Return to home2012 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 4/2/12)(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/13,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2012 Apr 2, Hungarian President
Pal Schmitt (69) resigned because of a plagiarism scandal regarding
a doctoral dissertation he had written 20 years ago.
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.
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
(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
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.
2012 Apr 2, In Nigeria gunmen
shot dead a secret police officer at a barber's shop in the
northeastern city of Maiduguri.
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.
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.
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
2012 Apr 2, Senegal's new
President Macky Sall was sworn in as leader of the west African
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
2012 Apr 3, The European
Commission prohibited Conviasa, Venezuela’s state airline, from
flying into the EU due to safety concerns. Venezuela called the
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 3, In Sudan’s North
Darfur region aerial bombardments and pro-government militia
attacked areas around Sortony, forcing thousands of civilians to
(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.
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
2012 Apr 4, Senegalese
superstar singer Youssou Ndour was appointed the country's new
tourism and culture minister in President Macky Sall's cabinet.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 Apr 4, Suriname granted
amnesty to President Desi Bouterse for crimes committed under his
earlier military dictatorship.
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
2012 Apr 4, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez returned from his latest round of radiation
therapy treatment in Cuba.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 5, Around 20 million
Britons were banned from using garden hoses, after one of the driest
two-year periods on record.
2012 Apr 5, In England a
Chinese student (24) died after he was knocked down by an unmarked
British police car in Birmingham.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(AP, 4/5/12)(AFP, 4/5/12)(AFP, 5/2/12)(AFP,
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 5, Papua New Guinea's
parliament voted to postpone national polls for six months, sparking
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
(AP, 4/7/12)(AP, 4/8/12)(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A6)(SFC,
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
2012 Apr 7, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez flew back to Cuba late today for another round
of radiation therapy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
2012 Apr 9, Airlines cancelled
flights from Sudan to the newly independent South, after new rules
treating the route as international took effect.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2012 Apr 10, In Mexico gunmen
killed 8 taxi drivers in two attacks in Guadalupe, a suburb of
(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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 Apr 12, Brazil's supreme
court voted 8-2 to authorize abortions in cases of fetuses with no
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
2012 Apr 13, In Nigeria the
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) attacked oil
installations belonging to Italian firm ENI.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 14, In Iraq a roadside
bomb targeting a security patrol killed two policeman in the western
province of Anbar.
2012 Apr 14, Madagascar
reported that it has passed an amnesty law that blocks ousted leader
Marc Ravalomanana from returning to the island country.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2012 Apr 15, In northern Mali
armed men abducted a Swiss woman working as a missionary in
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2012 Apr 16, Haiti, the United
States and international partners launched a nationwide vaccination
campaign seeking to curb or prevent infectious diseases.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 16, In Yemen a
suspected US drone strike late today in the southeastern Shabwa
province killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.
2012 Apr 16, In southern
Zimbabwe at least 21 people were killed early today when a speeding
bus overturned while traveling towards Beitbridge.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 17, The African Union
suspended Guinea-Bissau's membership after a coup and the arrests of
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
2012 Apr 17, Egypt’s electoral
commission on technical grounds barred 10 of 23 presidential
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
2012 Apr 17, A 7.0-magnitude
quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea, but there was no
tsunami warning issued.
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
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.
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
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
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'
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
2012 Apr 18, Iran welcomed
Saudi Arabia suspending death sentences against several of its
nationals convicted for drug trafficking.
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 Apr 18, Spain's King Juan
Carlos apologized for having gone elephant-hunting in Africa while
everyday people endure a severe economic crisis.
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
(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
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 Apr 20, In Mexico masked
gunmen burst into a bar in Chihuahua and opened fire killing 14
(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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 21, Gambia's President
Yahya Jammeh warned foreign diplomats his country would not be
"bribed" with aid to accept homosexuality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 21, Kenyan rangers
shot dead five suspected elephant poachers overnight in a firefight
at Chepareria in West Pokot County.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 21, In northern
Nigeria 5 suspected Islamist militants were killed when bombs they
were assembling exploded during a shootout with government troops.
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.
2012 Apr 21, In Sudan a Muslim
mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese
in the capital Khartoum.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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,
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
2012 Apr 22, In Kenya 7 people
were killed when flash floods hit as they were trekking through
Hell's Gate national park.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 Apr 24, In eastern
Pakistan a bomb exploded at the main railway station in Lahore,
killing at least two people.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 24, Syrian rebels
seeking to topple President Bashar Assad killed three regime
officers in separate attacks around Damascus.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 Apr 28, North Korea began
sending electronic GPS jamming signals affecting civilian flights in
South Korea amid simmering cross-border tensions.
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.
2012 Apr 28, In the Philippines
2 communist rebels and a soldier were killed in separate clashes as
NPA insurgents stepped up their attacks.
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.
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
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.
2012 Apr 28, South Sudan
government spokesman Barnaba Mariel Benjamin said China has agreed
to loan the country eight billion dollars for infrastructure
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.
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
2012 Apr 29, Algerian security
forces killed 20 members of an al-Qaida splinter group who were
allegedly about to attack two fuel tankers.
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 Apr 29, In Japan a bus
carrying dozens of vacationers to Tokyo Disneyland has crashed on a
highway, killing 7 passengers.
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 Apr 30, Pres. Obama met
with visiting Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda. Both leaders re-affirmed
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr 30, The West African
bloc ECOWAS imposed sanctions on Guinea-Bissau's junta after talks
in Banjul failed to yield any progress.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Apr, The population of
South Ossetia was about 50,000.
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 May 1, Latvia became the
latest of 97 countries to wipe the death penalty from its justice
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 2, In Mauritania the
opposition began protests calling for President Mohamed Ould Abdel
Aziz to step down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 May 3, Chinese police
detained and beat two supporters of Chen Guangcheng at the hospital
where the blind activist was being treated.
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).
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.
2012 May 3, The European Union
slapped an assets freeze and travel ban on six coup leaders in
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 May 5, In Bahrain rights
activist Nabeel Rajab was detained for releasing tweets deemed
insulting to the government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2012 May 6, Malaysian clerics
issued a fatwa against demonstrations.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2012 May 9, Britain’s Queen
Elizabeth unveiled the government’s agenda in her annual Queen‘s
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2012 May 11, In northern
Afghanistan a flash flood swept through villages in a mountainous
area, killing at least 17 people in Takhar province.
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
2012 May 11, Bahrain police
fired tear gas and birdshot during overnight clashes with protesters
demanding the release of jailed opposition activists, wounding
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2012 May 11, In Pakistan a taxi
driver was killed when a mortar bomb hit his cab in the upmarket
Hayatabad area of Peshawar.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
2012 May 12, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb targeting a vehicle carrying police killed one officer
2012 May 12, In South Korea
Expo 2012 opened in the coastal city of Yeosu for a three-month run.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2012 May 13, CongoDRC mutineers
allegedly killed 26 loyalist troops in heavy fighting near the
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 13, In southwestern
Japan 6 people were killed when a fire swept through their hotel in
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2012 May 14, In Greece
coalition government talks failed after nine days of discussions,
meaning the country is heading for another election next month.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 May 14, Palestinian
prisoners on hunger strike agreed with Israel to end their fast in
return for improved conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 May 15, Francois Hollande
became president of France.
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
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.
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.
2012 May 15, Indonesian police
said they would not issue a permit for a Lady Gaga concert scheduled
for June 3 in the capital.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 16, In western Libyan
clashes in the Berber city of Ghadamis (Ghadames) left six dead and
at least 20 injured.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2012 May 18, The government of
Equatorial Guinea's PM Ignacio Milam Tang resigned in line with a
constitutional reform approved in November.
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
(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.
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."
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.
2012 May 18, The parliament in
Mali passed a law granting amnesty to the leaders of the March coup.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 20, In Myanmar
protests began over chronic power outages in the central city
2012 May 20, Pakistan blocked
Twitter, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a
Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 21, Palestinian
security forces arrested 10 members of the Islamic Jihad in the
Jenin refugee camp.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 May 22, In northeast
Afghanistan 2 foreign doctors and their 3 Afghan colleagues were
kidnapped in a remote area of Badakhshan province.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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.
2012 May 23, In Nigeria 3
police officers were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram extremists.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 25, In northeastern
Nigeria two people were killed when gunmen in a car opened fire at
Potiskum's timber market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
2012 May 26, The iconic USS
Iowa left San Francisco Bay on its way to its new home in Southern
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,
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 28, In Nigeria an
employee of the Italian building and civil engineering firm Borini
Prono was abducted in Kwara State.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
2012 May 29, Turkey’s PM
Erdogan called for legislation to restrict women’s access to
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
2012 May 31, South Sudan filed
a complaint with the UN over alleged Sudanese attacks. Juba said
attacks numbered more than 100 since November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2012 May, In northern Niger
swarms of locusts were spotted and began migrating south where most
of the country’s farmland is concentrated.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 2, Britain’s Queen
Elizabeth II arrived at Epsom racecourse to kick off four days of
celebrations for her diamond jubilee.
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
(Reuters, 6/3/12)(Reuters, 6/4/12)(SFC, 6/4/12,
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2012 Jun 2, In northern Lebanon
gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups killed at least one
person and wounded nine.
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.
2012 Jun 2, In northwest
Pakistan an American drone fired two missiles at a motorbike,
killing two suspected militants in South Waziristan.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2012 Jun 4, NATO concluded
agreements with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to allow it to
evacuate military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass
(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.
2012 Jun 4, In Sudan government
agents blocked distribution of the country's largest-circulation
newspaper, the hardline anti-South Sudan daily Al Intibaha.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 5, Venus began to pass
between the Earth and the Sun. The next such transit will not occur
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2012 Jun 5, Chinese authorities
alerted foreign travel agencies that they would no longer be issuing
entry permits to Tibet.
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.
2012 Jun 5, It was reported
that Israel has begun to force incoming travelers deemed suspicious
to open personal email accounts for inspection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 6, Colombia’s military
bombed a FARC rebel camp in Antioquia state. 8 rebels were reported
(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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 7, Australia said it
will lift remaining sanctions against Myanmar and more than double
its foreign aid to encourage democratic reforms.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 7, Lesotho King Letsie
III appointed Motsoahae Tom Thabane as Prime Minister.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
2012 Jun 7, In Yemen at least
23 al-Qaida-linked militants were killed in fighting in the
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.
2012 Jun 8, In NYC Christopher
“Dudus" Coke of Jamaica was sentenced to 23 years in prison for drug
(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.
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.
2012 Jun 8, China’s central
bank cut its benchmark deposit and lending rates to help stimulate
(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.
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
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.
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
2012 Jun 8, Lebanese
politician, diplomat, and press baron Ghassan Tueni (b.1926) died in
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
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
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.
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
(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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
2012 Jun 9, In Pakistan gunmen
killed four policemen in a drive-by shooting on the outskirts of the
southwestern city of Quetta.
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 Jun 10, Kenya's Internal
Security Minister George Saitoti (66) was killed with five other
people in a helicopter crash near Nairobi.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(AP, 6/13/12)(AP, 6/14/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(Econ,
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 14, Somali government
spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman said that some 500 al-Shabab
fighters have defected to the government side.
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.
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."
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
(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.
2012 Jun 15, In Algeria 2
police officers were killed and two others wounded when armed men
attacked police barracks east of Algiers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)
2012 Jun 16, In New Mexico the
Whitewater-Baldy wildfire scorched 450 sq. miles in the Gila
(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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 16, Libyan authorities
declared warring mountain towns in the west of the country a
"military zone" and called for an immediate ceasefire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 16, Pakistani
militants in North Waziristan banned anti-polio vaccination teams,
to protest US drone strikes saying the attacks were killing
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2012 Jun 18, In Indonesia 2
tribesmen were killed when rival groups armed with bows and arrows
clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province.
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.
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
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.
2012 Jun 18, In Malawi a boat
carrying about 60 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia capsized on Lake
Malawi. All aboard were feared drowned.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 Jun 19, Algerian troops
killed eight Islamist militants in the Kabylie region, where Al
Qaeda-linked groups remain active.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 19, Typhoon Guchol cut
across Japan's main island of Honshu, as flights were cancelled and
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.
2012 Jun 19, In southwestern
Niger clashes pitting farmers against herders over a long-disputed
piece of land left seven people dead.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 Jun 20, Uganda’s minister
for ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo, said Uganda will ban 38
nongovernmental organizations for spreading homosexuality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2012 Jun 22, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao arrived in Uruguay, his first stop on a multi-nation
visit to South America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
2012 Jun 22, Swaziland teachers
went on strike demanding a 4.5 percent salary increase.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 23, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles shot dead 8 men at a laundry in the restive
southwestern city of Quetta.
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
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
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
(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.
2012 Jun 24, San Francisco held
its 42nd gay pride parade with more than 200 floats making their way
down Market Street.
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
(SFC, 6/25/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 24, In
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members died in a traffic accident
in the south.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 24, An Iraqi press
freedom group condemned the government for ordering the closure of
44 news organizations, including a US-funded broadcaster.
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.
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
(AFP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/25/12)(AFP, 6/26/12)(AFP,
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 26, Saudi authorities
beheaded four of its citizens for murder and a Syrian national for
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2012 Jun 27, Brazil's President
Dilma Rousseff announced a new, $4 billion economic stimulus package
to combat stagnant growth.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2012 Jun 27, Spanish scientists
reported evidence that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, despite being
(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.
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,
2012 Jun 28, US scientists
reported the development of a paint that can store and deliver
electrical power just like a battery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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
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.
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
(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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2012 Jun 29, Denmark decided to
extradite to Rwanda Emmanuel Mbarushimana, a man suspected of being
involved in the country's 1994 genocide.
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.
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
(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
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
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
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
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.
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.
2012 Jun 29, Sri Lankan police
arrested 9 journalists and seized computers and documents from the
office of an independent news website.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 29, In Yemen 5 bodies
were found inside a well outside of Zinjibar.
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,
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
2012 Jun 30, In Afghanistan an
explosive strapped to a bicycle went off near a Kabul Bank branch in
Gardez killing 2 policemen.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 30, Iceland's
President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson was re-elected to a fifth term with
52.8% of the vote.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun, In Saudi Arabia
blogger Raif Badawi was jailed for ridiculing Islamic religious
(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)