Hamid Karzai and visit with US troops. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said a recent pledge by a southern Afghan tribe to stand up to the Taliban shows that the military push in the region is making headway.
    (AFP, 1/10/11)(Reuters, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, In Australia flash floods swept through the city of Toowoomba, killing at least four people, trapping others in cars and leaving some clinging to trees. A 26-foot (8-m) wall of water was coursing through the low-lying communities from Toowoomba and eastward toward Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, Bangladesh suspended trading at its main stock exchange after a market plunge ignited protests by thousands of investors and security officials struck some with batons to disperse them.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, John Gross (b.1935) English literary critic, author, and anthologist, died. His work included the book: “The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters" (1969).
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.85)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gross)
2011        Jan 10, Canada-based Research In Motion said it will filter pornographic internet content for its Blackberry smartphone users in Indonesia, following government pressure to stop access to porn sites or face its browsing service being shut down.
    (Reuters, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, Egypt said it aims to generate 12% of its electricity needs by wind power and will initiate wind-farm projects with a capacity of 2,690 megawatts over the next five years.
    (AFP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, In Germany melted record December snowfalls across the country caused rivers from the Rhine in the west to the Oder in the east to burst their banks, flooding fields and towns, turning streets into waterways, and leaving one person feared dead.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, Iran's intelligence services said they have arrested suspects in the assassination a year ago of nuclear physicist Masoud Ali Mohammadi in a months-long covert operation that also led them to penetrate Israel's Mossad spy agency.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, Iraqi fishermen killed a Kuwaiti coast guard member during a shootout in one of the more serious incidents between the neighboring countries in years. 4 Iraqi fishermen were then detained by Kuwaiti forces.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 10, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian farmer (65) in the northern Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, Italian auto giant Fiat said it has increased its stake in Chrysler to 25% from 20% as part of a deal signed after the iconic US brand emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.
    (AFP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, In Mauritius Michaela McAreavey (27), an Irish beauty queen and daughter of a high-profile Gaelic football manager, was found strangled to death at the five-star Legends hotel on her honeymoon. Three hotel employees were soon charged with her murder. On Jan 18 a 4th suspect, security guard Dassen Narainen (26), was arrested.
    (AFP, 1/11/11)(AP, 1/12/11)(AFP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 10, Mexico said it will stop subjecting a rotating list of US products to tariffs after the United States offered to reach a deal to allow Mexican trucks on US roads and end a long-running trade dispute. Mexico will maintain punitive tariffs on 99 US products but will not add any more pending negotiations.
    (Reuters, 1/10/11)(SFC, 1/11/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 10, In Mexico the body of a murdered man was found on the main highway to Acapulco, bringing to 31 the number of people killed in the Pacific resort city over four days. Abraham Ortiz Rosales, the mayor of Temoac in Morelos state, was shot to death as he drove with his wife and son near the town of Jantetelco. Federal prosecutors said 5 people have been arrested in the kidnappings of Central American migrants in southern Mexico.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 10, In Mozambique a heavy storm killed 10 people and seriously injured seven others in the central province of Manica.
    (Reuters, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 10, Former Nigerian leader and mediator Olusegun Obasanjo left Ivory Coast as incumbent Pres. Gbagbo continued to defy the world and insist he had won the recent election. Men armed with rifles and machetes killed 19 people in attacks on three villages in volatile central Nigeria. Three homes were attacked in the Christian village of Kuru Station. Those that escaped said they saw military men shooting and other people burning the houses and macheteing the villagers.
    (AP, 1/10/11)(AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 10, Portugal's borrowing rates briefly spiked to euro-era highs amid reports that Germany and France are pushing it to accept outside help to avoid contagion.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, Interpol said it had placed 47 Saudis on its most wanted list after Saudi Arabia accused them of involvement in the Al-Qaida terror network.
    (SFC, 1/11/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 10, The militant Basque separatist group ETA declared a permanent cease-fire in what it called a firm step toward ending its bloody decades-long independence fight, but Spain's government quickly dismissed the announcement and demanded ETA disband outright.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, South Korea rebuffed a North proposal for talks to ease tensions but extended its own offer to discuss last year's two military attacks blamed on Pyongyang and North Korea's nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/10/11)
2011        Jan 10, Thousands of south Sudanese poured out to vote for a second straight day in a landmark independence referendum, bringing the region a step closer to becoming the world's newest state. Former US President Jimmy Carter told CNN that Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir offered to take on all of the country's crippling debt if the south declares independence after a referendum. Armed men killed 10 southern Sudanese in an ambush on a convoy of people returning to the south for the referendum. The attack had happened on the northern side of the border between the northern state of Southern Kordofan and the southern state of Northern Bahr al-Ghazal.
    (AFP, 1/10/11)(Reuters, 1/10/11)(Reuters, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 10, Tunisia temporarily shut down all of its high schools and universities as it tried to stop deadly riots over joblessness and poor prospects for youths. At least 14 people were killed in unrest this weekend.
    (AP, 1/10/11)   

2011        Jan 11, California’s Gov. jerry Brown issued his first executive order ordering state agency and department heads to collect half of some 96,000 state-issued cell phones used by public employees.
    (SFC, 1/12/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 11, A Los Angeles judge stripped Dr. Conrad Murray of his medical license after ruling that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try him for manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
    (SFC, 1/12/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 11, In southern California sheriff’s deputy trainee Mohamed Ahmed (27), a Somali immigrant, was shot in the face. The gunman, a Lott Stoner gang member Nestor Torres (37), was shot and killed by a 2nd deputy.
    (SFC, 1/13/11, p.C5)
2011        Jan 11, David Nelson (74), who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died. The show originated on radio in 1952 as "Here Come the Nelsons," then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" with some of the story lines taken from the stars' own lives. His film credits included "Peyton Place," “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," “The Big Circus," “Day of the Outlaw," “30," “The Big Show," “Love and Kisses" and "Swing Out, Sweet Land." In 1976, he costarred with his mother in "Smash-Up on Interstate 5."
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 11, An Afghan government delegation said a major coalition military operation under way in Kandahar has caused about 100 million dollars worth of damage to property. Operation Omaid, which started in April, was aimed to root out the Taliban in Kandahar.
    (AFP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, It was reported that the earliest known winery, dating back some 6,000 years, has been discovered in Armenia.
    (SFC, 1/11/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 11, In Australia thousands of people fled central Brisbane as the panicked city braced for its worst flooding in 120 years. Terrifying flash floods already left 10 dead and 78 missing nearby.
    (AFP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, Brazilian authorities said heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo nearly came to halt as flooding blocked traffic in some of the city's main thoroughfares.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, British lawmaker Eric Illsley (55) admitted dishonestly claiming more than 14,000 pounds (16,800 euros, 21,800 dollars) in expenses, becoming the first sitting MP to face jail over parliamentary allowances. Illsley confirmed the next day that he planned to stand down within the next month.
    (AFP, 1/11/11)(AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 11, China's radar-eluding stealth fighter, the J-20, made its first-known test flight, marking dramatic progress in the country's efforts to develop cutting-edge military technologies.
    (AP, 1/11/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.43)
2011        Jan 11, In China a mammoth 31-foot sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled off one side of Tiananmen Square. Three months later the statue was removed.
    (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-01/12/c_13687988.htm)(Econ, 12/17/11, p.72)
2011        Jan 11, Costa Rica accused Nicaragua of flagrantly breaching international law by putting troops on disputed land along the river that forms the two nations' border and asked the highest U.N. court to order their immediate withdrawal.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, In Egypt an off-duty Muslim police officer, Amer Ashour Abdel Zaher, opened fire on a train, killing one Christian (71) and wounding 5 others. Zaher was arrested after he fled the scene.
    (SFC, 1/12/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 11, German authorities ordered 140 pigs slaughtered after tests showed high levels of cancer-causing dioxin in swine at a farm near Verden that purchased tainted animal feed.
    (SFC, 1/12/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 11, Iran said it has arrested 10 people linked to Mossad in what it calls a "severe blow" to the Israeli spy agency.
    (AFP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, An Israeli military court extended the jail term of Palestinian activist Abdullah Abu Rahma by 16 months. Rahma has already served over a year in prison for organizing protests against Israel's security barrier.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, Japan said it plans to buy at least a fifth of the initial installment of the bonds being sold to finance Europe's bailout fund, which is aimed at rescuing Ireland.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, Laos opened its first stock exchange.
    (Econ, 1/15/11, p.46)
2011        Jan 11, The Palestinian Hamas movement in Gaza urged militants to halt their attacks, saying that continued violence would only invite Israeli reprisals. An Israeli airstrike killed a person riding a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, Portugal insisted it doesn't need a bailout and criticized its European partners for not doing enough to shield the euro from a debt crisis that has already forced Greece and Ireland to seek outside help.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, Police in Spain and France arrested two suspected members of ETA, suggesting the government in Madrid will keep up pressure on the violent Basque separatist group despite the latter's declaration of a permanent cease-fire.
    (AP, 1/11/11)
2011        Jan 11, Thailand's government approved a package of social welfare measures slammed by critics as populist handouts designed to woo voters in a key election year.
    (AP, 1/11/11)

2011        Jan 12, Democratic Illinois lawmakers beat a looming deadline and approved a 66% income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's crippling budget crisis.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Idaho lottery officials said Holly Lahti (29) was the co-winner of the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, the 2nd largest lottery jackpot in history. She will share the prize with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Wa.
    (SFC, 1/13/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 12, In Ohio Rev. Raleigh Trammell (73), former national chairman of the Southern Christian leadership Conference, was indicted on 51 charges that included grand theft, forgery and tampering with government records.
    (SFC, 1/13/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 12, A winter storm that shut down much of the US South churned up the coast, dumping snow across the Northeast. In Connecticut more than 2 feet of snow had fallen in some places.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, ITT Corp., which began making telephone equipment in 1920, announced plans to split itself into three publicly traded companies.
    (SFC, 1/13/11, p.D3)
2011        Jan 12, In Afghanistan attacks against the intelligence service and international forces killed at least nine people. A suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence service employees. The attack left at least two people dead and wounded more than 30. Two roadside bombs killed four international troops. A fifth international service member was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, and another died in the east from a "non-battle related injury. Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban operator in Behsud district of Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 12, In Australia floodwaters poured into the empty downtown of Australia's third-largest city after tearing a deadly path across the northeast, swamping neighborhoods in what could be Brisbane's most devastating floods in a century.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Brazilian authorities in Rio de Janeiro said at least 350 people died in three towns north of Rio following early morning mudslides.
    (AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 12, Colombian police assisted by US drug agents captured Julio Enrique Ayala Munoz, the chief go-between linking the country's cocaine suppliers and Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Munoz was wanted for extradition to New York on drug trafficking-related charges.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 12, A Danish cargo ship, the M/V Leopard, came under fire from pirates approaching in two skiffs. Since then, there's been no contact with the crew, four Filipinos and two Danes.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 12, A Dubai court gave a three-year jail sentence to a self-professed African wizard, a blacksmith from Chad, who claimed he could make millions of dollars rain from the sky in exchange for a modest payment to genies.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, In Egypt hundreds of Christians demonstrated near a Cairo slum, blocking a major highway and clashing with police following the Jan 11 shooting death of a Christian man.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Iran's opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, denounced the country's ruling system for being 'totalitarian' like the old Nazi and Soviet regimes, with lying to its people being its defining characteristic.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Israeli extradited to the US two suspected leaders of one of the country's most powerful crime families to face murder, drug and racketeering charges. US marshals escorted brothers Itzhak and Meir Abergil onto a plane to Los Angeles.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Ivory Coast security forces loyal to the sitting president, who is refusing to cede power, descended on an opposition stronghold and opened fire for the second time in as many days, only hours after opposition supporters had taken to the streets in protest.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Kuwait's PM Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah received a red carpet welcome on his first visit since Iraq's 1990 invasion of its oil-rich neighbor. Both sides pledged to redouble efforts to resolve issues from that conflict.
    (AFP, 1/12/11) 
2011        Jan 12, A Lebanese official said Hezbollah ministers and their allies have resigned from the 30-member Cabinet, bringing the government to the brink of collapse. 11 ministers of the March 8 opposition stepped down from the Cabinet over tensions stemming from a UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of a Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
    (AP, 1/12/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.50)
2011        Jan 12, Morocco’s interior minister said soldiers had turned a blind eye to the smuggling of weapons that were seized in the recent dismantlement of a terrorist cell with links to Qaida's North African branch. 5 Moroccan soldiers stationed in disputed Western Sahara were arrested for accepting kickbacks and allowing smuggled goods into the occupied territory.
    (AP, 1/12/11)(AFP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 12, Nigerian authorities presented Keiti Sese, aka Commander Noumekeme, to journalists. He said he surrendered because he wanted to become part of the amnesty program, though it was unclear whether he would be allowed since deadlines to do so have long passed. His gang in Bayelsa state has been suspected of sabotaging Chevron pipelines, as well as involvement in kidnappings and the illegal oil trade.
    (AFP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 12, North and South Korea restored an important cross-border communication channel, though South Korea still rejected North Korea's calls for talks to defuse high tensions.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, In Pakistan US VP Joe Biden tried to dispel what he called common anti-American misperceptions while urging the government to fight growing religious extremism. A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing 17 paramilitary soldiers and policemen.
    (Reuters, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Sri Lanka's government says five more people have died in widespread floods and mudslides, pushing the death toll to 18 from days of heavy rains.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Sudanese students demonstrating against rising food and petrol prices began 2 days of clashes with police in three towns in the mostly Arab north, including Khartoum.
    (Reuters, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 12, Tajikistan agreed to give away a portion of its territory to neighboring China in a bid to put an end to a land dispute dating back more than a century. Foreign Minister Khamrokon Zarifi portrayed it as a victory, saying China had initially claimed more than 11,000 square miles (28,000 square km).
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, In Tunisia police and protesters clashed in the center of the capital, Tunis, bringing unrest to the government's doorstep after nearly a month of deadly protests that pose the most serious challenge to the president's two decades of iron-fisted rule.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Pope Benedict XVI named a new archbishop for the Catholic church in Haiti on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed the bishop's predecessor along with dozens of other priests, seminarians and nuns. The Vatican said that Monsignor Guire Poulard, bishop of Les Cayes, is the new archbishop of Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/12/11)
2011        Jan 12, Vietnam’s Communist Party leaders acknowledged that rampant abuse of power is holding the country back, telling delegates during the opening of a key meeting that cleaning up corruption would help solve the country's economic woes.
    (AP, 1/12/11) 
2011        Jan 12, Yemen's president suspended his oil minister and the head of the national oil company over a fuel shortage that has forced people to queue at petrol stations.
    (AFP, 1/12/11)

2011        Jan 13, The US Treasury said it is launching a pilot program to deliver income tax refunds on debit cards for low- and moderate-income people who do not have traditional bank accounts.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Marc Knapp (35) of Simi Valley, Ca., accused of trying to export military equipment to Iran, pleaded guilty in federal court in Delaware to two felony counts involving violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Arms Export Control Act. Sentencing was set for May 23.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that temporarily raises Illinois income taxes by two-thirds, risking a political backlash against Democrats but gaining money to help drag state government out of the deepest budget hole in its history.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Edwin Edwards, former 4-term governor of Louisiana, was released from federal prison after serving over 8 years for fraud.
    (SFC, 1/14/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 13, In eastern Afghanistan a bomb in a marketplace killed a child outside a music cassette shop in Jalalabad. The Afghan fuel ministry said that Iran currently was allowing 1,000 tons of fuel to enter Afghanistan at three border crossings each day, compared with 3,000 to 4,000 tons daily before the trucks were blocked.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Algeria Mohsen Bouterfif doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire after a meeting with the mayor of the small city of Boukhadra who was unable to provide him a job and a house. Bouterfif died on of his burns on Jan 15.
    (Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 13, Thieves in Argentina stole $68,000 and 17,000 euros in cash that President Cristina Fernandez was to use on a trip to the Middle East.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 13, Australia's 3rd-largest city Brisbane resembled a "war zone" with whole suburbs under water and infrastructure smashed as the worst flood in decades hit 30,000 properties. The Brisbane River peaked at 4.5 meters. The flooding in Queensland left 28 people dead.
    (AP, 1/13/11)(SFC, 1/17/11, p.A2)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.45)
2011        Jan 13, Canada’s BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it has given India the means to access its Messenger service and reiterated that no changes could be made to allow monitoring of secure corporate emails.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Dominican Republic authorities resumed mass deportations of Haitian migrants after a brief lull, and government officers began demanding passports at bus stations as the country deals with a cholera scare.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, France's parliament gave final approval to a law forcing large companies to reserve at least 40 percent of their boardroom positions for women within six years.
    (Econ, 7/23/11, p.11)(http://tinyurl.com/447vuoy)
2011        Jan 13, In Germany a tanker loaded with sulfuric acid capsized on the Rhine river near St. Goarshausen and two crew members were missing. There were no indications that the load was leaking.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Guyana recognized Palestinian statehood, joining a string of other South American nations in a push for Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate a peace deal.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In India Tata Coffee Ltd, part of the Tata group conglomerate, and Starbucks said they have signed a pact to source coffee in India and explore opening local retail stores.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Iran's proposal for a tour of its nuclear sites floundered after China effectively rejected the invite and Russia cautioned such a trip could never replace UN inspections or talks between Tehran and world powers.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Iran’s state broadcaster website reported that Iran has hanged five men convicted of drug trafficking, taking to 33 the number of executions in 2011.
    (AFP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Iraq NP Joe Biden emphasized to Iraqi leaders that the US wants nothing more than for Iraq to be a free and democratic country in a daylong visit that officials said would focus on the departure of American troops from the country. Three bombings near mosques in central and northern Baghdad killed two people. Gunmen also killed a jewelry shop owner.
    (AP, 1/13/11)(AFP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Italy a court ruling partially stripped PM Silvio Berlusconi of political immunity.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 13, Italy's Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the overnight closure of a nearby airport. Its last major eruption was in 1992.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Ivory Coast mobs and security forces allied to leader Laurent Gbagbo attacked at least six UN vehicles, setting some ablaze and injuring two people in the latest round of violence.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, The collapse of Lebanon's government plunged the country into deep political uncertainty after a year of relative stability, as the president began the process of putting a new administration together.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Mexico 12 suspected drug cartel gunmen and two Mexican soldiers were killed in a shootout that lasted almost six hours in the Veracruz state capital of Xalapa.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 13, Nicaragua suspended three federal judges and put them under investigation for ordering the release of 10 alleged drug traffickers.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In northwest Pakistan suspected militants targeted a police vehicle and a security checkpoint with bombs, killing four officers and wounding nine others.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Pakistan Geo news TV journalist Wail Babar (28) was shot dead as he left work in Karachi. He had reported on drugs, crime, militancy and deadly turf struggles between the city's main political parties. On March 1, 2014, a court convicted five men of his murder. One of the men convicted, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, said in a videotaped confession posted on YouTube that he had been asked to follow Babar home from work by an activist from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the party that rules Karachi. MQM denied any link to Khan or the other killers.
    (Reuters, 3/1/14)
2011        Jan 13, A Palestinian minister said Gaza's Hamas rulers will ensure a truce on rocket fire against Israel is protected, a day after militant factions agreed to a period of calm.
    (AFP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced that online retailer Amazon is to create 950 full-time jobs at two Scottish locations.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, A Somaliland judge sentenced a German man to four years in jail for making pornographic films and pictures in Somalia. Gunter Pischof Albert (72) was ordered jailed and fined him $10,000. A woman (23) was also sentenced to one year in jail and fined $880.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In South Korea prize-winning director Park Chan-wook's said his latest film, "Night Fishing," was filmed using 10 Apple iPhone 4s, three of which he himself controlled.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, South Sudan's independence vote cleared two major hurdles after former president Jimmy Carter gave the poll his endorsement and organizers said high turnout meant the result would be binding. Former US president Jimmy Carter said that Khartoum wants all of Sudan's $39-billion debt forgiven, saying he had erred in earlier saying it was ready to assume the south's share.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)(AFP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Sudan 3 Bulgarians flying aircraft for the World Food Program were kidnapped in the western Darfur region.
    (AP, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, In Tunisia rioters hurled stones at trams and government buildings in Tunis in defiance of increasingly tough government attempts to quash more than three weeks of rioting by youths angry about joblessness.
    (AP, 1/13/11)

2011        Jan 14, The Obama administration ended a high-tech border fence project that cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion but did little to improve security. Congress ordered the high-tech fence along the border with Mexico in 2006 amid a clamor over the porous border, but it yielded only 53 miles of protection.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, US Pres. Obama issued a directive relaxing the rules on travel and remittances to Cuba. It allowed Americans to send up to $2000 a year to ordinary Cubans.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.47)
2011        Jan 14, In San Bernadino, Ca., 3 people were electrocuted, one after the other, as a wife and son attempted to rescue Steven Vego (43), each coming in contact with a 12,000-volt power line that had fallen over in their backyard.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, In New Jersey police officer Christopher Matlosz (27) was shot and killed by Jahmell Crockam (19), known by the street name “Sav," short for “Savage." A SWAT team arrested Crockam in Camden on Jan 16. On March 22, 2012, Crockam was sentenced to life in prison. New Jersey repealed capital punishment in 2007.
    (SSFC, 1/16/11, p.A9)(SFC, 1/17/11, p.A5)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.A7)
2011        Jan 14, In Tennessee an 8,000-pound elephant named Edie (26) backed  Knoxville zoo trainer Stephanie James (33) into a wall and crushed her to death.
    (Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 14, In southern Afghanistan insurgents detonated a roadside bomb that killed seven civilians they had released only moments earlier following a brief detention on a highway in Zabul province. NATO said in a statement that its regional command in the south had received more than 800 claims for compensation since Nov. 2 and that it had settled more than half, paying out a total of $1.4 million.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Albanian Deputy PM Ilir Meta resigned, saying he wanted to fight allegations of corruption, after the release of a videotape appearing to show him lobbying for favors.
    (Reuters, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Belarus state-controlled media accused the intelligence services of Germany and Poland of trying to organize a coup during last month's presidential election.
    (Reuters, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Brazil grieving mudslide survivors carried the bodies of loved ones for hours down washed-out mountainsides as the death toll hit 514.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, BP and Russian state-run firm Rosneft unveiled an agreement to swap shares and launch a joint venture to exploit the Arctic's vast untouched energy resources. BP’s share in Rosneft would increase to 10.8% and Rosneft would get 5% of BP. Critics held that BP was buying stolen goods.
    (AFP, 1/15/11)(Econ, 1/22/11, p.74)
2011        Jan 14, A Chinese court announced it will retry a farmer sentenced to life in prison for evading highway tolls after a massive public outcry over his heavy punishment. Farmer Shi Jianfeng had been convicted of fraud and sentenced to life in prison for using fake military license plates and uniforms to deceive toll collectors and avoid paying over $530,000 in tolls. A judge and two court officials were soon suspended in a probe into Jianfeng’s life sentence.
    (http://www3.washingtontimes.com/topics/shi-jianfeng/)(AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 14, In China Liu Huaqing (95), the father of the modern Chinese navy, died.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Haiti violence flared in Port-au-Prince with witnesses reporting gunfire. The trouble flared the morning after international election experts formally handed over a report calling for Jude Celestin to withdraw from the delayed runoff round in the presidential race, because of alleged vote-rigging. A 30-year-old Haitian was killed during a gunbattle between police and protesters.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In India a senior government official said the government will reduce its enormous military presence in the Kashmir region by 25% if anti-Indian violence there ends.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In southern India more 102 pilgrims were killed and 44 injured in a stampede following a religious festival in Kerala state.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Indonesia a group armed with guns and arrows attacked an army post in Papua, and one Papuan was killed and another wounded in the exchange.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Iraq a dozen terror suspects disguised in police uniforms broke out of a jail in Basra, prompting a manhunt across the nation's south for what officials called a dangerous group of top-ranking insurgents linked to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, An Israeli newspaper reported that the army is to begin collecting weapons from Jewish settlers as a result of the calm in the West Bank and over fears they may be used against Palestinians.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Italy’s PM Berlusconi learned that he had been placed under investigation for paying for sex with an underage prostitute, Karima el-Mahroug (known as Ruby), and abusing his position by trying to cover it up.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.63)
2011        Jan 14, The UN peace mission to Nepal ended after a four-year engagement that helped end a communist insurgency.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Nigeria's former anti-corruption czar, Nuhu Ribadu, who won international acclaim for seeking charges against members of the oil-rich nation's political elite, was chosen as the presidential candidate of the country's strongest opposition party. President Goodluck Jonathan won his ruling party's primary.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AFP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, A Rwandan military court handed jail terms of between 20 and 24 years to four former comrades-in-arms of Pres. Paul Kagame, tried in absentia for threatening state security. They had accused Kagame of being authoritarian, corrupt and driving the country back towards a conflict on the same scale as the 1994 massacres. On Jan 16 all four  dismissed as politically motivated the heavy jail terms, and accused Kagame of misusing justice to target his foes.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)(AFP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 14, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said 27 people have died in the floods and mudslides, including four whose deaths were reported today. 12 more were missing. The UN said it will appeal for emergency flood aid for Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, The Swiss National Bank said it expects its loss in 2010 to reach 21 billion Swiss francs, as the country's strengthening currency pared down the bank's foreign currency holdings.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Tunisian police fired rounds of tear gas at thousands of protesters in the capital after some climbed atop the roof of the Interior Ministry, a symbol of the iron-fisted government they want to oust. Tunisian President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali stepped aside after failing to quell the worst anti-government unrest in his two decades in power. The official death toll in the riots was 23, but opposition leaders put the figure at three times that. Medical workers reported another 13 new deaths and over 50 injuries from the previous day alone. PM Mohammed Ghannouchi went on state television to say he is assuming power. Ben Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, fled to Saudi Arabia. The Trabelsi and Ben Ali's families were said to have a stake in Tunisian banks and airlines, car dealerships, Internet providers, radio and television stations, industry and big retailers.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 14, Venezuela’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that 56-year-old Gloria Rojas Valencia, a drug suspect alleged to belong to Mexico's Zetas drug gang and wanted by a US court, was detained in Caracas this week.
    (AP, 1/14/11)

2011        Jan 15, The United States passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time high, more than $14 trillion. The debt level represents a $45,300 tab for each and everyone in the country.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Nebraska's Teresa Scanlan (17) was named Miss America becoming the youngest winner ever in the pageant's history after a night of being judged for poise, talent, fitness and knowledge.
    (Reuters, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Republican Bill Haslam (52), former executive for the Pilot chain of truck stops and former mayor of Knoxville, was sworn in as governor of Tennessee. He replaced Democrat Phil Bredeson, who could not run for re-election due to term limits.
    (SSFC, 1/16/11, p.A9)
2011        Jan 15, In southern Afghanistan a US Marine shot and killed an Afghan policeman after an argument at a patrol base in Sangin, Helmand province. A joint Afghan and NATO force killed several armed insurgents while tracking a Taliban operator in Nirkh district of Wardak province, west of Kabul. 13 militants were killed in the operation. A bicycle bomb targeting police vehicles near the center of Kandahar city wounded at least 10 people. 6 civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province and six died after an air strike by foreign forces in mountainous eastern Kunar.
    (AP, 1/15/11)(Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 15, Argentina's government said it would take steps to ensure mills and exporters paid fixed local wheat prices to farmers and punish those that did not, as it braced for a growers strike over export quotas.
    (Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 15, In eastern Bangladesh 10 policemen were killed when their jeep collided head-on with a truck.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Three former Church of England bishops who are opposed to the consecration of women bishops were ordained as Roman Catholic priests, the first traditionalist Anglicans to take up an offer by Pope Benedict.
    (Reuters, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, British actress Susannah York (72), one of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died in London. She received an Oscar nomination in 1970 for her role in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and also appeared in the classic "A Man For All Seasons" before going on to play Christopher Reeve's biological mother in the Superman series of movies.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 15, The EU raised pressure on Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo to step down, freezing assets of the country's cocoa-exporting ports, its state oil firm and three banks.
    (Reuters, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, German authorities banned 934 more farms from selling eggs, poultry and pork after finding out that a company had hidden its deliveries of possibly dioxin contaminated livestock feed.
    (SSFC, 1/16/11, p.A4) 
2011        Jan 15, In Hungary three young women died in a stampede at the West-Balkan nightclub in downtown Budapest. Thousands of people were caught up in the stampede and the victims may have been trampled by the rushing crowd.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 15, In Iran several international envoys, but crucially none from the world powers, got a look inside an Iranian nuclear site as part of a tour the Islamic Republic hopes will build support before a new round of talks on its disputed atomic activities. Ambassadors to the UN atomic energy agency from Egypt, Cuba, Syria, Algeria, Venezuela, Oman and the Arab League arrived in Tehran and visited the unfinished heavy water reactor near Arak.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Iran said it has determined that two pilotless spy planes it claims to have shot down were operated by the United States, and offered to put them on public display. A day later Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid, acting chief of the country's armed forces said "the planes were shot down outside of Iran's airspace."
    (AP, 1/15/11)(AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 15, The prime ministers of Iraq and Syria agreed to boost cooperation in security and economic affairs during talks aimed at improving relations strained by Baghdad's allegations that the Syrians were harboring Iraqi insurgents.
    (AP, 1/15/11) 
2011        Jan 15, In Iraq 2 US troops were killed by an Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled real bullets into a training exercise in Mosul and opened fire. The shooter was immediately killed by American soldiers. Another American soldier was killed during an unrelated military operation in central Iraq.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, In Mexico Cmdr. Raul Espinoza and a guard were kidnapped about 5 a.m. in Boca del Rio, just south of the port city of Veracruz.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, In southwest Pakistan gunmen attacked tankers carrying fuel for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan as they sat parked at a roadside restaurant, setting 14 of the vehicles ablaze.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Somali pirates seized a South Korean freighter with 21 crew members in the Arabian Sea.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, In central South Africa 20 people died when a burst tire sent a passenger bus out of control and caused it to veer into a muddy stream.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, In South Sudan voters began celebrating after the end of a weeklong independence referendum.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said 11 more people were reported dead, raising the death toll to 38 with four others missing and 51 injured.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Tunisia swore in a new interim president, the second change of power in this North African nation in less than 24 hours, and grappled with looting, deadly prison riots and chaos in the streets after protests forced the country's leader to flee. At least 42 people were killed in a prison fire in a resort town and the director of another prison let 1,000 inmates flee after a deadly rebellion. Interim president, Fouad Mebazaa (77), the former president of the lower house of parliament, ordered the creation of a unity government that could include the opposition.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called for conciliation between political rivals and told recently elected lawmakers he was willing to sharply reduce the period of time he has to enact laws by decree.
    (AP, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 16, The 68th Golden Globes ceremony gave 4 awards to the film “The Social Network," best picture (drama), best director, best screenplay and best score. Natalie Portman won best actress for her role in “Black Swan." Colin Firth won best actor for his role in “The King’s Speech."
    (SFC, 1/17/11, p.D1)
2011        Jan 16, In northern Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a car carrying nine people to a wedding in Baghlan province, killing everyone inside including a child. A joint Afghan and NATO force killed 3 more militants in Wardak province.
    (Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, In Brazil survivors of mudslides that have killed 611 carried food, water and blankets to friends, neighbors and relatives still stranded in remote, stricken villages.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Chinese President Hu Jintao, ahead of a visit to Washington, urged an end to a "zero sum" Cold War relationship with the United States and proposed new cooperation, but resisted US arguments about why China should let its currency strengthen.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 16, France's far-right National Front party elected the daughter of its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, as its new leader, who says she wants to broaden the appeal of a party known best for its anti-immigration, anti-Islam platform.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Greek authorities said a ship carrying a reported 263 migrants has sunk west of the island of Corfu and 22 passengers are missing. The passengers in the ship were rescued by a Dutch cargo ship about seven hours after the call that alerted the coast guard. The ship's captain reported he took 241 people on board and that the Italy-bound Hasan Reis sank.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier (59) returned to Haiti after nearly 25 years in exile. The human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued statements urging Haiti to hold Duvalier accountable for the torture and killing of civilians during his 15-year rule.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 16, The Int’l. Campaign for Human Rights said Iran has hanged at least 47 prisoners since Jan 1.
    (SFC, 1/17/11, p.A2) 
2011        Jan 16, In Iraq a bomb planted near offices of the military wing of one of Iraq's dominant Shiite political parties exploded, killing one worker and wounding three people. The afternoon bomb followed two earlier explosions in Baghdad that police and health officials said wounded 10 people during the morning rush hour.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Israeli authorities said they are moving ahead with a new proposal to build 1,400 apartments in a contested part of Jerusalem, enraging Palestinians who denounced the plan as another settler land grab.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, A Mauritania court sentenced three women for keeping children in slave-like conditions. The women included the mothers of the two girls, 10 and 14, and were convicted of negligence and of participating in the exploitation of minors for selling their children. Each woman was given six months' imprisonment. Mauritania outlawed slavery in 2007.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, In Mexico City Juan Vasconcelos, a reputed local gang assassin, killed 8 people. He had allegedly gone on a cocaine- and alcohol-fueled killing spree that ended with his arrest in February. His first attack left five people dead on Jan. 8. Another killed eight people Jan. 16 and the third left seven dead Feb. 13.
    (AP, 4/3/11)
2011        Jan 16, In Paraguay a bomb injured five people just before midnight in the third bombing in a week. It raised alarm about increasing activity by the self-styled Paraguayan People's Army. The leftist guerrilla group EPP soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 16, A group of Saudi activists launched a campaign, named My Country, to push the kingdom to allow women to run in upcoming municipal election, scheduled this spring.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Southern Sudan's Pres. Salva Kiir offered a prayer of forgiveness for northern Sudan and the killings that occurred during a two-decade civil war, as the first results from a weeklong independence referendum showed an overwhelming vote for secession.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer is planning to handover to WikiLeaks two CDs containing data of around 2,000 bank clients who may have been evading taxes, according to an interview published today.
    (AFP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Syria’s first American ambassador since 2005 arrived in Damascus at a time of regional turmoil and with Syrian-US relations still mired in mutual distrust.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Tunisian authorities struggled to restore order, arresting the top presidential security chief and trying to stop gunfights that erupted across the capital. One clash broke out near Tunisia's main opposition party building, another by the dreaded Interior Ministry.
    (AP, 1/16/11)

2011        Jan 17, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was inaugurated. After the official inaugural ceremony he said "Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."
    (AP, 1/18/11)\
2011        Jan 17, Don Kirshner (b.1934), veteran music mogul, died in Boca Raton, Fla. His TV show “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert" ran from 1973-1982.
    (SFC, 1/19/11, p.A8)
2011        Jan 17, John Ross (b.1938), US poet, author, journalist and political activist who lived in Mexico and wrote extensively on its leftist political movements, died of liver cancer. His books included "Rebellion from the Roots: Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas." 
    (AP, 1/18/11)(SFC, 1/19/11, p.C5)
2011        Jan 17, Brazil's army on sent 700 soldiers to help throw a lifeline to desperate neighborhoods that have been cut off from food, water or help in recovering bodies since mudslides killed at least 700 people.
    (AP, 1/17/11)(Reuters, 1/17/11)(AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 17, British drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline said it expects to be hit by a total legal charge of £2.2 billion linked to its former blockbuster diabetes product Avandia, sparking a sharp drop in its shares.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, promised Indonesia it will meet the country's request to filter out pornographic content on its smartphones in the next four days.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, China’s state media said thousands of villagers angry at government plans to build an artificial island in southern China forced the project's suspension last week, clashing with workers and smashing vehicles.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Two men set themselves on fire in Egypt and Mauritania, raising to three the number of self-immolation attempts apparently influenced by a similar action in Tunisia that helped trigger a popular uprising. In Cairo Abdou Abdel-Monaam Hamadah (48) was taken to the hospital with light burns. In Nouakchott Yacoub Ould Dahoud (43) torched himself in his car and was rushed to a hospital.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Iranian officials confirmed that the stoning to death sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani (43) has been suspended. She still faced a prison sentence for acting as an accessory to the murder of her husband.
    (SFC, 1/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 17, The governor of Iraq's western Anbar province survived at least a fourth assassination attempt in just over a year, escaping unharmed a suicide attack that left six people wounded in Ramadi. Tamim provincial Gov. Abdul-Rahman Mustafa said an electricity dispute with the central government has spurred him to cut the power supply to Baghdad emanating from his oil-rich region. A US soldier died in an incident in northern Iraq unrelated to combat.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly announced that he was leaving the Labor Party, dividing the movement that has dominated Israeli politics for decades and setting off a chain reaction that cast new doubts over troubled peace efforts with the Palestinians.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Japanese researchers said they will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology to bring the ancient pachyderm back to life in around five years time.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Kuwait’s state news reported that ruling Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah is marking several key anniversaries by handing out $3559 grants and free food coupons for every citizen.
    (SFC, 1/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 17, In Lebanon a long-awaited indictment was released in the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The indictment was sealed and its contents will likely not become public for weeks. But the court is widely expected to accuse members of Hezbollah of being involved in the killing, something the Shiite militant group has insisted it will not accept.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 17, In Mexico 14 inmates broke out from a jail after escaping through a hole in a wall in the northern border state of Chihuahua. A vehicle charged the metal gate of the Aquiles Serdan Social Rehabilitation Center to pick up the prisoners. 5 were caught, along with three suspected accomplices, following air and ground searches by police. Police said 8 people have died in a shootout among drug dealers in a poor suburb of Mexico City.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)(SFC, 1/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 17, Mozambique officially received its new $70-million (€53-million) national sports stadium from the Chinese government after a series of false starts delayed its completion.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17,  In northwestern Pakistan a bomb ripped apart a minibus, killing all 17 people on board and two others in a nearby vehicle.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, In Somalia mortars fired at the Somali parliament missed the building but killed four civilians in Mogadishu. A village elder said eight people died of hunger-related illnesses in the southern village of Torotorow and the surrounding areas.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, South Africa's Cooperative Governance Ministry said at least 40 people have been killed or gone missing following heavy rains from late December through most of January and that thousands of homes in neighboring Mozambique have been destroyed.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, Angry Swiss lawmakers called for the ouster of US diplomats suspected of illegally spying on people around their diplomatic missions, in a standoff over the use of counterterrorism measures.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 17, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed to publish secret details of offshore accounts after Rudolf Elmer, a Swiss banking whistleblower, handed over data on 2,000 purportedly tax-dodging individuals and firms.
    (AFP, 1/17/11)(SSFC, 1/23/11, p.A5) 
2011        Jan 17, Tunisia's PM Mohamed Ghannouchi announced a national unity government, hoping to quell simmering unrest following the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali amid huge street protests.
    (AP, 1/17/11)

2011        Jan 18, President Barack Obama ordered a government-wide review of regulations with the goal of eliminating those that hurt job creation and make the economy less competitive.
    (Reuters, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, The city of Camden, NJ, laid off 335 workers, about one-sixth of its employees as city leaders sought to balance the budget amid falling tax revenue and diminishing aid from the state.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Philadelphia Gas Works employee, Mark Keeley (19), was killed in a gas main explosion. 6 people were sent to the hospital with 3 in critical condition.
    (SFC, 1/20/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 18, Sargent Shriver (95), first director of the US Peace Corps (1961), died in Maryland.
    (SFC, 1/19/11, p.A9)
2011        Jan 18, In Stanislaus County, Ca., Jose Esteban Rodriguez (27), kidnapped Juliani Cardenas (4), the son of his girlfriend, from the arms of the boy’s grandmother and fled in a Toyota car. A witness saw the car plunge into a canal with a man and boy inside. Authorities found the car on Jan 28 in a canal near Patterson. On Feb 1 the child’s body was found in the Delta-Mendota canal about 30 miles south of Patterson. Tabitha Cardenas was pregnant with Rodriguez’s daughter. On Feb 12 the body of Rodriguez was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal near Patterson.
    (SFC, 2/2/11, p.C3)(SSFC, 2/13/11, p.C9)
2011        Jan 18, Afghanistan's trade associations said they have halted trade with neighboring Iran to protest against an unexplained fuel blockade which has been choking the Afghan economy. An Afghan soldier shot dead one Italian troop and seriously wounded another at an army post in northern Afghanistan. 50 Taliban fighters laid down their arms and joined pro-government forces in northern Afghanistan. A rocket hit a civilian house during a firefight between insurgents and NATO forces in Herat province. One child was killed and another 10 people were wounded.
    (Reuters, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/19/11)(Reuters, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 18, In Afghanistan an unknown assailant in Kabul sprayed acid in the face of a Razaq Mamoon, a prominent journalist and author, apparently in retaliation for his politically charged writing. Mamoon was not critically injured, but his face was splotchy with red and black patches.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 18, Algeria’s El Khabar daily said a father-of-six became the fifth Algerian to turn himself into a human fireball this week, in a replica of the immolation protest that triggered the president's ouster in neighboring Tunisia.
    (AFP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, In Australia the city of Horsham, Victoria state, resembled a lake after the Wimmera River overflowed its banks and bisected the community before starting to recede. The weekslong flooding crisis has left 30 people dead.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, In Egypt Ahmed Hashem el-Sayed (25), an unemployed man, died in a hospital after setting himself on fire the previous evening in the port city of Alexandria. Two men attempted to set themselves on fire in downtown Cairo. Both survived.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said he is extending a state of siege in a violent province on the border with Mexico that has been taken over by Mexico's brutal Zetas drug gang. A monthlong state of siege that began on Dec. 19 in Alta Verapaz province has been successful but that he'll extend it an extra month.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Haitian prosecutors slapped a slew of corruption charges on Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, under 48 hours after the ex-dictator's unexpected return to his homeland. He remained free after four hours of questioning.
    (AFP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 18, In western India a major fire on the outskirts of Mumbai burned nearly 10,500 gallons (40,000 liters) of lubricant oil at a depot of state-owned Indian Oil Corporation.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said that the ration of gasoline costing just 1,000 rials per liter (about 10 US cents, or $0.38 per US gallon) would be zero from the next Iranian month, which starts on January 21.
    (Reuters, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits, killing at least 65 people in Tikrit.
    (AP, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 18, Israeli police arrested Aleksander Cvetkovic, a former Bosnian Serb soldier. He was suspected by Bosnian authorities to be a member of an eight-man firing squad involved in executing between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian Muslims at the Branjevo Farm in July 1995. In 2013 He was extradited to face trial in Bosnia.
    (AP, 1/18/11)(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A2)
2011        Jan 18, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian on the Gaza border after militants set off a bomb.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 18, Ivory Coast security forces loyal to the incumbent leader who refuses to give up power opened fire killing at least one person, as military chiefs from neighboring nations met to plan a possible armed intervention to depose Laurent Gbagbo.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Jordan’s powerful Islamist opposition said Jordanians should be able to elect their prime minister and other government officials rather than having them appointed in a rare challenge to Jordan's political system.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, A Luxembourg official said the country will invest a large sum in Burkina Faso to help alleviate poverty in the landlocked West African nation.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Mexico's federal police said they have arrested Flavio Mendez Santiago (35), a founding member of the brutal Zetas drug cartel. He controlled drug smuggling routes and the kidnapping of Central American migrants in southern Mexico. Police found five mutilated bodies outside the wealthy city of Monterrey, part of a series of attacks that killed 23 people and dragged the region deeper into Mexico's drug war.
    (AP, 1/18/11)(Reuters, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, The US Peace Corps said it has suspended its operations in Niger and evacuated all 98 of its volunteers from the west African nation due to security concerns following the kidnapping and murder of two French citizens claimed by an al-Qaida affiliate.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 18, Pakistani paramilitary troops went house to house rounding up dozens of men in a restive neighborhood of Karachi as part of a crackdown on soaring violence. A US drone attacked a compound in North Waziristan, killing five militants. Suspected militants in South Waziristan fired rockets at a military camp, killing three soldiers. A roadside bomb exploded near a car, killing two civilians in southwest Baluchistan province.
    (AFP, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, In Pakistan a 7.2 magnitude earthquake was centered in Baluchistan province.
    (SFC, 1/19/11, p.A3)
2011        Jan 18, Palestinians welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the West Bank. Medvedev gave a political boost to the Palestinians, backing their claim to east Jerusalem as a capital and their demand that Israel must freeze all settlement construction before peace talks can resume.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Paraguay granted political refugee status to Mario Cossio, a key opponent of Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales, sheltering him from corruption charges across the border. Cossio fled Bolivia last month after provincial lawmakers allied with Morales ousted him as governor of the natural gas-rich state of Tarija due to charges of dereliction of duty and causing economic damage.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Negotiators from the Philippines government and communist rebels agreed to resume peace talks after informal meetings in Norway.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Philippine disaster authorities said stormy weather since late December has killed 56 people and left at least 19 missing, mostly fishermen lost in rough seas.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Rwanda said police will begin cracking down on those degrading the environment as part of their widened jurisdiction to shore up ecological protection.
    (AFP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, The South Korean commandos aboard a speedboat and a Lynx helicopter were dispatched to rescue a Mongolian ship from Somali pirates. The firefight left several pirates missing and believed killed.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 18, South Sudan appealed for investors to plough $140 million into its war-hit wildlife parks, seeking to kick-start a tourism industry and wean itself off oil months ahead of its expected independence.
    (Reuters, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, A court in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia suspended a ban by the city of Lleida on face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. The ban was suspended while the court studies an appeal lodged by a Muslim association. Only about 3 percent of Lleida's population is Muslim and only a handful of women actually wear body-covering burqas or face-covering niqab garments.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Spanish police said they have arrested 25 people, including Spaniards and Colombians, and dismantled what they claim is the biggest and most sophisticated cocaine laboratory known to date in Europe. The operation began Dec. 7 and followed two years of investigations.
    (AP, 1/18/11) 
2011        Jan 18, Sudanese security forces arrested Hassan Turabi, Sudan's top Islamist opposition leader, overnight after he called for a Tunisia-style uprising in the country. Around eight other members of Turabi's Islamic Popular Congress Party also were arrested.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Taiwan publicly test-fired 19 missiles. Six of the 19 surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles failed in drills. The tests were the first held in full view of the press for almost a decade.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Four ministers quit Tunisia's day-old government, undermining its hopes of quelling unrest by sharing power with members of the opposition to the old regime.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, It was reported that around 187,000 women in Turkey are in polygamous marriages even though polygamy is illegal.
    (AFP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, A Yemeni court official said Sanaa State Security Court has sentenced Abdel Elah al-Shaia, a journalist who interviewed the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in 2009, to five years in prison for his ties to the extremist group. The same court also sentenced Abdel Karim al-Shami, a technician, to two years in prison for helping al-Shaia.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Vietnam's Communist elite selected a new party boss, after a week of secret meetings at which politicians jockeyed for power before choosing a moderate now tasked with trying to sustain country's explosive growth.
    (AP, 1/18/11)

2011        Jan 19, President Barack Obama announced a deal to step up cooperation with China on nuclear security. The United States and China reached agreement on export deals worth $45 billion. The agreements included a $19 billion deal with Boeing in which China will purchase 200 Boeing aircraft. The deals were announced at the formal start of a four-day state visit to the US by Chinese President Hu Jintao. President Barack Obama issued a finely tuned call for greater respect for human rights in his speech to welcome his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.
    (AP, 1/19/11)(Reuters, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, Luigi Manocchio, the reputed head of New England's Patriarca crime family, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    (AP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 19, Peter Egner (b.1922), an alleged member of a WWII Nazi death squad, died in Seattle, Wa., of natural causes.
    (SFC, 2/2/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 19, In eastern Afghanistan a total of 13 civilians including children and women were killed by a Taliban-style roadside bomb in Paktika province. A roadside bomb in southern Zabul province killed four border police officers who were patrolling the area. Pres. Karzai’s office said he would defer by a month the already delayed inauguration of parliament. Legislators said they start their work unilaterally.
    (AFP, 1/19/11)(AP, 1/19/11)(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A3)
2011        Jan 19, An Algerian court charged Ali Belhadj, the former number two in the country's banned Islamic Salvation Front, with harming state security and inciting an armed rebellion. He was arrested during the January 6-9 protests against high inflation.
    (AFP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, In Algeria 3 people attempted suicide by fire, bringing the total number of such actions to eight in a week, in a replica of protests that ousted the president of neighboring Tunisia.
    (AFP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, The World Bank said it will lend Brazil $485 million for rebuilding and disaster prevention efforts following devastating mudslides. At least 207 people were still missing as the death toll from the disaster in a scenic mountain region reached 741.
    (AFP, 1/19/11)(Reuters, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 19, Canadian officials said police have arrested Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, a man accused of helping stage suicide bomb attacks in Iraq, including one that killed five US soldiers in Mosul in april 2009. He was also accused of helping with an attack on an Iraqi police station in March 2009 that killed seven people.
    (Reuters, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 19, The European Commission, which regulates the trading of carbon emissions certificates, shut the carbon credit trading system down following a spate of computer attacks that stole certificates worth about $62 million. The shutdown was expected to last a week.
    (SFC, 1/20/11, p.D3)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.88)
2011        Jan 19, In western France Laetitia Perrais, an 18-year-old waitress, disappeared after her restaurant shift in Pornic. Officials later filed preliminary charges against suspect Tony Meilhon (31), recently out of prison with 15 convictions on his record, for the "kidnapping followed by death." On Feb 3 Pres. Sarkozy said: "Our duty is to protect society from these monsters." The president's incautious comments about the suspect, and his complaints of incompetence in the legal system, sparked a revolt among judges, prosecutors and lawyers.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Jan 19, India’s Supreme Court asked the government to release more details on how rich Indians stash money abroad to evade taxes.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.51)
2011        Jan 19, Iran hanged 10 drug smugglers in a prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, taking to 45 the number of executions in the Islamic republic since the start of this year according to an AFP count based on media reports.
    (AFP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, In Iraq a suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed ambulance crashed through the front gate of an Iraqi guard force headquarters in Baqouba, killing at least 13 people, wounding 74 and toppling a building. Another suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed belt among a group of Shiite pilgrims walking to holy sites to observe a major religious ritual next week. 2 people were killed and 15 were injured.
    (AP, 1/19/11)(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 19, Dhyan Or, the Israel director of the global anti-mining advocacy group Roots of Peace, said there are half a million mines in the Jordan Valley, an area prone to floods. He warned that land mines could drift from the fenced areas, and that overzealous worshippers could stray from the marked paths.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, Italy’s the national statistics office said one in five young Italians, or more than 2 million people, are not studying nor working, the highest percentage of "idle" youths in the European Union.
    (Reuters, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, In Mexico Leonardo Vazquez, alias "El Pachis," a suspected top operative of the brutal Zetas drug cartel, died during a confrontation with security forces in Poza Rica city, Veracruz state. Two other suspected members of the drug cartel were taken into custody. Gunmen toting high-powered weapons shot dead two police officers, a man and a woman, in Guadalupe, a suburb of the industrial city of Monterrey. Juan Miguel "El Boxer" Valle Beltran was arrested after the shootout in the seaside city of Playas de Rosarito. He was arrested with 13 suspected underlings.
    (AP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 19, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg launched a $51 million appeal to help Sri Lankans recover from deadly floods as she began a 3-day visit to the island.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, Sudanese police clashed with protesters demanding the release of opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, who was detained after he called for a "popular revolution" over price rises and political demands.
    (Reuters, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, Switzerland's federal council said it has agreed to freeze any assets of Tunisia's ousted president and the incumbent leader of Ivory Coast.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, In southern Thailand four soldiers were killed in an attack on their post by at least 20 armed men. The attackers also set fire to two shelters in the base and took away an unknown number of M16 assault rifles in Narathiwat province.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, In Tunisia hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Tunis to demand the dismissal from the new coalition government of ministers associated with ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. A Tunisian prosecutor opened an investigation into the overseas assets of the ousted president and his deeply resented family. The government moved to give legal status to three parties barred under the previous administration and freed a dissident journalist, Fahem Boukadous, sentenced to four years in prison last year for his work.
    (AP, 1/19/11)(AFP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 19, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to deploy 2,000 additional peacekeepers to Ivory Coast, where the incumbent president has refused to relinquish his post to the man internationally recognized as the legitimate leader.
    (AP, 1/19/11)
2011        Jan 19, In Vietnam reporter Le Hoang Hung (50) suffered burns on about half his body following an attack in his house while he was sleeping. Hung died of his injuries on Jan 29. His wife Tran Thi Thuy Lieu (40) was taken into police custody on Feb 22.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(AP, 1/29/11)(AP, 2/23/11)

2011        Jan 20, US FBI agents dealt another major blow to New York's five Mafia crime families by arresting some 127 suspected mobsters throughout the Northeast on charges including murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.29)
2011        Jan 20, The United States resumed the deportation of Haitians for the first time since the devastating earthquake that struck the poor Caribbean nation last year.
    (Reuters, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 20, The US national Reconnaissance Office launched a classified defense satellite on a 235-foot Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
    (SFC, 1/20/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 20, In California regents of the Univ. of Cal. awarded hundreds of employees over $4 million in incentive pay and raises one day after UC Pres. mark Yudof said US would need to close a $1 billion budget gap next year.
    (SFC, 1/20/11, p.C1)
2011        Jan 20, In Florida a shootout erupted in the Liberty City section of Miami leaving 2 police officers and suspect Johnny Simms (22) dead.
    (SFC, 1/20/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 20, The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan said in an online post that Bekkay Harrach, known by the pseudonym Abu Talha al-Almani, "Abu Talha the German," was killed leading an attack on the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. It didn't specify when.
    (AP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 20, In Australia a surging river flooded and isolated Kerang, Victoria state, the latest community hit in the deadly flood disaster, straining a levee serving as the main protection between the muddy waters and residents' homes. The flooding shut down much of Queensland's lucrative coal industry and has caused 30 deaths.
    (AP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 20, Dubai media reported that undercover agents have wrapped up a real sting operation, finding devices that delivered electric shocks to camels to make them run faster in races. Small vibrating robot "jockeys" were being used atop camels for racing in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 20, Egypt's highest Islamic authority, al-Azhar, said it was freezing all dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church over what it called Pope Benedict's repeated insults toward Islam.
    (Reuters, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 20, WWF officials said Gabon has arrested five people, four Nigerians and a woman from Benin. who were found with the heads of 12 chimpanzees and an endangered gorilla. The seizure was the largest of its kind in a decade.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 20, Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ordered the military to stop and search UN vehicles, the latest escalation of hostilities between the man who refuses to leave office and the global body that declared his rival the election winner.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 20, In Kenya photos on the front page of Daily Nation, Kenya's largest newspaper, showed shocking images of what appeared to be undercover police shooting three compliant suspects at point-blank range in the middle of the day on a busy Nairobi highway. 3 police officers were suspended and placed under investigation.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A2) 
2011        Jan 20, In Iraq 56 people were killed in triple suicide bombings at security checkpoints targeting pilgrims headed to the Shiite holy city of Karbala for rituals. As many as 175 people were believed to be wounded.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 20, Mexican police battled armed suspects at a popular mall in Ciudad Juarez, sending terrified shoppers scrambling and leaving one officer dead. Officials nabbed Jose Lozano (21), the alleged top hit man for an Acapulco drug gang, suspected in the slayings of 22 people earlier this month. Six other suspected members of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco were also arrested.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 20, A Palestinian man opened fire at an Israeli guard post in the West Bank and soldiers returned fire, killing him.
    (AP, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 20, The EU Naval Force said that Somali pirates have seized a Vietnamese-owned bulk carrier, the MV Hoang Son Sun, with 24 crew onboard. All crew members returned to Vietnam on Sep 23 after shipping firm Hoang Son Ltd Co. paid more than $2 million in ransom.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(AFP, 9/26/11)
2011        Jan 20, South African police found two dead bodies in the rural west. They were identified as Philippe Meniere and Agnes Jardel, a French couple wanted for allegedly shooting at a police officer last week.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 20, South Korea agreed to a North Korean offer of high-level military talks, a major breakthrough in the crisis on the peninsula which improves the prospect of renewed aid-for-disarmament negotiations.
    (Reuters, 1/20/11)
2011        Jan 20, Sudan's army clashed with fighters from two rebel factions in Darfur in a four-hour fight that left 21 people dead.
    (Reuters, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 20, Tunisian police fired shots into the air to try to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding that ministers associated with the rule of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali leave the government. Tunisian authorities arrested 33 members of toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's family and paraded a treasure trove of jewelry seized in raids on their homes on state television. 8 ministers in the new national unity cabinet, who had up until now remained members of Ben Ali's disgraced Constitutional Democratic Rally, resigned from the party.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(AFP, 1/20/11)

2011        Jan 21, Osama bin Laden demanded that France withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the release of French hostages being held by al-Qaida affiliates, according to an audio message broadcast on an Arabic news channel.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, The US State Department said it has revoked the visas of about a dozen Haitian officials, increasing pressure on the government to drop its favored candidate from the presidential runoff in favor of a popular contender who is warning of renewed protests if he is not on the ballot.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, Glenn Shriver (29) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced to 4 years in prison after admitting that he took $70,000 from Chinese spies while attempting to secure jobs with the CIA and US Foreign Service.
    (SFC, 1/22/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 21, Gulet Mohamed (19), a Virginia teenager who claims he was beaten and tortured while stuck in Kuwait for a month after he was apparently placed on the US government's no-fly list, was reunited with his family at a Washington-area airport. In March of 2009, Mohamed traveled to Yemen and Somalia, where he still has family, to learn Arabic. He stayed in those countries for just a few months and settled in Kuwait in August 2009, where he lived with an uncle.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, Northern California school officials said a second-grade teacher in Oakland was placed on leave while a school and police investigate accounts by students that classmates engaged in oral sex and stripped off some of their clothes during class.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, Afghan leader Hamid Karzai paid his first state visit to Russia amid political mayhem at home that saw a delay in the seating of a new parliament and renewed questions about his ability to lead the war-ravaged state. A joint statement said Pres. Medvedev has gratefully accepted Hamid Karzai's invitation to visit Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, In Albania protesters overturned and burned police vehicles and clashed with officers who fought them off with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. Two men were fatally shot in the chest and another died of a wound to the head. Tensions rose sharply last week when Deputy Prime Minister Ilir Meta resigned after a private TV station aired a video that showed him asking a colleague to influence the awarding of a contract to build a power station. A 4th person died of wounds a few days later.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Albanian_opposition_demonstrations)(AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, Belarus Pres. Lukashenko (56) warned that no dissent will be tolerated as he took the oath of office for a fourth time in a ceremony that was boycotted by EU ambassadors.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, Brazilian officials said about 400 people were registered as missing after mudslides last week that killed at least 806 people.
    (AP, 1/21/11)(Reuters, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 21, China’s ICBC bank agreed to buy 80% of the Bank of East Asia’s retail branch network in New York and California for $140 million.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.74)
2011        Jan 21, Cuba suspended indefinitely all mail service to the United States, extending a ban announced in November and expanding it to cover letters as well as packages. Deliveries were suspended in November following a US decision to increase security measures following last year's failed terror threat involving packages mailed from Yemen.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, Two-day talks between Iran and six world powers started in Istanbul. A senior Iranian official said suspending uranium enrichment is not up for discussion.
    (AFP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, Iraqi authorities announced the arrest of several suspects in the deadly suicide bombings outside Karbala that have provoked criticism of the security forces for not protecting the pilgrims flocking to the shrines. Police in Hillah arrested the local leader of a government-backed Sunni Muslim militia for planning the deadly bombings on Shiite pilgrims this week.
    (AP, 1/21/11)(AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, Jordan's opposition vowed continual protests over price increases and inflation until the resignation of PM Samir Rifai and his government. Thousands of Jordanians calling for their government to step down marched in several cities in an outpouring of anger over economic hardship and a lack of democratic reforms in the constitutional monarchy.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, The Royal Malaysian Navy commandos wounded three pirates in a gunbattle and rescued the 23 crew members on the Malaysian-flagged chemical tanker MT Bunga Laurel, shortly after the pirates stormed the vessel in the Gulf of Aden with assault rifles and pistols. On Jan 31 Malaysian police took custody of 7 captured Somali pirates.
    (AP, 1/22/11)(AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 21, Mexican soldiers patrolling a rural area on the border with Texas killed 10 suspected drug gang gunmen at a training camp in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas state. In Chihuahua state a commander who worked in internal affairs for the local Attorney General's Office was killed along with another agent. In Ciudad Juarez three men died when a gasoline bomb was thrown into their store. Elsewhere in Ciudad Juarez, authorities found the dead bodies of three other victims of apparent gangland murders. The Mexican military seized 45 pounds of marijuana, a sports utility vehicle and a metal-framed catapult just south of the Arizona border near the small town of Naco, following a tip-off from the US Border Patrol.
    (AP, 1/22/11)(Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 21, In New Zealand David Walsh, mathematical savant and professional gambler, opened his Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at his Moorilla estate on the River Derwent.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.84)
2011        Jan 21, In Pakistan some 2,000 people in a Taliban-controlled region of the northwest demonstrated against American missile attacks pounding the area, calling for an end to the strikes and the arrest of the US officials behind them. In the southwest gunmen torched two tankers carrying fuel for US and NATO forces, wounding two drivers.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, Dozens of Palestinians, enraged by France's sympathy for an Israeli soldier held by Gaza militants, ambushed the French foreign minister's motorcade in the Gaza Strip, pelting it with eggs and hurling a shoe that narrowly missed hitting her.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, A Saudi man died after setting himself on fire in the southwestern town of Samta, in what could be the latest example of a rash of self-immolations sweeping the region following events in Tunisia.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, It was reported that Erik Prince, head of Xe Services (formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide) private security company, was currently involved in an Arab-financed program to mobilize 2000 Somali recruits to fight pirates.
    (SFC, 1/20/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 21, South Korean navy commandos stormed the Samho Jewelry, a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight pirates. The pirates had seized the 11,500-ton chemical freighter Samho Jewelry on January 15. Five pirates were captured.
    (AFP, 1/21/11)(AP, 1/31/11)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.69)
2011        Jan 21, The Spanish government said it is drawing up a new plan to restructure the country's regional savings banks, the weak link in its banking system and a major cause of concern over the public finances.
    (AFP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, A Sudanese man, Al-Amin Musa Al-Amin (25), set himself on fire in the latest instance of self-immolation in the Arab world. He was being treated in hospital for second-degree burns in Omdurman, Khartoum's twin city.
    (AFP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 21, Vietnam’s state-controlled media said a cold spell over the past three weeks has killed at least seven people as well as more than 20,000 cows and buffalos.
    (AP, 1/21/11)
2011        Jan 21, Zimbabwe researchers said nearly one-third of the country’s registered voters are dead, and others appear to be babies or up to 120 years old, and called for the list to be overhauled so that the upcoming election cannot be rigged.
    (AP, 1/21/11)

2011        Jan 22, In Oakland, Ca., schools police officer Sgt. Barhin Bhatt shot and killed Raheim Brown (20) as Brown allegedly tried to stab Sgt. Jonathan Bellusa with a screwdriver. Bellusa later contradicted Bhatt’s story and a federal lawsuit was filed in connection with the shooting. In 2013 the Oakland Unified School District agreed to pay $995,000 to settle two lawsuits in connection with Brown’s death. In 2014 Bellusa (39) agreed to settle his suit for $550,000.
    (SFC, 5/19/12, p.C4)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.C3)(SFC, 9/17/14, p.E2)
2011        Jan 22, In Albania a political crisis escalated as the government and the opposition traded blame for the deaths of three protests during a violent demonstration against an administration accused of deeply rooted corruption.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 22, In Algeria riot police clashed with protesters in Algiers as they broke up a banned pro-democracy rally amid mounting public grievances that have fuelled fears of Tunisia-style unrest. Karim Bendine (35) died in a hospital in Douera, a suburb of Algiers, where he was admitted earlier this week with most of his body covered in third-degree burns. Seven other Algerians have set themselves on fire since January 12, apparently inspired by the self-immolation in Tunisia of 26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi.
    (AFP, 1/22/11)(AFP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 22, Ireland’s PM Brian Cowen announced his resignation as leader of the dominant Fianna Fail party but intends to keep leading the government through the March election.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 22, A Japanese rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station lifted off from a remote island on a mission designed to help fill a hole left by the retirement of NASA's space shuttle program.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 22, In Mexico a police commander died and three officers were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the central state of Hidalgo.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 22, The head of Nepal's former communist rebels handed command of his fighters over to the government as part of a peace deal that ended the Himalayan nation's decade-long conflict.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 22, In Nigeria soldiers shot and killed a motorcyclist who tried to avoid an army checkpoint, mistaking him for an Islamists seeking to carry out an attack.
    (AFP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 22, The Rwandan army said its former chief of staff and an ex-spy chief, both exiled in South Africa, have formed a rebel group operating in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegeya and two other former top officials, also in exile, were last week sentenced to heavy jail terms for threatening state security.
    (AFP, 1/22/11) 
2011        Jan 22, In Tunisia protesters who overthrew the president took to the streets again to accuse his lieutenants of clinging to power and to demand new leaders now. Tunisia's once-feared police staged a rally of their own, demanding better salaries and insisting they're not to blame for shooting deaths among protesters. An official count put 78 civilians dead.
    (Reuters, 1/22/11)(AP, 1/22/11)(Econ, 1/22/11, p.31)
2011        Jan 22, In Turkey talks meant to nudge Iran toward meeting UN Security Council demands to stop uranium enrichment collapsed, with Tehran shrugging off calls by six world powers to cease the activity that could be harnessed to make nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 22, In western Uganda 15 people died after a bus lost control when it hit a cow on the road and rammed into an oncoming truck.
    (AP, 1/22/11)

2011        Jan 23, In Indiana police officer David Moore was shot twice in the face during a traffic stop in Indianapolis. On Jan 26 Moore was declared brain dead.
    (SFC, 1/27/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 23, In Detroit, Michigan, Lamar D. Moore (38) opened fire at the 6th precinct on Warwick and Plymouth and wounded 4 police officers before he was shot killed.
    (www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41228464/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/)
2011        Jan 23, In Oregon Lincoln City police officer was shot and critically injured during a traffic stop. Gunman David Anthony Durham escaped the scene.
    (SFC, 1/29/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 23, Jack LaLanne (96), fitness fanatic, died. He was still pumping iron and pushing fruits and vegetables decades past most Americans' retirement age.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 23, Afghan lawmakers set aside a demand for President Hamid Karzai to scrap a controversial court probing election fraud, paving the way for parliament to convene in three days after weeks of in-fighting.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Bangladesh tens of thousands of Muslims seeking peace and the revival of Islam's tenets joined a mass prayer to wrap up an annual three-day Islamic congregation outside the capital on the bank of the River Turag.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Belgium tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Brussels in support of national unity and to demand that the rival political groupings finally form a coalition after seven months without a government.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, Voting began in the Central African Republic for presidential and parliamentary polls, with incumbent President Francois Bozize tipped to retain power amid charges of fraud. On Feb 1 provisional results said Francois Bozize re-elected to a 2nd term as president with 66% of the vote.
    (AFP, 1/23/11)(AP, 2/2/11) 
2011        Jan 23, In the Dominican Rep. a 3-year-old boy of Haitian descent was killed when a group of Dominican men burned down four family homes in revenge for an alleged assault.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 23, Iran's state TV said the country has launched its first cyber police unit in the latest attempt by authorities to gain an edge in the digital world.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Iraq a flurry of morning bombs killed 10 people and wounded 34 around Baghdad. At least two car bombs exploded, apparently targeting police patrols, killing two policemen and a bystander, while two other people were killed when the offices of the government sewage department in downtown was bombed. Another bomb exploded as a bus of Iranian pilgrims drove by, killing one and injuring nine. In the town of Taji, a car bomb killed a farmer and his son heading to a nearby market. In the nearby town of Tarmiyah, a bomb planted outside a school went off, killing two young boys.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Mexico gunmen spraying automatic weapons fire killed 7 people at a park that had been built as an anti-violence measure in Ciudad Juarez. 7 other drug gang suspects were killed in a series of gunbattles outside the northern city of Monterrey. They included a top operator of the Zetas drug gang known as "Comandante Lino." Another seven-hour shootout between soldiers and gunmen broke out in Los Mochis, Sinaloa state. One gunman was killed and two soldiers were wounded.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 23, In northern Nigeria suspected members of an Islamist sect, blamed for a series of attacks in Maiduguri, shot dead a soldier guarding a church and stole his rifle. Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect shot two soldiers to death and injured another manning a checkpoint in northern Biu village.
    (AFP, 1/23/11)(AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 23, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il held talks with an Orascom Telecom Executive Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian telecoms magnate. In 2008 Orascom set up and began operating an advanced mobile phone network in North Korea.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 23, In eastern Pakistan authorities arrested 21-year-old Saima Bibi's father and three of her uncles in a small village. Police a day earlier recovered Bibi's body, which had burn marks indicating she had been electrocuted. The woman had eloped with another villager a month ago and got married in the southern port city of Karachi.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Pakistan Sultan Amir Tarar, a former Pakistani spy who helped the Taliban rise to power in Afghanistan, was reported to have died under captivity 10 months after he was seized in northwest Pakistan. Tarar, better known as Col. Imam, played a major role in funneling Pakistani support and training to Afghans fighting Soviet rule in the 1980s, a push in large part financed by the CIA. On Feb 19 the Pakistani Taliban claimed it had killed Tarar.
    (AP, 1/24/11)(AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Pakistan a pair of suspected US drone strikes killed six alleged militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan. A 3rd strike killed at least six militants in Mando Khel.
    (AP, 1/23/11)(AFP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In southern Pakistan a bus slammed into an oil tanker before dawn, setting off a blazing inferno that gutted both vehicles and killed 32 people.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In the northern Philippines suspected communist rebels shot and killed Rizal town police chief Antonio Rueco, and four other officers, including his wife, after detonating roadside bombs under their patrol car.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, Portuguese voted in an election looking certain to return President Anibal Cavaco Silva for a second term, a result that would uphold the government's efforts to avoid an international financial bailout.
    (Reuters, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, South African police raided apartments linked to a Nigerian man facing terrorism charges in South Africa, killing one tenant and wounding another person.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 23, Sudanese government forces swept the Zamzam camp on the outskirts of the Darfur’s historical capital El-Fasher, arresting 37 people and seizing weapons and ammunition. The camp is considered a stronghold of Minnawi's faction of the Sudan Liberation Army.
    (AFP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 23, South Sudan’s referendum commission's website said provisional results from the referendum showed that almost 99 percent of voters have chosen independence, after 98.7 percent of the votes had been counted. Turnout exceeded 100 percent in several areas, and a top election official said that some results were being quarantined.
    (AP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Tunisia thousands of anti-government protesters rallied outside PM Mohammed Ghannouchi's office, calling for him to quit after the downfall of the north African state's 23-year regime.
    (AFP, 1/23/11)
2011        Jan 23, UN Development Program spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the program's policy bars it from sharing internal audit reports with the Global Fund, but that it is reassessing that policy. Investigators for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said donated prescription drugs wind up being sold on the black market. As much as two-thirds of some grants have been eaten up by corruption.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 23, In Venezuela allies and adversaries of President Hugo Chavez took to the streets of the capital by the thousands, staging rival demonstrations to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of Venezuela's democracy.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 23, Yemeni police arrested Tawakul Abdel-Salam Karman, a woman activist for leading anti-government protests, setting off a second day of street demonstrations.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 23, Zimbabwean police drove out scores of so-called war veterans and supporters of Pres. Robert Mugabe after they declared themselves new owners of several tourist resorts.
    (AFP, 1/24/11)

2011        Jan 24, Human Rights Watch said democracies around the world are ignoring abuses by repressive regimes and opting for improved relations rather than condemning rights violations and curtailing aid.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, The California Supreme Court ruled that cities and counties do not have to consult with unions before deciding to lay off workers to save money.
    (SFC, 1/25/11, p.C1)
2011        Jan 24, In Florida a firefight left 2 police officers dead in St. Petersburg. Suspect Hydra lacy Jr. (39) was found dead. He had opened fire from an attic and killed officers Tom Baitinger (48) and Jeffrey Yaslowitz (39).
    (SFC, 1/25/11, p.A7)
2011        Jan 24, Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, alleging full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, Chief Master Sgt. William Gurney, a senior Ohio Air Force base official, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and adultery, blaming extramarital affairs he had with married female subordinates and inappropriate sexual advances he made toward others on getting "caught up in a cycle of sin."
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 24, J.C. Penney Co. said it is closing some stores, outlets and call center locations and continuing to work on an exit from its catalog business in an effort to streamline operations and boost profits.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, In Argentina a woman (30) threw herself from the 23rd story of a Buenos Aires hotel Monday and survived after landing on the roof of a taxi.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 24, Lara Giddings took over as premier Australia’s island state of Tasmania.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.49)
2011        Jan 24, Brazilian authorities said heavy overnight storms have caused new flooding in Sao Paulo, killing at least one man, toppling cars into buildings, downing power lines and halting traffic.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, A Chinese newspaper said that transnational crime gangs are trafficking a growing number of Chinese women to Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa where they are forced into prostitution.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, In CongoDRC’s Virunga National Park an attack killed three park rangers and five Congolese soldiers. Officials believed the attackers, who fled on foot, were Rwandan-led Hutu rebels who retaliated after rangers destroyed two of their camps in the park in December.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 24, India's sports ministry removed the top two organizers of last year's tainted Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to enable an "unhindered" police probe into alleged corruption.
    (AFP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, Bhimsen Joshi (88), singer of India, died. 
    (http://wn.com/Pandit_Bhimsen_Joshi__AIR_Films_Division_Documentary_Part_1)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.100)
2011        Jan 24, Iran hanged Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei, two members of the opposition People's Mujahedeen convicted over the 2009 post-election turmoil, after an appeals court upheld their death sentences.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, In Iraq 2 car bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in Karbala, killing at least 26 people as crowds massed for religious rituals marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for the Islamic sect's most beloved saint. 2 bombs in Baghdad killed an Iraqi Army intelligence officer and his driver and wounded 8 bystanders in separate strikes that hit a Shiite and a Sunni neighborhood. Unknown gunmen killed two members of a government-backed Sunni militia known as Awakening Councils, of Sahwa, as they were driving in their cars southwest of the city of Kirkuk. A roadside bomb exploded near Tikrit as Salahuddin provincial Gov. Ahmed Abdullah al-Jubouri's motorcade was driving by, wounding five of his bodyguards.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, Israel's foreign minister confirmed that he has drawn up a plan for the creation of an interim Palestinian state with temporary borders in the absence of a full peace agreement.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, In Ivory Coast Alassane Outtara, the internationally recognized leader, ordered a one-month ban on cocoa exports in a test of his authority. There was no guarantee that growers would comply.
    (SFC, 1/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 24, In Mexico 3 people, two men and a 15-year-old boy were killed on a street in neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez where 7 people were killed a day earlier. A series of banners appeared in the western states of Michoacan and Guerrero claiming La Familia drug cartel has decided to disband.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, Nigeria's foreign minister called on the UN Security Council to authorize force in Ivory Coast as West African nations seek to further pressure Laurent Gbagbo to quit power.
    (AFP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, Palestinian protesters smashed windows and sprayed graffiti outside the headquarters of the Al-Jazeera TV channel in the West Bank. Al-Jazeera the previous evening had aired what it said were leaked documents showing that Palestinian leaders agreed to deep concessions on two of the thorniest issues in negotiations with Israel: Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, Peru joined a growing number of South American countries in recognizing an independent and sovereign Palestinian state. The decision does not recognize Palestine's borders pre-dating the Six-Day War of 1967. Peru also recognized Israel's indisputable right to exist without any threats to its people.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, In the Philippines a gunman fatally shot Jerry Ortega, a radio broadcaster who had been critical of corrupt officials in the southern Philippines. Police captured the fleeing assailant with the help of passing firemen and bystanders.
    (AP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, In Russia 37 people were killed and 180 injured in a suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport. An autopsy later showed "a huge amount of highly potent narcotic and psychotropic substances in parts of the suicide bomber's body." On Feb 6 unnamed officials in the North Caucasus region said they believed Magomed Yevloyev (20) of Ingushetia, was the suicide bomber. On Feb 9 Itar-TASS reported that Yevloyev’s brother Akhmed (16) and sister Fatima (22) have been arrested. Also detained was Akhmed Aushev, a resident of the same village, Ali-Yurt, Ingushetia. On March 29 Russian investigators charged Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord, and another militant with organizing the airport bombing. Media reports said that Umarov might be among 17 militants killed in a security raid in the province of Ingushetia west of Chechnya on March 28. On Nov 11, 2013, brothers Islam and Ilez Yandiyev and Bashir Khamkhoyev received life sentences in maximum security penal colonies on terrorism and other charges. Akhmed Yevloyev was sentenced to 10 years in a penal colony.
    (Reuters, 1/24/11)(Reuters, 1/25/11)(AP, 1/29/11)(AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/6/11)(Reuters, 2/9/11)(AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 11/11/13)
2011        Jan 24, The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2011 that Saudi Arabia's government is harassing and jailing activists, often without trial, for speaking out in favor of expanding religious tolerance and that new restrictions on electronic communication in the kingdom were severe.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 24, South Africa’s government declared 33 municipalities as disaster areas following flooding that killed more than 100 people over the last month and saturated the farms of the major food producer for the continent.
    (Reuters, 1/22/11)
2011        Jan 24, A Sudanese man, Al-Amin Musa Al-Amin (25), who was hospitalized on Jan 21 after setting himself on fire in a suburb of Khartoum, died from his wounds.
    (AFP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 24, In Tunisia thousands of protesters rallied in the main government quarter in Tunis calling for PM Mohammed Ghannouchi to resign after the fall of veteran leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Teachers went on strike, and police demanded the right to form a union, as Tunisia struggled to stabilize itself after its president was overthrown.
    (AFP, 1/24/11)(AP, 1/24/11)

2011        Jan 25, Pres. Obama in his State of the Union address told Congress “We will move forward together or not at all." Obama played up US progress in both Afghanistan and Iraq, while declaring the US would stay tough on North Korea and Iran over their nuclear ambitions.
    (AP, 1/26/11)Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 25, Ahmed Ghailani (36), the Guantanamo detainee who served as Osma bin Laden’s cook and bodyguard, was sentenced in NYC to life in prison for his role in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Africa.
    (SFC, 1/26/11, p.A3)
2011        Jan 25, A federal indictment was unsealed in Phoenix, Az., and charged 20 people for participating in a ring that bought more than 700 guns to be smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel. Police arrested 17 suspects in a multi-agency operation across the Phoenix valley. Three other suspects remained at large.
    (AP, 1/26/11)(Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 25, Miami, Florida, unveiled its New World Center concert hall designed by Frank Gehry.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.30)
2011        Jan 25, Daniel Bell (b.1919), sociologist and a professor emeritus at Harvard University, died. He is best known for his seminal contributions to the study of post-industrialism. His three best known works are “The End of Ideology," “The Coming of Post-Industrial Society" and “The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Bell)
2011        Jan 25, In the Central African Republic 3 of 5 candidates in the presidential elections said they rejected the results "in advance" and demanded the Jan 23 vote be annulled. Incumbent Francois Bozize has been tipped to win the vote amidst complaints of irregularities and fraud.
    (AFP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, In Egypt thousands of anti-government protesters, some hurling rocks and climbing atop an armored police truck, clashed with riot police in the center of Cairo in a Tunisia-inspired demonstration to demand the end of Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30 years in power. A loose coalition had issued a Facebook call for a “day of rage" to coincide with Police Day, recently declared a national holiday. The interior minister said authorities have arrested 19 Arabs suspected of having links to al-Qaida en route to Iraq. Habib el-Adly said the suspects had been into custody before Jan 1.
    (AP, 1/25/11)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.43)
2011        Jan 25, Gabon’s opposition leader Andre Mba Obame took the oath of office declaring himself the new leader, challenging the authority of President Ali Bongo, the son of Gabon's longtime dictator who died in June 2009 after a 41-year rule.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 25, In Greece more than 250 immigrants, mostly from North Africa, began a hunger strike in Athens, demanding to be legalized and challenging a Greek government crackdown on migrant trafficking.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Ireland said it is upgrading its diplomatic relations with the Palestinian territories in recognition of progress being made by the Palestinian Authority. The decision recognizes Ireland's long-standing support for Palestinian statehood, but does not involve any recognition of a Palestinian state.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman issued a decree appointing former premier Najib Mikati, Harvard-educated billionaire businessman and the candidate backed by Iranian-allied Hezbollah, to form Lebanon's next government, angering Sunnis who protested the rising power of the Shiite militant group by burning tires and torching a van belonging to Al-Jazeera.
    (AFP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Mexican federal police shot and killed Jose Humberto Perez (29), a municipal policeman guarding Ciudad Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia, raising tensions between security forces amid a fierce drug war. On Jan 28 federal prosecutors charged two federal police officers with killing the bodyguard.
    (AP, 1/26/11)(AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 25, Mexican authorities said they have seized more than 23 tons of a chemical used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs, during an inspection of a shipment from China. The ethyl phenylacetate was declared as a different product on arrival at the Pacific port of Manzanillo.
    (AFP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 25, In Pakistan suicide bombers attacked police protecting marches by minority Shiite Muslims in Karachi and Lahore, killing 12 people and wounding dozens. Umar Patek (40), a suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, was wounded and arrested by security forces. The senior Indonesian al-Qaida operative was wanted in the 2002 Bali bombings. Intelligence officials in Indonesia and Philippines made the arrest public on March 29. Pakistani authorities questioned Patek planned to hand him over to Indonesia.
    (AP, 1/25/11)(AP, 3/30/11)(AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Jan 25, In the Philippines a bomb on a packed bus killed 5 people. Investigators recovered fragments of an 81 mm mortar round and a Nokia cell phone used in the bombing that also wounded 13 other people in Makati city, the financial district of Manila. On June 2 Ryan Sison, a suspect in the bombing, was arrested in a raid in Lucena city in Quezon province.
    (AFP, 1/25/11)(AP, 1/26/11)(AP, 6/3/11)
2011        Jan 25, It was reported that Poland's state-run National Remembrance Institute has created a new game called "Kolejka," or "Queue," to help young Poles understand the hardships of life under communism. It goes on sale Feb. 5.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Russia's lower house of parliament ratified a landmark nuclear arms pact with the United States, virtually assuring passage of an agreement President Barack Obama has described as the most significant arms control deal in nearly two decades.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Rwandan rebel Callixte Mbarushimana (47) arrived in the Hague, Netherlands, after a Paris appeals court ruling in November approved the transfer to the International Criminal Court. He was charged with 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, rape, persecution based on gender, and extensive destruction of property by the Hutu FDLR in 2009.
    (AP, 1/25/11)(AFP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Sudan's army clashed with Darfur rebels for the second time in a week. Insurgents said they shot down a helicopter gunship, killing at least three people.
    (Reuters, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Thailand's government faced renewed street protests as the right-wing nationalist group that seized Bangkok's airports two years ago gathered in the capital to pressure the prime minister over a land dispute with Cambodia. In the south 9 people were killed by a roadside bomb, where an Islamic separatist insurgency has entered its eighth year.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, In Tunisia protesters pressured the new interim government to quit in the wake of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ouster, as the cabinet prepared a major shake-up.
    (AFP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Human Rights Watch called on the United States to return Vietnam to a list of the world's worst abusers of religious freedom, accusing it of continuously harassing some groups trying to worship peacefully.
    (AP, 1/25/11)
2011        Jan 25, Zimbabwe's wildlife chief said poachers are using aircraft to hunt and kill rhinoceros as demand in Asia for their horns' supposed medicinal benefits grows.
    (AP, 1/25/11)

2011        Jan 26, In Ohio police witnessed large quantities of marijuana being transferred from a South Columbus warehouse to a van, which they intercepted along with two smugglers, Hector Martinez (36) of Columbus and Luis Miranda (24) of Phoenix, Ariz. They were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. About 2,055 pounds of marijuana were collected.
    (Reuters, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 26, Nancy Davis (59) died in a South Texas hospital about 90 minutes after her husband drove the couple's truck against traffic across the Pharr International Bridge. US missionary Sam Davis said gunmen in a pickup truck had shot her in the head about 70 miles south of the Mexican border city of Reynosa.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 26, Nielsen, a firm that tracks what people watch on TV, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange in a $1.6 billion IPO.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.72)
2011        Jan 26, Afghan President Hamid Karzai inaugurated parliament, ending weeks of political infighting, but took a dig at the West saying "foreign interference" had been a serious problem.
    (Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Algeria confirmed it bought almost a million tons of wheat and ordered an urgent speeding up of grain imports, a move seen heading off unrest over food prices as protests swept north Africa.
    (Reuters, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In Bolivia thousands of people took to the streets to chew coca leaf in support of the country's bid to remove an international prohibition on the age-old practice.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In Brazil Joao Batista Groppo (64) was arrested after his wife of 40 years was found locked in a "filthy and dark" cellar. He had allegedly kept his wife locked in a cellar for 16 years. Groppo's girlfriend Maria Furquim was also arrested as an accomplice.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 26, The British government said it would water down controversial measures allowing it to hold terror suspects under virtual house arrest, after a widespread review of counter-terrorism laws.
    (AFP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, BBC world Service said that it would close 5 of its 32 language services, including its Russian language radio broadcasts, and reduce its work force by about a quarter, or up to 650 jobs.
    (SFC, 1/27/11, p.A2)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.55)
2011        Jan 26, Chinese oceanographers gathered for a 2-day meeting in Shanghai to discuss the South China Sea-Deep, a $22 million project funded over 8 years for the exploration of the South China Sea.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.90)
2011        Jan 26, In northern Colombia an explosion at coal mine killed at least five workers and trapped 16 more.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt's streets and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office, and some scuffled with police. Police quickly moved in and used tear gas and beatings to disperse the demonstrators. The crackdown saw hundreds detained and left six people dead over two days.
    (AP, 1/26/11)(AFP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, The European Union's top competition regulator blocked the merger between Greek airlines Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines SA, saying a combined carrier could monopolize Greek air travel.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Gabon's government dissolved the country's main opposition party, accusing members of high treason after their leader declared himself president of the oil-rich nation.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Germany's development ministry said it will halt all payments to a $21.7 billion global health fund until it gets answers about corruption allegations.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Haiti's ruling party announced that President Rene Preval's chosen successor, Jude Celestin, is withdrawing from the disputed race for president under pressure from the US, the Organization of American States and local protests.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Iraq and Kuwait pledged to work toward resolving border disputes and debt issues as the two former enemies seek to repair relations damaged by Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of the oil-rich emirate.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir thousands of police prevented a Hindu nationalist party and a separatist group from raising flags for their opposing causes in a central square to mark India's Republic Day.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In the Ivory Coast forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo seized the Abidjan headquarters of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), several days after a Gbagbo ally was forced to resign amid accusations he was continuing to allow Gbagbo to take out money even after he was officially cut off.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 26, Japan-based Toyota Motor Corp. said it was recalling a wide range of models, including the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America and the Avensis sedan and station wagon models in Europe for various defects that may cause fuel leakage.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Lebanon's Western-backed coalition called on supporters to hold daily sit-ins in downtown Beirut to protest the growing power of the Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Mexican authorities discovered 219 migrants squeezed into a trailer truck in the southern state of Chiapas. Most of the migrants were from Central America but six were from Sri Lanka and four were Nepalese. 33 were women and 9 were minors. They were deported the next day.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 26, Environmental groups accused Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell of destroying lives and the environment in the Niger Delta, and urged Dutch MPs to intervene as the company defended its record.
    (AFP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In northern Nigeria a fight over a game of billiards disintegrated into religious violence in Bauchi state, leaving at least four people dead among the smoldering ruins of churches and mosques in the town of Tafawa Balewa. Members of a radical Muslim sect killed a police officer guarding a voter registration site in Maiduguri.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 26, Russia's upper house of parliament unanimously ratified the New START nuclear arms pact with the United States.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Two Rwandan opposition parties said that they have formed a joint strategy to fight the "dictatorship, discrimination and marginalization" of Pres. Paul Kagame's government.
    (AFP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In South Korea an art exhibition by North Korean defector Song Byeok opened in Seoul. One work featured the head of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, smiling beneath his trademark sunglasses and wall of black hair, atop the body of Marilyn Monroe, pushing down her white dress in an updraft.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, The World Economic Forum opened at Davos, Switzerland. Participants wrestled with the thorny questions surfaced by the explosion of online information and the WikiLeaks phenomenon in particular.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, Tunisia said it has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, as anti-government protesters clashed with riot police in the capital.
    (AFP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In Uganda David Kato, a prominent gay rights activist whose picture was published by an anti-gay newspaper next to the words "Hang Them," was bludgeoned to death. Police said that his sexual orientation had nothing to do with the killing and that one "robber" had been arrested. On Nov 10 Enoch Nsubuga (22) was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the brutal slaying. Nsubuga claimed that he had been reacting to unwanted demands for sex.
    (AP, 1/27/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.96)(AFP, 11/11/11)
2011        Jan 26, Venezuela's top security official and Colombia's defense minister signed an accord to strengthen cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking along the extensive border separating the South American neighbors.
    (AP, 1/26/11)
2011        Jan 26, In Vietnam Vi Duc Hoi (54), a communist official turned democracy campaigner, was jailed for 8 years. Activists saw the case as part of a wider crackdown on free speech.
    (AFP, 1/26/11)

2011        Jan 27, The US Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), chaired by Phil Angelides, released its report: “The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States." It included 3 competing narratives.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.72)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.98)
2011        Jan 27, The US Senate majority and minority leaders unveiled a package of tweaks to Senate procedures. They included an end to a practice called “secret holds" by which senators had been able to prevent consideration of bills or nominations to government jobs anonymously.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.38)   
2011        Jan 27, A thick blanket of snow covered the Northeast, as the fifth major storm of the winter set snowfall records. The storm that had been predicted for days caught much of the East Coast off guard with its ferocity, tearing through with lightning, thunder and mounds of wet snow, leaving nearly 300,000 customers around the nation's capital without power and forcing people to shovel out their cars and doorsteps all over again.
    (Reuters, 1/27/11)(AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Tampa, Florida, Julie Powers Schenecker (50) shot her son (13) in the head as she drove him to soccer practice. She then returned home and shot her daughter (16) in the face. Both kids were killed with a .38-caliber pistol purchased a few days earlier. On May 16, 2014, she was convicte3d and sentenced to two life terms in prison.
    (SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/4kecuck)(SFC, 5/17/14, p.A12)
2011        Jan 27, Australia imposed a temporary new tax to help fund a multi-billion-dollar rebuilding program after floods devastated infrastructure and ruined thousands of homes and businesses across the eastern seaboard over the past month.
    (Reuters, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, An appeals court in Botswana ruled that indigenous dwellers in one of the driest parts of the world can now drill wells for water, overturning an earlier decision that denied them access.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, The Brazilian government issued a "partial" installation license allowing the Belo Monte Dam to break ground on the Amazon's Xingu River despite egregious disregard for human rights and environmental legislation, the unwavering protests of civil society and condemnations by its Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF).
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20110127/pl_usnw/DC37400)
2011        Jan 27, Britain's Times newspaper reported that Iran’s state-run news channel Press TV has had its British bank account frozen. The English language channel, which is headquartered in Tehran but also has an office in London, has seen its main trading account at the National Westminster Bank suspended.
    (AFP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, Colombia asked Israel to extradite former Israeli army Lt. Col. Yair Klein, who was convicted by a Colombian court and sentenced in absentia to nearly 11 years in prison for training drug lords' assassins in the late 1980s.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Colombia priests Rafael Reatiga and Richard Piffano were found shot to death dead in a car in southern Bogota. In 2012 prosecutors said the priests had paid 15 million pesos or about $8,500 to be shot after at least one of them was diagnosed with AIDS. Two of the four assassins were later arrested.
    (AP, 2/14/12)(http://tinyurl.com/7749qkj)
2011        Jan 27, Egyptian police fought protesters in two cities in eastern Egypt and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei headed back to the country to join demonstrators trying to oust President Hosni Mubarak. Egyptians torched a police post in the eastern city of Suez over the killing of protesters in anti-government demonstrations earlier in the week. Activists outraged over unemployment and repression kept up the momentum of the largest anti-government protests in years, taking to the streets for the third straight day. Mubarak's ruling party said it is ready to open a dialogue. Egypt's stock exchange suspended trading temporarily after a sharp drop, amid the largest anti-government protests in the country in three decades.
    (Reuters, 1/27/11)(AP, 1/27/11)(AFP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, The European Commission launched legal action against Sweden for allowing hunters to shoot 20 wolves this year even though the species is threatened with extinction.
    (AFP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Hungary Bela Biszku (89), a former Hungarian interior minister, was charged with publicly downplaying the regime's crimes. He was seen as one of the main architects of repression after the country's 1956 anti-communist uprising. Biszku was charged because of comments he made during an appearance on state television on Aug. 4, 2010 in which he said he had nothing to apologize for.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, Indian police raided the Gyuto monastery, home of Ugyen Thinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Llama, and seized about $777,000 in cash. The top Buddhist monk was seen as the possible next spiritual leader for Tibet. The next day India's NDTV news chain reported Indian security officials planned to question the Karmapa over alleged Chinese links, saying the monk was suspected to be planning to set up a string of pro-Chinese monasteries. On Feb 11 authorities cleared the Karmapa saying the money found during a raid had been donated by his followers.
    (AFP, 1/28/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A4)(AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Jan 27, In northwest India an American man, Jeff Knaebel (71), died after setting himself on fire in an abandoned Buddhist center in Virat Nagar, Rajasthan state, leaving a cryptic suicide note that blamed his death on "cruel incidents" in his homeland and India.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Iraq a car bomb ripped through a funeral tent in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing at least 51 people and prompting scuffles between police and Iraqis angry about security failures. 3 other Iraqis were killed in sporadic bombings targeting Iraqi troops and an electricity official earlier in the day.
    (AP, 1/27/11)(AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi faced more pressure to resign after magistrates issued new documents with fresh details of erotic parties, some with under-age girls, and of his gifts to participants.
    (Reuters, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, Standard & Poor's cut Japan's credit rating for the first time since 2002, saying Tokyo had no plan to deal with its mounting debt, a warning that could rattle other heavily indebted rich countries.
    (Reuters, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Pakistan, Raymond Davis, a US consular employee shot and killed two gunmen as they approached his vehicle in a congested street in Lahore. One man was shot once in front and 3 times in the back. The other man took 8 bullets, mostly in the chest. Davis was reportedly associated with Hyperion Protective Consultants, a Florida-based outfit. A pedestrian was also killed by a speeding American car trying to help. Police the next day took Davis to court and a judge ordered him held for 6 more days while investigators probe the case. On Feb 3 Davis’ detention was extended for 8 more days.
    (AP, 1/27/11)(SFC, 1/29/11, p.A2)(AP, 2/3/11)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.55)
2011        Jan 27, In the Philippines a temporary elevator at a building construction site in Manila plunged 25 floors, killing 10 workers.
    (AP, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, Spain arrested Malik Imtanan Sarwar (30), Pakistani man, in Barcelona. Sarwar was said to be linked to a cell that forged passports for al-Qaida-linked groups. Police had been looking for him since seven members of the cell were arrested in Spain in December and three more in Thailand.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 27, A Taiwanese general was arrested over claims he spied for China. Army Major General Lo Hsien-che (51) was recruited by China while stationed in Thailand between 2002 and 2005 The defense ministry scrambled to limit the damage from what it called the worst espionage case in 50 years.
    (www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12401472)(AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Tunisia thousands took to the streets to call for old regime politicians to be ousted after the fall of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The interim government under PM Ghannouchi named 12 new ministers and removed ministers tied to the ousted president.
    (AFP, 1/27/11)(SFC, 1/28/11, p.A7)
2011        Jan 27, Ukraine's state prosecutors office announced new criminal charges against former PM Yulia Tymoshenko over the alleged illegal purchase of 1,000 vehicles in the run-up to the 2010 presidential election.
    (Reuters, 1/27/11)
2011        Jan 27, In Yemen tens of thousands of people called for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in protests across the country inspired by the popular revolt in Tunisia.
    (AP, 1/27/11)(AFP, 1/27/11)

2011        Jan 28, In southwest Michigan investigators found the bodies of 2 women buried in a woodland near Bangor. Suspect Junior Lee Beebe was charged with murder.
    (SFC, 1/29/11, p.A6)
2011        Jan 28, In Minot, North Dakota, a mother, her 2 children and her boyfriend were found dead at a home and trailer.
    (SFC, 1/29/11, p.A6)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)
2011        Jan 28, Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, seized about 800 more pounds of marijuana from Mexico during a 2nd raid in 3 days. The total street value from the 2 raids was estimated at $3.5 million, as well as almost $1 million in cash.
    (Reuters, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 28, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed 9 people, including 3 foreign women, inside a high-end grocery store in the heart of a heavily guarded district of Kabul that's home to many diplomats and Westerners. Six of the victims were the son of a former Afghan senator (Mahbooba Huqoqmal), his rights activist wife and their four children. On Feb 10 an Afghan man publicly confessed to helping a suicide bomber cross the Pakistani border so he could attack the Kabul supermarket popular with foreigners.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(AFP, 1/29/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Jan 28, Tens of thousands of Albanians marched through Tirana to honor three opposition supporters shot dead in a protest last week.
    (SFC, 1/29/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 28, In eastern Algeria a guard was killed and four people injured in the Kabylie region, when armed Islamists attacked a barracks.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 28, In Bolivia the raging Molle Punku River swept at least 34 people to their deaths after swamping a bus and a truck that tried to cross.
    (AP, 1/30/11)(www.whatsonningbo.com/tag-Bolivia%20flood.html)
2011        Jan 28, British-based Vodafone said the Egyptian government has ordered all mobile telephone operators to suspend services "in selected areas" of the country. Egypt's four primary Internet providers, Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all went dark at 12:34 a.m.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, In Cambodia a tribunal statement said Japan has agreed to make a contribution of $11.7 million to the UN-assisted genocide tribunal that is trying former leaders of Cambodia's communist Khmer Rouge. Japan has provided a total of about $67 million to the tribunal, about 49 percent of all contributions.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, Canada said it will comply with a new Tunisian government request to extradite Belhassen Trabelsi, a billionaire businessman and the brother-in-law of ousted Pres. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
    (SFC, 1/29/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 28, China introduced its first home-ownership tax in the cities of Chongqing, .4%-.6% of the property’s value, and Shanghai, .5$-1.2%.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.52)
2011        Jan 28, A Danish warship rescued two men who escaped from pirates off the coast of East Africa. The men were among several crew members who attempted to shake their captors two days after their ship, the MV Beluga Nomination, was hijacked.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, Djibouti's first political rally broke out after the Muslim country's Friday prayers. Democracy International estimated that 2,000 to 3,000 people attended.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Jan 28, Egyptian security officials said police have put Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei under house arrest. Dozens of people were wounded as police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of Cairo in a fourth day of unprecedented protests by tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule. Looters broke into the Egyptian Museum during anti-government protests late in the day and destroyed two Pharaonic mummies. The “Friday of Rage" witnessed a heavy police crackdown on tens of thousands of protesters. Policeman Mohammed Abdel-Moneim was later sentenced to death for shooting 20 protesters. In 2012 his death sentence was overturned.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(Reuters, 1/28/11)(Reuters, 1/29/11)(AP, 3/7/12)
2011        Jan 28, France's top constitutional watchdog ruled that law prohibiting gay marriage does not violate the constitution, all but challenging parliament to debate overturning the ban.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, Two Indonesian passenger trains crashed killing 3 people in West Java province. A crowded ferry burst into flames off Java, killing at least 18 people and sending hundreds to the hospital, many in critical condition.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 28, An Israeli settler shot and critically wounded a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank, in the second such shooting in two days. The teenager from the village of Beit Safa was shot in the head during a clash with settlers near the city of Hebron.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, In Jordan the Muslim Brotherhood called for fresh demonstrations to press its demand for political and economic reforms. Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated peacefully in Amman and other cities after weekly prayers to press for political and economic reform, and demanding that the government resign.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(AFP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, In Mexico Mayor Ramon Villagomez said soldiers, state and federal police had been deployed to patrol General Teran, a town along a drug-smuggling route to the US border. The local police chief and 38 officers quit after the discovery on Jan 26 of the mutilated bodies of two officers who had been kidnapped by gunmen two days earlier. Authorities began arresting over 30 former mayors in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz on suspicion of corruption. They were among 115 ex-municipal employees in the state charged with corruption between 2004 and 2008. The first to be arrested was Leonardo Mendoza, former mayor of the town of Benito Juarez.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, Mexican soldiers seized nearly 200 pounds (90 kg) of drugs from the cargo area of an Aeromexico commercial plane scheduled to fly to the northern border city of Tijuana.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 28, In central Nigeria up to 13 people were killed overnight when men with rifles attacked 4 Christian villages near Jos. Authorities in Maiduguri said gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed Modu Fannami Gubio, a dominant gubernatorial candidate.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 28, North Korea’s Kim Jong Nam said his father opposed continuing the family dynasty into a third generation but named his youngest son as heir to keep the country stable, according to TV Asahi.
    (AP, 12/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, Pakistani fighter jets and helicopter gunships bombed militant hideouts in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 28 rebels.
    (AFP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the ratification of a nuclear arms cut pact with the US, the centerpiece of Pres. Obama's efforts to reset ties with Moscow.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, In Rwanda a grenade attack killed two people and wounded at least 28 in Kigali during the evening rush hour.
    (Reuters, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 28, Spain's Cabinet approved a plan to raise the retirement age by two years to 67 for most workers, a key structural reform aimed at reassuring markets that are uneasy over the country's finances.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, In Switzerland Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former member of the group that created WikiLeaks, said a new platform called OpenLeaks will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to submit documents to anonymously, such as to a particular news outlet. He hoped it would be fully operational later this year.
    (AP, 1/28/11)
2011        Jan 28, The head of Tunisia's main union body said that PM Mohammed Ghannouchi had agreed to meet critics demanding his removal amid signs that mass protests were running out of steam.
    (AFP, 1/28/11)

2011        Jan 29, Massey Energy, based in Richmond, Va., agreed to be taken over by Alpha natural Resources for $7.1 billion in cash and stock. Massey was struggling with losses following and explosion that killed 29 workers in West Virginia.
    (SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)
2011        Jan 29, In Afghanistan Abdul Latif Ashna, the deputy governor of southern Kandahar province, was killed by a suicide bomber. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AFP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, An African Union panel on the Ivory Coast crisis said it will aim to help Alassane Ouattara "exercise power" through a negotiated political deal.
    (AFP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, In eastern Algeria a criminal court sentenced six people to death for a 2009 attack that killed 19 people and for which Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, Rivals to Central African Republic leader Francois Bozize pulled their representatives off the election body, alleging fraud after early partial results from last weekend's poll put Bozize in the lead.
    (Reuters, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, In Costa Rica raids  were carried out in San Jose and in the Pacific coast city of Puntarenas. Five Colombians and a Costa Rican national were arrested. The Security Ministry says in a June 30 statement that a Colombian-run network paid fishermen to haul cocaine to Guatemala and Mexico.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 29, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (82) named his intelligence chief and close confidant Omar Suleiman as vice president, his first VP since coming to power nearly 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of Egyptians snubbed Mubarak's promised reforms and took their deadly revolt to the streets for a fifth day. An enraged mob killed three police in the Sinai town of Rafah, bringing the overall death toll from the nationwide protests to at least 48 since Jan 25. Two Cairo mobile phone networks came back on line, a day after all Egyptian operators were told to cut services. State TV said wealthy business Ahmed Ezz, a close confidante of the president's son and one of the targets for protester criticism, has resigned from ruling party. The military declined to block the latest rally and soldiers showed solidarity with demonstrators.
    (AP, 1/29/11)(AFP, 1/29/11)(Reuters, 1/29/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 29, In Iran Zahram Bahrami, an Iranian-Dutch woman detained after participating in protests against Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009, was hanged. She was allegedly hanged for possessing and selling drugs. The Dutch government froze official contacts with Iran to protest the hanging.
    (AP, 1/29/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 29, In central Nigerian soldiers opened fire on university students in Jos protesting continuing violence between Christians and Muslims. At least 9 people were killed in the ensuing violence.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, In the Philippines a huge fire fanned by strong winds from Manila Bay swept through a congested village in Manila, killing 12 people and displacing nearly 2,000.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 29, Saudi Arabia's stock exchange tumbled by over 6 percent, setting the stage for other regional markets to drop as concerns mounted about the violent protests in Egypt.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, Tibet's parliament-in-exile rallied behind a Buddhist monk seen as the possible next spiritual leader for Tibet after Indian police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars from his monastery.
    (AFP, 1/29/11)

2011        Jan 30, John Barry (77), English-born composer, died in NY. He wrote the music for a dozen James Bond films and many other films. He won 2 Oscars in 1966 for best song and best score for the film “Born Free."
    (SFC, 2/1/11, p.C4)
2011        Jan 30, Ernest Borgnine (94), known for roles in such films as "From Here to Eternity" and "Marty," received a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild and reminded his cohorts that "there are millions of those in the world who would love to be in our shoes."
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 30, In southern California over 2 dozen protesters were arrested for protesting against Charles and David Koch, brothers who have used millions from their energy conglomerate to finance conservative causes. 11 busloads of protesters converged on a political retreat run by the Kansas billionaires at a resort in Rancho Mirage.
    (SFC, 1/31/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 30, In San Francisco shopkeeper Hong Ri Wu shot and killed fellow merchants Qiong Han Chu (30) and Fen Ping Ou (30) on Fisherman’s Wharf because they refused to stop selling the same knockoff purses that he was trying to sell. In 2014 Wu (59) was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/12/14, p.D6)
2011        Jan 30, Albanian police said they detained three people suspected of conspiring to murder a top opposition leader at Jan 28 anti-government protest, as the opposition said it would not back down from its campaign against the ruling party for alleged corruption.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, Egyptian fighter jets swooped low over Cairo in what appeared to be an attempt by the military to show its control of a city beset by looting, armed robbery and anti-government protests. Gangs of armed men attacked at least four jails before dawn, helping to free hundreds of Muslim militants and thousands of other inmates. The official death toll from five days of growing crisis stood at 74, with thousands injured. Al-Jazeera said that Egyptian authorities ordered the closure of its Cairo news hub.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, Equatorial Guinea’s Pres. Teodoro Obiang assumed the African Union chairmanship at the organization’s annual summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (http://allafrica.com/view/group/main/main/id/00012576.html)
2011        Jan 30, In eastern Germany a head-on collision between a cargo train and a passenger train killed 10 people and injured 23 others. Authorities said they believe the death toll in one of the country's worst train accidents ever could still rise.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, In India at least 5,000 people marched through central New Delhi to show their anger over recent scandals that hit PM Manmohan Singh's government. This was the anniversary of the death of independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, who was known for his scrupulous honesty.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, Iranian courts sentenced two people to death for running porn sites.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, Israeli officials agreed to allow Egypt to move several hundred troops into the Sinai peninsula for the first time since the countries reached peace three decades ago.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 30, Israel sentenced a prominent Arab-Israeli human rights activist to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to spying for Lebanon's Hezbollah. Ameer Makhoul was convicted last October of espionage and aggravated espionage on the basis of a plea bargain in which the prosecution dropped a charge of assisting the enemy in time of war.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, Israel signed an agreement with the European Space Agency for cooperation on space technology and exploration of the solar system.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, In Mexico the state of Guerrero, populated by 3.3 million people, held elections. Voters gave the leftist Party of Democratic Revolution, or PRD, victory over the powerful Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in one of six state elections ahead of next year's presidential race.
    (AP, 1/30/11)(Reuters, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, In Mexico six bodies were found outside the city of Monterrey. They were burned so badly that investigators couldn't determine the cause of death or the victims' gender.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, The Myanmar opposition group led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi launched its first official website: http://www.nldburma.org/.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, In northern Nigeria gunmen attacked a police checkpoint, killing a policeman and leading police to shoot dead two Boko Haram gunmen in Maiduguri. Police said they have arrested 19 people over the slaying of the region's dominant gubernatorial candidate.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, Oman said it has dismantled an Emirati spy ring that was targeting the government and the military in the Gulf sultanate. An official the cell was uncovered five months ago, before it was watched and dismantled by Omani security services.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft docked at the Int’l. Space Station delivering 2.6 tons of supplies to the US-Russian-Italian crew.
    (SFC, 1/31/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 30, In north Sudan students clashed with police as youths heeded calls to take to the streets for a day of nationwide anti-government protests, despite a heavy security presence on the ground. Mohammed Abdulrahman, a student beaten by police during the demonstrations in Khartoum, died of his wounds in Omdurman hospital.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)(AFP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 30, Sudan’s government welcomed the preliminary results of the southern Sudan referendum but said there was a "huge amount" to do before it becomes an independent nation. Southern Sudan's referendum commission said close to 99 percent of south Sudanese chose to secede from the north in the landmark January 9-15 referendum.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, Thousands of Tunisians turned out to welcome Islamist leader Rached Ghannouchi (69) after more than 20 years in exile, as he eyed a political future for his Ennahda movement after the fall of the government. Ghannouchi was persecuted in Tunisia ever since founding his Islamist movement in 1981.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 30, In Venezuela a fire set off a series of explosions at a military arms depot in the city of Maracay, killing one person and leading authorities to evacuate around 10,000 people from the area.
    (AP, 1/30/11)

2011        Jan 31, The US and the EU imposed sanctions against Belarus Pres. Lukashenko and scores of other officials for a broad crackdown on the opposition following fraudulent elections last year.
    (SFC, 2/1/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 31, A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, John Wrenshall (64), a former resident of Calgary, Canada, was sentenced in federal court in New Jersey to 25 years in prison after admitting to running a brothel for pedophiles in Thailand.
    (SFC, 2/1/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 31, In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a NATO service member.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, Leaders of 53 African countries met In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to tackle festering conflicts in Sudan and Somalia at a summit overshadowed by Egypt's popular uprising and the leadership crisis in Ivory Coast. The African Union named a panel of six African presidents to mediate Ivory Coast's political crisis.
    (AFP, 1/31/11)(AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Shanghai, China, relatives of Liu Yonghua, a patient who died, rampaged with knives through a hospital, seriously wounding six people and trying to throw a doctor out a window.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Jan 31, Egypt’s Pres. Mubarak named a new government, but the lineup dominated by regime stalwarts was greeted with scorn by protesters camped out for the fourth day in the capital's central Tahrir Square. A coalition of opposition groups called for a million people to take to Cairo's streets Feb 1 to demand the removal of Mubarak.  The official death toll from the crisis stood at 97, with thousands injured, but reports from witnesses across the country indicated the actual toll was far higher. Mubarak appointed General Murad Mowafi, former north Sinai governor, as head of Egyptian intelligence. The military promised on state TV late in the day that it would not fire on protesters answering a call for a million people to demonstrate the next day. Vice President Omar Suleiman, appointed by Mubarak only two days earlier in what could be a succession plan, went on state TV to announce the offer of a dialogue with "political forces" for constitutional and legislative reforms.
    (AP, 1/31/11)(AFP, 1/31/11)(AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Jan 31, The EU said that the World Trade Organization found US aid to Boeing violated international rules, confirming a preliminary ruling in the long-running subsidy battle between the Chicago-based plane maker and European rival Airbus.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, European Union foreign ministers agreed to freeze the assets of Tunisia's former President Zine-al Abidine Ben Ali and his wife.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, India rejected Canada-based Research In Motion's (RIM) offer to allow it only partial access to its BlackBerry data services, while neighboring Pakistan reversed its earlier decision to restrict the popular smartphone's services.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, India gave approval to South Korea's POSCO to build a giant $12 billion steel plant, in the country's biggest foreign investment deal since market reforms launched in 1991.
    (AFP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Indonesia popstar Nazril “Ariel" Irham was sentenced to 3½  years in prison after sex tapes with his celebrity girlfriends found their way to the Internet.
    (SFC, 2/1/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 31, Iran’s prosecutor general said US hiker Sarah Shourd, freed on bail last year, has been summoned for trial in Iran along with her two American friends who remain in custody.
    (AFP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, Italy’s PM Silvio Berlusconi said he wanted to drop from the constitution a clause imposing social obligations on entrepreneurs. He also promised tax breaks for the south and offered cooperation with the opposition.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.63)
2011        Jan 31, Japanese ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was charged over a funding scandal, adding to PM Naoto Kan's woes as he struggles to survive in the face of a divided parliament and sagging support.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, Jordan's King Abdullah II fired his government in the face of smaller street protests, named an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet and ordered him to launch political reforms. King Abdullah II named Marouf Bakhit (64), a career soldier and former prime minister, after sacking the government of Samir Rifai (43).
    (AP, 2/1/11)(AFP, 2/2/11)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.32)
2011        Jan 31, In Kashmir attackers carrying automatic rifles whisked Arifa (17) and Akhtara (19) away from their home. Police say the men were rebels, though their mother, Fracha Begum, has said only that they were gunmen. Less than an hour later, police recovered their bodies riddled with bullets about a mile away. Residents seemed convinced the rebels killed the sisters for their alleged association with government forces deployed in the town.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Mexico a girl (16) died after being shot by federal police in the same Ciudad Juarez neighborhood where gunmen massacred 15 youths at a party a year ago. She was shot two days earlier while riding in a car. Police said someone in the vehicle had opened fire at officers shortly beforehand. A drug gunman shot to death Maribel Hernandez, a woman who distributed newspapers in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, because his gang thought she threatened their control over street vendors.
    (AP, 2/1/11)(AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Myanmar an elected parliament convened for the first time in half a century but inspired scant enthusiasm among a skeptical public convinced it is just a smokescreen for continued military rule.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, Niger, an impoverished country on the edge of the Sahara, took another stab at democracy as it voted for a new president and parliament that are expected to take over leadership from the military.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Pakistan a pair of bombings targeting police in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed five people, including a senior police officer.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, Pakistan wildlife authorities said they have found the carcasses of six endangered river dolphins in Pakistan over the last month. Sindh Wildlife Department deputy head Ghulam Mohammad accused local fisherman, saying their poison and nets were to blame for the deaths of the blind Indus River Dolphin. A 2006 survey put the number left at 1,300.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Russia several hundred people demonstrated on a central Moscow square to call for the ouster of PM Vladimir Putin. The demonstrations are held on the last day of every month with 31 days to call attention to the 31st Article of Russia's Constitution, which guarantees freedom of assembly.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Somalia fighting between government troops and police killed 16 people in Mogadishu, underscoring the weak UN-backed government's inability to control its armed forces. The fighting began when police executed a plainclothes soldier they suspected of being an Islamist insurgent.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, A major Spanish savings bank born from a merger of seven institutions, Banco Financiero y de Ahorros, announced plans to list on the market to tap private capital.
    (AFP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, In Sri Lanka a group of men broke into the offices of a website critical of the government and set fire to it. A journalist from the publication said that he suspected a government role in the attack.
    (AP, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, Syria's president Assad, who has resisted calls for political freedoms and jailed critics of his regime, said in an interview published today that his nation is immune from the kind of unrest roiling Tunisia and Egypt.
    (AP, 1/31/11)

2011        Jan, US investigators reported that Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian militant later appointed interim leader of al Qaeda operations, has been linked to the killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002.
    (Reuters, 5/23/11)
2011        Jan, The US Dept. of Agriculture approved the use of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa, ending a nationwide ban that had been imposed in March 2007. A federal judge upheld the decision on Jan 6, 2012.
    (SFC, 1/7/12, p.D1)
2011        Jan, The Arab world included over 350 million people.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.15)
2011        Jan, Ethiopia’s government imposed price controls to combat rising prices, giving food sellers long lines of customers but barely any profit.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jan, In Guatemala work on Paseo Cayala, an independent city just outside Guatemala City, began. By 2013 developers said they have invested $66 million there to date. Plans included a neo-classical church that seats about 700.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
2011        Jan, In Saudi Arabia flooding struck Jeddah and 10 people were killed.
    (Econ, 3/5/11, p.53)
2011        Jan, Tanzania arrested Mohamed Mohamed of Kenya for his role in the July 11, 2010, bombings that killed 76 people in the Ugandan capital Kampala. In 2011 Tanzania’s Kisutu court granted an application to extradite the suspect to Uganda to face justice.
    (AP, 7/2/11)

2011        Feb 1, US authorities said an Iranian man has been charged with exporting specialized metals to his homeland for potential use in nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in violation of a US embargo. Milad Jafari (36) was indicted on 11 charges for "illegally exporting and attempting to export specialized metals from the United States through companies in Turkey to several entities in Iran. He remained at large and was believed to be in Iran.
    (AFP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 1, US Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye, (D-HI) announced that the Senate Committee on Appropriations will implement a moratorium on earmarks for the current session of Congress. This amounts to a 2 year moratorium, as it will apply to both the FY 2011 and FY 2012 bills.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kqwyodo)
2011        Feb 1, According to the "Keystone XL Assessment," a new study commissioned by the US Department of Energy, a proposed pipeline from Canada's oil sands to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico would help "essentially eliminate" US oil imports from the Middle East in a decade or two.
    (Reuters, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed laying off up to 9,800 state workers and cutting billions from education and Medicaid as he laid out his first budget designed to close a $10 billion deficit.
    (Reuters, 2/1/11)(SFC, 2/2/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 1, Chevron Corp. filed a racketeering lawsuit against a team of lawyers, who have been fighting the company over oil field pollution in Ecuador, for conspiring to extort up to $113 billion relating to an 18-year-old lawsuit.
    (SFC, 2/2/11, p.D1)
2011        Feb 1, Australia evacuated thousands of people from its northeast coast as a cyclone rivaling Hurricane Katrina bore down on tourism towns and rural communities.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, In Brazil the Civil Defense department in Santa Catarina state said severe floods triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people and driven thousands from their homes.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, BP reported its first annual loss ($4.9 billion) since 1992, as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, and outlined plans to shift its focus away from the United States. BP also announced it is resuming dividend payouts for the first time since the Gulf of Mexico well disaster.
    (AP, 2/1/11)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.73)
2011        Feb 1, Derek Rawcliffe (89), the first Church of England bishop to be open about his homosexuality, died. Rawcliffe disclosed his homosexuality on television in 1995, when he was serving as an honorary bishop in Ripon and Leeds diocese. He was dismissed the following year for conducting blessings of same-sex couples.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 1, A Cambodian court sentenced two Thais to lengthy prison terms for illegally crossing the border and spying. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Veera Somkwamkid, who heads a political pressure group, the Thailand Patriot Network, and his assistant Ratree Pipatanapaiboon, guilty of espionage, illegal entry and trespassing in a military zone. Veera was sentenced to eight years in prison and Ratree to six years.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, In the CAR provisional results said Francois Bozize has been comfortably re-elected to a 2nd term as president with 66% of the Jan 23 vote. By the next day all four rival candidates denounced the result as a fraud. The independent commission said former president Ange-Felix Patasse came second with 20.10% of the vote, followed by former premier Martin Ziguele with 6.46%, Emile Gros-Raymond Nakombo with 4.64% and ex-defense minister Jean-Jacques Demafouth with 2.72%.
    (AFP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 1, China Harbor Engineering Company, a subsidiary of state-owned China Communications Construction Company, signed a 1.2-billion-dollar contract to build Khartoum's new international airport.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 1, In Egypt more than a quarter-million people flooded Cairo's main square in a stunning and jubilant array of young and old, urban poor and middle class professionals, mounting by far the largest protest yet in a week of unrelenting demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. A coalition of opposition groups told Egypt's government that they would only begin talks with the military on a transition to democracy once President Hosni Mubarak stands down. Mubarak went on national television and rejected demands he step down immediately and said he would serve out the remaining seven months of his term.
    (AP, 2/1/11)(Reuters, 2/1/11)(AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 1, Maj. Gen. Buster Howes, commander of the EU Naval Force, said Somali pirates have begun systematically torturing hostages and using them as human shields.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced another sharp rebuke from opponents in parliament as lawmakers dismissed his transportation minister in the wake of several deadly plane crashes in the country.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Human Rights Watch said elite Iraqi troops controlled by PM Nouri al-Maliki's office are holding prisoners at a secret jail and torturing inmates at another facility.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Ireland's PM Brian Cowen (51) declared a formal end to his government, in a farewell address tinged with regret over the nation's plunge to the brink of bankruptcy. Analysts forecast Feb. 25 as the most likely election date.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Ireland ordered a Russian diplomat to be expelled, after an investigation concluded that the country's intelligence service used stolen Irish identities as cover for spies operating in the United States.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, New satellite imagery showed Malaysia is destroying forests more than three times faster than all of Asia combined, and its carbon-rich peat soils of the Sarawak coast are being stripped even faster.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Mexican federal police reported they had captured a leading enforcer for the Independent Cartel of Acapulco. The enforcer allegedly took part in last year's kidnap-killing of 20 vacationers from the western state of Michoacan and in the killing and beheading of 14 men in Acapulco in early January. Police identified the suspect as Miguel Gomez Vazquez, alias "The Cat," and said he was caught with an assault rifle and drugs. The navy said that it had detained six suspected drug cartel gunmen on four separate occasions Jan 30-31 in the northern states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. One suspect was killed and two marines were wounded in one of the confrontations.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 1, In Mexico a series of attacks in Monterrey left a federal police officer and three suspected cartel gunmen dead and three police officers injured. In Zacatecas gunmen opened fire on state police officers who had arrived after receiving a tip that armed men were parked outside an office-supply store. Two bystanders, a man and a boy, suffered non-life-threatening wounds in the gunbattle. In Guadalajara 7 attacks within two hours late in the day appeared to have been coordinated, and were staged by drug gangs, possibly in retaliation for the arrests of their members.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 1, In Mexico Adam Mark Zachs (47), a fugitive from Connecticut, was arrested in the small town of Leon Guanajuato where he apparently had been running a computer repair business. Zachs was convicted of the 1987 murder of Peter Carone (29) outside a West Hartford bar and sentenced to 60 years in prison. However he fled while free on appeal.
    (Reuters, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 1, Myanmar's first parliament in more than two decades nominated five vice-presidential candidates, one of whom will become president and lead the new military-dominated government.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, In Nepal Christians threatened to parade corpses in front of the parliament building after the government ruled last week that an area near a revered Hindu temple could no longer be used as their burial ground.
    (AP, 2/1/11) 
2011        Feb 1, In Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province gunmen killed four policemen and kidnapped four others, including a senior local official, in separate incidents.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 1, The Palestinian Cabinet in West Bank said it would hold long-promised municipal elections "as soon as possible."
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev unveiled a huge monument to his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, praising him for leading Russia through its difficult first years after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse expressed his country's support for Palestinian national rights and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, the latest Latin American country to do so.
    (www.israel-palestinenews.org/2011/02/surinam-recognizes-palestinian-state.html)
2011        Feb 1, Switzerland blocked Haiti ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's frozen Swiss millions under new legislation that came into force today to ease their return to the impoverished country. The "Duvalier law" was rushed through parliament last year to ease the restitution of assets stolen by corrupt or greedy politicians to their home countries.
    (AFP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, Swiss police said a 54-year-old man has admitted sexually abusing 100 mentally disabled children and adults in Switzerland and Germany during almost 3 decades.
    (SFC, 2/2/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 1, Syrians were reported organizing campaigns on Facebook and Twitter calling for a "day of rage" in Damascus on Feb 4-5, taking inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia in using social networking sites to rally their followers for sweeping political reforms.
    (AP, 2/1/11)
2011        Feb 1, The head of a UN human rights mission said some 219 people were killed and 510 injured during the violent protests that led to the ouster of Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. A gang set fire overnight to a small synagogue, in what appeared to be the first attack on a Jewish institution since the start of the unrest.
    (AP, 2/1/11)

2011        Feb 2, US federal regulators took the first step in setting a drinking water limit for perchlorate, a noxious component of rocket fuel, flares and fire works known to hamper thyroid function and hinder brain development in young children. Most of the contaminations stemmed from military and munitions operations.
    (SFC, 2/3/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 2, News Corps’ Rupert Murdoch introduced a new publication tailored for Apple’s iPad. Called the Daily, the US publication will cost 99 cents a week or $39.99 a year. British billionaire Richard Branson had unveiled a magazine, Project, designed for the iPad last November at a cost of $2.99 per month.
    (SFC, 2/3/11, p.D3)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.78)
2011        Feb 2, In northern California John Luebbers, a school janitor, shot and killed Placerville elementary school principal Sam LaCara (50), following a personal dispute.
    (SFC, 2/5/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 2, NASA scientists reported that the Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, has found over 1,000 possible planets with at least 54 of them within their suns’ habitable zones.
    (SFC, 2/3/11, p.A1)
2011        Feb 2, A massive storm billed as the worst in decades barreled toward the northeast, leaving vast swaths from Chicago to New York paralyzed by snow and ice.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in New Delhi to discuss efforts to restore security in Afghanistan and to attend a conference on sustainable development.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, Afghanistan's Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal called for an investigation into allegations he personally benefited from corruption at Kabul Bank, the country's largest bank. Details of alleged improper interest payments were made public by The Wall Street Journal a day earlier.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, In Afghanistan Australian Corporal Richard Edward Atkinson (22) was killed while on patrol in Uruzgan's Deh Rahwod. This upped the number of Australian troops killed in the conflict to 22.
    (AFP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 2, Italian Maria Sandra Mariani (53) was kidnapped in southeastern Algeria near the town of Djanet by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Algeria’s official news agency reported the kidnapping on Feb 4. Mariani was released on April 17, 2012.
    (AP, 2/4/11)(AFP, 7/21/11)(AFP, 4/17/12)
2011        Feb 2, In northeastern Australia Cyclone Yasi ripped roofs from buildings and cut power to thousands of homes. The scale of disaster was unknown as officials and residents holed up while the tempest raged.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, British investment banker Christian Littlewood (37) was sentenced to 40 months in prison for insider trading. He pleaded guilty to eight counts of insider dealing after a Financial Services Authority (FSA) investigation. His wife and co-conspirator Angie Littlewood was given a 12-month suspended sentence.
    (Econ, 10/15/11, p.83)(http://tinyurl.com/6jxggd2)
2011        Feb 2, In CongoDRC at least 14 people were killed and around 20 injured when a goods train derailed in Western Kasai province.
    (AFP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, In Egypt several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, attacked anti-government protesters as the upheaval took a dangerous new turn. In scenes of chaos and pitched fighting, the two sides pelted each other with stones, and protesters dragged attackers off their horses. Egyptian troops fired warning shots in a bid to end clashes with regime supporters and the protesters reacted jubilantly. The government said three people were killed. The government began to reinstate Internet service after days of an unprecedented cutoff, and state TV announced the easing of a nighttime curfew. As many as 11 people were killed and over 1,000 wounded.
    (AP, 2/2/11)(AFP, 2/2/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.28)
2011        Feb 2, German riot police clearing out one of Berlin's last squats, Liebig 14, clashed with protesters in pitched battles, reviving memories of fights that brought down a local government in 1990. Liebigstrasse 14, occupied in 1990, had 10 flats, artists’ studios and 25 tenants.
    (Reuters, 2/2/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.59)
2011        Feb 2, Indian police arrested former telecom minister A. Raja and other senior officials as part of a probe into one of the country's biggest corruption cases.
    (AFP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, Indonesian prosecutors formally charged Abu Bakar Bashir (72), spiritual head of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network, with planning terrorist attacks. He was also was charged with helping fund a new terror cell in Aceh province and mobilizing foot soldiers.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, Jordan's new premier, Maruf Bakhit, began consultations on forming a government charged with passing reforms and meeting the demands of popular protests, despite objections from the Islamist opposition.
    (AFP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 2, In Mexico gunmen fired upon a group of Mexican marines who were responding to reports of illicit activity at an apartment complex In the wealthy Monterrey suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia. The marines returned fire, killing four suspected gunmen. Gunmen killed Manuel Farfan, a retired army general who took over a month ago as police chief of Nuevo Laredo. Two of his bodyguards also were slain and two suffered wounds.
    (AP, 2/2/11)(AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 2, In northwest Pakistan a car bomb killed nine people close to Peshawar. 3 children were among the dead. A group of militants attacked a security post in the Anarggi area of Mohmand tribal region, killing three paramilitary soldiers and wounding four. Troops returned fire and killed 16 insurgents. A roadside bomb hit a paramilitary vehicle in the Davezai area of Mohmand, killing one soldier and wounding three others. An artillery shell fired by the military hit a house in the area, killing two women. In the nearby Orakzai tribal region, fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts, killing 15 alleged militants and wounding 10 others. Several mortars fired from Afghanistan landed near an army checkpoint in the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan, killing one Pakistani soldier and wounding three others.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, A Philippine official said police commandos have arrested Arabi Sali, an al-Qaida-linked militant allegedly involved in the killing of American tourists and two US soldiers in the southern Philippines in September, 2009. Allegations that former military chiefs benefited from massive corruption led to calls for the government to get serious about reforming the armed forces.
    (AP, 2/2/11)(SFC, 2/3/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 2, In southern Russia 2 masked gunmen burst into a cafe in Kabardino-Balkaria and shot dead four traffic policemen on their lunch break. In Dagestan two suspected insurgents were killed in an overnight gunbattle with police.
    (AP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, Spain’s PM Zapatero signed a solemn “social pact" with unions and employers, covering pensions, collective bargaining and more.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.62)
2011        Feb 2, Tunisia's interim government moved to impose its control over the country's security forces and state institutions, firing dozens of senior allies of fallen dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
    (AFP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told parliament he will not seek another term in office or hand power to his son. His current term in office expires in 2013. Saleh also said he will freeze plans to change the constitution that would have enabled him to remain president for life.
    (AP, 2/2/11)(AFP, 2/2/11)

2011        Feb 3, The US military said Awal Gul (48), an Afghan prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, collapsed and died, apparently from natural causes, after exercising inside the jail. Gul fell in the shower Feb 1 after working out on an elliptical machine in Camp 6, a communal section of the Guantanamo reserved for well-behaved prisoners, and died at the base hospital. He was an "an admitted Taliban recruiter" who operated an al-Qaida guesthouse and had met several times with Osama bin Laden. Gul resigned from the Taliban more than a year before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, because he considered them "corrupt and abusive." He was arrested by US forces in December 2001 when he voluntarily traveled to meet with American military officials in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 3, Int’l. groups that coordinate Internet addresses officially allocated the last blocks of IPv4 addresses to regional registries. A new 128-bit address system, IPv6, will begin testing on June 8.
    (SFC, 2/4/11, p.D6)
2011        Feb 3, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said the state of emergency, in force for the past 19 years, will be lifted in the very near future.
    (AFP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Australia's biggest cyclone in a century shattered entire towns after pummeling the coast and churning across the country. One man asphyxiated while sheltering inside during the massive cyclone and become the storm's first fatality.
    (AFP, 2/3/11)(AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Bangladesh police said they have arrested four Islamic clerics after Mosammet Hena (14) was whipped to death for allegedly having an illicit relationship with a married man, who escaped his 100 lashes. The girl collapsed after she was lashed in public with a bamboo cane about 70 times on Jan 31.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, British lawmakers demanded an explanation into why 1.85 million pounds ($2.99 million) of foreign aid money helped pay for the pope's visit to the U.K. last year.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Allison Cox, a former nanny employed by the boss of a chain of British sex shops, pleaded guilty to spiking her employer's soup with windshield washer fluid. She admitted contaminating Jacqueline Gold's food in an attempt to get the household's chef in trouble.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, In northeast China a fire set off by fireworks to celebrate the Lunar New Year destroyed a five-star hotel in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Authorities in Congo arrested four foreigners, an American, a Frenchman and two Nigerians, suspected of planning to smuggle millions of dollars of gold out of the country's lawless east. Army general Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the ICC for recruiting child soldiers, received $6.5 million in cash for the gold, over 400kg, which was seized.
    (Reuters, 2/7/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.54)
2011        Feb 3, In Dagestan a small bomb exploded in the capital, Makhachkala, killing a city official involved in razing illegal structures. In Kabardino-Balkariya a traffic policeman died after being shot the night before while he and a partner were checking a motorist's documents.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Egypt's embattled government announced a slew of measures aimed at defusing a bloody revolt and taking back the initiative, as protesters battled pro-regime militants for control of Cairo's Tahrir Square and spurned an offer for talks. Egypt’s military rounded up journalists after they came under attack from supporters of President Hosni Mubarak who have been assaulting anti-government protesters. An army tank moved against supporters of Mubarak as they hurled rocks at anti-Mubarak protesters in central Cairo, prompting cheers from demonstrators battered by overnight fighting that killed six. State news agency MENA said Egypt's public prosecutor has issued a travel ban on some ministers from the former government and at least one former ruling party official, and froze their bank accounts. Vodafone accused the Egyptian authorities of using its network to send pro-government text messages to its subscribers, without clear attribution.   
    (AFP, 2/3/11)(AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Haitian electoral officials dropped Jude Celestin, the government-backed candidate from the upcoming presidential runoff, ending a standoff with international powers over the results of a first-round of voting that was marred by fraud and disorganization. Former first lady Mirlande Manigat and musician Michel Martelly will contest a presidential run-off next month as the country moved ahead with its dispute-plagued elections process.
    (AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, An Indian court granted police the right to detain arrested ex-telecom minister A. Raja for five days as investigators probe one of the country's biggest ever corruption cases.
    (AFP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, In Iraq the 8-year-old son of a local anti-terrorism chief was killed in a food market by gunmen aiming for his father in Tuz Khormato. A demonstration near the southern city of Diwaniyah left four people wounded when police fired into the air to disperse a crowd.
    (AP, 2/4/11)(AFP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 3, In southern Italy Matthias Kaspar Schepp (43), a Canadian-born resident of Switzerland, was found dead by a railway station of an apparent suicide. Swiss police said they still had no evidence of the whereabouts of his twin daughters, Alessia and Livia (6), reported missing on Jan 30. The girls were last seen on a ferry to the French island of Corsica four days before their father apparently killed himself in Italy.
    (SFC, 2/8/11, p.A5)(AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 3, In Japan a proposed merger was announced between Nippon Steel, Japan’s largest steelmaker, and rival Sumitomo Metals.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.76)
2011        Feb 3, Jordan's King Abdullah II widened his political outreach and met with the Muslim Brotherhood for the first time in nearly a decade.
    (SFC, 2/4/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 3, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into law a measure allowing early presidential elections. The measure allows for the vote to be held on two months' notice. The constitutional court rejected a petition drive for a referendum on keeping him in power for at least another decade.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, In Mexico Morelos Canseco, interior secretary of Tamaulipas state, said the parents of 25 children, found abandoned in Nuevo Laredo, were kidnapped.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Myanmar's new parliament elected Thein Sein, prime minister in the outgoing military junta, as one of three vice presidents, making him a likely contender for president in the new military-dominated government.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Nepal's lawmakers elected Jhalanath Khanal as the country's new prime minister, ending a damaging seven-month leadership vacuum in the troubled country.
    (AFP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Nigerian militants threatened new attacks on oil facilities, saying they would blow up pipelines and other targets because the government had not addressed "fundamental problems."
    (AFP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, In the Philippines President Benigno Aquino III ordered a logging moratorium in the country, blaming devastating floods on unmitigated logging and deforestation. A weeklong downpour culminated in raging flash floods that surged through the streets of Jolo's coastal provincial capital, sweeping away stilt houses and damaging hundreds of homes killing at least 5 people. Disaster officials said at least 9 other people have died in floods elsewhere in the Philippines this week, adding to more than 70 lives lost in heavy rainfall between late December and the end of January.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 3, In the Philippines the military and rebels said hundreds of rival Muslim rebels have clashed over land in the southern Philippines, leaving at least 13 dead and thousands of villagers displaced in the monthlong fighting.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, Sudanese police beat and tear gassed students protesting in Sennar state, the latest in a series of short-lived demonstrations partly inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Police arrested dozens of people near the scene of a planned protest in the capital's Khartoum North suburb.
    (Reuters, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 3, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents opened fire on a grocery store, killing five Buddhist bystanders.
    (AP, 2/3/11)
2011        Feb 3, In Thailand a 47-year-old Thai woman died at a hotel. A 23-year-old New Zealand woman died Feb. 6 at the same Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai. Her two female companions, who became sick, recovered. A British couple in their 70s were found in their hotel room at the same hotel on Feb. 19. A later investigation reported exposure to some toxic chemical, pesticides or gas.
    (AP, 8/16/11)
2011        Feb 3, In Turkey a powerful explosion in Ankara collapsed two stories of a factory, leaving at least six people dead and injuring some 30 others. Hours later another explosion killed 6 more people at a paint shop in the same industrial district.
    (AP, 2/3/11)(SFC, 2/4/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 3, In Yemen tens of thousands of opponents and supporters of the president staged dueling demonstrations. Police opened fire to break up an anti-government protest, and security officials said one protester has been critically wounded.
    (AP, 2/3/11)

2011        Feb 4, President Barack Obama and Canadian PM Stephen Harper agreed to a new approach to US and Canadian security that they said would help boost trade by reducing logjams at the border.
    (Reuters, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, US federal authorities said they are charging 23 people with moving drugs and illicit money through the Caribbean on behalf of a major Colombian drug cartel. 21 of the suspects have been arrested so far in Colombia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, New York, Miami and the US Virgin Islands.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, The US Transportation Security Administration gave more than 40,000 airport screeners the right to vote on limited collective bargaining.
    (SFC, 2/5/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 4, The US X-47B jet, which looks like a smaller version of the B-2 stealth bomber, stayed in the air for 29 minutes and climbed to 5,000 feet in a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, Ca. The robotic, bat-winged bomber was designed to take off from an aircraft carrier. Northrop was building the navy bomber under a $636 million contract awarded in 2007.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 4, It was reported that Bank of America has agreed to pay $410 million to settle a suit on overdraft charges.
    (SFC, 2/5/11, p.D1)
2011        Feb 4, In California a Stockton real estate executive pleaded guilty to conspiring to rig bids and commit mail fraud. Richard W. Northcutt (56) became the 4th person to plead guilty in a federal investigation of anti-competitive practices in real estate foreclosure auctions across northern California.
    (SFC, 2/5/11, p.C1)
2011        Feb 4, The New York Times reported that US and Egyptian officials were discussing a plan for Mubarak to turn power over now to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman.
    (AFP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, US Sens. John McCain and Joseph Liberman visited Lithuania. McCain and Lieberman slammed the Belarusian regime, labeling President Alexander Lukashenko a ruthless tyrant and called on Washington to take the lead on imposing sanctions on the country.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, The US and the UN sharply criticized a vote by Somali parliamentarians to extend their term by 3 years. The 500-member body voted on the extension despite failing to pass any laws in the past 6 years.
    (SFC, 2/5/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 4, In southern Afghanistan a suicide car bomb struck outside the house of Kandahar city police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid, wounding at least 2 people. It was the 2nd attack on him this week.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, Algerian forces killed Kamel Bourihane (aka Abou Hafs), a senior Islamic militant. He was linked with two attacks in 2007 in the capital Algiers that left dozens dead.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 4, Police in Brazil said they had freed a 45-year-old woman who had been locked in a house for 20 years with no communication with the outside world. Parana state police said the woman was locked in the home by her partner, a man (60), in the city of Mariluz.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 4, Cambodian and Thai soldiers exchanged heavy fire on the two countries' shared border near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple killing one soldier and a civilian, as tensions between the neighbors boiled over.
    (AFP, 2/4/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.50)
2011        Feb 4, Cuba freed Guido Sigler, a prominent political prisoner, and the Roman Catholic Church said another, Angel Moya, would be released soon and allowed to stay in the country.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, In Egypt protesters demanding President Hosni Mubarak's ouster packed Cairo's central square by the tens of thousands, waving flags, singing the national anthem and cheering, appearing undaunted and determined after their camp withstood two days of street battles with regime supporters trying to dislodge them. At least 8 people have been killed in the fighting and more than 800 injured. , Finance Minister Samir Radwan said Egypt has created a 5 billion Egyptian pound ($854 million) fund to compensate people for property damaged during the political protests that have rocked the country. An Egyptian reporter who was shot during clashes a week ago died of his wounds.
    (AP, 2/4/11)(Reuters, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, European leaders launched a trillion-euro bid to slash dependency on Middle East oil and Russian gas, clearing the way to place nuclear power at the center of 21st century needs.
    (AFP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, In Honduras gunmen ambushed the director of the nation's main prison and shot up the car he was driving, wounding the official in the head and also hitting a prison employee who was a passenger.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for an Islamic regime to be installed in Egypt, saying the wave of Arab revolts is an "earthquake" triggered by the 1979 Iranian revolution.
    (AFP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, Iraq’s PM al-Maliki said that he’ll return half of his annual salary to the government’s treasury in a symbolic effort to narrow the gaps between the nation’s rich and poor. Iraqis seized on Egypt's unrest to protest what they call corruption in their own security forces, rampant unemployment and scant electricity and water supply.
    (SFC, 2/5/11, p.A2)(AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano refused to sign a key government decree to increase the taxation powers of local authorities, dealing a blow to embattled PM Silvio Berlusconi.
    (Reuters, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, Kazakhstan Pres. Nazarbayev called early presidential elections for April 3, an accelerated timetable that gives the country's weak opposition forces little time to prepare.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, Myanmar's newly elected parliament named Thein Sein (65), a key figure in the long-ruling military junta, as president, ensuring that the first civilian government in decades will be dominated by the army that has brutally suppressed dissent.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, In New Zealand rescuers struggled to save scores of pilot whales after 80 beached themselves. 14 died and others were not expected to last the night. 66 survivors of the pod freed themselves and swam back to sea during a late night high tide.
    (AP, 2/4/11)(AP, 2/5/11)  
2011        Feb 4, Pakistan's ruling party said it plans trim the bloated 50-plus-member Cabinet to help cut spending at a time of severe financial crisis.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov inspected military facilities on the disputed southern Kuril islands also claimed by Japan, prompting a sharp protest from Tokyo.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, In Rwanda journalists Agnes Nkusi Uwimana and Saidaiti Mukakibibi, were sentenced to 17 and 7 years respectively for publicly criticizing the government in published articles. On April 5, 2012, the supreme court cleared Nkusi of genocide denial and promoting ethnic divisions, but upheld her convictions for defamation for insulting President Kagame and inciting public disorder. Her total sentence was reduced to four years from 17. The court upheld Mukabibibi's conviction for inciting civil disobedience but reduced her sentence from seven years to three years.
    (AP, 2/12/11)(http://rwandinfo.com/eng/)(AFP, 4/5/12)
2011        Feb 4, In Sri Lanka a mob armed with clubs attacked opposition protesters who were marching toward a prison in Colombo to demand the release of former army commander Sarath Fonseka, the defeated presidential candidate from jail.
    (AP, 2/4/11)
2011        Feb 4, In Sudan two days of fighting in Malakal, a flashpoint town near the north-south border, has killed nine people, including a UN staff member.
    (AP, 2/4/11)

2011        Feb 5, The United States and Russia formally inaugurated their new START nuclear arms treaty, capping two years of work to "reset" the sometimes strained ties between the former Cold War enemies.
    (Reuters, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Kentucky police found the body of a girl (9) near Trenton, several hours after she was reported missing.
    (SSFC, 2/6/11, p.A8)
2011        Feb 5, J. Paul Getty III (b.1956), grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, died in England following a long illness. He had lost an ear to kidnappers in Rome in 1973 and suffered a devastating stroke in his twenties that left him severely impaired and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
    (SFC, 2/9/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 5, In southern Afghanistan two NATO service members were killed in separate bomb attacks. NATO troops captured 48 Iranian-made warheads, 49 fuses, and 49 rocket mortars. They were being transported in a three-truck convoy, in southern Nimruz, near the Iranian and Pakistani borders.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Australia torrential rains and flash floods trapped scores of people in homes and cars following a massive cyclone, piling on more misery after weeks of record inundations.
    (AFP, 2/5/11) 
2011        Feb 5, British PM David Cameron, in a speech to the Munich Security Conference, condemned Britain's long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism. He also said Europe must stamp out intolerance of Western values within its own Muslim communities and far-right groups if it is to defeat the roots of terrorism.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Renewed fighting between Cambodian and Thai troops along the countries' disputed border killed a Thai soldier and sent thousands of people fleeing before military commanders agreed on the second cease-fire in two days.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Rudolf Slavik (34) was found shot to death in a tram in Prague. In November Gilbert Ferguson McCrae (53), a US and British citizen, was found guilty for killing Slavik by shooting him in the head with a handgun. The prosecution said McCrae shot Slavik after Czech had insulted him in a bar. The conviction was upheld in 2012 and McCrae was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/8/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6oeph7f)
2011        Feb 5, Leaders of Egypt's unprecedented wave of anti-government protests held talks with the prime minister over ways to ease President Mubarak out of office, but the government appeared to be digging in its heels. The top executive committee of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which includes Mubarak's son Gamal, resigned en masse. Secretary-general of the ruling party, Safwat el-Sharif, resigned in a gesture to protesters carrying out a 12-day-old wave of anti-government demonstrations. It was decided to name Hossam Badrawi secretary general of the party.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel. Egypt supplies about 40 percent of Israel's natural gas. The attack came after Israel expressed concern that its natural gas supplies from Egypt could be threatened if a new regime takes power in Cairo.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In India doctors in Gujarat reported two more cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, a tick-borne virus endemic to parts of Africa. 4 people in Gujarat had already died of the disease this year.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.68)
2011        Feb 5, In Iran A state-owned news website said Iran's broadcasting authority has banned Iranian TV channels from showing cooking programs that present recipes for foreign cuisine. The deputy head of Iran's state broadcasting company, Ali Darabi, announced the ban during a visit to one of the country's 30 state-run TV channels.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 5, Israeli police arrested four men in the theft of religious items valued at more than $1 million from a synagogue in Italy. The 4 suspects, Israelis in their 20s, were accused of stealing the items from Milan's central synagogue last week and smuggling them to Israel.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Italy thousands of people attended a rally to demand Premier Silvio Berlusconi's resignation following allegations he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and used his office to cover it up.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Mexico gunmen opened fire and killed 3 teenage boys at a used car dealership in Ciudad Juarez. Two of the boys were US citizens. A teenager, a woman and a 40-year-old man died in a second attack by unidentified gunmen elsewhere in Juarez. Another three people were killed in separate shooting incidents. Authorities recovered the dismembered body of Francisco Martinez Ramirez, the chief of guards at a Monterrey prison, who was dragged out of his house by armed men a day earlier. Federal agents arrested Adan Salazar Zamorano, an alleged lieutenant of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. He was also wanted in Texas on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 5, In northern Mexico Serengeti Zoo owner Alberto Hernandez said 14 parrots, 13 serpents, five iguanas, two crocodiles and a capuchin monkey died after power failures cut off electrical heating at the zoo in the town of Aldama, Chihuahua state.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Pakistan militants killed four men accused of spying in the northwest. A car bomb exploded in a village in the Khyber tribal region. 3 people were killed and 2 pedestrians were wounded.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In the Philippines guerrillas leaders said Ameril Umbra Kato, a rogue Muslim rebel commander, has formed a separate faction of several hundred fighters and rejected peace talks to end the decades-long secessionist rebellion.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, The body of Monika Markiewicz (32), a Polish national and musician on the cruise ship Allure of the Sea, was recovered from the sea off Cozumel, Mexico. An autopsy determined she drowned but also had suffered a blow to the head. Nelson Perez Torres (24) later confessed to hitting Markiewicz in the head with a rock and then throwing her into the ocean in Quintana Roo state, where Cozumel is located.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Qatar an anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council banned former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for ten years, Mohammad Asif for seven years and Mohammad Aamer for five years for their role in a spot-fixing betting scam.
    (AFP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Romania five miners died in an explosion at a coal mine in the Jiu Valley mining region.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Serbia tens of thousands of nationalist supporters rallied against the pro-Western government, demanding early elections amid a deepening economic crisis.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, In South Sudan a rebellion by former pro-Khartoum militiamen against giving up their heavy weapons sparked clashes in oil-producing Upper Nile state. Fighting in Malakal close to the border with the north, has killed 20 people and wounded at least 24. Soldiers in north Sudan's army fought each other, killing at least 30 in a dispute over who gets to keep the artillery they are holding in Southern Sudan. The fighting took place in two towns in Upper Nile state. 11 soldiers were killed in Paloich and 19 in Melut.
    (AP, 2/5/11)(AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 5, In Spain several hundred Basque separatists held small street rallies, hung posters and painted political graffiti on walls throughout the troubled northern region to support a new political party to be launched next week.
    (AP, 2/5/11)
2011        Feb 5, Zimbabwe's main rival political parties condemned a spate of violent clashes among their supporters. PM Morgan Tsvangirai blamed Pres. Mugabe's youth brigades.
    (Reuters, 2/5/11)

2011        Feb 6, In Dallas, Texas, Wisconsin’s Green Bay packers won Super Bowl XLV 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 6, A US rocket carrying a national security payload launched from Vandenberg air Force Base in southern California.
    (SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 6, In Ohio a shooting at a fraternity party near Youngstown State Univ. killed one student and left 11 others injured. On Aug 31, 2012, Columbus Jones (23) was sentenced to 92 years to life in prison for the shootings that killed Jamail Johnson (25).
    (SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A4)
2011        Feb 6, In Ohio some 15 tanker cars, each carrying over 30,000 gallons of ethanol, exploded and burned after half the cars of a 62-car train derailed in Arcadia.
    (SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 6, Algerian newspapers reported that security services had dismantled an AQIM cell in the southeast of the country that had been planning attacks in Europe, in particular in France.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Australia wildfires destroyed homes around Perth and flooding claimed the life of a man near Wagga Wagga, as officials warned that last week's monster cyclone would compound economic woes.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Bhutan the top diplomats of India and Pakistan held talks in Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital, in the first high-level meeting between the two rival countries since July.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, police faced no resistance in an operation to take control of nine slums commanded by drug traffickers.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, The Cambodian government said part of an 11th century temple was damaged by the Thai army as the two sides exchanged artillery and mortar fire across their disputed border, shattering a shaky cease-fire and escalating tensions.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, Police on Easter Island raided the grounds of a luxury hotel to evict the last of dozens of indigenous protesters battling for ancestral lands and a larger share of profits from the tourists who come to see the Pacific Island's mysterious statues of giant heads. The actions posed legal and political dilemmas for a Chilean government already criticized for its treatment of indigenous people on the mainland.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 6, Egypt's VP Omar Suleiman met a broad representation of major opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, for the first time and agreed to allow freedom of the press, to release those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks and ago and to lift the country's hated emergency laws when security permits.
    (AP, 2/6/11)(AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In India heavily armed men kidnapped six volunteers from WWF-India who were counting the tiger population at the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam state. 3 female volunteers were released on Feb 8.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 6, The Indian navy and coastguard captured 28 suspected Somali pirates after a firefight with a "mothership" off southwestern India. At least some of 24 other men on board were believed to be hostages rescued as a result of the firefight on the Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked up to six months ago off the coast of Somalia.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In central Indonesia a machete-wielding mob of Muslims attacked the home of a minority sect leader, killing 3 and wounding 6 others in Tamanggung. Some 1,500 people, many with machetes, sticks and rocks, attacked about 20 members of the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect who were visiting their leader in his house in Banten province. Java Island. Dani bin Misra (17) smashed a rock repeatedly into the skull of Roni Pasaroni as the crowd yelled "Allahu Akbar" or God is Great. Ahmadiyah is considered deviant by most Muslims and banned in many Islamic countries because of its belief that Muhammad was not the final prophet. Police later arrested 10 suspects related to the attacks. On July 28 twelve members of the mob were received sentenced of 3-6 months. Dani bin Misra was released from jail after 3 months.
    (AP, 2/6/11)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A2)(SFC, 7/29/11, p.A2)(AP, 8/9/11)
2011        Feb 6, Iran opened its first centre to receive satellite images, a new stage in its space program that coincides with celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Iran a pro-government web site said Iran has executed two prison officials convicted of the 2009 torture deaths of three anti-government protesters.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Iraq protesters scuffled with riot police and marched along sewage-filled streets in demonstrations across the country to demand better utilities and job security from their government. In a press conference PM al-Maliki said he would increase monthly food rations for all Iraqis by about 15,000 Iraqi dinars, or about $12. He also rejected the use of violence against demonstrators.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, Rock guitarist Gary Moore (58), a former member of influential Irish band Thin Lizzy, was found dead at a hotel on Spain's Costa del Sol. Thin Lizzy had global hits in the 1970s with songs like "The Boys are Back in Town" and "Whiskey in the Jar." Frontman Phil Lynott died in 1986, but with a different lineup the band continues to tour today.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, Jordan's Islamist opposition said it has rejected an offer to join a new government led by PM Marruf Bakhit and tasked with pushing through reforms.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, Kuwait's embattled interior minister stepped down amid rising political tensions that include calls for the first major Gulf street protests inspired by uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Mexico 5 men were killed overnight in parts of Chihuahua state. The mutilated bodies of 5 men were found dumped on the side of a road in the town of Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon state. Military officials said soldiers have shot dead 13 suspected gang members in the state of Tamaulipas, including six gunmen who were killed in a town near the US border.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Senegal the 11th anti-capitalist gathering known as the World Social Forum kicked off in with a march attended by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, In South Africa game park rangers shot and killed 3 suspected rhinoceros poachers in confrontations in Kruger National Park. A 4th poacher was killed a day earlier in a KwaZulu-Natal park.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 6, Vietnamese police said 9 friends died during a lunar New Year party after they started a car parked inside a house to play music following an electricity outage.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, Zimbabwe state media reported that the nation’s ivory stockpile has rocketed to 42,000 kilos up from a previous record of 29,000, but the country cannot sell it due to a ban. It reportedly costs Zimbabwe $13 million annually to secure the stockpile, valued at $10 million.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)

2011        Feb 7, A federal jury in Baton Rouge, La., convicted Wen Chyu Liu (74), a former Dow Chemical research scientist, of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft and perjury.
    (SFC, 2/8/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 7, Internet company AOL Inc. said it is buying news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news. Founded in 2005, Huffington Post is owned by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and a group of other investors. The site attracts 25 million monthly visitors.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Filmmaker Michael Moore sued Harvey and Bob Weinstein, accusing the brothers of "Hollywood accounting tricks" and "financial deception" that cheated him out of at least $2.7 million in profits from the hit documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004).
    (Reuters, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed one person and wounded five others in Kandahar city, hours after attackers gunned down a local government chief in the country's volatile eastern borderlands. David Hillman, a retired customs officer who had worked for the US government for 30 years, died in the blast at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar. Giles Duley (39), British photographer, was severely injured in a roadside bombing during a foot patrol in Kandahar province. He underwent multiple amputations and was flown back to Britain for further treatment.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 7, Algerian authorities announced they have banned an opposition rally set for the capital on Feb 12 to call for an end to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's rule. Pro-democracy demonstrators said they will go ahead with the planned march.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Western Australia firefighters battled two wildfires, water bombing them from above as they tried to stop their spread. One on the outskirts of Perth destroyed at least 40 homes and left a firefighter injured.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Bangladesh authorities raided the headquarters of the opposition party in the capital as they tried to end the group's strike to protest spiraling commodity prices and crime. In other parts of the country, police fired tear gas and arrested protesters.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Brazil a massive fire consumed the warehouses where Rio de Janeiro's samba groups store the props and costumes for Brazil's largest Carnival parade.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that scientists in Britain have successfully tested a vaccine which could work against all known flu strains.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Cambodian and Thai troops clashed for a 4th straight day as the UN chief called for "maximum restraint" in a border dispute that has claimed 7 lives and displaced thousands. On April 6 the London-based Cluster Munition Coalition said Thailand's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva confirmed the army had fired 155mm cluster shells into Cambodia.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Feb 7, Egypt's embattled regime announced a 15% increase in salaries and pensions in the latest attempt to defuse popular anger amid protests demanding Pres. Mubarak's ouster. The regime appeared confident in its ability for the moment to ride out the unprecedented storm of unrest, and maintain its grip on power, at least until September elections. Mubarak's new cabinet held its first full meeting since an uprising started nearly two weeks ago.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(Reuters, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Egypt Wael Ghonim (30), a Google Inc. marketing manager, was released from 12 days of detention and gave an emotionally charged television interview, sobbing at times over those who have been killed. He dubbed the protests "the revolution of the youth of the Internet." He was a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first protest on Jan 25.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, Fiji’s former President Ratu Josefa Iloilo (91) died. The tribal chief served as president from 2000 to 2009 and backed the 2006 military takeover of the country.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 7, France-based Alcatel-Lucent unveiled technology that reduces the filing cabinet size of a wireless base station to that of Rubik’s cube.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.70)
2011        Feb 7, In Haiti President Rene Preval’s chief of staff said Preval will stay in office for three more months as his country chooses a successor in a delayed election. An emergency law passed by members of Preval's former party in an expiring Senate allowed him to remain in office for up to three more months because his 2006 inauguration was delayed. The Haitian government issued a new passport to former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South Africa and return to Haiti.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, Iran unveiled four new domestically produced “research" satellites as part of a space program that's worrying other nations. Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iran is mass-producing a ballistic missile which can travel at more than three times the speed of sound and hit targets on the high seas.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Iran and Turkey said they plan to triple two-way annual trade to $30 billion by 2015, ahead of a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul to the Islamic republic.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Israel Jerusalem officials pushed forward plans to build new Jewish housing in an Arab neighborhood in the city's eastern sector, drawing swift condemnation from Palestinians who see it as encroaching on land they seek for a future state.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Japan's PM Naoto Kan led a large rally demanding the return of the southern Kuril islands held by Russia since the end of World War II and calling the recent visit there by Russia's president an outrage. Japan has designated Feb. 7 as "Northern Territories Day," saying that a treaty dating back to that day in 1855 supports its claim to the islands.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Mexico 3 people related to Josefina Reyes, a human-rights activist who was assassinated last year in the Juarez valley, were forced from their car southeast of Ciudad Juarez. Josefina had led protests against alleged abuses by Mexican soldiers in the valley.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, In the Philippines Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed a proclamation granting amnesty to rebel soldiers who participated in military uprisings in 2003 and 2006.
    (SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2azzq9m)
2011        Feb 7, RIA News reported that a Russian man, Yevgeny Anikin (27), has pleaded guilty in court to stealing $10 million from former Royal Bank of Scotland division World Pay in 2008 by hacking into accounts. "I want to say that I repent and fully admit my guilt," Anikin said in his final comments to the court in Novosibirsk in Siberia, where he was charged with theft.
    (Reuters, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Spain Basque separatists launched a new political party they say rejects violence by the armed group ETA, in an unprecedented step designed to move the troubled region toward peace.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir accepted a southern vote for independence in a referendum that is set to create Africa's newest state and open up a fresh period of uncertainty in the increasingly volatile region. The final results of the historic independence referendum showed that 98.83 percent had voted for secession.
    (Reuters, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, Tunisia’s Ministry of Interior suspended the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD), the former ruling party.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.30)
2011        Feb 7, Zimbabweans chanting slogans from President Robert Mugabe's party trashed stalls owned by hawkers from elsewhere in Africa at a flea market in the capital, looting mobile phones, electrical goods and clothing.
    (AP, 2/7/11)

2011        Feb 8, First lady Michelle Obama said her husband hasn't had a cigarette in almost a year.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 8, In Mississippi a tractor-trailer sideswiped a school bus and collided head on with another school bus south of Oxford. 3 people were killed and at least 10 students were injured.
    (SFC, 2/9/11, p.A5)
2011        Feb 8, Claudia Aderotimi (20), a London woman, died at a Philadelphia hospital at 1:32 a.m., some 12 hours after a botched buttocks enhancement at a Hampton Inn near the Philadelphia Int’l Airport. Authorities sought to question Padge Victoria Windslowe, a self-described Goth hip hop singer known as "Black Madam" from Ardmore, Pa., in the death. On June 11, 2015, Windslowe was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 2/12/11)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)
2011        Feb 8, Afghan Pres. Karzai seconded a request by the High Peace Council calling for the release of Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, to join in reconciliation talks. Khairkhwa, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002, was a Taliban interior minister and governor of Herat province during the Taliban government.
    (SFC, 2/9/11, p.A3)
2011        Feb 8, Australian firefighters brought a raging wildfire that destroyed 68 houses and damaged 32 others near the city of Perth under control.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, In Brazil over half a million people, most of them Brazilians, called via petition on newly elected President Dilma to halt plans to construct the Belo Monte Dam. Outside the Presidential Palace, several hundred people gathered in protest including indigenous chiefs in full tribal regalia and community leaders from the Xingu River Basin, and delivered the petition signatures to the Dilma Government.
    (PRNewswire, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, In northeastern Brazil a prison riot, begun a day earlier, ended. 5 prisoners were killed including Jose Agostinho Pereira, who was decapitated by fellow inmates in his cell in the city of Pinheiro. Pereira had been jailed in 2010 for raping and keeping his daughter imprisoned for 12 years in a remote fishing village. He had seven children with her.
    (AP, 6/9/10)(AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 8, Guy Savage (42), owner of Nashville-based Sabre Defense Industries LLC, was detained in London after armed officers shot out the tires of his Mercedes. He was wanted by US authorities investigating illegal weapons trading between 2003 and 2009.
    (AP, 2/15/11)(http://tinyurl.com/5v44er3)
2011        Feb 8, China raised interest rates for the second time in just over six weeks, intensifying a battle in the fast-expanding economy against stubbornly high inflation that threatens to unsettle global markets.
    (Reuters, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Cuban officials celebrated the arrival of a 1,600km fiber optic cable from Venezuela, whose government put up the $70 million cost. It was expected to become operational this summer.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/4zgampd)
2011        Feb 8, In Egypt a massive crowd of anti-government protesters poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square again, joined for the first time by Wael Ghonim, a young leader of the campaign the day after he was released from detention. Egypt's military was not allowing foreign journalists without credentials to enter Cairo's Tahrir Square, part of what an international press watchdog called new obstacles in covering the ongoing crisis. Foreign journalists already with credentials were allowed into the square.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, In Germany state prosecutors in Wuerzburg said a retired German priest (77) has been charged with 50 counts of fraud over the theft of 1 million euros' ($1.4 million) worth of church donations. The former Roman Catholic priest was detained in May on suspicion of taking donations and collection money from his church in Bavaria.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 8, In India 2 supporters of a Gorkha separatist party were killed and 4 were injured after attacking a group of officers during a protest march in the northeast state of West Bengal.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, In Indonesia more than 1,500 Muslims went on the rampage in Central Java, setting two churches alight and ransacking a school, after a Christian man was sentenced to five years' jail for blaspheming Islam. The group wanted him punished with death.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Iran's main opposition leaders charged that the Islamic republic is being run by "anti-religion... hooligans," in a statement on the eve of its 32nd anniversary.
    (AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Iran's oil ministry's reported that daily oil output rose by around 100,000 barrels with the opening of the second phase of Darkhovin field in the southeast of the country.
    (AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Hussein Abdullahi, Iran's ambassador to Nigeria, said that he had spoken to senior officials of the Nigerian government as soon as an arms shipment was seized last Oct 26 and told them that the intercepted cargo was the third of four Gambia-bound shipments originating from Iran.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 8, In the Ivory Coast a fire broke out at the economic ministry building in the capital destroying untold numbers of financial records as international sanctions on incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up power, are beginning to take hold.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Lithuania sent an 8-member team to train Afghan army helicopter pilots. Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene said the Lithuanian military could hand over the central Afghan province of Ghor to local forces by the end of 2012. A Lithuanian force of some 150 has been at the helm since 2005 of what is known in NATO jargon as a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghor. Lithuania first sent troops to Afghanistan in 2002 after the US-led overthrow of the Taliban regime.
    (AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Mexican authorities recovered the bodies of five men who were dumped on the side of road in Zacatecas state after their execution-style slaying. The deaths raised to 41 the number of people killed over the weekend in drug-related violence. In Baja California, 10 soldiers were detained for alleged ties to drug traffickers and turned over to federal prosecutors. Alvaro Sandoval Diaz (50) and his wife, Griselda Pedroza Rocha (35), were killed in Puerto Palomas. The couple's 6-year-old daughter witnessed her parents' killings. Last month Sandoval Diaz opened fire on four armed men who arrived to extort money from him, killing three.
    (AFP, 2/8/11)(AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 8, Mexican soldiers rescued 44 Guatemalan migrants who had been locked up by kidnappers in a house in the northern city of Reynosa. 3 Mexican migrants were also rescued.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Military officers from North and South Korea held talks inside the heavily guarded Demilitarized Zone in the rivals' first official dialogue since the North's deadly artillery barrage of a South Korean island in November.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, In Pakistan strike action forced ailing state carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to cancel flights to Britain and Turkey, affecting some 1,500 passengers.
    (AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, The Palestinian Authority set long-overdue local council elections for July 9 in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the government spokesman said. The rival Hamas government that rules Gaza promptly rejected the move.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, In the Philippines retired Gen. Angelo Reyes (65) apparently committed suicide at his mother's grave. Reyes, who headed the military from 2001 to 2003, was at the center of a congressional probe into one of the biggest corruption scandals to have hit the Philippine armed forces.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 8, Somali pirates firing guns and rocket propelled grenades hijacked the Savina Caylyn, an Italian oil tanker, and diverted the medium-sized vessel towards Somalia. The tanker was reported freed on Dec 21 along with 22 crew members.
    (AP, 2/8/11)(AP, 12/21/11)
2011        Feb 8, In South Africa a private plane carrying nine people, including the chief executive of tile company Italtile Ltd., crashed in a nature reserve 320 miles east of Cape Town. There were no survivors. The Johannesburg-based retailer of ceramic tiles and bathroom accessories has been publicly traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since 1988.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 8, In Yemen a suspected US spy drone crashed near the southern town of Loder. Al-Qaeda gunmen in cars intercepted the police and hijacked the wreckage.
    (AP, 2/8/11)

2011        Feb 9, US federal prosecutors announced charges against 41 alleged gang members for activities ranging from racketeering conspiracy to drug and gun trafficking and murder in four states and Washington D.C. Some 29 defendants were arrested and more arrests are expected in connection with the separate cases from Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; Kansas City; Washington D.C.; and Las Vegas.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, US authorities ordered sanctions on two Afghan nationals said to be part of the financial network that supports Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Haqqani network. The US Treasury named as Specially Designated Global Terrorists Said Jan Abd Al-Salam and Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, A US judge approved the extradition to Mexico of Chinese-Mexican businessman, Zhenli Ye Gon, on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, New York state Republican Congressman Christopher Lee (46) said he is resigning after the release of e-mails he allegedly sent through an online personals site. The website Gawker hours earlier published an exchanged between the married Lee and an unidentified woman that included a shirtless photo of him.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 9, Enrico Ponzo, aka Jay Shaw, appeared in a Boise courtroom to face charges from a 1997 indictment for racketeering and attempted murder. The New England mobster vanished in 1994 after trying to kill his boss, Frank Salemme, former head of the Patriarca Family of La Cosa Nostra.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 9, Hewlett-Packard unveiled its new TouchPad computer. It used Palm’s updated webOS software.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.D1)
2011        Feb 9, A second powerful blizzard in a week roared through parts of the US midsection, bringing biting winds and dumping more than a foot of snow on areas still digging out from last week's major storm. Up to 2 feet of snow fell on parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A5)
2011        Feb 9, In southern Afghanistan 2 NATO service members died. In the north a roadside bomb exploded and killed the director of criminal investigations in Chimtal district of Balkh province.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Brazil, faced with climbing inflation and slowing growth, unveiled $30 billion in cuts to its 2011 budget. Finance Minister Guido Mantega said this would affect "all ministries."
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, The British government said it has struck a deal with the country's top banks to curb bonus payments and boost lending to businesses as it seeks to draw a line under a crisis that culminated in a multibillion pound (dollar) state bailout of the sector.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, The London Stock Exchange agreed to buy Canada's stock market operator TMX, while Germany's Deutsche Boerse was in talks to buy NYSE Euronext, signaling that exchanges globally are looking to consolidate.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Chinese officials said they were preparing for a severe, long-lasting drought in several parched provinces, causing wheat prices to spike on the prospect of the world's largest consumer putting pressure on a global supply that's already squeezed.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Colombia Marcos Baquero (35), a town councilman taken hostage in June 2009, was released by FARC rebels, the first of five captives they promised to free this week. He was the 15th captive released by the FARC since early 2008 in what was widely seen as good-faith gestures seeking a peace dialogue.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Danish police arrested a 44-year-old man after he allegedly shot and killed his three children and attempted to commit suicide.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Djibouti the president of the Djiboutian League of Human Rights, was arrested after reporting on the arrests of students and members of opposition political parties following the demonstrations, according to Human Rights Watch.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 9, Egypt's anti-government activists pushed to expand their protests and sought to drum up labor unrest as thousands launched strikes at state firms and offices around the country, in defiance of the vice president's warning that demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster would not be tolerated for much longer.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Haiti Radio Kiskeya journalist Garry Desrosiers was fatally shot on a busy street in Port-au-Prince after withdrawing about $1,000. An off-duty police officer fatally shot one gunman. Two other suspects escaped.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In India millions of census workers fanned out across the country as they began a mammoth effort to document every person in the world's second most populous country over the next three weeks.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Indonesia's biggest palm oil producer pledged to follow new standards to protect carbon-rich forests and peatlands, in a move cautiously welcomed by environmentalists including Greenpeace. A suspect was arrested in his Jakarta art shop during a raid carried out by police and forestry officials for allegedly using the Internet to sell hundreds of illegal wildlife parts, from ivory and tiger skins to the teeth of the world's smallest bears.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 9, Iran's state prosecutor said the opposition should not stage its own rally in support of Egyptian protesters, warning of repercussions if it does so.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Iran media reported that science minister Kamran Daneshjou has called for universities to enforce strict sex segregation, saying allowing men and women to mingle on campus is a sign of the influence of alien western values.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Hussein Abdullahi, Iran's ambassador to Nigeria, said that a Gambia-bound arms shipment seized at Nigeria's busiest port three months ago did not breach sanctions imposed by the UN, because Iran and Gambia had signed a secret agreement two years before the UN's 2010 ban on Iranian arms exports.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Iraq a suicide bomber posing as a dairy deliveryman struck a Kurdish security headquarters, setting off a series of rapid-fire attacks against the oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Three car bombs killed 10 people and wounded up to 80. The attacks were blamed on Sunni militant group Ansar Al-Islam.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/9/11)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 9, Israeli aircraft overnight carried out retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza territory after militants launched rockets into Israel on Feb 8. The airstrikes lightly wounded 8 Palestinians.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Italian prosecutors filed a request for an immediate trial of PM Berlusconi on criminal charges relating to prostitution and abuse of power.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 9, An Ivory Coast regulatory board loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ordered United Nations radio off the air. UN radio director Sylvain Semilinko said the next day that work continued as normal at UN radio headquarters as preparations were being made in case their signal was jammed.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Jordan’s King Abdullah II swore in a new 27-member Cabinet following protests demanding jobs, reduced prices for food and fuel and changes to an election law giving government loyalists more seats in the national Assembly.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 9, Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui said that she was let go by MVS radio for refusing to apologize for her Feb 4 comments regarding a congressman's allegation that President Felipe Calderon is an alcoholic. The firing stirred a debate over freedom of expression in Mexico and allegations that the government still holds sway over the media. Aristegui was reinstated on Feb 14.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Mexico a shootout between troops and armed men killed one soldier and 8 gunmen in Zacatecas state.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 9, North Korean military officers stalked out of the first official talks with rival South Korea in months, dashing hopes for eased tensions after a deadly artillery attack in November increased fears of war on the peninsula. The meeting was sunk because the two sides disagreed about what should be on the agenda of their next talks.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Pakistan's federal cabinet resigned to allow PM Yusuf Raza Gilani to set up a new, smaller cabinet and reduce government expenditure.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Pakistan a tribal elder and a government official said Sunni and Shiite communities in a region close to the Afghan border have agreed to end their four-year long conflict. The main road leading to Kurram from Peshawar was now open again and both Shiites and Sunnis were using it.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Pakistan strike action forced Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to ground or delay all flights, affecting thousands of passengers and heaping further woes on the troubled state carrier.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, The Puerto Rican Association of University Professors began staging a 24-hour strike in support of students who have clashed with police during protests over a new fee.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made it clear he will not give up the southern Kuril islands to Japan. In fact, he said Russia will send more weapons to the disputed islands to keep them secure.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Ten moderate Saudi scholars asked the king for recognition of their Umma Islamic Party, the kingdom's first political party.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Pirates seized the Irene SL, a Greek-flagged supertanker, off the coast of Oman bound for the US carrying a crew of 25 and a load of more than 1.9 million barrels of oil.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, A south Sudanese minister, Jimmy Lemi Milla, and his bodyguard were shot dead in Juba in a revenge killing by the minister's brother-in-law. At least 16 people died when rebels attacked troops in troubled Jonglei state, breaking a ceasefire signed last month.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Tunisia's Senate agreed unanimously to grant wide powers to the interim president struggling to restore order to the country following the overthrow of ex-leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)

2011        Feb 10, The US computer security firm McAfee Inc said in a report that hackers working in China over the last 2-4 years broke into the computer systems of 6 European and US energy companies to steal bidding plans and other critical proprietary information.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)(SFC, 2/25/11, p.D5)
2011        Feb 10, Arizona filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that Washington has failed to secure the state's porous border with Mexico.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Missouri a St. Louis police officer shot and killed an off-duty sheriff's deputy late in the day when the deputy, described as intoxicated and agitated, appeared to pull out a gun during an argument.
    (Reuters, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 10, The Montana House of Representatives voted to repeal the state’s 6-year-old medical marijuana law.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 10, In Cary, North Carolina, Devon Mitchell (19), who took 6 people hostage at a Raleigh suburb bank, was shot to death as he tried to leave with a woman hostage. Police later reported that Mitchell did not have a firearm.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/14/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 10, The Hershey Trust Co. fired board member Robert Reese, a former top Hershey Co. executive. Reese had filed documents in Pennsylvania saying the Hershey Trust has allowed excessive compensation for board members, violations of federal banking regulations and free limousine rides and rounds of golf.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A6)(http://freedomofspeech.kicks-ass.org/?q=node/5034)
2011        Feb 10, In Utah first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child were filed against Keith Brown (55), father of the 5 Browns classical piano group. The Brown children severed their professional relationship with their father in October of 2008.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Allentown, Pennsylvania, a natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. One person was killed, and at least five others were unaccounted for.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, The Afghan intelligence service exposed the workings of two suicide bomber cells. One was run for 3 years by Talib Jan, a Taliban commander jailed in the Pul-e-Charki maximum security prison in Kabul. A suicide bomber killed Chardara district governor Abdul Wahid Omerkhail and two others after walking into the administrator's office in Kunduz province to hand over a letter.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A5)(AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Argentine authorities seized nearly 1,000 cubic feet of undeclared equipment, describing it as machine guns and ammunition, drugs and spy equipment. It was on a US Air Force C-17 cargo plane that landed with material for a training course that a US Special Forces team had been invited to provide to Argentina's federal police. The course was canceled and the C-17 flew home with the Special Forces team. A US State Department official with knowledge of the events said afterwards that all the key material in the shipment was properly declared and authorized by Argentina, describing the undeclared equipment as a minor problem with the plane's manifest that could have been resolved privately. On March 10 a judge said Americans committed no crimes and formally closed the case. The incident cost US taxpayers more than $1 million.
    (AP, 2/15/11)(AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Australian PM Julia Gillard introduced contentious legislation for a one-off tax to help pay for devastating floods which killed 35 people and swamped thousands of homes.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Austrian police said vandals have destroyed a 500-year-old grapevine in the village of St. Georgen that was believed to have been a direct ancestor of the popular gruner veltliner wine, known as gru-vee in the US.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 10, PetroChina said it is purchasing half of a prolific shale gas project from Canada's Encana Corp for C$5.4 billion ($5.4 billion), marking the largest Chinese investment yet in a foreign natural gas asset.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11) 
2011        Feb 10, In Dubai convicted killer Rashid Rabee al-Rashidi, a 30-year-old boat captain, was put to death by a firing squad in the first execution in the United Arab Emirates in three years. The execution followed his conviction for raping and killing a boy (4) in a mosque bathroom in November 2009.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Egypt’s state television reported that the state prosecutor has launched a formal corruption investigation against three former government ministers and a former ruling party leader. In a late night speech President Hosni Mubarak handed most of his powers to his vice president but refused to step down. Shock that Mubarak did not step down turned to rage the next day, and protests escalated.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)(AP, 2/10/11)(AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 10, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
    (AFP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 10, French judges demonstrated in cities throughout France, with the main march in the western city of Nantes, where a teenage waitress disappeared on Jan 19. A police hunt found her severed limbs and head in the waters of an abandoned quarry. Pres. Sarkozy’s incautious comments about the suspect, and his complaints of incompetence in the legal system, sparked the revolt among judges, prosecutors and lawyers.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Tullow Oil announced a new discovery off Ghana, raising the possibility of further potential off the West African nation which only recently began large-scale production.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, India's Supreme Court told the government to set up a special court to speed up hearings into an alleged telecoms fraud that cost the nation up to $40 billion in lost revenues.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, A rebel group in India's violence-plagued northeast began peace talks with the government in an effort to end a decades-old insurgency.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, India and Pakistan announced they would resume wide-ranging peace talks that were frozen after the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, which were blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
    (AP, 2/10/11)  
2011        Feb 10, In Iraq a car bomb killed 8 pilgrims on the road to the Shiite shrine in Samarra, a highly sensitive site still being rebuilt after a 2006 attack that sheered off its gleaming golden dome and engulfed the country in years of sectarian bloodshed. Iraqi lawyers called for the end of judicial corruption and prisoner abuse in a protest that was one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations in Iraq since the start of popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Ireland a commuter plane crashed and burst into flames, killing six people and injuring another six, as it tried to land in heavy fog at Cork airport.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Mexico gunmen barged into a bar in Ciudad Juarez and opened fire late at night, killing seven women and one man. By the next morning 10 more people were killed in other shootings in the city.
    (AP, 2/11/11)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 10, In Pakistan a teenage suicide bomber killed up to 31 army recruits at a parade ground. The Taliban said it was revenge for US drone strikes and local military offensives.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Panamanian lawmakers repealed a law preventing foreign government investment in mining, clearing the way for Canada's Inmet Mining to build the largest copper mine in Central America.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Russian environmental activist Alla Chernysheva (35) was detained with her 2 daughters (3&6), the latest victim in a campaign to silence opponents of a new Moscow-St. Petersburg highway that is tearing up the ancient Khimki forest. Authorities announced a March start date for the highway. According to police Chernysheva was arrested on suspicion of taking a fake bomb to a Feb. 1 protest rally.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced a raft of economic incentives to create jobs, including tax breaks for the manufacturing sector, in his second State of the Nation address.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20110211/wl_csm/362777)
2011        Feb 10, The fighting in Southern Sudan between the region's army and a rebel faction left 105 people dead, including 39 civilians, 24 southern soldiers and police officers and 42 rebels. Rebel commander George Athor's troops captured Fangak a day earlier, and the fighting continued today until the southern military retook it. Rebel troops attacked the town of Phom el-Zeraf over two days. Women and children ran for their lives — straight into a river, where many drowned or were shot to death. Some 240 people, mostly civilians, were killed.
    (AP, 2/11/11)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A3)(AP, 3/11/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4bsgaep)
2011        Feb 10, In western Switzerland a Roman Catholic diocese said it has suspended two priests after allegations they sexually abused minors.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, A new Thai airline reported the hiring of transsexual ladyboys as flight attendants, aiming at a unique identity to set itself apart from competitors as it sets out for the skies. PC Air, a charter airline set to start operations on Asian routes in April, has thus far chosen 4 ladyboys, along with 19 female and 7 male flight attendants.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)

2011        Feb 11, A top US diplomat for arms control said Poland and other Eastern European countries are expressing concern to the United States about an arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons believed to be at their doorsteps in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Ingmar Guandique (29) was convicted of 1st degree murder in the April 30, 2001, disappearance of Chandra Levy (24), a DC intern from Modesto, Ca.
    (SFC, 2/12/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 11, Pandora Media Inc., an Internet radio company, announced plans to go public and raise as much as $100 million from sale of stock.
    (SFC, 2/12/11, p.D1)
2011        Feb 11, Bahrain state news agency BNA said the king has ordered that each family in the tiny Gulf monarchy be given $3,000 to mark the 10th anniversary of a national charter for reforms.
    (Econ, 2/19/11, p.53)(http://tinyurl.com/4h7odkv)
2011        Feb 11, In Brazil at least 35 people, mostly Rio de Janeiro police officers, were arrested on suspicion of colluding with drug gangs as the Brazilian city attempts to clean itself up before hosting the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games two years later.
    (Reuters, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 11, A British court approved the extradition to the US of retired British businessman Christopher Tappin, a man who allegedly plotted to sell missile components to Iran. US authorities say Tappin offered in 2006 to sell five specialized batteries for Hawk missiles for $25,000, not knowing that his contacts were undercover US agents instead of Iranians.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Canada asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to resolve its dispute with the European Union over the EU's ban on trade in seal products.
    (Reuters, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, China’s foreign Minister Yan Jiechi said that China plans to increase economic cooperation with longtime African ally Zimbabwe in mining, agriculture and other ventures. He met with Pres. Mugabe in Harare. Mugabe thanked Yang for China's training of his guerrillas to help in "demolishing colonialism" before independence from British colonial rule in 1980.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Colombian FARC rebels released to the International Red Cross two more captives, a young marine they captured eight months ago and Armando Acuna, a town councilman (48) seized in 2009.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Cuba agreed to release 2 prominent dissidents who have refused for months to accept exile in Spain. Hector Maseda and Angel Moya said they wanted to remain in jail until other opposition leaders were freed and other demands were met. Jail officials the next day simply tossed the men out, saying they could no longer stay behind bars.
    (AP, 2/11/11)(AP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 11, In Equatorial Guinea writer Juan Tomas Avila Laurel (44) began a hunger strike. He left Malabo the next day for Barcelona, Spain, amid fears for his safety.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 11, Egypt's powerful military tried to defuse outrage over President Hosni Mubarak's refusal to step down, assuring it would guarantee promised reforms. But hundreds of thousands only grew angrier, deluging squares in at least three major cities and marching on presidential palaces and the state TV building for a Day of Martyrs. Mubarak flew to the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, some 250 miles away from the turmoil. Mubarak stepped down as Egypt's president following 18 days of mass protests, handing over to the army and ending three decades of autocratic rule. Vice President Omar Suleiman named a military council to run the country's affairs. Cairo erupted in a cacophony of celebration: fireworks and car horns and gunshots in the air. Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi (75) took power from Mubarak. CBS correspondent Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob while covering the jubilation in Cairo's Tahrir Square. She was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. About 23,000 of the nation's 80,000 prisoners escaped during the 18-day uprising that lead to the ouster of President Hosanna Mubarak. 
    (AP, 2/11/11)(Reuters, 2/11/11)(AP, 2/12/11)(AP, 2/16/11)(Reuters, 2/16/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.28)(AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Finland’s Nokia corp. announced plans to make Microsoft Windows its primary software in the competition for smart-phone customers.
    (SFC, 2/12/11, p.D1)
2011        Feb 11, Diplomatic relations between France and Mexico deteriorated into a crisis, after a Mexican court upheld a 60-year prison term for Florence Cassez (36), a French woman convicted of kidnapping.
    (AFP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 11, In Iran hundreds of thousands turned out to mark the 32nd anniversary of the country’s Islamic Revolution in a rally the clerical establishment billed as a chance to show solidarity with "Islamic" protesters in Egypt.
    (Reuters, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Italy warned it faces a humanitarian crisis with some 1,600 would-be migrants from Tunisia arriving in its waters over the past two weeks following unrest in their home country.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets in rival protests, one calling for the ouster of their new prime minister and the other to support toppling Egypt's embattled leader.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Malaysian prosecutors filed charges carrying the death penalty against seven suspected Somali pirates accused of attacking a Malaysian-operated ship in the Gulf of Aden, in the first such charges in Asia against the African sea bandits.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Pakistan's Pres. Asif Ali Zardari swore 22 ministers into office in the first phase of a government reshuffle designed to reduce the size of the cabinet and curb public spending.
    (AFP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Pakistani police baton charged Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees, detaining 20 of them, following violent protests as all of the carrier's flights remained grounded for a second day.
    (AFP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Pakistani police alleged that Raymond Allen Davis, an American held in a pair of Jan 27 shootings, committed "cold-blooded murder." A judge ordered the man's detention extended for 14 days in a local jail and told the Pakistani government to clarify if he has diplomatic immunity.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 11, Rwanda's High Court sentenced opposition leader Bernard Ntaganda, the founder of the PS-Imberakuri party, to four years in prison and fined three others opposition figures in a trial that an international human rights body said was politically motivated.
    (AP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 11, Switzerland froze any assets belonging to Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak or his family.
    (SFC, 2/12/11, p.A5)
2011        Feb 11, In Switzerland a twin-engine plane crashed at an altitude of 9,200 feet (2,800 meters) in the Val d'Anniviers near the border with Italy. A Swiss pilot and a French family of 4 were killed in the crash.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 11, A Turkish court ruled that 133 current and former military officers must be jailed pending the outcome of their trial on charges of plotting to overthrow the government and issued warrants for the arrests of 29 other officers.
    (AP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 11, Yemeni police, including plainclothes agents, drove several thousand protesters away from Sanaa's main square. The demonstrators tore up pictures of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and shouted slogans demanding his immediate resignation.
    (AP, 2/12/11)

2011        Feb 12, Activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, selected Texas Rep. Ron Paul as their top choice for the 2012 presidential nomination. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished a strong second.
    (SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A14)
2011        Feb 12, The US defense budget, around $700 million a year including war expenditures, was as big as the those of the world’s next 20 highest military spenders combined.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.33)
2011        Feb 12, US researchers said that people who used two specific varieties of pesticide, paraquat and rotenone, were 2.5 times as likely to develop Parkinson's disease.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, Louisiana authorities said 4 people died and one was rescued after their boat capsized during a fishing trip on the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, In New York Maksim Gelman (23) was taken into custody after a bloody 28-hour rampage across New York City. He had gotten into a fight with his mother after she refused to allow him to use her Lexus. Armed with five knives Gelman fatally stabbed his stepfather, ex-girlfriend and her mother, ran down a pedestrian in a stolen car, and slashed and wounded four other people before being arrested in a Times Square subway station.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, In Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers killed 19 people, including 15 police and an intelligence agent, in an assault on police headquarters in Kandahar city.
    (AFP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 12, In Algeria more than 400 people were arrested during a pro-democracy protest that brought some 10 thousand people onto the streets of Algiers. The marchers urged reforms pushing Algeria toward democracy but did not specifically call for Pres. Bouteflika to resign. Some 28,000 security forces were deployed to block the march and disperse the crowds.
    (AP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 12, A Cambodian mother died from bird flu after preparing and eating meat contaminated by the deadly H5N1 virus. Her 11-month-old son died on Feb 17. A 5-year-old girl died earlier this month in Phnom Penh, a case also linked to contact with sick poultry.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 12, China’s the Xinhua News Agency reported that Liu Zhijun (58), who has been head of the railway ministry since 2003, is under investigation for "severe violations of discipline" and has been removed from his position as the ministry's Communist Party chief. He will be replaced by Sheng Guangzu (62), head of the General Administration of Customs.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, Egypt’s ruling military pledged to eventually hand power to an elected civilian government and reassured allies that Egypt will abide by its peace treaty with Israel after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, as it outlined the first cautious steps in a promised transition to greater democracy. Human Rights Watch documented 302 deaths thus far, many of them victims of police gunfire on the nights of Jan 28 and 29.
    (AP, 2/12/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.27)
2011        Feb 12, At least 13 Egyptians died and nearly two dozen were injured when a 6-storey building collapsed in the southern tourist town of Luxor.
    (AFP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 12, Greece slammed EU and the IMF inspectors overseeing efforts to reform its debt-crippled economy. The IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission said Greece must privatize $68 billion in state assets and speed up structural reforms. Unemployment was at 13.5% and was forecast to reach 15%.
    (SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A4)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.62)
2011        Feb 12, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims, killing 36 people on their way to the al-Askari mosque in Samarra that has been a flash point in Iraqi sectarian strife.
    (AP, 2/12/11)(AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, Italian auto giant Fiat, under pressure to abandon any plan to move its headquarters to the United States, committed to invest 20 billion euros to produce 1.4 million vehicles in Italy.
    (AFP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 12, Malawi drew criticism from donor countries over "certain negative trends" in the poor southern African nation, including a new law that allows publications to be banned.
    (AFP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 12, In Mexico 11 people were slain in several separate murders overnight in Ciudad Juarez. Gunmen shot dead five men together in an additional group killing on a highway between Chihuahua city and Ciudad Juarez. 7 presumed cartel gunmen were shot dead by soldiers near Monterrey during a midnight chase and shootout. A civilian was also killed when the gunmen crashed into his car as they tried to flee soldiers. Hours later armed men opened fire and hurled a grenade into a crowded nightclub early in the day, killing six people and wounding at least 37 in Guadalajara, a city whose former tranquility has been shattered by escalating battles among drug cartels.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)(AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, In Nicaragua Jose Gabriel Garmendia, a former Contra rebel, was killed by the Nicaraguan army, which described him as a common criminal. He had fought Nicaragua's government in the 1980s and launched another uprising against President Daniel Ortega because of Ortega's plans to seek re-election.
    (AP, 9/24/11)
2011        Feb 12, In Nigeria a stampede happened shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan addressed a surging crowd of party supporters in a sports stadium in Port Harcourt. 11 people were killed and a 12th person died the next day.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant for exiled former president Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, officially implicating him for first time in the death of the former prime minister and rival.
    (Reuters, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 12, Pakistani security forces captured a would-be suicide bomber and five handlers while another blew himself up in the northwestern Swat valley town of Batkhela.
    (AFP, 2/12/11) 
2011        Feb 12, In the southern Philippines army troops captured a jungle encampment of al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen and killed five militants in a gunbattle that also left two soldiers dead near the village of Baiwas. Among the dead was Juhaiber Alamsirul, a close aide of Abu Sayyaf commander Nurhassan Jamiri, who has been blamed for beheadings and kidnappings.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 12, Russian police detained Sergei Udaltsov, head of the anti-Kremlin Left Front group, and 13 other activists during a rally in Moscow that drew hundreds of protesters. A regional leader of the pro-Kremlin Just Russia party was gunned down in the province of Adygeya. Alexander Loboda was sprayed with bullets from a passing car in the town of Maykop. Two suspected Islamic militants were gunned down in Nazran, the largest city in the province of Ingushetia. Dagestan police found the body of a man apparently killed a day earlier by an improvised explosive device. The man was said to be an Islamic militant who triggered the device by mistake in the Kyzyl-Yurt district.
    (AP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 12, Somali pirates hijacked the bulk carrier MV Sinin and its 23 crew members.
    (SFC, 2/14/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 12, In Sudan hundreds of civilians sought refuge at a UN compound in the contested town of Abyei following a spate of violence that killed three people from north Sudan.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 12, In Yemen several thousand young Yemenis gathered in central Sanaa, calling for President Ali Abdallah Saleh to step down and follow the example of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Police with clubs beat the protesters.
    (AFP, 2/12/11)(AP, 2/12/11)

2011        Feb 13, The annual Grammy Awards were presented in Los Angeles. The band “Lady Antebellum" won 5 trophies including Album of the Year and Song of the Year (Need You Now).
    (SFC, 2/14/11, p.D1)
2011        Feb 13, In Brockton, Massachusetts, the bodies of Maria Palaguachi-Cela (25) and her 2-year-old son, Brian Caguana, were found stuffed into a dumpster. They had been bludgeoned to death. Suspect Luis Guaman (42) soon fled to Ecuador. On April 30, 2012, Guaman was convicted in Ecuador of premeditated murder and faced 16-25 years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6n7clej)(AP, 4/30/12)
2011        Feb 13, Algerian opposition groups said they would follow up yesterday’s protest by calling a demonstration in the capital every Saturday until the government is changed.
    (Reuters, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, Bahrain's security forces set up checkpoints and fanned out on patrols as opposition groups blanketed social media sites with calls to stage the first major anti-government protests in the Gulf since the uprising in Egypt.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, In Bangladeshi hundreds of small investors, angry at a new plunge in share prices, set fire to tires and pelted police with bricks outside the stock exchange and demanded the resignation of the finance minister.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, Colombian rebels released a fourth captive, police patrolman Carlos Ocampo (340) held since December, but a planned handover of two others did not occur. The government said police Maj. Guillermo Solorzano (35), who was captured in June 2007, and army Cpl. 1st Class Salin Antonio San Miguel Valderrana (27), captive since May 2008, were not at the location designated for the helicopter retrieval by the International Red Cross.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 13, Colombian soldiers for the first time seized a fully submersible drug-smuggling submarine capable of reaching the coast of Mexico. The 99-foot-long (30-m) fiberglass boat, powered by two diesel engines, could carry a crew of six in an air-conditioned interior.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 13, Egypt's military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to transition to democratic. The military said they would govern only for six months or until elections took place, following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 2/13/11)(Reuters, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, Iran's opposition renewed its call for a rally in support of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt despite a government warning of repercussions if demonstrations take place.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, Abdullah Gul arrived in Tehran on his first trip as Turkish president aimed at boosting economic and political ties with the Islamic republic.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, Thousands of Italian women turned out across the country to protest against Premier Berlusconi, saying his dalliances with young women humiliate the sex as a whole.
    (AP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, In Macedonia ethnic clashes, mainly Muslim ethnic Albanians and orthodox Christians, broke out at the historic Kale Fortress in a dispute over a new structure being built on the foundations of a 13th-century church. 8 people were injured.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 13, Mexicans took to the streets in their hundreds to protest a staggering surge in drug-related violent crime nationwide that claimed at least 45 lives in one weekend. A dozen people were killed in Acapulco this weekend, including a prison guard. A street shootout killed seven people and injured one in suburban Mexico City. It resulted from an internal dispute between gangs tied to La Familia. Acapulco police discovered three dead men from a car left in the parking lot of a state prison.
    (AFP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 13, Fifty illegal Somali migrants and a Tanzanian captain died after a ship sank off the coast of northern Mozambique. Mozambican marines sent 89 Somali and Ethiopian survivors to a refugee camp which holds about 3,000 illegal migrants.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 13, In Sudan a group of women demonstrated in Khartoum to demand the release of dozens of protesters arrested last month, as 3 journalists were detained in a separate rally.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, Switzerland, which has the highest rate of suicide by firearms in Europe, voted to hold fast to its long-standing tradition of letting citizens keep army-issue weapons at home.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)
2011        Feb 13, In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters massed in Bangkok for the latest in a series of rallies by rival political factions ahead of elections expected this year. A car bomb exploded in the insurgency-plagued far south, injuring 18 people, including four soldiers.
    (AFP, 2/13/11) 
2011        Feb 13, Tunisian immigrants clinging to small fishing boats landed in Italy, as the Italian government appealed for EU aid and said it wanted to deploy its security forces in Tunisia.
    (AFP, 2/13/11) 
2011        Feb 13, The Yemeni opposition agreed to resume talks suspended since October with the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the target of post-Tunisian revolution protests calling for his ouster. Police armed with sticks and daggers beat back thousands of protesters marching through the capital in a third straight day of demonstrations calling for political reforms and the resignation of the country's US-allied president.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)(AP, 2/13/11)

2011        Feb 14, President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, A senior US official said the US has received requests from Egypt's new government to freeze the assets of officials who worked for ousted Egyptian Pres. Mubarak.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 14, A man-versus-machine showdown on popular US quiz show "Jeopardy!" ended in a tie on the first day of a three-day challenge, when an IBM computer named Watson showed off its knowledge of the Beatles, as well as a few glitches.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 14, George Shearing (1919), England-born jazz accordionist and pianist, died in NYC. The first 'George Shearing Quintet', a band with Margie Hyams (vibraphone), Chuck Wayne (guitar), later replaced by Toots Thielemans (billed as John Tillman), John Levy (bass) and Denzil Best (drums) recorded the immensely popular single "September in the Rain" (MGM), which sold over 900,000 copies.
    (SFC, 2/15/11, p.C4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Shearing)
2011        Feb 14, Afghan government prosecutors and police stormed into election commission offices in Kabul to seize control of vote data, accusing the body of not cooperating with a probe into fraud. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a Kabul shopping and hotel complex, killing two security guards in the second attack at a site frequented by foreigners and westernized Afghans in less than a month. Officials said 9 employees of Afghanistan's Central Bank and a troubled private bank (Kabul Bank), have been accused of stealing $1.5 million through a fake check scheme. The suspects were arrested two weeks ago.
    (AFP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, Algeria’s Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said the country’s 19-year-old state of emergency will end within days, brushing off concerns that recent protests in the country could escalate as in Tunisia and Egypt.
    (Reuters, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, Bahrain's security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of anti-government protesters heeding calls to unite in a major rally and bring the Arab reform wave to the Gulf for the first time. Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima (21) died in today's marches.
    (AP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 14, In the Democratic Republic of Congo a small plane used to deliver World Food Program aid crashed in Bukavu, killing its Russian pilot and his Congolese co-pilot.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 14, In Dagestan a pair of suicide bombers, including a woman, attacked security forces killing 2 officers and wounding 21 others.
    (SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 14, An Ecuadorean judge ruled that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs' attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. The company said that it would appeal, and called the judge's decision "illegitimate and unenforceable."
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, Egypt's 470,000-strong military delivered an ultimatum to dozens of committed protesters in Tahrir Square, nerve center of a movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak, to leave and let life return to normal or face arrest. Military rulers called for an end to strikes and protests as thousands of state employees, from ambulance drivers to police and transport workers, demonstrated to demand better pay. Officials said Egypt's stock exchange will remain closed through the end of the week, as a strike by public sector bank workers added to the challenges facing the country since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, European ministers in Brussels fought over the best way to combat the debt crisis that has crippled the eurozone over the past year.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, France called on Algeria to allow anti-government protests, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, to take place freely and without violence.
    (AFP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, A small Honduran commercial airliner crashed near the capital, killing all 14 people aboard. It was carrying two pilots and 12 passengers, including Assistant Secretary for Public Works Rodolfo Rovelo, United Workers Federation of Honduras leader Jose Israel Salinas and former Economy Secretary Carlos Chain.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 14, Iran’s security forces cut phone lines and blockaded the home of an Iranian opposition leader in attempts to stop him attending a planned rally in support of Egypt's uprising. Eyewitnesses reported sporadic clashes in central Tehran's Enghelab or Revolution square between security forces and opposition protesters. Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is on a visit to Iran, urged governments in the Middle East to listen to the demands of their people. Student Sanee Zhaleh (26) was shot dead during the opposition rally. Authorities later announced the arrest today of an Iranian man allegedly working for the CIA.
    (AP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/16/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 14, In Israel Jerusalem's municipal council approved the construction of 120 new homes in the Jewish settlement neighborhood of Ramot in occupied east Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo filed a lawsuit against the West African regional bloc for recognizing his rival as the winner of the country's recent presidential election.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, A group of Japanese citizens filed a lawsuit challenging a civil law that effectively stops women from keeping their surnames when they marry.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, In Malaysia Islamic morality police detained 40 unmarried Muslim couples in hotel rooms during Operation Valentine, aimed at curbing illegal premarital sex. The main Islamic body issued an edict in 2005 banning Muslims from celebrating what it said was a day synonymous with vice.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 14, In Mexico a series of shootings left 18 people dead in Padilla, Tamaulipas state, where a turf war has raged between two brutal drug cartels. In neighboring Nuevo Leon state  gunmen killed Homero Salcido Trevino, a top intelligence officer, then torched his car. The Defense Department said Juan Carlos Olivera, allegedly the top Zetas operator in five towns around Monterrey, was arrested with two accomplices and four guns.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 14, Moroccan PM Abbas El Fassi met with the opposition to discuss parliamentary polls. The impact of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia weighed on the talks.
    (AFP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad dissolved his Cabinet in an emergency meeting in what appeared to be a gesture inspired by unrest rocking the Arab world. This gave him six weeks to name a new Cabinet.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, In Russia the assistant to the judge, who convicted oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Dec 30, said the judge did not write the verdict and read it against his will in the Moscow courtroom.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, Serbia's PM Mirko Cvetkovic said he is sacking Deputy PM Mladjan Dinkic, a key coalition partner. If Dinkic's G-17 party stops supporting Cvetkovic's government in Parliament, the coalition will fall apart and early parliamentary elections will have to be held.
    (AP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, A Swiss court said an Iranian man convicted of heroin trafficking will be expelled and returned to his home country, even though the man claimed that he could be persecuted for being homosexual.
    (AFP, 2/14/11)
2011        Feb 14, In Thailand a couple in Pattaya locked lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes and 9 seconds to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A previous world record of 32 hours was set by a Germany couple in 2009.
    (SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 14, In Yemen more than 1,000 people protested for a fourth straight day, demanding political reforms and the ouster of the US-allied president in demonstrations inspired by the upheaval in Egypt.
    (AP, 2/14/11)

2011        Feb 15, The US military said it has reached a plea deal with a Guantanamo prisoner from Sudan who helped run an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. Noor Uthman Muhammed pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to terrorism and one count of conspiracy.
    (AP, 2/15/11)(AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 15, US Special Agent Jaime Zapata, on assignment to the ICE Attache in Mexico City from his post in Laredo, Texas, died when gunmen attacked the agents' blue Suburban vehicle as they drove through the northern state of San Luis Potosi. A second agent, later identified as Victor Avila, was shot in the arm and leg and was in stable condition.
    (AP, 2/16/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 15, California Gov. Jerry Brown instituted a hiring freeze across state government citing the state’s $25.4 billion budget deficit.
    (SFC, 2/16/11, p.C1)
2011        Feb 15, A former U.S. Customs inspector (58) dressed in a postman's uniform was nabbed as he allegedly tried to smuggle a Mexican woman (38) into Texas on false papers.
    (Reuters, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Bahrain thousands of protesters poured into a main square in Manama in an Egypt-style rebellion. Fadel Salman Matrouk was shot dead in front of a hospital where mourners gathered for the funeral of Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima, who died of his wounds a day earlier. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa made a rare national TV address, offering condolences for 2 deaths, pledging an investigation into the killings, and promising to push ahead with reforms, which include loosening state controls on the media and Internet.
    (AP, 2/15/11)(AFP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Brazil Allan Turnowski, the head of Rio de Janeiro state's investigative police, resigned after an anti-corruption sting resulted in the arrest of 30 officers, including the department's former second-in-command.
    (AP, 2/16/11)(SFC, 2/16/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 15, The London-based Gulf Dialogue Forum said intense contacts are under way among Saudi activists and scholars to form a political party in the oil-rich absolute monarchy. The online forum said the National Saudi Party advocates establishing a civil democratic government because of the recent turmoil in Tunisia and Egypt.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, Egypt's military regime warned that a wave of strikes sweeping the country was "disastrous", as it gave a panel of civilian experts 10 days to revise the constitution. The long banned Muslim Brotherhood said it intends to form a political party once democracy is established, as the country's new military rulers launched a panel of experts to amend the country's constitution enough to allow democratic elections later this year.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, The European Union said it is extending visa bans and an asset freeze against President Robert Mugabe and 163 individuals and 31 companies in Zimbabwe.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Germany the trial of Detlef S. (48) opened in Koblenz. The man has admitted to fathering seven children with his step-daughter but denied charges that he sexually abused her for more than two decades. He also stood accused of abusing his own daughter and step-son, and forcing both daughters into prostitution.
    (Reuters, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, Hardline Iranian lawmakers called for the country's opposition leaders to face trial and be put to death, a day after clashes between opposition protesters and security forces left one person dead and dozens injured. A 2nd person, Mohammad Mokhtari (22), died today of his wounds.
    (AP, 2/15/11)(AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Iraq 4 people were killed in two bomb explosions today in a marketplace in Zafaraniyah. A policeman was killed when a bomb exploded outside his home in Baquba.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi faced a potentially fatal challenge to his power when a judge ordered him to stand trial on prostitution and abuse of power charges.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, Italian news agency ANSA said Curt Knox and Edda Mellas were indicted in Perugia for libel. The charge stemmed from an interview they gave Britain's Sunday Times years ago in which the father alleged police had physically and verbally abused his daughter during questioning after Meredith Kercher's 2007 slaying.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, Japanese police sought charges against two senior sumo wrestlers in an alleged gambling scam.
    (AP, 2/15/11) 
2011        Feb 15, Jordan's interior minister said protest marches will no longer need government permission, bowing to growing pressure to allow wider freedoms. Protesters would still have to inform authorities of any gathering two days in advance to "ensure public safety" and that they would have to observe public order.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, Kyrgyzstan officials say budgetary constraints are forcing them to shoot an estimated 10,000 stray dogs in Bishkek rather than build shelters for them.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Libya at least one person was killed and dozens of people injured in clashes in Benghazi. Moamer Kadhafi faced rare Internet calls for a "Day of Anger" on Feb 17 by activists buoyed by the ouster of veteran strongmen on Libya's borders, in Egypt and Tunisia. Qaddafi was supported by an 18,000-strong air force with 13 bases, a 20,000 well-armed paramilitary force loyal to his clan, as well as mercenaries from Chad and Niger.
    (AFP, 2/16/11)(Econ, 2/19/11, p.53)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.51)
2011        Feb 15, Mexican police fired tear gas and clashed for several hours with teachers protesting a visit by President Felipe Calderon to the colonial city of Oaxaca. The Section 22 teachers union said 20 protesters were injured during the running clashes.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 15, Morocco, ahead of a planned pro-reform rally, announced it would inject 1.4 billion euros in subsidies to soften price hikes for staples, a key factor behind the spreading unrest in the Arab world.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, In central Nigeria a police officer arguing with a merchant was stabbed to death in a market in Jos and at least two others were killed during the latest violence to hit the region beset by sectarian fighting.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Norway Stolt-Nielsen, founder of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping group, wrote the following in the financial newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv: "When (piracy) implies a great risk of being caught and hanged, and the cost of losing ships and weapons becomes too big, it will decrease and eventually disappear."
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Pakistan Mohmand tribal region official Amjad Ali Khan said that 120 militants have been killed in fighting that began Jan 27, including seven local Taliban commanders. Four Pakistani soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, A Saudi official at the Education Ministry said the kingdom plans to remove books from school libraries that are deemed to encourage terrorism or defame religion.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, In South Africa one person was killed in demonstrations in the eastern town of Ermelo that turned violent with live fire exchanged between police and protesters. Demonstrators angered by what they see as poor government service had fired on police and attacked journalists.
    (AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, A senior South Sudan official said more than 200 people died in a rebel attack in south Sudan's troubled Jonglei state last week, nearly double an earlier death toll. Some 20,000 people were displaced by the fighting.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)(AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 15, Tunisian authorities extended a state of emergency imposed as president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled a month ago but ordered an end to a nationwide curfew.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 15, Venezuelan and French authorities seized 3.6 metric tons of cocaine aboard a vessel in the Caribbean Sea.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 15, In Yemen thousands of people, marching for the ouster of the US-allied President Ali Abdullah Saleh, clashed with police and government supporters. At least three demonstrators were injured in a fifth straight day of Egypt-inspired protests.
    (AP, 2/15/11)

2011        Feb 16, The IBM computer named Watson beat two former Jeopardy champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, finishing a 3-day match at the TV quiz show.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.D4)
2011        Feb 16, In California Norman Wielsch (49), commander of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team, was arrested along with Christopher Butler (49), owner of a Concord private investigation firm, for allegedly stealing and selling drugs. Stephen Tanabe (47), a Contra Costa deputy sheriff, was arrested on March 4 on drug and weapons charges related to the case against Wielsch and Butler. Tanabe resigned on March 10 after being accused of making “dirty DUI" arrests. Butler later said he helped Wielsch set up a house of prostitution at 670 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill in 2009. Butler also said Wielsch robbed prostitutes whose operations competed with his own. Butler and Wielsch were indicted on Aug 15 on drug and corruption charges. Tanabe was indicted on Dec 15. On May 4, 2012, Butler pleaded guilty to 7 criminal counts. His former associate, vice cop Louis Lombardi, was sentenced to 3 years in prison. He had admitted to 9 felonies while working under Wielsch. On Sep 25, 2012, Butler was sentenced to 8 years in prison. On Dec 5, 2012, Wielsch pleaded guilty to stealing drugs and robbing prostitutes. On May 20, 2013, Wielsch was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.C2)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.C3)(SFC, 5/13/11, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/11, p.C1)(SFC, 12/17/11, p.C2)(SFC, 5/5/12, p.A8)(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A1)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.C3)(SFC, 5/21/13, p.C1)   
2011        Feb 16, Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected plans for a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, turning down over $2 billion in federal money.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A8)
2011        Feb 16, Hawaii lawmakers approved a bill to allow civil unions from same-sex couples. Gov. Neil Abercrombie planned to sign it and civil unions would begin Jan 1, 2012.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 16, In Elkins, West Virginia, a deputy US marshal was killed an 2 others wounded when drug suspect Charles E. Smith opened fire on them with a shotgun. Smith was shot dead.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 16, Borders Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection and said it would close about one-third of its bookstores, after years of shriveling sales that made it impossible to manage its crushing debt load.
    (Reuters, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, France-based Sanofi-Aventis agreed to buy Massachusetts-based Genzyme Corp., the world’s largest maker of medicines for rare genetic disorders, for at least 20.1 billion.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.D2)
2011        Feb 16, Google CEO Eric Schmidt unveiled the one-stop payment service, called One Pass, at Berlin's Humboldt University. The announcement came a day after Apple rolled out a long-awaited subscription service for applications designed for its iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding a 30 percent cut of all subscriptions sold on those mobile apps while Google is charging 10 percent. Schmidt also announced that Google was funding a Berlin-based institute in conjunction with Humboldt University. It would examine the evolution of the Internet and its impact on society.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Albanian lawmakers voted to lift the immunity of Ilir Meta, a former prime minister (1999-2002) accused of corruption, paving the way for him to be investigated in a case that has triggered a severe political crisis.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, In Argentina the collision of two trains near the San Miguel station, 12 miles west of Buenos Aires, killed four people and injured about 70 others, 14 critically.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Bahraini protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from their rulers held their ground in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressure in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Brazilian authorities said they have arrested 19 Goias state troopers suspected of taking part in a death squad that allegedly murdered and tortured innocent women and children. Officials said Martha Rocha (51), a 27-year police veteran who led a division responsible for protection of women, will replace Allan Turnowski as head of the troubled 12,000-member Rio Civil Police.
    (AP, 2/16/11)(AFP, 2/17/11) 
2011        Feb 16, Colombian rebels released to the International Red Cross the last two captives of a batch of six after a confusing weekend delay that bred ill will. FARC freed a 35-year-old police major seized in 2007 and an army corporal captured in 2008.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Egypt’s ruling military council issued its 2nd statement in 3 days calling for an immediate halt to all labor unrest. Airport employees protested for better pay, but did not disrupt flights. Textile workers struck to demand a corruption investigation and residents of a Suez Canal city pressed for closing a chemical factory they say is dumping toxic waste into a lake.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, International migration officials said nearly 100 Egyptians have arrived in Italy in two boats, as fears rose about a wave of people trying to reach Europe because of turmoil in the Arab world.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, In India Maoist rebels in eastern Orissa state kidnapped a senior local official and his aide and demanded an end to security force operations in the area.
    (AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 16, Indonesian marine police said they have up 129 starving men from Myanmar off the coast of Aceh. The refugees all belonged to the Rohingya minority, who are not recognized by Myanmar’s military rulers.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 16, Iran's opposition leaders remained defiant despite calls from hard-liners for them to be brought to trial and put to death, with reform advocate Mahdi Karroubi saying he was willing to "pay any price" in pursuit of democratic change. State TV called Mousavi and Karroubi mercenaries carrying out a plot designed by Iran's enemies and urged government supporters to rally on Feb 18. Supporters and opponents of the Iranian government clashed at a funeral for a student, Sanee Zhaleh (26), shot dead during the Feb 14 opposition rally. His allegiance was claimed by both sides.
    (AP, 2/16/11)(Reuters, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, A Iraqi teenager was killed when private guards shot at protesters who set fire to several government offices in Kut, the capital of Wasit province. 3 demonstrators were killed in Kut. Baghdad’s city government demanded that the US pay $1 billion and apologize for damage to the city caused by blast walls erected during the nearly 8-year long war.
    (AFP, 2/16/11)(AP, 2/17/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.54)
2011        Feb 16, In the Ivory Coast bodies of people, who voted for the opponent of Laurent Gbagbo, have continued to turn up at city morgues. It was reported that at least 296 people have been killed since the Nov 28 elections. The number was based on calls to a UN hot line from family members. Another 100 people were said to be missing.
    (SFC, 2/16/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 16, A government official said Japan, as of Feb 10, has temporarily suspended its annual Antarctic whaling after repeated harassment by a conservationist group.
    (AP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, In Libya at least four people were killed in clashes with security forces in Al-Baida, as the country faced a Feb 17 nationwide "Day of Anger" called by cyber-activists.
    (AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 16, Mexican police arrested 2 police officers related to the Feb 14  killing of top intelligence officer Homero Salcido Trevino. A battle between gang members and soldiers left two gunmen dead and paralyzed the western town Zitacuaro.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 16, In South Sudan a one-day meeting began in Juba between leaders of all the south’s parties, the start of a consultation process to draw up a constitution for the new nation. South Sudan's ruling party accused northern authorities of arming rebels since the region's landmark independence vote last month, including renegade troops behind clashes that killed more than 200 people last week.
    (AFP, 2/16/11)
2011        Feb 16, Yemeni authorities flooded the streets of the capital with 2,000 police to try to halt six days of Egypt-style demonstrations against the president of 32 years. One person was killed when police and protesters clashed in the southern port of Aden in the first known death during Yemen's political unrest.
    (AP, 2/16/11)

2011        Feb 17, US federal authorities charged 111 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud totaling over $225 million, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any other in history. The indictments were for suspects in Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Brooklyn, Tampa, Fla., and Baton Rouge, La.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 17, Federal prosecutors in Arizona said two illegal immigrants from Mexico, Jose Beltran-Bermudez and Yazmin Arvayo-Palafox, have been indicted after they were found to possess a combined 222 assault rifles and 5 pistols that authorities say were headed to Mexico.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, US Federal authorities said police have arrested nine people and seized 300 firearms, including assault rifles, in a raid targeting an arms ring that allegedly sold weapons to Mexican drug traffickers. Operation Too Hot to Handle netted a haul of around 300 guns, mostly Kalashnikov-type rifles and semi-automatic pistols, seized in Arizona, Texas and Mexico.
    (Reuters, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, In Florida Jorge Barahona (53) appeared in court on charges of aggravated child abuse. He and his wife had adopted twins, a boy and a girl, from foster care in 2008. On Feb 14 Nubia (10) was found dead. Her brother was found coated in a toxic chemical and Barahona was found doused in gasoline in an apparent attempt at suicide.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A7)
2011        Feb 17, In Ohio Frank Spisak (59), who shot three people to death nearly 30 years ago on the campus of Cleveland State University in a shooting rampage that targeted African Americans, was executed. His racially motivated shooting spree took place from February 1982 to August 1982. During his 1983 trial, Spisak grew a Hitler-style mustache, carried a copy of Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" and gave the Nazi salute to the jury.
    (www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20032917-504083.html)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.A5)
2011        Feb 17, In Wisconsin 14 Democratic lawmakers disappeared as the state Senate was about to begin debating a measure by Gov. Scott Walker that would eliminate collective bargaining for most state public employees. Protesters filled the Capitol for a 3rd day.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 17, Chevron and a US aid agency announced a $50 million plan aimed at improving conditions in Nigeria's main oil-producing region, where pollution and poverty have led to years of unrest.
    (AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Afghan and NATO forces said they have captured leaders of an insurgent group in eastern Afghanistan, including one believed to be linked to last month's suicide attack on a Kabul supermarket. Insurgent attacks elsewhere killed three, including a NATO service member. The multinational force said it killed a member of the Haqqani network in an airstrike in Khost province. An Afghan National Police officer was killed when he was hit by a NATO convoy in a traffic circle near the US Embassy in Kabul. A NATO operation in Kunar province killed number of insurgents. Afghan civilians were later reported killed in the operation.
    (AP, 2/17/11)(Reuters, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 17, An Australian diver was killed by sharks in south Australia, in only the second fatal shark attack in Australian waters in more than two years.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Bahrain army patrols and tanks locked down Manama after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault in the capital that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. At least five people were killed and more than 230 injured.
    (AP, 2/17/11)(AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 17, Belgium citizens staged a party to mark 249 days without a government, a figure that they are treating as a world record in political waffling. Belgium snatched Iraq's dubious record as the country boasting the world's longest political crisis of recent times.
    (AP, 2/17/11)(AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Britain's government said gay couples are to be allowed civil partnership ceremonies in churches, erasing some of the last remaining distinctions between gay partnerships and traditional marriages.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Cyber crime costs the British economy some 27 billion pounds ($43.5 billion) a year and appears to be "endemic," according to the 1st official government estimate of the issue.
    (Reuters, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Analysts of the British research firm, Capital Economics, wrote that the government of Venezuela could default on its obligations in 2012.
    (Econ, 2/26/11, p.43)
2011        Feb 17, A top Canadian cabinet minister said a cyber attack on key economic ministries last month was serious but will not affect the timing of next month's federal budget. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp said hackers using China-based servers had broken into computer systems at the Finance Department and Treasury Board.
    (Reuters, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, China warned the United States not to use calls for uncensored access to the Internet as a pretext to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, At least 1,500 Egyptian workers from the Suez Canal Authority protested for better pay in three cities straddling the strategic waterway.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Hong Kong’s health authority said at least 12 people have died from swine flu in less than a month, after the latest death from the disease.
    (AFP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, In Iran opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was reported missing. His daughters said they had no word from either of their parents since Feb 15.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 17, In Iraq Kurdish security forces opened fire in Sulaimaniyah on a crowd of protesters surrounding the headquarters of the party affiliated with Kurdish President Massoud Barzani. Two people were killed and 54 injured. Hundreds of demonstrators massed in the southern city of Basra to demand the local governor's ouster. Protesters in Nasir stormed a local government building. Gunmen in a speeding car shot and killed a spokesman for the provincial government in the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 2/17/11)(AFP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 17, Israeli forces shot dead three Palestinians along the tense border with the Gaza Strip before dawn. Soldiers fired on the men after they were spotted planting an explosive device in a no-go zone along the border between 2 and 3 am.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, A Lebanese military court convicted Amin al-Baba of spying for Israel and sentenced him to death. He had been spying for Israel from 1997 until his 2009 arrest.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 17, Libyan protesters seeking to oust longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi defied a crackdown and took to the streets in four cities on what activists have dubbed a "day of rage." At least 14 demonstrators have been reported killed in clashes with pro-government groups.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Madagascar's ousted president said he will attempt to return from exile in South Africa despite facing a life sentence in prison, as the regime that forced him out in a coup vowed to keep order on the Indian Ocean island nation.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, In Mexico cartel member Juan Carlos Vasconcelos (24) was arrested for three shootings that killed 20 people on the outskirts of Mexico City. The 1st shooting left 5 people dead on Jan 8. Another killed 8 people on Jan 16 and the third left 7 dead Feb 13. Six human heads were dumped outside a police station in Veracruz state. An 11-year-old boy and his father were killed in an ambush on their car in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, In northern Nigeria police killed three men after they attacked a bank and a police station in Darazo, Bauchi state.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 17, In Puerto Rico police arrested 469 people over the last 36 hours in a sweep that targeted people accused of crimes ranging from murder to traffic violations.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, Russian riot police raided the offices of Inteko, a building company belonging to Yelena Baturina, Russia’s richest woman and wife of former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. The raid was part of an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of $444 million from the Bank of Moscow.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A3)
2011        Feb 17, Swiss media reported that a private helicopter carrying five people has crashed near the western Swiss ski resort of Les Diablerets.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, In Tanzania an ammunition depot exploded in Dar Es Salaam killing at least 25 people and sent thousands into a stadium for safety.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 17, Pope Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met at the Vatican, stressing the need for better ties and the promotion of shared Christian values.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, In Vietnam 12 people from nine countries were killed in Vietnam's deadliest tour boat accident since the country opened to foreign visitors 25 years ago. Nine foreigners and six Vietnamese survived only by flinging themselves overboard and swimming to other tour boats anchored nearby in Ha Long Bay.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, In Yemen several thousand protesters defied appeals for calm from the military and the country's most influential Islamic cleric and marched through the capital, pressing on with their campaign to oust the US-allied president.
    (AP, 2/17/11)

2011        Feb 18, The Obama administration vetoed a UN Arab-backed Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel for continuing to build Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 18, The United States sanctioned the New Ansari Money Exchange, a major Afghan money-exchange outfit, suspected of laundering billions of dollars in drug money.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 18, The US military said Noor Uthman Muhammed, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who helped run an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan, will serve less than three years in prison under a plea deal that requires him to testify against other suspected terrorists.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, Ford Motor Co. said it plans to team up with a Russian automaker to make and distribute cars in the country. The announcement came shortly after Italian automaker Fiat SpA backed out of a potential partnership with the same Russian company.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, SF-based novelist Victor Martinez (56), died of cancer. His book “Parrot in the Over: Mi Vida" was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
    (SFC, 3/4/11, p.C5)
2011        Feb 18, In northern Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on German troops working on a vehicle, killing two soldiers and wounding at least eight others. A suicide car bomber struck a police station in the eastern city of Khost, killing 11 people — one Afghan policeman and 10 civilians. A roadside bomb killed three Afghan policemen and wounded two others in Shinwar district of the eastern province of Nangarhar. A roadside bomb also killed a coalition service member in the south. 
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, Tens of thousands of Albanian opposition supporters marched peacefully through the capital to demand the government resign over corruption allegations, almost a month after four people died when a similar demonstration turned violent.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, Bahrain soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that has been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. At least 50 people were wounded.
    (AP, 2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 18, Brazil set out its foreign policy aims under new President Dilma Rousseff, talking up China ties, blaming rich countries for hampering global trade talks, stressing dialogue with Iran, and saying it sees itself as an agent for "world peace."
    (AFP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, China raised required reserves to a record 19.5 percent, adding to an increasingly aggressive effort by Beijing to stamp out stubbornly high inflation.
    (Reuters, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, The Danish Supreme Court gave the government the green light to take control of Christiania, a largely self-governing Copenhagen neighborhood that was occupied by hippies four decades ago.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, In Djibouti thousands of demonstrators gathered in the tiny East African city state to demand that the president step down after two terms, the latest in a series of rallies modeled after political demonstrations across Africa and the Middle East. At least 2 people were killed.
    (AP, 2/18/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.54) 
2011        Feb 18, In Egypt hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Egyptians packed into central Tahrir Square for a day of celebration to mark the fall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak a week ago and push their new military rulers to steer the country toward reform.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, Germany’s defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (39) apologized for individual errors in his doctoral dissertation. He was accused of copying parts of the dissertation he wrote for his university doctorate without correctly attributing them.
    (Reuters, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 18, The Guatemalan government lifted a two-month-old state of siege in a northern province that authorities said was controlled by Mexican drug traffickers. Xinabajul soccer club vice president Carlos Noe Gomez was ambushed and shot to death by two men as he left a team meeting.
    (AP, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 18, In Haiti several thousand supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide protested in the capital, waving photos of their exiled leader and vowing to derail a runoff election next month unless he returns.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, In Iran thousands of government supporters called for the execution of opposition leaders at a prayer service in response to anti-government demonstrations earlier in the week. Authorities, meanwhile, appeared to tighten restrictions on one of the leaders under house arrest.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, Iraqis demanding better public services, jobs and pensions blocked a bridge in the southern oil hub of Basra, as spreading Middle East unrest emboldens Iraqis to take on government officials over poor living standards.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, In Jordan clashes broke out in Amman between government supporters and opponents at a protest calling for more freedom and lower food prices, injuring eight.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, In Libya Moamer Kadhafi's regime vowed to snuff any further attempt to challenge the Libyan leader, after an opposition "day of anger" turned into a bloodbath that a rights group said cost at least 24 lives. At least 35 people were killed in Benghazi.
    (AFP, 2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 18, In southern Mexico 4 men with their hands and feet tied and heads covered in duct tape were thrown 600 feet to their deaths from a bridge. They were among 13 people slain in Guerrero state. The other nine were killed in the resort city of Acapulco and included a severed head that had been scalped and whose face had been skinned. They included five taxi drivers found dead in or near their vehicles. Soldiers killed eight suspected drug cartel members in two clashes near the industrial city of Monterrey. Another group of gunmen fired on soldiers in Juarez, another Monterrey suburb, sparking a firefight that killed three attackers. There were 20 murders in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 18, A documentary film “Presumed Guilty" (2008) was released in Mexico. It told the story of Antonio Zuniga, a computer repairman, who was convicted of a 2005 murder that took place near his Mexico city market stall, despite evidence of his innocence. The film was banned 2 weeks later.
    (Econ, 4/2/11, p.82)(www.imdb.com/title/tt1320254/)
2011        Feb 18, In Pakistan a judge ordered the arrest of the driver of a US vehicle that struck and killed a Pakistani while rushing to help an American detained in a pair of fatal shootings on Jan 27 in Lahore.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, Peruvian journalist Vicky Pelaez (55), deported by the United States last year to Russia in a spy swap, returned home and said she was in Peru to attend her father's burial.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 18, In the Philippines rebels freed army officer Mario Veluz, who they snatched at gunpoint on Feb. 6 along a road near Bukidnon province.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 18, In Russia masked gunmen shot dead three vacationers from the Moscow area on a road in Kabardino-Balkaria in the violence-plagued North Caucasus region.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 18, In Senegal a man set himself on fire in front of the presidential palace in Dakar, the latest self-immolation on the African continent.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 18, Somali pirates hijacked the yacht Quest with four Americans on board in the Arabian sea off the coast of Somalia. The Americans were identified as Jean and Scott Adams, a retired couple from southern California, and Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle of Seattle.
    (AP, 2/19/11)(SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A5)
2011        Feb 18, A senior UN official said 5,000 suspected ex-combatants remain in Sri Lankan camps 21 months after a quarter-century civil war ended.
    (AP, 2/18/11) 
2011        Feb 18, In Tunisia Marek Marius Rybinski (34), a Polish priest, was found with his throat slit and stab wounds in the parking lot of the religious school in the Tunis suburb of Manouma.
    (AP, 2/19/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.29)
2011        Feb 18, Uganda held elections. Pres. Yoweri Museveni (67) won with a huge lead over his nearest rival, Kizza Besigye, extending his 25-year hold on power for another 5 years. Museveni got 68% of the vote. Besigye got 26% of the vote and rejected the results as marred by fraud. Museveni had handed out envelopes of cash to peasants, teachers and local officials up and down the country.
    (AP, 2/19/11)(SFC, 2/21/11, p.A2)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.53)
2011        Feb 18, The Vatican said Fernando Karadima, a prominent Chilean priest, has been found guilty of abusing minors and must retire to a life of prayer and penitence.
    (SFC, 2/19/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 18, In Yemen at least two people were killed in Taez after a grenade was lobbed at protesters from a speeding car that carried government registration plates. Clashes between police and protesters continued in the 9th straight day of protests. Organizers used social media sites Facebook and Twitter in summoning people to the streets for the "Friday of Rage" following noon prayers, and tens of thousands responded in the capital of Sanaa, the southern port of Aden and the political hotbed of Taiz. 4 people were killed by police in Aden and 48 wounded in Taiz.
    (Reuters, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/18/11)(AFP, 2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A5)

2011        Feb 19, The Republican-controlled US House agreed to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In northern California the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) opened its new West Dublin/Pleasanton station, its 44th station.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.C3)
2011        Feb 19, San Francisco celebrated its annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade, welcoming in the Year of the Hare.
    (SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A1)
2011        Feb 19, In Nevada Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire stopped Mexico's Fernando Montiel in the second round to take the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight titles.
    (AFP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 19, Researchers estimated that at least 50 billion planets exist in the Milky Way.
    (SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A9)
2011        Feb 19, In eastern Afghanistan gunmen and suicide bombers dressed as border police killed 38 people and wounded more than 70 in an attack on a bank in Jalalabad. Seven insurgents had attacked the bank, three of them detonating explosive vests inside the building. On June 20 two men were hanged in Kabul's Pule Charkhi prison for their part in the attack.
    (Reuters, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 6/20/11)
2011        Feb 19, An Australian soldier and an Afghan interpreter were shot dead by insurgents in Uruzgan province, bringing Australia's death toll from the conflict to 23.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In Algeria riot police clashed with thousands of pro-democracy supporters who tried to stage a rally in central Algiers, leaving one Algerian opposition deputy seriously injured.
    (AFP, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In Bahrain thousands of singing and dancing protesters streamed back into Manama's central Pearl Square after leaders withdrew tanks and riot police following two straight days of a bloody crackdown by security forces in the tiny monarchy.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In Bangladesh 2 trains plowed into packed buses at unmanned railroad crossings in separate accidents, killing at least 13 people and injuring 45 others.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, Chinese authorities cracked down on activists as a call circulated for people to gather in more than a dozen cities Feb 20 for a "Jasmine Revolution." Rights lawyer Teng Biao disappeared. Officers searched his home and seized two computers, a printer, articles, books, DVDs and photos of another rights lawyer, Chen Guangcheng. Biao was released on April 29.
    (AP, 2/19/11)(AP, 4/29/11)
2011        Feb 19, An Egyptian court licensed the Al-Wasat Al-Jadid (the New Center), a moderate Islamic party founded in 1996, after its application for legal status was turned down four times by the former Egyptian government.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, German police fired tear gas and water cannons to keep apart groups of far-right supporters and thousands of counterdemonstrators trying to hinder their rally in Dresden. The annual protest rally constitutes one of Europe's biggest far-right gatherings, usually held earlier in February to commemorate the anniversary of a deadly Allied bombing at the end of World War II.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, Iran warned of a crackdown if opposition supporters stage new rallies which they have called to mourn the deaths of two victims of recent unrest and to show support to their leaders.
    (AFP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, An Iranian court threw out a 20-month prison sentence for two German journalists arrested after interviewing the son of a woman condemned to die by stoning. Journalist Marcus Hellwig and photographer Jens Koch were released and departed for home.
            (AP, 2/19/11)(AFP, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/5/12)
2011        Feb 19, In Iraq around 2,000 university students demonstrated in Sulaimaniyah province, demanding an apology from regional president Massud Barzani after protests earlier in the week left two dead. Ten protesters were wounded in clashes with Kurdish security forces.
    (AFP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In the Ivory Coast an opposition meeting was disrupted by security forces loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo.
    (SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 19, In Libya Moammar Gadhafi's forces fired on mourners in the eastern city of Benghazi, wiped out a protest encampment and clamped down on Internet service throughout the country as the regime tried to squelch calls for an end to the ruler's 42-year grip on power.  Human Rights Watch said that Libyan security forces have killed more than 80 anti-regime protesters in eastern Libya.
    (AP, 2/19/11)(AFP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, Madagascar's ousted president Marc Ravalomanana was barred by officials in his homeland from returning from exile in South Africa, but the politician told reporters at Johannesburg's airport that he would keep trying to return.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In Mexico an Acapulco taxi driver was found bound and shot to death near his taxi, and two others were found dead of bullet wounds inside their vehicles. One of the drivers had been beheaded. Gunmen opened fire on yet another taxi, killing the driver and three passengers.  There were 19 more murders in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 19, Dirar Abu Sisi (42), a Palestinian engineer, went missing "under unknown circumstances" after boarding a train in the Ukraine city of Kharkiv bound for the capital Kiev. The UN refugee agency later confirmed his wife's fears that he is being held in prison by the Israeli secret service. Sisi's Ukrainian wife, Veronika (32), alleged the Israeli secret service Mossad carried out the abduction in order to sabotage a key electric power plant in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip where he worked as a senior manager.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Feb 19, In the Philippines police officer Jorge Sabatin walked free after being wounded and snatched by New People's Army guerrillas in a Feb. 1 attack on a police outpost in Agusan del Sur province's Trento town.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 19, In Somalia 4 civilians were killed after clashes broke out between Somali soldiers backed by African Union forces and Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In Thailand thousands of "Red Shirts" gathered in Bangkok to mark nine months since a bloody crackdown on their anti-government rally and to press for the release of detained leaders. In the south suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb and raked a karaoke restaurant with gunfire, wounding at least 17 people in back-to-back attacks in the volatile region.
    (AFP, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, Yemeni riot police in the capital shot dead a protester and injured five others when they opened fire on thousands marching in the 10th day of unrest rocking the country.
    (AP, 2/19/11)
2011        Feb 19, In Zimbabwe Munyaradzi Gwisai, a university lecturer and former lawmaker from PM Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was arrested along with 45 others at a meeting to discuss the uprising that led to the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Police tortured some of the 46 rights activists facing treason charges after their arrest.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)

2011        Feb 20, It was reported that researchers have found a 225-percent increase in oral cancer cases in the United States from 1974 to 2007, mainly among white men. US scientists have said there is strong evidence linking oral sex to cancer, and urged more study of how human papillomaviruses may be to blame for a rise in oral cancer among white men.
    (AFP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Massachusetts a car driven by Aaron Deveau (17) slipped across the center line of a Haverhill street and crashed into a truck driven by Donald Bowley (55), who died 18 days later. Bowley’s girlfriend survived the crash. Car driver Aaron Deveau was convicted in 2012 for texting while driving and sentenced to a year in jail.
    (SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/77c4ouq)
2011        Feb 20, Afghan provincial Governor Fazlullah Wahidi said 64 civilians, including women and children, were killed in 4 days of operations by NATO and Afghan forces in eastern Kunar province. NATO said 36 armed insurgents were killed. Coalition forces fired at three insurgents planting a roadside mine near a NATO base in Nangarhar province. One weapon missed the target, hit a house and killed a couple and their four children.
    (Reuters, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Azerbaijan 7 teenage soldiers were killed at a military base in the west of the country. Local media saying a soldier went on a rampage before turning the gun on himself.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 20, Bahrain's opposition wants the nation's rulers to guarantee they will back up their conciliatory words with actions. At least 7 people have been killed and hundreds injured since the Arab wave for change reached the Gulf last Feb 14.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Burkina Faso Justin Zongo died while in police custody. The student's death sparked months of protests that left at least six dead. In August three policemen faced charges of aggravated assault related to his death.
    (http://brittanyinburkina.blogspot.com/2011/03/7h30.html)(AP, 8/23/11)
2011        Feb 20, In China opposition campaigners said the government has detained top activists and deployed heavy security in large cities after the launch of a web campaign calling for protests echoing popular uprisings in the Arab world. Police mounted huge security operations in Beijing, Shanghai and several other cities following microblog messages urging citizens to take part in silent walk-past protests.
    (AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.46)
2011        Feb 20, Egyptian banks opened after a week-long closure as the economy struggled to get back on its feet after political turmoil caused by the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and subsequent labor protests. Workers at Misr Spinning and Weaving, Egypt's largest factory, ended a strike and went back to work after the strikers' main demands were met.
    (Reuters, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Estonia 8 disabled children (7-16) and 2 adults (20-21) were killed in an orphanage fire in the coastal town of Haapsalu. The orphanage was built in 1996 with help from Swedish and Finnish donations.
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 20, Iceland's Pres. President Olafur R. Grimsson triggered a referendum on an updated plan to pay $5 billion to Britain and Netherlands for debts incurred from the financial crisis, creating new uncertainty over the island's economic recovery.
    (Reuters, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, Indian lawmakers said the government is to concede to opposition demands for a cross-party probe into an alleged telecoms fraud that cost the nation up to $40 billion in lost revenue.
    (AFP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, An Iranian pro-government news agency claimed that armed opposition groups plan to fire on people participating in a rally set for this afternoon. A massive police deployment in Tehran prevented large-scale protests from erupting although Iranian opposition websites reported stray clashes and officials said the capital remained calm.
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 20, Iran finally withdrew its entire fleet of Soviet era Tupolev aircraft after a series of fatal accidents involving the planes.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Iraq gunmen burst into the Kurdish NRT television station in Sulaimaniyah, shooting up the equipment and setting fire to the building, apparently in retaliation for footage they aired earlier in the week of a deadly protest.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, Libyan forces fired machine-guns at mourners marching in a funeral for anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi, a day after commandos and foreign mercenaries loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi pummeled demonstrators with assault rifles and other heavy weaponry. A doctor at one Benghazi hospital said his morgue had received at least 200 dead from six days of unrest. Mehdi Mohammed Zeyo (49) drove his car, containing 2 gas canisters and a can of gunpowder into the gate of a Benghazi security base. Security forces shot the car and the following explosion allowed protesters and defecting soldiers inside the base. Moammar Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, went on state TV late at night, warning civil war will break out if protests continue. Seif al-Islam vowed that his father and security forces would fight "until the last bullet." Bloody clashes killed at least 60 people.
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)(SFC, 3/2/11, p.A3)
2011        Feb 20, In Mexico 5 cars were set afire in Acapulco and a man's body was found hacked to pieces outside an apartment building, one day before the start in the city of the Mexican Open tennis tournament.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Morocco thousands of people marched in cities across the country, demanding a new constitution to bring more democracy and limits on the powers of King Mohammed VI. Leaders of the 2 biggest opposition forces boycotted the movement. 
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.28)
2011        Feb 20, In New Zealand a pod of 107 pilot whales were found stranded on a remote New Zealand beach. All members of the pod died, including 48 that were euthanized.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
 2011        Feb 20, Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad angrily denounced the US veto of a United Nations resolution condemning Israel's West Bank settlements and offered to form a unity government with the rival Hamas militant group.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, Philippine rebels said police officer Jerwel Montecillo Tugade has been ordered released after being abducted Feb. 7 in Davao Oriental province. A fourth captive, army soldier Bryan Canedo, was still being held and questioned after he was seized Feb. 7 in Compostela Valley Province.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Somalia at least 15 civilians, two African Union soldiers and six foreign fighters were killed in weekend fighting in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, In Tunisia several thousand protesters swarmed on the governmental palace to demand the ouster of the provisional government in power since the ouster of country's longtime strongman. Many were angry that PM Mohamed Ghannouchi, a longtime ally of Ben Ali, is still in his post, and fear the Tunisian revolution has been co-opted by the old guard.
    (AP, 2/20/11)
2011        Feb 20, Yemen's embattled Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh sought a way out of the political crisis gripping his impoverished Arab nation, offering to oversee a dialogue between his ruling party and the opposition to defuse the ongoing standoff with protesters demanding his ouster. A total of seven people have been killed since the unrest began. Hundreds of Yemeni students demonstrated outside the Sanaa university campus on the eighth straight day of anti-regime protests in the capital. Hassan Baoum, a prominent separatist leader, was arrested.
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.29)

2011        Feb 21, Four Americans (Jean and Scott Adams, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle) taken hostage by Somali pirates were shot and killed by their captors, marking the first time US citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. US naval forces, who were trailing the Americans' captured yacht with four warships, quickly boarded the Quest after hearing gunfire. Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained. On March 10 the pirates were indicted in Norfolk, Va., on various charges including piracy and kidnapping. On August 22 two Somali men were sentenced to life in prison. 9 others remained including 3 charged with murder. In 2012 Mohammad Saaili Shibin was convicted for his role as a hostage negotiator.
    (AP, 2/22/11)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A7)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A7)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A5)(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A4)
2011        Feb 21, In Daly City, Ca., patrol officers heard shots fired coming from 26 West Market Street. Officers saw an adult male subject grab an adult female around the neck and pull her into the residence. After a six hour stand off, the Hostage Negotiation Team convinced the subjects to leave the residence. Both subjects were arrested. A total of 26 firearms were seized from the residence. 10 of those firearms were considered assault weapons.
    (Daly City Crime Alert and Community Bulletin 02-28-11)
2011        Feb 21, Tom DeBaggio, herb grower and Alzheimer’s patient, died in Virginia. His work included “Losing My Mind" and “When It Gets Dark."
    (Econ, 3/5/11, p.93)
2011        Feb 21, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a government office in Kunduz province, killing at least 30 people, many who were waiting in line to obtain government identification cards. A NATO service member was killed in a roadside bombing in the south.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Algeria about 500 students rallied in the capital, part of the wave of unrest in Arab world to register discontent with national governments. The students want the government to scrap a new law that dilutes the value of their diplomas by giving equal status to less-qualified degree holders in the job market.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Bahrain a group of young protesters camped out in the capital and called for the ouster of the entire ruling monarchy as part of sweeping demands to call off a weeklong uprising. At least 8 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the clashes since the unrest spilling across the Arab world reached the Gulf last week. A manifesto from a group calling itself "Youth of Feb. 14" — after the day of the first marches — apparently sought to raise the stakes of demands ahead of possible talks between the opposition and the monarchy.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, British detectives named the country's 10 most wanted fugitives who have bolted to the "Costa del Crime", fleeing the urban ganglands for the Spanish sunshine.
    (AFP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, British energy giant BP and India's Reliance Industries announced a massive investment deal which could be worth up to $20 billion with later investment in key Indian oil and gas assets.
    (AFP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, British-based Diageo announced the takeover of Mey Icki, Turkey’s largest maker of raki, an aniseed drink, for $2.1 billion.
    (Econ, 3/5/11, p.70)
2011        Feb 21, In CongoDRC a mobile military court convicted army Lt. Col. Mutuare Daniel Kibibi (46) of crimes against humanity, a landmark verdict in this Central African country where aid groups say thousands are brutally raped each year and where impunity prevails for the soldiers and militia groups who terrorize civilians. 3 of Kibibi's officers received the same sentences, and 5 others got lesser sentences. 49 women who testified about the New Year attacks in Fizi were to receive up to $10,000 each in compensation from the government as part of the verdict.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, Danish shipper Maersk announced the order of 10 colossal container ships from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding.
    (Econ, 2/26/11, p.73)
2011        Feb 21, Egypt asked Britain for its support in seeking debt forgiveness from Europe, in the latest push to boost an economy bruised by weeks of protests that toppled Pres. Mubarak. Egypt owed the EU member states about $9 billion. According to central bank figures the country's total foreign debt stood at about $34.7 billion as of the end of September 2011.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 21, Egypt's prosecutor general requested a freeze on the foreign assets of Hosni Mubarak and his family, 10 days after the longtime president resigned in the face of a popular uprising.
    (AFP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Honduras a new law took effect banning smoking in most public and private spaces. It did not actually outlaw cigarettes inside homes, but did have a provision allowing people to file complaints about secondhand smoke in homes.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Honduras evangelical pastor Carlos Marroquin (41), walking his two schnauzers, was shot to death by a gunman who tried to steal the dogs in San Pedro Sula.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Iran Ali Karroubi, son of opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi, was taken into custody. His detention was widely viewed as at attempt to gain leverage on his father.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Iraq a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a police station in Samarra, killing at least 12 police officers. Police and hospital officials in Sulaimaniyah said two protesters died, including a teenager, and 46 were wounded as a result of injuries sustained during overnight protests.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In the Ivory Coast at least 6 people were killed when soldiers entered opposition areas in Abidjan firing machine guns.
    (SFC, 2/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 21, Libyan protesters celebrated in the streets of Benghazi, claiming control of the country's second largest city after bloody fighting, and anti-government unrest spread to the capital with clashes in Tripoli's main square for the first time. Justice minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil resigned from his post to protest the "excessive use of force against unarmed protesters."
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, Spreading unrest in Libya shut down 6 percent of oil output in Africa's No.3 producer and prompted a host of energy firms to pull out international staff, sending oil prices to above $105 a barrel. Al Jazeera television said military aircraft fired live ammunition at crowds of anti-government protesters in Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Mali a stampede at a football stadium in Bamako killed 35 people. Thousands had gathered there for a blessing by a well-known Imam.
    (SFC, 2/23/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 21, Mexican marines found 72 sticks of commercial synthetic explosives at a heavily armed camp in the southern state of Guerrero.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 21, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI announced the creation of a new Social and Economic Council tasked with carrying out reforms. Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui said 5 burned bodies were found in a bank set ablaze in the north Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in unrest that erupted after weekend demonstrations for change. Thousands of young Moroccans have joined the "February 20" movement on the social networking site Facebook, calling for peaceful demonstrations demanding a new constitution limiting the king's powers and more social justice.
    (Econ, 2/26/11, p.28)(AFP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Pakistan Abu Zaid, an Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of seven militants killed by a US missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border overnight. A 2nd suspected US missile strike killed at least five people in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that five male hairdressers were interrogated in Gaza and forced to sign declarations that they wouldn't work in women's salons.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In the Philippines four kidnappers were killed and a policeman wounded during a foiled attempt to abduct a Chinese-Filipino businessman in southern North Cotabato province's Midsayap township.
    (AP, 2/21/11) 
2011        Feb 21, In Russia former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev described Russia as an imitation of democracy and accused its current rulers of conceit and contempt for voters, in his harshest criticism of the government yet.
    (AP, 2/21/11)
2011        Feb 21, In Somalia a suicide bomber detonated an explosives laden car at a police station in Mogadishu killing at least 8 people. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 2/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 21, Yemen's embattled leader rejected demands that he step down, saying widespread demonstrations against his regime are unacceptable acts of provocation.
    (AP, 2/21/11)

2011        Feb 22, Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff from Pres. Obama, was elected mayor of Chicago, overwhelming five rivals.
    (SFC, 2/23/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 22, The US and Israel carried out a successful test of the Arrow anti-missile system off the coast of California.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, Democratic members of the Indiana House of Representatives left Indianapolis to deny Republicans a quorum hoping to kill legislation that included a bill allowing workers in private-sector unions the right to opt out of their dues or fees.
    (SFC, 2/24/11, p.A7)
2011        Feb 22, Algeria’s government, in a major concession to opposition groups, adopted a measure that would lift a 19-year state of emergency.
    (SFC, 2/23/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 22, Bahrain's king ordered the release of some political prisoners, conceding to another opposition demand as the embattled monarchy tries to engage protesters in talks aimed at ending an uprising that has entered its second week.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, In northeastern Brazil police in the city of Pirapemas arrested a man accused of sexually abusing his daughter for 12 years and fathering her two children. The man confessed to abusing his daughter starting when she was 14 years old and fathering two daughters, aged 5 years and 2 months.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 22, Egypt's foreign ministry told its embassies in the Arab world and Western countries to seek a freeze on the assets of former President Hosni Mubarak and his family. Massive labor protests and strikes turned violent, with the deputy head of one public sector company being beaten to death by irate workers.
    (Reuters, 2/22/11)(AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, A French creator of specialized search engines filed a new complaint with the European Union about alleged anticompetitive behavior by Google Inc.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, German authorities arrested two Germans suspected of involvement with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a terrorist group suspected of links to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 22, An Indian court convicted 31 people on conspiracy and murder charges over a deadly train fire in 2002 that triggered anti-Muslim rioting in which 2,000 people were killed.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, Two Iranian naval ships entered Egypt's Suez Canal heading for Syria, the first time in three decades that Tehran has sent military ships through the strategic waterway.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, In the Ivory Coast a battle between forces for the country's two political rivals involving rocket-propelled grenades left at least 10 policemen and 2 civilians dead. This was the fourth consecutive day of violence in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Ivory Coast. The "invisible commandos" allied with Ouattara launched their own attack. They claimed in a statement overnight that they killed 27 police officers in an ambush in Abobo.
    (AP, 2/23/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 22, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi used tanks, helicopters and warplanes to fight a growing revolt, as the veteran leader scoffed at reports he was fleeing after four decades in power. Human Rights Watch said at least 233 people have been killed and opposition groups put the figure much higher. Libya's ambassador to the United States openly called for Moamer Kadhafi to end his "dictatorship regime" and step down, following other envoys deploring a deadly crackdown in the North African nation.
    (Reuters, 2/22/11)(AFP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, Mexico’s government announced that it plans to include voice and DNA samples in a database of the nation's 620,000 police and public safety employees as a control measure. Police in Acapulco, where the Mexican Open tennis tournament is being held, found the bodies of seven men, some mutilated. In Mazatlan two men were shot to death in the parking lot of a hotel frequented by foreign tourists. Neither of the victims were tourists. Authorities in Acapulco found the bodies of two men and a woman in a stolen taxi.
    (AP, 2/22/11)(AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 22, Christchurch, New Zealand, lay in ruins after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches. The earthquake left at least 166 dead, including 21 Chinese students. The earthquake also caused some 30 million tons of ice to break off from New Zealand's biggest glacier. On Feb 3 rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors.  On May 16 nine final victims of the earthquake were declared dead, ending an agonizing wait for families of people whose remains have never been identified in the wreckage. 3 Israelis died in the Christchurch quake that killed 181 people. Other Israelis escaped the quake. One of the Israelis who died was carrying at least five passports. A 2012 report said a six-story building that collapsed and killed 115 people in the earthquake was made of weak columns and concrete and did not meet standards when it was built in 1986.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)(AFP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/4/11)(AP, 3/5/11)(AP, 5/16/11)(AP, 7/19/11)(AP, 2/9/12)
2011        Feb 22, In central Nigeria at least 12 people were killed after cattle thieves attacked the village of Bere Reti Fan, a region beset by religious and ethnic killings.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, Ion Hobana (80), Romania's best-known science fiction writer, died in Bucharest. His works were translated abroad has died. His last book, a history of French science fiction before 1900, was published in November.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 22, Serb nationalist Vojislav Seselj deliberately revealed the names of 11 witnesses whose identities were being shielded by the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at the start of his contempt of court trial. Seselj has been in custody at the tribunal for eight years since turning himself in to face charges of plotting ethnic cleansing and inciting atrocities by Serb forces in Bosnia and Croatia as the former Yugoslavia crumbled in the 1990s.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, In Venezuela protesting students ended a three-week hunger strike, saying they stopped because the Organization of American States is discussing their allegations of human rights abuses by Venezuela's government.
    (AP, 2/22/11)
2011        Feb 22, In eastern Yemen about 5,000 anti-government protesters rallied in the town of al-Shiher, calling for the ouster of the country's president. Thousands rallied at a university campus in Sanaa while hundreds continued to camp out in a nearby square. Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters armed with daggers and batons clashed violently with students in Sanaa before police intervened. One person was killed and at least 12 injured in the clashes near Sanaa University, medics said. A local human rights group gave a higher toll, saying two people were killed and 18 hurt.
    (AP, 2/22/11)(AFP, 2/22/11)(AP, 2/23/11)

2011        Feb 23, The Obama administration decided to stop defending a 1996 federal law banning marital benefits for same-sex couples.
    (SFC, 2/24/11, p.A1)
2011        Feb 23, The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Republic of Lithuania today announced that they have signed an Implementation Agreement on Cooperation in Preventing Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material.
    (http://tinyurl.com/4dplcz7)
2011        Feb 23, In Texas Khalid Ali-M Aldawasari (20), a native of Saudi Arabia and student at South Plains College, was arrested on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with purchases of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device. His potential targets included the home of George W. Bush in Dallas and at least 12 reservoir dams in California and Colorado.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A7)
2011        Feb 23, Allen Willis (b.1916), African American filmmaker, died in Oakland, Ca. His work included “Have You Sold Your Dozen Roses" (1955), produced with San Francisco poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and “Stagger Lee" (1970), a documentary interview with incarcerated Black Panther leader Bobby Seale.
    (SFC, 3/7/11, p.C3)
2011        Feb 23, Bahrain released at least 100 prisoners, including 23 Shiite activists on trial since last year for plotting against the state. Protesters vowed not to budge from Pearl Square, the epicenter of anti-regime demonstrations, despite the release of leading Shiite opposition activists and renewed calls by the king for talks.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 23, Britain said separating couples will be ordered to try mediation to resolve disputes over their break up before heading to court, in a move aimed at reducing the number of people who end up embroiled in costly divorce battles.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, Chinese activists said officials have rounded up Internet users who had reposted a call for protests and charged them with subversion as the authoritarian government continued its campaign to crush any Middle East-style democracy movement. Unidentified organizers had issued a renewed appeal to gather peacefully in parks or near monuments at 2 p.m. on Sundays. China's Vice President Xi Jinping urged greater outreach by the ruling Communist Party to handle issues related to education, employment, health care and housing.
    (AP, 2/23/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 23, In China Xinjiang-based wlmqwb.com website reported that the country’s highest court has approved the executions of four men convicted in a series of murders in the restive western region of Xinjiang described as acts of "terrorist violence." The four were accused of killing 9 people in 3 separate incidents between August and November of last year.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, In Egypt a security official said hundreds of low-ranking police have set fire to parts of the security headquarters in Cairo after four days of protests to demand better salaries. The killing of a Coptic Christian priest in southern Egypt triggered street demonstrations by several thousand Christians.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, France and Germany threatened to hit Libya with EU sanctions for Moammar Gadhafi's fierce crackdown on protesters, while the European Union said the violence in Libya could constitute "crimes against humanity" and urged an independent probe into it.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, In Greece young demonstrators hurled rocks and fire bombs at riot police as clashes broke out in Athens during a mass rally against austerity measures, part of a general strike that crippled services and public transportation around the country.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, Indian police arrested Commonwealth Games’ director general, V. K. Verma and its secretary general, Lalit Bhanot, two top organizers of last year's tainted games, as part of a widening probe into alleged graft.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, Israeli tank fire wounded 11 people in the Gaza Strip, including at least six militants. The military said it opened fire after the militants detonated a bomb targeting a passing Israeli patrol near the border and then fired mortars at the soldiers.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, In Libya militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli, but cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation, as the protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. Two pilots let their warplane crash in the desert, parachuting to safety, rather than bomb an opposition-held city. The International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) said at least 640 people have been killed in Libya in protests against the regime of Moamer Kadhafi since they started on February 14.
    (AP, 2/23/11)(AFP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, A UN spokesman said  Aisha al-Khadafy, the daughter of Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, has been terminated as good will ambassador for the UN Development Program (UNDP).
    (SFC, 2/24/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 23, In Mexico Julian Zapata Espinoza and the five others, including a Honduran citizen, were arrested. The army quoted Espinoza as saying two of the five had participated in the Feb 15 attack on American ICE agents. Those arrested included suspect Sergio Antonio Mora, who oversaw the man suspected of carrying out the Feb 15 attack the left agent Jaime Zapata dead. Gunmen opened fire on six children playing in the yard of a home in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing three girls aged 12, 14 and 15. Espinoza was extradited to the US in December. 
    (AP, 2/24/11)(AP, 2/28/11)(SFC, 12/22/11, p.A10)
2011        Feb 23, In Nigeria two men on a motorbike killed a senior police officer inspector after following him to his home in Maiduguri, Borno state.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 23, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah (86) announced an unprecedented economic aid package, including interest-free home loans totaling some $37 billion.
    (Reuters, 2/23/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 23, Senegal said it will cut diplomatic ties with Iran after an investigation that showed that a seized Iranian arms shipment was intended for rebels fighting Senegalese troops. The arms shipment was discovered in Nigeria in October.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, Somali government forces backed by African Union troops launched a fresh offensive against Al Qaeda-inspired rebels, claiming forays into parts of Mogadishu long held by the insurgents. Militants paraded the bodies of five African Union peacekeepers. They also claimed they captured an AU soldier from Burundi.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 23, The UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague sentenced Vlastimir Djordjevic (62) to 27 years in prison after pronouncing him guilty of murdering at least 724 Kosovo Albanians, as well as committing inhumane acts, persecution and deportations.
    (AP, 2/23/11)
2011        Feb 23, In Yemen thousands streamed into a square in Sanaa, trying to strengthen the hold of anti-government protesters after club-wielding backers of President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to drive them out. 7 legislators, who belonged to Saleh's ruling party, resigned from the group because of the situation in the country and said they will form their own independent bloc. The resignations raised to nine the number of legislators who left Saleh's Congress Party since protests began earlier this month. In the port city of Aden, a 19-year-old man wounded last week died of his injuries. His death brought to 13 the number of demonstrators killed since the crisis began nearly a month ago.
    (AP, 2/23/11)

2011        Feb 24, US authorities launched Operation Fallen Hero-Bombardier, a crackdown on Mexican drug cartels, just over a week after the shooting death of a US immigration officer in Mexico. Raids quickly followed in the United States, Colombia, Brazil and Central America.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, A US federal jury convicted Mohammad Reza Vaghari (43), of Broomall Pa., of sending the products to Iran by way of the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, The US Air Force awarded Boeing a $35 billion deal to build 200 airborne refueling tankers. The contract will mean thousands of jobs, mostly in Washington state and Kansas.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 6 astronauts on its last mission to the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, In Kentucky 4 Amish children died after their family buggy overturned in a flash flood of Roscoe Creek.
    (SFC, 2/26/11, p.A7)
2011        Feb 24, In New Jersey Transportation Security Administration officer Al Raimi (29) of Woodbridge pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to theft by a government officer. Federal prosecutors say Raimi stole between $10,000 and $30,000 cash over nearly a year from travelers passing through his checkpoint. He gave a cut of the cash to his supervisor, Michael Arato, who pleaded guilty to related charges this month. 2 TSA agents at a NYC airport were arrested earlier this month on charges of stealing $40,000 from passengers' luggage.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Texas a fire at a Houston home used for daycare killed 4 children. Jessica Tata (22), accused of leaving the children unattended while a stovetop burner was on, was later charged with reckless injury to a child. She fled to her native Nigeria. On March 19 Tata was arrested in Nigeria and was returned to the US on March 21. On Nov 20, 2012, Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
    (www.click2houston.com/news/26995237/detail.html)(AP, 3/1/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)
2011        Feb 24, In Virginia Zachary A. Chesser (21) of Bristow pleaded guilty to charges of providing material support to terrorists and communicating threats. He had threatened the creators of the “South Park" cartoon series for insulting the prophet Muhammad and tried to join a terror group in Somalia. Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched to try to find at least one of the 14 Senate Democrats who have been on the run for eight days to delay a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly all public employees.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to address accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or jammed in driver's side carpeting, prompting federal regulators to close its investigation into the embattled automaker.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb attack killed an intelligence agent and wounded 26 other people in Spin Boldak, a town on the Pakistan border.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Algeria officially lifted its 19-year old state of emergency.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 24, Bahrain protesters showed no sign of retreat as an anti-government uprising entered its 11th day and opposition groups said the state had not yet met their pre-conditions for dialogue.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Brazil’s Justice Ministry said the murder rate among Brazil's youths has soared to epidemic levels. The number of murdered Brazilians age 15 to 24 rose from 30 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1998 to 52.9 per 100,000 a decade later.
    (AP, 2/24/11)(SFC, 2/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 24, A British judge ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (39), who rocked the US government by publishing thousands of secret diplomatic memos, must be extradited to Sweden to face sex crimes allegations.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, A British specialist ice cream parlor planned to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat. The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga" ($23 per serving), will be available from Feb 25 at the Icecreamists restaurant in London's Covent Garden.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, The Canadian province of Ontario said it has approved 40 new large-scale renewable power projects that will create 7,000 jobs and attract C$3 billion ($3.06 billion) in private sector investment.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Egyptian authorities arrested the country's former information minister and the chairman of state TV and radio on corruption allegations.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, The southern Indian state of Kerala passed a bill allowing compensation claims against soft drink giant Coca-Cola over alleged environmental damage caused by a bottling plant. The Palakkad bottling factory in Kerala was closed in 2005 after protests from activists and residents. A high-level state panel concluded last year that the plant had caused environmental and soil degradation as well as water contamination, and recommended a fine of 47 million dollars.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, An Indonesian court sentenced Islamic preacher Murhali Barda (37) to five-and-a-half months in jail for misusing his status to encourage "Muslim lions" to rally at a church, which led to the beating and stabbing of two Christians. He had already served about five months and was expected to walk out of jail within days.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Iraq a suicide bomber trying to assassinate the deputy head of the provincial council killed 11 people including 7 policemen and a bodyguard in Ramadi, Anbar province. Security forces killed al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, the top military leader of an al-Qaida front group, surrounding his hideout and firing shots that blew up his booby-trapped getaway car in Hit, Anbar province. The Kurdish government sent thousands of its troops into positions around Kirkuk saying it feared that demonstrations planned for the next day could turn violent.
    (AP, 2/24/11)(AP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Feb 24, In the Ivory Coast residents reported automatic arms fire in the Abobo district of Abidjan. Hundreds of people fled the area on foot on the main road leading from the neighborhood. The UN warned that heavy fighting over the country's disputed election may augur a return to civil war.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Japan the world's first robot marathon kicked off in Osaka, with five two-legged participants racing on an indoor track. The race was expected to last through Feb 27.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Libya forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched a counter-attack, fighting fierce gun battles with rebels who have threatened the Libyan leader by seizing important towns close to the capital. Key Libyan oil and oil product terminals to the east of the capital were in the hands of rebels. Fighting in the cities of Zawiya and Misrata  killed at least 30 people.
    (AP, 2/24/11)(Reuters, 2/24/11)(AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Mexico gunmen killed Jesus Quirarte Ruvalcaba (51), the head of a state police agency that prosecutes car thieves, as well as his wife, Maria Guadalupe Aldrete (49), in Zapopan, Jalisco state. Acapulco police reported finding a man's hacked-up body in five plastic bags, in a low-income neighborhood far from where the Mexican Open tennis tournament is being held.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Morocco one of the biggest parties in the ruling coalition, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, called for a timetable for implementing political reforms to meet popular demand.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In northwest Pakistan suspected US missiles hit a house and car in a village close to the Afghan border, killing at least six people.
    (AP, 2/24/11) 
2011        Feb 24, In Panama Rene Sanabria, a retired Bolivian police Gen., was arrested at Washington's request and extradited to the US. He had an initial federal court appearance in Miami the next day on charges he ran a cocaine trafficking ring. Sanabria headed the FELCN counternarcotics police in 2007-2008. Other alleged members of the trafficking organization were identified by Bolivian authorities as Col. Milton Sanchez Pantoja, Maj. Edwin Raul Ona Moncada and Capt. Franz Hernando Siles Rios. On Sep 23 Sanabria was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/27/11)(SFC, 9/24/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, In the Philippines lawyers said about 7,500 victims of human rights abuses during late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' regime will receive compensation for their suffering starting next week, 25 years after a peaceful revolt forced Marcos into exile in Hawaii.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Puerto Rico US federal officials said Alexis Candelario Santana is among five people indicted on federal racketeering charges involving an organization that sold drugs in Puerto Rico. The indictment of Santana accused him of 21 homicides from 1993 to 2009, though it does not charge him with murder. The five faced 17 charges including violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act), a charge that is viewed as easier to prove because it targets behavior patterns instead of criminal acts.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Saudi Arabia influential intellectuals said in a statement that Arab rulers should derive a lesson from the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and listen to the voice of disenchanted young people.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Somalia Al-Shabab displayed the bodies of eight men they said were the attackers in Belet Hawo, a Somalia-Kenya border town. In Mogadishu at least 39 civilians have been killed and more than 120 wounded in four days of fighting.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Somali pirates captured a sailboat carrying Danish couple Jan Quist Johansen his wife Birgit Marie and three children (12-16), along with two adult crew members, also Danes. All seven were released on September 6.
    (AP, 3/1/11)(AP, 9/7/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Spain a powerful explosion at a military academy in Hoyo de Manzares killed five soldiers and wounded three when a mine de-activation training drill went awry.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Sudan's army attacked remnants of a divided rebel movement in the western Darfur region, setting off clashes that killed 25 of the fighters and two government soldiers.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered his forces to offer "full protection" to anti-regime protesters and loyalists alike, after 15 people died in an uprising against his rule.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)

2011        Feb 25, President Barack Obama signed an executive order freezing assets held by Gadhafi and four of his children in the United States.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, US officials said authorities have arrested close to 700 people in an ongoing US-led international crackdown on Mexican drug cartels.
    (AFP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, The US returned to Russia a trove of historic archive documents dating back to Catherine the Great that were stolen after the Soviet breakup. Some of the documents returned were stolen from archives in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s. Russian authorities have accused Vladimir Feinberg, a Russian antiques dealer in Israel, of stealing the documents and have been unsuccessful in obtaining his extradition.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Daly City, Ca., 9-year councilwoman Margarita Gomez (56), pleaded guilty to two felony counts of insurance fraud. She planned to resign on Feb 28. On May 3 Gomez was sentenced to 6 months in jail ordered to pay $64,000 in restitution.
    (SFC, 2/26/11, p.C3)(SFC, 5/4/11, p.C2)
2011        Feb 25, In Bahrain tens of thousands of anti-government protesters filled Manama in an attempt to boost pressure for sweeping political concessions before possible talks to end nearly two weeks of demonstrations and clashes in the strategic Gulf island kingdom.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, A Brazilian court suspended work on the $11 billion Belo Monte dam project citing environmental concerns.
    (SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 25, In Brazil Ricardo Jose Neis sped his car through a pack of more than 100 pro-cycling activists in the city of Porto Alegre. At least 40 people were injured. Prosecutors soon asked for his preventive detention on charges of attempted homicide.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Feb 25, China widened its Internet policing after online calls for protests like those that swept the Middle East, with social networking site LinkedIn and searches for the US ambassador's name both blocked. Access to LinkedIn resumed on Feb 26.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, China dropped the death penalty for more than a dozen nonviolent crimes and banned capital punishment for people over the age of 75 in largely symbolic moves that are not expected to significantly reduce executions.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, UN officials said at least 40 people have been raped in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 2/26/11, p.A2) 
2011        Feb 25, In Egypt tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square, trying to keep up pressure on Egypt's military rulers to carry out reforms and calling for the dismissal of holdovers from the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, The French film industry awarded the coveted Cesar award for best movie to "Of Gods and Men" ("Des Hommes et des Dieux") by Xavier Beauvois, a masterful drama based on the real-life tragedy of seven French monks abducted and beheaded during Algeria's civil war in 1996. Director Roman Polanski won Best Director for "The Ghost Writer," and "The Social Network" won Best Foreign Film.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Iraq thousands marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces in cities across the country, in the largest and most violent anti-government protests here since political unrest began spreading in the Arab world several weeks ago. The "Day of Rage" clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the city of Mosul and town of Hawija left 8 dead and dozens wounded. At least two people were killed and 14 others injured in riots in Anbar province. One person was killed in Tikrit and another in Kalar. In a bid to head off protests, Iraq slashed politicians' pay, increased food funds for the needy and delayed a planned law that would raise import tariffs and, thus, prices of goods in markets. 2 teens died of their injuries the next day. Altogether at least 19 people were killed.
     (AP, 2/25/11)(AFP, 2/25/11)(AP, 2/26/11)(SFC, 2/26/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 25, Polls opened in Ireland in a national election. Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny (59), Ireland's longest-serving parliamentarian, looked almost certain to be the next prime minister. Fine Gael won 76 seats; Labor won 37 seats. Fianna Fail lost 58 seats, dropping from 78 to 20.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(Reuters, 2/26/11)(AFP, 2/27/11)(AP, 3/6/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.58)
2011        Feb 25, Italian police arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Pope Benedict XVI for converting a Muslim journalist in Italy to Catholicism.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Libya militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi opened fire on protesters streaming out of mosques in Tripoli, demanding the regime's ouster, witnesses said, reporting at least 5 killed. Across rebellious cities in the east, tens of thousands held rallies in support of the first Tripoli protests in days. Libyan diplomats at the UN in Geneva declared they were defecting to the opposition, delivering another blow to Gadhafi's flailing regime as international pressure built over his violent attempt to cling to power. Pro-Gadhafi troops with tanks attacked the Misrata Air Base east of Tripoli that had fallen into rebel hands. They succeeded in retaking part of it in battles with residents and anti-Gadhafi army units and up to 27 people were said to have been killed. 11 members of Libya's Arab League mission said they have resigned en masse because of Gadhafi's use of force against his opponents.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(Reuters, 2/25/11)(AP, 2/26/11)(AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 25, Mexican police discovered the bodies of 3 people, missing since Feb 7, related human rights activist Josefina Reyes, who was killed last year in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In northwest Pakistan militants blew up at least 11 tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan and shot dead four people.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Panama customs director Gloria Moreno de Lopez said that nearly a half ton (421 kilos) shark fins were found at Panama's international airport in a shipment labeled as dried fish. She says the container originated in Ecuador and was bound for New York City.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 25, Somalia's president said that government forces are gaining ground after a week of fighting against al-Qaida-linked militants who had for years confined his administration to a few blocks of the capital.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Spain said it will lower highway speed limits, cut train ticket prices and use more biofuel under an emergency energy-saving initiative because of soaring oil prices brought on by the unrest in Libya.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, Thai authorities displayed a ton of illicitly smuggled African elephant ivory and rhino horns seized at Bangkok's airport, a haul described as a victory for better international intelligence sharing among wildlife officials.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Tunisia tens of thousands of people filled the streets of central Tunis in what they called a "day of rage," calling for the resignation of PM Mohamed Ghannouchi, a former ally of the ousted president.
    (Reuters, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 25, In Yemen tens of thousands of people gathered in a main square in Sanaa for prayers that later turned into mass protests to press demands for the US-backed president to step down. Security forces in Aden opened fire on demonstrators wounding at least 19 people.
    (AP, 2/25/11)(SFC, 2/26/11, p.A5)

2011        Feb 26, In Wisconsin a crowd estimated at more than 70,000 people waved American flags, sang the national anthem and called for the defeat of a state plan to curb public sector unions that has galvanized opposition from the American labor movement.
    (Reuters, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Kingston, NY, a privately owned, vintage military jet crashed into the Hudson River. Divers the next day recovered the body of pilot Michael Faraldi (38).
    (SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A9)(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A5)
2011        Feb 26, In San Francisco snow fell briefly overnight on the city's Twin Peaks neighborhood and some other areas with higher elevations.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, In northwest Afghanistan amid screams of "Suicide bomber! Suicide bomber!" an insurgent detonated his vest of explosives, killing at least four people at a sports field. A roadside bomb killed nine people near the eastern city of Khost.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Algeria hundreds of demonstrators protested in Algiers to demand the ouster of President Bouteflika, but police were out in far larger numbers to counter the protesters.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, A prominent Bahraini opposition leader, Hassan Mushaima, returned home from exile and urged the Gulf kingdom's rulers to back up promises of political reform with action. Thousands of protesters marched from the capital's landmark Pearl Square to the prime minister's office, calling for him to resign.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Canada the governing Liberal Party of British Columbia elected Christy Clark as their new leader, setting the stage for her to become premier of the resource-rich province on the Pacific coast.
    (Reuters, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Croatia some 15,000 people have gathered at a protest in Zagreb organized by the veterans of the country's 1991-95 independence war. They were protesting in support of a fellow veteran awaiting extradition to Serbia in a Bosnian prison. Officers used tear gas to disperse the group. At least 25 people were injured.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, Egypt's ruling military council apologized after military police a day earlier beat protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. activists called for fresh protests to denounce violence by the authorities. A judicial committee formed to draft changes to Egypt's constitution proposed capping to eight years the time a president can stay in office and loosening the rules that curbed competition for the post.
    (AFP, 2/26/11)(Reuters, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, Iran confirmed it was having to remove nuclear fuel from the reactor of its only nuclear power station, signaling more problems for the Russian-built Bushehr plant after decades of delay.
    (Reuters, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Iraq gunmen before dawn attacked the Baiji Refinery, Iraq's largest oil refinery, killing one engineer and forcing a shutdown that threatened to exacerbate acute electricity shortages that have prompted violent protests. The bodies of three protesters turned up in Kirkuk. Police said all three took part in a Feb 25 demonstration. They were shot in the head and their hands bound.
    (AP, 2/26/11)(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A8)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Feb 26, Israeli warplanes bombed militant training camps in the Gaza Strip for a second time, wounding four people, including a toddler. The raids came after pre-dawn strikes against two other training camps of the hardline Islamic Jihad group.
    (AFP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Japan Nintendo's latest game machine, offering glasses-free 3-D images, went on sale ahead of a global rollout. Analysts said it promises to be the world's first 3-D mass-market product.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, Libyan residents said the embattled regime of Moammar Gadhafi is arming civilian supporters to set up checkpoints and roving patrols around Tripoli to control movement and quash dissent.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Mexico’s Coahuila state, across the US border from Texas, nine men died when gunmen opened fire inside two bars in separate attacks. Assailants killed another five men in a bar in the cartel-plagued border city of Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 26, Nigerian police arrested Boko Haram arms dealer Mohammed Zakaria in the town of Maiduguri. Police shot dead, Alhaji Salisu Damaturu, a man financing the radical Islamist sect. Mohammed Goni was identified as another financier of the group. Weapons recovered from their hideout included 12 rocket launchers, two pistols, one loaded AK-47 rifle, two detonating bomb cables and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 26, Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, replaced six Cabinet members in a bid to defuse tensions in the country.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 26, In the Philippines communist rebels killed three soldiers and wounded four others in an ambush in the foothills of a mountain near Asipulo township in Ifugao province. Government and rebel negotiators last week resumed talks in Norway after more than six years and agreed to negotiate a settlement of the 42-year conflict.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 26, Russia joined other UN Security Council members in ordering an arms embargo against Libya and other sanctions. Russia stood to lose a total of up to $10 billion in arms sales, including almost $4 billion with Libya, from the wave of unrest currently destabilizing regimes in north Africa and the Middle East. The UN Security Council agreed to tell the prosecutor of the Int’l. Criminal Court (ICC) to probe the Libyan crisis.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.67)
2011        Feb 26, In Russia a man, apparently distraught after an argument with his wife, died after pulling the pin on a grenade and blowing himself up at the entrance of a discount retail store in northeast Moscow.
    (Reuters, 2/26/11)(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 26, In Spain Austin Bice (22), a San Diego State University exchange student, was last seen outside the Riviera concert venue and discotheque in Madrid. Bice’s body was pulled out of the Manzanares River in western Madrid on March 8. An autopsy report on his body suggested an accidental death.
    (AP, 3/6/11)(AP, 3/8/11)(AP, 5/10/11)
2011        Feb 26, In Yemen two powerful tribal chiefs joined opposition forces demanding the ouster of the country's longtime president, a new sign the embattled leader might be losing his grip on the impoverished, conflict-ridden country.
    (AP, 2/26/11)
2011        Feb 26, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe repeated calls for elections to end the power-sharing government and vowed to punish companies from countries that imposed sanctions on him and his allies.
    (AFP, 2/26/11)

2011        Feb 27, In the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles "The King's Speech," a historical film, won best picture and three other prizes over more daring, contemporary contenders like "The Social Network" and "Black Swan." The Oscar for best-actor went to Colin Firth for "The King's Speech," Natalie Portman won best-actress for "Black Swan," and Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won as best supporting actors, both for "The Fighter."
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, In Fremont, Ca., about 15 robbers with guns and rifles accosted 6 employees at Unigen and escaped with $37 million in computer components. In April 5 suspects were arrested and charged with the robbery.
    (SFC, 4/14/11, p.C6)
2011        Feb 27, Joule Unlimited, a Massachusetts biotechnology company, said it has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Afghanistan's government said that its investigations have found NATO killed 65 civilians, many of them children, during recent operations in a remote northeastern militant stronghold. The parliament elected Abdul Rahoof Ibrahimi, a former Uzbek warlord, as speaker, ending a month of squabbling over the position that has further undermined the credibility of an assembly tainted by electoral fraud.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)(Reuters, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In Bahrain thousands of protesters streamed through the diplomatic area and other sites, chanting against the country's king and rejecting his appeals for talks to end the tiny Gulf nation's nearly two-week-old crisis.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In Brazil at least 16 people were electrocuted when a power line fell atop a packed pre-Carnival street parade in the town of Bandeira do Sul in Minas Gerais state.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Britain’s Sunday Times reported that Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing is set to clinch the acquisition of a power distribution business in a deal which would see him control half of Britain's electricity network.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, Britain froze the assets of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in the country. The Daily Telegraph reported that the liquid assets amount to about £20 billion.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)
2011        Feb 27, In China large numbers of police, and new tactics like shrill whistles and street cleaning trucks, squelched overt protests for a second in a row after more calls for peaceful gatherings modeled on recent democratic movements in the Middle East.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In CongoDRC assailants armed with machetes attacked the presidential residence in Kinshasa. At least 7 attackers and 2 guards were killed. President Kabila was not at home at the time. Congolese later picked up 126 suspects in what they say was a multi-pronged attack that centered on Congo's presidential palace in which 19 people were killed.
    (AP, 2/27/11)(SFC, 2/28/11, p.A2)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Feb 27, Villagers in southern Egypt blocked the Assiut-Cairo highway with burning tires and set fire to three government buildings to protest official corruption. More than 2,000 employees of the Assiut provincial government went on strike.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, French Pres. Sarkozy selected Defense Minister Alain Juppe to replace foreign minister Michele Alliot-Marie. Gerard Longuet, head of the conservative party in the Senate, will take over the defense portfolio.
    (SFC, 2/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 27, A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israeli territory, raising Israel's alert level but causing no damage or casualties.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In Lebanon about 500 people waving flags and chanting for national unity gathered in Beirut in a protest inspired by the wave of demonstrations across the Middle East. The crowd held signs criticizing the sectarian makeup of Lebanon's government.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In Libya hundreds of armed anti-government forces backed by rebel troops who control the city closest to the capital Tripoli prepared to repel an expected offensive by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi surrounding Zawiya, a city of 200,000. Armed forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi captured 3 Dutch marines and their helicopter during a botched evacuation mission after landing near Sirte in a Lynx helicopter from the navy ship HMS Tromp.
    (AP, 2/27/11)(AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Feb 27, Officials in Madagascar arrested 12 suspected pirates after they surrendered the Aly Zoulfecar upon arriving in the Indian Ocean island nation. The ship, controlled by pirates since Nov. 3, carried 20 passengers and 9 crew members and had been badly ravaged by a tropical storm before arriving in Madagascar.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Malaysian police arrested dozens of ethnic Indians in a clampdown on a protest against a high school literature book that was slammed for denigrating the minority community.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In Mexico police in the resort city of Acapulco found the bodies of four men inside a trash container, all had been shot and three of them had their throats slit. The body of a fifth man was found alongside a highway. Soldiers killed four alleged drug traffickers in a clash in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit. In the Pacific coast state of Michoacan, police found the bodies of five men in different areas of the capital of Morelia.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Omani security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding better salaries and measures to curb corruption. At least one person was killed in Sohar. Sultan Qaboos bin Said ordered 50,000 new state positions and a monthly stipend of 150 rials ($390) for job seekers.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)(AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen torched two NATO oil tankers.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In Puerto Rico Rep. Rolando Crespo (35), a member of the party that favors US statehood for the Caribbean island territory, resigned his seat, two days after officials disclosed that a drug test showed he had used cocaine.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah ordered that government sector workers employed under temporary contracts be given permanent contracts in another to pre-empt growing calls for reform.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, Somali officials said at least 115 people have been killed in an operation against Al-Qaida-linked militants that began Feb 23. At least 60 militants and 6 peacekeepers were among the dead.
    (SFC, 2/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 27, In Sudan at least 10 people died when a militia attacked a police post in the disputed area of Abyei. The fertile area is claimed by both north and south Sudan and is near several large oil fields.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Tunisian PM Mohamed Ghannouchi (69) said he will resign, amid renewed violence during protests in this North African country. Officials said that at least five people have died during violent street protests since Feb 25 with nearly 200 people were arrested over the last two days. Interim president Fouad Mebazaa chose Beji Caid-Essebsi (84), a former government minister, as the new prime minister.
    (AP, 2/27/11)(SFC, 2/28/11, p.A3)
2011        Feb 27, In Turkey Necmettin Erbakan (85), a longtime leader of Turkey's Islamic political movement, died. He briefly served the country's prime minister (1996-1997) in the first Islamic-led coalition in Turkey's modern history.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
2011        Feb 27, In the United Arab Emirates 4 Americans aboard a turboprop plane were killed when their aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff in Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Yemen's opposition parties said they are joining young protesters in their push to bring down the country's beleaguered president.
    (AP, 2/27/11)

2011        Feb 28, A Pentagon official said the US military is repositioning naval and air forces around Libya, as international demands intensify for an end to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's decades-long rule.
    (Reuters, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, US and South Korean troops launched major annual land, sea and air exercises, amid North Korean threats to turn Seoul into a "sea of flames" in the event of any provocation.
    (AFP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Leaders of Boise County, Idaho, decided to file for bankruptcy.
    (Econ, 12/3/11, p.89)(http://tinyurl.com/47wjr9z)
2011        Feb 28, In Texas 3 people suspected of smuggling guns to Mexico were arrested in a Dallas suburb after federal investigators traced the gun used in the killing of a US agent in Mexico to one of them.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, It was reported that California's AeroVironment has built the world's first hummingbird spy plane. The Pentagon had asked them to develop a pocket-sized aircraft for surveillance and reconnaissance that mimicked biology.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Legendary pinup star Jane Russell (89) died of respiratory failure. The screen legend shot to fame in the '40s after starring in Howard Hughes' 1941 western, 'The Outlaw.' She also starred in 1953's 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' alongside Marilyn Monroe.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, In Afghanistan 4 NATO service members, including a 37-year-old Italian lieutenant, were killed by roadside bombs and an insurgent attack. 8 Afghan policemen left their checkpoint  in Helmand province and never returned. The bodies of 4 of the policemen were found the next day. A bombing in the east killed two coalition troops.
    (AP, 2/28/11)(AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Feb 28, In Argentina former Argentine dictators Jorge Videla, who headed a military junta from 1976 to 1981, and the last dictator of the military regime, Reynaldo Bignone (1982-1983), appeared in court to face charges for the first time for kidnapping hundreds of babies seized from their mothers in secret maternity units minutes after birth.
    (AFP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Global witness, a corruption watchdog, said Teodorin Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea's dictator of 30 years, has commissioned plans to build a super-yacht costing $380 million, nearly three times what the country spends on health and education each year. UN statistics showed that 20% of the country’s children die before reaching the age of 5.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Egypt's top prosecutor seized all the funds of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak and his family and banned them from travel abroad.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, The European Union slapped its own arms embargo, visa ban and other sanctions on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Indian police said they have arrested Sanjay Shah, the manager of a company that made intravenous fluids suspected of killing 13 pregnant women at Umaid Hospital in Jodhpur. The deaths occurred over a 13-day period from February 13.
    (AFP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Iran's state prosecutor says all outside contact with Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, the country's two opposition leaders, has been cut as part of a campaign to silence dissent.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Iraq's PM Nouri al-Maliki called for new provincial elections following anti-government protests that killed 14 people last week in a demonstration of the simmering anger many Iraqis feel at a government they say fails to provide basic services.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Israeli police demolished two structures at an unauthorized West Bank outpost. This was followed by new hints from PM Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel could soon be forced to curb construction in the settlements.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Feb 28, Libyan rebels downed a military aircraft as they fought a government bid to take back Libya's third city, Misrata. French PM Francois Fillon said that France was sending two planes with humanitarian aid to Benghazi, the opposition stronghold in eastern Libya. Libya's oil chief said production was down 50 percent because of the exodus of foreign oil workers fleeing the country's violent uprising. Al Jazeera reported that the beleaguered Kadhafi regime has asked Bu Zaid Dorda, Libya's foreign intelligence chief, to hold a dialogue with opposition leaders in eastern Libya. Rebel forces repelled attackers at Misrata. 
    (Reuters, 2/28/11)(AP, 2/28/11)(AFP, 2/28/11)(AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Feb 28, Mexican officials said police have captured Victor Torres Garcia, the alleged leader of a drug gang that calls itself "The Resistance," a group that operates in western Mexico. The army reported it had detained a female Michoacan state police officer who was traveling in a convoy of vehicles with eight assault rifles, ammunition and a bag of marijuana seeds. The bodies of five men were reported found dangling from bridges over a highway in the coastal city of Mazatlan. Gunmen killed four Guerrero state police officers as they drove near the state capital of Chilpancingo. In Ciudad Juarez assailants opened fire on a car, killing two men, a woman and a 10-year-old boy.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, In Oman protesters set a supermarket ablaze and rallied at two places in the seaside town of Sohar in a third consecutive day of unrest that has included deadly clashes in the strategic Gulf nation. Police did not respond to today's protest.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Hamas moved swiftly to break up a small demonstration in Gaza City where people called for Palestinian reconciliation. Hamas police arrested a protest organizer, seizing a tape from a German TV crew showing a security official slapping the man.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Feb 28, Somali pirates northeast of the Omani port of Salalah hijacked the MV Dover, a Greek-owned cargo vessel with 23 crew on board.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 28, Spanish nuns in Zaragoza first reported €1.5 million ($2 million) were stolen, then lowered the figure to €400,000 ($556,000). Plastic bags stuffed with cash were stolen from a convent, whose cloistered nuns include one who is a well-paid artist. Sister Isabel is well-known in Spanish art circles for realist-style portraits and still-life paintings. Police later said a judge will probe the possibility of tax evasion.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Feb 28, In Venezuela union leader Ruben Gonzalez was sentenced to 7½ years in prison on charges related to a 2009 strike he led that temporarily paralyzed the state-run iron mining company, CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better known as Ferrominera. On March 3 Gonzalez was granted parole but would be required to appear before authorities every 15 days.
    (AP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Feb 28, Vietnam’s state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that Nguyen Dan Que (69), one of the country’s most prominent pro-democracy dissidents, was being held by police in Ho Chi Minh City for allegedly acting to overthrow the government. His house was searched on Feb 26. Police allegedly found 60,000 documents on his computer calling for a revolution.
    (AP, 2/28/11)

2011        Feb, Oahu, Hawaii, held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a 21-station, 20-mile railway, to be completed in 2019. Oahu voters passed a referendum in 2008 authorizing a railway.
    (Econ, 7/14/12, p.28)
2011        Feb, In Pennsylvania Kermit Gosnell, his wife and eight workers were charged in the operation of a clinic in West Philadelphia where illegal late term abortions were performed and where babies born alive and viable were killed. In 2014 the last of two workers in the case were sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty and testifying against Gosnell.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.A6)
2011        Feb, The population of Angola was about 18 million. Half had virtually no access to health care. 5 million people lived in the capital, Luanda.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.53)
2011        Feb, In Colombia ELN guerrillas kidnapped 11 men in Casanare, who were building the new Bicentenario pipeline.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.46)
2011        Feb, Iranian authorities arrested Omid Kokabee (29) at the Tehran airport. He was studying optics in the physics department at the University of Texas. He was charged with having "relations with a hostile country" and receiving "illegitimate funds."
    (AP, 10/4/11)
2011        Feb, A Italian convicted Pietro Lamberti for having sex with an 11-year-old girl  and sentenced him to five years in prison for sexual acts with a minor. The verdict was later upheld by an appeals court. In 2013 Italy's highest court overturned the conviction of Lamberti (60) because the verdict failed to take into account their "amorous relationship."
    (AFP, 12/30/13)
2011        Feb, Palestinian Hossam al-Ruweidi (24) was killed during an attack in central Jerusalem by four Jewish youths. In 2012 one of the youths (16) was sentenced to eight years in jail.
    (AFP, 7/13/12)
2011        Feb, Malawi ordered civil servants to open bank accounts so that they can receive electronic paycheck deposits, as a means to crack down on fraud in the civil service.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)
2011        Feb, The UN estimated that about 700 suspected and convicted pirates were being held in 12 countries.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.70)

2011        Mar 1, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said federal agents working with state and local authorities have arrested 678 people in 168 cities from December to February. It was part of a 5-year effort aimed at street gangs with ties to Mexican drug cartels and other drug traffickers.
    (SFC, 3/1/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 1, In Afghanistan an insurgent attack killed a NATO service member in the south.  Residents in Ghazni burned blankets, clothing and other items that they said coalition troops had distributed in the city a day earlier. 9 young children died in a NATO strike as they collected firewood in Darah-Ye Pech district of northeastern Kunar province. The incident happened after an insurgent rocket attack on a military base prompted coalition forces to return fire.
    (AP, 3/1/11)(AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 1, China told journalists they must "cooperate" with police and respect the country's laws, after several foreign reporters were roughed up in a crackdown on calls for anti-government rallies. The government blamed foreign reporters for a weekend ruckus with police who tried to prevent them covering a planned protest in Beijing, as rights groups slammed China for curtailing press freedoms.
    (AFP, 3/1/11)(Reuters, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, China’s National Museum in Beijing re-opened following a nearly 4-year refurbishment that cost some 2.5 billion yuan.
    (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-03/01/c_13755545.htm)
2011        Mar 1, In Colombia over a dozen attackers firing assault rifles killed four police officers and two other people in robbing a cash shipment that had just arrived by helicopter in the southwestern city of Caloto. Presumed rebels killed a soldier and a civilian motorcycle rider in an attack on a military checkpoint just minutes before a convoy carrying US and UN officials passed by in the Uraba region of Antioquia.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, The European Court of Justice said insurers must stop setting prices based on gender, in a move that could raise costs for women drivers, cut male pensions, and prompt more legal challenges to insurance pricing practices.
    (Reuters, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, French fashion house Christian Dior said John Galliano has been immediately laid off, just days after he was suspended as its creative director pending an investigation into an alleged anti-Semitic incident in a Paris cafe last week.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned after admitting to copying part of a doctoral dissertation, stunning Angela Merkel and depriving her conservatives of their brightest star.
    (Reuters, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Volkswagen showed a concept version of its iconic microbus van, known by its German nickname, the Bulli, at the Geneva Auto Show. Among the six-seater's modern twists: It's powered by an electric motor and uses an iPad to control the entertainment system, climate control and other functions.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Iran's security forces fired teargas and clashed with opposition supporters in Tehran, where demonstrators rallied to demand the release of two opposition leaders. The opposition said at least 79 people were arrested at the protest rallies, which the government denied had taken place at all. Iranian diplomat Ahmed Maleki, who defected last month, said that Iran's leaders would rather "slaughter" their own people than surrender power to any popular revolt inspired by uprisings across the Arab world.
    (Reuters, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Suspected Jewish settlers smashed the windows of 7 Palestinian cars and threw a fire bomb at a Palestinian house in the West Bank.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi dispatched forces to a western border area in defiance of Western military and economic pressure. Residents of Zawiya, the rebel-held city closest to Tripoli, passed out sweets and cold drinks to fighters and celebrated with a victory march after they managed to repel an overnight attack by forces loyal to Gadhafi. At least 1,000 people were feared dead in the bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
    (Reuters, 3/1/11)(AP, 3/1/11)(AFP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, The UN refugee agency said that the situation on Libya's border with Tunisia is reaching a crisis point after 70,000 to 75,000 people fled from the violence in Libya since February 20.
    (AFP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Malta said it was refusing to return two Libyan fighter jets that landed on the island last week after their pilots defected.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Mexican soldiers and police rescued former Tierra Blanca mayor Alfredo Osorio from kidnappers in eastern Mexico. He had been kidnapped a day earlier. A search continued for Tampico Alto Mayor Saturnino Valdes, kidnapped on Feb 23. Soldiers unearthed 17 bodies buried in two clandestine graves in the southern state of Guerrero and authorities said they were searching for more. Police found four bodies dumped along a highway connecting Acapulco to Mexico City. Another four people, including a couple shot to death inside the hotel they managed in the coastal town of Atoyac de Alvarez, were killed in three separate attacks in Guerrero. In Tamaulipas state Mexican marines killed eight gunmen. Gunmen in Michoacan state killed Tanhuato police chief Jose Gomez.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 1, Oman deployed troops north of the capital Muscat and near the border with the United Arab Emirates, following three straight days of anti-government protests.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Pakistan hiked oil prices by 9.9%, a move that threatens the stability of the fragile, US-allied civilian government at a time of economic turmoil in the impoverished country.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Spain announced it had narrowly beaten its target for slashing the public deficit in 2010, critical to the eurozone's fourth largest economy regaining confidence in world financial markets.
    (AFP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Spanish police arrested four suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA they believe may have been behind several attacks in recent years.
    (AP, 3/1/11)
2011        Mar 1, Swedish carmaker SAAB, now owned by Spyker Cars, showed off its new PhoeniX prototype at the Geneva motor show.
    (Econ, 4/9/11, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/3bmnxnx)
2011        Mar 1, In Sudan fresh clashes broke out in the Abyei region between gunmen from the northern-supported nomadic Arab Misseriya people and local the Ngok Dinka tribe, who backed the south.
    (AP, 3/2/11)(Econ, 5/28/11, p.54)
2011        Mar 1, Taiwan and China have cooperated as Taiwan’s coast guard personnel rescued a businessman, surnamed Hsia (40), on an uninhabited Taiwanese islet after his kidnappers deposited him there. He was kidnapped in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in early January and held for a $3.3 million ransom.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 1, The UN General Assembly suspended Libya from its top human rights body as governments worldwide pressured Moammar Gadhafi to halt the deadly crackdown on his people. It is the first time any country has been suspended from the 47-member council since it was formed in 2006.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 1, The UN Refugee Agency said the Uganda-based Lord’s Resistance Army has killed 35 people and displaced over 1700 since January.
    (SFC, 3/2/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 1, Yemen's embattled US-backed Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh accused Washington of instigating protests against his regime, as hundreds of thousands marched in cities across Yemen in the largest rallies yet seeking the longtime ruler's ouster. Saleh sacked the governors of five provinces where anti-regime protests have been raging for more than a month. Abdul Majid al-Zindani, a radical cleric and opposition figure, joined the protests.
    (AP, 3/1/11)(AFP, 3/1/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.53)
2011        Mar 1, Zimbabwean police and troops put on a show of force in the capital amid calls for protests against Pres. Mugabe, the longtime authoritarian ruler.
    (AP, 3/1/11)

2011        Mar 2, Pres. Obama signed a bill to continue government operations for 2 more weeks. The bill included $4 billion in spending cuts.
    (SFC, 3/3/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 2, The US Supreme Court, in an endorsement of free speech, decided 8-1 that anti-gay protesters, who picket funerals of US soldiers, cannot be sued.
    (SFC, 3/3/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 2, The US Army filed 22 new charges, including aiding the enemy, against Pvt. 1st Class Bradley E. Manning, suspected of leaking sensitive and classified documents to WikiLeaks.
    (SFC, 3/3/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 2, The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern cougar to be extinct, confirming a widely held belief among wildlife biologists that native populations of the big cat were wiped out by man a century ago.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 2, In the Bahamas a fire destroyed a shantytown, leaving nearly 700 people homeless, most of them Haitian migrants.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 2, Bangladesh's government ordered Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus from his post as head of his microfinance bank, a humiliating blow for an activist whose revolutionary idea of giving out small loans lifted many out of poverty. The Grameen Bank said he remained in charge and that it would fight the decision.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 2, Britain seized £100 million ($160 million, 117 million euros) of Libyan currency found on a Libya-bound ship after escorting the vessel to an English port.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 2, In Germany a gunman shot dead 2 US airmen at Frankfurt airport. The gunman was identified as Arid Uka (21), a Kosovo national who was working on a short-term contract at the Frankfurt international postal center. The airmen were later identified as Senior Airman Nick Alden (25) of South Carolina and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback (21) of Virginia. On Feb 10, 2012,Uka was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 3/2/11)(Reuters, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 2, Jerusalem officials approved new housing for Jews in the heart of an Arab neighborhood, infuriating Palestinians who see the growing Jewish presence in the city's war-won eastern sector as undermining their aspirations to statehood. Israel closed the Karni Crossing east of Gaza City citing security concerns. This left only the Kerem Shalom checkpoint for commercial crossing.
    (AP, 3/2/11)(SFC, 3/3/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 2, Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi warned "thousands" would die if the West intervened to support the uprising against him. Government troops briefly captured Marsa El Brega, an oil export terminal, before being driven back by rebels. Shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warplane bombed a beach where rebel fighters were charging over the dunes. At least five people were killed in the fighting. Thousands of Bangladheshi migrant workers, desperate to leave Libya, pressed up against the gates of the Tunisia frontier, angry at their government for sending no help. Britain, Spain, France and others launched emergency airlifts along Libya's borders, trying to prevent racially charged attacks on the tens of thousands of foreign workers try to flee.
    (AFP, 3/2/11)(Reuters, 3/2/11)(AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 2, In Libya Andrei Netto of the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo, was detained in Zawiyah. He had been travelling with Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi national who has been reporting from western Libya for the past two weeks. Abdul-Ahad was last in touch with the Guardian newspaper through a third party on March 6. Netto was released on March 10.
    (AFP, 3/10/11)(AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 2, Nepalese authorities banned the sale of marijuana during a popular Hindu festival at which holy men traditionally smoke the drug and share it with young men and women.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 2, In the Netherlands prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said they will open a formal investigation into possible crimes against humanity in Libya.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 2, In Pakistan assailants purportedly sent by al-Qaida and the Taliban killed Shahbaz Bhatti (42), the only Christian member of Pakistan's federal Cabinet, spraying his car with bullets outside his mother's home in Islamabad.
    (AP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 2, The Philippine military deployed two warplanes near a disputed area in the South China Sea after a ship searching for oil complained it was harassed by two Chinese patrol boats. The Chinese vessels later left without confrontation at the Reed Bank, which is near the disputed Spratly Islands that are claimed by the Philippines, China and other nations.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 2, In St. Lucia three gay men from Atlanta were beaten and robbed after masked bandits broke into their mountain rental home in Soufriere. Police later arrested two suspects in the assault and looked for three more.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 2, In Sudan at least 70 people were killed and two villages razed in two days of fighting in the flashpoint oil-producing border district of Abyei.
    (AFP, 3/2/11)
2011        Mar 2, Leading human rights activists condemned Venezuelan authorities for sentencing union leader Ruben Gonzalez to prison for launching a strike, saying more than 100 other unionists also face charges after participating in protests.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 2, In southern Yemen security forces fired tear gas and shot at hundreds of protesters. Two protesters were shot and killed in Sadr, Lahaj province. A coalition of Yemeni opposition groups proposed a plan to end the country's political crisis that would involve embattled Pres. Saleh stepping down by the end of the year.
    (AP, 3/2/11)(AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 2, Zimbabwe’s Pres. Mugabe threatened to boycott Western products before seizing companies from countries that have imposed sanctions against him and his allies.
    (AFP, 3/2/11)

2011        Mar 3, President Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon  to smooth over troubles in their drugs war alliance. Calderon pressed Obama to crack down on US drug consumption and illegal arms sales. After the meeting it was announced that Mexico and the US agreed to end a ban on Mexican trucks crossing into the US. The agreement would lead to Mexico dropping tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of US pork, cheese, corn and fruits.
    (Reuters, 3/3/11)(SFC, 3/4/11, p.D5)
2011        Mar 3, Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said he has found conclusive evidence of alien life, fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.) His findings were published today in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Scientists inside and outside NASA distanced themselves from Hoover saying he does not have expertise in astrobiology.
    (http://tinyurl.com/4t485yy)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 3, In Nevada Micaela "Mickey" Costanzo (16), disappeared after track practice at West Wendover High School. Her body was found March 5 in a shallow grave in a remote desert area about five miles west of West Wendover, near the Utah border.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 3, In Texas Rev. Clint Dobson (28) was killed during a robbery at his Arlington church. A church employee was severely beaten in the attack Steven Lawayne Nelson (24), a distant relative was arrested and faced a charge of capital murder.
    (SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A10)
2011        Mar 3, Austria detained Serbian colonel Jovan Divjak (73) on a Serbian warrant. He had defected to Bosnia's army at the start of the conflict between the two sides. Divjak awaited a hearing on whether he should be extradited on suspicion of war crimes.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, Bahrain’s Shiite opposition groups, seeking to loosen the Sunni monarchy's grip on power, said they are ready to negotiate with the Gulf nation's rulers about political change after weeks of protests. Clashes between Sunnis and Shiites added to fears that Bahrain could be dragged deeper into a sectarian conflict between Sunnis backing the monarchy and Shiites who represent 70 percent of the population.
    (AP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, A Brazilian judged overturned a lower court ruling that suspended work on the $11 billion Belo Monte dam project.
    (SFC, 3/4/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 3, Britain released 35 previously classified files documenting sightings of UFOs, unidentified flying objects, by the military and members of the public dating back to the 1950s.
    (Reuters, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, The daughters of Chile's assassinated former army chief, Gen. Carlos Prats, sued the Chilean government for $15 million dollars. The lawsuit also targeted Manuel Contreras, the jailed former spy chief of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, as well as other high-ranking members of the 1973-1990 dictatorship.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 3, Chinese police further intensified pressure on foreign reporters, warning them to stay away from spots designated for Middle East-inspired protests and threatening them with expulsion or a revoking of their credentials.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, Egypt's military rulers said the prime minister appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak has resigned, meeting a key demand of the opposition protest movement. The military chose former Transport Minister Essam Sharaf as the new prime minister and asked him to form a new caretaker Cabinet to run the government throughout a transition back to civilian rule.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his indebted government said they are abandoning a tax ceiling for big earners, once hailed as key to modernizing France and luring investors.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, India's graft-tainted government suffered a fresh setback when Central Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas, its candidate to be the chief corruption fighter, was rejected by the Supreme Court because of a pending criminal case. Thomas was appointed in September despite having been charged in 2000 over his role in allegedly fraudulent imports of palm oil from Malaysia while he worked as a civil servant in the Kerala state government in the 1990s.
    (AFP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, In India about a dozen workers, after learning they were laid off, attacked a vehicle carrying steel factory executive Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state. They doused the Jeep with gasoline and set it on fire. Two other people in the vehicle were allowed to flee but Roy (59) was trapped inside and later died of severe burns. Two people were detained and faced murder charges.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, Indonesian journalist Banjir Ambarita, who covered a police sex scandal, was treated in the hospital after being stabbed in the stomach and chest. Ambarita had written about three police officers who confessed to sexually abusing a female detainee.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, In Iraq a suicide bomber struck a group of soldiers collecting their paychecks in Haditha, killing eight people. Massoud Barzani asked the Kurdish parliament to study the possibility of early general elections in the Kurdish region. A spokeswoman said former PM Ayad Allawi, who led a political coalition heavily supported by Iraq's minority Sunnis, has turned down a position in the new government. The step could further marginalize Sunnis.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, Ivory Coast security forces, loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the former president still clinging to power, fatally shot 7 women protesting his refusal to leave office. The UN said more than 200,000 people have fled the intensified fighting.
    (AP, 3/3/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.17)
2011        Mar 3, Japanese researchers said they have developed a human-shaped mobile phone with a skin-like outer layer that enables users to feel closer to those on the other end.
    (AFP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, A Kyrgyzstan court sentenced Eugene Gourevich, an American businessman, to 15 years in jail in absentia for selling a fuel depot in Kyrgyzstan to a US company at $3 million below the market rate. Gourevich fled Kyrgyzstan after the overthrow last year of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Kyrgyz authorities believed the Bakiyev family benefited financially from opaque fuel supply deals with the US air base.
    (AP, 3/16/11) 
2011        Mar 3, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi struck at rebel control of a key Libyan coastal road for a second day but received a warning he would be held to account at The Hague for suspected crimes by his security forces. Mutinous army units deployed around the strategic oil installation at Brega, securing the site after the opposition repelled an attempt by loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi to retake the port in rebel-held east Libya. A spokesman for Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said the Libyan government has accepted a Venezuelan plan that seeks a negotiated solution to the uprising in the North African country.
    (Reuters, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/3/11)(Reuters, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, The Mexican army ordered three junior officers and 10 soldiers to stand trial on drug trafficking and organized crime charges. Officials said they were caught with more than a ton of methamphetamines and 66 pounds (30 kg) of cocaine last week at a military checkpoint south of Tijuana.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, Mexican agricultural officials say they have euthanized 114 peacocks, ostriches and other birds at a zoo due to an avian virus.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, In Nigeria a bomb exploded at a political rally in Suleija, Niger state, for Babangida Aliyu, the gubernatorial candidate for the People's Democratic Party, Nigeria's ruling party, killing 3 people and wounding 21 others. A 4th person died of wounds the next day.
    (AP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, Pirates off the coast of Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos attacked a chemical tanker in an unsuccessful bid to board and rob the ship in the Gulf of Guinea.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 3, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide car bombing and an ambush by militants targeting police killed 10 people including nine officers in Hangu town. Gunmen killed six tribal policemen in the rugged Khyber tribal district bordering Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 3, South Africa's highest court ordered a top Johannesburg-based mining company to compensate the family of a dead mineworker, overturning a law which prohibited mineworkers with lung diseases from claiming compensation.
    (AP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, Turkish police detained 13 people, mostly journalists, in a crackdown on an alleged secularist network accused of conspiring to topple the Islamic-rooted government. Critics say the case is part of a government assault on press freedom. 4 of the journalists were released on March 12, 2012.
    (AP, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/13/12)

2011        Mar 4, A NASA rocket carrying an Earth-observation satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, the second-straight blow to NASA's weakened environmental monitoring program. The Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA's Glory satellite lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but fell to the sea several minutes later.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, A US Navy training exercise off the coast of San Diego led to the death of at least 3 dolphins and prompted a probe into whether the military violated a federal law protecting marine mammals.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A10)
2011        Mar 4, In California two Sikh men were shot in Elk Grove, a suburb of Sacramento. Surinder Singh (65) died at the scene and Gurmej Atwal (78) was hospitalized.
    (SFC, 3/7/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 4, In Connecticut Aaron Thomas (39), a man suspected of rapes and other attacks on 17 women since 1997, was arrested in New Haven. On march 7 bail for Thomas, the suspected East Coast Rapist, was set at $1.5 million.
    (SFC, 3/5/11, p.A5)(SFC, 3/8/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 4, Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth's history, according to a paper released by the science journal Nature. In the last five centuries, at least 80 out of 5,570 mammal species have bitten the dust, providing a clear warning of the peril to biodiversity.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In southern Afghanistan a bombing killed a NATO service member.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Bahrain thousands of anti-government demonstrators streamed toward the headquarters of state television. Crackdowns by security forces have left seven dead.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Belgium unions disrupted public transport in parts of the country and blocked industrial sites to demand better pay rises.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Brazil Rio's mayor handed the key to the city to the mythical figure who reigns over the chaos of Carnival, officially opening this seaside city's five-day annual exaltation of music, booze and flesh.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Cambodia a speeding truck crashed into a tour bus in the southwest, leaving at least 20 dead and eight seriously injured.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Djibouti soldiers and police filled the streets to prevent a planned demonstration against Pres. Ismail Omar Guelleh by opposition parties. Djibouti, a city-state  that lies across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, hosts several military bases, including Camp Lemonnier, the only US base in Africa.
    (AP, 3/4/11)(AP, 2/22/13)
2011        Mar 4, Egypt's top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, warned that the country's antiquity sites were being looted by criminals amid the country's political upheaval as he announced he would no longer serve in his ministerial post in the government. Hundreds of protesters attempted to storm a building belonging to the internal security service in Alexandria in an outpouring of anger at the agency blamed for some of the worst human rights violations during ousted President Hosni Mubarak's rule.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In India police said a self-styled godman has been arrested in South Delhi for kidnapping five boys from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Prem Dass (50), a Hindu priest, was arrested for kidnapping boys as young as 10 years old to train them to be preachers. Dass was released on bail after four nights in custody.
    (AP, 3/17/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4kxkkmm)
2011        Mar 4, In Iraq thousands rallied across Baghdad and elsewhere in the country in anti-government demonstrations that defied security checkpoints and a vehicle ban that forced many to walk for hours to the heart of the capital.
    (AP, 3/4/11)      
2011        Mar 4, In Jordan political opponents amplified their calls for the new PM Marouf al-Bakhit to resign and demanded to be brought into a unity government to usher in swift reforms to open up the kingdom's politics. Al-Bakhit was accused of rigging past elections during a previous term as prime minister from 2005-2007.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, Libyan forces bombed the rebel town of Ajdabiya as anti-regime fighters pushed the front line westwards. Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi fired tear gas at protesters in Tripoli as a fierce crackdown that has terrorized parts of the capital the past week seemingly smothered attempts to revive demonstrations calling for the Libyan leader's ouster. Rebel witnesses in Raslanuf said at least four people have been killed in heavy clashes between pro- and anti-Kadhafi forces. Zawiyah was surrounded by Kadhafi loyalists and at least 13 people were killed by loyalists forces in fighting there. At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 wounded from fierce fighting for Ras Lanuf. Twin explosions at an arms dump at the Rajma military base just outside Benghazi killed at least 27. The cause of the blasts remained unclear.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)(AP, 3/4/11)(Reuters, 3/4/11)(AFP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 4, Interpol said it has issued an international alert for Moammar Gadhafi and 15 other family members and close associates in a move aimed at helping enforce international sanctions against the Libyan strongman and his regime.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, Nepal's former communist rebels joined the new government, appointing four party members as ministers after a monthlong dispute with the country's new prime minister.
    (AP, 3/4/11) 
2011        Mar 4, North Korea blocked the repatriation of 27 citizens whose boat drifted into South Korean waters, insisting that Seoul also hand over four others who want to stay in the South. The 31 North Koreans were travelling on a fishing boat which drifted across the Yellow Sea border in thick fog on February 5.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, Oman said it has reconciled with the United Arab Emirates after Kuwaiti mediation succeeded in resolving tensions over an alleged spy ring.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Pakistan a bomb blast at a mosque in the northwest village of Akbar Pura killed at least 11 people.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Saudi Arabia about 100 members of the Shiite minority staged a protest in an eastern region of the kingdom.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 4, Two Nairobi-based diplomats said at least 43 Burundian and 10 Ugandan troops have been killed in Somalia since Feb. 18. A major offensive against Islamist militants began on Feb 19.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In Turkey several thousand demonstrators, some covering their mouths with black ribbons, protested against the detention of eight journalists in a case that has drawn expressions of concern from Western governments and international media rights groups.
    (AP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, The UN said its Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)  has sent a team of animal health experts to North Korea to help manage an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that could worsen a food crisis.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)
2011        Mar 4, In northern Yemen soldiers opened fire at anti-government protesters, killing four people in the northern town of Harf Sofyan and wounding seven as demonstrations against longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh again turned deadly.
    (AP, 3/4/11)(AP, 3/5/11)

2011        Mar 5, An Atlas 5 rocket blasted off with the X-35B unmanned space plane from Cape Canaveral. The Air Force said the newest craft will serve as a test platform for satellite sensors and systems. It's the second of its type to be launched.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 5, Southwestern Louisiana was hit by a tornado. Jalisa Granger (21) was killed when a tree fell on her house in Rayne, Acadia Parish.
    (SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A12)
2011        Mar 5, In Afghan Staff Sgt. Mark Wells (31), a US army explosives technician from San Jose, Ca., was killed in Helmand province when he stepped on a hidden bomb.
    (SFC, 3/8/11, p.C3)
2011        Mar 5, In Australia hundreds of thousands of revelers crammed inner Sydney streets for one of the world's premier gay and lesbian parades.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, Benin's presidential election, due to take place March 6, was postponed until March 13. President Boni Yayi, first elected in 2006, faced 12 opposition candidates in his bid for a second term.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 5, In Brazil a passenger bus collided head-on with a lumber truck in the southern state of Santa Catarina, killing at least 25 people. More than 20 were seriously injured.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, China’s national People’s Congress (NPC) opened in Beijing.
    (Econ, 3/5/11, p.46)
2011        Mar 5, Egyptians turned their anger toward his internal security apparatus, storming the agency's main headquarters and other offices seizing documents to keep them from being destroyed to hide evidence of human rights abuses. Christian and Muslim families have clashed south of Cairo in a dispute over a romance between children from the two families. The fathers from both families have been killed and a crowd of Muslims torched a church in Soul.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, In Hong Kong 15 families controlled more than two thirds of the stockmarket.
    (Econ, 3/5/11, p.16)
2011        Mar 5, In India the DMK party, a key member of the ruling coalition, said it was withdrawing from the Congress-led government, dealing a huge blow to PM Manmohan Singh as he battles a series of corruption scandals.
    (Reuters, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, The Libyan opposition fighting to overthrow Moamer Kadhafi announced its first formal meeting. Gadhafi loyalists swept into the opposition-held city closest to Tripoli, tightening security around the regime-held capital. To the east, rebel forces captured a key oil port as the country veered toward civil war. Thousands of migrant workers were on the move in Libya, trying to flee the fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Gadhafi's regime. A military arsenal at Rajma, outside Benghazi, exploded reportedly killing 40 people.
    (AFP, 3/5/11)(AP, 3/5/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.53)
2011        Mar 5, Mexican federal police captured Mario Jimenez Perez, drug cartel suspect allegedly linked to the Feb 15 killing of US agent Jaime Zapata, along with 16 other suspects.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 5, Oman's ruler replaced three top government officials, a second major shakeup that was celebrated by some protesters but failed to quell more than a week of widening demonstrations. Workers staged a sit-in at a main oil field in Haima, about 300 miles (500 km) southwest of the capital Muscat, demanding more state investments in the area.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, In south Pakistan a suspected militant died in a blast at his home on the outskirts of Karachi.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, Lawmakers in Russia's Chechnya region handed strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov a new five-year term, unanimously approving the Kremlin nominee in a vote whose outcome was never in doubt.
    (Reuters, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, A mid-sized Russian-built plane crashed during a training flight in Belgorod province, killing all six people on board including two pilots from Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said demonstrations won't be tolerated and its security forces will act against anyone taking part in them.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 5, In Somalia militiamen allied with the weak transitional government took control of Belet Hawo, a town bordering Kenya, from Islamist militants after several hours of fighting. 5 militiamen were killed along with 42 al-Shabab militants.
    (AP, 3/5/11)(SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 5, Pirates attacked the MV Guanabara, a Japanese-owned oil tanker, and 24 crew members took refuge in a protected part of the vessel after reporting they were under attack. A special unit from the destroyer USS Bulkeley boarded the tanker the next day and detained the suspected pirates off the coast of Oman.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 5, In South Korea unidentified attackers targeted more than two dozen government and private websites. Officials reported no serious damage a day after a pair of similar assaults.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, In Swaziland Sphiwe Mazibuko, president of the teachers union, said that teachers are using recent turmoil in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia as momentum for mass mobilization against the government's recent call to cut salaries. Two thousand teachers gathered to discuss means to fight the government, which the union says is to blame for the country's economic collapse. Swaziland is an absolute monarchy wrought with corruption.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim militants fatally shot a Buddhist monk in a drive-by motorcycle attack in the Kok Pho district of Pattani province. In nearby Kapo district insurgents detonated a roadside bomb as a military truck passed by, wounding three soldiers.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, In Yemen tens of thousands continued with protests in several key cities across the country, pressing on with demands that the country's president step down. Several members of Saleh's ruling Congress Party resigned.
    (AP, 3/5/11)

2011        Mar 6, Scientists at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano said a new vent has opened, sending lava shooting up to 65 feet high.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 6, In Texas a fire following a late night party left 6 people dead in Granbury.
    (SFC, 3/7/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 6, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, his apology for a foreign air strike that killed nine children on March 1 was "not enough." 12 civilians, including 5 children, were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southeastern Paktika province.
    (Reuters, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, In Bahrain thousands of Shiite opposition supporters blocked the entrance to the prime minister's office but failed to disrupt a government meeting as the campaign for reform in the strategic Gulf nation enters its third week.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, Nearly 50 Bangladeshi migrant workers evacuated by sea from Libya to the Greek island of Crete jumped ship during the night, apparently to avoid being sent back to Bangladesh. Three died, 11 remained missing and many others were hospitalized.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, In China at a hastily called news conference in Beijing, Li Honghai, vice director of the city's Foreign Affairs Office, said reporters must apply for and receive government permission to conduct any newsgathering within the city center. It was the latest sign of the government's determination to prevent the formation of a Middle East-style protest movement.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, Scientists from Cyprus, England and Greece reported their ability to diagnose Down Syndrome using a simple blood test on pregnant women.
    (SFC, 3/7/11, p.A7)
2011        Mar 6, Estonia held elections. The center-right, 2-party coalition government of PM Andrus Ansip won.
    (SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A4)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 6, In Haiti raucous crowds danced in the streets of the capital as the city celebrated its first Carnival since last year's earthquake forced the cancellation of the annual festivities.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 6, India's defense ministry said it successfully shot down a missile in a test of a homegrown missile interception system.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, In southern Iraq a roadside bomb killed six people and wounded 12 in the oil-rich city of Basra. A radio station in Kalar, called Voice, was vandalized. The independent station in the Kurdish region was established by two young journalists about two years ago.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, In Ireland the two opposition parties that triumphed in elections, conservative Fine Gael and left-wing Labor, announced they have reached agreement to form the country's next coalition government following five days of negotiations.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, In the Ivory Coast rebels, known by their French acronym FN, seized Toulepleu extending gains made earlier with the seizure of Zouan-Hounien. Both towns have historically been controlled by Laurent Gbagbo. A top Ouattara adviser said gangs of youth, actively aided and supported by uniformed police, have ransacked at least 10 houses belonging to senior ministers, mayors and other allies of the internationally recognized president. Nearly 400 people have already been killed, most of them civilians who voted for Ouattara.
    (AP, 3/7/11)(AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, Japan's foreign minister Seiji Maehara suddenly quit for having accepted a political donation from a foreigner, a violation of Japanese law, dealing another blow to the embattled administration of PM Naoto Kan.
    (AP, 3/6/11)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 6, Libyan helicopter gunships fired on a rebel force advancing west toward the capital along the Mediterranean coastline and forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi fought intense ground battles with the rival fighters. Four people were killed in fighting at Bin Jawwad and Ras Lanouf. 21 people, including a child, were killed and dozens wounded in the rebel-held city of Misrata during fighting and shelling by Moamer Kadhafi's forces.
    (AP, 3/6/11)(AFP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 6, Mexican police found 3 severed heads in plastic bags in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. Armed men attacked a police station in Acapulco, wounding an officer. The same suspects later shot at a house, wounding two people at the residence. Authorities said Julio Cesar Aguilar Garcia, a suspected high-ranking figure in the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested in Sonora state. Alleged Zetas leader, Marcos Carmona Hernandez, was arrested in Oaxaca state. In northwestern Sinaloa state gunmen swarmed a convoy transporting 2 prisoners, shredding 3 police vehicles with bullets and killing 7 officers and one inmate.
    (AP, 3/7/11)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A2)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 6, Off the central Peruvian coast a gang of criminals known as "the pirates of the sea" raided a Japanese tuna trawler. The gang of some 20 criminals tied the crew's hands and feet, then took off with their money, cell phones and the ship's communication equipment.
    (AFP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, In South Sudan clashes began between government soldiers and a rebel group in the village of Owachi. More than 60 people, mostly civilians, were killed over 2 days. More than 7,000 others were displaced. Soldiers from Southern Sudan's government fired indiscriminately at civilians and burned and looted homes in Upper Nile state, near the north-south border.
    (AP, 4/20/11)
2011        Mar 6, In Taiwan 9 people died and 12 others were injured in a fire at a pub in the central city of Taichung. Local media reported that the packed pub first caught fire from sparks from an LED torch used by a performer.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, In southern Thailand six gunmen opened fire in a busy area of Pattani province's Yarang district and killed a retired police officer. Two insurgents on a motorcycle also in Pattani shot at a mother and son riding a motorbike back from a market. The 23-year-old son died and the mother was wounded.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
2011        Mar 6, A Turkish court ordered Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, two leading investigative journalists, jailed pending the outcome of a trial into an alleged plot to topple the Islamic-rooted government, raising further concerns over media freedom in the country. Ahmet Sik was arrested as he prepared a book about the alleged infiltration of Islamists into the Turkish police, a sensitive theme in a nation divided over the role of religion. Sener and three other journalists were freed on bail in March, 2012.
    (AP, 3/6/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.61)(AP, 4/14/11)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.63)
2011        Mar 6, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed four Republican Guard soldiers in the mountainous central province of Marib. Al-Qaeda militants shot and killed an army intelligence officer in the city of Zinjibar, in southern Abyan province. Another officer was shot dead in the city of Sayun, in Hadramut province, by gunmen suspected to be from Al-Qaeda. “Government thugs" descended on protesters camped out on a main square in Ibb province. One person was killed and 53 people were hurt.
    (AFP, 3/6/11)(AP, 3/8/11)

2011        Mar 7, Pres. Obama cleared the way for new military trials for suspected terrorists at the Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    (SFC, 3/8/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 7, A US federal judge extended his temporary order banning collection of an $18 billion judgment by the courts in Ecuador against Chevron, saying the oil company could face irreparable harm because it appeared that lawyers for Ecuadoreans who sued over rainforest contamination were going to try to quickly collect the award.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb in Jalalabad killed two policemen and wounded another 25 people.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, In Algeria thousands of auxiliary police marched across the country to demand a pay raise, breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country.
    (AFP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, In Bahrain hundreds of members of the Shiite Muslim majority protested outside the US Embassy to appeal for Washington to back their campaign for greater political freedom.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, Two Colombian air force helicopters crashed during a training exercise, killing four Colombian soldiers and a Mexican lieutenant participating in the operation.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, A long-awaited French corruption trial opened with former President Jacques Chirac (78) as the star defendant. Chirac was accused of embezzlement, breach of trust and conflict of interest, based on allegations linked to his tenure as Paris mayor, before he became president from 1995 to 2007.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, French fashion colossus LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that it has agreed to buy Rome-based jeweler Bulgari SpA in a cash-and-shares deal worth euro4.3 billion ($6 billion).
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, India's Supreme Court ruled that in rare cases a terminally ill patient can be removed from life support, a major shift in a country where such acts have long been illegal. It rejected, however, a plea to end the life of a woman who was brain damaged more than 30 years ago.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, In the Ivory Coast the government of the democratically elected president confirmed that rebels allied with their leader had seized control of a nearly 30-mile corridor along the country's border with Liberia following an intense weekend battle.
    (AP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, Japan's health ministry halted the use of vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and Sanofi-Aventis SA that prevent meningitis and pneumonia following the recent deaths of four children. The deaths happened between March 2 and March 4.
    (Reuters, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, Ten Japanese companies said they plan to install electric vehicle chargers at the sites of beverage vending machines across Japan in a cost-cutting tie-up.
    (AFP, 3/7/11) 
2011        Mar 7, Libyan warplanes launched fresh airstrikes on rebel positions around Ras Lanouf, a key oil port, trying to block the opposition fighters from advancing toward Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold in the capital, Tripoli. Pro-Gaddafi security forces bombarded the city of Zawiya from the east and west.
    (Reuters, 3/7/11)(AFP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, In Mexico  Marisol Valles Garcia (20), recently named police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, was fired for apparently abandoning her post after receiving death threats. Gunbattles between rival gangs killed 18 people in the northeastern town of Abasolo, Tamaulipas state.
    (AP, 3/7/11)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 7, In Mexico assailants in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero state, doused three government offices with gasoline and set them ablaze. The fire destroyed documents and computer equipment at offices of the health department, the interior department and a federal government health insurance program.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 7, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas travelled to Britain for a one-day visit to discuss the stalled peace process with Israel.
    (AFP, 3/7/11)
2011        Mar 7, In Puerto Rico a jury convicted Sen. Hector Martinez and island businessman Juan Bravo Fernandez, who owns one of the island's largest security companies, of bribery in a high-profile trial that featured allegations the lawmaker accepted a trip to Las Vegas to see a boxing match in exchange for political favors.
    (AP, 3/7/11)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 7, Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed claimed victory over the insurgents, and he called for the "final elimination" of al-Shabab, though it was far from clear that the militants have been defeated.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 7, Spanish drivers slowed down under a new speed limit designed to reduce energy use, angering some motorists but pleasing others who say every euro saved helps a nation slammed by Libya's oil chaos and Europe's financial crisis.
    (AP, 3/7/11) 
2011        Mar 7, Syrian authorities released Haitham al-Maleh (80), a leading lawyer and human rights activist, just hours after President Bashar Assad issued an amnesty for older prisoners and others convicted of minor crimes.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 7, In Yemen about 2,000 inmates staged a riot at a prison in the Sanaa after taking a dozen guards hostage and joined calls by anti-government protesters for the country's president to step down. In the southern port city of Aden a young protester was critically wounded by a bullet to the head during a rally. 25 protesters were arrested.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 7, A Zimbabwean court freed 38 of 46 people, arrested on Feb 19, who were charged with plotting an Egypt-style uprising against the country's longtime ruler. A magistrate ordered 8 others to face treason charges later this month.
    (AFP, 3/7/11)

2011        Mar 8, The US government gave permission to eight more airports to offer direct charter flights to and from Cuba in the latest small opening in the 49-year-long trade embargo against the communist island.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 8, In southern California hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of sardines floated dead in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach. Authorities said a storm had chased the sardines toward shore where they died due to a lack of oxygen. The millions of sardines  soon tested positive for domoic acid, a powerful neurotoxin. This acid is often found in the stomach of fish that have been feeding on plankton during toxic algae blooms.
    (SFC, 3/9/11, p.A9)(AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Missouri a US federal marshal was shot and killed in St. Louis while trying to arrest a suspect on assault and drug charges. 2 other officers were wounded and the suspect was killed.
    (SFC, 3/9/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 8, In Cleveland, Ohio, the prosecutor's office charged Joseph Harwell with six counts of aggravated murder, two counts of rape and six counts of kidnapping in the deaths of Mary Thomas (27) in 1989 and Tondilear Harge (33) in 1996. Harwell had already pleaded guilty to fatally strangling a woman near Columbus in 1997 and was currently serving 15 years to life at a prison in Mansfield.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 8, The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said it has suspended 21 priests from active ministry in connection with a grand jury’s Feb 10 accusations that they sexually abused or otherwise acted inappropriately with minors.
    (SFC, 3/9/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 8, In central Pennsylvania a farmhouse fire killed 7 of 8 children of Theodore and Janelle Clouse. A propane heater was suspected as the cause.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A8)
2011        Mar 8, In Algeria a bomb struck a vehicle of bird hunters and killed five of them, in the deadliest attack in months as the country battles unrest blamed on Islamist militants.
    (AFP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 8, A Bangladeshi court upheld an order removing Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus as head of the microlending bank he founded, a move his allies say was prompted by a government vendetta over his political ambitions.
    (Reuters, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Colombia suspected leftist rebels released 22 of 23 Colombian contractors abducted a day earlier while doing exploratory work in a remote jungle region for the Canadian oil company Talisman.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, The International Court of Justice ordered both Costa Rica and Nicaragua to keep all military, police and civilian personnel out of a disputed border region along the San Juan river that separates them.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, An Egyptian court rejected an appeal by ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his family against a top prosecutor's move to seize funds that could total in the billions of dollars. Clashes also broke out when a Muslim mob attacked thousands of Christians protesting the burning of a Cairo church. At least 13 people were killed and some 140 wounded.
    (AP, 3/8/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Egypt a protest by hundreds of women demanding equal rights and an end to sexual harassment turned violent when crowds of men heckled and shoved the demonstrators, telling them to go home where they belong.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, The European Union agreed to slap new sanctions on Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime, notably targeting the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), the overseas investment vehicle for Tripoli's oil revenues.
    (AFP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Guatemala's first lady, Sandra Torres de Colom, announced that she will be the presidential candidate of the governing National Unity for Hope party in the September election.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 8, Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lost his position as the head of a powerful clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing Iran's supreme leader.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Italian police picked up 31 suspects in a major crackdown on the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate. 6 suspects, all Italian citizens, were apprehended in Germany on an Italian-issued European arrest warrant. 3 suspects in Canada and one in Australia were still being sought. Among those picked up in Italy was Francesco Maisano, a boss who tried to hide in an underground bunker when police raided his home.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israeli troops would remain on the border between Jordan and the West Bank under any future peace deal with the Palestinians.
    (AFP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Ivory Coast soldiers backing rogue leader Laurent Gbagbo opened fire on civilians again, killing at least four people hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest the deaths of seven women gunned down at a march last week.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Kuwait police barricaded the main Safat Square in Kuwait City before planned protests for greater political freedoms that could bring another Gulf state into the surge for reforms around the Arab world.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Libyan warplanes launched at least five new airstrikes near rebel positions in the oil port of Ras Lanouf, keeping up a counteroffensive to prevent the opposition from advancing toward leader Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold in the capital Tripoli. Gadhafi loyalists recaptured Zawiya, the city closest to Tripoli that had fallen into opposition hands after heavy shelling by tank artillery and mortars. The conflict, entering its third week, has left at least 1,000 people dead, including many civilians.
    (AP, 3/8/11)(AFP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Trading sources said Libyan oil trade has been paralyzed as banks decline to clear payments in dollars due to US sanctions. An official with a subsidiary of Libya's national oil company said that production has dropped by about 90 percent.
    (Reuters, 3/8/11)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad released his memoir, "A Doctor In The House," defending decisions he made during a 22-year rule that critics say was marred by human rights abuses.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Legislators from all of Mexico's three major parties in congress called for a joint US-Mexico working group to examine accusations that US federal agents allowed hundreds of guns to flow into Mexico. Lawmakers were up in arms over the recent revelation that the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) purposefully allowed some weapons to be smuggled south of the border so it could track them as part of "Operation Fast and Furious."
    (AP, 3/8/11)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 8, In Mexico’s gunmen sprayed the crowded parking lot of a bar with bullets, killing at least 6 people in Mazatlan. In Guerrero state soldiers killed 6 suspected drug gang members in a shootout at their cave hide-out. Journalist Noel Lopez disappeared after when he was heading to the town of Soteapan, Veracruz state. On May 31 his body was found buried in a clandestine grave in the town of Chinameca. Soldiers found his body after a man they arrested in the killings of several police officers confessed to the crime and led them to the body.
    (AP, 3/9/11)(AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Mar 8, Mexico's navy said a sardine fishing boat is feared sunk in the Pacific after searchers found the bodies of four crewmen. Five others remained missing. It last made contact the night of March 5 and failed to arrive in port the next morning.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, Authorities in Myanmar announced a ban on massage parlors and restrictions on restaurants and karaoke lounges in the country's remote capital, Naypyitaw, in a bid to curb disguised prostitution.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Oman more than 150 protesters rallied peacefully outside the state television headquarters in the capital Muscat to call for greater press freedoms.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Pakistan the Taliban detonated a car bomb in the Punjabi city of Faisalabad killing at least 24 people and wounding more than 132 people in an attack they said targeted the offices of the country's main intelligence agency. Missiles from an unmanned US drone killed five alleged militants in the South Waziristan region.
    (AP, 3/8/11)(SFC, 3/9/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 8, Palestinian women took to the streets to call for unity and an end to the Israeli occupation in a series of rallies called to mark International Women's Day.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Scotland Ezedden Khalid Ahmed Al Khaledi (30) was arrested on suspicion of aiding a suicide bomber who had targeted Christmas shoppers in Sweden's capital on Dec 11.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 8, Sudanese riot police arrested more than 40 women minutes after they started a protest against rape and rights abuses in the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman.
    (Reuters, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, In Yemen tens of thousands took to the streets in the cities of the southern Ibb province, calling on the government to bring to justice those responsible for a deadly attack there on March 6 by what opposition activists said were "government thugs." In Dhamar province thousands took to the streets calling for the ouster of Pres. Saleh. There were large demonstrations also in the provinces of Shabwa, Hadramawt and Taiz.
    (AP, 3/8/11)
2011        Mar 8, PM Morgan Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe will use revenue from diamond sales to repay part of its external debt totaling $7.1 billion. Tsvangirai told potential foreign investors not to fear an "ambush" election to replace the country's shaky power-sharing government.
    (Reuters, 3/8/11)(AFP, 3/8/11)

2011        Mar 9, President Barack Obama said he had chosen Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next US ambassador to China, replacing Jon Huntsman, a Republican who is stepping down and mulling a run for the presidency.
    (Reuters, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, The US space shuttle Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida completing its 39th and final voyage.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 9, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a ban on the death penalty and commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates to life without parole.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 9, NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned in the wake of comments by a fellow executive that angered conservatives and renewed calls to end federal funding for public broadcasting.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, US auto giant Ford said it will start exporting its top-selling Figo compact car from India to Mexico and over 50 other countries as it strives to make the South Asian nation an export hub.
    (AFP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, Forbes magazine said Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim (71), with assets of $74 billion, is the richest person in the world for the second year in a row.
    (Reuters, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 9, David S. Broder (b.1929), Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post, died in Arlington, Va.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A8)
2011        Mar 9, The 5-day SXSW Interactive festival opened in Austin, Texas. Attendees awarded GroupMe the festival’s Breakout digital Trend award.
    (Econ, 3/26/11, p.74)(http://sxsw.com/interactive/awards/winners)
2011        Mar 9, Robert Phillip "Bob" Marcucci (b.1930), Philadelphia talent manager, died. The former personal manager at Chancellor Records and Robert P. Marcucci Productions discovered and managed the careers of Fabian and Frankie Avalon, amongst others. The 1980 movie, The Idolmaker, is loosely based on his life in the record industry.
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Marcucci)
2011        Mar 9, In Australia Todd Bairstow (28) was fishing with his dog at a creek near the town of Weipa in northern Queensland when a four-meter (13-feet) saltwater crocodile lunged at him and tried to drag him under the water. The crocodile only retreated after Bairstow's friend heard his screams from the nearby pub and helped beat off the predator.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 9, In Egypt attackers, said to be pro-Mubarak thugs, armed with knives and machetes waded into hundreds of pro-democracy activists in Cairo's Tahrir Square, as insecurity raged. Military authorities detained women in Tahrir Square and forced 18 of them to undergo “virginity tests."
    (AFP, 3/9/11)(SFC, 6/1/11, p.A6)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 9, In Greece some 250 mostly North African immigrants ended a 6-week hunger strike after government ministers granted them temporary permission to remain in Greece.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 9, Guyana police Sgt. Dexter Clemenston was accused of raping and sodomizing a 19-year-old recruit after beating him unconscious at the national force's headquarters.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 9, In Honduras security officials discovered a cocaine lab in a mountainous area in the northeast reachable only on foot or in all-terrain vehicles. Evidence suggested Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel installed and ran the lab.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 9, Iranian security forces killed three people in the western province of Kurdistan who were behind an attack on a group of environmental workers. IRNA said the three had killed four environmental workers near the city of Sanandaj on March 4.
    (Reuters, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 9, Ireland's Enda Kenny was elected prime minister with a record majority on and pledged to lift the euro zone struggler out of its "darkest hour" as talks on a bailout loom.
    (Reuters, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, Japan's center-left government named as its new foreign minister Takeaki Matsumoto, who hails from a powerful political family but faces tricky relations with the US, China and Russia.
    (AFP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. Forces loyal to Gaddafi closed in on rebels in the western city of Zawiyah. Rebels said Gaddafi's forces hit an oil pipeline leading to Es Sider and dropped bombs on storage tanks in the Ras Lanuf oil terminal area. Libya's exiled crown prince asked foreign powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and strike Gaddafi's air defenses, but said the Libyan people would not want international forces on the ground.
    (AP, 3/9/11)(Reuters, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI said the constitution will be revised for the first time in 15 years to strengthen democracy. He said voters will get to vote on the project in a referendum.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 9, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a funeral attended by anti-Taliban militiamen, killing at least 36 mourners and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest militant attack in the country this year. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, Portugal's two-year cost of borrowing hit the highest level since it joined the euro in a bond auction. The government said yields were unsustainable in the long run without Europe-wide action.
    (Reuters, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, In Puerto Rico masked gunmen raided a waterfront casino, forced gamblers to the floor and fled with more than $200,000, leaving a trail of bills fluttering along the beach.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 9, Somali pirates released the MV Rak Afrikana cargo ship with 25 crew onboard. The sailors were forced to abandon the ship shortly after they were freed because the it had a hole in the hull and was taking on water. The Rak Afrikana was seized by pirates in April 2010.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 9, Thailand police officers in Phitsanulok province, acting on information from a previous operation, interrupted the loading of drugs onto trucks overnight. Seven or eight suspects fled during the raid, leaving four bags with 986,000 methamphetamine pills and more than 100 pounds (48 kg) of crystallized methamphetamine.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, Uganda police scuffled with protesters in the capital, Kampala, and tear gas was used. 10 demonstrators and several police were injured. 8 demonstrators were arrested.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, A group of citizens in the United Arab Emirates petitioned the rulers to allow the people to elect parliament. The petition was addressed to the Emirates' president and the ruler of the oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, A Yemeni man died of gunshot wounds after the army raided the university campus in Sanaa and opened fire on hundreds of anti-government protesters gathered there.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, Zimbabwe won its biggest foreign investment in a decade with a $750-million steel deal. The agreement gave India's Essar Group a 54% stake in the mothballed state steel firm Zisco, in a deal worth 12.5 times Zimbabwe’s total 2009 recorded foreign investment.
    (AFP, 3/13/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4w97xuq)

2011        Mar 10, Under heightened security, Rep. Peter King opened hearings into Islamic radicalization in America, dismissing what he called the "rage and hysteria" surrounding the hearings.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, The US Attorney's office in New Mexico said the mayor of Columbus, Eddie Espinoza, the town's police chief Angelo Vega, and village trustee Blas Gutierrez were among those arrested on an 84-count indictment for allegedly trafficking around 200 guns to Mexico. In July Espinoza pleaded guilty to federal gun smuggling charges and faced 65 years in prison. In August Vega pleaded guilty.
    (Reuters, 3/11/11)(SFC, 7/14/11, p.A6)(SFC, 8/27/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 10, Actor Charlie Sheen filed a $100 million wrongful-termination lawsuit against Warner Bros. and producer Chuck Lorre for firing him from the TV show “Two and a Half Men."
    (SFC, 3/11/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 10, Ohio executed Johnnie Baston (37) for the 1994 killing of Chong Mah (53), a Toledo store owner. Baston was executed with pentobarbital, previously used primarily to euthanize animals.
    (SFC, 3/11/11, p.A7)
2011        Mar 10, The Wisconsin Assembly stripped a bill of its spending language and passed legislation with only Republicans present taking away the collective bargaining rights of the state’s government workers.
    (SFC, 3/11/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 10, Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brother said a relative was killed overnight by international forces. ISAF had initially issued a statement saying that the man killed in the operation was the father of a Taliban leader who was responsible for distributing car bombs to insurgents in Kandahar city and coordinating weapons supplies from outside Afghanistan. US Army Staff Sgt. Eric Trueblood (27) was killed by an IED in Kandahar province.
    (AFP, 3/10/11)(SFC, 3/12/11, p.C2)
2011        Mar 10, Australia’s Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the nation’s spy agency ASIO has established a 'cyber' intelligence unit to counter possible terror attacks on computer systems from abroad.
    (AFP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 10, Bahrain's depleted parliament warned against continued protests near government ministries, calling Shiite rallies for a leadership overhaul in the Persian Gulf kingdom illegal. The parliament has been in limbo since 18 opposition legislators resigned last month to protest the government's deadly crackdown on the demonstrations centered around a tent complex in Pearl Square in Manama.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, British public sector workers were informed that their pensions would become less generous.
    (Econ, 3/12/11, p.66)
2011        Mar 10, The Natural History Museum in London said that it has agreed to return 138 sets of skeletal remains of indigenous people to Australia, in what it hailed as a new approach to the delicate subject of repatriation.
    (AFP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, Human Rights Watch issued a report saying "The enforcement of a compulsory Islamic dress code on women in Chechnya violates their rights to private life, personal autonomy, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion, thought, and conscience."
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, In China Guo Weidong (38), an Internet activist, was detained at his home in Haining. He was charged with subversion for spreading calls for Middle-Eastern style anti-government protests.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 10, In China a magnitude 5.8 earthquake toppled more than 3,600 houses and apartment buildings in the southwest near the border with Myanmar, killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 200.
    (AP, 3/10/11)(AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 10, France blazed a diplomatic trail as it recognized a newly formed Libyan opposition group, drawing the ire of other European nations for stepping out on its own even as the situation in Libya remained unclear.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, In France the suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA's armed cells and three other alleged members of the organization were arrested in Willencourt in northern Pas-de-Calais region. They included Alejandro Zobaran Arriola (29), who an Interior Ministry statement described as the head of ETA's "military apparatus." Another was the alleged logistics chief, Mikel Oroz Torrea (31).
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 10, In India the Dalai Lama (76) said that he will give up his political role in the Tibetan government-in-exile and shift that power to an elected representative.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, In Italy the government of Premier Berlusconi approved legislation to drastically overhaul the justice system, including ending the possibility of prosecutors appealing acquittals.
    (SFC, 3/11/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 10, Ivory Coast's entrenched incumbent president imposed a no-fly order on UN aircraft, possibly complicating the return of the internationally recognized election winner who was attending an African Union summit in Ethiopia. Envoys of Laurent Gbagbo rejected an African Union proposal aimed at ending a violent power struggle.
    (AP, 3/10/11)(Reuters, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, In Jamaica gunmen brazenly shot up a police station in Spanish Town just outside Kingston. Intelligence indicated the gun attack was in retaliation for the deaths of three alleged members of the Klansman gang by security forces last weekend.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 10, Libyan tanks fired on rebel positions around the oil port of Ras Lanuf and warplanes hit another oil hub further east as Muammar Gaddafi carried counter-attacks deeper into the insurgent heartland. Kadhafi's forces sent rebel forces fleeing from a key oil hub and recaptured a town near Tripoli. The New York Times reported that Kadhafi has "tens of billions" of dollars in cash hidden in Tripoli, which allows him to battle an uprising despite an international freeze on Libyan assets.
    (Reuters, 3/10/11)(AFP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, Macedonia opened a new Holocaust Memorial Center dedicated to the Holocaust and its Jewish community, which was almost wiped out during WWII.
    (Econ, 7/16/11, p.88)(http://tinyurl.com/3uflkpj)
2011        Mar 10, In Malaysia the main Christian grouping in the Muslim-majority country said it was "fed up" with the government's refusal to allow the distribution of tens of thousands of Bibles, saying this was an affront to religious freedoms.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, In Mexico banners were hung in Michoacan state announcing a previously unknown gang calling itself the "Knights Templar," less than a month after the local La Familia drug cartel said it intended to disband. Julian Leyzaola (50), a retired army lieutenant colonel, took over the top police job in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 3/10/11)(AP, 4/4/11)
2011        Mar 10, In the southern Philippine suspected Abu Sayyaf militants detonated a powerful bomb near a school on Jolo island, killing at least three people and wounding nine others.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, Romania's Pres. Traian Basescu signed a law making Feb. 20 an official holiday to mark when the slavery of Gypsies, or Roma, was abolished. Roma slavery was abolished Feb. 20, 1856, but discrimination persists against the group.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 10, Saudi police in the city of Qatif reportedly shot and wounded 3 Shiite protesters, while trying to disperse a protest calling for the release of prisoners.
    (AFP, 3/10/11)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 10, Sri Lanka’s PM D.M. Jayaratne said remnants of the island’s defeated Tamil rebels are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their separatist campaign at home. The Indian government immediately rejected the claims.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, In Tunisia ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's former advisor Abdel Aziz Ben Dhia and Abdel Wahab Abdallah, who served as minister in the presidency, were arrested along with former Senate chief Abdallah Kallal and taken to a military base near Tunis.
    (AFP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 10, Yemen's embattled president proposed that the government draw up a new constitution guaranteeing the independence of the parliament and judiciary, but thousands of unsatisfied protesters poured into the streets after his speech to demand the ouster of the Yemeni ruler of 32 years.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, Zimbabwe's PM Morgan Tsvangirai called for a "divorce" in his unity government with President Robert Mugabe, proposing new elections under a regional roadmap.
    (AFP, 3/10/11)

2011        Mar 11, Jeffrey Tesler (62), a former British lawyer accused of helping a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary illegally bribe Nigerian officials to win over $6 billion in construction contracts, pleaded guilty in Houston to federal charges of conspiracy and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
    (SFC, 3/12/11, p.A9)
2011        Mar 11, San Francisco police began issuing warnings to homeless people enforcing an ordinance that bans sitting or lying on sidewalks during daytime hours.
    (Reuters, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Santa Cruz, Ca., a tsunami from the earthquake off Japan caused at least $17.1 million in damage to the harbor, and another $4 million to private boats. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency declaration for the harbor. A series of powerful surges generated by the quake arrived about 7:30 a.m. and pounded the Crescent City harbor in northern California. Eight boats were believed sunk and dozens of others damaged.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 11, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill taking away the collective bargaining rights of the state’s government workers.
    (SFC, 3/12/11, p.A9)
2011        Mar 11, Amazon.com notified its Illinois partners that it will stop doing business with them on April 15 because of a new state law requiring the online store to collect sales taxes.
    (SFC, 3/12/11, p.D2)
2011        Mar 11, Apple’s iPad2 tablet computer arrived in stores.
    (SFC, 3/12/11, p.D1)
2011        Mar 11, The African Union reaffirmed Alassane Ouattara as the legal president of Ivory Coast, but his future remained uncertain as an aide warned of death threats and the country's strongman refused to budge from the presidential mansion.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Bahrain security forces backed by pro-government vigilantes battled protesters near the offices and compounds of the ruling family.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, NATO defense ministers in Brussels endorsed a list of the first cities and provinces where Afghan police and soldiers will take control of security, a key element in the West's exit strategy from the decade-old war.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In China a gas explosion from a coal mine in the southwest killed 19 miners in Guizhou province's Liupanshui city.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 11, One of Cuba's leading dissidents, Oscar Elias Biscet (49), was freed from prison. He vowed to keep protesting against the government that had just released him. He was one of 52 who had been jailed since a 2003 government crackdown on opponents known as Cuba's "Black Spring" that strained the communist-led island's international relations.
    (Reuters, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, Egyptian officials said 4 top security officials have been jailed for ordering police to shoot and kill protesters during the country’s 18-day uprising.
    (SFC, 3/12/11, p.A3)
2011        Mar 11, Euro-zone leaders began a 2-day summit to launch the “pact for the euro," a pledge to align members’ economic policies and enhance their competitiveness.
    (Econ, 3/19/11, p.62)
2011        Mar 11, Guyana police said they have arrested a man (22) who had taken over a high school in a rural community, where he beat students with a cane and leather belts and arbitrarily changed school hours. The man, posing as a government official, pulled off his ruse for two weeks until suspicious teachers finally called the Ministry of Education.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Iraq protesters gathered in Baghdad's Tahrir Square, one of at least four demonstrations in major Iraqi cities. The largest rally was in northern Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah, with an estimated turnout of 4,000. Some protesters accused security forces of detaining and beating them for taking part in demonstrations calling for better services and a corruption-free government.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, An Israeli family of five, Ehud and Ruthy Fogel, their two young children and a baby, were knifed to death as they slept at the Itamar West Bank settlement. In September Hakim Awwad (18) was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the slayings. On Oct 4 an army statement said Amjad Awwad (19), a cousin of Hakim Awwad, has confessed to involvement in the slayings.
    (AP, 3/12/11)(AFP, 10/4/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Jamaica gunmen invaded Spanish Town Hospital and robbed staff of money, phones and jewelry. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 11, A ferocious tsunami spawned by an 8.9 earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, slammed Japan's eastern coast, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. At least 574 people were killed including 74 elementary school students and 10 teachers at the Okawa primary school. Estimates put the toll as high as 1300. At least 10,000 people were missing. Japan declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants after the units lost cooling ability in the aftermath of the earthquake. The quake (the fourth-largest recorded since 1900) was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern Japan towards North America by about 13 feet. The disaster, which became known as 3/11, killed 180 villagers at Ukedo. It killed 15,856 people and left another 2,643 missing.
    (AP, 3/11/11)(AP, 3/12/11)(http://tinyurl.com/5sphrbr)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A3)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.35)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.86)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.81)
2011        Mar 11, Jordanians demanding democratic reforms protested in the capital for the 10th street week following Muslim prayers, defying an edict by the kingdom's religious leaders not to demonstrate.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, Libyan security forces used tear gas and fired in the air on Friday to disperse worshippers near a mosque in the capital before they could protest against Muammar Gaddafi. Rebels said that an air strike by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi hit storage tanks of Libya's state-owned Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company (RASCO). Rebels appealed for arms as they battled with Moamer Kadhafi's advancing forces.
    (Reuters, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, Mexico's attorney general's office said it has extradited Esteban Rodriguez Olivera to the United States, where he will face charges in New York and Washington, D.C. federal courts for trafficking cocaine and money-laundering.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 11, A sign threatening Ciudad Juarez Public Security Director Julian Leyzaola Perez was left beside a man who was found tortured but alive and wrapped in a blanket. Leyzaola had assumed the post a day earlier. Soldiers raided a drug gang's camp in the northeast and killed eight gunmen in a shootout. 9 other people were detained in the raid, including a woman, who claimed she had been kidnapped.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Mexico masses of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel surged close to shore on one beach in the resort city of Acapulco, packed so tightly near the surface they looked like an oil slick from above. Fishermen attributed the phenomenon to the unusual currents unleashed by tsunami that followed the earthquake in Japan. Experts couldn't be sure.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Moldova US Vice President Joe Biden urged the government to fight corruption and implement pro-Western democratic reforms, saying that Washington would offer support to Europe's poorest country as it seeks to move closer to the EU.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In the Netherlands the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, once among West Africa's most powerful figures, ended with judges expected to take months to reach a verdict on whether he can be linked to murders and amputations during Sierra Leone's civil war.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, Norway rejected oil drilling in ecologically sensitive waters just above the Arctic circle, partly because of worries over a disaster like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Pakistan a pair of US missile strikes killed five suspected militants in a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan. The second strike apparently hit militants retrieving bodies from the first.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In the southern Philippines a gold miner was killed and five others dug up alive by fellow miners after their hut got buried by a landslide in Pantukan town.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Saudi Arabia hundreds of police deployed in the capital and prevented protests calling for democratic reforms inspired by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.
    (AP, 3/11/11)
2011        Mar 11, In Tunisia a new eruption of violence between police and protesters killed 2 and injured 20.
    (SFC, 3/12/11, p.A3)
2011        Mar 11, Yemeni security forces opened fire on demonstrators taking part in protests throughout Yemen in what appears to be the biggest turnout in a month of unrest to demand regime change.
    (AP, 3/11/11)

2011        Mar 12, In Louisiana a gunman opened fire on teenagers attending a party in a New Orleans bar and fled, killing an 18-year-old man and wounding four other teens.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Maryland police in Rockville found Brittany Norwood (28) tied up in a Lululemon Athletica shop and co-worker Jayna Murray (30) dead. Norwood said they had been attacked by 2 men. Police arrested Norwood on March 18 for murdering Murray.
    (SFC, 3/22/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 12, In NYC 13 people died when a bus returning from a casino flipped onto its side on a major highway in the Bronx and was sliced in half by the support pole for a large sign.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Wisconsin tens of thousands of pro-labor protesters cheered its Democratic lawmakers and vowed to focus on future elections.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A10)
2011        Mar 12, Police in Algeria launched a massive security operation to head off marchers calling for an immediate end to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Bahrain tens of thousands of protesters marched on a royal palace hours after clashes with police injured dozens of activists.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, In China 19-21 people were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Wanlang township on the outskirts of Baishan city in northeast Jilin province.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, A Cuban court found US contractor Alan Gross guilty of crimes against the state and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, a verdict that brought a swift and strongly worded condemnation from Washington.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Germany tens of thousands demonstrated against plans to extend the life of the country’s nuclear power stations, as an explosion at a Japanese nuclear plant sharpened the dispute.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 12, Iraq’s lawmakers tentatively agreed to cut their annual pay in half to $60,000 and reduce the salaries of top leaders in hopes of appeasing protesters. Gunmen ambushed 7 Iraqi soldiers as they were leaving work outside the northern city of Mosul, killing them and fleeing before they could be captured.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)(AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Japan an explosion at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station destroyed a building housing the reactor, but a radiation leak was decreasing despite fears of a meltdown from damage caused by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. Japanese nuclear agency spokesman Shinji Kinjo acknowledged there were still fears of a meltdown.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of the capital to voice allegiance to their king in the biggest protest there in weeks.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, Libyan rebels called for help from the Arab League as it met for key talks on the conflict, including recognition for their council and backing for a no-fly zone to help their battered forces. Europe and the US stepped up diplomatic pressure on Gaddafi to quit. Troops loyal to Gaddafi launched an assault on the city of Misrata, attempting to recapture the last town in the west of the country still in rebel hands. Matthew VanDyke (31), a Maryland writer, was last heard from as he set off for a daytrip to Brega from Benghazi. He sent GPS coordinates the next day and was not heard from since. 
    (AFP, 3/12/11)(Reuters, 3/12/11)(AP, 6/4/11)
2011        Mar 12, Mexican soldiers killed four presumed kidnappers during a gunfight at a ranch in northeast Mexico.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Niger veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou won a presidential run-off election. Issoufou won nearly 58% of votes against rival candidate and ally of the ousted president, Seini Oumarou, who won 42%.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Portugal some 30,000 young people rallied in Lisbon to vent frustration over grim career prospects.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 12, South Sudan's ruling party said it has suspended talks with Khartoum after uncovering a plot overseen by President Omar al-Bashir to topple it ahead of southern independence in July. Renegotiating a revenue sharing formula was one of the various issued that Juba and Khartoum were trying to resolve ahead of July. A pre-dawn rebel attack on the capital of south Sudan's oil-rich Upper Nile state killed 11 people, with the army battling to regain control of Malakal. The rebel group that launched the attack was commanded by a man called Ulony, whose men fought with the SPLA in Owach, west of Malakal, earlier this week.
    (AFP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, In Thailand tens of thousands of anti-government “Red Shirt" protesters rallied in Bangkok on the anniversary of the start of their 2-month protests last year that left 91 dead.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 12, Yemeni security forces fired live bullets and tear gas on two pro-democracy demonstrations, killing three people, including a 15-year-old student. 3 doctors at the scene said the security forces appeared to be using a poison gas that disables the nervous and respiratory systems.
    (AFP, 3/12/11)

2011        Mar 13, In Vansant, Virginia, a gunman opened fire on sheriff’s deputies investigating a possible robbery. Two officers were killed and two injured before the gunman was shot dead.
    (SFC, 3/14/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 13, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four Afghan civilians in a car in Kandahar province's Shorabak district. Two NATO service members were killed this weekend. One died in an insurgent attack in the east and another in a bomb attack in the south.
    (AP, 3/13/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 13, In Australia Owsley Stanley (b.1935), counterculture maker of LSD and Grateful Dead associate, died in a car crash. His Bear Research Group reputedly made over 1.25 million doses of LSD from 1965-1967.
    (SFC, 3/14/11, p.A1)
2011        Mar 13, In Bahrain riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government demonstrators blocking the highway into the capital's financial district and surrounded the protesters' main camp in the capital. More than 200 people were injured there in clashes between riot police and demonstrators.
    (AP, 3/13/11)(AFP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, Benin opened polls for a twice-delayed presidential election after a last-minute scramble to register hundreds of thousands of eligible voters left off voter rolls. Pres. Boni Yayi sought a 2nd term against 13 candidates. Partial and unofficial results indicated President Boni Yayi and his main challenger, Adrien Houngbedji, may be headed for a run-off. On March 18 the country's electoral commission announced that President Thomas Boni Yayi had received more than 53 percent of the vote, giving him an absolute majority.
    (AP, 3/13/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A2)(AFP, 3/15/11)(AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 13, Broadway import "Legally Blonde The Musical," based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon film, picked up this year’s Olivier Award for Best New Musical, in the Society of London Theatre's prize-giving ceremony at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
    (AFP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, In the Central African Republic at least six people were killed and dozens abducted during an attack on Nzako village by Lord's Resistance Army rebels. They had crossed into the CAR last year after being routed from their bases in Uganda.
    (AFP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 13, The Indian navy captured 61 pirates who jumped into the Arabian Sea to flee a gunfight and fire on the hijacked ship from which they had staged several attacks. Two Indian navy ships also rescued 13 crew members from the Mozambique-flagged Vega 5, a fishing boat seized in December.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, In Iraq 22 people, including 15 guards, were injured in a melee that started after officials found holes in the prison's steel fence and discovered an escape plan by inmates linked to al-Qaida in Salahuddin province. One inmate was killed by jumping off the roof in an effort to escape from prison during a riot.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, Israel said it has approved the building of 300 to 500 apartments and settler homes. They would take place in major West Bank settlement blocs that Israel expects to hold on to in any final peace deal.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, People across a devastated swath of Japan suffered for a third day without water, electricity and proper food, as the country grappled with the enormity of a massive earthquake and tsunami that left more than 10,000 people dead in one area alone. Japanese officials raised their estimate of the quake's magnitude to 9.0. Japan also fought to avert a meltdown at three earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors.
    (AP, 3/13/11)(Reuters, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, In Lebanon tens of thousands filled a central Beirut square to mark the 2005 protests that ended Syria's 30-year domination of the country and to demand that the militant group Hezbollah, seen as a proxy of Syria, give up its weapons.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, Libyan rebels abandoned Brega, another key town under heavy shelling from advancing government forces, as international backing grew only slowly for a no-fly zone over the country. In Benghazi, 240km east of Brega, all mobile telephone services were suddenly cut for an unknown reason. State television said Libya has asked foreign firms to resume oil exports, saying its ports are safe despite a deadly month-long conflict. Libya's de facto oil minister said the country's crude production has fallen "drastically" and that he has reached out to Italian oil giant Eni SpA for help in extinguishing a blaze at Ras Lanouf.
    (AFP, 3/13/11)(AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, In Mexico nine people were shot dead in the resort city of Acapulco.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, In Morocco security forces prevented about 100 people from holding a pro-reform demonstration in Casablanca, leaving several people wounded.
    (AFP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, In Maputo, Mozambique, 2 people suffocated to death in a crowd of 10,000 at the weekend opening of the new Universal Church of the Reign of God, a Brazilian-based evangelical church.
    (AFP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, In central Nigeria 6 people died in attacks on two villages near Jos.
    (SFC, 3/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 13, Oman's ruler granted lawmaking powers to officials outside the royal family in the boldest reforms yet aimed at quelling protests for jobs and a greater public role in politics.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, In Pakistan two suspected US missile strikes killed 7 militants in Spalgah village near Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The strikes also wounded five militants. Gunmen ambushed a van and killed 9 civilians in a stretch of the northwest covered by a new peace deal among tribes from rival Muslim sects. Security forces responding to the attack killed three alleged gunmen. A suspected US missile strike missed a target in Azam Warsak, South Waziristan.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, In the Philippines police commandos raided a house in Lamitan town on southern Basilan island in search of the former mayor linked to the 2007 bombing that killed a lawmaker but they instead captured Nawaf Jainuddin. He was allegedly one of several Abu Sayyaf gunmen who seized several hostages and staged deadly attacks in 2001 in Lamitan.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, Russians from the Bering Strait to the Baltic voted in regional elections, testing Vladimir Putin's ruling party before December parliamentary polls and a presidential vote next March. Russia's ruling party swept the local elections.
    (Reuters, 3/13/11)(AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 13, More than 200 Saudis were allowed to protest outside the Interior Ministry to demand the release of detainees in the largest demonstration in the capital since the regional outbreak of pro-democracy unrest.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, A top Southern Sudanese official said Southern Sudan is suspending talks and diplomatic contact with northern Sudan over claims that the northern government is funding militias in the south.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, Tunisia’s TAP news agency said that a 7 pm to 5 am curfew has been imposed on the mining town of Metlaoui, where clashes 2 days earlier left 2 people dead and 20 injured. Protests had begun amid rumors that a regional phosphate mining company was secretly recruiting in a specific tribal area, instead of opening its jobs to the entire local population.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, In Turkey hundreds of journalists, joined by members of some non-governmental organizations, protested the detention of reporters that the authorities allege were involved in an attempt to bring the government down in 2003.
    (AP, 3/13/11)
2011        Mar 13, Yemeni police on rooftops fired live bullets and tear gas at protesters, injuring more than 100 people who were camping near Sanaa University. A protester in Aden died from wounds he suffered a day earlier bringing that total to seven. Violence left 2 people dead in a southern province. Security officials said two Americans and two Britons have been detained by authorities for illegally entering the country.
    (AP, 3/13/11)(AP, 3/14/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A3)

2011        Mar 14, US Border Patrol agents arrested two US citizens along with 13 illegal immigrants from Mexico dressed in fake US Marine Corps uniforms.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 14, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Lubrizol Corp., the world’s largest producer of lubricant additives, for about $9 billion.
    (SFC, 3/15/11, p.D3)
2011        Mar 14, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber posing as an army volunteer struck an Afghan army recruitment center in the northern province of Kunduz, killing 35 volunteers. A civilian car struck a roadside bomb in Zabul province's Mazana district, setting off an explosion that killed all three men inside. A bomb blast killed three Afghan civilians in Nangarhar province's Sorkh Rod district.
    (AP, 3/14/11)(AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 14, In Bahrain a parliament bloc appealed for the king to impose martial law. Some 1,000 Saudi troops entered Bahrain as part of the Gulf countries' joint Peninsula Shield Force.
    (AP, 3/14/11)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.56)
2011        Mar 14, In Brazil civil defense officials said some 31,000 people have been forced from their homes by flooding in Santa Catarina and Parana states.
    (SFC, 3/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 14, Burundi said it has deployed an additional 1,000 soldiers for the African Union force protecting the Somali government.
    (AFP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, Colombian troops killed Olidem Romel Solarte Ceron (39), alias "Oliver Solarte," in a joint forces operation near San Miguel, a town bordering Ecuador. The top FARC rebel had supplied Mexican traffickers with cocaine and managed finances and arms dealings for the guerrillas' powerful Southern Bloc.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 14, In Egypt young militants who spearheaded the pro-democracy revolution called for a "no" vote in next weekend's referendum on constitutional reform. They called for a new constitution and an extension of the transitional period with the formation of a presidential council.
    (AFP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, German prosecutors formally charged Rami Makanesi, a 25-year-old German-Syrian, with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he trained with an al-Qaida-linked group in Pakistan. Makanesi was arrested by Pakistani security services last June and extradited to Germany in August. On May 9 he was convicted of membership in a terrorist group and given a prison sentence of four years and nine months.
    (AP, 3/14/11)(AP, 5/9/11)
2011        Mar 14, Greek anti-terrorist police raided at least two suspected hideouts for domestic terrorists, detaining seven people and seizing weapons and disguises.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, An Iranian state-owned newspaper reported that Iranian hackers working for the powerful Revolutionary Guard's paramilitary Basij group have launched attacks on websites of the "enemies," in a rare acknowledgment from Iran that it's involved in cyber warfare.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew up his booby-tapped car outside an army battalion headquarters, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 29 people in Kanan, Diyala province.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, Ivory Coast fighters allied with the internationally recognized Pres. Alassane Ouattara said they are trying to seize control of a district loyal to the incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power.
    (AP, 3/14/11) 
2011        Mar 14, In Japan a second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, devastating the structure housing one reactor and injuring 11 workers. Water levels dropped precipitously at another reactor, completely exposing the fuel rods and raising the threat of a meltdown.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, In Libya forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi launched attacks on Ajdabiya, a key town that rebels have vowed to defend, as leading nations began talks on the crisis. Gaddafi forces also attacked the small western town of Zuwarah. State news agency said Kadhafi has invited Chinese, Russian and Indian firms to produce its oil instead of Western companies that fled the unrest.
    (AFP, 3/14/11)(Reuters, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, In Mexico an inmate stabbed to death Warden Rebeca Nicasio Vazquez, the acting warden of a prison in the city of Nuevo Laredo.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 14, In Pakistan an American missile killed two Arab militants and two local fighters as they traveled in a vehicle close to the Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, The Swiss government suspended plans to replace and build new nuclear plants pending a review of two hydrogen explosions at Japanese plants.
    (AP, 3/14/11)
2011        Mar 14, In northern Yemen anti-government tribesmen stormed a security building in the town of al-Jawf and shot dead four soldiers in a revenge attack after government troops opened fire on opposition protesters calling for the president's ouster. The governor of Marib province was stabbed and wounded by protesters. Armed Yemeni security forces raided an apartment shared by four Western journalists and deported them because of their coverage of a growing uprising against the country's longtime ruler.
    (AP, 3/15/11)

2011        Mar 15, In California Evan O’Dorney (17) of Danville beat 39 other finalists to win the Intel Science Talent Search. His mathematics entry was titled “Continued Fraction Convergents and Linear fractional transformations."
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.C1)
2011        Mar 15, In Florida voters in a recall election ousted Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Álvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas after they supported a budget that raised taxes and salaries for county employees.
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.A7)
2011        Mar 15, Minnesota nurse William Melchert-Dinkel (b.1962) was convicted of two counts of encouraging suicide while he watched voyeuristically on a webcam. A judge found that he had intentionally advised two people to take their own lives. In 2014 the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down a section of the state’s assisted suicide law that makes it a crime to encourage someone to commit suicide. It remained a crime to assist in someone’s suicide.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Francis_Melchert-Dinkel)(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)
2011        Mar 15, The Afghan interior ministry announced that seven private security companies are being dissolved. "Based on our commitment to transparency and the rule of law, the private security companies have been informed that they have been dissolved because of their connection to officials of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." The government ordered all private security companies to disband by March 21 next year. Two bombings killed a local legislator in Laghman province and a school principal in Nangarhar province.
    (AFP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, Australia's remote Christmas Island detention centre was hit by a second night of riots, with up to 200 asylum seekers destroying closed-circuit television cameras.
    (AFP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, Bahrain's king imposed a three-month state of emergency and gave the country's military chief wide authority to battle a pro-democracy uprising that has threatened the ruling monarchy and drawn in forces from around the Gulf. Saudi Sgt. Ahmed al-Raddadi was shot and killed by a protester in Manama.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, Egypt's interior minister dissolved the country's widely hated state security agency.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany will take seven of its 17 reactors offline for three months while the country reconsiders plans to extend the life of its nuclear power plants.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Haiti Danny Pye (29), a Christian pastor who runs an orphanage with his wife in the southern city of Jacmel, was released from jail held after being held without charges for five months. Judge Maxon Samdi initially jailed Pye last October over claims he took property from another group of missionaries.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Indonesia a small mail bomb addressed to a moderate Muslim leader exploded in Jakarta as police were trying to defuse it, wounding four people.
    (AP, 3/15/11)  
2011        Mar 15, In northern Iraq 2 top Kurdish politicians resigned from local government in what appeared to be a political maneuver to challenge Arabs for control of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, The Israeli navy intercepted an Egyptian-bound ship carrying a large delivery of weapons off the Mediterranean coast, saying the arms had been sent by Syria to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. PM Netanyahu said the source of the weaponry was Iran.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Ivory Coast elected leader Alassane Ouattara extended an offer to former Pres. Laurent Gbagbo a national unity government, a fusion of their armed forces and a truth and reconciliation committee to avoid civil war.
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 15, Japan faced a potential catastrophe after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.
    (Reuters, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Kazakhstan several hundred people rallied near the presidential palace to urge the government to assist homeowners battling repossessions, and a few dozen were detained by police.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, Lebanon's Maronite bishops elected Archbishop Bechara el-Rai as the new patriarch for the Middle East's largest Catholic church.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Libya Gadhafi's military blasted rebels with airstrikes and bombardment from warships, tanks and artillery in an overwhelming display of firepower, trying for the first time to take back the city of Ajdabiya in the opposition's eastern heartland. Rebel fighters rushed to the front as mosques in the city broadcast pleas for help defending the city. Four NYT journalists were detained the northern port city of Ajdabiya where they were covering the retreat of rebels. The 4 journalists were released on March 21.
    (AP, 3/15/11)(AP, 3/17/11)(Reuters, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 15, Group of Eight (G8) powers shied away from imposing a no-fly zone to protect Libyans from assault by Kadhafi forces, laying it off to the UN Security Council. Flight restrictions sought by France and Britain were blocked by Russia and Germany.
    (AFP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, Malaysia's government agreed to release some 35,000 imported Bibles seized by customs officials amid a dispute over their use of the word "Allah" as a translation for God. A statement assured Muslims that the announcement would not jeopardize their interests in an ongoing court case on whether non-Muslims have the constitutional right to use "Allah."
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Mexico a convoy of gunmen chased their target into a home in the resort city of Acapulco and sprayed the residence with bullets, killing two small children and an elderly woman inside. Other attacks in Acapulco killed a total of eight people. Police in the resort city of Cancun found four bodies that had been set on fire. The Mexican army announced that soldiers had seized five metric tons of marijuana in the northern border city of Miguel Aleman.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Oman Sheik Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalili, highest religious authority in the Persian Gulf kingdom, called for a nationwide alcohol ban and strict monitoring of health clubs in this Muslim country. Al-Khalili told state television that "drunk people are unproductive people who sink into vice."
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Pakistan Qumar David (50), a Christian jailed for blasphemy, died of an alleged heart attack in Karachi Central Jail after complaining of chest pain. David was serving a 25-year prison term for blasphemy. His lawyer suspected the man had been murdered.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 15, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas proposed holding elections "as soon as possible" in order to end the divide within the national movement. Thousands of Palestinians thronged major squares in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to deliver an impassioned appeal to their leaders to end the long-running feud that has divided the Palestinian people between two rival governments.
    (AFP, 3/15/11)(AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Somalia 13 people died in mortar attacks in Mogadishu.
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 15, A Thailand court sentenced Thanthawut Taweewarodomkul (38), the administrator of an anti-government website, to 13 years in prison on charges of defaming the monarchy and violating the computer crime act.
    (SFC, 3/16/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 15, Uruguay said it has joined a string of South American nations in recognizing an independent Palestinian state.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 15, Human Rights Watch said that it has been forced to close its office in Uzbekistan after facing years of harassment by the Central Asian nation's authorities.
    (AP, 3/15/11)
2011        Mar 15, In Yemen thousands poured onto the streets in the southern provinces of Taiz, Aden and Hadramawt. Pres. Saleh visited the governor of Marib province, who was stabbed and wounded by protesters a day earlier. Government supporters in al-Hudaydah set fire to the headquarters of the influential opposition Islah party, the main Sunni Islamist party.
    (AP, 3/15/11)(AP, 3/16/11)(Econ, 9/27/14, p.48)

2011        Mar 16, A US official said the Obama administration is flying drones over Mexico to help gather intelligence for the southern neighbor's battle against drug traffickers.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, US federal agents arrested Azra Basic (52), a Croatian woman in small-town Kentucky for alleged war crimes two decades ago in the former Yugoslavia. A complaint accused Basic of committing crimes at three camps near the majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa. Authorities said that, as a soldier in the Croatian army, she killed a prisoner and tortured others by forcing them to drink human blood and gasoline.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 16, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely in central Kazakhstan after a five-month stint on the International Space Station. They left behind Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, Italy's Paolo Nespoli and NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, who are due to return to earth in about three months.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, In central California a 40-foot section of Highway 1 crumbled south of Carmel just after 5 pm following several days of rainy weather. The entire southbound lane was gone, and the soil under the northbound lane also was giving way.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 16, Algerian police in Algiers used tear gas to disperse a crowd of young men who were throwing petrol bombs and stones. The protesters said they had no political demands but wanted the authorities to give them better housing.
    (Reuters, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, In Bahrain soldiers and riot police expelled hundreds of protesters from landmark square in Manama, using tear gas and armored vehicles to try to subdue the growing movement challenging the 200-year-old monarchy. At least five people were killed as clashes flared across the kingdom. Bahia al-Aradi (51) was driving on a main road in Manama looking for gasoline when she was shot in the head as she approached a military checkpoint.
    (AP, 3/16/11)(AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 16, Bolivian authorities arrested police Col. Robert Miguel Valdez outside the eastern city of Santa Cruz after agents found traces of cocaine in his vehicle.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 16, Europol said police in several countries have arrested 184 alleged members of an online pedophile ring and rescued 230 children in one of the biggest operations of its kind. Dubbed Operation Rescue, Europol said the probe started three years ago.
    (AFP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, Indian businessman Sadiq Batcha, who had been questioned over a multi-billion-dollar telecoms fraud, was found dead in the southern city of Chennai after apparently committing suicide. Batcha was a business associate and aide to A. Raja, the former telecoms minister at the centre of a scandal that has rocked the government.
    (AFP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, An Iranian cargo plane en route to Syria was forced to land in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir airport for an inspection. The plane was found to be carrying 150 tons of food but "no material contrary to international standards.
    (AFP, 3/16/11)(AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 16, An Iraqi court ordered the execution of an al-Qaida leader and five of his lieutenants for masterminding some of Baghdad's deadliest bombings. Munaf al-Rawi was convicted and sentenced to death for the attacks that included the August 2009 government ministry bombings that killed more than 100 people. A car bombing in Kirkuk killed three people, including a four-month old baby and the baby's mother.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, Israeli aircraft fired rockets at a Hamas training ground in the Gaza Strip, killing two militants from the Islamist group.
    (AFP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, In the Ivory Coast violence reached a new level after Gbagbo rejected last week's African Union decision to endorse Ouattara's victory. In the Attecoube district of Abidjan UN doctors treated 55 people, four of whom died, bringing the total number of deaths since November's election to 410.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 16, Japanese emergency workers forced to retreat from the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant when radiation levels soared prepared to return tonight after emissions dropped to safer levels. Japan's national news agency, Kyodo, said that 33 percent of the fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor were damaged and that the cores of both reactors were believed to have partially melted. Nearly 3,700 people were officially listed as dead. Officials believed the toll will climb over 10,000 since several thousand more were listed as missing.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, A senior Kosovo politician and former rebel leader was indicted by an EU prosecutor for allegedly executing and torturing Serb prisoners of war during the 1998-99 war. Fatmir Limaj, a top former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, was among 11 former rebels named in the indictment.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces used tanks and artillery to try to retake the city of Misrata, the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya. Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said "everything will be over in 48 hours."
    (Reuters, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, The Malta-registered MS Olivia was grounded on Nightingale Island in the Tristan da Cunha chain. All 22 crew were rescued by 17th March. The ship broke in two and some 20,000 penguins became coated in oil. There was a risk rats from the ship could come ashore and eat the chicks and eggs of native seabirds.
    (AP, 3/22/11)(www.tristandc.com/newsmsoliva.php)
2011        Mar 16, In Oman about 300 security guards demonstrated in the capital Muscat, calling for better wages and weekends off. They blocked traffic on a downtown street before the inspector general for police and customs addressed them, saying he would study their demands.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, Pakistan freed CIA contractor Raymond Allen Davis, who had shot and killed two Pakistani men, after the US paid $2.34 million in "blood money" to the victims' families. Davis, who was acquitted in court, claimed he acted in self-defense when he killed the two men on the street in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, Dozens of Hamas police and security forces entered Gaza City's Al Azhar university and began beating up students heading out for a protest.
    (AFP, 3/16/11)
2011        Mar 16, Somali pirates captured the Indonesian-flagged MV Sinar Kudus in the Arabian Sea, then used it to attack a Liberian-flagged cargo ship nearby. On May 1 pirates released the bulk carrier Sinar Kudus and its 20 sailors after a ransom was paid.
    (AP, 3/17/11)(AFP, 5/1/11)
2011        Mar 16, Yemen government supporters armed with sticks, knives and guns attacked thousands of pro-democracy protesters camped out in a main square, injuring hundreds. About 10,000 Saleh supporters attacked about 4,000 protesters at the southern al-Hudaydah port. After about a month of protests security forces have killed about 50 demonstrators.
    (AP, 3/16/11)(SFC, 3/17/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar 17, The US Justice Dept. accused the New Orleans Police Dept. of systematic misconduct that violated the Constitution. A report said officers had engaged in racial profiling against the city’s black majority from January 2009 to May 2010 and used deadly force against 27 people.
    (SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 17, In southern California Huy Pham (29) jumped off roof of City Hall in Costa Mesa at 3:20 pm and was pronounced dead at the scene. The maintenance worker jumped to his death an hour after he was called in to get his layoff notice. He was on a list of more than 200 people, nearly half of the city's workforce, targeted for layoffs in a drastic move to plug a $15 million budget hole.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 17, In Minneapolis, Min., one teen died and teenagers and young adults were hospitalized following an apparent overdose on a designer hallucinogen, 2C-E (aka Europa), which they had ordered legally over the Internet for a spring break party.
    (SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 17, American actor Danny Glover arrived in South Africa to escort former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide home.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 17, The US spacecraft Messenger went into orbit around Mercury after a 6-year, 4.9 billion mile journey. Messenger was expected to crash on April 30, 2015.
    (SFC, 3/19/11, p.A5)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.75)
2011        Mar 17, In northern Afghanistan gunmen on motorcycles kidnapped six road engineers and their driver as they were traveling to a work site.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 17, In Australia a pod of long-finned pilot whales beached themselves at Bruny Island, south of the Tasmanian state capital Hobart. 21 whales died but 11 were saved.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 17, Bahrain's Sunni monarchy detained at least seven prominent opposition activists. Iran recalled its ambassador to protest the Gulf troops backing the government against the Shiite protests. Dr. Ali al-Iqri, one of Bahrain's acclaimed surgeons who had spoken to media at the height of the unrest, was taken from an operating theater. On Sep 29 al-Iqri was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 3/17/11)(AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Mar 17, Colombia’s Chief Prosecutor's Office said it has convicted Vicente Castano, head of Colombia's paramilitary umbrella group. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2004 slaying of his brother.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 17, Iran sent the country's first space capsule that is able to sustain life into orbit as a test for a future mission that may carry a live animal.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 17, In Ivory Coast mortars from a military police base controlled by Pres. Gbagbo killed up to 30 people in Abidjan.
    (SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 17, Japan tried high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and even helicopters that dropped batches of seawater in increasingly frantic attempts to cool an overheated nuclear complex as US officials warned the situation was deteriorating. More than 5,300 people were officially listed as dead, but officials believed the toll will climb to well over 10,000.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 17, Libyan rebels shot down at least two bomber planes that attacked the airport in Benina, a civil and military airport just outside Benghazi. The Red Cross said it was leaving Benghazi because of deteriorating security and moving to the city of Tobruk.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 17, In Mexico police found the body of a 4-year-old girl who had been shot in the chest, the fifth child killed in drug-related violence in Acapulco in less than a week. Police also found the bullet-ridden body of a man outside a state prison in Acapulco. Police in Michoacan state found two bodies hanging from the neck in two different towns. In Jalisco state marines found the bodies of two men and two women buried in two clandestine graves. US citizen, Josue Reyes Castro (26), was killed by gunmen while visiting relatives in Ciudad Juarez. A neighbor also was killed, and two of Reyes Castro's relatives were wounded including a girl (4).
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 17, In Pakistan US drone aircraft fired four missiles at a building in a militant sanctuary in North Waziristan, killing 42 people in an unusually deadly strike. At least 24 were later said to be civilians from tribes asking the Taliban to mediate a dispute. The most senior militant killed in the attack was Sharabat Khan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s top commander for the Datta Khel area.
    (AP, 3/17/11)(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)(SFC, 3/19/11, p.A4)(AP, 3/21/11)(AP, 4/13/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011        Mar 17, South Sudan's army fought heavy battles with militia in the oil-producing Unity state. At least 59 soldiers and militiamen were killed and dozens wounded in clashes between the South Sudan army and local militia groups in three oil-producing states.
    (Reuters, 3/17/11)(Reuters, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 17, Rigzin Phuntsog (16), a Tibetan monk at the Kirti monastery in China’s Sichuan province, died one day after he set himself on fire in an anti-government protest. He was beaten and kicked by police, prompting hundreds of monks and others to rally. In August authorities said they will charge three Buddhist monks with murder over the death of Phuntsog.
    (SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/4nsxj9p)(AFP, 4/13/11)(AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Mar 17, The UN Security Council voted to permit "all necessary measures" to establish a no-fly zone, protect civilian areas and impose a ceasefire on Kadhafi's military. Five countries on the 15-strong council abstained, including China, Russia, India, Brazil and Germany. Resolution 1973 outlined the "responsibility of the Libyan authorities to protect the Libyan population.
    (AFP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 17, A Venezuelan government official said one person has died of swine flu and six others have been diagnosed with the virus.
    (AP, 3/17/11)
2011        Mar 17, Yemeni government supporters attacked a protest camp in Manama, hurling stones and opening fire. At another rally government loyalists struck as police fired tear gas.
    (AP, 3/17/11)

2011        Mar 18, President Barack Obama endorsed military action against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, saying US values and credibility are at stake to stop "the potential for mass murder" of innocents.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 18, The United States disavowed torture and pledged to treat terror suspects humanely, but set aside calls to drop the death penalty, as the UN carried out its first review of Washington's human rights record.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, The US Federal Reserve and Bank of Canada confirmed that they had intervened to cool the soaring yen, in concert with other G7 central banks.
    (AFP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, US wildlife advocates and the Dept. of Interior reached an agreement to lift gray wolf protections in Montana and Idaho and allow hunting of the predators to resume.
    (SFC, 3/19/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 18, The Internet Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers approved the .xxx domain for adult-content websites.
    (SFC, 3/19/11, p.D2)
2011        Mar 18, The US and Chile signed a nuclear energy accord.
    (SFC, 3/19/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 18, Warren Christopher (b.1925), former US Sec. of State under Pres. Clinton, died in Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 3/20/11, p.A10)(Econ, 3/26/11, p.98)
2011        Mar 18, Bahrain's Shiites buried their dead amid a continued government crackdown in this Sunni-ruled island nation in the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, Canada announced it was deploying CF-18 fighter jets to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya and said the deployment would go ahead despite the ceasefire declared by Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi.
    (AFP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, In Egypt pro-democracy activists flocked to Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square for a new protest to urge a "no" vote in a weekend referendum on the military's plans for the future after Hosni Mubarak's ouster.
    (AFP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, In Haiti former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide received celebrity treatment following his arrival after seven years in exile.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, Honduras' president ordered striking school teachers back to work following clashes with police that left one teacher dead and two others injured.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 18, In India 2 British men were sentenced to six years in jail in India for sodomizing young boys living at the Anchorage Shelter Home in Mumbai. Charges against Duncan Grant and John Allan Waters were originally filed in 2001.
    (AFP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, In Iraq thousands of protesters rallied in mostly Shiite cities against what some are calling "sectarian attacks" by security forces against Shiite-led protesters in the Sunni-ruled kingdom of Bahrain.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, Italy's foreign minister said his nation will allow its military bases to be used for the UN-backed military intervention to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, The Japanese government acknowledged that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week's twin natural disasters. The earthquake and tsunami has now officially left more than 6,900 dead and more than 10,700 missing.  Japanese engineers conceded that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release. Authorities raised the rating of the nuclear crisis to a Level 5 from a Level 4 on a seven-point international scale. Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2 nuclear reactor was recorded at 500 microsieverts per hour.
    (AP, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 18, In Jordan hundreds of protesters calling for reforms demonstrated peacefully, rejecting the beginning of a national dialogue as insufficient.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, Libya said it will halt all military operations immediately in compliance with a newly adopted UN Security Council resolution. A Libyan rebel spokesman dismissed the cease-fire announcement, claiming Moammar Gadhafi's forces are still attacking key cities in the east and the west.
    (AFP, 3/18/11)(AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, Malaysian police said that they had found equipment they suspect could be used to make nuclear weapons smuggled on board a ship headed to Iran. On March 8 police confiscated two containers from the MV Bunga Raya Satu traveling from China to Tehran.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, Mexican Senators voted with 69 in favor and one abstention to get rid of a law that made cheating on a spouse an offense punishable by two years in prison. They said it was never enforced but remained on the books. The change already passed the lower House of Deputies and now went to President Felipe Calderon for his signature. 6 gunmen were shot dead during a gunfight with security forces in the Monterrey while eight alleged kidnappers were killed in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 18, In Nigeria sea raiders carted away some $400,000 from Douala’s Pan-African Ecobank killing 7 people. Two gunmen were arrested after the attack. Cameroon’s army later said it killed 18 pirates suspected of the robbery. Police in Cameroon later detained 4 navy officers and 5 civilians in connection with the robbery.
    (SFC, 4/21/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 18, Saudi Arabia's king promised a multibillion dollar package of reforms, raises, cash, loans and apartments in what appeared to be the Arab world's most expensive attempt to appease residents inspired by the unrest that has swept two leaders from power.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, Senegal's government foiled an alleged coup just hours before anti-government protests were set to begin by arresting 15 people who had planned attacks across the capital. Opposition leaders said the accusations were a way of undercutting the demonstrations.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 18, In Swaziland a protest sparked by plans to freeze civil service salaries drew nearly 7,000 demonstrators, one of the largest crowds ever seen in the normally placid monarchy, as pro-democracy activists used Friday's gathering to push their cause.
    (AP, 3/18/11)
2011        Mar 18, In Syria human rights activists said plainclothes security officers forcefully broken up about a dozen protesters in central Damascus. Syrian security forces launched a harsh crackdown on protesters calling for political freedoms. Accounts from activists and social media say at least five people died in Daraa.
    (AP, 3/18/11)(AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 18, Yemeni government snipers firing from rooftops and houses shot at tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators, killing at least 52 people and injuring hundreds in the crowd demanding the ouster of the autocratic president. The total dead after about a month of protests was raised to 80.
    (AP, 3/18/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)

2011        Mar 19, President Barack Obama landed in Brasilia, the highland capital of Brazil, for the start of a three-country, five-day tour of Latin America to promote greater economic ties and improved regional security.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, Pres. Obama authorized limited military action against Libya. Operation Odyssey Dawn became the US code name for the international military operation in Libya enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. The Pentagon said 112 cruise missiles were launched from US and UK ships and subs, hitting 20 targets.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Odyssey_Dawn) 
2011        Mar 19, The US ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, resigned amid furor over a leaked diplomatic cable in which he complained about inefficiency and infighting among Mexican security forces in the campaign against drug cartels.
    (AP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 19, In Sandusky, Ohio, police officer Andrew Dunn (30) died after exchanging gunshots with bicyclist Kevin Randleman (50).
    (SSFC, 3/20/11, p.A10)
2011        Mar 19, Bahrain's king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint.
    (AFP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, British office worker Sian O'Callaghan (22) went missing. She has not been seen since leaving Suju nightclub in Swindon. Her mobile phone was active in the Savernake Forest, near Malborough, just 34 minutes after she left the nightclub.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 19, Six Danish F-16 fighter jets landed at the US air base in Sigonella, Sicily, and a half-dozen US aircraft arrived elsewhere as the military buildup mounted in Italy for possible action against Libya.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, Egyptians lined up by the hundreds to vote on constitutional amendments sponsored by the ruling military. Voters overwhelmingly approved changes in the constitution, opening the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within months. Over 14 million voted yes  versus some 4 million voting no. The turnout was about 41% of eligible voters.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AP, 3/21/11)(Econ, 3/26/11, p.55)
2011        Mar 19, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that French warplanes are already targeting Gadhafi's forces. 22 participants at a summit in Paris "agreed to put in place all the means necessary, in particular military" to make Gadhafi respect a March 17 UN Security Council resolution to protect civilian areas. Libyan government tanks and troops reached the edges of Benghazi in fierce fighting that killed more than 120. Gibreil Hewadi, a member of the rebel health committee, said the dead included rebel fighters and civilians, among them women and children.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 19, In Germany Knut, a four-year-old celebrity bear, died in front of hundreds of visitors, taking keepers, animal experts and fans by surprise. Experts later said he drowned after swelling of his brain caused him to collapse and fall into his enclosure's pool.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(AP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 19, In northeastern India a fire raged through a refugee camp in Nifingpara camp in Tripura state, killing 21 people and injuring about 100. The camp was home to some 5,000 families from the minority Bru ethnic group, which in 1997 fled alleged persecution in neighboring Mizoram state.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, An Iranian plane bound for Syria landed in Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir for a search of its cargo. The plane carried light weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket launchers and mortars, which were seized. The plane returned to Iran March 22 without the seized cargo.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 19, One of Japan's six tsunami-crippled nuclear reactors appeared to stabilize but the country suffered another blow after discovering traces of radiation in food and water from near the stricken power plant. Crews fighting to cool reactors managed to connect a power line. Japan halted sales of food products near Fukushima because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk. Japan's police agency said 7,348 are dead and 10,947 are missing after last week's earthquake and tsunami.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)(Reuters, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi took advantage of international indecision to attack the heart of the 5-week-old uprising, sending troops, tanks and warplanes to swarm the first city seized by the rebels. Fighting raged around Benghazi, with air strikes, tank fire and shelling rocking the Mediterranean city as a rebel warplane went down in flames.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, Libyan officials detained the crew of an Italian ship docked in Tripoli and prevented the vessel from leaving port. The "Asso 22" tug of the Naples-based shipping company Augusta Offshore SrL had 8 Italian, 2 Indian and a Ukrainian crew member aboard. Agence France-Presse journalists Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt went missing while working in the eastern Tobruk region.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 19, Libyan military detained journalists Dave Clark (38), photographer Roberto Schmidt (45), of AFP; and Joe Raedle (45), a photographer for Getty Images.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 19, In Libya Mohammed Nabbous (b.1983), a information technologist, blogger, businessperson and civilian journalist, was killed while reporting on attempts by government forces to fight revolutionaries and attack civilians in Benghazi. He had set up camera feeds to a video streaming site.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Nabbous)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.58)
2011        Mar 19, In Mexico gunmen opened fire in a bar in Acapulco killing 10 people.
    (SSFC, 3/20/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 19, In Mexico Arturo Jose Iniguez (26), a Texas Cameron County Assistant District Attorney, was found dead in Matamoros. Autopsy results later showed he had killed himself by ingesting poison.
    (Reuters, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 19, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired 54 rockets into Israel, the heaviest barrage in two years. A Hamas official was killed and four civilians were wounded when Israel hit back with tank fire and air strikes. The Israeli army opened fire on two men who were spotted moving suspiciously toward a frontier "no-go" zone. The bodies of Salah Abu Attwa and Imad Faraj, both 17, were found the next day.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 19, In the southern Philippines suspected communist rebels stormed the main police station in Panabo city, killing an officer and wounding four others in a daring attack on a government center that was repulsed by outnumbered police officers.
    (AP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 19, In Senegal a sit-in at Dakar's Place de l'Independance drew between 1,000 and 2,000 demonstrators, primarily young men.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, In Serbia thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in the central town of Cacak to demand the government call early elections over the deep economic crisis.
    (AP, 3/19/11)   
2011        Mar 19, In Spain six firefighters died when their helicopter crashed in a remote region in the northeastern province of Aragon as they flew to try and put out a wildfire. A seventh crew member survived the accident.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, In Yemen a brutal crackdown failed to stop massive protests against the US-backed president, who attacked a protest camp in the south's main city but couldn't halt demonstrations there or in the capital.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, Zimbabwe police banned a rally planned by PM Tsvangirai. Some of his supporters were beaten as they approached the event site, plunging the country's fragile coalition government deeper into crisis.
    (AP, 3/19/11)

2011        Mar 20, US President Barack Obama held up emerging powerhouse Brazil as a model of economic and democratic transformation that leaders in the troubled Middle East should try to copy.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011          Mar 20, In Florida Christian preacher Terry Jones supervised a burning of the Koran in front of about 50 people at a church. News of this led to violent protests in Afghanistan in early April.
          (Reuters, 4/2/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Wisconsin suspect James Cruckson (30) opened fire on police during a standoff in Fond du Lac killing Officer Craig Birkholz (28). Cruckson was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.
    (SFC, 3/21/11, p.A7)
2011        Mar 20, AT&T said it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Germany's Deutsche Telekom in a $39-billion blockbuster deal enabling it to overtake Verizon as the biggest US wireless provider.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, Bahrain's opposition asked for UN and American intervention in the government crackdown on the Shiite protests trying to loosen the monarchy's grip, in a brief protest in the capital that disbanded before police could arrive to break it up.
    (AP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, Britain said its air and sea strikes on Libya had been "very successful" and stressed it was doing everything it could to avoid civilian casualties as it enforces a UN-sanctioned no-fly zone. at least seven demolished tanks smoldered in a field 12 miles (20 km) south of Benghazi, many of them with their turrets and treads blown off. Turkey was blocking NATO action, which requires agreement by all 28 members of the alliance.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)(AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Egypt 3 men kidnapped and raped a woman (24) after stopping a vehicle at gun point. She was driving with a male relative. In April a military court in Ismailiya ordered the execution of the three men who were convicted of the kidnapping and rape. In Qena province Muslim vigilantes arrested Anwar Mitri (45), a school administrator and Coptic Christian, for renting a flat to a woman they claimed was a prostitute and for allegedly having sex with her. Mitri was tried and had his ear lopped off. 
    (AFP, 4/11/11)(Econ, 4/2/11, p.21)
2011        Mar 20, Haiti held a presidential runoff election between Mirlande Manigat, the former first lady, and Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, a star of Haitian compas music, the top two finishers in a first-round vote in November. Martelly captured nearly 68 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(AP, 4/5/11)
2011        Mar 20, Japan’s ministry official Yoshifumi Kaji said that tests found excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens, in addition to spinach. He said the areas where the tainted produce was found included three prefectures that previously had not recorded such contamination. Tokyo Electric Power Company said two of the six reactor units are now safely under control after their fuel storage pools cooled down. The toll of dead or missing from Japan's worst natural disaster in almost a century neared 21,000.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(Reuters, 3/20/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed a "long war" after the US and European militaries blasted his forces with airstrikes and over 100 cruise missiles, hitting air defenses and at least two major air bases. Despite the strikes, Gadhafi's troops lashed back, bombarding the rebel-held city of Misrata with artillery and tanks. Arab League chief Amr Moussa condemned the "bombardment of civilians" as the death toll from the Western air strikes rose to 64.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(Reuters, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Mexico armed men stole some 157 million pesos, about $13 million, from a cash transporting company in Oaxaca state.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 20, Thousands of Moroccans demonstrated in Casablanca, Rabat and other cities calling for more democracy and social justice despite recent promises of deep political reform.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Nigeria a bomb carried by two men aboard a motorcycle killed them when it accidentally exploded in the central city of Jos.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Pakistan explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Baluchistan province. Officials feared all 52 miners underground at the time of the accident were dead.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 20, Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, while Israeli troops killed two Palestinians in a fresh wave of violence along the volatile border with Gaza.
    (AP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Saudi Arabia dozens of Saudi men and women, outnumbered by anti-riot police, protested outside Riyadh's Interior Ministry, demanding the release of thousands of detainees held without trial for years.
    (AP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Syria more than 100 people were wounded as security forces fired live bullets and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the town of Daraa.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, In Taiwan some 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of an atomic power plant.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)
2011        Mar 20, Some 85,000 registered Tibetans across the world began voting for a new leader to take up the resistance against Chinese rule over their Himalayan homeland, as the Tibetan parliament-in-exile debated how to handle the Dalai Lama's resignation from politics.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(SFC, 3/21/11, p.A2) 
2011        Mar 20, In Yemen tens of thousands of people joined a funeral procession for protesters killed by government gunmen and the president's own tribe called on him to step down, robbing the embattled US-backed leader of vital support.
    (AP, 3/20/11)

2011        Mar 21, US President Barack Obama flew to Chile to promote democracy and economic growth on the American continent on the second leg of his Latin American tour aimed at bolstering trade and investment. Obama said he's ready to help Chile solve human rights crimes committed during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, but avoided agreeing to a US apology for meddling in the country's affairs.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)(AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, President Barack Obama, seeking to shore up participation and clarify leadership of the military attacks on Libyan forces, spoke with Turkish and Qatari leaders.
    (Reuters, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Arizona Carlos La Madrid (19) was shot climbing a ladder while trying to cross the border back to Mexico. He was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the thigh, by Border Patrol agent Lucas Tidwell and died later the same day at a local hospital. Investigators found 48 pounds of marijuana in the back of the truck La Madrid was driving. A 17-year-old illegal immigrant identified as Jesus Manuel Chino Lino ran from the truck was arrested on charges of drug possession and transportation charges. In 2012 Guadalupe Guerrero, the mother of Carlos la Madrid, sued the US federal government and the agent.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(AP, 6/11/12)
2011        Mar 21, In Kentucky 2 workers were killed in an explosion at the Carbide Industries chemical plant in Louisville.
    (SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 21, Pinetop Perkins (b.1913), boogie-woogie piano player, died in Texas. Perkins worked with Muddy Waters and was among the last surviving members of the first generation of Mississippi Delta bluesmen.
    (SFC, 3/23/11, p.C6)
2011        Mar 21, Bahrain's king blamed a foreign plot for his nation's weeks-long unrest, using veiled language to accuse Iran of fomenting an uprising by the Shiite majority in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Bosnian police said they have seized some 2 million child pornography pictures and 7,000 video clips in the arrest of an alleged member of an international online child pornography ring. An unidentified 46-year-old suspect was arrested over the weekend following a raid on his home in the northern town of Derventa.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In the Republic of Congo at least 16 people were killed when an Antonov 32 cargo plane crashed in the Mvoumvou area of Pointe-Noire.
    (SFC, 3/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 21, The European Union froze the assets of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and 18 people in his inner circle.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, The EU agreed to new economic sanctions against Moamer Kadhafi's regime, targeting both individuals and Libyan economic entities.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, A top French official said the international military intervention in Libya is likely to last "awhile," echoing Moammar Gadhafi's warning of a long war ahead as rebels said they were fighting to reclaim Ajdabiya. New fighting broke out in Misrata, the last rebel-held city in western Libya.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, France's data privacy regulator said it had imposed a record fine of 100,000 euros ($142,000) on Google for private information collected while compiling its panoramic Street View service.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Guatemala's first lady, Sandra Torres de Colom, began divorce proceedings ending her eight-year marriage to President Alvaro Colom, so that she can seek to succeed him as president. On April 1 a judge temporarily blocked the divorce proceedings. On April 8 a judge dismissed a suit seeking to block the divorce proceedings, clearing the way for her to run for the presidency.
    (AP, 3/21/11)(AP, 4/3/11)(AP, 4/8/11)
2011        Mar 21, Iranians celebrated Nowruz, the Persian new year.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, The US military said an American soldier has died from wounds sustained from a roadside bomb attack during operations in southern Iraq.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Military officials loyal to Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president claimed to have seized a fifth town in the country's far west, amid a deepening political crisis.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Japan gray smoke rose from two reactor units, temporarily stalling critical work to reconnect power lines and restore cooling systems to stabilize the Fukushima radiation-leaking nuclear complex. Police officials estimated that the toll from the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami will exceed 18,000 deaths.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Abdul Rahman bin Hamad al-Attiyah, secretary general of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, underscored the commitment of Qatar and the UAR to the international military coalition striking Libya but stressed the mission seeks only to protect civilians.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Libya an American fighter jet crashed. Both crew members ejected safely.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In central Nigeria at least three people died in Jos after a fight over where a political rally would be held for Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler running for president.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Pakistani intelligence officials said militants killed 4 men for allegedly providing the United States with information used in a March 17 drone attack that killed 12 Taliban and 24 innocent tribesmen. In the southwest gunmen attacked a camp for road construction workers killing 11 people near the port of Gwadar.
    (AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 21, Syrian riot police armed with batons chased the crowd off without incident. The gathering was meant to mourn those who died after security troops fired at protesters in Deraa on March 18 killing five people.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, A Turkish court ordered five military officers and two civilians jailed in a probe into the 2007 killing of three Christians, including a German national, over allegations that the attack was part of an alleged plot to topple the government.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Yemen rival tanks deployed in the streets of Sanaa after Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a powerful regime insider who commands the army's powerful 1st Armored Division, and at least 18 other senior commanders defected to a movement calling for the ouster of the US-backed president, leaving him with virtually no support among the country's most powerful institutions.
    (AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A3)(AP, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 22, World Water Day. The int’l observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The web site www.worldwaterday.org started in 2001 as a community space and repository where people can upload their WWD event activities and reports.
    (Econ, 3/26/11, p.52)(www.worldwaterday.org/)
2011        Mar 22, US President Barack Obama wrapped up a visit to Chile and departed for El Salvador, the third and final stop of his Latin America tour. In El Salvador Obama promised increasing trade and economic growth, fighting drug trafficking and creating work opportunities. In 2012 it was reported that Secret Service employees took prostitutes to their hotel rooms ahead of Obama’s visit to El Salvador.
    (AFP, 3/22/11)(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A3)(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A6)
2011        Mar 22, US census data showed that Detroit’s population plunged by 25%, 237,500 people, over the past decade.
    (SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 22, In Georgia officer Elmer Christian was shot and killed as he tried to apprehend Jamie Hood (33) in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping in West Athens. Hood released 5 hostages and was arrested on March 25 in an operation that was broadcast live.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A14)
2011        Mar 22, In Kentucky the bodies of Gary and Barbara Holloway were found in Edmonton. They were shot and killed by a related boy (15) whose mother could not control him. The boy stole their car and fled with a girlfriend (12) before he was caught by police.
    (SFC, 3/24/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 22, In central Pennsylvania 5 people were killed in an apartment fire in Altoona.
    (SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 22, Afghan Pres. Karzai said that his nation's security forces will take over from the US-led coalition in seven parts of the country, a first step toward his goal of having Afghan police and soldiers in charge by the end of 2014 so foreign combat troops can go home.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, The British government said it would opt in a European Union directive on human trafficking, days after the country saw its first case of "modern-day slavery" involving a woman trafficked from Tanzania.
    (AFP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, China called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, In Egypt the Interior Ministry in Cairo was set on fire during a protest by police officers demanding more pay and better working conditions. The fire largely gutted one wing of the 7-story building.
    (SFC, 3/23/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 22, France's foreign ministry said that NATO would provide support to military intervention by the Western-led coalition in Libya when the US scales back its participation.
    (Reuters, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, A German court jailed Detlef Spies, a former lorry driver, for 14 and a half years for sexually abusing his daughter, stepson and stepdaughter, with whom he fathered eight children. Spies was arrested on August 10, 2010.
    (AFP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, An Israeli court ordered former Israeli President Moshe Katsav to prison for seven years following a rape conviction, rejecting his attorneys' request for leniency and making him the highest-ranking Israeli official ever sentenced to jail.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, The Israeli military struck a series of Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip, damaging smuggling tunnels and suspected weapons sites. Palestinian officials said 19 people were wounded. The shelling killed 3 children and their uncle and wounded 13 other family members as they played soccer in a backyard.
    (AP, 3/22/11)(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 22, Japanese crews connected all six reactors at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to the electrical grid, a day after smoke triggered an evacuation from the facility. But the plant's operator cautioned that pumps, motors and other equipment must be checked before the power can be turned on. It's likely to be days or weeks before cooling systems can resume functioning. A Japanese nuclear safety official said a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point. Police said nearly 9,100 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami with almost 13,800 are missing.
    (AP, 3/22/11)  
2011        Mar 22, In Libya Moammar Gadhafi's forces shelled rebels regrouping in the desert dunes outside Ajdabiya, a strategic eastern city. Gadhafi's snipers and tanks roamed the streets of Misrata, the last major opposition-held city in the west, signaling a prolonged battle ahead. 2 dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from US and British submarines in the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, In Mexico’s western state of Michoacan unidentified gunmen killed Jose Luis Guerrero, the police chief of the town of La Piedad as he headed home. He was the third police chief killed so far this year in Michoacan.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 22, Philippine lawmakers overwhelmingly impeached Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, the country's chief corruption investigator, long accused of protecting former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from prosecution.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, Somalia said that pro-government troops have made "remarkable" gains during an offensive in Mogadishu over the last 2 days, where the latest fighting killed at least 7 people.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, Spain's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the prime minister's decision to take part in the US-led coalition enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, In Syria Gov. Faisal Kalthoum was fired from his position in Daraa. A deadly government crackdown in the southern city of has Daraa left 7 people dead in 3 days of unrest.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, In Venezuela new rules authorizing the military to distribute weapons to pro-government militias took effect, raising concern among critics who say the armed groups could be used by President Hugo Chavez to cement his hold on power.
    (AP, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 22, Yemen's embattled US-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged to step down more than a year early but refused to immediately resign, infuriating tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his ouster. More military and political defections increased the pressure on Saleh to step down.
    (AP, 3/22/11)(AFP, 3/22/11)

2011        Mar 23, President Barack Obama left El Salvador earlier than scheduled, cutting short a Central American tour dominated by the US-led military action in Libya.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, A grand jury in Dallas indicted 3 Texas men on federal gun and conspiracy charges after officials linked them to a gun used in the Feb 15 shooting death of US agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico. Ranferi Osorio (27), a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, his brother Otilio Osorio (22), and their neighbor Kelvin Leon Morrison (25), all residents of the southern Dallas suburb of Lancaster were in custody.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, Professor John Milnor of Stony Brook University in New York won the 6 million kroner ($1 million) Abel Prize for mathematics.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor (79), famed her striking beauty and a film career that spanned five decades, died in Los Angeles.
    (AFP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, Scientists warned that up to 45 rare species of wallaby, bandicoot and other Australian animals could become extinct within 20 years unless urgent action is taken to control introduced predators and other threats.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, In Afghanistan a NATO helicopter gunship inadvertently killed two civilians while attacking suspected insurgents in the eastern province of Khost. 2 British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 23, In Canada an oil company worker in northern Alberta unearthed a 110-million-year-old dinosaur fossil, an ankylosaur. The plant-eating dinosaur with powerful limbs, armor plating and a club-like tail wasn't supposed to be there because millions of years ago the area was covered by water.
    (Reuters, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 23, A Chinese state-run news website said 7 people, allegedly involved in plotting terrorist activities, have been sentenced to death for robbery and murder in China's far western region of Xinjiang. The report said the 7 were among a dozen people who met and raised funds between June 2008 and October 2010 to carry out "violent, terrorist" activities.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, China’s state auditors reported that $28 million had been embezzled from its 1,300 km high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai.
    (Econ, 4/2/11, p.34)
2011        Mar 23, Cuba released the last two of 75 dissidents jailed in a 2003 crackdown, closing a controversial chapter in the long battle between the island's communist-led government and its opponents.
    (Reuters, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, Egypt's stock market plunged almost 9 percent, with foreign investors leading a sell-off in the market's first session in nearly two months following a shutdown linked to the mass protests that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. The military government handed down new constitutional rules easing curbs that choked political life under Mubarak, opening the door for the formation of new parties that will compete in elections this year.
    (AP, 3/23/11)(Reuters, 3/24/11)(SFC, 3/24/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 23, Amnesty International condemned the "shocking" treatment of 18 women protesters in Egypt after serious allegations that the army subjected them to torture and forced "virginity tests."
    (AFP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, Germany approved legislation whereby citizens, who were sexually abused as children, will now have up to 30 years after their 21st birthday to bring their alleged attackers before the courts.
    (AP, 3/23/11) 
2011        Mar 23, The Israeli parliament approved a pair of laws that critics said were discriminatory and aimed against the country's Arab minority, who made up roughly one-fifth of Israel's 7.7 million people. A bomb exploded at a bus stop in central Jerusalem, killing a British woman, Mary Jean Gardner (59), and wounding 38 people. Two Grad rockets slammed into the Israeli city of Beersheva, as Gaza militants vowed to strike deep into the Jewish state after raids killed 8 Gazans.
    (AP, 3/23/11)(AFP, 3/23/11)(SFC, 3/24/11, p.A5)(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A3)
2011        Mar 23, In Jamaica an independent investigator for the parliament called for the creation of a special agency to fight corruption, asserting official graft has reached "systemic" levels in the Caribbean country.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 23, Japan said the cost of rebuilding the country after its biggest recorded earthquake could be as much as 25 trillion yen ($309 billion). A spike in radiation levels in Tokyo tap water, twice the level acceptable for infants, spurred new fears about food safety. Rising smoke forced another evacuation of workers trying to stabilize the Fukushima nuclear plant. Police said nearly 9,500 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami with over 16,000 still missing.
    (AFP, 3/23/11)(AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, In Libya international airstrikes forced Moammar Gadhafi's forces to withdraw tanks that were besieging Misrata, while people fleeing Ajdabiya in the east said the situation was deteriorating amid relentless shelling. Libyan rebels appointed an executive committee under prime minister Mahmoud Jibril (b.1952).
    (AP, 3/23/11)(Econ, 9/10/11, p.53)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Jibril)
2011        Mar 23, Mexican authorities said they have detained Victor Manuel Felix, an in-law of top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who allegedly ran a transnational drug operation that reached as far as Ecuador. 8 other people were detained along with Felix in raids in three Mexican states that began last week. Raids in Ecuador resulted in the detention of 9 suspects. The navy announced it had detained 7 local police officers, most from the Monterrey suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, on suspicion of working for drug cartels. A daylight shooting in Monterey, thought to involve rival drug gangs, killed a teenage boy and 2 adult males.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 23, In Myanmar Benedict Rogers, author of "Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma's Tyrant," was deported from the country after being identified by secret police.
    (AFP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 23, NATO nations offered an armada of ships and submarines to enforce an arms embargo against Libya, as Western allies sought to settle a row over the organization's role in a no-fly zone.
    (AFP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, In southwest Pakistan rocket attacks killed four people in Quetta City.
    (AP, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, Portugal’s PM Jose Socrates resigned after parliament rejected new austerity measures that his government unveiled to avoid being forced to seek EU/IMF financial assistance.
    (Reuters, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 23, South Africa’s University of Johannesburg voted to sever ties with Israel's Ben-Gurion University, acting on calls from hundreds of South African academics and intellectuals for an academic boycott in a growing campaign to isolate Israel for its attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. It will end a 25-year relationship on April 1, but professors can continue to work individually with Ben-Gurion.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 23, South Sudan's army (SPLA) accused the north of bombing its territory, violating a 2005 peace deal ahead of the oil-producing region's independence.
    (Reuters, 3/23/11)
2011        Mar 23, Syrian security forces shot live ammunition and tear gas near the Omari mosque in Daraa where protesters have been camped out. At least 15 people were killed in an operation that began before dawn.
    (AP, 3/23/11)(SFC, 3/24/11, p.A4)(Econ, 3/26/11, p.53)
2011        Mar 23, A report by Human Rights Watch said Uganda’s Rapid Response Unit, a branch of the police service, has engaged in torture, illegal detention and extrajudicial killings.
    (SFC, 3/24/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 23, Yemen's parliament enacted sweeping emergency laws after the country's embattled president asked for new powers of arrest, detention and censorship to quash a popular uprising demanding his ouster.
    (AP, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 24, The Book of Mormon, a new musical collaboration between South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, premiered on Broadway.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=488721)
2011        Mar 24, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in cuts to state programs and services to help solve the state’s $26.6 billion deficit.
    (SFC, 3/25/11, p.C1)
2011        Mar 24, In London Delroy Grant (53) a former British taxi driver dubbed the "Night Stalker", was found guilty of preying on 18 men and women over a 17-year period. Grant had preyed on the elderly for nearly two decades and may have assaulted scores of victims. On March 25 Grant was sentenced to at least 27 years in prison.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 24, The Czech Interior Ministry said Ales Mikhalevich has been given political refugee status. The Belarus political activist had been jailed and beaten after running against Alexander Lukashenko in presidential elections. Mikhalevich was released on Feb 19.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 24, Dubai police said the Gulf emirate has seized thousands of small arms being smuggled in a sea cargo shipment bound for Yemen. The weapons were discovered in a Dubai warehouse about two weeks ago. The shipment originated in Turkey.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 24, French airstrikes hit an air base deep inside Libya and NATO ships patrolled the coast to block arms and mercenaries from flowing in to help Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Other coalition bombers struck artillery, tanks and parked helicopters. NATO envoys decided to maintain the no-fly patrols as authorized by a UN Security Council resolution last week.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 24, Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip in response to militant rocket and mortar attacks, stoking concerns that a grave new round of hostilities will fill the vacuum left by an impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. At least 10 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A3)
2011        Mar 24, Eyad Abuarga, an Palestinian-born Australian information technology expert, was detained in Israel over alleged links to Hamas.
    (AFP, 5/29/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4xfnexu)
2011        Mar 24, The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called on the UN Security Council to take immediate steps to force Laurent Gbagbo to cede power in Ivory Coast.
    (SFC, 3/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 24, Hundreds of Jordanians set up a protest camp in a main square in the capital to press demands for the ouster of the prime minister and wider public freedoms. About 35 people were hurt in one of the most violent incidents in three months of demonstrations.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 24, Mexico’s largest new media outlets agreed to a set of self-policed, drug war reporting guidelines. A clash between soldiers and armed men left 13 dead in the town of Rio Bravo, on Mexico's northeastern border with the United States.
    (SFC, 3/25/11, p.A4)(AFP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 24, In Myanmar a 6.8 earthquake struck the northeast, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. At least 75 people were killed and 111 injured.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(Reuters, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)(AFP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 24, In northwestern Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a police station, killing five and wounding more than two dozen people.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 24, Portugal's financial collapse appeared inevitable, as markets took the government's resignation as proof the debt-heavy country will lose its year-long battle to avoid a bailout and deliver another setback to Europe's efforts to boost confidence in the euro.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 24, In Syria thousands called for liberty in the southern city of Daraa, defying a deadly government crackdown as they took to the streets in funeral marches for protesters killed by police gunfire. The Syrian government pledged to consider lifting some of the Mideast's most repressive laws in an attempt to stop the weeklong uprising from spreading and threatening its nearly 50-year rule.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 24, Former Ukraine Pres. Leonid Kuchma said he has been charged in the 2000 slaying of investigative reporter Heorhiy Gongadze.
    (SFC, 3/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 24, The UN human rights council voted to appoint an investigator to monitor Iran amid a crackdown on dissent and surge in executions in the country.
    (AFP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 24, The Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled that Uruguay must remove obstacles to prosecuting human rights abuses during its “dirty war" in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 3/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 24, The leader of Yemen's largest tribe sided with opponents of the embattled president, calling for Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately and refrain from further violence against protesters. Fresh clashes in the southeast left three wounded.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(AFP, 3/24/11)

2011        Mar 25, The World Trade Organization ruled that some anti-dumping duties imposed by the United States on imports of Brazilian orange juice violated international trade rules.
    (AFP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a teacher merit-pay bill. The bill also ended tenure-like job protections.
    (SFC, 3/26/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 25, NY state information technology workers at the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal hit the jackpot. They won $319 million in the multistate Mega Millions game's fifth-largest prize in its history. Each of the 7 winners will collect a check for $19.1 million, after taxes.
    (AP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 25, The Oregon Province of Jesuit priests agreed to pay $166.1 million to over 450 Native Americans who were abused at the order’s schools around the Pacific Northwest.
    (SFC, 3/26/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 25, Africa's highest court on human rights ordered Libya to immediately cease any action that would result in the loss of life. The order also compelled Libya to report to the Tanzania-based court within two weeks. The ruling was not made public until March 30.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 25, A global network of conservationists said Africa's rhinos face their worst poaching crisis in decades with organized crime syndicates killing more than 800 in the past three years alone.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, Thousands of Bahrainis turned out for a sermon of a major Shi'ite cleric ahead of "Day of Rage" protests planned across the Gulf Arab country despite a ban imposed under martial law. Security forces fired tear gas and pellets at anti-government protesters after a prominent Shiite cleric vowed that their demands for the Sunni monarchy to loosen its grip on power will not be silenced by "brutal force." Activists said one person died.
    (Reuters, 3/25/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, In Belarus police attacked hundreds of opposition activists who tried to hold an anti-government rally. March 25 has long been a traditional day of opposition rallies marking the anniversary of Belarus' short-lived declaration of independence from Russia in 1918.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, Canadian opposition parties toppled PM Harper on the grounds that his government was tainted by sleaze, had managed the economy poorly and was in contempt of Parliament. Canada's 40th Parliament ended with cheers from opposition legislators as politicians voted along party lines to drive the Conservatives out of office.
    (Reuters, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said that Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard has been designated to lead the NATO alliance's military campaign in Libya. Bouchard will be in charge of both the air campaign and the naval task force implementing the arms embargo.
    (AP, 3/25/11)(AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, In China Ying Jianguo, general manager of Taizhou Suqi Storage Battery Co. Ltd., was taken into custody in the city of Taizhou in Zhejiang province. The official Xinhua News Agency reported 139 cases of lead poisoning near the plant. More testing soon found at least 168 villagers, including 53 children, had high lead levels.
    (AP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 25, Croatia arrested Bojan Milkovic, head of the INA, the country’s national oil company, on corruption charges.
    (Econ, 4/23/11, p.56)(http://tinyurl.com/3tnzyqm)
2011        Mar 25, El Salvador police arrested Carlos Ernesto Teos Parada, a man accused of running a human smuggling ring that transported some of the victims in the massacre of 72 migrants in northern Mexico last August.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, European leaders agreed a new package of anti-crisis measures at a two-day summit, but were forced to delay increasing their rescue fund and acknowledged they faced new threats from a government collapse in Portugal.
    (Reuters, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, European Union leaders called for worldwide stress testing of nuclear plants and committed to putting their 143 reactors through the toughest security checks possible.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, A Honduras supreme court judge dismissed three arrest warrants for former President Manuel Zelaya, allowing him to return without detention to the country where he was deposed in a June 2009 coup. A day later Zelaya said he won't return to Honduras for fear of being killed.
    (AP, 3/25/11)(AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, In India Pradeep Kumar, a government aviation official, and 3 other people were arrested in a widening investigation of corruption in awarding flying licenses to airline pilots.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, In Iran two members of the security forces were killed in two armed attacks in Sanandaj, capital of Iran's Kurdistan province bordering Iraq. Two of the rebels who were involved in the attacks were reported killed on April 4.
    (AFP, 4/4/11)
 2011        Mar 25, Israel deployed its newly developed "Iron Dome" rocket defense system for the first time to defend its southern communities from attacks by Gaza militants after a bloody week of Palestinian strikes and Israeli reprisals.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, In Ivory Coast about 1,000 people frantically crowded around buses rented by Mali to evacuate its citizens, as the UN said up to 1 million have fled their homes amid fears of civil war.
    (AP, 3/25/11) 
2011        Mar 25, Japanese officials said a suspected breach in Unit 3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, as PM Naoto Kan called the country's ongoing fight to stabilize the plant "very grave and serious." The official death toll jumped past 10,000. With the cleanup and recovery operations continuing and more than 17,400 listed as missing, the final number of dead was expected to surpass 18,000.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, In Jordan pro-government supporters attacked a gathering of protesters in central Amman demanding the dissolution of parliament and the firing of the country's prime minister, pelting them with stones and injuring six people.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, In eastern Libya rebel gunners fought artillery duels with Muammar Gaddafi's forces. Western warplanes struck at heavy armor used by the government to crush the revolt. NATO said its no fly zone operation could last three months, and France cautioned the conflict would not end soon.
    (Reuters, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, A boat left Tripoli carrying 72 people. It drifted for more than two weeks after it ran out of fuel, water and food. Only 9 people survived. The survivors were arrested by pro-Gadhafi forces after their boat came ashore in Libya, but managed to flee again.
    (AFP, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/13/11)
2011        Mar 25, In northwestern Pakistan gunmen attacked a minibus carrying mostly Shiite Muslims and killed eight people in an area that has seen a recent peace deal between rival Sunni and Shiite tribes.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, A Palestinian was shot and wounded by Israeli police after he injured a soldier in the West Bank.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, The Philippine Catholic church led tens of thousands of Filipinos in one of the biggest rallies against a proposed family planning law, saying it will promote artificial contraception and lead to more abortions.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, Qatar flew its first sortie after joining the forces of 10 other nations enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, A Saudi news agency says several hundred Shiite Muslims have held protests in eastern Saudi Arabia to demand the release of detainees and show support for fellow Shiites protesting against the Sunni monarchy in nearby Bahrain.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, In Syria demonstrations took place in Daraa and throughout the country in what organizers called a "Day of Dignity." Thousands took to the streets demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, weeklong crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country's autocratic regime. Presidential adviser Buthaina Shaaban said 34 people have been killed in the weeklong crackdown. 4 people were reported killed when armed forces fired on protesters in Latakia. Troops and soldiers opened fire in at least six places, killing some 15 protesters.
    (AP, 3/25/11)(AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 25, In Thailand a court ordered leaders of the self-styled People' Alliance for Democracy to pay millions of dollars to airport operators in compensation for occupying Bangkok's airports for a week in 2008.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh told tens of thousands of supporters that he's ready to step down but only if he can leave the country in "safe hands," while anti-government protesters massed for a rival rally.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, A Zimbabwean court ordered Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, a top political ally of PM Tsvangirai, to be held in jail after his second arrest this month. The arrests have been criticized by the prime minister's party as being politically motivated.
    (AP, 3/25/11)

2011        Mar 26, In a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative landmarks in thousands of cities, from Sydney Harbor Bridge to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, turned off the power for Earth Hour, the fifth such event promoting a sustainable future for the planet. The first lights dimmed across Fiji and New Zealand at 8.30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT), to lights being turned on again in Samoa 24 hours later.
    (Reuters, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 26, In Maine a whoopee pie maker created a massive 1,067 pound whoopee pie. State Reps. Paul Davis and Emily Cain, sponsors of a bill to make the whoopee pie Maine’s official “treat," were on hand.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A10)
2011        Mar 26, Harry Wesley Coover Jr. (b.1917), the inventor of Super Glue, died at his home in Kingsport, Tenn. Dr. Coover first happened upon the super-sticky adhesive, more formally known as cyanoacrylates, by accident when he was experimenting with acrylates for use in clear plastic gun-sights during World War II. An experimental accident in 1951 brought it back to his attention. In 1958 the first incarnation of Super Glue, called Eastman 910, hit the market. Kodak was not able to capitalize commercially on Dr. Coover’s discovery and sold the business to National Starch in 1980.
    (www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/business/28coover.html?_r=1)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 26, Geraldine Ferraro (b.1935), former Queens congresswoman and the first woman to run for vice-president (Mondale-Ferraro 1984) on a major US party ticket, died in Boston.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A12)
2011        Mar 26, Afghan President Hamid Karzai left on a visit to Tehran, where he will meet his Iranian counterpart following a row over fuel imports and attend a ceremony to mark the Persian new year. 3 militants and 4 civilians died when two cars they were traveling in were hit by NATO fire in Helmand province. 3 lower ranking Taliban fighters were killed in one vehicle and 4 civilians were killed in a second vehicle. Taliban militants kidnapped some 40 policemen after being tipped off that they would be traveling in Kunar province.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)(AP, 3/27/11)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A2)(AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 26, Algerian police again stifled an attempt by pro-reform activists to rally against the government in what has become a weekly ritual. It was the eighth attempt since January by the CNDC to stage a weekly demonstration, along the lines of pro-democracy protests sweeping the Arab world, in defiance of a ban on rallies in the capital imposed in 2001.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, Voters in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, delivered a crushing defeat to PM Julia Gillard's Labor party, handing power to the conservative opposition in a landslide.
    (Reuters, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, Some 250,000 Britons marched through London in a demonstration against the government's austerity measures, amid a heavy police presence that failed to stop outbreaks of violence. More than 200 people were arrested. Rioters went on the rampage after the rally, attacking police and smashing up shops in a night of violence.
    (AP, 3/26/11)(AFP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 26, It was reported that the Oxford English Dictionary has approved900 new words including a number of Internet-inspired expressions including LOL (laughing out loud), OMG (Oh, my God) and BFF (best friends forever).
    (SFC, 3/26/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 26, In Germany some 200,000 people turned out in the largest cities to protest against the use of nuclear power in the wake of Japan's Fukushima reactor disaster.
    (AP, 3/26/11) 
2011        Mar 26, Gaza militants fired over 50 mortar shells into southern Israel. One rocket damaged a house.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 26, Japanese officials said radiation levels have surged in seawater near the tsunami-stricken nuclear power station in Fukushima, as engineers battled to stabilize the plant in hazardous conditions.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, Jordan's Islamist opposition, leftists and trade unions demanded the ouster of PM Maaruf Bakhit, who they blame for violence that has killed one person and injured 130. The resilient opposition protest movement demanded political reforms and new elections. Some 7 thousand supporters of King Abdullah II took to the streets of Amman to express their loyalty.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)(AP, 3/26/11)(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 26, Libyan rebels regained control of the eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya after international airstrikes crippled Moammar Gadhafi's forces, in the first major turnaround for an uprising that a week ago appeared on the verge of defeat. In the western city of Zwara the opposition lost to Gadhafi. A resident said security agents had lists of rebel sympathizers and were dragging them from their homes in Zwara and Zawiya.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, In Libya Iman Al-Obeidi said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint, and sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody. She shouted to tell her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, after storming into the hotel's breakfast room to show her wounds to foreign media. Minders overpowered the woman and took her away. Days later Iman Al-Obeidi was sued for slander for naming her alleged attackers.
    (AP, 3/26/11)(Reuters, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 26, A Madagascar government official said Pres. Andry Rajoelina has announced a new transitional government as part of a roadmap to resolve the island's political crisis.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, In Mexico 4 Ciudad Juarez men were last seen, when they were picked up by patrol vehicles with decals matching those used by the security detail of new police chief, Julian Leyzaola.
    (AP, 4/4/11)
2011        Mar 26, Myanmar reportedly earned more than $2.8 billion from the sale of jade, gems and pearls at its annual gems auction, held this month in the capital, Naypyitaw.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, In Nigeria police and local media said John James Akpanudoedehe, an opposition politician for governor in Akwa Ibom state, has been charged with treason after clashes killed four and left a campaign office for the president burnt in the main oil region.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, Philippine Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who fled double murder charges more than a year ago, returned to the country after a court voided the arrest warrant against him. He had been charged with the killings of high-profile publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver in 2000, but has denied involvement.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, Portugal's Socialist Party, in a 2-day election, overwhelmingly re-elected outgoing PM Jose Socrates as its leader, after he quit last week when parliament rejected his austerity plan.
    (AFP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 26, In Switzerland 1 person was missing after an avalanche swept away 11 French skiers near the southern border with Italy. 4 people were killed.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, Syrian government forces and protesters clashed in the coastal city of Latakia, where demonstrators set fire to the offices of President Bashar Assad's ruling Baath party.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, University protesters in Venezuela ended a month-long hunger strike, saying President Hugo Chavez's government has met their demands.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, The ruling party of Yemen's embattled President Saleh said he should serve out his term until 2013, after he offered to hand over power but only to "safe hands." In the south the army killed six suspected Al-Qaeda members.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)

2011        Mar 27, DJ Megatron (32), an urban radio and TV personality, was shot and killed in NYC. The occasional BET TV host was killed while going to a store.
    (SFC, 3/28/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 27, Farley Granger (b.1925), screen and theater actor, died. His films included “Strangers on a Train" (1951), a Hitchcock film based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. His 2007 memoir was titled “Include Me Out."
    (SFC, 3/30/11, p.C4)
2011        Mar 27, In southern Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in a roadside bombing. A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a truck loaded with explosives, killing at least 24 people and wounding 56 others in Paktika province.
    (AP, 3/27/11)(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 27, Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq accepted Kuwait as a mediator with Bahrain's government to end a political crisis gripping the tiny kingdom.
    (Reuters, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, In Brazil renowned Belgium-born theologian Jose Comblin (88) died of natural causes. Comblin was a leading exponent of liberation theology, which advocates activism on behalf of the poor. The movement swept Latin America in the 1960s following the Second Vatican Council.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 27, The Central African Republic voted in the second round of parliamentary elections expected to hand President Francois Bozize's party a large majority because of an opposition boycott. The party of CAR's president won an overall majority in the run-off legislative elections, garnering 61 of the 105 seats in parliament, according to provisional results showed on April 7.
    (AFP, 3/27/11)(AFP, 4/7/11)
2011        Mar 27, Yang Hengjun (46), a Sydney-based spy novelist, phoned an assistant from Guangzhou airport in southeastern China to say three men were following him. Yang was later able to briefly phone a sister in Guangzhou to say "he's having a long chat with his old friends." This was a prearranged signal that Yang had been taken by the secret police. Yang was an official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry before moving to Australia. His novel, "Fatal Weakness," deals with espionage between China and the United States and has been published on the Internet in China.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 27, India's navy and coast guard captured 16 Somali pirates after a three-hour-long battle in the Arabian Sea. The pirates were trying to seize a merchant ship, MV Maersk Kensington, using a hijacked trawler. 16 crew members who had been taken hostage by the pirates were rescued from the hijacked Iranian trawler off India's western Lakshadweep islands.
    (AP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 27, Israel deployed a cutting-edge rocket defense system on the outskirts of Beersheba. “Iron Dome" is expected to be fully operational in a matter of months. Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket squad in the Gaza Strip, killing two militants as the military activated a new defense system to shoot down incoming rockets.
    (AP, 3/27/11)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 27, Ivory Coast's embattled strongman Laurent Gbagbo accepted the African Union's choice to mediate a bloody post-election crisis. But former Cape Verde's foreign minister Jose Brito was rejected by presidential rival Alassane Ouattara.
    (AFP, 3/27/11) 
2011        Mar 27, In Japan emergency workers struggling to pump contaminated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity, a spike that officials later apologetically said was inaccurate. Police said the death toll from earthquake and tsunami stood at 10,668, with more than 16,574 people missing. Hundreds of thousands of people remained homeless.
    (AP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, Libyan rebels pushed further west to retake more territory abandoned by Muammar Gaddafi's retreating forces, which have been weakened by Western air strikes. Their gains put the rebels back in control of all the main oil terminals in the eastern half of Libya: Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Brega, Zueitina and Tobruk. Misrata remained under siege by Gaddafi forces.
    (Reuters, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, South Africa's newly appointed government spokesman Jimmy Manyi said the government is launching a newspaper to rectify media censorship of government information. Its bimonthly magazine will launch next month as a 20-page, free, monthly newspaper called Vuk'uzenzele, which means "Wake up and do it for yourself" in Zulu.
    (AP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, The Red Cross said South Korea has repatriated 27 of 31 North Koreans whose status was uncertain for more than a month because 4 others on their drifting fishing boat defected.
    (AP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, The Somali government voted to extend its term for another year, despite int’l. calls for it to leave office when its mandate expires in August.
    (SFC, 3/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 27, South Sudan rebels were reported to have united in a new armed movement, the Southern Sudan Democratic Movement, against the young southern government. It brought together 5 different armed militias spanning 4 of South Sudan’s 10 states.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 27, Syria's government said that unknown gunmen firing from rooftops and prowling the streets of Latakia are to blame for two days of violence that killed 12 people. A human rights activist said authorities have released 17 political detainees in another apparent attempt to appease the protesters.
    (AP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, United Nations police returned full control of East Timor to the national force, more than four years after bloody clashes threatened to push the country into civil war.
    (AFP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, Venezuela’s President Chavez urged citizens to cut their calories to avoid obesity, the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed socialist crusader. Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast implants and violent television programs.
    (AP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, In Yemen Islamic militants seized control of a weapons factory, a strategic mountain and a nearby town in the southern province of Abyan, as a political stalemate in the capital causes security to unravel around the country.
    (AP, 3/27/11)
2011        Mar 27, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed his party would not back down from its controversial drive to force foreign-owned companies to sell majority shareholdings to local blacks. Police barred PM Morgan Tsvangirai's party from holding a rally, saying it coincided with the funeral of a close ally of President Mugabe.
    (Reuters, 3/27/11)(AFP, 3/27/11)

2011        Mar 28, President Barack Obama explained to a hesitant America why he launched the military assault in Libya.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 28, Federal agricultural workers in Louisiana were reported using blow torches to burning every prickly pear cactus they came across in hope of killing off a cactus-eating pest that's been on a tear across the Gulf Coast and is moving West. Cactoblastis cactorum, a tan-colored moth from Argentina, has been moving steadily across the Gulf Coast for the past decade. Federal workers hoped to stop it before it gets to Texas and the population explodes with an abundant food supply.
    (AP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Indiana House Democrats, who fled the state 5 weeks ago to protest a Republican assault on labor unions and public education, resumed work after winning concessions on several issues.
    (SFC, 3/29/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 28, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that will lead the state to pay fewer weeks of unemployment benefits next year than any other state.
    (SFC, 3/29/11, p.A6)
2011        Mar 28, In Afghanistan former transport minister Inayatullah Qasimi was arrested on charges of corruption. He was released 3 days later, but faced trial for misuse of public funds and abuse of authority. Qasimi was accused of corruption and abuse of power while in office between 2004 and 2005.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 28, In Albania Alfred Shkurti (45) was convicted of ordering six murders and personally committing a seventh as head of a gang active in Albania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania, which trafficked drugs to western Europe. Shkurti was arrested in Turkey and extradited to Albania in 2009 on an international warrant.
    (AP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Australia launched its first national health TV advertising campaign aimed at Aboriginal people, hoping to halve the 50 percent of indigenous people who smoke by 2018.
    (AFP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Australia's annual cane toad cull was declared a success by organizers who said that more than 14,000 of the noxious pests had perished as a result. The number of cane toads across Australia is estimated to have ballooned to more than 200 million since being introduced from Brazil in the 1930s to control scarab beetles infesting the country's sugar cane.
    (AFP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Bahrain's foreign minister said it was "completely untrue" that Kuwait would mediate to resolve the country's political crisis, a reaction leading opposition group Wefaq said augured badly for any resolution.
    (Reuters, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba to discuss economic policies and ways to improve Washington-Havana relations.
    (AP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), a group of 24 senior officers, said on its website that ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family are under house arrest, denying that the former leader had fled to Saudi Arabia. Members of an ultraconservative Muslim sect clashed with villagers south of Cairo over demands that a liquor store and coffee shops be closed a sign of the increasing assertiveness of the fundamentalist Salafi movement.
    (AFP, 3/28/11)(AP, 3/29/11)(Econ, 10/8/11, p.59)
2011        Mar 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to press ahead with a review of nuclear power's future after her coalition suffered a "very painful" defeat in a weekend state election dominated by Japan's nuclear crisis. The anti-nuclear Greens doubled their voter share to 24.2% in Baden-Wuerttenberg state.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A3)
2011        Mar 28, Honduran police using tear gas and water cannons dispersed a group of protesters who blocked a main avenue in the capital to demand the return of ousted former President Manuel Zelaya from exile.
    (AP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, In Ivory Coast forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized president, seized the city of Duekoue.
    (SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 28, In Japan power company officials said plutonium has been detected in 5 locations in the soil outside of the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex. A TEPCO official said the amounts were very small and were not a risk to public health. TEPCO said highly radioactive water has leaked from the reactor. Environmental group Greenpeace said it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(Reuters, 3/28/11) 
2011        Mar 28, Libyan rebel forces fought their way to the doorstep of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold guarding the road to the capital Tripoli. British jets bombed ammunition bunkers in southern Libya after weekend strikes took out a score of tanks and armored vehicles near the towns of Ajdabiya and Misrata. Libya's Foreign Ministry declared a ceasefire in Misrata.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(AFP, 3/28/11)(Reuters, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Mexican police found the bodies of six men and one woman inside a car abandoned in an exclusive gated community near Cuernavaca, Morelos state. The dead included Juan Francisco Sicilia, son of poet Javier Sicilia. Army soldiers killed four alleged gunmen in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. A shootout between rival gangs in Monterrey killed two men, including a hot dog vendor caught in the cross fire. In western Michoacan state, the bodies of two men were found in Apatzingan with messages from a new drug gang: "The Knights Templar will not permit assassins to kill innocent people."
    (AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 4/15/11)
2011        Mar 28, In Pakistan Islamist militants ambushed a troop convoy near Peshawar killing 11 soldiers.
    (SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 28, An association of Israelis of Polish descent slammed Warsaw's decision to suspend plans to offer compensation for property seized during the Nazi and communist eras. Citing economic conditions Polish PM Donald Tusk last week suspended work on a law that would have given some compensation to former owners of lost property.
    (AP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, Portugal's financial tailspin gathered speed despite political efforts to contain the acute debt crisis that is also unnerving the 17-nation eurozone.
    (AP, 3/28/11)
2011        Mar 28, In Russia at least 17 rebels and three law enforcement officers were killed in Ingushetia. Authorities also detained two brothers in the security raid on charges of helping stage the January 24 Domodedovo airport bombing.
    (Reuters, 3/28/11)(AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 28, Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition on hundreds of protesters in Daraa as President Bashar Assad faced down the most serious unrest of his 11 years in power with a bloody, weeklong crackdown.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A3)
2011        Mar 28, In southern Yemen a powerful blast at a factory making explosives and weapons killed as many as 150 people after the facility was briefly taken over by Islamic militants and then looted by residents of the area.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A3)(Econ, 4/2/11, p.22)

2011        Mar 29, The Obama administration slapped sanctions on a state-owned energy company in Belarus over a $500 million investment with an Iranian firm accused of contributing to Iran's suspect nuclear program.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, Wisconsin Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that there should be no further implementation of a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers.
    (SFC, 3/30/11, p.A5)
2011        Mar 29, In northeast Afghanistan about 300 Taliban fighters overran the tiny capital of a remote mountainous district, forcing police to retreat from their small outpost in the Waygal district of Nuristan province. The Taliban said 12 police officers and their weaponry were captured. Police chief Shamsul Rahman denied that any of his men were captured. 6 NATO troops were killed in three separate incidents during an operation in Kunar province.
    (AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, In Australia Sydney's Daily Telegraph said American intelligence officials tipped off the government that several thousand emails may have been accessed from the computers of at least 10 ministers including PM Julia Gillard's parliamentary computer. Chinese intelligence agencies were among the list of foreign hackers that were under suspicion.
    (AFP, 3/29/11) 
2011        Mar 29, Bahrain's 40-member parliament formally accepted the resignations of 11 of 18 Al Wefaq lawmakers from the Shiite opposition, exposing them to prosecution.
    (AP, 3/29/11)(AFP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has signed a law that guarantees grandparents the right to visit their grandchildren when the parents are divorced. The presidential approval was published today in the official gazette.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, Jose Alencar (b.1931), former Brazilian Vice President (2002-2010) died after a long battle with abdominal cancer.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, In Cuba former US President Jimmy Carter and President Raul Castro discussed US-Cuba relations in a meeting in which Castro repeated an offer to hold talks with the United States on any issue.
    (Reuters, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 28, In Dubai Alain Robert, a French skyscraper climber, scaled the Burj Khalifa in just over 6 hours.
    (SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 29, Finland’s Nokia said it is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in "virtually all" of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a "terror hotline" to warn each other of possible militant attacks, a move to build trust as the two nuclear foes get their peace process back on track. India and Pakistan said they have agreed to host Indian investigators looking into the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
    (AFP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, In northern Iraq gunmen wearing military uniforms and suicide bomb belts stormed a government headquarters in Tikrit in an attempt to take hostages. At least 57 people were killed and 98 wounded. Among the dead was journalist Sabah al-Bazi, a correspondent for Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel and a freelancer for CNN.
    (AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu filed $300,000 libel suits against an Israeli TV station and a newspaper over reports he allegedly took expensive flights, hotels and restaurant meals from wealthy associates.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, In Ivory Coast more than 800 civilians were reportedly killed over the last 3 days in Douekoue, a western town where hundreds of UN peacekeepers were based. Other observers later questioned the number, but at least 200 people were killed. Some of those slaughtered apparently were killed by "mercenaries" from nearby Liberia. Liberian mercenaries have been reported to be fighting for both Gbagbo and Ouattara.
    (AP, 4/2/11)(Econ, 4/9/11, p.53)
2011        Mar 29, A Kuwaiti court condemned to death 3 members of a suspected spy ring. The two Iranians and a Kuwaiti national were all serving in Kuwait's army when they arrested in May 2010. Three Iranian diplomats involved in the spy cell could not b prosecuted because of their diplomatic immunity.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 29, Libyan government tanks and rockets blunted a rebel assault on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte and drove back the ragtag army of irregulars, even as world leaders prepared to debate the country's future in London. Rebels in Misrata said they were under renewed attack by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, and appealed to governments meeting in London to help them.  Forces loyal to Gaddafi killed 18 civilians in Misrata.
    (AP, 3/29/11)(Reuters, 3/29/11)(Reuters, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, In northern Mexico Gunmen killed the wife and 5-year-old daughter of a state governor's bodyguard in Chihuahua city. In Nuevo Leon state Garica Mayor Jaime Rodriguez said he survived an assassination attempt. Four men were gunned own inside a home in San Marcos, a town in southwestern Guerrero state.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, Oman said it has detained several anti-government activists who took part in protests that started last month in the northern industrial city of Sohar.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda handed a life sentence to Jean-Baptiste Gatete, a former women's ministry official. The tribunal concluded he had retained influence in that region and was responsible for the massacres of at least hundreds of Tutsis in three places in the east: Rwankuba, Kiziguro parish and Mukarange parish.
    (AFP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, South African counterterrorism police arrested Andre Visagie, a white supremacist, and seized weapons including five homemade rifles, a pistol, and more than 690 rounds of ammunition.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, Syria's Cabinet resigned to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago, threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian nations in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Syria's regime poured into the streets as the government tried to show it has mass support. Human Rights Watch said more than 60 people have died since March 18 as security forces cracked down on protesters.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, Thailand police raided secret ivory carving workshops in central in Nakorn Sawan province, seizing an allegedly illegal haul of elephant and walrus tusks.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 29, The UN refugee agency says over 2,000 people have arrived in Italy from Libya by boat since March 26 and more are believed to be en route.
    (AP, 3/29/11)

2011        Mar 30, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal to cut US oil imports by a third over 10 years, focusing on a source of anxiety for Americans as high gasoline prices threaten economic recovery.
    (Reuters, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, US officials revealed that the CIA has sent small teams of operatives into rebel-held eastern Libya while the White House debates whether to arm the opposition. The British government said Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa had arrived in Britain from Tunisia and resigned.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 30, In Chicago final demolition began for the Cabrini Green public high-rises. The complex, dating back to the 1940s, at its peak housed 13,000 people in 23 high-rises.
    (SFC, 3/31/11, p.A8)
2011        Mar 30, The Ohio Legislature pass a bill severely limiting union rights for 350,000 public workers. Gov. John Kasich was expected to sign it this week.
    (SFC, 3/31/11, p.A8)
2011        Mar 30, It was reported that GE has calculated a corporate tax bill for 2010 that adds up to zero, in spite of robust profits of $14.2 billion worldwide, via a creative series of tax referrals and revenue shifts. This was, indeed, the second year running that the company—which has an enormous, and famously nimble, 975-employee tax division, led by former Treasury official John Samuels—paid nothing in US taxes.
    (http://tinyurl.com/69odvgp)
2011        Mar 30, A new study in the journal Conservation Letters by an American and Canadian research team suggested that the discovery of more than 100 dead dolphins on Gulf of Mexico shores likely reflects only a small fraction of the total killed by the BP oil spill last year.
    (AFP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, Ministers from around the Asia-Pacific region signed a non-binding framework agreement to tackle smuggling networks and humanely process the large numbers of migrants moving through the region.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 30, Britain said it has expelled five Libyan diplomats loyal to Moammar Gadhafi's regime because of their intimidation of opposition supporters and their potential threat to the UK's national security.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, China executed 3 Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking. Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain were arrested separately in 2008 carrying packages of at least 4 kilograms of heroin.
    (SFC, 3/31/11, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/4oluzcf)
2011        Mar 30, China ordained a new Catholic bishop approved by the Vatican for the first time since ties between the sides soured last year. Paul Liang Jiansen was made bishop of the southern city of Jiangmen.
    (AP, 4/11/11)
2011        Mar 30, Cuban state media said the government has authorized state banks to offer credit to farmers and small-business owners.
    (SFC, 3/31/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 30, Former President Jimmy Carter left Cuba without gaining the release of Alan Gross, a US government contractor jailed the past 16 months.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 30, Egypt's military rulers issued an interim constitution under which the transitional administration will run the country until elections allow power to be returned to an elected government.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, Ethiopia's government said it plans to build a hydroelectric power dam along the Blue Nile River despite objections from Egypt and Sudan.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, In Guatemala Juan Ortiz Lopez, a reputed top drug trafficker, was captured in a joint operation involving the government and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. A US federal indictment was unsealed in Florida charging Ortiz with two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 30, In Guatemala three men were publicly lynched by a mob after being accused of stealing a truckload of coffee in the town of La Democracia. Police said some 3,000 people were involved in the lynching.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 30, Hong Kong said it had passed laws to comply with UN sanctions against Iran, two months after 20 shipping firms in the city were accused of having links to Tehran's weapons buildup.
    (AFP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, An Israeli aircraft attacked a pair of Palestinian militants riding on a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip, killing one and wounding the other.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, Italy’s Premier Silvio Berlusconi promised to evacuate the thousands of North African migrants who have overwhelmed the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, earning cheers from residents exasperated by the arrivals.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, In Ivory Coast a spokesman for incumbent Laurent Gbagbo called for a cease-fire as rebel forces backing Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of the disputed election, advanced toward the capital from two different directions. Choi Young-jin, the top United Nations envoy in Ivory Coast, told French radio that as many as 50,000 soldiers, police and members of the security force have abandoned Gbagbo in recent days.
    (AP, 3/30/11)(AP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 30, Japan weighed a series of creative solutions to its unfolding nuclear disaster, from draping reactors with special fabric to sending in military robots to do the risky work. TEPCO said 4 of the 6 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plants were damaged beyond repair. UN nuclear agency officials said that readings outside the exclusion zone of the Japan nuclear disaster showed radiation exceeding recommended evacuation levels by the agency.
    (AP, 3/30/11)(SFC, 3/31/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 30, Kosovo's Constitutional Court said that the newly elected multimillionaire businessman Behgjet Pacolli must step down from his post as president because his election violated the country's constitution. Pacolli said he would abide by the court's decision.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, Libya's government warned that it would sue any international company that concluded energy deals with rebels who control some of the country's oil infrastructure. Rebels retreated from the oil port of Ras Lanouf along the coastal road leading to the capital Tripoli after they came under heavy shelling from ground forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi. Coalition aircraft sank 5 government ships blocking the supply of humanitarian aid to Misrata.
    (Reuters, 3/30/11)(AP, 3/30/11)(Econ, 4/2/11, p.42)
2011        Mar 30, Malaysia's main Christian grouping rejected a government attempt to settle a protracted row over seized shipments of Malay-language Bibles, calling instead for the right to freely practice its religion.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, A prominent Mexican businessman accused of luring poor girls to his home was sentenced to 13 years on child pornography charges in a case that tarnished the reputations of a state governor and another businessman. Jean Succar Kuri, a legal US resident, was extradited to Mexico in 2006. Targeted by an investigation in Mexico in 2003, Succar fled to the United States but was arrested during a traffic stop in Arizona in February 2004 and extradited two years later. On Aug 31 a judge extended Kuri’s prison term to 60 years.
    (AP, 3/31/11)(AP, 9/1/11)
2011        Mar 30, Myanmar made way for a nominally civilian government after almost half a century in power, as the junta was disbanded and a new president talked of a "changing era."
    (AFP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 10 people in the town of Swabi.
    (AFP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 30, Peru received a first shipment of the Incan artifacts taken from the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu a century ago. Yale University returned 366 pieces, after a lawsuit and personal lobbying of the US president. The pieces were among some 4,000 adventurer Hiram Bingham took beginning in 1911 from what has become Peru's leading tourist attraction.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 30, Russia’s Pres. Medvedev ordered government ministers to vacate their seats on the boards of state firms.
    (Econ, 4/9/11, p.57)
2011        Mar 30, Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed "conspirators" for a wave of dissent against his authoritarian rule, but he failed to lift the country's despised emergency law or offer any concessions in his first speech since the protests began nearly two weeks ago.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
2011        Mar 30, Thailand mobilized its only aircraft carrier to rescue thousands trapped on the storm-swept resort island of Koh Samui after severe flooding across the south killed 15.
    (AP, 3/30/11)(SFC, 3/31/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 30, Thailand confiscated two tons of African elephant tusks worth millions of dollars being smuggled through a Bangkok port. This was the country's largest ivory seizure.
    (AP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 30, In Yemen hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters packed the streets of several cities to demand the president's ouster and denounce a munitions factory blast that left at least 100 people dead.
    (AP, 3/30/11)

2011        Mar 31, It was reported that the World Trade Organization has ruled that some US government aid to aircraft maker Boeing Co. is illegal. The WTO's report detailed findings first issued in private to the EU and US in January.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, SF Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten and left in a coma following a game outside Dodger Stadium. LA police on May 22 arrested suspect Giovanni Ramirez (31). On June 20 Ramirez was given a 10-month prison sentence for alleged gun possession. On July 21 police arrested two new suspects in the case, Louis Alex Sanchez (29) and Marvin Eugene Norwood (30). Stow spent two years in hospitals and rehabilitation. On Feb 20, 2014, Louie Sanchez (31) and Marvin Norwood (33) pleaded guilty in LA to felony charges in the attack on Stow.
    (SFC, 5/23/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/11, p.C2)(SFC, 7/22/11, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/11, p.A8)(SFC, 2/21/14, p.A1)
2011        Mar 31, In Afghanistan NATO soldiers killed two civilians after opening fire on a car which the force said had tried to attack a patrol in Kandahar city. A local official said an ISAF soldier opened fire after a civilian car hit one of their vehicles in a traffic accident.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, In Argentina a court sentenced former Army Gen. Eduardo Cabanillas to life in prison and three ex-state agents to 20 or 25 years for crimes against humanity committed at Automotores Orletti, the notorious torture center of Operation Condor in 1976.
    (AP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 31, Britain’s former Labor Party MP Jim Devine was sentenced to 16 months in prison. He had been convicted of two charges of false accounting for filing bogus invoices for cleaning and printing work totaling more than 8,000 pounds ($13,000).
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, The British government said in a human rights report published about 1,000 people are believed to have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Britain refused to offer Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa immunity from prosecution after his apparent defection.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Britain's Prince Charles met with Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for talks centering on the environment and sustainable development.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, the new commander of international military operations in Libya, warned that anyone attacking civilians would be "ill-advised" to continue, and said he would look into a report by a Vatican envoy that air strikes had killed 40 innocent people.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, In China French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called for more flexible exchange rate regimes as G20 nations met on global monetary reform in Nanjing.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Guatemala police said some 400 people marched in support of Juan Alberto Ortiz Lopez, a reputed top drug trafficker captured by the government and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Participant Juan Pablo Mendez said the Ortiz did what the government doesn't, create jobs and support families.
    (AP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 31, In India provisional census figures said the population jumped to 1.21 billion in 2011 from 1.02 billion in 2001, making it more populous than Indonesia, the United States, Brazil, Pakistan and Bangladesh combined. The nation's cultural preference for male children continued to shape the population as child sex ratio in the country declined to 914 females to 1,000 males, the lowest figures since 1947.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Indonesia arrested 43 Afghans who were trying to reach Australia illegally.
    (AP, 3/31/11) 
2011        Mar 31, Iranian security forces arrested at least seven people at the funeral of the father of reformist opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, The Israeli military released a map detailing what it says are nearly 1,000 underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities and monitoring sites built by the militant Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Italy shipped more than 2,000 migrants to detention camps on its mainland, relieving pressure on Lampedusa, a tiny island off Sicily which has been overwhelmed by a relentless stream of boats full of illegal arrivals from North African shores.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Japan said that its crisis-hit nuclear plant must be scrapped, but currently had no plans to evacuate more people, despite calls for a larger exclusion zone around the crippled facility.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Kuwait's Cabinet resigned over regional turmoil. The resignation appeared to be an attempt by three Cabinet ministers, members of the ruling Al Sabah family, to avoid being questioned over why Kuwait did not contribute troops to the Saudi-led Gulf force that was sent to Bahrain. Kuwait announced it is to expel a number of Iranian diplomats for alleged spying.
    (AP, 3/31/11)(AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Libyan rebels fought for control of the eastern oil town of Brega. Opponents took heart in the defection of Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, one of the autocrat's closest confidants.
    (Reuters, 3/31/11)(AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon accepted the resignation of Arturo Chavez Chavez, an attorney general known mainly for his weak image in a country fighting a drug war, and nominated Marisela Morales, his top organized crime prosecutor as a successor, the first woman to hold the post if she is approved. In Ciudad Juarez 5 people were killed at a bar called La Barritas. Gunmen assaulted another bar called El Castillo. The death toll from the attack rose to 10 after two more people died the next day from their wounds.
    (AP, 4/1/11)(AP, 4/2/11)(AFP, 4/3/11)
2011        Mar 31, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a convoy carrying Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a prominent hardline Islamist leader, killing 13 people in Charsadda town. This was the second attack that targeted the politician in as many days.
    (AP, 3/31/11)(AFP, 4/1/11)
2011        Mar 31, South Korea's Constitutional Court upheld a military law banning homosexual behavior, saying the need to maintain discipline takes precedence over individual sexual freedom.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, In Switzerland a letter bomb exploded at an office of the Swiss nuclear power industry in the northern city of Olten, injuring two people.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Syria's Pres. Bashar Assad, facing a massive protest movement demanding reform, set up committees to look into the deaths of civilians during nearly two weeks of unrest and replacing decades-old emergency laws.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, Thailand's navy used helicopters and an aircraft carrier to rescue more than 800 tourists stranded by heavy rains on the country's picturesque southern islands.
    (AP, 3/31/11)
2011        Mar 31, A report by Human Rights Watch said Vietnam has increased repression of indigenous minority Christians in the Central Highlands. Hill tribe minorities, known as Montagnards, converted to Christianity in large numbers over the past half century.
    (SFC, 4/1/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar, It was reported that cognitive-bias modification (CBM), a new type of psychological talk therapy, appeared to be effective after only a few 15-minute sessions.
    (Econ, 3/5/11, p.85)(www.bmedreport.com/archives/24065)
2011        Mar, Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage, called for the removal an 11-panel mural, depicting the history of the state’s labor movement, from the headquarters of the State Dept. of Labor. In April a group of artists filed a lawsuit challenging his decision as a violation of the first amendment. LePage narrowly won a 3-way race last November.
    (Econ, 4/9/11, p.34)
2011        Mar, IBM began teaching a computer chip, called Synapse, to play Pong. The chip was designed to learn through experience and after a few weeks it was nearly unbeatable.
    (SFC, 11/7/11, p.D1)
2011        Mar, In Cameroon Roger Jean-Claude Mbede was arrested in connection with the text message and convicted the following month under a law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts. He received a three-year sentence. Mbede (34) died on Jan 10, 2014, after his family removed him from a hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia.
    (AP, 1/12/14)
2011        Mar, Inflation in Canada soared this month, stunning markets, and when combined with signs of frothy first-quarter growth raised the likelihood the central bank will soon resume interest rate hikes.
    (Reuters, 4/19/11)
2011        Mar, In Zimbabwe state television began showing Pres. Mugabe supporters pulling bones from a disused mine and hauling them off in plastic bags and old sacks near the northern town of Mount Darwin. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party claimed the remains are of victims of the 1970s liberation war against the white-minority Rhodesian regime led by Ian Smith, when an estimated 30,000 people died. Others said the victims may have been killed by ZANU-PF forces during one of the many waves of repression since independence in 1980.
    (AP, 4/7/11)

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