Timeline 2012 April - June

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2012        Apr 1, Comic actor Adam Sandler and his movie "Jack and Jill" swept the annual Razzies, winning a record-breaking 10 awards for the worst film and performances of 2011. This year the Golden Raspberry Foundation handed out its rewards on April Fool's Day in a change of tradition that for years saw the Razzies announced on the eve of the Oscars.
    (Reuters, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, Occupy SF activists took over an unoccupied building at 888 Turk Street, owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, following a peaceful rally and march earlier in the day.
    (SFC, 4/2/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 1, Jamaa Fanaka (b.1942), a black activist filmmaker, was found dead at his Los Angeles apartment. His films included “Penitentiary" (1979).
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.C4)
2012        Apr 1, In Denver Jimma Reat (26), an immigrant from Sudan, reluctantly followed a 911 dispatcher's order to return to the scene of a road rage crime, where he was fatally shot while waiting for police.
    (ABC News, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Florida thousands of protesters gathered in a downtown bayfront park in Miami demanding the arrest of the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. Today’s protest came a day after one of the largest demonstrations yet in Sanford, the central Florida town where Martin was killed.
    (Reuters, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Missouri a converted tractor trailer crashed near Williamsburg killing 5 Minnesota family members and injuring 13 survivors including driver Adam Kerber (17).
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A9)
2012        Apr 1, In Afghanistan Toor Jan, an officer in charge of several checkpoints in Uruzgan province's capital Tarin Kot, died along with one of his bodyguards when their vehicle passed through an area where explosives had been planted.
    (AP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that security services have uncovered a plot to assassinate exiled Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev in London. The paper said it has seen documents outlining the MI5 security agency's fears that Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of Russia's volatile Chechen republic, wanted former rebel commander Zakayev killed.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Ethiopia African Union mediators redoubled their efforts to kickstart crisis talks between Sudan and South Sudan after fresh fighting that Khartoum accuses Juba of backing.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Hong Kong some 15 thousand people noisily protested against the city's incoming leader, Leung Chun-ying, and decried Beijing's alleged interference in the election that propelled him to office.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, Fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi traveled to Qatar on what the gulf nation called an “official visit."
    (SFC, 4/2/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 1, In Kenya at least one person was killed and 18 were wounded in attacks on a restaurant in Mombasa city and a church gathering in the nearby town of Mtwapa.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Mali Tuaregs attacked Timbuktu in their fight to create a homeland for the Sahara's blue-turbaned nomads. Capt. Sanogo, who overthrew the democratically elected leader earlier this month and dissolved the nation's constitution, made a public U-turn, declaring amid enormous international pressure that he was reinstating the 1992 constitution and planning to hold elections.
    (AP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, Miguel de la Madrid (b.1934), former president of Mexico (1982-1988), died. He led the country during an economic crisis and a devastating earthquake (1985). He was the first in a string of presidents who pulled Mexico away from a state-dominated economy and toward free trade.
    (AP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, Myanmar held landmark elections. The by-election was called to fill just 45 vacant seats in Myanmar's 664-seat national Parliament. Supporters of the opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi erupted in euphoric cheers after her party said she won a parliamentary seat in a landmark election. Her National League for Democracy stormed to victory in 43 of the 44 constituencies where it fielded candidates.
    (AP, 4/1/12)(AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 1, In northern Nigeria a petrol tanker crashed then later exploded and caught fire, killing at least 12 people who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel from the damaged vehicle.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 1, Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, donated 500,000 dollars to victims of last month's munitions blasts in Brazzaville, Congo, which killed at least 282 people.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 1, Three Palestinian children were found dead in a fire in their room caused by a candle being used due to lack of electricity in Gaza.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, The top Palestinian envoy to the US awarded longtime American journalist Helen Thomas for taking a stand against the Israeli occupation. Her May 2010 comments against the Israeli occupation forced her into retirement and were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 1, Russian police detained about 55 protesters outside the gates to Red Square, which was unexpectedly closed to all visitors and tourists to prevent an anti-Kremlin demonstration.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Serbia a fire at the Contrast nightclub in Novi Sad left six people dead. The owner of a nightclub, Alojz G., was detained by police.
    (AP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, Syria blasted an international conference on the country's spreading crisis before it even started in Istanbul, calling it part of an international conspiracy to kill Syrians and weaken the country. Monitors said at least 16 people were killed, including eight soldiers who died during ambushes and gun battles in the east, northwest and near Damascus. Participants at the 60-nation “Friends of the Syrian People" meeting said Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are creating a multimillion-dollar fund to pay members of the rebel Free Syrian Army and soldiers who defect from the regime and join opposition ranks.
    (AP, 4/1/12)(AFP, 4/1/12)(SSFC, 4/1/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 1, Taiwan said it will double its quota of independent Chinese tourists to allow up to 1,000 visitors a day, effective April 28, less than a year after lifting a ban on solo travel from the mainland.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In southern Yemen Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a pre-dawn surprise attack on an army base, killing seven soldiers in Hadramout province. Yemen's army shelled Al-Qaeda hideouts in the southern city of Zinjibar, one of the jihadists' major strongholds, killing six militants. A Somali group leader named Abu Bilal" was said to be among those killed.
    (AP, 4/1/12)(AFP, 4/2/12)

2012        Apr 2, The United States announced a $10 million bounty on Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Islamist terror group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He lived openly in Pakistan. Washington also posted a $2 million reward for Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, described as LeT's second-in-command.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it has arrested 3,168 criminal aliens and fugitives in a six-day nationwide sweep in every state including Puerto Rico and The District of Colombia.
    (ABCNews, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $12-million grant to a project aimed at boosting yam production and doubling the income of west African farmers of the crop. The initial focus is on 200,000 smallholder farm families in Ghana and Nigeria.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, US federal agents raided the Oakland, Ca., business and apartment of Richard Lee, the wheelchair-bound founder of Oaksterdam Univ.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 2, In Oakland, California, gunman One Goh (43) opened fire at the Christian Oikos University, a small private school, which serves the Korean community with courses from theology to Asian medicine. 7 people were killed, and 3 more wounded. A manhunt ended hours later with his capture at a shopping center. On Jan 7, 2013, a judge ruled that Goh was incompetent to stand trial because of paranoid schizophrenia.
    (AP, 4/2/12)(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/13, p.A1)
2012        Apr 2, San Francisco police evicted nearly 80 Occupy activists from a building owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of SF.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.C1)
2012        Apr 2, In Louisville, Kentucky, Mary Montfort (54) pleaded guilty to embezzling over $360,000 from the Little sister of the Poor charity. She faced up to 3 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A7)
2012        Apr 2, Sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett (b.1915), a US expatriate renowned for her dignified portrayals of African-American and Mexican women, died in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was barred from her home country for political activism during the McCarthy era. In 1962 the US State Department banned her from returning to the United States for nearly a decade because of her political affiliations.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, America’s Federal Trade commission (FTC) voted 3-1 to let Express Scripts acquire Medco, America’s 2nd-biggest and biggest pharmacy managers.
    (Econ, 4/7/12, p.76)
2012        Apr 2, In Afghanistan a motorcycle bomb killed one police officer and wounded two others in Kandahar city. Twin bomb blasts in the city of New Baghlan wounded 23 people, including eight police officers near a market selling computer equipment. Insurgents attacked a checkpoint in the Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province. Four police officers were killed and two were wounded in the attack. The bodies of two civilians also were found at the checkpoint. Insurgents killed three police officers and abducted 11 in an attack on a checkpoint in Wardoj district of Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 4/2/12)(AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, Human Rights Watch urged Angolan authorities to end their violent crackdown on anti-government protests, which have mushroomed this year ahead of polls.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, China International Mining Group Corporation said it will invest $21.2 million (€15.8 million) to restart the Bindura Nickel Corporation's Trojan mine in Zimbabwe, which closed in 2008 during the country’s political turmoil.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, Colombia's main rebel group (FARC) freed what it says were its last 10 military and police captives, a goodwill gesture that President Juan Manuel Santos praised but called insufficient to merit a peace dialogue.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported that the Coptic Orthodox church has decided to boycott an Islamist-dominated panel charged with drafting the future constitution.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, Hungarian President Pal Schmitt (69) resigned because of a plagiarism scandal regarding a doctoral dissertation he had written 20 years ago.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, Iraq said that Qatar hosting fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi was "unacceptable" and called on Doha to hand him over, a demand he said was unconstitutional after talks with Qatar's emir.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, Iraq’s Kurdish region said it has halted oil exports over a payment quarrel with the central government, which reportedly has failed to send any money since May even as the region has been exporting 50,000 barrels per day.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 2, Ireland estimated that about 50% of its 1.6 million homeowners failed to pay a new, flat-rate $133 property tax by the march 31 deadline.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 2, The Israeli military ordered dozens of Jewish settlers to evacuate a three-story building they occupied last week in Hebron, the West Bank's most volatile city, saying they had entered it without receiving approval from defense authorities. Israel's Supreme Court threw out an appeal by a Palestinian family seeking to block construction of Jewish settler homes on a site owned by the family for generations
    (AP, 4/2/12)(AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, A Libyan police brigade moved to quell clashes that broke out between two rival towns, brokering a cease-fire and securing the release of hostages. The fighting erupted after fighters from Ragdalein said they took 34 brigade men hostage from the neighboring town of Zwara a day earlier.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, In Mali the junta was slapped with crippling sanctions from its neighbors demanding a return to constitutional rule. (ECOWAS) slapped Mali with a total embargo and cut off the putschists from the regional central bank, affecting their ability to pay public wages.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, In Nigeria gunmen shot dead a secret police officer at a barber's shop in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, In Pakistan dozens of Taliban militants coming from Afghanistan attacked border posts in Olai, part of the Mohmand tribal area, killing four paramilitary soldiers. Soldiers reportedly retaliated, killing 15 militants.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, A Pakistani court convicted Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his daughters of illegally entering and living in the country and sentenced them to 45 days in prison, with credit for time served.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, A Russian passenger plane, an ATR-72 turboprop operated by UTair, crashed into a snowy field in Siberia shortly after takeoff from Tyumen, killing 31 of the 43 people on board. The 12 survivors were hospitalized in serious condition.
    (AP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, Senegal's new President Macky Sall was sworn in as leader of the west African nation.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, The Swazi home affairs minister said King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, has ordered his impoverished subjects to give him cows for his birthday celebrations on April 19. Mswati was rated by Forbes magazine as among the world's 15 richest monarchs, with a personal fortune of more than $100 million. He has 13 wives, each with their own palace.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 2, Syria pressed its deadly bid to crush dissent, reportedly targeting rebels near Turkey as it brushed off an Istanbul meeting of the "Friends of Syria" as a failure. Violence across the country killed at least 18 people. Gunmen in Aleppo attacked the home of the head of military institutions late today and killed two guards.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)(AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, In Turkey Neslisah Osmanoglu (b.1921), an Ottoman princess who married an Egyptian prince (1940), died. She was twice forced into exile when both royal households were abolished.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 2, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had accepted an April 10 deadline to start implementing a peace plan, as more than 30 people died in new clashes.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)

2012        Apr 3, American regulators finalized a rule enabling them to expand the designation of “systematically important" institutions to non-banks.
    (Econ, 4/14/12, p.84)
2012        Apr 3, US federal prosecutors said WellCare Health Plans Inc. of Tampa, Florida, has agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle 4 lawsuits involving fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims in 9 states.
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 3, A US rocket carrying a top-secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office blasted off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, Mitt Romney swept Republican primaries in Maryland (47%), Wisconsin (42%) and Washington, DC (70%).
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 3, Police at California’s Santa Monica College pepper-sprayed as many as 30 demonstrators after students angry over a plan to offer high-priced courses tried to push their way into a trustees meeting.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, San Francisco’s treasurer ruled that Airbnb, an online home rental service, and other companies like it are responsible for paying the city’s hotel tax.
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.C1)
2012        Apr 3, About a dozen tornadoes rumbled across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, leveling homes and tossing big-rigs around like toy trucks.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, US Internet giant Google started building one of its three planned data centers in Asia to meet fast growing online demand from the region. A ceremony was held to begin work on the $300 million, 15 hectare (37 acre) site in Changhua county, western Taiwan.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Argentina Analia Bouter was informed that her baby was stillborn in a hospital in Resistencia. She fell to her knees in shock after finding her baby alive in a coffin in the morgue nearly 12 hours after the girl had been declared dead. The baby was born 3 months premature and suffered from sepsis and convulsions with signs of neurological damage.
    (AP, 4/11/12)(SFC, 4/13/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 3, James Murdoch, under pressure over his role in Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal, stepped down as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting PLC (BSkyB).
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Afghanistan two police officers were killed when their vehicle ran over a roadside bomb in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. Two NATO service members were reported killed in the east. One died in a roadside bombing, and the other died as a result of a non-battle related injury.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, Argentine human rights secretary Eduardo Luis Duhalde (72) died in Buenos Aires. He was a prominent voice in denouncing abuses during the country's military dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s. His writings included 24 books, and dealt with human rights issues as well as history.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, An Australian court found Google Inc. guilty of breaching trade law by posting misleading or deceptive advertisements in a ruling that holds search engines responsible for their advertisers' content.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, The European Commission prohibited Conviasa, Venezuela’s state airline, from flying into the EU due to safety concerns. Venezuela called the decision unfair.
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 3, In France preliminary charges were filed against 13 people who were picked up in a sweep last week, all members of a banned group, Forsane Alizza, or Knights of Pride. Those charged were reportedly calling for Muslim Sharia law to be implemented in France.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, Richard Descoings (53), director of one of France’s top colleges, was found dead in NYC where he was on an official visit. He pioneered efforts to open elitist schools to the underprivileged and bring in foreign students.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, International watchdog Transparency International said petty corruption in the public sector is still costing Greeks millions of euros (dollars) a year, even though the country's financial crisis has led to a reduction in the size of bribes.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Guatemala leading drug trafficker Horst Walther Overdick (44) was arrested and faced extradition to the United States. He helped Mexico's brutal Zetas drug cartel expand into Guatemala.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, Guyana said it is launching a national debate on whether to eliminate its death penalty and overhaul laws that discriminate against gays, lesbians and transgender people.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, Dozens of Jewish settlers ignored a deadline to evacuate an illegally occupied West Bank house in Hebron, as the government remained silent on whether they would be allowed to stay.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Japan a typhoon-strength storm brought travel chaos to the country, as violent winds and rain left least 4 people dead and tens of thousands stranded.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)(AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, In northern Mali radical Islamists tightened their grip, ordering women to wear veils in Timbuktu, as the nation's junta began to feel the bite of sanctions following its coup. Three of the four leaders of Al-Qaeda's north Africa branch, known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), were in Timbuktu. Tuareg rebels were seen near the central town of Mopti.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Nigeria a gas leak occurred during the drilling of a new well in Rivers state, forcing Total to shut down the Obite gas plant. A snubbing intervention started on May 9.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        Apr 3, In northern Pakistan at least 14 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in sectarian violence, prompting the government to deploy troops and impose a curfew in the towns of Gilgit and Chilas.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, The Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank agreed to supply Gaza with fuel purchased from Israel for so long as the Hamas-controlled Gaza electricity authority pays for it.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Puerto Rico Santeria leader Orlando Robles Ortiz was among dozens of suspects arrested for helping run an organization that allegedly smuggled drugs bound for the US and rigged Puerto Rico's lottery system to launder money.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced that the Syrian government said it has begun implementing a UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan that requires it to withdraw its forces from towns and cities within a week.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Russia a blaze at Moscow’s Kachalovsky market killed 17 migrant workers who were unable to escape from the metal shed where they were sleeping. All were citizens of former Soviet nations in Central Asia.
    (AP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, Senegal's new President Macky Sall named ex-banker Abdoul Mbaye (59) as his prime minister and vowed his team would serve the public good.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, In Sudan’s North Darfur region aerial bombardments and pro-government militia attacked areas around Sortony, forcing thousands of civilians to flee.
    (Econ, 4/14/12, p.57)
2012        Apr 3, Syrian opposition groups reported army raid and arrest campaigns across the country as well as clashes with local rebels. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two civilians were killed in clashes in the northern village of Taftanaz, where rebel destroyed one army vehicle and regime forces torched a number of homes. The International Committee of the Red Cross pressed Syria to give aid workers access to civilians endangered by shelling and armed clashes. Assaults and clashes killed across the country killed at least 80 people.
    (AP, 4/3/12)(AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, Thailand censors banned a Thai film based on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", saying the tale could sow "disunity" in the politically divided kingdom.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 3, Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe received the first part of a report by Togo's Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, charged with investigating political violence between 1958 and 2005. Gnassingbe begged for pardon from victims of political violence committed in the country between 1958 and 2005, part of which covered the period his father ruled (1967-2005).
    (AFP, 4/3/12)
2012        Apr 3, Yemen said its armed forces have killed 38 suspected members of Al-Qaeda in two days of air raids and shelling of their hideouts in Huroor in the country's south.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)

2012        Apr 4, Pres. Obama signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, aka Stock Act.
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.D2)
2012        Apr 4, The Obama administration lifted a travel ban on some Myanmar senior leaders and eased investment restriction as the government confirmed the opposition’s electoral sweep in democratic elections.
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 4, In Louisiana a federal judge sentenced five former police officers to years in prison for the deadly shootings on the New Orleans Danziger Bridge in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina, but not before lashing out at prosecutors for allowing others involved to serve lighter penalties for their crimes. In 2013 a federal judge declared a mistrial citing misconduct by prosecutors.
    (AP, 4/4/12)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.32)
2012        Apr 4, It was reported that Wang Yusuo, founder of China’s ENN Group, has teemed with Nevada Senator Harry Reid to develop a solar plant in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN offered $4.5 million for land assessed at $38.6 million.
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.D5)
2012        Apr 4, Yahoo announced that it will layoff 2,000 people, 14% of its work force, as part of a restructuring plan.
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 4, In northern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked foreign military forces, killing at least 13 people including three American troops in Maymana, capital of Faryab province. Gunmen attacked an outpost of a government-sponsored militia and killed 10 members of the security force in Khaki Safed district, Farah province
    (AFP, 4/4/12)(AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, ASEAN leaders in Cambodia issued a statement showing a veneer of unity and promising to "intensify efforts" toward the full implementation of an agreement, signed 10 years earlier, to "promote peace." The association paralyzed by differences over how to deal with regional superpower China's claims to strategic islands in the South China Sea.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, ASEAN leaders called for Western countries, including the European Union, to immediately lift punitive sanctions imposed on Myanmar now that the once-pariah nation has embraced democratic reforms.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, In Brazil officer Rodrigo Cavalcante was killed while on foot patrol in the Rocinha shantytown of Rio de Janeiro. The officer's slaying was the ninth shooting death in the community since February.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, British officials said a new batch of counterfeit cancer drug Avastin discovered in the United States was bought in Turkey and shipped through Britain by a UK-based business. Avastin, made by Roche, is a complex injectable biotech drug with annual sales of $6 billion.
    (Reuters, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Chile's Congress passed an anti-discrimination law following the killing of a gay man whose attackers beat him and carved swastikas into his body.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Chile’s Supreme Court rejected environmental challenges to 5 dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers in Patagonia.
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 4, China's state media reported that Premier Wen Jiabao has called for the break-up of a banking "monopoly" on lending that has squeezed private businesses as the global economy slows.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, French police rounded up 10 people in their second country-wide sweep in several days. The arrests were part of a high-profile crackdown on radical Islamists in the wake of attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Greek retiree Dimitris Christoulas (77) shot himself dead on central Syntagma Square in Athens during morning rush hour, leaving a note police said linked his suicide with the country's acute financial woes. Greece has seen an increase in suicides over the past two years of economic hardship.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, In Guinea workers at the Friguia plant, owned by world's biggest aluminium producer, went on strike after a lengthy pay dispute. Rusal has managed the bauxite mine, aluminium refinery and railway network since 2002 and privatized it in 2006. On Aug 24 Guinean unions asked the government to cancel Rusal's contract, a demand the company said had "no legal grounds", vowing to use all legal means to protect its ownership rights.
    (AFP, 8/26/12)
2012        Apr 4, Iraq approved a request from Kuwait's Jazeera Airways to operate services to Baghdad and Najaf, more than 20 years after direct flights between the neighbors were halted.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, In central Iraq a car bomb apparently targeting a local police chief killed five people and wounded 10 near the town of Dhuluiyah.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, accused of running a death squad, left the Gulf state of Qatar for Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he will seek to legalize three settler outposts, Bruchin, Sansana and Rechelim, established illegally in the West Bank. He also said that he would also seek a way to avoid the demolition of a fourth outpost, Ulpana. Israeli security forces evicted dozens of Jewish settlers from a building that they illegally took over in the West Bank city of Hebron.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)(AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, In Kenya massive boulders crashed onto houses in Mathare, a Nairobi slum, killing at least six people and trapping many underground after a night of heavy rains.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, In west Libya fresh fighting erupted after two days of deadly clashes near the border with Tunisia, but there were no reports of new casualties. The clashes since April 2 have left up to 18 people killed.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, In northeast Nigeria suspected members of a radical Islamist sect opened fire on a crowded market in Maiduguri, killing at least 7 people in an area protected by federal troops.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Fuel began arriving in Gaza under a new deal between the territory's Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, A Russian antivirus company claimed that some 600,000 Macs, most in the US and Canada, have been infected with a trojan horse virus called "Flashback." Flashback was originally discovered in Sep 2011, and was designed to disguise itself as an Adobe Flash Player installer, using Flash player logos. After installing Flashback, the malware seeks out user names and passwords that are stored on your Mac.
    (http://mashable.com/2012/04/05/mac-flashback-trojan/)
2012        Apr 4, A Saudi official reiterated a position he announced late last year, confirming that Saudi Arabia will be fielding only male athletes in London. Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said, however, that Saudi women taking part on their own are free to do so and the kingdom's Olympic authority would "only help in ensuring that their participation does not violate the Islamic sharia law."
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, Saudi Arabia beheaded a man found guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi. His execution in Riyadh brought the total number of beheadings so far this year to 17.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Senegalese superstar singer Youssou Ndour was appointed the country's new tourism and culture minister in President Macky Sall's cabinet.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, Serbian pro-Western President Boris Tadic said he is resigning, paving the way for an early presidential election on May 6, when he will face a strong challenge from nationalist candidate Tomislav Nikolic, who has received tacit support from Russia.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Sierra Leone's government defended a multi-million dollar weapons shipment as part of routine procurement, after the United Nations called for an explanation over the import.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, In Somalia an explosion at the national theater in Mogadishu killed at least 4 people including two top sports officials in an attack by an Islamist group. Officials said a female suicide bomber was responsible, but al-Shabab said it was a planted device. The explosion at the newly reopened theater happened as PM Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was standing at the podium to deliver a speech.
    (AP, 4/4/12)(SFC, 4/5/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 4, South Africa's ruling ANC suspended its fiery youth leader Julius Malema (30) with immediate effect, banning him from all party activities.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, South Sudan said it shot down a Sudanese fighter jet after two military planes dropped bombs around its oil fields, but Sudan denied it had lost such an aircraft.
    (AP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, Suriname granted amnesty to President Desi Bouterse for crimes committed under his earlier military dictatorship.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, Syrian troops clashed with army defectors and shelled rebellious districts in Homs, a day after the government claimed it had begun a troop withdrawal ahead of the April 10 deadline to implement an international truce plan. A former political detainee identified as Ahmad al-Othman (50) and his brother Adnan (40), a lawyer, were killed overnight when troops fired on their car from a machine gun on a tank in Idlib province. 52 people were killed around the country, including 28 civilians, with most of the casualties in the city and province of Homs.
    (AP, 4/4/12)(AFP, 4/4/12)
2012        Apr 4, The Ugandan government outlawed Activists 4 Change (A4C), an activist group behind anti-government protests over rising food and oil prices, on the grounds that it was "dangerous to the peace and order in Uganda."
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned from his latest round of radiation therapy treatment in Cuba.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 4, A Vietnamese survey said nearly 50% of Vietnamese companies admit to bribing officials in order to bid on contracts, but experts said the real figure could be far higher.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)

2012        Apr 5, Pres. Obama signed the “Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups" aka Jobs Act. The Republican crafted bill to loosen securities regulations was passed by Congress on March 27.
    (SFC, 4/6/12, p.A1)(Econ, 3/31/12, p.16) 
2012        Apr 5, US President Barack Obama dropped in on a meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and Massud Barzani, the visiting leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Barzani, also met with US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In NYC Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout (45), dubbed the Merchant of Death, received the mandatory minimum 25 years in prison in a case that demonstrated the US government's determination to bring him to justice. The judge also ordered a $15 million forfeiture.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 5, The Montana Attorney General’s office said Greg Mortenson, founder of the Central Asia Institute and author of “Three Cups of Tea" (2006), mismanaged the organization and misspent its money. He would remain the face of the charity, but would have to repay $1 million.
    (SFC, 4/6/12, p.A7)
2012        Apr 5, Buford, Wyoming, was purchased by Vietnamese businessman Pham Dinh Nguyen (38). He bid $900,000 for Buford, which consists of a gas station and convenience store, a 1905 schoolhouse, a cabin, a garage and a three-bedroom house on 10 acres between Cheyenne and Laramie. The town was formed as the Transcontinental Railroad was built in the 1860s. It was sold by Don Sammons, the self-proclaimed "mayor" who owned it for the past two decades and was its sole inhabitant.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a bazaar in a northeastern district, killing two people and wounding 16 others in the Kishim district of Badakhshan province. A NATO service member died in a roadside bomb explosion in the south.
    (AP, 4/5/12)(AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Argentina a strong overnight storm in Buenos Aires blew down trees and destroyed roofs, killing at least 13 people in the region and leaving more than 20 injured.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Bangladesh police discovered the badly injured body of Aminul Islam (40) dumped by the roadside northwest of Dhaka, leading his supporters to point the finger at Bangladesh's security forces. He had led a top union that organized protests to increase the wages of the three million workers in the garment sector. Top global retail associations soon demanded a swift and impartial probe into his murder.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)(AP, 5/9/12)
2012        Apr 5, Britain broadcaster Sky News admitted it had authorized a journalist to access emails belonging to John Darwin and his wife Anne, who had faked his death in a canoe accident before moving to Panama to start a new life with the insurance payout.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, Around 20 million Britons were banned from using garden hoses, after one of the driest two-year periods on record.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In England a Chinese student (24) died after he was knocked down by an unmarked British police car in Birmingham.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 5, Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors, announced that it plans to build its new Jaguar F-Type sports car in Britain.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, Egyptian security forces and military aircraft searched south-eastern Sinai for militants believed to be behind a rocket launch against Israel. A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai desert hit the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat early today There were no injuries.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Italy Umberto Bossi (70), the firebrand founder of a populist anti-immigrant party, whose crucial support kept Silvio Berlusconi in power in three governments, resigned as Northern League secretary amid a widening corruption scandal over party funds.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, Japan passed a 90.3 trillion yen ($1.1 trillion) budget, with about half the spending expected to be financed by new bonds that will add to its massive debt mountain.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika (78) died after a heart attack. Under the constitution, Vice President Joyce Banda (b.1950) is next in line. But that succession is politically fraught because Mutharika kicked her out of the ruling party in 2010 as he chose to groom his brother as heir apparent instead of her.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 5, Malaysian police arrested 137 people, mostly from China and Taiwan, in a raid in the city of Kajang on a crime ring that bet on English football, arranged Internet gambling and carried out online scams.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Mali the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, a rebel group that recently seized control of the remote north, announced a cease-fire saying they had reached their military goal. Ansar Dine kidnapped seven Algerian diplomats in Gao. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) later demanded 15 million euros for the diplomats and 30 million for 3 aid workers kidnapped last Oct 23. On Sep 2 MUJAO said Tahar Touati, one of the diplomats, has been executed.
    (AP, 4/5/12)(AFP, 4/5/12)(AFP, 5/2/12)(AFP, 9/2/12)
2012        Apr 5, Nigerian authorities said they have recovered a cache of arms, including explosives and rocket launchers, in two separate raids in the restive northern city of Gombe and arrested six suspects.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 5, Dutch PM Mark Rutte denounced Suriname's decision to grant amnesty to President Desi Bouterse for crimes committed under his earlier military dictatorship as "totally unacceptable" and recalled the country's ambassador from its former colony in protest.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a vehicle carrying a senior police official in the southern port city of Karachi, killing four people.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, Papua New Guinea's parliament voted to postpone national polls for six months, sparking public outrage.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Peru 9 miners were trapped after a horizontal mining shaft collapsed not very deep under the surface. The miners were behind debris about six meters (20 feet) wide that collapsed when they set off an explosion to dislodge copper ore. On April 11 the miners walked free through a newly built tunnel.
    (AP, 4/7/12)(AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 5, Alexei Kudrin, Russia's former finance minister (2000-2011), announced the creation of an independent committee to shape policies alternative to those of the government.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Somalia African Union troops deployed in the city of Baidoa, the first time the force has dispatched troops outside Mogadishu since it was set up five years ago. Baidoa, located 250 km (155 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, was the seat of Somalia's transitional parliament until the hardline Shebab captured it three years ago.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In Syria fierce clashes between government forces and rebels erupted near Damascus ahead of an agreed truce. Some 2,500 crossed the border today, bringing to 24,000 the number of Syrian refugees now in Turkey.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)(AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 5, A team led by a Norwegian major general arrived in Damascus to negotiate the possible deployment of a UN team that would monitor a cease-fire agreement between Syrian government troops and rebel forces.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, In south-eastern Turkey overnight blasts temporarily shut down a pipeline pumping oil from Iraq. Kurdish rebels were suspected to be behind the explosions.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church.
    (AP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, A Vietnamese survey reported that nearly a third of pre-school children in Vietnam suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth, while in urban areas rates of childhood obesity are rising. The study by the National Institute of Nutrition was based on research in 2009 and 2010.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Apr 5, Yemen’s interior minister said government troops have killed over 100 Al-Qaida fighters in the past two days.
    (SFC, 4/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 5, Zimbabwe said it had taken over majority shares from foreign mining firms which had not sold 51 percent of their equity to black Zimbabweans, without specifying which or how many firms were affected. The announcement will be implemented retrospectively from September 25, 2011, when companies had to hand in plans on how they intend to sell their majority shares.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)

2012        Apr 6, A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet jet crashed into the courtyard of a Virginia Beach apartment complex after taking off from US Naval Air Station Oceana. The two pilots ejected safely before impact. There were no deaths in the crash.
    (AP, 4/6/12)(SSFC, 4/8/12, p.A13)
2012        Apr 6, California artist Thomas Kinkade (54) died. His brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches were big sellers for dealers across the country.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Indiana Richard Leon Finkbinder (39) was arrested  and charged with coercing 2 teenage boys into performing online sex acts for him by threatening to post on gay porn sites videos he secretly made of them.
    (SFC, 4/10/12, p.A12)
2012        Apr 6, The Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Terrafugia, Inc., made its auto show debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The Massachusetts firm priced the commercial flying car at $279,000.
    (Econ, 3/3/12, TQp.3)(www.terrafugia.com/news_media.html)
2012        Apr 6, In Oklahoma a series of early-morning shootings left three people killed and two others critically wounded within a three-mile span of north Tulsa. On April 8 police arrested two white men, Jake England (19) and Alvin Watts (32) in connection with the shootings. Both men soon confessed to the shootings. On April 13 they were charged with first degree murder.
    (AP, 4/7/12)(AP, 4/8/12)(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/14/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 6, Four Afghan policemen were killed in 3 separate incidents in Helmand province. A fuel tanker overturned and caught fire, killing 7 people. A suicide bomber assassinated the head of the peace council in Kunar province. His son died in a hospital where he and the bodyguard were treated for their injuries. A NATO service member died following an insurgent attack in the east. A member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an al-Qaida-linked group who helped finance attacks against Afghan and foreign forces, was captured in Faryab province.
    (AP, 4/6/12)(AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, Azerbaijan said members of a suspected terrorist group have been arrested. One security officer was shot and killed and three others were wounded in a skirmish during the arrests, and one suspect was also killed. Officials later said the group had links to al-Qaida and some trained in neighboring Iran.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Bahrain thousands of protesters chanted slogans in support of a jailed human rights activist whose nearly two-month hunger strike has become a powerful rallying point for the tiny nation's Shiite-led uprising against the Sunni monarchy. Zainab al-Khawaja was moved to prison after being detained during widespread protests for her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, whose declining health has brought international appeals for intervention.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, China’s Xinhua News Agency said authorities have indicted five people in central China for involvement in illegal organ trading after a teenager sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone and an iPad.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Two Chinese political websites, Mao Flag and Utopia, said they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticizing state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi (76), a key figure in the pro-democracy movement behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, died in the United States.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, A Chinese cargo ship was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Oman, not far off the south of Iran. The Xianghuamen, owned by Yuanyang shipping company, was sailing with a crew of 28. Iran’s navy rescued the 28 crew members and detained 9 Somali pirates.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Colombia six government soldiers were killed in an attack that it blamed on the country's main rebel movement, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Return fire by troops killed three guerrillas and wounded two.
    (AP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Cuba Good Friday was an official holiday for the first time in a half century, but few Roman Catholics on the island seemed to be using the day off to attend Mass. The Communist government declared the holiday to honor a request that Pope Benedict XVI made during last week's visit.
    (AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, Guatemalan authorities said they have begun to see new and disturbing evidence of an alliance between the Mara Salvatrucha street gangs and Zetas, the Mexican paramilitary drug cartel.
    (AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 6, Indian police said a French school teacher (25-30) has been found murdered in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers in the heart of the capital. New Delhi is widely perceived as an unsafe city for women. Among the 35 biggest cities in the country, it had the largest numbers of crime cases against women. A suspect was arrested on April 8.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 6, The Israeli army closed the West Bank border for the first two days of the Passover holiday, which began today at sundown.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Mali's Tuareg rebels declared independence in the north, a move shot down by Islamist insurgents and the international community. The Islamist group, Ansar Dine under Iyad ag Ghali, moved in alongside the MNLA but has given short shrift to their independence plans. The military junta agreed to give up power under a deal with West African bloc ECOWAS in return for amnesty and a lifting of sanctions. The new interim president would be Dioncounda Traore, the parliament speaker.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(AFP, 4/7/12)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.52)
2012        Apr 6, In southeastern Niger 4 Chinese passengers and two French pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed in an oil field. A Chinese company has been producing oil in the desert region since 2011.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 6, In Pakistan thousands of Islamist activists hit the streets, demanding holy war and torching US flags to condemn a $10 million bounty slapped on Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, In the Philippines thousands of people gathered in villages to watch devotees being nailed to crosses as they marked Good Friday by re-enacting Jesus Christ's suffering, a yearly rite that continues even as church leaders discourage the practice.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, A Russian-Ukrainian crew of 8 on board the 29-meter Scorpius yacht, that set sail in September on an historic expedition around the South and North Poles, went missing in the Antarctic.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Syrian troops conducted raids in the suburbs of Saqba and Douma following overnight clashes with army defectors in Saqba and the nearby suburb of Arbeen, where 3 members of the military were reported killed. A cease-fire was expected to begin April 12. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in towns across Syria, calling for the ouster of the Assad regime.
    (AP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 6, Yemen’s Pres. Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi fired 4 governors and over a dozen military generals, loyalists to the old regime. Two suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombers died when their payload exploded short of their intended target in Aden.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(SFC, 4/7/12, p.A2)

2012        Apr 7, In the SF Bay Area the town of Hercules, population 24,000, was reported to have recently sold a pair of 4-story, half-finished apartment buildings for 425,000. The city had already sunk 38 million into the project, which it could not sustain.
    (SFC, 4/7/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 7, In Afghanistan 3 employees of an Afghan construction company died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, Britain's Home Office interior ministry said it was investigating reports that hacking group Anonymous had attacked its website over the government's plans to boost Internet surveillance.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, Greek protesters marching in memory of a man who killed himself over financial woes that he blamed on the government attacked a policeman in Athens, leaving him bloodied and stealing his bulletproof vest.
    (AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, Indian gold jewelers halted a three-week nationwide strike after the government promised to consider their demands to scrap new duties on the multi-billion-dollar market.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, An online video showed Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, Saddam Hussein's vice president and the highest-ranking member of his regime still on the run, in what appears to be his first video message since 2003.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Pakistan at least 135 people were buried when the wall of snow engulfed a military complex on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, Gaza's Hamas rulers executed three men in dawn hangings. All three were charged with murder and charges against one included spying for Israel.
    (AP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Malawi Joyce Banda was sworn as the new president, the nation's first female leader. She called for reconciliation after the divisive Bingu wa Mutharika died in office.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, Myanmar's Pres. Thein Sein held his first meeting with Karen rebels, as the government intensifies efforts to bolster peace with the country's oldest insurgent group.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Nigeria 22 people were killed and 31 others were injured in Benue state when their St Robert's Catholic Church caved in on them during Easter vigil in Adamgbe.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Syria some 86 civilians were killed as regime forces pressed a protest crackdown three days ahead of a deadline to cease fire and pull back. 16 rebels and 17 members of the security forces were also killed nationwide. The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said at least one million Syrians affected by violence need urgent humanitarian aid worth $70 million. Thousands of demonstrators turned out in Damascus to show their backing for President al-Assad's ruling Baath party on the 65th anniversary of its creation.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)(AFP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 7, Several Tunisian centrist parties including the center-left PDP agreed to combine forces and gain more clout in a country increasingly challenged by Islamists ahead of general elections. A military appeals court in Tunis upheld the convictions of Tunisia's ousted president and his top officials for torturing army officers over an alleged 1991 coup plot. Baton-wielding police fired teargas to disperse a demonstration by thousands of jobless Tunisian graduates in the capital Tunis.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)
2012        Apr 7, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew back to Cuba late today for another round of radiation therapy.
    (AP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 7, Yemen's airport in Sanaa was shut down after forces loyal to a sacked general close to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh surrounded it and threatened to shoot down planes. A government air raid late today killed 16 terrorists belonging to Al-Qaeda network in Kud near Zinjibar. A US drone reportedly killed eight Al-Qaeda suspects when it fired a missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of Shabwa.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)(AFP, 4/8/12)

2012        Apr 8, The Afghan government and the US signed a deal governing special operations and night raids by American troops. The document gave the Afghans authority over the raids and gave the Americans an Afghan partner that will now be held equally to account if there are civilian casualties or allegations of mistreatment.
    (AP, 4/8/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.52)
2012        Apr 8, A tanker traveling from Australia to Singapore found some 120 asylum seekers, all believed to be men from Afghanistan and Iran, on a sinking boat in Indonesian waters and rescued them.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 8, In England the body of Jamie Dack (22) was found by Southampton firefighters called to tackle a blaze at the Empress Road industrial estate. Four men were soon charged with murder, false imprisonment and conspiracy to rob.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 8, Envisat, Europe’s largest Earth-observing satellite, stopped talking to its users after 10 years of operation.
    (Econ, 5/12/12, p.14)
2012        Apr 8, Iraqi security forces said they have dismantled a 25-person cell belonging to Ansar al-Islam, a radical Sunni Arab group.
    (SFC, 4/9/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 8, In Macedonia 5 Christian fishermen were killed in a lake near Skopje. In 2014 a court convicted six Muslim men of the murders in an alleged plot to destabilize the country, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2012        Apr 8, Mali’s Pres. Amadou Toumani Toure resigned. Under a deal mediated by ECOWAS the junta is now supposed to hand power to a civilian government led by speaker of parliament Dioncounda Traore.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 8, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Karen ethnic minority rebels in her first significant foray into politics since her election to public office a week earlier.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 8, In central Nigeria a car bomb blast outside a church in Kaduna on Easter Sunday killed at least 39 people and put the country on alert over fears of further attacks. Islamists shot dead a seven-year-old girl during a failed attempt to kill her policeman father hours after group members killed three in a separate raid.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)(AP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 8, In Nigeria a bombing on an electoral commission office killed 16 people. Boko Haram extremists were suspected.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2012        Apr 8, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari became the country’s first head of state since 2005 to visit India. Zardari and India’s PM Singh agreed to adopt a gradual approach to resolve their differences.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)(SFC, 4/9/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 8, Militants in Gaza fired two rockets into Israel a day after Israeli airstrikes injured two Palestinians in the coastal territory. The rockets did not cause injuries.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 8, In South Africa Andreas Derleth, a towering German who lives in New Zealand, took the title of Mr Gay World. He beat out 21 other men, including the first black African contestants. Most of the contestants came from Europe and the Americas, with none from the Muslim world and few from Africa and Asia.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 8, South Ossetia held a runoff presidential vote. Leonid Tibilov (60), who led the region's KGB before falling out with the former local president, won over 40% of the vote in the first round last month. Tibilov won with 54.1% of the vote. Rival David Sanakoyev trailed with 42.6% and conceded the race.
    (AP, 4/8/12)(AP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 8, Syria's main opposition group urged UN intervention after one of the deadliest days in a year saw nearly 130 people killed, mostly civilians. 11 more people were killed today. A UN-brokered peace deal appeared to collapse as the government made a new demand that its opponents provide "written guarantees" to lay down their weapons before regime forces withdraw from cities.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)(AP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 8, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou made a surprise stopover in Mumbai on his way to Africa in what officials said was a sign of improving ties with India despite a lack of diplomatic recognition. His three-leg trip will take Ma to Burkina Faso, Gambia and Swaziland.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)

2012        Apr 9, Pres. Obama met with Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rouseff. She called on the US to invest more in the world’s 6th biggest economy. Obama confirmed that the US would recognize cachaca, a sugarcane spirit, as a distinct product, no longer calling it Brazilian rum.
    (SFC, 4/10/12, p.A5)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.48)
2012        Apr 9, In Minnesota a mother who had dropped her toddler at a day care center in Brooklyn Park, soon returned and found 3 adults shot dead inside. Her child was not hurt.
    (SFC, 4/10/12, p.A7)
2012        Apr 9, In Pennsylvania 2 firefighters were killed while battling a massive blaze in an abandoned warehouse in Philadelphia.
    (SFC, 4/10/12, p.A7)
2012        Apr 9, Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned. It was soon reported that he had misused company funds while carrying out a relationship with a female subordinate. The 28-year company veteran had been head of Best Buy, the nation's largest consumer electronics chain, since 2009. Co-founder and board chairman Richard M. Schulze resigned on May 14 after it was disclosed that he had been aware of Dunn’s affair and did not report it to the board.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7ut6549)(SFC, 5/15/12, p.D3)
2012        Apr 9, In Bahrain jailed activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was feared to have died after Bahraini authorities turned down repeated requests to contact him. A blast injured seven policemen and led to reprisals by Sunni mobs.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)(AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 9, Bruno Iksil, a London-based JP Morgan Chase & Co trader of derivatives linked to the financial health of corporations, was reported to have amassed positions so large that he was driving price moves in the $10-trillion market. Iksil lost the bank about $6 billion. In 2013 JP Morgan Chase was fined around $1 billion by various authorities for failures related to trades by Iksil (aka the “London Whale"). 
    (http://tinyurl.com/cdgofmx)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.84)
2012        Apr 9, China’s Supreme People's Court clarified and tightened rules governing forced land expropriations in a bid to "protect the public interest and guarantee the legitimate rights and interests of expropriated home owners."
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 9, An Indian court convicted 23 people over the “Ode massacre" of nearly two-dozen Muslims during religious rioting in Gujarat state on March 1, 2002. Another 23 people were acquitted for lack of evidence in the case. Rioting at the time left more than 2,000 dead. On April 12 the court sentenced 18 of the men to life imprisonment. Five other men were handed seven-year jail terms.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 9, Indonesia's only province ruled by Islamic law went to the polls to elect its powerful governor, testing a fragile peace following a 30-year war by separatist rebels. Irwandi Yusuf (51), the incumbent who was elected in December 2006, sought a second five-year term as governor of Aceh. Challenger Zaini Abdullah (71) of the powerful Aceh Party won 55% of the vote. Yusuf took 29%.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.51)
2012        Apr 9, Japan’s Nikkei business daily reported that Sony will cut 10,000 jobs worldwide this year as it attempts to carry out sweeping reforms aimed at reviving the iconic but loss-making Japanese electronics giant.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, Kyrgyzstan authorities began testing members of the new anti-corruption agency on live television in a bid to display an unusual level of transparency in this corruption-riddled Central Asian nation.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, Libya's official LANA news agency reported that interim authorities have stopped paying bonuses to former rebels due to widespread fraud costing millions of Libyan dinars.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, In Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen killed a policeman, a civilian and a local politician in coordinated attacks in Dikwa, Borno state. Three Boko Haram terrorists were reportedly killed as others escaped with bullet wounds. In the northeastern city of Potiskum, gunmen opened fire on a policeman and his family, killing the policeman's 6-year-old daughter.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)(AP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, In Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Shiite Muslims in Quetta killing 6 people in an apparent sectarian attack.
    (SFC, 4/10/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 9, In Peru suspected Shining Path gunmen seized 30 Skanska workers overnight but soon freed 23 at the Kepashiato in the Camisea gas fields. The Swedish construction company was building a natural gas plant in the Amazon jungle. A rescue attempt soon left after left 8 soldiers and police dead by rebels under the Quispe Palomino brothers, who led some 500 combatants.
    (AP, 4/9/12)(SFC, 5/30/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 9, Russia's top investigative body said it has dropped charges against a doctor suspected of negligence in the case of Sergei Magnitsky, a prominent lawyer who reported official corruption in Russia, then died in custody in November, 2009, while suffering from untreated pancreatitis.
    (AP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, In Somalia a blast rocked a vegetable market in Baidoa, the country’s third-largest city, killing at least twelve people and wounding at least 30.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, In Spain four people died in a fire that destroyed a makeshift hut in which they were living in the northeastern city of Barcelona. Spanish National Radio cited police at the scene as saying they were Romanians.
    (AP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, Airlines cancelled flights from Sudan to the newly independent South, after new rules treating the route as international took effect.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, Syrian forces fired across the border into a refugee camp in Turkey, wounding at least five people. Lebanese journalist Ali Shaaban, who works as a cameraman for Al Jadeed TV station, was shot and killed as he was filming in the northern Wadi Khaled area on the Lebanese side of the border. 12 members of the Syrian security forces were killed as clashes ensued in several regions. Human Rights Watch said it has documented the killings by Syrian forces of 85 civilians, including women and children, and the summary executions of at least 16 wounded or captured opposition fighters. The Syrian rebel army said it is ready to respect an April 10 truce brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan if the regime of President Bashar al-Assad abides by the peace deal.
    (AP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, Tunisian police fired tear gas to disperse a rally on Bourguiba Avenue in central Tunis where demonstrations are banned. Hundreds of demonstrators, marking Martyrs' Day (1938) and protesting against the ban imposed on March 28, sought shelter in neighboring streets and shops. At least 15 civilians and eight policemen were hurt. The journalists' union called on its members to boycott Interior Minister Ali Larayedh for a week over the crackdown.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 9, Turkey's PM Erdogan oversaw the signing of two nuclear agreements with China on a trip to the Asian nation that also saw him make an unprecedented stop in ethnically-tense Xinjiang. The two agreements paved the way for deeper nuclear cooperation between the two countries, but few concrete details were made available.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr 9, In Yemen Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a dawn attack on a government army post in the south setting off clashes. At least 78 people were killed in Lawder, Abyan province.
    (AP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/10/12)

2012        Apr 10, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign during a press conference in Pennsylvania, his home state.
    (SFC, 4/11/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 10, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill requiring the state’s education system to in part “explore scientific questions." Some felt it would allow teachers to introduce creationism and intelligent design into science classrooms.
    (Econ, 4/21/12, p.44)
2012        Apr 10, In Afghanistan suicide bombers struck two government offices in the south and west, killing 16 people as militants step up attacks across the country with the arrival of spring temperatures. In addition 3 local policemen were killed in Musa Qala district when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near their vehicle.
    (AP, 4/10/12)(AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 10, Britain and Japan pledged to expand collaboration on defense equipment as PM David Cameron looked to open Tokyo's potentially lucrative arms market.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, China announced that Bo Xilai was being suspended from the Communist Party’s Politburo and Central Committee, and that his wife, Gu Kailai, was a suspect in the death of Briton Neil Heywood last November.
    (SFC, 4/11/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 10, A Chinese court sentenced disabled activist Ni Yulan and her husband to jail for "provoking trouble," a year after the couple were detained during a widespread crackdown on dissent. Ni and Dong, who have long helped victims of government-backed land grabs in China, were detained in April last year.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, China's 3 top Internet portals pledged to work with the government to banish online rumors, as jittery authorities cracked down on the web following widespread rumors of a coup.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, An Egyptian court suspended a 100-member panel selected by lawmakers from the Islamist-dominated parliament and tasked with drafting the country's new constitution. The verdict referred the case to a panel of senior judges to look into the legality of the panel.
    (AP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, In Egypt residents blocked a motorway on the Libyan border to protest security restrictions on cross-border traffic and increased tariffs for lorries. Security forces intervened, leading to clashes that left two people dead and four injured.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 10, Europe's human rights court ruled that Britain can extradite radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamal Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri (53), and four other suspects to the United States to face terrorism charges.
    (AP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, Raymond Aubrac (b.1914), one of the last major figures of the French Resistance, died. He got away from the Nazis' grasp in a now-legendary escape led by his equally renowned wife.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 10, In Indonesia some 120 asylum seekers, mostly Afghans and some Iranians, demanded that Indonesia provide a vessel to allow them to continue to Australia, refusing to leave a tanker that rescued them at sea.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, Iran's official news agency said the country's intelligence department has dismantled an Israeli-linked assassination and sabotage network. State media later said 15 people were arrested for an attack planned on Feb 10.
    (AP, 4/10/12)(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 10, Iraq's fugitive vice president Tariq al-Hashemi said two more of his bodyguards have been tortured to death by security forces during a terrorism investigation last month.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 10, Libyan ex-fighters furious over a decision to halt a cash rewards scheme opened fire against the headquarters of the interim government, but no injuries were reported.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, Malawi's new President Joyce Banda unveiled a shake-up of top officials charged with government finances and media, purging loyalists of the late leader Bingu wa Mutharika.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, Malaysia's government introduced legislation to stop arrests based on their political beliefs and indefinite detainments without trial. The Security Offenses Bill would replace the 52-year-old Internal Security Act, which was enacted to give the government preventive powers against national security threats.
    (AP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, In Mexico gunmen killed 8 taxi drivers in two attacks in Guadalupe, a suburb of Monterrey.
    (SFC, 4/11/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 10, In Papua New Guinea thousands rallied in Port Moresby to protest at any delays to elections, seen as crucial as the country rests on the cusp of a resources boom.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, A Philippines warship found Chinese fishing boats inside the Scarborough shoal with an illegal haul of giant clams, coral and live sharks. Two Chinese civilian patrol boats blocked the mouth of the shoal to stop the Philippines navy from arresting the fisherman.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012        Apr 10, In Saudi Arabia a Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh found al-Bajady guilty of several offenses, including participating in the establishment of a human rights organization and harming the image of Saudi Arabia in media articles. He was reportedly tried in secret sentenced to four years in prison.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 10, South Africa's state-owned logistics company Transnet announced plans to create 588,000 jobs in its seven-year, $37.8-billion expansion program. The scheme included plans to develop railways, sea ports and pipelines to expand freight transport and ease bottlenecks that hamper mining exports.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, South Sudanese troops moved into Heglig, an oil-rich border town claimed by Sudan, as fighting intensified between the countries over who controls the area.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 10, Swaziland King Mswati III obtained a court order prohibiting a march the next day, the first of four days of planned demonstrations.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, Syrian troops shelled and raided opposition strongholds across Syria, activists said, denying claims by the foreign minister that regime forces have begun pulling out of some areas in compliance with a UN-brokered truce. Deadly violence killed 17 people across Syria, including at least seven civilians.
    (AP, 4/10/12)(AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, Tunisia said it will allow demonstrations on a symbolic street in the capital two days after police brutally clamped down on protesters who defied a ban on rallies.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 10, UN children's aid organization UNICEF led a cross-agency appeal for funds for the Sahel region (parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) where 15 million are suffering from malnutrition.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)
2012        Apr 10, In Yemen Al-Qaeda militants killed nine government soldiers in an attack on a makeshift military post on the road between Hadramawt and Marib province in the country's mostly lawless eastern provinces. Two more civilians were killed in Lawder.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)

2012        Apr 11, In southern California Chinese USC graduate students Qu Ming and Wu Ying, both 23, were shot and killed during a suspected bungled carjacking. On Oct 27, 2014, Javier Bolden (22) was convicted of 1st degree murder.
    (http://newscontent.cctv.com/news.jsp?fileId=138035)(SFC, 10/28/14, p.A7)
2012        Apr 11, The Nebraska Legislature approved a bill that would provide support for an expected new route for TransCanada Corp's Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would bypass an environmentally sensitive region in the state. Governor Dave Heineman has said he will sign.
    (Reuters, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, Shell Oil reported a 10-square-mile oil slick between two major production sites in the Gulf of Mexico, 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. A response vessel was sent.
    (SFC, 4/12/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 11, In Afghanistan 2 bomb explosions and an insurgent attack killed two NATO service members and a local Afghan government in different parts of the country.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, In Algeria Ahmed Ben Bella (95), the country’s first post-independence president (1963-1965), died. He was hailed as an anti-colonialist hero and the father of the nation.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 11, In Bahrain mobs with iron rods and sticks ransacked a supermarket belonging to a major Shiite-owned business group, as part of a spike in violence in the Gulf nation in retaliation for a bomb attack on police.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, Police in northeastern Brazil arrested 3 people for allegedly killing at least 2 women and eating parts of their flesh. The next day enraged neighbors burned their house to the ground.
    (SSFC, 4/15/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/7t7853v)
2012        Apr 11, The Central African Republic freed former rebel chief Jean-Jacques Demafouth and two other leading opposition figures after a three-month detention. Demafouth has headed the People's Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) since 2008.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, CongoDRC’s President Joseph Kabila said he would not order the arrest of war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda "under pressure" from the international community. He said Ntaganda should be arrested and face a military tribunal in Congo. Kabila said the military doesn't need to hand Ntaganda over to the ICC.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)(AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, The Danish navy stopped a pirate ship off the Somali coast, rescuing 12 Iranian and Pakistani hostages and arresting their 16 captors.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 11, In Egypt Salafist politician Hazem Abu Ismail looked set to rejoin the presidential race after a court ruled that his mother was not a US citizen.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, A global tax group added its voice to protests against an Indian plan to retroactively tax business deals, saying it could deter foreign investment in Asia's third-largest economy. New Delhi's planned change to the Income Tax Act announced in last month's budget would be retroactive to 1962 and would oblige domestic and foreign firms alike to pay tax on any transaction involving an Indian asset.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, Indonesian carrier Garuda International and European plane manufacturer Airbus signed a $2.5 billion deal in Jakarta, as British PM David Cameron visited Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, A huge earthquake struck beneath the Indian Ocean and triggered a burst of large quakes around the world. At least 4 faults ruptured within 100 seconds to create a giant quake with a combined magnitude of 8.7 off the island of Sumatra.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 11, In Morocco 2 US Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of an MV-22 Osprey.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, In Russia a large opposition faction stormed out of parliament to protest Vladimir Putin's refusal to look into claims of vote-rigging in a mayoral election that has sparked nationwide anger. Oleg Shein, a member of the Just Russia party who ran for mayor in the southern city of Astrakhan, has been on a hunger strike for 27 days to protest the results of the March 4 poll that he and other opposition figures said was marred by rampant fraud in favor of a Kremlin-backed candidate.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, Serbian police over the last 24 hours detained nine people accused of setting fire to the US Embassy in Belgrade in 2008 during riots against Kosovo's independence and were searching for at least five more suspects.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, Somalia’s PM Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said that al-Shabab is in "tatters" and that its high-ranking leaders are now moving to the Galgala Mountains.
    (AP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, Sudan and South Sudan ordered mass civilian mobilizations for defense as their armies battled along their contested border, raising the specter of a return to all-out war.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, Syrian troops took control of large parts of villages and towns near the border with Turkey. The state-run news agency SANA said gunmen shot and killed army Brig. Gen. Jamal Khaled in the Damascus suburb of Aqraba. It added that Khaled's driver, a soldier, was also killed in the attack. 2 people were reported killed and dozens wounded when government troops stormed and shelled Barada valley. 2 more people were reported killed in the eastern town of Qoriah during raids by regime force. The military unleashed a lethal offensive against protest centers, killing 25 civilians today.
    (AP, 4/11/12)(AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 11, Yemeni government troops battled al-Qaida militants in heavy fighting that left 51 people dead on the outskirts of Lawder. The militants killed included two senior members of the terror network in the area, identified as Imad al-Manshaby and Ahmed Mohammed Taher.
    (AP, 4/11/12)(AFP, 4/12/12)

2012        Apr 12, In California a large thunder storm dropped a record 1.24 inches of rain in San Francisco. The previous record was .92 inches on April 12, 2003.
    (SFC, 4/14/12, p.C3)
2012        Apr 12, Florida executed serial killer David Alan Gore (58). He had spent 28 years on Death Row for killing 6 women in 1981 and 1983.
    (SFC, 4/13/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 12, New Jersey’s Newark Mayor Cory Booker (42) entered the burning house his neighbor and rescued her daughter, Zina Hodge (47). Booker suffered 2nd degree burns and smoke inhalation.
    (SFC, 4/14/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 12, Ohio police shot and killed an armed man at a crowded Cracker Barrel restaurant where a woman and a girl had been killed and another person was wounded, sending customers fleeing out the back door in Brooklyn.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 12, In southern Afghanistan angry residents in Helmand province chopped off the ears of a man accused of planting a roadside bomb that killed two civilians.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, Brazil's supreme court voted 8-2 to authorize abortions in cases of fetuses with no brains.
    (AP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, China deployed a third ship in an area of the disputed South China Sea where a tense standoff with Philippine vessels has dragged on, sparking alarm in Manila. On April 10 a Philippine warship attempted to arrest several Chinese fishermen accused of illegal entry and poaching, but was prevented by the arrival of two Chinese surveillance ships.
    (AP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, China’s state media said 42 websites have been closed and more than 210,000 posts deleted since mid-March in a crackdown on online "rumors", as a major political scandal rocked the country.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament passed a new bill stripping senior Mubarak regime figures, such as ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman, from the right to run for office for the next 10 years. The ruling military council must ratify the bill before it can go into effect.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 12, Guinea-Bissau soldiers arrested PM Carlos Gomes Jr., hours after the leader's home was attacked with grenades in what former colonial ruler Portugal described as a military coup. Gomes had been favored to win the April 29 runoff after his challenger Kumba Yala, a former president who was overthrown in a 2003 coup, said he would boycott the vote because of irregularities in the first round of balloting. President Raimundo Pereira was also arrested.
    (AP, 4/13/12)(AFP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 12, In Iraq Hamed Yussef Hamadi (72), the culture minister under Saddam Hussein, was released after over six years in prison and left the country. Hamadi was arrested on January 24, 2006.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 12, Japan’s Sony Corp. said it will slash 10,000 jobs, or about 6 percent of its global workforce, and try to turn around its money-losing TV business over the next two years.
    (AP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, In Japan 8 people died when an apparently epileptic driver crashed his minivan into a crowd of pedestrians in the temple-spotted ancient capital of Kyoto.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, Mali's new interim leader, Dioncounda Traore (70), threatened to wage total war on Tuareg rebels and Islamists controlling the north of the country as he took the oath of office, ending a brief period of military rule.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico, waking up residents living near the Gulf of California, only hours after a separate temblor swayed tall buildings in Mexico City, causing evacuations.
    (AP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, Pakistan released 26 Indian fishermen held in prison for more than two years for violating territorial waters. Officials said at least 450 Indian fishermen are still in Pakistani jails, while India has over 150 Pakistani fishermen in its prisons.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, The South African anti-trust tribunal said it has approved a $5.1-billion deal by Anglo American to buy 40 percent of De Beers, allowing it to take control of the world's largest diamond firm. The deal was announced late last year and was formally approved by Anglo shareholders in January.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, South Korea's ruling conservatives won a parliamentary poll fought mostly on economic issues, with analysts saying voters opted for stability ahead of a presidential election in December.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir rejected calls to pull out from contested border regions, but said he did not want war with Khartoum. Sudanese war planes dropped five bombs at dawn targeting a strategic bridge on the edge of Bentiu, the capital of the oil-producing Unity border state.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, Swazi police arrested union leaders as a crackdown on banned pro-democracy protests intensified, with armed patrols in urban areas to disperse any gatherings in Africa's last absolute monarchy.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, In Syria a fragile cease-fire brokered by the UN took hold with regime forces apparently halting widespread attacks on the opposition. Renewed bloodshed killed at least four people, putting to the test a hard-won ceasefire plan that was supposed to take effect at dawn.
    (AP, 4/12/12)(AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, Tunisian journalists walked out of the country's Constituent Assembly as Interior Minister Ali Larayedh defended a police crackdown, widely branded as brutal, on a banned rally.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of dozens of former military officers, including four retired generals, over their role in forcing the resignation in 1997 of an Islamist PM Necmettin Erbakan.
    (AP, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 12, In Yemen a battle between Al-Qaeda militants and armed civilians for control of the Yemeni town of Loder (Lawder) spread to nearby Mudia, as the death toll from four days of clashes reached 177.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)

2012        Apr 13, Pres. Obama arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, for meetings with 33 other regional leaders for the Summit of the Americas this weekend. 11 US Secret Service agents, sent to provide security for President Obama, were reported to have visited prostitutes in Cartagena. At least 20 women were in hotel rooms with US agents and military personnel just before President Barack Obama arrived for the summit.
    (AP, 4/14/12)(AP, 4/17/12)(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 13, The top US aid official said the country is drastically reducing the number of aid projects in Pakistan as part of reforms aimed at improving the distribution of billions of dollars in funding.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, Arizona passed legislation that bans most abortions after 20 weeks.
    (SFC, 4/14/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 13, A gunman on a motorcycle fired 5 shots at a couple in pickup truck in Mill Valley, Ca. Max Wade (17) was arrested on April 28. He was also implicated in the March 8, 2011, theft of a 2008 Lamborghini from British Motor Car Distributors in San Francisco. The car and motorcycle were found in storage locker in Richmond, Ca. on April 28. On Oct 30 Wade was convicted of one count of attempted murder and of auto theft. On Jan 23, 2014, Wade was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/1/12, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/12, p.A9)(SFC, 5/3/12, p.C4)(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A10)(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A1)
2012        Apr 13, Australia's Qantas launched the nation's first commercial flight using a mixture of refined cooking oil, saying it would not survive if it relied solely on traditional jet fuel. Australia's tax on carbon emissions comes into force on July 1.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, A British judge sentenced computer hacker James Jeffery (27) to two years and eight months in jail for breaking into the website of Britain's biggest abortion provider and stealing the personal details of thousands of women.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, Canada unveiled long-delayed regulations for cutting emissions that aim to make big trucks and buses up to 23 percent less polluting by 2018.
    (Reuters, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, In China an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu was discovered in Touying township of the Ningxia region after over 23,000 chickens began showing symptoms. Some 95,000 chickens were quickly culled.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 13, Colombia's Jose Antonio Ocampo withdrew from the race to lead the World Bank, endorsing Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's challenge against the favored US candidate.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 13, In Egypt thousands of Islamists packed Cairo's Tahrir Square to pressure the country's ruling generals to bar Hosni Mubarak-era officials, including his former spy chief, from running in the upcoming presidential elections.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, In Guinea-Bissau a communique from an unidentified military commander was released claiming soldiers do not want to seize power, but instead were trying to halt an invasion from Angolan troops. The unidentified military commander claimed that PM Gomes was going to allow troops from Angola, another former Portuguese colony in Africa, to attack military forces in Guinea-Bissau. The UN Security Council unanimously condemned the coup.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee described as "totally baffling" a huge downward revision in industrial output data that undermined hopes the nation's economy was recovering. January industrial output growth a day earlier was revised downward to 1.1 percent from an initial 6.8 percent estimate.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, Indonesian police arrested two suspected terrorists in the town of Bima in West Nusa Tenggara province. The suspects were part of a terror group that killed a police officer in a 2010 bank robbery in the north Sumatra town of Medan.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 13, A Japanese "black widow" was sentenced to death in a case known by the name of the female spider that eats its partner after mating. Kanae Kijima (37) was convicted of murdering three men, aged 41, 53 and 80, whom she met through Internet dating sites.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, Mongolia’s police detained former Pres. Nambariin Enkhbayar on charges of alleged corruption. A day earlier Enkhbayar released internal government documents finding Pres. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj responsible for inciting deadly violence following the last parliamentary elections in 2008.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.45)
2012        Apr 13, In Myanmar British PM David Cameron and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi issued a joint call for the suspension of sanctions against the former pariah state after landmark talks. Cameron also met reformist President Thein Sein as he became the first Western leader in decades to visit the country.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, Nigeria's Pres. Goodluck Jonathan signed on a $31 billion budget for 2012 in Africa's largest crude producer amid concern it has not done enough to guard against a possible future slide in oil prices.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 13, In Nigeria the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) attacked oil installations belonging to Italian firm ENI.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, North Korea’s satellite launch, hailed as a moment of national pride, ended in failure when the rocket disintegrated over the Yellow Sea, earning Pyongyang embarrassment as well as condemnation from a host of nations that deemed it a covert test of missile technology.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, In the Philippines suspected extortionists bombed a bus in Carmen town, North Cotabato province, killing 3 passengers and wounding 16 others.
    (SFC, 4/14/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 13, Spanish officials warned Argentina that the country risks becoming "an international pariah" if it follows through on its threats to nationalize Spanish-owned energy company Repsol's majority stake in its South American YPF unit. concern" YPF represents 42 percent of Repsol's total reserves, estimated at 2.1 billion barrels of crude.
    (AP, 4/13/12)
2012        Apr 13, Spain's King Juan Carlos (74) was injured while on an expensive elephant hunting trip in Botswana amid the nation's deep financial woes. The accident required a hip replacement and led to scathing criticism amid the nation's deep financial woes.
    (AP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 13, In Syria tens of thousands of poured into the streets for anti-government protests in the first major test of a UN-brokered truce. Government troops fought with rebels near the border with Turkey, and other scattered violence was reported. 6 civilians were killed.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)(AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 13, The Yemeni Defense Ministry said that the death toll among al-Qaida militants in clashes in Abyan province had reached nearly 200.
    (AP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 13, Zimbabwe state media said the country will suffer a one million ton maize deficit due to drought, after nearly half of the national crop now coming up for harvest has failed. The United Nations has already appealed for $488 million dollars in food aid for Zimbabwe for last year and the first months of this year.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)

2012        Apr 14, The United States called off plans to send food aid to North Korea after the impoverished state's defiant rocket launch, as an aid group feared more than two million children would go hungry.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, In the Full Crew Farallones Race outside San Francisco 5 sailors were lost as a towering wave washed them overboard as their boar rounded the Farallon Islands. 3 sailors survived.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A1)(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 14, In Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani, the son of a former peace council chairman killed by a suicide bomber on Sep 20, 2011, was elected to succeed his father as head of the 70-member Afghan High Peace Council, tasked with reaching out to the Taliban to find a political resolution to the decade-long war.
    (AP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Afghan forces with air support from NATO combed through the country's mountainous northeast in their third day of a major offensive against militants in a province that serves as an insurgent supply route from Pakistan. A spokesman for Nuristan province said nearly 30 insurgents have been killed and at least 30 have been wounded in the operation that began in Kamdesh district.
    (AP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Belarus pardoned Andrei Sannikov, a political prisoner and former presidential candidate. He had been convicted in 2011 of organizing mass unrest.
    (SSFC, 4/15/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 14, Burkina Faso Pres. Blaise Compaore opened talks as mediator with the military junta that briefly seized power in Mali last month and Malian politicians trying to navigate a way out of the crisis.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, In Colombia the Summit of the Americas for 33 Western Hemisphere leaders opened with the United States and Canada standing firm, but alone, against everyone else's insistence that Cuba join future summits.
    (AP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Egypt's election commission disqualified 10 presidential hopefuls, including Hosni Mubarak's former spy chief and fundamentalist Islamists, from running in the race for the country's first post-revolutionary leader.
    (AP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 14, French energy giant Total said it had made progress on plans to fix the gas leak at well G4 on its Elgin platform, 150 miles (240km) off Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Indonesian authorities said they had found a boat reported missing en route to Australia and that some 60 asylum seekers it was carrying were believed to have fled. The mostly Afghan asylum seekers on board made a distress call to Australia on April 11, saying they were in rough seas and their boat was sinking.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Iran and senior diplomats from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, known as the P5+1, gathered at the negotiating table in Istanbul for their first meeting in 15 months hoping to ease tensions over Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, In Iraq a roadside bomb targeting a security patrol killed two policeman in the western province of Anbar.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Madagascar reported that it has passed an amnesty law that blocks ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana from returning to the island country.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Maldives President Mohamed Waheed, accused of seizing power in a military-backed coup, faced his first popularity test when voting was held in two key by-elections.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Nigeria's militant group MEND threatened to attack South Africa's investments, including telecoms firm MTN, in the Niger Delta, because of the terror trial of its leader, Henry Okah, in Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, In Pakistan gunmen shot dead seven Shiite Muslims in two separate incidents of sectarian violence in the troubled southwestern city of Quetta.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, In Peru 36 gas field construction workers, kidnapped 5 days earlier, were released by Shining Path rebels as police closed in during a search.
    (SSFC, 4/15/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 14, A Sudanese plane bombed Bentiu, capital of South Sudan's oil-rich border state of Unity, killing five civilians and wounding six.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)
2012        Apr 14, Syria shelled rebel districts of Homs. A fragile truce was now in its third day. 5 people were killed, among them Samir Shalab al-Sham (26), a photographer and father of two who had been documenting the destruction. In Aleppo 3 civilians were wounded when a funeral procession came under fire. In Dmeir, outside Damascus, security forces opened fire on a car killing one civilian and wounding two. 2 soldiers were killed in an attack on their car in the southern province of Daraa. The UN Security Council in New York voted to authorize an advance team of observers to help maintain the cease-fire. UN Resolution 2042 approved the sending of 30 unarmed military observers as soon as possible and called on both the government and opposition forces to halt "armed violence in all its forms."
    (AFP, 4/14/12)(AP, 4/15/12)(AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 14, In Yemen Al-Qaida fighters attacked a security checkpoint on the outskirts of Aden and killed four troops while losing eight of their own. Separately militants kidnapped a senior intelligence officer and two soldiers in the town of Radda south of Sanaa. 3 jihadist leaders were killed in an air strike in Bayda province. Among the dead was local AQAP leader, Abu Hamza al-Sabri, referred to as the "Emir (prince) of Bayda."
    (AP, 4/14/12)(AFP, 4/15/12)(AFP, 5/10/12)

2012        Apr 15, Pres. Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said at a joint news conference that the US-Colombia free trade deal will go into effect May 15. Obama returned from Colombia to his familiar agenda of righting the US economy and winning a second term, wrapping up 3 days of Latin American summitry that yielded mixed results and were clouded by a Secret Service scandal. The 6th Summit of the Americas ended without a joint declaration due to divisions over Cuba and Argentine claims to the Falkland Islands.
    (AP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, In Daly City, Ca., generations of Serra Bowl patrons gathered for the final day of operations after 51 years in business. Business was good but the owners of the property decided not to renew its lease.
    (SFC, 4/16/12, p.C1)
2012        Apr 15, In Petaluma, Ca., Kim Conover (41) was shot and killed her outside the office of her divorce attorney. Her estranged husband, Kevin Conover (43), later turned the gun on himself. A week earlier the schoolteacher was denied an emergency restraining order.
    (http://tinyurl.com/82g8j4y)(SFC, 4/20/12, p.C2)
2012        Apr 15, In Las Vegas Ignacia Martinez (38) and her daughter Karla (10) were raped and bludgeoned to death. Arturo Martinez, the husband and father, was critically injured with head injuries. On April 27 police arrested Bryan Clay (22) for the attacks.
    (SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A9)
2012        Apr 15, In the area of Woodward, Oklahoma, tornadoes killed at least 5 people and left at least 29 injured. At least 8,000 were without power in the region. About 75 tornadoes touched down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska.
    (AP, 4/14/12)(SFC, 4/17/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 15, In Afghanistan suicide bombers struck across the country in coordinated attacks claimed by Taliban insurgents as the start of a spring offensive. A total of 19 insurgents died and 14 police and nine civilians were wounded.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, Bahrain's Shiite opposition announced a week of daily pro-democracy protests until after the controversial Formula One Grand Prix race scheduled for April 22.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, In Egypt Islamist militants driving vehicles mounted with machine guns opened fire on a police checkpoint in the Sinai peninsula, killing two policemen and injuring a third. In the port city of Suez, one person died and 24 were injured during a fire that raged for nearly 20 hours in the storage facilities of an oil company.
    (AP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, In Guinea-Bissau political parties met with the military junta in an attempt to reach a political situation days after soldiers arrested the prime minister. They agreed to set up a transitional body to run the country, a day ahead of talks with West African bloc ECOWAS.
    (AP, 4/15/12)(AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, In southern India a beef-eating festival at Osmania University triggered clashes between rival students as Hindu activists fought with low-caste Dalit groups who had organized the event in Hyderabad.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 15, In Iraq unknown attackers blew up a house north of Baghdad, killing three members of a family including a five-year-old boy and also wounding a two-year-old girl.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, Israel barred 40 pro-Palestinian activists who had flown in for a "Welcome to Palestine" campaign as hundreds more would-be protesters were stranded at airports across Europe.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, Jordan's King Abdullah II ordered the release of 19 political activists charged with insulting him during pro-reform demonstrations last month.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, In northern Mali armed men abducted a Swiss woman working as a missionary in Timbuktu.
    (SFC, 4/16/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 15, North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, addressed his nation and the world for the first time, vowing to place top priority on his impoverished nation's military, which promptly unveiled a new long-range missile.
    (AP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, In Pakistan 384 prisoners including militants escaped from the Bannu prison in the northwest after an attack by insurgents armed with guns, grenades and rockets. 11 prisoners were captured and 29 returned themselves.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, South African newspapers reported that authorities have seized assets of Khulubuse Zuma, a nephew of President Jacob Zuma, to cover debts to a security company, Aurora Empowerment Systems, that guarded now-liquidated gold mines he co-owned with a grandson of Nelson Mandela.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, The first batch of Sudanese prisoners of war captured in days of bloody fighting arrived in the South Sudanese capital, as the South's army said clashes continued in contested border regions. A Sudanese division raided Mugum, killed 25 rebels and seized a large quantity of weapons and equipment.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)(AP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 15, Syrian troops shelled residential neighborhoods dominated by rebels in the central city of Homs, killing at least three people hours before the first batch of United Nations observers were to arrive in Damascus to shore up a shaky truce. The bodies of two other people were found in the Deir Baalbeh and al-Dablan districts.
    (AP, 4/15/12)
2012        Apr 15, In Yemen 3 children were killed by a roadside bomb while walking to school. A 4th person was killed in an Al-Qaeda mortar attack on the southern town of Loder (Lawder).
    (AFP, 4/15/12)

2012        Apr 16, Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American physician and head of Dartmouth College, NH, was appointed to head the World Bank. Challenger and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala congratulated Kim, but called for changes to the US-dominated selection process.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)(Econ, 4/21/12, p.87)
2012        Apr 16, In San Francisco the annual Goldman Environmental Prizes were presented 6 individuals. They included Sofia Gatica of Argentina work on diseases related to agrochemicals; Caroline Canon of Alaska for her village efforts against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean; Ma Jun of China for his efforts on air and water violations by major manufacturers; Ikal Angelei of Kenya for her efforts to protect Lake Turkana; Evgenia Chirikova of Russia for her efforts to protect the Khimki Forest; and Father Edwin Gariguez of the Philippines for advocating against mining developments on indigenous lands.
    (SFC, 4/16/12, p.A10)
2012        Apr 16, The space shuttle Discovery was flown on its final journey to Washington’s Smithsonian Institution.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 16, In Afghanistan an 18-hour attack, allegedly carried out by Pakistan-based militants on targets in the Afghan capital, including the US Embassy, ended today killing 11 people. 36 insurgents were also killed. A gunman arrested in the attacks told authorities the simultaneous strikes in Kabul and three other cities were carried out by the Haqqani network.
    (AP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez pushed forward a bill to renationalize the country's largest oil company despite fierce criticism from abroad and the risk of a major rift with Spain.
    (AP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, Australia said it will lift sanctions against Myanmar's president and more than 200 others who are currently under travel and financial bans, after a series of reforms in the past year.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, In northeastern Brazil inmates armed with guns and knives seized control of the Advogado Antonio Jacinto Filho prison in Aracaju. They took 80 visitors and 2 guards hostage. The uprising ended after 26 hours and 131 hostages were released after officials agreed to investigate complaints.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A2)(SFC, 4/18/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 16, The Canadian mint launched glow-in-the-dark quarters. They featured a dinosaur whose skeleton shines at night from beneath its scaly hide. The mintage was limited to 25,000, and would cost collectors $29.95.
    (c/net, 4/12/12)
2012        Apr 16, Half of England was officially in drought after the Environment Agency declared another 17 counties short of water, and warned the situation may continue until the end of the year.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, Cameroon police arrested former PM Inoni Ephraim (2004-200) as part of an investigation into corruption. Former minister Marafa Amidou Yaya was also taken into custody in relation to alleged misuse of public funds that had been meant for a presidential airplane, purchased at great expense in 2004 and which turned out to have serious technical flaws.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook central Chile late today, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of a stretch of coastline and causing hundreds of people in the capital to flee buildings in panic. A least one death was attributed to the quake.
    (AP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, In Denmark Arnold Maersk McKinney Moeller (98), the country’s richest man, died. He turned two small shipping companies that his father had created into a global giant with 108,000 workers across 130 countries.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.C4)
2012        Apr 16, In East Timor 2 former guerrilla leaders vied for the presidency. Jose Maria Vasconcelos, known by his nom de guerre, Taur Matan Ruak, received 61% of the vote defeating Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres.
    (AP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, Equatorial Guinea's public prosecutor launched a probe into whether Daniel Lebegue, the head of the French wing of corruption watchdog Transparency International, slandered the country.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, Haiti, the United States and international partners launched a nationwide vaccination campaign seeking to curb or prevent infectious diseases.
    (AP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, Sex experts urged Hong Kongers to strip off their reputation as some of the least active lovers in Asia to get more out of their sex lives and overcome challenges of privacy in a cramped city.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, Iran officially launched a $1-billion first phase of an ambitious project to pump water from the Caspian Sea to a city in its vast and expanding central desert.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, Oil prices slipped after nuclear talks over the weekend between major crude producer Iran and world powers eased concerns over Middle East supplies.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, In Iraq gunmen shot dead four Shiite farmers working in an orchard in the predominantly Sunni village of Rashidiyah, just north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, Kenyan priest John Webootsa was awarded a French-German human rights prize for his work in Korogocho slum, one of the most overcrowded slums in Kenya.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, In Norway Anders Behring Breivik admitted to the July 22, 2011, bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defense.
    (AP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, Sudan's parliament voted unanimously to brand the government of South Sudan an enemy, after southern troops invaded the north's main oilfield. The Sudan Media Center reported that Sudan's army took control of Mugum, a stronghold of the southern army in Blue Nile state. Officials said clashes have spread along the border of Sudan and South Sudan. Sudan's military bombed an oil well outside Heglig.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, Syrian forces fought with rebels in Idlib and shelled Homs, hours after UN peacekeepers arrived to oversee a truce aimed at ending a year of bloodshed. At least 26 people were reported killed. The Local Coordination Committees said at least 55 people were killed, including 26 in Idlib.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, Taiwan kicked off its biggest annual war game, testing its ability to defend of the capital Taipei against a Chinese attack and ward off a blockade of its main naval base.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, The UN Security Council tightened sanctions against North Korea over its failed rocket launch and warned of new "action" if the isolated state stages a new nuclear test.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, In Yemen a suspected US drone strike late today in the southeastern Shabwa province killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 16, In southern Zimbabwe at least 21 people were killed early today when a speeding bus overturned while traveling towards Beitbridge.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 16, Zimbabwean police arrested a journalist from New Zealand for reporting without accreditation. Hammond Robin Nicholas (37) was arrested together with Zimbabwean charity worker Bertha Chiguvare (31) in the border town of Beitbridge.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)

2012        Apr 17, In California the body of Brittany Dawn Killgore (22) was found near Lake Skinner in Riverside County. The Marine’s wife had disappeared a week earlier.
    (SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 17, Amanda Clayton (25) of Michigan was charged with welfare fraud. She had kept receiving food stamps after winning a $735,000 lottery jackpot.
    (SFC, 4/18/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 17, In Texas a newborn boy was abducted from Kayla Marie Golden (28), his dying mother, after she was repeatedly shot outside a suburban Houston pediatric center. The suspected female shooter sped off with a man and the infant in a blood-stained Lexus. Verna McClain (30) was arrested hour later and confessed to killing Golden.
    (AP, 4/17/12)(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 17, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he wanted "at least $2 billion" a year from the United States after it withdraws its troops in 2014. Karzai said the US should specify in a partnership agreement to be signed between his country and the US how much money it will give to Afghanistan after they leave.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, The African Union suspended Guinea-Bissau's membership after a coup and the arrests of top officials.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)
2012        Apr 17, Australia said it will bring its troops home from Afghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, In Bangladesh opposition politician Elias Ali (50) and his driver were abducted as they returned home from meeting supporters at a hotel.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        Apr 17, Bangladesh customs agents seized more than 400 tortoises being smuggled in three suitcases through the country's main airport on their way to Bangkok. Two Indian citizens were arrested in connection with the seizure.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, British authorities arrested radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada (51), who is accused of ties to late Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, as they resumed efforts to deport him to Jordan. The UK government has been trying to extradite the Jordanian since 2005 arguing that he is a threat to national security. He was convicted in Jordan in absentia of involvement in terror attacks in 1998, and faces a retrial on his return.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, UK authorities gave approval to drill for shale gas onshore after a temporary ban on the controversial extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Energy experts believed Britain may have enough offshore shale gas to catapult it into the top ranks of global producers.
    (Reuters, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, In London James Ibori, former Nigerian state governor (1997-2007), was sentenced to 13 years in prison over a fraud involving $250 million of state funds.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, China and the Philippines traded fresh accusations of illegal incursions in a disputed area of the South China Sea, while refusing to compromise on their territorial claims.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, Egypt’s electoral commission on technical grounds barred 10 of 23 presidential candidates.
    (Econ, 4/21/12, p.62)
2012        Apr 17, A prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer, Ahmed el-Gezawi, was arrested upon his arrival in the Saudi port of Jiddah. He was on his way to perform a minor pilgrimage. El-Gezawi had earlier filed a lawsuit in Egypt against King Abdullah over the alleged arbitrary detention of hundreds of Egyptians living in the kingdom. A rights group said he has criticized the monarch in television interviews.
    (AP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 17, India's central bank lowered interest rates for the first time in three years, springing a bigger-than-forecast cut of 50 basis points along with a warning that further easing will be difficult. The benchmark repo rate would fall to 8.0 percent and the reverse repo rate, which it pays banks for deposits, would fall to 7.0 percent.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, Japan said it would pledge $60.0 billion to the International Monetary Fund, saying it was a critical part of the organization's bid to boost a global firewall against Europe's debt crisis.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, Hundreds of Kuwaiti firemen fought to contain a massive fire in a dump for used tires, with some members of parliament calling the blaze an environmental catastrophe.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, In Libya hundreds of federalism backers massed in east Libya insisting on the region's autonomy and challenged the framework for electing a constituent assembly. Participants issued a statement stressing their commitment to the autonomy of Cyrenaica stretching from the border with Egypt (in the east) to Syrte. Cyrenaica comprises half of the country's territory and holds about three-quarters of Libya's vast oil reserves.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, In Mali astrophysicist-turned-politician Cheick Modibo Diarra was named interim prime minister. Armed men rounded up top Malian officials including two presidential hopefuls in a show of force by a junta that seized power last month. Police chief Mahamadou Diagouraga, former defense minister Sadio Gassama and Hamidou Sissoko, a top aide to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, were among the others arrested.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)(AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 17, Nigerian troops killed one suspected member of the Islamist Boko Haram sect and arrested 13 others in dawn raids on two hideouts in Maiduguri city.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel launched a hunger strike, protesting their conditions and demanding an end to detentions without trial. Some 3,500 prisoners refused meals on "Prisoners' Day," and 1,200 of them said they would continue with an open-ended hunger strike. Khader Adnan, who didn't eat for 66 days, was set to be freed today as part of a deal reached with Israel.
    (AP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea, but there was no tsunami warning issued.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, In Somalia unknown military jets fired several missiles at a suspected pirate base in the north of the war-torn country, wounding two civilians. Last month the EU authorized its navies to strike Somali pirate equipment on land, with a mandate for warships or helicopters to fire at fuel barrels, boats, trucks or other equipment stowed away on beaches. A suicide bomber killed a soldier in the southern town of Baidoa, when he detonated an explosive vest as he tried to enter a government security building.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, South Africa Police arrested seven youths, aged 14 to 20, for the gang rape of a teenage girl (17) after they were identified based on video images. She was said to have the mental capacity of a four-year-old. A day earlier the Johannesburg High Court heard 62 rape cases, including a father-son pair charged with attacking 21 women together.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 17, Along the Sudan-South Sudan border a firefight killed seven South Sudan soldiers and 15 Sudan soldiers. It reportedly began after a Sudanese soldier shot a South Sudan soldier who was getting water from the river.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 17, The Syrian regime widened shelling attacks on opposition strongholds, targeting a second town in a new sign that a UN-brokered cease-fire is quickly unraveling despite the presence of foreign observers. Army tanks shelled the southern town of Busra al-Harir, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 4/17/12)
2012        Apr 17, The Tunisian League for Human Rights said that around 100 people working near the town of Zaouia, some 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, had been taken hostage by armed men demanding the release of a group of Libyans held in Tunisia. The workers' seizure had been in retaliation for the arrest of Libyan nationals in Tunisia. 3 Libyans had been arrested on April 14 near the north African countries' border.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 17, In Vietnam Nguyen Quoc Quan (58) of California, a Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist, was detained after arriving at the airport in southern Ho Chi Minh City. He was arrested and accused of terrorism for allegedly trying to sabotage liberation celebrations commemorating the end of the Vietnam War. Quan was released on Jan 30, 2013. Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said that Quan had "confessed to his crime" and asked for leniency to be reunited with his family.
    (AP, 4/29/12)(AP, 1/30/13)

2012        Apr 18, The Los Angeles Times published 2 pictures, dating back to 2010, showing US soldiers posing with the remains of Taliban insurgents. One showed members of the 82nd Airborne Division posing in 2010 with Afghan police holding the severed legs of a suicide bomber. The 2nd appeared to show the hand of a dead insurgent resting on a US soldier's shoulder as the soldier smiles.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 18, Eladio Aponte, a former Venezuelan supreme court justice who recently fled to the US, gave an interview to SoiTV, a Miami-based TV channel. He said that senior officials from the president on down would provide the judiciary with instructions on sensitive cases.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.42)
2012        Apr 18, Dick Clark (1929) died at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. He had hosted American Bandstand for four decades and literally introduced rock ’n’ roll to much of the nation.
    (SFC, 4/19/12, p.C5)
2012        Apr 18, ExxonMobil finalized the terms of a deal with Russia’s Rosneft to invest up to $500 billion in developing offshore reserves, including in Russia’s Arctic Kara Sea.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, SR p.5)
2012        Apr 18, The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said the government has arrested about 80 leading democracy activists in an attempt to contain anti-government protests ahead of the April 22 Formula One Grand Prix race.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, The British government promised to release 8,800 files from 37 former colonies as an official revue concluded that thousands of documents detailing shameful acts in the final years of the British Empire were systematically destroyed.
    (SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 18, CongoDRC Finance Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon (47) was appointed prime minister and asked to form a new government.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 18, The German government approved an extension of the EU's anti-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa to include targeting equipment stored on Somali beaches.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, Guinea-Bissau's former ruling party rejected the junta's plans for a transition government and demanded the release of top political leaders being held by the military rulers. Former secretary of state Fode Cassama was seized at his house by soldiers and taken to an unknown destination. The junta and opposition parties formally dissolved the government and called for a two-year transition period before new elections can be held.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, Iran welcomed Saudi Arabia suspending death sentences against several of its nationals convicted for drug trafficking.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, Mexican authorities seized 268,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition in a US truck at a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez. Dallas truck driver Jabin Bogan was transporting a load of ammunition to a Phoenix gun shop when he said he made a wrong turn, causing him to cross the border into Mexico. Jabin was released on Nov 23 after his mother paid a fine.
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.A2)(ABC News, 11/25/12)
2012        Apr 18, Mozambique state-run newspaper Noticias reported that rampaging elephants are terrorizing villages near the Zimbabwe border, attacking people, trampling crops and scaring children.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, In northern Nigeria a customs officer was shot dead at Gamboru market in Maiduguri, while a water vendor was also killed in another area of the city on the same day.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 18, Pakistan called for negotiations with rival nuclear power India over the disputed Siachen Glacier to the north of Kashmir, an apparent softening in attitude toward a neighbor with which it has fought three wars since 1947.
    (AP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, At Edinburgh High Court a man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his ex-lover in a hearing which was the first of its kind in Britain to be filmed by television cameras. David Gilroy (49) must spend a minimum of 18 years behind bars for killing his colleague Suzanne Pilley (38) two years ago, after she ended their affair.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, Spain's King Juan Carlos apologized for having gone elephant-hunting in Africa while everyday people endure a severe economic crisis.
    (AP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, Sudan’s Pres. Omar el-Bashir threatened to topple the government of South Sudan and liberate its people.
    (SFC, 4/19/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 18, Syrian troops opened fire on protesters, wounding eight in the Damascus suburb of Arbeen, visited by a UN observer team. Regime forces fired mortar shells at the central city of Homs. State news said two separate roadside bombs killed 10 members of the security forces and a civilian in northern Syria. 30 people were killed today, 22 of them civilians. In the central city of Homs alone, 13 civilians died in renewed bombardment.
    (AP, 4/18/12)(AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 18, Tunisia said some 100 Tunisian workers kidnapped by armed men in western Libya have been released. 3 Libyans arrested on April 14 wee also reported freed.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
2012        Apr 18, Turkey said it has intercepted an Antigua and Barbuda-flagged vessel in the Mediterranean suspected of carrying weapons and ammunition to Syria. The "Atlantic Cruiser" belonged to a German company. The ship was chartered by a Ukrainian firm, which said that the cargo contained no weapons, but legal goods for civilian use.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)(AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 18, In Yemen 7 Al-Qaeda suspects, including four Somali nationals, were killed in battles with Yemeni troops near the southern town of Loder (Lawder). An air strike on an Al-Qaeda position near Loder killed six militants.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)

2012        Apr 19, The US military said 2 ethnic Uighur men from western China, held for almost a decade without charge at Guantanamo Bay, have been resettled in El Salvador.
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 19, One of the first pennies ever produced by the US Mint, a 1792 Silver Center penny, was put up for auction and reportedly sold for more than $1 million.
    (ABCNews, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 19, Levon Helm (71), drummer and singer for the Band, died in Albany, NY. The group, which also backed Bob Dylan, was known for such songs as “Up on Cripple Creek" (1969), “The Weight" (1968), and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (1969).
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.C5)
2012        Apr 19, In Afghanistan a US Army helicopter crashed in bad weather during a night flight to the scene of a suicide bombing. All 4 American crew members were killed. 4 Afghan police officers were killed and 7 others were wounded in the suicide attack on the checkpoint in Helmand province.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 19, Australia vowed in an apparent U-turn to keep combat troops in Afghanistan through 2014 after PM Julia Gillard had indicated they would come home earlier than planned.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, Bahraini police fired buckshot and tear gas to disperse overnight demonstrations in Shiite villages outside the capital Manama ahead of this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, The European Union said it will suspend most sanctions against Myanmar for a year while it assesses the country's progress toward democracy.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, Guinea-Bissau's junta named Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, a former parliamentary speaker and independent presidential candidate, to head a two-year transition government after a deal with the opposition, defying world calls for a return to democracy.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, India successfully tested a powerful new missile that can carry nuclear weapons 5,000 km (3,100 miles). The Agni-V took off from a small launcher on what appeared to be railroad tracks from Wheeler Island off India's east coast.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, In India 3 commuters hanging onto the outside of a train in Mumbai were killed when they were hit by an iron pole in the latest accident on India's overcrowded railways.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, In Iraq bombings struck several areas in Baghdad and to the north. Al-Qaida extremists launched dozens of bombings and shootings in 7 different provinces killing 38 people and wounding more than 170.
    (AP, 4/19/12)(AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 19, Jamaica announced a new government task force to fight proliferating lottery scams that mainly target elderly Americans.
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.A2)   
2012        Apr 19, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued a decree exempting schools, hospitals, the national broadcaster and power company from paying customs duties on fuel.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, Mali's police announced a wave of arrests overnight after officers seized container loads of weapons, as the country's new prime minister considered who should form his transitional government. The junta announced late today that it had released 22 people whose arrests earlier this week had prompted international criticism.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)(AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 19, In northern Nigeria 5 people were killed by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram, in a bakery in Maiduguri. A policeman was killed outside his house in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 19, In Somalia Burundian troops with the AU force seized areas of Mogadishu’s Banadir district late today, including securing the Deynile airstrip, part of long-running efforts to drive the militants from the city.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 19, In South Africa a man was killed by a shark while body boarding at a bay in Cape Town in the country’s second deadly mauling this year.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, South Sudan said it repulsed four attacks from Sudan over a 24-hour period as fighting on the border showed no signs of slowing. A Sudanese air raid struck a Heglig oil processing facility, setting it ablaze. A pipeline was damaged and oil poured into the ground.
    (AP, 4/19/12)(AFP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 19, Syria and the UN signed a deal on the framework for observers to monitor a shaky ceasefire, as Arab and Western ministers gathered in Paris to pile pressure on Damascus. At least three people were reported killed in violence across Syria today.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered an overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), based in Silver Spring, Md. I cited radical feminist themes and questioned official positions on homosexuality and the ordination of women.
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 19, Yemeni government troops launched a surprise attack in Abyan province. 32 Islamist militants were reported killed.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)

2012        Apr 20, Pres. Obama declared some 14,000 acres of California’s Fort Ord a national monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 20, In Arizona Isabel Mercedes Celis (6) was last seen in her bedroom in Tucson.
    (SFC, 4/28/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 20, In San Francisco the Sam Wo restaurant in Chinatown said goodbye after some 100 years in business.
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.C1)
2012        Apr 20, In Sacramento, Ca., a man suspected in a crime spree led to the temporary closure if I-80. Officers fatally shot Jimmy Lee Graves (38) on a 2nd-story balcony after he started a fire and refused to show his hands.
    (SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 20, In Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin, stunning a rapt courtroom and a national television audience at a hearing in which the judge granted him $150,000 bail on a charge of 2nd-degree murder.
    (Reuters, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 20, An unresponsive twin-engine plane flying erratically over the Gulf of Mexico and tracked by the Air Force crashed between Louisiana and Florida. An airport mechanic who has worked on the plane said the pilot was  Dr. Peter Hertzak (65) of New Orleans.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)(SFC, 4/21/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 20, North Carolina-based Boxun.com was forced to move to a new web hosting service after its previous host said the attacks were threatening its entire business. The website has reported extensively on China's biggest political turmoil in years, underscoring the pivotal role the Internet has played in the unfolding scandal.
    (AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, Members of the International Monetary Fund raised $430 billion in new funds for crisis intervention, with China and other emerging economic giants taking part.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 20, Bahrain's most senior Shiite cleric, Sheik Isa Qassim, condemned the Sunni rulers for staging the F1 race despite opposition protests. Opposition leaders from Bahrain's largest Shiite bloc, Al-Wefaq, said at least 50 people have been injured in the past two days when security forces fired pellets to disperse protesters on several occasions. Tens of thousands flooded a major highway demanding a halt to the Formula One race.
    (AP, 4/20/12)(SFC, 4/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 20, British diplomat George Fergusson (56) was mugged as he walked through Hammersmith in West London. He lost sight in his left eye following the attack. He is due to take up the post of governor in the British overseas territory of Bermuda.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 20, British guitarist Bert Weedon (91) died. He inspired a generation to pick up the string instrument. The Beatles' George Harrison, John Lennon as well as Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Queen guitarist Brian May and Pete Townshend of The Who were all among those who started out with Weedon's books. His first "Play In A Day" book was published in 1957.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, China signed accords on energy cooperation and the Arctic in Iceland as Premier Wen Jiabao started a tour of northern Europe that will focus on Chinese investment in a continent eager for funds and to trade with the rising world power.
    (Reuters, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, Hackers claiming to come from China defaced the website of the Philippines' top university to assert their country's claim over the hotly disputed South China Sea.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, In Egypt tens of thousands of protesters packed Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square in the biggest demonstration in months against the ruling military. But the crowds in Tahrir were divided between rival groups with differing complaints and goals.
    (AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, The Council of Europe's 47 member states agreed to a declaration aimed at making the European Court of Human Rights more efficient.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, The European Union parliament condemned Argentina's move to seize control of the YPF division of Spanish oil and gas giant Repsol and demanded that EU takes action against Buenos Aires at the World Trade Organization.
    (AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, European regulators recommended approval of a new type 2 diabetes drug from AstraZeneca, Britain's second biggest drugmaker, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, in a decision that contrasts starkly with its failure to win approval in the United States.
    (Reuters, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, Dive operators and conservationists said Indonesia's government is not doing enough to keep illegal fishermen out of the boundaries of the Komodo National Park, a UN World Heritage site. They said enforcement declined greatly following the exit two years ago of a US-based environmental group that helped fight destructive fishing practices.
    (AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, In western Kazakhstan journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov was stabbed and shot in an overnight attack that his colleagues say may have been motivated by his critical reporting about the Central Asian nation's authoritarian government.
    (AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, In Mexico masked gunmen burst into a bar in Chihuahua and opened fire killing 14 people.
    (SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 20, In Mexico a truck trailer came loose and hit a passenger bus killing at least 43 people in Veracruz state.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 20, Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano shot a heavy plume of ash into the sky southeast of Mexico City and spewed glowing rock from its crater at dawn.
    (AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, In North Korea tens of thousands rallied, screaming hatred for South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and calling for his death over alleged insults during the North's anniversary celebrations.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, In Norway far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in court how he gunned down teenagers in the Utoya massacre as they fled in panic or froze before him, paralyzed with fear.
    (AP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 20, A Pakistani Bhoja Air passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed as it was landing in bad weather at an airport near Islamabad. All onboard were killed.
    (AP, 4/20/12)(AP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 20, Senegalese state media reported that Mali's Pres. Amadou Toumani Toure and family has sought refuge in neighboring Senegal nearly one month after the democratically elected leader was overthrown in a coup that has sparked political and humanitarian crises.
    (AP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma married his fourth current wife, marking the sixth time the 70-year-old has tied the knot.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, Sudan said its forces have retaken the main town in the Heglig oil region 10 days after South Sudanese troops seized it. The announcement came shortly after South Sudanese President Salva Kiir ordered the immediate withdrawal of his troops from Heglig, following intensified global diplomatic efforts to pull the two nations from the brink of wider war.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, Switzerland said it has revised a tax pact agreed with Britain last year and will offer it a higher rate of withholding tax, after Germany earlier this month succeeded in obtaining more favorable terms in a similar deal with the Swiss government.
    (Reuters, 4/20/12)
2012        Apr 20, Syrian troops fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters. State media reported that bombs and shooting killed 17 soldiers in the latest violence to defy international efforts to calm the country's crisis. Activists reported at least 11 civilians killed.
    (AP, 4/20/12)(SFC, 4/21/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 20, Jailed former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko went on hunger strike after prison guards allegedly beat her. She had refused to be treated for a severe spinal condition at the Kharkiv clinic because she doesn't trust government-appointed doctors.
    (AP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 20, In Yemen tens of thousands rallied in the capital, Sanaa, and several other cities demanding trial of Saleh and his family for killing protesters during past year's uprising. Yemen's air force raided Al-Qaeda hideouts in the south. The military regained control over part of Zinjibar after a battle left 12 militants and 7 troops dead.
    (AP, 4/20/12)(AFP, 4/21/12)(SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A2)

2012        Apr 21, US DEA agents in San Diego raided a house for drugs and detained 9 people including engineering student Daniel Chong (23). The DEA forgot about Chong and left him in a holding cell for 4 days with no food or water. Chong planned to seek damages. On July 30, 2013, his attorney said Chong had agreed to settle claims for $4.1 million.
    (SFC, 5/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)
2012        Apr 21, The New York Times reported that Wal-Mart (Walmart) failed to notify law enforcement officials even after its own investigators found evidence of millions of dollars in bribes by top executives of its Mexican subsidiary carried out to build stores across that country. The payments were said to be made in 2005.
    (AP, 4/21/12)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.71)
2012        Apr 21, Charles "Chuck" Colson (b.1931), described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon administration, died. Colson had pleaded guilty in 1974 to obstruction of justice in connection with attempts to discredit Daniel Ellsberg. He served 7 months in prison. Royalties from all his books have gone to his ministry program, as did the $1 million Templeton prize, which he won in 1993.
    (AP, 4/22/12)(SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A8)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.98) NixonR, USA
2012        Apr 21, An Afghan official said security forces arrested five militants on April 13 with 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of explosives that they smuggled in from Pakistan to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, as well as another three suspects, arrested on April 15, allegedly planning to assassinate the vice president.
    (AP, 4/21/12)(AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, In Australia 2 Aboriginal teenagers were shot by police in central Sydney after mounting a crowded footpath in a stolen car and hitting a bystander.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, Bahrain's opposition reported the first death in protests timed for this weekend's controversial Grand Prix as rising fears prompted tighter security around the Formula One race circuit. The body of Salah Abbas Habib (36) was found in Shakhura village, where security forces overnight had "attacked peaceful protesters.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemned the recent eviction of a Palestinian family from its east Jerusalem home, ahead of its inhabitation by Jewish settlers.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh warned foreign diplomats his country would not be "bribed" with aid to accept homosexuality.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 21, In India Maoist guerrillas shot the two guards dead and captured Alex Paul Menon (32), a district collector, as he toured a village in Sukma district, 320 km (200 miles) from the state capital Raipur. Menon was freed on May 3.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)(AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        Apr 21, In India 10 French nationals, including 6 women were thrown out of the Indian state of Bihar after they were alleged to be working with a charity linked to Maoist rebel fighters.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 21, Indonesian authorities questioned more than 70 mostly Afghan asylum seekers bound for Australia after their boat was hit by a powerful wave, forcing them to swim to shore. There were between 83 and 100 people on the boat. Police made no connection between this case and another reported on April 14.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, In Iraq bombs exploded in two minibuses in Baghdad, killing three people and wounding at least 12, while a bomb attack on a governor's convoy wounded two guards.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, Japan said it will take steps to forgive about 300 billion yen ($3.7 billion) of Myanmar's debt and resume full-fledged development aid as a way to support the country's democratic and economic reforms.
    (AP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, Kenyan rangers shot dead five suspected elephant poachers overnight in a firefight at Chepareria in West Pokot County.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, In Libya fresh fighting flared in the desert town of Kufra overnight leaving three people dead and 17 others wounded. The fighting erupted after Zwai tribesman shot dead a Toubu man.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, In the Netherlands two trains in Amsterdam were involved in a head-on collision that seriously wounded 42 people. One passenger died the next day.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 21, In northern Nigeria 5 suspected Islamist militants were killed when bombs they were assembling exploded during a shootout with government troops.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 21, Philippine army troops killed 6 communist guerrillas near the village of Bayawel.
    (SFC, 4/23/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 21, The third World Investment Forum opened in Doha, Qatar. Leaders and officials attending called for channeling more investments to poor nations and for introducing regulatory guidelines to help foster investments.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, In Sudan a Muslim mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum.
    (AP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 21, In Syria a group of UN cease-fire observers toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs as residents chanted loudly for a military intervention to protect them from President Bashar Assad's regime forces. State media said Syria has released 30 people who were detained for their alleged role in an anti-regime uprising, but who have "no blood on their hands." Fighting and government shelling stopped in Homs and troops hid tanks in advance of the visit by the UN observers. A huge explosion rocked a Syrian military airport on the outskirts of the capital.
    (AP, 4/21/12)(AFP, 4/21/12)
2012        Apr 21, In Yemen Benjamin Malbrancke (28), a French staff member of the international Red Cross, was kidnapped in the coastal province of Hudayda. He was freed on July 13.
    (AP, 7/15/12)

2012        Apr 22, In Albany, Ca., Occupy the Farm protesters took over the Gill Tract as a protest against planned development and housing nearby. UC Berkeley used the tract for agricultural experiments. Police cleared the farm of protesters on May 14.
    (SFC, 5/15/12, p.C3)
2012        Apr 22, A meteor, dubbed the Sutter’s Mill Meteriote, exploded into fragments over northern California. It weighed barely 2 pounds and was apparently from a family of known asteroids named 495 Eulalia. 
    (SFC, 12/21/12, p.C9)
2012        Apr 22, In Florida George Zimmerman was released without incident around midnight from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
    (AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 22, In North Bend, Washington state, two women were found dead in a house fire. Both were shot to death. Peter Keller (41), who had shared the house with his wife and daughter, was sought as a person of interest. On April 28 after a 22-hour standoff, police blew the top off a mountain bunker near Seattle, only to find Keller dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    (SFC, 4/24/12, p.A4)(AP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 22, A prize-winning, super-energy-saving 10-watt LED bulb from Dutch electronics giant Philips, went on sale to coincide with Earth Day. The bulb, said to last over 20 years, has won the US Department of Energy's "Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize" and was now available from retailers for $50, down from an initial $60 price tag.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, Google launched Street View in Israel, the US Internet giant said, putting on show streets and sites of interest from the Holy Land's three major cities with its 360-degree street-level images.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, Afghanistan and the US agreed on a much-delayed strategic partnership (SPA) deal that is meant to govern the US role in Afghanistan as international forces draw down and for decades after. The agreement pledged US support for 10 years.
    (AP, 4/22/12)(SFC, 4/23/12, p.A3)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.43)
2012        Apr 22, Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix went ahead despite a week of daily protests amid rising tensions between the kingdom's Sunni rulers and their majority Shiite population. Protesters burnt tires on the main road linking the capital to Sakhir race track, as security forces stopped dozens of others from marching towards the now demolished Pearl Square in central Manama. The British Channel 4 News crew, including foreign correspondent Jonathan Miller, were arrested while covering a series of Shiite-led anti-government protests. Bahrain had paid $40 million to the sport’s governing body to host the race.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)(Econ, 4/21/12, p.63)
2012        Apr 22, Bangladesh police in the northeastern city of Sylhet fired rubber bullets and tear gas at stone-throwing opposition supporters enforcing a strike to protest a politician's disappearance, leaving dozens injured. Elias Ali, who heads the local branch of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, went missing in Dhaka on April17.
    (AP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, Kenya's Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany triumphed in the London Marathon. Claire Squires (30) collapsed and died near the end of her charity run in the race.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 22, China and Russia launched their first joint naval exercises, with 6 days of war games in the Yellow Sea that come amid tensions between China and its Asian neighbors over territorial claims.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, Chinese blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (40), one of the country’s best-known rights activists, made a daring escape from house arrest in Shandong province. By the end of the week he recorded a video detailing the abuses he and his family have suffered and expressed serious concerns for his wife and young son, still being held at the family's home. Chen reportedly found refuge in the US Embassy.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 22, Egypt said it had scrapped the 2005 gas export deal with Israel, which generates 40 percent of its electricity from natural gas, with Egypt providing 43 percent of its gas supplies. The balance comes from Israel's own Yam Thetis offshore gas field. East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG), which exports the gas to Israel, said it was cancelled because the Israeli company failed to respect conditions stipulated in the contract.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 22, France held its first round of presidential elections. The first-round balloting trimmed down a list of 10 candidates to two finalists for a May 6 runoff. Final results showed Socialist Francois Hollande won 28.6% of the vote and incumbent conservative Nicolas Sarkozy 27.2%. Far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen was in third with 17.9%.
    (AP, 4/22/12)(AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 22, Iran's principal oil terminal on Kharg island in the Gulf was disconnected from the Internet. A voracious virus attack hit computers running key parts of Iran's oil sector, forcing authorities to unplug the oil export terminal from the Internet and to set up a cyber crisis team.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 22, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki was given a red carpet welcome by Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi at Saadabad Palace in north Tehran. He was scheduled to meet with Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a two-day official visit.
    (AP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, The Israeli Prisons Service said at least 1,350 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails are observing an open-ended hunger strike, after another 150 inmates began refusing food.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, In Kenya 7 people were killed when flash floods hit as they were trekking through Hell's Gate national park.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 22, In Lebanon 7 people were injured when an explosion apparently caused by a bomb shook the Nocean restaurant at midnight in the coastal town of Tyre.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 22, Thousands of young Mauritanian opposition protestors took to the streets of Nouakchott to demand President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a former coup leader, step down.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, In Syria UN cease-fire monitors toured the rebel-held town of Hama with army defectors, while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns. 2 people were reported killed by indiscriminate firing in Douma. 4 soldiers were also killed when a roadside bomb hit an armored personnel carrier in the town. Security forces also killed three people in the northern province of Idlib and one person in the village of Hteita outside Damascus when troops opened fire from a checkpoint.
    (AP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, Taiwan local media reported government plans to purchase four warships from the United States as part of the island's efforts to modernize its forces and offset the perceived military threat from China.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, UN and African officials urged sovereign wealth funds (SWF) worth an estimated $5 trillion to invest in developing countries, even as they seek the right climate and demand steps against corruption.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)
2012        Apr 22, Yemen’s army fired a series of artillery shells on suspected Al-Qaeda positions late today near the city of Loder (Lawder), killing 13 militants. At least three other militants were killed elsewhere, in an air strike on several vehicles traveling in a remote desert region in the country's eastern Marib province. The financier of Yemen's Al-Qaeda branch, Mohammed Said al-Omda (also known as Abu Gharib Taizi) was among the dead. Former Pres. Saleh's half brother, air force commander Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, finally gave up his command and left his office at the military section of the international airport at Sanaa.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)(AP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 5/10/12)

2012        Apr 23, Common Cause, a US open government advocate, said it has filed an IRS complaint accusing the American Legislative Exchange Council of masquerading as a public charity. ALEC was formed as a non-profit to develop legislation and policy.
    (SFC, 4/24/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 23, Aid agencies said they are facing a multi-million dollar funding shortage to deal with a food crisis in the Sahel where people are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive. The crisis has so far affected Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Bangladesh police opened fire on hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators who stormed a police station on the second day of an opposition-sponsored general strike protesting a politician's disappearance. Police said one person was killed and more than 50 others injured.
    (AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, In Brazil political journalist Decio Sa (42) was shot dead in a restaurant in Sao Luis, Maranhao state. He had spent most of his career reporting on corruption.
    (SFC, 4/25/12, p.A7)
2012        Apr 23, Ferrovial-owned BAA said it had agreed to sell Edinburgh airport to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for 807 million pounds ($1.3 billion), adding the Scottish hub to an investment portfolio that includes London's Gatwick and City airports.
    (Reuters, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Chinese state media said Guangdong party authorities have punished eight Wukan officials for corruption following a three month inquiry, including the previous Communist party chief, after their land grabs sparked an unprecedented uprising.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Chinese state media said police have arrested nine people and detained 54 others in a crackdown on chromium-tainted gel capsules made from industrial waste. On April 22 Xinhua News said that police have seized 77 million gel capsules and shuttered 80 production lines in Hebei province.
    (AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Egyptian authorities said they have denied permission to eight American nonprofit groups to operate locally, including a center headed by former President Jimmy Carter that monitors elections.
    (AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Eritrea said President Issaias Afeworki is at the "peak of his health" in a statement aimed to quash rumors the authoritarian leader is sick.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, In Iceland former PM Geir Haarde was acquitted on the major counts in a trial probing his responsibility for the country’s 2008 economic collapse.
    (SFC, 4/24/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 23, Italian police arrested an Italian man, identified as Andrea Campione (28), in a crackdown in several Italian cities on an Islamic extremist network suspected of supporting international terrorism.
    (AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Dutch PM Mark Rutte and his Cabinet resigned after failing to reach agreement on reducing the country's budget to meet European guidelines.
    (AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Philippine coast guard and fisheries bureau operatives arrested 12 Vietnamese fishermen for poaching endangered marine turtles, black corals and reef fishes in southern Philippines waters. Other foreign fishing boats spotted in the same area managed to flee toward Malaysia.
    (AP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 23, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said there will be no more talks with South Sudan, as fresh Sudanese air raids drew swift condemnation from the US and France. Sudanese bombs fell on a key bridge and a market, killing at least two children in the state capital of Bentiu. Sudan’s armed forces commander said more than 1,000 South Sudanese troops died during the battle for the oilfield of Heglig.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Swiss-based Nestle said it would buy Pfizer Nutrition, the infant nutrition arm of American Drug firm Pfizer, for $11.85 billion.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.75)
2012        Apr 23, Syrian state news said that "terrorists" had killed a doctor in the country's south, two military officers in the central province of Hama and two others in the south. UN observers monitoring the shaky cease-fire visited a string of rebellious Damascus suburbs. The EU banned the sale of luxury goods and products that can have military as well as civilian uses. At least 55 people were killed across Syria, most in the central city of Hama, a day after a visit by UN observers. Regime forces "summarily executed" nine activists.
    (AP, 4/23/12)(AP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 23, Ukraine's two biggest pro-Western opposition parties announced they will be joining forces in the fall parliamentary election in order to challenge Pres. Viktor Yanukovych's grip on power.
    (AP, 4/23/12)
2012        Apr 23, Vietnamese and US Navy troops conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)

2012        Apr 24, Mitt Romney swept five GOP primaries, including Pennsylvania and New York, and solidified his lead in the race to reach the 1,144 delegates necessary to claim the GOP nomination.
    (AP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, The US Department of Agriculture reported the country's fourth-ever case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a California dairy cow, but stressed the outbreak was contained and no contaminated meat had entered the food chain.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, In Texas a US federal indictment was unsealed against Mexican drug boss Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo. The indictment also named Sinaloa cartel co-leader Zambada Garcia and 22 others.
    (SFC, 4/25/12, p.A8)
2012        Apr 24, At the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wa., the Planetary Resources firm announced a plan to mine metals from asteroids and bring them back to Earth. The company was founded by peter Diamandis, instigator of the X Prize.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.81)
2012        Apr 24, In southern Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed by an improvised explosive device. Another NATO service member died of non-battle injuries in the east.
    (AP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, BTG Pactual, a Brazilian investment bank, raised $3.7 billion reais ($1.9 billion) in an initial public offering (IPO).
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.81)
2012        Apr 24, British police arrested five men on suspicion of terror offences in Luton, in pre-planned raids. The men were arrested "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism" in the Bury Park area, which has been home to a large Muslim Pakistani community since the 1970s. On April 30 four men Zahid Iqbal (30), Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed (24), Umar Arshad (23), and Syed Hussain (21) were charged with intention to commit acts of terror or assisting others to commit such acts.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 24, In London Gianfranco Techegne (49) was arrested at the Broadway Post Office by detectives from Scotland Yard's extradition unit. He has been wanted by Italian police since 1982 in connection with the armed robbery of a car rental agency in Naples during which a young police officer was fatally wounded.
    (AP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 24, An Egyptian court upheld a conviction against popular comedian Adel Imam (71) for offending Islam in some of his most popular films. He was sentenced to 3 months in jail and fined around $170. On Sep 12 an appeals court said the lawyer was not personally harmed by the movies and had no standing to sue.
    (SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)(AP, 9/12/12)
2012        Apr 24, Hundreds of Egyptians noisily protested outside the Saudi Embassy to demand the release of an Egyptian human rights lawyer detained on April 17 in Saudi Arabia for allegedly insulting the kingdom's monarch.
    (AP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, An Indian couple who "married" when aged just one and three had their wedding annulled in Jodhpur in a ground-breaking case that activists hope will challenge the culture of child marriages.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a Palestinian prisoner who has been refusing food for more than seven weeks to protest being held without charge. Hassan Safdi (31) was arrested on June 29, 2011 and has been held without charge under a procedure called administrative detention, which means a prisoner can be held for renewable periods of up to six months.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, Israel legalized three unsanctioned West Bank settler outposts and was trying to save another, infuriating the Palestinians as the chief American Mideast envoy was in the region laboring to revive peace efforts.
    (AP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, In Ivory Coast 8 people were killed and ten of homes burned in an attack on the village of Sakre in the restive south-west bordering Liberia. Four attackers were soon arrested, all of them sympathizers of ousted strongman Laurent Gbagbo.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, Jordanian authorities detained journalist of Jamal Muhtaseb for publishing online statements alleging misconduct by royal officials. On May 13 Muhtaseb, chief editor of Gerasa News, was released on bail after publishing a report on a graft probe into a $7 billion housing project.
    (AP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        Apr 24, In Kenya a stone thrown by a rioter killed one protester in the coastal city of Mombasa after police blocked members of an outlawed group from entering a court house. Riot police fired teargas to stop more than 100 members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) from reaching the court to hear a case in which they are challenging the ban on their group. The MRC has repeatedly claimed that the Mombasa region, predominantly Muslim, is not part of Kenya.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, In northern Mali special forces from Burkina Faso swept into rebel-held territory aboard a helicopter and whisked Swiss hostage Beatrice Stockly to safety in a pre-arranged handover by Islamist Ansar Dine rebels.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, Moldova's Pres. Nicolae Timofti refused to sign a law that would have meant that foreigners convicted of sexually abusing children in Moldova were chemically castrated. Parliament had approved the law on March 6 after lawmakers said the impoverished nation was attracting pedophiles from the West.
    (AP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, Nigerian lawmakers called for a probe into an alleged $6.8 billion lost since 2009 through a graft-ridden fuel subsidy program.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, In Nigeria gunmen killed five people, including a police officer and a politician, at a bar in Damaturu, Yobe state, in an area previously hit by a bomb blast blamed on Islamists. 5 people, including two children, were killed in Gwa-Rim village by suspected Fulani herdsmen. In Jos a blast killed one person and wounded nine soccer fans.   
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, In eastern Pakistan a bomb exploded at the main railway station in Lahore, killing at least two people.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, The Philippines Supreme Court ruled to break up Hacienda Luisita, the estate owned by the family of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, parceling out plots to over 6,000 farmers and their families after decades of conflict over the land. The estate was valued at $4.5 million.
    (SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 24, The Philippines said it had brokered a "significant" agreement with Muslim rebels (MILF) on how to end a decades-long insurgency, but warned that major issues still needed to be resolved.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, The Philippines said it was hoping to help secure its energy future by developing a natural gas field in Reed Bank, an area of the South China Sea also claimed by China.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, South Sudan's Pres. Salva Kiir, on a visit to Beijing where he met President Hu Jintao, said his "neighbor in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan." Kiir accused Sudan of declaring war as Khartoum's fighter jets bombed border regions in defiance of international calls for restraint.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, Syrian rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad killed three regime officers in separate attacks around Damascus.
    (AP, 4/24/12)
2012        Apr 24, The UN released a report slamming Hungary for the treatment of migrants from violence-ridden countries detained for months without convictions.
    (SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 24, A UN mine removal expert said unexploded cluster munitions have been found in northern Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm, for the first time, that the weapons were used in that country's long civil war.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 24, Venezuela's top security official announced the arrests of five people on charges of money laundering and said that there are suspicions some opposition politicians were involved in the scheme.
    (AP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 24, Vietnamese riot police fired warning shots and tear gas to break up a protest by hundreds of angry farmers against a forced eviction on the outskirts of the capital Hanoi. The area is to be developed by EcoPark, a satellite city being built by a private company, Viet Hung Co. Ltd., which the farmers say was granted some 500 hectares of their land without proper negotiations. Police and security guards beat two state radio reporters who were watching them evict farmers from their land to make way for a massive privately built housing project.
    (AFP, 4/24/12)(AP, 5/8/12)
2012        Apr 24, Yemeni government troops fought their way into the center of Zinjibar, an al-Qaida-held city in the lawless south after a fierce, six-hour battle that ended early today. Dozens were killed and wounded on both sides.
    (AP, 4/24/12)

2012        Apr 25, US federal officials announced that multiple airport screeners have been arrested for allegedly taking handsome bribes to look the other way while loads of illegal drugs slipped through security at Los Angeles International Airport.
    (ABCNews, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, The US Marine Corps said a sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty military personnel. Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and loose most of his benefits for violating the policies.
    (AP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a law that ends the state’s death penalty for future crimes, making it the 17th state to abolish capital punishment.
    (SFC, 4/26/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 25, In Massachusetts Anthony DiNunzio, the alleged head of the New England Cosa Nostra, was arrested in Boston. He pleaded not guilty to multiple counts including racketeering and conspiracy.
    (SFC, 4/26/12, p.A6)
2012        Apr 25, In southern Afghanistan another NATO service member was killed by an improvised explosive device. Another NATO service member died of non-battle injuries. A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform shot and killed a US soldier and an Afghan interpreter in Kandahar province. The shooter was killed when coalition forces returned fire.
    (AP, 4/25/12)(AP, 4/26/12)(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 25, In Bahrain an  overnight bomb attack carried out by "terrorists" wounded four policemen in the Shiite-populated village of Diraz. Police also raided 11 homes and arrested six people.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, European ministers began returning to Belarus. Poland, Lithuania and Sweden sent their representatives back to Minsk today. Other ambassadors will return over the next hours and days.
    (Reuters, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, Brazil’s Congress launched an investigation into the political influence of businessman Carlos Augusto Ramos (aka Carlinhos Cachoeira or Charlie Waterfall). He was thought to have ties with the numbers racket.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.37)
2012        Apr 25, Britain was back in recession after the economy shrank again in the first quarter but the government insisted on sticking by its deep spending cuts despite concerns they undermine growth. Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 0.2 percent between January and March, following a fall of 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, In central Indonesia a South African pilot and his Australian passenger were killed when their Susi Air Pilatus PC-6 aircraft crashed. The airline identified the pilot as Jonathan James Willis (28). Indonesian officials identified the passenger as photographer Ian McDougall (57).
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, A Kyrgyzstan utilities company turned off the gas supply to a major war memorial in the capital, Bishkek, after city authorities failed to clear a 3-year $9,400 debt.
    (AP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, Libya's ruling National Transitional Council issued a new law that bans parties based on religious principles, the council spokesman said. The surprise move was denounced by Islamists organizing to compete in upcoming elections. The interim ruling council fired the nation's Cabinet just five months after it took office, citing incompetence, just two months before the country's first national election. 65 of the NTC's 72-members approved a no-confidence motion against PM Abdurrahim el-Keib.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)(AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 25, Mali's interim PM Cheick Modibo Diarra (60) formed a 24-member government, including three military representatives seen as close to the outgoing military junta.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, In New Zealand an African elephant killed a zookeeper caring for her at the Franklin Zoo near Auckland where the animal was retired after performing in circuses for decades.
    (AP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, Pakistan successfully tested an improved intermediate-range ballistic missile with a possible range of 466-620 miles.
    (SFC, 4/26/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 25, Philippine communist guerrillas (NPA) killed 11 soldiers and a civilian near the mountain town of Tinoc on the main island of Luzon in one of their most audacious attacks in recent years.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, Philippine and US Navy troops conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012        Apr 25, Two major South Korean retailers pulled US beef from their stores following the discovery of mad cow disease in a California dairy cow. US health authorities a day earlier said the animal was never a threat to the nation's food supply. US authorities said the dead cow had what scientists call an atypical case of BSE, meaning that a random mutation in the animal rather than infected cattle feed was the cause.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, South Sudan freed 14 Sudanese prisoners of war as a "goodwill gesture" despite weeks of fierce fighting along their contested border. South Sudan’s Pres. Kiir cut short his visit to China amid violence with Sudan, as Beijing announced plans to send a peace envoy.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)
2012        Apr 25, In Syria an explosion in Hama killed at least 16 people. The government blamed rebels. Activists on the ground put the death toll as high as 68, including 16 children. UN envoy Kofi Annan urged the fast deployment of the full, 300-strong mission and voiced alarm about persistent violence. Observers now numbered 15. Syria was refusing to accept monitors from the Western and Arab coalition of countries in the so-called Friends of Syria group which has backed the Syrian opposition.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)(AFP, 4/26/12)(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 25, In Venezuela Walid Maklid, an alleged drug baron, said he had paid supreme court justice Eladio Aponte millions of dollars.
    (Econ, 4/28/12, p.42)

2012        Apr 26, US officials said the White House has given the CIA and the Pentagon broader authority to carry out drone strikes in Yemen against terrorists who imperil the US.
    (SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 26, In Michigan the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia held its grand opening at Ferris State Univ. in Big Rapids. David Pilgrim, the founder and curator, started building the collection as a teenager.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 26, In eastern Afghanistan a mortar fired during heavy fighting between NATO forces and the Taliban hit a house killing three women. In the northeast another group of Taliban fighters launched an overnight attack on a police post, killing four officers and abducting 16. Afghan border police killed eight insurgents who they found placing a bomb near a road in Spin Boldak district.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In London Rupert Murdoch admitted there was a "cover-up" over phone hacking at Britain's News of the World tabloid but insisted he and other executives at his media empire were kept in the dark.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Cambodia Chhut Vuthy, the director of Natural Resource Protection Group, was killed after military police apprehended him at Veal Bei in Mondul Seima district on behalf of a company that asked them to stop him from shooting photos of their development. The site was near the construction of a 338-megawatt hydropower dam being built by China Huadian. Investigators later said that In Rattana, the officer who killed Vuthy, was shot with his own gun during a scuffle with security guard Ran Boroth (26), who had tried to disarm him.
    (AP, 4/27/12)(http://tinyurl.com/7hjmxkh)(AFP, 5/5/12)(Econ, 5/5/12, p.43)
2012        Apr 26, In Canada some 125 people were arrested over the last 2 days following student protests over tuition fee increases in central Montreal that turned into window smashing.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.39)
2012        Apr 26, Egypt's election commission released a final list of 13 candidates eligible to run in the May 23-24 presidential elections.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Iraq two civilians died when a roadside bomb went off near a passing army patrol in the eastern Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad. A parked car bomb went off next to a police patrol in the northern Hurriyah neighborhood, killing three civilians and injuring 15 others. A suicide car bombing near a cafe in Abu Garma followed by another bombing inside it as the casualties were being carried out killed eight people and wounded 18 others.
    (AP, 4/26/12)(AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Ivory Coast the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided to send troops to coup-hit Mali and Guinea-Bissau to support their return to civilian rule and demanded coup leaders "return to barracks" in both countries. They also said Guinea-Bissau and Mali must prepare for legislative and presidential elections within a year.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Japan Ichiro Ozawa (69), the veteran Japanese lawmaker who engineered the ruling party's rise to power, was acquitted in a political funding scandal that has damaged his chances of becoming prime minister.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Jordan's PM Awn Khasawneh (62) submitted his resignation to King Abdullah II, barely six months after he formed a government to bring in much-needed reforms. Khasawneh cited interference from the palace.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)(Econ, 5/5/12, p.48)
2012        Apr 26, In Libya six prisoners and guards were killed in an exchange of gunfire in the eastern city of Benghazi, when a group of inmates tried to break out of the al-Kawifiya prison.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Malawi's new president Joyce Banda named a 23-member cabinet but gave herself several key portfolios to beef up her powers as southern Africa's first female president.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu fell under the control of a new armed group made up of Arabs who claim to be neither rebels nor Islamists. Entries in the north and west remained under the control of the Islamist group Ansar Dine and Tuareg group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Independent Mexican truckers launched nationwide protests calling for clearer, fairer rules on vehicle weights and dimensions and for an end to discretionary permits that they say let double-trailer vehicles carrying as much as 100 metric tons of freight operate on narrow, two-lane roads.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In the Netherlands an international court convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor (64) of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting notoriously brutal rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds." Taylor became the first head of state convicted by an international court since the post-World War II Nuremberg military tribunal.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, In Nigeria a suicide attack at the Abuja bureau of ThisDay newspaper and a car bombing at another of its offices killed at least 9 people in the first such strikes against the country's media. 5 people were killed in Abuja and 4 in Kaduna.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Pakistan's Supreme Court convicted PM Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt and handed him a symbolic sentence of less than a minute's detention, allowing him to leave the building surrounded by cheering supporters and still in power. He was charged with contempt for his refusal to pursue a long, dormant corruption case against his political master, President Asif Ali Zardari.
    (AP, 4/26/12)
2012        Apr 26, Pakistani authorities deported Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 4/27/12)(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 26, Syria's main opposition group called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting as it accused regime forces of having killed more than 100 people in the central city of Hama. Reports out of Lebanon said Islamist militant Abdel Ghani Jawhar, one of the country's most wanted men, was killed in Syria fighting alongside rebels against the army. At least two people were killed today, as clashes were reported in several provinces.
    (AFP, 4/26/12)

2012        Apr 27, In Albany, Indiana, the remains of Stephanie Marie Kirk (35), last seen on March 25, were found at the home of William Gibson. He was being held in connection with the death last week of Christine Whitis (75) and the death of Karen Hodella (44), whose body was found in 2003.
    (SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A9)
2012        Apr 27, It was reported that the Taliban have succeeded in closing or partly closing some 50 schools in southern Afghanistan in response to a government decision last fall to ban motorcycles in the southern districts of Ghazni province. A British soldier was shot dead in the southern province of Helmand. NATO said 3 US service members were killed in a bomb attack in the east.
    (SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)(AFP, 4/28/12)(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 27, In Australia Clarence Marae, the private secretary of Vanuatu’s PM Kilman, was arrested at Sydney airport while traveling with PM Kilman, en route to Israel for a state visit. The arrest was linked to an alleged international tax scam.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        Apr 27, In China the nephew of activist Chen Guangcheng defended himself from intruders who broke into the family home in eastern Shandong province apparently searching for his uncle following his April 22 dramatic escape from house arrest. The nephew later faced a charge of "intentional murder," despite the fact no one died in the encounter.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)
2012        Apr 27, Denmark's intelligence service said 3 men have been arrested in Copenhagen on suspicion of plotting a terror attack after police found them with automatic weapons and ammunition.
    (AP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, Guinea-Bissau's coup leaders released the country's ousted prime minister and interim president after more than two weeks of captivity, allowing the former leaders to travel to Ivory Coast.
    (AFP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 27, In central Iraq a Sunni mother and her three children were shot dead in an apparent sectarian attack in the village of Abu Garma, Diyala province.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, Malaysian authorities took action to prevent a mass political rally calling for electoral reform from going ahead this weekend, sealing off a square in the capital and serving a court order banning the protest.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, The Mexican government said it will tighten inspections and lower maximum allowed weights for freight trucks after protests over a string of deadly accidents involving double-trailer trucks.
    (AP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, A Dutch judge upheld the government's plan to introduce a "weed pass" to prevent foreigners from buying marijuana in coffee shops in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, In northern Nigeria gunmen suspected of belonging to the Boko Haram Islamist sect fatally shot a police inspector outside his home Yobe state. A car in which Edo state Gov. Oshiomhole normally rides was struck by an oncoming vehicle. 3 journalists were killed in the suspicious accident.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)(AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Apr 27, In Oman say eight members of a family burned to death after their car struck a truck parked on the roadside.
    (AP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 27, In Pakistan about eight people were killed in the day long fighting between LEAs and criminal elements in the Lyari area of Karachi.
    (http://dawn.com/2012/04/28/brother-of-lyari-gang-leader-killed-in-police-action/)
2012        Apr 27, Romania's government fell in a no-confidence vote, as opposition parties seized on widespread public anger over biting austerity measures, cronyism and corruption. Some 235 lawmakers voted against the government of PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, four more votes than needed.
    (AP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, South African police snipers shot dead a 30-year-old man who had taken two women hostage inside a Durban hospital. Police believed the man was a teacher who suffered from bipolar disorder, and was receiving treatment at the hospital.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour, amid colorful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honor of the US pop diva.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)
2012        Apr 27, Spain’s government reported that unemployment rose to 24.4% in the first quarter.
    (SFC, 4/28/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 27, In Sudan a mother and her two children were killed when a Sudanese plane bombed a village around Umm Durain, South Kordofan state. Government troops were reported killed when they tried to retake a position from rebels in the Talodi area.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 27, Syrian state media said a suicide car bombing in Damascus killed 11 people. Thousands of Syrians protested elsewhere to denounce persistent violence by President Bashar Assad's regime. Damascus was hit by four explosions. At least 7 more people were killed in protests elsewhere.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)(AP, 4/28/12)(AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 27, In Ukraine four blasts within minutes rocked the center of Dnipropetrovsk in what prosecutors believed was a terrorist attack. Nine children were among the 31 injured. The crime was investigated as a terrorist attack and 4 men were soon arrested.
    (AP, 4/27/12)(AFP, 4/28/12)(AP, 6/1/12)
2012        Apr 27, The UN food agency appealed to oil- and mineral-rich nations to set up a fund to combat the food crisis gripping the Sahel desert region (Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger) and other parts of Africa. The group said it needed $110 million (83 million euros) to combat the crisis in the short term.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)

2012        Apr 28, US officials said that $147 million in aid programs to Palestinians has been restored. The money had been frozen as a penalty for a Palestinian UN membership bid.
    (SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 28, The 37-foot yacht Aegean ran into trouble during a race off the coast of California and Mexico. Three crew members were killed and a 4th was missing.
    (SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 28, A storm struck Louisville, Ky., and hail damaged some 3,500 Ford Escapes assembled at a plant nearby.
    (SFC, 5/28/12, p.A8)
2012        Apr 28, In southern Afghanistan 2 Taliban militants hiding handguns in their shoes slipped into the Kandahar governor's compound, setting off a fierce gunbattle that left two security guards and both attackers dead. A roadside bomb killed 10 Afghan security forces in eastern Wardak province.
    (AP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 28, In Colombia French journalist Romeo Langlois (35) went missing along with five Colombian security force members following combat with leftist FARC rebels that claimed the lives of three soldiers and a police officer. Langlois was freed on May 30.
    (AP, 4/29/12)(AP, 5/31/12)
2012        Apr 28, In Egypt reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei launched the Constitution Party, a new political party that he said aims to unite Egyptians and save the country's revolution from a messy democratic transition. Assailants attacked demonstrators gathered outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo to call for an end to military rule with rocks and firebombs, killing one protester and wounding 30.
    (AP, 4/28/12)(AP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 28, In Germany some 2,000 members of the new Pirates’ party gathered in the northern city of Neumuenster to discuss the group's growth, new polls predicted it would win seats in two more state legislatures in May.
    (AP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 28, Top Iraqi politicians, many of whom feel marginalized by PM Nuri al-Maliki's style of governing, called in Arbil, the capital of Kurdistan, for greater democracy in running the country.
    (AFP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 28, The Ivory Coast government and opposition agreed to launch a formal dialogue and meet four times a year to reconcile the country after last year's deadly crisis.
    (AFP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 28, Malaysian police unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of demonstrators who staged one of the country’s largest street rallies in years. The Bersih demanded fair rules for national elections expected soon. News organizations estimated the number of demonstrators at 80k-100,000.
    (AP, 4/28/12)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.33)
2012        Apr 28, Mexican authorities in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz state, found Regina Martinez, a correspondent for the national magazine Proceso, dead in her bathroom with signs she had been beaten and strangled.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        Apr 28, North Korea began sending electronic GPS jamming signals affecting civilian flights in South Korea amid simmering cross-border tensions.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        Apr 28, In Pakistan at least seven people including Station House Officer (SHO) of Civil Lines and two constables were killed along with 16 others wounded in Lyari, in the consecutive second day of violence and unrest.
    (http://dawn.com/2012/04/28/brother-of-lyari-gang-leader-killed-in-police-action/)
2012        Apr 28, In the Philippines 2 communist rebels and a soldier were killed in separate clashes as NPA insurgents stepped up their attacks.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 28, Saudi Arabia's official news agency said the kingdom has closed its embassy and consulates in Egypt and recalled its ambassador following protests over a detained Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed el-Gezawi.
    (AP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 28, A South African court halted the roll-out of tolls on major highways around Johannesburg in the latest delay for the project which has met widespread opposition.
    (AFP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 28, South Africa officials said some 14,600 inmates will be released to ease overcrowding. Violent criminals would not be freed.
    (SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 28, A South African policeman was shot dead by a game ranger in the Kruger National Park while searching for rhino poachers in a deadly exchange that also claimed the gunman's life.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 28, South Sudan government spokesman Barnaba Mariel Benjamin said China has agreed to loan the country eight billion dollars for infrastructure development.
    (AFP, 4/28/12)
2012        Apr 28, Sudan rejected UN Security Council involvement in efforts to end weeks of border clashes with South Sudan, which said it repelled an attack by Khartoum-backed rebels. A Briton, a Norwegian, a South African and a South Sudanese were captured by Sudanese troops in the oil-rich region of Heglig. The next day a representative for one of the three said that they were on a humanitarian mine-clearing mission.
    (AFP, 4/28/12)(AP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 28, Syrian army defectors clashed briefly with troops in the coastal town of Burj Islam, home to the presidential summer palace.
    (AP, 4/28/12)

2012        Apr 29, In NYC an out of control SUV flew off an elevated portion of the Bronx River Parkway, falling more than 50 feet before landing in a horrific crash that left seven people dead.
    (SFC, 4/30/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 29, Thomas Preston (83), Texas gambler also known as Amarillo Slim, died in Amarillo. His 1972 win in the fledgling World Series of Poker in Las Vegas helped make him an ambassador for the game.
    (Econ, 5/12/12, p.98)(http://tinyurl.com/8xlfd8l)
2012        Apr 29, In eastern Afghanistan a buried bomb killed two children who triggered the explosive when they were playing outside near their village in Paktika province.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 29, Algerian security forces killed 20 members of an al-Qaida splinter group who were allegedly about to attack two fuel tankers.
    (AP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 29, In Austria the body of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem (69), was found floating in the Danube river. Police said he died from drowning.
    (AP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 29, In Bangladesh 9 small bombs exploded in Dhaka, after an opposition supporter was shot dead the previous evening in clashes ahead of a 4th nationwide strike in eight days.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, British police arrested James Allen (36), of Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, for the deaths of Colin Dunford (81) from Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison (50) from Whitby, North Yorkshire. Their bodies were discovered last week.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        Apr 29, The CongoDRC military launched an offensive against Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by The Hague for alleged war crimes. On May 5 the army announced a five-day cease-fire to give army defectors a chance to return. Defections began early this month, with ex-CNDP members claiming that the government had failed to implement the provisions in the 2009 accord. On May 6 they formed a new group taking the name - March 23 - from the date of the 2009 peace accord signed by rebel groups and the Congolese government.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)(AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        Apr 29, Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament decided to suspend sessions for a week in protest at the ruling military refusing to sack the government and name the Muslim Brotherhood's party to head a new one. One person was killed and 119 injured in clashes between Abu Ismail supporters and residents of the Abbassiya neighborhood in Cairo, where the defense ministry is located.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)(AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        Apr 29, In India a head-on collision between two buses killed 20 passengers and injured at least 18 others in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In Japan a bus carrying dozens of vacationers to Tokyo Disneyland has crashed on a highway, killing 7 passengers.
    (AP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In Kenya one person died and 15 people were wounded when a grenade was thrown at God's House of Miracles International Church in Nairobi during Sunday service. A church elder said his church may have been targeted by neighbors who claim to own the land on which it is built. On May 15 police charged Ibrahim Kibe Kagwa, a Kenyan, with six counts of causing grievous body harm during the grenade attack.
    (AP, 4/29/12)(AP, 5/16/12)
2012        Apr 29, Libya's National Transitional Council decided that the interim government should stay in place, notably to ensure the success of June elections for a constituent assembly.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, Malaysian police freed all 471 people arrested a day earlier during a demonstration for free and fair elections, including senior opposition lawmaker Tian Chia.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, Myanmar state media said a series of attacks in the conflict-hit north have left at least four officials dead in Kachin state, in rare acknowledgement of ethnic unrest that has marred the regime's reformist image.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In northern Nigeria gunmen attacked church services on the Bayero University campus in Kano, using small explosives to draw out and gun down panicking worshippers in an assault that killed around 20 people. On May 18 police arrested Augustine Effiong (25), aka Abubakar Garba, a Boko Haram Islamist. He confessed to have participated in a series of attacks including the attack and killings in Bayero University Kano (BUK).
    (AP, 4/29/12)(AFP, 4/30/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        Apr 29, In Pakistan the beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside in the southwestern city of Quetta. Khalil Rasjed Dale (60) was abducted by suspected militants on January 5 while on his way home from work.
    (Reuters, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In Pakistan 3 militants were killed and two others wounded in a US drone attack in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. A remote-controlled car bomb in the Khyber tribal region killed two people and wounded five others.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In the Philippines clashes between army troops and communist guerrillas in two provinces left 10 people dead.
    (SFC, 4/30/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 29, In Spain tens of thousands of people protested against education and health care cuts as the country suffered its 2nd recession in three years.
    (SFC, 4/30/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 29, In Syria Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the UN observer mission, arrived in Damascus to take charge of an advance team of 16 UN monitors. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government snipers shot dead two people in the Homs neighborhood of Joret al-Shayah. The group also said one civilian was killed and four wounded in random gunfire by security forces in the village of al-Saliha in the central Hama province.
    (AP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In the northern United Arab Emirates security agents in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah detained Saleh al-Dhufairi, a rights activist, as part of an apparent widening crackdown on perceived opposition figures.
    (AP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In southern Yemen Al-Qaeda freed 73 soldiers captured in battles on March 4, as three suspected militants were killed in an air strike in the north of the country.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)
2012        Apr 29, In Zimbabwe Benias Gwenhamo Madhakasi, who works as a street vendor in South Africa, was arrested at the Beit Bridge border post on charges of insulting or undermining the authority of the president. He had cartoons on his cell phone that showed a bony-looking Robert Mugabe in the nude. On July 24 a magistrate tossed out the case.
    (AFP, 7/25/12)

2012        Apr 30, Pres. Obama met with visiting Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda. Both leaders re-affirmed US-Japan ties.
    (SFC, 5/1/12, p.A2)
2012        Apr 30, In San Francisco a group of between 50 and 100 people moved down Valencia St. smashing windows, throwing paint balls, and even attacking an unsuspecting police station. The cops were apparently not prepared to make mass arrests and were slow to respond to the chaos, though it quickly broke up.
    (SFC, 5/2/12, p.A1)
2012        Apr 30, Robert "Rider" Dewey, a Colorado man, was exonerated on the basis of new DNA evidence and set free after spending more than 16 years behind bars. He was wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the June, 1994, rape and murder of Jacie Taylor (19), who found strangled with a dog leash. New analysis showed DNA samples matched the DNA of Douglas Thames, who is serving a life sentence without parole for the 1989 rape and strangulation of Susan Doll (39) of Fort Collins.
    (Reuters, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, In Ohio 5 people, claiming to be anarchists, were arrested in Cleveland for trying to blow up a four-lane bridge across the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The explosive devices were inoperable and controlled by an undercover FBI agent. On Sep 5 three of the men admitted their roles in the bomb scheme in a move to avoid life in prison. A 4th had pleaded guilty earlier. On Oct 7, 2013, Joshua Stafford (25), the last of the five defendants, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7p5kn2k)(SFC, 9/6/12, p.A5)(SFC, 10/8/12, p.A5)
2012        Apr 30, In Texas two men who spent nearly 30 years in prison for a brutal sexual assault and attempted murder were declared innocent after DNA evidence pointed to other men. James Curtis Williams (54) and Raymond Jackson (67) had been sentenced to 99 years in prison for the November 1983 assault of a Canadian woman who identified them in a lineup as her attackers. Two other men who were connected to the crime through DNA testing have been charged with attempted capital murder.
    (Reuters, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, A rare white buffalo, a male calf named Lightning Medicine Cloud, was found slaughtered and skinned on Lakota Ranch near Greenville, Texas, just shy of its first birthday. Its mother died the next day of suspected poisoning. The ranch and its supporters soon offered $45,000 for information leading to the killer.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        Apr 30, In Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack in the south. 4 children died during an exchange of fire between Taliban insurgents and ISAF and Afghan security forces in Shahjoy, Zabul province. In Laghman province an Afghan-led and coalition supported security force conducted an operation to detain a Taliban leader today. 2 young men were reported killed.
    (AP, 4/30/12)(AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        Apr 30, One of Australia's richest men, Clive Palmer, unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, Bangladesh police charged 28 opposition officials over a series of bomb explosions in the capital Dhaka, as a nationwide strike again paralyzed the country.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, A British police report said British police discovered more than 20 cannabis farms and factories in the UK every day last year, seizing drugs worth up to £100 million.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, Chad called for the 16-nation Lake Chad Basin Commission to set up a joint force tasked with containing the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, The EU announced a further €20 million in aid to victims of Pakistan's 2011 monsoon floods, as well as people displaced by conflict, bringing funding this year to €55 million.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, The West African bloc ECOWAS imposed sanctions on Guinea-Bissau's junta after talks in Banjul failed to yield any progress.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, In India a ferry packed with 280 passengers capsized on the Brahmaputra River in Assam state. 103 bodies were soon recovered, but dozens of others were feared swept by the current to neighboring Bangladesh. Over 160 people were feared drowned or missing.
    (AP, 5/1/12)(SFC, 5/2/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 30, In Mali anti-junta forces tried to take over the country's state broadcaster and attacked the airport and the junta's main military base. Coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo told a private radio station that the countercoup had failed and that his soldiers have captured foreign fighters. Human Rights Watch said Tuareg rebels, militias and Islamist groups are committing war crimes in Mali's lawless north, including summary executions and rapes. HRW also said that government troops in the north were also flouting rights.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)(AP, 5/1/12)
2012        Apr 30, In Myanmar the opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to end its weeklong boycott of parliament and swear an oath to a Constitution that it has resisted.
    (SFC, 5/1/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 30, In southern Nepal 4 people were killed and nearly 30 wounded when a bomb attached to a motorbike went off near a crowd of protesters in Janakpur. They staging a sit-in to demand a separate province for Maithili-speaking people when the bike exploded.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, Tomas Borge Martinez (81), the last surviving founder of Nicaragua’s Sandinista front, died in Managua.
    (SFC, 5/2/12, p.A4)
2012        Apr 30, In Nigeria a suicide attack on a senior police official's convoy in the eastern state of Taraba killed 11 people, including one policeman.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, Norwegian telecom giant Telenor wrote off the rest of its mobile business in India worth 3.9 billion kroner (513 million euros, $680 million) after New Delhi scrapped licenses in a massive fraud probe. In 2009 Telenor acquired a 67.25 percent stake in Uninor which holds 22 of the 122 licenses cancelled by India’s Supreme Court.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, In Pakistan the widow and mother-in-law of one of two Pakistani men shot and killed by a CIA contractor last year were murdered in Lahore. The killings appeared related to the large amount of "blood money" Zohra Haider received to pardon her husband's killer, Raymond Davis. Haider's father, Shahzad Butt, was suspected of killing her and her mother, Nabeela Bibi, after Haider expressed a desire to remarry.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, In Syria twin blasts targeting security buildings killed more than 20 people in the northwest Syrian city of Idlib. Most of those killed in Idlib were members of the security forces. State television put the death toll at eight. Rockets struck the central bank in Damascus, killing nine people and wounding 100. UN monitors said at least 70 people, among them 47 civilians, were killed nationwide at the weekend.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)(AP, 5/1/12)
2012        Apr 30, In Tunisia Abdekrim Boulahya and Kemaies Saai, both from the mining town of Om Larayes, tried to hang themselves outside the ministry building before being rescued and taken to hospital.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)
2012        Apr 30, Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez signed a labor law, known as LOTTT, that included a virtual ban on dismissals, a shorter working week and improved holiday and maternity benefits.
    (Econ, 1/25/14, p.28)(http://tinyurl.com/pp7suqv)
2012        Apr 30, In Yemen fierce clashes killed at least 21 people, including 18 Al-Qaeda militants, near the southern town of Loder (Lawder).
    (AFP, 4/30/12)

2012        Apr, A new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy found that genetic evidence shows that Tennessee families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin. Beginning in the early 1800s, or possibly before, the term Melungeon (meh-LUN'-jun) was applied as a slur to a group of about 40 families along the Tennessee-Virginia border.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        Apr, In China Wang Guoqiang, the communist party chief of Fengcheng, Liaoning province, left the country with as much as 200 million yuan ($32 million). He allegedly fled to the United States amid a party investigation into a company run by a former classmate which had dealings with the city.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Apr, In the Falkland Islands a survey found just 2,563 residents, a term that excludes civilian contractors and British military personnel. That's basically the same population as six years ago.
    (AFP, 9/13/12)
2012        Apr, Prospectors in Haiti found the first significant silver ever reported there: between 20 million and 30 million ounces. A flurry of exploratory drilling in the past year has found precious metals worth potentially $20 billion below the ridges in the country's northeastern mountains.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        Apr, In Jordan girl (14) was shopping in the northern city of Zarqa when a man (19) kidnapped her, took her to the desert where he had a pitched a tent, and raped her for three consecutive days. Within days news emerged that the boy had agreed to marry the girl, while all charges against him were dropped. Article 308 allows rape charges to be dropped if the perpetrator agrees to marry the victim. He cannot divorce the woman for five years. Jordanians, particularly women activists, have held several street protests against the law.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Apr, North Korea held an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 political prisoners in labor camps along its northern reaches.
    (Econ, 4/21/12, p.20)
2012        Apr, Senegal’s new government issued a communique giving 72 hours to former members of Abdoulaye Wade’s administration to return government cars, or face having them seized. Wade later claimed the cars were his and were given to his supporters.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        Apr, The population of South Ossetia was about 50,000.
    (AP, 4/9/12)
2012        Apr, Transfers from a million or so Tajiks living abroad were equivalent to 45% of Tajikistan GDP. Half of the country’s 7.7 million people lived on less than $2 per day.
    (Econ, 4/21/12, p.57)

2012        May 1, Pres. Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Osama bin Laden. In a swift and secretive trip Obama signed an agreement vowing long-term ties with Afghanistan after America's combat forces come home.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers' holiday to a day of international protest, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures. Thousands of Indonesian workers held Asia's biggest May Day rally, demanding better pay and protection of job security, watched warily by a heavy police and army presence.
    (AP, 5/1/12)(AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In southern California Gavin Smith (57), an executive for 20th Century Fox, was last seen in Ventura County’s Oak Park neighborhood. On Oct 26, 2014, hikers discovered his remains near Palmdale.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A6)
2012        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales announced that his government is completing the nationalization of the electricity sector by seizing control of Transportadora de Electricidad from a subsidiary of Spain’s Red Electrica Corporacion S.A. Morales said only $81 million had been invested in the grid after it was privatized in 1997.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, British police said one woman and six men were arrested at four separate residences in London, Coventry and Cardiff, Wales, on suspicion of financing terrorism in Somalia by smuggling khat leaf, which can produce a mild high, into the United States. It has been illegal in the US since 1993, but is still legal in many countries worldwide. It has been illegal in the US since 1993, but is still legal in many countries worldwide.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, German police arrested 30 protesters of an ultra-conservative Muslim group after clashing with security officials. A group of Salafists protesting against a far-right march threw stones and attacked officers separating the two rallies in the western German city of Solingen.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, Latvia became the latest of 97 countries to wipe the death penalty from its justice system.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Latvia)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.62)
2012        May 1, Malaysia said it will introduce a minimum wage for the first time in a move to bolster incomes amid rising living costs and speculation of a snap general election. Private sector workers in peninsular Malaysia will receive a minimum salary of 900 ringgit ($297) a month while workers in the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island will get 800 ringgit.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In Mali troops loyal to the junta overran the main camp of the soldiers who tried to oust them in a counter-coup. At least 12 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/2/12, p.A2)
2012        May 1, Nigerian troops killed one suspected Boko Haram militant during a pre-dawn raid in Kano over weekend attacks against church services that left around 20 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In southwest Pakistan a car bomb killed two people and wounded 16 others, including five paramilitary troops on the outskirts of Quetta.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, The Scotland Act 2012, an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, received Royal Assent. It set out amendments to the Scotland Act 1998 with the aim of devolving further powers to Scotland in accordance with the recommendations of the Calman Commission.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland_Act_2012)
2012        May 1, Bomb attacks in Somalia claimed by Islamist rebels killed at least eight people including two lawmakers, as the international community warned that "spoilers" threaten the fragile progress in the war-torn nation.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, Syrian forces fired mortar shells at the village of Mishmishan in the country's north, killing at least 10 people, including 7 from the same family. A 13-year-old was killed in the nearby town of Maaret al-Noman by random gunfire from regime forces.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In Togo a Singapore-managed product tanker with valuable gasoline cargo was reported missing and suspected to have been hijacked by pirates while at anchor off Lome.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In Tunisia over 20,000 people marched for national unity, chanting slogans borrowed from the popular uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali over a year ago.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In southern Yemeni an airstrike on a vehicle killed 3 al-Qaida militants. Al-Qaida-linked militants attacked military vehicles carrying soldiers and a French oil expert. One soldier was killed, and the French expert was wounded.
    (AP, 5/1/12)

2012        May 2, US federal authorities charged over 100 people in 7 cities with Medicare fraud in scams that bilked the program of over $450 million.
    (SFC, 5/3/12, p.A6)
2012        May 2, In Arizona 5 people were killed in shootings in a home in Gilbert. They included 16-month-old Lily Lynn Mederos, Amber Nieve Mederos (23), Lisa Lynn Mederos (47), Jim Franklin Hiott (24) and Jason Todd Ready (39), a former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups. Lisa Mederos was reported to have been Ready's girlfriend. It appeared that Ready, who was running for sheriff in Arizona's Pinal County, killed the others before turning the gun on himself.
    (AP, 5/3/12)(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A14)
2012        May 2, SF police and sheriff’s officers arrested 26 people who had occupied a vacant church building at 888 Turk St. Most of those arrested were homeless or former residents of the old Occupy camp on Justin Herman Plaza.
    (SFC, 5/3/12, p.A15)
2012        May 2, Edvard Munch's "The Scream" (1895), one of the art world's most recognizable images,  sold for a record $119,922,500 at auction in New York City. The previous record for an artwork sold at auction was $106.5 million for Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," sold by Christie's in 2010.
    (AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, In Afghanistan 7 people were killed after attackers in burqas detonated a suicide car bomb and clashed with guards at the "Green Village" complex of guesthouses used by the EU in Kabul. The Taliban militia announced they would launch their annual "spring offensive," code-named Al-Farouq, across Afghanistan on May 3.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, In Algeria Tarek Mameri (23) was detained for posting videos on his blog calling for a boycott of last month's parliamentary election. On June 27 a court slapped an eight-month suspended prison sentence and a 1,000-euro ($1,250) fine on a blogger.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        May 2, Britain’s national police agency closed the website of the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) following an attack by hackers. It was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, where a website's host computers are bombarded with requests for information, making them crash.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, Burundi blocked Human Rights Watch from holding a press conference to release a report on the country's political violence, which it blamed on state agents and armed opposition groups.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng left the US embassy, where he had sought protection after fleeing house arrest, following a deal with Beijing on his safety, US officials said. Beijing pledged that the legal campaigner and his family would be treated "humanely" and moved to a safe place, hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in China for pre-arranged talks.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, In Egypt suspected supporters of the military rulers attacked predominantly Islamist anti-government protesters outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, setting off clashes that left 20 dead as political tensions rise three weeks before crucial presidential elections.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, Eritrea has surpassed North Korea as the world's top press censor, with Syria and Iran placing third and fourth in a new list published by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, The Hungarian parliament chose Janos Ader (52), a close ally of PM Viktor Orban, to be country's new president, guaranteeing that his conservative Fidesz party will be able to pass laws at will without interference. The Hungarian Socialist Party, the largest opposition formation in parliament, boycotted the presidential election.
    (AP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, In Mauritania the opposition began protests calling for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 2,  In northeastern Nigeria gunmen started shooting in a Potiskum market, trying to steal cattle. Witnesses said three people at the market were killed, as a fourth man suspected to be part of the group of robbers was set afire while still alive and died of his burns.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, In Somalia 2 armed men shadowed radio journalist Farhan Abdulle after he left his station, then shot him dead. He became the fifth Somali journalist killed this year.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 2, South Korea's parliament approved a long-delayed bill to start trading carbon dioxide emissions in 2015, joining the vanguard of countries battling climate change.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, Sudanese officials extended the expulsion deadline for thousands of ethnic South Sudanese encamped south of Khartoum. A UN Security Council resolution called for Sudan and South Sudan to cease hostilities along their border, and resume talks to settle unresolved issues.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)(AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 2, Syria's army reportedly suffered its deadliest day in a ceasefire when rebel fighters killed 20 troops, in the latest violation of the three-week truce the UN says both sides are flouting. The rebels killed 15 soldiers, including two colonels, in a dawn ambush in the northern province of Aleppo, where two rebel fighters also died. Clashes near Damascus killed six troops, while the army shelled and torched activists' homes in eastern Deir Ezzor province and regime gunfire killed a civilian in southern Daraa. 24 UN monitors were currently in place. Security forces stormed dorms Aleppo University to break up anti-government protests there, killing at least four students and wounding several others with tear gas and live ammunition.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)(AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, In southern Yemen an airstrike killed 15 al-Qaida-linked militants in their training camp in Abyan province. The airstrike resembled earlier US drone attacks, but the US did not comment.
    (AP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, The UN Security Council put three top North Korean state firms on a sanctions black list over the country's failed rocket launch.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)

2012        May 3, US federal authorities said a Miami-based crime ring stat stole at least $80 million worth of prescription drugs has been broken up following a 3-year FBI probe. 22 people were charged in New Jersey, Connecticut and Miami.
    (SFC, 5/4/12, p.A7)
2012        May 3, The journal Science reported that a single gene mutation is responsible for the unique pairing of very dark skin and very blond hair in the Solomon Islands. The findings debunked theories Solomon Islanders got their blond hair from intermarrying with European explorers.
    (http://home.topnewstoday.org/Crime/article/2169304/)
2012        May 3, In Afghanistan six Taliban militants were killed and two others wounded in eastern Paktya province when the roadside bomb they were building in a mosque exploded. Four of those killed were foreign fighters. The Afghan intelligence agency arrested a Pakistani citizen driving a truck in Kabul packed with explosives.
    (AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Bahrain’s King Hamad ratified amendments to the constitution aimed at defusing unrest in the strategic Gulf state, but the opposition dismissed the extra powers given to parliament as not enough.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Brazil pledged major investment and technology transfer to Africa to repay a "solidarity debt" from a country with a huge black population to the poorest but resource-rich continent.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Brazil's top court backed sweeping affirmative action programs used in more than 1,000 universities across this nation. The Supreme Court voted 7-1 to uphold a federal program that has provided scholarships to hundreds of thousands of black and mixed-race students for university studies since 2005.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, British insurer Aviva became the latest victim of investor activism as shareholders rebelled over boardroom pay amid under-performance in the poor economic climate. More than half of Aviva’s shareholders rejected annual executive pay awards, delivering a major snub to chief executive Andrew Moss at the group's annual meeting.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 3, Chinese police detained and beat two supporters of Chen Guangcheng at the hospital where the blind activist was being treated.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, China's Bright Food said it is buying 60% of Weetabix from British owner Lion Capital in a deal valuing the breakfast cereal giant at £1.2 billion (1.48 billion euros, $1.94 billion).
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In Dagestan bombs hidden in two vehicles exploded outside a police station in Makhachkala, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores. Islamic suicide bombers were suspected.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, The European Union slapped an assets freeze and travel ban on six coup leaders in Guinea-Bissau.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In Hong Kong authorities arrested Walter Kwok, the eldest sibling of the Kwok brothers, over bribery allegations in a corruption scandal. The Kwoks are among Hong Kong's richest men and Sun Hung Kai Properties is the city's biggest property developer by market capitalization.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, The Italian government said citizens could now click on a government website and indicate where state funds are being wasted.
    (SFC, 5/4/12, p.A2)
2012        May 3, Libyan authorities passed legislation granting immunity to former rebels who fought to oust Moamer Kadhafi's regime and criminalized any glorification of the former leader.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In Mexico 3 photojournalists who worked the perilous crime beat in the port city of Veracruz were found dismembered and dumped in plastic bags in a canal.
    (AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Nepal said Maoist PM Baburam Bhattarai will disband his cabinet and form a new national unity government in a bid to end the country's political deadlock.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In northeastern Nigeria at least 34 people were killed after a failed cattle raid in a market In Potiskum, Yobe state, sparked a retaliatory attack by robbers angry one of their colleagues had been burned alive by herders. Olaitan Oyerinde, a popular labor activist and principal secretary to Edo State Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, was murdered in cold blood by unknown gunmen in Benin city.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6sjbk73)
2012        May 3, In Pakistan 2 bomb attacks killed at least five people in the Bajaur district of the lawless tribal badlands on the Afghan border.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, The Philippine military accused China of sending more ships to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, describing the move as an insult that would further inflame tensions.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, South Sudan President Salva Kiir, in an appeal for stolen funds to be returned, wrote a letter to government officials saying corrupt officials have stolen an estimated $4 billion from the world's newest nation.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        May 3, Syrian security forces arrested two sons of prominent opposition figure Fayez Sara, hauling them off to an unknown location without showing a warrant. Sara was among more than 100 journalists who founded an "Association of Syrian Journalists" in February.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, A Tunisian court slapped a small fine on the head of the Nessma television station for undermining morality by screening the film "Persepolis," which included depictions of God. Nabil Karoui broadcast the award-winning Franco-Iranian film which recounts the Iranian revolution and its aftermath through the eyes of a young girl, on October 7 last year. The court ordered Karoui to pay 2,400 dinars (1,300 euros, $1,700 dollars).
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets to demand dismissal of members of the country's former regime from top military posts. 8 al-Qaida militants and three troops were killed in clashes in Zinjibar. 9 al-Qaida militants were killed in a battle when the militants tried to re-enter Lawder after it was taken by the army with the help of armed civilians and tribesmen.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)(AP, 5/3/12)

2012        May 4, The United States said that China had indicated it would let blind activist Chen Guangcheng and his family leave the country soon, raising hopes of a resolution to a damaging diplomatic crisis.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Disgraced former press baron Conrad Black (67) was released from a Florida prison after ending his sentence and flown to his home in Canada, which has granted him a temporary resident permit despite his criminal record.
    (Reuters, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill banning abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving money through the state, her office said in a statement.
    (Reuters, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Federal agents in southern California arrested Michael Franks (29), suspected in 10 bank heists. He was dubbed the Snowboarder Bandit for often wearing snowboarder cloths.
    (SSFC, 5/6/12, p.A9)
2012        May 4, A federal jury in Nashville split its verdict against 9 people accused of operating a sex trafficking ring run mostly by Somali refugee gang members. 3 men were convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. 6 men were acquitted.
    (SFC, 5/5/12, p.A5)
2012        May 4, Adam Yauch (47), the gravelly voiced rapper, aka MCA), who helped make the Beastie Boys one of the seminal groups in hip-hop, died of cancer.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In southern Afghanistan two NATO coalition service members were killed in an insurgent attack. A remote-controlled roadside bomb killed five border police in Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan.
    (AP, 5/4/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Australian Police hunted for a gang of Sydney street robbers who threw feces at their victims to distract them before grabbing their money.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, British PM David Cameron's Conservative Party took an electoral bruising, suffering widespread losses in local elections as voters punished the leader for biting austerity measures and a stalled economy. Deputy PM Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats suffered similar woes. In London Cameron's Conservative Party colleague Boris Johnson swept to a second four-year term as the British capital's mayor.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Canada minted its final one-cent coin and urged people to donate the little copper-covered coins to charity rather than let them go to waste.
    (Reuters, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Egypt thousands rallied against the country's ruling military council, two days after a flare-up of street violence left at least nine dead and fueled a wave of Islamist-led opposition to the generals ahead of presidential elections. Military prosecutors detained some 320 Egyptian protesters following clashes outside the country's Defense Ministry. Two people were reported killed and over 300 people injured.
    (AP, 5/4/12)(AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, In India a Reliance company executive said the government has asked the energy giant to pay a $1.25 billion penalty for a fall in gas production from its main oil fields.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Iranians lined up at polling stations for a second round of parliamentary elections. Conservative opponents of Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad already won an outright majority of seats of the new parliament in the first round of elections held in March. Of 65 seats up for grabs Ahmadinejad's opponents won 41 while the president's supporters got only 13.
    (AP, 5/4/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Israel freed from jail Haggai Amir, the brother and key accomplice of the man who assassinated Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, after more that 16 years in jail.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Ivory Coast about 50 inmates staged a jailbreak from the main prison on the fringes of Abidjan. About 20 were apprehended.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said a quashed election reform rally was being used to topple the government ahead of polls expected in June.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 4, In Timbuktu, Mali, the tomb of Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar (d.1458), classified as a World Heritage site, was attacked by an Islamist group.
    (SFC, 5/7/12, p.A2)(www.exploretimbuktu.com/culture/culture/saints.html)
2012        May 4, A Myanmar state-run newspaper said recent battles between government troops and Kachin ethnic rebels had killed 31 people. The New Light of Myanmar reported 11 clashes in the last week of April, including what it said was an attack by rebels of the Kachin Independence Army on a government border guard base.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 2 warders and freed all inmates from a local jail in Kumshe town, Borno state. 23 Boko Haram suspects were arrested during an attack on a police station in Banki. In the eastern state of Taraba, gunmen disguised in military uniforms shot dead five residents near Babban Mutum town.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Shell announced a significant cut in its Nigerian oil production due to pipeline damage caused by theft, and warned that it might not meet contractual obligations as a result.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Pakistan a teenage suicide bomber targeted police in Khar, Bajaur district, killing 29 people and wounding dozens.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)(AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Syrian security forces killed several demonstrators.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete sacked six ministers over graft allegations after a report by the auditor-general implicated numerous officials in cases of bribery and suspect procurements. Kikwete also transferred an additional eight ministers to new portfolios and appointed seven new ones.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Tunisia an official tally said 338 Tunisians were killed and 2,174 were injured during the popular uprising that led to the fall of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Ukraine's jailed and ailing ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko tentatively agreed to have her back condition treated at a local hospital under the supervision of a German doctor.
    (AP, 5/4/12)

2012        May 5, Five accused 9/11 plotters, including self-confessed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, appeared before a military court on charges of planning the deadliest attack on US soil.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Arizona fugitives Nelson Grant Hallahan (65) and wife Janet Hallahan (54) were arrested by deputy marshals in Tonopah, a desert community 50 miles west of Phoenix. They had fled punishment in Illinois in 2000 for running a Ponzi scheme that targeted friends, the elderly, and even family members.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 5, In Indianapolis Leon Thomas III (4) was stabbed to death. Police picked up his 14-year-old cousin covered in blood. She faced a preliminary murder charge. The boy and his 11-year-old sister were at their grandparent's apartment at the time of the attack.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 5, Four Bahraini policemen were wounded in a "terrorist" attack in a Shiite village, one of them critically. They had arrived in Bani Jamra before dawn to disperse dozens of protesters, who were blocking roads in the village.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Bahrain rights activist Nabeel Rajab was detained for releasing tweets deemed insulting to the government.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 5, More than 40,000 spectators watched as a cascade of white balloons was released to open London's Olympic stadium, before the Games begin on July 27.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Burundi an armed gang kidnapped, killed and dismembered overnight an albino girl (15) in Burundi's 18th such slaying in less than four years. Albinos Sans Frontieres said the government was failing to protect albinos and said everyone sentenced to prison in the killings had escaped.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In CongoDRC at least 10 people, including four women working in the fields, were killed by presumed Rwandan rebels in a Sud-Kivu village.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 5, Egypt's military ruler attended an unprecedented public funeral for a soldier killed in clashes with protesters. The army decided to hold 179 people, including 13 women, for 15 days pending investigation.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, Voters in France's overseas territories began casting ballots for Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande in a presidential election that could affect everything from Europe's efforts to fight its debt crisis to how long French troops stay in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In northern Italy a bus bringing retired police officers to a national convention veered off a highway and plunged into a canal, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, Israeli officials said 10 Palestinian prisoners participating in a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails have been placed under medical supervision as their conditions worsened. They were among 1,500 to 2,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike to demand better conditions and an end to detention without trial.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation's 50 nuclear reactors, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Japan 8 elderly mountaineers who went missing in Japan's Northern Alps following a snowstorm were confirmed dead after some of them were evacuated by helicopter.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, Morocco said it had broken up a "terrorist network" active in several cities in the country and that had links to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Nepal at least 15 people were killed and 43 left missing, including 3 tourists from Ukraine, when the Seti River near Mount Annapurna burst its banks and swept away a village.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)(AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In Nigeria 3 people were shot dead while four others, including two soldiers, were wounded when suspected Islamists opened fire at a wedding in Maiduguri. 2 of the suspected Islamists were arrested. Gunmen shot dead a resident in Kano.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)(AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In Pakistan a US drone attack targeting a militant compound killed at least 10 insurgents in the Shawal area of North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Peru a predawn fire swept through a drug rehabilitation center in a town on Lima's outskirts, killing 14 people in the second blaze in Peru this year to claim the lives of addicts trapped behind locked doors in a private treatment residence.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In the Philippines a grenade attack left two people dead and at least 19 others hurt in Iligan city on the north coast of Mindanao island.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, Russia's secret service agency FSB discovered ten caches of arms and ammunition over the last 48 hours in Abkhazia. The region is very close to Black Sea resort of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The FSB said it suspects the attacks targeting Sochi were being masterminded by Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov.
    (AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 5, In South Korea a fierce blaze swept through a karaoke lounge in a busy commercial district of Busan, killing nine people including three Sri Lankans.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In Syria thousands of people took to the streets of Damascus for funerals to mourn slain protesters. An explosion in a car wash in Aleppo killed at least five people.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In eastern Thailand a large blaze at a chemical factory killed 12 people, injured more than 100 and spewed toxic smoke into the air in Rayong province.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, Yemeni airstrikes killed five militants in the south as the country's president vowed to intensify his campaign against al-Qaida militants. A Yemeni human rights group said the internal intelligence agency has been detaining two Belgian nationals for over a month without prosecution or referral to trial.
    (AP, 5/5/12)

2012        May 6, George Lindsey (83), TV actor, died in Nashville. He spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1964-1968) and "Hee Haw" (1971-1993). He played a jovial service station attendant on "Mayberry RFD" (1968-1971).
    (AP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, Sky News Arabia, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi royal and the British broadcaster BSkyB, launched a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel with a pledge to be impartial in a region where government influence over media is endemic.
    (Reuters, 5/8/12)
2012        May 6, In northern Afghanistan a flash flood swept through a village, killing 21 people, many of them members of a wedding party in Dhy Marda village in Sari Pul province. Floods overnight in two other districts in the province killed three people.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, In Afghanistan a soldier with NATO's US-led coalition was killed by a man in Afghan army uniform, in the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack. The individual who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned fire. ISAF announced that one coalition service member died in a roadside bomb attack in the east of the country. 4 gunmen took over a tall building in Paktika province and started shooting down into surrounding government compounds, wounding one civilian before security forces killed them.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 6, Armenians voted for a new parliament. President Serge Sarkisian's party won a majority of seats in a parliamentary election that international observers said were competitive and peaceful. The Republican Party won at least 68 of the parliament's 131 seats.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, isolated in a Beijing hospital, appealed for official help to leave the country after a US-brokered diplomatic solution paved the way for his departure. Chen has been offered a fellowship from New York University.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In CongoDRC the March 23 Movement (M23) was created by army mutineers who were part of the former rebel National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), a Congolese Tutsi force that Rwanda denied supporting when it was waging its insurgency. The M23 Tutsi leaders came from the same ethnic group as Rwanda’s Pres. Kagame.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)(Econ, 11/24/12, p.57)
2012        May 6, Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament approved a ban on the country's next president from sending civilians for trial by military tribunals, but preserving that power for the military itself.
    (AP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, France voted in a presidential run-off election. Socialist challenger Francois Hollande (51.62%) defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (48.38%) by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies. Sarkozy became the first French one-term president since Valery Giscard d'Estaing lost his re-election bid in 1981.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, Greeks cast ballots in their most critical election in decades. Greece voters let a far-right extremist group into Parliament and gave no party enough votes to govern alone. Conservative leader Antonis Samaras began trying to form a new coalition government. New Democracy came first with 18.85% and 108 of Parliament's 300 seats. The big winner was the anti-bailout Radical Left Coalition, or Syriza, whose unprecedented second place with 16.78% gave it 52 seats.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, It was reported that the US military has established 3 new forward bases in Honduras to interdict smugglers moving cocaine toward the US from South America.
    (SSFC, 5/6/12, p.A8)
2012        May 6, A tornado ripped through eastern Japan, killing a teenager, destroying dozens of homes and cutting power to around 20,000 households. Television footage from Tsukuba showed houses swept from their foundations, overturned cars in muddy debris and fallen concrete power poles.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In Lebanon more than 1,000 people marched in Beirut calling for the establishment of a secular state in the country which is ruled by a system of power-sharing along religious lines.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, Malaysian clerics issued a fatwa against demonstrations.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In northern Nigerian soldiers killed four suspected members of Boko Haram Islamist sect in a raid on their hideout in Kano. About a dozen suspected Islamists were arrested in the raid.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In Pakistan Taliban militants killed 9 soldiers in an ambush in Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The army retaliated with helicopter gunships, which pounded suspected militant hideouts and also hit three houses and a mosque in the town, killing 3 civilians. The military raided two houses in Miran Shah, killing a militant commander and several of his colleagues.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, In Russia at least 20,000 opposition demonstrators marched through Moscow, shouting "enough lies," in a final show of protest before Vladimir Putin is inaugurated once again as president.
    (AP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, Serbs voted in a national election. The opposition Progressive Party won a narrow victory. A presidential runoff will be held on May 20 between pro-Western leader Boris Tadic, who won 26.7% of the vote, and nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, who had 25.5%. Nikolic's Progressives won 73 seats in the 250-member assembly, ahead of Tadic's Democrats, which took 68 seats. Ivica Dacic's Socialists won 45 seats.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)
2012        May 6, In eastern Yemen al-Qaeda leader Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed along with 2 bodyguards in an air strike in Rafadh, Shabwa province.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)

2012        May 7, US officials said that Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen had planned to blow up a passenger plane near the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death on May 2.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 7, In Illinois the former comptroller of Dixon, Rita Crundwell (58), pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole over $53 million in public money to fund a lavish lifestyle and create one of the nation’s foremost horse-breeding operations.
    (SFC, 5/8/12, p.A6)
2012        May 7, In Guntown, Mississippi, the FBI identified two bodies found in a home associated with Adam Mayes (35), as Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne Bain. Mayes has been charged in Tennessee with abducting Bain and her 3 daughters (8,12,14), last seen on Aril 27. Mayes shot himself in the head on May 10 as authorities found him in New Albany, Miss. The two Bain younger girls were safely recovered.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 7, In eastern Afghanistan 3 soldiers serving with international coalition forces were killed in a bomb attack.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 7, Former Bahamian PM Perry Christie led the main opposition party to victory, ousting the ruling party in elections dominated by unhappiness over rising crime and joblessness. PM Hubert Ingraham, who was seeking a 2nd consecutive term, conceded defeat.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 7, In Chile Koh-Ichiro Morita (57), a Japanese astronomer who helped develop the international ALMA observatory, died from injuries of a robbery in Santiago. In 2014 Cristopher Quijada Villalobos was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the robbery and manslaughter of Koichiro Morita.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mvq8e7e)(AP, 10/29/14)
2012        May 7, In Egypt investigating judges sent 293 people to trial on charges related to protests last December that left 14 people dead in 4 days of clashes.
    (SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)
2012        May 7, An Iraqi court declared Hezbollah commander Ali Mussa Daqduq, accused of killing US solders in 2007, not guilty for lack of evidence and ruled that he be set free. Under Iraqi law the verdict will be appealed automatically so Daqduq has still not been released.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 7, Malawi floated its currency, with the kwacha plunging a third against the US dollar, as the impoverished nation bowed to a key demand of the International Monetary Fund to fix its troubled economy. Official exchange rates put one dollar at 250 kwacha, compared to 166 kwacha on May 4, a 33.598 percent value drop.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 7, In northern Nigeria gunmen in Kaduna state shot dead a Lebanese man and his Nigerian driver and abducted another Lebanese national. Crowds of protesters took to the streets of Potiskum over a deadly market attack last week that left 34 dead.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 7, Nigeria's military arrested 21 Ghanaians and five Nigerians for alleged oil theft as they operated two vessels in the country's main crude-producing region. Oil giant Shell said two new leaks had occurred on one of its pipelines in southern Nigeria after similar incidents in recent days blamed on crude theft.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)(AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 7, In Pakistan Taliban militants beheaded two Pakistani soldiers and hung their heads from wooden poles in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 7, In Romania Victor Ponta (b.1972), head of the Social Democratic party, took office as prime minister. Ponta's government quickly moved to remove both speakers of Parliament and replace them with figures from the governing coalition.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Ponta)(AP, 7/17/12)
2012        May 7, In Russia Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as president. Putin signed a decree calling for the sale of all state holdings in firms outside the defense and energy industries by 2016.
    (AP, 5/8/12)(Econ, 1/19/12, p.56)
2012        May 7, In Somalia a mortar shell fired into a crowded Mogadishu neighborhood and killed seven civilians, including two children.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 7, A South African man suspected of stealing a mobile phone from a woman was stoned to death by a mob in the northern town of Polokwane.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 7, South Korean officials said they have seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies. The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 7, Sudan resumed its aerial bombardment of South Sudan, violating international calls for a cessation of hostilities between the two countries. Attacks over the next 24 hours took place in the states of Upper Nile, Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 7, Syria's main opposition group slammed the regime for holding parliamentary polls "under gunfire," saying it did not have the legitimacy to run elections. Polling stations opened for Syria's first "multiparty" election in five decades. Turnout, boycotted by the opposition, was later reported at 51.26%.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)(AP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 7, Sudan's finance minister told parliament that failure to agree with South Sudan on oil fees has cost the Sudanese economy $2.4 billion dollars. Sudan resumed its aerial bombardment of South Sudan, violating international calls for a cessation of hostilities between the two countries. Attacks over the next 24 hours took place in the states of Upper Nile, Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)(AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 7, In Yemen al-Qaeda gunmen launched spectacular attacks on two army posts outside Zinjibar killing at least 22 soldiers, apparently to avenge the death of a top militant in an air raid. 25 soldiers were taken captive.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)

2012        May 8, The US Treasury announced sanctions against Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 2 sons of Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaquin Guzman.
    (SFC, 5/9/12, p.A2)
2012        May 8, A federal judge said Oracle cannot seek $1 billion in damages from Google for infringing on copyrights when it developed Android software, because a jury could not agree on whether it was fair use.
    (SFC, 5/9/12, p.D2)
2012        May 8, Maurice Sendak (83), renowned children's author, died in Connecticut. His books captivated generations of kids and simultaneously scared their parents. Sendak wrote and illustrated more than 50 children's books, including "Where the Wild Things Are," his most famous, published in 1963. Sendak left instructions that his home in Ridgefield become a museum for his more than 10,000 illustrations.
    (www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html)(SFC, 9/15/14, p.A6)
2012        May 8, Florida authorities said 10 alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests. Ringleader Marcus Faella (39) had been planning and preparing his American Front (AF) for what he believed to be an inevitable race war.
    (Reuters, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, North Carolinians voted to change the state constitution to say that the only valid "domestic legal partnership" in the state is marriage between a man and a woman. The amendment passed 61 to 39 percent, making North Carolina the 29th state with a gay marriage ban in its constitution.
    (http://tinyurl.com/d8r8f2t)
2012        May 8, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of education officials in Paktika province. 5 officials were killed and 3 others wounded.
    (SFC, 5/9/12, p.A2)
2012        May 8, Australia's government said it will rein in defense spending and scale back promised increases in foreign aid as it tries to become the first major developed economy to balance its books after the global economic crisis.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, Andrew Moss, the chief executive of Britain's second-biggest insurance group Aviva, stepped down becoming the latest victim of a growing shareholder revolt over pay for top managers.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, Ecuador’s legislature passed legislation that would require banks to forgive any outstanding debt on mortgages for first-time home buyers of properties worth up to $146,000 if they default and forfeit a home.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.A2)
2012        May 8, An Egyptian court upheld a one-year prison sentence for prominent activist Asmaa Mahfouz for assaulting a witness in an ongoing trial over a deadly clash between soldiers and Christians. She was in the United States and unable to attend the sentencing.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, At least 100 pilots from India's debt-laden national carrier Air India failed to turn up to work in a move the civil aviation minister described as an "illegal" strike. The pilots were protesting against former Indian Airlines flyers -- who moved to Air India when the two firms merged -- also being trained for new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes, claiming that would threaten their own career prospects.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, The Indonesia Embassy in Singapore said it is pushing for a ban on cleaning outside windows. 8 Indonesian maids in Singapore have fallen to their deaths from high-rise apartments this year.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, In Iran Seo Ok-Seok, a UN nuclear inspector from South Korea, was killed and a colleague was injured in a car crash near a reactor site in Khondab.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, Interpol said it has put Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice president on its most-wanted list after issuing a so-called "red notice" for Tariq al-Hashemi, who is currently in Turkey. The Lyon, France-based organization said on its website the move came at the request of the government in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu called off plans to hold early parliamentary elections and unveiled a revamped coalition government, forming a broad alliance with Kadima, the chief opposition party, that could free his hand to take action on peace with the Palestinians and decide whether to attack Iran.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, Former Libyan rebels angry over unpaid stipends opened fire on the headquarters of the interim government after surrounding the building in Tripoli. Militias armed with machine guns and mortars tried to storm the prime minister's office. A gunbattle with security forces left one guard dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)(AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi received her first passport in 24 years ahead of a planned trip to Norway and Britain.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, A North Korean boat hijacked three boats with 29 Chinese fishermen on board and demanded 1.2 million yuan ($190,000) for their release. The fisherman were freed May 20 after being held for 13 days.
    (AP, 5/17/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 8, Qatar-based Al-Jazeera said it has shut its English-language bureau in China after its correspondent became the first foreign journalist to be expelled from the country since 1998. Beijing's refusal to renew the visa of US citizen Melissa Chan sparked anger among press groups, which linked the decision to a documentary by the international news channel on forced prison labor in China.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, In Russia Dmitry Medvedev was confirmed as prime minister. Police broke up a demonstration by hundreds of opposition activists who had spent the night outside the presidential administration offices to protest Vladimir Putin's return as president.
    (AP, 5/8/12)(SFC, 5/9/12, p.A4)
2012        May 8, A South African judge ordered prosecutors to investigate whether Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government committed human rights abuses against his rivals ahead of 2008 elections.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
2012        May 8, Rebels in Sudan's Darfur region said they had seized control of Girayda (Gereida) town from government troops, the latest in a reported upsurge of fighting in a region that has seen nearly a decade of unrest.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)

2012        May 9, President Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage and boosted the hopes of gay rights groups around the world. Opponents denounced his switch as a shameless appeal for votes.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, The United States opened its banking market to China's biggest bank ICBC, for the first time clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Bed Bath and Beyond announced a cash deal to buy Cost Plus for $554 million.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.D1)
2012        May 9, Argentina's senate overwhelmingly approved a "dignified death" law giving terminally ill patients and their families more power to make end-of-life decisions. The law passed by a vote of 55 to zero, with 17 senators declaring themselves absent. It passed the lower house last year.
    (AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Argentina’s senate passed a gender identity law giving people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, In Australia 27 protected Little Penguins were found mauled in the Phillip Island Nature Park in Victoria state, a popular tourist attraction. The penguins were believed killed by a dog or a pack of dogs, ironically at Cat Bay.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth unveiled the government’s agenda in her annual Queen‘s Speech.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.A2)
2012        May 9, A group of London investment bankers won their High Court battle to receive 50 million euros ($65 million) in unpaid bonuses. The bankers claimed that Commerzbank had reneged on a deal to pay bonuses promised to them by Dresdner before the takeover in 2008.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, British police in Newcastle arrested a suspected spokesman (17) for Team Poison, a hacking group that has claimed responsibility for a series of high-profile cyber-attacks.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Nine men in northwest England were sentenced to jail terms for luring girls as young as 13 into sexual encounters using alcohol and drugs. The men, aged between 22 and 59, were all of Pakistani or Afghan origin.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said it has gone hostile over its $2.6 billion (2.0 billion-euro) takeover bid for US research partner Human Genome Sciences Inc.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In CongoDRC the Nord-Kivu governor's office said a 25-ton arms cache has been found on the farm of Bosco Ntaganda, the leader and wanted war criminal of a band of Congolese army mutineers. The farm is located in Masisi," part of Nord-Kivu province, where clashes took place between April 29 and May 4.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In India the number of pilots involved in a wildcat strike at national carrier Air India rose to 150, as the walkout forced the cancellation of more international flights.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Indonesia a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into a volcano south of Jakarta during a demonstration flight. All 45 people on board were feared dead. The Superjet, Russia's first new model of passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago, was in Indonesia as part of a 6-nation tour of Asia aimed at drumming up new customers.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Japan's government approved a plan to take a controlling stake in the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, effectively nationalizing one of the world's largest utilities. Tokyo will inject one trillion yen ($12 billion) as part of a 10-year restructuring aimed at preventing the vast regional power monopoly from going bankrupt.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Mauritania thousands opposition activists staged a march and sit-down protest in Nouakchott, calling for former coup leader Pres. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Mexican police found 18 dismembered bodies inside 2 vans near the Lake Chapala enclave of Ajijic, just south of Guadalajara.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.A2)Reuters, 6/17/12)
2012        May 9, In  northeast Nigeria at least two people were killed in an attack on a market in Maiduguri. The military blamed the radical Boko Haram Islamist sect.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Palestinian Airlines resumed operations, starting with biweekly flights between El-Arish and Marka Airbase in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The new route means Gazans no longer have to travel to Cairo, some 350 km (215 miles) from their territory, to board planes.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 9, In the southern Philippines an inferno at a three-story clothing store killed 17 employees, all women who were sleeping on the top floor in downtown Butuan city.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Serbia pro-European Union Democrats and Socialists reached an agreement to form a new coalition government, after an election that indicated the bloc has kept its luster in the Balkans despite the eurozone crisis.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, South African authorities seized assets worth almost $7 million from game farm owner Dawie Groenewald and veterinary surgeons, Karel Toet and Manie Du Plessis, accused of rhino poaching. They were charged with 1,872 counts of racketeering.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Spain’s government nationalized Banco Financiero y de Ahorros (BFA), parent of Bankia, the largest property lender in the country.
    (Econ, 5/12/12, p.79)
2012        May 9, Sudan offered African tribesmen in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei its citizenship in an effort to woo them to the north. Abyei's fate was left unresolved when South Sudan split from Sudan. Sudanese armed forces said they have repulsed an attack by Darfur rebels in Gereida (Girayda). 9 soldiers and an unknown number of rebels were reported killed.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)(AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Syria bullets flying across the Syrian border into Lebanon killed a 70-year-old woman and wounded her daughter. A roadside bomb struck a Syrian military truck, wounding 6 soldiers just seconds after a convoy carrying the head of the UN observer mission passed by.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Yemen a girl (13) was raped as she headed to a bakery. She was kidnapped and taken into a car whose owner has been identified. She was brutally raped by the suspects who then deformed her face using sharp tools. Protesters later called for the arrest of 7 escaped suspects.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)

2012        May 10, The US Justice Dept. sued Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after months of negotiations failed to reach a settlement over allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.A12)
2012        May 10, In Alabama Katelynn Arnold (9) was found hanged to death. The next day a boy (14) was charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 5/12/12, p.A5)
2012        May 10, San Francisco police shot and killed Dennis Hughes (41) after he fired numerous shots at officers from the apartment of his girlfriend at 861 Post St. Police a day earlier found the body of his mother, Diana Hughes (66), beaten to death at her home in Rohnert Park.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.C1)
2012        May 10, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) directors awarded an $896.3 million contract for Canadian firm bombardier to build 410 railcars.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.C1)
2012        May 10, Carroll Shelby (b.1923), legendary car designer and champion auto racer, died in Dallas.
    (SFC, 5/12/12, p.A6)
2012        May 10, In Afghanistan 6 suicide attackers wearing police uniforms killed five people when they were caught trying to sneak through a checkpoint in Paktika province's Yayakhil district. 4 attackers detonated their explosives-rigged suicide vests and 2 were shot and killed.
    (AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Algeria held parliamentary elections. 44 political parties competed for 462 seats. The ruling party dominated elections, taking nearly half of the seats in the 462 person assembly, dramatically increasing its share. The Islamist Front for Justice and Development, mustered only 7 seats. President Bouteflika's National Liberation Front tightened its grip on power by securing 220 seats. 143 of the enlarged national assembly's 462 seats will be occupied by women, up from a representation of only 7% in the outgoing house. On June 2 a multi-party national monitoring commission said the elections were neither credible nor transparent.
    (AP, 5/10/12)(AP, 5/12/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        May 10, The British government confirmed it has reversed its choice of fighter jets for future aircraft carriers, ditching the preferred conventional take-off version of the US-built F-35 for a jump-jet model. It means that planned Royal Navy aircraft carriers will no longer be equipped to handle French aircraft.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Thousands of off-duty police officers took to the streets in London in a rare display of collective anger against government austerity measures, joining a mass protest by public sector workers including immigration officials, healthcare workers and prison officers.
    (Reuters, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In Canada officers in Montreal found three devices after receiving dozens of calls about dense smoke in several underground stations. Quebec Premier Jean Charest, embroiled in a high-stakes battle with university students over proposed tuition increases, called the acts "unjustifiable." Thousands of commuters were stranded, but nobody was hurt.
    (Reuters, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In the CAR Erik Mararv, a Swedish professional hunter who heads the big game Central African Wildlife Adventures company, and 10 employees, several of them foreigners, were charged with murder and remanded in custody in Bangui's central N'garagba prison. The bodies of the 13 miners who had been working at the Ngungunza mining site were discovered on March 29.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 10, Chile’s Congress passed a hate-crimes law. It had been stuck in Congress for 7 years until Pres. Pinera put it on fast track following the march 27 brutal murder of Daniel Zamudio.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.A3)
2012        May 10, In northwestern China at least 44 people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of Gansu province. 26 people remained missing.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)(SFC, 5/14/12, p.A2)
2012        May 10, Colombian authorities said 7 antinarcotics police were killed in North Santander province by suspected FARC guerrillas.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.A3)
2012        May 10, In eastern CongoDRC a military spokesman said hundreds of mutineers have returned to the army as a deadline loomed for the ex-rebel deserters to return to ranks.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In Germany photographer Horst Fass, 2-time Pulitzer winner, died in Munich. He earned the Pulitzers for combat photos from Vietnam in 1965 and from Bangladesh in 1972.
    (SSFC, 5/13/12, p.C5)
2012        May 10, In Guinea at least 19 people were injured in clashes between police and opposition protesters demanding long-delayed legislative polls, a demonstration that drew thousands and paralyzed Conakry.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)   
2012        May 10, West African mediators (ECOWAS) entered crisis talks with Guinea-Bissau's former governing party to mediate a return to civilian rule after a military junta deposed the government last month.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In central Iraq authorities found the corpses of seven men, all handcuffed, blindfolded and shot in the head, in a desert area north of Fallujah.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In Pakistan a bomb ripped through a police patrol, killing one policeman and wounding three others in the southwestern city of Quetta. It was the second fatal attack on police in the city in two days.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala wrapped up a three-day visit to Japan, having secured up to $250 million worth of loans for infrastructure projects.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Somali pirates hijacked the MT Smyrni, a Greek tanker carrying 135,000 tons of fuel oil. The ship and 26 crew members were released 10 months later.
    (http://gcaptain.com/smyrni-hijacking-update/)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.67)
2012        May 10, In Syria 2 suicide blasts ripped through Damascus, killing 55 people and leaving scenes of carnage in the streets in the deadliest bombing attack since the country's uprising began 14 months ago. A military intelligence building appeared to be the target. The next day a group calling itself the Al-Nusra Front said the bombing was in response to attacks on residential areas by the regime of President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 5/10/12)(AP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 10, A Turkish court placed in custody six active and five retired generals as part of a widening probe into the 1997 bloodless coup that toppled the country's first Islamist-led government.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Vanuatu expelled the 12-member police contingent from Australia in retaliation for the April 27 arrest of PM Kilman’s private secretary while in transit to Israel.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.49)
2012        May 10, In southern Yemen US drone strikes overnight killed 8 Al-Qaeda militants gathered in a house in Jaar, Abyan province.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)

2012        May 11, In San Diego, Ca., Clyde Thompson Jr. (51), the president of the local Black Sabboth Motorcycle chapter, was killed in a drive-by shooting.
    (SFC, 5/14/12, p.A5)
2012        May 11, The US Attorney in Kansas announced racketeering and other charges against 23 members of the Nortenos gang in Dodge City.
    (SFC, 5/12/12, p.A5)
2012        May 11, In Kansas 3 recent graduates of Oral Roberts Univ. and a former business instructor were killed when their small Cessna airplane crashed near Chanute. Hannah Luce (22) was reportedly pulled out of the burning aircraft by a passenger, an Iraq war veteran, who later died from his injuries.
    (SSFC, 5/13/12, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/7vapwkp)
2012        May 11, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's office confirmed that he had signed the controversial "gateway sexual activity" bill, which stirred up controversy nationwide and even was lampooned by comedian Stephen Colbert.
    (Reuters, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, JPMorgan Chase faced intense criticism for claiming that a surprise $2 billion loss by one of its trading groups was the result of a sloppy but well-intentioned strategy to manage financial risk.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, In northern Afghanistan a flash flood swept through villages in a mountainous area, killing at least 17 people in Takhar province.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, In Algeria an alliance of Islamist parties expecting a strong showing in Algeria's elections accused authorities of widespread fraud as initial figures pointed to them finishing third, with a spokesman suggesting unrest could ensue.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, Bahrain police fired tear gas and birdshot during overnight clashes with protesters demanding the release of jailed opposition activists, wounding several demonstrators.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, British police arrested two people on suspicion of murder after five children died in a house fire in the central English city of Derby. A 6th child died soon after at Birmingham Children's Hospital. The suspects were released on may with no charges. Investigators later said the fire was sparked by petrol poured through the letterbox. On May 29 parents Mick Philpott (55) and his wife Mairead (31) were arrested on suspicion of murder. In 2013 the parents and a family friend were convicted of manslaughter. On April 4 the Philpots and Paul Mosley were sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)(AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)(AP, 4/4/13)
2012        May 11, British police arrested 2 local men, aged 52 and 31, over explosives offences in raids on two locations in a quiet residential suburb of Cheltenham, which is also home to Britain's national electronic surveillance center.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 11, Egyptian expatriates voted to replace ousted leader Hosni Mubarak in what were hoped to be the first genuinely contested presidential elections in the country's history. The general election begins May 23.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, Guinea-Bissau coup leaders and west African mediators agreed that parliamentary speaker Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo will lead a transition government, ruling out the return of the toppled team.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, In northeastern Honduras police gunfire killed four innocent people, including two pregnant women on the Patuca River. On May 16 the US Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that some of its agents were on a US-owned helicopter with Honduran police officers when the shooting happened. People on the boat transporting cocaine had reportedly fired on the helicopters. Villagers later said masked agents landed their helicopters in the community near the river and began breaking down doors, hunting for a drug trafficker they called "El Renco." People in the predominantly Indian Mosquito coast region burned down government offices and demanded that US drug agents leave the area.
    (AP, 5/17/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 11, India agreed to a $560-million deal to buy 145 howitzer guns from BAE Systems of the United States as it upgrades its antiquated military hardware.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 11, In Italy an anti-nuclear anarchist group, the Informal Anarchist Federation's Olga unit, that previously targeted the tax collection agency claimed responsibility for shooting and wounding the chief executive of a nuclear engineering firm earlier in the week. Roberto Adinolfi was shot in the leg on may 7 near his Genoa home by an unknown masked gunman.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, In Mexico the offices of El Manana newspaper in Nuevo Laredo were sprayed with bullets. Two days later the paper announced that it would no longer cover the drug war.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.45)
2012        May 11, A Moroccan court sentenced Mouad Belghouat (24), one of the country's most famous rappers, to one year in prison over a video critical of the police.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, Nigerian troops arrested a suspected leading Boko Haram militant in a raid in Kano hours after Maiduguri, where the Islamist group is based, was rocked by blasts and gunfire.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, In Pakistan a taxi driver was killed when a mortar bomb hit his cab in the upmarket Hayatabad area of Peshawar.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 11, Syrian troops opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Damascus, wounding five people, as thousands of people took part in demonstrations across Syria. In Hama province troops shot and wounded 20 demonstrators in the town of Helfaya, where two civilians were killed in a raid. At least 12 people died across the country. State TV said the army foiled a would-be suicide attack a day after twin bombings a day earlier in Damascus killed dozens.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez returned home after 11 days of cancer treatment in Cuba.
    (SSFC, 5/13/12, p.A6)

2012        May 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the state’s budget deficit has swelled to a projected $16 billion — much larger than had been predicted just months ago — and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters fail to approve tax increases in November.
    (AP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, In Afghanistan insurgent attacks killed three NATO troops, while a fourth died of non-battle related injuries. A roadside bomb in the northwest killed four Afghan policemen. Two members of the Afghan police opened fire on British soldiers who were mentoring them in Lashkar Gah, killing two. One of the gunmen was killed and the other escaped.
    (AP, 5/12/12)(Reuters, 5/13/12)
2012        May 12, China said it would cut reserve requirements for banks, after disappointing economic data raised fears of a sharp slowdown in the world's second largest economy.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, CongoDRC government forces launched airstrikes against mutineers near the Rwandan border, where a rebel leader known as the "Terminator" was said to be hiding.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, The WWF nature conservancy body said a ranger and two soldiers have been killed in Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga national park as they protected a road used by civilians fleeing rebels.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso envoys of ECOWAS quit Mali after failing to reach agreement with coup leaders on naming the head of a transitional government. The ex-junta now hoped that coup leader Amadou Haya Sanago take over as interim leader.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, In Lebanon an army officer was killed by sniper fire after clashes broke out between the army and a group of young Islamists, who were demonstrating in Tripoli for the release of a terrorism suspect. A resident of the largely Sunni district of Kobbe was killed in clashes between factions supporting and opposed to the revolt in neighboring Syria. Five people were left injured. Shadi Mawlawi, an outspoken Lebanese critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad, was arrested and set off several days of clashes in northern Lebanon. Mawlawi was released on May 22.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 12, The presidents of Mozambique and Malawi signed an electricity agreement in Maputo in a first step to restore troubled relations between the two southern African neighbors.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, In New Zealand 3 Boston University students, who were studying in New Zealand, were killed when their minivan crashed. At least five other students from the university were injured in the accident. On May 18 BU student Stephen Houseman (20) was charged with careless driving.
    (AP, 5/12/12)(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)
2012        May 12, In Nigeria gunmen stormed Mafa police station in Borno state killing 2 policemen and one civilian.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 12, In Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a vehicle carrying police killed one officer in Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, In South Korea Expo 2012 opened in the coastal city of Yeosu for a three-month run.
    (AP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, The first group of ethnic South Sudanese, among up to 15,000 camped in Sudan, began their journey home ahead of a major airlift to begin May 13.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, In Spain masses of chanting "indignant" activists poured into the streets across the country in a vast show of strength one year on from igniting a global protest against economic injustice. The marches, held in 80 cities and towns across Spain, launched a four-day protest that will end on May 15, the anniversary of the movement's birth -- dubbed 15-M.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 12, Ugandan forces captured Caesar Acellam, a senior commander of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, after a brief fight with rebels near the Congo-Central African Republic border. Two other rebel fighters were also caught as they tried to cross a river called Mbomu. Officials say only about 200 LRA members remain the jungle.
    (AP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 12, In Yemen US drones killed 12 militants in two separate attacks east of the capital Sanaa. Air strikes also hit Jaar, killing three Al-Qaeda gunmen and a civilian, and wounding three civilians.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)

2012        May 13, In Chicago 4 mothers were pronounced dead this morning after their speeding car hit a support beam of an elevated train track around midnight, crashing with enough force for the vehicle to split in two.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 13, Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn (b.1941), a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, died in his sleep while on tour in Tokyo.
    (AP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In Afghanistan Arsala Rahmani, a former Taliban minister, senior Afghan peace negotiator and close ally of President Hamid Karzai, was shot dead, dealing a major blow to Kabul's efforts to broker peace with Taliban insurgents. The radical Mullah Dadullah Front later claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A9)
2012        May 13, A Bangladeshi special court indicted Ghulam Azam (89), a former opposition leader for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the nation's 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of garment workers during a second day of riots triggered by false reports that a man had been murdered by his employers.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, CongoDRC mutineers allegedly killed 26 loyalist troops in heavy fighting near the Rwandan border.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 13, Voters in Germany's most populous state inflicted an embarrassingly heavy defeat on Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and strengthened a regional government that the German leader's party had portrayed as irresponsibly spendthrift. The center-left Social Democrats and Greens, Germany's main opposition parties, won combined support of 50.4 percent in the election in North Rhine-Westphalia.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 13, In Germany veteran anti-whaling campaigner Paul Watson, a Canadian national, was detained in Frankfurt on charges stemming from a high seas confrontation over shark finning in 2002. The founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd remained in custody a day after his arrest on a warrant from Costa Rica. Watson skipped bail on July 22 and fled the country. In August Interpol issued an international notice for his arrest.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 8/8/12)
2012        May 13, In Iraq a series of bomb attacks mostly targeting security forces, including a suicide car bombing, killed five people across the country and wounded several more.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, Japanese artist Mao Sugiyama (22) had his penis and testicles surgically removed in March and kept them frozen for two months before dishing them out, seasoned and braised, to customers at an event hall. Diners paid 20,000 yen ($250) for the plate with a portion of genitals. Police in Tokyo said they knew of the episode, but added that it had not broken the law as cannibalism was not illegal in Japan.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 13, In southwestern Japan 6 people were killed when a fire swept through their hotel in Fukuyama.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In Lebanon ongoing clashes in the northern city of Tripoli between factions supporting and opposed to the revolt in neighboring Syria left one person dead.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In southern Libya "Khaled Abu Saleh, a candidate in the upcoming poll for a constituent assembly, was murdered in the southern desert shortly after submitting his registration.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In Mexico 49 bodies, with heads and hands hacked off, were found dumped at the entrance to the town of San Juan on a highway leading from the metropolis of Monterrey to the border city of Reynosa. On May 20 police arrested Daniel Elizondo Jesus Ramirez, a Zetas drug cartel leader nicknamed "El Loco." He confessed to dumping the corpses and said he'd done so on the orders of Zeta leaders.
    (AP, 5/13/12)(AP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 13, In Nigeria a joint task force raided a suspected Boko Haram base in London Ciki, Maiduguri, killing two Islamists. Two locally made pistols were recovered and five suspects were arrested. Gunmen opened fire on card players in the northern city of Kano, killing three people including a prison warden. Around 500 attackers, believed to be nomadic Fulanis, stormed five villages in Lamurde district of Adamawa state. At least six people were killed in what was thought to be reprisals in a communal dispute.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)(AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 13, North Korea stopped transmitting signals which jammed the GPS systems of hundreds of civilian aircraft and ships in South Korea for two weeks. The signals originated from the North's border city of Kaesong and began on April 28.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 13, Palestinian security forces in Jenin arrested Zakariya Zubeidi, a prominent ex-fighter, in a campaign of arrests that followed the death of its governor.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, The Philippines foreign ministry said it has lifted an 8-year ban on its nationals working in Iraq, but only for the Middle Eastern country's autonomous Kurdistan region.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In the northern Philippines 11 people died and 10 others were injured when a bus fell into a ravine. A bag had fallen off the vehicle as it labored up a hill and the driver stopped for it. The bus then rolled backwards until it pitched down a 150-m (500-foot) cliff.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 13, Sri Lankan authorities released information for the first time about thousands of people held under draconian anti-terror laws despite it being three years since Tamil rebels were crushed.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In Syria regime forces battled rebels and carried out raids across the country in a surge of violence that killed at least 30 people. Syrian forces killed at least five people when they raided the Sunni farming village of Al-Tamanaa Al-Ghab in Hama province. The UN mission said it now has 189 military observers on the ground, nearly two-thirds of its planned strength of 300.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, Yemen forces pressed with an assault to recapture the Al-Qaeda-held city of Zinjibar, advancing on two fronts amid air cover in fighting that killed six soldiers in two days. Six fighters of the Al-Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) were also killed in the attack on Zinjibar. 42 people were reported killed in the southern region of Al-Hurur.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)(SFC, 5/14/12, p.A2)

2012        May 14, Minnesota’s Gov. Mark Dayton approved a $975 million stadium for the Minneapolis-based Vikings football team. Minneapolis and the state will pay $498 million and the team $477 million.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.36)
2012        May 14, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee issued an executive order that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
    (SFC, 5/15/12, p.A6)
2012        May 14, In Afghanistan remotely-detonated bomb ripped through a bazaar in Faryab province, killing seven civilians, including provincial councilor Amanullah Shahabzai, and injuring eight other people.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)(SFC, 5/15/12, p.A3)
2012        May 14, Liberal civil society groups in Gulf states called on Saudi and Bahraini leaders to postpone plans to announce a union between them, saying such a step must be preceded by a referendum.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, The United States consulate in Shanghai began issuing its own pollution statistics, giving a much more pessimistic assessment of the city's air quality than official Chinese data.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 14, Colombia’s free trade agreement with the US went into effect. It was initially signed in 2006 under George Bush and Alvaro Uribe.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.44)
2012        May 14, In CongoDRC Rwandan rebels killed 22 civilians in an attack in the village of Kamananga in Sud-Kivu province.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 14, In Greece coalition government talks failed after nine days of discussions, meaning the country is heading for another election next month.
    (AP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 14, In central and northern Iraq 6 people were killed in attacks, including five who died in a spate of bombings in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Aid groups said in a report that Israel demolished dozens of Palestinian homes, water cisterns and farm buildings built with European funds in 2011, and over 100 such structures are currently at risk.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, In Kuwait an appeals court upheld a 10-year sentence for tweeter Lawrence al-Rasheedi, who was found guilty of insulting Emir Al Sabah and calling for his overthrow.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)
2012        May 14, Clashes in Lebanon continued for a third day, with gunmen firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades as sectarian tensions spilled across the border from Syria.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, In northern Mali hundreds of residents of Gao took to the streets to protest against the Tuareg rebels, Islamists and an Al-Qaeda group that took control of the city after a March coup.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, President Lee Myung-Bak arrived in Myanmar on the first visit by a South Korean leader since a North Korean attempt to assassinate one of his predecessors in Yangon almost three decades ago. His two-day trip was aimed at promoting economic ties and encouraging the country's recent political reforms. Lee Myung-Bak won a promise from Myanmar to refrain from military cooperation with nuclear-armed North.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 14, In northern Nepal a small plane crashed near a treacherous high-altitude airport, killing 15 people while six others miraculously survived just outside Jomsom airport.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Human Rights Watch said NATO's bombing campaign in Libya left 72 civilians dead last year and accused the military alliance of failing to acknowledge the deaths.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike agreed with Israel to end their fast in return for improved conditions.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Syrian troops shelled the rebel-held town of Rastan, sparking intense clashes that sent bloodied victims flooding into hospitals and clinics. Activists said at least 23 soldiers and seven civilians died in the fierce clashes. Government troops stormed the Damascus suburb of Qaboun where they conducted raids and deployed snipers on roofs of buildings. At least three people were killed in an explosion in the coastal city of Banias.
    (AP, 5/14/12)(AP, 5/15/12)(AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 14, Yemeni government forces pounded al-Qaida fighters, killing at least 16 in Zinjibar and Lawder, while six soldiers died in clashes with militants in Lawder where the army is trying to uproot the terror group. An oil pipeline in Marib province was blown up about 100 miles (160 km) east of Sanaa.
    (AP, 5/14/12)

2012        May 15, In Florida Tonya Thomas (33) fatally shot her four children, ages 12-17, and then killed herself in Port St. John.
    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.A6)
2012        May 15, Henry Denker (99), American novelist and playwright, died at his home in NYC. He authored over 30 novels. From 1947 to 1956 he wrote, directed and produced “the Greatest Story Ever Told," a radio drama for which he won a Peabody Award.
    (SFC, 5/24/12, p.C5)
2012        May 15, Australian researchers said a mystery liver disease, thought to be caused by introduced weeds, is causing hairy-nosed wombats in southern Australia to go bald and die.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, British prosecutors accused former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks (43) and five others of obstructing justice in the first criminal charges from the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, In China police in Beijing launched a 100-day campaign urging citizens to report on foreigners illegally living or working in the capital, after a British man allegedly tried to rape a woman.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, China began issuing new versions of its passports to include electronic chips. Inside the passports an outline of China printed in the upper left corner includes Taiwan and the entire South China Sea hemmed in by the dashes. This was later seen as a provocation since it would require other nations to tacitly endorse those claims by affixing their official seals to the documents.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
2012        May 15, In Colombia a midday bombing killed two bodyguards of an archconservative former interior minister and injured at least 39 people in a busy commercial district of Bogota.
    (AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, In CongoDRC villagers marched on the UN base in the Bunyiakiri district of South Kivu province after an overnight attack which reportedly killed six people. At least 11 Pakistani peacekeepers were injured as villagers opened fire.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, The EU naval force patrolling the Indian Ocean carried out its first air strikes against pirate targets on shore, with a pirate reporting that the raid destroyed speed boats, fuel depots and an arms store.
    (AP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, Francois Hollande became president of France.
    (AP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, French energy giant Total said it has begun the operation to plug a gas leak under one of its North Sea platforms by pumping it full of mud at high pressure.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, Police in northern India probed alleged fraud in the construction of giant sculptures of elephants and low-caste political heroes that were the $1.2-billion pet projects of former leader Mayawati.  Akhilesh Yadav, the new chief minister of the state and bitter rival of Mayawati, estimated that the total fraud could be as much as 400 billion rupees once everything was taken into account.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, India said it would cut purchases of Iranian oil by 11% following pressure from the US to join a drive to isolate the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear program.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, Indonesian police said they would not issue a permit for a Lady Gaga concert scheduled for June 3 in the capital.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, In Indonesia a critically-endangered Sumatran elephant was found dead in Aceh province, the second death from suspected poisoning within a month.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, Iran said Majid Jamali Fashi, a man convicted of playing a key role in the 2010 murder of a top nuclear scientist and of spying for Israel, was hanged today.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, In Iraq Ahmed al-Jubouri, the bodyguard for Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, testified that he was paid $3,000 to assassinate security official Ibrahim Saleh Mahdi in November 2011 on al-Hashemi's orders. Mahdi's wife also was killed in the drive-by shooting on a Baghdad highway. Al-Hashemi has hotly denied the confessions, saying his bodyguards were tortured into making the statements.
    (AP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, In southern Kazakhstan a three-man crew, NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, blasted off from the Baikonur space center on board a Soyuz craft for a four-and-half-month stay at the International Space Station. Russian charges for use of the Soyuz were $450 million per year.
    (AP, 5/15/12)(Econ, 5/5/12, p.77)
2012        May 15, In Kenya a landmine killed a policeman and seriously wounded two others, when it exploded beneath their vehicle as they escorted aid workers near the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp. Attackers fired shots and detonated four grenades outside a nightclub in the coastal town of Mombasa after they were denied entry, killing a security guard and wounding 4 people. One suspect was arrested. Both attacks were blamed on Kenyan recruits of the al-Shabab Somali militant group.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)(AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, In Rome the Syrian National Council elected Paris-based academic Burhan Ghalioun as head of the exiled opposition coalition.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, Lebanese troops deployed in tense areas of the northern city of Tripoli after three days of sectarian clashes killed at least eight people in a spillover of the conflict in Syria. Officials said two of the eight people died of their wounds overnight.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes (b.1928) died in Mexico City. His books included “The Old Gringo" (1985) and “The Death of Artemio Cruz" (1962).
    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.C4)
2012        May 15, NATO invited Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to the alliance's May 20-21 summit in Chicago, after signs that the country could be moving to reopen its Afghan border to NATO military supplies.
    (AP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, South African police fired teargas during clashes between the opposition Democratic Alliance, angered by youth unemployment over 50%, and supporters of Cosatu, the most powerful trade union in Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 15, South African police officers, tipped off by an anonymous informer, forced their way into a Johannesburg apartment where they found 10 rhinoceros horns and an elephant tusk and arrested a Vietnamese man.
    (AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, In Syria regime troops "massacred" 20 people during a funeral procession in Khan Sheikhun. A roadside bomb hit a UN convoy in the town and left them stranded overnight with rebel forces. The attack came minutes after witnesses said regime forces gunned down mourners at a funeral procession nearby. Across the country 64 people were reportedly killed, including two rebel fighters and 11 regular army soldiers.
    (AP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, The UN World Food Program launched the distribution of cash vouchers for the purchase of food in Neteboulou, in Senegal's Tambacounda region, for people hit by poor harvests and high food prices.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 15, In the Vatican prominent Legion of Christ priest Rev. Thomas Williams admitted that he had had a relationship with a woman and had fathered a child "a number of years ago." The next day the Legion of Christ admitted that it knew Williams had fathered a child several years ago yet did not remove him from teaching morality to seminarians and speaking publicly about ethics and other church issues.
    (AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, Yemeni military officials said warplanes and troops backed by heavy artillery have intensified the war against al-Qaida along at least four fronts in the south. Officials said raids mistakenly killed eight civilians and wounded 20 in Jaar and that six militants were captured in Zinjibar while four soldiers died in fighting near Lawder town. At least 44 people were killed in south Yemen including 25 Islamist militants. Yemeni officials said for the first time that the assaults were directly guided by American troops at a nearby airbase.
    (AP, 5/15/12)(AFP, 5/15/12)

2012        May 16, The new $1.4 billion int’l. air terminal opened at Hartsfeld-Jackson Atlanta Int’l. Airport.
    (SFC, 5/17/12, p.A8)
2012        May 16, Mary Kennedy (52), ex-wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead at her Bedford, NY, home. She was Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s second wife. Suicide was suspected.
    (SFC, 5/17/12, p.A11)
2012        May 16, Australia said it will contribute $100 million annually for three years beginning in 2015 toward the $4 billion a year cost of running the Afghan National Security Forces after they take responsibility for their country's security.
    (AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, In Bangladesh a Dhaka court decision denied bail to 33 key figures, including ex-ministers and lawmakers, over charges stemming from an arson attack during an anti-government protest last month.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 16, In Brazil the Rio Negro crested at 97.7 feet after flooding the center of the Amazon jungle city of Manaus.
    (SFC, 5/17/12, p.A2)
2012        May 16, Cambodian security forces fatally shot a teenage girl during a clash with villagers in Kratie province. The clashes were a result of violent evictions aimed at clearing land for development.
    (SFC, 5/17/12, p.A2)
2012        May 16, Human Rights Watch said Congolese Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, already sought on an international arrest warrant for his alleged use of child soldiers during an earlier conflict, has forcibly recruited another 149 boys and teenagers since April. The UN said Rwandan rebels have killed at least 50 civilians so far this month in the volatile east.
    (AP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, In France Jean-Marc Ayrault, previously the mayor of Nantes, took office as the new prime minister. He replaced Francois Fillon.
    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.A2)(Econ, 11/17/12, SR p.4)
2012        May 16, French energy giant Total said it had plugged a gas leak under the North Sea Elgin platform that cost the firm hundreds of millions of dollars and threatened to trigger a major explosion off the coast of Scotland.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, In French Guiana an Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched two Asian telecoms satellites into orbit from the Kourou space center. It placed into orbit two geostationary satellites, the JCSAT-13 for the Japanese SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and the VINASAT-2 of the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, Greece appointed Panagiotis Pikrammenos (67), head of the Council of State, to head a caretaker government until new elections expected on June 17.
    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.A3)
2012        May 16, Guinea-Bissau’s interim leader Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo named Rui Duarte Barros, a former finance minister, to serve as the new prime minister and help lead a transition following last month's coup.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, In western Libyan clashes in the Berber city of Ghadamis (Ghadames) left six dead and at least 20 injured.
    (AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, Pakistan said it has ordered officials to finalize an agreement as quickly as possible on lifting a six-month blockade on overland NATO supplies into war-torn Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, The top Palestinian anti-corruption campaigner said Mohammed Rashid, the shadowy financial adviser of the late Yasser Arafat, is being sought on suspicion he stole millions of dollars in public funds. Rashid became Arafat's top financial adviser when the Palestinian Authority was established, following interim peace deals with Israel.
    (AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, Syrian regime troops shot dead at least five people in a new assault on the town of Khan Sheikhun and opened fire on a refugee camp in southern Daraa province. In an interview with Russian TV Pres. Assad insisted his regime is fighting back against foreign mercenaries who want to overthrow him.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)(AP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 16, In southern Yemen clashes between government troops and al-Qaida fighters left 19 people dead including 13 militants. US troops, operating from a desert air base near the main battle zones, helped to coordinate assaults and airstrikes.
    (AP, 5/16/12)

2012        May 17, The US Commerce Department imposed levies of between 31 and 250 percent on Chinese producers and exporters after saying it had found they sold solar cells in the United States at artificially low prices, known as dumping. 61 Chinese makers of solar panels were hit with a provisional tariff of 31%.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)(Econ, 5/26/12, p.68)
2012        May 17, The US Obama administration announced that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar.
    (SFC, 5/18/12, p.A3)
2012        May 17, US carmaker General Motors said it has opted to build the next generation of its Astra compact in Britain, leaving its plant in Bochum, Germany in danger of closure. GM said it would invest $200 million (126 million pounds) in its Ellesmere Port plant.
    (Reuters, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Donna Summer (63) died following a battle with cancer. The disco legend reportedly passed away this morning in Florida. She released her first single, "Sally Go 'Round the Roses," under her birth name (Donna Gaines) in 1971.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Summer)
2012        May 17, In Kentucky 3 people were killed after a chaotic shooting scene that had crowds running for cover in a crime-ridden section of Louisville.
    (AP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In southwest Afghanistan gunmen dressed in Afghan police uniforms and wearing suicide vests stormed a government compound in Farah, killing 7 people and wounding 12 others.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Algerian singer Warda al-Jazairia (72), the Algerian Rose, died in Cairo. She was a regional icon whose powerful patriotic tunes were matched in popularity by her romantic ballads. She performed for presidents and popular audiences, reinventing herself over the decades to appeal to old and young alike.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, Angola’s Supreme Court ordered Suzana Ingles to vacate her post leading the National Electoral Commission. the ruling MPLA, in power since independence from Portugal in 1975, has seen few challenges to its power.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 17, Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner arrived in Angola for a short state visit to push for a deal to exchange her country's food for Angolan oil.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Bangladesh 2 small bombs exploded and protesters damaged vehicles in Dhaka, during a nationwide strike against the jailing of 33 opposition leaders.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottowa opened "Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition" as planned despite strong criticism from Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, who has called it an insult to taxpayers.
    (Reuters, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Egypt a Cairo court found 14 policemen not guilty in the killing of protesters during last year’s popular uprising. They were among 200 security officers and former regime officials facing trial for the deaths of nearly 850 protesters.
    (SFC, 5/18/12, p.A2)
2012        May 17, Members of France's new Socialist-led government promised to take a pay cut, a gesture of shared sacrifice by leaders who must now both reduce the country's massive debts and tackle spiraling unemployment.
    (AP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Guinea-Bissau some 70 ECOWAS soldiers arrived on a mission to restore stability after the country's April 12 coup, as transitional government PM Rui Duarte Barros took office.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Honduras prisoners in San Pedro Sula seized hostages and battled among themselves leaving at least one person dead.
    (SFC, 5/18/12, p.A2)
2012        May 17, Israeli tanks fired into the Gaza Strip, wounding seven Palestinians and leaving two of them in critical condition. The army said tank fire had been directed at "terrorists."
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Japan and Australia signed an agreement in Tokyo that will allow them to share intelligence as the Asia-Pacific region adapts to the rising power of China.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Morocco's said that it had lost confidence in veteran US diplomat Christopher Ross, the UN envoy on Western Sahara. Ross was forced to call off plans to carry out his first official trip to the disputed territory.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, In Nigeria an explosion caused by dynamite on a bus in the oil hub city of Port Harcourt killed the driver and wounded two others. Rivers state Gov. Rotimi Amaechi said it appeared the alleged robbers were using the bus for transportation and the explosion happened accidentally.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In northwestern Pakistan 2 Pakistani air force planes crashed in a residential area of Nowshera city, killing all four pilots on board and injuring five people on the ground.
    (AP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Sri Lanka former international rugby player Wasim Thajudeen (28) was found dead inside a burning car that appeared to have crashed into a wall. In February 2015, following a change in government, the police announced that Thajudeen's death was not accidental and that the investigation had been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). According to the CID Thajudeen's body showed signs of torture. Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa's son was believed to be implicated.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasim_Thajudeen)(AP, 8/10/15)
2012        May 17, Syrian regime forces sent shells crashing into rebel stronghold Rastan. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called on UN observers to rush to the town in central Homs province. 2 blasts rocked the neighborhoods of Al-Jamila and Al-Furqan in Aleppo, while other explosions were heard across the northern city. Syrian National Council chief Burhan Ghalioun said he will step down to avert divisions within the opposition bloc, after activists on the ground accused him of monopolizing power.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)(AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, Thailand police in Bangkok seized 6 human fetuses, which had been roasted and covered in gold leaf as part of a black magic ritual, from Chow Hok Kuen (28), a British citizen. The corpses had been packed into luggage and were set to be smuggled to Taiwan.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, In central Vietnam a crowded overnight bus plunged off a bridge into the Serepok River, killing 34 people and injuring 21 others in one of the country's deadliest road accidents.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Chinese diamond firm Anjin has failed to remit revenue from its operations in the controversial Marange fields in the first quarter of this year.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)

2012        May 18, Pres. Obama pledged that the United States will keep providing emergency aid to feed the world's hungry and said that firms had committed $3 billion to improve agriculture.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, US Border Patrol agents stopped a fake UPS van as the driver tried to circumvent a highway checkpoint near Niland, about 150 miles east of San Diego in California's Imperial Valley, near the Mexican border. 13 suspected illegal immigrants from Mexico were stuffed inside.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 18, In Michigan Sandra Layne (74) allegedly "hunted down" her teenage grandson (17) in her in her West Bloomfield Township home and shot at him 10 times over a six-minute span. In 2013 Layne testified that she was afraid of her grandson and acted in self-defense.
    (AP, 3/18/13)
2012        May 18, A Tennessee judge said Tory Hansen must pay $150,000 and $1000 per month to support Artyom Saveliev (10) until he turns 18. She had sent the adopted boy back to Russia by himself in 2010 saying she did not want him anymore.
    (SFC, 5/19/12, p.A5)
2012        May 18, In Dallas, Texas, a jury sentenced John Fiala (53), a Roman Catholic priest, to 60 years in prison for plotting the death of a man who accused him of sexual abuse.
    (SFC, 5/19/12, p.A5)
2012        May 18, Facebook's stock closed at $38.23, up 23 cents in its debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market. It had been priced at $38 per share the previous evening.
    (AP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In Afghanistan rockets crashed into a US base and a house in a remote area of the northeast, killing two NATO service members and three civilians in Kunar province. A NATO airstrike killed 8 militants in Sayd Abad district of Wardak province. In the west, three members of the Afghan security forces, two soldiers and an intelligence official, and 11 militants were killed in a gunbattle in Farah province.
    (AP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In Afghanistan Lal Bibi (18) was abducted, chained to a wall, sexually assaulted and beaten for five days. She later said she was raped because her cousin offended a family linked to a local militia commander, who then had his men abduct her. A policeman said a mullah had married them just before intercourse.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7tunl8o)(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A4)
2012        May 18, Leaders of Bulgaria, Qatar and Turkey agreed to study joint infrastructure projects like the construction of a new motorway from Istanbul across Bulgaria.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In Canada Quebec’s provincial and city governments passed laws to authorize a crackdown on student protests. Angry student leaders vowed to fight the tough new laws to quell 14 weeks of strikes against tuition hikes, threatening to escalate their protests into a broad campaign of civil disobedience.
    (Reuters, 5/18/12)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.42)
2012        May 18, Beijing blasted a "protectionist" US decision to slap hefty anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar cell makers.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In China Lai Changxing was convicted and sentenced by the Intermediate People's Court in Xiamen, the port city which was his base. On top of the life sentence for smuggling and a concurrent 15-year sentence for bribery, the court ordered all of Lai's personal property seized. The court's verdict said the operation totaled $3.3 billion, evaded $1.7 billion in duties and other taxes and bribed 64 officials between 1996 and 1999.
    (AP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, The government of Equatorial Guinea's PM Ignacio Milam Tang resigned in line with a constitutional reform approved in November.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, French Pres. Francois Hollande, on his first visit to the Oval Office, told Pres. Obama that he will withdraw all French troops from Afghanistan by year’s end.
    (SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)
2012        May 18, In Germany baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (b.1925), acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest singers, died at his home in Bavaria.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.C5)(Econ, 5/26/12, p.90)
2012        May 18, India's central bank promised to use "all its available tools" to stabilize the rupee, which sank to a record low against the dollar for a third straight day amid turmoil in global markets. India outlined plans to curb government foreign trips as part of an austerity drive and says it is "vigorously" committed to curtailing ballooning spending.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)(AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 18, In Iran thousands of people demonstrated in Tehran to protest a proposed union of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In Iraq 3 bombs struck near simultaneously at a busy bird market in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding dozens. An anti-terror officer, his wife and three children were shot dead by gunmen in north Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/18/12)(AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 18, A pair of Japanese whaling vessels left for the northwestern Pacific aiming to catch 260 whales for "scientific research."
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In Lebanon shelling between two pro- and anti-Syrian neighborhoods in the port city of Tripoli left three people wounded. Clashes in the area over the past week have left 10 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, The parliament in Mali passed a law granting amnesty to the leaders of the March coup.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In Mauritania several people were hurt and arrested as police fired tear gas and beat back protesters demanding that President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz step down in a fresh anti-regime protest.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, It was reported that Saudi Arabia has banned all government and private agencies from using the Gregorian calendar in official dealings. The use the English language to answer calls or communicate, mainly in companies and hotels, has also been banned in an effort to preserve the Arabic language.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)
2012        May 18, Spanish company Repsol said an exploratory oil well off the northern coast of Cuba has proved a failure and will be capped and abandoned, a disappointment for a cash-strapped nation hoping for an economic lifeline.
    (AP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, Sri Lanka's president signed papers for the release of his jailed electoral foe, ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka (61), bowing to US-led pressure three years after the end of the island's long ethnic war. Fonseka was released on May 21.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)(AP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 18, Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands rallying in the northern city of Aleppo, which activists said saw the largest turnout since the start of the uprising in March 2011. Regime forces shelled the town of Rastan.
    (AP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, The UN Security Council unanimously ordered sanctions against the leaders of last month's military coup in Guinea-Bissau and warned it was ready to take new measures.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 18, In Venezuela a 3-week prison standoff ended as the last of over 1,600 inmates agreed to be moved from La Planta prison to other prisons.
    (SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)
2012        May 18, In Yemen thousands of protesters gathered in cities across the country to demand a complete restructuring of the military including the sacking of relatives of former Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh.
    (SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)

2012        May 19, G8 leaders meeting in Maryland made progress on addressing the two biggest threats to their economies, the euro zone crisis and very high oil prices. G8 leaders sent a strong message to Iran that tough energy sanctions would be firmly applied, vowing to ensure oil markets are well supplied to prevent crude prices soaring. G8 leaders pledged to lift millions of Africans out of poverty by promoting investments in sustainable agriculture.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, G8 leaders meeting in Maryland backed keeping Greece in the euro zone and vowed to take all steps necessary to combat financial turmoil while revitalizing a global economy increasingly threatened by Europe's debt crisis.
    (Reuters, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, The NAACP passed a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing any efforts "to codify discrimination or hatred into the law."
    (AP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In southeast Afghanistan a suicide bomber in Khost province struck at a lunch gathering of Afghan police and local civilians killing at least 13 people, 3 of them policemen.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In northern Afghanistan flood waters ravaged a provincial capital, killing at least 19 people and destroying hundreds of homes. About 60 other people were missing.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 19, Blind activist Chen Guangcheng and his family left China on a plane bound for the United States to pursue studies at an American university.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In CongoDRC fighting broke out when mutineers attacked army positions in the Rutshuru territory near Virunga National Park on the Ugandan border, home to more than half the world's 700 or so mountain gorillas.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 19, In East Timor former guerrilla leader and ex-army chief Taur Matan Ruak was sworn in as the new president as the young democracy, devastated by decades of conflict, celebrated 10 years of independence.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved investment of 1.0 billion euros for expansion into north Africa and the Middle East under its first British president, Suma Chakrabarti, who a day earlier replaced Thomas Mirow from Germany. The EBRD is planning to invest specifically in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In Germany some 20,000 held a rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt to decry austerity measures, the dominance of banks and “untamed capitalism."
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)
2012        May 19, Officials said Guinea-Bissau's junta, parliament and a group of political parties have signed a roadmap aimed at ending the crisis created by the April 12 coup.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In Northern Ireland 7 Irish nationalists were charged over the last two days of involvement in militant activity, three under a rarely used law against "directing terrorism."
    (Reuters, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, Israeli soldiers stood by as settlers shot at Palestinians during stone-throwing clashes between hardline Yitzhar settlers and Palestinian villagers from Asira al-Qibliya near Nablus. Video showed live fire hitting one stone-thrower in the head.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 19, In southern Italy a bomb exploded outside a vocational school in Brindisi, named after a slain anti-Mafia prosecutor, as students arrived for class, killing one girl (16) and wounding several other classmates. On June 6 police arrested Giovanni Vantaggioto (68), a fuel vendor on suspicion of multiple homicide.
    (AP, 5/19/12)(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A5)
2012        May 19, Lesotho held early voting, one week before the mostly hotly contested general elections since the 1998 polls that degenerated into looting and sparked a South African intervention. A full election was set for May 26.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, Madagascar police made several arrests after using tear gas to break up an unauthorized protest of several thousand people who turned out to support opposition radio Free FM.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In Malaysia a Canadian Muslim gay activist launched her controversial new book on liberal Islam despite a government minister's attempts to shut down the event. Irshad Manji launched "Allah, Liberty and Love" at a hastily arranged event in Kuala Lumpur after two other venues pulled out of hosting her. Her previous internationally acclaimed book, "The Trouble with Islam Today," was already banned in Malaysia.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In Mali coup leaders said they respect a decision by the West African bloc ECOWAS that interim president Dioncounda Traore must head the transition until general elections.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In Nepal 4 climbers from Germany, South Korea, China and Canada died while returning from the summit of Mount Everest.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 19, In Pakistan Imtiaz Ahmad, chief warden of the Quetta district prison, was targeted when two people riding a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets near his office. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi later claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 19, In Somalia at least 7 people, mostly Somali soldiers, were killed in bomb explosions in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In eastern Syria a suicide vehicle bomb tore through the parking lot of a military compound in Deir al-Zour, killing nine people. A day earlier the state-run news agency SANA reported that authorities had foiled an attempt to blow up a car rigged with explosives in the city and detained those involved.
    (AP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In Taiwan tens of thousands rallied in Taipei to voice their anger at Pres. Ma Ying-jeou over a spate of controversial policies, on the eve of his inauguration for a 2nd term.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In Thailand Buddhist monks led prayers as tens of thousands gathered in Bangkok to mark the 2nd anniversary of deadly clashes between soldiers and "Red Shirt" protesters.
    (AP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 19, In northeastern Turkey a 22-meter (72-foot) high copper statue of Ataturk, the country's biggest of the iconic figure, was inaugurated in Artvin. It was a tribute to the near-mystical hold that Ataturk exerts over his fervent believers, whose admiration is rooted in his success in imposing secular values on a largely Muslim nation.
    (AP, 6/10/12)
2012        May 19, The Vatican denounced as criminal a new book, “His Holiness," by journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, which reproduced letters and memos to and from Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)
2012        May 19, Yemeni officials said fresh clashes with al-Qaida fighters in the south have left at least 34 people dead, while a suspected US drone strike killed two militants.
    (AP, 5/20/12)

2012        May 20, Pres. Obama hosted a summit with NATO allies in Chicago. They charted an outwardly confident path to a postwar Afghanistan. Nearly 50 US military veterans at an anti-NATO rally in Chicago threw their service medals into the street, an action they said symbolized their rejection of the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A4)(Reuters, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, In San Francisco the 101st annual Bay to Breakers run drew 40,000 registered entrants. Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia and Sammy Kitwara of Kenya were the top female and male runners.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A1)
2012        May 20, An annular eclipse was visible in western US states from California to Texas. Visibility came to parts of China, Taiwan and Japan May 21 local time. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving the "ring of fire" visible.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, Yahoo reached a deal to sell half of its 40% stake in Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce provider, for about $7.1 billion.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A5)
2012        May 20, A 70 million-year-old skeleton of Tyrannosaurus bataars sold by Heritage Auctions for over $1 million. On June 19 a federal judge ordered the dinosaur skeleton to be seized in NYC saying it was brought into the country from Britain with erroneous claims that it had originated in Britain and was worth only $15,000. Experts agreed that the skeleton was from Mongolia. On June 22 the US government seized the skeleton. In December Eric Prokopi of Gainesville, Fla., pleaded guilty to smuggling charges. In 2013 NY authorities returned the skeleton  to Mongolia.
    (SFC, 6/20/12, p.A8)(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)(SFC, 5/7/13, p.A5)
2012        May 20, In southern Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers were killed in an attack as alliance leaders gathered in Chicago for a summit dominated by plans to pull troops out of the Afghan war. 2 children also died and several civilians were wounded as a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Tirin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Algerian newspapers reported that security services have arrested a large number of armed Algerian Islamists in the country's northeastern Tebessa region as they were preparing to enter Libya.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Robin Gibb (b.1949), one of the 3 Bee Gees’ brothers, died in London of cancer. He sang lead vocals on the Bee Gees' first British number one, "Massachusetts", in 1967, before they switched styles to disco in the 1970s.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, The Dominican Republic held presidential elections. Several polls showed Danilo Medina (60) ahead of Hipolito Mejia (71), a former president (2000-2004). Danilo Medina of the current president's Dominican Liberation Party received just over 51 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(AP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, In Iraq lawyers for the fugitive Sunni vice president charged with running death squads that targeted Shiite officials and pilgrims quit the case in protest after judges would not let them present evidence at the trial.
    (AP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In northeast Italy a 6.0 earthquake rattled the region around Bologna, killing at least 7 people, collapsing factories and sending residents running out into the streets. A report in 2014 linked this and a May 29 earthquake to high-pressure water pumped by Padana Energia into the nearby Cavone oilfield in 2011 to squeeze out more oil.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(Reuters, 5/20/12)(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A4)
2012        May 20, In north Lebanon army troops shot dead a Sunni cleric when his convoy failed to stop at a checkpoint, the scene of deadly clashes linked to the uprising in Syria. Another religious figure in the car of cleric Ahmad Abdel Wahed, known for his support of the anti-regime uprising in neighboring Syria, was also killed.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Libya Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (60), a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison.
    (AP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Malian authorities and ECOWAS mediators agreed that coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo has the status of former head of state. He will have all the benefits coming with his rank. They also agreed on a transition period to full democratic rule of one year.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Myanmar protests began over chronic power outages in the central city Mandalay.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 20, Pakistan blocked Twitter, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Serbia nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, an ardent admirer of Russia, won the runoff in presidential elections with 50.2% of the vote. Nikolic said he remained committed to Serbia’s EU aspirations.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A2)
2012        May 20, Sudan released 4 United Nations deminers, arrested over 3 weeks ago by the Sudanese army along the country's tense southern border, and turned them over to chief African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Syrian rebels claimed in an Internet statement that they carried out a sophisticated attack that killed top political and security officials meeting in the capital. Syrian officials made quick denials. At least 48 people were killed elsewhere in the country including 34 civilians slain in the village of Souran, Hama province.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, In central Tunisia thousands of hardline Ansar al-Sharia Islamists, some in Afghan military garb and waving swords, converged to rally for one of the country's most radical religious movements. Researchers estimated Salafists count about 10,000 followers in Tunisia.
    (AFP, 5/2o/12)
2012        May 20, UAR state news agency WAM reported that the president of the Gulf federation is ordering the settlement of personal debts of up to 5 million dirhams ($1.4 million) for citizens in default. Emirati leaders periodically cancel debts of citizens. A similar debt forgiveness order in January covered thousands of Emiratis owing up to 1 million dirhams ($272,480) apiece.
    (AP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Yemen fresh clashes between al-Qaida fighters and government forces left 17 dead, as the army pushed on with an offensive to regain a key town in the county's south that fell to the militants more than a year ago. Militants in Hodeida pulled up in a vehicle and sprayed three US Coast Guard trainers, wounding one with machinegun fire.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(AP, 5/21/12)

2012        May 21, US Roman Catholic leaders filed federal lawsuits against the Obama administration mandate that employers provide workers birth control coverage.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A7)
2012        May 21, A "threats report" was released by McAfee showed that the number of new pieces of malicious code, or "malware," targeting Windows machines in the first three months of this year was the highest in four years. There was also a rise in malware aimed at mobile gadgets running on Google-backed Android software and at Macintosh computers based on Apple operating systems.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 21, In Natchez, Mississippi, a gang fight at the privately Adams County Correctional Center for illegal immigrants escalated into a riot involving as many as 300 inmates. One guard was beaten to death.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A6)
2012        May 21, In Colombia 12 soldiers were killed in an ambush by alleged FARC rebels near the Venezuelan border.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A2)
2012        May 21, An Egyptian court sentenced 12 Christians to life in prison and acquitted 8 Muslims in relations to the April, 2010, strife in Minya province that left 2 Muslims dead.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A2)
2012        May 21, Guinea police seized over 800 pieces of ivory, including sculptures and elephant tusks, in the capital Conakry during raids beginning May 19 that led to six arrests.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 21, In Honduras Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares (46), nicknamed "The Tiger," was named police chief as part of President Porfirio Lobo's efforts to reform a department that is widely accused of killings and human rights violations. A 10-year-old report on Bonilla Valladares soon resurfaced in widely distributed emails and on a local website. The report named him in at least 3 killings or forced disappearances between 1998 and 2002 and said he was among several officers suspected in 11 other cases.
    (AP, 6/1/12)
2012        May 21, Lebanese Sunni groups supporting and opposing the Damascus regime fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns in Beirut, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 21, Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore suffered a head wound after an attack by protesters and was taken to a hospital. Traore was released from the hospital a few hours later.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 21, North Korea’s official Central News Agency expressed concern about drought in western areas, which it said had received little rainfall in the past few weeks. A Seoul-based online newspaper said some residents even in the southwestern rice belt have starved to death.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 21, Palestinian security forces arrested 10 members of the Islamic Jihad in the Jenin refugee camp.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 21, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court called for veteran leader Sir Michael Somare (76) to be reinstated over PM Peter O'Neill. 2 of the 5 justices abstained from taking part in the ruling.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 21, Syrian forces ambushed and killed nine army deserters in a north Damascus suburb, as NATO ruled out military action against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. A bomb struck a restaurant late in the in Damascus killing at least five people.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 21, In Tunisia military police confiscated the cameras of Ramzi Bettaieb, who works for Nawaat, a collective blog, when he filmed the trial of Ben Ali and 22 co-accused in the northwestern town of Kef over their role in crushing anti-regime protests. On May 28 he launched a hunger strike to defend press freedom.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        May 21, A group of Ukrainians announced a project to provide free accommodation, translation and other services to foreign football fans attending next month's European Championship. UEFA President Michel Platini has called on the government to stop "bandits and crooks" from ripping off fans with exorbitant accommodation prices. Euro 2012, jointly held with Poland, begins June 8.
    (AP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 21, In Yemen a suicide bombing at a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa killed 96 soldiers and left some 200 wounded. The bombing appeared to be a failed assassination attempt against Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, who arrived at the city square for the parade just minutes before the blast ripped through the area.
    (AP, 5/21/12)(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A4)(AP, 7/24/12)

2012        May 22, Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) launched a private space capsule called Dragon on a history-making trip to the International Space Station.
    (Space.com, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In northeast Afghanistan 2 foreign doctors and their 3 Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in a remote area of Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 22, The first woman to command a major Royal Navy warship took up her post. Commander Sarah West (40) took control of the frigate HMS Portland. West has served in the Royal Navy for 16 years.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, The art collection of the late German-born playboy Gunter Sachs, featuring works celebrating his obsession with his former wife Brigitte Bardot, fetched over $56 million at a London sale.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 22, On the border between Burkina Faso and Mali clashes broke out between the Peul herders and Dogon farmers. At least 30 people were killed in the clashes over land rights.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012        May 22, In Canada thousands of people marched through central Montreal to mark the 100th day of student protests over tuition increases, a campaign that is turning into a broader movement against the Quebec government and aspects of the capitalist system.
    (Reuters, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In eastern CongoDRC a local activist said a feud between Rwandan Hutu rebels and the Mai Mai militia last week left more than 100 people dead, including civilians.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, An Egyptian court sentenced five policemen to 10 years in prison in absentia for killing protesters, in a rare conviction of security officials accused of using deadly force against the demonstrations that overthrew Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Out of the 17 defendants who appeared before the Giza Criminal Court, two others received one-year suspended sentences while ten other policemen were acquitted.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh issued a harsh warning to criminals in the tiny African nation, telling security chiefs to "shoot first and ask questions later."
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 22, Guinea-Bissau interim President Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo signed a decree establishing the 27-member cabinet under PM Rui Duarte Barros, which includes as defense minister Colonel Celestino Carvalho, a member of the putschists who ousted the president. The armed forces vowed to return to their barracks.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In northern India at least 24 Hindu pilgrims were killed when a packed bus plunged into the fast-flowing Alaknanda river after colliding with a truck near the town of Byasi.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In southern India a passenger train rammed into a parked freight train and caught fire before dawn, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more in southwestern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In India the government of Maharashtra state says injuring or killing suspected poachers will no longer be considered a crime. Maharashtra Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam  said the state will send more rangers and jeeps into the forest, and will offer secret payments to informers who give tips about poachers and animal smugglers.
    (AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 22, In Iraq bombings in the center of the ethnically-mixed city of Baquba, killed six people including four children. The attacks struck the homes of a Sunni anti-Qaeda militiaman and a formerly internally-displaced Shiite family.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In Japan a new 634-meter (2,080-foot) tower with special technology meant to withstand earthquakes, opened to the public. The Tokyo Skytree became the world's second-tallest structure behind the 828-meter (2,717-foot) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, according to owner Tobu Tower Skytree Co.
    (AP, 4/17/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, The pro-coup Committee of Malian Patriotic Organizations (COPAM) said it had decided at a meeting "to institute Captain Amadou Sanogo as president of the transition" in the west African nation.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 22, In Myanmar protests against chronic power shortages spread to Yangon, following rallies in Myanmar's second city Mandalay which saw several opposition party members briefly held by police.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a political rally in Karachi, killing 11 people and sparking rioting. Attackers fired on a rally held by Awami Tehrik, a small nationalist group, and it was attended by members of several other parties in the city.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)(Econ, 5/26/12, p.43)
2012        May 22, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin targeted those who dare oppose him, introducing draconian new fines for protesters and handing out Kremlin jobs to widely detested lieutenants despite the public anger they have generated. Police quickly rounded up several members of the liberal Yabloko party who attempted to protest the new bill outside parliament.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a court order to have a painting depicting the president's genitals removed from an art gallery, but two men took matters into their own hands by defacing the portrait with gobs of paint. The painting, titled “The Spear," by Brett Murray went on display in a Johannesburg gallery earlier this month.
    (AP, 5/22/12)(SSFC, 5/27/12, p.A4)
2012        May 22, A South African court convicted Chris Mahlangu, one of the two accused black farmworkers in the April 3, 2010, murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche. Co-accused Patrick Ndlovu, who was a minor at the time of the crime, was found guilty only of house-breaking, and not guilty on charges of murder and robbery. On Aug 22 Mahlangu was sentenced to life in prison. Ndlovu (18) was handed a two-year suspended sentence.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)(AFP, 8/22/12)
2012        May 22, In South Africa 10 illegal diamond miners were killed in a disused mine tunnel in the Northern Cape province.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 22, In Spain teachers and students from every level of the education system went on strike to protest wide-ranging government spending cuts.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, Sri Lankan authorities seized 1.5 tons of African ivory marked as plastic waste and addressed to a buyer in Dubai. They informed the authorities in the United Arab Emirates and Kenya to take action against the shipper and the consignee.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 22, In Sudan driver Nassir Awadallah Ahmed Saeed (65), a Port Sudan businessman, was killed when his car exploded on the Red Sea coast. A year earlier Sudan blamed Israel for an air strike in the same region.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In Syria intense clashes were reported between troops and defectors in the towns of Atareb in Aleppo province and Kfar Rouma in Idlib. 11 Lebanese Shiites were abducted in Aleppo province.
    (AP, 5/22/12)(AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 22, In the UAR a federal court convicted 10 Somali pirates captured during a raid to retake MV Arrilah-1 on April 1, 2011, and sentenced them to life behind bars.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, UN nuclear chief Yukiya Amano said  that despite some remaining differences, a deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the UN nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In southern Zimbabwe dozens of miners were trapped underground at the Mimosa platinum mine in Zvishavane following a fire the previous evening.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)

2012        May 23, The US Interior Department announced a plan to allow periodic increases in the flow of Colorado River water through the Grand Canyon to help propel silt and sediment downstream.
    (SFC, 5/24/12, p.A8)
2012        May 23, BP agreed to spend over $400 million to settle legal complaints about chronic pollution problems at its refinery in northwest Indiana.
    (SFC, 5/24/12, p.A8)
2012         May 23, In Maine shipyard employee Casey Fury set fire to rags aboard the USS Miami nuclear submarine as it underwent overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. The fire caused $450 million in damages. On March 15, 2013, Fury was sentenced to 17 years in prison. On March 28, 2014, the US Navy deactivated the submarine after estimated repairs grew substantially over the $450 million estimate.
    (SFC, 3/16/13, p.A6)(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A8)
2012        May 23, In New Mexico 2 lightning-sparked fires merged to form the Gila Wilderness blaze. Bay May 25 it had spread over 85,000 acres, or more than 130 square miles.
    (SFC, 5/26/12, p.A8)
2012        May 23, Paul Fussell (1924-2012), American writer and warrior against war, died. His books included “BAD Or, The Dumbing of America" (1991).
    (Econ, 6/9/12, p.98)
2012        May 22, In northeast Afghanistan 2 foreign doctors and their 3 Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in a remote area of Badakhshan province. Officials said one managed to escape and alerted authorities.
    (AP, 5/23/12)(SFC, 5/24/12, p.A2)
2012        May 23, The annual index by Business Review Weekly said Australia's richest person, Gina Rinehart (58), has eclipsed Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton to become the world's wealthiest woman. The index put the mining tycoon's personal fortune at Aus$29.17 billion (US$28.48 billion).
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, In Brazil subway workers went on strike in Sao Paulo, but ended it five hours later after halting a system used daily by more than 4 million people.
    (AP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 23, Family history website ancestry.co.uk published online for the first time the wills of famous Britons such as Winston Churchill, among those of six million other people.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, In Canada locomotive engineers and conductors at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd went on strike after failing to reach a contract agreement, shutting down freight operations on Canada's second-biggest railroad.
    (Reuters, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, NY-based Human Rights Watch said a branch of Chinese city governments, set up to monitor everything from unlicensed street vendors to unauthorized construction, is rife with abuse of power, stoking already high social tensions.
    (AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, The UN refugee agency said fighting between Congolese army and mutineers has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes since late April, with thousands taking refuge in Uganda and Rwanda.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, Egyptians voted in presidential elections for the first time in generations. A field of 13 candidates ran in the 2-day vote. This first run was not expected to produce an outright winner. A runoff between the two top vote-getters will be held June 16-17.
    (AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, EU leaders concluded their latest summit with few concrete steps to fix the continents financial crises.
    (SFC, 5/24/12, p.A7)
2012        May 23, Iran and six world powers resumed talks over Tehran's nuclear program. Diplomats from six world powers offered Iran new proposals to ease international concerns about its nuclear program, but appeared to reject Tehran's appeals to ease economic sanctions to help move along talks.
    (AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, Iran's navy saved the American-flagged Maersk Texas cargo ship that was being attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Oman. It was the first time the Iranian navy protected a US ship from pirates.
    (AFP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 23, The Israel Antiquities Authority said archeologists digging at a Jerusalem site have found the oldest artifact that bears the inscription of Bethlehem, a 2,700 years old seal with the name of Jesus' traditional birthplace.
    (AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, In Kenya Sylvester Opiyo, also known as Musa Osodo, was abducted by armed men after the car he was traveling in with five other people broke down in western Kenya. Police have denied they are holding him. Opiyo, sympathetic to the Somali militant group al-Shabab, was arrested in March after three grenades were thrown at a Nairobi bus stop, killing nine people. He was released without charge.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 23, In Nigeria 3 police officers were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram extremists.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2012        May 23, Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who helped the US track down Osama bin Laden, was convicted of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Afridi also was ordered to pay a fine of about $3,500 and will spend an additional 3½ years in prison if he does not. Afridi was tried under the Frontier Crimes Regulations, or FCR, the set of laws that govern Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region. He had the right to appeal. Court documents later showed that he was convicted for conspiring with an Islamist militant commander.
    (AP, 5/23/12)(AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 23, In Pakistan 2 US drone missiles killed 4 militants in a Taliban compound near Miranshah.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, Peru's Supreme Court approved Joran van der Sloot's extradition to stand trial in the United States, but only after the confessed murderer has served out his 28-year prison sentence in the South American nation. Peru’s justice minister and Cabinet were still required to endorse the decision.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        May 23, In the first case brought under the Philippines 2001 wildlife act, farmer Bryan Balaon (26) was fined 100,000 pesos ($2,300), for shooting and eating one of the world's rarest eagles. The Philippine eagle, or Pithecophaga jefferyi, found only in the country's vanishing forests, is the world's largest eagle and is "critically endangered" with just 90-250 pairs left in the wild.
    (AFP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 23, Saudi Arabia’s SPA state news said Saudi Arabia has signed a $3-billion deal with Britain to buy Hawk trainer jets for the Gulf kingdom's air force. The majority of the Hawks will be made at BAE's plants in Samlesbury and Warton in Lancashire, northwest England.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)(Reuters, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, Saudi Arabia said it will give its impoverished neighbor Yemen aid worth $3.25 billion and urging other nations to take similar steps.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, In Saudi Arabia a Saudi woman defied orders by the notorious religious police to leave a mall because she is wearing nail polish and recorded the interaction on her camera. Her video went viral, attracting more than a million hits in just five days.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 23, Syria's oil minister acknowledged the heavy toll international sanctions have taken on the country's oil sector, saying that they had sucked about $4 billion from the economy.
    (AP, 5/23/12)
2012        May 23, The executive committee of the Syrian National Council asked Burhan Ghalioun to pursue his duties until a new president is elected at a meeting on June 9 and 10.
    (AP, 5/24/12)

2012        May 24, New York City police arrested Pedro Hernandez (51) of New Jersey for the killing of Etan Patz (6) in 1979.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A6)
2012        May 24, Kathi Kamen Goldmark (b.1948), San Francisco-based literary impresario and country-rock singer, died of breast cancer.
    (SSFC, 5/27/12, p.A14)
2012        May 24, In Cambodia prison sentences were imposed on 13 women who protested evictions from their land without adequate compensation. Their old houses were demolished by developers in 2010.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 24, In Indonesia a landslide killed 8 of 16 people illegally mining for gold, after days of heavy rain hit a mountainous part of western Java, the country's main island.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 24, Iranian negotiators rejected proposals by six world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program, and demanded answers to their own counteroffer meant to alleviate concerns about the Islamic Republic's ability to build atomic weapons. The 2-days talks ended with no clear signs of progress, but parties agreed to reconvene in Moscow in June.
    (AP, 5/24/12)(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A4)
2012        May 24, In Japan Nicola Furlong (21), an Irish fan of Rapper Nicki Minaj, was found dead in a Tokyo hotel after attending a concert. Police arrested two American men, dancer James Blackston (23) and a musician, 19, as part of an investigation into her death. On June 14 police arrested a 19-year-old American musician on suspicion of murdering Furlong.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)(AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        May 24, Lebanese security forces stormed a building in Beirut after a nighttime shootout with gunmen holed up inside a flat, in an incident which left 2 dead and 7 wounded. The spark for the shootout was a personal dispute between at least one of the dead men and a woman in her early 20s. The dead man and the woman, detained in the incident, were Syrian nationals.
    (AFP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, In Myanmar demonstrators protesting electricity outages clashed with police, and several were arrested in Pyay. The protests in Pyay began on May 21 with a small group of people and have grown to more than 1,000.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, New Zealand's government squeezed smokers more than ever by announcing a 40 per cent hike in tobacco taxes over the next four years. Officials hoped the higher taxes and new restrictions will bring the country of 4.4 million closer to a recent pledge to snuff out the habit entirely by 2025.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, In Pakistan a US drone strike killed 7-10 suspected militants in a Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan, bringing the death toll from such strikes to 12 in two days.
    (AFP, 5/24/12)(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012        May 24, Papua New Guinea Deputy PM Belden Namah led officers into the Supreme Court to arrest of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, one of three judges who affirmed an earlier ruling that Somare is the nation's legitimate prime minister.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 24, In Somalia thousands of people fled a region north of Mogadishu amid the sounds of gunfire and explosions as government troops and their allies tried to take more ground from Islamist insurgents in the Afgoye corridor. An estimated 400,000 refugees had been in the agricultural town.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, South Korea’s capital unveiled its latest landmark, a controversial $256 million city hall with an undulating glass structure that looms over its preserved colonial-era stone predecessor. It overshadowed the 1926 structure built during Japanese rule.
    (AFP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, The jumbo jet-size Solar Impulse, an experimental solar-powered airplane, took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight, aiming to reach North Africa next week.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, Syrian opposition groups said government forces shelled the rebel-held town of Rastan, killing at least three people. The state-run news agency said an armed group assassinated a lieutenant, shooting him and his 13-year-old son outside Damascus.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, In Ukraine a melee in the parliament was sparked by a proposed bill to make Russian an official language in eastern regions of the country with large native Russian-speaking populations. Lawmakers grappled and threw punches. One was hospitalized with a head injury.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 24, Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was ousted for having leaked documents and failing to do his job. Tedeschi’s primary position was head of Spain’s Banco Santander Italian unit in Milan.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012        May 24, Yemeni troops killed 35 Al-Qaeda militants in overnight battles in the restive southern Abyan province as the army pressed ahead with a 13-day offensive to retake extremist strongholds. 2 soldiers were killed and at least six others were wounded in the battle to retake Zinjibar.
    (AFP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 24, In Zimbabwe Petroc Trelawny, who presents several radio programs for the BBC, was arrested for taking part in the Bulawayo Music Festival without a work permit. He was not being paid for the role. Trelawny reportedly dislocated his shoulder in a fall in a police cell.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)

2012        May 25, In Indiana a gunman allegedly shot himself in the head after an hours-long standoff in which he held as many as 10 hostages in an office building in Valparaiso, 30 miles from Chicago. The SWAT team stormed the office shortly after the gunman released the last hostage. He suffered 3 gunshot wounds before dying, likely from two different weapons.
    (AP, 5/26/12)   
2012        May 25, Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state courts and agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws when making decisions, drawing criticism from a national Muslim group.
    (Reuters, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, In Maryland Alexander Kinyua (21), a student from Kenya, allegedly killed and ate parts of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie (37), his Ghanaian housemate. On June 2 Kinyua was arrested after being charged with first-degree murder and other charges.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        May 25, The privately held SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 5/26/12, p.A7)
2012        May 25, A long-running joust to host a radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array, that would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe ended with a Solomon-like judgement to split the site between two groups, Australia and New Zealand and South Africa.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.94)
2012        May 25, Bosnia’s war crimes court sentenced Bosnian Serbs Dusko Jevic (44) and Mendeljev Djuric (52) to 35 and 30 years in prison for expelling Muslims from Srebrenica and taking part in the killing of 1,000 prisoners after the town was overrun by Bosnian Serbs in July 1995.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012        May 25, Chinese media reported that police in southwest China have detained a man suspected of murdering 11 boys and young men, chopping up their bodies and selling the flesh to unsuspecting consumers. Zhang Yongming (56) was detained two weeks ago in his home village of Nanmen in Yunnan and is being investigated over the murder of a 19-year-old man in late April and the disappearance of several others. Yongming, a convicted murderer, was released from prison in 1997.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 25, In China Ya Weilin (73), the father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, hanged himself in protest after two decades of failed attempts to seek government redress. Ya's son Ya Aiguo (22) was shot in the head by martial-law troops in Beijing after he had gone out shopping with his girlfriend.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 25, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood predicted its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, would face former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran of Mubarak's rule, in a runoff to be held on June 16-17. Counts from stations around the country reported by the state news agency gave Mohammed Morsi 25.3% and Ahmed Shafiq 24.9% with less than 100,000 votes difference.
    (AP, 5/25/12)(AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 25, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema (69) named two sons and a brother in the country's new government, after appointing Vincente Ehate Tomi as prime minister. Of the 55 government nominations announced, 12 were close to Obiang Nguema personally.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, French President Francois Hollande for the first time provided details of his plan to pull France's combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, saying he would leave around 1,400 soldiers behind to help with training and logistics.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 25, Diplomats said the UN atomic agency has found has found traces of uranium enriched up to 27% at Iran's Fordo enrichment plant, evidence that could mean the country has moved closer to producing the uranium threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, Mauritanian police fired teargas to break up a fresh opposition protest calling for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down, leaving many injured and at least five under arrest.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, In northeastern Nigeria two people were killed when gunmen in a car opened fire at Potiskum's timber market.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 25, North Korea state media said the country is suffering a prolonged and widespread drought, raising fears it will worsen already dire food shortages.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 25, Rogue police officers in Papua New Guinea blockaded Parliament for several hours, a day after PM Peter O'Neill's government leveled sedition charges against the country's chief justice. The blockade was lifted after about 30 minutes.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, Somali and African Union troops said they have captured the strategic town of Afgoye from Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents without major resistance. Somali troops were reported to be pushing northwards towards the Shebab-held town of Balad, some 35 km (21 miles) north of Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, South Sudan’s military said a disarmament campaign has collected more than 10,000 weapons. Recent raids in Jonglei state prompted the government to launch its fifth disarmament campaign in six years. Leaders of a minority community said troops shot and killed a teenager while he was fishing, linking the death to the military's disarmament campaign. A member of the Murle community said the bodies of two other people shot by troops were found, bringing the overall death toll of Murle during the disarmament campaign to at least 14.
    (AP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, The Sudanese Media Center (SMC), which is close to the security apparatus, said that after five days of fighting troops had overrun the rebel-held Jam and Suda areas, giving them control of the surrounding Angasana mountains.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 25, Syrian forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of protesters calling for Assad's ouster, killing two people in the northern city of Aleppo. Government forces shelled the Qusour and Jobar neighborhoods in Homs province as protests took place in Damascus, Aleppo and the southern Daraa province. Government troops shelled a string of villages in central Syria before pro-regime thugs swept through the area, shooting people in the streets and in their homes in attacks that killed an estimated 108 people. 34 children and 49 women were among the dead in Houla.
    (AP, 5/25/12)(AFP, 5/26/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 25, In central Turkey a car bomb attack killed a policeman and wounded 17 people. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) later claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 25, In north Yemen a suicide attacker drove his bomb-laden vehicle into a post held by Shiite Zaidi rebels In Al-Jawf province, killing 13 people, including three children.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        May 26, The iconic USS Iowa left San Francisco Bay on its way to its new home in Southern California.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, Miami police shot dead a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man, Ronald Poppo, on a downtown highway ramp. Rudy Eugene (31) had kept eating and growled at a police officer who tried to make him stop.
    (AP, 5/28/12)(SFC, 5/29/12, p.A8)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A8)
2012        May 26, In southern Utah a small Cessna plane was found crashed some 300 feet from the runway of the municipal airport at St. George. 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/28/12, p.A8)
2012        May 26, Afghanistan's parliament approved a strategic partnership agreement with the United States. A NATO night airstrike reportedly killed 8 members of a family in Paktia province. A NATO official the next day said that so far, there was no evidence of any civilian casualties. 4 NATO coalition service members were killed in separate bomb attacks in the south. Captain Stephen James Healey became the 415th British serviceperson to die since the military mission in Afghanistan started in 2001.
    (AP, 5/26/12)(AP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 26, In Azerbaijan Loreen of Sweden piled up 372 points with her uplifting dance track "Euphoria" at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, In Burkina Faso several thousand people protested across the poor west African country to denounce a steep spike in the prices of basic food items and petrol.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq (70) paid tribute to the "glorious revolution" that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak, vowed there would be no "recreation of the old regime" as he prepared to face off against Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in a runoff on June 16-17.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, In Finland police arrested an 18-year-old gunman who killed two people and wounded seven others in what appeared to be a random shooting in the southern town of Hyvinkaa. Finland has some 650,000 officially recognized gun owners in a population of 5.4 million people, with strong hunting traditions.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Georgia’s Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili inaugurated the country’s new Parliament building in Kutaisi.
    (SSFC, 5/27/12, p.A6)
2012        May 26, In Iraq attacks north of Baghdad killed four people, including three soldiers who died in a bombing.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Japan pledged aid worth up to half a billion dollars to Pacific island nations at a summit stressing the importance of maritime law in a region warily eyeing China's growing might at sea. At the close of a two-day meeting on Okinawa, leaders from 16 nations and one territory produced a joint declaration emphasizing the need for international rules to be obeyed on the oceans.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Lesotho's one million voters went to the polls in a tight general election where bitter personal rivalries among the three main party leaders have overshadowed worries about jobs and poverty. More than half of the nation's two million people lived in poverty. Final results showed Mosisili's Democratic Congress (DC) winning 48 seats of 120 seats.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, Mali's Tuareg and Islamist rebels moved to merge and declare a new state (Azawad) in the north leaving the country closer to breakup, two months after a fateful coup in the south.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, In northeastern Nigeria gunmen killed a Muslim cleric and a retired prison guard in Potiskum, amid a wave of such killings blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram. Gunmen shot dead three card players in the northern city of Kano, also rocked by deadly attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram
    (AFP, 5/26/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, In Pakistan an American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in Miran Shah, North Waziristan, and killed four suspected militants.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Spain's fourth biggest lender, Bankia, prepared to sell stakes it holds in companies to meet European competition rules after a state rescue that has so far cost 23.5 billion euros ($29.40 billion). A day earlier Bankia sought 19 billion euros ($24 billion) in bailout money from the Spanish government. The loan will count as sovereign debt.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.27)(http://tinyurl.com/8xqxzmk)
2012        May 26, In Syria regime forces pounded rebel positions elsewhere in Homs province, according to the Observatory, which reported 9 people killed in violence across the country, including four civilians. UN observers rushed to Houla where scores of civilians were reportedly massacred.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, In Tanzania's archipelago of Zanzibar an Islamic group called Uamsho clashed with police after they marched on a police station following the arrest of one of their leaders. The group had been holding demonstrations demanding an end to the union with Tanzania.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, The Tunisian justice ministry sacked 81 magistrates over suspicions of graft and their links to the ousted regime of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Police used tear gas to stop gangs of ultra-conservative Salafists, some armed with clubs and swords, who went on the attack in the northwestern towns of Jendouba and Ghardimaou. About 15 people were arrested.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, The Vatican confirmed that the pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, has been arrested in its embarrassing leaks scandal, adding a Hollywood twist to a sordid tale of power struggles, intrigue and corruption in the highest levels of Catholic Church governance.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, In Yemen fighting in Zinjibar and Jaar left 27 al-Qaida fighters and 7 soldiers dead. A commander said the army is pushing militants out of the area.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)

2012        May 27, Earl Shorris, journalist and social critic, died in New York. In 1995 he founded of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a NYC program that offers college-level instruction to disadvantaged people. this earned him the National Humanities Medal, presented to him in 2000 by President Bill Clinton.
    (SSFC, 6/10/12, p.G7)(http://tinyurl.com/7qqsauf)
2012        May 27, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO coalition service member died in a roadside bomb. Two civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Marjah district of Helmand province. Al-Qaeda's 2nd in command in Afghanistan was killed in an air strike in Kunar province. Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi (aka Mushtaq and Nasim) had commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.
    (AP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 27, A Bahrain court sentenced 8 people to prison terms of up to 15 years after they were accused of plotting with suspected Iranian agents to topple the Gulf kingdom's ruling system. They included three activists put on trial in absentia.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, A 10-year-old Cambodian girl died from H5N1 bird flu, the country's third fatality from the virulent disease this year.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 27, Chinese authorities said police have arrested Li Xingong, the former deputy director of the party committee in Yongcheng city, Henan province, on suspicion of raping at least 10 underage girls. The case has sparked a storm of Internet anger.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, An Egyptian criminal court convicted Zakaria Azmi, Hosni Mubarak's chief of staff, of corruption and sentenced him to seven years in prison. He was also fined 36.3 million pounds ($6 million).
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Georgia tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of Tbilisi to show their opposition to President Mikhail Saakashvili, in the largest anti-government demonstration in three years. It was organized by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who is Georgia's richest man and leading philanthropist.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Indonesia 3 people were killed and five badly injured when fans pelted each other with rocks and bricks in a violent clash at a football match in Jakarta.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out June 3 show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Ireland a race car went out of control on a rural road and crashed into a crowd of about 30 spectators, killing 2 people and seriously injuring 7. Organizers of the Cavan Stages Rally involving about 100 cars in the border county of Cavan canceled the event following the accident.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Jordan Vivian Salameh (45) a Christian woman, said she is suing her Gulf Arab employer for arbitrary dismissal after she refused a new dress code forcing her to cover her head. She had worked at Jordan's Industrial Development Bank for 25 years when it was acquired in 2010 by the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank, an offshoot of the Dubai Islamic Bank.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Mali security sources said AQIM, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, earlier this week seized a key arms depot in Gao, deepening the crisis facing the country after rebels declared an independent Islamic state in the north.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 27, In Morocco tens of thousands took to the streets of Casablanca in the largest opposition protest since an Islamist-led government took office in January. The protest was organized by trade unions which accuse PM Abdelilah Benkirane of failing to deliver on the pledges of social justice.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Nepal's Premier Baburam Bhattarai announced that the country's parliament, elected in 2008 to write the constitution after a decade of civil war, would be disbanded ahead of November elections after leaders failed to agree on a new post-war constitution.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Pakistan a remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van killed three passers-by and wounded six other people on the outskirts of Quetta.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Russia gay activists tried to stage two demonstrations in Moscow to demand the right to hold a gay pride parade in the Russian capital, but they were blocked first by Orthodox Christian opponents and then by police, who detained a total of about 40 people from both sides.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Syrian government troops shelled residential areas of central Hama and the rebel-held town of Rastan north of Homs. The government said it was "not at all" responsible for the May 25 massacre of at least 92 people in the central town of Houla.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Two Tibetan men set themselves on fire outside a temple in Lhasa and one died. Xinhua named the dead man as Tobgye Tseten, from Gansu province. The incident marked the first significant protest in Lhasa since riots broke out there in 2008. Chinese security forces rounded up hundreds of residents and pilgrims in the wake of the incident.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/31/12)

2012        May 28, In NYC the crippled law firm Dewey & Leboeuf LLP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will seek approval to liquidate its business after failing to find a merger partner, marking the biggest collapse of a law firm in US history.
    (Reuters, 5/29/12)
2012        May 28, In Virginia 2 small planes collided in midair near Warrenton. 2 people were killed and another injured. Only one plane landed safely.
    (SFC, 5/29/12, p.A6)
2012        May 28, In eastern Afghanistan a helicopter crash killed two NATO service members. An insurgent attack in the south killed a NATO service member. Gunmen killed a member of the community council in southern Helmand province's Sangin district. A roadside bomb killed seven people in northeastern Baghlan province.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, Argentina published a new rule saying anyone wanting to buy dollars for travel must first prove their money was obtained legally, and provide the tax agency with trip details including why, when and where they are traveling. President Cristina Fernandez is cracking down to keep hard currency from flowing out of Argentina, which needs the dollars to maintain its central bank reserves and pay debts.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, Bahraini hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja ended his strike, 110 days after he began refusing food. Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, facing three separate trials on charges including taking part in an illegal gathering and writing tweets deemed insulting to the government, was granted bail.
    (AP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, In Bangladesh 9 journalists were wounded in Dhaka when at least 15 attackers wielding machetes stormed Bdnews24.com, the country’s best-known online media outlet, and began slashing staff.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 28, The Canadian government announced that it will spend $17.5 million over the next 5 years to help prevent the Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. The fish have been migrating up the Mississippi River and its tributaries for decades.
    (SFC, 5/29/12, p.A6)
2012        May 28, Chinese state media said former railways minister Liu Zhijun will face prosecution for alleged corruption, following reports he took bribes of more than 800 million yuan ($127 million). The ruling party's disciplinary watchdog said it had expelled Liu Zhijun from the party and handed his case to judicial authorities for handling.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, A confidential UN report said Rwandan citizens have been recruited and trained to fight in support of army mutineers in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, Two Danish brothers originally from Somalia were arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack. The men were charged with receiving training with the aim of committing an act of terror, in what were the first known terror-trained suspects in Denmark.
    (AP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 28, In Kenya a blast ripped through shops in central Nairobi, killing one person and wounding dozens in what PM Odinga called a "terrorist" attack despite initial police reports of an accidental cause.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)(AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 28, Mali’s government said some 50 people have been arrested in the investigation into the attack on interim president Dioncounda Traore by protesters angry over the transition deal. ECOWAS rejected the northern Mali rebel declaration of independence and repeated an earlier threat to take "all necessary measures" to keep Mali intact.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 28, Mexico confirmed that a drug cartel lieutenant has been detained following a series of firebombing attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. Five Sabritas warehouses and vehicle lots were attacked May 25-26 in the Michoacan and Guanajuato states.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, In Myanmar India’s PM Manmohan Singh with President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw and signed 12 agreements aimed at boosting trade and energy links and contesting the influence of regional rival China.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, In Myanmar a Buddhist woman (27) was raped and murdered. Three Muslim Rohingyas were detained for the killing, which killing helped set off communal violence in which more than 50 people died. On June 18 a court sentenced two men to death. One of the three defendants in the case had hanged himself while in custody.
    (AP, 6/19/12)
2012        May 28, Nepal’s Maoist party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal called for rival parties to join a national unity government to take the country to fresh elections and said he was open to a change of prime minister.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, In Nigeria an employee of the Italian building and civil engineering firm Borini Prono was abducted in Kwara State.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 28, The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in Espinar province after 8 days of protests over a proposed expansion of a copper mine that left 2 residents dead.
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.A2)(AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 28, In Qatar 19 foreigners died in a blaze at a shopping mall. 13 expatriate children were among those killed in the fire at the Villagio Mall in Doha's west end, including two-year-old triplets from New Zealand. On June 20, 2013, five people were convicted over the fire and sentenced to 6 years each.
    (Reuters, 5/29/12)(AP, 6/20/13)
2012        May 28, Kaspersky Lab, a Russian-based internet security firm, said a powerful computer virus, dubbed “Flame," with unprecedented data-snatching capabilities has attacked machines in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.
    (AP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 28, South Sudan said Sudanese war planes and artillery have bombarded its territory for the last 3 days on the eve of peace talks, as Southern officials set off to attend African Union-led negotiations in Ethiopia.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, Syrian troops shelled several neighborhoods of Hama over night killing at least 24 people. Special UN envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus for talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and other senior officials.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, Taiwan local media said Taiwan has for the first time deployed cruise missiles capable of striking key military bases along the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, In Yemen 5 militants of Al-Qaeda were killed when they were hit by a US drone. 5 other Al-Qaeda fighters and a civilian were killed in overnight clashes as Yemeni troops inched closer to capturing the city of Jaar, Abyan province.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)

2012        May 29, Pres. Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to 13 recipients including: rocker Bob Dylan, astronaut John Glenn, novelist Toni Morrison, union pathbreaker Dolores Huerta, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low (d.1927), Israeli president Shimon Peres, former assistant attorney general John Doar, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention William Foege, Pat Summitt, who led the University of Tennessee women's basketball team to more NCAA Final Four appearances than any other team, Gordon Hirabayashi (d.2012), who fought the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII and Jan Karski (d.2000), a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during WWII.
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.A7)
2012        May 29, Oakland, Ca., authorities said police and federal agents have arrested 60 of its worst criminals as part of a 4-month undercover effort dubbed “Operation Gideon III."
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.C3)
2012        May 29, Doc Watson (b.1923), blind guitar picker and fold singer, died in North Carolina. His work included 60 albums, 7 of which won Grammy awards.
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.C8)
2012        May 29, In Afghanistan Taliban attacked a hilltop police post in northern Badakhshan province's Warduj district, triggering heavy fighting that killed eight policemen and six militants.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, In Egypt final election results showed that that Mohammed Morsi won close to 5.8 million votes, or almost 25%, while Ahmed Shafiq garnered 5.5 million votes, or nearly 24%. Finishing third was leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi with 4.8 million votes, or about 21%.
    (AP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, In northern Italy a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the region around Bologna, killing at least 17 people.
    (AP, 5/29/12)(AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Japanese film director Kaneto Shindo (100), known for hard-hitting works dealing with human nature and the effects of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, died at his home in Tokyo. Shindo directed nearly 50 films, with his final work, "A Postcard" winning the special jury prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2011.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Japanese police uncovered the frozen corpse of a woman and arrested Masaichi Yamada, her 80-year-old husband, on suspicion of strangling her and keeping her body in the freezer for up to 10 years.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Lesotho opposition parties agreed to unite to bring down veteran PM Pakalitha Mosisili, whose party failed to win an absolute majority in the weekend parliamentary election.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Northern Mali Tuareg rebels and hardline Islamist group Ansar Dine said plans to join forces and proclaim an Islamic state have collapsed due to fundamental differences.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, The Philippines' top judge was sacked after the Senate found him guilty of hiding millions of dollars, in the biggest win of President Benigno Aquino's anti-graft campaign. Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona was convicted of violating the constitution and betraying public trust by failing to disclose some $4.2 million that he should have declared.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.50)
2012        May 29, Somalia's president Sharif Shekh Ahmed escaped an ambush unharmed as Al-Qaeda linked Shebab fighters attacked his armored convoy in the Afgoye corridor. Shebab insurgents said they had fired on two foreign warships that came in close to the key rebel port of Kismayo, the first such reported incident as they face growing military pressure.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, Sudanese troops withdrew from the disputed territory of Abyei. Top negotiators for Sudan and South Sudan met in Ethiopia for their first talks since deadly border fighting last month took them to the brink of war.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, In Syria monitors said at least 19 people were killed in violence as clashes between regime troops and rebels raged. One of those killed in Homs was filmmaker and photography student Bassel Shehade, who returned to Syria from the United States around three months ago. At least 7 nations, including France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and Australia, expelled Syrian diplomats to protest the May 25 Houla killings, ramping up the pressure on Pres. Bashar Assad's regime. Int’l. envoy Kofi Annan met with Assad to express "grave concern" about the Houla killings and other violence.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)(AP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, In Tanzania a leading local rights group said some 3,000 people suspected of witchcraft, mainly old women, have been lynched in Tanzania from 2005 to 2011.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, Turkey’s PM Erdogan called for legislation to restrict women’s access to abortions.
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.A2)
2012        May 29, Yemen's army pressed an offensive against southern towns held by al-Qaida-linked fighters, with 11 militants and five soldiers killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 5/29/12)

2012        May 30, New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness blaze grew to over 170,000 acres, making it the biggest in state history.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A9)
2012        May 30, In Seattle, Wa., Ian Lee Stawicki (40) shot dead 4 people at the Café Racer and then hijacked a car killing the driver, a mother of two. Stawicki, a man with mental problems, shot himself in the head as police closed in on him later in the afternoon.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A8)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.38)
2012        May 30, A consortium of geneticists reported that they have decoded the genome of the tomato and that is has 31,760 genes, about 7,000 times more than human beings. They sequenced both the Heinz 1706 variety, used for ketchup, and its closest wild relative, Solanum pimpinellifolium, from the highlands of Peru.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A10)
2012        May 30, In southern Afghanistan an insurgent attack and a homemade bomb killed two NATO service members. 3 district government employees were killed by a roadside bomb as they were traveling to work in eastern Nangarhar province's Deh Bala district.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Brazilian prosecutors said that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world's largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant. The chemical plant at Paulinia operated from 1977 until it was closed in 2002. Shell originally owned it, but sold the operation to American Cyanamid in 1995. Germany-based BASF bought American Cyanamid in 2000 and took over the chemicals plant. At least 61 former workers at the plant have died in recent years.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, but put his deportation on hold to give his lawyers a final chance to reopen the case.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Sir Andrew Huxley (94), British neurophysiologist, died. In 1963 he shared a Nobel Prize with Alan Hodgkin and John Eccles.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.102)
2012        May 30, Canadian authorities issued a "Canada-wide arrest warrant" for porn actor Luca Rocco Magnotta (29), a suspect police have connected to a homicide and the mailings of two body parts from Montreal to Ottowa. Police suspected he killed Jun Lin (33), last seen on May 24. Police said Magnotta had dated Lin, filmed the murder and then fled to France. Magnotta was reported arrested in Berlin on Jun 4.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)(AP, 6/1/12)(SFC, 6/2/12, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/4/12)
2012        May 30, In China a woman, identified as Rechok (33), set herself on fire outside a Buddhist monastery in an ethnically Tibetan region of western Sichuan province.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, A Congolese military court slapped 13 officers with sentences ranging from two years to death for taking part in a mutiny in the east of the country.
    (AFP, 5/3o/12)
2012        May 30, Ecuadorans sued Chevron in Canada in an attempt to seize $18 billion in assets after the company refused to pay a verdict against it in Ecuador.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A13)
2012        May 30, A senior Iranian military official said Iran's key oil industry was briefly affected by the powerful computer virus known as "Flame" that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In Egypt Hosni Mubarak's two sons were accused with insider trading in a new case. 7 others were also accused of conspiring to stealthily buy a controlling 80 percent stake in Al Watany Bank of Egypt without declaring their share to the stock market authority.
A criminal court convicted and sentenced to five years in prison a policeman for his part in the shooting death of 18 protesters on January 28, 2011, the bloodiest day of Egypt’s uprising.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, Indonesian maids began returning to work in Malaysia three years after a ban was enforced because of numerous abuse cases. Fewer arrived than had been expected.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        May 30, Iranian media reported that female booth attendants at an international trade fair and shops selling men's ties have become targets in a strict crackdown by Tehran police on clothing deemed un-Islamic.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Iraq kicked off a two-day auction of a dozen energy exploration blocks, but hopes that the sale would up reserves and boost its role as a key producer were dampened when just one deal was agreed with a consortium led by a Kuwaiti energy company.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)(AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Japan ordered the Syrian ambassador in Tokyo to leave the country because of concerns about violence against civilians.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Lesotho PM Pakalitha Mosisili resigned after his party failed to win a majority in parliamentary elections and the opposition united to oust him after 14 years in power.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Mozambican police arrested a Vietnamese man at the main airport in Maputo as he tried to smuggle rhino horns out of the country. Doan Minh (41) had already made it past airport security screening when he was caught.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, In the Netherlands international judges sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for atrocities in Sierra Leone during the 1990s.
    (AP, 5/30/12)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)
2012        May 30, Qatar issued arrest orders for the owner of a fire-ravaged mall and four others as investigations widened into possible safety lapses during the May 28 blaze that killed 19 people, including 13 children.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In Moscow world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India retained his title, beating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker round of four games.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In northern Somalia's Puntland region at least six people, including three civilians, were killed when a roadside bomb exploded as security forces tried to defuse it.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, The Somali militant group al-Shabab threatened to bring down skyscrapers in Kenya within two weeks, a warning that followed a bomb attack in Nairobi's city center. Kenya naval forces bombarded the Somali town of Kismayo, a key stronghold of the Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab. Ground troops attacked Afmadhow.
    (AP, 5/31/12)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)
2012        May 30, Syrian activists said government troops shelled restive suburbs of Damascus and rebel-held areas in Homs. The monitoring mission said UN observers have discovered 13 bound corpses in Deir el-Zour province, many of them apparently shot execution-style.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Thai online editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn was handed a suspended jail term for failing to remove a comment critical of the revered monarchy on her website, prompting Google to issue a stark warning over Internet freedom.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Tunisia’s PM Hamadi Jebali said Tunisians have lost patience with hardline Islamists sowing violence in the country, and authorities will deal firmly with any such groups "who believe they are charged by God to purify society."
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, Turkey said it has ordered Syrian diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours following the massacre of more than 100 civilians in Houla which has triggered global outrage.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In Yemen government air and artillery strikes killed 20 al-Qaida-linked militants over the last 24 hours in the south of the country.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)

2012        May 31, A US federal appeals court in Boston declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the US Supreme Court.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, North Carolina jurors acquitted John Edwards on one count and deadlocked on five others ending his campaign finance fraud case in a mistrial.
    (SFC, 6/1/12, p.A6)
2012        May 31, In Wisconsin Darius Simmons (13), a black boy, was shot dead by his white neighbor John Henry Spooner (75) after having stolen four guns from Spooner. On July 17, 2013, a jury found Spooner guilty of first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 7/18/13, p.A7)
2012        May 31, The SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific to conclude the first private delivery to the Intl. Space Station.
    (SFC, 6/1/12, p.A6)
2012        May 31, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives outside a district police headquarters, killing five policemen in Kandahar province. A homemade bomb killed a member of the US-led NATO force. A pair of attacks killed five policemen in Kunduz and Nangarhar provinces.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, In southern Australia a truck carrying around 400 sheep overturned on a highway overpass outside Melbourne, causing the animals to rain onto the freeway below resulting in "a large number" of dead and injured sheep.
    (AP, 6/1/12)
2012        May 31, The Canadian Senate passed back-to-work legislation. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd expected operations to be back to normal within 48 hours. The government's bill made provision for Ottawa to appoint an arbitrator, who has 90 days to work with the company and the union to craft a compromise contract, which will then be imposed.
    (Reuters, 6/1/12)
2012        May 31, Nearly 300 stores in the Gulf emirate of Dubai banned the sale of cigarettes for 24 hours to mark the World No Tobacco Day.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, Egypt's notorious emergency law, in force since 1981, lapsed at the end of a two-year extension passed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak's parliament.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, The EU strengthened its sanctions against Guinea-Bissau's military junta, slapping an asset freeze and visa ban on a further 15 people.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, In India a nation-wide strike against rising petrol prices closed shops and disrupted public transport, with the under-fire government facing new dissent over its economic management. Mohan Paswan, in his late 40s, was lynched in Parhuti village in Bihar state when he disobeyed an order by a local thug not to use the pump during a heatwave. Paswan was attacked and brutally thrashed by a village strongman Pramod Singh and his henchmen for taking water.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        May 31, In western Indonesia 3 critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in an oil palm plantation. They were believed to have been poisoned.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        May 31, In Iraq bombs exploded at 5 locations in Baghdad, among attacks that killed at least 18 people and wounded 53. In one attack a parked car exploded outside a busy restaurant in the Shiite neighborhood of Shula, killing 13 people and wounding 37.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, Iraq closed a landmark auction of energy exploration blocks with just three contracts awarded out of a potential 12, dampening hopes the sale would cement its role as a key global supplier. Pakistan Petroleum and a partnership between Russian energy giant Lukoil and Japan's Inpex won contracts today.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, Ireland's voters agreed to ratify the European Union's deficit-fighting treaty with "yes" votes reaching 60 percent. Leading Irish opponents of European austerity conceded defeat even before all ballots were counted.
    (AP, 6/1/12)
2012        May 31, Israel handed over to the Palestinian government the remains of 91 militants who had been killed while carrying out suicide bombings and other attacks in an effort to renew long-stalled peace talks.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, In Mexico a truck belonging to Sabritas, which sells potato and corn chips in Mexico, was torched with gasoline bombs on a rural highway. The attackers fled the scene. Earlier in the day the cult-like Knights Templar drug cartel hung banners in a Michoacan city claiming credit for firebombing five Sabritas distribution centers last week. The banners accused Sabritas of letting law enforcement agents use its trucks for transportation and surveillance.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)
2012        May 31, Montserrat's Premier Reuben Meade said the island of 5,000 people is an overseas British territory by choice and that its inhabitants do not consider themselves to be a colony. The island is one of 7 in the Caribbean that the UN considers colonies.
    (SFC, 6/1/12, p.A2)
2012        May 31, In Nepal gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a Supreme Court judge in Kathmandu, sparking fears of lawlessness amid a political vacuum. Judge Rana Bahadur Bam was under investigation for corruption.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, South Korean police said 2 people including a Korean businessman in New Zealand were arrested earlier this month on suspicion of collecting intelligence on military equipment for North Korea.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, In Nigeria an operation to free German engineer Edgar Fritz Raupach, abducted last January, took place in Kano. 5 people, including a woman and Raupach, were killed in the operation. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) had released a statement in March claiming they had Raupach and demanded that German officials release Filiz Gelowicz, a German woman convicted last year of supporting a foreign terrorist network.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, Peruvian police arrested the mayor of a highlands town accused of promoting anti-mining protests in which two people died this week. Mayor Oscar Mollohuanca was among seven people taken into custody since the emergency was announced May 21.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, In the Philippines a prosecutor said a man who testified in court on the country’s worst political massacre has been found dead "probably chain-sawed to pieces" in a killing meant to silence other witnesses. Esmail Amil Enog went missing in March after he spoke in court last year about the alleged role of a powerful political clan in the November 2009 murders of 57 people. He was the 3rd witness to be killed in the case.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)(SFC, 6/1/12, p.A4)
2012        May 31, Russia’s intelligence agency said a court has convicted Vladimir Lazar, a reserve colonel, of spying on behalf of the US and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. Prosecutors alleged Lazar purchased a disk with more than 7,000 images of classified topographical maps of Russia from a collector in 2008 and smuggled it to neighboring Belarus where he gave it to an American agent.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, South Sudan filed a complaint with the UN over alleged Sudanese attacks. Juba said attacks numbered more than 100 since November.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)
2012        May 31, The Geneva-based office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it now needs $153.7 million for its operations this year, quadrupling its aid appeal for Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, The rebel Free Syrian Army's command inside the country gave the president an ultimatum to halt violence by midday June 1. Syrian forces resumed shelling in Houla with a young boy killed by a sniper. Battles raged as troops and rebels clashed across the country, with the Observatory saying at least three other people were killed.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, In Thailand Aung San Suu Kyi used her first foreign trip in 24 years to fight for her Myanmar countrymen suffering abroad, millions of economic migrants unable to work at home but vulnerable to exploitation elsewhere.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, In Turkey representatives from 54 countries gathered in Istanbul for a 2-day conference to find a path towards a better future for Somalia for which the term "failed state" was coined two decades ago.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Istanbul, warned that Syria risks a "catastrophic civil war" following the May 25 massacre that sparked global outrage.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 31, Zambian investigators arrested Andrew Banda, the oldest son of former president Rupiah Banda, for corruption and possessing assets bought with dirty money.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)

2012        May, Edx, a non-profit provider of massive open online courses (MOOCS), was found by Harvard Univ. and MIT. After one year it grew to a consortium of 28 institutions.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.55)
2012        May, In Afghanistan the film "Kabul I Love You," got a warm reception when it was screened at the French cultural center in Kabul. It was funded by the UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, as a means of giving the country's cinema a boost.
    (AFP, 7/26/12)
2012        May, Roger Pinto, a Bolivian opposition senator, took refuge in Brazil’s embassy in La Paz after accusing Bolivian ministers of drug trafficking. On  Aug 23, 2013, Pinto was escorted by Brazilian marines to Brazil.
    (Econ, 8/31/13, p.30)
2012        May, Cambodia’s government suspended the allocation of all new land concessions following a string of protests.
    (Economist, 9/29/12, p.44)
2012        May, In northeast India large hairy spiders began to be noticed across Tinsukia district's grassy plains and dense jungle forests north of the Brahmaputra River. Two people died in Tinsukia district after witch doctors used razor blades to drain the wounds.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        May, Israeli Shin Bet agents, backed by the army and police, arrested an armed PFLP cell that was preparing to kidnap Israelis for use as bargaining chips to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners. This was only made public on August 20.
    (AFP, 8/20/12)
2012        May, In Kenya Magd Najjar, a Swiss national, was arrested. On June 6 he was charged in Nairobi of "engaging in organized criminal activities by being a member of Al Shebab."
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        May, Malawi's president Joyce Banda announced that she wants to repeal laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in a continent in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution. Traditionalists and religious leaders condemned her, saying she was trying to please Western donor nations. They argued that homosexuality is alien to Malawi's cultural and religious values.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
2012        May, In Mexico Gabriel Granados (52), a father of two whose arms were amputated just below the elbow, received the arms of a 34-year-old shooting victim. He became the first patient in Latin America to receive a double arm transplant.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        May, In northern Niger swarms of locusts were spotted and began migrating south where most of the country’s farmland is concentrated.
    (AFP, 6/13/12)
2012        May, A Pakistan police commander ordered tens of thousands of pot-bellied officers to diet or quit frontline duties. Police said officers had been given until June 30 to shape up and those deemed too fat from July 1 would not be given jobs in the field.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        May, Pakistani security officials captured French national Naamen Meziche, described as an al-Qaida operative with links to European jihadist groups, in a raid in the Baluchistan region near the border with Iran. CNN and the Wall Street Journal have reported Meziche was a friend of Mohammed Atta, who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center.
    (AP, 6/20/12)(AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Puerto Rico’s Gov. Luis Fortuno proposed an ambitious, and what critics call far-fetched, plan to require all public schools to teach all courses in English instead of Spanish. Fortuno said he wants all public school students to be bilingual within 10 years.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May, A South Korean government funded human rights group published a 381-page report containing some 200 face-to-face interviews with defectors who survived political prison camps in North Korea.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.A5)
2012        May, In Tunisia the League for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), a pro-Islamist group was founded to "preserve the gains of the revolution" that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 and reinforce Tunisia's Arab and Muslim identity.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)

2012        Jun 1, In California federal prosecutors announced charges against 2 Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, Ryan McGowan (31) and Thomas Lu (42), accused of illegally selling dozens of weapons.
    (SFC, 6/1/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 1, In Afghanistan a suicide attacker rammed a truck packed with explosives into an outer security checkpost of NATO’s Forward Operating Base Salerno, killing up 14 militants in Khost province. A British soldier was shot dead while on patrol in Helmand province.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)(AFP, 6/2/12)(SFC, 6/2/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 1, Australian researchers reported that eating a block of dark chocolate daily over 10 years has "significant" benefits for high-risk cardiac patients and could prevent heart attacks and strokes.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, BP said it was ready to offload its stake in troubled Russian joint venture TNK-BP after the shock resignation of the partnership's chief executive earlier this week. Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman resigned on May 28 as TNK-BP head and threw one of BP's most profitable overseas operations into turmoil.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, China and Japan started direct currency trading as Beijing marked another stage on its journey to foster the yuan's use internationally in line with its growing economic clout.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, In the Dominican Rep. new work requirements took effect, but the government said the rules won't be enforced until month's end. A large number of Haitian workers were particularly impacted.
    (AP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 1, India's central bank warned economic growth could fall further after the country's worst quarterly figures in nine years, as business leaders and newspapers blasted the government over the slump.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, In Kosovo NATO peacekeepers exchanged fire with angry Serb protesters seeking to prevent int’l. troops from removing roadblocks in the tense north.
    (SFC, 6/2/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 1, In Myanmar Tint Swe, head of the Press Scrutiny and Registration Department (PSRD), said he will release its iron grip on the country's media, effective from the end of June, in the latest significant reform for a country emerging from decades of repression.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, Nigerian police in Lagos used tear gas to try to disperse a crowd of several hundred university students angry at the president's decision to change the name of their school. On May 29 President Goodluck Jonathan said the University of Lagos, known as UNILAG, would be renamed Moshood Abiola University in honor of a political prisoner who died in jail over a decade ago.
    (AP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, A Palestinian militant sneaked into Israel at the border separating the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and southern Israel., opening fire on Israeli troops and killing one soldier. The troops fired back, killing the infiltrator.
    (AP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, In Syria gunmen killed 11 workers at a state-owned fertilizer factory near Qusair, Homs province, the second execution-style shooting reported in Syria in less than a week. A previously unknown Syrian rebel group said it is holding 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped on May 22 after crossing into Syria from Turkey on their way to Lebanon. State TV aired interviews with two witnesses from Houla who said the victims of the massacres were members of families that support the government and did not take part in anti-Assad protests.
    (AP, 6/1/12)(AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 1, In Thailand Suu Kyi spoke to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok where she urged the international community to exercise "healthy skepticism" toward Myanmar's much-touted reform process.
    (AP, 6/1/12)
2012        Jun 1, The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva voted overwhelmingly to condemn Syria over the slaughter of more than 100 civilians last week. Only Russia, China and Cuba voted against the resolution, with Uganda and Ecuador abstaining. The Philippines was absent.
    (AP, 6//12)

2012        Jun 2, Arizona police said 5 bodies burned beyond recognition were found inside a charred SUV in a desert area known as a smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants. The SUV was registered to a family of 5, including 3 children, in Tempe.
    (SSFC, 6/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 2, Richard Dawson (1932), British entertainer, died in Los Angeles. He hosted the TV game show “Family Feud" from 1976-1985 and was among the schemers in the 1960s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes."
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 2, In Afghanistan NATO special forces rescued two foreign women and killed five kidnappers in a "breath-taking" pre-dawn raid on a cave in the remote and mountainous Badakhshan province. Two Afghan colleagues kidnapped with them on May 22 were also freed unharmed.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, It was reported that Argentina’s VP Amado Boudou (48) is accused of steering a $55 million contract for printing the nation's money to secret partners through a shadowy shell company used to fund pleasure trips for his friends and family.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Epsom racecourse to kick off four days of celebrations for her diamond jubilee.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Canada one man was killed and six other people were wounded by gunfire, two critically, in a shooting at Eaton Center, Toronto's main downtown mall. Christopher Husbands (23) turned himself over to police on June 4.
    (Reuters, 6/3/12)(Reuters, 6/4/12)(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 2, Central African Republic President Francois Bozize sacked his nephew and right-hand man Sylvain Ndoutingai as finance minister. The sacking came the day of a new hike in fuel prices, the second this year, which prompted a strike by taxi and taxi-bus drivers.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, In north China's Shaanxi province authorities forced Feng Jianmei to abort her 7-month pregnancy because she was unable to pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,270) fine for exceeding China's "one-child" population control policy. Graphic images of the abortion were later posted online showing the bloody corpse of her baby and caused an uproar in the country. On June 15 a deputy mayor visited Feng and her husband in the hospital, apologized to them and said officials would be suspended amid an investigation. In July the couple agreed to a compensation settlement from local authorities for 70,000 yuan ($11,000).
    (AFP, 6/13/12)(AP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Egypt Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power last year. His former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, who was in charge of the police and other security forces at the time of the uprising, was also convicted of failing to act to stop the killings. The ousted president and his sons were acquitted, however, of corruption charges in a mixed verdict that swiftly provoked a new wave of anger on Egypt's streets.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Ghana a Nigerian Allied Air cargo plane overshot an airport runway in Accra and crashed into a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people. The 4 crew members of the plane survived.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, Hong Kong health authorities urged the public not to panic after the southern Chinese city reported its first human case of bird flu in 18 months in a two-year-old boy.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Iran’s defense minister said construction of a new space center is 80% finished and will soon allow the launch more domestically made satellites into orbit.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Kenyan troops were officially integrated into the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), with Kenya's defense minister signing an agreement at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Latvia several hundred activists from the Baltic states and neighboring countries braved rain and hail to participate in an annual parade in defense of gay and lesbian rights. The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have largely proven to be intolerant toward gays and lesbians despite having joined the European Union in 2004.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In northern Lebanon gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups killed at least one person and wounded nine.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Nicaragua Adolfo Calero (b.1931), one of the principal leaders of the US-backed Contra rebels, died. Calero was responsible for managing the bank accounts into which money was deposited and then used to buy supplies and arms as the Contras battled Nicaragua's Sandinista government in the 1980s.
    (AP, 6/3/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolfo_Calero)
2012        Jun 2, In northwest Pakistan an American drone fired two missiles at a motorbike, killing two suspected militants in South Waziristan.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In the Philippines 30 fishermen were missing and hundreds of travelers were stranded after tropical storm Mawar dumped heavy rains across the country, forcing flight and ship cancellations.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Violence in Syria killed 89 people, including 57 soldiers, the largest number of casualties the military has suffered in a single day since an uprising began in March 2011.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Tunisia some 100 people defied a government ban to rally in the center of the capital against Salafist extremism, accusing the authorities of double standards.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)

2012        Jun 3, New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness has scorched 377 square miles. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex was still only 17% contained.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 3, In Ohio a car crash killed 3 students including the drive who was to graduate later in the day. A 4th student about to graduate, died soon after of injuries suffered in the crash. A fifth student was injured.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Utah nearly 300 Mormons marched in a gay pride parade in Salt Lake City, holding signs that read "God Loves His Children" in a unique display of support from believers of a religious tradition that has long opposed homosexuality.
    (Reuters, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 3, A Lockheed P2V aerial firefighter crashed in Utah killing 2 pilots. Another P2V, fighting a wildfire south of Reno, crash-landed at Minden-Tahoe Airport.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 3, In Afghanistan British forces recovered a kidnapped policeman, but one of their soldiers was killed and another wounded in Helmand province.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Cambodia PM Hun Sen's ruling party won local elections in a vote that monitors said was tainted by vote buying and other irregularities.
    (AP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 3, In China police beat and detained political activists marking the 23rd anniversary of the brutal crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy protests. Officers used violence against activists in the southeast province of Fujian and detained them. A day earlier over 30 people who came to Beijing "to petition" were held and forced to return to their home province.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Egypt hundreds of people occupied Cairo's Tahrir Square after a night of rage against what they feel are lenient sentences given to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and his security chiefs.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 3, Japanese police arrested Naoko Kikuchi (40), a former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult that released the nerve gas sarin in Tokyo's subways in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring more than 6,000.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 3, In India anticorruption campaigners Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare drew thousands of supporters in New Delhi to press the government to act against graft and bring back billions of dollars stashed overseas.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 3, In northern Mexico gunmen opened fire inside a drug rehab center killing 11 men in Torreon.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 3, In northwestern Myanmar 10 Muslims were beaten to death in Rakhine state.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 3, In Nigeria a suicide bomber attacked a church in northeastern Bauchi state, causing the building to collapse on the worshippers inside killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more. The next day Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 6/3/12)(AFP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Nigeria a Dana Air Boeing MD-83 smashed into businesses and crowded apartment buildings near Lagos' Murtala Muhammed Int’l. Airport killing all 153 aboard, the country’s worst air disaster in nearly two decades. At least 6 more people perished on the ground. A probe into the crash traced the cause to the loss of two engines and non-functionality of the throttles on final descent from Abuja to Lagos.
    (AP, 6/4/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 7/12/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Pakistan US drone strikes targeting a militant compound in the northwestern tribal area killed 10 suspected militants. The dead included militant commander Malang Jan, an associate of warlord Maulvi Nazir, who sends fighters to Afghanistan to support the Taliban.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 3, In Pakistan a bus carrying a wedding party in Kahuta plunged into a ditch in the country's north, killing 25 people.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Serbia a man blew up the entrance to a packed nightclub with a hand grenade after he was refused entrance, killing himself and 2 others in Idvor.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 3, The Sudanese army said at least 45 rebels have been killed in Sudan's North Darfur after they attacked the military. Clashes began after rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement attacked Fataha, a village in North Darfur, looted the market and killed an unspecified number of villagers.
    (AP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 3, Syrian President Bashar Assad denied that his government had anything to do with last week's gruesome Houla massacre, saying not even "monsters" would carry out such an ugly crime.
    (AP, 6/3/12)

2012        Jun 4, In San Francisco Calvin Sneed (22), an alleged Los Angeles gang member, was shot to death near Candlestick Park. On June 9 police arrested Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado, whose daughter (17) was being pimped by Sneed.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 4, In New Mexico lightning sparked a fire in the Lincoln National Forest. By mid-June it had destroyed 224 homes and burned 59 sq. miles.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)
2012        Jun 4, Three Armenian soldiers were killed in clashes along its border with Azerbaijan.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 4, Argentina declared British oil exploration off the Falklands "illegal" and immediately set about suing five companies for pursuing activities around the contested islands.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, A Bangladeshi court charged Mohammad Kamaruzzaman (60), a fifth member of the country's largest Islamic party, with alleged atrocities including genocide during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Cambodia Alexander Trofimov, who built a $300 million tourist resort in the country, was arrested at the house of an under-aged girl (11-12) outside of the capital Phnom Penh. Authorities planned to deport him shortly. Russian businessman Trofimov was arrested in 2007 facing 17 complaints of sexually abusing minors, the youngest just six years old. He was sentenced to 17 years, reduced on appeal to eight years. He was controversially freed early in December last year after receiving a royal pardon.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 4, Canadian murder suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was caught at a cafe in Berlin, after evading police for days while he partied in Paris. He was deported back to Canada on June 18.
    (AP, 6/6/12)(Reuters, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Denmark the Glostrup City Court handed down prison sentences to Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti. The 4 men, arrested on Dec 29 2010, had planned a shooting spree at the office of a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the prophet Muhammed were found guilty of terrorism and sentenced each to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-rigged car outside Iraq's main religious affairs office for Shiite Muslims, shearing off the facade of the three-story building and killing at least 23 people in the deadliest single attack in the country in three months.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, The Israeli military carried out air strikes on Gaza overnight, injuring one Palestinian, after a rocket was fired at southern Israel. Hundreds of young settlers began marching from a West Bank outpost to Jerusalem to protest over plans to raze five homes built on private Palestinian land in Ulpana.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Israel four Africans were taken to hospital with burns and smoke inhalation after someone tried to burn down a building housing 18 African migrants close to the Mahane Yehuda market.
    (AFP, 7/12/12)
2012        Jun 4, A Libyan military court handed stiff prison terms to 19 Ukrainians, three nationals from Belarus and two Russians accused of serving as mercenaries for ousted leader Moamer Kadhafi in Libya's conflict last year. One of the Russians, judged to have been the coordinator, was condemned to life imprisonment while the others were sentenced to 10 years' hard labor.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, A militia of Libyan ex-rebels entered Tripoli International airport with tanks and armored vehicles and completely blocked air traffic, a day after their leader Abu Ajila al-Habshi was arrested. By the evening authorities wrested back control of the airport.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, A north Malian Arab militia broke away from a meeting of fellow Arabs in Mauritania, declaring they would fight for the independence of Mali's troubled north. Arabs were meeting in Nouakchott to discuss ways to solve a crisis in Mali's north.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Mauritania workers at Kinross Gold’s Tasiast gold mine initiated an unlawful work stoppage, halting mining and processing activity at the Canadian-owned operation.
    (Reuters, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 4, NATO concluded agreements with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to allow it to evacuate military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass Pakistan.
    (SFC, 6/5/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 4, In Pakistan 2 US drone missiles killed 15 people in North Waziristan. Abu Yahya al-Libi, described by American officials as Al-Qaeda's second in command, was the target of the strike. US officials the next day said Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in the strike.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A3)
2012        Jun 4, In the Philippines 2 Chinese men were kidnapped, becoming the latest victims to be abducted in the country's troubled south.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Sudan government agents blocked distribution of the country's largest-circulation newspaper, the hardline anti-South Sudan daily Al Intibaha.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Syrian government forces attacked rebel strongholds in Idlib province and in and around Deir Ezzor as violence across the country claimed at least 35 lives. A Syrian opposition group, the Syrian Rebels Front, announced in Turkey that they are creating a new military structure consisting of 12,000 fighters to topple the regime.
    (AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 4, Turkish security officials said two security personnel were killed when they stepped on an improvised explosive device laid by PKK militants in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province. One of the men killed was the commander of Lice's military police force.
    (Reuters, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 4, In Yemen two suicide bombers tried to hit army barracks and checkpoints to the east of Zinjibar in an attempt to stop the military from advancing in the south, killing four army-allied militiamen.
    (AP, 6/5/12)

2012        Jun 5, California voters approved Proposition 28. It reduced the time citizens can serve in the state Legislature from 14 years to 12, but allowed a member to serve the entire time in one house.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A11)
2012        Jun 5, In California Joseph Baccala (71) of Sonoma County, was charged with 167 felony counts of grand theft, securities fraud and elder abuse after investigators uncovered a $20 million Ponzi scheme.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.C7)
2012        Jun 5, Mississippi executed Henry “Curtis" Jackson, convicted of killing 4 young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 5, Wisconsin Gov .Scott Walker won his recall rematch with Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, by a larger margin than in 2010. Walker became only the third governor to face a recall election—and the first to survive one—since the Progressives came up with this drastic remedy for bad governance more than a century ago.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A13)
2012        Jun 5, Ray Bradbury (91), author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and other beloved science fiction novels, died.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 5, Venus began to pass between the Earth and the Sun. The next such transit will not occur until 2117.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.95)
2012        Jun 5, In Afghanistan two separate roadside bomb blasts killed five people. This included four policemen killed in Wardak province and a civilian in Ghazni province.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, In Algeria security forces killed six Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Kabylie region, including three in the region's main town of Tizi Ouzou.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 5, Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for a second consecutive month as Europe's economy weakens and growth in China moderates. It lowered the rate by a quarter percentage point to 3.5 percent.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Five Azerbaijan soldiers were killed near Gazakh in clashes along its border with Armenia. Each nation blamed the other for the violence.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 5, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela said they were pulling out of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance during an annual meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Bolivia.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 5, Cheering crowds thronged the streets of London for the grand finale to four days of festivities marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee attended by millions across Britain.
    (Reuters, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, In Canada packages containing a human foot and hand were discovered at two schools in Vancouver, in what could be the latest gruesome twist in the case of Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor suspected of dismembering and eating his former lover.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 5, China told foreign embassies to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular US Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Chinese authorities alerted foreign travel agencies that they would no longer be issuing entry permits to Tibet.
    (ABCNews, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 5, Egyptians in their hundreds began gathering in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square ahead of a mass demonstration to protest against verdicts handed down in ex-president Hosni Mubarak's murder trial.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, It was reported that Israel has begun to force incoming travelers deemed suspicious to open personal email accounts for inspection.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Kazakhstan's interior minister said a border guard who went missing after the death of 14 fellow soldiers at a remote frontier outpost last week has been detained and is being questioned.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Maldivian police said Ismail Rasheed (37), a blogger known for his liberal views on religion, is in intensive care after being stabbed by an attacker outside his home in the capital Male.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Nigerian soldiers killed at least 16 militants after gunfire and blasts rocked Maiduguri, where Islamists were believed to be hiding. In the northern city of Kano gunmen shot dead a former deputy Nigerian police chief, his driver and a bodyguard.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)   
2012        Jun 5, Pakistan US Embassy said the US has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street." The decision came as a Pakistani newspaper reported allegations of corruption by the local puppet theater working on the initiative.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Russian police detained at least two dozen people protesting outside the parliament in Moscow as it debated a controversial bill that would raise fines 150-fold for people taking part in unsanctioned rallies. The Kremlin controlled Parliament rammed through the bill.
    (AP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 5, The Solar Impulse, an experimental solar-powered plane, took off from Madrid en route to Morocco for the 2nd leg of a bid to complete its first transcontinental flight.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Sudanese journalists and Communist Party members held a sit-in to protest against repeated restrictions against their newspaper, part of what press freedom advocates describe as an intensifying clampdown on critical voices.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Syria barred a string of US and European diplomats, saying they were "no longer welcome" as the country plunged into its most profound international isolation in decades. Troops and pro-regime militia backed by tanks went on a new offensive against rebels, seizing the central town of Kfar Zita after three days of bombardment. UN officials announced that Syria's government has agreed to a written deal with the United Nations and other international organizations that would allow aid workers and supplies to enter four hard-hit provinces. Clashes and raids in Latakia province killed 33 people. 55 people were killed across the country, including 26 soldiers, 19 civilians and 10 rebels.
    (AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 5, Some 85 Syrian military defectors and their families crossed into Turkey.
    (Econ, 7/7/12, p.46)
2012        Jun 5, Yemen's army battled with al-Qaida in Zinjibar and nearby Qut in overnight fighting that left at least 23 militants dead. Five Al-Qaeda militants died in Abyan province when the car bomb they aimed to set off exploded prematurely.
    (AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)

2012        Jun 6, Eight Muslims filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey to force the NYPD to end its surveillance and other intelligence-gathering practices targeting Muslims in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, Authorities in Oregon confirmed that a 66-foot-long pier, that floated onto a beach near Newport, came from Japan following the tsunami in March 2011.
    (SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)
2012        Jun 6, In Afghanistan 3 suicide attackers blew themselves up in Kandahar city, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50 others in a dusty marketplace. Afghan officials and residents said a pre-dawn NATO airstrike targeting militants killed 18 people celebrating a wedding, including women and children. A NATO forces spokesman said they had no reports of civilians being killed in the overnight raid to capture a local Taliban leader in Logar province. Provincial Police Chief Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Roogh Lawanay said there was no wedding party. He said the gathering was a meeting of Taliban commanders in the province. Villagers displayed 18 bodies at the provincial capital, including 5 women, 7 children and 6 men. 2 NATO service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Ghazni province.
    (AP, 6/6/12)(AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 6, The Afghan government accused the Taliban of poisoning schoolgirls by bribing students and workers to sneak toxic chemicals into drinking water or spread it around school grounds, sickening scores. 15 suspects have been arrested. National Directorate of Security spokesman Lutfullah Mashal accused Pakistani spies of poisoning the schoolgirls. In July a UN agency expressed concern that torture may have been used to extract confessions over the alleged serial poisoning, which experts say is more likely to be mass hysteria.
    (AP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 7/10/12)
2012        Jun 6, Angolan troops, whose presence angered local soldiers and prompted a coup in April, began leaving Guinea-Bissau. The pullout was completed on June 9.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 6, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru formally established their Pacific Alliance (Alianza de Pacifico). The goal was free trade and economic integration with a clear orientation toward Asia.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.73)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Alliance)
2012        Jun 6, In China 12 children were hurt in a clash at an Islamic school in the restive Xinjiang region, amid an escalating crackdown on "illegal" religious activities. The exiled World Uyghur Congress (WUC) group disputed the government version of events, citing sources on the ground as saying police tossed tear gas into the school.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, In China ailing Chinese labor activist Li Wangyang (62), imprisoned for two decades, some of it doing hard labor, died in a hospital, reportedly hanging himself one year after being released from jail.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, Colombia’s military bombed a FARC rebel camp in Antioquia state. 8 rebels were reported killed.
    (SFC, 6/7/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 6, In CongoDRC an army report said at least 200 mutineers have been killed in the eastern part of the country since fighting broke out in April. 40 troops from the FARDC regular army have also been killed in the clashes.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, Israel's Supreme Court rejected an attempt by hardliners to prevent the demolition of an illegal West Bank outpost. It had already said the Ulpana outpost is illegal because it was built on private Palestinian land and ordered the outpost's five buildings taken down by July 1. Israeli officials announced the government would build 850 apartments in various West Bank settlements. Israeli aircraft struck two targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least two men.
    (AP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)(AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 6, Human Rights Watch said armed groups in Liberia, who supported Ivory Coast's former president, have killed at least 40 civilians in cross-border raids into Ivory Coast since July and are recruiting children as young as 14 into their ranks.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, The International Monetary Fund said Malawi is set for a $157-million (125-million euro) 3-year IMF loan to fix its troubled economy which has been hit by global aid suspensions.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, In Peru a helicopter crashed in the highlands killing all 14 people aboard, including 8 South Koreans and 3 Europeans. They were exploring a potential hydroelectric project near Mazuco.
    (AP, 6/7/12)(SFC, 6/11/12, p.A2)   
2012        Jun 6, In Puerto Rico US federal agents swept through the main airport and other areas, arresting dozens of baggage handlers, airline workers and others suspected of smuggling millions of dollars' worth of cocaine aboard commercial flights for at least a decade.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin visited China and emphasized burgeoning military ties on the second day of a visit to his nation's eastern neighbor.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, In Sudan an "exceptional" airlift of almost 12,000 South Sudanese ended with a final flight from Khartoum, but thousands more continue to live in makeshift conditions while they, too, await transport to the South.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, Syrian President Bashar Assad appointed loyalist Riad Farid Hijab, a member of the ruling Baath Party and the former agriculture minister, as prime minister as he battles a 15-month uprising against his rule. Rebels went on the offensive in and around Damascus while 18 people were killed in shelling, blasts and clashes across the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 55 people were killed in an assault on Al-Kubeir, a small Sunni farming enclave surrounded by Alawite villages in the central province of Hama.
    (AP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 6, Clashes broke out between Syrian troops and residents of the border town of Arsal in eastern Lebanon after a Lebanese man was killed and three wounded at dawn as they tried to cross the border into Syria.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, A group of expat Syrian businessmen announced in Qatar the creation of a $300 million (239 million euro) fund to support the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, In Togo Moise Lida Kouassi, the former defense minister of Ivory Coast's disgraced ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested. He was accused of trying to destabilize the new Ivorian regime.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, A UN report said Joseph Kony's Lord Resistance Army has abducted more than 600 child soldiers and sex slaves over the past two years even as the hunt for the rebel leader intensifies. At least 591 children, including 268 girls, were reported seized over the same time in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 6, In Yemen two civilians were killed and a third was wounded when their car, rigged by al-Qaida militants, exploded in the southern port city of Aden.
    (AP, 6/6/12)

2012        Jun 7, The US announced $33 million in rewards for information leading to the location of top terrorist suspects in Somalia.
    (SFC, 6/8/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 7, The US Library of Congress named Natasha Trethewey, Mississippi’s top poet, as the nation’s poet laureate.
    (SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)
2012        Jun 7, Chicago mobster Arthur "The Brain" Rachel (73) was sentenced to 8½ years in prison for his involvement in planning robberies with two other accomplices, both of whom are also in their 70s. Rachel told the judge he got involved in more robberies because he was bored. He had gained notoriety three decades ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, Bob Welch (65), a former member of Fleetwood Mac who also had a solo career, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Tennessee.
    (SFC, 6/8/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 7, In central Florida a single-engine plane crashed in the Tiger Creek Preserve killing Ron Bramlage (45), his wife and their 4 children. The family was returning home to Junction City, Kansas, from the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 6/9/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 7, In northern Afghanistan a bomb was detonated on the outside of one of the prison walls in Sar-e-Pul province and 32 prisoners, including criminals and members of the Taliban, escaped through the rubble. Inmates reportedly made the bomb inside the compound and blew up a prison tower. 18 were soon re-captured and 14 remained at large.
    (AP, 6/8/12)(AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 7, An Algerian man died (36) in Oran a day after setting himself ablaze in protest when a policeman took away his driver's license in the Mascara region.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, Australia said it will lift remaining sanctions against Myanmar and more than double its foreign aid to encourage democratic reforms.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, Australian police said Captain Emad, an alleged people-smuggling kingpin who was granted a refugee visa, fled the country this week after a television expose, and they were powerless to stop him.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, China cut its benchmark lending rate by a quarter percentage point to 6.31 percent for the first time since 2008 to support growth in its cooling economy.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced an SCO plan whereby China, Russia and four Central Asian states would grant Afghanistan observer status in their regional group. This was announced at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's annual summit in Beijing.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, Denmark's Parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to get married in formal church weddings, effective June 15, instead of the short blessing ceremonies that the state's Lutheran Church currently offers.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Ethiopia peace talks between Khartoum and Juba to set up a demilitarized buffer zone ended with Sudan accusing South Sudan of seeking to create "10 disputed areas."
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Greece Ilias Kasidiaris (31), the extreme-right Golden Dawn party spokesman, caused an uproar by slapping one female politician on live TV and throwing a glass of water on another. On June 11 he sued the two women as well as the television channel that hosted the news show.
    (AP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Iraq Abed Hamid Hmoud, Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary, was executed by hanging. He was once No. 4 on the US most-wanted list in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, An Israeli court cleared the way for the deportation of an estimated 1,500 South Sudanese, after rejecting a petition against a change in the policy on illegal migrants from there.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 7, Japan’s coastguard plucked British adventurer Sarah Outen to safety after she got into trouble in the northern Pacific during her attempt to row solo across the ocean. A patrol boat was also heading towards fellow Briton Charlie Martell, who was separately attempting to row solo across the Pacific when he was also caught in bad weather.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Japan Govinda Prasad Mainali (45) was released from jail after DNA tests confirmed he could not have committed the killing of a 39-year-old Japanese woman in 1997. The Nepalese migrant worker had served 15 years in a Japanese jail. Mainali was acquitted in April 2000 but remained in prison pending an appeal by prosecutors, who maintained he had robbed and murdered the victim because he was short of cash.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 7, Lesotho King Letsie III appointed Motsoahae Tom Thabane as Prime Minister.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Libya hundreds of armed men calling for Islamic law staged a demonstration in the eastern city of Benghazi. A counter rally, which included dozens of activists and several women in its ranks, emerged in protest over the presence of weapons. It succeeded in pushing the men out of the square after sunset without incident. Authorities in Zintan, southwest of Tripoli, detained Australian defense lawyer Melinda Taylor. She was one of two lawyers assigned by the ICC to help defend the legal interests of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who has been held by revolutionary fighters since his capture in November.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)(AP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Mali residents of Timbuktu said they have launched an armed group to kick out the Islamists currently controlling the ancient city. The UN, AU and ECOWAS officials called for the immediate dissolution of the former junta which came to power following the coup by low-ranking officers.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 7, A panel of Mexican judges agreed to extradite Sandra Avila Beltran, a suspected drug trafficker known as the “Queen of the Pacific," to face charges in the US.
    (SFC, 6/8/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 7, In Mexico 14 dismembered bodies were discovered inside a truck in Mante, located in the south of Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas.
    (Reuters, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Pakistan a bomb attack killed at least 8 people, including 3 boys, and wounded more than 20 others outside a madrassa in the southwestern city of Quetta. 7 of the injured people died overnight in hospital raising the death toll to 15.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)(AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 7, The Palestinian anti-corruption court convicted Mohammed Rashid, the fugitive moneyman of the late leader Yasser Arafat of siphoning off millions of dollars in public funds, sentencing him in absentia to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, Qatar Airways completed its first flight to Baghdad since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, a month after launching services to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Scotland the number of confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh rose to 51, as officials continued to search for the source of the deadly outbreak. One man, who had existing health problems, died a day earlier while being treated for the lung infection. A 2nd death was reported on June 15. A probe so far focused on industrial cooling towers in the southwest of the city.
    (AFP, 6/7/12)(AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 7, Syrian troops blocked UN observers from reaching the site of a new mass killing. The Syrian National Council said 78 people, including women and children, were killed overnight in the village of Mazraat al-Qubair in central Hama province when government-aligned militiamen converged on the village from neighboring pro-regime villages.
    (AP, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 7, In Yemen at least 23 al-Qaida-linked militants were killed in fighting in the country's south.
    (AP, 6/7/12)

2012        Jun 8, US federal regulators approved pertuzumab (Perjeta), a new, less toxic breast cancer drug made by Genentech.
    (SFC, 6/9/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 8,  Pentagon statistics showed that 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the US forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 percent more.
    (AP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, In NYC Christopher “Dudus" Coke of Jamaica was sentenced to 23 years in prison for drug trafficking.
    (SFC, 6/9/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 8, In Afghanistan NATO commander General John Allen flew to Logar province "to see local leaders and the population to apologize and offer condolences to the families," of those killed in a June 6 airstrike.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, In Britain 6 men were handed jail sentences for running a website, Confidential Access, that earned millions of pounds by selling fake documents and coaching fraudsters in how to conduct successful scams. Two masterminds ran the site from villas in Alicante in Spain while associates in Britain created fake documents including bank statements, pay slips, driving licenses and bills.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 8, China’s central bank cut its benchmark deposit and lending rates to help stimulate the economy.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.81)
2012        Jun 8, In Egypt a mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment, with the attackers overwhelming the male guardians and groping and molesting several of the female marchers in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
    (AP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, In Gabon 2 leading activists and some 40 others were arrested as they tried to hold a "Counter-Forum of Indignants" alongside the New York Forum Africa opening today in Libreville. Marc Ona, an award-winning environmental activist, and Gregory Ngbwa Mintsa, spokesman of Gabon's Indignants' Front, were detained before their event could kick off.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, In Iraq gunmen opened fire on the car of a colonel in the civil defense forces, killing him and his wife and wounding their three children in western Baghdad. Assailants in Baghdad also killed an aide to Qusai al-Suhail, the deputy speaker of parliament. An Iraqi soldier was killed and four were wounded by a roadside bomb in Bala Ruz.
    (AP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, In the Ivory Coast 7 UN peacekeepers from Niger were killed in an ambush. They had been patrolling in an area between two villages after hearing rumors of an imminent attack on communities in the region. At least 8 civilians were also killed. Deputy defense minister Paul Koffi Koffi said the attackers had crossed over from neighboring Liberia, adding that two Ivorian soldiers and at least one civilian may also have been killed.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 8, Lebanese politician, diplomat, and press baron Ghassan Tueni (b.1926) died in hospital.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, Lesotho's new PM Thomas Thabane (72) was sworn in after his coalition government unseated former leader Pakalitha Mosisili in the kingdom's first peaceful transition.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, Malawi's finance minister said civil servants will receive an average 21-percent pay increase, as he presented the country's $1-billion (820-million euro) budget. The state said it will also recruit 16,000 schoolteachers.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, Mali's Tuareg rebels clashed overnight with their former Islamist allies, after the two groups fell out over forming a breakaway state in the northern desert region they control.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)
2012        Jun 8, In western Myanmar 7 people were killed in religious clashes, where police opened fire and the authorities declared a curfew to tackle the escalating unrest. Rohingya rioted in Maungdaw township killing 10 Buddhists and torching over 460 Buddhist homes. This was in reaction to a Buddhist attack on Muslim pilgrims in southern Rakhine sparked by rumors of a gang rape by Muslim men. In the following months security forces, according to villagers, beat Rohingya, looted valuables and raped women.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)(AP, 6/9/12)(SFC, 11/28/13, p.A24)
2012        Jun 8, In Nigeria a suicide blast outside police headquarters in Maiduguri killed 8 people and wounded others. Hours earlier a suspected bomber died when an explosive went off prematurely in another part of the city. Gunmen also shot dead a police constable outside his house in Boriya district on the outskirts of Potiskum. A nearby drug vendor, also hit and injured by the attackers' bullet, died later.
    (AP, 6/8/12)(AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 8, In northwestern Pakistan a bomb tore through a police bus carrying government employees and other civilians, killing 19 people near Peshawar. The bus was rented by the government to take staff home after work in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)(SFC, 6/9/12, p.A3)
2012        Jun 8, Russia’s Pres. Putin signed into law a measure that will impose heavy fines on people who organize or take part in unsanctioned demonstrations.
    (SFC, 6/9/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 8, Syrian troops heavily shelled a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs as the military appeared to be readying to storm the area. State-run media said armed "terrorist groups" attacked military units charged with protecting al-Omar oil field of al-Furat Oil Company in the oil-rich city of Deir Ezzor province. SANA also said a car bomb in the Damascus suburb of Qudsaya killed 3 policemen, while another explosion in the northern city of Idlib killed 2 soldiers and 3 civilians. In Daraa at least 17 civilians were killed in the shelling. Troops clashed with rebels from the Free Syrian Army in the Kfar Souseh district of Damascus in fierce fighting sparked when the armed fighters attacked a military checkpoint in the area.
    (AP, 6/8/12)(AP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 8, In Yemen Al-Qaeda militants killed two soldiers in Yemen's Abyan province, prompting troops to shell jihadist positions and kill nine extremists.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)

2012        Jun 9, In Alabama several people were shot at an apartment complex near Auburn Univ. when a fight broke out during a pool party. 2 former Auburn football players were among 3 people killed. Suspect Desmonte Leonard (22) turned himself over to police on June 12.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)(SFC, 6/12/12, p.A6)(SFC, 6/13/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 9, In Sacramento, Ca., an assailant entered a home and shot 3 people dead. The suspected gunman was also found dead in the home.
    (SFC, 6/11/12, p.C4)
2012        Jun 9, In Selma, Ca., police found Avtar Singh (47) dead in his living room. His 36-year-old wife and three-year-old son were dead in a bed in the master bedroom. His 17-year-old son lay dead in his bedroom. A third son (15), was barely alive in another room and later died. All had been shot in the head. In 2011, Singh was arrested after his wife said he choked her, and police discovered Singh was a former Indian Army major who was wanted for the 1996 killing of Jalil Andrabi, a lawyer and prominent human rights advocate in the disputed Himalayan region of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 9, In Las Vegas Timothy Bradley ended Manny Pacquiao's 15-fight winning streak with a stunning split decision victory, seizing the Filipino icon's World Boxing Organization welterweight title. Judge Jerry Roth scored the bout 115-113 for Pacquiao, while C.J. Ross and Duane Ford both saw it 115-113 for Bradley, even though it appeared Pacquiao hurt Bradley throughout the fight.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 9, The Afghan government sacked five officials for "negligence" after 32 prisoners, including members of the Taliban, escaped on June 7 when gunmen attacked a jail. A suspected Taliban suicide bomber wearing a burqa killed 4 French soldiers and wounded five others in an attack on a convoy of NATO-led troops in Kapisa province.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, Bahraini police wounded several people when they fired sound bombs, tear gas and bird shot to disperse dozens who protested across several Shiite areas.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, China’s state media reported that authorities have fired or disciplined 12 police officers — including Jinning county police chief Da Qiming and Jincheng township police chief Zhao Huiyun, who were sacked last month, — for inadequately investigating a series of murders in southwest China in which victims were dismembered and buried.
    (AP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, In Cuba Garcia Perez was beaten and arrested by police after testifying about opposition harassment before a US Senate committee via a video hookup from the US Interest section in Havana.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 9, Euro zone finance ministers agreed to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) to help its battered banks.
    (Reuters, 6/10/12)(SSFC, 6/10/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 9, Indian demonstrators supporting the global hacking movement Anonymous took to the streets to protest against what they consider growing government censorship of the Internet. Concerns about Internet freedom stemmed from an update to India’s Information Technology Act that was given by the IT and communications ministry in April last year.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, In northern Iraqi 5 bombs exploded at an oil field, damaging two pipelines without affecting the country's vital crude exports. The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline pumps between 450,000 to 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, In southern Libya new fighting broke out between members of the Toubou minority and government forces, with unconfirmed reports that at least five people were killed.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, The International Criminal Court demanded the release of four of its staffers it says are being detained in Libya, where they are part of an official mission sent to meet with the imprisoned son of deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
    (AP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, Myanmar police and army reinforcements were deployed to Rakhine State, which borders Bangladesh, to quell the violence after villagers' homes were set ablaze.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, In northern Nigeria 2 gunmen in Kano shot dead an official of the secret police, Aminu Isa, and fled. Isa's friend was shot in both legs and later died in the hospital.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, In Pakistan gunmen killed four policemen in a drive-by shooting on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun 9, Syrian troops shelled the southern city of Daraa. For the first time in the uprising regime tanks opened fire in streets of Damascus, with shells slamming into residential buildings. At least four people were killed. At least 111 people, 83 civilians and 28 soldiers, were killed, according to Observatory figures.
    (AP, 6/9/12)(AFP, 6/10/12)

2012        Jun 10, In Germany Col. James Johnson III, former commander of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, began to face court martial proceedings in Kaiserslautern. He was suspected of fraud, bigamy, conduct unbefitting an officer and other charges related to an alleged long-term extra-marital affair he had with a woman he met in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, Iran's media reported that the nation’s cyber police are poised to launch a new crackdown on software that lets many Iranians circumvent the regime's Internet censorship.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki called for a national dialogue after President Jalal Talabani said his rivals lacked the 163 parliamentary votes required to oust the PM, but a protracted political row looked set to drag on. Two mortar shells hit a procession in Kazimiyah late today, killing seven and wounding 38. Pilgrims have already started to arrive in Baghdad for the commemorations marking the eighth century death of Imam Moussa ibn Jaafar al-Kadhim.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)(AP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 10, Israeli police rounded up some 25 immigrants, around a third of them from South Sudan.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 10, Hundreds of Kashmiris staged an emotional demonstration on the banks of a fast-flowing river to urge India and Pakistan to withdraw troops from the disputed Himalayan region.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, Kenya's Internal Security Minister George Saitoti (66) was killed with five other people in a helicopter crash near Nairobi.
    (AP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, Members of Libya's Toubou minority and government forces fought for a 2nd consecutive day, leaving at least 23 people dead since the clashes erupted. A new ICC team arrived in Libya to negotiate with the authorities over 4 detained staffers.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)(AFP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 10, Myanmar's Pres. Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence.
    (AP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, In central Nigeria a suicide bomber drove his car at a church in Jos, killing at least 3 people. Gunmen opened fire on another church in the northeast killing at least one person and wounding dozens in Biu.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, Sudanese rebels said they have repulsed an attack by government forces in troubled Blue Nile state, but the army dismissed the claims.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, In Syria clashes and shelling by midday killed at least 12 people. Kurdish activist Abdel Basset Sayda (Abdulbaset Sieda), the opposition's new leader, said that President Bashar al-Assad's regime was on its "last legs."
    (AFP, 6/10/12)(AP, 6/10/12)
2012        Jun 10, In Tunisia hundreds of extremists destroyed artworks at an exhibit in the Tunis suburb of La Marsa that included paintings that caricatured Mecca, portrayed a nude woman, and showed the word "Allah" spelled with strings of ants. On July 4 a Tunisian court sentenced court official Mohamed Ali Bouaziz to two months in jail on charges of inciting the riots.
    (AP, 6/12/12)(AFP, 7/4/12)
2012        Jun 10, In Ukraine a small plane carrying skydivers crash-landed in bad weather near Kiev, killing five and injuring 15 people.
    (AP, 6/10/12)

2012        Jun 11, In south Florida a woman (34) was severely burned after being doused in gasoline and lit on fire outside a 7-Eleven store in a dispute with the father of her child. Roosevelt Mondesir (52) was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was being treated for burns at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach.
    (AP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 11, Maine began demolishing its Great Works dam in Bradley, part of a historic effort to open nearly 1,000 miles of habitat to 11 species of fish that haven’t had open access to the Penobscot River for two centuries.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.38)
2012        Jun 11, Canada-born American actress Ann Rutherford (94) died at her home in Beverly Hills. She played one of the sisters of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind" (1939). She became famous for her role as the sweetheart in the Andy Hardy film series in the late 1930s.
    (SFC, 6/15/12, p.C5)
2012        Jun 11, In northern Afghanistan an ambulance struck a roadside bomb while rushing a pregnant woman and her family to a hospital, killing four of her family members. The woman delivered her baby a few hours later. Earlier today two women and two children were killed in the east when a mortar fired by insurgents hit their home in Ghazni province. NATO said it is limiting airstrikes against houses to self-defense for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and children alongside insurgents.
    (AP, 6/11/12)(SFC, 6/12/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 11, In Afghanistan 2 shallow earthquakes less than half an hour apart shook the mountainous Hindu Kush region, starting a slide of debris that smashed into a remote village, burying mudbrick houses to a depth of up to 100 meters. Over 70 people were feared killed.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 11, Bahamas police said 7 of 28 people have been rescued from a boat that sank while carrying migrants to Florida. The boat had departed from Abaco island a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/12/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 11, British workers from Coryton oil refinery marched on a fuel terminal in the southeast of the country and disrupted the supply of fuel heading to petrol stations to protest against the plant's closure. Coryton is currently being wound down as crude supplies run out, and 900 jobs were threatened.
    (Reuters, 6/11/12)(Reuters, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 11, In China young and old residents of the metropolis of Wuhan were advised to stay indoors after a thick haze blanketed the city of nine million people. Xinhua described the haze as grey-yellow in color and said it was seen in 7 cities in Hubei province, including Wuhan.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 11, Israeli authorities rounded up 115 of African migrants slated for deportation, most of them from South Sudan, as the government weighs tough penalties against Israelis who help illegal aliens.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)(AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 11, A Libyan judicial source said four International Criminal Court (ICC) envoys have been put into "preventive" detention in prison for 45 days while investigating an alleged threat to national security.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 11, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated one of sub-Sahara Africa's biggest cement factories, with a capacity to produce 5.25 million metric tons a year. Dangote Cement's held ambitions of ranking among the top eight cement-producing companies in the world by the year 2015. Armed robbers in north Nigeria killed 27 people while attacking villages preparing for a local market day.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)(AP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 11, In Oman 22 people were detained for protesting outside the central police station in Muscat. They were calling for the release of 3 pro-democracy campaigners detained some days earlier.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.52)
2012        Jun 11, Syrian troops attacked a central, rebel-held town with helicopter gunships and shelled other restive areas across the nation. 12 people, including three children, were killed in a car bomb blast in Deir Ezzor's Al-Joura neighborhood. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nationwide violence cost the lives of at least 111 people, including 79 civilians.
    (AP, 6/11/12)(AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 11, Taiwan's military said it is looking into how a top-secret computer from a "stealth" warship went missing, amid concerns it might have fallen into Chinese hands. The laptop, installed on board a "Kuang Hua No. 6" class guided-missile vessel, disappeared late last month while the vessel was anchored at the southern port of Tsoying.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 11, In Tunisia radical protesters set fire to a police post in La Marsa and to a security kiosk in Kram. Police fired warning shots to disperse them. 7 police officers were injured and 90 people arrested in  the 2 days of unrest in three suburbs of Tunis.
    (AP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 11, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez sang, danced and gave a marathon speech at the launch of his re-election bid, offering a preview of a campaign in which he is likely to push his limits trying to show Venezuelans he is emerging from cancer's shadow.
    (AP, 6/11/12)
2012        Jun 11, Yemen military and local officials said fierce clashes between troops and Al-Qaeda militants in the southern province of Abyan have killed 28 people, two of them soldiers.
    (AFP, 6/11/12)

2012        Jun 12, A federal judge in Boston sentenced Catherine Grieg (61), girlfriend of mobster James “Whitey" Bulger, to 8 years in prison for helping Bulger stay on the run for 16 years.
    (SFC, 6/13/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 12, Lanty Molloy (b.1932), patriarch of the family-owned Molloy’s Tavern in Colma, Ca., died of a heart attack.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.C3)
2012        Jun 12, Elinor Ostrom (b.1933), the first woman to win a shared Nobel Prize for economics (2009), died In Bloomington, Ind.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, p.94)
2012        Jun 12, Texas authorities said they arrested seven members of one of Mexico's largest drug cartels and accused them of laundering money in the United States by buying, breeding and racing American racehorses. On July 3 Jose Trevino Morales, the brother of two alleged cartel leaders, was among 15 people charged in what federal prosecutors said was a money-laundering scheme centered on an Oklahoma horse ranch.
    (Reuters, 6/12/12)(AFP, 7/4/12)
2012        Jun 12, In Afghanistan Taliban bomb attacks killed at least eight people, including women and children in Balkh and Wardak provinces.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez announced a major economic stimulus plan, using pension and treasury funds to provide nearly cost-free housing loans of up to $77,000 each to 400,000 people who have been closed out of private-sector borrowing.
    (AP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 12, Bangladesh turned away 3 boats carrying 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, bringing to 1,500 the number of refugees blocked in recent days.
    (AP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, In India police raided factories in New Delhi and rounded 26 up children working in 3 textile factories and a metal processing plant. An estimated 50,000 children were believed working in New Delhi factories despite laws against child labor.
    (SFC, 6/13/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 12, Israeli officials from the Population and Migration Authority said a total of 140 people had been arrested on Jun 10-11, with another 73 picked up in nationwide raids today. Most of the 213 arrested immigrants were from South Sudan.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, In Myanmar people fled their burning homes and security forces struggled to contain communal violence in a western region where state media reported the death toll had climbed to 21 since June 8. A Myanmar official said around 25 people have been killed and a further 41 people wounded in five days of unrest.
    (AP, 6/12/12)(AFP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 12, Nigeria's stock exchange board announced that exchange regulator Arunma Oteh has been suspended from her post, weeks after she publicly clashed with politicians over corruption allegations.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, Pakistani state media said a judicial investigation has concluded that Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's former ambassador, to the US did write a secret letter to American officials requesting their help in reining in the powerful army last year.
    (AP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, In Pakistan property magnate Malik Riaz accused Arsalan Iftikhar (32), the son of the chief justice Iftikhar Chaudry, of taking $3.6 million in kickbacks for offering to fix cases for the tycoon.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.48)
2012        Jun 12, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder, killing two of his security guards and wounding two others on the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, In the Philippines a three-man news team for the Dubai-based Al Arabiya network failed to return to their hotel on Jolo island, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)(SFC, 6/20/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 12, In Russia tens of thousands flooded Moscow's tree-lined boulevards in the first massive protest against President Putin's rule since his inauguration in May. Investigators a day earlier searched the homes of several key opposition figures and summoned them for questioning shortly before the start of the rally. Opposition leaders included Alexei Navalny (36), corruption-fighting lawyer, Sergei Udaltsov (35), leader of the Left Front opposition movement, Ksania Sobchak (30), socialite and TV host, and Ilya Yashin (28), a member of the leadership of the opposition Solidarity movement. The protest had city approval.
    (AP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, In Singapore, Ng Boon Gay (46), former head of the police drug enforcement unit was charged with corruption for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for help with contracts.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, South Africa's disgraced former police chief Bheki Cele was sacked by Pres. Zuma due to his handling of leases for police headquarters that were signed at far above market rates. Cele was suspended in October when a commission of enquiry was launched.
    (AFP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 12, South African authorities said the slaughter of rhinos driven by the soaring illegal trade in their horns continues at a record pace with 245 killed since January. Police have arrested 161 suspects, including 138 poachers, since the start of the year.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, Syrian forces pounded a neighborhood of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor with mortar fire, killing 10 civilians including a young girl. 3 people were reported killed and dozens wounded in clashes in Al-Haffe. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she had information Russia was sending attack helicopters to Syria.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)(AFP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 12, Tunisia's justice minister condemned as terrorism a spate of overnight attacks on government offices by gangs including Islamist hardliners, warning that those guilty would be punished.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)
2012        Jun 12, Turkey announced plans to introduce elective Kurdish language instruction in schools, a step aimed at easing tension that Kurdish minority activists argued didn't go far enough. Activists and Kurdish politicians insisted on full Kurdish education in schools.
    (AP, 6/12/12)

2012        Jun 13, The US Justice Dept. dismissed all remaining charges against former North Carolina Senator John Edwards.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 13, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon testified before a Senate committee over the company’s $2 billion trading loss, that was disclosed on May 10.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.E3)
2012        Jun 13, In San Francisco Matt Cain pitched a perfect game in a 10-0 victory over the Houston Astros. This was a first for the SF Giants and only the 22nd perfect game in major league history.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A12)
2012        Jun 13, In Buffalo, NY, Jackie Wisniewski (33), a nursing student, died on the floor of the Erie County Medical Center. Dr. Timothy V. Jorden (49) was sought in connection to the death of his one-time lover. Jorden apparently shot himself dead on June 13. Police found his body on June 15.
    (http://newsone.com/2020827/dr-timothy-jorden-buffalo-ny/)(SFC, 6/16/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 13, ICANN revealed the Internet names of 1,400 new generic top-level domain names.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.76)
2012        Jun 13, Bangladesh refused three more boatloads of Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar, despite growing calls for the border to be opened. A UN rights envoy warned that violence posed a threat to Myanmar’s shift towards democracy, as the death toll from almost a week of unrest rose to 28.
    (AFP, 6/13/12)(AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 13, In Brazil dialogue began on Green Agriculture: Towards Sustainable Agricultural Economies as part of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. The final 3-days, set to run from June 20  to June 22, will include 130 top leaders from around the globe.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 13, Cambodia arrested French architect Patrick Devillers, with ties to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, in a new twist to China's biggest political scandal in decades. Devillers was released on July 17 and flew to China voluntarily to help its investigation.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)(AFP, 7/18/12)
2012        Jun 13, Mississauga, Canada, teen Yoonseo Kang was one of 20 recipients of the $100,000 Thiel Fellowship, a program that encourages bright minds to pursue innovative, entrepreneurial projects outside of a classroom setting. His desire to build a better future influenced his decision to move to Missouri's Open Source Ecology (OSE) farm "to become part of a project that encourages everyday people to build their own machines.
    (http://www.thielfellowship.org/)
2012        Jun 13, China jailed two ex-chiefs of its football association, four former national team players and two others, in the culmination of a major crackdown on corruption in the scandal-plagued sport.
    (AFP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 13, Chinese dairy maker Yili started recalling batches of baby formula after authorities found they contained high levels of mercury. The recall covered baby formula produced from November 2011 to May 2012.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 13, Colombia’s bank began issuing new coins in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos, all featuring pictures of native animals. The bimetallic 1,000-peso (US$0.55) coin depicts a loggerhead sea turtle.
    (www.banknotenews.com/files/fa3af165f058e49765afd5a83e81c2b3-2097.php)
2012        Jun 13, In southeast India at least 10 people were killed and several others seriously injured in an explosion at a steel factory in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 13, In Iraq a wave of car bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in 7 cities and towns, from Baghdad to Hillah, Karbala, Taji and Balad, killing over 80 people in 22 separate explosions targeting an annual Shiite pilgrimage commemorating the 8th century death of revered imam. Al-Qaeda's front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, later claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 6/13/12)(AP, 6/14/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(Econ, 6/16/12, p.57)
2012        Jun 13, Libyan state news said tribal clashes in the west and south have left at least 15 people dead over the last 48 hours.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 13, Carlos Slim, Mexican telecommunications billionaire, acquired an 8.4% stake in Argentina's newly state-controlled oil and gas producer, YPF S.A. A filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission said Slim and members of his family acquired 32.9 million shares of YPF Class D shares on June 12 and 13.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 13, Syria’s the official SANA news agency quoted officials as saying the northwest region of Al-Haffe has been "cleansed" of terrorists and "calm has been restored" in the area. Rebels withdrew from the besieged town of Al-Haffe and nearby villages that had been under intense shelling by regime forces for eight days. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of supplying weapons to Syria's rebels.
    (AFP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 13, Togo security forces broke up a demonstration to protest changes to the electoral law with tear gas. The opposition claimed 119 people were wounded over the two days amid government "repression."
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 13, A Tunisian military court convicted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in absentia of inciting violence and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Tunisia has repeatedly asked Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali so he can face the charges in person. Calm returned after days of riots by radical Islamists across the country left 62 members of the security forces injured and led to 162 arrests.
    (AP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 13, A Turkish foreign ministry official said around 2,500 Syrians have fled to Turkey in the last 48 hours amid fresh attacks that even targeted UN observers.
    (AFP, 6/13/12)
2012        Jun 13, A UN independent group of experts on CongoDRC briefed the UN Security Council saying very senior Rwandans, including the minister of defense, were backing rebels in the eastern Kivu provinces. Its report was published on June 29.
    (Econ, 7/7/12, p.48)
2012        Jun 13, The Vatican proposed making the breakaway Society of St. Pius X, founded in 1969, a "personal prelature," akin to a diocese without borders, during a meeting with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the society's superior.
    (AP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jun 14, In Alaska 5 Japanese climbers on an expedition to scale Mt. McKinley were caught up in the avalanche. One managed to escape and 4 were left missing.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 14, The Washington Post reported that the United States military is expanding a secret network of air bases across Africa in order to spy on Al-Qaeda and other militant groups in a program dating back to 2007.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, A US federal judge sentenced former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over two decades.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In West Oakland, Ca., a fire at a construction site disrupted the BART transbay service for 12 hours. Federal investigators later said arson was the cause.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.C7)
2012        Jun 14, In Afghanistan neighbors and regional heavyweights met in Kabul to try to tackle common threats and problems together. The one-day conference included Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Representatives of 15 other countries, most of them Western, and a dozen regional and international organizations were also attending. 3 border police officers were killed when their truck hit a roadside bomb in Nangarhar province. An officer with the national intelligence service was killed in a suicide bombing in Kunar province.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Australia announced a 2.3 million-square-km marine preserve expansion creating the world's largest network of marine reserves which will restrict fishing as well as oil and gas exploration in a major step to safeguard the environment and access to food.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Bahrain's appeals court acquitted 9 medics and cut the jail terms of 9 others for their role in anti-regime protests last year, in a case widely criticized by rights groups. Two others arrested in the crackdown, who remain at large, did not appeal. Many of the 20 medics, 15 of whom are doctors, alleged they were tortured in prison.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said the country would launch a scheme to provide cheap long-term funding to banks to encourage them to lend to businesses and consumers. It will flood Britain's banking system with more than 100 billion pounds, seeking to pump credit through an economy struggling to escape recession under the "black cloud" of the euro zone crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said a British soldier has been killed in a grenade attack in southern Afghanistan. This brought to 418 the number of British troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Apache Corp said it has made what it believes may be one of the world's largest shale-gas discoveries in a remote corner of northeastern British Columbia, a massive field containing as much as 48 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.
    (Reuters, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Egypt's highest court ruled that former PM Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak, can stay in the presidential race and that a third of lawmakers in parliament were illegally elected, forcing a re-vote in a potential blow to Islamists who dominate the legislature.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, The Indian military said Pakistani forces killed one Indian soldier in firing across their disputed frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Indonesia mobs stabbed an onlooker to death, injured four other people and burned five shops, four cars and more than 20 motorbikes, hours after they learned police had shot and killed Mako Tabuni, the deputy chairman of the National Committee for West Papua.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Indonesia Alexander Aan (30) was sentenced to 30 months of prison and a $10,600 fine for posting pro-atheist and anti-Islam comments on Facebook. He was also fined the equivalent of $10,600. Aan was arrested in January after an angry mob reacting to the Facebook posts stormed his office, where he worked as a civil servant.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7nvh7m3)
2012        Jun 14, Iran said it arrested a number of chief suspects in the assassinations of two of its nuclear scientists in the past two years, and claimed they were linked to Israel.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Forty three international aid groups and 7 UN agencies urged Israel to open Gaza's borders, saying its border blockade violates international law and indiscriminately harms Gaza's 1.6 million people. Today marked the fifth anniversary of the imposition of the blockade.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Jordanian schoolboy Omar Botush (17) pleaded "mistreatment" as prosecutors pressed murder charges over the killings of his father, mother, two brothers and an uncle.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto said Colombian Gen. Oscar Naranjo (55) has agreed to serve as his adviser on fighting drug trafficking if Pena Nieto wins the July 1 election.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Nepal the badly decomposed and decapitated body of Debbie Maveau (23) of Belgium, missing for 10 days, was found beneath a hiking trail in the Langtang National Park.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 14, Somali government spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman said that some 500 al-Shabab fighters have defected to the government side.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka, who was released from jail last month, renewed his fight with President Mahinda Rajapakse with a call to defeat his "corrupt" government.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Syria a suicide bomber detonated his van packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb, wounding 14 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines. Troops continued to pound rebel-controlled areas in Homs, while rebels reportedly clashed with government forces in several other parts of the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 3 civilians were killed overnight in clashes at the entrances of the Jouret el-Shayyah neighborhood in Homs city. Another died in the rebel-held town of Rastan north of Homs. UN observers entered the nearly deserted town of Haffa and found smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death. According to the Observatory at least 84 people died in clashes and bombings across Syria, 48 of them civilians.
    (AP, 6/14/12)(AP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Syrian authorities arrested terrorist Mohamed Hossam al-Saddaqa, a member of the Al-Nusra Front of Al-Qaeda, who was planning to blow himself up inside Al-Rifai Mosque in Damascus during Friday prayers."
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Yemeni forces killed 15 Al-Qaeda fighters in a clash at a control station in Shabwa province on the country's only gas export pipeline. At least 48 people, including 40 militants, were killed as the army moved to take control of Shuqra, Abyan province. 9 people died from landmines while returning to Zinjibar from where they had fled after the militants seized it in May 2011.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/23/12)

2012        Jun 15, The Obama administration announced that the federal government will stop deporting law-abiding undocumented immigrants under age 30 who arrived in the country before age 16. The new policy took effect on August 15.
    (SFC, 6/16/12, p.A1)(SFC, 7/8/14, p.C4)
2012        Jun 15, In Alameda County, Ca., a jury ordered the Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay an unprecedented $21 million to a woman who blamed the church for allowing a fellow congregant to molest her when she was a child in the mid-1990s.
    (SFC, 6/16/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 15, Daredevil Nik Wallenda (33) became the first person to walk across the Niagara Horseshoe Falls on a tightrope. Others have crossed the Niagara River itself, but never over the falls.
    (ABCNews, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 15, In Algeria 2 police officers were killed and two others wounded when armed men attacked police barracks east of Algiers.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 15, In Australia documents were released revealing "horrific" child sex assaults and brutal initiation ceremonies in the Australian military, prompting PM Julia Gillard to signal a possible public inquiry. The report details allegations of sexual and other serious physical assaults against boys as young as 13 dating back to the 1950s.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, A British Columbia Supreme Court justice ruled that federal laws banning assisted suicide are unconstitutional because they discriminate against severely ill patients.
    (SFC, 7/14/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/6v2hh3l)
2012        Jun 15, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced a deal to build a new bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, a $4 billion project that officials say will help speed the flow of goods across North America's busiest commercial land border crossing. Canada will pay for building the bridge and finance Michigan’s $550 million portion of the project.
    (Reuters, 6/15/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.36)
2012        Jun 15, A manned Chinese submersible set a new record for the country's deepest sea dive, over 6,000 meters, showing Beijing's technological ambitions as it also readies for its first manned space docking. The "Jiaolong" craft dived over 19,685 feet into the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood warned that a court ruling to dissolve the Islamist-led parliament and let Hosni Mubarak's former prime minister run for president is a move toward reversing the gains of the revolution.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, Envoys from the Middle East Quartet (the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia) met in Brussels amid calls from the Palestinians to step up action to halt continuing Israeli settlement activity.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, Gambia's Fatou Bensouda (51) was sworn as the International Criminal Court's new chief prosecutor, saying she was ready to lead the fight against the world's worst war criminals.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, In India large parts of New Delhi were struggling with acute water shortages on after a neighboring state cut its supplies at the peak of summer.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, PM Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan (DJP) agreed with the main opposition parties to raise the sales tax from 5% to 8% in April, 2014, and to 10% in October, 2015.
    (Econ, 6/23/12, p.43)
2012        Jun 15, In Japan Katsuya Takahashi (54), the last fugitive suspected in a doomsday cult's deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways in 1995, was caught at a comic book cafe, closing a chapter on Japan's worst terrorist attack.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, Nigerian troops shot dead four suspected Boko Haram Islamists during a dawn raid on one of the group's presumed hideouts in the northern city of Kano.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, Paraguay deployed its army to resolve a violent land dispute in a remote northern forest reserve after 17 people were killed in gunbattles between police and landless farmers. The violence broke out as police tried to evict about 150 farmers from the reserve, which is part of a huge estate owned by Blas Riquelme, a Colorado Party politician opposed to Pres. Lugo.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, A Scottish authority in Argyll lifted its ban stopping a nine-year-old Scottish girl from photographing her school lunches and posting them on her blog, after the move sparked outrage online. Six weeks ago, Martha Payne began taking photos of the uninspiring lunches provided by her school canteen and posting them on her blog, "NeverSeconds."
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, In Sri Lanka gunmen on motorcycles stormed a public meeting organized by the Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, at the village of Katuwana and escaped after killing a woman and a 17-year-old boy and wounding many others.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 15, A top IMF official said Sri Lanka is seeking fresh help from the International Monetary Fund after drawing down a previous $2.6-billion bailout.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, The Syrian regime kept up a ferocious offensive on rebel areas around the country in one of the most serious escalations in violence since Annan brokered the truce. Activists said at least 10 people were reported killed when security forces opened fire on protests across the country. Syrian opposition members began a two-day meeting in Turkey to discuss a vision for a post-Assad Syria and steps need to be taken to ensure a transition to democracy. Human Rights Watch said that Syrian government forces have used sexual violence to torture men, women, girls and boys detained during the current conflict. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 9 bodies, some of them mutilated, were found in a town near Damascus.
    (AP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 15, Yemeni troops took control of the city of Shuqra after Al-Qaeda militants pulled out, the third jihadist bastion in the south to fall in the space of a week. Advancing troops killed 27 militants in gun battles overnight. Warplanes pounded militant hideouts in the mountains surrounding Azan. In Aden police forcibly reopened the main entrance into the Mansoura district, blocked off by the local militia since 2011, and dismantled a year-old separatist protest camp, sparking fierce clashes.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)(AP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)

2012        Jun 16, US border agents in Washington state arrested Travis Brandon Baumgartner (21), a Canadian fugitive, suspected of shooting to death 3 fellow security guards and wounding a fourth in a bloody armored-car heist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, In northern Colorado additional crews arrived to fight a wildfire that has scorched 85 sq. miles and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)
2012        Jun 16, In New Mexico the Whitewater-Baldy wildfire scorched 450 sq. miles in the Gila National Forest.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)
2012        Jun 16, China launched its most ambitious space mission yet carrying its first female astronaut and two male colleagues on a Shenzhou 9 capsule in an attempt to dock with an orbiting module and work on board for more than a week.
    (AP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, Egyptians entered their latest round of elections in a race between Ahmed Shafiq, a career air force officer, and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi. The two-day balloting will produce Egypt's first president since the ouster of Mubarak. The military told parliament it has been dissolved and banned its members from entering the house after a court annulled the last legislative poll.
    (AP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, In western India at least 32 pilgrims were killed and more than 20 injured when their bus plunged off a bridge in Maharashtra state.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, In Iraq car bombs targeting religious processions in Baghdad killed 32 people on the last day of the Shiite al-Kadhim pilgrimage already hit three times in some of the deadliest violence since American troops withdrew.
    (AP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 16, In Italy tens of thousands of workers demonstrated in Rome to protest pension cuts, tax hikes and labor reforms imposed by the government.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 16, Japan started work to put nuclear reactors back online, despite public distrust of the technology after last year's meltdowns at Fukushima.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, Libyan authorities declared warring mountain towns in the west of the country a "military zone" and called for an immediate ceasefire.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, Hurricane Carlota made landfall near the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca state. Two sisters, aged 13 and 7, died in the Oaxaca state community of Pluma Hidalgo when a mudslide collapsed their home. A day later Carlotta was downgraded to a tropical depression.
    (AP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 16, State mouthpiece the New Light of Myanmar said 50 people have been left dead with 54 injured between May 28 and June 14 in Rakhine state, convulsed by violence between local Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, Myanmar’s Suu Kyi presented her Nobel Prize acceptance speech in Oslo 31 years after winning the world's highest diplomatic honor in 1991.
    (AP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, In Pakistan a car bomb exploded at a crowded bazaar in the northwestern Khyber region near the border with Afghanistan, killing 33 people and wounding over 50 others. Violence erupted in the southwestern town of Kucklak after a man allegedly tried to burn the copy of the Quran (Koran). Angered over the incident, residents rallied and torched a police station and five vehicles.
    (AP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, Pakistani militants in North Waziristan banned anti-polio vaccination teams, to protest US drone strikes saying the attacks were killing civilians.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 16, Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz (79), a half brother of King Abdullah, died, leaving the oil powerhouse with no apparent successor to the throne.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, In Somalia a suicide bomber attacked a military base housing African Union soldiers and Somali troops about 30 km (20 miles) from the capital Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 16, UN observers suspended their mission to Syria, blaming intensifying violence as government forces shelled rebel strongholds including Douma near the capital and the central city of Homs. A watchdog 69 people were killed across the country, including 51 civilians, 16 troops and two rebels.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 16, Yemeni military officials said government troops have killed 17 al-Qaida militants in the latest fighting in the south.
    (AP, 6/16/12)

2012        Jun 17, In NYC thousands of protesters marched down Fifth Avenue to demand an end to the police department’s “stop-and-frisk" tactics.
    (SFC, 6/18/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 17, Rodney King (b.1965), whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 led to the L.A. riots, was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at his Rialto, California, home.
    (Reuters, 6/17/12)(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 17, Egyptians voted for a 2nd day in a presidential runoff pitting Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister against a conservative Islamist. Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood claimed nearly 52% of the vote to defeat Mubarak's last PM Ahmed Shafiq with about 48%. The military council issued an interim constitution just as polls were closing that gave the generals sweeping authority to maintain their grip on power and subordinate the nominal head of state. The interim constitution declared the military rulers the country's lawmakers in lieu of the dissolved parliament, gave them control over the budget and the power to determine who writes the permanent constitution that will define the country's future.
    (AP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 17, France held legislative elections. Final results showed the Socialist Party won 280 seats, while two closely allied parties garnered a total of 34 seats, giving the Socialist-led bloc 314 seats.
    (AP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 17, Greece held national elections for the 2nd time in six weeks. Final results gave New Democracy 29.66% and 129 of 300 seats, followed by Syriza at 26.89% and 71 seats. The conservative New Democracy party lacked enough legislators to govern alone, and sought allies among the pro-bailout Socialists, who came in third at 12.3% and 33 seats.   
    (AP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/18/12)(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 17, In Greece a major fire south of Athens raged for the second day, as gale-force winds were rekindling the flames and three new fronts broke out.
    (AP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 17, In Indonesia a boat carrying at least 70 passengers and crew on board, went down after it was battered by waves up to five meters (16 feet) high in Maluku province. 12 people were rescued and 58 remained missing.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 17, In Iraq bombings killed five people and wounded 34 others, after a bloody week that cost the lives of more than 100 people.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 17, In Nigeria bomb blasts damaged five churches in four cities in northern Kaduna state, injuring dozens of worshippers and leading to an immediate curfew. Suicide blasts on 3 churches carried out by Boko Haram Islamists and subsequent rioting killed at least 52 people.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)(AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 17, Two Palestinians, Anwar Abed Rabbo (35) and Naim al-Najjar (29), were shot dead by an Israeli truck driver after they tried to steal his vehicle in the south Hebron Hills.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 17, Sudanese riot police attacked a Khartoum student demonstration against high food prices, firing tear gas and beating some of the protesters with batons. Sudanese security agents seized all the copies of three independent newspapers, the latest such move in a week long crackdown on local independent dailies.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 17, Swiss voters decided that they have enough democracy already, dealing a heavy defeat to a proposal to hold more referendums on international treaties.
    (AP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 17, Syrian troops intensified their shelling of rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs as living conditions there deteriorate further. A watchdog said 10 people were killed across Syria, taking the weekend death toll to nearly 80.
    (AP, 6/17/12)(AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 17, Togolese authorities released three protest leaders, including the coordinator of Let's Save Togo.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 17, In southeastern Turkey prison inmates set mattresses and blankets alight overnight, starting a fire that killed 13 prisoners in the mostly-Kurdish and Arabic-speaking city of Sanliurfa.
    (AP, 6/17/12)

2012        Jun 18, Rodney Hailey of Maryland faced trial in a $9.1 million fraud case for selling renewable fuel credits even though his company did not produce any renewable fuel.
    (SFC, 6/18/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 18, Microsoft unveiled Surface, its new tablet computer that will showcase the Windows 8 operating system due to be rolled out this autumn.
    (Econ, 6/23/12, p.66)
2012        Jun 18, In southern Afghanistan individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on their US partners, leaving one American service member dead and nine other US troops injured.
    (AP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 18, Australia archaeologist Bryce Barker said he has found the oldest piece of rock art in Australia and one of the oldest in the world: an Aboriginal work created 28,000 years ago in the Northern Territory rock shelter known as Nawarla Gabarnmang.
    (AP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Rolls-Royce said it has won a contract worth more than £1.0 billion to power Britain's next-generation nuclear submarines.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Three Chinese astronauts entered an orbiting module for the first time, in a key step towards the nation's first space station.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, In Egypt Ahmed Shafiq angrily dismissed claims of victory by his rival Mohammed Mursi, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood candidate of using false figures. Official results were not expected until June 21.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, An Ethiopian security officer with the United Nations faced up to 10 years in jail after a court in Addis Ababa found him guilty of "participating in a terrorist organization." Abdurahman Sheikh Hassan was charged last July with having links to the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a secessionist rebel group. On June 22 Hassan was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 18, Human Rights Watch said Ethiopia is forcing thousands of people from their land in the southern Omo valley to make way for sugar plantations. Between 5,000 and 10,000 people were estimated to have been displaced. The government denied the charge and said any relocation in the area is happening voluntarily.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, European leaders at the G20 summit in Mexico struggled to reassure the world that they were on the path to solving their continent's relentless economic crisis. Bosses of more than 300 large companies gathered at the same resort for the 4th summit of the B20. Their goal was to persuade governments to be more business friendly.
    (AP, 6/18/12)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.72)
2012        Jun 18, French President Francois Hollande's Socialist government formally resigned after the legislative elections. He immediately re-appointed Jean-Marc Ayrault as prime minister and asked him to form a new government, which was expected to be nearly identical to the outgoing cabinet.
    (AP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras launched coalition talks after coming first in a vote that follow weeks of uncertainty over whether the debt-crippled country could remain in the joint euro currency.
    (AP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, In western India marble miner Ogad Singh upset over his 20-year-old daughter's lifestyle chopped her head off with a sword and then paraded it through his Rajasthani village of Dungarji before surrendering to authorities.
    (AP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, In Indonesia 2 tribesmen were killed when rival groups armed with bows and arrows clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Iran and six world powers sought elusive common ground in talks in Moscow meant to reduce tensions over Tehran's nuclear activities that both sides see as crucial to their interests but which are stalled by reluctance to commit to each other's demands.
    (AP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in funeral tent packed with mourners for a Shiite tribal leader in Baqouba, killing 22 people in what officials described as an al-Qaida attempt to reignite sectarian violence.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Israel carried out air strikes on northern Gaza, killing four Palestinians in two sorties over Beit Hanun. Three other people were also wounded. Hours earlier a group of militants, who sneaked across the Egyptian border, killed an Israeli civilian sparking a firefight which left at least two gunmen dead.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 18, In Lebanon 2 Palestinians were killed in clashes with the army at refugee camps that also left several people wounded, including soldiers.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, In Malawi a boat carrying about 60 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia capsized on Lake Malawi. All aboard were feared drowned.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 18, Mali's Ansar Dine Islamist group, which took over the country's north with Tuareg rebels, agreed to enter a negotiation process brokered by Burkina Faso.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, In northeastern Nigeria gunfire broke out in Damaturu and caused casualties, but that the streets were too dangerous for rescue workers to move around.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 18, In Pakistan a car bomb tore into a university bus on the outskirts of Quetta, killing 4 people and wounding more than 40 others. It carried a majority of Shiite students.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Rwanda officially closed the "gacaca" community courts, the controversial tribunals both credited with easing tensions and criticized for possible miscarriages of justice. Since being set up in 2001 the tribunals have tried nearly two million people, convicting 65 percent of them.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz (76), a half brother to the king, was named the country’s new crown prince.
    (SFC, 6/19/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 18, In Sudan anti-regime protesters clashed with police in Khartoum, as President Omar al-Bashir announced a raft of austerity measures aimed at propping up the country's ailing finances.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)
2012        Jun 18, Syrian forces renewed shelling of the central city of Homs. The Observatory later said 94 people were killed today across the country.
    (AP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 18, In Yemen a suicide bomber assassinated Maj. Gen. Salem Ali al-Quton (Qoton), the army commander who led the fight against al-Qaida in the country's south.
    (AP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/18/12)

2012        Jun 19, The United States and New Zealand signed an agreement to expand defense cooperation. The deal did not alter Auckland's longstanding ban on port visits by nuclear-armed American warships.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, In Pennsylvania Patricia Smith (58), the former controller of the Baierl Automotives auto dealership, was sentenced to 78 months in prison and pay restitution of $10,349,569.14 for embezzling from her former boss in a stunning case of a trusted employee looting the business then squandering the cash on luxuries.
    (http://tinyurl.com/74sosfk)
2012        Jun 19, Washington state authorities said Ricky Charles Goodrich (54) of Novato, Ca., has been charged with stealing $380,000 from Pearl Jam, a Seattle grunge band. He stole from the band from 2006 until 2010, when he was fired from his position as chief financial officer.
    (SFC, 6/20/12, p.C3)
2012        Jun 19, US-based Walgreens said it was spending $6.7 billion (£4.3 billion) to take a 45-percent stake in British-based Alliance Boots to create the world's largest retail pharmacy chain.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, Joan Scott (b.1921), Hollywood screenwriter, died. For years she took credit for work by her blacklisted husband, Adrian Scott, under the pseudonym Joanne Court. Adrian was one of the Hollywood 10 who went to prison for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities committee in 1947. Joan Scott did write many of the Lassie TV stories after her husband became stumped for ideas in 1955 as well as stories for “Have Gun Will Travel."
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.C5)
2012        Jun 19, In southern Afghanistan militants stormed a NATO military base in Kandahar province. All 7 attackers were reported killed. 3 policemen were killed and 9 others were injured during an hour-long gun battle that ensued after militants attacked a police checkpoint in Kandahar City. 8 civilians died in a roadside bomb explosion in Helmand province.
    (AP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, Algerian troops killed eight Islamist militants in the Kabylie region, where Al Qaeda-linked groups remain active.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 19, In Brazil “Rio+20," the biggest UN summit on sustainable development in a decade, approved a draft agreement filled with weasel words and compromises. A decision on managing global oceans was postponed for 3 years.
    (Econ, 6/23/12, p.64)
2012        Jun 19, WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange made a run for the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, seeking asylum in a long shot move that, if successful, would place him in a small, friendly South American country rather than in Sweden facing questioning about alleged sex crimes.
    (AP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 19, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak (84) suffered a stroke in prison and was put on life support. State news initially said Mubarek was “clinically dead."
    (AFP, 6/19/12)(AP, 6/20/12)(SFC, 6/20/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 19, In southern Haiti a bus overturned in a rain-swollen river. Officials differed about the number of people who died. Local civil protection officials were said to have recovered the bodies of 40 people. The bus owner said there were 27 people aboard and that only eight people are missing.
    (AP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stopped in Bolivia en route to a summit in Brazil, to court support from another leftist Latin American nation which has tense ties with the United States.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, The world powers known as "P5+1," permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany, failed to win any concession from Iran that would give the talks a new impulse. Negotiators in Moscow managed to prevent the diplomatic process from complete collapse by agreeing a new meeting at expert-level in Istanbul on July 3.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 19, Typhoon Guchol cut across Japan's main island of Honshu, as flights were cancelled and evacuations ordered.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, Kenyan police officers arrested two Iranians suspected of being involved in terrorism. Officials later said the men, who led authorities to a cache of explosives after their arrest, planned to attack Israeli, US, British or Saudi targets inside Kenya.
    (AP, 6/22/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012        Jun 19, Kurdish rebels attacked Turkish military units with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades in southeastern Turkey, sparking clashes in which 10 rebels and eight soldiers died.
    (AP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, In southwestern Niger clashes pitting farmers against herders over a long-disputed piece of land left seven people dead.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 19, Nigerian authorities slapped a round-the-clock curfew on Damaturu as fresh gunfire rocked the restive northeastern city. A radical Islamist sect unleashed multiple attacks in Damaturu, killing at least 25 people as fears swelled about the government's inability to corral rising sectarian violence. Habibu Bama, a suspect in the 2011 Christmas Day bombings that killed at least 44 people, was arrested in Damaturu, following a shootout with the military joint task force. Bama died soon after sustaining injuries from the gun battle.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)(AP, 6/19/12)(AP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 19, Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man according to Forbes magazine, was reinstated as president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the position from which he was removed two years ago.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, Pakistan's top court, led by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, disqualified PM Yousuf Raza Gilani from office in a stunning move likened to a "judicial coup" that threw the country into fresh turmoil. The ruling rendered invalid any decision taken by Gilani since April 26. Chaudhry's reputation was dented this month by allegations that his son accepted payments worth $3.6 million from a property tycoon in a failed effort to sway the outcome of court cases.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, The bodies of two Palestinian teenagers were recovered by medics after an early morning Israeli air strike in Deir al-Balah. The Israeli military confirmed that 11 rockets had hit southern Israel since midnight. Unknown attackers set fire to a West Bank mosque and sprayed it with Hebrew graffiti, in an incident that bore the hallmarks of an attack by extremist Jewish settlers.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, Romania’s PM Victor Ponta faced claims that he had plagiarized half of his doctoral thesis. Two of his education ministers had already resigned for allegedly copying academic work. On June 29 an academic panel ruled that Ponta had plagiarized large sections of his thesis and called for him to be stripped of his doctorate. Ponta soon fired the academic body that upheld the charges.
    (SFC, 6/20/12, p.A2)(SFC, 6/30/12, p.A2)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.47)
2012        Jun 19, A Russian ship allegedly carrying refurbished attack helicopters and missiles destined for Syria has stopped off the Scottish coast after its British insurer, Standard Club, withdrew cover for the MV Alaed. On June 24 the ship was re-flagged as a Russian vessel.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)(SFC, 7/13/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 19, The UN tribunal for Rwanda handed a life sentence to Ildephonse Nizeyimana, a former army captain nicknamed the "Butcher of Butare," for his role in the 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 19, Syria's government said it was ready to act on a UN call to evacuate civilians trapped in the rebellious central city of Homs for more than a week, but blamed rebels for obstructing efforts to get them out. The Observatory later said 62 people were killed today across the country.
    (AP, 6/19/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 19, Double amputee Spencer West completed his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. West (31) of Canada, lost the use of both legs at the age of five. West and his two best friends, David Johnson and Alex Meers made the ascent to raise money for Free the Children, an organization that supplies drinking water to hundreds of people in Kenya.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 19, Togolese authorities detained former prime minister and opposition figure Agbeyome Kodjo in the wake of protests last week. He was released later in the day.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, In Turkey thousands of feminists and activists sent a petition to several government ministries to protest a bill that would ban abortions beyond the first six weeks of pregnancy.
    (AFP, 6/19/12)
2012        Jun 19, In Yemen 3 civilians were killed in Zinjibar by landmines planted by militants. US General James N. Mattis, commander of US Central Command, met with Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and senior military officials and reaffirmed the US commitment to a strong partnership.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)

2012        Jun 20, The US Federal Reserve announced that it would purchase $267 billion of long-term bonds by the end of the year, paid for from the proceeds of sales of short-term bonds in its portfolio. This was its 7th installment of unconventional monetary policy since running out of orthodox ammunition in late 2008.
    (Econ, 6/23/12, p.74)
2012        Jun 20, Rodney Alcala (68), a convicted California serial killer, was flown to NY to face charges in Manhattan of killing two women in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 20, San Francisco’s new headquarters of the Public Utilities Commission, a 13-story box at 525 Golden Gate Ave., was officially dedicated.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.C1)
2012        Jun 20, In San Francisco a 4-alarm blaze tore through a warehouse on Pier 29 and caused over $2 million in damages. The structure dated back to 1915. The 1918 façade was restored to its original neo-classical design in time for the 2013 America’s Cup Race.
    (http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?id=8708675)(SFC, 6/22/12, p.C1)(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.C12)
2012        Jun 20, A highly invasive brown kelp native to Japan, commonly known as Wakame, was reported to have spread throughout the San Francisco waterfront. It was first discovered in California about 12 years ago and in SF in 2009.
    (SFC, 6/20/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 20, In Florida a 31-foot (9.4 meter) fishing boat, the T.T. Zion, washed ashore on a Fort Lauderdale beach before dawn with its navigation lights on and twin outboard engines still running. It belonged to Guma Aguiar (35), the founder of a Texas oil and gas company that he sold for a reported $2.55 billion in 2006.
    (Reuters, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Hawaii a company owned by billionaire David Murdock filed a transfer application with the state’s Public Utilities Commission to sell its 98% share of Lanai Island to Larry Ellison (67), CEO of Oracle Corp.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 20, Duluth, Minnesota, Mayor Don Ness declared a state of emergency after a deluge of up to 9 inches of rain forced residents to evacuate their homes and animals to escape their pens at the city zoo.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 20, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked US and Afghan forces at a checkpoint in Khost, killing 21 people, including 3 US soldiers. In Logar province 7 civilians, including 3 women and 4 children, were killed by a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, Angola police in Luanda dispersed more than 100 protesting war veterans, who claimed they have not received promised payments. State news agency Angop quoted an army statement saying payments were resumed June 15.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Australia a Sydney brothel was reported to have received the green light for a multi-million-dollar expansion which will see it become the nation’s largest sex premises. Stiletto’s  hourly rate of Aus$370 includes room, lady of choice and beverages.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, A Burundian court sentenced journalist Hassan Ruvakuki and 13 others to life in prison on terrorism charges for a November attack launched from across the Tanzanian border, a ruling criticized by media watchdogs.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, In China 17 people were killed and three seriously injured when a long-distance bus overturned and plunged down a deep ravine in Fujian's Ningde city.
    (AP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, In China Ngawang Norphel (21) set himself on fire along with another Tibetan youth, Tenzin Kaldrup, who died at the protest in Chendou county in the western province of Qinghai. Norphel died of his burns on Aug 1.
    (AFP, 8/2/12)
2012        Jun 20, Colombia’s Congress approved a government-sponsored constitutional reform of the judicial system. It stripped the Supreme Court of the power to investigate allegations of crimes committed by legislators. Pres. Santos called Congress back into session on June 27th urging it to reverse its vote.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, p.37)
2012        Jun 20, In Colombia 4 people were killed and 11 injured in an attack on a bus in Narino province. Authorities blamed FARC rebels.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 20, In the Democratic Republic of Congo almost 170 soldiers, including seven senior officers, quit the army in the east of the DRC to join a mutinous armed force known as M23. The deserters were all members of a former rebel movement, the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), who were integrated into the army early in 2009, following a peace pact.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Colombia 4 people were killed and 11 injured in an attack on a bus in Narino province. Authorities blamed FARC rebels.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 20, In Egypt Hosni Mubarek was in a coma but off life support and his heart and other vital organs were functioning following a stroke a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, In France a gunman, who authorities say had past psychiatric problems, took four people hostage in a bank in Toulouse, claiming he was acting for religious reasons. The gunman released one hostage mid-afternoon, a woman in her late 20s.
    (AP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, Israel's government said 30 Jewish families have consented to leave the Ulpana enclave, an unauthorized West Bank settler outpost, suggesting their court-ordered evacuation can proceed peacefully.
    (AP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, An Israeli air strike near Gaza City killed Moamen al-Adam (14). His father was also seriously wounded, and two other people were said to be in moderate condition. An earlier air raid killed Hamas militant Ghaleb Ermilat (21), whom Israel said was a "global jihad operative" who was behind a deadly ambush along the Israeli-Egyptian border, which killed one Israeli civilian earlier this week.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Kenya 6 lions were speared to death overnight on the outskirts of Nairobi after they strayed from the city's national park and killed four goats. Kenya has been losing 100 lions a year for the best part of the past decade, leaving the country with just 2,000 of its famous big cats. On June 22 an official said Maasai warriors who speared to death the six lions will be arrested for killing wildlife.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)(AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 20, Kuwait's constitutional court declared February's legislative polls, in which the opposition swept to victory, illegal and reinstated the previous pro-government parliament.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Mali Islamists occupying the north gave a couple in Timbuktu 100 lashes of a whip for having a child out of wedlock as they continue enforcing sharia law.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Nigeria new clashes between Christians and Muslims hit areas in and around the city of Kaduna, leaving at least five people dead. Days of violence left 106 people dead.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Romania former PM Adrian Nastase shot himself and was hospitalized hours after a court upheld a 2-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 20, Senegalese police detained former interior minister Ousmane Ngom for questioning amid a probe by the new regime into graft by officials from the previous government. Amnesty International urged Senegal's new government to deal with rights violations which have gone unpunished for years in the west African nation.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Sweden explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern Ringhals atomic power station. Bomb technicians said the material lacked a detonating device, meaning there was no danger of an imminent explosion.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Syria 29 soldiers were among 46 people killed in violence, as UN observers said they were "morally obliged" to stay in the country despite the risks. The mission's mandate ends on July 20. The Observatory later said 88 people were killed today across the country.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 20, In Thailand Michelle Elizabeth Smith (60), an Australian tourist, was stabbed and killed as 2 men tried to steal her bag on the resort island of Phuket. Two Thai men were arrested and pleaded guilty on June 26, saying they meant only to slash her pocketbook strap and never meant to stab her.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 20, Uganda’s minister for ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo, said Uganda will ban 38 nongovernmental organizations for spreading homosexuality.
    (AFP, 6/20/12)
2012        Jun 20, Uruguay announced plans to have its government sell marijuana to take drug profits out of the hands of dealers. The defense minister said Uruguayan farmers would plant the marijuana.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 20, In southern Yemen renewed fighting left six al-Qaida fighters and three soldiers dead as the government consolidated its recapture of militant strongholds. Demining teams spotted an Egyptian militant but he killed himself with a hand grenade before being arrested. Officials also found the bodies of 7 militants, including 3 Egyptians, killed in earlier fighting. Security forces killed local Al-Qaeda leader Salah al-Jawhari and two other "suicide bombers who were preparing to target military and security commanders in Bayda. Security forces also arrested Majed al-Qulaisi, "a member of the (Al-Qaeda) cell that planned" the deadly suicide attack that killed more than 100 troops at a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa last month. A Tunisian, "one of Al-Qaeda's most dangerous foreign nationals in Yemen," Nizar Abdel Rahman, was also arrested.
    (AP, 6/20/12)(AFP, 6/20/12)

2012        Jun 21, A top US aid official said the US plans to give Yemen $52 million in aid for areas hit hard by the local war on al Qaeda.
    (SFC, 6/22/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 21, American composer and lyricist Richard Adler (b.1921) died in Southampton, NY. He won Tony Awards for co-writing songs for such Broadway musicals as “The Pajama Game" (1954) and “Damn Yankees" (1955). His songs included “Hey There" and Hernando’s Hideaway."
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.C5)
2012        Jun 21, Anna Jacobson Schwartz (b.1915), American economist and co-author of “A Monetary History of the United States" (1963), died in Manhattan.
    (Econ, 7/28/12, p.68)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Schwartz)
2012        Jun 21, Bahraini police said they had arrested five of a group of 20 people wanted over "terror attacks," including for alleged bombings and causing harm to civilians and security personnel.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In Bolivia about 30 members of an elite police commando unit mutinied in La Paz, expelling their commanders and seizing their barracks along with their wives to demand higher wages. President Evo Morales was out of the country in Brazil for the Rio+20 environmental summit.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Doctors in Britain's state-funded health service took industrial action for the first time in 37 years in a dispute over changes to their pensions, cancelling thousands of patients' non-urgent appointments and operations. The Department of Health claimed the next day that only 8% of NHS doctors took part in the industrial action.
    (Reuters, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, China said it summoned Vietnam's ambassador and strongly protested a law adopted by the Vietnamese parliament that places the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands under Hanoi's sovereignty. China also announced it had elevated the administrative status of the Nansha (Spratly) and Xisha (Paracel) islands from a county to a prefectural-level district.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Chinese PM Wen Jiabao held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Jigmi Y. Thinley on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio De Janeiro. They agreed to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault named two new female ministers in a minor government adjustment, bringing the total number of women in the 38-member Cabinet to 19.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In Gabon striking university students gave the government a list of demands and promised a three-year truce if they were met, after months of violent protests and clashes with police.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In India Abu Hamza, also known as Sayed Zabiuddin, an Indian-born member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was detained at Delhi international airport when he arrived from the Middle East. Hamza was allegedly one of the handlers based in Karachi, Pakistan, coordinating the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 21, Indian police in Goa said they had arrested two teenage males, aged 14 and 15, on suspicion of killing their grandmother and taking her money to gamble on Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket games. They were among a gang of five held by police for the alleged murder of Linda Cajetan Andrade (65), who was found naked in her home last month.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, An Indonesian court sentenced bombmaker Umar Patek (45) to 20 years' jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings, bringing to an end a 10-year probe into the nation's deadliest act of terror.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, An Indonesian air force plane, a Fokker F-27, slammed into a military housing complex and ignited a huge fireball while trying to land in Jakarta, killing all seven people aboard as well as two toddlers and their nanny in a home.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Indonesian and Australian navies launched efforts to rescue survivors after a Sri Lanka refugee boat carrying about 200 people, mostly men from Afghanistan, capsized on its way to Christmas Island. Scores were feared drowned in an apparent attempt to seek asylum. 110 people were rescued and about 90 remained missing. On Jan 28 an Indonesian court sentenced Javaid Mahmood (55), a Pakistani man, for attempting to smuggle the asylum seekers. He was the 2nd man found guilty in the case.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A2)
2012        Jun 21, The Sunni speaker of Iraq's parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, reaffirmed that lawmakers are prepared to oust Shiite PM Nouri al-Maliki if he refuses to share authority with his political opponents and break a deadlock that has all but paralyzed the government.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, A UN official said more than 13,000 people have fled their homes in southwestern Ivory Coast following attacks in which unidentified armed men killed at least 22 people this month.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, A court in eastern Liberia ruled to extradite 41 Ivorians, arrested April 19, 2011, to their home country to stand trial for their role in Ivory Coast's 2011 post-election conflict.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Mexican marines said they have detained Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar (26) during a raid in Zapopan, an upscale suburb of Guadalajara. They believed he is one of the sons of Mexico's most-wanted drug kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. The Attorney General's Office said the next day that El Gordo, the presumed son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was really Felix Beltran Leon (23), the father of a toddler who works with his mother-in-law at a used car dealership.
    (AP, 6/21/12)(AP, 6/22/12)(Econ, 7/28/12, p.61)
2012        Jun 21, In Morocco the Swiss-made solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, took off from Rabat airport in a fresh bid to cross the Moroccan desert, after being foiled by rough conditions last week.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Nigeria's Khalid al-Barnawi was one of 3 Nigerians labeled a "global terrorist" by the US government. He was alleged to be an Al Qaeda-linked militant with Boko Haram ties involved in kidnapping foreigners. Abubakar Adam Kambar was linked to Barnawi. Abubakar Shekau was widely believed to lead Boko Haram's main Islamist cell.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, A Pakistani judge issued an arrest warrant for Makhdoom Shahabuddin, the ruling party's candidate for prime minister, over allegations he illegally imported drugs, injecting fresh uncertainty into efforts to replace the previous premier who was ousted by the Supreme Court.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Palestinian militants fired 12 rockets from Gaza into Israel for a fourth consecutive day, despite an announcement by Hamas it had agreed to a truce with Israel. Another was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system. Palestinians recovered the bodies of two militants from a tunnel damaged on June 19 by an Israeli air strike on Gaza.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, Paraguay’s lower house voted 76-1 to impeach President Fernando Lugo for his role in a deadly clash involving landless farmers. Hours later the Senate announced that it will begin his trial on June 22.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, Philippine police arrested Abu Sayyaf militant Alawie Pasihul in Zamboanga city. He was suspected in the beheading of American tourist Guillermo Sobero in 2001.
    (SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 21, Somali security forces rescued a South African couple kidnapped by pirates in the Indian Ocean and held for 18 months. Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari were sailing in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya on Oct 26, 2010, when their yacht was hijacked by 12 pirates who set course for Somalia and took the couple ashore at Baraawe.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In South Africa former Rwandan Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa said Rwandan President Paul Kagame ordered the 1994 killing of President Juvenal Habyarimana that sparked Rwanda's genocide, as he testified in a Johannesburg courtroom about an attempt on his own life in 2010 in South Africa.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Sudanese Pres. Omar al-Bashir issued new decrees to cut expenditures as part of the austerity plan. Opposition leader Saata Ahmed al-Haj said riot police fired tear gas and civilians armed with machetes and swords attacked protesters during five days of demonstrations sweeping Khartoum demanding the ouster of al-Bashir.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Syrian pilot Colonel Hassan Merei al-Hamade sought political asylum after landing his MiG fighter jet in neighboring Jordan, in the first such defection of the revolt. 4 senior army officers also defected from the regime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 168 people were killed today in violence across the country.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AP, 6/22/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 21, A group of Venezuelan Indians demanded that Germany give back a 35-ton boulder, the so-called "Kueka Stone," that they say is sacred. Artist Wolfgang Kraker von Schwarzenfeld brought the sandstone boulder to Germany in 1997 and says it was given as a gift. He says Pemon Indians had helped him select the rock and questions whether it was considered sacred.
    (AP, 6/21/12)

2012        Jun 22, The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty law, faulting a provision that allowed the Corrections Dept. to select the fatal drugs used in an execution.
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 22, Tesla Motors delivered its first all electric sedan, the Model S, from is plant in Fremont, Ca.
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.D1)
2012        Jun 22, In Florida Anthony Giancola (45), a former middle-school principal who lost his job over a drug arrest 5 years ago, went on a rampage. He stabbed several people and killed at least two in Lealman, near Tampa, before being arrested by police.
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 22, North Las Vegas, after five years of declining property taxes, massive layoffs and questionable spending, declared a state of emergency, invoking a rarely used state law crafted for unforeseen disasters.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Pennsylvania Jerry Sandusky (68), former defensive coach at Penn State, was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 22, In Afghan a 12-hour long rampage ended after heavily armed insurgents stormed into the Spozhmai hotel at Qargha Lake north of Kabul and opened fire on guests inside, killing 18 people, most civilians. Police said 5 Taliban attackers were shot and killed. 2 NATO service members were killed by insurgents in the south.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, Austrian prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against lobbyist Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, suspected of bribery and money laundering while working for the British aerospace giant BAE Systems from 2000 to 2008.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, The president of Azerbaijan pardoned 66 convicts, including nine youth activists arrested during a wave of anti-government protests last year inspired by the Arab Spring.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Bolivia a mutiny by rank-and-file police demanding higher wages spread across the nation, with an estimated 4,000 officers occupying barracks. Bolivia's 28,000 rank-and-file police officers earn an average of $194 a month, a third less than a sergeant in the armed forces. The police force was widely seen as the country's most corrupt institution.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Brazil “Rio+20," the biggest UN summit on sustainable development in a decade, approved a strategy to haul more than a billion people out poverty and cure the sickness of the biosphere. The gathering of 191 UN members crowned a 10-day forum marking 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit, where leaders vowed the world would live within its environmental means. "Sustainable Development Goals" will replace the UN's Millennium Development Goals from 2015.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 22, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Uruguay, his first stop on a multi-nation visit to South America.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Egypt tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square to support Mohammed Morsi, the Brotherhood's candidate for president. A delay in the run-off results, which had been due a day earlier, widely raised suspicions that the result was being negotiated rather than counted.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In India villagers in the eastern state of Jharkhand killed a man and his two teenaged sons, accusing them of practicing witchcraft.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Iraq 2 bombs tore through a market full of shoppers in Baghdad, killing 14 people and wounding more than 100. Gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing three officers, A bomb exploded in a car parked near the entrance of the Shiite al-Askari shrine in Samara, killing one pilgrim and injuring 13 other people.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan fired his national security adviser and defense minister, as fears mounted over spiraling unrest in the country's north. The new security adviser will be Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, prominent northerner and cousin to the Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria's highest Muslim spiritual figure.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf was elected as the new prime minister after the Supreme Court dismissed Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt. Ashraf was head of the water and power ministry for three years, an unpopular position in a country where daily blackouts in the steamy summer can be as long as 22 hours.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets that hit Israel, as a truce declared by the Islamist Hamas ruling the enclave entered its second day.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Paraguay 39 senators voted to dismiss Pres. Fernando Lugo after a five-hour trial, while four senators voted against and two were absent. Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop elected on a pledge to help the poor, said he would step aside following the Senate vote, even though he called it a blow to democracy. Federico Franco (49) of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party was sworn in to serve out the remainder of Lugo’s term.
    (AP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 22, Somali leaders approved the draft constitution. The president, prime minister and four other leaders signed the document at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Somali PM Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said the constitutional is only provisional until Somali citizens can vote on it.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In South Africa 18 police officers, recently arrested on charges of murder, assault and possession of ammunition, appeared in court in Durban. They were freed on 5,000 rand (less than $600) bail each.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Sudan black smoke hung over Khartoum and tear gas stung the air as security forces tried to disperse widening protests sparked by rising food prices.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, Swaziland teachers went on strike demanding a 4.5 percent salary increase.
    (AFP, 7/29/12)
2012        Jun 22, Syria’s state-run news agency, SANA, said terrorist groups had killed and mutilated at least 25 people in Daret Azzeh, a rebel-held area in the Aleppo countryside. A video emerged showing more than a dozen bloodied corpses, some of them piled on top of each other and in military uniforms, in what the government said was a "massacre" by rebels in the northern province of Aleppo. Activists reported that thousands of people rallied in various parts to protest the regime following afternoon prayers. Syria said it shot down a Turkish military plane that entered Syrian air space. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 116 people were killed today in violence across the country.
    (AP, 6/22/12)(AP, 6/23/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Tanzania bandits killed a Dutch tourist and the manager of a safari lodge in Serengeti national park. Police soon arrested 5 people. On July 5 Daniel Musa, Marwa Machage and Ghati Wegesa were charged in connection with the killings and robberies.
    (AFP, 6/30/12)(AFP, 7/7/12)
2012        Jun 22, Uganda’s government said in a statement that it does not discriminate against people "of a different sexual orientation." It was signed by Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo, the official accused by gay activists of orchestrating a hate campaign that includes breaking up gay conferences and threatening to expel civil society groups he says promote homosexuality.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Venezuela Pres. Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad pledged to stand together to battle "imperialism," with Chavez criticizing tough sanctions on Tehran.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 22, In Zimbabwe a handful of male lawmakers underwent voluntary circumcision in a new public drive to curb the spread of HIV, which affects about one in 10 people in the southern African country.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)

2012        Jun 23, In Texas 2 women were found lying in "knee-deep" grass in a park in Portland. Mollie Judith Olgin (19) was pronounced dead at the scene. Her girlfriend, Mary Christine Chapa (18), was hospitalized with a single gunshot wound to the head.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7qto9p6)
2012        Jun 23, Afghan Pres. Karzai called for subjects such as medicine and engineering to be taught in international languages such as English or German, and invited foreign institutions to come and fund Afghan faculties. One NATO service member died in an insurgent attack and another in a bomb blast. Authorities said flash floods in the north have killed at least 37 people.
    (AP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)(SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 23, In Croatia at least eight Czech tourists were killed and 44 injured when a bus crashed and overturned on a major highway near Gospic.
    (AP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 23, In France thousands of Iranian exiles led a Paris rally to demand democratic change in Iran and help for Iranian resistance members in Iraq's refugee camps.
    (AP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 23, In Honduras a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote northern area, known as a destination for illicit flights carrying cocaine from South America. Honduran National Police arrested four suspects and seized 792 pounds (360 kg) of cocaine. 6 other people were arrested later on suspicion of aiding the smuggling operation.
    (AP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 23, Israeli police arrested 85 protesters arrested after clashing with officers and vandalizing banks in Tel Aviv. The demonstrators had gathered to protest the arrest of 12 social activists a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 23, Israeli airstrikes killed at least 3 Palestinian men and a boy (6), as Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel wounded one person and damaged a school in Sderot. Gaza militants fired over 30 rockets and mortar shells, bringing the week's rocket tally to more than 150.
    (AP, 6/23/12)(SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 23, Liberia extradited 41 Ivory Coast nationals for their role in last year's bloody post-electoral violence in the neighboring West African nation.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 23, In Mexico local media reported that 14 mutilated corpses and a threatening message aimed at a drug cartel were found inside a truck in the parking lot of a supermarket in Mante, Tamaulipas state.
    (Reuters, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 23, In Pakistan gunmen on motorcycles shot dead 8 men at a laundry in the restive southwestern city of Quetta.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 23, Voting began in Papua New Guinea, a struggling Pacific nation which is on the brink of a huge resources boom. 3,428 candidates vied for 109 of 111 parliamentary seats, with no single political party likely to win enough seats to form government on its own.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)(Econ, 8/4/12, p.36)
2012        Jun 23, Paraguay's newly sworn-in president, Federico Franco, set about forming a new government as he promised to honor foreign commitments, respect private property and reach out to Latin American leaders to minimize diplomatic fallout and keep his country from becoming a regional pariah.
    (AP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 23, South Korea and the USA launched a massive 3-day naval exercise in the tense Yellow Sea, ahead of the 62nd anniversary (June 25) of the outbreak of the Korean War.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)
2012        Jun 23, Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree forming a new government, but it will be headed by a key loyalist and the foreign, defense and interior ministers kept their jobs.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 116 people were killed today in violence across the country.
    (AP, 6/23/12)(AFP, 6/23/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 23, Yemeni officials said landmines planted in the southern province of Abyan by Al-Qaeda militants before they were driven out from the area have killed at least 35 people in the past 10 days.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)

2012        Jun 24, San Francisco held its 42nd gay pride parade with more than 200 floats making their way down Market Street.
    (AP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 24, Colorado Gov. said half the nation’s fire fighting fleet was battling fires in his state and that military planes would begin assisting the next day. 8 wildfires made this the worst state wildfire season in a decade.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 24, In Colorado police Officer Celena Hollis (32) was shot and killed as she tried to break up a fight in a Denver city park. Police soon arrested suspect Rollen Oliver (21).
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 24, At least one person was killed by a tornado spun off by Tropical Storm Debby as it approached Florida and Alabama.
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 24, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that he has secured a civil settlement in which hedge fund manager J. Ezra Merkin will reimburse clients $405 million lost in Bernard Madoff’s investment scam.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 24, In Oklahoma two freight trains collided near Goodwell and 3 crew members were missing.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 24, In Afghanistan  2 NATO service members died in a traffic accident in the south.
    (AP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, In Canada a roof collapsed at a shopping mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Two bodies were recovered on June 27 and 12 people remained unaccounted for.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 24, In the Central African Republic a violent clash pitted CAR troops against an unidentified group of armed men attempting to launch an assault on the site of a uranium plant operated by French mining company Areva. The armed men were believed to be members of the Chadian rebel Popular Front for Recovery (FPR) led by 'General' Baba Ladde. The rebels seized five French nationals and two locals.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)(AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 24, In southwest China an earthquake struck the border between the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan, killing at least two people and injuring around 100. The Chinese government put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, A manned Chinese submersible, the Jiaolong, broke through the 7,000-meter mark for a new national deep water dive record in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean on its fourth dive since arriving in the area earlier this month. The dive came on the same day China successfully completed its first manual space docking.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, In Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park the only remaining Pinta Island tortoise and celebrated conservation icon, passed away. Lonesome George, estimated to be more than 100 years old, was discovered in 1972 at a time when tortoises of his type were already believed to be extinct.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 24, Egypt’s head of the electoral commission announced that Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi with 51.73% of the vote is declared the first president of Egypt since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak. Tens of thousands packed into Cairo's Tahrir Square in the largest celebration the protest hub has witnessed since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, to celebrate their new president-elect, Mohamed Morsi.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, In Honduras journalist Anibal Barrow (62) was kidnapped while driving in his truck. Three of his family members were also taken, but were quickly released unharmed. On Jul 9 his body was found in a shallow pit on the bank of the Siboney lagoon in San Pedro Sula. His body had been beheaded and the arms legs cut off before it was set ablaze. 4 of 10 suspects in the case were reported detained.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2012        Jun 24, An Iraqi press freedom group condemned the government for ordering the closure of 44 news organizations, including a US-funded broadcaster.
    (AP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, In Kenya a grenade and gunfire attack on a bar outside the coastal city of Mombasa left at least 3 people dead and some 25 wounded.
    (AP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 24, In Nigeria attackers with guns and explosives raided a jail in Damaturu, leaving four prison guards dead and freeing 40 inmates. One of the inmates was re-arrested and another was killed. In Bauchi a home-made explosive device planted in an unfinished building next to a group of pubs went off injuring 9 people.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 24, In Norway a pension dispute led to an industry-wide strike by the nation’s energy workers. The government intervened on July 10 after the oil industry threatened to halt all output. Energy professionals in Norway averaged $180,300 per year.
    (SFC, 7/11/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 24, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari issued a decree to prevent actions taken in the past two months by the ex-premier, recently ousted by judges, from being challenged in court. Gunmen killed 3 policemen in a drive-by shooting on the outskirts of Quetta. 13 soldiers were killed after some 100 militants crossed from Afghanistan into the northwestern district of Upper Dir. Six were killed in gunbattles and another 7 were beheaded after going missing. On June 27 the Taliban released a video showing 17 heads displayed on a bloody white sheet.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/25/12)(AFP, 6/26/12)(AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 24, The Philippines alleged that a Chinese vessel accidentally rammed a local fishing boat north of a disputed South China Sea shoal, killing one and leaving four others missing. The fishing boat set out from the northern coastal town of Bolinao, in Pangasinan province on June 18 and was reported to have sunk two days later.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, The Philippines said that at least 14 immigration officers were under investigation for alleged involvement in the human trafficking of poor Filipinos to violence-torn Syria.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, A Russian ship that tried to deliver repaired attack helicopters to Syria entered the northern port of Murmansk after being forced to abandon its initial attempt.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, In Saudi Arabia a man (60) died from severe pneumonia complicated by renal failure. He had arrived at a Jihad hospital 11 days earlier with symptoms similar to severe case of influenza or SARS. In September an Egyptian virologist said it was caused by a new coronavirus. Months later the illness was named MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome).
    (SFC, 8/14/13, p.E1)
2012        Jun 24, In Singapore Shirley Sarmiento found the body of her boyfriend, Shane Truman Todd (31), in his apartment. The US software engineer was hanging from a black strap that was fashioned into a noose and secured to a door. At an inquest in 2013 Sarmiento said he had been unhappy at work and feared "heavy hands coming after him." In 2013 a judge ruled that Todd’s death was a suicide.
    (AP, 5/13/13)(AP, 7/8/13)
2012        Jun 24, Sudanese security forces used tear gas to break up anti-regime demonstrations in Khartoum, as the government vowed to press ahead with economic austerity measures that set off a wave of unrest last weekend.
    (AP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, Violence in Syria killed at least 34 people, more than half of them troops who died in clashes with rebels. Regime troops stormed the Neirab refugee camp in Aleppo province, where there were reports of casualties.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, Tunisia sent back ex-Libyan PM Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, a stalwart of slain leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime, to face trial in Tripoli.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 24, Turkey’s army said its warplanes have carried out strikes on suspected Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq. Air strikes had hit 9 PKK targets over the last 3 days. Kurdish rebels killed one policeman and wounded 3 others in a roadside bomb attack.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)(SFC, 6/25/12, p.A2)

2012        Jun 25, George R. Hearst (b.1927), grandson of William Randolph Hearst and chairman of the board of the Hearst Corp., died in Palo Alto.
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 25, In Abu Dhabi two unnamed men, a Briton (21) and a Syrian (19), were convicted on charges of selling 20 grams (nearly three quarters of an ounce) of marijuana and sentenced by the criminal court to death.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 25, In Argentina Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met President Cristina Fernandez in Buenos Aires as part of a South American tour that included visits to Brazil and Uruguay and will end in Chile this week. Wen said the Asian giant is interested in a possible free-trade deal with the Mercosur regional trade bloc.
    (AP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, British hackers Ryan Cleary (20) and Jake Davis (19), linked to the Lulz Security group, pleaded guilty to a slew of computer crimes.
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A3)
2012        Jun 25, In China scores of people were injured when police in Shaxi township in Guangdong province broke up clashes between migrant workers from Sichuan province and the local population in the latest unrest to hit the nation.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 25, In CongoDRC mutineers said fighting between the army and troops who have deserted resumed, after a week of relative calm, in the eastern Nord-Kivu province. Officials said militants have killed at least 10 people and kidnapped a foreigner in a park in the volatile northeast.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)(AP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, Cyprus said it would seek aid from the eurozone’s bailout funds.
    (SFC, 6/26/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 25, The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's regime, targeting six government ministries as well as a bank and television company. This was the 16th round of sanctions agreed by the bloc's foreign ministers since the repression of anti-Assad protests began in March 2011.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, In Iraq the Communications and Media Commission said it has decided to place restrictions on 39 media outlets including the BBC and Voice of America over alleged license problems. An Iraqi media rights organization, said that the CMC had in fact recommended banning 44 news outlets, and called for the move, which it said violated the constitution, to be reversed. Bomb blasts in Hilla and Baquba killed 11 people.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)(SFC, 6/26/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 25, In Indian Kashmir a major fire gutted a 200-year-old, revered Sufi Muslim shrine, sparking clashes between police and residents in the region's summer capital Srinagar. Nearly two dozen people were injured in the violence.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, In Lebanon the headquarters of Al-Jadeed TV, a leading TV station in Beirut, was attacked with burning tires after it hosted a hard-line Sunni Muslim cleric who harshly criticized the country's Shiite Muslim leaders.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 25, A Malaysian court ruled that Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok on Feb 14, must be extradited to Thailand.
    (AP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, In Mexico 2 federal police officers, suspected of working for drug traffickers, opened fire on fellow officers in a crowded food court at Mexico City's international airport killing three policemen. The suspects were captured in airport surveillance video and have been fully identified but remained at large.
    (AP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, Puerto Rico's Gov. Luis Fortuno signed a law protecting 1,950 acres (790 hectares) of north coast state-owned land from large-scale development. The new reserve makes up 66 percent of what is known as the Northeast Ecological Corridor.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a World War II memorial during a rare trip to Israel where he is expected to hold talks on the situation in Syria and Iran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, State-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland battled to repair an already battered reputation as it struggled to fix a week-old computer glitch that has affected millions of customers. Software problems that left customers at the bank and at RBS-owned lenders NatWest and Ulster Bank unable to pay bills, access accounts and receive wages have been fixed, but a huge backlog of unprocessed transactions remain.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, In Scotland the TED Global conference, known for taking an innovative look at cutting-edge issues, opened in Edinburgh. with the theme “radical openness." The 5-day event  was set to explore the implications of crowd sourcing, blogs, smartphones and other culture-changing features of the Internet Age.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, In South Africa a bus plunged off a bridge killing at least 19 people and injuring 55 in the small town of Meyerton.
    (AP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 25, Dozens of Syrian soldiers defected overnight to Turkey, crossing the border with their families. The state-run Anadolu news agency said 33 soldiers defected, including a general and two colonels. Syrian troops killed 10 "terrorists" in the Damascus suburb of Douma.
    (AP, 6/25/12)(AP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 26, The US Pentagon for the first time in its history celebrated “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month."
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 26, US writer, film director and producer Nora Ephron (b.1941) died at a hospital in New York. Her 1983 novel “Heartburn" was modeled on her marriage to former Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein. She wrote the screenplays for the film “Silkwood" (1983) and “When Harry Met Sally" (1989).
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.C5)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.86)
2012        Jun 26, In Orinda, Ca., James Collin (62) used a machete to hack his live-in companion, Evangeline Cumber Devera (56), to death. 26 years earlier he had killed his brother in the same kitchen, while cleaning a shotgun.
    (SFC, 8/3/12, p.C3)
2012        Jun 26, In Afghanistan a militants' ambush killed 4 police on patrol in Herat province.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Botswana and Namibia inaugurated their links to a 14,000 km (8,700 mile) underground cable system that provides both with faster and cheaper Internet connectivity.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and U.S. company Boeing said they've agreed to share technical knowledge and market assessments on the development of a Brazilian military cargo plane.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, British officials said Big Ben, parliament's famous clock tower, is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honor of the queen's diamond jubilee.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Dan Penteado (40) a presenter on the BBC program Rogue Traders pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining housing and council tax benefit worth over £24,000. The offences dated back to 2007 and Penteado repeated the fraud in subsequent years up to 2011.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, British police loaded almost 3,000 images onto a smartphone App and invited the public to help them identify people suspected of taking part in the Aug 6, 2011, Tottenham riots.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In China the Chongqing municipal People's Congress accepted the resignation of Wang Lijun from the National People's Congress. Wang had launched the downfall of his former boss Bo Xilai when he fled to a US consulate in February.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 26, China executed four convicted drug traffickers and sentenced at least 15 others to death as the nation marked global anti-drug day.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Denmark police said Attan Shansonga, a former Zambian ambassador to the United States wanted in his home country on charges of corruption, has been arrested. He was arrested by the Zambian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in 2002 and charged with the theft of public funds, but fled for Britain in 2004.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Ecuador’s coast guard said marines have seized a semisubmersible capable of transporting 10-15 tons of cocaine. The 50-foot vessel was under construction on a small island in the gulf of Guayaquil.
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 26, Egypt’s state media reported that Hassan Abdel Rahman, the former head of the feared State Security Investigations, will face trial with 40 police co-defendants for destroying records. A court had acquitted on June 2 Abdel Rahman and six police commanders for failing to prevent the killings of protesters. Egypt's administrative court suspended a justice ministry decision that had empowered the military to arrest civilians, responding to an appeal by 17 rights groups against the controversial June 13 decree.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)(AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Egypt’s losing presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq fled to the UAR hours after a top prosecutor ordered an investigation into allegations that he had wasted public funds.
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 26, A German court ruled that circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents' religious rights.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (77) stepped down, leaving behind a faltering economy and a plunging rupee as he set his sights on the country's presidency. Cabinet minister Virbhadra Singh, resigned one day after a court in Himachal Pradesh charged him and his wife with conspiracy and corruption in a 23-year-old case related to one of his five terms as chief minister of the northern state.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission, which regulates the news media, reversed course and said it will give 44 targeted media organizations more time to pay outstanding fees and renew lapsed licenses.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Israel began the evacuation of the Ulpana outpost, an illegal West Bank settlement, after persuading dozens of residents to leave the enclave without violence.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Thousands of Kuwaitis rallied against a court ruling scrapping legislative polls as the opposition called for a constitutional monarchy and a full parliamentary system.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Mali violent protests took place by residents of Gao angry over the death of municipal councilor Idrissa Oumarou, who was shot a day earlier. He belonged to the party of Mali's transitional president Dioncounda Traore. Armed men fired on the crowd, leaving at least one dead and a dozen injured.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Nigeria gunmen attacked five police posts and a prison across three cities, sparking responses from security forces, with the heaviest fighting concentrated in Kano. 3 policemen were shot dead in Taraba state when gunmen attacked a regional police headquarters in the town of Wukari. The clashes left at least 27 people dead.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)(AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 26, Meteorological officials in Pyongyang and Seoul said parts of North Korea are experiencing the most severe drought since record keeping began nearly 105 years ago. South Korean officials also reported the worst drought in more than a century in some areas after nearly two months without significant rainfall.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Visiting Russian Pres. Putin spoke at the end of a visit to the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by his side. Putin praised his Abbas for what he said was a "responsible" position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Saudi authorities beheaded four of its citizens for murder and a Syrian national for drug smuggling.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, A Serbian war crimes court sentenced 14 former Serb soldiers to between four and 20 years in prison for the killing of 70 Croatian villagers in 1991, some of whom were forced to walk through a minefield in Lovas as human shields.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Somalia hundreds of pro-government troops swept into Balad town 30 km north of Mogadishu, forcing al-Shabab fighters to flee.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In South Korea hundreds of journalists at Yonhap News Agency, the country’s leading news agency, returned to work ended a three-month strike called to demand fair reporting free of political pressure.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Syria's Pres. Assad announced for the first time that the country was indeed at war. His elite Republican Guard forces clashed with rebels outside the capital in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began last year. The LCC reported intense shelling in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. Rebels shot down a helicopter gunship in Idlib province.
    (AP, 6/26/12)(AP, 6/27/12)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.45)
2012        Jun 26, In Tanzania a truck driver abandoned Ethiopian and Somali migrants after letting a number of them suffocate to death inside his vehicle. He dumped 43 bodies and abandoned survivors.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Turkey's PM Erdogan vowed to retaliate against Syria for its 'heinous' downing of one of its warplanes, as the head of NATO said such an attack on one of its members was unacceptable.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Uganda rescue workers equipped only with hand-held tools gave up their search and waited for bulldozers to arrive to help find some 100 people who residents said were missing after landslides struck the mountainous east.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Yemeni officials said land mines planted by al-Qaida militants before they fled from key southern strongholds have killed 73 civilians over the past week. A statement from the governor's office in Zinjibar said Jaar residents discovered bodies of 20 militants and two soldiers killed during last week's fighting. 5 Al-Qaida militants escaped from a prison in the western province of Hodeida. 2 were recaptured on July 10.
    (AP, 6/26/12)(AP, 7/11/12)
2012        Jun 26, A Zambian High Court overturned the march dissolution of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, the former ruling party, over unpaid fees, arguing the move had been excessive and against the country's general interest.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 27, The US FDA approved Arena Pharmaceuticals’ anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first weight loss drug approved since 1999.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.A11)
2012        Jun 27, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a roughly $92 billion state budget bill. The budget kept most of the state parks open this year.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.C1)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 27, Firefighters struggled against the Waldo Canyon Fire at the edge of Colorado Springs that forced 32,000 people from their homes, prompted evacuations from the US Air Force Academy and consumed an unknown number of homes.
    (Reuters, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, The Chicago City Council voted to decriminalize marijuana possession. From August 4 police can issue tickets of $250-$500 for someone caught with 15 grams or less of pot. The new law could generated millions of dollars for the city.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.A7)
2012        Jun 27, In southeastern Montana wildfires torched over 125,000 acres.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 27, In Afghanistan 4 policemen were killed in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province when a roadside bomb they were trying to defuse exploded. Another roadside blast killed two policemen and wounded two others in Kunduz province.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Four people are believed to have died and 130 others were rescued after a crowded boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia capsized and sank between Christmas Island and the main Indonesian island of Java.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Austrian police stopped 3 overloaded vans about to ross into Hungary and found them packed with 9.5 tons of stolen garlic, valued at $37,500, apparently coming from Spain.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 27, Bahraini police injured Zainab al-Khawaja, a prominent human rights activist, by shooting her in the leg with a tear gas canister.
    (AP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 27, Botswana's Court of Appeal temporarily suspended a court order for the government to reinstate some 566 workers who were fired in a massive strike last year.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff announced a new, $4 billion economic stimulus package to combat stagnant growth.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Lawyers representing Amazon rain forest residents in Ecuador filed a 2nd lawsuit in Brazil to seize assets of Chevron Corp. as part of their effort to collect an $18.2 billion judgement they won in Ecuador in 2011.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 27, Barclays bank revealed that it will pay fines of £290 million ($452 million, 362 million euros) to British and US authorities over a probe into rate manipulation, and top staff will take a bonus cut.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, John Massey (64) one of Britain's longest-serving prisoners, escaped from Pentonville prison in Islington, North London. He was serving a life sentence for the murder of a man at a Hackney pub in 1975.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 27, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza pardoned "several thousand" prisoners in order to address prison overcrowding and celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence on July 1. Eloge Niyonzima, a journalist for a private radio station in Bubanza, was beaten up overnight by members of the ruling party's youth wing militia.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, A Cambodia appeals court ordered the release of 13 women who were jailed for protesting being evicted from their homes without adequate compensation, in a case that had critics had highlighted as an example of injustice. On May 24 prison sentences were imposed on the 13 women.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Twenty-four Ethiopians, including a leading opposition figure and a prominent journalist, faced life in prison after a court found them guilty on charges of terrorism. They were accused of links to US-based group Ginbot 7, considered a terrorist group under Ethiopian law, and other outlawed groups.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Gabonese President Ali Bongo set fire to five tons of ivory worth around 10 million euros ($14 million) to mark his government's commitment to battling poachers and saving elephants. The stockpile and would have required the killing of some 850 elephants.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, In Germany banker Gerhard Gribkowsky was found guilty in Munich of receiving corrupt payments in 2005 from Bernie Ecclestone, the boss of the Formula One Group, as Formula One was sold to CVC Capital, a private equity firm.
    (Econ, 7/28/12, p.58)
2012        Jun 27, Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki called for early elections a released statement after a series of political crises escalated into calls for his removal. Bombs in Baghdad targeting the homes of Shiite cleric and a member of a Sunni militia that fights al-Qaida killed at least 11 people, including four teenagers.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, TEPCO, the operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said record amounts of radiation had been detected in the basement of reactor number 1, further hampering clean-up operations.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Libya’s official TAP news agency said a Tunisian seaman died after the Libyan coastguard fired on a Tunisian fishing boat with a crew of 19 off the north African coast.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, In Mali Islamists claimed control of the key town of Gao in the occupied north after fierce clashes with Tuareg rebels left at least 21 people dead.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, A grainy three-minute video appeared on Mundonarco.com depicting five shirtless men on their knees, their chests painted with large black “Z"s, surrounded by masked members of Mexico’s Gulf cartel wielding machetes. The footage showed members of the Gulf cartel interrogating and then beheading at least three members of the Zetas cartel.
    (ABCNews, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 27, In Pakistan a bomb planted under a tea stall at a railway station in the southwest killed 7 people, including a child, and wounded more than a dozen others.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an overhaul of the upper house of Parliament in an apparent reaction to criticism that the Federation Council is little more than a vacation retreat for officials.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, South Korean archaeologist Cho Mi-soon said that the nation’s archeological agency has found the remains of a farming field from the Neolithic period on South Korea's east coast and that the site may be up to 5,600 years old.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, Spanish scientists reported evidence that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, despite being reptiles.
    (SFC, 6/28/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 27, In Syria gunmen raided the headquarters of Al-Ikhbariya, a pro-government TV station, killing seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing buildings in Drousha. Some 30 more Syrian soldiers defected to Turkey with their families overnight. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 10 government soldiers were killed in an ambush in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 27, In eastern Turkey an explosion targeting a pipeline cut off Iranian natural gas shipments to the country. The pipeline was expected to be back in operation within 4 to 5 days. Turkey received 27 million cubic meters of gas a day via the Iranian pipeline. The gas flow was reported restored on July 3.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)

2012        Jun 28, The US Supreme Court upheld Pres. Obama’s signature health care law's individual insurance mandate in a 5-4 decision. The mandate was upheld as a tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, joining the liberal wing of the court to save the law.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 28, The US Supreme Court ruled to toss the conviction of Xavier Alvarez, a former southern California politician, who lied about being a decorated military veteran. He had been charged under the 2006 Stolen Valor Act. The decision invalidated the law.
    (SFC, 7/2/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 28, The US House of Representatives voted 255-67 to make Attorney General Eric Holder the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents requested as part of an investigation into a botched gun-running operation.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A10)
2012        Jun 28, In Arizona Michael Martin (53) collapsed and died in court after a jury convicted him of burning down his $3.5 million mansion. An autopsy report found that he had committed suicide by taking cyanide.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A10)(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 28, Stockton, Ca., city officials filed for Chapter 9 protection, making Stockton the largest US city to vote itself into bankruptcy. The city council had voted to file for bankruptcy on June 26.
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.A1)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.C8)
2012        Jun 28, In Colorado Springs a body was found in one of the estimated 346 burned homes. Two people were reported missing. The Waldo Canyon Fire was only 15% contained. Another fire in the north has destroyed 257 homes.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A11)
2012        Jun 28, In North Carolina US Army battalion commander Lt .Col. Roy Tisdale was killed by fellow soldier Spc. Ricky Elder (27) in a shooting incident at Fort Bragg. The alleged gunman then shot himself and is in custody; a third soldier was slightly injured in the shooting. Elder, recently charged with larceny, died of his wounds on June 29.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(SSFC, 7/1/12, p.A9)(SFC, 7/2/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 28, US scientists reported the development of a paint that can store and deliver electrical power just like a battery.
    (Reuters, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, An Algerian court sentenced Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of Al-Qaeda's north African branch (AQIM), and seven other Islamists to death for a series of murders and bombings, though most were tried in absentia. Mohamed Toumi, the only one present of those convicted, was found guilty of killing 5 soldiers in 1993, 14 police and 8 military police in 1994, and 8 more soldiers in 2006.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Bangladesh officials said at least 106 people have been killed in landslides in the southeast after three days of rains triggered flash floods and severed transport links.
    (AP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, A British security official said 2 Muslim converts have been arrested in London on suspicion of terror offenses. It remained unclear whether the men were arrested as part of an alleged plot.
    (AP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Cameroon and China signed a large infrastructure deal that will see Beijing lend the African country €368 million to build its first new motorway since independence in 1960.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, In Santiago, Chile, tens of thousands of students took to the streets to call for the end of public financing for private universities. Many students faced huge educational loan debts.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 28, In Dubai Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his counterpart Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo of Somaliland agreed to boost cooperation between their different factions. The two men signed the "Dubai Charter" in the presence of the leaders of Puntland and Galmudug, two self-proclaimed autonomous regions in Somalia.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, An Egyptian court jailed for 15 years each former oil minister Sameh Fahmi and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem for selling natural gas to Israel below market value. Five former high ranking officials from the oil and gas authority received jail sentences raging from three to 10 years on similar charges.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Indian officials said at least 27 people have died and 900,000 others forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamped wide areas of northeastern Assam state.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Surjeet Singh (69) was freed after spending 3 decades in a Pakistani prison for spying and walked across the border into India where he was met by family and hordes of reporters.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, In Iraq a car bomb exploded near a Shiite place of worship in Baquba, killing six people and wounding 51, while two people were killed and four wounded in another bombing. Bombings and shootings killed 22 people and wounded more than 50. The spike in violence made June Iraq's bloodiest month in almost a half a year.
    (AP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 28, In Kenya demonstrators in Nairobi left 49 mock coffins at the gates of parliament to bury 49 years of impunity, charging political rulers with corruption and calling for change ahead of elections due next year. Kenya has been mired in multiple corruption scandals since independence in 1963, but high level suspects have seldom faced justice.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, In Mali Islamists of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) patrolled the streets of Gao and arrested civilians after dislodging Tuareg rebels from their positions in a day of bloody combat between the armed groups.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Mongolians headed to the polls to elect a new parliament. The ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) and the main opposition Democratic Party have campaigned on platforms of ensuring a fairer distribution of wealth across the vast nation.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, In northeastern Nigeria militants armed with guns and explosives attacked a police station in Adamawa state's town of Gulak. The building was destroyed by the subsequent blaze.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, The North Korean government launched a new program: “On the Establishing of a New Economic Management System in Our Own Style." It reportedly allowed farmers to sell nearly one third of their harvests at market prices.
    (SFC, 9/13/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 28, In Pakistan a powerful remote-controlled car bomb targeting a bus killed at least 11 people including nine Shiite pilgrims in the insurgency-torn southwest.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, In South Africa chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near Nelspruit pulled Andrew F. Oberle, an American graduate student working there, into their enclosure, bit him and dragged him nearly a half mile.
    (AP, 6/29/12)(AP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 28, Amnesty International said both South Sudan's army and rebel groups are using weapons imported from China, Ukraine and neighboring Sudan in fighting that has claimed dozens of civilian lives. Amnesty said the army was using Ukrainian-supplied T-72 battle tanks and that the rebel SSLA laid Chinese-made anti-vehicle mines and were firing Sudanese-made ammunition.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, In Syria a strong explosion rocked Damascus near a busy market and the country's highest court, wounding at least three people. Elsewhere activists reported clashes between troops and rebels. Opposition groups later reported that today’s death toll reached 190 in fighting across the country.
    (AP, 6/28/12)(AP, 6/29/12)(SFC, 6/30/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 28, The United Nations declared that March 20 each year will be the International Day of Happiness.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 28, A Yemeni security official said government forces have arrested a cell of Al-Qaeda operatives suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing in Sanaa on May 21 that killed more than 100 troops. On July 2 the government said the arrests foiled 10 terrorist suicide bombings in Sanaa.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012        Jun 28, The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide but upheld 10 other war crimes counts related to atrocities in Bosnia's bloody war.
    (AP, 6/28/12)

2012        Jun 29, The US Congress passed a $105 billion transportation bill that also averted a doubling of student loan rates.
    (SFC, 6/30/12, p.A7)
2012        Jun 29, In NYC the younger brother of Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to charges that he doctored documents for years and agreed not to contest a 10-year prison sentence. Peter Madoff said he did not know about the scam until December 2008. On Dec 20 Peter Madoff (67) was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/30/12, p.A8)(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A12)
2012        Jun 29, Violent storms called a derecho pummeled the eastern US with high winds and downed trees. Power was knocked out to some 3 million homes.
    (AP, 6/30/12)(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A8)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.32)
2012        Jun 29, In eastern Afghanistan suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of a government compound, opening the way for armed insurgents to storm the facility and touching off an hours-long gunbattle that left 10 people dead in Nuristan province. The dead included 4 women, 3 policemen and 3 members of a government-sponsored militia. The gunfight finally ended when the last of 17 militants were killed in the late afternoon. Four children, aged between six and ten, found an "unexploded ordnance" in Pajwayi district of Kandahar province and brought it home. They were playing with it when it exploded killing all four.
    (AP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 29, The IMF said Afghanistan has made progress on structural reforms despite a difficult environment, as it approved the release of $18.2 million in new funds under its loan program.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Algeria a dawn attack against the regional headquarters of the paramilitary police in the center of the town of Ouargla killed one person and left three wounded. A Mali-based Islamist group, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Argentina the Mercosur trade bloc held a summit. It suspended Paraguay's membership for having impeached and ousted its president but said it will not slap economic sanctions on it. The group also announced that Venezuela will become a full member starting July 31.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, The World Bank cancelled a $1.2 billion loan for Bangladesh's Padma bridge project, saying the government had not cooperated in investigating "high level" corruption in the project. The $3 billion bridge planned to go into service in 2014.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Britain's major banks, including HSBC and Barclays, were ordered to pay up for misleading businesses over interest rate insurance, in a second blow to the image of the City. Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King described an interest rate rigging scandal engulfing British banks as "deceitful manipulation," calling for fundamental changes in the culture of the banking industry.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(Reuters, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Liam Woodards was stabbed to death after a fight broke out at the Westfield shopping mall in Stratford, east London, the main gateway to the Olympic Games starting on July 27. Three men quickly arrested over Woodards' death were charged with violent disorder. Another six were arrested the next day.
    (AFP, 7/2/12)
2012        Jun 29, Chinese President Hu Jintao urged Hong Kong's restive people to embrace the motherland as he visited the financial citadel for the 15th anniversary of its return to rule by Beijing.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang (33), and two other crew members emerged smiling from the Shenzhou 9 capsule that returned safely to Earth from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In China Passengers and crew foiled an alleged hijacking attempt by six people on a plane in the far-western Xinjiang region. Local sources said that the plane turned back after Uighurs and Hans began fighting after a disagreement over seat assignments.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In southern China a tanker truck filled with gasoline collided with a truck, setting off an explosion and a massive fire that left 20 people dead and 14 others hurt.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Denmark decided to extradite to Rwanda Emmanuel Mbarushimana, a man suspected of being involved in the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, The Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) said it has forged two deals with Turkish and Chinese companies to build a railway connecting the landlocked country to Djibouti.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Leaders of the full 27-member EU, following an all night session, agreed they will let funds intended to bail out indebted governments funnel money directly to struggling banks as well. They also agreed to a long-term framework toward tighter budgetary and political union, though those plans will require treaty changes and won't be realized for years.
    (AP, 6/29/12)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 29, French authorities arrested a Tunisia-born man, the administrator of an extremist French website, who is suspected of playing a key role in financing and recruiting for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups in several countries.
    (AP, 7/3/12)
2012        Jun 29, Indian police said at least 21 Maoist rebels were killed in a series of clashes with security forces in the central state of Chhattisgarh, a hotbed of left-wing extremism.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Iraq gunmen shot dead four anti-Qaeda militiamen a checkpoint in Khan Bani Saad, south of the city of Baquba, while a roadside bomb killed an Iraqi soldier.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Japan tens of thousands of people rallied outside PM Noda’s residence in Tokyo in one of the largest demonstrations held against the restart of nuclear reactors.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Top Japanese brokerage Nomura Holdings said that it would temporarily cut its most senior executives' pay by as much as half in the wake of an embarrassing insider trading scandal at the firm.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Kenya gunmen killed at least one person and kidnapped 4 aid workers in the Dadaab refugee camp complex near the border with war-torn Somalia. The 4 aid workers were released safely in southern Somalia after a short overnight gunfight on July 2.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012        Jun 29, In northeastern Nigeria security forces killed suspected Boko Haram sect members during a military raid on their hideout in Damaturu.
    (AP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 29, Sri Lankan police arrested 9 journalists and seized computers and documents from the office of an independent news website.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Sudanese police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of peaceful protesters outside an opposition party mosque, the 14th day of anti-regime demonstrations sparked by inflation. About 1,000 people were arrested and hundreds hurt.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 29, Syrian troops rained tank and artillery shells down on a rebellious suburb of Damascus, killing dozens of people during a particularly bloody week across the country. 75 people were killed nationwide.
    (AP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 29, The Venezuelan television channel Globovision paid a fine of more than $2 million imposed by regulators, calling it an unfair penalty but saying it had no choice after the Supreme Court ordered an embargo on its assets for nonpayment. Regulators slapped the penalty on the channel last year for its coverage of a prolonged prison uprising.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, The State Bank of Vietnam said it would lower the refinancing rate, charged on loans to commercial banks, to 10% from 11% effective July 1. This was its fifth cut so far this year as inflation cooled amid signs of weakening economic growth.
    (AFP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Yemen 5 bodies were found inside a well outside of Zinjibar.
    (AP, 6/30/12)

2012        Jun 30, Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern US with high winds and downed trees, killing 24 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave. At least six of the dead were killed in Virginia. 2 young cousins in New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent while camping. 2 were killed in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in Kentucky and one in Washington.
    (AP, 6/30/12)(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A8)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.32)
2012        Jun 30, In Utah a group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage.
    (Reuters, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, In Afghanistan an explosive strapped to a bicycle went off near a Kabul Bank branch in Gardez killing 2 policemen.
    (AP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, British police stopped a car on the M1 highway in South Yorkshire and impounded it for not having insurance. Firearms, offensive weapons and other material were later found hidden in the vehicle, which prompted police to trace and arrest the driver, passenger and 5 other suspects.
    (AP, 7/6/12)
2012        Jun 30, China’s Civil Affairs Ministry said at least 50 people have been killed from mudslides in the south. Another 42 people were missing.
    (SSFC, 7/1/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 30, In Egypt Mohamed Morsi took the oath of office to become the country’s first Islamist president and its first elected head of state since the revolt that overthrew Hosni Mubarak overthrow last year.
    (AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, Egyptian press reported that security forces have seized a large weapons consignment, including Grad rockets, that had been smuggled from Libya and could have been headed to the Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili named veteran Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili as the new prime minister ahead of an October parliamentary election. Under constitutional changes approved in 2010, the prime minister will gain additional powers to rival those of the president.
    (AP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 30, Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse crowds demonstrating against Chinese President Hu Jintao, ahead of the 15th anniversary of the territory's handover amid tight security.
    (AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson was re-elected to a fifth term with 52.8% of the vote.
    (AP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 30, In Iraq 3 policemen died when a suicide car bomb and three roadside bombs exploded at a security checkpoint in Samarra. The bombing raised the death toll for June to at least 237.
    (AP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 30, Yitzhak Shamir (96), Israel's former prime minister (1983-84 and 1986-92), died.
    (AFP, 7/1/12)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.86)
2012        Jun 30, Hardline Islamists occupying northern Mali went on the rampage in Timbuktu, destroying ancient tombs of Muslim saints and threatening to wipe out every religious shrine in the fabled city. The onslaught by the fundamentalist Ansar Dine group was launched just two days after UNESCO named the city an endangered world heritage site.
    (AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, Nigeria's military said it has arrested the leader of a gang responsible for a series of attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region. Seifa Gbereke (25), known locally as "General Cairo," was also suspected of stealing crude from pipelines.
    (AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, Philippine soldiers killed 13 communist guerrilla rebels in two separate clashes, in what military officials described as one of the biggest victories over the insurgents in years.
    (AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 30, In South Africa a fire at the Gold Fields Kloof-Driefontein mine near Johannesburg left five workers dead. On July 2 the mineral resources ministry issued a compulsory order that halted operations pending investigations. On July 3 Gold Fields reopened the east section of the Kloof Driefontein Complex.
    (AP, 7/2/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012        Jun 30, In Geneva representatives of global and regional powers accepted a UN-brokered plan calling for creation of a transitional national unity government in Syria. But at Russia's insistence, the compromise agreement left the door open to Assad being part of the interim administration.
    (AP, 6/30/12)(AP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 30, Syrian activists said government troops have regained control of a rebellious Damascus suburb after a 10-day assault that left dozens dead, hundreds wounded and caused a major humanitarian crisis. Activists said at least 22 people were killed in violence today. Dozens more were reported killed and wounded in a powerful evening explosion that hit a funeral procession in a suburb of Damascus.
    (AP, 6/30/12)(AP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 30, Yemeni officials said six bodies were found today outside Zinjibar. Deaths from landmines since Zinjibar fell to a military offensive two weeks ago reached 81. Engineering teams have removed some 3,000 landmines from the area.
    (AP, 6/30/12)

2012        Jun, Shareholders of defunct Bear Stearns settled their suit against JPMorgan, which acquired the assets of Bear Stearns in 2008, and the Deloitte accounting firm. Deloitte paid out $20 million.
    (Economist, 9/29/12, p.77)
2012        Jun, The Cypriot government asked for a bail-out after two of its largest banks, stacked with Greek bonds, fell victim to the 2011 write-down of Greek debt.
    (Econ, 1/26/13, p.48)
2012        Jun, In East Timor construction workers discovered the remains of 52 people in a garden outside the beachfront palace in June, which houses the office of PM Xanana Gusmao. More bodies found in July put the number at 72. Clues indicated the dead may have been Chinese, who were in East Timor before Indonesian occupation.
    (AFP, 7/13/12)
2012        Jun, Ghana's 2012 Mental Health Act went into effect and allowed people with disabilities to challenge their detention in psychiatric hospitals. On Oct 2 Human Rights Watch said that many of those hospitalized are being chained to trees, and face physical and verbal abuse.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
2012        Jun, In Honduras leaders of the Unified Farmworkers Movement of Aguan signed an agreement with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, with the farmers due to receive most of the land they still hold in the Aguan Valley and repay the government $16 million through a long-term, low-interest loan. However eviction orders remained in force because the government failed to pay Dinant Corp. for the property by the Feb. 8 deadline. Thousands of farmworkers had seized about 27,000 acres (11,000 hectares) owned by Miguel Facusse's Corporacion Dinant, and demanded ownership of the property.
    (AP, 7/15/12)
2012        Jun, In Mozambique Danish biotech giant Novozymes led a scheme under the Cleanstar name whereby Mozambican farmers sell surplus cassava that is converted to ethanol at a new facility near the central port city of Beira. The fuel is then shipped to Maputo, where Cleanstar sells new gas operated stoves. Some 200 stoves were sold in the first month and another 3,000 were on order.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)
2012        Jun, In Saudi Arabia blogger Raif Badawi was jailed for ridiculing Islamic religious figures.
    (Econ, 4/6/13, p.58)
2012        Jun, South Sudan’s government admitted that it’s missing $4 billion in stolen funds, about double its annual revenue, since the mostly autonomous administration was set up in 2005 as part of a US-brokered peace deal that led to independence in 2011.
    (SFC, 7/27/12, p.A7)

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